Sunday 23 July 2017

Referees stretching, two goals and all the other important stuff from a mind-numbingly boring day in the Premier League

By Edward Dracott

We’ve got some recommendations for if you don’t fancy Match Of The Day too.

Looking at the fixtures prior to kick off on Saturday didn’t fill anyone with a huge amount of expectation – but for those of us tasked with selecting highlights from such a day it was mortifying.

Yep.

Here, we’ve got the results and highlights from Saturday’s early kick-offs. Prepare to be dazzled.

Results

Southampton 0-0 Hull

Stoke 0-0 West Ham

Sunderland 0-1 Bournemouth

West Brom 0-1 Leicester

Tweets of the day

After just two goals were scored in four games on Saturday – even Gary Lineker couldn’t put a brave face on it.

Unhappy people of the day

There was of course some drama which came from today’s action, and it’s sad news for Sunderland.

The Black Cats were relegated after a Joshua King goal condemned them to defeat at home. The defeat left them 13 points from safety with just four games to go.

Their exit has seemed inevitable for a few weeks now, but it sees an end to a 10-year stay in the top flight – and many shared their condolences.

From some fans however, there was always going to be a few jokes made now that Sunderland’s derby rivals Newcastle United have sealed an immediate return to the top flight…

Goal of the day

Of course it’s Jamie Vardy’s finish for Leicester – it was very nearly the only goal of the day.

It wasn’t a bad finish though, a neat interception from Shinji Okazaki allowed him to feed it to the Englishman who coolly finished past Ben Foster. Inspiring.

We’d like to to give an honourable mention to King for his goal for Bournemouth too , which came a close second…

Well done Josh!

Limber officials of the day

Tasked with covering such a slow day, our photographers focused on some of the more menial things – such as the officials for the West Brom Leicester game, including Mark Clattenburg, stretching before kick off.

All that stretching paid off too, look at this epic shot of the referee in action.

Scintillating stuff.

MOTD alternative of the day

Let’s face it, it would probably take Lineker whipping his kit off again to save the BBC’s Premier League highlights show Match Of The Day tonight.

That being the case, we thought we’d take a look for you at what else is on TV – and, assuming you aren’t paying to watch Anthony Joshua fight Wladimir Klitschko or watching that in the pub, we’ve gone with Yes Man.

Seemingly knowing most people will be out watching the fight, the main terrestrial channels have all gone with films. We reckon Jim Carrey’s comedy on ITV at 10:35pm, just after Match Of The Day starts, is just what’s needed as a pick-me-up to avoid those rubbish fixtures though.

Let’s hope Sunday does a little better than Saturday shall we?

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