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Sunday 26 February 2017

Week 26: Five things we learned in the Premier League

Leaders Chelsea underlined their title credentials by brushing aside Swansea, while Harry Kane showcased his predatory finishing for second placed Tottenham and Crystal Palace secured a priceless win in the relegation dogfight.
Here are five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend:

No wobble for nerveless Chelsea

Rocked by Fernando Llorente’s unexpected equaliser on the stroke of half-time, Chelsea were suddenly facing the first serious test of their mettle for months — their response was emphatic and no doubt dispiriting to their title rivals. After a disappointing draw with Burnley in their previous outing, the runaway leaders looked shocked to be pegged back after dominating the first half at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Cesc Fabregas had marked his 300th Premier League appearance with a cool finish in the 19th minute, but Llorente’s header after sloppy marking from Victor Moses raised questions about Chelsea’s focus. But if Antonio Conte was worried that a lack of pressure from their top four challengers had dimmed his players’ desire, he need not have fretted. Pedro restored Chelsea’s lead after a sustained spell of pressure and Diego Costa wrapped up his side’s 17th win in their last 20 league games to put them 10 points clear at the top with 12 games remaining.

Kane is able for ruthless Spurs

Frustrated by their surprise midweek Europa League exit against Gent, Tottenham took their frustrations out on Stoke as Harry Kane once again demonstrated his lethal finishing. After scoring a crucial own goal in the Gent upset, Kane was back on form with a first half treble at White Hart Lane. Kane blitzed Stoke with goals in the 14th, 32nd and 37th minutes to notch his third hat-trick in his last nine appearances. Kane has 12 goals in 11 games in all competitions since the start of 2017 and 22 goals in all competitions this season, the third consecutive campaign in which he has surpassed 20 goals. Dele Alli got Tottenham’s fourth, set up by Kane inevitably, as they moved up to second place.

Allardyce still a firefighter

Sam Allardyce is known for helping teams avoid relegation from the Premier League but even the former England manager’s reputation as a football escapologist appeared to be wearing thing at Crystal Palace. However, a first home league win for the Eagles under Allardyce – a 1-0 success against fellow drop rivals Middlesbrough on Saturday, has turned the battle at the bottom into a “seven-team league” in his words.  For all his outward bluster, it is Allardyce’s ability to remain composed in a battle to beat the drop that may prove vital to Palace’s hopes of remaining in the top flight – he did his best to calm anxious Palace fans by writing in his programme notes that the Eagles were “not up to the stage of must-win games just yet”.

Schneiderlin makes his mark

A player whose game you know well from time at a previous club can prove a double-edged sword for a manager. John McGovern played for several clubs under Brian Clough before lifting the European Cup when the celebrated English boss was in charge of Nottingham Forest but there have been plenty of examples were a reunion has not proved so fruitful. But the fact that Morgan Schneiderlin is now back alongside Ronald Koeman at Everton could yet prove beneficial for the Merseysiders. Having played for the Dutch manager at Southampton, he failed to impose himself at Manchester United but his control of midfield during a 2-0 win at home to struggling Sunderland – a side managed by former Everton boss David Moyes and featuring several ex Toffees players – allowed Idrissa Gueye to get forward and offer useful support up front to central striker Romelu Lukaku.

To Hull and back

Leading 1-0 with just 18 minutes left against a Burnley side who had taken only one away league point all season, it looked like Hull were on course to secure a valuable win in their fight for survival. Tom Huddlestone’s penalty, awarded for Michael Keane’s handball, had put Marco Silva’s team on the verge of a third successive home win in the Premier League for the first win in their history. But Burnley were fuelled by a sense of injustice over the spot-kick, which they felt shouldn’t have been given because Hull’s Harry Maguire pushed Keane towards the ball. And fittingly it was Keane who made amends when he blasted in the equaliser four minutes later. In the blink of an eye, the Tigers dropped from 16th in the provisional table back down to 19th.

EPL: Spurs up to second as Kane treble crushes Stoke

Harry Kane hit a first-half hat-trick as Tottenham stormed up to second in the Premier League with a 4-0 home demolition of Stoke on Sunday.
Kane’s treble took his tally to 17 league goals this season, while his first of the day at White Hart Lane was his 100th club goal.
The England forward, 23, who also scored three against Fulham in the FA Cup a week ago, capped an outstanding all-round display by setting up Dele Alli for the fourth.
That helped Alli to draw a line under his dismissal against Gent that contributed to Spurs’ Europa League exit on Thursday.
Tottenham’s victory took them above Manchester City and closed the gap on runaway leaders Chelsea to 10 points.
“It’s true that today Kane was fantastic, a hat-trick and a fantastic performance. He’s one of the best strikers in Europe and I’m very pleased for him because he deserves it,” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said.
“He has big potential to improve, he’s still very young. He works hard every day, he’s professional.”
The damaging failure to beat Gent marked the latest disappointment for Spurs in a frustrating month that also saw their title challenge fade significantly.
The challenge confronting Pochettino’s side was to produce a performance and result that would help put the midweek embarrassment behind them.
It quickly became clear this game would provide the ideal platform for Spurs and Alli to redeem themselves after a testing 72 hours of soul-searching.
Within three minutes Christian Eriksen had flashed a shot across the face of goal, provoking an angry reaction from Pochettino, who was infuriated at the Dane’s failure to pick out a better-placed team-mate.
The manager need not have worried. Stoke could barely manage to rouse themselves and after Joe Allen hit the side netting for the visitors, Kane produced the 14th-minute opening goal that put the home side firmly in control.

– Ruthless Kane –

The chance came when Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross failed to clear Eriksen’s threaded pass, but Kane’s finish was ruthless, with the striker latching onto the loose ball and producing a first-time shot that flew across keeper Lee Grant.
The technique Kane demonstrated in claiming his second in the 32nd minute was even better.
Eriksen’s right-wing corner was played out to Kane, who had positioned himself on the edge of the area, where he hit the bouncing ball on the full, left-footed, inside Grant’s right-hand post.
Prior to that, Stoke threatened when Peter Crouch slid in to meet Erik Pieters’ low cross, only to be denied by the boot of Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, while Charlie Adam collected a booking for a foul on Alli.
But their response quickly faded and Tottenham’s third came when Adam again fouled Alli to concede a free-kick 30 yards out.
Eriksen rolled the ball to Kane, whose low shot deflected off the defensive wall, wrong-footing Grant and securing the striker’s hat-trick.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes was clearly angered by his side’s display but worse was to come in first-half stoppage time when Kane out-paced Bruno Martins-Indi on the right and burst into the box before squaring for Alli, who slid in for the fourth.
Injury to Toby Alderweireld at the start of the second half provided Spurs’ first setback of the game, while the sight of Kane colliding with a post was also a momentary cause for concern.
That aside, the only frustration for Spurs and Kane was that they failed to add to their first-half tally, with Grant producing an excellent save to deny the striker his fourth goal.

Rivers APC rejects rerun results

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
THE Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress kicked against the declaration of results of Saturday’s supplementary rerun election in Etche by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Elections were held for Etche State Constituency seat of the House of Assembly and the Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency seat, which were won by the Peoples Democratic Party.
But the state APC argued that since the Returning Officers, Prof. Olatunbosun Odusanya and Prof. Omotola had declared the election inconclusive, it was wrong for INEC to have gone ahead to declare any result.
A statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Finebone said, “The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress recalls that yesterday’s (Saturday) supplementary rerun elections for Etche State Constituency and Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency were formally declared inconclusive by the Returning Officers, Prof. Olatunbosun Odusanya and Prof. Omotola respectively at Okehi,Saturday.
“They subsequently announced that the conclusion of the process will take place today (Sunday) or on Monday. However, we are taken aback by signals indicating that the National Electoral Commissioner in charge, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, has ordered that the incomplete results be declared despite the earlier declaration by the two Returning Officers on Saturday at Okehi that the elections were inconclusive.
“It is pertinent to remind INEC that in line with the relevant section of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), it is only the returning officers that are empowered to announce results of elections and not the National Electoral Commissioner, the Resident Electoral Commissioner or any other,” the state APC stressed.
It maintained that declaring results of elections that had earlier been announced as inconclusive would amount to a “gross” violation of INEC’s rules and demonstrate the height of inconsistency and illegality on the part of the commission.
“We urge INEC to proceed to conclude the elections without further delay before declaring the results accordingly,” the state APC added...source:

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Thursday 2 February 2017

Nigerian Army releases list of 2016 recruitment intakes

- The Nigerian army on Thursday, February 2, released a list of the 76 regular recruits intake for the 2016 recruitment process

- The army said the result of the screening can be accessed on the force’s portal
- The Nigerian army also urged all candidates to check the website and print out the ‘passed confirmation page'
The Nigerian army on Thursday, February 2, released list of the 76 regular recruits intake for the 2016 recruitment process.
In a statement signed by the Nigerian army chief administration M.I Alkali the result of the screening can be accessed on the force’s portal,
Alkali, a major general said the screening and examination was conducted on January 7, 2017.
Alkali said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the general public that the result for the 76 Regular Recruits Intake Pre-Screening Examination which was conducted on Saturday 7 January 2017, is available on Nigeria Army Recruitment Portal.”