An 11-goal thriller, a 17-year-old becoming his club’s youngest captain and a record number of Premier League academy sides making the knockout stages – the penultimate night of matches in the EFL’s Leasing.com Trophy certainly had a few tales to tell.
BBC Sport rounds up Tuesday’s action in the final round of group matches in the tournament for sides in Leagues One and Two and selected academy teams from the Premier League and Championship.
Can everyone stop conceding goals?
The EFL Trophy could not be accused of being dull on Tuesday night – 52 goals in 14 games meant most people who went to a match got their money’s worth in terms of entertainment.
Top of the lot has to be Newport County’s 7-4 win at Cheltenham Town – Taylor Maloney and Tristan Abrahams both scored hat-tricks for the Welsh side who move second in Southern Group E.
The away victory was their first in the competition this season but might not be enough to see them through – West Ham’s academy side will leapfrog them if they can avoid losing to Exeter City on Wednesday.
The biggest win of the night was 60-odd miles up the M5 as Cheltenham’s Gloucestershire rivals Forest Green Rovers were thrashed 6-0 at Walsall.
Josh Gordon scored the first three goals for the Saddlers – who are struggling towards the foot of League Two – before Wes McDonald, Liam Kinsella and Cameron Norman wrapped up the win in the final 20 minutes to top the Southern section’s Group D by a point from Coventry City.
Three penalties and 17-year-old captain
Whatever happens in 17-year-old Nico Jones’ career, Tuesday 12 November might take some topping.
The teenager became Oxford United’s youngest-ever captain and led his side to a 4-1 win away at 10-man Crawley Town.
The game was a dead rubber as Oxford were already through in second place, but that did not stop Robert Hall hitting a hat-trick – the fourth across all the games.
Hall opened the scoring after 12 minutes before Anthony Forde doubled the lead 16 minutes later from the penalty spot.
The former West Ham and Bolton attacker then dispatched two more penalties after half-time to take home the match ball.
Iron end Sunderland’s hopes of second final
Sunderland have never won the competition but have reached the knockout stages in their previous two campaigns, reaching last year’s final.
However, they were dumped out 3-0 at Scunthorpe.
It was goalless until Luke O’Nien’s red card in the 65th minute for a foul on Abo Eisa in the box with Lee Novak scoring the resulting penalty.
Eisa made the game safe in the 89th minute before Novak scored a stoppage-time third as Scunthorpe leapfrogged the former Premier League side and took second place in Group A of the Northern section.
A derby’s a derby…
The Trophy is much-maligned for its poor attendances – Coventry City mustered just 375 paying punters for their 3-2 win over Southampton’s academy last week.
But you cannot accuse Ipswich’s fans of taking it lightly – 2,871 fans made the 30-odd minute journey across the border from Suffolk to Essex as they faced closest rivals Colchester United.
Sadly they did not see a famous victory – although they did see a wonder goal as Ryan Clampin’s 80th-minute chip from the halfway line saw the U’s win 1-0.
Colchester take top spot in Southern Group A, although Gillingham’s 2-0 win over Tottenham’s academy in the other game in the group ensured both sides progressed.
More academies set to make knockout stages than ever
|Academy teams through to knockout stages|
|Leicester City||Manchester United|
|Everton||Brighton and Hove Albion|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||West Ham United (will progress if they do not lose at Exeter City)|
It is the fourth season that top academy sides from clubs in the Premier League and Championship have been allowed to play in the EFL Trophy.
It has always been a bone of contention among some who have concerns that it is the start of allowing ‘B’ teams into the English football pyramid, while crowds for matches between academy sides and ‘first teams’ have not always been great.
In the past, most of the academies were eliminated after the group stage – the highest number ever to make the knockout stages had been three.
Only Chelsea in the 2017-18 season have made it as far as the semi-finals when they lost 4-2 on penalties to Lincoln City and had the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu, Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Kylian Hazard (Eden’s younger brother) in their squad.
But this season seven academies are already through, while West Ham could make it eight on Wednesday, meaning a quarter of the teams in the knockout stages are academy teams.
EFL Trophy results in full:
Scunthorpe United 3-0 Sunderland
Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Salford City
Port Vale 2-1 Newcastle United Academy
Burton Albion 1-2 Mansfield Town
Bradford City 1-2 Rochdale
Morecambe 3-1 Carlisle United
Lincoln City 3-0 Rotherham United
Gillingham 2-0 Tottenham Hostpur Academy
Colchester United 1-0 Ipswich Town
Crawley Town 1-4 Oxford United
Walsall 6-0 Forest Green
Cheltenham Town 4-7 Newport County
Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Wycombe wanderers
Peterborough United 2-1 Cambridge United
The group stage is completed on Wednesday, while the draw for the competition takes place at 14:00 GMT on Saturday 16 November.
A police ban on Extinction Rebellion protests in London last month was unlawful, High Court judges have ruled.
The Metropolitan Police imposed the ban, which prevented two or more people from the group taking part in protests, under the Public Order Act.
But judges have ruled that police had no power to do this because the law did not cover “separate assemblies”.
Lawyers for the group described the police action as “hastily imposed and erratically applied”.
They say the Met Police now faces claims for false imprisonment from “potentially hundreds” of protesters.
Protests cost £24m to police and resulted in 1,828 arrests, with 165 charged with offences, the Met says.
During Wednesday’s court hearing, the force had argued that the ban was the only way to tackle widespread disruption.
Announcing their judgement, however, Lord Justice Dingemans and Mr Justice Chamberlain ruled in favour of Extinction Rebellion.
Lord Justice Dingemans said: “Separate gatherings, separated both in time and by many miles, even if co-ordinated under the umbrella of one body, are not a public assembly within the meaning of… the Act.
“The XR [Extinction Rebellion] autumn uprising intended to be held from October 14 to 19 was not therefore a public assembly… therefore the decision to impose the condition was unlawful because there was no power to impose it under… the Act.”
The judges noted that there are powers within that act which may be used lawfully to “control future protests which are deliberately designed to ‘take police resources to breaking point”‘.
During 10 days of climate change protests last month, activists shut down areas around Parliament and the Bank of England, and targeted London City Airport.
Police had tried to restrict them to Trafalgar Square, under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
However, that ban was lifted four days later, with officers saying that it was no longer necessary because demonstrations had ended.
What does Extinction Rebellion want?
Extinction Rebellion’s legal victory follows two weeks of protests in the UK last month.
The group (XR for short) wants governments to declare a “climate and ecological emergency” and take immediate action to address climate change.
It describes itself as an international “non-violent civil disobedience activist movement”.
Launched in 2018, organisers say it has groups willing to take action in dozens of countries.
It uses an hourglass inside a circle as its logo, to represent time running out for many species.
During the court hearing, Phillippa Kaufmann QC, for Extinction Rebellion, told court the police ban had been “wholly uncertain, an abuse of power and irrational”.
Responding to the ruling, Extinction Rebellion UK tweeted “we won’t be silenced”.
Green Party peer Jenny Jones described the legal win as “historic”.
Speaking outside the court, she said: “The police can over-step the mark. The police are getting more and more strong powers that they are misusing – and that’s absolutely unacceptable.”
Ms Lucas described the ruling as “brilliant news”.
Jules Carey, a solicitor representing protestors, said the ban had been “hastily imposed” and “erratically applied”.
He said: “The police have powers to impose conditions to manage protests but not to ban them.
“This judgement is a timely reminder to those in authority facing a climate of dissent – the right to protest is a long-standing fundamental right in a democratic society that should be guarded and not prohibited by overzealous policing.”
A survivors’ group has welcomed a report on the Grenfell Tower fire as a “forensic examination” with “clear recommendations” that could save lives.
The report, published on Wednesday, followed the first phase of an inquiry, looking at what happened on the night of 14 June 2017, when 72 people died.
It was critical of the London Fire Brigade’s response and said the tower did not meet building regulations.
The LFB said it was “disappointed” by some of the criticism of individuals.
The report condemned the LFB for “serious shortcomings” and systemic failures in its response to the fire.
Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the absence of a plan to evacuate the tower was a “major omission” by the LFB and more lives could have been saved had the “stay-put” policy been abandoned sooner.
Campaign group Grenfell United responded: “It is heartbreaking to read that more of our loved ones could have been saved that night if the building was evacuated earlier.”
The group expressed concern at the report’s finding that the LFB were “at risk of not learning the lessons from Grenfell”, adding that firefighters were “let down by their training, procedures, equipment and leadership”.
The senior leadership of the LFB “must face consequences for these failings if there is to be change”, it said.
The report said evidence from London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton that she would not have changed anything about the brigade’s response was “insensitive”.
Ms Cotton said many of the recommendations were welcome and would be “carefully considered”.
She expressed her “deepest sorrow at not being able to save all those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire”.
She added: “We welcome the chairman’s recognition of the courage, commitment and bravery of firefighters on the night, but we are disappointed at some of the criticism of individual staff members who were placed in completely unprecedented circumstances and faced the most unimaginable conditions while trying to save the lives of others.”
Other issues highlighted in the report included:
- A lack of training in how to “recognise the need for an evacuation or how to organise one”
- Incident commanders “of relatively junior rank” being unable to change strategy
- Control room officers lacking training on when to advise callers to evacuate
- An assumption that crews would reach callers, resulting in “assurances which were not well founded”
- Communication between the control room and those on the ground being “improvised, uncertain and prone to error”
- A lack of an organised way to share information within the control room, meaning officers had “no overall picture of the speed or pattern of fire spread”
A killer once dubbed one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been jailed for at least 26 years.
Shane O’Brien, 31, evaded police for three-and-a-half years after he slashed Josh Hanson’s neck in Hillingdon, west London, on 11 October 2015.
He fled the UK, changed his appearance and moved around Europe before his extradition from Romania in April.
O’Brien, who jurors found guilty of murder last month, was given a life sentence at the Old Bailey.
A brain-damaged girl has arrived in Italy after her parents won a High Court battle to take her abroad for treatment.
Five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb had been on life support at the Royal London Hospital since suffering a traumatic brain injury in February.
Health bosses had tried to block attempts to take her to the Gaslini children’s hospital in Genoa.
Her mother said she was seeking Italian citizenship for her daughter.
Shelina Begum and her husband Mohammed Raqeeb, from Newham, east London, were met outside the hospital in an official welcome organised by CITIZENGO Italy, a community organisation which paid for Tafida’s transfer.
At a press conference, Shelina Begum thanked the hospital for “believing in my daughter’s recovery”.
“I visited Tafida this morning, she is stable, she was awake, fully awake, turning her head from side to side.”
She added: “I just believe that since Tafida is in Italy it will be wise for her to have Italian citizenship.”
Ms Begum said the family were crowdfunding for Tafida’s treatment but added they had sponsors in place and the money “should not run out”.
UK specialists had previously argued any further treatment of Tafida, who suffered a brain haemorrhage, would be futile.
Bosses at Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital in Whitechapel, had said ending Tafida’s life support was in her best interests.
By Fergus Walsh, BBC health correspondent in Genoa
The treatment in Genoa is centred on keeping Tafida alive.
But doctors here say although Tafida has suffered devastating brain damage they cannot rule out some small spontaneous recovery in the months ahead.
Dr Andrea Moscatelli said what Tafida needs more than anything else is time – and he denied his team was giving Tafida’s parents false hope.
Both Italian and British doctors agree there is no hope that she can be cured – the Genoa medical team told the High Court they did not foresee any therapies that might improve Tafida’s neurological condition.
But doctors now intend to give Tafida a tracheostomy – meaning she’ll have a tube inserted in her windpipe, connected to a ventilator – which will hopefully allow her to be cared for by her parents.
Tafida – deemed by the High Court to have minimal awareness and being unable to feel pain – has a sleep-wake cycle and opens and closes her eyes.
Doctors in London had argued it was near-impossible for Tafida to derive any benefit from continued life and she should be allowed the “dignity of dying peacefully”.
Tafida’s parents, both practising Muslims, argued Islamic law said only God could take the decision to end her life.
The High Court ruled on 3 October there was no justification to stop the child being taken abroad.
Some 50 households had to stay in emergency accommodation overnight after a burst water main flooded homes in north London.
About 250 properties including two schools were affected after a 36-inch (91cm) water pipe fractured in Finsbury Park before 08:00 BST on Tuesday.
One man was rescued from a basement while others had to be led to safety.
Thames Water said a temporary fix had been put in place and all flood water had been pumped away.
The water main burst at the junction of Queens Drive and Princess Crescent causing an area measuring about 600m x 200m (1,900ft x 650ft) to be flooded to a depth of about 1m (3ft).
About 12 fire engines and 80 firefighters were deployed to help rescue people and pump water away, while postcode areas N1, N4, N5, N7 and N19 were left with no water or low water pressure.
Tanja Schnitzer, who lives in a basement flat on Queens Drive, said rooms in the property had filled up with water “within half an hour from floor to ceiling”.
“It’s devastating. We’ve pretty much lost everything,” she said.
Water supplies for most properties in the area have been restored but Thames Water said air locks in the system meant some residents were still experiencing problems.
A spokesman for the firm said bottled water and plumbers were on standby in case of issues while engineers would finish fixing the mains during the day.
Woodberry Down Primary School remains shut but Parkwood Primary School has reopened.
Queens Drive, between Brownswood Road and Seven Sisters Road, has been closed to traffic.
Banksy has opened a “pop-up” shop in south London featuring the stab vest he designed for Stormzy’s headline act at the Glastonbury Festival.
A Tony the Tiger rug and a cradle surrounded by CCTV cameras are also on show as part of the venture, at a disused retail outlet in Croydon.
“I’m opening a shop today,” the artist said on Instagram. “Although the doors don’t actually open.”
A man stabbed to death at a London Underground station was an Arsenal fan on his way to a match, the BBC has been told.
Tashan Daniel, 20, was was killed in an “unprovoked attack” on the platform at Hillingdon station on Tuesday.
He had been heading to the Emirates Stadium to see the Gunners face Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup, a source said.
It is the third murder investigation on the Tube network this year.
No arrests have been made over the attack, which Det Supt Gary Richardson described as “a shocking act of violence”.
He said the British Transport Police (BTP) investigation was in its “early stages”.
“We believe a group of young men were involved in an altercation on the platform before one of the men received a fatal stab wound,” he said.
Police and paramedics were called to the station in west London at 15:57 BST.
An air ambulance was also sent to Hillingdon, but Mr Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene.
Danielle Foster, who was driving past Hillingdon station at the time of the stabbing, said upon “hearing so many sirens, I knew something terrible had happened”.
“Lots of people were being turned away from the station as it had been closed,” she said, adding: “Then the police helicopter began circling the scene.”
Hillingdon station was closed by Transport for London (TfL) while police searched the area.
The station was closed for the rest of Tuesday evening and reopened at 05:45 this morning.
So far in 2019 more than 100 murder investigations have been launched across London by the Metropolitan Police and BTP.
About 20,000 fans are expected at Sunday’s Women’s Super League game between West Ham and Tottenham at the London Stadium, Jack Sullivan has said.
The Hammers’ women’s side will be playing at the 60,000-seater stadium for the first time.
Both sides have won once and lost once in the WSL this term.
“We have either sold, or given away to local community groups and schools, just under 20,000 tickets,” said West Ham women’s managing director Sullivan.
“I think we’ll get maybe just over 20,000 there, and considering we only had five weeks to sell it, we’re pretty happy with that number.”
Such a turnout would be the third-largest in the WSL era, which began in 2011, and comfortably a club record for West Ham’s women.
They usually play at Rush Green Stadium, on the site of West Ham’s Rush Green training ground near Romford.
A crowd of 1,297 saw their first home league game of this season – the 1-0 win over Birmingham on 15 September.
Sullivan added: “It’ll be a really amazing occasion for us but they are the sort of numbers we’re hoping for, which will fill the lower bowl and just a bit above that as well.
“It’s an exciting week off the back of the men’s team beating Manchester United as well, so hopefully there’s a feel good factor around the club and we can kick on with those numbers.”
Manchester City, Chelsea and Bristol City all hosted matches at the home of their male team’s ground during the opening weekend of the WSL season, with attendances of 31,213, 24,564 and 3,041 respectively.
The turnout at the Etihad Stadium smashed – by almost a factor of six – the previous league record, which had been the 5,265 that saw Arsenal clinch last season’s title at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.
Spurs, who were promoted to the WSL from the Championship at the end of last term, will host the Gunners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 17 November, during the Football Association’s first annual Women’s Football Weekend.
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James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.
Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.
Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.
Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the campaign had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.
Leicester thought they had opened the scoring themselves when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.
Tightest of VAR calls denies Spurs
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of “lacking fight” after they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League midweek.
The result mirrored their 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal in their previous away league game, with Kane admitting after Wednesday’s Group B opener that Spurs had failed to learn from recent mistakes.
Pochettino made six changes to the team that started in Greece, with Hugo Lloris unavailable due to his wife giving birth and Dele Alli left out of the squad altogether. Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Eric Dier all had to settle for places on the bench.
Perhaps as a result, the visitors looked disjointed in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind when Ndidi’s effort was chalked off.
There was nothing fortunate about Kane’s opener 13 minutes later, however.
The England striker managed to latch on to Son’s back-heel and despite losing his balance under Soyuncu’s challenge, he somehow managed to knock the ball past Jonny Evans before lifting it over Schmeichel into the far corner.
Spurs thought they had doubled their lead when Aurier drilled a powerful drive into the far corner, but Son was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.
Buoyed by that narrow decision, Leicester threw bodies forward and restored parity through Pereira, before Maddison struck with five minutes remaining to extend Spurs’ winless league run away from home to nine games.
Leicester prove top-six credentials
After watching the Foxes slip to their first defeat of the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend, Leicester fans were hopeful that their team could continue their impressive home form against a Spurs side who have looked vulnerable on their travels of late.
They had lost their last three meetings with Tottenham in the Premier League prior to today’s game, but this latest performance provided further compelling evidence that Rodgers’ team can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish this season.
Maddison was heavily involved early on, the 22-year-old curling an effort narrowly off target from the edge of the box before firing straight at Gazzaniga from a tight angle after twisting and turning to find room for the shot.
Rodgers’ side did not let their heads drop after falling behind, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both going close to equalising before Pereira’s strike midway through the second half.
Just as the game appeared destined to end in a draw, Maddison collected Hamza Choudhury’s pass before firing low into the bottom corner from a central position – all in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.
The result was no less than Maddison and his team-mates deserve and lifts the Foxes – temporarily at least – to second in the Premier League.
Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester)
VAR takes centre stage – the stats
- There were two goals disallowed by VAR in this match, while no other game in the Premier League in 2019-20 has had more than one chalked off.
- Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008.
- Leicester have suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League home games (W6 D2), after losing four in a row directly before that.
- Tottenham are without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7) – they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10).
- Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira scored his third goal in 41 Premier League appearances – all three have come at the King Power Stadium.
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Leicester, four more than he has versus any other side in his professional career.
- Since the start of last season, Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period.
- Leicester’s James Maddison ended a run of 31 shots in the Premier League without a goal, since netting versus Huddersfield in April.
- Spurs’ Son Heung-min has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances versus Leicester (4 goals, 3 assists).
‘A wonderful performance’ – what the managers said
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport: “It was a wonderful performance. I thought the players were outstanding. We started the game with a great tempo, which sets the emotion in the stadium.
“It was just a case of preparing the players mentally for the second half. We had to adapt the system at half-time. The players deserve huge credit. The quality we showed was top-class against an outstanding team.”
“Some of the offside decisions – it’s fine margins. Whatever the decision, you have to adapt and keep your focus on the game. The players did that very well.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BBC Sport: “We dominated the game and we deserved more but that’s football. It can change quickly. We need to keep working. We have a lot of games coming and we need to be ready.
“I’m always saying that sometimes it (VAR) benefits you and sometimes it goes against you. You can’t complain afterwards. You have to accept it.
“Today, we were the better side but I hope they (Leicester) have a very good season. I admire Brendan Rodgers and wish them the best.”
Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September (19:45 BST), while Spurs visit Colchester United at the same time.