PL round-up: Bournemouth thump Boro, Swansea and Hull boost survival hopes

first_img1 There was slightly reduced fixture list in the Premier League on Saturday, with the FA Cup semi-finals being played this weekend, but it was no-less exciting – bring you the highlights…Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough:Bournemouth climbed further away from trouble, but forced Middlesbrough further down into the mire after the Cherries ran riot with a 4-0 victory at the Vitality Stadium.Eleven points separated the teams ahead of this weekend’s clash, and the gulf in quality was stark – Boro having the air of a team with absolutely zero hope towards the end of a torrid 90 minutes.Eddie Howe’s men were hoping to avoid a third straight league defeat, but there were no fears of that as they dominated from kick-off to final whistle.In fact, it only took one minute and 36 seconds for the first goal to go in – in-form Josh King finishing from close-range after Marc Pugh’s driving run and ball into the box.Benik Afobe made it 2-0 on 16 minutes as Boro’s hopes of a critical three points began to slide away, and they went out the window entirely when Gaston Ramirez was sent off for a reckless second booking just five minutes later.If Boro found it hard going with 11 men, they were hopeless with ten. Pugh marked his 250th league appearance for Bournemouth with the third goal on 65 minutes, and the three points were well and truly wrapped up when Charlie Daniels scampered around a number of lazy challenges and neatly rifled home.The result means lowly Boro are now 16 games without victory – the top flight’s only team without a win in 2017. They remain six points from safety with five games remaining, and seemingly creeping ever closer to Championship football.Bournemouth are up to 12th.Hull City 2-0 Watford:Hull’s remarkable turnaround under new boss Marco Silva continued as the ten-man Tigers claimed a plucky home win over Watford to boost their survival hopes.It was a tough first-half for the hosts, who saw Oumar Niasse shown a controversial red card which shouldn’t have even been worth a yellow, while they also had a decent penalty appeal turned down by referee Bobby Madley.But they rallied after the break and took a surprise lead when on-loan Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic finished at the second attempt after his headed effort rattled the crossbar.Midfielder Sam Clucas then sealed the three points with a stunning long-range goal, beating Heurelho Gomes with a thumping 30-yard strike to ensure Hull stay two points above the bottom-three.Swansea City 2-0 Stoke CityHull’s relegation rivals Swansea also boosted their hopes with a crucial three points against Stoke – the Welsh side ending a six-match winless run.Fernando Llorente’s early header gave the hosts a precious lead, but fans were on the edge of the seats in a tense second-half.Stoke wasted a chance to get back into the game as Marko Arnautovic blasted a penalty high over the bar, and his blunder proved costly, as former Tottenham man Tom Carroll doubled the Swans’ lead shortly after with a long-range shot which was deflected past returning goalkeeper Jack Butland.Hull’s win meant Swansea remain in the bottom-three, although the Swans now sit just two points behind the Tigers.West Ham 0-0 EvertonEverton missed the chance to move into the top five as they played out a uninspiring goalless stalemate at the London Stadium.There was very little action to speak of, with Everton taking 70 minutes to register their first shot – although they failed to land one on target in the whole game.Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League top scorer, was kept quiet by the Hammers’ excellent three-man defence, with his only effort coming from a blocked shot.Slaven Bilic will no doubt be the happier of the two managers, as the point edges his side closer to Premier League safety on 38 points, seven clear of Swansea in 18th with four games left to play. Swansea and Hull boosted their survival hopes with crucial victories last_img read more

Bury owner asks fans and businesses to pledge £2.7m to save club

first_img on target The owner also remarked that he “could walk out and just say ‘I don’t give a s**t about Bury’”, but is committed to saving the club.He told talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday morning: “Fans, anyone out there who will pledge money to come to us…“If they come to us and say we’ll put £100 in, £1000 in, if the big players put in £100,000, £500,000, whatever it is, we want it pledged to the company.“We need a pledge of £2.7m plus to save Bury.“If the company, Bury Football Club, needs the money and needs to use it, they’ll put up shares and pay 2.5% interest on that money.“We don’t need it, let me say that, unless the EFL pull another stroke.LISTEN: Bury owner and player in furious bust-up LIVE ON AIR over unpaid wages“So what we’re looking to do now is go out there and say to local businesses – we’ve got massive firms in our areas, we’ve got the Boohoo boys, Together Finance, the old card guy Ron Wood, we’re got loads of people within Bury who will maybe look at it and think, ‘well it’s short change out of my pocket, I’ll pledge some money’.“If we take any money off someone we’ll pay interest on it and we will secure it on shares in the club.“Let me make this clear, we’re not looking for charity here, because we don’t need it. But the EFL want it.“The EFL have made this ridiculous claim that we need this money, but we’re saying we don’t!” Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Bury owner Steve Dale has asked supporters and local business to pledge money to help save the in-crisis club.In his latest interview with talkSPORT, the Shakers chief says any money sent in will be repaid in kind and again insisted he ‘only wants to save’ the League One club.Bury have until midnight on Friday to avoid being expelled from the English Football League, and Dale says the club need to raise £2.7MILLION to prevent being kicked out. 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested FAREWELL EFL chiefs have told Dale to provide evidence they have the necessary funding for their campaign. The owner has repeatedly insisted he has fulfilled this request, but the EFL claim he hasn’t.Dale says the league body keep moving the goalposts and has accused the EFL of ‘having an agenda’ against Bury.Asked if he will sell the club TODAY if a bid comes in, he said: “I’ll do either or!“All want to do is save Bury, that’s what I’ve done from day one.“I got Bury, after the CVA, in the best position it’s been in donkey’s years. What I said in my first interview was, I’m here to sort Bury and then I will pass it on to a younger and more able custodian.“If I had sold it to someone like Smurthwaite [Norman Smurthwaite – the former Port Vale owner whose offer to buy Bury was rejected by Dale] or Joseph Cala, who used to have Gateshead, could you image what the fans would have said then? ‘Fancy selling it to him’.“I could bow out and just say, ‘I don’t give a s**t about Bury’, and walk away from it.“But I don’t want to do that. I’ve put a lot of time a lot of love and a lot of effort into the club.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest center_img Crisis-hit Bury could be kicked out of the Football League Bury are yet to play any games this season, with their first six games being suspended by the EFL What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ OFF Getty deals So, are Bury going to survive?“That’s up to the EFL, they are the people causing this,” Dale added.“We’ve done the CVA, I pledged £2.3m to make that happen, and they’ve come up with another £2.7m.“So if the general public are willing to pledge an amount, send pledges and we can all get our heads together, total them up and go back to the EFL and say, ‘we’ve got pledges of this money, how can you shut Bury FC?’“I’m pleading with them, just extend it [the expulsion deadline].“On what grounds can they possibly shut one of the oldest clubs in bloody England for?“They’re saying, ‘maybe £1.5m will be needed’. Maybe? It’s a projection for Christ sake! This isn’t want we NEED, it’s a projection for the year going forward, Christ almighty!“How can you shut one of the oldest clubs in England on a projection? It’s a bloody joke!“You couldn’t write the s**t the bloody EFL have come up with, you couldn’t write it.” “Given the urgency of Bury’s plight, I would be grateful if you would consider intervening on this occasion and granting the club a one-off extension…”Andy writes to @EFL Executive Chair, Debbie Jevans, asking for a stay of grace for @buryfcofficial and help for @OfficialBWFC— Mayor Andy Burnham (@MayorofGM) August 22, 2019The Shakers have yet to play a first-team match in 2019-20 after having each of their first six fixtures suspended.Dale said on Thursday there were four parties interested in buying the club, but no deal has yet to come fruition and it is unclear if they will be granted an extension to the expulsion deadline if a true buyer comes forward.Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham this week wrote to EFL chief executive Debbie Jevans asking for the club to be granted more time, while supporters have also staged protests at their Gigg Lane stadium this week.Former club director Joy Hart – and daughter of club legend  Les Hart – handcuffed herself to the ground and a coffin reading ‘RIP Bury FC 1885-?’ was leaned up against the doors of the directors’ entrance.Listen back to talkSPORT’s latest interview with Bury owner Steve Dale IN FULL abovelast_img read more