Nick Szczepanik

Nick Szczepanik is a freelance sports writer contributing mainly to The Independent.

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Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez shoots against Burnley

Southampton 4 Burnley 3 match report: Three Lions roar for Southampton as courageous Burnley go down fighting

Nathaniel Clyne, Rickie Lambert and former Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez also score for Saints with Sam Vokes, Danny Ings and Kevin Long on target for the Clarets

West Ham have won once in 11 games under Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce tells West Ham to deliver ‘critical’ victory against West Bromwich Albion

Sam Allardyce, the West Ham United manager, knows that he must minimise the pressure on his players after they dropped into the bottom three of the Premier League  on Boxing Day. Their first chance comes at lunchtime today at home to West Bromwich Albion, who are only three points better off.

Theo Walcott celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead in their 3-1 win over West Ham

West Ham 1 Arsenal 3 match report: Theo Walcott calms Arsene Wenger fears as Arsenal come back to win

Cole gave Hammers the lead with Arsenal string a fourth-straight match without a win in the face before Walcott and Podolski sent them back to the top

Southampton 2 Tottenham 3 match report: Emmanuel Adebayor recall pays off for Tim Sherwood's bold Spurs

Interim boss Sherwood wins in his first Premier League match as manager

English lesson: The hope is that Gerard Deulofeu will improve by competing in a strong Premier League against good defenders

Gerard Deulofeu - Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy

Premier League seen as the perfect place for on-loan winger Gerard Deulofeu to mature into a star

Daniel Osvaldo of Southampton shoots to score the equalising goal

Southampton 1 Manchester City 1 match report: Dani Osvaldo fires warning to England as City struggle to cure travel sickness

Argentinian-born Italian nets a wonder goal to bring back City's away nightmares

Queens Park Rangers 1 Charlton Athletic 0 match report: Charlie Austin powers home to hail Harry Redknapp milestone

QPR celebrated Harry Redknapp’s 30 years in football management yesterday with a spectacular winning goal by Charlie Austin that was a more fitting tribute to his career to date than the rest of the game.

Rickie Lambert of Southampton scores their secondg goal from a penalty kick

Southampton 4 Hull City 1 match report: Three lions of England give Tigers a mauling

England duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana were on target

Christian Benteke challenges Winston Reid in West Ham's Premier League clash with Aston Villa

West Ham United 0 Aston Villa 0 match report: Toothless Hammers end their losing streak but Villa’s drought continues

Villa striker Christian Benteke came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the post

Southampton refuse to rule out marching into Europe

Clubs that appear unexpectedly in the higher reaches of the Premier League early in the season are usually modest about their ambitions – “No one’s talking about Europe, we take each game as it comes”, that sort of thing – and wait for reality to overtake them, perhaps once an easy run of fixtures comes to an end.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker