Nick Szczepanik

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

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Antolin Alcarez heads in an own goal to give Southampton the lead

Southampton 2 Everton 0 match report: Antolin Alcaraz blunder sets the tone as woeful Everton make a fine mess

A pair of own goals from Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman hands Arsenal the advantage in the hunt for Champions League qualification

West Ham 0 Crystal Palace 1 match report: Palace safe as Mile Jedinak completes the great escape for Tony Pulis

Palace are now automatically safe from the drop but Hammers fans continue their relentless assault on Allardyce's tactics by booing substitutions and at the final whistle

Adam Lallana refuses to take for granted his place in the England party for Brazil

Adam Lallana: The rise and rise of the 'English Iniesta'

Adam Lallana, who’s earning amazing comparisons, tells Nick Szczepanik how it would be ‘silly’ of him to expect to be on plane to Brazil – even though he’s a shoo-in to be in Hodgson’s squad

Hugo Rodallega of Fulham (R) celebrates with Pajtim Kasami as he scores their first goal

Fulham 1 Norwich City 0 match report: Hugo Rodellega gives Fulham vital win

The Fulham players embraced each other and saluted their delirious supporters, the Norwich players slumped to the Craven Cottage turf in disbelief that they had put so much into a match and come out of it with nothing. Both teams still have four games to play, but such was the importance being put on this match between relegation-threatened clubs that you would have thought that Fulham had guaranteed their Premier League safety and that Norwich were already down.

Huggy pair: Harry Redknapp embraces Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth 2 QPR 1 match report: South-coast neighbours leave returning Harry Redknapp beached

The latest blow to the hopes of Harry Redknapp leading Queens Park Rangers to automatic promotion could not have come from much closer to home. Redknapp could have walked to work yesterday from his Sandbanks mansion to the ground where he cut his teeth in management to see his team of ex-Premier League big names outfought by a hard-working Bournemouth side with play-off aspirations of their own.

Southampton 4 Newcastle 0 match report: Jay Rodriguez opens floodgates for rampant Saints

Rodriguez's double sandwiched goals from Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana as all three boost World Cup credentials

Artur Boruc in action for Southampton

Artur Boruc dreams of European adventure for Southampton – at the expense of Spurs

Poland goalkeeper looking for all three points at White Hart Lane in battle for Europa League qualification

Fulham 1 Newcastle United 0 match report: Late goal from Ashkan Dejagah gives Fulham vital win

If this result proves to be the turning point in Fulham’s bid to avoid relegation, then their rivals may look back in anger on the decision of referee Howard Webb not to award a penalty with the last kick of the match.

Luis Suarez celebrates his goal with his Liverpool team-mates during the 3-0 victory over Southampton

Southampton 0 Liverpool 3 match report: Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling on target as Liverpool soar into title reckoning

Steven Gerrard added a late penalty as Liverpool showed no signs of letting up their title push

Carlton Cole celebrates his goal with Jame Collins as West Ham win

West Ham 3 Southampton 1 match report: Hammers rise proves Sam Allardyce was correct

Kevin Nolan scores again as West Ham come from behind to beat Saints

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