Nick Szczepanik

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

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Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin (third left) scores at St Mary’s
Leonardo Ulloa leaps high to head Brighton’s opening goal

Brighton 3 Crystal Palace 0: Stop the clocks – this was a win to remember, says Gustavo Poyet

Brighton and their supporters had double cause for celebration yesterday after their first home win over arch-rivals Crystal Palace since 1988 and three points that take them back into the play-off picture following three games without a victory.

Southampton 3 Liverpool 1 match report: Saints rip up the form book to cruise past Rodgers' rising Liverpool

This was a result and a match that defied form and logic, but then Southampton under Mauricio Pochettino seem to have made that something of a speciality. Since he replaced Nigel Adkins in January, Saints have lost to Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle and failed to beat Norwich and Wigan – but put a team with European ambitions in front of them and they are a different proposition.

Bobby Zamora is playing through the pain for QPR

QPR 3 Sunderland 1 match report: Harry Redknapp eyes the great escape

Goals from three of QPR manager's signings boost survival hopes and leave Sunderland fretting

Harry Redknapp celebrates after beating Southampton on Saturday

Southampton 1 QPR 2 match report: Drinking tales force Harry Redknapp to target siege mentality at QPR

QPR manager plans to use tabloid reports of boozing in Dubai to galvanise survival effort

Southampton 1 QPR 2 match report: Drinks on Harry Redknapp after birthday win

He denies his players were drunken sinners on break in Dubai as they celebrate by beating Saints

Santi Cazorla was played out of position on Saturday
Sant Cazorla opened the scoring for Arsenal

Match Report: Santi Cazorla’s two goals bring great relief for Arsene Wenger

Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 1: Arsenal side show determination and win praise from their under-fire manager for being united

The Blackburn Rovers manager, Michael Appleton, celebrates their
shock victory with goalscorer Colin Kazim-Richards

Revived Rovers delighted to be the ones laughing now

This time last year, Blackburn Rovers were something of a laughing stock. Beaten 7-1 by Arsenal, they were spiralling towards relegation from the Premier League, their manager and owners despised and ridiculed by the supporters, and nothing much seemed to have changed in autumn as they struggled in the Championship under the hapless Henning Berg. But no one in red and white at the Emirates Stadium saw the funny side on Saturday.

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