Barclays Premier League ReviewsJohn LeyCRYSTAL PALACE 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3GOALS:- PALACE: VERTONGHEN OG 30th. TOTTENHAM: KANE 63rd; ALLI 84th; CHADLI 90th.Dele Alli scored a wonder goal to put Tottenham into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Jan Vertonghen turned Wilfried Zaha’s cross into his own net to put Palace ahead, but Harry Kane levelled. Then Alli flicked the ball over his head before volleying Spurs into the lead, while Nacer Chadli netted a late third.LEICESTER CITY 3 STOKE CITY 0GOALS:- LEICESTER: DRONKWATER 42nd; VARDY 66th; ULLOA 87th.Leicester moved three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with an impressive win over Stoke. Danny Drinkwater gave Leicester the lead before Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought of 10 hours and 17 minutes and Leonardo Ulloa completed their 13th win of the season.MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: AUSTIN 87th.Southampton substitute Charlie Austin scored the winner to punish lacklustre Manchester United at Old Trafford. Austin, signed last weekend from Queens Park Rangers, rose to head home an 87th minute free-kick. At the end, United manager Louis van Gaal and his players were booed off.NORWICH CITY 4 LIVERPOOL 5GOALS:- NORWICH: MBOKAI 29th; NAISMITH 41st; HOOLAHAN PEN 54th; BASSONG 90th. LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 18th, 63rd; HENDERSON 55th; MILNER 75th; LALLANA 90th.Liverpool come back from 3-1 down to steal a dramatic last-minute winner from Adam Lallana. Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead, but Dieumerci’s Mbokani levelled before debutant Steven Naismith put the home side in front. Wes Hoolahan added a penalty, before Jordan Henderson and Firmino struck. James Milner put the away side ahead and though Sebastien Bassong netted in added time, Lallana delivered a twist.SUNDERLAND 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1GOALS:- SUNDERLAND VAN AANHOLT 45th. BOURNEMOUTH: AFOBE 13th.Patrick van Aanholt scored for the second game in a row as Sunderland came from behind to draw against relegation rivals Bournemouth. The visitors dominated the opening half-hour and took the lead through Benik Afobe’s diving header. But Sunderland hit back through Van Aanholt, who collected Fabio Borini’s through ball and shot past Artur Boruc.WATFORD 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- WATFORD: IGHALO 46th; CATHCART 58th. NEWCASTLE: LASCELLES 71st.Odion Ighalo rediscovered his scoring touch as Watford won their first league game in six. The Nigerian striker went into the game without a goal since 28 December, but finally claimed his 14th of the season when he beat the offside trap to slot in Troy Deeney’s through ball. He then set up Craig Cathcart, who drove in the second from six yards. Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles headed home in the 71st minute to set up a tense finish.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 ASTON VILLA 0Aston Villa avoided defeat for a third successive Barclays Premier League match as they held neighbours West Bromwich Albion in an uninspiring stalemate. Villa could have been awarded a first-half penalty when Jordan Ayew appeared to be fouled by Albion defender Jonas Olsson. Albion failed to register a single shot on target, although Craig Dawson headed over and Stephane Sessegnon slashed wide after the break.WEST HAM UNITED 2 MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS:- WEST HAM: VALENCIA 1st, 56th. CITY: AGUERO PEN 9th, 81st.Manchester City lost ground on Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City as Sergio Aguero scored twice to rescue a draw at West Ham. Enner Valencia struck from inside the area after 53 seconds for the Hammers, but Aguero equalised with a penalty after he had been fouled. The hosts regained the lead when Valencia capitalised on hesitant defending by Nicolas Otamendi to stab in. However, Aguero struck from 10 yards late on to earn his side a point.
Oral Tracey: We cannot handle success
The Caribbean people and the Jamaican people, in particular, must be among the most talented, most creative and most resilient people in the entire world. On the few occasions when we have managed to put our collective energies together, we have been unstoppable. We seem, however, to have some serious and crippling flaws in our character, which make it most challenging for us to actually unite consistently for any meaningful cause. One such cause, West Indies cricket, has long been a victim of this debilitating fractiousness. The recent and ongoing controversy raging across the region – ironically ignited by the recent success of the regional cricket teams – the direction the rhetoric is going, poignantly highlights some of these fundamental flaws. The term ‘crab in a barrel’ has often been used to describe people who tend to pull down the progressive ones in their midst instead of supporting and encouraging their success. That is exactly what’s been playing out since the recent success of the West Indies team – in the glorious moments when the Caribbean people should be enjoying the unprecedented success of our Under-19 team, our women’s T20 team and our men’s T20 team all simultaneously boasting the status of world champions. Instead of celebrating and appreciating these rare and precious moments, the rhetoric has been toxic and the energies concentrated in the cause of tearing down the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and getting rid of its Jamaican president, Mr Dave Cameron. It is nothing short of ironic that the catalyst for this ongoing bickering was indeed our success. The incessant calls for the blood of Cameron in the instant of the region’s most successful on-field run in close to three decades, I think, merits some in-depth sociological and anthropological research. So many among us seem so willing to subscribe to the fickle notion that winning these world titles was achieved in spite of the administrators, and not because of them, implying therefore that now is as good a time as any to launch the ‘anti-WICB attacks’. Pettiness, maliciousness It would be understandable if this attitude emanated from some lofty and noble pursuit of a higher standard of consistency of excellence from our players and administrators, but the inherent pettiness and tone of maliciousness in the attacks, specifically against the board president, implies a complex and inexplicable personal dislike which defies rational discourse. In what is supposed to be one of our proudest moments, we have degenerated to our divisive worst. Not long ago, I was way down the wicket, in terms of my personal resignation to the fatal demise of West Indies cricket as an institution, after repeatedly witnessing and living the embarrassment of some stinging recent defeats in Tests and one-day internationals. Then came T20 and the near-immediate compatibility of this new format with the natural athleticism, pace and power of the average Caribbean cricketer. Flames of hope were rekindled when the West Indies went on to win the world T20 in 2012. Then came the men’s team and then the women’s team of 2016 and the historic double, as the flames were now fully ablaze. But just for a fleeting moment. Instead of gratitude and satisfaction, bickering has become the order of the day with past and current players leading the way, with the proverbial angry mob behind them. Misinformation and half-truths have permeated the air, as personal agendas have taken charge. Lost in the quagmire is another potentially inspirational and motivational gem, transformed instead into another opportunity to self-destruct. Despite the obvious redemptive value of T20 to the region’s cricket, we appear destined to drop the catch, as apparently we cannot handle success.