4 The Daily Telegraph Monday 27 July 2020 ** Total Football 5.39pm 5.44pm 5.46pm 5.54pm 5.56pm Joy unconfined for Villa Deeney misses final chance Villa pegged back Grealish on target Bournemouth score a third Not Pts GD Pts GD Pts GD Pts GD Pts GD All over at the London Stadium and, once other results come through to confirm Villa’s survival, the players go wild Watford need two goals in injury time but Troy Deeney misses their last opportunity, heading over from close range so fast! Andriy Yarmolenko’s effort deflects off Grealish and loops in. Villa are not home and dry quite yet That must seal it! Jack Grealish scores for Aston Villa, with Lukasz Fabianski making a hash of the save to spark wild celebrations It is 3-1 to Bournemouth as Jordan Pickford allows Junior Stanislas’s shot to slip under him but they still need Villa to concede AVilla 35 -26 A Villa 37 -25 A Villa 35 -26 A Villa 35 -26 A Villa 35-26 B’mouth 34 -24 B’mouth 34 -24 B’mouth 34 -25 B’mouth 34 -25 B’mouth 34 -25 Watford 34-28 Watford 34 -28 Watford 34 -28 Watford 34 -28 Watford 34 -28 Howe heartbroken at drop but vows to come back stronger remaining, attention briefly switched to Villa’s predicament at West Ham. Members of Howe’s backroom team, in the main stand, tried to communicate there was still hope as West Ham conceded to and then equalised against the relegation rivals. Further assistance was not forthcoming. By then, the job was long done on Merseyside. When King netted a 13th-minute penalty following Richarlison’s handball, he and Wilson had already squandered chances. Everton were outplayed, although they could have scored four themselves before half-time. Carlo Ancelotti gave Moise Kean a rare start, and he almost presented Theo Walcott with a goal, Aaron Ramsdale making the 19th minute save with his legs. Eventually Walcott returned the compliment, easing past left-back Diego Rico and crossing to give the Italian a tap-in after 41 minutes. Rico made amends with a terrific free-kick, which simultaneously found Dominic Solanke and Jefferson Lerma on the stroke of halftime. Lerma claimed the goal, replays suggesting his strike partner had an equal shout. Howe improved the solidity in the second half, substitute Stanislas sealing the points when a lame effort beat Pickford. Everton announced Leighton Baines’ retirement immediately afterwards, the full-back playing the final 20 minutes. How Ancelotti needs more professionals of his consistent excellence. “It was the last game of the season and the motivation was not so strong,” the Italian said. “We are not happy, but we must look forward.” Howe could only reflect on too many days when standards of the final game were not met. “I feel very emotional; sad, dejected,” he said. “My thoughts are with the supporters. It’s sad they couldn’t be with us. The players are hurting.” It felt as if we had seen the end of Howe the Bournemouth manager. It would be foolish to presume we have seen the last of him as a Premier League coach. at Goodison Park By Chris Bascombe “The next step is to speak to the owner and board of directors and see where we go. We need a strong vision of the future.” Howe took little consolation from his team going down with the archetypal “too little, too late performance”. Rarely has an away win at Everton prompted so little celebration and provoked so much despair; the most hollow of three points. Bournemouth’s players drifted away, heads bowed, the club’s five-year Premier League residency over as the electronic scoreboard confirmed Aston Villa’s survival. Howe’s admirers will see this as a rare blemish in a career that will flourish again. Relegation was anticipated when Bournemouth were promoted in 2015, so this season’s fall should not undermine the coach’s achievement in keeping the club in the division for so long. “We were great for the Premier League. A small club that is an inspiration for other clubs,” he allowed himself to reflect. Others do not consider this much of a fairy tale, the club bankrolled by Russian shareholder Maxim Demin, and their failure this season unbefitting of a squad containing plenty of expensive purchases – too many failing to deliver. Certainly, it is reasonable to imagine a side with the attacking quality of forwards Josh King and Callum Wilson should not be in the Championship. Commendably, Howe accepted as much. It was Wilson and King’s threat that gave Bournemouth a chance of a last-ditch reprieve, and when Junior Stanislas was this weekend’s beneficiary of the sadly habitual Jordan Pickford error with 10 minutes Everton Bournemouth Kean 41 King 13 pen, Solanke 45+1, Stanislas 80 Eddie Howe cut a crestfallen, solitary figure as he contemplated Bournemouth’s relegation and his own future. Shortly after the final whistle, he drifted around a deserted Goodison Park, at one point sinking on one knee to speak into his mobile phone, presumably accepting one of many sympathetic messages. Within moments he was telling reporters about the toughest day of his career, apologising to fans, accepting full responsibility and admitting this may have been his last game as Bournemouth manager. “There will be a period of reflection, but it can’t be too long,” Howe The one that got away Bournemouth would have finished ahead of Aston Villa if this winning “goal” for Sheffield United at Villa Park in the first game of the restart had counted – Var failed to spot it – and the rest of the season had played out the same Premier League tempted to build on TV success of free-to-air games subscription and freeview channels in recent months. Prior to the final weekend, 28 matches were made available outside the subscription model, including four screened by the BBC. Audiences for the 24 matches which Sky released to channels such as Pick averaged 1.9million viewers – up by 36 per cent on the 1.4million viewing figure average for Sky Sports subscription channels over the same period. One broadcasting executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, believes “momentum is building for a serious conversation about the way we negotiate future rights deals with the Premier League. Give free-to-view fans a taste of what the subscribers get is likely to give them an appetite for more”. Viewers of matches on Freeview and Freesat were said to have made up 26 per cent of the audience when Sky matches were shown on free-to-air. Figures also show the average audience for all four BBC matches was 2.7million, almost double the average number of people tuning into a match available only via a Sky Sports subscription. For the matches solely on BBC One, the average audience was 3.8million. The success of boosting the Sky audience during lockdown came a year after Sky allowed Channel 4 to show the cricket World Cup final involving England free-to-air. Jonathan Thompson, chief executive at Freeview, said: “These numbers show the trade-off that sports such as football, cricket and rugby have to make. If you want to ensure the longevity of our traditional sports, and enthuse the widest possible audience, then these numbers show the way to do it.” brid” rights agreements after their success during lockdown. Sky boosted its viewing figures by more than a third for games which also aired beyond its subscription service, data seen by shows, and broadcasting insiders believe there is a compelling business model for future shares with free channels. Such an arrangement for the next rights cycle would need to be led by England’s top tier, but several broadcast executives believe momentum is building following unprecedented cooperation between The Daily Telegraph Exclusive By Tom Morgan There may be more free-to-air Premier League games as pay-TV executives consider future “hysaid.
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