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That Luton win was for Locks. Classy stuff.

The headlines lower down the leagues are that Bolton managed to hold off a spirited Leyton Orient comeback to win 3-2 after being 3-0 up. Meanwhile, Portsmouth were held 1-1 by Fleetwood, as struggling Reading beat Wigan 2-0 and Stevenage were beaten 2-1 at Barnsley despite scoring early on.

In League Two, Wrexham continued their good form with a 2-0 win over fellow Welsh side Newport, while there were impressive away wins for Harrogate (2-1 at Grimsby), MK Dons (3-1 at Morecambe) and Mansfield (2-0 at Sutton).

Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth went into the 101st minute, but referee Rob Jones eventually brings it to an end, with the Cherries grabbing an entertaining 3-2 victory courtesy of Dominic Solanke’s hat-trick.

Referee Jones might well dominate the headlines after this one, too, for his decision to send Willy Boly off in the first half for two bookable offences. The second one in particular looked harsh and Forest will feel very much aggrieved.

Full time scores: Premier League

One regular day, that’s all I ask, etc etc.

Full time scores: Championship

GOAL! Nottm Forest 2-3 Bournemouth (Solanke, 90)

A towering header from Solanke and he’s won it and completed his hat-trick in the same breath! What a brilliant moment for the striker, but a real punch in the stomach for Forest in Nuno’s first game.

Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke rises up and sends a header goalwards … Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke scores their third goal to complete his hat-trick at Nottingham Forest.
And completes his hat-trick and gives the visitors the lead. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
Dominic Solanke (right) celebrates with teammate Marcus Tavernier after scoring their team’s third goal and completing his hat-trick against Forest.
Solanke (right) celebrates with teammate Marcus Tavernier. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

It’s over at Craven Cottage.

Time is running out for Newcastle. They’ve not threatened anywhere near enough against a stoic Luton outfit this afternoon.

There seems to be more chance of a late goal at Forest, with both sides pushing to nick the three points, even though Bournemouth have the extra man.

Tottenham v Everton is into six minutes of added time. The Toffees have a set-piece opportunity, which Pickford will send long and forward.

Plymouth have levelled late on against Birmingham. Morgan Whittaker makes it 3-3.

Morgan Whittaker of Plymouth Argyle scores a goal to make the score 3-3 against Birmingham City.
Morgan Whittaker squeezes a shot into the corner for Plymouth Argyle’s equaliser. Photograph: James Marsh/Shutterstock
Morgan Whittaker of Plymouth Argyle celebrates scoring their team's third goal with teammates to make it 3=3 against Birmingham City.
Whittaker celebrates. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images

Championship: Cardiff might have nicked it late on at Sheffield Wednesday, as Kion Etete makes it 2-1 to the Bluebirds. Watford have also turned things around against Blackburn with two goals in five minutes – they also lead 2-1.

The forgotten man returns.

We’re heading towards added time in north London. Everton need a goal.

Andre Gomes has scored his first Everton goal since 8th January 2022, when he scored against Hull City in the FA Cup.

Gives his side a chance. 👏

— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 23, 2023

League Two: Wrexham 2-0 Newport in the Welsh derby all Welsh affair at the Racecourse Ground.

Spurs are scrambling to keep Everton out here. Danjuma has a shot, which brings about a good save from Vicario, and the resulting corner causes chaos in the hosts’ box, before they eventually get it away. Fine effort from Everton who continue to go in search of a point.

GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Everton (Gomes, 82)

Welcome back, Andre Gomes. Check this goal out this evening if you can. Brilliant strike!

On his first competitive Everton appearance since May 2022, the midfielder provides a moment of magic. He’s had a great game since coming on, and this goal sets up a grandstand finish, as the away fans make themselves heard.

Everton's Andre Gomes scores their first goal at Tottenham.
A piledriver from Andre Gomes gets Everton back in the game. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images/Reuters

Some full-time scores from Serie A: Frosinone 1-2 Juventus; Bologna 1-0 Atalanta; Torino 1-1 Udinese.

Roma v Napoli is tonight’s headline fixture in Italian football. Ought to be tasty.

15 minutes left at Tottenham: Everton are throwing the kitchen sink at Spurs, but it’s simply not happening for them. James Garner has grazed a post, Jack Harrison has come close and, despite Everton’s second half point warranting at least a goal, none has been forthcoming.

Dyche is about to chuck Beto into the mix. He’s not giving up.

GOAL! Nottm Forest 2-2 Bournemouth (Wood, 75)

Joy for Nuno! Was that Chris Wood who got the final touch? It was scrappy, but the home supporters at the City Ground care not one jot.

Now Forest have to try and cling on. A point is surely the best they can hope for with 10 men against this in-form and organised Bournemouth team.

Nottingham Forest’s Chris Wood scores their side’s second goal of the game against Bournemouth.
Nottingham Forest’s Chris Wood eyes the ball … Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
Nottingham Forest’s Chris Wood scores their side’s second goal of the game against Bournemouth.
Then watches as it heads into the Bournemouth net. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
Nottingham Forest's Morgan Gibbs-White celebrates after Chris Wood scores their second goal against Bournemouth.
Morgan Gibbs-White is pleased that his side is back on level terms. Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

Championship update: Some more goals.

Leicester 3-0 Rotherham; Plymouth 2-3 Birmingham; Norwich 2-0 Huddersfield; Sheff Weds 1-1 Cardiff.

Tottenham v Everton is in stasis. The patterns continue to repeate themselves. Spurs playing out, trying to grab another goal to secure their position, often getting caught out by Everton’s canny Dychian press.

You feel an Everton goal could turn the tide, but their profligacy in forward areas is costing them a shot at a point.

Championship: Oh no, Michael Beale. His Sunderland side are now 3-0 down against Coventry. Some debut.

Callum O'Hare of Coventry City celebrates scoring their second goal at Sunderland.
Callum O’Hare of Coventry City celebrates scoring their second goal at Sunderland. Photograph: Richard Lee/Shutterstock
Kasey Palmer of Coventry City celebrates scoring their third goal.
And Kasey Palmer is congratulated by his team mates after scoring their third. Photograph: Richard Lee/Shutterstock

Team news is dropping over at Liverpool v Arsenal, the big one at Anfield, which you can follow with Barry Glendenning:

An update from Scotland via reader Simon McMahon:

Hi Dom. All three home sides, that’s Celtic, Hearts and Kilmarnock, are currently leading 2-0 against Livingston, St. Mirren and St. Johnstone respectively. Though to be honest I don’t really care about any of that as I’m still in the huff after Dundee United could only draw 0-0 with bottom of the table Queen’s Park in Glasgow last night. Though quite why I was surprised is a surprise in itself, given we’ve won about twice at Hampden in 110 years. Anyway, Merry Christmas!

Thanks Simon, have a good one!

GOAL! Fulham 0-2 Burnley (Berge, 67)

Sander Berge with a super solo effort! He just went on and on and on … and then he scored.

Open the claret, Clarets, your boys are in dreamland! This would be a lovely early Christmas present for Vincent Kompany, all things considered.

Sander Berge scores Burnley’s second goal at Fulham.
Sander Berge scores Burnley’s second goal at Fulham. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Sander Berge of Burnley celebrates after scoring their team's second goal at Fulham.
Then celebrates. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Drama in League One! Bolton were 3-0 up on Leyton Orient but now it’s 3-2! Fleetwood have levelled at table-topping Portsmouth. The big boys are not having things their own way.

Newcastle have come close to levelling at Luton. Isak had the ball in the net but it was rightly ruled out.

Can the Toon find a way past Rob Edwards’ resilient side?

Championship: In the blink of an eye, Leicester have a 2-0 lead over Rotherham, with Patson Daka patting and dakking in both goals.

‘Clear and obvious’, two words to suck the festive cheer out of anyone … as Sean Orlowicz emails in:

Discussion in the Everton v Spurs broadcast is where exactly the clear and obvious error is. The linesman and on-field ref have two distinct and clear views of the “foul” and chose not to call it. Dyche and Everton fans are right to be upset about that one.

GOAL! Nottm Forest 1-2 Bournemouth (Solanke, 58)

Big Dom Solanke at the double! And trouble for Nuno, now that Bournemouth have a couple.

The Cherries have turned this game on its head and, with a man advantage, they’ll be confident of seeing it out.

Dominic Solanke scores his, and Bournemouth’s, second goal at Nottingham Forest.
Dominic Solanke scores his, and Bournemouth’s, second goal at Nottingham Forest. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/Shutterstock
Dominic Solanke celebrates after scoring to make it 2-1 at Nottingham Forest.
Solanke celebrates against the setting sun. Photograph: Robin Jones/AFC Bournemouth/Getty Images

Mike Dean on Sky Sports said that foul from Andre Gomes on Emerson Royal that denied Everton a goal was “very, very soft”. Personally, having seen it, I think it had to be given. No doubt Evertonians will vehemently disagree and email me to say so.

This League Two graphic saves me a task. Thanks guys; here’s the latest …

Championship: Norwich find a way through against Huddersfield via substitute Sam McCallum, who was introduced at half-time. It didn’t take him long to make a mark.

This may well explain Cristian Romero’s half-time withdrawal:

Romero has an ice pack on his hamstring while sitting on bench

— Tom Barclay (@TomBarclay_) December 23, 2023

GOAL! Nottm Forest 1-1 Bournemouth (Solanke 51)

The answer to the question ‘can Forest cling on?’ is a resounding ‘no’. Bournemouth hit back straight away through Dominic Solanke.

A mixed few minutes for players named Dominic. They all have my full support, come what may.

Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke heads home their equaliser at Nottingham Forest.
Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke heads home their equaliser at Nottingham Forest. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

Calvert-Lewin scores and it’s game on at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Or does he score?

There are widespread boos from the home fans, appealing for a possible foul in the buildup, and we’re getting a VAR check … it was Gomes on Royal and Stuart Attwell checks the monitor.

NO GOAL! Disallowed due to that infringement. We’re back at 2-0.

GOAL! Nottm Forest 1-0 Bournemouth (Elanga, 47)

Rhythm is a dancer, Anthony Elanga!

Another goal against the run of proceedings, but what a precious strike it is for Forest and new manager Nuno. Chris Wood set it up, Elanga finished and now most of the City Ground will hope and pray their team can cling on.

Nottingham Forest's Anthony Elanga celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Bournemouth.
Nottingham Forest’s Anthony Elanga wheels away in celebration. Photograph: Andrew Kearns/CameraSport/Getty Images

50 mins: Jacob Brown smashes one off the woodwork for Luton … oh so close to a 2-0 lead that, you feel, would prove terminal for Newcastle this afternoon.

GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Burnley (Odobert, 47)

Wilson Odobert take a bow! Stunning goal.

That comes rather against the run of play and against most people’s expectations. Fulham have some work to do. They won’t be winning this home game 5-0.

Burnley's Wilson Odobert scores their first goal at Fulham.
Burnley’s Wilson Odobert fires home to give the visitors the lead. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters
Burnley fans in fancy dress celebrate their first goal scored by Wilson Odobert at Fulham.
Which pleases the travelling Burnley fans. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters

Spurs bring on Eric Dier for Cristian Romero at half-time, which is odd given that first 45 minutes was a rare spell of football for Romero in which he wasn’t actually booked. He loves a card more than Clinton’s.

Second half

In dribs and drabs, second halves around the country are getting going.

Let’s hope for goals, goals, goals.

Eddie Howe made a double change for Newcastle on 38 minutes, with only one of those enforced, as Jamal Lascelles hobbled off with Sven Botman his replacement. Howe used that moment as an opportunity to get Alexander Isak on the pitch to play up top with Callum Wilson. Youngster Lewis Miley was sacrificed.

Let’s see if that has an impact after the break. Luton are deservedly in front as things stand.

And the award for best Christmas jumper of the year, 2023, goes to:

A half-time email from concerned Tottenham supporter Alexandra Ashton:

From the 40th minute up until the end of the half Everton have been carving out chances at will. If their players could finish their chances we’d be on level terms or even behind 2-3 at this point! We’ve been playing some lovely stuff for the vast majority of the half but the players need to keep their focus and learn to see out the half/match, under the cosh for 10 minutes and conceding a myriad of chances.

The scoreline is very, very flattering, but I’m not complaining.

Half time scores

Premier League: Fulham 0-0 Burnley; Luton 1-0 Newcastle; Nottm Forest 0-0 Bournemouth; Tottenham 2-0 Everton.

Championship: Blackburn 1-0 Watford; Leicester 0-0 Rotherham; Boro 1-0 West Brom; Norwich 0-0 Huddersfield; Plymouth 1-2 Birmingham; QPR 0-1 So’ton; Sheff Weds 1-0 Cardiff; Stoke 0-0 Millwall; Sunderland 0-1 Coventry.

League One: Barnsley 1-2 Stevenage; Blackpool 1-1 Bristol Rovers; Bolton 3-0 L Orient; Carlisle 0-1 Cheltenham; Charlton 1-0 Burton; N’hampton 0-0 Oxford; Portsmouth 1-0 Fleetwood; Reading 1-0 Wigan; Shrewsbury 0-0 Peterborough; Wycombe 0-0 P Vale.

League Two: Accrington 1-1 Walsall; Grimsby 0-1 Harrogate; Morecambe 0-1 MK Dons; Sutton 0-1 Mansfield; Tranmere 0-1 Swindon; Wrexham 0-0 Newport.

Added time at TH Stadium and Vicario does well to maintain Spurs’ 2-0 lead with an excellent save from Jack Harrison.

Into the same sort of time at the City Ground and Forest are (just about) keeping Bournemouth at bay, amid waves of Cherries pressure.

An email from Jeff Sax asks: “How is referee doing at Burnley game?”

I’ve not heard much from that game, but presumably no headlines equate to a solid start for Rebecca Welch on her Premier League debut.

Championship: The goals are flowing like mulled wine now in the second tier! Plymouth have pulled one back against Birmingham, Southampton lead at QPR through Taylor Harwood-Bellis but Leicester continue to be frustrated by lowly Rotherham. It’s 0-0 at the KP.

42 mins: As we now expect from Ange-ball, Spurs are showing no sign of slowing their tempo or shutting things in the hope of getting to half-time with their two-goal lead intact. Nope, it’s high-line, high-energy, expansive stuff from Tottenham and it’s keeping Everton interested, to say the least.

Championship: Make that five goalless games and put Middlesbrough on Santa’s good list. They’ve scored against West Brom via Morgan Rogers. Birmingham have a second at Plymouth, too.

Championship: Most games have had 40 minutes and goals are like gold dust. Only Birmingham, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday have managed to find the net. Six games are goalless. Yawn.

37 mins: Luton are pushing hard for a second goal against Newcastle, who really haven’t turned up at Kenilworth Road as yet. Dubravka does well to deny Adebayo and the home fans crank up the volume. They’re bang up for this, as you’d expect.

Looks like another injury issue for Newcastle, too, as Lascelles limps off.

On Willy Boly’s red card, Samuel Campbell makes a salient point:

I didn’t think VAR can intervene on second yellows? Either way I am not sure I see the big fuss. That’s the rules these days. Ideally I don’t think it should be but these days you can get punished for catching someone on the follow-through, even if you get the ball and even if there is no intent or malice.

I’m sure many Forest fans will disagree Samuel. I personally think it was very, very harsh.

Scottish Premiership: No goals yet in Celtic v Livingston, nor Hearts v St Mirren. Kilmarnock lead St Johnstone 2-0 in the other game, with Ross County v Hibs postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Is it 2015?

A replay of Boly’s second yellow at the City Ground shows him clearly winning the ball. I’m absolutely stunned that’s been able to stand. But Forest are playing with 10.

League One: Bolton are now 3-0 up against Leyton Orient and cruising; Blackpool have bee pegged back at home by Bristol Rovers to make it 1-1; Stevenage, Charlton and Cheltenham all have 1-0 leads.

GOAL! Luton 1-0 Newcastle (Townsend, 25)

Another player coming back to haunt his former club!

Andros Townsend heads the home side in front. It came from a corner – and that’s Townsend’s first ever goal for Luton. He holds up a No 4 shirt in tribute to Tom Lockyer.

Andros Townsend of Luton Town scores their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Luton Town and Newcastle United.
Andros Townsend heads home to give the Hatters the lead. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Luton Town's Andros Townsend celebrates scoring their first goal by holding a shirt to support of Luton Town's Tom Lockyer who is recovering following a cardiac arrest.
Then pays tribute to Tom Lockyer who is recovering after collapsing during last weekend’s game. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

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