Captain, leader, leaving


Chelsea’s match against Sunderland on Sunday was not a testimonial for John Terry.

It was, in fact, a regular league game.

Yet the scenes in the 26th minute at Stamford Bridge were not only as saccharin-sweet as you would expect from such an occasion, but also embarrassed their opponents.

Sunderland, let’s not forget, have suffered an ignominious season already.

And, legend or not, no-one could have blamed them had they refused to share in the festivities surrounding the departing Blues man, even though they had already agreed to comply.

For Diego Costa to give a reminder to Jordan Pickford to kick the ball into touch as the clock ticked down to Terry’s impending substitution was a bit of a slap in the face.

As was the two-minute procession that followed, with Terry soaking up the applause and impromptu guard of honour from his team-mates.

That isn’t to say the captain was not deserving of a prolonged farewell, but save it for after the match.

As Garth Crooks said during an appearance on BBC’s Final Score, “This isn’t Hollywood.”

Will Rook

Kane's golden again


Sergio Aguero – whose goalscoring feats are probably take for granted – became just the fifth player in Premier League history to reach 20 goals in three consecutive seasons on Sunday.

That Harry Kane was already on the list shows just how special the Tottenham centre-forward is.

Only three years into his top-flight career, Kane has already won the Golden Boot twice and improved his scoring tally every season.

The striker bagged 29 in 30 appearances this season – the highest goals-per-game ratio of any top-scorer in history.

Kane has faced plenty of scepticism during his time in the Premier League.

Whether it’s because he suddenly burst into the Spurs first-team after a series of loans in the Football League, or just because he is English, there was a sense – last season, at least – that he would be exposed as some sort of fraud.

Clearly, though, this isn’t some three-season-wonder purple patch. It’s just who he is.

- Jack Green

The last Waltz


Farce of the day went to Watford, whose disastrous afternoon at least dissolved the apathy that otherwise surrounded hosting Manchester City.

Crippled by injuries, head coach Walter Mazzarri named card-happy left-back Jose Holebas and energetic central-midfielder Valon Behrami at centre-back, and full league debutant Brandon Mason at left-back.

By half time, fellow debutant Alex Eleftheriou had joined the motley crew, in place of Daryl Janmaat.

That City only scored five can be put down to their falling over themselves in glee.

Though had Mazzarri used his second matchday squad innovation to full effect, might more of the damage have been avoided?

In naming two goalkeepers on his substitutes’ bench, the Italian afforded himself the chance to revolutionise bus-parking forever, but failed to take it.

Though, in fairness, bringing on a second – or even third – stopper, might not have been enough.

The bizarre-looking bench is actually explained away by the fact that third keeper Rene Gilmartin was the only senior player ready to step up when Adrian Mariappa pulled out at five past the last minute.

Yet that home fans genuinely believed this may have been a middle-fingered farewell from their manager tells the story of this relationship.

Home fans chanted "off, off, off" as referee Jon Moss reprimanded Mazzarri on Sunday.

Many were simply celebrating the more permanent exit that will now follow.

- Adam Drury