Crystal Palace will be rewarded for their return to form with a warm-weather training camp in the coming weeks.
They significantly improved during Saturday's 1-0 defeat of Middlesbrough, which has revived their hopes of surviving relegation from the Premier League, and manager Sam Allardyce plans to take them away after next week's fixture at West Brom.
After that visit to The Hawthorns, because of their elimination from the FA Cup, Palace will not play again for two weeks -- when they host Watford....
Romelu Lukaku's ambition is to help Everton achieve "greatness,'' but he believes the only way to do that is if every player pushes each other to the limit.
The Belgium striker is the Premier League's joint-leading scorer with 17 after his goal in the 2-0 win over Sunderland. Ross Barkley is his next closest teammate with just four.
There is no doubt Lukaku is the key player in Ronald Koeman's side but the 23-year-old is more focused what the team can achieve.
He is happy to lead by example, though.
Southampton manager Claude Puel felt Manolo Gabbiadini had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside in the Saints' 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.
Gabbiadini's brace had Southampton dreaming as strikes by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard were cancelled out -- but Ibrahimovic headed home three minutes time to clinch a hard-fought win.
However Saints striker had a goal waved off when the game was goalless and Puel believes his side's performance merited more.
A first goal for Idrissa Gueye and the latest Romelu Lukaku strike helped Everton eventually ease to a 2-0 win against a dismal Sunderland on Saturday. The result inflicted further misery on former manager David Moyes, who has lost all four meetings without scoring against the club he managed for 11 years.
This was a case of job done and tougher tests ahead as the Blues recorded a fourth successive home win, extending their unbeaten run to nine matches. With 17 points from a possible 21 in 2017,...