From the back pages, May 20: England’s Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson ‘as good as I’ve seen’ – Cook

From the back pages
From the back pages

Alastair Cook’s first Test on home soil as England captain ended in a comfortable win, although it took an hour of supremely destructive fast bowling from Stuart Broad and James Anderson to lend the start of the Ashes summer something resembling a sense of decisive momentum. “We thought that would be a pretty tough chase,” Cook said after England’s 170-run victory. “We knew if we put the ball in the right areas we could cause damage. But there’s still a lot of nerves in there when you walk in in the morning.” (The Guardian)

Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1: It was a little too close to comfort, as it so often is these days, but when the whistle blew to signal the end of another difficult season, Arsène Wenger and his players were smiling. Arsenal had claimed their customary top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League, seeing off another challenge from Tottenham Hotspur, and Wenger looked as though a great weight had been lifted from his shoulders. (The Times)

There comes a time when things go beyond a joke. After attracting jibes two years in a row for emerging in full kit for trophy celebrations after not playing the final, injured John Terry has donned his Chelsea colours to address the Stamford Bridge crowd after the 2-1 win over Everton. (Daily Mail)

England boss Roy Hodgson has hit out at Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs after each club arranged a tour at the end of a gruelling season. (The Express)

Manchester City saw a disappointing season and a tough week end with a tame home defeat to Norwich. Jack Rodwell struck two excellent equalisers as last season’s Barclays Premier League champions threatened to finish with a flourish, but the Canaries deservedly finished on top at the Etihad Stadium. (The Independent)

Sir Alex Ferguson was denied a winning send off into retirement as West Brom roared back from three goals down to snatch a draw in a quite staggering 10-goal thriller at The Hawthorns. (The Mirror)

Gareth Bale hit a late screamer but Spurs suffered more end-of-season Champions League agony. Tottenham will be playing in the Europa League again next year after Arsenal’s victory at Newcastle consigned them to fifth. (The Sun)