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Luis Suarez banned for 10 games for bite on Chelsea"s Branislav Ivanovic

10 GAMES! Liverpool in the jaws of despair as Suarez slapped with huge ban for vicious bite on Ivanovic


Paolo Di Canio (Sheffield Wednesday): pushing over referee Paul Alcock in 1998


Kevin Keegan (Liverpool) and Billy Bremner (Leeds): fighting in the Charity Shield in 1974

David Putton (Southampton): pushing referee Alan Wiley in 2005


Paul Davis (Arsenal): punching Glenn Cockerill in 1998

Steve Walsh (Leicester) discipline in 1987

Frank Sinclair (West Brom): clashing heads with the referee in 1992


Luis Suarez (Liverpool): racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011

Ben Thatcher (Manchester City): elbowing Pedro Mendes in 2006

Mark Dennis (QPR): banned in 1987 for picking up his 11th career red card

Liverpool themselves were left shocked by the decision, which sees Suarez banned for two games more than he received after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011.

The club's managing director Ian Ayre said: 'Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today's Independent Regulatory Commission decision.

'We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment.'

The latest setback for Suarez means that since 2011, he has been banned for 26 matches, beyond the usual yellow and red cards.

He was hit with seven games at Ajax for biting Otman Bakkal, eight for the Evra incident, one more for flipping the middle finger at Fulham fans, and now 10 for biting again.

The tribunal took past behaviour and previous cases into consideration before reaching a
conclusion on Suarez, who was banned for seven games after he bit PSV
Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in November 2010.

Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe escaped a
long ban and fine in October 2006 as he was booked after biting Javier
Mascherano, then of West Ham. Had Suarez been booked last Sunday, the FA
would have still had the power to take him to task as the rules have
changed since then.

Having accepted the FA’s charge,
Suarez was already set to miss the trip to
Newcastle on Saturday, the Merseyside derby at Anfield on May 5 and
Liverpool’s visit to Fulham on May 12.

Liverpool were condemned for their stance over Suarez, having already been rebuked for failing to administer
their own suspension. The matter has been taken so seriously that the
Prime Minister entered the debate on Monday.

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man


Luis Suarez will not play again for Liverpool this season. He will miss the trip to Newcastle this Saturday, the Merseyside derby at Anfield on May 5, and matches against Fulham and QPR.

Next season's fixtures are yet to be published, but it is expected that Liverpool will have seven games – six in the Premier League and one in the League Cup – by the end of September.

Suarez was fined an undisclosed amount – thought to be two weeks’ wages, a figure that equates to more than
200,000 – on Monday morning. He insisted that the money be donated to
the Hillsborough Families Support Group.

The 26-year-old was warned by Ayre that he was on his last chance at Anfield. The
Uruguay striker was found guilty by the FA in December 2011 of using
racially abusive language to Patrice Evra.

Liverpool have stressed that Suarez,
who has been strongly linked with Bayern Munich, will not be sold this
summer and have vowed to work with him to improve his behaviour.

Previous worst: (L-R) Duncan Ferguson, Ben Thatcher, Paolo Di Canio and Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan

Previous worst: (L-R) Duncan Ferguson, Ben Thatcher, Paolo Di Canio and Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan

Previous worst: (L-R) Duncan Ferguson, Ben Thatcher, Paolo Di Canio and Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan

Previous worst: (L-R) Duncan Ferguson, Ben Thatcher, Paolo Di Canio and Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan

Previous worst: (L-R) Duncan Ferguson, Ben Thatcher, Paolo Di Canio and Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan

VIDEO Liverpool's Managing Director on Suarez controversy

Liverpool to stand by Suarez

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Look, ref: Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Kevin Friend following the biting incident at Anfield yesterday

Look, ref: Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Kevin Friend following the biting incident at Anfield yesterday

Luis Suarez appears to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

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Previous: Suarez bites Otman Bakkal of PSV while playing for Ajax

Previous: Suarez bites Otman Bakkal of PSV while playing for Ajax

Repeat The PSV star was as perplexed as Ivanovic by Suarez's behaviour

Repeat The PSV star was as perplexed as Ivanovic by Suarez's behaviour

It's not the first time Suarez has used his teeth

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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is back in the spotlight after appearing to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield, going on to score a late equaliser.

Here are some of the previous controversies surrounding the Uruguayan forward.

February 2007: Suarez made his international debut for Uruguay against Colombia but was sent off in the final minutes after being shown a second yellow card for dissent.

November 2007: Joined Ajax from Uruguayan side Nacional but he was later suspended by the Dutch giants after a half-time dressing-room altercation with team-mate Albert Luque.

July 2010: During the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, Suarez prevented Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah from scoring in the final minute with a deliberate handball on the line and was subsequently sent off. A penalty was awarded but missed by Asamoah Gyan and footage showed Suarez celebrating on the sidelines. Uruguay eventually went through to the last four on penalties.

November 2010: Suarez was handed a seven-match ban by the Dutch FA and fined by his club for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.

October 2011: Following his move to Liverpool in January 2011, he was involved in a tackle with Everton's Jack Rodwell and goes down with apparent minimal contact. Rodwell was then sent off.

October 2011: Suarez was alleged to have racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a Premier League match. Suarez was later found guilty by an independent regulatory commission and banned for eight matches and fined 40,000.

December 2011: Was seen making an offensive gesture towards Fulham fans. At this time he had already been charged by the Football Association over the racism incident, although not yet punished, but was handed a further one-match ban for the gesture.

February 2012: United and Liverpool met again at Old Trafford, but more controversy blew up as Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand before kick-off.

October 2012: Celebrated a goal against Everton by diving in front of Toffees boss David Moyes who had earlier claimed that 'divers' such as Suarez were putting fans off the English game.

January 2013: Handles the ball prior to scoring Liverpool's winner in the FA Cup third round tie at Mansfield.

April 2013: Bites Branislav Ivanovic on the arm but
escapes punishment on the pitch as the referee fails to see it, and
scores Liverpool's equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time as they
draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield. Fined by club the following day and
charged with violent conduct by the FA. Subsequently handed a 10-match
ban by an independent regulatory commission.

Peterborough 0 Norwich 3: Snodgrass rounds off comfortable victory for Canaries

Peterborough 0 Norwich 3: Snodgrass rounds off comfortable victory for Canaries


17:05 GMT, 5 January 2013



19:59 GMT, 5 January 2013

Norwich returned to winning ways after four Premier League straight defeats by easily brushing aside Championship strugglers Peterborough at London Road.

Elliott Bennett opened the scoring after half an hour and Simeon Jackson doubled the lead just before half-time.

Robert Snodgrass picked up a perfectly weighted ball from Bennett to slide home the third late into the second half.

Snodgrass passes in Norwich's third to round off a comfortable display

Placement: Robert Snodgrass passes in Norwich's third to round off a easy win

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Gordon-Hutton 34), Brisley, Knight-Percival (Ajose 46), Little, Ferdinand, Bostwick, Newell, Rowe, Swanson (McCann 54), Boyd. Subs not used: Day, Clarke-Harris, Sage, Richens.

Booked: Bostwick, Brisley.

Norwich: Rudd, Martin, Barnett, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Elliott Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Lappin, Snodgrass (Butterfield 72), Jackson. Subs not used: Steer, Pilkington, Garrido, Ward, Tettey, Kane.

Booked: Martin.

Goals: Elliot Bennett 30, Jackson 41, Snodgrass 70.

Attendance: 13,198.

Referee: Stuart Attwell.

Former Posh players Russell Martin, the Norwich captain, and Ryan Bennett kept their places in a Canaries side showing eight changes, while goalkeeper Declan Rudd was among those given a chance to impress by manager Chris Hughton.

The hosts were weakened by the absence of three key players, with Gaby Zakuani on African Nations Cup duty, in-form striker Dwight Gayle cup-tied and Gavin Tomlin suspended.

League clubs are thin on the ground in this part of the country so this was virtually a derby despite there being 65 miles between the two.

More than 5,000 Norwich fans made the trip and football special trains were brought back for the occasion.

Peterborough have not beaten a top-flight club since a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the fourth round in 1965, when they went on to reach the quarter-finals.

They began brightly, though, and Joe Newell may well have scored had Ryan Bennett not deflected his shot just past the post.

But Posh's dominance was short-lived and Snodgrass was the main player as Norwich began to get on top.

Elliott Bennett rattled in the first goal after half an hour

Opener: Elliott Bennett rattled in the first goal after half an hour

Johnson is hauled back by Nicky Ajose as he looks to roam through the midfield

Foul: Bradley Johnson is hauled back by Nicky Ajose as he looks to roam through the midfield

He did brilliantly to get his head to
an overhit cross by Elliott Bennett in the 12th minute and Bobby
Olejnik was at full strength to prevent the ball reaching Jackson.

Michael Bostwick was soon in the book
for a challenge on Jackson, while Olejnik did well to push a fizzing
shot from Elliott Bennett over the bar.

The hosts' resistance was broken in
the 30th minute, though, with Snodgrass jinking into the area and
setting up Elliott Bennett, who poked his shot into the bottom corner.

Delia Smith at Peterborough v Norwich

Jake Humphrey at Peterborough v Norwich

Famous faces: Delia Smith and Jake Humphrey enjoy their day out watching Norwich

Posh manager Darren Ferguson made a
tactical change, bringing on 17-year-old Jaanai Gordon for Craig Alcock
and going to five at the back, but in the 41st minute they conceded

A long ball from David Fox caught out the home defence and Jackson took his chance expertly with a cool lob over Olejnik.

And it would have been 3-0 at half-time but for the keeper, who stuck out a hand to divert Snodgrass' free-kick over the bar.

Ferguson made another change at
half-time, sending on Nicky Ajose for Nathaniel Knight-Percival, but the
pattern remained the same and Snodgrass was frustrated he could only
find the side netting when most of the visiting fans thought he had

Grant McCann replaced Danny Swanson
in Peterborough's final change, and their fans tried to inspire a
comeback, but it was largely one-way traffic.

Peterborough's Newell is quickly closed down by the Norwich defence

Rare shot: Peterborough's Joe Newell is quickly closed down by the Norwich defence

The most likely scenario appeared to
be a third for Norwich, and Bradley Johnson came close but his 25-yarder
was just wide while Jackson's header from a corner was blocked.

There were belated signs of
improvement from Posh midway through the half but the game was all over
in the 70th minute as Norwich broke away, Elliott Bennett fed Snodgrass
and he calmly beat Olejnik.

The midfielder was replaced moments
later by Jacob Butterfield, his afternoon's work done, and, although
Posh kept pushing, it was only for a consolation goal.

They almost got it with three minutes
to go after Martin had been booked for a foul on Tommy Rowe but Bostwick
could only poke McCann's free-kick into Rudd's arms – the keeper's
first save of the match.

Tierney clears the ball away from the dangerous George Boyd

High foot: Marc Tierney clears the ball away from the dangerous George Boyd

Fuming Peterborough manger Darren Ferguson apologised to his side's fans after the humiliating defeat.

He said: 'We've got our largest crowd of the season and I have to apologise to my own supporters for that performance because we're at home in a cup game which my players, for whatever reason, turned into a pre-season game.

'I'm quite glad it's taken me a while to talk to the press, and I haven't had a meeting with the players yet, because sometimes you can say things you might end up regretting.

'It was a shocking performance. If you've got your first proper tackle after 65 minutes in a cup tie then you're going to lose.

'I can accept people playing badly but the most disappointing thing for me was Norwich looked like they wanted it more, and they were the ones that made a lot of changes.

'I know what I'm going to say to the players. They'll expect me to pick them up again and perhaps they're starting to take that for granted.'

Barry Ferguson was bemused by the attitude of his players

Annoyed: Barry Ferguson was bemused by the attitude of his players

Posh were hampered by the loss of three key men in Gaby Zakuani, Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle but Ferguson insisted that was no excuse and called for a reaction in next weekend's home clash with Nottingham Forest.

'When you go on a good run and then you've got a cup match and it's a home tie, you think it could be another step towards improving in the season,' he said.

'Now we've seen what we've seen today, and it's the easiest game Norwich will have all season. All of a sudden you're back on the back foot, and you've got to go to a hard game like Forest.

'I gave my players two days off so there's no excuses whatsoever. I'm as frustrated as I've been for a while because I didn't see that performance coming.

'They've definitely let the fans down but I think the players have let me down today and they're going to have to give me a response, simple as that.'

Gordon-Hutton tries to get Peterborough on the scoresheet

Stretching: Jaanai Gordon-Hutton tries to get Peterborough on the scoresheet

Norwich manager Chris Hughton hailed
the attitude of his players, with Declan Rudd's only save coming in the
final minutes of the match.

said: 'Our approach to the game was very good, very professional from
the first minute, but of course you need to score goals to give yourself
a bit more of a comfortable time.

think probably the pivotal time was at half-time because if they get a
goal back then it could be a tough afternoon but I thought we were very
professional from first to last minute.'

one of only three players retained from the loss to West Ham, was the
star of the show, setting up the first goal before applying a clinical
finish to a second-half break.

added: 'He's a good player. I made the decision to make some changes.
Robert's one that I know can play games, he's a fit lad. I think he just
showed the form that he's been showing for us.

been playing consistently and has been adding some goals to his game
and assists. But I thought he was part of a really good all-round team
performance today.'

Peterborough 5 Bolton 4 – match report

Peterborough 5 Bolton 4: Posh hold on despite late Trotters surge


17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012



17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012

Peterborough's flying start proved decisive as they edged Bolton in a nine-goal thriller at London Road.

Buoyed by their surprise victory over leaders Cardiff last week, Posh raced into a two goal lead inside six minutes thanks to Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle.

Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews reduced the arrears from the penalty spot but George Thorne's drive made it 3-1 shortly after half-time.

Topsy-turvy: Peterborough emerged on top after an epic tussle

Topsy-turvy: Peterborough emerged on top after an epic tussle

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Bostwick, Zakuani, Knight-Percival, Little (Alcock 89), Thorne, Rowe, Boyd, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Gayle, Tomlin.

Subs Not Used: Day, Brisley, Swanson, McCann, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 2, Gayle 6, Thorne 47, Little 69, Zakuani 83.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ricketts, Knight, Warnock, Spearing, Andrews (Petrov 81), Lee (Sordell 50), Butterfield (Afobe 50), Eagles, Kevin Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lainton, Alonso, Ream, Pratley.

Booked: Butterfield, Kevin Davies, Ricketts, Andrews.

Goals: Andrews 45 pen, 56 pen, Afobe 85, Petrov 87.

Att: 6,600

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Another Andrews spot kick prompted
Bolton's most promising period of the match but United defenders Mark
Little and Gabriel Zakuani got in on the act to apparently make the
points safe.

But there was a final twist as
Wanderers substitutes Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov netted inside the
final six minutes to set up a grandstand finish.

Victory for Barnsley at Millwall and
Bristol City's draw at Ipswich means Darren Ferguson's side remain
bottom of the table, while Dougie Freedman's Bolton head into Christmas
eight points shy of the play-off places in 16th.

A cross-field ball from George Boyd
in the second minute skidded through Bolton centre-back Zat Knight on
the greasy surface, allowing Tomlin to race clear before cutting back
onto his right foot and planting a low shot past Adam Bogdan.

Wanderers goalkeeper Bogdan made a
magnificent reflex save to stop Tomlin doubling his tally moments later
but the Hungary international could do nothing when Sam Ricketts failed
to clear Tommy Rowe's cross and Gayle thrashed home on the half-volley –
his fifth goal in four games.

Confidence was understandably
coursing through Peterborough and Boyd fizzed an ambitious 35-yard
effort narrowly over after Thorne dispossessed Andrews.

In the 15th minute Tomlin went close
again, skipping past two challenges before curling against the post from
the edge of the box.

Boyd passed up the opportunity to add
a third, shooting wide at the end of a mazy run, before Bolton were
handed a lifeline in first half stoppage time.

Zakuani was penalised for holding
down Ricketts when Butterfield delivered a corner from the right and,
despite Chris Eagles volleying the loose ball into the net, referee
Nigel Miller pointed to the spot.

Andrews held his nerve, blasting low
to the left of Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik – a virtual spectator for
the opening 45 minutes.

But haphazard defending undid Bolton
at the start of the second half, as it had in the first, and after they
failed to clear in the 47th minute Thorne swept home from the edge of
the area.

Freedman threw on Marvin Sordell and
Afobe shortly afterward to bolster his side's attack and the latter
helped them reduce the advantage again with 56 minutes played.

A bustling run from Arsenal loanee was ended illegally in the area by Joe Newell and once more Andrews did the honours.

Afobe continued to cause problems for
the Peterborough defence but at the other end there remained plenty to
encourage the hosts and their two goal lead was restored for a third

Tomlin dragged wide after being teed
up by strike partner Gayle and, with 21 minutes to go, Little
emphatically drove into the top corner at the back post from Newell's
left wing cross.

Zakuani's far post header to convert Tomlin's right wing corner appeared to have sealed it but Afobe and Petrov had other ideas.

The former converted his team-mates'
84th minute corner from close range and when Petrov emphatically crashed
into the top corner on the angle three minutes later Bolton had got to
within touching distance of a point they scarcely deserved.

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2 – match report:

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2: Bostwick and Gayle seal hard-fought win at Bluebirds' fortress


17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012



17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

Table-topping Cardiff had their perfect record in home npower Championship matches ruined by struggling Peterborough today.

The Bluebirds had won all 10 league matches at the Cardiff City Stadium this season but were stunned by a Posh side who had failed to win in eight.

Michael Bostwick put the struggling visitors ahead after 22 minutes with a superb long-range effort and on-loan Dagenham striker Dwight Gayle netted the second two minutes after the interval.

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal


Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Gunnarsson 51), Turner, Connolly, Taylor, Whittingham, Cowie (Mutch 53), Conway (Gestede 64), Noone, Helguson, Bellamy.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kim, Mason, Lappin.

Booked: Connolly, Helguson, Cowie, Turner.

Goal: Gestede 89.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Zakuani, Bostwick, Knight-Percival (Alcock 68), Tomlin, Rowe (Brisley 83), Newell (Ferdinand 82), Little, Thorne, Boyd, Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Swanson, McCann, Gordon-Hutton.

Booked: Bostwick, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Tomlin.

Goals: Bostwick 22,Gayle 47.

Attendance: 22,073

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

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Rudy Gestede's late goal ensured a nervy finish for Darren Ferguson's team, but they held on for three crucial points.

The result saw Cardiff's lead at the
summit reduced to two points, while Peterborough climbed off the bottom
ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's visit to Barnsley.

The hosts thought they had taken the
lead after just four minutes when Heidar Helguson headed home from Craig
Bellamy's free-kick, but it was ruled out for offside.

Peterborough began to grow into the
game after a nervy start and Tommy Rowe's industry down the left wing
created a chance for George Boyd, but his left-footed strike was well
held by David Marshall.

They went even closer to breaking the
deadlock moments later as Ben Turner was forced to acrobatically clear
Boyd's deflected effort off the line.

Cardiff failed to heed the warnings and fell behind midway through the half.

Posh capitalised on the dubious award of a free-kick, Boyd rolling it to Bostwick, who rifled in from 20 yards.

Bellamy attempted to muster an
immediate response but after expertly controlling a loose ball on the
edge of the box, he pulled his effort just wide.

The Welshman threatened again soon
after, latching onto Craig Conway's superb pass before cutting the ball
back for Craig Noone, who could only find the gloves of Robert Olejnik
with his shot.

But having failed to make the most of
their dominance in the latter stages of the first half, the hosts fell
behind early in the second.

Lee Tomlin fed Gayle and he raced
through, slotting coolly past Marshall to make it four goals in three
matches and the first time this season Cardiff have conceded more than
one goal in their own backyard.

Gayle was afforded space to try and double his tally after 63 minutes but his low powerful shot was tipped wide by Marshall.

A clearly out-of-sorts Cardiff outfit
struggled to mount any meaningful response, though Helguson perhaps
should have done better with Bellamy's cross, fluffing wide when well

The Icelandic striker then outmuscled
Gabriel Zakuani to carve out a shooting opportunity, only to hook just
wide from inside the box.

Gayle should have put the game beyond
doubt but somehow contrived to fire straight at Marshall from four
yards, and Cardiff ensured a tense finish for the visitors when Gestede
turned in Turner's flick on.

But, despite six minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no sting in the tail.

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4 – match report:

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4: Inspired Ince turns on style to put sorry Posh to the sword


17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012



17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

Thomas Ince scored two and created another to propel Blackpool to a 4-1 win against lowly Peterborough at London Road.

Wes Thomas opened the scoring for the visitors before Ince, who provided the cross for the first goal, made it 2-0 from the spot.

Dwight Gayle grabbed one back for Posh, but goals from Nouha Dicko and a second for Ince sealed the points for Blackpool late on.

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another


Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Rowe 58), Brisley, Little (Ferdinand 78), McCann, Newell, Knight-Percival, Thorne, Tomlin, Boyd (Swanson 55), Gayle

Subs not used: Day, Zakuani, Kearns, Gordon-Hutton

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Baptiste, Basham, Cathcart, Broadfoot, Gomes, Osbourne (Dicko 80), Ince, Thomas (K Phillips 87), Delfouneso (Angel 80)

Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Harris, Sylvestre

Referee: Webb

Attendance: 5,633

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Posh started the day rooted to the
bottom of the npower Championship after a dismal November, which saw
them beaten on five occasions as they picked up only a single point away
at Ipswich.

Blackpool were also looking to end a
winless run, with Appleton picking up four straight draws since starting
his tenure at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders took the early
initiative, with Craig Cathcart's header from six yards drawing the
first save of the match from Robert Olejnik after a decent free-kick was
whipped in from just outside the box by Ince.

They continued to press as Tiago Gomes blasted a speculative effort from 30 yards that went just over the bar.

But Posh fired Appleton's side a
warning shot shortly afterwards as George Boyd found himself clean
through on goal and his left-footed strike forced Matt Gilks into a fine
save with his feet.

Two minutes into the second half
Blackpool's Chris Basham picked up a yellow card for a foul on Mark
Little as Peterborough started well. It was his fifth booking of the
season so he will miss the trip to Crystal Palace next week.

Before long the away side began to exert themselves on proceedings again, taking the lead in the 51st minute through Thomas.

Ince, a constant threat, played a delightful ball from the left-hand side which Thomas met perfectly to send it past Olejnik.

Appleton's side had their tails up now
and their second goal arrived from the spot after Thomas was brought
down by Shaun Brisley in the 57th minute.

Ince stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and score in the bottom-left corner.

Posh came back at Blackpool, throwing
everything they had at them, and they were rewarded when Gayle pounced
on a back-pass from Alex Baptiste to pull one back in the 70th minute.

But any hopes of a comeback were
dashed 12 minutes later as Dicko slid in to connect with Angel
Martinez's cross and make it 3-1.

Blackpool were not done as Ince capped
off a fine individual performance with a superb strike from 20 yards
that sailed into the top-left corner.

Sheff Wed 2 Peterborough 1: Match report

Sheff Wed 2 Peterborough 1: Owls bank win though Barkley and Llera


17:46 GMT, 3 November 2012



17:46 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sheffield Wednesday eased themselves away from the relegation zone with their first home win since August.

The Owls, who registered a first win in 10 npower Championship games at Ipswich last week, backed it up with a vital and deserved success over struggling Posh.

It was far from a classic at Hillsborough, but in-form Ross Barkley enhanced his growing reputation further when he struck less than 20 seconds into the second period with a deflected effort.

Owls on the rise: Miguel Llera scored the second

Owls on the rise: Miguel Llera scored the second

Match facts

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SHEFF WED: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Jones, Antonio, Semedo, Corry (McCabe 24), Barkley, Bothroyd (Jermaine Johnson 90),, O'Grady (Madine 68). Subs not used: Davies, Taylor, Mattock, Rodri.

Goals: Barkley 46, llera 76

Booked: Barkley

PETERBOROUGH: Olejnik, Little, Brisley, Bostwick, Alcock, Knight-Percival, Boyd, Ntlhe (Newell 62), McCann (Swanson 74), Tomlin, Berahino (Mendez-Laing 82). Subs not used: Day, Zakuani, Barnett, Ferdinand.

Goals: Boyd 79

Booked: Bostwick

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Att: 22,406

Defender Miguel Llera doubled that lead in the 76th minute with a header as the Owls looked on course for a routine win.

Peterborough, who had won their last
two league games, made a game of it when George Boyd drove home from 18
yards, but Wednesday held firm.

The win sees Dave Jones' men leapfrog
Posh in the table and Wednesday fans will hope that after their horror
run of form through the autumn, they can finally start looking up.

That dire sequence of nine league
games without a win finally ended with a superb 3-0 win at struggling
Ipswich last week and the Owls were keen to maintain that momentum in
the opening exchanges.

Indeed, they looked the more
threatening and Barkley, scorer of a brace at Portman Road, tested Posh
keeper Bobby Olejnik, who turned the on-loan Everton man's effort from
distance around the post.

It was far from one-way traffic, but
the Owls continued to carve out the chances and Llera headed a Jay
Bothroyd corner narrowly over the bar.

Owls midfielder Paul Corry, who had
been making Wednesday tick in recent weeks, suffered an injury and had
to be replaced by fit-again Rhys McCabe and that disrupted the hosts'

With Peterborough unable to take
advantage the game descended into a low-quality affair played mainly in
the middle third, with the half-time whistle coming as a relief to all.

However, the game needed less than 20 seconds after the restart to come to life and it was Wednesday that forged into the lead.

Virtually straight from kick-off the
ball was pumped up to Chris O'Grady, he flicked on and Barkley fired
home from inside the penalty with an effort that appeared to be

Unfortunately, that proved to be an
isolated moment of excitement and the game reverted to the drab
encounter of the first half.

The Posh have not been known for
their inability to get on the scoresheet in recent years, but Chris
Kirkland in the Wednesday net hardly had a save to make and it was
Wednesday that looked like doubling their advantage.

There were shouts for a penalty when
Michail Antonio was bundled over, but referee Darren Drysdale kept his
whistle away from his lips and then the Owls winger prodded wide when he
found himself in space.

Wednesday thought they had made the
game safe with 14 minutes to go when Llera headed home Antonio's cross
from six yards out for his third goal of the campaign to double their

But Posh finally stirred and
immediately gave themselves a lifeline when Body drilled in from the
edge of the area following a corner.

However, Darren Ferguson's men were unable to launch a late onslaught and Wednesday saw it out relatively trouble-free.

Peterborough 0 Nottm Forest 1: Match report

Peterborough 0 Nottm Forest 1: Reid's wonder strike condemns Posh to another home defeat



16:43 GMT, 6 October 2012

Andy Reid's superb strike gave Nottingham Forest their first away win in the npower Championship and left Peterborough as the only Football League club without a home point so far this season.

Reid scored the only goal of the game after 51 minutes as Forest halted a five-game winless streak, but they were indebted to goalkeeper Lee Camp who made a couple of good saves to keep his team in front.

Forest also had chances to win by a bigger margin and might have done so had it not been for Posh keeper Robert Olejnik.

You beauty! Andy reid (centre) celebrated his wonderful goal

You beauty! Andy reid (centre) celebrated his wonderful goal


Peterborough: Olejnik,Little (Swanson 63),Brisley, Knight-Percival, Alcock, Rowe (Tomlin 67), Ferdinand, Bostwick, Boyd, Barnett, Sinclair (Berahino 63).

Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, McCann, Ntlhe.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Halford, Ayala (Moloney 46), Collins, Harding, McGugan (Jenas 61), Gillett, Reid, Cohen, Sharp, Cox (Majewski 81).

Subs Not Used: Evtimov, Moussi, Guedioura, Coppinger.

Goals: Reid 51.

Att: 10,469

Ref: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire).

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After finally kick-starting their
npower Championship campaign last weekend with a 3-1 victory at Hull and
following up those first three league points with a 2-0 success at
Barnsley on Tuesday night, Peterborough were unchanged for the third
straight game.

Forest made one change as Simon Cox was restored to the starting line up after a one-match suspension.

He partnered Billy Sharp up front as
midfielder Henri Lansbury dropped out of the team and was absent from
the squad ahead of the England Under-21s' forthcoming European
Championship play-off double-header against Serbia.

Lewis McGugan looked up for it early
on with three attempts on the Peterborough goal in the opening 10
minutes, although only one worked Olejnik and that was a 25-yarder
straight at the Austrian.

Forest got the ball into the box
regularly in the first 15 minutes but Chris Cohen twice failed to get
enough on headers to worry Olejnik.

Peterborough won the first corner of
the game after 17 minutes. It signalled the beginning of a sustained
spell of pressure from the hosts during which Nathaniel Knight-Percival
turned a shot over the crossbar.

Tyrone Barnett then curled an effort wide midway through the first half.

Forest battled back and McGugan had
two further efforts either side of the half-hour mark – one going wide
and the other being blocked – before a deflected Cox shot narrowly

Camp was called into his first piece of meaningful action at the start of the second half.

Reid gave the ball away inside his
own half and Michael Bostwick advanced to the edge of the area before
forcing Camp to beat away his shot. From the resulting corner, Camp
parried again from Barnett's header.

That got the Posh crowd behind their team but they were soon quietened by Reid's blockbuster.

After collecting the ball on the
halfway line, the former Republic of Ireland international let rip from
the left side of the area and his shot flew into the top corner of the

Camp immediately had to preserve
Forest's lead with another parrying save to thwart Barnett after the
striker managed to get his volley in after getting goal-side of Dan

Jermaine Jenas, on as a 61st-minute
replacement for McGugan, thought he had scored his first Forest goal in
almost 11 years midway through the second half but the on loan Tottenham
midfielder was denied his moment of glory when a referee's assistant
ruled that Sharp had run the ball out of play in the build up.

At the other end, Camp was at it
again – this time getting down quickly to push a long-range effort wide
from Posh sub Danny Swanson.

Jenas was denied again after 75
minutes when Olejnik got fingertips to his curler from inside the box.
The Posh keeper then produced an even better save from the rebound to
keep out Cox.

Peterborough put Forest under
pressure during the closing stages but the visitors held on and would
have done so by two goals to nil had Olejnik not blocked Sharp's shot in
injury time.

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Emile Sinclair hat-trick

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Sinclair treble helps underdogs earn first points



17:21 GMT, 29 September 2012

Emile Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Peterborough gladly assumed the role of Saturday's coupon-busters and recorded not only a first win of the season but their first points of it at promotion hopefuls Hull.

With seven straight defeats to their name this campaign, there were few who expected Posh and their under-fire manager Darren Ferguson to topple City, a side chasing a seventh straight home league win.

But, thanks to a treble from Sinclair, whose pace and power was too much for Hull to deal with, United upset the form book, despite Jay Simpson's goal, at a ground Sinclair has great affection for.

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Elmohamady, Chester (Rosenior 62), Faye, Bruce, Dudgeon, Koren, Olofinjana (Proschwitz 59), Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, Evans, Mclean, McShane.

Goals: Simpson 61.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Rowe (McCann 76), Knight-Percival, Alcock, Brisley, Bostwick, Ferdinand (Ntlhe 72), Barnett (Tomlin 81), Boyd, Sinclair.

Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, Swanson, Mendez-Laing.

Booked: Boyd, Sinclair.

Goals: Sinclair 24, 29, 73.

Att: 15,279

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

His two-goal salvo for Macclesfield
in the Carling Cup by the Humber last August brought him to Ferguson's
attention and they duly signed him later that month for 100,000. He
scored 10 goals last season but these three may well be more important
than all of them combined.

It is the second successive week
Steve Bruce's Hull have conceded a hat-trick as well, with David Nugent
having done the same for Leicester last Sunday.

That 3-1 reverse showed that despite
their previous home prowess, Hull have a soft underbelly and Sinclair
immediately set about testing it out today.

He broke down the left with 10
minutes gone, showing the pace to get away from Alex Bruce, the son of
Steve, before working Ben Amos with a low drive.

It appeared as though Peterborough
would pay for not taking that chance, especially as Hull then got after
them, with Sone Aluko hooking a volley over and then cutting in from the
right to work Robert Olejnik at his near post.

But Peterborough would get another
opportunity and, with 24 minutes gone, Sinclair took it. It first seemed
that Stephen Quinn had covered the long ball aimed for the striker but
as he dallied, Sinclair clattered into him to regain possession and then
torched past Bruce before rounding Amos and tucking into an open goal.

His composure belied a man who can occasionally appear cumbersome and six minutes later he was at it again.

George Boyd was the man to show Bruce
– keeping a dangerously high line – a clean pair of heels on this
occasion and, after holding his run temporarily, he played Sinclair
through on goal and he dragged Amos left before beating him with a slick

Hull's only response before the break
came from Aluko's low drive which Olejnik dealt with, and the former
Rangers man should have at least hit the target from six yards four
minutes after it, only to plant Quinn's cross into the stand.

Simpson was the next to fluff his
lines, mis-kicking from 10 yards out, and lightning nearly struck thrice
for Hull just after as Sinclair broke free but failed to beat Amos.

His miss would haunt him too as
Simpson clicked into gear on the hour, drilling in his fifth of the
season after a neat pull-back from Ahmed Elmohamady.

Having missed his hat-trick chance
and with Hull growing, it looked as though Sinclair would end as the
villain rather than the hero, but with 16 minutes left he was left
alone, allowed to advance, and he eventually decided to place a low
strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Burnley 5 Peterborough 2: Austin"s brace piles on the woe to basement club Posh

Burnley 5 Peterborough 2: Austin's brace piles on the woe to basement club Posh



16:51 GMT, 15 September 2012

Charlie Austin scored two second-half goals for Burnley as they secured a 5-2 victory over Peterborough in an exciting npower Championship encounter at Turf Moor.

The match was evenly poised in the first half with the score 2-2 at the interval, but Burnley fired home three unanswered goals in the second period to secure their second league win of the season and leave Peterborough still waiting for their first.

Burnley took the lead on seven minutes as Chris McCann's header from six yards beat Peterborough keeper Robert Olejnik.

No wonder he's smiling: Burnley boss Eddie Howe

No wonder he's smiling: Burnley boss Eddie Howe

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills, Wallace (Stewart 63), Marney, McCann, Stanislas, Austin (Stock 87), Paterson (Vokes 62). Subs not used: Jensen, Edgar, Bartley, Mee.

Booked: Mills.

Scorers: McCann 7, Bostwick 39 (og), Austin 74,81 (pen), Stanislas 86.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little (Ferdinand 84), Brisley (Zakuani 59), Bostwick, Alcock, Frecklington, McCann, Mendez-Laing, Tomlin, Boyd (Sinclair 69), Barnett. Subs not used: Day, Newell, Knight-Percival, Clarke-Harris.

Booked: Olejnik.

Scorers: Tomlin 20 (pen), Mendez-Laing 23.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 10,979.

Posh responded to going behind by launching several attacks on Burnley's goal with Grant McCann's strike from 18 yards out blocked by goalscorer Chris McCann in the eighth minute, before Lee Grant saved George Boyd's long-range effort four minutes later.

Peterborough's pressure paid off in the 19th minute when they were awarded a penalty. Lee Tomlin calmly slotted home, beating Grant with a shot into the bottom left side of the goal.

Four minutes later, Peterborough took the lead when Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's left-footed effort beat Grant from 12 yards out after Tomlin headed the ball across from the right channel.

Seven minutes before the break an Michael Bostwick own goal enabled Burnley to draw level after the midfielder put the ball into his own net from six yards out.

MacAnthony to consider his future after defeat

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony took to Twitter in the aftermath of the defeat, casting doubt over his future with the club.

'Im off home from office now,I hear what lot of posh fans saying & empathize so i'll have serious think about my own position over weekend -'

'And my own shortcomings/failings in helping manager & playing squad this season. I only want whats best for them & posh fans. Cheers all!', he said.

Both sides remained unchanged at the interval and they started the second half brightly with several chances apiece in the first 10 minutes after the re-start, although none of them resulted in a goal.

Burnley defender Joseph Mills was booked for unsporting behaviour in the 54th minute, while Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was forced to make the first substitution of the game with Gabriel Zakuani replacing the injured Shaun Brisley.

Burnley manager Eddie Howe responded with two substitutions of his own as Ross Wallace was replaced by Cameron Stewart and Sam Vokes came on for Martin Paterson.

The home side had a couple of chances courtesy of Junior Stanislas and Stewart before Ferguson made his second substitution as Emile Sinclair came on for George Boyd in the 69th minute.

Burnley's dominance paid off in the 74th minute when Austin gave his side a 3-2 lead from 18 yards out after fine work by Chris McCann down the left flank.

The Clarets put the result beyond doubt when Austin scored his second goal of the game from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Olejnik to make the score 4-2 10 minutes from the final whistle.

The icing on the cake for Burnley came five minutes from time when Stanislas scored from 12 yards out after being fed from the left channel by Mills.

Paolo Di Canio: Doing this job is crazy, but it can be beautiful too

Di Canio: Doing this job is crazy, but it can be beautiful too



21:30 GMT, 8 September 2012

Paolo Di Canio leapt out of the swivel chair in his Swindon Town manager’s office and paced the windowless room like a caged lion, searching for the right words to describe the difficulty dealing with today’s younger players.

‘It’s our fault,’ he said, gesticulating. ‘We give children of 10 a mobile phone. We give them technology and put them in a room, not communicating with them. When they grow up and something goes wrong, they are not strong enough, not tough enough.

‘I have noticed the changes in football, It used to be work, work, work. Now, for some players, the priority is the gold watch,’ added the Italian, tapping his wrist for emphasis.

At 44, Di Canio is a managerial tour de force like no other. He took up his first managerial post 16 months ago when Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray was left uninspired by the original list of applicants following the club’s relegation to League Two.

‘A high-wire act, but worthwhile,’ is Wray’s description of his relationship with his maverick manager. And no wonder. The former Lazio, AC Milan, Celtic and West Ham player — once banned for 11 games at Sheffield Wednesday for pushing referee Paul Alcock — has led a mini-revolution in Wiltshire, with his team dubbed the Barcelona of League One.

Bossing it: Paolo Di Canio talks passionately about the game he loves

Bossing it: Paolo Di Canio talks passionately about the game he loves

They won promotion last season with 93 points, reached Wembley in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and have already defeated two Premier League clubs, including a 4-3 win at Stoke City in the Capital One Cup less than fortnight ago.

But controversy is never far away. Last Sunday, he substituted 21-year-old goalkeeper Wes Foderingham after 21 minutes of a League One game at Preston, then denounced him as ‘arrogant’ when the player kicked a water bottle on his way to the dressing room instead of sitting on the bench with his team-mates.

Di Canio is baffled at the personal criticism he received for what he considers a good managerial decision. He insists Foderingham was not substituted as punishment for a fourth-minute mistake that gave Preston a goal, but because the player had continued arguing with team-mates while the game, which Preston won 4-1, continued. Foderingham has since been restored to the side.

‘His head was blurry,’ said Di Canio. ‘That is why he came off. Otherwise we would have lost the game 8-0 and I would have been called a donkey manager of a donkey team. I am a foreigner trying to instil English discipline and rules. And the English people are saying “No, no, you mustn’t upset players”.

‘I read a tweet from Rio Ferdinand. He is my friend, but Rio was saying: “Oh no, Di Canio was too tough. I hope this goalkeeper doesn’t have a big problem mentally now.” I want to say to you, my friend Rio, I know in the last two years I’ve seen you more on Twitter than on the pitch.’

The gafffer: Paolo Di Canio looks out over Swindon's County Ground

The gafffer: Paolo Di Canio looks out over Swindon's County Ground

Di Canio admits he is ‘obsessed’ with the job as he chases a second successive promotion and develops players like midfielder Matt Ritchie, once loaned out by Portsmouth to Dagenham & Redbridge and Notts County but now valued at 1million-plus.

‘I am not like many people who think it’s enough to do 90 minutes in training and then switch off,’ he said. ‘I’ll be in Waitrose shopping for pasta and tomatoes and my mind is thinking about the next day’s session. People think I can’t find the right food because I stand there staring, thinking about football.

‘It’s not been easy. I played in Serie A and the Premier League so I used to get frustrated in training with my players, less so now. I would explain an easy drill. “Understand guys” “Yes”. One second later they have forgotten, they don’t move. It drove me crazy but we joke about it now.

‘They aren’t bad professionals, the brain makes the difference. If something takes time, I have to put a frog in my throat and push it down. I know one day it will be different. I want to be the best so I have to go through this.

‘I look after the players like my brothers. It’s my natural way to speak out if someone makes a mistake. If it was my brother, I’d say “I want to punch your face because I know your potential”. The players know me after 16 months. I can start gentle but, at a certain point, they have to deal with the pressure. It’s kill or cure.’

Getting his point across: Di Canio talks to the fourth official during the 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient

Getting his point across: Di Canio talks
to the fourth official during the 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient

Ideally, Di Canio would like to be a combination of Fabio Capello, who used to bellow at him on the touchline at AC Milan, where he played alongside superstars like Marco van Basten and Paolo Maldini, and Harry Redknapp at West Ham.

‘Harry isn’t a coach but he’s very intelligent, a clever fox,’ said Di Canio. ‘Some days, he’d let me rush out of the training ground because he knew I’d go crazy if he spoke to me.

‘He’d wait 24 hours until I was calm, wag his finger gently and say: “Paolo, you know I was unhappy yesterday”. He knew my commitment. He said I’d be the first player he’d want in his five-a-side team. You can argue if I was the best technically but, for my passion, I’d love a hundred Di Canio’s at Swindon.’

The root to Di Canio’s personality lies with his family. His parents, who have both died within the last 12 months, struggled financially to raise four sons in a tough part of Rome.

‘My dad (Ignazio) was a brickie, he’d leave the house at five in the morning to catch a bus to work. My mother was at home bringing up four boys and we all lived on 250 a month. At 17, I realised I had an ability for football and promised always, always to use it to give my best and help my family.

‘At Lazio, I was an idol in half of Rome but I still lived at home for 18 months, to give my parents all my money. I didn’t even keep enough to buy a car for the first year.

‘My dad gave me the best lesson in life. I was 25, a top player with Napoli and a husband and father. I was angry that Italy had not picked me for the 1994 World Cup and I answered my mother in a rude way at the table. In front of everyone, including my wife and daughter, my father got up and slapped me. Poom! I deserved it, I had been arrogant and stupid.’

There have been moments in Di Canio’s career that cannot be brushed over. As well as the push on Alcock, there were fascist salutes to Lazio fans, which Di Canio maintains was a cultural gesture rather than a political one.

He was also reported to the FA this year over an allegation that he had made a racial slur towards a former Swindon player. Di Canio has always strenuously denied the allegation and has not been charged. He believes he will be given a chance to manage at the top level and characteristically is setting his long-term goals high.

Strong characters: Harry Redknapp and Di Canio during their West Ham days

Strong characters: Harry Redknapp and Di Canio during their West Ham days

‘At 32, I didn’t think I would be a manager. But the game is like a drug. It is a mission for me,’ he said.

‘I am thinking two or three more years at Swindon, then go to the Premier League for 10 years. After that, the England national team for four years, take this nation to a World Cup final. And, when we have all become heroes, I will retire to Piedmont to look after my restaurants and my wine business full-time.’

Some chairmen would prefer to put needles in their eyes than have a colourful manager like Di Canio, who picked up his League Two manager of the year award last May with the line: ‘Winning is better than sex with Madonna’.

But Di Canio believes there will be at least one other owner with the vision of Wray, who can see immense managerial talent behind the emotional rollercoaster.

‘Mourinho has done strong things. He made a handcuff sign to the referee at Inter Milan,’ said Di Canio. ‘I am not saying my record is like Mourinho’s but why should I not have a chance if I continue to win I work every hour, study every opposition player to give my team the right details to win.

‘You can’t save your energy if you want to reach the top. I don’t know if I will get there but it is my dream. This job drives you crazy but it is beautiful.’