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Sam Allardyce and David Moyes both set to appeal red cards from referee Taylor

Allardyce and Moyes both set to appeal red cards from pantomime villain Taylor

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19:32 GMT, 22 December 2012

Sam Allardyce and David Moyes were
united in their condemnation of referee Anthony Taylor after he
controversially sent off one player from both sides in Everton's 2-1
Barclays Premier League win at West Ham.

Taylor was the pantomime villain at
Upton Park in each club's final game before Christmas, showing needless
red cards to both Hammers striker Carlton Cole and Toffees midfielder
Darron Gibson.

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (C) appeals to match referee Anthony Taylor as he sends off Carlton Cole

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien (Spence 81), Noble, O'Neil (Maiga 58), Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis (Collison 88), Cole.Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Diarra, Moncur, Lletget.

Sent Off: Cole (67).

Booked: Maiga.

Goals: Cole 14.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville (Naismith 85), Pienaar (Oviedo 88), Jelavic, Anichebe (Duffy 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

Sent Off: Gibson (90).

Goals: Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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Both were sent off for dangerous play after catching opponents while raising their legs in respective attempts to control and win the ball.
West Ham boss Allardyce and opposite number Moyes each confronted Taylor after the final whistle, confirming they would appeal the dismissals.

Allardyce accused Taylor of being trigger-happy, saying: 'It is how quickly the referee got the red card out, he couldn't wait, he didn't deliberate over the decision or anything.

'There is nothing much we can do about the result but we can appeal the decision and hopefully we can get Carlton down to a yellow card and get him off.'

Moyes added: 'I will appeal it.

'I'll have a word with Sam as well, because I don't think you could put the word frivolous next to that appeal.

'Because I think you would say there was genuine reason why maybe you could appeal that.

'Now, you don't want to go and appeal and find out that maybe you get an extra game on it. That's what you don't want to do.'

Allardyce was planning more than an appeal, however.

'I spoke to the ref but that is between me and him,' he said.

'We will go through the channels of 'reporting' that the system has in place and I will take that up and pursue it quite vigorously.

'If he is not getting the right feedback or coaching and is told it was okay and 'Carry on' then we have got a big problem.'

Off you go: Everton's Darron Gibson was sent off for fouling West Ham's Mark Noble

Off you go: Everton's Darron Gibson was sent off for fouling West Ham's Mark Noble

Fuming: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees red after Carlton Cole is sent off

Fuming: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees red after Carlton Cole is sent off

West Ham 1 Everton 2 – match report

West Ham 1 Everton 2: Two off as Pienaar strikes to send Toffees fourth

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16:53 GMT, 22 December 2012

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17:23 GMT, 22 December 2012

Referee Anthony Taylor was the pantomime villain in West Ham and
Everton's final match before Christmas as two needless red cards spoilt
the latter's victory at Upton Park.

Taylor all but handed the Toffees three points and a place back in the
top four after controversially deciding Cole had left his foot in on
Leighton Baines midway through the second half.

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (C) appeals to match referee Anthony Taylor as he sends off Carlton Cole

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien (Spence 81), Noble, O'Neil (Maiga 58), Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis (Collison 88), Cole.Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Diarra, Moncur, Lletget.

Sent Off: Cole (67).

Booked: Maiga.

Goals: Cole 14.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville (Naismith 85), Pienaar (Oviedo 88), Jelavic, Anichebe (Duffy 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

Sent Off: Gibson (90).

Goals: Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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The official evened up the red-card count in stoppage-time, finding Gibson guilty of a similar offence, having earlier angered Everton by chalking off Leon Osman's early header.

Cole gave West Ham a half-time lead and Victor Anichebe marked his Everton recall with his first goal for three months three minutes before Cole saw red, with Steven Pienaar making the man advantage count six minutes later.

Today's game was a test of how Everton and their opponents coped without their midfield heavyweights, with Toffees star Marouane Fellaini starting a three-match ban and Hammers talisman Mohamed Diame still out injured.

There certainly appeared to be a lack of drive from both sides in the opening moments and it was no surprise to see the first chance arrive via a set-piece in the ninth minute.

Baines delivered the type of devilish free-kick that is certain to keep him in the thoughts of bigger clubs with the transfer window looming, the unmarked Sylvain Distin nodding it into the ground and over the crossbar.

Baines produced another special three minutes later for Osman's disallowed goal, his corner headed home by one of the smallest players on the pitch but ruled out seemingly for Anichebe's block on Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Having yesterday called for clarification on “grappling” in the box, the irony surely could not have been lost on Everton boss David Moyes.

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

His players were furious and their ire only increased when Cole fired
West Ham in front two minutes later, the striker cutting inside the
recalled Johnny Heitinga far too easily before cracking in a low drive
from the edge of the box.

Heitinga continued to flounder and Moyes must have been ruing his
decision to switch Phil Jagielka to right-back in order to accommodate
the surprise return of Phil Neville from knee surgery, the Toffees
captain filling in for Fellaini.

The pace dipped again, although Osman almost provided a moment of
inspiration when Nikica Jelavic just strayed offside onto the
midfielder's through-ball.

Jelavic got his timing all wrong again four minutes after half-time when
a rare mistake from James Collins saw the ball ricochet through to the
striker, who could only send it straight at Jaaskelainen.

hIGH BALL: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

High ball: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

On the ball: Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

On the ball: Everton's Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

Gibson curled a free-kick narrowly wide and Everton continued to probe,
prompting West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to replace Gary O'Neil with Modibo
Maiga just before the hour mark, a move that almost paid off
immediately when the Malian scuffed Cole's cross wide.

And that was when it all went horribly wrong.

Maiga got himself booked for pushing Pienaar over in the 64th minute
and, from the resultant free-kick, the ball was worked left to the South
African, whose cross was glanced home brilliantly by Anichebe.

Three minutes later, Taylor made a the call that swung the game.

Cole hung his leg out in a bid to control a dropping ball and definitely
made contact with Baines but it looked anything but a reckless lunge.

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

To Cole's horror, Taylor thought otherwise, brandishing a straight red card.

The momentum was all with Everton and they completed their comeback six
minutes later, Osman's cross inadvertently played against Pienaar by
Kevin Nolan before trickling into the net.

Ten-man West Ham refused to concede defeat and Nolan almost made amends by volleying narrowly wide.

Several substitutions followed, including Jack Collison's first appearance of the season after knee surgery.

And just as the game was drifting towards the final whistle, it exploded into life in the dying seconds.

Jelavic sent a rebound wide from barely six yards and Nolan was unable to prod home after being played in at the other end.

And Gibson then saw red for an almost identical challenge to Cole's on
Mark Noble, although this one was slightly less debatable.

Mansfield 2 Lincoln 1: match report

Mansfield 2 Lincoln 1: Stags scrape through to set up glamour tie with Liverpool

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Louis Briscoe's late winner earned the Stags a bumper pay-day and a dream meeting with Premier League aristocrats Liverpool in Round Three.

The wide midfielder produced a neat finish to settle this replay 13 minutes from time as the Stags edged their way past Blue Square Premier rivals Lincoln City to set-up a classic tie against the five-time European Champions.

Briscoe sidefooted home after midfielder Anthony Howell had intelligently fed the ball into his path to leave home boss Paul Cox around 200,000 better off.

Big win: Mansfield celebrate victory over Lincoln in the FA Cup and will now face Liverpool

Big win: Mansfield celebrate victory over Lincoln in the FA Cup and will now face Liverpool

Match facts

Mansfield: Marriott, Beevers, Geohaghon, Dempster, Thompson (Sutton 46), Meikle, Howell, Clements, Briscoe, Green, Hutchinson (Rhead 61).

Subs Not Used: Speight, Wright, Murray, Stevenson, Daniel.

Booked: Howell.

Goals: Farman 14 og, Briscoe 77.

Lincoln City: Farman, Gilbert, Boyce, Miller, Gray, Smith (Larkin 81), Mills (Oliver 80), Fofana, Sheridan (Robinson 86), Power, Jamie Taylor.

Subs Not Used: Turner, Robson, Nicolau, Morgan.

Booked: Power.

Goals: Smith 41.

Att: 5,304

Ref: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

The FA Cup always throws up those ironies. And Imps' boss David Holdsworth was the unfortunate victim of one here.

The
former Sheffield United defender, now in charge of the Imps, was at
Mansfield when he signed Briscoe. How that winner must have hurt as the
well-travelled non-leaguer enjoyed his moment in spotlight.

In so
doing, he earned Mansfield only their third clash against the Reds. The
last one, in the League Cup, was 41 years ago. The crowd at the One
Call Stadium, were in raptures at the final whistle as the prospect of
welcoming Brendan Rodgers to their corner of north Nottinghamshire
became a reality.

Mansfield had already banked one windfall.
Money from televising this replay was already in the bank. And
broadcasters ESPN ensured this game went ahead in sub-zero temperatures
by spending 77,000 on a giant balloon to stop the pitch from freezing.

The
hosts rose to the occasion early on and were given the lead in the 15th
minute. Chris Clements' free-kick was floated into the area and John
Dempster rose highest. The header did not carry much power but it looped
onto the woodwork and entere the net, having first struck keeper Paul
Farman.

Lincoln's keeper made stops either side of Adam Smith's
superbly-taken 40th-minute equaliser to keep his team in it. They were
given a huge filip when the former Mansfield man broke beyond the home
rearguard before supplying a class finish, lobbing home keeper Alan
Marriott.

Winner: Louis Briscoe fires home Mansfield's second goal against Lincoln and celebrates (below)

Winner: Louis Briscoe fires home Mansfield's second goal against Lincoln and celebrates (below)

Louis Briscoe of Mansfield celebrates after he scores their second goal

But as the game headed towards extra time, Briscoe
decided the tie with a neat finish to bring set up a tie with the
Merseysiders – albeit this time no doubt in front of a larger fireside
audience in the New Year.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox said: 'I'm
delighted for everyone involved with the club, the chairman, fans but
most especially the players.

'We have had some tough matches
against Lincoln and this was no exception, made more difficult if that
was possible, because of what was at stake.

'I think we deserved it overall and now we have the prospect of welcoming Liverpool which is great for everyone.'

Freddie Flintoff boxing: Other sports stars who have stepped in the ring

Freddie's not the first… other sports starts who have put the gloves on and taken up boxing

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Andrew Flintoff swaps the cricket square for the boxing ring on Friday night when he faces unbeaten American Ricard Dawson in his pro-debut. But he is not the first sportsman to step out of their comfort zone and into the ring. Here are Sportsmail's pick of the best duel sportsmen.

Quade Cooper (Rugby Union)

The switch from rugby to boxing may be a little more of a natural transition than from cricket. After all, anyone who has played international rugby will be no stranger to taking blows.

Australia fly-half Quade Cooper has his sights set on a February debut in the ring, after having put his rugby union career on hold. The 24-year-old was recently fined for describing the Wallabies as a ‘toxic environment,’ and has failed to agree terms with the ARU, meaning his rugby career is at a standstill. He is set to fight on the undercard of Sonny Bill Williams’ clash with Francois Botha.

Putting the gloves on: Australian scrum half Quade Cooper is putting his rugby union career on hold as he prepares to make his debut in the boxing ring early next year

Putting the gloves on: Australian scrum half Quade Cooper is putting his rugby union career on hold as he prepares to make his debut in the boxing ring early next year

Sonny Bill Williams (Rugby League/Union)

Sonny Bill Williams is a man who likes to have his finger in a lot of pies. After having started his career in rugby league and working his way up into the Premier League, he made his debut for the national side in 2004. He controversially switched to rugby union in 2008, joining French side Toulon.

King of the ring: Sonny Bill Williams swapped the famous All Black jersey for the boxing ring

King of the ring: Sonny Bill Williams swapped the famous All Black jersey for the boxing ring

A year later he contested his first professional boxing bout and scored a Technical Knockout in the second round against Garry Gur. He has managed to remain as a competitor in both boxing and rugby over the years, though both are now on hold while he recovers from surgery on a pectoral muscle.

Anthony Mundine (Rugby League)

Another Aussie who has followed the trend of making the switch from rugby to boxing is Anthony Mundine. He played in rugby league teams throughout his education and during his adult career signed with the Dragons and the Broncos in the NRL. He made the transition to boxing in 2000. He twice won the super-middleweight world champion title and overcame David Geale, the IBF Middleweight champion. The pair are set to face off again in a grudge match in January.

On the front foot: Australia's Anthony Mundine lands against Antwun Echols

On the front foot: Australia's Anthony Mundine lands against Antwun Echols

Curtis Woodhouse (Football)

Curtis Woodhouse had the footballing career that many would dream of. He played for Birmingham City, Hull City and Sheffield United, captaining Sheffield by the age of 19. He was the youngest skipper the team had ever had, and he also played for the national under-21 side.

It was therefore no surprise that he was derided by some observers for making the switch to professional boxing at the age of 26. His winning record quickly silenced his doubters however, and he has managed to maintain a successful career in the sport, beating Dave Ryan to win the English light-welterweight title in September. He remains involved in football as a player-manager at Northern Premier League Division One South club Sheffield.

Curtis Woodhouse

Swapping sports: Curtis Woodhouse

Swapping sports: Curtis Woodhouse played football for clubs including Birmingham and Hull before switching to boxing

Charlie Powell (American Football)

An all-round sporting star from a young age, Charlie Powell was never going to excel in only one field. He started his professional career in baseball, switching to American football as a defensive lineman. He played for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders during his career, and made his boxing debut in 1954. He contested 39 fights in all, and emerged from the majority as the winner, though he lost to both Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson.

Out for the count: Charlie Powell manages to get to all fours but no further, and is counted out by referee Harry Gibbs against Billy Walker

Out for the count: Charlie Powell manages to get to all fours but no further, and is counted out by referee Harry Gibbs against Billy Walker

Alonzo Highsmith (American Football)

Another NFL star who made the switch, Alonzo Highsmith enjoyed six seasons in American football during which he played for the Oilers, the Cowboys and the Buccaneers. He came to boxing after being sidelined from the sport by knee injuries. He undertook a four-year career in the sport and won 27 of his 30 bouts, 23 of them with a knockout.

John Hopoate (Rugby League)

A former Australian Heavyweight boxing champion, John Hopoate also started his career in rugby league. He played internationally for both Tonga and Australia but his reputation was tarnished by a number of incidents, including verbally abusing a ball boy and breaching the terms of his contract. He made the switch after receiving a 17-game suspension from the NRL and having his club terminate his contract. He finished his second career with a record of 12-5.

Tom Zbikowski (American Football)

Tom Zbikowski has also managed to maintain two successful sporting careers, playing American football for the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts. He made his first steps in boxing in 2006, competing against Robert Bell in Madison Square Gardens, before taking a break in 2008 to focus on his football career. He returned to the ring briefly in 2011 before once again switching his focus back to the NFL.

Carmelo Anthony relishes London return with New York Knicks against Detroit Pistons

EXCLUSIVE: Yanks for the memories, London… now I can't wait to get back, says Knicks superstar Anthony

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It was the scene of his greatest triumph to date and, naturally, Carmelo Anthony can't wait to get back to London in the New Year.

The 28-year-old was one of the star members in the USA's all-conquering Dream Team alongside the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, winning gold in the men's basketball at the 2012 Olympics.

With the regular NBA season back in full flow the New York Knicks forward has continued to shine, scoring over 20 points in 11 of the 12 games he has played in since the new 82-game campaign began at the beginning of the month.

On the ball: Anthony can't wait to get back to London in the New Year

On the ball: Anthony can't wait to get back to London in the New Year

While the Knicks have famously not won a world championship since 1973, coach Mike Woodson's Anthony-inspired side are currently enjoying the franchise's best ever start to a season with nine wins and three defeats.

Indeed, there's no doubt in the mind of veteran team-mate Marcus Camby that Anthony's achievements earlier this summer have acted as the catalyst to the Knicks' stunning start so far, which has suddenly offered the usually pessimistic natives a newfound cause for optimism.

'I think that whole Olympics experience has elevated his game,' said Camby. 'Melo came back with a lot more confidence and as you have seen this year, he is playing lights out basketball for us.'

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Flying high: The Knicks star scored 29 points in his side's win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday

Tyson Chandler, another stand-out Knicks performer and who was also part of the USA's gold medal-winning team, is in agreement with Camby and added: 'He [Anthony] has been so consistent throughout the year of getting us going early. His being physical gets us into the bonus, which really help out.'

And after almost single-handedly crushing the Detroit Pistons in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden on Sunday (scoring 29 points in the 121-100 victory), there's little wonder why Anthony is so enthused about the thought of returning to the capital on January 17 when the Knicks next meet the Pistons at the O2 Arena.

'Man that's far,' joked Anthony, who was speaking to Sportsmail in New York. 'But I can't wait to get back over there in London.'

On target: Anthony celebrates with team-mate J.R. Smith during their game against the Detroit Pistons

On target: Anthony celebrates with team-mate J.R. Smith during their game against the Detroit Pistons

A smile as big as the Brooklyn Bridge covers the easy-going superstar's face and his eyes illuminate like the bright lights on Times Square as he reflects on his 'unforgettable' experience at the Games.

'It was probably one of the best experiences I've ever had just being over there, being in London [at the Olympics], both on the court and off the court,' he said.

'You know, I've got some good stories of my time at the Olympics Village but I'll keep most of those to myself. I'll keep them locked up in my vault!

'The Village was great and we hung out with whoever was there to be honest. For most of the time, there were a lot of other matches going on so we would just be there, eat at the cafeteria and hang out.

'We also had the chance to go and eat at some other spots and do some sightseeing. You know, it was great. We went to see the [London] Eye, man. And we went to the [Buckingham] Palace.

'You know, over in the UK there's definitely a lot of fashion with the clothes and, of course, there's a lot of history too when it comes to the buildings and all that.

'The fans were great to us too. They were very knowledgable of the game and basketball is definitely growing over there in London.

'The whole thing really was just one of a kind.'

With Anthony at the peak of his powers, London will undoubtedly welcome him back with open arms.

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Leicester 22 London Irish 15: Match report

Leicester 22 London Irish 15: Ford bags 17 points to seal victory for 14-man Tigers

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Holders Leicester fought off a ferocious fightback by London Irish at Welford Road to get their LV=Cup campaign back on track.

Trailing 19-8 with 11 minutes left, Irish threw everything at Leicester who were down to 14 men and scored their second try of the afternoon to reduce the deficit to four points.

But Leicester kept their cool, fought their way upfield and young fly-half George Ford sealed victory with his fifth penalty of the game, taking his tally to 17 points.

Star of the show: George Ford (right) scored 17 points for Tigers on their way to victory

Star of the show: George Ford (right) scored 17 points for Tigers on their way to victory

Leicester's victory keeps alive their hopes of retaining the cup after losing their opening game at Saracens.

Their only try came from lock Rob Andrew, while Irish scored two through Anthony Watson and Tom Homer, with fly-half Ian Humphreys kicking a penalty and a conversion.

Irish, who started their cup campaign with a win over Sale, started brightly and led 8-0 after nine minutes thanks to a penalty from fly-half Humphreys and a fabulous try by full-back Watson.

It was made by winger Topsy Ojo, who capped a brilliant break down the right wing with a well-timed inside pass for Watson to score. Humphreys failed with the conversion.

But Leicester hit back and dominated the rest of the half. They led 10-8 after 24 minutes, a lead that could have been bigger but for two missed penalties in the 16th and 30th minutes from Ford.

Leicester scored 10 points inside four minutes, their try coming after some fierce pressure on the Irish line. Humphreys' charged down kick led to a line-out five metres out, the Tigers pinched it and Andrew surged infield before barging his way over near the posts for his first try for the club on his fifth appearance to give Ford an easy conversion.

Hand-off: Ed Slater (right) holds off Declan Danaher

Hand-off: Ed Slater (right) holds off Declan Danaher

Not quite: Shane Geraghty (right) and the rest of the London Irish team were unable to steal a win

Not quite: Shane Geraghty (right) and the rest of the London Irish team were unable to steal a win

Ford then slotted a 40-metre penalty after locks George Skivington and Matt Garvey were warned for taking out Brett Deacon in the air at a line-out.

And with a minute to go the 19-year-old Ford, who was the International Rugby Board's Young Player of the Year in 2011, capped a fine first half with a 40-metre penalty to stretch Leicester's lead to 13-8.

Leicester piled into the Irish at the start of the second half and got their reward for some strong attacks when the referee awarded them a penalty in front of the posts which Ford kicked in the 49th minute to make it 16-8.

Irish's best moment came when Humphreys made a sizzling counter-attack from his own 22 but his pass to scrum-half Darren Allinson, who looked likely to score, went forward.

Gotcha: Slater claims the ball from a line-out

Gotcha: Slater claims the ball from a line-out

Leicester, with young prop Fraser Balmain having a fine game, also dominated the scrums and they earned themselves a penalty 56 metres out when they demolished the Irish pack and Ford banged it over.

Allinson put some much-needed fizz into Irish with a fabulous break from a ruck before feeding Garvey, who looked certain to score before Micky Young brought him down 10 metres out.

Irish were eventually awarded a penalty near the posts but somehow Humphreys contrived to miss it.

Leicester had prop Boris Stankovich sent off for a high tackle, much to the annoyance of the 17,569 crowd, and the extra man told with 11 minutes left when replacement Homer squeezed over in the left corner. Humphreys' brilliant conversion reduced the arrears to four points.

Ford, however, sealed an important win for Leicester with his fifth penalty with two minutes left.

Fabricio Coloccini red card was fair – Graham Poll

Referee Taylor held his nerve throughout and made right call on Coloccini

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Anthony Taylor is a highly regarded referee who justified his rating at Anfield on Sunday.

He stayed calm when the home crowd demanded free-kicks but when the big decision came he rightly dismissed Fabricio Coloccini in the 84th minute for a late, dangerous tackle on Luis Suarez.

Poor challenge: Fabricio Coloccini made little attempt to get the ball

Poor challenge: Fabricio Coloccini made little attempt to get the ball

The Uruguayan was blameless and certainly did nothing to exaggerate the effect of Coloccini’s challenge as Taylor reacted very quickly to prevent any retaliatory reaction from Liverpool players.

The tackle was almost a stamp and a very late one. The contact might have been minimal but what was clear was that the tackle was made with studs up and looked intended to harm. Of course intent is not highlighted in law but experience tells you when such a challenge needs the ultimate punishment.

Get off: Coloccini is ordered from the field by referee Anthony Taylor

Get off: Coloccini is ordered from the field by referee Anthony Taylor

Alan Pardew may well have felt aggrieved but Taylor was right.

Anfield saw an excellent referee perform well but the home fans will no doubt cite the early challenge on Suarez — replays showed it was a foul which should have resulted in a penalty — as reason not to admire Taylor’s performance completely.

London Irish 28 Harlequins 31: match report

London Irish 28 Harlequins 31: Casson scrambles last-gasp victory for visitors

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A fortuitous last-minute try from Tom Casson gave defending Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins a remarkable victory over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.

Casson thought he had blown the opportunity in the last play of the game but the television match official ruled that what appeared to be a knock-on had in fact come off Casson's knee, making his subsequent grounding a legal one.

The defeat was harsh on the Exiles who matched Quins throughout and looked destined to claim a vital win behind Ian Humphreys' outstanding kicking display.

Last gasp: Tom Casson scores Harlequins winning try

Last gasp: Tom Casson scores Harlequins winning try

Tries from Danny Care and Tom Williams put Quins clear at 26-19 with just over 20 minutes remaining but back came the Exiles behind Humphreys' boot before Casson's late effort.

Coming into the game Harlequins had lost their last two Premiership encounters while Irish were on a run of three wins on the spin in all competitions, including a 39-17 mauling of high flyers Northampton.

But it was Conor O'Shea's troops who started the brighter and two Ben Botica penalties inside the first 10 minutes had them 6-0 to the good.

Despite Botica putting Quins on the front foot, as he continued to deputise superbly for the injured Nick Evans, it was Irish who scored the game's first try after 14 minutes.

Jamie Gibson expertly charged down Botica's attempted clearance and the ball ballooned up in the air to Guy Armitage over the try line and he simply had to fall over to score the game's first try and his first career Premiership try.

Party time: Harlequins celebrate their win over London Irish

Party time: Harlequins celebrate their win over London Irish

Humphreys slotted the conversion and Irish were in front at 7-6. That lead lasted all of two minutes however until the in-form Danny Care raced clear from halfway after Anthony Watson's hurried offload ricocheted into his hands, and after Botica converted it was 13-7 to the visitors.

The points kept coming in an exciting first half as Humphreys replied with two penalties of his own to level the contest up at 13-13.

Both fly-halves did not really look like missing and another penalty from each kicker meant the sides went in at the break all tied up at 16-16.

It was Irish who took the momentum into the interval though, after Harlequins full-back Brown was sent to the sin bin on the cusp of half-time for a deliberate knock-on.

Sore one: Chris Robshaw

Sore one: Chris Robshaw

After the break the visitors were a man down and without their skipper Chris Robshaw, who suffered a nasty cut above the eye, but they went back in front when Botica slotted a regulation penalty when the Exiles infringed at scrum time.

No sooner had Brown returned from his spell on the sidelines than Irish began to turn up the heat, turning over Ugo Monye from the kick-off and earning a penalty that Humphreys slotted to level it up again at 19-19.

Quins' effervescent backline had been kept largely quiet but after 52 minutes they sprung into action as Care, Botica and Matt Hopper combined to devastating effect to put Williams over in the right corner for the try of the match, Botica's conversion creeping over from the touchline.

The Exiles continued to respond in quick fashion and two Humphreys penalties made it 26-25 going into the last quarter of an hour.

And after Nick Easter was penalised in the 73rd minute Humphreys made no mistake to put the Exiles back in front against the defending champions.

Monye went perilously close in the right corner late on as Quins pushed for the final score, but it was left to Casson.

He may have appeared to knock on when he fell clumsily on a loose ball over the try-line but the TMO thought otherwise and Quins were saved.

League One round-up: Eddie Howe returns to see Bournemouth win

League One round-up: Howe returns to see Cherries sink O's as Tranmere stay top

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16:32 GMT, 13 October 2012

Eddie Howe's second stint in charge of Bournemouth got off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory at home to Leyton Orient which lifted the south coast club out of the League One relegation zone.

Lewis Grabban (65) and Marc Pugh (67) scored to give the former Burnley boss an ideal start.

Leaders Tranmere fought back from two goals down to win 3-2 at home to Yeovil.

Back home: Eddie Howe is paraded on the pitch ahead of Bournemouth's win over Leyton Orient

Back home: Eddie Howe is paraded on the pitch ahead of Bournemouth's win over Leyton Orient

Paddy Madden put the visitors ahead after nine minutes and Sam Foley made it two just before the half-hour mark.

But James Wallace pulled one back on the stroke of half-time and Jake Cassidy equalised six minutes into the second half.

Rovers got another boost when their opponents had Joe Edwards sent off 17 minutes from time and they made the extra man count as Danny Holmes got the winner five minutes later.

The win extended Tranmere's lead at the top to seven points after their two nearest rivals both slipped up.

Winning away: David McGoldrick celebrates scoring for Coventry at Swindon

Winning away: David McGoldrick celebrates scoring for Coventry at Swindon

Stevenage stayed second, despite a 1-0 loss at Colchester, Sanchez Watt with the 55th-minute winner, two minutes after the visitors had Anthony Grant sent off.

Sheffield United conceded an equaliser to Oldham in the seventh minute of stoppage time to remain third, a point further back.

Nick Blackman's 52nd-minute penalty looked set to decide the game, but Matt Smith stunned Bramall Lane by making it 1-1.

Crawley looked to have squandered a 2-0 lead against basement boys Bury only for a Nicky Adams winner in the fourth minute of injury time to give them a 3-2 win which sent them fourth.

Not enough: Nick Blackman scored for Sheffield United but they could only draw with Oldham

Not enough: Nick Blackman scored for Sheffield United but they could only draw with Oldham

Goals from Adams and Hope Akpan either side of half-time put Crawley in command, but Tom Hopper and Andy Bishop scored in the space of four minutes as Bury showed plenty of fighting spirit to level.

Adams got his second at the death, though, to leave Crawley a point off second.

Notts County claimed a thumping 4-0 away win at sorry Carlisle to go fifth.
Jeff Hughes (11), Neal Bishop (27), Francois Zoko (54) and a Jamal Campbell-Ryce penalty (57) put the Cumbrians to the sword.

The win left County level on points with sixth-placed Swindon, who staged a late comeback to rescue a 2-2 draw at home to Coventry.

Mobbed: Crawley Town's Nicky Adams is congratulated by his team mates after he scores their side's third goal against Bury

Mobbed: Crawley Town's Nicky Adams is congratulated by his team mates after he scores their side's third goal against Bury

A first-half brace from David McGoldrick put City in control, but Gary Roberts halved the deficit in the 77th minute and James Collins earned Town a point three minutes later.

Brentford were made to pay for a missed penalty as they drew 1-1 at 10-man Scunthorpe.

Clayton Donaldson missed from the spot in the 34th minute, but Harry Forrester did put the Bees ahead two minutes before the break.

But Leon Clarke levelled in the 77th minute and then held on following David Mirfin's late red card.

Doncaster scored an 89th-minute equaliser through Rob Jones to snatch a 1-1 draw at struggling Hartlepool.

Neil Austin put the hosts ahead from the spot in the 70th minute.
Portsmouth saw off Crewe 2-0 thanks to a second-minute Wes Thomas effort and an Izale McLeod penalty in the 18th minute.

Chelsea 4 Norwich 1: Match report

Chelsea 4 Norwich 1: Blues on song as they come from behind to beat Canaries

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16:18 GMT, 6 October 2012

John Terry and Ashley Cole were predictably feted as heroes today as they helped Chelsea come storming back to crush Norwich and move four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Barely 24 hours after both men's reputations arguably reached a new low in the eyes of the wider public, Terry and Cole enjoyed the unconditional adulation of the Stamford Bridge faithful in an all-too-easy win.

Norwich did threaten a shock when Grant Holt justified his recall by firing them in front but they looked every inch relegation fodder defending that lead as Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic put them to the sword.

Easy does it: Eden Hazard puts Chelsea ahead against Norwich

Easy does it: Eden Hazard puts Chelsea ahead against Norwich

Match facts

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic (Azpilicueta 78), Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel (Romeu 82), Lampard (Ramires 67), Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Moses, Cahill, Bertrand.

Goals: Torres 14, Lampard 22, Hazard 31, Ivanovic 76.

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Barnett, Bassong (Ryan Bennett 78), Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Hoolahan, Johnson (Pilkington 68), Tettey, Holt (Morison 77).
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Turner, Snodgrass, Jackson.

Goals: Holt 11.

Attendance: 41,784

Referee: Anthony Taylor

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It was the perfect way for Chelsea to go into the international break, one that should see Cole earn his 99th and 100th caps for England despite yesterday's extraordinary foul-mouthed Twitter rant at the Football Association.

Terry was reminded what he had given up by walking out on his country whenever the home fans chanted 'there's only one England captain', all the while displaying their usual banner: “JT Captain, Leader, Legend.”

Cole was treated to a rendition of 'he tweets what he wants', although his 'unreserved' apology yesterday suggested he would no longer be doing so.

The Terry and Cole saga has badly damaged Chelsea's bid to boost their image beyond Stamford Bridge, their status as a global brand highlighted before kick-off today when they formally marked the renewal of their partnership with Singha Beer.

The last thing the club need is to be tainted by the kind of report produced by the independent FA regulatory commission over Terry's racism case and Cole's subsequent Twitter outburst.

Outnumbered: Fernando Torres is watched by Javier Garrido and Leon Barnett

Outnumbered: Fernando Torres is watched by Javier Garrido and Leon Barnett

Back in the game: Torres scores for Chelsea

Back in the game: Torres scores for Chelsea

Torres had the perfect opportunity to show the acceptable face of the European champions inside four minutes today but his Jekyll and Hyde form continued when he hesitated horribly after being played clean through by Frank Lampard.

Chelsea continued to press but were left stunned as Norwich took the lead in the 11th minute thanks to three of the players recalled by Chris Hughton.

Terry was hurt defending a free-kick and he was still hobbling when Wes Hoolahan was allowed to cross to Leon Barnett, whose knockdown was crashed home by Holt.

Within 11 minutes, Chelsea had turned the game on its head.

No chance: John Ruddy stands as Frank Lampard's shot goes past him

No chance: John Ruddy stands as Frank Lampard's shot goes past him

Mr reliable: Frank Lampard scores for Chelsea

Mr reliable: Frank Lampard scores for Chelsea

Torres made amends for his earlier miss by timing his run to perfection to head home Branislav Ivanovic's cross and although Alex Tettey might have restored Norwich's lead on his full Premier League debut but for a completely misjudged header of his own, the visitors then pressed the self-destruct button.

They failed to clear their lines in the 22nd minute and were horribly deep as Torres' overhead kick rebounded to Lampard to arrow home first time from 18 yards.

The poor defending continued when Cole headed wide, and hit a new low in the 31st minute as Terry cleared a corner, Mata evaded a lame tackle and was allowed to run unchallenged for 60 yards before threading in Hazard to slot home.

Back doing the day job: John Terry and Ashley Cole both started for Chelsea

Back doing the day job: John Terry and Ashley Cole both started for Chelsea

It could have been even worse for the visitors, with Cole's shot blocked behind and Oscar brilliantly dancing through but scuffing his finish straight at John Ruddy.

Holt beat Terry to two headers – both just off target – either side of half-time to serve notice that the game was not quite over.

It might have been had Hazard been awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge from Barnett or had Oscar's 20-yard stinger been out of Ruddy's reach.

Up for the fight: Juan Mata battles for the ball with Wes Hoolahan

Up for the fight: Juan Mata battles for the ball with Wes Hoolahan

Job done: Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring Chelsea's fourth

Job done: Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring Chelsea's fourth

Ruddy also came to the rescue to thwart Mata after the winger's superb run onto Hazard's pass as Chelsea really began to turn on the style.

Lampard was replaced by Ramires midway through the half, with Norwich sending on Anthony Pilkington for Bradley Johnson.

Shock lead: Grant Holt puts Norwich in front early on

Shock lead: Grant Holt puts Norwich in front early on

Good start: The Norwich players celebrate Holt's goal

Good start: The Norwich players celebrate Holt's goal

The visitors looked happy simply to avoid a drubbing and they held out for most of the half, with Ruddy winning another one-on-one battle with Torres.

But he was beaten again 14 minutes from time when Ivanovic smashed home a superb near-post volley from Mata's lay-off, yet another assist for the red-hot winger.

A raft of further substitutions followed but a fifth goal did not, despite Chelsea looking like they could score at will.