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Frank Lampard says half-time discussion was key to beating Leeds

Half-time discussion was the key, says Lampard after Chelsea smash Leeds

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

Frank Lampard revealed a dressing-room discussion at half-time sparked Chelsea's revival as they came from behind to beat Leeds 5-1 in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

Chelsea had trailed to a Luciano Becchio strike but turned the match at Elland Road around with goals from Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres.

'We upped it,' said Lampard on Sky Sports News. 'In the first half we weren't at our best, a bit slow with the tempo of the game and we gave a away silly goal that allowed them to score.

Turnaround: Frank Lampard (right) said Chelsea knew they had to up their game after the break

Turnaround: Frank Lampard (right) said Chelsea knew they had to up their game after the break

'Once we upped it with a bit of pace in our game you could see a big difference. We had a word with ourselves at half-time.'

Chelsea flew back into London from the Club World Cup on Monday, but the journey from Japan did not appear to take any toll in the second half, especially once Mata equalised just a minute after the restart.

Lampard said: 'We didn't make the greatest preparation but there's no excuse, we had to up it.

'The early goal gave us the impetus, we believed from then on and we didn't think we could lose the game.

'Some of the football we played, we opened them up and showed what we could do.'

Leeds manager Neil Warnock saw his team end the first half on top.

'But to concede as early as that (in the second half) against world-class players you're going to be in trouble,' Warnock said.

'It was such a relief from them to get back into the game. Then they took over and were too good for us.'

Mata's goal owed a lot to a fumbled attempt at a save from Jamie Ashdown in the Leeds goal.

'When you're a goalie you make a mistake and it counts. When you're anywhere else on the pitch you get away with it,' Warnock said.

'I don't think the scoreline reflects the game but I've got no complaints. I thought it was a great cup tie for an hour.'

Congratulations: Rafa Benitez speaks to his troops as they walk off the pitch at full-time

Congratulations: Rafa Benitez speaks to his troops as they walk off the pitch at full-time

Interim Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was delighted by his side's performance in the second half, especially after their exertions in Japan.

'The team was quite good in the first half and the reaction of the team in the second half was fantastic after coming back from Japan, jet lag, changing some players… the reaction was amazing,' Benitez said.

'We were looking for character and we talked about it at half-time.'

Tucked away: Juan Mata equalised but Jamie Ashdown should have done better

Tucked away: Juan Mata equalised but Jamie Ashdown should have done better

Leeds v Chelsea live

CAPITAL ONE CUP LIVE: Leeds v Chelsea – as it happens from Elland Road

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UPDATED:

20:04 GMT, 19 December 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Capital One Cup as Leeds host Chelsea at Elland Road in the remaining quarter-final to be played. The Championship side will be highly motivated to cause an upset on home soil against Rafael Benitez's team who have only just arrived back from Japan following the FIFA World Club Cup. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Leeds 0-0 Chelsea (7.45pm)

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Wise old head: The experienced Frank Lampard starts for Chelsea

19.32: Seven Chelsea players who started the Club World Cup loss to Corinthians in Japan on Sunday shake off their jet lag to line-up in the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Leeds tonight.

Only substitutes Ashley Cole and Eden Hazard and the suspended Gary Cahill and Ramires fail to make the cut, with the likes of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres joined in the XI by starting debutant Marko Marin.

Leeds make three changes to their side from the one which beat Ipswich 2-0 on Saturday, with regular cup goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown starting in place of Paddy Kenny and Jason Pearce and Michael Brown taking the field instead of Alan Tate and David Norris.

19.27: Full line-ups from Elland Road:

Leeds v Chelsea
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Young star in the making: James Milner celebrates scoring against Chelsea for Leeds

19.03: With just under 45 minutes until kick-off why not take a nostalgia trip and check out the clashes that have highlighted why this is such a strong rivalry.

19.00: We are still waiting for official confirmation on the teams, but it looks like David Luiz will partner Branislav Ivanovic at centre-back with Marko Marin also starting for Chelsea.

18.57: Leeds' last win against Chelsea was 10 years ago this month, with goals from Jonathan Woodgate and a young James Milner securing a 2-0 win.

18.54: And it has been a long time coming too. Roman Abramovich's wallet had only just landed on Stamford Bridge the last time these two met, with Jesper Gronkjaer's 20th minute strike enough to give the Blues a 1-0 home Premier League victory in May 2004.

The last Elland Road clash came six months earlier, with Damien Duff equalising a Jermaine Pennant effort to help Chelsea secure a 1-1 draw.

18.51: For now though, smart up on your knowledge as to why there is an edge to Leeds v Chelsea with this piece from Sportsmail's Michael Walker.

The 1970 FA Cup final sums it up for me with it's 'six red cards and 20 yellows'.

18.48: It's a tie that even John Terry isn't keen on missing, as the Chelsea captain has made the journey north with the rest of the squad.

Will the defender start, feature or even be on the bench Time will tell soon enough. Very soon.

18.45: Following Bradford's shock victory over Arsenal, Swansea securing their first ever League Cup semi-final place and even an Aston Villa revival, it was easy to forget that we still had one Capital One Cup quarter-final to be played.

Not just any quarter-final either – tonight we see the biggest tie of the round as Leeds and Chelsea prepare to do battle at Elland Road and renew an old rivalry. Dare I say we could have a Christmas cracker this evening

Road to success: Eden Hazard's penalty for Chelsea helped eliminate Manchester United in the previous round

Road to success: Eden Hazard's penalty for Chelsea helped eliminate Manchester United in the previous round

Leeds United 2 Everton 1

Leeds United 2 Everton 1: All White on the night as Championship side stun Toffees

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 25 September 2012

They may be one of the form teams in the Barclays Premier League, but a change in personnel brought an abrupt change in fortunes for Everton at Elland Road.

Everton made six changes to the team which beat Swansea 3-0 on Saturday and were given a shock after goals from Aidan White and Rodolph Austin.

Such was the extent of David Moyes’ reshuffle, Everton’s bench was more recognisable than a starting line-up containing two debutants, Bryan Oviedo and Francisco Junior, and not a single English player.

Pure delight: Aidan White scores the opening goal for Leeds against Everton

Pure delight: Aidan White scores the opening goal for Leeds against Everton

Match facts

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Party time: Leeds celebrate White's goal against Everton in the opening minutes

Signed, sealed, delivered: Leeds score a second against Everton

Signed, sealed, delivered: Leeds score a second against Everton

It became more than a hunch in the 69th minute after Leeds went 2-0 up.

Diouf rolled a free-kick back to
Danny Pugh, whose low drive was heading for the far post when Austin
stuck out a boot to divert it in.

All hands to the pump: Leeds produced a battling performance to see off Everton

All hands to the pump: Leeds produced a battling performance to see off Everton

All hands to the pump: Leeds produced a battling performance to see off Everton

Everton gave themselves a glimmer of
hope when Anichebe flicked on an 81st-minute Pienaar free-kick for
Sylvain Distin to head home.

Afterwards, Moyes said: ‘We started
terribly, conceded a really poor goal and gave Leeds the initiative. We
lost the game in the opening 20 minutes and I’m very disappointed. The
boys who came in are members of the squad and have to show they are up
to it. Otherwise, what is the point of having them

Party time: Leeds celebrate scoring the crucial second goal at Elland Road

Party time: Leeds celebrate scoring the crucial second goal at Elland Road

‘I have learned a lot tonight. This is a big place to come to and play and while some did OK, some didn’t.’

Jubilant Leeds manager Neil Warnock
saluted his side. He said: ‘That was probably as good a performance and
result as I have ever had in any cup competition. Given the
circumstances — the injuries we’ve got and how good Everton are — it has
to be right up there.’

Too little, too late: Everton's Sylvain Distin heads in a goal but his side still lost

Too little, too late: Everton's Sylvain Distin heads in a goal but his side still lost

Over and out: Everton's Steven Pienaar is dejected at the final whistle

Over and out: Everton's Steven Pienaar is dejected at the final whistle

Glen Johnson won"t let medal thieves ruin another FA Cup final

Medal thieves won't spoil another FA Cup final for Glen Johnson if Liverpool win

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UPDATED:

10:52 GMT, 3 May 2012

Glen Johnson will be keeping a close eye on his medal if Liverpool manage to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Johnson was part of the Portsmouth side who beat Cardiff 1-0 in 2008, but his medal was snatched from a hotel room after the final.

The England full-back described the FA Cup win as one of the best moments in his career, but the day was marred by the theft.

Determined: Johnson (left) wants to add another FA Cup medal to his trophy cabinet

Determined: Johnson (left) wants to add another FA Cup medal to his trophy cabinet

'It's great to see the rivalries between the two sets of fans,' Johnson said.

'The fans are excited on the day leading up to it and the night before. The whole build up is fantastic.

'But yes, me and Jamie Ashdown had our medals stolen.

'After the final the club had booked a meal and a night out for everybody.

'When we went back to the hotel before the meal, we put our medals in our rooms, and I hid mine in a bag, in another bag, in another bag, but we got back and I woke up the next morning and it wasn't there.

Memories: Johnson lifting the cup in 2008

Memories: Johnson lifting the cup in 2008

'Thankfully they made us another one. That one's in a safe place!'

As for Saturday's final, Johnson is treating it as a regular game, despite playing for Chelsea between 2003 and 2007.

'It's doesn't add extra spice for me,' he said.

'I take it as any other game, but it's a big occasion.

'It's going to be a difficult game. Any game in the final, you know it's going to be against a good team because everybody rises to the occasion.

'It's great for the club to be in another final and we'll look to try and get another trophy.'

Doncaster v Portsmouth: Amazing late show sends Donny down

Doncaster 3 Portsmouth 4: Amazing late show from Pompey gives them hope but sends hosts down to League One

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Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

17:02 GMT, 14 April 2012

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UPDATED:

17:04 GMT, 14 April 2012

Portsmouth somehow kept their Championship survival hopes alive with two goals in the final moments on a dramatic afternoon at the Keepmoat Stadium to relegate 10-man Doncaster.

Substitute Marco Futacs struck an injury time winner just seconds after Dave Kitson had appeared to handball over the line to draw his side level.

It was harsh on Rovers who had been in control after Habib Beye and Fabien Robert netted in the opening five minutes but a chaotic game turned on the questionable dismissal of Beye on the hour.

Delight: Portsmouth players celebrate after a dramatic late Marko Futacs winner

Delight: Portsmouth players celebrate after a dramatic late Marko Futacs winner

Kitson fell theatrically under
pressure from the veteran Senegalese to give away a penalty that Greg
Halford netted before converting a second spot-kick moments later drew
his side level.

The drama continued though as James
Coppinger immediately fired Doncaster ahead, which would have kept
Rovers up and relegated Pompey, until a barely believable finish that
left the home fans hooting their disapproval at the end.

By contrast the few hundred
travelling Pompey fans remained singing after the whistle having avoided
what would have been the latest sorry chapter in their recent history.

MATCH FACTS

Doncaster: Woods, O'Connor, Friend, Lockwood, Beye, Oster (Hird 59), Barnes, Gillett, Coppinger, Brown (Dumbuya 73), Robert (Hayter 46).

Subs not used: Sullivan, Bennett.

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Ward, Rocha, Pearce, Halford, Rekik (Futaks 76), Allan, Norris, Varney (Harris 46), Etuhu (Kitson 26), Maguire.

Subs not used: Mokoena, Scapuzzi.

Referee: Russell

Attendance: 8.196.

Boss Michael Appleton vowed that his
side would not give up until relegation was assured, which had looked
likely following a disastrous opening five minutes.

Only three minutes had passed when
Beye netted the opener, rising highest to meet a free-kick and loop his
header over goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown.

A stunned Pompey were 2-0 down
moments later when Robert stabbed home from close range after John
Oster's initial effort had been blocked by Ashdown.

The travelling support behind the
goal responded with ironic celebrations although their good humour was
almost tested again on seven minutes when Coppinger's dipping 25-yard
volley smacked against the crossbar.

Portsmouth's response to the early
onslaught was underwhelming as a hopeful 20-yard David Norris shot was
the best they could muster before Appleton decided on a change of
formation after 28 minutes.

He brought on striker Kitson for
winger Dickson Etuhu and it almost paid immediate dividends as Halford
saw his firm header cleared off the line moments later.

A Beye header then tested Ashdown
again at the other end, the goalkeeper this time punching for a corner,
before Robert fizzed a pass across goal that no one was in a position to
turn in.

Despite Pompey's predicament their
few hundred travelling fans remained in full voice and they cheered
louder still when news filtered through that Bristol City had taken the
lead at Birmingham, to confirm they would go down with anything but a
win.

With that threat looming likely
Portsmouth finally showed signs of life soon after half-time with Scott
Allen firing against the crossbar from range before Luke Varney drew a
low save from an acute angle.

The visitors were then given a
hotly-contested penalty on 57 minutes when Kitson fell theatrically
under pressure from Beye, who was then also given his marching orders
for denying a scoring opportunity.

The veteran Senegalese protested the decision but once he left the pitch Halford tucked in the spot-kick.

The home fans clearly felt aggrieved
at the decision and their mood was hardly helped when the referee
awarded a second penalty against James O'Connor moments later. Again
Halford scored the spot-kick, despite Gary Woods getting a hand on the
ball.

Portsmouth may have been lucky to be
level but it lasted just four minutes as Coppinger netted a fine solo
goal. After being released down the right he cut inside and fired a low
shot that took a deflection as it went through the legs of a defender to
ensure Ashdown was wrong-footed.

Doncaster then set about holding onto
their advantage, which would have kept their slim survival hopes alive,
but with time ticking down they conceded a third dubious goal when
Kitson appeared to handball over the line.

It got better for Pompey in injury
time when Futacs popped up in the area and slid in a winner in to send
Doncaster down after four years in the Championship.

Portsmouth 0 Millwall 1: Classy Kane the Lions hero but outlook bleak for Pompey

Portsmouth 0 Millwall 1: Classy Kane the Lions hero but outlook bleak for Pompey

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 10 April 2012

Michael Appleton admitted Portsmouth are going to need a clean sweep after a loss to Millwall made avoiding relegation almost impossible.

Harry Kane’s sharp turn and shot into the bottom left corner in the 37th minute from the edge of the box decided the game and left Pompey nine points from safety with only 12 available.

On target: Kane wins it

On target: Kane wins it

Match facts

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Rocha (Futacs 45), Halford, Pearce, Rekik, Allan, Etuhu, Norris, Ward, Maguire, Varney. Subs not used: Harris, Scapuzzi, Mwaruwari, Magri.

Millwall: Taylor, Smith, Robinson, Lowry, Craig, Henry, Wright, Abdou, Barron, Kane, Keogh. Subs not used: Forde, Dunne, Batt, Feeney, Mason.

Booked: Lowry.

Scorer: Kane 37.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Attendance: 15,837.

Appleton said: ‘I’m realistic and know
we’re going to have to win four games and, unless we do, we’re going to
have to look at playing in another division. There needs to be fresh
impetus into the football club.

‘There will be good times ahead but it’s not going to be easy.’

Kane warmed up for his goal on 18 minutes, turning on the right
side of the box before shooting straight at Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown.

But he made no
mistake with the goal — his seventh since Kenny Jackett brought him to
the club on loan from Tottenham in January, in a shrewd deal that may
just keep Millwall up.

Portsmouth pressed for a goal before and after going behind.

In the fifth minute Millwall’s Maik
Taylor made sharp stops from Chris Maguire’s shot just inside the box
and Luke Varney’s close-range rebound.

Mixed emotions: Kenny Jackett (left) and Michael Appleton

Mixed emotions: Kenny Jackett (left) and Michael Appleton

Maguire headed on to the bar with four minutes left and Taylor pulled off another smart save to deny Kelvin Etuhu late on.

And Pompey now need a miracle to avoid playing League One football next season.

Millwall assistant boss Joe Gallen was full of praise for on-loan goalscorer Kane, after a tireless performance from the 18-year-old and his strike partner Andy Keogh.

'I don't want to talk him up too much because he's decent,' said Gallen.

'He's a very good finisher, very good all-round game and we're thankful to Tottenham for letting us have him.

'I think he's going to score lots of goals in his future. He loves football, he loves training – he gets annoyed when we pull him away from finishing training because we're worried he's going to get a thigh strain.'

Asked about a permanent move for Kane Gallen added: 'He's got the lot. We've got to try and make sure we get some points and then we can concentrate on next season. It would be great if we could.

'We're very close to staying up, but not yet there.'

Southampton 2 Portsmouth 2: David Norris hits late leveller but Saints regain top spot

Southampton 2 Portsmouth 2: Norris hits late leveller but Saints regain top spot

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UPDATED:

14:24 GMT, 7 April 2012

David Norris struck deep into stoppage time to earn struggling Portsmouth a point against the odds from a tense south coast derby at Southampton.

Three points looked to be going to Saints after Billy Sharp poked home late on, but the game changed in the final minute of added time when the Pompey midfielder lashed home.

Southampton originally took the lead midway through the first half through Sharp but Chris Maguire's rasping effort levelled for Portsmouth.

Stunner: David Norris silenced St Mary's with this late free-kick

Stunner: David Norris silenced St Mary's with this late free-kick

MATCH FACTS

Jamie Ashdown's fantastic performance
in the Pompey goal seemed to secure the visitors a point until Sharp
put Southampton back ahead in the 89th minute.

However, Norris struck deep into
stoppage time to break home fans' hearts – even though they return to
the top of the npower Championship on goal difference.

St Mary's was rocking as the match
began and the intensity translated onto the pitch, with referee Neil
Swarbrick issuing the game's first yellow card after 69 seconds.

Morgan Schneiderlin was booked for
hauling back David Norris and was soon forced off the field through
injury after a seventh minute collision with Luke Varney.

Jack Cork came on in his place but not until after Maguire had picked up the second booking of a frantic opening.

Both sides were struggling to get a
foothold, but Pompey came close to breaking the deadlock when Kelvin
Davis was forced to parry a Kelvin Etuhu drive following a defensive
mishap.

It was Saints, though, that were
looking the more assured side and, after Danny Fox saw a long-range
effort go close and Ricardo Rocha was booked, they broke the deadlock.

Spoiling the show: Portsmouth celebrate Chris Maguire's leveller

Parity restored: Portsmouth celebrate Chris Maguire's leveller

Pompey failed to clear a corner and
Sharp collected a pass from Rickie Lambert in the box, before rifling
home in front of the raucous Northam End.

The former Doncaster striker was
booked for putting his finger to his lips in front of the home support
after the 27th minute strike and card-happy referee Swarbrick soon
issued his fifth yellow card of the half to Scott Allan.

Southampton were looking comfortable but a thunderbolt out of the blue drew Pompey level in the 36th minute.

Maguire found time on the edge of the box to hit a venomous shot that beat Davis and flew into the top corner.

The goal sparked the 3,034 visiting supporters into voice, but Saints dominated until the end of period.

Pompey began the second half brightly
and should have gone ahead inside a minute of the restart, but Maguire
inexplicably scuffed wide with the goal gaping.

Opener: Billy Sharp fires Saints into a 1-0 lead

Opener: Billy Sharp fires Saints into a 1-0 lead

Saints soon jolted back into life and the visitors had goalkeeper Ashdown to thank for keeping the scores level.

The Portsmouth goalkeeper first
thwarted Adam Lallana's expertly-struck volley and then tipped over Jose
Fonte's goalbound header from the resulting corner.

Lallana fizzed an effort wide after neat play with Sharp, before Portsmouth enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy at the other end.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Portsmouth were penned back in their own half.

Fonte came close and Lallana toppled over after rounding the goalkeeper, before Rocha almost put into his own net.

Southampton continued to press and got the goal they deserved in controversial fashion in the 89th minute.

Sharp poked home at the far post and
saw his goal disallowed for offside, but the decision was reversed after
a chat between the referee and linesman.

However, things changed again in stoppage time when Norris struck home to the delight of the visiting fans.