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Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0 match report

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0: Boro bounce back and pile the pressure on Berg

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 26 December 2012

Lukas Jutkiewicz struck the game's
solitary goal midway through the second half as Middlesbrough bounced
back from Saturday's npower Championship defeat at Leeds to keep their
automatic promotion hopes alive.

Polish striker Jutkiewicz struck for
the second successive game with a clinical low finish from the edge of
the penalty area to lift Tony Mowbray's side up to third, within a point
of second-placed Hull.

Christmas cracker: Lucas Jutkiewicz scores the winner

Christmas cracker: Lucas Jutkiewicz scores the winner

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Woodgate, Bikey (Rhys Williams 46), Hoyte, Ledesma, McEachran (Smallwood 56), Leadbitter, Emnes (Bailey 72), Jutkiewicz, McDonald. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Halliday, Miller.

Booked: Ledesma

Goals: Jutkiewicz 67.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Grant Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Rosado (Dunn 79), Murphy, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Kazim-Richards (Rochina 83). Subs Not Used: Usai, Givet, Pedersen, Etuhu, Vukcevic.

Booked: Henley.

Att: 22,882

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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Blackburn, who have now won only once under manager Henning Berg in 10 matches, were made to pay for missed chances and continue to slide down the table after securing just one point from their last six fixtures.

Rovers' late substitute Ruben Rochina was denied a late equaliser when Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele kept out his free-kick, but the home side were also guilty of some wasteful finishing.

Defender Andre Bikey and Argentinian striker Emmanuel Ledesma returned for Boro, while Portugal Under-21s international Diogo Rosado made his first start for Blackburn with midfielder Danny Murphy and defender Grant Hanley also recalled by Berg.

Middlesbrough made the brighter start as Jutkiewicz and Ledesma both fired over the crossbar from inside the penalty area before 16-goal Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes fired a shot just off target at the other end.

Rosado then tested Steele with a swirling, angled drive from 35 yards that was well held by the Boro goalkeeper and in a see-saw opening Jutkiewicz's header from Ledesma's cross was gathered by Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean.

Close call: Jordan Rhodes is kept out by Boro defence

Close call: Jordan Rhodes is kept out by Boro defence

Middlesbrough defender George Friend and midfield team-mate Grant Leadbitter both fired in shots from outside the area, but the home side were given a let-off in the 24th minute when Rhodes spurned a gilt-edged chance from close range.

Boro continued to rain in shots from long range. Rosado, again from more than 30 yards, striker Scott McDonald and Ledesma all tried their luck from distance before the break, the latter's well held by Kean in the 35th minute.

Both sides went in search of the game's opening goal in an even contest, but the score remained goalless at the interval.

Mowbray replaced Bikey with Rhys Williams during the interval and the latter was straight into the action, blocking Rovers striker Josh King's goalbound effort before Murphy's 20-yard shot was well held by Steele.

Jutkiewicz was next to waste a golden opportunity when he headed wide from six yards from McDonald's telling cross in the 50th minute, while Rovers striker Colin Kazim-Richards saw his header saved by Steele before blazing the rebound over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

Jutkiewicz dragged an angled shot wide and forward team-mate Marvin Emnes arrowed a 25-yard effort off target, but in the 67th minute Boro broke the deadlock.

McDonald pulled the ball back towards the edge of the penalty area from the left and Jutkiewicz buried a low, right-footed shot into the bottom corner for his seventh goal of the season.

Blackburn boss Berg replaced Rosado with David Dunn in the 78th minute before fellow midfielder Jason Lowe fired a low angled shot just wide and moments later visiting goalkeeper Kean denied Boro a second when tipping McDonald's close-range effort over the crossbar at full stretch.

Rovers almost snatched a point in the final minute, but Rochina's goalbound free-kick was brilliantly saved by Boro keeper Steele.

Rio Ferdinand coin: Ryan Giggs wants to avoid repeat of ugly scenes in Manchester derby

United veteran Giggs wants clubs and authorities to ensure ugly post-derby scenes aren't repeated

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UPDATED:

00:16 GMT, 12 December 2012

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs says it is up to the clubs, police and the Football Association to ensure the scenes witnessed in the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday are not repeated.

Team-mate Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin near his eye following Robin van Persie's late winner, before a Manchester City fan entered the pitch to confront the centre half.

The incident is being investigated by both the FA and Greater Manchester Police, with the fan in question – 21-year-old Matthew Stott – facing a lifetime ban from the ground if found guilty in court of a charge of pitch encroachment.

Escalated: Manchester United won the derby in the dying moments before coins were thrown at players and a fan ran onto the pitch (above)

Escalated: Manchester United won the derby in the dying moments before coins were thrown at players and a fan ran onto the pitch (above)

When Ferdinand, who was able to complete the match, left the pitch after the final whistle he was seen to have an object in his hand which he showed to referee Martin Atkinson before he threw it to the ground.

Giggs watched the incident unfold from the bench and can understand the anger felt by Ferdinand, having himself been in a similar position in the past.

'No it's (the incident) is not isolated,' he told United's official podcast, Red Voices.

'The manager touched on it. I got hit at Chelsea when Chicharito scored.

'It happens. I think it's tough for someone to get hit in the face, for everyone to sort of make a big thing out of it.

'It's not just one club, it's not just City, it's not just Chelsea. Every club, the excitement and the passion we all want but we don't want it to tip over the edge.

Marred: United's victory was overshadowed when Rio Ferdinand was cut by a coin

Marred: United's victory was overshadowed when Rio Ferdinand was cut by a coin

Ouch: A flare was also chucked onto the pitch by Manchester City fans after Robin van Persie (left) scored the winner

Ouch: A flare was also chucked onto the pitch by Manchester City fans after Robin van Persie (left) scored the winner

'A centimetre either side and Rio loses an eye, it's so dangerous. We don't want to see it. It is up to the clubs and the police, the FA to do everything in our power to make sure it doesn't happen again.'

Ferdinand has been criticised for celebrating Van Persie's winner in front of the home fans, but Giggs feels the way the supporters are segregated and the importance of the goal makes it almost impossible not to do so.

'First of all it's tough at City because their hardcore supporters are right next to our supporters,” he added.

'When they are so close together how can you determine whether you just celebrating in front of United fans

Ugly: The scenes marred what was otherwise a thrilling Manchester derby

Ugly: The scenes marred what was otherwise a thrilling Manchester derby

'When you score a goal like that you don't have control of yourself. As a player you want to celebrate.

'If you just scored that goal and walked back to the centre circle, United fans would want to know “what's going on there”. The manager would be like “what you doing Celebrate”.

'We have stamped it out going into the crowd, you get an instant booking.

'You have still got to enjoy that sort of experience, but obviously the players and fans can't go too far.'

Gareth Barry charged over foul and abusive language after Manchester derby

Manchester mayhem goes on as Barry is charged for abusing referee during controversial derby… and is Clattenburg back at centre of another storm

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 11 December 2012

Gareth Barry has been charged by the FA with verbally abusing a match official as the after-shock of Sunday’s tempestuous Manchester derby continues to rumble on.

It is understood that the Manchester City midfielder aimed his comments at one of referee Martin Atkinson’s assistants or fourth official Mark Clattenburg as he left the pitch after Robin van Persie’s injury-time strike gave United a dramatic 3-2 victory. The goal came from a free-kick controversially awarded by Atkinson when Carlos Tevez was adjudged to have fouled Rafael Da Silva.

At first it was thought that Barry had clashed with his manager Roberto Mancini as he left the pitch at full-time, but the City boss confirmed that his player was unhappy with the officials.

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

‘The referee and linesmen made some mistakes today,’ remarked Mancini after the game. ‘I don’t know what Gareth said.’

Barry
now faces a one-match ban if he is found guilty of the offence or accepts the charge. The 31-year-old
England midfielder has until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

An
FA statement read: ‘Manchester City’s Gareth Barry has been charged by
The FA for a breach of its Rule E3 in that he used abusive and/or
insulting words towards a match official following the Manchester City v
Manchester United game on Sunday 9 December 2012.’

Rio Ferdinand in training at Carrington on Tuesday

Robin van Persie (left) and Rio Ferdinand in training

No scar, Rio Ferdinand's face looked in far better shape during United's training session at their Carrington headquarters on Tuesday morning after he was last seen bleeding at the end of the Manchester derby

No scar Rio Ferdinand

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

Barry's charge is the latest episode in the fall-out from a controversial encounter which saw United score an added-time winner after their 2-0 lead had been pegged back in the second half.

Red Devils' defender Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as he celebrated his side's late goal and a fan had to be restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart after encroaching onto the pitch.

City have confirmed Matthew Stott, 21, has had his season ticket removed for the rest of the season and faces a lifetime ban if found guilty in court of a charge of pitch encroachment.

In a statement released by his solicitors Stott, a landscape gardener from Knutsford, said: 'I would like to apologise to all those affected by my actions, particularly Mr Ferdinand and the other players.

'I am extremely ashamed of my actions. I have let myself down, my family down, my fellow fans down and Manchester City Football Club.

'I intend to write personally to Mr Ferdinand to express my extreme regret and apologies and also apologise to Manchester United and their fans.'

Stott is now facing a possible banning order but his solicitor said he had never been in trouble before and was not the 'stereotypical drunken football fan'.

Police also charged eight other people, including for a racially aggravated public order offence, pitch encroachment, breach of football banning orders and other public offences.

Football Association chairman David Bernstein described the incidents as 'deplorable'.

'To see Rio Ferdinand with blood on his face is absolutely terrible,” he told Sky Sports News.

'I think it's disturbing that we're seeing a recurrence of these types of incidents.

'It's very unacceptable and has to be dealt with severely… in the strongest way we can.

'To my mind it's for the FA, the whole game of football and the authorities to work together to deal with this most severe matter.'

Man City 2 Man United 3: match report – Robin van Persie scores winner

Man City 2 Man United 3: Heartbreak for Mancini as Van Persie's stoppage-time strike steals the points and sparks total chaos

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UPDATED:

20:05 GMT, 9 December 2012

Robin van Persie scored an injury-time winner to give Manchester United victory amid ugly scenes at the end of today's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Two goals down to a first-half Wayne Rooney double, Manchester City thought they had snatched a point when Pablo Zabaleta followed up Yaya Toure's strike by driving home five minutes from time.

But after Rafael had been fouled on the edge of the area, Van Persie's free-kick flicked off Samir Nasri before cannoning in off the far post.

As United celebrated, Rio Ferdinand was struck by an object which drew blood from a cut close to his eye.

Derby delight: Robin van Persie celebrates after his deflected free-kick snatched a win for Man United

Derby delight: Robin van Persie celebrates after his deflected free-kick snatched a win for Man United

Whip: Van Persie's free kick hit Samir Nasri in the City wall and swerved beyond Joe Hart

Whip: Van Persie's free kick hit Samir Nasri in the City wall and swerved beyond Joe Hart

Incident: A City fan threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand which hit him, drawing blood

Incident: A City fan threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand which hit him, drawing blood

Confrontation: Hart tries to prevent this City fan reaching Ferdinand

Confrontation: Hart tries to prevent this City fan reaching Ferdinand

Match facts

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (K Toure 21), Nastasic, Clichy, Silva, Y Toure (Dzeko 84), Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli (Tevez 52).

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Maicon, Lescott, Javi Garcia.

Booked: Nasri, Y Toure, Tevez.

Goals: Y Toure 60, Zabaleta 86.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans (Smalling 58), Evra, Valencia (Jones 84), Carrick, Cleverley (Welbeck 87), Young, Rooney, van Persie.

Subs not used: Johnstone, Giggs, Hernandez, Scholes.

Booked: Ferdinand, Rooney, Jones.

Goals: Rooney 16, 29, Van Persie 90.

Att: 47,166.

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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A supporter then ran onto the pitch and had to be restrained by Joe Hart before being carted away by stewards.

Sir Alex Ferguson then seemed to
exchange words with former United striker Carlos Tevez before referee
Martin Atkinson brought an end to a breathless afternoon.

Rooney's brace saw him jump to the top
of United's scoring charts in Manchester derbies, his 10 goals taking
him one clear of Sir Bobby Charlton.

United's defensive frailties have been
obvious to everyone this term, so it came as something of a shock that
City's rearguard was the topic of conversation at half-time.

Dominant during the opening 15
minutes, the Blues were caught cold by the visitors' first attack,
started deep in their own half by Patrice Evra.

Van Persie cushioned a delightful
return pass from Ashley Young's flicked header, allowing the winger to
drive over halfway and drill a low cross to the edge of the area for
Rooney, who controlled it expertly.

Mix of emotions: Man United celebrate but Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin and blue smoke from a flare fills the background

Mix of emotions: Man United celebrate but Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin and blue smoke from a flare fills the background

Premature: Pablo Zabaleta's strike seemed to have earned City a draw

Premature: Pablo Zabaleta's strike seemed to have earned City a draw

Here we go: Wayne Rooney opened proceedings with a sidefooted finish which wrong-footed Joe Hart

Here we go: Wayne Rooney opened proceedings with a sidefooted finish which wrong-footed Joe Hart

Fine start: Rooney celebrates with his team-mates after getting the derby off to a cracking beginning

Fine start: Rooney celebrates with his team-mates after getting the derby off to a cracking beginning

Surrounded by three City defenders,
Rooney took the ball to his left before cutting a shot back to the near
post that Hart had no chance of keeping out.

City's concerns grew when Vincent
Kompany was replaced by Kolo Toure, bringing additional uncertainty to a
defence which conceded a second a short time later.

This time the surge came from the
right wing as Antonio Valencia found an overlapping Rafael with a
perfectly-weighted pass which the Brazilian crossed into the danger
zone.

Rooney, who had been allowed to gallop
unopposed from his initial pass, could not believe the space on offer
which allowed him to tuck his first-time shot beyond Hart, allowing him
to become the sixth player – and the youngest – to score 150 Premier
League goals.

There was a conviction about United's play that was missing from City's.

Swap: City skipper Vincent Kompany had to be withdrawn for Kolo Toure

Swap: City skipper Vincent Kompany had to be withdrawn for Kolo Toure

Double up: Rooney strikes the second goal to increase United's lead

Double up: Rooney strikes the second goal to increase United's lead

Mario Balotelli, preferred up front to
Carlos Tevez, was the subject of his manager's ire, yet Sergio Aguero
was the one who had failed to control the Italian's through-ball when
the scores were still level.

Aguero was also the player who took on
the entire Red Devils defence single handedly and squeezed a shot
towards the corner which David de Gea did well to keep out.

After wasting possession once too
often, Balotelli was replaced by Tevez, the Italian heading straight
down the tunnel, although not before fixing Mancini with an icy stare.

Ashley Young then had a goal
incorrectly ruled out for offside when he tucked home the rebound from a
Van Persie shot that had cannoned back off a post, and United were
still digesting their disappointment as City countered to pull a goal
back.

Pure delight: The England striker wheels away in celebration

Pure delight: The England striker wheels away in celebration

Away day party: United were 2-0 up and flying with City misfiring

Away day party: United were 2-0 up and flying with City misfiring

De Gea produced brilliant saves to
deny Tevez and David Silva, but he was unable to keep out a third strike
on goal from Yaya Toure, who calmly rolled Tevez's cut-back into the
bottom corner.

It was the goal that lit the
touchpaper for a thrilling finale, with tackles flying in from both
sides as referee Atkinson desperately tried to keep control.

Van Persie headed Cleverley's cross
over before De Gea somehow kept Silva's shot out at the other end when
it flicked off his shoulder and onto the crossbar.

Disappointment: David Silva found it hard to make an impact in the first half

Disappointment: David Silva found it hard to make an impact in the first half

Struggle: Mario Balotelli challenges David de Gea but could not trouble him

Struggle: Mario Balotelli challenges David de Gea but could not trouble him

Change of tack: Roberto Mancini hooked the striker early in the second half and Balotelli stormed off

Change of tack: Roberto Mancini hooked the striker early in the second half and Balotelli stormed off

City had the momentum though and when
Tevez's corner was half-cleared into Zabaleta's path, the Argentinian
thrashed home a ferocious shot through a crowded penalty area.

There was one final twist to come,
though, as Van Persie stepped up to end City's 37-match unbeaten run on
home soil to send United six points clear at the top.

Back in business: Yaya Toure celebrates after his strike gave City hope

Back in business: Yaya Toure celebrates after his strike gave City hope

Starting point: Yaya Toue wraps his shot past De Gea's arm and into the far corner

Starting point: Yaya Toue wraps his shot past De Gea's arm and into the far corner

Battle of wits: Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson were both chasing the points

Battle of wits: Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson were both chasing the points

Twist in the tale: Zabaleta celebrates after his 86th minute goal... but he did not know what was to follow

Twist in the tale: Zabaleta celebrates after his 86th minute goal… but he did not know what was to follow

Watching on: England boss Roy Hodgson and Stuart Pearce were in attendance

Watching on: England boss Roy Hodgson and Stuart Pearce were in attendance

Cruising: Hollywood star Tom Cruise made it to the Etihad

Cruising: Hollywood star Tom Cruise made it to the Etihad

Laughing matter: Actors Robert Duvall (left) and Cruise chat to Sky reporter Geoff Shreeves

Laughing matter: Actors Robert Duvall (left) and Cruise chat to Sky reporter Geoff Shreeves

Roberto Mancini accuses Ashley Young of diving

Mancini accuses Young of diving in penalty row ahead of heated Manchester derby

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22:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini traded barbs over dodgy penalty decisions as they ramped up the pressure ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby.

Mancini accused United winger Ashley Young of 'swimming' – he meant diving – while Ferguson questioned the number of spot-kicks City have been awarded at the Etihad Stadium.

Barclays Premier League leaders United visit champions City with a three-point lead over their neighbours and both managers were testing the FA's rules against pressuring referee Martin Atkinson.

Swimming: Roberto Mancini claimed Ashley Young went to ground too easily last season

Swimming: Roberto Mancini claimed Ashley Young went to ground too easily last season

WHAT ABOUT THE STATS, FERGIE

Sir Alex says City have had too many penalties at home, but do the stats back him up

20 Home penalties given to City since the start of the 2010-11 season. United had 13 at home

9 United were given nine penalties at home last season, one more than City

21 Both clubs have had the same number of penalties since the start of 2010-11

Ferguson suggested City had won far too many penalties at the Etihad, saying: 'If we got that number of penalty kicks, there'd be an inquiry in the House of Commons.'

When this was put to City manager Mancini half an hour later, however, the Italian pointed to Young's dive that won United an important penalty at home to Aston Villa last season.

Mancini said: 'I remember very well last year when Young was swimming in the box.

'Four or five times in the last 10 games and no-one said anything. Fergie is clever for this.'

Since the start of the 2010-11 season City have been awarded 20 Premier League spot-kicks at home to United's 13.

Barbs: Mancini (above) and Alex Ferguson sniped at the opposite team ahead of the Manchester derby

Barbs: Mancini (above) and Alex Ferguson sniped at the opposite team ahead of the Manchester derby

High five: Edin Dzeko (left) earned a penalty for Manchester City last week against Everton

High five: Edin Dzeko (left) earned a penalty for Manchester City last week against Everton

However, last season United were given nine penalties at Old Trafford – one more than their neighbours.

Referee Atkinson has had problems with both clubs. He was in charge at Old Trafford in 2009 when six minutes of added time saw United seal a 4-3 triumph over City, while he upset Ferguson with his handling of a game at Chelsea two seasons ago.

Ferguson may play captain Nemanja Vidic, while City are hoping to have David Silva back after a hamstring injury.

Asked if City were still the 'noisy neighbours' he called them four years ago, Ferguson laughed: 'Aye, they are screaming now.'

Prepared: Ferguson greeted troops in Chester on Thursday

Prepared: Ferguson greeted troops in Chester on Thursday

David Silva doubt for Manchester City v Manchester United

City's Silva faces race against time to be fit for crunch Manchester derby

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UPDATED:

17:58 GMT, 3 December 2012

Manchester City have been rocked by an injury setback after it emerged influential playmaker David Silva is a major doubt for Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Silva is suffering from a hamstring injury and has already been ruled out of tomorrow tonight's Champions' League group finale against Borussia Dortmund.

Of more concern to manager Roberto
Mancini, the little Spain forward could also miss the eagerly awaited
visit of Manchester United, when City will go all out to close a
three-point gap on the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Doubt: David Silva (left) could miss Manchester City's clash with United

Doubt: David Silva (left) could miss Manchester City's clash with United

David Silva of Manchester City

'Silva is not here because he has a hamstring injury, and we do not know at the moment if he can recover in time for the derby,' said Mancini. 'We will try, but we will have to see.'

Meanwhile, Martin Atkinson will take charge of the Manchester derby despite his controversial brushes with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the past.

Although City versus United is too early
in the season to be billed as a title-decider, the rivals are clear of
the chasing pack and the clash will prove crucial to the shape of the
league ahead of the jam-packed Christmas schedule.

Previous: Sir Alex Ferguson and referee Martin Atkinson have history

Previous: Sir Alex Ferguson and referee Martin Atkinson have history

Ferguson was initially handed a five-match touchline ban and fined 30,000 by the Football Association last year for his comments about referee Martin Atkinson following United’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Speaking after the game at Stamford Bridge, Ferguson said he had ‘feared the worst’ after hearing Atkinson was in charge of that Premier League.

West Ham 3 Chelsea 1 match report: Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga heap pressure on Rafa Benitez

West Ham 3 Chelsea 1: Rafa's revolution in tatters as Blues' winless steak extends to seven games

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15:09 GMT, 1 December 2012

Rafael Benitez's Chelsea nightmare continued as West Ham hit back to inflict his first defeat in charge and extend his winless start as interim manager.

Already the first boss of the Roman Abramovich era not to oversee a victory in his opening two games under the Russian, it got worse for Benitez at Upton Park this afternoon as the Blues made it seven Barclays Premier League games without maximum points.

Juan Mata appeared to ease the pressure on the former Liverpool boss by ending the European champions' five-hour, 34-minute goal drought after 13 minutes.

Sealing the deal: Modibo Maiga ensures the three points for West Ham

Sealing the deal: Modibo Maiga ensures the three points for West Ham

At full stretch: Rafa Benitez has claimed just two points from a possible nine

At full stretch: Rafa Benitez has claimed just two points from a possible nine

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Tomkins (Taylor, 46), Noble, O'Neil (Diame 46), Nolan, Jarvis, Cole (Maiga 87). Subs not used: Spiegel, Spence, Fanimo, Moncur.

Booked: Noble.

Goal: Cole 63, Diame 86, Maiga 90+1.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Moses (Marin 78), Hazard (Oscar 73), Mata, Torres. Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Bertrand, Romeu, Piazon.

Booked: Cech, Mikel.

Goal: Mata 13.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Attendance: 35,005.

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But the visitors squandered several
chances to score again and were deservedly made to pay through a
controversial Carlton Cole equaliser and goals from substitutes Mohamed
Diame and Modibo Maiga.

West Ham fans taunted Benitez with,
'You're getting sacked in the morning', while the torrent of abuse from
Chelsea supporters also continued.

There were early warning signs for
Chelsea today, with a defence reshaped by David Luiz's suspension
failing its first real test in the 10th minute when a straight free-kick
from James Collins sailed over everyone to Winston Reid, whose header
across goal was scrambled to safety by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Fernando Torres was dropping into
midfield to get involved with mixed results but it was the return of his
striking instincts that helped Chelsea end their longest goal drought
of the Abramovich era.
The Spaniard burst in behind onto Victor Moses' 13th-minute through ball
and coolly cut it back for Mata to sidefoot home easily,

Benitez kept his promise not to
celebrate the first goal of his reign, which did not spare him chants of
'One Di Matteo' and 'You're not welcome here' from the visiting fans,
along with the ubiquitous 'Rafa Out' banner.

On a run: West Ham won against Chelsea for the first time since 2003

On a run: West Ham won against Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League since 2003

In the ascendancy: Mohamed Diame blasts West Ham's second of the game

In the ascendancy: Mohamed Diame blasts West Ham's second of the game

Chelsea should have given their
supporters something else to cheer about, Moses horribly mis-hitting his
20th-minute finish from Ramires' pass.

And after Carlton Cole – in for the
injured Andy Carroll – saw a shot blocked, Ramires and Torres blew a
four-on-two break, the latter skying his finish to spark the inevitable
“What a waste of money” chants.

West Ham were also causing problems
and thought they had equalised in the 33rd minute through Kevin Nolan's
close-range overhead kick but referee Martin Atkinson controversially
chalked it off for a push.

Happy Hammers: Players mob Carlton Cole after he came back to haunt his former club

Happy Hammers: Players mob Carlton Cole after he came back to haunt his former club

Lean on me: Carlton Cole fends off Branislav Ivanovic to nod West Ham level

Lean on me: Carlton Cole fends off Branislav Ivanovic to nod West Ham level

Mata could have made it 2-0 in the
40th minute when he fired Moses' cutback too close to Jussi Jaaskelainen
and saw his follow-up blocked by Joey O'Brien.

The home side had the final attempt
of the first half when Petr Cech was booked for punching the ball clear
outside his area the goalkeeper redeeming himself by tipping Nolan's
header over the bar from the resultant free-kick.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had seen
enough by the break, sending on Matt Taylor and Diame for James Tomkins
and Gary O'Neil after what could only have been a half-time roasting.

No mistake: Juan Mata beats Jussi Jaaskelainen from close range to put the visitors ahead

No mistake: Juan Mata beats Jussi Jaaskelainen from close range to put the visitors ahead

Pointing the way: Juan Mata fired Chelsea ahead after 13 minutes

Pointing the way: Juan Mata fired Chelsea ahead after 13 minutes

Both had the desired effect, Carlton
Cole's header from just inside the box sailing over before he got in the
way of Diame's effort.

Chelsea's defending became more
desperate, Branislav Ivanovic getting a vital touch to prevent Carlton
Cole turning in Nolan's pass after Cech went AWOL.

An equaliser looked only a matter of time and it arrived in the 63rd minute in controversial fashion.
Matt Jarvis' cross looped up off Azpilicueta and Carlton Cole climbed
all over Ivanovic to nod it in, Chelsea's protests only resulting in a
booking for John Mikel Obi.

Celebration time: Victor Moses joins Fernando Torres and Juan Mata after the latter's goa

Celebration time: Victor Moses joins Fernando Torres and Juan Mata after the latter's goa

Mayhem ensued and Jarvis tested Cech
before the visitors surged down the other end, Torres scuffing a
glorious rebound chance straight at Jaaskelainen after the keeper saved
from Eden Hazard.

Mark Noble was booked for clattering
into Ramires and Mata almost added further punishment when he hit the
inside of the post with a brilliant free-kick.

Moses appealed in vain for a penalty
under Taylor's challenge and Hazard failed to chip Jaaskelainen after
the keeper threw the ball straight to him.

The drought goes on: Fernando Torres was once again a shadow of his former self

The drought goes on: Fernando Torres was once again a shadow of his former self

Oscar immediately replaced the Belgian but West Ham were still on top and Moses soon departed for Marko Marin.

Although Chelsea enjoyed some pressure, they were almost undone when Noble sent Jarvis clear and Cech came to the rescue again.

Ashley Cole did likewise from the resultant corner, nodding Reid's header off the line but West Ham were not to be denied.

Caught out: Petr Cech reacts to his yellow card after handling outside the area

Caught out: Petr Cech reacts to his yellow card after handling outside the area

With four minutes remaining, a
throw-in found its way to Carlton Cole, who laid the ball off to Diame
to drill home and it got worse in stoppage time when fellow substitute
Maiga followed up after Taylor's shot was parried.

Torres had the final say with a header that was saved but it was already too late.

Watching brief: Sam Allardyce and Rafa Benitez look on as Cesar Azpilicueta tackles Joey O'Brien

Watching brief: Sam Allardyce and Rafa Benitez look on as Cesar Azpilicueta tackles Joey O'Brien

Huddersfield 2 Leeds 4: match report

Huddersfield 2 Leeds 4: Becchio at the double as Warnock's men continue charge

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14:58 GMT, 1 December 2012

Luciano Becchio's double helped Leeds clinch a third straight npower Championship victory and their first win over West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield in five years.

Argentinian striker Becchio headed Leeds into a first-half lead after Michael Tonge had cancelled out Chris Atkinson's opener for Huddersfield.

Former Leeds midfielder Adam Clayton equalised for the home side from the penalty spot just before half-time, but David Norris edged the visitors ahead midway through the second period and Becchio ensured a thrilling derby win for his side with a header in the 86th minute.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Luciano Becchio scores Leeds' fourth goal

Signed, sealed, delivered: Luciano Becchio scores Leeds' fourth goal

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Lynch (Woods 56), Arfield (Hammill 74), Atkinson, Clayton, Ward, Lee (Vaughan 63), Church.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Norwood, Scannell, Novak.

Booked: Ward.

Goals: Atkinson 12, Clayton 43 pen.

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Marching on: Leeds recorded their third win on the spin

But Becchio then turned villain for the visitors, penalised for pulling Huddersfield skipper Clarke in the area following Ward's free-kick and Clayton stepped forward to steer the subsequent spot kick into the bottom corner.

The Mancunian clearly enjoyed his sliding celebration in front of Neil Warnock, who had sold the Mancunian in the summer.

Lee headed Ward's corner just over the crossbar at the start of the second half and Jerome Thomas went close with a volley at the other end.
Leeds were rewarded for another concerted spell of pressure with a third goal in the 70th minute.

Substitute Ryan Hall beat his man on the edge of the box and squared the ball for Norris to bury a left-footed finish inside Smithies' left-hand post from 12 yards.

Leeds continued to probe for a game-clinching goal and Smithies pulled off a fine save to turn Hall's 81st-minute header over the crossbar.

The visitors then made the game safe in the 86th minute when Becchio powered home Hall's left-wing cross to make it a happy return to the John Smith's Stadium for Leeds' former Huddersfield boss Warnock.

Southampton 2 Newcastle 0: Match report

Southampton 2 Newcastle 0: Adkins enjoys boost as Lallana and Ramirez double up to seal another win

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00:20 GMT, 26 November 2012

Nigel Adkins insisted he has a good relationship with Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese after a second consecutive win eased pressure on his position.

Just nine days ago the Saints manager was in trouble with his side second from bottom and facing an already crucial fixture against bottom club QPR.

Three weeks ago Adkins held crunch talks about his future with Cortese, who was furious with their start to the season.

Going ahead: Adam Lallana celebrates putting Southampton 1-0 up

Going ahead: Adam Lallana celebrates putting Southampton 1-0 up

MATCH FACTS:

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw (Hooiveld 90), Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Ramirez (Steven Davis 78), Lambert (Rodriguez 76).

Subs Not Used: Kelvin Davis, Do Prado, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka.

Booked: Fonte, Ramirez.

Goals: Lallana 34, Ramirez 60.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor (Perch 90), Williamson, Santon, Anita (Marveaux 66), Tiote, Gutierrez, Ferguson (Sammy Ameobi 46), Ba, Cisse.

Subs Not Used: Harper, Bigirimana, Ranger, Tavernier.

Booked: Williamson, Tiote.

Attendance: 31,410

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Swindon manager Paulo Di Canio was
lined up to take over the job and on Sunday Roberto Di Matteo was the
latest name to be thrown into the mix.

But Adkins's side beat QPR last weekend – and Mark Hughes got the chop instead- and yesterday he made it backto- back wins.

The 47-year-old said: 'We've got a
good relationship and that's the important thing. There's always been
stability here, which is important. (Cortese and I) talk regularly.

'We want the same thing, we've got a hunger, we share the same ambition of driving this football club forward.'

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is all too
aware of the volatile Cortese. He was sacked by the Swiss-Italian two
years ago, three games into his second full season in charge.

Adkins said before the game he owed
Pardew nothing for the squad he inherited from the Newcastle boss before
taking over the club and leading them to back-to-back promotions.

In it goes: Lallana (right) scores after a pass from team-mate Gaston Ramirez

In it goes: Lallana (right) scores after a pass from team-mate Gaston Ramirez

Opening up: Lallana is congratulated by team-mates

Opening up: Lallana is congratulated by team-mates

Comfortable: Gaston Ramirez twists and turns away from Steven Taylor

Comfortable: Gaston Ramirez twists and turns away from Steven Taylor

Adam Lallana put Southampton ahead in
the first half yesterday when his team took advantage of a mistake from
Newcastle's Tim Krul.

On 34 minutes the goalkeeper ran from
his area to clear a long pass but hit the ball straight to right back
Nathaniel Clyne, who controlled it with his chest and hit a shot towards
an open goal. Former Saint Mike Williamson headed the ball out but
straight to Gaston Ramirez, who passed past Krul and Lallana finished
from close range.

On the hour, Ramirez turned
goalscorer to make it 2-0. More superb work from Lallana freed Jason
Puncheon down the left and his powerful low cross was parried out by
Krul, leaving the Uruguayan to slide the ball in. It should have been
more – the home side hit the woodwork three times.

Ramirez drew a decent stop from Krul
from a free-kick 25 yards out on 25 minutes. But, eight minutes later,
Rickie Lambert had a go from an almost identical position and struck the
bar.

In the second half, Puncheon struck the bottom of a post with a powerful first-time shot from a tight angle.

Tough tackle: Demba Ba is challenged by Lallana

Tough tackle: Demba Ba is challenged by Lallana

And, nine minutes before the end,
Puncheon's deep corner from the right was headed towards goal and past
Krul by centre back Jose Fonte but it hit the underside of the bar and
bounced out.

As good as Southampton were going
forward – they finally managed to get their first clean sheet this
season in 15 matches in all competitions – It was 20-year-old goalkeeper
Paulo Gazzaniga who kept his side comfortably ahead.

He looked nervous in the first half
but pulled off the save of the match in the second. On 73 minutes, right
back Danny Simpson crossed to Davide Santon on the other flank and his
header was dipping into the bottom left corner but the Argentine flung
himself back towards goal to clutch the ball out.

That should do it: Ramirez (centre) celebrates making it 2-0

That should do it: Ramirez (centre) celebrates making it 2-0

On the deck: Jason Puncheon leaves Davide Santon in his wake

On the deck: Jason Puncheon leaves Davide Santon in his wake

Fondness: Alan Pardew gave a thumbs up to fans of his former club

Fondness: Alan Pardew gave a thumbs up to fans of his former club

Defeat meant Pardew' s Newcastle had
lost three games in a row for the first time since September 2008 and
he admitted he is concerned with their form.

He blamed the injuries to 11 senior players ahead of the match and defender Steven Taylor went off with a hamstring problem.

The 51-year-old manager said: 'We're
worried, of course we're worried, because we're Newcastle United. We
have only really got that dressing room to take to Wednesday night
(against Stoke).

'They've been resoundingly beaten and we've got another three days of trying to lift the team.

'The main problem is the Europa League
and a run of injuries that is unprecedented for us. Last year we didn't
have too many problems with injuries. We were fortunate and it was one
of the reasons we finished fifth.'

Flying save: Tim Krul makes a good stop but was unable to help Newcastle to a share of the points

Flying save: Tim Krul makes a good stop but was unable to help Newcastle to a share of the points

Relief: Nigel Adkins has seen Southampton take six points from the last two games

Relief: Nigel Adkins has seen Southampton take six points from the last two games

Remembrance Day 2012: Premier League respects war heroes

The Premier League remembers: Clubs pay their respects to war heroes

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16:05 GMT, 10 November 2012

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Premier League clubs across the country paid their respects to those who have served their country in war.

Players had poppies emblazoned on their strips while those at Stoke's home game against Queens Park Rangers warmed up in Appeal T-shirts.

A minute's silence was impeccably observed at all grounds.

Message: Arsenal players' shirts were emblazonded with poppies

Message: Arsenal players' shirts were emblazonded with poppies

A minute's silence is observed before kick off in an English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham

Chelsea, like all 20 Premier League
clubs this weekend, will wear poppies on their shirts against Liverpool tomorrow, which will then
be auctioned off to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Defender Gary Cahill admitted he might have to explain the significance of the
red flowers to some of his foreign team-mates, but was sincere as he discussed the importance of marking Remembrance Sunday after meeting
servicemen and women at Chelsea's training ground at Cobham.

In memory: A war tribute outside Everton's stadium before the match with Sunderland

In memory: A war tribute outside Everton's stadium before the match with Sunderland

'Some are based here for the next two or three years and some are going off, March until December,' he says.

'They
come back for Christmas. It's real life. It must be crazy. I can't
imagine what that would be like. They deserve a lot of respect.'

Remembering: Stoke and Queens Park Rangers players observe a minutes silence

Remembering: Stoke and Queens Park Rangers players observe a minutes silence

Stoke City's Peter Crouch wears a Poppy Appeal t-shirt

Referee Martin Atkinson (centre) wearing a Poppy Appeal t-shirt

Matching: Peter Crough (left) and referee Martin Atkinson wore Poppy Appeal t-shirts at Stoke

Heads bowed: Reading players wore poppies on their shirts against Norwich

Heads bowed: Reading players wore poppies on their shirts against Norwich