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Swansea players celebrate Capital One Cup victory with party

Let's get the party started! Swansea players hit the town to celebrate cup final victory

Riath Al-samarrai


12:01 GMT, 25 February 2013



16:06 GMT, 25 February 2013

Swansea City's Capital One Cup stars descended on one of central London's most exclusive drinking spots last night after crushing Bradford at Wembley.

Michael Laudrup's side celebrated their 5-0 win into the early hours, with most of the squad heading to their Hilton hotel base at Wembley for a post-match meal with wives, girlfriends and family before a smaller group headed to West End club Whisky Mist at 11.30pm.

Swansea players partying at Whisky Mist

Swansea players partying at Whisky Mist

Out on the town: Swansea players party in London after their Capital One Cup victory over Bradford

Swansea players partying

Swansea players partying at Whisky Mist

The group, which included captain Ashley Williams, Garry Monk, Wayne Routledge, two-goal hero Jonathan De Guzman, Leon Britton, Ben Davies, Kemy Agustien, Roland Lamah and Kyle Bartley, stayed in the Mafair club's VIP room until after 3am.

A source close to the club said: 'It was all very good natured and low key. No trouble.

'The lads had a great time after a great day. Leon Britton kept his medal on the whole time he was out.'

Swansea celebrate


Backstage pass: Swansea stars pose with the Capita One Cup in the Wembley dressing room

Get the party started: Swansea celebrate in the dressing room at Wembley

Get the party started: Swansea celebrate in the dressing room at Wembley


Swansea 1 Middlesbrough 0: match report

Swansea 1 Middlesbrough 0: Hines' late own goal agony ends Boro resistance



23:38 GMT, 12 December 2012

Swansea City are through to the Capital One Cup semi-final after a late Seb Hines own goal cruelly ended Middlesbrough’s long journey to Wembley.

This was Boro’s 12th straight away fixture in the League Cup — an array of trips amounting to roughly 4,000 miles over the years — and they had their chances to win it.

But then, after 81 minutes, fortune conspired against Hines. He had just saved Boro with a last-ditch tackle on Michu, but from the resulting Jonathan De Guzman corner he headed into his own net under pressure from Garry Monk.

Winner: Middlesbrough's Seb Hines (left) scores an own goal to send Swansea through

Winner: Middlesbrough's Seb Hines (left) scores an own goal to send Swansea through

Match facts

Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Monk, Davies, Dyer, Britton, de Guzman, Shechter (Moore 55), Routledge (Ki 65), Michu.

Subs Not Used: Cornell, Bartley, Graham, Rangel, Agustien.

Goal: Hines 81 og.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Bikey (Halliday 64), Hines, Friend, Haroun (Smallwood 65), Leadbitter (Miller 82), Bailey, Ledesma, Jutkiewicz, McDonald.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Parnaby.

Booked: Leadbitter, Bailey.

Att: 15,048

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

The result puts Swansea into their first major semi-final since the 1964 FA Cup, but those are the kind of thoughts Michael Laudrup will be trying his hardest to suppress. The Swansea manager said: ‘I told them at half time, “I know you all want that final, but we are too tense. All of you want to do so well, it is hurting you. Do it like you are used to doing it”.’

That Middlesbrough looked good was no great surprise. They are third in the Championship and fielded close to a full strength side, Tony Mowbray making five changes to the team that beat Peterborough 3-2 on Saturday.

Swansea, meanwhile, had something of a point to prove. Their 4-3 loss to Norwich on Saturday was their first in seven games and ‘intensity’ has been the buzzword at the Liberty Stadium ever since.

They were so far off their usual pace in falling 3-0 behind at the weekend that Laudrup used his programme notes to spell out his thoughts on players who ‘start to believe’ their hype. His feeling was that too many operated at ‘90 per cent’ and his remedy last night was to recall Leon Britton, who missed the Norwich game with a knee injury.

Gutted: Middlesbrough players are dejected after conceding a goal but Michu celebrates (below)

Gutted: Middlesbrough players are dejected after conceding a goal but Michu celebrates (below)

Swansea City's Michu celebrates

Swansea’s mini-marvel is vital to the team’s tempo and everything that goes with it. Michu gets the goals and credit, but Britton is the most essential cog in a passing machine that has shocked the Premier League for 16 months. He was close to his best at times in the first half, hassling and harrying, springing attacks and deciding when to slow the game down. When Swansea had their first clear chance after 34 minutes, Britton was at the heart of it.

He exchanged passes with Wayne Routledge, and then Michu, before drilling one out wide to Ben Davies. Davies whipped over a cross which Itay Shechter headed into the path of Nathan Dyer, but the winger, clean through, failed to react quickly enough and the ball clattered off his knees and into the hands of Jason Steele.

Collision: Swansea City's Luke Moore is tackled by Middlesbrough's Andre Bikey

Collision: Swansea City's Luke Moore is tackled by Middlesbrough's Andre Bikey

Middlesbrough had chances of their own during an impressive start. George Friend was the architect of their first, out-muscling De Guzman in the Swansea area after 20 minutes and rolling a pass back into the path of Grant Leadbitter, whose shot to the bottom left corner was blocked by Gerhard Tremmel.

Lukas Jutkiewicz then carved out another opportunity, bursting through the middle and playing in Leadbitter. He had space to delve further into Swansea’s area but pulled the trigger early and shot straight at Tremmel.

‘It was frustrating,’ said Mowbray. ‘On the balance, it was tight, fine margins win and lose. We could easily have won 1-0 rather than lost 1-0.

Heads: Michu (left) challenges for the ball as Swansea battle to victory over Middlesbrough

Heads: Michu (left) challenges for the ball as Swansea battle to victory over Middlesbrough

Boro started the second half well, Justin Hoyte and Leadbitter coming close, but Swansea’s increased fluency told. Laudrup brought Ki Sung-Yeung on for Routledge after 64 minutes and his impact was almost immediate, the Korean bursting down the left and playing a pass square to De Guzman. The Dutchman’s low shot was comfortably handled by Steele.

De Guzman then hit the bar in the 73rd minute with a 25-yard free-kick, before Ki created a good chance for Michu with a through-ball from midfield. Hines put in a superb block but had to suffer the unfortunate consequences.

‘It’s fantastic to reach the semi-finals,’ Laudrup added. ‘I asked all my players who had played in a cup final and no one had. At the end there was a lot of relief and I think everyone can be proud. Now we want the next step and want to go to the final. Whoever we play it will be very special.’

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Swansea 3 Norwich 4: On-song Canaries stun Swans in thriller

Swansea 3 Norwich 4: On-song Canaries stun Swans in thriller

Press Association


16:54 GMT, 8 December 2012



17:21 GMT, 8 December 2012

Norwich held off Swansea's second-half fightback to extend their
unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine games with a thrilling win at the Liberty

The Canaries had stunned their high-flying hosts with goals from Steven
Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong and Grant Holt giving them a 3-0 half-time

High times: Norwich City striker Grant Holt

High times: Norwich City striker Grant Holt


Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Routledge, de Guzman, Ki, Michu, Graham (Shechter 68). Subs Not Used: Cornell, Bartley, Monk, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Booked: Williams,Rangel.

Goals: Michu 51, de Guzman 59, Michu 90.

Norwich: Bunn,Martin,Bassong,Whittaker (Barnett 90), Garrido, Johnson, Snodgrass, Howson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt (Morison 82). Subs Not Used: Rudd, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Tierney.

Booked: Martin.

Goals: Whittaker 16, Bassong 40, Holt 44, Snodgrass 77.

Att: 20,294

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).


Swansea rallied through strikes from Michu and Jonathan De Guzman, but Robert Snodgrass made sure of the win with an excellent free-kick, before Michu netted again in injury time.

Both sides' excellent recent form suggested a tight encounter, but Norwich blew those predictions out of the water with a superb first-half display to punish the sluggish Swans, who were without the injured Leon Britton.

The combination of a tigerish midfield effort from the likes of Snodgrass, Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan, and the same trio's neat link work in attack, proved too much for their hosts to contend with.

There were warning signs inside the opening seconds as Bradley
Johnson met Snodgrass' corner to force a save from Gerhard Tremmel.

The pressure built as Swansea were hassled and harried out of their
rhythm and Howson rattled the base of the post after seizing on Ben
Davies' weak defensive header.

The Canaries took a deserved lead in the 16th minute. Snodgrass laid the
ball off to Whittaker, and the ex-Rangers man was allowed to run and
run before cutting in and firing low past Tremmel for his first Norwich

On his knees: Swansea City goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel

On his knees: Swansea City goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel

Head case: Swansea striker Miguel Michu celebrates scoring a goal

Head case: Swansea striker Miguel Michu celebrates scoring a goal

Snodgrass forced another save from Tremmel as he cut in from the right
flank, before Swansea briefly rediscovered some of the zip that had seen
them rise as high as seventh in the table.

Their first genuine goalscoring chance came after 28 minutes. Danny
Graham did well to connect with De Guzman's flicked cross, only to see
his header come back off the bar.

Michu almost lucked into an equaliser five minutes later, the Spaniard's
drive took a huge deflection off Wayne Routledge to leave Mark Bunn
stranded, but the ball spun just wide of his right-hand post.

Swansea had been building momentum, but they were stopped in their tracks as Bassong struck for the third time in four games.

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong scores their second goal

On song: Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong scores their second goal

Ruled out: Norwich goalkeeper Bunn is fouled by Michu (9) before Shechter turns the ball into the net

Ruled out: Norwich goalkeeper Bunn is fouled by Michu (9) before Shechter turns the ball into the net

Holt hoisted a cross to the far post, where the defender rose above Davies to beat Tremmel at the German's near post.

Just two minutes later it was 3-0.
Snodgrass' perfectly delivered free-kick picked out an unmarked Holt,
who easily steered his header beyond Tremmel to cap a superb first half
for the Canaries.
Johnson almost made it 4-0 just two minutes after the break.

Angel Rangel gifted the ball to the
visitors on the edge of his own box and Howson's delightful lobbed pass
picked out his midfield partner who manufactured an outside of the foot
volley which struck the bar.

Michu gave Swansea a route back into
the game as he slotted into the far corner from Davies' low ball across
the box in the 51st minute.

Hots hot: Swansea's Danny Graham battles for the ball with Russell Martin

Hots hot: Swansea's Danny Graham battles for the ball with Russell Martin

On the run: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer skips past Bradley Johnson

On the run: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer skips past Bradley Johnson

The Spaniard almost turned provider for Graham, and Bunn had to make a sharp save to deny the striker with Norwich starting to show signs of nerves and the game bearing little resemblance to the opening 45 minutes.

Those nerves only increased as Swansea got back within a goal on 59 minutes. Nathan Dyer outpaced Javier Garrido down the flank, and when his cross was not cleared De Guzman volleyed in.
Graham could have levelled eight minutes later but Garrido did superbly to intervene as the striker ran in on goal.

His replacement Itay Shechter had the ball in the net soon after as Bunn failed to hold the ball under pressure from Michu, but referee Howard Webb ruled the Spaniard had fouled the keeper.

Michu then headed wide as he made a trademark late arrival into the box, before Norwich doused Swansea's fire with their fourth of the afternoon.

Ashley Williams was adjudged to have hauled down Holt, but was only booked by Webb despite clearly being the last man.

Snodgrass stepped up to curl home a beautiful strike from the resulting free-kick and secure the points for Norwich, meaning Michu's second in injury time was not enough for Swansea.

Feet first: Danny Graham battles for the ball with Javier Garrido

Feet first: Danny Graham battles for the ball with Javier Garrido

Man of the moment: Norwich manager Chris Houghton

Man of the moment: Norwich manager Chris Houghton

Burnley v Blackpool – match report

Burnley 1 Blackpool 0: Austin's early goal enough to see off Tangerines at Turf Moor



18:36 GMT, 20 October 2012

Charlie Austin continued his hot goalscoring streak by hitting the winner in Terry Pashley's first game in temporary charge of Burnley.

Austin has now scored eight goals in the last five npower Championship games and it was enough to beat an under performing Blackpool side.

The Clarets had the first sight of goal after Junior Stanislas surged into the box early on, but Stephen Crainey blocked the shot.

Come here: Isaiah Osbourne (right) is hauled back by Dean Marney

Come here: Isaiah Osbourne (right) is hauled back by Dean Marney


Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, McCann, Wallace, Marney, Stanislas (Paterson 75min), Stock (Bartley 69min), Austin (Vokes 86min)

Subs not used: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Stewart

Goals: Austin 19

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, M Phillips (Bruna 80min), Osbourne, Angel, Ince (Dicko 79min), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Sylvestre 58min),

Subs not used: Halstead, Gomes, Eccleston

Attendance: 12,925

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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Stanislas turned provider after 10
minutes when the League's top scorer, Austin, sprung the offside trap to
get on to the pass.

He controlled and volleyed towards the far corner
but Matt Gilks palmed the ball to safety.

The hosts made their dominance pay
eight minutes later, when Ross Wallace produced a wonderful inswinging
cross from the right and Austin headed into the roof of the net from
close range.

Ian Holloway's men had lost three of
their previous four games and struggled to make any inroads with only a
wayward shot from Tom Ince to show for their first half efforts, and it
was Burnley who continued to threaten.

With three minutes of the first half
remaining Gilks was called upon again after Austin's neat flick played
in Stanislas – but the Blackpool goalkeeper stood firm to parry for a

Wallace almost capped a lively half with a goal in stoppage-time but could only find the sidenetting with his free-kick.

The Clarets picked up where they left off in the second half, with Gilks needed to save from Austin to keep the deficit at one.

It took almost 10 minutes for Blackpool to register their first attempt of the half and it was Ince who had the opening.

Slipped in on the right, he elected to shoot at the near post but only found the sidenetting.

For the first time, Lee Grant was called upon and he produced a remarkable double save on the hour mark.

First, Crainey crossed for Alex
Baptiste to power a header towards goal and Grant flung himself to the
right to tip the ball onto the post.

The rebound fell to Gary Taylor-Fletcher with the goal at his mercy but Grant sprung to his feet to parry the ball to safety.

Despite being under more pressure,
Burnley always posed a threat and Austin was once again at the heart of
it with 15 minutes remaining.

He got himself between the two
centre-backs and powered a header towards goal from a Kieran Trippier
cross – but Gilks was equal to it.

Substitute Sam Vokes almost grabbed a
second for the Clarets in injury-time. Gilks thwarted them again but
the one goal was enough.

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Match report

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Henderson snatches late equaliser to end Lions' run of defeats



17:10 GMT, 29 September 2012

Millwall ended their run of three straight defeats with a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at Burnley.

Substitute Darius Henderson forced an equaliser deep into stoppage time to rescue a point for the Lions.

Millwall had taken the lead through
Liam Trotter's curling finish after just three minutes, but Burnley were
soon in their stride and created plenty of chances.

Denied: Eddie Howe watched his side give up all three points to the Darius Henderson goal

Denied: Eddie Howe watched his side give up all three points to the Darius Henderson goal


Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee, McCann (Bartley 71min), Wallace (Stewart 90min), Marney, Stanislas, Paterson (Vokes 77min), Austin

Subs not used: Jensen, Mills, Long, Stock

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Robinson (Smith 46min), Lowry, Malone (Batt 67min), Trotter Booked, Henry, Abdou, Keogh (Henderson 75min), Wood

Subs not used: M Taylor, Mkandawire, Wright, Racon

Their pressure told after 19 minutes
as Ben Mee scored his first goal for the Clarets with a close range
header from Junior Stanislas' free-kick.

And they went into the interval ahead
as Charlie Austin scored his eighth league goal of the season with a
powerful header from near the edge of the penalty area.

Stanislas controversially saw a second-half goal ruled out for offside before substitute Henderson scored from close range.

Burnley had suffered a blow in the
warm-up as captain Jason Shackell pulled up with an injury, which saw
David Edgar restored to the line-up.

Things got worse when Millwall opened
the scoring for only the second time this season. Trotter received Andy
Keogh's pass on the edge of the area before curling a right-footed
finish into the far left corner to give the Lions the perfect start.

But Burnley responded strongly, with
Ross Wallace firing over from the edge of the area, before Ben Mee
headed over Stanislas' left-wing free-kick.

McCann then found some space on the
edge of the area but Millwall goalkeeper David Forde turned his fierce
effort away for a corner.

After 15 minutes Stanislas got on the
end of Martin Paterson's low cross but his close range effort clipped
the top of the crossbar.

Burnley equalised four minutes later as Mee rose highest to meet Stanislas' corner with a header from six yards.

But Millwall still carried a threat
and Lee Grant was forced into action on the half-hour mark to tip over
Scott Malone's volley and the keeper produced another fine save five
minutes before half-time to stop James Henry's drive from the edge of
the area.

The saves proved vital as the Clarets
went into the break ahead as Austin got on the end of Kieran Trippier's
cross and headed past Forde.

Burnley thought they had doubled the
lead in the 64th minute, but Stanislas' neat finish after a one-two with
Paterson was disallowed after a late flag from the assistant referee.

The delay in the decision angered the
home fans and following the incident the game became scrappy, with
referee Craig Pawson struggling to keep control.

Substitute Henderson then popped up
in stoppage time to score the equaliser, and was denied a dramatic
winner by the bar in the last minute.

Alan Tate set for Swansea start against Aston Villa

Swansea defender Tate set for first Premier League start in 12 months after golf buggy accident



13:43 GMT, 14 September 2012

Injury: Tate played only four times last term

Freak accident: Tate barely played for Swansea last term

Alan Tate will reap the rewards of his personal off-season training regime when he starts for Swansea at Aston Villa on Saturday.

The 30-year-old former Manchester United defender has played in all four divisions for the Swans but he missed the majority of the club's first season in the Premier League after breaking his leg in a freak golf buggy accident just over a year ago.

Tate defied the odds to return to action with the first team in March, but was limited to four substitute appearances.

But, determined to try to force his way into Michael Laudrup's plans, while his team-mates took a break once the season ended, Tate knuckled down to getting himself back to full fitness, and his regime included training while on holiday in Greece.

And it will all have been worth it when he runs out at Villa Park to make a first Premier League start since the opening game of last term, as Chico Flores' suspension and Kyle Bartley's quad injury hand him the chance to stake a claim for a regular place.

Suspended: Chico will miss the game at Villa Park

Suspended: Chico will miss the game at Villa Park

He said: 'It has been a long time but what happened in between was a freak accident and when I got back into training it took me a while to get anywhere near match fitness, but now I am.

'Pre-season helped, I went away at the end of the season and trained all the way through and it helped everything to heal.

'I went to the gym here everyday and trained every day on holiday and it's all you can do. I had a lot of time off during the season so I wanted to give myself the best chance of playing as many games as possible. If I start Saturday it will have been worth it.

'I have started this season on the bench after the manager brought in Chico, which I understand as I was not fit last season and he needed another option.

'But hopefully if I play well I expect to stay in the side like anybody else.'

Swansea head to Villa Park sitting second in the Premier League table after picking up emphatic wins over QPR and West Ham and drawing with Sunderland.

Villa, meanwhile, have just one point from their first three games, although they turned in an improved performance against Newcastle last time out.

But Tate insists Swansea are not in a position where they can take established Premier League sides lightly.

'They are a young team so they are a dangerous team,' he said. 'They will have no fear. They are obviously good youngsters to be playing for Villa and they have experience in guys like Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

'They have brought in a new centre-half (Ron Vlaar) and they have Stephen Ireland who is a good player and if they click they will be a good team.'

Kyle Bartley out for three months

Laudrup dealt another injury blow as Bartley faces three months on sidelines for Swans



17:59 GMT, 11 September 2012

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Swansea defender Kyle Bartley has been ruled out for three months after suffering a thigh injury in training.

The 21-year-old's absence is a major issue for manager Michael Laudrup, who is already without two of his centre backs for Saturday's trip to Aston Villa.

Out already! Kyle Bartley (left) has been ruled out with a thigh injury

Out already! Kyle Bartley (left) has been ruled out with a thigh injury

Chico will be serving the first of a
three-game ban for his red card against Sunderland on September 1, while
Garry Monk is struggling for fitness.

It is likely that veteran Alan Tate will be drafted in to deputise alongside Ashley Williams.

Manager Michael Laudrup has already been forced to draft in Dwight Tiendalli after left-back Neil Taylor sustained a nasty ankle injury during the Swans' match against Sunderland.

The injury crisis at the back provides Laudrup with a selection headache for his high-flying Swans ahead of their meeting with Aston Villa on Saturday.

Bartley, meanwhile, will have to wait a little longer for his Premier League debut for the club, as he has only played in the Swans' 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Barnsley last month.

Swansea 3 Barnsley 1: Luke Moore hits two as Michael Laudrup"s second string ease through

Swansea 3 Barnsley 1: Two Moore goals as Laudrup's second string ease through



23:14 GMT, 28 August 2012

In the context of Swansea’s start to the season, a limp canter past a Championship side that lost 5-1 to Brighton at the weekend was not much to shout about.

But at least Michael Laudrup won’t have many doubts about his second-string’s ability to pass and score after nudging Barnsley out of the Capital One Cup.

Making sure: Luke Moore hits his second off the game as Swansea eased into the third round

Making sure: Luke Moore hits his second off the game as Swansea eased into the third round

Match facts

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel (Dobbie 56), Tate, Davies, Bartley, De Guzman, Agustien, Dyer, Ki (Gower 76), Graham (Richards 56), Moore. Subs not used: Vorm, Williams, Michu, Lita.

Scorers: Graham 24, Moore 59, 88.

Barnsley: Alnwick, Cranie, Wiseman, Stones, Hassell, Golbourne, Dawson, Cywka, Mellis (Clark 63), Davies (Harewood 63), Dagnall. Subs not used: Lidakevicius, Collins, Foster, Etuhu, Rose.

Booked: Hassell.

Scorer: Hassell 69.

Referee: Simon Hooper.

Attendance: 9,025.

Far less clear to Laudrup right now is the future of Scott Sinclair, whose proposed move to Manchester City stalled with the clubs failing to agree a fee.

Sportsmail understands a 6.5million deal is still likely to be pushed through, but, for his part, Laudrup claims to be none the wiser.

‘I have no idea (what the situation is) – it could all change tomorrow and again the day after. The days until the window close will be crazy.’

In the absence of Sinclair and Laudrup’s other regulars – seven changes were made to the side that thrashed West Ham on Saturday – Swansea were decent. But it took 24 rather dry minutes for them to break through.

Right-back Angel Rangel crossed to the far post where Luke Moore headed back across Barnsley goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and into the path of Danny Graham, who nudged the ball into an open goal with his chest.

New boy: Ki Sung-yueng made a winning start to his Swansea career

New boy: Ki Sung-yueng made a winning start to his Swansea career

Moore added a second on the hour with a
rising drive from close range, but Bobby Hassell pulled one back with a
header for Barnsley after 69 minute.

Moore, marginalised for much of his
time in south Wales but excellent last night, secured the win with a
lovely finish from a tight angle in the 88th minute.

Laudrup added: 'We started poorly. I was unhappy. But we improved after the goal and did quite well.'

Barnsley boss Keith Hill said: ‘I’m encouraged especially, after Saturday. I felt like I’d taken a low blow after Saturday but I’m proud of how we did here. The result doesn’t reflect the performance.’

Huddersfield 2 Burnley 0: Jordan Rhodes scores again

Huddersfield 2 Burnley 0: Rhodes scores again as Terriers pick up first win of season



17:06 GMT, 25 August 2012

Prolific striker Jordan Rhodes maintained his run of scoring in every match he has played in this season as he helped Huddersfield record their first victory since gaining promotion to the npower Championship.

Rhodes scored on his full Scotland debut against Australia earlier in the month and netted a stoppage-time penalty to help the Terriers to their first point of the campaign at home to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old made it three in three with his fine second-half strike as Huddersfield secured their first home win over cross-Pennine rivals Burnley for 56 years.

On form: Rhodes netted again

On form: Rhodes netted again


Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Lynch, Dixon (Gerrard 83), Norwood, Clayton, Southern, Vaughan (Novak 77), Scannell (Ward 23), Rhodes.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Arfield, Spencer.

Booked: Clayton.

Goals: Lynch 7,Rhodes 58.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Mills (Treacy 73), Edgar, Wallace, McCann, Marney, Stanislas (MacDonald 90), Vokes (Duff 64), Austin.

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Bartley, Stock, Mee.

Attendance: 15,483

Referee: David Webb (County Durham).

The opening goal of the game at the
John Smith's Stadium had come in controversial circumstances from Joel
Lynch on seven minutes.

After a fast break from the home side
resulted in them winning a corner, Oliver Norwood sent an inswinging
delivery from the right to the near post and defender Lynch rose highest
to head in his first goal for the club since joining in the summer.

Burnley were left remonstrating with
the officials, however, as they felt that Joseph Mills had cleared the
ball off the line, but the assistant referee said the ball had crossed
it and the goal was awarded.

The Clarets almost fell further behind as Rhodes twice went close with headers for Huddersfield.

Sean Scannell floated a lovely cross
onto the head of Rhodes, but his first effort came back off the
crossbar, before connecting with another Norwood corner 10 minutes later
which goalkeeper Lee Grant kept out with a brilliant point-blank save.

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Eddie Howe's men were struggling to
get a foothold in the game against the Championship new boys, although
they did have the ball in the back of the net on the stroke of half-time
only for David Edgar to be ruled offside.

After dominating the first half,
Huddersfield continued to impress after the interval and Keith Southern
was the next to go close as his effort from distance deflected just

The all-important second goal then
arrived for the hosts on 58 minutes as Rhodes rifled the ball into the
top right-hand corner from 12 yards out to give Grant no chance in the
Burnley goal.

The visitors twice went close to
pulling a goal back as first Kieran Trippier's inviting cross was headed
on to the roof of the net by striker Charlie Austin and then Ross
Wallace curled a free-kick just over the crossbar.

Swansea to complete Ki Sung-yeung signing for 5m

Ki switch to Swansea set to be completed as club agree terms with 5m man



21:30 GMT, 22 August 2012

Swansea expect to wrap up their record-breaking 5million deal for Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng by the weekend.

The South Korea international has agreed personal terms with chairman Huw Jenkins and will arrive in south Wales on Friday for a medical.

Barring any unforeseen complications, Ki will become Swansea’s most expensive signing, eclipsing the 3.5m Jenkins paid for Danny Graham last summer, but it’s understood they will not be able to register the 23-year-old in time for Saturday’s lunchtime clash with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Incoming: Swansea have agreed terms for the transfer of Ki Sung-yueng

Incoming: Swansea have agreed terms for the transfer of Ki Sung-yueng

Ki will become the seventh player signed by Michael Laudrup this summer – following the arrivals of Michu, Jose Manuel Flores, Jonathan de Guzman, Kyle Bartley, Jamie Proctor and Itay Shechter – and another big move could yet follow for Valencia’s Pablo Hernandez.

Swansea failed with a 4m bid for the Spain winger as Valencia are determined to hold out for 5m, but with Scott Sinclair set to join Manchester City Jenkins is likely to make an improved offer in the coming days.