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Wojciech Szczesny plays for Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

Szczesny starts for Arsenal but can't prevent U21s defeat to Liverpool

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

22:19 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:03 GMT, 9 April 2013

Wojciech Szczesny started for Arsenal’s Under 21 side but could not prevent the visitors falling to defeat against an impressive crop of Liverpool youngsters at Anfield.

The Poland international has not been given a senior appearance by Arsene Wenger for over a month, with Lukas Fabianski being preferred over his error-prone countryman.

Szczesny's dad recently launched a furious attack at Wenger, accusing the Frenchman of making his son the scapegoat for the Gunners' poor.

Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

The 22-year-old defended his manager however, claiming his dad was wrong to criticise his boss.

But Wenger did not even name Szczesny on the bench for Arsenal's 2-1 win at West Brom on Saturday.

'I rotate the goalkeepers on the bench because when they are two games on the bench then they work for two games, because when they sit always on the bench they lose fitness,' he said.

Last night at Anfield, Adam Morgan beat the Pole to draw first blood for Liverpool before Chuba Akpom equalised for the Gunners.

Krisztian Adorjan put the Reds back in the lead after half-time, but Serge Gnabry kept his cool to level things up once again.

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

There was no response, however, after Morgan snatched his second at the Kop End to clinch victory for the hosts.

England
Under 21 international Jonjo Shelvey also turned out for the Liverpool
side, but it was Adjoran and Morgan who ensured the hosts ran out
winners.

Adorjan burst down the right flank before drilling an accurate cross into the area for Morgan.

The 18-year-old made no mistake, knocking the ball past the stranded Szczesny from inside the six-yard box.

No cigar: Jonjo Shelvey tries an effort with his left foot as Arsenal's defenders can only watch

No cigar: Jonjo Shelvey tries an effort with his left foot as Arsenal's defenders can only watch

Tussle: Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal takes on Stephen Sama (left) of Liverpool

Tussle: Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal takes on Stephen Sama (left) of Liverpool

Spotted: Jose Enrique watches form the stands as Liverpool edged out Arsenal at Anfield

Spotted: Jose Enrique watches form the stands as Liverpool edged out Arsenal at Anfield

Gareth Bale injury latest: Tottenham to use blood-spinning technique to speed up Welshman"s return

Spurs banking on blood-spinning remedy to get star man Bale back in double-quick time

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

22:02 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:41 GMT, 9 April 2013

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Tottenham are putting their faith in the once controversial blood-spinning technique to speed up Gareth Bale's recovery from an ankle injury.

Bale's season looked to be over last Thursday after the Welshman sustained a serious looking ankle injury in Spurs' 2-2 draw against Basle.

But after a scan on Friday, it emerged
that Bale would only miss two games – Sunday's 2-2 draw against Everton
and the Europa League quarter-final second leg clash in Switzerland on
Thursday night.

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Scare: Gareth Bale was stretchered off against Basle at White Hart Lane

Scare: Gareth Bale was stretchered off against Basle at White Hart Lane

Crucial: Bale has scored 17 league goals for Tottenham this season

Crucial: Bale has scored 17 league goals for Tottenham this season

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is understandably keen to have Bale fit again as quickly as possible and club doctors will use the blood-spinning method to aid his recovery from injury as Tottenham look to get their star man back on the field for the visit of Manchester City on April 21.

The technique, which was also used on Jermain Defoe earlier in the season as he struggled to overcome a pelvic injury, involves a small sample of a person's blood being injected out of the body before it is spun to increase the concentration of the growth hormone.

The blood sample is then injected into the athlete's problem area which can help an injury heal five times faster.

Blood-spinning first came under the spotlight in 2005 when Chelsea, then managed by Jose Mourinho, were warned by the World Anti-Doping Agency that their use of the method to speed up Arjen Robben's recovery from injury may be illegal – but it is now more commonly used in sport.

Meanwhile, there was better news on the injury front for Tottenham on Monday night as Younes Kaboul made his long-awaited return from a knee injury.

The French defender has not played since the opening-day defeat by Newcastle, but he is on course to play a part in Spurs' crucial Premier League run-in after making his return to action against West Ham Under 21s on Monday.

Back: Younes Kaboul (right) made his long-awaited return from injury on Monday night

Back: Younes Kaboul (right) made his long-awaited return from injury on Monday night

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Heather Watson diagnosed with glandular fever after Miami Open

Concern for weary Watson as British star is diagnosed with glandular fever

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:04 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 3 April 2013

Heather Watson has been diagnosed with glandular fever.

Blood tests after the Sony Open in Miami revealed traces of the virus and Watson, who is set to be overtaken by Laura Robson as British No 1 next week, has been told to rest and recover.

Watson, 20, is at the tail end of the illness and is not expected to miss any of the summer tournaments.

Virus: Blood tests after the Miami Open last week showed British No.1 Heather Watson had Glandular Fever

Virus: Blood tests after the Miami Open last week showed British No.1 Heather Watson had Glandular Fever

Speaking to the LTA, Watson said: 'I had to do some blood tests after Miami and the results have shown that I have traces of glandular fever (mono) in my system.

'There is no prescription for this other than complete rest but the good news is that the doctors have told me I am at the tail end of the fever.

'This means I have been trying to compete through the symptoms for some time.'

She continued: 'I have been struggling with both training and playing matches and felt so tired and exhausted for months but now that the doctors have found the cause of this, it explains everything that has been happening to me physically and mentally.

Slowed: Watson admitted to feeling 'burnt out' following her first round exit to Ayumi Morita in Miami

Slowed: Watson admitted to feeling 'burnt out' following her first round exit to Ayumi Morita in Miami

'I am actually relieved to know what is wrong so that I can get myself on the mend.

'I hope to recover as soon as possible by resting my body and getting lots of sleep. I already feel better from being at home for a week, and am looking forward to getting back on Tour soon.'

Watson crashed out to Alumina Morita in the first round in the Sony Open in Miami and admitted she was feeling 'burnt out.' She said she would take a break from tennis to recover, but changed her mind the following day.

Recovery: Watson, who will be replaced as British No.1 by Laura Robson next week, has been told to rest

Recovery: Watson, who will be replaced as British No.1 by Laura Robson next week, has been told to rest

Iain Bates, the LTA's head of women's tennis, said: 'First of all, get well soon, Heather, from the whole team.

'We all know she'll bounce back better than ever. Heather's focus will be on her recovery, and we will do whatever we can to support Heather and help that process.'

Derby 2 Leicester 1 – Match report: Chris Martin seals crucial victory for County

Derby 2 Leicester 1: Martin seals crucial victory for County to heap more misery on Pearson

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19:44 GMT, 16 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:56 GMT, 16 March 2013

First-half headers from captain Richard Keogh and on-loan striker Chris Martin saw Derby end their Leicester hoodoo with victory at Pride Park.

After five successive npower Championship defeats against the Foxes, Nigel Clough's side broke the sequence with a vital three points to move them clear of the relegation zone.

Substitute Jeff Schlupp pulled a goal back for the visitors just after the hour mark but Leicester could not rescue anything from the game as their winless league run reached five matches.

Rush of blood to the head: Chris Martin celebrates his goal to put County 2-0 up

Rush of blood to the head: Chris Martin celebrates his goal to put County 2-0 up

Frank Fielding returned in goal for Derby in one of four changes made by Rams boss Clough.

Fielding replaced Adam Legzdins to make his first appearance since losing his place through injury at the start of October.

With Gareth Roberts out with a knock
sustained in training this week, on-loan Watford midfielder Craig
Forsyth filled in at left-back.

Leading scorer Jamie Ward, midfielder
Craig Bryson and right-back Kieron Freeman all returned from injury as
Ben Davies and Valentin Gjokaj dropped to the bench.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson made
one change to his side, recalling fit-again left-back Paul Konchesky in
place of striker Schlupp.

No way through: Lloyd Dyer (centre) finds his path blocked by Derby's Kieron Freeman and Paul Coutts

No way through: Lloyd Dyer (centre) finds his path blocked by Derby's Kieron Freeman and Paul Coutts

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Andy King headed over the crossbar as the Foxes attacked early on but it was Derby who took the lead after 16 minutes.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan conceded a free-kick wide on the left and Keogh glanced home Ward's delivery from six yards out.

A mistake by Jeff Hendrick midway through the first half almost led to an equalising goal.

The midfielder lost possession to
opposite number Richie Wellens on the edge of his own box but Lloyd Dyer
scuffed his volley after being picked out at the far post by David
Nugent, who was denied by Fielding shortly afterwards when he let fly
from long range.

Derby felt they should have had a
penalty in the 40th minute when Wellens tripped Freeman just inside the
area down the right-hand side.

In the air: Derby's Richard Keogh opened the scoring with this bullet header

In the air: Derby's Richard Keogh opened the scoring with this bullet header

The Rams finished the first half on
top and almost extended their lead when Ward escaped down the left
before setting up Martin, but the man on loan from Norwich saw his shot
saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

Martin would not have to wait long
for a goal, however, as he headed home Forsyth's left-wing cross a
minute before the half-time whistle.

Schlupp, who in Konchesky's absence
had been filling in as a makeshift left-back, was introduced at the
start of the second half with Wellens making way.

And the 20-year-old, who recently
spent a month on trial at Manchester United, got Leicester back into the
game after 62 minutes with an arrowing left-footed strike across
Fielding after being teed up by Nugent's lay-off.

Jumping for joy: Jeff Schlupp of Leicester hit a terrfic strike for the Foxes but they still went down 2-1 to their midlands rivals

Jumping for joy: Jeff Schlupp of Leicester hit a terrfic strike for the Foxes but they still went down 2-1 to their midlands rivals

The German-born Ghana international
continued to make a nuisance of himself and almost returned the favour
for Nugent in the 70th minute, but this time Fielding made the save.

At the other end, substitute Davies
worried Schmeichel with a 25-yard shot but his effort was always rising
and narrowly cleared the crossbar. Martin's deflected strike then looped
kindly into the hands of the Dane.

Leicester pushed for an equaliser but
never really tested Fielding as Derby held on for a first Championship
victory in nine outings to climb into the top half of the table.

Leicester had been pushed down to
sixth with Nottingham Forest's win at Hull earlier in the day and
Pearson's team remain in the final play-off spot.

Harry Redknapp makes bid for Mohamed Diame

Redknapp makes Hammers raid for Diame as QPR boss begins January spree

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UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 29 December 2012

Harry Redknapp has launched a raid for West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame in a bid to secure QPR's Barclays Premier League lives.

The Senegal international has a 3.5million trigger clause written into his contract and Redknapp hopes he can tempt Diame across London.

The midfield powerhouse is just the kind of player the R's boss needs with his side languishing in the relegation zone.

Wanted man: Redknapp has made a bid for West Ham's Diame

Wanted man: Redknapp has made a bid for West Ham's Diame

The west London club have won just once in the league this term, despite a huge influx of new players in the summer.

And without a fresh injection of new blood in the January transfer window, they could be heading back into the Football league after two seasons in the top flight.

Diame has been an instant in east London after moving south from Wigan on a free last summer. But his future could now lay elsewhere after Redknapp laid out his desire to capture the Hammers star man.

His agent, Willie McKay, has laid out exactly why some player shave these low release triggers written into their contracts.

'The only reason some clubs have the players they have is because of a clause being inserted.' said McKay.

'They may make an offer that is less wages than another club has offered but because they allow a trigger clause then the player will sign with them.

'Diame was a free transfer and believed he could command a better salary than he was offered so to compensate for that the clause was put in so he could leave in six months time for 3.5million. That way the club can sell him at a quick profit or renegotiate.

Crocked: Diame is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury

Crocked: Diame is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury

'West Ham bought out Frederic Kanoute’s
clause and sold him for a profit; Wigan bought out Pascal Chimbonda’s at
2million and sold him to Tottenham for 4.5m.

'The thing is everyone is happy with the clauses at the outset otherwise a deal would not be signed. It’s only when things go wrong that people start saying they aren’t happy or it's the agents' fault.'

Diame is currently recovering from a hamstring tear – which he suffered in the defeat to Liverpool – but is expected to be fit enough to return in early January.

Under the cosh: Redknapp is facing an uphill battle to save QPR's Premier League skins

Under the cosh: Redknapp is facing a battle to save QPR's Premier League skins

Ashley Cole"s relatives "posted mocking messages online" about coin attack on Rio Ferdinand

'Give the fan that threw it a medal!' Ashley Cole's relatives 'mocked Ferdinand coin attack on Facebook'

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UPDATED:

10:42 GMT, 11 December 2012

Supporters were outraged when Manchester
United star Rio Ferdinand was left bleeding after being hit in the face
with a two pence coin as he celebrated his team's derby victory at the
weekend.

But it seems
not everybody was as sympathetic to his plight, with relatives of fellow
Premiership star Ashley Cole apparently taking to Facebook to gloat
about the attack on Ferdinand during Sunday's Manchester derby.

Cole's brother Matthew is reported to have said in a post that seeing the defender hit in the eye had 'made his day'.

'Straight in the eye!!': Ashley Cole's brother Matthew described his glee at the attack on Ferdinand in a Facebook postWound: Blood streams down Ferdiand's face aftee the missile hit him in the face, apparently a coin thrown from the Manchester City end

'Straight in the eye!!': Ashley Cole's brother Matthew described his glee at the attack on Ferdinand in a Facebook post

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

When Ferdinand was hit in the
face with the coin as he celebrated his team beating Manchester City 3-2 on
Sunday, the Chelsea star's brother Matthew is said to have posted on
Facebook: 'So happy Rio got hit in the face today when he tried to give
it kissing his badge!! Straight in the eye!! Made my day.'

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Cole's mother Sue later added her own comment: 'Give the fan that threw it a medal!!'

The well-documented tension between Cole and Ferdinand surfaced during the John Terry race trial, in which Cole acted as a character witness for Chelsea captain John Terry after he was accused of racially abusing Rio's brother Anton during a heated game against QPR at Loftus Road.

The former England skipper was cleared at Westminster magistrates, but the bad blood between the two camps remains.

Rio Ferdinand himself was in trouble after agreeing with a Twitter follower who referred to Cole as a 'choc ice'. In response to the tweet: 'looks like Ashley Cole's going to be their choc ice. Then again he's always been a sellout. Shame on him', Ferdinand himself tweeted: 'I hear you fella! choc ice is classice hahahahahahaha!!'

I'm ashamed and have let my family down, says sorry fan who confronted Rio

Flashpoint: A City fan confronts Ferdinand at end of Manchester derby

Ashley Cole's brother Matthew said Rio Ferdinand getting hit in the face had 'made his day'

Sue Cole, Ashley Cole's mother, said to 'give the fan that threw it a medal'

Jibes: Chelsea star Ashley Cole's brother
Matthew Cole, left, and mother Sue Cole, appeared to revel in the injury
to Man United defender Rio Ferdinand

The Facebook thread was later removed.

Sue Cole denied writing anything online about Ferdinand's injury.

Matthew Cole was unavailable for comment.

Ferdinand
was left bleeding from his left eye following the incident which took
place in the aftermath of United's injury-time winning goal in their 3-2
victory at the Etihad Stadium.

In
extraordinary scenes, a City fan then ran on to the pitch to confront
Ferdinand but was restrained by Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart. A
smoke flare was also thrown onto the pitch.

However,
the Premier League star joked about it afterwards, tweeting: 'Whoever
threw that coin,what a shot! Can't believe it was a copper 2p….could
have at least been a 1 coin!'

Clermont Auvergne 15 Leinster 12 – match report: Heineken Cup champions sunk at French fortress

Clermont Auvergne 15 Leinster 12: Champions bloodied at French fortress

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

19:36 GMT, 9 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:36 GMT, 9 December 2012

Leinster picked up a losing bonus point in a titanic clash with Pool Five leaders Clermont Auvergne at the Stade Marcel Michelin.

Despite a first defeat in this season's Heineken Cup, the defending champions emerged with a clutch of positives ahead of next Saturday's return date in Dublin.

Sean O'Brien had an impressive return to European action in a barnstorming back row unit, with Fergus McFadden and cup debutant Andrew Goodman the pick of the visitors' backs.

Ouch: Leinster's Shane Jennings was left bloodied after sustaining a nasty cut to his head

Ouch: Leinster's Shane Jennings was left bloodied after sustaining a nasty cut to his head

Jonathan Sexton kicked four penalties for the province, a tally matched by Clermont's Morgan Parra, with Brock James landing a crucial drop goal just before half-time.

There was a raucous atmosphere in Clermont's home fortress, where the French club boast an unbeaten run that recently passed 50 games.

Clermont drew first blood, Parra popping over a penalty from in front of the posts but Leinster carried more of an early threat with ball in hand.

Jamie Heaslip's inside pass put Ian Madigan through a midfield hole and Sexton stepped up to convert the subsequent penalty.

An obstruction from a lineout went unpunished as Sexton missed a tricky penalty, with play swinging back and forth at a hectic pace.

Pass master: Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra (centre) offloads the ball at the Marcel Michelin stadium

Pass master: Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra (centre) offloads the ball at the Marcel Michelin stadium

A strong burst from Napolioni Nalaga led to Parra kicking Clermont back in front by the end of a defence-dominated first quarter.

The home side cranked it up as Sitiveni Sivivatu drew in two defenders, releasing Aurelien Rougerie and Lee Byrne for a right-wing surge that almost led to a try.

A third successful penalty from Parra stretched the margin to 9-3, but Leinster were quick to respond through a bout of sturdy carries from McFadden, Cian Healy and Kevin McLaughlin.

Sexton was back on target with a penalty from the 22 and as the Leinster pack exerted more control, they continued to make good ground.

Catch me if you can: Clermont star Aurelien Rougerie runs with the ball at the Leinster defence

Catch me if you can: Clermont star Aurelien Rougerie runs with the ball at the Leinster defence

Madigan burst into the 22 and with Clermont penalised for not rolling away, Sexton brought the title holders level.

However, Clermont hit back through another penalty from Parra and James' late drop goal put six points between the sides at the break.

Sexton and Madigan probed with clever kicks on the resumption, while Isa Nacewa and McFadden both went close to collecting cross-field kicks from the Leinster number 10. Wales and Lions full-back Byrne did brilliantly to deny the former.

Putting the boot in: Clermont fly-half Brock James (left) sends the ball clear

Putting the boot in: Clermont fly-half Brock James (left) sends the ball clear

After two confidence-boosting scrums, with Mike Ross shunting Vincent Debaty backwards, Sexton slotted his fourth successful penalty with 54 minutes on the clock.

Clermont looked to be tiring but Byrne did well again to sweep the ball into touch with Nacewa bearing down on him as he chased Gordon D'Arcy's kick.

Although the French outfit responded with two side-stepping runs from the dangerous Wesley Fofana, Leinster defended stoutly but a couple of loose lineouts – with replacement hooker Richard Strauss on the pitch – robbed them of promising attacking positions as time ran down.

The result leaves Clermont with a five-point buffer at the top of the table. The sides will regroup for a vital second meeting at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday afternoon.

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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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

West Ham Premier League return with Tottenham chosen for Monday night kick-off

Fears over West Ham v Spurs as return match is moved to 8pm kick-off amid tensions over offensive chants

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16:59 GMT, 4 December 2012

February's Premier League match between West Ham and Tottenham has been moved to a Monday evening, despite offensive and anti-semitic chanting by Hammers fans in the return fixture last month.

The match at Upton Park will be shown live Sky Sports at 8pm on Monday February 25.

The decision to move the fixture comes just a few weeks after a match between the sides at White Hart Lane, played at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon, was marred by offensive chanting from the away end.

Flashpoint:The last match between Tottenham and West Ham was marred by offensive chanting

Flashpoint:The last match between Tottenham and West Ham was marred by offensive chanting

West Ham fans chanted 'Viva Lazio' and sang songs about former Lazio and Hammers player Paolo Di Canio to taunt Tottenham fans in the week a group were brutally attacked before a Europa League tie in Rome.

They also made hissing noises to mimic the sounds of the death chambers at concentration camps during World War Two and sang about Adolf Hitler in reference to Tottenham's large Jewish fanbase.

There will be fears that a television-imposed late kick-off for the return match could lead to similar offensive chanting as a great deal of bad blood remains between the two sets of supporters.

It was also announced today that ITV One will screen West Ham's FA Cup third round tie with Manchester United at 5.15pm on Saturday January 5.

Newcastle United's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion will also be on ITV at 12.30pm on the Saturday, a repeat of last season's fourth round match that Brighton won 1-0.

Upset: Will Buckley scored the winner last season when Brighton knocked out Newcastle in the fourth round

Upset: Will Buckley scored the winner last season when Brighton knocked out Newcastle in the fourth round

ESPN have chosen three live matches for later in the weekend, starting with Swansea City vs. Arsenal on Sunday January 6 at 1.30pm.

Liverpool's trip to either Mansfield Town or Lincoln City will be screen on ESPN at 4pm on the Sunday, while Everton's game at either Cheltenham Town or Hereford United is live at 7.45pm on Monday January 7.

Leicester 2 Nottingham Forest 2: match report

Leicester 2 Nottingham Forest 2: Cox on the spot to ensure derby ends all square

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14:56 GMT, 10 November 2012

East Midlands rivals Leicester and Nottingham Forest shared a thrilling draw at the King Power Stadium as the dominant hosts were forced to settle for a point.

The two sides met four times last season, three of which ended all square, and they could not be separated yet again as Forest twice hit back to level.

Forest defender Elliott Ward, on loan from Norwich, put through his own net to hand Leicester a seventh-minute lead before Adlene Guedioura equalised midway through the first half.

Share of the spoils: Nottingham Forest twice fought back to earn a point at Leicester

Share of the spoils: Nottingham Forest twice fought back to earn a point at Leicester

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 77), King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Waghorn, Nugent (Lingard 59)

Subs not used: Logan, Danns, James, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Ward 7 (og), Nugent 32

Nottm Forest: Camp, Halford, Collins, Moloney, Ward, Gillett (Blackstock), Reid (Lansbury 79), Cohen, Guedioura (Jenas 53), Sharp, Cox.

Subs not used: Darlow, McGugan, Tudgay, Coppinger

Goals: Guedioura 22, Cox 67 (pen)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 24,793

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David Nugent's superbly-taken lob, his seventh of the season, put the Foxes back in front before the break but Simon Cox's second-half penalty, Forest's first from the spot in 14 months, levelled matters.

Leicester will feel hard done by having bossed the derby, while they were denied strong penalty claims of their own after Cox's equaliser when Gillett appeared to handle in the area.

It was a first home draw of the campaign for Nigel Pearson's side, who have now won just one of their last six in the npower Championship.

Leicester, having dominated the early exchanges, drew first blood early on.

The goal owed much to the determination of the lively Martyn Waghorn, who harried and eventually won the ball before laying it off to Lloyd Dyer, he beat his man and crossed low from the left and Ward could only divert into his own goal.

Andy King almost levelled with another own goal at the other end, his flick narrowly going out for a corner after Kasper Schmeichel failed to collect.

But Forest did level with arguably their first meaningful attempt after 22 minutes.

The Reds cut their hosts open far too easily with a simple move down the right which ended with Guedioura side-footing home from 10 yards.

Off and running: Elliott Ward scores an own goal to put Leicester in front

Off and running: Elliott Ward scores an own goal to put Leicester in front

The leveller briefly gave Sean O'Driscoll's side greater confidence, but it did not last long as Nugent put Leicester back in front.

Talented Frenchman Anthony Knockaert sent Nugent clear with a delightful throughball and the striker sent an inch-perfect lob over Lee Camp.

Dyer rounded Camp as the Foxes went in search of a crucial third prior to the interval but the winger could not prevent the ball from running out.

Level pegging: Adlene Guedioura fires home to equalise for Nottingham Forest

Level pegging: Adlene Guedioura fires home to equalise for Nottingham Forest

Leicester passed up a superb chance to effectively wrap matters up four minutes after the break, Waghorn taking marginally too long to get his shot off and, with Camp beaten, allowed Ward to clear off the line.

Waghorn deserved a goal of his own but his header was well kept out by Camp just before the hour mark.

Cox fired off target for Forest from the edge of the area when he should have done better but it was always Leicester who looked the more dangerous, Camp again called into action to deny Dyer.
Yet out of nowhere Forest drew level.

Pure delight: David Nugent puts Leicester back in front before the break

Pure delight: David Nugent puts Leicester back in front before the break

Leicester gave possession away cheaply and Zak Whitbread brought down Billy Sharp in the penalty area, leaving Cox to take the honours from 12 yards.

Home fans were furious minutes later when Dyer's drilled effort appeared to rebound off the hand of Forest's Gillett in the penalty area.

That proved the final meaningful moment of the encounter as Forest took a point which will have pleased them more.