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Everton v Cheltenham: FA Cup scouting report

Cheltenham scouting report: What Everton must be wary of in the FA Cup

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UPDATED:

18:37 GMT, 12 December 2012

David Moyes made the long trip to Hereford on Tuesday night to watch Everton's prospective opponents in the FA Cup Third Round.

As the night turned out, it was a neat near-post header by Cheltenham substitute Kaid Mohamed that settled it in the Robins' favour.

But here are five mental notes that Moyes certainly will have made following his cold night out at Edgar Street.

1. Jermaine McGlashan

The winger was given a torrid time after referee Dean Whitestone adjudged that he had been dragged over by Andy Gallinagh in first-half injury-time.

Speed demon: Jermaine McGlashan could cause Everton problems

Speed demon: Jermaine McGlashan could cause Everton problems

But he has a serious turn of pace and, although the end product does not always match the approach, he only needs to get lucky once – as he did at Edgar Street.

2. Cheltenham weren't bullied

Martin Foyle has some big lads in his Hereford team – midfielders Harry Pell and Will Evans stand well over six feet tall and the Robins stood up well to their challenge. It is particularly apt if Marouane Fellaini is chosen for the trip to Gloucestershire.

3. No kick and rush

I liked the look of midfielder Russ Penn. In the best traditions of central midfielders he keeps things ticking over. He was the victim of a horrible challenge which ruined his evening but before then he had been the fulcrum of a team that was trying to play on a difficult circumstance.

Winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) send Cheltenham through

Winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) send Cheltenham through

4. Confidence

Although Mark Yates is battling with a smallish squad, there is nothing that acts as a greater aid to confidence than winning matches regularly. League Two clubs have a busy schedule over the holiday period but if the Robins can defeat fellow high-fliers Port Vale on Saturday, they could be on the cusp of just the type of run that sends them into their plum tie on the crest of a wave.

5. Past experience

It won't have gone un-noticed on Merseyside that this season marks the tenth anniversary of an FA Cup exit at the same stage of the season at Moyes' expense.

Upset: Shrewsbury's Nigel Jemson scored the winner against Everton

Upset: Shrewsbury's Nigel Jemson scored the winner against Everton

It may not have been the primary reason for the Scot getting into his car and making the long journey south, but memories of a painful 2-1 defeat by Shrewsbury, managed by former favourite Kevin Ratcliffe, may be what has led Everton's boss into leaving no stone unturned.

Amir Khan reveals Virgil Hunter training plan ahead of Carlos Molina fight

I'm going back to basics: Khan reveals plan under new trainer for Molina fight

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UPDATED:

14:42 GMT, 9 October 2012

Amir Khan is looking to return to the basics under new trainer Virgil Hunter ahead of his first fight since splitting from Freddie Roach.

Khan, who will meet Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15, severed his ties with Roach following back-to-back defeats and will now be aiming to return to winning ways against the unbeaten American.

Former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Khan cited a lack of training time with Roach as one of the major reasons behind his decision to change trainer and is hoping things will be different under Hunter.

Back to basics: Amir Khan is getting ready for his return to the rung against Carlos Molina

Back to basics: Amir Khan is getting ready for his return to the rung against Carlos Molina

He said: 'We have changed a lot of stuff for this upcoming fight, first of all the trainer which I think is a massive part of the camp.

'The reason I had to change trainer is because when you are always winning a fight you never look at the bad points but when you lose a fight you sit down with your team and you go through the whole camp and where you think you went wrong.

'Freddie is a great trainer but I wasn't getting everything I wanted.

'Freddie is a very busy guy and one of the best trainers in the world, I personally the one who called Freddie on the phone and told him I would no longer be training with him.'

The 25-year-old also confirmed he had spoken to several trainers, including Floyd Mayweather Snr, but was comfortable with Hunter and felt he was the right man to progress his career.

Talking up his chance: Khan spoke to the media at The Mayfair Hotel

Talking up his chance: Khan spoke to the media at The Mayfair Hotel

'I spoke to Virgil and the first thing I said to him was that you have Andre Ward and I hope you are not going to be busy like Freddie was with Manny Pacquiao and I do get 100 per cent of your time,' he said.

'He made it clear he is going to be with me 100 per cent and whenever I need him he is going to be there – he wants a fighter/trainer relationship where we speak together and get on well together.'

Following defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia Khan is all-too-aware that he is far from the finished article inside the ring and is ready to utilise the knowledge of his new coach.

He said: 'I'm still not 100 per cent, I've still got room for improvement and it is maybe going back to the basics and looking at where I make mistakes and improving them.

'I'm an offensive fighter and I need my trainer to teach me the defensive part of training whilst at the same time remaining as offensively good.

'So that is what we are going to be working on, we know exactly what we have to do. We have never really had a defence if you think about it.'

Khan feels that Hunter can also get him behaving like a true boxer again as opposed to letting the red mist descend if a bout is not going in his favour.

'My main style was a boxer, using my brains and stuff, and then when you start winning fights so comfortably you can forget about the meaning of being a boxer,' he said.

'What Virgil wants me to do is go back to the boxing again but be a smart boxer and understand what I have to do.

'That is a big part on Virgil too because he has to teach me what he wants me to do and it is about sticking to a gameplan because sometimes when I see red I forget about the gameplan and go all out.'

Fight night: Khan hopes to bounce back from his defeat to Danny Garcia when he takes on Molina in December

Fight night: Khan hopes to bounce back from his defeat to Danny Garcia when he takes on Molina in December

Olympic silver medallist Khan is confident he can reclaim a world title within the next 12 months and is hopeful his legions of fans will continue to support him.

He said: 'It is an ideal fight for us, we have to win this fight to come back and be right at the top.

'I can promise you next year we will fight for a world title and win a world title and become a world champion again.

'I hope the UK fans turn up, I'm sure Molina is going to bring a big fanbase and I'm sure my UK fans plus my American fans are going to turn up and we will make sure we finish the year with a bang.'

Aviva Premiership preview: Saracens travel to Harlequins

Aviva Premiership preview: Saracens travel to top of the table Quins

Tuesday will be another busy day in the Aviva Premiership with three matches taking place.

Second place Saracens travel to top of the table Harlequins, while Worcester host Leicester. Elsewhere London Irish will play hosts to Exeter at the Madejski Stadium.

Unbeaten: Conor O

Unbeaten: Conor O”Shea and his Harlequins side but their 100 per cent league record on the line against second place Saracens

Sportsmail takes a look at the team news and stats from all the games.

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Liverpool report Lucas Leiva has successful operation

Liverpool report midfielder Lucas has successful operation on knee injury

Liverpool have confirmed midfielder Lucas Leiva has successfully undergone surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee which he injured last week at Chelsea.

The operation took place in Sao Pauloand the Brazil midfielder, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, hopes to leave hospital on Friday.

Road to recovery: Liverpool midfielder Lucas

Road to recovery: Liverpool midfielder Lucas

“LFC medical staff were present during the procedure,” said a club statement.

“Lucas will now begin an agreed rehabilitation programme which will be overseen by the club”s medical team.”

Late last night the 24-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Busy day doing treatment, hopefully tomorrow I leave the hospital.”

Jack Wilshere warned by Arsenal over Twitter conduct

Wilshere sweats on possible UEFA probe after Frimpong “bet” tweet

Jack Wilshere has been warned of his Twitter responsibilities by Arsenal as he was left sweating last night on a possible UEFA probe over a breach of betting regulations.

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League defeat in Olympiakos, the Arsenal midfielder Tweeted he would take a bet on Emmanuel Frimpong scoring the first goal in Greece.

Goal getter: Emmanuel Frimpong was the subject of a cheeky tweet by team-mate Jack Wilsher over whether the midfielder would score in Greece

Goal getter: Emmanuel Frimpong was the subject of a cheeky tweet by team-mate Jack Wilsher over whether the midfielder would score in Greece

Sidelined: Wilshere is currently out injured and won

Sidelined: Wilshere is currently out injured and won”t return until January

Later on Wilshere deleted the Tweet and denied making a bet after it became clear the post could leave him in hot water.

Even though Wilshere was not playing, UEFA rules stipulate players cannot bet on matches.

Wilshere and Arsenal maintain the Tweet was simply banter between the two players but UEFA were still considering looking into the matter.

And the Gunners have reminded Wilshere of his responsibilities regarding his regular use of Twitter.

A decision on whether to investigate was delayed due a busy day of disciplinary hearings, including Wayne Rooney’s appeal against his three match ban.