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Manchester United 2 Reading 1: match report – Javier Hernandez and Nani score

Manchester United 2 Reading 1: Clinical Nani and Hernandez see off brave Royals

PUBLISHED:

21:56 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 18 February 2013

Manchester United were made to sweat after Jobi McAnuff scored a late Reading goal after the hosts had gone two goals up.

After relentless pressure, Sir Alex Ferguson's men finally scored on 69 minutes when Nani struck from an Antonio Valencia pass.

Javier Hernandez scored United's second just three minutes after the opener, but McAnuff coolly slotted past David de Gea to make things interesting for the final ten minutes.

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones (Nani 42), Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson (Carrick 84), Young (Van Persie 64), Cleverley, Hernandez, Welbeck

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Kagawa

Goals: Nani 69, Hernandez 72

Reading: Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly, Karacan, Leigertwood (Guthrie 63), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary (Robson-Kanu 70)

Subs not used: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Daniel Carrico, Pogrebnyak

Goal: McAnuff 81

Referee: Andre Marriner

More to follow…

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

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Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

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Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

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Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

6 Nations: Alex Goode says England are always pantomime villains

The Six Nations has so much history… but England are always the pantomime villains

By
Alex Goode

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01:57 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:57 GMT, 2 February 2013

This is my first appearance in the Six Nations and I’m very excited to be involved in it at last.

The tournament has so much history and for as long as I can remember England have been seen as pantomime villains.

Part of the tradition seems to be for pundits from other nations to talk about how much they dislike the English and accuse us of arrogance, and that has happened again this week. I’m not sure why but it occurs in lots of sports. In football, everyone wants to beat Manchester United, for example.

Breakthrough: Alex Goode is getting ready to play in his first Six Nations

Breakthrough: Alex Goode is getting ready to play in his first Six Nations

It often comes across as if all the passion in these games comes from the other side, not England. People talk about all this passion Scotland have, but the English are passionate too. When we play against the Scots, of course we want to beat them. We would hate to lose against them. It’s not something we ever want to deal with. It’s the same with every team we play against.

I don’t have hatred for any other countries, but I definitely hate losing. I would hate to be involved in a game that led to stories in years to come when people talk about a famous Scottish victory against England. That would wind me up.

No-one likes losing and that can be what produces the passion. I know that me and Owen (Farrell), for example, are extremely competitive, whether it’s in training or playing for Saracens or England. We both hate to lose. We want to be the best and that drives us to try to get to the top.

Preparation: Goode (right) trains with debutant Billy Twelvetrees ahead of the Six Nations opener against Scotland

Preparation: Goode (right) trains with debutant Billy Twelvetrees ahead of the Six Nations opener against Scotland

We needed a bit of passion to beat New Zealand. I just remember how loud the crowd was that day, and I have never been part of a team that was more fired up. That showed we can be a passionate people too. That win against New Zealand was great, but we can’t make too big a deal of it.

As players, we would rather there wasn’t such a fuss because we want that standard to be our norm. We can only achieve that if we bring the same level of intensity to our performance against Scotland – an intensity they will struggle to match.

I’m relieved that I recovered from a shoulder injury to play. I was out for more than a month and the first reaction from the boys was that I had become ‘big-time’ and didn’t fancy playing in winter. When I used to play with Thomas Castaignede at Saracens, he would come out on a wintry day and say: ‘No electricity. No electrics in Thomas. Thomas don’t train!’ Then he’d walk back inside. So the lads said that about me and how I have changed!

Famous: Goode impressed during England's 38-21 win over New Zealand

Famous: Goode impressed during England's 38-21 win over New Zealand

It was tough when I realised the injury was worse than expected. It knocked me a bit, then it was a race against time, putting the hours in. Luckily, I came through a game for Saracens to prove my fitness.

You know there are always going to be people pushing you for that shirt. I’d had to wait longer than most to get my shot, before I made my Test debut in South Africa last summer, so I didn’t want to let it go. A year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined starting a Calcutta Cup game at Twickenham, but now I’m raring to go.

We have gone from being underdogs against New Zealand to favourites for this game. Everyone expects us to win – pundits and the public, but Scotland are bouncing back from a bad loss and they’ve got new coaches in Scott Johnson and Dean Ryan and they’ll be fired up to impress, which makes them dangerous.

This will be a dog-fight, but I’m hopeful we can win.

Wesley Sneijder paraded after joining Galatasary for 8.3m

Turkish delight! Thousands of Galatasaray fans mob new hero Sneijder in streets

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

21:29 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:10 GMT, 21 January 2013

Wesley Sneijder has been paraded around the streets of Istanbul to the delight of the huge crowds who turned out to meet him.

The midfielder was taken on a tour round the Turkish capital just hours after official confirmation of the move was announced.

Galatasaray had agreed a 8.3million deal to sign the Holland star from Inter Milan.

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Wesley Sneijder was greeted by a fanfare in Istanbul

What a welcome: Wesley Sneijder was greeted by a fanfare in Istanbul

Crowd scene: Sneijder's arrival at Ataturk airport was seen by a host of supporters

Crowd scene: Sneijder's arrival at Ataturk airport was seen by a host of supporters

Barely had Sneijder touched down at Istanbul's Ataturk airport before he was mobbed by a huge throng of people who had turned out to say shout their approval.

The 28-year-old had appeared to rule out a move to Turkey but in a dramatic U-turn decided the club would be right for him.

Numerous cameras and flares went off and the police struggled to keep the crowds under control, such was the frenzied atmosphere.

Flare play: There was an air of frenzied excitement in Istanbul at Sneijder's unveiling

Flare play: There was an air of frenzied excitement in Istanbul at Sneijder's unveiling

Mobbed: Fans climb on to Sneijder's car as he is paraded around

Mobbed: Fans climb on to Sneijder's car as he is paraded around

There was elation in Istanbul but would have been deflation on Merseyside. On Sky's Goals on Sunday programme Liverpool
captain Steven Gerrard said he would like to see Sneijder arrive at
Anfield but his appeal was too late.

Gerrard had said: 'He's a top player we've seen at every major tournament, he delivers.

'He's done it in the Champions League for years.

'But we have to see on his wages, the man I think gets paid very well. He'll have all kinds of options, I'm sure.

He was mobbed by thousands of fans as he made his way through the streets to talk to the media

Wanted: He was mobbed by thousands of fans as he made his way through the streets

 Sneijder met up with officials from Galatasary in the capital

Finished: Sneijder met up with officials from Galatasary in the capital

'But I'd like nothing more than to see him in a red shirt. I think he'd be a fantastic player for Liverpool Football Club.'

A statement on galatasaray.org read: 'The transfer of Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan has been agreed.

'The conditions of the deal will be made public and the player will sign the contract after health checks.'

A
short conversation between Inter president Massimo Moratti and Sneijder
was released on the Serie A club's website earlier this evening, in
which both parties revealed the Dutchman was close to calling time on a
successful spell at the San Siro.

Reports in Italy and Holland suggested Sneijder and his agent Soren Lerby met with Galatasaray director Lutfi Arigogan in a Milan hotel this evening to finalise the details of a three-and-a-half year contract.

Sneijder has not featured for the Nerazzurri since a 2-0 victory at Chievo in September after publicly refusing to take a two million euro pay cut on a contract that ran until June 2015.

Supporters find every place to shout their approval of Sneijder's signing

Everywhere: Supporters find every place to shout their approval of Sneijder's signing

Head coach Andrea Stramaccioni maintained the playmaker's absence from the first team was solely a tactical decision, despite Inter's difficulty in keeping pace with league leaders Juventus through an injury crisis.

This week saw Moratti urge Sneijder to make a 'professional' decision over his future in Milan, where he won the treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010. The pair cleared the air before Sneijder headed for decisive talks with representatives of the Super Lig leaders.

Mo Farah will run at the Birmingham indoor Grand Prix in February

Farah to run indoor 3,000m in Birmingham to thank British fans who flocked to see Olympics

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

20:10 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:10 GMT, 17 January 2013

Mo Farah will run the 3,000 metres at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 16, his only indoor race in 2013.

The Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion finished fourth in the 3,000m at the World Indoor Championships last March and has twice won European indoor championship gold over the distance.

‘I always love running in Birmingham and have fond memories of celebrating my Olympic success with the British fans at Alexander Stadium last August,’ Farah said.

Mo Farah is now one of Britain's all-time leading long-distance runners

Class act: Mo Farah is now one of Britain's all-time leading long-distance runners

‘I always run well at the National Indoor Arena. I won this meet in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and that’s what I’ll be aiming to do for next month.’

Looking ahead to the defence of his world outdoor 5,000m title in Moscow August, Farah believes that competing in Birmingham is an important part of his preparations.

‘The big focus this year is the world championships. I’ve had a good winter training block and the British Athletics Grand Prix will be the first time that I compete this year, so I’m looking forward to getting back on the track in front of a home crowd.’

Farah has not forgotten all his British fans

World famous: Farah has not forgotten all his British fans

LIVE World Darts Final: Scott Waites v Tony O"Shea at Lakeside

BDO World Darts Championship final: All the live news from Waites v O'Shea

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

17:59 GMT, 13 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:18 GMT, 13 January 2013

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O'Shea 0 Waites 1 Have your say here

18.18: Waites with the darts in the third leg of the second set, and he's always too far ahead to be under any pressure. Waites goes 2-1 up.

18.16: O'Shea levels it up in the second set, with a double 10 finishing it off.

18.15: The Chelsea pensioners are in attendance. No personalities so far, from what I can see. You used to be able to rely on a few snooker players to make it, but with the Masters starting today, I'm not so sure any will be here.

18.14: Best leg of the match so far, with successive 180s in the middle of it. Waites misses a couple of doubles, but makes no mistake with double four and goes one leg up in the second set.

18.12: Scott Waites wins the opening set.

O'Shea is not at the races in this fourth leg of the match, leaving Waites with six darts to make 42. He doesn't make the first three count, but with his fourth he hits double 16 and puts the first set on the board. He really does look determined here, does Waites.

18.10: O'Shea misses a chance with bullseye, and Waites takes full advantage, with a treble 16 and double eight finish seeing him break the darts.

18.09: This is bringing back nice memories of my own days at the Lakeside. It's always a fun night out, I remember when it was seen as really raucous in Frimley Green, but with the antics of the crowd up at Ally Pally these days, it seems positively innocent in Surrey.

18.07: Waites hits the first 180 of the final in the second leg, and is on a finish in no time. He misses a few doubles, before eventually nailing double six and levelling the scores.

18.05: Waites has a chance to win the first leg with a 170, but falls well short, O'Shea misses a chance with double 16, Waites then can't hit double 20, before O'Shea holds his nerve to pick off a double eight and make sure he holds with the darts.

18.03: We're under way, so we are. Both these men are going for their first title. Who will be picking up the famous old trophy in a couple of hours

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

18.02: It's been some month for us darts fans, has it not All the thrills of the PDC event at Alexandra Palace, with a 16th world title for Phil Taylor. And after a week of BDO action, here comes the climax to it all. All eyes on the oche.

18.00: The atmosphere at the Lakeside is terrific, as the players make their entrance for this final. Plenty of fancy dress on display at what the commentators remind us is 'the spiritual home of darts'.

Welcome to our live coverage of the world darts final. Let's hope for a thriller between Scott Waites and Tony O'Shea.

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Steven Gerrard says Liverpool were at their best against QPR

Liverpool are back to their best! Skipper Gerrard hails win over QPR

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19:32 GMT, 30 December 2012

Captain Steven Gerrard felt Liverpool’s first-half performance in their 3-0 win at QPR was their best of the season.

The Anfield club scored three goals in 13 minutes, with Luis Suarez getting two and Daniel Agger the other, and were in control beyond that.

They were hardly tested by a Rangers side in big trouble at the bottom and Gerrard admitted his men had been on the money.

Season's best: Liverpool's Luis Suarez (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Season's best: Liverpool's Luis Suarez (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal

'I wouldn’t say it was easy, that would be disrespectful to QPR, they are having a tough time,” he told Sky Sports 1.

'If we started well we knew we could quieten the crowd and that was the best we’ve played this season in the first half.

Back to their best: Steven Gerrard says Liverpool's win was their best performance of the season

Back to their best: Steven Gerrard says Liverpool's win was their best performance of the season

'The plan was for us to get more goals, but Harry Redknapp is a top manager and QPR changed things in the second half so credit to them.”

Suarez’s goals added further to the brilliant season he has had and Gerrard added of the Uruguayan: 'He’s been brilliant ever since he came here. He’s a magician.

'These clubs have to play him twice a season but we have to play against him every day!'

Coach Colin Pascoe took the Liverpool side in the absence of the ill Brendan Rodgers and he agreed with Gerrard’s assessment of Suarez.

'He’s a maverick, he’s brilliant, I can’t speak highly enough of him. He’s a true gentleman,' he said.

'But all of the lads were magnificent. The chances we created were phenomenal. We could have had a couple more. Some of our play was exciting to watch and I’m sure our fans will be happy tonight.

'It was fantastic to watch, the way the lads passed the ball around and the weight of our chances.'

Michael van Gerwen beats James Wade to book place in World Darts final

Mighty Mike hits maximum on the way to booking final place after seeing off Wade

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22:36 GMT, 30 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:36 GMT, 30 December 2012

Michael van Gerwen tonight reached the Ladbrokes World Championship final and went agonisingly close to historic back-to-back nine-dart finishes in his semi-final win over James Wade.

Van Gerwen was leading three sets to one but trailing 2-0 in the fifth set when he produced a perfect leg, matching the achievement of Dean Winstanley earlier in the tournament.

The Dutchman hit a maximum 180, 177 and then finished 144 on double 12 to send the Alexandra Palace crowd wild.

Cloud nine: Michael van Gerwen hit a perfect nine dart finish on the way to booking his place in the final

Cloud nine: Michael van Gerwen hit a perfect nine dart finish on the way to booking his place in the final

And the fans were still on their feet moments later when the speedy right-hander hit two more maximums to start the next leg and narrowly missed double 12 for a checkout on 141.

Remarkably, Van Gerwen did not even win the set, with Englishman Wade holding his nerve to win the fifth leg and reduce his deficit.

The left-hander won the next set as well to make it 3-3, but Van Gerwen regained his composure to open up a 5-3 lead and looked set to seal the win when he needed 52 to win the ninth set.

In top form: Van Gerwen has looked at his very best in the World Championships

In top form: Van Gerwen has looked at his very best in the World Championships

However, he hit single five instead of 12 and ended up missing his only dart at double 20, allowing Wade in to make it 5-4.

Wade was unable to take further advantage though, Van Gerwen racing through the next set 3-0 to complete a hard-fought 6-4 victory.

On the money: Van Gerwen celebrates his perfect leg

On the money: Van Gerwen celebrates his perfect leg

'It was unbelievable,' Van Gerwen said. 'It was a very difficult game for me because Wade is a very slow player and I had not beaten him on TV, but it was a nice one to win.”

Asked about attempting to hit his second nine-dart finish, Van Gerwen added on Sky Sports 1: 'I was very concentrated, thinking 'Just carry on' because I was 2-1 down in the set and I still lost it, but it's not about nine-dart finishes, it's about winning games.

'It's nice to be in the final of the World Championships.'

Beaten man: James Wade looks dejected after losing the semi final

Beaten man: James Wade looks dejected after losing the semi final

Blackburn Rovers wants experienced manager to replace Henning Berg

Blackburn advisor Singh insists new boss will be 'very experienced' as he rules out move for Comical Ali

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23:00 GMT, 29 December 2012

Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh has revealed he is in discussions with some experienced candidates to fill the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park.

On Thursday, Singh sacked Henning Berg only 57 days and 10 games after appointing the former Rovers crowd favourite.

And on Friday, Singh was forced to dispel rumours that untested amateur and youth coach Judan Ali was set to take up a role on Blackburn's coaching staff having taken first-team training alongside Singh in the wake of Berg's departure.

Plenty to ponder: Shebby Singh watches Blackburn as they win at Barnsley

Plenty to ponder: Shebby Singh watches Blackburn as they win at Barnsley

Berg's record of one win during this period came on the back of Steve Kean's deeply unpopular spell in charge that saw the club relegated to the npower Championship in May.

Despite winning at Barnsley on Saturday, Blackburn lie 15th in the table – eight points shy of the play-off places.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live's 606 programme, Singh hinted he may be ready to grant the wishes of large sections of the club's support by appointing a candidate with a proven track record but offered no guarantees.

'Most certainly, that (experience) is something that we are looking at,' he said.

'I am in conversation with a couple of very, very experienced managers.

'But again we have to accept there's no secret formula. There's always the one who didn't work out.'

Three and easy: Rovers celebrate as Jordan Rhodes nets their third goal

Three and easy: Rovers celebrate as Jordan Rhodes nets their third goal

One that certainly did not work out was Berg and Singh accepted responsibility for getting that decision wrong, while standing by the call to terminate the 43-year-old's reign in its infancy.

'Hindsight is very good but at the end of the day, all decisions whether right or wrong will only be proven in due time,' he said.

'Unfortunately our results were not very encouraging, performances were not the best and you've got to decide how long can you put up with that.

'When you make a decision you always think you make the right decision but things sometimes don't work out so there's nothing out of the ordinary.

'It was 10 games, let's look at it that way from a football angle. Ten games is a lifetime, it can decide the future of a club for many, many years.

'I'll put up my my hands and say if I got it wrong, I got it wrong. But it's not the end of the world. You still have to think there are aspects of the club which have progressed.'

Denial: Singh says Judan Ali will not be joining the club's coaching staff

Denial: Singh says Judan Ali will not be joining the club's coaching staff

He repeated his stance on Ali on Saturday evening but did not rule the bookmakers favourite, former Aston Villa assistant manager Kevin MacDonald, out of the running for the post.

'It is really stupid for anyone to think that – it's down right stupidity for anyone to suggest that,' he added.

'I was at the training ground but when it comes to being on the pitch I've got no involvement.

'So you can hear it now from the horses' mouth – I did not take training.

'Those two names (Ali and MacDonald) were never mentioned by me but I will defend Kevin MacDonald.

'He's a great coach, he's done extremely well with Aston Villa. I would like to be friends with him.'

Theo Walcott believes Arsenal contract "will be sorted"

Walcott says Arsenal contract 'will be sorted' and he's shown Wenger his striking potential

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 29 December 2012

Theo Walcott turned up the pressure on Arsenal in his ongoing contract negotiations with a stunning hat-trick in an extraordinary win over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

Walcott, whose representatives are due to meet Arsenal’s chief negotiator, Dick Law, in the coming days, took his goal tally for the season to 14 in a frenzied second half which saw eight goals scored.

The 23-year-old England forward continues to thrive in the central striker’s role he covets and has made a major part of his contract negotiations.

Sign him up: Arsene Wenger is hoping Theo Walcott will commit his future to Arsenal

Sign him up: Arsene Wenger is hoping Theo Walcott will commit his future to Arsenal

Walcott said: ‘Talks are ongoing and I
am sure something will be sorted. I’ve been saying that I want to play
up front and I am showing the manager what I can do. I believe I will be
a striker and it’s about taking the opportunity when I get it.

‘I enjoy playing in whatever position but it was just telling the manager to give me the opportunities to play up front.

‘I’m not saying I’m always going to
play there but it’s just showing what I can do. Hopefully, I’ve opened a
few eyes and it’s provided a different option.’

With just six months left on his
current deal and Walcott free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a
foreign club on New Year’s Day, Arsenal will be expected to fix a firm
date for talks and to increase the 75,000-a-week offer that is on the
table.

Walcott departed the Emirates Stadium
yesterday with the match-ball held above his head and the crowd chanting
‘Sign him up’. After his side moved into fifth place in the Barclays
Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reiterated his desire to
keep the in-form forward at the club.

‘I think he loves the club and the club love him and reciprocity in love is the most difficult thing to find,’ said Wenger.

‘The intensity of my desire is exactly
the same as before the game. My desire is to extend the contract and I
think that he belongs here and, hopefully, we can do it.

‘Commitment to a club is a long-term
process. I don’t think it should depend on one game. If he had a
disastrous game today, it would not have altered my determination to
extend his contract and to sign him. That does not depend on one game.’

The most positive sign is that Wenger
has now trusted Walcott in the central striking role, something the
London-born player was keen to establish before he confirmed his
continued commitment to the club.

Walcott has benefitted from
practising alongside Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who is currently
training with Arsenal and is expected to sign a short-term loan deal
from the New York Red Bulls next month.

Walcott said: ‘I’ve learned a lot
from Thierry and just to have him around in training is great. You
learn from the best. He showed great qualities on loan here last season
so, hopefully, that can be sorted out.’

It must be love: The Arsenal manager was impressed with Walcott's performance against Newcastle

It must be love: The Arsenal manager was impressed with Walcott's performance against Newcastle

It was Arsenal's fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League win, which lifts them up to fifth, and midfielder Jack Wilshere insists they have not been stung by recent criticism.

'We just get on with it. We know we've got great players here and we showed it today,' he said.

'Theo was great and okay we conceded three and we're not happy about that and we'll look at that but to score seven in any game in the Premier League is a great achievement.'

Wenger was also quick to hail Newcastle's resilience, although he lamented his side's slow start.

'It was not as comfortable as the score indicated,' he added. 'We played against a good team. They were always a threat going forwards, they gave us many problems.

'I believe we started a bit nervous, not completely relaxed, and at half-time 1-1 was a fair result.

'Second half we were on the ball higher up and were much more dangerous but they always came back.'

Options: Wenger also likes to pick Olivier Giroud (right) through the middle

Options: Wenger also likes to pick Olivier Giroud (right) through the middle

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted his side had no energy left in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Despite scoring three goals apiece away at Manchester United on Boxing Day and today at the Emirates Stadium, Pardew's side have come away empty-handed on both occasions.

And the former West Ham and Charlton boss is aware some of his side's defending has been unacceptable.

'The last 15-20 minutes was a fresh team against a tired team and perhaps a bit of inexperience on our bench resulted in the scoreline,' he said.

'We're just so disappointed that we didn't get something out of it before then.

'The goals we conceded before then were not, not good and that's been our problem.

'For 70 minutes it was pretty tight, I thought we were giving a good account of ourselves but their freshness and the brightness towards the end of the game was just too much for us and we couldn't cope.

'The game really hurt us today but we know at the back we need to do better.'

Sheffield Wednesday"s Jeremy Helan booked twice but not sent off

Yellow peril for ref Russell as he books City loanee Helan TWICE but doesn't send him off

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UPDATED:

16:23 GMT, 29 December 2012

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson was outraged with referee Mike Russell after he booked Sheffield Wednesday’s Jeremy Helan TWICE but did not send him off.

Grayson said Russell had wrongly recorded Michail Antonio in his book, confusing matters when he presented a second yellow to Helan, but the Owls continued with 11 men.

After the final whistle, Russell recognised his mistake and cleared the air with Grayson, who was satisfied the error was not intentional, but blamed the referee’s team for a lack of support.

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

‘As we came off the pitch he came to me to apologise for the error he made,’ said the 43-year old.

‘I think he's probably written the
wrong number down in his book, which is staggering and I also think he
should have been helped by his officials, who should be overruling
because they all know, when a referee makes a mistake like that, who
he's booking.

'He's put Antonio's number in his
book, but he was nowhere near the incident. I don't mind referee's
making big mistakes in terms of tackles and sendings off, but something
quite simple like that shouldn't be happening in Championship football.'

Russell yellow-carded 20-year-old
Helan, on loan from Manchester City, for a second time midway through
the first half, but failed to produce a red card amid angered chants of
'you don’t know what you’re doing' from the crowd. Huddersfield players
and management also protested.

The club may have grounds to demand a replay of the 0-0 draw, but Grayson gave no indications this would be requested.

Furious: Simon Grayson was angry with the official's team despite receiving an apology

Furious: Simon Grayson was angry with the official's team despite receiving an apology

'I'm not going to say Wednesday going
down to 10 men would have guaranteed us winning the game, but it would
have certainly helped us and what if the lad had gone on to score or
created the winning goal

'It would have been a massive talking
point, which it is already. I’m not sure about [a replay]. No-one has
said anything like that. I'd be very surprised.

'I just think referees in general
should be accountable for any decisions and have a press conference
after the game, whether good decisions or bad decisions.'

He insisted referees should be available to account for their decisions after the game.

'It shouldn't be up to myself or Dave
Jones to explain, they should be out and you should be able to ask
questions as to why he made certain decisions.

'I've not seen Dave, but I'm sure if
it was the other way round he wouldn't have been so calm and as placid
on the touchline as he was.'

Grayson added: 'It's a shame, we
shouldn't be talking about the referee after a Yorkshire derby, with a
great atmosphere and two teams trying to win a football match.'