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Javier Hernandez claims Ron Vlaar own goal as part of his hat-trick

I scored a hat-trick! Hernandez claims Vlaar own goal as his own after super-sub display

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20:40 GMT, 10 November 2012

Javier Hernandez claims he scored all three of Manchester United's goals as they came back from two down to win 3-2 against Aston Villa.

Youngster Andreas Weimann scored twice but half-time substitute Hernandez dominated the game after entering the fray.

The striker bagged United's first goal, then saw his shot take a huge deflection off Villa skipper Ron Vlaar for the equaliser, before heading home the late winner.

Mine! Javier Hernandez claimed the match ball after his superb performance - but did he score three goals

Mine! Javier Hernandez claimed the match ball after his superb performance – but did he score three goals

The Mexican, who scooped up the match ball at the end, said of the second goal: 'Of course (I will claim the hat-trick). I think I hit the target and the defender touched the ball.

'That's the decision of the referee but I've just seen the replay and that was definitely hitting the target.'

The result sees United stretch their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to four points, and Hernandez admits that is more important than arguing over whether he hit a hat-trick.

He added on Sky Sports 2: 'It doesn't matter who scored the goals.

'The most important thing is who is top of the league and that we came back from two goals down to win.'

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was unsurprisingly delighted with the way his side fought back during the second half.

'It was a magnificent result and a magnificent game,' he said.

'Villa did fantastic today, they ran their socks off. We have to feel for them but we never gave in.

'We hit the bar twice but it was after the second goal we came alive, and it was a fantastic game.

'I was disappointed to go behind like that, but I started to think about (how) if we got a goal we would have a chance, and we did.

'We did put pressure on ourselves today but we came through it. The lesson is we need to do better defensively.

Own goal: Hernandez's 'second' took a big deflection off of Ron Vlaar

Own goal: Hernandez's 'second' took a big deflection off of Ron Vlaar

'I admire the tenacity of the performance, though. When they need to do it, they do it.'

Defeat leaves Villa just one place above the bottom three and with two wins to their name this season.

But manager Paul Lambert refused to lay the blame with his players, despite them letting slip a two-goal advantage today.

'We gave it absolutely everything, we were brilliant,' he said on Sky Sports 2.

'I can't fault the team. We've got lots of young lads in the team and they were great. I can't ask for any more from them.'

Contortionist: Hernandez flings himself at the ball to head in No 3

Contortionist: Hernandez flings himself at the ball to head in No 3

Alan Pardew hopes win can kick start Newcastle"s season

The season starts now: Pardew wants Toon to kick on after fluke win

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19:38 GMT, 28 October 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes Papiss Cisse's fluke winner against West Brom at St James' Park can help kick-start the front man's disappointing Barclays Premier League season into life.

Cisse has failed to recreate last season's scoring exploits with just two League Cup and Europa League goals to his credit before he deflected Sammy Ameobi's shot past Ben Foster to open his league account for the new campaign.

The Senegalese knew next to nothing about his winner as fellow substitute Ameobi let fly with a hopeful effort from the edge of the box which struck the bottom of his back and took a wicked deflection past stranded Baggies keeper Ben Foster.

Leaving it late: Sammy Ameobi, celebrates with Papiss Cisse after the two combined for Newcastle's winner

Leaving it late: Sammy Ameobi, celebrates with Papiss Cisse after the two combined for Newcastle's winner

Pardew said: 'It's sometimes very difficult with strikers because Papiss has looked exactly the same in training and he certainly doesn't look short of confidence. He has been smashing them in from everywhere.

'But sometimes you have these runs where you don't get a goal, and that goal today will do him the world of good.'

Pardew admitted his side had been fortunate to snatch the three points against a Baggies side for whom the excellent Romelu Lukaku headed a 55th-minute equaliser after Demba Ba's 35th-minute opener for the hosts.

Strike it lucky: Sammy Ameobi takes a shot which deflects of team mate Cisse for his sides second goal

Strike it lucky: Sammy Ameobi takes a shot which deflects of team mate Cisse for his sides second goal

The home side also had to rely on keeper Tim Krul to pull off two superb saves to deny Lukaku in the first period.

Pardew conceded: 'We've had a tough week and we looked tired physically and emotionally today.

'We've won the game and we'll take that. We've not had many breaks this season. We perhaps deserved to win at Sunderland and today we've got a goal in a game we did not deserve to win but we have.

'We've got to look at how we approach Sunday games after the Thursdays because we are struggling. We will keep trying different things to get that Sunday performance, because the second half was a struggle.

Going ahead: Demba Ba celebrates scoring the first goal

Going ahead: Demba Ba celebrates scoring the first goal

'I am glad to see the back of West Brom. They were excellent. They have got a real assurance about them. Everyone wanted the ball and made it very difficult for us. They probably thought they should have won it but I think our honesty won it for us in the end.'

For Baggies boss Steve Clarke the manner of the defeat was a second consecutive crushing blow after losing a late lead to champions Manchester City to fall 2-1 at The Hawthorns last weekend.

Clarke said: 'I thought we were terrific today and it's disappointing when you come to a place like this and you're the best team and not only do you not get a point but you don't come away with anything.

Not enough: Romelu Lukaku thought his goal was enough to earn West Brom a point

Not enough: Romelu Lukaku thought his goal was enough to earn West Brom a point

'We've got a good squad of players and I think our performances have been really good.

'With a little bit of luck over the last couple of games we could have even more points, but we've been stuck on 14 which is cruel and is not fair.

'What hurts me most is the amount of effort and quality my players have put into their game for two weeks in a row, and they have come away with nothing.'

Sunderland v Newcastle live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Sunderland v Newcastle – as it happens from the Stadium of Light

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13:18 GMT, 21 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunderland host Newcastle at the Stadium of Light to start Sunday's action. Both sides sit in mid-table at this early stage of the season but will be fired up to claim bragging rights in the Tyne-Wear derby. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle (1.30pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner,
O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon,
Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan,
Meyler, Saha.

Newcastle:
Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote,
Ben Arfa, Ba, Shola Ameobi (Perch 39).
Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Obertan,
Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

Goals: Cabaye 3.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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Half-time: Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle

45+2min: Another strike from outside the box but James McClean's low effort takes a deflection leading to a Sunderland corner.

The delivery in though is easily taken by Tim Krul.

45min: Three minutes to be added on as Sunderland seek an equaliser before the break.

43min: Sunderland are yet to create a clear cut chance but they continue to shoot from distance with Gardner slicing wide from 25 yards.

42min: But it's Newcastle with the next chance. A corner straight from the training ground is played short to Coloccini on the edge of the box, whose shot is deflected to Demba Ba.

The striker does well to react quickly to tee up a scissors kick but he will be disappointed to fire over from six yards.

39min: In fact Alan Pardew has decided to make a tactical switch, sending on the defensive minded James Perch for Ameobi.

The striker, so often a thorn in Sunderland's side, is far from happy and heads straight down the tunnel.

38min: The pressure is being piled on by Sunderland now as they win a free-kick on the right side of the box. Fletcher cleverly plays a low ball to the edge of the box where Gardner's strike hits a Newcastle player before deflecting for a corner which the visitors clear.

37min: From OptaJoe:

1 – After 27 yellow cards in his previous 54 PL appearances, Cheick Tiote has been shown his first ever PL red. Graduation.

35min: Newcastle don't want to give Sunderland too many set-pieces 30 yards from goal and here is why. Craig Gardner fires a low drive through a crowd of bodies that just zips low past the post.

33min: Small chance for Sunderland as a cross worms its way to Adam Johnson at the back post. But the winger is quickly chased down and he curls across goal and wide under pressure.

31min: Sunderland are not making the most of the extra man as Newcastle win a free-kick deep inside the hosts' half on the left wing.

Cabaye though wastes the delivery by curling over everyone's head and out for a goal kick.

28min: Bizarrely Newcastle won a free-kick from that passage of play after Jack Colback pushed Tiote seconds before. Shola Ameobi was also booked for dissent.

25min: RED CARD (Cheick Tiote, Newcastle)

No hesitation from Martin Atkinson as he flashes a straight red card after Tiote leaves his foot in following a challenge on Fletcher.

I'm probably a bit old fashioned but I thought a booking would have been a fairer call. Either way Newcastle are down to 10 men.

24min: From InfostradaLive:

At two mins 11 seconds, Cabaye’s goal was the quickest Sunderland have conceded in the PL at the Stadium of Light. The previous was James Morrison (3 min 35 secs) for West Brom in a 2-2 draw in October 2011.

21min: Set-pieces look on song today as Cabaye's effort forces Mignolet to tip over. From the corner, Sunderland clear behind at the near post but escape with a goal kick.

20min: We haven't seen much of Newcastle since they took the lead but they win a free-kick 25 yards out central to goal after Larsson clumsily raises a foot into Shola Ameobi's chest.

17min: An honest enough strike from the Swede but Tim Krul is right behind it as he dives down comfortably to claim at his near post.

16min: More danger for Newcastle as Ben Arfa trips Rose five yards out from the corner of the penalty box. Larsson stands over the set piece…

14min: So Sunderland try the other flank and find a little more success. Danny Rose manages to swing a cross in for Fletcher, but Coloccini does well to turn the striker away from goal before heading away the Scot's eventual cross. The Newcastle captain looks to be back in business.

11min: The hosts are seeing more of the ball but Newcastle's gameplan is starting to show as Adam Johnson looks hounded out every time he gets the ball on the right flank. As a result, poor old Fletcher isn't getting much service.

8min: That's a bit better. Seb Larsson curls a delightful cross into the box but Mike Williamson strongly heads away with Steven Fletcher waiting to apply the finishing touch.

6min: The majority in the ground have been silenced by that strike and their team isn't doing much to help them raise their voices.

One hopeful free-kick into the box aside there hasn't been much response from the hosts.

Off the mark early: Yohan Cabaye (left) pounced inside the box to give Newcastle the lead

Off the mark early: Yohan Cabaye (left) pounced inside the box to give Newcastle the lead

3min: GOAL! Sunderland 0-1 NEWCASTLE

The Toon look much more alert so far and grab an early lead. Hatem Ben Arfa finds Demba Ba with a pass to the byline, but although the striker's shot from a tight angle is blocked by Simon Mignolet, Yohan Cabaye fires home the rebound.

1min: Newcastle win a corner in the opening minute but Yohan Cabaye's delivery is cleared by the Sunderland backline.

Kick-off: Sunderland get the Wear-Tyne derby underway.

13.29: The players make their way out inside a packed out stadium that is bathed in sunshine.

13.26: Fantastic atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light. The home fans display cards to mark out red and white stripes inside the ground as 'Dance of the Knights' plays over the PA system.

13.23: Martin O'Neill could be playing poker face but Alan Pardew looked much more confident of the two managers. Should be interesting to see how it translates on the pitch.

13.20: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew also spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'The players understand the importance of this game for the fans. It didn't take a lot of thinking to include Shola Ameobi – he knows all about this game and he deserves to play.

'It's a massive lift to have the captain [Fabricio Coloccini] back. He brings intelligence and there isn't a lot of that in these games.

'The key to winning is competing – it's no good being technically the best so we have to be the big players in both boxes.'

13.15: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'We are looking forward to it, we didn't play particularly well against Manchester City but we were doing fine up until then.

'Phil Bardsley is getting fitter, and Titus Bramble was injured during the week.

'You need a little bit of luck, to be strong and durable but I'm not sure there is any secret behind derby success.'

Lead by example: Newcastle welcome back their captain, Fabricio Coloccini (centre) to their defence

Lead by example: Newcastle welcome back their captain, Fabricio Coloccini (centre) to their defence

13.12: Sunderland can only move up to 11th with a win today but they do have a game in hand with the majority of the division.

Crucially for the fans they would be above Newcastle should they win –

13.07: Three points for Newcastle would put them into the top 10 but manager Alan Pardew has already said he hopes maximum points will provide a springboard for the top eight.

Trying to gain brownie points with the fans, Pardew has also stated that while this may be the strongest Sunderland side he has faced – he remains confident of finishing above them. The gloves are off now.

13.02: Derby specialist Shola Ameobi is handed a chance to add to his tally against Sunderland as Newcastle boss Alan Pardew makes four changes for this afternoon's Wear-Tune derby clash.

Ameobi, who sits only behind Jackie Milburn in the fixture with seven goals to his name, is included along with the fit-again Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson, while there is a place on the bench for Steven Taylor.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill keeps faith with the men who started the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last time out, and that means a start for full-back Danny Rose, seemingly the target of racial abuse on England Under 21s duty in Serbia in midweek, while there is a place among the substitutes for Phil Bardsley following his recovery from an ankle problem.

12.57: Full line-ups from the Stadium of Light:

Sunderland v Newcastle
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Ba, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Perch, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

12.52: Before that, you have to go back to the year 2000 where second-half strikes from Don Hutchinson and Niall Quinn responded to an early goal from Gary Speed at St James' Park.

Newcastle for the record have triumphed eight times since then.

On guard: Police watch over Sunderland fans as Newcastle supporters arrive at the Stadium of Light

On guard: Police watch over Sunderland fans as Newcastle supporters arrive at the Stadium of Light

12.50: So who wants to be the Black Cats' hero today. They could do with a new one.

Sunderland have beaten their North East rivals just once in 15 attempts, with goals from Kieran Richardson and Djibril Cisse seeing off Newcastle 2-1 nearly on this day four years ago.

12.45: If it is goals you are after folks then we better hope Steven Fletcher and Demba Ba are not man marked out of the game this afternoon.

Fletcher has scored all five of Sunderland's league goals this season, while Ba has netted all but two of Newcastle's league strikes (Hatem Ben Arfa converting two.)

12.40: Sunderland starting XI:

Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

12.35: Newcastle starting XI:

Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Shola Ameobi.

12.30: Derby of the weekend In terms of on-pitch action it has a way to go to match Tottenham's clash with Chelsea yesterday but the rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle should not be underestimated.

This is a huge game as we begin Sunday's Premier League coverage with the battle for the North East. Team news for it is on the way.

Fiery start: Sunderland host Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby to begin Sunday's Premier League action

Fiery start: Sunderland host Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby to begin Sunday's Premier League action

Brighton 0 Middlesbrough 1 – match report

Brighton 0 Middlesbrough 1: Dutch of class from Emnes seals Boro win

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16:44 GMT, 20 October 2012

A deflected first half strike from Dutchman Marvin Emnes was enough to give Middlesbrough their fourth successive away win – in manager Tony Mowbray's 100th match in charge.

Striker Emnes enjoyed a fair slice of good fortune in notching his fourth goal of the campaign, his 21st-minute effort from the edge of the penalty area taking a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Brighton's Polish international keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

It proved to be the only goal of the game as Middlesbrough extended their impressive record against the Seagulls to 10 matches in all competitions.

Flying Dutchman: Emnes (centre) celebrates his goal

Flying Dutchman: Emnes (centre) celebrates his goal

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd (Dobbie 69), Bridge,
Hammond, Bridcutt, Crofts (Buckley 69), Barnes, David Lopez (LuaLua 82), Mackail-Smith.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, Dicker.

Booked: Greer.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby, Bikey, Woodgate, Friend,
McEachran (Miller 73), Bailey, Leadbitter, Haroun, Emnes (Smallwood 80), McDonald (Reach 85).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Ledesma, Hines.

Booked: McDonald.

Goals: Emnes 21.

Attendance: 26,293

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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In contrast Gus Poyet's men have
tumbled from their lofty early-season heights. They topped the
Championship after a five-match winning sequence, but have now taken
just two points from a possible 12.

Yet they will feel they should have
drawn level just after the hour mark. A shot from Moreno David Lopez was
bravely blocked by Jonathan Woodgate, outstanding Boro keeper Jason
Steele then kept out a header from Ashley Barnes, before Craig
Mackail-Smith sent his header from six yards over the top instead of
into the back of the net.

Brighton had also enjoyed most of the
possession in the early stages of the game at the Amex Stadium. That
was mainly down to mistakes in Boro's midfield, with stray passes from
Nicky Bailey and Josh McEachran, but Grant Leadbitter produced a good
tackle inside the penalty area to deny a clear chance for Mackail-Smith.

But Boro looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Dutch attacker Emnes silenced the home crowd by making the breakthrough.

Brighton tried to hit back and in the
28th minute an outswinging corner from the left by Lopez was met by
Dean Hammond but his header from six yards flew over the crossbar.

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Two minutes later striker Craig
Mackail-Smith latched onto a low ball sent in from the left but his 12
yard shot was superbly turned over the top by Steele.

The Seagulls kept pressing and 10
minutes before half-time midfielder Andrew Crofts was presented with a
good opportunity 10 yards out, in a central position, but he sent his
header over the top.

Stuart Parnaby started a league game
for Boro for the first time since 2006, replacing Justin Hoyte who
suffered a pulled hamstring at Watford two weeks ago, and he and his
fellow defenders managed to keep Brighton at bay in the second half.

Poyet sent on attacking substitutes
Stephen Dobbie and Will Buckley – and both players went close to
levelling matters, before Boro keeper Steele pulled off a fine save to
push away an Ashley Barnes effort from 25 yards.

The Seagulls did have other chances,
particularly through Mackail-Smith, but they failed to score for the
fifth Championship match in a row.

London 2012 Olympic hockey New Zealand 1 Great Britain 3: GB Women secure bronze medal

New Zealand 1 Great Britain 3: Danson helps GB women win hockey bronze medal

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16:16 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Great Britain's women secured only the second Olympic bronze medal in their history with victory over New Zealand at the Riverbank Area.

Reading striker Alex Danson opened the scoring with a penalty corner deflection in the 45th-minute which reflected the hosts' dominance of play.

With 11 minutes remaining Leicester
defender Crista Cullen flicked home a set-piece and even later Wales
international Sarah Thomas diverted in another corner before Stacey
Michelsen's consolation.

Flying the flag: Great Britain celebrate there win over New Zealand in the bronze medal match

Flying the flag: Great Britain celebrate there win over New Zealand in the bronze medal match

We've done it: Britain's Alex Danson Laura Bartlett, Laura Unsworth and Chloe Rogers celebrate beating New Zealand and securing a bronze medal

We've done it: Britain's Alex Danson Laura Bartlett, Laura Unsworth and Chloe Rogers celebrate beating New Zealand and securing a bronze medal

Happy ending: Britain's players celebrate their medal at the Riverbank Arena

Happy ending: Britain's players celebrate their medal at the Riverbank Arena

The result provided some compensation after missing out on gold with Wednesday's semi-final defeat to Argentina.

Bronze equalled the feat of the team from 1992 in Barcelona and was the minimum target prior to the Olympics.

Kenny Miller embarrassed by Scotland defeat

That hurt! Miller declares Scots were an 'embarrassment'
after humiliating USA thrashing

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22:29 GMT, 27 May 2012

Kenny Miller admitted Scotland’s 5-1 thrashing to the United States was an ‘embarrassment’ after the national team crashed to their heaviest defeat under Craig Levein.

The skipper cut a crestfallen figure after emerging from a draining 90 minutes and confessed that Levein’s men were second best throughout the friendly.

Two goals down in 12 minutes, Miller’s downward header was knocked into the net by American defender Geoff Cameron to offer a shaft of hope.

Agony: Kenny Miller was embarrassed by Scotland's defeat to the USA

Agony: Kenny Miller was embarrassed by Scotland's defeat to the USA

As Landon Donovan claimed his hat-trick with 20 minutes remaining, however, the Scots suffered a dismal end to the season in the blistering heat of the EverBank Field in Jacksonville

‘Of course it hurts. It’s an embarrassment, to be honest,’ said Cardiff City striker Miller. ‘If you lose 5-1 at any level of football, there’s an element of embarrassment.

‘We were trying to stem the flow in the first half and got a goal back. At 2-1 we were fortunate but the goals we lost in the second half were terrible.
‘It is a friendly but we’re still disappointed. We have made progress with performances in recent times, but this is a hard one and it still hurts.’

Glimmer of hope: Miller celebrates after scoring with the help of a deflection

Glimmer of hope: Miller celebrates after scoring with the help of a deflection

Admitting the result offered a wake-up call before Serbia visit Glasgow in the opening qualifier of the forthcoming World Cup campaign in September, Miller promised there would be a review of what went wrong.

‘Everyone is proud to be here and disappointed with the result,’ he said. ‘It won’t be brushed off and we will look at this and make sure the openness that was evident in our play in the second half doesn’t get repeated.

‘We’ve played Italy, France and Spain in recent times and have not been carved open like that. It shouldn’t happen with us against any nation.’

The result turns up the heat on Levein ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, for which this match had been billed as a dress rehearsal. Lamenting the loss of several key players for the match, he admitted his team had not been as focused as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

Inquest: Questions are asked between Gary Caldwell and Steven Whittaker

Inquest: Questions are asked between Gary Caldwell and Steven Whittaker

And he sought to reassure Tartan Army followers — worried that the players had looked to be in end-of-season holiday mode in Florida — that his team will improve on their next friendly outing, against Australia at Easter Road in August, before the qualifiers begin in earnest the following month.

‘I think focus is the most important word,’ said Levein. ‘We weren’t as focused as the USA. Our team have been excellent recently, with some great results, and it was most unlike them.

‘With it being the end of the season, the players were tired. It was evident there was only one team who were focused.’

LONDON OLYMPICS 2012: Britain"s women win hockey test event

Next stop gold, girls! Britain's women win hockey's test event with win over Argentina

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13:43 GMT, 6 May 2012

Great Britain's women won the Olympic test event after a bruising encounter with Argentina which did not come without cost.

Leicester defender Crista Cullen scored two second-half penalty corners but went off injured immediately after the second with an ankle problem.

All smiles: Britain's team celebrate after victory over Argentina

All smiles: Britain's team celebrate after victory over Argentina

Main striker Alex Danson later went off with a left shoulder injury and was taken straight to the dressing room for treatment.

Cullen did, however, attend the post-match trophy presentation albeit on crutches.

The only chance of the first half fell to Susie Gilbert but her sliding deflection was turned behind by goalkeeper Laura dell Colle.

Battle: Argentina's Carla Rebecci dribbles the ball as Britain's Emily Maguire tries to block

Battle: Argentina's Carla Rebecci dribbles the ball as Britain's Emily Maguire tries to block

Two minutes into the second half Cullen struck with a low flick and she added the second five minutes later, although got injured in the process.

Danson then left the field in tears after a collision with a defender.
Argentina rarely threatened and GB finished the competition without conceding a goal in all four games.

Fulham 2 Sunderland 1: Cottagers win final game of season

Fulham 2 Sunderland 1: Cottagers still flying high after winning final home game – and they could finish above Liverpool

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15:03 GMT, 6 May 2012

Moussa Dembele scored the winner as Fulham claimed a victory against Sunderland that keeps alive their hopes of a seventh placed finish in the Premier League.

Clint Dempsey put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes, firing home a superb 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Sunderland levelled through Phil Bardsley's excellent 34th-minute strike but Fulham responded immediately as Dembele put the hosts back ahead with a 20-yard strike that took a slight deflection off Michael Turner as it flew home.

More to follow…

Delight: Moussa Dembele is congratulated after scoring

Delight: Moussa Dembele is congratulated after scoring

MATCH FACTS

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Diarra, Dempsey, Dembele, Pogrebnyak.
Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kasami, Senderos, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Kilgallon, McClean, Colback, Cattermole, Gardner, Sessegnon, Ji.
Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Campbell, Meyler, Bramble, Elmohamady, Bendtner.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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QPR 3 Swansea 0: Barton, Mackie and Buzsaky win it

QPR 3 Swansea 0: Rangers clear of the drop after dominant performance

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20:50 GMT, 11 April 2012

QPR upstaged the much-vaunted Swansea with a stunning performance at Loftus Road to hoist them clear of the relegation zone.

Joey Barton opened the scoring in first half injury time when he pounced on a loose ball and snapped a low shot into the bottom corner with the angle narrowing.

It took just 15 minutes of the second half for Rangers to extend their lead, and it was no less than they deserved, despite the controversy surrounding it. Jamie Mackie appeared to collect Anton Ferdinand's pass from an offside position before drilling an effort beyong Michel Vorm with the help of a deflection off Angel Rangel.

And the icing was put on the cake when with the best goal of the night with 23 minutes remaining, Akos Buzsaky firing home from 25 yards out.

More to follow…

On the up: QPR pulled clear of the drop zone with a dominant win over Swansea

On the up: QPR pulled clear of the drop zone with a dominant win over Swansea

MATCH FACTS

Smart Barton: QPR midfielder Joey Barton blasted his side into the lead in the first half

Smart Barton: QPR midfielder Joey Barton blasted his side into the lead in the first half

Pure delight: Barton's capped an impressive reaction to be being dropped late last month

Pure delight: Barton's capped an impressive reaction to be being dropped late last month

Ready, aim... Jamie Mackie appeared to come from an offside position on-route to scoring No 2

Ready, aim… Jamie Mackie appeared to come from an offside position on-route to scoring No 2

FIRE: Mackie's thunderous effort ended the game as a contest

FIRE: Mackie's thunderous effort ended the game as a contest

Spirit: Scott Sinclair tried to lead a Swansea fightback, but QPR stood firm

Spirit: Scott Sinclair tried to lead a Swansea fightback, but QPR stood firm

Corker: Akos Buzsaky saved the best until last as he smashed home the third with more than 20 minutes remaining

Corker: Akos Buzsaky saved the best until last as he smashed home the third with more than 20 minutes remaining

Head boy: The win was a victory for QPR's spirit over and above the intricate football of the visitors

Head boy: The win was a victory for QPR's spirit over and above the intricate football of the visitors

David Moyes surprised at Everton progress

Moyes surprised with Everton progress after overtaking rivals Liverpool

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17:52 GMT, 31 March 2012

Everton manager David Moyes admits his team have exceeded his expectations in lifting themselves to seventh place in the Barclays Premier League.

A 2-0 victory over West Brom, thanks to Leon Osman's shot taking a huge deflection off Gareth McAuley in the 18th minute and substitute Victor Anichebe's strike off the post midway through the second half, took the Toffees above near neighbours Liverpool.

The Reds, who Everton will face in an FA Cup semi-final, have a chance to claw back the initiative at Newcastle on Sunday but Moyes was happy with the effort from his players to get to a position where they can challenge their local rivals.

Rise: Everton have marched up the league table

Rise: Everton have marched up the league table

'If you said to me at the start of the season we would be in seventh with seven games to go I don't think I would have believed you,' said the Scot.

'I am just delighted. If you said to me we would be as close to Liverpool as we were I wouldn't have believed you.

'We are in a stronger position than I felt we would be but the difference has been the boys coming in January – Landon Donovan, Darron Gibson, Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar.

'We have never started the season well but if you finish well it leaves everyone with a good taste in their mouth.'

Since January Everton have gathered important momentum but with a third game in a week Moyes was concerned about his players' fitness.

'I thought there were parts of the game which were very good and parts which looked like we were suffering from mental and some physical tiredness,' he added.

'I was worried about that today as we near enough put out the same boys who won at Sunderland in midweek.

'I thought in the main we did the job. We still needed the second goal and at 1-0 I was deciding to shore it up because I was thinking we didn't have an awful lot left.'

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson felt his side would have done better had they taken a chance to equalise late in the first half when Paul Scharner drew a save out of Tim Howard and Chris Brunt fired the rebound wide off team-mate Shane Long.

One up: The win put them ahead of rivals Liverpool

One up: The win put them ahead of rivals Liverpool

'We missed a cutting edge. We went behind
unfortunately with the deflected goal but were playing quite well up to
half-time and could have had an equaliser,' he said.

'It was going to be very important to keep that going in the second half but the second goal killed that off.

'It gave Everton the confidence they needed to keep the ball and punish us on the counter-attack.

'In the end we were thankful to some very good defending from Jonas Olsson and the goalkeeper (Ben Foster) to keep it to two.'

West Brom are 14th, eight points clear of the relegation zone but Hodgson would like a few more to act as a safety net.

'I think we need about four more points and we've got seven games to get them,' he added.

Impact: Nikica Jelavic has been strong up top for Everton since arriving

Impact: Nikica Jelavic has been strong up top for Everton since arriving

'When you lose it gives you a sinking feeling and I now have to get the players up for the next game against Blackburn.'

Hodgson played down the fall-out between Foster and Peter Odemwingie at a corner late in the game.

'Peter needs to question himself. He wasn't doing the job he was supposed to do,” said the Baggies boss.

'He knew about the short corner, we made it clear before the game, and he didn't do it and didn't like the fact he was told about it.

'In his defence he worked hard in the game and knowing we were staring at a defeat so late in the game sometimes people react.

'It is a storm in a teacup and hasn't had any repercussions in the dressing room, which is most important.'