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Kaid Mohamed steers Cheltenham past Hereford and into Everton third round FA Cup tie

Mohamed's strike books Everton into trip to Cheltenham for third round FA Cup tie



00:55 GMT, 12 December 2012

Kaid Mohamed earned League Two high-flyers Cheltenham a bumper pay-day against Everton after edging a tense FA Cup second-round replay at Hereford 2-1 after extra time.

The substitute flicked home a header from Billy Jones’s cross after 114 minutes to deny their Blue Square Premier hosts a 160,000 windfall.

Mohamed’s finish booked a televised home tie against David Moyes’s men on Monday, January 7.

Hitting the winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) is the toast of Cheltenham

Hitting the winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) is the toast of Cheltenham

Hereford fell behind to a disputed Shaun Harrad penalty in first-half injury time.

The forward profited after Jermaine McGlashan was deemed to have been fouled by right back Andy Gallinagh.

Harrad thumped home but winger Sam Clucas forced an additional half-hour.

Elsewhere, League Two Southend pulled off a minor upset to beat League One strugglers Bury 3-2 on penalties at Roots Hall after a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Zac Thompson's opener was quickly cancelled out by Gavin Tomlin for the Shrimpers.

David Worrall, Troy Hewitt and Mark Hughes all missed spot-kicks for Bury, meaning Southend go through to a third round home tie against Brentford, pending an appeal by Bradford City over their expulsion.

West Brom target NextGen creator – Charles Sale

NextGen creator linked with Albion as West Brom seek to replace Ashworth



23:12 GMT, 3 December 2012

Premier League high-flyers West Bromwich Albion are looking at League One club Brentford for their next technical director to replace the FA-bound Dan Ashworth.

Albion want to give the post to highly rated Mark Warburton, who become sporting director at Brentford in 2011. He is understood to be making his mind up about the offer this week.

Warburton, a former City trader and academy manager at Watford, is best known for being the co-founder of the NextGen series, a burgeoning European tournament for Under 19s heralded as the Champions League for youngsters.

Target: Brentford's Mark Warburton is wanted by West Brom

Target: Brentford's Mark Warburton is wanted by West Brom

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And it will be Warburton’s vision for young players that will have attracted Albion, who have lost Roy Hodgson and Ashworth to the FA in the last year.

Albion chiefs have indicated that they would want their appointment to spend some time working alongside Ashworth before he is released from a contract that runs until next July.

Girl power

Gabby Logan will give girl power within BBC Sport another boost when she replaces John Inverdale as presenter of the BBC’s athletics coverage next year. Logan hosted a couple of Diamond League meetings for the BBC last summer and she impressed enough to be given the position full-time. Ambitious Logan’s bargaining position within the Corporation was helped by her having turned down an approach by BT Sport to anchor their Premiership rugby programmes.

In the running: Jason Leonard

In the running: Jason Leonard

RFU battle

It wouldn’t be Twickenham without an internal battle looming even in the euphoric aftermath of England’s trouncing of New Zealand.

The RFU’s nominations panel have recommended old-school board member John Spencer to be the next vice-president. He would then progress to take over the presidency for the flagship 2015-16 season that includes the next World Cup in England.

However, there is plenty of RFU council support for Jason Leonard, England’s most-capped international, to be appointed for such a showcase year. Leonard has indicated he will stand for election.

Boris on his own

London’s grandstanding mayor, Boris Johnson, was the only dignitary involved in the Rugby World Cup draw yesterday not to take advantage of the huge autocue screen at the Tate Modern venue. Johnson would not have taken much notice of any official International Rugby Board text in any case as he kept referring to the 2015 RWC being in London, rather than England.

New Stratford fears

The bungling over the Olympic Stadium legacy looks likely to cost the troubled venue the chance to be named as one of the 12 stadiums for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

England and Wales were drawn in the same group and Stratford would be an ideal neutral venue for the group game between them. Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium and Wembley would also all be keen to host the match.

The London Legacy Development Corporation are expected to announce West Ham as their preferred bidders on Wednesday. But England Rugby 2015 and the International Rugby Board have serious reservations about the stadium being included in the final World Cup list in March because of myriad issues surrounding the development of the 500million track-and-field arena as a venue for other sports.

No go: The Olympic Stadium is unlikely to be used for the World Cup

No go: The Olympic Stadium is unlikely to be used for the World Cup

The IRB delayed the long-list announcement by a few months in the hope that the Olympic Stadium would be ready in time for the rugby showcase. Wembley has already hosted an England rugby international against Wales, albeit at the old stadium in 1999.

Football in the shade

England’s rugby union and rugby league sides have so far made more use of the FA’s 100m National Football Centre at St George’s Park than the team for which it was intended. Stuart Lancaster’s union squad, who spent a week in Burton before the autumn internationals, are back for another stay during the Six Nations. Roy Hodgson’s footballers have had just two days there since the centre opened and will have a similarly brief visit before February’s friendly international against Brazil.

Altrincham 0 Burton 2 – match report

Altrincham 0 Burton 2: Robins fail to produce upset… but 70k Cup cash eases pain



22:17 GMT, 15 November 2012

Non-League Altrincham departed the FA Cup 70,000 richer but still bemoaning their luck after giving League Two high-flyers Burton Albion another first-round scare at Moss Lane.

Thwarted by a Calvin Zola equaliser in the final minute of added time at the Pirelli Stadium, Blue Square Bet Conference North side Altrincham again took the game to Burton with a slick passing style that belied their relatively modest league status.

Prolific marksman Damian Reeves almost added to his 20-goal tally in only the eighth minute of a lively replay, miscuing a Scott Leather cutback and seeing his close-range effort spin over the bar.

Gone for a Burton: Albion were comfortable winners in the end

Gone for a Burton: Albion were comfortable winners in the end

Jake Moult cleared the bar after being set up by livewire teenager Duncan Watmore in the 20th minute, and, after having much the better of an enthralling first half, there was no sign of any let-up in the Conference side’s quest for an upset.

They created the clearest opportunity so far in the 57th minute and would have gone ahead but for a sprawling save by Mark Oxley from James Lawrie’s low drive.

But as the part-time team began to tire, Burton took full advantage and went ahead with a 64th-minute free-kick from Chris Palmer that caught keeper Stuart Coburn by surprise as it crept inside the near post.

Down and out: But the Robins can console themselves with Cup cash

Down and out: But the Robins can console themselves with Cup cash

Burton finally saw off Altrincham’s brave challenge, and booked a second-round trip to Crewe, with a second goal in the 76th minute, as a slip by Luca Havern allowed Zola to slot home a low cross from Cleveland Taylor.

It was hard on Altrincham, though a 31,900 cheque from ESPN that boosted their Cup takings to around 70,000 provided some consolation.

FA Cup First Round: Macclesfield dump out Di Canio"s Swindon

FA Cup First Round: Macclesfield dump out Di Canio's Swindon


18:01 GMT, 3 November 2012



18:02 GMT, 3 November 2012

Non-league Macclesfield pulled off the biggest shock in the first round of the FA Cup when they won 2-0 at League One high-flyers Swindon.

The Silkmen were not the only non-league side to beat Football League teams with Chelmsford, Hereford and Harrogate also moving into the second round at the expense of so-called superior opposition.

Silkmen strike: Macclesfield's Tony Diagne (left) scores his side's first goal

Silkmen strike: Macclesfield's Tony Diagne (left) scores his side's first goal

Macclesfield are sixth in the Blue
Square Bet Conference Premier and they took the lead in the 63rd minute
through a stunning long-range strike from Tony Diagne.

Things went from bad to worse for Paolo di Canio's Robins when moments later Aiden Flynn was sent off for the second
time in four games when he was given a straight red card for a challenge
on Macclesfield midfielder Sam Wedgebury.

The giant-killing over the team just outside the play-offs was sealed when Louis Thompson scored an own goal at the death.

Conference South team Chelmsford beat Colchester – 12th in League One – 3-1.

The hosts went ahead against their
local rivals when Anthony Cook fired home from distance in the 23rd
minute and they moved closer to an upset when Donovan Simmonds headed
into the net in the 63rd minute.

Pride of Essex: Chelmsford City players celebrate with the crowd following their 3-1 win over Colchester

Pride of Essex: Chelmsford City players celebrate with the crowd following their 3-1 win over Colchester

Colchester pulled one back seven
minutes later through Michael Rose's long-range free-kick but Jamie
Slabber sealed victory late on.

Torquay had an unbeaten home record
which had guided them to seventh in League Two but they went down 1-0 to
Harrogate Town. Chib Chilaka scored the only goal after 20 minutes to
send the Conference North side into the second round.

Hereford, 14th in the Conference
Premier, provided the first shock of the day when they dumped out League
One Shrewsbury 3-1 thanks to two goals by Ryan Bowman.

Will Evans gave the hosts a
third-minute lead, slotting Chris Todd's header into the bottom left of
the goal. Hereford doubled their lead nine minutes later through Ryan
Bowman's fierce shot.

Luke Summerfield's free-kick halved the deficit on the half-hour but Bowman's second, a penalty, wrapped up victory.

Lincoln, 19th in the Conference
Premier, were on the brink of an upset when they led League One Walsall
1-0 thanks to Jamie Taylor's strike in first-half injury time.

However, George Bowerman headed an equaliser three minutes from full time.

League Two Rotherham beat Stevenage,
fourth in League One, 3-2. Mark Bradley (30) fired the Millers ahead
with on-loan Lee Frecklington (53, 56) apparently putting the match out
of Stevenage's reach.

James Dunne pulled one back two
minutes later with Filipe Morais making it 3-2 with a little under 20
minutes remaining but the South Yorkshire side held on.

League Two Chesterfield hammered
League One basement side Hartlepool 6-1. Scott Boden (16), Mark Randall
(29) and Craig Clay (42) gave the Spireites a 3-0 half-time lead.

Terrell Forbes (54) made it four and
while Antony Sweeney pulled one back (78), Jack Lester (79) and Craig
Westcarr (90) rounded off a humiliation for the visitors.

Hendon, of the Isthmian League
Premier Division, threatened an upset when they went ahead at League Two
strugglers Aldershot, plumber Dean Cracknell firing an unstoppable
volley (28).

However, Danny Hylton levelled 13 minutes after the break before he powered home a late winner.

Sheffield United were the
highest-ranked team playing today but the team second in League One were
given a scare when David Clarkson took advantage of some slack Blades
defending to put Bristol Rovers ahead in the fifth minute.

However, Nick Blackman equalised
eight minutes after the break with an unstoppable shot across the keeper
and Chris Porter won the game nine minutes later.

Crawley won 2-1 at the Met Police.
Josh Simpson (36) and Billy Clarke (69) put the visitors 2-0 up and
although Alan Tait pulled one back (83), the Isthmian Premier League
side could not nick an equaliser.

League Two high-flyers Port Vale
survived a comeback at Forest Green when the Conference Premier Division
side hit back from two goals down to pull level at 2-2.

Ben Williamson restored the league side's lead against the run of play 10 minutes from time to give them a 3-2 victory.

League Two leaders Gillingham hammered League One strugglers Scunthorpe 4-0.

There were also wins for League One
sides Doncaster, Notts County, Bournemouth, Brentford, Carlisle, Oldham,
Crewe, Coventry, Preston and Bury.

Cheltenham, third in League Two, despatched Yate Town, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, 3-0.

League Two trio Fleetwood, Oxford
and Accrington all made it through as did Hastings United and Alfreton
from all non-league ties.

There will be replays for York against Wimbledon, Morecambe v Rochdale and Northampton v Bradford.

Guiseley and Barrow will meet again as will Luton and Nuneaton and Mansfield v Slough in all non-league ties.

Martin O"Neill says Sunderland will hit back from their Capital One Cup exit

I don't blame the stay-away fans, but we will bounce back, vows Black Cats boss O'Neill



22:37 GMT, 31 October 2012

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill admits he will understand if club supporters turn their back on his team this weekend.

O'Neill faces former side Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light on the back of Sunderland's disastrous Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

The shot-shy Mackems are struggling to create and score goals and Newcastle striker Demba Ba is their second top scorer behind Steven Fletcher, who has bagged five goals.

Crashing out: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher looks dejected as Middlesbrough celebrate their winner

Crashing out: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher looks dejected as Middlesbrough celebrate their winner

Although they have only lost one league game this season, to champions Manchester City, fans started to turn against O'Neill and his players on Tuesday.

More than 32,000 turned up for the Wear-Tees derby but that was with tickets at a tenner for adults and half that price for kids. Even with another ticket incentive this weekend, O'Neill has acknowledged unhappy supporters may not turn up in their droves on Saturday.

Looking for a reaction: Martin O'Neill says Sunderland will bounce back

Looking for a reaction: Martin O'Neill says Sunderland will bounce back

He said: 'If a supporter chooses not to come on Saturday because he has been disappointed, I cannot tell him otherwise.

'The way I will change his mind about not coming here, if that is the case, is to first of all respond to the cup defeat and secondly to try and engineer some moves from which we can score a goal from and try, because of that, to take away the frustration. That's all but eventually someone deciding to come or not to come, that will be up to him or her.

'We know we have to do more to score goals. We have to look dangerous and when we get the ball in and around the penalty area, we can't either pass the buck or lose it in really good positions. We have got to do better.' O'Neill hopes to have Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner and Danny Rose back at the weekend but defender Wes Brown looks certain to be out for the year after suffering a setback on his road to recover in training.

London Irish 28 Harlequins 31: match report

London Irish 28 Harlequins 31: Casson scrambles last-gasp victory for visitors



18:10 GMT, 28 October 2012

A fortuitous last-minute try from Tom Casson gave defending Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins a remarkable victory over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.

Casson thought he had blown the opportunity in the last play of the game but the television match official ruled that what appeared to be a knock-on had in fact come off Casson's knee, making his subsequent grounding a legal one.

The defeat was harsh on the Exiles who matched Quins throughout and looked destined to claim a vital win behind Ian Humphreys' outstanding kicking display.

Last gasp: Tom Casson scores Harlequins winning try

Last gasp: Tom Casson scores Harlequins winning try

Tries from Danny Care and Tom Williams put Quins clear at 26-19 with just over 20 minutes remaining but back came the Exiles behind Humphreys' boot before Casson's late effort.

Coming into the game Harlequins had lost their last two Premiership encounters while Irish were on a run of three wins on the spin in all competitions, including a 39-17 mauling of high flyers Northampton.

But it was Conor O'Shea's troops who started the brighter and two Ben Botica penalties inside the first 10 minutes had them 6-0 to the good.

Despite Botica putting Quins on the front foot, as he continued to deputise superbly for the injured Nick Evans, it was Irish who scored the game's first try after 14 minutes.

Jamie Gibson expertly charged down Botica's attempted clearance and the ball ballooned up in the air to Guy Armitage over the try line and he simply had to fall over to score the game's first try and his first career Premiership try.

Party time: Harlequins celebrate their win over London Irish

Party time: Harlequins celebrate their win over London Irish

Humphreys slotted the conversion and Irish were in front at 7-6. That lead lasted all of two minutes however until the in-form Danny Care raced clear from halfway after Anthony Watson's hurried offload ricocheted into his hands, and after Botica converted it was 13-7 to the visitors.

The points kept coming in an exciting first half as Humphreys replied with two penalties of his own to level the contest up at 13-13.

Both fly-halves did not really look like missing and another penalty from each kicker meant the sides went in at the break all tied up at 16-16.

It was Irish who took the momentum into the interval though, after Harlequins full-back Brown was sent to the sin bin on the cusp of half-time for a deliberate knock-on.

Sore one: Chris Robshaw

Sore one: Chris Robshaw

After the break the visitors were a man down and without their skipper Chris Robshaw, who suffered a nasty cut above the eye, but they went back in front when Botica slotted a regulation penalty when the Exiles infringed at scrum time.

No sooner had Brown returned from his spell on the sidelines than Irish began to turn up the heat, turning over Ugo Monye from the kick-off and earning a penalty that Humphreys slotted to level it up again at 19-19.

Quins' effervescent backline had been kept largely quiet but after 52 minutes they sprung into action as Care, Botica and Matt Hopper combined to devastating effect to put Williams over in the right corner for the try of the match, Botica's conversion creeping over from the touchline.

The Exiles continued to respond in quick fashion and two Humphreys penalties made it 26-25 going into the last quarter of an hour.

And after Nick Easter was penalised in the 73rd minute Humphreys made no mistake to put the Exiles back in front against the defending champions.

Monye went perilously close in the right corner late on as Quins pushed for the final score, but it was left to Casson.

He may have appeared to knock on when he fell clumsily on a loose ball over the try-line but the TMO thought otherwise and Quins were saved.

Paul di Resta says he has nothing to fear from a Ferrari or Mercedes move

Di Resta insists he has nothing to fear from a move to F1's high flyers



19:06 GMT, 19 July 2012

Paul di Resta is convinced he has nothing to fear from Formula One’s biggest names as speculation linking the Scottish racer to a move to either Ferrari or Mercedes gathers pace.

Di Resta’s consistent and mature performances for Force India since making the step up to Formula One last season have convinced plenty of paddock talent spotters he has what it takes to be a world champion.

And having taken on and beaten the likes of double world champion Sebastian Vettel in the junior categories, Di Resta insists he can do the same at the very top end of motorsport.

Thoughts: Paul di Resta will have to consider his future

Thoughts: Paul di Resta will have to consider his future

Phil Duncan F1 blog

‘I’ve never feared anybody and why
should I’ said the 26-year-old ahead of Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

the end of the day they are all human, I’ve raced against the best of
people in the various classes and beat them.’

It is that attitude which has singled
out Di Resta as a leading candidate to partner Fernando Alonso at
Ferrari should Felipe Massa be shown the door.

He is also in the frame
to replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes if the seven-time world
champion calls it a day for a second time.

Di Resta’s name has even been
mention as a potential candidate for McLaren if Lewis Hamilton opts for
pastures new.

Off track: Di Resta takes his Force India car through a puddle

Off track: Di Resta takes his Force India car through a puddle

Discussing his options, Di Resta
added: ‘Anybody would like to drive for Ferrari at some point in their
life for what they represent in Formula One. With Mercedes, I’ve been
part of that family for a long time. I want to be winning races and
championships, that’s the important thing, the ultimate goal.’

the next two races before the summer break is the immediate goal for
Jenson Button as he aims to arrest a slide which has seen him slip to 79
points behind championship leader Alonso.

‘We have a good chunk of upgrades,’
said an optimistic Button in Hockenheim.

Wave: Di Resta may not be with Force India for much longer

Wave: Di Resta may not be with Force India for much longer

‘We need to up our game; we
need to do a better job. These upgrades should make a difference. If
it’s not enough then we have to keep fighting.

'It doesn’t matter whether
you’re at the front, middle or back you’re going to be giving it your

Robbie Fowler to hold Blackpool talks

Fowler to hold talks with Championship high-flyers Blackpool

Robbie Fowler will have talks with
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston over the possibility of a sensational
return to English football with the npower Championship club.

On Friday it emerged the 36-year-old
former England and Liverpool striker was in training with Ian Holloway's
side with a view to a permanent deal.

On his way back Robbie Fowler last played for Muang Thong United

On his way back Robbie Fowler last played for Muang Thong United

Speaking after the Seasiders' 1-1 draw with with Hull, Holloway confirmed discussions with Fowler were due to take place.

'My chairman has got to talk to the boy himself tomorrow,' he said. 'I don't put pressure on my chairman. I don't understand what Robbie wants, it's none of my business. I've only spoken to him about football.

'I think he knows he could do it, I think he knows he would enjoy it and I think he knows I know he could do it.

'So it's all about him really. I
don't know what he's been paid in the past and I don't know what he's
thinking about now, but I just hope with all my heart that he's the same
as the rest of my lads and wants to come here and work for me and don't
really care about the money.

Hitman: Robbie Fowler (right) was deadly in his prime with Liverpool

Hitman: Robbie Fowler (right) was deadly in his prime with Liverpool

'He might just want to be part of
something that might be special in his life right now, because we might
have a chance of going up again and I think it would be an even bigger
miracle than when we did it before.'

Having seen Fowler at close quarters
this week, Holloway is in little doubt that the striker can still be an
asset at Championship level.

'I still think he's got loads of
mileage in him,' he said. 'Wouldn't that be nice if I took off Kevin
Phillips and popped on Robbie Fowler Am I at Blackpool or not

“He's the first trialist I've ever asked for his autograph!

'The whole place has got a lift. It
wouldn't work if he didn't have that appetite to keep going and keep
playing and keep doing it. He could easily retire if he wanted to. I
love his enthusiasm.'

West Ham want Robert Green to sign new deal

Promotion key to keeping Green as Hammers fear goalkeeper could leave

Robert Green has been offered a 'fantastic' new deal to stay at West Ham next season – providing they get promoted to the Barclays Premier League.

Sam Allardyce's side can reclaim top spot in the Championship tonight with a win over fellow high-flyers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

West Ham's promotion hopes have certainly been boosted by the form of England international Green who has been oustanding of late, impressing in a series of fine displays.

Stay or go: Robert Green's West Ham future depends on the club's promotion fate

Stay or go: Robert Green's West Ham future depends on the club's promotion fate

The Hammers are keen to keep the 32-year-old for the long-term and reward him for staying at Upton Park despite suffering relegation last season.

But co-owner David Sullivan concedes the club won't be able to keep hold of Green should they fail to win promotion at the first time of asking.

Football League blog

'Green's contract is up this summer,' Sullivan said, speaking to political commentator Iain Dale's fanzine blog, West Ham Til I Die.

'We have made him a fantastic offer, subject to us [getting promoted and] staying in the Premier League.

'But if we don't stay in the Premier League, we won't be able to afford him and he won't want to stay. So we have to go up.'

Read the full interview here.

Stevenage 0 Tottenham 0: Spurs held in FA Cup clash

Stevenage 0 Tottenham 0: League One outfit force FA Cup replay after holding drab Spurs

Stevenage have been rewarded with a money-spinning fifth-round replay at White Hart Lane after holding Barclays Premier League high-flyers Tottenham to a goalless draw.

Spurs, who are lying third in the top flight, rarely troubled Stevenage in a display that is unlikely to have pleased manager Harry Redknapp.

More to follow…

Scramble: Spurs and Stevenage are in the hat for the last eight after a goalless draw on Sunday

Scramble: Spurs and Stevenage are in the hat for the last eight after a goalless draw on Sunday


Unusual surroundings: The Premier League club failed to find their feet at League One Stevenage

Unusual surroundings: The Premier League club failed to find their feet at League One Stevenage


Off colour: Bale turned in a disappointing display for Tottenham

Off colour: Bale turned in a disappointing display for Tottenham


Support: Tottenham fans are keen for Redknapp to ignore England overtures and stay at White Hart Lane

Support: Tottenham fans are keen for Redknapp to ignore England overtures and stay at White Hart Lane