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Alex Ferguson electric car: Manchester United boss drives new Chevrolet Volt

After blowing his gasket on Boxing Day, Fergie's new electric car is right up his street…

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13:36 GMT, 31 December 2012

He may have turned 71 today, but Sir Alex Ferguson has never been afraid to modernise, as his latest new signing shows.

The Manchester United manager has been purring about his latest investment, the energy-saving electric Chevrolet Volt.

When running in its near-silent electric mode the Volt has a range of around 50 miles, capable of getting Fergie to and from United’s training ground at Carrington.

Buzzing: Fergie drives his new Chevrolet Volt to training every day

Buzzing: Fergie drives his new Chevrolet Volt to training every day

Blowing his gasket: Fergie loses his cool with referee Mike Dean

Red faced: Fergie loses his cool with referee Mike Dean

CHEVROLET VOLT
Maximum
battery
life performance – with option of charging at home
0-62 mph in 9 secondsCapable of running in pure electric mode for 40-80 km

‘I think the Volt is absolutely phenomenal,’ said Ferguson.

'A
friend of mine drove one in the States and kept going on and on about
it, so when I had the opportunity I said 'yeah I’m going to try it
because it’s the car of the future, really.

'I’m very pleased with it.’

An added bonus for the Scot is that the Volt only attracts a five per cent tax charge, meaning a higher rate taxpayer such as Ferguson will only have to pay 58.25 per month.

Ferguson isn’t the only man connected with United to enjoy cutting down on his carbon footprint.

Ex-United captain Gary Neville speaks proudly of the fact he owns a hybrid car and when he’s not driving his Vauxhall Ampera, he takes the train.

So how long before the rest of the team follow their manager's lead and swap their super cars for hybrid motors

Modest: Fergie's new car will stand in contrast to some of his star players

Modest: Fergie's new car will stand in contrast to some of his star players

Top gear! How Fergie's new car compares to the best of the rest…
Wheely good: Legendary George Best used to drive his Lotus Europa to Old Trafford

Wheely good: Legendary George Best used to drive his Lotus Europa to Old Trafford

All smiles: Brian Clough steps into his car outside his hom after Derby after he was sacked by Leeds in 1974

Moving on: Alan Ball starts up his Ford after being sacked by Blackpool in 1981

Start the car: Late greats Brian Clough (L) and Alan Ball make a getaway in their cars after being sacked by Leeds and Blackpool in 1974 and 1981 respectively

Villa Car Park: The 1983 Aston Villa squad had MG Maestro cars delivered after the club signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Austin Rover

Villa Car Park: The 1983 Aston Villa squad had MG Maestro cars delivered after the club signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Austin Rover

Wheeler dealer: QPR boss Harry Redkanpp is famed for giving interviews in his Range Rover

Wheeler dealer: QPR boss Harry Redkanpp is famed for giving interviews in his Range Rover

Phil Neville plays 500th Premier League game

History boy Neville joins Premier League 500 club as Everton skipper faces Wigan

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 26 December 2012

Phil Neville made history on Boxing Day when he became only the seventh player to make 500 appearances in the Premier League.

The Everton captain’s landmark could have come sooner were it not for surgery to correct a knee problem in November.

He wasn’t going to allow for any further delays. The club advised that Neville, who turns 36 next month, would be sidelined for up to eight weeks following his operation.

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

Fergie's fledgling: Phil Neville was at United from 1995

Fergie's fledgling: Phil Neville was at United from 1995

End/start: Neville left Manchester United in 2005

End/start: Neville left Manchester United in 2005

Skipper: He has led Everton with distinction since 2007

Skipper: He has led Everton with distinction since 2007

NEVILLE IN NUMBERS

19: Seasons in the Premier League… 11 at United and eight at Everton

3: Red cards 82: Yellow cards 9: Goals scored
263: Matches for United 444: starts

MILESTONES

First game: United v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

100th: United v Middlesbrough (May 9, 1999)

200th: United v Southampton (November 2, 2002)

300th: Everton v Tottenham (August 26, 2006)

400th: Everton v Aston Villa (April 12, 2009)

TOP 10 IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

Ryan Giggs 607
David James 572
Gary Speed 535
Frank Lampard 531
Emile Heskey 516
Sol Campbell 503
PHIL NEVILLE 499
Paul Scholes 495
Jamie Carragher 491
Mark Schwarzer 486
*Brother Gary played 400

But the warrior player reported fit for duty against West Ham on Saturday, after just 36 days.

Fondly sometimes known as the quieter brother to Mail on Sunday
columnist Gary, Neville left Manchester United in 2005 – and Toffees
boss David Moyes has more than banked the value of his 3.5million
signing.

This achievement, by its nature,
intimates his best days are behind him. But Neville’s open-minded and
modest approach to his game is shown in the way he is constantly
striving to improve, a credit to footballers of all generations.

And as Moyes observes, it’s a quality he has had throughout his career.

‘People would be amazed by the amount of work and conditioning Phil has put in to get himself right,’ said Moyes.

‘He continually works hard. He is in
every morning at 8.30am, he doesn’t leave until late. The rehabilitation
work he puts himself through — never at any stage does he complain.

‘He just continually pushed himself
to try and get back. The biggest impact that it should have on everyone
is the manner of what he has done.’

In a sparkling career stretching over 19 years, the defender has won virtually every honour in the game.

With six Premier League titles, a
three-time holder of both the FA Cup and Charity Shield and the 1999
Champions League trophy and Intercontinental Cup in the same year, the
titles which have eluded him are of little concern.

Better together: His relationship with David Moyes has helped Everton thrive

Better together: His relationship with David Moyes has helped Everton thrive

In fact, Neville’s illustrious,
10-year spell with Manchester United can account for both the silverware
and his flawless attitude.

Moyes added: ‘It says a lot about
what he’s done. But it doesn’t surprise me because his mentality and his
attitude to the game have been great since he came from Manchester
United.'

Neville has six months remaining on his current contract but there are no clues as to where, or when he career may end.

Pedigree: The midfielder has played for England 59 times, though not since 2007

Pedigree: The midfielder has played for England 59 times, though not since 2007

‘He’s been a great signing,’ Moyes
said. ‘The best person to talk about (the future) is Phil because I’ve
already spoken to him and he just wants to see how his body is.

‘He's just back from a knee operation
and he would be the first one to say that we should just see how his
knee is. I don’t think he sees any great panic in it at this moment in
time.’

While Neville has always wanted to
lift a crown with Everton as a team, this great individual record will
certainly shine on as a highlight.

SPORTSMAIL'S FIVE FAVOURITE NEVILLE MOMENTS
Phil Neville's Manchester United debut v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

Manchester United debut v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

Neville played at right back (right) in the fabled defence that included Bruce, Pallister and Schmeichel, as Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Andy Cole secured a 3-0 win.

Setting up Eric Cantona at St James’ Park (March 4, 1996)

His surge down the left flank and cross for Cantona led to United beating Newcastle 1-0 and the victory gave Ferguson’s side the impetus to go on to win the Premier League title. It was the first of Neville’s six gongs.

Winning goal at Chelsea (February 28, 1998)

Neville has only scored nine goals in his 499 appearances to date but this, in a 1-0 victory, was the pick of the bunch, a bending right-foot effort that gave Dmitri Kharine no chance.

Everton debut v Manchester United (August 13, 2005)

If there were any doubts Neville would
struggle to adjust to life after Old Trafford, they were banished in
his first Everton game. Everton may have lost 2-0 but he was
outstanding.

Season-changing tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo (October 25, 2008)

Everton were in the doldrums when they
faced his old side, and losing 1-0, but a thundering challenge on
Ronaldo (below) altered the course of the game – Everton drew 1-1 – and sparked a
run that carried them to fifth.

Phil Neville's season-changing tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo (October 25, 2008)

Wigan 0 Arsenal 1: Match report

Wigan 0 Arsenal 1: Arteta spot on as Gunners climb back into Champions League places after seeing off Latics

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15:09 GMT, 22 December 2012

Mikel Arteta's penalty proved enough for Arsenal to defeat Wigan and make it three Barclays Premier League victories in a row for the first time since March.

There was very little between the sides and it was the hosts who had the best chance of the first half but it was wasted by Arouna Kone.

The goal came on the hour mark after Jean Beausejour was deemed to have fouled Theo Walcott, much to the anger of the Wigan fans, and Arteta made no mistake.

Singing in the rain: Arsenal's Mikel Arteta celebrates scoring from the penalty

Singing in the rain: Arsenal's Mikel Arteta celebrates scoring from the penalty

Match facts

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Maloney (Gomez 89), McArthur, McCarthy, Jones, Di Santo (McManaman 70), Kone.

Subs: Pollitt, Caldwell, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart

Booked: Maloney

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Ramsey 75), Cazorla (Koscielny 90), Podolski (Coquelin 79), Walcott.

Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Arshavin, Gervinho.

Booked: Wilshere

Goal: Arteta 60 (pen)

Referee: Jon Moss

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The three points lifted Arsenal up to third ahead of Chelsea, who play tomorrow, while Wigan remain in the bottom three and have now taken only one point from their last five games.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger named the same team that defeated Reading 5-2 on Monday, with Walcott again given a chance to impress up front.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was hoping to have a couple of his eight injured players back but it was only James McCarthy who was able to start, with captain Gary Caldwell on the bench.

The Latics started with a flat back four but with McCarthy providing a shield in midfield, particularly against the skills of Monday's hat-trick hero Santi Cazorla.

Rain had poured down all morning but the pitch had held up well and both teams set about playing their similar brands of possession football.

Arsenal had the first chance of the game in the ninth minute when Arteta was allowed time and space to drive forward and play in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right but his shot was well saved at the near post by Ali Al Habsi.
The goalkeeper was making his 100th appearance for the Latics and he was called on again in the 11th minute to beat away a stinging shot from Lukas Podolski.

Going down: Jean Beausejour brings down Theo Walcott in the area

Going down: Jean Beausejour brings down Theo Walcott in the area

Spot on: Arteta makes no mistake with his penalty

Spot on: Arteta makes no mistake with his penalty

In it goes: Arteta sees his penalty go in

In it goes: Arteta sees his penalty go in

All smiles: Arteta is congratulated by Jack Wilshere after his goal

All smiles: Arteta is congratulated by Jack Wilshere after his goal

It was far from all Arsenal, though, and Wigan were more than matching their opponents for neat passing moves.

The frustration for the hosts was they could not turn possession into chances, with both Ronnie Stam and Beausejour having a crossing off day.

Wigan's pace up front certainly had the potential to trouble Arsenal, who were playing a high line, and Kone timed his run to perfection in the 24th minute to collect Franco Di Santo's through ball.

Eyes on the ball: Lukas Podolski competes with Ronnie Stam

Eyes on the ball: Lukas Podolski competes with Ronnie Stam

There was nothing Per Mertesacker could do but, with only Wojciech Szczesny to beat, Kone dragged his shot horribly wide.

Arsenal were getting increasingly frustrated at their failure to break down what has been a porous Wigan defence this season. Emmerson Boyce was playing a captain's role in the absence of Caldwell and a shot from Walcott was one of many blocks.

Four minutes before half-time Jack Wilshere entered referee Jon Moss's book for a sliding challenge on Shaun Maloney but it was harsh on the midfielder who appeared to time the tackle to perfection.

Tracking back: Wigan midfielder James McCarthy vies with Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Tracking back: Wigan midfielder James McCarthy vies with Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam at the DW Stadium

Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam at the DW Stadium

Oxlade-Chamberlain had been quiet in the first half but he began the second in fine fashion and his pull-back set up Walcott for a shot from 10 yards that Al Habsi blocked with his arm.

It was a fine save from the Oman international but Walcott really should have scored.

The England international was the key man when Arsenal did break the deadlock after an hour, though, as Moss judged Walcott was pushed by Beausejour in the area.

It was a clumsy challenge by the Chile international and Arteta was coolness personified from the spot, sending Al Habsi the wrong way.

Getting there first: McCarthy challenges Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and wins the ball

Getting there first: McCarthy challenges Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and wins the ball

Wigan needed firing up and the home fans' displeasure with Moss certainly achieved that.

With 20 minutes to go, the Latics twice tested Szczesny, first Maynor Figueroa sending in a low skidding shot and then Kone drawing a block from the Pole after doing very well to cut in from the left.

Szczesny was then a spectator a couple of minutes later as James McArthur set up David Jones on the edge of the box for a shot that flew just wide of the upright.

Stam finally found a decent cross in the 82nd minute but it was stabbed clear by Mertesacker with Kone waiting for a tap-in, and two late appeals for handball in the area were turned down to complete a thoroughly frustrating afternoon for the hosts.

Gary Cahill will not be given extra ban by FIFA for red card in Club World Cup

Cahill returns to Chelsea duty on Sunday as FIFA decide not to hand him further ban

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00:09 GMT, 20 December 2012

Gary Cahill is available for Chelsea’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday after FIFA opted against adding matches to his ban for being sent off in the Club World Cup final.

The decision means the defender, fined around 3,370 by FIFA for being dismissed against Corinthians, served his one-game suspension against Leeds on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup.

Off you go: Gary Cahill was dismissed in the Club World Cup

Off you go: Gary Cahill was dismissed in the Club World Cup

Chelsea did not need him as they romped to a 5-1 victory over their old rivals.

Another boost for Chelsea comes with skipper John Terry close to making his return from a knee injury.

Bobby Zamora could return from injury a month ahead of schedule

Zamora boost for QPR, but striker will face struggle as Redknapp targets new signings

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19:45 GMT, 19 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers striker Bobby Zamora is hopeful of a return from injury ahead of schedule and believes he is only 'four to five weeks' away.

The striker suffered a hip injury back in November and had surgery that was expected to keep him out until at least February.

Speaking to the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk, Zamora said: 'I'd like to think I'll be back available in the next four or five weeks.

Recovery: Bobby Zamora could return from injury 'four or five' weeks earlier than was expected

Recovery: Bobby Zamora could return from injury 'four or five' weeks earlier than was expected

'I had an operation three weeks ago and an now working on getting fit. My fingers are crossed for a smooth recovery.'

The 31-year-old has not featured for QPR since a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City on 10th November.

The hip injury was expected to keep him out until the end of February but he is progressing well and could be back as early as next month.

Window: New QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to strengthen in the January transfer window

Window: New QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to strengthen in the January transfer window

However, with new boss Harry Redknapp rumoured to be interested in several players in the January window, Zamora may find it hard to regain his place in the team.

Former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Joe Cole are reported targets, as is Celtic hitman Gary Hooper who already has 13 goals this season.

QPR target Joe Cole

QPR target Gary Hooper

Targets: Harry Redknapp is rumoured to be preparing bids for Liverpool's Joe Cole (left) and Celtic's Gary Hooper as well as ex-Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka

Martin Kaymer wins Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City

Former world No 1 Kaymer shines in Sun City to secure first title of the year

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16:17 GMT, 2 December 2012

Martin Kaymer survived a late wobble to hold on for his first title of the year with victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.

The overnight leader bogeyed the 15th hole to see his advantage at the top of the leaderboard cut to one stroke by South Africa's Charl Schwartzel but held his nerve the rest of the way to prevail by two strokes.

Kaymer finished on eight under par overall, with Schwartzel at six under and American Bill Haas alone in third, three strokes further back.

Long wait: Kaymer won his first title of the year in Sun City

Long wait: Kaymer won his first title of the year in Sun City

Long wait: Kaymer won his first title of the year in Sun City

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen began the final round just one stroke behind Kaymer, but a 74 saw his challenge run out of steam and he ended in fourth place on two under, one stroke ahead of defending two-time champion Lee Westwood of England, who carded a 73.

Scotland's Paul Lawrie, the leader after the second round, went over par for the second day running as he managed 74 to finish in sixth place overall.

Kaymer famously sank the putt that ensured Europe retained the Ryder Cup earlier this year, but on a personal level this season has been a disappointment for the German.

And he admitted that as the opportunity to finally break his year-long victory drought edged closer, nerves began to tell.

Clinging on: Kaymer bogeyed the 15th hole

Clinging on: Kaymer bogeyed the 15th hole

Clinging on: Kaymer bogeyed the 15th hole

'It was always tight,' Kaymer told reporters.

'Charl played a great round of golf and I was telling (my caddie) that I need a win. I need a win in 2012.'

Rainy conditions on the final day at Gary Player Country Club were in keeping with the previous three, meaning yet again that scores were kept in check by the weather.

No-one shot better than 69 all week, and that mark was again achieved by Kaymer on Sunday having also managed a three-under total over the second round.

The German began in positive fashion on Sunday, hitting a brilliant eagle on the second only to see his hard work erased with a double-bogey at three.

Birdies at nine, 10 and 11 took him clear of the pack again, although Schwartzel's birdie on the 14th trimmed the lead to one.

Swinging in the rain: Schwartzel made a late bid for the title

Swinging in the rain: Schwartzel made a late bid for the title

Swinging in the rain: Schwartzel made a late bid for the title

Kaymer hacked his way out of the rough to make an unlikely birdie on 14 and take his lead back out to two, but a bogey at the next meant the pressure stayed on.

Schwartzel's victory bid finally stuttered as he committed his first bogey of the day at the 17th, as Kaymer made par the rest of the way to close out an overdue victory.

'I'm very happy to finally win this year, that was the most important thing for me, because I was practising very hard,' Kaymer added.

'I played very well the last few weeks and months, but it just did not happen for me on the golf course.

'I said to Craig, my caddy, we have to win one tournament every year and this is our last chance. Fortunately we could bring it home.'

Nedbank Challenge: Paul Lawrie grabs halfway lead at Sun City

Lawrie grabs halfway lead at Sun City but Kaymer and Westwood lurk

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19:32 GMT, 30 November 2012

Scotland's Paul Lawrie is the one-shot leader at the halfway stage of the Nedbank Challenge, with his three-under-par 69 giving him the edge at Sun City.

The Ryder Cup winner takes the slenderest of advantages into the third day, with Martin Kaymer a shot behind.

Four players then trail on one under; Bill Haas, Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, with two-time defending champion Lee Westwood on level par.

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie shot a second round 69 in testing cconditions in the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie shot a second round 69 in testing cconditions in the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie shot a second round 69 in testing cconditions in the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Behind him is Peter Hanson (one over), before a real gap to the rest, with Carl Pettersson three over, Nicolas Colsaerts and Garth Mulroy four over and finally, Justin Rose, a further four shots back.

It was a horror day for the Englishman, a seven-over 79 not amongst his finest rounds, but Lawrie will at least sleep easy tonight after his 69.

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Round one – Colsaerts puts Ryder Cup pals in the shade to lead

He could have signed for an even better score too, with a bogey on the 15th-hole par four stopping him from registering the outright best round of the day.

Kaymer also carded a 69 consisting of five birdies and two bogeys, while Westwood, looking for a third successive win at the event, was left to rue a bogey and a double-bogey six at the par-four 16th as he ended one over for the day.

He had little on compatriot Rose, though, whose score was heavily undermined by a triple bogey on the par-four third. Lawrie's controlled round was all the more impressive considering the wind which ripped around the course.

In the chase: Lee Westwood (above) and Martin Kaymer (below) in action at the Gary Player Country Club

In chase: Lee Westwood (above) and Martin Kaymer (below) in action at the Gary Player Country Club

In the chase: Lee Westwood (above) and Martin Kaymer (below) in action at the Gary Player Country Club

Save for a couple of close shaves with the putter, he could have done even better.

'I played nicely, I struggled a bit with the driver so I hit a lot of three-woods off the tees. I hit my three-wood pretty far, but I also hit a lot of good shots with my irons. The greens are a little slower and I left a few putts out there,' he said.

'The wind was swirling, and it was quite difficult. It was chopping and changing – a little bit like Augusta. It is difficult to get the distance right this week, but so far we only got a couple wrong so we've done okay.'

In such a compact field, though, he knows he has little time to relax.

'The leaderboard is pretty damn packed, and pretty close together,' he added. 'There is still a lot of golf to play and a lot of time for guys to come back who struggled in the first two days. So far, so good for me, but there is still a long way to go.'

Wigan 3 Reading 2: match report:

Wigan 3 Reading 2: Gomez hat-trick spares Al Habsi blushes for horror gaffe

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16:56 GMT, 24 November 2012

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17:14 GMT, 24 November 2012

Hat-trick hero Jordi Gomez spared goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi's blushes with an injury-time winner to earn Wigan three much-needed points against Reading at the DW Stadium.

The Royals arrived in the north west fresh from their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season against Everton and took the lead in the 35th minute through Sean Morrison's first top-flight goal.

But Gomez turned things around in the second half with a brace and that looked to be that until, 10 minutes from time, Al Habsi dropped a half-blocked shot from Hal Robson-Kanu on to the bar and the ball then hit him and went in.

Point made: Reading's Sean Morrison celebrates after his opener but it wasn't enough

Point made: Reading's Sean Morrison celebrates after his opener but it wasn't enough

Match facts

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis (Lopez 48), Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Jones (McArthur 82), Beausejour, Gomez, Kone, Maloney (Si Santo 45). Subs not used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie.

Goals: Gomez 58, 68, 90+2

Booked: McCarthy, Jones

READING: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb (McCleary 72), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Roberts (Pogrebnyak 83). Subs not used: Taylor, Mariappa, Hunt, Harte, Cummings.

Goals: Morrison 35, Al Habsi 80 (og)

Referee: Howard Webb

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It was a hammer blow for Roberto
Martinez's injury-hit side, but Gomez had the last laugh two minutes
into added on time to lift the Latics five points clear of the
relegation zone.

Wigan were forced into three changes,
with captain Gary Caldwell, midfielder Ben Watson and striker Franco Di
Santo all injured, although the latter was fit enough for a place on
the bench.

After defeats by West Brom and
Liverpool Wigan needed to get back on track and they should have been in
front in the 12th minute when Jean Beausejour swung in a lovely cross
on to the head of the unmarked Arouna Kone, but he somehow headed wide
with Adam Federici beaten.

Reading had offered little in attack, but they began to look a threat when they sent balls into Wigan's box.

Adam Le Fondre was the match-winner
last weekend with both goals against Everton and he twice headed just
wide, first from Nicky Shorey's corner and then a Jobi McAnuff cross.

Diving in: Shaun Maloney (right) challenges Reading's Jobi McAnuff

Diving in: Shaun Maloney (right) challenges Reading's Jobi McAnuff

Wigan were still in the ascendancy,
though, and Kone missed another chance in the 24th minute when he tried
to walk the ball in but a combination of Federici and Shorey clearing
off the line denied the Ivorian.

At the other end Reading won a
free-kick when Robson-Kanu was fouled by James McCarthy, who was booked,
25 yards out and Al Habsi gratefully grasped the ball at the second
time of asking after it looked like Shorey's effort had gone through
him.

And the full-back was the architect
when the visitors did take the lead in the 35th minute. Robson-Kanu was
felled by McCarthy again, this time on the left byline, and Shorey's
curling free-kick was powered home by Morrison.

Defending high balls has been a real
weakness for Wigan and it would have been a source of huge frustration
for Martinez that none of his players attacked the ball.

Heading for Reading: Morrison (top right) powers home the opening goal

Heading for Reading: Morrison (top right) powers home the opening goal

And the frustration grew as they
missed another great chance in the 39th minute, this time Gomez jinking
his way into the box but shooting over with only Federici to beat.

Di Santo came on for Shaun Maloney at
half-time and the Argentinian almost scored with his first touch after
he was played through by Gomez, but Federici tipped the shot round the
post.

It was a lively start to the second
half and, after the ever-busy Le Fondre saw a shot well blocked by Ivan
Ramis eight yards out, Gomez volleyed over the bar at the other end.

Rising high: Morrison (centre) gives Ali Al Habsi no chance

Rising high: Morrison (centre) gives Ali Al Habsi no chance

Going down: David Jones (top) clatters into Reading's Jay Tabb

Going down: David Jones (top) clatters into Reading's Jay Tabb

There were yet more problems for
Martinez when Ramis was forced off to be replaced by Adrian Lopez, but
in the 58th minute they were level.

Di Santo was again involved,
crossing from the left, and, although Federici saved Gomez's first
effort, he could not hold it and the Spaniard tucked away the rebound.

Wigan were on a roll and Federici
again spilled a shot from Ronnie Stam, but this time he pounced on the
loose ball just in time.

It takes two to tango: James McCarthy (left) and Jason Roberts try to keep their balance

It takes two to tango: James McCarthy (left) and Jason Roberts try to keep their balance

Reading were playing on the break
now, but they were almost back in front in the 62nd minute when
Robson-Kanu crossed and Le Fondre flicked a header towards the corner
only for Al Habsi to fling out a hand.

Wigan had not recovered a single
point from losing positions all season, but they thought they were ahead
when Beausejour crossed for Di Santo to tap in only for a linesman's
flag to cut short the celebrations.

They did not have to wait long,
though, as in the 68th minute Beausejour sent in another peach of a
cross and Gomez grabbed his second with a textbook diving header.

It was Gomez's first Premier League
start since his red card at Sunderland in September and he was certainly
making a case for more regular inclusion.

make mine a double: Jordi Gomez (right) dives to head home Wigan's second

make mine a double: Jordi Gomez (right) dives to head home Wigan's second

The most important thing was the
Wigan were on course for three points, but that all changed in the 80th
minute with one of the most bizarre goals of the season.

Robson-Kanu's shot spun high up into
the air off a Wigan defender but Al Habsi seemed in control as the ball
dropped back down.

However, a combination of the spin
and the wet ball contributed to it slipping through the keeper's grasp,
hitting the bar before going in off the Oman international.

Gomez almost grabbed his hat-trick
goal moments later only to see his shot deflected just wide, but the
Spaniard did have the last word in injury time when he drilled in a
pull-back from Kone, much to the relief of his goalkeeper.

Jordi joy: Gomez (right) celebrates with James McArthur after completing his hat-trick

Jordi joy: Gomez (right) celebrates with James McArthur after completing his hat-trick

Ryan Shawcross: I want to become England regular

I'm here to stay! Shawcross wants regular England berth… despite wait for first cap

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13:57 GMT, 13 November 2012

Ryan Shawcross was always confident he had what it took to get into the England squad, but now he hopes to prove he has what it takes to stay there.

Shawcross earned his third call-up to the national team for tomorrow’s friendly with Sweden and he will win his first cap if Roy Hodgson opts to give him a run-out in Stockholm.

Although he has yet to feature for the senior team, the Stoke defender admits he is starting to feel comfortable in the England set-up and is now looking to become a permanent feature at international level.

England hopeful: Shawcross has now been included in three squads

England hopeful: Shawcross has now been included in three squads

He told FATV: 'It’s always good to come away with the national team and now I’ve been a few times I’m starting to feel at home.

'If you're playing well, you get noticed. At Stoke last year, we played in Europe and that got us a few headlines.

'On a personal note, if I’m doing okay and being consistent, then I always felt that I had enough to hopefully break into the England squad and luckily enough I have done, so I want to stay in it.

'There’s a lot of experienced players ahead of me and it's up to me to perform well in training. Hopefully I can play well when I get a chance.'

The 25-year-old, who was handed his first call-up by Fabio Capello in 2010, could have had the opportunity to represent Wales but insisted chose England.

'When I was a schoolboy, I played for Wales because I went to school in Wales but when I turned 16, there was a rule that said I couldn’t play for Wales,' he said.

'But in recent months, that rule changed and I could play for Wales again. But I decided years ago I wanted to play for England and I spoke to Chris Coleman, and Gary Speed before that, and made it clear that I wanted to play for England, so there was never any choice really.'

Friendly fire: Gerrard will secure his 100th cap when he plays against Sweden

Friendly fire: Gerrard will secure his 100th cap when he plays against Sweden

Gary Cahill: Lifes like a whirlwind at Chelsea

Cahill: Life's like a whirlwind at Chelsea, but I'd settle for a few more 1-0 victories

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23:23 GMT, 9 November 2012

As Gary Cahill paused momentarily for breath in Chelsea's thrilling 3-2 win over Shakhtar Donestk on Wednesday night he thought: 'Wow! They're coming at us and we're going at them.'

'For the neutral it was great to watch,' says the Chelsea and England defender with a smile, 'but I'd rather not have that.'

Cahill's yearning for the simple satisfaction of a straightforward 1-0 win is understandable.

Like a whirlwind: Gary Cahill (left) wants Chelsea to be more solid at the back after recording six clean sheets in 18 games

Like a whirlwind: Gary Cahill (left) wants Chelsea to be more solid at the back after recording six clean sheets in 18 games

Preparing: Cahill was in training on Friday ahead of Liverpool's visit

Preparing: Cahill was in training on Friday ahead of Liverpool's visit

Chelsea have managed it only once this season, against Stoke City, one of only six clean sheets they have kept in 18 games.

Manager Robert Di Matteo admits that he feels tense watching Chelsea's increasingly open style of play, so how must Cahill feel when he sees fellow centre half David Luiz charging up the pitch

'There are times when you look and things might not be as tight, or you're feeling a bit more exposed than normal,' he says, tactfully.

'We have some defensive midfielders who sit in there, which really helps.

'But sometimes when you do play so attacking, against an attacking team, you are going to get hurt.

'That's probably where we need to be a bit more disciplined, but without taking anything away from our attacking players because their first thought is to go forward and try to score and hurt teams.

'It's hard to get that balance. With the players we've got, if we were winning 1-0 would people be happy with that Or are they happy with the way we're playing this season It's entertaining.'

Few could argue with that. Since his 7million move to the capital last January, Cahill has entered what he calls a 'whirlwind' – otherwise known as life at Chelsea FC.

The 26-year-old has had to adapt to an existence where finishing sixth in the Barclays Premier League 'wasn't good enough', every game is 'huge' and the expectation is 'massive'.

That is just on the pitch; never mind the apparently never-ending sequence of events unfolding off it.

Crazy: It took Victor Moses' last-ditch goal to seal victory for Chelsea over Shakhtar

Crazy: It took Victor Moses' last-ditch goal to seal victory for Chelsea over Shakhtar

Tough work: Chelsea were lost their lead on Wednesday and had to battle hard for the victory

Tough work: Chelsea were lost their lead on Wednesday and had to battle hard for the victory

WATCHING BRIEF

CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL

Kick-off: 4pm Sunday.

TV: LIVE on Sky Sports 1.

Referee: Howard Webb.

But any suggestion that Cahill was hoping for a sleepy life in Surrey is quickly dispelled.

The theme that comes through after he meets members of the armed forces at the club's Cobham training base (above) is that this is where he wants to be: in the thick of it, trying to cement his place for club and country and win trophies.

He has been at Chelsea less than a year, but is already the proud owner of Champions League and FA Cup medals.

'It could have been very different,' he admits, had he chosen Tottenham, or if Arsenal had agreed a fee with Bolton.

As the January transfer window neared its conclusion, Cahill had to make a quick decision and opted for Stamford Bridge.

He says: 'Being a northern lad and coming down here I thought I might be a bit lost, but I've enjoyed it. My family have settled well.

'It's a short career so you should go where you need to go. At the time I moved I was playing in the Premier League week-in, week-out, so the next step was to go somewhere where you're going to try to win things.

Opportunities: With John Terry retiring from international football, Gary Cahill could make the centre back position his own

Opportunities: With John Terry retiring from international football, Gary Cahill could make the centre back position his own

Opportunities: With John Terry retiring from international football, Gary Cahill could make the centre back position his own
BRIDGE OF PROFITS
Laura Williamson

Chelsea have announced profits of 1.4million for last year – the first time they have made money in the Roman Abramovich era.

Success in the Champions League has seen turnover increase by 30m to 225m.

A statement said: 'The 1.4m profit contrasts with a loss of 67.7m in the previous financial year and puts the club in a strong position to comply with UEFA financial fair play criteria.' LAURA WILLIAMSON

'The risk was that there were great players here – you've got David Luiz, who was captain of Brazil not long ago, and JT (John Terry) who has been captain for England and Chelsea for years and years. So you're not going to walk straight in.

'But you've got to take that risk. It's not very often you get the chance to come to a big club and try to win things.'

Cahill has expressed frustration this season about Di Matteo's preference for rotation but he insisted on Friday that it is necessary to keep the squad fresh.

Terry's ankle injury and fourmatch suspension might have something to do with Cahill's change of heart.

His absence means Di Matteo has selected Cahill and Luiz more than any other defensive partnership.

Cahill, though, says he finds himself in a strange situation when it comes to Terry.

The former England captain's withdrawal from international duty has boosted Cahill's chances of starting for his country, yet it could potentially hinder the younger man's chances of playing regularly at club level.

'It is strange,' admits Cahill, 26. 'It's not like JT has come out of the England frame just as I'm getting in – I've been in for the last couple of years.

'But it's a chance for me because you're missing a fantastic player like JT in the England set-up, an established leader who, when available, will always play.

Eyes on Roberto: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has said he will continue to rotate his centre backs, including David Luiz, Cahill and Terry

Eyes on Roberto: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has said he will continue to rotate his centre backs, including David Luiz, Cahill and Terry

'I spoke to him about it. He supports me and I think he wishes me well with England.'

With 'established leaders' such as Terry and Rio Ferdinand no longer in Roy Hodgson's thinking, it is clear Cahill sees this as the perfect opportunity.

'England have always been blessed with good centre backs,' adds Cahill. 'It's been difficult to get in, but playing here at Chelsea, and getting opportunities, that's given me a chance.

'It's all up in the air again now, isn't it But it's an opportunity. The door's open there for someone to come in and bed down a position.'

Before England's friendly against Sweden on Wednesday, however, Liverpool come calling at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

London calling: Luis Suarez and Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday

London calling: Luis Suarez and Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday

Chelsea, like all 20 Premier League clubs this weekend, will wear poppies on their shirts, which will then be auctioned off to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Cahill smiles as he admits he might have to explain the significance of the red flowers to some of his foreign team-mates, but seems sincere as he discusses the importance of marking Remembrance Sunday after meeting servicemen and women at Cobham.

'Some are based here for the next two or three years and some are going off, March until December,' he says.

'They come back for Christmas. It's real life. It must be crazy. I can't imagine what that would be like. They deserve a lot of respect.'

Suddenly Chelsea's frailties do not seem so serious after all. Chelsea FC will mark Remembrance Sunday by supporting the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

Gary and his team-mates will be donating their match shirts, embroidered with the Poppy, to raise funds for the charity. To find out more and how to bid visit www.chelseafc.com on Sunday.