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Edin Dzeko delighted to score for Manchester City again

Dzeko delight after striker ends goal drought to keep City's title dream alive

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko was always confident he would rediscover his goalscoring touch.

The 27million Bosnian ended an 11-game goal drought with the winner in the Barclays Premier League leaders' 1-0 win at Wigan.

Dzeko began the season in blistering form, with 13 goals in 14 appearances, but his recent barren spell had attracted criticism and fuelled speculation over his future.

Delight: Edin Dzeko (R) celebrates with Manchester City team-mate Stefan Savic (L) after scoring the opening goal

Delight: Edin Dzeko (R) celebrates with Manchester City team-mate Stefan Savic (L) after scoring the opening goal

'It was just a matter of time,' the 25-year-old told City TV.

'It is always like this. Sometimes you score a lot of goals, sometimes you can't score even from a 100 per cent chance.

'But that is football. I am happy for me and happy for the team that I scored again and we won the game.'

Heads, you win: Dzeko's brilliant header was enough to secure all three points for City

Heads, you win: Dzeko's brilliant header was enough to secure all three points for City

Dzeko's 22nd-minute header at the DW Stadium lifted City back into a three-point lead at the top of the table.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart was also pleased to see the former Wolfsburg forward back on the scoresheet, even though he had not been worried about his form.

'We're not interested in what is said outside the club,' said Hart.

Hart stopper: Joe Hart was yet again in wonderful form to keep City's title bid on tack

Hart stopper: Joe Hart was yet again in wonderful form to keep City's title bid on tack

'We are very much a team unit and we are very much rooting for Edin to do well.

'We are over the moon for him. That is the kind of thing he does and it is no fluke he scored those goals at the start of the season.'

Thierry Henry wants to play Tottenham

Bring on Spurs! Henry hopes to extend loan to play against north London rivals

Thierry Henry says it would be a ‘dream’ to play in the Champions League again or sample another north London derby.

Henry’s loan spell at Arsenal could be extended to allow him to face Tottenham at the Emirates on February 26 after playing in the first leg of Arsenal’s last 16 tie against AC Milan 11 days earlier.

Welcome return: Thierry Henry scored 10 minutes into his second Arsenal debut

Welcome return: Thierry Henry scored 10 minutes into his second Arsenal debut

He said: ‘It would be a dream to be part of a team playing in the Champions League or playing against Tottenham. But just running along the track to warm up (against Leeds) was crazy.

‘I’m just trying to take it all in. That’s something that I didn’t do enough of when I was here before. You know how it is, you come here every three days and you don’t enjoy it like you should.’

Familiar: Henry had a healthy habit of scoring in the North London Derby

Familiar: Henry had a healthy habit of scoring in the North London Derby

Henry has insisted he has only returned to ‘help out’ but says he is excited about the possibility of playing with Robin van Persie.

The Gunners’ leading goal-scorer was rested for the 1-0 FA Cup win against Leeds but will return to face Swansea on Sunday.

Henry said: ‘You ask any player if they want to play with Robin van Persie and they will tell you “yes”.’

Newcastle 10 Exeter 16: Falcons cast further adrift

Newcastle 10 Exeter 16: Falcons cast further adrift after yet another defeat

Drop goal: Mieres seals the win late on

Drop goal: Mieres seals the win late on

Exeter took a major step towards Aviva Premiership safety with a hard-fought win at beleaguered Newcastle Falcons.

The victory should be enough for the Chiefs to concentrate on pushing on for a top-six spot, but Newcastle probably should start planning for life in the Championship.

They remain well adrift at the foot of the table but did squeeze a losing bonus point out of the game with Tim Swinson's converted try two minutes from time.

The Chiefs led 10-0 at half-time after an opportunist try from scrum-half Haydn Thomas as Newcastle's habit of starting slowly and gifting tries struck again.

Fly-half Ignacio Mieres kicked the conversion and added penalties either side of half-time plus a drop goal four minutes from the end to see the Chiefs cruising at 16-3 until Swinson's late strike raised a few doubts.

Gopperth converted the close-range try to add to his second-half penalty to clinch a bonus point for the Falcons at 16-10, but it came too late.

He's behind you! Will Welch goes to tackle Jason Shoemark

He's behind you! Will Welch goes to tackle Jason Shoemark

There was simply no-one at home when Thomas scampered through a yawning gap on the 22 and the scrum-half was never going to be caught, and Mieres' conversion made it 7-0 after 10 minutes.

The Falcons did have a couple of chances, the best midway through the half when Jeremy Manning just failed to get on the end of a Gopperth kick through, but they were on the back foot for the rest of the first half as their line-out misfired again and they failed to look after the ball when they had it.

Gopperth missed a long-range penalty and while they had the lion's share of possession, Exeter failed to make it count against some top-class Newcastle tackling.

The Falcons coughed up the ball once again in their own half and conceded a penalty which Mieres slotted right on half-time for the Chiefs to lead 10-0 at the break.

Sinking: Newcastle look set for relegation

Sinking: Newcastle look set for relegation

Gopperth kicked a penalty within a minute of the restart but Mieres was on target as well two minutes later.

And when Gopperth missed two difficult penalties in three minutes and the Falcons made a mess of three attacking line-outs in the Chiefs 22, it was hard to see Newcastle getting anything out of the game at all.

There was a brief flurry sparked by Suka Hufanga's weaving run, but once again Newcastle's inability to protect the ball ended any hopes of a score.
With six minutes left Mieres slotted his drop goal after some patient phases from the Exeter forwards.

Newcastle finally found some edge to their play and Swinson barrelled through followed by Gopperth's quickly taken conversion but it was not nearly enough.

Liverpool v Oldham live

FA CUP LIVE: Liverpool v Oldham – follow the action from Anfield as it happens

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Liverpool kick off the third round action when they host League One side Oldham at Anfield. The Reds are strong favourites to overcome Paul Dickov's side as they look to better their exit at this stage of the competition last season. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Liverpool 0-0 Oldham (8pm)

Click here for all the goals as they go in

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher,
Coates, Aurelio, Gerrard, Spearing, Maxi, Shelvey, Bellamy, Kuyt.
Subs:
Doni, Carroll, Henderson, Downing, Adam, Skrtel, Flanagan.

Oldham: Cisak, Lee, Mvoto, Diamond,
Taylor, Adeyemi, Wesolowski, Furman, Scapuzzi, Robbie Simpson, Kuqi.
Subs: Bouzanis, Black, Morais, Smith, Tarkowski, Parker, Mancini.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

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6min: Fair play to the visitors who are giving this a go, but they are meat and gravy for Craig Bellamy so far who has been unlucky not to see two excellent crosses buried in the back of the net. It's cliche time – this is a typical cup tie with its end-to-end start.

3min: Great chance for Oldham in the opening exchanges with Luca Scapuzzi just failing to control the ball inside the box, otherwise he had an open goal to shoot at.

Kick-off: Oldham get us going.

20.01: And before we get underway, there will be a minute's applause for Gary Ablett who passed away this week.

19.58: Teams are out with Oldham in their change black strip.

19.55: A few dotted red seats around the ground but considering it's a Friday night and not a 'glamour' tie, there is quite a few home fans inside.

And around 6,000 Oldham fans, I wonder how many of them also went to their last trip here in 1993.

19.50: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is handed his first start since late October as manager Kenny Dalglish names a strong team for their FA Cup third round tie at home to Oldham.

Injury-plagued left-back Fabio Aurelio makes his first appearance of the season as the Reds make eight changes from the side which lost at Manchester City on Tuesday.

Oldham make four alterations from their 1-1 draw at Chesterfield, the most significant being the recall of striker Shefki Kuqi at the expense of Monday's goalscorer Matt Smith.

19.43: The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted a certain Mancini on the bench tonight, Roberto it is not though.

However, it is his son Andrea, with the 19-year-old on loan from Manchester City.

What a story it would be if he could come off the bench and steal the show.

After City's 3-0 win over Liverpool earlier this week, Dalglish would have just about had enough of the Mancini clan should the youngster do so.

19.38: Some more stats, this will be the sixth cup meeting between the two teams and the fourth in the FA Cup…Liverpool have won them all.

Way back when: Liverpool's Ian Rush (left) evades a high challenge the last time the teams met at Anfield in 1993

Way back when: Liverpool's Ian Rush (left) evades a high challenge the last time the teams met at Anfield in 1993

19.35: How time flies by the way. The last time these sides met, it was a Premier League game.

Liverpool won 3-0 at Boundary Park 18 years ago, while the last Anfield meeting in October 1993 resulted in a 2-1 win for the Reds.

The Latics were relegated that season and the top flight hasn't seen them since.

19.30: And the full team news from Anfield:

Liverpool v Oldham
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Aurelio, Gerrard, Spearing, Maxi, Shelvey, Bellamy, Kuyt. Subs: Doni, Carroll, Henderson, Downing, Adam, Skrtel, Flanagan.

Oldham: Cisak, Lee, Mvoto, Diamond, Taylor, Adeyemi, Wesolowski, Furman, Scapuzzi, Robbie Simpson, Kuqi. Subs: Bouzanis, Black, Morais, Smith, Tarkowski, Parker, Mancini.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

19.27: Oldham starting XI:

Cisak, Lee, Mvoto, Diamond, Taylor, Adeyemi, Wesolowski, Furman, Scapuzzi, R Simpson, Kuqi.

19.24: Of course that will appear to limit how much damage Paul Dickov's side can do tonight. Could they repeat Northampton's shock upset from last season at Anfield It's going to be an uphill task for the League One side.

19.21: I'm surprised just how they strong that Liverpool team is. No one can accuse Kenny Dalglish of treating this competition with disrespect on that starting XI. Good to see Steven Gerrard starting as well.

19.18: Liverpool starting XI:

Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Aurelio, Spearing, Maxi, Gerrard, Shelvey, Kuyt, Bellamy.

19.15: It is one of the best days in the football calender – the third round of the FA Cup.

Well, it was until they decided to play it over half-a-week, but that doesn't take the shine off it for me.

First up is potentially the biggest shock of the round as Oldham visit Liverpool for our sole Friday night game, will this set the tone for the weekend Team news on the way.

Back in business: Steven Gerrard starts his first game since returning from injury

Back in business: Steven Gerrard starts his first game since returning from injury

Chelsea have let standards slip – Frank Lampard

Lampard: Chelsea have lost ground in the title race because we let our standards slip

Goal hero Frank Lampard admits Chelsea can only blame themselves for slipping out of the Barclays Premier League title race after claiming they have 'dropped their standards' in recent weeks.

The veteran midfielder also warned it is vital the Blues retain the team spirit built during a decade of success if they are to stay a major force and challenge again for honours.

Lampard arrested a slump which saw Chelsea take just three points in four games in December when netting last night's last gasp winner at Wolves – his ninth goal of the campaign.

Saviour: Frank Lampard rescued three points for Chelsea at Wolves on Monday

Saviour: Frank Lampard rescued three points for Chelsea at Wolves on Monday

It moved Chelsea back into the top four after Arsenal's shock defeat against Fulham.

Lampard said: 'If you don't play well enough then you don't get results. It's difficult now. You saw Blackburn against (Manchester) United, Sunderland against (Manchester) City.

'Teams aren't mugs. They're all set up very well and, if you're not at your very best, you won't win games.

'The brutal fact is that we haven't been at our best since the renaissance of beating Valencia, in the Champions League, and Manchester City – good performances against top teams.

Poacher: Lampard pounced in the 89th minute to prod home the winning goal

Poacher: Lampard pounced in the 89th minute to prod home the winning goal

'But we dropped our standards again.'

When asked for the reasons behind the slump, Lampard said: 'It's a mixture of things. Once you lose little bits, and get a couple of bad results, trying to turn that corner becomes even harder.

'Sometimes it takes a result like this against Wolves but we must carry on from here and keep that winning mentality, that fight and that desire.

'You saw that when the tackles were flying in during the first half. We stayed with it and we got what we deserved.'

There has been speculation suggesting Chelsea's players have been questioning Andre Villas-Boas management style.

But Lampard said: 'The team spirit's okay, I just think that when you're losing games it's the first thing people look at.

'That takes the big players in the dressing room and everyone collectively to stand up and make a difference which I think we did against Wolves.

'That has to be there. It's something we've prided ourselves on at Chelsea for many years. It won us titles and won us a lot of things.

'It's something we can't lose. If you do lose that, then you can't be at the top.

Relief: The win at Molineux eased the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas (centre)

Relief: The win at Molineux eased the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas (centre)

'People have envied what we have got and, when you have that, you have a chance of winning things.'

Lampard has struggled to hold down a regular spot this season but believes he will be at his best when playing week in and week out.

He said: 'It was very important for me to get 90 minutes in. I'm at my best when I play regularly.

'I've been fortunate to do that for a long time here. When I am playing 90 minutes, I feel I am getting my levels up to where I want to be.

'That's when you can make your runs into the box late in the game and get a winning goal. I hope now to keep contributing to the group and move us up the table.

Bouncing back: The result was much needed after the defeat to Aston Villa

Bouncing back: The result was much needed after the defeat to Aston Villa

'After a very bad day at the office two days ago (against Aston Villa), it was great to get an opportunity to play again and put it right.'

Lampard is adamant his relationship with the Chelsea fans remains as strong as ever after more than a decade at Stamford Bridge.

He said: 'These fans have been amazing for me for the last 11 years, from the moment I joined the club. They're part of my life now.

'You have certain tough times in your career. This isn't the first – and it might not be the last – but they're always there.

'The ovation they gave us at the end was reciprocated by me. They know how much they mean to me and it's the same both ways.'

Robin van Persie says he loves London

Van Persie: I love London and watching my kids grow up here

Robin van Persie has given his biggest hint yet that he wants to stay at Arsenal when his contract ends in 2013.

The Arsenal captain, who Saturday finished one shy of equalling Alan Shearer”s 36-goal tally for a calendar year, has yet to sit down with Arsenal to talk about extending his deal.

It has encouraged Manchester City, who hope to sign him in a 30million deal at the end of the season.

Van the man: Van Persie celebrates his goal against QPR

Van the man: Van Persie celebrates his goal against QPR

Londoners: Van Persie and wife Bouchra

Londoners: Van Persie and wife Bouchra

And, though Arsenal are ready to offer Van Persie a club-best 150,000-a-week deal to keep him, Van Persie will not hold contract talks with chief executive Ivan Gazidis until the summer, and he has previously spoken about his frustration at the club”s failure to win major trophies.

But the Holland striker, who has two young children with his wife Bouchra, has revealed that his ideal future would be to remain in London.

He said: “We love the life in London and I enjoy watching my kids grow up here. They grow up like the English kids with good manners and values of England.

The place where welive, just outside the city, is fantastic. We have everything we want.

“The English people are so incredibly polite where I live. People are nice here. That makes life a real pleasure.

“My children have become more English than Dutch. They have taken up the culture and values of England.

“It makes me melt at times when I see how well my children are doing here. When Shaqueel has half-term with school, he does not want togo back to the Netherlands any more.”

Van Persie has also paid tribute to Arsenal fans in an interview with a Dutch newspaper, saying that listening to them chanting his name is among his biggest thrills.

Golden touch: Van Persie scores his 35th Premier League goal of the year

Golden touch: Van Persie scores his 35th Premier League goal of the year

“That is the biggest compliment I could wish for,” he said. “Arsenal fans are real lovers of the game.

“They don”t miss a thing. I like the banners, everything they do. When I come on to the pitch, I hear them chant.

“At Arsenal the fans so want me to do well. And that gives me a kick. That”s what I do it for. As a thank you, I want to give them so much in return in matches.”

Despite the departure of team-mates and friends Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, Van Persie says he is confident about the club”s future.

“No player here is bigger than the club. Arsenal will always come first. Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Dennis Bergkamp used to be the players who people came to the stadium for.

Hero

Hero”s return: Tony Adams salutes the Emirates crowd

“They thought there would be nothing once they had done. But here, at Arsenal, everyone can see that young talent grow into new stars.

Look at Theo Walcott, look at Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. Young players are given the opportunity to grow and develop.”

Van Persie took over the captaincy at Arsenal when Fabregas left for Barcelona last summer and has already been compared with legendary Gunners skipper Tony Adams.

“I feel flattered but Tony Adams was by far the best captain Arsenal have had. If he could return in some capacity, I will be the first man to support this. He is the perfect example of a born winner.”

Marc Albrighton scores 20,000th Premier League goal

Aston Villa winger Albrighton scores 20,000th Premier League goal

Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton pounced to score the 20,000th goal in Premier League history on Wednesday night.

Albrighton scored the landmark goal against Arsenal at Villa Park. He will be given 20,000 by sponsors Barclays to donate to the charity of his choice.

Enlarge Landmark goal: Mark Albrighton scores the 20,000th goal in Premier League history

Landmark goal: Mark Albrighton scores the 20,000th goal in Premier League history

The new landmark comes as the Premier League prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Even for those of us who often find ourselves reminding others that football enjoyed a rich history before 1992, we have to admit the Premier League era has been an unforgettable one for the game.

It”s inevitable at this time that we will reflect on some other landmarks too. It was Brian Deane who scored the very first goal in the Premier League, as Sheffield United beat Manchester United in August 1992. Many wondered if Sir Alex Ferguson would ever win the title with United at that time. He”s managed to win a few since then, of course.

Where it all began: Brian Deane scores the first goal in the Premier League for Sheffield United against Manchester United in 1992

Where it all began: Brian Deane scores the first goal in the Premier League for Sheffield United against Manchester United in 1992

Les Ferdinand, the popular striker that was rather fittingly nicknamed “Sir Les”, then scored the 10,000th goal for Tottenham against Fulham in 2001.

Just one question: who will score the 3,000th goal And what on earth will football look like then

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That”s 10,000: Les Ferdinand scores a landmark goal for Tottenham against Fulham in 2001

Billy Sharp 3m release clause to leave Doncaster Rovers

Sharp heads for Rovers exit as chairman Ryan announces 3m release clause

Doncaster Rovers have announced that striker Billy Sharp will be available to any club willing to stump up the 3million transfer fee.

Sharp took his goal-tally for the season to nine in 15 appearances with his double against Leicester City on Saturday.

And Rovers chairman John Ryan concedes it will be hard to keep Sharp at the club and expects the likes of Southampton and Ipswich to make renewed bids to sign him.

Sharp stuff: The Rovers forward can leave if 3m release clause is triggered

Sharp stuff: The Rovers forward can leave if 3m release clause is triggered

“I don”t know whether we can keep Billy here,” said Ryan. “There has been a lot of loose talk and idle chatter surrounding the lad, so I want to set the record straight once and for all.

“When the window opens on January 1, Billy”s contract with Doncaster Rovers will include a release clause priced at exactly 3m.

“Lots of clubs are circling. Southampton and Ipswich made previous bids. Anybody who matches that new figure can talk to Billy.

“Obviously, we don’t want to lose the lad at this vital stage when we are fighting to retain our Championship status.

“I”ve given my word to Billy, though. We have a gentlemen”s agreement and any final decision on a move is down to Billy himself.”

Michael Carrick will accept Sir Alex Ferguson punishment

Fine by me! Carrick will accept Fergie punishment after abandoning midfield to score

Michael Carrick was ready to pay any fine Sir Alex Ferguson imposed on him after vacating the Manchester United midfield to score his first Barclays Premier League goal for almost two years.

Carrick sealed Sunday”s 2-0 win at QPR with a 30-yard run and 20-yard shot ending a top-flight goal drought that went back all the way to December 2009.

United boss Ferguson feigned anger after the game that Carrick had been so adventurous, saying: “He”s supposed to sit in the middle of the pitch – I maybe have to fine him.”

Solo vision: Carrick ran from his own half to score United

Solo vision: Carrick ran from his own half to score United”s second at QPR

Carrick also saw the funny side, admitting: “I”m happy to pay it if I score goals like that.”

The 29-year-old added: “The last time I scored a goal from inside my own half was probably when I was playing Under 12s!

“It just seemed to open up for me and I kept on going and going and thought: “Why not”. It was great to see it go in.”

The goal was a relief for Carrick and his team-mates after United squandered a glut of gilt-edged opportunities to add to Wayne Rooney”s 53rd-second opener.

“We had so many chances in the game, so many opportunities to get a shot on target,” Carrick added.

“I was starting to wonder if it was going to be one of those days. So I was delighted to see it go in, though, even if the run seemed to take forever.”

Carrick was partnered once again by Phil Jones, who missed several chances to score himself as he continued his transformation from defender into makeshift midfielder.

Ferguson said: “He”s only 19 years of age, Phil. He”s got tremendous potential and he”s got great energy, which you saw.

Net result: Carrick wheels away as Rooney celebrates the goal (below)

Net result: Carrick wheels away as Rooney celebrates the goal (below)

Net result: Carrick wheels away as Rooney celebrates the goal (below)

“He was up and down the pitch, making fantastic runs through the middle.
He could”ve scored two or three himself. He”s hit the post and goes through in the first half and the goalkeeper”s had a good save.

“His energy”s really important to the team at the moment.”

Ferguson was also delighted to be able to name the fit-again Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov on the bench, especially the former, who became the latest United player to make a surprise recovery having seemingly been ruled out for several weeks.

Ferguson, who was expecting more injured players back soon, said: “It”s good to have those two players back and Rafael”s training now.

“He just needs a game maybe in the reserve team. It”s getting a little bit better.

“Obviously we”d like to have Anderson and (Tom) Cleverley back, of course, and a couple of others. But, in the main, we”re pleased with what we”ve got at the moment.”

Know your place: Fergie has said he may have to fine Carrick

Know your place: Fergie has said he may have to fine Carrick

Opposite number Neil Warnock also has his injury problems and spoke afterwards about needing to sign two or three more players in January.

A top-class goalscorer looks a priority for a side who are now just three points above the drop zone.

DJ Campbell was still hoping he could be that man despite missing a glorious chance after coming off the bench.

“Maybe the next chance I”ll put away,” he said, admitting Rangers needed to bounce back in their upcoming matches.

“This was a bonus game. The next two games against Sunderland and Swansea are key games for us.”