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Kevin Nolan broken foot: West Ham captain faces to months out

Hammer blow! Crocked skipper Nolan faces eight weeks out with broken toe

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Andy James

PUBLISHED:

08:40 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:14 GMT, 28 February 2013

West Ham have been dealt a huge blow with the news that captain Kevin Nolan faces two months on the sidelines after suffering a broken toe.

The midfielder, 30, limped off after just 35 minutes during Monday night's 3-2 London derby defeat by Tottenham at Upton Park following a clash with Mousa Dembele.

Nolan now faces an agonising wait to discover his fate after Hammers assistant boss Neil McDonald confirmed this morning that the club have not yet learned the results of his scan.

Tough luck: Kevin Nolan (left) tackles Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham before going off injured

Tough luck: Kevin Nolan (left) tackles Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham before going off injured

The former Bolton and Newcastle star will definitely miss this
weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke and it is reported, by
The Sun, that he may have to wait for two weeks to find out if he can
make it through the rest of the campaign with
pain-killing injections.

McDonald said: 'We're still waiting for the results to come back, his toe is very, very sore.

'He's had problems in the past with it, all season really. And he got a real good kick on it.

'So I'd imagine he won't be available for Saturday and then we'll see how the results come back and see where he's at.

'As I said, he has had problems with his foot all season, and he has been playing through the pain barrier. It's probably worse than it has been with him having the kick right on it.'

Despite a fine start to the season,
the east London club's form has suffered an alarming slump with just one
win in their last seven league games.

Sam Allardyce's side, who promotion
from the Championship at the first time of asking last season, have
slipped to 14th in the table and are just six points clear from the drop
zone.

But defender James Collins insists relegation has not been mentioned.

We are looking up and onwards,' the Wales centre half told the club's official website.

'There are more tough matches coming
up, but we have a great squad and great team spirit. We have to go to
Stoke and give it a good go and I feel we have more than enough in the
team to do that.

'The way we started the season showed
what we are capable of. We are training hard, we want to win every game
and that is no different against Stoke, who we know will be tough on
their own ground.

'But I strongly believe if we keep playing the way we are playing, the results will come.'

Getting involved: Nolan is an important player for the Hammers and now faces missing many of their remaining fixtures

Getting involved: Nolan is an important player for the Hammers and now faces missing many of their remaining fixtures

Track Cycling World Championships: Laura Trott looking to repeat Olympic omnium win over Sarah Hammer

Trott looking to repeat Olympic omnium win over dangerous American Hammer

Olympics bronze medallist Annette Edmondson fourth, just one point further back.

Trott is attempting to win an incredible sixth title at a major championships in the space of just 24 months.

Contender: Sarah Hammer, who Trott beat to the title at London 2012, leads the Brit by five points

Contender: Sarah Hammer, who Trott beat to the title at London 2012, leads the Brit by five points

She finished third in the flying lap before she came home 10th in the points race, leaving her needing to perform well in the elimination.

Trott, whose boyfriend Jason Kenny was dumped out of the sprint in disappointing fashion last night, duly won but Hammer was the last rider to go out.

Newcastle are still interested in West Ham defender James Tomkins

Hammers braced for fresh bids from Newcastle for defender Tomkins

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 31 December 2012

Newcastle are continuing to show interest in West Ham defender James Tomkins.

The 23-year-old was the subject of a series of failed bids from Alan Pardew last year and West Ham are braced for a fresh bid before the end of the month.

Hammer Toon: West Ham defender James Tomkins is wanted by Newcastle

Hammer Toon: West Ham defender James Tomkins is wanted by Newcastle

The Hammers, meanwhile, are maintaining interest in Southampton striker Rickie Lambert but fear Nigel Adkins will not sell until the summer.

And former Southampton striker David Connolly has signed a one month contract with Portsmouth. The 35-year-old was a free agent.

West Ham and QPR lead chase as Anelka begins talks to cancel Shanghai Shenhua contract

West Ham and QPR lead chase as Anelka begins talks to cancel Shanghai Shenhua contract

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 17 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers and West Ham are waiting to speak to Nicola Anelka as he seeks to cancel his contract with Shanghai Shenhua.

The Chinese club confirmed today that negotiations are underway with the Frenchman keen to return to England.

Anelka, 33, joined Shanghai from Chelsea
in the last January transfer window but has struggled to settle despite
even enduring a spell as caretaker coach.

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

The talks to cancel his contract have encouraged QPR and West Ham but have also alerted other Premier League suitors who were initially wary that Shanghai would demand a fee for Anelka in January.

Reports are suggesting he is willing to give up the final year of his contract, reputedly worth around 7million, on the proviso that Shanghai grant him a free transfer.

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka - who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka – who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka - who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Anelka was joined in the Far East by former team-mate Didier Drogba after the Ivorian decided to leave Stamford Bridge, however Shanghai could only finish ninth in the league.

Shanghai spokesman Ma Yue said: 'The discussion is between the club and himself, I don't know about the specific details. But so far we haven't got the final result.'

Cut your losses: Reports suggest Anelka is willing to forfeit the last year of his contract

Cut your losses: Reports suggest Anelka is willing to forfeit the last year of his contract

Steve Clarke defends his West Ham performance

Credit crunch struck a Hammer blow when I was at West Ham, says Clarke

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

Steve Clarke has defended his record working alongside Gianfranco Zola at West Ham, claiming the credit crunch was responsible for the Hammers' narrow relegation escape.

West Brom's boss will welcome Sam Allardyce to the Hawthorns on Sunday, the first time he has faced his former club as a manager in his own right.

Clarke left the East End club shortly after David Sullivan and David Gold assumed control. His first season working alongside Zola saw the Hammers finish in ninth. He remains adamant that circumstances beyond his control were responsible for the subsequent fall.

Flying high: Steve Clarke is performing well at West Brom

Flying high: Steve Clarke is performing well at West Brom

'The new owners came in, assessed what they had to do,' he said. 'And they did exactly that.

'If you look at it, we weren't making progress. The first season we finished in the top ten, the second, we didn't.

'There were extenuating circumstances for that. When Gianfranco and I went into the job it was on the promise that we would always have money to spend in the transfer window and we could try and push into the top six.

'Within a fortnight of arriving at the club, the world was hit by the credit crunch and the Icelandic owner, Bjorgolfer Gudmundsson, lost his bank.

'The circumstances changed completely. After that, there was a gradual erosion of the squad and it was an achievement just to keep West Ham in the Premier League that year.

'But the job was good for me personally because I'd come out of Chelsea where success was part and parcel of the season.

'Then I went to a club where it was more difficult, you had to find different ways to motivate players.

'You had to find different ways to get results on a Saturday, which is what we were judged upon.'

Fortune's always hiding: Clarke with Gianfranco Zola during their spell at West Ham

Fortune's always hiding: Clarke with Gianfranco Zola during their spell at West Ham

Clarke welcomes Sam Allardyce to the Black Country, saying that there is more to the Hammers than just route one football.

'I think what's been said is unfair,' he added. 'They try to be positive, try to put balls in the box and try to score gals. You can become stereotyped. I think that's the case with Sam.

'They play good football – when they are allowed to. If it needs to be a scrap, they can have that, too.

'Whatever type of game it is, they will be ready for it. But I can assure them that we will too.'

West Ham appear on The Simpsons, series 24 episode 7 "The Earth Stood Cool"

Hammers hit the big time as first Premier League club to be immortalised on The Simpsons

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11:45 GMT, 11 December 2012

West Ham have had their fair share of 'D'oh' moments over the years. But now they are the first ever Premier League club to be immortalised in the award-winning cartoon, The Simpsons.

Despite last weekend's defeat by Liverpool, the newly-promoted Hammers have made a promising start to the season.

And it seems that the efforts of Sam Allardyce's side have not gone unnoticed across the pond after the club were given a surprise mention on the legendary comedy show.

Hammer time: West Ham made a surprise appearance on the latest episode of The Simpsons

Hammer time: West Ham made a surprise appearance on the latest episode of The Simpsons

Action replay: Bart and Lisa are amazed to find a West Ham banner in the Bohemian room of new neighbour, T-Rex

Action replay: Bart and Lisa are amazed to find a West Ham banner in the Bohemian room of new neighbour, T-Rex

In the seventh episode of the current – and 24th – series, titled 'The Day The Earth Stood Cool', Bart and Lisa are amazed to discover a 'West Ham United' banner as they enter the Bohemian bedroom of new neighbour, T-Rex.

While the famous Castle crest is included, the east London outfit's traditional claret and blue colours are replaced with green and gold.

The Barclays Premier League club were thrilled by the appearance and tweeted: 'West Ham United were delighted to be featured in The Simpsons episode “The Day The Earth Stood Cool”!'

One stunned Hammers supporter, VeniceHammer, wrote on the Knees Up Mother Brown forum: 'At first I was a bit outraged since they got the colours so completely wrong, but then I guessed it was at least cool to be named in such a well-known TV show.

'Maybe it's all part of the plan for a re-branding after moving to the Olympic Stadium!'

Although there are no posters of the likes of Carlton Cole, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan in T-Rex's room, West Ham can consider themselves among an elite list of celebrity guest stars on the show.

Making their Mark: West Ham are the first Premier League club to be immortalised on the hit American cartoon show

Making their Mark: West Ham are the first Premier League club to be immortalised on the hit American cartoon show

Tony Blair, Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsey and Sting are some of the notable British A-listers to have appeared in Springfield, along with other sporting greats including the Williams sisters, LeBron James and Oscar De La Hoya.

Cristiano Ronaldo('oh) featured in a skit during the 'Marge Gamer' episode alongside Homer Simpson, two years ago before the 2010 World Cup.

The Portugal and Real Madrid superstar delivers his trademark wink to the camera after nut-megging Homer on his Springfield doorstep.

Viva Espana: The Simpsons paid tribute to Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning team

Viva Espana: The Simpsons paid tribute to Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning team

The Spain World Cup winning-side were also immortalised by creator Matt Groening last year.

Cesc Fabregas tweeted a picture of his team-mates and wrote: 'How handsome [Carles] Puyol looks in this caricature of the Simpsons… ooooooohhhhhhhhh! Moooc moooc!'

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Chris Robshaw may lose Lions place, says Warren Gatland

Tough ruck for Robshaw: Lions skipper He's struggling to make the squad, says Gatland

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UPDATED:

01:02 GMT, 29 November 2012

As if Chris Robshaw hasn't suffered enough already this week, the England captain was dealt another hammer blow on Wednesday: to his Lions hopes.

The 26-year-old Harlequins flanker has had to endure criticism and scrutiny after England's defeat by South Africa last Saturday.

His decision to go for goal from a late penalty was questioned on the field and has been widely debated ever since.

Tough ruck: Chris Robshaw could lose his Lions place in the Lions squad

Tough ruck: Chris Robshaw could lose his Lions place in the Lions squad

For Robshaw, it has been an uncomfortable peek into the downside of captaincy but now his playing credentials have been called into question – by a man he would be hoping to impress.

Warren Gatland named Robshaw as a Lions captaincy contender when he became head coach in September but the Kiwi suggested that, far from being a potential skipper for the Australia tour, Robshaw may lack the specialist skills to be selected at all.

After England's defeat by the Wallabies on November 17, when visiting No 7 Michael Hooper put in a man-of-the-match display, there was fresh talk about England's lack of an out-and-out openside.

Gatland continued that theme: 'Sometimes they struggle for a genuine No 7. I know Chris (Robshaw) has been doing that role and people speak really strongly of his leadership qualities.

Hard week: Robshaw has endured a great deal of criticism this week

Hard week: Robshaw has endured a great deal of criticism this week

'The hard thing about the English game now is the way it's being very dominantly refereed towards the attacking side, which often makes it difficult for a genuine No 7 to get himself in the game.

'So you can go in there with sixand- a halves or sixes. We saw that with Leicester playing (Thomas) Waldrom at seven as well and being able to get away with it. Just watch how quickly referees are calling “ruck, hands off, leave it alone”.

'I think if they get that balance and allow the sevens to be more aggressive and compete legitimately, that's going to help develop more No 7s.

'You need genuine sevens going to Australia. You need sevens who are competing hard on the ball and being effective. It's not just about Pocock – it's Hooper and Gill as well (Wallaby opensides). They are all three quality No 7s.'

Wrong call: Robshaw had a tough decision to make during England's defeat against South Africa

Wrong call: Robshaw had a tough decision to make during England's defeat against South Africa

Wrong call: Robshaw had a tough decision to make during England's defeat against South Africa

Another factor working against Robshaw is that Wales skipper Sam Warburton, the early frontrunner for the Lions captaincy, is a No 7 with a poacher's instinct.

While the Cardiff player has been striving for form in a difficult summer tour Down Under and on into this season, Gatland yesterday offered him words of encouragement after an improved showing against New Zealand.

'I was pleased last week with Sam,' he said. 'He had been under a bit of criticism and I thought he was outstanding against the All Blacks. I thought he carried strongly in the second half.

'I spoke to Sam after the game and told him, “I thought you did a really good job on McCaw”.

'He said, “I didn't feel McCaw was a real threat at the breakdown. He was just a real nuisance in terms of slowing down the game, how quickly he gets back to his feet”.

'He said (David) Pocock is a different animal – he floats around the back, sees an opportunity and competes really hard on the ball. That was a pleasing conversation – Sam identified the difference in sevens he was playing against.'

Gatland has to appoint his assistant coaches, to be unveiled on December 12 in Edinburgh. Then comes a reconnaissance trip to Australia, to assess training venues and other logistics.

'The captaincy issue is the tough one at the moment,' he said at the launch of the adidas Lions shirt.

Bouncing back England are hoping to recover from defeat against the Springboks

Bouncing back England are hoping to recover from defeat against the Springboks

'Ideally, you are saying it is someone guaranteed selection for the Test side, but you are looking at the strength in certain positions; there is no guarantee in that.

'Someone like Jamie Heaslip has captained Ireland in the last couple of games – that puts him in the frame as well. There are a lot of potential options. It's a really interesting debating point but I don't think it's something we should get too hung up about.'

One issue Gatland is avoiding is the home nations' poor results against the southern hemisphere.

'We might not be as strong as we can be,' he said, 'but we'll be ready when we need to be.'

Meanwhile, England's reserve fly-half Owen Farrell is a shock nomination for the International Rugby Board player of the year award, with France No 10 Frederic Michalak and New Zealand's McCaw and Dan Carter.

Wigan 3 Reading 2: match report:

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

PUBLISHED:

16:56 GMT, 24 November 2012

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UPDATED:

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

Liverpool 2 Young Boys 2: Joe Cole strikes – match report

Liverpool 2 Young Boys 2: Joy for Joe but Reds need Italian job to avoid elimination

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00:54 GMT, 23 November 2012

They can’t do it any other way. Liverpool’s European history is littered with dramatic last gasp wins and, after a haphazard night at Anfield, another is required.

For much of an entertaining contest with BSC Young Boys, it appeared that Brendan Rodgers’ side would secure the victory to guarantee their progress to the round of 32 with a game to spare but, once again, profligacy and carelessness proved to their undoing.

Hammer blow: Young Boys' Elsad Zverotic takes off his shirt in celebration of his late wonder strike

Hammer blow: Young Boys' Elsad Zverotic takes off his shirt in celebration of his late wonder strike

Back in business: Joe Cole struck Liverpool's second and set up the opener

Back in business: Joe Cole struck Liverpool's second and set up the opener

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom (Gerrard 31), Skrtel, Carragher, Downing, Suso (Suarez 60), Sahin, Henderson, Cole (Sterling 76), Shelvey, Assaidi.

Subs not used: Jones, Jose Enrique, Coates, Allen.

Goal: Shelvey 33, Cole 72.

Young Boys: Wolfli, Sutter, Nef, Veskovac (Ojala 23), Lecjaks, Zverotic, Farnerud, Zarate, Schneuwly, Nuzzolo, Bobadilla.

Subs not used: Mvogo, Gonzalez, Vitkieviez, Costanzo, Frey, Doubai.

Booked: Zverotic.

Goal: Bobadilla 52, Zverotic 88.

Att: 37,810

Ref: Alon Yefet (Israel)

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As a result, Liverpool will head to Udine
on December 6 knowing that a win is required to guarantee progress to
the knockout stages. Liverpool have never fallen at the Europa League
group stages before and if that fate befalls them now, they will only
have themselves to blame.

Cruising after goals from Jonjo
Shelvey and Joe Cole either side of half-time, lapses in concentration
enabled Raul Bobadilla and Elsad Zverotic to profit spectacularly and
left Rodgers lamenting the naivety of Liverpool’s play.

‘We led twice in the game and missed a
hatful of chances,’ grumbled Rodgers. ‘To concede goals like we did was
very disappointing. The players gave everything against a very good
side. But when you get 2-1 up with two minutes to go, you have to show
better game management.

‘Now it is simple enough. We have got to get a good result (against Udine). We wanted to qualify here but it wasn’t to be.’

Any sense that this would be a
procession for Liverpool was quickly expunged.

Open sesame: Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock with this header

Open sesame: Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock with this header

Take that: Raul Bobadilla blasted in a superb strike to level the scores at 1-1

Take that: Raul Bobadilla blasted in a superb strike to level the scores at 1-1

Surprise: Bobadilla's celebrates the strike which upset Liverpool's apple cart (and below)

Surprise: Bobadilla's celebrates the strike which upset Liverpool's apple cart (and below)

Delight: Young Boys celebrate

Three times in the first
five minutes the visitors threatened Pepe Reina’s goal; Gonzalo Zarate
went close with an overhead kick, while Raul Bobadilla and Raphael
Nuzzolo both made Reina work.

Liverpool’s response was impressive. A
neat back flick from Shelvey sent Cole scampering through but he
scuffed his shot wide. Jordan Henderson shot straight at Marco Wolfli
after another good move. The passing and movement was, at times,
excellent.

Central to it all was Cole. It is no
secret he faces a mammoth task to salvage his Liverpool but his attitude
and application here could not be faulted. Always buzzing around the
box, demanding the ball and trying to make Liverpool play, he was
constantly involved and, fittingly, created the opener.

After exchanging passes with Suso on
33 minutes, the former England man darted into the area and his deft
clip into the centre, over goalkeeper Marco Wolfli, was met by Shelvey,
who had the simple task of nodding in from four yards.

This was as good as Cole has played
for Liverpool and he almost created a second on the stroke of half-time
for Suso but came good himself in the 72nd minute when finishing a move
that had involved substitutes Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez. It was his
first in Liverpool Red since April 2011.

‘Joe gave everything,’ Rodgers
acknowledged. ‘He is still not 100 per cent (fit) but he was much better
in offensive part of the game. He was bright and clever.’

If only the same could have been said
of Liverpool’s defending.

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While there was no disputing the quality of
the strikes from Bobadilla and Zverotic in the 52nd and 89th minute
respectively, the way they came about left Rodgers aghast.

The second
equaliser, especially, was greatly lamented.

‘We get the chance to shoot at one end
of the field but then you see us walking back,’ said Rodgers. ‘They
(Young Boys) work their way through unchallenged and score with a shot
from the centre of the goal. It is disappointing. We did not need to
commit at that stage.’

But they will have to commit in Italy. It is, after all, the only way they can be sure to progress.

Driven home: Cole fires in Liverpool's second goal... but it did not earn them a win

Driven home: Cole fires in Liverpool's second goal… but it did not earn them a win

Early swap: Steven Gerrard came on

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Early substitution: Brendan Rodgers (right) sent Steven Gerrard on after half-an-hour to replace the injured Andre Wisdom

Scrap: Juhani Ojala tries to tackle Cole, who played well

Scrap: Juhani Ojala tries to tackle Cole, who played well

Frustration: Jordan Henderson yells after he sees a chance wasted

Frustration: Jordan Henderson yells after he sees a chance wasted

Tribute: Young Boys fans hold up a banner respecting the Hillsborough victims

Tribute: Young Boys fans hold up a banner respecting the Hillsborough victims

Mohamed Diame is wanted by Everton, Fulham and Newcastle

Everton and Newcastle are dazzled by West Ham ace Diame

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22:38 GMT, 13 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 13 November 2012

West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame is attracting interest from rival clubs just four months after signing on a free transfer from Wigan.

The 25-year-old is understood to have a clause in his contract that allows him to talk to other clubs if 7million is offered.

Under the Hammer: Everton and Newcastle are both interested in Diame

Under the Hammer: Everton and Newcastle are both interested in Diame

The Senegal star was outstanding against Newcastle on Sunday and Everton and Fulham are among his admirers.

West Ham are hoping to extend the trial of Chelsea striker Walter Figueira, 17, after he scored for their Under 18s against Arsenal at the weekend.