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Hull 2 Ipswich 1 – match report

Hull 2 Ipswich 1: Jewell near brink after Proschwitz makes his marks

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UPDATED:

16:44 GMT, 20 October 2012

Nick Proschwitz's brace for Hull City pushed his side into to the npower Championship play-off spots with a 2-1 win against Ipswich Town at the KC Stadium.

The visitors survived a barrage of City chances in the first half to take the lead on 29 minutes through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

But Ipswich were pegged back by Proschwitz's first club goal on 73 minutes, set up by fellow summer signing Ahmed Elmohamady.

Blow: Paul Jewell's side lost despite leading for much of the game

Blow: Paul Jewell's side lost despite leading for much of the game

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Rosenior (Mclean 62), McKenna, Faye (Chester 70), Dawson, Elmohamady, McShane, Olofinjana (Proschwitz 70), Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Evans, Cooper, Townsend.

Goals: Proschwitz 74, 90.

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Emmanuel Thomas, Wellens, Reo-Coker, Murphy (Drury 80), Campbell (Chopra 75),Martin (Mohsni 71).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Scotland, Hyam, Smith.

Booked: Murphy, Wellens, Henderson, Drury.

Goals: Emmanuel-Thomas 29.

Att: 15,983

Ref: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

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The German striker's effort sparked a
flurry of chances for the hosts, but it was Proschwitz himself who
ensured three points with an injury-time header to give City a second
successive win.

City had a point to prove at the KC
stadium – having lost their last two home games – and they showed their
intentions in the fifth minute when Sone Aluko's corner was met by Paul
McShane, whose shot needed a scrambled clearance from Ipswich.

Aluko was gifted City's best chance
on goal after 16 minutes when defender Danny Higginbotham slipped in the
Ipswich box. However, with just keeper Stephen Henderson to beat, Aluko
fired well over.

It was City's game to dominate as
Ipswich only had a Lee Martin shot saved easily by keeper Ben Amos to
show for their early efforts.

Henderson was kept busy at the other
end by the Tigers and he needed to be quick to collect Aluko's
through-ball with Jay Simpson rushing on.

Emmanuel-Thomas then gave the visitors the lead against the run of play.

A quickly taken free-kick on the
right saw the 21-year-old given the chance to jink his way into the box
and, with no City defenders closing him down, fire into the bottom
corner.

Emmanuel-Thomas almost made it two
for the visitors, who were growing in confidence, only for Liam Rosenior
to make a last-ditch tackle to deny the shot before Daryl Murphy headed
over from a corner just before the break.

City came out firing in the second
half with two early chances, as Abdoulaye Faye's looping header was
tipped over by Henderson before Andy Dawson's long-range effort whizzed
narrowly over.

Ipswich retaliated through Martin and Nigel Reo-Coker, both of whom tested Amos with strong shots.

City brought on Aaron McLean just
after the hour mark followed by a double substitution with Proschwitz
and James Chester taking the field, and the hosts at last found vigour.

Stephen Quinn headed wide from Elmohamady's cross before Simpson fed Mclean on the right, who shot straight at Henderson.

The pressure yielded rewards on 73
minutes as Elmohamady found space on the right-hand byline to cross low
for Proschwitz, who made no mistake from point-blank range.

City should have been ahead on 84
minutes, only for Quinn's long-range effort to strike the bar before
Proschwitz shot hopelessly over from six yards.

But the German made amends in
dramatic style by meeting Elmohamady's cross in almost the final minute
of injury time to power the winner past Henderson.

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe diagnosed with cancer

Former New Zealand captain Crowe diagnosed with cancer

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UPDATED:

09:25 GMT, 15 October 2012

Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma

Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma

Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma, an invasive cancer of the immune system.

Crowe's manager, Louise Henderson, said the 50-year-old had only recently received the diagnosis and requested privacy while he and his family deal with the news.

'The family have a number of issues to confront over the next couple of weeks,' Henderson said.

'The diagnosis is very new, the family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the unforeseeable future is different.'

Crowe played 77 tests and 143 one-day internationals for New Zealand between 1982 and 1995. He scored more than 5,400 test runs at an average of 45 with 17 centuries.He is married to former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes.

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Southampton v Fulham, Newcastle v Manchester United, Liverpool v Stoke, Tottenham v Aston Villa

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow Sunday's action from around the grounds as it happens

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 7 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as four fixtures conclude the weekend's action starting with Southampton's home encounter with Fulham at 1.30pm. Liverpool host Stoke and Tottenham welcome Aston Villa at 3pm before Manchester United travel to Newcastle an hour later.

NEWCASTLE V MAN UNITED

Newcastle: Harper, Santon, Perch, Williamson, Ferguson, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba.

Subs: Alnwick, Simpson, Anita, Bigirimana, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Cleverley, Carrick, Welbeck, Rooney, Kagawa, van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Scholes, Wootton.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

LIVERPOOL V STOKE

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin, Fernandez Saez, Suarez, Sterling.

Subs: Jones, Henderson, Cole, Assaidi, Coates, Carragher, Borini.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Kightly, Crouch.

Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Edu, Whitehead, Upson, Etherington, Jerome.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

TOTTENHAM V ASTON VILLA

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Defoe, Dempsey.

Subs: Friedel, Huddlestone, Adebayor, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Falque, Townsend.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Bennett, Vlaar, Clark, Lowton, Holman, El Ahmadi, Delph, Albrighton, Benteke, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Given, Bent, N'Zogbia, Westwood, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

15.50: Lloris hasn't been too busy except for rushing off his line well to make one stop and tipping Benteke's effort away from danger.

It looks like they'll need Darren Bent to come off the bench again to pose some sort of threat to Lloris' goal.

He's a former Spurs player and scored last week. I wonder why he was left on the bench in the first place for this one

15.48: HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 0 ASTON VILLA 0

15.47: HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 0 STOKE 0

15.45: We're seeing two minutes of added time at Anfield. It has been a battle and a half here.

I'm pretty sure referee Lee Mason will have some questions to answer after this first half. Shawcross should be off, simple as.

15.41: Spurs have just gone close with five minutes to go until half time. Joe Bennett is being terrorised by Aaron Lennon.

It looks like a matter of time until they break the deadlock.

15.37: Peter Crouch is odds on favourite to score first against his former club. It's a really heated affair. John Walters has just clattered into Johnson after a goal kick. It looked like a little bit of an elbow to be honest.

Both Shawcross and Walters are lucky to be on the pitch now.

15.34: Gerrard and Suarez are putting Stoke under some pressure. The Uruguayan finds his captain on the overlap but Gerrard belts the ball out for a goal kick. Much better from Liverpool after a shaky start in front of their own fans.

15.33: It's another booking in this feisty affair between Stoke City and Liverpool. Luis Suarez skins Robert Huth who brings him down with acres of space behind him.

Interesting decision because a red card wouldn't have been out of the question. Luckily for Huth and Stoke, it's only a yellow.

15.28: Friedel's stand-in has had little to do so far at White Hart Lane. It's all Spurs so far.

At Anfield, there's already been some controversy. Kightly has been booked and Ryan Shawcross appeared to have aimed a stamp at Luis Suarez.

15.25: FULL-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 2 FULHAM 2

15.24: Liverpool are living dangerously now. They are under some serious pressure early on at home to Stoke.

15.21: What a response from the Saints. There's three of the five minutes of stoppage time to play. Can someone snatch a winner on the south coast

15.19: GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 2 Fulham 2

Not so fast! Jose Fonte has scored his second goal and equalised for Southampton! Wonderful finish!

15.17: GOAL! Southampton 1 FULHAM 2

With 88 minutes gone, Richardson looks like he has won it for Fulham. He rifles in the late goal which could seal back-to-back away wins for his new club.

They were so poor in the first half too! A gam of two halves cliche would work right about now…

15.15: Here are the teams for Manchester United's visit to Newcastle:

Newcastle: Harper; Santon, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez (c); Ba, Cisse

Man Utd: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Rooney Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Van Persie, Welbeck

15.11: With 10 minutes left at St Mary's, Chris Baird nails a free-kick from 25 yards out. But it's always rising. Goal kick.

Heated: The match between Liverpool and Stoke was a feist affair

Heated: The match between Liverpool and Stoke was a feist affair

SOUTHAMPTON 2 FULHAM 2

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson (Hooiveld 8min), Yoshida, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon (Chaplow 61min), Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert (Do Prado 67min).

Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Reeves,

Goals: Fonte 4, 90

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Kacaniklic (Richardson 66min), Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell (Karagounis 72min), Duff, Rodallega.

Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs.

Goals: Hooiveld og 69, Richardson 88

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

15.07: Liverpool should be a goal down. Pepe Reina attempts an ill-advised one-two on the edge of the area with Nuri Sahin. The latter's ball is cut out and former Red Charlie Adam is through on goal.

Reina atones for his error and makes a desperate stop. Rodgers will be fuming at that display.

15.05: There's 15 minutes to go at St Mary's. This game could go either way. Neither look like they are ready to take the draw. They want to win this game!

15.02: Gareth Bale has dragged a shot wide at White Hart Lane. That came after the biggest cheer in north London so far comes when Hugo Lloris' name is read out on the teamsheet. Big, big, shoes to fill as he stands in for Friedel.

15.02: Surely Southampton could have done with Rickie Lambert up top to try to snatch a winner against Fulham. He looked disappointed to be taken off.

15.00: KICK-OFF: LIVERPOOL V STOKE AND TOTTENHAM V ASTON VILLA ARE UNDERWAY

14.59: GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1 FULHAM 1

Happy Andre Villas-Boas swapped Brad Friedel for Hugo Lloris at Spurs

Happy Andre Villas-Boas swapped Brad Friedel for Hugo Lloris at Spurs

It's been coming for Fulham, and they've finally got that breakthrough. Riise fires a shot towards the goal and Jos Hooiveld sticks a boot out and it goes into his own net.

The shot was going wide. That'll be an own goal.

14.56: At White Hart Lane and Anfield all four teams are lining up as we speak in the tunnel. A couple more games for us to follow.

Meanwhile, Do Prado comes on for Rickie Lambert. Shame to see him coming off, I'm sure the Southampton fans feel the same.

14.54: There's definitely another goal in this game. Neither seems content with the current scoreline. Southampton fancy another one and Fulham have to score if they want a point.

14.50: How did that not go in Fulham have turned up the pressure on Southampton and Sidwell goes close before Rodallega forces a wonderful save from Gazzaniga.

In the end Kacaniklic gives away a fould to relieve a bit of pressure for Nigel Adkins' men.

14.45: Both teams at St Mary's have turned up the tempo. Southampton want a second to kill the game off and Fulham know that time is against them if they want anything from this match.

Jay Rodriguez fires a rasping shot from outside the area, but Schwarzer is more than equal to it. Should be a good finish in this one.

14.43: At Anfield, Stewart Downing has been dropped after he responded by saying he was 'upset' and 'disappointed' by the public criticism he received from manager Brendan Rodgers.

14.41: Over at White Hart Lane, Brad Friedel is missing his first Premier League game since 2004. A remarkable record from a truly top class goalkeeper.

It had to end some time of course.14.38: That's the second booking for Southampton. Morgan Schneiderlin chops down Riise as he tries to make his way down the left. Cynical, but it prevented the break.

14.36: John Arne Riise is receiving treatment early on. He took a nasty-looking stud to the head from Puncheon.

It was in no way deliberate, as Puncheon merely sought to hurdle over his sliding opponent.

Riise's OK though, and he'll be fine to continue.

14.35: KICK-OFF: SOUTHAMPTON GET THE SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT ST MARY'S

14.33: As promised, here's Aston Villa's starting line up: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Benteke, Bennett, Lowton

14.30: Here's the full Spurs team: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Dembele, Sandro, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe

Stay tuned for the Villa line up.

14.26: Although I don't yet have the full Tottenham and Aston Villa teams, I can confirm that Brad Friedel's 310-game Premier League run has come to an end.

Hugo Lloris will deputise between the sticks in favour of the veteran goalkeeper. More team news to follow.

14.23: May I digress for a moment The Liverpool and Stoke teams have dropped. Here they are:

Come here: Jason Puncheon is pursued by Steve Sidwell

Come here: Jason Puncheon is pursued by Steve Sidwell

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin, Fernandez Saez, Suarez, Sterling.

Subs: Jones, Henderson, Cole, Assaidi, Coates, Carragher, Borini.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Kightly, Crouch.

Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Edu, Whitehead, Upson, Etherington, Jerome.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

14.21: Apart from that late chance for Rodallega, Southampton have looked the far better side. In fact, they could have capitalised further on the slack Fulham play. At times it seemed like the visitors didn't want possession of the ball.

That said, there's only a goal in this one, and the second half could throw anything up.

14.18: HALF-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 1 FULHAM 0

14.17: Shocking defending allows Rodallega a chance, but he can't get a toe on it to send the ball past Gazzaniga.

Jos Hooiveld completely misjudges a long ball and Rodallega is clean through. He raises his boot to get a touch on the bouncing ball, but it goes out for a goal kick.

14.15: But they'll have to wait a little longer. We've got four minutes added time after the injury to Richardson earlier on.

Fulham get a rare attempt on goal. As Aaron Hughes meets a corner and heads straight into the hands of Gazzaniga.

14.14: Things have settled down now. Just a minute of normal time to go before the half is up. Both these teams look ready for the break.

14.10: Should've been 2-0! Rickie Lambert is in acres of space on the left side of the area. He lines up his shot and powers the ball into Schwarzer's body.

A good save, but Lambert will be disappointed he didn't stick that one across goal into the far corner.

14.08: We're fast approaching half-time now. Martin Jol will want to get his team into the dressing room at this rate.

They have been really poor for the first 40 minutes. If Southampton were more clinical, they could have been a couple of goals up by now. Fulham have given the ball away in dangerous areas consistently.

14.05: That's really poor football. This time it's from the Southampton goalkeeper Gazzaniga. He casually boots the ball out for a throw-in when looking for Danny Fox on the left. What's going on! Neither side can keep the thing!

14.03: It's Schwarzer now who gives the ball straight to Southampton.

Lambert picks out Lallana who squares back in the area, looking for the return. The ball rolls agonisingly across the box. Fulham are luckt to be only the one goal down.

14.02: Fulham get a real let off there. Riise takes a shocking throw-in which is cut out by Lallana.

Luckily for the Norwegian, Lallana's headed interception is in turn cut out. Real school boy stuff from the left-back. He would have left his defence flat-footed and outnumbered if Lallana's touch was better.

It's mine! Aaron Hughes battles with Rickie Lambert for the ball

It's mine! Aaron Hughes battles with Rickie Lambert for the ball

14.00: Fulham are looking short of ideas now. A shocking ball from Hangeland just hands possession back to the Saints. They'll have to do much better than that if they are to turn this around.

13.56: Southampton are breaking really well. Every time it looks like Fulham are settling into the game, the hosts get the ball and are up the pitch in an instant.

Lallana looks very good in midfield. Fulham need Sidwell to keep him a little quieter because he is pulling the strings.

13.52: GOAL DISALLOWED! The home fans are cheering again, but it's not going to stand.

Puncheon gives Schwarzer a nudge as the corner comes in, sending him to the floor. The ball eventually comes to Puncheon who puts the ball in.

Excellent spot by Clattenburg. That was a foul.

13.51: Southampton break very well. Lallana drifts into the centre and picks out Lambert with a cute reverse pass.

Lambert finds Fox who wins the corner.

13.49: Fulham look to strike back. Duff cuts in on the right and puts a lovely ball in. Rodallega can't direct his header goalwards though.

13.47: Huge chance for Lambert to double the lead. Excellent move which sees Rodriguez latch on to a through ball.

Rather than shoot, he finds the usually deadly Lambert. The Englishman skews his effort and the ball trickles out of play. He should have at least worked Schwarzer there.

13.45: Fulham are growing into this game finally. Kacaniklic does well on the left and earns his side a corner.

Is it in Jose Fonte opens the scoring for Southampton

Is it in Jose Fonte opens the scoring for Southampton

Rickie Lambert wheels away after his team-mate got the first goal of the day

Rickie Lambert wheels away after his team-mate got the first goal of the day

The ball's a good one but Hangeland can't get it under control quick enough.

13.41: Now Lallana is on the deck. Steve Sidwell caught him with a flailing arm in the face.

It looked accidental though, and Lallana is on his feet again. All's well that ends well!

Funnily enough, Sidwell was the one who put Rodriguez on the floor with a late challenge moments earlier.

13.40: Big chance for Fulham. Bryan Ruiz takes a free-kick into the box. The ball finds its way through to Aaron Hughes who is in acres at the far post.

The defender fails to bring it under his control and the threat diffuses. A better first touch and he would have had the goal at his mercy.

13.38: Play's back underway now after an unsettling start for Fulham. They need to wake up!

The home crowd are unhappy as the visitors carry on regardless despite Rodriguez being on the deck, apparently injured.

13.36: They are brought back down to earth though, as Richardson is lifted onto a stretcher. Really unlucky as he seemed to pull up with a muscle injury.

Southampton make the change. Jos Hooiveld comes on for the defender.

13.34: GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1 Fulham 0

Adam Lallana puts the corner in and Jose Fonte is the first to it. He heads in the general direction of the far post and the ball just loops into the net. Fulham had no one on the line to stop it! What a start for the Saints.

13.33: Danny Fox has another opportunity from a set piece. He swings one in and wins another corner.

13.31: The first spell of pressure comes from Southampton. They have won a corner after Hangeland is forced to head a ball behind.

Fox carves out a half-chance for Rickie Lambert. The angle's tight at the far post and Lambert can't get it back across the face of the goal.

13.30: KICK-OFF! FULHAM GET THE GAME UNDERWAY

13.27: Southampton are lining up in their red kit today and Fulham walk onto the pitch in black with a gold and white sash. Three minutes to KO!

13.25: With the chit chat almost all done, the teams are about to come out and get the customary handshakes out of the way before the real action commences.

13.15: Fulham have struggled away from home so far this season, and it's often been their Achilles heel. They have lost to West Ham and Manchester United so far this campaign.

But they are looking for back-to-back away wins for the first time this season. Let's see how this one pans out…

13.07: Rickie Lambert will be trying to beat Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who turned 40 yesterday.

Lambert, like the club, has battled his way through the divisions and has shown he is worthy of his place in the Premier League by scoring four goals in six in the top-flight.

13.05: Southampton have not struggled for goals this season. They scored two at the Etihad against City and smashed four past Aston Villa at home.

But it's at the back where they need to shore things up if they are to survive in the top-flight.

They will take solace from the fact that there's no Petric or berbatov starting for Fulham, but Hugo Rodallega is no chump. The former Wigan man will be hoping to sink the Saints.

12.55: And as I type the starting line ups are trickling in. Feast your eyes on these:

Southampton starting XI: Gazzaniga; Richardson, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox; Puncheon, Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana; Lambert, Rodriguez

Fulham starting XI: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Rodallega

Main man: Rickie Lambert (right) will lead the line up top for Southampton

Main man: Rickie Lambert (right) will lead the line up top for Southampton

12.50: Let's tackle some team news then for the early kick-off. Fulham could have some problems up top. Dimitar Berbatov looks set to miss the game, and Mladen Petric is also struggling with a calf problem.

Southampton on the other hand seem to have a full squad to pick from. Adkins is likely to welcome back Morgan Schneiderlin and Jos Hooiveld into his side.

12.45: Tottenham are flying high – despite their shock draw in Greece this week. They outclassed United at Old Trafford, a ground where they had previously failed to record a win since 1989.

Gareth Bale, Mousa Dembele and Co await an Aston Villa side who had to wait for Darren bent to come off the bench to rescue a point in their Midlands derby against West Brom last week.

12.40: At 15.00 we've got two games. Tottenham host Aston Villa and Liverpool welcome Stoke. Both home sides had unfavourable Europa League results as Liverpool fell to a 3-2 loss at home to Udinese and Tottenham drew 1-1 with a poor Panathinaikos outfit on Thursday.

Brendan Rodgers is still looking for his first home win in the Premier League with his Reds side. Tony Pulis will have other plans though, and will be hoping former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch can continue his goal glut on Merseyside.

12.35: But United and Newcastle aren't playing until 16.00. First up we're at St Mary's as Fulham travel to the south coast.

Best pairing in Britain Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) are likely to pair up at Newcastle

Best pairing in Britain Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) are likely to pair up at Newcastle

Nigel Adkins' side have won only one of their first six games – losing the other five – and, frankly, look like early candidates for relegation.

The Saints boss is hoping his side's home form can help tip the balance in their favour, especially after a convincing 4-1 win over Aston Villa.

Fulham are hoping to bounce back after losing in the final moments against Manchester City last week. They'll be kicking off at 13.30, with teams on the way shortly.

12.30: Welcome, welcome, welcome. Stick with us here at Sportsmail as we guide you through all this afternoon's action.

It's an uncharacteristically busy Sunday given the Europa League action in midweek, and the blockbuster of the day is undoubtedly Manchester United's trip to Newcastle. In last season's corresponding fixture, United slumped to a 3-0 defeat with help from an unplayable Demba Ba.

Interestingly, that defeat followed their 3-2 home loss to Blackburn the week before. What did Sir Alex Ferguson's men do last week again.. Oh yes, I remember. They lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham.

But let's not get carried away with ourselves. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are set to start up top for Fergie, and with Rooney setting up his Dutch team-mate for two goals in midweek against FC Cluj, they'll be keen to develop that relationship further. Should be a cracker.

Action packed: Southampton (left) start the day followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United

Action packed: Southampton (left) start the day followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United

West Ham 2 Crewe 0: Nicky Maynard and Modibo Maiga win it for Hammers

West Ham 2 Crewe 0: New boy Maiga's off the mark as he wins it for Hammers

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UPDATED:

20:57 GMT, 28 August 2012

Modibo Maiga scored his first goal for West Ham to seal their passage through the Capital One Cup second round.

Maiga, a 4.7million signing Sochaux, scored after 55 minutes to put the Hammers two goals up.
East London has been the centre of the sporting world over the past few weeks.

Not so here.

Happy Hammer: Modibo Maiga (second left) turns the ball past Crewe keeper Alan Martin

Happy Hammer: Modibo Maiga (second left) turns the ball past Crewe keeper Alan Martin

Match facts

West Ham: Henderson, O'Brien, Spence, Diarra, Potts, O'Neil, Nolan, Taylor, Maynard, Maiga, Vaz Te. Subs not used: Spiegel, Demel, Fanimo, Driver, Moncur, McCallum, Hall.

Scorers: Maynard, Maiga.

Crewe: Alan Martin, Mellor, Davis, Ellis, Bunn, Murphy, Westwood, Moore, Robertson, Max Clayton, Leitch-Smith. Subs not used: Garratt, Dugdale, Turton, Guthrie, Ray, Daniels, Osman.

Referee: Fred Graham.

League One Crewe’s visit to Upton
Park had neither the glamour nor the excitement of the Olympic Stadium
under the lights, and that was illustrated by the abundance of spare
seats around the ground.

Sam Allardyce showed where the
Capital One Cup lies in his list of priorities this season by making
wholesale changes from the side who slumped to defeat by Swansea on
Saturday.

Crewe boss Steve Davis showed the competition more respect, making four changes to the side beaten 5-1 by Brentford.

Maynard carved out the first real
opportunity in the 10th minute, cleverly working himself a yard of space
on the edge of the box before curling a left-foot effort just wide.

But Crewe were not intimidated by their Barclays Premier League opponents.

Stephen Henderson was nearly left
red-faced in the 12th minute after what should have been a routine punch
ricocheted off Crewe right back Kelvin Mellor and, luckily for the
Hammers keeper, over the bar.

Highly rated West Ham defender Dan
Potts then made an excellent interception on the edge of his six-yard
box with Max Clayton waiting to pounce on Ajay Leitch-Smith’s dangerous
low cross.

Maiga looked threatening on their
right, but the Mali forward was a rare bright spot for Allardyce’s side
in the opening stages as they struggled for intensity.

It did not take long for the Upton
Park faithful to make their feelings known as the moans and groans that
have become synonymous with Allardyce’s reign soon started bellowing
from the stands.

But Maynard eased the home supporters concerns in the 34th minute with a spectacular strike against the club he left in 2008.

Ricardo Vaz Te’s pacy run down the
right culminated with a cross that the Crewe rearguard made a hash of
clearing, leaving Maynard to fire an acrobatic volley past Alan Martin
to put the Hammers ahead.

Davis’s side would have rightly felt aggrieved at the scoreline as they competed well against their top-flight opponents.

But Maynard threatened to rub salt in
the visitors’ wounds moments later with an identical effort that was
blocked, unknowingly, by Crewe skipper Ashley Westwood.

Maynard’s opener seemed to help West Ham to emerge from their slow start as they tried to put the game to bed before half-time.

First Alou Diarra, making his first
start for the club, had a close-range header from Gary O’Neil’s
outswinging corner well saved by Martin in the 40th minute.

Then the France midfielder went
agonisingly close with another header, this time from Matt Taylor’s
corner, on the stroke of half-time.

But they were nearly left to rue
Diarra’s misses when Henderson saved superbly low to his right from Luke
Murphy’s 25-yard rasper.

However, Maiga quelled any growing
apprehension by notching the goal his threatening first-half display
deserved 10 minutes after the restart, prodding home from close range
after Kevin Nolan’s low, angled effort had been parried by Martin.

Maiga should have doubled his tally
for the night seven minutes later but somehow sent his effort from
substitute Mathias Fanimo’s cross over from four yards.

Fanimo himself forced Martin into a
save moments later with a well-struck angled effort which the keeper
could only turn round the post.

Twenty-five-year-old Maiga went close
again in the 70th minute, glancing a header from a deep O’Neil cross
just wide as the Hammers looked to put the League One side to the
sword.

Andy Carroll West Ham snub revealed by David Sullivan

Sullivan: West Ham would have broke the bank for Carroll… but he wants Anfield stay

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West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has revealed that the newly-promoted Premier League club were ready to blow their budget for 'several years' in a failed 17million attempt to land Liverpool misfit Andy Carroll.

The Hammers had agreed a loan deal for the England international with a view to a permanent deal should the stay up in the Barclays Premier League this season.

But Carroll, who is also wanted by his former club Newcastle, was not prepared to leave Anfield for Upton Park.

Going for broke: West Ham were ready to blow their entire budget in their failed bid to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

Going for broke: West Ham were ready to blow their entire budget in their failed bid to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

Sullivan, who is also keen to sign Wolves winger Matt Jarvis, was willing to pay the xx-year-old's 100,000-a-week wages despite the staggering financial impact it would have had on the club already saddled with debts.

'It was a terribly expensive deal with the loan fee and with his wages, which were enormous – too much for a club like ours,' Sullivan told the Daily Mirror.

'But, as the manager really wanted him, we were prepared to pay it.

'Then there was a huge transfer fee which would have blown our budget for several years.'

Manager Sam Allardyce is keen to bolster is frontline with survival the key target for his side.

Sullivan was ready to go for broke in an effort to help Allardyce admitting the lengths he was prepared to go to in order to sign Carroll.

Hammer time: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce (C) wanted to add Carroll to his list of summer recruits alongside James Collins, Modibo Maiga, Stephen Henderson, Alou Diarra, Mohamed Diame and Jussi Jaaskelainen

Hammer time: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce (C) wanted to add Carroll to his list of summer recruits alongside James Collins, Modibo Maiga, Stephen Henderson, Alou Diarra, Mohamed Diame and Jussi Jaaskelainen

'I can only talk about this because it has been put in the public domain already,' he added.

'My manager wanted Andy Carroll, so we backed him.

'Andy was the perfect player for him and the style of football we play.

Ambitious: Co-owner David Sullivan also wants Wolves winger Matt Jarvis

Ambitious: Co-owner David Sullivan also wants Wolves winger Matt Jarvis

'We play a lot of high balls, a lot of crosses – quite exciting football, not just humping it but clever crossing – and Sam wanted Jarvis to supply the crosses because he is a fantastic crosser.

'We had a deal in place with Liverpool to borrow the player which automatically became a purchase if we stayed up.

'We hoped, as he had the same agent as our manager – a man we had done a lot of business with – and he was very friendly with Kevin Nolan, our captain, that Andy would want to come.

'But he really wants to stay at Liverpool. He believes that he will get back into the side by his performances – coming off the bench or for the reserves. He believes the manager will have to put him back in the side.

'We were paying all of his wages and a huge loan fee. Newcastle didn't even want to pay all of his wages.

'This is what we are led to believe. So Liverpool were not prepared to let him go to Newcastle. But it may all change. Who knows

'So, as we buy players, the door shuts.'

West Ham launched an ambitious swoop for Fulham's Clint Dempsey. However the American international is highly fancied by both Merseyside clubs Liverpool and Everton.

Gomel 0 Liverpool 1: Stewart Downing on target as Brendan Rodgers handed Euro lift

Gomel 0 Liverpool 1: Downing on target as new boss Rodgers handed Euro lift

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He sat in between his coaches, barely smiling, and offering nothing more than a polite round of applause.

Though his reaction was muted
reaction, for Brendan Rodgers the significance of a solitary Stewart
Downing goal, 67 minutes into the first leg of a Europa League third
qualifying tie should not be underestimated. At the first attempt, his
career as Liverpool manager is up and running.

Up and running: Stewart Downing and Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrate

Up and running: Stewart Downing and Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrate

Stewart Downing (R) of Liverpool scores past Sergei Kazeka (2R) of Gomel

First strike: Stewart Downing scores for Liverpool

Match facts

GOMEL (4-2-3-1): Bushma; Matveichik, Kirilchik, Kashevski, Klimovich; Kozeka (Timoshenko 90min), Voronkov; Nowak (Lipatkin 74), Levitski (Demidovich 84), Platonov; Alumona.

Subs not used: Sakovich, Palomeque, Yevseyenko, Sheryakov.

Booked: Klimovich, Alumona.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Jones; Johnson (Kelly 46), Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique; Spearing, Gerrard, Henderson (Lucas 66); Cole (Sterling 23), Borini, Downing.

Subs not used: Gulacsi, Robinson, Adam, Shelvey.

Scorer: Downing 67.

Booked: Henderson.

Man of the match: Jamie Carragher.

Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (Slovenia).

Attendance: 12,500.

On an evening when Rodgers had little to gain, it had appeared for long spells against FC Gomel in Belarus that his debut in the dugout would end inauspiciously.

Thanks to a moment of inspiration from Downing, however, the Irishman was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

'We are nowhere near where I want us to be in relation to our fluency and charisma within the team,' said Rodgers.

'But, until you arrive at that, what is very important is that you fight for the shirt and show desire and passion.

'The team was full of that. It has been a difficult pre-season in terms of travel issues and the squad not being together but there is a lot of cohesion and fight within the group. And thankfully the game was won by an incredible strike from Stewart.'

A measure of how seriously Rodgers took
this assignment came via the team he selected – nine of his starting 11
were current or former internationals and only the presence of Luis
Suarez, Pepe Reina and Daniel Agger could have strengthened Liverpool
further.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, right, challenges Gomel's Artur Liatvinski

Tussle: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, right, challenges Gomel's Artur Liatvinski

Heads up: Jay Spearing outjumps Alexander Aluhona

Heads up: Jay Spearing outjumps Alexander Aluhona

Agger's future has been the subject of some debate in recent days, with
Manchester City and Barcelona being touted as potential suitors. He has
been nursed through pre-season after returning late from Euro 2012 and
it was deemed best for him to sit this assignment out.

'The plan was always for Daniel to stay behind,' explained Rodgers, who
saw Joe Cole pull up with what he described as a “little tingle” in his
hamstring. 'I have to make sure he is up to speed before he plays.'

Given the respective standings of the clubs, many would have expected
Rodgers' first night at the helm to be comfortable but the reality was
somewhat different, as Gomel's enthusiastic players hustled and bustled
for every ball, pestering those in Red to the point of distraction.

Eyes on the ball: Liverpool's Martin Skrte takes on Gomel's Alexander Aluhona

Eye on the ball: Liverpool's Martin Skrte takes on Gomel's Alexander Aluhona

In control: Jose Enrique holds off Tomasz Novak

In control: Jose Enrique holds off Tomasz Novak

Fortunately for Rodgers, despite the best efforts of Gomel's direct
forward Aleksander Alumona, his defence held firm. Jamie Carragher,
captaining Liverpool on his 700th appearance, was typically assured,
making crucial blocks whenever they were required.

If they were lucky to go into the break all-square, they needed even
more good fortune to remain level on 65 minutes; when Dzmitry Platonaw
was presented with a glorious chance he seemed certain to score but
succeeded only in slicing wide after Sergei Kozeka rattled a post.

Moments later they paid the heaviest price. Downing did not have many
options when he found himself 25 yards out but it didn't matter, as he
crashed a drive past Vladimir Bushma to give Liverpool an advantage
that, with a second leg at Anfield to come, they will not squander.

Liverpool's Stewart Downing, left, battles with Gomel's Mikalai Kashenski

Under pressure: Liverpool's Stewart Downing, left, battles with Gomel's Mikalai Kashenski

Energie Cottbus 2 West Ham 2: Kazim-Richards and Baldock strike

Energie Cottbus 2 West Ham 2: Kazim-Richards and Baldock strike for Hammers

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Colin Kazim-Richards and Sam Baldock scored two goals in the space of three minutes to earn West Ham a 2-2 draw with German second division side Energie Cottbus in a friendly match at the Stadion der Freundschaft.

The hosts took the lead in the eighth minute after Daniel Adlung broke down the left and curled in a shot that slipped through goalkeeper Stephen Henderson's grasp and into the net.

Fightback: Allardyce watched his side claw back a two-goal deficit

Fightback: Allardyce watched his side claw back a two-goal deficit

The home side added to their lead on 42 minutes when Adlung scored his second of the match with a 20-yard shot that nestled into the bottom corner.

But West Ham got back in the game on 77 minutes as Kazim-Richards volleyed home from the edge of the area and they pulled level just two minutes later with a looping Baldock header.

Tottenham freestylers invade London

Who needs Modric anyway AVB has ace up his sleeve with Tottenham freestylers

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Many commuters travelling to London have been disrupted by the Olympics in the last week – but it’s not just the London 2012 Games that are making their presence felt.

Two teams of freestylers, decked out in the new Under Armour Tottenham kits, have invaded the streets (and trains) of north London showing off their fancy football tricks and skills.

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Handy skills: The Tottenham freestylers showed off their neat tricks and flicks on the streets and trains of north London

Handy skills: The Tottenham freestylers showed off their neat tricks and flicks on the streets and trains of north London

Handy skills: The Tottenham freestylers showed off their neat tricks and flicks on the streets and trains of north London

Onlookers
look baffled as well as impressed as the two teams kicked and flicked
their way through familiar territory to Spurs fans, including the train
stations of Seven Sisters and White Hart Lane as well as Tottenham High
Road outside the stadium.

The
two sides, wearing the home and away kits, featured freestyle world
champion Andrew Henderson as well as world renowned Abbas Farid and
performed separately before clashing inside the White Hart Lane stadium,
before the video ends promising more to come.

The new Under Armour kit suits the freestylers as it is made from stretch woven fabric with ventilation panels to give them greater flexibility, while keeping them cool.

But that would all go over the head of Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas who would be more interested in checking out which urban trick master could replace the want-away midfielder Luka Modric.

West Ham target Nathan Redmond in 1million move from Birmingham

West Ham prepare 1m cut-price bid to snatch Birmingham teenager Redmond

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Bargain hunt: West Ham have set their sights on Nathan Redmond

Bargain hunt: West Ham have set their sights on Nathan Redmond

Premier League new boys West Ham are ready to raid cash-strapped Birmingham for winger Nathan Redmond in a bargain 1million deal.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene last season, impressing in the Championship and Europa League to land the club's young Player of the Year award.

According to the Birmingham Mail, the newly-promoted Hammers are ready to take advantage of the financial uncertainty at St Andrew's and offer a cut-price 1m plus further add-ons to snatch the 5m-rated starlet.

Managerless Birmingham, who missed out on automatic promotion last season following their play-off failure, were forced to sell promising 20-year-old Jordan Mutch to Cardiff last week.

The midfielder's 2.5m departure caused outcry from the fans, who would be equally disappointed if exciting winger Redmond left for Upton Park, where former Brum owners David Sullivan and David Gold are in control.

In the frame: Along with Redmond (L), West Ham have been linked with Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne

In the frame: Along with Redmond (L), West Ham have been linked with Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has already made three summer signings with Mohamed Diame joining goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson.

Allardyce has identified new wingers as his priorities but is understood to be keen to recruit defenders and a striker.

The Hammers are tracking Sporting Gijon centre back Alberto Botia while Crystal Palace pair Nathaniel Clyne and Wilfried Zaha have been linked, along with Sunderland's George McCartney, West Brom's Jonas Olsson and Inter Milan striker Luc Castaignos.

Mohamed Diame joins West Ham on three-year deal

Hammer time for Diame as midfielder quits Wigan for Upton Park

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West Ham have completed their third summer signing with Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame joining the Premier League new boys on a three-year deal.

The Hammers beat off a host of European and domestic suitors to snap up the 25-year-old midfielder on a free transfer from Wigan.

Sportsmail understands that the Senegal international was put through a stringent medical amid concerns of a heart condition but manager Sam Allardyce is delighted to add him to his squad.

East Ender: Mohamed Diame has joined West Ham on a three-year deal from Wigan

East Ender: Mohamed Diame has joined West Ham on a three-year deal from Wigan

'His is potential is really good and he's ready to go and compete in the first team straight away as he's had three years in the Premier League already,' Allardyce told the club's official website.

'He's 25 and can only get better and I hope he can go on to prove that to me and all of the West Ham United fans.

Hammer time: West Ham want Grant Holt

Hammer time: West Ham want Grant Holt

'He will be a very exciting addition to the squad.'

Diame, who started his career at Lens before switching to Spanish side Rayo Vallecano and later Wigan in 2009, insisted he was looking forward to his new beginning at Upton Park joining goalkeepers Stephen Henderson and Jussi Jaaskelainen as the club's third summer recruit.

'I'm very happy and very excited to have joined the club and I'm looking forward to the start of the season,' said Diame, who last month admitted he was heading for Liverpool until manager Kenny Dalglish was sacked.

Diame, who will compete with the likes of captain Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison and Mark Noble for a central midfield berth, will officially join the east London club on July 1 when his Latics deal expires before jetting out to Austria a day later on their pre-season tour.

He added: 'I know the fans here get behind the team all the time and I'm looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch.'

West Ham will now turn their attentions to 31-year-old Norwich striker Grant Holt.

It is understood that the Hammers have tabled an improved 5.5million bid for the wantaway Canaries frontman, who scored 17 goals last term.

Busy boss Allardyce hopes to bolster his
squad with further acquisitions and has been linked with moves for
Juventus winger Eljero Elia, West Brom's Jonas Olsson, Trabzonspor
hitman Burak Yilmaz.

George McCartney is expected to complete
a permanent switch to the Boleyn from Sunderland soon. The left-back
was named the Players' Player of the Year following his successful loan
stint last season.

And Allardyce could be encouraged to make a bid for out-of-favour Inter Milan teenager Luc Castaignos, 19, after the Dutch striker admitted he plans to leave the Serie A side in search of a move to a 'big club'.

Club over country: Winston Reid has turned down a chance to represent New Zealand at the Olympics

Club over country: Winston Reid has turned down a chance to represent New Zealand at the Olympics

Defender Winston Reid, meanwhile, has chosen club over country after revealing he will not play for New Zealand at this summer's London 2012 Olympics in a bid to retain his place in Allardyce's starting eleven

The 23-year-old, who impressed alongside Team GB hopeful James Tomkins in the Championship last season, told Radiosport: 'It would be different if I'd been at the club for six or seven years and I'd been playing regularly then maybe I could have done it.

'But I needed to work hard this pre-season and make sure the spot's mine at West Ham.'