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Button can conjure the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

Button can capture the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says BBC's new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

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Andy James

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15:36 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 12 March 2013

Suzi Perry, the new female face of the BBC’s Formula One coverage, believes Jenson Button can repeat the heroics of 2009 to land this season’s coveted crown.

Speaking to Top Gear magazine Perry – who spent 10 years covering MotoGP for the Beeb – expresses doubt over Lewis Hamilton’s chances of landing his second title in his first year after switching to Mercedes.

And she also reveals how James Hunt first attracted her to the sport.

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

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Driving seat: Perry (right) is the face of the BBC's F1 coverage after taking charge of the MotoGP for ten years

The season curtain raiser in Australia takes place in five days’ time and Perry believes the changes to the tyres this year could see Button land his second championship, but there are number of other, less-fancied, challengers in the frame.

She said: ‘They’re quite a young crop really, when you think that Jenson’s now the most experienced driver on the grid.

'Then you look at the changes in tyre tech, and you’d have to say it suits Jenson, with the softer compounds and wider window of opportunity.

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

'Isn’t this the best opportunity for him to go out there and singing ‘We Are the Champions’ like he did in 2009

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‘I’ve met the Williams drivers, and it was fascinating looking at their body language. But, Bottas… hmm, there’s something about him.

'He’s got this real-life Action Man thing going on, which is quite cool, something steely. Definitely a dark horse.

‘He also has a lot of fans already, and his girlfriend’s an Olympic swimmer – together they’re like Posh ’n’ Becks.

She added: ‘When I interviewed him the other day, he basically said they’re working towards a long-term goal. Put yourself in his shoes: you’ve come through McLaren since karting days, and that’s all you’ve known.

'It was purely that existence, with so many strong characters around him, so it’s no wonder he wanted to spread his wings. In his own words, he wanted to grow.

‘I think realistically there’s going to be a major shock if he challenges for the title this year, but there could be race wins. Why not’

She added: ‘As a kid, I remember always having F1 on the telly, going right back to James Hunt – I was six when he won the world championship.

'I remember it quite clearly – my dad was really into it, and my mum probably fancied Hunt.

‘Mind you, fair play, he was pretty handsome. When I was in my twenties, I took my bike licence and had a lot of friends who were bikers, so we used to ride together. Then I started covering MotoGP.'

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

The full interview appears in the latest issue of BBC Top Gear magazine, on sale now.

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LIVE: Newcastle v Chelsea, Arsenal v Stoke, Everton v Aston Villa, West Ham v Swansea, Reading v Sunderland, Wigan v Southampton

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04:00 GMT, 2 February 2013

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14:18 GMT, 2 February 2013

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Newcastle host Chelsea in one of six games kicking off at 3pm.

Arsenal will hope to put pressure on those above them in the table for a Champions League spot when they host Stoke, including Everton who welcome struggling Aston Villa.

Reading will hope their late heroics against Chelsea midweek can spur them on to three points against Sunderland at the Madejski Stadium.

West Ham bid to end a run of six games without a win when they take on Swansea, while Wigan and Southampton hope to boost their respective top flight survival hopes when they clash at the DW Stadium.

Send me your thoughts on the action at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

14.10: Also worth a few minutes of your time before kick-off at 3pm is the latest column from Sportsmail's Martin Samuel, who answered back to YOUR responses surrounding Chelsea's Eden Hazard and the ball boy/teenager.

14.05: QPR were the first team to field their deadline day signings. And you can see how Chris Samba and Andros Townsend are fairing on their debuts for the Hoops by clicking here to follow our live coverage of QPR v Norwich with Alex Horlock. We are into the second half at Loftus Road.

14.00: Afternoon folks. You may have noticed that all of the matches over the next two days are the reverse fixtures from the second weekend of the season.

Since then we've seen the closure of two transfer windows so if your team has not signed that holding midfielder or star striker that you badly needed even back in the summer then that's too bad.

If your side was busy up until the 11pm deadline on Thursday then this is the first chance to see the potential deadline day stars that could just save your season. Either way today's team news is coming up.

Gunning for three points: Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Chelsea are in action from 3pm

Gunning for three points: Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Chelsea are in action from 3pm

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Pakistan beat India in Chennai thanks to Nasir Jamshed century

Dhoni heroics not enough as Jamshed ton gives Pakistan lead over India in one-day series

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14:33 GMT, 30 December 2012

Man-of-the-match: Jamshed

Man-of-the-match: Jamshed

Nasir Jamshed struck an unbeaten century as Pakistan claimed a six-wicket win over India in Chennai to take a 1-0 lead in the one-day series.

The 23-year-old opener hit 101 from 132 balls as Pakistan reached their target of 228 for the loss of four wickets and with 11 balls to spare.

Younis Khan made 58, putting on a third-wicket stand of 112 with Jamshed, while Shoaib Malik contributed an unbeaten 34, sealing victory with a four.

India, playing their first match since the one-day retirement of Sachin Tendulkar, made 228 for six and the 'Little Master' proved a predictably tough act to follow.

The top five scored a combined 18 and only a magnificent 113 not out from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made their total remotely competitive.
Junaid Khan did most of the damage to the top order and finished with four wickets for 43.

Pakistan's chase got off to the worst possible start though as they lost the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez first ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's delivery taking out the off stump as the batsman failed to offer a shot.

Azhar Ali became Kumar's second victim when he had him caught by Rohit Sharma at square leg for just nine as Pakistan reached 21 for two.

Jamshed stood firm throughout a tricky period, though, and, with Younis getting comfortable at the other end, brought up his half-century with a flicked single.

Younis reached his 50 in more spectacular style, hitting Suresh Raina for six.

India finally made a breakthrough when they removed Younis, the dismissal confirmed by the third umpire.

Defiant knock: Dhoni rescued India's innings

Defiant knock: Dhoni rescued India's innings

Ashok Dinda delivered a low full toss and Ashwin took a low catch, replays showing he had got his hands under the ball in the nick of time.

With Younis gone for 58 off 60, Pakistan were 133 for three, but Jamshed remained a consistent presence at the other end.

Misbah-ul-Haq was beaten by a slower delivery from Ishant Sharma for 16, but India were dealt a blow when Virat Kohli appeared to hurt his knee in a fall when his back foot slipped as he came into bowl and he had to limp from the field.

And, with the victory target in sight, Jamshed and Malik guided the visitors home.

Earlier, India had a captain's innings from Dhoni to thank for rescuing them from a desperate position.

Khan ripped through the top order to leave the hosts on 29 for five in the 10th over.

Virender Sehwag (four) misjudged an attempted a push to cover to become Junaid's first victim, bowled between bat and pads.

Fellow opener Gautam Gambhir fared little better as he went for eight in the next over, this time Mohammad Irfan taking out the batsman's middle stump.

Out of nick: Sehwag went for just four

Out of nick: Sehwag went for just four

Junaid took two more scalps in quick succession, deceiving Virat Kohli, bowled off an inside edge, with a fuller-length delivery for nought and then dismissing Yuvraj Singh for two.

The onslaught continued in the 10th over, Rohit Sharma (four) expertly snapped up by Hafeez at third slip, again off the bowling of Junaid.

That brought Dhoni to join Raina in the middle, and the pair steadied the ship with a stand of 73.

Dhoni survived a scare on 17 when he punched a Hafeez delivery straight to Misbah at mid-wicket, but the Pakistan skipper could only palm the straightforward chance over his head.

The pair dug in stubbornly, but with only the second ball of the batting powerplay Raina (43) was removed by Hafeez, bowled off the pads, as Pakistan made another breakthrough.

Dhoni then brought up the 200 with a boundary off Irfan and from the next delivery another four saw him pass 7000 runs in one-day internationals.

Irfan took some late punishment as Dhoni lofted him over cover for six to bring up his century, while at the other end Ashwin finished unbeaten on 31.

Barnsley 1 Birmingham 2 – Curtis Davies scores twice as Blues avenge 5-0 loss

Barnsley 1 Birmingham 2: Davies at the double as Blues avenge 5-0 loss in September

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There was a familiar ring to the name of the man who stole the show in this revenge re-match.

Only this time Birmingham’s Curtis Davies delivered the match-winning heroics to ease the pain of near-namesake Craig’s four-goal salvo in Barnsley’s astonishing 5-0 win at St Andrew’s in September.

But Barnsley striker Craig wasn’t entirely out of the spotlight, much as he would wish to have been on this occasion. For it was the Wales forward’s woeful penalty miss that turned the game and piled more pressure on his manager Keith Hill.

Head first: Curtis Davies scored both goals for Birmingham

Head first: Curtis Davies scored both goals for Birmingham

Match facts

Barnsley: Steele, Stones, Hassell, McNulty, Golbourne, O'Brien, Greening, Perkins (Done 68), Dawson, Tudgay, Dagnall (Davies 68).

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Wiseman, Harewood, Cywka, Sinclair.

Booked: Tudgay.

Goals: Greening 38.

Birmingham: Butland, Robinson, Caldwell, Davies, Hancox, Hall (Gomis 85), Mullins, Reilly, Elliott, Zigic, Redmond (Burke 53).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Morrison, Jervis, Delfouneso.

Booked: Elliott.

Goals: Davies 35, 77.

Attendance: 9,191

Referee: Carl Boyeson

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Davies, just on as a substitute in a return from injury, had the chance to put Barnsley in front when Steven Caldwell handled Jim O’Brien’s second-half corner with the score at 1-1.

But the hosts’ top marksman contrived to miss by an extraordinary distance – perhaps 30 yards high and 20 yards wide.

His embarrassment was compounded four
minutes later when Birmingham centre back Davies was allowed a free
header from Robert Hall’s free-kick.

That restored the lead he had given
his side from another set-piece, a near-post header from a corner also
delivered by Hall in the first half.

Jonathan Greening cracked a fine 20-yard equaliser, his first goal for Barnsley since arriving on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark felt his
continued reliance on youngsters – there were seven teenagers in the
side last weekend and five here – could be a ‘watershed’ for the club.

Warning that experienced players
might be frozen out, he said: ‘Those out will have to bide their time.
Age doesn’t matter to me. The young lads are showing great spirit and I
can guarantee passion when we go to Bolton on Saturday.’

Oakwell’s match sponsors delivered
another slap in the face to Hill – whose customary notes were peculiarly
absent from the programme – by naming David Perkins as Barnsley’s man
of the match.

Points in the bag: Davies celebrates his brace

Points in the bag: Davies celebrates his brace

Perkins had been substituted to a storm of boos directed at the bench in the 67th minute.

Hill said: ‘I can understand the
supporters and David was man of the match, no question. But he’s had
recurring injuries and I feel I made the right decision for David and
the club.’

The beleaguered manager, who was also
betrayed by a remarkable miss by Chris Dagnall, accused his players of
switching their marking duties against his wishes for Birmingham’s
second.

Hill appears to be daring his board
to sack him and this was his parting shot last night: ‘If we don’t stick
together we’ll go down.’

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Manchester City could be the new invincibles

We are invincible: Mancini's men can't match Arsenal's record but have the same mentality

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22:10 GMT, 23 December 2012

Defeat in a dramatic Manchester derby earlier this month means that Roberto Mancini and his players can no longer match Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’, but it would be wrong to assume they do not feel invincible.

It has become a hallmark of Mancini’s Manchester City. There is something about the relentless way they pursue their objective that is typical of neighbours United and that celebrated Arsenal team of 2003-04.

They create the sense that a goal is inevitable, breathing belief into City and dread into their opponents.

Belief: Gareth Barry's (in blue, second left) late goal against Reading is the latest evidence of Manchester City's refusal to give up

Belief: Gareth Barry's (in blue, second left) late goal against Reading on Saturday is the latest evidence of Manchester City's refusal to give up

People will always remember the late efforts from Edin Dzeko and, of course, Sergio Aguero that clinched the Premier League title for City on goal difference in May, but the sort of mentality Mancini demands of his players has been a work in progress for some time.

Think back to last season. The late winners against Tottenham and Chelsea; the later equaliser against Sunderland. Without those points, the last-day heroics would never have been possible.

The trend has continued this season. Late goals in the first two games enabled City to pick up four points.

Dzeko’s last-gasp winners against Fulham, West Bromwich and Spurs could prove invaluable.

Super-sub: Late goals by Edin Dzeko (right and below) against Fulham, West Brom and Spurs have proved invaluable

Super-sub: Late goals by Edin Dzeko (right and below) against Fulham, West Brom and Spurs have proved invaluable

City are displaying that trademark of champions: a knack of winning without playing particularly well.

On Saturday, it was Gareth Barry’s turn to pop up in the 92nd minute and snatch a 1-0 victory over stubborn Reading. ‘You have to believe,’ he said.

‘Turning one point into three can be vital, and we’ve scored so many goals late on last season and again this year. They can be so important at the end of the season.’

Super-sub: Late goals by Edin Dzeko (right and below) against Fulham, West Brom and Spurs have proved invaluable

Kolo Toure recognises the signs.

The City defender was one of Arsenal’s Invincibles who went unbeaten to win the Premier League title, and he senses the same conviction within Mancini’s squad.

‘We just keep believing we will score,’ said Toure.

‘Teams coming here know we can score at any time. We’ve got that in our minds and the teams we play against know that as well.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

'Mancini time': Late goals have become a hallmark of the Mancini era at City

‘It was the same at Arsenal. We knew we could get the goal. We have the same mentality here. We never accept drawing or losing a game.’

Mancini marked his third anniversary in charge on Friday by talking about his success in changing the balance of power in Manchester.

Robin van Persie’s winner in the derby was a painful reminder that United still rule in ‘Fergie time’, but City are building an impressive record in what could become known as ‘Mancini time’.

Considering their strike rate in the last five minutes of games, it was staggering to see fans leaving the Etihad Stadium early.

‘We won the title in the last second,’ said Mancini. ‘We’ve also recovered a lot of games in the last three or four minutes.

'We know we can change every game right at the end.’

It earned grudging admiration from Brian McDermott but the dejected Reading boss criticised referee Mike Dean’s decision to deny his team a second-half penalty for Karim Rekik’s off-the-ball challenge on Jay Tabb and then to allow Barry’s header to stand.

A seventh straight Premier League defeat was cruel on Reading, although Nicky Shorey’s failure to challenge Barry for a magnificent cross from David Silva in the second of four added minutes made it difficult for Dean to award a foul.

McDermott said: ‘Manchester United notoriously score late goals. Manchester City scored a late goal last season which was quite important, apparently.

'That’s what top sides and top players do. But we didn’t deserve to lose.’

Furious: Reading manager Brian McDermott (left) gave grudgingly gave respect to Mancini's team but was angry at Barry's goal standing

Furious: Reading manager Brian McDermott (left) gave grudgingly gave respect to Mancini's team but was angry at Barry's goal standing

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Gareth Barry admits Manchester City panic before Reading victory

We panicked! Barry reveals City relief after his late winner over Reading

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14:26 GMT, 23 December 2012

Match-winner Gareth Barry admitted panic had almost started to set in before his late heroics salvaged victory for Manchester City over struggling Reading.

The champions had been in danger of dropping vital points to the Barclays Premier League's bottom side before Barry headed home in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

City had gone into the game trailing rivals Manchester United by six points at the top of the table and, after failing to make the most of a clear superiority, had looked like handing their neighbours another boost.

Last action hero: Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Manchester City with team-mate David Slva

Last action hero: Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Manchester City with team-mate David Slva

But the hosts fought to the end and, despite claims by Reading that he benefited from climbing on the back of Nicky Shorey, Barry rose to meet a David Silva cross to plant home a firm header.

Midfielder Barry said: 'I am relieved and delighted at the same time, to get a goal that late.

'You are starting, probably, to panic, thinking we are going to drop some big points at home again.

'It is difficult, especially when you don't get the breakthrough early.

'The longer the game goes on the more you could see the Reading players growing in confidence.

'They started to believe they could keep us out for the 90 minutes. Even towards the end they were believing they could maybe get the winning goal.'

Royals boss Brian McDermott claimed the decision by referee Mike Dean to award the goal, as well as earlier denying his side a penalty, had ruined his Christmas.

Heads you win: Barry nods home City's winner past Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Heads you win: Barry nods home City's winner past Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Barry felt he had merely been playing for the ball.

He said: 'At the time I felt I just got up and Nicky Shorey was just standing there.

'I probably went over the top of him. I'm delighted the referee hasn't seen it as a foul.'

City dominated in all departments and had 17 attempts on goal to their opponents' six, although they did not regularly test goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Reading showed great defensive resolve throughout and Alex Pearce had two good headed opportunities from corners.

Jay Tabb thought he should have had a penalty after colliding with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second-half counter-attack – when Matija Nastasic might also have escaped with a handball – but Reading's spirited efforts were not rewarded.

City's 2012, particularly their dramatic title success, will be remembered for late goals and they ended their home programme for the year in typical fashion.

Barry, 31, added on City TV: 'You have got to [keep going] at this level. We scored so many late goals last season and a few this year.

'Those late goals can be so important at the end of the season and hopefully that will be another one.'

With three more games to come in just over a week, Barry felt the points were vital to keep the pressure on United.

He said: 'It is very important. When there is a little gap it is important you don't slip away too much further.

'If we can keep chipping away we are going to be there at the end of the season.'

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Neil Lennon believes Celtic can beat Juventus in Champions League

Lennon plans to add to Barcelona heroics with Turin takeaway after drawing Juve

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon is dreaming of more Champions League glory after drawing Juventus in the last-16 of Europe’s elite club tournament.

Lennon admits that Juventus will privately be pleased to have drawn their Scottish counterparts. But he believes that his Celtic team have the potential to go even further.

Asked if he’d thought about a run to the quarter-finals, Lennon said: 'Of course. This is the furthest we have progressed as a club in this format and it is a huge incentive for the players to eclipse that. This is their time.

Waiting patiently: Neil Lennon (right) watches intently the Champions League draw intensely

Waiting patiently: Neil Lennon (right) watches intently the Champions League draw intensely

Keep your feet on the ground for now: Celtic train before their SPL clash with Ross County

Keep your feet on the ground for now: Celtic train before their SPL clash with Ross County

'They can’t do it after the event. We know they are going to be two monumentally difficult games. But why not

‘They have taken their opportunities up to this point. We have two more games to grasp the nettle.

‘I think Juventus will be really respectful of us but, behind closed doors, they will fancy it. Do we fancy it

‘Over two games, anything can happen. The first game here will be pivotal in terms of getting any sort of result. But what I do feel is that we are capable of scoring away from home; we have proved that. So 0-0 at home, would that be a good result

Tinsel TV: Lennon (left) believes Celtic can cause a shock against Juventus

Tinsel TV: Lennon (left) believes Celtic can cause a shock against Juventus

‘The way we are playing away from home I don’t see why not. If we can match what we did in Moscow and the Nou Camp, then we should be OK.’

The away win over Spartak Moscow in Group G, along with the narrow defeat by Barcelona in Catalonia, were seen as proof of Celtic’s ability to hurt teams on the break.

With Juve going to Glasgow on February 12 before the return leg in Turin on March 6, Lennon feels his team have a chance to cause another shock.

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London to host World Paralympic Athletics Championships in 2017

London to host World Paralympic Athletics Championships in 2017

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11:23 GMT, 19 December 2012

London has been named as the host city for the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced.

The Championships, organised by the International Paralympic Committee, will be held at the Olympic Stadium in July, one month before the same venue stages the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

',' Johnson said.

London calling: David Weir stormed to success in 2012 and fans will be hoping to see similar British heroics in 2017

London calling: David Weir stormed to success in 2012 and fans will be hoping to see similar British heroics in 2017

It will be the first time one city has hosted the two Championships side-by-side after it was argued during the bidding process that London 2012 justifies the return of international Paralympic competition to the capital.

'This year London just staged the best spectacle of sport the world has seen,' said Johnson, who is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

'London’s Paralympic Games were the first ever to sell out and these Championships provide a perfect chance to build on that enthusiasm for disabled sport, bringing back the world’s greatest Paralympians to the Olympic Stadium, and at the same time providing a major economic boost to the capital.'

IPC President Sir Philip Craven hailed London 2012 as the 'best Games' in history with 1,134 athletes taking part in track and field events, setting 102 world and 139 Paralympic records.

Sprint king: Fans will hope to see Jonnie Peacock make a return to the Olympic Stadium

Sprint king: Fans will hope to see Jonnie Peacock make a return to the Olympic Stadium

The athletics at the Paralympics drew sold-out crowds of 80,000 for every session and attracted more than a billion cumulated television viewers worldwide.

'The UK’s capital city has already demonstrated its ability to provide an excellent experience for athletes and spectators alike,' said Ed Warner, IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee Chairperson and Chair of UK Athletics.

'London 2017 will bring record crowds for an IPC World Championships, creating an ideal backdrop for athletes to break records, further raising the profile of sport for people with an impairment in the process.'

The IPC Athletics World Championships are the largest single-sport competition for athletes with an impairment in the world and take place on a bi-annual basis.

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Bradford City set new record for penalty shoot-out wins after Arsenal win

Bradford are the penalty kings! Shoot-out heroics against Arsenal set a new English record

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12:52 GMT, 12 December 2012

They held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out against
Arsenal despite playing three divisions below – but Bradford City’s spot-kick
kings have had plenty of practice of late.

In the past three years, the Bantams have been involved
in nine shoot-outs and have won the lot – an English record.

In the 2009-2010 season, they negotiated two rounds of
the Football League Trophy in this manner and last year, they inflicted misery
on three Yorkshire rivals – Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and
Sheffield United – on penalties in the same competition.

Spot on! Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke is mobbed by his jubilant teammates after the Bantams beat Arsenal on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup

Spot on! Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke is mobbed by his jubilant teammates after the Bantams beat Arsenal on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup

Flying high: Duke watched Marouane Chamakh's penalty strike the post during the shoot-out win

Flying high: Duke watched Marouane Chamakh's penalty strike the post during the shoot-out win

This campaign, they have got past Hartlepool in the Trophy,
Northampton in the FA Cup plus Wigan and now Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

In fact, the last time they fell short was on August 22, 2006 when Carlisle United knocked them out of the League Cup.

Dejection: Arsenal became the ninth team to be beaten on penalties by Bradford in the last three years

Dejection: Arsenal became the ninth team to be beaten on penalties by Bradford in the last three years

The previous record was seven shoot-out victories,
achieved by Liverpool between 1995 and 2007.

This included the 2005 Champions
League final with AC Milan, capping a miraculous turnaround, an FA Cup final in
2006 and the League Cup final in 2001.

Bradford's manager Phil Parkinson admitted that he does make his players spend time practising penalties – but not to any great extent.

'We do practice penalties,' he said. 'But it's important not to over-practice, you don't want to make too big a thing of it, but it's part of cup football now so you might as well take a few penalties in training as the games come around.

'All I can say about our record is that we are confident in the situation.

Practice makes perfect: Bradford manager Phil Parkinson admits his side do spend time practising penalties

Practice makes perfect: Bradford manager Phil Parkinson admits his side do spend time practising penalties

'Both our goalkeepers as well as the penalty takers have done really well and built up a level of confidence through repeated success.

'Working on your technique never does any harm, but the biggest things is confidence.'

BRADFORD'S PENALTY SHOOT-OUT RECORD AND THE ONE THEY BROKE

Bradford City – Nine without defeat

06/10/2009 – Notts County (Home, Football League Trophy) 2-2 (3-2 on penalties)
10/11/2009 – Port Vale (Home, FL Trophy) 2-2 (5-4 on penalties)
30/08/2011 – Sheffield Wednesday (Home, FL Trophy) 0-0 (3-1 on penalties)
04/10/2011 – Huddersfield Town (Away, FL Trophy) 2-2 (4-3 on penalties)
08/11/2011 – Sheffield United (Away, FL Trophy) 1-1 (6-5 on penalties)
09/10/2012 – Hartlepool United (Away, FL Trophy) 0-0 (3-2 on penalties)
30/10/2012 – Wigan Athletic (Away, League Cup) 0-0 (4-2 on penalties)
13/11/2012 – Northampton Town (Home, FA Cup) 3-3 (4-2 on penalties)
11/12/2012 – Arsenal (Home, League Cup) 1-1 (3-2 on penalties)

Liverpool's record – Seven without defeat

01/05/2007 – Chelsea (Home, Champions League semi-final, second leg) 1-0 (1-1 on aggregate) 4-1 on penalties
13/05/2006 – West Ham (Millennium Stadium, FA Cup final) 3-3 (3-1 on penalties)
25/05/2005 – AC Milan (Istanbul, Champions League Final) 3-3 (3-2 on penalties)
01/12/2004 – Tottenham Hotspur (Away, League Cup) 1-1 (4-3 on penalties)
04/12/2002 – Ipswich Town (Home, League Cup) 1-1 (5-4 on penalties)
25/02/2001 – Birmingham City (Millennium Stadium, League Cup Final) 1-1 (5-4 on penalties)
18/01/1995 – Birmingham City (Home, FA Cup) 1-1 (2-0 on penalties)

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Liverpool want Georgios Samaras from Celtic

Liverpool plot 5m swoop for Samaras after hjs Champions League heroics

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12:18 GMT, 8 December 2012

Liverpool are planning to make a 5million swoop for Celtic striker Georgios Samaras.

The Greece international has impressed during the Scottish side's run to the last 16 of the Champions League, scoring against Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow.

And Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers sees him as the solution to his attacking problems, with only Luis Suarez proving potent up front.

Target: Georgios Samaras is wanted by Liverpool in a 5m deal

Target: Georgios Samaras is wanted by Liverpool in a 5m deal

Samaras had a spell with Manchester City earlier in his career but scored just 12 goals in 65 appearances.

He is under contract at Celtic until 2014 but is eager to prove himself in the Premier League, according to The Sun.

Rodgers is also expected to launch a January bid for Chelsea frontman Daniel Sturridge.

The ex-Swansea boss is so stretched for strikers that Jonjo Shelvey will lead the line against West Ham tomorrow.

Leading the line: Jonjo Shelvey will be Liverpool's main attacking option

Leading the line: Jonjo Shelvey will be Liverpool's main attacking option

Rodgers has been a huge advocate
of the 20-year-old since he became Liverpool manager and is adamant that
his side have enough threat to cope with the enforced absence of
Suarez.

‘I saw an
interesting stat that we have had 15 different goalscorers this season,’
said Rodgers, who will also be able to call on Steven Gerrard after he
missed the midweek trip to Italy with sickness.

‘We
are only three goalscorers behind the record for the club in a season,
which is 18. There are goals there. Jonjo is an attack-minded player, he
has an instinct for a goal, and we have worked that way before.’