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Boston marathon: Arsenal v Everton minute"s silence

Arsenal to hold minute's silence ahead of Everton clash in tribute to Boston victims

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

12:35 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:50 GMT, 16 April 2013

A one-minute silence will be held before tonight’s Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton to mark the Boston Marathon bombings and 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The tribute had already been pencilled in to honour the 96 lives lost at Hillsborough but the moment will now be extended to mark the tragic events in Boston yesterday where at least three people were killed.

Both sets of players will also wear black armbands as will referee Neil Swarbrick and his officials.

Tribute: Arsenal and Everton will hold a minute's silence before their Premier League clash on Tuesday night

Tribute: Arsenal and Everton will hold a minute's silence before their Premier League clash on Tuesday night

Everton players and fans observe a minutes silence

More than 140 people were injured after two blasts ripped through the spectator
area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday.

There
has been no immediate claim of responsibility as reports emerged later
that one of the dead was an eight-year-old boy and the youngest of the injured is believed to be three years old.

A number of people caught up in the blast remain in a critical condition. The injuries ranged from
cuts and bruises to amputations.

Many victims suffered lower leg
injuries and shrapnel wounds. Some suffered ruptured eardrums.

Blasts: Explosions ripped through the spectator area near the finish line at the Boston Marathon

Blasts: Explosions ripped through the spectator area near the finish line at the Boston Marathon

Injuries: Pavements were stained with the blood of those who were caught directly by the blast

The
twin blasts at the race took place almost simultaneously and about 100
metres apart, knocking runners and spectators off their feet, shattering
windows and sending smoke rising over the street. The devices found
were believed to contain ball bearings.

About
two hours after the winners crossed the finish line in the heart of
central Boston, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston
Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the line.

Another
explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

American sports stars stood shoulder to
shoulder on Monday as the NBA, NHL and MLB paid tribute to the victims
of the bombings.

Tribute: Baseball's St Louis Cardinals line up to pay their respects before facing the Pittsburgh Pirates

Tribute: Baseball's St Louis Cardinals line up to pay their respects before facing the Pittsburgh Pirates

Remembered: San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors had a minute's silence in Oakland

Remembered: San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors had a minute's silence in Oakland

Football fan stabbed before Kidderminster v Luton

Kidderminster fan stabbed after coach was attacked on way to match at Luton

By
Richard Vernalls, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

22:20 GMT, 1 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:14 GMT, 1 April 2013

A football fan has been stabbed and another taken to hospital after their coach was attacked.

The two men were among five busloads of supporters who had travelled from Kidderminster Harriers in their non-league away fixture against Luton Town FC on Monday.

Bedfordshire Police said that as the coaches queued in traffic about a mile from the Kenilworth Road ground an argument broke out between 'local residents' and the Kidderminster supporters in the rear coach.

Stadium: Kenilworth Road, where the Kidderminster fans were travelling

Stadium: Kenilworth Road, where the Kidderminster fans were travelling

It happened after the game ended as the vehicles were leaving Luton on the return journey, police said.

'It led to the coach being attacked,' said a police spokesman.

'Then some of the supporters got off to remonstrate and a fight ensued.'

Two Kidderminster fans are being treated in hospital for non life-threatening injuries, although one was stabbed twice.

'Four local men have been arrested and a police presence remains in the area where the violence broke out in Dunstable Street near the Mansfield Road junction.

Police said the attackers did not appear to have any connection to Luton Town.

Kidderminster won the Blue Square Bet Premier fixture 2-1, leaving them top of the table.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service confirmed it had taken two men to hospital.

'Police called us at 5.29pm this afternoon to Mansfield Road, Luton, close to the football ground.

'We conveyed two people, one a 38-year-old man, to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.'

Steve Millington, chairman of the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust, said: 'We deplore the attack on the coach.

'This shouldn’t happen in football or in society in general.

'We’re pleased to hear the injuries to the lad who was stabbed are not thought to be life-threatening and wish both those who were taken to hospital a speedy recovery.'

Jesse Ryder in critical condition after being beaten up outside Christchurch bar

New Zealand's Ryder in critical condition after being attacked outside Christchurch bar

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

20:41 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 27 March 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after being attacked at a bar, police have confirmed.

According to reports in New Zealand, the 28-year-old all-rounder is in a critical condition in intensive care after suffering a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.

It is understood that three men attacked the controversial cricketer from behind.

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder

Support: Ryder

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder is in hospital in Christchurch after suffering serious head injuries

A statement on the New Zealand Police website read: 'Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning.

Cricket tweets support for Ryder

Michael Vaughan (former England captain) – Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder… Just hope he can pull through… Thoughts are with him and his family…

Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire and former Ireland seamer) – Get well soon Jesse Ryder!

Ross Taylor (New Zealand batsman, former captain) – Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder

Black Caps (Official New Zealand cricket Twitter account) – The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning.

Luke Wright (England limited overs all-rounder) – Hope your ok @DijaRyder. Get well soon buddy.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand batsman) – Thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning. Get well soon bro.

'Police can confirm the incident did involve Jesse Ryder and that he is currently in Christchurch Hospital.'

St John Ambulance confirmed to TVNZ that two ambulances responded to an alleged assault at 12.34am in the morning.

'We transported to Christchurch Hospital ED under lights and sirens one patient, a male, aged in his 20s, with very serious head injuries,' St John Ambulance said.

Ryder, a controversial figure whose career has been plagued by off-field incidents, is on an indefinite break from international cricket and has not played for New Zealand since February last year.

Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.

He played yesterday for the Wellington Firebirds in the major preliminary final against Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Oval and was due to fly out to India this week to compete for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealand Cricket revealed its chief executive David White, Peter Clinton from Cricket Wellington, Heath Mills from the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Ryder's manager Aaron Klee were flying to Christchurch.

'We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family,' White said.

New Zealand Cricket said the four would likely hold a press conference once they had ascertained the facts surrounding Ryder's injuries and his current condition.

Lennon and Conte come to blows Celtic Juventus

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Mick McManus (right)

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WHo's the Daddy Wrestler Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) poses up with some fans in the 1970s

'Before the ball’s kicked, he’s not doing anything. He’s entitled to stand where he likes. So he’s talking nonsense.

'We were getting hauled back and the referee is looking straight at it.

'Are the rules different in Spain and Italy to what they are in Britain On that showing they must be.'

Striker Georgios Samaras echoed Lennon's words, saying he hopes the referee in the second leg can deal with the antics better.

'It wasn't fair, I think everybody saw that,' said Samaras, who missed the first leg. 'It is how they defend set-pieces, like most Italian teams.

'Hopefully, the referee will have his eyes more open tomorrow and see clearly what's going on and it can be a fair game.'

With his side being three goals ahead in the tie, Juventus boss Conte is likely to leave out defender Giorgio Chiellini who made his return from injury in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Friday night after for nearly three months.

Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte argues during the match against Genoa in their Serie A match in Turin

Verbals: Both Lennon and Conte have locked horns in the last few weeks, with different perceptions on events in the first leg at Celtic Park, which Juventus won 3-0

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Pride of Leeds: WWF Wrestler The British Bulldog

Martin Caceres and Nicolas Anelka (both back) are also a doubt, while Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe (all thigh) are all long-term injuries.

Celtic need a miracle, and were boosted by Georgios Samaras returning during the 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell in the SPL last Wednesday.

However, Scott Brown's ongoing abductor problems will force him to miss the trip. Swedish fullback Mikael Lustig (thigh) also looks set to sit the game out. Lennon hopes Charlie Mulgrew can feature at some stage after injury.

‘Charlie’s all right,’ said Lennon. ‘He trained yesterday but that was his first proper training session, so it might be a bit much to stick him in straight away. We’ll see how he is.’

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Rafael Nadal inspired by Ronaldo

Nadal takes inspiration from Ronaldo after Brazil legend watches Rafa's winning return

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

16:52 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:52 GMT, 18 February 2013

Rafael Nadal is drawing inspiration from Brazilian football great Ronaldo to continue his successful return from injury.

With Ronaldo watching, Nadal took an important step on Sunday by winning the Brazil Open for his first title after a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee. Now he wants to repeat the Brazilian’s successful story of recovery from much more serious injuries.

Nadal said Ronaldo is “an example” to be followed because of his determination to rebound from a series of knee injuries that threatened his career.

Fan: Former footballer Ronaldo (left) watched Rafael Nadal with Brazilian mixed martial artist Anderson Silva

Fan: Former footballer Ronaldo (left) watched Rafael Nadal with Brazilian mixed martial artist Anderson Silva

Despite winning again, the Spaniard is still bothered by his knee and said he is far from fully recovered, although he hopes the victory in front of Ronaldo will mark a new beginning in his career.

'Ronaldo is an example to a lot of people because of all that he was able to achieve despite what he had to go through with all the knee problems in his career,' Nadal said. 'He is definitely an example to me. He’s an example of determination and hard work.'

Ronaldo ended his career as one of the world’s top strikers after overcoming three serious knee operations. The former Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan striker won two World Cups with Brazil and remains the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 15 goals.

Nadal said he has always admired Ronaldo, and as a kid proudly took a photo with the striker when he played for Barcelona in the late 1990s.

'He was unstoppable, one of the best players of all time despite all the bad luck he had with the knee,' Nadal said.

The Spaniard was out of action since last year because a torn and inflamed tendon in his knee, an injury that he says is improving but still bothers him from time to time. He downplayed his difficulties compared to Ronaldo’s, but said he now has a better understanding of what the Brazilian had to go through.

'I didn’t have so many problems, I never needed the surgeries,' Nadal said. 'But I can imagine how hard it must have been for Ronaldo with the complicated surgeries that he had to go through.'

Taste of victory: Nadal bites the trophy of the Brazil Open after beating David Nalbandian

Taste of victory: Nadal bites the trophy of the Brazil Open after beating David Nalbandian

Nadal beat former world No. 3 David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-2, 6-3 in Brazil on Sunday, winning his 51st career title and first since beating Novak Djokovic to lift his seventh Roland Garros trophy last June.

The Brazil Open was Nadal’s second tournament since his return. He played at the VTR Open in Chile the week before, losing the singles and doubles final. The final in Brazil was only his eighth singles match since the comeback. He withdrew from the doubles in Sao Paulo to rest his knee for the singles tournament.

Nadal looked far from his best in his first two tournaments and said that the knee injury still limited him physically.

'There are days that the knee still hurts and it’s very complicated,' he said. 'I need some time to keep improving and become more competitive again. Let’s see how it goes.'

Road to recovery: Nadal found some form in Sao Paulo yesterday

Road to recovery: Nadal found some form in Sao Paulo yesterday

The 11-time Grand Slam champion admitted that the level of the competition in Brazil was not as high as in other tournaments but said that it wasn’t bad either, giving him the perfect opportunity to put his knee to test.

Nadal will play another clay-court tournament in Mexico later this month and the goal is to be fully fit again by the time Roland Garros arrives in May, although his future schedule will depend on how the knee holds up. He had intended to play in Indian Wells in March, but on Sunday said that he won’t know whether he will make it until closer to the tournament.

'We are thinking day-to-day, week-to-week,' the 26-year-old Nadal said. 'We’ll see how I feel before making a decision on where I’ll be playing in the near future, it will depend on how the knee improves.'

DJ Campbell to return to QPR

Harry hoping DJ can put QPR in a spin with striker set to return from Ipswich

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UPDATED:

12:23 GMT, 31 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is hoping that DJ Campbell can help fire QPR to safety when he returns from a three-month loan spell at Ipswich this week.

Campbell’s Hoops career appeared to be over under Mark Hughes as he was frozen out the first-team squad and then sent to Portman Road on a temporary basis in October.

In a spin: DJ Campbell is heading back to Loftus Road in January after shining on loan at Ipswich

In a spin: DJ Campbell is heading back to Loftus Road in January after shining on loan at Ipswich

But a run of 10 goals in 16 games for Mick McCarthy’s Championship strugglers has seen the 31-year-old catch the eye and he will be thrust back into Rangers’ Premier League squad on his return to Loftus Road.

With both Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson out with long-term injuries Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie are the only fit strikers currently available to Redknapp.

The former Spurs boss is expected to bring in a frontman to bolster QPR’s survival bid once the transfer window opens but Campbell’s services will still be required as Rangers look to haul themselves to safety.

Welcome him back with open arms: QPR boss Harry Redknapp needs to bolster his attacking options

Welcome him back with open arms: QPR boss Harry Redknapp needs to bolster his attacking options

QPR won"t sell players in January, says Harry Redknapp

Sell in January I can't afford to! QPR need all help they can get, says Harry

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UPDATED:

15:31 GMT, 28 December 2012

Harry Redknapp admits he can’t afford to offload any players in the January transfer window because QPR need all the help they can get.

QPR are rock bottom of the table and six points from safety after losing to West Brom on Boxing Day. Despite former manager Mark Hughes signing 12 new players in the summer, Redknapp is expected to bring in several new faces before the end of the window next month.

But the ex-Spurs boss denied that Sunday’s clash with Liverpool for some of his existing squad to prove themselves.

Not for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer windowNot for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer window

Not for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer window

‘I won’t be looking to get rid of anybody,’ said Redknapp.

‘On the bench the other day had a young kid there so we are certainly not overloaded. We’ve got some long term injuries, so I can’t be suddenly getting people out of here without getting some in. I’m not looking to shift people out quickly until I can get people in.’

He added: ‘I would not bring people in if I didn’t think they could do a job for us. There’s no point bringing players in for the sake of it. I have got to get people in the right positions who I think can help it. If I can’t I may as well sit tight.’

After a decent start that saw QPR pick up their first win of the season at home to Fulham after two draws, Redknapp’s side have now slumped to successive defeats. And after taking over at Portsmouth, Southampton and Spurs in similar positions, the 65-year-old believes saving the west Londoners from the drop is a much tougher proposition.

Rock bottom: QPR face a fight for survival in the Premier League

Rock bottom: QPR face a fight for survival in the Premier League

‘I didn’t expect it to happen quickly – you are talking about two different football clubs,' he said.

‘How Spurs were in that position in first place I will never know, but there was only eight games gone, and they had a fantastic squad. It’s different here, we had gone 13 games without a win, it was always going to be harder. No one has got a magic wand, I don’t care who you are, I have said it a million times in the past – you go to clubs and you change players around.

‘I knew it was going to be difficult. And it’s been no more difficult than I expected,’ Redknapp added.

‘But we are still in there, the transfer window is coming, if we can get one or two in, we give ourselves a chance still. That is where I am.’

Jack Wilshere says injury could save him from burnout

My injury saved me! Wilshere claims 14-month layoff could prevent burnout at Arsenal

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UPDATED:

10:49 GMT, 27 December 2012

Jack Wilshere has said being out of action for 14 months might have helped him avoid burning out.

The Arsenal midfielder has been looking on the bright side of his ankle and knee injuries and claims he’s in peak fitness, although admits there were some frustrating times.

‘I was at Emirates for every single home match,’ Wilshere told the Arsenal magazine.

Burnout: Jack Wilshere believes he could reap the benefits of his long-term injury

Burnout: Jack Wilshere believes he could reap the benefits of his long-term injury

‘It was hard at times, because I really wanted to be out there. Not just for my own selfish reasons but I wanted to help the team too because we had some difficult periods last season.

‘There were a few moments [it was hard to miss out on]. When Thierry came back in January for example. He’s a legend and I really wanted to play in the same team as him. I also would have loved to play in that north London derby in February.

‘When I look back now though, I could probably have done with a break, having played so much the previous season. Obviously I didn’t want the break to be so long, in fact I didn’t want to have a break at all, but if I look back on this in 10 years’ time, it might have done me some good in the long run.’

Back on song: Wilshere had a frustrating time on the sidelines

Back on song: Wilshere had a frustrating time on the sidelines

In the mix: The youngster has returned to Arsenal's midfield

In the mix: The youngster has returned to Arsenal's midfield

The 20-year old signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners earlier this month, which he described as his way of repaying manager Arsene Wenger’s loyalty, while he credits Cesc Fabregas for wise words on how to make a footballing career last.

‘My body is stronger than it was before,' he said. 'I’ve done a lot of work with Declan Lynch and the other physios here over the past year. I’ve improved my core, improved my leg muscle strength – everything.

'Cesc [Fabregas] used to say to me ‘take it easy, don’t play too many games’. Obviously I didn’t want to have a year off. But when I’m 24 or 25 I won’t have played as many games as someone like Cesc, and that will help me.'

Bolton 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1: Mamady Sidibe strike keeps Wednesday out of relegation zone

Bolton 0 Sheffield Wed 1: Sidibe strike keeps Wednesday out of relegation zone

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 26 December 2012

Mamady Sidibe scored his first goal in almost three years to present Sheffield Wednesday with their third victory on the run and keep them out of the relegation places.

The Malian striker nearly retired after suffering a string of serious knee injuries but found the net with a classy header, two days after extending his loan from Stoke to cover the Christmas period.

In a game which lacked the punch of a typical Boxing Day fixture, the 33-year-old’s goal was a moment to cheer, not least for the 3,852 Wednesday fans who had made the trip from Yorkshire to Lancashire without the aid of public transport.

Winner: Sidibe scored the only goal at Reebok Stadium

Winner: Sidibe scored the only goal at Reebok Stadium

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ream, Knight, Ricketts (Alonso 73), Eagles (Sordell 73), Andrews, Spearing, Petrov (Lee 66), Ngog, Afobe.

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Butterfield, Pratley, Riley.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera,
Reda Johnson (Mattock 76), Antonio (Jermaine Johnson 90),McCabe, Prutton, Helan, Sidibe (O'Grady 76), Lee.

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Trouble: Wednesday are fourth from bottom and two points ahead of the relegation zone

And in a first quarter of misplaced passes and dud attacks, Ngog’s strike on 14 minutes was the only time either goalkeeper was tested. The former Liverpool striker ran at the backtracking Wednesday defence before firing a left-foot strike across goal which Chris Kirkland did well to palm away.

On 25 minutes, the Yorkshire side scored from their first chance of merit. Right-back Lewis Buxton was given far too much space by the corner of the box and his flat cross invited Mamady Sidibe, who had stolen in front of Tim Ream, to power a header past Adam Bogdan.

It was the 6ft 4in Malian’s first goal since February 2010, when he netted in Stoke’s 3-0 rout of Blackburn. The 33-year-old has endured a torrid time with knee injuries, missing the entirety of last season, and considered giving up football.

But on Christmas Eve, he extended his loan with the club until January 19 and this Boxing Day goal, after all his troubles, was a rather festive way to celebrate. Indeed, his merriment was such that he lost a glove, which he had to run 20 yards to retrieve.

Problems at home: Bolton have lost their last two Championship matches at Reebok Stadium

Problems at home: Bolton have lost their last two Championship matches at Reebok Stadium

Not long after, Miguel Llera flashed Keiran Lee’s corner past the post and four minutes before the interval Kieran Lee twisted and turned in the area and tested Bogdan with a low shot.

Bolton’s only other chance came in added time, when Martin Petrov’s free-kick was punched clear by Kirkland.

The half-time whistle brought not-so pantomime boos from the home crowd. Bolton emerged with more effectiveness, if not the goal craved.

On 52 minutes Afobe roasted Anthony Gardner with pace and pulled back for Ngog, who could only chest goalwards. As the ball spun wide unmarked Petrov was unable to touch it in. In the 71st minute a deep cross from the left from Chris Eagles was met by Afobe but his shot was bundled away by Kirkland. The 19-year-old did not deserve to be on the losing side.

Freedman rolled the dice and brought on Chung-Yong Lee for Petrov and Marvin Srodell for Eagles to move into a more attacking formation. But despite the switch clear-cut chances remained at a premium.

With 13 minutes remaining Sidibe, doubtless tiring after only his fourth start of the season, was replaced by Chris O’Grady. He soaked up the applause from the away section as he made way.

The final 10 minutes saw pressure without real purpose from the hosts. Ngog’s soft header wide was the best of the chances but the day belonged to Sidibe.

Aston Villa youngsters must respond bravely against Tottenham, says Paul Lambert

Villans to heroes! Lambert demands thrashed kids to show their heart against Spurs after Chelsea humiliation

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Paul Lambert has ordered an instant response from his wounded youngsters as the Aston Villa manager attempts to banish memories of a crushing defeat at Chelsea.

Villa are at home to Tottenham on Boxing Day, three days after losing 8-0 at Stamford Bridge – the heaviest defeat in the club’s 138-year history.

‘They know my feelings on it,’ rapped Lambert. ‘You don’t need to be Einstein to tell them what went wrong. We told them they have a few days to get over it and then get going again.

Feeling Blue: Aston Villa were 'beaten up' by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Feeling Blue: Aston Villa were 'beaten up' by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

I eight Christmas: Villa's thrashing was the biggest in their long history

I eight Christmas: Villa's thrashing was the biggest in their long history

‘They’ll come out of the traps against Spurs, I know. I expect a reaction. Whoever’s playing, we have to atone for that.

‘They’ve done it before. They were
beat heavy at Man City (5-0 in November) and then went on that little
run. You take the criticism and you bounce back.

'There’s no point feeling sorry for
yourself. There are too many people coming to watch on Boxing Day. So we
have to bounce back.’

It looks like the players who were
crushed by Chelsea will be given the chance to redeem themselves, but
only because Lambert has no choice.

Charles N’Zogbia and Darren Bent are out with knee injuries, and there is still no return for Gabby Agbonlahor.

And with Karim El Ahmadi having
joined Morocco ahead of his country’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign,
Lambert is short of options.

Must do better: Paul Lambert has demanded a reaction next time out

Must do better: Paul Lambert has demanded a reaction next time out

His first job is to ensure his young
players are not scarred by their experiences this season, which
culminated in the thrashing by Chelsea.

Villa have conceded 32 goals in 18
Premier League games and are just three points clear of the relegation
zone. Dion Dublin, on BBC’s Match of the Day 2, branded it ‘the worst
performance in the history of the club, ever’.

‘I’ve been absolutely tonked before, as player and manager,’ said Lambert. ‘You just try and win the next game.

‘It’s about how they react. That’s
the mark of good players and a good team. I don’t think it will affect
them long-term. It’s up to myself and my back-room staff to ensure it
doesn’t.

'I won’t have a problem doing that, because they’re really hurt. None of them will be feeling great. I know how to handle it.’