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Andy Carroll promises more goals to come

Carroll hopes first goal for West Ham will open floodgates ahead of trip to Man United

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UPDATED:

13:32 GMT, 26 November 2012

Andy Carroll believes there are plenty of goals to come after the West Ham striker broke his duck at Tottenham yesterday.

The England striker netted a consolation at White Hart Lane after a Jermain Defoe double and a neat Gareth Bale goal put West Ham three goals down.

Carroll climbed high to nod a perfectly weighted Joey O’Brien cross into the back of the net, wrong-footing Hugo Lloris in the process.

Gold rush Andy Carroll hopes his first strike for West Ham will open the flood gates

Gold rush Andy Carroll hopes his first strike for West Ham will open the flood gates

After a bittersweet trip to north London, Carroll hopes his first goal in a West Ham shirt will give him the impetus to score a couple more against Manchester United or Chelsea this week.

‘It was about time, to be honest,’ Carroll told West Ham TV. ‘I’m just grateful to have got off the mark and hopefully there will be more to come this week.

‘I think I’ve put myself about and been involved in our goals in previous matches. I think I’ve been doing well so it was about time one went in.

‘It was a great ball in by Joey O’Brien and I just had to get up and head it across the keeper. That’s what I did and thankfully it went in.’

Carroll was left to lament a number of mistakes by West Ham which a ruthless Tottenham side duly punished.

Spurs moved out of sight after Mohamed Diame was mugged by Aaron Lennon who squared to Defoe to put the hosts 3-0 up.

‘It was disappointing as we made mistakes for all three of their goals, really.

‘We should have done better, but they have taken their chances and obviously beat us.

Too late: Carroll's late goal came after Gareth Bale and Tottenham has put three past West Ham

Too late: Carroll's late goal came after Gareth Bale and Tottenham has put three past West Ham

Haunted: Old boy Jermain Defoe scored twice against his former club

Haunted: Old boy Jermain Defoe scored twice against his former club

‘Coming here we were up against a great team and they showed that tonight with the passing, the rhythm and the pace they have got in their team. I have to say we were just disappointed with our mistakes because they cost us.’

But Carroll is refusing to dwell on yesterday’s derby defeat, and is turning his attention towards a tricky visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday, before games against Chelsea and Liverpool further down the line.

Next up: Carroll and West Ham travel to Old Trafford

Next up: Carroll and West Ham travel to Old Trafford

‘We have got a tough week, obviously, with Manchester United and then Chelsea and Liverpool coming up. It’ll be tough so we just have to put this behind us now and focus on Wednesday.

“Of course, the big games are what everyone looks forward to, but tonight was disappointing and we just have to put it behind us now and get ready for the Manchester United game.

'This game is all gone now so we’re going to have to concentrate 100 per cent on Wednesday, which is going to be another tough game.’

Kevin Nolan's touches against Tottenham

Andy Carroll's touches against Tottenham

Spot the difference: Andy Carroll's touches against Tottenham (right) in comparison to team-mate Kevin Nolan's (left)

Harry Redknapp inherits flawed QPR squad

Flaw show for Harry as QPR throw away lead against United at Old Trafford

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UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 25 November 2012

After sitting in the directors’ box at Old Trafford for 80 minutes, Harry Redknapp can probably sum up the Queens Park Rangers squad he has inherited from Mark Hughes. Decent players. Deep flaws.

A goal up and less than half an hour left, the Barclays Premier League’s bottom team sensed increasing desperation in their opponents. There was a restless home crowd, too.

Three goals in 10 minutes undid them, though, and once again QPR were left to lament basic mistakes. Errors in concentration, errors in application and errors in decision making.

Work to be done: QPR manager Harry Redknapp takes his first training session

Work to be done: QPR manager Harry Redknapp takes his first training session

Forward Jamie Mackie summed it up, saying: ‘When you look at Man United you see the greatest club in the world and their basics are spot on.

‘That’s what it takes to win these games and, if we can take anything from this great club, it’s that. We were leading and failed to do the basics at two set pieces. That’s unacceptable. We need to eradicate the soft goals because they are killing us.

‘Its a real shame. We have to take responsibility. The previous manager brought a lot of these players in and there were some good players here already. It’s no good pointing the finger at anybody else.’

Down and out: QPR took the lead at Old Trafford but conceded three

Down and out: QPR took the lead at Old Trafford but conceded three

Having scored his team’s goal, Mackie was also one of QPR’s better players. During Hughes’s time, though, the players did not apply themselves. On Saturday they did for long periods for caretaker boss Mark Bowen.

Bowen refused to criticise the club’s owners and offered his services to Redknapp if required. Deep down, though, he knows he will lose his job today. ‘It hurts but we will be back and Mark will definitely be back,’ he said.

As for United, this was the ninth time in 13 league games that they have had to come from behind.

Headers from Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher put them in command and substitute Javier Hernandez stroked in the third.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Javier Hernandez fires in United's third

Signed, sealed, delivered: Javier Hernandez fires in United's third

It’s a habit Sir Alex Ferguson’s team cannot allow to continue. Wayne Rooney said: ‘It’s happening too many times. We need to take control of games.’

Redknapp, meanwhile, has opened the door for David Beckham, calling the 37-year-old a ‘fantastic’ footballer who could ‘still play in the Premier League’.

He added: ‘David could still be a great asset. Just having him round the place, showing people how to train and look after yourself. His professionalism is second to none.’

I"m a Celebrity 2012: Helen Flanagan and David Haye day three watch

Bristow's words of wisdom spell trouble for Haye as Helen prepares for another trial

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UPDATED:

10:10 GMT, 14 November 2012

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

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'The bubble wrap's out. It's moving day', Ant and Dec told us on Tuesday night's I’m A Celebrity – both camps reacted to the news as you would expect a pair of warring hillbilly families to.

After an entire, something like, four days, the two teams were behaving like they’d all grown up together in Downton Abbey and were becoming very protective of their respective family piles.

Words of wisdom: Bristow (right) sensed the knives beginning to sharpen

Words of wisdom: Bristow (right) sensed the knives beginning to sharpen

Mind you, as the Crafty Cockney pointed out, not everybody was averse to the idea of some fresh blood. 'The rift is starting. Watch this space', he warned us. Then as we watched Hugo and Nadine arguing as to whether the asparagus should be 'hard' or 'al dente', we could see his point.

To be fair to 'poor Hugo' (copyright Ant and Dec, who say it frequently with just a touch of insincerity) he'd had a tough day. Once again, he was paired with David Haye in a challenge, this time to win Dingo Dollars and a trip to the jungle shop. All 'poor Hugo' had to do was climb – yes, you DO know exactly how this is going to pan out – a wall using some jigsaw puzzle-shaped steps that slotted into small holes.

At the end, is was the boxer who took the purse, leaving 'poor Hugo' to lament 'the one I had in two above should have gone in two below'. 'Frustrating, innit', said David, with a genuine hint sympathy in there. Somewhere.

Making Haye: The former World Champion was hampered by Hugo

Making Haye: The former World Champion was hampered by Hugo

Making Haye: The former World Champion was hampered by Hugo

Tragically, his team failed to know that he began his professional boxing career at 22, not 18 and therefore missed out on a bowl of crisps. Which may not sound much to us, but was clearly like a banquet to his team mates.

At the end of the day though, quite literally, it was all about the coming together of the two camps. The question is: will they go together like cheese does with onion, or as beef does with corn flakes

Oh, and after having suffered horribly from camel toe (well, could you eat one) in yet another losing attempt, guess who the public have voted for Wednesday’s bushtucker trial

'Aaah, poor Helen'.

Not again: Flanagan has to take on another bushtucker trial

Not again: Flanagan has to take on another bushtucker trial

Beram Kayal says Celtic"s defeat to Barcelona was their own fault

Kayal lament: Beram claims Bhoys' cruel defeat was self-inflicted

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 24 October 2012

Beram Kayal claimed Celtic were architects of their own downfall in Barcelona for not dealing with the cross that cost them a priceless point at the death.

The Catalans waited until the 94th minute to claim the win that keeps them top of Group G — Jordi Alba connecting with Adriano’s cross to break Celtic’s hearts.

Neil Lennon’s side left Spain with no points but no shortage of plaudits for pushing the four-times European Cup winners all the way.

It's our fault: Beram Kayal watches Lionel Messi

It's our fault: Beram Kayal watches Lionel Messi

But midfielder Kayal, a second-half substitute for Charlie Mulgrew, felt losing the goal under such circumstances was unforgiveable.

‘We defended well until the 94th minute,’ he told Israeli radio.

‘We played well from a team point of view but, unfortunately, lost it in the last minute.

‘It’s a shame because we could have held on to the ball for that last minute.

Bitter blow: Adriano Correia celebrates after Jordi Alba scored Barcelona's winner

Bitter blow: Adriano Correia celebrates after Jordi Alba scored Barcelona's winner

‘The ball came to Adriano, I was standing on the edge of the box and he put over a low, dipping cross that beat everyone and he (Alba) put it in. It left us in shock. It’s very disappointing. ‘You work hard and sweat blood, especially against a team like Barcelona, who aren’t easy to get a draw out of. It’s a really bad feeling.

‘Before the game, we knew we’d have to work hard in defence and that most of the time we wouldn’t have the ball.

‘But the goal was with the last cross and we couldn’t get the ball away. True, we were playing the best team in the world, but we’re professionals and more than anything we wanted to come away with a good result.’

Heartbreak: Celtic's players waves to their fans at the end of the game

Heartbreak: Celtic's players waves to their fans at the end of the game

As Lennon’s side touched down in Glasgow, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell paid tribute to the efforts of the Parkhead players, saying: ‘It was a tremendous occasion and one that we were delighted to be involved in. The UEFA Champions League is the stage which Celtic strive to compete on and we have shown this season that we deserve our place alongside Europe’s elite clubs.

‘To play a team of Barcelona’s quality, rightly regarded as the best club side in the world, is the toughest football challenge we can face, but Neil and his players rose magnificently to that challenge and were desperately unlucky not to get what we all felt would have been a well-deserved point for our magnificent efforts.’

Wimbledon 2012: Rafael Nadal says Lukas Rosol defeat not a tragedy

It's not a tragedy: Stunned Nadal disappointed after second round defeat to 2,500-1 outsider RosolTwo-time Wimbledon champion dumped out by world No 1002,500-1 outsider Rosol has only played on grass TWICE

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 29 June 2012

Rafael Nadal insists his shock Wimbledon exit to Lukas Rosol is not 'a tragedy'.

The Spanish second seed succumbed to his equal earliest exit at the All England Club as the world No 100 Czech Republic player dumped the two-time SW19 champion out in a stunning five-set second round victory.

The 2,500-1 pre-tournament outsider won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, with the final set played under the roof on Centre Court.

Miracle man: Lukas Rosol shocked the world of tennis after he dumped second seed Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon

Miracle man: Lukas Rosol shocked the world of tennis after he dumped second seed Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon

Nadal's Wimbledon record

2003: Third round

2004: Did not play

2005: Second round

2006: Finalist

2007: Finalist

2008: Champion

2009: Did not play

2010: Champion

2011: Finalist

2012: Second round

Big-serving Rosol was playing on grass for only the second time in his career and can now looks forward to facing German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round on Saturday.

The 26-year-old hailed his win as a 'miracle', while Nadal's legion of fans took to Twitter to lament his shock defeat.

The world No 2 admitted he was looking forward to returning to his native Spain for a break before returning to Wimbledon next month for the London 2012 Olympics.

'I'm very, very disappointed,' said Nadal.

'In
the fifth set he played more than unbelievable. In the first three sets
I didn't play well but I never want to make an excuse after a match.

Calling the shots: World No 100 Rosol was hugely impressive with his big serves

Calling the shots: World No 100 Rosol was hugely impressive with his big serves

No reply: Nadal failed to find his best form as limped out in the second round

No reply: Nadal failed to find his best form as limped out in the second round

'The only thing I can do is go back home and rest, and I need and deserve it.

'It's not a tragedy, it's only a tennis match.'

Rosol
will hit the practice courts today and is on course to meet British No 1
Andy Murray in the semi-final if the pair continue to progress.

Raising the roof: Rosol impressed with his booming big serves

Raising the roof: Rosol impressed with his booming big serves

Game, set and match: Rosol celebrates his dramatic five-set victory over the Spaniard

Game, set and match: Rosol celebrates his dramatic five-set victory over the Spaniard

He said: 'It is a miracle for me – I never expected this.

'There are so many emotions. He is a superstar but I played unbelievable. I hope I can play one more match like this.

Heading home: Nadal salutes the Centre Court crowd following his surprise elimination

Heading home: Nadal salutes the Centre Court crowd following his surprise elimination

Out of answers: Nadal admitted he was looking forward to taking a break

Out of answers: Nadal admitted he was looking forward to taking a break

Alex Kay Talks Tennis

'He played a good match but I was better. I am very sorry for him but I hope I can play one more match like this.

'I played my best match ever. It means so much for me.'