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Arsenal 5 West Ham 1: match report

Arsenal 5 West Ham 1: Giroud at the double as Wenger's side put Hammers to the sword

PUBLISHED:

21:47 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 23 January 2013

Arsenal kickstarted their Barclays Premier League campaign as they blew West Ham away with four goals in the space of 10 minutes at the start of the second half to run out 5-1 winners at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had slumped to successive defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea to leave them facing an uphill battle to regain a place in the top four.

Manager Arsene Wenger knew there was no more margin for error and despite falling behind in tonight's rearranged Boxing Day fixture to a fine strike from Jack Collison, his side found their form, equalising through Lukas Podolski's 25-yard screamer.

Brace yourself: Olivier Giroud scored two goals in ten minutes as Arsenal ran riot at the Emirates on Wednesday

Brace yourself: Olivier Giroud scored two goals in ten minutes as Arsenal ran riot at the Emirates

MATCH FACTS

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen (Koscielny 57), Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain 73), Podolski (Andre Santos 70).

Subs Not Used: Mannone, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Frimpong.

Goals: Podolski 22, Giroud 47, Cazorla 53, Walcott 54, Giroud 57.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Tomkins, Reid (Diarra 62), O'Brien, Noble, Nolan, Collison (Potts 62), Taylor, Carlton Cole, Vaz Te (Diame 70).

Subs Not Used: Henderson, Jarvis, Joe Cole, O'Neil.

Booked: Vaz Te.

Goals: Collison 18.

Attendance: 60,081

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

Olivier Giroud scored his first goal
in six games to put the hosts in front just after the restart, before
German forward Podolski tore the Irons apart, charging down the left to
set up Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Giroud again as Arsenal romped
out of sight before the hour.

West Ham had to play the closing
stages with 10 men after what looked a serious injury to substitute
Daniel Potts, who was carried off on a stretcher following a clash of
heads.

The Gunners now head to Brighton on
Saturday looking to keep alive their FA Cup hopes, before next week's
visit of Liverpool will again put the character of Wenger's squad to the
test if they are to close back within striking distance of Champions
League qualification again.

Arsenal signalled their intent early
on as Walcott made a darting run inside West Ham full-back Joey O'Brien,
but his low centre through the six-yard box was behind the onrushing
Giroud.

Jack Wilshere needed treatment after he was caught on the ankle by West Ham midfielder Collison. The England man, who has just returned to full fitness this season after more than a year out, was soon able to continue.

Unconscious: There were 12 minutes of injury time at the Emirates after a collision involving Danny Potts

Unconscious: There were 12 minutes of injury time at the Emirates after a collision involving Danny Potts

Danny Potts

On 15 minutes, Walcott was almost
away again down the right, but Winston Reid did just enough to get
across as the England forward shot into the side netting.

At the other end, Matthew Taylor's 20-yard effort was deflected up and on to the roof of the net by Thomas Vermaelen.

Arsenal failed to clear their lines,
and from a second corner on 18 minutes, the ball was headed out to the
edge of the penalty area. Collison took one touch to set himself before
firing a superb strike through a crowd of players and into the bottom
corner.

On target: Santi Cazorla popped up with the third goal for Arsenal after 53 minutes

On target: Santi Cazorla popped up with the third goal for Arsenal after 53 minutes

Arsenal produced the perfect response
to level within four minutes. The ball was fed out from Wilshere to
Podolski on the left, some 25 yards from goal. The German promptly
stepped inside before unleashing a blistering low, left-foot strike into
the far corner.

Arsenal soon settled back into their
trademark passing rhythm. A quick one-two down the left through Giroud
and Kieran Gibbs played Podolski in on goal, but his snapshot was hacked
clear by O'Brien.

All smiles: Lukas Podolski equalised for the Gunners after 22 minutes at the Emirates Stadium

All smiles: Lukas Podolski equalised for the Gunners after 22 minutes at the Emirates Stadium

West Ham, though, were in again as
half-time approached when a long ball split the defence and fell to
Cole, whose chip was only part-blocked by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech
Szczesny and Aaron Ramsey had to scramble back to boot the ball off the
line.

In stoppage-time, Cazorla's curled
free-kick was heading to the top corner before Irons keeper Jussi
Jaaskelainen clawed it away. Arsenal were ahead just after the restart.

The Irons had been pressed back by a
series of sweeping attacks. Walcott clipped a corner towards the near
post, where Giroud arrived to drill it back past Jaaskelainen for his
first goal since a late double in the 7-3 win over Newcastle on December
29.

Before West Ham could mount a
comeback, it was 3-1 on 53 minutes. Walcott got away down the right,
before the ball was recycled back to the other flank, where Podolski
played a one-two with Giroud before squaring for Cazorla, who rolled in a
clever backheel.

Arsenal were flying and immediately
chalked up a fourth on the break inside 60 seconds. Podolski was set
away down the left, charging clear of a stretched West Ham defence
before clipping a perfectly-weighted pass across into the path of
Walcott, who smashed home first time at the far post.

Arsenal, however, were not finished
as Giroud added a fifth on 57 minutes, with Podolski again the provider
following another surging run down the left.

After all the high drama, the tempo
of the match dropped as fast as the temperature. There was a lengthy
stoppage with 18 minutes left as substitute Potts needed treatment after
a clash of heads, eventually taken off on a stretcher, covered with an
emergency blanket in a neck brace and receiving gas. As all had been
changes used, West Ham had to continue with 10 men – through some 12
minutes of stoppage time.

Luis Suarez handball: Graham Poll"s verdict

Suarez can't be held responsible for his handball, even if he owned up the ref's call would have stood

By
Graham Poll

PUBLISHED:

21:58 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 6 January 2013

Luis Suarez has form when it comes to cheating. But in the latest incident to attract negative headlines the Uruguayan striker was blameless, scoring what proved to be the winner in the FA Cup clash at Mansfield Town.

Handball remains the only offence in law which must be deliberate for a free-kick to be awarded – if the referee sees it.

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Instinct or intent Luis Suarez handled the ball before he scored for Liverpool

Instinct or intent Luis Suarez handled the ball before he scored for Liverpool

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

Rolled in: Suarez tapped the ball into an empty net

Rolled in: Suarez tapped the ball into an empty net

However, there are occasions when the
officials may see a handball they do not believe to be deliberate,
though penalise the offender because they have gained too great an
advantage from the ball hitting the arm.

The Suarez goal was just such an
incident which is why I am sue referee Andre Marriner did not see the
contact, rather than judge it to be accidental. Replays certainly showed
his view was obscured.

To be clear, Suarez sees the ball
rebound from the Mansfield Town goalkeeper, Alan Marriott, and tries to
get his arms out of the way; the ball hits his right arm and drops
kindly for the striker to tap the ball into the empty net.

Complaints: Mansfield players were unhappy with the decision to allow the goal

Complaints: Mansfield players were unhappy with the decision to allow the goal

The celebration, the commonly known
kiss of the wrist, was in no way an indication to opposing fans that he
had cheated, as was asserted by the ESPN commentary team.

Having known he gained from the
handball there have been suggestions that he should have told Marriner,
but I do not believe that would have made any difference – other than to
improve the Uruguayan’s tainted image.

Referees give what they see and stick
with those decisions. The images of Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler asking
Gerald Ashby to change a penalty award at Highbury are still clear – but
the penalty stood.

Trademark: Suarez kissed the inside of his wrist, as he does to celebrate his goals

Trademark: Suarez kissed the inside of his wrist, as he does to celebrate his goals

There was a period when after such
incidents referees in Germany's Bundesliga asked a player if he had
handled the ball. If the player took the opportunity to admit his guilt,
the goal was ruled out.

If, on the other hand, he denied it,
he could be suspended with the use of video evidence. This would not
need a law change to be introduced here – just a change of disciplinary
code from the Football Association.

Perhaps an overspill from his days
playing in Germany, Miroslav Klose did exactly that when playing for
Lazio in Serie A last year. As a result, the referee disallowed the
goal.

Confession time: Miroslav Klose admitted to handling the ball to score during a Serie A match in September, and the referee Luca Banti duly disallowed the goal

Confession time: Miroslav Klose admitted to handling the ball to score during a Serie A match in September, and the referee Luca Banti duly disallowed the goal

There are of course two other
options; Liverpool could have allowed Mansfield to score straight from
the restart, or the referee could have looked at a replay of the
incident.

As neither of those are likely to
happen in the foreseeable future why not allow the offender the option
to confess and improve everyone’s opinion of modern day professional
footballers

Mansfield 1 Liverpool 2: Match report

Mansfield 1 Liverpool 2: Dream debut for Sturridge but Stags rage at Suarez handball

PUBLISHED:

17:55 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 6 January 2013

Liverpool new-boy Daniel Sturridge made an immediate impact to leave Mansfield manager Paul Cox mulling over his honeymoon options after failing to pull off an FA Cup giant-killing.

Sturridge, a 12million buy from Chelsea a few days ago, wasted no time in getting off the mark and helping the Reds into the fourth round – and another tricky trip to Oldham – at the expense of their non-league opponents.

The Blue Square Bet Conference side had their moments, notably at the start of the second half, before Luis Suarez further crushed their hopes in the 59th minute – and not without controversy.

Dream debut: Daniel Sturridge celebrates with team mates after scoring his first goal for Liverpool

Dream debut: Daniel Sturridge celebrates with team mates after scoring his first goal for Liverpool

MATCH FACTS:

Mansfield: Marriott, Thompson, Dempster, Geohaghon, Beevers, Meikle, Clements (Rhead 81), Murray, Howell, Briscoe (Daniel 64), Green.

Subs not used: Sutton, Speight, Wright, Hutchinson, Stevenson.

Booked: Beevers.

Goal: Green 79.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom (Flanagan 79), Coates, Carragher, Robinson, Lucas, Allen, Shelvey, Fernandez Saez (Henderson 55), Sturridge (Suarez 55), Downing.

Subs not used: Gulacsi, Sterling, Coady, Skrtel.

Booked: Lucas, Sturridge, Flanagan.

Goals: Sturridge 7, Suarez 59.

Attendance: 7,574

Referee: Andre Marriner

If a contentious handball had been spotted then perhaps Matt Green's 79th-minute strike might have forced a lucrative replay at Anfield, but it was not to be.

Instead for Cox, who turned 41 today and who married on Friday, his new wife Natasha will have to start flicking through the holiday brochures after failing to cash in on a promise from Blue Square that they would have paid for his honeymoon if the Stags had won.

Unfortunately, they made the worst possible start as it took just eight minutes for Liverpool, and Sturridge in particular, to make their mark.

The Stags defence was scythed open with ease by a delightful through ball from Jonjo Shelvey, and with Sturridge showing a turn of speed in racing on to the pass, he slotted comfortably beyond Alan Marriott from 12 yards.

The goal allowed the visitors to take control, with Marriott firmly behind a raking low drive from just outside the area from Joe Allen five minutes later that could have deceived as it flashed through a crowded penalty area.

Within 90 seconds it should have been
2-0, and effectively game over, as the Shelvey-Sturridge partnership
combined again, with the latter clean through on to another incisive
defence-splitting pass.

Tidy finish: Sturridge slots the ball past Alan Marriott

Tidy finish: Sturridge slots the ball past Alan Marriott

On this occasion, however, Sturridge
dithered perhaps a fraction too long and shimmied once too often as his
eventual crack at goal was beaten away by Marriott at close range.

At that stage, with just 15 minutes
elapsed, that would likely have knocked the stuffing out of the Stags,
however they grew in confidence as the half wore on even if Liverpool
continued to dominate.

They were indebted to a superb sliding
tackle from Lindon Meikle in thwarting Suso on the edge of the six-yard
box, while John Thompson bravely threw his body in the way of a drive
from Stewart Downing as he raced into the area.

Handball! Luis Suarez brings the ball down with his hand before scoring

Handball! Luis Suarez brings the ball down with his hand before scoring

Moment of controversy: Luis Suarez scored after handling the ball

Moment of controversy: Luis Suarez scored after handling the ball

In it goes: Suarez taps the ball over the line

In it goes: Suarez taps the ball over the line

But with the realisation they were in
the game and there was no walkover on the cards, and with the crowd
becoming ever more vocal, they finally conjured their first chance just
after the half hour.

A quick surging move resulted in
leading scorer Green unleashing a fierce 18-yard drive that stung the
fingers of goalkeeper Brad Jones, with Jose Reina one of those rested,
along with captain Steven Gerrard.

They were amongst eight changes made
to the side following the recent 3-0 victory over Sunderland, with Jamie
Carragher taking over the skipper's armband.

With Suarez on the bench, Sturridge
was given his chance to shine and a minute before the break he again
managed to get in behind the home defence from a Shelvey pass, firing in
a shot Marriott touched beyond the far post.

In with a shout: Mansfield Town's Matt Green pulls a goal back

In with a shout: Mansfield Town's Matt Green pulls a goal back

All smiles: Green celebrates his goal

All smiles: Green celebrates his goal

Whatever Cox then said to his players
during the interval worked a treat as Town gave the Reds the fright of
their lives in the opening few minutes of the second half as they
besieged their opponent's area.

It was all sparked by a close-range shot from Anthony Howell that Jones nudged past his right-hand post.

Beyond that Howell saw another effort
blocked by Carragher before Jones saved from Louis Briscoe, made a more
fumbled attempt from Meikle, and then tipped one past his left-hand
upright as Briscoe aimed a powerful angled drive towards the top corner.

Getting stuck in: Mansfield's Lindon Meikle challenges Liverpool's Lucas Leiva

Getting stuck in: Mansfield's Lindon Meikle challenges Liverpool's Lucas Leiva

It was hair-raising stuff for
Liverpool, who eventually drew breath in the 53rd minute on a breakaway
which culminated in Sturridge dragging a Downing pass across Marriott.

It proved to be his last act of his
debut as Rodgers replaced the 23-year-old and Suso moments later with
Suarez and Jordan Henderson.

The Uruguayan's introduction paid immediate dividends, but not without typical debate for which he has become renowned.

Getting there first: Meikle and Suso battle for the ball

Getting there first: Meikle and Suso battle for the ball

Again Downing was the provider and
after Suarez's initial effort was blocked by Marriott, he then used his
hand to bundle home the rebound from a couple of yards, sparking appeals
from the Town players that went unrewarded.

The game appeared to be petering out
towards a natural conclusion until Green struck 11 minutes from time
with a right-foot shot from 15 yards that bounced off the turf and
beyond Jones, heralding a frenetic finish.

The most notable chance saw Green
lash a shot goalwards from 20 yards in the first of five minutes of
injury time, only for Jones to paw away.

In the end, there was to be no romantic ending. Cox will have to save that for his honeymoon.

Newcastle 1 Manchester City 3: match report

Newcastle 1 Manchester City 3: Mancini's men bounce back from derby defeat with comfortable win on Tyneside

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UPDATED:

15:12 GMT, 15 December 2012

Yaya Toure helped Manchester City stay in touch with Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United by sealing a hard-fought win at Newcastle.

The reigning champions looked to be coasting to victory at St James' Park after Sergio Aguero and Garcia gave them a 2-0 lead before the break.

However, the Magpies launched a concerted fightback after Demba Ba dragged them back into the game with a 51st-minute header, his 11th goal of the season.

Another one: Yaya Toure scored City's third to seal the victory

Another one: Yaya Toure scored City's third to seal the victory

Bouncing back: City players showed their resilience with an impressive performance on Tyneside

Bouncing back: City players showed their resilience with an impressive performance on Tyneside

Pulling it back: Demba Ba brought Newcastle into the game again

Pulling it back: Demba Ba brought Newcastle into the game again

Pulling it back: Demba Ba brought Newcastle into the game again

MATCH FACTS

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson (Ferguson 83), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Tiote (Marveaux 75), Anita, Gutierrez, Cisse (Shola Ameobi 79), Ba.

Subs not used: Elliot, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Tavernier.

Booked: Simpson, Williamson, Perch

Goal: Ba 51

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, K Toure, Clichy, Silva, Javi Garcia, Y Toure, Nasri (Kolarov 37 (Dzeko 72)), Aguero, Tevez (Lescott 79).

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Rekik, Razak.

Booked: K Toure, Aguero

Goals: Aguero 10, Garcia 39

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Attendance: 49,579

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Papiss Cisse came agonisingly close
to rescuing a point in front of a raucous crowd of 49,579, but the
visitors – who did not have striker Mario Balotelli among their ranks
after manager Roberto Mancini left him out of the 18 – eased over the
line when Toure restored their two-goal advantage 12 minutes from time.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was left
to reflect upon a sixth defeat in seven league matches, but buoyed by a
performance of real character against a team which at times threatened
to rip them apart.

Deprived of the threat of mercurial
Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa, Pardew beefed up his midfield by introducing
the more defensively-minded James Perch.

The Magpies enjoyed the better of the
possession in the first 10 minutes and might have been ahead had Joe
Hart not got down smartly to turn away Cisse's early half-volley from
Cheick Tiote's cross.

However, roused from their slumbers,
City responded to assume the appearance of a team assembled on a budget
of hundreds of millions of pounds playing against another assembled on a
budget.

Opening up: Sergio Aguero scored the first goal of the match early on

Opening up: Sergio Aguero scored the first goal of the match early on

The pace and movement of Samir Nasri,
David Silva, Carlos Tevez and Aguero, coupled with the vision of the
imperious Toure, was simply too much for Newcastle to handle at times
and had it not been for the efforts of goalkeeper Tim Krul and some less
than effective finishing, the game could have been out of their reach
long before the half-time whistle sounded.

City took the lead in breathtakingly
simple, but magnificently constructed style with 10 minutes gone when a
Toure pass split the home defence and Nasri unselfishly squared for
Aguero to slide the ball into the empty net.

In an instant, the flow of the game had changed and Pardew's men found themselves chasing shadows.

Tevez was denied a second three
minutes later by Krul's point-blank save and Nasri fired against the
foot of the post after 20 minutes before Mike Williamson blocked
Aguero's follow-up on the line.

Doubled: Javi Garcia headed home for the second of the game

Doubled: Javi Garcia headed home for the second of the game

Sea of blue: City fans lit a flare

Sea of blue: City fans lit a flare

Newcastle rallied with Williamson
forcing another good save from Hart with a left-foot volley after
central defensive partner Fabricio Coloccini had headed upfield, before
Cisse fired over from long range 13 minutes before the break.

City doubled their lead with six
minutes of the half remaining. This time, City adopted a far more
prosaic approach as Javi Garcia met Silva's left-wing corner with a
header which full-back Davide Santon perhaps should have cleared at the
far post, but could only hack into his own net.

To their credit, Newcastle returned
determined not to capitulate, and went close twice within four minutes
of the restart with Ba heading over at the far post and Santon drilling a
low drive into the side-netting.

They got their reward with 51 minutes
gone when, after Vurnon Anita's corner had been half-cleared, Coloccini
hooked the ball back into the penalty area where Ba beat the offside
trap to head firmly past Hart.

Audacious: Carlos Tevez tried an ambitious overhead kick in the second half

Audacious: Carlos Tevez tried an ambitious overhead kick in the second half

Too easy: Sergio Aguero knocked home a sumptuous ball from Samir Nasri

Too easy: Sergio Aguero knocked home a sumptuous ball from Samir Nasri

The Magpies came within inches of
levelling two minutes later when Cisse span on Anita's pass and fired
inches over, but it took another crucial save by Krul to keep their
hopes alive after Tevez had been played in over the top with 57 minutes
gone.

Ba stabbed the ball into the
side-netting from the last of a series of right-wing Anita corners with
City's composure eluding them for once, and then prompted Hart to make a
solid save with a rasping drive from distance.

However, City made sure 12 minutes from time when Pablo Zabaleta got in down the left and crossed for Toure to make it 3-1.

Aguero might have extended City's
lead considerably as time ran down, curling a shot just wide and then
chipping harmlessly across goal after racing from halfway, but the
damage had already been done.

Sent tumbling: Aleksandar Kolarov is bundled over by Danny Simpson

Sent tumbling: Aleksandar Kolarov is bundled over by Danny Simpson

Supportive: X Factor Tulisa Contostavlos was in the stands to cheer on boyfriend Danny Simpson

Supportive: X Factor Tulisa Contostavlos was in the stands to cheer on boyfriend Danny Simpson

Supportive: X Factor Tulisa Contostavlos was in the stands to cheer on boyfriend Danny Simpson

Gareth Bale talks about diving reputation with referee Andre Marriner

Bale dives into face-to-face talks with ref Marriner as Spurs ace tries to get rid of his reputation

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UPDATED:

15:03 GMT, 14 December 2012

Gareth Bale has taken part in face-to-face talks with Premier League referee Andre Marriner in a bid to understand why he keeps getting booked for diving.

The Tottenham winger was booked for simulation in consecutive games against Liverpool and Fulham and has received four yellow cards so far this season for the offence – the most of any player in the top flight.

Rough tumble: Gareth Bale has picked up four bookings for diving this year

Rough tumble: Gareth Bale has picked up four bookings for diving this year

Rough tumble: Gareth Bale has picked up four bookings for diving this year

The issue was raised when Marriner visited Spurs’ training ground this week as part of an annual visit by a Premier League referee, but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas insisted Bale’s reputation for diving was unfair.

The boss said the player would keep trying to protect himself when running at players with his blistering pace and does not care he has been labelled as a ‘diver’.

Villas-Boas said: ‘We have received the visit of the referee this week. We have spoken, me and Gareth, with the referee about the situation.

‘He has had potentially-career threatening injuries and sometimes for the pace that he goes at it looks like a dive from the player when he is actually protecting himself. He told me that.

‘He avoids opponents' tackles (and with) the pace that he approaches challenges it's very difficult for referees to judge.

'It's a tag that if he has gained it is unfair. But it doesn't bother him in any way shape or form so we keep doing our job.'

Spotlight: High-profile incidents involving Santi Cazorla and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci have bought diving back into focus both in England and abroad

Spotlight: High-profile incidents involving Santi Cazorla and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci have bought diving back into focus both in England and abroad

Spotlight: High-profile incidents involving Santi Cazorla and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci have bought diving back into focus both in England and abroad

West Ham fans mock Spurs supporters stabbed in Italy and sing about Hitler

Sickening! FA must act after West Ham fans mock Spurs supporters stabbed in Italy

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UPDATED:

00:59 GMT, 26 November 2012

West Ham United are facing an FA investigation after their fans subjected Tottenham supporters to vile chants at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs’ 3-1 Barclays Premier League win was overshadowed by sickening songs about the stabbings of the Tottenham fans in Rome last week.

Anti-Semitic taunts were also heard, along with persistent hissing and references to Adolf Hitler.

Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane

Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane

Tweet from Sportsmail's Alex Kay

Lazio' chants have gone on for most of
first half. Not just a few people, hundreds. It's sad and pathetic. Ban
them all.' @Alex_Kay_DM

Hundreds of West Ham supporters chanted ‘Viva Lazio’ at numerous points during the game in a macabre show of support for the hooligans who left at least 10 Spurs fans injured and one needing emergency surgery.

Ashley Mills, 25, of Essex, had to be admitted to hospital for stab wounds to his head and groin after being set upon by a gang of masked thugs while in Rome for Tottenham’s Europa League match against Lazio. Two men have since been charged with attempted murder.

Italian flags were seen in the away section on Sunday and a red flare was also set off. After Tottenham had scored their second and third goals, ‘Lazio’ was chanted, bringing ironic cheers from the home crowd.

The most distasteful chants were saved for towards the end. In reply to Spurs fans chanting, ‘Can we play you every week’ West Ham fans sang: ‘Can we stab you every week’

Anti-semitic chanting, hissing and the references to Hitler then followed.

The FA said they would await reports from referee Andre Marriner and fourth official Mark Clattenburg before taking further action.

At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham

At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said he had not heard the chanting but agreed his fans ‘should not be doing that’. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas branded the chants as ‘stupid’.

Allardyce said: ‘I don’t hear what the fans say or do when I’m concentrating on a game of football.

‘They shouldn’t be doing things like that, should they But it’s the least of my worries at the minute.’

Asked about the Hitler chanting, Allardyce said: ‘If I didn’t hear it, I can’t condemn it. I’ll wait and look at it myself and then I’ll comment after I’ve listened to what they’ve said. I don’t want to be a political animal. I’m in here to talk about football, not what fans are saying or singing.’

Villas-Boas said: ‘We know the animosity
there is between Tottenham and West Ham. As long as it doesn’t reach
stupidity, it is a great rivalry.

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans were attacked this week

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans were attacked this week

‘I understand the whole situation is unavoidable although we can’t decipher the complete meaning of what they were singing.’

The two clubs have a long-standing history of abuse between supporters. Former West Ham striker Jermain Defoe, who was booed throughout, scored two of the goals in the win for Tottenham, a victory that takes them one place above the Hammers.

Spurs fans have been the subject of complaints by the Society of Black Lawyers who objected to the White Hart Lane supporters singing ‘Yid Army’ about themselves. Sportsmail has highlighted that this kind of disgraceful chanting is just as despicable as racist abuse, pointing out unacceptable behaviour such as vile abuse Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is subjected to at various grounds.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones, who has been the victim of sustained abuse, said: ‘It is like a form of racism because it is every bit as bad.’

Spurs supporters rushed to condemn their West Ham rivals on Twitter.

Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday

Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday

Andrew Leason wrote: 'West Ham fans & their Lazio/Hitler chants showing what utter vile scum they are.'

West Ham fan Andrew Wiseman posted: 'The minority of hammers fans with the Lazio chants should hang their heads in shame. And I'm a Hammer. Pathetic.'

Ed Aarons commented: 'Not surprised at all by reports of moronic Lazio chants by West Ham fans at WHL. Not exactly known for their intelligence.'

West Ham fans were also accused of hissing in reference to the Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis in concentration camps.

'Hissing, Lazio chants and (letting off) a flare. You classless bunch of p***** are really enjoying your cup final, aren't you West Ham,' posted Louise Page.

And Charlie Parrish added: 'Next to West Ham away fans. Lots of Lazio chants. Football's pretty grim sometimes.'

Tottenham 3 West Ham 1: match report

Tottenham 3 West Ham 1: Defoe hits back with double to defeat the boo boys

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00:00 GMT, 26 November 2012

It is almost nine years since Jermain Defoe left West Ham United, but football fans do not forget. The Tottenham striker was taunted mercilessly by those in claret and blue. His response was emphatic.

Defoe scored two goals — the first a quite superb individual effort — and was booked, then flirted with a second yellow card in a 3-1 win Tottenham so desperately needed. It was impossible to ignore him, never mind forget him.

In the absence of Emmanuel Adebayor, suspended after being sent off against Arsenal last weekend, and against the team with which the self-described ‘East End boy’ grew up, Defoe scored the opening goal and Spurs never looked back.

Scores when he wants: Jermain Defoe celebrates helping Tottenham to victory

Scores when he wants: Jermain Defoe celebrates helping Tottenham to victory

Match facts

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Sandro (Livermore 86), Lennon (Dembele 79), Dempsey, Bale, Defoe (Sigurdsson 90).

Subs Not Used: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Carroll.

Booked: Defoe.

Goals: Defoe 44, Bale 58, Defoe 64.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney, Maiga (Jarvis 31), Diame, O'Neil (Taylor 55), Noble, Nolan (Cole 68),Carroll.

Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Collins, Demel, Moncur.

Booked: O'Brien, Noble.

Goals: Carroll 82.

Att: 36,043

Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

They were as dominant as West Ham were poor, with Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey and, of course, Defoe exposing the visitors’ surprising defensive fragility.

Sam Allardyce’s side were the third stingiest team in the Barclays Premier League before this game, but the manager’s ploy to defend deep and try to nick a goal was ruined by Defoe’s stunning 44th-minute strike.

Bale then added a second after a delicious chipped ball from Dempsey before Defoe scored the third, profiting from an explosive run from Lennon.

Andy Carroll opened his West Ham account late on — the striker’s first goal in 15 games — but it was nothing more than a consolation; an aside to mar the exuberant, and somewhat relieved, celebrations of the Tottenham bench.

Assistant coach Steffen Freund’s ecstasy was perhaps a little much — ‘Sometimes we ask him if he’s taken the pill to calm down, but, when he forgets, he’s very energetic,’ joked Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas — but the hosts needed this victory.

Bullet: Jermaine Defoe rifles Tottenham in front against West Ham

Bullet: Jermaine Defoe rifles Tottenham in front against West Ham

Losing three consecutive matches invited pressure; four defeats in a row would have represented a very serious problem.

Instead, this victory moved them above West Ham into seventh place, five points shy of fourth-placed Chelsea.

‘It was extremely important to get
back to winning ways in a London derby,’ said Villas-Boas. ‘We don’t
jump a lot in terms of the table but we narrow the gap.

‘It puts third place in a better perspective and, hopefully, we can continue this run of form.’

In front: Defoe is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Tottenham's opening goal

In front: Defoe is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Tottenham's opening goal

Defoe, too, will hope to continue an impressive start to the season which has seen him notch 12 goals already.

He had a look of determination when he chested the ball down with seconds of the first half remaining, turning and skipping past Winston Reid and George McCartney before sending Mark Noble the wrong way and unleashing a powerful 25-yard shot into the top right-hand corner.

Defoe spun off as if to celebrate in front of the West Ham fans but was then, wisely, shepherded away. Villas-Boas said: ‘In one-on-one situations he is immense and it was decisive because it unlocked the game.

Easy does it: Gareth Bale added a second for Tottenham as they saw off West Ham

Easy does it: Gareth Bale added a second for Tottenham as they saw off West Ham

Here we go: Bale celebrates with Clint Dempsey as Tottenham climb the table

Here we go: Bale celebrates with Clint Dempsey as Tottenham climb the table

‘He’s an incredible striker. His moment of form is absolutely immense. He’s enjoying his football.

‘When we see strikers of this nature, their hunger for goals is exactly what you want and request from a striker. I couldn’t ask for any more.’

Defoe’s strike ignited a poor first half that was more notable for the disgraceful chanting in the stands than the action on the pitch. Bale had looked the most likely architect of a Tottenham goal and Lennon sent a right-foot shot wide but West Ham offered little apart from a wayward Carroll header from a Reid free-kick.

The visitors looked surprisingly off the pace, something they must now try to correct at Manchester United on Wednesday without the influential Noble, who received his fifth caution of the season and will be suspended.

Return: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (centre) as at White Hart Lane

Return: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (centre) as at White Hart Lane

Fourth official Mark Clattenburg

Allardyce said: ‘We were very poor, unfortunately. It looked like we were a bit overawed and I don’t know why. I didn’t expect that.

‘It shocked me, to be honest, but I’ve just got to accept it and we’ve got to get over it very, very quickly.’

Substitute Matt Jarvis brought a good save from Hugo Lloris just after the restart and the Tottenham goalkeeper, starting his third consecutive match ahead of Brad Friedel, was alert to stop the winger again after a pass from Kevin Nolan in the 56th minute. Carroll scored his goal eight minutes from time and there were late efforts from Joey O’Brien and Reid, but the visitors offered little.

At last! Andy Carroll scores his first goal for West Ham United

At last! Andy Carroll scores his first goal for West Ham United

Spurs, by contrast, were lively and energetic. Dempsey hit the bar from the edge of the box before setting up Bale, whose left-foot shot went in off the far post.

Sandro, who later left the field for Jake Livermore after suffering pain in his abdomen, then won possession on the halfway line and fed Lennon, who sprinted forward and passed Nolan before picking out Defoe to his left.

The England striker does not miss chances like those — as West Ham know all too well.

It’s now six goals for him in seven starts against the Hammers in a Tottenham shirt. Maybe he doesn’t forget, either.

Southampton 1 Swansea 1: match report Morgan Schneiderlin Nathan Dyer score

Southampton 1 Swansea 1: Saints off the bottom but Dyer haunts former club

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17:21 GMT, 10 November 2012

Southampton's under-fire manager Nigel Adkins was denied a much-need victory by Swansea today as another former academy graduate returned to haunt their former club.

Two weeks ago Gareth Bale helped Tottenham to a 2-1 victory at St Mary's, and this afternoon Nathan Dyer came off the bench to deny the south coast club all three points.

Saints came into the game under no illusions of how important it was to pick up a victory, as speculation mounted over the future of manager Adkins.

Comeback kid: Swansea's Nathan Dyer returned to haunt his former club with a second-half equaliser for Swansea

Comeback kid: Swansea's Nathan Dyer returned to haunt his former club with a second-half equaliser for Swansea

MATCH FACTS

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw (Fox 74), Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Lambert, Ramirez. Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka.

Booked: Schneiderlin, Lallana.

Goals: Schneiderlin 64.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Ki, Britton (Shechter 66), De Guzman (Agustien 86), Hernandez, Michu, Routledge (Dyer 56). Subs not used: Cornell, Tate, Moore, Tiendalli.

Booked: Williams, Agustien.

Goals: Dyer 73.

Att: 30,501.

Ref: Andre Marriner.

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The hosts responded in the ideal
manner and, having dominated the first half, continued well after the
break and took a deserved lead through Morgan Schneiderlin.

But, like so many times before this
season, Saints' defence proved their undoing as Maya Yoshida failed to
control a pass from goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, with Dyer nipping in to
collect the ball and fire home to secure a point for the Welsh side.

Adkins named 17-year-old Luke Shaw in
his team for today's game, which saw the left-back become the youngest
ever player to start a Premier League match for Saints.

His appearance came in a match of
grave importance for the hosts, whose fans chanted 'one Nigel Adkins'
from the outset in support of their manager.

The hosts started well and, soon
after Ashley Williams cleared a threatening corner, Schneiderlin blazed
over from the edge of the box.

Saints captain Adam Lallana forced
Gerhard Tremmel into action with a quick turn and strike, before Gaston
Ramirez curled a left-footed effort just wide of the German's right-hand
post from 25 yards.

First up: Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin turns to celebrates after scoring the first goal at St Mary's

First up: Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin turns to celebrates after scoring the first goal at St Mary's

It was an opening brimming with
confidence that belied Southampton's lowly position, although their
defensive weaknesses were soon being exposed.

Only the fine reactions of goalkeeper
Gazzaniga stopped Ki Sung-yeung breaking the deadlock 20 minutes in,
but Garry Monk did well at the other end to stop Puncheon getting a shot
away on the counter.

Under pressure: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins went into the came with his side at the foot of the table

Under pressure: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins went into the came with his side at the foot of the table

Saints were looking the better of the two sides and Ramirez did well to jink into space and fire just wide in the 26th minute.

Schneiderlin and Williams were booked as the match continued, with the latter penalised for clattering in-flight Ramirez.

On the move: Southampton's Jason Puncheon looks to go past Swansea's Ben Davies

On the move: Southampton's Jason Puncheon looks to go past Swansea's Ben Davies

The Uruguay international took the
resulting free-kick, which caught the Swansea defence on the hop as he
floated the ball wide to the unmarked Jose Fonte, whose cutback and shot
were both blocked.

Lallana claimed a penalty against Angel Rangel and then scooped a curled right-foot effort as half-time approached.

Hold up: Southampton striker Rickie Lambert (L) vies with Swansea defender Angel Rangel (R)

Hold up: Southampton striker Rickie Lambert (L) vies with Swansea defender Angel Rangel (R)

The Swansea right-back saw a shot
deflected behind off Yoshida when play resumed for the second half,
before Shaw was caught out for the first time.

The teenager was impressing for Saints but Pablo Hernandez got behind him and cut back, only for Wayne Routledge to place over.

Head boys: Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (L) loses out to Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman

Head boys: Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (L) loses out to Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman

The latter was replaced by former Southampton winger Dyer moments later, before Ramirez twice had shots blocked.

The home side were dominating play but dawdling too often in possession in the final third.
Ramirez failed with an attempted scissor kick and then Lallana was
booked for diving when he went down under pressure from Williams.

No way through: Nathaniel Clyne (L) and Jason Puncheon (R) charge down Swansea winger Wayne Routledge

No way through: Nathaniel Clyne (L) and Jason Puncheon (R) charge down Swansea winger Wayne Routledge

The home side's intense pressure soon
told, though, as Lallana swung a ball in from the left and Rickie
Lambert's cushion header was controlled by Schneiderlin.

The French midfielder took the ball
on the run and continued to head past Tremmel to give Adkins' side a
deserved 64th-minute lead.

Making a point: Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup barks out his orders from the touchline

Making a point: Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup barks out his orders from the touchline

Clyne saw a low cross cleared as Southampton pushed for a second, before defensive frailties again cost Adkins' side.

Gazzaniga played the ball out to
Yoshida but the Japan international miscontrolled and Dyer latched on to
the loose ball and fired home off the post.

Stuck in: Adam Lallana gets tangled up in a challenge with Swansea's Angel Rangel

Stuck in: Adam Lallana gets tangled up in a challenge with Swansea's Angel Rangel

The 73rd-minute leveller was met by a
muted celebration by the substitute in respect to his former club, who
returned the attack desperate for a winner.

Lambert nodded agonisingly wide
shortly afterwards and Cork flashed a strike over, before Tremmel caught
a tame header by the former.

Referee Andre Marriner waved away
Lallana's strong penalty appeals in the 85th minute after going down
under pressure from Monk, before Ki saw a shot blocked at the other end
and Yoshida cleared a cross with a last-ditch challenge.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis calls for retrospective action on diving after admitting frustration with Norwich goal

Pulis calls for retrospective action on diving after admitting frustration with Norwich goal

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18:42 GMT, 3 November 2012

Stoke manager Tony Pulis felt his side had been 'kicked in the teeth' by poor refereeing decisions during their 1-0 defeat at Norwich.

Bradley Johnson's headed goal at the end of the first half proved enough to secure the Canaries a second successive Barclays Premier League home win.

Pulis, though, was left less than impressed by the award of the initial free-kick for a foul by full-back Andy Wilkinson on Robert Snodgrass out on the far touchline, and also referee Andre Marriner ruling midfielder Charlie Adam had dived earlier in the first half.

'The goal was a disappointment. I have been in to see the referee to have a quick chat,' said Pulis.

Frustration: Tony Pulis' side have won just once this season

Frustration: Tony Pulis' side have won just once this season

'I thought it certainly was not a free-kick, and the disappointing thing is when the lad falls, Andre and the linesman are so close to it.

'He has booked Charlie in the first half for diving – I have just had a look at that and [Javier] Garrido pushes him in the back, so that is a double kick in the teeth when he gets both those decisions wrong and even worse when they score from it.'

Diving has become a contentious issue in the English game, and Pulis believed retrospective punishment is the way forwards.

He added: 'Referees give the decisions they see on the day, and he has seen it differently to what we have. When he sees it again on the telly tonight, he will have a different opinion.

Having a word: Referee Andre Marriner and Ryan Shawcross get to grips with one another

Having a word: Referee Andre Marriner and Ryan Shawcross get to grips with one another

'I think the [diving] situation should be taken completely out of the hands of the referees and it should be retrospective on a Monday, there should be a panel which sits to decide whether a player has dived or not, that eases the pressure on referees and they only make that decision if they are 110 per cent certain someone has cheated.'

Norwich manager Chris Hughton defended Snodgrass against any accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct.

He said: 'I have not seen it since, but I have heard the comments. If anything is labelled at Robert Snodgrass, then you have got to say the same about Charlie Adam, who went down.

'If you are looking at incidents in the game, there are so many and you are always going to pick out a few, but it is a tough physical game and you have to be able to deal with it.'

Heated: Passions overflow between the two sides at Carrow Road

Heated: Passions overflow between the two sides at Carrow Road

Stoke had won just once in the league before this afternoon, drawing six. Norwich, meanwhile, are now four games unbeaten in all competitions following the international break, having reached the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup with victory over Tottenham in midweek.

Hughton, though, accepted the Canaries could have given themselves more breathing space during the closing stages this afternoon, when the hosts soaked up plenty of pressure.

'You cannot be too disappointed when you have won the game, but we could have made life better for ourselves,' he said.

'We needed to put a little more pressure on them, we could have done better when we had the ball and had two very good chances apart from scoring the goal.

Precious strike: Bradley Johnson hit the only goal of the game to send Norwich into 14th

Precious strike: Bradley Johnson hit the only goal of the game to send Norwich into 14th

'We should have pressed more, but that takes a lot of energy, especially when you are playing against a team like Stoke.

'But I thought we dealt with it very well and apart from Kenwyne Jones' header we restricted them to a couple of half-chances.'

Steven Gerrard slams referee Andre Marriner who ruled out Luis Suarez winner v Everton

Ref told me 'I think so' when I asked if he got Suarez disallowed goal right… that's not good enough, blasts Gerrard (who was left red-faced after 80-yard celebration)

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09:47 GMT, 29 October 2012

Steven Gerrard has slammed the decision making process of the official who controversially denied Liverpool a late winner at Everton.

Luis Suarez fired home from close range deep into injury time only to see his effort chalked off for offside, even though replays showed he was clearly on.

Ruled out: This goal was chalked off as the official believed Suarez had strayed offside

Ruled out: This goal was chalked off as the official believed Suarez had strayed offside

What's going on Gerrard shouts the odds with referee Marriner

What's going on Gerrard shouts the odds with referee Marriner

When pressed by the Liverpool captain at
the end of the match on the contentious decision, the assistant
referee's reply surprised and shocked Gerrard.

I've seen it again and we can feel sorry ourselves because it was a clear goal,' said Gerrard.

'We should be taking away the three points rather than just one.

'There is no offside and it’s difficult for me to explain it. The only person who can explain it is the linesman.

'I asked him after the game if it was offside and he said 'I think so'. That's not good enough. If every decision in this league is based on 'we think so' then we’re in trouble.

'The linesman got it badly wrong. The benefit of the doubt is supposed to go to the attacking player anyway.

'And for their second goal, it's a clear throw-in to us. The linesman gives us the throw but the referee (Andre Marriner) saw something different.

'He gave Everton the throw and their second goal came from that.

'I feel sorry for our lads because I thought we were fantastic today and deserved to win.

'We had a young, small team out there but they were all men today and stuck together. There was one team here who came to play football and win the game and that was us.'

All smiles: Gerrard wheels away to celebrate in front of the Liverpool fans, some 80 yards away

All smiles: Gerrard wheels away to celebrate in front of the Liverpool fans, some 80 yards away

Kneesy does it: The Reds captain slides across the Goodison Park turf, ecstatic after his team's 'winner'

Kneesy does it: The Reds captain slides across the Goodison Park turf, ecstatic after his team's 'winner'

Grim reality: The realisation hits Gerrard that Liverpool haven't, in fact, won the match

Grim reality: The realisation hits Gerrard that Liverpool haven't, in fact, won the match