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Chelsea 0 QPR 1 match report: Shaun Wright-Phillips scores winner

Chelsea 0 QPR 1: Wright-Phillips scores on Stamford Bridge return to give Rafa the Blues

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21:36 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 2 January 2013

Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the only goal of the game against his former club as QPR pulled off one of the shock results of the season to all but end Chelsea's title challenge.

Blues boss Rafa Benitez opted to rest key men Juan Mata, Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard and Ramires from the start and he was made to pay the price for that gamble by Harry Redknapp's resurgent Rs.

Bolt from the blue: Wright-Phillips' 79th-minute strike stunned the hosts

Bolt from the blue: Wright-Phillips' 79th-minute strike stunned the hosts

Match facts

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand, Luiz, Lampard (Ramires 79), Marin (Hazard 60), Oscar, Moses (Mata 75), Torres.

Subs not used: Hilario, Cole, Ferreira, Piazon.

Booked: Marin.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Da Silva, Mbia, Derry, Hoilett (Wright-Phillips 15), Granero (Park 90), Taarabt (Dyer 90), Mackie.

Subs not used: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Faurlin.

Booked: Hill.

Goal: Wright-Phillips 79.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Attendance: 41,634

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More to follow…

Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Back with a bang: Harry Redknapp's men recovered from their humiliating defeat at home to Liverpool

Back with a bang: Harry Redknapp's men recovered from their humiliating defeat at home to Liverpool

Rock solid: Ryan Nelsen impressed at the back for QPR

Rock solid: Ryan Nelsen impressed at the back for QPR

Gamble: Benitez rested several key men for the west London derby

Gamble: Benitez rested several key men for the west London derby

Bad day at the office: Chelsea couldn't break QPR's resistance

Bad day at the office: Chelsea couldn't break QPR's resistance

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Happy New Year: QPR are now five points from safety

Happy New Year: QPR are now five points from safety

Mark Clattenburg returns for Liverpool v Fulham – Graham Poll on Premier League referee appointments

Clattenburg returns to the middle… and he'll be under extra scrutiny

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07:30 GMT, 21 December 2012

Referees perform under massive pressure and very close scrutiny every weekend. I cannot think of another job where every single piece of work is analysed and rated with a mark.

There are two people who are in the stadium to assess and rate the team of match officials performance.

One acts as a referee observer and is usually a former top level referee who has the task of ensuring that the referee applies laws of the game as well as give feedback on the technical aspects of the four officials' performances.

The second is in attendance as a Professional Game Match Officials Match Delegate and they are former players, managers or administrators who are asked to look at the game from the ‘users’ perspective.

Back in action: Mark Clattenburg returns this weekend and takes charge at Anfield

Back in action: Mark Clattenburg returns this weekend and takes charge at Anfield

This weekend Simon Barker, Kenny Hibbitt and Iffy Onuora are among the former players and former manager Peter Shreeves are on duty.

They are supposed to give the referee a balanced approach; too lenient and the former referee will pull him up, too slavish to law and the former player will question the impact on the game.

It is an interesting system which I think applies too much pressure on an already beleaguered referee, who really just needs a friendly ‘coach’ who he can open and honest with.

They need to be able to develop their skill and overcome difficulties rather than two people there to award a mark, who will highlight deficiencies and will affect their grading and possible future appointments.

Ones to watch this weekend…

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City (Saturday, 3pm)
Referee: Lee Mason Games: 10, Yellow Cards: 29, Red Cards: 0.

WHO'S IN CHARGE…

Saturday
Man City v Reading – Mike Dean G11, YC39 RC1
Newcastle v QPR – Kevin Friend G9, YC33, RC1
Southampton v Sunderland – Howard Webb G12, YC45, RC2
West Brom v Norwich – Martin Atkinson G14, YC57 RC0
West Ham v Everton – Anthony Taylor G11 YC20 RC3
Wigan v Arsenal – Jon Moss G8 YC23 RC1

Sunday
Chelsea v Aston Villa – Phil Dowd G11, YC34, RC2

This weekend, the main focus will surely be on the holding and blocking ‘dark arts’ after the Marouane Fellaini head butt so where better to start than White Hart Lane.

Mason will be expected to do a better job at detecting and punishing holding at set pieces with Stoke City than Mark Halsey did last weekend.

Ryan Shawcross’ arms could be clearly seen across Fellaini’s waist as the Stoke defender held him from behind.

Making a point: Referee Lee Mason will have to keep on top of the 'dark arts' at White Hart Lane

Making a point: Referee Lee Mason will have to keep on top of the 'dark arts' at White Hart Lane

Halsey's ‘reward’ is to be fourth official at Wigan on Saturday and then drive to Carlisle United on Boxing Day!

I expect Mason to adopt the policy of delaying the taking of the kick from being taken while he warns players not to hold but that is proving ineffective.

Also, given that Stoke are the away team, it will be easier for Mason to award a penalty against them than if they were playing at The Britannia. I trust I don’t have to explain why…

Liverpool v Fulham (Saturday, 5.15pm)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg G8, YC31, RC4

Clattenburg steps back after two weekends as fourth official in which he failed to avoid controversy by reporting Gareth Barry for offensive language after the Manchester derby.

He comes back with a live game and will undoubtedly be under pressure to award Liverpool their first penalty of the season and will have to be on his best form to keep Luis Suarez out of his notebook.

The good news for Clattenburg is that however this game goes, he is appointed to another top flight game just four days later between Aston Villa and Tottenham… and that is another televised game!

Swansea City v Manchester United (Sunday, 4pm)
Referee: Michael Oliver G10, YC20, RC1

There will be plenty of interest in young Oliver's handling of Manchester United as he has unfairly been highlighted as one who favours them.

Although they lost at Wolves the first time he refereed the league leaders, he has refereed them three times since and they have won them all.

Nothing unusual there but with Oliver refusing to give a clear Fulham penalty in the 1-0 United win late last season at Old Trafford eyebrows were raised.

United stand: The spotlight will be on young referee Michael Oliver at the Liberty Stadum

United stand: The spotlight will be on young referee Michael Oliver at the Liberty Stadum

Then this season, Oliver gave United a penalty after a clear dive by Danny Welbeck in the home win against Wigan and rumours persisted.

It is really tough establishing yourself as a young official at this level and Oliver (who is an excellent referee) would like to lose this reputation, so he could do with an incident free game at The Liberty Stadium.

Burnley 1 Blackburn 1: Sam Vokes scores late equaliser

Burnley 1 Blackburn 1: Vokes strikes late as spoils are shared in Lancashire hot pot

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15:18 GMT, 2 December 2012

Burnley substitute Sam Vokes headed an 89th-minute equaliser to snatch a point against bitter rivals Blackburn in the east Lancashire derby.

The match was billed in some quarters as a shoot-out between Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes and free-scoring Burnley counterpart Charlie

Austin, and the latter found Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson in inspired form.

Late show: Vokes (left) is mobbed after his 89th-minute equaliser

Late show: Vokes (left) is mobbed after his 89th-minute equaliser

MATCH FACTS

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Stock (Stanislas 75), McCann (Vokes 86),
Wallace, Austin, Paterson (Ings 75).

Subs not used: Jensen, Lafferty, Edgar, Bartley.

Booked: Duff.

Goal: Vokes 89.

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Grant Hanley,
Dann, Martin Olsson, Formica (Vukcevic 79), Murphy, Lowe, Pedersen (King 55), Kazim-Richards,
Rhodes.

Subs not used: Kean, Givet, Dunn, Marcus Olsson, Rochina.

Booked: Murphy.

Goal: Rhodes 68.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Attendance: 21,341.

Robinson also did superbly to thwart Martin Paterson and, having weathered the storm, Rovers drove forward after the restart.

They broke through in the 65th minute
when Rhodes caught Burnley's back line flat-footed and found space to
head home Mauro Formica's right-wing cross.

But it was another striker, Wales
international Vokes, who brought Turf Moor to its feet, planting a
free-kick from fellow substitute Junior Stanislas beyond Robinson three
minutes after replacing Chris McCann.

Blackburn have only one win from
seven games since Henning Berg's appointment as manager and lie ninth in
the npower Championship – one point and five places above Burnley.

Dean Marney returned from suspension
to feature in Burnley's midfield at the expense of Marvin Bartley, while
Berg made three anticipated changes to his Rovers line-up.

Jason Lowe, Morten Gamst Pedersen and
Colin Kazim-Richards all lifted a dire display with impressive
second-half cameos in the midweek loss to Bolton and earned starts.

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

The first opening fell Burnley's way
when Marney's mis-hit shot dropped to Paterson in the area, but the
Northern Ireland forward failed to execute a simple pass to the
onrushing McCann.

Kazim-Richards was extremely
fortunate to escape a card from referee Lee Mason following a late lunge
on Ben Mee – an early demonstration of Blackburn's frustrations during a
first period where they became pinned inside their own half.

Safe hands: Paul Robinson salutes the Blackburn fans

Safe hands: Paul Robinson salutes the Blackburn fans

Opener: Rhodes (right)

Opener: Rhodes (right)

Austin, Burnley and the country's top
scorer, looked to add to his remarkable 21-goal haul this season when
he got on the end of Kieran Trippier's right-wing cross, but Scott Dann
did well to block the shot.

Ross Wallace caught the Rovers
defence napping with a cleverly-worked short corner in the 18th minute.
Robinson beat away his near-post effort and Clarets captain Jason
Shackell thrashed the rebound over.

Wallace stung Robinson's palms from
distance before turning provider with a searching, deep cross that
Austin headed back the way it came to draw a magnificent stop from the
former England goalkeeper.

It was a save he bettered in the 41st
minute, tipping Paterson's shot on the turn from 25 yards away from his
bottom corner at full stretch.

Somehow the Rovers goal remained
intact until the interval and they spent considerably more time in the
Burnley half on the resumption, but Kazim-Richards shanked aimlessly
over from distance.

After Danny Murphy and Dann combined
to muscle Austin out of the decisive touch to a Wallace centre,
Kazim-Richards came much closer as the hour approached – spinning a shot
narrowly wide with the outside of his right foot from the edge of the
area.

Blackburn were undeniably in the
ascendancy and the next time Formica crossed from the right Rhodes stole
in to glance beyond Grant.

Mockery: A Burnley fan shows solidarity to former Blackburn boss Steve Kean

Mockery: A Burnley fan shows solidarity to former Blackburn boss Steve Kean

Controlled and composed periods of
possession appeared to have Rovers playing out the win in relative
comfort until Vokes' late intervention.

The former Wolves man's physical
presence had the Blackburn defence reeling, but when another header flew
over the bar in stoppage time it meant Burnley's 33-year wait for derby
glory had to continue.

Derby 1 Cardiff 1 – match report: Theo Robinson denies leaders

Derby 1 Cardiff 1: Noone red card opens door for Rams to deny leaders another win

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22:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Craig Noone's sending-off proved costly for npower Championship leaders Cardiff as Derby hit back to claim a deserved point that maintained their fine record at Pride Park.

After falling behind to Heidar Helguson's close-range header in the 11th minute, the Rams, who have lost just once at home this term, enjoyed much the better of proceedings.

Yet it was only after Noone had seen red for two yellow cards in the space of three second-half minutes that Derby found a way through, with Theo Robinson converting a square pass from Craig Bryson.

Equaliser: Theo Robinson (left) celebrates after scoring for Derby against Cardiff

Equaliser: Theo Robinson (left) celebrates after scoring for Derby against Cardiff

MATCH FACTS

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts (O'Connor 26), Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Jacobs (Tyson 67), Sammon, Robinson (Hendrick 82).

Subs Not Used: Fielding, O'Brien, Davies, Freeman.

Booked: Bryson,O'Connor.

Goals: Robinson 69.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Nugent, Ralls, Noone, Whittingham, Gunnarsson (Conway 73), Kim, Helguson (Mason 79), Bellamy (Mutch 70).

Subs Not Used: Parish, Kiss, Gestede, John.

Sent Off: Noone (63).

Booked: Noone,Mutch.

Goals: Helguson 11.

Att: 20,911

Ref: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

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Cardiff boast a perfect record at
home this term, but points on the road have proven harder to come by,
with Saturday's triumph at Barnsley only their third away win in nine
attempts.

Malky Mackay's men defended
resolutely on this occasion, but could have few complaints at being
denied a fifth successive league victory over Derby.

Craig Bellamy and Joe Ralls replaced
Joe Mason and the suspended Simon Lappin in a Cardiff line-up still
missing several players through injury, while County were unchanged
after young midfielder Will Hughes shook off an ankle knock.

Both sides had chances prior to the visitors' early opener.

Bellamy should have done better when
firing high over the bar from 25 yards, while Derby skipper Richard
Keogh leapt highest to meet a right-wing corner, only for Noone to
scramble the ball off the line.

Cardiff were soon in front courtesy
of Helguson, who was on hand to nod home a rebound after Mark Hudson's
looping header had been tipped on to the crossbar by Adam Legzdins.

Michael Jacobs curled an effort
narrowly wide and Hudson produced a fine aerial clearance to deny
Robinson as Derby responded well.

After Kim Bo-kyung and Bryson had
seen chances go begging at either end, the Rams were then forced into a
change in the 28th minute as Gareth O'Connor replaced a limping Gareth
Roberts.

Can't miss: Striker Heidar Helguson (right) scores for Cardiff early on

Can't miss: Striker Heidar Helguson (right) scores for Cardiff early on

Nigel Clough's men finished the first
half stronger and David Marshall pulled off a fine low save to deny
Paul Coutts before Jake Buxton sent a header on to the roof of the net.

Cardiff remained on the back foot
after the interval, but could have extended their lead when Bellamy
broke clear on the counter. However, the veteran forward once again
failed to keep his shot down.

Strong appeals for a Derby penalty
were waved away after Noone appeared to block Bryson's goalbound shot
with his arm. Yet within seconds, the Cardiff winger was handed a second
booking in quick succession following a late challenge on Hughes.

The hosts swiftly capitalised as Bryson surged into the area before squaring to leave Robinson with the simplest of tap-ins.

Helguson almost restored his team's
lead when he beat Legzdins to a left-wing cross, yet the momentum
remained with Derby and full-back John Brayford twice went close before
another shout for handball in the Cardiff area, this time by Peter
Whittingham, fell on deaf ears.

Ultimately, the Welsh side were able
to hold on, although Paul Connolly was forced to head off the line
during six minutes of injury-time.

Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0: Match report

Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0: Fans turn on Wenger chanting 'you don't know what you're doing'

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00:38 GMT, 25 November 2012

With a wild, haunted look in his eyes, Arsene Wenger refused point-blank to explain the 86th-minute substitution which caused Arsenal fans to round on him and sing: 'You don't know what you're doing.'

The result was still in the balance against struggling Villa when the Frenchman took off his only striker, Olivier Giroud, and replaced him with midfielder Francis Coquelin.

It caused outrage in one corner of the ground, where Wenger's judgment call was openly dismissed and even mocked for the first time by his normally faithful travelling fans.

Frustration: Olivier Giroud could not get on the scoresheet before he was substituted

Frustration: Olivier Giroud could not get on the scoresheet before he was substituted

MATCH FACTS

Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar (Lichaj 51), Clark, Stevens, Lowton, El Ahmadi (Holman 63), Westwood, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann (Albrighton 90)

Subs not used: Given, Ireland, Delph, Bowery

Booked: El Ahmadi

Arsenal: Szczesny, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arshavin 77), Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski (Gervinho 69), Giroud (Coquelin 86)

Subs not used: Mannone, Sagna, Vermaelen, Wilshere

Referee: Lee Mason

Attendance: 34,607

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In one of the most bizarre press
conferences of his career, he scoffed at the idea that the club's
supporters deserved an explanation, insisted that he was still at the
height of his managerial powers, and claimed the assembled media were
suffering from Alzheimer's disease if they thought differently.

If a meltdown was possible in freezing Birmingham, this was it.

Toothless Arsenal managed just one accurate shot, but Wenger was in no mood to appease anyone.

'I won't explain my decision to make that substitution, I don't have to explain every decision and substitution I make.'

Asked if the taunts had hurt him, he
turned on his interrogator and said: 'No. I have managed for 30 years at
the top and if I have to convince you I can manage a team, it would be
an insult to you.

'How long have you managed for How
many games have you managed If I come to see one of your matches I
promise you I'll sit in the stand and say, “You do know what you're
doing”.'

Battle: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to wrestle the ball from Christian Benteke

Battle: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to wrestle the ball from Christian Benteke

Race on: Olivier Giroud (left) is pursued by Ron Vlaar

Race on: Olivier Giroud (left) is pursued by Ron Vlaar

He is clearly wounded by the attacks,
because he reminded his critics how they had laid into him last season,
only for his team to recover sufficiently to make the Champions League.

'You forget what you wrote last September, October, November. You have a little bit of Alzheimer's.'

Yesterday there was almost nothing to forget.

But Wojciech Szczesny did save the
Gunners from total humiliation when he tipped Villa substitute Brett
Holman's powerful shot on to the crossbar.

Penetration: Oxlade-Chamberlain could not create the killer chance for Arsenal

Penetration: Oxlade-Chamberlain could not create the killer chance for Arsenal

Unlucky: Aaron Ramsey tries a flick in front of goal

Unlucky: Aaron Ramsey tries a flick in front of goal

But even a point at Villa could not
paper over the cracks as the visiting supporters repeated the
now-familiar refrain: 'We want our Arsenal back.'

Such an inept display in the final
third could hardly be explained away by Wenger's assertion that his side
were jaded after their recent Champions League exploits.

This side simply are not hitting the heights required to qualify for a 14th consecutive Champions League campaign.

Doubtless the fans were also frustrated by Wenger's failure to inject some late quality in the form of Jack Wilshere.

The manager said he wanted to protect the England midfielder in such harsh weather.

Asked if he or Theo Walcott might
play at Everton on Wednesday, Wenger snapped almost childishly: 'I'll
decide and I will not explain to you why.'

Villa certainly would not have been
disappointed that Wilshere sat out this match, as they were able to
press and unsettle their guests at will.

Manager Paul Lambert was serving a
touchline ban and admitted that he found the experience 'not great, when
I got punished for contesting something and I was right.

Dejected: Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker clap the visiting fans

Dejected: Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker clap the visiting fans

'But I thought we played really well
and I think we might have nicked it. Our defence was really strong and
offensively we were well in the game, too. We're a young side and we're a
threat.'

Santi Cazorla did show a rare flash
of brilliance soon after the interval, when he swerved past a couple of
defenders and shot narrowly wide.

Aaron Ramsey looked as though he might score, and even forced Brad Guzan to save with his leg.

Otherwise the Villa keeper was
largely untroubled, though Laurent Koscielny really should have beaten
him from six yards in the first half.

Instead, the central defender ballooned his effort over the bar.

Villa striker Christian Benteke had a
couple of chances to score with his head against the club he once
supported, but squandered both.

Stalemate: Brad Guzan kept a clean sheet

Stalemate: Brad Guzan kept a clean sheet

Settle for one Arsene Wenger's team could not get the breakthrough

Settle for one Arsene Wenger's team could not get the breakthrough

Gabriel Agbonlahor unleashed a
powerful shot at the Arsenal goal after Holman had dithered, but
Arsenal's rearguard were equal to the challenge.

And that's about the best that can be said about Wenger's team – they stopped a struggling team from scoring.

A stubborn man at the best of times,
Wenger is clearly rattled by the fact that others don't have as high an
opinion of his recent managerial achievements as he does.

He may very well be right when he
suggests that he will one day be sorely missed, if Arsenal and the
Champions League eventually begin to lead separate lives.

The problem is that it could well
happen on his watch – next season – unless there is a dramatic
improvement before it is too late.

Just about: Gabriel Agbonlahor felt he deserved a penalty, but Per Mertesacker got a toe on the ball in the box

Just about: Gabriel Agbonlahor felt he deserved a penalty, but Per Mertesacker got a toe on the ball in the box

Just about: Gabriel Agbonlahor felt he deserved a penalty, but Per Mertesacker got a toe on the ball in the box

David Moyes admits relief at Everton win

Moyes admits relief as O'Neill groans: We should have been out of sight

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18:24 GMT, 10 November 2012

Everton manager David Moyes admitted he did not think he would mark his 400th Premier League match with a victory but was not surprised by side's late turnaround.

Trailing to Sunderland winger Adam Johnson's first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time the Toffees struck twice in quick succession through Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic to clinch three points with 11 minutes to go.

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).

Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.

Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan

Goal: Johnson 45

Att: 35,999

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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It was Everton's first win in five
matches, keeping them in the top four, and ensured Moyes could end a
landmark game with a smile.

'I thought it was going to be one of
those days. It didn't look as if it was coming,' said the Scot. 'I
thought it looked like a 1-0 to Sunderland – but that was not for us not
trying to keep knocking at the door.

'In the end I think we got what we deserved because we kept at it.

'I thought we played quite well in the first half but found ourselves a goal down and a bit fortunate not to be two down.

'If that had been the case you would have to have said that was unjust.

'We didn't deserve that with our possession, we just hadn't created any clear-cut chances from our good play.

'We needed something because
Sunderland had the third-best defensive record in the Premier League and
they had showed that resilience and made it hard for us to score.

'I thought we kept going and the players showed great character to come from a goal behind.

'Maybe the amount of pressure we had told a little bit.'

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Sunderland were eventually unpicked
by the vision of Leon Osman and Fellaini. Osman, who received his first
England call-up at the age of 31 this week, twice linked up with
Fellaini, who turned and shot for the first before playing a cheeky
backheel through the legs of John O'Shea for Jelavic to score.

Asked whether Osman warranted a start
against Sweden on Wednesday Moyes said: 'Roy Hodgson picks that team. It is hard enough picking this Everton team without picking Roy's
team.'

The one downside to the afternoon was
an injury to Kevin Mirallas, probably Everton's best player in the
first half hour, which forced the Belgium international off.

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

'It looks like he has a bit of a
hamstring injury and it was a miss because we were a bit stodgy after
that, we didn't flow as nicely as we had done,' added the Toffees boss.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill,
who thought his side would end their 11-year win-less run against
Everton, was frustrated with the result.

'We should have been out of sight at
half-time. Instead of being one up we should have been three up,' he
said. 'Having said that, the players played brilliantly away from home
against a side who have a great chance of being in the Champions League.

'It was a great performance by the players. To be fair I thought we were exhilarating in the first half.

'We knew we would be under pressure in the second half but I always thought on the break we looked dangerous.

'The second goal epitomised a bit of luck and a bit of misfortune. We are obviously very disappointed.'

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Everton 2 Sunderland 1 – match report

Everton 2 Sunderland 1: Quick-fire Fellaini and Jelavic strikes ensure Black Cats' Goodison woe continues

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UPDATED:

17:25 GMT, 10 November 2012

Everton produced a late rally to score twice in three minutes and maintain their remarkable 11-year unbeaten record against Sunderland.

Black Cats winger Adam Johnson scored his first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time and for a long time it looked like giving his side their first league win over the Toffees in 16 matches.

However, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic swung the game decisively in Everton's favour with goals in quick succession in the last 15 minutes to ensure manager David Moyes' 400th Premier League match ended in victory.

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).

Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.

Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan

Goal: Johnson 45

Att: 35,999

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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It also kept the Toffees in the top four as they stretched their current good run in 2012 to just one defeat in 20 league games.

Sunderland, who have not won away
since February, must have thought their luck was about to change against
their bogey side after Johnson's strike.

Not only was it his first goal since
joining from Manchester City for 10million in August it was the team's
first in eight hours 54 minutes of football in all competitions.

He became only the second Black Cats
player to score this season, with Steven Fletcher (five) the only other
as Newcastle striker Demba Ba's own goal had contributed to the paltry
tally of six in nine previous matches.

Going into the weekend Everton were
second only to defending champions Manchester City in terms of shots on
target but they struggled to live up to that billing as it was
Sunderland who posed all the early threats.

Jelavic, who had not scored for more
than a month after grabbing four in five games, had an early shout for
penalty turned down after John O'Shea's challenge before the visitors
had two chances to take the lead.

Stephane Sessegnon shrugged off Seamus
Coleman but should have done better as he closed in on goal but keeper
Tim Howard, watched by United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann, saved.

Fletcher came even closer when he beat
the American with an angled shot from a similar position only to see
the ball roll past the far post.

Everton's response saw the lively
Kevin Mirallas have a shot blocked by Danny Rose and Steven Pienaar
denied by Simon Mignolet before the Toffees were dealt a blow when the
former was forced off with a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by
Steven Naismith.

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

The hosts had got themselves back into
the game by this point and the sight of Phil Neville shooting from
distance, forcing Mignolet to palm away, highlighted the confidence
running currently through the team.

However, with virtually the last kick of the half Johnson struck with a neat volley.

Sebastian Larsson's corner was only
half headed clear by Jelavic and when Craig Gardner curled a cross
towards the far side of the penalty area the England international
pounced.

Johnson also found himself in the right position early in the second half as he cleared John Heitinga's header off the line.

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Substitute Apostolos Vellios, in his
first appearance of the season after replacing Neville, headed at
Mignolet but within minutes were ahead.

Leon Osman, named in an England squad for the first time this week at the age of 31, and Fellaini played a big part in both.

In the 76th minute Osman slid the ball
through to his midfield colleague on the edge of the penalty area and
the Belgium international turned before firing a low shot through a
crowd of players, across Mignolet and into the far corner.

The same two players then combined
again – Fellaini's cheeky backheel going through O'Shea's legs – to
allow Jelavic to clip home a first-time shot and clinch a sixth
successive Premier League home win against Sunderland.

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Charlton 5 Cardiff 4 – match report

Charlton 5 Cardiff 4: Addicks hammer five past Bluebirds in nine-goal thriller

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Just when you thought we'd seen it all in recent weeks, The Valley bore witness to a nine-goal epic that ripped up the form book and left those in attendance rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

Johnnie Jackson produced a captain's performance as struggling Charlton fought from two goals down and despite a late rally, Malky Mackay's side surrendered top spot after losing from a winning position for the second time in as many games.

Beat that: Stephens' stunning free-kick deceives Marshall

Beat that: Stephens' stunning free-kick deceives Marshall

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Kerkar, Haynes (Wright-Phillips 68), Stephens (Hollands 90), Dervite, Pritchard, Jackson, Hulse.

Subs not used: Button, Taylor, Green, Fox, Azeez.

Booked: Pritchard, Morrison, Solly, Stephens.

Goals: Jackson 39, 45, Stephens 54, Haynes 59, Hulse 65.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Frei (Kim 65), Cowie (Gunnarsson 65), Mason, Whittingham, Noone, Helguson (Gestede 73).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Kiss, Conway.

Booked: Connolly, Taylor, Turner.

Goals: Helguson 4, Mason 24, Noone 90, Gunnarsson 90.

Attendance: 15,764

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

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First-half goals from Heidar
Helguson and Joe Mason seemed certain to secure Cardiff three points but
a Jackson double, a bizarre Dale Stephens free-kick and goals from
Danny Haynes and Rob Hulse saw them leave with nothing.

Strikes from Craig Noone and Aron Gunnarsson during six minutes of added time provided jitters, but nothing more.

It was a first win in five games for Chris Powell's injury-hit team and saw them move five points clear of the drop zone.

This after scoring just five at home this season and never more than twice in any game.

Afterwards, Powell joked he would take 1-0 'every time' but added: 'What a game for everyone who was present.

'We've seen the Reading-Arsenal game
and goals do change games. Johnnie Jackson got one, the crowd livened up
and we were on the front foot.

'The first 20 minutes of the second
period we were devastating. I'm not happy with goals against because
that can count as an extra point, but it was a superb night for us.'

Thriller: The Addicks bagged three goals in 11 second-half minutes

Thriller: The Addicks bagged three goals in 11 second-half minutes

Mackay said: 'You can't legislate for
individual errors to that extent. If players can cancel that out, a
more rounded performance comes into it.'

Cardiff went ahead in the fourth
minute, Helguson heading a Peter Whittingham corner. Another delicious
corner from Whittingham helped them double the lead 20 minutes later as
Mason rammed home from eight yards.

Heads up: Heidar Helguson opens the scoring for Cardiff

Heads up: Heidar Helguson opens the scoring for Cardiff

The visitors looked in cruise control
but Jackson took advantage of calamitous goalkeeping from David
Marshall in the 39th minute to send a rocket into the top corner from
the edge of the box and then headed home Salim Kerkar's inswinger in
first-half added time.

After the break, Stephens swung a 40-yard free-kick long and deep and over the despairing hand of Marshall.

The midfielder's bemused look
indicated that he had not meant it. It got better for Charlton five
minutes later as Haynes headed home Bradley Pritchard's centre to send
the home supporters delirious.

They sang 'We want six' following Rob
Hulse's goal soon after, but that never came, and instead two late
Cardiff goals made for a nervy finish.

Brighton 2 Leeds 2: match report

Brighton 2 Leeds 2: Mackail-Smith strikes twice then misses a penalty in thrilling clash

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

21:40 GMT, 2 November 2012

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Craig Mackail-Smith continued his impressive record of scoring every time he has played Leeds in senior football but missed a second-half penalty to complete his hat-trick as Brighton were held to a 2-2 draw in the npower Championship.

With the game deadlocked at 2-2 after 75 minutes, the former Peterborough striker failed to beat Paddy Kenny time from 12 yards.

The 28-year-old had opened the scoring by slamming in a first-half spot-kick and put his side ahead in the 48th minute, either side of in-form El-Hadji Diouf equalising with his second goal in as many matches from 12 yards out after Luke Varney, keeping top scorer Luciano Becchio on the bench, was brought down in the area.

Foiled: Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith struck twice then missed a penalty

Foiled: Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith struck twice then missed a penalty

Spot on: El Hadji Diouf equalised to make it 1-1

Spot on: El Hadji Diouf equalised to make it 1-1

Match facts

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd,Bridge, Hammond (Crofts 78), Orlandi (Dicker 78), Bridcutt, Barnes (Dobbie 82), Mackail-Smith, Buckley.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, David Lopez.

Booked: Buckley, Bridcutt, Crofts.

Goals: Mackail-Smith 16 pen, 48.

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Lees (Pugh 41), Pearce, Peltier, White, Brown, Austin, Tonge, Diouf (Norris 80), Varney (Becchio 65).

Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Green, Gray, Hall.

Booked: Brown, Pugh.

Goals: Diouf 37 pen, Becchio 66.

Att: 26,402

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

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Leeds levelled in the 66th minute as
substitute Becchio made an impact with his first touch, seeing the ball
deflect off his knee and into the net from Michael Brown's curling
effort.

Mackail-Smith's failed attempt from 12
yards left the Seagulls without a win in seven attempts, while the
Whites have failed to secure a triumph in their last four league
outings.

The Seagulls made their early
dominance count in the 16th minute when Mackail-Smith emphatically
converted from the penalty spot following Lee Peltier's clumsy tackle on
the lively Will Buckley.

Mackail-Smith almost netted a second
three minutes later, only to see his shot from the edge of the area
deflected on to the upright.

Andrea Orlandi wasted an opportunity
to register his first Brighton goal when he hit Bruno Saltor's sublime
delivery into the ground and over the bar when unmarked at the back
post.

Leeds started to settle and got their
reward after 37 minutes. Bruno needlessly fouled Varney in the area and
after referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot again, Diouf slammed in his
fifth goal of the campaign.

Down the middle: Mackail-Smith fired home the first penalty

Down the middle: Mackail-Smith fired home the first penalty

Mackail-Smith celebrates

Delight: Brighton celebrate

Nice start: Mackail-Smith celebrates (left) and is congratulated by his team-mates (right)

Deflected: Michael Brown celebrates what proved to be Luciano Becchio's goal

Deflected: Michael Brown celebrates what proved to be Luciano Becchio's goal

Mackail-Smith was close to putting his side ahead, but his shot on the turn was deflected just wide.

However, the lively marksman got his
second two minutes after half-time when he fired in from Buckley's pull
back and almost completed a treble 14 minutes later, although Kenny was
equal to his 18-yard drive.

Battle: Brighton's Adam El-Abd (centre) is challenged by Leeds United's Luke Varney (bottom)

Battle: Brighton's Adam El-Abd (centre) is challenged by Leeds United's Luke Varney (bottom)

Lunge: Gordon Greer challenges Luke Varney

Lunge: Gordon Greer challenges Luke Varney

Leeds levelled when Brown's curling
effort found the bottom corner via a deflection off Becchio, who had
just come on for Varney.

Mackail-Smith wasted the chance for a
hat-trick 15 minutes from time when he missed from the spot after he was
fouled by Sam Byram, with Kenny holding on diving to his right.

Both sides looked for a winner late
on. Byram fired straight at Tomasz Kuszczak and Michael Tonge curled a
free-kick over, while Kenny pushed away a late Andrew Crofts effort and
Buckley failed to hit the target from 25 yards.

Daily Mail School"s Rugby: King"s School Macclesfield unbeaten

King's must mind their Manners after making a blistering start to U18s Cup

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King’s School, Macclesfield, are among the form teams in this season’s Daily Mail RBS Schools' Cup after an unbeaten start.

The Cheshire school, whose autumn scalps in regular fixtures include a first over mighty Sedbergh, meet Derbyshire champions Lady Manners next Wednesday as cup games resume after the half-term break.

Head coach Guy Mason puts the nine wins down to hard work triggered by a successful tour of Canada in the summer.

‘We are a little bit surprised because we were pretty disappointed last season,’ he explained about a campaign which brought a fourth-round, 12-50, exit to Lymm, in the Under 18s cup.

On the attack: King's break

On the attack: King's break through

King’s record this season is among the best in the country. So far they have accounted for Grange School, Northwich, and Sandbach in the cup while wins on the regular circuit include not only Sedbergh but QEGS Wakefield, RGS Lancaster, Manchester GS and Woodhouse Grove.

The school is maintaining its link to Sale – led by ex-England scrum-half Steve Smith – through former hooker Tommy Taylor who has become a regular member of the Premiership club’s squad.

And this season Jack Sadler, the captain and No 8, plus lock Jonny Kenny, a member of the England Under 18 squad, are among a number of players combining school commitments and Sale’s academy demands.

Safe hands: King's full-back receives the ball

Safe hands: King's full-back receives the ball

Kenny was a member of the King’s team who lost 25-3 in the final of the Daily Mail Under 15s vase in 2009 to The Leys School, Cambridge.

‘It would be great for the school to get back to Twickenham, but there’s a long way to go before we can think about that and Lady Manners will be difficult opponents,’ Mason added.

The Derbyshire comprehensive, based in the Peak District town of Bakewell, have plenty to shout about after six age-grade teams were crowned county champions last season.

Week of destiny: King's U15s are also unbeaten

Week of destiny: King's U15s are also unbeaten

A trip to King’s comes after a tense 23-22 third-round win over Sir John Deane’s College, Northwich, secured through a last-ditch penalty by fly half Tom Hutchinson.

‘It was the last play of the game,’ explained head coach Robert Allen. ‘They had taken the lead, but we managed to regain it through a penalty.’

Allen hopes outside centre Rory Chambers and flanker Tom Cruttenden will maintain their impressive starts to the season.