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Brendan Rodgers says Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy"s performance was the best he"s ever seen

McCarthy for England: Reading keeper's performance the best ever, says Rodgers

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Riath Al-samarrai

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21:00 GMT, 14 April 2013

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UPDATED:

00:57 GMT, 15 April 2013

At least there is hope, and failing that the prospect of receiving a hefty transfer fee.

Reading looked just about ready for the Championship on Saturday with the exception of a stand-in goalkeeper whose remarkable performance drew statements that were grand even by Brendan Rodgers’ standards.

Initially, the Liverpool manager said Alex McCarthy should be in contention for England; then he went as far as to describe his efforts in the 0-0 draw amounted to the best display of goalkeeping he had ever seen.

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England contention: Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (right) produced a stunning display between the sticks for the doomed club

England contention: Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (right) produced a stunning display between the sticks for the doomed club

Not many at the Madejski Stadium disagreed. His 10 saves, especially those that stopped Daniel Sturridge in the first half and Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez in the second, looked out of place in a doomed side capable of coughing up so many chances.

Best ever: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said it was the best goalkeeping performance he'd ever seen

Best ever: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said it was the best goalkeeping performance he'd ever seen

It’s anyone’s guess what impact he might have made on the club’s season had he not missed the past five months with a shoulder injury sustained when he collided with a goalpost against QPR in November.

None of this would have been a surprise to Rodgers, who oversaw Reading’s youth department and later managed the first team when the 23-year-old was coming through the ranks. He said: ‘Reading have always produced good goalkeepers and Alex is one who is next in line for me, he really is a top goalkeeper.

‘I was aware of him just before I left [as youth coach], and when I came back as manager he was still young. Goalkeepers need that experience so he went out on loan but he was always one that the guys here felt was going to be a top goalkeeper and you saw today that he has all the qualities to succeed.’

Having spent time on loan at Woking, Team Bath and Cambridge United, among other sides like Ipswich and Leeds, McCarthy only got selected after Adam Federici aggravated his ankle injury.

Asked if it was the best goalkeeping performance he had seen, Rodgers added: ‘Yes. I was sat in the changing room with the staff and said I couldn’t remember being at a game where a goalkeeper has made a performance like that, either as a manager, coach or spectator.

Attributes: Rodgers, who managed McCarthy when he was Reading boss, says the goalkeeper has all the tools to be one of the best

Attributes: Rodgers, who managed McCarthy when he was Reading boss, says the goalkeeper has all the tools to be one of the best

‘Normally goalkeepers make one or two saves that make a difference, but he made an incredible number of saves and when he was beat it was cleared off the line. It was a brilliant goalkeeping performance.’

Reading manager Nigel Adkins said: ‘We have some excellent goalkeepers. We have Stuart Taylor, Adam Federici, Alex McCarthy, Mikkel Anderson.

‘They are out there and have good competition for places which is important. Alex had been out for a long time, but had the opportunity and made some great saves. Now we have to ensure there is a consistency in his game.’

Frustrated: Liverpool had to settle for a second successive goalless draw

Frustrated: Liverpool had to settle for a second successive goalless draw

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Sunderland is a graveyard for players and managers – Kevin Kilbane

Sunderland is a graveyard for players and for managers too

By
Kevin Kilbane

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22:21 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:03 GMT, 1 April 2013

It feels as if Sunderland owner Ellis Short has flipped a coin. And now he hopes and prays he has made the right choice.

Sacking Martin O’Neill and appointing Paolo Di Canio is a massive gamble by the club.

I just hope it doesn’t return to haunt them, and they end up back in the Championship. They cannot afford to go there again.

Paolo Di Canio

Martin O'Neill

Comings and goings: Paolo Di Canio (left) has replaced Martin O'Neill (right) as Sunderland manager

With seven games to go, I thought Martin would see them over the line and start to build for next season. Unlike the new man, he knows everything about the players so I cannot see the point of sacking him now.

I’m sorry, but Sunderland were never going to beat Manchester United. They will be Premier League champions, possibly with the highest points total ever. Mr Short sees things differently.

I have been a huge admirer of Martin O’Neill for years. Although Sunderland supporters, who all seemed to want him in the first place, have told me the football has been poor, which is reflected in the results, I always felt he was the right fit for Sunderland.

Not going to plan: Danny Graham has failed to score since his 5m move

Not going to plan: Danny Graham has failed to score since his 5m move

He has been successful at his other clubs, built good teams, and it seems wrong to me that he wasn’t given proper time to do that on Wearside.

Sunderland has become a graveyard for managers, and players. Martin O’Neill had a 29 per cent success rate and was the second most successful Sunderland manager in the Premier League, behind Peter Reid on 33 per cent. And I was there when Reidy was hounded out.

Steve Bruce, Mick McCarthy and Martin O’Neill don’t become bad managers overnight, but they all found it tough going in the Premier League with Sunderland.

Club hero: Kevin Kilbane spent four years at Sunderland

Club hero: Kevin Kilbane spent four years at Sunderland

Now, my own time there was not the happiest of my career and my relationship with some fans is well documented. It can’t help that my best spell in 100-plus games was the season we were relegated.

But I wasn’t the only one among team-mates to suffer. I found that unless the team made a blazing start to every home game, the fans would get frustrated quickly, and volubly. And I look at Adam Johnson and James McClean and I don’t see international wingers — I see nervous boys struggling to cope with the pressure.

And when you are by the touchline getting pelted, you want to try harder when the ball comes to you. And when things don’t come off, as they don’t when you try too hard, the stick gets even worse. I always wanted to play, prove people wrong; it was a tough time.

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Of course, fans around the country look at Sunderland and can’t work out why there is such massive expectations for a club that has won nothing for 40 years.

The expectation at Sunderland is massive. And that’s where it matters; that’s where players have to handle the pressure.

And the manager. I just hope, for Sunderland’s sake, that Paolo Di Canio can handle it and steer them away from trouble.

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Six Nations 2013: Gordon D"Arcy injured and out of Championship

Problems mount for Ireland as veteran centre D'Arcy is ruled out of remainder of Six Nations

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

15:58 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:15 GMT, 15 February 2013

Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy will miss the rest of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship due to a foot injury.

The Leinster player is likely to be sidelined for six weeks, the Irish Rugby Football Union announced.

Ireland have already lost wing Simon Zebo (foot) for the rest of the tournament, while fly-half Jonathan Sexton (hamstring) and lock Mike McCarthy (knee ligament strain) will also miss the game against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.

Crocked: D'Arcy will miss the rest of Ireland's Six Nations campaign

Crocked: D'Arcy will miss the rest of Ireland's Six Nations campaign

D'Arcy experienced discomfort in his right foot following the 12-6 defeat against England in Dublin last Sunday.

'This failed to settle down before the Ireland training session on Thursday, and following a scan yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that D'Arcy has a stress injury to a bone in his foot,' the IRFU said in a statement.

'The injury will require immobilisation in a boot for at least four weeks, with a projected return to play of six weeks, pending further tests and specialist review.

'The Ireland training squad for the Scotland Test match week will be announced on Sunday evening following the completion of games in the RaboDirect Pro12.'

D'Arcy's injury means that Ireland coach Declan Kidney will need to make at least five changes for the trip to Edinburgh.

Big loss: D'Arcy has won 73 caps for Ireland since 1999

Big loss: D'Arcy has won 73 caps for Ireland since 1999

On top of the injuries to D'Arcy, Zebo, Sexton and McCarthy, prop Cian Healy is suspended after he was cited for stamping on England prop Dan Cole at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland currently lie fourth in the Six Nations table with one win from two games.

After the Scotland fixture, they host France on March 9 and then tackle Italy in Rome seven days later.

Healy will not be involved in Leinster's RaboDirect PRO12 game against Treviso in Dublin tomorrow.

Healy received a three-week ban on
Wednesday after being cited for stamping on England prop Dan Cole during
last weekend's RBS 6 Nations clash.

Missing: Exciting young wing Zebo was injured in Ireland's win over Wales

Missing: Exciting young wing Zebo was injured in Ireland's win over Wales

Mindful that under normal circumstances Healy would have been rested this weekend, an independent disciplinary hearing decided that the punishment for his stamp should be deferred by one week so that he would miss Ireland's Six Nations matches against Scotland on February 24 and France on March 9.

Banned: Healy stamped on Dan Cole

Banned: Healy stamped on Dan Cole

Six Nations Rugby Limited today issued a statement clarifying the position surrounding Healy.

'During the hearing of the citing complaint against Mr Healy, the chairman of the independent disciplinary committee, Roger Morris, of Wales, made it clear to Mr Healy and those representing him at the hearing that Mr Healy was suspended from the date on which he had been informed of the citing complaint against him (11 February 2013) until midnight on the night of Sunday, 10 March 2013,' a statement read.

'The disciplinary committee has not yet
produced its written decision, but Mr Morris has today written to Six
Nations Rugby Limited and those representing Mr Healy at the hearing to
confirm the position.

'Mr Morris says, in relevant part: “I do
not think anyone present at the hearing on Wednesday was in any doubt
that Mr Healy is not free to play again until after midnight on 10
March”.

'Accordingly, Mr Healy is currently
suspended and will remain suspended – subject to appeals – until 11
March 2013. He is therefore not eligible to play for Leinster in this
weekend's RaboDirect PRO12 match against Benetton Treviso.

'In addition, following clause 2.5.99 of the Six Nations disciplinary and anti-doping rules (which is consistent with IRB Regulations 17.19.10 and 17.19.11), and in keeping with other decisions, the disciplinary committee excluded this weekend from its calculations of the three-week suspension as a result of evidence given at the hearing to the effect that Mr Healy would not have been selected to play for Leinster in this weekends match against Benetton Treviso.'

Six Nations 2013: Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy injured and out of Scotland game

Blow for Ireland as Sexton and McCarthy are ruled out of Scotland clash

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

13:41 GMT, 14 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:55 GMT, 14 February 2013

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton and second row Mike McCarthy have been ruled out of the RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.

Sexton sustained a hamstring problem and McCarthy knee ligament damage in Sunday's 12-6 defeat by England and team manager Mick Kearney announced today that they will miss the trip to Edinburgh.

'Jonny's scan revealed a grade two
hamstring injury. Progress has been good so far, but it's too early to
say when he will return to play,' Kearney said.

Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend

Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend

'Mike has hurt the medial ligament of
his right knee. It's quite sore and he will be in a brace for two
weeks. A further review will take place in two weeks.'

Ireland received more positive news on the remaining injuries they incurred during a brutal clash at the Aviva Stadium.

Centre Brian O'Driscoll, full-back Rob Kearney, flanker Sean O'Brien and lock Donnacha Ryan are at varying degrees of fitness, but all should be available to face Scotland.

'Brian had a recurrence of the soft tissue injury in his good ankle. Scans revealed no structural damage and he will do non-contact training today,' Kearney said.

Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash

Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash

'Donnacha Ryan suffered a lower back
muscle strain. Scans have excluded structural damage but he's quite sore
and won't train this week.

'He'll be reassessed at the weekend and at this stage he has a good chance of being available against Scotland.

'Sean O'Brien has recovered well from his stiff neck and tight hamstring and will train today.

'Rob is fine. He had a slight dead leg but trained fully today.'

DJ Campbell to return to QPR

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

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UPDATED:

12:23 GMT, 31 December 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wolves 0 Ipswich 2 – Mick McCarthy wins on Molineux return

Wolves 0 Ipswich 2: McCarthy has the last laugh on Molineux return as pressure builds on Solbakken

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17:11 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 29 December 2012

Mick McCarthy enjoyed a winning return to Molineux as his Ipswich side piled further misery on former club Wolves and under-pressure boss Stale Solbakken.

McCarthy was back in the Black Country for the first time since being sacked in February, ending a six-year spell with Wanderers, and was joined by assistant Terry Connor, who succeeded him in the Wolves hot seat before himself being replaced by Norwegian Solbakken in the summer.

A great ovation greeted the pair before kick-off and they also ended up having the last laugh amid a chorus of boos which rung around Molineux as Wolves' miserable season continued.

Opener: Aaron Cresswell celebrates his strike

Opener: Aaron Cresswell celebrates his strike

Match facts

Wolves: Ikeme; Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward; Sigurdarson, Henry (O'Hara 66), Davis (Doumbia 66), Sako; Doyle (Pennant 66), Ebanks-Blake.

Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Ebanks-Blake.

Ipswich: Henderson; Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Edwards, Drury (Reo-Coker 71), N'Daw, Murphy; Martin; Campbell (Chopra 81).

Subs not used: Loach, Higginbotham, Hyam, Emmanuel-Thomas, Scotland.

Booked: Martin, Campbell.

Goals: Cresswell 33, Campbell 64.

Referee: Darren Drysdale.

Attendance: 28,595.

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Aaron Cresswell's well-worked goal and
neat finish, his third of the season, opened the scoring in the 33rd
minute, and the points were secured by DJ Campbell just after the hour
mark when he found himself clean through, a 10th goal in 16 appearances
for the on-loan QPR striker.

McCarthy has now guided Ipswich to seven wins in 12 games since taking
the reins at the start of November, compared to one in 13 prior to his
appointment.

McCarthy kept faith with the same XI for a fifth successive game while
Solbakken made two changes in response to the embarrassing 3-0 home
defeat to Peterborough on Boxing Day, Bjorn Sigurdarson and David Davis
coming in.

And it was Wolves who should have been awarded a penalty after just two
minutes as Kevin Doyle latched onto Christophe Berra's long ball only to
be bundled over by Luke Chambers, who went unpunished.

Lee Martin immediately fired off target at the other end when he really
should have done better, with the Town wide man shooting straight at
Carl Ikeme soon after.

A tale of two bosses: Solbakken (left) greets McCarthy before the game

A tale of two bosses: Solbakken (left) greets McCarthy before the game

Wolves' influential winger Bakary Sako twice sent efforts wide before
the half-hour mark but there was very little to trouble either
goalkeeper.

That was until the 33rd minute when Cresswell opened the scoring in
style.

The left-back ventured forward and, having laid the ball off,
continued his run and received it back before finishing right footed
inside the far post.
The home side produced very little in response and were duly booed off at the interval.

Guirane N'Daw almost caught out Ikeme with a great 30-yard effort immediately after half-time.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, a reported January target for McCarthy, sent a teasing ball across goal which Doyle failed to connect with.

A real lull in proceedings passed until the hour mark but the game was lit up by Campbell's second.

The forward raced onto Bradley Orr's long ball and waited for the right moment before sending a composed finish under Ikeme.

Solbakken immediately made a triple substitution, with the withdrawal of Doyle greeted by fierce opposition from supporters.

And they voiced more displeasure at the full-time whistle as Town
celebrated their first win at Molineux in 21 years, with substitute
Michael Chopra wasting a great chance for a third in injury time.

Full steam ahead for Arsenal after extra Xmas break – Michael Walker"s Something for the Weekend

Something for the Weekend: Full steam ahead for Arsenal after extra break at Christmas and why Coventry and Bristol Rovers are proving to be such a sell out

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UPDATED:

09:27 GMT, 28 December 2012

Every Friday, Michael Walker will pick out 10 things to look forward to over the footballing weekend.

This week: why Arsenal have an advantage ahead of their game against Newcastle, while former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy returns to Molineux intent on piling more pressure on his former club. And then there's the great Coventry City ticket rush…

1. When Herbert Chapman was manager of Arsenal he famously persuaded London Underground to change the name of the local Tube station from Gillespie Road to ‘Arsenal’. This seems relevant given that Arsenal have a Tube-related benefit again tomorrow against Newcastle United.

The postponement of Arsenal’s game against West Ham on Wednesday due to the Tube strike means that Arsene Wenger’s players have had seven days since they played at Wigan.

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Herbert Chapman was successful in changing the name of the local tube station to 'Arsenal' in his time as manager in the 20's and 30's

Arsenal station will be open for business, while Newcastle will be hoping to avoid going down the tubes

Arsenal station will be open for business, while Newcastle will be hoping to avoid going down the tubes

2. Everton-Chelsea on Sunday is the stand-out Premier League game of the weekend. Rafa goes back to Liverpool and should get a hearty welcome at Goodison Park.

Benitez will see familiar sights, such as the corridor where a Chelsea predecessor, Carlo Ancelotti, was sacked.

3. Mick McCarthy is another returning manager. He goes back to Molineux tomorrow as Ipswich Town boss and will pile pressure on his Wolverhampton successor Stale Solbakken with an away win.

Wolves lost 3-0 at home to Peterborough United on Wednesday. McCarthy got the club promoted to the Premier League and kept them there for three seasons. Wolves are now 14th in the Championship.

Mick McCarthy celebrates with Stephen Ward after Wolves beat Blackburn in May 2011

Mick McCarthy celebrates with Stephen Ward after Wolves beat Blackburn in May 2011

4. Kenny Jackett once managed Swansea. That is enough to ensure he will get 'a reception' when he takes Millwall to Cardiff tomorrow afternoon.

One imagines that will be the least of South Wales police concerns.

5. Home banker alert: in League One it is Sheffield United (top) against Hartlepool United (bottom).

The Blades have scored 21 goals in 12 home games; Hartlepool have conceded 24 goals in 12 away games. The Blades haven’t lost at home; Hartlepool haven’t won away.

Sheffield United Manager, Danny Wilson looks on

Top job: Danny Wilson has taken the Blades to the League One summit after three victories in their last four league games

6. Home banker warning: the biggest surprise (Sean O’Driscoll apart) from midweek came in League Two where Barnet won 1-0 at leaders Gillingham.

Barnet have now won consecutive matches and go to Exeter tomorrow.

7. Barnet’s new six points means they are no longer 92nd of 92. Bristol Rovers have that dubious
honour. They also have very good fans. It falls into the fairly staggering category that for
tomorrow’s trip to Cheltenham, Bristol Rovers were given 1,419 and have sold every one of them.

Edgar Davids in training at Barnet and they are now off the bottom of the league

Edgar Davids in training at Barnet and they are now off the bottom of the league

8. Coventry City are another to have sold out their allocation of tickets for tomorrow, which again is
fairly staggering.

The initial 3,000 tickets for the match at MK Dons went and 2,000 more are on sale now. City are expected to make an announcement about their residence at the Ricoh Arena today (Friday).

9. Sunday’s other Premier League game is QPR-Liverpool. It is over eight years since Djibril Cisse cost 14m when he moved to Anfield.

His transfer was not considered a success, particularly when he went from September 25th to May 15th in his first season without scoring.

But Cisse made the bench in Istanbul, then came off it, then scored Liverpool’s second penalty in the shoot-out.

Cisse scores from the spot as Liverpool win the European Cup in 2005

Cisse scores from the spot as Liverpool win the European Cup in 2005

Cisse shows off his medal and now he will be hoping to shoot down Liverpool

Cisse shows off his medal and now he will be hoping to shoot down Liverpool

10. Rangers, the Glasgow version, have occasions as much as matches this season. Today sees them back at Hampden Park, where once they would visit annually to battle for silverware.

Today it’s a Scottish Third Division fixture against Queen’s Park. Rangers are expected to take 30,000 fans across Glasgow to the scene of the summer vote expelling them from the SPL.

Dimitar Berbatov isn"t the first to send a message through his shirt

Putting their message across… after Berbatov's Keep Calm scribble, here's the best moments when footballers get shirty

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13:40 GMT, 27 December 2012

Fulham star Dimitar Berbatov earned himself a yellow card against Southampton with a shirt emblazoned with the words 'Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball.'

The stunt could be called arrogant, but he's hardly the first player to make a mistake as far as shirt decorations go.

Dimitar Berbatov shows off a shirt with the words 'Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball' written on it

Arrogant: Berbatov rubbed some people the wrong way after scoring the first goal in Fulham's match against Southampton

Sportsmail took a look back at some of the more memorable messages that have been communicated through the use of a shirt.

Carlos Tevez – 'Feliz Cumple Mami'

Carlos Tevez sends his mother a birthday message using his shirt

Mummy's boy: Tevez showed off the message after scoring the only goal in Manchester City's 1-0 win over Chelsea

Tevez went for a home-made approach when he sent his Mum a birthday greeting in 2010. The words 'Feliz Cumple Mami,' which translates as 'Happy Birthday Mum,' had been scrawled on his shirt in black marker.

Mario Balotelli – 'Why Always Me'

Mario Balotelli reveals a message on his shirt that says 'Why always me' in Manchester City's clash with United

Feeling sorry for himself: The Italian revealed his shirt after scoring in the Manchester derby

After taking City ahead in last year's Manchester derby, the Italian lifted his shirt to ask the question 'Why Always Me' The message would have made more sense had the striker not spent the night before setting fire to his own home with some fireworks.

Paul Scharner – Albion crest

West Brom's Paul Scharner wore a shirt emblazoned with the Albion logo

Proud father: Paul Scharner was wearing a shirt designed by his children, who had supposedly drawn the Albion logo for luck

The West Brom midfielder angered Wolverhampton manager Mick McCarthy when he seemed to taunt Wolves fans with an Albion logo which had been drawn onto his shirt by his kids. McCarthy later apologised for accusing Scharner of 'taking the p***,' after realising what was on the shirt.

Samir Nasri – 'Eid Mubarak'

Nasri celebrated a goal against Southampton with the message 'Eid Mubarak' on his shirt

Celebration: Nasri followed Manchester City's third goal against Southampton with the words 'Eid Mubarak'

When Manchester City went 3-2 up against Southampton thanks to a strike from Samir Nasri, the French international treated watching fans to the traditional Eid festival greeting 'Eid Mubarak,' which means 'blessed festival'

Robbie Fowler – 'Support the 500 Sacked Dockers'

Robbie Fowler revealed a shirt in support of striking dock workers in Liverpool

Punished: Fowler was fined 2,000 Swiss Francs by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Committee

The Liverpool striker was fined 2,000 Swiss Francs by UEFA after revealing a shirt that gave support to striking Liverpudlian dock workers in 1997. Liverpool were up against Brann Bergen in a European Cup Winners' Cup match and won 3-0 after a brace from Fowler.

Lee Trundle – Urinating on Cardiff shirt

Lee Trundle upset supporters in Cardiff with his offensive t-shirt

Arrested: The Swansea man was later taken into custody for a public order offence after complaints from fans, including supporters of Swansea

Trundle was arrested for a public order offence after angering Cardiff fans. During Swansea's 2-1 defeat of Carlisle in the Football League Trophy final in 2006, Trundle wore a shirt that depicted a cartoon man in Swansea kit urinating over a Cardiff shirt. He then paraded around with a flag that had 'F*** off Cardiff' written on it.

Paul Tait – 'Birmingham City S**t on the Villa'

Paul Tait caused offence with an expletive-covered shirt that said 'Birmingham City S**t on the Villa' after Birmingham's win over Carlisle United

Foolish: Tait claimed that the prank was banterous, but observers didn't see it that way

The Birmingham City midfielder was fined 3,000 for his stunt in 1995, which saw him wear a shirt emblazoned with the words 'Birmingham City S**t on the Villa.' City were up against Carlisle Untied in the Auto Windscreen Shield final and the 23-year-old scored the only goal of the match. Tait claimed that it was meant as a humourous prank, but the move received criticism from all sides.

Artur Boruc – 'God Bless the Pope'

Artur Boruc celebrated Celtic's win over Rangers with a shirt that said 'God Bless the Pope.'

'The Holy Goalie': Boruc celebrated Celtic's win over Rangers with a tribute to the Pope

The Poland international whipped off his shirt after Celtic's 3-2 win over Rangers in 2008, and was underneath wearing an undershirt featuring a picture of John Paul II and the words 'God Bless the Pope.' He was defended by manager Gordon Strachan, who said: 'If it was 'God Bless Myra Hindley,' I might have a problem.'

Liverpool – Luis Suarez support

Liverpool's Glen Johnson warms up while wearing a t-shirt bearing the name and image of team mate Luis Suarez

Defiant: Suarez had been banned for eight matches and fined 40,000 by the FA, but his teammates were determined to support his appeal

When Suarez received an eight-match ban by the FA for racially abusing Patrice Evra, there were some who felt his punishment was deserved. But not his teammates or his manager, as they donned T-shirts in support of the Uruguayan striker before Liverpool's clash with Wigan. Manager Kenny Dagliesh was in favour of the display, saying: 'It is a great reflection of the man as a character, a person and a footballer that the boys have been so supportive and so have the supporters.'

Danny Graham – 'Watford's Table Tennis Champion 2010/11'

Danny Graham boasted of his Table Tennis victory over teammate Don Cowie during Watford's 3-0 win over Portsmouth

Smug: Graham was proud of his ping-pong prowess

Danny Graham, in his days playing for Watford, managed to keep things friendly with his own comical shirt message. According to the forward the team used to enjoy a game table tennis after training sessions and Graham had emerged victorious from his most recent battle with Don Cowie. After scoring against Portsmouth in 2011 the cheeky Watford man proudly revealed a shirt on which he had written 'Watford's Table Tennis Champion 2010/11. Get Over It Lads!!!'

Arsene Wenger"s got the balance right! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sees a bright future at Arsenal

Wenger's got the balance right! Oxlade-Chamberlain sees a bright future at Arsenal

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15:50 GMT, 22 December 2012

Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the future is bright for the Gunners after their 1-0 win over Wigan at a rain-lashed DW Stadium in the Barclays Premier League.

Mikel Arteta scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the second half and Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of five players to sign new deals at Arsenal this week, believes manager Arsene Wenger has got the mix right.

On the attack: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain skips past Jean Beausejour

On the attack: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain skips past Jean Beausejour

'The players that we've got here now, there's some really exciting young players,' Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports 3 after being named man of the match.

'I think it's a good mix of youth and experience. The future does look bright for us.'

Oxlade-Chamberlain praised Wigan for their attacking approach despite being in the bottom three.

He said: 'They set up with a lot of men in midfield. In the first half it was hard to get to grips with their midfield at times.'

Winning strike: Mikel Arteta's penalty sealed the points for Arsenal

Winning strike: Mikel Arteta's penalty sealed the points for Arsenal

Arteta thought there were encouraging signs for Wigan despite the loss.

'I think they have been unlucky with the result because the way they play is quite “offensive”,' he said.

The Spaniard was also happy to be able to celebrate three wins in a row for Arsenal for the first time this season.

'It's a big win for us, that's three in a row now,' said the former Everton man. 'I am really happy with the points. It's been a tough game, the conditions were really difficult.'

Under pressure: Theo Walcott battles with James McCarthy

Under pressure: Theo Walcott battles with James McCarthy

Roberto Martinez confirms signing of Roger Espinoza

Two out, one in! Martinez loses Lopez and McCarthy through injury but confirms Espinoza

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UPDATED:

20:19 GMT, 19 December 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has revealed defender Adrian Lopez could be sidelined for 10 weeks with the hamstring tear he suffered in Saturday's defeat at Norwich.

James McCarthy's ankle problem, sustained in the same game, appears to have been only a short-term setback, but for Lopez the verdict was far from encouraging.

Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post: 'We are waiting on the results of another scan, but Adrian has a tear to his hamstring and it will probably be between six and 10 weeks.

'It's a shame': Wigan defender Adrian Lopez (left) could be out for up to 10 weeks after injuring his hamstring in the defeat against Norwich

'It's a shame': Wigan defender Adrian Lopez (left) could be out for up to 10 weeks after injuring his hamstring in the defeat against Norwich

'It's a shame because Adrian has never had a soft-tissue injury before.

'He is a sprinter and he has a real sprinter's muscles – you don't usually see people like him picking up this kind of injury.'

Wigan's Adrian Lopez

Blow: Lopez had played Wigan's last five games, coming into the side as defenders Ivan Ramis, Antolin Alcaraz and Gary Caldwell have all suffered injuries

Midfielder McCarthy had to be substituted at half-time at Carrow Road after being left with a hurt ankle following what Latics manager Martinez branded a 'nasty challenge'.

Martinez has since received an update on McCarthy's situation, and said: 'We've had the scan and he has a sprain in his ankle, and we need to see how that develops.

'Any sort of injury is disappointing, although we are relieved that it is not a really bad tear to his ligament.

James McCarthy

Too early: Midfielder James McCarthy has been working hard to play against Arsenal Saturday, but according to Roberto Martinez, it's 'too early to tell'

'He's been working really hard this past two days, accelerating the recovery process, but it's too early to tell if he'll be okay for the weekend.'

Wigan, who have dropped into the relegation zone, play Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Defenders Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis (both hamstring) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) could return, while midfielder Ben Watson, who fractured his shin in November, is to have his cast removed tomorrow.

Wigan defender Gary Caldwell

Wigan defender Ivan Ramis

Injuries: Wigan have also been without defenders Gary Caldwell (left), Ivan Ramis (right) and Antolin Alcaraz (not pictured) at various stages this season

Martinez was delighted to have confirmation that Sporting Kansas City's versatile Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza will be joining Wigan in January after being granted permission to work in the UK.

'He is someone who physically is really capable and has a gifted left foot,' Martinez told www.wiganlatics.co.uk.

'Having someone with such a good left foot gives a balance to the squad because most players are primarily right-footed.

'He's developed his tactical awareness and has learned how to play in different systems.

'Roger can play in any position in the midfield and can even play out in a wide left position, so we are delighted to capture a player with such versatility and stature.'

Reinforcements: Roberto Martinez has confirmed the signing of versatile Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza

Reinforcements: Roberto Martinez has confirmed the signing of versatile Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza from MLS side Sporting Kansas City