Tag Archives: minute

Margaret Thatcher passes away: Dave Whelan wants minute"s silence for former Prime Minister

Wigan boss Whelan calls for Wembley silence before Millwall clash to honour former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

17:09 GMT, 9 April 2013

|

UPDATED:

17:09 GMT, 9 April 2013

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has called for a one-minute silence in honour of Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

The former Prime Minister died yesterday, aged 87 after suffering a stroke.

Whelan, whose Wigan side face Millwall in their FA Cup semi-final clash on Saturday, believes football fans should pay their respects to the deceased prime Minister.

Eyes on the prize: Dave Whelan would like a minute's silence for the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Eyes on the prize: Dave Whelan would like a minute's silence for the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Speaking to the BBC, Whelan said: 'We owe Mrs Thatcher a minute's silence.

'We have to say thank you very much for the service she gave'.

But the Premier League have told Sportsmail there are no plans for a one-minute silence ahead of this weekend fixtures.

Stewart Downing: Liverpool are starting to click into gear

I love it when a plan comes together! Downing hails Rodgers after Liverpool thrash Wigan

By
Carl Markham, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

13:49 GMT, 3 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

13:49 GMT, 3 March 2013

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing believes the side are starting to click into gear and while it may be just a little too late to snatch a Champions League place he is confident they can still finish the season on a high.

The 4-0 demolition of Wigan at the DW Stadium came courtesy of a Luis Suarez hat-trick after Downing's second-minute header but there were other elements of the performance which impressed.

Since taking over in the summer manager Brendan Rodgers has spent his time trying to ingrain a new way of playing into the side, although he admits he will still require a number of transfer windows to bring the best out of his methods.

On the up: Stewart Downing celebrates after scoring against Wigan

On the up: Stewart Downing celebrates after scoring against Wigan

But the ease with which 8.5million January signing Philippe Coutinho seamlessly fitted in on only his third appearance – providing assists for the first two goals – suggests Rodgers' plan is working.

And despite their frequent difficulties in finishing off their dominance in possession results are starting to suggest when things go right they do so in impressive fashion.

The sequence of Liverpool's last six league victories since December 22 is 4-0, 3-0, 3-0, 5-0, 5-0, 4-0.

'I think it's coming together. We've had some good results of late. We're finishing teams off and defending ever so well,' said Downing.

'Pepe Reina made some great saves (against Wigan) and if we do our bit at the other end of the field, we've got a chance.

'It's all coming together. We've got 10 games to go and we've got to keep winning games.'

Liverpool's total of 53 goals from 28 matches is their second best at this stage of a Premier League season – bettered only by the 56 scored in 1995-96 – but Rodgers is not getting carried away.

He can see the progress being made but knows Champions League qualification this season remains some way off for his seventh-placed side at this point.

Treble: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Wigan were put to the sword

Treble: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Wigan were put to the sword

'We are not thinking about that. All we are looking at this moment in time is the next game – that is what we spoke about in the last few days,” said the Reds boss.

'We have played well a lot of this season, what has got us behind has been individual errors.

'Yesterday I could see the graft the players are doing on the training field being taken onto the pitch.

'There was a real focus and concentration in our performance.

'They are being very accustomed to how we are asking them to press as a team high up the pitch and when to drop in and build a block and control the game. That was wonderful for us.

'We have to give great credit to the players because it is very easy, especially after getting knocked out of the Europa League, to feel sorry for ourselves.

'We will focus on finishing as high as we can and look to finish the season strongly.'

Suarez stole the show again with a hat-trick which lifted him to 21 league goals for the season and past Manchester United's Robin van Persie as the country's leading scorer.

'It was another great performance,' added Downing.

Cruise control: Liverpool are finding their feet under Brendan Rodgers

Cruise control: Liverpool are finding their feet under Brendan Rodgers

'There were all types of different goals for his hat-trick.

'At the minute he's on fire and if you have a striker like that in your team, you always have a chance of winning games.

'We played some good football. Obviously getting the early goal helped.

'It settled us down and on a tricky pitch, I thought we dominated for large periods of the game.'

Of his rare header he said: 'It was nice to get a goal, no matter how they come.

'The manager said to me to try to get in a position to score goals and if you get in the box, you have a chance.

'It was a great ball from Philippe and I was able to make a good contact on it to get it past the keeper.'

Downing's goal set the tone for what was probably Liverpool's most comfortable victory of the season.

Coutinho's perfectly-weighted pass put Suarez through for a clever finish in the 18th minute and the Uruguayan then scored a deflected free-kick with 34 minutes gone and Wigan in disarray.

Four minutes into the second half right-back Glen Johnson charged 40 yards downfield before releasing Suarez to complete his treble with an angled shot through the legs of goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Zambia 1 Ethiopia 1: Africa Cup of Nations match report

Zambia 1 Ethiopia 1: Champions stall in opener as they throw away half-time lead

winners after he raced onto a through ball, beating the defence and fired his half-volley into the bottom corner, but it was all-square when Ethiopia's captain Adane Girma found the net at the near post.

Bizarrely, Tassew saw red while being taken off on a stretcher, after haring out to the ball and flattening Zambia's Chisamba Lungu a full 40 yards from his goal.

Zambia's Collins Mbesuma (green) fires past Ethiopia keeper Zerihun Tadelle for the opener

Belter: Zambia's Collins Mbesuma (green) fires past Ethiopia keeper Zerihun Tadelle for the opener

Zambia's keeper Kennedy Mweene dives to save a penalty kick from Ethiopia's Saladin Said

Crucial: Zambia's keeper Kennedy Mweene dives to save a penalty kick from Ethiopia's Saladin Said

Match Facts

Zambia: Mweene,
Nkausa, Himoonda, Sunzu, Musonda (Jacob Mulenga), Sinkala, Lungu,
Chansa (Mukuka Mulenga), Kalaba, Mbesuma, Christopher Katongo (Mayuka).

Goal: Mbesuma 45

Ethiopia: Tassew, Bune, Elias, Hailu, Tesfaye, Bekele (Tadele), Megersa, Adane Girma, Teshome, Kebede (Hintsa), Said.

Goal: Girma 65

Red Card: Tassew 37

Tassew's sending off caused an
11-minute delay as the Group C match descended into near chaos with
angry Ethiopian fans throwing bottles and vuvuzelas on to the pitch.

They were already upset after their
key player Saladin Seid missed a penalty in the 25th minute having
already been deprived of an earlier goal when the ball bounced over an
open goal on the hard surface.

Ethiopia made a bright start to their
first game in the finals for 31 years and midfielder Minyahile Teshone
should have put them ahead after four minutes but somehow hooked a great
chance over the crossbar.

In the 17th minute Zambia keeper
Kennedy Mweene was caught out and the ball fell to Seid who found
himself with an open goal but his hooked shot towards the gaping net
bizarrely bounced over the bar.

Ethiopian came in their numbers to the Mbombela Stadium
What a following! Ethiopian came in their numbers to the Mbombela Stadium

Seid had another chance to score eight
minutes later when Gabon referee Otogo Castane awarded Ethipoia a
penalty after Lungu fouled Seid, but Mweene easily saved his poor kick.

The game then took an unedifying turn
after 32 minutes when Tassew raced out of his goal and poleaxed Chisamba
Lungu with a reckless tackle which evoked memories of the infamous foul
West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher performed on France's Patrick
Battiston in the 1982 World Cup semi-final.

Ethiopia's keeper Jemal Tassew is carried off after receiving a red card for his outrageous foul

Off: Ethiopia's keeper Jemal Tassew is carried off after receiving a red card for his outrageous foul

After an 11-minute stoppage allowing
treatment to the goalkeeper, the referee waited until Tassew was on the
stretcher before showing him a red card – provoking the Ethiopian fans
to throw missiles on the pitch and an official to run on the field and
remonstrate with the referee.

Just to add to the mayhem a jet fighter buzzed the stadium before order was finally restored.

Apart from Tassew's rash attack, and
some panicky moments in defence, Ethiopia played some neat football
against the champions who paid for not taking their chances.

Ethiopia's Adane Girma celebrates his equalising goal

Important: Ethiopia's Adane Girma celebrates his equalising goal

Zambia's Chisamba Lungu is challenged by Ethiopia's captain Adane Girma

Playing the ball: Zambia's Chisamba Lungu is challenged by Ethiopia's captain Adane Girma

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

|

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.

Liverpool sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea

Sturridge set for Cup debut after completing 12m move to Liverpool from Chelsea

European Cup and 2010 and 2012 FA Cups in his trophy cabinet.

STURRIDGE TIMELINE

1989: Born September 1, in Birmingham.
2003: Signs for Manchester City's academy at the age of 13, following trials with Aston Villa and Coventry.
2004: Named player of the tournament and finishes as top scorer as City win the Under-15 Nike Cup.
2006: Signs professional contract with City.
2007: February 3 – Makes City debut in 2-0 defeat to Reading.
2008: January 27 – Scores first professional goal in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.
2009: Finishes the season with four goals in 26 appearances.
July 3 – Turns down a new deal at City to sign for Chelsea.
August 11 – Earns first England Under-21 cap against Netherlands.
2010: January 2 – Scores first goals for Chelsea, in a 5-0 FA Cup thrashing of Watford.
May 15 – Comes off the bench at Wembley as Chelsea secure a Premier League and FA cup double by beating Portsmouth 1-0.
2011: January 11 – Joins Bolton on a loan deal until the end of the season,
February 2 – Scores 90th-minute winner on his Bolton debut as Wanderers beat Wolves 1-0.
May 22 – Sent-off during his final Bolton appearance against former club Manchester City. Scored eight goals in 12 games during the loan spell.
October 2 – Scores a brace during Chelsea's 5-1 thrashing of former club Bolton.
November 15 – Makes England debut as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 victory over Sweden.
2012: April 29 – Scores the opener in a 6-1 victory over London rivals QPR to keep Chelsea's hopes of Champions League qualification alive.
May 19 – Remains on the bench as an unused substitute as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties to win the Champions League for the first time.
July-August – Makes a full recovery from meningitis to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London, scoring against both the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay but missing a crucial penalty against South Korea in the quarter-finals.
October 31 – On the scoresheet as Chelsea need extra time to eliminate Manchester United and reach the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup with a 5-4 victory.
2013: January 2 – Leaves Chelsea to join Liverpool for an undisclosed fee. After signing a long-term contract, he says: 'I am humbled and happy to be here. I've not signed to play for a couple of years and then move on. I've signed to be here for as long as possible. It's a humongous club.'

Neil Redfearn could replace Keith Hill at Barnsley

Redfearn could return to old club Barnsley to replace sacked Hill as manager

|

UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 30 December 2012

Former Barnsley winger Neil Redfearn is among contenders to replace Keith Hill as the Championship club's manager.

Redfearn, 47, is currently coaching at Leeds.

Former assistant David Flitcroft, 38, has been put in caretaker charge following Hill's dismissal on Saturday.

Wanted man: Neil Redfearn could return to Barnsley to replace Keith Hill

Wanted man: Neil Redfearn could return to Barnsley to replace Keith Hill

Hill left the club after recording a home defeat against Blackburn.

Josh King, Ruben Rochina and Jordan Rhodes secure the win to cancel out Stephen Dawson's 76th-minute goal.

Caretaker: David Flitcroft (left) has taken the reins at Barnsley after Hill was dismissed on Saturday

Caretaker: David Flitcroft (left) has taken the reins at Barnsley after Hill was dismissed on Saturday

Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa will be fine

We'll be fine! Lambert admits Villa feeling negative after another rout but believes in his side

|

UPDATED:

20:36 GMT, 29 December 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was downcast after watching his side beaten 3-0 at home by fellow strugglers Wigan but still said his team would be 'fine'.

Since winning 3-1 at Liverpool on December 15, Villa have suffered three heavy defeats in a row, conceding a total of 15 goals and failing to score once themselves.

Only a last-minute Stoke equaliser against Southampton kept Villa out of the relegation places and Lambert said: 'The last three results have certainly hurt us.

Struggle: Paul Lambert cannot seem to get Villa firing

Struggle: Paul Lambert cannot seem to get Villa firing

'Everyone was positive after the Liverpool win but there is now a negativity after these three defeats.

'I understand that feeling but I have a belief that Aston Villa will be fine. The big disappointment is that there are a lot of experienced players out of the team.

'Andreas Weimann had to play at the last minute against Wigan despite having a leg injury. Once we get everyone back in January we will have to wait and see what happens.

'We had a decent spell in the first half when we looked like ourselves. We had a couple of half chances but in the second half there was no creativity. That was hard to take for sure.

'I will speak to the chairman to see what is happening in regard to bringing in some new players.

'I always knew it was going to be a massive job at Villa. It is a massive football club with a great tradition.

'This club has been in a survival battle for the last couple of years.

'The forthcoming Capital One Cup semi-final is not something that I have not really thought about to be honest. The bread and butter is the league. It always is. We are in a fight but so are the other teams.'

Despite their dire situation, Lambert paid tribute to the Villa fans.

He said: 'Since I've been here the fans have been brilliant with myself and the team.

Dejection: Villa's players seem to have lost heart in recent matches as games slipped away from them

Dejection: Villa's players seem to have lost heart in recent matches as games slipped away from them

'I never criticise the crowd here at Villa Park because they are behind the team. All we can do is our very best for the club. The fans have been brilliant and have gone away as hurt as we are. We have to stick together.

'I've been beaten up badly both as a player and as a manager. It happens. It was disappointing to lose to Wigan as it was an opportunity to climb the table.

'Spurs and Chelsea are fine teams but Wigan was an opportunity to pull away, especially at home. That is the disappointment. To be turned over 3-0 at home certainly hurts everyone.'

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was in an upbeat mood after goals from Ivan Ramis, Emmerson Boyce and Arouna Kone gave his side a comfortable win.

He said: 'It was a really tense game before it started as both Villa and ourselves are in a similar position. We tried to play in the right way and the result was very important.

'In terms of the performance I thought it was similar to that we showed against Everton and Arsenal in the last two games.

'We were very clinical in both boxes and defended well, keeping (Christian) Benteke quiet. He is a footballer who can make a difference at this level. We covered this threat really well and had very good concentration.

Off-colour: In the past few games Christian Benteke has not been at his best

Off-colour: In the past few games Christian Benteke has not been at his best

'At the other end I thought we had even more opportunities to score in the closing stages. The players applied themselves in a great manner to get the result.

'This season I thought we started very brightly but then had a few difficult moments, particularly in November and December when we have had to cope with a lot of injuries and suspensions.

'This has been tough not to get the rewards on the pitch and its put a lot of pressure on the players.

'Not many foreign players can come into this league and cope with the physical side of the game.

'The know-how is important and the likes of Kone and Ramis are good examples how they have adapted. Being able to play in Germany and Spain has helped them a great deal.

'I was really impressed with Kone and I think he could have scored another couple of goals. But it will have boosted his confidence.

'Unfortunately we are losing players to the African tournament and other managers will tell you how difficult it is to lose important players at such a crucial stage of the season. I am sure that other players will come in and take the opportunity to shine.'

League Two round-up: Port Vale top after 3-2 win at Dagenham and Redbridge

League Two round-up: Port Vale hit summit after 3-2 win over the Daggers

PUBLISHED:

20:16 GMT, 29 December 2012

|

UPDATED:

20:16 GMT, 29 December 2012

Port Vale won 3-2 at Dagenham & Redbridge to move to the top of npower League Two.

With Gillingham's fixture against Northampton falling foul of the weather, Vale took full advantage thanks to goals from Tom Pope, Jennison Myrie-Williams and Louis Dodds. A Sam Williams penalty and Scott Doe found the net for the hosts.

Southend missed out on the chance to move into the top three as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Burton.

Top dogs: Tom Pope celebrates scoring the opening goal for Port Vale

Top dogs: Tom Pope celebrates scoring the opening goal for Port Vale

Goals from Calvin Zola and Lee Bell gave Albion, who had Nathan Stanton sent off, a win which moves them into the play-off spots.

Oxford United claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over bottom side Wimbledon thanks to goals from Sean Rigg, Alfie Potter and Tom Craddock, although they also had James Constable sent off late on.

Rochdale claimed a 4-2 win at Bradford with all the goals coming in the first half.

Terry Gornell put Dale ahead but Alan Connell struck from the spot to equalise.

Missed out: Southend could've moved into the top three but they lost at Burton

Missed out: Southend could've moved into the top three but they lost at Burton

Andrew Tutte put the visitors back ahead and Ashley Grimes extended their advantage, before Connell's second penalty made it 3-2. But Gornell netted his second to complete the scoring.

Conor Townsend scored his first goal for Chesterfield but was later sent off in their 1-1 draw with Morecambe.

Christopher McCready put Morecambe ahead but Townsend levelled before being dismissed for using his elbow.

Andy Iro struck in the eighth minute of stoppage time to rescue a point for Barnet as they drew 2-2 at Exeter in Edgar Davids' first game in sole charge.

Gaffer: Barnet drew 2-2 in Edgar Davids's first game in sole charge

Gaffer: Barnet drew 2-2 in Edgar Davids's first game in sole charge

Danny Coles and Scot Bennett looked to have set Exeter on their way to the three points, but Jonathan Nurse pulled one back before Iro's dramatic leveller.

Matt McClure got the only goal as Wycombe won 1-0 at Plymouth, while Fleetwood and York played out a goalless draw.

Rotherham beat Accrington 4-1 thanks to a brace from substitute Daniel Nardiello.

Tom Eckersley's own goal put the Millers a goal to the good, only for Craig Lindfield to level.

But Nardiello's double and a Michael O'Connor strike sealed Rotherham's victory,

The fixtures between Cheltenham and Bristol Rovers and Aldershot and Torquay were also postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Burnley 0 Leicester 1 – match report

Burnley 0 Leicester 1: Nugent pounces on bad day for Clarets with Austin sidelined

PUBLISHED:

17:36 GMT, 29 December 2012

|

UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Nugent's 12th goal of the season was enough to see off Burnley and consolidate Leicester's place in the Championship's play-off zone.

Nugent struck shortly after the half hour as the Clarets' afternoon went from bad to worse.

The hosts had already received a hammer blow when leading scorer Charlie Austin, having passed a late fitness test on a muscle injury, was replaced by Martin Paterson after a mere eight minutes.

Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game

Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 57), Marney, McCann, Treacy (Stock 83), Ings, Austin (Paterson 8).

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, O'Neill, Bartley.

Booked: Duff, Trippier, Vokes.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, James, Drinkwater, Marshall, Knockaert (Waghorn 61), Dyer (Gallagher 83), Nugent (Futacs 86).

Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Keane, Schlupp.

Booked: Dyer, Drinkwater.

Goals: Nugent 31.

Att: 13,050

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

Click here for the latest Championship table, fixtures and results

And it was testament to Burnley's battling spirits that the Clarets made a real game of it despite the loss of their star man.

In fact, Burnley made the brighter
start of the two sides and Chris McCann tried his luck from distance
after only 11 minutes, only to see his effort go wide.

At the other end, Leicester's Ben
Marshall twice came close, first seeing an effort blocked by Kieran
Trippier and then bringing the best out of Burnley keeper Lee Grant who
tipped his 17th-minute effort round the post.

Paterson brought a save out of Kasper
Schmeichel as the Clarets went toe-to-toe with their promotion-hunting
rivals, while Leicester's Lloyd Dyer also tried his luck in an
end-to-end start at Turf Moor.

The Foxes went into the game without a
goal in three matches, but boss Nigel Pearson's long wait was finally
over after 31 minutes when Nugent struck home from close range following
an assist from Wes Morgan.

The lead could have been doubled just
three minutes later but McCann came to the rescue, blocking an 18-yard
effort from Anthony Knockaert.

Burnley had taken time to recover
their cool after conceding, but eight minutes from the break Danny Ings
just cleared the bar from inside the box to raise home fans' spirits.

Even so, the Clarets could have
conceded a second minutes from half time when Dyer again worked himself a
good shooting opportunity, only to lift his 12-yard effort over the
crossbar.

The Foxes picked up where they had
left off after the interval as Matty James saw Jason Shackell get in the
way of his effort as Pearson's side turned the screw at the start of
the second half.

But Schmeichel had to be at his alert
best to thwart Paterson an equaliser from point-blank range after 59
minutes as Sean Dyche's men sensed at least a point was still there for
the taking.

The Leicester keeper was again in the
thick of the action with 20 minutes left, this time comfortably saving
an on-target Ings effort from 18 yards.

Livewire Ings then saw an effort
blocked by Liam Moore as Leicester were forced back on the defensive,
Schmeichel then tipping another Paterson attempt round the post as the
Clarets battled to the end.

Sir Alex Ferguson defends referee rant

Fergie stands by ref rant after United go clear with thrilling win over Newcastle

|

UPDATED:

20:45 GMT, 26 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson defended his decision to give referee Mike Dean a half-time blast of his hairdryer before Manchester United sealed another famous comeback win.

Javier Hernandez's last-minute winner against Newcastle at Old Trafford gave United a 4-3 triumph from a game when they had trailed three times, and took them seven points clear of Manchester City.

But an incident-packed afternoon had one of its most notable moments as the teams came out for the second-half.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) argues with referee Mike Dean after he allowed a Jonny Evans own goal to stand

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) argues with referee Mike Dean after he allowed a Jonny Evans own goal to stand

Ferguson gave Dean a blast of his famous hairdryer during half-time of the game that eventually saw Manchester United win 4-3

Ferguson gave Dean a blast of his famous hairdryer during half-time of the game that eventually saw Manchester United win 4-3

Ferguson first rounded on Dean, then fourth official Neil Swarbrick before finally launching into assistant referee Jake Collin over Newcastle's second, an own-goal from Jonny Evans, which he was convinced should not have been allowed to stand.

'The referee changed the linesman's mind,' said Ferguson after Collin had flagged for offside against Papiss Cisse, only to get over-ruled after Evans turned home Danny Simpson's cross.

'He said it was an own goal. But if you see it again, and the referee can't, the guy is in an offside position, then he pulls Evans' arm.

Indecision: Ferguson said that Dean changed the mind of assisstant referee Jake Collin (right) who had ruled out the goal for offside

Indecision: Ferguson said that Dean changed the mind of assisstant referee Jake Collin (right) who had ruled out the goal for offside

'If that is not interfering what is I think it was a bad decision.'

Yet former World Cup official Graham Poll had already taken to Twitter to insist Dean was correct, as Newcastle chief Alan Pardew also felt.

'At the time I thought it was an own goal,' Pardew said.

Fergie congratulates Javier Hernandez, scorer of the decisive goal who scored the decisive goal in the 90th minute

Fergie congratulates Javier Hernandez, scorer of the decisive 90th minute goal

'It doesn't matter who is offside, he could be 20 yards offside if the defender sticks it in.

'I don't know if the striker got a touch before the defender but I don't think so. I can't see a problem with it.'

The Premier League also confirmed that 'as Cisse did not play the ball, then he was not interfering with play'.

They also stated that: 'It is also the case that Cisse didn't interfere with the opponent.'

It is now down to Dean to decide whether Ferguson overstepped the mark with his protestations, although he did have the option of sending the United boss to the stand, which he declined to do.

There was further controversy in stoppage time too, when Antonio Valencia slid in on Vernon Anita, leaving the Newcastle man needing to be stretchered off with an injured ankle.

'I was a bit upset with that tackle,' said Pardew. 'I have seen it again and I don't think it was malicious but Valencia has mistimed it badly and unfortunately it might cost us a player.

'I am not sure what is wrong. It is too early to say.

'It is a bang on the ankle. We will have to see whether he will make Arsenal, which would be a loss to us.'

Chicarito's 10th of the season means Manchester United are top of the league, seven points clearer of local rivals City

Chicarito's 10th of the season means Manchester United are top of the league, seven points clearer of local rivals City

Pardew also confirmed midfielder Jonas Guttierez faces a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury after missing today's game.

'He will be missing the next two or three games,' he said.

'Guttierez will have an injection in his knee tomorrow. It is not clearing up and he is not 100%.'

And those talking points do not touch on an amazing game.

Three times Newcastle led, through James Perch, Evans and Cisse, only for Evans – becoming the third player this season to score at both ends – Patrice Evra and Robin van Persie, with his 16th goal of the season, to respond.

Further chances came and went in a thrill-a-minute game.

But when Sammy Ameobi struck the inside of a post with a shot Pardew thought was going in, he feared the worst.

Dean received some flak for his decisions from players of both Manchester United (above) and Newcastle United (below)

Dean received some flak for his decisions from players of both Manchester United (above) and Newcastle United (below)

Dean received some flak for his decisions from players of both Manchester United (above) and Newcastle United (below)

'When it went back to the goalkeeper I thought 'mmm, it might not be our day', said Pardew.

He was right. And it wasn't Manchester City's either as Hernandez struck in the dying seconds to ensure United will be top on New Years' Day no matter what the outcome of matches against West Brom and Wigan.

'I wish it was the last game of the season,' said Ferguson.

'It tells you about the courage of our team though.

'We had a lot of bad decisions against us in the first-half.

Newcastle had lead three times with goals from James Perch, a controversial Jonny Evans own goal (pictured) and Papiss Cisse but were pegged back with goals at the right end from Evans, Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie (below) and Javier Hernandez

Newcastle had lead three times with goals from James Perch, a controversial Jonny Evans own goal (pictured) and Papiss Cisse, but were pegged back with goals at the right end from Evans, Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie (below) and Javier Hernandez

Newcastle had lead three times with goals from James Perch, a controversial Jonny Evans own goal (pictured) and Papiss Cisse but were pegged back with goals at the right end from Evans, Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie (below) and Javier Hernandez

'That could have demoralised the team. But they didn't give in. That is the great quality they have.

'We were down three times and came back three times, then we scored the winner.

'It is a really significant result for us. It puts us in a good position.

'But as I always say about December, it is a month that tells you everything.

'Hopefully when we come to January 1, after that game at Wigan, we are still top of the league.'

Alan Pardew's (pictured) Newcastle side slipped to 15th in the table after the extended their winless away run this season to nine games

Alan Pardew's (pictured) Newcastle side slipped to 15th in the table and are still without an away victory in nine attempts this season