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Joey Barton plays for Marseille behind closed doors

Barton blasts 'farmer's field' after Marseille beat Bastia behind closed doors

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UPDATED:

00:13 GMT, 13 December 2012

Joey Barton helped Marseille to a 2-1 win against Bastia last night – but there was no-one in the stands to see it.

Bastia were forced to play the match behind closed doors after their clash with Ajaccio in October descended into chaos.

The Corsican derby was stopped for five minutes after fans of both teams started fighting and threw fireworks following a mass brawl on the pitch.

Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders

Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders

Mathieu Valbuena deservedly put Marseille ahead with a
superb volley from just inside the box in the 15th minute.

Andre Ayew doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 70
minutes after goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi had fouled his younger brother Jordan.

Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio

Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio

Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground

Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground

Anthony Modeste scored a late goal but Bastia did not go on
to worry the visitors, who clinched their sixth away league win and also
welcomed back striker Andre-Pierre Gignac six weeks after he suffered a broken
foot.

Barton later tweeted: 'Great 3 points on that farmers field. No fans in the stadium but loads outside throwing fireworks. Freezing cold showers as well.'

Marseille are third in Ligue One, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain.

Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat

Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat

Morten Gamst Pedersen targeted by Blackburn boo-boys

Blackburn boo-boys turn their attention to Pedersen as Rovers remain in danger

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 8 April 2012

Morten Gamst Pedersen was a target for the frustration of Blackburn's supporters at the Hawthorns as Steve Kean missed a chance to escape the bottom three.

The Norwegian international was cheered from the field by a large portion of the visiting supporters at the Hawthorns as poor set-piece defending cost Rovers as they slumped to a three-goal defeat to Roy Hodgson's Baggies.

Pedersen, who has been responsible for Rovers' most goal assists this season, was the chosen victim on an afternoon when little went right.

Target: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen was cheer off when he was substituted

Target: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen was cheer off when he was substituted

Striker Anthony Modeste was dismissed for violent conduct in the late stages after needlessly kicking out at West Brom right-back Billy Jones.

Pedersen's treatment was highlighted by the fact that a further object of derision by the Rovers' fans – midfielder Keith Andrews – was playing in midfield for the hosts.

Kean told the Republic of Ireland international that the negative reaction from supporters was a reason why he couldn't be picked – and his stay at Ewood Park came to an eventual end in the transfer window.

Blackburn boy David Dunn spelled out what went wrong, saying: 'They won five corners in the first seven minutes, so they started quickly and we were up against it.

'I thought we started really well in the second half but the second goal killed us off a little bit.'

Dunn said he had sufficient belief that Blackburn could haul themselves clear, despite the result being a missed opportunity.

Bad day: Pedersen is treated for an injury on the pitch

Bad day: Pedersen is treated for an injury on the pitch

'We are big boys. It's not just us in this position. There's five teams down there all desperate to get out.

'Togetherness and team spirit are the key in football. But especially now with six games left which are massive.

'It's been a real testing season. It's been difficult. Hard times. A couple of weeks ago, we thought we might have pulled away a bit but now we are right back in it.

'Like I say, we are going to have to be difficult to beat. If we do, I'm sure we are going to be okay. Today, it was a little bit of a slow start but we need to be better than that really. We need to pick some points up.'

Left-back Liam Ridgwell scored his first goal for West Brom with a glancing header from a free-kick to put the seal on a victory that was far from as comfortable as the scoreline suggested.

Ridgewell was part of a Birmingham City team that was relegated in heartbreaking fashion last season but said there was no magic formula for teams to survive – other than hard work.

'The key is to not lose your head and staying together as a team and just trying to graft out as many results as you can,' he said.

'You look at all the teams and everywhere is a difficult place to go and you think where are the results going to come from.

'But the main thing is to keep the team together and fight as much as you can. If you keep doing that, and still go down, you've got to give a nod to the other teams.'

It was suggested to Ridgewell that this Wednesday's trip to the Etihad to play Manchester City would, for West Brom, equate to 'pressure-free' football.

'I don't think so,” he added, “the only pressure-free football I play is when I'm kicking the ball about the back garden with my children…'

West Brom 3 Blackburn 0

Harry Redknapp says it"s been tough since Fabrice Muamba"s collapse

Muamba turmoil takes toll on Redknapp ahead of Stoke clash

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 20 March 2012

His words were upbeat and positive but the slow, distracted delivery betrayed Harry Redknapp’s real feelings.

At his press conference to preview Wednesday's Premier League match against Stoke City, the Tottenham boss tried time and time again to shift the focus away from him and his players by highlighting the ‘incredible’ improvements in Fabrice Muamba’s condition.

Every personal reflection was followed by a ‘but’, intended to lift the mood and bring attention to Muamba’s fight, but it was clear Redknapp has felt the events of Saturday very deeply.

Tough time: Harry Redknapp says he has found it tough since Fabrice Muamba collapsed during Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Bolton

Tough time: Harry Redknapp says he has found it tough since Fabrice Muamba collapsed during Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Bolton

‘It has knocked me flat for two or three days,’ he said. ‘It does seem to be one thing after the other recently. And it does take its toll, I suppose, on you. Especially with a young boy like that, to see that happen was unreal.’

It has been that sort of a season for Redknapp, who has undergone heart surgery and was cleared of tax evasion charges after a five-year ‘nightmare’ only a month ago.

Total shock: Benoit Assou Ekotto William Gallas and Carlo Cudicini watch as the medics attend to Fabrice Muamba

Total shock: Benoit Assou Ekotto William Gallas and Carlo Cudicini watch as the medics attend to Fabrice Muamba

Then on Sunday, March 11, Spurs academy player Oliver Modeste, 17, fell and suffered a ‘significant’ head injury. He was in intensive care but is understood to be recovering well.

Redknapp could never be accused of self-pity, but the 65-year-old looked exhausted yesterday, overwrought almost. ‘It’s very, very difficult. But in this situation things are really, really positive. We’re not on a low today; we’re on a high with it,’ he said.

Shaken: Jermain Defoe looks on in shock after Muamba collapsed

Shaken: Jermain Defoe looks on in shock after Muamba collapsed

Finding that ‘high’ is what Redknapp has to do with his players tonight. He will not play anyone he feels is not mentally ready to return to White Hart Lane — no mean feat, even for a man with nearly 50 years’ experience in the game.

He said: ‘I think football management is about being half a psychologist with them anyway. In all honesty that’s how it is.’

Blackburn Rovers 2 Sunderland 0: Hoilett and Yakubu eases Rovers relegation fears

Blackburn Rovers 2 Sunderland 0: Hoilett and Yakubu eases Rovers relegation fears

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 20 March 2012

Junior Hoilett and Yakubu struck in the second half to ease Blackburn's relegation fears as they moved six points clear of the drop zone.

After a goalless first half Hoilett struck to lift the mood around Ewood Park and Yakubu made sure of the points with a late goal.

Rovers were the better team throughout the game and Sunderland showed the effects of their trip to Goodison Park at the weekend.

More to follow…

Easy does it: Junior Hoilett celebrates scoring his goal

Easy does it: Junior Hoilett celebrates scoring his goal

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Formica, Hoilett, Marcus Olsson, Yakubu.

Subs: Bunn, Givet, Dunn, Modeste, Petrovic, Orr, Goodwillie.

Goals: Hoilett. Yakubu

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Kyrgiakos, Turner, Bridge, Larsson, Gardner, Vaughan, McClean, Bendtner, Campbell.

Subs: Gordon, Wickham, Kilgallon, Colback, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

That'll do it: Blackburn's Junior Hoilett scores against Sunderland

That'll do it: Blackburn's Junior Hoilett scores against Sunderland

Going close: Blackburn's Yakubu shoots wide past Simon Mignolet

Going close: Blackburn's Yakubu shoots wide past Simon Mignolet

Putting the pressure on: Blackburn's Martin Olsson has a shot on goal

Putting the pressure on: Blackburn's Martin Olsson has a shot on goal

Battle to balance: Nicklas Bendtner struggles to stay upright as he battles for the ball with Morten Gamst Pedersen

Battle to balance: Nicklas Bendtner struggles to stay upright as he battles for the ball with Morten Gamst Pedersen

Getting away: Blackburn's Junior Hoilett beats Michael Turner to the ball

Getting away: Blackburn's Junior Hoilett beats Michael Turner to the ball

Solidarity: Both sets of players warmed up in 'Pray for Muamba' t-shirts and (Below)

Solidarity: Both sets of players warmed up in 'Pray for Muamba' t-shirts and (Below)

Pray for Muamba: Sunderland's Fraizer Campbell team mates wear t-shirts supporting Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba

Sign of support: Sunderland fans hold a banner for Fabrice Muamba

Sign of support: Sunderland fans hold a banner for Fabrice Muamba

Blackburn sign Marcus Olssona and Bradley Orr

Olsson twins at Blackburn! Marcus joins Martin as QPR's Orr also wades in

Blackburn now have two Olssons on their books after manager Steve Kean completed the signing of Martin's twin brother Marcus.

Full-back Martin joined Rovers on transfer deadline day in 2006, and now winger Marcus has followed suit.

Rovers have also secured the signing of QPR defender Bradley Orr.

Marcus has joined the Ewood Park club on a free transfer from Swedish side Halmstad, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal through to the summer of 2014.

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn... the Olsen Twins, if you will

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn... the Olsen Twins, if you will

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn… the Olsen Twins, if you will

The 23-year-old, who can also play up front, is now awaiting international clearance on the deal from the Swedish FA and FIFA.

The Olsson brothers both started their careers at local side Hogaborgs BK and had a trial with Blackburn at the end of 2005.

However, while Martin signed a
contract under then manager Mark Hughes, Marcus returned to Sweden and
eventually signing for Halmstad in 2008, scoring 17 goals in 139
appearances.

Marcus has also followed his brother
into the international side, earning his first caps in friendlies
earlier this month against Bahrain and Qatar.

Olsson is Kean's second capture of the transfer window following the recent loan signing of Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste.

Kean believes that Orr, who joined QPR in the summer of 2010, will be a valuable addition to the Rovers defence.

'I think the age he's at gives us a little bit more experience in that position,' Kean said of the 29-year-old right-back. 'We've been playing Jason Lowe and young Adam Henley there as well but
we feel Bradley will bring us experience and another option.'

Chris Samba fury as Blackburn reject transfer request

Samba fury as Blackburn reject defender's transfer request

No move: Samba has been denied a transfer

No move: Samba has been denied a transfer

Blackburn Rovers risk defender Chris Samba not playing for them again after club owners re-iterated to their captain he was not for sale.

Samba held a conference call with the club's Indian owner Anuradha Desai on Wednesday and was told that he will not be sold in this transfer window but may be allowed to leave Ewood Park in the summer.

Samba, who was far from happy at the news, handed in a transfer request earlier this week and it is doubtful whether he will figure against Everton on Saturday.

QPR have made two bids for the 27-year-old while Tottenham and Paris St Germain are monitoring developments.

The club's bold stance could yet backfire if Samba's mood affects the rest of the squad.

However, one player who may be allowed to leave is Blackburn striker Jason Roberts.

Championship side Reading are keen to sign the 33-year-old on loan.

Blackburn have also confirmed that Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste has joined on loan for the rest of the season, as revealed by Sportsmail.

Steve Kean tells Christopher Samba he must stay at Blackburn

Kean tells Samba he will not be granted Ewood exit despite transfer request


Not permitted: Steve Kean has told Chris Samba he must stay

Not permitted: Steve Kean has told Chris Samba he must stay

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has held talks with Christopher Samba and told the unsettled defender he will not be sold.

Samba has handed in a transfer request but Kean said the club are determined to see Samba honour his contract.

The Rovers manager said the Congo defender will be allowed to keep the captaincy if he proves his commitment to the club.

Kean said: 'I spoke with him yesterday and he knows he is not for sale. The day before he handed in a transfer request, that has been refused and we won't welcome any more bids and Chris knows the stance of the club.

'It is never nice when somebody hands in a transfer request but hopefully we can now move on.'

Kean said he had the 100% backing of Blackburn's owners Venky's but accepted Samba might need time to accept the decision.

Asked if Samba would retain the captaincy, Kean said: 'If he's playing and performing well and still wants to be at the club, yes.'

Kean confirmed an agreement was close for Eric Black to be appointed as the new assistant manager and that French striker Anthony Modeste is having a medical ahead of a six-month loan deal from Bordeaux.

Anthony Modeste to move on loan to Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn looking to bring in Bordeaux striker Modeste on loan


Target: Blackburn hope to secure Anthony Modeste on loan

Target: Blackburn hope to secure Anthony Modeste on loan

Blackburn Rovers are close to finalising a loan deal for Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste.

The former France U21 international was left on the bench for Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Valenciennes as a Blackburn contingent attended the game.

The loan move has been discussed, and Bordeaux are happy to let Modeste, 23, go, with a possibility the move could be made permanent in the summer.

It is a timely signing with Blackburn striker Yakubu facing a ban after his sending off at the weekend, for a high tackle on Danny Murphy.