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Stoke City players play Premier League fantasy football game

REVEALED: The fascinating insight into who the Premier League players rate as Peter Crouch and co pick their fantasy football team at Stoke… but who has splashed the cash on points king Van Persie

Adam Shergold


16:17 GMT, 8 January 2013



18:02 GMT, 8 January 2013

It's the time of year when the 20 Barclays Premier League managers start to think about tinkering with their teams in the transfer window.

And around the world, millions of fans with fantasy football teams will log on to do the same.

These two parallel worlds have collided this season after 18 members of the Stoke City squad entered their dream teams in the official Premier League fantasy football game.


Dream teams: The Stoke City squad have their own mini-league on the official Barclays Premier League fantasy football game

Dream teams: The Stoke City squad have their own mini-league on the official Barclays Premier League fantasy football game

Now see fantasy football at Stoke…

Click HERE to view the stars' mini league

Peter Crouch, Asmir Begovic, Jermaine Pennant and Kenwyne Jones are among the Potters stars who have put their judgement and reputations on the line in the club mini-league.

And it's Crouch who has stormed clear at the top of the table, albeit only after he made the heartbreaking decision to drop himself from his 'Longpins Longballers' XI.

The switch came at the end of November, after the lanky striker lost two teeth in a mid-air collision with Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini.

The former England frontman clearly didn't have much faith in his powers of recovery and hauled himself out of his fantasy team.

But the tough decision has paid off, as his introduction of Demba Ba and Jermain Defoe to accompany Robin van Persie in a three-pronged attack has enabled him to surge to the top of the 'SCFC Fantasy League' in recent weeks.

Good move: When Peter Crouch (above) suffered a mouth injury in November, he removed himself from his fantasy football team and installed the more prolific Demba Ba (below left) and Jermain Defoe

Good move: When Peter Crouch (above) suffered a mouth injury in November, he removed himself from his fantasy football team and installed the more prolific Demba Ba (below left) and Jermain Defoe

Demba Ba of Chelsea

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur

He currently enjoys a healthy 54 point advantage over Ryan Shotton and his 'FC Shottinho' side.

Shotton has been rewarded by his faith in teammate Jones, who scored three goals over the Christmas period to help Stoke into the top half of the real-life standings.

The free-scoring Van Persie is a staple in all the Stoke players' teams – as he is in thousands up and down the country after his phenomenal start to life at Manchester United.

There is also extraordinary loyalty towards teammate Asmir Begovic and this is well placed as he's won each of them 93 points so far this season on the game.

Points mean prizes: The Stoke squad's faith in their own keeper Asmir Begovic has earned them plenty of points in the fantasy game

Points mean prizes: The Stoke squad's faith in their own keeper Asmir Begovic has earned them plenty of points in the fantasy game

Languishing in the wooden spoon position at the moment is Dean Whitehead, his last place making a mockery of his 'no.1 seed' team name.

And this despite his XI currently featuring Van Persie, Fernando Torres, Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata, some of the Premier League's most in-form players.

His biggest mistake came, perhaps, in removing Liverpool red hot striker Luis Suarez just before a spell in which he has scored five goals in three league games.

Basement battle: Dean Whitehead is currently bottom of the Stoke mini-league

Basement battle: Dean Whitehead is currently bottom of the Stoke mini-league

Astonishingly, out-on-loan Pennant, who opted for a rude name for his team, hasn't cashed in on the lottery of points Van Persie offers, refusing to bring the Dutchman in at any point so far this season.

Best goal of 2012: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Papiss Cisse, Neymar, who will win?

Who scored the best goal of 2012 Drogba, Neymar and Ibrahimovic are all in with a shout… here are Sportsmail's top 10



14:40 GMT, 31 December 2012

Compiling a list of the greatest goals of the year is always tricky. It’s difficult to judge whether a magnificent dribble leading to a solo goal is better than a searing volley from 30 yards out.

But come the end of the year it’s time to decide which strikes make the cut and which must fall by the wayside. This collection has been chopped and changed a-plenty, but this is what we’re sticking with.

Only two of FIFA’s three Puskas award short-listed goals are present and correct – apologies and an honourable mention to Radamel Falcao.

We only have space for 10 goals on this list but if you believe other strikes deserve to be recognised then have your say in the comment section below.

Whose was the best 2012 saw some spectacular and brilliant goals and Sportsmail lists the top 10

Whose was the best 2012 saw some spectacular and brilliant goals and Sportsmail lists the top 10

10. Peter Crouch (STOKE v Man City)

People love to stick the boot in on Stoke because of their 'dour' brand of football. But they have offered some magic moments too during their time in the top flight.

Earlier this week we saw Cameron Jerome score an absolute rocket against Southampton. And in March Peter Crouch dealt Manchester City a setback in the title race.

We know now that it didn't stop them winning the Premier League, but at the time this wondergoal gave Man United the chance to open up a three point lead at the top.

Crouch nodded Asmir Begovich's long punt to Jermain Pennant who nodded it back and then the giant striker teed himself up and lashed in a stunning volley from an awkward angle past Joe Hart.

9. Simon Cox (NOTTINGHAM FOREST v Birmingham)

In the 1998 World Cup quarter-final clash between Holland and Argentina, Dennis Bergkamp scored a delightful goal, controlling a long pass expertly and finishing with aplomb.

Nottingham Forest and Ireland striker Simon Cox evoked that spirit against Birmingham in the Championship. Yes, the stage was smaller but the skill was no less admirable.

Cox took one touch to kill Lewis McGugan's long ball and then adjusted instantly to delicately flick it over the helpless Jack Butland.

8. Rodrigo Palacio (GENOA v Lazio)

Did he mean it That was the question everybody was asking when Rodrigo Palacio, now of Inter, scored this gem.

The Genoa striker's cute backflick from this corner floated over the surprised Lazio keeper and sank into the net.

Some say it was luck, others judgement. Sportsmail falls in the latter camp and will give the Argentina hitman the credit this effort deserves.

7. Gaston Mealla (NACIONAL POTOSI v The Strongest)

Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita made it famous at Wembley in 1995. But keeping the scorpion kick revival movement going in 2012 was Nacional Potosi striker Gaston Mealla. (See also THIS hilarious scorpion kick own goal for last year's effort).

During a Bolivian league match between his side and The Strongest, an under-hit dink forward was set to land behind the striker on the edge of the box. But Mealla cared not for his team-mate's mistake.

His stupendous athleticism salvaged the situation and helped create a bizarre and beautiful goal.

6. Neymar (SANTOS v Internacional)

Santos' much sought-after Brazilian demonstrated just why Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City all are willing to splash the cash on him with this bewitching solo goal against Internacional.

He picked the ball up in his own half surged at 100 miles-per-hour past, round and through anybody who stood in his way, before nudging the ball home.

Note – Hatem Ben Arfa's effort in the FA Cup against Blackburn was a contender for the list, but the Newcastle man just missed out to this. A tough call to make.


5. Didier Drogba (Bayern Munich v CHELSEA)

Picture the scene. Chelsea are 1-0 down in the Allianz Arena and the stadium is bouncing. Bayern Munich are on the cusp of winning the Champions League trophy on their own turf.

With two minutes to go Juan Mata floats in a corner from the right. Everything seems to stand still as the ball drops in towards the near post. Everything that is, except Didier Drogba.

The Chelsea striker leaps for the ball and sends a venomous header in at the near post in front of the Blue corner of the stadium. To get so much power into the ball from such an awkward position makes this one of the finest headers of all time – before you even forgetting the circumstances.

An honourable mention goes to Ramires, Drogba's team-mate whose superbly weighted lob against Barcelona in the semi-final earned the Blues passage to Munich.

4. Philippe Mexes (AC MILAN v Anderlecht)

Philippe Mexes is supposed to be a defender. So how on earth did this happen

AC Milan were beating Anderlecht 1-0 in the Champions League when the centre-back doubled the lead with something a little bit special.

The Frenchman chested Riccardo Montolivio's ball away from goal and then flipped it accurately into the top corner with a precisely executed overhead-kick.

Milan's general manager Adriano Galliani waxed lyrical about the strike, and said: 'If Leo Messi had scored that, every news channel around the world would show it and he'd have been made a saint tonight!'

He's probably right.

3. Miroslav Stoch (FENERBAHCE v Genclerbirligi)

He's not the biggest name on the list, but he scored one of the finest goals.

Bringing to mind Zinedine Zidane's Champions League final volley and Paul Scholes' effort against Aston Villa, Fenerbahce winger Miroslav Stoch made Turkish league opponents Genclerbirligi pay.

Stoch stayed cool to pull the trigger on a 25-yard volley which swerved away from the goalkeeper and zipped in to the top corner.

This goal has been nominated for the FIFA Puskas award, along with Neymar's effort. At the Ballon d'Or ceremony on January 7 the winner will be revealed.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWEDEN v England)

This is certainly the most famous goal of 2012.

Yes, it's Zlatan Ibrahimovic's simply ridiculous propeller kick against England, which also happened to be his fourth goal of the game.

He defied gravity as he tossed his 6ft 4 frame into the sky with abandon, to caress the ball sweetly into the net.

There's an arguement to be made that Mexes' effort was trickier because he had a goalkeeper to beat – here Hart is in no-man's land – but this is from further out and far more awkward to hit.

The Swedish superstar had, until this friendly which his side won 4-2, previously been maligned by a fair few people on British soil, who thought he was over-rated and arrogant (OK, so the last part is still true).

This incredible goal was the cherry on the cake which he gleefully stuffed down the gaping mouths of his detractors.

1 Papiss Cisse (Chelsea v NEWCASTLE)

On a cold spring evening in May, Papiss Cisse warmed the cockles of Newcastle's travelling fans and delighted football fans the world over with this simply stupendous effort.

With one momentous swing of his right boot, he destroyed Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through a top four finish and secured himself a place in every 'Greatest Goals' DVD release between now and the end of time.

Every time you watch his outrageous volley, which spins past the thoroughly bewildered Petr Cech, it just gets better and better.

Perhaps the previously lethal Senegal striker decided he could never top this because it seems like he's stopped trying this season. You could forgive him, because this would be the highlight of anybody's career.

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3 – Match report

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3: Three and easy for Posh as they move towards safety


17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012



17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

Peterborough made it three momentous wins on the bounce as Wolves joined Cardiff and Bolton on the growing list of recent sides slayed by resurgent Posh.

Goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle did the damage as Darren Ferguson's side received the perfect Christmas present by lifting themselves off the foot of the npower Championship.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken named Bjorn Sigurdarson on the bench following a thigh injury, but defender Georg Margreitter (hamstring) was again sidelined following another setback on the road to recovery.

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward (Sigurdarson 46), Pennant (Davis 76), Henry, Doumbia, Sako,Ebanks-Blake (O'Hara 76), Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Pennant.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Bostwick, Little, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Boyd, Thorne (McCann 86), Rowe, Tomlin (Swanson 81),Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 17, Rowe 43, Gayle 69.

Attendance: 23,033

Referee: Mark Heywood

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And it was the hosts who showed the early intent when an outswinging corner from Jermaine Pennant after five minutes was met by Roger Johnson and his header was smartly tipped over by Posh keeper Robert Olejnik.

At the other end, Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal had to be alert to turn away a 12-yard effort from Gayle as Ferguson's side showed their own attacking inclinations.

It had turned into a full-blooded festive encounter with no quarter given by either side in the hunt for crucial Championship points.

And having weathered the early Wolves storm, the visitors took the lead after 17 minutes through Tomlin.

Joe Newell provided the opportunity and when his cross from the left was not dealt with, in nipped Tomlin to strike home his eighth of the campaign from 12 yards.

It could have got worse for the hosts three minutes later but George Boyd cleared the bar when well placed inside the penalty box.

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Kevin Doyle was then ideally placed to net an equaliser but Olejnik denied the striker from only six yards.

Pennant fired over with a free-kick as Wolves looked to get back on terms before the break, but Ferguson would have been impressed with his side's application in the opening half.

Solid in defence, Posh also looked potent on the break and seven minutes from the interval, Newell had the chance of adding a second before a well-timed block by Johnson got in the way of his 18-yard effort.

Doyle twice went close to levelling, while Stephen Ward saw his effort parried by Olejnik as the half-time whistle approached and the visitors rode their luck.

But a sucker punch at the other end of the field doubled Peterborough's lead after 43 minutes. This time Boyd was the provider, Rowe finishing with aplomb from 20 yards.

Ward was replaced by Sigurdarson as the second half began, with Wolves well aware the next goal was crucial.

Pennant went close again for the home side, but it was Peterborough's day and after 69 minutes Mark Little's cross was met by Gayle to make it 3-0 and secure another valuable victory for Posh.

Wolves 1 Birmingham 0 match report:

Wolves 1 Birmingham 0: King scores at wrong end to hand derby win to Solbakken's men



19:43 GMT, 8 December 2012

Marlon King's own goal handed Wolves the derby spoils as they saw off neighbours Birmingham at Molineux.

King has bagged 13 goals for City this season, but he found the net at the wrong end in the first half to hand Wanderers their first home win in seven attempts stretching back to late September.

The striker sliced past Jack Butland when attempting to clear Bakary Sako's drilled free-kick at the front post, with Nathan Redmond also guilty of turning his back on the ball as part of a one-man wall.

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal


Wolves: Ikeme, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Foley, Henry, Sako, Doumbia (Davis 74), Ebanks-Blake (Pennant 84), Sigurdarson, Doyle

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

Booked: Johnson

Goal: 34 (og)

Birmingham: Butland, Caldwell, Davies, Spector (Morrison 46), Caddis, Robinson, Mullins, Elliott, Redmond (Lovenkrands 72), King, Hall (Burke 80)

Subs not used: Doyle, Packwood, Hancox, Morrison, Diop

Booked: Robinson, Mullins

Referee: Taylor

Attendance: 21,339

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Wolves put in a much-improved
performance after the break and enjoyed several chances to extend their
advantage, but profligate finishing and some superb saves from Butland
ensured the result hung in the balance until the final whistle.

It was only the second time Wolves
have won back-to-back games this season after last weekend's 4-1 triumph
at Bristol City, a result which ended a nine-match winless streak.

Birmingham went into the clash also
underperforming this term and struggling at the wrong end of the npower
Championship table, although it was they who started the better, Paul
Caddis seeing his curling effort from 20 yards well parried away by Carl

Bjorn Sigurdarson found the
side-netting for the hosts after good work down the left by Sako before
Ikeme had to be alert once again to tip over after Roger Johnson and
Jonathan Spector tussled to get on the end of Redmond's set-piece.

Blues were certainly posing the
greater attacking threat and looking the more lively, but Wolves were
steadily coming into the game more as the first half wore on.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake saw his appeals
for a penalty waved away before Kevin Doyle put the ball into the net
only to be denied by the assistant's flag.

But Wolves did get the breakthrough just minutes later.

Ebanks-Blake went down easily under a
soft challenge from Steven Caldwell right on the byline outside the
penalty area. Sako whipped in the resulting free-kick and King could
only divert the ball into his own net at the near post when trying to

It was a goal Wolves arguably did not
deserve on the overall balance of play in the first half, but that will
not have mattered much to under-pressure manager Stale Solbakken.

Wolves have been heavily criticised of late for lethargic second-half performances, but that was certainly not the case tonight.

Sigurdarson found himself clean
through almost immediately after the restart only to fire straight at
Butland, although the assistant's flag was raised.

Doyle's driving run ended with a shot
narrowly wayward of Butland's left-hand post before Sako finished
another mazy venture forward with an effort off target as Wanderers

Stephen Ward brought a solid save out
of Butland at his near post, with Curtis Davies deflecting Doyle's shot
on to the top of the crossbar from the resulting corner.

Butland then produced a superb instinctive save to keep out Sigurdarson's header from Sako's corner, keeping Blues in the game.

But they could not force a late
leveller and Wolves were left celebrating only their third derby success
over their local rivals in 15 attempts.

Wolves 3 Brighton 3: match report

Wolves 3 Brighton 3: Johnson rescues home side late in the day after Henry sees red



17:37 GMT, 10 November 2012

Roger Johnson scored a dramatic late equaliser for Wolves to deny Brighton in a six-goal thriller which saw the hosts play with 10 men for the entire second half.

Bakary Sako opened the scoring for Stale Solbakken's men when he fired the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak after some superb build-up play.

Craig Mackail-Smith pulled Brighton level on 43 minutes, before Karl Henry was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Liam Bridcutt on the stroke of half-time.

On our way: Bakary Sako (right) celebrated striking Wolves' first goal at Molineux

On our way: Bakary Sako (right) celebrated striking Wolves' first goal at Molineux


Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward,
Pennant (Sigurdarson 58), Edwards (Davis 82), Henry, Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Doumbia 46).

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Sent Off: Henry (45).

Goals: Sako 22, Doumbia 61, Johnson 90.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, Dunk, Bridge (Calderon 34),
Crofts (Buckley 65), Bridcutt, Dobbie, Orlandi, David Lopez (Barnes 64), Mackail-Smith.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Hammond, Hoskins, Dicker.

Goals: Mackail-Smith 43, Buckley 72, Dobbie 89 pen.

Attendance: 21,203

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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Wolves were back in front against the
run of play on 61 minutes with a 25-yard strike from substitute Tongo
Doumbia, but a 12-yard drive from Will Buckley levelled things again.

Brighton took the lead for the first
time with a Stephen Dobbie penalty in the 89th minute, but Johnson had
the final say when he headed the ball in from a Sako free-kick just a
minute later.

The Seagulls enjoyed lengthy spells
of possession in the opening 15 minutes, but Wolves fought their way
back into the match and, after 22 minutes, it was the hosts who opened
the scoring. Sako received the ball from Kevin Doyle at the end of a
superb passing move and slotted it past Kuszczak from 12 yards.

After withstanding considerable pressure from the home side, Mackail-Smith pulled the Seagulls level in the 43rd minute.

The frontman received the ball from
Bruno Saltor in the penalty area, before firing into the top-left corner
of the net from 12 yards.

The goal prompted Solbakken to punch a
hole in the roof of the home dugout, but he probably should have saved
his outburst for a couple of minutes later as things were about to get
much worse for the Wolves boss – Henry receiving a straight red card for
a poor challenge on Liam Bridcutt.

Off: Karl Henry was red-carded, leaving his team-mates to play the entire second half with just 10 men

Off: Karl Henry was red-carded, leaving his team-mates to play the entire second half with just 10 men

Brighton started the second half
brightly as they tried to make their one-man advantage count, and twice
went close with efforts from David Lopez and Dobbie.

The latter continued to challenge Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal as the half continued, but was unable sneak an effort past him.

Ten-man Wolves then regained the lead
against the run of play in the 61st minute – substitute Doumbia making
the most of an advantage played by referee Scott Mathieson to fire in a
superb 25-yard effort.

Brighton pushed to pull themselves level again and, on 72 minutes, they succeeded with a low 12-yard drive from Buckley.

However, there was more drama to
follow when Christophe Berra was controversially judged to have handled
the ball in the penalty area on 89 minutes, giving Dobbie the
opportunity to fire the ball past Ikeme from the penalty spot.

Johnson then rose superbly to meet a
Sako free-kick and head the ball into the back of the Brighton net to
earn his side a hard-fought point and score his first goal for Wolves.

Burnley 2 Wolves 0: Match report

Burnley 2 Wolves 0: Dyche off to a flyer as Paterson and Austin strike


17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012



17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sean Dyche's reign as Burnley manager got off to a fine start as a goal in each half deservedly saw off a lacklustre Wolves.

Martin Paterson gave the Clarets an 18th-minute lead and Dean Marney should have doubled the hosts' advantage before half-time.

Charlie Austin was left unattended to head a his 19th goal of an already phenomenal season as Wolves' defence – haphazardly marshalled by their beleaguered captain Roger Johnson – threatened to unravel.

Austin maestro: Charlie Austin (centre) celebrates after scoring the second goal

Austin maestro: Charlie Austin (centre) celebrates after scoring the second goal

Match facts

BURNLEY: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Edgar, Stock, Marney (Stanislas 81), Wallace (Ings 70), Austin, Paterson (Vokes 90). Subs not used: Jensen, Long, Stewart, Lafferty.

Goals: Paterson 18, Austin 53

Booked: Duff, Mee, Wallace

WOLVES: Ikeme, Foley, Berra, Johnson (Edwards 69), Ward, Pennant (Forde 68), Sako, Henry, Doumbia, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake. Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Batth, Davis.

Booked: Johnson, Ebanks-Blake

Referee: Mark Haywood

Att: 12,295

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Bakary Sako rattled the post from distance for Stale Solbakken's side but they were unable to rally effectively.

A second successive home clean sheet
offers further encouragement for Dyche as he begins his efforts to cure
Burnley's defensive woes this term. Wolves, meanwhile, drop to ninth in
the npower Championship table, one point above their opponents who move
to 13th.

Ross Wallace and Ben Mee returned to
the Burnley line-up following injury and suspension respectively, while
Canada international David Edgar was handed a first start for almost a
month – taking on an unfamiliar midfield role in place of Chris McCann.

Wolves were unchanged from last weekend's 1-1 home draw against Charlton.

In the fifth minute Burnley
centre-back Michael Duff swept the ball forward and, after some neat
interplay, Ross Wallace fizzed a left-footed effort over from the edge
of the box.

Wallace was relieved to see a yellow
card from referee Mark Haywood moments later having clipped the heels of
Kevin Doyle as the Wolves striker broke clear.

Some more patient passing at the back from the hosts was rewarded when they took an the lead.

Left-back Mee spotted the opening,
arching a precise ball around the back of the Wolves back four for
Paterson to dart into the area and slot coolly below Wolves goalkeeper
Carl Ikeme.

Marney should have doubled Burnley's advantage as half-time approached.

Johnson ceded possession to the
former Hull midfielder, who drove straight at Ikeme when squaring to
either Paterson or Austin appeared to be the better option.

Within a minute of that let-off,
Wolves almost levelled when Sako dragged a shot across the face of goal
and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake almost stole in with the vital touch.

Austin collected Brian Stock's pass
and stormed into the box before firing over the angle of post and bar
two minutes into the second period.

The former Swindon man's goal duly
arrived in the 53rd minute as he won a corner and was unmarked to head
home Wallace's delivery.

Johnson was enduring a torrid
afternoon by this stage and was perhaps fortunate to escape with a
booking when he appeared to catch Austin with an elbow.

Sako almost dragged his side back
into the match when he drove forward and slammed a shot against the
upright. Ebanks-Blake and Doyle failed to pick up the scraps.

Another seemingly inevitable lapse from Johnson let in Austin to seal the points after the hour but Ikeme came out on top.

Burnley's momentum was interrupted in
worrying fashion when Wallace went down following an aerial challenge
with Jermaine Pennant, received oxygen on the pitch and left on a
stretcher to be replaced by Danny Ings.

Wolves failed to force the issue as
the clock ran down and Clarets substitute Sam Vokes almost increased the
misery for his former club in stoppage time.

Huddersfield 2 Wolves 1 – match report

Huddersfield 2 Wolves 1: Centurion Beckford seals the points for Terriers



16:32 GMT, 20 October 2012

Jermaine Beckford scored the 100th league goal of his career as he and and fellow loanee James Vaughan teamed up to help Huddersfield secure an impressive win over Wolves.

In what amounts to Simon Grayson's side's biggest scalp since their promotion in the summer, the Town forwards produced a brilliant first-half performance as they scored a goal each to put Huddersfield in command.

And even though their impact lessened as the game went on, the Terriers had enough of a start to hold on and move back into the play-off positions, despite Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's 63rd-minute goal for Wolves, whose three-game winning streak on the road came to an end.

Centurion: Jermaine Beckford scores his 100th league goal of his career

Centurion: Jermaine Beckford scores his 100th league goal of his career


Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Woods (Dixon 90), Clayton, Southern, Norwood (Novak 73), Ward, Beckford, Vaughan (Lynch 80).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Scannell, Arfield, Lee.

Booked: Vaughan, Clayton.
Goals: Vaughan 10, Beckford 27.
Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Pennant, Davis (Edwards 46), Doumbia, Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Zubar, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Johnson.

Goals: Ebanks-Blake 63.

Attendance: 18,012

Referee: James Adcock

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The showings of Norwich man Vaughan and Leicester's Beckford were the reason for that, with both strengthening their case to earn a permanent deal, especially the latter – who enjoyed a landmark afternoon.

Having opened his account for them in their last game – a 1-0 win at Birmingham – his pace kept Wolves penned back for large parts of the game, allowing Huddersfield to dominate the play in front of them. That he also produced a stunning 27th-minute scissor-kick volley to score merely topped off his performance.

For as good as Beckford was, Vaughan was every bit as impressive. The former Everton striker was strong and clever in his hold-up play, while his back-post header following a brilliant Jack Hunt cross was in keeping with Beckford's clinical finish.

The duo had served Wolves enough warning inside the first 10 minutes, with Beckford getting in behind but scuffing a volley into the ground, and with Wanderers failing to push their defensive line up, they slipped behind 11 minutes in.

Hunt advanced down the right, Stephen Ward refused to come towards him and backed off, allowing Hunt to place a hanging cross to the back post where Vaughan was waiting and headed the ball back in the direction from which it came, leaving Carl Ikeme grasping the air.

Beckford would have doubled the lead in the 18th minute had his leg been an inch longer, allowing him to connect with Vaughan's brilliant cross, and it briefly looked like being a costly miss as Wolves got into the game, with Bakary Sako clipping the bar with a long-range free-kick.

But former Chelsea trainee Beckford would find the net shortly after, peeling off his marker to track the flight of Adam Clayton's cross before powering a quite brilliant right-footed volley beyond Ikeme from 12 yards.

Wolves were desperate for the half-time whistle to come and by the time it did they should have been further behind as Beckford worked Ikeme from the edge of the box and Vaughan twice fizzed shots wide – the latter a sitter after some neat play from Keith Southern.

The one-way traffic would continue after the break as Danny Ward failed to find an open goal following Ikeme's failure to take a ball on the edge of his box, with Wolves relying on hopeful punts forward which were regularly eaten up by Town defender Peter Clarke.

Back at the other end Ikeme shoved away Olly Norwood's free-kick and also smothered a Vaughan header before Wolves gave themselves a lifeline out of keeping with the game.

Sako worked his way down the left and squirmed a cross past the defences of Hunt and found Ebanks-Blake waiting at the near post, and he poked an effort under Alex Smithies.

Stake Solbakken's men suddenly had a purpose and Sako wasted a fine chance after cutting in and beating Hunt on the inside, while Ebanks-Blake had a shot deflected just over and Dave Edwards headed against the post from the subsequent corner, but beyond that they mustered little and Huddersfield held on.

Jermaine Pennant joins Wolves on loan from Stoke

Wolves pick up Pennant after 'shocked' winger is farmed out by Stoke



11:47 GMT, 12 October 2012

Wolves have picked up Stoke City winger Jermaine Pennant on a three month loan after he revealed he could leave on Twitter.

Pennant said on Friday morning that Tony Pulis could do without him until January and that he will likely move to a Championship side or abroad.

He has only made two appearances for the Potters this season, both in August, and welcomes the opportunity to get some more minutes on the pitch.

Taken in: Wolves have snapped up Jermaine Pennant on loan

Taken in: Wolves have snapped up Jermaine Pennant on loan

Pennant tweeted: 'The gaffa said I can go out on Loan to get some games! I was as shocked as much as some of you's will and I can promise we have not fell out.

'Can't go premier league only can go abroad or championship and I'm only agreeing until jan so be gone for 2 months or so.

'Stokies ill keep you updated I'm not gonna lie I'm gutted like but I gotta play!!

'And thanks for the responses fu%#ing love our fans #loyal.'

Pennant had previously revealed that both he and Matthew Etherington did not feature as highly in Pulis' plans as they did last season.

'So that's it folks… Nothing less nothing more ethers [Etherington] has done nothing wrong but he ain't playing either managers decision.

'So don't need to worry no fall out at all everyone gets along at the club.

'Some of the fans may think I'm lying but honestly no fall at all… Basically just not in his plans as much as before.'

Decline: Matthew Etherington (left) is getting less game time

Decline: Matthew Etherington (left) is getting less game time

Harry Kewell arrives at Stoke

Kewell checks in at Stoke… but Aussie winger is just visiting



07:22 GMT, 23 August 2012

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Harry Kewell made a bizarre visit to Stoke City's training ground on the day the club welcomed new loan signing Tom Huddlestone.

The former Leeds United and Liverpool winger was a visitor to the Clayton Wood complex along with the Spurs midfielder whose arrival was announced by Stoke's Jermaine Pennant on Twitter.

Free agent: Harry Kewell last played for Aussie outfit Melbourne Victory

Free agent: Harry Kewell last played for Aussie outfit Melbourne Victory

Huddlestone was undergoing the formalities of meeting and greeting manager Tony Pulis and his new team-mates when Kewell turned up.

As far as the club were concerned, the Australian's was an unscheduled stop.

However, the winger spent 10 minutes with Pulis in the manager's office before leaving.

A source said: 'Tony wasn't expecting to see Harry. Whether he had his wires crossed or not, we don't know. But the manager was happy to chat to him although rumours that he is joining us are untrue.'

Kewell, it seems, will not be added to the Stoke squad for this season, unlike Huddlestone, 25, who had a medical ahead of a loan move that will initially see him sign until January.

Pennant broke the news when he tweeted: 'I walked in training and got a shock, saw my friend Tom Huddlestone.'

Michael Kightly joins Stoke from Wolves

Kightly makes fresh start at Stoke after sealing 2m switch from relegated Wolves



15:52 GMT, 8 August 2012

Michael Kightly has revealed his delight at securing an instant return to the Barclays Premier League with Stoke.

The 2million winger arrives at the Britannia Stadium to boost Stoke's attacking options for the new season.

Kightly, who was part of the Wolves squad relegated in May, said: 'It’s a great club, an established Premier League club, so I am delighted to be here. Any footballer wants to play at the highest level and I am grateful to Stoke for giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League.

On the move: Michael Kightly has swapped Wolves for Stoke

On the move: Michael Kightly has swapped Wolves for Stoke

'The club sold itself to me. What they have achieved over the past few years has been remarkable. Then there’s the excellent facilities and, of course, the supporters. So, it’s definitely a club that is moving in the right direction.'

Stoke boss Tony Pulis added: 'There is nothing better than to have strong competition in all areas of the squad and Michael’s arrival will give us that in the wide positions.

'I’ve long been an admirer of Michael, not only in terms of him being a provider, but also the fact that he gets his share of goals.

'Our two wingers, Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant, have been brilliant for this club over the past few years, but they went off the boil in terms of goalscoring last season, so we wanted to address that.

'Competition for places will bring the best out of them again and that is what Michael’s presence will give us in that area.'

On his way: Geoff Cameron

On his way: Geoff Cameron

Meanwhile, Stoke have finally been given clearance to complete their capture of United States international Geoff Cameron.

Cameron has been granted a work permit after Pulis and chief executive Tony Scholes successfully argued Cameron's case at an appeals hearing at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

The news will come as a relief and a boost to Pulis with the new Barclays Premier League season just around the corner.

are delighted the appeals panel have approved the work permit and we
are now in a position to conclude the transfer,' said Scholes.

been a difficult period between agreeing the transfer deal and the
hearing, most difficult for Geoff in particular because his life has
been on hold.

though, we have now progressed to a point where Geoff can focus on the
start to his career at the Britannia Stadium.'

Scholes and Pulis made the point Houston Dynamos utility player Cameron is currently a first choice for the national side.

added: 'Geoff has also been in the MLS All Stars XI three times in the
past five seasons, voted by his peers as one of the best. In those other
two seasons when he wasn't selected, one was his rookie year and the
other he was injured.'