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Henning Berg sacked by Blackburn

Berg sacked by Blackburn after just TWO months as Ewood Park crisis deepens



13:28 GMT, 27 December 2012

Henning Berg has been sacked by Blackburn after only two months in the job at Ewood Park.

The former Rovers player replaced Steve Kean in September but has not been able to get the club firing since taking over.

Blackburn lie 17th in the table and Indian owners Venky's were hoping for a promotion push after investing in the summer.

Tim Sherwood, Tottenham's technical co-ordinator, is one of the names being considered for the vacancy.

Out: Henning Berg watched his side lose 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day

Out: Henning Berg watched his side lose 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day

Berg's impact

When Kean left the club were third. Today, they are 17th.

A year before he took the job, Berg said it would be 'madness' to work under Venky's and that 'no manager with credibility' would take the job on.'

Maybe he should have taken his own advice.

Games played: 10
Games won: One
Games lost: Six
Games drawn: Three
Goals scored: 10
Goals against: 18
Highest victory: 4-1 v Peterborough, November 17
Worst defeat: 4-1 v Cardiff, December 7
Win percentage: 10 per cent

Former boss Kean resigned at the end of September, claiming his position at the club was untenable.

But when he left, Blackburn were third and had only sunk to new depths under Berg.

Reports were circulating in the Indian
press on Thursday morning, with Venky's chief Balaji Rao saying: 'We
have not been doing well and dropping points and losing matches quite

Berg paid the price for Blackburn's awful form by becoming the second boss to be fired in the space of 24 hours after Nottingham Forest axed Sean O'Driscoll.

A Blackburn statement read: 'Blackburn Rovers FC has announced the departure of manager Henning Berg, assistant manager Eric Black, first team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms with immediate effect.

'This decision has been taken following a very disappointing sequence of results. The club thanks the four men for their efforts and wishes them every success for the future.'

Pressure had been building at the
club and just a couple of weeks ago Berg had stormed out of the
Christmas party after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and
dance on stage.

It was
hoped the party for the players and more than 200 staff in a suite at
Ewood would lift morale but it backfired spectacularly.

Although Blackburn's owners have been
criticised heavily since taking over in Lancashire, they believe they
are right to act in a bid to halt the club's slide.

When the DJ decided to play some games, one of the club’s executives volunteered Berg to go up on stage.

43-year-old Norwegian reluctantly wore the Christmas stocking but grew
visibly angry and uncomfortable when he was made to dance as well.

Gone so soon: Berg was only appointed two months ago

Gone so soon: Berg was only appointed two months ago


Tottenham keeper and former Blackburn hero Brad Friedel tweeted:

'I can't believe what I'm seeing going on at Blackburn. Giving a mgr 2 months I guess football never ceases to amaze at times.'

The final straw came when someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head. Berg ripped off the stocking and left the stage.

Meanwhile, Rovers Action Group secretary Mark Fish admitted his 'great delight' at the decision to let Berg go.

He told Sky Sports News: 'He was a fantastic player for the club, but for whatever reason it just didn't work out for him here.

'It's difficult to say what. Perhaps the expectations from the fans, outside influences maybe. Henning Berg just didn't have the nous to get the job done I don't know.

'He just couldn't get the team playing, he couldn't get them fighting. But someone needs to come out now and hold their hands up.

'There were a lot of people involved in the process. A lot of good, better candidates were overlooked for this position.

'But they (Venkys) seemed determined to bring in an ex (Blackburn) player and it just hasn't worked out the way they had hoped.

'Why didn't Berg bring in his own coaching staff It was my understanding that he would bring his own people in with him.

'But as it ended up he was left with Steve Kean's men to help out. Someone has to come out and explain why this has happened.'

When asked about the remainder of the season, Fish was adamant that Rovers can still achieve their goal of promotion back to the Premier League.

'Do I think we can do it Yes. Absolutely, we've got the ability in the squad to still get the job done. You've only got to look at Reading last season.

'We need to have one of those runs. Also, the stands are empty. We need to be picking up results and getting people back through the gates again.'

Adrian Durham: Arsenal"s Santi Cazorla cannot touch David Silva or Juan Mata… Lionel Messi is a bottler

Arsenal reality check: Even Peterborough have beaten Reading… Cazorla cannot touch Silva or Mata… And why Messi is a bottler


10:17 GMT, 20 December 2012



11:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

Arsenal won 5-2 at Reading. So what

The way Gooners are banging on about that result makes it sound like everything is OK at the Emirates. Breaking news – everything is not OK. Bradford knocked Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup. Arsenal are 15 points behind the Premier League leaders, and we’re not even halfway through the season.

More breaking news for Gooners – Theo Walcott is good, but he will never be at the same level the talismanic Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry achieved.

Good, but not stellar: Theo Walcott scores Arsenal's fifth goal under pressure from Adrian Mariappa at Reading on Monday

Good, but not stellar: Theo Walcott scores Arsenal's fifth goal under pressure from Adrian Mariappa at Reading on Monday

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And Santi Cazorla is good, but over
the course of a season he’s not quite David Silva, or Juan Mata. Both
Walcott and Cazorla are players I rate highly, but both prove that
Arsenal on the field have been starved of success and stripped of
quality year after year.

The fans are desperate for a hero –
when Santi played well, he was the new hero. Then Wilshere came back,
and Santi’s form dipped and Jack was the man. Now it’s Theo. But the
fans can’t really get behind Theo because they know the chances are
he’ll be leaving.

On Monday night at Reading Arsenal
won the first half when Reading got their tactics completely wrong.
Brian McDermott changed things at half time and the 2nd half finished

And at the end of it all it’s a great
night out when your team wins away but what does a 5-2 win at Reading
actually mean for a club like Arsenal Not a lot really. Arsenal used to
win big at Premier League cannon fodder on their way to the title or
the double. It was a means to an end. Now the odd decent win is all the
fans can look forward to.

A great club, with great fans who deserve better.

Arsene Wenger said that Monday’s win shows how strong Arsenal are.

The reality is that Arsenal beat Reading in the same calendar year Peterborough United beat Reading.

Santi Cazorla

David Silva

Juan Mata

Season's greetings: Cazorla (left) is decent but he's no David Silva (centre) nor Juan Mata of Chelsea (right)


West Ham United's co-owner David Gold

In the summer West Ham co-owner David
Sullivan said the club were willing to 'blow the budget for several
years' by signing Andy Carroll for 17million and paying his 100,000 a
week wages. Carroll said no to a permanent move but a loan deal was
sorted out.

Fast forward to this week and West Ham
are among the clubs ready to agree to new cost controls in the Premier

The other co-owner of the Hammers David Gold (above) said on Tuesday: 'It’s important to bring in governors to ensure the Premier League never
has to experience what happened when Portsmouth went into
administration. If you control costs you probably control wages, but the
driving force is for sustainability which is what we’re pursuing.'

West Ham fans better hope the club is run by Mr Gold’s philosophy.


I’m neither a Leeds fan nor a Chelsea fan but here is one special reason why I’m glad Leeds didn’t make it to the semi finals of the Capital One Cup – Michael Brown.

As far as I could see he spent the whole game kicking and fouling opponents and playing very little football.

He seems to have built a career on nasty challenges.

Among those who have felt the full force of Brown’s brutality are Jacob Butterfield, Ashley Cole, Sean Davis, Jem Karacan, Theo Robinson, Jermaine Jenas and perhaps the worst foul I’ve ever seen – on Ryan Giggs in August 2006.

He launched a stamp on Giggs’ knee with the ball not even in the same postcode.

Amazingly he only saw yellow for it, so he’s lucky to have only received eight red cards in his career.

He’s been described as 'old school,' but he’s just dirty.

Tackle from behind: Leeds' Michael Brown puts in a trademark challenge on Chelsea's David Luiz at Elland Road last night

Tackle from behind: Leeds' Michael Brown puts in a trademark challenge on Chelsea's David Luiz at Elland Road last night

Seeing red: Ryan Giggs of Manchester United reacts after being fouled by Fulham's Michael Brown in 2006

Seeing red: Ryan Giggs of Manchester United reacts after being fouled by Fulham's Michael Brown in 2006


Think all footballers are in it for the money Think again.

Quite by chance I happened to sit
opposite a professional footballer on a train recently. I didn’t
recognise him at first, and when I did realise who it was I couldn’t
introduce myself because he was listening to music. Then his phone rang
so I thought I’d take the chance at the end of the call to say hello.

This ceased to be an option once I
realised the nature of his conversation. He was telling his agent how
gutted he was that he wasn’t getting a game.

To fill you in, he wasn’t injured, and isn’t a bad player at all. His manager just isn’t selecting him.

At first I thought he was another
egotistical player who thought he had a divine right to be picked. But I
was wrong. He just wants to play football.

From what I picked up, money
was not an issue at all, he just wants to play football. The manager
who won’t pick him isn’t the manager who signed him, so the player is
now in a situation where he is getting paid but not playing.

From the
outside it looks like he is taking money for nothing, but in his own
words: 'I just want to play.' A decent young English player being held
back by a club that should do the decent thing and let him go.


Never thought I’d say it but I’m
disappointed in Lionel Messi. The best player on the planet, arguably
the best player of all time, I’d happily pay a small fortune to watch
him play.

But why sign again at Barcelona

Messi has won everything at Barcelona,
there’s nothing left to do there. So why not come to the Premier League
so we can find out if he can do it out of his comfort zone

Avoiding England: Lionel Messi beats Gorka Iraizoz of Athletic Bilbao to put Barca 2-0 up at the Nou Camp

Avoiding England: Lionel Messi beats Gorka Iraizoz of Athletic Bilbao to put Barca 2-0 up at the Nou Camp

His new contract takes him beyond the age of 30 so we will never see Messi at his peak playing anywhere else but Barcelona.

Scoring and winning has become easy at
Barcelona for Messi. I wish he had accepted the challenge of signing for
an English side. Is he scared of Stoke

Lionel Messi – bottler.

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Adel Taarabt outstanding in QPR win over Fulham – Jamie Redknapp

Taarabt may frustrate at times but he was outstanding in QPR victory over Fulham



22:30 GMT, 16 December 2012

My dad might go a bit over the top every now and then, but when he said it was one of the best individual displays he'd seen, it was hard to disagree!

Adel Taarabt may frustrate at times, but he has got genius feet. And he was in a position, just off Djibril Cisse, where he could cause maximum damage.

At the double: Taarabt scored twice in QPR's win over Fulham on Saturday

At the double: Taarabt scored twice in QPR's win over Fulham on Saturday

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What next After another quarter-final exit, Sportsmail discusses the future

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What happens next United were eight points clear but then came Wacky Wednesday


Ferguson double up

It was a great weekend for the Fergusons. Sir Alex got three more points and Peterborough (managed by son Darren) pulled off the result of the weekend, with a win at Cardiff.

Their respective results will be the first they look for and they will be desperate for each other to succeed.

Jones a golden wonder

Phil Jones is pure gold. He's a utility player who reminds me of my old team-mate Steve Nicol. He is a great athlete, can tackle, burst forward, create and score.

Long-term, I see him as a centre half but I'm sure Sir Alex has his own ideas. England will also be interested in where he ends up. Now he needs to stay fit and get a run of games.

Christian soldiers on

What a player Christian Benteke is. He is such an all-rounder and you can play direct to him or little one-twos.

And huge credit to Paul Lambert. There have been question marks from some, but he's proving people wrong. He insists on playing the right way and outfoxed Brendan Rodgers.

Brace yourself: Benteke netted a double in Aston Villa's win over Liverpool

Brace yourself: Benteke netted a double in Aston Villa's win over Liverpool

Play the dynamic duo

Roberto Mancini needs to be selfish now and play Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez together all the time. That's 13 times they have started together and City have won them all.

Their movement is great so stick with them… it's not rocket science! It was a pivotal result for City and may give them the belief that they can retain their crown.

Sergio Aguero

Carlos Tevez

Double act: City have won 13 games when Aguero and Tevez have played together

Hear it for the Moyes

Although what Marouane Fellaini did was mindblowing, David Moyes went up even more in my estimation.

Some managers would insult our intelligence and say they didn't see it but he said Fellaini deserves everything he gets.

Mindblowing: The Belgian international lost his cool against Stoke

Mindblowing: The Belgian international lost his cool against Stoke

Centres of attention

A tale of two centre halves at Spurs. Swansea's Ashley Williams was superb. And to think he was a 400,000 signing from Stockport County. He's 28 and at his peak so top-four clubs may come circling.

And Jan Vertonghen, who netted 10 times for Ajax last season, is like a forward in the opposition box

Terry is much missed

Can you imagine that Corinthians goal being scored if John Terry was playing Whereas David Luiz, Ashley Cole and Ramires stood on the line like statues, JT would have been out in a split second to clear or at least get in a challenge.

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2 – match report:

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2: Bostwick and Gayle seal hard-fought win at Bluebirds' fortress


17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012



17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

Table-topping Cardiff had their perfect record in home npower Championship matches ruined by struggling Peterborough today.

The Bluebirds had won all 10 league matches at the Cardiff City Stadium this season but were stunned by a Posh side who had failed to win in eight.

Michael Bostwick put the struggling visitors ahead after 22 minutes with a superb long-range effort and on-loan Dagenham striker Dwight Gayle netted the second two minutes after the interval.

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal


Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Gunnarsson 51), Turner, Connolly, Taylor, Whittingham, Cowie (Mutch 53), Conway (Gestede 64), Noone, Helguson, Bellamy.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kim, Mason, Lappin.

Booked: Connolly, Helguson, Cowie, Turner.

Goal: Gestede 89.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Zakuani, Bostwick, Knight-Percival (Alcock 68), Tomlin, Rowe (Brisley 83), Newell (Ferdinand 82), Little, Thorne, Boyd, Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Swanson, McCann, Gordon-Hutton.

Booked: Bostwick, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Tomlin.

Goals: Bostwick 22,Gayle 47.

Attendance: 22,073

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

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Rudy Gestede's late goal ensured a nervy finish for Darren Ferguson's team, but they held on for three crucial points.

The result saw Cardiff's lead at the
summit reduced to two points, while Peterborough climbed off the bottom
ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's visit to Barnsley.

The hosts thought they had taken the
lead after just four minutes when Heidar Helguson headed home from Craig
Bellamy's free-kick, but it was ruled out for offside.

Peterborough began to grow into the
game after a nervy start and Tommy Rowe's industry down the left wing
created a chance for George Boyd, but his left-footed strike was well
held by David Marshall.

They went even closer to breaking the
deadlock moments later as Ben Turner was forced to acrobatically clear
Boyd's deflected effort off the line.

Cardiff failed to heed the warnings and fell behind midway through the half.

Posh capitalised on the dubious award of a free-kick, Boyd rolling it to Bostwick, who rifled in from 20 yards.

Bellamy attempted to muster an
immediate response but after expertly controlling a loose ball on the
edge of the box, he pulled his effort just wide.

The Welshman threatened again soon
after, latching onto Craig Conway's superb pass before cutting the ball
back for Craig Noone, who could only find the gloves of Robert Olejnik
with his shot.

But having failed to make the most of
their dominance in the latter stages of the first half, the hosts fell
behind early in the second.

Lee Tomlin fed Gayle and he raced
through, slotting coolly past Marshall to make it four goals in three
matches and the first time this season Cardiff have conceded more than
one goal in their own backyard.

Gayle was afforded space to try and double his tally after 63 minutes but his low powerful shot was tipped wide by Marshall.

A clearly out-of-sorts Cardiff outfit
struggled to mount any meaningful response, though Helguson perhaps
should have done better with Bellamy's cross, fluffing wide when well

The Icelandic striker then outmuscled
Gabriel Zakuani to carve out a shooting opportunity, only to hook just
wide from inside the box.

Gayle should have put the game beyond
doubt but somehow contrived to fire straight at Marshall from four
yards, and Cardiff ensured a tense finish for the visitors when Gestede
turned in Turner's flick on.

But, despite six minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no sting in the tail.

FA Youth Cup fourth-round draw: Chelsea to play Charlton

FA Youth Cup fourth-round draw: Holders Chelsea face Charlton



12:50 GMT, 14 December 2012

Holders Chelsea face a tough trip to London rivals Charlton in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.

The Blues beat Colchester United 3-2 to kick-start their defence last week while Charlton were impressive 1-0 winners at Molineux, where they eliminated Wolves on Wednesday.

Manchester City, meanwhile, will be hoping to avoid an upset when they host near North-West neighbours Burnley.

The Clarets knocked out Manchester United in the third round and will be hoping to book their place in the fifth round with victory at Ewen Fields next month.

Reward: Charlton will take on Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup

Reward: Charlton will take on Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup

Three-times winners West Ham could take on arch-rivals Tottenham after beating Aldershot 3-1 in the third round. Spurs must get past Cheltenham Town first, however.

There could be another potential London derby in store as Arsenal await either Fulham or Middlesbrough.

Elsewhere, a trip to Bradford is the incentive for Histon or Liverpool, Leeds play Burton, Norwich play Millwall and Reading entertain Bolton.


Crystal Palace or Port Vale v Everton
Norwich City v Millwall
Oxford United or Barnsley v Stevenage
Reading v Bolton Wanderers
Derby County v Ipswich Town
West Ham United v Cheltenham Town or Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
Arsenal v Fulham or Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Burnley
Bradford City or Histon v Liverpool
Charlton Athletic v Chelsea
Northampton Town v Hull City or Swansea City
Birmingham City v Coventry City or Bristol Rovers
Leicester City v Peterborough United or Aston Villa
Leeds United v Burton Albion
Nottingham Forest v Rochdale or Crewe Alexandra

All ties to be played by Saturday, January 19

Craig Peacock needs 29 stitches in clash between Belfast Giants and Fife Flyers

Can we get some ice on that Ice hockey star shows off horror cut that needed 29 stitches after rival's skate sliced his face



11:40 GMT, 11 December 2012

A British ice hockey star has made a miraculous recovery after suffering a gruesome facial injury when he took an ice-skate blade to the face in a competitive match on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Belfast forward Craig Peacock was left with blood pouring from his lip on to the ice in the clash between the Belfast Giants and Fife Flyers, which Fife won 4-1.

Peacock had to be helped off the ice with a gash under his nose after catching the skate of Fife player Bobby Chaumont.

Craig Peacock tweets a picture of hi stitches after colliding with Bobby Chaumont's skate

Healing wound: The 24-year-old needed 29 stitches to his face to repair the damage

Craig Peacock suffers a severe gash on his face

Lip service: The Belfast Giants star collided with the bottom of Bobby Chaumont's skate and it opened a gaping wound under his nose

Peacock had been racing with Chaumont for the puck, but the young forward’s momentum forced the Fife man over the boards around the edge of the rink.

As Chaumont’s feet were sent into the air, the bottom of his skate connected with Peacock’s face, leaving a deep cut just above his lip.

The young forward recovered quickly, despite needing 29 stitches to patch up the gruesome wound, and said that he expects to be playing with the Giants again by Friday night.

Craig Peacock on the ice for the Belfast Giants

It's the forward's fourth season playing with the Belfast Giants, after having won the English Premier League Cup with the Peterborough Phantoms

The 24-year-old said that he had no idea how serious the injury was until he made it back to the changing rooms, as he had broken his nose earlier in the week and assumed it was bleeding again.

‘When I got back into the locker room I looked in the mirror and it was a bit of a shock to see the cut,’ he said.

The Belfast star admitted that it could have been a lot worse had the skate caught him in the eye or the neck.

It’s Peacock's fourth season playing for the Giants, and he was selected for Team GB after having excelled in his first season.

Peacock recently helped the national
squad top their pre-qualifying group for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as he
scored the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Japan.

He tasted success with the Peterborough Phantoms prior to joining the Giants, winning the English Premier League Cup and the League Championship.

In 2009 he was also awarded the prize for the most points scored by a player in the English Premier Ice Hockey League.


The high-scoring forward has been recovering well from the ordeal, tweeting regular updates of his condition.

Craig Peacock tweets his recovery

He praised the doctor, tweeting 'Doc did a great job…29 stitches later and I'm ok!' along with a picture of his swollen face.

Craig Peacock tweets a picture of his swollen face after ice rink collision

Later he teased fans, tweeting 'Anyone got the stomach to see a before pic' before adding the picture, warning supporters not to look if they had a weak stomach.

Later he joked 'Chicks dig scars right'

Rival Bobby Chaumont also joined the Twitter conversation, tweeting 'Hey man feel terrible about tonight..Hope everything is good..ps..great hit!

There were no hard feelings though, as Peacock replied 'no worries mate, freak accident, just one of them things! Last time I try to put you over the boards tho haha!'

The Fife Flyers team also tweeted their concern, saying 'Would like to wish @peaks71 well after a nasty looking injury. The results were not nice look. Hope you're ok Craig.'

The next morning he seemed to be feeling the injury a little more, tweeting 'Once again thank you all for your messages and wishes! Feeling a bit tender this morning but im doing alright!'

Craig Peacock tweets about his recovery from a horror ice hockey injury

Craig Peacock joins the Belfast Giants in wishing fans a Merry Christmas

Peterborough 2 Middlesbrough 3: Posh denied by sub Miller

Peterborough 2 Middlesbrough 3: Posh denied by sub Miller


17:42 GMT, 8 December 2012



17:42 GMT, 8 December 2012

Middlesbrough substitute Ishmael Miller came off the bench to snatch
the winner and deny rock-bottom Peterborough their first point from a
losing position this season.

Faris Haroun returned from the calf injury which had kept him out of
Boro's last four fixtures and soon made up for lost time with a
first-half brace.

Super sub: Ishmael Miller (R) scores the winner

Super sub: Ishmael Miller (R) scores the winner

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Zakuani, Bostwick, Newell, Rowe (Ferdinand 78),Knight-Percival (Swanson 90),Thorne, Boyd,
Tomlin, Gayle. Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, McCann, Kearns.

Booked: Tomlin.

Goals: Gayle 37, 52.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Halliday, Parnaby, Woodgate, Bikey,
Leadbitter, Haroun (Smallwood 69), McEachran (Thomson 78), Ledesma, Emnes (Miller 73), McDonald. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Bailey, Hines, Jutkiewicz.

Goals: Haroun 9,20,Miller 76.

Att: 6,612

Ref: Carl Berry (Surrey).

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His first goal came after nine minutes when he provided a cool finish to a blistering counter-attack which left Posh stunned.

Any home supporters privy to the knowledge Peterborough had not taken a single point after going behind would not have been surprised to see Haroun head home the second shortly afterwards.

However, Peterborough staged an unlikely comeback when on-loan striker Dwight Gayle struck either side of half-time to turn the game on its head.

Both sides pushed hard for a winner but Miller's speculative effort surprised Posh stopper Robert Olejnik to extend Darren Ferguson's side's winless run to eight games.

Peterborough could scarcely have imagined how their first spell of sustained pressure would end as Middlesbrough executed a devastating counter-attack to break the deadlock.

Scott McDonald dispatched a diagonal ball right into Haroun's path and the Belgian midfielder strode forward with purpose before slotting past Olejnik.

Their wait for that second goal did not last long as Haroun made it 2-0 inside 20 minutes.

Stuart Parnaby delivered from the right and Haroun proved he was the hungriest man inside the box by running across his marker to meet the cross and nod home.

Tommy Rowe snatched at a chance as Peterborough looked to get themselves back in the contest, but Boro were looking comfortable until Gayle's thumping finish seven minutes prior to the break.

The striker, who grabbed the first goal of his loan spell from Dagenham last week against Blackpool, feigned one way then shuffled the ball on to his right foot before rifling into the top corner.

Gayle's moment of magic rocked Tony Mowbray's men and Peterborough almost reached half-time all square but George Thorne's sweetly-struck strike fell narrowly wide.

The London Road faithful were taking a shine to Gayle's work ethic and he endeared himself to them even more with the leveller seven minutes into the second period.

The 22-year-old won the corner himself, drawing Jason Steele into a smart stop from a tight angle, before he prodded home Lee Tomlin's set-piece delivery.

Gayle was inspiring those around him too and a break similar to the one which led to Boro's opener almost nudged the hosts in front for the first time.

Tomlin released the overlapping Rowe and his drilled effort just missed the target.
Gayle just missed out on an inviting cross in his quest for a hat-trick but it was the visitors who were to provide the killer blow 14 minutes from time.

Miller, who had been on the pitch for only three minutes, tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area and Olejnik was beaten by a shot which lacked any great deal of power or pace.

Charlton 2 Peterborough 0 – match report:

Charlton 2 Peterborough 0: Majestic Fuller helps hosts ensure unbeaten run continues



22:26 GMT, 27 November 2012

Ricardo Fuller's moment of magic helped Charlton extend their unbeaten run to five matches at the expense of bottom-place Peterborough this evening.

The Addicks came into the match buoyed by a return of 10 points from their past four matches, which had propelled them up to 15th in the npower Championship.

Chris Powell's men impressed in the first half at The Valley but failed to take their chances, with Bradley Pritchard then hitting the post moments after the restart.

Magical moment: Ricardo Fuller ensured Charlotn's unbeaten run stretched to five games

Magical moment: Ricardo Fuller ensured Charlotn's unbeaten run stretched to five games


Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Seaborne, Pritchard, Frimpong (Green 74), Jackson, Kerkar, Fuller (Hulse 78), Kermorgant (Jonsson 90).

Subs Not Used: Button,Stephens,Wright-Phillips, Dervite.

Booked: Morrison, Frimpong.

Goals: Fuller 77,Kermorgant 85.

Peterborough: Olejnik,Little,Knight-Percival, Brisley (Swanson 84), Bostwick, Newell, McCann, Boyd, Thorne, Gayle, Tomlin.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Zakuani, Ferdinand, Clarke-Harris, Carthey.

Booked: Bostwick.

Attendance: 17,377

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).


That header jolted Peterborough into
life and they looked more likely to win until taking a sucker punch 13
minutes from time when Fuller fired in a fine effort from 25 yards.

Unfortunately the Jamaican had to be
brought off immediately afterwards due to injury, but Charlton fans were
soon cheering again as Yann Kermorgant tapped home a late second goal.

It was the Frenchman's first start
since mid September and he quickly made his mark in south London,
testing Bobby Olejnik inside the opening two minutes.

The former Aston Villa goalkeeper
denied Kermorgant's snapshot and then saw a Emmanuel Frimpong effort
deflect just over his crossbar.

After Leon Cort did excellently to
turn away an effort from on-loan Dwight Gayle at the other end,
Arsenal's Frimpong again came close from distance as Charlton continued
to press for an early opener.

Johnnie Jackson should have done
better with a close-range header in the 17th minute, before Addicks
goalkeeper Ben Hamer stopped a fizzing Michael Bostwick strike.

Pritchard was denied when Charlton
returned to the attack, before Michael Morrison was booked, ruling him
out of Saturday's derby clash at Millwall.

It epitomised the home side's
increasing frustration as they struggled to break down Peterborough's
resolute defence, with Fuller thwarted by Olejnik's legs when he did
eventually find space.

Peterborough ended the half on top
and, after Gayle headed over a chance to mark his full debut with a
goal, Hamer had to flick over a George Boyd strike.

Kermorgant sent a diving header wide
shortly when the sides returned for the second half, before Pritchard's
close-range header rattled the post.

Those efforts seemed to spur Darren Ferguson's side into life, with Hamer forced into action to stop a low Lee Tomlin hit.

George Thorne put wide and then Gayle
was denied as Posh continued to threaten, before Boyd's shot deflected
off Tomlin onto the post.

Peterborough rained in shots as they controlled the play, with Tomlin denied a 72nd-minute penalty.
The 518 visiting fans were in good voice and looked set to leave with a
point or better until Fuller lashed home from distance five minutes

While the summer signing had to
hobble off immediately, Powell's side were celebrating again five
minutes from time when Kermorgant turned in substitute Danny Green's
right-wing cross.

Wilfried Zaha lands England call up for Sweden friendly

EXCLUSIVE: England win Zaha tussle as Hodgson hands shock call-up to Palace wonderkid



23:09 GMT, 11 November 2012

Wilfried Zaha will join up with England on Monday after a night spent agonising over his dramatic call-up from Roy Hodgson.

The Crystal Palace sensation was due to be picked up in an FA car at 5am on Monday from his south London home and driven to Manchester, to link up with the squad for Wednesday’s friendly in Sweden, but only after two hours of frantic negotiations between the 20-year-old’s representatives, Palace officials and the FA.

Zaha took a phone call from Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba on Wednesday urging him to play for the country he was born in at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

The only way is up: Wilfried Zaha is floored against Peterborough on Saturday but is on the rise as a player

The only way is up: Wilfried Zaha is floored against Peterborough on Saturday but is on the rise as a player

Zaha, 20 on Saturday, tweeted after Sportsmail revealed online that he was in the squad: ‘Wow everything’s happening so fast’.

Hodgson had been at Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool when he decided to
add Zaha, man-of-the-match in Palace’s 2-1 win at Peterborough on
Saturday, into his squad. The manager also called up Spurs’ Tom
Huddlestone and Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson last night for the
game in Stockholm.

Ruled out are Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Jonjo Shelvey, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon.

Tussle: Didier Drogba was hoping Zaha would commit to play for the Ivory Coast

Tussle: Didier Drogba was hoping Zaha would commit to play for the Ivory Coast

Young Lion: Zaha has five Under 21 caps

Young Lion: Zaha has five Under 21 caps

Palace winger Zaha, who turned 20 on Saturday, was reluctant to accept
the invitation because he feared it would force him to choose a country.
He was locked in talks with Palace officials, his agents and his family
on Sunday night after the dramatic England call-up, but made a decision
at 9pm.

Hodgson was on a train north on Sunday night and initially unable to
control the chaos going on behind the scenes with the national team. But
eventually he persuaded Zaha to join the full squad.

He expected Zaha’s inclusion to be a formality but the winger, named the
best young player in the Championship last season, wanted time to
consider his decision over his international future.

As this is viewed as a ‘non-competitive friendly’, Zaha could yet commit
to Ivory Coast even if he plays for England on Wednesday. The same
situation applied to Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, 17, who is also being
courted by Jamaica, having been born there.

Drogba was understood to be persuasive in his approach to Zaha, who will
continue to consider his options after the former Chelsea striker
phoned him. Last week, Zaha told Sportsmail he was ‘50-50’ over the

Having been born in Abidjan, Zaha moved to England with his extended
family and eight siblings when he was just four years old. He was named
the ‘best player in the Championship’ by Peterborough boss Darren
Ferguson after Palace’s win there on Saturday, and was originally in
Stuart Pearce’s Under 21 squad.

Top form: Zaha has helped Palace to the top of the Championship

Top form: Zaha has helped Palace to the top of the Championship


Name: Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha.

Born: November 10, 1992 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Height: 5ft 11in. Weight: 10st 6lb.
Club career: Joined Crystal Palace in 2009 – 98 appearances, 11 goals.

International: England Under 21 five caps.

Honours: Football League Young Player of the Year 2011-12.

He celebrated his birthday with friends in London on Saturday night
after yet another incredible performance for table-topping Eagles. Zaha
was capped by Pearce last month when he played twice in the European
Championship play-off with Serbia. He was due to go with Pearce’s squad
for their clash with Northern Ireland at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road on

Rooney pulled out with an ankle injury he picked up during Manchester
United’s win at Aston Villa on Saturday. Walcott, Walker and Shelvey
were also forced to withdraw with muscle strains. It was unclear why
Lennon had withdrawn.

Steven Gerrard twisted his knee during Liverpool’s draw at Chelsea but
finished the game and hopes to be fit to captain his country and win his
100th international cap. Jenkinson is called up for the first time
after FIFA completed his paperwork to change his allegiance from
Finland, who he represented at Under 21 level.

Additional reporting: MATT BARLOW

Sheff Wed 2 Peterborough 1: Match report

Sheff Wed 2 Peterborough 1: Owls bank win though Barkley and Llera


17:46 GMT, 3 November 2012



17:46 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sheffield Wednesday eased themselves away from the relegation zone with their first home win since August.

The Owls, who registered a first win in 10 npower Championship games at Ipswich last week, backed it up with a vital and deserved success over struggling Posh.

It was far from a classic at Hillsborough, but in-form Ross Barkley enhanced his growing reputation further when he struck less than 20 seconds into the second period with a deflected effort.

Owls on the rise: Miguel Llera scored the second

Owls on the rise: Miguel Llera scored the second

Match facts

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SHEFF WED: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Jones, Antonio, Semedo, Corry (McCabe 24), Barkley, Bothroyd (Jermaine Johnson 90),, O'Grady (Madine 68). Subs not used: Davies, Taylor, Mattock, Rodri.

Goals: Barkley 46, llera 76

Booked: Barkley

PETERBOROUGH: Olejnik, Little, Brisley, Bostwick, Alcock, Knight-Percival, Boyd, Ntlhe (Newell 62), McCann (Swanson 74), Tomlin, Berahino (Mendez-Laing 82). Subs not used: Day, Zakuani, Barnett, Ferdinand.

Goals: Boyd 79

Booked: Bostwick

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Att: 22,406

Defender Miguel Llera doubled that lead in the 76th minute with a header as the Owls looked on course for a routine win.

Peterborough, who had won their last
two league games, made a game of it when George Boyd drove home from 18
yards, but Wednesday held firm.

The win sees Dave Jones' men leapfrog
Posh in the table and Wednesday fans will hope that after their horror
run of form through the autumn, they can finally start looking up.

That dire sequence of nine league
games without a win finally ended with a superb 3-0 win at struggling
Ipswich last week and the Owls were keen to maintain that momentum in
the opening exchanges.

Indeed, they looked the more
threatening and Barkley, scorer of a brace at Portman Road, tested Posh
keeper Bobby Olejnik, who turned the on-loan Everton man's effort from
distance around the post.

It was far from one-way traffic, but
the Owls continued to carve out the chances and Llera headed a Jay
Bothroyd corner narrowly over the bar.

Owls midfielder Paul Corry, who had
been making Wednesday tick in recent weeks, suffered an injury and had
to be replaced by fit-again Rhys McCabe and that disrupted the hosts'

With Peterborough unable to take
advantage the game descended into a low-quality affair played mainly in
the middle third, with the half-time whistle coming as a relief to all.

However, the game needed less than 20 seconds after the restart to come to life and it was Wednesday that forged into the lead.

Virtually straight from kick-off the
ball was pumped up to Chris O'Grady, he flicked on and Barkley fired
home from inside the penalty with an effort that appeared to be

Unfortunately, that proved to be an
isolated moment of excitement and the game reverted to the drab
encounter of the first half.

The Posh have not been known for
their inability to get on the scoresheet in recent years, but Chris
Kirkland in the Wednesday net hardly had a save to make and it was
Wednesday that looked like doubling their advantage.

There were shouts for a penalty when
Michail Antonio was bundled over, but referee Darren Drysdale kept his
whistle away from his lips and then the Owls winger prodded wide when he
found himself in space.

Wednesday thought they had made the
game safe with 14 minutes to go when Llera headed home Antonio's cross
from six yards out for his third goal of the campaign to double their

But Posh finally stirred and
immediately gave themselves a lifeline when Body drilled in from the
edge of the area following a corner.

However, Darren Ferguson's men were unable to launch a late onslaught and Wednesday saw it out relatively trouble-free.