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Nottingham Forest want Johnny Russell and Gary Mackay-Steven

Forest planning double raid on Dundee United for Russell and Mackay-Steven

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22:51 GMT, 30 October 2012

Nottingham Forest are keen on Dundee United’s Johnny Russell and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Forest scouts are to watch forward Russell, 22, in Wednesday’s Scottish League Cup quarter-final against Hearts.

Mackay-Steven, also 22, is a winger.

Wanted: Johnny Russell (centre) is target for Nottingham Forest

Wanted: Johnny Russell (centre) is target for Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa v Norwich live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Aston Villa v Norwich – the action from Villa Park as it happens

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11:16 GMT, 27 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Aston Villa host Norwich to get the weekend's action underway. Villa boss Paul Lambert comes up against the Canaries for the first time since leaving Carrow Road last summer as he attempts to end a wretched run which has seen Villa win just once in their last 18 league games.

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MATCH FACTS

ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar (c), Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Herd, Albrighton, Holman, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

NORWICH: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Tettey, Pilkington, Holt.

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12.10: Albrighton is an interesting case, seemingly left behind while other members of his generation – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck – take the Premier League by storm. Earlier this month the winger spoke to Sportsmail and admitted his frustrations at what has been a topsy-turvey few years. You can read the exclusive interview here

12.05: TEAM NEWS In Lambert's place in the Canaries' dugout
is Chris Hughton, a man breathing a little easier this week having
secured a memorable first win of the season against Arsenal last time
out.

Hughton – the former Birmingham City boss – names an unchanged starting line-up from that 1-0
victory, meaning match-winner Grant Holt leads the line.

Lambert, meanwhile, has recalled midfielder Marc Albrighton to the side in place of injured Stephen Ireland, and defender Chris Herd steps into Nathan Baker's place in defence.

12.00: Good afternoon one and all and welcome to coverage of a game which on paper might not look all that appealing, but comes with a couple of fascinating little side stories.

The first is the future of Darren Bent, the 24million man who was stripped of the captaincy by Paul Lambert earlier this season, and then forced to operate largely from the bench. As Sportsmail revealed this morning, today is no different for the hotshot striker, who sees his preferred position occupied by the powerful Belgium centre-forward Christian Benteke.

The other thing to keep an eye on is Villa boss Lambert. The former crowd favourite at Carrow Road turned his back on the Canaries in the summer in favour of the top job at Villa Park, but remains at loggerheads with his old employers.

The battle between board and manager is set to be taking all the way to the courts with Lambert, who lifted Norwich from League One to the Premier League during his three-year tenure, demanding up to 2million for breach of contract.

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Lethal weapons: Darren Bent (left) and Grant Holt will go head-to-head when Aston Villa host Norwich

Lethal weapons: Darren Bent (left) and Grant Holt will go head-to-head when Aston Villa host Norwich

Norwich v Arsenal live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Norwich v Arsenal – the action from Carrow Road as it happens

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UPDATED:

17:06 GMT, 20 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Norwich host Arsenal at Carrow Road to conclude Saturday's action. The Canaries are yet to win a league game under Chris Hughton and will be tested to the limit by Arsene Wenger's title chasing side. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Norwich 1-0 Arsenal (5.30pm)

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Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin,
Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Tettey,
Pilkington, Holt.
Subs: Rudd, Snodgrass, Howson, Jackson, Surman,
Morison, Ryan Bennett.

Goals: Holt 20.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson,
Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho,
Giroud, Podolski.
Subs: Martinez, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain,
Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gnabry.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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35min: A good chance for 2-0 goes begging for Norwich. Pilkington swings a corner into the centre where Michael Turner with a free header nods back across goal and well wide. The defender's visible frustration after shows even he knows it was a great chance. Another mark against Arsenal's zonal marking.

32min: The visitors win successive corners which end with Mikel Arteta delivering a cross into the box where Giroud's header is comfortably taken by Ruddy.

29min: The Canaries take it quick…a bit too quick though as Arsenal intercept and counter with an attack that ends with Olivier Giroud firing straight at Ruddy from point-blank range. Sparing the Frenchman's blushes is the offside flag raised over the far side.

28min: Norwich are the better team now and win a free-kick after Podolski trips Johnson 20 yards out to the left.

26min: Madman Mannone is at it again. The keeper refuses to dive for a ball he is favourite to win out wide of the penalty box, allowing Holt to deliver a pass across an open goal which an Arsenal defender clears.

24min: The first yellow card of the game and it's for Norwich's Bradley Johnson who can have no complaints after a cynical trip on Cazorla.

23min: That's three in as many games for Holt as Arsenal's attempts to respond end for now with a corner cleared by the hosts.

20min: GOAL! NORWICH 1-0 Arsenal

Now we have a game on our hands! Alex Tettety is allowed to shoot from 25 yards out but Mannone parries straight to Grant Holt who tucks home from six yards. Bad keeping.

16min: All the possession is with Arsenal but Norwich have all the answers to the Gunners attacks so far.

The visitors are being forced to even play the ball back to keeper Vito Mannone such is the organisation of Hughton's side.

13min: A miss-placed pass from Santi Cazorla seems to have stunned everyone inside the ground as the game loses its edge and the crowd their voices that both had in the opening five minutes.

10min: Pressure relieved for Norwich as Aaron Ramsey tugs down Grant Holt on the halfway line to concede a free-kick. That's about as good as it's got recently for the hosts but Arsenal have yet to test John Ruddy.

7min: Since that Pilkington chance, Norwich have hardly had the ball. Arsenal are fully awake now and are dominating possession.

4min: Podolski shoots this time though, and he only just fails to hit the target. The German international's snap shot across the target had John Ruddy beaten but it flies past the far post. Good effort.

3min: It snaps Arsenal in to life though as seconds later they go even closer. Gervinho finds Lukas Podolski on the edge of the box, but Russell Martin quickly reacts to slide in with a challenge and prevent the Gunners striker from shooting.

2min: It's the hosts who make the sharper start too as Anthony Pilkington fires narrowly wide from 25 yards out.

Kick-off: Norwich get us underway.

17.27: The teams are out at Carrow Road as the sun begins to set and the floodlights take over. Warm handshakes between ex-Tottenham coach Chris Hughton and Arsene Wenger pitchside.

17.24: From InfostradaLive:

Arsenal are one of three PL clubs without an away defeat this season – the others are Chelsea and Manchester City. They have conceded only two away goals – fewer than any other club.

Back in the squad: Jack Wilshere is on the Arsenal bench for the clash at Norwich

Back in the squad: Jack Wilshere is on the Arsenal bench for the clash at Norwich

17.21: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke to ESPN before the game:

'It's good for him [Jack Wilshere] to be involved after such a long time – he is not completely ready to start but he isn't far off.

'I'm not scientific enough to tell you how long he can play but if I need him I will play him. He is desperate to play.'

17.18: Full line-ups from Carrow Road:

Norwich v Arsenal
Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Tettey, Pilkington, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Snodgrass, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Morison, Ryan Bennett.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski. Subs: Martinez, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gnabry.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

17.15: England midfielder Jack Wilshere returns to the Arsenal squad for the first time in more than a year for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash at Norwich.

The 20-year-old had been out with niggling ankle and knee problems, but is named on the Gunners bench.

Andre Santos comes in for injured England full-back Kieran Gibbs as Arsene Wenger makes just one enforced change from the side which won at West Ham.

Norwich are still looking for their first league win under new manager Chris Hughton.
Michael Turner is recalled in central defence, while winger Antony Pilkington comea into a five-man midfield as the Canaries look to recover from their 4-1 defeat at Chelsea before the international break.

17.10: You have to feel sorry for Norwich, if there is one thing that evens out over the course of the season it's the fixture list. But when you are winless, one of the last teams you want to face off the back of an international break is Arsenal – especially with the form the Gunners are in. It could be a long evening for the Canaries and the team news is on the way.

One to watch: Santi Cazorla has been a highlight in Arsenal's attack this season

One to watch: Santi Cazorla has been a highlight in Arsenal's attack this season

Chelsea 4 Norwich 1: Match report

Chelsea 4 Norwich 1: Blues on song as they come from behind to beat Canaries

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16:18 GMT, 6 October 2012

John Terry and Ashley Cole were predictably feted as heroes today as they helped Chelsea come storming back to crush Norwich and move four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Barely 24 hours after both men's reputations arguably reached a new low in the eyes of the wider public, Terry and Cole enjoyed the unconditional adulation of the Stamford Bridge faithful in an all-too-easy win.

Norwich did threaten a shock when Grant Holt justified his recall by firing them in front but they looked every inch relegation fodder defending that lead as Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic put them to the sword.

Easy does it: Eden Hazard puts Chelsea ahead against Norwich

Easy does it: Eden Hazard puts Chelsea ahead against Norwich

Match facts

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic (Azpilicueta 78), Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel (Romeu 82), Lampard (Ramires 67), Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Moses, Cahill, Bertrand.

Goals: Torres 14, Lampard 22, Hazard 31, Ivanovic 76.

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Barnett, Bassong (Ryan Bennett 78), Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Hoolahan, Johnson (Pilkington 68), Tettey, Holt (Morison 77).
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Turner, Snodgrass, Jackson.

Goals: Holt 11.

Attendance: 41,784

Referee: Anthony Taylor

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It was the perfect way for Chelsea to go into the international break, one that should see Cole earn his 99th and 100th caps for England despite yesterday's extraordinary foul-mouthed Twitter rant at the Football Association.

Terry was reminded what he had given up by walking out on his country whenever the home fans chanted 'there's only one England captain', all the while displaying their usual banner: “JT Captain, Leader, Legend.”

Cole was treated to a rendition of 'he tweets what he wants', although his 'unreserved' apology yesterday suggested he would no longer be doing so.

The Terry and Cole saga has badly damaged Chelsea's bid to boost their image beyond Stamford Bridge, their status as a global brand highlighted before kick-off today when they formally marked the renewal of their partnership with Singha Beer.

The last thing the club need is to be tainted by the kind of report produced by the independent FA regulatory commission over Terry's racism case and Cole's subsequent Twitter outburst.

Outnumbered: Fernando Torres is watched by Javier Garrido and Leon Barnett

Outnumbered: Fernando Torres is watched by Javier Garrido and Leon Barnett

Back in the game: Torres scores for Chelsea

Back in the game: Torres scores for Chelsea

Torres had the perfect opportunity to show the acceptable face of the European champions inside four minutes today but his Jekyll and Hyde form continued when he hesitated horribly after being played clean through by Frank Lampard.

Chelsea continued to press but were left stunned as Norwich took the lead in the 11th minute thanks to three of the players recalled by Chris Hughton.

Terry was hurt defending a free-kick and he was still hobbling when Wes Hoolahan was allowed to cross to Leon Barnett, whose knockdown was crashed home by Holt.

Within 11 minutes, Chelsea had turned the game on its head.

No chance: John Ruddy stands as Frank Lampard's shot goes past him

No chance: John Ruddy stands as Frank Lampard's shot goes past him

Mr reliable: Frank Lampard scores for Chelsea

Mr reliable: Frank Lampard scores for Chelsea

Torres made amends for his earlier miss by timing his run to perfection to head home Branislav Ivanovic's cross and although Alex Tettey might have restored Norwich's lead on his full Premier League debut but for a completely misjudged header of his own, the visitors then pressed the self-destruct button.

They failed to clear their lines in the 22nd minute and were horribly deep as Torres' overhead kick rebounded to Lampard to arrow home first time from 18 yards.

The poor defending continued when Cole headed wide, and hit a new low in the 31st minute as Terry cleared a corner, Mata evaded a lame tackle and was allowed to run unchallenged for 60 yards before threading in Hazard to slot home.

Back doing the day job: John Terry and Ashley Cole both started for Chelsea

Back doing the day job: John Terry and Ashley Cole both started for Chelsea

It could have been even worse for the visitors, with Cole's shot blocked behind and Oscar brilliantly dancing through but scuffing his finish straight at John Ruddy.

Holt beat Terry to two headers – both just off target – either side of half-time to serve notice that the game was not quite over.

It might have been had Hazard been awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge from Barnett or had Oscar's 20-yard stinger been out of Ruddy's reach.

Up for the fight: Juan Mata battles for the ball with Wes Hoolahan

Up for the fight: Juan Mata battles for the ball with Wes Hoolahan

Job done: Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring Chelsea's fourth

Job done: Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring Chelsea's fourth

Ruddy also came to the rescue to thwart Mata after the winger's superb run onto Hazard's pass as Chelsea really began to turn on the style.

Lampard was replaced by Ramires midway through the half, with Norwich sending on Anthony Pilkington for Bradley Johnson.

Shock lead: Grant Holt puts Norwich in front early on

Shock lead: Grant Holt puts Norwich in front early on

Good start: The Norwich players celebrate Holt's goal

Good start: The Norwich players celebrate Holt's goal

The visitors looked happy simply to avoid a drubbing and they held out for most of the half, with Ruddy winning another one-on-one battle with Torres.

But he was beaten again 14 minutes from time when Ivanovic smashed home a superb near-post volley from Mata's lay-off, yet another assist for the red-hot winger.

A raft of further substitutions followed but a fifth goal did not, despite Chelsea looking like they could score at will.

Scotland 0 Serbia 0: Goalkeepers on top

Scotland 0 Serbia 0: Lots of huffing and puffing but goalkeepers come out on top

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16:28 GMT, 8 September 2012

Scotland are already playing catch-up in their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign after drawing a blank against Serbia in their opening Group A game at Hampden.

The home side certainly had their chances in a wide-open encounter – mostly notably Steven Naismith missed a one-on-one in the second half – but Scotland keeper Allan McGregor had to make vital saves to keep his goal intact.

With Group A favourites Belgium seeing off Wales 2-0 in Cardiff and top seeds Croatia beating Macedonia 1-0 in Zagreb last night, three points at home to Macedonia on Tuesday night are surely a must if Craig Levein's side are to harbour realistic hopes of reaching Brazil in two years time.

Not quite: Kenny Miller could not make the breakthrough

Not quite: Kenny Miller could not make the breakthrough

Attempt: Steven Naismith tries to break the deadlock

Attempt: Steven Naismith tries to break the deadlock

MATCH FACTS

Scotland:
McGregor, Hutton, Webster, Berra, Dixon, Caldwell, Naismith, Snodgrass
(Forest 69), Adam, Morrison (Mackie 80), Miller (Rhodes 80).

Subs not used: Gilks, Hanley, Maloney, Forrest, Cowie, Dorrans, McCormack, Phillips, Foster, Marshall.

Booked: Snodgrass.

Serbia: Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Bisevac, Nastasic, Kolarov, Mijailovic (Fejsa 45), Tosic, Ninkovic, Ignjovski, Djuricic (Lekic 83), Lazovic (Tadic 56).

Subs not used: Kahriman, Tomovic, Maksimovic, Petrovic, Lukovic, Matic, Subotic, Markovic, Brkic.

Booked: Nastasic, Ninkovic

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).

Attendance: 47,369

There could be no faulting the effort
of the Scotland side who had Huddersfield left-back Paul Dixon making
his debut in the absence of injured Danny Fox, Russell Martin and
Charlie Mulgrew.

Gary Caldwell captained the side in
his 50th appearance, playing in front of the back four while veteran
Kenny Miller was in as the lone striker, supported from the flanks by
Robert Snodgrass and Naismith.

There were several familiar names in
the Serbia side including captain and Chelsea defender Branislav
Ivanovic and Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov while the
English champions' new 12million signing, Matija Nastasic, was also
included in the visitors' defence.

Nevertheless, optimism abounded in Mount Florida with Hampden almost full to capacity.

The first real piece of action in a
scrappy opening came in the eighth minute when McGregor made a fine save
down at his right-hand post from Kolarov's 25-yard free-kick which
threatened to sneak in.

Oh no: Aleksandar Kolarov reacts to missing a chance

Oh no: Aleksandar Kolarov reacts to missing a chance

On the prowl: Miller was not on his best form

On the prowl: Miller was not on his best form

As the game warmed up Serbia survived
an old-fashioned goalmouth scramble before almost catching the Scots on
the break and indeed it was on the counter that the visitors promised to
inflict some damage.

Scotland began to exert some pressure
and in the 23rd minute, with Kolarov too busy arguing with the linesman
after he had flagged a foul for his challenge on Snodgrass, the Norwich
forward raced on to Charlie Adam's quickly-taken free-kick before
forcing Vladimir Stojkovic in to a decent save from his angled drive.

Moments later, Snodgrass picked up
Caldwell's short corner on the right but his cross to the back post just
evaded the head of Naismith.

There was little in the way of penalty
box action at either end until four minutes from the break when Adam
capitalised on some slack Serbian defending to send Miller through on
the right but the Vancouver Whitecaps striker screwed his attempted
cross just over the bar.

Hey! Alan Hutton yelps after being caught

Hey! Alan Hutton yelps after being caught

There was time for Serbia striker
Darko Lazovic to test McGregor with a drive from the edge of the box and
at the other end, Adam's chip from 16 yards following a Scotland break
was plucked out of the air by Stojkovic.

The second half took time to get going
from a Scotland perspective but in the 51st minute another half-chance
went begging when defender Christophe Berra headed a Snodgrass corner
from the right, sloppily conceded by Kolarov, wide of the target.

Serbia midfielder Aleksandar Ignjovski
flashed a right-footed drive from 25 yards past McGregor's left-hand
post before Stojkovic had to be smart off his line to block Miller's
effort from close range.

Effort: Kolarov fires towards goal

Effort: Kolarov fires towards goal

Denied: Scotland's Allan McGregor saves from a shot from Branislav Ivanovic

Denied: Scotland's Allan McGregor saves from a shot from Branislav Ivanovic

The former Rangers and Celtic striker
then misjudged a lobbed pass from James Morrison moments later when he
was unmarked in the visitors' box.

In the 62nd minute, in another Serbia
break that opened up the home defence, Kolarov's low drive had the
Tartan Army holding its breath as the ball sped past the far post by
inches.

Four minutes later the home side created and missed their best chance of the game.

With the Serbia defence far too
square, Caldwell sent Naismith through with a perfectly-weighted pass
but the Everton striker could not set himself correctly and his shot
from 10 yards beat Stojkovic but bounced past the post.

James Forrest replaced Snodgrass to
give Levein's side some added impetus but the home fans began to grew
restless, chanting for Blackburn Rovers' new striker Jordan Rhodes to
come on.

Their mood was not helped when Miller made a hash of an Adam free-kick, heading the ball harmlessly up in the air.

In the 80th minute, in a double substitution, Jamie Mackie replaced Morrison and Rhodes replaced Miller, to a huge cheer.

The final stages were fraught with
McGregor making a crucial save from Serbia substitute Dusan Tadic
seconds before the end of regulation time, before Stojkovic blocked
Forrest's angled drive at the other end as the home side mounted one
last charge.

After all that, it was rather harsh
for the home players to hear some boos ring out at the final whistle but
there can be no hiding the fact that 2014 qualification hopes have
taken a dent.

Sinisa Mihajlovic

Craig Levein

Winner Sinisa Mihajlovic will be happier than Craig Levein (right)

First: Ivanovic beats Naismith to the ball

First: Ivanovic beats Naismith to the ball

Calm: Hampden Park before the match

Calm: Hampden Park before the match

London 2012 Paralympics: Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen pick up gold

Golden girls back in fashion as two more Brits pick up top accolades

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21:57 GMT, 2 September 2012

The golden girls are back as the Paralympics provided us with two more on Sunday.

Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen claimed their gold medals in different sports and in different ways but the beaming smiles were the same.

Applegate triumphed in the pool, Christiansen in the more serene equestrian arena after an anxious wait. Her victory, riding Janeiro 6, ensured Britain won the team event too, meaning a 10th gold for Lee Pearson.

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

Applegate continued where Ellie Simmonds left off, coming from behind on the last leg to send a partisan home crowd delirious.

Applegate is just 16 yet raced like a veteran, turning into the final leg of her S14 200m freestyle in third but notching a Paralympic record time of 2min 12.63sec. She reeled in Holland’s Marlou van der Kulk, then Australia’s Taylor Corry to win by 0.55sec. ‘I’m ecstatic. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do something like that,’ said Applegate, who has learning difficulties which limit the amount of coaching she can absorb. ‘The last turn I just knew I had to give everything.

‘I just had to break through that pain barrier. To knock two seconds off my PB is amazing.’

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Christiansen was drawn first in her event and posted an imposing 82.750 per cent. She waited as 13 riders tried and failed to top it.

The 24-year-old’s triumph came after double gold in Beijing, a feat she has emulated following the team success alongside Pearson, Deb Criddle and Sophie Wells.

‘As long as I stayed relaxed and focused on what I had done in training, I knew I could pull out an 80 per cent-plus test,’ said Christiansen, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Blind swimmers James Clegg and Hannah Russell won bronze in their 100m butterfly races. Clegg’s sister Libby won silver in the T12 100m at the Olympic Stadium less than 40 minutes later.

In the dressage, Wells and Criddle had earlier claimed silver in their classes.

Andre-Villas Boas tells Hugo Lloris he must wait behind Brad Friedel

Brad's my No 1… for now: AVB sticking with Friedel as new boy Lloris must wait for berth

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 2 September 2012

Brad Friedel holds the record for the most consecutive Premier League starts – and he is not about to end that run to let Tottenham's new 12million goalkeeper Hugo Lloris play.

Andre Villas-Boas signed the 25-year-old Frenchman on transfer deadline day to put huge pressure on Friedel, 41.

But in his 307th consecutive start – a run stretching back to 2004 with Blackburn, Aston Villa and now Spurs – the American made it clear he is still No 1 with a world-class performance in the 1-1 draw at home to Norwich.

On fire: Brad Friedel was in great form during Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Norwich

On fire: Brad Friedel was in great form during Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Norwich

He got the faintest of touches on Russell Martin's powerful header to nudge the ball on to the bar in the ninth minute and clawed another header from Robert Snodgrass out of the air three minutes before the break.

Then in the second half he dived low to keep out Anthony Pilkington's closerange effort. After Mousa Dembele had put Spurs ahead on his debut – only for Snodgrass to equalise five minutes from time – Friedel kept out Bradley Johnson's injury-time strike from the edge of the box that would have won Norwich the game.

Villas-Boas said: 'Brad is doing extremely well and deserves to be playing and he'll continue to do so.

Waiting in line: Hugo Lloris lies in wait to take Friedel's place at White Hart Lane

Waiting in line: Hugo Lloris lies in wait to take Friedel's place at White Hart Lane

TAKE NOTE, ANDRE

Since Jermain Defoe rejoined Spurs in 2009, they have won one of the 10 games he has started as a lone striker – when he was sent off on 27 minutes v Aston Villa in 2010.

'He knows about the situation. We had to take this decision bearing in mind that we want to build for the future. So we decided to bring in Hugo now.

'We have to work with that and he will have to adapt to the Premier League.

'There are players who need more time, players who need less time. But when you have a keeper who gives so much confidence to the team and is doing so well, he deserves to be in goal.'

Sebastien Bassong, who returned to White Hart Lane for the first time since Villas-Boas sold him, has played with Lloris for France under-21s.

He said: 'I think Hugo will learn a lot. He's a really good goalkeeper but now he's in a new competition, new country, he'll need Brad's help.

'Brad's a terrific player and there's going to be a tough competition between them. The best will play.'

London 2012 Paralympics: Nyree Kindred claims silver for Great Britain

Great Britain celebrate double swimming success as Kindred and Russell claim silver medals

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17:47 GMT, 30 August 2012

Nyree Kindred won Great Britain's
first medal in the pool when she was second in the S6 100 metres
backstroke with a world record from China's Lu Dong needed to beat the
Briton at the Aquatics Centre.

The 32-year-old won this event in Athens in 2004 before being edged out by Holland's Mirjam De Koning-Peper four years later.

Silver service: Kindred Nyree

Silver service: Kindred Nyree

Kindred was the fastest qualifier into the final in a new Paralympic record time in the heat on Thursday morning when she lowered the mark set by De Koning-Peper in China four years ago.

Despite that, the Welshwoman had been cautious after the race, pointing to the quality of her rivals, no doubt with the memory of Beijing still clear.

Lu led from start to finish after a superb kick off the wall with Kindred some way back before moving through the field to turn in third.

The Briton was coming back with each
stroke of the second length but the Chinese swimmer held on to touch in
one minute 24.71 seconds with Kindred second in 1min 26.23secs, just
0.04secs outside the old world record.

Kindred's race was the second of the
session with Zheng Tao having claimed the first gold in the pool of
London 2012 when he won the S6 100m backstroke in a new world record of
1min 13.56secs.

Kindred said: 'The crowd lifted me. They were brilliant. I'm glad they're all here.

Nyree Kindred

'We have got loads of guys who could win medals – we're here to win medals.'

Hannah Russell picked up Britain's second silver of the session when she fought out a superb duel with Oxana Savchenko in the S12 400m freestyle.

The Briton only turned 16 recently and showed no fear at all on her Paralympic debut, going stroke for stroke with the Russian.

Russell led after 250m but her opponent overhauled her on the subsequent length and was never headed despite the home swimmer coming back at her on the final 50m.

Savchenko touched in 4:37.89, 0.71secs ahead of Russell.

'It's a dream come true. I've come here to try my absolute best and to come away with a medal is a bonus and the cherry on the top,' she said. 'I couldn't believe it.'

Russell did not realise quite how close the race was.

Duel: Britain's Hannah Russell

Duel: Britain's Hannah Russell

'I had no idea,' she said. “I could hear the crowd when I was coming in on the last length.

'I tried to just give it my all and keep my head down and keep going as hard as I could to the finish.'

Russell, who chopped six seconds off her best in total today, added: 'To come here and medal was a bonus for me.

'I just wanted to come here and PB and try to make as many finals as possible.

'After my heat I felt really good, it was a really fast heat for me and I was really pleased.

'I thought after I could try and give it my best again and try and see if I could shave off any more seconds.'

Russell also drew on Rebecca Adlington's determined swim in the 400m freestyle at the Olympics which saw her claim the bronze medal despite swimming from an outside lane after only just squeaking into the final.

Russell said: 'For her to come back and perform that really gutsy swim – that's what inspires me.

'She came back and really gave it her all.

'When she wants it that much, she will give it her all, she won't let anything hold her back.'

Norwich 2 Scunthorpe 1: Wes Hoolahan and Declan Rudd rescue Chris Hughton

Norwich 2 Scunthorpe 1: Hoolahan and Rudd rescue Hughton

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23:17 GMT, 28 August 2012

Wes Hoolahan's penalty sent Norwich into round three but boss Chris Hughton was forced to concede: 'We made hard work of it.'

Hughton made 11 changes from the side
that drew 1-1 with QPR at the weekend and young keeper Declan Rudd
grabbed a rare chance to impress.

But despite key saves from Andy Barcham, Mike Grella and David Prutton his reward is likely to be a move away from Carrow Road.

Up for it: Norwich City's David Fox challenges Scunthorpe's Robbis Gibbons (right)

Up for it: Norwich City's David Fox challenges Scunthorpe's Robbis Gibbons (right)

MATCH FACTS

Norwich: Rudd, Francomb, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Fox, Lappin (Pilkington 52), Hoolahan, Surman, Morison (Jackson 80), Chris Martin. Subs Not Used: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Johnson, Holt, Barnett.

Goals: Lappin 32,Hoolahan 56 pen.

Scunthorpe: Slocombe, Ribeiro, Mirfin, Canavan, Newey, Duffy, Gibbons, Walker (Prutton 66), Ryan, Barcham (Grant 80), Grella (Jennings 80). Subs Not Used: Severn, Hughes, Howe, Keegan.

Goals: Duffy 34.

Att: 13,116

Ref: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

Houghton, who confirmed he had made an enquiry for Blackburn’s Mark Bunn, added: ‘Declan did really well but needs to be playing regularly.'

Despite his heroics, the 21-year-old is not yet ready to challenge newly-capped England international John Ruddy for the number one spot.

Hughton saw Simon Lappin open the scoring with his first goal in almost five years, a fierce effort from 20 yards out.

But the League One basement side, without a point from their opening three games, hit back immediately.

Mark Duffy came in from the right and struck a magnificent drive that beat Rudd and flew into the top corner.

Hoolahan, skipper for the night, converted a 56th minute penalty after he hit the deck under Niall Canavan’s challenge.

Hughton added: ‘We expected Scunthorpe to be motivated and they made it difficult for us.’

Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill said: ‘We had a real go and we come out of the game with credit.

‘We never gave up. We’re not sure it was a penalty either. We thought Niall won the ball – but unfortunately the ref didn’t agree.’

Relief: Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton

Relief: Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton

Up and overL Norwich City's George Francomb

Up and overL Norwich City's George Francomb

It was the visitors who made the
brightest start to the game and winger Andy Barcham could have put them
ahead as early as the third minute.

The former Tottenham youngster wriggled free in the Norwich penalty area before forcing a reaction save out of Declan Rudd.

Norwich
then came close moments later but neither Steve Morison nor Michael
Turner could make a telling connection to David Fox's inswinging corner.

Chris Martin's speculative bicycle kick failed to hit the target with the game lacking a cutting edge in the opening exchanges.

The
Canaries had managed to establish a level of dominance by the half hour
mark and were rewarded with the opening goal soon after.

Andrew Surman played a pass in field to
Lappin who took a touch before firing past Sam Slocombe in the
Scunthorpe goal from 25 yards out.

Alan Knill's side have lost all three of their League One games so far this season but they did not let their heads drop and were level two minutes later.

Christian Ribeiro picked out Duffy who curled in an effort from 30 yards that went in off the inside of the post with Rudd well beaten.

Norwich were nearly back in front soon
after but defender Ryan Bennett headed Surman's corner just wide of the
post under pressure from two Scunthorpe defenders.

With
the game approaching half-time Scunthorpe were arguably the better side
but a mix-up between Slocombe and Ribeiro from a Hoolahan cross almost
gave the Barclays Premier League side the lead but the loose ball
bounced clear.

Heads up: Norwich City's Steve Morison outjumps Scunthorpe's Tom Newey

Heads up: Norwich City's Steve Morison outjumps Scunthorpe's Tom Newey

Hands on: Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (right) holds off Mark Duffy

Hands on: Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (right) holds off Mark Duffy

Concern: Norwich City's Simon Lappin lies injured before leaving the field

Concern: Norwich City's Simon Lappin lies injured before leaving the field

The home side
made the better start to the second half and another chance fell to
Lappin but his shot was bravely blocked by Iron defender David Mirfin.

Lappin took a knock during the challenge and was unable to continue, with Hughton introducing Anthony Pilkington in his place.

Norwich were not disrupted by the change and were back in front after 55 minutes.

Hoolahan
was brought down in the area by Niall Canavan after a neat interchange
with Morison and the Canaries' skipper picked himself up and duly
converted the penalty.

The
second goal seemed to give Norwich the impetus and they came close to a
third moments later as Surman fired the ball across goal from a tight
angle with Slocombe only able parry his effort into the middle of the
penalty area, although the ball was cleared before a Norwich player
could latch onto it.

In control: Scunthorpe's Jimmy Ryan takes on Marc Tierney

In control: Scunthorpe's Jimmy Ryan takes on Marc Tierney

Scunthorpe were still showing signs of
getting back into the game as Mike Grella beat the offside trap and
drew a smart save from Rudd with just over 25 minutes remaining.

Norwich full-back George Francomb
fired just wide of Slocombe's far post when he was picked out by Fox
while unattended on the edge of the Scunthorpe penalty area with the
Canaries starting to keep hold of the ball for longer spells.

The
hosts should have scored a decisive third goal 15 minutes from time but
Surman headed Marc Tierney's cross straight into the arms of Slocombe.

Scunthorpe almost punished Norwich for their wastefulness in front of goal as Rudd was forced to tip over a spectacular long-range volley from debutant David Prutton.

The former Nottingham Forest man's effort was the last real attacking threat offered by Knill's side with Norwich taking the sting out of the game in the final 10 minutes.

The five minutes of stoppage time signalled by the fourth official would have given Scunthorpe some hope but Norwich kept possession expertly to secure their safe progression into the third round of the competition.

QPR"s Robert Green flaps after a week of pressure

Struggling Green ends rough week in a big flap against former club

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Fantasy football 2012

A week must seem a long time in football for Robert Green. A howler on his QPR debut let in the first of five goals and, to make matters worse, the goalkeeper he replaced at the club, Paddy Kenny, sent mocking messages and voicemails about him to a member of Rangers’ technical staff.

On Saturday, he made a shaky return to Norwich, the club where he started his career.

Green’s QPR team-mates rallied round the England No 1 after the 1-1 draw, claiming the 32-year-old had not been affected by the week’s events.

Last to the punch: Robert Green (centre) was the subject of abusive texts, as reported by Sportsmail, after his howler on his QPR debut and he made a shaky return to Norwich, his first club

Last to the punch: Robert Green (centre) was the subject of abusive texts, as reported by Sportsmail, after his howler on his QPR debut and he made a shaky return to Norwich, his first club

However, Green’s performance did not support those claims.

For Norwich’s opening goal, Green elected to stay on his line to cover a possible shot from Anthony Pilkington, who instead stood up a perfect cross that Simeon Jackson then headed in.

A more confident goalkeeper might have bulldozed his way through the crowd to claim the cross, but Green ran into his team-mate, Clint Hill.

Fifteen minutes later, a relatively simple 20-yard low shot from Pilkington was hit straight at Green but he spilled the ball and was lucky there were no strikers lurking before he gathered it at the second attempt.

And it continued into the second half. Early on, he came out to stop Jackson running on to a long pass but there was a strong suspicion of foul play when he handled the ball dangerously close to the edge of the box.

Replays suggested he was outside the area, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on. And he could have cost QPR the game seven minutes from time when he was caught out of position as Russell Martin looped a header from eight yards out over Green, who was running off his line but, luckily for the goalkeeper, on to the crossbar.

Junior Hoilett, like Green one of the many new players who have been brought in by Mark Hughes, was the first to defend his goalkeeper. He said: ‘Rob didn’t sulk at all.

Equaliser: Bobby Zamora (second left) struck for QPR

Equaliser: Bobby Zamora (second left) struck for QPR

He’s been great in training and you saw that in the game, the saves he pulled off. He’s done well. We were tight at the back and the goalkeeper made some fantastic saves.’ Green did make one good save, pushing Robert Snodgrass’s long-range drive over the bar, but it was almost straight down the middle.

Captain Park Ji-sung said he has not had to put a comforting arm around Green to help him. He said: ‘We haven’t spoken about them ( messages from Paddy Kenny). He’s not worried about them. He forgot things quickly — that’s good. He was calm so it’s good for us.

‘He’s not a young player and has experience. Every player speaks to each other and if we have problems, we sort them out. In the game, he showed that he’s getting better. We’ve only had two games. He has the ability so we just leave him and give him the confidence.’

No bother: Norwich's John Ruddy put letting five goals in on the opening day behind him to put in a good performance against QPR

No bother: Norwich's John Ruddy put letting five goals in on the opening day behind him to put in a good performance against QPR

It seems Kenny’s insulting messages were not even talked about on the training ground at QPR. Green would do well to look at John Ruddy in Norwich’s goal, who did not let conceding five against Fulham on the opening day trouble him.

That weekend, Ruddy still made the most saves of any Premier League goalkeeper. His best moment on Saturday was in the 19th minute when, at full stretch, he tipped Djibril Cisse’s penalty on to the post, but he had no chance when Bobby Zamora, who ran at least five yards into the area before the penalty was struck, right in front of Clattenburg, scored from the rebound.

After the game, the QPR owner Tony Fernandes tweeted: ‘Pleased for Rob Green.’

But, since the club are reportedly in talks with Inter Milan and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar and his future in the first team is in doubt, it is unlikely to provide too much reassurance for him. Whatever must Kenny think of it all