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Jose Mourinho and Fatih Terim hug at Galatasaray game – VIDEO

Jose finds his Special One: Affectionate Real Madrid boss greets his Galatasaray rival… and he even brought him flowers!

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Paul Collins

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16:30 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:16 GMT, 18 March 2013

Jose Mourinho's reinvention as the nicest guy in football continued in Turkey at the weekend as he checked out Real Madrid's Champions League opponents Galatasaray.

Mourinho, who was gushing in his praise of Manchester United after knocking them out of the tournament in the last round, went head to head with Gala coach Fatih Terim.

But it was all lover-dovey as the pair shared several hugs and pats on the back at Kayserispor's Kadir Has Stadium, where Terim's side won 3-1.

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Head to head: Jose Mourinho (right) and Fatih Terim seemed pleased to see each other

Head to head: Jose Mourinho (right) and Fatih Terim seemed pleased to see each other

Head to head: Jose Mourinho (right) and Fatih Terim seemed pleased to see each other

VIDEO: Fatih Terim and Jose Mourinho

Wesley Sneijder was on the scoresheet for the Turkish table-toppers and he gave Mourinho a smile and a wave.

The Dutchman won the Champions League with Inter Milan under Mourinho three years ago and he said: 'It's great to see him again. The last time I saw him was in the final when we played in 2010, the final against Bayern Munich.

Look what I can do: Dutchman Wesley Sneijder reminded Mourinho what he's capable of

Look what I can do: Dutchman Wesley Sneijder reminded Mourinho what he's capable of

I don't usually do this: Didier Drogba missed a sitter for Galatasaray

I don't usually do this: Didier Drogba missed a sitter for Galatasaray

'That was the last time I saw him, so it was a very nice moment when he came to visit us and I am happy to see him again because we had a great time together.

'But I just send him a message that he should be careful because if he is around, I always score.'

Less impressive was another Mourinho old boy as former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba missed a sitter for Galatasaray.

VIDEO: Watch Didier Drogba's howler

Terim watched Real thump Mallorca 5-2 on Saturday so would have been relieved to see his side put on a show in front of Mourinho, who was at the match with his son.

Burak Yilmaz scored Gala's other two goals and they will travel to the Spanish capital for the first leg on Wednesday, April 3 with the return set for the following Tuesday.

Take note: Mourinho watched Galatasaray beat Kayserispor 3-1

Take note: Mourinho watched Galatasaray beat Kayserispor 3-1

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho holds a bunch of flowers

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho holds a bunch of flowers

Flower powert: Jose Mourinho was given a welcome gift as he arrived in Turkey to watch Galatasaray

Steven Gerrard Coronation Street visit pictured

PICTURED: Gerrard in top-secret meeting in Manchester… in tour of Coronation Street!

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

15:19 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:40 GMT, 18 February 2013

What's this Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in a top-secret Manchester meeting It can only mean one thing, of course… he's on a guided tour of Coronation Street!

The England international entertained his daughters on their half-term school break by taking them for a walk down the famous cobbles of Weatherfield on a special tour with Liverpool-supporting actress, Sue Johnston.

Set play: Steven Gerrard takes a tour of Coronation Street with actress Sue Johnston

Set play: Steven Gerrard takes a tour of Coronation Street with actress Sue Johnston

Johnston, who plays battleaxe gran Gloria Price in the ITV1 soap, greeted Gerrard on the set before showing him around.

After losing to West Brom and Zenit St Petersburg, Liverpool ended a miserable week on a high in Sunday's emphatic 5-0 win over Swansea at Anfield.

Meet and greet: Gerrard thanks fellow Scouser Johnston after treating him to a special tour of Weatherfield

Thanks for the memories: Gerrard hugs friend Johnston after the tour

Meet and greet: Gerrard thanks fellow Scouser Johnston after treating him to a special tour of Weatherfield

Gerrard, 32, was on the scoresheet with a 34th minute penalty to ensure everything went according to script for the hosts.

Indeed, his manager Brendan Rodgers might have deemed it enough to reward the goalscoring star with a treat.

However, there were no signs of Gerrard popping into the Rovers Return for a well-earned pint. But he probably did visit in the 'Korner' Kabin…

Happy days: Gerrard scored from the spot in Liverpool's 5-0 win over Swansea

Rovers return: Sue Johnston plays the character of Gloria Price in Coronation Street

Rovers return: Gerrard, who scored against Swansea, visited actress Johnston (who plays Gloria Price, right)

VIDEO: STEVIE G SCORES AGAINST SWANSEA

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VIDEO: SUE JOHNSTON AS GLORIA PRICE IN CORONATION STREET

Jack Wilshere reveals how he got Lionel Messi and Xavi"s shirt

Xavi had the hump with me but I still got his and Messi's shirts, reveals Arsenal ace Wilshere

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:58 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:11 GMT, 29 January 2013

Few can boast to have given Barcelona star Xavi such a run for his money that the Spaniard has left the pitch in the huff.

But Jack Wilshere managed just that while still a teenager in 2011. And now the Arsenal star has revealed his adversary begrudgingly handed over his shirt after the pair did battle in the Champions League.

Making his mark: Jack Wilshere more than matched Xavi and Lionel Messi when they faced off in the Champions League back in 2011

Making his mark: Jack Wilshere more than matched Xavi and Lionel Messi when they faced off in the Champions League back in 2011

Making his mark: Jack Wilshere more than matched Xavi and Lionel Messi when they faced off in the Champions League back in 2011

The two-legged tie, won 4-3 on
aggregate by the Catalans, was seen as a coming of age moment for the
young Englishman, standing up as he did to one of modern football's
truly great midfielders.

Arsenal had edged the opening leg 2-1, but were downed, not for the first time, by Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

Despite the result, though, all was not well for one of the victors.

'I asked Xavi for his but he had the hump a bit,' said Wilshere. 'So he just threw me his shirt and strolled off. I asked Cesc Fabregas to get me Messi's because they’re good friends, and he did.'

Xavi was also on the scoresheet on the night of the second leg and it is that element of his game that Wilshere admits he most needs to improve.

The 21-year-old has scored twice this season having only previously grabbed three in three years as a first-team player.

He added: 'I'm working on it. I was always top scorer in the youth team but I didn’t score enough in my first year and then I got injured for the whole season. So I’m building up again this year, then next season I’m going to start scoring.'

Andre Villas-Boas admits he could still lose goalscorer Emmanuel Adebayor to the Africa Cup of Nations

'It's his choice': Spurs manager AVB admits he could still lose goalscorer Adebayor to the Africa Cup of Nations

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Mark Bryans, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

19:17 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:39 GMT, 2 January 2013

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was pleased to see Emmanuel Adebayor get his name on the scoresheet in the 3-1 win over Reading, but refused to rule out the possibility of losing the striker to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Adebayor scored Spurs' second goal as they recovered from an early Pavel Pogrebnyak header to secure a victory that takes them above Chelsea and into third place in the Barclays Premier League.

Tottenham skipper Michael Dawson levelled for the hosts with Clint Dempsey's deflected effort sealing the points late on, but it was Adebayor's goal after 51 minutes that stood out for Villas-Boas.

Big loss: Spurs face the prospect of losing Adebayor for the next two months to the African Cup of Nations

Big loss: AVB faces the prospect of losing Adebayor for the next two months to the African Cup of Nations

'It was important for him today to score,' he said. 'He had a couple of situations recently against Sunderland and Villa, it was important for him to get back into the goals.

'Strikers live off goals, it was important for him to score. You see him trying like Jermain Defoe, Clint, and how decisive he is also.

'They want to get in the box, they breathe off scoring goals and it will give him a boost for sure.'

Struggling: The Togolese international has only netted times this term for the White Hart Lane outfit

Struggling: The Togolese international has only netted three times this term for the White Hart Lane side

It was widely believed that Adebayor would stay at White Hart Lane as opposed to linking up with Togo ahead of the forthcoming African Nations Cup.

But Villas-Boas said he was still unsure over whether he would lose the former Manchester City striker in a fortnight's time and that the decision lies squarely with the player.

'It's a vulnerable situation, anything can happen,' he said. 'I've told you the player can still go, I understand it is still a possibility.

'It was always his choice, I'm not going to put pressure on him. We've left it to player to decide. If player wants to go, we respect the African Nations Cup.'

Adebayor (left) scored the second goal during Spurs' 3-1 victory over Reading today

Celebrate: Adebayor scored the second goal during Spurs' 3-1 victory over Reading today

Reading boss Brian McDermott saw his side put in a valiant effort against an in-form Spurs side and reckons Villas-Boas is building a good squad at White Hart Lane.

'I couldn't fault our players today,' he said. 'The discipline of the team, you have to come here with a certain way of playing and I thought we were going to get something today.

'You'd take a goal any time, it was a great free-kick and Pavel scored on rebound. They had plenty of possession, Andre has put a good side together, it has been building for a while, they have a really good chance – they're going to finish very, very high in this league.'

Andre Villas-Boas (Left) shares a joke with Reading manager Brian McDermott before today's game

Banter: Andre Villas-Boas shares a joke with Reading manager Brian McDermott before today's game

Pogrebnyak's early effort was his fourth league goal of the season but the Russian striker missed a glorious chance to level the match at 2-2 when he headed wide after Hugo Lloris had parried his initial shot.

McDermott bemoaned his side's luck and did not feel they deserved to lose 3-1.

'We had three opportunities at 2-1, if we'd got the second goal it could have gone either way,' he said.

'It is disappointing that one of the chances didn't go in, they were good opportunities – it wasn't really a 3-1 game, that didn't really tell the story of the game.'

League One round-up: Sheffield United stay top

League One round-up: Blades stay top with routine victory

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UPDATED:

19:34 GMT, 26 December 2012

Sheffield United retained their place at the summit of npower League One with a 3-0 victory over relegation-haunted Scunthorpe.

Shaun Miller and Dave Kitson were on target while Nick Blackman struck a penalty to secure a routine win for the Blades.

Max Power and Adam McGurk were on the scoresheet as second-placed Tranmere came from behind to end a six-match winless league run with a 2-1 victory against Crewe.

Top of the table: Sheffield United's Shaun Miller (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Scunthorpe

Top of the table: Sheffield United's Shaun Miller (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Scunthorpe

Brentford continued their quest for automatic promotion with an impressive 3-1 victory over Colchester.

The Bees were two goals ahead inside 12 minutes as Marcello Trotta broke the deadlock and, after Josh Thompson was dismissed for a professional foul, Adam Forshaw smashed in the free-kick from 18 yards.

RESULTS:

Bournemouth 3 Yeovil 0

Carlisle 3 Hartlepool 0

Colchester 1 Brentford 3

Leyton Orient P – P Swindon

MK Dons 2 Walsall 4

Oldham 1 Doncaster 2

Portsmouth 1 Crawley 2

Preston 0 Bury 0

Sheff Utd 3 Scunthorpe 0

Shrewsbury 2 Notts County 2

Stevenage 1 Coventry 3

Tranmere 2 Crewe Alexandria 1

Drey Wright halved the deficit and although Tom Adeyemi was sent off for two bookings, Brentford secured the win thanks to Harlee Dean's 85th-minute strike.
Will Grigg scored twice as Walsall completed a league double over high-flying MK Dons with a 4-2 win.

Grigg's brace plus goals from Febian Brandy and Jamie Paterson handed the Saddlers a second successive win, while Ryan Lowe and Dean Bowditch were both on target for the below-par Dons.

Crawley came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Portsmouth and extend the Blues' winless run to 11 matches.

Pompey took the lead at Fratton Park when Paul Benson converted Scott Allan's cross after 10 minutes only for strikes from Mat Sadler and Billy Clarke to wrestle back the initiative.

Shrewsbury rescued a useful point with a late equaliser to frustrate promotion hopefuls Notts County in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Greenhous Meadow.

The lively Jon Taylor's 81st-minute cross from the right took a deflection and goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski was left red faced as he fumbled the ball into his own net.

Harlee Dean (right) celebrates scoring the thrid goal for Brentford, his team are now two points off the top with a game in hand

Harlee Dean (right) celebrates scoring the thrid goal for Brentford, his team are now two points off the top with a game in hand

The Shrews had gone in front in the 19th minute with a neatly-taken goal from County old boy Luke Rodgers. Lee Hughes equalised before County moved ahead on the stroke of half time through Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Lewis Grabban scored his seventh goal in as many games as play-off chasing Bournemouth thumped Yeovil 3-0 at Dean Court.

A goal in each half by Grabban and Harry Arter, prior to Brett Pitman's late penalty, earned the Cherries a 12th win in a remarkable run of 14 unbeaten matches.
David McGoldrick completed the fightback after Coventry came from a goal down to beat Stevenage 3-1.

Lucas Akins gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot, but goals from Richard Wood, Carl Baker and McGoldrick secured the points.

In the hunt: Coventry's Carl Baker (centre) scores past to move his side just five points off the playoffs

In the hunt: Coventry's Carl Baker (centre) scores past to move his side just five points off the playoffs

Preston's winless league run at Deepdale dating back to September 29 continued after the Lilywhites drew a blank in a goalless draw at home to north west rivals Bury.

David Syers scored a last-minute winner as Doncaster prevailed 2-1 at Oldham.

Rovers took an early lead through Rob Jones after Billy Paynter's flick from a Cotterill free-kick had come back off the post before Youssouff M'Changama levelled.

Sam Collins, Matt Robson and Lee Miller fired Carlisle to a 3-0 victory over Hartlepool.

Rafa Benitez refuses to rule out Premier League title challenge from Chelsea

Title still a possibility for Benitez as Chelsea boss revels in goal glut that silenced the boo-boys

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UPDATED:

20:26 GMT, 24 December 2012

Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea can mount a successful Barclays Premier League title challenge despite the sizeable gap between themselves and leaders Manchester United.

The Blues moved into third place following the 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa and have now won five of their last six games in all competitions ahead of their Boxing Day trip to Norwich.

They ran riot at Stamford Bridge with seven different players getting on the scoresheet – a Premier League first – and it would have been more but for a missed Lucas Piazon penalty.

Blue is the colour: Chelsea set a Premier League record with their seven different scorers against Villa

Blue is the colour: Chelsea set a Premier League record with their seven different scorers against Villa

Blue is the colour: Chelsea set a Premier League record with their seven different scorers against Villa

The win came on the back of a convincing 5-1 win over rivals Leeds in the Capital One Cup and went some way to quietening the boos directed towards Benitez, with the furore over his appointment starting to die down.

Chelsea are still some way behind United in the title race, trailing by 11 points, but Benitez is not ruling anything out.

Asked if he will tell his players they can still win the league, Benitez said: 'We will see after two or three more games. You could see the team had confidence in themselves, they believed, and that was there to the end.

'They had good movements, created chances. Now we have to sustain this run and it will be easier for me to say we can compete.'

The Spaniard, who has been an unpopular figure at Stamford Bridge since he was brought in as interim manager on November 21, seems to have revitalised Blues frontman Fernando Torres – who he also managed at Liverpool – with the striker scoring seven times in his last six games.

'The players were really focused from day one,' Benitez said. 'They knew they had a new manager and they had to perform.

'The players, from day one, were trying to learn, to improve and they were keen to learn.'

Another player who looks to be developing under the leadership of Spaniard is David Luiz, who has been switched from defence into central midfield – a decision which saw the Brazilian produce a nonchalant but vibrant display against Villa.

Capped off with a spectacular goal from a technically difficult free-kick, the re-deployment of Luiz looks to be a triumph for Benitez in reshaping Chelsea's attack in a position where they have sometimes struggled to fully impose themselves.

I've got a plan: Rafael Benitez is refusing to rule out a title charge from his team

I've got a plan: Rafael Benitez is refusing to rule out a title charge from his team

Benitez confirmed the 25-year-old could find himself playing further up the pitch on a more regular basis following Sunday's performance.

He said: 'We will analyse it carefully. Maybe, if he can relax, he can play more games in this position because it's easier for him to rest here.'

Frank Lampard, who made his 500th Premier League start against Villa and became the Blues' all-time top scorer thanks to his second-half strike, hailed Luiz's talent and thinks he can be a success in both defence and midfield.

Lampard told the club website: 'He has the ability to play either position and he has been a fantastic defender at this club. People say that central midfield is also a role for him and I think they are right.

'You still have to have discipline and be in the right position and you can't take liberties, and against Villa he showed that he has the discipline and the ability to do that role.'

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

However, there is still some bad news for Chelsea, as the return date for injured club captain John Terry is still to be confirmed as he recovers from a knee injury.

Terry was originally aiming to be fit to for the Club World Cup earlier this month but setbacks have seen him remain on the sidelines.

Benitez said: 'Two days ago it was one little step backwards, but now one step forwards. We cannot say when he'll be available.

'The doctors say it's difficult with an inflammation. The next two or three days, he won't be available, that is clear. He just did the warm-up with the team the other day. I don't know how long (he will be out).'

Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic outrageous backheel against Brest

Zlatan's up to his old tricks again! Watch Ibrahimovic's latest magical effort

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UPDATED:

00:18 GMT, 22 December 2012

First there was the bicycle kick. Then there was the propeller kick. And on Friday night Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed off his scorpion kick.

The Swedish striker conjured up his latest piece of showboating during Paris St Germain's 3-0 victory over Brest.

Outrageous: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's backheel against Brest

Outrageous: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's backheel against Brest

Ibrahimovic went aerial again to shake off a defender and produce an outrageous backheel.

It was an effort to rival his sensational strike against England and would have been one of the best goals ever… if it had not gone the wrong side of the post.

Ibrahimovic did get on the scoresheet when he converted Christophe Jallet's cross in the 55th minute for his 18th league goal of the season.

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Substitute Kevin Gameiro made it 2-0 on 73 minutes and left back Bernard Mendy's stoppage-time own goal sealed the comfortable win.

Brest had Abdoulwhaid Sissoko sent off for a two-footed tackle on Ezequiel Lavezzi.

'We're going to have a good holiday because we're at the top of the league after another good performance,' PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. 'It wasn't an easy match because of the pitch and our opponent.

'It's the confirmation that we're in form. It was important to win, with the right attitude, by being solid and without conceding a goal. Everything's going well. I want to thank the players, because this last month has been really, really good.'

PSG moved three points ahead of Lyon, who host fifth-placed Nice on Saturday, and Olympique Marseille, who take on St Etienne on Sunday.

Petr Cech and Gary Cahill rue Shakhtar v Juventus result

Cech and Cahill rue Shakhtar defeat as European champions crash out at first hurdle

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UPDATED:

00:58 GMT, 6 December 2012

Chelsea duo Petr Cech and Gary Cahill were left to blame results against Juventus as the reason for the Blues becoming the first defending Champions League winners to fall at the group stage tonight.

Chelsea thrashed FC Nordsjaelland 6-1 to grab a first win of Rafael Benitez's reign, but it was not enough as Juve claimed a 1-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk.

'We knew that it could happen,' Cech told Sky Sports 2. 'We knew that if Donetsk didn't win then we would be out. Unfortunately that is the reality.

Out: Chelsea bowed out of the Champions League

Out: Chelsea bowed out of the Champions League

'We did what we could. We had a good performance and scored six goals.'

Chelsea's fate had rested in the hands of Shakhtar after a stuttering campaign that saw the Blues lose at Juventus as well in Ukraine.

Cech, however, believes the opening day 2-2 home draw with the Italian champions was the most damaging result, when his side squandered a 2-0 lead.

'You have results where we lost away to Donetsk and Juventus but I think the main difference was the draw against Juve at home,” said Cech, who saved a penalty tonight when the game was still goalless.

'We were 2-0 up and then ended 2-2. If you drop too many points in the group then you can't go through.'

Cahill echoed the thoughts of his goalkeeper, saying: 'The two results against Juve were damaging for us.

'I've just said that with 10 points sometimes you through but that was not to be in our group. We had to do more than that.'

Benitez admitted there was a hollow feeling in the Chelsea dressing-room afterwards but was determined to focus on the positives of his first win in charge.

Under-fire striker Fernando Torres scored twice in the rout with David Luiz, Juan Mata, Cahill and Oscar also getting on the scoresheet.

'I think always when you win it is a positive. When it is at home it is even better,' he said.

'The way we won, we had 32 attempts and 18 on target, is really good.

'When you win you have to be happy but at same time we are disappointed as we didn't progress.'

Dependent: Fernando Torres scored two goals, but results elsewhere ensure they finished third in the group

Dependent: Fernando Torres scored two goals, but results elsewhere ensure they finished third in the group

Another one: Torres, who has struggled for goals, put in his second for the night

Another one: Torres, who has struggled for goals, put in his second for the night

Benitez will now attempt to pick up the pieces of their failed Champions League defence with Chelsea dropping into the Europa League.

The Spaniard will also need to arrest a slump in league form that has seen them drop 10 points behind leaders Manchester United, starting with an away trip to Sunderland on Saturday.

'We have to play another competition but at least we showed the level and quality we asked for,' he said.

'We now have to think about Sunderland and the Europa League.

Misery: Juventus secured a win in Ukraine to ensure they finished top of the group

Misery: Juventus secured a win in Ukraine to ensure they finished top of the group

'But the game was so good today and we can see a lot of positives for the future. We pressed well, we created chances and scored a lot of goals.

'If you ask ask about Fernando also he scored goals.'

Asked about Torres' contribution tonight, Benitez added: 'He has to score. He was playing well and the team was helping him.

'If we create chances he will score goals.'

Rangers 3 Elgin 0: Match Report

Rangers 3 Elgin 0: Kyle breaks his Ibrox duck as McCoist's men ease into Scottish Cup fifth round

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UPDATED:

16:20 GMT, 2 December 2012

Kevin Kyle claimed his first Ibrox goal as Rangers dumped Elgin City from the William Hill Scottish Cup with a comfortable win.

Dean Shiels and Kal Naismith were also on the scoresheet to help ensure safe passage into the fifth round of the competition.

Both clubs would have welcomed the opportunity simply to play this match after last week's Irn-Bru Third Division encounter was postponed when it emerged Elgin had sold too many tickets for the visit of Ally McCoist's men.

That'll do it: Rangers' Kevin Kyle celebrates scoring his sides second goal

That'll do it: Rangers' Kevin Kyle celebrates scoring his sides second goal

Rangers named an unchanged side from their last game, a win over East Stirling, for today's clash in front of a crowd of 23,195.

David Templeton and Francisco Sandaza were both on the bench after lengthy spells on the sidelines through injury, while fit-again youngster Darren Cole was also among the substitutes for the first time this season.

The match was less than two minutes old when Rangers had the ball in the back of the net through Kyle.

But he was denied the opener by the offside flag and the decision looked like it may have been harsh on the striker.

Blocked: Rangers' Barrue McKay sees his shot on goal saved

Blocked: Rangers' Barrue McKay sees his shot on goal saved

A minute of applause rang around the stadium in the 2nd minute in support of Light Blues legend Sandy Jardine who is being treated for cancer.

Rangers continued to threaten and the lively Barrie McKay surged into the box from the left before teeing up the shot for Kyle but he connected awkwardly in front of goal and the chance was lost.

At the other end, Neil Alexander was called into action to block an angled drive from Craig Gunn.

The home side still looked the more likely to find the back of the net and Shiels stung the palms of goalkeeper John Gibson with a powerful shot.

Job done: Kevin Kyle (2nd left) celebrates his goal with team mates (frm left) Andrew Little, Dean Shiels, Darren Cole and Lee McCulloch

Job done: Kevin Kyle (2nd left) celebrates his goal with team mates (frm left) Andrew Little, Dean Shiels, Darren Cole and Lee McCulloch

Gibson was called into action again moments later, this time to tip wide an impressive 30-yard effort from Ian Black.

With half-time approaching and the match still deadlocked, Lee Wallace burst past Jamie Duff down the left flank before cutting back for Kyle but he fired wide.

Shiels finally had the net bulging two minutes before the break with a shot from a tight angle that fell across the goalkeeper and nestled in the far bottom corner.

Elgin were not too far away shortly after the re-start when Stuart Leslie rifled into the side netting after collecting a teasing ball across the face of goal.

In the draw: Dean Shiels celebrates his goal

In the draw: Dean Shiels celebrates his goal

Kyle then squandered the chance to double Rangers' lead when he met a McKay cross only to see his header flash wide of the upright.

Black had required treatment for a knock earlier in the game and, clearly still struggling, was replaced by Cole on the hour-mark.

Cole immediately set up Andy Little for a diving header that was off target, before Shiels was prevented from claiming his second of the day by an impressive block from Gibson.

But the goalkeeper was picking the ball out of the net after 69 minutes when Kyle rose above everyone in the box to connect with a McKay corner and nod past the grasp of Gibson.

Only a great save from Alexander prevented Sean Crighton from pulling a goal back for Elgin, before Templeton was thrown into the action with just under 20 minutes to go.

McKay was denied by the woodwork when his deflected effort crashed off the post, before substitute Naismith put the gloss on the win when he slotted past Gibson with 85 minutes on the clock, seconds after replacing Kyle.

Rafael Benitez says Chelsea can still win league

Defiant Benitez claims Chelsea can still become champions despite seven-point gulf

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UPDATED:

01:10 GMT, 29 November 2012

Furious Chelsea fans turned on Rafael Benitez again after a desperate goalless draw with Fulham.

Supporters chanted ‘we want our Chelsea back’ at the final whistle as the European champions extended their winless league run to six games and slipped seven points behind leaders Manchester United.

Former manager Roberto Di Matteo’s name was sung loudly once more after a dire game in which Fernando Torres stretched his barren run to 10 hours and 49 minutes.

Defiant: Rafa Benitez believes Chelsea can still win the title despite being seven points off the pace

Defiant: Rafa Benitez believes Chelsea can still win the title despite being seven points off the pace

Benitez said: ‘Everybody here is disappointed. We have to give credit to Fulham, who worked hard, but these are the games we have to win. We controlled the game but we still have to score goals.’

It was the first time since September 2007 that the Blues had failed to score in back to back home matches and Benitez became only the second manager under Roman Abramovich to fail to win either of his opening two games. The other was Avram Grant.

But Benitez insisted Chelsea had the quality to overhaul United and Manchester City, who both won again.

‘Why can’t we’ he said. ‘It’s still a long way to go. We have to keep going. We’ll have chances.

‘Remember last season when City were ahead and it was “easy”. Then they needed to win their last game. It’s a long, long competition.’

Interim manager Benitez acknowledged Chelsea were lacking confidence after a run of two wins in 10 that threatens to wreck their season.

He added: 'The main thing is to win games. If we do, we'll be there and we can win competitions.
“We need to start doing that and the confidence will come back.'

More of the same: Fernando Torres could not get on the scoresheet

More of the same: Fernando Torres could not get on the scoresheet

More of the same: Fernando Torres could not get on the scoresheet

More of the same: Fernando Torres could not get on the scoresheet

No-one exemplifies Chelsea's plight more than Fernando Torres who, barring a fluke goal, has not found the net for almost two months.

'It wasn't easy for him, or [Eden] Hazard or Oscar,' said Benitez.

'We were on top of them [Fulham], regaining the game higher up the pitch, and might have won it in the last minute.'

For all their pressure, Chelsea barely tested the opposition goalkeeper as they record two straight goalless draws for the first time since Roman Abramovich bought the club.

Opposed: A number of Chelsea fans showed their disapproval of Benitez's recent appointment as Chelsea's interim manager

Opposed: A number of Chelsea fans showed their disapproval of Benitez's recent appointment as Chelsea's interim manager

'You cannot be satisfied when you haven't won these games,' said Benitez, whose two games in charge have been watched by the Russian.

'City are a top side, a team with a lot of options.

'Today, I saw a lot of positive things, sustaining the attacks and regaining the ball very high.

'I didn't like the two chances we gave away on the counter-attack, and when we didn't move the ball too quickly, but it's a question of time.

'We've only had a few training sessions. We need more time.'

Chelsea were sorely missing some creativity tonight after resting Juan Mata, who eventually joined the fray.

Benitez said: 'We have too many games now, so we have to manage the squad.

'We cannot play the same team every time. We have West Ham, Japan, too many games.'

He denied that results proved he was too focused on improving a defence that had not kept a clean sheet for 10 games or that the change of manager had unsettled the squad.

'If you talk with them, and we do all the time, they're quite happy with the things we're trying to achieve,' he said.

The fans, however, are not.

Holding him off: Dimitar Berbatov battles with Oscar (right)

Holding him off: Dimitar Berbatov battles with Oscar (right)

Despite not booing Benitez before kick-off, they were back to jeering and heckling him by the final whistle.

It did represent an improvement from Sunday and he said: 'The fans realise to support the team and support the manager is the best way to move forward and win games.'

Benitez admitted Torres was lacking 'confidence', something that could not be said for opposite number Dimitar Berbatov.

Fulham boss Martin Jol said: 'Berbatov was almost unplayable and linked our play, and we had a few chances.

'After the game, everyone said Berbatov was fantastic, and he was, but the other players worked every so hard.'

Returning: Steve Sidwell (right) was back at Stamford Bridge

Returning: Steve Sidwell (right) was back at Stamford Bridge

Hard enough to carve out the game's clearest opportunities.

'At 80 minutes we had two possibilities,' Jol said.

'I'm not disappointed to only get a draw away from home, but disappointed we didn't make more of those chances.'

Jol played down the affect the subdued atmosphere may have had tonight.

'That could be a normal thing,' he said.

'We played them here twice last year and had two draws, and a draw at home as well.

'We could have nicked it and that would have been bad for them and great for us.'