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Fulham 1 Southampton 1 match report: Berbatov gets shirty but Lambert has last word

Fulham 1 Southampton 1: Berbatov gets shirty but Lambert has final say

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17:40 GMT, 26 December 2012

Rickie Lambert's late penalty secured
Southampton a hard-earned point in west London as Fulham's poor recent
run continued today.

The Boxing Day encounter at Craven Cottage was of grave importance to both sides given their position near the relegation zone.

Cool head: Kelvin Davis of Southampton spills the ball to allow Dimitar Berbatov to score

Cool head: Kelvin Davis of Southampton spills the ball to allow Dimitar Berbatov to score

Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham Scores

Match facts

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Dejagah (Frei 67), Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic (Ruiz 46), Berbatov, Rodallega (Karagounis 78). Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kelly, Briggs, Hughes.

Booked: Berbatov, Riise, Senderos.

Goals: Berbatov 8.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis,Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Schneiderlin,
Cork, Steven Davis (Rodriguez 78), Puncheon, Ramirez (Do Prado 90), Lambert. Subs Not Used: Boruc, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Mayuka.

Goals: Lambert 85 pen.

Att: 25,700

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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Fulham came into the match with just one win in 10 matches but got off to the best possible start, taking the lead inside eight minutes.

Kelvin Davis could only fumble a Sascha Riether cross into the path of Dimitar Berbatov, who duly slotted home off balance at the far post.

The Bulgarian celebrated by revealing a shirt saying 'Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball', although he failed to stay true to his word by somehow heading wide shortly afterwards.

The miss allowed Southampton back into the game and, after a number of missed opportunities, the strugglers grabbed a late leveller.

Saints academy graduate Chris Baird was adjudged to have handled a Gaston Ramirez corner, allowing Lambert to continue his 100 per cent success rate from the spot five minutes from time.

Steven Sidwell was one of three Fulham changes for today's match and should have given them a third-minute lead.

Stunt: Berbatov gets his message across after scoring

Stunt: Berbatov gets his message across after scoring

In the book: Not everyone was impressed with his shirt stunt

In the book: Not everyone was impressed with his shirt stunt

The ball was played in from the left flank and the central midfielder's low strike from the edge of the box went just wide.

It epitomised a bright start from the hosts, who needed just eight minutes to score the opener.

Riether's low driven ball from the right was fumbled by goalkeeper Davis, allowing Berbatov to slot home unmarked.

The former Manchester United striker
was booked for revealing the personalised t-shirt when celebrating but
should have soon had a second goal, nodding wide a weighted Alex
Kacaniklic cross.

Spot on: Rickie Lambert scores late equaliser

Spot on: Rickie Lambert scores late equaliser

Rickie Lambert scores a penalty

Southampton's first opportunity of
note took 20 minutes to create, with a fierce Jack Cork strike from 25
yards well dealt with by Mark Schwarzer.

Berbatov was somewhat fortunate not to
receive a second yellow card for a late lunge on Jason Puncheon as both
sides struggled to keep possession in miserable conditions.

Davis dealt with a deflected John Arne
Riise shot, before Morgan Schneiderlin put wide and a fizzing Lambert
cross was cleared from danger by Baird.

Ramirez – accused of stamping on Riise
moments earlier – then saw a shot blocked by Berbatov as the visitors
pressed for a leveller.

Martin Jol brought on Bryan Ruiz in
place of the impressive Kacaniklic for the second half, with Puncheon
fizzing an effort wide shortly after the restart.

Head case: Fulham's Steve Sidwell takes a whack from Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne

Head case: Fulham's Steve Sidwell shows no fear in challenge with Nathaniel Clyne

Touch and go: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins and Fulham boss Martin Jol (right)

Touch and go: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins and Fulham boss Martin Jol (right)

Fulham were waiting patiently for their second goal, which was almost gifted to them by Luke Shaw.

The 17-year-old left-back's
uncharacteristic slip allowed Ashkan Dejagah through on goal, but the
winger lost his bearings and fired well wide.

Saints soon returned to the attack and Puncheon was called offside just as he struck at Schwarzer.

Dejagah saw a cross-shot flash wide
moments before he was replaced by Kerim Frei, with Brede Hangeland
having an effort blocked soon after.

Saints, though, were proving a thorn in Fulham's side, with Lambert close with a thumping volley 13 minutes from time.

Late drama: Referee Phil Dowd points to the spot

Late drama: Referee Phil Dowd points to the spot

Slick Rick: Lambert scores the equaliser

Slick Rick: Lambert scores the equaliser

Nigel Adkins brought on Jay Rodriguez in a late bid to find an equaliser, which came in the 85th minute.

Ramirez floated in a corner from the
left and Baird was adjudged to have handled under pressure from Lambert,
who stepped up to fire into the top left-hand corner.

Fulham claimed unsuccessfully for a
penalty of their own shortly afterwards when Maya Yoshida barged
Philippe Senderos, before Ramirez's audacious 25-yard strike slipped out
of Schwarzer's grasp and had to be stopped on the line.

Sidwell flashed a volley inches wide and Hangeland came close in stoppage time, but Adkins' side held out for a point.

Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini fury at referee Peter Rasmussen after denying penalty Manchester City 2 Ajax 2

Balotelli and Mancini fury: Man City denied clear penalty and goal in final minutes

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22:32 GMT, 6 November 2012

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli were involved in a furious bust-up with the referee after being denied a last-gasp penalty.

Balotelli confronted referee Peter Rasmussen after he waved away the City striker’s penalty appeal. Mancini then marched on to the pitch to continue the protest and now looks certain to be hit with a an improper conduct charge.

Getting shirty: Manchester City were furious at having a penalty waved away for Ricardo van Rhijn's foul on Mario Balotelli

Getting shirty: Manchester City were furious at having a penalty waved away for Ricardo van Rhijn's foul on Mario Balotelli

Getting shirty: Manchester City were furious at having a penalty waved away for Ricardo van Rhijn's foul on Mario Balotelli

Getting shirty: Manchester City were furious at having a penalty waved away for Ricardo van Rhijn's foul on Mario Balotelli

It was an explosive end to a match that looked certain to spell the end of City’s Champions League dream when they went 2-0 down after 20 minutes.

But Yaya Toure pulled one back before Sergio Aguero got an equaliser that leaves City needing a huge miracle to avoid going out.

Fury: Roberto Mancini squares up to Danish referee Peter Rasmussen after the final whistle

Fury: Roberto Mancini confronts Danish referee Peter Rasmussen after the final whistle

Fury: Roberto Mancini squares up to Danish referee Peter Rasmussen after the final whistle

Angry man: Balotelli shares his views with Rasmussen

Angry man: Balotelli shares his views with Rasmussen

And the drama did not end there, with Mancini appearing to confront an on-pitch cameraman, with reports claiming the livid Italian said: 'You! Finished!'

And the Italian pulled no punches when discussing the performance of the officials, led by referee Rasmussen, as Aguero saw his winning goal ruled out for offside in the final phases.

'The referee and the linesman were really poor. It was a penalty, and it was a goal,' the angry Italian manager told ITV1.

'I told (Rasmussen) it was a goal and not offside. I think that we played well but conceded two goals from two corners. We made a lot of chances.'

Heated: Mancini had a spat with a cameraman too

Heated: Mancini had a spat with a cameraman too

Heated: Mancini had a spat with a cameraman too

Heated: Mancini had a spat with a cameraman too

Andre Santos asks for Robin van Persie"s shirt at half-time

Embarrassing! Arsenal fans hit out at Santos after taking Van Persie's shirt at HALF-TIME

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14:18 GMT, 3 November 2012

Arsenal fans reacted furiously on Saturday afternoon after Andre Santos made a beeline for former team-mate Robin van Persie and asked for his shirt as the players walked off at half-time of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

It had been the closest anyone got the Manchester United striker in the first 45 minutes.

And fans were angry at the perceived lack of professionalism.

Get shirty: Andre Santos asked for Robin van Persie's shirt at half-time

Get shirty: Andre Santos asked for Robin van Persie's shirt at half-time

On Twitter, @LBFutbol wrote: 'Santos
shouldn't be allowed to come back on the pitch after that,' while
another added, 'Incredible demonstration after that shambles of a 45
minutes from the “defender”.'

Others, including @GoonerTalk, said,
'Unbelievable', @wilforiley added, 'Andre Santos… The single biggest
joke to ever wear the Arsenal shirt', and ‏@EddieBaby66 wrote, 'I
present to you…. Andre Santos. Truly shocking'.

Van Persie quit the Gunners during
the summer, completing a controversial 24million move to Manchester
United, and he took under three minutes to find the net as he came up
against his old club for the first time.

Hugs all round: Robin van Persie got a very friendly welcome from old team-mate

Hugs all round: Robin van Persie got a very friendly welcome from old team-mate

Hugs all round: Robin van Persie got a very friendly welcome from old team-mate

The striker didn't celebrate his goal – gifted to him by Thomas Vermaelen – out of respect for the fans and players upon whom he turned his back.

And the gesture seemingly resonated with the men in purple and black, with Arsene Wenger first shaking hands with the Dutchman at the break, before Santos bounded the length of the pitch to ask for his shirt.

Stephen Warnock joins Bolton on loan from Aston Villa

Villa outcast Warnock makes Bolton move in three-month loan deal

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14:26 GMT, 21 September 2012

Bolton have completed the signing of Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock on a three-month loan deal.

Warnock, 30, is yet to make a first-team appearance at Villa Park since Paul Lambert's arrival as manager in the close season.

Wanderers boss Owen Coyle initially tried to bring in the former Liverpool and Blackburn defender before the summer transfer window closed and is pleased to have got his man as the Trotters look to boost a slow start to the npower Championship season that has seen them take seven points from six matches.

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Getting shirty: Stephen Warnock poses with the Bolton shirt after signing from Aston Villa

Getting shirty: Stephen Warnock poses with the Bolton shirt after signing from Aston Villa

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'We tried to get him to the club before the summer transfer deadline but it never came to fruition, so I'm delighted that we have now been able to bring him in,' Coyle told Bolton's official website.

'He has a terrific pedigree and has moved for large sums of money in his career, so we know his quality.

'He has the right character and it's important that we bring those attributes into the group. He ticks all the boxes and when I spoke to him you could tell how keen he was to come here.

Fresh start: Warnock will hope to make his debut for Owen Coyle's side against Sheffield Wednesday

Fresh start: Warnock will hope to make his debut for Owen Coyle's side against Sheffield Wednesday

'I have to say there was a lot of competition for his signature. We beat off a host of clubs in the Championship, so we are delighted to get him in.'

Warnock will wear the number 15 shirt and could make his debut at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

VIDEO: Lambert looks ahead to Villa's game against Southampton

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Ashley Young was theatrical – Graham Poll

Young's simulation is the perfect example of the theatrical nature of football

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23:27 GMT, 15 April 2012

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It took just seconds for the world to see how dreadful Atkinson's decision was

Defenders getting shirty at set pieces is blighting the game

Ashley Young won Manchester United another penalty with skill that was too good for Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark; then he dived in an exaggerated fall to make sure that Mark Halsey gave the spot kick.

Clark catches Young’s right foot when stretching to play the ball which technically makes it a foul and a penalty.

The way Young then drags his trailing left leg into Clark, drawing contact with the defender is not a foul and without that initial contact with his right foot, he would have been booked for simulation.

Exaggeration: Ashley Young made the most of Ciaran Clark's challenge

Exaggeration: Ashley Young made the most of Ciaran Clark's challenge

Exaggeration: Ashley Young made the most of Ciaran Clark's challenge

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Arsene Wenger has called for retrospective bans for those found guilty of diving and I would agree with him although I am not sure that it would stop players from taking a chance and diving. This is a win at all costs game now with huge rewards and players might well think it would be worth being banned it if they secure their team the three points.

Looking at Young’s actions, it is no surprise that he has won more penalties than any other in the Premier League since the 2010/11 season.

In that time his teams have been awarded nine penalties for fouls on him, next best is Darren Bent with seven while Luis Suarez, Didier Drogba and Adam Johnson have five each.

Aston Villa will know all about his antics as he won five of their six penalties last season so they shouldn’t have been surprised at his theatrical fall after just six minutes on Sunday.

Referees are clearly struggling with
what is a penalty and what is not as witnessed by Chris Foy giving a
yellow card to Carlos Tevez when he was clearly fouled by Norwich
defender Ryan Bennett. Foy appeared to have a clear view and was well
positioned yet didn’t see Bennett tread on Tevez’s foot. Thankfully the
error had no impact on the outcome of the match; Tevez went on to score a
hat trick.

It is a real
pity that our game had developed in such a way and that the slightest of
touches often results in a theatrical fall. Lionel Messi will not play
in such a way and tries to ride tackles, often heavy ones. Perhaps he
has the confidence in his ability to score rather than win free kicks
and penalties that others do not possess.

Wrong: Carlos Tevez was booked for diving but was clearly fouled

Wrong: Carlos Tevez was booked for diving but was clearly fouled

Good week for…

UEFA’s coffers as they
have fined Manchester City 30,000 Euros for arriving onto the pitch just
one minute late for their Europa League tie in Portugal.

It’s a pity
the Premier League are not as strict as it was always a pain getting
teams out on time – surely 15 minutes is a long enough break

Bad week for…

The FA and it’s
disciplinary department as they once again hide behind FIFA and fail to
charge Mario Balotelli for his nasty challenge on Arsenal’s Alex Song.

I
hear that they will be encouraged to revisit such incidents next season
– common sense at last.

Samir Nasri: Roberto Mancini must love me

Love me, Roberto! Nasri admits he needs a 'dad' at City to perform at his peak

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09:09 GMT, 23 March 2012

Samir Nasri has revealed he needs to feel the love if Manchester City are to see the best of him.

The 24-year-old has struggled to fulfil his potential since a 24million summer move from Arsenal.

Any doubts over his ability were swept away on Wednesday as Nasri produced a man-of-the-match display against Chelsea, including the winning goal five minutes from time that ensured City will head to Stoke knowing victory will take them two points clear of title rivals Manchester United.

Getting shirty: Samir Nasri (right) hit Manchester City's winner against Chelsea

Getting shirty: Samir Nasri (right) hit Manchester City's winner against Chelsea

Blues manager Roberto Mancini is not noted for his compassion. However, Nasri admitted he responds to an arm around the shoulder.

'I am someone who works with love,' he said. 'I like to have a dad with me, then I can give everything.

'That is what I am starting to feel here, that everyone is giving me the confidence – the owners and the manager.'

Even on Wednesday Mancini was grudging in his praise, claiming that Nasri needed to do more to prove he was the equal of such luminaries as brilliant Barcelona duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

'I don't know about that,' said the former Marseille man. 'At the moment they are on top, and I am 24.

'I can't say I will be like Iniesta – it would be silly to say that. But I can do my own thing and if I have confidence I can get better.'

Grudging praise: Nasri (right) must work harder, says Roberto Mancini

Grudging praise: Nasri (right) must work harder, says Roberto Mancini

Love has been in pretty short supply between Mancini and Carlos Tevez over the past few months.

The controversial Argentina star has still not been fully forgiven by some supporters for storming out of the club after the furious row that erupted between manager and star player in Munich.

Yet there has always been a suspicion that Tevez could end up being one of the pivotal figures in this season's title race. It still seems the striker needs to do some work on his fitness.

However, given 24 minutes on his return to make an impact as City trailed and threatened to fall four points adrift, Tevez answered the call by setting up Nasri for the winner.

'We already knew what Carlos could bring,' said Nasri. 'Since he came back to training he has shown great spirit and focus. He is a great player, one of the best and when he is 100 per cent, he is really hard to stop.

'The assist will give him confidence because it's not easy to come back after six months without playing a game. He played two games for the reserves, but that's not the same.

'He showed he is ready to fight for the club and that is really important for us.'

Fabrice Muamba news: Gary Cahill reveals "Pray for Muamba" t-shirt

'Pray for Muamba': Cahill leads t-shirt tribute to stricken Bolton midfielder

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15:10 GMT, 18 March 2012

Gary Cahill scored for Chelsea then lifted his shirt to reveal a message for his former team-mate Fabrice Muamba which read: 'Pray for Muamba'.

Getting shirty: Cahill reveals the good luck message to former team-mate Muamba

Getting shirty: Cahill reveals the good luck message to former team-mate Muamba

The Bolton midfielder remains in a critical condition after collapsing after suffering a heart attack during the FA Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Muamba, 23, had to be resuscitated on the pitch and in the ambulance on the way hospital after distressing scenes just before half-time on Saturday evening.

Cahill played with Muamba for
two-and-a-half years at the Reebok and marked his goal in the FA Cup
quarter-final clash with Leicester with the message which so many people
are repeating across the football community and beyond.

Rules state that players should be booked for lifting their shirts after scoring goals, but referee Lee Probert showed compassion and didn't caution Cahill.

Elsewhere, players and fans showed
their support for Muamba with a minute's applause before Wolves' Premier
League match against Manchester United at Molineux.

And
former Bolton captain Alan Stubbs, who made more than 200 appearances
for Wanderers from 1990-96, said: 'We're all hoping that we get positive
news. We want Fabrice to come through this just as a person, not as a
footballer.

'Football becomes nowhere near as important in this situation. Everyone's thoughts are with Fabrice and his family.'

Stubbs,
whose former Celtic team-mate Phil O'Donnell died from heart failure
aged just 35 after collapsing while playing for Motherwell, added: 'If
we can detect this earlier in kids who are six, seven, eight then great
but unfortunately there are going to be things that happen no matter
what tests are done.

'I'm sure Fabrice would have had all
the tests because footballers now get the best medical attention and
facilities. It's just a sad situation.'

Scotland manager Craig Levein also passed on his best wishes to Muamba and his family.He said: 'It's an unbelievably unusual
situation. You look at him playing and it's difficult to understand how
somebody as fit and healthy looking as him could have a problem.

Tributes: Players and fans shared in applause in support of Muamba ahead of kick-off

Tributes: Players and fans shared in applause in support of Muamba ahead of kick-off

Tributes: Players and fans shared in applause in support of Muamba ahead of kick-off

'It just very much brings it home that we are all vulnerable.'

Levein was Dundee United manager when O'Donnell collapsed during their game with Motherwell in 2007.

'It was a shock to everybody in Scotland,' he said. 'People still find it difficult to understand.
There have been some great strides in recent years, particularly after
the Phil O'Donnell situation, to screen every player but it shows you,
how they are monitoring in the Premier League and the money invested,
it's still very difficult to catch every problem.'

Support: Fans have been leaving sympathy messages at Bolton ground after the distressing scenes in Saturday night (below)

Support: Fans have been leaving sympathy messages at Bolton ground after the distressing scenes in Saturday night (below)

Support: Fans have been leaving sympathy messages at Bolton ground after the distressing scenes in Saturday night (below)

Steven Gerrard hails Luis Suarez"s Merseyside derby impact

Red hot! Hat-trick hero Gerrard is a real Mersey master after emulating Rush

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23:58 GMT, 13 March 2012

Steven Gerrard ruined David Moyes’s 10th anniversary as Everton manager as he became the first player to score a hat-trick in the Merseyside derby since Ian Rush 30 years ago.

The Liverpool skipper celebrated his 400th Premier League appearance for the club by inspiring a 3-0 win at Anfield that keeps alive their slim hopes of a top-four finish and ended a run of three successive defeats.

Getting shirty: Gerrard exits with the ball stuffed down his jersey after bagging a hat-trick

Getting shirty: Gerrard exits with the ball stuffed down his jersey after bagging a hat-trick

Asked if emulating Rush, who scored
four goals for Liverpool at Goodison Park in 1982, made his achievement
even more special Gerrard said: ‘I suppose it does. Ian Rush is a hero
of mine.

'I looked up to him for a long time and watched many, many
videos of him. But let’s not be stupid, I’m not comparing myself to Ian
Rush. He’s a different breed.’

Gerrard, who became the top scorer in
Premier League Merseyside derbies with seven goals, added: ‘To beat
Everton is special so to get three goals I suppose is a little bit
extra.

High praise: Gerrard singled-out Suarez for a special mention

High praise: Gerrard singled-out Suarez for a special mention

High praise: Gerrard singled-out Suarez for a special mention

'I have to give my team-mates a mention, especially Luis Suarez.
He put two on a plate for me. It was a great team performance and a
clean sheet. Everything we wanted from the game, we got. I haven’t
played with Luis much but when I have we seem to have an understanding.
With Andy Carroll as well, the three of us in the starting XI are always
going to be a threat. Hopefully that continues to get stronger.’

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, who
played alongside Rush in the 5-0 derby win in 1982, paid tribute to
Gerrard after his team’s biggest win of the season.

Mersey magic: Gerrard salutes the Anfield faithful after scoring his third

Mersey magic: Gerrard salutes the Anfield faithful after scoring his third

Mersey magic: Gerrard salutes the Anfield faithful after scoring his third

Dalglish said: ‘Steven has been
fantastic for this club. There’s no way I could extol his virtues and do
him justice but his quality is there for everybody to see. He’s had one
or two bumps this year with injury so to come back and get three in the
derby will put a smile on his face.

‘Steven will get the headlines and
rightly he has been the first to turn around and say his team-mates
helped him. All the local boys were fantastic for us.’

Happy anniversary Moyes marked 10 years in charge at Goodison park with defeat

Happy anniversary Moyes marked 10 years in charge at Goodison park with defeat

Happy anniversary Moyes marked 10 years in charge at Goodison park with defeat

David Moyes, who was hoping to
celebrate his 10th anniversary in charge of Everton today with his first
win at Anfield, said: ‘It’s not about me. That doesn’t make any
difference. I’m hurt because I’m the Everton manager and we’ve lost to
our rivals.

‘We gave away three terrible goals,
all instigated by ourselves. It was a tough game. We’d weathered the
first 20 minutes and looked like the better team but the game turned
around very quickly. Steven Gerrard was a special player before
tonight.’

Double your money: Gerrard score goal two of three on a memorable night at Anfield

Double your money: Gerrard score goal two of three on a memorable night at Anfield

Robbie Keane Aston Villa loan completed

Done deal! Villa complete Keane loan and striker goes straight into squad for Everton game

Robbie Keane has ended his 13-year wait to become an Aston Villa player after joining the midlands club on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Republic of Ireland international was on the verge of joining Villa in 1999 from Wolves only for a late hitch over the transfer fee to see him move to Coventry instead.

The 31-year-old has agreed to move to
Villa Park until February when he returns to the States for the restarts
of Major League Soccer in March.

Getting shirty: Keane is unveiled at Villa's training ground on Thursday

Getting shirty: Keane is unveiled at Villa's training ground on Thursday

'I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League,' Keane told Villa's official website.

'This is only short-term, of course,
but there has been a lot of speculation over the years linking my name
to Villa and, finally, I'm here.

'I'm excited about it and I know I'll really enjoy my time here.

'It's only for two months but I will do my absolute best in these two months.'

Villa received the final paperwork from
the Galaxy giving the green light to the move during the early hours of
Thursday morning.

Green light: Villa received the final paperwork for Keane's transfer on Thursday

Green light: Villa received the final paperwork for Keane's transfer on Thursday

Keane could face an instant reunion
with his Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan in Saturday's home Barclays
Premier League clash with Everton.

Donovan has linked up with the Toffees for a second loan period.

Keane may partner England hitman Darren Bent on his debut, and the 27-year-old Villa striker revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside Keane.

'It's a top signing, a really clever move. In training Robbie has looked razor-sharp and up for the challenge,' Bent said.

'He also brings that competition to the striking department. Gabby's in great form, I'm coming back into form after my injury problems, Emile has an injury but there's Nathan and Andy Weimann, too, so the competition will only be enhanced with Robbie's presence here.'

It is also a case of second time lucky for Villa boss Alex McLeish regarding the capture of Keane.

Done deal: Keane goes straight into the squad for the Saturday's game against Everton

Done deal: Keane goes straight into the squad for the Saturday's game against Everton

McLeish was hopeful of signing Keane
12 months ago when in charge of Birmingham who announced they had agreed
a 6million fee with Tottenham.

But the player instead went on loan to West Ham before leaving White Hart Lane for the United States last summer.

McLeish said: 'We have been pursuing Robbie to bring him in with his extra experience in terms of the attack.

'I believe we could be doing with that when you see one or two of our players getting injured over the last couple of weeks.

'It does leave us a little bit short.

'We've got young kids trying to prove
themselves in the Barclays Premier League but it's very scatter-gun the
experience they are getting with 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there.

Second chance: Keane nearly joined Villa in 1999

Second chance: Keane nearly joined Villa in 1999

'I really believe we could be doing with that wee bit of experience that someone like Robbie provides.'

McLeish is confident Keane can still
make his mark at Premier League level and who will be keen to show
maintain his sharpness ahead of the Euro 2012 finals with Ireland.

He said: 'Robbie is a guy who is going to be playing in a huge tournament at the end of the season (Euro 2012).

'I'm sure Robbie Keane will not want to let his standards drop at this stage of his career.

'If anything, we should have a massively motivated boy on our hands.'

We don"t want racism anywhere near this club, Kenny Dalglish

We don't want racism anywhere near this club, says Dalglish as he defends Suarez support

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists the team's show of support for banned striker Luis Suarez had been 'wrongly interpreted' as he defended the club's record on race relations.

The Reds were criticised in some quarters for their staunch defence of Suarez, who received an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Liverpool players wore t-shirts in support of the Uruguayan as they warmed up to play Wigan before Christmas, just after the punishment had been handed down.

Getting shirty: Liverpool were criticised for supporting Suarez by wearing t-shirts at Stoke

Getting shirty: Liverpool were criticised for supporting Suarez by wearing t-shirts at Stoke

Since then, the club have apologised to Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi after he was allegedly the subject of racist abuse by a supporter at Anfield during an FA Cup tie on Friday night.

A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of racially abusing Adeyemi was released on bail on Sunday.

The head of European football's anti-racism group FARE, Piara Powar, accused the Reds of creating a 'tribal fervour' with their reaction to the Suarez affair, but Dalglish felt the sentiment behind the t-shirt gesture had been misunderstood.

He told the club's official website www.liverpoolfc.tv: 'Obviously there was a big issue with Luis. The players showed support for Luis which was fantastic, but then some people interpreted that wrongly as the players saying they're not interested in the fight against racism.

Adamant: Dalglish insists Liverpool are vehemently against racism

Adamant: Dalglish insists Liverpool are vehemently against racism

'That is totally and utterly rubbish. If
we can help to eradicate racism or discrimination from any part of the
society, with the help of anybody at Liverpool Football Club, then that
help will be forthcoming.

'We don't want racism anywhere near football and certainly not anywhere near this football club.'

Liverpool opted earlier this month not to appeal against the length of Suarez's punishment having received the full written judgement from the independent commission appointed by the Football Association to hear the case.

On the subject of the alleged abuse towards Adeyemi, Dalglish said: 'If Tom, the police want any help in any way, shape or form then we'll give it to them. For me, the most important thing is that as a football club we all stick together. We all have a responsibility to act responsibly.'

Bailed: A Liverpool fan was arrested for allegedly abusing Oldham's Tom Adeyemi

Bailed: A Liverpool fan was arrested for allegedly abusing Oldham's Tom Adeyemi

The Scot does not believe Liverpool would have the worldwide following they enjoy if they were perceived as being racists.

He said: 'Our football club is based on being a football club serving the community, and whoever is in the community we will treat as an equal.

'It never has been a club that's discriminated and never will be one that discriminates against anyone else.

'For us, the football club is more important than any one individual, whether that person be a supporter, a player or the owner. It's not about the individual, it's about the football club and we should be very proud of this football club.'