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Aston Villa 1 Everton 3: Match report

Aston Villa 1 Everton 3: Fellaini and Toffees continue good start to the season

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 25 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Everton followed up their opening day win over Manchester United with an equally impressive victory away to Aston Villa.

Known in previus seasons for being notoriously slow starters, the Toffees made sure it was two win from two thanks to goals from Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic.

It was Aston Villa's second successive defeat and things were worse as they had Ciaran Clark sent off but Karim El Ahmadi did pull back a consolation goal.

More to follow…

Slow starters Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his second goal of the season

Slow starters Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his second goal of the season

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Going well: Fellaini celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Going well: Fellaini celebrates scoring his side's second goal

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High riser: Fellaini scores heads home his goal

High riser: Fellaini scores heads home his goal

Back with a bang: Pienaar scored the first goal of the game

Back with a bang: Pienaar scored the first goal of the game

FA Cup final defeat will haunt me, says Daniel Agger

Crushing FA Cup final defeat will haunt me, says Liverpool defender Agger

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UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 7 May 2012

Liverpool's FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea is still difficult to talk about for Daniel Agger who says he will be haunted by memories of the day at Wembley.

Goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba sealed victory in the showpiece event as the Blues eye a domestic and European cup double.

Kenny Dalglish's side look rejuvenated after the introduction of Andy Carroll, but Agger admits it was too little too late as the Anfield side fluffed their lines.

Haunted: Agger was powerless to stop Ramires from opening the scoring

Haunted: Agger was powerless to stop Ramires from opening the scoring

'It is so difficult to talk about now,' he said. 'I really don't know why we played as we did for the first 60 minutes. But we didn't turn up and you cannot afford to do that in an FA Cup final.

'We know these opportunities do not come along that often and that is why you have to take them when they do.

'This will haunt us. We didn’t show up for the first hour and that is not good enough in an FA Cup final.

'When Andy came on he did well and we played in a different way.

'I don’t know if it was over the line. I was at the other end of the pitch and I haven't seen a replay but that wasn't the reason why we lost.

Slow starters: Liverpool failed to get going in the first hour of the match

Slow starters: Liverpool failed to get going in the first hour of the match

Slow starters: Liverpool failed to get going in the first hour of the match

'The reason why we lost was that we didn't play well in the first hour. We didn’t lose because Chelsea played well but I think because we started the game really badly. We can only blame ourselves.

'There's not much more to say right now. We are all just so disappointed.'

The Merseysiders have two games remaining in which to try an end the season on a positive note and then build in the summer to prepare their challenge for the following season.

Agger said: 'We have got two games left in the season and we have got to try and win them. That is how we will start to move forward. It is difficult right now to think about anything else.

Licking their wounds: Liverpool were left to watch on as Chelsea celebrated

Licking their wounds: Liverpool were left to watch on as Chelsea celebrated

'Can we challenge the top teams next season Yes, of course. We have moved forward a lot this season but right now the only feelings are of disappointment.

'When you get into an FA Cup final, you really want to win it. Nobody ever remembers the runners-up. Nobody likes to be a loser.'

Jack Wilshere struggling for Euro 2012

Wilshere struggling to make Euros after Wenger admits comeback not likely this season

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 13 April 2012

Jack Wilshere's chances of making Euro 2012 are fading fast after Arsene Wenger admitted the midfielder is unlikely to play this month.

The Arsenal manager set Wilshere an end-of-April deadline to make his return from injury. But, when asked whether his hopes had waned, Wenger admitted: ‘You’re not far (wrong). We are now in mid-April and the European Championships start in the middle of June.

Crocked: Wilshere was first injured playing for England back in June

Crocked: Wilshere was first injured playing for England back in June

‘Jack’s not played the whole season and anyone who knows what is required at the top level, in terms of intensity, knows time is getting short now.’

The Frenchman revealed that the midfielder is still continuing his rehabilitation in the gym and has yet to make his return to first-team training. And, with just five games left in the Premier League season, it is looking increasingly likely Wilshere will not play again until next season.

‘Jack is making slow progress, we will not risk him,’ said Wenger.

Slow progress: Wenger won't risk Wilshere

Slow progress: Wenger won't risk Wilshere

Wilshere suffered a fractured right ankle in pre-season, an injury that required surgery. Arsenal medics hoped to have the 19-year-old midfielder back by February – but Sportsmail exclusively revealed he suffered a stress fracture to his right heel in January that would almost certainly rule him out for the season. The club refused to give up hope and even lined up a string of behind-closed-doors matches to help ease him back.

Wenger admitted the midfielder is frustrated by his problematic recovery, saying: ‘Jack is mentally strong but what is holding him back is that he can’t play football, so he can’t be happy.’

Semenya fails to reach Olympic 800m qualifying time on comeback

Semenya fails to reach Olympic 800m qualifying time on comeback

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 24 March 2012

Former world 800m world champion
Caster Semenya, 21, failed to reach the Olympic qualifying time on her
return to action after injury in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

The South African was forced to undergo gender testing after winning her world title in 2009.

Slow progress: Semenya ran a sluggish 800m at McArther Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa

Slow progress: Semenya ran a sluggish 800m at McArther Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa

Newcastle 14 Northampton 32: Saints go third after Foden brace clips Falcons" wings

Newcastle 14 Northampton 32: Saints go third after Foden brace clips Falcons” wings

Northampton moved up to third place in the Aviva Premiership with a five-point bonus win against beleagueredNewcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.

England full-back Ben Foden scored two cleverly worked tries at the start of each half to put the Saints in the driving seat.

Giant prop Soane Tonga”uiha was driven over for the visitors” third while former Falcons man Tom May delivered the fourth try – and the bonus point – four minutes from time with his first touch after coming on as a late replacement.

Double trouble: Northampton

Double trouble: Northampton”s Ben Foden, who scored twice against Newcastle, is held up

Victory sees Northampton leapfrog from sixth to third and leaves Newcastle firmly anchored at the foot of the table which makes next weekend”s home game against Exeter a must-win for the Falcons.

Ryan Lamb kicked two conversions and two penalties and substitute Stephen Myler also landed a conversion while Jimmy Gopperth kicked three penalties for Newcastle.

Suka Hufanga scored a first half try Northampton were 10-0 up in as many minutes against a Newcastle side who are notoriously slow starters and the Saints scored their first try with embarrassing ease after Lamb”s fourth-minute penalty.

On target: Ryan Lamb kicks a penalty for Northampton

On target: Ryan Lamb kicks a penalty for Northampton

The try came from Newcastle”s inability to win hardly anything at the line-out – they lost five out of eight of their own throws in the first half – and the real surprise was the Saints only made it really count when a slick move saw George Pisi push an excellent rolling kick behind the Falcons defence and the ball stood up nicely for Foden to cruise in at the corner, Lamb converting.

Gopperth”s inside break and Hufanga”s fast feet had Saints backpedalling and Ally Hogg”s drive brought a penalty which Gopperth knocked over in the 14th minute.

Another Gopperth inside break sent Hufanga racing in for a 20th-minute Falcons try.

Gopperth surprisingly missed the conversion but, trailing by just two points, Newcastle were back in the game.

No way through: Newcastle prop Taiasana Tu

No way through: Newcastle prop Taiasana Tu”ifua is tackled by Northampton”s Courtney Lawes

However, their inability to win any consistent line-out ball was a persistent problem and Newcastle spent most of the time in their own half.

Despite that, all Northampton had to show for all their possession was Lamb”s 31st-minute penalty and in a rare period of Falcons pressure, winger Scott Armstrong was in his own 22 and conceded a 36th minute penalty which Gopperth kicked to bring the hosts to within two points again.

Newcastle edged into the lead for the first time when Gopperth landed his third penalty early in the second half – but it did not last long with Foden grabbing his second try in the 49th minute.

Bad end to the year: Newcastle boss Alan Tait looks on

Bad end to the year: Newcastle boss Alan Tait looks on

It was almost a replica of his first half score, with Lamb this time pushing a rolling kick through and Foden surged after it – leaving flanker Richard Mayhew trailing to touch down in the corner.

Lamb squeezed over the conversion for the Saints to lead 20-14. It was the signal for Northampton to turn the screw and from a lineout Soane Tonga”uiha was driven over in the 56th minute for 25-14.

Had Vasily Artemyev been able to hang on to Lamb”s lovely crossfield kick it would have been another try just a few minutes later.

Gopperth”s 66th-minute penalty miss just about summed up Newcastle”s afternoon and they lost Tim Swinson to the sin-bin for a high tackle – and in the last 10 minutes Northampton did pretty much as they pleased.

There were plenty of gaps appearing and Northampton”s fourth try came from some slick inter-passing down the right, Tom May scoring with his almost his first touch after coming on as replacement in the 77th minute.

It was enough to secure the four-try bonus point – and Stephen Myler converted.