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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

Cristiano Ronaldo v Gareth Bale – a comparison

Bale v Ronaldo… but how do the Spur of the moment and the Real deal compare

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Gareth Bale
Cristiano Ronaldo
Appearances
22
22
Minutes on pitch
1934
1866
Goals scored
13
24
Minutes per goal
148.8
77.8
Total shots
80
126
Shots on target
45
74
Shots/Goals %
16.25
19
Shooting Accuracy
56.25
58.7
Assists
4
1
Chances created (inc assists)
50
35
Dribbles
108
82

So, while Bale is the best player in the Premier League at the moment – certainly the best of British – he has some way to go before he catches Ronaldo.

But if he keeps on playing like he is, you never know. The Spur of the moment could indeed become the Real deal.

VIDEO: Watch Bale double up… but Ronaldo goes one better

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England U21 4 Sweden U21 0 match report

England U21 4 Sweden U21 0: Ince scores twice as young guns shine in Walsall

– is an ideal
way to start the calendar year for coach Stuart Pearce, who will be
gunning for success at June's Euro 2013 finals in Israel, with talks
over his own future put on hold until after the tournament.

Injuries robbed Pearce of Raheem
Sterling, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw but it was still a strong line-up
which took to the field, skippered by Henderson – on Sunday voted Under
21s Player of the Year.

Liverpool team-mate Shelvey blazed
over a good chance early on after a lively burst from Ince before
Henderson himself planted a free header wide.

Double: Jonjo Shelvey scored England's second goal in the 30th minute

Double: Jonjo Shelvey scored England's second goal in the 30th minute

Relieved: Shelvey missed a header from two yards out just before scoring

Relieved: Shelvey missed a header from two yards out just before scoring

It was no surprise when a dominant England opened the scoring after 10 minutes.

Shelvey found marauding right-back
Smith with a delightful ball and he in turn sent a teasing low cross
into the box which was slotted home by Ince.

England were in complete control and
it should have been 2-0 after 18 minutes as the impressive Shelvey
somehow headed wide Henderson's cross with the goal at his mercy.

Cruising: Shelvey celebrates his goal with Josh McEachran

Cruising: Shelvey celebrates his goal with Josh McEachran

But Shelvey soon made amends as he
doubled the hosts' advantage, slotting home Ince's miscued shot off the
underside off the crossbar at the far post after Smith had again been
found in space down the right.

It was 3-0 just before half-time as
Sweden centre-back Filip Helander brought down Ince in the area, Josh
McEachran saw his penalty saved by keeper Andreas Linde but Ince swept
home the rebound.

With his side already in the driving seat at the break, Pearce introduced Wickham, Will Hughes and Henri Lansbury.

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Ince was denied his hat-trick on the hour mark following a great save from close range by replacement stopper August Stromberg.

Goalscoring opportunities dried up
after the break as both managers made a host of changes although the
Young Lions remained comfortable, with goalkeeper Jason Steele still to
make a meaningful save of note.

But the home side did register a fourth in the 77th minute, Wickham heading home Lansbury's deep cross.

Wickham was denied a fifth by Stromberg but England still ran out easy winners in front of a healthy sell-out crowd of 9,758.

Rout: Connor Wickham rises to head in England's fourth goal

Rout: Connor Wickham rises to head in England's fourth goal

Impressive: Stuart Pearce's side were dominant

Impressive: Stuart Pearce's side were dominant

Spurned: Derby's Will Hughes rues a missed chance

Spurned: Derby's Will Hughes rues a missed chance

Kevin Kilbane column: time for Shay Given to get in the Villa team

12 goals in two games shows it's time for my old mate Shay to take back the gloves at Villa

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21:05 GMT, 28 December 2012

Aston Villa conceded 12 goals in two games over Christmas.

It’s time for Paul Lambert to play Shay Given.

Shay Given should be Villa’s No 1, and he should come back to play for the Republic of Ireland and fight Keiren Westwood for the right to play for his country again.

It has been a difficult 2012 for my old Ireland team-mate who struggled with injuries, and by his own admission didn’t match his own high standards in the Euro 2012 finals, probably because he wasn’t fully fit.

Time for a change: Kevin Kilbane (left) thinks it's time for his old Republic of Ireland team-mate Shay Given (centre) to return to action for Aston Villa

Time for a change: Kevin Kilbane (left) thinks it's time for his old Republic of Ireland team-mate Shay Given (centre) to return to action for Aston Villa

He then gave up playing for Ireland, with the backing of new manager Paul Lambert, to concentrate on his Villa career, only to lose his place to Brad Guzan.

Shay is fully fit now, and still hungry to play.

Brad Guzan is not in his league as a keeper and it is time the Villa boss realised it and brought Shay’s brilliance, determination and experience back to his team.

He needs him.

Number two: Villa boss Paul Lambert (right) has preferred Brad Guzan this season, with Given only making two appearances in the Premier League, right at the start of the season

Number two: Villa boss Paul Lambert (right) has preferred Brad Guzan this season, with Given only making two appearances in the Premier League

Lambert did a good job at Norwich City and he deserved the chance to make a step up in his career and manage a bigger club with a history like Villa’s.

But it was always going to be difficult taking over a squad which has been constructed by three managers in a short space of time.

International return: Kilbane would also like to see Given make a return to the national side

Kilbane would also like to see Given make a return to the national side

He has turned to youth and Shay is not the only experienced player who is out of the team.

Darren Bent, Stephen Warnock and Alan Hutton are all out of favour and I can’t help thinking there must be an agenda.

They are all high earners and can presumably leave the club.

But the horrific 8-0 defeat at Chelsea, which could easily have been 11 or 12, exposed the lack of experience in the Villa team.

It is easy for younger players when things are going well and they are winning and playing with confidence.

Lambert, and his young players, need help from lads who have been there before and can take defeats and setbacks.

After a 4-0 defeat like the one suffered at home to Tottenham just days later, older players would normally go round and speak to the younger players on a personal level and try to help them cope.

Realistically no manager can talk to a player on a personal level in the dressing room straight after a game and he needs the old-heads to deal with any issues.

That’s hard when the team is so young. Who can they turn to That’s where a man like Shay Given comes into his own.

He performed brilliantly for Ireland for more than a decade and earned his 100 caps with world class performances.

We lost count of the number of crucial saves or moments of magic he pulled off to keep us in games, and win them like he did against Iran to get us to the World Cup.

Added to that he was an important character in the dressing room. He had 50 caps by his mid-20s and over time found his voice which comes with experience and respect for the things he did between the sticks.

New blood: Sunderland's Kieren Westwood is the current Republic of Ireland no. 1 but hasn't made a league appearance this season

New blood: Sunderland's Kieren Westwood is the current Republic of Ireland no. 1 but hasn't made a league appearance this season

Now I have heard Shay babbling some awful rubbish in dressing rooms and team meetings over the years, but you always listen to him.

And when he shouts during a game, he sort of screeches – it’s the most ear-splitting noise you will hear – but if you hear it, it doesn’t half make you alert.

It’s no coincidence that Aston Villa have had a good run in the Capital One Cup and reached the semi-finals.

Shay has played and it’s time Paul Lambert got his best keeper back in the side and used his experience in the Barclays Premier League.

He has been one of the best the world’s toughest league has seen, and he can reach those heights again.

Which is why he should also come back into the Ireland squad. He has actually played more games than Keiren Westwood who has been unfortunate to lose his place to Simon Mignolet at Sunderland but is realistically not going to oust the impressive Belgian unless he gets injured.

And a lack of experience behind him means Martin O’Neill is unlikely to let the new Ireland number go.

Experience: Kilbane (top row, third from left) and Given (bottom row, right) each earned more than 100 caps at international level

Experience: Kilbane (top row, third from left) and Given (bottom row, right) each earned more than 100 caps at international level

He has played more games for Ireland than Sunderland this season and that has to be a concern with the vital qualifiers against Austria and Sweden coming up in March.

Keiren might not like the idea, but competition from a keeper like Shay could only help him while he is not playing.

Even if Shay is not playing regularly by then, Giovanni Trapattoni should consider recalling him, just to have him around at an important time.

It comes down to experience again. And it’s time Shay’s was put to proper use for club and country.

The future looks grim…

If I was a Liverpool fan I would be very worried about the future of Luis Suarez.

Without him at Stoke City the other night, Liverpool had virtually nothing.

I don’t know if Daniel Sturridge is the answer, but I’ve always liked him and he can certainly help ease the burden on Suarez who worked himself into the ground at the Britannia Stadium.

Worry: Kilbane would be worried about losing Luis Suarez (front) if he was a Liverpool fan

Worry: Kilbane would be worried about losing Luis Suarez (front) if he was a Liverpool fan

But there were just signs that he was getting frustrated with the limitations of the individuals who are supposed to be helping him and creating chances, and perhaps with Liverpool’s standing in the Premier League at the moment.

He is a world class striker in a pretty average team and if a Champions League team from anywhere in Europe comes in with a silly bid, Liverpool might still have the power to turn it down, but you wonder if Suarez’s head would be turned by any interest.

Brendan Rodgers claimed before Christmas his team were still in Champions League contention but on Wednesday’s evidence they are a long way off.

Sadly Suarez looks like he is starting to realise his only chance of immediate Champions League action might be away from Anfield.

The Good and The Bad

Thumbs up

Jon Walters

I don’t think I have seen work-rate like Jon’s against Liverpool. He did everything at a sprint and mad life hell for the Liverpool defenders.

He got two great goals and his interaction with Kenwyne Jones was outstanding.

He’s the same with Peter Crouch and has a reading of their knockdowns and flick-ons which reminds me of Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn at Sunderland.

All good news for Ireland.

Form: Jon Walters' form can only be a good thing for his country - the Stoke striker scored two against Liverpool on Boxing Day

Form: Jon Walters' form can only be a good thing for his country – the Stoke striker scored two against Liverpool on Boxing Day

Thumbs down

Stats

I said on BBC Radio 5 live at Stoke that I felt they dominated Liverpool and deserved their win.

Then I was reliably informed on Twitter that the stats showed Liverpool had something like 60 per cent possession compared to Stoke’s 40.

That’s all very well but unless you’re going to create any chances, stats are a waste of time.

Italian coach attempts to trip up winger – video

VIDEO: Italian coach attempts to trip winger but ends up being sent to stand behind a fence

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14:46 GMT, 14 November 2012

Working out how to defend against a tricky, pacy winger is the stuff of managers' nightmares.

Man marking him out of the game is one option while doubling up and risking leaving space elsewhere on the pitch is another.

But if all else fails, the boss could always take matters into his own hands and attempt to remove him from the game… just like the Italian youth coach below.

Cheeky: The coach attempts to trip up the winger as he launches an attack

Cheeky: The coach attempts to trip up the winger as he launches an attack

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The attempted trip happened during an Italian youth league game between Corpolo and Rivazzurra.

A Corpolo winger set off down the touchline but was stopped in his tracks by a cheeky flick from the coach.

Although he missed both the ball and man, the winger stumbled to the ground before both sets of players are involved in a brawl.

The offending coach was then sent to stand sheepishly behind a fence to ensure he could interfere no more.

Locked out: The coach was sent to stand behind the fence

Locked out: The coach was sent to stand behind the fence

Bath 23 Exeter 15: Chiefs fightback not enough

Bath 23 Exeter 15: Chiefs fightback not enough after first-half blitz at the Rec

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17:11 GMT, 27 October 2012

Bath survived a remarkable second-half turnaround – and the bizarre dismissal of centre Dan Hipkiss while he was in the sin-bin – to claim the points against their West Country rivals Exeter in a nerve-tingling derby at a sold-out Recreation Ground.

The Chiefs were outclassed in the first half as Bath ran in early tries by Ben Williams and Kyle Eastmond and could have gone in at half-time even further behind than 15-5.

But Exeter showed all their true character to fight their way back after the break and had Bath on the ropes until Stephen Donald opened up a 23-15 lead in the last two minutes of normal time. Even then, both sides went toe-to-toe for a full seven minutes of additional time in search of bonus points.

Try time: Kyle Eastmond goes over for Bath

Try time: Kyle Eastmond goes over for Bath

After a brief Exeter flurry from the kick-off it was Bath who drew first blood.

The game was barely three minutes old when full-back Nick Abendanon made an outside break and fed Williams on the right touchline. The big centre seemed to have plenty to do but brushed aside both Luke Arscott and Gonzalo Camacho to score in the corner, Donald adding the conversion.

Gareth Steenson had a penalty chance from 45 metres but struck the post and Bath resumed their assault at the other end. In a striking departure from their limited kick-chase approach in the first six weeks of the season, they began to use Eastmond off the wing as first receiver in broken play.

With Francois Louw bossing the breakdown, there was suddenly more space and time for the home backs.

Marching orders: Dan Hipkiss is sent off by referee Wayne Barnes

Marching orders: Dan Hipkiss is sent off by referee Wayne Barnes

In the 14th minute, Louw timed his run perfectly to spear through the Exeter midfield, only to be hauled down just short. Donald simply sent a looping pass to Eastmond who scored in the corner, but there was no conversion this time from the All Black fly-half.

It was nearly 20 minutes before Exeter managed to string together a threatening sequence of play, breaking out from their own line, but prop Brett Sturgess dropped a pass.

The loosehead made amends almost immediately, appearing on Tom Johnson's shoulder to score in the corner after Exeter pressed home a penalty advantage. Steenson was wide with the conversion but there was only one score in it at 12-5.

Referee Wayne Barnes began to lose patience with both sides at the breakdown, punishing each in turn for going off their feet.

Springbok: Francois Louw goes on the charge

Springbok: Francois Louw goes on the charge

Just before the break, the Chiefs infringed once too often and too close to the posts, leaving Donald a straightforward penalty to take his side 15-5 ahead.

Exeter reappeared in more focused mood, with Haydn Thomas getting his forwards operating more effectively. Jason Shoemark made a dangerous thrust into the Bath 22 and the eventual reward was a 50th-minute Steenson penalty.

Bath extended their lead when, after Donald opted for a line-out, they moved the ball and when it came back on the right, Abendanon fed Louw who rode Phil Dollman's tackle to score in the corner. Donald missed the conversion.

Comeback: But Nacho Mieres' try was not enough for Exeter

Comeback: But Nacho Mieres' try was not enough for Exeter

Hipkiss was sin-binned for Bath in the 67th minute and Exeter's advantage told as replacement Ignacio Mieres cruised over unopposed for Exeter's second try, and also added the conversion.

It was all Exeter now, especially after Louw joined Carl Fearns among the casualties. Not only were Bath shipping penalties on the field but Hipkiss stupidly interfered with Arscott on the touchline as the Exeter full-back tried to field a Donald clearance.

A second yellow brought the inevitable red and that was the end of his match.

Exeter laid siege to the Bath line until the ball was cleared downfield and Donald took his a chance to wrap up victory from 40 metres.

Justin Rose beats Lee Westwood in Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

Rose almost 1m richer after one-shot victory over Westwood in Turkey

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10:05 GMT, 12 October 2012

Justin Rose beat Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood for the second time in three days to win the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and the 935,000 prize.

Rose had got the better of Westwood in the group stages at Antalya Golf Club before beating 14-time major winner Tiger Woods in the semi-finals.

Westwood had shot a 64 in his final group game and then a stunning round of 61 a few hours later in his semi-final win over former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, but was unable to reproduce such devastating scoring and had to settle for 'just' 1million US Dollars (623,000) as runner-up.

Turkey shoot: Rose claimed the top prize after beating Westwood in Antalya

Turkey shoot: Rose claimed the top prize after beating Westwood in Antalya

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Rose never trailed in the match after
holing from 25ft for birdie on the first, but saw a two-shot lead cut
in half on the 16th when he surprisingly missed from three feet for
birdie after Westwood had holed from three times the distance.

However, Rose responded superbly with
a long-range birdie two on the 17th to give himself some breathing
space on the last, which proved welcome after Westwood made birdie to
complete a 67 and lose by just one shot.

Second best: Westwood missed out on the big prize by a single shot

Second best: Westwood missed out on the big prize by a single shot

World Twenty20: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to make final

Herath and Mendis help Sri Lanka spin past Pakistan to make final

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17:40 GMT, 4 October 2012

Sri Lanka's spinners carried them through to the final of their home tournament, with a 16-run ICC World Twenty20 victory over Pakistan at the Premadasa Stadium.

Rival openers Mahela Jayawardene and Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 42 on each side in this semi-final, but it was Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis who gave Sri Lanka the edge with five wickets between them after the hosts had posted 139 for four.

Sri Lanka's sixless innings was a curious affair, albeit on a slow and low surface – but Pakistan's run chase ran out of steam against Angelo Mathews and the spinners.

Final chance: Sri Lankan celebrate their victory over Pakistan to make the final in their own country

Final chance: Sri Lankan celebrate their victory over Pakistan to make the final in their own country

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Jayawardene played especially well, as he almost always does, after choosing to bat first.

The captain dominated a first-wicket stand of 63 with Tillekeratne Dilshan, reverse-sweeping expertly against spin and timing and placing his seven boundaries.

But he chipped a catch to short fine-leg off Shahid Afridi, and then Kumar Sangakkara made all except three runs in a stand of 24 until he was caught at long-on off Hafeez.

Umar Gul thought he had struck in the 18th over, Jeevan Mendis lbw to a yorker, only to discover he had overstepped. But two balls later, Gul got Dilshan in near identical fashion – the opener having taken 43 deliveries over his 35.

Stumped: Sri Lanka's wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara successfully stumps Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir

Stumped: Sri Lanka's wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara successfully stumps Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir

Missing out: Umar Akmal reacts after he misses to hit a boundary

Missing out: Umar Akmal reacts after he misses to hit a boundary

Thisara Perera and Mathews muscled 16 off Gul's final over, to give Sri Lanka a little breathing space for which they would be mighty thankful later.

Pakistan's reply might have been minus Imran Nazir for a duck, had Dilshan somehow clung on to a very tough diving chance at point off Mathews.

Instead, the first breakthrough did not come until there was 31 on the board when Nazir contrived to edge a forward-defensive at Ajantha Mendis on to his stumps – via pad and ground – in the spinner's first over.

Sharp fielding: Thisara Perera breaks the bails in an attempt to run-out Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez

Sharp fielding: Thisara Perera breaks the bails in an attempt to run-out Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez

Big appeal: Lasith Malinga unsuccessfully appeals for an LBW decision against Pakistan's Imran Nazir

Big appeal: Lasith Malinga unsuccessfully appeals for an LBW decision against Pakistan's Imran Nazir

Hafeez also escaped an early half-chance, when Herath could not hold a diving effort at long-on off Perera – nothing to the let-off the Pakistan captain would get on 24 when Lasith Malinga put down a straightforward one in the same position off Mathews.

The same bowler had already struck twice in four balls, however, when Jayawardene brought him back for the 10th over.

Nasir Jamshed went lbw to one that might have pitched just outside leg; then Kamran Akmal gave himself little chance to adapt to the awkward surface and somehow propelled an attempted big hit only as far as midwicket where Jayawardene himself took an easy catch.

Putting the runs on: Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis helps his side reach their total

Putting the runs on: Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis helps his side reach their total

Watching it all the way: Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot as Pakistan's wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal watches on

Watching it all the way: Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot as Pakistan's wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal watches on

Shoaib Malik was bowled by one that spun sharply from Herath (three for 25). But it was the dismissal of Hafeez, stumped on the charge to the slow left-armer, which turned the match Sri Lanka's way – and when the out-of-form Afridi was then bowled first ball, Pakistan were 91 for six.

They still had time to be competitive but were running out of the right men to find the boundaries, and in the end it was too much for Umar Akmal to do on his own.

Brighton 1 Ipswich 1

Brighton 1 Ipswich 1: Seagulls knocked off perch despite Buckley's late leveller

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21:04 GMT, 2 October 2012

Will Buckley climbed off the bench to grab a point for Brighton and deny Ipswich a much-needed victory.

But the Seagulls still slipped off the top of the npower Championship while Town avoided tumbling to the bottom.

Daryl Murphy fired the lowly Tractor Boys into the lead in the first half, but they were denied a first win in eight games, and some breathing space for under-pressure boss Paul Jewell, when Buckley struck from close range with 10 minutes to go.

Level: Will Buckley rescues a point for Brighton at home to Ipswich

Level: Will Buckley rescues a point for Brighton at home to Ipswich

Match facts

Brighton: Kuszczak, Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Hammond (Dicker 63), Bridcutt, Orlandi (David Lopez 76), Barnes, Dobbie, LuaLua (Buckley 62).

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Harley, Painter.

Booked: Hammond, Bridcutt, El-Abd.

Goal: Buckley 80.

Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Drury, N'Daw, Martin, Emmanuel-Thomas (Carson 84), Chopra (Scotland 64),
Murphy.

Subs Not Used: Lee-Barrett, Luongo, Ellington, Smith, Ainsley.

Goal: Murphy 27.

Att: 24,736

Ref: Fred Graham (Essex)

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Brighton could have gone ahead after just 30 seconds when some neat play from Ashley Barnes and Stephen Dobbie teed up Kazenga LuaLua but the former Newcastle winger scuffed his shot wide.

Barnes then played in Dobbie, still looking for his first goal since joining from Swansea, but his low shot was saved by Scott Loach.

Ipswich were looking dangerous as well, though, and Tomasz Kuszczak kept out a drive from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas before Murphy headed a Carlos Edwards cross wide.

And in the 27th minute it was the visitors who took a shock lead when another deep Edwards deep cross to the far post again found Murphy, who this time stooped to plant his header past Kuszczak.

Brighton almost pulled one back before the interval but Wayne Bridge's shot was deflected narrowly wide.

Yet just after the break Ipswich were agonisingly close to doubling their advantage, again through Murphy.

Michael Chopra's cross fizzed across the Brighton goal and Murphy's shot was kept out by the legs of the diving Kuszczak.

But the Seagulls bossed the majority of the second half and Dobbie's deflected shot looped over, LuaLua was denied by Loach and a smart turn and shot from Barnes flew inches wide.

Boss Gus Poyet threw on Buckley and Gary Dicker just after the hour mark, and the substitution paid dividends 18 minutes later.

They finally drew level after Inigo Calderon's persistence down the right was rewarded when his cross-shot ricocheted to Buckley, who was in the right place to tap the ball in from a yard out.

Ipswich had a chance to go back into the lead moments later when Jason Scotland curled the ball towards goal and although Kuszczak fumbled the shot, Brighton cleared the danger.

Brighton went for the win during five minutes of stoppage time, with Buckley the driving force, but his curling cross was just too far in front of Barnes as the hosts had to settle for a point.

Chelsea did not take Nordsjaelland lightly – Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo denies taking Nordsjaelland lightly as late flurry adds gloss to Chelsea win

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22:16 GMT, 2 October 2012

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo insisted he didn't underestimate Champions League minnows Nordsjaelland despite labouring to victory in Denmark.

Despite winning 4-0 the Blues were forced to endure some anxious moments against the Danes and spent large chunks of the games under pressure.

But Di Matteo said: 'We expected a difficult game and that's exactly how it turned out to be.

Got there in the end: Frank Lampard (left) celebrates with his Chelsea team-mates

Got there in the end: Frank Lampard (left) celebrates with his Chelsea team-mates

'We were a bit slow out of the blocks, even if we had chances to score. We scored one and had a couple of other chances.

'The second goal was important for us,
to settle us down. We were sharper and better in the second half, and
once we scored that second goal we knew we'd win the game.

'I expected a difficult game. They
pass the ball, no matter what, and it's not easy. There are no pushovers
in the Champions League– look at Bayern losing, and United having to
come back tonight.'

Juan Mata put the
reigning European champions ahead in the 33rd minute but Chelsea did not
manage to increase their lead until the 79th minute and Nordsjaelland
came close on a couple of occasions to drawing level.

Samba style: David Luiz helped himself to a rare goal as Chelsea won in Denmark

Samba style: David Luiz helped himself to a rare goal as Chelsea won in Denmark

David
Luiz's free-kick gave Chelsea some breathing space though and then Mata
and Ramires added further goals in the last eight minutes to seal the
victory.

Frank Lampard described Chelsea's victory as a great result but also
admitted he was a little concerned before a late flood of goals sealed
the win.

Lampard told Sky
Sports: 'It was a great result for us, it was a tough game. They were a
bit of an unknown but we know they played good football and we had to
bide our time, we put the hard work in and all the goals came at the
end.'

Asked if he was
concerned at any point, Lampard said: 'A little bit because this is
Champions League football, there are no easy games and at 1-0 they
created a few half-chances, hit the post in the second half, but once we
got the second goal that was it and we dominated from there on.'

Main man: Chelsea's Juan Mata was in fine form as his side won comfortably in the end

Main man: Chelsea's Juan Mata was in fine form as his side won comfortably in the end

Nordsjaelland boss Kasper Hjulmand had mixed feelings about the outcome.

'It
looks stupid on the board, 4-0,' he said. 'Actually I think we played a
tight game for 75 minutes and then we collapsed with the second goal.

'We'd just had a good opportunity and were playing well, creating chances, but we didn't do well in the last 15 minutes.

'Physically, we're still lacking some fitness.

'When you play in the Premier League compared to the Danish league, it's difficult.

'That's one part of it. The other is, of course, we didn't score. Goals change games and we needed a goal.

'Chelsea did better than us in the last third of the pitch, and have quality players who put the chances away.'