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Arsenal 0 Everton 0 – match report: Champions League picture muddied by draw

Arsenal 0 Everton 0: Rough and tumble night ends all square as top four fight rumbles on

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20:38 GMT, 16 April 2013

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20:39 GMT, 16 April 2013

Arsenal and Everton slugged it out for a share of the spoils which does little to boost either sides' top four hopes.

The two came into the match in third and sixth place respectively, and remain there after a draw which will be remembered more its blood and thunder style than it will the football on show.

Such was the ferocity of the opening exchanges that tempers flared as the players left the pitch at half-time after Everton's Kevin Mirallas squirted Jack Wilshere with his drink.

Back on the pitch, Olivier Giroud wasted the two best chances enjoyed by either side, sliding one effort wide from an excellent Aaron Ramsey cross, then falling in a heap when well found by Theo Walcott.

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No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal

No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal

MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs (Monreal 90), Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain 68), Cazorla, Walcott (Podolski 69), Giroud Subs not used: Mannone, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Gervinho

Booked: Arteta, Monreal

Everton: Howard, Baines, Gibson, Jagielka, Mirallas (Oviedo 90), Distin, Barkley (Jelavic 76), Pienaar, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe (Naismith 90) Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Hitzlsperger, Neville

Booked: Gibson, Pienaar, Barkley

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 60,071

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Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

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Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Wilfried Zaha swears at Leeds fans over Manchester United abuse

Zaha gives Leeds fans the middle finger after abuse over transfer to Man United

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Rik Sharma

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21:55 GMT, 9 March 2013

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10:31 GMT, 10 March 2013

Manchester United's new signing Wilfried Zaha was spotted swearing at Leeds United fans on Saturday.

The Crystal Palace attacker was being berated by Leeds supporters over his transfer to their bitter rivals.

He responded by grinning and sticking up his middle finger at them.

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Top form: Zaha again showed the star quality yesterday that earned a move to Manchester United this summer

Top form: Zaha again showed the star quality yesterday that earned a move to Manchester United this summer

Red Devils fans took to Twitter to praise their new signing, saying he was 'getting into practice'.

Whether Sir Alex Ferguson would approve of this gesture is another matter entirely.

Eyes on the ball: Zaha used his head to get past Leeds player Lee Peltier

Eyes on the ball: Zaha used his head to get past Leeds player Lee Peltier

Wing wizard: Zaha cuts inside to beat Leeds United's Stephen Warnock

Wing wizard: Zaha cuts inside to beat Leeds United's Stephen Warnock

Palace fought hard and earned a 2-2 draw with Leeds thanks to a late goal by Glenn Murray.

The Eagles frontman hit a brace – and so did Leeds' Steve Morison – as they shared the spoils at Selhurst Park.

League One round-up: Sheffield United go top

League One round-up: Blades top as Crawley are cut down by McMahon

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18:17 GMT, 22 December 2012

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18:17 GMT, 22 December 2012

Sheffield United moved top of npower League One with a 2-0 win at Crawley.

The fixture was one of just four played in the third tier due to the awful weather, and two sweetly-struck free-kicks from Tony McMahon ensured the Blades made the most of their rivals having their games postponed.

Blades of glory: McMahon bends a free kick round the Crawley wall

Blades of glory: McMahon bends a free kick round the Crawley wall

Walsall picked up their first win in
17 games as they saw off Colchester 1-0, Febian Brandy scoring the only
goal just after the hour mark.

Yeovil chalked up a big win as they eased past Oldham with a 4-1 victory at Huish Park. Jose
Baxter had given the visitors an early lead, but a Gavin Williams'
double, the first from the spot, and a James Hayter strike put the
Glovers 3-1 to the good.

Latics striker Robbie Simpson was then dismissed for his challenge on Marek Stech, and Paddy Madden completed the scoring.

The day's other game saw Preston draw
1-1 at Coventry. James Bailey put the Sky Blues ahead but Lee Holmes
earned North End a share of the spoils.

Rio Ferdinand not to blame for actions of Manchester City fans

Ferdinand to blame for 'inciting' Man City fans No chance. You can't rob English football of its key ingredient: passion

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15:39 GMT, 10 December 2012

Let's get this straight: Rio Ferdinand was not celebrating in front of the Manchester City fans and he was certainly not to blame for that cut above his eye.

A text message landed in my phone, seconds after the final whistle brought down the curtain on the tempestuous 164th Manchester derby.

'Ferdinand's bang out of order', said the sender. I found it hard to comprehend. 'Why so' was my reply.

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Struck down: Commentators have tried to apportion some of the blame on Ferdinand for his celebrations

Struck down: Commentators have tried to apportion some of the blame on Ferdinand for his celebrations

'Celebrating like that, rubbing it in the City fans' faces. He's lost it', was the explanation. I could barely bring myself to reply.

I'd just watched the United defender walking off the pitch with blood streaming from a wound a centimetre or two above his left eye.

His crime Celebrating 93rd-minute winner against the Barclays Premier League champions – their city neighbours, no less – to send his team six points clear at the top of the league.

It came after his team had thrown away a two goal lead, only to snatch the spoils right at the very close of a match that will live long in the memory.

Bang out of order Lost it I don't think so.

Pitch invader: Ferdinand was also targeted by a fan who raced onto the field

Pitch invader: Ferdinand was also targeted by a fan who raced onto the field

Pitch invader: Ferdinand was also targeted by a fan who raced onto the field

Various social media, radio and press outlets have lumped a portion of blame on Ferdinand for celebrating on front of the City fans following Robin van Persie's winning free-kick.

Well, that's not true for a start, he was in front of the United fans.

The coin must have travelled quite a distance before it arrived at his brow, as Ferdinand said in his post-match tweet, it was 'some shot'.

But so what if he had celebrated in front of the City fans He and his team-mates had earned the right to celebrate wherever they wanted to.

They'd just won the most important match of the season, three points secured which, at the end of the season, could decide the final destination of the title.

United front: Ferdinand was celebrating in front of the United fans and Rooney receives abuse (below)

United front: Ferdinand was celebrating in front of the United fans and Rooney receives abuse (below)

United front: Ferdinand was celebrating in front of the United fans and Rooney receives abuse (below)

Against a team who did the league double over them last term, scoring eight goals in the process. He had every right to get excited.

Look at the picture of Wayne Rooney, facing a barrage of vile invective from City fans which illustrates the levels of abuse players face on a regular basis.

And what was the alternative after the winning goal was scored A gentle ripple of applause from the travelling supporters followed by handshakes all round as the United players walked back to the centre circle

That anodyne vision of the future would rob the passion – arguably it’s the key ingredient – from the most-watched league in the world.

We demand the very highest standards from the players. Demand they cede no inch, sweat every last drop and leave the field of play shattered, but then want to deny them the right to savour the very moment they pull on their kit for: Score goals. Win games.

Of course players have a duty to not goad supporters with inflammatory gestures. But to celebrate in those circumstances in front of his own fans as Ferdinand did cannot and should not be outlawed.

To suggest he 'crossed the line' is nonsense. The line was crossed when those dozens of fans – and it was dozens, check the amount of coins on the field around Ferdinand's feet – starting rifling through their pockets for some shrapnel to direct at the opposition.

And it is nothing new. The only difference is this time a coin actually hit a player.

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

Sir Alex Ferguson said after the match: 'It's unfortunate that a City fan runs on and coins are thrown. The same thing happened at Chelsea, which was masked by all the other things. I have not known many more dramatic days than that.'

Screaming in delight following the denouement of a successful title-race battle is not a criminal offence. Gashing someone's face with a missile is.

Commentators should remember that before pillorying those who actions week in, week out give us reason to celebrate.

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

Ugly scenes: The fans directed abuse at each other as well as the players

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Leicester 2 Barnsley 2 – match report

Leicester 2 Barnsley 2: Tykes unlucky as Fox in the box Vardy leaves it late to level

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17:30 GMT, 8 December 2012

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17:33 GMT, 8 December 2012

A last-minute goal from Jamie Vardy gave Leicester a share of the spoils against Barnsley, but the promotion hopefuls will consider it two points dropped against struggling Barnsley.

Vardy struck home from close range after good work from David Nugent, but Keith Hill's side deserved the plaudits after a battling show.

Nugent was back up top with Martyn Waghorn after bagging a brace for the Foxes from the bench against Derby.

Delight: Reuben Noble Lazarus celebrates scoring Barnsley's second

Delight: Reuben Noble Lazarus celebrates scoring Barnsley's second

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 60), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Futacs 76), Nugent, Waghorn (Vardy 68).

Subs Not Used: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.

Booked: Nugent, Marshall.

Goals: Knockaert 9, Vardy 90.

Barnsley: Steele, Stones (Perkins 80), Cranie, Wiseman, Golbourne, Dawson, Buzsaky (Tudgay 68), Greening, O'Brien, Noble-Lazarus (Etuhu 80), Davies.

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Hassell, Foster, Sinclair.

Booked: Wiseman.

Goals: Dawson 27, Noble-Lazarus 39.

Att: 23,579

Ref: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

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The visitors, meanwhile, were merely
looking to stop the rot after a winless run of nine games, stretching
all the way back to October 20.

And Barnsley could have been one down
within two minutes of the start. John Stones impeded Lloyd Dyer and
from the resultant free-kick, Tykes keeper Luke Steele tipped Waghorn's
shot around a post.

Two minutes later, Steele had to be at his best again to deny the Leicester man as the Foxes went for the jugular.

A goal looked inevitable even at this
early stage and it duly arrived after nine minutes when Anthony
Knockaert drilled home left footed from 12 yards to give the overworked
Steele no chance with his fifth goal of the season.

It had been an early procession
towards the Tykes' goal and the Yorkshiremen were finding it hard to
gain any sort of foothold in the match as Nigel Pearson's promotion
hopefuls ran them ragged.

But eventually Hill's men made their
presence felt with a series of zealous challenges intended to disrupt
the rhythm of the impressive hosts.

It worked, and Barnsley drew level
after 27 minutes when Stephen Dawson struck beyond Kasper Schmeichel to
make it 1-1 from 12 yards.

The goal gave the visitors the lift
they needed but it also stung the Foxes into renewed action, Dyer trying
his luck from inside the box and seeing his effort clear the crossbar.

But if Leicester had been rattled by
the equaliser, they were left distraught after conceding a second after
39 minutes. This time it was Reuben Noble-Lazarus who finished off a
move involving Jim O'Brien with a stylish overhead kick from close range
to put his side 2-1 ahead.

Another Waghorn effort from distance
was well held by Steele but at the other end Akos Buzsaky shot wide when
well placed to add to the Tykes' tally just a minute from the break.

Leicester knew they had to up the
tempo after the break and Knockaert went close, first with his right
boot and then with his head after 58 minutes, his 12-yard effort just
clearing the crossbar as the Foxes forced the pace.

He was replaced just on the hour, giving way to Ben Marshall as boss Pearson looked to shuffle his options.

Waghorn then made way for Vardy, who turned into Leicester's saviour.

Australian Masters 2012: Adam Scott beats Ian Poulter

Scott pips Poulter for Australian Masters to end trophy drought after final-day surge

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11:40 GMT, 18 November 2012

Adam Scott edged out playing partner Ian Poulter in a final day shootout to break a 15-month tournament drought and claim his first gold jacket at the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

Scott took on one of the fiercest competitors in world golf and beat him in a head-to-head battle at Kingston Heath, with the world No 5 overturning a one-shot deficit on the final day to win by four strokes at 17 under par.

The Australian's final round score of 67 was five shots better than Poulter's, with the pair finishing well clear of the rest of the field.

Late surge: Adam Scott pipped Ian Poulter to the Australian Master in fron of his home crowd

Late surge: Adam Scott pipped Ian Poulter to the Australian Master in fron of his home crowd

New Zealanders Gareth Paddison and Mark Brown had a close battle for third place, but had to settle for a share of the spoils some eight shots behind Scott.

Scott and Poulter went shot for shot over the first 11 holes, but the Englishman made bad mistakes on the two par fives on the way home that ultimately led to his downfall.

Poulter opted for a hybrid out of a fairway bunker at the 12th and could only move the ball forward 20 metres into more sand, before finding a greenside trap with his approach shot and settling for a bogey.

That put him two behind Scott and when he shot over the back and failed to get up-and-down at the 14th, the Australian's advantage was out to three.

Scott only had to make pars over the concluding stages to hold on and he did so with relative ease, before holing a birdie putt on the last to hammer the final nail into Poulter's coffin.

He did receive a minor scare when his playing partner birdied the tough par-four 16th to get back within two, but Poulter inexplicably missed a simple two-foot putt on the 17th green to give that shot back and put the result beyond doubt.

Such an anti-climatic finish seemed nigh-on impossible earlier in the day as the duo battled back and forth for supremacy over the front nine in a final-round pairing that felt more like a matchplay event.
Scott made a brilliant birdie-birdie start to go from one behind Poulter to one in front, but the Englishman fought straight back.

No cigar: Poulter missed out on the godl jacket

No cigar: Poulter missed out on the godl jacket

Sand trap: Scott battled hard on the final day to pull away from his playing partner

Sand trap: Scott battled hard on the final day to pull away from his playing partner

His approach at the third was stone-dead as he tapped in for birdie to tie it up, before edging one clear yet again when Scott failed to get up-and-down from a tough bunker at the fourth.

Scott then made three consecutive birdies starting at the sixth, with the pick of those coming at the par-four seventh when he rolled in a long putt for three to match Poulter's tap-in birdie and then cheekily mocked the Englishman's reaction from yesterday when he did the same thing to the Australian.

The pair shared birdies at the short par-three eighth and, as the wind increased later in the day, so did their scores.

However, Scott remained steady on the way home, with Poulter's meltdown on the two longest holes on the course proving the difference between the two players.

Queenslander Adam Crawford shot the best round of the day, with his 65 catapulting him up the leaderboard to finish in fifth at six under, while Peter Senior and Michael Hendry were a further two shots back in a share of sixth.

There were no final-round heroics from Graeme McDowell, as the Northern Irishman and third-highest ranked player in the field could only close with a 71.

That was good enough for him to share eighth spot with David Bransdon at two under.

Gracious: Poulter congratulated Scott after his win

Gracious: Poulter congratulated Scott after his win

Mark Hughes frustrated after Queens Park Rangers fail to win again

Hughes frustrated after QPR fail to win AGAIN as Everton hang on for point

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21:10 GMT, 21 October 2012

QPR manager Mark Hughes admitted his frustration that his side remain without a win in the Barclays Premier League this season after they were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Everton.

Hughes has not seen his team win any of their opening eight league fixtures and Rangers stayed bottom of the table.

Junior Hoilett scored a second-minute goal to give QPR the lead at Loftus Road, but an unfortunate own goal from goalkeeper Julio Cesar earned Everton a share of the spoils, despite Steven Pienaar's second-half dismissal.

Not again: Mark Hughes' side have yet to win in the Premier League

Not again: Mark Hughes' side have yet to win in the Premier League

QPR forced the issue late on, but could not grab a winning goal, leaving Hughes disappointed.

'The emotion we are all feeling is frustration because I think we showed today that our football is good and we try and play in the right manner,' he said.

'We try and get the ball down, try and get width and get our technical players to take people on. We have been doing that since the start of the season and we have had good performances, but haven't been able to take that final step.

'The guys are in the dressing room really disappointed because this was an opportunity.'

Hughes did take some positives from the game, however, as he felt his players held their own against a strong Everton team who currently occupy fourth spot in the league.

He said: 'In the end we have gone up against one of the better side in the Premier League who have started like a house on fire and we have matched them.

'On another day we should have beaten them, but obviously we are disappointed because we still have to get three points on the board.'

The Welshman stressed before the weekend a good start to the game was vital for his side after they had conceded early goals in their previous two league matches.

Hoilett's goal meant Hughes got his wish and he was pleased with the intensity shown by his side from the kick-off.

'We got an early reward,' he said.

Not bad: Junior Hoilett (left) scored an early goal for QPR, but they were unable to retain the lead

Not bad: Junior Hoilett (left) scored an early goal for QPR, but they were unable to retain the lead

Soft: Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card

Soft: Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card

'Obviously we had talked about starting well because we haven't done that in the last couple of games and thankfully we addressed that detail in our game that has been hurting us.'

QPR laid siege to the Everton goal for a period in the second half, but could not find a way through, although Hughes felt his side should have been awarded a penalty from referee Jonathan Moss for a foul on Hoilett.

'We should have had a stonewall penalty,' he said. 'The referee is only four metres away so why he hasn't given it I have no idea, but in fairness I think he frustrated both teams and both sets of supporters today. I don't think it was one of his best performances.'

Everton boss David Moyes felt the match was an important one for QPR and claimed Hughes' side will soon find their feet.

He said: 'It was going to make it difficult to win when it went to 10, but I think we still tried to counter-attack at the right moments.

Not today: Sylvain Distin's header ricocheted off Julio Cesar to ensure QPR went on without a win

Not today: Sylvain Distin's header ricocheted off Julio Cesar to ensure QPR went on without a win

'It was a big game for QPR as you could see so we knew what we had to deal with. I think the players did a really good job and kept the momentum going and made sure we got a result today.

'I think they will achieve more at QPR, they have a really experienced team. I have seen them play a couple of times and the players they have had great experience.

'I think they have got good players, when you bring in an awful lot of new players it can be difficult.

'They need to give the manager time. They worked hard for Mark today and tried to get a result.'

Moyes was unhappy with the decision from Moss to send Pienaar off in the second half after the midfielder appeared to make little contact with Jose Bosingwa.

'(It was) very, very harsh to give someone a red card for that, incredible,' he said.

'I don't even know if he touched him, I think the boy (Bosingwa) lifted his leg and it hit Steven rather than Steven hitting him so I think it was the wrong decision.'

Martin O"Neill condemns chants directed at Steven Taylor

O'Neill condemns sickening chants from Sunderland fans directed at Newcastle's Taylor

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17:31 GMT, 21 October 2012

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has condemned chants from Black Cats fans aimed at Newcastle defender Steven Taylor during Sunday's derby draw.

Taylor, who had infuriated the Wearsiders with comments on Saturday including a suggestion that no Sunderland player would get into the Newcastle team, was targeted from the warm-up to the end of a tight encounter despite only playing the last 10 minutes as a substitute, and on at least two occasions, smiled at and applauded the home crowd.

Targeted: Steven Taylor was subjected to sickening abuse from sections of the Sunderland fans

Targeted: Steven Taylor was subjected to sickening abuse from sections of the Sunderland fans

However, there were repeated chants of, 'Steven Taylor, we wish you were dead' among other unsavoury offerings from both sets of fans, one from the away end referring to Jimmy Savile, and although both O'Neill and Magpies counterpart Alan Pardew insisted they had not heard them, the Ulsterman voiced his disappointment.

He said: 'I didn't know that. That would be poor, in very poor taste, if that's the case.

'I would be disappointed to have heard that.'

Taylor, who was born in Greenwich, but raised on Tyneside, has been a target for Sunderland fans since winning the penalty from which Shola Ameobi snatched a 1-1 draw at St James' Park in February 2009 after going down all too easily when challenged by Steed Malbranque.

Condemnation: Martin O'Neill criticised those fans who participated in the vile chants

Condemnation: Martin O'Neill criticised those fans who participated in the vile chants

Sharing the spoils: Demba Ba put the ball past his own goalkeeper to hand Sunderland a draw

Sharing the spoils: Demba Ba put the ball past his own goalkeeper to hand Sunderland a draw

O'Neill revealed he had not referred to the 26-year-old's pre-match comments in his team talk, but admitted his players were well aware of what had been said.

He said: 'It didn't figure in my team talk, but some of the players had passed comment about it.

'He's absolutely entitled to his opinion. I am delighted he made their bench.'

Manchester City 1 Arsenal 1 match report: Laurent Koscielny secures equaliser

Manchester City 1 Arsenal 1: Koscielny grabs late equaliser after Lescott header

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16:55 GMT, 23 September 2012

Laurent Koscielny scored with just eight minutes remaining to secure a deserved point for Arsenal at Manchester City.

Joleon Lescott had given the hosts the lead with a header from a David Silva corner shortly before the interval.

But Koscielny, who was deputising for Thomas Vermaelen, ensured the Gunners left the Etihad Stadium with a share of the spoils.

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All smiles: Koscielny is mobbed after scoring a late equaliser at the Etihad Stadium

All smiles: Koscielny is mobbed after scoring a late equaliser at the Etihad Stadium

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Come in No 6: Koscielny wheels away in celebration after netting for the Gunners

Come in No 6: Koscielny wheels away in celebration after netting for the Gunners

Head boy: Lescott scores for Manchester City with 39 minutes gone

Head boy: Lescott scores for Manchester City with 39 minutes gone

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Net gains: Arteta propped up the post but failed to stop Lescott's header from finding the net

Net gains: Arteta propped up the post but failed to stop Lescott's header from finding the net

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Blue is the colour: Lescott celebrates after scoring with six minutes remaining before the interval

Blue is the colour: Lescott celebrates after scoring with six minutes remaining before the interval

Carl Frampton beats Steve Molitor to defend Commonwealth super bantamweight title

Frampton stops two-time world champion Molitor inside six rounds to defend title

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23:09 GMT, 22 September 2012

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23:11 GMT, 22 September 2012

Carl Frampton successfully defended his Commonwealth super bantamweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of experienced Canadian Steve Molitor at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

In front of a home crowd Frampton never looked in trouble as he dominated his opponent, putting him down three times on his way to a 15th successive professional win.

Frampton was always able to stay ahead on points, never giving Molitor time and eventually his better work-rate wore his opponent down.

To the victor, the spoils: Carl Frampton (left) walks away after flooring Steve Molitor

To the victor, the spoils: Carl Frampton (left) walks away after flooring Steve Molitor

A flurry of punches in the sixth round forced the Canadian to his knees and it was clear he did not want to continue.

Molitor made it back to his feet but, with two minutes 21 seconds of the round gone, the referee called the contest off.

Frampton put his victory down to his preparation.

He said on Sky Sports 1: 'I think it's just all down to hard work. I really pushed myself hard in training.

Roar power: Frampton was ecstatic after his victory

Roar power: Frampton was ecstatic after his victory

'I know I can hit hard – I've just got to land the shots. I didn't think he liked the pace that much – that's why I pushed so hard. I made him miss quite a lot (of punches).

'I was just on him the whole time – that was it really.'

Frampton praised the crowd and promised them he planned to have more fights on home soil.

'I want as many fights here in Belfast as possible,' he said. 'The crowd was amazing. I'm not far from a world title. I will fight anyone.'

Fearless: After the defence of his title, Frampton says he'll fight anyone

Fearless: After the defence of his title, Frampton says he'll fight anyone

Fearless: After the defence of his title, Frampton says he'll fight anyone

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan, the former world featherweight champion, pointed to the quality of Molitor.

'Steve Molitor is not a world champion two times over for no reason,” he said.

'He (Frampton) just ground him down and eventually he nailed him. This guy is a fabulous young fighter. We intend to map it out and work towards a world title fight.'

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