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MATCHES OFF: Manchester United v West Brom survives late inspection

MATCHES OFF: Football League and Conference games fall foul of the weather

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UPDATED:

14:15 GMT, 29 December 2012

A number of Saturday's fixtures have been postponed due to waterlogged pitches but Manchester United's home clash with West Brom was given the go-ahead after a 1.15pm pitch inspection.

In the Championship, there was doubt over Alex McLeish's first game in charge at Nottingham Forest but the City Ground test against Crystal Palace was given the green light after a second inspection at lunchtime.

In League 1, Stevenage Borough's match with Notts County at Broadhall Way has been called off.

Colchester United's match with Swindon Town was postponed on Friday evening after match official Adam Crysell deemed the playing surface unfit.

Wet and wild: Ground staff get to work at Old Trafford on Saturday morning

Wet and wild: Ground staff get to work at Old Trafford on Saturday morning

WHAT'S OFF…

npower League 1
Stevenage v Notts County

npower League 2
Aldershot v Torquay – Postponed due to waterlogged pitch – no new date
Gillingham v Northampton – Postponed due to waterlogged pitch – no new date
Cheltenham v Bristol Rovers – Postponed due to waterlogged pitch – no new date

Blue Square Bet Premier
Hereford v Newport County
Braintree Town v Woking
Mansfield v Grimsby

Nuneaton v Alfreton

SPL
Ross County v Hearts

In League 2, three matches – Aldershot v Torquay, Gillingham v Northampton and Cheltenham v Bristol Rovers – have been cancelled.

Macclesfield's FA Cup second round replay with Barrow is going ahead after a pitch inspection.

North of the border, the SPL encounter at Dingwall between Ross County and Hearts has been postponed.

In the Conference, the matches at Hereford United, Nuneaton, Braintree Town and Mansfield Town have also fallen victim to heavy overnight rain.

Stockport's match with Telford is going ahead after a 1pm pitch inspection.

The programme in the Conference North and South has also been badly affected.

In the North, the matches at FC Halifax Town, Guiseley, Histon, Vauxhall Motors and Worcester are OFF.

In the South, the games at Bath City, Eastleigh, Hayes and Sutton United are OFF.

Sex with Madonna would not be as good as beating Aston Villa, says Paolo Di Canio

In bed with Di Canio! Passionate Paolo says Swindon beating Villa would be better than sex with Madonna

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UPDATED:

09:58 GMT, 30 October 2012

Paolo Di Canio reckons a Swindon win over Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup would be better than having sex with Madonna.

Di Canio welcomes Villa to the County Ground on Tuesday night and the Robins boss cannot wait to get stuck in to Premier League opposition.

Like Material Girl singer Madonna, Villa produced their best work in the 1980s and Di Canio fancies his chances of an upset.

She shoots, she scores: Madonna or victory over Aston Villa - it's a tough choice

She shoots, she scores: Madonna or victory over Aston Villa – it's a tough choice

The Italian scored the winner for West Ham against Manchester United in the FA Cup in 2001 and is looking forward to being the underdog once more.

He said: 'When I scored against United it was very exciting to look around and see 9,000 people celebrating away from home.

'Sending Manchester United out was amazing. It was like having sex with Madonna and beating Villa as a manager would be just as good.

'Better than having sex with Madonna Let me try it and I will give you an honest answer.'

Di Canio has been basking in 'positive energy' ahead of the game.

The Robins head into the fourth-round tie on the back of a convincing 4-0 victory at Stevenage and Di Canio insists he is calmness personified.

'You can't wait to start when you have time to wait and I don't know why but I feel positive, I feel happy, I have a positive energy,' he said.

Up for the cup: Paolo Di Canio is looking forward to facing Aston Villa

Up for the cup: Paolo Di Canio is looking forward to facing Aston Villa

'I was thinking more about it (at the weekend) but I am getting close to the match and I am more relaxed.

'If we can do something more it would be a dream but I don't feel the pressure. I think there would be more pressure if there were some details I could use to prepare my players better.

'What we have done already is fantastic and there will be a fantastic atmosphere at the County Ground.'

Di Canio's Wiltshire side are not short of confidence for the sold-out visit of Villa, who have only won one league match this season.

Swindon have already eliminated Championship sides Brighton and Burnley as well as Stoke at the Britannia Stadium – their best run in the League Cup since reaching the semi-finals 17 years ago.

Tester: Aston Villa head for Swindon on the back of a 1-1 draw with Norwich

Tester: Aston Villa head for Swindon on the back of a 1-1 draw with Norwich

And despite scoring three goals or more in every Capital One Cup tie so far this season Di Canio is well aware chances will be at a premium at a ground where Swindon have lost just twice since August 2011.

'Even if we have one chance to win the game, we will try to make the one chance a big chance,' Di Canio said.

'The first half hour is crucial, every first half-hour is crucial. This kind of game is really important tactically but if you stay one versus one and if you cut out silly mistakes in the middle of midfield, then the players can make a difference.

'It's easy to prepare for this game because the players have 200 per cent commitment to prove their quality. If you are not an intelligent manager you can fall in a trap because you can make mistakes because there is too much enthusiasm.'

The Robins will be without one of their star performers in the victory over Stevenage on Saturday after on-loan Tottenham playmaker John Bostock hobbled off with a groin injury.

The Italian's options could be boosted by a return to the squad for striker Andy Williams, who has not featured since October 6 because of a calf injury.

Stevenage 1 Southampton 4: Tadanari Lee

Stevenage 1 Southampton 4: Lee kick starts season but Saints helped by ref's mistake

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UPDATED:

20:44 GMT, 28 August 2012

The sun rose on Southampton’s season thanks to a goal from their Japan star Tadanari Lee and a mistake by referee Oliver Langford.

Lee, signed in January from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, was playing for the first time since injuring his foot in March. He broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute but it was the second goal, scored by Billy Sharp, which infuriated Stevenage boss Gary Smith.

Shooting star: Tadanari Lee opened the scoring for Southampton

Shooting star: Tadanari Lee opened the scoring for Southampton

Match facts

Stevenage: Day, Gray, Ashton, Roberts, Charles, Freeman, Dunne, Tansey, Rodgers, Akins, Haber. Subs not used: Arnold, Grant, Furlonge, Ball, Thalassitis, N'Gala, Shroot.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Shaw, Butterfield, Chaplow, Seaborne, Hammond, Puncheon, Sharp. Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Stephens, Chambers, Reeves, Moore, Hoskins, Sinclair.

Referee: Oliver Langford.

Mark Roberts tried to play a long
pass out of defence but slipped and sliced it towards his own
goalkeeper, Chris Day, who promptly picked it up. Referee Langford saw
it as an intentional backpass, gave a free-kick and Richard Chaplow fed
Sharp, who scored before Stevenage could regroup.

With Smith still venting his fury at the fourth official, Jason Puncheon added the third with a brilliant volley from 30 yards.

After defeats from their opening two
Premier League games, Nigel Adkins was relieved to see his team
rediscover the winning habit ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester
United at St Mary’s.

Adkins took the risk of changing his
entire team at the Lamex Stadium. Out went those beaten by Wigan on
Saturday, in came a collection of fringe players and highly-rated
youngsters, including academy products Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse.

Controversy: Billy Sharp hits the second, much to the fury of Stevenage players (below)

Controversy: Billy Sharp hits the second, much to the fury of Stevenage players (below)

Controversy: Billy Sharp hits the second, much to the fury of Stevenage players (below)

Controversy: Billy Sharp hits the second, much to the fury of Stevenage players (below)

It might have been easier had Sharp’s
goal in the fourth minute not been ruled out for offside but Saints
struggled to dominate their League One hosts. Ward-Prowse went close
with a deflected effort from the edge of the area and Daniel Seaborne
headed over when he ought to have hit the target but Stevenage
threatened at the other end, where goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga, 20, was
making his Southampton debut.

Greg Tansey rattled the bar in the
eighth minute with a free-kick from 20 yards, James Dunne headed a good
chance wide at the far post, Gazzaniga saved from Robbie Rogers and
Roberts slammed a shot into the side-netting from a corner.

Saints emerged for the second half
with more purpose and Lee put them in control within eight minutes.
Puncheon threaded a pass into the feet of Sharp, as he spun behind the
back four, and he picked out Lee at the back post who applied an assured
finish.

Then came the Sharp controversy and
the best goal of the night from Puncheon. Stevenage pulled one back in
stoppage time through substitute Michael Thalassitis.

Spurs defender Kyle Naughton handed new four-year deal

Naughton handed new Spurs contract despite just four appearances in three years

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 17 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton has committed his future to the club with a new four-year contract.

The 23-year-old right-back has spent
little of his three years as a Tottenham player in the first-team squad,
having had loan spells with Middlesbrough, Leicester and Norwich.

Rare appearance: Kyle Naughton in action during the pre-season friendly against Stevenage

Rare appearance: Kyle Naughton in action during the pre-season friendly against Stevenage

He played regularly in the Barclays Premier League for Norwich last season and could find more opportunities at White Hart Lane under Andre Villas-Boas than he was afforded under former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

Tottenham announced on their website: 'We are delighted to announce that Kyle Naughton has signed a new contract with the club until 2016.'

Naughton joined Tottenham along with Kyle Walker in July 2009 from Sheffield United but has made just four senior competitive appearances.

Luka Modric only leaves for 35m, says Andre Villas-Boas

Modric told he's going nowhere unless Real Madrid or United stump up 35m

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UPDATED:

23:15 GMT, 18 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric he will not leave White Hart Lane until the club’s 35million asking price is met.

Modric remains a target for Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. Tottenham are resigned to losing their star midfielder this summer after giving Modric the go-ahead to quit White Hart Lane.

Not all white: Luka Modric is desperate to leave Tottenham this summer

Not all white: Luka Modric is desperate to leave Tottenham this summer

Laying it down: Andre Villas-Boas

Laying it down: Andre Villas-Boas

Villas-Boas launched his Tottenham reign with a 2-0 win at Stevenage on Wednesday night, with new 8m signing Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring the opening goal.

The Portuguese manager said: ‘There has been continuous interest (in Modric) from three different clubs. But it’s important for Tottenham to hold on to their rights.

'His situation will continue as it is until the price is right. Luka is an intelligent person and understands the club have to defend his value, their values, rights and interests.

‘The offer has not met what the chairman wants. If that is met there won’t be any problems.’

London 2012 Olympics: Lewis Hamilton carries torch

Hamilton puts Silverstone disappointment behind him to carry Olympic torch

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UPDATED:

07:38 GMT, 9 July 2012

Lewis Hamilton was in in pole position for the Olympic torch relay on Monday morning.

The Formula One star was the first to pick up the flame on its leg from Luton to Oxford on the 52nd day of its journey to the London Games.

Hamilton missed out on carrying the golden torch through his own town of Stevenage on Sunday, because he was competing in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton holding the Olympic Flame

All smiles: Lewis Hamilton with the Olympic torch

All smiles: Lewis Hamilton was up early to carry the Olympic torch just a day after the British Grand Prix

The 27-year-old McLaren driver qualified in eighth spot for the race, and did not manage to improve on the position for the final standings.

Hamilton is unlikely to complete the 300m stretch in the three seconds it would take in his McLaren Mercedes.

The racer was nominated to carry the torch because of his qualities as a role model.

He is just one race away from a century of F1 races, and he is currently fourth in this season's world championship.

Sheffield United 1 Stevenage 0 (agg 1-0) – match report

Sheffield United 1 Stevenage 0 (agg 1-0): Porter strikes late to secure Blades' Wembley spot

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 14 May 2012

Chris Porter's late header sent Sheffield United into the npower League One play-off final after a tense semi-final victory over Stevenage.

After a goalless first leg and a similarly even first 85 minutes here, extra-time looked on the cards until Porter popped up at the back post to nod Matt Lowton's pinpoint cross past Chris Day.

It sent Bramall Lane wild and was a moment of personal glory for Porter, who had struggled in a lone role up front.

Pure delight: Chris Porter headed home a late winner to secure a Wembley play-off final spot for Sheffield United

Pure delight: Chris Porter headed home a late winner to secure a Wembley play-off final spot for Sheffield United

The win was nothing less than United deserved, though, as they were the dominant force throughout and it should have been a more resounding victory, but Ryan Flynn, Lee Williamson and Stephen Quinn were all denied.

As it was, Porter's goal was enough to secure passage to Wembley where Danny Wilson's side will meet either Huddersfield or MK Dons, who play the second leg of their semi-final tomorrow night.

MATCH FACTS

SHEFFIELD UNITED: Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Hill, Williamson, McDonald (Montgomery 46), Doyle, Flynn, Quinn, Porter. Subs Not Used: Howard, Taylor, McAllister, O'Halloran.

Goals: Porter 85.

Booked: Lowton.

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Beer we go: The Blades will play either MK Dons or Huddersfield at Wembley

Wilson's half-time team-talk will still have been ringing in United's ears by the time they created their first meaningful effort of the second period, but Flynn could not get enough purchase on his shot from 16 yards out following a poor clearance and it was blocked.

It was much more vibrant from the Blades after the restart, though, and Williamson went close when he turned Porter's cross just wide as they stepped it up, with Flynn missing by inches with a 20-yard drive moments later.

The game began to open up and Blades goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, who had been a virtual spectator throughout, was tested for the first time when he got down to save Luke Freeman's low shot.

Justice almost served: United missed out on automatic promotion on the final day

Justice almost served: United missed out on automatic promotion on the final day

Quinn and Williamson both fired over from distance as United's surge began to run out of steam.

Stevenage had hardly presented an attacking threat, but they could have taken an undeserved lead had it not been a fine finger-tip save from Simonsen, who superbly turned Scott Laird's 20-yard shot over.

As the game entered its final 10 minutes it became frantic as the hosts renewed their searched for a winner and Matt Hill rifled a 30-yard piledriver just wide and Quinn forced Day into a save with a right-footed effort soon after.

And with extra-time looming, Porter rose highest to nod home from close range and send United to Wembley as they saw out a nerve-wracking final few minutes.

Tottenham 1 Stoke 1: Match zone

Stoke earn point from sloppy Spurs: White Hart Lane match zone

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UPDATED:

00:25 GMT, 22 March 2012

Tottenham were held by Stoke to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane with Arsenal's victory over Everton meaning they slip down to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table.

Here's the lowdown on the action in north London with Sportmail's match zone…

Hard day at the office: Tottenham failed to find their rhythm against Stoke

Hard day at the office: Tottenham failed to find their rhythm against Stoke

Harry goes back to what he knows…

Harry Redknapp returned to his tried-and-tested formation last night, having had little success playing two up front.

Since signing Louis Saha he has opted for a pair of strikers as opposed to having Rafael van der Vaart playing off a lone frontman.

It worked on Saha's debut when they hammered Newcastle 5-0 but in the five game since they have won only once – when they went back to 4-4-1-1 against Stevenage – losing three and drawing one.

Back to basics: Redknapp returned to the system which has served him well

Back to basics: Redknapp returned to the system which has served him well

Parks keeps the pressure on

Tottenham goalkeeper coach Tony Parks had a brief word with Brad Friedel when there was a gap in play following an injury to Salif Diao and told him to start distributing the ball out wide.

The American heeded his advice, and Spurs upped their game as a result. Whereas Stoke had been dealing comfortably with the hosts playing the ball down the middle, in the next 20 minutes Tottenham dominated possession and looked far more threatening.

Stoked up: Jerome fired the visitors in front with 15 minutes remaining

Stoked up: Jerome fired the visitors in front with 15 minutes remaining

Old boys combine to Stoke up the clash

Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios returned to face their former club and their inside knowledge of Tottenham appeared to work as Stoke contained their opponents well in the first half.

Crouch was a handful up front up against former team-mates Younes Kaboul and Ledley King, though the ex-England striker did miss the target with both a shot and header.

Spurs fans may have managed a wry smile as Palacios picked up a trademark clumsy yellow card.

Spurred on: Tottenham old boy Crouch (left) was back at The Lane

Spurred on: Tottenham old boy Crouch (left) was back at The Lane

Gareth Bale confident Spurs will end slump in FA Cup tie with Bolton

Up for the cup: Bale looks to end Spurs slump with win over Bolton

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UPDATED:

17:47 GMT, 14 March 2012

Gareth Bale is confident Tottenham can put their Barclays Premier League slump behind them when they face Bolton in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final.

Third-placed Spurs have thrown away what looked set to be a 13-point lead over Arsenal since last month's north London derby and go into this weekend's cup tie just one point ahead of their arch-rivals.

But star winger Bale believes sealing a place in a Wembley semi-final would be just the tonic to three successive league defeats.

Poor run: Bale wants Tottenham to end their mini slump with a win over Bolton in the FA Cup

Poor run: Bale wants Tottenham to end their mini slump with a win over Bolton in the FA Cup

'It's a massive game for us,' Bale said.

'We know our league form hasn't been great of late, but the FA Cup is a different competition and, being at home, we've got a great chance to get to the semi-finals.

'We know it's not going to be an easy game. It's going to be hard work – it's a cup tie.

'We'll just go out there, give it 100 per cent, play our best football and hopefully we can be in the semi-final.'

Spurs have enjoyed the luck of the draw this season, having faced Cheltenham, Watford and Stevenage, with Bolton their first Premier League opponents.

Chance to shine: Jake Livermore hopes to start in the game against Bolton

Chance to shine: Jake Livermore hopes to start in the game against Bolton

Bale said: 'The teams we've come up against have made it difficult for us.

'We've got through on merit at the end of the day, and to play Bolton will be a difficult test, and one we're ready for.

'Any silverware is important and the FA Cup is a massive trophy in England and something we want to do well in.'

Manager Harry Redknapp must decide whether to continue to rest players in cup competition, with Wednesday's league game with Stoke and next Saturday's crunch trip to Chelsea fast approaching.

Young midfielder Jake Livermore will be hoping that is the case, having started three of Tottenham's four FA Cup matches this season.

Indeed, the 22-year-old is already dreaming of Wembley, where he famously scored against Barcelona in the 2009 Wembley Cup.

This way to Wembley: Bale hopes to guide Spurs to the National Stadium

This way to Wembley: Bale hopes to guide Spurs to the National Stadium

'That goal feels like many moons ago!' he said.

'It would be great to go back to Wembley, the heart of English football. Every player in the changing room wants to go there.

'There are no easy games and Bolton will be difficult.

'The FA Cup, you can never predict what will happen, but we'll be ready. It's another tough game for us.

'The FA Cup is a big part of our season and to get a result against Bolton, to get the chance to play at Wembley, is a dream. We all want to play at Wembley and we all want to win the FA Cup.'

Livermore added of Tottenham's recent form: 'The lads are disappointed with the results but we can take pride from the performances.

'We've worked our socks off and sometimes you get the breaks, sometimes you don't.

'Hopefully, we'll finish where we deserve to finish at the end of the season.'

Meanwhile, Tottenham today confirmed one of their youngsters has been in intensive care for the past three days after suffering a serious head injury.

Academy prospect Oliver Modeste, 17, was taken to hospital following an accidental fall on Sunday evening and is being closely monitored by specialists.

Spurs said in a statement: 'Oliver's family has asked the club to convey their thanks for the many messages of support they have received.

'They have also asked that their privacy be respected at this time.

'The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Oliver's family.'

Gareth Bale is no diver, insists Harry Redknapp

Bale is no diver! Redknapp leaps to defence of Wales winger

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 10 March 2012

Heated: Osman confronts Bale about his actions

Heated: Osman confronts Bale about his actions

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp
defended Gareth Bale against accusations of diving after the latest
incident in which the Welshman's honesty appeared to be questioned.

Leon Osman exchanged angry words with
Bale after the Spurs man took a tumble following a fair-looking
challenge in Everton's 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Goodison Park.

He was recently accused of winning
penalties against Arsenal and Stevenage but Redknapp said: 'He runs so
quickly and when you're running at the pace he does and you change
direction, you get clipped and you go over.

'When you're that quick, it can
happen so I don't think he goes over too easily. He gets chopped down an
awful lot but that's also part of the game and he has to accept it.'