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Fulham 0 Chelsea 3: Premier League match report – David Luiz and John Terry strike to give Blues victory

Fulham 0 Chelsea 3: Luiz rocket and Terry double give Benitez's boys derby day spoils and Champions League advantage

PUBLISHED:

20:53 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:53 GMT, 17 April 2013

David Luiz scored one of the goals of the season and captain John Terry added a further two to give Chelsea a convincing victory and the advantage in the race for the Champions League.

Rafa Benitez's team climb to third ahead of rivals Arsenal and Tottenham and are strongest placed of the three to seal third place.

More to follow…

All smiles: John Terry's double has boosted Chelsea's Champions League hopes

All smiles: John Terry's double has boosted Chelsea's Champions League hopes

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riise (Rodallega, 67), Senderos, Hangeland, Riether, Karagounis (Frimpong, 76), Emanuelson, Enoh, Berbatov, Petric (Frei, 82), Ruiz

Subs not used: Etheridge, Richardson, Hughes, Manolev

Booked: Senderos, Ruiz

CHELSEA: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Bertrand, Ramires (Mikel, 75), Lampard, Mata (Ba, 80), Moses, Hazard (Oscar, 69), Torres

Subs not used: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Benayoun, Ake

Goals: Luiz 30, Terry 43, 71

Booked: Ivanovic

Att: 25,002

Referee: Mike Dean

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Spectacular: David Luiz had opened the scoring with a stunning finish

Spectacular: David Luiz had opened the scoring with a stunning finish

Leader: Terry then leapt highest to double Chelsea's lead

Leader: Terry then leapt highest to double Chelsea's lead

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Time to celebrate: Chelsea looked rather safe after scoring their second goal

Time to celebrate: Chelsea looked rather safe after scoring their second goal

Masked marksman: Fernando Torres was again lively

Masked marksman: Fernando Torres was again lively

Returning to form The Spaniard set up Terry's second goal with this header

Returning to form The Spaniard set up Terry's second goal with this header

Ashley Cole ruled out for two weeks but Rafa Benitez insists Chelsea can cope against Rubin Kazan

Cole ruled out for two weeks but Benitez insists Chelsea can cope in Kazan crunch

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

12:35 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:07 GMT, 3 April 2013

Rafa Benitez has revealed that Chelsea will be without Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill for at least two weeks.

Cole was rested for the Premier League defeat by Southampton but returned to face Manchester United in Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final victory at Stamford Bridge.

But he injured his hamstring in the opening quarter of the match and was replaced by Ryan Bertrand – who may end up having to play four times in a week.

Look here: Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez and defender Ryan Bertrand speak to the press on Wednesday

Look here: Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez and defender Ryan Bertrand speak to the press on Wednesday

All smiles: John Terry (centre left) and Juan Mata (centre right) tussle during Chelsea training on Wednesday

All smiles: John Terry (centre left) and Juan Mata (centre right) tussle during Chelsea training on Wednesday

Ahead of Thursday night’s match
against Rubin Kazan, Benitez said: ‘I’d say at least two weeks for both
Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill. We are without Oriol Romeu as you know and
Demba Ba cannot play. That’s it.

‘You train to do little things because you do not have much time and you cannot push too hard.

‘We concentrate one game at a time so we pick a team who can win any game and concentrate on this game. They have to be ready for any game.

‘Since I came and with the fixtures we have I think we’re doing really well.’

The victory over United has proved a huge boost for the under-fire manager, at a club who have become somewhat FA Cup specialists.

‘We proved against a team at the top of the table and a manager with the most trophies in England that we can compete against anyone if we have the time and players available. One game every three days, you cannot do everything you want to do. I’m happy with what we’re doing. It was an important game for us. We did really well against United and it shows we can reach this level. We played against a very good team.’

Bertrand added: ‘Ashley’s injury means it’s a chance for me to come in and play in the next few games but it’s important to focus on the next game and make sure we get the right result.

‘As a player you want to win each game you go into and as far in every competition as you can.'

Asked about Rubin, he said: ‘They’ve done well, they’ve knocked out the holders and they will give us tough competition.’

Limped off: Ashley Cole was injured in the FA Cup replay victory over Manchester United on Monday

Limped off: Ashley Cole was injured in the FA Cup replay victory over Manchester United on Monday

Crocked: Centre-back Gary Cahill (left) also faces a spell on the sidelines due to injury

Crocked: Centre-back Gary Cahill (left) also faces a spell on the sidelines due to injury

Soldiering on: Fernando Torres is ready to face Rubin Kazan despite his facial injury

Soldiering on: Fernando Torres is ready to face Rubin Kazan despite his facial injury

Southampton 2 Chelsea 1: Rafael Benitez stays calm and insists there is a long way to go in race for Champions League qualification

There's a long way to go: Chelsea boss Benitez stays calm despite top-four setback

By
Mark Bryans, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:35 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:36 GMT, 30 March 2013

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez maintains the race for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League will run until the end of the season despite seeing his much-changed side slip to a 2-1 defeat at Southampton.

First-half goals from Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert handed Mauricio Pochettino another prized scalp, with Chelsea briefly drawing level courtesy of a John Terry header.

The Blues have now lost three successive away games in the league and dropped below Tottenham into fourth place, with fellow London rivals Arsenal just two points adrift in fifth.

Undone: Rafa Benitez's Chelsea side were defeated 2-1 by Southampton at St Mary's

Undone: Rafa Benitez's Chelsea side were defeated 2-1 by Southampton at St Mary's

Despite the result Benitez, who was again the victim of jeers and negative chanting from the travelling Chelsea support, reckons no-one will be certain of a Champions League position until the very end of the campaign.

'It is the same situation, if we had three points more it would be easier,' he said. 'We still have one game in hand and we have to carry on and concentrate and move on and start thinking about Monday (FA Cup quarter-final replay v Manchester United).

'In the league you still have a lot of games and I think it (the battle for a top-four finish) will run for the rest of the season.'

Opener: Jay Rodriguez slotted the ball past Petr Cech to give Southampton the lead

Opener: Jay Rodriguez slotted the ball past Petr Cech to give Southampton the lead

Back on level terms: John Terry headed home from a corner to equalise for Chelsea

Back on level terms: John Terry headed home from a corner to equalise for Chelsea

This was Chelsea's first game in a run of six matches in a 16-day period and Benitez made no fewer than seven changes from the team that won against West Ham before the international break.

The former Liverpool boss said the fixture pile-up is something the Football Association needs to 'look at' in the future but did not regret rotating his players.

'We had to manage the squad,' he said. 'We didn't have many options in some positions so we had the players we had to use. You have to approach every game like it is the most important and we thought with these players we would be fine.

'I think that you could see that in the first half we didn't have the intensity we were expecting.

'We improved in the second half, made more chances, but still we didn't make the right decisions in the final third but at least we were there and made the chances.'

Sublime: Rickie Lambert scored a beautiful free-kick to put the Saints back ahead

Sublime: Rickie Lambert scored a beautiful free-kick to put the Saints back ahead

Pochettino, who has now won three, drawn three and lost three games since replacing Nigel Adkins as Saints manager in January was quick to defend his Chelsea counterpart following the game.

'I have a lot of sympathy (for Benitez's position),' he said.

'I fully recognise the job that he has done. For me he is one of the best managers in the world and he has my full respect for what he has achieved in football.'

Going places: Mauricio Pochettino believes his Southampton side are on the right path

Going places: Mauricio Pochettino believes his Southampton side are on the right path

The win against Chelsea follows earlier home successes against Manchester City and Liverpool and Pochettino believes beating some of the league's biggest names can only boost the morale around the club.

'Victories like those of today prove that we are on the right path,' he said.

'It is very important for the confidence of my players and especially the people surrounding our club – the technical staff.

'It is important that we believe we can achieve results as we saw today and we can continue achieving them in the future.'

Xavi Hernandez: Nani red card very harsh from Cuneyt Cakir

Barcelona star Xavi condemns Turkish referee Cakir for 'very harsh' Nani red card

By
Pete Jenson

PUBLISHED:

13:57 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:57 GMT, 8 March 2013

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has added his voice to the condemnation of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir’s sending off of Nani against Real Madrid.

The Spain international told Mundo Deportivo: 'Nani is going for the ball so I think it was very harsh. It changes the game; a red card should be for something much worse. There is so little between the big teams in Europe that a sending off makes so much difference.

'I always say with these incidents that you have to look at the intention of the player. Nani is looking at the ball and not at the defender. For me it is very harsh.'

Controversy: Cakir gives Nani his marching orders on Tuesday night

Controversy: Cakir gives Nani his marching orders on Tuesday night

Barcelona benefited from a similar sending off two years ago at the semi-final stage against Real Madrid. But Xavi said: 'I don’t think it is the same because Pepe goes to make the foul. He can see (Dani) Alves throughout the entire incident.

'Nani, on the other hand, doesn’t. Nani sees the ball and wants to control it. He is ‘playing’, not ‘defending’, he does not set out to foul the opponent so the two incidents are completely different.'

Meanwhile, Cakir defended his decision today, telling newspaper AS: 'I feel good and I do not doubt my decisions. Nani's red was correct. The world will realise the truth over time.'

The official also brandished other high-profile red cards in matches involving English teams, dismissing John Terry in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona last season, Mario Balotelli in a Europa League game against Dynamo Kiev and, earlier this season, Steven Gerrard during England's World Cup draw with Ukraine and Gary Cahill in the Club World Cup defeat to Corinthians.

'In the previous games with the English teams there was no unfair decision,' Cakir added.

'What decision was incorrect The red to Terry or Balotelli I don't think I made a mistake in showing those cards and sending them off.'

Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson has vented his anger at the official

Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson has vented his anger at the official

Swift exit: Cakir is seen leaving Manchester on Wednesday

Swift exit: Cakir is seen leaving Manchester on Wednesday

Regarding being at the centre of controversy this week, Cakir said: 'It hasn't made me feel sad. I don't think about it.

'I've received more criticism on other occasions, but I've always got up and recovered. I can do it again.'

Backing: Xavi (centre) sympathised with Nani

Backing: Xavi (centre) sympathised with Nani

Manchester United order new aqua suit ahead of Real Madrid

EXCLUSIVE: United steal march on Madrid by ordering new version of secret weapon Mourinho used to beat City

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

10:46 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 5 March 2013

Manchester United are turning to Real Madrid’s secret weapon as they battle to keep their Treble ambitions on track.

The club’s medical team have placed an order for an innovative aqua suit designed to bring players back to full fitness more quickly after injury.

Rob Swire, United’s chief physiotherapist, is overseeing the purchase after being impressed with a presentation at the Carrington training ground from creator Terry Nelson, a former Liverpool youth player.

Secret weapon: Manchester United have placed an order for the aqua suit (below) to aid their Treble bid

Secret weapon: Manchester United have placed an order for the aqua suit (below) to aid their Treble bid

Manchester United aqua suit

Madrid worked with Nelson for 18 months over his TNAR Mk X6 buoyancy suits, which allow players to train in swimming pools even when injuries have stopped them running on land.

Jose Mourinho gave the thumbs up for his squad of stars to start using the equipment in May last year with Cristiano Ronaldo having one custom-made.

But United have stolen a march ahead of the sides’ Champions League last 16 second leg clash by requesting the newer, improved version first and they will take delivery at the end of this month once they are completed, just in time for the crucial run in.

Suits you: Cristiano Ronaldo in a mocked up kit

Fan: Former Argentina manager Diego Maradona, pictured with inventor Terry Nelson, is a fan of the suit

Fans: Cristiano Ronaldo mocked up in the suit (left) and Diego Maradona with designer Terry Nelson

The suits fit over a player’s torso and are made from Nylon, lycra and strategically-placed foam padding, lifting them into a vertical stance for exercise in pools.

‘I designed it for training in the water so your feet don’t touch the floor,’ Nelson, 50, told Sportsmail. ‘The suit keeps you upright in the correct biomechanical running position. Anyone who’s got an injury can now run and train and sprint and do all the things they can’t do on land.

Mouthwatering: United and Real Madrid go head to head in the Champions League at Old Trafford

Mouthwatering: United and Real Madrid go head to head in the Champions League at Old Trafford

Real Madrid

‘It brings the players back quicker from injury. They don’t have to rest, they can run very early in their recovery.’

Specific training exercises have been written up to maximise the kit’s effectiveness and United have asked to be taught these too after witnessing a demonstration on February 8.

‘I was very impressed by their receptiveness to new ideas,’ said Nelson.

Rio Ferdinand: I"m not losing any sleep over England snub

I'm not losing any sleep over England snub! Ferdinand focused on Man United's title challenge

qualifying match with Switzerland at Wembley.

Return Rio Ferdinand (left) has been offered a bizarre lifeline by England

Return Rio Ferdinand (left) has been offered a bizarre lifeline by England

That came under Fabio Capello, but
with the race row between John Terry and his brother Anton still
unresolved at the time Roy Hodgson took over, Ferdinand has remained
unselected by the current boss.

Hodgson insists the 81-cap man's
omission is for football reasons alone, while the player himself refuses
to even think about anything beyond his achievements at club level.

'I'm not sitting there thinking about trying to get back into the England team,' he told the Manchester Evening News.

'I'm just playing football for Manchester United. That's what I love doing and that is what's at the forefront of my mind.

'If that, in time, it ends up in me
getting a call-up for England, then great and fantastic. If it doesn't, I
won't really lose any sleep over it,' he added.

Commanding: Ferdinand has had a solid season at the back for Manchester United

Commanding: Ferdinand has had a solid season at the back for Manchester United

Inconclusive: England manager Roy Hodgson said England have 'moved on' from the centre-back pairing of Ferdinand and John Terry

Inconclusive: England manager Roy Hodgson said England have 'moved on' from the centre-back pairing of Ferdinand and John Terry

Ferdinand appeared to have been
thrown a bizarre international lifeline after the FA insisted he could
still return to Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Ferdinand,
who has not played for his country since a 2-2 draw with Switzerland in
June 2011, insists he will always be available to play international
football.

The 34-year-old has started 19 games in the Barclays Premier League for Manchester United this season and Sportsmail's Neil Ashton wrote this week about how England should recall the defender.

Although England sealed an impressive
2-1 win over Brazil on Wednesday, Ferdinand's absence from England duty
was highlighted at Wembley when Gary Cahill's mistake allowed Fred to
equalise.

After the game Hodgson seemed to
claim England had moved on from the Ferdinand era and were looking to
younger players for the 2014 World Cup.

Blunder: Gary Cahill's error led to Brazil's equaliser on Wednesday night

Blunder: Gary Cahill's error led to Brazil's equaliser on Wednesday night

'For
years England had a centre-back pairing (John Terry and Ferdinand)
everyone was satisfied with and they were two very good players,'
England's manager said.

'For
various reasons we've moved on from that and we have to try to solve
the problem. I'm not going to talk about Rio. It seems that every other
day I have to answer questions about Rio.

'We've just beaten Brazil for the first time in God knows how many years, the first time I've played against Brazil.

'We're
talking international football, England against Brazil and some of the
so-called very, very best players in the world. I think that whoever you
would play at centre back would have problems against that quality of
opposition.'

However,
despite Hodgson's comments the FA attempted to clarify the situation
yesterday and insisted the door will never be closed on any player.

Jamie Carragher can stand alongside Tony Adams and John Terry – Jamie Redknapp

I wasn't sure about Carra at first. In training, we all wanted to face him… but he's turned into a great player and can stand alongside Adams and Terry as a defensive giant

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Silver lining: Jamie Carragher lifted the League Cup in 2012 – it will almost certainly be his last domestic trophy

Warrior: A brave defender, Carragher would put his body on the line for Liverpool

Warrior: A brave defender, Carragher would always put his body on the line for Liverpool

Of all of my team-mates, nobody has worked harder than Carra to become the player he is. He deserves everything he has achieved in an age when young players are too quick to leave the training ground and shy away from the work required to master their art.

When he first came into the Liverpool squad, I wasn't sure. In training, Gerard Houllier would set us up one-on-ones – attack versus defence – and we all wanted to face Carra.

Passion: Carragher in action against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Passion: Carragher in action against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Strength: Carragher was a regular for England during his earlier years

Strength: Carragher was a regular for England during his peak

But after one summer, he came back with a
different approach – and began to stop everyone who tried to go past
him. He was fitter, faster, stronger. Since then, he has enjoyed a
wonderful career and can stand alongside Tony Adams and John Terry as a
defensive giant.

I would advise any young defender to travel to Liverpool and watch him play while you still can. The way he leads, the way he reads the game, the way he defends.

In quieter moments at a packed Anfield, you can hear his voice as he organises and manages on the pitch. In a time when players move from club to club like mercenaries chasing the money, Carragher has stayed loyal to one club.

Tony Adams

John Terry

Leaders: Carragher can claim to be among defensive greats such as Tony Adams (left) and John Terry

He could have finished in America or China, but it means more to him to be a one-club man for Liverpool than it does to grab a few more quid from the game.

He's a funny man, a magnificent defender and a great friend.

John Terry tells Chelsea there are no excuses for slump

Sort it out! Terry tells Chelsea team-mates there are NO excuses for sorry slump in form and that they MUST finish in top four

By
Ben Rumsby, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:01 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 29 January 2013

John Terry has told his Chelsea team-mates to 'liven up', insisting rotation was no excuse for their recent ills.

Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brentford and was far from impressed by another 'lacklustre' performance as they narrowly avoided a humiliating giant-killing.

Unimpressed: John Terry has warned Chelsea their current form is not good enough

Unimpressed: John Terry has warned Chelsea their current form is not good enough

Gary Cahill appeared to have taken his skipper's words on board judging by this full-bloodied challenge on Fernando Torres during training today

No holding back: Terry reckons Chelsea need to buck up their ideas and Gary Cahill appeared to have taken his skipper's words on board judging by this full-bloodied challenge on Fernando Torres during training today

It was the latest in a long line of
disappointing results in key games this season, which has seen Chelsea's
interest in five trophies ended already and has left them 11 points
behind leaders Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League title
race.

Interim manager Benitez has bemoaned the
lack of resources at his disposal during what has been a punishing run
of games but Terry insisted the current squad is capable of more.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground

Chelsea's Fernando Torres during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground on 29th January 2013 in Cobham, England

Letting fly: Eden Hazard (left) and Torres (right) lash the ball about during free-kick practice today at Cobham

Talking tactics: Chelsea's Rafael Benitez chats with Juan Mata during a training session at Chelsea's Cobham HQ today

Talking tactics: Chelsea's Rafael Benitez chats with Juan Mata during a training session at Chelsea's Cobham HQ today

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

He told Chelsea TV: 'We need to liven up
a bit and realise the importance to the fans and the club. Champions
League football is a must next season.

'We saw last season, going to the
Champions League final, suffering with all the extra games and stuff
like that, we ended up finishing sixth in the League.

'It's difficult but we have a squad and it's down to the players who come in to rotate and play well.'

Sunday was Terry's first start since he suffered a knee injury in November but it was Chelsea's 40th game already this season.

He added: 'Even though it's great to be back personally, on a team level we should be winning the game and now we've made it difficult for ourselves with a replay again.

'We have another game we could do without but we should beat them at the Bridge. I was disappointed because we didn't fight and they wanted it more.

'We're not (winning any trophies at the moment). It's disappointing going to Swansea and not scoring over two legs of the (Capital One Cup) semi-final. Being so lacklustre, like we were at Brentford.

'Over the two legs against Swansea, at home we did better but going there, I'd rather we'd lost that three or 4-0 and give it a go and we didn't do that.'

Back in action: Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury at Brentford

Back in action: Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury at Brentford

Barnsley 2 Leeds 0 – match report: Chris Dagnall scores twice

Barnsley 2 Leeds 0: Dagnall double provides dream end to nightmare week

By
Wayne Gardiner, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:57 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 12 January 2013

Barnsley's week to forget ended on a high as Chris Dagnall's brace earned the managerless Tykes a 2-0 derby win over Leeds.

Both Terry Butcher and Sean O'Driscoll have turned the vacant job down in the last seven days, but the man currently holding the fort, Dave Flitcroft, is making a more than fair case for getting it himself.

This was his second win in succession and his side deserved to score more than the two given to them by Dagnall's first league goals of the season and his first since the opening day.

In fact, it was the 38-year-old Flitcroft and not 64-year-old Neil Warnock in the opposition dugout who appeared the shrewder boss. Midway through the second half, in the midst of a third defeat in a row at Oakwell, the Leeds fans sang 'Warnock, time to go'.

Brace: Dagnall celebrates with caretaker manager Flitcroft

Brace: Dagnall celebrates with caretaker manager Flitcroft

MATCH FACTS

Barnsley: Steele, Stones, Cranie, McNulty, Kennedy, O'Brien (Mellis 33), Dawson, Perkins, Golbourne, Dagnall (Noble-Lazarus 90), Harewood, Mellis (Rose 88).

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

Goals: Dagnall 63 pen, 66.

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Pearce, Tate, Peltier, Barkley, Austin, Norris (McCormack 46), Tonge, Becchio, Diouf (Green 51).

Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Lees, Varney, White, Somma.

Booked: Becchio.

Att: 13,999

Ref: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

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There was no obvious sign of the
turbulence to have affected Barnsley this week throughout as they
started well and carried it on until the end.

They tested Paddy Kenny after just 80
seconds when Jim O'Brien's deflected effort sent the goalkeeper flying
away to his left, while Stephen Dawson had legitimate claims for a
penalty turned down when he appeared to be felled by Luciano Becchio.

O'Brien then shot over and Dawson was
denied by Kenny as the Tykes mounted some pressure which nearly
culminated in a goal as Marlon Harewood, almost in slow motion, drifted
in from the left and cracked a shot against the foot of Kenny's
right-hand post.

Flitcroft's anguish at his side's
near misses was evident and his mood did not improve as Jim McNulty's
header was cleared on the line by Rodolph Austin.

Quick: Dagnall struck twice in three minutes to see off Leeds

Quick: Dagnall struck twice in three minutes to see off Leeds

Even the loss of O'Brien to a
nasty-looking injury following a collision with Lee Peltier did not
affect the home side, with Dagnall twice going close at the end of a
first half that was completely one-sided.

Leeds' first effort on 48 minutes
drew ironic cheers from their fans as debutant Ross Barkley dragged a
25-yarder just wide, with the Everton teenager then going closer as he
spun onto Becchio's knockdown and crashed a shot against the bar from
six yards.

United's presence as an attacking
force was a fleeting one, though, and as the clock ticked into the 63rd
minute, Barnsley got the goal they deserved.

Happy: Caretaker boss Flitcroft salutes the fans at Oakwell

Happy: Caretaker boss Flitcroft salutes the fans at Oakwell

Dagnall ran at Sam Byram and turned
inside out on the right-hand side of the area. Byram kicked him and once
Dagnall had wrestled the ball from Dawson and Harewood he sent Kenny
the wrong way.

Even 1-0 was harsh on Barnsley and
they put that right just three minutes later, with Byram again given a
torrid time by Dagnall. The former Rochdale striker stripped down his
inside after Harewood's touch and duly put a shot across Kenny into the
bottom corner.

Barkley offered Leeds' best response
with a cute curling effort which went just over but it was Barnsley's
day and they would have ended it with a third goal had Harewood shown
better accuracy after sprinting past Jason Pearce.

Nick Barmby and Paul Cox favourites to take over at Barnsley

Barmby and Cox front runners for vacant Barnsley job

PUBLISHED:

16:29 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:44 GMT, 10 January 2013

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has emerged as one of the contenders to take over at Barnsley, with former Hull City boss Nick Barmby also in the frame.

The South Yorkshire club are seeking a replacement for Keith Hill, who was sacked on December 29 following a 3-1 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers which left them bottom of the Championship.

In the running: Mansfield manager Paul Cox is a contender for the Barnsley job

In the running: Mansfield manager Paul Cox is a contender for the Barnsley job

Contender: Former Hull boss Nick Barmby is also in the running

Contender: Former Hull boss Nick Barmby is also in the running

Inverness manager Terry Butcher was also linked with the vacant position but has said he will be remaining in Scotland, while recently fired Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll also turned it down.

Cox, 41, is contracted at Mansfield until 2014 having joined the club in 2011. He guided the Stags to the third round of the FA Cup, where they were unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Liverpool last weekend.

Sacked! Barnsley manager Keith Hill was fired after the defeat by Blackburn

Sacked! Barnsley manager Keith Hill was fired after the defeat by Blackburn

Former England midfielder Barmby, 38, was last at the helm of Hull City last season but was sacked in May last year after making comments about the owners and his transfer budget.