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Rory McIlroy admits he was wrong to storm off at Honda Classic

It was the wrong thing to do, admits McIlroy after storming off at Honda Classic

By
Derek Lawrenson

PUBLISHED:

00:48 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:16 GMT, 5 March 2013

Rory McIlroy had barely made it back to his new home ten miles away on Jupiter Island on that fateful Friday last week when he knew he had done the wrong thing.

As Jack Nicklaus so wisely opined, if only he had thought for five minutes, he wouldn't have done it.

In an interview with American magazine Sports Illustrated last night, McIlroy held up his hand and admitted it was a terrible mistake to walk off the course after eight completed holes of his second round at the Honda Classic.

Backtracking: Rory McIlroy is now saying he was wrong to walk off

Backtracking: Rory McIlroy is now saying he was wrong to walk off

Whatever has been said in the aftermath
during the storm that has become McIl-gate, 'I have probably said to
myself,' he commented.

'It was the wrong thing to do,' added
McIlroy, and with those seven words he did what he's always done on the
few occasions he has made mistakes, and taken full responsibility for
his actions.

World No 1: But the defending champion insisted he wasn't in the right frame of mind to play on

World No 1: But the defending champion insisted he wasn't in the right frame of mind to play on

'It was a reactive decision. What I
should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a five and
play my hardest on the back nine, even if I shot 85,' he said.

'What I
did was not good for the tournament, and not good for the kids and fans
who were watching me.' Mcilroy said at the time he was 'not in a good
place mentally,' and then a statement was issued on his behalf an hour
later blaming a sore wisdom tooth.

Concerning: There had been no signs that McIlroy was about to withdraw

Concerning: There had been no signs that McIlroy was about to withdraw

The latter is an ongoing problem –
his Belfast dentist Mark Conroy has faxed a letter to the PGA Tour
describing the problem – but McIlroy admitted it can be treated with
painkillers and did not constitute the sort of injury that would be a
mitigating reason for walking in.

This, after all, is the man who played
on with a badly strained tendon in his wrist after damaging it while
playing from off a tree root at the 2011 USPGA Championship.

McIlroy will learn from this, like he
always does. He will learn that it is always best to come clean, and not
seek to pull the wool over people's eyes. Here's betting he never walks
off a course again.

Miserable: The Northern Irishman did not appear to be enjoying himself

Miserable: The Northern Irishman did not appear to be enjoying himself

McIlroy breaks four-day Twitter silence

For every complex problem, there is a simple solution. #FTB

Now it's time to work on those damn
swing issues that are far more infuriating than a bad tooth.

McIlroy admitted to suffering teething problems since his switch from Mike. 'The driver and the ball took some time to get used to, but I had weeks at Nike before the start of the year, and I feel comfortable with all the equipment,' he said. 'The problem is, I’m bringing the club too upright on the backswing then dropping it in too much on the downswing.'

The next
time he will be seen in public is tomorrow at Doral and the WGC-Cadillac
Championship.

Caught in the act McIlroy had been pictured eating a sandwich, despite later claiming a tooth ache

Caught in the act McIlroy had been pictured eating a sandwich, despite later claiming a tooth ache

Regret: He has since withdrawn that as an excuse

Regret: He has since withdrawn that as an excuse

Manchester United 2 Reading 1: match report – Javier Hernandez and Nani score

Manchester United 2 Reading 1: Clinical Nani and Hernandez see off brave Royals

PUBLISHED:

21:56 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 18 February 2013

Manchester United were made to sweat after Jobi McAnuff scored a late Reading goal after the hosts had gone two goals up.

After relentless pressure, Sir Alex Ferguson's men finally scored on 69 minutes when Nani struck from an Antonio Valencia pass.

Javier Hernandez scored United's second just three minutes after the opener, but McAnuff coolly slotted past David de Gea to make things interesting for the final ten minutes.

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones (Nani 42), Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson (Carrick 84), Young (Van Persie 64), Cleverley, Hernandez, Welbeck

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Kagawa

Goals: Nani 69, Hernandez 72

Reading: Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly, Karacan, Leigertwood (Guthrie 63), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary (Robson-Kanu 70)

Subs not used: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Daniel Carrico, Pogrebnyak

Goal: McAnuff 81

Referee: Andre Marriner

More to follow…

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

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Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

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Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

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Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Martin Samuel: Why Milton Keynes Dons methods could make us play like Brazil

Small is beautiful at Milton Keynes… and it could make us play like Brazil

Victory Shield. Seyi Ojo went to Liverpool at 14 for a reported 1.5million. They must be doing something right. What they are doing, it seems, is evolving ideas. Micciche experiments with pitch sizes, with team numbers.

Not in any conventional way. Small areas, small teams, is the modern concept, and that alone is progress.

The days of a 10-year-old standing forlornly in the same size goal as Petr Cech, barely able to clear his penalty area with a goal-kick in ankle-deep mud, are thankfully over.

Contrasting styles: Brazil (above) and England (below) prepare for Wednesday night's friendly

Contrasting styles: Brazil (above) and England (below) prepare for Wednesday night's friendly

Contrasting styles: Brazil (above) and England (below) prepare for Wednesday night's friendly

The Football Association has, at last, addressed the in-built flaws in youth football and we should feel the benefits over the next 10 years.

The popular wisdom favours small-sided games in tight spaces. The logic is irrefutable. Players get more touches, more shots, more runs and more scoring opportunities playing four versus four than 11 versus 11.

Their ball skills are improved by
technical five-a-sides, rather than a war of attrition on a man’s size
pitch that promotes only the most athletically dominant.

What Micciche is attempting is stage
two. In the dome at Woughton Park worlds collide. Micciche has his
Under 16 MK Dons team playing 11-a-side, but on a reduced pitch 60
yards long by 40 wide. He has cones on the touchline marking two
invisible offside lines to compress play into the middle third. There is
no time, there is no space. To survive in this game, you really have to
be able to play.

Coaching guru: Micciche's ideas have seen MK Dons' academy flourish

Coaching guru: Micciche's ideas have seen MK Dons' academy flourish

An MK Dons kid is trapped on the near
touchline, ball at his feet, two lads bearing down on him. He gets out
of it with a lovely reverse pass.

‘You see, that, to me, is a goal,’ Micciche says. ‘At this age, you can swing your boot and the ball goes in, and everyone says “well done”. But it’s not necessarily progress, there’s no development. To see him do that, inside, I feel like we’ve scored, because he wouldn’t have tried it six months ago.’

Micciche, as his name suggests, grew up watching Serie A football on a giant satellite dish at home. Roberto Baggio was his man. He is not as steeped in the blood and thunder of English football as his contemporaries.

It is no surprise, either, that he started at Crystal Palace where John Cartwright was academy manager.

Cartwright, now retired, has been
advocating variations of games played in tight spaces for a long time.
From Palace, Micciche moved to Tottenham Hotspur working with Chris
Ramsey before arriving at Milton Keynes under director of youth Mike
Dove, who gave him a blank canvas.

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There are five pitches of varying sizes at Woughton Park and academy players of all ages get to use every one. Team numbers vary, too. Each player gets a turn training and playing with boys between one and three years older, and all have a homework file with a list of improvements. The most radical thoughts, however, involve space.

‘A lot of coaches don’t like limiting the space,’ admits Micciche. ‘They think it looks messy. Sometimes it does because we’re asking a lot technically. You might not always get quality, but when you do it is the highest quality.

‘And when they go out onto a full-size pitch again, it feels as if they have got all the time in the world.’
We watched a game together. Milton Keynes Dons versus Forest School. Pitch dimensions of 60 x 40 yards, two quarters nine-a-side, two quarters 11-a-side to feel the difference.

Players who looked competent when the team numbers were reduced were suddenly tested as room on the pitch shrank. There was a surprising impact physically.

‘It speeds the game up, but players then need to hold off defenders because they haven’t the space to simply outrun them,’ Micciche explains. ‘Also, in order to work through a compact space, they will need to move their feet and body quickly.

‘The intensity is great so they need to react and think faster. It becomes exhausting, but it makes them clever at finding space.’

A shot rattles against a crossbar.

‘The game has shifted,’ Micciche continues. ‘Nobody gets the ball in splendid isolation any more. It’s like rush hour in midfield, you might get 20 players in 40 yards of space, and the defenders are as fast and athletic as the forwards.

‘We need to recreate what these players are going to face in the future.’

The last time Brazil visited England, in
2007, the performance of Kaka in the heart of the play stood out. No
matter how many opponents surrounded him, he demanded the ball and his
team-mates were happy to provide it. He always found a pass. Spain and
Barcelona have that same quality.

Star man: Kaka was outstanding for Brazil at Wembley in 2007

Star man: Kaka was outstanding for Brazil at Wembley in 2007

‘We fail under pressure,’ Micciche adds. ‘That is a fundamental problem in English football. Once the game becomes tight, our approach lets us down.’

The first time Micciche tried out his theories, the opponents were a big Championship club. ‘It was an Under 12 game, a friendly, and I brought the dimensions of the pitch in, used smaller goals,’ he recalls. ‘We were 4-1 down at half-time and a couple of our kids were in tears.

‘I said that this type of football was going to ask different questions of them, that they had to think about how they would answer those questions.

‘We turned it around, and won in the second half. The next day they put in a complaint about us.’

Perhaps that is why as well as the standard league fixtures — MK Dons win some and lose some, like all academy teams — Micciche is happy to accept fixtures from stronger clubs, strong schools or even good men’s amateur teams.

Quick thinking: Micciche advocates playing on pitches of different sizes to help youngsters develop

Quick thinking: Micciche advocates playing on pitches of different sizes to help youngsters develop

‘It is important to play in as many
types of football as possible, with and against players of different
strengths and abilities,’ he says. ‘You need to challenge them all the
time. Sometimes we won’t have as many players on the field as the
opposition, or I’ll take my Under 16s to play a proper men’s team.
People say, “you can’t do that” but they learn from it.’

It is possible that, after tonight, it will again be said that English footballers are inferior. That the technique of the Brazilians is a class away.

There will be analysis and much you will have heard before.

Too many foreign players in the Premier League, an absence of passion for international football. We could tuck it away in a file marked: The Usual.

So explain this. Increasingly, there are foreign coaches who have passed through the English game, like Gus Poyet at Brighton and Hove Albion or Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic.

Pointing the way: Roberto Martinez has brought fluid, passing football to Swansea and Wigan

Pointing the way: Roberto Martinez has brought fluid, passing football to Swansea and Wigan

And their teams play. Martinez is the father of modern Swansea City, Poyet has taken Brighton to the brink of the Championship play-off places.

Neither developed teams in the lower leagues that were stuffed full of foreign imports. They took local players and improved them technically.

Martinez signed Ashley Williams from Stockport County. Will Buckley, one of Brighton’s leading lights, came from Rochdale via Watford.

Martinez and Poyet encouraged bog standard Football League players to play a high quality game. So why can’t this be done in international football, with players of twice the ability No doubt we’ll be asking those questions later.

Although if we did it earlier, the answers might be easier to find.

Hypocrisy rules for forgetful Joey

Joey Barton was sent off for Marseille at the weekend and took to his favourite medium to voice his displeasure. ‘Players who roll around when nobody touches them should be banned,’ he wrote. ‘I hate cheats.’ Gervinho of Arsenal, sent off after Barton play-acted, may have views on this subject. And if he can stop laughing he will surely give them to us.

Crying wolf: Barton sees red for Marseille (above) ... just as Gervinho did for Arsenal in 2011

Crying wolf: Barton sees red for Marseille (above) … just as Gervinho did for Arsenal in 2011 (below)

Crying wolf: Barton sees red for Marseille (above) ... just as Gervinho did for Arsenal in 2011 (below)

Sturridge highlights our problem with diving

On television and in just about every newspaper, Daniel Sturridge was the man of the match after Liverpool’s draw with Manchester City. And he did have an outstanding game. He also, however, committed one of the most blatant dives of the season, for which he was booked. If that had been Luis Suarez, the chorus of disapproval would have been deafening.

Instead, Sturridge collected his bottle of champagne and his printed accolades without too much fuss. So let’s not pretend we really care about cheating in football. If it mattered to us, there is no way Sturridge could have been the hero.

(And one last thing, there was also no reason for Liverpool to put the ball into touch on Edin Dzeko’s behalf on Sunday. That Sturridge scored Liverpool’s first goal while the Manchester City striker lay stricken is of no consequence. He wasn’t seriously hurt and there was no fear of head trauma. If City had won possession and wanted to put the ball out, up to them. But Liverpool had every right to play to the whistle, and Roberto Mancini’s complaints are groundless).

Booked: Sturridge looks to the floor after taking a tumble against Man City

Booked: Sturridge looks to the floor after taking a tumble against Man City

Wolves must realise they're in a dogfight

As Wolverhampton Wanderers plummeted towards the Championship last season, chief executive officer Jez Moxey insisted the club had the foundations in place for success. ‘This season will not create a situation where we are knocked off course from our medium to long-term objectives,’ he soothed.

Objective No 1 was to establish Wolves in the Premier League. At last look, Wolves were two points off relegation from tier two, 21st of 24. They have been passed by Ipswich Town, managed by Mick McCarthy, the manager they sacked a year ago.

On the day McCarthy took over at Portman Road, Ipswich were bottom and Wolves eighth. Still, it’s good to know the executive management have a plan. Otherwise, it would be easy to imagine they don’t know what they are doing.

Alarming slide: Wolves are just two points clear of safety in the Championship

Alarming slide: Wolves are just two points clear of safety in the Championship

Lock up Gillingham yob and put the ref on gardening leave

There is a very simple solution to the attack on Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Jordan Archer at the Priestfield Stadium on Monday night. It’s called five years. If the punishment on the Gillingham fan who jumped Archer was appalling, nobody would ever do it again.

As for referee Roger East, who booked Archer for kicking the ball away in frustration, even though he showed admirable restraint towards the pitch invader in the aftermath, he should be given the rest of the season off to consider his actions. Anyone so out of touch with human emotion should not be in charge of anything more testing than the roses in his garden.

Attack: Jordan Archer was jumped by a teenage Gillingham 'fan'

Attack: Jordan Archer was jumped by a teenage Gillingham 'fan'

BCCI stoop to new low

Responding to the 2-1 home Test defeat, the Board of Control for Cricket in India have banned a group of English county players from gaining experience on the spinning wickets of the subcontinent. The Global Cricket School in Pune has been told that no foreign cricketers can use the facilities without permission. The performance of Joe Root in the final Test in Nagpur appears to have been the clincher. Lovely, aren’t they And yet still cricket kowtows to the BCCI.

Brendan Rodgers will not discuss Zenit St Petersburg fans

Rodgers refuses to be drawn on hellish trip to Zenit for Liverpool's black players

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 20 December 2012

Liverpool have been handed the Europa League trip from hell after being paired with Zenit St Petersburg in the round of 32.

A group of Zenit supporters sparked outrage this week when they published a manifesto calling for 'all non-European' and 'sexual minorities' to be 'barred from playing for the club'; Zenit remain the only Russian club never to have signed an African player.

The manifesto, which Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti quickly distanced himself from, also has a sinister sentence that declares that 'black players are being imposed on Zenit almost by force'. it prompted former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba to label Zenit fans 'racist'.

Steering clear: Brendan Rodgers had nothing to say about the manifesto produced by Zenit's fans

Steering clear: Brendan Rodgers had nothing to say about the manifesto produced by Zenit's fans

It promises to be an uncomfortable trip for Liverpool, who could travel with as many as five high-profile black players in their squad – Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom could yet be joined by January targets Tom Ince and Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers refused to discuss in detail the prospect of what might happen on the trip next February.

He said: ‘It is a good draw for us. We have had experience of playing in Russia (this season against Anzhi Makhachkala). I think it was important that we go there as group winners as it means we play the second leg at home. They are a good side and they have invested a lot of money in their team.’

When pressed about the publication of the manifesto, Rodgers replied: ‘I haven’ t given it any thought at this stage. I’ve got my own personal view but that’s for nearer the time. I’ve seen that come out but I’ve got nothing to say on it.’

Liverpool have only had two incidents of their players being racially abused in recent years. Emile Heskey was targeted in Kiev in 2002, while Djibril Cisse was abused three years later in Sofia during a Champions League qualifier.

When Gerard Houllier took Liverpool to face Spartak Moscow in October 2002, he said he would take his players off the pitch during the game if they were subjected to racist chanting but it passed without incident.

Rodgers, meanwhile, has challenged Raheem Sterling to show he will be worthy of another contract in five years’ time, as the England winger prepares to rubberstamp his protracted first major deal.

It is expected Liverpool will formally
announce Sterling has committed his future to the club in the next 24
hours. His representatives shook hands on a deal on Wednesday that will
see him earn around 30,000 per week for the next five years.

In action: Luis Suarez trains ahead of Liverpool's clash with Fulham

In action: Luis Suarez trains ahead of Liverpool's clash with Fulham

The most racist club in football

Zenit St Petersburg’s fans have one of the worst reputations for racism in world football. Here are some of the reasons why…

MARCH 2008
Olympique Marseille players complain of being racially abused after facing Zenit in a UEFA Cup tie. Before the final in Manchester, manager Dick Advocaat says: ‘I would be happy to sign anyone, but the fans don’t like black players.’

APRIL 2011
Zenit are fined $10,000 after one of their supporters offers Brazilian full back Roberto Carlos a banana before a Russian Premier League match against Anzhi Makhachkala.

DECEMBER 2012
Zenit fan club Landscrona writes in an open letter: ‘We’re not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition.’

Though Rodgers is thrilled that the business has reached a successful conclusion, he has made it clear that he will not tolerate Sterling sitting back and thinking he has done enough; Rodgers has pointed out that Sterling is not yet at senior level.

‘He hasn't joined those ranks, don't worry about that,’ said Rodgers. ‘He has been rewarded as a young player who, at 17 years of age, has come in and performed very well. He will never be elevated above his position here at the club.

‘There is a lot of development and a lot of nurturing to go yet, but he has been rightly rewarded and it is fantastic for the football club. If you play for a big club there is always going to be expectation. For young Raheem we need to help manage those expectations.

If you go into a lot of clubs as a young
player it is a nice little journey. If you go in at one of the biggest
clubs in the world it is magnified one million per cent. It is our job
to nurture him and educate him and there is still so much for him to
learn. He hasn't long left school.’

New deal: Youngster Raheem Sterling has agreed terms with the club

New deal: Youngster Raheem Sterling has agreed terms with the club

Rodgers added: ‘It is not only football education he needs but life education as well. We will support him in that and make sure the expectancy is at the correct level. I always congratulate players when they sign a new contract and then I warn them.

‘I tell them they need to decide after this contract whether there is going to be another contract at one of the biggest clubs in the world or whether it will be at a different level.’

Liverpool remain confident of completing a deal for Ince despite Blackpool saying they have rejected an offer from Anfield for the England Under-21 international.

Frank Lampard makes Chelsea return from injury

Lampard makes welcome return for Chelsea as Rafa records first league win

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UPDATED:

19:18 GMT, 8 December 2012

Frank Lampard returned to action for Chelsea today after a six week injury lay-off.

The Blues midfielder and vice-captain came on as a substitute for Eden Hazard with ten minutes to go in their Barclays Premier League triumph over Sunderland.

In recent weeks Rafael Benitez's side has lacked leadership, with captain John Terry out injured as well.

Back in business: Frank Lampard comes on for the departing Eden Hazard

Back in business: Frank Lampard comes on for the departing Eden Hazard

Benitez instructs Lampard

Benitez instructs Lampard

Words of wisdom: Rafael Benitez gives Lampard some final instructions before sending him on

The England midfielder is likely to
get some more game time in the Club World Cup, with the Stamford Bridge
side flying out to Japan tonight.

Their first match in the competition will be on Thursday, as they bid to be crowned the best side in the world.

Lampard's was not the only welcome
return for Chelsea – Fernando Torres made his goalscoring comeback with
his first top flight strikes for over a month as his side won 3-1.

His Spanish compatriot Juan Mata added the third at the Stadium of Light as Benitez recorded his first win in charge of Chelsea.

Benitez said: 'I was really pleased
with the performance of the team [against Nordsjaelland], the way we
played until the end with the desire and passion we showed.

'Today we saw in the Premier League the team has a clear idea of what they want to do and they did really well.

He told Sky Sports: 'We were working
hard these last few days; we didn't have many training sessions – I
think we've had 11 training sessions and four or five games, so it was
difficult.

'Little by little we are adjusting
things. The team has a winning mentality and the offensive mentality
that we were looking for – and in the second half, the defending as a
unit, as a team, working hard and helping each other. So a lot of
positives.'

Despite being in the lead, the Chelsea support again sang for the recently sacked Roberto Di Matteo in the 16th minute.

Combative: Lampard battling with Stephane Sessegnon after making his return

Combative: Lampard battling with Stephane Sessegnon after making his return

'I think the fans know I will keep
working hard,' Benitez said of the Blues fans. 'And today I am really
pleased because, when you play so far away and there are a lot of fans
here, it is important to win so they can go back and enjoy it.'

Chelsea will travel to Japan without midfielder Oriol Romeu, who returned to London to have an ankle injury assessed.

Benitez said: 'It's always important to win, but especially if you are going to a tournament like this.

'Every day in training, we have seen this on the pitch and for the confidence of the team it will be fantastic, not just to win, but to win in the way we have won the last two games, with a lot of security on the pitch.'

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill saw his side slide into the bottom three, just as they were when he took over a year ago, and Tuesday night's re-arranged home clash with Reading has assumed even greater proportions as he attempts to turn around a run of just two league wins in 23 games.

Frustrated: Martin O'Neill saw his team tumble into the relegation zone

Frustrated: Martin O'Neill saw his team tumble into the relegation zone

He said: 'Tonight, we have dropped into the bottom three and the game that both Reading and ourselves have in hand, on Tuesday night that's over, so from that viewpoint the league will be level.

'It's a tough fight, though, it's a really tough fight. We got some fantastic results last season and it seemed by mid-February that we had calmly taken ourselves out of the relegation problems.

'I never saw it like that. I thought every game was a fight and it is exactly that now. Every game is a fight for us and we need to, when we have a foothold in games, try to make it count. That's the major point.'

Norwich 1 Manchester United 0 match report: Anthony Pilkington goal sends Red Devils packing

Norwich 1 Man United 0: No comeback this time as Pilkington sends Red Devils packing

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UPDATED:

19:41 GMT, 17 November 2012

Norwich continued their revival with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United at Carrow Road, as Sir Alex Ferguson's men blew the chance to go back top of the Barclays Premier League table.

After Manchester City had thrashed Aston Villa 5-0 earlier this afternoon, only a win would have been enough for United to jump over their neighbours once again.

However, with England striker Wayne Rooney missing because of tonsillitis, the Red Devils produced a lacklustre display as the Canaries – reborn since the international break – produced another composed display to secure a third win in five Premier League games with a fine header from Anthony Pilkington on the hour.

No chance: Anthony Pilkington nodded Javier Garrido's cross beyond Anders Lindegaard

No chance: Anthony Pilkington nodded Javier Garrido's cross beyond Anders Lindegaard

Match facts

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 90), Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Howson 83), Holt (Morison 83). Subs not used: Bunn, Jackson, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Goal: Pilkington 60.

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand (Anderson 83), Smalling, Evra, Valencia (Scholes 69), Carrick, Giggs, Young, Van Persie, Hernandez (Welbeck 69). Subs not used: Johnstone, Jones, Cleverley, Fletcher.

Booked: Da Silva.

Att: 26,840.

Ref: Anthony Taylor.

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Leading scorer Robin van Persie had
recovered from the thigh strain which kept him out of Holland's midweek
friendly with Germany, while Javier Hernandez also started for the
visitors after his match-winning cameo at Aston Villa last weekend.
Anders Lindegaard kicked off in goal for David de Gea, who was troubled
by a wisdom tooth.

It was a lively start by United as
Van Persie created the first opening inside three minutes, turning to
drive in a low shot from the edge of the Norwich penalty area which John
Ruddy palmed away low to his right.

Norwich were defending with two banks of four, but also looked to use wingers Robert Snodgrass and Pilkington on the counter.

On six minutes, Wes Hoolahan fed
Pilkington down the left following a quick break after a United corner,
but the former Huddersfield man lacked support and could only flash a
drive wide across goal from 20 yards.

Head boy: Anthony Pilkington's header broke the deadlock for Norwich

Magic moment: Pilkington milks the applause of the Carrow Road faithful

United, though, continued to have all the possession, and enjoy plenty of time on the ball as the home side sat deep.

On 21 minutes, full-back Patrice Evra
was inches away from connecting with Ashley Young's left-wing corner
after arriving at pace to the far post.

Gutted: Manchester United players looked stunned after falling behind

Gutted: Manchester United players looked stunned after falling behind

Norwich, though, showed some life in
attack when Hoolahan floated a ball over from the left, which Snodgrass
diverted just over the angle with a backward header.

A sweeping move switched play from
the right out to Pilkington, who then released left-back Javier Garrido,
and his low centre flashed across the face of Lindegaard's goal.

So close: Javier Hernandez reacts after seeing a shot go past John Ruddy's post

So close: Javier Hernandez reacts after seeing a shot go past John Ruddy's post

Norwich continued to grow in
confidence and it needed a brilliant saving tackle from Chris Smalling
to prevent captain Grant Holt from tapping in Snodgrass' low cross after
the Scotland winger got past

Rio Ferdinand into the right side of the United penalty area on 37 minutes.

Veteran Ryan Giggs, who scored a
last-minute winner here last season on his 900th appearance, floated in a
lovely ball behind the Norwich backline, but Van Persie missed his kick
when attempting an acrobatic volley.

Well held: John Ruddy clings on despite the attentions of Chris Smalling

Well held: John Ruddy clings on despite the attentions of Chris Smalling

Young then drilled in a low effort at the back post from a corner, which Ruddy turned behind from point-blank range.

United opened the second half as they
had the first, with Van Persie again losing his footing when played
into a promising position inside the Norwich box.

Free header: Michael Turner goes close with the United rearguard at sixes and sevens

Free header: Michael Turner goes close with the United rearguard at sixes and sevens

After Snodgrass had been pushed over
by Evra out on the right, his deep free-kick flew through the United
penalty area before it was eventually hacked clear off the line by
Rafael.

Norwich continued to press and finally were rewarded on the hour with a goal of real quality.

All hands at the pumps: Chris Smalling sees an effort blocked by Grant Holt

All hands at the pumps: Chris Smalling sees an effort blocked by Grant Holt

Garrido was played in on the overlap
down the left by Hoolahan, and his perfectly weighed cross was glanced
over Lindegaard into the top corner by Pilkington, who was once a player
in the United youth system.

Ferguson had seen enough and within
10 minutes veteran midfielder Paul Scholes, who turned 38 on Friday, and
England striker Danny Welbeck were off the bench, replacing Antonio
Valencia and the ineffective Hernandez.

Combative: Grant Holt and Michael Carrick go toe-to-toe

Combative: Grant Holt and Michael Carrick go toe-to-toe

United upped the tempo, as Welbeck's looping header was deflected behind for a corner.
It continued to be one-way traffic as the Canaries defended resolutely.

With seven minutes left, Norwich boss
Chris Hughton made a double change as Steve Morison and Jonny Howson
replaced Holt and Hoolahan.

Close battle: Ashely Young attempts to get to grips with Wes Hoolahan

Close battle: Ashely Young attempts to get to grips with Wes Hoolahan

Ferdinand, meanwhile, came off for Anderson.

With a minute left, Wales forward Morison released Howson clear on goal, but the former Leeds midfielder scuffed his shot wide.

Close run thing: Paul Scholes checks on John Ruddy after the Norwich keeper made a late save

Close run thing: Paul Scholes checks on John Ruddy after the Norwich keeper made a late save

There were four minutes of stoppage
time and Ruddy produced a brilliant saved to turn the ball over after it
was deflected off Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong.

At the final whistle, Carrow Road erupted as United went the same way as Arsenal had done four weeks ago.

Andre Wisdom can be a Liverpool legend, says Jamie Carragher

Carra's words of Wisdom: Andre can be a defensive giant for Liverpool if he heeds

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One is a Liverpool legend, who has made 709 appearances and won 11 major trophies. The other has started to take his first tentative steps in the senior ranks, having graduated from the academy with honours.

Jamie Carragher and Andre Wisdom may be at different stages of their careers but they have found common ground in the Capital One Cup and this evening they are set to feature alongside each other in Liverpool’s fourth-round tie against Swansea.

Ahead of the tie, which will see Brendan Rodgers lock horns with Swansea for the first time since he left in May, Carragher and Wisdom sat down with Sportsmail to discuss how important the competition is for them and their club.

Best in class: Andre Wisdom (left) is happy to learn from Jamie Carragher

Best in class: Andre Wisdom (left) is happy to learn from Jamie Carragher

King: Jamie, you’ve lifted the League Cup three times and you made your debut in this competition in January 1997 at Middlesbrough. How much has it changed in terms of how clubs prioritise it

Carragher: A lot of players who come through tend to make their debut in this competition. Sometimes it gets a bit of criticism but as far as I am concerned it is not too far away (in terms of prestige) from the FA Cup. It is a great competition to be involved in and young players know they are going to get a chance. How many times do you get a chance to play at Wembley for your club A lot of the finals I played in were at the Millennium Stadium, which was great, but last season against Cardiff was something I will never forget.

King: For you, Andre, you will have your own special memories after making your second Liverpool start at West Bromwich Albion last month.

Wisdom: It was a great team performance. We got over the blow of conceding an early goal but we stuck to our game plan and we had a few experienced players to help us. Carra was in there, so was Stewart Downing but I think we did ourselves proud.

Baptism of fire: Wisdom fends off Magaye Gueye in his first Merseyside derby

Baptism of fire: Wisdom fends off Magaye Gueye in his first Merseyside derby

King: How has Jamie helped you settle into the team

Carragher: Remember what I told you to say!

Wisdom: It is always good to play alongside experienced players. Carra never stops talking. You need that in the game. It is different when you are playing in big games in front of big crowds. If you get 50 people for reserve games, you are lucky. It is very nerve- racking when you are playing for Liverpool.

King: How big an influence has Jamie been on you

Wisdom: I wouldn’t say I have modelled myself on him…

Carragher: You should have done!

Wisdom: . . . but he is someone I’ve looked up to ever since I was a young boy watching Match of the Day.

European experience: Wisdom vies with Anzhi Makhachkala's Russian forward Fyodor Smolov in the 1-0 Europa League win

European experience: Wisdom vies with Anzhi Makhachkala's Russian forward Fyodor Smolov in the 1-0 Europa League win

King: Is Jamie a good teacher

Carragher: Remember — I’m listening!

Wisdom: He may come across in the wrong way on the pitch when the adrenaline is flowing but he is definitely a good teacher. I haven’t had a major rollicking off him yet, anyway.

Carragher: You might after this!

King: Do you feel an extra responsibility helping the young players (Wisdom is 19) coming through, Jamie, as you are the elder statesman in Liverpool’s squad now at 34

Carragher: I’ve always tried to help whoever I’ve played alongside, no matter what their age. We’ve got a few players in the side now and it has taken me back to when I came through. You know what they are experiencing — the nerves, the feelings. When you are Andre’s age, you look after yourself. If you don’t do well when you get a chance as a young lad, you might not get another. But Andre has been excellent. He is a Liverpool player. He can pass the ball.

Vast experience: Carragher and Steven Gerrard savour Liverpool's sensational fifth European Cup victory

Vast experience: Carragher and Steven Gerrard savour Liverpool's sensational fifth European Cup victory

King: You played in Jamie’s testimonial, Andre, against Everton in September 2012 when you were still at the academy.

Wisdom: It was a big surprise when he asked me. We went for a meal with the squad before the game and I was looking around and seeing all these faces — Carra, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Luis Garcia. It made me think that I wanted to be part of this for ever.

King: You seem to take everything in your stride, Andre.

Wisdom: You have got to do that. You can’t get too ahead of yourself. You have got to have confidence but it is just important to take everything as it comes, treat each game as you did your last.

Carragher: It’s good for them to be nervous. It shows they care. If I play against Swansea, I’ll be a little bit nervous as I want to do well. You should have belief in yourself but you need that edge. It keeps you on your toes. Obviously if the nerves go too far, it shows they are not up to it. But Andre has shown that he can. All the kids who have come in during the last 18 months have been the same. Jack Robinson, Jon Flanagan, Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre — they have all done really well. I’m sure there will be others too. Conor Coady is pushing.

Bright future: Wisdom and Raheem Sterling lead an all-star cast of Liverpool's next generation

Bright future: Wisdom and Raheem Sterling lead an all-star cast of Liverpool's next generation

King: Looking at the Swansea game, it’s importance to Liverpool’s season should not be underestimated.

Carragher: I look at this and the Europa League as a chance to get games. This is something to focus on for me, as I know I’m not a Premier League regular any longer. But when I mentioned we were doing this interview to Andre, he said he didn’t want to do it as he plays in the Premier League now!

Wisdom: No, no, no!

Carragher: We are the holders and don’t want to give it away. Wembley was fantastic last season. This trophy is ours and we want to hold on to it. This is a quick-fire competition, and with the final being in February, you can achieve something very early. That’s what we want to do.

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Gerard Houllier lauds Brendan Rodgers" Anfield revolution

Former Liverpool boss Houllier lauds Rodgers' youthful Anfield revolution

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Gerard Houllier has hailed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for showing faith in youth as he looks to rebuild the Anfield club's fortunes.

The likes of winger Raheem Sterling, 17, attacking midfielder Suso, 18, and defender Andre Wisdom, 19, have all worked their way into Rodgers' first-team this season.

And former Liverpool boss Houllier – who was in charge at Anfield from 1998 to 2004 – believes that Rodgers' approach will pay dividends in the long run.

Revolution: Rodgers has overseen major changes at Liverpool since arriving

Revolution: Rodgers has overseen major changes at Liverpool since arriving

'I am pleased with the way Brendan makes the team play,' the Frenchman told Liverpoolfc.com.

'He plays the right way and I’m pleased he’s given a chance to some of the young players. Some are very good.

'Sterling could be a major player for the club in the future and at the moment he just needs to be a little more composed, particularly in the final move of his game.

Wing wizard: Sterling has been in outstanding form this season

Wing wizard: Sterling has been in outstanding form this season

'Suso, Andre Wisdom and Joe Allen are all good players and it’s very good for the future of the club.'

Houllier was at Goodison Park for Sunday's 2-2 Merseyside derby draw and he feels that the Reds were unlucky given that Luis Suarez had a late winner wrongly ruled out for offside.

'Liverpool posed a major problem to Everton in changing the system in the second half and I thought Brendan was very clever,' said the 65-year-old.

Ruled out: Suarez was denied a winner in stoppage time at Goodison Park

Ruled out: Suarez was denied a winner in stoppage time at Goodison Park

'It really helped the team and in the end they probably could have won it.

'It was a goal. I don’t know what the referee saw there because it wasn’t offside. I thought initially he had given a foul for a push by Coates but the flag was for offside. It wasn’t offside.

'Sometimes things even up. I mean, we’ve got to remember we were lucky that time Sander Westerveld’s clearance hit Don Hutchison in the last minute and went in the net, and that was disallowed.'

Liverpool 2 Udinese 3: match report

Liverpool 2 Udinese 3: Di Natale and Co stun Kop with second half comeback to snatch win

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20:57 GMT, 4 October 2012

Udinese came from behind to stun Liverpool with shock win at Anfield.

Second half goals from Antonio Di Natale, Giovanni Pasquale and an own goal from Sebastian Coates put the Italians in the box seat even when Luis Suarez pulled one back with a stunning free kick with 15 minutes remaining.

Jonjo Shelvey put Liverpool ahead midway through the first half with a built header, but the Italians struck back in the second half to claim all three points.

More to follow…

Leveling up: Antonio Di Natale celebrates his brilliant equilizer

Leveling up: Antonio Di Natale celebrates his brilliant equilizer

Match facts:

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Coates, Carragher, Robinson, Henderson, Allen, Shelvey, Downing, Borini, Assaidi.

Subs not used: Jones, Sahin, Suarez, Gerrard, Sterling, Skrtel, Wisdom.

Goals: Shelvey 23, Suarez 75

Udinese: Brkic, Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi, Faraoni, Agyemang-Badu, Pinzi, Pasquale, Pereyra, Di Natale, Armero.

Subs not used: Padelli, Ranegie, Coda, Lazzari, Fabbrini, Heurtaux, Willians.

Goals: Di Natale 46, Coates (OG) 70, Pasquale 72

Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)

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Built header: Shelvey heads home from inside the area

Built header: Shelvey heads home from inside the area

Best foot forward: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates after scoring against Udinese

Best foot forward: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates after scoring against Udinese

Two footed celebration: Shelvey celebrates his goal with a two footed lunge

Two footed celebration: Shelvey celebrates his goal with a two footed lunge

No stopping that one: Di Natale makes it 1-1 with a stunning strike

No stopping that one: Di Natale makes it 1-1 with a stunning strike

Head first: Udinese's Giovanni Pasquale and Liverpool's Stewart Downing battle for the ball

Head first: Udinese's Giovanni Pasquale and Liverpool's Stewart Downing battle for the ball

Not letting up: Giampiero Pinzi fights for the ball with Jordan Henderson

Not letting up: Giampiero Pinzi fights for the ball with Jordan Henderson

The race is on: Di Natale chases Jack Robinson for the ball

The race is on: Di Natale chases Jack Robinson for the ball

West Brom 1 Liverpool 2: Match report

West Brom 1 Liverpool 2: Sahin bags double to take nervy win for holders at Hawthorns

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Brendan Rodgers may have overseen the worst Liverpool start to a league campaign in a century, but two goals from Nuri Sahin rewarded the manager for sticking to his principles.

Two points from the opening five matches in the Premier League could have seen the Liverpool boss adopt a more pragmatic approach for this difficult tie in the Black Country.

But far from sending out some of the big guns in a bid to change his luck, Rodgers fielded a team virtually unrecognisable to those without an intimate knowledge of the club.

No 1: Nuri Sahin scored his first two goals for Liverpool

No 1: Nuri Sahin scored his first two goals for Liverpool

Get in: The Liverpool players were delighted with the Real Madrid palyer's contribution

Get in: The Liverpool players were delighted with the Real Madrid palyer's contribution

Match facts:

West Brom: Foster, Jones, Olsson, Tamas, Ridgewell (Dawson 22), Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thorne, Rosenberg, Fortune (El Ghanassy 87), Lukaku (Long 70).

Subs Not Used: Luke Daniels, Yacob, McAuley, Berahino.

Booked: Mulumbu.

Goal: Tamas 3.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Henderson, Sahin, Downing, Pacheco (Fernandez Saez 81), Yesil (Sinclair 81), Assaidi.

Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, Wilson, Sterling, Coady, Sama.

Booked: Wisdom.

Goals: Sahin 17,82.

Attendance: 21,164

Referee: Michael Oliver

And the Northern Irishman was rewarded for his brave and youthful selection eight minutes from time when on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Sahin finished from close range, capping a thoroughly impressive show from Rodgers’ rookies.

The victory was all the more impressive because Liverpool had to recover from the shock of losing a third-minute goal to West Brom centre half Gabriel Tamas that was as soft as they come.

But home keeper Ben Foster was culpable in allowing Sahin to equalise shortly afterwards and Liverpool settled into the tie, running out worthy winners.

Such has been the emphasis placed on youth and Rodgers’ determination to experiment that this third-round clash also saw Jerome Sinclair set a record as the youngest player to wear the club’s colours.

Remember the name, because Liverpool’s staff don’t seem able to do so. Persons unknown filled in the team-sheet beforehand, listing the striker’s name as Jordan. But his introduction in the 81st minute meant Sinclair, aged 16 years and six days, created history.

‘It’s great to have young players like that,’ said Rodgers. ‘I think it’s a symbol of how we are looking to progress.

Good hit: Sahin bagged his first goal in a Liverpool shirt against the Baggies

Good hit: Sahin bagged his first goal in a Liverpool shirt against the Baggies

Get in: Sahin is congratulated after scoring his goal to level up the match

Get in: Sahin is congratulated after scoring his goal to level up the match

Teenager Sinclair makes history

Jerome Sinclair, aged 16 years and six days, became the youngest ever Liverpool player when he came on as an 81st-minute substitute. Sinclair comfortably beat the mark set in 2010 by Jack Robinson (16 years and 250 days).

‘We want to bring in top players but it’s equally important for us to develop top players. For me it’s about talent — irrespective of age. We have a very small squad. At the moment, I’ve got 12 senior players fit. We’ve had four games in 10 days and we are busy again next week.

‘So, young players are going to get their chance, if they have the talent. There’s a bright future here. And I think the fans are buying into what we are trying to do.

‘It’s even more special when you have so many young players against a West Brom side that have had such a fantastic start.’

Rodgers could not avoid a slight hiccup, however, as he referred to record-breaker Sinclair as ‘Jermain’ in his first post-match interview. After the team-sheet gaffe, you could say the youngster made three names for himself.

In it goes: Gabriel Tamas put the Baggies ahead after just three minutes

In it goes: Gabriel Tamas put the Baggies ahead after just three minutes

Tough break: Both teams battled hard for the win

Tough break: Both teams battled hard for the win

Rodgers added: ‘It was a great moment for him and it was nice when he received a round of applause in the dressing-room afterwards. But it’s no good setting the record, the hard work starts here. He wants to learn and he’s a good kid.’

The manager was not the only one to slip up last night. Liverpool goalkeeper Jones was at fault after Liam Ridgewell pumped a 40-yard free-kick deep into Liverpool’s penalty area. Jones sprinted from his line to take what should have been a routine catch.

However, with West Brom defender Jonas Olsson in pursuit, the Australian dropped the ball. Tamas had an empty net to aim for and duly found it from 12 yards.

Well done, son: Brendan Rodgers congratulated Suso after a solid performance

Well done, son: Brendan Rodgers congratulated Suso after a solid performance

As the match progressed, Liverpool enjoyed increasingly more of the ball. They had worked it neatly around the pitch in the 17th minute before Sahin drew them level. The midfielder tried his luck from 30 yards with a low, left-foot drive that did not rise more than a foot above the ground and skidded past Foster.

The keeper did not have a clear view of the shot but the reaction suggested he felt he should have kept it out. Thumping his hand against the turf repeatedly, the ex-England man probably realised at the same time he had given the visitors a confidence boost as well as a way back into the tie.

Jones was properly tested just once more, when he palmed clear a shot from Markus Rosenberg from the edge of the area early in the second half.

Whack: Jack Robinson (right) tackled Marc-Antoine Fortune

Whack: Jack Robinson (right) tackled Marc-Antoine Fortune

Skipper: Jamie Carragher captained Liverpool once more at the Hawthorns

Skipper: Jamie Carragher captained Liverpool once more at the Hawthorns

At the other end, Daniel Pacheco hit the bar with a cheeky 30-yard lob and Samed Yesil missed two headers. He was a nuisance throughout.

To cap an impressive return following his three-goal thumping on the opening day, Rodgers’ substitute Suso set up the outstanding Oussama Assaidi, who crossed for Sahin to sidefoot the winner.

It remained for Rodgers’ satisfactory evening to be rounded off with a home tie in the fourth round. It was the one he must have wanted, too: his old club Swansea, at Anfield.

‘They are two wonderful clubs with fantastic supporters,’ he said. ‘To get a home tie is special. For it to be Swansea is extra special.’

Powerless: Steve Clarke could do nothing to prevent his side losing 2-1 and crashing out

Powerless: Steve Clarke could do nothing to prevent his side losing 2-1 and crashing out