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Kevin Miralles squirts Jack Wilshere with water at half-time of Arsenal v Everton

You squirt! Mirallas sprays Wilshere with water at half-time of Arsenal v Everton

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

20:16 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:35 GMT, 16 April 2013

Arsenal and Everton were involved in a furious half-time tunnel brawl after Kevin Mirallas nonsensically squirted water in Jack Wilshere's face.

Both sets of players piled in after the Everton forward sprayed liquid from his water bottle straight at the Gunners talisman.

It is understood the tunnel fracas saw a livid Wilshere throw a punch at Mirallas before players from both teams were separated before making their way back to their respective dressing rooms.

1) Get the drink

1) Get the drink

2) Open the drink

2) Open the drink

3) Squirt the drink

3) Squirt the drink

Gunning for you: Jack Wilshere was understandably furious with Kevin Mirallas as they left the pitch

Gunning for you: Jack Wilshere was understandably furious with Kevin Mirallas as they left the pitch

Handbags: The spat spilled over into the tunnel with a handful of other players weighing in on both sides

Handbags: The spat spilled over into the tunnel with a handful of other players weighing in on both sides

Tunnel of shove: Wilshere and Mirallas are separated as they head into the heart of the Emirates

Tunnel of shove: Wilshere and Mirallas are separated as they head into the heart of the Emirates

Tensions were already running high after a high octane opening 45 minutes of the Champions League qualification crunch clash.

The Gunners felt David Moyes' side
should have been down to 10 men after Toffees midfielder Darron Gibson
escaped a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Theo Walcott.

And the animosity spilled into the tunnel area as Mirallas took the cocky step of splashing the England midfielder in the face.

The angry exchange was not the first time Arsenal have been involved in a heated tunnel altercation.

In October 2004, after Manchester
United ended Arsenal's 49 game unbeaten streak in the league at Old
Trafford, the Gunners did not react too kindly.

Angered at the manner of United's 2-0
victory, Arsene Wenger allegedly called Ruud Van Nistelrooy a cheat as
he passed him in the tunnel, provoking the fury of Sir Alex Ferguson.

As the United boss remonstrated with
Wenger, somebody from within the Arsenal dressing room threw a pizza
slice at the United boss.

And then in February 2005, infuriated
by Patrick Vieira's attempts to bully Gary Neville prior to the return
game at Highbury, Roy Keane reacted furiously, jabbing his finger at the
Frenchman before telling his midfield rival: 'I'll see you out there'.

Cristiano Ronaldo New nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots

Ronaldo's new boots: He may not have celebrated in Champions League triumph over United, but he still loves to win

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

09:59 GMT, 29 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:05 GMT, 29 March 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo might have displayed his love for Manchester United when dumping his old side out of the Champions league with Real Madrid, but his new boots reveal he might not have been so loved-up if Sir Alex Ferguson's side had triumphed.

His signature Nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots have been re-worked in a new colourway – and with the Portugal star's 'love to win, hate to lose' logo on the heel, which is a heart with a big 'X' through it.

Bright spark: Cristiano Ronaldo's new boots are in neon colours with his 'love to win, hate to lose' logo (below)

Bright spark: Cristiano Ronaldo's new boots are in neon colours with his 'love to win, hate to lose' logo (below)

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Behind the wheel: Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new collection, with the 'love to win' logo, in his car

Behind the wheel: Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new collection, with the 'love to win' logo, in his car

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Brightly-coloured with neon yellow, orange and white, the boots also feature the number 7, Ronaldo's squad number at Real Madrid, and a safari print on the Nike 'swoosh' – referencing his cheetah-like pace.

The new boots are sure to continue the Real Madrid star's success – Ronaldo has hit 40 goals for club and country this season.

Jose Mourinho's side continue to be off
the pace in the Spanish La Liga – they sit 13 points behind Barcelona,
just one point ahead of city rivals Atletico.

Studs up: Nike's All Condition Control technology means the boots will perform well in all weather

Studs up: Nike's All Condition Control technology means the boots will perform well in all weather

Apologies: Ronaldo famously didn't celebrate when scoring at Old Trafford earlier this month

Apologies: Ronaldo famously didn't celebrate when scoring at Old Trafford earlier this month

However, a Champions League quarter-final clash with Galatasary – pitting Ronaldo against Didier Drogba – makes the Spanish giants favourite to progress.

United fans hoping for a romantic return to Old Trafford for Ronaldo can be pleased with their idol's new footwear, as it features Nike's All Conditions Control technology – meaning they are just at home in the pouring Manchester rain as the balmy Madrid sun.

The boots are part of a whole collection with the same design, featuring training wear, casual clothes and a matching ball, and is out April 11.

Wild animal: The 'safari' swoosh features in the collection, including a ball and other clothes (below)

Wild animal: The 'safari' swoosh features in the collection, including a ball and other clothes (below)

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Strike a pose: Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season

Strike a pose: Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season

Six Nations 2013: Brian O"Driscoll banned for three weeks after stamp on Simone Favaro

Ireland star O'Driscoll given three-week ban for stamping on Italy openside Favaro

By
Rob Wildman

PUBLISHED:

15:08 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 20 March 2013

Brian O’Driscoll was yesterday banned for just three weeks for stamping on Italy’s Simone Favaro due to his exemplary disciplinary record.

A Six Nations disciplinary panel reduced an intended ban of five weeks after hearing mitigation from the veteran Ireland centre, who said it was only his second yellow card in a 14-year professional career.

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

O’Driscoll, who can appeal, will miss Leinster’s Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final at Wasps on Friday, April 5.

The 34-year-old, who has indicated he
may retire following the Lions tour, was yellow-carded after he stamped
on the chest of Favaro in Italy’s win over Ireland in the Six Nations
last Saturday.

At the hearing, the 2005 Lions captain admitted he had committed an act of foul play but denied it warranted a red card.

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

However, the panel, chaired by Welsh
official Robert Williams, upheld the citing complaint and decided the
offence should have been punished with a sending-off.

Meanwhile, London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph will join Bath at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Valencia 1 (aggregate 3-2): Ezequiel Lavezzi scores

PSG 1 Valencia 1 (agg 3-2): Beckham celebrates from the bench as Lavezzi secures progression to the last eight

PUBLISHED:

21:37 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:18 GMT, 7 March 2013

David Beckham led the celebrations as Paris Saint-Germain slugged rather than sashayed their way through to the Champions League quarter-finals after drawing with Valencia at the Parc des Princes.

It took the jolt of a fine Valencia goal from Jonas early in the second half to rouse the home side, and Ezequiel Lavezzi's equaliser secured a draw on the night and a narrow aggregate win.

It was Lavezzi's second goal of the tie after he and Javier Pastore scored in Spain three weeks ago. PSG were in full control at the Mestalla until a dramatic injury-time period saw Adil Rami pull a goal back and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off, making tonight's second leg increasingly complicated on two counts.

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Nice tats: Lavezzi showed off his tattoos, including Jesus and compatriot Diego Maradona

Nice tats: Lavezzi showed off his tattoos, including Jesus and compatriot Diego Maradona

MATCH FACTS

Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Matuidi, Chantome, Jallet (Van der Wiel 27), Motta (Gameiro 58), Lucas (Sakho 83) Moura, Lavezzi, Pastore

Subs not used: Douchez, Camara, Armand, Beckham

Goal: Lavezzi 66

Booked: Lavezzi

Valencia: Guaita, Cissokho, Barragan, Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda (Banega 46), Feghouli (Piatti 63), Parejo, Facundo Costa, Jonas (Valdez 76), Soldado

Subs not used: Diego Alves, Joao Pereira, Guardado, Canales

Booked: Ruiz, Albelda, Soldado, Parejo

Goal: Jonas 55

Referee: Milorad Mazic

Ibrahimovic was given a two-match ban
by UEFA, and the Sweden striker was certainly missed on the field for
this return leg as he watched from the stands. Without him, the home
side were toothless in the first half.

They certainly did not appear a side capable of reaching the Wembley final on May 25, but on they go.

Those looking for romance forged at
home in the story of Parisian resurgence might prefer to overlook the
fact it has been funded by overseas money, since the 2011 takeover by
the Qatar Investment Authority.

Their budget is more Champions League
than Ligue 1, and the personnel brought to the Parc des Princes over
the last two years reflects it.

The sudden wealth means tangible
success in Europe is a requisite, so winning in Spain three weeks ago
was not the achievement it might have been considered before the
takeover and more another step in the plan for growth.

PSG are unbeaten in
their last 23 European home matches now but they were clinging on at
the end as Valencia sought the goal that would have forced extra-time.

Overjoyed: David Beckham celebrates Lavezzi's equaliser from the sidelines

Overjoyed: David Beckham celebrates Lavezzi's equaliser from the sidelines

Pick that one out: Jonas rifled Valencia into the lead in the second half

Pick that one out: Jonas rifled Valencia into the lead in the second half

Game on: Jonas celebrates his stunning goal after half-time to bring Valencia back into the tie

Game on: Jonas celebrates his stunning goal after half-time to bring Valencia back into the tie

Twisting: Lucas (left) turns away from his marker Jeremy Mathieu

Twisting: Lucas (left) turns away from his marker Jeremy Mathieu

With Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti
suspended, and winger Jeremy Menez injured, manager Carlo Ancelotti –
who won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan – had a
weakened hand before kick-off.

Lucas started alongside Lavezzi in attack.

There was no room in the starting XI
for Beckham, squeezed out of central midfield by Thiago Motta and
Blaise Matuidi. The former England captain was primed on the bench but
stayed there.

PSG fans might have been wary that
their expensively-assembled team are prone to aberrations, such as their
league defeat to Reims at the weekend.

Jonas almost got in behind the home defence in the eighth minute but a foot in by Christophe Jallet denied him.

Valencia had a further chance when
Jonas linked up with strike partner Roberto Soldado. Salvatore Sirigu
smothered his low 15-yard shot.

Ouch: Blaise Matuidi lies on the turf after taking a hefty challenge

Ouch: Blaise Matuidi lies on the turf after taking a hefty challenge

Putting the boot in: Lucas Moura (right) swings in a cross

Putting the boot in: Lucas Moura (right) swings in a cross

Jonas sent a 20-yard shot bobbling wide, and Tino Costa cracked an ambitious effort several yards off target.

Sirigu palmed away a stinging 20-yard drive from Jonas just before the break, but it was a ball he might have caught.

From the corner that followed, Costa
struck the ball so sweetly it was missed by everyone in blue and red,
and also his team-mates as it swerved wide of the far post.

Limbering up: Beckham stretches ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's match

Limbering up: Beckham stretches ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's match

Eyes on the prize: The former England captain performs some kick-ups ahead of the game

Eyes on the prize: The former England captain performs some kick-ups ahead of the game

Waiting in the wings: Beckham warms up ahead of the clash with Valencia

Waiting in the wings: Beckham warms up ahead of the clash with Valencia

Benched: Beckham started the match on the sidelines

Benched: Beckham started the match on the sidelines

Ever Banega stepped out in place of Albelda for the second half, an attacking move by Valencia.
Jonas made the breakthrough in the 55th minute with a crashing 25-yard drive inside the left post.

Valencia had more zip about their
game, but PSG were level 11 minutes later though and it was Lavezzi who
woke the home crowd from an understandable stupor. Kevin Gameiro, on in
place of Thiago Motta, bustled through a couple of challenges before the
ball rolled kindly for his team-mate.

Vicente Guaita repelled Lavezzi's
15-yard blast but could then do nothing to prevent him tucking the ball
over the line with his knee.

Clement Chantome's 25-yard swipe drew a solid save from Guaita, with PSG on top for perhaps the first time in the match.

Valencia poured pressure on the Paris
goal in the closing minutes but they struggled to get in behind as their
campaign reached its end.

Graham Poll: Celtic were beaten by referee against Juventus

Celtic were beaten by Juve – but they were let down by the referee. Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks and Mick McManus were all that was missing from this wrestling extravaganza

By
Graham Poll

PUBLISHED:

09:46 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:02 GMT, 13 February 2013

Celtic's Champions League dream lies in ruins after a 3-0 defeat by Juventus in the first leg of their last-16 tie but they were not helped by the referee.

Celtic should have had a penalty for the blatant holding at corners which, had they converted, could have put a completely different perspective on the game.

Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenca chose to discipline Hoops striker Gary Hooper and Juve defender Stephan Lichtsteiner when clashes occurred and did so before the corner was taken, meaning a penalty could not be awarded.

Corner chaos: Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon got to grips with Celtic striker Gary Hooper

Corner chaos: Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon got to grips with Celtic striker Gary Hooper

Too close: The tussle between Buffon, Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner was like a wrestling match

Too close: The tussle between Buffon, Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner was like a wrestling match

Now for the headlock: Hooper is held in the box by Lichsteiner

Now for the headlock: Hooper is held in the box by Lichsteiner

Hands off: Hooper and Lichsteiner carry on their struggles

Hands off: Hooper and Lichsteiner carry on their struggles

Up in arms: Scott Brown gets the treatment too, from Simone Padoin

Up in arms: Scott Brown gets the treatment too, from Simone Padoin

Pushing their luck: Brown has words with Andrea Pirlo after another round of shoving

Pushing their luck: Brown has words with Andrea Pirlo after another round of shoving

That is a good way of letting players know you have seen the holding and blocking and will not tolerate it.

However, when it continues unabated, despite those yellow cards, you have a duty to increase the punishment. Some of it reminded me of the old ITV wrestling days.

King of the ring: Wrestler Mick McManus tries to slam Tommy Cooper in the first show of ABC TV's new series Life with Cooper. Did Juventus watch this

King of the ring: Wrestler Mick McManus tries to slam Tommy Cooper in the first show of ABC TV's new series Life with Cooper. Did Juventus watch this

Two falls, one submission, or a knockout: Big Daddy in typical ITV wrestling pose

Two falls, one submission, or a knockout: Big Daddy in typical ITV wrestling pose

Choker: In tactics Juve might have liked, Giant Haystacks defeats South African champion Danny Voges

Choker: In tactics Juve might have liked, Giant Haystacks defeats South African champion Danny Voges

So either red cards should have been shown or preferably at least one penalty awarded for the blatant holding.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon had every right to feel hard done by.

Appeal: Hooper got nothing out of Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenca - apart from a booking

Appeal: Hooper got nothing out of Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenca – apart from a booking

Fuming: Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) was raging with referee Mallenca as the Hoops went down to Juve

Fuming: Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) was raging with referee Mallenca as the Hoops went down to Juve

Arsenal"s Jack Wilshere was forced off with a thigh injury against Sunderland

Arsenal face anxious wait over Wilshere as England star hobbles off at Sunderland

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:42 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:54 GMT, 10 February 2013

Jack Wilshere was forced off during his Arsenal's 1-0 victory against Sunderland with a thigh injury after being bodychecked by Alfred N'Diaye.

There didn't seem to be a great deal
of contact from the new Sunderland signing, but it was enough for Wilshere to be replaced by Abou Diaby as Arsenal looked to keep hold of their lead.

Arsene Wenger was visibly furious with the physical nature of Sunderland's tackling, as his playmaker was left on the floor on more than one occasion.

After the match the Arsenal manager said that Wilshere 'can't walk properly now', but hopes he will only be out for around four or five days.

Down: Jack Wilshere was in distress when receiving treatment after the collision

Down: Jack Wilshere was in distress when receiving treatment after the collision

Furious: As Wilshere hobbled off, Arsene Wenger was irate with the referee

Furious: As Wilshere hobbled off, Arsene Wenger was irate with the referee

Laurent Koscielny, who was initially
named on the Arsenal teamsheet, had to be withdrawn just before kick-off
after limping out of the warm up with a calf injury.

He had passed a fitness test before
the game, but was unable to take to the pitch, meaning Bacary Sagna had
to play centre back and Carl Jenkinson came in at right back.

Arsenal were also made to play the last 30 minutes without Carl Jenkinson, who was sent off for two
yellow cards, the second being a silly lunge on Stephane Sessegnon.

He will be suspended for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Blackburn on Saturday.

They
held on to pick up a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light after Santi
Cazorla had put the Gunners ahead in the first half with a low shot past
Simon Mignolet.

Fighting: Wilshere and N'Diaye go head to head for the ball

Fighting: Wilshere and N'Diaye go head to head for the ball

Smash: Bramble came in with a heavy tackle on the Arsenal midfielder

Smash: Titus Bramble came in with a heavy tackle on the Arsenal midfielder

Wilshere's injury comes the day after Wenger had said that the England star needed to be protected from burnout and future injuries.

He had played a leading role in their 2-1 win when Brazil visited Wembley, outshining the likes of Ronaldinho and Neymar.

However Wenger was more philosophical: 'It is not just the physical aspect, but the mental pressure every time he plays. We will have to manage him well physically to make sure he doesn't face that burnout.

'I had in fact expected Jack to play only a part of the game on
Wednesday, but it didn't happen and because of his quality he will be
exposed to that, the overuse of his quality, and you can understand that.

'He will have to be managed like everyone else.'

Competitive: Wilshere and Lee Cattermole getting to grips with each other in the middle of the park

Competitive: Wilshere and Lee Cattermole getting to grips with each other in the middle of the park

Winner: Santi Cazorla's strike was the only goal of the game

Winner: Santi Cazorla's strike was the only goal of the game

Mario Balotelli is leaving Manchester City – but will he be missed?

Why always you As Balotelli packs his bags, Sportsmail looks back at his highlights… and not many are on the pitch

, where he
single-handedly dumped Spain's biggest rivals out, the Italian has shown
little to justify top billing.

When one thinks back through the
three years Balotelli has dominated the news agenda in the Premier
League, skills, goals or match-winning contributions are a mere footnote
to the training ground fights, lurid tabloid tales, silly hats, red
cards and disregard for the rules. The only explosive thing about this
guy were the pyrotechnics he let off in the bathroom of his home.

Bust-up: Balotelli was involved in a furious shoving match with Roberto Mancini at training earlier this month

Bust-up: Balotelli was involved in a furious shoving match with Roberto Mancini at training earlier this month

Even City's 6-1 demolition of
Manchester United – an iconic scoreline of 20 years in the Premier
League – isn't remembered by the seismic shift it represented in the
football landscape, but for the 'look at me' celebration of City's main
attraction. Why always you, Mario

This Premier League season, Balotelli
has scored one goal in 14 appearances, and been deemed worthy of 90
minutes just once. He's shooting accuracy is more wayward than at any
point in his City career, his chance conversion rate is SEVEN times
worse than last season, and his link-up with team-mates is pitiful.
Rather than hurtling towards his peak years, the 22-year-old is
regressing.

Infamy, infamy... why have they all got it infamy Baloteli celebrates scoring his first goal at Old Trafford in October 2011

Balotelli

Down to a T: Balotelli celebrates scoring his first goal at Old Trafford in October 2011 (left)

Balotelli smoking a cigarette

Balotelli

Balotelli smoking a cigarette and in his famous chicken hat

He's never been a team player – he
has one assist in 54 appearances – and in a sqaud of questionable
temperament, the livewire was the spark that all too often unsettled
things.

When he did play, City were
considerably worse off. Three red cards – one of which at Anfield came
about after he collected two yellow cards in 18 second-half minutes as a
substitute – came while the champions posted a win ratio with him of 59
per cent compared with 73 per cent without.

The fire brigade were called to Balotelli's Cheshire home after he set off fireworks in the bathroom

The fire brigade were called to Balotelli's Cheshire home after he set off fireworks in the bathroom

Balotelli fronted a fireworks campaign after the incident in his bathroom

Balotelli fronted a fireworks campaign after the incident in his bathroom

Even when he was worthy of praise,
Balotelli poisoned a journalist's pen for himself. His first goal, in
November 2010 against West Brom, was followed later in the match by a
red card for kicking out at Youssouf Mulumbu.

Chance after chance he got, though.
Mancini's patience tested to the very limit, but the man who had given
the teenager his first big chance persevered. He was repaid with an
attitude that, frankly, stunk.

Only Manchester's photographers, kept
in work as they have been by Balotelli, can possibly see his deflection
home to be a bad thing. Good riddance.

Balotelli was involved in a car crash in Manchester just weeks after signing for City in August 2010

Balotelli was involved in a car crash in Manchester just weeks after signing for City in August 2010

In a tangle: The Italian struggled to put his bib on before a Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev

In a tangle: The Italian struggled to put his bib on before a Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev

MEANWHILE, ON THE PITCH…

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli

Youssuf Mulumbu

Up and down: In his third Premier League game for City, Balotelli scored his first two goals for the club before getting sent off for a challenge on West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu in November 2010

Again: The volatile Italian was sent off in a 1-1 draw at Anfield a year later

Again: The volatile Italian was sent off in a 1-1 draw at Anfield a year later

Nasty: Balotelli was given a retrospective four-game ban for this stamp on Scott Parker in January 2012

Nasty: Balotelli was given a retrospective four-game ban for this stamp on Scott Parker in January 2012

Repeat: Balotelli's second red card of City's title-winning season, and his fourth in all competitions since joining the club, came at the Emirates for this challenge on Alex Song in April 2012

Repeat: Balotelli's second red card of City's title-winning season, and his fourth in all competitions since joining the club, came at the Emirates for this challenge on Alex Song in April 2012

VIDEO: Balotelli's backheel miss in a friendly against LA Galaxy

Mario stats

Mario stats

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Aston Villa 2 Ipswich 1: Weimann saves the day as Villans come from behind

Aston Villa 2 Ipswich 1: Bent makes a big difference and puts his case to Lambert

By
Myles Hodgson

PUBLISHED:

16:54 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 5 January 2013

Darren Bent presented a strong case for further inclusion in Aston Villa's first-team squad after sparking a comeback that helped to secure the club's first home win since November.

The England striker has fallen out of favour with manager Paul Lambert following the arrival of Christian Benteke, who has already contributed nine goals in his first season in English football.

A recent hamstring injury has further restricted Bent's opportunities but, given a rare start, he played a crucial role in ensuring Villa progressed to the fourth round.

Magic of the cup: Aston Villa's Darren Bent with the club mascot

Magic of the Cup: Aston Villa's Darren Bent with the club mascot

MATCH FACTS

Aston Villa: Given, Lichaj, Clark, Baker, Bennett, Albrighton (Weimann 43), Bannan, Delph, N'Zogbia (Ireland 70), Bowery (Agbonlahor 62), Bent. Subs not used: Guzan, Benteke, Stevens, Carruthers.

Scorers: Bent 46, Weimann 83.

Ipswich: Loach, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, Smith, Cresswell, Martin, Reo-Coker, Hyam, Emmanuel-Thomas (McGoldrick 60), Chopra (Mclean 74), Murphy (Edwards 70). Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, Chambers, N'Daw, Whight.

Yellow cards: Kisnorbo, Hyam.

Scorer Chopra 31.

Attendance: 24,854.

Referee: Jon Moss.

His clinical finish from Charles
N'Zogbia's pass cancelled out Michael Chopra's opening goal before
Andreas Weimann scored a late winner to claim Villa's first home victory
since beating Reading on November 27.

'That was Darren Bent down to a T. I thought his game was very, very good,' said Lambert.

'His whole work ethic and the way he
played was good, his finishing was top class and I thought his whole
general game was really good, considering he only really trained with us
for the first time yesterday, so it was a big effort from him.'

Bent was one of seven changes to
Villa's starting line-up as Lambert rested players ahead of Tuesday's
Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Bradford and next Saturday's
crucial home game against relegation rivals Southampton.

Bent provided enough evidence to suggest he has unfinished business with Villa.

In with a shout: Michael Chopra of Ipswich celebrates the opening goal

In with a shout: Michael Chopra of Ipswich celebrates the opening goal

He provided the two chances during a
scrappy first half – whipping a cross past Jordan Bowery and then
heading his strike partner clear, only for the low shot to be saved by
goalkeeper Scott Loach.

That 30th-minute save proved pivotal, with Ipswich striker Chopra breaking to turn defender Nathan Baker.

out of reach: Ipswich keeper Scott Loach can't reach Andreas Weimann's strike for Aston Villa

out of reach: Ipswich keeper Scott Loach can't reach Andreas Weimann's strike for Aston Villa

What a relief: Aston Villa keeper Shay Given celebrates his side's winner

What a relief: Aston Villa keeper Shay Given celebrates his side's winner

His low shot was bundled into the net
off Eric Lichaj's legs. But Bent equalised in the first minute after
the restart as N'Zogbia threaded the pass through.

'The goal after half-time changed
the game,' said Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy. 'We handled them in the
first half but Bent's goal changed things.'

The equaliser gave Villa fresh
impetus and Weimann, brought on before half-time after Mark Albrighton
suffered a foot injury, continued his rich vein of scoring form with his
seventh of the season.

Oh dear: Bolton players celebrate Eric Lichaj's own goal

Oh dear: Bolton players celebrate Eric Lichaj's own goal

Jamie Redknapp: Arsenal should pay Theo Walcott what he wants

Weekend Watch: Walcott is the real deal, just pay him and play him

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UPDATED:

22:34 GMT, 30 December 2012

Star Man: Theo Walcott

There were some typical frustrations from Theo Walcott on Saturday and I'm told some Arsenal fans were shouting 'sell him.' Are they mad Don't get wrapped up in a debate of where he plays, just let him play. And get him that new contract. Pay him what he wants.

Star attraction: Theo Walcott holds the match ball after scoring a hat-trick for Arsenal against Newcastle United on Saturday

Star attraction: Theo Walcott holds the match ball after scoring a hat-trick for Arsenal against Newcastle United on Saturday

Ba a bad loss

Newcastle have a lot of injuries and Cheick Tiote seems to have lost his hunger. Demba Ba has been carrying them. Take away his 13 league goals and they are in deep trouble. But with that get-out clause, no wonder Chelsea are interested. He'll be a great buy for them.

In the window: Demba Ba, scoring here for Newcastle against Arsenal at the weekend, is attracting interest from Chelsea ahead of the transfer window

In the window: Demba Ba, scoring here for Newcastle against Arsenal at the weekend, is attracting interest from Chelsea ahead of the transfer window

Impossible Bale

Did he dive, or didn't he I get six re-runs at Sky to make up my mind, our commentary team might get a couple working live. The referee gets one and I think they are guessing, as if tossing a coin. This time, referee Martin Atkinson was wrong. But Gareth Bale is so fast, they have my sympathy.

Frustration: Martin Atkinson books Bale for diving, earning him a one match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards this season

Frustration: Martin Atkinson books Bale for diving, earning him a one match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards this season

Sure on Shawcross

The saying in football that you can sometimes have your best games when you are not playing was prevalent at Stoke. They missed the organisational skills and ability to sense danger of their captain Ryan Shawcross. He's a good defender who will improve, too.

Commanding presence: Ryan Shawcross (centre) has impressed for Stoke so far this season

Commanding presence: Ryan Shawcross (centre) has impressed for Stoke so far this season

Keep cool with Paul

I like Paul Lambert, but he will need cool heads all around him now. The Aston Villa board need to back their manager in the window and the supporters have to hold their nerve. Most importantly, the players need to liven up and stop using their age as an excuse.

What now It was a case of it never rains but it pours for Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert as they slumped to a dire 3-0 defeat by Wigan on Saturday

What now It was a case of it never rains but it pours for Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert as they slumped to a dire 3-0 defeat by Wigan on Saturday

Osman's the man

He’s 31 and he’s English — and wasn’t it delightful to see Leon Osman going toe to toe with Juan Mata yesterday I was looking forward to seeing the Spaniard, who is having a wonderful season. But Osman (right) was every bit as good. He’s terrific for Everton.

Great season: Leon Osman of Everton is starting to realise his massive potential

Great season: Leon Osman of Everton is starting to realise his massive potential

Why sell Frank

It’s not because he’s my cousin, more that he makes such a difference to Chelsea . . . what are they doing letting Frank Lampard go Like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are symbols of Manchester United’s success, Frank (right) is such a top pro in that dressing room.

Food for thought: Lampard's double in an excellent performance at Goodison Park may prompt the Chelsea hierarchy to rethink not offering him a new contract in the summer

Food for thought: Lampard's double in an excellent performance at Goodison Park may prompt the Chelsea hierarchy to rethink not offering him a new contract in the summer

Team of the season (so far…)

4-3-3: Begovic (Stoke, right); Zabaleta (Man C), Williams (Swansea), Shawcross (Stoke), Baines (Everton); Carrick (Man U), Michu (Swansea), Mata (Chelsea); Bale (Spurs), Suarez (Liverpool), Van Persie (Man U). No Cazorla or Fellaini, but I couldn’t fit them in. Sorry!

Graham Poll: Huddersfield Sheffield Wednesday referee Mick Russell has my sympathy

He has my sympathy, but gaffe ref Russell will face ban

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22:34 GMT, 30 December 2012

Referee Mick Russell will be feeling empty and confused not just all day today but throughout the week after his error in the Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday game, when he failed to send off a player despite booking him twice.

I have both empathy and sympathy for him having suffered similarly, albeit on a bigger stage.

People who do not officiate, and even some that do, cannot understand how such a basic error of not recording the correct number of a player that you caution can occur.

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

Russell knows exactly how badly I had been affected in the summer of 2006 when doing exactly that at the World Cup in Germany.

Incredibly, he was the fourth official on my very first game after my faux pas. He provided me with great support throughout that day and we discussed at length how such an error could be made. Despite that, Russell now finds himself having done the same.

He recorded a caution for Sheffield Wednesday’s No 7 Michail Antonio for diving in the ninth minute, not No 24 Jeremy Helan, who is on loan from Manchester City. In the 24th minute, Helan brought down Huddersfield winger Adam Hammill and it was a clear yellow-card offence.

Getting it wrong: Josip Simunic is shown a second yellow card by Graham Poll but not sent off. The mistake is later rectified (below)

Getting it wrong: Josip Simunic is shown a second yellow card by Graham Poll but not sent off. The mistake is later rectified (below)

Off you go: Poll shows Simunic a red card

Russell has said since he clearly recorded the wrong number at the first caution and so is taking full responsibility. However, in the fullness of time he will reflect and wonder what happened to his two assistants and fourth official, who record all instances of misconduct.

Russell will now be written to by the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd and the FA for his explanation of events and as he has already admitted his culpability a charge will follow.

Since he is clearly guilty of failing to apply the law —sending off a player after giving him a second yellow card — he will probably be suspended for at least three matches.