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first_img Press Association But they held out for a triumph that sees them rise to 18th in the table, below 17th-placed Leicester on goal difference alone. Meanwhile, Stoke – also beaten at home by Leicester and Aston Villa this term – drop a place to 10th. Dyche had stressed after the Hull win the importance of building on that result, and it certainly seemed those words had been absorbed by his players in the opening stages here as the visitors raced into a two-goal lead. On an individual level, those strikes also marked a continuation of momentum for Ings, who had netted twice for England Under-21s at his home ground Turf Moor during the international break. But it was notable as well, as Burnley’s top-scorer from their 2013/14 promotion campaign notched his second and third goals for them this term, that Stoke – without injured duo Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters in defence – had provided him with a significant helping hand for each goal. First, Pieters’ replacement Marc Muniesa lost the ball and in the move that followed, Asmir Begovic’s parry from Ashley Barnes’ cross teed Ings up nicely for a slotted finish. Then, just over a minute and a half later, Burnley’s former Stoke man Michael Kightly got the better of Phil Bardsley and had the space to burst forward down the left and cross to an unmarked Ings, who once again despatched the chance. With the away support going wild, George Boyd looked to add another goal, sending an attempt from outside the box into Begovic’s arms. Stoke then began to get into the game, with the lively Bojan Krkic having a shot deflect wide. Soon after, the Spaniard provided the delivery which Walters converted with a diving header, goalkeeper Tom Heaton getting a hand to the effort but unable to keep it out. Victor Moses – he of the recent diving “cheat” accusations from Swansea boss Garry Monk – then had penalty claims waved away after going down in the box in a questionable-looking manner, before curling in a shot that Heaton palmed away. Stoke’s quest for an equaliser continued after the break as Moses skewed wide, Mame Biram Diouf just failed to meet a delightful Bojan cross properly with his head, and referee Martin Atkinson dismissed Potters claims that Kieran Trippier had handballed in the box. Moses then departed the field clutching his thigh, Marko Arnautovic coming on in his place, before Steven Nzonzi sent the ball over Heaton’s bar from a cut-back to the edge of the area. While Mark Hughes looked convinced Burnley were taking every opportunity to eat up more minutes, he will also have been frustrated by his own side’s further exertions not yielding a goal, with a couple of attempts from substitute Charlie Adam proving unsuccessful. The Clarets held firm with some brave defending and might have even scored a third goal during the closing stages as Begovic denied substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz. The Burnley goal was still not out of danger, with Begovic joining the action at that end and passing up the last real opportunity of note, heading off-target from a corner. Sean Dyche’s men had claimed their first victory of the season in their last outing by defeating Hull 1-0 at home, and they looked determined from the off to add three more points at the Britannia Stadium, with striker Ings taking advantage of sloppy play from the Potters to tuck in from close range in the 12th and 13th minutes. Jonathan Walters pulled a goal back for the home side in the 32nd minute and Burnley had to withstand plenty of pressure as the game continued. Burnley’s resurgence continued as a quickfire brace early on from Danny Ings secured a 2-1 win at Stoke that took the Clarets off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.last_img read more

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first_img And Bruce took the opportunity at his Hull press conference ahead of the New Year’s Day clash with Everton to emphasise that he is not looking to leave the Tigers. Palace are yet to confirm Pardew’s appointment, but the 53-year-old returned to Tyneside on Tuesday to say his goodbyes to the Magpies after more than four years in charge. As he did so, Ashley, who is currently on holiday in Barbados, and managing director Lee Charnley, were working through a short-list of potential candidates having been inundated with applications. But they were doing so with a very definition job specification in mind as they looked to appoint a head coach to work alongside Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr with the latter pair conducting the club’s transfer activity within the confines of the club’s established investment policy. That “continental” model is one which they believe is suited to certain interested parties and not others. In the meantime, assistant manager John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone will take charge of team affairs. Tony Pulis has not been offered the opportunity to replace Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager. Amid claims that the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss had turned down the chance to take over at St James’ Park, sources on Tyneside have insisted the proposition was never put to him as Mike Ashley considers his options ahead of Pardew’s imminent departure for Selhurst Park. Press Association Sport understands too that Hull’s Steve Bruce and former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, who along with Pulis featured prominently in the early betting, are not under consideration. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img Their case was not helped when Robin van Persie hobbled off with an injury in the second half. United’s tempo was slow, their crossing poor, and they were out-muscled by a disciplined and organised Southampton defence which registered its 10th clean sheet of a remarkable season that has exceeded all expectations. Having lost a raft of players in the summer, Saints were touted as relegation contenders, but now, incredibly, they are third in the Barclays Premier League having leapfrogged United because of this win. The theory that Saints are not good enough to mix it with the big boys was shot down here. Southampton are just 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Make no mistake – their Champions League credentials are real. The south-coast club felt hard done by when they lost 2-1 to United last month and they just about deserved to get their revenge here. And Koeman, who fell out with Van Gaal during their time together at Ajax, enjoyed breaking United’s 11-match unbeaten run more than anyone, punching the air with glee when Tadic hit the winner which consigned United to their second home defeat of the season. Van Gaal spoke on Friday of his desire to make United the best team on the planet. Ronald Koeman gained revenge on his old adversary Louis van Gaal as Southampton recorded their first win at Manchester United for 27 years. Second-half substitute Dusan Tadic stroked the ball calmly past David de Gea in the 69th minute to give Saints a 1-0 result at Old Trafford. A near full-strength United, who started with Angel di Maria up front, were poor all afternoon and rarely looked like beating Fraser Forster in the away goal. It would be hard to imagine that the likes of Chelsea or Real Madrid were quaking in their boots after United’s first half display, though. Southampton had the better of the early exchanges. Nathaniel Clyne, who has been linked with United, exchanged passes with Graziano Pelle and sneaked into the box but he dragged his shot wide. The home fans were far from enchanted by what they were seeing. United were slow at moving the ball forward and they could not get the ball out wide. Di Maria, playing up front alongside Van Persie, worked hard and won a free-kick after being fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, but United wasted the free-kick. Michael Carrick did well to nod a long high ball behind under pressure from Jose Fonte as Saints continued their impressive start. The visitors were forced into an early change though when Toby Alderweireld was replaced by Florin Gardos after suffering a thigh injury. Forster was called into action for the first time after 28 minutes when he collected Daley Blind’s chip, which sailed narrowly over Di Maria’s head. The United fans were getting annoyed with their team and it was easy to see why. Antonio Valencia and Di Maria both failed to clear the first man when they were given time to cross. There was a slight improvement just before the break. Van Persie’s deflected shot drew a save from Forster and Di Maria fired wide from long-range. United still struggled to create any decent chances straight after the break. When Di Maria got a sight of goal, Gardos stuck his leg out and denied the Argentinian. Chris Smalling was fortunate not to give away a penalty as he pulled Pelle’s shirt in the box. It was not the first time the England defender had been guilty of such an act. Van Persie let his frustrations get the better of him. He lashed out at Fonte to earn a booking. The Dutchman then suffered an injury and was replaced moments later by Ander Herrera. Former Southampton left-back Luke Shaw was surprisingly booed by the Saints fans when he was replaced by Tyler Blackett, b ut the away supporters were rejoicing soon after when their team took the lead. Tadic, who had only been on the pitch for six minutes, calmly slotted the ball past De Gea after Pelle’s shot rebounded off the post into his path. The Serbian removed his shirt in a joyous celebration and Koeman sprung from his seat to celebrate on the touch line. Juan Mata blasted a low shot wide and then somehow missed from five yards. Despite five minutes of injury time, United could not score and Koeman’s men went on to claim a morale-boosting win. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img The game looked to be heading for a draw when Magpies keeper Tim Krul could only stab a hurried clearance straight to the wing-back, who steered the ball past him to secure a precious 1-0 Barclays Premier League win. The Holland international had earlier cast himself in the role of hero after pulling off a stunning double-save to deny first Marouane Fellaini and then Young on a night when Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans became involved in an ugly spat which could yet have repercussions. Ashley Young fired Manchester United to a last-minute victory at Newcastle to maintain their charge for a top-four finish. Rojo had Krul looking anxiously towards his top corner within two minutes of the restart when he unleashed a swerving left-foot shot which flew just over the angle of bar and post. However, it was De Gea who had to be at his best two minute later to repel Riviere’s stabbed effort after Fabricio Coloccini had headed on Ryan Taylor’s free-kick. But Krul had to be at his best to prevent the visitors from taking a 54th-minute lead when he parried Fellaini’s shot on the turn after he had controlled Di Maria’s cross, and then recovered in time to block Young’s follow-up. Di Maria departed four minutes later as Adnan Januzaj took his place, but it was the arrival of Jonas Gutierrez for the first time since October 2013 following his successful battle against testicular cancer which caused the bigger stir – Fabricio Coloccini handing over the captain’s armband to his fellow Argentinian as he entered the action. Newcastle should really have been ahead three minutes later when substitute Ayoze Perez broke from his own half and having drawn lone defender Evans, slipped Cisse in, but the 11-goal Senegal international scuffed his shot horribly wide to let De Gea off the hook. Krul came to the rescue once against 15 minutes from time when he palmed away Rooney’s downward header from Young’s cross at the foot of his left post, but he was finally beaten at the death when he could only scuff Abeid’s ill-judged back-pass to Young, who fired into the empty net to win it. But having survived strong 10th-minute appeals for a penalty for Chris Smalling’s challenge on Emmanuel Riviere, the visitors extended their recent run to just two defeats in 22 games in all competitions with the victory they craved. Wayne Rooney was once again asked to lead the line after his brace against Sunderland on Saturday, and he looked to be the man most likely to break the deadlock during a first half in which the visitors dominated possession. With Ander Herrera and Fellaini, who was preferred to Radamel Falcao, using the space in the middle of the field to feed Antonio Valencia and Angel Di Maria down one wing and Marcos Rojo and Young down the other, the Magpies found themselves having to defend deep and in numbers for the greater part of the opening 45 minutes. Di Maria failed to make the most of a first-minute half-chance after Mehdi Abeid had gifted the ball to Herrera in midfielder, and Louis van Gaal’s men might have paid had referee Anthony Taylor viewed Smalling’s 10th-minute challenge on striker Riviere inside the penalty area in the same way as the locals. Television replays suggested Taylor had got it wrong, but Newcastle had little time to reflect upon their misfortune as United surged forward with Herrera slicing wide with 15 minutes gone. But it was Rooney who passed up two glorious openings inside four minutes as he first shot wide from close range after Young had helped on Di Maria’s cross, and then allowed to ball to get away from him as he attempted to flick it around defender Mike Williamson. Cisse smashed a left-foot shot from distance wide 10 minutes before the break, but then became involved in an angry exchange with Evans with television pictures suggesting both men had spit, although not necessarily at each other. But the most significant goalmouth action came in the final minutes of the half with Krul turning away Fellaini’s firm header at one end before De Gea managed to block Riviere’s shot as he slipped after running on to Moussa Sissoko’s beautifully weighted through-ball. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img The Gunners recorded a seventh win in the last eight league matches when beating relegation-battlers QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road on Wednesday night with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal sit a point ahead of Manchester United, their FA Cup quarter-final opponents, and four behind second-place Manchester City. Manager Arsene Wenger remains convinced attack will prove the best form of defence as Arsenal look to stay in the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Press Association Giroud’s second-half opener came following a swift counter-attack after Arsenal had soaked up plenty of pressure. Wenger, though, expects to see his team always stay on the front foot. “I wanted the team to continue to attack, because we are not a team that can sit off and wait for the teams who commit and get them only on the break. We need to master possession and we did that well,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. Giroud has rediscovered his scoring touch in the last two matches following a series of misses in the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Monaco. Wenger hailed the mental strength of the France forward, who now has 10 Premier League goals from a campaign which was hampered by four months sidelined with a broken leg. Full-back Kieran Gibbs believes Giroud does not get the credit his work-rate for the team deserves. “Olivier has certainly responded in the way we wanted. He is that kind of character who always wants to bounce back and do well for the team. He puts a lot of pressure on himself. Credit to him, because he is having a fantastic season,” Gibbs said, quoted by the London Evening Standard. Sanchez remains Arsenal’s most potent attacking threat, taking his tally to 19 following a seven-match barren spell. “Every player goes through a difficult patch but he is not the type to let it get to him. He has shown great determination in every game,” said Gibbs. “We need that from him and that is why he is world class.” Gibbs believes Arsenal have overcome the setback of their defeat by Monaco, which leaves hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League all but over ahead of the second leg in Monte Carlo later this month. He said: “We wanted to respond for the fans and the people at the club. We know we are a good team and we want to show that.” Arsenal defender Gabriel suffered a hamstring injury at QPR and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been laid low by illness but may be in contention to return for the FA Cup holders at United on Monday March 9. QPR, meanwhile, are in the relegation zone, now three points behind Aston Villa, who beat West Brom on Tuesday night. Chris Ramsey’s side host Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend, then tackle Crystal Palace and Everton. Striker Bobby Zamora believes if the work-rate continues, then positive results will follow. “Performances have been good. We have been so close in so many games, but close is not enough really,” he said. “Unfortunately we are not getting the points we deserve. “We could do with not playing well and getting three points.” last_img read more

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first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has no interest in building up this weekend’s crunch relegation battle with Leicester as a grudge match. The two clubs, both promoted from the Sky Bet Championship last season, meet in a game that could have huge implications for either side’s chances of surviving in the Barclays Premier League. Burnley go into the game bottom of the table but just two points from a safe position and two behind 18th-placed Leicester. “Every manager has the chance to say whatever they want to,” said Dyche when reminded of Pearson’s comments, which came after Burnley snatched a stoppage-time equaliser at the King Power Stadium in October. “I have no problem with that. “If you look in my history, I have very rarely – if ever – questioned the opposition or the manager. “I made a conscious decision that I would respect everyone and how difficult it is. Even before I was a manager I had a feeling of how tough it is. “But everyone to their own. They have the chance to say or do whatever they see fit.” Pearson felt Burnley were fortunate when substitute Ross Wallace struck in the sixth minute of stoppage time to claim a 2-2 draw the last time the sides met. Press Association Foxes boss Nigel Pearson described Burnley as “quite poor” earlier this season. But Dyche has no intention of dragging up that matter to add spice to what is already likely to be a highly-charged occasion at Turf Moor on Saturday. “It is a game we should have won,” he said at the time. “I don’t think they really deserved to get anything out of the game. I thought they were quite poor on the day.” His remarks attracted criticism but they never bothered Dyche, who crossed paths with Pearson as a player when third-tier Chesterfield took on then-Premier League Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup semi-finals. Asked if he had spoken to Pearson, Dyche said: “No, but not because of any other reason than I don’t know him that well. “I know him from last season, saying ‘Well done Nigel, great job’, but I didn’t know him before. “Semi-final in the FA Cup? I didn’t know him, he didn’t know me. He could only just see me he was that high up the division and I was that far down!” At the time of the draw between the clubs last autumn, Leicester were playing confidently, having claimed a stunning 5-3 win over Manchester United in a positive start. That spirit has recently returned with three successive wins taking them off the bottom of the table, and Dyche is surprised they are in trouble. “I am not suggesting they should be top 10 but I thought they would win more,” said Dyche, whose side have scored just once in seven games. “When they got off to a good start I thought they would maintain that and be in good shape. “But they have had a few things go against them, like us. Maybe they have changed at the right time. “Everyone needs a scratch of luck and we need that as well, whether it is Leicester or the games after that – but mainly we need to build on performing properly.” last_img read more

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first_img Willie Mullins’ charge has shown most of his best form over two miles, however, and tackles the two-mile-six-furlong trip for the first time. Usuel Smurfer may strip fitter after his return in Galway and will appreciate the good ground on offer. Bishops Road looks the likely front-runner in the race and is capable of making a bold show on the pick on his chase form. The Richard Power Private Client Betting Handicap Hurdle has attracted a good-quality field, with Beckwith Star aiming to complete a hat-trick in the 17,500 euro contest. The Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding was a game winner at Galway, following on from another narrow success over fences at Wexford previously. He still enjoys a mark 7lb lower over timber, despite a 7lb rise for his victory at Ballybrit. Patsio claimed a handicap hurdle at the May meeting in the south-east and was far from disgraced in a hot novice hurdle at Galway. He looks on a competitive mark returning to handicap company now. Coldstonesober has already been in action at the Festival, finishing fourth over fences on Thursday night. The nine-year-old takes his racing well and is sure to produce another big run for connections. Collen Beag, who won her maiden here in May, was due to try handicap company for the first time on Friday night, while the consistent Swantykay, a winner here last year, reverts to hurdles having unseated over the larger obstacles last time. There is also a good conditions chase on the card with a few smart performers lining up for the Comeragh Veterinary Kilmacthomas Chase. Upazo sets the standard off a mark of 137 and looks well treated by conditions as he gets weight from a couple of likely rivals. Five former course-and-distance winners do battle in the final-day feature at Tramore on Sunday. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img England centre-back Stones continues to be heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, despite repeated warnings from Everton that he is not for sale, before the September 1 transfer deadline. The Toffees are believed to have rejected three bids for the highly-rated 21-year-old from Chelsea, the most recent of £30million. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has been impressed by the unflappable performances of team-mate John Stones amid considerable speculation over his future. Press Associationcenter_img Some players might be affected by such attention but Stones appears to be taking it in his stride, delivering another composed and mature display in defeat against Manchester City on Sunday. Howard said: “John is a different character (to some others). He is not arrogant. The most important thing for him is to play football and that is what he continues to do. “It is no surprise to me that his performances have been good. I think he is playing well.” Manager Roberto Martinez also continues to speak highly of the youngster and is determined not to lose him, even though he is poised to bring in a new defender in Argentinian Ramiro Funes Mori. Martinez said: “It puts a smile on your face when you see someone like John Stones defending the way he defends, getting on the ball the way he does. “He is an incredible footballer and to be able to organise things and control things at such a young age shows you the type of footballer he is. I thought he was outstanding once more (against City). “We have seen John grow in the last two years and we want to be as strong as we can when the window closes. We have our own aims and objectives and want to become a winning team.” River Plate defender Funes Mori, 24, watched Sunday’s game from the stands at Goodison Park and Martinez said afterwards a deal was close. last_img read more

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first_img Press Association Saunders knocked down Andy Lee twice en route to a majority decision victory at the Manchester Arena, in a bout billed as the first world title fight between two Travellers. Saunders was given the nod 114-112 and 115-111 by two of the judges, with the third scoring it a 113-113 draw, as the 26-year-old extended his perfect record to 23-0, which includes 12 knock-out wins. Frank Warren claims Billy Joe Saunders has “a lot of options” to consider for his next fight after he captured the WBO middleweight title on Saturday night.center_img When asked if a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr was next on the agenda for the Hertfordshire fighter, promoter Warren told BBC Radio 5 live: ” Bill beat him and he also beat Spike O’Sullivan, who Eubank fought last week. Will they do a rematch? I don’t know. “Eubank could have had a rematch about three or four months ago but he chose not to do so so we just moved on and Bill has now won the title and can sit back and consider a lot of options. “We’ll have a good think over Christmas, let him enjoy his Christmas and then we’ll work on the next one.” Saunders had ended Eubank Jr’s perfect record in November 2014. On the fight with Lee, Warren added: “Bill really did use his brain and I was really pleased with his performance. “I think it was a compelling fight because both of them were trying to out-think each other, there were some dramatic moments, especially when Bill knocked Andy down a couple of times. “I just thought it was a great fight to watch and for a proper boxing fan, a purist, I enjoyed it.” last_img read more

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first_img The Dutch football association (KNVB) ordered an investigation into the ownership and structure of Vitesse following allegations by former owner Merab Jordania that Chelsea heavily influenced policy at the club. The Premier League champions have regularly loaned players to the Eredivisie side since 2010 and they currently have five members of their playing staff at the Dutch club on a temporary basis. Vitesse Arnhem have been cleared of improper conduct over their relationship with Chelsea. Press Associationcenter_img The KNVB insists there is nothing wrong with the relationship between the two clubs, however. A statement from the governing body of Dutch football read: ” From various interviews and other material available, the study concluded that there is no evidence that Chelsea has control in the policies of Vitesse. “The study shows that there is no written partnership agreement established between the clubs, but Chelsea and Vitesse collaborate in some areas, such as the hiring of players. “The presented leases between Vitesse and Chelsea are in accordance with the regulations and correspond to rental agreements between Vitesse and other clubs.” last_img read more