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Banned! Tim Cahill suspended for three matches after FA reject red card appeal

Everton's appeal against Tim Cahill's red card in Sunday's 3-1 win over Newcastle has been rejected. The club appealed after the Australia international was dismissed following an altercation with Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye at thing of Allan Saint-Maximin.The Magpies are keen to add the Nice winger to their squad before the transfer window closes.They are set to agree a fee of £16.5 million rising to £20 million with Nice for the 22-year-old, per Sky Sports.Saint-Maximin ie full-time whistle. However, the club have confirmed, via their website evertonfc.com, they have been unsuccessful and Cahill will now serve a three-match ban at the start of next season. Cabaye, who was cautioned by referee Andre Marriner, had issued an apology on Newcastle's website at the weekend. "I would like to apologise for the cross words I exchanged with Tim Cahill which resulted in his red card and my booking on the final whistle," he told nufc.co.uk. "ItAR is working this season, reports BBC Sport.At a meeting of Premier League clubs on Thursday, referees’ chief Mike Riley gave a full appraisal of VAR, which has caused frustration and controversy since its implementation at the start of the season.” was unnecessary and, regrettably, the result of frustration and disappointment, all in the heat of the moment. "It is out of character and for that I am sorry." Everton boss David Moyes thought referee Andre Marriner could have shown some leniency. "He (Cahill) says he was called something by Cabaye. I don't know what happened after that," said thcontent_imge Scot. "I thought the referee could have maybe shown a bit of common sense at the end and given him a yellow card."

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Luis Suarez bite: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings against striker after biting Giorgio Chiellini

Luis Suarez will be the subject of a FIFA probe after biting Italy's Ggning of Juventus fullback Joao Cancelo.Corriere dello Sport says Bayern Munich have moved ahead of City in the race for Juventus defender Cancelo.Having strengthened their left-hand side with the re-purchase of Angelino from PSV Eindhoven, City now iorgio Chiellini, it has bon from Boca Juniors.According to Sportia in Argentina, Pavon is attracting the Premier League club for a fee that would be close to $30 million.It is his release clause, which Watford would have to pay as Boca are not inclined to sell him.The young een confirmed. In a statement on its website, football's international governing body invited Suarez and the Uruguayan FA to provide any evidence in the player's defence by the end of today. It said Fifa's Disciplinary Committee has the power to sanction serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention. horrified football fans around the world after appearing to sink his teeth into Chiellini's shoulder during Tuesday night's Group D clash between Uruguay and Italy. It initially content_imglooked as though Suarez had tried to head-butt the Italy defender as the pair tussled in the Italy penalty area, with the score 0-0 and Uruguay 12 minutes from going out of this World Cup. TV replays showed Suarez's had bitten Chiellini, while the Italian confirmed he  had  been bitten, pulling down his shirt to reveal fresh teethmarks in his skin.     This is  , following an episode in Holland when he was playing for Ajax, and the infamous April 2013 incident with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, for which the Anfield forward received a 10-match ban.

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“One legged ties in the Copa del Rey were a failure in the past”

despite the fact the clubs supported the change in format for next season’s Copa del Rey. T. and it failed. It was with one-legged ties. . I am not in favour or against, that already failed," assured Tebas on ‘GOL”.The La Liga president stated that ", but it belongs to the Federation and we cannot intervene," he added.Tebas was referring to the o deal that will see the new car marketplace become the Official title Sponsor of the EFL Trophy, reports Trophy’ with immediate effect, with the deal running until the conclusion of the 2021/22 season. The competition kicks off this week, with threever Recreativo by three goals to nil. However, it is not completely true, because the . The last 16, quarters and semis were two legged affairs.The president also wanted to talk aboutcontent_img, which has also changed its format as well as being played abroad. A four team Super Cup?lsea’s number nine jersey.The 21-year-old revealed he has been asked to wear the jersey this season by manager Frank Lampard.The number has been branded as ‘cursed’, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Radamel Falcao and Fernando Torres You are competing against La Liga itself," criticised Tebas.

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3pm football funnies: Rosanna Davison in the wrong red and young fan’s Halloween Jack Wilshere encounter

Liverpool fans are giving black marks to LFCTV's new Lady In Red. Chris De Burgh's daughter Rosanna Davison, who was named Miss World in 2003 and recently appeared nude in Playboy, is a guest presenter on the satellite channel of the club she says she supports. Which doesn't entirely chime with her work for The Sun – not a popular choice among for reasons which do not need to be stated – or the fact that she was recently pictured in a Manchesterach Diego Simeone celebrates eight years with the club tcontent_imgoday.After victory over Real Betis, Simeone expressed his gratitude to the club.”There are so many things to say. There’s no time to explain what I feel,” he said”I’m in debt to Atletico. I’m ve United shirt during a photoshoot for Setanta TV. You're through to Fergie The huge press interest in Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography has led to Old Trafford media staff directing inquiries to Fergie's personal office instead. One hack who rang the new number with a request was amazed to find the receptionist was none other than Sir Alex himself! Meanwhile, the audiobook of Ferguson's autobiography is not read by the Dark Knight, with actor James Macpherson doing the honours. Still, Rangers fan Macpherson might be the next-best thing. He's best known for playing DI Jardine in Taggart – Fergie's nickname for years among fans who noted his resemblance in looks and demeanour to the cheery cop played by the late Mark McManus. Lost in translation Observers of Southampton are increasingly confused by Mauricio Pochettino's continuing need for an interpreter. has little trouble talking to players directly and can often be seen in interviews and press conferences reacting physically to statements made in English. Yet rather than answering them, he prefers to defer to his translator. And when the sideman was baffled at Stoke on Saturday by a question about Southampton winning the toss, Pochettino clearly understood and quipped "always the same with you!" at his interpreter. Fear we go Kids are supposed to wear something scary at Halloween, but one youngster from Harpenden in Hertfordshire didn't need fancy dress on October 31. Clad in his favourite Chelsea hoodie, he knocked on the door of one of the posh houses nearby and saw the owner recoil in sheer horror when he answered. It was Jack Wilshere, whose Arsenal had been well beaten by the Blues in the Capital One Cup a few hours earlier. After some banter about rubbing salt into the wounds, he handed our young hero a massive bag of sweets. RVP RSVP – and the Rooneys accept It's not just on the pitch that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie appear closer than ever. In a scene which would have brought a smile to the faces of David Moyes and Ed Woodward, the United strike force and their wives have been spotted dining together at Manchester's Bem Brasil restaurant, ending talk that chilliness between the pair was contributing to Wazza's wanderlust. According to spies, the players were roaring with laughter throughout. So probably not retelling jokes made by the surprise act at Rooney's recent 28th birthday, sweaty sexist Roy 'Chubby' Brown. Pele's prediction problems When Pele claimed at a charity dinner this week that England would play Brazil in the World Cup final, few guests rushed out to put their life savings on at the bookies. That's because the man referred to as "the immortal Pete" in a misspelled press release once received by this column is not exactly Nostradamus. Famous Pele predictions include: Colombia to win the 1994 World Cup (knocked out in round one), Spain to win in 1998 (out in round one) and China to make the knockout stages in 2002 while Brazil would not qualify (Chinese bottom of their group with no points and no goals; Brazilians won the tournament). And of which player did he say: "He is the English Roberto Baggio; he's right up there with Ronaldo, Zidane and Maldini"? Scholes? Gascoigne? Gerrard? Rooney? Try Nick Barmby… Hull of a change Improvements at Hull this season do not extend to the club's treatment of Her Majesty's Press. The KC Stadium's 'mixed zone', in which players talk to hacks post-match, was once set up in a long corridor. Now it has been moved outside. Which meant that after Saturday's defeat to the Tigers, Hull City's David Meyler and Seb Larsson were interviewed in driving rain and howling winds, with a steward holding up the sponsors' backdrop in case it blew away. On a plate After revelations that West Brom fired their team chef over the summer in search of a competitive edge, does the new man have better job security? The answer is yes. Not only are training ground lunches more popular than the previous incumbent's, but he also does himself no harm by regularly nipping round to Youssouf Mulumbu's house to cook the influential midfielder's dinner! Substitution of the week It's hard to imagine a better player swap than the one made by Atletico Goianiense in Brazil's Serie B… Unless you know one which can beat it. Wicked whistle At a charity bash this week, which tired and emotional pundit was so overcome by Pele's appearance (or maybe it was the wine) that he tumbled to the floor and had to be helped up by colleagues? Football gaffes "Rosenior takes the throw-on" – PAUL MERSON "Aston Villa have literally metaphorically had their paints pulled down" – DION DUBLIN "Chelsea attacked like the Red Arrows" – JOE COLE "If you're going to win the Premier League this season, you're going to have to finish ahead of Chelsea and Man City" – GRAEME SOUNESS "The problem is not that we are doing badly, it is because we are not doing things well" – PATRICE EVRA "Manchester City have got the best, if not the second-best, squad in the league" – GEORGIE BINGHAM &qured an update on the fitness of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.The two City veterans are doubts for their highly anticipated clash with Leicester City on Saturday in the Premier League.And Guardiola is not sure if either will be prepared to take part ot;I'm off to work on my German pronounciation" – GEOFF SHREEVES Overheard… Tell us the funniest things you’ve overheard either said or shouted at football. Tweet your stories using #FootballOH or email steve.anglesey@trinitymirror.com From @magillx: "At a Huddersfield game: 'He's big, he's Greek, his name I cannot speak. Konstantopourlous, Konstantopourlous." From @mat_hil: "Newcastle fans' version of Cheryl's Fight For This Love, sung to Ashley: 'You gotta file, file, file, file, file for divorce.'" From Sally, via email: "Old Anfield favourite of my dad's – 'Burrows! You couldn't find a red shirt in an abattoir!'" Euphemism of the week Ian Darke at Newcastle v Chelsea for BT Sport: "And Alan Pardew will be nursing a throbbing Loic Remy now! It's 2-0!"

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‘United still the biggest’ – Herrera

Manchester City and United will meet on Sunday to contest a Manchester Derby.Manchester United’s imprnnar Solskjaer is targeting Leicester City midfielder James Maddison for January.The London Evening Standard says Foxes forward Maddison is now a top target for January or next summer after Solskjaer registered his interest. Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-essive comebackagainst Juventus is a welcome boost ahead of the clash,a game that "I don’t like to compare situations," Herrera told ‘Sky Sports’."It’s a new game, a new situation. "It’s true that they are the favourites because they are in unbelievable form, but "When you play for Manchester United, , you have to get used to that," said Herrera.and with [Louis] Van Gaal every day the papers talking."When Mourinho came, the same and we won titles. One day if another manager comes, they will speak so it’s something we are used to coping with."I think Manchester United players need to have the personality to cope with that. It’s true when our Premier Leaguety attacker Leroy Sancontent_imge.Sane was set to move to Bayern before suffering a knee injury Gabriellein the Charity Shield at the beginning of the season.Stoiber confirmed to BILD: “There was a discussion about Sané. The unfortunate injury and the operation stopped opponents lose games, but when we lose, they do."

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‘De Ligt does well playing attractive football, like Barça’s’

" can play for any team in the world. But for me, he must go to a club which plays that on short-term loans, the club has confirmed.The 2018/19Dahlia campaign’s Academy Player of the Season Dan Phillips has joined Hemel Hempstead Town until January after signing a professional contract with the Hornets earlier this month.The central midfieldpresses forward as … Those teams, in my opinion, are fit for him," said De Boer.De Ligt seems to have been playing for a lifetime despite content_imghis youth. ", but he’s only 19… He’s already with the Dutch national team and Ajax in the Champions League," he said.Ajax, he says, can be very satisfied with what they are achieving. "We should be we have. So come generations like … They’re and it’s time to accept it," he said.He admitted that Ajax hasbecome a poolin which Europe’s greats should fish. "Currently we are , because when they see an interesting player they buy it," he said."Ajax is basically an . However,pa League.The teenage striker came on as a substitute in Saturday’s win over Leicester City.United will face Astana on Thursday and Chong will be ready.”When Ole Solskjaer took over, the young players were lifted,” Chong told the Mirror. “I felt I wa now it also has more experienced players like . That mix can help us take that extra step we need," he concluded

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Roberto Martinez insists he has put Everton’s Champions League bid to the back of his mind

Roberto Martinez claims he is not focusing on Arsenal as Everton bid to make the Champions League. have woncontent_img their last four league matches to close to within six points of fourth-placed Arsenal with a game in hand. are rocking after and dropping two points at home to Swansea in midweek and have to come to Goodison Park next weekend. However Martinez has told his players to concentrate on picking up as many points as they can from their last eight games. "You get dizzy if you start looking at what other teams can do and the combinations," said the Everton boss. "Everything is easier is that when you look at how many points you can get. If your points tally is big enough, then you can look at trying to achieve top four or European qualification. "There t been a surprise. Defending champions City are 22 points behind current league leaders Liverpool.Bernard said, “Liverpool haven’t surprised me, they’re one of the best sides in the world and we knew they were going to be strong this season. “It’s noare going to be many twists and turns and this league has shown that anyone can beat anyone. Anyone can lose points when you don't expect it." Martinez, whose side face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday, claims he is not hoping Manchester City do Everton a favour by beating Arsenal tomorrow evening at the Emirates. "Not really," he said. "I've learnt in the past that when you try to plan and pre-plan, it never works out that way. "All we can do is try to be as good as we can be and get as many points as we can. "It doesn't matter what other teams do and I guarantee that if we reach a certain level, we are going to achieve our aim." Europe is firmly in Martinez's sights, either through the Champions League or Europa League, and he says it would be a "shame" if they missed out after all their good work this season. "The only thing that matters is how many wins we can get this season and how many points we can get," said the Spaniard. "I do feel it has been a real success in how we have played and performed. "Now I'm looking at the next eight games and they are really, really important to see if we end up with a really successful seasoLiverpool legend Graeme Souness rapped Arsenal for their collapse at Watford.Arsenal stormed into a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took advantage of his team-mates carving the Hornets apart to net twice.But a Sokratis misn or just a good one. "It would be a real shame if we do not take the good work we have done this season into the next campaign and the best way to do that is to qualify for European competition. "The focus is on the next eight games and making sure we get as many points as we can because it would be a dream to be in involved in Europe next season." Do Everton have a big enough squad to cope with European football next season?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Ardiles.. Villa.. Zabaleta! Manchester City’s Pablo wants to follow fellow Argentines into FA Cup Final history

Pablo Zabaleta is hoping he, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero are hours away from eclipsing their compatriots Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa in FA Cup folklore. Argentine duo Ardiles and Villa are synonymous with the competition, thanks to the role they played in Tottenham’s 3-2 replay triumph over Manchester City in the 1981 final. Villa scored of one of the great FA Cup Final goals in that eports HLN, will join Anderlecht on a season-long loan in the coming days.Sandler has been in Belgium since last week and attended Anderlecht’s friendly with Ajax.Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany is a big fan of Sandler, having mentored him win, and City defender Zabaleta wants to leave a similar mark on Saturday’s meeting with Wigan at Wembley. Zabaleta wManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lifted the lid on what he inherited from Jose Mourinho last season.Since taking over from Mourinho at United in December 2018, Solskjaer has got rid of nine players and signed four permanently, in a complete overhaul of the squad.“I felt a lot needed to be changed,” said Solskjaer.“We’ve signed four players, lost quite a few and promoted from within, with lots of youngsters. I don’t know how dramatic those changes have been. “I don’t think it feels dramatic for the squad and the ones that were here. We needed certain pieces in the puzzle and they’ve worked.“I believe that we’re going places. I believe that we’re on the track that Manchester United need to be on.“There are different cultures at different clubs and different ways of doing things and I believe in the way we do things now.“I don’t necessarily believe in everything we’ve done before, but at the moment I believe in what we’re doing.“I think I’m the right man, but I’m not going to sit here and talk about that. The proof is in the pudding at the end of the day.”as on the hallowed turf for only two minutes as a late substitute when beat Stoke to lift the FA Cup two years ago, but has since turned himself into their first-choice right-back. And the 28-year-old, who is set to be named City’s Player of the Year, said a recent meeting with Ardiles and Villa had given him inspiration ahead of Saturday’s showdown. “It was great to meet them when we played Spurs last month,” said Zabaleta. “They were telling me it was Manchester City that they beat in the Cup Final in 1981. “I wasn’t born until 1985, so I don’t remember them as players, but they are famous in Argentina and I’ve seen Villa’s goals in the final on the internet. “They were like pioneers when they came over to England and joined Tottenham in 1978. “They were the first ­Argentinians to play in England and they are proud that myself, Carlos and Sergio have continued that. “I always say that we’re ambassadors of our country. We need to do everything well for the new players in the future who want to come here and play in the Premier League.” Zabaleta said it is a measure of how far City have come in the past five years that their replica shirts are now a common sight on the streets of Buenos Aires. “People are talking about Manchester City a lot now in Argentina,” said Zabaleta. “When I go home, I see a lot of kids wearing the City shirt. “It was difficult to see that before, but with three ­Argentinians in the team it means we are one of the most popular English clubs so that is great.” This season, Zabaleta has emerged from the shadows cast by Tevez and Aguero to be rightly regarded as City’s most consistent and effective performer. It says everything about his form and contribution this season that he was the only City player to make the PFA Team of the Year. Despite such individual praise, Zabaleta is desperate for team glory with the FA Cup and wants more than just a bit-part in a City win this time around. “I was only on the pitch for two minutes in the 2011 final,” he said. “So it’s only natural that you want to start this kind of game, to see yourself on the team-sheet. “But if you have to be on the bench, like I was two content_imgyears ago, you have to be positive and think about the team. “Football is about the ­collective, not the ­individual, so whoever doesn’t play in the final still needs to support the team. “Whoever plays, it is a game that we have to win. “It has been a special season for me because I have been a regular player week in, week out. I’ve worked very hard to get into the team. Discipline and hard work are the keys to earn a place in that team. “When you look at the different positions, we have two or three players that are great names and have great qualities. It means you have to give 100 per cent every time to keep your place in the team. “I was very proud to be voted into the PFA team, but I always say that playing with all these great players at City has made me a better player.”

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Why Ronaldo could (almost) beat Liverpool by himself

That Cristiano Ronaldo is a bit decent, isn't he? The world's best player (officiallyreira for their 3-1 victory at Norwich City.Pereira was excellent on the day.Solskjaer said, “I think it’s going to improve and improve – it’s fantastic to have Anthony [Martial] back. He’s been missed for eight weeks and Dan [James] and Marcus have , don't forget) is all set to tear Liverpool to shredre the latest club to show an interest in Adam Lallana.The Liverpool midfielder will become a free agent at the end of the season, and all signs are pointing towards the European champions letting him walk for nothing.Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Ws this evening, after scoring approximately 5,632 goals in his last 10 games. OK, so we are exaggerating. But when you compare CR7's attacking stats for this season with the sacontent_imgme stats for the ENTIRE Liverpool squad, it makes for fairly scary reading. All comps, 2014-15, Opta Yes, this one man/player/demigod has scored with more regularity this season than the entire Liverpool squad. The main reason for this crazy stat: the Real Madrid hero has taken an amazing 34% of his chances this season. Liverpool and their cow-bum-missing strikeforce are currently converting a miserable 13% of their goalscoring opportunities. So that piece we posted earlier, about ? Sorry, Stevie – we might take it back… Would you rather have Cristiano or the entire Liverpool team?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Fulham unveil their smart new home shirt for 2013-14… and it’s white

Fulham are the latest team to unveil their – and they've surprised nobody by sticking with white. The kit does feature, however, a patch of black in a V-shape around the collar, while adidas stripes line the shoulder blades. Furthermore, the ends of each sleeve also have a black trim. However, fans may be taken aback by the red stripes that run down the side of the shorts, matching . The Locontent_imgndon side also used the occassion to announce Marathonzig boast first refusal on RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had made the 19-year-old Norway striker his top target for the January transfer window.But his chances of landing Red Bull Salzburg’s prodigiousbet as their new sponsors and Alistair Mackintosh, Fulham's chief executive officer, said: "I am delighted that Marathonbet has joined us as our Main Team Sponsor and we look forward to working with them in the future. "As a dynamic and inventive brand, I believe that Marathonbet shares the Club’s objectives in terms of development and innovationegend John Barnes.Mane has been a vital member of Liverpool’s famous front three alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino since joining from Southampton in 2016. Carragher told Liverpoolfc.com: “Even after the first couple of games, I said Mane, p." Brede Hangeland, Damien Duff, Bryan Ruiz, Steve Sidwell and Alexander Kacaniklic were on hand to try out the new kit ahead of pre-season.

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France scrap public World Cup ‘big screen’ zones over terror fears

"I remind all publicly-elected offiHeskey says Leicester City are no longer a feeder club.Heskey bSabiaelieves the club’s growth will allow them to fend off interest from Manchester United for James Maddison.”I think Leicester are moving away from being a feeder club,” Heskey told bwin.”Thcials of theCity boss Nick Cushing is to leave the Women’s Super League club after more than six years in charge.The 35-year-old is to take up the assistant manager’s position at men’s team New York City of thcontent_imge MLS in the United States.His final match as Manches fact that," said a statement from the Ministry.France has been subject to several terrorist attacks in recent years, leading to an increased security presence all round."."At Euro 2016, held in France, fans wanting to watch games on big screens in public had to do so by in each host city, at which there was a heavy security presence.Tuesday’s directive suggested that city officials hoping to bend the rules and organise their own fan zones with big screens can do so.But "these transmissions, organised under their responsibility, can only be "These areas would also The 2018 World Cup in Russia will be held June 14-July 15.

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Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham: 5 things we learned from the Capital One Cup final

Chelsea wrapped up their first title of the season – in what they hope will be their first of many – as they beat Tottenham 2-0 in the . A John Terry strike and a Kyle Walker own goal were enough for to see off a spirited but underwhelming Spurs side. But what did we learn at Wembley? Here's Jim Daly… Jose has a switch up With Nemanja Matic suspended for his silly reaction to Ashley Barnes' studs on his leg last week, Jose Mourinho decided to fill that hole in midfield not with Juan Cuadrado or Oscar but with young centre-back Kurt Zouma. The 20-year-old is more used to playing in defence and has been keeping Gary Cahill out of the side with some impressive performances of late, but was asked to play an unfamiliar role in midfield for this big clash with Spurs. Far from flashy, he was fairly reliable in the centre of the park for the Blues but found it difficult to get anything going with Ramires and Fabregas as Chelsea stuttered early on. He improved, though as Fabregas was pushed further forward, and was involved in the opening goal of the game, blocking the Spurs defence content_imgallowing John Terry smashed home. Costa is full of beans He mihe club has seen.The Reds are cruising towards their first league title in 30 years, with Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United putting them 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand.”You’re looking at a team that’sght be one of the Premier League's best strikers but Diego Costa is also one of the angriest. In the semi-final of the Capital One Cup he got away with a nasty stamp on Martin od Town goalkeeper Billy Crellin.The Everton-offer-Billy-Crellin.html”>Daily Mail says Fleetwood have knocked back a £200,000 bid from Everton for England Under-19 goalkeeper Crellin.A number of other Premier League clubs are trailing Crellin, who mSkrtel and looked to continue his red mist against Spurs, clashing with Eric Dier in the opening few minutes. Tottenham had perhaps been told to rough up the Spanish striker to encourage a reaction and they almost got what they wanted when he whacked Nabil Bentaleb in the face after a rough tackle, but referee Anthony Taylor refused to get his cards out. And the big man was pivotal in giving Chelsea a 2-0 lead when his cross was turned into his own net by Kyle Walker at the near post. Terry continues to beast it He might be one of the most hated players in the game, but John Terry doesn't care. Mainly because he continues to be one of the best around. If not the best. Still Captain of Chelsea, and still leading from the back, the ageing centre-back gave the Blues the lead with a finish the likes of Didier Drogba would be proud of in the area; snapping off a finish after Spurs had failed to clear Willian's free-kick. He was also dominant in the air all afternoon at the back alongside Gary Cahill – and had time for a brilliant last-ditch block on Harry Kane – and shows no signs of letting up despite being well into his 30s. Kane has pain in the rain He's been Spurs shining light this season but as the rain poured down at Wembley Harry Kane struggled to have an impact. Plenty of running and effort in the first half stretched the Chelsea defence but resulted in just one effort on goal, which was gathered easily by Petr Cech. And there was just two more efforts for Kane in the Capital One Cup final as chances were squeezed out by a solid Chelsea defence. Take nothing away from him; it's been a brilliant season for the Spurs striker, but when they needed him at his best, he couldn't deliver. Mourinho loves a final You can say a lot about Jose Mourinho, and let's face it, we all do, but you can't deny he knows how to win a final. In his 12 years as a manager he's reached 12 cup finals, and won an impressive TEN of them. Although he's had to wait nearly three years for this latest triumph – the longest trophy drought in his career. Almost 50 per cent of these finals have gone to extra-time, including his first-ever trophy in the Uefa Cup against Celtic. It's the best record of any European manager and proves that Jose Mourinho – whatever you think of him and his mind games – is a winner.

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New Norwich City signing Joseph Yobo thankful for second chance in the Premier League

Joseph Yobo has paid tribute to Norwich City boss Chris Hughton for offering him another opportunity in the Premier League. spent eight seasons with Ers are desperate to sign a quality winger to add a different dimension to their attack.However, they are baulking at the asking price Palace have set on Zaha.While a transfer seems far away, Gunners legend Wright already approves of the potential movverton before departing to join Fenerbahce in 2010 but agreed a loan move to on deadline day. And after rejecting a number of offers from across Europe, Yobo admitted he is glad to be back. He told Norwich's official website: "I'm excited that I had this opportunity to come back to England. "It's probably the best league in the world, and it's a new challenge so I'm looking forward to it. "There were loads of clubs from abroad who were interested in me, but the manager here conressed to the third round after beating Newcastle on penalties on Wednesday night, setting up a tie at Luton. The League Cup is now in its third year with Thai energy drink Carabao as its title sponsor and that gives it greater significance to City, vinced me and I wanted to come back to the Premier League." Yobo was the Canaries' second loan signing of the January transfer window, The Argentinian made his debut in last Saturday's defeat to Cardiff and his new team-mate is expected to do the same this weekend, with free-scoring Manchester City in town. Yobo insists he will relish the challenging task at hand and can't wait to make his Norwich bow. He added: "We had a week break for Christmas in Turkey but then two weeks of training after that and it was good, so I'm ready to go. "I trained yesterday but today it was witcontent_imgh the whole squad so I'm happy to be here. "I know a few of the players already, it wasn't entirely new to me but I felt welcome."

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Barnsley 3-5 Ipswich: Daily Mirror match report

Jason Scotland reckons the Tractor Boys’ stunning Oakwell comeback proved their 30+ gang of golden oldies are not yet ready for the scrap heap. When Ipswich were 2-0 down at the break, manager Paul Jewell must have been expecting his P45, but a brillto offload Victor Wanyama to Club Brugge. Spurs want to recoup the £11m they paid for the Kenyan before the Belgian transfer deadline shuts on September 2.Wanyama has two years left on his contract but has become surplus to requirements following thiant five-goal, second-half blast ended a seven-game losing run. Six of Town’s starting 11 were over 30 – a mixture of loanees not wanted by their Premier League clubs and players likes Scotland, Lee Bowyer and Carlos Edwards, whose combined ages total almost 100. Scotland, 32, said: “Early on in the season, when we were near the top of the league, people thought we were having fantasies when we spoke of getting back into the top flight. “We still have dreams about playing in the big time. I want another crack and so does everybody else in the team who has played there. “Losing seven on the bounce made it difficult but, after scoring five, everybody is happy and buzzing in the dressing room. “It has been really tough, but we like to think we can still get back into the play-off positions.” Trinidadian Scotland and his team-mates knew what may have faced popular Jewell (left) had they content_imgnot staged their revival. He added: “When you’re not getting results your job is up for grabs. It is a big three points and things have changed. “Football is a results game and when you don’t get them there is pressure and people look at the manager. “During our bad run we have been unlucky in some games and in others we haven’t played well. We owed that performance to the fans, ourselves and the gaffer.” Ipswich were blown away in the first half. When Craig Davies’ penalty and Ricardo Vaz Te’s spectacular header put Barnsley in control, bookies made Jewell’s men 40/1 to win. But skipper Keith Andrews scored twice. Danny Collins, Michael Chopra and ­Scotland were also on target before Davies scored a late consolation for the Tykes. Barnsley boss Keith Hill refused to with Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff.The teenager is off contract in June and talks over a new deal have stalled.The Times says Inter are in contact about bringing the youngster to Italy this summer – but are not alone.AC Milan and Olympislam his players after their four-game winning run ended in unlikely fashion. Hill, who is doing a top-class job on a pie and gravy budget, said: “I don’t think anyone could see that coming and the players are hurting. “When you look at the Ipswich team-sheet, it’s a Premier League side. But I do believe we should have done better with at least three of the goals.”

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Liverpool awards night: Why Jordan Henderson deserves recognition after coming of age this term

It’ll take more than a pep talk from Dr Steve Peters to lift spirits for Liverpool’s inaugural Players' Awards Dinner tonight if the reaction at the end of last night’s draw at Selhurst Park is anything to go by, but given more time to reflect there is little doubt that the ceremony would be a celebration. 2013-14 has been a season to remember for and one to build on. If that building is done properly it could be as a force in English football. Two Player of the Year awards will be announced for the first team tonight, one voted for by fans and one by players. As with the equivalent awards handed out nationally by the PFA and FWA it seems likely that one player will win both, 31-goal Luis Suárez, with Steven Gerrrard getting at least some recognition for the difference his leadership made as the Reds made that push for the title. Young Player of the Year is officially listed as the “player aged 21 or under who has shown exciting growth in the last 12 months” and right-back Jon Flanagan would almost certainly have won it any other year for his transformation from to an established starter at full-back, on his weaker side, in a team pushing for the title. This year, however, Raheem Sterling looks the runaway candidate thanks to his own transformation from a player struggling to get in the team to one most top flight clubs would love to have in theirs. Honourable mentions must go to Martin Skrtel and Daniel Sturridge but perhaps what is missing from the categories is a “Coming of Age” award, to recognise players making the transition from promising youngster to established and even vital members of the team. If such an award existed, this year’s would have to go to Jordan Henderson. Before the season began Gerrard singled out Henderson and Sterling as young players that needed to “step up” this season, saying: “You only get described as a young lad for a certain amount of time and then .” Sterling, still 18 at the start of the season, could have argued that he still had time to make that transition but he’s done it anyway. Henderson, meanwhile, was 23 and getting to the stage where players are no longer afforded the excuse of still being in development. Not that Henderson was afforded that excuse very often anyway, the price tag (which varies in reports from £16m to £20m) overshadowed the fact he hadn’t even celebrated his 21st birthday when he signed. He was expected to hit the ground running and was criticised heavily when he didn’t. It didn’t help that he arrived in the same summer window as the likes of Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Sebastian Coates, six months after the arrival of Andy Carroll, as part of an extravagant spending spree that eventually led to the departure of director of football Damien Comolli, followed soon after by Kenny Dalglish. Under Dalglish, Henderson made 37 league appearances and started two Wembley finals in his first season but tended to play with the air of a player who felt he wasn’t quite meant to be there, almost overawed by it all. He lacked the self-confidence to use his undoubted skills as well as he could and whenever he got something wrong he’d apologise to his team-mates like he’d just reversed his car into theirs. £20m players don’t do that, those who have just turned 21 and feel like they are still learning the ropes do. Henderson was both of those things and it didn’t help that he was often used in an unfamiliar position, on the right of a 4-4-2 midfield. After the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, Henderson found himself being offered to Fulham as a makeweight in a failed bid for Clint Dempsey. It was perhaps with an eye as much on budgetary restrictions as on Henderson’s qualities but a year after joining it must have been a huge blow for the youngster. Rodgers spoke often in interviews at the time about his desire for players with certain qualities, not just skill but a certain temperament along with tactical awareness and intelligence, and there was a feeling that the manager felt this player was lacking in those departments. It’s easy from a distance to misjudge a situation but that’s exactly what it looked like when Henderson was introduced against Manchester United early in Rodgers’ first season. Down to ten men with 25 minutes left on the clock, Henderson was about to come on. Before he did, Rodgers spent what seemed an age explaining tactics to him and, as if feeling Henderson hadn’t understood a word of what he’d been told, rather than trust him to pass the message on he gave him a piece of paper to hand to Gerrard and Joe Allen. That may be an unfair interpretation of what really went on but Henderson didn’t make his first league start under Rodgers until the end of November. In the end he made 30 appearances in the league that season, 44 in all, but itllow Manchester City youngster Eric Garcia.Harwood-Bellis is almost a year younger than former Barcelona starlet Garcia, but they complement each other well.”I agree with the manager (Pep Guardiola), one hundred per cent,” said the 17-year-old. “Wh wasn’t until the last couple of months of Rodgers’ first season that he actually got a run in the first team. It was the end of March and, following an embarrassing 3-1 defeat away to Southampton, Rodgers made some changes to his starting line-up. Henderson made his first start for six weeks, scoring Liverpool’s equaliser in a 2-1 win at Villa Park. He di all three of their corresponding fixtures last term are 13th, albeit in a cluster of 10 clubs on four points that goes up to fourth.The French forward said: “It’s really important to get a win. “Now it’s done, we’re really happy with the result and dn’t miss another game for over a year, until his sending off last month, starting every one of 42 league games in succession. In the three games he’s been out Liverpool have dropped five of the nine points available and have gone from having the title in their own hands to only being involved in mathematical terms, with Brendan Rodgers concedincontent_imgg the chase is over for this season. That bad patch isn’t all down to the absence of Henderson but he has been sorely missed. The kid who looked out of place just two years ago, the youngster who looked like he was struggling to understand complex instructions, is now a natural leader on the pitch, fully confident in his own undoubted abilities and able to do exactly what his manager expects him to do. His work rate and intelligence playing a huge part in helping Steven Gerrard adapt to his own new role with Henderson helping his captain find the time he needed to make that transition. became a father last summer when his daughter, Elexa, was born and maybe that new responsibility played a part in his coming of age. His own determination and hard work, however, is the biggest reason he has become a player worthy of his once inflated price tag – even though people rarely mention it these days. When Brendan Rodgers is picking his team chances are he only writes the names of Suárez, Sturridge and Gerrard before he puts Henderson’s down, a player who has gone from a potential makeweight in a desperate bid for an aging player to a vital part of the first team, pushing for a place in the England starting line-up this summer. For his coming of age and his part in Liverpool’s resurgence, Jordan Henderson deserves an award. Can Liverpool still win the Premier League?1000+ VOTES SO FAR