Enrique reveals Hughton anger

Newcastle full-back Jose Enrique told the Evening Chronicle that he and his teammates saw an angry side to manager Chris Hughton following the Magpies 2-1 defeat to Stoke City on Sunday. “After the game Chris was angry. There were mistakes made by everybody and people know when they’ve made them, When I play well I know I have, but when I make mistakes I don’t need to be told. “Everyone knows we can’t afford to play like we did in the second half again, or we will lose more games.…

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Everton Analysis – Toffees improve but still fall to the bottom of the Premier League

An improved Everton performance was rewarded with a first clean sheet and away point of the season against Fulham but the Toffees still find themselves bottom of the Premier League after West Ham United’s victory across London over Tottenham Hotspur. With four changes from the side which lost at home to Newcastle United last weekend – Phil Neville, Seamus Coleman, Tim Cahill and Yakubu replacing Tony Hibbert, John Heitinga, Leon Osman and Jermaine Beckford – David Moyes kept faith with the 4-4-1-1 formation but the team played with far more…

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ADL Weekend Review – Tough two days for Premier League’s top sides

Globally, fans of the Premier League will have ended up more sad than happy in a weekend that saw teams that own the most support flounder to teams of lesser means. Most disgruntled of all were the 10,000 Liverpool supporters who stayed behind at Anfield after the final whistle to emphasise their bitter resentment toward George Gillette and Tom Hicks, the current owners of the club, whose unstable influence has come to epitomise the rickety beginning of Liverpool’s campaign. Gillette and Hicks are trying to sell the club, but are…

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Rooney out of Valencia tie

Manchester Utd striker Wayne Rooney is set to miss the clubs Champions League tie away to Valencia on Wednesday night, according to the clubs official website. Rooney was replaced in the 61st minute of United’s 2-2 draw with Bolton on Sunday, with an ankle injury, and although the injury is not thought to be serious, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has decided not to risk his star striker for the trip to Spain. The news comes shortly after Ferguson admitted that all the media attention surrounding the England striker could be…

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Partizan prepare for tough Arsenal test

Partizan Belgrade manager Aleksandar Stanojevic has talked of the difficulty that faces his side as they prepare for their Tuesday night Champions League Group H match with Arsenal. Talking to Reuters, Stanojevic said how: “I told the players to relax and just go out there and enjoy themselves because teams of Arsenal’s stature come to Belgrade once in a decade. Of course, we would love to come away with something from this game but that is always going to be a tall order against one of England’s and Europe’s football…

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Chelsea Analysis – Blues’ rampant start brought to a halt by tactically supreme Manchester City

MANCHESTER CITY 1Tevez 59 CHELSEA 0 Manchester City brought the Blue’s rampant start to the new term screeching to a halt, with Carlos Tevez once again proving to be the bane of Chelsea’s title aspirations. The Argentinean nuisance has now netted six times in his last five outings against the defending champions, and his 59th minute strike will have highlighted the rather human nature of the Stamford Bridge machine. Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues – kitted out in their garish black and orange away number – were met by a determined and…

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Game of the Week – Glentoran vs. Linfield

72 titles between them and a bitter rivalry that lasts as long as the Northern Irish League itself would be enough to make this a huge fixture, but the fact that the two most famous clubs in the country, Glentoran and Linfield, currently occupy the top two spots in the Carling Premiership means this is even bigger than it would otherwise be. Glentoran have been something of a surprise package this season, with a run of results that has belied the pre-season changes to their personnel. The offloading of several…

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Manchester United Analysis – Defensive problems continue as United waste opportunity

BOLTON WADERERS 2Knight 6, Petrov 67 MANCHESTER UNITED 2Nani 23, Owen 74 Manchester United’s defensive problems were once again exposed as they failed to take advantage of a rare opportunity to close the gap behind Chelsea. Sir Alex Ferguson will be disappointed with an away performance which again saw United unable to keep a clean sheet. Jonny Evans continues to look the weak link at the back with the 22-year-old struggling for form leading to him being continually targeted by the opposition. Bolton Wanderers had this at the heart of…

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Player of the Weekend – Carlos Tevez

It would be easier to list the players who definitely are not the stars of the weekend. Arsenal’s entire defence deserve a special mention for ineptitude, whilst John Terry and Ashley Cole’s look of panic as Carlos Tevez and David Silva probably entertained a lot of those watching. Johnny Evans’ looked shaky as he stepped into Rio Ferdinand’s shoes again. James Perch and Charlie Adam both scored excellent headed goals this weekend that could have put them in contention, if they hadn’t of scored past their own goalkeepers. As always,…

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Club Focus – Tottenham – Carling Cup exit a blessing in disguise?

Tuesday night’s defeat after extra-time against rivals Arsenal was hyped up as a game for the club’s youth – a glimpse at how things may be between the two sides in five years time – who has the better future. Now that Spurs lost and are out, it should be seen as a blessing, thinly disguised. As North-London derbies go, it was difficult to get any less competitive, given the fact that surely both of these sides involved in the Champions League would have accepted a hard-fought defeat before the…

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Club Focus – Chelsea – Seven year record comes to an end as Magpies stun Blues

Chelsea fell to their first home domestic cup defeat in seven years as Newcastle knocked them out of the Carling Cup third round, triumphing 4-3 in a topsy-turvy tie at Stamford Bridge. The last time Chelsea lost either a League or FA Cup tie in 90 minutes was way back before Roman Abramovich bought the club, when Claudio Ranieri saw his Blues’ side beaten 3-1 by Arsenal in an FA Cup Sixth round replay in March 2003. Since then Chelsea have maintained an incredible record at Stamford Bridge in domestic…

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Club Focus – Everton – Confidence is the key but Blues are feeling the pressure

The last thing you need when you have been knocked out of the League Cup on penalties by League One Brentford is an away trip to a ground you have won at just once in over 40 years, a ground where the home side have not lost this season, but that is what awaits Everton when they meet Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow. Any hopes of the Carling Cup providing Everton with a distraction from the drudgery of the league campaign were dashed when Phil Jagielka’s penalty fatally struck the…

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Club Focus – Newcastle United – Magpies look to build on League Cup success with win over Stoke

Newcastle produced another impressive away day performance as they overcame league leaders Chelsea in a thrilling game of football at Stamford Bridge. A late goal from Shola Ameobi saw the Magpies through to the fourth round of the League Cup. Despite a wretched record against Chelsea both at Stamford Bridge and in recent League Cup competitions Chris Hughton’s men made some history of their own. It is the first time they have won at Chelsea’s home in 24 years and also their first win over the West London side in…

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Club Focus – Stoke City – Stoke’s first clean sheet of the season backbone of their Carling Cup progress

Stoke could take a number of positives from their surprisingly comfortable midweek Carling Cup win over Fulham. Tony Pulis used the game to look at some different players in different positions. Tuncay came in from the cold to impress in an unexpected left wing position, while Salif Diao and Glenn Whelan both made their influence tell in central midfield in different ways. Kenwyne Jones, meanwhile, shook off a groin injury to plunder his third goal in as many games, as Rory Delap’s long throw claimed its first victims of the…

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Premier League preview – Week 6 – September 25/26

There was no shortage of Carling Cup drama in midweek with Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City all crashing out in the third round. All those sides that suffered defeats will be eager to put it behind them and get back on track with a victory this weekend. Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off sees top four hopefuls Manchester City welcome league leaders and current Premier League champions Chelsea to the City of Manchester Stadium for a mouth-watering encounter. City have spent well once again this summer, adding much needed depth to a…

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A Different Week – Holloway insists no anger in Tangerines

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has this week moved to quash rumours that a heated argument broke out amongst the Tangerines players and management at half-time of their 4-0 defeat to Chelsea. The Premier League new boys were already four down at the break when the alleged bust-up took place in the visitors changing room at Stamford Bridge last Sunday. Holloway has strongly denied this, although he has admitted that there was a debate over the tactics being employed and that things did get a little animated, but was quick to…

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Club Focus – Sunderland – Black Cats’ focus on league after abject cup exit

In a competition that the Black Cats could probably have afforded make a priority, Sunderland were subject to a 2-1 defeat by in-trouble West Ham United on Tuesday. This weekend the side travel to Liverpool and Steve Bruce must ensure his team continue their recent impressive league form, despite the midweek blip. One of very few positive aspects of the game was that Asamoah Gyan scored his second goal in three appearances for the club on what was his full debut. This was a response to Frederic Piquionne’s opener although…

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Club Focus – Fulham – Dembele, the latest on the Cottagers’ disassembly line of strikers

Fulham’s chances of having a successful season in the absence of talisman Bobby Zamora were on a knife-edge after Andy Wilkinson’s frankly appalling challenge on Moussa Dembele at the end of Tuesday’s somewhat miserable away performance at Stoke City. Should the Whites lose the so-far impressive Dembele for a lengthy spell as well as England international Zamora, early-season predictions of a top-half finish will look wildly optimistic. The club’s official statement announced that, while Dembele was lucky enough to avoid a fracture (which looked inevitable after the offence), there was…

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Chelsea Analysis – Blues’ young guns steal the show despite League Cup defeat

CHELSEA 3 van Aanholt 6, Anelka 70, 87 (pen) NEWCASTLE UNITED 4Ranger 27, Taylor 32, Ameobi 49, 90 For long periods, it bore an uncanny resemblance to a frosty night in Newcastle some five years previous. The opposition were the same, the result was the same and but for a different cup competition and lack of a broken ankle, the game was riddled with D

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Everton Analysis – Bewildered Blues stung by spot-on Brentford

BRENTFORD 1Alexander 41 EVERTON 1Coleman 5 Brentford win 4-3 on penalties Everton crashed out of the League Cup against League One Brentford, going down 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes when both Jermaine Beckford and Phil Jagielka missed from 12 yards. Coupled with the dreadful Premier League defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Saturday, it is hard to remember a more disappointing few days in David Moyes’ Goodison Park tenure. Moyes made six changes from the XI that was so underwhelming against the Magpies,…

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ADL Daily – Carling Cup defeats reveal failings of Tottenham, Everton and Manchester City

Tuesday’s Carling Cup action resulted in painful realisations for Everton manager, David Moyes and his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Harry Redknapp. Everton find themselves second from bottom in the Premier League and in search of their first league win of the season. The reason for their poor start to the season and their inability to score away from home is due to a lack of potency in front of goal, a problem that was highlighted on Tuesday after the Merseysiders failed to put away the chances that they created. David Moyes…

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ADL Daily – Service to Torres the key for Liverpool revival

The recipe should be simple – take a world class striker and add service and you’ll end up with goals and success. Simple that is, for everyone but Liverpool. Whilst Dimitar Berbatov enjoyed the adulation of his Manchester United team-mates after scoring his third goal of the afternoon, his opposite number stood with hands on hips and foot on the ball which would soon be placed on the Bulgarian’s mantelpiece. His disgruntled and dejected expression told the whole excruciating story. The day should have belonged to Fernando Torres, but as…

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Club Focus – Manchester City – Shay Given calls for Mancini to let him leave in January

Shay Given’s interview in the Sunday Times provided interesting reading going into Sunday’s clash with Wigan Athletic. Given used the interview as an opportunity to express his disappointment at being unable to dislodge Joe Hart and called for Roberto Mancini to allow him to leave in January for the first team football he deserves. Given’s despondency was exacerbated by Hart retaining the gloves for City’s midweek trip to Salzburg. One of the reasons he had been coerced into remaining at Eastlands – perhaps the most surprising turn of events as…

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Club Focus – Arsenal – A double negative as Arsenal drop points to Sunderland

When questioned whether Alex Song’s sending off against Sunderland was frustrating, Arsene Wenger replied with a double negative: “You cannot not be frustrated.” This retort aptly summed up both the dismissal and the Gunners’ day as a whole, with a double negative emphasising an overwhelmingly frustrating weekend. The first negative was the result. With the 10 men seemingly on course to record an important victory, some sloppy defending in the dying minutes allowed Darren Bent to snaffle a late equaliser. A lack of cohesion is, to some extent, understandable given…

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Manchester City Analysis – Winning ugly

WIGAN 0 MANCHESTER CITY 2 Tevez 43, Yaya Toure 70 It wasn’t a classic performance by any means but when City look back on the 2010/11 campaign, this could well be one of their most important results. On the back of a last-gasp defeat to Sunderland and a disappointing home draw against Blackburn, there was a fear that Roberto Mancini’s men could again fail to finish off their lesser opponents. The Eastland’s side, however, grinded out what proved to be a comfortable 2-0 victory in a rain soaked and waterlogged…

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