Tottenham boss angry after controversial defeat

Harry Redknapp has spoken out against two controversial decisions that went against his side in Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Spurs took the lead after a long-range effort from the in-form Sandro went into the top corner. However, fellow Brazilian Heurelho Gomes allowed a Frank Lampard shot to squeeze through his legs, and the ‘keeper cleared just as the ball reached the goal-line. The referees assistant proceeded to award the goal, despite television replays being inconclusive. Scroll down for rest of article The winner for Chelsea was…

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Club Focus – Blackburn Rovers – Bolton fixture vital towards securing Premier League future

The term ‘must-win game’ is used far too often these days, but it would take a very brave Blackburn Rovers fan to suggest that this Saturday’s crunch clash against local-rivals Bolton Wanderers was not an extremely important affair. Although Rovers would still have a further three games to save their Premier League status after this weekend, the visit of Owen Coyle’s men provides the Blues with an ideal opportunity to finally end a run of ten league games without a win. Bolton have been impressive this season under one of…

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Football League Daily – Plymouth takeover imminent as relegation fears mount

As the curtain begins to fall on a miserable season for Plymouth Argyle, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel with regards to their financial woes. After a season which has seen the club enter administration and the resultant 10 point deduction plunging them into a fight against relegation to League 2, a takeover looks imminent following the news that a bid has been submitted by a Surrey businessman. The BBC Sport website has reported that Paul Buttivant is the head of a consortium which has…

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Club Focus – Liverpool – Carroll may not make game against old club Newcastle

As Liverpool prepare to face Newcastle at Anfield on Sunday, all the talk is about one man – Andy Carroll. The young English striker left his boyhood club to sign for Liverpool on transfer deadline day in January, for an astonishing fee of £35m. Given the circumstances of his departure from St James’ Park, it is no surprise that all the focus is on Carroll this week. However, the 22-year-old might not even be fit enough to face his former team. Carroll missed Liverpool’s impressive 5-0 victory over Birmingham City…

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Club Focus – Everton – With Europa League chances slim, thoughts turn to Toffees’ future stars

There may still be a small chance of Everton sneaking into next season’s Europa League but with increasingly little left to play for this season, David Moyes turned to the future this week by discussing one of Everton’s brightest young starlets, Ross Barkley. The versatile 17-year-old, capable of playing in defence and attack but most comfortable in midfield, suffered a triple leg break on England U-17 duty in October and is not yet fully recovered. Moyes revealed that if not for the horrific injury Barkley would have featured in the…

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Rooney admits mistake on eve of Manchester United’s trip to Emirates

Following Manchester United’s win in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night, Wayne Rooney uttered the words: “How wrong was I?” Clearly referring to his statement earlier in the season that his future lay away from Old Trafford, the England striker rather sheepishly admitted his mistake. Comparing the fortunes of his United career when he confirmed his desire to leave and the way the season could well end there is a stark contrast. Not only in the form of his club, but most of all in the form of the man himself. Rooney’s…

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Club Focus – Barcelona – Messi magic outshines ugly side of Champions League tie

After the fiery build-up and amid all the controversy and the unpleasantness surrounding the Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, it was a certain Barcelona player, sporting a No 10 on the back of his jersey, who proved exactly why he should be considered the world’s best on current form. Lionel Messi’s brace of goals in the Santiago Bernabeu seemed to wake everybody from their negative slumber and put football in its purest sense back at the forefront of the tie. In the aftermath however, UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings…

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Ancelotti intent on 4-4-2, but can Chelsea accommodate both Torres and Drogba?

On Thursday, Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti made clear his intention to ultimately get the Fernando Torres-Didier Drogba strike partnership working, with the possibility of the two starting together this weekend against Tottenham Hotspur. His comments come after both strikers scored against West Ham – albeit each as the main striker at the time – and just as his side look to be finding form for a late, yet unlikely, title charge. Six points behind leaders Manchester United with the second league fixture between the two still to play, Chelsea have…

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Ireland out for season ahead of Carroll reunion at Anfield

Newcastle travel to Anfield at the weekend without midfielder Stephen Ireland who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The loanee picked up an ankle injury against Blackpool in the Magpies’ last outing and the damage was enough to end his season prematurely. In total Ireland has made just the two substitute appearances since arriving on Tyneside in January. A succession of ailments and problems off the field has meant the Aston Villa owned player has struggled to make an impact in the north east. In Ireland’s…

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Gabbidon charge highlights Twitter’s growing influence within football

Danny Gabbidon has been charged with ‘improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute’ after a Twitter tirade following West Ham United’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa. Whilst for many the social networking site bridges the gap between celebrity and supporter, Gabbidon’s example highlights the impact of ill-chosen words. Although Twitter is merely the latest media incarnation to link players to the public, the concept appears to engender an unheralded blithe sense of openness. Twitter affords today’s stars the chance to cut out the middleman and provide damning headlines themselves.…

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Club Focus – Manchester United – Red Devils look to continue good form over Arsenal

Three weeks ago the match against Arsenal was being billed as a title decider. Critics were pointing to Manchester United’s poor away record and suggesting that the Gunners could land a potentially decisive blow at the Emirates. Fast forward to this weekend and that prediction looks rather ridiculous. Arsene Wenger’s side have fallen away and been overtaken by Chelsea. The Premier League looks set to provide a very familiar first and second. However, despite the crumbling of Arsenal’s ambitions in recent weeks, the game at the Emirates remains a vital…

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Is anyone safe from the Premier League trapdoor?

Fulham’s victory over Bolton on Wednesday night moved the Cottagers a step closer to survival in what is turning into a mass scramble to avoid the drop down to the Championship. A quick glance at the Premier League table will show just how tight the battle is, with only a handful of clubs able to guarantee their supporters top-flight football again next season at this time. As it stands, Everton in seventh position are the lowest placed side who are definitely safe, with Bolton in eighth still not mathematically sure…

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Bendtner has no plans to leave Arsenal

Arsenal and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner insists he will be staying that the Emirates Stadium for next season, after rumours linking him away from the club. Bendtner has been linked with a number of clubs lately, including Blackburn Rovers, having fallen down the Arsenal pecking-order this season. The 23-year-old Dane has made just three Premier League starts this season, along with a further 12 substitute appearances, scoring two goals, however he is happy that his career with the Gunners is not coming to an end. Scroll down for rest of…

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Newcastle to be offered Liverpool trio

Newcastle United are set to be offered three out-of-favour Liverpool players, including former Chelsea man Joe Cole. The Merseyside club will need to cut down their first-team squad in order to allow further big-name signings to join in the Summer, and a source has told Newcastle based newspaper The Chronicle: “There will be a lot of movement at Liverpool this summer. And it’s no secret here that players will be offloaded to make way for new signings. “There will be players offered out to numerous Premier League clubs, including Newcastle…

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Chelsea news – Blues £9m van der Wiel boost, Lukaku move nears, Champions with Chelsea

Blues van der Wiel boost. Chelsea’s path to make a move for Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel looks to have cleared after his other potential suitors, Bayern Munich, dropped out of the race, the Guardian report. The 23-year-old who played in the 2010 World Cup final, has long featured on the Blues’ wish list as they continue the overhaul operation of their ageing squad, and is expected to cost around £9m. The Dutchman is very excited at the prospect of making a move: “I’ve never left Amsterdam and I…

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Heineken release new live football game – StarPlayer

A Different League was fortunate enough to be one of the first to play StarPlayer on Tuesday night – the new Heineken football game devised and created by digital agency AKQA. It is based around the increasing ‘dual screening’ phenomenon – that of watching what is happening on TV whilst interacting with others via a phone or computer. Research suggests 75% of individuals who watch TV at home are dual screening, and Heineken have released a game that takes full advantage of this. The premise is simple – watch a…

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Celtic news – Hoops target £3m Long, Hooiveld exit near, Towell open to loan

Towell open to loan. Celtic´s versatile defender Richie Towell says he would not be opposed to the idea of a second loan spell at Hibernian next season, or even a permanent move if it suited both clubs. The 19-year-old Irishman joined Hibs in January and has made 12 league appearances for Colin Calderwood´s side. Now he says he would relish the opportunity of extending his stay. “I’ve loved it here and I could not have dreamt of a better club to come to,” he told the Daily Record. “I will…

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Leeds Utd news – Utd eye Westwood, Johnson apologises, Lees gets promotion

Johnson apologises. Leeds United midfielder Bradley Johnson has expressed his regret in letting the clubs supporters down as the side’s bid for promotion appears to have faltered as the season enters its closing stages. Johnson, who is out of contract in the summer, was talking to the Yorkshire Evening Post in the wake of United’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Easter Monday, a result which saw the side slip to 9th in the Npower Championship table, three points outside the play-off places with just two games remaining. Johnson apologised…

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Nani’s decline in form cause for concern at Manchester United

Whilst Manchester United continue to press forward domestically and in Europe, there is one issue that will no doubt have concerned Sir Alex Ferguson in recent weeks – the decline in Luis Nani’s form. In a disruptive Autumn for the Red Devils that at one stage threatened to derail their title challenge before it had begun, Nani’s emergence as an attacking focal point for the team can be directly credited as kick-starting it. As the team lost Antonio Valencia to a horrific leg-break, and Wayne Rooney’s form to distracting actions,…

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Club Focus – Manchester United – Neuer still destined for Bayern and long-term target Defour signs new deal at Standard

With Edwin van der Sar still set for retirement at the end of the season, Manchester United have been linked with a whole host of goalkeepers to replace the Dutchman. One of these names, Manuel Neuer, has pushed himself to the top of every United fan’s wish list after an inspired display against them in Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Schalke 04. Neuer kept the score down to a respectable margin with a sublime goalkeeping performance and in doing so has won universal praise. Sir Alex Ferguson went out of…

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Club Focus – Liverpool – Importance of Reina’s loyalty not be underestimated

After a season of rumours and hearsay, Liverpool’s goalkeeper Pepe Reina has given the biggest indication yet he will play his football at Anfield next season. Under both Roy Hodgson and now Kenny Dalglish, the Spanish international has been an ever-present for the Reds in the Premier League this term. However, with other top Premier League sides struggling in the department where he excels, there has been incessant supposition that he may leave this summer. Someone of Reina’s abilities rightly has the burning desire to win trophies. Given Liverpool’s struggles…

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Club Focus – Chelsea – Is Essien a midfield maestro or holding midfielder?

When Michael Essien hobbled off the pitch on Saturday against West Ham a lot of the supporters held their breath. The Ghana international has been a victim of long-term injuries in earlier seasons and fans will be happy to hear the latest setback is not expected to be serious. On Tuesday the club declared the midfielder had a minor problem with a tendon above his knee and scans revealed no significant issues. The Chelsea No 5 will be monitored over the course of the week and may even feature in…

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Club Focus – Tottenham – Berbatov linked with sensational return

Another day and another raft of transfer rumors surrounding Tottenham Hotspur have emerged. The most sensational of which is perhaps the reports linking former Spurs star Dimitar Berbatov with a move back to White Hart Lane after contract talks at Old Trafford reportedly broke down. The 30-year-old Bulgarian striker, who is currently leading the Premier League scoring charts with an impressive 21-goal haul for the season, is unhappy that he has been offered a rolling one year extension rather than a new two year deal. Berbatov was initially told that…

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Tactic Talk – Upton Park looks an even bleaker place without The Hammers’ star man

West Ham United’s troubles deepened with a 3-0 away defeat to champions, Chelsea. While the post-match column inches were dominated by Fernando Torres’ first goal for his new club, the absence of a former Blue made a significant difference. A season of poor form and subsequent bad results sees West Ham bottom of the Premier League with four matches left to play. While the fans will be well aware that their side are still only two points from safety, they will be relying on the return of this season’s stand-out…

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Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona – Messi magic overcomes dogged Madrid in Champions League slugfest

Two goals from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 2-0 victory over eternal rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first-leg, putting the La Liga leaders on course to meet Manchester United in the final at Wembley. Messi provided the highlights of a tetchy game that saw three red cards, including one for Jose Mourinho, five yellows and 40 fouls. Real Madrid started the game with the striker-less formation that triumphed over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, a trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, and Angel di Maria…

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