Aston Villa’s Joe Cole buoyed marking full debut with a goal

After capping a brilliant individual performance with a goal on his full debut against Burnley, Aston Villa midfielder Joe Cole was delighted to finally kickstart his career with the Midlands outfit, reports Sky Sports. “It’s always nice to score your first goal for your new club and to score it on my first league start was great. It’s been a long time. I’ve had a few niggly injuries and things but I’m just here to play football. I want to help the club and help the young players with my…

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Frank Lampard fails to rule out possibility of extending his loan spell with Manchester City

After coming off the bench in the 3-0 win against Southampton to score his fifth goal in 11 games for Manchester City, midfielder Frank Lampard is open to extending his loan spell with the Sky Blues, reports Sky Sports. Reports have suggested manager Manuel Pellegrini would be keen to have Frank Lampard on loan from New York City for longer than the end of December with how well he’s performed for the side. The 36-year-old was introduced in the second-half against Southampton this afternoon, but made a typically telling contribution…

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Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie relieved to get on the scoresheet against Hull City

Under-fire striker Robin Van Persie admitted he was relieved to have finally got on the scoresheet in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Hull City this weekend, reports Sky Sports. The Dutch international, 31, was recently criticised by manager Louis Van Gaal after his lacklustre performance in the 2-1 away win against Arsenal, but proved his worth with a fierce left-footed effort into the top corner against Hull, and his relief after netting his first goal in a month was clear to see. “If you score a goal like that it…

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard plays down rumours of a fallout with manager Brendan Rodgers

After Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard was dropped to the bench in their 1-0 home win against Stoke City, the former England international was keen to highlight there was no rift between him and the Reds coach, reports Sky Sports. “Just to set the record straight media talk of a fall out between us 2 is NONSENSE ..have a nice Sunday,” he said, via his Instagram. Rumours had arisen that the two had fallen out after Gerrard was named on the bench on his 16th anniversary since making his senior debut…

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez feels his side should have been awarded a late penalty in Tottenham defeat

After referee Michael Oliver failed to award a penalty for a handball committed by Tottenham defender Federico Fazio late on in Everton‘s 2-1 defeat to the Londoners, manager Roberto Martinez feels the decision cost his side, reports BBC Sport. “I’ll never blame a decision like that for not getting a result, it happens, it’s part of the game. But I’m disappointed because Michael Oliver is a really good referee and when the ball contacted the arm he wasn’t in an obstructed view. I think it should have been spotted. I…

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino “Everton win was more than just three points”

After Tottenham came from behind to win at home against Everton, manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the victory could see a stark contrast to their previously fledgling home form, reports BBC Sport. “For us it is a little bit more than three points. It is important to grow and build on the victory. Our mentality and our spirit today were fantastic. This is what we want. We need to keep this feeling,” said the former Saints boss. Tottenham had previously suffered four home defeats in the Premier League this season, and…

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman rues mistake-ridden performance in Manchester City defeat

After seeing his side lose 3-0 at home to a 10-man Manchester City side, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was disappointed for his side not showing their true quality, reports BBC Sport. “We had the possibility to show our qualities and it was not good enough. The difference was the quality. If you are not at your best and make some mistakes then they will punish you. (But) there is no time to be disappointed. From tomorrow we have to prepare for Arsenal. Wednesday is a new opportunity,” said the Saints…

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes today’s Southampton victory proves their title credentials

After seeing his side comfortably see past Southampton 3-0 at St Mary’s, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident of catching league leaders Chelsea now his side are hitting form, reports BBC Sport. “The thing we cannot complain about in the squad is the spirit, the personality, the character and the ambition to continue winning. We have to play 25 games more. It is a lot of points and nobody knows what will happen in the future. In football in one week you can change your position. Chelsea are playing…

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Tottenham 2-1 Everton: Soldado ends goal drought as Spurs see past Everton at White Hart Lane

Tottenham finally ended their poor run of form at home to deservedly beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane, reports BBC Sport. Spurs typically started slowly, and found themselves behind early into the game, courtesy of Kevin Mirallas. The Belgian winger cut inside from the left flank and curled an effort beautifully past Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris in goal to give the visitors the lead in the 15th minute. But Tottenham fought back minutes later, with Christian Eriksen curling in a rebounded effort from Harry Kane to level proceedings. Right on…

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Southampton 0-3 Manchester City: Superior 10-men Citizens coast to comfortable victory at St Mary’s

Sergio Aguero played a hand in two of the goals as Manchester City earned a 3-0 win away to Southampton this afternoon, reports BBC Sport. Manchester City were by the far dominant side in the first-half against Southampton, with Manuel Pellegrini’s men creating a host of chances without scoring. The Sky Blues could have had a penalty too when Sergio Aguero was brought down in the area, but was cruelly booked for simulation. Southampton did come back into the match for a period in the first 45 minutes, threatening to…

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Tottenham vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be hoping to improve on their poor home record as they take on fellow top four hopefuls Everton, with both sides coming into this having secured their Europa League progress in midweek. Mauricio Pochettino has seen his men lose four out of six on their own turf, a record that must be improved if they are to have any chance of achieving their ambitions this season. Opposition teams have been given too much encouragement at the Lane, with Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and Stoke City all…

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Southampton vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton and Manchester City, the two nearest challengers to Premier League leaders Chelsea, clash in an intriguing encounter at the St. Mary’s Stadium. After eight wins out of nine, the Saints’ performance in their last game at Aston Villa was strangely subdued as they struggled to penetrate – and indeed stretch – an organised backline, particularly after falling behind to a first half mistake. Graziano Pelle was a peripheral figure as Southampton toiled, but the superb Nathaniel Clyne eventually got their equaliser. Even so, manager Ronald Koeman will be expecting…

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Tottenham boss Pochettino offers backing to Soldado

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has backed much-criticised striker Roberto Soldado to start hitting the back of the net regularly and end his ongoing problems in front of goal, Sky Sports has reported. The Spaniard was brought to White Hart Lane for £26m from Valencia in the summer of 2013, but despite his hugely impressive scoring record in La Liga, he has endured a difficult time in England thus far, scoring just six Premier League goals in 34 games. Indeed, he is without a goal in any competition since the Capital…

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Bruce annoyed by Hull mistakes

Hull City manager Steve Bruce was angered with the mistakes his side made as they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 away to Manchester United, Sky Sports has reported. The first goal arrived on 16 minutes as the Tigers failed to deal with a corner, which was kept alive by Chris Smalling before an ensuing scramble resulted in the England defender’s shot being carried just over the line by goalkeeper Allan McGregor. Captain Wayne Rooney was then given plenty of room to make it 2-0 with a low shot from outside the…

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Man Utd to face Hernandez dilemma

Manchester United are to face a difficult decision over whether to offer striker Javier Hernandez a new contract after learning that Real Madrid are not looking to make his loan move permanent, reports the Daily Express. The Mexican’s current deal with the Old Trafford club runs out at the end of the season, meaning that he would be able to leave for free should new terms not be agreed or if Real Madrid do not take up the option of signing him on a permanent basis, which reports in Spain…

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Rodgers hails Liverpool character

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had praise for his side’s determination as they scored late to record a much-needed 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City on Saturday, the Liverpool Echo has reported. After three consecutive Premier League defeats which had left them in 12th place, Liverpool started slowly in what turned out to be a cagey first half of few chances, but they raised their game in the second half with Jordan Henderson firing narrowly wide on the volley and Raheem Sterling also going close. However, Stoke also created opportunities…

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Arsenal preparing offer for Everton star McCarthy

Arsenal are lining up a £16m transfer bid for Everton central midfielder James McCarthy, who manager Arsene Wenger believes would fit perfectly into the Gunners’ system, according to the Daily Mail. A number of defensive midfield players and deep-lying playmakers have been linked with Arsenal, but the club’s management now see McCarthy as a player who can help keep possession in key areas and offer some protection to the back four, with former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta often criticised when taking up a holding role. McCarthy has consistently impressed since…

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Narrow defeat frustrates Newcastle manager Pardew

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew was left disappointed with a defensive lapse as his side lost a tight game 1-0 away to West Ham United, the Newcastle Chronicle has reported. The first half saw few chances created at either end, with Ayoze Perez coming closest for the visitors when he pulled a shot wide. After the break it was a more open affair as West Ham began to dictate play, and they got the breakthrough when left-back Aaron Cresswell ran on to a miscued shot from Cheikhou Kouyate and poked…

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Sunderland stalemate: “Only one team tried to win today”

After seeing his side come unstuck against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was critical of the Black Cats’ negative style, reports BBC Sport. “(The result) it’s a pity. We want to win every match but we have to lose some points. Only one team tried to win the game but credit to Sunderland. They were very defensive, but defending a lot and well is not a crime, it is a quality – and they did it well. We are doing very well still and it…

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Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria picks up injury against Hull City

Angel Di Maria is expected to miss Manchester United’s Tuesday clash against Stoke City through injury, reports BBC Sport. The Argentinean winger, 26, was substituted in the 13th minute of Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Hull City this weekend, and is yet another player on the treatment table. “He shall be out at least on Tuesday. We have to wait to see. Maybe tomorrow we’ll know more,” said manager Louis van Gaal. The Red Devils face Stoke City on Tuesday, as the Christmas fixture list builds up, and their record…

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West Ham 1-0 Newcastle: Cresswell goal seals narrow win for the Londoners

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell scored the only goal of the game, as Sam Allardyce’s side earn all three points in a close affair against Newcastle, reports BBC Sport. A close first-half between the two sides saw few chances of real quality created, with West Ham in particular defending well to keep the visitors at bay. Newcastle registered only one shot on target all afternoon, with the Londoners carrying out their defensive duties well. The second-half saw the game somewhat come to life. Aaron Cresswell scored from close range in…

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Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace: Swans held to a draw by resilient Eagles

Mile Jedinak got on the score sheet again for Crystal Palace, as the Eagles earned a point against Swansea City at the Liberty stadium, reports BBC Sport. The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute of the game through striker Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian international scored from a brilliant low finish on the edge of the area to put Swansea ahead. Crystal Palace took little time to equalise, however, and it was midfielder Mile Jedinak for the second week running. In the 25th minute, Neil Warnock’s side were awarded…

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Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Leicester City: Austin scores as the Hoops emerge victorious in five-goal thriller at Loftus Road

There were goals galore between the two newly-promoted sides in the Premier League this afternoon, with Queens Park Rangers wining their relegation six-pointer against Leicester City, reports BBC Sport. The visitors took the lead minutes into the game through Esteban Cambiasso. The Argentine midfielder scored from the edge of the area to score Leicester’s first goal in six games. QPR pegged their way back in the game, with Leicester defender Wes Morgan scoring an own goal in the 37th minute. Harry Redknapp’s side then took the lead through Leroy Fer…

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Manchester United 3-0 Hull City: Red Devils earn comfortable victory over the Tigers at Old Trafford

Goals from Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie ensured United took all three points with little fuss against Hull City this afternoon, reports BBC Sport. United took the lead in the 16th minute through Chris Smalling. The England defender needed goalline technology as his effort was a close one to call. Wayne Rooney doubled their lead minutes before the break, to continue his fine run of form for club and country. In the second-half, Robin Van Persie got on the score sheet to wrap up an easy win…

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Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City: Johnson on the scoresheet as the Reds leave it late to beat Stoke

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson scored in the last few minutes of normal time to earn the Reds a much-needed victory against Stoke City, reports BBC Sport. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard found himself on the bench ahead of the game, with manager Brendan Rodgers making a host of changes as the Merseyside club had lost three consecutive Premier League games prior to their Potters clash. Boasting a bench choc-full of expensive talent, Liverpool weren’t at their best against Stoke at Anfield. And the Potters had moments of their own where they…

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