League Two season review

This was a season that, above all, demonstrated powers of recovery. Three clubs that have undergone some extremely testing times in the recent past emerged from the gloom and disappointment to gain automatic promotion to League One as reward for showing by far the greatest degree of consistency in a highly competitive fourth tier. As recently as 2010, Portsmouth were in the Premier League and participating in the FA Cup final, but a series of financial woes and frequent changes of ownership led to the club suffering a demoralising three…

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League One Season Review 2015-16

Many clubs in recent seasons have found the going tough upon being relegated from the Premier League, so much so that they slip almost inexorably into the third tier. Wigan Athletic were that team going into 2015-16, just two years after winning the FA Cup under Roberto Martinez and now with a new chairman in 23-year-old David Sharpe. The man tasked with reversing the downward spiral was one of the members of that side that upset the odds against Manchester City on that famous day at Wembley, Gary Caldwell. The…

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Former Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson named as Premier League’s most influential figure

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the most influential person in Premier League history. READ MORE: Manchester United Transfer News Ten unstoppable players Manchester United almost signed Man United would lucky to sign key target, says ex-Real Madrid chief In a list compiled by the Daily Mail, the veteran tactician saw off competition from the likes of Roman Abramovich, Rupert Murdoch and Richard Scudamore to exert his influence on the top flight. Current Premier League managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho also featured amongst the…

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Championship season review: Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton

Birmingham City: 10th Only a dramatic stoppage time goal at Bolton Wanderers on the final day kept Birmingham City in the Championship by the skin of their teeth in 2014. A year on, they were able to head to the Macron Stadium again to bring their season to a close with no such relegation concerns; indeed they pulled off an impressive win to secure a top 10 finish. It was an amazing achievement, as in the early weeks of the season it looked like nothing could stop them from dropping…

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Spain’s professional league looking to prevent La Liga suspension

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) and the Spain professional league (LFP) have been embroiled in an ongoing dispute over new regulations brought in to equally distribute TV revenue. It led to the La Liga season being suspended by the RFEF, but the LFP are looking at preventing the move, reports Sky Sports. The Spanish La Liga season is coming to a close, with three games left for the sides in the top-flight. The title race is between Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the Catalan giants currently two points clear. There’s…

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Henry full of praise for former teammate Lionel Messi following Champions League performance

Ex-Barcelona striker Thierry Henry lauded Lionel Messi’s performance in Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final clash against Bayern Munich, questioning what defence can keep the Argentine quiet when he’s on top form, reports Sky Sports. Lionel Messi produced a masterclass performance for the Catalan giants against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp, scoring two goals and setting up a third. His opening goal was fired in at the near past from the edge of the area, with Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer taken for surprise. His second was true brilliance, weaving past…

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Leicester City 3-0 Newcastle United: Nine-man Magpies suffer 8th consecutive league defeat

Leicester City piled on the misery against Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Leonardo Ulloa grabbing a brace as the Foxes’ fine run of form continued with all three points earned against John Carver’s men, reports BBC Sport. Leicester took the lead inside of a minute through Ulloa, who took advantage of poor Newcastle defending. The former Brighton man headed home early on to give the Foxes a dream start to the game, while ensure Newcastle would have a mountain to climb to get back…

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Mourinho hails ‘magnificent’ Chelsea

Jose Mourinho spoke proudly of his Chelsea players after they moved to within three points of the Premier League title by beating Leicester City, Sky Sports has reported. Leicester took the lead shortly before half-time through a Marc Albrighton goal but Chelsea responded after the interval, Didier Drogba drawing the Blues level before John Terry and Ramires sealed the victory. Chelsea can now clinch the title by beating Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as they are 13 points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal. City have only four…

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Pearson: Leicester didn’t deserve Chelsea defeat

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson believes the 3-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Chelsea was harsh on his players, Sky Sports has reported, arguing their performance deserved more. The Foxes took the lead moments before half-time through a Marc Albrighton goal but the Blues recovered after the interval, equalising via a Didier Drogba goal before John Terry and Ramires sealed the victory. Chelsea are now one win away from sealing the league title while Leicester are left a point outside the bottom three, having played a game more than 18th-place…

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Pearson: I will ask Cambiasso the secret to beat Mourinho

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson did reveal he would speak to midfielder Esteban Cambiasso to try and work out the secret to beat Jose Mourinho when the Foxes lock horns with his Chelsea side tonight, given that the two worked together during their time with Inter Milan, reports Sky Sports. The Argentine international won the treble with Mourinho at Inter in 2010, and is currently playing for Leicester City after being made available on a free transfer last summer. He’s long wanted to play in the Premier League, and has…

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Pearson: We haven’t achieved anything yet

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has talked down his side’s chances of surviving in the Premier League, insisting that his players are yet to achieve anything until the season comes to a close, reports Sky Sports. Four consecutive wins in the Premier League has seen Leicester City salvage their season, and they face Chelsea this week with a chance to extend their gap above the relegation zone. Victory against West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City, and Burnley sees the Foxes being tipped to challenge Chelsea at the King…

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Balague: Javier Hernandez to move to a big English club this summer

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, who is currently on loan with Real Madrid, will exit Old Trafford this summer to join another Premier League side, as he doesn’t feel Real will exercise their buyout clause, reports Sky Sports. The Mexican international recently scored the winning goal for Real Madrid against fierce rivals Atletico Madrid to send the European champions into the Champions League semi-finals. He’s due to return to Manchester United at the end of the season, but manager Louis van Gaal has made…

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Pearson: Swansea win keeps our survival hopes alive

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson was delighted to see his side earn all three points against Swansea City this weekend, as it took their run of league wins to three in consecutive weeks, and the City boss believes the victory keeps the Foxes survival hopes alive, reports Sky Sports. Leicester’s victory against Swansea City was their third consecutive Premier League win, and lifted them from the foot on the table for the first time in five months. The Foxes were certainly good value for the win, but manager Nigel Pearson…

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Leicester 2-0 Swansea: In-form Foxes see past the Swans

Leicester City continued their surprise resurgence in the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Swansea City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon, which now sees Nigel Pearson’s side in with a genuine should of survival, reports BBC Sport. The home side took the lead against Garry Monk’s men in the 15th minute through Leonardo Ulloa. The previously struggling striker, who has endured a serious goal drought this season – capitalised on a knock down from teammate Wes Morgan to put Leicester ahead early on. Swansea City did…

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson demands focus in fight for survival

Leicester City manager doesn’t want his players becoming too optimistic about the Foxes chances of survival now they are in a position to survive in the Premier League. He feels they have achieved nothing yet, and must remained focused to get the job done, reports Sky Sports. Leicester have won their last two games in the league which has seen them gain ground in the side above them in the table, they are three points adrift of safety, but have a game in hand which could put them level on…

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Ancelotti: Happy with first-half performance, but not final result

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was happy with his side’s performance in the opening 45 minutes of their Champions League quarter-final clash away to fierce rivals Atletico Madrid, but wasn’t pleased that it didn’t amount the anything other than a goalless draw, reports BBC Sport. Real were on top in the first-half, and will certainly have felt they should have been ahead, after creating chances for Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in particular. But after the break, the home side got to grips more with their opponents, and pressed them…

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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid: Tempestuous derby ends goalless at the Calderon

Atletico Madrid played out a goalless draw at home to fierce rivals Real Madrid, which sets up a perfectly poised Champions League quarter-final second leg to come at the Bernabeu in a week’s time, reports BBC Sport. Real Madrid were dominant in the first 45 minutes of the game, and will certainly have felt they should have gone into the break ahead. Winger Gareth Bale found himself through on goal early on, but was thwarted by Atleti goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who had a fine game between the sticks. The Welsh…

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Suarez: I joined Barcelona for the big European nights

Ahead of Barcelona’ Champions League quarter-final clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, summer-signing Luis Suarez says he joined the club for nights like these in the prestigious European competition, reports Sky Sports. Liverpool sold Luis Suarez for around £65M in the summer to Barcelona, and the Uruguayan has enjoyed a dream debut campaign. He’s scored 16 goals and made 10 assists in 27 games in all competitions for the Catalan giants, and has been impressive in the Champions League too (5 games, 4 goals, 1 assist). He could have…

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Kevin Phillips confident Leicester can avoid relegation

Leicester City coach Kevin Phillips says the Foxes can stay up in the Premier League this season, following their late winner against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on the weekend, reports Sky Sports. The win on Saturday meant Leicester could go level on points with Hull City – who are outside of the bottom three – if they win their game in hand. It’s an incredible turnaround for the struggling Midlands outfit, as they’ve spent the majority of the season in the bottom three, and looked down and out…

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Pearson: Things finally went our way in win against West Brom

After Leicester City came from behind twice to beat West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, manager Nigel Pearson was delighted things finally went the way of the Foxes, but he’s not getting carried away about his side’s survival chances, reports BBC Sport. Leicester City striker David Nugent cancelled out West Brom’s opener from Darren Fletcher, before Craig Gardner saw his goal cancelled out by City defender Robert Huth. Jamie Vardy then stole the points at the death to give the Foxes a real boost in their hopes of survival. Leicester…

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West Brom 2-3 Leicester City: Vardy scores late of Foxes come from behind twice to win at the Hawthorns

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy scored in the dying minutes of the game, as the relegation-threatened Foxes came from a goal down for the second time in the game to take all three points against an out-of-form West Brom side, reports BBC Sport. Reeling after a humiliating home defeat to Crystal Palace, West Brom started strongly against their Midlands, scoring inside of 10 minutes through former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher. The Scotland international headed home for Albion’s opener, but Leicester fought back. David Nugent equalised in the 20th minute…

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale a doubt for Rayo clash

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed winger Gareth Bale is a doubt for their meeting against Rayo Vallecano this week. The Welsh international has picked up a foot injury, which could see Isco or the returning James take his place, reports Sky Sports. Bale, 25, scored the opening goal in Real’s 9-1 thrashing of Granada on the weekend, and set up a goal for Cristiano Ronaldo in the game too. He’s been ever-present this season, and did play a full 90 minutes against Granada. But Ancelotti revealed he will…

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Gerard Pique: Life will go on without Xavi

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes the Spanish giants can cope if midfielder Xavi leaves the club in the summer for Qatari side Al Sadd, reports Sky Sports. Long-serving midfielder Xavi has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this summer, with his poor form for Barcelona seeing him out of the starting eleven in favour of new-boy Ivan Rakitic. The summer signing has formed a formidable midfield trio with Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, and with Barcelona on course to win the La Liga title, into the…

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi praises “phenomenal” Joe Hart performance in the Champions League

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi praised Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart for his outstanding showing in the Champions League last-16 second leg clash at the Nou Camp, that saw the England international make 10 saves, reports Sky Sports. The La Liga title-chasers put in a dominant display against the Premier League holders over the 90 minutes, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez all threatening to score. The latter two South American forwards hit the woodwork in the game, while Messi was thwarted on a number of occasions but the impressive…

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique praises Joe Hart for outstanding display in Champions League clash

After watching his side thwarted on a number of occasions in their Champions League last-16 second leg win against Manchester City, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was full of praise for goalkeeper Joe Hart for keeping the Spaniards to just one goal at the Nou Camp, reports Sky Sports. Hart made a host of saves throughout the 90 minutes to ensure the Sky Blus were never fully out of the clash, but ultimately his incredible performance between the sticks amounted to very little at the final whistle. Barcelona boasted an attack…

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