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PFA blasts Portsmouth after failure to pay players again

Posted Thursday, January 07, 2010 by theguardian.com5 hits

There has been little to smile about at Fratton Park this season. Photograph: PA Portsmouth have been accused of threatening the "integrity" of football and the Premier League as the club missed a second, self-imposed deadline to pay the squad their December wages. Nick Cusack, the senior executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, was outspoken over the club's inability to come up...Full Story »

FA Cup's average attendance flatters to deceive

Posted Tuesday, January 05, 2010 by The Independent6 hits

Magic of the Cup: not all grounds were as packed as Old Trafford for the third round of the Cup But the total of 514,172 at 28 ties was boosted by the 74,526 who saw Leeds shock Manchester United, at Old Trafford, and the 41,000 who saw Chelsea rout Watford. However, the FA will privately be concerned that some clubs suffered huge drops, most obviously at Wigan. Even though they hosted one of...Full Story »

Kevin Blackwell bemoans replay after QPR hold Sheffield United

Posted Monday, January 04, 2010 by theguardian.com18 hits

Richard Cresswell celebrates with his team-mates after scoring Sheffield United's equaliser. Photograph: Action Images The Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell admitted a draw was the last result he wanted after his side pulled back to finish 1-1 in their FA Cup third-round clash with QPR. Jay Simpson broke the deadlock for the visitors seven minutes before half-time when the on-loan Arsena...Full Story »

Frank Lampard gets more credit than he deserves, says Florent Malouda

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by theguardian.com21 hits

Florent Malouda (left) says Frank Lampard (right) is getting more credit than he deserves for his Chelsea performances. Photograph: Action Images Chelsea's Florent Malouda believes Frank Lampard is getting more credit than his performances deserve and says he is frustrated at Stamford Bridge playing second fiddle to the England midfielder. Malouda said that Lampard's status at the club is enhan...Full Story »

Hart deserves England chance

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by BBC.com34 hits

Joe Hart left behind Manchester City's Abu Dhabi billions to seek first-team football and a change of fortune at Birmingham City. He is now on course to land the jackpot of a place in England's World Cup squad. Hart started the season as a rank outsider to make coach Fabio Capello's final list for South Africa - but World Cup squads have a habit of throwing up surprises and the 22-year-old is m...Full Story »

Palace fears grow as players go unpaid

Posted Saturday, January 02, 2010 by The Independent11 hits

Like Portsmouth earlier this week, Crystal Palace have again failed to pay their players wages on time. In Palace's case, this is the second successive month, raising fears the Championship club is in danger of being forced into administration. As of last month, "cash flow" is said to be the problem, and the wages are expected to be paid next week. Palace are already under a transfer embargo a...Full Story »

What we learned this year… Unusual suspects are game for a laugh

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by theguardian.com9 hits

The Liverpool beach ball was one of sport's supporting cast that played a starring role in 2009. Photograph: Getty Images The year in sport has been dotted with unusual objects, a cast of inanimate gatecrashers that have picked their moment to leap up out of the landfill site and squat briefly centre stage. Sport has always been vulnerable to interruptions by the everyday. Usually the gamb...Full Story »

Bolton fans forced Gary Megson out, says Sam Allardyce

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by BBC.com24 hits

Sam Allardyce was Bolton's manager for eight years. Sam Allardyce believes there was little Gary Megson could do to keep his job once Bolton's fans had turned against him. Megson was sacked on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw with Hull on Tuesday night left Wanderers 18th in the Premier League. Megson endured a rocky relationship with the club's fans almost from the moment he was appointed manager ...Full Story »

PFA chief to meet Portsmouth hierachy over non-payment of players' wages

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by BBC.com35 hits

The PFA chief executive is set for a series of meetings at crisis club Portsmouth. The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, Nick Cusack, will meet Portsmouth officials on Monday for talks about the state of the club's finances, after yesterday's disclosure that players' wages had not been paid on time for a third month this season. Portsmouth said that they expected the...Full Story »

Late Hunt brace denies Bolton

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA11 hits

Hull midfielder Stephen Hunt scored twice in the last 19 minutes as Bolton's defensive deficiencies allowed the Tigers to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium.Wanderers looked comfortable after Ivan Klasnic's 20th-minute goal and Kevin Davies' second-half header.However, Hunt nodded in from close range to spread panic in a defence without a clean sheet all season and the Republic ...Full Story »

Torres strikes late to sink Villa

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA20 hits

Fernando Torres scored an injury-time 50th Barclays Premier League goal for Liverpool to give his side a Champions League lifeline with a 1-0 win against Aston Villa.The Spaniard drilled a low shot across Villa keeper Brad Friedel in the 93rd minute to become the fastest player in Reds history to score a half century of league goals.It means Rafael Benitez's side are only two points behind Vill...Full Story »

Fabregas masterclass fires a warning

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by PA9 hits

Captain Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to inspire the Gunners to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa which hauls them back into the Barclays Premier League title race.The Spaniard, who had been out with a hamstring problem, netted a superb free-kick on 65 minutes and then scored a fine breakaway goal before being substituted as a precaution.Abou Diaby netted a third in stoppage time at Emirates Stadiu...Full Story »

Lampard on the spot for Blues

Posted Sunday, December 20, 2009 by PA5 hits

Frank Lampard showed the nerve which has made him one of England's finest players to secure a 1-1 draw at West Ham which takes Chelsea four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas.Lampard, the former Hammers midfielder, slotted home a penalty in the second half which he was forced to take three times.Some players might have been thrown by that. Lampard simply kept ri...Full Story »

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy had the last laugh as his recalled first-choice players overcame Burnley 2-0 thanks to goals from Nenad Milijas and Kevin Doyle to move out of the Barclays Premier League bot

Posted Sunday, December 20, 2009 by PA24 hits

McCarthy had come in for heavy criticism after fielding a virtual reserve team at Manchester United in midweek to ensure his players were fresh to face the Clarets.But any anger among the Wolves fans over that move was forgotten as Milijas and Doyle secured a third win in four matches for the midlands club.It moved them level on 19 points with Burnley who have now gone seven games without a win...Full Story »

Larsson salvages point for Brum

Posted Sunday, December 20, 2009 by PA27 hits

Birmingham's five-match winning streak came to an end at Goodison Park as they were out-played by Everton in a 1-1 draw.Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's sixth-minute goal was all the hosts had to show for their early dominance and they were caught cold when Sebastian Larsson equalised with Birmingham's first shot of the match midway through the first half.Everton continued to control the game after the ...Full Story »

Late double earns Toffees the points

Posted Monday, December 28, 2009 by PA2 hits

Everton ended a run of seven Premier League matches without a victory thanks to two goals in the closing minutes against 10-man Burnley at Goodison Park.The first came from youngster James Vaughan, scoring within seconds of coming on as a substitute.Vaughan has suffered terrible injury problems over the last three years, and this was his first goal for two years.The second came from Steven Pien...Full Story »

Honours even after dour Lancashire derby

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by PA13 hits

Wigan and Blackburn cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium which did nothing to improve either side's fortunes.Benni McCarthy's first Barclays Premier League goal of the season put the visitors ahead in the 30th minute only for Hugo Rodallega's 53rd-minute header to level things up.Wigan have now won just one of the last eight league matches, with Blackburn enjoying victory on...Full Story »

Nugent earns Clarets point

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by PA11 hits

David Nugent gave a timely reminder of his scoring ability at Turf Moor as he secured a point for Burnley as their Premier League clash with Bolton ended 1-1.The striker's loan deal from Portsmouth is up shortly and he has struggled to hold down a place in the Clarets' starting XI.However, he was recalled against Bolton and took his chance by finding the target in the 56th minute.It was only Nu...Full Story »

United stunned by classy Cottagers

Posted Saturday, December 19, 2009 by PA30 hits

Manchester United's pursuit of the Barclays Premier League title suffered a humiliating setback as Bobby Zamora inspired Fulham to a sensational 3-0 win at Craven Cottage.Danny Murphy opened the scoring from 30-yards after capitalising on a blunder by Paul Scholes and Zamora continued his rich vein of form with the second a minute after the interval.It was Zamora's fifth goal in four games and ...Full Story »

Strauss leads England back from brink to promised land

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by The Independent15 hits

Captain wins ultimate prize after making players responsible for their actions Everything seems different when the Ashes have come home. The world, or at least the English part of it, is somehow a much happier, sprightlier place. Presumably, in the Australian part of it at present, the reverse is true. Quite how England managed to reclaim the trophy in the summer of 2009 continues to be somet...Full Story »

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