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Wenger impressed by rookie keeper

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Arsene Wenger gave rookie goalkeeper Vito Mannone "10 out of 10" for an inspired display which helped Arsenal record a hard-fought 1-0 win at Fulham.The 21-year-old Italian has been standing in for regular stopper Manuel Almunia, currently laid low by a virus.Mannone produced a string of superb displays through Saturday evening's Barclays Premier League clash at Craven Cottage, which was settled...Full Story »

Allardyce elated by late show

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce admitted he was ready to settle for a draw before David Dunn's late penalty sealed three points over Aston Villa at Ewood Park.Dunn's winner capped a stirring comeback from Rovers, who had fallen behind to Gabriel Agbonlahor's third-minute strike then saw Vince Grella sent off for two bookable offences.Allardyce said: "I would have been happy with a draw but I'm glad...Full Story »

Megson's delight over sub

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Bolton manager Gary Megson praised the "quality finishing" of substitute Chung-Yong Lee after his late winner against Birmingham at St Andrews.The Korean international looked like being the villain when he lost possession in the build-up to Birmingham's 85th minute equaliser from Kevin Phillips.But the summer signing from FC Seoul made amends two minutes later when he was first to react after a ...Full Story »

QPR manager Jim Magilton criticised playmaker Akos Buzsaky after his side stumbled into the third round of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 win at home to Accrington.

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

The Hungarian was among several Rangers players who struggled before Hogan Ephraim and Wayne Routledge scored to see off the League Two side, who pulled a goal back through Michael Symes.Buzsaky and Rowan Vine recently returned from long-term injuries, and Magilton said: "We've got to give them time and we know they're very good players."Vine was better but `Buz' gave the ball away cheaply. I wa...Full Story »

Irvine impressed by Preston start

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Alan Irvine is revelling in his Preston side's dream start to the new campaign which continued with a 2-1 win over Leicester in the Carling Cup at Deepdale.A brace from striker Chris Brown made it five wins and one draw from North End's six matches so far and it is a better beginning to the season than Irvine could have hoped for."I would have taken this start if it had been offered to me before...Full Story »

Adams ecstatic as Vale progress

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Port Vale boss Micky Adams admitted knocking his old foes Sheffield Wednesday out of the Carling Cup will take some topping, whoever his team draw in round three.Adams was not so pleased when Vale ousted Sheffield United, the team he supported as a boy and still holds close to his heart, in round one.But he was cock-a-hoop after a 2-0 win which described as a "magnificent team performance" again...Full Story »

Hart urges Distin to stay

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Portsmouth boss Paul Hart has called on club captain Sylvain Distin to stay at Fratton Park after admitting the Frenchman is seeking a move.The Pompey skipper sat out the club's 4-1 Carling Cup triumph over Hereford after sustaining a knock to his foot.Distin has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, but Hart is hopeful he can retain his defensive linchpin.He said: "We've had a conversation an...Full Story »

Poor defending leaves Keane furious

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Ipswich manager Roy Keane again blasted his side's defending after they crashed out of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 defeat at Peterborough.Keane's side took the lead at London Road thanks to Tamas Priskin's first goal for the club since his #1.7million move from Watford.But Priskin then saw a penalty saved by Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis before Posh fought back through goals from Lee Frecklin...Full Story »

Southgate asks Boro to bounce back

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Boss Gareth Southgate has called for a reaction from his Middlesbrough side after the Teessiders lost their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 defeat to Coca-Cola Championship rivals Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup.After a stalemate against Sheffield United on the opening day of the campaign, Boro arrived at the City Ground on the back of a three-game winning run and yet to concede a g...Full Story »

Grayson salutes Snodgrass double

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Leeds manager Simon Grayson saluted two-goal hero Robert Snodgrass after his brace helped them to a Carling Cup victory over Watford at Elland Road and said: "He deserved his reward."The Scottish winger hit Leeds' extra-time winner after seeing his 38th-minute goal cancelled out four minutes from the end of normal time by Watford substitute Marvin Sordell.Grayson said: "It was very pleasing to b...Full Story »

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