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Zola `completely shocked' by Upton Park trouble

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola described his shock after the Carling Cup second-round victory over Millwall was scarred by pitch invasions and ugly clashes between fans in and around Upton Park.One man was stabbed in the chest near the stadium among the chaos, with a number of arrests made for disorder and breaches of banning orders.Neil Harris had given the visitors the lead but Junior Stanislas...Full Story »

Megson lifted by narrow victory

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Bolton manager Gary Megson was pleased to have avoided a Carling Cup upset against Tranmere at Prenton Park but admits the second round 1-0 victory will have done nothing to appease his detractors.Mark Davies scored the only goal in the 41st minute when he ran on to namesake Kevin's through-ball to fire past goalkeeper Luke Daniels.Megson, however, was still jeered by the travelling fans who hav...Full Story »

`Provoked` Sousa unhappy

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Swansea boss Paulo Sousa bit his tongue after his side were knocked out of the Carling Cup 2-1 in extra-time by Scunthorpe in sensational fashion after finishing the match with only seven players on the field.Garry Monk, Gorka Pintado and Angel Rangel were all dismissed by overworked referee James Linnington as the visitors won 2-1 in extra-time.With second-half substitute Stephen Dobbie already...Full Story »

McLeish hails gritty Blues

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish saluted his patched-up side after they squeezed past League One Southampton 2-1 in the Carling Cup second round.City were staring down the barrel of an upset after Adam Lallana fired Saints ahead shortly after the interval.But two goals in three minutes from old stagers Lee Bowyer and Lee Carsley - Birmingham's first from open play this season - ensured the Blues dod...Full Story »

Rodgers retains Smith interest

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Reading manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has not yet given up hope of signing Watford striker Tommy Smith.The Royals boss has been keen to set up a reunion with his old Hornets charge but Portsmouth have now also had a bid accepted for the player.Speaking after his side had lost 2-1 to Barnsley in the Carling Cup, Rodgers said: "Tommy had a medical at Reading on Monday which he passed eas...Full Story »

Hughes: City fans right to applaud Dunne

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Mark Hughes praised the reaction of the Manchester City fans towards the club's former captain Richard Dunne after he scored for Aston Villa in the 1-1 draw at Villa Park.Dunne rose above Gareth Barry to head home a cross from Stephen Warnock after 15 minutes.But he chose not to celebrate and received rapturous applause from the supporters City where he spent nine years as a player.Hughes said: ...Full Story »

Benitez: Reds still title contenders

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez insists his side can still mount a title challenge despite losing their third game of the season 2-0 at Chelsea.Liverpool lost only two matches last term but second-half goals from Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka and substitute Florent Malouda condemned them to their third defeat inside the opening eight matches of the current campaign.It is more than 40 years since any t...Full Story »

Allardyce fumes at penalty decision

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce called for referee Peter Walton to be sacked for not awarding his side a penalty following the 6-2 thrashing at Arsenal.Rovers had twice taken the lead, going ahead inside four minutes through Steven Nzonzi's header, before eventually being outclassed by the rampant Gunners, who are now the top scorers in the Barclays Premier League.However, it was the decision no...Full Story »

Hart expecting more good news for Pompey

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Portsmouth boss Paul Hart celebrated his side's first Barclays Premier League points of the season and then predicted the club can expect "new investment" within the next few days.And Hart confirmed the outstanding wages owed to certain players and staff will be paid on Monday.New owner Sulaiman Al-Fahim is already planning a #150million injection into Pompey.But Hart is expecting more investmen...Full Story »

Fergie slams `unfit' Wiley

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson launched a blistering attack on Alan Wiley, accusing the Staffordshire official of "not being fit enough" to do his job after Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Sunderland.Wiley, the fourth official for last month's controversial Manchester derby, was in charge at Old Trafford as an injury-time own-goal from Anton Ferdinand gave United a point.Ferguson claimed Wiley had not play...Full Story »

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