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O'Connor comes off sick bed to score

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish revealed match-winner Garry O'Connor almost missed the 1-0 win at Hull through illness.O'Connor came off the bench to settle a scrappy Barclays Premier League contest at the KC Stadium by heading home after 75 minutes.Injuries had forced McLeish to name just six substitutes for the game and it could have been worse had O'Connor not recovered from a sickness bug.Mc...Full Story »

Nugent double draws praise from Coyle

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Burnley manager Owen Coyle hailed his match-winner David Nugent after the on-loan striker came off the bench to sink Sunderland with a late double.Despite Nugent's topsy-turvy club career Coyle revealed he leapt at the chance to sign him on a six-month deal on transfer deadline day - and wants him at the club for keeps.Coyle said: "I've always had the greatest belief in David as a top-class play...Full Story »

Megson bemoans `lack of determination'

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Bolton manager Gary Megson took a sideswipe at his defenders after the 1-1 draw against Stoke at the Reebok Stadium.Matt Taylor converted a penalty with a minute to go and gave them a share of the spoils after Danny Collins had bundled over Sam Ricketts.Stoke were stunned as they had been in sight of their first away win in the league thanks to Dave Kitson's third goal of the season in the 52nd ...Full Story »

O'Neill backs Agbonlahor for England

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill believes it will be difficult to leave Gabriel Agbonlahor out of England's World Cup squad if he maintains his current form.Agbonlahor was not chosen by Fabio Capello for England's recent matches with Slovenia and Croatia at Wembley.But he struck for the third successive match to help Villa gain a comfortable 2-0 home win over Portsmouth - their fourth in a row.Ag...Full Story »

Wenger defends Eboue against `cheat' charges

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Arsene Wenger was forced to defend midfielder Emmanuel Eboue after another cheating row brewed during Arsenal's Barclays Premier League victory Wigan.Eboue was booked for deliberate handball when he got on the end of a cross midway through the first half in the 4-0 win at the Emirates Stadium, just a few weeks after Eduardo's diving saga erupted."Of course we want to stamp out cheating in the ga...Full Story »

Latics back to winning ways

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Striker Hugo Rodallega's second goal of the season was enough to see Wigan beat West Ham 1-0 at the DW Stadium and ease some of the pressure on manager Roberto Martinez.The Colombia striker pounced in the 55th minute to stab home Jason Koumas' blocked shot and end a run of three successive Barclays Premier League defeats.Prior to that the main point of interest had been the form of England goalk...Full Story »

Wigan (WWLLL) v West Ham (LWWLD)

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Last season: Wigan 0 West Ham 1, West Ham 2 Wigan 1Wigan have failed to build on an impressive opening day win at Aston Villa, losing all three Premier League games since and scoring just once.West Ham have made an encouraging start to the new campaign and have looked solid at the back to complement their attractive brand of football.Mark Noble will open the scoring as the Hammers secure their s...Full Story »

United roar back to sink Spurs

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Manchester United were behind after a minute and reduced to 10 men but still recorded a 3-1 victory in a pulsating clash at White Hart Lane that ended Tottenham's 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season.Jermain Defoe's acrobatic strike opened the scoring but United have a history of comebacks against Spurs - 5-2 last season and 5-3 eight years ago - and they levelled through Ryan Giggs'...Full Story »

Tottenham (LWWWW) v Man Utd (WWLWW)

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Last season: Man Utd 5 Tottenham 2, Tottenham 0 Man Utd 0Tottenham have caught the eye in the opening weeks of the season and have a 100% record after four games to sit joint-top along with Chelsea.Manchester United were not at their best against Arsenal last time out but were still able to secure three points to make it three wins out of four.Jermain Defoe will maintain his impressive early sea...Full Story »

Tigers tamed by Black Cats

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Darren Bent continued his resurgence as he claimed a double to help Sunderland to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Hull.The former Tottenham striker, who endured a miserable spell at White Hart Lane, took his tally for his new club to four with a 13th-minute penalty and a 66th-minute solo effort as the Black Cats eased past the Tigers.He was given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Kenwy...Full Story »

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