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McInnes: Basics saw us home

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes revealed how being forced to go back to basics paid off for his side as they beat Dundee United 2-1 to reach their fourth major cup semi-final in four seasons.Saints roared into the last four of the Co-operative Insurance Cup after two late own goals sparked a dull game to life at McDiarmid Park.First Sean Dillon headed into his own net 18 minutes from time before...Full Story »

Penny starting to drop for Pompey

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Portsmouth boss Paul Hart feels Frederic Piquionne is beginning to adapt to English football after watching him inspire the Fratton Park side to a 4-0 Carling Cup rout of Stoke.Piquionne was on target twice and set up another for Danny Webber before Kanu added the fourth as Pompey surged into the quarter-finals.The France striker, who has been signed on a season-long loan from Lyon, has been fro...Full Story »

O'Neill praises `immense' Guzan

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill hailed a fantastic performance from goalkeeper Brad Guzan as his Aston Villa side knocked Sunderland out of the Carling Cup.The American saved four penalties - one at the end of normal time from Kenwyne Jones and three in the shoot-out which followed a goalless 120 minutes - as Villa edged into the last eight.Guzan is the understudy to Brad Friedel at both club an...Full Story »

Ferguson hails team response

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson praised his rookies after they secured a place in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup.Goals from Danny Welbeck and Michael Owen with his third of the season were enough to overcome a spirited Barnsley side at Oakwell.The only downside for Ferguson was Gary Neville's sending off in the second half for going through the back of Adam Hammill.Ferguson, w...Full Story »

Bentley moves into gear

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

David Bentley admits he has not been focused on football while at Tottenham but declared himself back with his performance in the Carling Cup victory against Everton.Bentley has been behind Aaron Lennon in the pecking order and was in the headlines for the wrong reasons when he was arrested for a drink-driving offence earlier in the season, but now the 24-year-old is set to play in the derby aga...Full Story »

Kalinic finding his feet - McDonald

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Blackburn striker Nicola Kalinic is adjusting well to life in English football, according to Rovers assistant manager Neil McDonald.Kalinic scored from the penalty spot to cap a 5-2 victory over Peterborough in the Carling Cup as Blackburn shrugged off concerns about swine flu to book their place in the quarter finals.It was the Croatian forward's first strike for the club since joining from Had...Full Story »

Hughes unhappy with defenders

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes pointed the finger of blame at his defenders after Fulham stormed back from 2-0 down to snatch a point at Eastlands.Hughes' men seemed to be coasting after goals from Joleon Lescott and Martin Petrov but Roy Hodgson's side hit back immediately through Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey.The brace stretched City's run without a clean sheet to seven games and Hughes admi...Full Story »

Megson praise for Klasnic

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Gary Megson praised the striking instincts of Ivan Klasnic after the Croatian hit a late winner to give Bolton a 3-2 victory over Everton.Klasnic came off the bench to give Wanderers their first Barclays Premier League home win of the season when he rifled the ball past Tim Howard with three minutes remaining.It was the 29-year-old's first goal in English football and Megson said he was not surp...Full Story »

Wenger unhappy with dropped points

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Arsene Wenger lamented the way Arsenal failed to hold off the late challenge of a battling West Ham side after letting a 2-0 lead slip at Upton Park.The Gunners had looked in complete control following first-half goals from Robin van Persie and William Gallas.However, Carlton Cole pulled a goal back following a free-kick, before substitute Alessandro Diamanti netted a late penalty.West Ham finis...Full Story »

Benitez reveals late Torres call

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Rafael Benitez revealed that it was only on the team coach going to Anfield that he decided to use Spanish striker Fernando Torres from the start against Manchester United.The under pressure Liverpool boss waited until the last moment before deciding Torres, who was struggling with a groin injury, could cope with a battle against the Barclays Premier League champions that could make or break his...Full Story »

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