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Pulis talks up Stoke conduct

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010 by PA

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has launched a rousing defence of his players in the wake of Patrick Vieira being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. The Manchester City midfielder has been brought to book and faces a three-match ban following a challenge on Glenn Whelan that went unpunished by referee Alan Wiley during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday. Pulis belie...Full Story »

Fabianski gets support after horror show

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010 by PA

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas maintains the team will stand together and rally round Lukasz Fabianski as the Poland keeper looks to prove his doubters wrong.Fabianski - deputising for the injured Manuel Almunia - had an evening to forget at Estadio do Dragao last night, as his costly errors saw the Gunners suffer a controversial 2-1 defeat which leaves their hopes of making it to the quarter-fin...Full Story »

Only the best for McCarthy

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010 by PA

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy admits he will not be able to repeat his controversial team selection against Manchester United which resulted in the club being given a suspended fine. McCarthy made 10 changes for the visit to Old Trafford in mid December - three days after the win at Tottenham - as Wolves were beaten 3-0 by Sir Alex Ferguson's side and it has been frowned upon by the Premier League, ...Full Story »

Vidic dismisses United exit rumours

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010 by PA

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic claims he has no intention of leaving Old Trafford.He has been angered by rumours claiming his relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson has broken down. Vidic has been struggling with a leg injury and sat out the 3-2 Champions League first leg victory against AC Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday."I have never had a conflict of any kind with Sir Alex Fer...Full Story »

Pompey ask to sell stars now

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010 by PA

Crisis club Portsmouth have confirmed they have asked the Premier League if they can sell players outside the transfer window.However, the move will depend on their request being sanctioned by the Football Association and FIFA as well as the Premier League. Pompey want to sell some of their players in a bid to pay their bills and have asked the Premier League for permission to do so.A spokesman ...Full Story »

Hughton wants more of the same

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2010 by PA

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has called on his side to keep churning out results after they returned to the top of the Coca-Cola Championship with a comfortable 4-1 over 10-man Coventry. Goals from Wayne Routledge, Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor saw off the Sky Blues, who had Leon Barnett sent off in the second half. Newcastle, who had headed into the game having won only twice ...Full Story »

McCoist hails cheeky Boyd

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2010 by PA

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist likened Kris Boyd to Kenny Dalglish after the striker made the best use of a certain body part to grab the winner against St Mirren and send the holders into the last eight of the Scottish Cup. Boyd netted the only goal of the game - and his 22nd of the season - with just four minutes to go. Saints boss Gus MacPherson noted that Boyd's behind played a big p...Full Story »

Europa League will be tough - Benitez

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2010 by PA

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes the quality of the Europa League has been underestimated this season. Liverpool dropped into UEFA's second-tier competition from the Champions League, along with the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Marseille, Wolfsburg and Thursday night's opponents Unirea Urziceni. And although the Europa League is not where Liverpool expected to be, Benitez believe...Full Story »

Pienaar keen to remain at Everton

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2010 by PA

South Africa star Steven Pienaar has given Everton a boost by committing his future to the club despite reports linking him with a move away from Goodison Park.The 28-year-old has been in impressive form of late and scored fine goals against Arsenal and Manchester City last month before Tuesday's well-worked opener against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League. He has been linked with both Arsena...Full Story »

Agbonlahor could return to face Clarets

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2010 by PA

Aston Villa's leading scorer Gabriel Agbonlahor could return after injury for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday.Agbonlahor, who has netted 12 goals this season, missed the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup with a leg injury suffered in the previous game with Manchester United in a challenge from Wayne Rooney."Gabby has trained and hopefully there will be no rea...Full Story »

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