Carroll not fully fit, admits West Ham boss Allardyce
April 21, 2014 (11:10) [ Indexed from A Different League
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that striker Andy Carroll may take some time to return to full match fitness, Sky Sports has reported.The former Newcastle United and Liverpool player was injured back in August and did not return until January. He has started every Premier League game he has been available for since the beginning of February, but has only scored twice, and Allardyce has been forced to concede that Carroll is not fully-fit.He said: "He's not 100 per cent. He's had no pre-season at More...
Wenger: Injuries cost Arsenal in title race
April 21, 2014 (10:55) [ Indexed from A Different League
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that injuries to several key players was the main reason why they were unable to sustain their title challenge, reports the Daily Telegraph.The North London club are now engaged in a two-way battle with Everton to finish fourth and qualify for next seasons Champions League, despite having led the Premier League for long periods of the campaign, topping the standings as recently as February.Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil have both recently returned from lengthy absences, while A More...
Eriksen could leave Tottenham, fears Sherwood
April 21, 2014 (10:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
Tottenham Head Coach Tim Sherwood has said that he fears that playmaker Christian Eriksen could be a transfer target for some of Europes top clubs this summer, the Daily Mail has reported.Eriksen only joined Tottenham last summer, in an 11.5m deal from Ajax, but a series of impressive performances in recent weeks have led Sherwood admitting that the club could be forced into selling the player this summer, with the Dane still among Europes most highly-rated players.The North London club have lost Luka Modric an More...
Man Utd boss Moyes hoping to keep hold of Welbeck
April 21, 2014 (10:25) [ Indexed from A Different League
Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that he is keen on keeping striker Danny Welbeck at the club, despite rumours that the England international is hoping to leave at the end of the season, reports ESPN.In recent days, speculation has been rife that Welbeck is hoping to leave Old Trafford to join a club where he would be given a chance to play as a central striker, having grown frustrated at his lack of opportunities to play in his preferred position.But Moyes, who has handed 33 appearances to Welbeck, More...
Electrifying Everton delight Martinez
April 21, 2014 (09:55) [ Indexed from A Different League
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told of his delight after his side completed the league double over Manchester United with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park on Sunday, BBC Sport has reported.Both goals from the home side were scored in the first half, with Leighton Baines netting the first from the penalty spot after Phil Jones had handled, before Kevin Mirallas fired home an angled shot. Everton threatened further goals after the break as they limited the Premier League champions to very few chances.The result More...
Everton vs Man Utd - Premier League best and worst
April 20, 2014 (11:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
Sunday may be the first time that David Moyes returns to Goodison Park, but when he was in charge of Everton, he gave his Manchester United predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson plenty to think about in a series of entertaining matches, which included several sensational comebacks:Last MeetingIt was the opening game of last season and all eyes were Man Utds new signing, Robin van Persie. The Dutchman had to be content with a place on the bench as Marouane Fellaini stole the show, delivering arguably his best performance More...
Errors cost Newcastle, admits Pardew
April 20, 2014 (11:10) [ Indexed from A Different League
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that defensive errors were the reason why his side slipped to a fifth consecutive defeat on Saturday, 2-1 at home to Swansea City, Sky Sports has reported.The Magpies did take the lead through Shola Ameobi, who held off the attentions of two Swansea defenders to slide the ball past goalkeeper Michel Vorm, but Wilfried Bony beat Mike Williamson in the air to head home a corner on the stroke of half time.And as the game looked set to be heading for a draw, a Swansea More...
Koscielny set to sign new Arsenal contract
April 20, 2014 (10:55) [ Indexed from A Different League
Arsenal have opened contract talks with defender Laurent Koscielny, who is now set to become the latest player this season to commit their future to the club, the Independent has reported.Three of the Frenchmans teammates - Santi Cazorla, Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky - have all signed contract extensions over the past two months, and Koscielny now appears set to join them, despite having three years still to run on his current deal.The new contract is likely to see the 28-year-old receive 90,000 per week an More...
Barry keen on Everton stay
April 20, 2014 (10:35) [ Indexed from A Different League
Midfielder Gareth Barry is keen to make his loan move from Manchester City to Everton permanent over the summer, according to the Daily Mail.The England international is set to play his final home game of his loan spell on Sunday, as Everton take on Manchester United, as he is ineligible to face his parent club when they visit Goodison Park on the penultimate weekend of the season.Barry has impressed since making the move to Merseyside, striking up an effective midfield partnership with James McCarthy. Overall he More...
Sunderland can survive, believes Poyet
April 20, 2014 (10:20) [ Indexed from A Different League
Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet believes that the club have now created a great opportunity to avoid relegation from the Premier League after they pulled off a shock 2-1 win at title hopefuls Chelsea, writes BBC Sport.The rock-bottom Black Cats sensationally became the first side to win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League during either of Jose Mourinhos two spells in charge of the hosts thanks to a late penalty from Fabio Borini, given for a foul on Jozy Altidore by Cesar Azpilicueta.Chelsea had taken the More...
Championship Analysis - Chaos on and off the pitch as Blackpool sink into bottom three
April 20, 2014 (10:00) [ Indexed from A Different League
Blackpool suffered their fourth successive defeat to Burnley on Good Friday as tempers boiled on and off the pitch " and worse followed on Saturday evening when they were dumped into the relegation zone by Millwall, whose remarkable upturn in form continued with a highly impressive win at Middlesbrough.Those 90 minutes at Bloomfield Road on Friday provided an ominous snapshot of the current poisonous atmosphere at Blackpool. With a largely toothless performance on the field ensuing, fans turned their anger on owner Karl Oyston, some hurlin More...
Everton vs Man Utd - Premier League preview and team news
April 19, 2014 (13:00) [ Indexed from A Different League
David Moyes returns to Goodison Park for the first time since becoming Manchester United boss, and will attempt to put another dent into former club Evertons chances of qualifying for next seasons Champions League.Much has been said about the reception the Scot will get from the Everton supporters, who have certainly seen progress made under successor Roberto Martinez, but Wednesdays shock home defeat to Crystal Palace was a major setback. Despite some late pressure which almost saw them salvage a point, some uncharacteristically poor d More...
Hull vs Arsenal - Premier League preview and team news
April 19, 2014 (13:00) [ Indexed from A Different League
With the race to finish in the top four now very much back in their hands, Arsenal travel to Humberside for a dress rehearsal of Mays FA Cup final.Hull made hard work of seeing off League One Sheffield United in their semi-final, but two early second half goals turned the game in their favour. They can now look ahead to the final but the Tigers will feel that a couple more points are still needed to make absolutely sure of safety, with the victory they achieved against Swansea City in their last league game having given them the breathing More...
Norwich vs Liverpool - Premier League preview and team news
April 19, 2014 (12:55) [ Indexed from A Different League
Liverpool travel to struggling Norwich City for an early kick-off on Sunday looking to move a step closer to winning their first league title for 24 years.By the time this match begins, Norwich could find themselves in the bottom three. The defeat to Fulham last time out could prove fatal, despite a performance full of hard work and endeavour, something that was missing in the final few away games of Chris Hughtons reign. However, their profligacy now means that they will probably need at least five points from four very difficult fixture More...
Chelsea winger Hazard could miss Atletico trip
April 19, 2014 (11:20) [ Indexed from A Different League
Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland has admitted that winger Eden Hazard must return to training quickly if he is to feature in Tuesdays Champions League semi-final first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid, writes Sky Sports.The Belgian has not played since the second leg of the quarter-final against Paris St. Germain, when he was forced off with a calf injury. He will definitely miss Saturdays game at home to Sunderland, and Holland concedes that Hazard now faces a race against time to be fit to play at the Vicente Calderon. More...
Liverpool and Chelsea will drop points, Pellegrini insists
April 19, 2014 (11:05) [ Indexed from A Different League
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told of his belief that both title rivals, Liverpool and Chelsea, will drop points between now and the end of the season, reports ESPN.As it stands after taking just one point from the last six available, Man City are six points behind Liverpool and four behind Chelsea, with a game in hand. That gap is likely to have increased by the time Pellegrinis men take to field for their next Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening.Liverpool and Chels More...
Roma to make loan bid for Tottenham midfielder Paulinho
April 19, 2014 (10:50) [ Indexed from A Different League
Serie A high-flyers Roma are strongly considering the possibility of making a bid to sign Tottenhams Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, according to the Metro.Rudi Garcias side are interested in Paulinho as they are expecting star winger Miralem Pjanic to move on this summer, with Paris St. Germain set to tempt the Bosnian away from the Stadio Olimpico. Roma are hoping to sign Paulinho initially on loan, with a view to making the deal permanent as the end of next season.Paulinho, who expected to be a key player for More...
I deserve more recognition, claims Man Citys Toure
April 19, 2014 (10:30) [ Indexed from A Different League
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is not widely considered as one of the worlds best players because he is African, BBC Sport has reported.The Ivorian, who on Friday was named as one of the five nominees for the Premier Leagues Player of the Season award after scoring 22 goals despite playing in a relatively deep role, was responding to comments made by teammate Samir Nasri, who said that Toure would be among the worlds most highly regarded players were not from Africa."I think what Sami More...
Liverpool boss Rodgers issues complacency warning
April 19, 2014 (10:10) [ Indexed from A Different League
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned his players that Manchester Citys recent dip in form is evidence that they cannot take anything for granted in the title run-in, the Guardian has reported.The Reds have won 10 Premier League games in a row and are now favourites to lift the trophy on May 11. They have four games left, beginning at struggling Norwich City on Sunday, but Rodgers believes that Man Citys form, which has seen them take just one point from a possible six, serves as a reminder to his side.Th More...
Nocerino wants West Ham stay
April 18, 2014 (17:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
West Ham midfielder Antonio Nocerino has said that he wishes to stay at Upton Park after the season is finished, according to Sky Sports.The Italian joined West Ham in January on loan from AC Milan after falling out of favour with the Rossoneri. The 29-year-old started just his second game for the Hammers in their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday and has made very few substitute appearances for the club but is happy with the side."I'm at West Ham on loan but I hope to stay in the Premier More...
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