Wigan boss Martinez angry with Walcott over Arsenal penalty

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez blasted Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott over his penalty for Mikel Arteta’s winning goal.Arteta’s 60th minute spot-kick, given after Jean Beausejour was adjudged to have felled Walcott, proved the decisive moment in a very tight game played in sodden conditions.Martinez said of the penalty: “When I saw it live it looked very, very soft because it’s difficult to tell if there is contact or not, and that doesn’t mean it’s a penalty, the contact has to stop you from staying on your feet.”The player’s got real experience and he knew a penalty would change the game and give them real hope of the three points and I thought he bought the decision.”But whether it’s a soft penalty or not, the disappointment is then in the other box you’ve got a clear handba上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝ll. The ball travels a long distance and the arms are not in a natural position, and that’s a penalty.”It’s disappointing you don’t see that consistency. But I think it would be very unfair just to talk about those two incidents.”When you play against Arsenal and they’re running the clock down in the second half and making substitutions to try to cope with the threat we had, it’s a real compliment.”You’re not going to see many teams having more possession than Arsenal and I think my players deserve an incredible amount of credit.”We didn’t get any luck and sometimes in football it’s better to be lucky than good but I’m very proud and if we can carry on with this level over the next few games we’ll get the rewards we deserve.”

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PREMIER LEAGUE: Swansea back on winners list at expense of Newcastle

Swansea City produced an attractive performance on Wednesday night to defeat Newcastle United 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.Michael Laudrup’s side had been beaten 1-0 by Valencia in the Europa League and 3-0 by Manchester City in the Premier League in their past two outings but managed to get back on track with a commanding yet lucky display over the Toon who had been on a four-match winning streak.It took the entire first half for the Swans to open the scoring with Nathan Dyer, who had earlier replaced Alvaro Vazquez, firing home a volley from close range after Magpies keeper Tim Krul could only partially parry Alejandro Pozuelo’s leftwing cross.With just over 20 minutes remaining, Swansea found a second goal which came courtesy of some good work from Jonjo Shelvey whose effort was saved by Krul but rebounded in off defender Mathieu Debuchy.The win was sealed in the 82nd minute when former Liverpool midfielder Shelvey produced a sublime 25-yard curler to send Swansea up to 11th which saw Newcastle drop to seventh.Newcastle could have felt aggrieved after the defeat as Swans keeper Michel Vorm was on hand to deny a Loic Remy header while there were penalty calls against Ben Davies for handball and Ashley Williams for a challenge on Yoan Gouffran but referee Howard Webb kept his whistle in his hand.2013/14 Premier League scoresSwansea City: 3 (Nathan Dyer 45+1′, Mathieu Debuchy (og) 67′, Jonjo Shelvey 82′)Newcastle United: 0Liberty Stadium, Swanse上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝a – 20,457For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball

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Cup king Mowbray hoping for run

TONY Mowbray makes his FA Cup debut as manager hoping some of his exploits from the Scottish Cup rub off on Alsmarque, is a big fan of Llorente and eager to sign content_imghim this summer.City rivals Real Betis and Atletico Madrid are also interested in the 24 year-old midfielder.Llorente has been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane that he should leave this summer aftbion. The Baggies boss led Hibernian to back-to-back semi-finals in Scotland, only to lose both games. Mowbray admits he has nothing but good memories of the English equivalent, despite the fact that his most vivid recollections come from watching as a youngster on Teesside, rather than his playing days. "I was brought up on the FA Cup being very special in my family – all the women were moved out of the room and you'd be left with all the men in front of the TV and a large spread of food," said Mowbray, whose side take on Leeds tomorrow. "I didn't do too well as a player, maybe got to the fifth round or quarter-finals at best. But as a manager we got to two semi-finals in the Scottish Cup in the two years we were there. "We didn't manage to progress to the final and they were disappointing days for us, but up and down the country there will be managers saying how special the FA Cup is. I hope we can progress to the next round." Mowbray believes Leeds will be buoy Antoine Griezmann is unhappy at Barcelona.Former Real Sociedad coach Lasarte gave Griezmann his first team breakthrough at San Sebastian as a youngster.The Uruguayan told Esports Cope: “Antoine is sad. But I don’t think it’s because he’s not the besed by four new signings, including former Chelsea star Tore Andre Flo.

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Talented Jervis to spearhead attack in Blues Youth Cup semi

JAKE Jervis will again spearhead the Blues attack in tonight’s FA Youth Cup semi-final against Liverpool at St Andrew’s (7pm). And for Jervis, having such a responsibility at this stage in the country’s most prestigioe a watch of the late Howard Kendall for victory over Chelsea on Saturday.Ferguson revealed Kendall’s widow Lily gave it to him the morning of the game.“It’s Howard Kendall’s. Lily gave it to my wife this morning and said she wanted me to wear it ous under-18 competition vindicates his decision to move from Shrewsbury Town. Blues and the Shrews were at loggerheads for some time over his Academy switch until compensation was eventually thrashed out. Jervis was first spotted by Wolves but released at the age of 12 before going to Shrews. “I had three years there and then had interest from a couple of clubs,” said the lean and tall striker. “Birmingham, who initially saw me in a county game, got in touch with Shrewsbury and it took a long time, about six months to all get sorted. “It wasn’t difficult for me. I was excited about moving to Birmingham. The one bad thing was that I didn’t play a lot of football as I tried to hurry the transfer up. ‘‘Shrewsbury made it a bit difficult but it was all done in the end. “I have improved a lot in the last two years I’ve been here. We’ve got good coaches and Terry Westley has helped me. ‘‘Hopefully if I keep working hard I can make it into the first team.” The 17-year-old, who was born in Wolverhampton but grew up in Telford after hisunnar Solskjaer is the right man in charge.Johnsen is convinced United are improving under his fellow Norwegian. “It definitely was my biggest time as a footballer. We won a lot of trophies, I was part of a fantastic team [with] a fantastic manager,” family relocated, said that the Academy side couldn’t wait for tonight’s first leg. And their strong bond could just help them rise to the challenge. “As a team we work really hard. That’s what we’ve done in the other rounds,’’ said Jervis. “It’s good to have the atmosphere we have in the dressing room. We go out on social days and everyone has a good ticontent_imgme, there’s a good team spirit. “We are going to do our best and see how far we go.” Blues last reached the semi-finals in 1985 and Jervis said Liverpool could expect more of what Watford got in the last eight. “The best thing we can do is get tight to them and not let them play it around and pop it off,’’ he added. “We did that against Watford and then got a goal in the last couple of minutes.”

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Gee: That was simply the best!

TAMWORTH’S first half diDan Barlaser from his loan.Barlaser has been a key player for the Millers in League One this season and helped them push for automatic promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship.Warne said: “Yesterday, Dan Barlaser got called back from Newcastle. Tsplay against Blyth Spartans was the best football the Lambs have produced this season according to assistant boss Darron Gee. Even though Tamworth scored three times in the second half, Gee insisted: “The first 45 minutes was absolutely excellent. “It was the best we’ve played for a long time. Blyth couldn’t live with us! “Blyth had to change their goalkeeper at half-time, which helped and although I didn’t t the double in the first of his two years as Blues boss.Current Chelsea mancontent_imgager Frank Lampard played in that team and was asked what kind of reception the Italian will get.”A very good one,” he said. “He’s very well respected in-house and by the fanshink we played as well, we were more clinical in front of goal.” Gee revealed he soon received a phonecall from Worcester City boss Richard Dryden when the clubs were drawn to face each other in the FA Cup today. He added: “I signed Richard as a player and we’ve always kept in touch with eachother. “He’s one of the nice guys in football, although that will count for nothing today!

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Aston Villa: Reaping the rewards for giving Peace a chance

ASTON Villa gave Peace a chance – and boy, how their young players took it as Martin O’Neill’s under-strength squad triumphed in a competition of contrasts. There was the boring, tepid opening defeat against Malaga, compared to the penalty shoot-out final triumph over Juventus. There was World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero fluffing a spot-kick against young American Brad Guzan, compared to precocious whippersnappers Barry Bannan and Shane Lowry slotting effortlessly past another Italian legend, Gianluigi Buffon. There were the packed crowds as Real Madrid pulled in the punters in the other half of the draw, compared to Villa’s group games in front of one man and his dog in Malaga. There was the shambolic organisation of the pre-season tournament compared to the bumper two million coach Erik ten Hag has made it clear he doesn’t want to lose Donny van de Beek.Van de Beek has admitted there’s been contact with Real Madrid.”We will do everything in our power to keep him at Ajax,” Ten Hag admitted in a press conference on Friday.euro windfall the claret-and-blues pocketed for winning it. There was the honourable intentions of the competition to promote peace compared to the uncharacteristic aggression of its champions as Martin O’Neill and Emile Heskey were sent off for warring with opponents. There was the prospect of Villcontent_imga being eliminated just days into the tournament when their fate was out of their hands compared to accepting the lifeline and never looking back. The more Villa’s squad creaked under a lack of numbers, the more they excelled. Captain Stiliyan Petrov flies home early with a dislocated shoulder. No problem, wing wonder Marc Albrighton comes to the fore and steals the show. O’Neill gets red-carded for angrily shoving the baul Pogba.United visit London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Haller said, “Pogba is more than talented. He is a big player and he is not the only one, but for him there is even more pressure because everyone is talking his price, his return [to Mancheall at an Atlante opponent. No problem, the boss’s outburst inspires a brave comeback which launches Villa’s brilliant run towards the final and ultimate glory. Heskey is dismissed for an angry altercation with his marker against Porto. No problem, Villa’s makeshift defence are given added incentive to battle through the semi-final showdown with their backs to the wall. Senior players go down like flies. No problem, because their young replacements are buzzing. From seeing the manager listed as Martin O’Leary on the official team-sheet, to having personal belongings stolen from their hotel base in Marbella, Villa’s pre-season tour to Spain never lacked incident. Ultimately, Villa, with their ill discipline, might have provided less harmony than the pop band which took to the field to mime the competition’s irritatingly catchy theme tune at half-time during the final in Seville. But there’s no doubt that despite the winners’ indiscretions, Villa were worthy ambassadors for the Peace Cup in the way they triumphed in the face of adversity during an eventful and far from peaceful week in Andalucia.

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Tottenham starlet Townsend: Yeovil gave me kickstart

Tottenham starlet Andros Townsend feels his loan spell at Yeovil Town was the making of him.Townsend has won a call-up to the England U21 squad after impressing for Spurs this season.”There are loads of players who go to clubs like Yeovil from the Premier League and probably turn their noses up,” Townsend told the London Evening Standard. “If you have that attitude, it doesn’t work out, so you have to buy into what happens in the lower leagues and get on with it.”When you grow up at a Premier League club, you’re more likely to be better at the technical side of the game. What you learn in the lower leagues is the defending, the nitty-gritty stuff, the streetwise football.”I was 17 when I went to Yeovil and it was a culture shock for me. Obviously, the facilities weren’t the same as at a Premier League club and it took me a few games to get used to the te上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝mpo and the physicality.”I’ve made a leap forward this season. I’d never played in the Premier League before this year and now I’ve made three appearances, albeit from the bench. I’ve made a step up and I just have to continue it.”This call-up, hopefully, is another step in the right direction. It’s always nice to get recognition and to know that you’re playing well and you’re in form. You can see how good the squad is and it’s encouraging for me that I’ve been included.”There are players here like Jordan Henderson, who Liverpool signed for £20million, and Raheem Sterling, who has been flying for Liverpool. It has been good to test myself against people like that.”

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Man Utd boss opens up about Rooney and Nani sending off

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says that Wayne Rooney will still be at Old Trafford next season.The England striker was dropped by Ferguson for Tuesday’s round of上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝 16 tie second leg against Real Madrid, with Danny Welbeck preferred. “He’ll be here next year,” Ferguson said. “You can have my word on that.” Ferguson was also speaking for the first time about Nani’s controversial sending off in the 3-2 aggregate loss to Madrid. “This is the third time we’ve been knocked out by the referee’s decision, it’s not easy to take,” he said. Ferguson said: “There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don’t talk is nonsense. “He understood the reasons completely. Tactically we got it right. We don’t always but we did then. “Welbeck is the best player we have in terms of operating a double role. We had to chalk out Xabi Alonso’s ability to control the game, which he did, and also his ability to go further forward as an attacking player. “I left out Shinji Kagawa after he scored a hat-trick. I thought I would get more stick for that.” Ferguson, who revealed he had banned The Daily Mail and The Independent newspapers “until they apologise” for the Rooney story, said the striker would be involved against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday. However, he declined to say if he would start. “Why should I help anyone by telling them my team? We don’t do that,” Ferguson said. “But Wayne does need a lot of football. He has always been that type.”

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Tom Ross: West Brom match officials actually high-fived each other!

I THOUGHRobertson believes Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson deserves the Premier League Player of the Year award.The Reds captain has been exceptional in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, with his side possessing a 22-point gap at the top of the Premier League tabT I had seen it all after reporting on football for more than 30 years. However, I and Baggies legend Tony “Bomber” Brown were absolutely gobsmacked by the antics of the officials at the recent Watford v Albion clash at Vicarage Road. As the half-time whistle blew the referee, Mr Tanner, and his linesmen, Mr Slaughter and Mr Buck, raced to the centre circle and high-fived each other to congratulate themselves on their performance which, in our opinion, was nothing to shout home about. This public display of how important the officials perceive themselves to be says more about the state of the game than anything else. It’s a truism ords to stop Liverpool’s title charge.The Reds are eight points clear at the top, with City struggling in defence due to injuries to John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. And Liverpool legend Aldridge expects Guardiola to spend big on a defender in the Jathat the best referees are those who are not noticed during the 90 minutes and, to be fair, many of the top officials say they want to go content_imgabout their job unnoticed in the background of a game. So why did Mr Tanner and his linesmen feel the need to race around high-fiving each other like members of some urban street gang?

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“Without Cristiano it would be impossible, but with him…”

Speaking with ‘ESPN Brazil’, the discussed his thoughts about "," Mourinho said with regards to his country’s chances of winning the tournament. "."For Jose, Argentina are in a similar situation. "," he claimed. "But with him, they are one of the ."However, in the Manchester United manager’s eyes, to bring home the trophy. "I really like Brazil’s structure, their tactics and mentality," he explained. " , both chester United captain Harry Maguire defended David de Gea after his rollercoaster game at Everton.On just three minutes, De Gea failed to release the ball and fired straight at Everton forwcontent_imgard Dominic Calvert-Lewin which handed Everton an early leadtactically and physically.""They’re a team that can defend well, concede few goals, with a good back line. And then with e Palace picking up two wins on the bounce with success over Aston Villa, their manager is not entirely pleased.Hodgson knows that it would only take a couple of injuries to derail his side’s positive momentum since the start of the season.”The most …All of these players have ."

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