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  • Kelechi Iheanacho pleased with Leicester...

    Kelechi Iheanacho has expressed his delight after Leicester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town in Saturday’s Premier League game. Last weekend, Claude Puel’s men suffered a 4-2 defeat against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium - their second...

    Kelechi Iheanacho pleased with Leicester City's return to winning ways

    Kelechi Iheanacho has expressed his delight after Leicester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town in Saturday’s Premier League game. Last weekend, Claude Puel’s men suffered a 4-2 defeat against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium - their second consecutive loss. However, they fought from behind to nick the maximum points against Huddersfield, with the forward scoring and assisting with another in the tie. “Yes it is good to get back to winning ways. The whole team is happy not only me. We are pleased with the result today,” Iheanacho told LCFC TV. “I think the whole team did very brilliantly. I think we worked hard. “It was a sloppy goal in the first half but we kept our heads down and got the equaliser and the goals came. We are happy today. Jamie Vardy set up the former Manchester City striker for the equaliser and the Nigerian returned the favour. “Yes I think we have a good partnership, me and Jamie are fast on the break with good midfielders [James] Maddison and [Demarai] Gray. “I think it is a good thing for us to finish well today. I think we will keep going like that.” Leicester City face Wolverhampton Wanderers in a League Cup game on Tuesday and Iheanacho will hope to continue the impressive form.      

  • If Ashley can score a couple of goals it...

    Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has joked that it would be good if club owner Mike Ashley could score a couple of goals, following his side's goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The club's under-fire owner was present at the game, but Benitez demurred when ...

    If Ashley can score a couple of goals it would be good! – Benitez

    Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has joked that it would be good if club owner Mike Ashley could score a couple of goals, following his side's goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The club's under-fire owner was present at the game, but Benitez demurred when asked if he had spoken to the controversial businessman. "Not really, I was talking with the media at the time," said the Spaniard. "If the owner wants to support the team, that's okay. If the owner can be on the pitch and score a couple of goals it would be better!” Newcastle fans have regularly protested against Ashley’s ownership over a perceived lack of investment in the club. The Sports Direct owner incurred the wrath of the Toon faithful after purchasing department store group House of Fraser just days after the end of a transfer window characterised by a lack of investment in players. The majority of the club’s major signings were loan deals or free transfers, with Federico Fernandez and Salomon Rondon joining on temporary deals, while Ki Sung-yeung joined on a Bosman transfer.  Benitez has previously spoken out regarding a lack of budget for signings. Furthermore, Aleksandar Mitrovic was sold to potential relegation rivals Fulham, and has scored five goals in six games so far. And Newcastle were lacking a tangible goal threat Saturday as the Magpies failed to score at Selhurst Park, with Rondon replaced at half-time by Joselu. "We are missing this kind of situation when we have a couple of chances, we have to do a little better. If you score, then the game changes totally,” Benitez said.  The free-spending nature of promoted clubs like Fulham and Wolves has further compounded the frustration of Newcastle fans. The afternoon was marred when Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was struck by a bottle thrown from the Newcastle section of the crowd. Benitez played down the incident, saying the great majority of Newcastle fans behaved themselves.  "We had 3,000 fans and they were fantastic, maybe one made a mistake,” the Spaniard said. 

  • Gervinho fires Parma past Cagliari

    Gervinho was on the scoresheet as Parma defeated Cagliari Calcio 2-0 in Saturday’s Italian Serie A encounter. The former Arsenal forward joined the men in the Yellow and Blues stripes last month on a free transfer from Hebei China Fortune to end his three-year stay in China. Th...

    Gervinho fires Parma past Cagliari

    Gervinho was on the scoresheet as Parma defeated Cagliari Calcio 2-0 in Saturday’s Italian Serie A encounter. The former Arsenal forward joined the men in the Yellow and Blues stripes last month on a free transfer from Hebei China Fortune to end his three-year stay in China. The Cote d'Ivoire international scored his second goal of the season in the 47th minute after Roberto Inglese had earlier opened the scoring for Roberto D'Aversa’s men in the 20th minute. Gervinho was replaced by Massimo Gobbi with five minutes left to play as the Crusaders returned to winning ways after a five-game winless run. The victory saw Parma moved to the seventh spot in the league log with seven points from five games. They take on Napoli in their next league game at Stadio San Paolo on September 26.

  • Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Tottenham 2: ...

    Harry Kane scored a much-needed goal as a relieved Tottenham ended their three-match losing run with a gritty 2-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray's handball from a Kieran Trippier free-kick enabled Kane to convert a first-half penalty before Erik Lamela notched lat...

    Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Tottenham 2: Kane on target as Spurs issue firm response

    Harry Kane scored a much-needed goal as a relieved Tottenham ended their three-match losing run with a gritty 2-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray's handball from a Kieran Trippier free-kick enabled Kane to convert a first-half penalty before Erik Lamela notched late to help Spurs exorcise some of the demons of their late midweek loss to Inter in the Champions League. Mauricio Pochettino called for his side to show fight in the aftermath of that worrying collapse and, though Anthony Knockaert reduced the deficit in the third minute of added time, he will have been heartened by the resilient response amid grim conditions at Amex Stadium. While far from their fluid best, the visitors withstood Brighton's spell of second-half pressure for long enough to move on from the worst sequence of Pochettino's spell in charge, Kane's spot-kick setting the platform before Lamela notched what proved the winner in the 76th minute. Toby Alderweireld, surprisingly overlooked alongside Trippier against Inter, almost broke the deadlock early in proceedings, Mat Ryan sharply saving his near-post header. Trippier supplied the corner on that occasion and it was another of his set-pieces, this time from a free-kick, that did create the 42nd-minute opener. Murray blocked the attempt with his arm and Kane was sent to the spot to emphatically dispatch his first goal in four appearances. Brighton stepped up the pressure after the interval and would have equalised but for a poor Knockaert finish in a one-on-one with Paulo Gazzaniga, Spurs' third-choice shot-stopper ably deputising for injured pair Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm. Lamela made the reprieve count by sweeping home a Danny Rose cross and, though Knockaert went some way to atoning for his earlier miss with a tidy finish at the death, it was too late to deny Tottenham a response to the critics. What does it mean: Pochettino can breathe easier Pressure had been piled on Tottenham following their brittle display against Inter and even manager Pochettino was quick to call out his team's stomach for the fight. Here, though, they answered questions over their mental fortitude, professionally navigating what loomed as a banana skin fixture. Dembele does the job for Spurs Mousa Dembele has filled various roles this season to differing degrees of success but, against Brighton, the midfielder looked supremely comfortable. Tidy on the ball with a commendable work ethic, he was instrumental to securing three points. Murray makes costly mistake Murray's action late in the first half may have been one of self-preservation, but it had significant consequences for the Seagulls. The striker was squarely the culprit for giving away a penalty that put Chris Hughton's men behind the eight ball. Key Opta Facts - Brighton have only won one of their last 10 games against Tottenham in all competitions (W1 D2 L7), a home victory in April 1983. - Tottenham have only failed to score in one of their last 17 Premier League away games (0-1 vs West Brom in May). - Gazzaniga became the third goalkeeper to appear in the Premier League this season for Tottenham, more than any other club has used. - Kane netted his 143th goal for Tottenham in all competitions, drawing him level with Jermain Defoe as the joint-fifth top scorer for the club. - Lamela has scored four goals in his last four league appearances for Spurs, as many as he had in his previous 58 combined. What's next? Tottenham remain on the road with a chance to build on this victory as they visit struggling Huddersfield Town next Saturday, the same day Brighton have a tough trip to Manchester City.

  • Zaha affected by back injury in Palace's...

    Wilfried Zaha has a back injury and that contributed to an unusually quiet performance against Newcastle United, says Roy Hodgson. Zaha could be seen feeling his back in the pre-match warm-up, but was still named in the Palace XI for Saturday's Premier League match. But, having...

    Zaha affected by back injury in Palace's draw with Newcastle – Hodgson

    Wilfried Zaha has a back injury and that contributed to an unusually quiet performance against Newcastle United, says Roy Hodgson. Zaha could be seen feeling his back in the pre-match warm-up, but was still named in the Palace XI for Saturday's Premier League match. But, having been Palace's match-winner with a special strike at Huddersfield Town last time out, Zaha was muted in a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. The forward suggested this week he would have to sustain a broken leg in a tackle for an opponent to be sent off, with Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez criticising his comments. Hodgson confirmed Zaha was fit to play, but suggested the injury had a negative impact on his performance. "I think he is feeling something at the top of his back," said the former England manager.  "He was passed fit by the doctor and physio and had no desire not to play the game. I am hoping it won't cause him problems in the week. Nothing really to report. "He was quieter. I don't know if his comments affected him. He isn't in front of the mass media, but I don't think he expected his comments to be treated the way they were. It was his lament. I don't think he expected the world and its sister to have a view. "We expect something from him every time he gets the ball, but maybe he was a bit quieter than normal. Maybe that [injury] affected him too. "When he wants to play the game and is declared fit, I want him to play, because he is such a match-winner." Speaking before the game, Hodgson had also discussed Zaha's comments from earlier in the week, commenting: “Wilf is a person who has a strong sense of justice. “Like all players with exceptional ability, they need to be looked after that extra bit. The public pay their money really to see the artists, not necessarily the artisans. “Wilf is mature enough to know fouls are part of the business but we all hope our best players will be protected. "He gave an honest answer which came from the heart and was obviously boiling up inside him. And now he knows what he has got to do. The best way to answer criticism, the best way to deal with people who are trying to stop you unfairly is to punish them by using your skill, beating them and scoring goals.”  

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