Rodgers: U21s good for Sterling

first_img Former Uruguay midfielder Poyet said he has “no doubt” Black Cats star Connor Wickham would want to play a part in the Czech Republic tournament. “Yes he would, I have no doubt,” said Poyet on Wickham. “And if on top of that you have got a chance to win something with your national team, that’s the maximum you can aim for as a football player. “I don’t think the debate here is if the Under-21s should play with the Under-21s or the first-team, it should be: do you want to win the tournament? “That’s up to you. I know what I would do.” Ex-Manchester United defender Bruce said England must start picking from strength at Under-21 level in a bid for global success at senior level. “There will be managers jumping up and down that they don’t want their young players having a summer of all football again which you can understand as a manager,” said Bruce. “However tied with that is the international scene and we’d love to see the Under-21s team lift a trophy, the international team do well. “We have to start putting things in place that we are going to play our best Under-21s team, that’s the way forward for me. “I would like to see our international team progress. “We haven’t won a tournament in years. We (Hull) have got one or two now, Tom Ince in particular, around the U21s, and I can’t see any reason why you’d want to not let him play. That would be totally selfish but we are like that as managers. “But if we want our international team to succeed we have to let our young players play in the big tournaments. Every other country seem to do that, so why can’t we?” Brendan Rodgers believes Euro 2015 duty with England’s Under-21s would not dent Raheem Sterling’s long-term development. The Liverpool manager will reserve judgement until the end of the Premier League season on whether the England wing will be fresh enough to compete in the Czech Republic with Gareth Southgate’s side. Roy Hodgson came under fire for deciding to use 19-year-old Sterling sparingly across the England senior side’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, prompting widespread inquests into player burnout. Anfield boss Rodgers said England should take their strongest-available age-group side to next summer’s European competition – full caps like Sterling included – fitness and freshness permitting. “We assess that come the end of the season,” Rodgers said. “I think it is a relevant point for England: If they are going to improve internationally there has to be more focus given to the Under-21s team. “I think Gareth is doing an excellent job there, allowing the players to develop and hopefully getting into the first team. “Raheem is still eligible to play but I think there are a number of young players that break through that can fit into that age group and I don’t think it would do them any harm at all if they went and experienced a competition like that surrounded by top players. “If they were good enough to go on and win that tournament that would not hold back their development.” Jose Mourinho pledged Chelsea’s support for any player heading off for any level of international duty, a day after Everton boss Roberto Martinez questioned the wisdom of heaping extra duties on young stars already involved in England’s senior set-up. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet and Hull manager Steve Bruce challenged England’s hierarchy and players to put politics aside and mount a serious title bid next summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Pulis heaps praise on Kane

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis has hailed rising Spurs sensation Harry Kane as a shining example of a young, modern-day footballer. Press Association “He leads them out. They take the pace of the game off him at times, which is wonderful when you have a striker like that. “To be fair to Tottenham they have certainly found two gems in those two.” When suggested to Pulis that Berahino and Kane are the two most exciting young English strikers in the country, he replied: “Saido has a long way to go. I don’t think he is in that bracket yet. “Kane looks as though he is a lad who has bitten the arm off to get that chance and he is not going to let it go. “That is what you want, you want players to have that desire and commitment. “It is a wonderful game and a wonderful life and they get paid extraordinary amounts of money. “Sometimes they get lost in the wash, where really and truthfully their whole life should be committed to becoming better players, to performing better week in week out. “There are so many things that surround footballers these days that sometimes they forget the main reason they are what they are is because they have been blessed with a talent to play football and they have to be reminded of that at times.” Pulis goes into the game with virtually a full squad, with new £4.75million signing Callum McManaman included and poised to make his debut. Pulis has another emerging star under his wing in Saido Berahino, but has warned the talented striker he is far from the finished article, with lessons to potentially be learned from Kane. Albion’s Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham on Saturday throws up an intriguing battle between the two players, both aged 21 – born just a week apart – and who both wear the number 18. Kane has been a revelation for Spurs this season, scoring 18 goals in 32 matches, and Pulis believes he has displayed the ideal temperament for a player who has hit the big time so young. Berahino, meanwhile, has shown signs his new-found status has gone to his head this term, such as failing to celebrate any of his four goals in the 7-0 FA Cup win over Gateshead at the start of the month. More significantly, and a few days later, Berahino was banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to a drink-driving offence that had taken place in October. Initially reflecting on Kane, and another Tottenham talent in 23-year-old midfielder Ryan Mason, Pulis said: “They are fantastic players who have come through the Academy system. “The supporters can relate to them. They are local lads, and both of them are Tottenham supporters I believe – Harry definitely – so it is really nice to have kids come through and play for the team.” Asked if he was a fan, Pulis added: “Kane has been outstanding. “His attitude is so refreshing, and he has proven beyond doubt he has the talent to play in the Premier League. “He did so well in respect of his early games, he brought life (into the team) and he actually carries the flag for them. last_img read more

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McIlroy remains on top in Dubai

first_img Following on from his impressive opening two rounds of 66 and 64, McIlroy appeared set for a tilt at the record books on day three as a birdie blitz saw him reach the turn in five under par with the seemingly easier back nine – which included three par fives – to come. However, the Northern Irishman could not continue his blistering form as some wayward tee shots and indifferent form around the greens saw him have to settle for seven successive pars from the 10th. Rory McIlroy will take a four-shot lead into the final day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after shooting a 66 on Saturday – but it looked for a while as if it would be even better for the world number one. McIlroy did pick up another birdie on the par-four 17th, to go with the ones he recorded on the first, third, fifth, seventh and eighth, but he then looked set to immediately cancel that out on the last after finding water with his second shot. The 25-year-old – who had birdied the 18th hole in 14 of his previous 16 rounds before this one – managed to avoid dropping a shot, though, as he coolly drained a 15-foot putt for par to sign for a round of 66. That putt ensured McIlroy would start the last round with a four-shot advantage over Dane Morten Orum Madsen, who followed up his 63 on Friday with a blemish-free 66. Two shots further back in third is Lee Westwood (69) while Andy Sullivan, Stephen Gallacher, Danny Willett and Bernd Wiesberger share fourth place on 13 under after all four shot rounds of 70. McIlroy, who held a one-shot lead over Scotland’s Marc Warren coming into the weekend, admitted he was very pleased to avoid a bogey with his testing putt on the last. He told Sky Sports: “It meant a lot, to be bogey free again today was important to me. To get that up and down on the last was big for momentum going into tomorrow.” He added: “It was nice to make one birdie on 17th and then a great save on the last, it was nice to go round there today with no bogeys. I can’t complain, another good round and I’m in a great position going into tomorrow.” Following his brilliant front nine, the chance to break Ernie Els’ course record of 61 – or even going sub-60 – looked a possibility, but McIlroy insisted his only thought was to put as much daylight as possible between himself and his rivals at the top of the leaderboard. He said: “(I was) Just trying to get as many in front as I can. I knew I had some chances coming in but saying that, the back nine did play tricky. The greens got firm, the wind got up a little bit, so it was hard to get the ball close to the hole. “You had to hit quality shots to give yourself chances for birdies, and I didn’t quite do that on the back nine like I did on the front.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cattermole out of Villa clash

first_img Cattermole picked up his 10th booking of the season in the recent draw at Hull and picked up an automatic two-match ban. Adam Johnson remains suspended by the club and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Will Buckley (knee) are both definitely ruled out. Sunderland face Villa – the only Premier League club to have scored fewer goals with just 15 to date – with three points crucial for both sides. Villa, who ended a run of seven league defeats on the trot with a 2-1 home victory over derby rivals West Brom on March 3, currently sit three points clear of the bottom three with their hosts a point better off. Christian Benteke will return to the squad after a hip injury. Ron Vlaar (calf) will be assessed and Kieran Richardson (calf) is a doubt while Aly Cissokho (groin) is a likely absentee and Philippe Senderos (calf), Joe Cole (hamstring), Nathan Baker (knee), Alan Hutton and Jack Grealish (both suspended) are out. Libor Kozak has returned to full training after more than a year out with a broken leg but is not yet match fit. Boss Tim Sherwood says Villa are ready for the home straight and wants to avoid a photo finish in the relegation battle. At the end of Cheltenham Festival week Sherwood is hoping Villa, who have never been relegated from the Premier League, can avoid being unseated. He said: “I think it’ll be a photo finish and I hope we’re not in it. “We’re probably just coming around the corner but it’s probably the longest run-in in racing history. “All we’re looking at is the next fence and that’s Sunderland. After that we hope we can stay in the running. There might be a few who fall along the way and we’re hoping that’s not us.” Sunderland are without the suspended Lee Cattermole for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats have managed only 23 goals in their 28 Barclays Premier League fixtures to date this season, a return which has left them perched perilously close to the relegation zone as the season reaches crunch-point. Perhaps even more worrying is the fact that Gus Poyet’s pool of frontmen has contributed just nine of those goals, a record striker Connor Wickham knows simply has to improve if they are to avoid a second successive scramble for top-flight survival. Wickham told the Northern Echo: “I wouldn’t say the criticism of the strikers is unfair. “Strikers are going to get the most at any club because they are the money-makers, they are the ones that the fans are relying on to score the goals. That’s where the criticism can come. “Chances come and you do need to put them away. We are creating chances. The way we set up, we are setting up to attack at times when we get the ball. We do try to break as quickly as we can when we get the ball. “We have done it in games but we have to get more consistent with it and get in to the box more. We will climb away from the rest of the group down there if we can start to put our chances away.” Scotland international Steven Fletcher is currently leading the way for the strikers with four goals – the same number as midfielder Adam Johnson – with Wickham having managed three and January arrival Jermain Defoe two. Danny Graham is yet to score for the club, while Jozy Altidore, who left the Stadium of Light for Toronto in an exchange deal with Defoe in January, did so having found the back of the net just three times in 52 appearances in all competitions. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Vuckic unsure about future

first_img “If I can do that next season that would be a great option for me. “I like the feel of Rangers. Every player doesn’t want to just train on the training ground, they want to be recognised in the games and score goals. They want to be recognised in the city. “At Newcastle I was playing Under-21 level which is not really my level. I feel I’m above that. I want to play first-team. I want to play with the men, not the kids. “I want to be recognised if I do well and score goals – that’s what players want.” The St James’ Park youngster was one of five loanees sent to Glasgow by the Magpies on the final day of the January transfer window. With Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson all injured, the 22-year-old Slovenian is the only one to have made an impact at Ibrox. Haris Vuckic admits he does not know where he will be playing next season – but believes Rangers would be a “good option” if Newcastle let him leave. Six goals in 10 games have made him an instant hit with the Gers faithful but Vuckic has denied reports suggesting he is ready to quit Newcastle this summer. He still has another 12 months on his deal with the Barclays Premier League club and owner Mike Ashley is certain to play hard-ball with Rangers if they try to sign him early after his recent boardroom battle with Dave King. But if a deal can be done, Vuckic would be happy to talk. He said: “It’s not true that I’m going to quit Newcastle and stay at Ibrox. What I have always said that I respect both clubs – Newcastle because I still have a contract with them and Rangers because I have a loan deal here. “We will see what is going to happen in the summer but Newcastle have to say what options I have. “I will choose the best one for me. “If Newcastle let me go, would I like to stay at Rangers? That would be a good option for me. “At Newcastle, I didn’t have the chance to play first-team football. When I signed for Rangers I got that experience. I’m playing every week and scoring goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Jones positive about title hopes

first_img Press Association United have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this summer, signing four new players and offloading some dead wood. Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin have all arrived at Old Trafford in the close season and more signings could follow. Phil Jones is optimistic about Manchester United’s chances of winning the Barclays Premier League this coming season. Whether Real are still interested in De Gea remains to be seen, however, as the Spanish giants re-signed Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla on Friday. If Ramos does move to United, that will impact directly upon Jones, of course. Van Gaal finally gave the former Blackburn defender a regular starting-place towards the end of last season alongside Chris Smalling, but he is not concerned about Ramos’ potential arrival at Old Trafford. “I have said that all along competition is healthy, it’s good for players,” the 23-year-old said when asked about the possible impact of a new centre-back. “If one person is doing well it makes the other person do well and that is exactly what you need – especially at Man Utd. “We are always going to sign top players. “There is always that standard that you have got to reach and you have to maintain it. This is a top club. “It’s up to the manager who plays week-in week-out. I am just going to try to do my best and hopefully that will be good enough to cement a starting place.” The fact that United have signed two holding midfielders also reduces the likelihood of Jones being asked to play out of position. “Thankfully we have signed a few midfielders so maybe you won’t see me in there,” the defender said with a chuckle. The hard work will continue for the rest of the weekend before United fly to San Jose for the second leg of their tour, which begins with a match against San Jose Earthquakes at the Avaya Stadium on Tuesday. “We are doing double sessions every day to make sure our fitness levels are at their peak ready for the start of the season,” said Jones, who signed a new four-year contract at United last month. “It’s part and parcel of pre-season. “This is what we come on tour for – to train in this humidify and climate and hopefully that will help us at the start of the season.” Jones and his team-mates fell 17 points short of league winners Chelsea last year, but with the new additions on board, the England defender feels the club are in a good position to challenge for the title this term. “That’s the aim (to win the league),” Jones said after United’s pre-season victory over Club America in Seattle on Saturday morning. “That’s what we want to be able to do. We have the squad now to be able to do that and there is no reason why we can’t.” Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward confirmed he has a list of players he could bid for if manager Louis van Gaal feels further new faces are required to achieve that aim. “Essentially there is [a physical list of names] because we track everything. That’s what the scouting team does,” said Woodward, who flew home on Saturday but will return to the United States for the third game of the tour against Barcelona in San Jose on July 25. “It’s relentless because you’re immediately focused on the next [signing].” If Woodward and Van Gaal get their way, Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos will be the next man through the door at Old Trafford. United are understood to be willing to do a swap deal for the defender in return for David de Gea, who has been linked with a move to the 10-time European champions. last_img read more

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: I will not run away from bad results

first_imgJose Mourinho has dismissed any parallels between 2007 and now, insisting he has the desire and determination to lead Chelsea out of their current malaise. Press Association Mourinho had a categorical response for those thinking his second spell at Stamford Bridge could unravel and end as quickly as the first. “Let’s be objective. I don’t want to leave the club, in any circumstances,” the Portuguese said. “And the club doesn’t want me to leave. I’m not going to walk away. The club is not going to sack me. “If somebody anyone thinks that I walk, or I leave the job, it’s somebody that doesn’t know. “Chelsea fans know me for good and for bad and that’s not my profile, to run away from problems, in this case to run away from bad results.” The similarities to 2007 are startling in some commentators’ eyes, but Mourinho then had the desire to work in Italy and Spain, where he had success with Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Now the 52-year-old, who returned to Chelsea in June 2013, has only ambitions with the Blues. He also pointedly suggested Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich knows it is unlikely he will find a better boss than himself, after experiencing numerous managerial changes in his 12-year tenure. “When I was here in 2007, I had two things in my mind – go to Spain and go to Italy,” he added. “I don’t want to go back. I want to stay here. That’s enough. “Mr Abramovich in 2007, in his football life, if you can say that, he knows only two managers – (Claudio) Ranieri and myself. “In this moment, he knows, how many? Ten? He knows a lot of them. He knows a lot of them. “I repeat – I stay until Mr Abramovich wants. A few weeks ago (I had) a contract that expired in two years’ time. “And he gave me a contract that expires in four years’ time. “We have one problem. We are not getting the results we always expect to get. That’s our problem.” Mourinho, though, is optimistic positive results are near. “I’m not happy and I’m happy that I’m not happy,” he added. “I work harder than ever. I’m optimistic, I trust the players. I repeat, the players trust me. “It’s not such a hard situation because you feel that better results will arrive. We are going to leave this situation, for sure.” The Blues won the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League title at a canter, but have four points from four games and sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s match at Everton, who frustrated Mourinho in his pursuit of John Stones. With the Toffees sticking to England defender Stones, Chelsea had to turn to other players, like the unheralded Papy Djilobodji, prompting speculation Mourinho was unhappy just weeks after signing a four-year contract. last_img read more

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Connacht claim second successive bonus point victoiry

first_img Winger Matt Healy marked his 50th Connacht cap with an early try and Kieran Marmion, Eoin McKeon and Craig Ronaldson also crossed before half-time, building a 29-10 advantage. Dion Berryman’s 35th-minute touchdown was Zebre’s lone response, but the second half was scrappy and poor value for the 3,994 spectators. Connacht claimed their second successive bonus point win in the Guinness PRO12 as bottom side Zere were beaten 34-17 at the Sportsground. Press Association Pat Lam will have been disappointed with the way his side ceded territory and played second fiddle to the Italians. The one positive was the collective performance of their young replacement front row – Shane Delahunt, Conan O’Donnell and Finlay Bealham. However, with 78 minutes on the clock, Aki saw yellow following a series of infringements in Connacht territory, and the hard-working Meyer immediately mopped up with an unconverted try. The westerners had a fifth try from prop Denis Buckley in the 48th minute and Zebre’s persistence eventually paid off late on with a deserved consolation score from South African flanker Johan Meyer. Impressive fly-half Ronaldson, who started in place an ill Jack Carty, slotted an early penalty before Connacht notched their opening try against the run of play. Ronaldson launched a kick chase out of his 22, Berryman failed to deal with the bouncing ball and the onrushing Healy hacked on and picked up to score. Ronaldson’s conversion was cancelled out by an Edoardo Padovani penalty and Connacht absorbed some more Zebre pressure before striking again at the midpoint of the half. Following a fine aerial take by Danie Poolman, Bundee Aki put boot to ball and Healy did brilliantly to control it and flick it back for Marmion to finish off by the posts. Australian international scrum half Luke Burgess’ brilliant reverse pass over his shoulder released winger Berryman for his converted try. But Zebre were rocked back onto their heels by prop Andrea Lovotti’s sin-binning for obstruction and Ronaldson’s well-taken seven-pointer which saw him step inside two defenders. Buckley plunged over from a maul wide out on the right for try number five, but the remaining half hour was particularly listless with Zebre dictating play and Aki and John Cooney making try-saving interventions. last_img read more

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David de Gea talks up Manchester United’s spirit

first_img And in an interview with MUTV that appeared on United’s website later in the day, De Gea said: “When you’re going through tough times, that’s when you become a very close unit and that is what we are. “We have a terrific spirit in the dressing room, we’re all very much together and we’re all pulling in the same direction to do the very best we can for the club. “It’s been a difficult time for us with some disappointing results but we’ll go forward with confidence and with our fans by our side, always trying to help us. “We have to improve, win our matches and try to pick things up.” United – out of the Champions League, and fourth in the Premier League, six points off the top – have been hit by a series of injuries this season. Jesse Lingard (leg), Matteo Darmian (hamstring), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Antonio Valencia (foot) and Luke Shaw (leg) are all definite absentees for the Norwich game along with the suspended Bastian Schweinsteiger, while Ashley Young (knock) is a doubt. But United could have Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera back in action on Saturday after periods on the sidelines. And De Gea added: “We’ve been really unlucky in that respect – we’ve picked up lots of injuries to really important players. “But thankfully, they are slowly returning one by one, which will give us a very strong side. “We need to continue to improve, to play better and to win matches. We will keep going.” Amid a run of five games without a win in all competitions and criticism of the team’s style under boss Louis van Gaal, reports have suggested there has been player unrest in the United camp. But Van Gaal dismissed such talk on Friday at his press conference to preview Saturday’s home Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea insists there is a “terrific spirit in the dressing room” at the club.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Bournemouth and Palace take a point apiece from Premier League contest

first_img The Cherries, seeking their fourth successive win for the first time since 1989, were frustrated by the high-flying Eagles. Palace started the game strongly and t he home side took five minutes to get into the match, giving away two corners in the first few minutes. However, Jason Puncheon’s deliveries could not be converted and the hosts began to slow the ball down and gain control. Press Association The visitors nearly went ahead after eight minutes when Puncheon’s third corner from the left found Damien Delaney – but Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc got low down to keep the match goalless. Adam Smith and Matt Ritchie caused Palace a few problems on the right, with Bournemouth’s best attacking chances coming from crosses from the pair. Yet it was Dan Gosling who came closest for the Cherries in the first half with the midfielder’s looping shot saved by the hand of Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Just after the half hour mark, Harry Arter received the only yellow card of the afternoon after sliding in on Wilfried Zaha. After words were exchanged between the pair, referee Michael Oliver calmed the situation down before it got out of control. Bournemouth striker Glenn Murray had chances to score against his former side before he was replaced on 72 minutes by Tokelo Rantie. The 32-year-old played 113 league games for Palace between 2012 and 2015 and scored 44 goals for the Eagles. Both sides struggled to make an impact in the box during the second half but it was Bournemouth who looked the more threatening. Ritchie had the chance to open the scoring but his scuffed shot was easily saved by Hennessey. The Cherries continued to pile on the pressure but the Palace defence stood strong, despite Delaney appearing to be injured as he blocked a Rantie cross. Palace boss Alan Pardew had used his three substitutes so the centre-half had no choice but to continue. Both sides had chances to win but in a game that was played mostly in the midfield it came as no surprise the clash remained goalless until the final whistle. Bournemouth and Crystal Palace shared the points in a goalless Barclays Premier League draw at the Vitality Stadium. TWEET OF THE MATCH @Mark__Bright: ” Well done @CPFC tough game against a confident @afcbournemouth got to say 5th place on Boxing Day is excellent going, one day rest, go again”. Former Crystal Palace player Mark Bright feels the point was a good one for the Eagles. https://twitter.com/Mark__Bright/status/680797912255848448 BOURNEMOUTH Artur Boruc: 6 Adam Smith: 7 Simon Francis: 6 Steve Cook: 6 Charlie Daniels: 7 Andrew Surman: 6 Dan Gosling: 7 Harry Arter: 6 Matt Ritchie: 7 Junior Stanislas: 7 Glenn Murray: 7 Substitutes Tokelo Rantie: 6 Yann Kermorgant: 4 Eunan O’Kane: 5 CRYSTAL PALACE Wayne Hennessey : 6 Joel Ward: 6 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney: 7 Pape Souare: 6 Joe Ledley: 6 James McArthur: 6 Wilfried Zaha: 6 Jordan Mutch: 6 Jason Puncheon: 7 Fraizer Campbell: 6 Substitutes Yohan Cabaye: 5 Mile Jedinak: 4 Marouane Chamakh: 6 STAR PLAYER Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon had an impressive afternoon for his side and Bournemouth left-back Charlie Daniels struggled to keep up with the Englishman. The Eagles have scored more goals from set-pieces (11) than any other side this season and their ability from his corners showed. Puncheon’s efforts to track back also helped his side out defensively and was part of the reason Palace kept a clean sheet. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Despite both sides having a number of chances to open the scoring the ball did not look like it was going in the back of the net all afternoon. Eagles manager Alan Pardew made all three of his substitutes by the 74th minute in an attempt to change the luck of the away side but shortly after his final change centre-back Damien Delaney injured himself in the process of blocking Tokelo Rantie’s cross. Palace fans looked on nervously but the 34-year-old managed to remain on the field until full-time and Bournemouth were unable to take advantage. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Both sides made changes at half time with Harry Arter, who was on a yellow card, being replaced by Eunan O’Kane for the Cherries and Yohan Cabaye replacing Jordan Mutch for Palace but neither play made an immediate influence on the game as it ended in a stalemate. MOAN OF THE MATCH Just 10 minutes into the match Bournemouth’s Adam Smith was brought down by left-back Pape Souare as he sprinted down the wing. The Palace defender had been penalised only minutes before and the Senegalese defender showed his frustration by kicking the ball into the other half of the pitch, much to the annoyance of the Bournemouth players and fans. The Cherries fans behind Palace manager Pardew told him exactly what they thought of the incident, but it seemed he was also less than impressed by his left-back’s attitude telling him off and warning him to calm down. Pardew then chose to turn to the Bournemouth fans and ask if they were okay now he had apprehended his player, leading to some cheers from the home supporters. WHO’S NEXT Arsenal v Bournemouth (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Crystal Palace v Swansea (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) last_img read more

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