COME ON YOU SPURS!
In an age where foreign imports are regularly given preference over home-grown talent in England’s top flight, Burnley manager Sean Dyche showed he is doing his bit for British football.
The Inter boss is already looking to the January transfer window after admitting there is still “a little fear” within his squad following their draw with Lazio.
Tottenham have stepped up their interest in West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino after shelving a move for Jay Rodriguez.
Harry Kane admits he has had to revise his initial targets for the season due to his red-hot form, and he believes he can be the 20-goal striker Tottenham have been looking for.
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• Kane believes Spurs can finish ahead of Arsenal
• ‘Any Spurs fan will tell you it’s a big thing’
• Match report: Tottenham 2-1 Burnley
Harry Kane intends to buck a recent trend at Tottenham Hotspur and reach the 20-goal mark as he continues to enjoy one of the feelgood stories of the season.
The 21-year-old scored his 14th of the campaign in this win over Burnley and he stands to become only the second Tottenham player to make it to 20 goals since 2007-08; Gareth Bale got 26 in all competitions in 2013-14, the season before he departed for Real Madrid.
The Tottenham Hotspur fans sang Harry Kane’s name loudly as he was substituted in the 84th minute at White Hart Lane, once victory over Burnley was all but assured.
Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli actually missed a pretty entertaining match. But in doing so, he endeared himself to plenty of Spurs fans. As Liverpool and Arsenal were set to kick off at Anfield, the Belgian tweeted out a simple question: What shou…
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Christmas 1982. Liverpool lead the First Division by five points from Manchester United. Renee & Renato’s Save Your Love, a 3min 6sec-sized cruise missile of an earworm – which still burrows into many worst-song-of-all-time lists – tops the charts. And, like many seven-year-old boys, almost everything I covet is in Shoot! magazine.
The Subbuteo Fifa World Cup edition. A replica kit. Even, in weaker moments, the 100% cotton towelling robes in team colours – which, the advert promised, “makes a superb gift for all the family”.
Martin Skrtel powered home a stoppage-time header to ensure 10-man Liverpool picked up a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday evening.
But it should really have been three points for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they dominated the Gunners from start to finish at Anfield.
The hosts made a whirlwind start to the match and, after Philippe Coutinho had won an early free-kick, Steven Gerrard curled his effort wide.
In the 12th minute a swift Reds attack ended with Adam Lallana lashing a left-footed shot just over Wojciech Szczesny’s goal.
The north Londoners could not get a foothold in the game and, just past the half-hour mark, Lallana found Coutinho in acres of space but his low shot was straight at Szczesny.
Lazar Markovic then bundled his way into the area only for Szczesny to race off his line and save the shot before Raheem Sterling beat Per Mertesacker and set up Markovic, who clipped his right-footed shot over the bar.
The Merseysiders got the goal their dominance deserved just before the break when Jordan Henderson set up Coutinho, who made space for himself before beating Szczesny with a low shot.
However, Arsene Wenger’s men responded immediately as Mathieu Debuchy was able to climb above Skrtel and head past a stranded Brad Jones.
In the second half Sterling took the ball past the onrushing Szczesny, but Gerrard could only loop a header over the bar from the youngster’s cross.
Against the run of play the visitors took the lead in the 65th minute when Santi Cazorla got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Olivier Giroud to drill a low shot past Jones.
As Liverpool pressed for an equaliser Lucas and Coutinho went close to scoring, but their hopes appeared to have ended when substitute Fabio Borini was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.
But in the nine minutes of stoppage time, which came about mainly as a result of a head injury Skrtel sustained in the second period, the Slovakia international got above Calum Chambers to head home and salvage a richly-deserved point for the home team.
Who can blame him?
Tottenham Hotspur star Nacer Chadli decided against watching Arsenal’s Premier League game at Liverpool on Sunday.
The Gunners started the day seventh in the table, while the Reds were third. Chadli clearly didn’t fancy watching two midtable teams slug it out on a cold Anfield afternoon.
Not watching the match ???? any recommendations on @Netflix?
— Nacer Chadli (@NChadli) December 21, 2014
SuperSport United’s Lebogang Manyama said the 2-1 win against Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday was the ideal send-off for Matsatsantsa fans ahead of the mid-season break.
SuperSport United moved up to the 11th position in the league standings on Sunday, as they have now accumulated 20 points during the Premiership campaign. The brace scored by Manyama contributed significantly to the club’s cause on the afternoon.
“It’s been tough for us, but we had to unite as a team,” said Manyama.
Prior to this fixture, SuperSport had failed to collect maximum points in four consecutive matches. That series of results hampered their title aspirations and also put the club in dangerous territory in the league standings.
The Pretoria-based club needed this result and Manyama is just grateful that the objective was ultimately realised.
“This week we worked on getting into the box, getting the crosses in, and fortunately we got two goals from two crosses,” said Manyama.
“I think it’s a good send-off for our fans for the festive season.”
Chelsea will be looking to restore their three-point lead at the Premier League table when the travel to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City on Monday night.
The Blues, who have a game in hand on second-placed Manchester City, saw the Citizens move level on points on Saturday following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Stoke, meanwhile, followed up on a morale-boosting 3-2 victory over Arsenal by playing to a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace last time out and a victory against Jose Mourinho’s men would propel them into the top half of the Premier League standings ahead of the round of fixtures on Boxing Day.
On the team news front, Stoke expect to have attacker Bojan Krkic available for selection after he sustained a minor hip injury against Crystal Palace.
And Hughes will also be able to call on Marc Muniesa (hamstring) and Stephen Ireland (knee) after the duo returned to training recently following injury.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho must decide whether to stick with Petr Cech in goal following the return to fitness of Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois has been the Blues first-choice ‘keeper this season but has missed their last two clashes with a minor muscular injury.
Striker Didier Drogba and defender Kurt Zouma picked up knocks in the midweek Capital One Cup victory over Derby County, but should be fit for selection nonetheless.
Bidvest Wits were made to endure a frustrating afternoon as they played to a goalless draw with University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium on Sunday.
It was also frustrating for both sets of supporters, with neither team able to fashion very many clear-cut goalscoring chances.
The frustration eventually took its toll on Thabo Mnyamane late in the second half, with the attacking midfielder receiving his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card.
The sending-off did not affect the final result, however, as the hosts held firm in the remaining minutes to claim a share of the spoils with the high-flying Clever Boys.
The first half offered up just a handful of goal-scoring chances, the first of which arrived after just seven minutes of play. However, Sibusiso Vilakazi was unable to direct his header from Jabulani Shongwe’s corner on target.
The Students again went close to breaking the deadlock on 23 minutes, this time Thulani Hlatswayo heading wide of the left-hand post.
The hosts eventually fashioned their first chance of note in the 36th minute, although Geoffrey Massa was unable to find the mark direct from a free-kick.
However, the best chance of half arrived in injury time as Mnyamane had the time and space to pick his spot, only to fire the ball straight into the grateful arms of Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of an improvement after the half-time interval.
Following a muted opening to the second stanza, Massa again tried his luck direct from a free-kick but his shot was blacked by Sameegh Doutie.
At the opposite end of the pitch, Doutie whipped in an inviting cross but there was nobody at the end of it, with Washington Arubi snapping up the ball with relative ease.
Wits had a glorious opportunity to snatch all three points in the 86th minute but they were unable to capitalise on the chance as Siyabonga Nhlapo saw his shot fly wide of the right-hand post.
Any hopes Tuks may have harboured of claiming a late win were dealt a damaging in the 87th minute as a frustrated Mnyamane was sent down the tunnel for an early shower after picking up his second yellow card of the afternoon.
Despite being reduced to 10 men, the home side were able to hold firm for the remainder of the match, picking up a vital point ahead of the mid-season break.
A brace from Lebogang Manyama helped SuperSport United to a dramatic 2-1 win against Chippa at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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Adam Johnson scored a 90th-minute winner as Sunderland claimed a memorable derby victory against North-East rivals Newcastle on Sunday.
The game looked to be heading towards a goalless draw when the Black Cats broke forward following a Magpies corner, substitute Will Buckley setting up boyhood Toon fan Johnson to fire home from close range to stun St James’ Park.
It was the Wearsiders’ fourth successive win against their bitter rivals but perhaps flattered them following match that had plenty of passion but precious little quality.
It took just 15 seconds for the first foul of the contest, setting the tone for a feisty encounter that produced seven yellow cards and often threatened to boil over.
When the football began to break through it was the hosts who had the first opportunity, Moussa Sissoko exchanging passes with Sammy Ameobi and firing a shot straight at Costel Pantilimon.
Gus Poyet’s side began to settle as the half wore on and had the best opportunities of the first period although Connor Wickham should have done better when Newcastle goalkeeper Jak Alnwick mis-judged the flight of a free-kick, but the Sunderland striker could only head the ball wide from close range.
Then, three minutes later, Steven Fletcher clipped the top of the bar with a first-time volley from Sebastian Larsson’s raking pass.
On 38 minutes Santiago Vergini’s cross from the left found Wickham, but his header was well saved by Alnwick.
Jordi Gomez was guilty of a horrendous miss at the start of the second half, slicing wide when in space eight yards out.
At the other end Ayoze Perez saw his long-range effort tipped over by Pantilimon before shooting straight at the Black Cats ‘keeper a few minutes later.
At that stage Alan Pardew’s men perhaps looked the likely winners before Johnson’s dramatic late intervention sent the visiting fans into raptures.
Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling is eyeing another quick start as his team prepare to take on Arsenal on Sunday.
“Hopefully this time around we can get on the front foot straight from the off like we did last year and get the win again this season,” said Sterling, referring to Liverpool’s 5-1 win against Arsenal last season when early goals wrapped up the game before half-time.
“Our confidence is on its way back to where it should be and hopefully we can get out there with a quick start,” he added.
“We’ll try to do the best we can do and we know that doing our best can definitely win us the game.”
Liverpool are currently 11th in the Premier League, and are hoping to climb the table after losing 3-0 to Manchester United last weekend.