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Manchester United’s veteran manager Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled Newcastle United “a wee club” in the wake of Alan Pardew’s criticism of his fellow manager’s behaviour during the two sides’ Premier League encounter on Boxing Day.
Pardew claimed Ferguson “should have been punished” for remonstrating (and occasionally berating) Mike Dean and his assistants during the clash at Old Trafford. Ferguson was riled by a decision by Mike Dean to overrule an offside decision made by his linesman and award Newcastle a second goal after Jonny Evans had just equalized for the hosts before prodding into his own net.
After the game, Pardew criticised the conduct of his fellow manager, as quoted by Espn:
“I think Mike Dean might feel slightly disappointed he didn’t do something about it. I think the pressure that was on him was tough for a referee to take.
“Sometimes when you reflect »
- Joseph Dempsey
It is common knowledge that to be a goalkeeper in professional football (or for that matter, any level of football) you need to hold one of the following three attributes; craziness, stupidity, or a sheer disregard for your physical and mental health. The pressures that come with the modern game are amplified when you look at a goalkeeper’s role – one mistake, and you may just have cost your team the biggest match in it’s history… or, made a complete fool of yourself.
Why, it was just last season that my own team, Cardiff City, of the Npower Championship were playing at the Boleyn Ground, home of West Ham United. West Ham’s goalkeeper that day? Robert Green. The same Robert Green that the summer before had let the Jabulani bounce off his palms and roll into the net in England’s opening fixture of the 2010 World Cup. Of course, »
- Joe Odell
Venue: Old Trafford Kick-Off: 12.45pm Referee: Mike Dean
Arsenal line up against Sir Alex’s Man United at Old Trafford in the early kick-off looking to avenge last season’s embarrassing 8-2 loss, as well as hoping that summer departure Robin Van Persie fails to pack his shooting boots in his first match against his former club. Rather worryingly for Arsenal, United have scored a massive 13 goals in their four home games so far this season, and the Gunners conspired to allow Reading to score 5 goals midweek, so we can perhaps expect another high-scoring game.
Arsene Wenger has asked for respect to be shown to Robin Van Persie ahead of the game from the travelling Arsenal fans, to show their appreciation of his eight years in North London. Something tells me the suggestion might be ignored if the Dutchman fires in a goal or two…
Man Utd start without defenders Chris Smalling, »
- Simon Gallagher
Jay-z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne record was one of the most successful records of 2011, going platinum and spawning one of the biggest and most talked about tours of last fall. As neither West nor Jay-z are one to shy away from something that both makes money and garners them a bit more hype, the duo are reportedly working on a follow-up record. As of now, not much is known about the record, except that it probably exists. Producer Mike Dean, who’s worked extensively with West, talked to Quiet Lunch magazine (“Cerebral Sustenance Daily for the »
"I'm working on the G.O.O.D. Music album, of course," says Dean of another project he's working on with West, "and Watch The Throne 2 -- it's not started yet, but it's coming."
That's good news for fans, who made the original "Watch the Throne" a hit -- it debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard charts when it was released in August 2011 and was nominated for four Grammies, winning one for Best Rap Performance for the single "Otis."
Will Jay-z and Kanye tour behind a second release? It would be silly not to -- though both are busy, West with new "friend" Kim Kardashian while Jay-z is a new dad and on the hook to write the music »
Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton has been given a 12-match suspension and a £75,000 fine for his behaviour in the game against Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League campaign.
Referee Mike Dean showed Barton a red card after the Qpr captain elbowed Manchester City’s striker Carlos Tevez. The incident alone meant that the midfielder would receive a four-match ban due to this being his second red card in the 2011/12 season. Barton was then seen kicking Sergio Aguero and later attempting to head-butting Vincent Kompany, an allegation which he later denied.
War of Words
The former Newcastle and Man City midfielder was adamant that it wasn’t a red card offence after claiming Tevez throw the first punch. Barton admitted on Twitter after the game that he took matters into his own hands and in his eyes he tried to ‘even the situation’.
He later added »
- Matt Robinson
The line-ups are in for today’s 3pm Premier League match between Wigan and Newcastle United at the Dw Stadium, a crucial match at both ends of the Premier League. Wigan are fighting for their lives at the foot of the table whilst Newcastle are hoping to finish well and extend their incredible unbeaten run to give them a chance of a Champions League finish.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has named the same side that defeated Stoke so convincingly 3-0 last weekend with the familiar line-up of Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba as part of a three-man attack. The bench also looks the same with Shola Ameobi and Leon Best offering more attacking options and utility men Ryan Taylor and James Perch also present.
For Wigan, striker Hugo Rodallega has made the bench after being missing for weeks. Albert Crusat also makes the bench with Franco Disanto declared fit to start. »
- Matt Holmes
With Manchester City having not lost a home game since February, they were looking to surpass close rivals Manchester United and become the first team to be undefeated at home for 20 games. Chelsea on the other hand have been incredibly inconsistent in all competitions this season, yet the addition of a new manager is suggesting signs of recovery for the London club. It was difficult to predict how this game would go, Chelsea having 10 wins over the blue side of Manchester which have only managed 3 wins in this fixture. Chelsea starting eleven seemed to show a new approach with Drogba placed on the bench in exchange for Spaniard Fernando Torres. The major news for the game was disloyal Carlos Tevez started on the bench for the home side.
The home team started the strongest in the match with the first real chance falling to David Silva who missed the target. »
- Mathew Robinson
Team news ahead of Liverpool’s trip to the Stadium of Light tonight for the 3pm Premier League kick-off against Sunderland. The match is not being screened live anywhere in the UK.
Sunderland will be without duo Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon who were both sent off in the heated Tyne/Wear derby last Sunday. Cattermole will be missing for four games having collated ten yellow cards and a red card for speaking out against referee Mike Dean after the final whistle had gone. For Sessegnon, he will miss three games after picking up a straight red for elbowing Cheick Tiote in that game.
Those key players will be a big loss for the Black Cats who may also be without Kieran Richardson who is nursing a calf injury. On loan Manchester City leftback Wayne Bridge is on stand by having replaced Richardson last week.
John O’Shea is expected »
- Matt Holmes
West Bromwich Albion welcome Norwich City to the Hawthorns this afternoon on the back of a 4-2 win over Cardiff in the Fa Cup, but with just one point from their last three Premier League outings (though it was against Manchester City). Norwich too despatched Championship opposition in the cup – recording a comfortable 4-1 win over Burnley at Carrow Road. Many are expecting them to start slipping any time now – ‘doing a Blackpool’ seems to be the official expression for any team that dares to still be punching above their weight at Christmas nowadays, and we all know what happened there. Canaries fans will know though that their side have yet to experience any real torrid times under maestro Paul Lambert.
So how will the game go this afternoon? Well, the Baggies got the better of the Canaries last time out – seeing out a 1-0 win courtesy of a Peter Odemwingie goal. »
- Alex Moore
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