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Tottenham Hotspur were the victors at Selhurst Park today in their opening game of the season against newly promoted Crystal Palace.
Spurs got things underway with new signing Roberto Soldado kicking off alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson.
It was a cagey start from both teams as they found their feet, with neither goalkeeper really being tested in the early stages.
The first real chance came in the eighth minute when Mousa Dembele drove forward and found Danny Rose on the left wing. The full back crossed to give Roberto Soldado his first sniff of goal, but the Spaniard headed both high and wide.
Spurs started to take charge and, just a minute later, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon combined to threaten down the right, but Lennon’s final ball was deflected out for a corner which came to nothing.
Two minutes later, another Spurs debutant – Paulinho – thought he was through on goal, »
- Kev Stewart
There wasn’t much to inspire either set of spectators in this drab draw in Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium on Wednesday night, as Wales and the Republic of Ireland played out a 0-0 scoreline.
The best of the chances fell to West Brom striker Shane Long, who had 2 good chances either side of the break. Paddy Madden and Robbie Brady also had good chances for the visitors, who dominated a dreadful match. Neither side managed a shot on target in the first half; the first save of the game was made by Sunderland keeper Kieran Westwood; diving to smother a Craig Bellamy free-kick.
Wales looked frankly toothless without the talismanic Gareth Bale, who watched from the sidelines, and will not relish their final qualifying games, unless they can seriously improve their form. Ireland were on top for much of the second half, and their inability to take chances will worry their Italian manager Giovanni Trappatoni. »
- Diarmuid Hickey
A preview of Crystal Palace’s Premier League season including ‘player to watch’ and position prediction.
It has hardly been the ideal preparation for their return to the Premier League after an 8 year absence, with manager Ian Holloway becoming increasingly frustrated with the process of player recruitment. Back in the big time, Palace are being linked to a plethora of players on a daily basis. It is hard for fans to get too excited as it is obvious that many of the links are either a result of lazy journalism or agents desperate to get their prized assets in the shop window. In a recent interview following a link with Celtic defender Efe Ambrose, Holloway admitted to not knowing who he was.
One player who has been constantly linked is Arsenal’s forgotten man, Marouane Chamakh (Editor’s Note: A player who had a medical at Palace on »
- Mark Longman
The Story Of Now
Fittingly, there's quite a bit of filler on this history of the Now That's What I Call Music! franchise, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Screenwipe's own Barry Shitpeas would be hard-pressed to top, say, Sean Paul's memories of those early vinyl versions ("I used to smell it. I used to look at the pictures for hours"). However, as Dom Joly says, this is undoubtedly "social history" of a kind; and thanks to industry wheeler-dealing, it certainly helped to give some lesser-sung artists a bigger platform. Ajc
The oddballs have been buzzed out of the building and now the ratings rhino hits a week of live semi-finals in which the »
- Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Mark Jones, Gwilym Mumford
Home Nations rivals Scotland and Wales will face-off tomorrow at Hampden Park, with both sides needing a win to keep any hope alive of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The two bottom sides in Group A met last October at the Millenium Stadium with Wales emerging victorious thanks to a Gareth Bale double. James Morrison had earlier scored for the Scots and Steven Fletcher had a goal disallowed but like much of Craig Levein’s tenure as Scotland manager luck was not on their side.
Chris Coleman also has not endured the best of times as a national team manager. However, he picked up his second win as Wales manager in February when Austria were beaten 2-1. This gives them some momentum going into this match. Scotland also have a new sense of optimism with former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan now at the helm and he will be »
- Adam Henderson
5 items from 2013
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