Wolves mount stunning fightback to beat Villa, Saints see off Leeds

Wolves rallied from two goals down to claim a remarkable 3-2 win in a Midlands derby with Aston Villa, while Southampton beat Leeds United to climb above the Whites.

Villa dominated the contest for large spells, and were cruising thanks to goals from Danny Ings and John McGinn.

However, they retreated into their shell and after inviting Wolves on, paid a big price by conceding three times in the final 10 minutes.

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Ings ghosted in to head home John McGinn’s cross on 48 minutes to give Villa the lead.

McGinn went from provider to scorer on 68 minutes, as he lashed home from the edge of the box to put Villa in control.

Rather than pressing home their advantage, Villa attempted to put up the shutters – and paid a heavy, heavy price.

Romain Saiss gave Wolves a sniff when sliding in at the far post to score on 80 minutes, and Conor Coady thought he had earned a point when stabbing home on 85 minutes.

One point became three for Wolves in injury time, as Ruben Neves’ deflected free-kick found the bottom corner – much to the disgust of Villa boss Dean Smith.

Saints started the day in 17th in the table, but were rewarded for a determined display with three points at home to Leeds.

The winning goal came on 53 minutes, as Southampton won the ball on the edge of their own box and broke forward at pace. Nathan Redmond had the option to shoot, but unselfishly rolled the ball into the path of Armando Broja who slammed home.

Norwich City remain bottom of the table after a 0-0 draw at home with Brighton who are now in fourth in the Premier League.

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Ward-Prowse added to England squad to replace injured Phillips

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been added to the England squad to replace the injured Kalvin Phillips for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Leeds midfielder Phillips was assessed following his club side’s victory over Watford on Saturday, and he has now been ruled out of the matches against Andorra and Hungary in October.

As such, the versatile Ward-Prowse joined up with a 24-man group that assembled at St George’s Park on Tuesday.


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On Monday, Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell were added to Gareth Southgate’s squad following the withdrawal of Chelsea defender Reece James.

The Three Lions travel to face Andorra on Saturday 9 October before hosting Hungary at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday 12 October.

The FA explained in a statement that “Phillips was assessed following Leeds United’s victory over Watford on Saturday and has been ruled out of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers”.

England sit top of Group I on 16 points after five wins from six matches, with Albania – on 12 points – and Poland – on 11 points – second and third.

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England’s 24-man squad

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Ward Prowse (Southampton), Declan Rice (West Ham)

Forwards: Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Tammy Abraham (AS Roma)


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Leeds take first win of season, Wolves beat Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich in stalemate

Leeds United grabbed their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Watford at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa´s men emerged from the relegation zone thanks to Diego Llorente´s first-half goal.

The brilliant Raphinha sent a corner into the area and pinball football ensued, With Watford unable to clear their lines, Llorente found the space to stick in a boot and guide the ball into the net.

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The Whites dominated possession, attempts on goal and shots on target over the course of the 90 minutes and deserved all three points that take them into 16th place.

Leeds fans were relieved they were able to seal the win despite being unable to extend their lead, as well as suffering from injuries to key men Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling.

Hwang Hee-Chan hit a brace as Wolves beat Newcastle 2-1 at Molineux.

On a rainy day in the Midlands, Raul Jimenez teed up Hwang inside the box, the South Korea rifling an effort beyond Karl Darlow.

The hosts will be disappointed at the manner they conceded, with a comedy of errors leading to Newcastle´s equaliser as keeper Jose Sa spilled a ball into the path of Hendrick. Wolves Boss Bruno Lage picked up a booking in the aftermath.

But they restored their lead ten minutes into the second half as Hwang grabbed his second of the match. Jimenez again played provider, beating two Newcastle midfielders before releasing Hwang down the right and the forward found the far corner of the net.

At Turf Moor, there was little drama between Burnley and Norwich in a 0-0 stalemate.

Canaries midfielder Mathias Normann almost diverted the ball into his own net during the first half.

Burnley had a great chance to take the lead in the second half, but Dwight McNeil failed to control a cross in space inside the box.

And finally, Chelsea bounced back from midweek defeat with a 3-1 win over Southampton. James Ward-Prowse´s second-half penalty restored parity after Trevor Chalobah´s early opener, but Timo Werner´s late goal edged the Blues ahead, with Ben Chilwell adding a third late on.

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West Ham v Man City and Arsenal v Leeds in Carabao Cup

Defending champions Manchester City will have to navigate a trip to the capital after being drawn to face West Ham in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

The Hammers pulled off a smash-and-grab raid to beat Manchester United in the third round, and their reward is a home clash with Pep Guardiola’s side.

Chelsea required penalties to see off Aston Villa, and they have been handed another home clash – this time with Southampton.

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Tottenham were another side to advance on penalties, at the expense of Wolves, and they have a trip to Burnley.

Sunderland are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition and they travel to Queens Park Rangers.

Leeds United beat Fulham on Tuesday night, and they have been handed another trip to the capital to face Arsenal, who were comfortable winners over AFC Wimbledon.

There will be a North West derby at Deepdale after Preston were paired with Liverpool, while three-time winners Leicester take on Brighton and Brentford travel to Stoke.

Fourth Round Draw:

  • Chelsea vs. Southampton
  • Arsenal vs. Leeds United
  • Stoke City vs. Brentford
  • West Ham United vs. Manchester City
  • Leicester City vs. Brighton
  • Burnley vs. Tottenham
  • Queens Park Rangers vs. Sunderland
  • Preston North End vs. Liverpool

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Premier League to resume on Boxing Day in 2022 after six-week World Cup break

The Premier League will break for six weeks to incorporate the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and will resume on Boxing Day.

FIFA has decided to break from the tradition of a summer tournament on account of the high temperatures in the region during the summer months.

Conditions are more favourable in the winter months, and the 2022 World Cup will get underway on November 21.

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The World Cup will be in the middle of the season for most European competitions, and Sky Sports News say the Premier League will break on November 12 – giving players nine days of preparation time.

Should England make it all the way to the final in Qatar, which is slated to take place on December 18 – players will only have eight days of recovery before the Premier League gets back underway on December 26.

According to Sky Sports “executives of all 20 Premier League clubs were in London on Wednesday for a scheduled meeting, and the programme for 2022/23 was decided in discussions that lasted approximately four hours and also included a number of other issues.”

Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow has labelled the winter World Cup “crazy” saying it robs fans of Premier League football for a key period in the calendar.

“Next season when we play in an equally crazy idea, which is a winter World Cup,” Purslow said. “We won’t see any Premier League football at the peak of our season between November and December, which is something that people are going to have to get used to.

“I always have concerns about player welfare but I have more concerns for our fans missing Premier League football in the winter for five weeks, which is our great national tradition and our great national heritage.”


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Pilotprojekt: Nach über 25 Jahren wieder Stehplätze in englischen Stadien

Englische Fußballvereine dürfen unter bestimmten Voraussetzungen ab dem 1. Januar 2022 wieder eine begrenzte Anzahl an Stehplätzen im Stadion anbieten.

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Zurück zu den Stehplätzen? Eine “Safe standing”-Tribüne an der Stamford Bridge.

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Ab dem 1. Januar 2022 dürfen die englischen Premier-League- sowie Championship-Klubs wieder eine begrenzte Anzahl an Stehplätzen im Stadion anbieten. Dieser Schritt ist Teil eines Pilotprojekts, wie die Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) am Mittwoch bekanntgab. 

Voraussetzung ist, dass Zuschauer weiterhin die Möglichkeit haben, sich im Stehplatzbereich zu setzen. Somit werden Klappsitze benötigt, außerdem dürfen die Plätze nicht die Sicht anderer Fans, etwa im Rollstuhl sitzender, einschränken. Bewerben können sich die Vereine bis zum 6. Oktober – die Lizenz, sofern erteilt, gilt für einen festgelegten Bereich sowie zunächst nur bis zum Saisonende.

“Wir wollen mit Fans und Vereinen zusammenarbeiten und für sichere Stehplätze sorgen”, sagte der britische Sportminister Nigel Huddlestone. Die Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) werde das Projekt begleiten und ergebnisoffen bewerten.

In der Fanszene wurde der Plan begrüßt. “Damit könnte unsere Kampagne für sichere Stehplätze in den Stadien nach mehr als 30 Jahren zu Ende gehen. Es ist eine lange Tradition, dass Fans zwischen Sitz- und Stehplätzen auswählen können. Auch die Atmosphäre wird sich verbessern”, hieß es in einer offiziellen Erklärung der Football Supporters’ Association (FSA).

Infolge der Hillsborough-Katastrophe von 1989 sind Stehplätze in britischen Stadien seit 1994 verboten. Über eine Wiedereinführung wird bereits seit Jahren diskutiert. Vor allem bei den Hinterbliebenen-Verbänden sind die Bedenken groß.


El 'Murderball', la sesión asesina de Bielsa que causa furor

Que Bielsa en un entrenador extravagante no es ningún secreto. Que le gusta salirse de la norma, tampoco. Esta máxima la lleva a la práctica sobre todo en sus entrenamientos. Una de estas excentriciades es la conocida como ‘Murderball’ (balón asesino), un ejercicio que habitualmente solo pone en práctica una vez a la semana por su fuerte intensidad y que bautizaron así sus propios jugadores.

El ejercicio, en aparencia, no es gran cosa. Un partidillo de fútbol dividido en cuatro partes de cinco minutos cada una. 20 minutos en total no parece el tipo de ejercicio que deja extenuado a un profesional del fútbol. Eso le pareció a Jamie Carragher, que bromeó con el capitán del Leeds tras el empate de ayer ante el Newcastle. “¿Eso es todo?”, le espetó el ex del Liverpool cuando Liam Cooper le explicó en qué consistía el ejercicio, a lo que el futbolista respondió con una invitación a participar en el mismo.

Pero más allá de las bromas, los jugadores hablan de un ejercicio brutal y caótico, más complicado de lejos que los propios partidos de competición. Las normas son sencillas. La intensidad debe ser máxima, el ritmo frenético y no hay árbitros. Ni saques de banda. Todo el staff técnico del argentino se encarga de rodear el campo e introducir un nuevo balón en cuanto sale del terreno de juego el que se está usando. En resumen, los jugadores no pueden parar en un ejercicio de una intensidad terrible. Ahora queda por ver si tanto esfuerzo se plasma a la hora de la verdad, en la que le está costando arrancar a este Leeds.

'Keep your dignity' – Bruce accepts 'frustrations' as winless run continues

Steve Bruce says he can understand the frustration from Newcastle supporters with the club yet to win a game this season following their draw with Leeds.

A fine Allan Saint-Maximin strike cancelled out Raphinha’s opener in a thrilling 1-1 draw under the lights at St James’ Park, but that did not stop the boos from the home fans at the final whistle.

The result means Newcastle remain in the relegation zone in 18th on two points after five games.

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Speaking after the draw, the Newcastle boss says his side played a great game and that the pressure to win games comes with the job.

“That’s the big thing about the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.

“Whether you’re at the top or the bottom. You have to accept when you don’t win a game you come under pressure.

“How you handle it, keep your dignity, do what you think is best and stick with it. The way they have gone about their work today, it could have gone either way but it was a great football match.”

He added: “I can understand frustrations. I get that. The atmosphere they created makes the spectacle. They are unique and the way they got behind the team was the most important thing and I’m very pleased about that.”

Karl Darlow made his long-awaited return to the Newcastle starting lineup after battling with long Covid. The goalkeeper says the club have to produce results to get the club’s supporters back onside.

“These fans can be the best in the world,” he said.

“We need to get them back on board and our performances need to improve to get them on board.”

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Jamie Carragher says Newcastle players leaking stories to the press criticising manager Steve Bruce and his tactics are “an absolute disgrace”.

The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that there is widespread unrest amongst the Newcastle senior and U23s squad with the club’s manager Steve Bruce and members of his coaching staff.

Carragher has criticised the players who have leaked information from inside the Newcastle dressing room to the media and has labelled those responsible “an absolute disgrace”.

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“The players have gone under the radar,” he told Sky Sports ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League League clash against Leeds on Friday.

“What l read this morning in a newspaper article, which is obviously coming from some of the players in the dressing room on the morning of a game as big as this, was an absolute disgrace.

“Steve Bruce will get the criticism, but some of these people need to look at themselves. That’s not just in terms of performance, that’s in terms of feeding stories about the manager. That is not right. It is a disgrace.”

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has owned the club since July 2007. He wants to sell the club but a takeover from a Saudi Arabian consortium collapsed in August 2020.

Newcastle fans have been protesting his ownership of the club ahead of the Leeds game. Gary Neville, who was also a pundit for the game, says Ashley has to “do the right thing” and sell Newcastle as quickly as possible.

He said: “If you are a footballer knowing you are a mistake away from it being a poor atmosphere, you are going to protect yourself. That means you are potentially going to get leaks coming out of the club, with players and agents protecting themselves, and it is a cycle of negativity.

“This club has got to be sold quickly. This club has got to change hands. Mike Ashley has to do the right thing. He has to dispose of the club and do the right thing.

“It’s easy to say ‘drop the price a bit’, but he has got a lot of money and it is not going to change his life if he loses a bit of money.

“There is real damage being done now over a long period of time.”

Even though Newcastle have had a poor start to their season, Bruce has vowed to fight on.

He told his pre-match press conference: “I’m here to only do what I think is best for the club, and that is manage it as best I can and keep us moving along.

“It’s for other people to answer that. I will continue to do my best – I’m never going to walk away from the challenge of it, that’s for sure – so you’re asking the wrong person.”

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