In the end, i couldn't ask for a better result... Pool couldn't get full points and still haven't beaten a team above them in the league... And City dropped 2 more points making it 9 now to United...
The Press is calling Aguero's goal as "Out of this world" and perhaps a strong contender for goal of the season... So far this, that Stoke goal and Bale's solo run stands out the most.
Man City 2 Liverpool 2:
Sturridge's strike was super
Gerrard's was even greater...
but Aguero's was out of this world!
Sergio shows his classEdited by zocoss 04 Feb `13, 9:28AM
Match Report: Rafael Benitez in denial as Moussa Sissoko and Newcastle United expose the truth about Chelsea
Newcastle United 3 Chelsea 2: Newcastle are sparked into life by their new French connection
You can, at least, not fault the defiance of Rafa Benitez. He again proved immovable, unlike his side. "We could have won every single game we draw or we lost, every single game," he insisted after yesterday's defeat. "In all the games we had chances and played good football in the majority of them. When we couldn't we still had chances to win."
Fact: Chelsea have picked up 22 points from a possible 39 during his reign, two points less than Roberto di Matteo picked up from one less game this season.
"We are trying to finish in the top four, or top three, and we can," added Benitez. "We are still looking up towards Manchester City. With some players coming back I think we have more options. When we are in form and doing well we can beat anyone."
Fact: Chelsea have won three games out of their previous 10 in all competitions.
"I was really pleased with the reaction of the players," said the interim manager of Chelsea. "That is the main thing for me. The players showed character in the second half. It means something is right. If we cannot control these games, it is something we will have to improve."
Fact: they were gun-ho, leaving gaping holes all over their defence and allowing Newcastle to fight back from a lost position.
With Rafa there is always a "but".
Frank Lampard's goal tally reached double figures for the 10th season running, a quite phenomenal achievement, with a breathtaking strike in the 54th minute
"I'm here to talk about the game," said Benitez when asked about the fact Lampard is set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.
There was, and indeed still is, some sympathy for Benitez. His looked a losing hand when he succeeded Di Matteo.
Yesterday, a crucial decision went against him. Demba Ba had seen a shot saved by Tim Krul when the ball came back to him in the Newcastle penalty area. He headed the rebound narrowly wide. As he lowered his head, Fabricio Coloccini's desperate attempt at a saving tackle saw him smash his former team-mate in the face.
"We couldn't change the situation of Demba Ba," he added. "It was a penalty and a red card for me. In the middle of the park [it would be] carry on, go back, free-kick. In the penalty area [it would be] carry on, go back, penalty and red card. It would have changed the game. We lost one player with a broken nose.
"It is something we have to consider. In other circumstances everybody would be talking about this. I want to remind you that that happened. Sometimes we don't remember these things. After watching the replay it is very clear. A player with a nose broken and bleeding for five minutes I think is good evidence. Demba has a broken nose and we will have to wait and see."
Ba received lengthy treatment. Eventually, with his face taped up, he returned to the game. It was short- lived. By the time he was forced to leave the field, to cruel jeers from the majority of Newcastle supporters, his new club were behind. Davide Santon had crossed from the left and Jonas Gutierrez stole in ahead of a flat-footed John Terry to glance a header past Petr Cech.
Lampard had missed a fine opportunity after just quarter-of-an-hour but on 55 minutes made amends in style, crashing a 25-yard shot past Krul. At that point Benitez was correct. Chelsea took control. A second, delightful goal would come their way just past the hour, Fernando Torres, who entered as Ba went off, laid the ball to Juan Mata and the finish was precise, curling into the top corner of the Newcastle goal.
At this point Benitez needed his new team for once to speak up for his endless work on the training ground. They did not.
Moussa Sissoko, the January signing from Toulouse, had become an increasing presence in the game. In the 68th minute, when fellow home debutant Yoan Gouffran broke free of an absent Chelsea defence and saw his shot parried by Cech, Sissoko was there to equalise.
That was the end for the visitors. Newcastle had new energy. In the 90th minute Sissoko passed to Santon, took the return and drilled a fierce, low drive into Cech's goal.
"It is undoubtedly the game of the season," said Alan Pardew. "It was fabulous. I do not think we will better that. When you play the top sides, it is important to knock them out of their stride.
"We got the goal and in the second half Chelsea came out and showed why they had such fabulous players. We struggled for 15 minutes. They were two unbelievable goals. It can knock the stuffing out of sides but we didn't let that happen. We had intelligence. We got a breakaway and then we were back in the game. It was a fantastic winning goal. It nearly took the roof off. The whole team was magnificent. Sissoko? I don't really need to say too much. His performance spoke for itself."
Something Benitez's Chelsea still cannot do.
Chelsea's results in their last 3 matches.
GAME 24 & 25
EPL - Match 24 & 25 - January 29 / 30 / Feb 2 / 3 Fixtures
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City 3:45 mio 102
Aston Villa v Newcastle United 3:45 mio 103
Sunderland v Swansea City 3:45 mio 104
Stoke City v Wigan Athletic 3:45 mio 105
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Arsenal v Liverpool 3:45 mio 105
Manchester United v Southampton 4:00 mio 103
Reading v Chelsea 4:00 mio 104
Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur 3:45 mio 105
Everton v West Bromwich Albion 3:45 mio 106
Fulham v West Ham United 4:00 mio 107
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City 8:45 mio 102
Newcastle United v Chelsea 11:00 mio 102
Arsenal v Stoke City 3:45 mio 103
Everton v Aston Villa 11:00 mio 104
Reading v Sunderland 11:00 mio 105
West Ham United v Swansea City 11:00 mio 106
Wigan Athletic v Southampton 11:00 mio 107
Fulham v Manchester United 1:30 mio 102
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur 9:30 mio 102
Manchester City v Liverpool 12:00 mio 102
Edited by zocoss 29 Jan `13, 10:14AM
Tonight's the night! Manchester United will have signed Wilfried Zaha by breakfast
Report claims deal will be completed under cover of darkness, though Zaha will stay at Palace this season – and not have medical until the summer!Under cover of darkness: Wilfred Zaha will sign for Fergie tonight it is claimed
Wilfried Zaha will wake up Red-faced tomorrow morning, and be a Manchester United player by the time he's shovelling down his Frosties, according to a report.
The Daily Mail's John Drayton has reported the paper's understanding that the long-running Zaha saga is coming to an end tonight, with a £12million deal due to be signed.
The Mail report claims that, as widely understood elsewhere, Crystal Palace were committed to brokering a deal that kept Zaha in the Championship for the rest of THIS season, and that this would now form part of the final agreement to be signed tonight.
The Mail report also claims that Zaha would not undergo a Manchester United medical until the summer, though adding that this was in part because some members of the Old Trafford club's medical staff were not available now, and in part because he would be remaining at Palace this season.Edited by zocoss 23 Jan `13, 1:06PM
Father's support: Liverpool FC boss in court as footballer son and team-mates accused of hotel sex assault
Brighton and Hove Albion player Anton Rodgers and three other footballers are accused of attacking a woman in a hotel room
Accused: (L-R) Steve Cook, Anton Rodgers, George Barker and Lewis Dunk<!-- Can pick up the first element because is searching for author name -->
Four footballers took lewd photos as they sexually assaulted a drunken teenage girl in a hotel bedroom, a court heard today.
The players – one of them the son of Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers – took the pictures of themselves performing sexual acts on the half-naked 19-year-old as a “record of their conquest”, the Old Bailey heard.
Anton Rodgers, 19, and three other players are accused of attacking a drunken woman in a hotel room after celebrating a cup final win.
Brighton and Hove Albion players Rodgers, Lewis Dunk, 21, and George Barker, 21, and former teammate Steve Cook, 21, who now plays for Bournemouth, all deny the charges.
The Old Bailey heard how the four footballers took pictures of themselves sexually assaulting the 19-year-old woman to have a “permanent record of their conquest”.
The sportsmen allegedly took the young woman back to their hotel room and assaulted her after celebrating victory for their club in the Sussex Senior Cup.
Rodgers, Barker and Dunk, all of Brighton; and Cook, of St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, also deny voyeurism.
The offences were said to have happened at the Jury's Inn Hotel in Brighton in July 2011.
Richard Barton, prosecuting, said: "This case concerns how a group of young professional footballers, intoxicated after a night out together celebrating a cup final victory, took advantage of a young woman, who herself was intoxicated and who was obviously in a vulnerable condition.
"After taking her back to a hotel room, they waited until she had fallen asleep, and so was unable to resist, and then sexually assaulted her in a deliberately humiliating way.
"They compounded the humiliation by taking photographs of themselves doing so in order to have a permanent record of their conquest."
He added: "They did so for their own gratification, intending to share the photographs between themselves and they may have done so to share with others at their football club.
"These were the actions of a group of arrogant young men labouring under the misguided belief that by reason of their privileged position they could with impunity take advantage of a young woman in this way, because even if she realised what they had done to her, she would not dare report it."
He said the teenager - described as chatty and bubbly - did not tell police for six months "through fear of repercussions".
She finally made a complaint about being "repeatedly taunted" about the incident by another footballer at the club.
Liverpool boss Rodgers, 39, watched with other family members from the public gallery as the case was opened.
Mr Barton said the woman spent the evening at four nightclubs.
At the last, Lola Lo, she met a number of footballers out celebrating and one bought her a drink.
"It would seem alcohol played a part in the events that night," said Mr Barton.
A friend of the woman did not consider her to be so drunk that she was a danger to herself.
It is possible her drink might have been spiked but there was no suggestion the accused had interfered with her drink, the prosecutor added.
But this was not a case of a drunken young woman who did things when drunk that she later regretted.
Mr Barton continued: "This is a case of a group of men taking advantage of a woman who through a combination of drink and tiredness, ended up unconscious.
"She was not in a condition to resist, give consent or prevent things happening."
The woman now had a series of flashbacks. One was walking along the seafront with Lewis Dunk, who had his arm round her.
She could remember waking up in a hotel room the next day in a double bed with Anton Rodgers next to her.
Another player, Ben Sampayo, was asleep on a single bed in the room, which had been booked for them by the club.
Mr Barton said Rodgers was wearing only his underwear and she did not have her bra on.
"Her dress was pulled up, exposing her body. Her breasts were exposed.
"Toilet paper was strewn around the room and there were remnants of shaving foam."
The woman had tried to ring her sister but her mobile battery was dead.
Stress: Father and son show the strain as they arrive at the Old Bailey
Mr Barton said she asked to use Rodgers'. He was reluctant at first but agreed after she was persistent.
She could not remember her sister's number and scrolled through photographs on the handset.
"She saw there was a whole series of photographs of a young woman wearing a pink dress.
"The woman was lying on a bed, clearly not awake and, in some of them, semi-naked men around her.
"She looked at some of the many photographs and then realised to her horror that she recognised the unconscious woman in the pink dress was in fact herself.
"She has no recollection of these photographs being taken."
It was the prosecution case that the men in the pictures were the defendants.
Mr Barton said the woman woke Rodgers up and asked him to delete the pictures.
"She wanted him to get rid of the photographs but he simply laughed at her. He told her that these were nothing to do with her," added the prosecutor.
"She pleaded with Rodgers to delete the photographs but he told her: 'Sorry, we are going to a barbecue'.
"He locked himself in a bathroom and had a shower. She was told by Sampayo to leave, which she did.
"The indifference shown towards her by Rodgers and the others that morning is indicative of the group's overall attitude to her and the events the night before."
Mr Barton said Sampayo had woken when the woman was allegedly arguing with Rodgers and she asked him how he would feel if it was him.
"He said that if there were a group of women with their genitals exposed near his face he would be proud of that and would put any photographs of it on Facebook."
The woman missed work that day but arrived the following day wearing "scruffy clothes" and appeared as though she had not slept, the court heard.
After she was questioned by her manager, she claimed she was attacked in the street but said she did not know the names of the men involved, fearing the repercussions of reporting the footballers, Mr Barton said.
Young star: Anton Rodgers in action for former club Chelsea
She provided detailed descriptions of the men to police in the hope the footballers would be identified as her attackers, jurors were told.
The prosecution say the woman's initial refusal to identify the defendants as her attackers proved she did not willingly take part in any sexual acts in order to sell a "kiss and tell" story.
"She is not a young woman who is a wannabe 'wag' but rather she was clearly mortified by what she subsequently found out had happened to her as she lay unconscious on that bed", said Mr Barton.
The jury heard that the woman saw two of the defendants - Rodgers and Barker - some time after the incident, when Barker allegedly said: "Do you remember having sex with me?"
The woman eventually went to police some six months after the alleged offences when another Brighton footballer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, revealed he had seen intimate photographs and videos of her from the hotel.
He claimed they had been shared among his teammates and threatened to post the photographs and videos online, the prosecutor said.
The woman spoke to her employers before contacting police on January 12, the court heard.
The woman told police she had seen a number of photographs of sexual acts being performed on her, the court heard.
She recalled one of the photographs showed the initials 'GB' sprayed on her thigh in shaving foam, with one of the defendants - George Barker - stood next to her grinning, the court heard.
The defendants were arrested on January 19 and interviewed by police.
Cook admitted that photographs had been taken of the woman with some of the players' genitals showing, but claimed he was in the background and did not take part.
In a prepared statement, Barker said only one photograph had been taken of the woman, which featured his initials written in shaving foam on her leg.
Dunk told police he woken up to see another player - Leon Redwood - writing 'GB' on the woman's leg in shaving foam but claimed he had not seen any photographs.
Rodgers refused to answer police questions, the court heard.
Another player - Ben Sampayo - was also interviewed by police and admitted to seeing photographs of the woman unconscious after he had been woken in the night by his teammates.
The jury was shown a photograph recovered by police from Barker's mobile telephone, which featured the defendant standing next to a woman, with the initials "GB" written in white foam on her leg.
No other photographs of the alleged abuse were found by police, the court heard.
Mr Barker told the jury the woman had provided a "clear and compelling account" of what the four defendants did at a time when she was "unconscious and so very vulnerable".
"Some of these defendants accept that something inappropriate did happen, but point the finger at someone else, denying their own involvement," he said.
"Sadly the truth is that they were in it together. They deliberately humiliated her and they did so for their own sexual gratification.
"If anyone during the trial were to suggest that it was a joke, then you may think it was singularly unfunny and constitutes conduct going far beyond that which would ever be considered acceptable even in jest between friends.
"Here it was with a vulnerable unconscious young woman and as such, the prosecution say, it constituted criminal sexual misconduct."
The trial was adjourned until tomorrow.
Originally posted by Bus&Soccer l0v3r (VO3x 1):
at least he own up he dive
ppl like ashley young dun even dare .. haiz
There is nothing to be proud about especially with this one where it was so obvious as there were 3 defenders around him but the closest was still yards away from him and yet he fell like a rotten coconut.
There were countless others before this and yet he is only admitting this one? How about the others?
However, the problem isn't about him diving anymore, i think almost everybody knows this already but putting his manager and his team mates to ridicule after the way they defended him... The next time he cry wolve again, these people will want to stay away from defending him again of risk having eggs on their faces once again... lol.
Rodgers already looking desperate in interviews trying to repair the damage to himself as well as the club's reputation.
It would have been better for thim to shut his mouth as the case was months ago and has been forgotten... He just reopen a can of worms.
EPL - Match 23 - Jan 19 / 20 / 21 FixturesMatches on Singtel Mio Tv :
Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Manchester City v Fulham 11:00 mio 102
Liverpool v Norwich City 11:00 mio 103
Newcastle United v Reading 11:00 mio 104
Swansea City v Stoke City 11:00 mio 105
West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers 11:00 mio 106
Wigan Athletic v Sunderland 11:00 mio 107
West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 1:30 mio 102
Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Chelsea v Arsenal 9:30 mio 102
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United 12:00 mio 102
Monday, January 21st, 2013
Southampton v Everton 4:00am (Tue) mio 102
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Arsenal v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Manchester United v Southampton
Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur
Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City
Reading v Chelsea
Stoke City v Wigan Athletic
Sunderland v Swansea City
Match Report: Manchester United’s old rivals Liverpool are just speck in rear view mirror
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1
As the last seconds of hope were squeezed out of Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson jabbed at his wristwatch and cast an accusing look at the fourth official. Liverpool, for the large part, looked like a team who are a speck in Manchester United’s rear-view mirror this morning and their manager’s suggestion last night that “We are 24 points behind Manchester United but we are not 24 points behind on quality” frankly stretched the bounds of credibility. Humour worked better. “That win might be critical. I don’t think we’ll catch United now,” said former Liverpool player
Jan Molby, who must have been joking.
Liverpool are yet to beat one of the Premier League’s top-10 sides this season and Rodgers seized on the notion, when it was put to him, that a win against a big club might just be the “next step” which changes everything. He quoted back Ferguson’s 1990 FA Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest and expressed hopes for his very own “defining moment”. The more prosaic truth was that his side looked short of class.
Rodgers characterises this squad as one assembled on a shoestring, though that is not entirely true. Joe Allen cost £15m and was the player Rodgers wanted at all costs, even if no cash was left for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. That leaves Rodgers needing to persist with him, as an article of faith in his own judgement. Rodgers rested Allen over Christmas because he was “jaded” but he stretched logic yesterday by withdrawing Lucas Leiva, one of Liverpool’s few productive players, and not Allen at half time.
Rodgers’ name for his holding midfielder is “controllers” but United commandeered it, as Liverpool drifted deep. They enjoyed comfortable possession – a novelty for them on these occasions – and there were more than 10 passes in the build up to the goal which put them ahead. Shinji Kagawa’s work off the ball was one of its lesser appreciated subtleties but the finished product was simple: Robin van Persie’s own movement allowing him to dart in ahead of Daniel Agger’s challenge to meet Evra’s low cross and scoop the ball beyond Pepe Reina.
It was a desperately timid first half from a Liverpool perspective. Rodgers has been reading Deep Survival, writer Laurence Gonzales’s study of why some people hold onto life and others don’t, and for 45 minutes it looked like his side were just trying to avoid a fatal blow. Liverpool supporters require something far more visceral.Edited by zocoss 14 Jan `13, 12:21PM
Sneijder don't really want to go to the Turkish league and is waiting for a premier league side to come in for him but so far none has... Maybe Pool might fancy him and who knows, with United, Chelsea and City not keen, he may just be left with Pool or Turkish football... Also Pool can afford his £160,000 a week...
He's just too good for you! How man-of-the-moment Wilfried Zaha took English football by storm
Having been called up for England, the young forward has come a long way since his 2010 debut for Crystal PalaceTalent: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, and now England
With Manchester United ready to pounce for Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha, we asked our Crystal Palace expert Ed Malyon to give us the lowdown on the hottest player in the Championship.
"He looks about twelve," comments one supporter in the Holmesdale stand as a gangly, youthful striker takes to the field for Crystal Palace.
His shorts are pulled high above the waist, his shirt billows with excess polycotton yet his boots are electric blue. The boots, it will later emerge, are new. Bought for him as a present by his manager when it was decided that his shabby old black ones simply weren't fit for him to be making his professional debut in.
He touched the ball perhaps six times, but this brief 10-minute cameo was one of exciting promise - although whether this youngster's substitute appearance had come about because of his unique talent, or because of the club's perilous financial state was still unclear. After all, every player on the Eagles' substitute bench that day was an academy product, the oldest just 20 years-old.
This particular youngster was Wilfried Zaha, and once his club had survived a financial near-apocalypse in the approaching summer he would prove that he had made his bow for all the right reasons, going on to establish himself as a regular in the first team, just as many of the club's academy graduates had before.
Zaha though, is very much a one-of-a-kind player. Immediate comparisons were inevitably drawn to Victor Moses, with both players being exciting wingers capable of being the central frontman, but as is often the case with these lazy parallels it is wide of the mark.
Moses is an exciting prospect, but an entirely different proposition to the player that Palace fans affectionately refer to as 'Wilf'. While the two players are of similar height, the Chelsea winger is of broad-shouldered build, with a languid, slow-motion dribbling style where he seems to almost drag and slide the ball past players.
Zaha on the other hand, is a spindly, darting little winger. Fast and incisive, but forced to bend with and skip over challenges that Moses would simply bounce off or ride. Where Zaha's strength lies is in his ability to beat a man one-on-one - and that's the principal reason for his call-up to the England squad.
To many, it may seem that Roy Hodgson has added the Palace star to this week's team simply to prevent him being convinced to play for the Ivory Coast, something that the Elephants were very keen on for January's African Cup of Nations. However, Hodgson told Zaha in his phone call this weekend that he sees him as a very real part of his World Cup 2014 plans, considering there to be few players anywhere in England (perhaps Europe) that are better at taking on - and beating - a man.
The youngster's array of skills are to be marvelled at. When the Brazilian, Ronaldinho, was at the height of his powers he was asked a question in an interview about his dazzling variety of stepovers and tricks, and how he performed them. "They just happen," he said, "they are natural".
With Zaha it is the same. His footwork and shift of balance are sublime, but the speed at which they happen suggest that it emanates not from an elaborate thought process, but an innate burst of something deeper - raw talent.
It has taken the South London club over a year to begin to fully harness this talent in the first team, but their hard work is undoubtedly being rewarded as they find themselves top of the league and having nurtured this fine young man - 20 years-old only on Saturday - into the best player in the Football League.
Turk that! Liverpool make late bid to hijack Wesley Sneijder's move to Galatasaray
Dutch playmaker is stalling on a move to Turkey as he would prefer to play in the Premier League - if anyone can afford him<!-- Can pick up the first element because is searching for author name -->Dutch of class: Sneijder could soon be leaving Inter after refusing a new deal
Liverpool have made a sensational bid to hijack Wesley Sneijder’s move from Inter Milan to Galatasaray, writes the Sunday People.
Kop boss Brendan Rodgers thinks he has a good chance of luring the 28-year-old Holland star to the Premier League – even though Inter have already accepted an £8.2million deal from the Turkish side.
Sneijder, who has fallen out with Inter bosses, is stalling on the Gala deal because he would prefer to play in England – and Liverpool are ready to offer him the chance.
Wages are a problem – Sneijder is on £160,000 a week at the San Siro.
Club president Massimo Moratti wanted him to take a pay cut but Sneijder refused and that’s why the Italians are ready to let him go in a cut-price deal.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson backed off from a deal for Sneijder two years ago with the Dutchman reportedly asking for £220,000 a week.
That was on top of a £40m transfer fee for a player who cost Inter £13m when he moved to Italy from Real Madrid in 2009.
Sneijder is currently on more than Steven Gerrard is earning at Anfield but, given that low transfer fee, Rodgers believes he can land a top star comparatively cheaply.
Dream team: Liverpool want to team up Sneijder with Gerrard
Kop managing director Ian Ayre has been in talks with Liverpool’s Boston-based owners in the last 24 hours to see if a deal is feasible.
The prospect of seeing Sneijder team up with Gerrard in the middle of the park will get Liverpool fans buzzing before today’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.