English Premier League

Roberto Soldado finally gets back on scoresheet as Tottenham scrape past Cardiff

Roberto Soldado celebrates his goal. Photo: Reuters

Roberto Soldado ended his personal goal-drought and kept Tottenham Hotspur’s fast-fading hopes of a top four place alive with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff City at White Hart Lane.

Monday, 3 March, 2014, 6:05pm

More questions than answers over my sacking, says Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup held a news conference to talk about his dismissal. Photo: AP

Michael Laudrup said on Tuesday he was sacked as manager of Premier League Swansea City this month for a breach of contract.

The 49-year-old Dane, who won the League Cup with the Welsh team last season, held a news conference in London to explain the circumstances surrounding his abrupt dismissal.

19 Feb 2014 - 9:46am

England boss still considering call-up for Adnan Januzaj

A street vendor shows a Manchester United jersey bearing the number of forward Adnan Januzaj in Pristina, Kosovo. Photo: AFP

England are still assessing the possibility of calling up Manchester United’s Belgium-born winger Adnan Januzaj, manager Roy Hodgson has revealed.

Hodgson first expressed an interest in Januzaj last October after he scored two goals in a 2-1 win at Sunderland and the 19-year-old has continued to impress despite United’s on-pitch struggles.

14 Feb 2014 - 10:01am

Comeback win shows Liverpool's character, says Rodgers

Steven Gerrard jumps for joy after his match-winning penalty. Photo: AFP

Liverpool’s new-found character helped them secure a last-gasp 3-2 win at bottom club Fulham in the Premier League on Wednesday, a game that manager Brendan Rodgers said they would have lost last season.

Rodgers explained that a two-goal deficit 12 months ago would have been too high a hurdle to overcome before adding that team spirit was infinitely better this term.

13 Feb 2014 - 10:50am 1 comment

Tim Sherwood delighted as Tottenham keep up the pressure on Liverpool

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates scoring the opener against Newcastle. Photo: AFP

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood, for once, praised his team’s start to a game after Emmanuel Adebayor struck twice in a 4-0 romp at Newcastle United on Wednesday.

It was the London club’s first win at St James’s Park since 2004 and left them with outside title hopes, occupying fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

13 Feb 2014 - 10:38am

Manchester United slip 11 points behind Champions League places after drab draw at Arsenal

Wayne Rooney and Laurent Koscielny fight for the ball. Photo: EPA

Title challengers Arsenal and struggling champions Manchester United ground out a scoreless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday on a drab night that caused further damage to the visitors’ ambitions in a lacklustre season.

13 Feb 2014 - 10:34am

West Ham make it three wins in a row to continue surge up the table

Mohamed Diame celebrates his late strike. Photo: AFP

West Ham United again showed they can win without suspended striker Andy Carroll as they beat Norwich City 2-0 to ease their relegation fears with a third successive victory and fourth straight clean sheet.

12 Feb 2014 - 10:27am

Jose Mourinho rues dropped points against West Brom

Chelsea's Fernando Torres and West Bromwich Albion's Ben Foster tussle at the final whistle. Photo: Reuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho lamented his side’s failure to kill the game off as they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday and missed the chance to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Chelsea, who had won nine of their last 11 games in all competitions, were expected to make light work of a West Brom side languishing in the bottom three.

12 Feb 2014 - 10:08am

Jose Mourinho stokes up war of words with Manuel Pellegrini

Jose Mourinho is determined the press should examine Manchester City's adherence or otherwise to Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules. Photo: Reuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stoked up his war of words with Manuel Pellegrini on Monday by questioning the Manchester City manager’s sums.

11 Feb 2014 - 10:44am

Fergie time turned on its head as United suffer another stumble

Juan Mata reacts after another bad result since he joined United. Photo: Reuters

So often the beneficiary of late goals under Alex Ferguson, it seems everything is being turned on its head at Manchester United under David Moyes after his team’s latest stumble in the Premier League.

Deep into stoppage time at Old Trafford, Darren Bent plundered a goal in “Fergie Time” for Fulham to claim a 2-2 draw for the league’s worst team on Sunday.

10 Feb 2014 - 10:01am

United must sprint to the finish: Fletcher

Darren Fletcher hopes to finish the season on a high. Photo: AFP

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher admits it is imperative his side finish the season strongly, as the misfiring champions prepare to host struggling Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United have endured a difficult campaign in the defence of the Premier League title they won so convincingly last season under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

9 Feb 2014 - 12:06am

Swansea sack boss Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup won the league cup with Swansea. Photo: AFP

Swansea City have sacked their Danish manager Michael Laudrup with the Welsh club having dropped into a Premier League relegation battle after a dramatic slump in form that has left them two points above the drop zone.

5 Feb 2014 - 9:35am

Controversial Joe Kinnear quits Newcastle United

Joe Kinnear was unloved by Newcastle fans, and perhaps the manager too. Photo: AFP

Newcastle United’s controversial director of football Joe Kinnear has quit seven months into a three-year deal after his second spell at the Premier League club in which they made no permanent signings for the first-team squad.

4 Feb 2014 - 11:19pm

Mourinho masterclass as Chelsea end City's home dominance

Mourinho smiles before the match, and he was certainly smiling after. Photo: AFP

Chelsea delivered a potent mix of defensive resilience and effective counter-attacking in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City, neutralising the Premier League’s most rampant attack to provide a new twist in the title race.

4 Feb 2014 - 9:51pm

Ox-factor fires Arsenal to the top

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in against Palace. Photo: Reuters

Having spent nothing in the transfer window and with a depleted midfield, Arsenal rediscovered its Ox-Factor to reclaim top spot in the Premier League.

On his first league start since the opening day of an injury-curtailed season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first goals in more than a year gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

3 Feb 2014 - 11:52pm