Summer signed Luke Shaw sees Man United’s potential

November 18th, 2014 — 3:03pm

Manchester United’s summer signing Luke Shaw says that he is starting to see the potential for a scary team with the way United have been improving over the last few months. The club started poorly under new manager Louis Van Gaal and it took them several matches just to get the first win out of the way. Since then, they have had some good results including the victory over Everton. Shaw, who faced public criticism from the manager about his poor fitness upon his arrival to United, has been featuring more regularly in recent weeks.

The use of a proper left back has aided United in improving the attack and defence. One of the best matches that they have played this season came in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. It needed a late equaliser from star striker Robin van Persie to secure a point against the table leaders, but it is a point that keeps them in the hunt for the top four. Returning to the Champions League is vital for a club like United partly because of the finances involved but largely because of the prestige. Shaw expressed his confidence that United can still catch Chelsea, who worked in points ahead of them, since there is a long time left in the season.

“It has been a fight, but we talk in the dressing room and at training and we know we’ve still got the best to come. I don’t think we are playing our best at the moment, although you saw bits against Chelsea. It will take time, but when we are all on form, I think we are going to be a scary team to face. Yeah, of course [we can catch Chelsea]. It’s a long season and we’re at the start of it so you don’t know what will happen during the middle of season,” said Shaw.

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Declan Jig followed by Grant Holt shuffle

November 12th, 2014 — 4:48am

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Monk cannot wait to win more games

October 28th, 2014 — 5:20pm

Swansea manager Gary Monk says that he cannot wait to start winning games once again. The club enjoyed a great start to the season, but difficult matches against the likes of Chelsea have brought their season to grounding halt. They now have been unable to win in the last three matches going into the weekend. However, this run finally came to an end after Swansea managed a 2-0 win over newly promoted Leicester City. This much-needed victory kept them in the hunt for a European spot at the end of the campaign. Swansea are sixth in the table with the same number of points as Arsenal and Liverpool.

After the victory, Monk says that winning is a special feeling that he is delighted to get once again. The Swansea manager came in for criticism during the week after he criticised Victor Moses of foul play when his team lost 2-1 against Stoke last week. Star striker Wilfried Bony, who has been unable to get much game time in the opening few matches of the season, finally showed that he is starting to get back to his best form. He scored twice – on either side of the break – to get his Swansea team their first win in four.

“The five games that we haven’t won, we have played very, very well and deserved a lot more than we have actually got. But, at the end of the day, the points are what they are, whether you deserve them or not. So it’s important today. There was a little bit of pressure on us, not too much but a little bit and I think the players handled that very well and in the end got a deserved win. Very pleased with the first-half, I thought we did very well and were moving the ball well enough,” said Monk.

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Neil Adams Introduced as Norwich City Manager

October 14th, 2014 — 10:49pm

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Caballero ready to fight for first team

September 22nd, 2014 — 6:17pm

Manchester City brought in Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero as the replacement for Pantilimon, who left the club on a free transfer at the end of last season. Caballero had no reservations about signing for a big club like City knowing that he will have to fight for his chances. This was primarily due to the presence of Manuel Pellegrini, the City manager who made him the first choice at Malaga when he was in charge of the Spanish club. It is well-known that Caballero shares a great relationship with Pellegrini and it is thought to be a major reason behind the move to the Etihad stadium.

Since his arrival, though, Caballero has largely played the role of a back up to Joe Hart, who continues to be the number one at the club. England’s first choice goalkeeper, Hart was in danger of losing his place last season. This was after a series of errors that led to Pantilimon being selected as the number one goalkeeper on a few occasions. However, he seems to have put behind the form of form to provide some consistent displays. This has meant that Caballero, who started in the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal in the Community Shield, has largely been on the bench.

The 32-year-old, though, says that he is not prepared to spend the rest of his days at City on the bench and is ready to fight for his first-team spot.

“I knew what the situation was before I came here but I think that I made the decision because I was joining a big club and one that was able to win trophies. I also took the decision because I think that when you are inside a big team if you train well and you do well in games then you can play. You can be the No.1. I know that I am in the second spot right now. But if I do things well in training sessions then I can get the No.1 spot,” said Caballero.

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Norwich City League One Champions 2009 – 2010 Part 2

September 16th, 2014 — 4:48pm

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Grant Holt’s penalty – Norwich City vs Bristol City, 14/3/11

August 19th, 2014 — 10:48am

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Moya Becomes Replacement For Courtois

August 11th, 2014 — 11:55am

Atletico Madrid recently signed Miguel Moya from Getafe to become the replacement for Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian international has been recalled by his parent club Chelsea. He spent the last three years at the Vicente Calderon during which time he became one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Moya has accepted this fact and says that replacing a goalkeeper of such immense stature will be difficult. The 30-year-old Spanish international has played for the likes of Getafe, Mallorca, and Valencia since making his debut in 2002. He has also made a couple of appearances for the Spanish junior national teams.

It is reported that he has moved to the Vicente Calderon for a fee of around € 3 million. He will also be fighting against Jan Oblak for first-team spot. The Slovenian international has come from Benfica for a fee in the region of £ 15 million. Despite being only 21 years old, he is regarded as a player who can potentially reach the level of Courtois in the next few years. Hence, it is expected that he will be given more first-team opportunities at the start of the season, but Moya is confident of getting game time.

Courtois has returned Chelsea and will be fighting for a place against Petr Cech, already regarded as one of the best in the world.

“Courtois is an amazing goalkeeper. It is amazing to see how mature he is for one so young.  At this time he is the best goalkeeper in European football without doubt. He is spectacular but also mature. Courtois’ shadow will loom large over Atletico, at least until the goalkeeper replacing him can show he can do just as well. Now I am here and if I am lucky enough to do well, people will forget about Courtois. This is the challenge and I think it has come at a good time for me,” said Moya.

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