Middlesbrough are only two points behind the table leaders in the Championship

Middlesbrough are only two points behind the table leaders in the Championship. A major factor towards this impressive form has been winger Stewart Downing.

After spending the last couple of years at clubs like Liverpool, Aston Villa, and West Ham, the 31-year-old decided to return to the place where it all began for him – Middlesbrough. Several years ago, the club were in the Premier League and had an exciting winger in the form ofDowning. The player now returns to the club as an experienced professional keen to get the club back to the top division.

He has been such an influence in the results thatmanager Aitor Karanka has termed him as the best player in the division. This is a huge praise but the player has the capability to live up to the expectations.Downing’s form nosedived when he moved to Liverpool but he once again regained the self-confidence when he came to West Ham.Downing was a major part in Sam Allardyce’s successful campaign with West Ham for a couple of years. Winning the championship, though, is an altogether different prospect with competition being intense. This year, the likes of Hull City, Derby County, and Brighton are expected to be in contention for the top spot. Read Full Post…

Abou Diaby has finally made his way away from Arsenal

Abou Diaby has finally made his way away from Arsenal, a club where he spent so many frustrating seasons.

The 29-year old playmaker has joined Olympique de Marseille on free transfer.

While, he is quite excited about the new chapter of his career that’s about to open, he is also quite regretful of the fact that he could not prove himself as a player at the Emirates Stadium.

He stayed over there for quite a long period, but, regular injury setbacks just did not let him settle down.

In 9 years, Diaby just played 125 league games in Arsenal t-shirt.

He had been seen as a potential superstar when he was signed back in 2006 and upon his arrival, it was believed he would turn Arsenal into quite a force, but, not even a single season went by in which Diaby put on the kind of show that was expected off him.

In his first press conference at Marseille, Diaby reflected on his time at Arsenal and expressed his regrets about how it unfolded. Read Full Post…

Neil Lennon has managed to rescue Bolton from the brink of relegation

Neil Lennon has managed to rescue Bolton from the brink of relegation and he has managed to put them into the arms of safety.

Despite this, he is looking for more from his players when they take on Blackpool during the weekend. This will be great opportunity for Bolton to once again confirm their status in the Championship next season. Blackpool have been very poor throughout the campaign and they are on the verge of relegation. It would take nothing short of a miracle to see them in the Championship next season. As a result, the players are likely to be down and dead by the time they take to the field against Bolton.

Lennon wants to take this as an advantage for his team. Since the 2-0 win over Millwall, the club has gone too matches without a victory. Clubs in the relegation zone picking up points mean that there is a slight hint of Bolton being relegated this campaign. Lennon wants to end the doubts once and for all by getting a comfortable victory over Blackpool. The end to the campaign will be a difficult one for the former Premier League outfit, as they are up against the likes of Norwich City and Bournemouth. These clubs are chasing promotion and are on a great run of form. Read Full Post…

Alan Pardew has said that his team were too negative for in FA Cup

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has said that his team were too negative for their own good in the FA Cup match against Liverpool.

The London team were hoping to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in a season where there has been numerous upsets. The likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have already dropped out of the running after defeats against Bradford City and Middlesbrough respectively.Palace were feeling extremely confident ahead of the match with Liverpool given that the tie was Selhurst Park where they have been very strong in recent months. The form has also improved substantially after the arrival of Alan Pardew.

For long periods of the match against Liverpool, it looked likePalace would create another upset and reach the quarter-finals. The team were leading 1-0 through an early goal from Fraizer Campbell. However, the early goal proved to be the undoing for the home team after they sat back in the second half because of the advantage. Daniel Sturridge had looked threatening in the first half and he madePalace pay with an equaliser in the 49th minute. Adam Lallana’s goal just 10 minutes after this equaliser put Liverpool in front and the game finished with this score to knockout Palace. Read Full Post…