League One With five games postponed due to international call-ups, Coventry seized their chance to make up some ground on the teams above them. The Sky Blues had to come from a goal down after Ian Henderson put Rochdale ahead in the 28th minute. Jordan Shipley equalised in the second half and then Liam Walsh got the winner 18 minutes left to lift City up to third. Blackpool also took advantage of a reduced fixture slate as Armand Gnanduillet scored twice to down AFC Wimbledon. The Tangerines are now fifth. Bolton now have a positive points tally after Daryl Murphy scored in the third minute of added time to beat fellow strugglers MK Dons at the Macron Stadium. The visitors had George Williams sent off for raising his hands to Thibaud Verlinden. Ten-man Rotherham held on to beat Accrington Stanley after Chiedozie Ogbene was sent off for a second bookable offence. Carlton Morris got the game’s only goal, putting the Millers ahead after 30 minutes. And there was only one goal in … [Read more...] about Football League: Coventry and Bolton on the rise while Swindon soar
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“What is the most unusual non-football event to be staged at a football ground?” asks Zara Wildoom. The answer to this is as strange as you’d expect. In 1970, and just before the FA Cup final, Wembley Stadium staged the Horse of the Year Show, the effects of which wreaked havoc with the hallowed turf and the silky passing game played by Leeds United and Chelsea; as such, when they drew 2-2, the replay was switched to Old Trafford. And the Twin Towers also played host to the stunts of Evel Knievel, while Eddie Kidd played at Harwich & Parkeston’s Royal Oak Ground. Biathlon once took over Schalke’s Veltins Arena, @FCToon points out, which sounds like a doddle compared to Jeremy Corbyn at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park and the Brexit Party at AFC Fylde’s Mill Park. Elsewhere, Goodison Park was used for Territorial Army drill training during the first world war, Songs of Praise once visited Old Trafford, and Billy Graham has held prayer rallies … [Read more...] about What is the most unusual non-football event staged at a football stadium?
Joe Gomez has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifer against Kosovo in Pristina on Sunday after a training ground collision with Kieran Trippier, who was playing on the same team as him, to set the seal on a nightmarish week. The Liverpool defender had been on a high when he reported for duty on Monday morning, hard on the heels of his club’s 3-1 win over Manchester City which moved them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League. He has since been hit by a series of blows which, according to Gareth Southgate, “you couldn’t make up if you tried”. First, there was the well-documented bust-up at St George’s Park with Raheem Sterling, which led to Gomez being cut under the eye and Sterling discarded for Thursday’s 7-0 Wembley win over Montenegro, with which England secured their qualification to the finals. Gomez was introduced as a 70th-minute substitute but he was left distraught when a section of the home crowd booed him. … [Read more...] about Gomez caps nightmare week with injury as England target success in Kosovo
Clinical first-half finishing from Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema, with the latter getting her second and Lisa Evans also scoring after the break, ensured Arsenal will host the second leg with a surely unassailable four-goal lead on their Champions League return. If there was a fear that Arsenal lacked European experience, their dominance here after an absence of five and a half years almost made it feel like time had stood still for them. “It’s nice to be back in the Champions League,” said Little. “I think a lot of us have played in the Champions league and I think we slotted back in very nicely and it was a really professional performance.” Gone were the worries of pre-season defeats by Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich and Barcelona – tests designed to ready them for this competition – and instead the slick passing football that has become synonymous with the manager, Joe Montemurro, was well and truly back. “We were very unlucky,” said … [Read more...] about Vivianne Miedema inspires Arsenal to winning return to Champions League
“Chelsea registered a possession percentage of 81.1% in their 2-1 win over Newcastle and made a staggering 838 successful passes. Is this a Premier League record?” asks George Jones. Not quite, George, though for possession and passes Chelsea’s bravura display of ball-hogging against Newcastle does register high on both lists. They rank fifth on the table of highest-ever possession, and sixth for most successful passes. All records go back to 2003-04, when Opta stats began. Only two teams sit above Chelsea in the overall possession charts for a single match. It doesn’t take a genius to guess that one is Manchester City but the other, who pop up in fourth place, are a surprise package in Huddersfield Town, who enjoyed 81.2% possession against Swansea on 10 March this year. Well, we say “enjoyed” but they actually found the game extremely frustrating. Jordan Ayew was sent off for the Swans after 11 minutes and Huddersfield huffed and puffed for 79 … [Read more...] about Who are the Premier League possession kings in a single match?