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Henrikh Mkhitaryan joins Roma on loan

Kelechi Nwakali has joined Spanish Segunda Division side, SD Huesca in a permanent deal.

The Nigeria international joined us in 2016 after captaining his country at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, where he won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
 
Kelechi spent the first half of the 2017/18 season on loan at VVV Venlo in the Eredivisie, before joining MW Maastricht. During these two loan spells he made 30 appearances. Last season, he spent time on loan with Porto in the Portuguese Premiera Liga.
 
We would like to wish Kelechi all the best for the future.
 
The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

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Analysis: Spirit and desire behind derby fightback

We fought back from two goals behind to earn a point in Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

In the latest episode of The Breakdown this season, Adrian Clarke looks at:

  • Why we struggled in the first half
  • How Lacazette and Aubameyang stepped up
  • Our brightness from set-pieces
  • Matteo Guendouzi's sensational display
  • How we managed to grow into the game

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Romelu Lukaku: Ex-Man Utd striker says ‘we are going backwards’ on racist abuse

Lukaku was playing his second game for Inter Milan after joining from Manchester United in the transfer window

Striker Romelu Lukaku says "we are going backwards" on racism after he was racially abused by Cagliari fans while playing for Inter Milan on Sunday.

It follows incidents where Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham were abused on social media.

"As players we need to unify and make a statement on this matter," Lukaku said.

Cagliari said they were committed to "annihilating one of the worst plagues that affects football and our world".

In a statement the club, whose fans have been involved in a number of racist incidents, said they were in "full solidarity" with Lukaku and pledged to "identify, isolate and ban" the "ignorant individuals whose shameful actions and behaviours are completely against" the club's values.

Serie A - which expressed "firm condemnation" of the incident - is investigating the racist abuse, which came when Lukaku scored the winning goal in a 2-1 away victory.

After scoring a 72nd-minute penalty the former Manchester United striker stood and stared at fans behind the goal - where monkey chants had come from.

"Many players in the last month have suffered from racial abuse… I did yesterday too," Lukaku in his statement.

"Football is a game to be enjoyed and we shouldn't accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame.

"Ladies and gentlemen it's 2019 - instead of going forwards we're going backwards.

"I hope the football federations all over the world react strongly on all cases of discrimination.

"Social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) need to work better as well with football clubs because every day you see at least a racist comment under a post of a person of colour. We've been saying it for years and still no action."

Lukaku's former United team-mates Pogba and Rashford were both targeted on social media after penalty misses this season.

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was racially abused on Saturday after an own goal against Sheffield United, while team-mate Abraham and Reading's Yakou Meite both received racist messages online after missing penalties last month.

England women's manager Phil Neville said footballers should "boycott" social media and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said social media companies needed to do more.

Last month, Twitter said it would meet clubs and campaigning organisations to show the "proactive work" being done to tackle abuse.

Past incidents at Cagliari

The abuse of Lukaku was the latest incident in which a black player has been racially abused on the pitch by Cagliari fans, prompting calls for action to be taken.

It was mentioned by Italian media but did not make the front pages of any of the three main sporting newspapers.

Last season Everton's Moise Kean suffered similar abuse when playing against Cagliari for Juventus.

Serie A decided not to sanction Cagliari for their fans' racism - despite admitting their actions were "reprehensible".

The previous year Cagliari fans were called out after abusing another Juventus player, Blaise Matuidi - but Italian football chiefs did not take any action.

In 2017, Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari walked off the pitch after being racially abused by Cagliari fans - but was subsequently banned by football authorities for his protest.

Cagliari statement in full

Cagliari Calcio firmly rejects what happened Sunday night at the Sardegna Arena during the game v Inter Milan.

The club underlines - once again - its intention to identify, isolate and ban those ignorant individuals whose shameful actions and behaviours are completely against those values that Cagliari Calcio strongly promotes in all their initiatives. Every single day.

Cagliari v Inter Milan was the right occasion to appreciate and enjoy positive cheer, never addressed against anybody: in fact inside our "Curva Futura" - the first dedicated sector in Italy built to host children - both Inter Milan and Cagliari supporters enjoyed a lovely evening together in the name of their passion for football.

Cagliari Calcio does not want to underplay what occurred last night, endorses the respectable moral values of its people from all the stadium sections, but firmly rejects the outrageous charge and silly stereotypes addressed to Cagliari supporters and the Sardinian people, which are absolutely unacceptable.

Full solidarity to Romelu Lukaku and even stronger commitment toward annihilating one of the worst plagues that affects football and our world in general.

However, as we are aware that technology is not enough, we believe our commitment needs a real support by the rest of the football stakeholders: starting from all the true supporters, to all the stewards in the stands, from police and security agents, passing to media and as well through Lega Serie A and FIGC. Cagliari Calcio is asking you all a solid help to win a battle that involves everyone.

No-one excluded.


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Bowyer: I’m staying at Charlton

Last Updated: 02/09/19 12:32pm

Lee Bowyer led Charlton to promotion from League One last season

Lee Bowyer led Charlton to promotion from League One last season

Lee Bowyer has confirmed he will stay as Charlton manager amid interest from fellow Championship side Huddersfield.

Bowyer guided Charlton to promotion from League One last season and they are second in the Championship after four wins from their opening six games of the campaign.

Huddersfield sacked Jan Siewert last month after he won one match in seventh months in charge, with the Terriers still without a win this season since Mark Hudson was appointed as caretaker boss.

Sky Sports News understands Charlton have received no official approaches for their manager.

"I'm really happy with the way things are going. I'm going to be staying here," Bowyer said.

1:53 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Charlton

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Charlton

Bowyer signed a new one-year contract extension to remain in charge at The Valley in June, a day after it seemed he was unhappy with his contract offer from the club.

Charlton maintained their unbeaten start to the league season with a 2-0 victory at Reading on Saturday.

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EFL hits and misses

Wayne Routledge celebrates his winner against Leeds with team-mates

Wayne Routledge celebrates his winner against Leeds with team-mates

Swansea edge past Leeds to go top

1:54 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Swansea

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Swansea

Five games in was too early to call it a promotion battle, but the two early pace-setters in the Championship did meet at Elland Road on Saturday.

Leeds were expected to be there or thereabouts this season, but Swansea have been a bit more of a surprise package so far. They both had 13 points heading into the game, but it was the Swans who ended the day clear at the top of the table thanks to Wayne Routledge's late goal to secure a 1-0 win.

Leeds may have dominated possession and the number of shots (21 to seven), but it was telling they had just three on target to Swansea's two. For Steve Cooper, it has been a dream start.

"It is the perfect result, a clean sheet away from home and scoring one," he said. "It is a good return. I'm not going to be too reserved, but there are 40 games left.

"I feel like we have played 30 already! Of course, it is a good start, encouraging. A good tally so far, no doubt about that. But we need to keep going, keep working and get ready for the next game."

And Charlton join them in the top two

1:53 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Charlton

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Charlton

But if Swansea have been a bit of a surprise package, well then what does that say about Charlton?

Tipped as favourites for relegation in pre-season, Lee Bowyers's side won 2-0 at Reading on Saturday to move above Leeds and into second. They have picked up 14 points from their six games so far.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this side Bowyer has put together, however, is how he has cobbled it together and so quickly turned them into an impressive unit. Five of his starting 11 from the game on Saturday only joined in the summer, and four of those are young loanees who only arrived in early August.

"They're fearless," said Bowyer. "They're in that place at the moment and they're in that zone where they believe that they're going to win every game, and I make them believe that they can win every game."

More misery for Huddersfield and Stoke

1:50 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Luton and Huddersfield Town

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Luton and Huddersfield Town

There's no surprises, then, that Bowyer has been linked with the managerial vacancy at Huddersfield. They, along with Stoke, remain rooted at the bottom of the table, with both having picked up just a single point so far this season.

Huddersfield sacked their manager Jan Siewert after just three games without any kind of plan to replace him, losing all three since under caretaker boss Mark Hudson. On Saturday they even took the lead at Luton, but ended the day with a 2-1 reverse.

Of bigger concern will be their lack of goal threat aside from Karlan Grant, who has scored four of their five goals this season and eight of their 15 league goals in 2019. No one else has scored more than a solitary goal for Huddersfield in that time. Grant must be wondering whether leaving Charlton in January was such a good idea after all.

2:00 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham and Stoke

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham and Stoke

Then there is Stoke, who also took the lead on Saturday at Birmingham, but were hit by two goals in three second-half minutes to lost 2-1 at St Andrew's. The winner came from 16-year-old Jude Bellingham, scoring his first goal for the club.

"We have to change our luck, we were the better side up until we scored, we hit the post and then we seemed to lose all control of the game," said beleaguered boss Nathan Jones. "Apart from Preston and Leeds we have probably been the better side in every game but we have got no points for it.

"The chairman will see the same as me because he is an educated guy but you can't continue like this - you can't continue losing games. We have to change the momentum. But nothing is going for us at the minute and that's the frustrating thing."

Hope for Bolton despite another thrashing

1:33 Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Bolton

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Bolton

It is not often a third 5-0 thrashing in a row would be greeted with such a warm reaction by a group of fans, but 750 Bolton supporters made the long journey to Gillingham just to celebrate the fact they still have a club to support.

In the first game since the takeover that saved them from potential oblivion, Bolton's young side were routed again to be left bottom of the Sky Bet League One table on minus 11 points, conceding 17 and without a goal yet to their name.

But things are looking up. A new manager was appointed on Saturday in Keith Hill and they are hoping to make a raft of new signings on Deadline Day. They are still highly unlikely to stay up this season but there is hope on the horizon. What Bury fans would give for some of that.

"The history books will show a 5-0 win for Gillingham, but any Bolton Wanderers fan in attendance will realise the insignificance of the score line when compared to the bigger picture," Bolton fan and blogger Tom Jenkins told Sky Sports.

"There was a real air of positivity amongst the travelling fans who were both relieved and delighted to be able to watch their team play a game of football, something we didn't think would be possible earlier in the week. Something that sadly isn't possible for fans of Bury. There are better times ahead both on and off the pitch and despite all the uncertainty, the future is looking a lot, lot brighter for Wanderers."

Rochdale earning style plaudits

Brian Barry-Murphy initially replaced Hill as caretaker manager last season to save Rochdale from relegation, but he swiftly made a big enough impression to be handed the job permanently.

Now, the club seem to be making strides under him, at least in a style sense. The first goal in their 3-0 win at Southend on Saturday comprised of 16 passes in the build-up, and it was not a one-off either. It is the third time this season already that one of their goals has comprised at least 10 passes, while no other team in League One has done so more than once.

Barry-Murphy was left praising their "amazing" attacking play that earned them a second win of the season. They currently sit 10th in the table and are a way off pushing for promotion, but mid-table obscurity would be a good look after back-to-back campaigns of battling against the drop.

Hurst philosophical in defeat

2:02 Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Scunthorpe and Carlisle.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Scunthorpe and Carlisle.

Scunthorpe had the opportunity to climb away from the bottom of the Football League on Saturday as they hosted Carlisle - another side who had suffered a poor start to the season - but another 1-0 defeat left them on just a single point so far.

Paul Hurst was the man who was supposed to rebuild them following their relegation from League One, but it has not worked out as of yet. His time at Ipswich and Scunthorpe means he has won just one of his last 20 games in charge. It is starting to bring him down.

"It's extremely frustrating that yet again I'm talking about a defeat," he said. "I feel like I've done something wrong somewhere - whether it's in a previous life or this one. The players put a lot in and couldn't have done much more, aside from getting on the scoresheet, which is the most important part admittedly.

"I don't think we'll dominate a game like that again all season in terms of nullifying the opposition and creating the chances that we did ourselves. But it's not quite happening for us at the moment and we're left scratching our heads at what we can do to try to change that."

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