Total Football News | All the news about Football | Page 414

Champ: Leeds slip, O’Neill’s Forest lose

Sheffield United miss chance to reclaim second spot

Last Updated: 19/01/19 7:52pm

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones celebrates at full time with James McClean

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones celebrates at full time with James McClean

Leeds surrendered ground at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, while Martin O'Neill suffered a losing start at Nottingham Forest.

A controversial week, in which head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted to having all their Championship opponents watched in training this season, ended in defeat at the bet365 Stadium as second-half goals from Sam Clucas and Joe Allen sealed a 2-1 win for Stoke and gave Nathan Jones his first success as manager.

Allen scored after Leeds had Pontus Jansson sent off but the 10 men still managed to get on the scoresheet, with Ezgjan Alioski replying in vain deep into stoppage time.

2:36 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Leeds

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Leeds

Norwich's home win against Birmingham on Friday night means they are a point behind Bielsa's side, with the top two
set to meet at Elland Road on February 2.

Sheffield United had the chance to reclaim second spot but suffered a 1-0 defeat to Swansea in the evening kick-off, with Oli McBurnie 65th-minute goal the difference.

With West Brom not playing until Monday, Middlesbrough had the chance to make things even more congested in the race for the automatic promotion place, but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Millwall.

Jed Wallace put the Lions in front in the first half and it looked like it would be enough for all the points, until Jordan Hugill's last-minute penalty levelled things up.

2:24 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Reading

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Reading

Derby maintained their grip on the final play-off spot with a 2-1 win against Reading. Duane Holmes and Harry Wilson scored to give the Rams the half-time lead at Pride Park Stadium before substitute Sone Aluko pulled a goal back for
Reading, who remain in the relegation zone.

Bristol City are still breathing down the Rams' necks after they ruined Martin O'Neill's Nottingham Forest homecoming with a 1-0 victory at the City Ground.

2:00 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bristol City

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bristol City

Famara Diedhiou struck the decisive blow midway through the second half as O'Neill's first game as Reds boss ended in defeat.

Hull saw their six-game winning run in the Championship halted by a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, but the point moved them up two places to eighth in the table.

The Tigers looked on course to extend their victorious streak when goals from Jarrod Bowen and Goebel Evandro put them in control. However, James Chester headed Villa back into the match just before half-time and Tammy Abraham netted the equaliser after 64 minutes.

2:06 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Hull

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Hull

Ipswich remain rooted to the bottom of the table after a 2-0 loss at Blackburn. Danny Graham, from the penalty spot, and substitute Joe Nuttall were on the scoresheet for Rovers.

Rotherham remain just above the bottom three after losing 4-2 at home to Brentford, who led after only two minutes through Kamohelo Mokotjo's strike.

Jon Taylor equalised to send the Millers into the break level but Said Benrahma quickly restored the Bees' advantage in the second half. An Ezri Konsa own goal got Rotherham all-square once more but Mokotjo and Neal Maupay struck again to extend Brentford's unbeaten league run to six games.

2:01 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan

Steven Fletcher's 62nd-minute goal saw Sheffield Wednesday defeat Wigan 1-0 at Hillsborough while Preston pulled away from relegation danger after winning 4-1 at QPR.

North End powered into a comfortable lead courtesy of efforts from Jayden Stockley, Jordan Storey and Alan Browne. Matt Smith headed a late reply for the Hoops but Brad Potts restored the three-goal cushion in the 87th minute.

Play Super 6

Predict 6 correct scores for your chance to win £250K.


This news item was provided by the
SkySports | News website - the original link is: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11688/11610066/championship-round-up-stoke-shock-leaders-leeds-as-martin-oneill-beaten-on-nottingham-forest-bow

Wolves 4-3 Leicester City: Diogo Jota hat-trick as hosts snatch win in thriller

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was sent to the stands for his part in celebrating the winner

Diogo Jota completed a hat-trick in injury time to snatch a thrilling victory for Wolves, who punished a dire Leicester defensive display to increase the pressure on Foxes boss Claude Puel.

A dramatic climax at Molineux produced scenes of stark contrast - with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo being sent to the stands for racing to celebrate the winner with his players, as Puel put his hands over his face to show the strain of defeat.

Leicester attempted to play offside in the final added minute and Jota was left unmarked to turn in a Raul Jimenez cross, moving his side to eighth in the Premier League table, a place above their opponents.

The Portuguese forward had opened the scoring by prodding home at the back post, with Ryan Bennett heading a second to prompt chants of "sacked in the morning" being aimed at Puel.

Clearly angry in the opening 45 minutes, the Leicester boss saw his side hit back within six minutes of the restart - first through Demarai Gray's solo run and finish, and then a Conor Coady own goal.

But after digging themselves out of trouble, Leicester's defence was again undone by a Ruben Neves long ball for Jota to power in his second, only for Wes Morgan to head a late equaliser which appeared to have earned them a point that had seemed so unlikely for much of the game.

Wolves, who beat Leicester 4-3 the last time this fixture was played in the top flight at Molineux in 2003, had other ideas and, in a chaotic finish, Jota won it with Leicester again a mess at the back.

Questions for Puel and Leicester

Puel blames 'naive' Leicester after 'incredible' defeat

Puel is the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post but his side came into the fixture with three wins from their past five league games.

Criticism from the Foxes fanbase suggests a dislike of a pragmatic style of play but his side were simply charitable on Saturday, with the Frenchman describing the display as "naive".

While Wolves were intense in their play early on, each time they came forward they seemed to have the visitors chasing shadows, with Morgan exposed at times and Danny Simpson punished as Jota stole in to prod the opener from six yards.

Leicester had been competitive in the opening 45 minutes - Jamie Vardy almost turning home after robbing Rui Patricio, while Gray tested the Wolves keeper.

But they have conceded the opening goal in a league-high 15 games this season - a habit of making life difficult for themselves that may have been behind Puel angrily screaming instructions on the sideline.

Whatever he said at half-time worked, though, and perhaps shows he still holds influence in the dressing room because within six minutes his side were level when Harvey Barnes - making his first Premier League start - fired in off Coady.

Again though, a lack of pressure on Neves and the ease with which Jota ran clear to make it 3-2 summed up the constant lack of defensive instinct, though their spirit in again coming back through Morgan's close-range header was a positive.

Centre-back Harry Maguire had to leave the field because of injury, which is another headache for Puel - but he has bigger problems and will again face questions about his future and will probably sit on the team bus wondering how his side could be so slack time and again in this fixture.

Wolves overcome weaknesses in style

Jota's finish sent Molineux - and Nuno - wild as their season took another positive step.

The Portuguese manager may get over his dismissal quickly because he has cultivated a committed spirit in his side and no other team has scored more injury-time winners than Wolves' three this term.

However, there was plenty not to like about his side in what was a confused display in many ways.

Brilliant early on, notably Joao Moutinho's class in assisting the opening two goals, they were rewarded with a cushion - but they stopped playing for pockets of the first half, giving Leicester chances and hope.

Wolves remain without a clean sheet in 15 league outings and Morgan's leveller means 11 of the past 19 goals they have conceded have come from set-plays.

But perhaps such moments of weakness can be expected from a side who have lost five of their past seven home league games and, crucially, they found a way to overcome them and win in the Premier League for the first time in 2019.

In Moutinho and Neves they have cultured gems, while Jota's endless energy and the selfless nature of Jimenez up front create a threat.

For all that was wrong with parts of this display, there is so much for Wolves fans to like in what is proving to be a superb season - not least the fact they witnessed one of their players score a top-flight hat-trick for the first time since John Richards netted three against Leicester in 1977.

'An unbelievable game' - manager reaction

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "Very good game, but a game we have to look at. Everyone enjoys the result, a fantastic game of football with two teams playing to win the game.

"After our advantage, we should manage the game better - but in football it is never finished."

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "It was an unbelievable game. I think we have a lot of different feelings in this game.

"We started with poor intentions and conceded two early goals. We didn't manage the game at the end, we were naive in our goals and our management at the end of the game."

More to follow.


This news item was provided by the BBC Sport - Football website - the original link is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46847686

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool defender signs new five-year deal

Trent Alexander-Arnold is sidelined with a knee injury against Brighton

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new five-year deal until 2024 with the club.

Alexander-Arnold, 20, came through the academy at Anfield and has established himself as first-choice right-back since making his debut in October 2016.

He has made 67 appearances for the Reds, scoring four goals, and was part of the 2018 England World Cup squad.

"When it comes to playing football, there is only one club for me," said Alexander-Arnold.

Speaking to the club's official website,