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O’Neill agrees to take charge at Forest

Last Updated: 14/01/19 12:22pm

Martin O'Neill is expected to be named Nottingham Forest manager in the next 24 hours

Martin O'Neill is expected to be named Nottingham Forest manager in the next 24 hours

Former Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has agreed a deal to become the new Nottingham Forest boss, according to Sky sources.

Negotiations are at an advanced stage, with final details expected to be completed in the next 24 hours.

Those negotiations include the question of O'Neill's backroom staff - and whether O'Neill's former assistant with the Republic of Ireland, Roy Keane, will be joining him at the City Ground.

O'Neill represented with Forest with distinction in his playing days, helping the club to win a Division One title and two European Cups during their glory years under manager Brian Clough.

The 66-year-old has since gone on to success as a manager himself, guiding Leicester City to a pair of League Cups, before winning a string of trophies at Celtic, who he also took to the UEFA Cup final.

4:25 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Reading and Nottingham Forest.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Reading and Nottingham Forest.

He has been out of club management since leaving Sunderland in 2013, having subsequently taken charge of the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish went on to reach the second round of Euro 2016 but failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup - and O'Neill left by mutual agreement last November.

He is now set to take charge of Nottingham Forest, who parted company with Aitor Karanka last week.

Forest were reduced to nine men on Saturday as they lost 2-0 at Reading, and are currently ninth in the table, four points outside the play-off spots.

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Top 50 in-form Championship players

Bowen top, ahead of team-mate Kamil Grosicki and Sheffield United's David McGoldrick

Last Updated: 14/01/19 10:26am

Hull City's Jarrod Bowen has topped the Power Rankings for a third successive week.

The 22-year-old broke the deadlock against Sheffield Wednesday from range before doubling the Tigers' lead from 12 yards, while Kamil Grosicki (No 2) and centre-back Jordy de Wijs (No 8) also made the top 10.

1:07 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield United's David McGoldrick (No 3) edged two places up the chart after netting the match-winner in a 1-0 win against QPR, but team-mate Billy Sharp slipped into No 5 spot after a goalless afternoon at Bramall Lane.

0:58 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Sheffield United and QPR

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Sheffield United and QPR

Bristol City defender Adam Webster (No 11) recorded match-topping stats for passes and touches in a 2-1 win over Bolton, with Robins stopper Niki Maenpaa (No 4) retaining his lofty standing in the rankings.

1:47 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Bristol City and Bolton

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Bristol City and Bolton

Norwich City's Mario Vranic (No 6) dominated midfield during a 1-1 draw at West Brom, while Rotherham's Will Vaulks also retained his top-10 standing - despite losing 1-0 at Ipswich.

1:46 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between West Brom and Norwich

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between West Brom and Norwich

Leeds' Ezgjan Alioski impressed in a wing-back role during a convincing 2-0 win over Derby, while Aston Villa's Tammy Abraham narrowly retained his place among the top performers after a 3-0 defeat at Wigan.

3:56 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Derby

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Derby

The Power Rankings methodology reflects a player's performance by awarding points for 34 different stats.

Below, we present the in-form chart based on performances over the past five Championship matchdays (with greater weight placed on recent games), your club's top points scorer and the season accumulative chart.

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David de Gea can be Man Utd’s greatest keeper – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The only Premier League game in which David de Gea has made more saves was against Arsenal in December 2017 (when he made 14)

David de Gea could establish himself as Manchester United's greatest goalkeeper, says interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Spaniard, 28, made 11 saves as United beat Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley.

During 11 years as a striker at Old Trafford, Solskjaer played alongside Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel.

"We've had some great keepers at this club and I think he's challenging both Edwin and Peter for the number one spot historically," Solskjaer said.

De Gea's 11 saves was his highest in a Premier League game while also keeping a clean sheet and helped United make it six wins from six under Solskjaer.

The Spain international joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has won the club's player of the year award in four of the past five seasons.

"He should have held a couple," joked Solskjaer. "We had a good back four and David in behind them was unbelievable. You are allowed to have a good goalkeeper.

"I've played with a few fantastic goalkeepers. We have a tradition of having them and he has grown and grown. He deserves that man of the match today."

Ex-United goalkeeper Schmeichel was one of the first to praise De Gea on social media

A run of five straight league wins under Solskjaer means United, in sixth, are level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, and are six points off the Champions League places.

"We still believe we can finish in the top four," said De Gea. "We are United, we have good players and we are fighting to finish in the top four.

"It was very good, especially at Wembley. It was three very important points. I am very happy with my performance and the team is playing very well, creating chances and playing more attacking football.

"We have had three clean sheets in a row, which is very good. The players are happy, you can see that on the pitch, and they play with passion, like Manchester United."

De Gea enjoyed his clean sheet in the win for United

United team-mates praise De Gea

United striker Romelu Lukaku posted his tribute to De Gea in cartoon form
Nemanja Matic added a photo alongside De Gea in the dressing room after the match with the words "We are taking over"
Ander Herrera couldn't even find words to describe De Gea's performance

... but Mata is not so impressed

Juan Mata played down De Gea's performance in his tweet

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Tottenham 0-1 Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men hang on to beat Spurs

David de Gea made a string of saves in the second half

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a Wembley masterclass as interim manager Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer made it six wins out of six to damage Tottenham's Premier League title ambitions.

Marcus Rashford's low finish from Paul Pogba's superb pass on the stroke of half-time stretched Solskjaer's flawless start - but the Norwegian had De Gea to thank for a magnificent display as Spurs laid siege to United's goal after the break.

The Spaniard made a succession of crucial interventions, 11 in total, including many with his feet, as Spurs tried in vain to avoid a defeat that makes their task of keeping pace with Liverpool and Manchester City even more arduous.

United showed great resilience to back up their early positive approach but it was De Gea who broke Spurs' hearts by denying Harry Kane on several occasions, as well as Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld.

The result leaves Spurs nine points behind leaders Liverpool and United level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal as they revive their top-four hopes.

Solskjaer staking his claim

Man Utd earned the right to win - Solskjaer

Few would have placed Solskjaer as a serious contender on any list to replace Jose Mourinho when he was sacked as United boss in December.

And while he may not be the front-runner yet, he has done everything asked of him and this victory against a team in title contention - and with a manager in Mauricio Pochettino who many regard as favourite to be next in the chair at Old Trafford - was the biggest statement of his credentials yet.

Make no mistake, Solskjaer relied hugely on De Gea's brilliance as he formed a one-man barrier to defy Spurs to secure this win, but he also arrived with a positive mindset and team selection that put United right in the game and led to them getting that half-time lead through Rashford's goal on the counter-attack.

This was his sternest test after a relatively friendly introductory fixture list and, with the help of De Gea, he was able to complete it successfully.

Solskjaer has given a disaffected squad unity of purpose once more, with Pogba seemingly instantly rejuvenated by Mourinho's departure, and this run of wins has rebuilt fractured confidence and belief.

The odds on may yet be against Solskjaer claiming the job permanently as other names, such as England manager Gareth Southgate and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, are mentioned, but if he is undertaking an audition, wins like this do his chances no harm.

Spurs pay for lack of cutting edge

Pochettino hails 'best' Spurs display as boss

De Gea gave a brilliant demonstration of goalkeeping - showing that feet can be utilised as successfully as hands when the occasion demands - but there was also real cause for frustration for Spurs.

Pochettino's side created chance after chance after half-time only to be thwarted by De Gea, captain Kane his victim on several occasions.

No-one could question Spurs' heart or application but they may feel they could - and should - have done better with many of their opportunities, often giving De Gea the chance to make the saves when more accurate finishing would have left him with no hope.

This result is a bitter blow to Spurs as they try to keep pace with Liverpool and Manchester City and the sight of Kane limping heavily and accompanied by a physio after the final whistle is an added worry for Pochettino.

Spurs have had damaging home defeats to Wolves and now United in recent weeks - they cannot afford many more if they are to maintain a meaningful title pursuit.

Man of the match - David de Gea

There is no debate over this one. Without De Gea, United would not have only surrendered their victory, but would have probably suffered a heavy defeat.

'Man Utd expect to win every game' - what they said

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I am so pleased and I'm proud. After four and a half years, the second half was the best performance I have seen Tottenham play. It was amazing. In football, sometimes you deserves to win and don't and other times, you do not and you win. That is why we love football.

"We conceded a counter-attack in the first half but the second was the best performance I have seen. We were not clinical and sometimes you score with less opportunities but it is nothing to complain about. The team played unbelievable football and everyone who watched the game can feel the same as myself."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer: "You expect to win every single game at Manchester United. You won't, but you must think that. That's the mentality of this group.

"In the first half we were excellent and in the second they put us under pressure. We could have scored a few as well but we had a good back four and David [de Gea] was unbelievable.

"We created enough chances to put the game away by the break, but if you don't score you will be under pressure. We defended fantastically."

Solskjaer matches Busby - the stats

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled Sir Matt Busby's all-time record of winning his first five league games in charge of Manchester United.
  • Tottenham have lost consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since May 2015.
  • Tottenham have lost four home league games this season - double the amount they had lost at home in their previous two Premier League campaigns combined (2).
  • United have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League - they had only kept two in their first 20 league matches this season.
  • Marcus Rashford has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.
  • Paul Pogba has been directly involved in 53% of United's 15 Premier League goals since Solskjaer took charge (4 goals, 4 assists).
  • De Gea made 11 saves - only against Arsenal in December 2017 has he ever made more in a Premier League match (14). This was the most saves he has made in a top-five European league game while also keeping a clean sheet.
  • Tottenham's Harry Kane had seven shots in this match - he last had more without finding the net in a Premier League game in January 2018 (8 vs Manchester United).

What's next?

Manchester United return to Old Trafford on Saturday, when Brighton are the visitors at 15:00 GMT. Spurs do not play until next Sunday when they travel across London to meet Fulham at 16:00.

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Everton 2-0 Bournemouth: Two second-half goals lift Toffees into top half

The opening goal was Kurt Zouma's first in the Premier League in 419 days, since scoring for Stoke against Brighton in November 2017

Two second-half goals gave Everton an edgy victory over Bournemouth that lifted them into the top half of the Premier League table.

Kurt Zouma powerfully headed in his first goal for the club from Lucas Digne's cross following a corner in the 61st minute, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Everton had been outplayed in the opening 30 minutes but Bournemouth failed to capitalise on their bright start.

David Brooks hit the post when through one-on-one with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and had a strong penalty appeal turned down early on, while Joshua King also had a good chance saved.

Everton, who had not won any of their previous four home league matches, failed to have a first-half shot on target for the second successive league game at Goodison Park.

They improved after the break, with Richarlison having a shot cleared off the line by Nathan Ake and coming close with a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross.

Bournemouth pushed hard for an equaliser in the final minutes, with Michael Keane producing an excellent block to deny Dan Gosling before Calvert-Lewin sealed the three points.

While Everton climb to 10th, Bournemouth stay 12th.

Important win for Silva's Toffees

The win was Everton's first at home in the league since 24 November

Everton win in the FA Cup against Lincoln last week was just their second in their past nine games.

When asked about any pressure that form had put on his team, manager Marco Silva admitted his side must improve in the second half of the season. Any murmurings of discontent among fans will not have been eased by his side's start.

Everton struggled to create any real momentum in attack and were edgy in passing the ball out from the back.

They were better from the closing stages of the first half with Ademola Lookman lively as he made just his second league start of the season.

Bournemouth struggled to maintain their performance of the opening 30 minutes but their late pressure resulted in mounting tension around Goodison.

The crucial block from Keane and strong defending at corners helped Everton keep a first clean sheet for two months.

At full-time, the relief was evident both in the dug-out and the stands.

The Everton fans had seen their side lose to Leicester and Tottenham and draw with Watford and Newcastle during their winless home run but this time they held on and are now within three points of seventh-placed Watford.

They are a place lower in the table lower than at this stage last season, when Sam Allardyce was manager, but are three points better off.

Wilson missed as Cherries away struggles continue

Bournemouth were punished for not taking early chances

Bournemouth were without Callum Wilson for the trip because of injury - and for all of their good attacking play early on, they missed their top scorer's clinical finishing.

Brooks never managed to fully get the ball out from under his feet before striking the post and King scuffed his ninth-minute close-range shot a little, giving Pickford the chance to save.

Had England international Wilson, who has 10 goals this season, been the one attempting to convert those chances then the Cherries may have had earned reward for their strong start.

Bournemouth could also count themselves unfortunate with some of the refereeing decisions, with Brooks denied a penalty early on.

The Wales international went down under a challenge from Idrissa Gueye in the 11th minute and the Everton midfielder did not make any contact with the ball.

They also had a less convincing first-half penalty appeal turned down when Digne blocked Ryan Fraser's cross with his arm, and another when Andre Gomes hauled over Jefferson Lerma off the ball in the 90th minute.

Manager Eddie Howe praised his side's performance after the game but they have now lost seven of their past nine matches in all competitions.

Of further worry is the fact that after winning three of their first five away games this season, Bournemouth have now lost their past six.

Man of the match - Ademola Lookman (Everton)

No player stood out across the whole 90 minutes but on a rare league start, Lookman was lively. He helped spark his team into life in the first half with two dangerous crosses and was composed to cross for Calvert-Lewin to score Everton's second

'We deserved the three points' - manager reaction

Everton manager Marco Silva said: "They were an important three points for us. We knew before the match it was important to turn the last few results back our way.

"Even if 2-0 is a tough result to take for them, we deserved the points and our players showed big personality and character as a team."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "I thought we played well today, we started the game well and we had a good chance with David Brooks but that's how it is going for us. A lot of elements were really strong but ultimately it goes against us.

"It will change for us if we continue to hit those levels we were at today, but when you're in that moment, that win seems elusive."

Everton's 100% record - the best stats

  • Everton have now won all six of their competitive home matches against Bournemouth, including all four in the Premier League.
  • Bournemouth have conceded 103 goals in the Premier League since the start of 2017-18, two more than any other team in that period (West Ham are closest on 100).
  • Kurt Zouma was the 139th different player to score a goal for Everton in the Premier League, only West Ham (147), Tottenham (146) and Newcastle (141) have seen more players net for them in the competition.
  • Everton's Lucas Digne has had six goal involvements this season (three goals, three assists), equalling his best ever tally in a top-flight campaign (six for Roma in 2015-16).
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season for Everton, equalling his best-ever tally in a top-flight league campaign (four in 2017-18).
  • After scoring six goals in his first nine Premier League appearances for Everton, Richarlison has scored just three goals in his past 11 games in the competition.

What's next?

Everton will look to extend their winning run to three games when they travel to play Southampton on Saturday, 19 January (15:00 GMT).

Bournemouth host West Ham on the same day (also 15:00 GMT) as they look to return to winning ways.

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