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Jones may drop ‘unsettled’ Butland

Butland makes two mistakes as Stoke lose 3-1 to Preston

Last Updated: 21/08/19 11:01pm

0:51 Jack Butland had a night to forget against Preston

Jack Butland had a night to forget against Preston

Nathan Jones conceded he might have to take "unsettled" goalkeeper Jack Butland out of the Stoke starting line-up after his two errors proved costly in a 3-1 defeat to Preston.

Butland was at fault for Preston's first two goals as he let low shots from outside the box squeeze past him.

There has been speculation that Butland could move abroad during this month while he also looks set to miss out on Gareth Southgate's England squad for upcoming games against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

Speaking after the defeat to Preston, Stoke manager Jones suggested the noise surrounding Butland has had an impact.

"We are travelling on the bus and there's a big story about Jack being left out of the England squad, it's all unsettling," he told Sky Sports.

"Maybe I need to put him out of the firing line and wait until the window shuts to get his head focused because all the stories are about what's not happening to Jack rather than him being Stoke City goalkeeper.

2:03 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston and Stoke

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston and Stoke

"We haven't done a lot wrong but tame shots have gone in and they haven't had to work hard for the third goal. We had enough opportunities to get something out of the game but you can't do that when you give away the goals we did.

"We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. It's frustrating and things have to change. We have to be a but more streetwise and not concede silly goals.

"We have had chances that were as good as, if not better, than them tonight, but it was never really a contest because of how we went about it."

The defeat means Stoke are winless from four matches and remain bottom of the Championship.

"It's been difficult," said Jones, who has only won three league matches since he was appointed in February.

"We haven't done the basics well enough. Things just haven't clicked at the minute. We thought we had turned a corner this summer. We recruited well and have a good group but errors have really cost us. Maybe that's me and the team I picked, we have to revaluate and see where we are.

"It's nothing to do with systems, it's not how we are playing, we are not getting carved open, it's just we are not doing the basics right."

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Leeds United 1-0 Brentford: Eddie Nketiah scores winner on home debut

Eddie Nketiah's goal was his second in two games in all competitions for Leeds

Eddie Nketiah scored on his Championship debut to earn Leeds United a late but deserved win at home to Brentford.

The 20-year-old, on loan from Arsenal, tapped in from Helder Costa's square ball within four minutes of coming on as a substitute.

The hosts had the better of the game and victory gave them 10 points from a possible 12, seeing them top the early Championship table on goal difference.

For Brentford, the defeat was their second from their opening four league games and their first away from home, leaving them six points behind the strongest starters.

After a relatively quiet first half, Leeds applied significant pressure in the second and finally found a way past the visitors' defence thanks to two of their substitutes.

Wolves loanee Costa - who was introduced with 25 minutes remaining - made a good run down the right and played the ball across perfectly for Nketiah to slot home in the middle.

The England Under-21 international, who joined Leeds on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners on transfer deadline day, also scored at Salford City in the Carabao Cup on his Leeds debut on 13 August.

His goal saw pace-setting Leeds add to their early-season away league wins over Bristol City and Wigan, as they claimed their first home victory of 2019-20 after drawing with Nottingham Forest.

The Bees' best chance to level arguably fell to Said Benrahma in second-half stoppage time, but he blazed well over the bar after the ball had fallen nicely for him just outside the area.

Forward Bryan Mbeumo had hit the post for the visitors in the first half with a left-footed effort from 25 yards out.

Sweden centre-back Pontus Jansson - who scored for Leeds in this fixture at Elland Road last term - captained Brentford against his former club following his July move to Griffin Park for an undisclosed fee.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We deserved to win the game because we dominated the game. We didn't create a lot of chances but we created enough chances to make a difference.

"It was a physical, demanding game and we took control in the best moment of the game.

"Helder Costa is a balanced player who can play on both sides, and Eddie Nketiah can make an impact in the middle. We defended well and our opponents did not have enough clear chances."

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC Radio London:

"The first half was a top away performance where we pressed high, caused them problems and created opportunities. We did everything more or less right.

"Second half they put more pressure on us and we were not good enough to keep the ball. We had big desire defending, good organisation and a high line.

"We got through the most stormy parts of the second half and you thought our opportunities would start to come. And then they scored a goal.

"I can't imagine, going forward, a more difficult away ground to go to than this one."


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Champ: Leeds go top, Fulham win

Eddie Nketiah's late goal sends Leeds back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship as Fulham thump Millwall at Craven Cottage

Last Updated: 21/08/19 10:49pm

Leeds moved back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship

Leeds moved back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship

Eddie Nketiah came from the bench to fire Leeds back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table on his league debut for the club.

The striker, on loan from Arsenal, struck just four minutes after his introduction as a 77th-minute substitute as he converted Helder Costa's cross to secure a 1-0 win over Brentford at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa's men lead Swansea on goal difference after the Welsh side emerged from their trip to QPR as 3-1 winners.

2:02 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Brentford

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Brentford

Bersant Celina had given the visitors into a first-half lead which was cancelled out by Jordan Hugill's 66th-minute header.

Borja Baston, who scored twice in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Preston, took his tally for the season to four goals when he converted a 70th-minute penalty after Jordan Garrick had been fouled by Yoann Barbet, and substitute Sam Surridge made sure of the win 10 minutes from time.

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Ivan Cavaleiro's double ensured that relegated Fulham remain hot on the heels of the top two as they routed Millwall 4-0 at Craven Cottage.

The Wolves loanee set the ball rolling after just 15 minutes and then, after Anthony Knockaert had doubled their advantage before the break and Aleksandar Mitrovic had converted a 56th-minute penalty, completed the rout with 27 minutes remaining.

Fulham finished the match with 84 per cent possession having completed 934 passes.

2:18 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Millwall

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Millwall

Albert Adomah denied promoted Charlton a third league victory of the campaign as Nottingham Forest struck late to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Valley.

Lyle Taylor's 18th-minute header looked like being enough to claim the points until substitute Adomah levelled 12 minutes from time.

Ovie Ejaria was both hero and villain as Reading had to make do with a point from their difficult trip to West Brom.

The midfielder, on loan at the Madejski Stadium from Liverpool, appeared to have won it with his 71st-minute strike, but was then adjudged to have fouled Filip Krovinovic in the penalty area to allow Kenneth Zohore to make it 1-1 from the spot with only two minutes remaining.

Substitute Junior Hoilett further dented managerless Huddersfield's hopes of an immediate return to the Premier League as Cardiff also left it late in South Wales.

Joe Ralls opened the scoring three minutes before half-time only for Trevoh Chalobah to level within five minutes of the restart.

However, Hoilett came off the bench to snatch a 2-1 victory with an 88th-minute winner.

Stoke remain rooted firmly to the foot of the table after a comprehensive 3-1 defeat at Preston.

Daniel Johnson put the home side ahead with just seven-minutes gone and Billy Bodin made it 2-0 when he cashed in on an error by Potters 'keeper Jack Butland, with Josh Harrop cementing the win before James McClean's late consolation effort.

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Paul Pogba racist abuse: Twitter to meet Man Utd and Kick It Out

Pogba was supported online by Manchester United team-mates Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford

Twitter will meet Manchester United and Kick It Out following online racist abuse directed at Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman became the third player in a week to be racially abused on social media following a penalty miss.

Several of Pogba's team-mates criticised the abuse, while England women's manager Phil Neville called for footballers to "boycott" social media.

Twitter said it will meet with any stakeholders to show the "proactive work" being done to tackle abuse.

It said in a statement: "We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it.

"Over the the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out and any other civil society stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK.

"To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions to this issue."

What action is Twitter taking?

Twitter rules prohibit users from promoting violence against, threatening or harassing people on the basis of race, ethnicity or other protected groups.

Since 2018, it has increased the number of accounts suspended for evading a previous ban on the service by 45% and tripled the number of accounts suspended within 24 hours after receiving a report.

Pogba saw a 68th-minute penalty saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the 1-1 draw at Molineux on Monday - the fourth spot-kick Pogba has missed for United in the Premier League since the start of last season.

United defender Harry Maguire called on social media companies to "stop these pathetic trolls", while striker Marcus Rashford said "enough now, this needs to stop".

Former United player Neville said "boycotting" social media would send a "powerful message", while the club themselves said they are "working to identify" those responsible for the racist abuse directed at Pogba.

Facebook also said in a statement that it will "invest heavily in developing tools and technologies to prevent bullying and harassment" and people breaking the rules will be "permanently banned".

Last week, Chelsea condemned "abhorrent posts" aimed at Tammy Abraham after his decisive penalty miss in the Super Cup against Liverpool.

Then on Sunday, Reading striker Yakou Meite called out racist abuse sent to him on social media after he had a spot-kick saved.


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Jordan Nobbs injury update

Jordan Nobbs continued her recovery from an ACL injury on Sunday, playing 20 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against West Ham United.

The England international has been sidelined since November 2018, but is edging closer to a full recovery.

“Jordan is progressing very, very well,” said Joe Montemurro. “She’s worked immensely hard both physically and mentally to get back to where she’s at - and I think it’s been an amazing little journey for her.

“We’re slowly building her back up and we hope to get her some more game time as the weeks edge towards the start of the season. We want her to be ready for a very big September and October. Jordan is desperate to make this season a special one. After missing the World Cup and over half the season in a very special year for us, she can only be inspired to come back even stronger.

“The physical rehab has been great, but the mental rehab has been even more beneficial for her. I think the biggest thing for us is that she’s really matured and really come out of her shell with regards to being a senior player and being a leader. I think the best of Jordan Nobbs is still to come.”

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