No buses must be harmed in the making of the Etihad atmosphere

first_img Pinterest Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Paul Pogba, improper football man? Illustration: David Squires Twitter features “Great, tell him he’s Pelé and get him back on.” – John Lambie, the football manager behind these legendary words, has died at the age of 77. Those early-1990s instructions, given to a Partick Thistle physio after being told striker Colin McGlashan had concussion and no longer knew who he was, have been attributed to many others, from Brian Clough to Bill Shankly, but it was four-time Thistle boss Lambie who delivered them.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Rob Smyth from 7.45pm GMT for hot MBM coverage of Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool, while Paul Doyle will be on hand for Roma 1-2 Barcelona.RECOMMENDED LOOKINGDavid Squires on a week of misery at Manchester City, with a special mention for Paul Pogba’s blue rinse. THE FIVEЯIt’s our not-singing, not-dancing Ethics World Cup Fiver. 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Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSBarry Bennell, the former football coach who was branded the “devil incarnate” after subjecting junior footballers to hundreds of sexual offences, is appealing against his 30-year prison sentence.Thomas Tuchel has had talks to beNeymar’s bag-man coach of Paris Saint-Germain, but Antonio Conte is in the mix. Having made his first Premier League start at the weekend against Southampton, Reiss Nelson is ready to sign on Arsenal’s dotted line. STILL WANT MORE?Manchester City have “wow” factor but they need a Houdini-style escape, says Daniel Taylor of the big one/damp squib at the Etihad.Virgil van Dijk brings calm and collective spirit to Liverpool’s defence, says Andy Hunter before the expected Etihad “thunderstorm”. Sterling or Sané? Who should be PFA young player of the year? Martin Laurence asks – and answers – the question.Sam Johnstone tells Nick Ames that after a dizzying spell of loans he finally feels settled at Aston Villa. Jordan’s female footballers are taking on attitudes and altitudes, explains Suzanne Wrack. Liverpool, £90m and an Argentinian in demand. It must be the Rumour Mill.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!NO WAY BACK! Sport Facebook Share via Email SOMETHING FREAKISHAfter being beaten 3-0 last week by Anfield, Manchester City will attempt to overturn that deficit in a more sedate environment on Tuesday and advance to Big Cup semi-finals. As they look forward to the game, most Citeh fans have been adamant that no buses must be harmed in the making of the atmosphere, because even if the tie is to be lost, basic standards of civilised behaviour must be upheld. The Fiver agrees. Citeh’s owners from the United Arab Emirates know what happens to dissenters. Who should win the Premier League young player of the year award? Topicscenter_img Share on LinkedIn John Lambie, football legend. Photograph: Allsport UK Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Manchester City Pinterest Share on Facebook Liverpool The Fiver Share on Pinterest Twitter Citeh fans’ sense of fair play is perhaps why there was no torchlit parade outside Liverpool’s hotel at 4am this morning, unlike in Tblisi in 1979, when Dinamo supporters arranged such a march before their team’s famous 3-0 victory over a Liverpool side that struggled to stay awake on the pitch and not because Alan Hansen was droning on about diabolical defending. That was one of only five times in Liverpool’s history that they have lost a European match by a three-goal margin. On only one of those occasions were they beaten by a score that would eliminate them today without even extra time. That was in 1966, when Ajax rocked them 5-1 in a stadium containing 65,000 fans who burst out cheering at random moments because dense fog prevented anyone from seeing what was happening.So it is going to take something freakish for Citeh to emerge victorious today. Or maybe just another red card for Sadio Mané. Pep Guardiola is confident that his “exceptional, extraordinary” team can pull it off if they produce Citeh “the perfect game”. Guardiola, of course, will need to pick the right XI and hope the rebuilding of Raheem Sterling has not been undermined by his sudden loss of faith in the winger before the first leg. Jürgen Klopp, meanwhile, hopes that Liverpool are confident in their ability to avoid a collapse now that they have Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson in the side, neither of whom played when Liverpool conceded three goals this season against Watford, Sevilla and West Bleeding Brom. QUOTE OF THE DAY Reuse this contentlast_img read more

SAINTS final home game of the season ended in a di

first_imgSAINTS final home game of the season ended in a disappointing 46-12 defeat to the Auld Enemy, writes Graham Henthorne.Injuries and call-ups to the 20’s robbed Coach Derek Traynor of some of his more illustrious names, enabling Tommy Holland and Chris Carr to make their debuts, but there was still enough talent on the park to have won the game.The Saints started the brighter with some astute kicking from Lewis Sheridan and great kick chase from Lewis Foster forcing the visitors into a drop out from under their own posts.From the restart drives from Matt Cooke and Adam Hesketh put the Saints on the attack and when Tom Roughley grubbered behind the line Connor Dwyer won the fight to take the ball and touchdown.However, from the kick off a mix up on the line allowed the ball to go dead and the Saints were immediately under pressure.Three repeat sets later and the defence finally cracked allowing the winger in.The visitors then put the Saints under relentless pressure with repeat set after repeat set and two more tries ensued.With seven minutes to the break Lewis Galbraith expertly diffused a grubber behind his own sticks managing to get back into the field of play. From the play the ball Leon Tatlock threatened to go the length of the field only to be ankle tapped from behind with 20 metres to go. The ball was lost on the next tackle leaving the Saints 10 behind at the break but still in with a shout.The teams traded tries in the opening 10 minutes with the Saints scoring a blinder. Foster, Sheridan and Corey Lee spread the ball left and Galbraith rounded his opposite number with ease before handing off the cover and running around to make Fozzard’s conversion easier.Injuries added to the Saints woes and as the match wore on the fact that three players were backing up from Friday’s U20’s playoff match meant that the Saints wilted in the heat.Four tries in the final quarter gave the score a slightly lop-sided look but the Saints can’t complain.Whilst there was effort aplenty, especially from Tatlock, Foster and Chris Carr, there was a distinct lack of composure which ultimately cost the game.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lewis Galbraith, Connor DwyerGoals: Matty Fozzard 2Wigan:Tries: Lewis Tierney 2, Joe Burgess, Dom Manfredi, George Williams, Sam Brooks 2, Jamie DoranGoals: Ryan Hampshire 7Half Time: 6-16Full Time: 12-46Teams:Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. Ben Parry, 3. Matt Wood, 4. Lewis Galbraith, 5. Leon Tatlock; 6. Tom Roughley, 7. Lewis Sheridan; 8. Matt Cooke, 9. Lewis Foster, 16. Adam Hesketh, 11. Matty Fozzard, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. Chris Webster. Subs: 10. Brad Ashurst, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Tommy Holland, 19. Chris Carr.Wigan:1. Lewis Tierney; 2. Mike Scrivens, 3. Josh Rooney, 4. Joe Burgess, 5. Dom Manfredi; 6. Ryan Hampshire, 7. George Williams; 18. Ben Austin, 9. Callum Wright, 10. Ryan Sutton, 11. Grant Beecham, 12. Rhys Pugsley, 13. Robert Lever. Subs: 14. Sam Brooks, 15. Chris Lowe, 16. Jonny Brown, 17. Jamie Doran.last_img read more