David Moyes says he & # 39; more than confident & # 39; West Ham will climb the table … but deplores their loss of valuable preparation time caused by the rearrangement of Man City clash
- West Ham faced Manchester City in rescheduled competition clash on Wednesday
- The Hammers saw their two-week mid-season stop ended prematurely
- ] The two parties would originally meet on Etihad on Sunday, February 9
David Moyes says he & # 39; more then confident & # 39; is he can get West Ham without relegation problems, but regretted their loss of valuable preparation time caused by the rescheduling of Wednesday's trip to Manchester City .
West Ham saw their two-week break in the mid-season ended prematurely after they had been ordered to return to Etihad on Wednesday.
The two parties would originally meet on the Etihad on Sunday, February 9 before both parties then enjoyed a fourteen-day shutdown but had to be postponed due to Storm Ciara.
Moyes returned to West Ham when they were fourth, but they face City who has fallen into the bottom three after being only once in the league under the Scot.
Moyes said: & I have more than confidence [we will climb the table]. I think the players here are more than capable. I think we have a good group.
& # 39; I think they are all fully aware of the situation we are in and the improvement we need to make to ensure that we are not in the bottom three, and I know sure we are coming to the end.
& # 39; We are probably in the way for a month now, we are still finding our way, we have had to play a lot of games, we have not had much time on the grass, really due to play and recovery .
& # 39; And I think this week we were looking forward to a week's preparation and a bit of work with the players, but that is clearly eliminated with the game coming in much faster. & # 39;
Moyes will sign January deadline day, forward Jarrod Bowen, appeal to City for the first time and say: & # 39; I am happy with what I have seen Jarrod right now.
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& # 39; He came in and settled very quickly, he looked very sharp during training.
& # 39; He clearly played a lot of games, it's not like he's missing a game match or match fitness in any way, so I'm happy.
& # 39; But I am also on my guard to deploy the boys too quickly. I have had many boys from the championship in the past and I think it is important that you place them at the right time, the right times and at the right time and we will just take our time and see if it is good for Jarrod . & # 39;
Moyes remained silent when asked if Bowen had done enough in training to earn a start against City, but added: & # 39; He is a talent. We need goals, he can do that. I am also very aware that we do not have to put pressure on him too quickly. & # 39;
Exeter 19-22 Sale: Sharks stop the late fight from Chiefs table topping to climb in third place
- Sale Sharks moved to third place in the Gallagher Premiership table with 22- 19 win
- League leaders Exeter & # 39; s late fightback wasn't enough to beat them
- Chris Ashton, Dan Du Preez and Byron McGuigan scored first-and-half attempts to buy
- Sam Simmonds and Tom O & # 39; Flaherty scored late attempts for Exeter in nervous finish
Sales put themselves right to battle for a top two Gallagher Premiership finish after securing only their second ever victory in Exeter.
The defense of the Sharks was the key to their 22-19 victory, which was excellent as they scored all their points in the first half through attempts by wing Chris Ashton, number eight Dan Du Preez and wing Byron McGuigan , with fly-half Robert Du Preez who landed a penalty and conversion.
Exeter had one attempt by full-back Phil Dollman who went to the second period, but, in the last quarter, number eight scored Sam Simmonds and wing Tom O & # 39; Flaherty touchdowns, with fly-half Gareth Steenson both converted.
Sale & # 39; s package led the attack when sharks put Exeter under c ok for most of the first quarter. Fly-half Robert Du Preez ordered the Chiefs to pay for a ruck attack with a 40-meter fine before large lock fled Bryn Evans for an attempt that was excluded by the TMO.
Exhausted Exeter, who at least lacked 10 first-line men, looked at sixes and sevens when O & # 39; Flaherty was in sin for an intentional knock-on.
The Chiefs held their line, but former English wing Ashton ran past coverage for an unconverted attempt.
Good work within Sale 22 noticed Dollman's race to the left corner and simply defeated Ashton & # 39; s attention to a unconverted attempt.
It looked like a game, mainly because Sale center Rohan Janse Van Rensburg was lucky enough to only see yellow when the leader of the Chiefs playmaker Steenson had to face.
But two hammer blows brought the 14-man Sharks into an impressive halftime lead. Excellent line-out work on the blind side gave number eight Daniel Du Preez a run to the line, past a struggling defense.
And seconds later a wild pass halfway through Chiefs scrum-half Stu Townsend was chosen away by McGuigan to run in, with Robert Du Preez converting.
At 22-5 behind, it gave the Premiership leaders a moun tain to climb in the second half.
The competition went flat until Exeter found some territory and was camped on the opposition line. But a remarkable defense of Sharks for five minutes, just a meter or so from their line, kept the Chiefs at bay.
Lock Jonny Hill and Simmonds both passed but did not get a try. Eventually, Sale's resistance broke when a scrum ran a short distance and looted Simmonds.
The conversion of Steenson set Exeter 10 points adrift in the last 10 minutes.
And Exeter found himself in three moments after a draw when O & # 39; Flaherty was put away halfway and, despite another Ashton cover tackle and after a long TMO referral to decide whether the wing had dropped the ball , the attempt was given.
Steenson repented again and with five minutes left, there was time for Exeter to win.
But the fighting sharks put pressure on the home team, reached their line, and walked the clock for victory.
Swansea 1-0 Charlton Athletic: Steve Cooper side climb back into playoff places thanks to Yan Dhanda's strike
- Swansea won their first game in three games on Thursday evening home
- Yan Dhanda scored the only goal of the match when they climbed to the sixth
- Charlton is now only five points free from the bottom three after one victory in 14
Charlton began his new era under the ownership of East Street investments with a 1-0 defeat in Swansea
The first half of Yan Dhanda was enough to bring the swans to the play-off places and to seal the first victory in three.
The injured Addicks are now only five points free from the bottom three after their miserable series of only one win in 14 games has continued.
Charlton started a new chapter owned by East Street Investments after their acquisition of former owner Roland Duchatelet was confirmed by the EFL four hours before the collision with the Liberty Stadium.
And there were new Ben Dempsey and Josh Davison received their full competition debut.
The academy's degree were two of the five changes from the side that Derby played on Monday as Adam Matthews, Jason Pearce and Lyle Taylor returned to the starting line-up
Steve Cooper has also made major changes on the Swansea side of Barnsley in their last game of 2019.
The return of a mid-back Mike Van Der Hoorn from a knee injury was one of six changes that also included Connor Roberts, George Byers, Dhanda, Wayne Routledge and Borja Baston saw food in the start XI.
The optimism of the traveling Charlton fans disappeared in the 14th minute when Dhanda shot in the opener.
The Liverpool Academy product started a clinical offensive movement with a sweeping ball to Roberts, who rushed to the right before playing it to Byers.
Andre Ayew and Routledge exchanged passes during a neat build-up before Dhanda curled the ball into the bottom corner of the box edge.
Borja hit the side net with a volley before he shot high and wide with only to beat the goalkeeper from eight meters after Charles Charlton had deeply robbed himself of half.
Swansea had full control, but was denied a second goal by heroic keepers and the woodwork.
The ball fell on the feet of Roberts, who cut him back by Byers to lash a low shot against the upright Swansea went in front of only one goal
Cooper & # 39; s men were warned for seven minutes in the second half when they followed Alfie Doughty through Albie Morgan's ball behind it, but the young one dragged his shot wide.
Charlton stepped up in the final phase when they went looking for a morally enhancing leveler, but Swansea continued to climb into the top six.
Both Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti have mountains to climb around the fortunes of misfiring Arsenal and Everton
One hour after the last whistle in Goodison Park, Duncan Ferguson bumped into Freddie Ljungberg under the main stand. The two janitor bosses shook hands and exchanged a few more courtesies. Work done. Time to hand over to the new men
By the end of this show excuse Ferguson had his arm wrapped around the technical man [Arsenal. "We were both happy with a draw," De Schot explained. I told him: "I hope the whistle goes – let's just finish it!" "Ferguson was not alone. Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta had forgiven them in the director's box for studying their new contracts for an escape clause.
There was sufficient evidence here because Ancelotti and Arteta were hired in mid-season to change the fate of these clubs. The two new managers then visited their respective changing rooms and spoke to their players. The common thread in what they said was hard work and fighting spirit, but there was very little else to be admired in a boring aimless draw.
At first glance, Arteta (right) seems to inherit a more difficult situation after being hired on Friday for a contract of £ 5 million a year. Arsenal can be four places and many points above Everton in the Premier League table, but this is a team that needs a major operation. For a man who started his first managerial position, the Spaniard could hardly have chosen a larger task.
It was made clear by Arsenal's team choice at Goodison Park. A line-up with four teenagers and an average age of 24 was Ljungberg's answer to a weak defeat against Manchester City, although you have to wonder how much input Arteta had in that decision after he had Arsenal's performance from the City bench in his penultimate match as a witness to Pep Guardiola & # 39; s No. 2.
Mesut Özil would not have made the team even if he had been fit, Ljungberg said. That is just one of the urgent issues for Arteta, which must also resolve the long-term futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. He must also find out if his two best strikers can play together.
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Everton (4-4-2): Pickford 7; Sidibe 7.5, Holgate 6, Mine 6, Digne 6; Sigurdsson 7, Davies 5.5, Delph 6.5 (Keane 72, 5.5), Iwobi 6 (Tosun 12.6; Kean 80); Richarlison 6, Calvert-Lewin 6. Subs not used: Stekelenburg, Baines, Coleman, Bernard. Booked: Davies, Sigurdsson. Administrator: Duncan Ferguson 6.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno 6; Maitland-Niles 6, Chambers 6, Luiz 6, Saka 6.5; Mouthpiece 6.5, Xhaka 5.5; Nelson 5.5, Smith Rowe 6 (Willock 66, 6), Martinelli 7; Aubameyang 6 (Lacazette 78, 6) Subs not used: Martinez, Mavropanos, Mustafi, Guendouzi, Pepe. Booked: Saka, Chambers, Willock.
Manager: Freddie Ljungberg 6.
Referee: Kevin Friend 7.
Aubameyang missed the only clear chance of this game while £ 72 million record Nicolas Pepe was left on the couch. Arteta needs to bring some leadership in his new cartoons, creativity in midfield and solidity in a once legendary four. Ljungberg may have signed with Arsenal & # 39; s first zero in 15 games, but they are heading for Christmas with a goal balance of minus three. And Arteta has to do it all with limited resources on the transfer market. Just as well that his early impression on the players was positive.
"We are all excited about working with him," said Calum Chambers. Entered Friday. The message was: be brave, take responsibility and work hard for each other. We just have to get our identity back. It will take time, but I know he can get that from us. & # 39;
That is an area in Everton where Ancelotti may have to lean on Ferguson. The 60-year-old Italian – confirmed an hour before the start as a manager after he had agreed on a contract of four and a half years with a salary of £ 11 million – could have ended at Arsenal, but also does not know club and Arteta, 37 , who played for both.
Yet Ancelotti is an explanation for Everton and he will have the support of owner Farhad Moshiri to breathe new life into the club. He takes over a team that has responded well to Ferguson in the four games since he acted to replace Marco Silva, even though they didn't have a shot at goal here. The caretaker reacted triumphantly to securing a point against Arsenal as he did after a draw in Manchester United a week earlier and the win over Chelsea.
& # 39; It was emotional because I put so much into it, & # 39; said Ferguson, who will take a place in the new structure of Ancelotti. "The manager has his own style of play, but I will be there for all the help he needs. What he gets is a loyal guy who wants to learn how much he can do. He becomes my teacher.
"It's an incredible deal, isn't it? One of the biggest names in football is ever at our club. It only shows how ambitious we are. We all dream, right? & # 39;
Danny Ings praised Southampton & # 39; s pace of work following the victory of Aston Villa where the Saints watched the Premier League relegation zone climb
- Danny Ings has Southampton & # 39; s work pace praised after 3-1 win vs. Aston Villa
- Ings was on goal twice when he counted his season to an impressive 11 goals
- John McGinn from Villa came out early with an ankle. injury that does not look good
The attacker scored twice in a 3-1 victory to get the saints out of the relegation zone of Premier League
Jack Stephens also netted, and while the nice strike by Jack Grealish retrieved a goal, Southampton rightly earned the points.
The Saints are now 17th, three points above Villa who have fallen into the bottom three, with Ings having scored 12 goals in his last 13 games.
& # 39; It's huge & # 39 ;, Ings told the club's official site with 13 goals. "We knew how important it was to come here, put down a big achievement and get the points.
" I thought we did that. Take the goals out of the comparison, the boys defended incredibly well – you could see when the crowd was and their team built up momentum, we ruled that out pretty well.
& # 39; Thanks to everyone at the ball, because that was just as important as scoring the goals.
& # 39; Our defense, midfield, and Longy (Shane Long) worked his socks off again … it means so much to the team. It is so important that we have that side, as well as the quality of the ball. & # 39;
Villa slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat and the seventh in nine Premier League games.
They are now three points behind Southampton for the crucial Boxing Day visit from Norwich and the trip from Saturday to Watford.
Boss Dean Smith also sweats over John McGinn's fitness after the midfielder made an X-ray on Saturday night.
He was forced badly to his ankle early after landing.
Smith said: & # 39; He is looking for an x-ray. It doesn't look good. He got his studs caught in the grass.
& # 39; John led the way in the middle half and brought him down. We should get a free kick, but we don't.
& # 39; John gets frustrated and starts chasing the ball and unfortunately gets injured for us in the dugout. & # 39;
& # 39; The top four is in sight & # 39 ;: Manchester United defender Harry Maguire calls on his side to continue climbing to the table after winning in Manchester City
- Manchester United moved to fifth place after their derby victory over the Etihad
- Harry Maguire believes his side should focus on trying to get into the top four
- Ole Gunnar The men of Solskjaer are now only five points behind Chelsea
A week that began with research and increasing pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the aftermath of an alarming home game with promoted Aston Villa Finished with a second memorable victory in a few days.
Fresh from Jose Mourinho's rightly abandoning Tottenham 2-1 on Wednesday night, United won by the same score in the city at Etihad Stadium thanks to a roaring start and an impressive start game plan.
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Few associated with City could have met Solskjaer & # 39; s side, added to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in a great first half that laid the foundation for a victory that ensured more than just bragging . ]
The 2-1 victory in the 179th Manchester derby moved United to fifth and within five points of the Champions League-places after the fourth place Chelsea fell, the surprising loss fell to Everton. think you should look after your own results, not look elsewhere, keep winning games, & # 39; said Maguire, & # 39; the world's most expensive defender.
& # 39; We have won back-to-back games against Spurs and city. We now have another big competition next week.
& # 39; The top four is in sight, but we just keep watching our own results, trying to get the three points and keep improving. & # 39;
United Kingdom returns to action on Thursday when they close their Europa League group campaign at AZ Alkmaar, when Solskjaer wants to keep his in-form attackers fresh prior to next weekend's league game with Everton. Reds were hampered by their lack of lead during the first months of the season, but the front three from Rashford, Martial and fleet-footed Daniel James showed that they could scare off both sides on Saturday.
About the last month or so, I feel like defending, I look at the attackers and think they will score goals, & Maguire told MUTV.
& # 39; At the start of the season we didn't really score more than one goal in a game, but now I think it's a few games in the spin where we score again.
& # 39; They represent a major threat, they are top players, great talent and I think it all comes together now.
& # 39; But no, we are not being carried away.
& # 39; It is a big three points, it is a special victory, one for the fans, I am really very happy for them.
& # 39; We keep moving that table and keep chipping. & # 39;
United is undefeated in five Premier League games and achieved their first back-to-back league wins since things were spectacularly unraveled in March.
There is growing confidence in the Solskjaer team and Maguire is aiming for more improvements after conquering the victory side in the blue half of Manchester
& # 39; Proud & # 39 ;, said the English international. & # 39; Very proud to lead the boys to Etihad and get the three points.
& # 39; We feel we have no results this year in some games where we feel we have earned the three points.
& # 39; I think the last two games, I don't think anyone can doubt that we have earned both wins.
& # 39; Great start for the boys. The first four in the first half were frightening and when they play like that, they can cause defense problems.
& # 39; The disappointing thing was probably during the break that it was only 2-0!
"We knew that they would become strong, they would throw everything at us.
" I think we have kept up very well. I don't think they created too much in the second half.
& # 39; We knew that we would get many bouncing steps and David made a good one to store late and admit a set-play is really disappointing. Something we must commit to.
& # 39; Like I said, to come to the Etihad and not to score from an open play, but to give in from a set-play to defend, and I certainly know for David is disappointing.
& # 39; The victory is for the fans. They deserve it this season. & # 39;
Fulham 3-0 Derby County: Tom Cairney, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Bobby Decordova-Reid strike to send Scott Parker & # 39; s men to third place in the championship
- Bobby Decordova-Reid picked up the opener for the hosts within seven minutes
- Aleksandar Mitrovic picked up his 13th goal of the season to set them up
- Tom Cairney finished the score with a low finish with 89 minutes on the clock
Aleksandar Mitrovic returned from Suspension to Lead Fulham to third place in the championship with an impressive win against a weak Derby County.
Scott Parker was rewarded for starting Mitrovic in a bold three-man attack alongside Ivan Knight and Aboubakar Kamara, the hero of two goals last week against Queens Park Rangers, with his third consecutive victory.
But it was midfielder Bobby Decordova-Reid who poked Fulham after seven minutes when he haunted through Derby & # 39; s defense to convert Kamara & # 39; s deep cross.
Fulham: Rodak, Od o i, Mawson, Ream, Bryan, Reid, Johansen, Cairney, Kamara, Mitrovic, Ivan Knight.
Subs: Bettinelli, McDonald, Kebano, Christie, Knockaert, Onomah, O & Riley.
Derby: Rose, Bogle, Davies, Forsyth, Lowe, Evans, Bielik, Waghorn, Holmes, Lawrence, Martin.
Subs: Paterson, Dowell, Hamer, Marriott, Bird, Malone, Whittaker.
Referee: Andy Woolmer
It was a relentless punishment for Derby, who really should have scored earlier. Duane Holmes tackled Denis Odoi and fed Max Lowe, but his cut was terribly wide by Tom Lawrence from six meters. From that moment on Fulham took full control and stages of the first half, Derby could only see their opponents pass by.
Kelle Roos defeated a fierce knight attack in safety after a clever robbery attack by Kamara, who was then denied himself with a left strike from the half hour point range.
At that stage, Derby's saving-off was that it was only 1-0, but the second followed quickly, and in mild fashion as the first.
Mitrovic headed five minutes before half time in the corner of Knight, despite being characterized by two defenders of Derby, and the Parker men did not give up in the second half.
Mitrovic rejected two good chances in two minutes, before Kamara got away after a jumble of legs with Crai g Forsyth. It took the sting out of Fulham's attack and Parker was forced to rearrange when goal scorer Decordova-Reid stumbled the tunnel shortly after Kamara.
But while their attacking impulse was suppressed, their control of the match did
Mitrovic became a provider because Derby was unable to play their lines in his captain Tom Cairney who duly ran through the legs of Roos slid.
Fulham's dominance was helped
The arrival of Wayne Rooney cannot come soon enough.
Rory McIlroy bounces back from mistakes to climb within two strokes of leaders John Rahm and Mike Lorenzo-Vera at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai
- McIlroy has placed five birdies and an eagle on the seventh hole on Saturday
- McIlroy hunts down a Third victory at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai
It came after he shot six shots at the weekend on leader Lorenzo-Vera
Rory McIlroy was delighted with his Dubai comeback after climbing in two strokes of joint leaders John Rahm and Mike Lorenzo-Vera at the DP World Tour Championship.
McIlroy followed his opening 64 with a second round 74, but hit back by posting five birdies and an eagle on the seventh hole in a bogey-free round of 65 on Saturday.
& # 39; That's what life is all about, & # 39; told McIlroy to Sky Sports Main Event after moving to 13 under par.
& It learns what you and with a present mind so you can learn while you go.
& # 39; I kind of figured out what I did wrong (on Friday) and I was able to rectify it somewhat and get myself back in the tournament.
& # 39; I still have to play a very good round of golf to have a chance, but it would be great to win here again and clearly conclude what a great 2019 has been.
& # 39; It's nice to come back to courses that you always know and that have their own advantages compared to maybe some of the other guys in the field.
& # 39; It has been a great year so far and this is my last event of the year. It would be great to go into the break and finish at a peak. & # 39;
McIlroy, who is aiming for a third victory over the seasonally dependent DP World Tour championship, went six shots to leader Lorenzo on the Vera weekend.
The Frenchman dropped a shot on the 18th after four birdies to end with 69, while Rahm hit seven birdies and a bogey for a 66.
Rahm, who would become the second Spaniard after Severiano Ballesteros had won the Race to Dubai title, said: "I really have confidence in the tee, I now really have confidence in my game.
& # 39; A lot of people are playing well, hopefully I can keep up with 18 more holes and be the last man to stay.
Tommy Fleetwood sits four shots back in fourth place at 11 among three birdies and a bogey in a third round 70.
The Englishman, last week's winner of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, hopes to win a second Race to Dubai title in three years.
Fleetwood must at least catch Rahm to have a chance to be crowned the number one in Europe.
& # 39; There is a tournament in progress and then there is the Race to Dubai, & # 39; he said. "I think it's just an extra challenge, that's all.
" So far I have the feeling that I have done a great job.
& # 39; I have been fortunate to have done this three years in a row now that I am coming to this event, so I want to keep that track record and check off a few. & # 39;
Thomas Pieters from Belgium is fifth after a second successful 68 card, ahead of Swedish Marcus Kinhult, who also hit 68 on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid 3-1 Espanyol: lateral climb of Diego Simeone to third in La Liga after goals from Alvaro Morata and Koke
- Sergi Darder gave Espanyol the lead with an impressive strike by 20 meters in the first half
- Angel Correa equalized with a header up close in the half-blow
- Alvaro Morata scored it winning goal at the hour mark for Atletico Madrid
- Koke completed the work for the hosts in extra time from an assistant of Diego Costa
- Atletico Madrid has climbed to third in La Liga with Espanyol still in drop zone
Sergi Darder led the visitors with a delightful 20-meter strike that sneaked into the left corner with the help of the post. His opener, however, was canceled halfway by Angel Correa. The Argentinian nodded at home from the cross of Alvaro Morata to the relief of the Metropolitan Wanda
At the hour, Morata was walked into the box by Vitolo and the striker put the ball past the goalkeeper while he was out of balance to go. complete the hosts are coming back.
The afternoon was completed when Koke nestled the net from a Diego Costa assist. The victory means that Atletico Madrid climbs to third place in La Liga while Espanyol stays in the relegation zone.
More to follow.
Norwich : Curl, Aarons, Tettey, Godfrey, Lewis ( Vrancic 81), Trybull, McLean, Buendia (Cantwell 62), Stiepermann (Drmic 62), Hernandez, Pukki
Subs: Byram, Fahrmann, Amadou, Srbeny
Booked : Vrancic
Watford : Foster, Janmaat, Kabasele, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas (Masina 88), Hughes, Capoueof, Dououcoure (Dououcoure), Dououcoure ), Pereyra (Gray 31)
Subs not used : Gomes, Deeney, Chalobah, Femenia
Goalscorers : Deulofeu 2, Gray 52
Booked : Kabasele, Hughes
Sent : Kabsele
Referee : An dre Marriner : Andre Marriner