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General Discussion / New Government Ministers 2015
« on: September 11, 2015, 06:54:44 AM »
Watch the swearing in live!


Red steel 95-9 (20 overs)
Tridents 98-2 (13.1 overs)

Sando Prince where yuh? You still believe in this sh!t side?

General Discussion / Dwayne Bravo - Race, Politics, Culture
« on: March 27, 2015, 06:09:50 AM »
Bravo guest stars at UNC meeting

Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo last night made a special appearance at the United National Congress’Monday Night Forum in Debe, hugging Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the end of her speech.

Bravo, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket after being left out of the West Indies’ World Cup team for leading the walkout of the India tour, surprised many in the crowd when he turned up on stage after Persad-Bissessar delivered the feature address, hugged her and flashed the “V” for victory sign.

With supporters cheering loudly and waving flags, he then hugged Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal before making his way off the stage.

After the forum was over Bravo quickly retreated to the back of the stage where he met a few fans before leaving.

Bravo is a friend of newly-appointed Sports Minister Brent Sancho and the two have been seen hanging out at events together.

Moments before, Persad-Bissessar promised not to waste any time on the People’s National Movement. This seemed to move away from previous meetings in which she openly attacked PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley and PRO Faris Al-Rawi.

Football / Trouble in Jamaica!
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:42:34 PM »
According to CNC3 there is trouble in Jamaica. Coach Hart has not been paid in 8 months. Despite promises that he would be paid in Jamaica, this has not come to pass. He is being advised by family and close associates to pack it up and head back to his home in Canada. Further to this members of the national team have not been paid a match fee since their friendly match against Iran. Also the team's manager has remained in Trinidad in order to secure a cheque from the ministry of sport in order to help with expenses in Jamaica but this has yet to happen. Members of the technical team and players are very concerned and there have been rumblings and uncertainty with regards to the future of their current stay in Jamaica.

Cricket Anyone / The Pollard-Starc Showdown
« on: May 07, 2014, 06:10:07 AM »
The Pollard-Starc Showdown


Plays of the day from the match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai
This one had been building up. Kieron Pollard had already had had a minor run-in with Chris Gayle, when he stood outside his crease and dared the latter to run him out. Matters were to get much worse in the 17th over. Mitchell Starc pinged in a bouncer at Pollard, who missed an attempted hook and just avoided getting hit. The fast bowler had a few words to say; Pollard's response was to wave him away. More gamesmanship lay in wait as he pulled away just as Starc was about to deliver the next ball.

Incensed, Starc bowled anyway, following him and angling it in past the batsman. Pollard lost it now, and threatened to throw his bat at Starc. One wasn't sure whether he was merely feigning or if the bat got stuck in his hands too long for he threw it down close to himself. Starc had the satisfaction of running Pollard out, but before that, he teased the hopelessly stranded batsman to come back before contemptuously swatting the bail off. During the innings break, Starc said there seemed to be something between the Australian players and Pollard but added that throwing the bat was not on. The saga continued in the second half when Starc was greeted by a bouncer from Pollard, who eventually caught him at cover in the next over.

Football / FIFA needs to follow the example of the NBA
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:37:25 PM »
Donald Sterling, the LA Clippers owner who made racist comments, was just banned for life from basketball and fined US$2.5 million. The commissioner acted swiftly before the Clippers home game tonight in order not to put the players and coaches for the Clippers in any kind of awkward situation and allow them to focus on the game. Footballers on the other hand have no such support from FIFA and are forced to act out on their own accord (like eating bananas on the pitch) when racial abuse is hurled at them. Just some food for thought...

Football / Cardiff City For the Hour Thread
« on: January 31, 2014, 07:26:51 AM »

Cardiff City F.C.

Cardiff City Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Caerdydd) is a professional football club based in Cardiff, Wales that competes in the English football league system. The club is competing in the Premier League for the first time in the 2013–14 season. They play their home games at the Cardiff City Stadium, after moving from Ninian Park in 2009.

The club was founded as Riverside A.F.C. in 1899 and is the only club from outside England to have won the FA Cup, which they won in 1927. The club won the Football League Championship title in the 2012–13 season and were promoted to the top flight for the first time in 51 years. This followed two lost national cup finals, the 2008 FA Cup Final against Portsmouth and the 2012 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, the latter being settled by a penalty shootout.

In 2012, Cardiff City was rebranded by the club's Malaysian owner, Vincent Tan. This included the change of the club's home colours and crest.

Cardiff City Football Club are delighted to announce that Kenwyne Jones’ move from Stoke City to the club has today been finalised, subject to FA clearance. The striker will be available for selection for the first time this Saturday in the Barclays Premier League home game against Norwich City.

Give Kenwyne a warm @CardiffCityFC welcome on twitter now, using hashtag: #WelcomeKenwyne

In profile: Kenwyne Jones

Imposing 29-year-old front man Kenwyne Jones has been well known to viewers of British football since arriving at Southampton from Trinidad & Tobago side W Connection in 2004.

Born in Point Fortin in Trinidad, Jones spent three years at St Mary’s Stadium, making 71 appearances and scoring 19 goals in total for the Saints. During his time on the south coast, Jones also had spells with Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday on loan, impressively scoring seven goals in seven appearances while at Hillsborough.

A permanent move to Sunderland came in 2007 as the Black Cats prepared for life back in the top flight under then manager Roy Keane. Jones made his debut in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United before scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Reading that September.

The 58-time capped Trinidad front man went on to score 26 goals during a three year spell in the north east, making 94 appearances in total before joining fellow Premier League club Stoke City in August 2010.

Taking the Potters’ number nine shirt, Jones has scored 13 goals in 88 appearances during his three-and-a-half year spell at the Britannia Stadium with first-team opportunities limited for the Stoke frontman in recent months.

His career now continues at Cardiff City, with all at the club wishing him every success.


Football / Kenwyne Jones focused on the present amid transfer specualtion
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:50:16 AM »
Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones focused on the present amid transfer specualtion


Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones is reluctant to speculate on his long-term future, with his focus locked on the present.

Jones has struggled to hold down a regular first-team role in recent times, restricting him to just nine Premier League outings this season.

He has, however, made three consecutive starts in December and netted in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday.

Jones concedes that he does not know where he stands in Tony Pulis' thoughts heading forward, but he is prepared to continue giving his all to the Stoke cause for as long as he is required.

"It's been difficult, but I guess that is life for a footballer," he told Sky Sports.

"Things happen, things change, and you either have to roll with it or fall down. I've been rolling with it for quite a while and I'm just going to keep smiling and doing what I have to do."

On reports which have suggested that his days at the Britannia Stadium could be numbered, Jones admits that he does not know what 2013 will hold.

"I can't pin my future to being at Stoke or being in this country," he added.

"I can't say what's going to happen come the summer time. For the moment, I am happy to be playing and working hard and hopefully scoring some goals."

England U21 defender Rose calls on UEFA to ban Serbia after racist abuse


England U21 defender Danny Rose has called on UEFA to ban Serbia after claiming that racist abuse he suffered in Tuesday's game was so bad it affected his performance.

Rose was targeted by home fans in Krusevac as his side's 1-0 European Championship qualifying win - secured by Connor Wickham's late goal - was overshadowed by ugly and violent scenes at the finish.

The on-loan Sunderland full-back was sent off after the final whistle after kicking the ball into a crowd that baited him with monkey chants and gestures, while Serbian players and officials got involved in a subsequent brawl on the field.

"It started when we went out for the warm-up," Rose told Sky Sports News. "I told Wigs (Steve Wigley, assistant manager) what was happening and he told me to try and get through it, that it would be dealt with after the game.

"The fans started with monkey chants and in the second half two stones hit me on the head as I went to get the ball for a throw-in.

"After about 60 minutes, my mind wasn't on the game. I was angry. It was so hard to concentrate that I made a few mistakes.

"When we scored, after 90 minutes' abuse, I obviously expressed my emotions. The next thing I knew, all the Serbian players surrounded me, started pushing me, and then a brawl broke out.

"I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away. That's when I kicked the ball - and the referee sent me off. I don't understand -the game had finished by then but he still sent me off for kicking the ball.
"As I went off again there was monkey chanting, but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off.

"They have to be banned. I don't understand how else they can learn from it, they have to be banned."

Manager Stuart Pearce described the evening's events as "very sad", while the Football Association released a statement soon after the game confirming it had reported "a number" of racist incidents to UEFA.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson has now written to UEFA president Michel Platini urging the governing body to take tough sanctions, while Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "appalled" by the incidents.

UEFA fined Serbia £16,000 when England defender Nedum Onuoha was racially abused during a U21 European Championship meeting between the sides in 2007.

Football / Market Value of T&T's Overseas Players
« on: September 07, 2011, 12:09:55 PM »
  Player's name                                      Club                                                                                A-Int. caps  Market value
  Kenwyne Jones  Striker, 26 Years      Stoke City  Premier League                                   47 Matches   7.900.000 £
  Jason Scotland  Striker, 32 Years      Ipswich Town  Championship                                 41 Matches   1.500.000 £
  Khaleem Hyland  Midfield, 22 Years    KRC Genk  Jupiler Pro League                                 27 Matches   1.100.000 £
  Carlos Edwards  Midfield, 32 Years     Ipswich Town  Championship                                 79 Matches   650.000 £
  Chris Birchall  Midfield, 27 Years        Los Angeles Galaxy  Major League Soccer                 36 Matches   600.000 £
  Collin Samuel  Striker, 30 Years         Luton Town  Conference National                            24 Matches   350.000 £
  Julius James  Defence, 27 Years        Columbus Crew  Major League Soccer                      10 Matches   175.000 £
  Jake Thomson  Midfield, 22 Years      Kettering Town  Conference National                         2 Matches   175.000 £
  Scott Sealy  Striker, 30 Years          San Jose Earthquakes  Major League Soccer              24 Matches   150.000 £
  Tony Warner  Goalkeeper, 37 Years    FC Wellington Phoenix  A-League                              1 Match   150.000 £
  Keon Daniel  Midfield, 24 Years          Philadelphia Union  Major League Soccer                   46 Matches   125.000 £
  Kerry Baptiste  Striker, 29 Years        FC Tampa Bay  North American Soccer League          43 Matches   125.000 £
  Thorne Holder  Goalkeeper, 25 Years  Philadelphia Union  Major League Soccer                                     100.000 £
  Marvin Andrews  Defence, 35 Years   Wrexham FC  Conference National                           102 Matches   100.000 £
  Osei Telesford  Defence, 27 Years     Puerto Rico Islanders  North Amer. Soccer League     19 Matches 75.000 £
  Clyde Leon  Midfield, 27 Years          Itagüí Ditaires  Liga Postobon I                                38 Matches   75.000 £
  Josh Johnson  Striker, 30 Years        AFC Telford United  Conference National                     4 Matches   50.000 £
  Ricky Shakes  Midfield, 26 Years       Ebbsfleet United FC  Conference National                    1 Match   50.000 £
  Conrad Smith  Striker, 29 Years        FC Edmonton  North American Soccer League             18 Matches   50.000 £
  Andre Boucaud  Midfield, 26 Years    York City  Conference National                                   6 Matches   50.000 £
  Daneil Cyrus  Defence, 20 Years       Sporting Kansas City  Major League Soccer                 13 Matches   50.000 £
  Lester Peltier  Midfield, 22 Years       AS Trencin  Corgon liga                                             9 Matches   50.000 £
  Kevon Villaroel  Defence, 23 Years    Puerto Rico Islanders  North American Soccer League                      25.000 £

 Source: www.transfermarkt.co.uk

Football / Bahrain's Footballers in Jail
« on: June 06, 2011, 09:04:02 AM »


Bahrain's Sports Heroes languish in Jail

(CNN) -- Alaa Hubail was once considered a national hero.

The 28-year-old striker had been instrumental in Bahrain's greatest footballing achievement, reaching the semi-finals of the 2004 Asian Cup, where he finished joint top scorer.

His goals also helped Bahrain reach two World Cup qualifying play-offs, failing to reach Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010 by just a single goal on both occasions. Remarkable achievements for a country with fewer than a million citizens.

But heroes are made or broken on slim margins.

In February Hubail ceased to be a national hero to some in Bahrain after he, his brother Mohamed and fellow national team regular Sayed Mohamed Adnan -- who was nominated for the 2009 Asian Player of The Year award -- were arrested following violent February protests that nearly brought down Bahrain's Al Khalifa royal family.

All three were sacked from their club sides and effectively banned form playing on the national team.

The authorities say they were part of illegal, violent protests; international and local human rights groups say that the players, along with more than 150 sportsmen, women and administrators, were being punished for protesting peacefully against the government.

"The violence and abuse is so huge. We have too much work. We can't cope here. A lot of doctors, a lot of people have been targeted, soccer players, basketball players, handball players, teachers, unionists," said Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahraini Center for Human Rights.

Should F1 risk running in Bahrain?

Rajab was himself arrested in the middle of the night -- on charges he had fabricated a picture showing a dead protester, allegedly killed by the army -- and says he was tortured, threatened with rape and then released.

Despite the allegations that sports stars have been targeted in Bahrain the FIA, motorsport's governing body, agreed last week to re-instate Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix, which had been postponed after anti-government protests broke out.

"I still don't know under what circumstances the Grand Prix has agreed to come to Bahrain. They have taken the decision on the day two people [allegedly killed during the protests] were buried," Rajab told CNN.

"How will the athletes [in jail] feel knowing that F1 is coming here? Many are in detention waiting military trial. I will urge all the drivers, journalists, everyone, to stay in solidarity with us by not going to this event. This will be the sport of the oppressor's regime."

The imposition of martial law heralded a crackdown by the authorities following more than four months of protests against the regime -- a Sunni royal family ruling over a majority Shia Muslim population who wanted greater democracy and accountability.

The royal family saw it as an Iranian funded and inspired plot. Troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, under a Gulf Cooperation Council mandate, were invited to maintain calm, fearing protests would spread to their own restive, minority Shia enclaves.

Since the beginning of the turmoil in Bahrain, about 30 people have been killed, according to figures from the government, opposition figures and human rights groups. Opposition and human rights groups say more than 1,000 have been detained.

"The players have obviously been in custody after their involvement in the demonstrations and acts of violence against governmental officials was proven," Sheikh Ali bin Khalifa al Khalifa, vice president of the Bahraini Football Association and a member of the Gulf kingdom's royal family, told CNN.

There has so far been no action from FIFA, football's international governing body, which has strict rules banning political interference in the running of football.

"The case does not apply here," said Al Khalifa, dismissing the charge that the arrests broke FIFA's rules on political interference.

"The players have been arrested, investigated and detained for having opposed the general laws and bylaws of the country. The fact that they happen to be footballers and national team players is highly irrelevant...If tolerance was shown to those who happen to be athletes, it will result in the disintegrating of the equality under the law spirit [sic], a matter that goes beyond everything our revered government stands for."

When contacted by CNN, a FIFA spokesman said: "FIFA has not yet received official information on this issue... FIFA, but also the whole sporting movement, considers it crucial to defend the autonomy of sport and the independence of sporting bodies. The use and abuse of football for political purposes, in any shape or form is a practice which FIFA would actively seek to sanction."

Mohamed bin Hammam, the Qatari head of the Asian Football Confederation who challenged Sepp Blatter for FIFA's presidency before being suspended on bribery allegations, did not reply when contacted by phone before his suspension.

According to Keir Radnedge, a former editor of World Soccer and expert on the inner workings of FIFA -- football's governing body -- has been quick to suspend football associations when governments have attempted interfere in their running. In recent years Iran, Iraq, Bosnia and Yemen have all been punished for mixing sport and politics. Bahrain has not been sanctioned.

"FIFA has been firm with nations in Africa, Asia, CONCACAF [the confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean football] and is quick to threaten any Europeans such as Poland, Ukraine [for political interference in football]. The catch is that political interference is more obviously recognizable in some countries than in others," he told CNN.

"But there was a [FIFA presidential] election around the corner and neither man could afford to upset a royal family which is a powerful player in sport in the region."

Regardless of what happens next, one thing is clear: The most talented group of footballers in the 40 years since Bahrain's independence has been damaged inexorably.

When former international coach Milan Macala was preparing for the first leg of a World Cup playoff against New Zealand in 2009, he spoke of how the national team had been a symbol of unity. "We do not talk of religion here, we do not talk of Sunni and Shia," he told CNN at the training ground.

Now, that symbol of unity is gone, replaced by recriminations and resentment. Hubail and his national teammates remain in jail.

"The silence of FIFA and of the AFC raises a question," said Rajab.

"Either they [the Bahraini FA] have a green signal or they [FIFA and the AFC] accept such violence against football players. Footballers have rights like any other human to be a citizen. It's time for FIFA to raise their voice. The people of Bahrain are looking at them and asking: 'Where are you?'"

Football / Cats on International Duty
« on: August 07, 2009, 07:07:29 AM »
Cats on International Duty


Steve Bruce will be without a number of players at training next week due to international commitments.
Manager Steve Bruce will have a depleted squad in the build-up to next week's Barclays Premier League opener as international commitments kick in.
A total of 11 professionals will be in the frame to represent their countries over the coming week over a mixture of international friendlies and World Cup qualifiers.
Kenwyne Jones (pictured) and Carlos Edwards will be both be looking towards South Africa 2010 as they join up with the Trinidad and Tobago squad for their qualifier against El Salvador.
Meanwhile, Marton Fulop and Teemu Tainio will link up with Hungary and Finland respectively. 
New signing Paulo Da Silva is expected to captain Paraguay when they face South Korea in Seoul, while George McCartney and David Healy are in the Northern Ireland squad for the home friendly against Israel.
At the junior levels, Robbie Weir will be hoping to figure for Northern Ireland Under-21s, as will Trevor Carson if he can recover from injury in time.
Jordan Henderson has been selected for England U20s, and young keeper Michal Misiewicz will join the Canada U20 set-up.
All players - barring Paulo Da Silva, who is still awaiting paperwork in South America - will return in time for next week's Barclays Premier League game against Bolton Wanderers.
Full list of call-ups: Trevor Carson, Robbie Weir (Northern Ireland U21), Carlos Edwards, Kenwyne Jones (Trinidad and Tobago), Marton Fulop (Hungary), David Healy, George McCartney (N Ireland), Jordan Henderson (England U20), Michal Misiewicz (Canada U20), Paulo Da Silva (Paraguay), Teemu Tainio (Finland).

Football / Tigers end Zamora chase
« on: August 05, 2009, 07:28:14 AM »
Please note the last line. I hope this is not the case when it comes to the national team...


Tigers end Zamora chase
Duffen not disappointed to miss out on Fulham striker

Hull City have ended their interest in signing Bobby Zamora and chairman Paul Duffen insists it is 'not disappointing' to miss out on the Fulham striker.

The Tigers had agreed a £5million fee with Fulham last month for Zamora after missing out on several of their other attacking targets.

Talks regarding personal terms dragged on for over a week, with Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson always confident Zamora would turn down a move to the KC Stadium.

Hodgson's Hull counterpart Phil Brown, though, was staying optimistic that he could persuade the 28-year-old to leave the West London club.

However, Tigers chairman Duffen has confirmed the club are now moving on to other potential signings after failing to agree a deal with Zamora.

"Fulham have advised us that he is no longer available," Duffen told the Hull Daily Mail.

"It's not disappointing, it's just a fact that we've got many, many targets.

"We've moved on and we're still confident of signing the strikers that will improve us.

"It's never disappointing to lose out on someone who doesn't show any passion for a move."

Football / New First-team hopes for Carlos
« on: July 14, 2009, 07:49:46 AM »
New First-team hopes for Carlos

Sunderland winger Carlos Edwards is banking on a strong pre-season as he looks to force himself back into the reckoning for a regular first team spot.

Edwards, 30, made 26 appearances in the red and white last season, with all but three coming in 2009. The Trinidadian paceman spent time on loan in the Championship with Wolves last season, but was recalled after playing only six games under former Sunderland chief Mick McCarthy at Molineux.

A mid-November return heralded a bigger senior look-in on Wearside, and Edwards says hard pre-season work is the key to an expanded role under new Stadium of Light boss Steve Bruce.

"My main objective is to break back into the first team with Sunderland and become a regular," he told safc.com.
"The new manager has come in and I know to get a place I must impress him in training and show him I am ready when he gives me the nudge to come in.

"It's been tough so far but if you're not working hard then it's not as enjoyable.  This has been something different to the other eleven pre-seasons I have done.

"From day one the manager has made it clear that everyone has a clean slate and he is a fair man.  The guys respect that and the relationship between us will get better and better over time."

Edwards has spent the last week training with the rest of the squad under the watchful eye of Bruce, who made a close-season move from Barclays Premier League counterparts Wigan Athletic.

And he says that Bruce and his new staff have already made a connection with the current crop of players vying to start the new 2009/10 campaign - something which could bode well for the future.

"It shouldn't be too much of an adjustment for us or him because we are getting to know each other already and everyone is clicking. We must go about our jobs and it is up to us as players to help the new coaching staff, as well as them helping us.

"Obviously we have only been together for a week and the manager is bound to do some things differently.

"We have underachieved during the last couple of seasons but the new manager has come here because he knows Sunderland are a big club.

"As players we will do whatever we can to help him realise his ambitions for the club.  I think we can push on this season and aim for the top 10."

Edwards will be in the mix for this Thursday's friendly against League Two outfit Darlington - the precursor to trips to Portugal and Amsterdam.

"The pre-season games look tough, but that is good as we want to be going into the Bolton game on the back of some good tests and good performances," he added.

"We want to give as good an account of ourselves as possible. It is not called pre-season for nothing - what we are doing now is a dress rehearsal for the real thing and we must make sure we are ready."

Football / Sbragia steps down
« on: May 24, 2009, 11:46:54 AM »

Sbragia steps down
Black Cats boss makes way after securing safety

Ricky Sbragia has stepped down as Sunderland manager after the Black Cats secured Premier League survival.

Sunderland lost 3-2 at home to Chelsea on the final day but the failure of Hull, Middlesbrough and arch-rivals Newcastle to win means the Black Cats will play a third straight year in the top flight.

The Wearsiders were third-bottom when Sbragia took charge in December following the departure of Roy Keane.

The 52-year-old Scottish boss now feels he should make way for a bigger name after achieving his survival objective.

Football / Jones makes quit hint
« on: May 20, 2009, 06:09:01 AM »

Jones makes quit hint
Striker admits he could be off if Black Cats drop

Kenwyne Jones has strongly intimated that this season could be his last at Sunderland should they fail to fend off the drop.

The Black Cats are perched perilously above the drop zone with just one Premier League game left to play, as Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Jones has been one of the club's leading lights in what has been a difficult campaign for Ricky Sbragia's side and his powerful performances have caught the eye elsewhere.

Tottenham failed to land the Trinidadian striker in January but could rekindle their interest in the summer if given the green light by either Jones or Sunderland.

Sbragia would be loath to lose one of his top players, especially given on-loan Djibril Cisse's likely return to Marseille, but it does look as though Jones would seek a move should the club be relegated.

Timing issue?
The timing of Jones' interview is unlikely to sit well with his manager ahead of what is a massive game for the club.

"I can't say what's going to happen," conceded Jones. "Things do happen in those situations.

"I've committed myself to the club. If we stay up, I am definitely going to be here.

"If we go down I don't know what is going to happen. Totttenham have been linked with me quite strongly.

"I can't say what is going on there."

Jones, Sunderland's top goalscorer with 11, signed a new four-and-a-half year deal in January.

Football / Sbragia challenges strikers
« on: May 12, 2009, 06:23:41 AM »

Sbragia challenges strikers
Black Cats boss urges Cisse and Jones to adapt

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has told Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones they must learn to adapt if they are to end their recent barren run.

The two strikers have scored 21 goals between them this season but they have struggled in recent weeks, netting just once each in the club's last 11 games.

Sbragia decided to switch to a 4-5-1 formation at the weekend, with Cisse starting on the substitutes' bench and then replacing Jones midway through the second half.

The change did not have the desired effect as Sunderland were held to a goalless draw by Bolton, and Sbragia may opt to start with both men again at Portsmouth.

The Black Cats boss insists Cisse and Jones can forge a lethal partnership, although he feels they may have to adopt a different approach.

"What's happened, teams are closing down the width of the game," explained Sbragia.

"There's not a lot of space behind them, so they are finding it difficult to go behind, especially Djibril.

"He has to adapt his game a little bit more and he is finding that difficult.

"One of Djibril's major strengths is going forward. If you were playing against him, you would want him to be coming towards the ball.

"As a pair, they can probably get a little bit closer. Kenwyne did really well last year and when he came back from the injury, he was excellent.

"But he has not repeated that performance enough. It's a case of just persevering with them and getting on with it.

"You hope all the good things they did early-season will start coming back again."

Football / Tony Warner's first start for Hull City
« on: January 25, 2009, 08:46:08 AM »

Trouble spoils Tigers' win

Hull City booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-0 win over Millwall in a match marred by crowd trouble.

A goal in each half saw the Tigers through in a largely forgettable encounter although the contest is likely to be best remembered for some unsavoury incidents off the field.

Riot police were called in before the kick-off as visiting supporters charged home fans in the north east corner of the ground.

And as the game slipped away from the Lions following Ian Ashbee's fine strike to put the Tigers two goals up following Michael Turner's opener, visiting supporters appeared to rip up and hurl seats at home fans.

As the final whistle sounded, mounted police made their way onto the pitch to make sure trouble did not spill onto the playing area.

Some Tigers fans stayed behind at the final whistle to taunt their visitors but fortunately the rival groups were kept apart by scores of stewards and police.

On the pitch, the game lacked quality and was littered with fouls from both sides. Referee Stuart Attwell was kept busy and booked six players in the second half.

Yet Hull always looked the stronger side and had the better of possession throughout.

Millwall lacked bite but were never out of the game and former Lions goalkeeper Tony Warner looked uneasy on his first City start.

Peter Halmosi had the first opportunity of the game with a long-range shot straight at David Forde.

Hull made their superiority count in 15th minute as Turner further underlined the danger he poses from set-pieces.

The hosts won a free-kick on the right after Sam Ricketts was fouled by Andy Frampton and Andy Dawson, returning after two months out injured, crossed for Turner to head home.

Frampton then escaped a penalty claim after Hull appealed for handball following a Ricketts cross.

Izale McLeod, making his full debut after joining on loan from Charlton, had Millwall's first opportunity after jinking into the area but his scuffed shot did not trouble Warner.

Hull survived a real scare after 33 minutes following a howler by Warner.

The Hull keeper stumbled after failing to control a routine back pass from Ashbee and was forced to dive on the ball as McLeod threatened to nip in and score.

Attwell had no option other than to give an indirect free-kick inside the area but Warner was spared further emabarrassment as Lewis Grabban shot wide.

Dawson required treatment for a head injury shortly before the interval after a collision which Hull felt warranted further action from Attwell.

Millwall should have equalised in first-half injury time when McLeod nodded down a David Martin cross but Marc Laird missed the target.

Manucho had his first chance five minutes into the second half but shot well over from Halmosi's cross.

The game became even scrappier but Hull looked the stronger side and Dean Marney was the next to have an opportunity with a strong run and shot, which was blocked.

Nicky Featherstone replaced Halmosi after 65 minutes and crossed for Manucho but the Angola international headed straight at Forde.

Caleb Folan came on for Manucho and was soon in Attwell's book after fouling Chris Hackett.

Hull skipper Ashbee wrapped up the game with his stunning effort late on.

Hull countered and Ashbee powered forward to blast home from the edge of the box after being set up by Daniel Cousin.

It was a rare moment of brilliance on an uninspiring afternoon but the game soon returned to type with Folan lucky to escape a second booking for another foul.

The final whistle was greeted by the sight of mounted police riding up the side of the pitch to prevent a repeat of earlier trouble.

Fortunately the ground appeared to empty without any further clashes.

Football / Wolves miss out on Edwards
« on: January 11, 2009, 11:01:24 AM »

Wolves miss out on Edwards

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed Sunderland turned down his request to re-sign Carlos Edwards on loan.

Edwards made six appearances for the Championship leaders during a six-week stint at Molineux earlier this season.

After a deal for Rangers winger Alan Gow fell through, McCarthy asked to take Edwards on loan for a second time.

However, the Wolves chief revealed that new Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia considers the Trinidad & Tobago international part of his plans.

"Carlos is staying at Sunderland," McCarthy told the club's official website

"I've spoken to Ricky who said he played well against Bolton and he's staying.

"If it's any consolation I told him that I'd have kept him as well, but I only did that after he told me his decision!"

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