EPL: Tammy Abraham strikes eighth league goal in Chelsea win

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Nigerian born striker, Tammy Abraham, has scored his eighth league goal of the season as Chelsea won back-to-back Premier League games under Frank Lampard for the first time with a 4-1 win at Southampton.Abraham set the Blues on their way after 17 minutes before Mason Mount doubled the lead. Danny Ings’ effort on 30 minutes gave Southampton hope but N’Golo Kante’s deflected effort before half-time gave the visitors breathing space again.Christian Pulisic, on as a substitute, found Michy Batshuayi in the 89th minute and he made no mistake to complete the rout.Victory at St Mary’s moved Lampard’s men up to fifth, with struggling Southampton still just a point above the bottom three.Abraham tested Angus Gunn with a low shot before getting the better of him following a good pass from Callum Hudson-Odoi. Abraham took a neat touch and lofted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and despite Maya Yoshida’s attempts to clear, goalline technology proved the ball crossed the line.Southampton were reeling and just seven minutes later, Mount grabbed his fourth of the season following a slick move. Willian pounced on poor defending and the ball eventually found Mount, who slammed past Gunn to put Chelsea in charge.Mount should have made it 3-0 but screwed wide soon after and he and Chelsea were made to pay when Ings diverted a cross from the right in to reduce the deficit.Southampton looked invigorated following Ings’ strike but were left deflated just before half time when Kante’s effort deflected past Gunn to restore Chelsea’s two-goal advantage.Hudson-Odoi almost made it 4-1 just after the break but Gunn stood firm to deny him and Chelsea closed the game out with relative ease to claim a fourth win in a row in all competitions, with Batshuayi finishing things off late on. Tags: Chelsealast_img read more

O’Neill: Lafferty not giving much

first_img O’Neill installed Lafferty as his first-choice centre forward when he took over from Nigel Worthington at the start of last year, but has not been impressed by the Palermo player’s output. In five qualifiers he has managed no goals, two yellow cards, one sending-off, a couple of injuries and countless offsides. With qualification off the agenda and Luxembourg hardly presenting the most eye-catching opposition, O’Neill also found himself casting an eye toward the Euro 2016 trail. Despite just one win in seven matches in Group F – and high hopes for a second at the Stade Josy Barthel – his evolving squad have shown signs of encouragement. The defeat of Russia last month is an obvious high point, but both performances against a highly rated Portugal side have been positive, despite yielding just one point. To carry that feeling forward, though, O’Neill will need to hold on to senior men such as 33-year-old Gareth McAuley and former captain Aaron Hughes. O’Neill’s first task as manager was to persuade Hughes to reverse his decision to retire and it is an appeal he will make again – as and when the Irish Football Association confirm his own future. “Those are the kind of conversations that need to be had, but at this point I may not be the manager for the next campaign, these are things to be determined,” he said, though it is highly unlikely he will not be handed a new deal. “I’ve had a good conversation with Gareth and then there’s Aaron…he has been the easiest player I’ve had to deal with. “I would certainly be pushing Aaron to continue. I brought him out of retirement and asked him to play not in his natural position (right-back instead of central defence). The fact that he does that and continues to do that at such a level is testament to the player. “He’s still so vitally important to us.” Hughes has 87 caps to date and O’Neill believes the prospect of joining goalkeeping great Pat Jennings as only the second player to reach a century for his country could be the incentive he needs. “The 100-cap mark is a great carrot,” he added. “Given the service he has offered to Northern Ireland there’s not a finer person to be the first outfield player to achieve that.” Northern Ireland have no major injury worries heading into the match, with Jamie Ward, Shane Ferguson and Niall McGinn all set to be available following knocks against Portugal. Dean Shiels is on hand having been called up as cover for Lafferty, while Daniel Lafferty is available after suspension and will slot in at left-back. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has reiterated his dissatisfaction with striker Kyle Lafferty, claiming he has “contributed very little” to his country’s World Cup campaign. His dismissal against Portugal last week means he did not travel with O’Neill’s squad for Tuesday’s clash in Luxembourg and an expected three-game ban would mean his campaign is over. If that is the case, he can consider it an unmitigated failure judging by his manager’s verdict. “The reality is that he misses this game suspended and I’d say he’ll miss the next two as well, that wouldn’t surprise me,” said O’Neill. “We will address it after that. I had a good conversation with Kyle and he was very apologetic and recognises he has let his team-mates down. “I would never say I would wash my hands of him or anything like that because he is still a player who can potentially be a big asset to the squad. “But at this minute in time he is not giving us very much and he knows that. “After quite a good start to the campaign he has contributed very little and he knows he won’t have contributed very much in the second half of the campaign. “He knows he needs to address that, not only for me but for the lads he plays alongside as well.” Press Associationlast_img read more

PACKIE REVEALS ALL IN LATEST EDITION OF DONEGAL FOOTBALL MAGAZINE DFL

first_imgDonegal’s hottest soccer magazine just got even BIGGER!DFL Magazine returns this month with more of the latest news, reviews and interviews from all Donegal’s soccer leagues, college soccer and Finn Harps.Issue number 5 of DFL Magazine has 50 pages of photos, interviews and reviews of soccer in Donegal. Among the features are:* An interviews with Packie and Denis Bonner* Manager Scope features Cappy Rovers manager Seamus Doherty* Player Scope features Gareth Kerrigan of Milford United. * It also previews Carl McHugh’s recent heroics with Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi-final in EnglandAll five Issues are published online. Log onto www.issuu.com/dflmagazineLike and share us on www.facebook.com/DFLMagazine PACKIE REVEALS ALL IN LATEST EDITION OF DONEGAL FOOTBALL MAGAZINE DFL was last modified: February 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DFL magazinePackie Bonnersoccerlast_img read more