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Weekend Live! (21 -23 March)

Weekend Live! (21 -23 March)

  • BECKHAM'S IN TOWN [twitter]

    3/22/2014 5:16:12 PM
  • WEST HAM v MAN UTD [westham]
    Sam Allardyce says his side are happy with the results today - but now need to pick up some points of their own
    3/22/2014 5:17:52 PM
  • WEST HAM v MAN UTD [manchesterunited]
    Darren Fletcher has been handed a rare start today. We caught up with him a few moments ago
    3/22/2014 5:20:04 PM
    We've just spoken to hat-trick hero Luis Suarez after a big win for Liverpool today [liverpool]
    We know that if you to try to win the title it's so difficult because in football you never know. It's better we forget the last few games and concentrate on the next few games. It is more important.

    3/22/2014 5:22:28 PM
  • [betting] Here's how Sky Bet price up the SNF clash, where’s your money? Bet on West Ham v Manchester United here.

    3/22/2014 5:23:12 PM
  • GAME OF THE DAY [saturdaynightfootball]
    Speaking of that goal-fest in Cardiff, that's our Game of the Day. You can see it in full in the company of Sarah-Jane Mee and Glenn Hoddle from 8pm on Sky Sports 1. That's followed by Match Choice from 10pm when you can take your pick from any of the 3pm games.
    3/22/2014 5:23:33 PM
  • Here's how West Ham line up today. Kick-off is upon us at Upton Park.

    3/22/2014 5:29:08 PM
  • It will be fascinating to see how Michael Carrick performs at centre-back - and how much help he gets from Marouane Fellaini

    3/22/2014 5:29:18 PM
  • [kick-off]WEST HAM 0-0 MAN UTD
    Right then, how will this makeshift Manchester United team fare? Let's find out...
    3/22/2014 5:30:23 PM
    Visitors straight on the front foot and should be ahead. Young's corner comes back to him, and his second cross is nodded goalwards by an unmarked Fellaini only for Carroll to get in the way on the goal-line
    3/22/2014 5:33:35 PM
    West Ham haven't started here, and now Mata misses a half-chance as Kagawa - gifted the ball by Tomkins - sticks the Spaniard in on the left of the box. The shot's on target but never a worry for Adrian
    3/22/2014 5:35:37 PM
    More like it from the home side as they win a couple of corners. All eyes are on Carroll, but the ball's delivered instead to the ear post, where Demel prods it a couple of feet wide via a nick off his marker
    3/22/2014 5:37:08 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! WEST HAM 0-1 MAN UTD (Rooney)
    It's been a lively start and now we have a goal. Quite a goal, too, as Rooney nudges himself a bit of space five yards inside the West Ham half and let's fly with a 50-yard volley. Adrian has his bearings all wrong and gets in an almighty flap as the ball finds his unguarded net
    3/22/2014 5:37:37 PM
  • David Beckham is here and that's the sort of moment he produced all those years ago. Wayne Rooney has done it tonight. [martintyler]

    3/22/2014 5:39:37 PM
  • This is Wayne Rooney striking the ball - that line behind him is the HALF-WAY line.

    3/22/2014 5:40:13 PM
  • Don't believe us? Here's another angle. Quite a finish!

    3/22/2014 5:41:17 PM
    Good response from the hosts as Diame has a shot blocked and Rafael goes in the book for blocking off Downing. The Boleyn's still reeling from that Rooney goal, though - despite the keeper's average attempt at a save, it's a memorable strike
    3/22/2014 5:42:23 PM
    The Chelsea players have been merrily tweeting all afternoon. Less so the Gooners, it has to be said... [twitter]

    3/22/2014 5:43:08 PM
    Brendan Rodgers praised the composure of his side as they smashed six past Cardiff
    3/22/2014 6:08:00 PM
    Let's see if the visitors can make a better fist of a set-piece as Taylor trips Mata to go in the book...Well...not, really, as Rooney's whipped delivery is always too high
    3/22/2014 6:09:05 PM
    Chris Hughton says his side could have beaten Sunderland by even more goals today
    We were very good in the first half, got the goals that we need but you knew that a Sunderland team fighting for their lives as well would give us a lot of problems in the second half. We managed to maintain it for it 90 minutes and I thought we were good enough to perhaps get another goal, another two maybe which would have helped our goal difference. 

    3/22/2014 6:09:55 PM
    Steve Bruce was delighted with the victory for his team today - and defended Shane long over accusations that he dived to win a penalty.
    It might have been a soft penalty, but Chris Foy was less than 10 yards away when he gives the decision. Maybe he has seen contact and heard contact... Long is never going to dive, he's as genuine as they come. When you move as quick as he does, the slightest little tap and you are going to go ove
    3/22/2014 6:16:23 PM
  • HULL 2-0 WEST BROM REACTION [westbrom]
    Pepe Mel disagrees, saying the penalty decision changed the match
    3/22/2014 6:17:18 PM
    Rooney clearly fancies a hat-trick here, and he peels away to the edge of the box to meet Mata's cross on the volley. In his mind's eye it might fly into the top corner, in reality it's a fearful shinner which is closer to the corner flag
    3/22/2014 6:18:02 PM
  • [half-time]WEST HAM 0-2 MAN UTD
    Long way back for West Ham, who have a certain they-don't-like-it-up-'em menace but are being outplayed. Two goals to Rooney: one routine, the other for the scrapbook
    3/22/2014 6:19:18 PM
  • Here are the half-time stats. Manchester United are well on top so far.

    3/22/2014 6:21:38 PM
  • [betting] West Ham certainly need a boost but here’s some for those fancying a punt during the break, including Carroll next scorer enhanced from 9/1 to 10/1.
    Bet on West Ham v Manchester United here.

    3/22/2014 6:23:24 PM
  • DWIGHT YORKE'S VIEW [dwightyorke]
    Unsurprisingly they're all talking about Wayne Rooney's first goal in the SNF studio - and Dwight Yorke feels it was better than David Beckham's effort against Wimbledon all those years ago.
    This guy has scored some spectacular goals in the past – ie against City and against Newcastle – but I think Becks would be very proud of this one. For me I think it’s a much more difficult skill [than Beckham’s]

    3/22/2014 6:29:48 PM
    Toon matchwinner Papiss Cisse tells us about ending his goal drought in dramatic fashion
    3/22/2014 6:32:01 PM
  • [recommend] Good morning and welcome back to our Weekend blog ahead of another crucial day in the Premier League. It was a dramatic afternoon yesterday as Chelsea destroyed Arsenal 6-0 in Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners to stay four points clear at the top of the table.  There were also big wins for Liverpool and Manchester City, while Wayne Rooney produced a moment of magic in the late kick-off as Manchester United overcame West Ham.
    3/23/2014 8:40:26 AM
  • [supersunday] Coming up later today there will be action from Tottenham Hotspur’s game against Southampton, live on Sky Sports 1HD at 1.30pm. The second part of Super Sunday then features Aston Villa’s clash with Stoke City from 4pm, while this evening there is the mouth-watering prospect of Real Madrid facing Barcelona in El Clasico, which kicks off at 8pm and is also live on Sky Sports 1HD.
    3/23/2014 8:50:03 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] First up we have the Sunday Supplement, as Neil Ashton leads a discussion of the week’s major talking points. This morning he is joined by Patrick Barclay of the Evening Standard, Paul Hayward from the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Mirror’s Andy Dunn.
    3/23/2014 9:00:34 AM
  • [arsenal] Today’s back pages are predictably dominated by the tale of Chelsea’s 6-0 victory over Arsenal yesterday, and in particular the remarkable case of mistaken identity when Kieran Gibbs was sent off for handball when in fact it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who dived to tip the ball away. Hayward is staggered that in this day and age something like this could have happened, and says referee Andre Marriner should have been given more help.
    3/23/2014 9:06:20 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Barclay insists that technology must be increased to prevent incidents such as Gibbs’ red card happening again. Dunn presents the argument that it would take forever for a match to be completed, but Barclay counters that the game would actually be speeded up because use of video replays to make decisions would take away the time that players and managers spend protesting. 
    3/23/2014 9:09:41 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] A statement was released last night in which Andre Marriner expressed his disappointment at making such a mistake, but Hayward believes this could cause problems in future as clubs who are on the wrong end of decisions may now expect apologies. He suggests that referees should be allowed to come out after all matches to explain their calls. Dunn reckons Marriner will now miss one or two matches, but disagrees that he should be dropped down to the Football League for a few weeks as punishment.
    3/23/2014 9:14:41 AM
  • [chelsea] Jose Mourinho declared after the match that Chelsea ‘came to kill’ Arsenal, and Hayward does not believe they have received the credit they deserve this season. He does not think the Blues should be viewed negatively as a counter-attacking team, but is scathing in his assessment of Arsenal as he says they do not appear to be properly prepared for these big games, having also been hammered at Manchester City and Liverpool.
    3/23/2014 9:18:59 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Barclay agrees that Arsenal were an ‘absolute shambles’ against Chelsea, criticising the players for ‘sleepwalking’ through the game from the very start. He admits that Arsene Wenger has to take responsibility, and Dunn says there is not enough flexibility in the Frenchman’s tactics as he always wants to go out and play ‘lovely five-a-side football’ and does not plan adequately to stop counter-attacks.
    3/23/2014 9:22:40 AM

  • [arsenal] Andre Marriner should have been able to use video replays, argues Patrick Barclay on Sunday Supplement 

    3/23/2014 9:25:49 AM
  • [arsenal] Yesterday’s defeat ruined a landmark day for Arsene Wenger as he brought up his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal, and despite recent criticism the panel are in agreement that he deserves huge praise for the philosophy he has instilled at the club. Dunn says the Premier League has a lot to thank Wenger for, describing him as a ‘revolutionary’ for some of the methods he has brought to English football.
    3/23/2014 9:29:08 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsene Wenger’s greatest achievement may have been to mould the ‘Invincibles’ but over the past few years there has been a well-documented lack of silverware at Arsenal, and Hayward says the qualities they had in 2004 are no longer visible. He believes they are now more fragile and Wenger is ‘at a crossroads’ after some of the results this season as Arsenal are no longer consistently challenging for the title. 
    3/23/2014 9:34:32 AM
  • [arsenal] There is criticism from the panel of Arsene Wenger’s spending record and Hayward says it is no surprise that Arsenal are struggling when they are relying so heavily on Olivier Giroud as their main striker. Barclay believes Lukas Podolski should be used more as an alternative forward, while Dunn concedes that Wenger ‘looks as if he is becoming stale’.
    While Mourinho looked every inch the modern manager, Wenger looked like a visionary from a decade ago who is now fading.

    3/23/2014 9:39:54 AM
  • [manchesterunited] The discussions turns to Manchester United’s 2-0 win at West Ham, when Wayne Rooney scored a wonder goal from near the halfway line. The victory followed an impressive comeback against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Barclay believes they may have now turned the corner under David Moyes. He says he has never really doubted that Moyes will be successful, as long as he is given the budget to go out and but the right players.
    3/23/2014 9:45:54 AM
  • [manchesterunited] Reflecting on the reports this week of a rift between Ryan Giggs and David Moyes, which came out before the Olympiakos game, Dunn admits that it is an ‘awkward dynamic’ as the Welshman may eventually become Manchester United manager. He says it is still too early to judge whether United have got back on track, saying their performances in the past couple of games have been improved but are still not ‘vintage’. Dunn also insists that United's priority in the transfer market this summer must be to bring in a top-quality defensive midfielder.
    3/23/2014 9:50:50 AM
  • [manchesterunited] Comparing Wayne Rooney’s goal to David Beckham’s famous strike from the halfway line against Wimbledon, Dunn says it is perhaps slightly more impressive because it is a harder skill to volley. Barclay reckons he will be the next Manchester United captain and hails Rooney for looking like a ‘world-class player’ in the last couple of games.
    3/23/2014 9:53:34 AM
  • [championsleague] Manchester United have been pitted against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals and Hayward is not sure they will be able to compete with the ‘frightening’ quality of the German side’s midfield. He predicts that Chelsea will come through against Paris Saint-Germain, though, saying that Jose Mourinho has the European pedigree to get the Blues safely past their dangerous French opponents.
    3/23/2014 9:56:05 AM
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