Thursday 25 May 2017

In brief: Lennon hails Forrest display

Celtic hammered Motherwell 4-0 in their SPL clash at Parkhead to set themselves up for Atletico Madrid in their Europa League group opener on Thursday night.

James Forrest helped himself to a brace with further goals from Joe Ledley and Ki Sung-yueng as the Steelmen were dismantled with ease.

"James was superb," Lennon said. "We are trying to sort of break him in because he is prone to picking up niggling injuries.

"It was an excellent win, the best we've played this season. I thought we were dynamic at times."

Midfielder Scott Brown was missing with an ongoing ankle problem but Lennon is hopeful he will be back soon.

Celtic remain one point behind SPL leaders Rangers, who claimed a 1-0 win over 10-man Dundee United.

Connor leaves Galway post

Sean Connor has parted company with Galway United after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Galway currently sit bottom of the First Division of the Airtricity League, with only five points earned out of 28 games played.

In 2005, Connor managed Sligo Rovers to the League of Ireland First Division title and in the interim spent time in charge of Bohemians and Dundalk. He signed a three-year deal at Galway United in January of 2010.

Brighton stay top of the pile

A late goal from Ashley Barnes kept Brighton on top of the Championship after a 1-0 victory at Bristol City.

Gus Poyet's side had been frustrated for 80 minutes by Bristol City's former England goalkeeper David James and looked like drawing a blank for the first time this season.

But Brighton kept plugging away and were rewarded when Barnes scored to secure a fifth win in six games.

Elsewhere, Rickie Lambert's hat-trick earned Southampton a 3-2 victory over Steve McClaren's Nottingham Forest and West Ham beat 10-man Portsmouth 3-2 as Ireland's Liam Lawrence was given his marching orders.

Barca blow two-goal lead

Barcelona blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Real Sociedad in La Liga yesterday.

Strikes from Xavi and Cesc Fabregas put Barca in control but they were rattled when Sociedad struck with goals from Imanol Agirretxe and Antoine Griezmann.

Meanwhile, a strike from Gonzalo Higuain, a questionable penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Karim Benzema fired Barcelona's title rivals Real Madrid to a 4-2 victory over Getafe at the Bernabeu. Miku bagged a brace for the visitors.

Lambert looks at positives

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has stressed that he's not concerned by his side's start to the Premier League season.

The Canaries head into the clash against winless West Brom today having earned great credit, if only two points, from their opening three games.

"I am not concerned by our start. The lads are playing well," he said. "We were a minute away from beating Stoke and against Chelsea we played really well."

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Jol hoping to secure points

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side need to secure some points from today's Premier League against Blackburn.

The Cottagers have been out of sorts in the league this season and have only managed to accrue one point from their first three matches.

"I feel [the need to win] is probably the same as for the opposition," he said. "We need the points. It doesn't matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the table."

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