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League stands firm on games Mali fightback a boost: Keita Win delights boss Pellegrini

The Premier League will defend themselves vigorously if questions are asked regarding the number of postponements at the weekend as attention now turns to rescheduling matches.

Only two matches went ahead at the weekend, Arsenal's draw with Everton and Birmingham's clash against Manchester United, but television pictures showed the surrounding areas of Upton Park being clear of snow despite West Ham's match with Wolves being postponed.

League officials will explain that matches were called off after police advice and, while stadiums could be declared clear on the day, that may not be the case for roads around the venues.

Clubs will liaise on when to play the postponed matches, as league games are the last priority behind Uefa, FA Cup and Carling Cup competitions.

Rescheduling is complicated by an informal agreement with Uefa not to play matches on the same evenings as Champions League or Europa League games, but matches could be played on FA Cup fourth or fifth-round days between sides knocked out of the competition, and league officials also see space on March 24, April 14 and May 5.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp said on a potential pile-up of fixtures: "It makes or breaks a season, so we will just have to wait and see."



Mali fightback a boost: Keita

Mali midfielder Seydou Keita believes the psychological boost from their remarkable comeback against Angola will stand them in good stead for the rest of the African Nations Cup.

Mali trailed 4-0 with 11 minutes to go but, inspired by a double from Keita, the west Africans salvaged a draw with Mustapha Yatabare's equaliser coming deep into stoppage time.

Barcelona midfielder Keita, who surprisingly started on the bench, said: "I couldn't imagine we could fight back like that. We wanted to win but we are happy to get a point in the end."



Win delights boss Pellegrini

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini was a happy man after watching his side see off Real Mallorca last night -- but felt they should have been celebrating a much bigger margin of victory.

Madrid won 2-0 thanks to goals at the start of each half from Gonzalo Higuain and Esteban Granero, and that victory saw the Bernabeu side take top spot in La Liga for a couple of hours, until Barcelona reclaimed it with a 5-0 win over Tenerife.

"It was important to win and pick up three points. The scoreline did not reflect what happened in the game, we had many chances," said Pellegrini.


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