Saturday 25 November 2017

Experience will prevail: Evans

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is confident the longer the Premier League title race goes on, the more nervous Manchester City are likely to become.

United are facing up to what Evans believes will turn out to be a crucial week in the battle for supremacy.

Two tough away games, at Norwich today and Tottenham next Sunday would have been difficult anyway, even if they were not split by midweek internationals.

Yet if United can emerge still within striking distance of City, the feeling will start to grow this will again be their year.

Evans is acutely aware nothing can be taken for granted, however the defender feels United's additional experience may eventually come into play.

"The longer it goes, the more nervous they will get,'' said Evans. "You never feel totally in control and I am sure they would like the season to end now.''

Bale claims shift in power

Gareth Bale insists Arsenal can no longer claim to be north London's top club and is adamant that Tottenham should be regarded as favourites for today's hotly-anticipated derby at the Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham have not completed a derby double over Arsenal in the league for 19 years.

"Over the years Arsenal have been the favourites and they've been above us in the league but now the tide has turned,'' said Bale.

Bale thinks last season's 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium -- Tottenham's first away at their rivals in 17 years -- is evidence of how the tide has turned in Spurs' favour.

Redknapp's team went in 2-0 down at half time but the Spurs boss masterminded a remarkable comeback to end Arsenal's title hopes with a 3-2 win.

"That showed what we can do as a team.''

Fans vent fury at McLeish

Manager Alex McLeish has admitted life is not easy dealing with the Aston Villa boo-boys. Once again McLeish was barracked by his own fans during yesterday's 0-0 draw at Wigan.

Fans chanted "you don't know what you're doing'' following the second-half introduction of Emile Heskey.

They also brought up McLeish's history as a former Birmingham manager and cried "we want our Villa back'' as their team laboured in unconvincing manner.

"Nobody likes it,'' said McLeish. "I can't say it is water off a duck's back and I don't mind it.

"I understand the modern-day thinking but I am not going to get into a spat with my own supporters. I need those guys.''

Baggies 'clear' of relegation

Roy Hodgson believes West Brom can stop fearing being sucked into a Premier League relegation battle after demolishing Sunderland 4-0 at the Hawthorns yesterday thanks to goals from Peter Odemwingie (2), James Morrison and Keith Andrews.

Victory moved them 11 points clear of the bottom three.

"There are 12 games left to play and all the teams at the bottom haven't got a point a game on average,'' said Hodgson. "They had better start getting more points than they have in the last 26 games otherwise they won't reach us.''

Indiscipline costs Rangers

Pavel Pogrebnyak's early goal earned Fulham a

1-0 victory and the west London bragging rights as indiscipline once again cost struggling QPR in the Premier League clash at Loftus Road yesterday.

QPR's hopes of exacting revenge for their 6-0 defeat in the reverse fixture were made remote in the 33rd minute when debutant Samba Diakite received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

It was the third home league match out of four a Rangers player was dismissed in the first period of play.

Hunt, Harte lift Royals

Goals in either half from Noel Hunt and Ian Harte earned Reading their fifth successive npower Championship victory with a 3-0 triumph over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Republic of Ireland striker Hunt converted in the 17th minute after a well-worked corner before Harte killed off the game with a brilliant free-kick 10 minutes from time.

Lambert sends Saints back top

Rickie Lambert scored a hat-trick as the npower Championship's leading marksman sent Southampton to the top of the table with a 3-0 win at Watford.

Lambert struck twice in the first half before sealing his treble with a second-half penalty, taking his tally to 19 league goals, as Saints extended their unbeaten run to six games.

West Ham started the day as leaders but their scoreless draw with Crystal Palace provided Nigel Adkins' side with the opportunity to leapfrog them and they took full advantage.

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