Monday 19 March 2018

In brief: Bad break for Cunningham

Ireland and Leicester left-back Greg Cunningham suffered a broken leg in his side's 1-0 victory over Hull City in the Championship yesterday .

The break came when Cunningham -- on loan from Manchester City -- was caught by Liam Rosenior's late challenge on 62 minutes, which got the ex-Fulham man sent off.

"It's a broken tibia, which could mean he is away for four months. I guess he will undergo an operation today or tomorrow," said Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson. "As far as Rosenior was concerned, it was not stupid. He didn't mean to do it."

Hull boss Nigel Pearson also insisted there was no malice in Rosenior's challenge. "Liam's distraught; it was just slightly mistimed with two players going for the ball. It would be wrong of me to complain about something like the red card and I have no complaints about it."

Pardew wants Toon strength

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told his players they must be strong to secure their Premier League status. The Magpies face Wigan today having reached the halfway point of their season on 22 points.

"The most important part of any Premier League season is the second half, and you need too be very, very strong when teams improve and get stronger," said Pardew.

Former Magpies winger Charles N'Zogbia will miss today's clash through suspension as will striker Andy Carroll, who has a thigh injury.

Pardew hopes to have Shola Ameobi available after a hamstring injury and will have skipper Kevin Nolan at his disposal following suspension.

Keane regrets lack of smarts

Ipswich boss Roy Keane bemoaned a lack of cleverness after his side lost a one-goal advantage then failed to exploit Marlon King's dismissal in a 1-1 draw with Coventry.

Rory Fallon gave Ipswich the lead just before half-time but Freddy Eastwood got a 48th-minute equaliser, before King was sent off just before the hour mark.

"I definitely feel it is two points dropped", said Keane. "We could have been cleverer when we were up against 10 men."

Becchio grabs share of spoils

Luciano Becchio struck a stoppage-time volley to preserve Leeds' unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw with Middlesrough.

Becchio kept his composure after the ball had rebounded to him off Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele in the 91st minute to extend Leeds' unbeaten run to 12 matches. The visitors looked to be heading for victory after David Wheater gave them a first-half lead.

Burley sacked as Palace boss

Championship strugglers Crystal Palace have sacked George Burley as manager, following yesterday's 3-0 defeat to Millwall.

A statement on Palace's website thanked Burley "for his dedication and hard work". Dougie Freedman will take charge of the first team on a caretaker basis. Palace are second from bottom of the Championship.

Kilbane makes loan debut

Kevin kilbane made his first start for English League One side Huddersfield in their 2-2 draw with Carlisle yesterday, having joined from Hull City on loan for the rest of the season.

Huddersfield boss Lee Clark is happy with the move: "Everyone knows about Kevin's quality as he has a wealth of experience of playing at the highest level of football," he said.

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