Sport Soccer

Sunday 22 April 2018

In brief: McCabe return haunts Sligo

Gary McCabe scored against his former team Sligo Rovers as champions Shamrock Rovers claimed a 1-0 win at the Showgrounds last night. McCabe fired home a rebound just six minutes in after Brendan Clarke had saved Gary O'Neill's shot.

Sligo Rovers: Clarke, Keane, Peers, McGuinness, Davoren, Dillon (Greene 57), Ventre (Kirby 57), Ryan (Capt), Doyle, Russell (Cretaro 74), Blinkhorn.

Shamrock Rovers: Mannus, Sullivan, Murray (Capt), Oman (Flynn h-t), Stevens, McCabe, Turner, Finn, Dennehy, Twigg (Rice 86), O'Neill (Kilduff 77).

Ref: D Tomney.

Stokes wary of Caley threat

Anthony Stokes has warned against complacency ahead of Celtic's Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Inverness at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium today.

The Hoops battled their way into the last eight with a replay win at home against Old Firm rivals Rangers and are now hot favourites to go on and win the trophy.

However, the Celtic striker believes it is folly to write off the Highlanders, who have twice knocked the Parkhead club out of the competition, in 2000 and 2003.

"After beating Rangers in this competition, everyone more or less thinks it is over but it is never going to be that easy," Stokes said.

"We have to give Inverness the same respect we gave to Rangers in the last round. We have to be focused and go up there to try and get a result."

Adams fury at ref's red brace

Sheffield United manager Micky Adams was far from happy with the referee's decisions to send off Darius Henderson and Lee Williamson during the 3-0 defeat at Watford.

Danny Graham put the Hornets 1-0 up in the 10th minute before Darius Henderson and Lee Williamson were dismissed in the 28th and 34th minutes.

Martin Taylor and Ross Jenkins then netted second-half goals to secure a comfortable win over the relegation-battling Blades.

"I've obviously got to be very careful about what I say," said Adams.

"But I've reviewed the footage of the incidents and I think there's a case for both players to feel a little bit harshly treated."

QPR extend lead at the top

QPR manager Neil Warnock declared himself pleased with his side's narrow 2-1 win over relegation-battling Crystal Palace, but refused to get carried away.

Heidar Helguson put the Hoops in front with a 20th-minute tap-in before James Vaughan levelled the scores five minutes before half-time with his eighth league goal for the club.

Helguson secured the win with a 54th-minute penalty following Patrick McCarthy's foul on Adel Taarabt, for which he received a straight red card.

Warnock, a former Palace boss, said: "We've won five out of six matches and that takes some doing given the teams we've played against, so I'm really happy.

"When you've been in the game as long as I have, you don't get carried away when you win games or when you lose them. I said the same after we lost to Millwall in midweek."

Millwall retain play-off hopes

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett backed his players to launch a late play-off tilt after they battered Burnley 3-0 in the Championship.

Victory at Turf Moor put Jackett's men within seven points of the top six as they hampered the hosts' own hopes of making up ground on Nottingham Forest.

A brace from Paul Robinson put the Lions on course before Andros Townsend netted with three minutes left to cap off a fine display.

"It keeps the play-offs open to us and that is an achievement after coming up from League One," said a buoyed Jackett.

"We have nothing to lose but a high number of points is required.

"If we attack it like we did today, and with the same appetite, then we have to keep believing we have a chance."

Hull are another side with the play-offs in their sights after securing a 1-0 victory at Coventry to set a new club record of 14 for unbeaten away league matches. Aaron Mclean's 33rd-minute finish was enough in a poor game at the Ricoh Arena.

Spurs hit by Palacios blow

Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios has been ruled out for three weeks after undergoing surgery yesterday on a knee injury that he picked up in training.

The Honduras midfielder reported the complaint to the Tottenham medical staff the day after the club's 0-0 draw with AC Milan and underwent an arthroscopy -- a minor operation -- yesterday.

The 26-year-old has played 30 times for the club this season, his most recent appearance being Tottenham's 3-1 defeat at Blackpool two and a half weeks ago.

Sunday Indo Sport

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport