Friday 23 March 2018

Lennon out to break Hearts

Neil Lennon is looking for a similar outcome when he returns to Tynecastle today with Celtic for the first time since he was attacked by a Hearts fan there in May -- but only in terms of his side's performance.

Celtic's comprehensive and impressive 3-0 win was completely overshadowed by the touchline incident which saw the Hoops boss accosted by an irate Jambos supporter who had emerged from behind the dugout.

"All I'm concerned about is trying to win the game and for the team to play as well as we can. I am hoping the Tynecastle episode was the tipping point and we can get back to discussing football matters."

Meanwhile, Rangers moved 10 points clear of Celtic with a 1-0 home win over Hibernian yesterday.

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty grabbed the only goal of the game.

Johnson hints at Fulham stay

Andrew Johnson wants to extend his contract with Fulham past the end of this season as the Londoners face into a derby clash with QPR today.

The 30-year-old striker was the Cottagers' standout performer, netting both goals in their 2-0 midweek Europa League win over Odense in Denmark that has strengthened his call for a starting berth against QPR today.

Villarreal nab

late equaliser

Hernan Perez scored with a late header to rescue a 2-2 home draw for Villarreal against 10-man Zaragoza last night. Zaragoza twice took the lead with Luis Garcia scoring in the 34th minute and Pablo Barrera re-establishing the lead just before halftime.

Giuseppe Rossi chipped a penalty to level the scores in the 41st minute and Perez ensured a share of the points in the 84th minute.

Osasuna had a 2-2 draw at home against Mallorca, while Racing Santander drew 1-1 with Rayo Vallecano.

Meanwhile in Germany, Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as defending champions Borussia Dortmund beat Augsburg 4-0 in the Bundesliga yesterday.

A 0-0 draw saw Hoffenheim end Bayern Munich's winning run. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has now gone 1,018 minutes without conceding a goal,.

Rampant Sligo go clear at top

Sligo Rovers cruised to a three-point lead at the top of the Airtricity League thanks to a 7-1 hammering of 10-man Galway at the Showgrounds last night.

Matthew Blinkhorn got a hat-trick, while John Dillon, Aaron Greene, Alan Keane and Raffaele Cretaro also scored.

Sligo: Clarke, Keane, Peers (Kirby 58), Foran, Davoren (Powell h-t), Dillon (Cretaro 66), Ventre, Ndo, Russell, Greene, Blinkhorn.

Galway: Egan, Caldwell, Sinnott, G Kelly, Browne, Gaughan (Dusi 18), S Kelly, Sibanda (Enuibe 82), Kim (Ryan 55), Gilmore, Murphy.

Referee: A Buttimer.

Foxes too cute for tame Derby

Sven Goran Eriksson celebrated his 50th game in charge of Leicester by routing midlands rivals Derby 4-0.

Former England strikers David Nugent and Darius Vassell struck in the first half and Jeffery Schlupp and Lloyd Dyer scored late-on.

The Foxes extended their unbeaten run to seven games, while Derby missed the chance to move level with table-toppers Southampton.

Saints extend lead at summit

Rickie Lambert's two penalties and strikes from Guly Do Prado and Lee Holmes saw Southampton keep their 100 per cent record after beating Watford.

Lambert took his goals tally for the season to 10 before Guly and Holmes put the gloss on the victory.

The Saints remain top of the Championship table.

Carew strike

earns a point

John Carew's late leveller preserved West Ham's unbeaten away record as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace.

Darren Ambrose put the Eagles ahead on six minutes but the visitors hit back through Kevin Nolan on 16 minutes.

Glenn Murray put Palace back in front on 52 minutes before super-sub Carew levelled the contest 10 minutes before full-time with his first goal since his summer switch from Aston Villa.

Boro rue third

scoreless draw

Middlesbrough meandered their way to their third straight goalless draw, while Reading extended their unbeaten run to four games at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading's Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici produced a superb double save to deny Middlesbrough pair Scott McDonald and Marvin Emnes, while Adam Le Fondre and Simon Church went close for the Royals. Marvin Emnes and Barry Robson both hit the post late on.

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