Thursday 14 December 2017

Sven's Foxes in derby triumph

Sven-Goran Eriksson's big-spending Leicester got their much-fancied bid for promotion from the Championship off to winning start as they secured a 1-0 victory over local rivals Coventry.

Right-back Lee Peltier, one of 10 signings this summer, grabbed the vital breakthrough in the 52nd minute as he nodded home an inch-perfect cross from Richie Wellens.

Meanwhile, Steve McClaren's return to English football got off to a disappointing start as his Nottingham Forest side were held by scoreless by Barnsley.

Hughton off to losing start

Birmingham's bid to secure an immediate return to the Premier League stumbled at the first hurdle as the Blues slipped to a 2-1 opening-day defeat at Derby.

Chris Hughton's men went in front through Curtis Davies's header but were quickly pegged back by Jason Shackell's equaliser before Steve Davies fired Derby in front before the break.

Treacy nets debut leveller

DUBLINER Keith Treacy marked his Burnley debut by coming off the bench to score a late equaliser and deny Sean Dyche a dream start to his Watford reign.

Craig Forsyth and Irishman Mark Yeates put Watford two up before Charlie Austin and Treacy rallied for the Clarets late on.

Connolly nets as Leeds sunk

Southampton fired a warning to the rest of the Championship by demolishing Leeds 3-1 at St Mary's last night. Dean Hammond, Adam Lallana and Ireland's David Connolly were on target. Leeds pulled one back in stoppage-time when Max Gradel scored from the spot.

Elsewhere, Ireland's Sean Scannell opened the scoring for Crystal Palace as they lost 2-1 to Peterborough.

Chelsea agree Lukaku deal

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Anderlecht to sign 18-year-old Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku will join the Premier League club subject to passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

"It's a shame we have to let go of Romelu, who was scouted and trained by Anderlecht, but the transfer is a win-win situation for the player and the club," said Anderlecht manager Herman van Holsbeeck.

Commons to 'flick a switch'

Celtic winger Kris Commons will "flick a switch" in his head to get in competitive mode for today's SPL clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Since beating Hibernian 1-0 at Easter Road in their SPL opener a almost a fortnight ago, the Hoops have played four challenge games.

But now the 27-year-old is ready to get back into the SPL mindset. "You have to flick a switch in your brain to think that you are back in competitive football now," said Commons. "It is a must-win game, three points are required."

AC Milan lay down marker

IN-demand Wesley Sneijder gave Inter Milan a first-half lead, but city rivals AC won a record sixth Italian Super Cup with a 2-1 win in Beijing yesterday.

Inter led at half-time after Sneijder curled a 22nd-minute free-kick over the wall and the ball ricocheted in off the bar. Milan came back, scoring through a diving header by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a Kevin-Prince Boateng tap-in.

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