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Manchester City defeat West Ham to reach Capital One Cup final – video

Manuel Pellegrini says gives his reaction after Manchester City reached the Capital One Cup final for the first time in 38 years

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Manchester City will let Joleon Lescott go if replacement is found

• West Ham United and Fulham competing for defender • Manuel Pellegrini linked to Porto pair and Bayern’s Dante Joleon Lescott will be allowed to leave Manchester City before the end of the transfer window if Manuel Pellegrini can secure a replacement, with West Ham United and Fulham vying to sign the central defender. A £90,000-a-week offer from West Ham to Lescott that would pay him £70,000 per week, even…

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West Ham’s Allardyce ambivalent about Chelsea trip as he looks to February

• Hammers manager targets 22 points from 16 league matches • Newcastle United still eager to sign Loïc Rémy from QPR If West Ham are looking for silver linings, there is always Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City to get excited about. Admittedly, West Ham are 6-0 down from the first leg but a cup semi-final is undoubtedly a grand occasion. Andy Carroll might get another run-out. Kevin Nolan will be …

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West Ham’s Sam Allardyce feels pressure mount after loss to Newcastle

• West Ham manager rues transfer and injury frustrations • Home fans jeer Sam Allardyce during another defeat Sam Allardyce was under increasing pressure after West Ham United dropped back into the bottom three after a dismal 3-1 defeat against Newcastle at Upton Park on Saturday, with the manager blaming defensive lapses and expressing frustration over a number of setbacks in the transfer market this month. While West Ham believe that Allardyce remains the man to keep them up, supporters could …

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West Ham United 1-3 Newcastle United | Premier League match report

Someone should tell West Ham that they are in a relegation battle. This defeat plunged them back into the bottom three and although they could point to comical misses from Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll, they will surely go down if they continue to be as staggeringly negligent as they were in the first half of this match. After the relief of last Saturday’s victory over Cardiff City, the pressure is back on Sam Allardyce. Newcastle…

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Mark Noble embodies the caring attitude at West Ham United

The midfielder can see the funny side of that cup debacle but is fully committed to keeping West Ham in the Premier League Mark Noble is laughing, even though the conversation has turned to West Ham United’s traumatic experience against Manchester City in their Capital One Cup semi-final. Given that the wounds inflicted by City remain raw, it does not feel like a subject that is ripe for comedy at West Ham’s training ground, rather one that should be approached with caution. …

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Newcastle’s Alan Pardew face to face with West Ham’s Sam Allardyce | Louise Taylor

The managers have the two clubs in common and both are in need of a Premier League victory Sam Allardyce was in full flow, talking tactics as he addressed Newcastle United’s squad. Noting that the manager’s pre-match briefing concentrated primarily on stopping the opposition, one player interjected. “But what do you want us to do when we have the ball?” he asked. Shortly afterwards Allardyce’s torrid, improvisation light, eight-month Tyneside tenure ended. Accelerated by an…

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Toby Moses

Arsenal’s resilient backbone, a Pulis reunion with Stoke, Chelsea’s crunch clash with Manchester United, and much more 1) Arsenal’s resilient backbone will dash Fulham hopes of an upset When Fulham travelled to the Emirates last season Arsenal let a two-goal lead slip, before eventually salvaging a 3-3 draw . Arsène Wenger’s side came close to doing something similar in Monday night’s 2-1 victory at Villa Park , but the resilient backbone they have developed over the last 18 months held firm. Much of the credit for that has gone to…

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Blootering the overly intricate SAS into a cocked hat | The Fiver

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving BIG SAM MAKES ROY AND KENNY’S DREAM COME TRUE Like many a fellow football fan, the Fiver loves to while away the hours mulling over counterfactuals. What would the outcome of the 1966 World Cup final have been if Jimmy Greaves had been picked ahead of Geoff Hurst? Where would Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United be now if the former …

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Monaco’s Lacina Traoré granted work permit ahead of West Ham move

• 6ft 8in Ivory Coast striker set to join West Ham on loan • Carlton Cole agrees new 18-month deal at Upton Park West Ham’s attempt to avoid relegation has been boosted by confirmation that Lacina Traoré has been granted a work permit, with the club confident of completing the Ivory Coast striker’s loan move from AS Monaco ahead of their weekend game against Newcastle. Traoré, a 6ft 8in forward, only moved to the French club from Anzhi Makhachkala for £…

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Sam Allardyce gains respite from West Ham’s win at Cardiff

• Sam Allardyce sees 10-man West Ham see off Cardiff • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unhappy with side’s first-half display West Ham ended their traumatic week with a 2-0 win at Cardiff that lifted them out of the bottom three in the Premier League, easing the pressure on Sam Allardyce, their embattled manager. Allardyce declined to speak to the media after the match, leaving his assistant, Neil McDonald, to say how pleased they both were with the spirit …

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West Ham’s Sam Allardyce reflects on 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City – video

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says his team were outperformed by a strong Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg

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Manchester City v West Ham United: five talking points | Jamie Jackson

The Manuel Pellegrini bandwagon rolls on thanks to inspirational Álvaro Negredo as the Irons are left to melt in the fire 1 City juggernaut drives on “I think that the last month of 2013 was fantastic for us. We played nine games during December. We won eight and drew just one and we started the new year with another good win at Swansea and a draw in the FA Cup at Blackburn Rovers. Now, in …

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Internazionale’s Ishak Belfodil remains a target for West Ham United

• Delegation in Milan to hold talks with Inter • Loan deal for the Algerian has been agreed in principle West Ham United have not given up hope of persuading Internazionale’s young forward Ishak Belfodil to join on loan for the remainder of the season after agreeing a deal in principle with the Italian club. A delegation has been in Milan to hold talks with Inter’s hierarchy, but they must now discuss the move with the 21-year…

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Thomas Hitzlsperger: ‘Der Hammer’ who was never afraid of a challenge

The former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton player, who has announced he is gay, had a thunderous shot and scored the decisive goal when Stuttgart won the title in 2007 Thomas Hitzlsperger has never shirked a challenge. In 2000, as an 18-year-old, he decided to leave his parents and six siblings in Germany to move to England. He had just been released by Bayern Munich, where he had been for eight years, but did not want to join another Bundesliga club. He wanted a challenge – …

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Sam Allardyce ‘pleased’ with support shown by West Ham’s co-chairmen

• ‘I wasn’t backed by last two and got sacked for no reason’ • Hammers prepare for cup semi-final at Manchester City Sam Allardyce is happy with the strong backing he has had from the West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold despite the club’s plight, 19th in the table and thrashed 5-0 by Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. But Sullivan and Gold issued an open letter to West Ham’s fans backing Allardyce’s position and the 59-year-old, who will take …

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Sam Allardyce facing ‘near impossible task’, say West Ham chairmen

• ‘We know Sam has not lost his ambition or desire’ • Club also close to completing first January signing Sam Allardyce has been handed “a near impossible task” in turning around West Ham United’s slump in form, according to the club’s co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, who have written an open letter to fans promising to save West Ham from relegation. The duo also confirmed in the letter that they are close to…

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Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham | FA Cup match report

Hat-trick hero Jamie Paterson and the captain Andy Reid expressed their delight at helping Nottingham Forest reach the fourth round of the FA Cup after demolishing West Ham. Sam Allardyce raised eyebrows by making nine changes to his West Ham side against tricky Championship opposition, and his decision backfired as the hosts ran riot. While Djamel Abdoun’s 12th-minute penalty and Reid’s strike at the death bookended the scoring, it was Paterson who stole the…

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Everton’s John Heitinga rejects chance to join West Ham in World Cup year

• Defender confident of other suitors to improve Brazil hopes • ‘You have to be convinced that you are taking the right step’ John Heitinga has turned down a move from Everton to West Ham United, saying he felt it was not the right step for his career. The defender’s place at the World Cup in Brazil this June is at risk because he has not played in the league this season but the 30-year-old is confident he will find another new club during this month’s transfer …

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The FA Cup third round: so much more than just a fixture problem | Paul Wilson

Wigan’s experience last year proved that the FA Cup is worth fighting for – whatever else happens as a result West Ham United were involved in the early kick-off last Saturday, so when they began to struggle at home to West Bromwich it gave the radio commentary team the chance, a full week in advance of this weekend’s third-round fixtures, to say that Sam Allardyce would not be remotely bothered about the FA Cup this…

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Why Jeff Randall was right to ‘burn’ a confidential source

Jeff Randall, the Daily Telegraph columnist, is leaving the paper to join Babcock International as a non-executive director. His decision to step away from his full-time media commitments was revealed in July last year when he announced that he was to give up presenting his eponymous Sky News business show. In the Sunday Telegraph at the weekend, bidding “a fond farewell” to 30 years of financial journalism , he wrote about his time with the Telegraph group. He…

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the New Year’s Day action

Bendtner turns the tide, Nolan loses his mind, Mata’s strop elicits a cool response from Mourinho and Moyes morphs into Sir Alex 1) Could Arsenal finally see the benefit of Bendtner? In so many respects it was classic Nicklas Bendtner. On as a substitute against Cardiff City, he scored the crucial 88th-minute goal for Arsenal yet sprained his ankle in the process to be forced back off. As he limped round the fringes …

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Fulham 2-1 West Ham United | Premier League match report

West Ham’s relegation worries deepened as they sunk to a deserved defeat at fellow strugglers Fulham after their captain, Kevin Nolan, was sent off in the first half for kicking out at Fernando Amorebieta. Sam Allardyce’s side had taken an early lead thanks to Mohamed Diamé but Steve Sidwell equalised for the hosts before Nolan’s inexcusable folly left the already weakened visitors at a numerical disadvantage. Fulham, who were superior even before the red card, dominated the rest of the game and secured victory with a goal from Dimitar Berbatov…

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Sam Allardyce short of bodies and excuses in battle to keep West Ham up | Jacob Steinberg

Injuries to key players and poor planning have left the manager exposed ahead of New Years’ Day six-pointer with Fulham Sam Allardyce has sent West Ham down before. When they were relegated in 2003, the side that stayed up at their expense were Bolton Wanderers. Their battle for survival went to the final day and ended with Allardyce dancing with Jay Jay Okocha on the pitch at the Reebok Stadium after the home team’s victory over Middlesbrough condemned West Ham to the Championship. …

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Sam Allardyce wants two signings ready-made for relegation fight

• West Ham seek Premier League experience in January • ‘My concern is to make sure they can hit the ground running’ Sam Allardyce wants two new signings in January to make an immediate impact on West Ham United’s increasingly fraught battle against relegation. The manager suggested that players with Premier League experience would be the priority but he would also welcome those with big reputations from overseas. He remembers how the mid-season capture of Youri Djorkaeff had helped to save his Bolton Wanderers team in…

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David Moyes: ‘Wayne Rooney could return for Manchester United v West Ham’ – video

Manchester United manager David Moyes says striker Wayne Rooney may play against West Ham this Saturday after nursing a groin injury

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2 Arsenal 6
3 Manchester City 4
4 Manchester United 4
5 Brighton & Hov… 4
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4
7 AFC Bournemouth 4
8 Sheffield United 4
9 Everton 4
10 Burnley 3
11 Norwich City 3
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15 Chelsea 1
16 West Ham United 1
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19 Southampton 0
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