Tottenham Hotspur winger, and newly crowned PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year Gareth Bale has stolen a valuable win from the jaws of Southampton in the Welshman’s return to his former club. Bale never looked like scoring in the opening minutes though, and neither did the other twenty-one players on the pitch. Jermain Defoe fired a shot into the side netting from a tight angle in the fourth minute, but the slow start continued. Southampton were the first to come alive, and the Saints quickly started dominating. Nathan Clyne almost put Mauricio Pochettino‘s side up in the tenth minute when Rickie Lambert was allowed far to much time in the middle of the park, allowing him to chip a beautiful pass in-between the Tottenham defense to Clyne down the right. Clyne let the ball bounce in front of him, before striking a fierce dipping shot across goal, which whizzed inches wide of the far post from eight yards out. Continue reading
Reading have announced that former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins will replace Brain McDermott as manager. The forty-eight-year-old has signed a contract that runs until the summer of 2016, and will take hold of a Reading side that is currently in nineteenth place in the English Premier League. Adkins was surprisingly sacked as the Southampton in January after earning back-to-back promotions, and after a two month absence from football, he has joined Reading.
“I am delighted to bring Nigel to our club because he is perfect for us,” Reading owner Anton Zingarevich said.
Adkins has also expressed his joy at joining Reading. “I am pleased to be the Reading manager,” he said. “We Will take it one game at a time and try to keep this club in the Premier League. It’s a good club, I’ve been impressed with them and I’ve always known what sort of club it is. We’re in the Premier League and we want to stay there. I am excited.”
Adkins’ job is to get Reading out of the relegation zone, and the club are currently in nineteenth place in the Premier League, seven points from safety. The Englishman’s old club Southampton are in sixteenth place, so the appointment is a slight downgrade for him. Reading will have a tough time staying in the Premier League, and the way things stand they are set to be relegated along with Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has announced that he will only play players who are ready to fight until the end of the season after City’s 3-1 loss at Southampton last weekend. Mancini was furious with the players attitude during the game, which leaves them twelve points behind Manchester United after United’s 2-0 against Everton. He has said that he will make many changes to his squad for their FA Cup tie against Leeds United on Sunday, and one of them could be midfielder James Milner who was only substituted on against Southampton. Mancini expressed his disappointment to the Manchester Evening News “I’m sure we will change that, (their attitude towards the match) because I will change players next week.
“I only want players who are ready to fight in the last twelve games. (of the season) I am very angry with a lot of my players, and very dissappointed at the performance, because it is impossible to play the way we did.
“We didn’t fight for every ball. We can’t always win by playing well – that is normal. Sometimes we play well and win, but you also need to be able to win because you fight for every ball, and fight against an opponent who also wants to win the game.
“Every team that plays against us treats it like a Champions League final, but we should know this, it is normal.”
Mancini will have to get his team back on track soon though, as there are only twelve matches left in the season.
Today Southampton beat champions Manchester City at St Mary’s 3-1 in a fabulous game, so here are the highlights including a Joe Hart howler.