Let’s protect the players – Mikel Arteta criticises scheduling as Arsenal go top

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta stood in unison with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola in condemning the fixture schedule.Guardiola said it was “unacceptable” that his side had to play an FA Cup semi-final less than 72 hours after being in action in the Champions League on Wednesday night as they beat Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday tea-time.The Gunners’ plight was arguably wo...Full Story »

Arsenal return to top of Premier League with win at Wolves

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Arsenal recovered from a horror week by returning to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Wolves.The Gunners’ endured potentially season-defining back-to-back defeats as they lost to Aston Villa in the league last Sunday before being knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.But they returned to the summit of the Premier League thanks to goals from Leandr...Full Story »

Scheduling of Man City’s FA Cup semi-final win ‘unacceptable’ – Pep Guardiola

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Pep Guardiola admitted it was “unacceptable” that Manchester City’s 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Chelsea was scheduled for less than 72 hours after their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.City recovered from their European exit on Wednesday night – when they played extra-time against Real before losing on penalties – to edge past Mauricio Pochettino’s s...Full Story »

Marti Cifuentes: I’ll sleep pretty well after QPR win but job not done yet

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Marti Cifuentes said he would sleep soundly after QPR got the vital win they needed against Preston but warned his players not to ease up.Lyndon Dykes’ first-half goal secured a 1-0 victory that takes Rangers to 50 points, six above the relegation zone with matches against Leeds and Coventry to finish the season.Their superior goal difference means their Championship survival will be all b...Full Story »

Bernardo Silva atones for midweek penalty miss as Man City reach FA Cup final

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Bernardo Silva made amends for his midweek penalty miss as holders Manchester City returned to the FA Cup final with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Chelsea.Silva badly fluffed his lines as City were agonisingly knocked out of the Champions League on penalties by Real Madrid on Wednesday but he was the match winner as they bounced back at Wembley.The Portugal international turned home the only go...Full Story »

Grant McCann hails Doncaster’s ‘character and commitment’ after comeback victory

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Doncaster manager Grant McCann hailed the “commitment and desire” of his players after they came from two goals down to beat Barrow 4-2 and secure a ninth successive victory.It appeared as though Rovers’ incredible charge from relegation danger to play-off contention had ended as goals from Emile Acquah and Rory Feely gave the Cumbrians a two-goal advantage at the break.But a J...Full Story »

QPR beat Preston to all but secure safety as Lyndon Dykes ends goal drought

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

QPR beat Preston 1-0 at Loftus Road to all but secure Championship safety as Lyndon Dykes ended his goal drought with a first-half winner.Scotland striker Dykes pounced at the far post after keeper Freddie Woodman spilled Chris Willock’s cross to net his first QPR goal in 16 matches and only his fifth in the league this season.Victory took Rangers to 50 points, six clear of the relegation ...Full Story »

Graham Alexander not thinking about play-offs yet after Bradford beat Walsall

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Boss Graham Alexander batted away talk of a last-gasp League Two play-off push despite seeing 10-man Bradford come from behind to win 3-2 at Walsall.A fourth victory in five games lifted Bradford to 10th and if they win their game in hand at Barrow in midweek they have a chance of sneaking into the top seven on the final day.Those hopes looked dead in the water when Walsall stormed into a 2-0 le...Full Story »

Daniel Bachmann was ‘magnificent’ to deny Hull – Liam Rosenior

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Hull boss Liam Rosenior saw Daniel Bachmann dent the Tigers’ play-off hopes – then heaped praise on the Watford keeper after the 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road.Bachmann saved Ozan Tufan’s 11th-minute penalty to rob City of vital points in their push for the top six.Rosenior spared Tufan any criticism for the miss, insisting Bachmann deserved all the credit for keeping City at bay.Th...Full Story »

Gary Rowett felt Birmingham lacked rhythm as they drop points at Rotherham

Posted Sunday, April 21, 2024 by PA

Birmingham interim manager Gary Rowett was left frustrated after his side were held to a 0-0 draw at Rotherham.The result edged the Blues two points clear of the Championship relegation zone but it was a missed opportunity to move closer to safety against the already-relegated Rotherham.Steve Evans was back in the home dugout following his shock midweek return following the sacking of Leam Richa...Full Story »

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