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Smith: No changing of Gers guard

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Rangers boss Walter Smith insists he simply does not have enough players in his squad to afford the luxury of rotation.While Old Firm rivals Celtic made eight changes for their 4-0 Co-Operative Insurance Cup third-round win at Falkirk, the most notable alteration Smith made for his side's 2-1 victory over Queen of the South at Palmerston was bringing in Neil Alexander for number one keeper Allan...Full Story »

Heartbreak for Pars

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre revealed his players were insistent that neither Hearts goal should have stood in their 2-1 Co-operative Insurance Cup defeat at Tynecastle.Pars right-back Callum Woods claimed he had been fouled by David Obua before the Hearts midfielder crossed for Suso Santana to cancel out Graham Bayne's first-half opener.The Dunfermline players were then livid with Obua agai...Full Story »

Mowbray rues McGeady involvement

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray admits he only has himself to blame after Aiden McGeady limped out of the 4-0 Co-operative Insurance Cup win over Falkirk.Mowbray made eight changes and rested several first-team players for the third-round tie at the Falkirk Stadium but opted to throw McGeady into the action when Celtic were leading by three goals.However, he is now lamenting that decision after the ...Full Story »

Villa progress pleases O'Neill

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Martin O'Neill was relieved to see Aston Villa avoid further Carling Cup humiliation as an early goal from Gabriel Agbonlahor earned them a 1-0 victory over Cardiff.Villa had exited the competition to lower-league opposition in four of the previous five seasons.But Agbonlahor netted for the fourth successive match to earn Villa victory, although Cardiff boss Dave Jones felt his side had a perfec...Full Story »

Redknapp revels in striker dilemma

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Harry Redknapp admitted Peter Crouch had given him a selection headache after the striker's clinical hat-trick eased Tottenham into the last 16 of the Carling Cup with a 5-1 victory at Preston.Redknapp made seven changes for the third-round tie and Crouch emerged as the prime beneficiary as his predatory strikes took his season's tally to five on only his third start of the season.The 6ft 7in En...Full Story »

Hughes hails `big effort'

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes praised his side after they fought back to seal a place in the fourth round of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Fulham.Skipper Kolo Toure scored the decisive goal in the 111th minute at Eastlands.It was just the boost City were looking for after the late, late defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.However Fulham made it hard for them with Zol...Full Story »

Posh clash top of Ferguson's wish list

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson wants a Carling Cup last 16 meeting with son Darren, manager of Coca-Cola Championship side Peterborough.Ferguson watched 10-man Manchester United book their place in the fourth round with a 1-0 win over Wolves at Old Trafford thanks to Danny Welbeck's 66th-minute strike.United will learn their next opponents in Saturday's draw and Ferguson is in no doubt who he wants."Peterbor...Full Story »

Brown defiant despite defeat

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Hull manager Phil Brown remained defiant after his slide slumped to another demoralising defeat.The Tigers, who are 19th in the Barclays Premier League after a poor start to the season, were crushed 4-0 by Everton in the Carling Cup.The third-round tie at the KC Stadium was effectively ended in the opening 24 minutes as Ayegbeni Yakubu, Jo and Dan Gosling all struck before Leon Osman added fourt...Full Story »

Cole delighted with return

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole was delighted with his return from injury in the Carling Cup third-round 1-0 victory over QPR at Stamford Bridge.Cole has been sidelined with a cruciate knee problem for eight months but came back and set up Salomon Kalou's winner just after the interval."I'm back now and it's blinding," Cole said."But I'm not going to get ahead of myself. There is going to be a lot o...Full Story »

McCarthy hails hard-working Wolves

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy praised his side's hard work and determination after they beat Fulham 2-1 to record a first home victory of the season.Kevin Doyle opened his account for the club, having joined from Reading for #6.5million in the summer, before David Edwards added a second just after the interval.Fulham captain Danny Murphy scored a penalty midway through the second half but the Cot...Full Story »

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