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Michael O’Neill urges Stoke to adapt to lack of atmosphere

Posted Sunday, June 21, 2020 by PA30 hits

Stoke manager Michael O’Neill has told his players that they must not use the lack of atmospheres at near-empty stadiums as an excuse in their battle against Championship relegation.O’Neill had tested positive for coronavirus and self-isolated but returned to the dugout for Stoke’s late 1-1 draw at Reading.Reading went ahead in the seventh minute through Lucas Joao and struck t...Full Story »

Michael Ihiekwe and Joe Mattock unavailable for Rotherham’s clash with Southend

Posted Thursday, March 12, 2020 by PA38 hits

Rotherham will be without defenders Michael Ihiekwe and Joe Mattock again for the visit of Southend.Ihiekwe sustained a knee injury, which may require surgery, during training last week and Mattock (hamstring) also missed the defeat at Rochdale.Curtis Tilt made his debut against Rochdale and could continue in central defence, while fellow defender Billy Jones returned following a hamstring injur...Full Story »

Newport boss Michael Flynn frustrated by away form

Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by PA29 hits

Newport manager Michael Flynn admitted his frustration after a 2-0 defeat against Carlisle.Carlisle ended a run of one win in nine games at home thanks to an early goal by Omari Patrick and a Josh Kayode penalty just before half time.Newport were further hampered by the sending off of defender Ryan Inniss late in the first half, his second red card of the campaign.Manager Flynn said: “Our ...Full Story »

Michael Duff disappointed as Cheltenham held by Port Vale

Posted Sunday, March 08, 2020 by PA26 hits

Michael Duff described Cheltenham’s performance in the 0-0 home draw with Port Vale as their worst of the season.But the Robins boss was pleased to pick up a point as a five-match winning streak was ended by a Vale side who hit the bar and had two penalty appeals turned down.“I think that’s as bad as we’ve been all season,” Duff said.“The difference is that we...Full Story »

Newport boss Michael Flynn hits back at ‘clowns’ after Morecambe win

Posted Sunday, March 08, 2020 by PA27 hits

Newport manager Michael Flynn hit back at his critics after his side beat Morecambe 1-0 at Rodney Parade.Despite taking the Exiles to within a whisker of promotion last season, Flynn faced much criticism from his own fans after last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Oldham.But a 69th-minute goal from Dale Gorman got his side back to winning ways.Flynn said: “The injuries have been so extreme t...Full Story »

Michael Duff impressed by second-half improvement as Cheltenham’s run goes on

Posted Sunday, March 01, 2020 by PA31 hits

Cheltenham manager Michael Duff hailed a “solid, organised and disciplined” performance after watching his side pull off a 2-0 victory at promotion rivals Colchester.Alfie May and Chris Hussey struck to send the Robins within a point of the automatic promotion places, while Colchester slipped out of the top seven.Duff’s side have won five games in a row but he thinks there is s...Full Story »

Michael O’Neill unhappy by award of late penalty against Luton

Posted Sunday, March 01, 2020 by PA37 hits

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill described the decision to award a late penalty against his side in their 1-1 draw at fellow relegation rivals Luton as “soft”.With 89 minutes gone and the Potters leading through Sam Vokes’ ninth-minute strike, Callum McManaman went down in the area under the challenge of James Chester.Referee Andy Woolmer pointed to the spot and James Collins c...Full Story »

Michael Flynn admits his job at Newport is under threat after Oldham drubbing

Posted Sunday, March 01, 2020 by PA30 hits

Newport manager Michael Flynn said that he faces a battle to save his job after a 5-0 hammering at Oldham.Danny Rowe scored twice as the hosts hammered a ragged Exiles side, who have nine goals conceded inside a week.Rowe grabbed his first when firing through a crowded goalmouth and Zak Dearnley doubled the lead with a neat volley at the end of a sweeping counter-attack.The visitors had no answe...Full Story »

Michael Duff delighted to come through ‘close and nervy’ clash with Northampton

Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PA33 hits

Cheltenham boss Michael Duff admitted he was relieved to emerge the right wide of a cagey encounter with League Two promotion rivals Northampton.Duff watched his team recover from falling behind in the third minute to make it four wins in a row and six successive home victories thanks to Luke Varney’s 85th-minute winner.Ryan Broom had struck before the break to cancel out Ryan Watson&rsquo...Full Story »

No new worries for Michael Duff ahead of Cheltenham’s clash with Northampton

Posted Monday, February 24, 2020 by PA40 hits

Fifth-placed Cheltenham look to boost their promotion hopes when they host seventh-placed Northampton in League Two on Tuesday night.Manager Michael Duff does not have any new injury worries ahead of the clash.Luke Varney and Reuben Reid are both likely to be named in the squad.Both forwards have spent time on the sidelines recently with injuries and will play limited minutes as they regain fitn...Full Story »

Michael Duff lauds in-form Cheltenham striker Alfie May

Posted Sunday, February 16, 2020 by PA29 hits

Cheltenham boss Michael Duff praised in-form striker Alfie May after his fifth goal in eight starts helped keep the Robins’ promotion challenge on course with a 2-1 triumph over Leyton Orient.A January signing from Doncaster, May cancelled out Conor Wilkinson’s opener in the first half at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.Substitute Reuben Reid then headed in the winner with two minutes left t...Full Story »

Michael O’Neill ‘under no illusions’ as to task he faces at Stoke

Posted Sunday, February 16, 2020 by PA36 hits

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill admitted his relegation-threatened side are under massive pressure after they were beaten 4-2 at QPR.The Potters squandered a 2-0 lead and their misery was compounded by wins for fellow strugglers Barnsley and Luton.O’Neill, who was appointed in November, said: “We were bottom when I came in, so we’re under no illusions. We didn’t expect t...Full Story »

Michael Appleton left to rue wasted opportunities

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by PA35 hits

Michael Appleton was left ruing missed first-half chances after Lincoln’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons.Rhys Healey’s third-minute free-kick gave the visitors the lead but a stunning strike from recent loan signing Liam Bridcutt hauled City level midway through the first half.The home side then missed two huge chances with Tyreece John-Jules hitting the bar from close range and Jake Hesketh ...Full Story »

Michael Duff delighted as Cheltenham battle to Carlisle victory

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by PA28 hits

Cheltenham manager Michael Duff hailed his side’s battling character in a 1-0 win against Carlisle.A first-half goal from Reuben Reid handed Cheltenham a victory which ended Carlisle’s run of five games without defeat.The win puts Town’s promotion drive back on track after failing to win any of their previous six away games.“That was more like us today,” said Duff. ...Full Story »

St Johnstone waiting on Michael O’Halloran ahead of Motherwell clash

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by PA46 hits

St Johnstone forward Michael O’Halloran remains a doubt for the visit of Motherwell with a calf injury.Defender Liam Gordon could return after staying on the bench at Ayr on Saturday following his concussion injury.Midfielder Murray Davidson (fractured arm) remains on the sidelines.Motherwell have no fresh injury problems for the Ladbrokes Premiership clash.Former Saints striker Tony Watt ...Full Story »

Michael Rose could return when Coventry host Bolton

Posted Friday, February 07, 2020 by PA36 hits

Michael Rose could return for Coventry when they face Bolton on Saturday.The defender sat out Tuesday’s FA Cup penalty shoot-out exit to Birmingham with a hamstring injury.Josh Pask is available to deputise again if left-back Rose fails to make it.Wolves loanee Ryan Giles returns to contention after not being eligible to face Birmingham in the cup replay.Jacob Mellis could make his Bolton ...Full Story »

Michael Smith back in training ahead of Hearts’ clash with Kilmarnock

Posted Wednesday, February 05, 2020 by PA49 hits

Michael Smith has resumed training for Hearts ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership visit of Kilmarnock.But fellow full-back Aaron Hickey has less chance of a return as he continues to undergo treatment for a groin problem.Deadline-day signing Marcel Langer could get his first taste of action while Peter Haring remains sidelined with pelvic trouble.Kirk Broadfoot could make his first start for Kilm...Full Story »

Michael Smith double inspires leaders Rotherham to victory over Burton

Posted Sunday, February 02, 2020 by PA32 hits

Rotherham kept hold of top spot after edging a ding-dong match with Burton  3-2.Michael Smith bagged a brace for Rotherham before substitute Freddie Ladapo struck the crucial winner.​The visitors took their first opportunity in the seventh minute, with Jamie Murphy cutting inside from the left and curling beyond Daniel Iversen.​The game was level two minutes later, with Smith be...Full Story »

Michael Smith and Aaron Hickey expected for be absent for Hearts

Posted Saturday, January 25, 2020 by PA139 hits

Defender Toby Sibbick could make his Hearts debut in the Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Rangers on Sunday after arriving from Barnsley on loan.Hearts full-backs Michael Smith and Aaron Hickey have been given little chance of recovering from injury in time but Sean Clare returns from suspension for the league’s bottom club.Peter Haring remains sidelined with pelvic trouble and both Jamie ...Full Story »

Graham Alexander hails Michael O’Connor’s impact as Salford see off Forest Green

Posted Sunday, January 19, 2020 by PA45 hits

Salford boss Graham Alexander lauded the impact of new signing Michael O’Connor as nine-man City knocked Forest Green out of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places with a 2-1 victory.Signed during the week from Lincoln, O’Connor was on target with the winner as he nodded his 54th-minute header beyond goalkeeper Adam Smith.“We needed Michael’s nous and he was excellent,&rd...Full Story »

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