Correa removed from induced coma

Last Updated: 20/09/19 11:51pm

Formula Two driver Juan Manuel Correa has been taken out of a medically-induced coma nearly three weeks after being injured in a crash that killed French racer Anthoine Hubert.

A statement issued by his family hailed “a major step in the right direction” but said the 20-year-old Ecuadorean-American was still in a race against time.

“The medical priority for Juan Manuel now shifts from the lungs to the leg injuries that were sustained more than two weeks ago and have not been addressed since the initial emergency intervention (on) the day of the incident,” they said.

“Doctors are in a race against time to perform a pending major surgery in order to minimise risk of irreversible injuries to his right lower extremity but can’t proceed until the lungs are ready to withstand a lengthy operation.”

Hubert died when his car was hit at speed by Correa’s after the French driver crashed into the barriers and returned to the track at Spa’s fast Raidillon corner during the Belgian Grand Prix support race on August 31.

He was the first driver fatality at a Formula One race weekend since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at Imola in 1994.

Correa suffered a spinal injury and fractured his legs in the crash and was transferred from Belgium to a specialised intensive care unit in London on September 3.

Friday’s statement said he had been removed from extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support (ECMO) and was conscious but not yet fully awake.

“Doctors report that this will take a few days due to being in induced coma for more than two weeks,” they added.

“They have also stated that Juan Manuel is fragile and still vulnerable medically speaking and that he remains in the Intensive Care Unit.”

The statement added his condition has been changed from critical to serious.

Rodgers: I wouldn't swap Kane for Vardy

Last Updated: 20/09/19 11:29pm

Jamie Vardy is 'very different' to Harry Kane, says Brendan Rodgers

Jamie Vardy is ‘very different’ to Harry Kane, says Brendan Rodgers

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists he would not swap Jamie Vardy for Harry Kane.

Leicester welcome Tottenham to the King Power Stadium this weekend as they hope to get back to winnings ways after their first defeat of the season against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Kane, 26, had a loan spell with Leicester during the early part of his career and his development into an elite striker at Tottenham has impressed Rodgers, who remembers a young Kane from the 2013/14 season.

“Harry is very different to Jamie. I go back to a game about five years ago when I was the Liverpool manager and Harry was on the bench for Tottenham then so the strides he has made over those years has been brilliant,” Rodgers said.

Kane had a loan spell with Leicester during the early part of his career

Kane had a loan spell with Leicester during the early part of his career

Kane had a loan spell with Leicester during the early part of his career

“The goals he has scored – he’s become a real talisman for Tottenham and for his country.”

Despite such praise, Rodgers was also keen to point out the qualities Vardy possesses at the spearhead of Leicester’s attack.

The 32-year-old has been one of the most in-form goalscorers in the Premier League since Rodgers took over at Leicester at the end of February, netting 13 times.

“Harry is a top, top player but I wouldn’t swap Jamie,” the Foxes boss added.

“I have worked closely with Jamie for some time now and there’s not many in world football you would swap him for.

“He’s just got this incredible knack in terms of pressing the game and reading the game, and tactically he is so good. He has that hunger and that appetite, desire and speed to get in behind and stretch the game and score. I like that kind of striker.

Vardy scored Leicester's opener against Bournemouth a few weeks ago

Vardy scored Leicester's opener against Bournemouth a few weeks ago

Vardy scored Leicester’s opener against Bournemouth a few weeks ago

“At this level, in the most competitive league in the world, he is right up there with the elite strikers in the world and I am very fortunate to have him.”

Both Kane and Vardy have a rich history of scoring goals in recent years and when asked to compare the two former England team-mates, Rodgers said: “They are different types and have very different qualities.

“Harry likes to drop deep and get involved in the build-up play and linking things. I like a striker who can really penetrate in behind and who has that speed. It’s your preference, and also what you have to work with.

“Jamie’s record over his time here shows he’s right up there, that’s for sure. I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s up there alongside Harry.

“(They are) two different strikers with two different qualities but two players right at the very highest level in this league, both have phenomenal goal-scoring records.”

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Howe hails 'historic' Bournemouth win

Cherries recorded their first ever away victory over Southampton at the 16th attempt to move up to third in the Premier League

Last Updated: 21/09/19 12:09am

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Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe was delighted with the courage shown by his players

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe was delighted with the courage shown by his players

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes there is more to come from his side after their ‘historic’ win over Southampton on Friday Night Football.

The Cherries recorded a first away win over their south coast rivals as goals from Nathan Ake, Harry Wilson and Callum Wilson earned a 3-1 success at St Mary’s.

The result moves them up to third in the table, and Howe believes the psychology of his players has now shifted away from merely surviving in the top flight.

He told Sky Sports: “It was an historic game for us tonight. I don’t think we were at our very best and we were loose at times, but what we did show was real heart, fight, determination and desire.

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Highlights from Bournemouth’s win over Southampton in the Premier League.

Highlights from Bournemouth’s win over Southampton in the Premier League.

“We defended heroically at times, our goalkeeper played very well. It wasn’t the perfect performance but we’re delighted with the win.

“I think we now certainly don’t have an inferiority complex which we did when we first came into the Premier League.

“I think we are getting more and more confident with each other and this season the group will get stronger – we have big players missing. We know there is more to come.

“You want to win trophies and win leagues, that is your mindset every season. Are we going to do that? It’s incredibly difficult so then you have to look at how you do things. We pride ourselves on our philosophy and our style of play.

“That becomes the barometer of where we are. We are trying to get back to our very best footballing levels.”

Nathan Ake scores the opener for Bournemouth against Southampton

Nathan Ake scores the opener for Bournemouth against Southampton

Nathan Ake scores the opener for Bournemouth against Southampton

King: VAR call impacted my game

Ake headed home the 10th-minute opener from a Diego Rico corner, before winger Wilson swept in to double the Cherries’ lead 10 minutes before the break.

James Ward-Prowse’s penalty early in the second period gave Saints hope of a fightback but England striker Wilson seized on a defensive mistake to kill off the game in stoppage time and end the visitors’ 15-game winless streak at their near neighbours.

“It was a difficult game and in the second half, we were terrible on the ball,” Callum Wilson admitted to Sky Sports. “We couldn’t get out of our half. In the end, the third goal was a gift so thankfully we got the win.

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Callum Wilson says he was delighted Southampton’s defence ‘got in a mess’ gifting him Bournemouth’s third

Callum Wilson says he was delighted Southampton’s defence ‘got in a mess’ gifting him Bournemouth’s third

“In the last game, we knew that Everton zonal marked, and it was similar today. So we just repeated what we did in the last game. We got success with it, and we got more today.

“We’ve never won here as a football club, so as you can see the fans are still hanging around. It’s a big win.”

Their margin of success would have been greater had Joshua King not had a 25th-minute strike ruled out for offside by VAR.

Joshua King saw his first-half strike ruled out for offside upon VAR review

Joshua King saw his first-half strike ruled out for offside upon VAR review

Joshua King saw his first-half strike ruled out for offside upon VAR review

The Norway forward emphatically slotted in at the end of a counter-attacking move, only for VAR to rule he had strayed marginally offside from Dominic Solanke’s through pass.

King said: “I had a feeling it would be offside to be honest as I thought I would get the ball a split second before I did.

“I think it affected my game a bit towards the end of the game as well as I’ve never had a goal disallowed by VAR. But I’ll learn from that and keep going in the next game.”

Hasenhuttl: Poor first half cost us

Southampton enjoyed 65 per cent possession and had 25 attempts on goal compared to Bournemouth’s six, but still fell to a third defeat of the Premier League season.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl rued his side’s display in the opening 45 minutes.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton lost the game thanks to a poor twenty-minute period

Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton lost the game thanks to a poor twenty-minute period

The Austrian told Sky Sports: “We lost the game in the first half. We weren’t good for the first 20 minutes or so and had to change the shape twice. We’ve moved to 4-3-3 and it was a lot better.

“In the second half, we had every second ball and were very sharp. We have 25 shots on goal to six from Bournemouth, but in the end the most important stat is the goals.

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“We weren’t aggressive enough, and the opponent was very clinical. That was the big difference today. We had a lot of blocked shots, a good performance in the second half but without the result.

“We showed a good reaction in the second half, and had 65 per cent possession. Nathan [Redmond] had a big chance to equalise but today we didn’t deserve to take anything because the first half wasn’t good enough.”

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AC Milan to launch anti-racism task force

Last Updated: 20/09/19 11:02pm

AC Milan's anti-racism initiative will be launched during Saturday's derby with Inter Milan

AC Milan’s anti-racism initiative will be launched during Saturday’s derby with Inter Milan

AC Milan has announced it will establish an internal task force to address racism in Italian football.

The club says the task force will be supported by “an external consultancy” and “develop a program of activities to increase awareness, monitor and address racist behaviour on social media and in the stadium, and drive the adoption of global best practices on diversity and inclusion.”

The move comes after reports of racist chants directed at Milan midfielder Franck Kessie during a match at Hellas Verona last weekend.

Milan says the anti-racism initiative will be launched during Saturday’s derby against Inter Milan.

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist chants in a match at Cagliari this month.

AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said Italian football needs to "wake up" about racism

AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said Italian football needs to "wake up" about racism

AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said Italian football needs to “wake up” about racism

Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis, who is South African, said: “Italian football needs to wake up and take a strong stance against racist behaviours.

“AC Milan will take a leadership position on this issue. We believe that we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to address this issue.”

Poch: This squad not the best I've had

Pochettino: ‘We will see at the end of the season. At the moment I don’t believe this is the best squad’

Last Updated: 20/09/19 11:19pm

Mauricio Pochettino had a busy summer strengthening his squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign

Mauricio Pochettino had a busy summer strengthening his squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign

Mauricio Pochettino is unsure his current Tottenham squad is the best he has ever had – but will reserve final judgement until the end of the season.

After two transfer windows without signing a single player, Spurs returned to business this summer and secured the services of Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndomele and Jack Clarke.

And although only a handful of key players left, with Kieran Trippier and Fernando Llorente moving on, Pochettino remains unsure just how good the side can be.

“We will see at the end of the season. At the moment I don’t believe this is the best squad,” Pochettino said.

“But I think if you only see the results, playing in the final of the Champions League, it’s easy to say the better squad was last season’s squad because we got to the final.

“We will see if we can repeat, or if we win some trophy maybe we can talk about this being the best squad.”

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Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s mentality is not an issue

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s mentality is not an issue

A 3-1 win over Leicester in February was Tottenham’s fourth straight victory in the Premier League, but since then the best they have managed in the division is back-to-back wins and they have only achieved this once.

It highlights why Pochettino has been frustrated, but does the fact he constantly changes the team also have an impact on results?

He added: “England is a very competitive country. I’m lucky to have the possibility to play in four competitions, so all need to be ready to play now and is going to have the possibility to play and they need to show their quality.

“The problem in football is it’s not basketball, that you can change every five minutes, you can play only with 11.

“If you want to give consistency to the team, maybe you need to keep your 11 to play consistently, but the moment that you start to change, if you don’t win, ‘why (did) we change?’. If you win and you want to change, the players that don’t play they need to play more.”

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Patriots release Brown

Brown the subject of rape accusation and other allegations, and denies all claims made against him; “He wants to play the game he loves,” says Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus

Last Updated: 20/09/19 11:42pm

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Sky Sports News’ Anton Toloui explains the events leading up to Antonio Brown being released by the New England Patriots

Sky Sports News’ Anton Toloui explains the events leading up to Antonio Brown being released by the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have announced they are releasing wide receiver Antonio Brown with immediate effect.

It comes just two weeks after the current Super Bowl champions signed the 31-year-old following his release by the Oakland Raiders.

Brown is currently at the centre of harassment allegations, accused of rape in a lawsuit filed in Florida by his former trainer Britney Taylor, who waived her right to anonymity.

A second, unnamed, woman has since come forward accusing him of an unwanted sexual advance in 2017 and then of sending threatening text messages related to the allegations.

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walked out of his press conference ahead of the weekend game with the New York Jets after being repeatedly asked about Brown

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walked out of his press conference ahead of the weekend game with the New York Jets after being repeatedly asked about Brown

Brown featured in New England’s win at Miami last Sunday where he scored a touchdown, with head coach Bill Belichick earlier refusing to discuss the issue at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s game with the New York Jets.

“I know there are questions about Antonio,” he said. “We take all the situations with our team very seriously.

“There are some things we’re looking into. But I’m not going to have any comment on the off-the-field situations or questions on that.”

Brown denies the claims and has since taken to social media, thanking the Patriots for the opportunity before going on to say: “Sometimes people try to destroy you precisely because they recognise your power. If I’m lying then I’m flying “

Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus also issued a statement: “It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots.

“But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon.”

Brown has been one of the NFL’s premier pass-catchers since being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, having recorded over 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last six seasons and seven of his nine years in the league.

He has also reached double figures for touchdowns on four occasions and has regular-season totals of 841 catches for 11,263 yards and 75 touchdowns in his career.

He was traded from the Steelers to the Raiders in March in a cut-price deal worth third- and fifth-round draft picks, before being released by Oakland after a short and tumultuous spell.

Pep 'sure' Arteta will succeed him at City

Guardiola: “He’s already an incredible, incredible manager. He will have incredible success in the future.”

Last Updated: 20/09/19 10:42pm

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Pep Guardiola has tipped Mikel Arteta to replace him when he leaves Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has tipped Mikel Arteta to replace him when he leaves Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed his “incredible” assistant manager Mikel Arteta, tipping the Spaniard to replace him as manager when he leaves.

The Spaniard emerged as one of the front-runners for the Gunners job after Arsene Wenger retired in 2018, but wanted to stay and learn at the Ethiad.

Guardiola has been assisted by the former Arsenal and Everton midfielder since he joined the club, and he is confident that Arteta is the right man to replace him when he eventually leaves.

“I’m pretty sure [he’ll succeed me]. He will have success,” he said.

This is Arteta's first role as a coach, after retiring in 2016

This is Arteta's first role as a coach, after retiring in 2016

This is Arteta’s first role as a coach, after retiring in 2016

“Sooner or later it’s going to happen (Arteta becoming a manager). He’s a young, young manager. He has experience already, handling big players and big teams.

“He’s got an incredible work ethic. He has a special talent to analyse what happens and to find solutions.

“We talk a lot about what he believes and how he feels.”

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There is no indication that Guardiola will leave City anytime soon, claiming he “will stay for two more years and hopefully another one” when he was linked with the Juventus job in the summer.

But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss hasn’t stayed longer than four years at any of his previous clubs

The 48-year-old has not just praised Arteta’s coaching ability on the pitch, but also his character and morals off it.

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Guardiola says Manchester City can cope in defence despite injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones

Guardiola says Manchester City can cope in defence despite injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones

Guardiola said: “He’s a guy who’s so happy when we win but also suffers a lot when we don’t.

“He’s an incredible person, an incredible human being, with incredible values about the dressing room and what it means to be together.

“He’s already an incredible, incredible manager. He will have incredible success in the future.”

Arteta had a playing career which spanned across 17 years, six clubs and four countries, including over 250 appearances in the Premier League.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also backed Arteta for a future in management

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also backed Arteta for a future in management

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also backed Arteta for a future in management

And the City boss believes that Arteta’s playing career has had a positive impact on his potential future as a head coach.

He said: “He’s helped a lot. Especially in the first year when we played Stoke and whatever – he knew the players we were going to face better than we because he played a lot against them.”

“He was a holding-midfielder too and I think he reads the situations.

“The best [midfielders] play thinking about what the team needs in every single moment. He was a master of that. When he was able to see what was needed on the pitch, when you’re off the pitch it’s easier.”

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Bournemouth go third with Saints win

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Report and highlights as Eddie Howe wins his 50th Premier League game as Bournemouth manager

Last Updated: 21/09/19 12:16am

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Bournemouth’s win over Southampton in the Premier League

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Bournemouth’s win over Southampton in the Premier League

Bournemouth won at St Mary’s for the first time as they beat Southampton 3-1 in the Premier League, sending them into third in the table.

The Cherries had failed to win at their south coast rivals in 15 attempts, but they got off to the perfect start when Nathan Ake headed home inside 10 minutes before Harry Wilson (35) fired the ball home to double their lead.

Southampton were much improved in the second half and pulled one back inside seven minutes as James Ward-Prowse (53) scored a smashing penalty. They kept piling on the pressure but a calamitous error between Jan Bednarek and goalkeeper Angus Gunn with seconds to play allowed Callum Wilson (90+4) to score into an open goal.

It was a second successive victory for Bournemouth, as they catapulted from ninth place into third ahead of the weekend games, while Southampton fell to 11th from tenth.

Harry Wilson scored in the first half to double Bournemouth's lead

Harry Wilson scored in the first half to double Bournemouth's lead

Harry Wilson scored in the first half to double Bournemouth’s lead

How Bournemouth earned their maiden St Mary’s win

Southampton were slow out of the traps as Bournemouth opened the scoring inside ten minutes. It was a thunderous header from Ake, who powered in front of Kevin Danso to send Diego Rico’s corner into the back of the net.

15 minutes later, and it looked like the visitors had added another – but were thwarted by VAR. Dominic Solanke slotted the ball through for Josh King, who floated it past Gunn and into the top corner. However, the goal was reviewed by VAR and showed that King’s foot was offside in the build-up, thus disallowing his effort.

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Southampton: Gunn (5), Cedric (6), Danso (5), Vestergaard (6), Bednarek (5), Hojbjerg (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Romeu (7), Boufal (7), Redmond (6), Adams (6).

Subs used: Bertrand (6), Ings (6), Armstrong (n/a).

Bournemouth: Ramsdale (7), Rico (6), Stacey (7), S. Cook (8), Ake (7), Lerma (6), Billing (7), H. Wilson (7), King (8), Solanke (7), C. Wilson (7).

Subs used: Fraser (6), L Cook (6), Surman (n/a).

Man of the match: Josh King.

But it didn’t take long for Bournemouth to find the net again as Harry Wilson scored his third goal of the season in the 35th minute. Phillip Billing darted down the left flank before cutting the ball back for Harry Wilson, waiting inside the area. Jannik Vestergaard could not quite get there as the winger guided the ball home with Southampton unable to find a second reprieve.

The start of the second half saw a turnaround in fortunes for the Saints as they were awarded a penalty seven minutes after the break. Che Adams was clipped by Steve Cook’s outstretched leg as referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot, with a brief VAR check confirming his decision. Ward-Prowse stepped up and hammered the penalty home as Southampton cut their deficit in half.

  • Moussa Djenepo was replaced by Nathan Redmond for Southampton in one of two changes, with Maya Yoshida also replaced by Kevin Danso in defence.
  • Bournemouth made one change with Lewis Cook dropping to the bench, being replaced by Jefferson Lerma. Ryan Fraser also started on the bench once again.

A few minutes later, and there was another VAR review as King went tumbling over in the area after a challenge from Cedric Soares, but the referee waved away the claims. Once the ball had gone out of play, VAR stepped in to have a look but concluded that the initial decision from Kavanagh would stand.

Southampton continued to press for the equaliser as the second half wore on and their best chance came with nine minutes to play. Danny Ings cut the ball back for Ward-Prowse in the middle and his scooped effort was spilled by Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. Luckily, it fell into the path of Steve Cook, who managed to hoof the ball away before Ward-Prowse could pounce again.

Nathan Ake scored a thunderous header for Bournemouth's opener

Nathan Ake scored a thunderous header for Bournemouth's opener

Nathan Ake scored a thunderous header for Bournemouth’s opener

But it was a catastrophic error from Southampton that gifted Bournemouth a third goal with the last kick of the game. Gunn came racing to the top of his box as, under pressure from Callum Wilson, Bednarek tried to play the ball back to him. However, the ball wriggled free amongst the confusion and allowed the striker to pounce, driving towards the open goal and slotting home to seal the win.

Man of the match – Josh King

It was a rather unlucky game for King. He performed superbly and did have the ball in the back of the net, although VAR ruled it out for a very tight offside call. He was also denied a penalty, despite an offence appearing to have been committed, but his work rate remained second to none.

On co-commentary, Jamie Carragher said: “He’s been a constant threat. He’s not been lucky enough to get a goal, but he caused huge problems for Southampton in the first half. The man he was up against was taken off at half-time and in the second half, he has been the one constant threat for Bournemouth.”

The managers

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: “We lost the game in the first half. We weren’t good for the first 20 minutes or so and had to change the shape twice. We’ve moved to 4-3-3 and it was a lot better.

“In the second-half, we had every second ball and were very sharp. I think we have 26 shots on goal to six from Bournemouth, but in the end the most important stat is the goals.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton lost the game against Bournemouth thanks to a poor twenty minute period in the first half

Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton lost the game against Bournemouth thanks to a poor twenty minute period in the first half

“We weren’t aggressive enough, and the opponent was very clinical. That was the big difference today. We had a lot of blocked shots, a good performance in the second half but without the result.

“We showed a good reaction in the second half, and had 64 per cent possession. Nathan [Redmond] had a big chance to equalise but today we didn’t deserve to take anything because the first half wasn’t good enough.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “It was an historic game for us tonight. I don’t think we were at our very best and we were loose at times, but what we did show was real heart, fight, determination and desire. We defended heroically at times, our goalkeeper played very well. It wasn’t the perfect performance but we’re delighted with the win.

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Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe says they showed heart, determination, fight and desire to beat local rivals Southampton

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe says they showed heart, determination, fight and desire to beat local rivals Southampton

“At 2-1 and the manner we conceded as well, followed by the VAR psychological blow, you can start to feel sorry for yourself, but we didn’t. Although we conceded chances, I feel that was down to the general performance which wasn’t what we wanted it to be.

“Some of our attacking play was really good, but we could’ve been punished on another day. In part that’s down to how we play, so you have to take the rough with the smooth. We no longer have an inferiority complex as I feel we had when we first arrived in the league.”

Opta stats

  • Of ever-present Premier League sides since the start of last season, Southampton have kept fewer clean sheets at home in the competition (three in 22 games at St. Mary’s) than any other side.
  • Bournemouth have won four of their last eight away league outings (D1 L3), this after having lost nine in succession on the road beforehand.
  • Since the start of last season, Callum Wilson has been directly involved in 16 goals away from home in the Premier League (11 goals, 5 assists), more than any other player.

What’s next?

Southampton have another derby to contend with on Tuesday as they travel to Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup, live on Sky Sports, before visiting Tottenham on Saturday in the Premier League. For Bournemouth, they make the trip to Burton Albion on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup before welcoming West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Williams: I've learned from Farrell

Last Updated: 20/09/19 10:26pm

Liam Williams is aiming to round off what he described as the best year of his rugby career at the World Cup with Wales

Liam Williams is aiming to round off what he described as the best year of his rugby career at the World Cup with Wales

Wales back Liam Williams says he has learned from Saracens team-mate Owen Farrell during what he described as the best year of his rugby career.

The 28-year-old is aiming to guide Wales to World Cup glory in Japan over the next six weeks – a feat which would complete a remarkable major trophy Grand Slam.

He had already helped Wales win the Six Nations title and Grand Slam, before then starting both finals as English giants Saracens secured a Heineken Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership double.

“It has been the best year of my life in terms of the rugby aspect,” Williams said. “You learn off the best players in the world like Owen Farrell and Alex Goode.”

“I was injured quite a bit in my first year with Saracens. I was fortunate to win the Premiership that year but I didn’t play in the semis or the final because I injured my shoulder, I think it was.

Saracens celebrate in their dressing room after winning the 2019 Premiership final

Saracens celebrate in their dressing room after winning the 2019 Premiership final

Saracens celebrate in their dressing room after winning the 2019 Premiership final

“I missed that and then played a big part last season. I played all the games in the Six Nations as well and it’s a year I will never ever forget.”

The World Cup is now his priority, starting with Wales’ opening Pool D clash against Georgia in Toyota City on Monday.

“I am very excited,” he said. “I didn’t play much at the last World Cup as I got injured. I’m really looking forward to it.

“You train and train and train but you want to just get into the games.

“We always put a lot of pressure on ourselves. It’s more expectation and knowing the country back home are expecting good things, and I am pretty sure we will be able to do that.”

Warriors hold on to deny Salford

Last Updated: 20/09/19 11:25pm

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Watch highlights as Wigan won a pulsating Super League play-off clash at home to Salford

Watch highlights as Wigan won a pulsating Super League play-off clash at home to Salford

Wigan Warriors managed to fend off a determined Salford Red Devils for an 18-12 win in Friday’s Super League qualifying final.

The sides went in all square at the break as a converted try from George Griffin just before half-time cancelled out one by Wigan’s Oliver Gildart in the 25th minute.

The visitors had possible tries from Joey Lussick and Ken Sio ruled out by the video referee too, with Wigan taking advantage through second-half scores from Thomas Leuluai and George Williams.

Oliver Gildart got the opening try of the game for Wigan

Oliver Gildart got the opening try of the game for Wigan

Oliver Gildart got the opening try of the game for Wigan

Jackson Hastings, who will join the Warriors next season, went over just after the hour to set up a grandstand finish, but the defending champions held their nerve to set up a showdown with St Helens.

The loser of that match will have a second bite of the cherry – as do Salford, who will seek to keep alive their bid for a maiden Grand Final appearance when they play Castleford Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium next Thursday.

The defeat brought the Red Devils’ eight-match winning run to an end despite the best efforts of half-back Jackson Hastings, the Man of Steel favourite who showed the Wigan fans what they can expect in 2020.

Salford's Tyrone McCarthy can't find a way through the Wigan defence

Salford's Tyrone McCarthy can't find a way through the Wigan defence

Salford’s Tyrone McCarthy can’t find a way through the Wigan defence

The away side’s front row of former Wigan players Gil Dudson, Lee Mossop and Logan Tomkins led the way in an arm wrestle throughout a scoreless opening quarter as the teams tested each other out.

The breakthrough from England centre Gildart, scoring for the third successive match after taking stand-off Williams’ pass and hoodwinking his opposite number Kris Welham.

Zak Hardaker, who had earlier missed a penalty from in front of the posts, kicked the touchline conversion to make it 6-0 and Wigan thought they had scored again when right centre Chris Hankinson went through a gap only to be brought back for obstruction.

George Griffin celebrates his try for Salford

George Griffin celebrates his try for Salford

George Griffin celebrates his try for Salford

The visitors were rocking at that stage, but they hung in and drew level just before the interval. Replacement hooker Lussick was denied a try when his opposite number Sam Powell got his body under the ball but there was no stopping second row Griffin two tackles later as Salford maintained the pressure.

Krisnan Inu’s conversion made it 6-6, which meant the visitors were the happier side at half-time.

Wigan coach Adrian Lam’s response was to bring on exciting Australian utility back Bevan French for the second half, with Williams switching to hooker in place of Powell, but with only limited effect.

Thomas Leuluai and Zak Hardaker celebrate a hard-fought win for Wigan

Thomas Leuluai and Zak Hardaker celebrate a hard-fought win for Wigan

Thomas Leuluai and Zak Hardaker celebrate a hard-fought win for Wigan

The Red Devils created the first scoring opportunity of the second half as full-back Niall Evalds worked winger Sio over at the corner, but slow-motion replays showed he had a foot in touch and the home side took full advantage of the let-off with two tries in four minutes.

The first was gift-wrapped for scrum-half Leuluai after Inu’s careless offload near his own line put Jake Bibby in trouble and the second was the result of a break from inside his own half by winger Joe Burgess which was finished off by Williams.

Hardaker added both conversions to open up a 12-point lead but Hastings kept his side in the hunt by brushing off the challenge of forward Liam Farrell to score an opportunist try on 61 minutes.

Wigan had a chance to wrap it up but substitute forward Joe Greenwood dropped Sean O’Loughlin’s pass on the line and they were forced to withstand a tremendous late onslaught from the visitors before they were able to celebrate.

Match reaction

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Wigan head coach Adrian Lam hailed the togetherness of his side in the win over Salford

Wigan head coach Adrian Lam hailed the togetherness of his side in the win over Salford
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