42 Friday, 2 October 2009 London Lite LITESPORT H LITESPORT Inbrief Pompey boss hospital dash l PORTSMOUTHS chaotic week has taken a fresh twist following reports from Dubai of owner Sulaiman Al Fahim being admitted to hospital. The 32-year-old was undergoing tests after severe kidney pains, according to Arabian Business, a publication with which Al Fahim has close links. Uncertainty over Al Fahims health has followed a week where Pompey players were not paid. United striker jailed for crash lA CHAMPIONSHIP footballer who killed a father of five in a crash on Christmas Day is starting a 32-month jail sentence today. Sheffield United striker Jordan Robertson, 21, was handed the sentence at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for five years for hitting a Ford Galaxy driven by Omar Mohamed on the southbound M1. Perfect Tim-ing for Moyes boys lEVERTON manager David Moyes received a double boost in the Europa League that improves his sides chances of moving to the next stage. A battling 2-1 victory against BATE Borisov in Minsk was cause enough for celebration. However Benficas defeat by AEK Athens was the icing on the cake. Everton are now in pole position in the group thanks to a goal from Tim Cahill 13 minutes from time. Wales Bale out Spurs defender lTOTTENHAM defender Gareth Bale is back in the Wales squad after just 95 minutes of action this season for his club. Bale had not played in a Premier League victory for Spurs a run spanning 25 matches over two years until last weekends 5-0 home win over Burnley. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted he brought him on for the last five minutes to to end his embarrassing record. Grim Reading between lines l READING have revealed how they were forced to sell Kevin Doyle, Stephen Hunt and Andre Bikey for a total of 11m to balance the books. In a financial statement, Reading said that the clubs bankers demanded repayment of a 7.5m overdraft as a result of the economic climate in the summer. Added to the loss of 6.26m last season, this led to the departure of the three players. NOW SUNDAYWe cant afford to lose this one says Drogba by neal collins Ferguson praises fantastic Wenger MANCHESTER UNITED manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Arsenal owe a huge debt of gratitude to old foe Arsene Wenger. Wenger this week became the longest-serving boss in Arsenals history and most of his 13 years in north London have been spent going head-to-head with Ferguson for the games major prizes. While there have been plenty of confrontations between the pair down the years, a thaw in relations has taken place in recent times to the extent that they appeared together at a lavish question-and- answer session at Wembley last season. Although he avoided discussion over whether Wenger had brought the best out of him, Ferguson feels the statement is particularly true of Arsenal. Arsene has brought the best out of Arsenal, he said. Since he has gone there, the success of the club has been fantastic. He sticks to what he believes in -- and so do his players. That is why he has been there so long. I read some quotes from his players the other day that sum up the situation pretty well. They owe everything to him. Thats nice to see. Red Devils boss for 23 years himself, Ferguson feels Wengers success at Arsenal proves his own theory that if clubs stand by their own decisions and give managers time, they will eventually be rewarded. If you look at Brian Clough, myself and Arsene, it proves longevity brings rewards, said Ferguson. His team play the right way and he has a stadium that is full every week. He has been an incredible manager for them. Wenger, meanwhile, will be without striker Eduardo for Sundays clash against Blackburn. The 26-year-old has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury. by james goldman Best of enemies: Wenger and Ferguson DIDIER DROGBA insists Chelsea cant afford to drop points against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday if they are to maintain their title challenge. Chelsea were made favourites to win thePremierLeagueaftertheywontheir first six games, but the manner of the clubs 3-1 defeat to Wigan last week was a major blow to their momentum and allowed champions Manchester United to reclaim top spot. Liverpool have also climbed into con- tention once more after bouncing back from losing two of their first three games to win the last four. Rafa Benitezs side -- beaten 2-0 at Fiorentina in the Champions League on Tuesday -- will not be daunted by play- ing at Stamford Bridge having beaten Chelsea in London last season. Drogba (right) is well aware of the threat Liverpool pose to his dreams of lifting the League trophy again and believes Chelsea need to go on another long winning streak of their own. Hesaid: GamesagainstLiverpoolare always big, but this one is vital for us. We need to win it, we cant afford to lose more points because they are com- ing back strong after the difficult start to the season they had. We need to show that what happened against Wigan was an accident. We need to keep winning especially at home if we want to win the title. It was 12 months ago that Liverpool became the first side in over four years and in 87 matches to beat Chelsea on their own pitch. Chelseastwotitlevictoriesin2005and 2006 were built on the back of that record,buttheIvoryCoastinternational was unable to help defend it that day because he was injured. The 31-year-old reveals seeing Liver- pool win from the stands that day was one of the biggest disappointments of his Chelsea career, but is confident his- tory wont repeat itself this time around. Speakingasanambassadortopromote the NBAs Take to the Courts event at Clapham Common this weekend, he added:Iwassadtoseetheteamlosethe unbeaten record because I had played a part in it and I couldnt be there on the pitch. It was great for us to know that we hadnt lost at home for so long so it was hard for us when we lost it. But that was last year and this season is going to be different. Our approach this season is different and our fitness and condition is different so I hope that will make the difference and we win the game. Shrugging off Tuesdays defeat, Liv- erpoolsFabioAureliosaidtoday:Hope- fully it will be a different game and we can go to Chelsea and get a result.