48 Wednesday, 14 October 2009 London Lite LITESPORT ITS GOING TO GETLITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... SO Rios going to get another chance tonight? How many chances does the man need? Hes won 75 caps and still defends like a loon! What about Upson, Lescott, Cahill, Jagielka etc? All reliable defenders who dont ponce about and cause nationwide nerves! Patriotic Blue MARK (L&B 13/10) good stuff. Was at Orient the other week against Millwall in the South Stand with a pal. Great day with true Cockney banter, thanks. JP of MFC MARK (L&B 13/10) agreed. Forget the glory hunters. Stick with the small clubs, where every fan counts. Wycombe will win soon. Malc, SL9 MARK (L&B 13/10) youd be amazed how many of my Luton mates became glory hunters when we went down last year. Who needs a Premier club when you can travel around the Conference and take in all the up-and-coming outfits? Malc, SL9 AFC (L&B 13/10) that response was woeful and on a par with my dad is bigger than your dad, how old are you 12? Jonesy JONESY (L&B 12/10) Dont take us seriously? Who are you trying to fool? Always been there, we dont have the luxury to spend 30m on one player. Stoneage Gooner To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite ARSENAL P7 W5 D0 L2 Pts15 BRIGHTON are keen to extend the month-long loan spell of defender Gavin Hoyte after he impressed on his debut at Yeovil last weekend. NEXT GAME:SatBirmingham(h) CHELSEA P8 W7 D0 L1 Pts21 SALOMON KALOU wants focus on becoming a household name at the Bridge. He said: Hopefully I can get more chances from the manager. NEXT GAME: Sat Aston Villa (a) FULHAM P7 W2 D1 L4 Pts7 CHRIS BAIRD has had a tough time breaking through but is eyeing the Europa League game with Roma. He said: The Europa League is fantastic for players that havent been playing. Its a chance to show what we can do. NEXT GAME: Oct 19 Hull (h) TOTTENHAM P8 W5 D1 L2 Pts16 PORTSMOUTH chief executive Peter Storrie has urged fans to lay off Spurs boss Harry Redknapp this weekend. He said: I just hope the fans will be fair. NEXT GAME:SatPortsmouth (a) WEST HAM P7 W1 D2 L4 Pts5 GUILLERMO FRANCO is back at Upton Park after already-qualified Mexico agreed to release him ahead of tonights World Cup clash with Trinidad & Tobago. NEXT GAME: Sat Stoke (a) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE P10 W4 D3 L3 Pts15 STERN JOHN played in a practice match for Palace on Monday. The striker has been out since the start of the season afer suffering a dislocated elbow. NEXT GAME:SatCardiff(a) QPR P10 W3 D5 L2 Pts14 FITZ HALL is set to make his first team comeback within the next 10 days following a recent groin injury, and Gareth Ainsworth is also back in contention. NEXT GAME: Sat Preston (h) READING P11 W2 D4 L5 Pts10 GYLFI SIGURDSSON claims: Were playing better stuff than we were at the start of the season. Were improving with every game. NEXT GAME: Sat West Brom (a) WATFORD P11 W3 D5 L3 Pts14 LIAM HENDERSON and Marvin Sordell scored in the reserves 4-2 defeat against Colchester. Injured striker Heidar Helguson wasnt risked. NEXT GAME: Sat Middlesbrough (a) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD P12 W3 D5 L4 Pts14 GOALKEEPER Nikki Bull wants goal-line technology. But he said: If you bring it in at League One , it has to come in at League Two level -- and how do you pay for all that? NEXT GAME:SatOrient(a) CHARLTON P12 W7 D4 L1 Pts25 BOSS Phil Parkinson revealed how he sparked defender Kelly Yougas revival. He said: After the first two games of the season I sat down and said to him: Dont think this division is going to be easy for you. Strive to be the best left-back in the League One. NEXT GAME: Sat Huddersfield (h) GILLINGHAM P12 W4 D2 L6 Pts14 MARK STIMSONS men are still waiting for their first away win of the season after last nights 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton. Goals from Elliott Bennett and Tommy Elphick condemned Gills to a fifth defeat in six away games. NEXT GAME: SAT MK Dons (a) LEYTON ORIENT P12 W3 D3 L6 Pts12 GERAINT WILLIAMS has warned that playmaker Sean Thornton is some way off full fitness. He said: Were taking it bit by bit. If it doesnt get worse or sore, were looking to get him back soon. NEXT GAME: Sat Brentford (h) MILLWALL P12 W3 D6 L3 Pts15 SKIPPER Paul Robinson was handed a start in last nights reserve game against Crawley Town as he continues his return from his toe injury. NEXT GAME:SatStockport (a) SOUTHEND P12 W3 D5 L4 Pts14 ALAN McCORMACK has spoken about his ankle problem. He said: I first suffered with it when I was 19 or 20 and it still hurts every now and then. He will be fit to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday. NEXT GAME: Sat Bristol Rovers (h) WYCOMBE P12 W1 D3 L8 Pts6 GARY WADDOCK has been named as the new Wanderers manager after leaving his post at Aldershot. The former QPR boss, who takes over from the axed Peter Taylor said: I like challenges and I am extremely ambitious. Martin Kuhl has joined Waddock at Adams Parks as his No2. NEXT GAME: Sat Colchester (h) LEAGUE TWO BARNET P12 W6 D3 L3 Pts21 MARK HUGHES is suspended for this weekends clash with Burton after collecting his fifth booking of the season last weekend, which triggered an automatic ban. NEXT GAME: Sat Burton (a) DAG & RED P12 W7 D3 L2 Pts24 DANNY SPILLER should be fit to return for Saturdays visit of Bradford despite limping out of the weekend victory against Darlington with a hamstring problem. We think its just a niggle, said promotion-chasing manager John Still. We hope he will be okay for Saturday. NEXT GAME:SatBradford(h) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday Barca star taking the flak as Diego faces devastation Lionel roars: Messi, left, celebrates Martin Palermos vital late winner against bottom-of-the-table Peru last Saturday BARCELONAS tiny talisman Lionel Messi goes into tonights do-or-die South American qualifier in Uruguay knowing he will be the No1 target for Argentina fans if Diego Maradonas (below) side fail to reach the 2010 World Cup. As Barca director Albert Perrin rightly points out: The figurehead in Argentina is Maradona and criticising him is difficult, so instead they criticise Messi. Lionel, because he plays for us in Spain, has no home support. Messi has notrecentlyleftateamlikeBocaJuniors or River Plate. He plays at Barcelona and has no fans there, which is a handicap to him. Argentina are cur- rently fourth in an auto- matic qualifying position but the losing side in Monte- video tonight could miss out completely if Ecuador beat already-qualifiedChiletoclinchthe play-off spot in fifth. Messi, all 5ft 6in of him, insists: We will play at the World Cup. We are risking everything in the last qualifier. I trust in my national team. Well do our best to clinch a win there, even though it wont be an easy game. Thetwosideshavemetaworldrecord177times and Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez says simply: We respect Argentina, but we need the three points. Well not be thinking of what is going oninChile.Wemustwin.Adrawisthesame as losing. We must win. A crowd of 76,000 at the Estadio Centenario and millions of televi- sion viewers around the globe will witness the biggest match of the final night of World Cup qualifying. Only 3,000 tickets were issued to Argentinian fans by the Uruguayan football association. And last night, half of them were returned unsold. Belief in Maradonas crusade, which has used 78 players so far, is not overwhelming. Swede dreams are made of this URUGUAY V ARGENTINA 11PM (SKY SPORTS 1) BY NEAL COLLINS cult, so instead theyand criticising him is diffi inusforplayshebecauseLionel, Spain, has no home support. Messi has JuniorsBocaliketeamaleftrecentlynot or River Plate. He plays at Barcelona and has cur-areArgentina rently fourth in an auto- positionqualifyingmatic but the losing side in Monte- video tonight could miss out beatEcuadorifcompletely theclinchtoChileedalready-qualifi him, insists:Messi, all 5ft 6in of Well do our best to clinch a win there, even though it wont be an easy game. times177recordworldamethavesidestwoThe and Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez says simply: We respect Argentina, but we need the three what is goingpoints. Well not be thinking of sametheisdrawAwin.mustWeChile.inon as losing. We must win. World Cup qualifying.nal night offi toissuedweretickets3,000Only UruguayanthebyfansArgentinian halfnight,lastAndassociation.football inthem were returned unsold. Beliefof Maradonas crusade, which has used 78 players so far, is not overwhelming. OTHER CRUNCH CLASHES EURO GROUP 1 PORTUGAL V MALTA CRISTIANO RONALDOS Portugal have to win in Lisbon to destroy the lingering play-off hopes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Swedes, who face Albania. If both lose, Hungary could sneak through if they beat already-qualified Denmark. One small problem for Portugal... Ronaldo is out injured. His former Manchester United team-mate Nani admits: Its up to the rest of us now to make it to the World Cup. EURO GROUP 2 SWITZERLAND V ISRAEL ARSENALS reserve centre-back Philippe Senderos scored twice against Luxembourg on Saturday to leave the Swiss needing just one point tonight but Israel are not out of play-off contention. Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said: Senderos doesnt play for his club but he has a real winning attitude. EURO GROUP 6 ANDORRA V UKRAINE CROATIA will go out when (not if) Ukraine win in Andorra tonight. The Croats would have made the play-offs if England had won on Saturday. 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