DIEGO MARADONA hit out at the critics who treated me like dirt as Argentina beat arch-rivals Uruguay to qualify for next years World Cup. Under huge pressure after a series of disastersinqualifying,Maradonasaid: For those who didnt believe in this national team, for those who treated me like dirt, I say today we are in the WorldCupwithallthehonours,beating a team like Uruguay. But asked who would be in charge of Argentina in South Africa, Maradona would only say: I need to talk to our FA president Julio Grondona. AftersubMarioBolattis85th-minute goal at the Stadio Centenario, scene of the first World Cup final in 1930, Mara- dona roared: I want to dedicate this to all Argentines. I am black or white, Ill never be grey in my life. He reserved his praise for his players and the small group of fans, less than 2,000, who crossed the River Plate from Buenos Aires to support the team in a stadium packed with close to 60,000 UruguayansbayingforArgentineblood as the hosts had two players sent off. Maradona, under fire for his training methods and for selecting nearly 80 different players during his year in charge,said:Iwanttothankthewhole squad for giving me the privilege of taking Argentina to the World Cup -- and those who crossed the pond. Former Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron said: This isnt a celebration, its a case of getting things off our chest. We must think about improving. Uruguay will have another chance of qualifyingviaaplay-off withCostaRica -- the third consecutive World Cup qualifying campaign where Uruguays fate will be decided by a play-off. The twice world champions beat Australia to qualify for 2002 but lost to the Soc- ceroos four years later. Uruguays ex-Manchester United striker Diego Forlan said: We hade a unique opportunity which we didnt managetotake,butatleastnowwehave the chance in the play-off. Ecuador were the other team who went into last nights final round with a chance of qualifying but their hopes died with a 1-0 defeat in Chile. 40 Thursday, 15 October 2009 London Lite LITESPORT DONTCRY FOR ME, ARSENAL P7 W5 D0 L2 Pts15 MANUEL ALMUNIA is expected to replace Vito Mannone in goal against Birmingham this weekend after recovering from a chest infection. NEXT GAME:SatBirmingham(h) CHELSEA P8 W7 D0 L1 Pts21 DECO almost left in the summer -- but now loves life under Carlo Ancelotti. He said: I like the system we are playing, its different from last season. NEXT GAME: Sat Aston Villa (a) FULHAM P7 W2 D1 L4 Pts7 ROY HODGSON says: We have been unlucky with injuries, but the players that have come in, like Bjorn Helge Riise, have done a great job and I dont think there is any doubt we can succeed this season. NEXT GAME: Mon Hull (h) TOTTENHAM P8 W5 D1 L2 Pts16 JONATHAN WOODGATE is unlikely to be risked at Portsmouth. The defender has recovered from his groin problem and has played a full training game. NEXT GAME:SatPortsmouth (a) WEST HAM P7 W1 D2 L4 Pts5 JAMES TOMKINS is bracing himself for Stoke. He recalls: Last season it was a very physical game but we came away with three points. NEXT GAME: Sat Stoke (a) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE P10 W4 D3 L3 Pts15 CLAUDE DAVIS is in contention to start at Cardiff on Saturday after returning to full training following a spell out with a hamstring strain. NEXT GAME:SatCardiff(a) QPR P10 W3 D5 L2 Pts14 PATRICK AGYEMANG was on target for QPRs reserves against Brentford. The striker is still hoping to impress boss Jim Magilton. NEXT GAME: Sat Preston (h) READING P11 W2 D4 L5 Pts10 JOBI McANUFF has told fans he has more to offer. He said: End-product wise, scoring some goals and getting some assists is something thats still to come. NEXT GAME: Sat West Brom (a) WATFORD P11 W3 D5 L3 Pts14 NATHAN ELLINGTON has his heart set on a move to save his career. He said: The circumstances I find myself in, and the clubs in, I think its actually best. NEXT GAME: Sat Middlesbrough (a) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD P12 W3 D5 L4 Pts14 DAVID HUNT is plagued by a foot problem and admits he has no idea what is wrong with it. He is waiting on scan results as the Bees seek to end the problem. NEXT GAME:SatOrient(a) CHARLTON P12 W7 D4 L1 Pts25 PHIL PARKINSON has hailed Christian Dailly since his arrival at the Valley this summer. Parkinson said: I cant speak highly enough of him. To be as fit as he is at his age is a great feat. NEXT GAME: Sat Huddersfield (h) GILLINGHAM P12 W4 D2 L6 Pts14 MARK STIMSON hopes to have signed two players on loan before the weekends trip to MK Dons. The Gills boss, who has his sights set on a League One striker and a full back, said: Were very close, without getting too excited. NEXT GAME: Sat MK Dons (a) LEYTON ORIENT P12 W3 D3 L6 Pts12 SCOTT McGLEISH believes the squads young stars can fire the Os towards the League One play-offs. He said: Theyre very good, we see it every day in training. Theyve got to believe in themselves. NEXT GAME: Sat Brentford (h) MILLWALL P12 W3 D6 L3 Pts15 DANNY SCHOFIELD could be in line for his first Millwall start in front of his family in Saturdays visit to Stockport. The midfielder, signed from Yeovil, has yet to invite his northern-based family down to south London but has targeted this weekend. NEXT GAME:SatStockport (a) SOUTHEND P12 W3 D5 L4 Pts14 STEVE TILSON fears Jean-Yves MVoto will not be ready to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday. The Shrimpers boss said: He hasnt done anything yet that will really test out his hip and we need to see how it reacts to different things. NEXT GAME: Sat Bristol Rovers (h) WYCOMBE P12 W1 D3 L8 Pts6 NEW manager Gary Waddock has pleaded for patience as he attempts to turn Wycombes season around. The former QPR boss who faces promotion-chasing Colchester in his first game said: It wont happen overnight and we need a period of time to settle in. NEXT GAME: Sat Colchester (h) LEAGUE TWO BARNET P12 W6 D3 L3 Pts21 JOE TABIRI is in line for a start against Burton this weekend as manager Ian Hendon seeks to replace the suspended Mark Hughes. NEXT GAME: Sat Burton (a) DAG & RED P12 W7 D3 L2 Pts24 PAUL BENSONS four- game goal-drought is not causing manager John Still any concerns. He had a spell at the start where he didnt score, and then he got four in four, so its not a worry, said the manager. NEXT GAME:SatBradford(h) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday ButIwas treatedlike dirt,moans Maradona WINA5-STAR TRIPTO WATCH THEGUNNERS PLAYALKMAAR AFTER a short break, the familiar Friday-night schedule on Arsenal TV is returning to the clubs official website from this Friday, 16 October. To celebrate, Arsenal and LiteSport are offering readers the chance to win a 5-star trip to AZ Alkmaar for their Champions League game next Tuesday, 20 October. The winner and a guest will travel with the team on the official flight, have overnight accommodation provided along with two tickets to the game. The live schedule each Friday night will start building up to the weekends action with the Preview Show at 7pm (UK time) and at 8pm the popular Spotlight series is back for the new season, with wide-ranging interviews giving Arsenals fans a chance to get to know the players they cheer on week-in, week-out. The live action is capped with the Fans Forum hosted by Tom Watt on air at 8.15pm, giving Arsenal fans all over the world the chance to get their point across by phone, e-mail or text. From 3.99 a month or 45 a year, visit www. arsenal.com/atvo for more information. For the chance to win, simply answer the following question: Who is the current Arsenal captain? Text LL SPORT with your answer, name and a number where you can be reached to 65400. (Texts cost 50p plus standard network charges). Or, e-mail us at sport.win@thelondonlite. co.uk and leave the same details (please specify Arsenal TV in the subject field). All entries to be received by 9am tomorrow. Entrants must be over 18 (only one entry per person). Usual rules apply. Winners will be chosen at random. The editors decision is final. Flights from London Luton Monday, 19 October and return straight after the match on Tuesday, 20 October. Winner must provide own transport to and from Luton, however all overseas transport is provided. BY NEAL COLLINS Hands of God: Diego Maradona celebrates last nights 1-0 victory over Uruguay, a result which confirms Argentinas qualification HONDURAS, in turmoil since June when soldiers forced President Manuel Zelaya out of the country in his pyjamas, finally found something to celebrate last night. A 1-0 victory over El Salvador and a crucial last-minute equaliser by the USA against Costa Rica clinched their place in the World Cup finals in South Africa next year. De facto leader Roberto Micheletti declared today a national holiday in honor of the win. Honduras last qualified for Spain in 1982. 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