LITESPORT ARSENAL P8 W6 D0 L2 Pts18 MANUEL ALMUNIA could return for tomorrows Champions League clash with AZ Alkmaar. The Spaniard was an unused substitute against Birmingham on Saturday. NEXT GAME:TomAZAlkmaar(CLGRP,a) CHELSEA P9 W7 D0 L2 Pts21 NICOLAS ANELKA has outlined the role he is trying to fill for the Blues. He said: I am a striker but not at the top of the team -- a bit like the position Dennis Bergkamp used to play for Arsenal. NEXT GAME: Wed A Madrid (CL GRP, h) FULHAM P7 W2 D1 L4 Pts7 SIMON DAVIES is not fit enough to face Hull but should be back to face Roma in the Europa League on Thursday. Kagisho Dikagoci is suspended. NEXT GAME: Ton Hull (h, 8pm) TOTTENHAM P9 W6 D1 L2 Pts19 HARRY REDKNAPP is unlikely to appeal against Jermain Defoes red card against Portsmouth. The striker stamped on Aaron Mokoena. Defoe will be banned for three games. NEXT GAME:SatStoke (h) WEST HAM P8 W1 D2 L5 Pts5 MATTHEW UPSON will be fit to face Arsenal next Sunday despite having stitches to a face wound following a clash with Stokes Robert Huth, who may now face action from the FA. NEXT GAME: Sun Arsenal (h) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE P11 W4 D4 L3 Pts16 THE EAGLES have strenuously denied that one of their players made a racist comment to Cardiffs Michael Chopra. Boss Neil Warnock said: It was all just hot air. NEXT GAME:TomLeicester(a) QPR P11 W4 D5 L2 Pts17 JIM MAGILTON dedicated QPRs 4-0 win over Preston to club captain Martin Rowlands, out for the season with a knee injury. Magilton said: We know how much this club means to him. NEXT GAME: Tom Reading (h) READING P12 W2 D4 L6 Pts10 BRENDAN RODGERS blamed his strikers for their 3-1 defeat against West Brom. The under-fire Reading boss said: Whats letting us down is the shots on target. We need to be ruthless. NEXT GAME: Tom QPR (a) WATFORD P12 W4 D5 L3 Pts17 MALKY MACKAY said after the gritty away win over Middlesbrough: We were resilient and we showed courage. We stuck to playing good football when under pressure. NEXT GAME: Tom Ipswich (a) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD P13 W3 D5 L5 Pts14 ANDY SCOTT is cursing his luck after Saturdays 2-1 defeat at Orient. The Bees boss said: They only had four shots, and two went in. NEXT GAME:SatStockport(h) CHARLTON P13 W8 D4 L1 Pts28 PHIL PARKINSON hopes on-loan Reading striker David Mooney will continue to impress after he came on as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Huddersfield. Parkinson said: I like him, hes a talented player. NEXT GAME: Sat Gillingham (a) GILLINGHAM P13 W4 D2 L7 Pts14 MARK STIMSON refused to criticise his side despite their fourth straight away defeat at MK Dons. It was a decent performance from us, Stimson said. If we keep performing like that, we will start winning games. NEXT GAME: Sat Charlton (h) LEYTON ORIENT P13 W4 D3 L6 Pts15 GERAINT WILLIAMS praised his side after the come-from-behind win over Brentford. He said: To come back from that, show that bottle and that heart, says a lot about the players. NEXT GAME: Sat Huddersfield (a) MILLWALL P13 W4 D6 L3 Pts18 NEIL HARRIS put last weeks cancer jibes at Swindon behind him with a hat-trick aginst Stockport. Paul Robinson scored the opener and Harris missed a penalty before netting his third. NEXT GAME:SatLeeds(h) SOUTHEND P13 W4 D5 L4 Pts17 LEE BARNARDS brace against Bristol Rovers left boss Steve Tilson beaming. He said: Lee has got 12 goals now and that is a great return. NEXT GAME: Sat Carlisle (a) WYCOMBE P13 W1 D4 L8 Pts7 SCOTT DAVIES intends to use his loan spell at Wycombe as a springboard back into the Championship. I want to test myself at this level so I can move on, said the Reading midfielder after 1-1 draw with Colchester. NEXT GAME: Sat Exeter (a) LEAGUE TWO BARNET P13 W6 D3 L4 Pts21 ELLIOTT CHARLES has joined Ebbsfleet United on loan for a month after being told he was not currently part of boss Ian Hendons first team plans at Underhill. NEXT GAME: Sat Darlington (h) DAG & RED P13 W8 D3 L2 Pts27 JOHN STILL credited his back-four with inspiring Saturdays win 2-1 win over Bradford. To win games you have to have all sort of abilities, you have to stick together and be organised and we showed all of that, said the manager. Paul Benson and Abumere Ogogo were on target for the Daggers. NEXT GAME:SatMacclesfield(a) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday London Lite Monday, 19 October 2009 41 LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... It seems theres only one incident getting you all airiated today... Ed RE BEACHBALL: the most incredible thing about the beachball goal is that Darren Bent actually appeared to be aiming for it! SpursAlways HARD to think why Reina was confused as to which ball to go for. One was blue and white, the size and appearance of a usual football, the other rather large and red, and probably not. Don21 SURELY the game should have been stopped, if, for no other reason, than everyone other than Liverpool fans was still killing themselves laughing. Macca, N13 CAN you just imagine what would have happened if that had been scored against Man U at Old Trafford? What am I saying, in that instance the referee would have apologised to Sir Alex and immediately awarded a penalty to United at the other end. Simpson DID the Liverpool fan who launched the beachball manage to make it back to Merseyside? Stewball 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 bid is another false dawn REFEREE ANDRE MARRINER (W. MID) KEY MEN DANNY MURPHY FULHAM COULD the Cottagers skipper be Don Fabios World Cup wildcard? It would take a spate of injuries to make it happen for the 32- year-old, who missed out in 2002 because of injury. A tidy passer with an eye for goal, the 32-year- old is also deadly accurate from the penalty spot, which could have come in handy in 2006, or 1996, or 1990 - you get the idea! JIMMY BULLARD HULL THEformerpainteranddecorator tops most peoples list of footballers Id like to go for a pint with. But putting aside his comic capers, beneath the Cockney charm is a rather decent player, although not one quite as good as you suspect he thinks he is. After all, Fulham have hardly fallen to pieces after he decamped to Hull in January. FULHAM 4-4-2 HULL CITY 4-4-1-1 SchwarzerPantsil Konchesky HangelandHughes Schwarzer Vennegoor of Hesselink Sonko Kilbane Dawson McShane Barmby JohnsonZamora Johnson Gera Myhill POSSIBLE LINE-UPS Etuhu Dempsey McShane Murphy Geovanni Hunt Zayatte Bullard Crunch time: Walcott limped off following this tackle from Ridgewell BlueshitBrumnotes withTaylorchanting ARSENE WENGER has branded those Birmingham fans who chanted Martin Taylors name throughout Saturdays match as atrocious. It was the first time the two teams had met since the incident-packed 2-2 draw in February 2008, which saw Taylor break Eduardos leg, after which Arsenals season unravelled at an alarming rate. Ironically, both protagonists were absent through injury, although Eduardo was sitting in the stands, as Arsenal extended their winning run to seven games in all competitions following an ultimately routine 3-1 win. But the post match furore centred on the Blues fans who chanted Taylors name after Liam Ridgewells crunching, but legitimate, tackle ended Theo Walcotts involvement in the game. Wenger said: It was frankly atrocious. They will not be remembered for the quality of their taste with that kind of remark. I didnt say a word, I just thought thats low. BY JAMES GOLDMAN index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html