LITESPORT 42 Monday, 26 October 2009 London Lite ZOLA COASTERHammers boss spots a recovery by neal collins Heads you lose: Woodgate has concussion Inbrief Good Gord, its official for Boro lMIDDLESBROUGH have confirmed Gordon Strachan as their new manager. The former Celtic boss, 52, succeeds Gareth Southgate, who was sacked last week despite Boro being just one point off the top of the Championship. A statement on the clubs official website read: Gordon Strachan will be unveiled as Boros new manager at a press conference at the Riverside this afternoon. Now Moscow remove Ramos lCSKA Moscow have parted company with coach Juande Ramos after less than seven weeks in charge. The date, 26 October, is significant. It is two years to the day since he resigned as Sevilla coach to take over at Spurs. And exactly 12 months ago on this day, Harry Redknapp replaced Ramos at White Hart Lane. Yesterdays 3-1 defeat at home to FC Moscow spelled the end of Ramos stay in Russia. Blackburn pair hit by swine flu lBLACKBURN have confirmed two cases of swine flu but their Carling Cup tie against Peterborough at Ewood Park tomorrow night will go ahead. Rovers were without Chris Samba and David Dunn for the 5-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, due to what manager Sam Allardyce has described as a virus. However it has not been confirmed if they are the two who have been diagnosed with swine flu. Takeover could meanSmithaxe lWALTER SMITH has warned a takeover of Rangers could spell the end of his tenure. Smith insists he would be happy to leave if his departure is in the best interests of the club, who yesterday confirmed they had received tentative enquiries from potential buyers. A new owner might want to change the manager, said Smith, who revealed on Saturday that Rangers spending was now being controlled by Lloyds Banking Group. Hope is back for England ladies lENGLANDS women hammered Malta 8-0 at Bloomfield Road last night as they opened their 2011 World Cup qualifying campaign in emphatic fashion. Midfielder Fara Williams scored a hat-trick as Hope Powells side, who reached the final of Euro 2009 last month where they were beaten by Germany, struck four times in each half. England return to action against Turkey in their next qualifier in November. WEST HAM .. 2 ARSENAL ..... 2 GIANFRANCO ZOLA believes West Ham have rediscovered the fighting spirit which will save them from relega- tion this season. TheWestHamboss,whosesideremain mired in the relegation zone despite yesterdays come-from-behind draw against high-f lying Arsenal, believes he spotted the green shoots of recovery during the defeat against Stoke a week ago. Zola said: Last week at Stoke I saw some- thing, a change and it is very important. Against Arsenal, I have seen something more. With that spirit and with the qualities we have in the team,Ithinkwecandobetterthings.No matter what, the spirit has to be there all the time. That is something we can not do without. This team has got quality. We just need a bit more confidence. Itwasverydifficulttocomebackfrom thatsituation,butwediditandIamvery pleased and proud of them. The Hammers, who have not won in the league since the opening day, were 2-0downandheadedforanotherhumili- ating defeat when Carlton Cole -- mag- nificent once more -- put them back in the game before Alessandro Diaman- tis leveller from the penalty spot. Zola added: Diamanti made a big difference.Hedidverywellforusand Im pleased because Alessandro is a player that can give us something extra. I dont want to take any credit for it. It was just the players. No matter what we fought until the end, we give everything and at the end of the day we see what happens. Centre-back Matthew Upson said: Everyone is behind the manager. We vebeenpenalisedforeverymistakethis season and it has cost us. Itwasnicetogetbackinthereagainst a class team like Arsenal -- and we pos- sibly could have won it. Criticism is going to come your way, especially as a manager, and I am sure he is used to dealing with it. Well take the criticism on the chin, do something about it and come back in a positive way for him. Robin van Persie and William Gallas had given the Gunners a comfortable lead before the home side rallied but theHammersneededastunninglate save from goalkeeper Robert Green to keep Arsenal at bay. Upson hailed Greens resilience after his morale-sapping red card while on World Cup duty with England in the Ukraine a fortnight ago. Upson said: It was really tough for him because he has waited a long time to get the England jersey, came in and had a disappointment. Thats what tests you and asks ques- tions about your character but he answered them. ArsenaldefenderGaelClichycriticised referee Chris Foy for awarding the pen- alty when Alex Song felled Cole, saying: On the penalty, I am really sure it is not a foul. The referee is just in front of it andsometimesthedecisiongoesagainst you. For me it wasnt a foul. Penalty fine: Alessandro Diamanti is spot on and Upson with heroic Carlton Cole, left Woody and Lennon derby doubts SPURS........ 0 STOKE........ 1HARRY REDKNAPP could be without five key players for Saturdays north London derby. The Spurs boss was unable to celebrate his first anniversary at the helm on Saturday following a shock 1-0 reversal against Stoke. And with England winger Aaron Lennon and defender Jonathan Woodgate struggling with injury, Redknapps mood is unlikely to be any better today. Lennon is suffering with a left ankle problem which caused him to leave White Hart Lane wearing a protective boot while Woodgate -- making his first appearance of the season -- managed only 14 minutes before being forced off with concussion. Redknapp ruled Woodgate out of tomorrows Carling Cup fourth-round tie at home to Everton, while Lennon is also a doubt. A thigh problem kept Ledley King out of the Stoke defeat, while Luka Modric and Jermain Defoe are out of the Arsenal game due to injury and suspension, respectively. Midfielder Niko Kranjcar knows a massive improvement is needed next week at Arsenal, regardless of the personnel Redknapp will have available. 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