46 Wednesday, 28 October 2009 London Lite ITS SANCHEZThisboyis ourgreat prospect, saysFab by neal collins Atlast,DansthemanforaChelseastart THE Carling Cup may be at the bottom of Chelseas list of priorities but for striker Daniel Sturridge it could offer him the best chance to make sure his move to Stamford Bridge is a success. He is finally going to make his first start for Chelsea in the last-16 tie against Bolton at home tonight and knows he needs to make the most of a rare opportunity to impress. When Sturridge joined Chelsea from Manchester City in the summer he was convinced coach Carlo Ancelotti would help turn him into one of the best strikers in the world. So far he has played a total of 31 minutes in three matches as a substitute, which is in stark contrast to the 12 appearances, including four starts, he had made for Manchester City at the same stage last year. The 20-year-old insisted he was prepared to be patient in his first press conference back in July, yet even he has been surprised by what has happened since. When asked if he thought it was going to be this tough, he admitted to Chelsea TV: No, I wouldnt really say so. I want to be more involved than I am, but its early days in the Premier League, early days in every competition and there are a lot more games to come. Hopefully, I will be playing a few more games in the first team. But if the team is winning, obviously it is very hard to change it. I do get upset at times because I do want to get involved. Im a young player and want to play as many games as I can, but at the end of the day I have to wait for my chance at a club like this. Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel and Yuri Zhirkov are all injured for tonights clash. by geoff teather Waiting game: Sturridge starts tonight Inbrief Owen finds it hard to please lMICHAEL OWEN scored his third goal of the season in the Carling Cup victory against Barnsley but remains bewildered by what some people expect of him. Owen found the target in the 59th minute of the 2-0 win at Oakwell, but having played well against Bolton and getting poor reviews, he said: A start and a goal, you cant ask for more than that. It is how people judge me unfortunately. Martinez raps Fergettable FA lWIGAN boss Roberto Martinez has accused football authorities in England of being over-awed by Sir Alex Ferguson. Martinez told Spanish newspaper AS: The FA have just sanctioned Ferguson for saying that the referee was not fit enough against Sunderland and the truth is that theyre almost apologising to him for punishing him. Any other coach would have been crushed for that. Stanley given time to foot bill lACCRINGTON STANLEY, one of the oldest names in football, fought off a bid by the taxman to kick them into touch today. HM Revenue and Customs went to the High Court seeking an order to wind up the club over an unpaid tax bill of 308,000. But officials from the Lancashire League Two club promised the debt would be paid within a week. The hearing was adjourned to give the club time to pay up. Stoke cup exit is plane misery lSTOKE CITY were involved in a mid-air drama on their return from losing to Portsmouth last night when their private plane had to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport. Players raised the alert after smelling burning in the cabin after take-off from Southampton and rather than continue to East Midlands Airport, the captain chose to land at the earliest opportunity. Pompey sunk by transfer ban lPORTSMOUTH have been hit with a transfer ban due to their outstanding debts to other English clubs. It means Paul Hart will be unable to bring any new players in to Fratton Park until further notice as he seeks to save the troubled club from relegation. Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson said: We can confirm that there is an embargo on Portsmouth registering any new players. SANCHEZ WATT might be safely renamed Sanchez Who as far as most Arsenal fans are concerned. But captain Cesc Fabregas believes the 18-year-old Londoner -- who prefers to use his full name of Herschel Oulio Sanchez Watt -- could be the key to dumping Liverpool out of the Carling Cup tonight. Wattmadeanencouragingdebut,scor- ingtheopeninggoalastheGunnersbeat West Brom to set up tonights fourth- round encounter against the side he supported as a boy. And Fabregas recalls: Sanchez had a good game in attack in the last round and scored his first goal. Since last season he has trained with the first team a bit and when I was injured I often trained in the reserves so I know about him. He has been doing very well -- hes a braveboywhoknowswhathewantsand is strong mentally. He is very quick and although he looks quite slight, he has good physical strength and can finish well. He is a great prospect for the future. I thought the boys did really well against West Brom and deserved the win. Liverpool coming here is a very interesting tie for everyone. Im not sure if we will see another 6-3 result like the last time we met them in the Carling Cup but obviously we wouldnt complain if that outcome was repeated for us! Watt did not join the club until six months after Arsenals second string destroyed Liverpool at Anfield at the beginning of 2007. Born in Hackney on Valentines Day in 1991, Watt began playing at Victoria Park with Senrab FC, who have pro- duced a host of Premier League players including John Terry, Jermain Defoe and Sol Campbell. Watt was monitored by the Gunners from the tender age of seven and cites his father as the principal influence in his career as he rose through the ranks before signing his first professional contract with Arsenal last year. A quick and adaptable forward with a highwork-rate,managerArseneWenger has increasingly allowed Watt to train with the first team and named him among the substitutes for Arsenals recent Champions League trip to Stand- ard Liege. I like Sanchez Watt because he is a little bit of a street player, said Wenger. Hes very close to the first team and I believe he will be a threat, he is a very committed striker. Watt himself said: I am learning so much all the time. Arsene Wenger has taught me a lot when I have trained with thefirstteamandobviouslyIgettolearn from people like Robin van Persie as well. I am playing as a front man so I am watchingeverythinghedoesontheball, off it, his movement, everything. I ask him a lot of questions and he helps me out by giving me plenty of advice and I take it all in. Robin is a big team player, he doesnt just work for himself -- all the players love him. I am just looking to train hard here and take my chances. Red better day: captain Cesc Fabregas is backing Sanchez Watt to do the business against the club he supported as a boy LITESPORT H LITESPORT 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html