LITESPORT lot of goals its good for the confidence. Chelseas comfortable passage into the Carling Cup quarter finals was only marred by news that keeper Hilario was taken to hospital after suffering concussion. London Lite Thursday, 29 October 2009 43 ARE FRANTASTICBREAKING NEWS... Down down deeper and BrownatHull PAUL DUFFEN admits the pressure resulting from Hulls poor results this season led him to resign as the clubs chairman. Duffen stood down yesterday morning after pressure mounted on him and manager Phil Brown following the clubs poor start to their second season in the top flight. Accountants Deloitte also predict the Tigers will have to raise 23m to balance their books should they be relegated, and 16m if they survive. Brown remains at the club and arrived at Hulls Cottingham training ground as usual to take this mornings session, but Duffen confirmed his departure shortly afterwards. In a statement, Duffen said: Football is a results business and in the same way that I enjoyed the successes of the previous two seasons, so I must take ultimate responsibility for a poor 2009. It has been a tremendous privilege to lead the Tigers on this amazing journey and I pay tribute to all the staff for their hard work and dedication as well as to the fans for their magnificent support. QPR trio hit by swine flu QPR have confirmed three of their players have been hit by swine flu. Goalkeeper Radek Cerny, defender Peter Ramage and, most recently, midfielder Mikele Leigertwood, have been affected by the virus. Im afraid we have had three of the boys out with it, assistant manager John Gorman told Sky Sports News. Mikele Liegertwood had it and he has just come back into the squad last week, Peter Ramage, and our goalkeeper right at the very beginning of the season was out with it as well. So the lads have done really well to recover and its back to business again. Even our physio had it, its one of those things that is going around and you just have to control it. ARSENAL ASTON VILLA BLACKBURN CHELSEA MAN CITY MAN UNITED PORTSMOUTH TOTTENHAM LATEST ODDS WilliamHillmakeChelsea11/4 favouritestowintheCarlingCupand alsoofferManCity4/1;ManU9/2; Arsenal9/2;Spurs11/2;AstonVilla 9/1;Blackburn20/1;Portsmouth25/1. Hillsalsooffer5/2thatthefinalwillbe betweentwooftheBigFour. Draw for quarter-finals, Saturday, live on Sky Sports, from noon IN THE THE HAT between the sticks on his return to action following knee surgery in the summer, but Wenger admits he has no idea who will start in goal against Spurs on Saturday. He said: I dont know yet what I will do but Lukasz Fabianski is available and he has done very well. Almunia is back to his normal level as well. Nice and kneesy: Fran Merida is mobbed by his team- mates after opening the scoring with a blistering left-footed strike, inset CHELSEA.......... 4 BOLTON............ 0 CARLING CUP Goal-den spell makes Blues the team to fear BY GEOFF TEATHER FLORENT MALOUDA believes free-scoring Chelsea have all their rivals running scared following their 4-0 demolition of Bolton in the Carling Cup. Chelsea have won three games in the Champions League, Premier League and League Cup over the past week, scoring 13 goals without reply. The Blues last 16 games have seen 37 goals scored by 10 different players and Malouda insists their strength in depth will make them even harder to beat in their quest to win silverware on four fronts. He said: The threat comes from everywhere in our team and thats going to be our strength this season. We dont have to depend on one player. Obviously in a season you can have moments when someone is not in form or has the capacity to score. As you can see, we have quality throughout the squad. Its important every player shows it when he has an opportunity to do so. Thats our strength at the moment because people are doing just that. Everyone can score with the movement we have and the quality of our passing game. We have improved a lot with the system. At the start of the season we were winning with a bit of difficulty and with one goal being the difference. At the moment were scoring a lot of goals and were playing well. We have to maintain that high quality. Our first objective is to win, but if we do so with a SPURS striker Roman Pavlyuchenkos performances on the pitch are being affected by psychological problems, his agent has claimed. The Russia forward failed to impress in the 2-0 Carling Cup win over Everton on Tuesday having been handed a rare start. Agent Oleg Artemov told The Sun: His poor performance recently is not due to a lack of match practice but psychological problems. Of course, not getting into the starting line-up, sitting on the bench is not good for any player. But Roman is much more affected by the feeling that the manager doesnt trust him and prefers to use other forwards. Pavlyuchenko, who was brought to White Hart Lane by former manager Juande Ramos, is competing with Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch for a place in the Spurs attack. And Artemov hinted he may have to leave the club in search of more regular first-team football to avoid harming his international chances ahead of next summers World Cup in South Africa. He added: The World Cup is next summer, to waste another half a year on the bench may be very bad for his international career.Thinking feeling: Pavlyuchenko feels left out Russians agent tells why Romans in ruins BY HARRY LANE Down and nearly out: Duffen and Brown Knowing the score: Florent Malouda was on target last night 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