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Monday, 12 November 2012 21:50

Fonte and Saints still leaking goals

Portuguese in England: weekly round up


In the English top flight, Jose Fonte and Southampton remain firmly in the mire after another defensive howler cost them points against Swansea.

Fonte has seen his side concede 29 goals so far, but the Saints got off to a decent start when Morgan Schneiderlin put them 1-0 up. However losing leads seems to come easy to the Saints and they managed to shoot themselves in the foot again: a defensive mix-up leading to the Swans' Nathan Dyer earning the Welsh side a point.

José Bosingwa has now played his way back to full fitness at QPR after an injury a month or so ago. However, despite some good performances from the West Londoners, they still find themselves bottom of the league: Rangers suffering their latest defeat at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium. Scot Charlie Adam got the only goal of the game to earn the Potters the points.

Nani hamstrung as United pull off another comeback

Nani was missing from table-toppers Manchester United's squad for their visit to Aston Villa - due to a hamstring injury sustained midweek in United's slightly flattering 3-1 Champions League win at Braga. Watching from the stands, Nani saw United deploy their classic routine of looking shabby for much of the game before bursting into life. Two goals from Andreas Weimann put Villa two up, but a quick-fire hat-trick from Mexican sub Javier Hernandez left the West Midlanders, like Braga before them, empty-handed.

Ricardo Vaz-Tê must be champing at the bit to return from his shoulder injury, as West Ham United's season goes from strength to strength. The Hammers won 1-0 at Newcastle, courtesy of a Kevin Nolan goal, to consolidate their strong start.

André Villas Boas' Spurs have hit a bit of a bumpy patch recently with defeats to Norwich and Wigan Athletic. Their latest loss came from a more expected source: away at Manchester City. Steven Caulker put Spurs ahead, but an equaliser from Sergio Aguero and a late winner from Bosnian Edin Dzeko stole the points for a grateful Roberto Mancini - who has received a barrage of criticism for City's poor Champions League campaign to date.

Championship - Nunes and Gomes get splinters for Rovers

Nuno Gomes returned to Blackburn's squad for their 1-1 draw at Birmingham, but didn't see any action. His fellow countryman Fabio Nunes did, however: the left winger coming on as a second-half substitute for seventh-placed Rovers - who have now appointed Henning Berg as manager after the dismissal of Steve Kean.

Tiago Gomes seems set for a struggle at Blackpool. The combative midfielder started the season well, but was being increasingly used as a substitute by former Seasiders boss Ian Holloway - who joined Crystal Palace last week. New coach Michael Appleton was in the Tangerines' dugout for the first time this Saturday and wasn't joined by Gomes who wasn't selected in the new coach's squad. Blackpool drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers and now lie in 14th spot.

Jose Semedo has played his part in Sheffield Wednesday's recent vein of good form, but the defensive midfielder and Wednesday had a break this weekend with no game. Barnsley winger Toni Silva wasn't included in the Tykes squad as they lost 1-0 at home to Huddersfield Town.

League One - Borough blues don't lift

Filipe Morais and Stevenage Borough were flying a month ago, but the wheels have come off a bit in recent weeks. They got thumped by Swindon in the league two weeks ago before crashing out of the FA Cup to Rotherham. This week, Morais again sampled the bitter taste of defeat - losing 4-1 at home to Preston.

League Two - Boa Morte still out for Chesterfield

Luís Boa-Morte was again missing for Chesterfield last weekend. Boa-Morte has not featured under new Spireites boss Paul Cook and was again not in the squad for his side's 3-2 loss to Bristol Rovers. The former Arsenal winger is currently sidelined with a groin injury - though there have been rumours he doesn't feature in Cook's plans.

by Stephen Gillett

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1 Tuesday, 13 November 2012 17:12
What, no mention of SLB?
Sport London e Benfica's Senior Futsal squad finished first and unbeaten in the Middlesex FA Futsal Five.
They took an opportunity to play in a round robin tourney verse 1st Division Clubs, Liverpool Futsal and Team United Birmingham Futsal. They won the tourney by beating Birmingham 3-2 and drawing with Liverpool 8-8.

While Portuguese have begun to flounder in England, Benfica continues thriving.

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