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|U23 swans beaten again |
at 21:25 3 Dec 2021
Swansea City Under-23s were beaten by West Ham United Under-23s in a Premier League Cup Group F encounter including three penalties.
The Premier League 2 side scored two penalties converted by Jayden Fevrier and Mesque Dju respectively, with Aji Alese and Armstrong Oko-Flex also finding the net.
Azeem Abdulai got on the scoresheet for the Swans before Tarrelle Whittaker converted a penalty, but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat against the Hammers.
West Ham came out of the gates strong, controlling possession in the early stages without really causing the Swansea defence any trouble.
Swansea started to grow into the game 15 minutes in, with Harry Jones flashing a dangerous cross through the six-yard box that Morgan Whittaker couldn’t take advantage of.
Dan Williams almost caught Brian Kinnear in the West Ham goal off guard, firing a long range effort over the out of position goalkeeper, but his shot went just over the bar.
But West Ham would make their possession pay, with captain Alese’s mazy run through the Swans defence allowing him to convert from close range.
Ten minutes later the Hammers had doubled their lead, Nico Hansen came to punch a corner clear, but the referee penalised the Swansea keeper and pointed to the spot. Fevrier stepped up to the spot and sent Hansen the wrong way.
The Swans almost pulled one back before the break, Morgan Whittaker’s great touch allowing him to slide the ball across to Cameron Congreve, but his low effort went just wide of the post.
West Ham’s dominance continued early in the second half, substitute Oko-Flex making it 3-0 for the visitors.
But it wouldn’t be long before the Swans pulled one back, Jones picking out Azeem Abdulai in the box who tapped home from close range.
The Swans thought they had a second, Ben Margetson heading in a superb ball in from Congreve, but the linesman flagged the defender offside.
West Ham were handed a second penalty of the afternoon after Abdulai was judged to have brought down Dju in the box. Dju stepped up and converted West Ham’s second spot kick of the afternoon.
Just two minutes later Swansea were given a penalty of their own after Tarrelle Whittaker was dragged down in the box. He then sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to pull one back for the Swans.
But it wasn’t enough for Swansea Under-23s as they were handed a second defeat in the Premier League Cup this season.
Swansea City: Nico Hansen, Harry Jones, Ben Erickson, Brandon Cooper (Azeem Abdulai 50), Ben Margetson, Tivonge Rushesha, Cameron Congreve, Dan Williams, Sam Leverett (Rio Campbell 85), Morgan Whittaker (Tarrelle Whittaker 70), Lincoln Mcfayden.
Unused subs: Jamie Searle, Jacob Jones.
West Ham United: Brian Kinnear, Will Greenidge, Emmanuel Longelo, Pierre Ekwah, Levi Laing, Aji Alese, Jayden Fevrier, Keenan Appiah Forson, Mesaque Dju (Amadau Diallo 70), Bernardo Rosa (Dan Chesters 85), Thierry Nevers (Armstrong Oko-Flex 45)
Unused subs: Krisztian Hegyi, Kamari Swyer
|When is the FA Cup third-round draw? 2021-22 FA Cup third round|
at 16:21 3 Dec 2021
The draw for the third round proper of the Emirates FA Cup will take place at 7pm on Monday 6 December.
Taking place before the final second round tie between Boreham Wood and St Albans City, fans will be able to tune in and watch during ITV's live coverage of the tie as well as via our Emirates FA Cup social media channels on Twitter and Facebook.
With Premier League and EFL Championship clubs entering the competition at this stage, it's one of the biggest events in the English football calendar.
There are 40 teams involved across 20 second round ties this weekend, all hoping to be in the hat.
And ahead of the draw, you can find out which number each of the clubs involved will be in the draw.
The draw numbers
1. AFC Bournemouth
3. Aston Villa
5. Birmingham city
6. Blackburn Rovers
9. Brighton & Hove Albion
10. Bristol City
12. Cardiff City
14. Coventry City
15. Crystal Palace
16. Derby County
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Hull City
21. Leeds United
22. Leicester City
24. Luton Town
25. Manchester City
26. Manchester United
29. Newcastle United
30. Norwich City
31. Nottingham Forest
32. Peterborough United
33. Preston North End
34. Queens Park Rangers
36. Sheffield United
38. Stoke City
39. Swansea City
40. Tottenham Hotspur
42. West Bromwich Albion
43. West Ham United
44. Wolverhampton Wanderers
45. Yeovil Town or Stevenage
46. Bristol Rovers or Sutton United
47. Burton Albion or Port Vale
48. Buxton or Morecambe
49. Lincoln City or Hartlepool United
50. AFC Wimbledon or Cheltenham Town
51. Colchester United or Wigan Athletic
52. Leyton Orient or Tranmere Rovers
53. Cambridge United or Exeter City
54. Doncaster Rovers or Mansfield Town
55. Walsall or Swindon Town
56. Rotherham United or Stockport County
57. Gateshead or Charlton Athletic
58. Boreham Wood or St Albans City
59. Kidderminster Harriers or FC Halifax Town
60. Carlisle United or Shrewsbury Town
61. Salford City or Chesterfield
62. Rochdale or Plymouth Argyle
63. Ipswich Town or Barrow
64. Portsmouth or Harrogate Town
TIES TO BE PLAYED BETWEEN FRIDAY 7 January 2022 & MONDAY 10 January 2022
|Latest SKY LIVE games |
at 16:13 3 Dec 2021
Sky Sports has announced 9 more EFL TV selections to be shown live on live in Janaury along with the other games already picked.
In the lead up to Christmas, Barnsley host West Brom on Friday December 17, Middlesbrough face Bournemouth on Saturday December 18 and Fulham and Sheffield United meet at Craven Cottage on Monday December 20.
On Boxing Day, Stoke’s trip to Barnsley takes centre stage, while there is a bumper day of action on Monday December 27, with Doncaster vs Sunderland, Derby vs West Brom and QPR vs Bournemouth all set to be shown across Sky Sports.
And 2022 begins with Sheffield United vs Middlesbrough on New Year’s Day, before Swansea take on Fulham on Monday January 3.
LATEST TV PICKS:
Saturday 15 January
Luton Town v AFC Bournemouth (12.30pm)
Sunday 16 January
Hull City v Stoke City (12.00pm)
Saturday 22 January
Nottingham Forest v Derby County (12.30pm)
Monday 24 January
Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough (19.45pm)
Friday 28 January
Huddersfield Town v Stoke City (19.45pm)
Saturday 29 January
Peterborough United v Sheffield United (17.30pm)
Sunday 30 January
Derby County v Birmingham City (13.30pm)
Sunday 30 January
Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest (16.00pm)
Monday 31 January
Portsmouth v Charlton Athletic (19.45pm)
Already confirmed EFL games on Sky Sports Football
Friday 3 December – Fulham v AFC Bournemouth – 19:45
Saturday 4 December – Coventry City v West Bromwich Albion – 12:30
Sunday 5 December – Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City – 14:30
Tuesday 7 December – Portsmouth v Sheffield Wednesday – 19:45
Wednesday 8 December – Milton Keynes Dons v Plymouth – 19:45
Saturday 11 December – Huddersfield Town v Coventry City – 12:30
Monday 13 December – Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers – 19:45
Friday 17 December – Barnsley v West Bromwich Albion – 19:45
Saturday 18 December – Middlesbrough v AFC Bournemouth – 12:30
Monday 20 December – Fulham v Sheffield United – 19:45
Sunday 26 December – Barnsley v Stoke City – 15:00
Monday 27 December – Doncaster Rovers v Sunderland – 12:30
Monday 27 December – Derby County v West Bromwich Albion – 15:00
Monday 27 December – Queens Park Rangers v AFC Bournemouth – 17:30
Thursday 30 December – Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town – 19:45
Saturday 1 January – Sheffield United v Middlesbrough – 12:30
Monday 3 January – Swansea City v Fulham – 15:00
Saturday 8 January – Wycombe Wanderers v Sunderland – 12:30
|People & players collapsing at sporting events etc |
at 08:51 3 Dec 2021
Scientists have their say on why fans and players are collapsing at matches recently with it happened twice on Wednesday night.
There are claims linking the Covid vaccine with an increase in the number of supporters and footballers developing heart problems. We have seen on-field emergencies involving Wigan’s Charlie Wyke, Sheffield United’s John Fleck and fans over the last few weeks. John Fleck’s fell to ground in an off-the-ball incident when playing for Sheffield United at Reading last week, with scientists saying that it wasn’t connected to the Covid vaccine, denouncing the anti-vaxers for suggesting a link.
The Blades player was rushed to hospital after requiring medical treatment and being carried off on a stretcher during a Championship game against Reading. The Scot’s collapse was then caught as part of conspiracy theories on social media about players responding badly to Covid vaccines. However those suggestions have been branded ‘irresponsible’ by experts who insist it is impossible to make any connection without any evidence. After Sheffield United were hounded with tweets regarding the theories, the club were quick to point out that Fleck had a separate medical issue which led to his seizure. A source close to the player said: ‘John Fleck’s issue was not vaccination related.’
Speaking after Fleck’s collapse, radio pundit and ex-England winger Trevor Sinclair hinted there could be a link to the Covid jab, while Matt Le Tissier, a firm advocate of patient choice over the vaccine, also demanded in a social media post that Fifpro, football’s world governing body, should be looking into it.
Many scientists have angrily rejected the high-profile opposition to the vaccines especially as the country gets set for a possible wave of more cases and deaths from Covid after the discovery of the Omicron variant – although, it’s claimed in Israel that three doses of the vaccine should be enough to prevent you from getting the virus.
‘It is totally irresponsible to make these unsubstantiated comments,’ said Professor Keith Neal from Nottingham University. Professor Guido Pieles, a sports cardiologist at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, added: ‘At present I would say this is still a coincidence. I don’t think we can say this is suddenly increasing.’ 80 year old Newcastle supporter Alan George Smith collapsed in the stands and required CPR at St James’ Park in the Magpies 3-1 defeat to Tottenham back in October.
Wigan’s Charlie Wyke collapsed in training last week, but the Latics were quick to refute suggestions that it had anything to do with Covid.
In a statement the club said: ‘We can confirm that Charlie has not received a Covid-19 vaccination and Charlie’s collapse weas not related to any Covid-19 vaccination.’
On Wednesday night, a fan at both Watford’s game with Chelsea and Southampton’s game against Leicester were taken ill.
Christian Eriksen, who we all remember collapsed playing for Denmark against Finland in the Euros, had not been vaccinated before the incident and it was revealed that Sergio Aguero, who was hospitalised after a collapse playing for Barcelona earlier this month, had an underlying heart condition, he has since had to retire.
Meanwhile, FIFA say it is not aware of a rise in cardiac arrests in football players and has received no reports of any cases being linked to Covid vaccinations.
A spokesperson told Reuters: “FIFA is not aware of a rise in episodes of cardiac arrests as indicated in your email and no cases have been flagged in relation to individuals receiving a COVID vaccine.
“Generally speaking, FIFA is in regular contact with leading research centres and experts to do research on a variety of medical topics.”
‘It may be tempting to blame Covid vaccines but pundits do have a public responsibility not to fuel vaccine hesitancy without any real evidence,’ added Professor Robert Dingwall.
Studies into heart inflammation after Covid vaccinations support that view and in two studies of more than 7 million people who had received the Pfizer vaccine, it identified the risk of developing the heart condition known as myocardities is about one in 50,000.
In contrast, from the earliest days of the pandemic it was clear that Covid itself was a cause of an abormal number of heart issues.
There is a link between the Covid-19 vaccine and heart conditions – but it is minuscule, officials say Scientists believe there is a link between two minor heart conditions and the Covid-19 vaccine – but they say the risk is minuscule.
From analysis of UK and international data, there has been a signal of an increase of cases of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, while pericarditis is inflammation of the lining around your heart.
Symptoms include the onset of chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart.
The Government urge anyone who develops these symptoms within 2 weeks of a COVID-19 vaccination should urgently seek medical assistance.
Most individuals respond well to standard treatment and recover quickly.
The link between the Covid jabs and these two conditions, according to data, is strongest in younger men, and the median onset is within three days of vaccination.
But the risk is incredibly small, according to the data.
In the US 296 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine had been given by 11 June with 1,226 reports of myocarditis after vaccination.
And in the UK, up to July 2021, there were 149 reports of myocarditis and 129 reports of pericarditis following use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 82 reports of myocarditis and 140 reports of pericarditis following use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and 25 reports of myocarditis and 22 reports of pericarditis following use of the Moderna vaccine.
This means the overall rates after both the first and second doses of Pfizer/BioNTech are 4.3 myocarditis cases per million doses and 3.8 pericarditis cases per million doses, for the rate is 1.7 myocarditis cases per million doses and 3.0 pericarditis cases per million doses, and for Moderna the rate is 14.7 myocarditis cases per million doses and 13.0 pericarditis cases per million doses.
There is a considerably stronger link between Covid patients and heart problems however.
According to figures, approximately 18 per cent of hospitalised patients suffering myocardial injury.
Meanwhile, in a US study of 1,597 athletes with recent SARS-CoV-2 infection, 0.31 per cent were diagnosed with myocarditis using a symptom-based screening strategy and 2.3 per cent were diagnosed with clinical or subclinical myocarditis.
Source: Public Health England
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|Here’s a proper legend |
at 21:14 1 Dec 2021
George 'Johnny' Johnson, at his home in Bristol in 2017 (Picture: PA Images/Alamy).
Belated Happy Birthday.
The last surviving British Dambuster from the daring Second World War raid has celebrated his 100th birthday today. Veteran Squadron Leader George 'Johnny' Johnson was a bomb-aimer during the 1943 attack on German dams.
At just 22, he was responsible for dropping specially-adapted bombs in Germany's Ruhr Valley, the country's industrial heartland.
The raid targeted the valley's dams, releasing huge quantities of water into areas used by Germany for war production. Tributes have poured in to celebrate the Dambuster's birthday. Former RAF Tornado navigator John Nichol, who came to the world's attention as a prisoner during the First Gulf War was eager to mention how "humble, delightful" and "generous" Mr Johnson is. In a tweet, he said: "You could not hope to meet a more humble, delightful, generous man. "He is of the generation who thought of others before themselves. Heroes all."
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|Wednesday night football chat along |
at 15:45 1 Dec 2021
Plenty on tonight, which game are you watching. I’m up for the Merseyside derby.
Could be Rafa’s last game. What a game to go out on.
|Your earliest Christmas Swansea City memories : |
at 14:46 1 Dec 2021
It could even be Swansea Town !
Mine is Boxing Day 1968. Losing at home to Chester 5-0. I was just four but recall it fairly well. Sitting on the old mans shoulders the crowd looked like it was millions ! Plenty of noise that day. I don’t remember the game itself, but do recall a game happening but the lights, noise and people had me transfixed. I was to go to the vetch again for the fa cup against Arsenal in February but the old man said it was going to be like mods and rockers 😂 he was right. It was the first time really bad football violence was witnessed at Swansea.
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|Jabs Army !|
at 17:05 30 Nov 2021
Who is going for the hatrick jab ?
|Al-Hamadi was he really this good ? |
at 17:01 30 Nov 2021
“Take risks and prosper."
The simple but intriguing message Ali Al-Hamadi posted on social media after completing a switch to Wycombe Wanderers summed up the situation he found himself in this year.
The striker left Swansea City in the summer after opting against signing a new contract with the club.
It came after he ended the 2020/21 campaign by winning the Under-23s’ Player of the Year award.
But after failing to see light at the end of the tunnel when it came to his hopes of featuring for the Swans' first team, Al-Hamadi knew it was time to move on to pastures new.
"Last year I was doing quite well I thought," he told WalesOnline.
"I was expecting to have at least a chance with the first team, at least to be on the bench or have someone say to me 'you've done well this season, keep doing what you're doing and you might have more opportunities to train with the first team', but I never had that.
"I always felt a bit underappreciated. However well I was doing, I always felt more overlooked than the other younger lads for some reason and I didn't get why.
"I'm not naive and thinking I'm going to start every Championship game. I just felt if they could promise me an opportunity to prove myself I would stay.
"Steve Cooper was still there at the time. A week or two after I left, he then left. You never know what could have happened if I'd have stayed but you can't really have any regrets.
"I'm driven and I didn't want my career to stall. I want to get to a first team as soon as possible so I took a gamble."
As many players across the globe are discovering, securing a transfer shortly after a pandemic is far from easy.
Al-Hamadi was poised to join Nottingham Forest, although a dramatic change in circumstances at the City Ground ensured a move failed to materialise.
"That was just a matter of getting me in, but the difficult thing was, because Swansea offered me a contract, whatever club I went to had to pay a compensation fee for me which is hard because of Covid and things," explained the forward.
"It's weird because you don't really know how much that fee is because it's not a set fee.
"It was hard for us to tell Forest how much they'd have to spend. I did really well there, the coaches liked me and I did well in the games I played for them.
"It was taking quite a while to get over the line and I realised I couldn't keep waiting around. I asked if they could promise me 100% that they could make the deal happen which they couldn't."
His stint at Forest served to be an indicator of how tough the months that lay ahead were to be.
"I went to Bournemouth with the first team for a week. That was crazy," he explained.
"The standard there was mad. They were doing well at the time in the first few games of the season, but they ended up signing Jamal Lowe on deadline day so that put me out of the question.
"But it wasn't a negative thing, I gained a lot out of it. It was good to be in that environment.
"Then I went to Derby. That was good as well, I was doing well with the Under-23s then I got the chance to train with their first team.
"Steve McClaren liked me there and I think he wanted to sign me, but then two days before they were going to give me a decision they went into administration.
"I've had some bad timing and bad luck. But luckily, Swansea have said they were willing to let me go for free, as long as there was a sell-on clause.
"I went to Bristol Rovers to keep my fitness up, Stockport County as well."
Impressing Gareth Ainsworth became Al-Hamadi's prime aim as the 2021/22 campaign continued to tick by, with the frontman still eager to find a new home.
Al-Hamadi stayed in various locations around the United Kingdom, including at the house of Swansea winger Jordon Garrick - who is currently on loan with Plymouth Argyle - as he continued his pursuit to impress sufficiently to be offered a contract.
The arduous efforts proved to be draining for the 19-year-old.
"Mentally, it's been the toughest period of my life in terms of dealing with the challenge," said the teenager.
"Most of my belongings were in Swansea, but I've been living in Jordon Garrick's house.
"I packed things for two weeks thinking 'this will be done and dusted' and then move. I was going back to Liverpool and staying with my family and I'm staying in London right now. I've been all over the place."
But it swiftly became apparent that a move to Adams Park was the right move for Al-Hamadi - who will remain with the Chairboys until the summer of 2023.
"I'm closer to a first team than I would have been if I stayed at Swansea so I've still made some progress," he stated.
"Wycombe don't have an Under-23s team, so the whole squad trains together. You're in the eye line of the manager and you've got that opportunity to get into the first team which is what you want."
So the focus is now on the future and not the past for Al-Hamadi who recently addressed the "hurtful and simply untrue" social media rumours regarding his Swans exit.
And while certain online messages left the forward feeling somewhat dismayed, Al-Hamadi was quick to show his gratitude to the club he joined from Tranmere Rovers in 2018.
"It was annoying to see fans saying certain things like 'I've heard he's big time and it's about money'. It's frustrating to think some people think that," he concluded.
"I loved my time there. They've developed me as a player and as a person as well.
"I owe a lot to Swansea and it wasn't an easy thing for me to leave, I just had to make that decision for my own career."
In leaving south Wales, Al-Hamadi has taken the biggest risk of his career to date. And the striker's sole aim is now to ensure Swansea's loss is Wycombe's gain.
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|Rhys Williams to decide his own future at Swansea |
at 15:32 30 Nov 2021
Could be recalled if Nat Phillips gets transferred.
Could be recalled if Liverpool get an offer in excess of 5M.
If neither happens, it’s down to him if he wants to stay at Swansea.
Or of course if RM wants him to go back, pretty sure he will, then he’s off.
|The level of intelligence at times is astonishing |
at 13:25 30 Nov 2021
Asked if West Ham boss David Moyes had selected a defensive side against the champions, Carlton Cole replied: “You can say he has gone a bit negative. Why not?
“You’ve got to give Man City some respect otherwise you’re going to get picked off.
“Otherwise it will be a Holocaust and you don’t want that.”
|Championship away attendances last weekend |
at 10:21 30 Nov 2021
1) 2,300 – Middlesbrough fans at Huddersfield Town
(Total amount of miles between each club – 88.3, round trip – 176 miles, 3 hours and 9 minutes)
2) 2,000 – Nottingham Forest fans at West Bromwich Albion
(Total amount of miles between each club – 56.3, round trip – 113 miles, 2 hours and 16 minutes)
3) 1,600 – Blackburn Rovers fans at Stoke City
(Total amount of miles between each club – 71.1, round trip – 142 miles, 2 hours and 37 minutes)
4) 1,507 - Blackpool fans at Birmingham City
(Total amount of miles between each club – 127, round trip – 253 miles, 4 hours and 29 minutes)
5) 1,164 – Coventry City fans at AFC Bournemouth
(Total amount of miles between each club – 152, round trip – 305 miles, 5 hours and 20 minutes)
1,200 – Barnsley fans at Peterborough United
1,032 – Cardiff City fans at Luton Town ( figures only inc people called Benny )
895 – QPR fans at Derby County
886 – Fulham fans at Preston North End
665 – Bristol City fans at Sheffield United
523 – Reading fans at Swansea City
320 – Millwall fans at Hull City
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