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Preview: Sunderland v Rotherham United

We look ahead to the Sky Bet League One Match…

SUNDERLAND host Rotherham United at the Stadium of Light, as they look to build on a positive start to their Sky Bet League One campaign.

Jack Ross’s side have made a good start to the season as they look to go one better than the last, having lost in the Play-Off Final. The Black Cats have started with five wins, two draws and one defeat from their seven matches in the league.tar

The Black Cats come into this game on the back of a 3-1 victory over Accrington Stanley at the weekend and having lost just one from their last seven in all competitions.

Rotherham United, managed by Paul Warne, have won three out of four games on the road this season and will be looking to build on the emphatic 6-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Black Cats boss Ross told the Media at Monday’s press conference that winger Duncan Watmore is still missing, however striker Charlie Wyke is back after suspension and injury.

Ross also stated as things stand, the Black Cats have no fresh injury concerns from the weekend’s win over Accrington. This is despite a couple of players being involved who had been carrying injuries.

Speaking after the victory over Bolton on Saturday Millers boss Paul Warne said: “I always think we can be better,”

“If I didn’t I’m not doing my job properly. We’ll watch the game back tomorrow then prepare for Sunderland. We’ll see what things we could have done better.

“We had plenty of chances, first-half. The set-piece caught us cold, even though we haven’t been able to have them watched, I knew set-pieces would be a problem. Someone fell asleep, so that’s a problem.

“But, overall, to score six goals at home in the sunshine, it was a good workout against a good Bolton side. We weren’t playing against an Under-21s – anything but. They did cause us problems, at times, but more often than not, the lads answered the questions.”

Warne admitted that “The lads were trying to score,” saying “We were putting dangerous crosses in. We haven’t had much luck over the last five or six games, I don’t think. Whereas we had a lot of luck today, like Carlton’s second goal with how it fell to him and a deflected shot. You could argue that the scoreline maybe flattered us, I don’t know if we were deserved of more goals but we were definitely deserved of a win.”

Warne believed that he thought Bolton would start really well, saying: “I thought they (Bolton) would start really well. They had a brilliant following and they stood to a man to the final whistle and clapped their team off, which was hugely impressive.

“For them to score early on was a good character test and the lads passed the test.”

Match Prediction

Sunderland 1-2 Rotherham United

Away Ticket News

Ticket Details for Rotherham United fans ahead of the game, it’s been confirmed that Millers supporters can pay on the night at the Stadium of Light ahead of their clash.

There will be no increases in price of tickets on the day of the game – meaning they are priced at:

  • Adults (22-64): £18
  • Senior (65+): £15
  • Under 22: £10
  • Under 16: £17

Proof of concessions will need to be shown at time of purchase and also on the turnstiles at the Stadium of Light on the day of the game. If anyone is unable to show proof of concession at the turnstiles then they’ll be refused entry with no refund possible.

Tickets will remain on sale at the AESSEAL New York Stadium’s Red and White Shop, online at Rotherham United Shop or via phone on 01709 827768 until 12pm Tuesday 17th September.

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Barnsley 0-2 Leeds United: Whites fitness told as they win Yorkshire Derby

LEEDS United beat Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell on Sunday afternoon in a pulsating Yorkshire Derby.

Second half goals from Eddie Nketiah and Mateusz Klich secured all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s troops as they marched back to the top of the table.

Barnsley played well in parts

For biggest parts of the first period of this Yorkshire Derby, Barnsley, who were the home side, showed some good movement as they tried to break the deadlock, trying to stop their West Yorkshire rivals winning consecutive games against the Tykes.

Former Whites player Mallik Wilks looked to cause a few problems for the Leeds defence. However, selfishly going for goals over assists he squandered a good opportunity, and being at a tight angle failed to beat ex Real Madrid keeper Kiko Casilla in goal.

In the second half Casilla had to produce a good stop to deny a Tykes chance on the goal-line, but what the Whites shot stopper  didn’t know that Aapo Halme a fellow ex Leeds player had blocked an header on the line and in doing so was in an offside position.

Substitutions changed the game for Leeds

The fitness levels for Leeds in the last minutes helped them claim the deserved victory, extra energy coming from substitutions definitely helped.

Bringing Helder Costa on at the break for Jack Harrison and Eddie Nketiah for Patrick Bamford with twenty minutes remaining changed the complexion of the game in the favour of Bielsa’s troops.

The fresh legs and ideas that both Costa and Nketiah helped the Whites get over the line in a game which looked to be heading for a goalless draw.

First real involvement for Costa forced Dimitri Cavare into fouling the on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers winger, from the free-kick which followed, Leeds scored.

Kalvin Phillips, who recently signed a new five-year deal at Leeds, whipped in the free-kick to the back post, skipper Liam Cooper missed it but Nketiah followed in around the back to volley home at the back post.

Nketiah was involved in the second goal aswell after winning a penalty following a foul by Halme on the on-loan Arsenal man.

Polish international Klich calmly slotted the penalty home, giving the travelling fans more reasons to celebrate as they bounced back from a 1-0 defeat last time out against Swansea.

Leeds caused commotion in the stands

Following the opening goal of the game by Nketiah, Leeds fans began to celebrate the goal – out of nowhere a steward raced towards the supporters celebrating their teams opening goal.

The steward seemingly unfairly picked out a certain individual and pushed him down to the ground, before grabbing him around the throat before escorting him away from the ground which lead to the fan getting arrested.

Perfect Response From Leeds

Overall it was a perfect response from the Whites. Losing before the international break, and then returning to winning ways and also returning at the summit at the top of the Championship table.

The next game for Leeds is a re-run of the play-off semi-final from last season, as Derby County arrive at Elland Road on Saturday 21 September – kick-off 12.30pm, you can watch that game live on Sky Sports.

Bolton face Liquidation as takeover deal falls through

Bolton Wanderers are facing going into liquidation by Wednesday following their latest takeover deal collapsed on Saturday, it has been confirmed.

The Sky Bet League One outfit has been given until 17:00 BST on Tuesday (27th August) to complete the sale of the club or offer reasons for an extension or face expulsion from the English Football League.

The Administrators say that Wanderers aren’t in a position to carry on trading, which would lead to liquidation and a loss of over 150 jobs.

In a statement Paul Appleton, joint administrator for Bolton Wanderers, said the deal collapsed on Saturday, and despite working around the clock they have yet reached a solution.

The full statement from Paul Appleton read:“At 5pm on Friday August 23rd, the completion of the sale of the football club and the hotel had been agreed by all parties and undertakings had been issued by all solicitors except those of Ken Anderson.

Devastatingly, on Saturday morning that deal collapsed. At this stage, there seems little point in apportioning blame because that makes no difference to the staff, players, management, supporters and the community who have once more seen their club taken back to the brink.
My team have spent the last 48 hours working around the clock, striving to get a deal back on track and trying to convince the parties still in conflict that the very fate of Bolton Wanderers depends on them finding a compromise.
The EFL have made their position clear by insisting on a 5pm deadline on Tuesday for a deal to be completed or give compelling reasons for an extension. They have also written to everybody concerned in the process to underline that sense of urgency.
On Sunday evening, there was some tentative dialogue but we are still some way from reaching a solution. Therefore, I am appealing to those parties whose position seems intractable to do everything to reach a compromise.
In just over 24 hours, the club will have its membership of the EFL revoked. Over and above that, the club is currently not in a position to carry on trading and, as such, the process of closing down the company will commence on Wednesday. 
This will ultimately lead to its liquidation, the expulsion of the club from the EFL and the inevitable loss of over 150 jobs. More than that, it will devastate a community for whom the football club is a beacon of hope and expectation.
I reiterate, unless there is a change of position from any of the parties involved, the process of closing down the club and ultimately placing Bolton Wanderers into liquidation will begin this week.”
It would be a sad time if Bolton were to go into liquidation with the club being around for 145 years. Originally called Christ Church FC from 1874, they changed their name to Bolton Wanderers in 1877.
Bolton fans let us know your thoughts below? What has been your favourite memories watching Bolton? Can your club survive?

Salford City-a club on the up

After four promotions in five seasons, Graham Alexander’s side are looking favourites to add another one to the tally. The Ammies have made a start to their transfer business by bringing in a selection of players, one stand out being Richie Towell , a regular starter in the Championship for now-relegated Rotherham. The midfielder will join an Ammies side consisting of fellow Irishman, Adam Rooney, who impressed for Aberdeen in the Scottish top flight before dropping down to the National League in the Summer of 2018 for an undisclosed fee.

It is no secret that the strong financial backing of Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, and the Class of 92 who took over the club in 2014, has transformed this Greater Manchester club completely; they are barely recognisable as the club they were pre-takeover. They even play in a different colour.

 With the National League being a very difficult league to get out of, you might think Salford would try and maintain their place in the football league aiming for a mid table finish but City have shown their newly found fellow League Two teams that they aren’t planning on sticking around, with their transfer business speaking for itself. So the question is why can’t they go up again?

Many lead bookmakers think they can, tipping them as favourites to win the league. However, in football, a hefty budget does help, but it doesn’t guarantee success. The correct decisions must be made, and as Salford attempt to climb up the leagues it will get more difficult for them, coming up against teams with a lot bigger fanbases and large budgets. But with the squad that they are assembling most would predict the Ammies to be there or thereabouts the top end of League Two come the end of the season.

I don’t think anybody really believes that Salford City’s journey will end in the fourth tier and time will only tell how far they can really go.

Monk To Potentially Replace Lampard…

As the speculation, grows over whether or not, Frank Lampard will leave Derby to Join his beloved Chelsea as a replacement for Maurizzio Sarri, it was further added to yesterday, when Gary Monk, was sacked by Birmingham, due to differences with the chairman at City.

Almost Immediately, he was linked with Derby County, who themselves were putting out a statement, stating their desire and intent to keep Frank Lampard.

Though Monk, does have history, with leaving football clubs due to disputes with owners over various aspects of the clubs policy combined with transfer budgets, it does open an intriguing possibility should he take over at Pride Park.

The reason for that is this…

Monk has openly stated his desire to both manage a club in the Premiership, but currently finds himself becoming tagged as an EFL high rated coach, with a passion for developing young players, by helping them to break through the ranks and progress to first of all first team football and then moving on to a bigger stage.

Which is why, should Frank Lampard leave Derby, then it might just be, that Derby and Monk, could be an equally good fit. Derby are aiming to return to the premiership and have a very talented young squad, with ‘lots of potential’ which were ironically the words used by Lampard at a press conference, when asked about the Chelsea Job.

At this stage, Both Derby and Chelsea are very quiet on the progress in respects of whether Lampard does make the move.

As for Monk, what is clear is that he has a good track record in management, since taking the Swansea job initially and doing a brilliant job with them, in his first season, before, leaving them, allegedly because of his man management style.

Succesful spells have followed at Leeds, Middlesborough and finally Birmingham.

So watch this space on whether Monk will replace Lampard