El Clasico. El Hammering. Real Madrid went into the game one point clear at the top of La Liga
under the management of Jose Mourinho and ended the game two points behind Barcelona after a
sensational defeat. This must have been the worst result of Mourinho's career. A local derby,
probably the biggest in the world and Pep Guardiola's men played them off the park from start to
Liverpool fans are clearly keen to find any excuse to knock Roy Hodgson at the moment, and their
capitulation to Spurs after having taken the lead has added fuel to an already intensely raging
fire. However, despite the result, Hodgson should be commended for keeping faith in the same
tactics that he employed so effectively against Chelsea, with Liverpool impressively upsetting the
fixed odds that day.
Wayne Rooney scored a match winning penalty on his first start since his contract saga. The
all-British clash at Ibrox was hardly a classic, with both sides producing brave defensive displays
and it was a late penalty that won it for the visitors with three minutes to go. The spot kick was
awarded after Steven Naismith's high boot caught Fabio in the area and Rooney stepped up to send
Allan McGregor the wrong way.
With Liverpool improving overall in recent weeks following a horrendous start to the season that
left them languishing in the relegation zone and saw their football odds to win this year's Premier
League title lengthen to ridiculous figures, the Reds have managed to improve in recent weeks,
although their consistency levels still leave something to be desired.
Wigan find themselves in a precarious position at present. Sitting just one place above the
relegation zone, they have been struggling for consistency since the opening day of the season when
they were thumped at home 4-0 and 6-0 by Blackpool and Chelsea respectively, only to go and beat
Tottenham at White Hart Lane the next week.
Online reports have Fulham tracking Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and the Spanish club
may part with the 26-year-old Cameroon international in January if a club meets the £5million
asking price via The People.
The news that a Premier League player has decided to fly out to America in order to continue
recovery from an injury is nothing shocking.
Owen Hargreaves has spent considerable lengths of time seeing American specialists to cure his
persistent knee problem after all. So, the news that Wayne Rooney has been sent to the USA to aid
his recovery from an ankle injury shouldn't, in itself, be enough to cause United fans any real
Ian Holloway likes the sound of his own voice. This is obvious. He loves a good rant and will never
shy away from giving his opinion on all things football. This was evident during his recent
interview when he discussed the Wayne Rooney Saga.
Luckily for Holloway, other people like the sound of his voice too.
Celtic look ready to add former Wigan Athletic midfielder Olivier Kapo. The 30-year-old free
agent has been training at Sunderland under former manager Steve Bruce, but now it appears
that Kapo and Celtic boss Neil Lennon may have struck a deal via speculative reports
including the Daily Mail.
24-year-old English youth international Will Hoskins is off to a solid start at his new club
Bristol Rovers. Five goals in fourteen league matches as well as a goal in Bristol's 1-0 triumph
over Aldershot Town in the Johnstone Paint Trophy competition.
Hoskins arrived in the summer of 2010 via nPower Championship side Watford (2007-2010).