London Soccer Shorts…

Saturday, March 6
Premier League
Burnley v Arsenal – Turf Moor
Having impressively seen off Leicester City on the King Power Stadium per week in the past, Gunner boss, Mikel Arteta believed his facet have been beginning to painting one thing much like what he would love.

“The approach we’re taking part in seems a lot nearer to what we wish,” the Spaniard enthused.

“The approach the crew is evolving, we have now some consistency in latest months.

“We are nonetheless giving issues to the opposition – we did it in opposition to Benfica and we did it as we speak. It’s one thing we have now to eradicate to offer ourselves the very best likelihood.”

Sky Bet Championship
Watford v Nottingham Forest – Vicarage Road
A 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers ensured that Watford stays scorching on the heels of Norwich and Brentford.

“We have an excellent squad and crucial factor is whoever stays within the first crew provides the utmost for the crew,” Hornets chief, Xisco Munoz advised BBC Three Counties Radio.

Watford will fancy their possibilities of making additional progress in opposition to a Forest facet struggling for consistency once more this marketing campaign.

Brentford v Rotherham United – Brentford Community Stadium
Brentford slipped to a single-goal defeat at Norwich in a battle between the highest two in the course of the week. However, boss Thomas Frank remained philosophical: “ “We wanted to be higher on the ball and in our resolution making and wanted to create extra. We should do not forget that we’re nonetheless in a very good place,” the Dane defined.

The Bees can be trying to bounce again in opposition to Rotherham facet within the relegation locations however who recorded an outstanding late victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night.

Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers – Ashton Gate
It’s no wins in three for QPR and so they’ll discover it robust once more in opposition to a Bristol City facet eager to rediscover some consistency themselves.

Speaking after their irritating 3-1 midweek defeat to Barnsley at Loftus Road, R’s boss, Mark Warburton, mentioned: “Barnsley are superb at what they do. They’re direct, commit our bodies ahead and take dangers on the again.

“We needed to time our runs and never play to their strengths. In the primary ten minutes, we did that and created a few nice possibilities. We’ve obtained to get our rewards.

“We’ve obtained to be higher in entrance of purpose. If you give away set-pieces and don’t take your personal rewards, you pay the value.

Millwall v Blackburn Rovers – The Den
Gary Rowett was happy with what he noticed from his Millwall facet after they got here from behind to see off Preston in the course of the week: “In the Championship, most groups that go a purpose up don’t are inclined to go on and lose the sport, however what we’ve carried out is present other ways to win a sport,” the Lions boss enthused.”

Millwall now face a Blackburn facet struggling for type and who’ve slipped to fifteenth place, 13 factors off the play-off locations in latest weeks.

Sky Bet League One
Blackpool v AFC Wimbledon – Bloomfield Road
Two wins and a draw from their final 5 matches has supplied AFC Wimbledon a chance to flee the drop. However, boss Mark Robinson consider a chance had been missed when the Dons have been held 1-1 at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

“I do know Shrewsbury had managed to get some actually good outcomes right here, and there have been components I used to be happy with, however I felt within the second-half we might have taken the sport by the scruff of the neck,” he advised

“We didn’t do sufficient and the substitutes lifted it a bit, however I had mentioned to them if we’re ever going to lose a match let’s do it on the entrance foot by taking it to the opposition.

“That’s what I need to see extra and a few of our resolution making wasn’t ok. We obtained into good areas and the ultimate go wasn’t ok.”

Wimbledon faces a tricky process at Bloomfield Road, going through a Blackpool facet unbeaten in 4.

Oxford United v Charlton Athletic – The Kassam Stadium
Charlton went again to fundamentals to win at Wigan in the course of the week, a lot to the delight of boss, Lee Bowyer.

“We’ve obtained a clear sheet and the win and now we have now to construct on it,” the previous midfielder advised

“The gamers labored arduous and confirmed that, after we do the fundamentals proper, we’re not a foul facet.”

The Addicks now look to reinforce their play-off push in opposition to an Oxford United facet one place and some extent worse off within the League One desk.

Sky Bet League Two
Exeter City v Leyton Orient – St James Park
Interim O’s chief, Jobi McAnuff will face a far harder check when his facet head to the West Country.

The O’s gained by a purpose to nil at backside of the desk Grimsby in the course of the week in McAnuff’s first sport within the scorching seat, displaying encouraging indicators {that a} top-seven end isn’t utterly past them.

O’s can be with out defender, Adam Thompson, who sustained a severe ankle harm at Blundell Park. Hosts, Exeter are at present simply exterior the play-off locations following Tuesday’s goalless draw with Walsall.

Sunday, March 7
Premier League
Liverpool v Fulham – Anfield
Fulham faces a tough process in closing the hole on these exterior the dropzone once they head to Anfield.

Boss Scott Parker insisted the Cottagers have been arduous carried out by when Spurs snaffled the factors on Thursday night: “We totally deserved one thing out of it. The endeavour was there for all to see,” he advised BBC Sport.”

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
It’s a case of concentrating on the job at hand and never getting too far forward of themselves in response to Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho.

The Lilywhites noticed off Fulham to document back-to-back Premier League victories for the primary time since November, however the boss wasn’t getting carried away.

“I don’t need to take a look at the desk,” Mourinho defined.
“I need to win matches and particularly for us – a crew in two competitions – the subsequent match is Premier League however then the subsequent one is the Europa League. I don’t need to look an excessive amount of to the desk, I don’t need to see something good or unhealthy about that.

“I simply need to attempt to win matches and that’s what we did as we speak and naturally one other one is coming quick on Sunday. We go once more and we attempt once more.”

Meanwhile, a win at Brighton adopted by goalless attracts with Fulham and Manchester United has left Palace chief, Roy Hodgson enthusiastic over the edges toil: “I can’t fault the gamers,” he defined.

“There have been a couple of instances the place we obtained the ball down in midfield and I assumed we regarded like we might rating ourselves,” mentioned Hodgson.

“These guys have spent 4 years collectively doing their finest to maintain the crew within the league. I’m so happy with them and so grateful to them for what they’ve carried out for the membership.”

Monday, March 8
Premier League
Chelsea v Everton – Stamford Bridge
A win at Liverpool prolonged Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten begin at Chelse to 10 matches and the German will eye up extra of the identical when the opposite half of Merseyside arrive in West London on Monday night.

“I’m very, very proud of the efficiency,” Tuchel enthused after Mason Mount’s purpose had settled Thursday’s Anfield encounter.

“It was clear we would have liked an entire efficiency in all features of the sport. We did this, we have been very courageous with the ball and by no means misplaced depth with the ball.

“We have been all the time aggressive and really courageous. This was the important thing. It was a prime crew efficiency and a deserved win.

West Ham United v Leeds United – London Stadium
Tomas Soucek drew comparisons forward of the Hammers Monday night time conflict with Leeds United.

“I might evaluate this sport to the sport in opposition to Tottenham after we have been on this place and we beat Tottenham,” the favored Czech advised

“So if we do an identical efficiency and get a win in opposition to Leeds, we can be in a fantastic second and a fantastic place forward of our video games sooner or later.”

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