Fulham boss Martin Jol welcomed the return of Bryan Ruiz for their draw with Southampton. Fulham boss Martin Jol welcomed the return of Bryan Ruiz for their draw with Southampton.The Costa Rican had shaken off a hamstring injury sustained against Sunderland in mid-November to earn a place on the bench.“You saw when Bryan Ruiz came on that he made a difference,” stated Jol. “He links our midfield and our attack. He wasn’t fit to start but hopefully he can on Saturday against Swansea City and hopefully Mahamadou Diarra can as well. I was very happy at half-time that I could bring Bryan on but it was not enough.”
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hailed matchwinner Javier Hernandez after victory over Newcastle United.The Mexican swept home the final goal of the seven goal thriller last night. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hailed matchwinner Javier Hernandez after victory over Newcastle United.The Mexican swept home the final goal of the seven goal thriller last night.”We had a lot of decisions against us in the first half and sometimes that can demoralise a team. But the players didn’t give in and that’s a great quality to have. I’m pleased that we came back three times after going down three times and then scoring the winner,” said Ferguson.”Chicharito deservedly got the winner, his movement and courage were unbelievable. He and van Persie were absolutely phenomenal, I thought.”
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is pleased by the good press Stewart Downing has received this week. Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is pleased by the good press Stewart Downing has received this week.Downing bagged his first Premier League goal for the Reds – some 17 months after his £20million move from Villa.“I was pleased for Stewart and it was no surprise to me as I’ve seen him perform like that many times throughout his career,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.“He’s had a tough time but credit to him because he hasn’t felt sorry for himself. He has rolled his sleeves up to try to prove people wrong.“It wasn’t just Saturday, in the past few games, whether he’s been at left-back or further forward, he has done well. He has created chances for the team and has been posing a threat. We all need to carry on where we left off against Fulham.”
Javier Hernandez was thrilled to be Manchester United’s matchwinner after victory over Newcastle United. Javier Hernandez was thrilled to be Manchester United’s matchwinner after victory over Newcastle United.After an enthralling battle with Alan Pardew’s side, the Mexican striker capped an energetic personal display by sliding home Michael Carrick’s pass in the 90th minute, and he insists there’s nothing to match such a special feeling.“It’s a great feeling, a great moment,” Chicharito told MUTV. “All the team-mates, all the staff, the gaffer and all the fans are expecting and waiting for that moment, and when that moment comes the energy and the atmosphere in the stadium is unbelievable.“You can see in the reaction of the fans and the players, and the most important thing is if we want to fight for the title, we have to never give up until the 90th minute. All the time in all the games [the spirit] is going to be there. We’re very happy about that. The history of the Manchester United tells us we have to never give up until the end of the game.”
Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is wary of going to Everton on Sunday.Chelsea defeated Norwich City yesterday. Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is wary of going to Everton on Sunday.Chelsea defeated Norwich City yesterday.”‘Everton is doing a great job with a good team and it’s a tough game for sure so we have to be ready, physically and mentally. It’s against a good team doing well in the last years and Goodison is a hard place to go,” said Benitez.
Manchester United legend Roy Keane is being linked with a return to Nottingham Forest. Manchester United legend Roy Keane is being linked with a return to Nottingham Forest.The Sun says Keane was at the City Ground yesterday as his old club beat Neil Warnock’s in-form Leeds 4-2.But Forest stunned their fans hours after the win — which moved them to within a point of the play-off zone — by sacking boss Sean O’Driscoll, who was appointed in July.The 41-year-old parted company with Sunderland in December 2008 and he subsequently struggled to make any impact with Ipswich, who sacked him in January 2011.
Terry Paine has been named honorary president of Southampton. Terry Paine has been named honorary president of Southampton.The 73-year-old will take up the post on January 1, when he will receive the title from the family of Ted Bates in a ceremony before Saints take on Arsenal at St Mary’s.Paine, who made 815 appearances for the club and now lives in South Africa, will “act as an ambassador at home and abroad” according to the club.