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Wigan Athletic 2-1 Ipswich Town.

Keane 31, 35'

Montano 65'

Ipswich go down fighting to battling Wigan.

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Wigan Athletic were the opposition for Ryan Clarke's first away game and they managed to come away with a victory they will be delighted with. A slow start from Ipswich allowed Robbie Keane to sneak in and blast the ball into the net from point blank range, leaving Zieler no chance. Keane was at it again as he scored another 4 minutes later, a ball in behind gave Keane the chance he rarely misses as he calmly rounded a helpless Zieler to make it 2-0 to the home side. This sparked some action from Ipswich as they pushed to find a way back into the game.

After many, many missed or saved attempts they eventually broke through the Wigan defense. A cross from Viana's free-kick gave Montano a chance he couldn't miss as he headed it to give Ipswich a chance. However their attempts were met by a defiant Demirel who saved shot after shot after shot. A good performance from Ipswich but they come out as losers.

Ipswich - Zieler; Bovo, Colback, Carlos, Mulgrew; Faurlin, Montano ©, Viana, Maloney, Raffael; Jones.

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Ipswich Town 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bedimo 2'

Dossena 6'

Viana 85'

Ipswich get first win under Clarke.

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After failing to win in their first two games under Ryan Clarke a lot of fans may have already been doubting whether Clarke could bring success to Ipswich, such is football these days. However a fantastic performance from Ipswich gave them the victory over Wolves despite a horrendous start. The ball was in the back of the Ipswich net after 2 minutes, a wicked deflection giving Bedimo his fourth goal of the season. It could have been doubled soon after with Phil Neville rampaging down the wing but his shot was beaten away by Zieler. Ipswich were soon on level terms, just four minutes after Bedimo had scored Dossena's curling effort was too much for Tim Krul after some good work by Briand.

Compared to the first half the second half was a bit off the pace with both sides struggling to craft any chances. The standard of play dropped dramatically with the ball constantly being lost carelessly by both sides. It looked destined for a draw when Hugo Viana's 35 yard screamer hit the back of the net in the 85th minute to send Ipswich's fans and Ryan Clarke on the touchline into ecstasy. A truly memorable moment for the player and for Ryan Clarke who is now off the mark in his latest job.

Ipswich - Zieler ©; Bovo, Dossena, Carlos, Mulgrew; Faurlin, Viana, Taarabt; Maloney, Raffael, Briand.

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Peterborough United 3-3 Ipswich Town.

Jones 14'

Camara 27'

Arevalo Rios 55'

Carlos 65'

Briand 73'

El Arabi 76'

Ipswich unlucky to draw.

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London Road played host to an exciting Division 4 encounter as Peterborough battled it out with Ipswich. With Ipswich winning their last game they were desperate to get a run of form going here but came unstuck against a hard-working Peterborough side. Ipswich thought they'd scored after 4 minutes after Jimmy Briand headed the ball into the net but the goal was given offside and replays showed this as the correct decision. 10 minutes later and the ball was in the net again, with no offside flag to save Peterborough this time. Kenwyne Jones' dink over the Peterborough keeper giving Ipswich a deserved early lead. Peterborough were soon on level terms, a good pass by Denis unleashing Camara as he placed one with the outside of his boot right into the bottom corner. Two petty fouls saw Denis given a red card late in the half much to the annoyance of his manager.

The second half was full of goals and amazingly the first one was scored by 10 man Peterborough. Arevalo Rios scoring a lovely goal from the edge of the box, but with 10 men this lead was always going to be hard to keep and Ipswich threw more men forward. Briand's free-kick was met by the head of Carlos who easily put it past Sorrentino in the Peterborough net to get Ipswich onto level terms. Briand then gave Ipswich the lead with a low drilled shot across Sorrentino finding the back of the net. Again this lead was lost when 3 minutes later a lapse of concentration allowed El Arabi to place his shot past the keeper to make it 3-3. Just a minute later Adel Taarabt was sent off for a kick on on Vargas after which the game mellowed and finished 3-3.

Ipswich - Zieler ©; Bovo, Dossena, Carlos; Maloney, Mulgrew, Viana, Taarabt; Raffael, Jones, Briand.

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Forest shock division 3 again.

Nottingham Forest gave there home fans a match to remember after thumping AFC Bournemouth 6-0!

Match possession was shared between the two sides, both teams had 8 shots over the course of the match but only Nottingham Forest converted those chances.

The first goal was given away in the 1st minute, Ortiz Lolo made a clumsy challenge on Simon Rolfes in the area the ref pointed straight to the spot. Benteke just got it under the crossbar to claim the opener.

For the next 25 minutes it was all Bournemouth creating the chances and making ambitious shots on goal. Then Shawcross made a crunching challenge and hit a low angled pass to find Benteke, Benteke got ahead of his marker and flicked the ball forward beating the defence, he then rolled a shot passed the stranded Asenjo and finding the inside post.

Two minutes later Forest earned a corner, Tosic put in a powerful corner into the box, the ball was perfectly weighted to find little Jordi Gomez who headed it towards the top corner. Asenjo again stranded simply looks despairingly as the ball hit the inside of the net.

Benteke then rolled the ball out to Joe Allen as he made a forceful run into the box, and fired it past his opposing keeper.

Half Time arrived, Bournemouth manager Adriano must of been lost for words in his team talk because 3 minutes after kick off Cristaldo made it 5-0. Tosic played a short pass to Cristaldo who scuffed his shot but luckily still found the target as Asenjo tried to throw a had to the ball.

Bournemouth then came close as Alcaraz won the ball and played it forward to Canas who held off challenges to find himself in space, he hit a beautiful curling shot. It looked destined for the top corner until Foster got across the goal well to keep it out.

Jordi Gomez dealt the final blow to make it 6-0 when Tosic found himself in space and hit a low ball into the path of Gomez. Gomez tried his luck with a cheeky flick and found himself celebrating a peach of a goal after the ball snuck in.

Canas and Perisic tried to make a consolation goal but again Foster got to the ball well.

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"A game Benteke wasn't going to start went well. Cristaldo was chosen to warm the bench 10 minutes before kick off. But as usual I find myself stuck between two inform strikers fighting for on striking position. They make it a hard decision but they always produce whether from the bench or from the start."

"we had a great match day here today and we hope we can not just continue this run of form against Charlton on Saturday but throughout the remainder of the season"

"We have 2 or three deals in the pipeline to add to our list of squad players, it gives the players more competition to fight for the places in the team. Hopefully our two new signings will arrive tomorrow. Our chairman Fawaz Mubarak Al Hasawi is thrashing out transfer fees and contract details as we speak so hopefully he can make it happen!"

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Preston gain ground on leaders with victory over Reds

Preston North came from behind to complete a league double over Liverpool this season, a 2-1 victory at Deepdale closing the gap to the top to nine points.

Preston made one change from the team which threw away a 2-0 lead against Wycombe in midweek, with Aaron Lennon returning from suspension replacing Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas. Liverpool were unchanged from the 4-1 victory over Brentford, with Brazilian striker Fred in a rich vein of form. Preston had the first major chance of the match, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard feeding the ball to in-form striker Stevan Jovetic, but the Montenegrin's cheeky flick was saved by Gianluigi Buffon at close range.

Ten minutes later, Liverpool took the lead. German international Phillip Lahm ran unopposed down the wing, playing a cross-field ball to Jesus Navas. The Spanish winger cut into the box and unleashed a right-footed shot past Vorm at his near post. This knocked Preston's confidence, and Liverpool took advantage of this, hurting Preston on the counter-attack. David Villa went close after 20 minutes, while Fred's header was clutched by keeper Vorm. A blot on Liverpool's first half was the needless booking of Sergio Ramos, who complained a touch too much to the referee after a foul on Michu.

Half time came and went, and Preston came out for the second half a stronger opposition, with Bale's quick feet causing Giogio Chiellini to dive in, picking up a booking. The resulting free-kick taken by Bale fell to Lennon, but his shot went wide. Bale tried to emulate Navas's finish but to no avail, with Villa going up the other end and forcing Vorm into an acrobatic save. Shortly afterwards, Preston got a foothold back into the game. Gareth Bale was fouled by England international Micah Richards 5 yards outside the box. The Welsh international stepped up to take the kick himself, and beat Buffon hands down. That was Bale's first goal since the 3-2 victory over West Brom back in June, and his 20th goal of an impressive season. The goal seemed to bring Bale to life, with a solo run and shot saved by Buffon. Bale was given an opportunity to double his tally from another free-kick, this time conceded by Sergio Ramos, who picked up a final ticking off by the referee. Bale struck the free-kick over the wall, and despite Buffon's best efforts, the ball hit the back of the net, to the cheers of the Preston faithful.

In what could easily be called 'The Bale Show', he drew another foul from the Liverpool defence, Micah Richards picking up a booking. Liverpool came within a whisker of stealing a point in the last minute, Ramos's header bouncing off the top of the bar. However, Preston saw out the remaining minutes and the final whistle came to yet more cheers in the Lancashire sun!

Preston's victory, coupled with dropped points for all five teams above them, resulted in Preston reducing the gap to 1st placed Leeds to just nine points, while extending the lead over 7th placed Aston Villa to ten points. We spoke to Preston manager James Burrow immediately after the match, with him unaware of scores elsewhere:

"It was quite literally a game of two halves! Liverpool could have been two, maybe three goals ahead at the break, but credit to Vorm for being on top form today. Many keepers would have let that first goal get in their head, but he soldiered on, and proved why he is amongst the best keepers in this league. For the second half I told the lads not to rush the play, as Liverpool were capitalising on our lost possession. It's been said before, but Bale was a real game-changer today. It says it all when he scored two but could easily have got three or four. He drove Richards, Chiellini and Ramos up the wall, three of the best defenders in the world! If he stays fit, I dont see why we cant secure automatic promotion."

As mentioned before, Preston's victory was made even more sweeter by dropped points elsewhere. As well as 2nd placed Liverpool dropping three points, 3rd placed Southend lost to Aston Villa, with table toppers Leeds, Coventry (4th) and Leicester (5th) all drawing 1-1 in their respective fixtures. Preston travel to bottom club Stoke City in midweek, hoping to gain more ground on the teams above them.

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BRENTFORD SNATCH LATE VICTORY

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Brentford 1-0 Norwich City

It had been a quiet, pleasant evening round Griffin Park way with soaring temperatures throughout the country. There was an increase in temperature the closer this one got to kick off though. Both sides had been aware of the significance of this battle with both flirting with the relegation zone. Brentford have been a revelation in the second half of the season with a huge turnaround in performances and results, with three wins in the last four matches the momentum was with the home side. Norwich arrived winless in six league matches and were still suffering from their shield final loss to Chelsea.

The sides were greeted with the typical Griffin Park partisan crowd with Norwich left in no doubt that they were in for a long night. Richardson looked relaxed as ever in the dugout, his players looked fired up and ready for a battle. Many have doubted Brentford on a technical standing in Division Two but nothing can be questioned regarding their fighting spirit and willingness to put their bodies on the line for the club, the supporters and the manager.

Early on the battle commenced with Brentford throwing in some full blooded tackles, Matuidi in particular was throwing his weight about. As a result, the match was scrappy with the first moment of any note being a booking for Borja Ekiza for a rash challenge. The resulting free kick was a tame effort that Viviano caught easily. On 28 minutes Diego Forlan whipped across a fabulous ball across the penalty box that Joselu met perfectly with a header that Viviano did magnificently to tip round the post. It was a warning that battling qualities were not going to be enough in this one.

Just before half time, the recalled Milan Baros got his first sniff of goal. Theo Janssen dinked a great ball and Baros managed to beat the offside trap before showing his rusty side by knocking the ball past the post. The Czech striker hasn't featured for ten matches with Cacau being given the sole responsibility of the centre forward position, he had something to prove and was going to need better to get back in the side on a permanent basis. There was to be another chance for the visitors before the break with Forlan finding Marek Hamsik with a wonderfully disguised reverse ball, Hamsik breezed by Motta before hitting a beauty that looked destined for the top corner before the fingertips of Viviano guided it onto the junction of crossbar and post.

Into the second half, it was much the same as the first in many ways. Both sides looked timid in attack, more concerned with not making a mistake than creating anything meaningful. Norwich were shading the creative element though and they nearly broke the deadlock just past the hour mark. Jordi Alba went on a run and left Motta and Matuidi trailing in his wake before striking a great ball over the static defenders that was controlled wonderfully by Joselu on the chest. The striker turned and smashed a great effort towards the bottom corner that Viviano got down to with the latest in the long line of fine saves to keep Brentford alive at 0-0. The Italian was in inspired form with Norwich getting visibly irritated at their inability to beat him no matter what was thrown in his direction.

Richardson knew he had to make a few changes to get some fresh creativity in the game and he brought on Bannan, Mcarthur and Perkarik. Mcarthur proved to be a great sub as his brilliant turn and pass found Milan Baros who knocked the ball through the legs Jallet and guided the ball round the despairing fingertips of Norwich keeper Courtois to send the Brentford support into a frenzy with under five minutes to play. The goal knocked the stuffing out of Norwich who never threatened afterwards. Manager Mike Phelan will be unimpressed at their whimper and disturbing willingness to throw in the towel once going behind. With a relegation battle ahead, stronger stomachs will be required to get out of it.

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Main man once again

Richardson was clearly delighted with the result afterwards

It was a relief to get the win. We were not at our best tonight it has to be said and no doubt Norwich will feel a little hard done by at losing. We dominated possession but they created a few very good chances and on another night we could have lost that game. Then again we have been on the wrong end of some pretty harsh results ourselves this season so I guess it's hard to feel too much sympathy. We have a very nice cushion now between us and the bottom three after tonights results but we cannot get complacent and must keep pushing forward. We can take another huge step towards mathematical safety if we can get another win over Reading on Wednesday night. It was nice to see Milan banging in the winner like old times.

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Richardson celebrates the winner

Milan Baros grabs the headlines with such a late winner on his return from being dropped from the first eleven but the match winner tonight was Emiliano Viviano who was magnificent from start to finish.

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Crewe face the music

.......and dance

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As the season approaches a close' date=' and the division 3 promotion race has suddenly become a 5 team competition, Crewe boss Sean today organised a sensational team building exercise for the first team.

As volcanic ash strands people across the world, Sean got word that the cast of hit TV show Glee were stuck in the UK, and arranged a get together with his team and the cast.[/color']

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Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that airs on Fox in the United States, and E4 in the UK(Monday 9.00pm). It focuses on a high school glee club called "New Directions", at the fictional William McKinley High School in Ohio.

The squad spent several hours today after training with the cast, including the likes of Lea Michele and Cory Montieth, with the aim of putting together a show that they will present at a local old folks home tomorrow afternoon.

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Reports say that the squad took well to the task at hand, with Gary Cahill and Lucas particularly impressive on the mike, and German fullbacks Aogo and Castro being particularly hot on the dance floor.

Paris Hilton, who appears to be following the Crewe squad everywhere at the moment, was also there, and put her vocal skills to good skills, reminding everyone of her hugely succesful career a few years back.

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Due to the obvious press interest, the club are refusing to divulge where the event will take place but have confirmed that a DVD of the show will be available in the club shop next week.

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posted this 3 years ago, but thought I'd drag it out after Cory Montieth was found dead yesterday(RIP)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/glee-star-cory-monteith-dies-584965

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Bale commits as Preston prepare for Division Two run-in

Welsh international Gareth Bale has quashed speculation regarding his future after signing a new deal tying him to Preston North End for the next four seasons.

The 24 year old has been the forefront of Preston this season, notching a career best tally of 22 goals this season, taking his overall tally for Preston to a whopping 57 goals. Preston are one point away from qualifying for the Division Two play-offs for the second successive season, and rumours began to circulate that should Preston fail to gain promotion yet again, that Bale would move on to pastures new, but that has proved not to be the case. We spoke to the man himself, ahead of the weekend's match against Reading:

"I can't see myself playing my football elsewhere for the foreseeable future. Preston has been a major part of my career, and I owe them another four years of service for the patience and support they have given me over the years. I was gutted to miss a month's football last season, as I started the season in great form. This season has been great, both for the club and myself. In any other season I think 22 goals would be leading the field for the Golden Boot, but Lukaku has just been on fire! The season is almost over, yet he has still averaged over a goal a game! My focus now is to see out the season as I have played the past 34 games, and hoepfully we can gatecrash the automatic promotion party!"

Bale's tally of 22 goals equals that of team-mate Stevan Jovetic's tally in Season 8, with the Montenegrin managing only 6 goals this time around. However his manager James Burrow has been quick to deny reports that the club are looking to sell the striker, despite the player requesting a transfer earlier on in the season:

"Stevan was upset that he had not played as much as he would like this season and last, and in the heat of the moment, you can say things that you later wish you hadn't. Stevan is a very talented footballer, but as with a lot of similar players his age, the expectation resting on his young shoulders proves too much for him. Him and Michu have provided stiff competition for each other, and the form of Michu has forced Stevan to up his game, resulting in the run of goals he scored during this season. Stevan may not be playing the 30-odd games he once was, but by playing 20 or so games, it allows him to concentrate on his own game, rather than carry the team."

Preston's hard-fought 2-1 victory over Norwich saw them close the gap on 2nd placed Leeds to just seven points, while anything but a loss against Reading will see North End qualify for at least the play-offs, a feat they managed only on the final day of last season.

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Preston qualify for play-offs after close-run victory over Reading

Preston made hard work of ensuring a second successive play-off campaign after a 3-2 victory over relegation threatened Reading.

Preston went into the game knowing that avoiding defeat would ensure they would secure at least a 6th place finish, and made just one change from the victory over Norwich, Raul Albiol replacing the suspended Hugo Campagnaro.

Preston got of to the worst possible start, with Preston old-boy Craig Bellamy capitalising on international compatriot Ashley William's foul on Piotr Trochowski. The Welshman kept his celebrations muted, having made over 80 appearances for Preston, securing fan favourite status during his time at Preston. Reading dominated proceedings after that, with Klose and Giggs forcing Vorm into action. Preston equalised after 22 minutes, and it was their own Welshman who had a hand in the goal. Gareth Bale's free-kick was headed goalwards by captain Steven Gerrard, which David Stockdale couldn't keep out.

The pendulum swung in Preston's direction, with North End doubling their lead three minutes later. Raheem Sterling used his pace to burst past Rio Ferdinand and played the ball across the box, with Gaston Ramirez on hand to notch his first goal of a patchy Preston career. Preston ended the half in the ascendancy, with Jovetic and Ramirez linking up to good effect, Jovetic's effort going just wide.

Preston scored what would be the decisive goal two minutes after the break. Steven Gerrard was upended by Michele Camporese, with Bale scoring a trademark freekick, his 23rd goal of the season. Preston sat back after the goal, inviting Reading pressure. It took Reading 20 minutes to fashion a meaningful chance, Trochowski's low shot smothered by Vorm. Reading shook things up with a quarter of an hour to go, Leon Britton, Miroslav Klose and Trochowski replaced by Aykut Demir, Sebastian Prodl and Peter Crouch (another former Preston player). Ramirez and Jovetic both went close, with Ramirez shaking the bar with a thunderous drive! Bellamy forced a superb save out of Vorm with ten minutes to go, before Reading pulled a goal back with a minute to go. Substitute Demir placed his shot out of the reach of Vorm, having being sent up-field by manager Harry Redknapp.

The final whistle blew, with Preston manager James Burrow fist-pumping the air as his side confirmed a play-off spot. We spoke to the Preston manager shortly after the game:

"The victory was all-important, but we switched off at 3-1 and we were fortunate to come out with a victory. We dug deep and absorbed the early Reading pressure, then the Gerrard goal swung the balance in our favour, and from then we could have scored three or four more. Ramirez took his goal well, with these performances it's hard to leave him out, and with quick-fire games coming up, he could prove a valuable asset."

Preston move 11 points clear of 7th placed Port Vale with three games left. What's more, Leicester lost 3-1 to Aston Villa, dropping below Preston to 6th.

In other Division Two related news, league leaders Liverpool lost 5-0 to Port Vale, Tino Costa scoring a hat-trick. Leeds closed the gap on Liverpool to just a point after a 3-1 victory over Norwich, while a further point behind lie Southend, who also won 3-1 against Chelsea. Finally Coventry won 1-0 against Stoke, thanks to an early Danny Sturridge goal.

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Juan Sebastian Veron Comes Out Of Retirement

Foxes manager Johan Alberts has managed to convince Veron to come out of retirement after weeks of negotiating. La Brujita retired back in season 15 and has over 300 appearance in EC106.

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During the press conference Veron said: "I don't think I'm in the form of that time when we won the English Cup (in season 14), but I'm just as motivated because I love playing football."

Questioned on how wise it is to bring back a 38 year old veteran Alberts said: "Look he has lost a bit of pace but he's still a class act with his range of passing. He will be playing as a deep-lying playmaker for us and I'm convinced he'll have a positive influence on the rest of the team."

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Back in training

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New Brighton manager here.

Two games left before the end of the season' date='hoping to start fresh next season and hopefully win the league.[/color']

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Welcome Tony. For future reference there is another thread for posts other than match reports etc. Link is here: http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?p=2668968#post2668968

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Beckham nets in testimonial win

Retiring Preston player David Beckham said an emotional farewell to the fans with the winning penalty in a 1-0 victory over former club Manchester United in a sell-out testimonial tie.

The 38 year old, capped 115 times for England, was set to face Man Utd after the season had ended, but due to Preston reaching the play-offs, the match was quickly re-arranged for Thursday night. Beckham captained the side, which featured Stevan Jovetic and new signing Leroy Fer, but first team regulars Steven Gerrard and Gareth Bale were benched ahead of the busy end of season run-in. Man Utd, for who Beckham made over 250 appearances for fielded a strong side, with Luis Suarez, Alexis Sanchez and former Preston Fernando Llorente spear-heading the attack. Around the 23,408 crowd, banners thanking Beckham for his years of service were hung over the advertising boards, with wife Victoria and their four children seen in the executive box.

The match itself was very laid back, with Preston hoping to save energy ahead of a possible 3 games in a week, and United recuperating from a tough season, which has seen them in the bottom half of the Div 1 table and knocked out of Europe at the quarter-final stage. The first chance of the match fell to Man Utd, with midfielder Yaya Toure striking a shot from distance but Vorm was comfortable in watching it sail by his post. Fernando Llorente came within a whisker of becoming Preston fans public enemy #1, the Spaniard who scored 11 goals in one season at Preston placing his shot just wide of Vorm's post. Preston's first shot at Julio Cesar's goal came from 18 year old Raheem Sterling, the winger's right foot shot parried away by Cesar. The referee blew for half-time, and during the interval, Beckham was haneded the mic by the stadium announcer, and had a few emotional words for the crowd:

"I look back on my career and count myself lucky to have played for two of the very best clubs in the country! Sure I've had my ups and downs, but throughout everything, I have always had your support, and for that I want to say a big thank you to each and every one of you!

The second half kicked up with no changes for either side. Kevin Mirallas came close to opening the scoring for the home side, but his shot from a Sterling through-ball was beaten away by Cesar. The first bit of magic from Luis Suarez nearly paid dividends with a goal, but the £60m Uruguayan couldn't find the back of the net. With fifteen minutes to go, Preston threw on Gerrard, Bale and Michu for Fer, Mirallas and Ramirez, and it was the usual Preston captain Gerrard who began to control the match. His cross to Jovetic left the Montenegrin with a simple header but he headed straight at Cesar. A minute later, his pass found Sterling but again Cesar was a match for it. It took until the 85th minute for the deadlock to be broken, and in controversial style. United defender Patrice Evra lunged in on 'Becks' and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. United boss Niall Taylor was livid at the decision, incensed that a penalty would be given in a friendly. Beckham dusted himself off, and like he did against Argentina in Japan, netted what would be the winning goal. Replays showed that Cesar had been a good two feet off his line when the penalty was struck, but the referee allowed it. Preston played down the clock and ran out victorious, but the night belonged to Beckham.

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Beckham nets in testimonial win

Retiring Preston player David Beckham said an emotional farewell to the fans with the winning penalty in a 1-0 victory over former club Manchester United in a sell-out testimonial tie.

The 38 year old' date=' capped 115 times for England, was set to face Man Utd after the season had ended, but due to Preston reaching the play-offs, the match was quickly re-arranged for Thursday night. Beckham captained the side, which featured Stevan Jovetic and new signing Leroy Fer, but first team regulars Steven Gerrard and Gareth Bale were benched ahead of the busy end of season run-in. Man Utd, for who Beckham made over 250 appearances for fielded a strong side, with Luis Suarez, Alexis Sanchez and former Preston Fernando Llorente spear-heading the attack. Around the 23,408 crowd, banners thanking Beckham for his years of service were hung over the advertising boards, with wife Victoria and their four children seen in the executive box.

The match itself was very laid back, with Preston hoping to save energy ahead of a possible 3 games in a week, and United recuperating from a tough season, which has seen them in the bottom half of the Div 1 table and knocked out of Europe at the quarter-final stage. The first chance of the match fell to Man Utd, with midfielder Yaya Toure striking a shot from distance but Vorm was comfortable in watching it sail by his post. Fernando Llorente came within a whisker of becoming Preston fans public enemy #1, the Spaniard who scored 11 goals in one season at Preston placing his shot just wide of Vorm's post. Preston's first shot at Julio Cesar's goal came from 18 year old Raheem Sterling, the winger's right foot shot parried away by Cesar. The referee blew for half-time, and during the interval, Beckham was haneded the mic by the stadium announcer, and had a few emotional words for the crowd:

"I look back on my career and count myself lucky to have played for two of the very best clubs in the country! Sure I've had my ups and downs, but throughout everything, I have always had your support, and for that I want to say a big thank you to each and every one of you!

The second half kicked up with no changes for either side. Kevin Mirallas came close to opening the scoring for the home side, but his shot from a Sterling through-ball was beaten away by Cesar. The first bit of magic from Luis Suarez nearly paid dividends with a goal, but the £60m Uruguayan couldn't find the back of the net. With fifteen minutes to go, Preston threw on Gerrard, Bale and Michu for Fer, Mirallas and Ramirez, and it was the usual Preston captain Gerrard who began to control the match. His cross to Jovetic left the Montenegrin with a simple header but he headed straight at Cesar. A minute later, his pass found Sterling but again Cesar was a match for it. It took until the 85th minute for the deadlock to be broken, and in controversial style. United defender Patrice Evra lunged in on 'Becks' and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. United boss Niall Taylor was livid at the decision, incensed that a penalty would be given in a friendly. Beckham dusted himself off, and like he did against Argentina in Japan, netted what would be the winning goal. Replays showed that Cesar had been a good two feet off his line when the penalty was struck, but the referee allowed it. Preston played down the clock and ran out victorious, but the night belonged to Beckham.

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It's the final day of the season, and at both ends of Division Two, questions need to be answered. Can Liverpool return to the top flight at the second time of asking as Champions? Can Leeds secure their first silverware under the management of Dave Belkevitz? Could Southend crash the promotion party? At the other end, can managerless West Brom avoid the drop? Can Norwich, Stoke or Reading make home advantage count to escape relegation by the narrowest of margins. All these questions will be answered tonight, in a LIVE matchcast of Division Two in English Championship 106.

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JS: Hello and welcome to a special edition of Gillette Soccer Special with me Jeff Stelling, this Wednesday night. Tonight we will be reporting live from all 10 Division Two grounds, from the upper echelons of Carlisle’s Brunton Park, to the depths of Brighton’s AMEX Stadium. Tonight will see one of Liverpool or Leeds United crowned champions, and could see Southend promoted at the expense of either one. At the bottom, the future looks gloomy for Reading fans, bottom of the league with just 32 points. But Stoke, Norwich and ‘Baggies’ fans have also the right to be concerned, with all four in danger of falling through the Division Two trapdoor.

Joining me in the studio are Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Paul Merson, and we will be going live to six others throughout the course of tonight’s special broadcast.

So here are tonight’s games.

Carlisle v Chelsea

Leicester City v Brentford

Barnsley v Preston North End

Southend United v Leeds United

Brighton and Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion

Reading v Coventry

Norwich City v Port Vale

Crystal Palace v Sheffield United

Stoke City v Wycombe Wanderers

Aston Villa v Liverpool

Now Matt, you are covering tonight’s title decider between Leeds and Southend. Both teams have led the league at some point this season and Leeds need victory and hope that Liverpool slip up against Villa to have any chance of winning what would be Dave Belkevitz first silverware for Leeds in his first season at the club. Do you think they can do it?

MLT: Well they certainly have the winning mentality, and they have led the league for a large portion of the season, but my one concern is that of the two teams, Leeds have never been in this situation before, and that could come back to haunt them. Southend have to settle for a play-off place, and may be thinking towards the play-off semi-final, however they can still finish as low as 5th, and having that home advantage in the play-offs can be like having a 12th man.

JS: Exciting stuff! Now Charlie you’re watching over the other title game, Liverpool versus Villa. Liverpool bottled it in the last game of last season, missing out on the play-offs on goal difference. They’ve secured promotion and have a one point lead going into the final game. How important is it that they see this through against a Villa side who have hit form, but just too late?

CN: Well first of all, Liverpool fans will be glad to be back in the top flight! A club of Liverpool’s stature shouldn’t be playing in Division Two, and finishes of 7th and 2nd at least show that they deserve to move on up. But a lot has been said about Liverpool’s past trophy history, four Division One titles, four times Division One runners up, twice English Cup winners and the UEFA Super Cup runners up. If they fail to win the title tonight, that will be four seasons without silverware, and a missed opportunity. They face the second form team in the league in Villa, whose last three wins have come too late to reach the play-offs. But guess who THE form team in the league are? Liverpool. It should be a cracker!

JS: So it should. Let’s move on from Liverpool’s trophy less haul before Thommo looks anymore sad than usual! You’re covering the ReadingCoventry match. Fourth in the league versus bottom, surely this is a walkover?

PT: Well like Tiss said, Coventry like Southend are assured a play-off place so could be resting key men. Reading have been poor, and if they go down, they can’t say they didn’t deserve it, but they need to score goals, and what better opportunity than against a potentially weakened Coventry side. If Lukaku starts for Coventry, than Reading are in big trouble, if him and some of his other stellar colleagues are missing, then don’t count Reading out just yet. If Coventry lose with a weakened side, then the Coventry manager should expect an angry call from the Stoke, Reading or Baggies manager!

JS: Stern words from Thommo there! Our final game in the studio is Stoke versus Wycombe, in the capable hands of Merse! Wycombe have had a topsy-turvy season, beating the best but falling to those around and below them, while Stoke has suffered from sacking Terence Griffin early in the season, the man who led them out of relegation last season. Do Stoke have nowhere else to look but themselves for their downfall?

PM: Absolutely in my eyes! Football is a results game, but to hire and fire off the back of individual results will always lead you to this. Stoke have been through three managers this season, and none have managed to turn around the clubs fortunes, and they face a tough task to get back out of the drop zone after they dropped in last week.

JS: Thanks guys! Also in the relegation fight are managerless West Brom, who face Brighton in the Battle of the Albion’s at Brighton’s AMEX Stadium. West Brom parted company with manager Eric Cantona yesterday afternoon, despite the 3-2 victory over fellow relegation rivals Reading on Saturday. That win took them off the bottom and out of the relegation zone for now. A strange decision surely?

PT: From the sounds of it that decision had been made a week or so ago, and now the club have egg on their face as they’ve sacked a manager who looking back could be the one to have saved them from relegation.

CN: A club like that shouldn’t be near the bottom of Division Two, no chance! What with Baines, Pato, Remy. Yet we’ve seen time and time again, a steady decline in football not just at West Brom, but dare I say it the Midlands clubs. Relegated bottom of Division One, 16th in Division Two, and now 17th but possibly last by the end of tonight. Sacking Cantona is like pulling a weed out of the patio, it doesn’t solve the underlying problem that’s evident from the club’s struggles year on year!

JS: I’m sure Villans, Brummies and Wolves fans will have a lot to say on that matter Charlie! Also in the mix are Norwich, who face Port Vale. Norwich normally do well in Division Two, whats gone wrong?

MLT: I think losing Balotelli was a big loss, but still a club like theirs with the fanbase and quality players should be doing much better than this. Port Vale looked like outsiders for the play-offs, but that hope long since died off and now they are just playing for pride.

Thanks Matt. Ok we’re going to take a short break, see you after the break for live coverage of the finale of Division Two!

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JS: Welcome back to Gillette Soccer Special, where there has already been a goal, its off to Alan McInally at the AMEX:

AMc: Yes Jeff, its the home side who have struck first, Javi Garcia with the goal after just 28 seconds. The ball gets played in from the wing straight from the kick-off, and Garcia powers a shot past Ochoa in the Baggies goal. 1-nil!

JS: Thanks Alan! So that's West Brom losing at Brighton, and Canaries fans, there's even better news to come, Chris Kamara!

CK: Unbelievable Jeff! The crowd is going crazy at Carrow Road! The ref has given a penalty to Norwich for a foul on Oscar. Diego Forlan has stepped up and buried it into the corner! 1-nil!

JS: Thanks Jeff, that's Forlan's 12th goal of the season, could it prove to be crucial! Aaaand the noises coming from my left, are they a sign of a goal? It's going to be a long night, Charlie Nicholas!

CN: And it's a goal for Liverpool! Three minutes played, Jesus Navas with the strike, and what a strike! He's cut in from the right, but rather than hit it with his left, has curled a peach of a shot with the outside of his boot around Victor and into the back of the net!

JS: Unbelievable! Three minutes, and three crucial goals. Lets see how the table looks after just three minutes! Liverpool are title winners on 77, Leeds 2nd with 74 and at the bottom, Norwich move up to 17th on 36 points, and West Brom drop into the bottom three.

There's been another goal at Carrow Road, Chris, sounds like you're watching a cracker!

CK: Absoultely Jeff! It's a second goal for Norwich and it's Geromel with the goal. The centre-half leapt higher than his marker at the corner after some early Norwich pressure and found the back of the net. 2-nil and Norwich are having it all their own way!

JS: Thanks Jeff! I can barely get a word in edge-ways, there's been another goal at Villa Park, have Villa pegged Liverpool back immediately Charlie?

CN: No, its a second for Liverpool! Samuel Eto'o with the goal. Liverpool are getting so much joy down the right, Navas playing a low cross into the feet of Eto'o, and the striker places it past the keeper.

JS: A rapid fire couple of minutes! It's bad news if you are a Leeds, Baggies, Reading or Stoke fan! We've seen goals at three games, and all have been crucial! We're going to take a short break, but will be back soon.

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JS: Welcome back. There has been no goals during the break, with the situation still looking bleak for Stoke, West Brom and Reading. There’s been a development in a game involving one of the play-off contending teams, Brentford have had a man sent off against Leicester, Blaise Matuidi walks for serious foul play. Elsewhere at Selhurst Park, Dimitar Berbatov has opened the scoring for Crystal Palace against Sheffield Utd. That match has no repercussions elsewhere. A match which does have repercussions is at Southend, Matt Le Tissier?

MLT: And it’s a goal for Leeds! It’s Kerzakhov with the goal, interchanging well with Sam just outside the box, and the Russian has unleashed a rocket of a shot past Marchesin. Now Leeds need a favour from Villa.

JS: Thanks Matt! With that Leeds are one goal from the top of the table, unfortunately that goal needs to be from Villa. Southend could yet be beaten to third having conceded that goal. And at the bottom of the screen, Crystal Palace’s lead didn’t last long, Lucas Leiva equalising for Sheffield Utd. Also at the Britannia there’s been a red card, who’s it for Merse?

PM: It’s for Wycombe Jeff and its Moussa Sow the striker. It was a stupid challenge, he lost the ball and in sheer frustration has kicked out at Rakitic. He’s getting nowhere near that, and he’ll play no further part in this game.

JS: Thanks Paul, news of a third goal at Carrow Road, but who’s it for? Kammy knows!

CK: And it’s three for Norwich! Forlan with his second goal of the night. Jeremy Menez played an inch perfect pass through to Forlan who rounded De Gea and rolled the ball into the net. Norwich are running away with it here!

JS: Thanks Kammy! Yes Norwich would need an unfortunate turn of results to go down. With West Brom losing, Norwich are out of the bottom three. And Norwich fans will have even more reason to celebrate, isn’t that right Thommo?

PT: Too right Jeff, Coventry are ahead and it’s Danny with the goal. The Portuguese international has dominated the game so far, and his strike rolls past Stockdale, he should have done better there! As it stands Reading are going down!

JS: Oh dear, on one hand elation, on the other, sheer despair. At Selhurst Park, Sheffield United have come from to take the lead through Andre Ayew. United fans must be wondering where these performances have been so far this season.

JS: Half time whistle blow across the country. In summary, Norwich are up as it stands, with Reading, Stoke and West Brom dropping to the Third Division. At the top, Liverpool go up as Champions, with Leeds in 2nd. Join us after the break for the second half.

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JS: Welcome back to Gillette Soccer Special. There’s been a goal at the King Power Stadium, Fernando Gago with the goal against ten-man Brentford. They’ve just kicked off the second half.

A goal involving the relegation-threatened sides, let’s go to Paul Merson, who’s scored?

PM: It’s Stoke Jeff, and it’s been coming ever since the sending off. Rakitic who received that terrible challenge from Sow has returned for the second half, bent a shot around Caballero in goal, great play by Callejon for the assist. That certainly spices things up at the bottom.

JS: It certainly does. Let me explain what that means to the bottom four. That goal takes Stoke up to 36 points, level with Norwich who are 3-nil up against Port Vale but due to Norwich’s vastly superior goal difference they stay up at the expense of Stoke. Thommo any news from Reading?

PT: Reading have perked up since the break, Bellamy has looked a different player in this second half. He’s just been fouled by Martinez the young centre-back and he and Giggs have stepped up to take the kick. It looks like it’s Giggs, he runs up, and he scores!! Left-footed curler, beats Iraizoz at the far post, 1-all, but is it too late for Reading?

JS: We’ll have to wait and see Phil, that puts Reading on 33 points, but they need another goal and for Stoke and Norwich to lose, and Norwich are 3-0 up against Port Vale. A hard task indeed! A goal to report at Brunton Park, Teemu Pukki with his first ever goal for Chelsea, who are beating Carlisle 1-nil. Goal at Brighton, it’s been fairly quiet since that first minute goal, have West Brom gained a lifeline Alan McInally?

AMc: No Jeff, its 2-nil to Brighton, and it’s Jardel the centre-half with the headed goal. Free-kicks been floated in by Oliveira and Jardel has climbed highest to nod home his second of the season. He’ll struggle to score better, this was right in the top corner. Ochoa had no chance!

JS: Thanks Alan. So to recap. West Brom are losing and down. Reading are drawing and down. Stoke are winning, but down. Finally Norwich are winning, and staying up. That’s only as things stand, and there’s still 25 minutes to go. Red card at Barnsley, Alberto Gilardino dismissed for a professional foul, that game in 0-0 with Preston.

Another goal at the AMEX, who’s it for Alan?

AMc: West Brom fight back immediately, Emmanuel Nosa with his first goal for the club. Keeper should have done better, he flapped at it and it crept through his gloves. 2-1.

JS: Thanks Alan. Could that be the start of a turn-around? Just a reminder, a victory for West Brom will see them stay up, no matter the score at Norwich or Stoke. News of an equaliser at the King Power Stadium, and Brentford have equalised against Leicester, Sekou Oliseh with the goal for 10-man Brentford, who had Blaise Matuidi sent off in the first half. We’re going to take a short break, be back shortly.

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JS: Welcome back to the final 15 minutes of the Division Two season. We’re going to go to the Britannia, were Stoke were 1-nil up. Who’s scored Merse?

PM: It’s ten-man Wycombe, captain Igor Semshov with the goal. He rose highest to meet Izmailov’s cross and headed past Guaita. Stoke have ten minutes to turn it around.

JS: Thanks Paul. Stoke need a goal and for Port Vale to net four against Norwich. A tall order with ten minutes to go. There’s been a fourth goal at Selhurst Park, Rafinha equalises for Palace, who were 1-il up at one point. Back to Merse, there’s been another goal, who’s it for?

PM: It’s a goal for Stoke! Andy Carroll heads in a free-kick from Rakitic, who had to go off for some treatment a few minutes ago. Stoke are winning, but with their future out of their hands, it looks like Division Three football for the Potters!

JS: Thanks Paul, but as you say that, there’s been a goal at Carrow Road, could this be the most amazing of comebacks, Chris Kamara?

CK: Port Vale have a goal back, its Fernando Belluschi with the goal from close range. That’s one for you Jeff!

JS: Thanks Kammy, that’s one Stoke fans, just three more! Goal at the King Power Stadium, Leicester looked to have scored a late winner, it’s Pitroipa with the goal. That puts them fifth ahead of Preston. And over to Charlie Nicholas where there’s been a red card at Villa Park, who’s it for Charlie?

CN: It’s for Per Mertesacker of Liverpool. They’re three minutes away from lifting the title and Mertesacker picks up his second yellow for a foul on De Jong. Liverpool should be able to see this one out. In fact Liverpool are on the break from the free-kick, Eto’o rolls it into Lahm, and he scores!! Right-footed strike from the edge of the area, Victor had no chance whatsoever! Liverpool are taking the title back to Anfield.

JS: Thanks Charlie, a quick look over at Matt’s screen says it all, Leeds fans are distraught, and their side is winning. But at Selhurst Park, the home fans will be ecstatic! Joaquin has given them the lead with a minute left!

And the full time whistle's begin to blow around the country. The final whistle blows on Reading’s Division Two campaign, a 1-all draw with Coventry not enough to stay up. Still playing at Carrow Road with the home side 3-1 up, as it stands they are safe on goal difference. Still in injury time at the Britannia, Stoke are beating Wycombe 2-1 but that won’t be enough for the Potters. Full time at the AMEX, and West Brom’s poor season is capped off with a 2-1 loss to Brighton, they’ll be playing Division Three football next season. Final whistle blows at Villa Park, and the away fans are ecstatic, Charlie Nicholas.

CN: Yes Jeff, Liverpool have won the title! Early goals from Navas and Eto’o set them on their way, even Mertesacker’s dismissal couldn’t sour the day, Liverpool are back in the top flight!

JS: Thanks Charlie, Leeds are beating Southend, but it’s not enough, Matt le Tissier.

MLT: Yes Jeff, news has filtered through of Liverpool’s win and the first heads are beginning to drop in the crowd. Despite not winning the title, this Leeds side should be very proud. Final whistle’s just gone and the Leeds players look absolutely exhausted. Southend have pushed them really hard, but we’ll see Leeds at in the top flight next season, maybe even Southend too.

JS: Absolutely Matt, and speaking of Southend, the final whistle has blown at both Oakwell and the King Power Stadium, meaning the final play-off positions are confirmed. We’ll talk about them shortly. Full time at Carrow Road, and I can hear the signs of relief from here, Chris Kamara.

CK: Unbelievable Jeff! Norwich are safe on the final day of the season. A 3-1 victory over Port Vale secures safety by the narrowest of margins! The Norwich fans are on the pitch, Forlan has been mobbed by the home crowd. His brace has secured Division Two football for the Canaries! Back to you Jeff!

JS: Thanks Kammy! But on the other hand, despair for the Stoke faithful, who are down on goal difference. Are they finished there Merse?

PM: Yes Jeff, whistle’s just gone and Stoke are relegated despite the victory. Andy Carroll’s late goal won it for Stoke, but it wasn’t enough, and they’ll be playing in the Third Division next season.

JS: Thanks Paul. That’s all the Division Two results in, here are the classified results:

Aston Villa 0 – 3 Liverpool

Liverpool are Champions

Barnsley 0 – 0 Preston North End

Brighton and Hove Albion 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion are relegated

Carlisle United 0 – 1 Chelsea

Crystal Palace 3 – 2 Sheffield United

Leicester City 2 – 1 Brentford

Norwich City 3 – 1 Port Vale

Reading 1 – 1 Coventry City

Reading are relegated

Southend United 0 – 1 Leeds United

Stoke City 2 – 1 Wycombe Wanderers

Stoke City are relegated

And let’s have a look at the league table:

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JS: At the top, Liverpool are champions of Division Two, one point ahead of Leeds. The play-off contenders are Southend, Coventry, Leicester and Preston but we already knew that. Brighton move into the top half.

At the bottom, Reading are relegated in 20th place after the 1-all draw with Coventry. West Brom drop into the bottom three after the loss to Brighton, and Stoke join Reading and the Baggies despite beating Wycombe 2-1. Norwich stay up on goal difference after the 3-1 victory over Port Vale.

Here are the upcoming play-off fixtures in Division Two. Southend will face Preston at Roots Hall, while Leicester travel the short distance to Coventry in an all-Midlands play-off semi-final.

That’s in from us for this season. My thanks go to Charlie, Paul, Matt and Phil, plus all our reporters out at the grounds. See you next season!

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Burrow: Southend is just another game

Preston manager James Burrow has aimed to shift pressure off of his players, insisting that tonight's play-off semi-final away to Southend is 'just another game in the season.'

A 'shadow' Preston side drew 0-0 with Barnsley on Wednesday night, dropping to 6th place, thus facing 3rd placed Southend at Roots Hall. Victory would have seen them take on Leicester City at Deepdale. Coincidentally, Preston finished 6th last season, facing 3rd placed Carlisle, who met just a week previous to the semi-final, with Carlisle triumphing in the league but losing 1-nil in the play-offs. Preston faced Southend last week, with North End triumphing 2-1 at Deepdale. However, Burrow refused to reflect on what might have been, instead focusing his attention on tonight's game:

"It's all well and good saying that a win on Wednesday would have secured 3rd, but fielding a strong team against Barnsley would have left us understrength for the play-offs. The previous meeting (against Carlisle) went in our favour, but that means nothing tonight. I've told the players that tonight's game is no different to the other 38 previous this season. It's win or go home. We have previous experience of the play-offs, so hoepfully we can use that to our advantage."

Much has been written on the futures of Preston's star players Gareth Bale and Stevan Jovetic. Jovetic handed in a transfer request earlier in the season, but after a sustained run of game-time has decided to review his position at the end of the season. Bale recently signed a new four year deal with the club, however should Preston fail to gain promotion, could be the target of many top flight clubs. Both missed the game against Barnsley, but are expected to start tonight. Lucas Biglia remains a long term injury absentee, but Glen Johnson, out since May with a broken foot, resumed light training yesterday, and may return for the play-off final if Preston make it. Defender David Luiz is one booking away from suspension.

Like Preston, Southend fielded a weakened side in the defeat to Leeds United. Top scorer Kevin Kuranyi is expected to lead the line, with Sofiane Feghouli hoping to add to his tally having scored in his last outing, against Preston. Southend have a fully fit squad to choose from, however Feghouli and Alvaro Negredo are only one booking away from missing a possible play-off final.

Previous Meetings:

22/05 Southend 3-0 Preston North End

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S. Feghouli

27/07 Preston North End 2-1 Southend

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K. Mirallas

S. Feghouli

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Agony for Preston fans as North End trip up once again

Preston's play-off woes continue after a 3-1 defeat to Southend at Roots Hall, the club's third play-off disappointment in their history.

Two quickfire goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Alvaro Negredo set Southend on the way within the first ten minutes, with a late Taras Mykhalyk strike securing victory after Aaron Lennon threatened a comeback at the end of the first half. Preston fans are no stranger to this, with the club falling at the final hurdle last season against Blackburn Rovers, and losing in the semi-finals to Fulham in Season 14. We spoke to Preston manager James Burrow shortly after the game, and had a word with captain Steven Gerrard and outgoing veteran midfielder David Beckham:

"I'm incredibly disappointed as we didn't deliver when it mattered. We've played well all season, but we switched off for ten minutes and that was all that was needed to fall short. When Lennon scored I thought we could mount a comeback. You know what 45th minute goals can do. But we just couldn't get that second goal, their goalie was on top form. We pushed at the end, but that left us exposed and their lad took the goal very well. We'll meet up and discuss what went wrong over the next couple of days, and decide the best course of action regarding moving forward."

SG: "Yeah it's a shame, we seemed to be facing an uphill struggle from the off. Southend just had that extra 10% on us. It's never easy to lose at this stage having had a good season, but at the end of the day, that's what happened. We've got a few young players who will gain from the experience, and some older players like the man to my right who have been a great influence to those young'uns."

DB: "It's not nice to bow out in such a way, but I've had a great time at Preston, and wish them the best of luck in the future."

In the other semi-final, Coventry beat Leicester 4-3 on penalties having drawn 1-1 during normal time. Landon Donovan and Juan Sebastian Veron missing from the spot. Coventry will meet Southend in the play-off final on Sunday.

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Peterborough End of Season Awards!

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Last night, the annual Peterborough End of Season Awards arrived and it promised to be better than ever. This season has seen a managerial change towards the end of the season seeing manager John Lo depart after an impressive 102 games managing the club. But, the resignation of one man has seen the doors open for another man and this has proved to be the honorable Jose Mourinho. The new Portuguese man at Peterborough managed the final two games of the season picking up wins in both games impressing the fans and the club finished 11th. It is expected that next season he will set his mark on the club with new transfers and will hope to guide the club to Play-Offs. The host of the event was "home town boy" Jake Humphreys who has currently found an new job presenting the football for BT Sport. The local lad from down the road stated that he was "proud to be given the opportunity and it reminds him of when he turned on last years Christmas lights for Peterborough".

Player of the Season Award - Germán Denis

Runner Up: Souleymane Camara

3rd Place: Bruno Martins Indi

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Germán Denis has performed to a high standard this season for Peterborough United, the Argentine forward made 35 appearances scoring 7 goals but surprisingly made 13 assists, the 31 year old has been a driving force in helping Peterborough to pick up the goals for himself and for the others in the team. It was a close call between Denis and the runner up for this award Souleymane Camara, the Senegalese forward also made 35 appearances for the club scoring 9 goals and also making 9 assists but the viewing fans from the supporters group decided that they thought Denis was the deserved winner. 3rd place went to the surprise package this season, young Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi, the 21 year old has been on loan from Huddersfield Town and it is hoped that Peterborough make a 2nd loan bid at the start of next season to help bring him in again, as he was described as the "heart and soul of the defence", Peterborough conceded the least amount of goals last season in the whole of Division 4 and fans believe that Bruno was the cause of this. But the decision comes to new manager Mourinho and it is hoped that he will make the right one.

Young Player of the Year Award - Bruno Martins Indi

Runner Up: Sergey Parshivlyuk

3rd Place: Dino Arslanagic

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It was expected last night that the young Dutch defender would find himself onto the stage meeting and greeting his fellow team-mates as he walked up to pick up his award. Bruno Martins who is on loan from Huddersfield has been in prolific form all season and it caught many by surprise to see how much quality the young defender had for his age. It is believed that teams in higher divisions have been scouting the young man and it would be a pleasant surprise if Peterborough are able to bring him back to the club for the upcoming season. The runner up was Sergey Parshivlyuk, the 24year old wasn't able to make the awards ceremony as he has just departed from the club for a fee of around £8.2m back to Russia to play for his hometown club Spartak Moskva. The right back made 21 appearances for the club but has found himself to be surplus to requirements at the club and has left for the Russian league, it is believed a new right back will be making there way into the club during pre-season. 3rd place went to Dino Arslanagic, the young Belgian defender made some great performances for the U-21 side and it is expected that he will be moved into the first team where he could start to challenge for a first team spot.

Most Appearances - Souleymane Camara/Germán Denis

Runner Up: Youssef El Arabi

3rd Place: Bruno Martins Indi

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Hosting the Most appearances for Peterborough award were two celebrites they were Laura Whitmore and Russell Kane Both in fairness are not the biggest lovers of football both accepted their invites to participate! For the first time in the night there were two winners and they were the players that had already took to the stage in the main award of the evening the "Player of the Year Award", both forwards made around 35 appearances for the club and it is expected that they will be heavily relied on for the upcoming season. The runner-up was Moroccan attacking midfielder Youssef El Arabi who made 29 appearances for the club, he has been on loan from Manchester United but hasn't made a massive impact only scoring 5 goals and having minimal assists, it is expected that Jose Mourinho won't be after bringing back the midfielder on loan for another spell. Thirdly, Bruno was up again to the stage to pick up his 3rd place award and he was carried onto the stage with a chorus of cheers, it was visible that the Dutch defender was pleased with the praise he got and finished off with a message to the fans.

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Everyone wishes Jose Mourinho good luck for the upcoming season!
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Preston finally get their man as McCarthy signs

Long term Preston target James McCarthy completed his move from Bournemouth, signing a three year deal.

The 22 year old Republic of Ireland international was first linked with Preston in Season 10, however choosing the Cherries as his preferred destination. Going the other way are Jonathan De Guzman and Adam Henley, plus an undisclosed fee. Manager James Burrow, speaking after his sides 1-1 draw vs Everton in pre-season, was full of praise for the young Irish star, predicting great things from the Glasgow-born midfielder:

"James is a player who I've had my eye on for a long time. For a 22 year old, he has plenty of experience both at club and international level. He is a great box to box midfielder, a dynamo in the heart of the team. With Beckham retiring we are a bit short on numbers in the middle of the park, and when the transfer budget was agreed upon, my number one target was James. He will be a valuable member of the first team next season."

McCarthy is currently on international duty with Ireland in the World Cup in China, we caught up with him in training:

"It's a new chapter in my career, and a great honour to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham. My eight seasons with Bournemouth have meant a great deal to me, promotion last season stands out for me. But, I felt like a change of scenery, and when Preston came calling, I couldn't find myslef moving anywhere else."

McCarthy is eligible to play once returning from the World Cup, however is suspended from Preston's first league game of next season having picked up a booking in the final game of this season.

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Yobo becomes Mourinho's first signing!

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Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, transfer activity at Peterborough has saw many players depart from the club in comparison to any joining the club and today Joseph Yobo has been confirmed as the first player to join the club. Discussions had been ongoing over the last few days and there had been a verbal agreement to say that he would leave the club for Peterborough but the transfer fee was a stumbling block. Chelsea were keen on Peterborough paying 7.5m while Peterborough were only after signing the Nigerian defender for around £6m but it is believed that a fee was agreed half way between this sum and it was around £6.7m. Joseph is 32 years old and has been described to be at the peak of his career. Yobo is expected to partner Tomas Sivok at the back and it although there are doubts on whether there age will stop them from keeping clean sheets because of there lack of speed against some of the fast young attacking players but fans believe there experience will be beneficial. It is expected that there will be many more transfers as we are currently in pre-season.
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Does the J.Yobo signing mean Bruno Martins

Indi won't return for a 2nd loan to Peterborough?

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Supporters of Peterborough are fearing that the new signing at the club Joseph Yobo might see that "fan favourite" Bruno Martins Indi will not be returning to Peterborough. Bruno is currently with Huddersfield again after the season concluded, the Dutch defender made some stellar performances the 'Posh. The 21 year old has become a favourite with the fans and has picked up over the season an average rating performance of 7.11, fans have been commenting on Social Media and also been in touch with the club to praise Bruno's performances last year and have asked for the club to get in touch with Huddersfield and help bring him in on loan for a 2nd spell. But, if Bruno does come back for a 2nd spell which is expected will he be used in a rotation system with Yobo and Sivok or would this mean that Sivok will not get a look in this season and will leave the club before next season? Many people are expecting that all they would be used in a rotation system over the season. But there is a possibility aswell that both Sivok and Bruno Martins Indi won't be at the club next season and that the manager Jose Mourinho will be creating a full new look defence and even possibly a new look team that fits around Jose's preferences.
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Youri TIELEMANS has completed his move to West Ham United from RSC Anderlecht for 22,000 plus Iliass BEL HASSANI . All other offers were turned down.
Zakaria BAKKALI has completed his move to West Ham United from PSV for 510,000 plus Harlee DEAN . All other offers were turned down.
Meira NEILTON has completed his move to West Ham United from Santos for 387,000 plus Alberto PELAGOTTI and Silva MICHAEL . All other offers were turned down.

Realy great signings for us ,this is the first step for making a great team at West Ham .

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Michele PAZIENZA has completed his move to Cheltenham Town from Leeds United for £5,300,000

Femenía KIKO has completed his move to Cheltenham Town from Arsenal for £3,500,000

Federico MACHEDA has completed his move to Cheltenham Town from Parma for £1,770,000

Nacer BARAZITE has completed his move to Cheltenham Town from Hannover 96 for £3,320,000

Giovanni SIO has completed his move to Cheltenham Town from VfL Wolfsburg for £4,130,000

Martin OLSSON has completed his move to Cheltenham Town from Hammarby IF for £4,420,000

Serdar KESİMAL has completed his move to Cheltenham Town from Fenerbahçe SK for £4,130,000

The revolution begins :D

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Razvan Rat completes move to Peterborough

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Rat will be Peterborough's number one left back

It has been confirmed in the early hours of today that experienced Romanian left back Razvan Rat has joined Peterborough after 14 seasons at Portsmouth, it is believed that he has signed for a bargain of around £8.2m. Razvan leaves Portsmouth after making 301 appearances for the club, before he signed for Portsmouth he signed for £8m from Shakhtar Donetsk. It is believed that he has signed on a 2 year contract on a £31,000 a week fee. With Razvan signing it is expected that José Casado the current number one left back will depart the club as inside sources have admitted that the Spaniard will not want to play as his understudy. The left-footed wing back can play all down the left hand side but he has been signed to accompany new signings Joseph Yobo and Giuseppe Biava at the back. Jose Mourinho will meet up with his new signing in the coming days where Razvan will meet up with the players for his first training session, Portsmouth confirmed the deal this morning stating that "Razvan was up for a new challenge and once the offer had come in from Peterborough, he couldn't turn it down." Razvan is yet to undergo a medical at Peterborough and it is expected that he will complete it tomorrow before meeting up with the team on Wednesday. It is believed that he will not participate in any of the friendlies occuring for the first-team this week but he should be fully fit for there first game away at Cheltenham Town on Saturday evening in which will be Jose Mourinho's first test in helping to take Peterborough near the play-offs.
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