Sky Sports Today - Oct 20
Reaction to the weekend's Premier League drama, rugby's Champions Cup, NFL and build-up to West Brom v Man Utd.
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- Hughes hits back at cheat claims
- QPR defence annoys Redknapp
- Van Gaal wants to kill games
- West Brom v Man Utd (MNF from 7pm)
- Toulon shine in Champions Cup
- Super League fixtures unveiled
- Murray boosts O2 hopes
- Manning breaks touchdown record
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Do you think that's a touching move from goalkeeper Vito Mannone or just a man wanting to keep the fans off his back after letting in eight goals. Should more players do this?Tweet us @SkySportsNewsHQ #SSNHQ and the best comments will go into the blog.
The Sunderland players will be hurting this morning as the fall-out from their 8-0 demolition in Southampton rumbles on and goalkeeper Vito Mannone wants his team-mates to dip into their pockets and reimburse the fans who travelled to the south coast.
I will personally talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for their tickets and their trip. "I really mean that we should pay their tickets and travel. We should do it because we didn't put a foot in, we didn't work hard. We started the game well but after we conceded we threw in the towel and I include myself. It is difficult for us but it's very difficult for them as well. It is a difficult moment."A miserable Saturday afternoon for Vito Mannone
West Brom boss Alan Irvine insists Manchester United are still a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League, ahead of their visit to The Hawthorns, a match being shown live on Sky Sports 1.
They are still Manchester United and have some great players. It's going to be a huge game for our club, players and fans. When the fixtures come out, most people up and down the country look to see when they are playing Manchester United at home. They have been a fantastic team over the years but the squad was looking like it was going to need some changes and I read something from Sir Alex Ferguson saying it has needed an overhaul. It was getting to that time and David Moyes inherited that situation. It's a period of transition. Manchester United have been dominant for many years so they are eventually going to have to change and that's the situation they are in at the moment."Alan Irvine: Fired up for tonight's United showdown
Manchester United's Daley Blind talks exclusively to Sky Sports about his summer move, his high-profile team-mates and working with Louis van Gaal.
WEST BROM V MAN UTD
It's live on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm tonight as Louis van Gaal's men travel to West Brom. All predictions please #ssnhq.
Some early team news here. Van Gaal has been talking about his team's lack of 'killer instinct'.
When you see a match, when a trainer or coach is honest, you see his team is not playing 90 minutes at the highest level. So, that is not so difficult to feel and analyse, but to improve it is much more difficult. That is what we are looking for. The players are willing to do everything and we saw that in the matches against West Ham and Everton, but you have to do it in the right way. To kill a game, for example, you need a lot of discipline, and discipline together - not with three players or eight players, but with 11 players. That is the most difficult thing and we can do that, but that needs time."How will LVG's men fare tonight?
REDS REFLECTIONSky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher gives his verdict on another spluttering show from Liverpool.
Liverpool were awful. Even when they were winning 1-0 I was thinking ‘who is going to be man of the match? Who has done well?’ I couldn’t think of a Liverpool player who performed well. I thought Simon Mignolet made a couple of very good saves but he’s also conceded a couple of goals; he could have done better with the last one. Harry Redknapp says he was very pleased with QPR's performance in the 3-2 loss to Liverpool but says they were naive with their defending. I can’t think of a single Liverpool player who can be really pleased with his performance. They were very poor and as Stevie said afterwards, they were very lucky. But at times you get that in a season; the flipside to that is you can play well and be unlucky."
Liverpool may have won 3-2 but the Sky Sports pundits are not convinced by all the leaky goals for Brendan Rodgers' side. Jamie Carragher and Kevin Phillips analyse Liverpool's defending against QPR.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his team were fortunate to come away from QPR with all three points.
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They certainly didn’t deserve to lose, QPR. We were very, very lucky to get the win. We showed tremendous character and were a little bit better in the second half, but QPR definitely deserved something. We put players on to play a game, which is a technical game. The first half, we didn’t pass the ball, we had no rhythm in our game, movement was too slow, no speed in the game."Dramatic Super Sunday for Rodgers
QPR REACTIONI'm sure Harry is the right man for the job !
I hate when I see managers get sacked after the first sign of trouble . Come on you R'ssOct. 20, 2014
Great work ethic shown yesterday from the boys....hard to take a defeat when so much good work put in...huddle up, learn & graft harder.Oct. 20, 2014
Harry Redknapp was satisfied with QPR's performance in the 3-2 loss to Liverpool but not with his defence.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp was in fighting mood after watching his team lose late on against Liverpool in a match that had four goals in the final eight minutes. You think he's going to throw the towel in? Some sparkling words from 'Arry...
I couldn't give a monkey's about speculation, if you think I'm bothered, really, about silly people keeping writing rubbish. I'm not interested: they can write what they want. You only do what you can do, your best, that's what you can do in life. If it ain't good enough, it's up to other people to make their mind up. I don't go home and worry about speculation, I'm 68 nearly. What am I worried about? I'm not 35 with five kids trying to pay a mortgage. I do my best every day, I come in early, every morning I'm at the training ground early and I leave late at night. I love my job. Tthere ain't no one could do any better here at the moment than me, I don't think. I hear other names mentioned, but they couldn't do any better than what I can do, that's for sure."A painful end for Redknapp to an eventful afternoon
HUGHES ON THE ATTACK
Mark Hughes says Garry Monk should keep a "tight lip" after the Swansea manager accused Victor Moses of diving during Stoke's 2-1 win.
Fancy some headlines and gossip from this morning's papers?
- Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case has described misfiring striker Mario Balotelli as a "waste of space". (DAILY MIRROR)
- Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has told Manchester United to forget about trying to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. (THE SUN)
- Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone will ask his team-mates to refund the club's supporters who travelled to Southampton on Saturday to see the team thrashed 8-0. (DAILY MAIL)
- QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he is the best man for the job, despite the team's position at the bottom of the Premier League. (DAILY EXPRESS)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tops the NFL touchdown passes list with his 509th in the Broncos' win against San Francisco.
MANNING'S THE MAN
What a day Denver quarterback Peyton Manning had yesterday after breaking Brett Favre's NFL record for career touchdown passes when he threw his 509th scoring pass in the 42-17 win over San Francisco 49ers. His eight-yard pass in the second quarter was caught in the end zone by Demaryius Thomas to eclipse the record of 508 touchdowns Brett Favre set in 2010 while playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
Full details with the match report here.Time to celebrate for Manning
It was a fine victory for Andy Murray having to overcome cramp and fatigue with a gutsy 5-7 6-2 7-5 triumph over David Ferrer in the final of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The Scottish second seed climbed into the eighth and final qualifying place on the Race To London with just two ranking events remaining. Here's what he said..........
It was an extremely difficult match. He deserved to win the first set, I deserved the second and the third could have gone either way, it was extremely close at the end, I just managed to get through. We played two really close matches, David won last week in Shanghai, and whomever qualifies for the finals will deserve it. It is the best players over the 12 months, so we will see in the next weeks, but it is going to be very close."
Andy Murray won the Vienna Open on Sunday and is now in the final automatic qualifying spot for the World Tour finals in London.
PREMIER LEAGUE FALL-OUT
Keep your thoughts coming in about the football, don't forget there's West Brom v Man Utd tonight on Sky Sports, plus more to follow about the incredible Liverpool win over QPR and all the other fall-out to the weekend's football.Mario's had better days at the office - more on Balotelli coming up
PENALTY CLAIMSWhat did you think of the penalty? Do you think Moses should be punished? Is it just part of football? Tweet us #ssnhqMoses and Rangel tangle in the box
HUGHES HITS BACK AT MONK
MONK FUMINGSwansea Garry Monk is not happy after watching Victor Moses go down in the box under pressure from Angel Rangel. Swansea lost 2-1 at Stoke yesterday...here's what he said.
It’s a penalty. I watched it back and Shawcross has hands all over Bony, twists him around and then pulls Bony to the ground. For me, that’s a penalty. The penalty against, for me, is a disgrace. It’s a disgraceful decision. Not in a million years a penalty. The problem now is that a lot of times in a season there are match-changing decisions going against us. I don’t see anything being done about it."Monk wants punishment for Moses
Morning. Penalty cheat claims, last-gasp goals in the Premier League, NFL records, breathtaking rugby, battling Andy Murray dreaming of London again,...take a breath...put your kettle on and let's slowly ease into this Monday....