Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, December 30

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are planning to lure Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos to Old Trafford next summer. Louis van Gaal is looking to strengthen his defensive options and Ramos is his top target, with United ready to offer the Spain star £105,000-a-week after tax to secure his signature. (Daily Star)Liverpool are ahead of Tottenham in the race to sign Saido Berahino. West Brom value the striker at £25million but the Reds are hopeful of negotiating a lower fee. (Daily Mail)Atletico Madrid are willing to sell Brazilian defender Joao Miranda in January – and that has put Manchester City on red alert. (Daily Mirror)Harry Redknapp has sealed a deal to take West Ham forward Mauro Zarate to Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is set to move to French outfit Bordeaux on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Star)Edinson Cavani has not been included in Paris Saint-Germain’s winter training camp in Marrakech, boosting Arsenal’s hopes of concluding a January deal. (Daily Express)Newcastle’s French international midfielder Moussa Sissoko will turn down a move to Arsenal and stay at St James’ Park. (The Sun)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Alan Irvine sacked as West Brom bossCrystal Palace given permission to talk to Newcastle boss PardewSunderland interested in former West Ham strikerBurnley target labelled ‘unsellable’Striker’s Liverpool nightmare to end? Sampdoria president reveals his dream signingMan United and Southampton face fight for Dutch starTottenham face defeat in wonderkid chase as Roma swoopLiverpool lining up cut-price deal for Lavezzi? Reds linked with £8m move for PSG forwardArsenal transfer blow: Pedro will NOT quit Barcelona for Gunnerslast_img read more

Man United line-up v Cambridge: World Cup winner set for a recall?

first_img 1 Manchester United welcome Cambridge United to Old Trafford this evening and Louis van Gaal will be keen for his side to progress to the next round of the FA Cup, at the second time of asking.With Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton having already crashed out of the tournament, Van Gaal should see the FA Cup as the ideal opportunity to land his first piece of silverware in English football.The Dutchman could ring the changes for the game, but he will also be wary of the League Two opponents, especially given United’s humiliating Capital One Cup exit to MK Dons earlier this season.Preston North End or Sheffield United await the winners of the tie, but will Juan Mata return to the starting XI and can Adnan Januzaj continue to repay his managers’ faith? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Man United line-up against Cambridge? 1 Manchester United welcome Cambridge United to Old Trafford this evening and Louis van Gaal will be keen for his side to progress to the next round of the FA Cup, at the second time of asking. GoalkeeperVictor Valdes was lauded for his pre-game team talk prior to his Manchester United U21 side debut a week ago, and this fixture appears ideal for the experienced Spaniard to make his senior bow.DefendersVan Gaal opted to play the 4-4-2 diamond against Leicester on the weekend, and United benefited at both ends of the pitch.It is expected that the Dutchman will make a couple changes at the back, with Chris Smalling and Rafael in line for a recall after a spell on the sidelines.MidfieldWith Michael Carrick out injured, Daley Blind certainly seems to be first choice in defensive midfield. However, van Gaal could give Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera the chance to stake their claim for a regular first-team slot – both of whom haven’t played too many games in recent weeks.Adnan Januzaj impressed against Leicester with an energetic and confident display and the Belgian should be given the opportunity to continue his run in the team.AttackingThe United boss certainly has a host of options up front, especially after under-fire strikers Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao bagged a goal apiece on the weekend.Falcao’s movement, in particular, was impressive and the Colombian, who has been under pressure in recent weeks, could retain his place.Van Gaal could also use the fixture to recall Spaniard Mata to the first XI, while James Wilson is in line for a start and the Englishman has impressed in cameo appearances this season – including a goal away to QPR last month.Man United fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Cambridge? Comment below…last_img read more

Video: Liverpool ‘legend’ Andriy Voronin retires – check out his best bits

first_imgAndriy Voronin has hung up his boots at the age of 35, news which is likely to be met with sadness on Merseyside after his, ahem, brilliant spell at Liverpool between 2007-2010. Check out some of the Ukrainian forward’s best bits in the video above.last_img

World Cup winner wanted by Man United, plus more Europa League stars to watch out for tonight!

first_img 10 10 Jordy Clasie – Feyenoord – Click the arrow to see the Argentine who nearly joined Tottenham last summer – The Feyenoord man has developed his skills as a box-to-box enforcer, averaging the third-highest tackles per game for the Dutch club. The 23-year-old was strongly linked with Manchester United in the summer, and Southampton in the January transfer window. 10 Radja Nainggolan – Roma – Click on the arrow to see the midfielder attracting Real Madrid and Man United – Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly scouted the Belgium international recently. Nainggolan’s defensive abilities make him the ideal team player, and he offers steel and graft, along with his guile, making him a valuable asset. 10 10 Denis Suarez – Sevilla – Click the arrow to see the Spaniard who has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe – At the age of 20, the Spaniard had little first-team experience before this season, only playing with Barcelona B. But the midfielder has impressed and he’s represented Spain at all youth levels and was part of the 2012 Under-19 European Championship-winning side. William Carvalho – Sporting Lisbon – Click the arrow to see one of Italian football’s most exciting prospects – Carvalho’s stock has risen quickly over the past 18 months, with a series of impressive performances for Sporting and Portugal – the Portugal international has attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. 10 10 10 Christoph Kramer – Borussia Monchengladbach – Click the arrow to see the man linked to Southampton last month – It speaks volumes for Kramer’s ability when Joachim Low turned to the midfielder when Sami Khedira got injured in the warm-up ahead of the World Cup final. Man United and Real Madrid have been linked with the robust midfielder, whose qualities in defence are impressive, while his attacking game is highly regarded. Kevin De Bruyne: Wolfsburg – Click the arrow to see the Belgian on Brendan Rodgers’ shopping list – After moving from Chelsea, the Belgium international has excelled in the Bundesliga, and this season he’s been one of the stand-out players in German football, scoring 11 goals and providing 14 assists. The Europa League is back!For years the tournament has been looked upon with distain, but this season the winners will earn themselves a place in the Champions League for the 2015-16 season.While it may not have the glamour of its bigger brother the Champions League, there are some talented players on display as the competition reaches the business end.British hopefuls Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Celtic can call on the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Kris Commons, but which players from the continent will shine? talkSPORT takes a look…Click the arrow to see some of the players who could star in the Europa League knockout rounds and let us know who you think will excel… Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli – Click the arrow to see the former Chelsea man excelling in Germany – Having come through the academy in Naples, Insigne is the creative influence in Napoli’s midfield. The 23-year-old is full of pace and trickery and is fast becoming one of Italian football’s most exciting prospects. Mateo Musacchio – Villarreal – Click the arrow to see the Spaniard from Barcelona starring with the holders – The 24-year-old Argentine turned down a move to Tottenham in the summer and is highly thought of in Spain. As well as playing in his natural centre-back position, Musacchio can operate at right-back and defensive midfield. 10 Memphis Depay – PSV – Click the arrow to see the Portuguese midfielder on Man United and Arsenal’s radar – Depay has been in excellent form this season, scoring 15 goals in 19 games in the Eredivisie, and five in six games in the Europa League. Teammate Jurgen Locadia is also one to watch, and the forward is among the hottest prospects in European football. 10 Iker Muniain – Athletic Bilbao – Twice a European Under-21 Championship winner with Spain, Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain remains one of the brightest talents in European football and has attracted interest from a number of clubs.last_img read more

Man City have no time to brood on Wigan FA Cup shock

first_imgGuardiola’s team are also on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after thrashing Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week.But, even with the league title apparently in the bag, back-to-back cup defeats would put a dampener on what has been an impressive season of dazzling football.Ten-man City went down 1-0 to League One Wigan in an ill-tempered FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday, courtesy of a late Will Grigg goal — a repeat of the scoreline in the 2013 FA Cup final.To make matters worse, Sergio Aguero became embroiled in an ugly post-match altercation with fans while visiting supporters were seen tearing up advertising hoardings and throwing them on to the pitch.“We’ve got to look at those (other three competitions) and look forward, but we’re disappointed,” said City defender John Stones.“We wanted to be in all four competitions right until the end. That’s been cut short now. We’ll take time to reflect on tonight and look forward to the final on the weekend.”Guardiola left Ederson, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling out of his starting line-up but otherwise named a strong side containing Aguero, David Silva and centre-backs Stones and Aymeric Laporte.– Delph challenge –Following a series of complaints over dangerous challenges on his players not being punished harshly enough, Guardiola saw his own player, Fabian Delph, shown a straight red card just before half-time.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss then exchanged heated words with Wigan manager Paul Cook as they went down the tunnel at half-time.But the Catalan admitted Delph and City only had themselves to blame for the defeat.“Is a red card, yeah,” said Guardiola.“For me it’s an unnecessary action and the referee decides what he decides, so I’m not here to judge, so can be a red card. We have to learn about that.“I just judge my team for the intentions, not the result and today the intentions were good. We tried 10 against 11.”City still dominated despite being a man light as Wigan enjoyed just 17 per cent possession and four shots compared to City’s 29.However, they had the shot that counted, when Grigg latched onto an error from Walker, who came on after Delph was sent off, before firing past Claudio Bravo 11 minutes from time.“We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost, but football is like this,” added Guardiola.The City boss played down his spat with Cook.“Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague,” he said. “It was just please stay in your position, that’s all, and then finished.”Guardiola said he did not see the Aguero incident at the end of the game.“I was in the locker room, I didn’t see it,” he said. “It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens. The fans respect the players and the players the fans and go inside.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg pounced on a misjudgement by Kyle Walker and fired in the goal that knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Manchester City’s quest for a historic quadruple is over after a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan but there is little time to lick their wounds with the League Cup final against Arsenal looming.Pep Guardiola’s City face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners in Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, trying to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era, with Premier League glory looking certain barring a unforeseen disaster.last_img read more

Champions Capital FM in tricky Road to Anfield Pool

first_img0Shares0000Capital FM celebrating after beating Letshego 1-0 to write history as the first team to defend the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield title.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14- Standard Chartered Trophy Road to Anfield defending champions Capital FM have been drawn in a tricky group for this year’s tournament set to be played on Saturday at the St, Mary’s School in Nairobi.Capital FM will headline Pool E where they are lined up to face debutants AC Nelson, Catholic Relief Services, Oracle, Davis and Shirtliff as well as the Wananchi Group. “It is a very tricky group because we have not faced most of those teams in our group. But our aim remains the same, to start the tournament well, win all our games and top our group. The players are ready because we have been training for two months now,” skipper Lassie Atrash said.He added; “As defending champions, there is always the pressure of retaining the title and also everyone comes to beat you. We understand the difficulty in this but the good thing is we have a caliber of players which can sustain such kind of pressure.”Capital FM’s Lassie Atrash(left) dribbles past Felix Wachira of Letshogo RangersThe Best Mix of Music team won last year’s tournament with a hard earned 1-0 win over Letshego thanks to Jeff Ooko powerful strike.However, the team did not proceed to Liverpool, United Kingdom to defend their international title after losing the regional tournament in Tanzania to hosts Azania. However, this year the winner from Kenya will head directly to Anfield.“It was painful not to go to Anfield last year but we have learnt from that. It has made us stronger and that will be a motivation that we need to go to the UK and win that title again,” Atrash further commented.A total of 48 teams have confirmed participation for this year’s competition with a further 41 playing in a separate tournament for Standard Chartered Bank staff.Omar Kibulanga of Nation Media Group (Left) competes for the ball with Capital FM’s Jeff Ooko.The 48 teams have been spread across eight groups of six teams each with the media teams being seeded. The top two from each group proceed to the round of 16.Last year’s losing finalists Letshego will square it out with 2016 finalists Radio Africa, Vivo Energy, Multichoice, Jameson and Resolution Insurance.“We got to the final once and we know how tough this tournament is. This time we want to go on and challenge for the trophy. We hope for the best,” Radio Africa captain Fred Arocho commented.Standard Chartered Head of Corporate Affairs Helen Nangozi says they expect a tougher tournament this year and also expects the standards of the game to improve.“The tournament is becoming very competitive each year. Last year we had 36 teams and now we have 48. It shows the amount of interest it is generating and we expect the quality to be better this year,” Nangozi noted.Robert Otieno of Nation Media (right), competes for the ball with Solomon Okeyo of Capital FmRoad to Anfield PoolsPool A: Nation Media Group, Impact Stars, JH Piego Corporation, PS Kenya, Diagio, General Electric.Pool B: Standard Group, Getrudes Hospital, Louis Dreyfus Company, Metropolitan Canon, BAT, Simba Corp.Pool C: Royal media Services, Syngenta East Africa, EABL, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Nivea, Zamara ActiariesPool D: Radio Africa, Vivo Energy, Multichoice, Jameson, Letshego, Resolution Insurance.Pool E: Capital FM, AC Nelson, Catholic Relief Services, Oracle, Davis and Shirtliff, Wananchi Group.Pool F: Mediamax, United States International University, Safaricom, Deloitte, MFI Document Solutions, NAS ServicesPool G: AIG, Bamburi, Kenya Nut, Scan Group, Oil Libya, Copy CatPool H: Bollore Logistics, Total Kenya, Galana Oil, Schneider Electric, Nairobi Bottlers, ICPAK.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Neymar begins assault on World Cup with injury woe behind him

first_imgSince suffering the injury in Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Marseille in late February, Neymar has managed just 129 minutes on the field.But those minutes came in Brazil’s recent warm-up friendlies, with a goal from the bench against Croatia and then a brilliant strike in a win in Austria last weekend.“After three months, and having played just a game and a half, he is already playing at a high level. Nobody expected that. Not even him,” Thiago Silva, a close friend of Neymar’s and a club teammate at PSG, said in a report on Brazilian website Globoesporte.The 26-year-old, who saw his time on the sidelines as one of the lowest points in his career so far, has looked in excellent spirits this week as Tite’s Brazil squad settle into their Russian base — the speculation about his club future, and links with Real Madrid, seem far away right now.– Home from home –Neymar has been laughing and joking with his teammates on the training pitch in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, and took time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with supporters at an open training session on Tuesday.Neymar talks with Thiago Silva, his close friend and PSG teammate, at Brazil training in Sochi © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDAHe will be in the starting line-up in Rostov-on-Don, for what will be his first game at a World Cup since being taken off with a fractured vertebra in Brazil’s win against Colombia as hosts in the 2014 quarter-finals.And Neymar’s importance in this new-look team — he is one of only six survivors from four years ago — is clear from the comments of his teammates in Sochi.“Neymar is great, thanks to God,” goalkeeper Alisson replied to one question about their talisman, while Gabriel Jesus spoke of his admiration for the former Barcelona man.“I got to know Neymar personally at the Olympics. He treated me very well, and not only me, also my family and friends too,” he said.“He is important off the field as well. He is always giving advice. That is very important. I really believe that having a good relationship, considering one as a brother, lifts you on the field. You run more for your friend.”Brazil came to Russia among the favourites as they look to put firmly behind them the 7-1 semi-final humiliation against Germany four years ago.While fellow contenders Spain have threatened to implode with the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition, Neymar and the Brazilians are relaxed and at home in pleasant surroundings in Sochi.The lush green coastline and sea views are reminiscent of Brazil, the Selecao have been enjoying dining with views out over the Black Sea, and they also have access to the beach.It augurs well for Tite’s side as they prepare to face a Swiss outfit ranked sixth in the world in their first Group E game before tackling Costa Rica and Serbia.Winning a sixth World Cup is the objective, but Neymar will also have personal aims.Last weekend he scored his 55th international goal, moving level with Romario in Brazil’s all-time list. There are now only two players left ahead of him.A great tournament and he could catch Ronaldo’s tally of 62, before eventually targeting the 77 scored by Pele.“I would say that it’s going to happen. Neymar doesn’t just have playing well as an objective, he is always looking to score goals,” Ronaldo, in Russia on media duty, told Brazilian television.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar is ready to lead Brazil’s bid for glory in Russia © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – For three months, a whole nation feared it might not happen, but Neymar will take to the field with his Brazilian teammates when they kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on Sunday.The world’s most expensive player appears to have recovered fully from the fractured foot that required an operation in March, with the only slight concern being his possible lack of match fitness.last_img read more

Messi, Argentina into last 16, sets up France clash

first_imgThe Manchester United defender, who had escaped conceding a second Nigerian penalty moments earlier after a controversial VAR review, thundered home Gabriel Mercado’s cross to send the under-fire Sampaoli running down the sidelines amid wild scenes of celebration.Messi missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iceland and was largely bypassed in a 3-0 thrashing by Croatia that saw calls for Sampaoli to be sacked before their final group game.However, Argentina avoided the abyss by the skin of their teeth to fight another day against the highly-fancied French in Kazan on Saturday.Sampaoli made five changes from the Croatia game, with veterans of the Albiceleste’s run to the final four years ago Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria returning, but it was the recall of Ever Banega in midfield that provided the launchpad for Messi.The Sevilla playmaker was restored to bring some order to an Argentine midfield overrun by Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric and proved his worth inside 15 minutes.Banega’s brilliant pass over the top of the Nigerian defence picked out Messi’s run perfectly and, after cushioning the ball on his thigh, the five-time world player of the year erased the frustrations of his World Cup so far with an arrowed right-foot finish into the far corner.Modric claimed Croatia “cut off Messi” in Nizhny Novgorod five nights ago, but he was back to close to his Barcelona best at the heart of all Argentina’s best moves in a positive first 45 minutes.Relief: Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the 2018 World Cup to give Argentina the lead against Nigeria© AFP Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVHiguain just couldn’t flick the ball beyond the onrushing Francis Uzoho from a defence splitting pass before Uzoho then tipped a Messi free-kick onto the post.Argentina escaped just before the break when no penalty was given for Rojo’s high challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho.Nigeria felt that injustice was rectified just five minutes after the break, though, when this time Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir did point to the spot when Javier Mascherano tangled with Oghenekaro Etebo at a corner.Moses confidently stepped up to send Franco Armani the wrong way on his international debut and Argentina back to square one.Messi produced a magical performance in Argentina’s final qualifier with a hat-trick in Ecuador just to get his country to Russia.But he couldn’t recreate those heroics as Nigerian defenders swarmed around him everytime he was hopefully shovelled the ball by Argentine team-mates.There was further VAR controversy when Nigeria were denied a second penalty when Rojo headed onto his own arm before substitute Odion Ighalo fired wide.Ighalo missed another glorious chance when he shot too close to Armani and Nigeria were made to pay for their profligacy from the most unlikely source.Sergio Aguero had been thrown on from the bench to join Messi and Higuain in attack, but it was Rojo who produced a striker’s finish on his weaker right foot to spark delirious scenes of celebration among the tens of thousands of Argentines in the stands.Chief among them was legendary 1986 World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona who reacted by raising the middle finger of both hands in just his latest controversial moment as a spectator in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcos Rojo celebrated his late winner with Lionel Messi on his back but the striker had carried his team for most of the game. Photo/REUTERSSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, June 26 – Marcus Rojo’s stunning finish four minutes from time kept Lionel Messi and Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive to see off Nigeria 2-1 on Tuesday and set up a last 16 meeting with France.Messi’s first goal of the tournament got the two-time winners off to a perfect start in Saint Petersburg, but Victor Moses’s 51st minute penalty had Jorge Sampaoli’s men headed for a humiliating group stage exit until Rojo’s late intervention.last_img read more

‘I didn’t take a penny for transplant’, says Abidal’s cousin

first_img0Shares0000Eric Abidal is now Barcelona’s sporting director © AFP/File / LLUIS GENETOULOUSE, France, Jul 27 – Eric Abidal’s cousin has said that he “didn’t take a penny” from Barcelona, over allegations the club illegally bought a transplant liver for their former player.Earlier this week, Spanish public prosecutors said they had asked for a probe into the matter to be reopened. Online newspaper El Confidencial had reported earlier this month that wiretaps from a corruption probe involving then-Barca president Sandro Rosell indicated that the club may have illegally procured the new liver which Abidal, a former France international, received in April 2012 from Gerard Armand.But Armand was adamant that there had been nothing untoward.“Nothing, not a penny. How can I wonder about it? I simply gave an organ to save a member of my family,” he told French newspaper La Depeche du Midi.“I didn’t think about it, it was a good, normal action that anyone would do to help a sick relative.”Spain’s National Transplant Organisation, which is run by the health ministry, investigated Abidal’s transplant and said last week that it was carried out “according to the law”.Armand, who says that Abidal’s father is a brother of his mother, said that he was approached by Abidal’s wife after the liver tumour was discovered in 2011.He added: “I work for the same company, I work night shifts, I drive a (Peugeot) 406 and to be very transparent, I even had financial worries which I settled with my wife and banker.“I’ll answer any questions, I have nothing to hide. I just want to be left alone.”Rosell denied the El Confidencial report in an interview published by El Mundo. He is due to face trial on charges of money laundering in connection with Brazilian TV rights sales and was also investigated for the deal which brought Neymar to Barcelona.Abidal, 38, resumed his playing career a year after he received the transplant before retiring in 2014 and is now Barcelona’s director of football.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cardiff sink relegation rivals Brighton to boost survival bid

first_img0Shares0000Cardiff’s Sean Morrison celebrates the decisive second goal at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKBrighton, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Cardiff kept alive their bid to secure Premier League survival with a crucial 2-0 win against fellow strugglers Brighton on Tuesday.Neil Warnock’s side would have been pushed to the brink of relegation with a defeat at the Amex Stadium. But goals either side of half-time from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison moved third-bottom Cardiff to within two points of fourth-bottom Brighton.Brighton have managed just two top-flight goals at home in 2019 and a fourth successive league loss keeps them in danger of being overhauled by Cardiff.The remaining hope for Brighton is they have five games to play compared to Cardiff’s four.Albion face Tottenham, Arsenal and champions Manchester City during a tough run-in.With Liverpool and Manchester United still to come this season, anything but a win would have been disastrous for Cardiff.“We had a few pundits say it would be our final game in the Premier League but we are alive and kicking,” Warnock said.“We deserved tonight. I can’t say anything better about the players. They have been great for me.“We came out of the traps and enjoyed it. We are far from finished yet.”Albion boss Chris Hughton added: “It’s still in our hands, but it is a difficult feeling because of the result. “My job is to lift spirits. This is a proper fight. We have to make sure we turn it round by staying together, digging deep and making ourselves hard to beat.”Solly March had rippled the side-netting inside two minutes for Brighton.Referee Andre Marriner waved away penalty appeals when Lewis Dunk was wrestled to the ground by Bruno Ecuele Manga following a Pascal Gross free-kick.But Warnock’s decision to recall Mendez-Laing was rewarded in the 22nd minute when he drove forward on the counter-attack, exchanged passes with Junior Hoilett and curled a superb strike into the top corner from 20 yards.After Brighton were booed off at half-time, Cardiff doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart.Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa delivered an inviting free-kick deep into the Albion area, where centre-back Morrison headed home for his first goal in almost a year.Brighton substitute Jose Izquierdo almost had an immediate impact when he laid the ball off for Glenn Murray to smash narrowly over the crossbar from 18 yards.Romania forward Florin Andone threatened to halve the deficit, only to be thwarted by a fine last-ditch block from the impressive Morrison.Murray then nodded March’s right-wing cross against the right post late on, leaving the Cardiff fans celebrating only their third away win of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more