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3 bedroom terraced house for sale in Whelley, Wigan, WN1
Entrance Hall – The front entrance door opens to the vestibule with a door to the reception rooms and the kitchen.
Lounge/Dining Room – Open plan lounge and dining room offering generous space for furniture for both purposes, with a front aspect bay window, a rear aspect window, wood laminate flooring and an exposed brick chimney breast to the lounge area with a recessed fireplace housing a large traditional wood burning stove.
Kitchen – Spacious kitchen fitted with a range of wall and base units with worktops, a rear aspect window, tiled flooring and walls, a large storage unit and a further built-in storage cupboard. Inset one and a half stainless steel sink basin with a drainer and mixer tap and an integrated oven with a countertop ceramic electric hob and overhead extractor, space and plumbing for further appliances, a wall-mounted boiler concealed inside a cupboard, and doors to the WC and to the rear yard.
WC – Comprising a WC, a wash hand basin and an obscure rear aspect window.
First Floor Landing – Split-level landing with carpeted flooring, a loft hatch and access to the bedrooms, the bathroom and the WC.
Bedroom One – Large double size bedroom with two front aspect windows and carpeted flooring.
Bedroom Two – Double size bedroom with a rear aspect window and carpeted flooring.
Bedroom Three – Double size bedroom with two rear aspect windows and carpeted flooring.
Bathroom – Tiled suite comprising a wash hand basin, a corner curved bath with a handheld shower, a separate shower enclosure and an obscure rear aspect window.
WC – Separate WC with an obscure rear aspect window.
To the front is a tiered garden with well-stocked plants and steps to the front entrance door, and to the rear is a low-maintenance and enclosed block paved yard with access to a store room providing ample storage space and potential for conversion (subject to planning permission).
Council Tax Band: B
Local Authority: Wigan
Lease: 999 years from 5 April 1898
Ground Rent: £15 per year
Early viewing is highly recommended due to the property being realistically priced.
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The well-known journalist Igor Rabiner, a leading columnist for the Sport-Express newspaper, this time chose the Lokomotiv football club, once “the fifth wheel in the Moscow football cart”, as the object for his indifferent story. In his new book, he tells about the formation of Lokomotiv, about how in 15 years the team turned from an inveterate outsider into one of the flagships of domestic football. What happened to Lokomotiv then – how was the existing in
Type of sport:
General sports topics
World, Republic of South Africa
The problem of racial discrimination and apartheid in sports remains extremely acute, despite the exclusion of South Africa from the Olympic movement.
The book by I. Marinov “Jumping Gazelle” – a brand of racism” exposes the policy of racists and their accomplices aimed at returning South Africa to the Olympic family, at undermining the unity of the states of free Africa and progressive forces in the international sports movement.
Designed for a wide range of readers.
In a previous book, I recklessly called ice hockey the number one sport in Russia. Alas, today this is not true. Still, football is a truly popular game. But, expecting the rare successes of the Russian national football team, we are so used to its defeats that we don’t really hope for anything for a long time. But the defeat of our hockey team by Russian fans is still perceived painfully. Still: Russia to this day remains one of the main suppliers of
Many (if not ALL) began their acquaintance with the so-called. “martial arts” with karate. Or: we say martial art – we understand – karate! ((c) V.I. Lenin). And yet, the technique that is shown in ANY karate book and that is taught in most karate classes CANNOT BE USED IN A REAL COLLISION, even with one opponent. And this despite the fact that karate is a martial art designed for real combat with one or more
Rules and history, Professional sports
Pakhtakor is an Uzbek football club from the city of Tashkent, one of the most famous clubs in Uzbekistan. Founded April 8, 1956. For 36 seasons (1956-1991) he played in various leagues of the USSR championships. Since 1992 – an indispensable participant in the major league of the championship of Uzbekistan.
The chronicler of Pakhtakor Vladimir Safarov shares with the fans the treasures of his archive and memories of the most memorable episodes of the games of his favorite team.
Children’s and youth sports
This book will introduce young readers to a cheerful and courageous boy from the Warsaw outskirts of Wola.
Manyus Tkachik, that is the name of the protagonist of the book, is a faithful and reliable comrade and a good footballer. However, at first Manyus only dreams of a real game – his favorite team, Sirenki, does not even have a real ball yet.
But then everything changes. Manyus and his friends are under the patronage of a real athlete – the worker Vaclav Stefanek.
Persons, Professional sports
For the European Football Championship in Portugal “EURO-2004” for fans of this most popular game in Russia, the publishing house “Veche” offers the book “100 Great Football Players”.
It tells about both outstanding players and famous football coaches who more than once led their wards to the heights of the football Olympus. The author told in the book not only about sports, but also about the personal fate of his heroes.
The book will be interesting for everyone who
Professional sports, Rules and history
Any football match is an intrigue with an unexpected outcome, great goals and fatal mistakes.
But there are matches that, by their nature, without exaggeration, can be classified as great. Among them is the drama at the 200,000-seat Maracana stadium in the final match of the World Cup 1950 years between the national teams of Uruguay and Brazil (2:1). And the first major success of Soviet football in Melbourne in 1956 in the final of the XVI Olympic Games in
East martial arts, Thai boxing
Amateur sports, Professional sports
Thai boxing is an ancient martial art that originated on the territory of modern Thailand.
Today, Thai boxing is developing both in Thailand itself, where it is the most revered and beloved sport, and all over the world, on the one hand, as a traditional martial art, on the other, as a modern sport. Fighting according to the rules of Thai boxing is characterized by high activity of mental processes and volitional efforts and is accompanied by active
In his debut book, one of the most popular football players in the country, Igor Akinfeev, reveals to readers many secrets of his life. Answering the fans’ questions, sometimes unexpected and tricky, the goalkeeper of PFC CSKA and the Russian national team talks about his own childhood, relatives, views on the world, as well as about the most interesting moments of his sports career.
The book contains more than 300 unique photographs that help to reveal the image of the best goalkeeper in Russia. The book “Igor
The book you are holding in your hands was written with partial use of materials from the scientific and methodological collection “Martial Art of the Planet”, published jointly by the People’s Health Science and Information Center and the International Association of Martial Arts “Show Dao”. The materials published in the collection will be of interest not only to lovers of oriental and domestic martial arts of various levels of training, but also to professionals in the army,
The book is a practical guide for coaches of volleyball teams of various levels, which describes the process of volleyball training in a concentrated form. All elements of the game are considered from the point of view of the training schedule.
Mass sports, Professional sports, Amateur sports
R. Skibnevsky’s brochure is intended for people who decide to spend part of their free time communicating with horses and learning how to ride. Fifteen short chapters set out the minimum amount of knowledge required for a beginner equestrian. Here you can find information about the physical and mental characteristics of horses, their behavior, rider equipment, horse care items and horse equipment.
A significant part of the text is the description of rules
East martial arts
Professional sports, Amateur sports
Encyclopedic dictionaries on martial arts have not yet been published in Russian. And in other countries they are rare. It is very difficult to prepare such a dictionary.
If you have long wanted to know what is Aiki-do, Judo, Bushi-do or something else, then in this book you will find comprehensive information about any martial art.
Six years ago, a new interesting team appeared on the football horizon of the country – SKA (Rostov-on-Don).
Many teams of the second echelon went to class “A”, but none of them managed to establish their name among the strongest teams in the USSR in such a short time.
Two hundred matches played by SKA football players in the championships and the Cup of the country in six years. 400 hard halves! And here is the result: for four years the team took fourth place.
Base jumping is an extreme sport that uses a special parachute to jump from fixed objects.
B.A.S.E. – an acronym for English words:
Span (floor, bridge)
This is a list of the main types of objects from which jumps are performed. Athletes are called base jumpers (from the English base jumper) or simply base jumpers. Base jumping is considered the most
This book is a boxing-based self-defense manual.
William Harrison Dempsey (eng. William Harrison Dempsey, better known as Jack Dempsey, eng. Jack Dempsey or Bonebreaker from Manassa, eng. Manassa Mauler; June 24, 1895, Manassa, USA – May 3183, New York, USA) is an American professional boxer, world heavyweight champion.
Here is a new book by Igor Rabiner dedicated to Euro-2008. The author spent the whole month in Austria and Switzerland next to the sensational Russian team, from which almost nothing was expected at this championship. But the Russian football players won bronze medals and made not only the domestic, but also the world sports community talk about themselves in enthusiastic tones.
Three very detailed and frank interviews by Guus Hiddink, conversations with the captain of the
One of the most famous books about baseball. Michael Lewis in an accessible, and sometimes playful, way described the history of the development and prospects of baseball. Baseball from the inside, baseball from the point of view of the financial aspect, the search for players, management and much more, seasoned with “behind the scenes” stories. Lewis’s work is appreciated by professionals and, of course, ordinary sports fans.
Amateur sports, Professional sports
Boxing is perhaps one of the most difficult sports. A boxer requires a unique combination of speed, strength and endurance. In addition to these qualities, he must be prepared for resistance from an equal opponent. To endure pain and fatigue in the ring, a boxer must be able to tune his mind as hard as his body. The need to train a boxer not only the body, but also the spirit, says the American trainer Ross Enamite.
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Premier League Matchday 26 review
Liverpool: Reina, Agger, Carragher, Finnan, Alonso, Gerrard, Pennant, Riise, Bellamy (Fowler 85), Crouch, Keith.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Lescott, Neville, Stubbs, Yobo, Arteta, Cahill, Carsley, Osman, Johnson (Anichibe 80).
Referee: Alan Wylie.
Warnings: Osman 11, Neville 73, Arteta 81.
February 3rd. Anfield Stadium. 44,234 viewers.
The Merseyside Derby is always an event. Regardless of the places occupied and the goals set for this match, both clubs show increased attention, and somewhat unexpected outcomes often turn out. In particular, in the first round of the current championship at Goodison Park, the Everton players turned out to be a head and shoulders above the vaunted squad of Benitez (3:0).
Naturally, at Anfield, Liverpool longed for revenge, especially since the team’s performance has been extremely positive lately. Gradually recover and injured players. David Moyes, in turn, has enough problems, but unlike the others, the team rested in the middle of the week, as the opponent in the 25th round of Tottenham held a cup game with Arsenal.
Benítez resurfaced the three-forward formation that had been successful in recent games, while Everton saw the return of defender Tony Hibbert and striker Andy Johnson. Forward generally predicted treatment before the end of the season, yet in the match with “Wigan” he needed a stretcher. But no, and Johnson got back on his feet in just two weeks.
The game didn’t deceive expectations, and the debut of the meeting turned out to be a feast for the eyes. After an exchange of courtesy in the form of several dangerous shots, Liverpool scored. True, Craig Bellamy’s goal was not counted due to offside, but the execution was amazing. The Welshman played from the flank into the wall with Keith (it was then that he had an offside position), entered the penalty area and accurately shot into the far corner.
With all the reliability of the defense of both one and the other Merseyside team, Keith and Osman still disturbed the goalkeepers before the break, but the score was not opened.
The second half was not so impressive, but there was something to see. The hosts basically threatened Tim Howard’s goal using set pieces. Several times the arbitrators had every reason to appoint a penalty kick in favor of Liverpool, because not without violating the rules, the attackers were prevented from delivering accurate shots on goal.
Guests rarely went ahead, but it was they who had the most real opportunity to open an account. Wards Benitez themselves gave the ball to Andy Johnson, who left Carragher himself out of work, but struck exactly at the Reina.
In general, it is worth paying tribute to David Moyes’ coaching skills, because, having much less great performers in his team, he managed not only not to lose twice in the Liverpool derby this season, but also not to concede a single goal in them.
Liverpool players failed to please the new club management, who took over the team at the end of the week, interrupting their winning streak of five matches in the Premier League in the 205th Merseyside derby. However, the impressive home unbeaten streak continues.
Charlton 0-1 Chelsea
Goal: Lampard 18 0-1.
Charlton: Carson, El Karkouri, Hreidarsson, Zankofa, Thatcher, Faye, Holland (Lisby 78), Hughes, M. Bent, Rommedal (Hasselbink 46), Thomas (Diawara 88).
Chelsea: Cech, Bridge, Carvalho, Ballack, Diarra, Essien, Lampard, Makelele (Terry 88), Mikel (Wright-Phillips 75), Drogba, Shevchenko (Kalou 75).
Referee: Mark Halsey.
Warning: Diarra, 36.
February 3rd. Valley Stadium. 27,111 spectators.
As part of the 26th round of the Premier League, another London derby was held at the Walley Stadium, in which Charlton, struggling for survival, hosted the reigning champions of England.
Initially it was expected that this match would be the first for John Terry after injury, but Jose Mourinho chose not to risk the health of his captain and left him on the bench.
As in the last meetings, Andriy Shevchenko’s play pleased. In the first half, he failed to score, but largely thanks to Scott Carson. Didier Drogba was practically invisible this time, but on the left flank Wayne Bridge showed himself well, returning to the squad after Ashley Cole was injured. But neither his constant crosses or crosses led to the first goal of the match.
Once again this season, Frank Lampard has demonstrated his mastery of long-range shooting. His shot from 25 meters into the far corner turned out to be unbearable for the hosts’ goalkeeper.
At Charlton, right-back El Karkuri drew attention to himself, who unexpectedly ventured a shot from the flank, trying to throw a projectile behind Peter Cech, but the experienced goalkeeper reacted and turned the ball to a corner.
At the end of the half, Frank Lampard fired another long-range shot, this time from a free kick, but Carson was on the alert.
After the break, there was no trace of Chelsea’s overwhelming advantage. Wards of Alan Perdue leveled the game and responded to each attack of the guests with their own, and no less dangerous. More often than others, midfielder Amadi Faye hit on goal, but Peter Cech, who looked like a tanker in his protective helmet, repelled blows of any complexity.
Carson was not nearly inferior to his opponent, rescuing both after Shevchenko’s shots with Drogba, and after the shots of Kalu’s substitutes with Wright-Phillips.
With no goals scored in the second half, the main event was the appearance of John Terry on the field a few minutes before the end of the game. The captain of the “aristocrats” replaced Claude Makelele, who closed the problem area in the center of defense, and spent the minutes allotted to him without any problems, because “Charlton” was never able to create a final assault to save the game. As a result, a minimal victory for Chelsea, which allowed to increase the lead over Liverpool by two points and get closer to Manchester United, which plays on Sunday.
Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham
Goal: Carew 36 1-0.
Aston Villa: Sorensen, Bardsley, Barry, Cahill, Mellberg, McCann, Petrov, Agbonlahor, Carew (Berger 73), Young (Ridgewell 90).
West Ham: Carroll, Davenport, McCartney, Spector, Upson (Daly 30), Benayoun, Kwashi, Reo-Coker, Blanco (Harewood 60), Boa Morte (Etherington 61), Zamora.
Referee: Chris Foy.
Warning: Reo-Coker, 45.
February 3rd. Stadium “Villa Park”. 41,202 viewers.
West Ham in distress went to Birmingham in search of points, but here the local Aston Villa turned out to be stronger, and therefore Alan Curbishley’s team remains in the relegation zone.
In the January transfer window, the east London team was the first to strengthen their defensive ranks. However, Matthew Upson, who made his debut on Saturday, spent only half an hour on the field, after which he received an unpleasant injury and was replaced.
Just six minutes after Upson’s substitution, the hosts took the lead. In several passes, the ball was delivered to the penalty area by John Carew, who accurately struck from under the defender. The goal was the first for the Norwegian in England, and the transfer was made by another newcomer – Ashley Young.
It took a long time for the guests to come to their senses and could repeatedly get a second hole. Roy Carroll did not allow the Birminghams to score again, who, after a missed goal, no longer made mistakes.
Only closer to the end of the meeting, Curbishley’s wards could well win back. However, the confident game of Thomas Serensen did not allow Davenport and Etherington’s shots to become scoring. Another Etherington shot in the last minute came over the gate.
Thus, West Ham United’s winless streak has already reached a frightening figure of nine matches, and therefore their eighteenth place in the standings looks quite logical.
Fulham 2-1 Newcastle (0-0)
Goals: Helguson, 49 – 1:0, McBride, 73 – 2:0, Martins, 90 – 2:1.
Fulham: Lastuvka, Bocanegra, Christanval, Cudrew, Rosenior, Volz (Diop 67), Brown, S. Davies, Routledge (Dempsey 78), Helguson, McBride (Montella 80).
Newcastle: Harper, Bramble, Carr, Oniewu, Taylor, Butt, Duff (Sibierski 68), Dier (Solano 85), Milner, Parker, Martins.
Referee: Phil Dowd.
Warnings: Bocanegra 31, Butt 66, Bramble 69, Milner, 83.
February 3rd. Craven Cottage Stadium. 24,340 spectators.
Since the January transfer period, Fulham manager Chris Coleman has been experimenting with squads every game. Aleksey Smertin has not yet joined the team, most likely because of his physical unpreparedness, but this time Simon Davis, who moved from Everton, made his debut. Not without novelties and in Newcastle, where for the first time on the field appeared the American defender Agucho Onyewu.
The first half was spent in Fulham’s unsuccessful attempts to attack through the center, where Moritz Woltz each time met with worthy resistance from Onyewu. When it came to flank passages with subsequent sheds, things immediately improved. Before the break, Steve Harper only had to seriously enter into business a couple of times, and Jan Lashtuvka was practically out of work at all.
The guests started the second half more actively, but it was they who got the hole first, and quite quickly. Nicky Butt unwittingly gave the ball to the opponent, and Helguson, passing by two stunned defenders, hit Harper’s goal with a beautiful blow.
Instead of doing everything possible to compare the scores, the Magpies conceded again in the middle of the half. And even before the goal, the Londoners ruined some of the most profitable moments. And the American McBride distinguished himself, having brought his personal score to eleven goals in the current championship.
Therefore, the goal of Obafemi Martins in the last minute of the match essentially did not decide anything, although the combination of the Nigerian with Nolberto Solano looked very impressive.
With Newcastle suffering their first Premier League defeat in 2007, Fulham end their seven league-match streak without a win.
Blackburn 2-1 Sheffield
Goals: Pedersen 22 1-0, Steed 25 1-1, Pedersen 90 2-1.
Blackburn: Friedel, Mokoena (Dunn 60), Nelsen, Samba, Warnock, Bentley, Emerton, Tugai (Nonda 87), Pedersen, Derbyshire (Roberts 17), McCarthy.
Sheffield: Kenny, Armstrong, Geri, Kozlak, Lachetti, Yagilka, Montgomery, Quinn, Tong, Hulse, Steed.
Referee: Alex Marriner.
Warnings: Warnock 16, Armstrong 23, Tong 27, Geri, Steed 41.
Disposal: Warnock 88.
February 3rd. Ewood Park Stadium. 20 917 spectators.
After two consecutive unsuccessful matches, Blackburn Rovers finally achieved victory.
Despite problems in defense, complemented early in the game by a new problem in attack, as young Derbyshire was injured, Blackburn showed a good game, albeit slightly superior to the opponent.
Shortly after the forced substitution, Rovers took the lead when Emerton’s cross was completed by Morten Gamst Pedersen. But the hosts did not rejoice for long, because just a few minutes later Jonathan Steed equalized the score in great style. He in the following minutes could well lead the guests ahead.
The debut of the second half was completely left to the wards of Mark Hughes, when only Kenny prevented David Bentley from scoring. Not bad entered the game Roberts, playing little this season. The striker failed to distinguish himself, but for one activity he should be praised.
Pedersen’s next accurate shot decided everything, this time from a free kick. Goalkeeper Kenny guests did not even budge so strong was the blow that passed over the wall.
Actually the winning goal was scored towards the end of the meeting, but because Neil Warnock’s team was no longer able to recoup.
Manchester City – Reading – 0:2 (0:0)
Goals: Lita, 79 – 0:1, Lita, 89 – 0:2.
Manchester City: Weaver (Isaksson 35), Disten, Dunn, Richards, Trabelsi, Barton, Dabo (Hamann 48), Ireland, Beasley, Samaras (Sturridge 74), Wassel.
“Reading”: Anneman, Bikey, Ingimarsson, Merty, Schori, Harper, Hunt, Little (Oster, 80), Sidwell, Lita, Long (Kitson, 75).
Referee: Howard Webb.
February 3rd. City of Manchester Stadium. 38,676 spectators.
Reading continues to amaze. Everyone has long been accustomed to the high place of the team, but “dry” away victories are still perceived with difficulty.
Manchester City were considered the favorites, whose leader, midfielder Joey Barton, was even called up to the England team the day before. Perhaps unnerving for the team is the fact that head coach Stuart Pearce is constantly tipped to be the mentor of the English youth team, and it is not yet known whether Pearce will combine two positions (which, in principle, is not accepted in Europe).
On top of that, in the first half, City were left without their main goalkeeper, as Nicky Weaver was injured after colliding with his own teammate. However, if this can be considered bad luck, then soon the owners got a little lucky. Match referee Howard Webb did not count Leroy Lita’s goal after Ingimarsson’s cross, believing that the latter missed the ball out of bounds. However, the television replay showed the fallacy of the decision.
The Mancunians themselves were obliged to go on a break in the rank of leader, but the brave game of Markus Anemann did not allow Samaras to hit the gate first, and then Barton, who finished off already from a few meters.
In the opening of the second forty-five minutes, Darius Vassell had a great chance, but after a cross from Beasley, the striker missed.
All were decided by two similar combinations involving Steve Sidwell and Leroy Lita. The first twice in a row led the attacker to the operational space with a cutting pass, and the second, breaking away from the defender, hit the corners of Isaksson’s goal.
Stuart Pierce’s wards were no longer able to recoup due to a banal lack of time, and therefore the unsuccessful series continues. Recall that in the last three games, “City” has never hit the opponent’s gate, gaining only one point.
Watford 0-1 Bolton
Goal: Anelka 63 0-1.
Watford: Foster, Demerit, Makay, Maryappa, Stewart, Francis (Kabbah 77), Mahon, Williamson (Williams 46), Bouazza (McNamee 68), Henderson, Hoskins.
Bolton: Jaaskilainen, Ben Haim, Hunt, Meite, Campo, Faye, Giannakopoulos (Teimourian 50), Nolan, Speed, Anelka, Diouf (Pedersen 80).
Referee: Rob Stiles.
Warnings: Faye, 48, Teymuryan. 84, Jaaskilainen, 90.
February 3rd. Vicarage Road Stadium. 18,722 spectators.
Sam Allardyce’s handsome team hasn’t won since December, so a visit to the main underdog of the tournament should have put the team back on the right track. Still, the goal of “Bolton” is to get into the European Cup, and the victory allowed even closer to the fourth place in the League of Champions.
The first half of the game was quite sluggish. For about twenty minutes, the teams stubbornly looked at each other, after which they began to create more or less dangerous situations. Several times, Ben Foster had to sweat a lot so that the free kicks in the performance of Anelka and Campo did not lead to a goal.
Gradually, the players of both teams started shooting from long distances, but the spectators did not see any goals before the break. Bolton improved further in the second half and took the lead in the 63rd minute when Speed’s corner led to Nicolas Anelka’s goal. Thus, the Frenchman has already chalked up the ninth effective blow this season.
In the remaining time, the teams could score once, but Bolton deserved their three points by right. The Bumblebees should seriously think about their future prospects in the championship, because if their game does not get a noticeable improvement, then relegation to the first division will be a matter of a short time, which Watford manager Andy Bothroyd admitted after the match.
Wigan 1-0 Portsmouth
Goal: McCulloch 68 1-0.
Wigan: Kirkland, Boyes, Jackson, R. Taylor, Unsworth, Landzaat, Skoko, Valencia (Hall 61), Aghahowa (Johansson 85), Folan, McCulloch.
Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Lauren (LuaLua 52), Pemerot (M. Taylor 74), Primus, Douala, Hughes, Pedro Mendes, Kanu (Cole 71), Mwaruwari.
Referee: Graeme Poll.
Warning: R. Taylor, 45.
February 3rd. JJB Stadium. 15,093 spectators.
After eight defeats in a row, Paul Jewell’s team finally managed to score points.
Thanks to the injury of Emil Heskey, a place in the line-up was found for a rookie “Wigan”, the former “miner” Nigerian Julias Aghahowa. The two days he spent in the team hardly allowed him to fully adapt, especially since Ukraine is now in the process of preparing for the spring stage of the championship.
According to the game, the hosts looked much better than Portsmouth, and in the first half the trio of attackers Folan, Agahova, McCulloch had to open the scoring more than once. However, veteran goalkeeper David James continues to surprise the public, and even earned a call-up to the England team, where it seemed that he had long been forgotten.
Chris Kirkland did not remain without work, reflecting the blows of Kanu and Douala. But no one so often in the first half as the striker of the hosts Folan did not squander moments. The rookie managed to miss four great scoring opportunities in the first forty-five minutes.
In the second half, “Wigan” continued to besiege the goal of James. This time, shots from outside the penalty area also began to go into play. The result also brought an accurate shot by Lee McCulloch in the 68th minute of the game, when the striker skillfully took advantage of the sluggishness of the two defenders of the guests. Interestingly, in January, the Scottish Rangers wanted to buy this player, but Jewell categorically refused to sell the player, and he answered him with gratitude.
Harry Redknapp called for help from Andy Cole and Matthew Taylor, but fresh players could not save the game, although there was plenty of time for this. The final whistle made the stands roar with delight, after all, “Wigan” did not know victories since the beginning of December, and at home, since November 11, when “Charlton” was defeated.
Middlesbrough 1-1 (0-0) Arsenal
Goals: Yakubu, 62, pen. – 1:0, Henry, 77 – 1:1.
Middlesbrough: Jones, Arka, Pogatetz, E. Taylor, Woodgate, Xavier, Boateng, Cattermole (Morrison 46), Downing, Viduka (Christie 90), Yakubu.
Arsenal: Leman, Clichy, Hoyt (Denilson 80), Senderos, Toure, Gilberto, Fabregas, Flamini, Rosicky, Adebayor (Aliadiere 86), Henry.
Referee: Mike Riley.
Warnings: Viduka, 41, Leman, 62, Arch, 89.
Removal: Senderos, 61.
February 3rd. Riverside Stadium. 31,122 spectators.
After a successful run by Arsenal’s reserve team to qualify for the League Cup final, it was the first team’s turn to score points in the Premier League match. Before the game, the Gunners looked too relaxed and content, which may be good, but to a certain extent.
As a result, Gareth Southgate’s men looked relatively powerful at Arsenal level. True, dangerous moments at the gates of Jens Lehmann did not lead to anything significant. The “gunners” themselves could not carry out their traditional fast attacks with a long throw of the ball forward, and therefore they had to aim at the goal from outside the penalty area. Actually good blows managed Tomas Rosicky and Thierry Henry, but the first half, and ended in vain.
The second half turned out to be much more eventful. Initially, the referees did not count the goal of Adebayor, who was in the “offside” position and struck after the whistle. Mike Riley then awarded a penalty to the Gunners’ gates for putting Senderos’ hands on the lawn as Ayegbeni Yakubka was rushing towards the gate. And as if the penalty wasn’t enough, Riley decided to send off the Swiss defender.
Leman tried to challenge the decision, but for violent indignation he himself got a yellow card. The victim himself took the penalty and spread the ball and an experienced German in different angles.
The resulting advantage gave strength and confidence to Gareth Southgate’s wards, and only Leman’s desperate throws did not allow them to double the advantage. Viduka’s blow to the near corner looked the most dangerous, but the German in a beautiful jump turned the “round” into a corner. It was after the unsuccessful draw of this corner that the Gunners began their scoring attack.