Clarets Sign Former United Keeper

Anders Lindegaard Signs For Burnley

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed the signing of Danish international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on a deal until the end of the season. Lindegaard is a free agent after leaving Preston North End at the end of last season and signs after spending just over a week training with the Clarets’ squad.

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The former Manchester United keeper, Lindegaard will strengthen Sean Dyche’s squad following the enforced absence of captain Tom Heaton who last week underwent surgery on a dislocated shoulder.

Lindegaard, will wear squad number 22 and brings the number of senior goalkeepers available to Sean Dyche back up to three, alongside Nick Pope and Adam Legzdins.  A former Goalkeeper of the Year with clubs in Norway and his native Denmark, he spent five seasons at Old Trafford, earning a Premier League winners’ medal in 2012/13 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge of United.

He then moved to West Bromwich Albion in August 2015 and joined Preston, initially on loan in January 2016, he spent eighteen months at Deepdale before moving across Lancashire to Turf Moor.

Speaking about signing for the Clarets Anders Lindegaard said, “I’ve had a good week here and I’ve had a very good impression of the whole club and all the people here. It’s not hard to fit in nicely here.  It seems like an honest place and a very hard-working place and I appreciate being a part of it.

I have seen the first two games Nick has played and he’s done very well, I have a lot of respect for that.  I am here to try and sharpen up the competition in the goalkeepers’ department and we’ll see what happens down the line.

I feel good physically and I still want to play, I come here with a good spirit and I have a lot of enthusiasm for getting started.  I sensed from the first day I came in there was a good atmosphere, that things are in a good place, and it has paid off with a good start to the season.”

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England v West Indies

England v West Indies (Royal London ODI Series)

England returned to Old Trafford the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club for the start of the Royal London ODI Series against the West Indies.  The visitors included Chris Gayle in their starting line-up for the first time in two years, as they look to win all five of the One Day International’s to gain an automatic 2019 World Cup place.

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Despite the bright sunshine, the match was delayed for two hours and started at 2.30pm due to a sodden outfield.  The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first with Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis opening the batting at the crease.

England started well and should have taken a wicket with only the third ball of the innings when the returning Chris Gayle edged a Chris Woakes delivery to second slip only to see test captain Joe Root put the chance down.

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Chris Gayle was looking to make the most of his time at the crease hitting three sixes and two fours off Woakes and his new bowling partner David Willey.  Gayle was out going for another six over mid-on which Joe Root held whilst running back from extra cover.

The West Indies struggled to build momentum in the middle overs as they lost regular wickets to some disciplined England bowling, from Stokes (3-43) & Adil Rashid (2-31).

The tourists went from 149-4 to 187-8 and needed captain Jason Holder to stead the ship with an unbeaten forty-one. It was Holder who hit all five of their boundaries in the final 10 overs of the innings, as the West Indies limped to 204 off 42 overs.

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Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales opened the batting for England with Alex Hales the first to be dismissed caught on nineteen by Evin Lewis off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.

The wicket brought Joe Root to the crease and the Yorkshire pair went on to break a couple of records, the first being England’s joint highest second wicket stand in an ODI at Old Trafford and the second being the third highest second wicket stand in an ODI match against the West Indies.

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England continued to pressure the West Indies for the rest of the innings with Joe Root hitting 54 runs from 53 balls, Ben Stokes hitting 23 runs from 10 balls and opener Jonny Bairstow hitting 100 runs from 93 balls.  England finished the innings on 210 for 3 from just 30.5 overs.

Speaking after the match England captain Eoin Morgan said,”I thought we came back really well with the ball once we adapt to conditions with the slower balls and variations,  this left us with a relatively not-too-hard target to chase down.

Joe Root dropped Chris Gayle in the first over but he doesn’t drop many catches and you’ve just got to try to give him more chances, the bowling unit put in a really good benchmark for the start of the series.  Then there is Jonny Bairstow who batted through the whole innings and was rewarded with a century, Man of the Match performance.”

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This defeat means the Windies, ninth in the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings, can no longer automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup and must enter a qualifying tournament in 2018.

The two sides will now travel to Nottingham were the second Royal London ODI match will take place at Trent Bridge as the home nation looks to continue its winning run.

Match Details

England Cricket Club – Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Willey

West Indies Cricket Club – Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor, Devendra Bishoo Kesrick Williams

Umpires – Simon Fry, Robert Robinson, Rodney Tucker, Robert Bailey, Javagal Srinath

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Guiseley Vixens v Stoke City Ladies

Guiseley Vixens 3 v 3 Stoke City Ladies (FA Women’s Premier League North)

The Vixens first home game of the season in the FA Women’s Premier League North so mid-table Stoke City Ladies visit Nethermoor Park, as the home side went in search of their first victory and points of the season.

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The home side started the game well and had control of the ball in the first five minutes, keeping the pressure on the Stoke City defence.  Then on six minutes the visitors won a corner which had to be cleared off the line by Vixens goalkeeper Bethany Davies.

Stoke City then had an excellent spell were they created a number of chances, the first fell to Rachel Ball who from 10 yards put a free header over the Vixens bar. Louise Roberts tried her luck from the edge of the area but her shot went wide of Davies post.

The third chance gave the visitors the lead on sixteen minutes, when a ball across the Vixens six yard box was met by Ash Hayes and controlled the ball and then slid the ball passed Davies in the Vixens goal to make the score 0-1 to Stoke City.

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On twenty-four minutes, captain Alarna Fuller was brought down at the edge of the Stoke area for a free-kick.  The resulting set piece hit the Stoke wall and fell to Emily Scott, who drilled an excellent shot at the visitors goal but it took a deflection and went for a corner.

The constant fouls by the visitors seamed to bring the Vixens to life as they controlled the final twenty minutes, with some excellent passing and determination to win every ball.

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On thirty-four minutes, the pressure told as O’Hara collected the ball and then ran into the Stoke City area before curling a shot into the goal from the far side of the six yard box.

Just four minutes later the Vixens took the lead when Ellie Hall was brought down in the Stoke City area and after consulting the linesman the referee pointed to the spot, O’Hara stepped up and hit the keeper with the penalty before tucking away the rebound to make the half-time score 2-1 to the Vixens.

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The Stoke City manager must have given the visitors a few harsh words as they came out for the second half with some real focus. It took the visitors two minutes to draw level as Ash Hayes scored with a bullet header to bring the sides level.

On fifty-four minutes, the visitors took the lead following an excellent run down the right wing and cross into the area which was met by Keryakoplis who header left Davies with no chance in the Vixens goal to make the score 2-3 to City.

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O’Hara went close to bringing the home side level on sixty-two minutes, with an direct free-kick that had Hall in the Stoke City goal at full stretch but the shot went just wide.

On seventy-two minutes, Stanfield brought down the Stoke attacker Hayes on the edge of the box, the visitors driven free-kick forced Davies into an outstanding one handed save low down to her right as she pushed the ball away.

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The Vixens drew level with the final kick of the game, when Emily Scott floated a free-kick into the visitors six yard box, Guiseley captain Alarna Fuller headed the ball passed Hall in the Stoke City goal to make the final score 3-3 and seal the Vixen’s first point of the season.

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Tensions were running high after the full-time whistle with the away side arguing with the officials about the late Guiseley equalizer.  Stoke City defender Emily Owen took the protest to far and was shown a straight red card by the referee for decent.

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The Vixens will now travel to the North-East on Wednesday evening as they taken on high flying Middlesbrough at Teesdale Park in the FA Women’s Premier League North looking for the first win of the season.

Match Details

Guiseley Vixens – Davies, Hall, Fuller, Stanfield, Heald, Griffiths, O’Hara, Scott, Worts, Roberts, Chadwick (Subs) Brace, Blythe, Hastings, Seamans, Clarke

Stoke City Ladies – Hall, Hudson, Gibson, Roberts, Hyde, Ball, Bowyer, Palmer, Owen, Keryakoplis, Hayes (Subs) Wright, King, Tezgel, Richardson, Wellings

Goals(Guiseley) O’Hara (2), Fuller (Stoke City) Hayes (2), Keryakoplis

Attendance – 28

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Dyche Looking To Add Third Keeper

Clarets Keen On Anders Lindegaard

Sean Dyche is looking to add a goalkeeper to his squad so that he can give Tom Heaton as long as possible to make a full recovery.  The Clarets keeper had surgery yesterday after he dislocated his shoulder in an incident with Ben Mee in the win over Crystal Palace.

Thee is no timescale on Heaton’s absence, said Sean Dyche other than to say it will be for a longer period than just weeks, which allows Heaton time to come back fully fit.

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Former Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is currently training with the Clarets and Burnley would be able to sign the Danish international as a free agent.

Speaking about Lindegaard Sean Dyche said, “He’s come in to spend a few days with us and enjoy what we do. Ideally in the perfect world you want three keepers maybe a younger keeper under that as well and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

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The Clarets currently have Nick Pope and Adam Legzdins as potential deputies for club captain Heaton, while Northern Ireland under-21 international Conor Mitchell is currently gaining further experience on loan at Chester FC.

Pope came off the bench as Heaton’s replacement against Palace to see out a clean sheet in a 1-0 win and is in line to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

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Manager Sean Dyche added, “He’s been working with some top-class keepers, also coach Billy Mercer is doing a great job and having had Robbo (Paul Robinson) here will rub off on him.  He’s been improving all the time, however the main measure is when you play you’ve still got to see improvement on a daily basis and I think we have seen that in Nick.

He delivered a very good performance in a tough game, an awkward game for us and he has got a chance to continue and show what he can do.  That’s a great opportunity to get established in a Premier League side and push Tom Heaton for teh shirt.”

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Guiseley AFC v Eastleigh

Guiseley AFC 0 v 0 Eastleigh (Vanarama National League)

The Paul Cox era began with the visit of Eastleigh Football Club to Nethermoor Park in the Vanarama National League, sitting mid-table the visitors made the 500 mile round trip in positive mood after signing striker Gary McSheffrey from Coventry City.

The visitors went close to taking the lead in just the third minute, when James Constable cushioned a header into the path of Mark Yeates allowing him to cut in from the right and steer a left-footed shot towards goal, which Joe Green saved well low to his right.

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There was nothing to choose between the two sides as Guiseley started to create a few chances through John Rooney.  His first chance dropped to him at a nice height, but he tried to control the ball rather than take a shot on the volley and was tackled by Andrew Boyce. The second effort was a volley from Lee Molyneux’s free-kick, but Callum Howe was on hand to clear the danger.

Raul Correia had the best chance of the half, when the Blackpool loanee latched on to a loose ball at the edge of the Eastleigh area before curling an effort which was met by a world-class save from Graham Stack, who at full stretch tipped the ball onto the post and out for a corner.

Yeates then played a neat one-two with Reda Johnson on the left-wing before weaving his way into the middle of the area, however his shot was blocked by Danny Lowe.

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Molyneux then came close for The Lions with a free-kick curled low around the wall that was saved by Stack, before Rooney’s lofted ball into the area had Raul Correia & Kayode Odejayi lunging at the far post, but neither could apply the finishing touch.

Connor Brown was next to go close for the hosts as half time approached. The right-back latched on to an under-hit pass from Sam Wood and soared down the right flank, before shooting wide, having ignored team mates in better position to his left.

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The second half had the same pattern as the first with both sides creating a number of chances that they were unable to convert, Guiseley made a good start to the second half in a very tight game that could have gone either way.

On sixty-one minutes, Eastleigh created their own problems as Howe’s clearance in the box went straight into the air and keeper Stack could only punch clear under pressure, the ball fell to substitute Frank Mulhern who sent a drive us wide of the target from the edge of the Eastleigh area.

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Former Bradford City player Mark Yeates gave the referee a difficult decision to make on sixty-eight minutes, when he collected the ball inside the area and went down under a challenge from Connor Brown and John Rooney.  However the referee waved away the appeal from Yeates and Connor Brown cleared the ball away from the danger area.

On eighty-five minutes, Jake Lawlor should have given the home side the lead and three points, when the ball arrived at his feet five yards out, but his first time shot went out for a goal kick after clipping the top of the crossbar.

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The visitors came close to winning the game in the final minute when Danny Hollands, the ex-Bournemouth midfielder took on an audacious half-volley from the edge of the box, which forced an excellent save from Joe Green to leave the full-time score 0-0.

Speaking after the match new manager Paul Cox said, “I thought we finished the game the stronger of the two sides and we had the better chances.  I thought we had won it at the end, when Jake Lawlor put the ball over the bar from a few yards, whilst at the offer end Joe Green only had one save to make all match.

To be fair to the players, the way they have applied themselves in training this week has been amazing and it showed on the pitch this afternoon.  The players looked driven and once we start to relax more we will start turning the draws into wins and three points.”

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Having taken his first point as Guiseley manager, Paul Cox and his squad will now travel to Holker Street on Tuesday evening to take on his former club AFC Barrow as the Lions look for the first away win of the season.

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Green, Brown, Lowe, Palmer, Lawlor, Hatfield, Rooney, Molyneux, Correia, Odejayi, Atkinson (Subs) Hurst, Thompson, Mulhern, Williams, East

Eastleigh – Stack, Johnson, Wood, Constable, Yeates, Obileye, Hollands, Boyce, Miley, Howe, McSheffrey (Subs) Green, Zebroski, Stearn, McAllister, Matthews

Goals – N/A

Attendance – 735

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Former Bantam Becomes Player / Coach

Aaron McLean Becomes Player / Coach At Ebbsfleet United

Ebbsfleet United have today confirmed that striker Aaron McLean has joined the clubs coaching staff as ‘striker coach’.  The new role will not affect his playing duties and he will continue to be a key member of the Ebbsfleet United first-team playing squad.

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McLean joined Ebbsfleet from Barnet in January 2016 and despite suffering a long-term ACL injury in 2016/17 he bounced back to help fire Ebbsfleet to promotion, ending last season alongside Darren McQueen as the club won promotion last season. He has scored nine goals in thirty-three appearances since arriving at Stonebridge Road.

Ebbsfleet manager Daryl McMahon said, “Aaron has a wealth of experience as a striker and has so much knowledge he can pass on to the other strikers both at first team and academy level.  He will be a valuable addition to my back room staff, even when Aaron is not playing you will always see him encouraging the team and it is that attitude that has brought us success in recent times.”

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Eastleigh Match Preview

Vanarama National League (Eastleigh Preview)

Firstly, I know this is a preview of the next home game at the weekend, but I would like to start with a bit of a review and thank both Adam Lockwood and Dave Penny for their efforts and wish them both well for the future.

It has been a busy week at Nethermoor Park, as the club moves forward into a new era with the board appointing a new manager Paul Cox to the club on monday evening.  He has vast experience in this league having already managed at AFC Barrow, Torquay and Mansfield Town, who under his leadership won promotion back to the Football League.

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Eastleigh arrive in West Yorkshire having had a decent start to the season losing only one of their opening eight games, but despite that record the Spitfires are only twelfth in the National League table having drawn five of the other seven games.

Looking at the visitors record it appears the club have a strong defence having conceded only seven goals in their opening nine fixtures, however there does seem to be a lack of goals at the club with only one goal per game scored on average.

Eastleigh have themselves made a change this afternoon, signing former Coventry City striker Gary McSheffrey from Doncaster Rovers on a short-term contract until January, which should assist them with their goalscoring this season.  McSheffrey is available for selection on Saturday and could make his debut against the Lions.

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Making a welcome return to West Yorkshire as part of the Eastleigh squad will be former Arsenal & Leeds United goalkeeper Graham Stack. He is currently first choice goalkeeper at Eastleigh, having spent a year (2016) in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters.

I spoke with the former Arsenal and Leeds United goalkeeper earlier this week to get his thoughts on this weekend’s fixture and the coming season from an Eastleigh viewpoint:-

1. There are some big names in the National league this season including Leyton Orient, Hartlepool United and Tranmere Rovers, what are the challenges that Eastleigh completing against those sides and how well do you think Eastleigh will do this season?

I think the most important thing is to be consistent and organised putting teams under pressure at home and be difficult to beat away.  We won’t worry about the other teams just concentrate on what we do as a team.

2. This weekend you will be returning to Yorkshire to take on Guiseley AFC in the National League, will it bring back any memories of your time at Elland Road and what do you think was your best moment for Leeds United?

It was a difficult season for the club with financial troubles and relegation. It would be difficult to find many positives, however one good memory was my debut at Elland Road against Southend United which we won 1-0, I was awarded MOM which was special.

3. You have spent time in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters, what is the standard of their clubs and football league?

The Indian Super League is HUGE we got 70,000 every home game and had every game televised.  It’s competitive with lots of very good Indian players breaking through and also international superstars who are maybe coming to the end of the career.

4. In terms of Eastleigh, which players are the one’s for the home fans to watch out for in terms of skills, talent and biggest prospect at the club?

We have a good squad of players and I believe a group that will challenge Sam Matthews has excellent ability, great control in tight areas, good finisher and is capable of winning a game with a moment of brilliance. Cavaghn Miley is young lad with a bright future, he has a good temperament, energetic, nice range of passing and comfortable carrying the ball, he will develop with more games.

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