Moon Soccerround – 06 Feb 2016

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Soccer

Premier League

Set pieces the key as Foxes win top of the table clash

MANCHESTER CITY 1 LEICESTER CITY 3

Leicester’s incredible title challenge continues as they move six points clear at the top of the table by winning at closest rivals Manchester City. The Foxes stunned the home fans by taking an early lead after a superb run from Riyad Mahrez ended in a free kick which Mahrez crossed low for Robert Huth to get on the end of and score. Leicester increased the lead with a wonderful individual goal from Mahrez leaving Martin Demechilis for dead and breaking into the box to make it 2-0. Fernando nearly got one back with a header forcing a fine save from Kasper Schmiechel but the game was sealed when Huth got a second heading in from a corner. Sergio Aguerro got a consolation goal late on, but it is Leicester who march on, and maybe they might just win that title.

Liverpool let two goal lead slip as fans protest

LIVERPOOL 2 SUNDERLAND 2

Relegation strugglers Sunderland fought back to get a priceless point as Liverpool’s strange inconsistencies continue. Liverpool controlled the first half but managed another 45 minutes without a goal after failing to score in their last three games in normal play. The Reds finall broke through in the second half with Roberto Firmino heading in a James Milner corss and Firmino turned provider to set up Adam Lallana for a tap in to make it 2-0. On 77 minutes about 10,000 of the Liverpool fans in the ground left to protests about ticket prices and it appeared to affect the team. Adam Johnson got one back for Sunderland from a free-kick with 8 minutes left and Jermain Defoe completed the comeback on 88 minutes after being set up by Wahbi Khazri to score from 10 yards. Sunderland’s point still leaves them next to bottom of the table, Liverpool remain 8th in no mans land.

Dominant Everton continue improved form

STOKE CITY 0 EVERTON 3

Everton won 3-0 for the third game in a row after completely controlling the game at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke City. Romelu Lukaku scored with a penalty after kepper Jack Buckland brought down Tom Cleverley. Cleverley provided a quality corner for Seamus Coleman to head home moments later and the Toffees were 3-0 up by half time with Aaron Lennon who intercepted a pass and ran on to score his third goal in the last three games. Lukaku could have had another forcing a fine save from Buckland who tipped the header onto the bar in the second half. Stoke slip to their third defeat in a row while Everton move above their Mersey rivals Liverpool into 7th place.

Championship

Oliveira strike keeps Forest’s run going

LEEDS UNITED 0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1

Nottingham Forest extended their Championship unbeaten run to 13 games with victory at Leeds United. Forest had the better of the game with Gary Gardiner hitting the post in the second half. Forest’s dominance finally paid off when a right wing cross from Eric Lichaj was met by Nelson Oliveira to score his eighth goal of the season. Forest Keeper Dorus De Vries maintained his excellent form and made a fine save from Scott Wooten in the closest Leeds came. The win means Forest are eight points off the play-off places and if they can keep the run going, just maybe they could make a late run.

Derby fail to win again

FULHAM 1 DERBY COUNTY 1

Derby County’s winless run continued being extended to six games at Fulham after a 1-1 draw. The game was fairly even throughout, it was the home side who grabbed the lead when Derby debutant Marcus Olsson put through his own net. Derby were level at half time thanks to Craig Bryson converting Chris Martin’s low cross just before half time. Derby could have won it when Johnny Russell was set up by good work from Richard Keogh but Russell was denied by Fulham keeper Andy Lonergan. Derby remain in fifth place with the draw still on course for the play-offs but their form will need to improve quickly to stay there.

League 2

Shearer saves two penalties as Stags get another win

MANSFIELD TOWN 2 MORECAMBE 1

Mansfield Town made it three wins in a row completing the season double over Morecambe. All the goals came in the first half and it was the visitors from Lancashire who took the lead with a Kevin Ellison goal in the first minute. A deflected strike from Matty Blair had Mansfield level on 15 minutes and they took the lead with a Krystian Peace header from a Mal Benning corner. The hero though was keeper Scott Shearer. He kept Mansfield ahead at the break by saving a Shaun Miller penalty and was called upon to do it again in the second half after Jack Thomas had handled in the area. This time Paul Mullin took the penalty and again Shearer made the save. Mansfield saw the game out and move up to 5th place, albeit having played more games than those around them.

National League

Norwood penalty keeps Rovers in the hunt

TRANMERE ROVERS 1 SOUTPORT 0

Tranmere Rovers made it six wins in seven with victory over Southport at Prenton Park. Louis Maynard nearly got Rovers off to the perfect start putting a clear strike just wide in the first minute. Rovers controlled most of the game with Soutport sitting back and trying to play on the break. The key moment came in the second half, Luke Foster brought down James Norwood in the area who stepped up to score the penalty. Maynard had further chances but it was not his day. Southport pushed on towards the end and forced a number of corners but did not create from then. The win moves Tranmere up to fourth and helps their play-off push. Southport are 10 points clear of the drop zone and unless the crash, should be safe in the Nationa League for another season.

Scottish Championship

Queens lose valuable ground thanks to Mallin strike

ST MIRREN 1 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0

Queen Of The South missed the chance to move ahead of Raith Rovers in the battle for the last remaining play-off spot with defeat at ST Mirren. In a game of few chances and little creativity, the key moment came on 25 minutes with Stevie Mallin scoring for just outside the area to give the home side the lead. ST Mirren keeper Jamie Langfield made an excellent double save from Jake Pickard in the closest Queens came to an equaliser. The defeat leaves the Doonhammers on the same points having played the same number of games as Raith, but Raith are ahead on goal difference, and the two still have to play each other after their game was postponed last week.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Manchester City (0) 1 (Aguerro)Leicester City (1) 3 (Huth 2, Mahrez)At The Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Liverpool (0) 2 (Firmino, Lallana)Sunderland (0) 2 (Johnson, Defoe)At Anfield, Liverpool

Stoke City (0) 0Everton (3) 3 (Lukaku, Coleman, Lennon)At The Britannia Stadium, Stoke On Trent

Championship

Fulham (1) 1 (Olsson {OG})Derby County (1) 1 (Bryson)At Craven Cottage, Fulham

Leeds United (0) 0Nottingham Forest – (0) 1 (Oliveira)At Elland Road, Leeds

League 2

Mansfield Town (2) 2 (Blair, Pearce) – Morecambe (1) 1 (Ellison)At Field Mill, Mansfield

National League

Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Norwood)Southport (0) 0At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

ST Mirren (1) 1 (Mallen)Queen Of The South (0) 0At ST Mirren Park, Paisley

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE SOCCERROUND – Robert Huth (Leicester City)

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