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Every word of Rangers boss John Bennett's address as he dismisses allegations of 'cash hoarding' over Champions League funds

The Ibrox Vice Chairman has spoken out on a range of issues in a broad internal interview. (Author: Gardener)

John Bennett'sRangers vice-chairman John Bennett spoke on a range of issues surrounding the club on Tuesday morning. Speaking to Rangers TV, Bennett addressed fans' concerns on everything from summer signings to money deposited via Champions League qualifying and admitted there had been a lack of communication with punters. Bennett accepts that the Rangers hierarchy needs to do better but also highlighted the club's achievements in recent years - including winning the Premiership title and Scottish Cup, reaching the Europa League final and returning to the league UEFA top table after more than a decade's absence. He also noted success at banking large referral fees after selling Nathan Patterson, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey over the past 12 months. Bennett was keen to emphasize the "reality" of what Champions League finances really mean for the club - and warned it doesn't mean cash will simply "fall from the sky". “I look back over those two and a half years and a lot has happened in so many ways. I talk quite a bit to non-Rangers fans who live where I live and we speak in unison quite a bit, if you actually do just look at the facts of what we've achieved: 'What has the club achieved in two and a half years? We won the league; won a Scottish Cup for the first time in too many years; reaches a Europa League final and qualifies for the Champions League for the first time in too many years. "And when I talk to people here and also to other people at the club, they find that very impressive indeed." If you'd go back two and a half years, if you'd told me that those were the achievements of Football Club, there is Any Rangers fan out there who wouldn't bite your hand off for it? I've been telling people if we just take a purely business perspective - very, very hard in any football club - because football is not like any other business, it's not normal business in many ways. I actually said that almost from day one seven and a half years ago. I looked under the hood and I was like, 'Gosh, I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was that bad'. "Even for the last two and a half years it's been a serious challenge because of course apart from everything else you've had Covid. Again, without too much satisfaction – you can never have that. With Rangers in particular, you can't dwell on success, and you shouldn't dwell on failure, by the way.” But especially with Rangers, you can Don't dwell too long on success because in life when you think about success you risk complacency and we must never have that. But when I look at the off-field facts, easy to forget but reality, harsh reality that in the three years that will end in 2023 - our fiscal year is the end of June - so 2021, 2023, 2023, add it up to - £23m spent on investment, part of that to spend.' 'If you offer me or I would suggest to all Rangers fans two and a half years looking like the last two and a half years, a bit of years? I know we're talking at a time, it's September 2022, the season is weeks old, we've had - and it's not just my words - the words 'unacceptable' from the manager across the club. performances'. "I'm talking about a performance that I think was a Rangers performance against Napoli. It wasn't the result we want for Rangers, but it's a performance. It wasn't a Rangers performance and that's why the managers and others used the term "unacceptable". And I see the football department is doing everything, from Ross (Wilson) down through that department, I see they're doing everything in their power to fix the problem. That will always be the case with Rangers. “The bar only gets higher at this club. I see a lot of people led by the football department, if we have to call it that - we're a football club, all the other departments are there to support the football department, in my opinion." "First thing I would say, because I know there's a lot of ado about it right now...on the back of those two unacceptable performances, there's quite a bit of ado about it. "I learned a long time ago not to judge a new Rangers player in a matter of weeks. Going way back in my supportive life as a Rangers supporter, I've seen more players take time to settle down than those who were from scratch." I can talk about individuals if you want, though I definitely looked at Tom Lawrence and thought, 'There's a player who's going to hit it big' and then events, things happen, injuries. He is on the right track, others are not for various reasons. So I'd tell you this - we're about six weeks into the season, I'm not going to judge any football player who comes to Rangers within that time, I've learned to wait a little longer. If you take another young player that we signed - (Ridvan) Yilmaz - yes, we spent a lot of money on this transfer, but we signed him for five years, not five weeks, not five months. "I'm not going to wait five years to judge him, but I'm not going to do it after five weeks either. I would say if we need a very timely reminder of why we shouldn't judge players early in their careers - I suggest Calvin Bassey give Rangers against St Mirren in the Cup and I remember a noise - maybe not shouting - but I remember a noise around young Calvin, negative noises and questions to him. “Now look at him. He represented this club perfectly on and off the pitch. Another very valid point that's easy to overlook, especially when it comes to transfer windows, is that investing in the squad isn't strictly reserved for signings. What about investing in the existing squad, the squad that took us to a Europa League final? “I actually remember a few weeks ago there was some negative noise about giving new contracts to certain players of a certain age. The board listens to Gio (van Bronckhorst) and Ross and takes recommendations, be they new players or existing squad members. To reiterate, a squad that got you into a Europa League final.” The recommendation comes and the board backs it. Coming to last night, the Napoli game, some of the players we signed - the keeper, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield - did more than just play their part in a Rangers performance. Not a Rangers result but a Rangers performance against Napoli. “When we return to the signings, a few weeks ago I listened to the club's vice-captain say it was the strongest squad he'd seen at Rangers since he was at Rangers. I know for a fact that this is one player who doesn't miss a training session. And if that's a player who doesn't miss a training session, I trust his judgment because he sees these players every day. And I trust the coach's judgment, who says he's happy with this team. I also think this is the strongest squad since I've been with Rangers, since Connor (Goldson) and others have been with Rangers. It's September, let's see if we get it right as the season progresses.” “Isn't it kind of ironic that the questions around the club's finances go from 'gosh, where did that come from? What are we going to look like in three months, six months?' and those were very real questions and I've seen quite a bit lately over £100m falling from the sky, £40m falling from the sky, headline numbers – never before more correctly to say "don't believe the headlines". "I saw one where Rangers were 'hoarding money' and all kinds of stuff. We can rail against it, we can say 'well that's rotten journalism' or 'these are the usual suspects who come out and as always are opportunistic and have a' take action against the club at the earliest opportunity, a couple of poor performances on the Space, let's go and attack them. or whatever you want to call them. Let's take a look at ourselves and where we may have fallen short. We didn't communicate enough, for example, what qualifying for the Champions League group stage means financially. I'm sorry if certain people within the club feel like I'm criticizing them - I own this because I'm part of the club, we all have to own it together. Let's take a look before we point the finger anywhere else. "We missed a trick, we could have come out after the PSV game and said: 'Let's party, we're back...' It was full of 'Where's the money gone?' Rangers aren't going to be sitting on piles and piles of cash this year.Rangers continue to invest on and off the pitch and we will continue to invest because the bar keeps getting higher.I accept some of the criticism of the communication.That is not the sole responsibility of people in communication, we as a board stand for it." The thing that strikes me when money falls out of the sky and unplanned good fortune occurs, I'm afraid I've never known at Rangers. But unplanned, especially when it it's about player trading and that's what I want to talk about to suggest it's falling out of the sky it's so wrong going back to the AGM where I was talking about four pillars maybe four pillars isn't the analogy and it's four cylinders in one engine? But if an engine is to work on four cylinders, all four must fire. The player trading model was not running, was not running. Here is the fact that it has only been up and running for months and it says January 2022 with the sale of young Nathan (Patterson). The development of young Nathan in this academy took years. Players were moved to the first team to make room for Nathan and Calvin. "They both came in, took their chances, grabbed the bull by the horns and unfortunately - from a football point of view, from my point of view - are no longer part of our squad. "There are countless problems and there will always be problems and challenges with someone like that Association. What is Rangers about? Rangers is about winning. Again, my day job is in a ranked business. The fund management business is a ranking business. It's very public - is your fund at the top or bottom of the rankings? “Fortunately, in my job, that usually extends beyond a rolling three-year position. There are a lot of ex-rangers who have said and it's very apt, at this club you're only as good as your last pass. That's the benchmark at Rangers and I wouldn't have it any other way. They are the elixir of life, this club really belongs to them. I don't know about you, I've been very impressed with English Premier League fans and their reaction at certain clubs to all this Super League stuff. I'm a part owner of Rangers, but I'm also a Rangers owner as well as a fan, a supporter, as I'm someone who happens to own some shares. That's why I get annoyed by some justified, justified criticism, observations that our communication with our fans hasn't been good enough lately. Let's fix that. They own the club, they are the elixir of life. It's not just a phrase, they own the club."

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Top 10 Big Bang Theory episodes according to Reddit

18 Redditor u/Joshthetopshagger asked, "What's your favorite episode of The Big Bang Theory?" Mine is season six, episode eight, The 43 Peculiarity. Several Redditors agreed. ... Continue reading (Author: Gardener)

Reddit18 Redditor u/Joshthetopshagger asked, "What's your favorite episode of The Big Bang Theory?" Mine is season six, episode eight, The 43 Peculiarity. Several Redditors agreed. In "The 43 Peculiarity," Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) are obsessed with finding out what Sheldon (Jim Parsons) does for 20 minutes every day. A sophisticated prank ensues, in which Sheldon has the last laugh. Redditor Avengelina254 replied: "The one when Sheldon buys Amy (Mayim Bialik) her tiara. Another user, monomocessen, quoted an excited Amy: "Put it on me! Big Bang fan ivandemidov1 s3e12 voted: “The Psychic Vortex. Raj bribes Sheldon as his wingman, resulting in both of them dating.” They shared the dialogue between Sheldon and Martha (Jen Drohan). Finally, they admitted, "I'm still sad that Sheldon isn't with Martha." In "The Staircase Implementation," Leonard (Johnny Galecki) tells Penny (Kaley Cuoco) how he became Sheldon's roommate. Big Bang fan viviViolettevivi agreed: "Yes! Redditor HatdanceCanada quoted Sheldon as saying, "I agree. If any of us ever invent time travel, we can all agree that our first stop today is going to be this meeting in exactly five seconds." Redditor perfectplacesanyway said, "It's the adorable episode where Penny and Sheldon take the 'infatuation test' in which they ask questions and then look into each other's eyes. They continued, "Aside from maybe being in the bathroom on Sheldon's birthday, I think it's one of her cutest moments." Redditor perfectplacesanyway also nominated, "Howard and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) have to deal with customer service at baggage claim because they lost Howard's mother's ashes." Another Big Bang Theory fan, Zebra-Connect, replied, "The one they all played D&D and Howard in was the Dungeon Master (DM)." Dalanard replied: "My favorite moves are around all the time, but right now it's S8. When he says 'you'd need the key', when Penny asks how they 'unlock' the door...I lol every time." In this episode, of course, Dr. Oliver Lorvis (Thornton) that he's in love with Penny, so he delivers her roses and locks Leonard and the boys in his playroom. Redditor solipsisticcompass replied: "S9E11 The Opening Night Excitation for several reasons. They elaborated: "Like Bernadette said, wild thing. It was also super funny when Amy screamed her mouth in response to Bernadette telling her that Sheldon is ready to get physical.” Eventually, they concluded, I thought, B-story with the boys, and Wil Wheaton is funny. Bob Newhart was in the episode. Finally, they nailed the scenes with Sheldon and Amy sleeping together. Redditor viviViolettevivi upvoted: "Adhesive Ducks...always. They continued, "The side story is just as good. Penny: "Then maybe you shouldn't do it..." In "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency" Penny falls into the shower and Sheldon answers her cries for help. It ends with Penny insisting that Sheldon sing "Soft Kitty" with her in a round song. SlimSlayer19 explained, "My personal favorite would be the one where Leonard moves in with Penny without asking her and Amy tries to convince Sheldon to accept her as a roommate." They shared this dialogue between Amy and Sheldon on The Spoiler Alert Segmentation”. SlimSlayer19 admitted, "I swear these lines get me down every time." Another Reddit user, ferrocarrilusa, quoted Leonard as saying, "We're dropping science, son!" In "The Scavenger Vortex," Raj is disappointed that no one is at attended his Mystery Dinner Party. IT-like scavenger hunt and creates three teams: Penny and Sheldon, Amy and Howard, and Bernadette and Leonard. Amy and Howard share a love of Neil Diamond's music and leave the scavenger hunt behind to perform his music at karaoke at the Cheesecake Factory. Redditor Dr_hawaii reported, "I don't know, there's something about Amy and Howard swinging to Neil Diamond." More from Wealth of Geeks This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.

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Arsenal's muted performance shows that Toney must constantly reinvent himself to secure a place at the World Cup

The 26-year-old was crushed by Arsenal's backline on Sunday and will need to continue reinventing himself if he is to retain his place in Gareth Southgate's squad (Author: Gardener)

ArsenalIvan Toney was a hostage to fortune as he pressed send to celebrate last season's opening day win over Arsenal. Thirteen months later, Toney and his Brentford team-mates met a vengeful opponent who was delighted to reverse the experience. This was far from 'a nice kick with the lads' and for Toney the uneasiness was compounded by a first call-up to the England squad which gave high priority to his performance. Brentford were three down within the hour as Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League with a performance that oozed style and authority. Toney wasn't the only one who failed to make his mark, but as a man of the moment, England's spotlight inevitably drew special attention. With the outcome fictionally in limbo, Toney disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle framed by Gabriel, William Saliba and Thomas Partey, a towering trio that engulfed him whole. Had Toney been supplied by an opposing triangle of, say, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, he might have had a presence in the game, albeit not quite as much as Erling Haaland. Or had he fed on the quality of the cross offering Gabriel Jesus the opportunity to double the Arsenal advantage he might have gained in importance. Lacking the golden supply chain he benefits from, it falls to Toney to forage more, find space, get into unfamiliar positions, like perhaps England skipper Harry Kane. Somewhere between the schools of Haaland and Kane sits Jesus, who keeps terrorizing defenders with and without the ball with his eel-like movement, speed and energy. Toney has settled in well in his second season as a Premier League footballer, the hat-trick against Leeds United in the previous home game seemed to confirm Gareth Southgate's approval of England's selection panel. Here he faced a higher level of organisation, commitment and flair than at Leeds, as he might expect against Italy or Germany. The ball moves faster in thinner company and the place is harder to find. Tony is 26 years old. Barry Fry, director of football at Peterborough who rescued Toney from the Newcastle wasteland, heaps his old boy with typically over-the-top platitudes. He can't believe Manchester United haven't sunk millions on him over the summer. Perhaps United shared the same reservations as Steve McLaren and Rafa Benitez, Newcastle manager Toney believes he has been denied a chance to shine. Manchester United similarly struggled to take the ball from Arsenal for an hour at Old Trafford, but Marcus Rashford hinted at a significant return to form. Toney has neither Rashford's pace nor his backcountry and will need to soar to greater heights if he is to resist the United forward's revival before the World Cup squad is finalized. There was a pre-half snap as he flicked the ball Haaland-like at advancing Rico Henry and later found Bryan Mbueno with a calculating cross in the same passage. The 49 goals he scored in 94 games for Peterborough and the 52 he scored for Brentford in 97 are testament to a decent marksman. Arsenal have never had any problems with the Brentford crush. Step by step, as always, the Premier League reveals the strengths and weaknesses of its elements. Brentford couldn't find the energy or exuberance that swept United and Leeds away. Arsenal, without two of their most influential players, skipper Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko, were in a class of their own, commanding even, in keeping with the historic moment weighing on the nation's capital. A minute's silence for the late Queen Elizabeth II at the start of the game was observed with due respect, as expected. Arsenal paid their own tribute with a display full of aristocratic if not regal pretensions, topped by a goal from Fabio Vieira in his first Premier League start, suggesting the £34million signing from Porto proved to be as well could prove influential like fellow newcomers Jesus and Zinchenko.

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Luke Grimes joins Instagram with a surprise while Denim Richards gives us Monday motivation

Luke Grimes is on Instagram and we need a few moments. (Author: Gardener)

Luke GrimesHappy Monday Yellowstone lovers; It's your daily round-up of news and wonder from the all-time favorite cowboy drama. Paramount's Yellowstone might not be airing new episodes every week, but that doesn't mean the news train has stopped rolling. From interesting interview clips and secrets revealed to Luke Grimes himself joining the Instagram space, you can't rest if you're part of the Yellowstone fandom; There is no sleep here. So what brought Grimes to Instagram, and what else is simmering in the Yellowstone universe? Luke Grimes has joined the social media space, and we had to settle our hearts before we even got a chance to look at his post. It took something big to get Grimes on Instagram, and that big was announcing that he's in the lineup for the upcoming Stagecoach Festival! In addition to taking the stage, Grimes will also join Lainey Wilson and Ryan Bingham, two other actors and musicians in the Yellowstone realm. Bingham plays the polarizing Walker in Yellowstone, and Wilson's entry into the series comes in Season 5, but fans know she'll be a singer named Abby. We can't wait to meet them in the Yellowstone realm and we know the three of them will eventually lead to something special at Stagecoach too. Lainey Wilson also took to social media to share the Stagecoach lineup and she is just as excited as Grimes to be a part of the big event. Stagecoach is a music festival that people travel to all over the world - and with good reason. Featuring some of country music's biggest names, Stagecoach has something for everyone who loves a little twang with their wranglers and cowboy boots. The added bonus of a Sunday episode of Yellowstone is undoubtedly enough to get fans of the series excited for the upcoming festival. We hope the desert offers Yellowstone fans a memory they will never forget. In addition to the tweet he shared, Denim Richards, who plays Yellowstone's Colby, shared a video on Instagram about getting the motivation for a great start to the week. He gives his fans a Monday mission and talks about weeding out negativity this week. Noting that a negative attitude can crush hopes, dreams, and plans, Richards says that a rush of positivity and confidence can only fight the disease of negativity. Richards often shares video messages on his social media, which are exactly what the doctor ordered. At a time when social media can affect your mind and mood, it's a breath of fresh air to be a fan of a celebrity willing to take a moment to spread some kindness and positivity instead! Cheers to Grimes, Wilson and Richards - and their social media posts, which turned our boring Monday into something that gave us both weak knees and motivation!

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Sheffield United extend championship lead

League One pacesetters Ipswich and Portsmouth both draw. Leyton Orient, leaders of the second division, wins again. (Author: Gardener)

Sheffield UnitedOli McBurnie's fourth goal in five league games helped Sheffield United extend their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship to three points after a 2-0 away win over Preston. Scotland striker McBurnie fired from close range with 15 minutes remaining after Senegalese midfielder Iliman Ndiaye put the visitors ahead just before half-time. The win for Paul Heckingbottom's feisty Blades was also their fourth straight league win and extended their impressive unbeaten streak to eight games. West Brom boss Steve Bruce remains under pressure after a controversial Norwich equalizer cost his side just a second Sky Bet Championship win of the season. The former Canary Islands defender endured taunts from his own fans after the mid-week defeat by Birmingham and was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road despite the visitors being the better team. Dara O'Shea's header had put the Baggies on course for victory, but a first Norwich goal for Sam Byram salvaged a point for the underperforming hosts, while West Brom held the goal furiously as they appealed in vain for handball from the full-back. Tom Ince's brilliant free-kick just after the hour mark gave Reading a 1-0 win at the Sky Bet Championship in Wigan. Ince's strike decided the game and gave the Royals a fifth win in seven games. Jay Rodriguez's fifth goal of the season put Burnley fourth in the Championship as they extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions to eight games with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bristol City. Sunderland substitute Jewison Bennette secured his side a 2-2 draw at Watford with an 87th-minute equalizer at Vicarage Road. QPR are sixth after they and Stoke drew 0-0 in a Sky Bet Championship match with few clear chances at Loftus Road. Second-half goals from Carlton Morris and Reece Burke finally earned Luton their first home win of the season on seven attempts, beating Blackburn 2-0 at Kenilworth Road. Benik Afobe's second-half strike gave Millwall a 2-1 win over Blackpool at The Den. Swansea finally put their wastefulness behind them to secure a 3-0 win over Hull, but they owed the big win to two Howlers from Tobias Figueiredo. Huddersfield clinched only their second league win of the season when veteran striker Jordan Rhodes fired them to a 1-0 home win over Cardiff in their first game since head coach Danny Schofield was sacked. Sheffield Wednesday fought back with two late goals in a 2-2 draw against Sky Bet League One leaders Ipswich at Hillsborough. However, George Byers reduced the deficit before Michael Smith equalized in the 89th minute. Portsmouth drew level on points with Ipswich after also scoring a late goal in a 2–2 draw with Plymouth that ended with 10 men at Fratton Park. Pompey midfielder Josh Koroma struck five minutes before the break but the Pilgrims had turned things around after a Sean Raggett own goal and substitute Niall Ennis struck eleven minutes from time. Plymouth substitute Brendan Galloway was then sent off after two late bookings and Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, who had not been a long substitute, headed in the equalizer in the third minute of added time. Bolton are fifth after a late goal from Dapo Afolayan saw them beat Peterborough 1-0. Barnsley are sixth after a 3-0 win at Cambridge, despite midfielder Liam Kitching being sent off in the second half. There was a lengthy stoppage early in the second half after Barnsley goalkeeper Bradley Collins required treatment after colliding with Sam Smith when he headed the ball outside the box. Ben House had given Lincoln an early lead, Diamond added a second from the penalty spot. Aaron Collins reduced the deficit in the 18th minute, but Diamond struck again just before the break. Ryan Loft scored another goal for Rovers but Ben House added a sixth for the Imps after an hour and then Collins scored his second of the afternoon to complete the goal in the 65th minute. Forest Green's struggles continued as they were beaten 2-1 at home by fellow fighter Morecambe, who scored an injury-time winner from Farrend Rawson. Former Palace striker Connor Wickham put Rovers ahead after half an hour but Kieran Phillips equalized from a corner just before the break and Rawson nodded late to take all three points. Matthew Smith put the Dons ahead just before half-time, Will Grigg added a late second from the penalty spot before John Mousinho nodded in consolation for the hosts. Sean McConville's strike after just 32 seconds was enough to give Accrington a 1-0 home win over Cheltenham. Anis Mehmeti put Wycombe ahead in the 15th minute. Callum Morton broke the deadlock after half an hour before Miles Leaburn equalized with 13 minutes left. Striker Harrison gave Vale an early lead and Christian Saydee equalized for the Shrews in the 19th minute. Omar Beckles shot leaders Leyton Orient to a 1-0 win over Walsall to equal his 100 percent home record. The only undefeated side in League Two secured the points after Beckles scored from a corner just before the hour mark. Andy Cook scored twice and Tyreik Wright added a third as Bradford handed the high-flying Stevenage a 3-0 loss, despite the Bantams sending Brad Halliday off with a minute to go. Barrow climbed into second over Stevenage when two goals from Josh Gordon, the second a penalty, fired them to a 2-0 win at Newport. Northampton are in third place after Sam Hoskins took his tally for the season to 10 with two goals in a 3-0 win over bottom Rochdale. Jon Guthrie snatched the first set three minutes from half-time before Hoskins headed the rebound after his penalty was saved in the 73rd minute to score with 10 minutes remaining. A third goal of the season from Josh Hawkes gave Tranmere a surprise 1-0 win at Salford, who were previously unbeaten at home. Second-half goals from Will Randall and Harry Beautyman for Sutton condemned Hartlepool to a 2-0 loss and extended their winless streak to 18 games. Callum Guy struck Carlisle first before Ayoub Assal scored the Dons' first goal in four games to equalize. Mansfield secured a 2-0 win at Gillingham with goals from Lukas Akins - who also had a penalty saved by Glenn Morris - and George Lapslie. Harry Clifton fired Grimsby to a 1-0 win at Colchester and Courtney Baker-Richardson's sixth goal of the season gave Crewe a win over Crawley by the same score.

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We'd give anything to have Brian Óg back for a day, says Maguire family after 10-year anniversary of Fermanagh ace's tragic death

Tuesday was the 10th anniversary. (Author: Gardener)

Brian ÓgEileen and Brian Maguire had put everything aside. Eileen and Brian Maguire had put everything aside. The worst part was not being active so they headed up the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail to the highest point in Fermanagh. The worst part was not being active so they headed up the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail to the highest point in Fermanagh. Beside them were daughters Eimear and her husband Fergal Reilly and Roisín and her husband Marty McGrath. All there to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of her beloved son, brother and brother-in-law Brian Óg Maguire. On that day, September 13, 2012, Ógie's life was good. He left home early to get diesel at a local garage. Last weekend he had played a typical lead for Lisnaskea Emmetts as they edged past local rivals St Pat's by a single point to secure their place in the Fermanagh Championship final for the first time in 16 years. His interview was in The Impartial Reporter. He left the paper on the passenger seat as he went to work at Quinn's prestressed concrete plant in Teemore. A few days earlier he had gone to Monaghan to buy a pale gray suit for the wedding of Fermanagh team-mate Peter Sherry over the weekend. On Wednesday night he asked his mother, Eileen, if she could come down to Enniskillen for some late-night shopping on Thursday. His friend Meadhbh had just been to Italy with her mother and had agreed with her as that was the whole style there. On the football field, he captained Lisnaskea to the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship in 2011. All the different strands of his life came together. He had left St. Mary's College but after 16 months knew factory life was not for him. He was taking steps to get back into college, but in the meantime he wanted to raise some money and look forward to a district finals against Tempo Maguires. life was good The Maguire family home in Macknagh Townland, Lisnaskea is one that you can imagine was once filled with craze and fun. A dining table sits in the center of the kitchen, the heart of the home. Against one wall is the kitchen dresser, adorned with pictures of Brian Óg. Even when he was with us, the girls called it "The Shrine" for his burgeoning football career. On the kitchen window sill there is a picture of him, happy and smiling, that someone posted during the wake. It's been there ever since. Memories of the sport are everywhere. Pictures of Eileen playing Camogie with Roslea and then when they broke up, Scotstown until she was 45. As a student she won an All Ireland title with St Mary's College, beating Mary Immaculate, Limerick. Brian played football for Newtownbutler First Fermanaghs until he was 40, a high-profile midfielder with superhuman strength who served as chaperone for a young team that won the 1988 championship. In the living room there is a stack of ring binders laminated with match reports from Brian Óg's games such as the International Rules Under-17 team, with Cavan's Cian Mackey playing a prominent role. There's also the matchday program of the 1999 All-Ireland Final when he played for the Mini-Seven at half-time at Croke Park. Stacks of newspapers from the period after September 2012 lie loose. “There was never any trouble with Brian Óg as a baby, he just went through with everything. When he cried, you knew he was hurt," says mother Eileen. Crazy after football. My mum used to buy a ball for a pound or two and at one point we counted 22 of them popping in the back garden. He could play solo before he was old and loved catching the ball. “Roisín was the eldest, then Eimear, then Brian Óg. He was the baby and he was appreciated. As a kid, there was always a camogie game for Eileen or football for Brian. The children followed Eileen and played on the sidelines under the supervision of their grandmother, Cassie. Occasionally, Eileen may need to run off the field - to settle an argument or lure her down from a tree. “Roisín has taken on a lot of responsibility,” she explains. "They were always mature children, they didn't bother me. And then Brian Óg went on as a normal teenager.” In time, Fergal O'Reilly started dating Eimear. Marty McGrath entered Roisín's life. Two Fermanagh footballers. One day Brian Óg was with the Fermanagh minors when Marty was with the seniors. They collected their sea gear, socks and clothes for a game the next day. You have a picture of it from behind. In 2012, on a warm day at Brewster Park, Enniskillen, Brian Óg and Marty walked behind the band in the pre-match parade, representing their county at the Ulster Championship. On the morning of September 13, 2012, he stretched a steel cable to prepare for the production of precast concrete elements. However, the steel cable came loose at one end and flew towards Brian Óg, who was positioned in a safety cage. The rope was pushed behind him where it hit an object causing it to spread out. "When I got the call, Derrylin was only seven miles over there. We could have crossed. He could have been alive," pleads Eileen. They were taken to Enniskillen Hospital where they waited for about an hour. Their shock meant they didn't know where Roisín was. Coincidentally, she was in the hospital for an overdue check-up for her and Marty's first baby. "Eventually the ambulance came. We were taken to this room in A and E, but there was a tall window in there. I heard someone outside the door say, "There's the ambulance now," Eileen recalls. "I stormed out and they held me," she says. "After whatever time, our sisters and brothers kept coming back, but we were hysterical. We were taken to a room. He had a large lump of steel cable sticking out of the left side of his head. I held him tight and told him how much I loved him, then whispered an act of remorse in his ear. “They said he died in the ambulance. But I do not know. A complete scene of devastation. They said he had to go to Belfast for an autopsy. "I wanted to go with him. Before the All Ireland final he had to go to the Croke Park Hotel for interviews and asked if I would come along. The ambulance took him to Belfast for an autopsy. Waking up Saturday night, Roisín went into labor. The next morning Holy Cross Church in Lisnaskea was packed for the funeral. Hundreds and hundreds stood outside. But Roisín and Marty weren't there. Daniel Brian McGrath was born at 4am on Monday morning. Subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that three wedge segments gripping the steel cable showed signs of wear and damage. The tapered barrel, in which the grips were positioned, was worn beyond the manufacturer's recommended limits. This caused the rope to gradually slip through the clamps as it was tensioned and was released with an estimated force of around six tons. The company had not taken appropriate precautions to verify that the grips and barrels were fit for use. Nor did it have a proper system for managing the use and rotation of these safety-critical items. Quinn Building Products Ltd admitted it had failed to ensure the health and safety of one employee. It also admitted not having serviced work equipment. In his verdict at Omagh Crown Court, Judge Paul Ramsey said it was a "terrific and unusual accident". The court found that Brian Óg was "terribly unlucky" but breaches of health and safety laws had resulted in his death. There have been previous incidents where a wire had come loose, although they differed from this 'peculiar' accident. Judge Ramsey added: "There had grown a culture of acceptance that this type of mishap was almost an occupational hazard and because nobody was hurt there seemed to be no desire to report it or deal with it, and I can don't ignore it.” Judge Ramsey referred to eight victim impact statements that he said were “very difficult to read.” "They are articulate, eloquent and moving testimonies of the short life of a young man so cruelly taken from them," he said. Dad Brian says: "I thought Health and Safety was as much to blame as Quinn's. "They had nothing to stop it. This particular accident may not have happened before, but when they did the risk assessments they couldn't see that it could have happened.” Their questions, unanswered during the trial, felt they could survive an investigation . His successor wrote a letter to the family saying no investigation was needed. They wrote back and said their own questions hadn't been answered. "I would have liked to see some people being interviewed," says Eileen. "We remain in limbo." Brian was a supervisor at a Quinn's factory. He couldn't bear to work there again. Eileen's brother Kevin worked right next to the scene of the accident. He left after a few months. After a year in which Brian was unemployed, Eileen had to go back to work as a gym teacher at St Comhgall. She will never forget a young student, Sean Keenan, who met her at the door on her first day back and carried her bag to her room. “If you come at this time of year, you know it's coming. It threatens. You end up reliving the horror of that horrible day and it's as if your body is anticipating it," says Eileen. “I got into golf because you have to try to park some of it. You would end up in a terrible state any day. “I tried to do things but until I got September out of the way I wouldn't function properly at all. I've always said the girls are the silent mourners. Brian is too. It is also very difficult to see their sadness. I just wanted to lie down and never get up again. But if you didn't have other children, you probably would. The devastation of it. “We have seven grandchildren. I love when they're babies and so innocent. You are my lifeline, a light at the end of the tunnel, and bring good luck back into my life.” “On Thursday, September 13, 2012, the happy lives we knew ended and we were plunged into this horrible, lingering nightmare , from which there is no escape,” it said. The girls have lost their only brother. All our hopes and dreams are shattered and our lives are changed forever. The horror of what we had to experience that day is still unbearable, the pain excruciating and unrelenting. It's very difficult to accept that he's gone. "Brian Óg's death was a devastating loss not only for us but also for his girlfriend Meadhbh, our extended family, his friends and teammates in Lisnaskea Emmetts, Fermanagh and beyond. "The loss of my beloved Brian Óg is something I will never come to terms with. The death of a child is the most difficult of all emotional problems. The horror of what happened to him will haunt me every day for the rest of my life. “…The penalty imposed on the company responsible for Brian Óg's death is of very little concern to us and will in no way alleviate the desperate situation in which we have been left. Ten years later, the effect has been profound both mental and physical impact. The death of a child? It can attack you anywhere," adds Eileen. “He said sometimes you have to pretend. I went to golf even though I didn't want to go. "So he just said, 'Try to pretend you're alive'. "It's like what the poet John O'Donoghue says. They don't know why it's coming at this particular time. Sixteen days after his death, the Maguires took part in the Fermanagh County Final. On a gloomy night, Lisnaskea took to the field in her green and red hoops. Ryan Glancy, one of Brian Óg's closest friends, gave 'Skea a 3-1, 4-0 lead four minutes after half-time. "It's hard to describe what it was like. I don't remember much to be honest," Brian recalls. “It was just unreal to sit there and not play Brian Óg. At that time we were still in shock. People came up to us and sympathized and so on. If it had been out for a while I probably wouldn't have gone there. We just went along with it.” We just went along with it.” At the end of the year, the club held an event. Brian Óg was posthumously named Player of the Year. "That was so heartbreaking, too," says Eileen. “However, I would feel a lot worse if Brian Óg was forgotten. We don't want him to be forgotten.” Adds Brian: “It's difficult to go to any games now. I don't go to many. You live on. In the week leading up to the anniversary, they took part in the Tour of Fermanagh cycle due to their loyalty to Lisnaskea Emmetts. Eileen cycled the rest of the 60 km alone. Eileen plays golf in Clones. When they think of him, he is struck by his generosity and gentleness, even though he used to play football fearlessly. It's the little incidents that remind her of his nature. Like when he was about 16 getting ready for school one morning when a bluebird flew into the living room window. Brian Óg walked up to it and got angry. How he wrote his mother loving letters on all her cards, especially on Mother's Day. Brian says, "He had that kind of nature." Eileen adds, "You didn't realize it, you should have been so happy. What were you complaining about before? We would give anything to have Brian Óg back, even for a day.”

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Sheffield United defeats Preston to extend lead

Oli McBurnie's fourth goal in five league games helped Sheffield United extend their lead at the top of the Championship to three points with a comfortable 2-0 win at Preston. (Author: Gardener)

PrestonChampionship summary: Sheffield United win over Preston to extend lead Oli McBurnie celebrates Sheffield United's second goal against Preston at Deepdale. Photo: Isaac Parkin/PAOli McBurnie celebrates Sheffield United's second goal against Preston at Deepdale. Photo: Isaac Parkin/PAOli McBurnie's fourth goal in five league games helped Sheffield United extend their lead at the top of the Championship to three points with a comfortable 2-0 win at Preston. The Scotland international fired home from close range with 15 minutes remaining after Iliman Ndiaye put the visitors ahead just before half-time. The win for Paul Heckingbottom's side was their fourth consecutive league win and extended their impressive unbeaten streak to eight games. Steve Bruce remains under pressure after a controversial Norwich equalizer cost his West Brom side just their second league win of the season. Bruce endured taunts from his own fans after losing to Birmingham midweek and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road despite the visitors being the better side. Dara O'Shea's header had put the Baggies on course for victory but a first Norwich goal for Sam Byram salvaged a point for the underperforming hosts. West Brom were furious with the goal standing as they unsuccessfully appealed for handball from the full-back. Sunderland substitute Jewison Bennette gave his side a 2-2 draw at Watford with an 87th-minute equalizer at Vicarage Road.Shota Arveladze is feeling the pressure after Hull's fourth time in a 3-0 defeat at Swansea lost in a row. Second-half goals from Ryan Manning, Luke Cundle and Joel Piroe saw Hull languish in possession just above the relegation zone. I'll talk to myself about the situation but with this form it's no surprise at all.” Sheffield Wednesday fought back with two late goals in a 2-2 draw against leaders Ipswich at Hillsborough. Kayden Jackson had given the Tractor Boys a narrow lead after just four minutes and when Owls defender Dominic Iorfa broke his own goal with 20 minutes to go there seemed to be no turning back. However, George Byers reduced the deficit before Michael Smith equalized in the 89th minute. Portsmouth remain level on points with Ipswich after also scoring a late goal in a 2-2 draw with Plymouth that ended with 10 men at Fratton Park. Pompey midfielder Josh Koroma struck five minutes before the break but the Pilgrims had turned things around after a Sean Raggett own goal and substitute Niall Ennis struck eleven minutes from time. Brendan Galloway, who came on for Argyle, was sent off after two late bookings and Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, who had not been a long substitute, headed in the equalizer in the third minute of added time. Bolton finished fifth after a late goal from Dapo Afolayan They beat Peterborough 1-0. Barnsley are sixth after a 3-0 win at Cambridge, despite midfielder Liam Kitching being sent off in the second half. James Norwood added a third in added time. Jack Diamond scored a hat trick as Lincoln won 6-3 at Bristol Rovers. Ben House gave Lincoln an early lead, Diamond added a second from the penalty spot. Ryan Loft scored another goal for the Rovers but Ben House added a sixth goal for the Imps after an hour. Bottom side Burton eventually scored a win as they won 2-0 in Exeter. Deji Oshilaja and Davis Kellior-Dunn hit in the second half for the Brewers, who recently parted ways with manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Times winner by Farrend Rawson.MK Dons won 2-1 at Oxford. Matthew Smith put the Dons ahead just before half-time, Will Grigg adding a late second from the penalty spot before John Mousinho nodded in consolation. Sean McConville's goal after just 32 seconds was enough to give Accrington a 1-0 home win over Cheltenham. Conor Hourihane scored twice in the closing stages when Derby came from behind to beat Wycombe 2-1. Fleetwood and Charlton drew 1-1. Callum Morton broke the deadlock after half an hour before Miles Leaburn equalized with 13 minutes left. Ellis Harrison headed his second goal of the game in stoppage time as Port Vale beat Shrewsbury 2-1 not preventing the midfielder from representing Wales at the World Cup. "So there's not much of a concern at the moment." Huddersfield clinched just their second league win of the season when veteran forward Jordan Rhodes fired them to a 1-0 home win over Cardiff in their first game since headbag coach Danny Schofield. Coaches Narcis Pelach and Paul Harsley were temporarily in charge, Schofield having left the club with the Terriers in the bottom two. Tom Ince's brilliant free-kick just after the hour gave Reading a 1-0 win at Wigan. The home side fought back in eight tense minutes of added time but Reading held on, with Ince's strike giving the Royals their fifth win in seven games. Tom Ince's free kick hit the back of the net. Photo: Ryan Browne/Shutterstock Jay Rodriguez's fifth goal of the season saw Burnley move up to fourth as they extended their unbeaten streak to eight games in all competitions with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bristol City. We use Google reCaptcha to protect our website and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. That was canceled out midway through the first half by Nakhi Wells' close-range equalizer and for a while it looked like Clarets would be held to their sixth draw of the season by a City team defending determinedly. But Rodriguez secured the three points and sealed Burnley's fourth league win of the season. Second-half goals from Carlton Morris and Reece Burke finally gave Luton their first home win of the season, 2-0 over Blackburn Kenilworth-Road on the seventh try. Morris volleyed home Jordan Clark's cross before centre-back Burke created a magic moment to seal the game. Benik Afobe's second-half strike gave Millwall a 2-1 win over Blackpool at The Den. The hosts took the lead early in the first half when Dutchman Zian Flemming's header agonizingly snaked past Blackpool goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw to score an own goal. The visitors equalized before half-time when Dom Thompson met Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino, but Millwall dominated after the break when Afobe's effort proved enough to give Gary Rowett's men a much-needed triumph. Gustavo Hamer saw red for Coventry as the entertaining derby against Birmingham at St Andrew's ended goalless. The Brazilian-born Dutch midfielder was sent off in the 89th minute for violent behavior after previously creating several chances for the bottom of the table, who have not played 11 games since beating Birmingham 4-2 on April 15, 155 days ago had won. Omar Beckles fired leaders Leyton Orient in a 1-0 win over Walsall to match his 100 per cent home record. League Two's only undefeated side secured the points after Beckles took a corner just before the hour mark. Andy Cook scored twice and Tyreik Wright added a third as Bradford inflicted a 3-0 loss on high-flying Stevenage, although the Bantams had Brad Halliday sent off with a minute to go. Barrow climbed into second over Stevenage when two goals from Josh Gordon, the second a penalty, fired them to a 2-0 win at Newport. Northampton are third after Sam Hoskins took his tally for the season to 10 with two goals in a 3-0 win over bottom-heeled Rochdale. Jon Guthrie snatched the first set three minutes from half-time before Hoskins headed the rebound after his penalty was saved in the 73rd minute to score with 10 minutes remaining. A third goal of the season from Josh Hawkes gave Tranmere a surprise 1-0 win at Salford, who were previously unbeaten at home. Second-half goals from Will Randall and Harry Beautyman for Sutton condemned Hartlepool to a 2-0 loss and extended their winless streak to 18 games. Kristian Dennis headed the winner for Carlisle as they beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1. Mansfield secured a 2-0 win at Gillingham with goals from Lukas Akins – who also had a penalty saved by Glenn Morris – and George Lapslie beat Crewe Crawley by the same score that season. Swindon won 1-0 at Doncaster thanks to Jacob Wakeling's goal and Stockport ended 0-0 against Harrogate. Thank you for your feedback. QPR and Stoke also drew 0-0 a game with few clear chances at Loftus Road. Stoke had the better half of the first half when Dwight Gayle disallowed an early try for offside and shaved the top of the bar with a free kick. But he was substituted in the second half, meaning he hasn't scored in 38 games now - a streak dating back to December 2020. Middlesbrough remain in the last three after a 0-0 draw with Rotherham in the late kick-off of the day.

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Man City beat Wolves in 55 seconds - does anyone enjoy that dominance?

Have Man City become so clinical that they're no longer fun to watch? There was quality but little passion and without the latter football suffers more. (Author: Gardener)

Man CityHave Man City become so clinical that they're no longer fun to watch? There was quality but little passion and without the latter football suffers more. Have you ever scored three points earlier in a football game? It took Jack Grealish 55 seconds to put Manchester City ahead at Molineux and end the game in competition. Aside from City's record of winning 30 of the last 32 Premier League games in which they've taken the lead, they've faced a side as toothless as we've seen in the English top flight. Even good chances for wolves are unlikely to actually score. From then on it looked a bit like a football game. There were passes, some from Wolves but many more from Manchester City who scored two more goals and looked like they could have scored more had they tried a little harder. We had another chance to marvel at Erling Haaland, who took his goal tally to a paltry 14 in ten games. Pep Guardiola's side slipped straight to second place early in the game and stayed there for most of the time, occasionally shifting up a gear or two to score some easy but beautifully crafted goals. But even then, we were left with an empty feeling and the thought that maybe this would be more fun if they didn't. The City motor occasionally had problems, especially at the beginning of the second half, but the Wolves' attractive build-up game fizzled out as always and ended in poorly directed passes or shots. Despite some pressure, they never looked to score. Diego Costa may not have kicked a ball in anger this year (and he tends to do so in anger), but he will get into this team before one of the three clone Wolves led the line on Saturday. There can certainly not be a more talented but ultimately inefficient trio in European football right now than Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto and Goncalo Guedes, all of whom have created opportunities for themselves or the others with their quick interaction and skill on the ball before panicking guessed before the last pass or with an offered shot. City make those wins look effortless. Many will argue that the Premier League in general has become too clinical, but this City side have taken it to a new level. We are occasionally reminded, unfortunately often when they are having a bad time, that these multi-million pound footballers are people too, but this City side allows us to come to terms with that reality. Even Jack Grealish, the dribbling lad from Birmingham who was doing his best to skirt the dispassionate City abyss, swooped in on Saturday, making a nearpost run and scoring a tap-in like a good drone. It feels like they're completely detached, not just from us mere mortals, but from 99.9 percent of other professional footballers. They definitely have passion, because without it they couldn't have possibly reached this stage in their careers, but the absolute expectation of winning every game leaves little room for it to shine through, with frustration being the only possible emotional release for city players in the rare instances where they fail to collect all three points. The big concern after watching this game is that City doesn't seem to have tried all that much and has levels up when faced with superior teams that allow them to cruise in a similar fashion. When the players who score and win don't obviously enjoy what they're doing, it becomes all the more difficult for the neutrals to engage and enjoy it themselves. We saw great quality in that game but the passion was lacking and without the latter football arguably suffers more. Article Man City beat Wolves in 55 seconds - does anyone enjoy that dominance?

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Love Island's Davide takes on Ekin-Su as she's stunned by lookalikes

The couple in love who won Love Island last month had a lot to celebrate this week (Author: Gardener)

IslandDavide Sanclimenti wasted no time in interfering as he cheekily grabbed a bite of a cake created by his girlfriend Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu. Whilst Ekin-Su made her catwalk debut during New York Fashion Week and saw her face up on a Times Square billboard as the face of her own Oh Polly collection, which was said to have a £1million deal , Davide also had news to share as he too put pen to paper and signed his first big deal. Davide, 27, who joined his girlfriend on the big screen at the iconic Big Apple location, wrote alongside a video on Instagram: "I'm so excited to announce that I'm the newest member of the @boohooMANofficial family !" Then he continued, "What a surprise to see me on a billboard in Times Square! In the clip, Davide, who lives in Manchester, couldn't take the smile off his face when he first saw his face in lights. Ekin-Su, 28, was one of the first to respond to the post, writing, "I'm really proud of you. I'll always be by your side cheering you on [heart] love you.” She also shared her own video, which shows the couple packing on the PDA while their Oh Polly ad played in the background. David, from Rome, was quick to show his support and told her, "My baby, I'm so proud of you. You are a beautiful person inside and out and this is just the beginning, I will always be there to support you. I love you.” But it was soon time for her to return to the UK and there was a little surprise. Unbeknownst to Ekin-Su, a cake had arrived, expertly baked and styled to resemble the Turkish actress. The curvaceous, cake-based portrayal of Ekin-Su was dressed in a bright orange combo identical to one in her first fashion collection. Taking to Instagram, Davide filmed his other half coming home to see the creation staring at her. Then she walked next to it and wondered if it looked like her. But afterwards, Davide shared a video on TikTok of him cheekily taking a bite of the sumptuous treat. While grinning for the camera, he wrote, "If you've got good taste." The video has been viewed more than 2.7 million times with hundreds of thousands of likes and comments. Earlier this month, the couple reunited after spending time apart while Ekin-Su jetted to LA to film her Oh Polly campaign. However, their reunion comes after Ekin-Su spoke out about claims that her boyfriend cheated. Davide was reportedly spotted in the back of a taxi with two women after a night out in London - while Ekin-Su was away to work. Davide went to the O2 Arena for the KSI boxing match late last month. She told Goss.ie at an event on Saturday: "You know the relationship is between me and him and people like to talk. The truth behind it is that it wasn't just him, it was a big group, and it just happened. Being two girls in a cab with him and his friend and it just looked wrong, that's all. And you know I trust him, he didn't cheat and he's my man," Ekin-Su added.

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'Angry' Son will start scoring, Everton won't rush Pickford on why Ben White can make the World Cup

Antonio Conte has backed Son to overcome his goal drought and admits it was 'difficult' to bench Dejan Kulusevski (Author: Gardener)

EvertonDitch an already 'angry' Son Heung-min and risk angering him even more, or restart last season's joint Premier League top scorer in hopes he ends his losing streak against the struggling Foxes can. Son went an eighth game without a goal in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Sporting Lisbon, where he failed to score a single shot and was sent off in the 72nd minute. After a slow start to the new campaign, it has been clear in recent weeks that Conte is doing his best to get Son in shape. He did so by dropping Dejan Kulusevski, who had arguably started the season as Tottenham's best attacker. This caused Conte to change his usual stance on man management, he admitted: "To be honest, it was difficult for me to drop Deki for three games in a row. "I don't like giving explanations to my players because I have to talk to one, to another, and to another in every game. "I think the most important thing is to have respect for the role, but at the same time I've spoken to Deki because after you've benched three times in a row I think he deserves to feel my trust. my confidence has been as always.” Kulusevski has been on the bench for Tottenham's last three games (Picture: Getty) If we assume Harry Kane continues to lead the line, that makes a direct penalty shoot-out between Son and summer signing Richarlison , who has already made a big impression . Conte reflected on Son's poor form this week and appeared to indicate his star attacker was tired. "I think Sonny is certainly not happy because he's not scoring," he said. "I like that he's a little angry about this situation because it means he wants to try to change it. "We're talking about Sonny and he's a really important player for us. At the same time, especially when playing massive games, it can happen that you are a bit tired mentally, your body too. If Son is feeling the strain after a demanding end to last season and a busy summer taking his team-mates to South Korea, the simple solution might be to give him a well-deserved rest by being benched against Leicester . The problem comes as a result of such a move when he already has little confidence and especially given the fate of Saturday's opponents, who are bottom of the table and have conceded 16 goals in six games. Son usually licked his lips at the prospect of facing Leicester and that could convince Conte to keep him back in the starting XI. He added: "If you score a lot of goals then the following season is more difficult because you're not an underdog but you're the top scorer up there with Mohamed Salah. "But I'll say it again - Sonny has a lot of credit from me, from his teammates, from the fans and from the wider community. Frank Lampard will rein in Jordan Pickford's desire for a quick return from injury to ensure his World Cup preparations are not further disrupted. Pickford will miss Everton's home game against West Ham this weekend, as well as upcoming Nations League games in England, after suffering a hamstring injury in the Merseyside derby two weeks ago. The England No1 is expected to return after the international break but Lampard will urge him to play it safe and listen to the club's medical staff for fear of aggravating the injury. "I'll be honest, Jordan would play on a quad for England in a friendly next week," said the Everton manager. “We have to be sure that we are doing the right thing. I spoke to Gareth about it and our physios and England's physios work together and talk about it to make sure we're doing the right thing for Jordan. “If he were to injure the quad again it would affect our line of games leading up to the winter break and obviously his preparation for the World Cup. So we're going to be very careful with that. Lampard knows from his experience as a player the dangers of retiring too soon after suffering a hamstring injury. "Jordan is very keen [to return] but I've learned the negative sides of it as a player. I re-injured my quad a few times and tried to push my physio to get me back faster. I'm more experienced now so I can be on the other side and make sure he gets it right. He wants to play but we will find the right way.” “We have a lot of discussions with his agent,” added Lampard. Mikel Arteta says his decision to make Ben White a right-back shouldn't cost the Arsenal defender his World Cup dream. White, 24, was left out of England's squad for Nations League games with Italy and Germany this month - the final games before manager Gareth Southgate selects his game pool for November's World Cup finals. Southgate named four specialist right-backs ahead of White, selecting Harry Maguire, who has fallen out of favor at Manchester United, and inexperienced Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi as central defensive options. Arsenal manager Arteta insisted White was not injured and would play at Brentford tomorrow. And he argued that having a player who can play in more than one position should be attractive for an international coach. The following defenders have been called up for England's Nations League games against Italy and Germany this month: "When you have a versatile player who can play at Ben's level, both as a central defender and as a full-back, I think that's something Manager would like, especially when you go to a tournament where a lot of things can happen,” he said. "Gareth is picking the best squad he thinks is for now, that doesn't mean that will be the case in November. Ben gave many reasons for the selection.” Arteta also hinted that he would sympathize with White should he ask to be moved back to center to improve his World Championship chances. "I would consider it because I want the best for my players and have the best possible career," he said. Arteta said Oleksandr Zinchenko could also play against Brentford despite a statement from the Football Union of Ukraine that he was out for two weeks with a calf injury. "What we decided for the international week does not mean that we will do the same for the weekend," said Arteta.

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