Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Jose Mourinho says victory over Manchester United 'was exactly what we wanted' despite critics of Chelsea display

The Blues won 1-0 despite being second best for much of the match

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring for Chelsea

Chelsea vs Manchester United player ratings: Match-winner Eden Hazard leads the way, but Radamel Falcao endures game to forget

Man-for-man marking from the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge

Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal’s winner against Hull City in last season’s FA Cup final at Wembley

Reading vs Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey seeks FA Cup salvation to end spell of emotional anguish

Arsenal midfielder targets Wembley success after tough year blighted with hamstring injury and his grandmother’s death

Theo Walcott has been used sparingly since his return from injury

Reading vs Arsenal: Alex Pearce aims to 'walk all over' Theo Walcott like he's still 12

Reading defender Alex Pearce remembers Theo Walcott as a ‘very quick’ 12-year-old opponent

Reading manager Steve Clarke

Arsenal vs Reading: Steve Clarke going it alone as Royals' manager refuses to be drawn on Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho

Reading manager says he's an independent manager who doesn't 'go picking up the phone and asking other managers what you should be doing'

Wojciech Szczesny (right) and David Ospina head for Arsenal training at London Colney

Arsenal vs Reading: Arsene Wenger hints that Wojciech Szczesny's time at the club may be nearing an end

The Pole received an ambiguous endorsement when his manager was asked about the goalkeeper's long-term future at the Emirates

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal vs Reading fixture clash with Chelsea vs Manchester United questioned by Arsene Wenger

The two high-profile games will kick off just 10 minutes apart

Steve Clarke has expressed 'deep regret' at his sacking by West Brom, claiming he had 'unfinished business' at the Hawthorns

Reading vs Arsenal: Steve Clarke worried about month break if Royals beat Gunners

Reading's season finishes on 2 May - the FA Cup final is 30 May

Reading vs Bournemouth match report: Cherries close on historic promotion with Callum Wilson winner

Reading 0 Bournemouth 1: Manager Eddie Howe hails 'a different kind of win' for his Premier League hopefuls

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own