Sport Alvaro Negredo reacts after missing a chance to score during Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers

A look ahead to the midweek FA Cup replay at the Etihad.

League round-up: Posh and Bees up, but the Blues falter

Never the most scintillating of Championship sides, Birmingham City threw away the chance to seal an immediate return to the Premier League when Paul McKenna and Ross Wallace both scored from outside the penalty area to earn Preston North End a 2-1 win at St Andrews and keep their own hopes of a play-off place alive.

Fahey aids rebirth of Blues

Birmingham City 1 Southampton 0: Irishman now feeling at home with Birmingham leaves Southampton heading in wrong direction

Queudrue gives Birmingham a lift

Franck Queudrue scored a late winner against Bristol City to lift Birmingham back into the automatic promotion places.

Lee Bowyer signs for Birmingam City

Birmingham City have completed the loan signing of West Ham midfielder Lee Bowyer until the end of the season.

Derby to provide ultimate test of Gerrard's resolve

Manager's support will be key as Liverpool captain faces Merseyside ordeal, writes Ian Herbert

Shape of things to come for slimmer Hammers squad

Gianfranco Zola has a long-term plan to reduce the size of the West Ham United first-team squad from 34 players to 21 plus three goalkeepers. This has led to claims that the club are to conduct a fire sale – fuelled because of question marks over their financial plight. Although the owner, Bjorgulfor Gudmundsson, wants to sell after suffering from the collapse of the Icelandic economy, the club argue they are self-funding and do not need to raise money from offloading players.

Ferguson claims pro-Chelsea bias after Terry wins red card appeal

Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday accused the Premier League's head of referees Keith Hackett of favouring Chelsea after John Terry's red card was controversially rescinded to make the defender eligible for the league match against Manchester United on Sunday. Mark Halsey, the referee who awarded the card, has been banished to League Two as punishment.

West Ham United 1 Birmingham City 1: Hammers make easy viewing for McLeish

So much that was unexpected came to Upton Park on Saturday: springtime, Fabio Capello, Alex McLeish's smile ... it was that kind of afternoon. And yet, towards the end, with aimless long balls becoming the tactic of choice for both teams, it was something foreseeable that disfigured this match: the Lee Bowyer sending off.

James Lawton: Capello must be Machiavellian enough to insist on survival of fittest for England

Beckham's 99 caps provides a distinction surpassed by only four other players

Pandora: Hirst in the soup after Severn bursts its banks

One in the arm for the rural England's veggie militia, who have long been complaining about Damien Hirst's dead menagerie in their midst. The artist yesterday fell victim to Gloucestershire's floodwaters.

Manchester City 1 West Ham United 0: Elano pounces to lift City from their torpor

Sven Goran Eriksson's quest to win a domestic cup in four different countries survived its first test last night after a brave headed goal from Elano, the Brazilian playmaker, ensured that Manchester City emerged from a worrying dip in form to set up an FA Cup fourth-round trip to Sheffield United.

Shell and Statoil seek partner for new 'clean energy' project

Shell and Norwegian oil company Statoil are seeking a partner for their revolutionary $1.5bn (£800m) project to take millions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO 2) from a new power station and pump it under the sea.

Howell plays president as Jimenez sings in rain

Strong finish puts Englishman in command but Spaniard lurks

Trinidad & Tobago 1 Wales 2: Earnshaw gives Eriksson pointers

A Robert Earnshaw double completed three minutes from time allowed Wales to dent the confidence of Trinidad & Tobago, the side that will be England's second Group B opponents at the World Cup.

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