Swansea ousted in first big FA Cup shock

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Swansea were humbled by fourth-tier Oxford for the first big shock of the FA Cup third round, while Tottenham needed an 89th-minute penalty from Harry Kane to salvage a 2-2 draw against Leicester yesterday. Chelsea endured third-round humiliation at the hands of lower-league opposition in Bradford last season, but had no problems 12 months on, with a full-strength team beating third-tier Scunthorpe 2-0 through goals by Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The world’s oldest knockout competition was short of upsets on Saturday and an injury-hit Liverpool scrambled to secure a nervy draw at Exeter on Friday. But a surprise finally arrived at Kassam Stadium, where Oxford won 3-2 to leave Swansea to concentrate on their relegation fight in the Premier League. After Christian Eriksen put Tottenham ahead, Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski equalised by heading in a corner before Japan striker Shinji Okazaki – a half-time substitute by Ranieri – dribbled his way into the area and scored at the second attempt in the 48th. “We definitely didn’t want to go out of this competition in the third round,” Kane said. “We’re still in there.” Chelsea remained unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, who took over until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho’s firing last month, but it wasn’t a convincing performance by the seven-time FA Cup winners. Under pressure from two defenders, Costa turned in Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross for the 13th-minute opener and his fourth goal in three games. Loftus-Cheek, a substitute, ended Scunthorpe’s resistance in the 68th. Hiddink guided Chelsea to the FA Cup title in 2009, also as an interim manager. The draw for the fourth round takes place today. DIFFERENT CLASS EQUALISER Fifty-four places separated the teams in the English football pyramid and Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero gave an indication of the supposed difference in class by backheeling the visitors into the lead in the 23rd minute. However, Oxford scored three goals in 14 minutes either side of the half-time break and Bafetimbi Gomis’ 66th-minute reply proved only a consolation for Swansea. Swansea came unstuck after making 10 changes to their lineup – a move made by many Premier League managers this weekend to deal with fixture congestion and to give first-team action to fringe players. “All credit to Oxford, they were more energetic than us and passed the ball better,” Swansea manager Alan Curtis said. “We made changes, but we still had lots of experience, but Oxford thoroughly deserved to beat us.” Oxford won the League Cup in 1986 and was most recently in England’s top division in 1988, before dropping down the leagues and tumbling into theN on-league in 2006. “I’ve got to be delighted beating a Premier League side – but not just that, it’s the way we did it,” Oxford manager Michael Appleton said. Four Premier League teams were eliminated on Saturday, but only after losing to fellow top-flight sides. It looked like Spurs would be joining them, only to earn a reprieve when Leicester winger Nathen Dyer flicked out his hand to divert the ball away. Kane, on as a second-half substitute, converted the penalty to secure a replay and a third game in 10 days against Leicester. They meet in the League on Wednesday, too. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri rested many of the key players who are helping the team make a surprise run at the Premier League title, but the stand-ins delivered, threatening to eliminate Spurs for the second straight season.last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 1 Scunthorpe 0

first_imgDiego Costa put Chelsea ahead in the FA Cup third-round tie at Stamford Bridge.Costa got in front of Scunthorpe defender Scott Laird to nudge home Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross after 13 minutes – the striker’s fourth goal in three matches.Chelsea continued to dominate and Iron keeper Luke Daniels did well to tip over shots from Cesc Fabregas and Pedro before seeing a curling effort from Oscar drift wide of his left-hand post.Blues boss Guus Hiddink named a strong line-up but rested keeper Thibaut Courtois and skipper John Terry.Asmir Begovic came in for Courtois and was called into action just after the half-hour mark, when he gathered Luke Williams’ long-range shot.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Courtois, Terry, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Chelsea fans on Twitter react to reports Lampard could return

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea fans on Twitter have been reacting to speculation that Blues legend Frank Lampard could return to the club as a replacement for Michael Emenalo.Emenalo resigned as technical director on Monday and the Daily Express have claimed that Chelsea’s record goalscorer is being considered for the role.Some fans have suggested the former England midfielder lacks the necessary experience, but many others have said they would love to see Lampard given the job.Other former Chelsea stars Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack have also been touted as possible candidates, as has ex-Italy talisman Andrea Pirlo.I’d love us to do something sensible like bring in Frank Lampard to replace Emenalo #CFC— Chris Steers (@steersy76) November 6, 2017The only thing that could make this better is if #CFC announced Frank Lampard as the new director of football. #CFC— The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) November 6, 2017If Frank Lampard becomes Chelsea’s new technical director that will make my season #cfc— Mikey Forbes (@MikeyForbes1) November 7, 2017Frank #lampard HAS to be that guy that goes between Roman and the manager he bring calmness to the club #cfc— pinkster 2️⃣6️⃣👑 (@THECFCNUTTER) November 7, 2017If rumours are to be believed, Frank Lampard will be the next Technical Director at Chelsea. Hope this turns out to be true. #CFC #Ktbffh— Kinjal Bhattacharyya (@Kinjal0126) November 7, 2017Frank Lampard in as the new Technical Director of @ChelseaFC? Oh yes please! #SuperFrank #CFC— Shanggar Ganesh (@shanggarganesh) November 7, 2017Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Andrea Pirlo all good enough to take that position. #cfc— RoyaleBlue1905 (@RoyaleBlue1905) November 6, 2017last_img read more

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Payola: The Dark Side of PR

first_imgcormac foster Related Posts Tags:#crime#journalism#marketing In 2013? Seriously? Wasn’t Payola over in the 60s (or at least after the J-Lo scandal of 2005?). I had to see if this had legs, so I submitted a bidless proposal.Into The Heart of DarknessThe next day, I got a response, asking me to promote a small virtualization vendor: Their price for selling my soul? 25 bucks. That hurt.I contacted the vendor’s PR department, ready to tear them a a new one, but instead of excuses, I got shock and horror. They claimed to be completely in the dark – and I believed them. I emailed the poster, asking if the company was a knowing client. They said yes. I replied, telling them I’d contacted the company and heard just the opposite.Crickets.It’s been four days, and all communications have ceased.The vendor was pissed. In fact, the Senior Product Manager with whom I spoke was angry enough to threaten legal action against the job poster, and I believe that’s already begun. That action is the reason I’m not naming names, though you can probably find the job by digging on your own, if you’re curious. UPDATE: After the publication of the piece, I was contacted by the vendor’s actual PR firm, a boutique outfit that’s worked with some very large technology brands. We’ve worked with them in the past. At this point, I became even more convinced that the scammers were flying solo.I reported the job to Elance, describing its varying levels of sketchiness, but it’s still up, and will probably stay there. As far as I can tell (and please correct me if I’m wrong, folks), there’s no law against paying for references in a blog. Still, when I mentioned “paid placement” to the poster, they shot back a clarification right away. They were “pitching an idea.” They just happened to pay money if they were allowed to review the post before publication and that “idea” made its way to a site.Pay-For-Play Alive And WellSemantic juggling fixes everything.The point here is that payola is apparently alive and well in the blogosphere. If the going rate is truly only $25 for a mention in a respectable publication, it’s easy to see the appeal – a dozen mentions would cost less than the airfare to send one rep on a briefing. But why would one of these shady agencies spend money to promote a non-client?The biggest advantage is protection. When you’re feeling out an ethically-icky situation, you don’t want to dangle any top-shelf clients that can expose you. Once the journalist is on the take, both parties have a vested interest in keeping things quiet, so the agency can relax a bit. The other benefit is promotion. The by-product of all this fishing will be a catalog of company references in relevant publications, which could be an excellent door-opener for sales. In any case, freelancing sites provide a fantastic layer of anonymity for shady promoters. It’s something Elance, Guru.com and the rest of the freelance marketplaces will have to address in the future.Maybe all my instincts are wrong, and the vendor was actually involved. It’s always possible, but it doesn’t change the conclusion. There’s apparently still money in buying off journalists, and from the looks of it, they aren’t very expensive. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We all know PR reps work charm and tsotchkes to build “relationships” with journalists and analysts, but they’re way less shady than, say, Black Hat scammers in the SEO biz, right?Apparently not. A few weeks ago, I saw the following job post on Elance. The description was a remarkably up-front pay-for-play bid:We need people who can publish news articles at news sites PR2+.You choose the topic and weave in the subject we assign. After a review, you publish to a specified news site.Several journalists needed. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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