Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

LondonCalling; the Latest News on All Your Favourite Clubs. Every Day

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

LondonCalling; the Latest News on All Your Favourite Clubs. Every Day

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ABOU DIABY insists ARSENAL must put their cup defeats behind them. He said: "Everybody was disappointed after going out of the cups but we still have to qualify for the Champions League next season."

BARNET'S Nicky Bailey was the subject of a last-ditch loan bid from Southend. The Shrimpers wanted the midfielder to join until the summer with a view to a permanent move, but the deal was rejected.

BOSS Scott Fitzgerald insists he will accept full responsibility if BRENTFORD are relegated from League One this season. He said: "The buck stops with me and I don't have a problem with that."

KEVIN LISBIE reminded boss Alan Pardew that he could yet have a part to play in CHARLTON'S Premiership survival battle by netting twice against Arsenal's reserves in a 3-0 win at The Valley.

CHELSEA'S Lee Sawyer enjoyed a dazzling debut for England Under 18s in a 4-1 win over Holland at Yeovil's Huish Park. The 17-year-old midfielder scored a 40-yard volley after coming on in the second half.

CRYSTAL PALACE winger Jobi McAnuff admits his confidence has been dented by his nightmare injury run. He said: "The worst thing in the world is to be injured.

It's been difficult and I just can't wait to get back."

CHRIS COLEMAN has promised FULHAM fans the recent 0-0 bore draw against Wigan will not be repeated. The boss said: "We've drawn too many games, but the way we played against Wigan was a one-off."

GILLINGHAM boss Ronnie Jepson is upset that Andrew Crofts missed the defeat to Carlisle due to an international call-up. "It's disappointing, especially as he was not even on the bench for Wales," he said.

ORIENT will take part in a three-team preseason tournament in Ibiza this summer. They will face local sides FC Portmany and CF San Rafael, who both play in the Balearic regional divisions.

BOSS Kevin Blackwell reckons LUTON can establish themselves in the Premiership if plans for a new stadium get the green light. …

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