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West Brom have managed to tie down the goalkeeper Boaz Myhill on a new contract. The former Hull city goalkeeper has been extremely impressive for the baggies this season. His form has been one of the reasons for the club maintaining their position in the top half of the table. The 30-year-old has signed a two-year extension to his existing contract. West Brom have been fortunate to have two great goalkeepers in the form of Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill. Even though Myhill has made just seven appearances this season, the West Brom manager Steve Clarke has more than enough confidence in the player to retain him for two more years.
This extension to the current contract will see Myhill stay at the club until 2016. Even though the former Hull city man has not been a regular starter for the club, he has impressed whenever he has been called upon. Due to the several injury problems suffered by Foster over the years, West Brom do need a reliable backup to the former Manchester United man. The sporting director at the club Richard Garlick has spoken about the importance of having a good number two goalkeeper at the club. After a fine start to the season, the form has come down in recent months.
“We’ve seen this season it is important to have a good number two. Boaz has definitely contributed to our success and stepped up to the plate when Ben Foster was injured. In the Barclays Premier League it is vital you have a number two you can trust in but also a number two that can push your number one. Everyone at the club has faith in both of them and, with Luke Daniels, we’ve got a good set of three keepers who push each other in training and have a good understanding with each other,” said Garlick.
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The Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was banned for three matches after receiving a red card in the League Cup semi-final against Swansea a few days ago. His red card was given on the account of kicking a ball boy for not returning the ball quickly enough. However, the English Football Association have confirmed that they will be reviewing the footage once again and will possibly give the player a higher level of ban retrospectively. However, the Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed that the club will be appealing against any increase in the ban because they think that the current ban is sufficient.
Hazard served the first match of his suspension in the recent FA Cup fourth-round match against Brentford. Chelsea managed to secure a 2-2 draw from the match, which has given them the opportunity to take the game into a replay. Brentford were easily the better team in the match, as they took good advantage of the home support. However, two goals from Chelsea in the second half helped them to earn a replay that will take place at Stamford Bridge. Oscar scored the first equaliser for Chelsea before Fernando Torres scored a late equaliser once again after Brentford had gone ahead.
“At the moment, we will accept that three games is enough. So we will see what happens. For a player that was in a cup competition, with this intensity and in the way that things are going on, I think that a three-game ban is enough. I have a lot of images but I think that, for a professional, and for the club, we have already lost the player at the end of the game, we will lose the player at least for three games. I think it’s enough,” said Benitez after the 2-2 draw, which piles more fixtures in front of him.
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Manchester United were extremely lucky to come out of the FA Cup third-round match with West Ham United with a draw according to the manager Sir Alex Ferguson. As a result of the 2-2 draw, United have been able to take the match into a replay at Old Trafford.
Due to the fact that this match is at home, United are now the favourites to reach the next round of the FA Cup. Ferguson said ahead of the match with West Ham that it was a tough encounter for United without a doubt. It raised a few eyebrows because West Ham were without a win since the 3-1 win over Chelsea in early December. Continue reading →