12/02/2018

Loan Lads | Two More For Jakubiak

Alex Jakubiak is bang in form for Falkirk, whose Scottish Cup run continues after a 3-1 win at Highland League leaders Cove Rangers. 

The front-man scored two striker's goals as the Bairns set up a juicy Quarter-Final tie at Ibrox against Rangers next month.

You can see both of Jakubiak's goals via Falkirk's YouTube Channel

Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon made an outstanding penalty save for Nottingham Forest versus Hull City in the Championship, but it wasn't to be match defining as Forest went down 2-0 at home.

The big Romanian stopper has started both games for the Reds since joining on deadline day. 


Leganés and Nordin Amrabat suffered a gut-wrenching 94th-minute defeat at home to Eibar in La Liga. It was a week where luck wasn't on the side of Los Legionarios after a Copa Del Rey Semi-Final defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday night. 

It wasn't to be three in three games for Obbi Oularé as Antwerp were thumped 4-0 by Kortrijk in Belgium. 

It was another weekend to forget for Mauro Zárate in Argentina. His boyhood club Vélez Sarsfield lost in a successive 2-0 defeat, this time to Patronato at home.

Connor Stevens and Oxford City took advantage of an extra man in a 4-1 win against Hemel Hempstead in National League South. The central defender has cemented his place in City's line-up as they look to steer clear of the relegation places. 

First Team 11/02/2018

Gracia | “We Didn’t Create Clear Chances”

Javi Gracia accepted his side were largely second best at the London Stadium and admitted he tried all he could to spark his team into life and engineer a comeback.

The Hornets weren't as dogged as they were at Stoke and certainly not as exhilarating as they were against Chelsea as they crashed to their first Premier League defeat under the Spaniard.

Gracia wasn't about to gloss over what he saw and one thing we already know about the Head Coach is that he isn't one to dress things up. He calls it how he sees it, always with a smile.

"Today wasn't the best performance," Gracia said. "West Ham was more aggressive than us, they dominated the areas and controlled the first-half. We tried in the second-half better but it wasn't possible. We try next time. 

"The last match showed us the way, how we can get points by running, fighting, and today we didn't do it enough. I think we can do better, I am sure. I am confident next time it will be better."

Gracia could certainly not be accused of not having a go. He made three ultra positive substitutions in the second-half and tinkered with the formation to try and get his team going. It was all-out attack at one point.

"We had more possession in the second-half but we didn't create clear attacking chances," he said.

"We tried to change the shape of the team, playing with 3-5-2, playing 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 but we didn't create chances. We had chances to score but not clear chances."

Gracia was not about to make excuses for the defeat and he probably wouldn't have brought up the alleged foul on Marvin Zeegelaar for the first goal had he not been asked about it by the press.

"I would like to see this first goal because I didn't have a good view from the bench," he said.

"I thought Zeegelaar was pushed but that's not an excuse. I would like to see it again. It is very difficult work for the referee. I don't want to complain about anything. West Ham were better and deserved a good result."