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North End boss fury at tackle

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Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:58:00

Liverpool have been offered encouragement in their reported interest in Borussia Dortmund's Kevin Grosskreutz after the winger again expressed his Premier League ambition.

The 24-year-old has long been linked with a move to Anfield and scouts are expected to watch Wednesday's UEFA Champions League match against Ajax in Amsterdam.

Germany international Grosskreutz, a friend of Liverpool loanee Nuri Sahin, is under contract with Dortmund until the end of next season but he has hinted at a move to England.

He is quoted as saying in Bild: "Should I continue with my career in a foreign country at some point, the Premier League of England would be my top priority.

"I really like the way football is played over there. I have no concrete thoughts on that. In terms of contracts, my first conversation will be Borussia Dortmund."

All three goals came in the second half on Tuesday night as Adebayo Akinfenwa's 13th goal of the campaign put Northampton on their way to a third win on the bounce. An own goal from Kevin Ellison and an excellent stoppage-time free-kick from Ishmel Demontagnac secured the victory in League Two.

Boothroyd said: "It's nice to get three wins on the trot but it was a very different game from our previous two wins.

"Morecambe came with a game plan to try and stop us from playing and we had to do something different to get in front. That's something our supporters have got to get used to when teams come here but that's a compliment for us.

"Sometimes it take 90 minutes to get in front but once we got the first goal I felt we commanded the second half and we won the game quite convincingly in the end. Ben Tozer's long throw-ins are a brilliant weapon, that's 16 goals we've scored from them since I've been here, they are so difficult to defend and we have to make use of it when we can.

"The more we play and the more wins we get the more confident the players will be. But we mustn't be complacent and get carried away, we've got a big derby at Oxford coming up on Saturday and we've got to keep on top of the players so that we give a good account of ourselves."

Kevin Lisbie put the visitors ahead after 32 minutes at Fratton Park, six minutes after Pompey striker Izale McLeod had a penalty saved by Orient stopper Ryan Allsop.

The London club doubled their advantage through Moses Odubajo after 52 minutes, but McLeod was handed a second chance to score from the spot four minutes later and blasted the penalty home.

Lisbie won a spot-kick for the away side after 61 minutes and stepped up to fire it low past Mikkel Andersen. Scott Allan pulled another back for the hosts after 65 minutes as Pompey laid siege to the Orient goal.

Slade said: "It's another fabulous result away from home. I didn't think it should have been left for a nervy last 10 or 15 minutes really. It was an entertaining game, for sure. But we didn't need it to be so entertaining. We should have been home and dry. I think we needed to be that little bit more ruthless.

"When we were in that losing spell, no-one felt sorry for us. People just rammed it home and rammed it down our throats. That's what I've asked for from my team. When we've got our foot on somebody's throat, we don't let it up. We finish them off."

Cook's side cruised to back-to-back wins at the Proact Stadium through goals from Chris Atkinson, Sam Togwell, Marc Richards and Jack Lester with Kaid Mohamed replying for the visitors.

Cook said: "The shape, balance of our team and passing was first-class.

"You must respect Cheltenham, they are a very strong team in this league but at times our passing and desire to get on the second ball was absolutely terrific.

"The lads were a credit to the club but we won't get carried away, we've said we just want to improve and we want our fans to be confident in the fact we are going to work hard. Along the way we will have bad results but if we all stick together we will have a good chance of having success.

"You must have competition for places and you must fear for your place in the team. You need a depth of squad to have success and it proved we have a nice balance to the squad."

County substitute Campbell-Ryce saw red in the dying stages of a drab 0-0 draw at Deepdale in League One on Tuesday night, after a tackle that led to Laird being taken away in an ambulance.

Preston had the better of the match and Nicky Wroe twice forced County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski into smart saves, while Stuart Beavon saw his effort cleared off the line by Gary Liddle.

Westley said: "I thought it was disgusting, it was obscene, no language is strong enough.

"There was absolutely no intent, in my opinion, other than to be totally reckless and put someone in serious danger.

"He offered me an apology but the boy's lying in hospital. It's not my apology to accept."

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