James Olley

James Olley


Evening Standard's Chief Football Correspondent. Views mine. SJA Regional Sports Writer of the Year. Co-author of The Deal, out 08/09/16: http://amzn.to/2b4cD8U

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#avfc fans sing Tammy Abraham's name but then...: "You used to play for a big club."

#cfc 1-0 #avfc  All too easy. Abraham finds space in the box to meet James' cross to head past Heaton.

#cfc 1-1 #avfc  That's one of the most, er, unusual finishes you'll ever see. Trezeguet manages to head the ball down onto his own legs and the ball rolls into the net. Villa don't care - they are level.

HT 1-1 #cfc  looked the more likely to score throughout that half but poor defending has cost them the lead. Still just four clean sheets in all competitions.

#cfc 2-1 #avfc  Fabulous goal. Abraham chests down Willian's cross for Mount, who volleys brilliantly into the net.

FT 2-1 #cfc  All a little more fraught than it needed to be given Chelsea's superiority but they get the job done. Home fans briefly sing John Terry's name at full-time.

Lampard applauds Terry as he saluted the Stamford Bridge crowd at full time here.

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Chelsea’s appeal over their FIFA transfer ban has been successful. They are now free to sign players in January. CAS verdict here:

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Massimiliano Allegri is understood to be wary of #afc ’s interest after being stung during recruitment process when Wenger left. Hasn’t ruled himself out but will need some convincing if Arsenal decide to try and get him. Story here:

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Ozil heads down the tunnel after being substituted. A Villa fan gives him an earful of abuse. Ozil looks at him and blows a kiss.

Lemar deal looks "dead" (again). Am told #afc  offered £75m + £17m in add-ons. Lemar did not want to play for a Europa League club (ouch).

This feels like a landmark moment for Xhaka and #afc  fans. His substitution is greeted by cheers, he's then booed as he walks off (instead of running with the score at 2-2). He then cups his ear to the crowd, shouts "f*** off", takes his shirt off and walks down the tunnel.

#rus fans going into #eng  section and attacking fans. Horrible scenes.

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Backing Xhaka and ostracising Ozil are two big decisions Emery has made over a considerable period of time. Neither look particularly good at the moment.

Congratulations to UEFA for designing a tournament where a team can fail to win 5 successive games in 90 minutes yet reach the semi-final.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting his Golden Boot trophy at Turf Moor.

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Wolves supporters: "Xhaka's right, your fans are s***e."

Arsenal fan runs onto the pitch. Asks Wilshere for his shirt. Steward drags him away. Wilshere follows and hands the fan his shirt.

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov says he was unaware his captain (Popov) spoke to a group of supporters at half-time, adding: "It is probably because the fans were unhappy with the way the team was performing." The level of denial is staggering.

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