Manolo Gabbiadini performed brilliantly in Sunday’s EFL Cup final, but was the Southampton striker unfairly gipped of a hat-trick? Saints manager Claude Puel certainly believes so. While the back-and-forth final between Southampton and Manchester United presented a tremendous matchup, the Saints had every right to be furious with the officiating in the early going after Gabbiadini’s 11th minute finish was called off for offsides. “I would like, of course, video in the future for these situations,” said Puel. “It’s very hard when we see this game to lose. It was cruel.” Gabbiadini went on to score a pair of goals at the tail end of the first half and early in the second stanza, but Puel was pleased
Sutton United was put in a bit of a predicament on Saturday when the club lost its starting goalkeeper due to injury. If only Wayne Shaw were available… The 45-year-old resigned from his backup keeper position with the team earlier in the week after an investigation over broken betting rules came into question when Shaw ate a pie on the bench during Sutton’s FA Cup defeat against Arsenal. Ross Worner left the pitch during the team’s 3-2 National League victory over Torquay United in the opening quarter hour. Despite being down a goal and a man, central defender Simon Downer filled in for the injured Worner and only conceded once in the Sutton win.
A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights… Real Betis 1-2 Sevilla Sevilla has moved into second in La Liga thanks to a pair of second half goals on Saturday. Riza Durmisi gave the hosts the advantage heading into the halftime break but Sevilla fought back in the second stanza with finishes from Gabriel Mercado and Vicente Iborra to pull into a tie on points with league leaders Real Madrid. Leganes 4-0 Deportivo La Coruna Raúl Albentosa’s red card was the least of Deportivo’s worries on the day as the 17th place side took a hammering from Leganes. The victory for the hosts moves Leganes two points clear of Deportivo in the table and five points above the drop zone. Alexander