Sunderland's Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji risks a four- match ban after being charged with violent conduct for an incident unseen by match officials but caught on video during his side's defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. The player's arm appeared to make contact with West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher's face late in a game that the visitors lost 2-0. Djilobodji, signed last August from Chelsea, was sent off earlier in the season against Hull City and would face a four- match ban, instead of the usual three, if found guilty.
Sam Allardyce spent his Saturday evening post-defeat wake holding court with assembled journalists and bemoaning his frustrations in the transfer market. He said he's filed away dozens of unsuccessful approaches for players in this window, those who didn't want to buy into his Palace survival mission; and he's now "down to the next level - who's available and who might come". That'll be our Patrick in that list then - down the next level, as Big Sam continued: We thought we'd have got more, but we haven't, so we're on the next dozen or so players we've filed down. Crystal Palace lost at the weekend - again. Big Sam's new side now haven't won in the Premier League since the 3rd of December, and
Didier Ndong - 'broken' at CAN2017 exit, but even bigger challenge awaits Didier Ndong has described himself and his Gabon teammates as "broken" at their African Cup of Nations exit. The host nation left a wake of disappointment in what was supposed to be their own triumphant festival of football. The troubled Central African country must now watch on as others march to glory on their soil, as Gabon only managed three draws in their trio of group games. The Sunderland midfielder told ESPN: We are absolutely disappointed, really broken, but sometimes in football, as hard as you try, things just don't run for you. Ndong also hinted at his country's poor preparation for the tournament which included