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
Christian Benteke will consider his Crystal Palace future in the summer – regardless of whether the club win their fight against relegation from the Premier League. Palace’s victory over Middlesbrough at the weekend revived hope that the club can beat the drop, but raised question marks over Benteke, who was involved in a bizarre row with team-mate Andros Townsend. Benteke argued with Townsend at the end of the game after the winger did not pass to him, with Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes intervening to make sure the argument did not escalate.
On a bus heading to the EFL Cup Final on Sunday was a familiar face to many: Wayne Shaw. The former Sutton United reserve goalkeeper shot to stardom during the fifth-tier team making it to the last 16 of the FA Cup where they lost 2-0 to Arsenal last Monday. However, his actions when eating in a pie as an unused sub in the second half of that game sparked investigations by the UK Gambling Commission and the FA after bets were placed at odds of 8-1 on Shaw eating a pie during the game. The day after Sutton’s defeat to Arsenal he resigned. Shaw, 46, weighs in at over 280 pounds and he has become somewhat of a celebrity, even after #PieGate which saw him lose his job. It doesn’t seem to be impacting