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Coleman on fence in Ramsey debate

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Wales manager Chris Coleman says he can see the debate from both sides when it comes to Aaron Ramsey filling a wide role or central midfield position for FA Cup finalists Arsenal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has played Wales star Ramsey in wider positions this year, with the player himself publicly declaring he prefers to occupy the middle ground.

And while Coleman claims he would not consider Ramsey as a winger in Wales colours unless circumstances dictated otherwise, he also understands Wenger's position.

In my opinion, he does all his best work for Wales in the centre.

Offensively, he starts in the centre, but he is a player who goes everywhere. He can end up wide. But it is different when you haven't got the ball. As a wide player, the job is different.

Yes, I can understand his (Ramsey's) frustrations, but I can also understand why Wenger may play him out there.

If you look at his physical statistics, he does the most high-intensity running because his engine is incredible.

So he can do the miles, he can get forward and back, so I can see why Wenger has maybe done that.

I can see it from both sides. But for us, I wouldn't (play him wide) unless I really absolutely had to."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

FT: Newport County 0-1 Oxford United

Newport County finished their season with a 1-0 defeat at home against Oxford United.

It was Jimmy Dack's final game as caretaker manager, before Terry Butcher takes over.

Mike Flynn was sent off for Newport, as Kemar Roofe scored the visitors' goal at Rodney Parade.

The result means Newport County finish the season ninth in League Two.


FT: Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City

Swansea City beat Stoke City 2-0 to move closer to their best-ever Premier League finish.

Garry Monk's side secured a hard-fought victory, with two goals in the last 15 minutes at the Liberty Stadium.

Jefferson Montero headed his first goal for Swansea against Stoke. Credit: PA

Winger Jefferson Montero and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng scored, while Marc Wilson was sent off for the visitors.

The result means Swansea are eighth in the league, six points ahead of both West Ham and Stoke, with three games of the season remaining.

Merthyr Town on the rise again after promotion

Merthyr Town FC will next season return to the same level the club were at before they went out of business five years ago.

The Martyrs won the Southern League South and West Division with games to spare, and after the final game of the season on Saturday, got a chance to lift their silverware.

They beat Stratford Town 3-1, to move past 100 points for the season, and are now looking forward to life in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

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Full-time: Leicester 2-0 Swansea

Swansea City's clash with Leicester at the King Power Stadium has ended in a 2-0 defeat this afternoon.

Swansea's Nelson Oliveira has a shot during today's game against Leicester. Credit: Ryan Browne/PA Wire

Despite Swansea's attempts to rally in the second half, with notable attempts from Jonjo Shelvey and Nelson Oliveira, it was another disappointing match for Garry Monk's side.

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