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'Dream' comeback for Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor after injury hell

Ryan Taylor
A dream comeback for Ryan Taylor. Credit: PA

Ryan Taylor described it as a "dream come true" as he basked in the glory of both Newcastle's 2-0 win over Manchester City and his return from a two-year injury nightmare.

The Magpies caught City cold at the Etihad, with strikes from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko booking a Capital One Cup quarter-final at Tottenham.

But the feel-good story of the evening was the long-awaited return to action of right back Taylor, who has been sidelined with successive cruciate ligament problems since 2012.

"A dream, everything, it all came true tonight," he told Sky Sports. "Two years of hard graft for myself just to get back playing football is a big thing for me, but what a performance that was from the lads."


Swansea appeal Fernandez red card at Liverpool

Fernandez was harshly dismissed at Anfield. Credit: PA

Swansea have appealed against defender Federico Fernandez's red card in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup defeat to Liverpool.

The Argentinian was dismissed by referee Keith Stroud in stoppage time for a challenge on Philippe Coutinho and faces a three-match suspension.

A statement issued on the club's website read: "Swansea City can confirm that the club will be appealing the red card issued to defender Federico Fernandez against Liverpool last night.

"The club officially informed the Football Association by today's 1pm deadline.

"The FA will make a decision on the appeal ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Everton."

Swansea had led through Marvin Emnes' goal but Mario Balotelli equalised and, after Fernandez was dismissed, Dejan Lovren's header snatched a 2-1 win to send the Reds through to the quarter-finals.

Mourinho unimpressed with Chelsea fringe players

Dress down Tuesday: Mourinho ditched the suit for the match. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told some of his fringe players they have made his next team selection "easy" after they failed to make the most of their opportunity against Shrewsbury.

Andre Schurrle, Mohamed Salah and Filipe Luis all struggled as the Blues scraped through 2-1 to reach the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

They needed a late own goal from Jermaine Grandison to progress on Tuesday after Andy Mangan had levelled with 13 minutes left.

I expect players to give me problems. I love problems. But a lot of them didn't and they've made it easy to choose my team for Saturday.

If players who played 90 minutes two days ago were fantastic I expect people who are not playing a lot to raise the level to create me problems. They didn't create me big problems.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
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