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Neil Warnock charged with misconduct over Chelsea post-match comments

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for his post-match comments following the home defeat by Chelsea on Saturday.

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Palace boss Neil Warnock. Credit: PA

Warnock appeared to infer that referee Craig Pawson was using double standards by not booking John Terry yet cautioning a Palace player for a similar offence.

The FA said in a statement: "It is alleged that Warnock's post-match comments constituted improper conduct in that they implied the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of FA Rule E3[1]."

Warnock has until 6pm on Monday to respond to the charge.

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Bunch of stats: Everton score from the back

When Phil Jagielka converted Leighton Baines' pinpoint cross last Saturday, the only surprising aspect of the move was Baines providing via his right foot, rather than his favoured left.

Jagielka's opening goal against Aston Villa can be considered a trademark of Everton, and their third was taken from the same blueprint: Baines sending a low ball across goal from the left for his fellow full-back, Seamus Coleman, to hammer home. It was Coleman's second goal from his four starts this season and the fifth by an Everton defender in their eight matches so far.

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Coleman and Baines are formidable full-backs for Everton. Credit: PA Wire

No defender has scored more often since the start of last season than Coleman, whose eight goals - along with Baines' six - has seen the pair contribute 14 of the 18 goals scored by Everton's defence during that period, comfortably more than any other Premier League side.

No team can touch Martinez's men. With 24.3 per cent of the Toffees' goals scored by their defence, QPR's 12.5 per cent and West Brom's 11.8 per cent - the next highest contributions - don't even come close.

Stats via PA MatchStory

Bunch of stats: Chelsea's variety show

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Proof of Chelsea's strength in depth? Credit: PA Wire

Chelsea's list of attacking threats hardly needs adding to - they have scored more Premier League goals than any other side this season and boast the league's top marksman (Diego Costa) and the player with the most assists (Cesc Fabregas) in their ranks. What should also be included though is this: no other team have as many different scorers as the Blues.

To put this another way, of the 19 players Chelsea have used in the Premier League this season, more than half (10) have scored. Take the two goalkeepers out of this equation and only seven players have featured in the Premier League this season without getting their names on the scoresheet.

Stats via PA MatchStory

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Exclusive and rare interview with Duncan Ferguson

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Big Dunc speaks to ITV Football. Credit: ITV

Everton legend Duncan Ferguson, who played up front for the club in two spells (1994-1998 and 2000-2006) and is now on Roberto Martinez's first-team coaching staff, gave a rare interview to ITV Sport ahead of the club's Europa League group match against Lille.

In this extract, Ferguson looks back on his first spell at Goodison Park, and comments on his famously no-nonsense attitude on the pitch.

Watch the interview on our Europa League site

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