City’s second-half salvo sinks Huddersfield

first_imgManchester City went past 100 goals for the season and closed back to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town.Danilo’s deflected long-range effort brought up that landmark, achieved across all competitions, after 18 minutes but Pep Guardiola’s side were some way from their fluent best during the first half.Raheem Sterling headed home the crucial second early in the 54th minute before fellow winger Leroy Sane got in on the act, puncturing a buoyant Huddersfield crowd that came to celebrate David Wagner’s tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Caretaker boss Mark Hudson stepped in after Wagner’s departure this week and oversaw a battling display, albeit from a team 10 points from safety at the foot of the table.Sergio Aguero prodded wide in the third minute after exchanging passes with Sterling, whose strong penalty claims fell on deaf ears when he was brought down by Terence Kongolo.City were unlucky on that occasion, but their opening goal came with a slice of fortune as Danilo’s speculative drive spun off Christopher Schindler and beyond the helpless Jonas Lossl.Ilkay Gundogan went close to doubling the visitors’ lead as the end of a scrappy opening 45 minutes approached.The Germany midfielder was involved in the move that put the game beyond Huddersfield as Sane stayed just onside to collect Kevin De Bruyne’s pass for Sterling to head home.8 – Since the start of last season, Leroy Sané has both scored and assisted in eight @premierleague games for Manchester City, at least three more times than any other player at the club (Sterling and Agüero 5). Spectrum. #HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/xdYnBcAwpQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2019Sane went from provider to scorer two minutes later as he darted on to Aguero’s clever knock down and dispatched a bouncing ball past Lossl.City substitute Bernardo Silva was denied by Lossl before lively Huddersfield replacement Steve Mounie blazed his side’s best chance wide in the final action of the contest.What does it mean? City have appetite for the chaseSince back-to-back defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace handed Liverpool the title initiative last month, Guardiola’s men have won six consecutive games in all competitions, scoring 22 unanswered goals in their past four. That untimely wobble is receding from view and, with the likes of Aguero, De Bruyne and David Silva all working back towards full match sharpness, there should be more to come.Sterling relishes a hostile battleAndre Marriner’s decision not to award Manchester City’s right winger a penalty early on truly beggared belief. Sterling had already been bizarrely singled out for boos by a section of the home faithful, but he seems to revel in making a mockery of such nonsense nowadays. Having scored a late winner at the John Smith’s Stadium last season, the England star again produced the game-breaking contribution.Lowe fails to keep the high lineIt seems harsh to single out any of Huddersfield’s tireless defensive unit after their efforts ended without reward. However, it must have been galling for the collective to see Chris Lowe’s concentration waver and play Sane fractionally onside for Sterling’s goal. It was a yard of space the Town left-back could scarcely afford to give to his countryman.Key Opta facts- Sane has had a hand in 20 goals in his past 17 Premier League starts, with eight of his own alongside 12 assists.- Huddersfield have won none of the 34 Premier League games in which they’ve conceded the first goal (D3 L31), losing all 14 at home when conceding first.- Sterling’s two most recent Premier League goals have been headers – only one of his first 57 in the competition came via his head.- Since the start of last season, Huddersfield have failed to score in 32 Premier League matches – nine more than any other side.- Sane and Sterling have combined for six Premier League goals this season – the only duo to combine for more often are Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser (seven goals).6 – Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling have combined for six Premier League goals this season – the only duo to combine for more are Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser (seven goals). Repetition. #HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/0GcE4DSP2R— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2019What’s next?City head to Burton Albion in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, just the nine goals to the good. Huddersfield scored only have 13 in the Premier League all season and must look to add to that meagre tally when they host Everton in nine days. read morelast_img read more

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Laptop of Poppi Worthingtons father that could solve mystery of little girls

It is now being forensically analysed by experts to determine what data was on the hard drive before it was sold. Cumbria Police’s inability to confiscate the laptop was one of a series of failures by Cumbria Police who lost vital evidence during their investigation which meant no one has been prosecuted over Poppi’s sexual abuse and death. Poppi was failed by authorities almost from the moment police were informed of her death. Officers did not secure the scene and allowed vital evidence, including her nappy, to be thrown away. Despite a pathologist raising concerns that she had been sexually assaulted, a criminal investigation was not opened for eight months, meaning that no witnesses were formally interviewed.Poppi was buried after her body was released by the coroner in February 2013, despite the full inquest not having concluded, meaning her cause of death was never formally established. He said the verdict of unlawful killing was not available to him, as he would need to be satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt that she had died as a result of murder or manslaughter, and he had concluded the abuse did not kill her. Show more Poppi Worthington father’s laptop that could help “solve the mystery” of the 13-month-old’s death has been discovered by police.The breakthrough comes almost six years after the girl suffocated on her father Paul Worthington’s double bed after, a coroner ruled, she had been sexually assaulted by him. Mr Worthington is understood to have passed the laptop to neighbour Wayne Roebuck in Barrow-in-Furness after his daughter’s death. Police never seized the laptop in December 2012 despite Poppi’s father admitting he watched “X-rated adult” pornography on it. Mr Roebuck, 39, was questioned by police in March. He claimed he passed the computer to another man who moved to Birmingham, according to the Sunday Times. Nazir Afzal, who decided not to charge Mr Worthington in 2015 as head of the CPS for the North West, told the paper the laptop “could solve the mystery of what happened” and that “without examining it, we’ll never know”. The Crown Prosecution Service ruled in March that despite courts three times having found that Mr Worthington probably sexually abused his daughter before her sudden death, he would not face charges due to a lack of evidence. Mr Worthington denies any wrongdoing and is now living in hiding with the help of police protection.Prosecutors refused three times to put him on trial as police blunders meant there was “insufficient evidence” to charge him. Speaking after a coroner found the toddler’s father sexually assaulted her before she died in January, Poppi’s mother, who cannot be named, said that the “past five years have been a complete nightmare” and she was “relieved that despite there being some gaps, she is now closer to the truth, even though that truth is devastating”.Recording a narrative verdict with the case of death as asphyxia caused by “unsafe sleeping conditions”, David Roberts said that at some time after 2.30am, Poppi was taken from her cot into the double bed, where she was assaulted.  Nazir Afzal, who decided not to charge Mr Worthington in 2015 as head of the CPS for the North West Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Nazir Afzal, who decided not to charge Mr Worthington in 2015 as head of the CPS for the North WestCredit:BBC read more

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