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Charlie Austin may grab the headlines, but QPR indebted to Rob Green, too

Charlie Austin was the hero as he scored a hat trick in QPR's 3-2 win over West Brom, but goalkeeper Rob Green also impressed.

He's an interesting character, Rob Green. If the well-worn phrase "not your archetypal footballer" was coined with anyone in particular in mind, it might well have been the QPR goalkeeper, who was outstanding in the 3-2 win over West Brom on Saturday.

He's a bit different to the other people around him day-to-day; he seems to have an outlook and disposition all of his own. Joey Barton recently said: "He is caught between being a professional footballer and a tree-hugger. I don't know what goes on...

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Three Points: Johnson scores another big goal for Sunderland vs. Newcastle

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Adam Johnson goal (90') Newcastle United 0-1 Sunderland

Adam Johnson scored again in the Tyne-Wear derby and his late goal gave Sunderland a 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday. Here's a quick trio of observations from their Premier League clash ...

Adam Johnson shatters Newcastle

With a minute to play, Sunderland were heading for their 11th draw of the season. Costel Pantilimon had just made a full-length save to deny a raking Moussa Sissoko effort. Within moments, Will Buckley discovered a calm previously absent from a relentless match. His side-footed...

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Nigel Pearson running out of time after another Leicester loss

Andy Carroll opened up the scoring again, as West Ham moved within one point of Manchester United.

There's no disgrace in losing to in-form West Ham, yet Leicester's 2-0 defeat at Upton Park annoyed me. There's only so many times manager Nigel Pearson can tell fans that his players are "giving 100 percent" before I become 100 percent convinced that they just aren't good enough for the Premier League.

Leicester have lost seven straight games on the road and are winless in 12. They aren't just losing games, but throwing them away. Paul Konchesky's careless backpass gifted Andy Carroll the opener;...

 By Sam Kelly

San Lorenzo have plenty to be proud of despite Real Madrid defeat

San Lorenzo head coach Edgardo Bauza believes Real Madrid will continue to break records after Los Blancos' 2-0 victory in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.

The suspicion that San Lorenzo's setup in their Club World Cup semifinal vs. New Zealand side Auckland City was practice for the final itself turned out, largely, to be correct.

Of course, the now traditional final mismatch meant that sitting back and playing for the counterattack was a more sensible way of going about the showpiece than it had been in the semi. While they never looked likely to cause an upset against Real Madrid, the champions of South America will at least return to Buenos Aires...

 By Chris Rann

Harrison Reed stars as Saints end their slide with an emphatic win vs. Everton

Southampton rebounded from a series of poor matches with a comfortable 3-nil win over Everton.

That as they say, is more like it. I'll be honest: I was fearing the worst before Saturday's game with Everton. With the Saints suffering through a horrific run without several key players -- Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama were both suspended while Dusan Tadic, Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez are all currently injured -- it felt like the Toffees would potentially have an easy afternoon. How wrong I was.

Good managers make the best of what they have available, and Ronald Koeman did just that...

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Grimsby produce brilliant parody of John Lewis Christmas advert

Grimsby's Lenell John-Lewis shares his name with the UK high street department store.

No sooner had this year's John Lewis Christmas advert hit television screens than the internet was awash with parodies of the tale of the little boy and his beloved penguin pal.

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Admittedly they're a little late on the uptake, but Grimsby Town have weighed in with an absolute corker of a spoof -- with the Vanarama Conference side utilising star winger Lenell John-Lewis (who is regularly the subject of "his name is a shop" chants from fans) in a scene-stealing cameo role.

The short sketch sees an...