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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Aston Villa: Hogan header spoils Karanka's opening game in charge

Aitor Karanka’s Nottingham Forest tenure began in frustrating fashion as Aston Villa claimed a comfortable 1-0 win at the City Ground. Steve Bruce’s side were rarely troubled once Scott Hogan’s 18th-minute header gave them the lead. Kieran Dowell forced a fine save from Sam Johnstone late on, but the Villa keeper was otherwise relatively untroubled as the visitors defended stoutly – and Forest looked short of ideas. It meant a disappointing start for former Middlesbrough boss Karanka, who agreed to become the permanent replacement for Mark Warburton on Monday, while…

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'Urgent need' for football header research

Scientists investigating links between heading footballs and dementia say there is an urgent need for more research. It follows the screening of a BBC documentary “Dementia, football and me”, featuring Alan Shearer. Last year, scientists at Stirling University found just one session of heading a ball could lead to an immediate decrease in brain function. They said more work was needed to assess long-term effects. The academics have called for funding for further studies looking at the risks of heading footballs. The BBC documentary, which was screened on Sunday night,…

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Morata's header gives dominant Chelsea victory over Man Utd

Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since September as Chelsea deservedly beat Manchester United to move a point behind the Red Devils in the Premier League. Morata escaped the attentions of United’s defenders to find yards of space and beat goalkeeper David de Gea from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross in the 55th minute. It was another unproductive away day for United and manager Jose Mourinho after a goalless draw at Liverpool and loss to Huddersfield Town, leaving them eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who beat Arsenal 3-1 earlier in…

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Andorra Under-21s 0-1 England Under-21s: Tom Davies' header sends Young Lions four points clear in Group Four

Tom Davies scored to send England four points clear in U21 Euro qualifying Group Four Tuesday, October 10, 2017 England Under-21s strengthened their position at the top of their Euro 2019 qualifying group as Tom Davies’ second-half header earned them a 1-0 away win over their Andorran counterparts. Davies registered his first goal for the Young Lions in the 52nd minute when he connected with a Kyle Walker-Peters cross and goalkeeper Francisco Pires failed to keep the ball out. Having secured three points from what was a largely underwhelming outing,…

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