West Ham striker Baldock again on mark in friendly | Premiership News | Tribal Football

West Ham United were held to a 1-1 pre-season draw at Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.

West Ham United were held to a 1-1 pre-season draw at Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.

The Hammers dominated the start of the match and took the lead when Sam Baldock found the back of the net in the 27th minute.

Sam Allardyce’s men couldn’t hold on for the win as Inih Effiong struck to secure a draw for the non-league side.

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Shelvey excited playing for new Liverpool boss Rodgers | Premiership News | Tribal Football

After penning his new deal, Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is looking forward to playing for Brendan Rodgers.Rodgers oversaw the re-signing of Shelvey.

After penning his new deal, Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is looking forward to playing for Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers oversaw the re-signing of Shelvey.

“I think he’s great. With all the passing drills he’s doing, he’s encouraging us to play all the time which is nice for a football player. Instead of doing a lot of long-distance running and things like that in pre-season, everything has been with a ball, which is more enjoyable. Everyone is enjoying training and looking forward to coming in.

“I think going away (on loan) to Blackpool helped me a lot. It gave me some experience, I scored some goals and I came back a better player. Kenny (Dalglish) gave me a chance towards the latter stages of the season and I thought I showed what I can do.”

Villa boss Lambert confident more signings on way | Transfers | Tribal Football

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert expects more signings to soon arrive.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert expects more signings to soon arrive.

Villa have already made three captures ahead of the new campaign with the signings of right-back Matthew Lowton from Sheffield United, Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi and forward Brett Holman from AZ Alkmaar.

But new boss Lambert, who recently succeeded Alex McLeish at the helm following a disappointing Premier League season, has hinted there could be more additions to come.

He told Sky Sports News HD: “I’ll try to get lads in to give the group a hand. I think that’s important.

“I think everyone knows that – that we’ll try and bring in lads.

“The lads that have come in have fitted in very well, at this minute in time. To be fair, the ones that were already here have been great, let alone anything else.

“We just have to get them to work together and if they do that, they’ll be fine.”

Lambert reluctant to discuss Villa season targets | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert won’t set any season goals.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert won’t set any season goals.

Lambert is aiming for a successful season with the Midlands club but refuses to set any targets in terms of where they want to finish in the table.

Asked if he had a position in mind the manager replied: “I’ve not. Because if I do that I’m pretty sure if we don’t reach it, or we surpass it, then the expectancy level just goes through the roof every time.

“I won’t put any pressure on the team that’s already there. They know they’re under pressure to perform.”

Newcastle's Ryan Taylor hoping for another flying start | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Ryan Taylor is looking for Newcastle United to have another flying start this season.

Ryan Taylor is looking for Newcastle United to have another flying start this season.

The Magpies went unbeaten in 11 league games at the start of last season before future champions Manchester City inflicted their first defeat.

Taylor told Sky Sports News: “We had a really good start last season – I think we went 11 games unbeaten and lost to Manchester City, the winners of the league.

“I think we need to do the same again. We have got a tough start – Tottenham, Chelsea – and we have got to hit the ground running, and hopefully the likes of Papiss [Cisse] can still keep his goalscoring boots on.”

Ryan Taylor knows expectations rising at Newcastle | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Newcastle United utility Ryan Taylor knows expectations are greater for the new season.But he remains confident that he and his team-mates can make an impression once again.

Newcastle United utility Ryan Taylor knows expectations are greater for the new season.

But he remains confident that he and his team-mates can make an impression once again.

He said: “I am sure a few teams will have better seasons, the likes of Aston Villa and Stoke. Stoke obviously played in Europe last season, a big distraction. They are always there and thereabouts, a big, strong team.

“We played Everton in the last game and they looked very strong, and if they get off to a good start, they can push on.

“There are a few teams you look at, but we look at ourselves and we can have a right good go this season.

“We need a few more bodies to help us get through that European football, but I am sure the manager has got plans and we can kick on next season.”

Fiorentina chief Prade: We cannot afford Arsenal's Chamakh | Transfers | Tribal Football

Fiorentina chief Daniele Prade insists Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is not on their radar.

Fiorentina chief Daniele Prade insists Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is not on their radar.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was this week quoted as saying Fiorentina had made an offer for the 28-year-old but Viola sporting director Daniele Prade dismissed that claim and cited the player’s wages as one reason they would not be pursuing a deal.

Prade told SportItalia: “Have we made an offer for Chamakh? We have not made one because he earns three million euros (per season).”