30 October 2019 22:42

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What the FA say about Swansea City v Man City VAR chaos and why it WAS used at Burton Albion earlier in season

Get the biggest Weekday Derby County FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Bent was last in competitive action when on loan at Burton from Derby County for the second half of the Championship campaign in 2017-18. He was released by Derby last summer and subsequently spent time training with Albion throughout pre-season and at the start of the current campaign, to ensure he was fit and in a position to sign for a club if the right offer came along. "I would have liked to have played for a club this season, but it hasn't happened. "At the end of the season, I'll have a good look at it and will probably make a decision then, I think. "Nigel Clough allowed me to train with Burton, so I did pre-season with them, so I am pretty much ready to go." Clough said last summer that Burton could consider a deal where Bent played for them around his media duties and when available.

Get the biggest Coventry City FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Coventry City's push for the play-offs suffered a set-back with defeat at the hands of Burton Albion on a night of high drama at Ricoh Arena. The Sky Blues trailed at the break to a Lucas Akins goal but managed to get themselves back on level terms from the boot of Tom Bayliss before being reduced to ten men when Bright Enobakhare was sent off for a second yellow card. Ten man City then shot themselves in the foot when a poor clearance from goalkeeper Lee Burge went straight to Jamie Allen who restored the visitors' lead on the hour, setting up a frustrating remainder to the game. Provided a real threat on the overlap and was better on the attack than defending as Burton exploited the wings well on the night. Came in for the injured Dom Hyam and looked a bit rusty at times, having not played for a while, but got better as the game went on and went close with a second half header.

Made a lively start to the game and forced the keeper into his one and only save of the first half with a superb effort that looked to be heading for the near top corner until pushed wide. Started off well, playing some decent short and sharp passes but a bit hit and miss. BURTON ALBION (4-3-3): Bradley Collins; John Brayford, Jake Buxton, Kyle McFadzean, Colin Daniel; Jamies Allen, Stephen Quinn, Scott Fraser (83 mins, for Kieran Wallace); Marcus Harness, Lucas Akins, David Templeton (72 mins, for Liam Boyce). Get the biggest Aston Villa FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Birkir Bjarnason got a rare 90 minutes under his belt on Friday night. Bjarnason started for Iceland, opened the scoring and completed the entire match as his nation kicked off their European Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win in Andorra.

It was a welcome kickabout for Bjarnason who has tended to be a bit part player under Steve Bruce and now Dean Smith. We asked Aston Villa fans on social media for their verdict on the 30-year-old midfielder who is contracted to the club until the summer of 2020. Steven Brown: His career at Villa has never really got started. poll loading How would you grade Birkir Bjarnason's career so far at Villa? Chris Thomas: Played in the wrong position.

Danny: Another player having had the football squeezed out of him by Villa, that goes onto to bigger and better things, leaving the fans yearning for what could, and should have been. But two years after arriving in B6, Iceland's World Cup midfielder still has work to do to convince in claret and blue on a consistent basis. Back in January 2018, Bjarnason was ready to quit Villa and was actively looking for an escape route after becoming disillusioned at Bodymoor Heath. But it was during the 2018 January transfer window that Bjarnason finally started to look like a new signing. An injury to Glenn Whelan halfway through the Championship match at Nottingham Forest in January last year presented him with an opening - as a defensive midfielder.

He took it, playing an important part as Villa protected an early lead to clinch a 1-0 victory. Bjarnason was rewarded for his form in that match with starts in the wins over Barnsley and Sheffield United and Burton Albion and was deservedly in possession of the shirt. He stepped off the bench to score a fine goal in the wonder win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, and emphatically announced his return to the starting line-up with a belter and a man of the match performance in the victory over Reading. The best Bjarnason has been able to hope for during most of this season is a place on the bench. There have been a smattering of starts - and he scored on two of those against Wigan Athletic and Bristol City - but largely he has been restricted to substitute cameos. The arrival of John McGinn has shunted him down the pecking order, as has the revival of Whelan, while Conor Hourihane's goals and assists put him ahead of the former Basel man. Here's what Bjarnason said after getting back into the team last season: I needed to play because it's a World Cup year. But when I started playing in January it all changes. On the subject of his latest position, the player, who was previously used on the left flank, told Icelandic publication Morgunbladid: "This is much better for me. Bjarnason is contracted to Villa until the summer of 2020, but is believed to be attracting interest on the continent. "He is a versatile midfielder with high work-rate, fine technique, a good football brain and an eye for appearing in the box at the right time to pop in a few goals," according to Iceland journalist Vic Sigurdsson. "He is comfortable in all the midfield positions but has mainly played on the wings. "He is right-footed, but enjoys playing on the left, which tends to be his position in the Iceland team. Bjarnason was quick to establish himself as a regular player in the Norwegian premier league, and had played 124 league matches (one year as a loanee at Bodo/Glimt) and scored 22 goals when he was sold to Standard Liege in Belgium in December 2011. After only half a season there he was sold to Pescara in Italy and played for Pescara and Sampdoria until 2015 when Basel got him. He scored 14 goals in 41 league matches for Basel, was a Swiss champion there in 2016. Bjarnason has played more than 50 matches for Iceland. He played every minute of Iceland's five matches at the Euros in 2016. He played 46 matches for Iceland's youth national teams, scoring eight goals. It was Roy Hodgson, coach of Viking at that time, that gave him his first chance when he was a 17-year-old player there. Bjarnason was offered to chance to play for Norway at U17 level but he refused and said he would only represent Iceland, which he did in all the youth national teams. Ben Robinson, the Burton chairman, has revealed that the League One club's magical run to the semi-finals has pulled in half a million, as they prepare to face Manchester City's "goalscoring machine" for the second time. Get the biggest Weekday Swansea City FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email The technology, which is set to be used in next season's Premier League, has created plenty of debate, particularly since its largely successful roll out at the 2018 World Cup. However, it wasn't in place at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening as Manchester City kept their hopes of an incredible quadruple alive with a dramatic second-half comeback. In conjunction with the Professional Game Match Officials Board, the FA came to the decision at the beginning of the season that VAR was to only be used at Premier League grounds throughout the competition. To change that position, even at this advanced stage of the competition, was deemed to be unfair, particularly on other lower league clubs that didn't benefit from VAR against Premier League teams in earlier rounds. Of course, many will point out that League One outfit Burton Albion used VAR when they took on Manchester City at the Pirelli Stadium in the semi-finals of the League Cup earlier in the season. It's successful use at the Pirelli Stadium, though, will surely only lead to increased questions over why it can't be used at lower league grounds in the FA Cup. Interestingly, there's an admission within the FA that the Liberty Stadium, and indeed most other Championship grounds, are perfectly capable of accommodating VAR, and they haven't ruled out making a change for next season.