From the Back Pages, March 30: Jose Mourinho - We have blown it

From the back pages
From the back pages

Jose Mourinho conceded the Premier League title last night after his Chelsea side lost a second successive away game, this time to the relegation strugglers Crystal Palace. (The Independent)

CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho has warned a ‘cute’ ballboy that one day a player could punch him if he perseveres with time-wasting tactics. (The Express)

Arsene Wenger’s players proved their spirit by coming from behind to draw with the Premier League title favourites, although the fans’ desperation for something more tangible to cling on to remains. Arsenal’s involvement in a thrilling championship race is more mathematical than hypothetical – even Wenger has stopped believing – and they will have to content themselves with chasing the consolation prizes of the FA Cup and a Champions League place as the season reaches its climax. (The Times)

Manchester United boss David Moyes saw his side play well and claim a 4-1 win over Aston Villa, and declared that he remains determined to put things right at Old Trafford after a disappointing first season. (The Mirror)

In a match of many sub-plots it was another fine performance from Southampton’s England contingent that will make the headlines after they comprehensively beat Newcastle. (Daily Mail)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer established a reputation for late drama as a player, but his baby-faced complexion will be under grave threat if there are many more nerve-shredding finishes like this. The super-sub on this occasion was Cardiff City’s Mats Daehli, settling an absorbing encounter with an injury time equaliser to breathe new life into Solskjaer’s survival mission and evoke memories of the manager’s famous moment at Manchester United against Bayern Munich 15 years ago. (The Telegraph)

So England’s little adventure to Chittagong is over. South Africa defeated them by three runs late on Saturday night. A second miraculous run chase was beyond them. The target of 197 was too much, no matter how wet the ball was. (The Guardian)