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Sports newspaper of the year
LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS
Saturday 7 April 2018
Eyes on the prize
McIlroy keeps his head
to remain in the hunt
as Masters rivals falter
‘We were
offered Pogba’
Guardiola’s
shock claim
on eve of derby
Page 5 Vasey joins
the gold rush
50m breaststroke
oke
joy … now all eyes
yes
turn to Peaty
Page 16 Interview
Everton's
Cenk Tosun
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Yesterday at
the Masters
Shot of the day
Rickie Fowler
Facing at least a bogey after making
a mess of his chip, the 29-year-old
holed out from 66 feet to rescue an
unlikely par. But he finished the
day with a 72 after failing to sink a
straightforward chance on 18
McIlroy keeps
it steady and
stays in mix
Ewan Murray
al
Augusta National
Quote of the day
 It’s never going to affect my golf,
so I’m fine. And I know I’m quick
enough. That’s all I’m saying 
Ian Poulter refused to be blamed
for being timed for slow play after
his second round of 75. Poulter was
playing alongside Trevor Immelman
and the American Patrick Cantlay
Picture of the day
Early riser One patron made sure he
didn’t miss any of the early action
by securing his seat on the 9th green
Number of the day
30
One to watch
Louis
Oosthuizen
The South
African has
e
quietly gone
about his
business in his
nds,
first two rounds,
ir
posting a pair
y
of 71s to stay
n
very much in
contention.
There is no
doubting hiss
an
ability but can
old
the 35-year-old
pen
add to his Open
title in 2010??
Today
The Guardian Saturday 7 April 2018
Sport
Golf The Masters
2
Times Fred
Couples has
made the cut.
Only Jack
Nicklaus (37) is
ahead of him
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theguardian.com Join Scott
Murray for his minute-by-minute
blog on the second day at Augusta
Rory McIlroy did not have to search
hard for a second-round reminder of
Augusta National’s recurring capacity to inflict psychological torture on
world-class golfers.
Jon Rahm, playing in the company
of McIlroy and Adam Scott, did not
take kindly to a bunker shot which
flew over the back of a green. In specific order; the Spaniard smashed his
wedge into the sand, threw said club
away, booted his bag, retrieved the
club and having holed out for a bogey
four, tossed his ball into a hedge. He
had only played four holes.
That McIlroy has encountered so
many trying times in the first major of
the year added to the sense of what he
accomplished on day two. Augusta is
probably the most passively aggressive
venue on the planet, as endorsed by
menacing pin positions which combined with wind to leave competitors
grasping desperately for air.
Standing still represented progress.
Enter McIlroy, who produced a oneunder 71 which in terms of context if
not bare statistics, represented one
of his finest rounds here. McIlroy
has been unflappable during a tough
opening 36 holes. Yet he felt this round
should have yielded more.
He had got of to the kind of start
which suggested a long day’s work,
too. In previous years, it would have
been. McIlroy three-putted the 1st for
a bogey and found sand from the 2nd
tee. The response owed so much to
mental fortitude; the Northern Irishman converted from 30 feet for a surprise birdie and collected a further
shot at the 3rd. He had dropped back
to an aggregate of two under at the 12th
before producing birdies at 13 and 14, a
27ft putt sealing the latter. From there,
the 28-year-old displayed calmness to
ease home with a series of pars. His
halfway total is four under.
“I’m pretty happy,” McIlroy said. “I
feel I could have shot in the 60s but
overall 71 out there was a pretty good
score. I’m in a nice position going into
the weekend. I’ve always felt comfortable around the lead, it’s a place I’m
thankfully familiar with.”
McIlroy was undecided as to
whether he would have taken this
position before a competitive ball was
struck on Thursday. “I’m happy with
how I have felt and handled certain
Early second-round scores
140
R McIlroy NI 69 71
J Spieth US 66 74
141
D Johnson US 73 68
142
T Finau US 68 74
R Fowler US 70 72
L Oosthuizen SA
71 71
J Rose Eng 72 70
143
C Smith Aus 71 72
J Rahm Sp 75 68
M Kuchar US 68 75
144
J Walker US 73 71
145
Li Haotong Chn
69 76
R Henley US 73 72
P Cabrero Bello Sp
69 76
146
F Couples US 72 74
147
C Reavie US 76 71
K Kisner US 72 75
148
*D Ghim US 72 76
Kim S-w Kor 75 73
B Langer Ger 74 74
A Scott Aus 75 73
149
I Poulter Eng 74 75
W Simpson US 76 73
X Schauffele US
71 78
T Hatton Eng 74 75
P Mickelson US 70 79
150
S Lyle Sco 74 76
C Schwartzel SA
72 78
151
P Cantlay US 75 76
S Sharma Ind 77 74
T Pieters Bel 73 78
152
R Fisher Eng 78 74
153
T Immelman SA
78 75
*J Niemann Chl
76 77
Y Ikeda Jpn 76 77
76 77
A Noren Swe 74 79
154
G Woodland US
78 76
Y Miyazato Jpn 77 77
155
B Horschel US 76 79
* denotes amateur
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things, how my thought process has
been. That’s been pleasing.”
In providing a blue-chip complexion to the leaderboard, Jordan Spieth
recovered from slipping to three over
par after two holes to return a 74. He
shares McIlroy’s four-under aggregate.
If forecasts are to be believed, heavy
rain and thunderstorms will hit this
corner of Georgia today. That being
the case, the tournament dynamic will
shift once more.
Phil Mickelson had been just one
from the lead when standing on the 9th
tee. What followed entered the realms
of circus. The left-hander cracked the
centre of a tree from pine straw when
playing his second shot, had to drop
from a bed of azaleas and racked up
a seven. A birdie at the 10th was then
cancelled out – and some – by a bogey
at the 11th and a double-bogey at the
12th. He later signed for a 79. “It was a
rough day,” said the three-times Masters champion, who sits on five over.
Tony Finau could not match his
heroics of day one, the man who
popped his own dislocated ankle
back into its socket during a bizarre
par-three competition accident adding
a two-over 74 to his earlier 68. Still,
at two under overall Finau still has
aspirations of a remarkable success;
an 18th hole birdie further boosted the
Masters debutant’s mood.
“It feels a lot better than it did yesterday, so we’re trending in the right
direction,” said Finau of his injured left
ankle. “With what I’ve been through
in the last 48 hours, it’s been a rollercoaster. I’m going to be in the hunt and
going into the weekend and I’m excited
about that at a major championship.”
Ian Poulter added a 75 to Thursday’s 72, with the Englishman’s recent
propensity to act as a walking news
machine continuing thereafter. His
group was twice put on the clock for
slow play. Poulter, who certainly is
not pedestrian, refused only to cite
whether his annoyance was directed
at Trevor Immelman, Patrick Cantlay
or both. “What did I think about it? I
think as a group we were slow but I’m
not going to say the reasons why we
were slow. I’m going to say ‘we’. Let
me just generalise and say ‘we’ just to
keep that clean.
“Listen, I don’t care if I’m on the
clock. It doesn’t bother me. And I know
I’m quick enough. That’s all I’m saying.” Rahm, incidentally, shot 68 for
a one-under total – perhaps the odd
blowout is good for the soul.
Staying put
Andy Bull Augusta
Spieth keeps fighting
on day when Augusta
shows no mercy
P
▲▲ Rory
McIlroy had a
steady round of
one-under which
put him right in
the equation
for moving day
PATRICK SMITH/
GETTY IMAGES
Lefty loses
his way
from the
pine straw
Phil
Mickelson
plays his
second at the
9th on the
way to a 79
which moved
him over par
ANDREW
REDINGTON/
GETTY IMAGES
▲ Ian Poulter
and his caddie
talk tactics in a
three-over-par
round that saw
his group on the
clock for slow
play
MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS
retty as Augusta is, warm as the locals are,
sometimes the best you can hope for is to
survive it with your dignity intact. Friday
was one of those days. That famous southern
hospitality did not extend so far as the
pin placements, which were absolutely
merciless. And with the wind swirling and gusting as it
was, no one in the field was trying to do anything much
more than survive 18 holes with their chances alive.
Even Jordan Spieth, so comfortable around here that the
course’s swales and tumps are as familiar to him as the
grooves and lumps in his favourite old sofa.
Spieth had been six under after the first round and
two clear of the field, the very same lead he had in 2016,
when he led right through until he collapsed at Amen
Corner on Sunday afternoon. This time his lead vanished
on the very first green. Spieth sliced his opening drive
wild right, beyond the back of crowd, thick though it
was. He was surprised to find, once he had politely asked
the gallery to clear out, that he still had a line through to
the green. “Look at that, I actually have a clear shot”.
And so he did. Only it was on an upslope and low
beneath the overhanging trees.
Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller,
was not convinced. “I’d say that
shot’s got to get really lucky”. But
Spieth had made up his mind. “Just
so long as I keep it low”. It didn’t go,
but stopped some 90 yards shy, on
the fairway’s edge. Then he mishit
his shot in, and missed a two-foot
putt. A double bogey to begin then,
and it did not get any better on the
2nd, where he pulled his drive left,
caught a branch on the way out, then
missed a 5ft putt for birdie and a 4ft
putt for par. Three dropped shots in
two holes.
So far as starts to the day go, this was cold coffee and
burnt toast. The difference between Spieth now and the
player who won when he led wire to wire in 2015 is that
Spieth is as tough as
they come and set
himself to the dirty
work of grinding
his way through
the rest of the round‘
he has lost his putting touch. He was ranked 185th on
the PGA tour for strokes gained in putting so far this
season, which is one of the reasons why he missed the
cut in tournaments in Pheonix and Tampa Bay. He put it
down to a bout of glandular fever last December, which
threw off his preparation for the season. He thought
he had got his putting back in Houston last week but
it seems he lost it again somewhere in Augusta on
Thursday night.
S
pieth is tough as they come, though, and set
himself to the dirty work of grinding his way
through the rest of the day. He came through
the next four holes in level par, with barely so
much as a sniff of a birdie. But then dropped
another shot at the 7th. This after he made a
mess of his approach shot, which landed in the front
left bunker, though he had been flush in the middle of
the fairway after his drive. He blasted out far too hard
– “c’mon,” he cried when he saw where his ball had
fetched up – and took another two putts coming back.
By now Spieth’s putter was so cold he must have
had trouble peeling his fingers off it. He missed a tiddly
birdie putt on the par-five 8th, then scrambled out of
trouble at the 9th with a deft chip in. Which meant
he covered the front nine in 40. Four over. The worst
round he has ever had at the Masters was a three-over
75. So he had some work to do if he was going to better
it. It was credit to him that, instead of slipping back
further down the field, he hung on by his fingernails
around Amen Corner, even though he hit his tee shots
into the trees at the 11th and the 13th.
The back half of the 13th was actually the start of
Spieth’s rally. He picked up a shot there, after making
a fine long putt from 50ft to leave himself a tap-in for
birdie. That left him three under overall, two shots off
the lead at the time. Then at the par-five 15th, glory be,
he made a second good putt from 13ft putt for another.
So, all of a sudden, he was right alongside Rory McIlroy
again, tied in third. It seemed like Spieth was right up
on the brink after those first two
▲ Jordan Spieth holes, teetering, almost toppling.
had a tough
But now he had found his balance
round but stayed again. At the 18th, he even played his
in contention to best shot of the day, a 140-yard magic
end two over for trick from right down by the fairway
the day and four bunker, that curled around 9ft. He
under overall
missed the putt, so finished two
DAVID J PHILLIP/
over for the day, four under for the
AP
tournament. He will hope that’s the
worst of it done with for the week.
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The Guardian Saturday 7 April 2018
Sport
Football Premier League
Manchester
United
5.30pm
TV Sky
‘I don’t care about
being discarded
by Mourinho’
Kevin De Bruyne explains
why his spell at Chelsea was
‘just the way it goes’ and why
City like their music
usic loud
Jamie Jackson
K
evin De Bruyne is
as cool about being
rejected by José
Mourinho as he is when
dismantling opponents
with his laser-like
midfield passes for Manchester City.
It is the morning after the night
before following City’s 3-0 trouncing
by Liverpool in the Champions
League quarter-final first leg.
Despite the disappointment, De
Bruyne, dressed in a white No 17 City
training top, is in eloquent form.
The Belgian is content to recall
being sold to Wolfsburg in January
2014 when Mourinho was in charge
at Chelsea and how this helped
make him pivotal in a City team
who are a glaring 16 points ahead
of Manchester United. In today’s
Manchester derby Mourinho knows
if De Bruyne can be stymied United
will go a long way to preventing Pep
Guardiola’s side from sealing the
title against their fiercest rivals in
front of their own crowd.
De Bruyne bounced back from
being discarded by Mourinho to
become one of the game’s top
footballers and is a firm contender
for the player of the year award. In
his sole full season in the Bundesliga
he was the 2014-15 footballer of the
year, winning him a move to City for
a then club-record £55m.
Asked about his experience under
Mourinho, De Bruyne strikes a
calm note. “I really don’t care,” the
26-year-old says. “It’s just part of
football – it goes up and down. In the
10 years I’ve been playing, nine and
a half years have been up and a half
year has been a bit down.
“I can be really happy with the
way it’s gone because a lot of people
go up and down, up and down. I’ve
had the feeling that gradually I’ve
got better and better. That was an
experience where I learned maybe
the most out of how football goes,
▲ De Bruyne
takes on Jordan
Henderson and
Trent AlexanderArnold at Anfield
on Wednesday
▼ With José
Mourinho in
2013 – De Bruyne
was sold to
Wolfsburg in
January 2014
SIMON STACPOOLE/
OFFSIDE/GETTY
IMAGES
DARREN WALSH/
CHELSEA FC VIA GETTY
IMAGES
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how I go with the situation. I was
only 21 at the time – no one is going
to play all the time at that age. If I see
the amount of games I’ve played in
my career it’s a lot, so I’m happy.”
De Bruyne’s principal challenger
for the player of the year awards is
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. The
Egyptian is another player in which
Mourinho showed scant faith,
allowing him to go out on loan to
Fiorentina and Roma after signing
the forward for Chelsea in January
2014.
De Bruyne says: “It shows Salah’s
and my strength. If somebody [a
manager] comes to you and [offers
you] not enough and you make a
decision to go play football and have
confidence in yourself that you can
do well, as long as you’re physically
and mentally right, you can make it.
“Everyone needs to find a system
and playing style that suits. Probably
now we’ve found somebody who
suits us both more than it was
before. In both our cases that’s
true but that’s the same for a lot
of players. It’s just because it’s the
same manager and it’s both of us
in the same season who are going
well that people are talking about
it. But every manager will have had
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History-chasers
City can become earliest
Premier League winners
5
A City win would land the earliest
Premier League title, beating
United’s of 2001, won on 14 April,
and would break the record for
most games left in the season
‘Raiola offered me
Pogba to play with us’
Guardiola claims agent
invited him to sign
United midfielder
Number of
games City
would have
remaining
Min number of
points above 2nd
place win would
leave them
Date title won
Games remaining
Pts between 1st and 2nd
on day of winning
6 18
2016-17
12 May 17
Chelsea
2
2015-16
2 May 16
Leicester City
2
2014-15
3 May 15
Chelsea
3
13
2013-14
11 May 14
Man City
0
2
2012-13
22 Apr 13
Man United
4
2011-12
13 May 12
Man City
0
0
2010-11
14 May 11
Man United
1
7
2009-10
9 May 10
Chelsea
0
1
2008-09
16 May 09
Man United
1
7
2007-08
11 May 08
Man United
0
2
2006-07
6 May 07
Man United
2
7
2005-06
29 Apr 06
Chelsea
2
12
2004-05
30 Apr 05
Chelsea
3
14
2003-04
25 Apr 04
Arsenal
4
10
2002-03
4 May 03
Man United
1
8
2001-02
8 May 02
Arsenal
1
7
2000-01
14 Apr 01
Man United
5
16
1999-00
22 Apr 00
Man United
4
8
1998-99
16 May 99
Man United
0
1
1997-98
3 May 98
Arsenal
2
7
1996-97
6 May 97
Man United
2
4
1995-96
5 May 96
Man United
0
4
1994-95
14 May 95
Blackburn
0
1
1993-94
2 May 94
Man United
2
5
1992-93
2 May 93
Man United
2
4
10
7
16
▲ De Bruyne and his
team-mates with the
League Cup trophy
GLYN KIRK/AFP/GETTY
IMAGES
a lot of players who were not suited
with each other, who went away
and did well. I’m not really that type
of person who thinks about that.
It’s just the way it goes, in life, in
football.”
December’s reverse fixture ended
in a 2-1 win for City at Old Trafford.
Afterwards Mourinho was involved
in a bust-up with Guardiola’s players
after he went to the dressing room to
ask that their music be turned down
and more respect shown.
D
e Bruyne is defiant
when asked if there
may be a repeat. “The
volume is always up,”
he says. “It’s our way
to prepare for games,
the music is on before the game
and after, so it’s not like because we
won we’re going to change, it’s just
because it’s the thing we do, it’s the
thing that gets us relaxed, maybe.
“Some teams don’t do music but
a lot of teams I’ve played in have.
Obviously the dressing rooms are
mostly close to each other but it’s
not to mock anybody.”
There will be no concerns about
upsetting Mourinho again. “You
have to [accept] it – if you lose, you
lose. You have [to accept] people
mock you, that people do things on
social media, say things about you.
We put music on for us, not to do
anything bad to other people. It’s
our thing to relax and have fun and if
people take it that it’s bad [towards]
them, I’m sorry but it’s just for us. In
the end it’s just the way it is, because
lot of teams put music on and we
hear it also, so I don’t think it’s
disrespectful.”
City are closing in on a slew of
records. Beat United and they will be
champions with a record-breaking
six matches to spare They would
jump to 87 points and have a chance
of eclipsing the 95 of Mourinho’s
2004-05 title winners.
De Bruyne is unsure what
strength of side Guardiola will field.
“I can understand the feeling of
supporters,” he says. “But I don’t
know what the coach wants to do.
We have four games in 10 days or
something so it’s his decision. I
know how it goes between fans
on social media, how it goes after
games. That’s their thing, naturally.
All the players are desperate to play
‘Football goes up
and down. I’ve had
nine and a half
years up and half
a year a bit down‘
every game. You perform for 10
months on a good level to try to get
to these sort of games, and hopefully
you can finish it off well.”
Those four matches comprise
Liverpool away and home in the
Champions League, United’s visit
and then the trip to Tottenham
Hotspur a week today. De Bruyne
displays confidence, as he has to,
that City will be unaffected by the
Liverpool defeat despite a first half
in which they were torn apart.
“The last time we lost a game we
showed a reaction which is a good
thing,” he says of the 3-0 EFL Cup
final win over Arsenal that followed
a 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic in the
FA Cup. “I’m not saying we’re going
to win the game; it’s going to be
tough. We just played and Saturday
is early but we will try everything
to win that game and then we will
see.”
De Bruyne’s vision on the pitch
can be sublime. In October’s 7-2
thrashing of Stoke a delightful
reverse pass to Leroy Sané nullified
seven defenders before the German
picked out Raheem Sterling for the
home side’s second goal.
De Bruyne offers a modest take on
the whole thing. “You can’t train for
that kind of ball,” he says. “Because
it’s almost never going to happen,
that that situation is going to be
there, that the defence is going to be
open and in that line.”
He is more upbeat over the
prospect of City retaining the title,
an achievement managed only by
United and Chelsea in the Premier
League era. “To maintain it is always
more difficult than to win it the first
time,” he says, “but I have the feeling
this time we can go on.”
He finishes with an intriguing
insight into Guardiola’s style. “If
you speak one to one, he can be very
close to you,” De Bruyne says. “But
I guess, when you’re a coach, you
need to have a bit of space between
you and the player. He’s your boss
and so you have to do what he asks
you to do, and if you’re too close it
can lead to problems with players,
if they see that. So it’s a fine balance
for a manager but the way he does it
for this team is good.”
Against United, City hope to
restore the equilibrium that was
shattered at Anfield on Wednesday.
As ever, De Bruyne will be key.
Jamie Jackson
Pep Guardiola has said he was offered
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba
this season by Mino Raiola, with
Manchester City’s manager rounding
on the agent, who last month branded
him “a coward, a dog”.
Relations between Pogba and José
Mourinho have been strained and the
midfielder was dropped in February.
Guardiola claimed he was invited
to sign Pogba two months ago but it
appears he was referring to the January
window, particularly as he said Raiola
also offered him Henrikh Mkhitaryan,
who joined Arsenal that month.
Guardiola’s claim, if true, indicates
Raiola was trying to engineer a move
for Pogba even before the player lost
his starting place. The first indication of problems between Pogba and
Mourinho came when the player
was withdrawn at Tottenham on 31
January. The France international is
expected to start at City today.
Guardiola mentioned Pogba when
asked about Raiola’s verbal attack on
him. “I will answer him; I don’t understand why I am,” he said. “Finally, the
people discover my secrets – a bad guy.
I’m a coward. I don’t understand why
I am a so bad guy. I never speak with
him so his opinion [about me], I don’t
know. But being a guy who two months
ago offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba
to play with us. Why?
“Why he offer? He was interested
in Mhikitaryan and Pogba to play with
us? So he has to protect his players and
has to know he cannot bring the players to a guy like me, like a dog. And
comparing a dog is bad. It’s not good.
He has to respect the dogs.”
Pressed about Pogba, Guardiola
said: “Pogba is an incredible player …
A top, top player.”
City’s manager was sarcastic when
asked what he thought of the offer. “I
‘Why he offer? He
has to know he
cannot bring the
players to a guy
like me, like a dog’
Pep Guardiola
Paul Pogba is set
to start today
Top of the table
Man City
Man United
P W D
31 27 3
31 21 5
L F A GD Pts
1 88 21 67 84
5 60 23 37 68
Remaining April fixtures
Today Man City v Man United (5.30pm)
Sat 14 Tottenham v Man City (7.45pm) Sun
15 Man United v West Brom (4pm) Sun 22 Man
City v Swansea (4.30pm) Sun 29 West Ham
v Man City (2.15pm), Man United v Arsenal
(4.30pm)
said no,” he said. “We don’t have the
money enough to buy Pogba because
he is so expensive. I’m surprised
because I am a dog. He wants his players to come to here. So, no. No way.
“I am not a good guy. He deserves
his players to play with better guys.
But, he knows as well I am a top manager. Thank you.”
Raiola’s dislike of Guardiola stems
from the manager’s treatment at
Barcelona of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and
Maxwell, another of his clients. The
agent told the Dutch magazine Quote:
“Pep Guardiola, the coach, is fantastic.
As a person he’s an absolute zero. He’s
a coward, a dog. He’s a classic priest:
‘Do as I tell you – don’t do what I do.’ If
Manchester City win the Champions
League this season it will emphasise
what a good coach he is – but I’ll hate
it.”
Guardiola, asked who else he did
not like, said: “I have a lot. One day I
will tell you a list.”
He has a managerial rivalry with
Mourinho that has been acrimonious
but he brushed off the suggestion that
securing the title with a win against
United would be sweeter because of
this.
“Listen, when we arrived here it’s
Pep arrives and they are both together
a year,” Guardiola said. “But it’s now
two years and nothing happened in a
special way. I want to feel [winning]
the toughest league. The most satisfaction is from what we have done with
our team, to win the Premier League,
to feel that title, if we are able to.
“Tomorrow if we don’t do it, OK …
It’s not about Pep v José. In the end it’s
2018, we [will have been] the better
team and that’s what we want to live.”
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Mourinho looks for win at City
but only to help finish second
Paul Wilson
José Mourinho is understandably not
thrilled by the possibility of turning up
at the Etihad to watch Manchester City
crowned champions, though he has at
least promised to try to win the game
rather than setting up defensively for
a draw.
Anything other than a City victory
would defer the coronation, and a
draw may even suit the home side now
Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Liverpool has
become so important, but Mourinho
claims his priority is points to make
sure of second place.
“My motivation now is to finish second,” the United manager said. “We
have been in that position such a long
time we want to make sure we can stay
there, so when we go to Manchester
City we will try to get three points.
If that is not possible, we will try to
get one, but we have enough attacking players to try and win. We are not
going to go there and offer them the
game – our aim will be to compete.”
Mourinho declined to comment
on whether the 3-0 defeat at Anfield
that has put City’s European progress
in jeopardy would have any bearing
on the game, insisting that events on
Merseyside would make no difference to a Manchester derby. Neither,
he pointed out, would City winning
‘When we go to
Manchester City
we will try to get
three points’
José Mourinho
the title against United amount to a
calamity for his club.
“City are going to be champions
because they deserve to be champions,” he said. “You only have to look
at the league table to see that, they are
ahead by a big number of points; they
have made it impossible for everyone
else. I think they are going to beat the
Chelsea Premier League points record
set in 2004-05 [95, in Mourinho’s first
season in England. City could theoretically reach 105].
“That doesn’t make life easy for the
teams behind them but the moment
they become champions I will congratulate them, even if they do it against
Manchester United. When Chelsea
won the title in 2006 they did it with
a 3-0 victory over Manchester United.
It can happen in football; it is not the
end of the world.”
The competitor in Mourinho clearly
cannot resist harking back to the times
when he was the bright, young newcomer in the Premier League, even if
he has lost a good deal of the charm
and wit that used to entertain his audi-
Magical
moments
Thrills and
spills from five
Manchester
derbies of old
United 1 City 0
League Cup, October 1974
Almost six months after the derby in
which Law all but relegated United,
the clubs met in the third round of
the League Cup. City travelled to
Old Trafford as favourites but came
a cropper at the hands of a side
heading for a quick return to the top
flight. United’s victory, secured by
a Gerry Daly penalty, marked the
debut of the 17-year-old Scottish
left-back Arthur Albiston, who
would go on to make almost 500
appearances for the club. There have
been more important Manchester
ences back then. Pep Guardiola does
not exactly relish the opportunity to
wax lyrical in public either and City’s
manager does not have the excuse of
having to put a brave face on finishing
second, though Mourinho, like Jürgen
Klopp at Liverpool, is still waiting and
hoping for a level scrap in the league.
Last season’s title was wrapped early
by runaway leaders. This one is set
to be the same and it must be all the
more galling when one of them is your
former club.
“It is not for me to say how good City
have been this season; the league table
tells you all you need to know,” Mourinho said. “They have been winning
games where others have been losing
or drawing. Whatever happens in the
derby they are obviously going to win
the title at some point.
“We would like to beat them to
make them wait a little longer and I am
sure Tottenham the following week
would say the same. That is normal in
football, especially when Tottenham,
like us, need all the points they can get
for a top-four finish.”
Rösler
strike in
vain for
Man City
Uwe Rösler
evades a
challenge
from Steve
Bruce to score
in 1996 but
it could not
prevent his
side losing 3-2
to United.
Barry Glendenning
City 1 United 1
Division One, May 1963
In a season that finished with
Everton winning the title both
Manchester clubs were mired in
relegation trouble and met at Maine
Road for a derby that could scarcely
have had more at stake for the 52,424
present. City, a goal up, conceded
an equaliser when Dave Wagstaffe’s
backpass was intercepted by Denis
Law, prompting the goalkeeper,
Harry Dowd, to foul the United
forward. Albert Quixall scored from
the spot, earning United a point
that helped them stay up while City
ended up two places below them
and were relegated. United went on
to win the FA Cup, their first major
trophy since the Munich disaster five
years before. City remained in the
Second Division for three years until
they were led out as champions by
Joe Mercer.
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derbies but this one mattered a great
deal to United fans in so far as it was
a signal of strong intent. Richard
Kurt, author of The Red Army Years,
would later describe the occasion
“as the greatest, most unbelievably
exciting atmosphere I’ve ever seen
Old Trafford generate”.
‘The Lawman’ Denis
Law played for both
Manchester clubs
City 2 United 3
Premier League, April 1996
There have been more memorable
derby wins for United but this one
was vital. Chasing Kevin Keegan’s
runaway leaders Newcastle, Alex
Ferguson was desperate to beat
the neighbours. City, trailing 2-1,
looked to have rescued a point
when Uwe Rösler fired past Peter
Schmeichel, only for Ryan Giggs to
break City hearts after 78 minutes
with a venomous strike that muchmaligned German goalkeeper Eike
Immel could not keep out. United
went on to capitalise on Newcastle’s
collapse and win the title by four
points, their celebrations buoyed by
City’s relegation on goal difference.
United’s victory heralded the start
of City’s darkest period, the nadir
of which came two years later when
they were relegated to the third tier.
City 1 United 0
FA Cup, April 2011
With a place in the final against
Bolton or Stoke up for grabs, fans
of both clubs could have been
forgiven for presuming that victory
in this semi-final would guarantee
the trophy. United, on course for
an unprecedented fourth Double,
were thwarted by Yaya Touré’s goal.
Dimitar Berbatov had missed two
glorious opportunities to give United
the lead. The final whistle prompted
ugly scenes, with Rio Ferdinand and
other United players involved in
an angry confrontation with Mario
Balotelli. It emerged a post-match
hole had been kicked in the wall of
United’s Wembley dressing room. It
was repaired in time for the final, in
which Touré struck again, against
Stoke, to win City’s first major
trophy since 1976.
City 1 United 0
Premier League, April 2012
City had trailed United by eight
points three weeks previously but
Vincent Kompany’s header was
enough to secure the win that sent
the noisy neighbours clear on goal
difference with two matches left.
It was the fourth of six straight
victories for Roberto Mancini’s side,
who subsequently beat Newcastle
before wrapping up the first title of
their brave new dawn in the most
dramatic circumstances against
Queens Park Rangers. Wins against
Swansea and Sunderland in their
final two games were no consolation
for United and Sir Alex Ferguson
was left ashen-faced at the Stadium
of Light on learning of a last-gasp
Sergio Agüero winner 137 miles
south-west that gave City the title on
goal difference.
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▼ Rúben Neves celebrates after
his match-winning free-kick
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Stanley owner
must buy team
burgers even if
they lose – EFL
Matt Slater
Sky Bet Championship
Neves fortifies Wolves’ title
grip despite penalty frenzy
Cardiff
0
Wolves
1
Neves 67
Stuart James
Cardiff City Stadium
It was a goal worthy of a higher stage
and that is where Wolves will almost
certainly be playing their football next
season after Rúben Neves’s exquisite
free-kick enabled the Championship
leaders to open up a nine-point lead
over Cardiff, their nearest rivals, and
move to within touching distance of
the Premier League.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s side require
only five points from their remaining
five matches to return to the top flight
and if results go their way elsewhere,
it is possible promotion could be
sealed next week. Either way, it feels
like a matter of when, not if, Wolves
will rejoin the elite after Neves, their
£15.8m signing from Porto, showed
once again why he is the standout
player in this division.
Yet that tells only half the story of
a remarkable game that finished with
Cardiff squandering two injury-time
penalties. Gary Madine’s effort was
saved by John Ruddy after Conor
Coady was penalised, but minutes
later Mike Dean pointed to the spot
again. Junior Hoilett took responsibility this time but his kick hit the bar,
sparking wild celebrations among the
travelling fans.
This had always promised to be a
frenzied occasion under the lights
in the Welsh capital and so it proved
as the game was played at an electric
pace. Although Wolves may be more
refined and easier on the eye, Cardiff ’s direct and high-tempo approach
caused plenty of problems once they
weathered the early storm and started
to play with conviction and belief.
Neil Etheridge, the Cardiff goalkeeper, was forced into action twice
Cardiff
4-3-3
Etheridge; Peltier•,
Morrison•, Bamba,
Bennett; Bryson,
Gunnarsson, Paterson
(Mendez-Laing 51);
Wildschut (Madine
71), Zohore
(Pilkington 84), Hoilett
Subs not used
Murphy, Manga,
Damour, Traoré,
Wolves
3-4-3
Ruddy; Bennett, Coady,
Boly; Doherty, Neves,
Saïss•, Douglas; Afobe
(N’Diaye 78), Bonatini
(Costa• 58), Jota
(Cavaleiro 67)
Subs not used
Norris, Batth, GibbsWhite, Hause
Referee Mike Dean Attendance 29,371
inside the opening eight minutes as
Wolves, determined to impose themselves, started ominously. Neves,
returning from suspension, curled a
30-yard shot that Etheridge clawed
behind and moments later it was Diogo
Jota’s turn to pull the trigger. Etheridge
made a fine save to repel Jota’s vicious
strike from the edge of the area.
Cardiff were able to eke their way
back into the game as they snapped
into tackles, pushed further up the
pitch and started to trouble Wolves’
three-man central defence. A rare
mistake from Coady, who otherwise
looked cool and composed in possession, presented Kenneth Zohore with a
decent opportunity that was deflected
narrowly wide of the far post.
Wolves were still dominating possession and saw twice as much of the
ball before the interval, yet the home
team finished the first half looking
more threatening going forward.
Joe Bennett, running on to Hoilett’s
Top of the table
P
Wolves
41
Cardiff
40
Fulham
40
Aston Villa
40
Derby
39
Middlesbrough 40
Bristol City
40
W
27
24
21
21
17
18
16
D L F
8 6 74
8 8 62
12 7 70
10 9 64
14 8 57
9 13 56
14 10 56
A
36
34
41
37
38
39
45
GD Pts
38 89
28 80
29 75
27 73
19 65
17 63
11 62
threaded pass and in behind a square
Wolves defence, probably should
have scored when he escaped on the
left, only to drag his low shot beyond
the upright. Two minutes later John
Ruddy produced a superb save to turn
away Yanic Wildschut’s ambitious
30-yard free-kick.
Yet it was Wolves who threatened
a breakthrough early in the second
period. Léo Bonatini, sprinting on
to Benik Afobe’s pass into the inside
left channel, rounded Etheridge. The
angle was acute and against Bonatini,
but with a lack of options the striker
chanced his arm and ended up sliding
the ball against the foot of the post.
Wolves were now beginning to look
more assured and it was a wonderful
goal from Neves that underlined their
confidence. Jota was brought down
by Sean Morrison 25 yards out and
Neves stepped up to curl a brilliant
free inside the near post. Then came
that late penalty drama.
The Accrington Stanley owner, Andy
Holt, has been told by the English Football League that he can continue to
treat his players to post-match McDonald’s meals but only if he does so when
they lose as well. Holt revealed his
unusual incentive scheme via Twitter last month, prompting the league
to check if the League Two club had
declared it in their “bonus schedule”
at the start of the season, as required
under regulation 61.6.
Not finding a McDonald’s clause
in Accrington’s player contracts, the
league wrote to the club on 21 March
asking for an explanation. Holt
revealed this move on 1 April in two
tweets that explained how “sometimes when we win” he gives the captain, Sean McConville, “£200 less the
£21.37 I get back in change, to get the
lads McDonald’s or the like”.
He then explained the players “get
their own” if they lose, saying “it’s
just how we roll”, and revealed the
league had “demanded an explanation
because the McDonald’s is not specified” in their contracts. “You have to
wonder what these folk would do with
their lives if it wasn’t for my errors of
judgment,” he added.
▲ The EFL says Accrington’s contracts
do not contain any burger clauses
The league responded to Holt’s
public statements by confirming its
interest in the matter on 2 April. And
now it has also publicly confirmed the
matter is closed.
In a statement, the league said it
had to question Holt’s payment for
post-match food because he said it
was related to the result. It explained
that it would not normally comment
on such correspondence with clubs
but had to in this case because Holt had
made it public and has since confirmed
there are no contractual provisions to
support payments of this type.
“However, EFL regulations do not
prohibit the provision of subsistence
and as long as the club adopts a consistent approach for all matches, and
arrangements are not linked to success
on the pitch, the club can continue to
make appropriate provision,” it said.
The EFL statement concluded by
reminding the club of its responsibilities to comply with league and HM
Revenue & Customs rules.
The Lancashire side are three points
clear at the top of League Two, with
two games in hand. PA
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The talk
Wagner eyes ‘miracle’
David Wagner says Huddersfield
staying up would be a miracle.
“Last season it was a fairytale and
this season if we stay up it’s the
next level … maybe a miracle.”
News and views from around the game
‘Daniel Levy deserves
his money – he is
doing a fantastic job’
Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino has
defended the size of his
chairman’s pay packet,
saying Daniel Levy’s earnings
of more than £6m last year were
“deserved”.
Levy’s remuneration, a
combination of salary and
performance bonuses, was revealed
this week when Tottenham released
their annual accounts. He was paid
more than any Spurs player last year
but Pochettino said the sum was
“not a problem” for anyone at the
club and a reflection of the “fantastic
job” the chairman had done.
“I think if [the sum] is true, well
done,” Pochettino said before his
team’s game at Stoke today. “My
feeling is he deserves it because he
is working so hard for the club. He’s
doing a fantastic job for 16, 17 years.”
Spurs are believed to be struggling
to agree contracts with Toby
Alderweireld and Mousa Dembélé.
But when asked whether Levy’s pay
might provoke envy elsewhere at
the club, Pochettino said: “I think
it’s not an issue. It’s not a problem
for the players or for us. I think it is
a question maybe we talk too much
about.
“I am happy with my salary.
I’m not comparing my salary with
any others. If I am happy I sign my
contract and then I cannot complain
because no one puts a gun against
my head.”
Spurs face relegation-threatened
Stoke with Harry Kane in contention
to start after injury. “This week he
was good, working hard,” Pochettino
said of his 35-goal striker. “We need
to see him in one more training
session but he’s doing very good.
You know him, he’s determined to
help the team achieve all they want.
Of course, he’s hungry to score.
“In the last few games Stoke have
had very consistent performances.
Arsenal won [3-0] in the end last
week but in the first half Stoke
played so well. We are aware how
they will play, we need to match
them with determination and
aggression.”
Paul MacInnes
Stoke v Tottenham, 3pm today
▲ Spurs hope Harry Kane will be fit to
return to the starting lineup at Stoke
‘Those who know me well know
I am very angry, I am very sad’
Antonio Conte
Chelsea manager hurting as Champions
League hopes hang by slimmest thread
Antonio Conte has been
deeply hurt by Chelsea’s
disastrous title defence
and admits a season fraught with
difficulties has given him sleepless
nights.
Hopes that Stamford Bridge will
host Champions League football
next season hang by the slimmest of
threads after last Sunday’s 3-1 defeat
by fourth-placed Tottenham, which
left Chelsea eight points behind their
London rivals with seven games to
play. It has given the rest of their
league campaign a strange, almost
agonising complexion with little
but pride to play for and the spectre
of Conte’s likely summer departure
high on the agenda.
Conte is adamant there will be
no downing of tools and says the
burden of pressure he puts on
himself has been difficult to bear.
“Those who know me very well
know I am very angry, I am very sad
for this situation,” he said. “Those
who know me very well know I
am trying to put all of myself to
change this situation because I have
great responsibility. I feel great
responsibility for my work, for my
family, for everything. When I go to
my house, it’s not that I am relaxed
but I know that I gave everything
and am giving everything for this
club, 120%, every day, every day.
Sometimes, it’s very difficult to sleep
with these types of problem.”
Conte was asked for his response
to comments this week by his former
Juventus team-mate Gianluca Vialli,
also a former Chelsea manager.
Vialli said Conte “can’t wait to
leave Chelsea”, primarily owing
to frustrations regarding his lack
of control over transfer policy, but
Conte explained the pair had not
spoken since dining together last
season.
“I understand because he is now
▲ Antonio
Conte is
adamant
Chelsea will
not down tools
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a journalist and he has to give news,
to try to speak about my situation,”
Conte said. “I can be disappointed
on one side but I respect him
because he is a journalist and he is
doing his job. He is trying to give his
opinion, it is not my opinion. The
people who stay very close to me
know very well my intentions – to
stay here, to continue my job here.
This is the truth. You will see.”
That will do little to dampen
Gianluca Vialli said
Conte ‘can’t wait to
leave Chelsea’
speculation but there will be plenty
to reflect on regardless of his next
move. He explained responsibility
for such a disappointing campaign
– for which some succour may yet
come in the FA Cup – lies in three
distinct departments.
“In every season you have to
share responsibility for the final
result,” he said. “With the club,
with the coach, with the players. It
is impossible to find a fault in only
one of these three parts. You have to
understand what is the percentage
of the responsibility.”
He did not offer insight into
how those percentages might be
apportioned but reiterated that,
beginning tomorrow against
West Ham, his players will not be
expected to ease off. “I do not want
to see one person try to give up.”
Nick Ames
Chelsea v West Ham, 4.30pm
tomorrow
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Hughes targets points
A good performance at Arsenal
tomorrow is the “bare minimum”
Southampton must deliver, said
Mark Hughes. “We’ve got to go and
get a positive result.”
Antonio ‘a big miss’
ng
Michail Antonio needs a hamstring
operation and will be ruled out
s,
until next season. “He’s a big miss,
m’ss
someone we need,” said West Ham’s
manager, David Moyes.
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Wolves
41 27
8
6 74 36 +38 89
Cardiff
40 24
8
8 62 34 +28 80
Fulham
40 21 12
7 70 41 +29 75
Aston Villa
40 21 10
9 64 37 +27 73
Derby
39 17 14
8 57 38 +19 65
Middlesbrough
40 18
9 13 56 39 +17 63
Bristol City
40 16 14 10 56 45 +11 62
Millwall
40 16 14 10 50 39 +11 62
Sheffield Utd
40 18
8 14 53 45 +8 62
Preston
40 15 15 10 49 42 +7 60
Brentford
40 15 13 12 56 47 +9 58
Ipswich
40 15
8 17 49 51 -2 53
Leeds
40 15
8 17 52 56 -4 53
Norwich
40 13 13 14 42 50 -8 52
QPR
40 13 11 16 49 57 -8 50
Sheffield Wed
40 11 14 15 48 54 -6 47
Nottingham Forest 39 13
7 19 43 56 -13 46
Hull
40
9 14 17 55 61 -6 41
Reading
40
9 12 19 45 60 -15 39
Bolton
40
9 12 19 34 59 -25 39
Birmingham
40 11
6 23 30 57 -27 39
Barnsley
39
7 13 19 39 58 -19 34
Sunderland
40
6 13 21 43 72 -29 31
Burton Albion
40
7 10 23 29 71 -42 31
Barnsley v Sheffield Utd (12.15pm); Birmingham v
Burton Albion; Brentford v Ipswich; Derby v Bolton; Hull v
QPR; Leeds v Sunderland; Middlesbrough v Nottingham
Forest; Millwall v Bristol City; Norwich v Aston Villa
(12.30pm); Reading v Preston; Sheffield Wed v Fulham
‘Forget about Jonjo Shelvey’s
past. He could be great for
England at the World Cup’
Rafael Benítez
‘It’s in my
blood to
want to
do well’
Darren Moore
Darren Moore
wants West Brom
to go down fighting
as he aims to halt the
club’s record run of
eight Premier League
defeats. The former
Albion defender has
stepped up from being
first-team coach to
oversee the season’s
remaining matches after
Alan Pardew’s departure.
Moore wants his players
to show steel, starting at
home to Swansea. “It’s
in my blood to want to
do well and want to win,”
he said. “We’ve got six
games remaining and
we want to redress the
run of defeats we’re on.
We really do.” Moore will
more than likely have
to see out the campaign
without Gareth Barry,
who will have minor
surgery on a knee
injury next week. The
midfielder has been out
since the end of February.
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3pm today
Rafael Benítez has lent his voice to the
increasingly compelling argument for Jonjo
Shelvey’s inclusion in England’s World Cup
squad. “If Jonjo had the motivation of the World Cup, I
think he’d be great,” said the Newcastle manager, who
now rarely omits his gifted playmaker. “My feeling is
that, if he goes to Russia, he can be a great player. It’s
not my job to talk about what Gareth Southgate has
to do but what I like about Jonjo is that he’s different
from the players England already have and he can do a
lot of things. It’s not my decision but, if you ask me as
Newcastle’s manager if Jonjo’s a very good player, the
answer is ‘yes’. He’s different and he can be good for any
squad.”
Shelvey’s rare ability to produce 50-yard defencesplitting passes has already earned the 26-year-old six
England caps, the last in 2015, but concerns about his
temperament and on-field discipline are understood to
have influenced Southgate’s decision to overlook him.
“I don’t know if England have been thinking about
him,” said Benítez. “Maybe he was in the head of the
England manager before the last game. Jonjo’s quite
focused at the moment but I think he would be even
better for this type of tournament. A World Cup is just a
few weeks and you know you have to stay really focused,
without any distractions. If Jonjo’s part of things for
a few weeks he can be very important. I think we can
forget about his past.”
Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, is hoping that
Benítez will sign an extension to the one year remaining
on his contract but the Spaniard is keeping his options
open. “I don’t want to talk about my future,” said
Benítez. Louise Taylor
Leicester v Newcastle, 3pm today
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Blackburn
39 24 10
5 74 36 +38 82
Shrewsbury
40 24
9
7 55 33 +22 81
Wigan
38 24
8
6 72 25 +47 80
Rotherham
40 20
6 14 65 49 +16 66
Peterborough
40 16 13 11 63 49 +14 61
Charlton
39 17 10 12 53 47 +6 61
Portsmouth
40 19
4 17 51 48 +3 61
Scunthorpe
40 15 15 10 57 48 +9 60
Plymouth
39 17
9 13 51 47 +4 60
Bristol Rovers
40 16
6 18 56 60 -4 54
Bradford
38 16
5 17 49 56 -7 53
Southend
40 14 11 15 49 59 -10 53
Fleetwood Town 40 14
9 17 53 57 -4 51
Doncaster
38 12 13 13 47 45 +2 49
Gillingham
39 12 13 14 43 47 -4 49
Blackpool
40 11 14 15 46 52 -6 47
Oxford Utd
39 12 10 17 55 61 -6 46
Walsall
39 11 11 17 47 58 -11 44
Oldham
38 11 10 17 52 66 -14 43
AFC Wimbledon
39 11
9 19 37 50 -13 42
MK Dons
40 10 12 18 40 54 -14 42
Rochdale
38
9 14 15 40 46 -6 41
Northampton
41 10 10 21 36 69 -33 40
Bury
40
7
9 24 32 61 -29 30
AFC Wimbledon v Scunthorpe; Blackburn v Southend;
Blackpool v Bradford; Bristol Rovers v Charlton; Gillingham
v Doncaster; Oxford Utd v Oldham; Plymouth v
Peterborough; Rochdale v Portsmouth; Rotherham v
Fleetwood Town; Walsall v Bury; Wigan v MK Dons
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Accrington Stanley 39 25
5
9 66 40 +26 80
Luton
41 22 11
8 84 43 +41 77
Wycombe
41 21 11
9 75 55 +20 74
Exeter
40 21
6 13 54 45 +9 69
Notts County
41 18 13 10 61 43 +18 67
Lincoln City
40 18 13
9 57 42 +15 67
Coventry
40 19
8 13 50 38 +12 65
Mansfield
40 16 15
9 57 43 +14 63
Swindon
40 19
5 16 61 60 +1 62
Colchester
41 16 13 12 51 45 +6 61
Carlisle
41 16 12 13 57 50 +7 60
Newport County
39 13 15 11 49 50 -1 54
Crawley Town
41 15
9 17 51 58 -7 54
Cambridge Utd
40 14 12 14 42 52 -10 54
Cheltenham
41 12 12 17 59 60 -1 48
Stevenage
40 12 12 16 54 57 -3 48
Yeovil
38 12
9 17 53 59 -6 45
Crewe
41 13
5 23 52 67 -15 44
Port Vale
41 10 13 18 45 57 -12 43
Morecambe
39
9 15 15 38 48 -10 42
Forest Green
40 11
7 22 48 69 -21 40
Grimsby
41
9 11 21 33 63 -30 38
Chesterfield
38
9
7 22 41 68 -27 34
Barnet
41
8
9 24 37 63 -26 33
Barnet v Forest Green; Cambridge Utd v Exeter; Cheltenham
v Morecambe; Colchester v Accrington; Grimsby v
Chesterfield; Mansfield v Crewe; Newport v Stevenage;
Notts County v Coventry; Port Vale v Crawley Town;
Swindon v Carlisle; Yeovil v Luton
‘We want Aaron to stay
because he will be important
in the future of the club’
Arsène Wenger
Arsène Wenger has said he is confident Aaron
Ramsey will not become the latest Arsenal
contract rebel and believes the midfielder will
play a crucial role in the club’s future. Ramsey has
arguably been their best player in another fluctuating
season and, at 27, has blossomed into one of the team’s
leaders. His deal ends at the end of next season and the
natural concern, given his form and his employers’ lack
of Champions League football, is that he may follow
Alexis Sánchez in allowing his contract to run down and
in effect forcing a sale.
“We are communicating,” Wenger said when
asked whether talks had taken place with Ramsey’s
representatives. “I am confident. He is not [at the] end
of [his] contract. He has one and a half years to go.”
This summer will mark 10 years since Ramsey arrived
at Arsenal from Cardiff City. His career at the Emirates
has had ups and downs but Wenger is unambiguous
about his long-term importance to a team that, barring
success in the Europa League, will again miss out on the
continent’s biggest stage next season.
“On my side that is clear,” he said. “We always have to
find agreements. We want him to stay because he is one
of the guys who has been here for a long time and will be
an important player in the future of the club.” Nick Ames
Arsenal v Southampton, 2.15pm tomorrow
CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Final Lincoln City v Shrewsbury (tomorrow, 3pm)
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
AFC Fylde v Sutton Utd; Aldershot v Maidenhead; Bromley v
Gateshead; Chester FC v Tranmere; Dag & Red v Woking;
Dover v Torquay; Eastleigh v Wrexham; Ebbsfleet Utd v
Macclesfield (12.15pm); FC Halifax v Boreham Wood; Guiseley
v Maidstone; Hartlepool v Solihull; Leyton Orient v Barrow
Derby day
Follow
Everton v
Liverpool at
12.30pm and
City v United
at 5.30pm
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LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Celtic
32 21
9
2 62 20 +42 72
Aberdeen
32 19
5
8 50 34 +16 62
Rangers
32 18
5
9 63 38 +25 59
Hibernian
32 16 10
6 48 34 +14 58
Kilmarnock
31 13 10
8 42 38 +4 49
Hearts
32 10 13
9 33 30 +3 43
Motherwell
32 10
7 15 36 43 -7 37
St Johnstone
32 10
7 15 32 47 -15 37
Hamilton
31
8
6 17 41 56 -15 30
Dundee
32
8
6 18 31 49 -18 30
Ross County
32
6
7 19 37 56 -19 25
Partick
32
6
7 19 26 56 -30 25
Hamilton v Celtic (tomorrow, 12.30pm); Hearts v Aberdeen;
Partick v Kilmarnock; Rangers v Dundee; Ross County v
Hibernian; St Johnstone v Motherwell
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin v St Mirren; Dumbarton v Dundee Utd; Falkirk v
Dunfermline; Livingston v Morton; Queen of the South v
Inverness CT
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Airdrieonians v Ayr; Albion v Forfar; Alloa v Stranraer;
Arbroath v Raith; Queen’s Park v East Fife
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Annan Athletic v Elgin; Berwick v Peterhead; Cowdenbeath v
Clyde; Edinburgh City v Stenhousemuir; Stirling v Montrose
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Brora v Deveronvale; Cove Rangers v Clachnacuddin;
Forres Mechanics v Strathspey Thistle; Fort William v Keith;
Huntly v Formartine Utd; Rothes v Nairn County;
Turriff Utd v Inverurie Loco Works; Wick Academy v
Fraserburgh
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE
Civil Service Strollers v Vale of Leithen; Cumbernauld Colts v
Dalbeattie Star; East Stirling v Whitehill Welfare;
Gala Fairydean v Stirling University; Gretna 2008 v
Spartans; Hawick Royal Albert v Edinburgh University;
Selkirk v Edusport Academy
JD WELSH CUP
Semi-finals Connah’s Quay Nomads v Bangor City
(7.35pm); Newtown v Aberystwyth (tomorrow, noon)
LA LIGA
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Barcelona
30 23
7
0 76 15 +61 76
Atlético Madrid
30 20
7
3 50 14 +36 67
Real Madrid
30 19
6
5 76 33 +43 63
Valencia
30 19
5
6 58 31 +27 62
Villarreal
30 14
5 11 40 34 +6 47
Real Betis
30 14
4 12 50 53 -3 46
Sevilla
30 14
4 12 39 46 -7 46
Girona
30 12
8 10 44 43 +1 44
Celta Vigo
30 11
7 12 46 43 +3 40
Eibar
30 11
7 12 36 43 -7 40
Getafe
30 10
9 11 35 28 +7 39
Athletic Bilbao
30
8 12 10 30 34 -4 36
Espanyol
30
8 12 10 26 37 -11 36
Leganés
30 10
6 14 25 36 -11 36
Real Sociedad
30
9
7 14 51 52 -1 34
Alavés
30 10
2 18 26 45 -19 32
Levante
30
5 13 12 26 44 -18 28
Deportivo
31
5
8 18 29 63 -34 23
Las Palmas
30
5
6 19 21 61 -40 21
Málaga
31
4
5 22 19 48 -29 17
Alavés v Getafe (noon); Barcelona v Leganés (7.45pm);
Celta Vigo v Sevilla (3.15pm); Real Betis v Eibar (5.30pm)
Tomorrow Levante v Las Palmas (11am); Real Madrid v
Atlético Madrid (3.15pm); Real Sociedad v Girona (5.30pm);
Valencia v Espanyol (7.45pm)
Monday Villarreal v Atheltic Bilbao (8pm)
SERIE A
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Juventus
30 25
3
2 70 16 +54 78
Napoli
30 23
5
2 64 20 +44 74
Roma
30 18
6
6 50 24 +26 60
Internazionale
30 16 11
3 50 21 +29 59
Lazio
30 17
6
7 73 39 +34 57
Milan
30 15
6
9 42 35 +7 51
Sampdoria
30 14
5 11 50 46 +4 47
Atalanta
30 13
8
9 46 33 +13 47
Fiorentina
30 13
8
9 42 33 +9 47
Torino
30 10 12
8 45 38 +7 42
Bologna
30 10
5 15 35 42 -7 35
Genoa
30
9
7 14 24 31 -7 34
Udinese
30 10
3 17 38 46 -8 33
Chievo
30
7
8 15 28 49 -21 29
Cagliari
30
8
5 17 28 50 -22 29
Sassuolo
30
7
8 15 20 50 -30 29
Spal
30
5 11 14 29 51 -22 26
Crotone
30
6
6 18 28 56 -28 24
Verona
30
6
4 20 25 62 -37 22
Benevento
30
4
1 25 24 69 -45 13
Benevento v Juventus (2pm); Roma v Fiorentina (5pm);
Sampdoria v Genoa (7.45pm); Spal v Atalanta (7.45pm)
Tomorrow (2pm unless stated) Crotone v Bologna; Milan v
Sassuolo (7.45pm); Napoli v Chievo; Torino v Internazionale
(11.30am); Udinese v Lazio (5pm); Verona v Cagliari
BUNDESLIGA
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Bayern Munich
28 22
3
3 72 20 +52 69
Schalke
28 15
7
6 43 30 +13 52
Borussia Dortmund 28 13
9
6 54 39 +15 48
RB Leipzig
28 13
7
8 43 37 +6 46
Bayer Leverkusen 28 12
9
7 47 35 +12 45
Eintracht Frankfurt 28 13
6
9 39 32 +7 45
Hoffenheim
28 11
9
8 52 41 +11 42
VfB Stuttgart
28 11
5 12 26 31 -5 38
B M’gladbach
28 10
7 11 36 42 -6 37
Augsburg
28
9
9 10 37 36 +1 36
Hertha Berlin
28
8 12
8 32 32
0 36
Werder Bremen
29
9
9 11 33 35 -2 36
Hannover
29
9
8 12 37 43 -6 35
Freiburg
28
6 12 10 26 46 -20 30
Wolfsburg
28
4 14 10 28 37 -9 26
Mainz
28
6
8 14 29 46 -17 26
Cologne
28
5
5 18 27 55 -28 20
Hamburg
28
4
7 17 20 44 -24 19
(2.30pm unless stated) Augsburg v Bayern Munich;
Borussia Mönchengladbach v Hertha Berlin; Cologne v
Mainz; Freiburg v Wolfbsurg; Hamburg v Schalke (5.30pm)
Tomorrow Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart;
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hoffenheim (5pm)
Monday RB Leipzig v Bayer Leverkusen (7.30pm)
LIGUE 1
Amiens v Caen (7pm); Angers v Strasbourg (7pm); Bordeaux
v Lille (7pm); Guingamp v Troyes (7pm); Monaco v Nantes
(4pm); Toulouse v Dijon (7pm)
Tomorrow Marseille v Montpellier (8pm); Metz v Lyon
(4pm); Nice v Rennes (2pm)
EREDIVISIE
Ajax v Heracles (tomorrow, 3.45pm); AZ Alkmaar v
PSV Eindhoven (6.45pm); Heerenveen v Groningen
(tomorrow, 1.30pm); NAC Breda v Vitesse (5.30pm); Roda
JC v PSV Eindhoven (6.45pm); Sparta Rotterdam v VVVVenlo (7.45pm); Twente v Feyenoord (tomorrow, 1.30pm);
Utrecht v ADO Den Haag (tomorrow, 11.30am)
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Sport
Football Premier League
Saturday interview
Cenk Tosun
The Turkey international
aims to become a ‘true
Evertonian’ today by
getting a goal and helping
the home side end a
16-game winless run in
the Merseyside derby
Andy Hunter
er
C
‘Everton fans
always ask me
to score against
Liverpool’
TONY MCARDLE/EVERTON FC VIA GETTY IMAGES
enk Tosun lived, worked
and prospered in
Istanbul before joining
Everton in January. In
other words, he did not
require the schooling on
the importance or volatility of a local
derby that he has received from one
tutor in particular in the buildup to
the 231st Merseyside version. That
man is Everton’s first-team coach
Duncan Ferguson. Tosun wisely kept
his counsel and listened.
“I heard he head-butted a few.
Is that right?” asks the Turkey
international of the former centreforward who often reserved his
Everton highlights for derby day.
Tosun is told that Ferguson’s charge
sheet also includes the occasional
punch, elbow and throttling. “Nice!”
he replies, laughing. “I like that. I
like players who give everything
for the team and the supporters.
Duncan is a legend. He is very wellknown and he proved himself as a
player. He was a crazy kind of player
but I am not sure I am that crazy.”
Everton can do without crazy
at Goodison Park today. But they
desperately need a player who can
thrive on the occasion and unsettle
Liverpool as Everton seek to end the
longest run without a derby win in
their history – 16 games stretching
over almost eight years. Tosun, who
scored four goals in four games for
Sam Allardyce’s side before last
weekend’s defeat by Manchester
City, welcomes the responsibility.
“It is not just Duncan who has
been telling me about the derby,”
says the striker signed from
Besiktas for a fee rising to £27m.
“I used to watch these games on
TV and I know the impact and
the meaning of the game. Since I
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Cenk Tosun
scores his first
goal at Goodison
as Everton beat
Brighton
ANTHONY DEVLIN/PA
‘I love
the fans
and
I think
they
love
me too.
I want
to be
a legend
here’
Liverpool’s sweet 16
Everton’s task today: win a Merseyside derby for the
first time in league or cup since October 2010 – 16
matches ago. David Moyes was Everton manager that
day, Roy Hodgson was in the Liverpool dugout. Mikel
Arteta and Tim Cahill scored.
5 Jan 2018
10 Dec 2017
1 Apr 2017
19 Dec 2016
20 Apr 2016
4 Oct 2015
7 Feb 2015
27 Sep 2014
28 Jan 2014
L 2-1 A
D 1-1 A
L 3-1 A
L 0-1 H
L 4-0 A
D 1-1 A
D 0-0 H
D 1-1 A
L 4-0 A
FA Cup
Prem
Prem
Prem
Prem
Prem
Prem
Prem
Prem
23 Nov 2013
5 May 2013
28 Oct 2012
14 Apr 2012
D 3-3 H Prem
D 0-0 A Prem
D 2-2 H Prem
L 2-1 Wembley
FA Cup
13 Mar 2012 L 3-0 A Prem
1 Oct 2011 L 0-2 H Prem
16 Jan 2011 D 2-2 A Prem
17 Oct 2010 W 2-0 A Prem
has that ambition to win and players
sometimes forget it is sport. You
have many, many red cards. There
are bad injuries and the games
can stop for long periods of time. I
remember we played Fenerbahce
in September. We lost 2-1 and five
players were sent off. English derbies
are calm by comparison.
“They are also loud, very loud
in Istanbul. They break the decibel
records. When we played at home
against Leipzig in the Champions
League one of the Leipzig players
[Timo Werner] had to come off
after 30 minutes because of the
noise. Mario Balotelli said the
same. He said he still couldn’t hear
properly the night after he played
for Liverpool against Besiktas [the
Europa League in 2015] and we beat
them in Istanbul.”
Tosun’s former home is
embedded in Liverpool’s folklore
following the 2005 Champions
League final and Everton’s rivals are
dreaming of another after swatting
aside City 3-0 in the first leg of their
quarter-final on Wednesday. Klopp’s
team did to City what Guardiola’s
had done to Everton four days
earlier but with injuries biting at
Anfield and the second leg at the
Etihad Stadium looming on Tuesday,
Tosun believes the derby may arrive
at a good time from a royal blue
perspective.
“Everyone watched the game on
Wednesday,” he says. “We are going
to play against a very good team but
they will be more tired and we have
had some time to recover. They have
had some injuries and I am not sure
if some of them will play. They are a
good team, no question, but we have
been playing well at home. OK, we
did not play well against Manchester
City. They dominated the game.
Liverpool showed everyone how
they can be beaten. They pressed
them hard and it showed everyone
that they are vulnerable, but the
same Liverpool team played against
Crystal Palace and they showed they
could be beaten as well.”
A first derby victory since October
2010 would represent the highlight
of a sorry season for Everton.
Equally, defeat by an understrength
Liverpool would be further evidence
of the club’s regression following the
lavish spending of the past year.
Tosun, who is moving into a
house in Liverpool having spent his
early months in Manchester, says: “I
accept we did not meet expectations
this season. We got knocked out of
Europe quite early and it looks like
it is quite impossible to qualify for
Europe next year. So we are looking
at this and, God willing, this will be
the game that is the highlight for the
supporters, the players, the club. For
everyone.”
On the edge
Klopp livid
with ‘idiots’
who attacked
City’s bus
Liverpool manager offers
another apology for incident
that marred Anfield victory
Andy Hunter
Jürgen Klopp feels ashamed and
embarrassed by the “idiots” who damaged Manchester City’s coach and said
Liverpool fans should not be allowed
to intimidate European rivals outside
Anfield again.
Uefa has charged Liverpool after
the coach was struck by bottles,
cans and flares before Wednesday’s
Champions League quarter-final and
the Premier League leaders have criticised Merseyside police’s handling of
their re-routed journey to the stadium.
The fiercest condemnation, however, has come from Liverpool’s manager who, almost 48 hours after his
team’s superb 3-0 victory, was visibly
incensed as he reflected on the reception afforded Pep Guardiola’s team.
Klopp believes a minority let down
Liverpool and have ruined what has
become a feature of major European
nights at Anfield for the majority.
In front of the television cameras
yesterday Klopp apologised again to
City and thanked them for stopping
after the game – in a replacement
coach – to treat an injured Liverpool
supporter. “A perfect example for how
it should be,” he said. Later, away from
the cameras, Klopp could not hide
his anger as he revealed he planned
to apologise in person to Guardiola
before the second leg.
“We haven’t spoken yet but I will
when we meet again on Tuesday,”
he said. “I feel really embarrassed,
ashamed. It is like: ‘What?’ I cannot
understand how you give this opportunity to the people to create something
wonderful like this usually is.
“It was already on the edge with
the flares or whatever, which are illegal, but it is nice and special. But then
people do not understand the rules.
If I was to make the decision I would
say it is not allowed any more. It is not
‘I don’t have the
words. How can
you do that? It’s not
a little bit funny’
Jürgen Klopp
possible. You had the chance, didn’t
use it, sorry. It was fantastic, a historical moment and I was part of the last
time it happened.
“I don’t have the words. It is idiots
in this situation. How can you do that?
It is not a little bit funny. It is dangerous, it feels bad. I was on a bus once
when someone threw a rock. You feel
it. It was against Cologne and someone threw it through the window.
You think if that hits my head, what
happens? It is not funny. It is actually
the complete opposite and I am really
angry about it.”
Uefa’s disciplinary body will not
consider the charges against Liverpool
until 31 May, five days after the final
in Kiev which could feature Klopp’s
team, and it is unclear what measures
police could take to prevent crowds
forming to greet the coaches in the
confined spaces around Anfield.
Klopp’s mood has also not been
helped by injury problems before
today’s derby at Everton. Liverpool
registered shirt numbers for six academy players with the Premier League
yesterday – Liam Millar, Herbie
Kane, Rafa Camacho, Curtis Jones,
Adam Lewis and Nathaniel Phillips –
although Klopp insists that was mainly
for training purposes.
“It made sense because we had a
training group that was not 25 players,”
said the Liverpool manager, who has
already registered the young central
defender Conor Masterson. “But for
sure one or two will be in the squad
for tomorrow.”
Mohamed Salah has not been ruled
out of the derby, despite suffering a
slight groin problem against City, but is
unlikely to start and Emre Can could be
sidelined for the long term with a back
injury. Klopp bemoaned “overly hard
challenges” from Everton in recent
encounters but insisted he would not
give Sam Allardyce ammunition by
calling for better protection from the
referee Michael Oliver.
“If I say that now we will have
someone not too far from here saying I am a soft German who is asking
for help from somebody else,” he
said. “You saw the challenges as well.
None of them were from our side if I
am right.
“But would anything change with
whatever I would say now? No. It is a
derby and there are a lot of people out
there who love this part of the game. I
hated it my whole life. It is a fact I never
understood it. It is as silly as throwing
something at a bus.”
▼ Jürgen Klopp said he felt
‘embarrassed’ by the incident in
which Liverpool fans attacked the
Manchester City coach at Anfield
ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS/CARL RECINE
have been here I understand that
meaning even better. Every time
I am in the city and I come across
Everton supporters they ask me for
a photograph and the last thing they
always say is: ‘You have to score
against Liverpool.’
“There was a derby on the day
I signed, a Friday night [January’s
FA Cup defeat at Anfield]. I really
wanted to be out there myself but
the paperwork did not come through
in time. I also remember the first
game of the season at their ground.
It has been a few years since we have
beaten our opponent. It is time that
we did it.”
Evertonian patience has been
tested not only by their team’s
dreadful recent derby record.
Allardyce’s sparing use of the
striker belatedly bought to fill the
void created by Romelu Lukaku’s
departure was also cause for
consternation earlier this year.
Tosun, however, concurs with his
manager’s assessment that he was
not match-fit, although he insists his
confidence never wavered before
he opened his Everton account with
goals against Burnley, Brighton and
Stoke City.
The 26-year-old says: “I never
thought I had made the wrong
choice coming here, never. I
believe in myself, always. The only
disadvantage I had when I came
was that I had a 10-day break when I
had to stop training. That was when
I struggled but the extra training
sessions I did and the training camp
we had in Dubai really helped me. I
feel I have improved a lot since then
and developed a very special bond
with the supporters. I love them and
I think they love me too. I want to
become a legend here. The goals I’ve
scored have helped make the bond
between me and the supporters
better. God willing I will score
this weekend and become a true
Evertonian.”
Tosun scored on his last derby
appearance for Besiktas, a 3-0 win
over Galatasaray, and while he hopes
that bodes well for Liverpool’s trip
across Stanley Park he does not
believe the Premier League fixture
with the most red and yellow cards
will emulate his experiences of
Istanbul.
“When there is a derby game in
Istanbul life stops,” says a player
who was born in Germany to
Turkish parents, Selma and Senol,
and signed for Gaziantepspor from
Eintracht Frankfurt when he was
19. “Everyone wants to watch,
everyone concentrates on the game
above everything else. Everyone
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How they stand
P
Manchester City
HOME
D L F
W
31 14
1
A
W
0 51 10 13
AWAY
D L F
2
A
GD Pts Form
1 37 11 +67 84 DWWWWW
Manchester Utd
31 13
2
1 35
7
8
3
4 25 16 +37 68 WLWWWW
Liverpool
32 10
6
0 38 10
9
3
4 37 25 +40 66 WWWLWW
Tottenham
31 10
4
1 31
9
9
3
4 31 17 +36 64 DWWWWW
Chelsea
31 10
2
4 27 14
7
3
5 26 16 +23 56 LWLLWL
Arsenal
31 12
2
2 42 17
3
4
8 16 24 +17 51 WLLLWW
Burnley
31
4
5 12 12
6
6
4 17 15
6
+2 46 DLDWWW
Leicester
31
6
5
4 21 17
5
5
6 26 26
+4 43 DLDDWW
Everton
32
9
2
5 26 21
2
5
9 12 32
-15 40 WLLWWL
Bournemouth
32
6
4
6 23 26
3
6
7 16 25
-12 37 LDDLWD
Watford
32
6
5
5 24 28
4
2 10 17 29
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Newcastle
31
6
4
6 16 15
3
4
8 15 25
Brighton
31
6
6
4 21 23
2
4
9
West Ham
31
6
4
5 19 20
2
5
9 20 37
7 19
Points scored
Goals scored
Derby conceded 89
goals on the way to the
Premier League’s
earliest ever relegation
Run without win
Goals conceded
-14 34 WDWWLL
-18 33 LWLLLW
Swansea
31
6
2
7 15 19
2
5
9 10 25
-19 31 DWLWDL
32
5
5
6 15 22
3
2 11 10 31
-28 31 WWLDLL
Crystal Palace
32
4
5
7 19 25
3
4
9 12 25
-19 30 LLLLWL
Southampton
31
3
7
6 16 21
2
6
7 13 26
-18 28 WLDDLL
Stoke
32
5
4
7 17 25
1
5 10 12 36
-32 27 DDDLLL
West Brom
32
2
7
7 17 26
1
4 11
-26 20 LLLLLL
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Moore’s the manager
West Brom are 10 points from
safety. Ten years ago caretaker
Darren Moore played in Derby’s
record-breaking relegation
season. Here’s how
they compare:
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Huddersfield
2017/18
West Brom have
amassed 20 points so
far this season
West Brom
had a
20-game
winless run
this season
Derby finished
2007-08 with a record
low 11 points
Leading goalscorers
29
24
21
16
15
15
14
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Mohamed Salah Liverpool
Harry Kane Tottenham
Sergio Agüero Man City
Raheem Sterling Man City
Romelu Lukaku Man Utd
Jamie Vardy Leicester
Roberto Firmino Liverpooll Son Heung-min Tottenham
m
2007/08
Derby’s run
of 32 games
without a win
Arsenal
Bournemouth
Brighton
Chelsea
Chelse
Southampton
Crystal Palace
Huddersfield
West H
Ham
Tomorrow 2.15pm SSPL
Venue Emirates Stadium
Last season Arsenal 2
Southampton 1
Odds H 4-7 A 28-5 D 7-2
Today 3pm
Venue Vitality Stadium
Last season Bournemouth 0
Crystal Palace 2
Odds H 17-11 A 2-1 D 5-2
Today 3pm
Venue Amex Stadium
Last season Brighton 1
Huddersfield 0 (Championship)
Odds H 10-11 A 4-1 D 28-11
Tomorr
Tomorrow
4.30pm SSPL
Bridge
Venue Stamford
S
Last sea
season Chelsea 2
West Ha
Ham 1
Odds H 2-7 A 12-1 D 5-1
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Cech
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Özil
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Chambers
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Ramsey
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Xhaka
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Hoedt
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Welbeck
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Francis
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Ibe
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• Bertrand
Stephens
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McCarthy
ARSENAL
Subs from Macey, Iliev, Chambers,
Holding, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac,
Mavropanos, Mertesacker, Elneny,
Iwobi, Nelson, Lacazette
Doubtful None
Injured Ospina (ankle, 29 Apr),
Cazorla (achilles), Mkhitaryan
(knee, both unknown)
Suspended None Discipline Y47 R0
Leading scorer Lacazette 10
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Aké
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L Cook
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Gosling
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King
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Daniels
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Fraser
•
Schelotto
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Duffy
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Dunk
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Kayal
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Pröpper
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March
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Wilson
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Zaha
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Austin
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Tadic
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Lemina
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Ryan
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S Cook
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McArthur
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Townsend
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Cabaye
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Milivojevic
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Kelly
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Loftus-Cheek
•
• Wan-Bissaka
Sakho
•
Hennessey
BOURNEMOUTH
Subs from Boruc, Federici, Butcher,
Simpson, Surman, Hyndman, Arter,
Mousset, Taylor, Defoe, Wiggins, Pugh,
B Smith Doubtful Francis (hamstring)
Injured A Smith (knee, May), Stanislas
(knee, Aug), Mings (back, unknown)
Suspended None Discipline Y47 R1
Leading scorer Wilson 7
SOUTHAMPTON
Subs from Forster, Taylor, Bednarek,
Pied, Davis, Hesketh, McQueen,
Obafemi, Sims, Ward-Prowse, Long,
Carrillo, Romeu, Boufal, Valery,
Flannigan, Jones, Wood
Doubtful None
Injured None
Suspended None
Discipline Y44 R0
Leading scorer Austin 6
CRYSTAL PALACE
Subs from Cavalieri, Henry, Souaré,
Tomkins, Riedewald, Fosu-Mensah,
Delaney, Jach, Rakip, Lee, Benteke
Doubtful Benteke (groin),
Tomkins (calf), Zaha (knee)
Injured Ward (calf, 28 Apr), Schlupp
(ankle), Sørloth (hamstring), Speroni
(knee), Wickham (groin, all May), Sako
(ankle), Puncheon (knee, both Sep),
Dann (knee, Oct)
Suspended None Discipline Y57 R0
Leading scorer Milivojevic 9
Referee Andre Marriner
Referee Jonathan Moss
•
Van La Parra
•
Pritchard
•
Gross
•
Murray
•
Mounié
•
Hogg
•
Kongolo
•
Jorgensen
•
Bong
•
Izquierdo
•
Quaner
•
Mooy
•
• Hadergjonaj
Schindler
•
Lössl
BRIGHTON
Subs from Krul, Mäenpää, Huenemaier,
Rosenior, Bruno, Goldson, Suttner,
Baldock, Hemed, Ulloa, Locadia,
Gyökeres, Stephens
Doubtful Stephens (hamstring)
Injured Brown (knee), Sidwell (back),
Skalak (ankle, all unknown)
Suspended Knockaert (last of three)
Discipline Y45 R1
Leading scorer Murray 11
HUDDERSFIELD
Subs from Coleman, Green, Sabiri,
Depoitre, Smith, Billing, Löwe,
Scannell, Stankovic, Malone, Ince
Doubtful Stankovic (knee)
Injured Hefele (knee, 21 Apr),
Kachunga (ankle, Jun),
Williams (ankle, unknown)
Suspended None
Discipline Y54 R3
Leading scorer Mounié 6
Referee Anthony Taylor
Kick
off
All the data
you need for
the weekend
Chelsea’s Álvaro
Morata will be looking
to add to his goal tally
•
Courtois
•
•
•
Azpilicueta Christensen Rüdiger
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•
Moses
Alonso
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•
Kanté
Fàbregas
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•
Willian
Hazard
•
Morata
•
Arnautovic
•
Fernandes
•
Noble
•
Masuaku
•
Cresswell
•
Mario
•
Kouyaté
•
Zabaleta
•
Ogbonna
•
Hart
•
Rice
CHELSEA
Subs from Caballero, Eduardo,
Cahill, Drinkwater, Emerson, Pedro,
Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Sterling,
Hudson-Odoi, Giroud Doubtful Courtois
(hamstring), Pedro (match fitness),
Zappacosta (hamstring) Injured Barkley
(hamstring, 14 Apr), David Luiz
(knee, 28 Apr), Ampadu (ankle, Aug)
Suspended None Discipline Y34 R4
Leading scorers Hazard, Morata 11
WEST HAM
Subs from Adrián, Trott, Collins, Evra,
Pask, Diangana, Cullen, Lanzini, Hugill,
Hernández, Browne, Quina
Doubtful Collins (hamstring), Lanzini
(knee) Injured Carroll (foot, 21 Apr),
Obiang, Reid (both knee, Aug),
Antonio (hamstring), Byram
(ankle, both unknown)
Suspended None Discipline Y63 R2
Leading scorer Arnautovic 9
Referee Kevin Friend
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Five asides
What to look out
for this weekend
1 2 3 4 5
Terriers need Mounié
to redisover his
mojo in Brighton
Stoke chairman
claims crisis is down
to bad refereeing
Swansea fear
new-manager bounce
at the Hawthorns
Will Hughes put in
another eye-catching
turn at Watford?
Benítez’s Newcastle
close to safety
– despite Ashley
A win at Brighton for
Huddersfield would put them
level on points with Chris
Hughton’s side, albeit with
one match more in the can.
More worrying for the Terriers
than a return of one point
from the past 12 available is
a four-game goal drought.
David Wagner’s decision to
leave his top scorer, Steve
Mounié ( left), on the
bench until the 83rd minute
of last weekend’s defeat at
Newcastle seems a strange
one unless the player was
not fully fit. Mounié needs
to rediscover his mojo for a
run-in that concludes with
games against Manchester
City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Peter Coates returned to a
familiar theme this week,
blaming recent defeats by
Everton and Arsenal on bad
refereeing. “There has been
nothing wrong with our
performances but everything
wrong with the officials and
decisions at big moments,”
the Stoke chairman said.
While it is true Stoke have
been victims of some peculiar
calls, many teams have similar
grievances and the reality is
bad decisions by Coates and
his staff are the main reason
why Stoke are threatened by
relegation. Paul Lambert has
yet to suggest he can turn
things around, overseeing one
win in his 10 games.
Swansea are far from safe
and must be cursing their
luck that they travel to
an apparently doomed
West Brom at the end of
a week in which the West
Midlands club unburdened
themselves of Alan Pardew.
The universally popular
Darren Moore, installed in his
place, has called for a spirit
of togetherness. In the wake
of Pardew’s departure there
seems every chance they
will get the “new-manager
bounce” so inconsiderately
“ruined” for Pardew by Gary
Megson. This is one of those
rare occasions when it is
almost certainly not a good
time to be playing West Brom.
In nine league appearances
for Watford this season, Will
Hughes ( above) has scored
two goals and provided three
assists. The standout player
against Bournemouth last
weekend, Hughes was linked
with Liverpool as a teenager
at Derby. Despite missing
most of the 2015-16 season
with injury and a large chunk
of this one because he could
not nail down a place under
Marco Silva, he is closing on
his 200th appearance at the
age of 22. More eye-catching
displays ought to prompt
interest from the league’s
finest, and learning Spanish
while injured suggests he may
welcome a move abroad.
You’ve got to hand it to Mike
Ashley: he bet on Rafael
Benítez’s pride and nous
compensating for the lack of
investment that the manager
persistently railed against and
it looks as if that ploy will pay
off. In Ashley’s terms, that
is. Benítez and Newcastle’s
fans understandably have
higher ambitions than to
avoid relegation. But survival
is a decent starting point for
a first season back in the top
flight and before a potential
sale of the club. Newcastle
could practically make sure of
safety by winning at Leicester,
a tall order against a team who
should have secured seventh
place at least by now.
Everton
Leicester
Manchester City
Stoke
Watford
West Brom
Liverpool
Newcastle
Manchester Utd
Tottenham
Burnley
Swansea
Today 12.30pm SSPL
Venue Goodison Park
Last season Everton 0
Liverpool 1
Odds H 10-3 A 19-20 D 3-1
Today 3pm
Today 5.30pm SSPL
Venue Etihad Stadium
Last season Manchester City 0
Manchester United 0
Odds H Evens A 3-1 D 14-5
Today 3pm
Venue Bet365 Stadium
Last season Stoke 0
Tottenham 4
Odds H 11-1 A 1-3 D 9-2
Today 3pm
Venue Vicarage Road
Last season Watford 2
Burnley 1
Odds H 10-7 A 5-2 D 11-5
Today 3pm
Venue The Hawthorns
Last season West Brom 3
Swansea 1
Odds H 6-4 A 12-5 D 9-4
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Coleman
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Jagielka
Keane
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Gueye
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• Davies
Walcott
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Mané
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Baines
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Rooney •
Bolasie
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Karius
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Simpson
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Schmeichel
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Morgan
Maguire
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Iborra
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Albrighton
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Chilwell
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Silva
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Okazaki
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Mahrez
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Vardy
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Ings
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Wijnaldum •
Milner
Henderson
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Moreno
Venue King Power Stadium
Last season n/a
Odds H Evens A 3-1 D 5-2
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Clyne
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Gayle
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Pérez
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Kenedy
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Diamé
•
Dummett
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Lejeune
•
Ritchie
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Shelvey
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Dubravka
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Yedlin
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Gündogan •
• De Bruyne
Sané
Sterling
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Jesus
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Lukaku
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•
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Lingard
Sánchez
•
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Pogba
Matic
•
•
Young
Valencia
•
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Smalling
Bailly
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De Gea
EVERTON
Subs from Robles, Niasse, Schneiderlin,
Calvert-Lewin, Martina, Kenny,
Klaassen, Vlasic, Baningime,
Funes Mori, Williams Doubtful Gueye
(hamstring) Injured Sigurdsson
(knee, May), Mangala (knee, Aug),
McCarthy (leg, Sep), Holgate (ankle),
Stekelenburg (groin, both unknown)
Suspended None Discipline Y45 R3
Leading scorer Rooney 10
LEICESTER
Subs from Hamer, Jakupovic, Gray,
Diabaté, Dragovic, Iheanacho, Huth,
Fuchs, Benalouane, Choudhury,
Thomas, Barnes
Doubtful None
Injured Amartey (hamstring, 14 Apr),
James (achilles, Aug)
Suspended Ndidi (first of two)
Discipline Y43 R4
Leading scorer Vardy 15
MANCHESTER CITY
Subs from Bravo, Touré, Adarabioyo,
Díaz, Danilo, Foden, Zinchenko, B Silva,
Delph, D Silva, Stones, Agüero, Nmecha,
Dele-Bashiru
Doubtful Agüero (match fitness)
Injured Mendy (knee, May)
Suspended None
Discipline Y46 R2
Leading scorer Agüero 21
LIVERPOOL
Subs from Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold,
Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah,
Firmino, Klavan, Ward, Masterson,
Miller, Kane, Jones
Doubtful Klavan (groin), Salah (groin)
Injured Can (back, 22 Apr),
Gomez (ankle, 28 Apr), Lallana
(hamstring, May), Matip (thigh, Aug)
Suspended None Discipline Y39 R1
Leading scorer Salah 29
NEWCASTLE
Subs from Darlow, Manquillo, Clark,
Mbemba, Haïdara, Merino, Hayden,
Atsu, Murphy, Joselu, Gámez, Roberts,
Good, El-Mhanni
Doubtful None
Injured Elliot (back, unknown)
Suspended None
Unavailable Slimani (terms of loan)
Discipline Y42 R2
Leading scorer Gayle 5
MANCHESTER UNITED
Subs from J Pereira, Lindelöf, Shaw,
Darmian, Carrick, McTominay, Mata,
Fellaini, Rojo, Herrera, Martial,
Borthwick-Jackson, Gomes, O’Connor,
Dunne
Doubtful Blind (match fitness),
Jones (match fitness)
Injured Romero (leg, unknown)
Suspended None
Discipline Y56 R1
Leading scorer Lukaku 15
Referee Michael Oliver
Referee Stuart Atwell
Referee Martin Atkinson
•
Butland
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•
• Shawcross Martins Indi •
Pieters
Bauer
•
•
Allen
Ndiaye
•
•
•
Sobhi
Johnson
Shaqiri
•
Mariappa
•
Doucouré
•
Capoue
•
Janmaat
•
Femenía
•
Diouf
•
Eriksen
•
Kane
•
Alli
•
Dembélé
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Davies
•
Vertonghen
•
Lloris
•
Lamela
•
Lennon
•
Dier
•
Sánchez
•
Trippier
STOKE
Subs from Haugaard, Niakete,
Edwards, Wimmer, Fletcher, Campbell,
Berahino, Rodríguez, Martins Indi,
Crouch, Cameron, Zouma, Ireland
Doubtful Zouma (knee)
Injured Choupo-Moting (groin,
16 Apr), Grant (wrist, unknown),
Stafylidis (rib, unknown)
Suspended Adam (second of three)
Discipline Y44 R1
Leading scorer Shaqiri 7
•
Foster
•
Karnezis
•
Prödl
•
Ward
•
Hughes
•
Holebas
•
Pereyra
•
Dawson
•
• Livermore
Phillips
•
Rondón
•
Deeney
•
Barnes
•
Gudmundsson
•
•
Cork
• Hendrick
Westwood
•
•
•
Lowton
Mee
Tarkowski
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Pope
•
Hegazi
•
Evans
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Gibbs
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Krychowiak •
Brunt
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Rodriguez
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Abraham
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Clucas
•
Olsson
•
King
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Ki
•
A Ayew
•
•
• Naughton
Mawson • Van der Hoorn
Fernández
•
Fabianski
WATFORD
Subs from Gomes, Bachmann, Okaka,
Ndong, Lukebakio, Gray, Carrillo,
Britos, Zeegelaar, Cathcart, Kabasele,
Richarlison
Doubtful Kabasele (hamstring)
Injured Deulofeu (foot, May), Chalobah
(knee), Cleverley (hamstring), Kaboul
(foot), Hoban (knee, all unknown)
Suspended None Discipline Y54 R4
Leading scorer Doucouré 7
WEST BROM
Subs from Myhill, Palmer,
Robson-Kanu, Gabr, Yacob, Harper,
Leko, McClean, McAuley, Burke, Chadli,
Nyom, Sturridge
Doubtful Chadli (thigh),
Sturridge (hamstring)
Injured Morrison (achilles, 15 Apr),
Barry (knee, Jun), Field (calf, unknown)
Suspended None Discipline Y59 R1
Leading scorer Rondón 6
TOTTENHAM
Subs from Vorm, Gazzaniga, Aurier,
Walker-Peters, Rose, Alderweireld,
Foyth, Wanyama, Sissoko,
Oakley-Boothe, Lucas, Llorente, Son
Doubtful None
Injured Winks (ankle, unknown)
Suspended None
Discipline Y39 R2
Leading scorer Kane 24
BURNLEY
Subs from Lindegaard, Heaton, Wells,
Vokes, Marney, Long, Taylor
Doubtful Gudmundsson (calf),
Mee (match fitness)
Injured Arfield (calf, unknown),
Brady (knee, unknown), Defour (knee,
unknown), Walters (knee, unknown)
Suspended None
Discipline Y58 R0
Leading scorer Wood 8
SWANSEA
Subs from Nordfeldt, Narsingh, Carroll,
Bartley, Britton, Routledge, Dyer,
Roberts, James
Doubtful None
Injured Rangel (calf, 21 Apr), Bony
(knee, unknown), Fer (achilles,
unknown)
Suspended J Ayew (last of three)
Discipline Y42 R1
Leading scorer J Ayew 6
Referee Graham Scott
Referee Paul Tierney
Referee Roger East
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▼ Ellen White heads towards goal
but it was a frustrating night for
England at St Mary’s Stadium
JOHN WALTON/PA
Rugby league
Taia and Percival lead way
for injury-hit Saints to win
St Helens
26
Hull FC
12
Aaron Bower
Totally Wicked Stadium
Women’s World Cup qualifier
O’Sullivan superb as
dominant England
rue missed chances
England Women
0
Wales Women
0
Suzanne Wrack
St Mary’s Stadium
With Wales topping 2019 World Cup
qualifying Group 1 and England a
point behind having played a game
fewer, this match offered Phil Neville’s side a strong competitive test for
his first home outing, against a team
with strong qualification ambitions
of their own. The Lionesses’ 4-0, 6-0
and 5-0 demolitions of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Russia and Kazakhstan
respectively, and runner-up spot at
the SheBelieves Cup, may have filled
them with confidence but this draw
will have measured that and left them
ruing not making more of such a possession-heavy display.
England began on the front foot,
dominating possession, and spent
much of the first half camped in the
Wales half but it was Jane Ludlow’s
side who will have gone in at half-time
feeling hard done by.
With Wales defending deep, often
dropping to five at the back, England
were held to long-range efforts and
set pieces, unable to break through
Group One
Wales
England
Russia
Bos-H’govina
Kazakhstan
P W D
5 3 2
4 3 1
3 1 1
4 1 0
4 0 0
L F A GD Pts
0 3 0 3 11
0 15 0 15 10
1 6 7 -1
4
3 3 11 -8
3
4 0 9 -9
0
Phil Neville oversaw
his first home game
as England manager
such a well-rehearsed back line. The
deep defending left Kayleigh Green
(converted from a defender to a forward by Ludlow) isolated up front
but Wales were not without chances
of their own and they should have
taken the lead in the eighth minute
from a rare Wales corner delivered by
Angharad James. The ball rolled teasingly through the box, taking a number
of deflections and falling at the feet of
Natasha Harding whose shot crossed
the line before being booted clear. But
the referee waved away Welsh appeals
for the goal.
At the other end England pushed
and pushed at the Welsh back line
but were crowded out in the centre. Toni Duggan, forced to go long,
had a shot pushed on to the post by
Laura O’Sullivan and the overworked
keeper held the Lionesses at bay again
as she tipped a Jordan Nobbs 30-yard
screamer on to the bar.
With the approach to the stadium
filled with families, in particular young
girls, and only two corners of St Mary’s
kept empty while the rest of the stadium was filled with a crowd ofmore
than 25,000 , the atmosphere was electric. Neville’s confidence of a Wembley
outing in the next year looked increas-
ingly likely as the Lionesses’ showed
they can fill a Premier League ground.
England started the second half
much like the first but Duggan, Nikita
Parris, Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor
were unable to keep the ball down in
the box and string any passes between
them. However, the introduction of
Ellen White for Taylor and Melissa
Lawley for Parris injected pace. Manchester City’s Lawley caused all kinds
of trouble for Rhiannon Roberts with
pacy runs and swift crosses from the
left. Birmingham’s White stuck herself
between the centre-backs Hayley Ladd
and Loren Dykes, pulling them away
from the dangerous Lawley.
Seattle Reign’s Jess Fishlock looked
to be Wales’s most threatening outlet
on the counter, first racing from her
own area but unable to find Green
with her desperate through-ball. Later
another Nobbs corner slid to the edge
of the box and was picked off by Fishlock who broke free, with Harding at
her side, only for Keira Walsh to make a
brilliant tackle as the last player.
With nine minutes left Neville
amused the crowd and angered the
fourth official when he stepped on to
the pitch to help Harding after she had
gone down with cramp in front of him.
In the closing stages England continued to seek a winner, Nobbs again
testing the superb O’Sullivan, who
tipped the ball into the path of Walsh,
but she could only steer her shot into
the side netting. Kirby’s strike in the
90th minute from the edge of the area
brought O’Sullivan to full stretch.
At the full-time whistle the Wales
players and staff leapt into the air as
if celebrating a win and danced in the
centre circle while the England players walked the perimeter to applaud
the fans. But having had their backs
to the wall for the majority of the 90
minutes Wales deserved to soak up the
single point gained from their defensive labour.
England Women
4-4-2
Telford; Bronze,
Houghton•,
McManus•, Stokes;
Walsh, Parris (White
55), Kirby, Nobbs;
Taylor (Lawley 55),
Duggan (Mead 80)
Subs not used
Bardsley, Daly, George,
Christiansen
St Helens extended their lead at the
Super League summit to six points as
they overcame the loss of their influential full-back, Ben Barba, to defeat
an out-of-sorts Hull FC.
This weekend’s fixtures – the
dreaded post-Easter round – can so
often see a drop-off in quality as sides
struggle to rid themselves of the rigours of a hectic run of games. And
while this contest never completely
fell to the depths as much as some
fixtures at this time of the year in the
past, it is a safe assumption that both
these sides are capable of much more.
How little that will matter to St
Helens, though, who continue to set
the pace at the top of the table with
this their ninth victory in 10 games.
That they were able to win without
Barba, who has been their talisman for
large parts of this season, will make it
an even more satisfactory night’s work
for Justin Holbrook’s side.
Without Barba, who fell ill in the
hours approaching kick-off, St Helens
were forced into an attacking restructure, with Jonny Lomax reverting from
stand-off to full-back. That, along with
the traditional post-Easter fatigue so
often seen on the weekend after sides
have played twice in four days over
the Bank Holiday, meant the league
leaders never really escaped first gear
throughout the first half.
They did break the deadlock after
eight minutes, when a fine kick from
Theo Faces was claimed by Zeb Taia,
who touched down to put the league
leaders ahead. Danny Richardson
converted, though they were the only
points the hosts were able to muster
in a hit-and-miss first half.
Luckily for St Helens, though, the
visitors were equally profligate in the
opening 40 minutes. An injury to the
wing, Fetuli Talanoa, did not help their
cause – but despite a significant period
of pressure, Hull were unable to force
their way across the line in a frustrating half.
Their best chance came when, after
a fine piece of work from their captain,
Danny Houghton, Jordan Lane should
perhaps have levelled the scores.
However, he spilled the ball in the
act of crossing the line as the visitors
remained behind – much to the chagrin
of their coach, Lee Radford, who cut
a desolate figure as his side continued
to misfire before half-time.
Radford’s mood would not have
improved two minutes after the
interval. For all the hosts’ inhibitions
in attack without Barba during the first
half, they struck with their first attack
of the second; Fages and Lomax combining to send Mark Percival through
a gap to touch down.
Richardson converted and he would
soon add a penalty to open up a threescore lead as the hosts began to assume
control. However, an injury to their
captain, James Roby, disrupted their
rhythm and after Regan Grace spurned
a glorious chance to kill off the game,
they hauled themselves back into contention – though not without a significant slice of controversy.
When Lomax lost the ball on halfway, a superb pass from Jake Connor
set Jack Logan free, and while his ensuing pass to Albert Kelly was blatantly
forward, it was inexplicably missed
by the officials, allowing the visitors
to remain in contention as the final
quarter approached.
However, that bizarre moment
would ultimately pale into insignificance. With 13 minutes remaining,
Fages and Taia combined again to
send the forward over and secure
victory for the hosts – before Luke
Thompson marked a fine individual
performance of his own with a try in
the final moments.
St Helens
Lomax; Makinson,
Morgan, Percival,
Grace; Faces,
Richardson; Amor, Roby,
Thompson, Peyroux,
Taia, Wilkin.
Interchange Smith,
McCarthy-Scarsbrook,
Douglas, Knowles
Tries Taia (2), Percival,
Thompson
Goals Richardson (5)
Hull FC
Logan, Griffin, Tuimavave,
Talanoa; Kelly, Sneyd;
Taylor, Houghton, Paea,
Washbrook, Lane, Fash.
Interchange Bowden,
Connor, Green, Abdull
Tries Kelly, Green
Goals Sneyd (2)
Referee R Hicks
Wales Women
4-3-3
O’Sullivan; Roberts, Dykes,
Ingle•, Ladd; Rowe,
Estcourt, James; Fishlock,
Harding•, Green
Subs not used
Skinner, Griffiths,
Lawrence, Hughes,
Fletcher, Miles,Ward
▲ Zeb Taia touches down for St Helens’ first try in their win against Hull FC
Referee P Larsson (Swe) Attendance 25,603
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Rugby union
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Once dubbed the Dunnanator, the
hooker says he is more alert to the
dangers of the red mist these days
PATRICK KHACHFE/JMP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
‘I don’t look forward
to passing or running
well. I look forward
to hitting someone’
Bath’s toughest player, Tom
Dunn, hopes Eddie Jones
may soon find a place for his
warrior-like qualities
es
Robert Kitson
A
sk anyone at Bath
to nominate the
toughest member of
their squad and they
all say the same name.
“I wouldn’t want to
be playing against him,” mutters
Todd Blackadder, the former All
Blacks captain now in charge at
the Recreation Ground. Another
colleague, Beno Obano, goes a step
further: “If I had to choose to go into
battle with one person it would be
him.”
They are not discussing an
established international but rather
an uncapped 25-year-old whose sole
Twickenham appearance before
this weekend was in a county final
for Dorset and Wilts. Nor is Tom
Dunn the most physically imposing
front-row forward in rugby history.
Not so long ago he was deemed
too small to play prop and he still
has to convince England’s head
coach Eddie Jones he has sufficient
presence to prosper at Test level.
Yet as Bath approach what
Blackadder calls a “do or die”
game against Leicester – when
uced the
the marketeers introduced
Dunn features for
Bath against
Leicester at
Twickenham today
concept of “the Clash” they did
not imagine the West Country club
lying eighth in the Premiership
with their self-respect at stake – the
bullet-headed hooker brings other
qualities, notably the “mongrel”
attitude beloved of his national
coach. Dunn’s tackle counts are
legendary and his approach to
rugby uncomplicated: “I don’t look
forward to passing a ball or running
a nice line, I look forward to hitting
someone. I want to chop tackle
them, drive my legs and finish on
top of them. That’s the feeling I
look for. At scrum-time I want to get
into someone’s grill. It’s a mindset:
you’ve either got it or you haven’t.
I find it embarrassing if someone
knocks me down. It’s personal for
me.”
He is still beating himself up, for
example, about a mistimed tackle
on Northampton’s Tom Wood
almost two months ago. During
that same game at the Rec, he also
suffered a hand injury so gruesome
that two of his knuckle bones
pierced the skin at the top of his left
palm.
“We were picking and going
under their posts and, as I was being
tackled, I put my left hand down
on the ground to keep myself on
my feet. Charlie Ewels was trying
to knock me through the gap and
landed on the back of my elbow,
hyperextending my fingers. I was
really lucky none of the bones
broke: it was just the ligaments
and tendons. The biggest risk was
infection due to the open wound on
the pitch.”
They clearly breed them tough
iin Chippenham, where Dunn paid
h
his dues playing for his local club
a
against older, unsympathetic lower
le
league opponents. “When you’re
a 16-stone loose-head playing
ag
against 24-stone props and there
is
isn’t a touch judge to help you ... I
ha
had to do something to win.” What
wa
was his preferred method? “You
hit them harder, don’t you? That’s
a Chippenham
C
thing, not a Tom
Du
Dunn thing. That’s the way they roll
dow
down there. If it’s not working, hit
it harder.
h
It was bred into me a little
b
it.”
bit.”
S
Subsequent spells at London
Scot
Scottish and Rotherham, as well as
stint
stints as a labourer – “I carried lead
up ladders;
la
it was heavy” – and as a
b
arm also taught him the value of
barman
self-r
self-reliance. “Rotherham haven’t
got Farleigh
Fa
House, they haven’t
got statues,
st
trees, ponds and smart
sofas. What they have got, if you’re
lucky enough to be invited into it,
is a brotherhood.
bro
I really enjoyed
my time there. There’s no kit man,
there’s no water man, you’ve got to
look after yourself.” Not that his pro
existence in Bath, now he is finally
a Premiership starter, is always a
sea of tranquillity. “When you’re
training against Francois Louw,
Charlie Ewels or Beno Obano you’ve
got to physically man up day-in dayout. It’s by no means an easy ride.”
H
ow much further
he rises will largely
hinge on how he fares
in big games like
this weekend’s, with
60,000 fans expected
to attend. Blackadder concedes
his man’s scrummaging still needs
work but is on record as saying Dunn
would make a decent All Black.
“Tom’s got so much upside because
he’s so tough,” Blackadder says.
“He’s resilient, he’s aggressive and
he intimidates his opposition. He
can only get better.”
The player once jokingly dubbed
the Dunnanator by his team-mates
is also now alert to the risks of
excessive red mist. “I’m a lot more
cool, calm and considered than I
used to be … it was an issue of mine.
‘I want to chop
tackle them,
drive my legs and
finish on top of
them. That’s the
feeling I look for’
There’s something called hooker
syndrome. If you do a bad lineout it
winds you up. It makes you want to
rush around and hit someone really
hard to make amends. Very often
you’ll then concede a penalty. For
me it’s about not trying too hard,
relaxing and believing in all the
work I’ve done during the week. I’ll
always back myself to do more reps
than my opposite man.”
Some sports psychology sessions
have also helped to improve his
lineout accuracy, an area which
occasionally caused previous Bath
coaching regimes to wince. “I now
have a blue room and a red room.
When I’m throwing I’m in my blue
room. I’m thinking: ‘This is James
Bond: cool, calm, smooth, slick, no
fire.’ When I’m back on the pitch I’m
in my red room: I’m aggressive, I’m
intense, I’m fiery and hot. That’s
how I break it down in my head.”
There is much more to Dunn,
clearly, than a high pain threshold.
As well as seeking to revive Bath’s
season – “Something has to change
because we’re good enough not
to be where we are” – he is also
determined to use England’s
summer expedition to South Africa
as a springboard into next year’s
World Cup squad. His girlfriend,
Jennifer Floyd, is due to give birth to
their second child in early June but,
if selected, she will still encourage
him to tour. Having represented
Bath Ladies in over 150 games and
captained the South West herself,
she knows how much a senior cap
would mean.
Which just leaves Jones to be
convinced the Dunnanator can offer
more, pound for pound, than his
bulkier rivals. “I’m not going to say I
can get 15-20% bigger or grow bigger
arms but I can get more efficient
with what I’ve got,” insists Dunn.
“It’s not your size, it’s your output.”
As they say in Chippenham, if it’s
not working, hit it harder.
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Commonwealth Games
Roundup
Vasey spurred on to glory
by Willmott’s success
Martha Kelner
Gold Coast
Adam Peaty rarely finds himself
eclipsed by anyone, let alone another
swimmer from the same club, but he
was forced to surrender top billing to
Sarah Vasey for one night as she added
to England’s gold medal haul in the
pool.
Peaty will have his moment in the
spotlight after breezing through to
today’s 100m breaststroke final but the
City of Derby swimming club’s lesser
known export Vasey has paved the way
to glory. The 21-year-old betrayed no
hint of first-time nerves as she became
the 50m breaststroke champion on her
Commonwealth Games debut, to give
England their fifth medal in the pool.
Vasey won in 30.60sec beating
Alia Atkinson, of Jamaica into second
with Leiston Pickett, of Australia,
completing the podium. “I’m feeling
really good, it’s pretty mental,” Vasey
said. “This time last year I won my first
British title, now I’m Commonwealth
champion – it’s crazy.”
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Inspiration had arrived the evening before when her room-mate in
the athletes’ village, Aimee Willmott,
returned with a gold medal to show off.
“When she came back I saw her medal
and was like: ‘I want one of those,’”
Vasey said. “The 50 was a bonus event
for me. All my training’s more geared
towards the 100, because that’s the
Olympic event. But watching in the
stands, that was what got me going. I
just wanted to be a part of it.”
An unexpected gold for James
Wilby in the 200m breaststroke had
proved particularly emotional.
“James is just a really nice guy,”
Vasey said. “He always seems to be just
off it. He smashed his PB last night and
I cried like a baby. I was an emotional
wreck. It’s nice when you see how hard
someone is working and they finally
get the glory for what they have done.”
In the absence of recently retired
Usain Bolt, Peaty is one of the international stars at these Games and
organisers must have been hoping he
could produce a fireworks moment by
improving on his 100m breaststroke
world record of 57.1sec. That seemed
▲ Sarah Vasey on her way to gold in the 50m breaststroke final in 30.60sec
MIKE EGERTON/PA
Le Clos’ record attempt fails despite
spite gold
Chad le Clos went from glory
to frustration in double-quick
time on the Gold Coast. First, the
South African, who famously
beat Michael Phelps to Olympic
gold at London 2012, won the
50m butterfly. But 20 minutes
later his attempt to become the
most decorated Commonwealth
medallist was derailed in the
200m freestyle when he finished
seventh. He needed to win a medal
in six events to reach 19 medals.
Golden boy: Chad
le Clos experienced
mixed emotions
unlikely as he progressed to the final
in 58.59, a way outside his best but still
made him the fastest qualifier.
The reigning Olympic, world,
European and Commonwealth champion insisted he was determined to
put on a show. “It’s what I’m built for,”
Peaty said. “I welcome that with open
arms, whatever the weather. That’s
what Mel trains me to do. I’m pretty
confident we can get something fast.
“Everyone’s beatable. I want to
defend my titles for four years and
that’s what I’ve come here to do. I
haven’t come here to go really fast
because that’s not in our plan. I want
to peak in worlds, I want to peak in
Olympics. This is the kind of year
where I turn up, defend those titles
and go home and enjoy the process. I
don’t want to look back at my career
and think: ‘Bloody hell, I took it way
too seriously.”
England’s women took silver
behind Canada in the gymnastics
team event. Canada secured gold by
finishing 1.25 points ahead of the inexperienced team of Kelly Simm, Alice
Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Lucy
Stanhope and Taeja James.
The team were decimated by the
withdrawals of Claudia Fragapane,
Ellie Downie and the Olympic medalist Amy Tinkler. There were, however,
some fine individual performances,
with Fenton and James qualifying in
first place for the individual uneven
bars and floor finals respectively.
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▼ Katie and John Archibald show off
their gold and silver medals
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Games
digest
Medals
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Australia
14
9
13
2
England
9
6
3
3
Canada
2
4
5
4
Scotland
2
4
4
5
India
2
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Wales
1
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Today’s highlights
• Gymnastics Women’s all-around
individual final 7.41am
• Cycling Track cycling - women’s
points race 10.16am Katie Archibald
(Sco), Elinor Barker (Wal) in action
• Swimming Men’s 100m
breaststroke final 10.48am
Adam Peaty, England’s Olympic
champion, goes for gold
Women’s 200m breaststroke final
12.09pm Molly Renshaw and
Jocelyn Ulyett go for England
Cycling
Tanfield takes the fast track to
deny Archibalds double gold
Engineering student adds
individual pursuit victory to
world title he won last month
Martha Kelner
Gold Coast
British cycling has been short on heartwarming tales of late so how timely
that Charlie Tanfield, a student who
lives in a shared house and glues his
own tyres, should emerge from the
amateur ranks to produce one of the
great breakthrough seasons.
The 21-year-old won Commonwealth gold in the 4,000m individual
pursuit in Brisbane yesterday to add to
his world championships victory last
month. It has been a remarkable rise
to prominence for a cyclist who turned
up at a national championships two
years ago having not competed on a
track since the age of 15.
Even more impressive is that he
has forged his own success outside
a British Cycling system awash with
money as part of the self-funded KGF
team. They are bankrolled not by lottery money or a major conglomerate
but student loans and full-time jobs.
Tanfield, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Derby,
moved into a house in the city with his
team-mates Jacob Tipper, Dan Bigham
and Jonathan Wale to be close to the
velodrome and devote as much time
as possible to their mission to break
into the national squad. Tanfield and
Bigham did just that, earning the right
to compete for Great Britain at the
world championships in Apeldoorn,
in the Netherlands. On his first appearance in a British vest, Tanfield became
world champion in the team pursuit.
“The results just keep on coming
and it’s so good to keep on proving
myself on the world stage,” Tanfield
said. “It’s unbelievable. Two years ago
when I went to the nationals it was my
first time round a track since I was 15
and my ultimate goal was to get to a
Commonwealth Games. I think I’ve
achieved a bit more than that now.”
In qualifying in Queensland, Tanfield had come within less than a sec-
The 21-year-old Charlie
Tanfield is still effectively
an amateur cyclist
ond of breaking the world record, progressing to the final in 4min 11.46sec,
a Commonwealth best. “During the
race I was thinking: ‘This is on,’” he
said. “I could hear the commentator
saying I was on world record splits. I
didn’t even look at the lap board until
two laps to go because I was concentrating on my ride. I just missed out.
With 500 to go I hit a wall but I’m not
too bothered.”
Tanfield faced Scotland’s John
Archibald, a new team-mate at KGF
who had considered cycling as a
hobby until last summer, in the final.
Archibald was aiming to make it two
golds in less than an hour for his family
after his sister, the Olympic champion
Katie Archibald, had won the women’s
3,000m pursuit.
But Tanfield got off to a blistering
start and, despite deteriorating rapidly
over the last kilometre, managed to
hold on for victory in 4:15.952, beating
Archibald by 0.704sec.
“It was absolutely epic,” said Tanfield. “I knew I was in a good place after
qualifying but towards the end of that
race I thought I almost messed it up.”
Draped in the St George’s Cross
flag, Tanfield leaned over the barrier
to embrace his mother. While he might
be out in the bars of Australia’s Gold
Coast celebrating, his mum said she
was jetlagged so would be toasting his
victory with a cup of tea at 4am.
Katie Archibald said there would
be celebrations in her clan too. “The
Archibalds aren’t known for parties
but this is going to be the biggest Friday
night we’ve had in a while,” she said.
Archibald, a former swimmer from
Milngavie, a town six miles outside
Glasgow, is one of the quirkiest characters in British cycling but her eccenentricities do not obscure a ferocious
ous
competitive spirit.
She found herself trailing Australalia’s Rebecca Wiasak after the home
me
favourite made a fast start she was
arunable to maintain. Archibald narrowed the gap from 1,250m onwards
rds
before taking advantage of her tiring
ing
opponent, posting a time of 3:26.088.
88.
Archibald joked she “never really
expected” her brother to feature in a
Commonwealth final.
“Maybe it’s because I’m his sister,
you get used to seeing this normal person,” she said.
Archibald had earlier set a Games
record of 3:24.119 in qualifying, which
was previously held by England’s
Joanna Rowsell Shand.
“It means a lot,” said Archibald,
who won bronze at her home Games
in Glasgow four years ago. “Especially
in the individual pursuit because it’s
not an Olympic event. I didn’t schedule
for a Commonwealth record.
“You look at my splits, they were
all over the place. I come out too fast
but then you can’t put the brakes on,
you can’t say: ‘This is too much.’ I still
died a death in the final but it was better paced.”
Adam Peaty ready to
wow the world again
In News
Martha Kelner Page 21 One to watch
Kelly Simm
Gymnastics
The England gymnast qualified in
second for the women’s all-around
individual final at 7.41am, behind
Canada’s Elsabeth Black. England’s
Alice Kinsella qualified third.
Number of the day
100
Commonwealth gold medals won
by England in history after Alice
Tai won the S9 100m backstroke
Caught on camera
‘It was hard not to get teary’
Weightlifter Gareth Evans after
taking Wales’ first gold in the -69kg
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▼ Lewis Hamilton was penalised
after Mercedes were forced to change
his gearbox in Australia
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Racing
Hunaina can fly the flag for
France on the all-weather
Chris Cook
TV races guide
Formula One
Hamilton faces uphill
struggle in Bahrain
after five-place penalty
Giles Richards
Lewis Hamilton faces a huge challenge
to close Sebastian Vettel’s early lead
in the world championship standings
after receiving a five-place grid penalty
due to a gearbox change the team had
to institute after a hydraulics leak at
the first round in Australia.
A software error cost Hamilton a
win in Melbourne as the Ferrari driver
established a seven-point advantage
with victory. After the race Mercedes
admitted the British driver suffered a
hydraulics leak, adding that he was
fortunate to finish the race, let alone
in second place.
It means Hamilton will start only
sixth even if he manages to post the
quickest time in qualifying today.
Kimi Räikkönen topped the time
sheets in second practice at Bahrain,
the only session that takes place in the
evening and thus most representative
of race conditions, ahead of his teammate Vettel, with Valtteri Bottas in
third and Hamilton in fourth. Daniel
Ricciardo in the Red Bull was quickest
in the afternoon during FP1.
Meanwhile proposals for the future
of Formula One including a cost cap
and louder engines were received with
general approval when presented to
the teams yesterday.
The sport’s owner, Liberty Media,
unveiled its five-point plan outlining
its vision of F1 for 2021. However, its
objectives remain broad and a considerable and potentially difficult period
of negotiation remains.
Liberty’s blueprint was a distillation of concepts that have previously
been aired by Ross Brawn, F1’s sport-
ing director. The key points include
cheaper, louder and simpler engines,
that will be more attractive to new
manufacturers, and a cost cap, understood to have been set at $150m. The
big teams currently spend an estimated $300m.
It also contains a proposal for revenue distribution to be more balanced,
based on performance, and including
a recognition of historical franchises
and value – a reference to additional
payments to teams such as Ferrari,
Mercedes and Red Bull, above their
share of performance revenue.
There is also an intention to have
cars better suited to race one another,
making the driver the predominant
Bahrain circuit
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Lap length
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Laps 57
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McLaren, 2005
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V Bottas,
Mercedes
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Sean Ingle’s tribute to Eric Bristow News, Page 28 factor and maintaining the unique
design while standardising parts that
are not relevant to fans.
The proposals given to the teams
included more detail than was publicly
released and are crucial to the future
of the sport. Christian Horner, who has
long been critical of the rules as they
stand, was broadly optimistic.
“The positive thing is they are
focused on the fans,” he said. “On
creating a better show, a more affordable F1. The big question is the devil
in the detail. They have put big issues
up but how is it going to be delivered?”
Ferrari and Mercedes have previously expressed disquiet about the
proposed changes with the former
threatening to leave and the task now
facing Liberty is reaching agreement
with them.
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, believed it was a constructive
starting point. “The positive of today is
we know what their vision is,” he said.
However, he was cautious about the
proposed cost cap. “We need to work
with Liberty and find a compromise,
that number will not be achievable but
we are all in the same financial reality.”
“My priority is protecting our structure and our people. We have been
here a long time and the same with
Ferrari and Red Bull, so you need to
ask how you can achieve a sustainable
business model without having any
hardship on anybody.”
The teams below them on the grid,
for whom this represents a chance to
close what has become a vast gap to
the top three, were unsurprisingly
positive. Claire Williams, the Williams
deputy team principal, was enthusiastic. “Everything they presented
from revenue redistribution to cost
cap is absolutely everything we want
to see from 2021 and beyond,” she
said. “I’m personally delighted at the
proposals.”
McLaren’s executive director, Zak
Brown, concurred. “I think the direction they’re taking is the right direction,” he said. “The sport starts with
the fan and that’s what Liberty are
focused on. We all recognise the sport
is not where it needs to be today, so it’s
in our collective interest to improve
the show.”
Horse racing appears to have awarded
itself a quiet weekend, with the Grand
National next Saturday and other
major races on the horizon. As the
feature contest is a Listed race for
fillies on the all-weather Polytrack,
one imagines that betting turnover
will not be high but there are winners
to be found just the same.
At 6-1 it is possible that Hunaina
(3.15) at Kempton will be the latest
in a long line of French runners to
be underestimated by us Brits. She
finished strongly to be beaten just
a neck at this level at Deauville in
January and has since beaten an André
Fabre hotpot at Chantilly, suggesting
she is good enough for today’s
Snowdrop Stakes.
1.50 Kelso A winning pointer back in
the day, Hills Of Dubai now tackles
three miles over fences for the first
time and the signs are that the extra
distance will help him take another
step forward. The chestnut is one to
stick with against the three exposed
rivals he faces here.
2.05 Kempton A marvel of consistency on the all-weather, Tomily is in
the form of his life and can make this a
third straight success in sprint handicaps. He has been raised only 2lb for
clinging on over six furlongs last time
and this drop back to five can show
him in an even better light.
2.25 Kelso There is nothing lenient
about his rating for this handicap
debut but Taxmeifyoucan is the
progressive, unexposed one here. His
jumping improved when he came here
last time to win a novice hurdle and the
second has since hosed up in a Grade
Three handicap at Sandown, which
is why Taxmeifyoucan is a bit higher
than might be expected.
National hope
found dead
in stable box
Chris Cook
A horse who was being aimed at next
week’s Grand National was found dead
in his box yesterday, the apparent
result of a mystery illness that had
been affecting him in recent days. A
Genie In Abottle, who won two races
this season for his trainer, Noel Meade,
had been a general 50-1 shot for the
Aintree race.
“We’d been a bit worried about him
but the vets couldn’t find out what was
wrong with him,” Meade said from his
yard in County Meath, north of Dublin.
“It was obviously very serious because
we found him on the floor of his box
this afternoon.”
Meade is now likely to run Road To
Riches in the National, as the veteran
seems likely to make the final cut of
2.40 Kempton There is something to be
said for the veteran Tropics, who has
a fine strike-rate on the all-weather,
though he has possibly not been at
his best at this track. But Raucous is
too well treated to be passed up, in
the hope that a change of stables has
enlivened him. He has dropped 11lb in
the weights through the last year but
won on his seasonal reappearance and
could do so again this time.
3.00 Kelso Three times a winner at this
track, Seldom Inn did not have much
chance at the weights when he ran here
in February but this handicap presents
him with a better opportunity. He is
12lb better off with Yala Enki, who
beat him seven lengths in this race 12
months ago.
3.35 Kelso Like most of his stablemates
Eminent Poet has done little this season but he returned to form last time
out and still looks on a reasonable
mark after the rise in the ratings for
that. He is narrowly preferred to the
doughty Kris Spin.
Chris Cook’s tips
Fakenham 2.15 Gregarious (nap)
2.50 Heresmynumber 3.25 Pacific De Baune
4.00 Iconic Sky 4.35 Remind Me Later
5.10 Monsieur Co 5.40 Eclair De Guye
Kelso 1.50 Hills Of Dubai 2.25 Taxmeifyoucan
3.00 Seldom Inn 3.35 Eminent Poet
4.10 Martiloo 4.45 Haul Us In
5.20 Cultram Abbey
Kempton 1.30 Kinks 2.05 Tomily
2.40 Raucous 3.15 Hunaina
3.50 Dathanna 4.25 Kings Shield
5.00 Author’s Dream (nb)
Uttoxeter 1.55 Hartside 2.30 Hurricane Dylan
3.05 Billy Hicks 3.40 Town Parks 4.15 Loch
Linnhe 4.50 Newberry New 5.25 Easter Gold
Wolverhampton 5.45 Grecian Divine
6.15 Onefootinparadise 6.45 Masaarr
7.15 Fire Diamond 7.45 Dream Magic
8.15 Seven Clans 8.45 Foie Gras
40 runners. Sean Flanagan will ride
the 11-year-old, who was third to
Coneygree in the 2015 Cheltenham
Gold Cup.
Three female jockeys could line up
in the National for the first time in 30
years, as Rachael Blackmore is among
those being considered for Alpha Des
Obeaux. Katie Walsh is already booked
to ride Baie Des Iles while Bryony Frost
will be aboard Milansbar.
No decision has been made as to
who will ride Alpha Des Obeaux but
Blackmore was aboard him last time,
when he ran in the Irish Gold Cup.
Mouse Morris, who trains the horse,
put Blackmore on one of his runners
at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday and
was rewarded with a 25-1 winner. “She
rides well and she’s been lucky for me
lately,” Morris said.
Michael O’Leary, owner of Alpha
Des Obeaux, has easily the best record
of any owner when it comes to providing high-profile chances for female
jockeys. He and Walsh teamed up
for Irish National success, thanks to
Thunder And Roses in 2015, while Lisa
O’Neill has won two Kerry Nationals
and a National Hunt Chase in his
colours.
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Results
Sport
19
Commonwealth Games
Rugby league
GOLD COAST 2018 (Australia)
Gymnastics: Women: Team final: 1 Canada 163.075pts;
2 England 162.650; 3 Australia 157.450.
Track cycling: Men: 4,000m individual pursuit: Gold
race: 1 C Tanfield (Eng) 4min 15.952sec; 2 J Archibald
(Sco) 4:16.656. Bronze race: 3 D Kennett (NZ) 4min
18.373sec; 4 J Kerby (Aus) 4:22.462.
Keirin: Final: 1 M Glaetzer (Aus); 2 L Oliva (Wal) +00.35;
3 E Dawkins (NZ) +0.168.
Women: 3,000m individual pursuit: Gold race:
1 K Archibald (Sco) 3min 26.088sec; 2 R Wiasak (Aus)
3:27.548. Bronze race: 3 A Edmondson (Aus) 3min
30.922sec; 4 A Ankudinoff (Aus) 3:31.093.
Swimming: Men: 200m freestyle: 1 K Chalmers (Aus)
1min 45.56sec; 2 M Horton (Aus) 1:45.89; 3 D Scott (Sco)
1:46.30.
S9 100m freestyle: 1 T Disken (Aus) 56.07sec; 2 L White
(Eng) 56.77; 3 B Hall (Aus) 57.90.
400m individual medley: 1 C Lewis (Aus) 4min 13.12sec, 2
M Szarek (Sco) 4:13.72; 3 L Clareburt (NZ) 4:14.42.
4x100m freestyle relay: 1 Australia 3min 12.96; 2 England
3:15.25; 3 Scotland 3:15.86.
Women: 50m breaststroke: 1 S Vasey (Eng) 30.60sec;
2 A Atkinson (Jam) 30.76; 3 L Pickett (Aus) 30.78.
S8 100m backstroke: 1 A Tai (Eng) 1min 08.77sec; 2 E Cole
(Aus) 1:11.51; 3 A McConnell (Aus) 1:15.93.
Weightlifting: Men: 69kg: 1 G Evans (Wal) 299kg;
2 ICD Mudiyanselage (Sri) 297; 3 D Lather (Ind) 295.
Women: 53kg: 1 SC Khumukcham (Ind) 192kg;
2 L Dika Toua (PNG) 182; 3 R Leblanc-Bazinet (Can) 181.
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE
P W D
St Helens
10 9 0
Wigan
8 6 0
Warrington
10 6 0
Leeds
8 5 1
Hull FC
10 5 0
Castleford
7 5 0
Wakefield
8 4 0
Widnes
9 3 0
Salford
9 3 0
Huddersfield
9 2 1
Hull KR
9 2 0
Catalans Dragons
9 2 0
Football
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Cardiff
(0) 0
Chess
Shock win for
schoolboy at
Grenke Open
Leonard Barden
A 13-year-old schoolboy stole the show
from the world champion, Magnus
Carlsen, and his challenger Fabiano
Caruana this week when he produced
the highest-rated performance in
chess history by an under-14.
Vincent Keymer, Germany’s most
promising talent, was seeded only
99th at the Grenke Open in Karlsruhe
played alongside the elite invitation
Classic where Carlsen and Caruana
are the top seeds and which finishes
this weekend. But he won the €15,000
(£13,00) first prize with 8/9, leaving
49 grandmasters and more than 1,400
other players in his wake in Europe’s
largest open. Keymer’s rating performance of 2795 was at elite GM
Weekend
on TV
Bethan Dyke will be in
action for Wales at the
Commonwealth Games
level,and he surpassed the GM norm
by 1.5 points. His final three opponents
were all GMs and in the decisive last
round he outplayed Hungary’s world
No 31, Richard Rapport, to complete a
stunning result.
Other under-14s have achieved GM
norms, notably Sergey Karjakin who
earned the title at 12. Carlsen became
a GM at 13, when he won the C group
at Wijk aan Zee. But no under-14 has
ever matched Keymer in winning such
an important tournament with a near90% score.
Remarkably, Keymer already has a
place in the record books, the youngest international master result at 10
years and three months in a German
tournament.
He comes from a musical family
and is a pianist, which may explain
why his progress slowed at 11 and 12.
The Asian prodigies from India and
Uzbekistan were younger and seemed
to be ahead of him, while juniors from
the US, Iran and Russia were achieving
notable successes.
Keymer goes to school full time,
which limits his tournaments, whereas
some of his rivals are already semiprofessionals. Karlsruhe makes him
SSE AIRTRICITY IRISH PREMIER DIVISION
Bohemians 0 Limerick 0; Dundalk 2 Shamrock Rovers 1;
St Patrick’s 5 Bray 0; Waterford 2 Cork City 1
3561 White to move and win. How can he do it?
The BK plans a march to h8, eating the f4 pawn
en route, for a book draw.
2
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h
Today
Football
Everton v Liverpool
Sky Sports Premier League, 11.30am
Alavés v Getafe
Sky Sports Football rb, 11.55am
Ebbsfleet v Macclesfield
BT Sport 1, noon
Norwich v Aston Villa
Sky Sports Football, noon
Manchester City v Manchester Utd
Sky Sports Premier League, 5pm
Hamburg v Schalke
BT Sport 1, 5.15pm
Roma v Fiorentina
BT Sport 3, 5.15pm
Real Betis v Eibar
Sky Sports Football, 5.25pm
Sampdoria v Genoa
BT Sport 1, 7.30pm
Barcelona v Leganés
Sky Sports Football, 7.40pm
A
114
109
155
129
210
132
138
185
190
243
216
222
PD
+168
+137
+31
+27
+12
-21
+16
-20
-48
-123
-76
-103
Hull FC
12
Cricket
FIRST WOMEN’S ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL
Nagpur England 207 (FC Wilson 45, TT Beaumont 37,
D Hazell 33; P Yadav 4-30, E Bisht 3-49). India 208-9
(S Mandhana 86; S Ecclestone 4-37). India won by one wicket.
Tennis
DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP QUARTER-FINALS
Croatia 1 Kazakhstan 1 (Varazdin): M Cilic (Cro) bt
D Popko (Kaz) 6-2 6-1 6-2; M Kukushkin (Kaz) bt B Coric
(Cro) 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-4 6-2.
Italy 1 France 1 (Genoa): L Pouille (Fr) bt A Seppi (It) 6-3
6-2 4-6 3-6 6-1; F Fognini (It) bt J Chardy (Fr) 6-7 (6) 6-2
6-2 6-3.
Spain 1 Germany 1 (Valencia): A Zverev (Ger) bt D Ferrer
(Sp) 6-4 6-2 6-2; R Nadal (Sp) bt P Kohlschreiber (Ger) 6-2
6-2 6-3.
WTA ABIERTO GNP SEGUROS (Monterrey, Mexico)
Second round: S Vickery (US) bt AS Sánchez (Mex) 6-3
6-3; A Bogdan (Rom) bt S Sorribes Tormo (Sp) 6-2 6-3;
T Babos (Hun) bt N Broady (GB) 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 7-5; M Puig
(Pue) bt S Vögele (Swi) 6-4 6-3; G Muguruza (Sp) bt
E Rodina (Rus) 6-2 6-3.
LA LIGA
Deportivo La Coruña 3 Málaga 2
CHINA OPEN (Beijing)
Quarter-finals: M Selby (Eng) bt M Williams (Wal) 6-2;
B Hawkins (Eng) bt T Ford (Eng) 6-5; N Robertson (Aus) bt
S Bingham (Eng) 6-0; K Wilson (Eng) bt J Lisowski (Eng)
6-5.
SUPER LIG
Istanbul Basaksehir 1 Yeni Malatyaspor 0
Fixtures
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP
P
Exeter
18
Saracens
18
Wasps
19
Newcastle
18
Sale
19
Leicester
18
Gloucester
18
Bath
18
Harlequins
18
Northampton
18
Worcester
18
London Irish
18
Sale
W
13
12
11
12
10
11
10
9
7
6
5
2
28
D L
0 5
0 6
1 7
0 6
0 9
0 7
1 7
0 9
0 11
0 12
0 13
0 16
Wasps
GUINNESS PRO14
Edinburgh
Ospreys
20
39
Ulster
Connacht
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
Nottingham
17 Bristol
F
452
514
510
360
494
424
411
441
435
408
322
312
A
303
305
430
387
427
388
437
417
483
501
513
487
B
13
9
10
6
13
7
9
10
8
8
7
9
Pts
65
57
56
54
53
51
51
46
36
32
27
17
27
32
10
60
TODAY (3pm unless stated)
Rugby union
Aviva Premiership
Rugby Bath v Leicester (2pm); Harlequins v London Irish;
Northampton v Saracens (2pm); Worcester v Newcastle
Guinness Pro14
Benetton Treviso v NG Dragons (5pm); Cheetahs v Cardiff
Blues (2pm); Leinster v Zebre (2pm); Scarlets v Glasgow
(4.15pm); Southern Kings v Munster (6.35pm)
Greene King IPA Championship
Doncaster v Ealing Trailfinders (2.30pm); Hartpury v
Bedford (2.30pm); London Scottish v Rotherham Titans
Rugby league
Betfred Super League
Catalans Dragons v Wigan (5.15pm); Hull KR v Widnes
(6pm); Salford v Warrington (3.15pm)
Cricket
MCC University matches (first day of three)
Cambridge v Essex, Fenner’s (11am); Hampshire v Cardiff,
Ageas Bowl (11am); Loughborough v Lancashire,
Haslegrave (11am); Middlesex v Durham, Northwood
(11am); Oxford v Northamptonshire, The Parks (11am)
TOMORROW (3pm unless stated)
Rugby union
Aviva Premiership
Exeter v Gloucester
Greene King IPA Championship
Cornish Pirates v Richmond (2.30pm);
Yorkshire Carnegie v Jersey
Rugby league
Betfred Super League
Huddersfield v Castleford; Wakefield v Leeds
Tomorrow
Commonwealth Games
Gold Coast 2018
BBC One, BBC Two, from midnight
Rugby union
Bath v Leicester
BT Sport 3, 1.30pm
Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors
Sky Sports Action, 4pm
Rugby league
Salford v Warrington
Sky Sports Arena, 3.10pm
Catalans Dragons v Wigan
Sky Sports Arena, 5.10pm
Golf
The Masters
SSG and BBC Two, 7pm and 7.30pm
Tennis
WTA Volvo Open
BT Sport ESPN, 6pm
WTA Monterrey Open
BT Sport 3, 8pm
Pts
18
12
12
11
10
10
8
6
6
5
4
4
Snooker
PRIMEIRA LIGA
Guimarães L Rio Ave L
Rugby union
3
d
EREDIVISIE
Excelsior 2 Willem II 1
5
4
c
BUNDESLIGA
Hannover 2 Werder Bremen 1
6
7
b
LIGUE 1
St-Étienne 1 Paris St-Germain 1
WOMEN’S FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Group One England 0 Wales 0
Group Two Poland 1 Albania 1
Poland Three Netherlands 7 Northern Ireland 0;
Rep of Ireland 2 Slovakia 1
Group Five Slovenia 0 Iceland 2
Group Six Belgium 1 Portugal 1; Moldova 1 Italy 3
Group Seven Finland 0 Spain 2
8
26
F
282
246
186
156
222
111
154
165
142
120
140
119
WTA VOLVO OPEN (Charleston, US)
Third round: A Sevastova (Lat) bt A Barty (Aus) 6-3 6-4;
J Görges (Ger) bt N Osaka (Jpn) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3; D Kasatkina
(Rus) bt I-C Begu (Rom) 6-2 6-1; B Pera (US) bt S Errani (It)
6-3 2-6 6-4; M Keys (US) bt C Giorgi (Ita) 6-4 6-3 K Pliskova
(Cz) bt E Vesnina (Rus) 6-3 1-6 6-2; K Bertens (Neth) bt
F Stollar (Hun) 6-2 6-4; A Cornet (Fr) bt C Garcia (Fr) 5-7
6-1 6-4.
Quarter-finals: J Görges (Ger) bt D Kasatkina (Rus) 6-4
6-3; M Keys (US) bt B Pera (US) 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5.
JUPILER LEAGUE
Sporting Charleroi 1 Anderlecht 2
the most promising junior in the whole
of Western Europe.
Caruana took a risk by playing the
Grenke Classic only five days after his
victory at the candidates in Berlin,
but the American drew in the opening
round and was the co-leader at halfway.
a
(0) 1
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE
BSC Glasgow 0 East Kilbride 1
3561 1 Bg2! Ke3 (Kxg2? 2 h4) 2 h4 Kxf4 3
Bf3! Ke5 4 h5 Ke6 5 Bd5+! Ke7 6 h6 Kf8 7 Kd2!
and wins. A similar ending, which was claimed
to have defeated the world champions Boris
Spassky and Mikhail Tal, starts from WK c3, WB
h3, WP h2, BK f2 with the solution 1 Bd7! Kf3 2
h4 Ke4 3 h5 Ke5 4 h6 Kf6 5 Be8! and wins.
JASON O’BRIEN/
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Nagpur nightmare The England spinner Sophie Ecclestone took a careerbest four for 37 but it was not enough to stop India winning the first ODI by
one wicket. The home side collapsed from 166 for three to 190 for nine but
managed to overhaul England’s 207 with five balls to spare. Guardian sport
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Football
Torino v Internazionale
BT Sport 3, 11.30am
Hamilton v Celtic
BT Sport 1, noon
Arsenal v Southampton
Sky Sports Premier League, 1.30pm
Napoli v Chievo
BT Sport ESPN, 2pm
Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart
BT Sport 3, 2.15pm
Lincoln v Shrewsbury
Sky Sports Football, 2.30pm
Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid
Sky Sports Mix, 3pm
Chelsea v West Ham
Sky Sports Premier League, 4.15pm
Udinese v Lazio
BT Sport 1, 5pm
Milan v Sassuolo
BT Sport 1, 7.30pm
Valencia v Espanyol
Sky Sports Football, 7.40pm
Commonwealth Games
Gold Coast 2018
BBC One, BBC Two, from midnight
Rugby union
Exeter v Gloucester
BT Sport 1, 2.45pm
Golf
The Masters
Sky Sports Golf and BBC Two,
6pm and 6.30pm
Formula One
Bahrain Grand Prix
Channel 4 and Sky Sports F1, 3pm
MotoGP
Grand Prix of Argentina
BT Sport 2, 6.30pm
Tennis
WTA Volvo Open
BT Sport ESPN, 6pm
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Family affair
Archibalds land
gold and silver
minutes apart
20
Page 17 back-to-back promotions after dropping to League
One, developed one of the country’s finest academies,
and were supposedly immune from having to turn to
a manager such as Hughes, a member of the Proper
Football Man tribe and someone who could write a thesis
on the deep cultural significance of the post-match
handshake.
I am ambivalent on the merits of the former Stoke City
manager, even if he could effectively relegate two teams
in one season. His record is nowhere near as atrocious as
some of his detractors like to imagine and he could yet
inspire Southampton, whose squad still contains enough
talent to muster two or three wins during the run-in.
B
ILLUSTRATION: CAMERON LAW
Saints to sinners?
Hughes may save
Southampton but a
model for mid-table
clubs has been lost
Jacob Steinberg
T
here came a point during the first half at
the London Stadium last Saturday when
the stewards could have been forgiven
for identifying Mark Hughes as a person
of interest. After all, if anyone seemed
likely to stage a pitch invasion it was the
Southampton coach, who could only
have looked more furious if someone
had crept up behind him, leant in and whispered “Marko
Arnautovic”.
What an achievement it was for Southampton to
make West Ham, a team held together by old bubblegum
and in the grip of a bitter civil war between owners and
supporters, look so robust in a vital relegation scrap.
West Ham had worn a fixed grin at the start of the day,
like a bickering couple straining to maintain pleasantries
at a dinner party but with the tensions bubbling below
the surface always apparent.
Yet Southampton were far too polite. At no point did
it occur to any of their players to ask a home fan for the
name of the person who supplied the stadium’s chic
scaffolding or what that charming French chap – Dimitri,
wasn’t it? – is up to these days. Instead they meekly
accepted their fate and by the end it was difficult not to
conclude that Hughes is an odd fit for Southampton.
That might sound premature given that the Welshman
has had only one league game since replacing the beige
Mauricio Pellegrino. Unfair too, given Hughes was on the
playing staff when Southampton stayed up in 1999.
Yet while Southampton were often fighting for
their lives in the 90s, the club took care to craft a
more thoughtful identity after relegation in 2005 was
followed by administration four years later. They won
ut even a rescue act will not stop the
appointment of Hughes from feeling
like a betrayal of sorts. For a brief
period Southampton held the tag of
neutrals’ favourites. Their football was
refreshing, they defied convention
and certain sections of the British
media by replacing Nigel Adkins with
some Argentinian nonentity who spoke no English,
and last September, when Frank de Boer was on the
brink of being booted out of Crystal Palace, it was
written on these pages that “it is baffling that clubs with
Palace’s resources do not seek to emulate the model at
Southampton, where long-term planning ensures they
are equipped to handle a change in the dugout”.
The author of that line was … me. I’ll have to own it
and hold my hands up. But not too high because the
central point was about Southampton’s philosophy being
something to aspire to in a league characterised by hiring
and firing and giddy spending sprees, a culture of noisy
impatience drowning out reasoned thought.
It seemed that Southampton were establishing the
foundations to become regulars in the top half, with
their impressive new training ground, focus on youth
and canny recruitment. Yet a talent drain lasting four
years has taken a heavy toll. Their best players have been
picked off by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United,
while Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman were
headhunted by Tottenham and Everton respectively,
because only certain teams are allowed nice things.
Keep the sympathy proportionate, of course.
Southampton gradually started to lose their touch in
the transfer market, the flow from the academy dried up
and firing Claude Puel last summer
has turned out to be a mistake. If
It seemed
relegation proves unavoidable, the
they were
board would face justifiable criticism.
establishing The project would be seen as a failure.
the danger is that would
foundations alsoYethave
an adverse impact on the
to become Premier League’s mid-table clubs,
who count their television money and
regulars
still wonder how they are meant to
in the top
take on the top six. The downfall of
Southampton, though self-inflicted,
half. Yet a
would induce no schadenfreude.
talent drain The worry is that it would make
has taken a teams and owners who already fret
about missing out even less likely
heavy toll
to take risks and more prone to
short-termism.
Mistakes have been made, but Southampton are not
another Aston Villa or Sunderland. Their self-respect has
not slowly been stripped away by a disconnected owner.
But the conversation is relentless and unforgiving these
days, especially on social media. The scoffing begins,
philosophies become unfashionable and fresh ideas start
to feel stale. Visionaries become frauds.
The Southampton Way looks vulnerable in that cold
climate. No one is protected from panic when time is
running out and they have already sunk back into the
crowd, left to make up the numbers. Hughes could save
them, but the real challenge for Southampton will be
retrieving their core values, the daring that made them
different.
Barney Ronay is away
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