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Monday 23 April 2018
Sport
Total
Football
15 pages of the best
reporting and analysis
telegraph.co.uk/sport
A R S E NA L 4 -1 W E ST H A M
Angry fans
damaged
club’s image
Wenger reveals the toxic
atmosphere was reason he
decided to quit Arsenal
Super Salah
Liverpool striker
crowned PFA’s
player of the year
Page 15
Bunch of twits
FA risks Kane fury
after posting ‘joke
tweet’ about him
Page 8
28
pages of the
best sport
coverage
Touch of class
De Bruyne keeps
City on course to
break all records
Page 10
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Monday 23 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Total Football
Wenger reveals his ‘hurt’ over
Arsenal manager feared
for global image of club
Frenchman says he is
leaving solid foundation
By Jeremy Wilson
DEPUTY FOOTBALL
CORRESPONDENT
Arsene Wenger has suggested that
he took the momentous decision to
leave Arsenal because he feared
that the disunity over his presence
as manager was harming the club’s
global image.
Speaking at length for the first
time since announcing that he
would stand down as Arsenal manager following 22 years, Wenger
specifically highlighted the hurt he
felt at how the sometimes frenzied
debate among fans had reflected on
what he calls the “club of my life”.
Wenger also strongly hinted that,
at 68, he was ready to continue in
football management but that he
doubted whether he could ever
bring himself to lead another English club.
Asked whether he now felt relief
that the end of his Arsenal career
had been announced, Wenger said:
“No, because I was not tired. I believe this club is respected all over
the world, much more than in England.
“Our fans did not give the image
of unity at the club I want all over
the world. That was hurtful.”
Asked to expand on what he
meant, Wenger said: “I just feel that
if my personality is in the way of
what I think our club is, for me that
is more important than me staying.
I feel the club is respected and that
is down to work, the way we play
football, the way we behave and the
way we treat people.
“Overall, the image we gave of
our club is not what it is and not
what I like.”
The debate over Wenger’s future
has often been conducted furiously
among Arsenal fans, whether on
social media, YouTube videos or
even in the stands.
There have been banners, protests and even fights between supporters during matches, as well as
the recent swathes of empty seats.
Wenger himself has even been
abused on the street.
Asked if the disunity among fans
had hurt the club, Wenger said: “I
am not resentful and I do not want
to make stupid headlines. I am not
resentful with the fans.
“It is nothing to do with the fans.
The fans were not happy and I can
understand that and I have to live
with that and I can accept that.
“Sport is about winning and losing – and you have to accept you
will lose games, even when I am not
here any more – but it is as well
about something bigger than just
winning or losing. It is more than
money, more than results.
“For me, that was always a worry:
how the club was perceived worldwide, for kids playing in Africa,
China and America and the dreams
it can create.
“All our clubs have a responsibility for that. I don’t know if it was
damaging but it was not corresponding to how I really feel our
‘It is bigger than
just winning or
losing. It is about
more than money,
more than results’
Emotional: Arsene Wenger (right)
admits moving on will be difficult
club is perceived, and has to be perceived.”
Arsenal have already begun the
process of appointing a successor
and, while Wenger said that he
would have no say, he does believe
that he has left solid foundations for
success.
“Every single decision I made
during my 22 years was for the good
of Arsenal and every single decision
was made with the priority of doing
well for the club,” he said. “I believe
I leave a club that is in a very good
position. My target was always to
do that and give continuity to the
guy who comes in after me so we
can be better in the next 20 years.”
Despite having worked continuously as a manager since 1984,
Wenger feels no need for a break,
but he is unsure about another Premier League job.
“That will certainly be emotionally difficult,” he said. “At the minute, I am too attached to this club. I
will never completely leave this
club because I will always first look
for Arsenal’s result and see how
well the club develops.
“I will always be attached. I gave
the best years of my life to this club.
I arrived at 46 years old and I
worked seven days a week for 22
years. You cannot on one side be
completely committed and then
walk away and nothing happens. I
know that I face that challenge and
it will be difficult for me, but I have
had other difficult challenges in my
life. I hope I will get through this
one as well.”
Wenger joked that he had felt
this week like a witness to his own
funeral amid the wall-to-wall tributes. He was, though, genuinely
moved by the reaction.
“I’m touched by all the praise I
got from all of English football,” he
said. “In England, football is special, the passion is special. I know I
will not get that anywhere else in
my life.
“I don’t need to die any more – I
know what people will say about
me. That is quite interesting but,
apart from a little sense of humour,
I would like to thank everybody
who has been nice to me. I got more
praise than I deserved but sometimes more criticism than I deserved. It’s been difficult but, as
well, fantastic.”
Manager still in huge demand, says Dein
By Jeremy Wilson
David Dein, the man who appointed
Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager
in 1996, has revealed that he has
already been sounded out about the
Frenchman’s availability.
The former Arsenal vice-chairman is a close friend of Wenger’s
and told Sky Sports that the 68-yearold had been approached by Real
Madrid and Paris St-Germain over
recent years and was still in huge
demand.
Wenger has previously also been
the subject of interest from Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea,
Manchester
City,
Manchester
United and the English national
team. “He will have no shortage of
offers,” said Dein.
“I personally had calls from various people yesterday, saying, ‘Can I
speak to him?’ The question is,
‘Will he want to do it any more?’
“He’s going to be 69 in October,
but he keeps himself extraordinarily fit. He is the same weight as
when I met him – 75 kilos.
“He’s got a very active mind and
such a knowledge of the game.”
Dein predicted that the impact of
leaving Arsenal would be like a
bereavement for the Frenchman,
but that they had also seriously discussed whether he should continue
after last season.
“It’s going to be tough initially,”
said Dein. “It’s a way of life. He’s the
first one at the club, the last one to
leave. It is rather like a bereavement and the various stages, the
first one is denial and finally you get
to acceptance and you move on.
“He has to have a good holiday
and decide after that what he wants
to do next.
“It’s been coming. At the end of
last season I was discussing with
him, ‘Arsene, what do you want to
do?’ He was a bit undecided. In the
end, I said, ‘Arsene, do you know
what your problem is? You love the
club too much’.
“He’s so attached to it. So loyal, so
dedicated. What he has done for the
club is immeasurable. He will go
down in history as the greatest
Arsenal manager ever.”
Finishing burst Three goals in seven minutes add
2-1
82 min
West Ham keeper
Joe Hart is beaten by
Aaron Ramsey (out
of shot)
3-1
85min
Alexandre Lacazette
salutes the crowd
after scoring his
first goal
The Daily Telegraph Monday 23 April 2018
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Total Football
fans’ lack of unity
gloss for Gunners
Arsenal’s late
flourish covers
over the cracks
Arsenal
Monreal 51, Ramsey 82, Lacazette 85, 89
West Ham United
Arnautovic 64
4
1
Att: 59,422
By Jeremy Wilson
at the Emirates
4-1
89 min
Lacazette finishes
clinically after a
weaving run by
Ramsey
Beginning with a match that ranks
among the more irrelevant of your
34-year career was never likely to
get the celebratory tour off to a particularly rousing start, but three
goals in the final eight minutes did
at least ensure a positive end to an
otherwise easily forgettable match.
The final headline act for Arsene
Wenger’s Arsenal tenure really
starts with the Europa League semifinal first leg against Atletico
Madrid, but a rather flattering win
here against West Ham United
should at least boost confidence,
especially in Alexandre Lacazette
and Aaron Ramsey, ahead of Thursday night.
With Burnley also held by Stoke
City yesterday, Arsenal are now
almost assured of finishing at least
sixth to avoid the pre-season disruption for Wenger’s successor that
Europa League qualifying would
cause.
The manager’s send-off will now
depend entirely on whether he can
rouse three more big performances
from his players in the Europa
League, and so depart Lyon next
month with a trophy and Arsenal
back in the Champions League. On
this evidence, it is far from certain.
With West Ham resilient and
roared on, among others, by centreback James Collins in the away end,
Arsenal summoned only one shot
on goal during a first half played at
almost a pre-season pace in the
London heat.
It was most notable for what
looked like a significant injury to
their Egypt midfielder Mohamed
Elneny.
He eventually left the pitch on a
stretcher in tears and a protective
brace that makes him a doubt not
just for the remaining Europa
League matches, but perhaps also
the World Cup. Elneny’s injury will
now be X-rayed, but Wenger said
simply that “it does not look good”.
David Ospina’s selection as Arsenal goalkeeper suggests Petr Cech
will return on Thursday, but there
was also no starting place for club
record signing Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang, despite him only being eligible this season for Arsenal
in the Premier League.
The rationale was clearly that
Lacazette needs time on the pitch
following his own recent absence
with a serious knee injury, but
Arsenal began hesitantly.
Danny Welbeck threatened most
regularly, but his finishing both on
the floor and in the air lacked composure. Nacho Monreal has been
proving himself useful this season
in both penalty areas and he calmly
controlled Granit Xhaka’s 51st-minute corner before finishing with
power and precision past Joe Hart.
Arsenal rarely looked secure
defensively and, with Marko
Arnautovic playing with his usual
intensity, the match was soon level.
Ospina’s punched clearance had
reached only Cheikhou Kouyate
and, after a deft touch by Manuel
Lanzini, Arnautovic scored his 10th
goal of the season.
Arsenal had looked unlikely to
find a winner but, after 82 minutes,
Declan Rice ducked under a cross
from Ramsey in the mistaken belief
that Hart was expecting the ball to
reach him. He was not and it simply
nestled into the corner of the goal.
David Moyes, the West Ham
manager, felt that it was the game’s
decisive moment and warned his
19-year-old defender that he must
Pain game: Mohamed Elneny could be
out of the World Cup after foot injury
learn from it. “A poor mistake,” he
said. “At 81 minutes, I thought we
were good for a point.”
“It flattened the team. If you are a
centre-half the last thing you do is
let it go. Why would you duck
under it?
“He’s played great in the last couple of games and it is a learning
curve. If it happens again, then you
don’t progress.”
Arsenal certainly did then progress through the gears and, after
excellent passing by Welbeck and
Aubameyang, Lacazette smashed a
deflected shot off Aaron Cresswell
and past Hart.
The best was then saved to last,
when Ramsey brilliantly weaved
past several defenders and passed
for Lacazette to finish clinically.
Only then did a chant of “One
Arsene Wenger” really echo around
the stadium.
It was a belated gesture, in keeping with a season that will be
defined now by events in the
Europa League.
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Monday 23 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Total Football
No violins and roses
for spiritual father on
day of muted acclaim
Paul Hayward
CHIEF SPORTS WRITER
RITER
at the Emirates
Arsenal supporters
conflicted about
Wenger after the
discord created by
lack of direction
A
rsene Wenger
has been
reading the
professional
obituaries with
a mix of
gratitude and
bafflement.
“When people
speak about how you were, it’s
interesting – so I don’t need to die
any more,” he joked. He’s not ready
to accept the death of his career.
This is not going to be an easy
parting. There are too many
undercurrents, from Wenger’s
obvious hurt to disengagement by
many Arsenal supporters, who left
thousands of seats empty and
chanted their manager’s name with
fervour only when the team were
4-1 up against West Ham. Until
then “there’s only one Arsene
Wenger” was sung only once or
twice – and quietly. Many are
plainly ready for the day when
there are no Arsene Wengers. Or
not here, anyway.
Anyone expecting violins and
roses for Wenger two days after he
announced his impending
departure was in for a shock.
The “Wenger out” banners were
gone but so were many Arsenal
fans who are either delaying their
farewell until the end of the season
or want no part in the send-off.
Emirates regulars talked of a
“strange day”, and felt conflicted.
Yet no neutral could claim the
crowd were clinging to his legs in
the hope the decision would
somehow be reversed.
Audience reaction aside, there
are big themes churning below the
surface here.
The first is that Wenger almost
certainly jumped before he was
pushed. The consensus is that he
was going to be replaced as
first-team manager in the summer
and did not want to go out of the
club that way. There can be no
velvet divorce if one side is
unhappy with a separation and
how it was arrived at.
From Wenger’s angle, the next
few weeks present a diplomatic
challenge. How this all came about
will be known one day, but for now
he must keep indignation in check,
because he is sincere in his wish to
see Arsenal avoid further turmoil.
He speaks as if he is the spiritual
father of the modern Arsenal
(which he is) and would clearly
hate to surrender that role for the
sake of revenge.
There is, though, a schism at the
heart of this. Wenger said the
discord around his position “did
not give the image of unity I want
at the club all over the world – and
that is hurtful”. That can only be a
reference to supporters flying
“Wenger out” banners on the back
of planes, marching with placards
and fuming on social media.
Pointedly, he said the respect
shown to a football club was based
“on the way we treat people”.
Those who know him say he is
dismayed at the damage to the
club’s international standing by the
presentation of this image of
Arsenal as a basket case.
And he said as much after the
victory over West Ham, stressing
that his concern has been how the
club “is perceived worldwide by
kids who play in Africa, in China, in
America”. Sensing headlines, he
rowed back, saying: “It is nothing
to do with the fans. The fans were
not happy – I can understand that.”
On the pitch, “nothing to do with
the fans” is right, even if some
players have probably been
adversely affected by the negativity
(a good answer would have been to
show more fight, and win more
games). The banner held up by a
young fan saying he had not seen
the glory years but had been told
The Daily Telegraph Monday 23 April 2018
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5
Total Football
This is far from a
Clough conclusion
JEREMY WILSON
TALKING POINTS
Wenger won three FA Cups in
twilight of his reign, yet Spurs
are lauded for a top-four finish
N
all about them by his “dad” was
sobering. Wenger’s best teams are
museum pieces, by the standards
of today’s shortened attention
spans. Those who picked their
all-time best Wenger XIs struggled
to pick a player who had played for
Arsenal post-2011.
FA Cup wins aside, Wenger
cannot escape the charge that
Arsenal have regressed as Premier
No one could claim
the crowd were
clinging to his legs
hoping the decision
would be reversed
League and Champions League
contenders, although the Europa
League still holds out the
possibility of a magical valediction.
Many fans have moved beyond
the Wenger obsession to a wider
apathy about Arsenal’s lack of
purpose and direction.
This was surely the mood picked
up on by the board when they
began preparing for the postWenger era. Commercial reality
kicked in. Wenger talks with
BENNETT DEAN/PROSPORTS/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK; REUTERS; PA; GETTY IMAGES
End of an era:
Publicly, at least,
Arsenal supporters
proclaim their
respect for Arsene
Wenger with
banners and shirts
to mark his
imminent
departure. Other
fans showed what
they presumably
felt by staying
away from
yesterday’s game
justification of the strong
foundations he has left for the next
manager, but the first team is not
one of them, and has passed the
point where mere tinkering might
stop its slide.
Thus, recovery becomes a
greater concern for most Arsenal
fans than Wenger’s legend and
legacy, however much he deserves
respect for both.
The story has moved on, leaving
him behind. He tried his best to
acknowledge that point: “If my
personality is in the way of what I
think our club is, for me that is
more important.” This was his
Captain Oates moment in our press
conference. But you can also see
him hating the idea that he has
become a burden, because he still
values his work so highly.
“Every decision I have made for
22 years has been for the sake of
Arsenal,” he said. “I arrived here at
46 years old and I worked seven
days a week. Not six, and not 6½.
Seven. For 22 years. So you cannot
just walk away and say thank you,
bye-bye.”
Neither side seems willing to
hide their true feelings for the sake
of a perfect abdication. There is too
much history – 22 years of it – for
this to be painless.
ow that all the
anger has largely
dissipated and the
first phase of Arsene
Wenger’s Arsenal
tenure has been
afforded its due respect, the one
remaining hope is for a balanced
appraisal of the most recent years.
An ending like Brian Clough? A
sullied legacy? Stayed on far too
long? Or, as Stewart Robson simply
put it, “an absolute disaster”.
The problem with hearing or
reading this sort of analysis quite
so frequently was that it soon
became widely accepted fact and,
while a decline was undeniable, it
was relative and any semblance of
perspective became frequently
lost. As one Twitter user pointed
out on Friday, Wenger’s pinnacle
was the Invincibles and his nadir
was finishing fifth and winning the
FA Cup. Yes, that might dip a little
further this season, although
equally may also still end up being
fifth, a European trophy and a
Wembley final.
As it stands, Wenger has still
never gone a season in nearly 22
years without either finishing in
the top four or lifting a trophy.
Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio
Pochettino are lauded for
achieving just the top four part of
this equation twice in a row.
This was also done against the
backdrop of a “Wenger Out”
campaign in later years that would
ensure every major defeat – of
which there were certainly plenty
– was guaranteed to provoke
frenzied protest. Arsenal,
remember, were even booed off
against Swansea City in 2016 at
half-time of a match in February at
a point when they were still
odds-on favourites with bookies to
win that season’s Premier League.
None of this is to deny the
stagnation and mistakes. Yes,
Wenger’s time had finally come – a
combination of the away league
form, the repeated failure to
sustain a title challenge and a clear
desire for something new among
supporters had made his position
impossible – but the assessment of
the later years deserves also to be
treated with nuance.
It was interesting to hear one
radio debate this week. In isolation,
the assorted challenges Wenger
faced in recent years were all
accepted. The financial and
emotional impact of moving
grounds was discussed. So too was
the transformation in competitive
landscape following the arrival of
billionaire investors at Chelsea and
Manchester City. It was explained
that Wenger’s budget had, for
many years, been the fourth and
sometimes fifth largest in the
Premier League.
And yet, even while
acknowledging all of this, the last
five years, when the club had won
three FA Cups and recorded an
average Premier League finishing
position of 3.6, were unanimously
dismissed simply as failure. Go
back even to the derided trophyless years between 2006 and 2013
and you still had Ch
Champions
Good weekend for...
Alexis Sanchez
(right) has
struggled to
justify the
ongoing cost of
his place in the
Manchester
United squad
since arriving
in January, but
ays
he did always
have a
tendency
for
Arsenal to
deliver in
the biggest
games. His
Wembley
record in
Moment of the weekend
recent FA Cups
had also been
excellent and,
in helping to
inspire United
on Saturday, a
third FA Cup
win in four
years is within
sight.
Bad weekend for...
The pain of
Sunderland
and manager
Chris Coleman
(right) means
that more than
20 clubs have
now followed
up being
relegated from
the Premier
League with
falling at least
one further
division down
the pyramid. It
is a statistic
that underlines
the fine
margins in the
game,
especially
below the
Premier
League football every season to at
least the last 16 knockout stage, as
well as four visits to the quarterfinal or better.
How that differs from
Pochettino now at Spurs amid very
similar pressures of keeping key
players like Robin van Persie and
Cesc Fabregas amid much bigger
budgets elsewhere is not entirely
clear. Yet they are viewed almost
entirely differently. Arsenal’s best
previous performance in the
European Cup, remember, had
been a solitary quarter-final in
1972.
Again, none of this is to bury a
head in the sand and overlook the
many errors. Arsenal did
repeatedly lack physicality and a
certain winning mentality when
the biggest tests arose, and Wenger
was far too patient with certain
players. But there was still plenty
to enjoy.
It is just as easy to isolate some
wonderful individual
performances – most recently in
winning last season’s FA Cup by
beating Manchester City and
Chelsea – as those well
documented hammerings. A big
part of the wider problem was an
expectation, largely fuelled by
Wenger himself but also the board,
that the move to the Emirates
would inevitably be followed by an
ability to topple the absolute
aristocracy of world football. As for
the timing of his departure, did he
really go too soon?
Last year was probably the right
moment, but does history really
support those loudly calling for his
head much before then? The club
won an 11th, 12th and 13th FA Cup
to become the most successful in
the competition’s history and
league finishes were basically in
line with their resources.
It was not perfect, but winning
in nine out of 10 Wembley visits
since 2014 was hardly an
insignificant achievement. Wenger
shed tears of happiness at the
national stadium last year and
there is no way he would ever have
wanted to trade becoming the FA
Cup’s greatest manager to appease
his critics.
And so, regardless of whether
the story now finishes on a
potential high in the Europa
League, some of the hysterical
caricatures of recent seasons
should not go unchallenged. Brian
Clough, this emphatically is not.
League’s top
six, but also the
deep-rooted
nature of
Sunderland’s
problems. They
have spent only
one season in
the third tier of
football and
that was 30
years ago.
Perhaps it was
a slip of the
tongue, but the
way in which
Mauricio
Pochettino
(below) talked
about the
continuation of
Tottenham’s
development
being overseen
by him “or
another” did
seem
significant
after the
Manchester
at.
United defeat.
We can alll
admire
Tottenham’ss
ut
progress, but
m
the problem
ing
with punching
above your
weight is that
your manager
and players
will receive
better offers
elsewhere. It is
a strain that
does eventually
stall or derail
even the best
projects.
Missing their
big chance of
silverware felt
especially
damaging.
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Monday 23 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
**
Total Football
French flair How striker jinked through wall
Giroud mazy magic
sets up Mourinho
final for Chelsea
Jason Burt
CHIEF FOOTBALL
ALL
ENT
CORRESPONDENT
at Wembley
Chelsea
Giroud 46, Morata 82
Southampton
2
0
Att: 73,416
Olivier Giroud’s sublime goal set up
an FA Cup final to savour: Chelsea
against Manchester United, Antonio Conte against Jose Mourinho.
The 137th version of this competition will also be the first final
between these clubs in a decade. It
means the domestic season has a
fixture to relish just when it seemed
to be petering out.
“We are talking about two managers with strong characters, and
two winners. When in your mind
and your heart and your blood
there is the will to win. For sure, we
want to try to win this trophy,”
Conte declared after this semi-final
victory.
To try? Conte will be desperate to
win. It is, as he said, in his “blood”.
And he will be desperate to get
one over on Mourinho, despite
claiming their strained relationship
had been repaired, making it all the
more delicious that they are in each
other’s way back at Wembley on
May 19 for a match universally
expected to be the Italian’s last as
Chelsea head coach.
How Conte, like Mourinho, a
manager sated only by claiming silverware, will delight in denying his
rival. How he will fear being denied
by him also, especially with that
accusation hanging over him that,
despite his impressive record of
winning leagues, he often falls
short in cup competitions.
That happened again last season,
when Arsenal improbably denied
Chelsea a Premier League and FA
Cup Double with Giroud among
their ranks, and there was a sweet
vindication for Conte in selecting
his £18 million January signing, and
Wembley specialist, ahead of
Man Marking
7
Willy Caballero
Foul play: Willy Caballero was ruled to have been impeded by Charlie Austin
Alvaro Morata. Chelsea’s record acquisition eventually replaced Giroud and also scored – with his first
touch – to make Conte’s selections
all the more sound.
Southampton did not show any
ambition until they fell behind and
there was a moment of controversy
over whether they should have
been awarded an equaliser as
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero, under pressure from Charlie
Austin, fumbled the ball over his
goal-line.
Inevitably, referee Martin Atkinson gave a foul, but Mark Hughes,
the Southampton manager, was furious and may well have had a case.
“It was a match-defining moment,”
he said. “Who knows how the game
might have followed from that
moment? Why it wasn’t referred [to
the video assistant referee], I have
no idea. We’re disappointed with
the officials and whoever it is who
sits in a darkened room.”
Is it a darkened room? Either
way, it is looking bleak for Southampton, who may no longer be in
this competition but who now have
four cup finals of their own as they
desperately fight against the proba-
bility of relegation from the Premier League.
The deadlock was finally broken
here – after a first period in which
Chelsea dominated and Willian
came closest as he clipped the top
of the crossbar – just 28 seconds
into the second half. It was, as the
cliche goes, a goal to grace the occasion. It was also, as another cliche
states, an example of good feet for a
big man.
It came as Cesc Fabregas flighted
the ball forward and Eden Hazard –
who pipped Giroud as man of the
match – acrobatically pulled the
ball down and delivered it into the
striker’s path.
Even though he was inside the
penalty area, Giroud had much to
do, but showed incredible balance
and nimbleness to first beat Mario
Lemina, as he lunged in, then Maya
Yoshida, then Cedric Soares, before
finally poking his shot into the net
as Jan Bednarek tried to block.
In doing so, the defender collided with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and, as Southampton bodies
were forlornly strewn in Giroud’s
path, there were shades of Ricky
Villa’s Cup final replay goal for Tot-
Olivier Giroud leaves defenders
on the floor as he collects a pass
from Eden Hazard and weaves
his way towards goal before
slotting the ball in to make it 1-0
tenham Hotspur against Manchester City in 1981.
“My second passion is skiing!”
Giroud said of his slalom run. “I saw
a lot of people in front of me and I
just tried to dribble a little bit and I
had a bit of luck, but that’s what I
wanted to do. I told them I really
enjoy the FA Cup as I know how
special it is to win it. It [Wembley]
is like my garden and I love to
play here.”
The 31-year-old has not lost in 10
appearances at Wembley – four FA
Cup semi-finals, three finals (for Arsenal in 2014, 2015 and 2017, mean-
Chelsea By Chris Hatherall at Wembley
7
Cesar Azpilicueta
7
Gary Cahill
7
Antonio Rudiger
6
Victor Moses
7
N’Golo Kante
Made a vital save from Nathan
Redmond, but lucky to earn a
free-kick when he appeared to
carry the ball over the line.
Yet another assist from the
defender with an inch-perfect
cross for his team-mate Alvaro
Morata to make it 2-0.
It has been a difficult season for
the Chelsea captain, but he is
nearing his best form again just
at the right time.
The centre-half handled Charlie
Austin, who can be difficult,
pretty well and was dependable
at the heart of Chelsea’s defence.
One of his quieter days in a
Chelsea shirt and, in fact, Moses
has not been at it for months.
Did enough to help the team.
Produced the usual high level of
energy that makes him the
master of his position, even if he
was not the star of the show.
6
6
7
8
7
Subs Tiemoue Bakayoko 6 (Willian 64) came
close to scoring; Pedro 6 (Fabregas 76) added
pace to the attack; Alvaro Morata 7 (Giroud, 80)
made an instant impact with a superb headed goal
Not used Eduardo (g), Barkley, Zappacosta,
Christensen.
Cesc Fabregas
The Spaniard kept things
ticking away for Chelsea, but it
was no surprise when he was
substituted with 15 to go.
Emerson Palmieri
One of Chelsea’s better players
in a quiet first half, but faded
when Southampton were able
to exert more pressure.
Willian
Hit the crossbar with a curling
shot and was a constant threat
with his pace, so it was a
surprise when he was subbed.
Olivier Giroud
Chosen ahead of Morata, the
French striker was under
pressure and responded with a
goal of stunning skill and quality.
Eden Hazard
Not everything came off for the
Belgian playmaker but he was,
nevertheless, full of energy, and
created chances.
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of defenders
Casting Conte aside feels
like an act of vandalism
Oliver Brown
CHIEF SPORTS
FEATURE WRITER
at Wembley
AP; GETTY IMAGES; PA
F
FA Cup
final
Chelsea v
Man United
Saturday
May 19.
TV BBC and
BTSport
ing he could win it four times in five
years) and three Community
Shields. That is a truly remarkable
record and it would be surprising if
Conte did not take heed of it and
keep faith with Giroud for the final.
Beyond the Caballero incident,
Southampton had another chance
to equalise when Austin, their best
player, cleverly dummied to release
Shane Long, whose touch was far
too heavy and, although he went
past the goalkeeper, he also ran the
ball out of play.
Then Morata came on and added
a second goal from a combination
that has served Chelsea so well this
season: a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta on the right, with his fellow
Spaniard rising high to guide a
header into the goal. A classic
Morata goal after Giroud had simply scored a classic goal.
There was one last glimmer for
Southampton, after Caballero managed to keep out a powerful shot by
substitute Nathan Redmond, as
Austin met Ryan Bertrand’s low
cross and managed to guide a shot
back across goal. It rebounded off a
post. There was no consolation as
Chelsea celebrated.
Man Marking
Southampton By Chris Hatherall
6
6
Alex McCarthy
Cedric Soares
7
Wesley Hoedt or any healthy, welladjusted club, reaching
an FA Cup final should
be a cue for joy
unconfined. For
Chelsea, it merely
reframes the debate about when
the manager will be sacked. There
he was, Antonio Conte, screaming
like a banshee in pursuit of a third
goal yesterday, all the while
knowing that a second trophy in
two years would most likely serve
only as a sweetener to his golden
handshake.
We have grown inured to
Chelsea’s cycle of perpetual
revolution by now: they find
whichever manager is flavour of
the month, he starts like a freight
train, and before you know it, he
finds his face festooned across the
Matthew Harding Stand. Then,
alas, comes Act II: the secondseason dip, the seditious
superstars, and finally the months
of back-and-forth about whether
the fall guy’s leaving cheque will
run to seven figures or eight.
Claudio Ranieri? Sacked after
four straight seasons of progress.
Carlo Ancelotti? Gone 12 months
st
after winning Chelsea’s first
domestic double. Roberto Di
Matteo? Tossed aside six months
n
after engineering a maiden
Champions League
triumph. Perhaps
Roman Abramovich
simply tires quickly of
Italians. Then again, he
tires of everybody after a
lub
while, running a famous club
her runs
much like Floyd Mayweather
his garage.
test
Colour scheme of the latest
o his
Bugatti Veyron not quite to
ne.
liking? Just buy another one.
he
This should not make the
g,
pattern any less dispiriting,
though. However you cut it,
ike a
casting Conte adrift feels like
wanton act of vandalism. An
urbane, popular manager, who
grasped a Premier League title in
his first season in English football
er, but
– and not by a thread, either,
with 30 victories – is aboutt to be
gnity of
dispatched with all the dignity
mpionship
overripe fruit. If one championship
adequate
in two years is deemed inadequate
mford
by the brains trust at Stamford
eflect that
Bridge, then they might reflect
7
Maya Yoshida 6
Perhaps
Roman
simply
tires of
Italians.
Then
again, he
tires of
everyone
after a
while
Success: Antonio
Conte can
capture a second
trophy in two
years at Chelsea
it is no worse than Pep Guardiola
has managed at Manchester City.
At least Conte, despite facing the
endgame, has composed the
perfect crescendo, securing the
first final between Chelsea and
Manchester United in a decade,
since a rain-streaked Champions
League decider in Moscow
finished a little after 1am local time.
There are few reasons to suspect
that the next matchup on May 19,
superintended by two archpragmatists in Conte and Jose
Mourinho, will be any less
attritional. But il capo can be
assured of bowing out in style,
with a glamorous fixture in which
he claims – a touch implausibly –
that there will be “no problem”
with his Portuguese adversary.
Conte lived every moment of
this eclipse of Southampton, at one
stage miming Alvaro Morata’s
decisive header in perfect sync. If
you looked closer, though, there
were some telltale faultlines. Just
as Morata had thrown a fit of pique
at being substituted in the win
over Burnley, Willian was a
diagram of rage here on learning
he would be replaced.
Such is life at Chelsea: if in
doubt, blame the manager.
Mourinho learnt as much during
his ill-starred second spell in
charge, especially from a perennial
enigma like Eden Hazard. While
the Be
Belgian was voted Player of the
Year in 2015, he took until April 23
to score
scor his first Premier League
goal the
th following season. He has
presen
presented the same conundrum
for Co
Conte: while he dazzled at first,
he has grown anonymous.
It is axiomatic these days that
the rev
revolving door for Chelsea
manag
managers represents a ruthless
genius on Abramovich’s part. After
all, has
ha the club not savoured far
more rregular success than Arsenal,
where Arsene Wenger’s absolutist
rule w
went unchallenged for 22
years
years? Well, yes, but it took
Wen
Wenger eight of those years to
create his Invincibles side. It took
him 10 to reach a first Champions
Leagu
League final, which he lost. For his
count
counterparts at Chelsea, longservic
service accolades are handed out if
you la
last 100 matches.
Wh
Why, ultimately, should Conte
care? H
He stands to depart with
£10 million in his back pocket.
Bu
But his imminent exit redounds
to his employers’ profound
discredit. Chelsea are, in so
many ways, a club still in
ssearch of a soul.
Jan Bednarek
6
Ryan Bertrand
Could do little about Olivier
Giroud’s opening goal, but
made a stunning tip-over to
deny Eden Hazard later on.
Was turned inside out by Giroud
for Chelsea’s opening goal and
he is likely to have nightmares
watching the replays.
A strong defensive display from
the Dutchman, particularly in
the first half when Southampton
frustrated their opponents.
Had the difficult task of marking
Giroud and did it well early on,
but was one of several to allow
him through to score.
Another player who produced a
solid defensive performance, but
who was taken off as Saints tried
to come from behind.
The former Chelsea player had
little chance to produce his
trademark lung-busting runs up
the wing, but defended well.
7
6
6
6
5
Subs Dusan Tadic 6 (Hojberg 63) made little
impact, Nathan Redmond 7 (Long 63) came
closest to scoring for Southampton, Manolo
Gabbiadini 6 (Bednarek 79) no major impact.
Not used Forster (g), Carrillo, Ward-Prowse,
McQueen.
Oriol Romeu
Produced some strong tackles,
including one which left Giroud
writhing in agony. Dictated play
for Southampton.
Pierre-Emile
Hojbjerg
Did his job without creating
enough and was replaced by
Dusan Tadic when Southampton
needed something more.
Mario Lemina
Always comfortable on the ball
and looking to pass forward, but
struggled to make a real impact.
He had a rare first-half shot.
Charlie Austin
Austin did not have the service
to be a hero, but still hit a post.
Was harshly judged to have
impeded Willy Caballero.
Shane Long
The Irishman looks a shadow of
his former self and wasted a
chance to equalise when clean
through and was then subbed.
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
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Manchester United
Sanchez 24, Herrera 62
Tottenham Hotspur
Alli 11
2
1
Att: 84,667
By Matt Law at Wembley
The fact he said it twice, both times
unprompted, suggested Mauricio
Pochettino wanted to convey a
message after watching Tottenham
Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat.
He responded to questions
regarding Spurs’ failure to get over
the line in semi-finals and finals by
saying the club needs time “with
me or another manager”.
He later admitted he could
change his policy in next season’s
Cup and play his kids, even though
it could result in early elimination.
Tottenham want Pochettino to
sign a new £8.5 million contract at
the end of the season, but it seems
the Argentine seeks something
other than just a pay rise in return.
Knowing that Chelsea would
love him to be their next manager
and that he would be near the top of
Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish
club make a change, Pochettino
will want to be sure he is given the
tools to keep Spurs going forwards.
Even without a trophy, there has
been progress again this season as
Tottenham reached the last 16 of
the Champions League and should
qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season.
But defeats to Manchester City,
in the Premier League, and United
on Saturday in the FA Cup, either
side of a draw at Brighton, have
Just when
Kane needs
a friend, FA
jokes at his
expense
By Matt Law
FOOTBALL NEWS CORRESPONDENT
The Football Association has risked
upsetting Tottenham Hotspur and
Harry Kane with a tweet that was
shown that Pochettino needs more
depth and quality in his squad.
Chairman Daniel Levy was at
Wembley to see three of Tottenham’s major signings from the last
four transfer windows – Lucas
Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa
Sissoko – start as substitutes.
Fernando Llorente not even on
the bench.
That left 21-year-old Davinson
Sanchez as the only signing of
recent times deemed good enough
to start the semi-final against
United. The Colombian was beaten
in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the
build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner.
United’s January signing, Alexis
Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored
his side’s first and had a hand in
Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford
was introduced as a late substitute,
while Anthony Martial and Juan
Mata could not get off the bench –
further highlighting the gulf in
resources between the two clubs.
“The most important thing is we
competed against a team that
spends a lot of money and have
Spurs’ pivotal summer
Tottenham hope to extend deals for
several key players and for Mauricio
Pochettino, who signed a five-year
deal in 2016, but is widely coveted.
Contract expires in 2019
Jan Vertonghen, 30
Mousa Dembele, 30
Toby Alderweireld, 29
Contract expires in 2020
Christian Eriksen, 26
Erik Lamela, 26
Son Heung-min, 25
sent out after the club’s FA Cup
semi-final defeat by Manchester
United.
Kane suffered a rare off-day
during Spurs’s 2-1 loss at Wembley,
for which the striker was mocked
by the official FA Cup Twitter
account.
Just minutes after United’s win, a
tweet was posted with the message
“What’s in your pocket, Chris?”
and a video of defender Chris
Smalling saying “Harry Kane”.
The message was retweeted
more than 20,000 times and provoked a huge response, much of
which was aimed at Tottenham and
Kane, who has recently returned
from an ankle injury.
Given that it is less than two
months before the World Cup, in
which Kane could potentially captain England and will travel to Rus-
unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy,
we were able to compete with this
team.” But Tottenham’s squad is
simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts, and the quality of
the recruitment has not matched
the progress made on the pitch.
Wilfried Zaha is near the top of
their shopping list, and Levy will be
under pressure to deliver him.
Like Pochettino, Harry Kane,
Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan
Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all
be offered new deals, but, like their
manager, they will want to know
Spurs are able to push forward.
Alli had given Tottenham an
early lead from an Eriksen cross,
but after Eric Dier hit a post in firsthalf stoppage time they never got
close to scoring again.
Kane has understandably looked
off the pace since being rushed
back from his ankle injury, however Llorente has not proven an
able deputy, so Spurs cannot afford
to bring the England striker back
slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,”
said Pochettino. “Harry needs time
to recover his best. He is OK, but, of
course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. He
cannot score every single game.”
Kane said: “I feel good. I feel
sharp. It’s been a tough week for
the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously
frustrating today.
“Can I do better? Probably, yeah.
Can the team do better? Yeah. We’ll
all be disappointed today, but all we
can do is try to secure the Champions League place. There’s obviously
a reason why we’re falling short in
the semi-finals or in the big games,
so we have to do better. I wouldn’t
be able to tell you exactly what it is,
but it’s frustrating. We just have to
find our way round it.”
On his fitness, Kane added: “No
problems. I feel good, feel sharp.
We’ve still got four games to go, and
I’m looking forward to those and a
big summer ahead.”
Having claimed before the semifinal that winning the FA Cup
“would not change the lives” of his
players, Pochettino has suggested
he might approach the competition
differently next season. Asked if it
would make his life easier to field a
young side in the competition and
risk getting knocked out earlier, he
replied: “Maybe yes. I’m sure it will
be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in
this situation.”
Striker mocked: The official Twitter
account for the FA Cup combined the
question ‘What’s in your pocket?’ with
Chris Smalling gif replying ‘Harry Kane’
REUTERS
Pochettino
seeks funds
for Spurs to
climb higher
Wembley triumph: Ander Herrera is
congratulated by his Manchester
United team-mates after his winner
sia as the country’s star player, it
was a bizarre move to poke fun at
the 24-year-old.
England manager Gareth Southgate, who was at Wembley to watch
United’s semi-final win, may also be
dismayed to find out the FA Cup
account ridiculed Kane.
It is particularly ironic, given
Southgate has dropped Smalling
from his England squad claiming
the 28-year-old is not good enough
on the ball for his style of play.
Responding to criticism of his
recent performances, Kane said:
“I’ve still scored two in my last four,
it’s not the worst in the world. But
when you set standards, people are
going to look for things when you’re
not at them. I’m the same. I want to
be better, I want to do better. I
wanted to do better today [against
United], but it wasn’t to be.”
Mourinho:
Critics will
kill me if
United fail
to win final
By James Ducker at Wembley
Jose Mourinho has the 26th trophy
of his gilded coaching career in his
sights but the Manchester United
manager claimed his critics would
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be lining up to “kill” him if he failed
to win the FA Cup next month.
United booked their place in the
final at Wembley on May 19 after
coming from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur. Since taking
charge at Porto in 2002-03, Mourinho has won at least one trophy in
all but two of his previous 13 full
seasons as a manager, with his final
year at Real Madrid in 2012-13 and
his first season of his second spell at
Chelsea, in 2013-14, the only occasions he has ended a completed
campaign empty-handed.
Victory over Chelsea next month
would yield the fourth trophy of his
two-year reign as United manager,
following last season’s Europa
League, League Cup and Community Shield successes, but Mourinho is already anticipating a
backlash if he falls short.
“When I don’t win, you kill me,”
Mourinho said. “Because I almost
do that all the time, when I don’t do
it, you kill me, which you are ready
to do if I don’t win the final.”
As much as there is a clear desire
at the club to finish the job and secure a second FA Cup in three seasons, it was also evident in the
aftermath of their win that
Mourinho and his squad are
determined to achieve
greater consistency in the
Premier League and
avoid some of the
sharp fluctuations
that have proven
costly.
Hard work: Goalscorer
Alexis Sanchez said he
has more to offer
Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez has embodied
some of those but it will have been a
source of considerable
encouragement
for
Mourinho to see his
January signing put behind him his struggles in
the dismal 1-0 defeat
by West Bromwich
Albion the previous weekend to
head home Paul
Pogba’s cross and
kick-start United’s fightback.
This was more in
keeping
with
Sanchez’s showing in the dramatic
3-2 derby win over
Manchester
City,
when he claimed
three assists, but
the Chile striker believes there is
still a lot of work for him to do to assimilate fully at United.
“The reality is it has been very,
very difficult for me,” he said. “I
arrived at a big club and I changed
everything from before. I demand a
lot from myself every match, every
day. This gives me confidence. I
hope to demonstrate more.
“Jose is a manager that has won
everything and when we don’t win,
when we don’t play well, he gets
very angry, but you need to be
demanding like that to be successful. It has been a very difficult
change for me, the coach told me he
doesn’t like to sign players in January and that it would take me time
to become accustomed to the new
players. I hope we win the FA Cup,
and next season we have to try to
win everything.”
United have demonstrated the
fortitude to come from behind to
beat Chelsea, Manchester City and
now Spurs in the past two months
but also lost against struggling
Newcastle and West Brom in that
time, and Mourinho wants greater
consistency.
“We should have probably eight,
nine, 10 more points than we have,”
he said. “I think we could have finished this season with 88, 89, 90
points but not acceptable the last
defeat [against West Brom], not
acceptable the performance at
Huddersfield [a 2-1 defeat in October], not acceptable the performance at Newcastle.
“Can we improve next season?
Let’s try. But if Manchester City are
going to invest on top of the team
they have, it will be difficult for all
of us.”
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Mendy back
as sublime
City step up
record chase
James Ducker
TBALL
NORTHERN FOOTBALL
T
CORRESPONDENT
dium
at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City
Silva 12, Sterling 16, De Bruyne 54,
B Silva 64, Jesus 88
Swansea City
5
0
Att: 54,387
It was not just the sight of Manchester City running up another avalanche of goals, or Kevin De Bruyne
scoring a screamer to reinforce the
view in these parts that he has been
the Premier League’s outstanding
performer in everything but name,
that will have disheartened the
champions’ nearest rivals.
With 15 minutes still to go in the
latest exhilarating demonstration
of show-stopping football that had
swept Pep Guardiola’s side to the title with five games to go, Benjamin
Mendy made his comeback almost
seven months to the day since rupturing his cruciate ligament.
A season in which Manchester
City still threaten to break all manner of records has been played
largely without the most expensive
full-back in the game and that
knowledge will serve as a chilling
reminder to the rest of the challenge they will face trying to rein in
this team next season. Even before
they spend heavily again this summer, the champions are already
likely to be stronger thanks to the
return of £52 million man Mendy.
As for the here and now, City
need just two wins from their final
four league games to break Chelsea’s record Premier League points
haul of 95 and are still on target to
become the first to reach the magical 100-point barrier. They are also
just three goals short of a league
century and need only six more to
eclipse the record 103 goals Chelsea
Guardiola
defends
‘happy’ fans
after pitch
invasion
scored in 2009-10. On this evidence, that could yet be an afternoon’s work against West Ham
United on Sunday.
By the end of an intoxicating afternoon when Swansea City became a virtual punchbag and
Guardiola’s men the first Premier
League side to attempt over 1,000
passes in a single game, the Manchester City supporters could not
contain themselves any longer.
Flooding the field at the final
whistle, they mobbed their triumphant players – Mendy and team
captain Vincent Kompany most notably – before setting up camp in
front of the tunnel, lusty chants filling the air and drowning out halfhearted calls for the spectators to
vacate the pitch.
Swansea’s top-flight status was
not going to be determined by what
happened here but within 16 minutes it had become a case of damage
limitation, their manager Carlos
Carvalhal simply left hoping the
goals against column did not become too bruising.
There was much to savour from a
Manchester City perspective, from
two fine team goals within a fourminute first-half burst to Mendy’s
return and a captivating cameo
from Stockport teenager Phil
Foden, but De Bruyne deserved a
special mention.
His pass with the outside of his
right boot to play in Raheem Sterling, who squared for David Silva to
score and, in doing so, become the
sixth Manchester City player to
reach double figures for goals this
term, was sublime. But his stupendous strike for his team’s third goal
– spotting a clearing and launching
a 30-yard drive into the far corner
– was jaw-dropping. De Bruyne
may have been beaten to the Professional Footballers’ Association
Player of the Year award by Liverpool’s Mo Salah last night but in
Guardiola’s eyes there was no one
more deserving of the accolade
By James Ducker
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the
Etihad Stadium pitch at the final
whistle, but insisted he would have
“no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club.
Thousands flooded the field after
the 5-0 victory over Swansea City
and mobbed an elated captain
Vincent Kompany and full-back
Benjamin Mendy, who happily
celebrated with supporters, while
at least one blue flare was set off. It
was City’s first home game since
Touches of genius Champions produce another passing masterclass
than his midfield marvel. “From my
point of view when you are analysing [the last] nine or 10 months,
there was no player better than
him, in terms of continuity, in terms
of being there every three days of
being crowned Premier League
champions the previous weekend,
but the club will face the threat of
disciplinary action.
Wigan Athletic were charged last
month after fans invaded the pitch
at the end of the League One club’s
FA Cup victory against City at the
DW Stadium in February. The FA
has already written to City to
explain why flares were thrown
during this month’s derby defeat by
Manchester United at the Etihad.
Guardiola said he would have
“no problem” if the FA decided to
charge City, but launched an
impassioned defence of supporters
all competitions,” the City manager
said. “I am sorry. Maybe in numbers
there are guys better than him, but
no [there is no better] player in this
season. For me he was the best. I
would like to feel that he [De
Bruyne] deserves it but, in the summer time, he will be at home, being
a champion.”
Swansea were on the back foot
from the start and got increasingly
dazed and confused on their oppo-
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‘Diving’ critics are just jumping
on the bandwagon, claims Zaha
Watford
Crystal Palace
0
0
Att: 20,401
By Ben Findon at Vicarage Road
Wilfried Zaha has accused his critics of “jumping on the bandwagon”
amid persistent allegations of
diving after two more penalty-area
tumbles poured petrol on the fire of
ffair between
a hotly contested affair
two sides pulling clear of
relegation.
rd fell
The Palace forward
under pressure from Christian Kabasele in the first
rst
half, leading to an irate
e
confrontation
with
Abdoulaye Doucoure.
There was no penalty and no booking
from Chris Kavanagh
that time, but when
Disbelief: Wilfried
Zaha reacts to his
yellow card for
simulation
against Watford
Zaha hit the deck following Adrian
Mariappa’s challenge on the hour
mark, the referee not only waved
away appeals for a spot-kick but issued a yellow card for simulation.
Zaha appeared particularly hard
done by over the Mariappa incident, but this was the second successive season he has been booked
for diving at Vicarage Road. He has
also won three penalties in eight
matches against Watford.
All that came on top of a rumbustious encounter in which Watford
dominated the first half before the
fough back impressively.
visitors fought
“It was a pretty clear penalty
decision but we didn’t deserve
more than a point,” said Palace
mana
manager
Roy Hodgson.
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Goal machine:
achine:
Raheem
m Sterling
was one
e of five
City players
yers to
find the net
against Swansea
while Ilkay
kay
Gundogan
an (right)
was their
ir best
first-halff passer
Overjoyed:
Passions ran high
as Manchester
City supporters
spilled on to the
pitch to celebrate
with the players
nents’ pas
passing carousel.
Like the first goal, the
second o
owed much to
the visi
vision and weight
of pass of a special
midfiel
midfielder. Silva has
not been
bee far behind
De Bruy
Bruyne as his team’s
outstand
outstanding player this
season and his disguised pass to slip in
Fabian Delph for the
Engla
England defender to
squar
square for Sterling
to c
claim his 23rd
goa
goal of the campa
paign was arrestin
ing.
In the 44th
minute, Alfie
Mawson managed a speculative shot on
target for the visitors, but that was
as good as it got for them. Once De
Bruyne added a sumptuous third, it
was merely a question of how many
Manchester City would score. Gabriel Jesus should have netted with
a header after Foden weaved past
three bodies and plonked a pinpoint cross on the Brazilian’s head.
Jesus had already missed a penalty by then. Federico Fernandez
scythed through Sterling to concede the spot kick but Jesus’s
blushes were spared when Bernardo Silva tucked in the rebound.
Indeed, it did not look like being
Jesus’s afternoon but then Yaya
Toure floated a fine pass over Swansea’s ramshackle defence and this
time the striker made no mistake
with a smartly controlled header.
No wonder the locals could not
control themselves at the end.
and joked that his main concern
was the threat of the grass being
damaged.
“Football is an emotional game,”
the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When
they feel they want to share that,
they are happy, it is better they stay
where they should stay, but I’m not
going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If
they are happy, I like to be close
with the team, too.
“They show how happy they are
and that is the most beautiful thing
as professionals, as a manager and
as football players. We felt that
today. The fans here were so happy.
“Just arriving on the bus the way
people look at us and celebrated in
the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good.
It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not
going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it.
I’m not going to tell them that.”
Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the
World Cup finals with England.
The centre-half has been
sidelined for the past month with
an adductor problem, but Guardiola
has not ruled out his return before
the end of the season.
“He is getting better so hopefully
he can play the last games [for us]
and reach the World Cup.”
T E L E G R A P H T O TA L FO O T B A L L P O D C A S T
HERO OF THE WEEK
THOM
GIBBS
When even the
Madrid press is
begging you to stay,
you know you’ve
done something
right. “Iniesta, don’t
go!” was the
headline on the front
of AS yesterday, and
after the Barcelona
captain’s
performance in the
Copa del Rey final it
was not hard to
agree. Andres scored
a rare goal in jhis
side’s 5-0 victory
over Sevilla, which
secured Barca’s third
successive victory in
the final of Spain’s
major domestic cup
competition.
He bossed the
game from midfield
as he has done
countless times in
his ridiculously
successful career in
Catalonia – this was
his 34th trophy with
an all-but-secured
La Liga still to be
added. This is widely
expected to be his
last season with the
club, so this
man-of-the-match
performance will be
his last appearance
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in a final. When
Iniesta was
substituted in the
88th minute it was
to cheers and
applause from both
sets of fans, who also
sung his name.
Barcelona coach
Ernesto Valverde
said: “When I was a
player, I’d have given
my arm for some of
the touches he can
do.”
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Championship
looms closer
as Stoke pay
for Diouf miss
Stoke City
Ndiaye 11
Burnley
Barnes 62
1
1
Att: 29,532
By John Percy at bet365 Stadium
To paraphrase Rowan Atkinson’s
Blackadder character, Stoke City
are in a stickier situation than when
Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on
a sticky bun.
This was billed as a game Stoke
had to win, but Paul Lambert’s survival mission appears increasingly
forlorn after an 11th Premier League
game without a victory.
They were spirited and resilient,
taking the lead through Badou Ndiaye, yet ultimately lacked the
attacking threat to drag them closer
to safety, epitomised by the travails
of Mame Diouf up front.
Diouf, and perhaps Stoke, never
recovered from a dreadful miss late
in the first half.
Ashley Barnes’s equaliser, his
sixth goal in eight games, will maintain dreams of European excursions for Burnley next season,
while Stoke must fear a one-way
ticket to the Championship. Lambert’s team are four points adrift
with three games left, one of which
is at Champions League semi-finalists Liverpool on Saturday.
Lambert said: “Until somebody
tells us that mathematically we
can’t do it, then we never give up
and that’s important for the club. As
a team and as supporters we never
give in. We have to go and win at
Liverpool, it’s as simple as that.
“Scoring goals has been an issue
and the conceding-goals column
doesn’t make great reading either.
When you have those two at either
end it makes things difficult.”
This was undoubtedly a “mustwin”, and Stoke were ahead in the
11th minute thanks to a wonderfully
worked goal from Ndiaye.
After Joe Allen’s cross was only
half-cleared, the £15 million January signing from Galatasaray was
given the ball outside the penalty
area by Diouf and turned to strike a
fine shot into the bottom corner. It
was only their 32nd goal in the Premier League this season, a damning
statistic and a clear reason why they
are in the bottom three.
Ndiaye and his midfield partner
Allen were outstanding, pressing
like a pair of possessed tigers.
Stoke were in the ascendancy,
Diouf heading straight at Nick Pope
from six yards.
Pope is now challenging Jack
Butland for a place at this summer’s
World Cup and the Stoke goalkeeper produced the best save of
the first half, diving to his right to
push away Johann Gudmundsson’s
22-yard free-kick.
Stoke should have added a second goal three minutes before halftime but the unmarked Diouf, not
renowned for his strike rate, somehow failed to connect with Moritz
Bauer’s cross. It felt like a crucial
moment, and so it proved.
Burnley were a vastly improved
team after the restart, with Butland
tipping over a Jack Cork header in
the 54th minute, and then saving
brilliantly from James Tarkowski
30 seconds later.
An equaliser had a whiff of inevitability about it and finally came in
the 64th minute, despite some
more Butland heroics.
Tarkowski was denied again at
close range by the Stoke goalkeeper
but Barnes was alert to force home
Relegation fight
The run-in to
avoid the drop
Brighton & Hove Albion
P34
GD -15
Pts 36
April 28 Burnley (A)
May 4 Man Utd (H)
May 9 Man City (A)
May 13 Liverpool (A)
Crystal Palace
P35
GD -18
Pts 35
April 28 Leicester (H)
May 5 Stoke (A)
May 13 West Brom (H)
West Ham
P34
GD -21
Pts 35
April 29 Man City (H)
May 5 Leicester (A)
May 10 Man Utd (H)
May 13 Everton (H)
Huddersfield Town
P34
GD -27
Pts 35
April 28 Everton (H)
May 6 Man City (A)
May 9 Chelsea (A)
May 13 Arsenal (H)
Swansea City
P34
GD -24
Pts 33
April 28 Chelsea (H)
May 5 Bournemouth (A)
May 8 Southampton (H)
May 13 Stoke City (H)
Southampton
P34
GD -20
Pts 29
April 28 Bournemouth (H)
May 5 Everton (A)
May 8 Swansea (A)
May 13 Man City (H)
Stoke
P35
April 28
May 5
May 13
West Bromwich Albion
P35
GD -25
Pts 25
April 28 Newcastle (A)
May 5 Tottenham (H)
May 13 C Palace (A)
Level terms: Burnley No 10
Ashley Barnes takes centre
stage after equalising
the loose ball with his knee. Stoke
did almost steal it at the end, when
substitute Stephen Ireland struck a
post, yet it was Burnley who finished the stronger with Butland
frustrating Gudmundsson again.
Gudmundsson also came close in
Allardyce seeks backing with
Brands on the way to Everton
By Chris Bascombe
Everton’s summer overhaul has
gathered pace with PSV Eindhoven
sporting director Marcel Brands
confirming he is preparing to join
the club.
The Dutchman will oversee
changes in “football operations”.
Manager Sam Allardyce and director of football Steve Walsh are seeking clarity on their futures, and
Brands is believed to be targeting
PSV’s Mexican winger Hirving
Lozano and Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech.
Brands said the first contact with
Everton came in 2016. “I have said
‘no’ to beautiful clubs in Germany
and I am with the best club in the
Netherlands. Saying goodbye to the
people at this club will be the hardest thing for me,” he added.
Once in place at Everton, he is
likely to oversee fundamental
changes, although Allardyce has
not given up on winning the support of the fans as he offered another defence of his reign by
arguing he inherited “chaos”.
Allardyce faces the Gwladys
Street for the first time since the
GD -33
Pts 29
Liverpool (A)
C Palace (H)
Swansea (A)
New man: PSV
Eindhoven
sporting director
Marcel Brands is
bound for Everton
club encouraged fans to rate the
manager’s period in charge. “You
win fans over by winning football
matches and winning them in
style,” said Allardyce, ahead of tonight’s visit of Newcastle. “You can
only do what you do and work as
hard as you possibly can with the
injury time with a shot from outside
the area.
Burnley remain seventh, nine
points clear of Leicester, and are
unlikely to be facing Stoke in the
league at this level next season.
Manager Sean Dyche said: “Their
squad and the players you have got
to deliver what you can. That has
been a difficult challenge.”
Allardyce feels he deserves more
credit for ending any relegation
fears. “We have managed to overcome the chaos,” he said. “Even
David Unsworth said he could not
wait for the new manager to be appointed. He was in for eight games
and he was saying before the West
Ham game, ‘get me out of this position, get a new manager appointed
because I am struggling to cope and
these players have got no confidence’. That is where I came from.”
Although Unsworth oversaw the
final victory of his caretaker reign,
Allardyce says that was due to his
arrival. “I came in for West Ham
and spoke to the players,” he said.
“It helped have a positive effect.
David does the last game and he
gets the win. Where we have gone
from there, I consider it my contri-
goalkeeper was arguably the man
of the match. We’re not concerned
about who can catch us, we have to
rely on ourselves. We will take
nothing for granted, we will do everything in the summer to keep
moving the club forward.”
Game zone
Everton
Newcastle
Today: 8pm
TV: Sky Sports Premier League
bution, which is 30 points from 21
games, rather than 13 games, 12
points. I had a contribution to play
in the victory over West Ham that
day. I spoke to the players before
the game. The players reacted. I’m
not saying they reacted to what I
said but they certainly reacted to a
new manager on the door.
“When a new manager comes in,
even if he hasn’t taken a coaching
session, the players go out and
respond to it. They think, ‘I have
got to prove that I deserve my place
in the side’. That contributed to
what was a great victory.”
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Sunderland players did not realise they were down
CHAMPIONSHIP
Ups and downs
Squad only told news
in the dressing room
‘It’s a brutal experience,’
admits Coleman
League One
Wigan go back up a year after
relegation. Blackburn will follow
them if they beat Doncaster
tomorrow.
League Two
Luton have followed Accrington
up, returning to the third tier for
the first time since 2007-08.
Stanley can win the title with a
point at Newport tomorrow.
Chesterfield were two minutes
from going down but were
granted a lifeline by Crewe’s late
winner at Morecambe.
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It seemed entirely in keeping with
Sunderland’s shambolic season
that their players did not realise
they had been relegated from the
Championship until they returned
to the dressing room after losing
2-1 to fellow strugglers Burton
Albion on Saturday.
It was only when it was
explained that Burton’s fixture
with Bolton next weekend meant
one of the teams will reach 41
points, one more than the most
Sunderland can muster, that the
players realised the club would be
playing in English football’s third
tier for the first time in 30 years.
“Yes [they didn’t know], word
spread when they got back in the
dressing room,” said manager Chris
Coleman.
“Everyone got a bit confused. It
was after I left the dressing room,
towards the end of what I said. But
we didn’t have what was needed.
It’s a brutal experience but, over 44
games, we haven’t been good
enough.”
Sunderland are only the fifth
team ever to suffer consecutive
relegations from the top tier to the
third after a season in which they
won only six times. Their leading
scorer, Lewis Grabban, asked for
his loan at the club to be cancelled
Championship
Sunderland relegated to the
third tier for the first time since
1987-88. Wolves are champions.
National League
Macclesfield return to Football
League after six years away after
beating Eastleigh 2-0.
Going down: Paddy McNair reflects on missing a chance during the 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion that relegated Sunderland
in January and is now at Aston Villa
and of the 35 players used this
season, more than half (18) either
were not with the club last season
or did not make a first-team
appearance.
A matter of hours after Coleman
apologised to fans and described
the “brutal experience” of going
down, a formal statement arrived
on behalf of the club itself.
Neither owner Ellis Short,
whose future remains shrouded in
doubt, nor chief executive Martin
City hold Lyon and look
to history for inspiration
WO M E N ’ S F O O T B A L L
Manchester City Women
Lyon Feminines
Short, were mentioned by name
and the message directly
referenced a lack of clarity about
the future running of the
organisation.
It read: “Confirmation of
relegation has been the
culmination of what has been a
demoralising season for everyone.
“Whilst naturally we feel
devastated, there remains a
burning desire from within to
rebuild and reinvigorate the club.
We are in a period of uncertainty in
Chelsea humbled after
wasting early advantage
Chelsea Ladies
Ji 2
0
0
Manchester City will be hoping history repeats itself after holding
Lyon to a goalless draw in the first
leg of their Women’s Champions
League semi-final yesterday.
The two sides met at the same
stage of the competition last season, when City won the second leg
1-0 in Lyon although they went out
3-2 on aggregate.
A second-leg repeat next Sunday
would see Nick Cushing’s side into
the final after a superb performance
from City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley made sure of a stalemate at the
Academy Stadium – the first time
the French side have failed to win
in 28 matches this season.
Bardsley, who was one of three
changes, fully justified her selection with a faultless display culminating in a superb last-minute save
from Amandine Henry.
relation to the club’s future
ownership and the resolution of
this will be the driving factor in
how we move forward.”
The mood could not have been
more different at Wolverhampton
Wanderers who secured the title
after routing relegation-threatened
Bolton Wanderers 4-0. “The
trophy is not for the players, it is
for the club, the city and the fans. It
will be a special moment. I am
proud because we never had
doubts,” said Wolves head coach
VFL Wolfsburg
Gunnardsottir 17, Mjelde 42og, Dickenmann 66
1
3
Att: 3,329
No way through: Manchester City’s
Melissa Lawley is tackled yesterday
City’s clearest chance came in
the 22nd minute when Melissa
Lawley’s shot was tipped over. “We
had to make it hard for them. I think
we did that,” said City’s Steph
Houghton.
Manchester City: Bardsley, Stokes, Beattie, Houghton,
McManus, Walsh, Christiansen, Scott, Lawley (Emslie
88), Parris, Stanway.
Lyon: Bouhaddi, Bronze, Mbock, Renard, Bacha, Van de
Sanden (Hamraoui 46), Henry, Marozsan (Abily 83), Majri
(Cascarino 68), Hegerberg, Le Sommer.
Chelsea face a huge task to reach
the Women’s Champions League
final after Wolfsburg came from
behind to take a significant first-leg
advantage.
After Ji So-yun shot across the
keeper to give Chelsea a secondminute lead with the first meaningful attack at Kingsmeadow, the
German champions fought back
impressively, leaving Emma Hayes’
side knowing they must score at
least three times in the second leg
on Sunday to stand any chance of
progressing.
The Iceland captain Sara Bjork
Gunnarsdottir equalised for Wolfsburg before Maren Mjelde flicked
in an own goal to give the visitors
the advantage at the interval.
Wolfsburg, who lifted the trophy
in 2013 and 2014, went further
Suffering: Chelsea manager Emma
Hayes finds it too painful to watch
ahead on 66 minutes when Lara
Dickenmann volleyed the third.
This is the first season two English clubs have reached the semi-finals. Arsenal were the last English
team to reach the final in 2007.
Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Flaherty (Rafferty 75),
Blundell, Chapman, Ji, Eriksson, Spence (Aluko 68),
Cuthbert (Davison 84), Kirby.
Wolfsburg: Schult, Fischer, Gunnarsdottir, Blasse
(Kerschowski 62), Popp, Maritz, Pajor, Dickenmann,
Harder, Hansen (Jakabfi 77), Goessling.
Nuno Espirito Santo. Cardiff City,
who beat Nottingham Forest 2-1,
will secure the second automatic
promotion spot if they win two of
their three remaining games,
If they slip up, Fulham could
still pip them while Brentford,
who beat Queens Park Rangers
2-1, look to have the best chance of
muscling out either Millwall and
Middlesbrough from the playoff
spots. Aston Villa, who won 4-0 at
Ipswich, have already secured
their place.
Honour Bronze shortlisted
England and Lyon full-back Lucy
Bronze has been rewarded for an
excellent season by making the
shortlist for the BBC women’s
footballer of the year.
Bronze, who left Manchester
City to join the French club last
summer, is nominated alongside
Denmark’s Pernille Harder, Sam
Kerr, of Australia, Germany’s
Dzsenifer Marozsan and the
Dutchwoman Lieke Martens.
The recognition for Bronze
comes in the month after she
became the first Englishwoman
to be picked in the Fifa world XI.
“It’s a huge honour to be
nominated,” Bronze said. “I’ve
always looked at the list the past
couple of years and it’s
international players who’ve
been successful for their country
as well as their clubs.
“It’s a very small group that
have ever been nominated so it
feels more special in that
respect.”
The public can vote online for
free on the BBC website, with the
poll closing on the morning of
May 8. The winner will be
announced on Tuesday, May 22.
Bronze’s club-mate Ada
Hegerberg, the Norwegian
striker, won last year.
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Total Football
How Salah has become
main symbol of hope for
Egypt’s rising generation
Liverpool striker is an inspiration to the young in a country still scarred
by 2011 revolution, write Chris Bascombe and Magdy Samaan in Cairo
No need to
panic over
defensive
lapses, says
Van Dijk
Early promise:
Mohamed Salah
(circled) with the
El Mokawloon
youth team for
whom he scored
60 goals in two
seasons
‘Salah
has
dreams
with no
limits,
and we
are with
him’
January 2011. “The Egyptian
people look up to Salah as the
model of success they can’t achieve
in their country,” says Mohamed
Mokhtar, 34, a sales manager. “We
have gone through a hard time
after the revolution. There was a
feeling of defeat. Salah proved to
the people that you could succeed
despite the hardships. Nobody has
reached this success before.”
Mahmoud Gaber, 31, adds: “The
people felt that if you have a
dream, you could fight to achieve
it. We are in a country bleeding for
anyone to succeed. When we find
someone successful, we become
excited for him.”
Children in Cairo wear Liverpool
colours bearing Salah’s name – the
club has noted the upturn in web
hits from the region, with over
500,000 more Arabic Facebook
fans since Salah signed in July 2017
– but this is ostensibly support for a
player rather than the club.
“Salah has become the idol of the
people. A lot follow football
because of him, even those who
were not much interested, such as
girls,” says Mohamed Ali Abdel
Chris Bascombe
mbe
at the Hawthorns
rns
West Bromwich Albion
Livermore 79, Rondon 88
Liverpool
Ings 4, Salah 72
2
2
Att: 24,520
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko
skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with added relish today, it is
a fair assumption he has reviewed
the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s
defensive performance here.
Fattah, 36. Mohamed Abdel
Ghafour, 20, echoes the fluctuating
loyalties of African supporters. “I
started to follow the Premier
League more since Salah moved
there. I used to support Man City
but, when Salah went to Liverpool,
I moved to support Liverpool,” he
said. “He has raised the ceiling of
ambition among the young people.
He raised the ceiling of my
ambition. He made me believe that
one can achieve anything if he
worked hard and had selfconfidence.”
Salah was first noticed by El
Mokawloon, widely known as Arab
Contractors, as a 10-year-old while
playing in the Nile Delta with
Othmasoon. He came to attention
in a youth competition organised
by Pepsi – a brand with which he
retains a lucrative sponsorship.
El Mokawloon’s head of youth,
Captain Rieu, took Salah to Cairo at
12 where he lived in a hotel and
studied within the club’s premises
for eight years, occupying a room
overlooking the training ground
until his sale to Basel in 2012.
“What made the difference for
Jake Livermore and Salomon
Rondon may have authored Roma’s
set-piece strategy as much as enacted that of caretaker manager
Darren Moore.
The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent
flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign,
but so rare recently it appeared to
be on the point of extinction since
Virgil van Dijk’s arrival.
Defensive lapses against West
Bromwich Albion were surprising
but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks
would be taken into the Champions
League semi-finals.
This is a Liverpool team with
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E
very time Mohamed
Salah scores, a roar
booms around the
streets and a city is
consumed by
unrestrained
appreciation. This is not Anfield.
This is not Liverpool. This is
match-day in Cairo, and it is a
scene replicated across Egypt at
least 41 times this season.
In Bain El Sarayat in Giza, a
predominantly student area of
Egypt’s capital, murals of Salah
adorn the walls. The students
congregate at cafes, such as
Bondouk, a short distance from
Cairo University, anticipating
Salah’s weekly goal dispatch.
YouTube channels set up by
Egyptian fans dedicated to the
Liverpool forward are instantly
updated. Social media trending is
determined by his latest
exceptional deed.
“Salah is a role model for young
people. The good thing about him
is that he started from the bottom
and worked hard to succeed,” says
Islam Helmy, 20. “He comes from a
village, and I’m from a village, too.
I love him so much. I made my
haircut and my beard just like him.
“One of the happiest moments in
my life was when he scored the
penalty in Congo [which qualified
Egypt to the World Cup]. I was
sitting in the stadium right behind
the goal. It was hysterical
cheering.”
To the Egyptian people, Salah is
more than a talented footballer. He
is a symbol of hope for a generation
healing the scars of social change,
and the nature of his journey
matters as much as his success.
Salah emerged during a
turbulent period in Egypt, honing
his talent while young protesters
took to the streets to force the
overthrow of President Mubarak in
Salah is that he has lived
professionally since he was a
child,” says Hamdy Nouh, Salah’s El
Mokawloon youth coach. “The first
time I saw him, he was very fast
and played with his left leg. I told
him, ‘I don’t want you in defence. I
will instruct the players to send
you the ball so you can build a
counter-attack using your speed’.
“I also told him he would be a
better player if he trained with his
right leg. He listened to me.”
The prolific goalscoring of this
nine clean sheets in the 16 games
since their last calamitous meeting
with West Brom in the FA Cup.
Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it
wiser to see it as a “blip” rather than
revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool reacquainting
with
defensive
feebleness is misplaced.
“I don’t worry at all,” said Van
Dijk. “There is no need to stress.
There is no reason to panic. They
are fighting for their lives so in the
end they are very direct, balls into
the channel, work hard, trying to
get fouls and free-kicks – and we
didn’t deal with that how we should.
“Everyone gets upset. No one
High profile: A
huge image of
Mohamed Salah
on a mural at a
Cairo cafe
Not enough: Danny Ings celebrates his
goal but Liverpool could only draw
The Daily Telegraph Monday 23 April 2018
**
15
Total Football
Striker ‘honoured’
to be named PFA
Player of the Year
Scoring exploits push
De Bruyne into second
City winger Sane takes
best young player prize
By Chris Bascombe
season may surprise former clubs
Roma, Fiorentina, Chelsea and
Basel, but it was evident as a
teenager. “In two seasons, Salah
scored 60 goals for the under-15 and
under-14 team,” added Nouh. “He
was always listening and smiling
more than talking, always avoiding
trouble and focusing on training,”
another of Salah’s El Mokawloon
coaches, Mohamed Abdel Aziz –
known at the club as Zizo – said.
“When other players were talking
about their ambitious to move to
Ahly or Zamalek [the top Egyptian
football clubs] Salah and Mohamed
Elneny [now at Arsenal] used to say,
‘Our ambition is Europe’.
“Not only junior players in the
club look up to Salah as a role
model, but all young people in
Egypt, those who do not even play
football. They want to be like Salah
in commitment, hard work and
morality.”
Whatever passions await Roma
when they face the Kop tomorrow,
it will be echoed 2,000 miles away.
“Salah has reached a place where
no other Egyptian player has been,”
says Mohamed Ahmed Fat’hy, 22, a
student at Cairo University’s
faculty of commerce.
“I do not advise him to leave
Liverpool. He is now Liverpool’s
superstar, and the team needs him.
He needs to stay two or three more
seasons to complete the
experiment. Salah has dreams with
no limits. He already achieved
many but is still looking for more,
and we are with him.”
wants to concede at the last, or even
concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to
be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone
was. We need to do better.
“You have to tell each other the
truth, you cannot be nice and happy
when we want to achieve so much
as a team and as a club. A draw here
is not good enough.
“We need to keep doing what we
did in the last games, recover and
focus on Roma now.
“We need to switch on again and
do the same things that we always
did. I think we should be fine. It is a
massive opportunity to get a good
result on Tuesday.”
Such were the mitigating factors,
the main one being a back four that
had never previously been assembled, there was annoyance rather
than concern as goals by Danny
Ings and Mohamed Salah failed to
yield the three points that would
have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for topfour confirmation.
Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing.
Stuart Attwell was evidently not so
charmed as everyone else by Ings
ending a three-year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by
Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called
“wasted points”, but Liverpool
were plodding rather than dynamic
and Klopp’s biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who
host the Merseysiders at Stamford
Bridge for the penultimate game.
Prolonged European involvement
has cost Liverpool four points from
recent games at Everton and West
Champions League
Semi-finals, first leg
Tomorrow
Liverpool v Roma (7.45)
Wednesday
B Munich v Real Madrid (7.45)
Mohamed Salah’s extraordinary debut season at Liverpool has been
recognised with the Professional
Footballers’ Association Player of
the Year award.
Salah received the accolade from
his peers ahead of Manchester
City’s Kevin De Bruyne, a fitting reward for a campaign in which he
has matched the feats of Liverpool’s
goalscoring legends.
The Egyptian is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score
40 goals in a season, and has also
matched Luis Suarez’s record of 31
Premier League goals in a campaign. He may yet break Rush’s goal
record of 47 in a season. He currently has 41 goals in just 46 appearance in all competitions.
“It’s a big honour. I’ve worked
hard and I’m very happy to win it,”
Salah said at the ceremony last
night. Asked what it meant to become the first Egyptian to win the
award, he said: “Hopefully, I’m not
the last one. I’m very proud to win.”
Since his £39 million move from
Roma, Salah has been a major influence in Jurgen Klopp’s side reaching the semi-finals of the Champions
League, terrorising Premier League
and European defences with his
pace and exquisite finishing.
Not only did he fend off the challenge of De Bruyne, but also fellow
shortlisted nominees David Silva,
David de Gea and Harry Kane.
Salah said his ambitions for this
season were far from over. “To
break the Premier League record is
something huge in England and all
over in the world,” he said. “There
are still three games to go. I want to
break this record and also break the
one for a 42-game season.”
Salah attended yesterday’s award
ceremony with Liverpool captain
Jordan Henderson, a request the
Egyptian made as he wanted to
share the honour with his teammates. Manager Klopp did not atBrom. Ensuring standards are not
compromised when competing in
multiple competitions is the next
stage of Liverpool’s evolution.
West Brom must ask themselves
why this point did not mean more.
How can a side win at Old Trafford
and go unbeaten in three games
against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League?
It is rather like completing four
London marathons and then tripping up every time you try to finish
400 metres.
“Everyone around me at the club
is giving everything,” insisted Hawthorns caretaker Moore. “To get
what we did from the game, it is a
collective effort and that’s why I
tend because he is preparing for
tomorrow’s Champions League
semi-final first leg with Salah’s former club, Roma, but he asked the
senior members of his scouting and
recruitment team to accompany
Salah as he collected the honour.
Sporting director Michael Edwards, chief scout Barry Hunter,
head of scouting Dave Fallows and
Liverpool’s Italian scout Paul Goldrick joined Salah at the Grosvenor
House Hotel – Klopp delegating the
credit for identifying the winger as
the ideal addition to his squad last
summer. Salah and Henderson remained in London last night prior
to joining their team-mates for
training this evening as preparations begin for Roma’s visit. Liverpool’s newest superstar is also a
Red carpet: Mohamed Salah (right)
and Jordan Henderson arrive last night
contender for the Football Writers’
award, announced on May 1.
Manchester City will be disappointed De Bruyne missed out, but
consoled Leroy Sane was named
the PFA Young Player of the Year.
German winger Sane, one of the
most exciting young talents in Europe, has been consistently brilliant in assisting City’s title success.
Chelsea Ladies forward Fran
Kirby won the women’s Player of
the Year award, while Lauren
Hemp, of Bristol City, secured the
young player prize. The PFA’s Merit
Award went posthumously to Cyrille Regis, the former West Bromwich Albion forward who died aged
59 in January. This was recognition
of his role in changing attitudes towards black footballers.
keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that’s what
we need to the end of the season.”
Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort
on display here and at Manchester
United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together
for a final survival push suggests
such application was unforgivably
lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan
Pardew were around.
It is too late for West Brom to
help themselves, but if Roma score
from a few corners over the next
two weeks they may yet receive a
message of appreciation from their
manager, Eusebio Di Francesco.
16
Monday 23 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Total Football
Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
Watford
6
Karnezis
6
6
6
6
Mariappa ■ Cathcart ■ Kabasele
Holebas
5
5
6
Hughes
Capoue
Doucoure ■
6
6
Deeney
Okaka
5
5
Zaha ■
Townsend
6
Pereyra
6
6
Loftus-Cheek ■
Cabaye
McArthur
6
7
4
Van Aanholt ■★Sakho★ Tomkins ■
Ward ■
4
Shots on target
1
10
Shots off target
5
4
Corners
3
16
Fouls committed
11
0
Offsides
1
52
Possession%
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Attendance 24,520
West Brom
6
5
5
5
Nyom
Dawson
Hegazi
Gibbs
6
5
4
Livermore
Brunt
McClean
7
6
6
★Rondon★ Rodriguez
6
7
7
Mane
Ings
Salah
6
6
7
Wijnaldum Henderson
Moreno ■
Klavan
van Dijk
Gomez
5
7
6
Shawcross Martins Indi Pieters ■
6
8
8
6
Shaqiri
Allen
Ndiaye ■
Bauer
6
Barnes ■
Wood
Gudmundsson Cork
5
Westwood
Lennon
6
7
7
7
Ward
Tarkowski
Long
Lowton
8
7
Jones
Young ■
7
7
7
Herrera ■
Matic
Pogba
6
Lingard
5
5
Davies
Eriksen
Alli ■
Dembele
5
8
7
Son ■
7
34 14
35 7
2
4
2 49 20
6 15 15
3
7
4
7
8 Leicester
9 Everton
34
34
6
9
6
3
5 22 19
5 26 21
5
2
5
6
10 Newcastle
33
11 Bournemouth 35
7
6
4
5
6 18 16
7 25 30
4
3
4
6
12 Watford
13 Brighton
14 Crystal Pal
35
34
35
6
6
5
6
8
5
6 25 30
4 23 25
7 22 27
4
2
3
15 West Ham
16 Huddersfield
34
34
6
6
5
5
5 20 21
6 16 22
2
3
17 Swansea
34
6
3
7 16 20
2
18 Southampton 34
19 Stoke
35
3
5
7
5
7 18 24
8 19 28
2
1
35
2
9
7 20 29
2
20 West Brom
6
5
Arsenal
7
Mustafi ■ Koscielny
Bellerin
6
7
Elneny
Xhaka ■
Monreal
6
8
6
Iwobi
★Ramsey★
Welbeck
7
Lacazette
7
5
Arnautovic ■
Mario
11
Fouls committed
5
6
6
5
6
1
Offsides
2
Cresswell
Ogbonna
Rice
Zabaleta ■
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Hart
61
23
6
4
3
Coleman
Jagielka
Keane
Baines
2
17
Schneiderlin
Gueye
11
10
7
Walcott
Rooney
Bolasie
14
7
5
Shots off target
9
3
Corners
8
Gayle
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
17
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Perez
15
10
8
11
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Kenedy
Diame
Shelvey
Ritchie
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
3
20
6
22
Dummett
Lejeune
Lascelles
Yedlin
15
Fouls committed
4
2
Offsides
0
Possession%
57
Subs Lanzini
(Fernandes 60),
Hernandez (Joao
Mario 60), Carroll
(Masuaku 86) Not
used Hugill,
Adrian (g), Evra,
Cullen
8
Shots on target
4
12
Shots off target
7
12
125
YEARS
Dubravka
8
Corners
6
Subs Darmian
(Valencia 80),
Rashford ■
(Lingard 83),
Fellaini (Sanchez
90) Not used
Lindelof, Mata,
Martial, Joel
Pereira (g)
7
8
Delph
8
2
7
Shots off target
11
5
Corners
5
17
Fouls committed
10
Trippier
11
Fouls committed
9
7
6
8
Jesus
★Sterling★
1
Offsides
1
4
4
A. Ayew
J. Ayew
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Possession%
4
Mawson
DLWWWW
Top scorers
Out Atsu (knee).
Salah (Liverpool)
Kane (Tottenham)
Aguero (Man City)
Sterling (Man City)
Vardy (Leicester)
1
Draw in 13 games
between these
two teams
Live, Sky Sports
1
Offsides
Vorm
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
37
Possession%
63
2
Shots off target
3
5
Corners
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
4
5
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Fabianski
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
82
Possession%
Fouls committed
31
26
21
18
17
Everton
Watford
West Brom
Crystal Palace
Stoke
Hit the woodwork
Man City
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
591
582
564
552
542
Man City
Liverpool
Arsenal
West Ham
AFC Bournemouth
Fouls won
408
391
389
381
366
6
6
5
5
5
Headed goals
West Ham
Watford
Crystal Palace
West Brom
Burnley
2/71
4/62
0/67
1/63
0/64
Man City
Liverpool
Man Utd
Arsenal
Tottenham
Liverpool
Arsenal
Leicester
West Brom
Chelsea
15
13
12
12
11
Man City
Man Utd
Arsenal
Watford
Tottenham
Chelsea
7
7
Cahill
Rudiger
6
7
Fabregas
Kante
6
Moses
6
7
Emerson
7
Willian
Hazard
8
6
5
Austin
Long
7
Romeu ■
6
Bertrand
7
Hoedt ■
6
Lemina ■
7
7
7
5
5
5
17
14
12
11
11
Attendance 73,416
Southampton
Goalscorers
Giroud 46,
Morata 82
7
42
35
35
32
28
Goals in last 10 mins
Chelsea
Arsenal
Liverpool
Man City
Burnley
Azpilicueta
39
33
25
19
17
Goals in first 10 mins
West Brom
Man Utd
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Cards red/yellow
Man City
Liverpool
Tottenham
Man Utd
Arsenal
Right-foot goals
11
10
10
10
9
Set-piece goals
West Ham
Burnley
Man Utd
AFC Bournemouth
Chelsea
Caballero
Nose for a story: Thierry Henry watches at the Etihad yesterday
18
Left-foot goals
400
395
389
380
379
Chelsea 2-0 Southampton
1
6
Shots on target
7
4
Total shots
TV
11
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Premier League statistics
Out Holgate
(ankle),
Sigurdsson,
Mangala (both
knee), McCarthy
(leg), Stekelenburg
(groin).
Referee B Madley West Yorkshire
Subs Clucas (Ki
65), Bartley
(Fernandez 67),
Abraham (Olsson
75) Not used
Dyer, Nordfeldt
(g), Routledge,
Roberts
1
Naughton ❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
6
Fouls committed
7
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Fernandez van der Hoorn
4
Offsides
1
5
LWWLDD
predicted that Newcastle would be in a
position to finish above Everton should
they win at Goodison Park on Monday
night. The Magpies have won four on
the spin to turn a relegation battle into
a hunt for a top-10 finish.
Prediction 2-2
Luke Edwards
Subs Toure (De
Bruyne 65), Foden
(Sterling 71),
Mendy (Delph 75)
Not used Bravo
(g), Walker, Sane,
Otamendi
Swansea
Referee C Pawson (South Yorkshire)
King
Ki
32
Tonight 8pm
Goalscorers D.
Silva 12, Sterling
16, De Bruyne 54,
B. Silva 64,
Jesus 88
4
4
Carroll
Olsson ■
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Chelsea
D. Silva
B. Silva
4
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Hazard
Chelsea
8
7
De Bruyne Gundogan
★Giroud★
Shots on target
Giroud
Man Utd
Man City
Laporte
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Subs Lucas Moura
(Davies 68),
Wanyama
(Dembele 78),
Lamela (Son 86)
Not used Lloris
(g), Alderweireld,
Sissoko, Aurier
5
Sanchez
Attendance 54,387
7
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Vertonghen Sanchez
Tottenham
7
Goalscorer Alli 11
7
7
Eriksen
Man City
Kompany
Tottenham
Dier ■
6
Gundogan
Arsenal
6
5
Attendance 84,667
Goalscorers
Sanchez 24,
Ander Herrera 62
Ramsey
Man City
Danilo
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Match notes Few would have
9
De Bruyne
Ederson
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Tosun
Shots on target
Subs
Maitland-Niles ■
(Elneny 45),
Aubameyang
(Iwobi 70),
Chambers
(Welbeck 88) Not
used Mertesacker,
Holding, Macey
(g), Nelson
68
Pickford
Arsenal
6
Goalscorer
Arnautovic 64
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
1
Goalscorer
Barnes 62
3
West Ham
Goalscorers
Monreal 51,
Ramsey 82,
Lacazette 85, 89
Everton v Newcastle United
Burnley
Monreal
Man Utd
Man City 5-0 Swansea
Referee L Mason (Lancashire)
6
7
Smalling
Man Utd
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Jones
Man Utd
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Attendance 59,422
6
Butland
Stoke City
6 10 13 37 -33 29 28/04 Liverpool (a)
9 25 -25 25 28/04 Newcastle (a)
Arsenal 4-1 West Ham
Ospina
The weekend belonged to
Jose Mourinho who masterminded Manchester United’s
FA Cup semi-final victory over
Tottenham Hotspur and again
showed that he is a manager
able to navigate a team
towards trophies. He did a
number on Mauricio
Pochettino, stifling Spurs, and
summoning big
performances
from his big
players. His
reaction
showed
how much
it meant.
4 11
Fernandes
Subs Vokes
(Barnes 74),
Hendrick (Lennon
79) Not used
Heaton (g), Taylor,
Marney, Walters,
Bardsley
9 17 26 20 57 29/04 Man Utd (a)
4 20 17 3 53 28/04 Brighton (h)
7 27 28 2 44 28/04 Crystal Pal (a)
9 13 33 -15 42 23/04 Newcastle (h)
9 14 27 -18 35 28/04 Leicester (h)
6 10 22 42 -21 35 29/04 Man City (h)
3 11 11 32 -27 35 28/04 Everton (h)
6 10 11 31 -24 33 28/04 Chelsea (h)
7 8 15 29 -20 29 28/04 Bournemouth (h)
6
Subs Zouma
(Johnson 59),
Ireland (Bauer
69), Campbell
(Diouf 75) Not
used Cameron,
Fletcher,
Haugaard (g),
Sobhi
4 34 19 35 68 30/04 Watford (h)
5 31 19 25 63 28/04 Swansea (a)
6
Kouyate
Possession%
1 40 12 73 90 29/04 West Ham (a)
4 30 18 39 74 29/04 Arsenal (h)
4 39 27 43 71 28/04 Stoke (h)
8 17 26 -7 41 23/04 Everton (a)
8 16 28 -17 38 28/04 Southampton (a)
2 11 17 30 -18 38 30/04 Tottenham (a)
4 10 9 22 -15 36 28/04 Burnley (a)
6
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
NEXT GAME
A GD Pts
Referee A Taylor (Cheshire)
Kane
5
6 Arsenal
7 Burnley
Noble
Man Utd
★Lukaku★
3
6
43
8
9
Masuaku
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
6
7
4 28 15
4
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
de Gea
Sanchez
3
Corners
6
Valencia ■ Smalling
34 10
7
Pope
7
5 Che-lsea
6
FA Cup: Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham
5
5
4
Referee M Dean (Wirral)
7
7
0 41 10 9
2 32 12 10
Shots off target
Goalscorer
Ndiaye 11
7
6
4
7
Stoke
8
★Butland★
5
35 11
34 10
3
Attendance 29,532
Diouf
3 Liverpool
4 Tottenham
Shots on target
Stoke 1-1 Burnley
7
2
3
6
39
Karius
7
Subs Firmino
(Ings 66),
OxladeChamberlain
(Mane 66), Lovren
(Salah 84) Not
used Mignolet (g),
Robertson,
Solanke,
Alexander-Arnold
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
5
Crouch
1 58 13 14
2 35 8 10
6
❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙❙
Milner
6
7
1
2
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5
6
AWAY
D L F
34 15
34 13
Referee S Attwell (Warwickshire)
4
Johnson
A W
1 Man City (C)
2 Man Utd
Goalscorers
Ings 4, Salah 72
Subs Evans
(McClean 71),
Burke (Gibbs 76),
Robson-Kanu
(Rodriguez 89)
Not used Yacob,
Myhill (g),
Krychowiak, Field
Jason Burt’s team of the week
HOME
D L F
P W
Liverpool
Goalscorers
Livermore 79,
Rondon 88
Foster
Phillips
48
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West Brom 2-2 Liverpool
6
Subs Benteke
(McArthur 81) Not
used Speroni (g),
Sorloth, Lee, Wan
Bissaka, Kelly,
Riedewald
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5
Hennessey
Premier League table
Crystal Palace
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Milivojevic
7
Subs Richarlison
(Pereyra 55),
Femenia (Okaka
70), Gray (Hughes
79) Not used
Gomes (g),
Janmaat, Britos,
Sinclair
Referee C Kavanagh (Manchester)
6
6
Attendance 20,401
Subs Bakayoko
(Willian 64),
Pedro (Fabregas
76), Morata
(Giroud 80) Not
used Barkley,
Zappacosta,
Christensen,
Eduardo (g)
Subs Tadic
(Hojbjerg 63),
Redmond (Long
63), Gabbiadini
(Bednarek 78)
Not used Carrillo ,
Ward-Prowse,
McQueen, Forster
(g)
Referee M Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Hojbjerg
6
4
Shots on target
3
13
Shots off target
6
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6
Cedric
Yoshida ■ Bednarek
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6
Corners
5
6
Fouls committed
15
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1
Offsides
3
6
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McCarthy
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57
Possession%
43
The Daily Telegraph Monday 23 April 2018
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Total Football
This week’s fixtures
Sky Bet EFL
7.45 unless stated
TODAY
Premier League
Everton v Newcastle (8, Sky Sp PL).
TOMORROW
Champions League Sem-final 1st leg
Liverpool v Roma (BT Sp 2).
Sky Bet Championship
Derby v Cardiff, Nottingham Forest v Barnsley.
Sky Bet League One
Bradford v Milton Keynes Dons, Bristol Rovers v Wigan,
Doncaster v Blackburn, Oldham v Southend, Rochdale v
Plymouth, Shrewsbury v Peterborough.
Sky Bet League Two
Coventry v Lincoln City, Morecambe v Cambridge Utd,
Newport Co v Accrington, Yeovil v Forest Green.
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Livingston v Inverness CT.
Ladbrokes Scottish League Two
Berwick v Stenhousemuir.
Vanarama National League
Bromley v Barrow, Gateshead v Ebbsfleet Utd, Leyton
Orient v Maidenhead Utd, Torquay v Guiseley, Tranmere
v Solihull Moors.
WEDNESDAY
Champions League Sem-final 1st leg
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (BT Sp 2).
THURSDAY
Europa League Semi-final 1st leg
Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (8.05, BT Sp 2), Marseille v
Red Bull Salzburg (8.05, BT Sp 3).
FRIDAY
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham v Sunderland (Sky Sp Main Event).
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen v Hearts (BT Sp 2).
SATURDAY 3pm unless stated
Premier League
Burnley v Brighton, Crystal Palace v Leicester,
Huddersfield v Everton, Liverpool v Stoke (12.30, Sky
Sp Main Event), Newcastle v West Brom, Southampton
v Bournemouth, Swansea v Chelsea (5.30, BT Sp 1).
Sky Bet Championship
Aston Villa v Derby, Barnsley v Brentford, Burton v
Bolton, Hull v Cardiff, Middlesbrough v Millwall (5.30,
Sky Sp Main Event), Norwich v Leeds, Nottingham
Forest v Bristol City, QPR v Birmingham, Reading v
Ipswich, Sheffield Utd v Preston North End,
Wolverhampton v Sheffield Wednesday.
Sky Bet League One
Blackpool v Shrewsbury, Bradford v Southend, Bristol
Rovers v Gillingham, Bury v Portsmouth, Charlton v
Blackburn, Milton Keynes Dons v Scunthorpe, Oldham v
Doncaster, Oxford Utd v Rochdale, Peterborough v
Fleetwood, Plymouth v Rotherham, Walsall v
Northampton, Wigan v AFC Wimbledon.
Sky Bet League Two
Accrington v Lincoln City, Cheltenham v Coventry,
Chesterfield v Wycombe, Colchester v Swindon, Crawley
v Crewe, Grimsby v Notts County, Luton v Forest Green,
Morecambe v Barnet, Newport Co v Cambridge Utd, Port
Vale v Carlisle, Stevenage v Exeter, Yeovil v Mansfield.
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Hamilton v Ross County (12.30, Sky Sp Football),
Hibernian v Kilmarnock, Motherwell v Dundee, St
Johnstone v Partick.
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Brechin v Queen of the South, Dundee Utd v Livingston,
Dunfermline v Dumbarton, Falkirk v St Mirren, Morton v
Inverness CT.
Ladbrokes Scottish League One
Airdrieonians v Forfar, Ayr v Albion, East Fife v
Stranraer, Queen’s Park v Arbroath, Raith v Alloa.
Ladbrokes Scottish League Two
Clyde v Berwick, Cowdenbeath v Annan Athletic,
Montrose v Elgin, Peterhead v Edinburgh City, Stirling v
Stenhousemuir.
Vanarama National League
Barrow v Chester FC (12.30), Boreham Wood v Guiseley
(12.30), Gateshead v Leyton Orient (12.30),
Macclesfield v Dagenham & Redbridge (12.30),
Maidenhead Utd v Bromley (12.30), Maidstone Utd v
FC Halifax (12.30), Solihull Moors v Eastleigh (12.30),
Sutton Utd v Aldershot (12.30), Torquay v Ebbsfleet
Utd (12.30), Tranmere v Hartlepool (12.30), Woking v
Dover (12.30), Wrexham v AFC Fylde (12.30).
SUNDAY
Premier League
Man Utd v Arsenal (4.30, Sky Sp Premier League),
West Ham v Man City (2.15, Sky Sp Premier League).
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Celtic v Rangers (12, Sky Sp Football).
MONDAY
Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (8, Sky Sp PL).
Championship
League One
League Two
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Wolves (C) 44 16 4 2 47 18 14 4 4 35 18 46 98
Cardiff
43 16 3 3 40 16 10 5 6 26 20 30 86
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Wigan (P) 43 13 7 2 36 10 15 2 4 50 17 59 93
Blackburn 43 14 6 2 44 19 12 6 3 35 19 41 90
HOME
P W D L F A
Accringtn (P)43 16 3 3 41 19
Luton (P) 44 16 2 4 59 23
Fulham
Other
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER.-Prem: Ashton Utd 2
Nantwich Town 1-Barwell 3 Farsley Celtic 4-Buxton 0 Sutton
Coldfield Tn 1-Grantham 0 Altrincham 2-Hednesford 1
Mickleover Sports 3-Lancaster City 0 Stourbridge 0-Marine 0
Whitby 3-Matlock Town 2 Workington 0-Rushall Olympic 0
Witton Albion 0-Stafford Rangers 1 Shaw Lane 2-Stalybridge
0 Coalville Town 3-Warrington Town 1 Halesowen 1.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Banbury 3 Merthyr Town
3-Dorchester 0 Slough 1-Dunstable 0 St Ives Town
0-Farnborough 2 Chesham 0-Gosport Borough 7 Frome Town
0-Hereford FC 4 Kettering 1-Hitchin 1 Bishop’s Stortford
0-Kings Langley 2 Weymouth 3-Kings Lynn Town 1 St Neots
Town 1-Redditch 3 Tiverton 2-Royston Town 4 Biggleswade
Town 0-Stratford Town 0 Basingstoke 1.
BOSTIK.-Prem: Brightlingsea Regent 0 Met Police 1-Burgess
Hill Town 1 Staines Town 1-Enfield Town 0 Worthing
1-Folkestone Invicta 0 Dulwich 3-Hendon 3 Merstham
0-Leatherhead 2 Leiston 2-Lowestoft Town 1 Tonbridge
Angels 2-Margate 1 Billericay 2-Needham Market 0 Harrow
Borough 1-Thurrock 1 Kingstonian 0-Tooting & Mitcham 0
Harlow 1-Wingate & Finchley 2 Dorking Wanderers 0.
JD WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE: Cardiff Met Uni 4 Bala Town
3-Llandudno 2 Barry Town 3-Newtown 3 Prestatyn Town
0.-Bangor City 1 Cefn Druids 0.
DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP: Ards 1 Ballinamallard Utd
1-Crusaders 1 Cliftonville 1-Dungannon S 4 Warrenpoint
Town 2-Glenavon 0 Ballymena 0-Glentoran 1 Carrick
2-Linfield 2 Coleraine 2.
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LGE.-Semi-finals, 1st leg: Man
City 0 Lyon 0-Chelsea 1 Wolfsburg 3.
Scotland
Premiership
AWAY
W D L F A GD Pts
12 3 6 33 22 33 90
8 10 4 32 22 46 84
Celtic
Rangers
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
34 10 6 0 33 8 12 3 3 32 15 42 75
34 9 2 7 31 20 11 3 2 38 19 30 65
44 12 8 2 38 16 12 5 5 38 26 34 85
Shrewsbury 43 13 4 4 29 15 11 7 4 27 21 20 83
Wycombe
44 11 5 6 42 35 11 7 4 34 24 17 78
Aberdeen
34 10 2 4 27 15 10 3 5 25 21 16 65
Aston Villa 44 14 6 2 41 18 10 4 8 30 22 31 82
Rotherham 44 14 3 5 44 23 9 4 9 27 28 20 76
Exeter
44 14 4 4 33 19 9 4 9 29 32 11 77
Hibernian
34 10 3 4 29 19 7 8 2 22 17 15 62
Middlesbro’ 44 13 3 6 31 17 8 6 8 32 26 20 72
Millwall
44 11 7 4 32 21 7 8 7 23 22 12 69
Derby
43 10 5 6 34 20 8 9 5 28 25 17 68
Charlton 44 10 6 6 30 24 9 5 8 27 26 7 68
Scunthorpe 43 8 7 6 25 22 9 9 4 35 27 11 67
Plymouth 42 12 3 7 35 29 6 7 7 18 21 3 64
Notts Cnty 44 14 6 2 43 19 7 7 8 27 27 24 76
Lincoln City 43 12 7 3 37 22 7 7 7 22 22 15 71
Kilmarnock 34 8 3 7 26 26 7 7 2 19 15
Hearts
34 7 7 2 20 9 4 6 8 16 23
Brentford 44 9 10 3 36 23 9 4 9 25 26 12 68
Preston NE 44 8 8 6 25 21 9 8 5 29 24 9 67
Bristol City 44 11 6 5 39 25 6 9 7 26 30 10 66
Portsmouth 44 11 3 8 31 21 8 3 11 24 34 0 63
Peterboro’ 43 11 4 7 35 26 5 9 7 30 29 10 61
Blackpool 44 9 7 6 36 28 6 7 9 23 25 6 59
Coventry 43 13 3 5 34 20 8 5 9 22 22 14 71
Mansfield 44 10 9 3 41 25 7 8 7 22 24 14 68
Swindon
44 8 5 9 26 36 11 2 9 38 29 -1 64
Motherwell 34 6 5 6 20 16 4 4 9 16 27 -7 39
St Johnstone 34 5 5 7 15 25 5 3 9 18 24 -16 38
Dundee
34 5 3 9 17 26 4 3 10 16 28 -21 33
Sheff Utd
Leeds
Norwich
44 12 5 5 33 19 7 4 11 26 33 7 66
44 9 6 7 30 27 7 3 12 26 35 -6 57
44 7 8 7 23 24 7 7 8 23 30 -8 57
44 9 5 8 27 25 7 3 12 24 33 -7 56
Bradford 42 8 3 9 25 29 9 4 9 28 34 -10
Bristol Rvs 43 11 4 6 36 28 5 4 13 22 36 -6
Southend 43 12 6 4 38 21 3 5 13 15 41 -9
Doncaster 42 7 8 5 30 23 6 7 9 22 27 2
58
56
56
54
Carlisle
44 7 9 6 30 22 9 6 7 29 30
Colchester 44 9 6 7 30 23 7 7 8 23 28
Hamilton
Partick
Ross Co
44
44
43
44
Fleetwood
Oxford Utd
Gillingham
AFC W’don
44
44
44
43
54
53
52
50
Reading
44 5 8 9 25 31 5 5 12 23 35 -18 43
Birmingham 44 9 3 10 18 23 3 4 15 16 41 -30 43
Bolton
44 8 4 10 22 31 1 9 12 14 39 -34 40
Walsall
Oldham
43 8 6 8 29 31 4 6 11 22 32 -12 48
43 8 5 8 31 30 3 10 9 25 40 -14 48
Rochdale
43 5 11 5 22 23 5 6 11 24 31 -8 47
Barnsley
43 4 9 9 23 32 4 5 12 22 33 -20 38
Burton
44 3 5 14 17 43 6 6 10 18 36 -44 38
Sun’land (R) 44 2 7 13 20 39 4 9 9 28 39 -30 34
Northamptn 44 7 4 11 18 33 5 6 11 23 41 -33 46
MK Dons 43 6 8 8 24 28 4 4 13 18 37 -23 42
Bury (R)
44 6 4 12 19 30 1 7 14 19 39 -31 32
Birmingham
Roberts 32
Maghoma 69
(23,579)
2-1
Sheffield Utd
Duffy 7
AFC Wimbledon
Meades 10
Pigott 68
(4,850)
2-2
Oldham
Nazon 50, 74
Bolton
0-4
Wolverhampton
Douglas 16
Afobe 45, Jota 53
Coady 66 (pen)
Doncaster
0-1
Oxford Utd
Henry 63
QPR
Sylla 45
Fleetwood
0-4
Wigan
Power 33, Massey 37
Burn 57
Dunkley 66
Ipswich
Sheff Wed
QPR
N Forest
Hull
7
11
9
7
7
5
2
8
8
6
10
7
32
35
22
41
30
30
27
30
6
3
5
4
7 9
6 13
5 12
7 11
(19,092)
22
20
24
28
29 -5 53
37 -12 53
35 -16 49
37 2 48
Brentford
Canos 16
Jozefzoon 69
(12,367)
2-1
Bristol City
Pack 37, Diedhiou 40, 53
Reid 64, Bryan 90
(21,136)
5-5
Cardiff
Morrison 35
Gunnarsson 74
(21,310)
2-1
Nottingham Forest
Bridcutt 50
Derby
Nugent 90 (pen)
1-2
Middlesbrough
Besic 20
Assombalonga 70
6
8
4
8
6
6
11
5
10 30
8 32
7 21
9 23
35
31
24
28
9
6
8
5
10 27
11 26
9 23
10 21
31
32
28
27
-9
-5
-8
-11
(8,255)
(3,836)
Hull
Wilson 16, 72
Fielding 56 (og)
Hernandez 80, Campbell 87
3
5
5
6
Gillingham
0-3
Blackpool
Vassell 28
Delfouneso 33
Mellor 83
(5,580)
0-4
Aston Villa
Hourihane 25
Grabban 57, 78
Lansbury 82
(20,034)
29 48
18 38
19 40
19 29
-15
-18
-28
-14
46
46
45
44
3-1
(Thursday)
4-3
Cheltenham
Lloyd 3
Eisa 13, 79
(3,853)
Rangers
Cummings 47
Candeias 64
(47,272)
2-1
Hearts
Berra 71
Carlisle
Grainger 13 (pen)
(5,523)
1-1
Luton
O Lee 62
Crewe
Miller 88
(3,942)
1-0
Exeter
Stockley 42, 57
2-2
Crawley
Boldewijn 29
Yorwerth 68
Chesterfield
Dennis 36 (pen)
North
AWAY
W D L F A GD Pts
14 4 5 36 27 19 89
9 8 6 30 23 34 82
Sutton Utd 45 11 6 5 34 27 11 4 8 31 25 13 76
Aldershot
45 11 7 5 35 23 9 8 5 28 27 13 75
AFC Fylde
Boreham W
Dover
Ebbsfleet
Bromley
Wrexham
45
45
45
44
44
45
11
11
12
11
10
10
9
5
5
7
7
9
3 51 27
6 30 24
6 32 17
5 35 23
5 38 23
3 31 17
9
8
7
7
9
7
3
10
8
9
5
9
10 31
5 31
7 28
5 23
8 35
7 18
Dag & Red
Maidenhd
Ley Orient
Gateshead
45 13
44 10
44 8
44 8
3
6
6
8
7 40
6 31
8 33
5 31
32
24
25
19
6
5
7
4
8
7
6
10
8
10
9
9
29 28 9 68
28 40 -5 58
22 29 1 57
28 31 9 54
FC Halifax
Eastleigh
Hartlepool
Maidstone
45
45
45
45
31 30
33 34
24 26
25 31
4
6
6
7
9
6
8
6
9
10
8
10
17
28
27
27
6
11
6
8
8
6
10
8
Championship
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Morecambe
St Mirrn (C) 35 14 2 2 37 12 9 3 5 26 23 28 74
Livingston 34 8 7 2 26 15 9 4 4 30 19 22 62
(3,336)
Colchester
Senior 60
(7,359)
Grimsby
Rose 45 (pen)
Wycombe
0-4
Coventry
McNulty 2, 6
Kelly 37
(8,859)
Accrington
Jackson 15, Brown 33
McConville 66
Zanzala 90 (pen)
3-1
Stevenage
Revell 20
(Friday)
Dundee Utd 35 11 3 3 28 16 6 4 8 22 26 8 58
Dunfermline 35 10 4 3 34 18 5 7 6 22 17 21 56
Inverness
34 9 5 4 31 17 5 4 7 18 20 12 51
Morton
35 7 3 7 23 19 6 8 4 24 18 10 50
Queen of S 35 5 7 6 26 26 8 3 6 28 26 2 49
Falkirk
35 6 6 5 26 22 5 5 8 18 27 -5 44
Dumbarton 35 4 3 11 13 32 3 6 8 14 27 -32 30
Brechin (R) 35 0 4 13 9 35 0 0 18 10 50 -66
4
Dumbarton 2 Falkirk 5-Inverness CT 2 Dunfermline
2-Livingston 3 Brechin 0-Queen of the South 3 Dundee Utd
0-St Mirren 2 Morton 1.
League 1
Raith
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
35 15 2 0 36 9 7 6 5 32 23 36 74
Ayr
35 10 2 5 41 20 13 2 3 49 22 48 73
Arbroath
Alloa
35 7 5 6 30 25 10 3 4 40 23 22 59
35 10 4 4 32 24 7 4 6 24 19 13 59
Stranraer
35 9 1 8 32 35 6 4 7 23 29 -9 50
East Fife
Airdrie
35 8 1 8 31 34 5 2 11 16 30 -17 42
35 8 6 3 27 17 2 5 11 18 41 -13 41
Forfar
Albion
35 6 3 9 20 30 4 2 11 18 34 -26 35
35 3 3 12 22 40 5 3 9 35 38 -21 30
Queen’s Pk 35 1 7 9 19 41 5 3 10 20 31 -33 28
Albion 1 East Fife 0-Arbroath 2 Airdrieonians 0-Forfar 1
Queen’s Park 1-Stranraer 0 Raith 3-Alloa 2 Ayr 1.
National
9
6
7
6
(5,067)
Cambridge Utd
Taylor 10, Maris 53
Brown 60 (pen)
Corr 82
Vanarama League
HOME
P W D L F A
Macclsfld (C) 45 12 7 3 29 19
Tranmere 44 15 2 4 46 19
Aberdeen
McLean 37
Logan 59
Motherwell
(6,690)
Peterborough
Mulgrew 44 (og)
0-2
0-0
0-1
Blackburn
Dack 54, 90
Graham 83
(11,679)
Kilmarnock
Ross County
(3,879)
Swindon
Milton Keynes Dons
Celtic
Edouard 87
Newport Co
Yeovil
Fisher 90
4-0
2-1
2-0
4-1
Southend
Robinson 23, 31, 76
McLaughlin 62
(7,546)
Hibernian
Maclaren 24
Slivka 80
(19,886)
Barnet
Coulthirst 10
Santos 82
(1,816)
Notts County
Jones 45
James 54 (og)
Hewitt 69, Alessandra 73
Bury
O’Shea 66
St Johnstone
MacLean 85
Hamilton
Templeton 43
Port Vale
Pope 89
1-1
2-1
2-1
1-1
Shrewsbury
Eisa 13
(5,735)
Dundee
Moussa 1, 88
(5,592)
Partick
Doolan 64
Edwards 72
(3,839)
Mansfield
Howkins 73 (og)
(4,210)
Walsall
34 4 3 10 23 33 4 3 10 21 29 -18 30
34 6 3 8 19 22 1 4 12 9 36 -30 28
34 3 7 8 23 28 3 2 11 15 29 -19 27
Barnet
44 7 6 9 21 25 3 4 15 21 40 -23 40
Chesterfield 43 7 3 11 25 31 2 5 15 20 47 -33 35
2-1
1-1
1-0
(17,614)
6 12
5 13
3 13
9 10
Lincoln City
Whitehouse 55 (pen)
Waterfall 90
(9,211)
Rochdale
Done 41
(4,365)
Scunthorpe
Yates 76
(4,083)
Fulham
Sessegnon 46
McDonald 56, Mitrovic 89
(Friday)
4
3
6
3
Bradford
Wyke 90
(19,210)
Norwich
0-3
27 23
35 33
18 25
22 26
4-1
0-0
Millwall
9
10
8
7
Forest Green
Laird 27
Doidge 78, 90 (pen)
Grubb 90
Preston North End
(13,038)
(25,475)
4
2
9
8
(3,998)
Bristol Rovers
Burton
Bent 86
Boyce 90
8
10
5
6
Charlton
Ajose 40
2-0
1-2
Yeovil
43
Forest G
43
Grimsby
44
Morecambe 43
0-1
Rotherham
Smith 9
Lavery 90
(8,579)
Sunderland
McNair 34
44 7 6 9 25 27 4 8 10 23 33 -12 47
Portsmouth
Barnsley
O’Connor 36 (og)
Reading
Port Vale
Plymouth
2-1
3-0
Stevenage 44 8 9 5 39 26 5 4 13 18 37 -6 52
Cheltenham 44 8 6 8 30 25 5 6 11 35 40 0 51
Crewe
44 9 4 9 30 31 6 1 15 28 42 -15 50
2-0
Leeds
Pearce 17
Alioski 50
(30,451)
Sheffield Wednesday
Forestieri 34, 73
Boyd 52
(24,373)
Cambridge 43 12 5 5 33 23 4 7 10 17 35 -8 60
Crawley
44 8 4 10 29 28 8 6 8 27 35 -7 58
Newport Co 42 7 10 4 28 22 7 5 9 23 32 -3 57
Northampton
O’Toole 42
Vyner 61 (og)
(6,868)
(28,096)
Ipswich
7 63
2 61
4 55
4 46
29
22
26
24
30
22
28
37
36
33
26
15
17
11
20
10
-10
-10
-11
-12
72
72
70
70
69
69
54
53
53
53
Solihull Mrs 44 8 7 7 27 26 5 5 12 19 29 -9 51
Barrow
44 4 10 8 22 27 7 5 10 28 34 -11 48
Woking
45 9 5 8 31 30 4 4 15 23 44 -20 48
Torquay (R) 44 5 5 11 22 31 5 6 12 19 37 -27 41
Chester (R) 45 5 5 13 20 37 2 8 12 20 41 -38 34
Guiseley (R) 44 3 9 11 21 33 3 3 15 18 50 -44 30
AFC Fylde 1 Solihull Moors 1-Aldershot 1 Barrow 1-Bromley
3 Boreham Wood 2-Chester FC 1 Maidstone Utd
3-Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Maidenhead Utd 0-Dover 3
Gateshead 2-Eastleigh 0 Macclesfield 2-Ebbsfleet Utd 0
Sutton Utd 1-FC Halifax 0 Tranmere 2-Guiseley 1 Woking
2-Hartlepool 1 Torquay 1-Leyton Orient 1 Wrexham 0.
South
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Salford C (C) 41 15 2 4 44 24 12 5 3 32 21 31 88
Harrogate 41 14 4 2 55 18 11 3 7 40 31 46 82
Brackley
K’minster
40 12 5 2 36 14 10 6 5 33 21 34 77
41 13 5 2 49 23 7 7 7 26 25 27 72
Stockport C 41 12 4 4 40 18 8 4 9 34 38 18 68
Chorley
40 9 8 3 27 14 7 6 7 22 24 11 62
Bradfrd P A 41 9 4 8 38 30 8 5 7 26 25 9 60
Spennymr 39 8 5 5 27 24 9 3 9 40 39
4 59
York
41 9 7 5 31 27 7 3 10 34 33
5 58
Boston Utd 40 10 5 5 39 30 6 3 11 26 35
Blyth S
40 10 1 9 37 23 8 0 12 35 43
Darlington 40 9 5 6 35 22 5 7 8 20 31
0 56
6 55
2 54
Nuneaton
40 8 5 6 25 20 6 6 9 22 34 -7 53
FC United
AFC Telford
Alfreton Tn
Curzon A
41
40
41
40
12
8
7
9
2
3
3
7
Leamington 41 8
Southport 40 8
Gainsboro (R)41 10
Tamworth (R)41 7
4
4
1
6
6
10
11
5
35 24
32 41
31 33
29 23
2
7
7
3
6
2
4
6
13 23 46
10 21 26
9 36 37
10 22 36
8 30 26
9 34 32
9 30 30
8 35 34
5
5
3
4
6 10
4 10
3 15
3 13
21 35
21 36
14 43
20 40
-12
-14
-3
-8
50
50
49
49
-10
-13
-29
-19
49
47
43
42
N Ferriby (R) 40 1 5 15 11 49 2 3 14 11 51 -78 17
AFC Telford 3 Gainsborough 2-Alfreton Town 1 FC United of
Manchester 0-Blyth Spartans 0 Stockport Co 1-Bradford P A
3 Harrogate Town 1-Curzon Ashton 1 Spennymoor Town
0-Darlington 0 Nuneaton 0-North Ferriby Utd 1
Kidderminster 3-Salford City 1 Boston Utd 2-Southport 0
Brackley 1-Tamworth 3 Chorley 4-York 2 Leamington 2.
SSE AIRTRICITY LGE.-Prem: Sligo 0 St Patricks 0.
P
Dartford 41
Havant & W 40
Hamp & R 41
HOME
W D
15 3
9 7
9 10
L
3
3
1
F
51
31
29
A
20
17
15
AWAY
W D L
10 5 5
14 4 3
9 7 5
League 2
F A
28 23
30 10
28 21
GD Pts
36 83
34 80
21 71
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Montrose 35 11 3 3 30 21 12 4 2 29 13 25 76
Peterhead 35 10 2 5 35 20 13 2 3 42 18 39 73
Hemel H
41 12 5 4 37 20 7 8 5 33 29 21 70
Stirling
35 8 3 6 29 23 8 3 7 31 28
9 54
Chelmsford
Braintree T
St Albans
Truro City
40
40
41
40
Sten’muir
34 9 1 8 32 26 6 6 4 21 18
9 52
Clyde
Elgin
35 7 6 4 22 21 7 3 8 29 27 3 51
35 10 4 4 31 16 4 2 11 22 44 -7 48
Welling
Bath City
40 8 4 8 36 29 9 6 5 32 27 12 61
40 7 7 6 29 19 8 5 7 31 28 13 57
10
10
11
10
6
5
4
4
5 37 24
4 37 23
6 40 28
7 39 29
9
8
8
9
5
7
4
4
5
6
8
6
27 21
33 32
30 28
29 25
19
15
14
14
68
65
65
65
Gloucester 41 8 3 10 27 31 7 5 8 29 36 -11 53
Wealdstone 39 10 2 7 32 28 4 8 8 27 33 -2 52
Weston-S-M 40 10 2 7 36 27 5 5 11 28 43 -6 52
Chippenhm 41 9 7 4 37 25 5 2 14 26 45 -7 51
E Thurrock
Oxford City
Eastbourne
Concord R
39
39
41
40
5
7
5
8
6
6
4
5
9
8
11
7
32
34
29
25
31
30
37
26
8
6
8
3
5
2
3
5
6
10
10
12
35 43
25 36
28 40
18 33
-7
-7
-20
-16
50
47
46
43
Hungerford 40 6 4 11 26 29 5 3 11 18 38 -23 40
Poole
40 3 3 13 18 40 7 5 9 26 32 -28 38
Wh’hawk (R) 40 4 7 9 24 39 4 2 14 26 48 -37 33
Bognor (R) 40 4 4 11 24 36 1 8 12 16 39 -35 27
*Braintree Town deducted 1 point
Chelmsford 0 Havant and W 2-Concord Rangers 0 Poole
Town 1-Dartford 2 Bath City 0-Gloucester 3 East Thurrock
1-Hemel Hempstead 3 Eastbourne Borough 0-Hungerford
Town 0 Whitehawk 1-Oxford City 4 Bognor Regis Town 0-St
Albans 1 Hampton & Richmond 3-Truro City 1 Braintree
Town 2-Wealdstone 4 Chippenham 4-Welling 3
Weston-S-Mare 1.
Annan Ath 35 6 8 4 24 17 5 3 9 23 24
Berwick
6 44
34 5 5 7 19 25 3 4 10 8 31 -29 33
Edinburgh C 35 4 4 10 19 31 3 5 9 17 29 -24 30
Cowdenbth 35 3 3 11 12 33 1 7 10 11 21 -31 22
Annan Athletic 3 Stirling 1-Berwick 1 Cowdenbeath
0-Edinburgh City 1 Clyde 3-Elgin 0 Peterhead
1-Stenhousemuir 0 Montrose 2.
Europe
FRANCE: Amiens 3 Strasbourg 1-Guingamp 3 Monaco
1-Marseille 5 Lille 1-Metz 1 Caen 1-Toulouse 2 Angers
0-Bordeaux 0 PSG 1-Nice 1 Montpellier 0-St Etienne 2
Troyes 1.
GERMANY: Borussia Dortmund 4 B Leverkusen 0-Eintracht
Frankfurt 0 Hertha Berlin 3-Hamburg 1 SC Freiburg
0-Hannover 96 0 B Munich 3-RB Leipzig 2 TSG Hoffenheim
5-Stuttgart 2 W Bremen 0-Augsburg 2 Mainz 0-Cologne 2
Schalke 04 2.
ITALY: AC Milan 0 Benevento 1-SPAL 0 Roma 3-Sassuolo 1
Fiorentina 0-Atalanta 2 Torino 1-Cagliari 0 Bologna 0-Chievo
1 Inter Milan 2-Juventus 0 Napoli 1-Lazio 4 Sampdoria
0-Udinese 1 Crotone 2.
SPAIN: Celta Vigo 1 Valencia 1-Eibar 0 Getafe 1-Atletico
Madrid 0 Real Betis 0-Girona 0 Espanyol 2-Las Palmas 0
Alaves 4-Malaga 2 Real Sociedad 0.
Cup, Final: Sevilla 0 Barcelona 5.
18
Monday 23 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
**
Sport London Marathon
Farah handles the
‘ridiculous’ pace to
set British record
Track king finishes third
and betters 1985 mark
Kipchoge gives lesson to
rivals as he wins again
Mo Farah always knew that his return to the London tarmac would
pose one of the most testing physical challenges of his career. He had
warned as much in the build-up to
this first appearance in the London
Marathon since 2014, and had spent
months preparing for pain in the
wilderness of Ethiopia.
And yet it was not until he was
hurtling through the first few miles,
nestled among a pack of the world’s
finest runners, that he realised
quite how monstrous his morning
would be. “They were going for
world-record pace,” he said afterwards. “It was ridiculous.”
As the relative novice among a
posse of seasoned sloggers, Farah
found himself with two options. He
could either listen to his body and
run his own race, or he could simply stick to the magisterial Eliud
Kipchoge and, in his words, “see
what happens”.
Naturally, he chose to compete.
“It was do or die,” he said.
Farah did not just survive the
early onslaught, in which the leaders were at one point on course to
obliterate the two-hour barrier. He
fed off it. As far more experienced
marathon runners failed to handle
the
white-hot
speed,
Farah
scorched onwards, his eyes fixed on
the back of Kipchoge’s head.
The legs grew heavy by the end.
“I was knackered,” he said. But Farah had enough to finish third,
smashing Steve Jones’s 33-year-old
British marathon record in the process. “I managed to keep going and
keep fighting,” he said after crossing the line in 2hr 6min 21sec, almost a minute faster than Jones had
run in 1985. He is now the holder of
the British record in the 1500 metres, 3,000m, 5,000m, 10,000m,
the half-marathon and marathon.
That British record had always
been a target, but in truth it was a
benchmark that Farah had been expected to reach. Of more significance was the way in which he
“mixed it” with the great Kipchoge
and Kenenisa Bekele, who eventually finished sixth.
It was a performance that
showed just how far Farah has
come since his sluggish showing in
2014, when he finished eighth, and
Men Top Six
1 Eliud
Kipchoge
(Kenya)
2h 04m 17s
2 Tola Kitata
(Ethiopia)
2-04-49
3 Mo Farah
(GB) 2-06-21
4 Abel Kirui
(Kenya) 2-07-07
5 Bedan Karoki
(Kenya)
2-08-34
6 Kenenisa
Bekele
(Ethiopia)
2-08-53
how much he has been helped by
concentrating all of his efforts on
the marathon with his new coach,
Gary Lough.
The worry, though, is that it also
showed how far he still has to go if
he is to challenge the phenomenal
Kipchoge, the man considered by
many to be the greatest marathon
runner of all time.
With a face of stone and a stride
of such flawless consistency that it
would look mechanic if it were not
so fluid, the Kenyan was untouchable again as he claimed his ninth
victory in 10 marathons.
“If success is your goal, then winning is not an option,” he said. “It is
a necessity.”
The 33-year-old was heading for
a course record after that lightning
start, but was unable to maintain
the speed in record-high temperatures of 24 degrees. He eventually
crossed the line in 2-04-17, with
second-placed Tola Shura Kitata
more than 30 seconds behind him.
Farah will hope the close contact
with Kipchoge proves as educational as it was exhilarating. “He
makes it look so easy,” Farah said. “I
came across at 30km [18.6 miles],
absolutely knackered at that point,
and he just changed gear and
kicked on.”
One area in which Farah could
apply some of this newly gained experience would be in how he manages his water bottles.
Twice he was forced to slow because of confusion over which bottle was his, losing valuable
momentum because of the mix-up,
and he was agitated enough to re-
6
AFP/GETTY IMAGES
By Sam Dean
Mo Farah now holds the
British record over six
distances: 1500m, 3,000m,
5,000m, 10,000m, the
half-marathon and
marathon
monstrate with an official on a motorbike alongside him.
“The staff were helpful at the end
but at the beginning they were trying to take a picture rather than giving me the drink,” he said.
There was also a moment, after
around 16 miles, when Farah moved
thrillingly close to Kipchoge. The
old track racer came out then, with
Farah pushing alongside the Kenyan rather than tucking in behind.
“I was thinking, ‘Why are you
not directly behind Eliud?’ ” said
The Daily Telegraph Monday 23 April 2018
***
19
Sport
Water shortage Farah hits
out after rejecting bottle
Radcliffe record safe after
Cheruiyot’s surprise win
By Sam Dean
1 Vivian
Cheruiyot
(Kenya)
2h 18m 31s
2 Brigid
Kosgei
(Kenya)
2-20-13
3 Tadelech
Bekele
(Ethiopia)
2-21-40
4 Gladys
Cherono
(Kenya)
2-24-10
5 Mary Keitany
(Kenya)
2-24-27
6 Rose
Chelimo
(Bahrain)
2-26-03
AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Mary Keitany failed in her attempt
to challenge Paula Radcliffe’s
15-year-old marathon world record
as she faded out of contention before finishing more than five minutes behind surprise winner Vivian
Cheruiyot.
Keitany had been targeting the
2003 record and looked set to
threaten Radcliffe’s time of 2hr
15min 25sec after surging clear of
the pack in a frighteningly fast start
to the women’s race.
But the Kenyan paid the price for
that blistering early pace as she lost
her rhythm and her speed with 10
miles remaining. She was soon
overtaken by Cheruiyot, who added
the London Marathon title to the
multiple medals she won during an
impressive track career.
“The reason it was so good for me
today was because I started slowly,”
said Cheruiyot, 34, who crossed the
line a personal best time of 2-18-31.
“I didn’t go with the faster group
because the faster group was
quicker than I was at the start. I
didn’t want to race against anybody
– I wanted to race alone.”
Keitany’s main contender was
expected to be Tirunesh Dibaba,
Women
Top Six
Top three:
Vivian Cheruiyot
(centre), Brigid
Kosgei (left) and
Tadelech Bekele
(right)
Mo Farah blamed confusion overr
water bottles on helpers trying
to take selfies with him. Farah
threw this bottle to the ground
after picking up the wrong one.
Tired but happy:
Mo Farah crosses
the finish line in
third place and in
a British-record
time
Lough. “I thought he would try and
slot in a little bit, but it’s different.
“On the track you want to make
your presence felt, but maybe he
should have been more humble and
stayed behind.”
There are plenty of areas to im-
prove, then, but this was as successful a day as Farah could have
hoped for.
“To run a personal best, break
the British record and finish on
the podium,” he said. “It can’t
get better than that.”
who had also trained her sights on
Radcliffe’s record, but the Ethiopian fell to a walking pace after
30km (18.6 miles) and was unable to
complete the race.
“I saw Dibaba and I had enough
energy that I thought, ‘I’m going to
get her’,” Cheruiyot said. “After that
I saw Mary, and I got her. I thought,
‘Yes, today I am going to be the
winner of the London Marathon’.”
Cheruiyot, who is an inspector in
the Kenya Police Force, played a patient game while Keitany and Dibaba ran themselves into the ground
in pursuit of Radcliffe’s benchmark.
Keitany started so enthusiastically that she passed the half-marathon mark in a remarkable time of
1-07-16. By way of comparison, Radcliffe reached that point in 1-08-02
when she set the world record.
It did not last in the London heat,
though, and Keitany slowed before
her technique gave out and she
staggered over the line in a time of
2-24-27.
Earlier in the day, British wheelchair racer David Weir had retained
his marathon title after overcoming
Switzerland’s Marcel Hug in a
sprint finish. It was a record eighth
London Marathon victory for Weir,
whose battle with depression had
cast a cloud over his triumph here
12 months ago.
“I am very hungry again,” said
the 38-year-old said, who crossed
the line in 1-31-15. “It’s always a
pleasure to race on the
streets of London. Last
year was a funny year for
me and to get that win felt
weird, and I couldn’t really celebrate it. This
time, training has been
great and my head
seems to be in a better
place.”
The
women’s
wheelchair race was
won by Australia’s
Madison de Rozario
with a time of 1-42-58.
Nadal powers to 11th title in Monte Carlo Fed Cup blow for Britain
TENNIS
By Simon Briggs
TENNIS CORRESPONDENT
Asked to describe his emotions
after claiming his 11th Monte Carlo
title, Rafael Nadal grinned and
replied that the montage of his previous victories played during the
presentation ceremony had made
him feel old. But it is his rivals who
really deserve our sympathy.
Thirteen years after defeating
Guillermo Coria to lift his first title
here, Nadal is more dominant on
this surface than ever. He was
hardly stretched by Kei Nishikori in
yesterday’s final, landing a 6-3, 6-2
victory in 1hr 33min. The Spaniard
has now won his last 36 sets on clay,
dating back to Rome last year. Not
one of them was closer than 6-4.
“This means a lot,” said Nadal, “es-
Clay king: Rafael Nadal put injury woes
behind him on his favourite surface
pecially because it is the first tournament in the year that I finished.”
That surprising statistic includes
his retirement from the Australian
Open with a hip problem, and his
decision to skip Acapulco, Indian
Wells and Miami. In November, he
also abandoned his appearances in
Paris and London midway through.
Physically, hard courts remain an
issue for Nadal’s cranky knees – and
the same is true of grass. Once his
soles touch the red clay, though,
everything seems to slot into place.
He has moved superbly in Monte
Carlo, overwhelming his opponents – most notably world No 7
Dominic Thiem in a one-sided
quarter-final – with his physicality.
“Of course, the best match of the
week was against Dominic,” said
Nadal. “But I improved from yesterday [when he struggled slightly for
consistency but was still too strong
for world No 5 Grigor Dimitrov].”
Nishikori’s runner-up spot offered encouragement to a man who
was appearing in only his fourth
Tour-level event since August. But
Nishikori says he is still recovering
from the wrist-tendon injury he
suffered last summer. “I have to
take care every week,” he said.
TENNIS
By Simon Briggs
Great Britain’s Fed Cup jinx continued yesterday in Miki as a littleknown Japanese doubles pairing
sealed a comeback win in the final
rubber of the tie.
Makoto Ninomiya and Miyu Kato
are ranked 40 and 55 in doubles respectively, with a single WTA title
apiece. Their selection for the deciding match threw up an old chestnut of team tennis: can two doubles
specialists beat a pair of quality singles players – in this case Johanna
Konta and Heather Watson? And
the answer, as Japan delivered a
tense 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory, was yes.
Konta had earlier provided the
perfect start to Great Britain’s day
when she overcame Naomi Osaka,
one of the form players of the cir-
cuit, in the clash between the two
singles No 1s. At that stage, the visitors held a promising 2-1 lead.
But Watson was wasteful against
Kurumi Nara, the Japanese No 2,
who is ranked 23 places below her
at No 100 in the world. She led 5-3 in
the first set before being broken
back, then held three set points at
6-3 in the tie-break. But Watson
came in on a five-match losing
streak and her confidence is leaky.
She went down to a 7-6, 6-4 defeat
and then lacked the required consistency in the doubles rubber.
Konta gave Ninomiya and Kato
problems in the decider with her
powerful serves and flat groundstrokes, but the Japanese were the
more composed team, and could be
seen laughing at changeovers as
they remained apparently immune
to the pressure. The Japanese firstserve percentage of 72 was impressively high.
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Sport Rugby union
Munster fall short
again after Racing
hold off late rally
RUGBY
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Racing 92
Munster
Att: 25,774
Phew! Another five minutes and
any of those Munster miracle
comeback stories might have been
consigned to dust, trumped by the
most extraordinary tale of them all
as the Irish province scored three
tries in the closing 16 minutes to
shred Racing’s nerves.
Munster appeared dead and
buried at half-time, 24-3 adrift. But
they rolled back the stone to rise
from the seeming dead to almost
pull off the impossible, never mind
the improbable. But the clock, and
the scoreboard, always favoured
the Parisians.
In truth, Munster were gallant,
but never of champion calibre,
masters of rearguard, catch-up
play, but horribly slipshod with
poor skill levels in the first half.
Racing ought not to have been so
troubled. Applaud Munster guts,
but the right teams are in the final.
As with Scarlets in Dublin, so
with Munster in Bordeaux, where
their prospects of making it an allIreland occasion in Bilbao on May
12 looked to be wilting as fast as an
ice cream would in the scorching
heat, the supposedly full-bore
semi-final contests reduced to also-
ran status before half-time in both
matches.
Then Munster reached deep
within and found, if not fluency,
then at least defiance. Salvage
rugby became something else
entirely, as the Irish side preyed on
Racing insecurities, complacency
and fatigue to hit hard with that trio
of tries. It was spirited if ultimately
doomed. No wonder they were
saluted by the red-clad faithful at
the final whistle, beaten (and by
more
than
the
scoreboard
indicates), but not bowed.
This, though, was Munster’s
sixth successive semi-final defeat in
this competition, the Tottenham
Hotspur of rugby. “I’m tired of
learning lessons, tired of losing
semi-finals,” said a deflated Munster
captain, Peter O’Mahony. “We got
beaten up in the first 30 minutes.”
In truth, Racing had been so
dominant, so imperious, so overwhelming it was little surprise that
they did switch off. It was a stroll in
the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
At teatime on Saturday, Leinster
looked nailed-on favourites. By the
22nd minute here, Racing wing
Teddy Thomas, as red hot as the
mercury in the thermometer, had
two tries in the bag and was able to
afford to give his hat-trick score to
Champions Cup final
Racing 92
Leinster
‹ At San Mames Stadium,
Bilbao, May 12, 18.45
‹ TV: Sky Sports
Maxime Machenaud, lobbing the
ball to him when over the try-line.
Nonchalance? Arrogance? Neither, just the exuberance of a
wonderful talent, exiled by the
national team for indiscretions, but
the most compelling sight in world
rugby when he hits the accelerator.
Surely the final will see Racing
engage throughout and sustain that
impressive power-play game. If
they do, the final promises to hit
the marks that it is supposed to
reach, as a head-to-head of ferocity.
Leinster have terrific capabilities
all over the field but, if Racing do
bring their full game with them to
the Basque country, then they will
have to be at their very best in
defence as well as attack at San
Mames Stadium to prevail.
Racing have always thrived on
their dilettante Parisian image,
content in the knowledge that,
with the likes of the scheming
Machenaud and pilfering flanker
Yannick Nyanga, as well as the
mighty Virimi Vakatawa in the
centre, they have a full complement of skilful but also hard-nut
players.
And that is before we get to Dan
Carter, the garlanded former All
Black, whose relish for the fray in
his final weeks with Racing before
heading to Japan was epitomised
with two give-’em-nowt tackles on
Simon Zebo then Rory Scannell
within three minutes of his appearance from the bench after the 56th
minute.
Thomas did as he did in the
NatWest Six Nations with slashing
runs for his tries, stepping and
slicing with Munster bystanders as
INSIDE
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In control: Maxime Machenaud kicks a
conversion for Racing 92
he scooted to the line, passing up
on his third to the surprise of
Machenaud, who was merely tracking play. Munster were a pale
imitation of what a semi-final
opponent ought to be. Their attack
was ragged, desperate at times,
with balls chucked on the floor or
flung straight into touch. Even their
vaunted line-out was off-kilter.
The second half looked as if it
might follow suit with Conor
Murray fortunate to escape more
severe censure after an early scuffle
with Racing wing Marc Andreu.
CHARLIE MORGAN
Sexton kicks Scarlets into touch
Leinster’s
Jonathan
Sexton scans
the Scarlets
defence and
spots that
their back
three are
bunched.
Leigh
Halfpenny
(14) and Rhys
Patchell (15)
had been
involved in a
tackle two
phases
previously,
while Steff
Evans (11) is
covering far
infield. This
Ca
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Cian Healy
Leinster
11
3
Sean Cronin
Leinster
Malik Hamadache
Pau
4
5
Donnacha Ryan
Racing 92
James Ryan
Leinster
6
8
7
Scott Fardy
Leinster
Yannick Nyanga
Racing 92
Ellis Jenkins
Cardiff Blues
9
15
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Maxime Machenaud
Racing 92
10
14
leaves scrumhalf Gareth
Davies (9)
vulnerable on
the far flank.
Sexton hoisted
a high kick,
Fergus
McFadden
forced Davies
to spill the
ball and
Leinster
scored a
second try
soon after the
ensuing
scrum.
Olly Robinson,
son of former
England and
Scotland
coach Andy,
demonstrated
his scavenging
skills with two
crucial steals
for Cardiff
Blues in the
dying
moments
of their
Challenge
Cup semi-final
win over Pau
on Saturday.
Jason Woodward
Eddie Jones had a look at
Gloucester’s Woodward, who
qualifies for England via a
grandmother, in a training camp
at the end of last season. With
Anthony Watson injured, the
New Zealand-born fly-half
impressed again and looks a pacy
option capable of linking attacks.
Jarrod Evans
Cardiff Blues 12
Robbie Henshaw
Leinster
13
Virimi Vakatawa
Racing 92 14
11
15
Isa Nacewa
Leinster
Jason Woodward
Gloucester
Teddy Thomas
Racing 92
Glasgow Warriors
A 36-15 defeat by Ulster means
Dave Rennie’s side have won just
three of their seven Pro14 games
since the start of the NatWest
Six Nations. Following a fine
start, they appear to be losing
some momentum. They face
Edinburgh next.
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Sport Rugby union
Brave Scarlets overwhelmed by
an aggregate of small margins
BRIAN
MOORE
Leinster delivered a little
better and a little longer
– which is why they are
one of the world’s best
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Machenaud, though, did kick the
penalty to extend his side’s advantage. Cue Racing’s dozy period. Cue
Munster’s upturn in fortunes,
triggered by the arrival of a man
who will be in Racing colours next
season, Zebo, who scored 20 minutes after coming on, only moments
after Andreu had been sin-binned.
Munster took full advantage with
Rhys Marshall driven over, before
Andrew Conway stubbed on a kick
through from Zebo in the last
minute to touch down.
“We played as we dreamed in the
first 40, but we need the full 80
against Leinster,” said Racing coach
Laurent Labit. Quite.
ou had to feel for
Scarlets captain Ken
Owens in his
post-match
interview. He was at
a loss to make sense
of a game in which his side had
competed, given their all. They had
not played especially below par but
had never seemed like winning.
Scarlets are a very good side;
they have potent attacking options
in the backs and their pack is
dogged and carries well. What
Scarlets did, Leinster did a little
better and for a little longer. You
could not say they hammered the
Welsh side; they were just better
individually and collectively by a
small margin. In aggregate, that
turned out to look and probably
felt like a drubbing.
It was summed up by former
Scarlets head coach Simon
Easterby at half-time, in comments
that rang true for the whole game.
Scarlets scored in threes and
Leinster in fives or sevens. When
this happens, there is only one
winner, and it must be as hellishly
frustrating to play against as it is
joyous being a side that delivers it.
The clarity with which Leinster
play and the accuracy with which
they carry out their tactical options
are as apparent as that displayed by
their national side. This is the sort
of all-pervasive form that Saracens
showed for 18 months in which they
took back-to-back trophies. It will
take a monumental performance to
beat them in the final in Bilbao. Just
now, they are better than many
international sides.
There is a feeling of inevitability
watching Leinster in this mode.
You know what is coming, can see
it happening and yet cannot stop it.
The basics are covered by a front
five who have improved markedly
in the past two seasons. Cian
Healey and Tadhg Furlong are no
longer vulnerable in the tight; they
pose a threat to all but the
strongest front row. Devin Toner
and James Ryan are now valuable
carriers and defenders, not just
sources of line-out ball. In the back
row, they have balance and power,
and in Scott Fardy a canny operator
who knows just when and how far
to push the laws.
At No10, Johnny Sexton is in a
rich vein of form, and just outside
him, Garry Ringrose and Robbie
Henshaw give him straightforward
options that compliment his sleight
of hand. What you have to admire
about Sexton’s play is the precision.
For example, his cross kicks for
wingers to chase do not just give
them a chance, they put the
maximum pressure on defenders,
pinning them, turning them into
the sun and making them catch
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balls just in play. Even when such
kicks are dealt with, the defender
does well to take the ball into his
own in-goal, resulting in a fivemetre scrum with a Leinster put-in.
This accumulation of pressure
wears sides down, and though
Scarlets defended well for decent
chunks of time, they still conceded
five tries. The technique in
Leinster’s ball retention is not
innate, it is practised until it
becomes automatic, and the closest
few players instinctively realise
they are required to clear the next
phases. A side can then put
together a substantial tally of
phases and wait to see where the
gaps or mis-matches appear across
the defensive line. Exeter are
working towards this possessionbased game, but do not yet have
Leinster’s attacking options when
the chances present.
An all-Irish final in the
Champions Cup was always a
romantic notion; it required
Munster to perform way above
their average showing this year to
create a date with Leinster. In the
end, they could not, and though
they put three tries past Racing 92,
the scores made the result
respectable in name only. It was
Racing’s best form in many weeks.
They will need to be at their best to
get anywhere near winning the
cup. To dent Leinster, they either
have to take them on at their own
keep-ball or blow tries through a
resolute defence. Putting Leinster
under pressure in set-pieces would
make a difference, but it is
doubtful if Racing 92 have the
firepower for it. They are a solid
front five, not a dominant one.
Their back row is powerful, and
like many Top 14 sides, they have
players who major in effecting
turnovers or penalties at the
breakdown. Wenceslas Lauret,
Bernard Le Roux and Yannick
Nyanga are their best hope of
disrupting Leinster’s rhythm.
Anscombe sets his sights on more silverware England suffer sevens reverse
Cardiff Blues
Pau
16
10
Att: 11,723
By Kate Rowan
at Cardiff Arms Park
The record of having won both
Junior Rugby World Cup and Super
Rugby finals is something Gareth
Anscombe is proud of.
The New Zealand-born Wales
international quipped that, “Maybe,
going back to schoolboy rugby,
I lost one”, after his Cardiff Blues
side put in a gritty, yet entertaining,
performance to edge out Pau 16-10
in the Challenge Cup semi-final.
That victory secured a final date
next month with Gloucester in
Bilbao, where he will be targeting
another successful final. Anscombe,
Putting the boot in: Gareth Anscombe
keeps Cardiff ticking over against Pau
who was playing at full-back to
accommodate promising youngster
Jarrod Evans, scored the hosts’ only
try of the match after five minutes.
The 26-year-old believes the
Welsh region will be underdogs
against
Gloucester,
but
the
motivation of claiming their first
silverware since winning the same
tournament in 2010 will be
powerful. “I think Gloucester will
be favourites and they probably
deserve to be,” he said. “But the
beauty about finals footy is that
when you get there anything can
happen. It would be pretty special.
“Pressure does strange things to
people. When we get there we’ll
have nothing to lose. That’s the way
we tried to approach today. We
really wanted to land the first
punch and not be afraid of playing.”
Anscombe was also involved in
Pau’s try to level the game after 20
minutes when his kick was charged
down by second row Julien Pierre,
with former All Black centre
Conrad Smith sneaking over.
Two first-half penalties from
Evans and one from another Pau
former All Black, Tom Taylor, took
the score to 13-10 at half-time. A
74th-minute penalty, again from
Evans, provided the only points of a
physical second half that saw
Cardiff dominate at the breakdown.
By Kate Rowan
After claiming bronze at the Commonwealth Games, the England
women’s side had a disappointing
seventh-place finish at the Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan, the third
tournament of the World Series.
New Zealand, who were gold
medallists on the Gold Coast, were
able to maintain their form, winning the tournament by beating
France 24-12 in the final. Olympic
gold medallists and Commonwealth silver medallists Australia
finished in third place.
England had stated they would
focus on peaking for the Commonwealth Games and the Rugby World
Cup Sevens, which take place in
San Francisco in July.
After an eighth-place finish in
Dubai, and missing out on the quarter-finals in Sydney, Kitakyushu
has been their best World Series
showing. However, England will
need to become more consistent if
they are to compete with the likes
of Australia and New Zealand.
Women’s sevens, with its Olympic event, is affording non-traditional rugby-playing nations a
chance to compete at the highest
level. It was Spain who scuppered
England’s chances in the quarterfinals with a 7-5 win.
Russia currently sit fourth in the
World Series rankings and beat
England twice over the course of
the tournament, including 10-5 in
their pool opener and then 41-0 in
the fifth-place play-off semi-final.
China also reached the quarter-finals, which is seen as a boost for the
game in Asia.
James Bailey’s side could only
manage one victory in the pool
stages – a 21-19 win against Canada
– with a defeat to the Fijians and the
Russians. England beat China 36-5
in the seventh-place play-off.
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Sport Rugby Union
Leinster rewarded for Cullen’s overhaul
Gavin Mairs
RUGBY NEWS
CORRESPONDENT
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Leinster
Scarlets
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Leinster’s progression to their first
Champions Cup final since 2012 has
not come by chance. The abundant
playing resources of the Irish province, who provided the backbone of
Ireland’s Grand Slam side, have
been well-documented this season.
However, bridging the six-year
gap since they defeated Ulster at
Twickenham to claim their third title required a complete overhaul of
their entire approach, according to
their director of rugby, Leo Cullen.
When the old Heineken Cup
tournament was disbanded at the
behest of the English and French
clubs to bring a greater degree of
meritocracy in 2014, there were
fears that the Irish provinces no
longer possessed the finances to
build squads to compete with the
emerging galaticos of Toulon, Saracens, Racing 92 and the traditional
French powerhouses of Toulouse
and Clermont Auvergne.
Cullen found himself under pressure in a difficult first season in
charge in 2015, but after a period of
soul-searching, the former Leinster, Leicester and Ireland captain,
who led Leinster to all their titles,
has now transformed his squad into
one of the finest in the 22-year history of the European competition.
“The landscape is completely different in Europe [now] to when
Leinster were winning trophies,”
he said. “Saracens, Toulon, Racing
have all emerged. We had to rethink
a lot of things we were doing.
“We had to go back to the drawing board and work incredibly hard.
Ultimately, it will be good for the
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Slipping in: Johnny Sexton, who scored
18 points for Leinster, crosses for his try
club because it focused minds on
how we could get better. So it’s nice
to be back at this stage again. Knowing what that feels like makes you
want to do it again and again.
“It is about managing the demands of the season and understanding you are going to be
missing players at certain times, so
how you invest in the resources is a
big thing – the work we do and
understanding how to manage a
competitive group so we can manage the whole squad and everyone
understands the role they play in
getting the team to these big days. It
is frustrating for some guys because
a lot of them have played a part in
getting the team to this point in
both competitions, and sometimes,
they don’t get to play in some of
these knockout games, so I am
managing the group well because
everyone plays such a big role.”
The Scarlets had travelled to
Dublin more in expectation than
hope, having beaten Leinster in the
Pro12 semi-finals at the RDS last
season on the way to winning the
title. On Saturday, Wayne Pivac’s
side were completely outclassed. A
semi-final that promised to deliver
a spellbinding, high-octane contest
became a Leinster procession; an
exhibition of the potent mix of their
forward power and directness of a
rejuvenated Robbie Henshaw after
a 10-week lay-off and the guile of
Johnny Sexton, who marshalled his
backline superbly.
Sexton scored 18 points, including a second-half try, before he was
withdrawn for a rest with 20 minutes still remaining, such was Leinster’s dominance after James Ryan,
Cian Healy and Fergus McFadden
had scored tries to take the game
beyond the Scarlets by half-time.
The Scarlets’ only return was
Leigh Halfpenny’s three penalties
and a late try by Tadhg Beirne. Scott
Fardy, Leinster’s Australian backrow forward, claimed the man-ofthe-match award, capping his
abrasive display with a second-half
try, but Sexton was quick to hail the
influence of Henshaw, who looks to
used his spell on the sidelines –
after picking up the shoulder injury
he sustained while playing for
Ireland in their defeat of Italy – to
take his game to a new level.
“He’s got everything,” Sexton
said of his inside centre. “What an
incredible athlete to spend the time
out that he has and to come back
and look like he’d never been away,
so by far the most impressive performance from him.”
Results
Rugby Union
European Champions Cup Semi-finals
Leinster 38 Scarlets 16
Leinster: R Kearney, F McFadden, G Ringrose, R
Henshaw, I Nacewa, J Sexton, J Gibson-Park, C
Healy, S Cronin, T Furlong, D Toner, J Ryan, S
Fardy, D Leavy, J Murphy.
Scarlets: R Patchell, L Halfpenny, S Williams, H
Parkes, S Evans, D Jones, G Davies, R Evans, K
Owens, S Lee, T Beirne, D Bulbring, A Shingler, J
Davies, J Barclay.
Scores: 0-3 Halfpenny pen (6 mins); 5-3 Ryan try
(10); 7-3 Sexton con (11); 10-3 Sexton pen (18);
10-6 Halfpenny pen (22); 15-6 Healy try (27);
17-6 Sexton con (28); 17-9 Halfpenny pen (34);
22-9 McFadden try (40); 24-9 Sexton con (40);
29-9 Fardy try (50); 31-9 Sexton con (52); 36-9
Sexton try (60); 38-9 Sexton con (60); 38-14
Beirne try (79); 38-16 Patchell con (80).
HT: 24-9. Att: 48,455. Referee: Romain Poite.
Racing 92 27 Munster 22
Racing 92: L Dupichot (D Carter 57), T Thomas, V
Vakatawa (J Rokocoko 60), H Chavancy, M
Andreu, P Lambie, M Machenaud (T Iribaren 75),
E Ben Arous (V Kakovin 51), C Chat (D Szarzewski
51), C Gomes Sa (V Afatia 51), D Ryan, L
Nakarawa, W Lauret, B Le Roux (B Chouzenoux
56), Y Nyanga (A Claassen 60).
Munster: A Conway, K Earls, S Arnold, R Scannell,
A Wootton (S Zebo 43), I Keatley (J Hanrahan
53), C Murray, D Kilcoyne (J Cronin 43), N
Scannell, S Archer, J Kleyn (G Grobler 60), B
Holland, P O’Mahony, J O’Donoghue (R Copeland
53), C Stander.
Scores: 5-0 Thomas try (5 mins); 7-0 Machenaud
con (7); 7-3 Keatley pen (17); 12-3 Thomas try
(18); 14-3 Machenaud con (20); 19-3 Machenaud
try (22); 21-3 Machenaud con (24); 24-3
Machenaud pen (26); 27-3 Machenaud pen (43);
27-8 Zebo try (63); 27-13 Marshall try (76);
27-15 Hanrahan con (77); 27-20 Conway try
(80); 27-22 Hanrahan con (80).
HT: 24-3. Att: 24,574. Referee: JP Doyle.
European Challenge Cup Semi-finals
Cardiff Blues 16 Pau 10
Cardiff Blues: G Anscombe, A Cuthbert (G Smith
73), R Lee-Lo, W Halaholo, O Lane, J Evans, T
Williams (L Williams 57), G Jenkins (R Gill 40), K
Dacey (K Myhill 60), A Peikrishvili (S Andrews 55),
S Davies, J Turnbull, J Navidi, E Jenkins, N
Williams (O Robinson 68).
Pau: C Malie, F Halai (J Fumat 57), C Smith, J
Vatubua, W Votu, T Taylor, T Daubagna (J Tomas
71), T Domingo (I Calles 61), Q Lespiaucq-Brettes
(L Rey 61), M Hamadache (L Adriaanse 61), D
Ramsay, J Pierre (D Foley 57), B Mowen (P Butler
57), S Dougall, S Armitage.
Scores: 5-0 Anscombe try (6 mins); 7-0 J. Evans
con (6); 7-5 Smith try (20); 7-7 Taylor con (20);
10-7 J. Evans pen (24); 10-10 Taylor pen (35);
13-10 J. Evans pen (39); 16-10 J. Evans pen (74).
HT: 13-10. Att: 11,723. Referee: John Lacey.
Gloucester 33 Newcastle 12 (Friday)
British & Irish Cup Semi-finals
Ealing 36 Bedford 16
Ealing Trailfinders—T: O’Connor, Walker, Carter,
Casson, Bright. C: Daniels (4). P: Daniels.
Bedford—T: Le Bourgeois. C: Hooley. P: Hooley
(3). HT: 26-9.
Jersey 27 Leinster A 29
Jersey—T: Pincus, Hardy, Worrall. C: Cope (3). P:
Cope (2). Leinster A—T: Timmins, Frawley (3). C:
Frawley (3). P: Frawley. HT: 14-3.
Guinness Pro14
Ulster 36 Glasgow 15
Ulster—T: Cooney, Timoney (2), Reidy. C: Cooney,
McPhillips. P: Cooney (3), McPhillips.
Glasgow—T: Gibbins, Brown. C: Russell. P:
Russell. HT: 16-10.
Zebre 37 Ospreys 14
Zebre—T: Biagi, Bellini (3), Bisegni, Di Giulio. C:
Canna (2). P: Canna.
Ospreys—T: S. Cross, Morgan-Williams. C: S.
Davies (2). HT: 22-7.
P W D L B
F A Pts
20 15 1 4 13 595 342 75
20 13 0 7 15 544 337 67
20 11 0 9 14 580 534 58
20 11 0 9 9 479 456 53
20 8 0 12 8 364 464 40
20 6 0 14 10 398 467 34
20 6 0 14 8 386 576 32
P W D L B
F A Pts
Leinster
20 14 1 5 12 591 327 70
Scarlets
20 13 1 6 11 495 357 65
Edinburgh
20 14 0 6 8 470 356 64
Ulster
20 12 1 7 10 514 458 60
B Treviso
20 11 0 9 10 398 429 54
New Gwent
20 2 2 16 8 370 639 20
Southern Kings 20 1 0 19 7 358 800 11
NATIONAL LGE.-1: Birmingham 34 Rosslyn Park
19-Bishop’s Stortford 27 Cambridge
33-Blackheath 28 Old Elthamians 23-Coventry 36
Darlington MP 46-Esher 42 Caldy 28-Fylde 33
Loughborough 81-Hull Ionians 16 Ampthill &
District 42-Old Albanians 21 Plymouth Albion 24.
P W D L B
F A Pts
Coventry
29 26 0 3 251175 474 129
Darlington
29 22 1 6 21 814 620 111
Ampthill & Dist 29 18 4 7 21 761 535 101
Plymouth A
27 17 2 8 21 729 511 93
Blackheath
29 17 2 10 16 759 607 88
Old Elthamians 29 15 1 13 19 714 679 81
Birmingham 29 14 2 13 19 675 734 79
Bishop’s St
29 14 1 14 16 722 695 74
Esher
29 10 2 17 25 744 827 69
Caldy
29 12 0 17 20 708 715 68
Cambridge
29 13 0 16 15 584 593 67
Loughboro S 28 10 3 15 15 720 837 61
Rosslyn Pk
28 9 2 17 21 697 796 61
Hull Ionians 29 10 1 18 17 664 903 59
Old Alb’s
29 9 1 19 16 606 886 54
Fylde
29 3 0 26 8 398 1058 20
Glasgow
Munster
Cheetahs
Cardiff Blues
Ospreys
Connacht
Zebre
2, North: Hinckley 40 Chester 24-Macclesfield 50
Stourbridge 33-Otley 10 Luctonians 24-Sale 45
Huddersfield 10-Sedgley Park 75 Sheffield
14-Sheffield Tigers 23 Leicester Lions 10-South
Leicester 48 Blaydon 34-Tynedale 22 Wharfedale
24. South: Barnstaple 22 Worthing 36-Bury St
Edmunds 19 Cinderford 24-Canterbury 52
Chinnor 29-Clifton 19 Redingensians 29-Henley
19 London Irish Wild Geese 36-Redruth 36
Broadstreet 24-Taunton Titans 26 Tonbridge
Juddians 66-Wimbledon 55 Old Redcliffians 17.
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY
PREMIERSHIP: Aberavon 41 Newport 5-Bargoed
21 Pontypridd 38-Bedwas 57 Cross Keys
34-Bridgend 24 Swansea 0-Cardiff Rugby P
Llanelli P-Ebbw Vale 26 RGC 1404 25-Merthyr 21
Carmarthen Quins 33-Neath 32 Llandovery 40.
WRU NATIONAL CH’SHIP: Cardiff Met 20
Bedlinog 26-Narberth 20 Pontypool 27-Newcastle
Emlyn 39 Newbridge 50-Trebanos 39 Glynneath 29.
WRU NATIONAL.-Div 1, West: Aberystwyth 46
Kidwelly 14-Dunvant 17 Penclawdd 15-Felinfoel
44 Crymych 39-Tycroes 10 Gowerton 24. North:
Bethesda 18 Ruthin 5-Bro Ffestiniog 64 Llangefni
12-Dolgellau 42 Colwyn Bay 3-Llandudno 15
Pwllheli 17. East: Abertillery B G 20 Blaenavon
30-Brecon 30 Pontypool Utd 23-Brynmawr 38
Caerleon 7-Dowlais 29 Croesyceiliog 19-Nelson 21
Penallta 47-Risca 42 Ynysybwl 39.
BT NATIONAL CUP.-Final: Dumfries 30 Kelso 17.
BT NATIONAL LGE.-Div 1: Cartha Q P P Kelso
P-Dundee HSFP 29 Jed-Forest 43-Selkirk 7
Edinburgh Acads 52. Div 2: Hamilton 45 Peebles
40-Kirkcaldy 32 Lasswade 15. Div 3: Haddington
12 Highland 47-Hillhead/Jordanhill 5 Newton
Stewart 35-Orkney 36 Perthshire 25.
ULSTER BANK LGE.-Div 1, Promotion/relegation play-offs: St Mary’s College 24 UCC
36-Banbridge 28 Ballynahinch 24.
SUPER RUGBY: Bulls 28 Rebels 10-Crusaders 33
Sunwolves 11-Reds 12 Chiefs 36-Sharks 24
Stormers 17-Brumbies 20 Jaguares 25.
Rugby League
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup 5th round
Warrington 54 Bradford 6
Warrington—T: Hill, Currie (2), Goodwin (3),
Charnley (4). G: Ratchford (3), Goodwin (4).
Bradford—T: Keyes. G: Keyes. HT: 30-0.
Widnes 90 Coventry 0
Widnes—T: Hanbury (3), Ah Van (3), White,
Craven (4), B. Walker, Whitley, Chamberlain, D.
Walker, J. Chapelhow, Ince. G: Gilmore (11).
HT: 54-0.
Doncaster 16 Featherstone 26
Doncaster—T: Jones-Bishop (2), England.
G: Miller (2). Featherstone—T: Briscoe,
Taulapapa, Holmes, Robinson (2). G: Ridyard (3).
HT: 14-10.
Leigh 40 London Broncos 0
Leigh—T: Dawson, Hood, Hall, Owens, Crooks (2),
Hansen. G: Reynolds (6).
HT: 22-0.
Oldham 0 Hull K R 32
Hull K R—T: Atkin, Quinlan (3), Oakes, Dagger.
G: Shaw (4).
HT: 0-20.
Toronto Wolfpack 16 Barrow 12
Toronto Wolfpack—T: O’Brien, Ackers,
Rawsthorne. G: Brierley (2).
Barrow—T: Mossop, Aspinwall. G: Dallimore (2).
HT: 10-12.
Whitehaven 38 Rochdale 0
Whitehaven—T: Phillips (2), Abram, Holliday,
Parker. G: Abram (9).
HT: 18-0.
York 22 Catalans Dragons 34
York—T: Porter (2), Moss, Batchelor. G:
C. Robinson (3).
Catalans Dragons—T: Yaha, Baitieri, Simon,
Albert, Broughton, Bird. G: Albert (5).
HT: 10-16.
Betfred Super League
St Helens
Wigan
Warrington
Hull
Castleford
Leeds
Salford
Wakefield
Widnes
Hull K R
Huddersfield
Catalans
P W
12 10
11 9
12 8
12 7
10 7
11 6
12 5
11 5
11 3
11 3
12 2
11 2
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0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
L
2
2
4
5
3
4
7
6
8
8
9
9
F
368
315
248
280
204
210
216
208
197
197
164
142
A
142
152
187
248
188
183
228
224
255
268
379
295
Pts
20
18
16
14
14
13
10
10
6
6
5
4
BETFRED.-Ch'ship: Dewsbury 18 Halifax 46.
P W D
L
F
A Pts
Toronto
11 9 1 1 289 180 19
Featherstone 11 9 0 2 390 210 18
Toulouse
11 8 0 3 408 204 16
London
10 7 0 3 371 190 14
Halifax
10 7 0 3 230 176 14
Leigh
11 6 0 5 387 230 12
Batley
9 5 0 4 222 254 10
Dewsbury
10 3 0 7 156 245 6
Barrow
10 2 2 6 154 296 6
Sheffield
10 2 0 8 171 376 4
Rochdale
9 1 0 8 118 326 2
Swinton
10 0 1 9 146 355 1
League 1: Workington 20 North Wales Crusaders
12-Newcastle 14 Keighley 34.
TOP 6
P W D
L
F
A Pts
Doncaster
6 5 0 1 238 72 10
Bradford
6 5 0 1 206 73 10
York
6 5 0 1 178 92 10
Whitehaven
6 4 0 2 178 94 8
Workington
7 4 0 3 219 145 8
Keighley
7 4 0 3 232 192 8
The Daily Telegraph Monday 23 April 2018
**
Khan targets
a world title
before Brook
showdown
‘Embarrassed’
O’Sullivan says
sorry to fans
SNOOKER
Quick work: Amir
Khan wasted
little time in his
comeback fight,
stopping Phil Lo
Greco in just 39
seconds
GETTY IMAGES
Briton wants Broner or
rematch with Garcia
‘I will fight Kell because
it will seal our legacy’
By Gareth A Davies
BOXING CORRESPONDENT
Phase one of Amir Khan’s comeback was completed with the least
damage and maximum impact as
the 31-year-old returned from a
two-year absence to beat Phil Lo
Greco in Liverpool with two knockdowns and a finish in 39 seconds.
Phase two, however, looks more
complex. Khan declared that a fight
with his Sheffield rival Kell Brook
“could happen down the line”, but
that this summer he favoured taking on the Americans Adrien
Broner or Danny Garcia in a sta-
dium in Britain. “The fight with
Kell Brook will happen, but I want
to regain a world title and become a
three-weight world champion,”
said Khan, highlighting the issue
over what weight a fight with Brook
should or could be made at.
Khan wants the contest to be at
welterweight (147lb); Brook would
like 150lb, but revealed to The Daily
Telegraph he would be prepared to
come down to 147lb. Promoter Eddie Hearn admits it will be complex
to negotiate, though the Matchroom Sport boxing head is optimistic it will eventually take place.
23
Behind Anthony Joshua, Khan is
arguably the next biggest draw in
British boxing. His defensive vulnerabilities, allied to his effectiveness as an attacking fighter,
intrigues both the boxing aficionado and the wider sporting public.
“I fancy fighting Broner, who is
serious again [he gained an impressive draw on Saturday against Jessie Vargas]. But I know if I fight the
likes of Broner, Danny Garcia, or
Kell Brook, I can’t afford to make
any mistakes,” said Khan. “But it
was great to get a knockout to show
the power is there. I do think Kell
and myself should fight, because it
will seal our legacy.”
In Belfast, Carl Frampton boxed
masterfully against former fourweight world champion Nonito
Donaire as the featherweight eased
himself back into world title contention with a wide points win. Promoter Frank Warren told The Daily
Telegraph that the options for the
Northern Irishman are either a
challenge for the World Boxing Organisation title against Oscar Valdez, or for the International Boxing
Federation title against the winner
of Lee Selby and Josh Warrington.
Ronnie O’Sullivan has apologised
for making an “embarrassing” start
to his latest world title bid and said
he wanted to refund short-changed
snooker fans.
With a sixth World Championship crown in his sights, O’Sullivan
was off his game early on against
Stephen Maguire in Sheffield.
But, after his Saturday horror
show, he atoned by winning seven
out of eight frames yesterday to secure a 10-7 first-round victory.
O’Sullivan trailed 6-3 after the
opening session, when Maguire felt
his opponent was “there for the taking”, but grasped a lifeline when the
Glaswegian front-runner became
jittery. “It was so embarrassing and
I felt like I wanted to give them all
their money back. I was gutted,”
O’Sullivan said. “They took a Saturday afternoon out to come and
watch a bit of snooker. Thank God
Stephen potted a few balls. I was
missing balls all over the gaff.
“I was lucky to get through, and
that’s good for me and unlucky for
Stephen.”
O’Sullivan, 42, goes on to face Ali
Carter in the second round, starting
on Friday, a repeat of the 2008 and
2012 finals, which both went
O’Sullivan’s way.
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Monday 23 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Sport Cricket
Essex made to
battle for win
by Lancashire
At Chelmsford
Essex (150 & 313) beat
Lancashire (144 & 288)
by 31 runs
After the frustration of a first-match
washout at Headingley, Essex
showed they have lost none of the
champion resolve in beating
Lancashire by 31 runs with more
than a day to spare at Chelmsford.
After being skittled for 150 on the
first day of this Specsavers County
Championship Division One game,
they fought back to set an improbable target of 320 and then
overcame serious resistance from
Alex Davies, Jordan Clark and
latterly Joe Mennie, who all posted
half-centuries, to edge home and
secure a welcome 19 points.
Mennie thumped three sixes in a
third half-century of the innings
that only ended when Jamie Porter
removed his leg stump to end the
game. Porter’s four wickets for 54
in the innings took him to nine for
80 in the match.
Davies had taken the fight to
Essex for 39 overs, while compiling
a flawless 71, before he was knocked
off his feet by Porter after facing 85
balls and hitting 11 fours.
Clark took up the gauntlet upon
Davies’s departure but when he was
the eighth man out, with 77 runs required, the Red Rose wilted visibly
and they finished 32 runs behind.
Clark’s belligerent innings lasted
80 balls, and included five fours
and a six, while 104 runs were
knocked off the target during his
stay at the wicket.
Mennie, who departed for 56
after a 91-ball cameo, ensured the
Lancashire tail wagged to the
extent that the last pair put on 42,
with Matt Parkinson contributing
just four. It was a satisfying, if
ultimately nervy win for Essex, as
Lancashire were the only side they
did not beat in their title-winning
season, when they won 10 of the
14-game programme.
When Porter knocked back
Haseeb Hameed’s off stump with
the last ball of his second over, it
looked as if Essex were on the kind
of roll that accounted for many
teams during their title surge last
year. It was not until the 83rd over,
and just after 5.30pm, that they got
the job done.
Essex’s former Australia Test
bowler Peter Siddle said: “For us to
bat in the third innings and get over
300 showed it was a decent wicket
to bat on. We just needed to bowl
well and control the game.
“I think we controlled most of it
and that put the pressure on them.
But it was a little bit closer than we
would have liked.”
Lancashire’s assistant coach
Mark Chilton said: “Joe played
wonderfully at the end there. But in
cases like this, if you are leaving it
to the 10th wicket to chase 70 runs
down you are asking quite a lot.”
Pope and
Virdi put
Surrey in
sight of
victory
At the Oval
Hampshire (147 & 116-4) trail
Surrey (211 & 407-9 dec)
by 356 runs
Ollie Pope and Amar Virdi, two of
Surrey’s exciting crop of young
players, grabbed centre stage at the
Oval to set up a probable victory
against Hampshire.
Pope’s brilliant 145, the 20-yearold’s second century in just his 12th
first-class innings, allowed Surrey
to declare their second innings at
407 for nine, setting Hampshire an
improbable 472 to win this Specsavers County Championship Division
One game.
By stumps on the third day, they
were 116 for four with Sam Northeast on 14 and Rilee Rossouw on 19.
That was largely the result of
19-year-old off spinner Virdi producing the day’s most dramatic moments when, in the space of five
balls in his fourth over, he dismissed both Hashim Amla (21) and
Cricket scoreboards
Specsavers County Championship
Division One
Essex v Lancashire
At Chelmsford
Lancashire chose to bowl
Essex — First Innings 150
Lancashire — First Innings 144 (Harmer 5-46,
Porter 5-26)
Essex — Second Innings
(Overnight 313 (Foster 69))
Lancashire — Second Innings
24
K K Jennings c Chopra b Siddle
Haseeb Hameed b Porter
1
†A L Davies lbw b Porter
71
*L S Livingstone c Foster b Walter
23
S Chanderpaul lbw b Walter
1
D J Vilas lbw b Siddle
22
J Clark lbw b Porter
59
T E Bailey run out
9
J M Mennie b Porter
56
G Onions c Foster b Harmer
1
M W Parkinson not out
4
Extras (b3 lb10 nb4)
17
Total (82.2 overs)
288
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-32, 3-88, 4-98, 5-139,
6-172, 7-195, 8-243, 9-246.
Bowling: J A Porter 19.2-4-54-4, P M Siddle
20-4-55-2, S R Harmer 29-5-109-1, P I Walter
6-1-21-2, R S Bopara 8-0-36-0.
Umpires: N L Bainton and R J Bailey.
Essex (19pts) beat Lancs (3pts) by 31 runs
Somerset v Worcestershire
Worcestershire chose to bowl
At Taunton
Somerset — First Innings 202 (Renshaw 101no,
Barnard 5-52)
Worcestershire — First Innings 179 (Barnard
50, Gregory 4-51)
Somerset — Second Innings
(Overnight 255-9 (Barnard 5-37))
111
J C Hildreth not out
T D Groenewald b Barnard
4
Extras (b6 lb3 nb4)
13
Total (69.2 overs)
255
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-11, 3-75, 4-145, 5-153,
6-153, 7-206, 8-223, 9-239.
Bowling: J Leach 15-2-61-2, S J Magoffin 16-258-1, E Barnard 19.2-8-37-6, J C Tongue 14-067-1, T M Head 5-0-23-0.
Worcestershire — Second Innings
D K H Mitchell b Gregory
1
B L D’Oliveira lbw b Davey
5
T C Fell lbw b Gregory
41
J M Clarke lbw b Gregory
7
T M Head c Davies b Groenewald
9
G H Rhodes c Renshaw b Groenewald
0
†O B Cox b Davey
23
E Barnard not out
45
*J Leach c Hildreth b Groenewald
6
J C Tongue c & b Overton
34
S J Magoffin run out
10
Extras (lb4 w2 nb8)
14
Total (51.4 overs)
195
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-16, 3-25, 4-55, 5-63,
6-85, 7-103, 8-121, 9-164.
Bowling: L Gregory 13-5-35-3, J H Davey 11-149-2, C Overton 12-2-45-1, T D Groenewald
14-3-51-3, M J Leach 1.4-0-11-0.
Umpires: I J Gould and S J O’Shaughnessy.
Somerset (20pts) beat Worcs (3pts) by 83 runs
Surrey v Hampshire
At The Kia Oval
Surrey won toss
Surrey — First Innings 211 (Dawson 4-30,
Edwards 4-38)
Hampshire — First Innings 147 (Amla 55,
Clarke 4-39, Curran 4-39)
Surrey — Second Innings
(Overnight 217-4 (Borthwick 74))
†B T Foakes b Edwards
81
O J Pope c Rossouw b Dawson
145
S M Curran lbw b Dawson
13
R Clarke c Dawson b Edwards
7
J W Dernbach c McManus b Edwards
8
M P Dunn not out
9
Extras (b9 lb3 w2 nb2)
16
Total (for 9 dec, 109.3 overs)
407
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-41, 3-86, 4-173, 5-304,
6-332, 7-363, 8-379, 9-407.
Did Not Bat: A Virdi.
Bowling: K J Abbott 19-2-72-3, F H Edwards
23-1-130-3, L A Dawson 37.3-7-85-2, C P Wood
16-2-56-1, B Wheal 14-0-52-0.
Hampshire — Second Innings
J H K Adams c Stoneman b Clarke
21
†L D McManus b Dunn
4
*J M Vince lbw b Virdi
33
H M Amla lbw b Virdi
21
S A Northeast not out
14
R R Rossouw not out
19
Extras (b4)
4
Total (for 4, 42.5 overs)
116
Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-29, 3-83, 4-84.
To Bat: L A Dawson, K J Abbott, C P Wood, B
Wheal, F H Edwards.
Bowling: J W Dernbach 12-4-29-0, S M Curran
7-4-14-0, A Virdi 9.5-2-26-2, R Clarke 8-2-23-1,
M P Dunn 6-2-20-1.
Umpires: R K Illingworth and D J Millns.
Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire
At Emerald Headingley
Notts chose to bowl
Yorkshire — First Innings 256 (Hodd 62,
Fletcher 4-47)
Nottinghamshire — First Innings 188 (Taylor
57, Coad 4-49)
Yorkshire — Second Innings
(Overnight 189-4)
*G S Ballance b Gurney
82
J A Leaning lbw b Gurney
37
†A J Hodd lbw b Gurney
3
T T Bresnan not out
68
J Shaw c Moores b Fletcher
6
J A Brooks c Moores b Ball
13
B O Coad c Mullaney b Fletcher
33
Extras (b5 lb17 nb4)
26
Total (108.2 overs)
334
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-28, 3-37, 4-95, 5-198,
6-199, 7-204, 8-228, 9-257.
Bowling: J T Ball 22-4-69-3, L J Fletcher 23.210-45-2, H F Gurney 27-4-86-3, L Wood 19-1-631, S R Patel 15-4-45-0, C D Nash 2-0-4-0.
Nottinghamshire — Second Innings
*S J Mullaney lbw b Coad
13
J D Libby b Coad
38
C D Nash c Hodd b Bresnan
23
L R P L Taylor c Hodd b Brooks
30
S R Patel b Coad
7
M H Wessels c Hodd b Shaw
33
L J Fletcher b Brooks
2
†T J Moores not out
10
L Wood c Leaning b Coad
10
J T Ball not out
8
Extras (b1 lb5 w1)
7
Total (for 8, 46 overs)
181
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-59, 3-81, 4-101, 5-135,
6-143, 7-151, 8-172.
To Bat: H F Gurney.
Bowling: J A Brooks 12-2-56-2, B O Coad 14-655-4, J Shaw 10-0-46-1, T T Bresnan 7-2-14-1, A
Lyth 3-2-4-0.
Umpires: N G B Cook and M A Gough.
P W L D Bt Bl Ded Pts
Essex
2 1 0 1 0 3 0.00 24.0
Hampshire
1 1 0 0 2 3 0.00 21.0
Somerset
1 1 0 0 1 3 0.00 20.0
Notts
1 1 0 0 1 3 0.00 20.0
Worcs
2 0 2 0 1 6 0.00 7.0
Lancashire
2 0 2 0 0 6 0.00 6.0
Yorkshire
1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 5.0
Surrey
0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.0
*Not including games in progress
Division Two
Northamptonshire v Warwickshire
At Northampton
Northamptonshire won toss
Northamptonshire — First Innings 147
(Sidebottom 6-35)
Warwickshire — First Innings 413 (Ambrose
103, Hain 85, Brookes 70)
Northamptonshire — Second Innings
(Overnight 41-0)
R I Newton c Sibley b Wright
46
B M Duckett c Ambrose b Sidebottom
12
*A G Wakely lbw b Patel
25
R E Levi c Trott b Patel
0
R I Keogh c Ambrose b Sidebottom
6
†A M Rossington lbw b Sidebottom
58
J J Cobb c Ambrose b Wright
30
D A J Bracewell not out
15
B A Hutton b Sidebottom
7
R J Gleeson b Brookes
0
B W Sanderson b Brookes
0
Extras (b3 lb9 w1 nb6)
19
Total (91.2 overs)
218
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-87, 3-87, 4-95, 5-100,
6-172, 7-193, 8-209, 9-210.
Bowling: C J C Wright 18-4-38-2, R N
Sidebottom 22-5-61-4, J S Patel 31-15-65-2, H J
H Brookes 18.2-5-33-2, M Lamb 2-0-9-0.
Umpires: R A Kettleborough and R J Warren.
Warwicks (22pts) beat Northants (2pts) by an
innings and 48 runs
Derbyshire v Middlesex
At Derby
Middlesex chose to bowl
Derbyshire — First Innings 265 (Viljoen 60no,
Harris 4-68)
Middlesex — First Innings 157 (Olivier 4-26)
Derbyshire — Second Innings
(Overnight 118-0)
B T Slater c Holden b Rayner
99
L M Reece not out
157
W L Madsen c Cartwright b Stirling
52
A L Hughes st Simpson b Stirling
5
*B A Godleman not out
1
Extras (b3 lb3 w1 nb12)
19
Total (for 3 dec, 110 overs)
333
Fall of wickets: 1-219, 2-320, 3-332.
Did Not Bat: M J J Critchley, †G C Wilson, R
Rampaul, G C Viljoen, A P Palladino, D Olivier.
Bowling: T J Murtagh 10-0-31-0, J A R Harris
6-2-11-0, H W R Cartwright 13-1-43-0, T G Helm
19-3-65-0, O P Rayner 35-7-84-1, P R Stirling
20-3-62-2, M D E Holden 7-0-31-0.
Middlesex — Second Innings
M D E Holden not out
37
*S D Robson lbw b Viljoen
5
R G White lbw b Olivier
1
H W R Cartwright c Wilson b Olivier
29
O P Rayner not out
9
Extras (lb1 nb4)
5
Total (for 3, 29 overs)
86
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-36, 3-69.
To Bat: P R Stirling, †J A Simpson, J A R Harris, T
S Roland-Jones, T G Helm, T J Murtagh.
Bowling: R Rampaul 7-2-18-0, G C Viljoen 8-224-1, D Olivier 7-0-25-2, A P Palladino 4-1-12-0,
W L Madsen 1-1-0-0, L M Reece 2-0-6-0.
Umpires: M J Saggers and I D Blackwell.
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
At Bristol
Glamorgan chose to bowl
Gloucestershire — First Innings 236 (de Lange
5-62)
Glamorgan — First Innings
(Overnight 296-5 (Marsh 111))
43
†C B Cooke c Howell b Worrall
D L Lloyd c Roderick b Howell
119
A G Salter c Howell b M D Taylor
4
M de Lange not out
50
L J Carey lbw b Higgins
7
*M G Hogan not out
7
Extras (b6 lb8 w2 nb22)
38
Total (for 9 dec, 153 overs)
526
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-124, 3-235, 4-263,
5-287, 6-349, 7-379, 8-496, 9-510.
Bowling: D J Worrall 33-13-91-2, M D Taylor
32-8-90-1, L C Norwell 9-3-20-0, R F Higgins
30-5-102-3, G L van Buuren 32-4-113-1, K
Noema-Barnett 7-1-42-0, B A C Howell 10-1-54-2.
Gloucestershire — Second Innings
12
*C D J Dent c Salter b de Lange
B A C Howell lbw b Carey
6
†G H Roderick c Donald b Carey
4
J R Bracey not out
34
J M R Taylor c Carlson b de Lange
29
G L van Buuren lbw b de Lange
5
R F Higgins not out
31
Extras (lb3 w1 nb8)
12
Total (for 5, 45 overs)
133
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-18, 3-28, 4-74, 5-84.
To Bat: K Noema-Barnett, D J Worrall, L C
Norwell, M D Taylor.
Bowling: M de Lange 12-2-41-3, L J Carey 13-233-2, M G Hogan 10-5-26-0, A G Salter 10-1-30-0.
Umpires: J H Evans and P R Pollard.
Leicestershire v Sussex
At Grace Road
Sussex won toss
Sussex — First Innings 438-8 dec. (Burgess
101no, Wright 88, Sharma 66, Brown 64)
Leicestershire — First Innings
(Overnight 112-2)
186
C N Ackermann c Finch b Wells
M J Cosgrove c & b Wells
64
Ateeq Javid lbw b Wiese
13
N J Dexter c Brown b Wells
34
†L J Hill lbw b Wells
8
The Daily Telegraph Monday 23 April 2018
**
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Sport Cricket
Northants slump again after
Sidebottom’s 10-wicket haul
GETTY IMAGES
R O U N D -U P
Respect: Ollie Pope is applauded from
the Oval pitch at lunch after making a
century against Hampshire
James Vince (33) leg-before – each
time wheeling away into the outfield in celebration.
Earlier, Pope batted with controlled aggression and real flair.
Some of his offside strokes, in particular, were high class.
Having resumed on 30, he
brought up his hundred with a
cover drive for four off Chris
Wood’s left-arm seamers. In all, he
had 18 fours and a six in his fourhour, 191-ball effort.
Ben Foakes was also in eyecatching form, taking his overnight
50 to an assured 81 from 161 balls in
a fifth-wicket stand of 131 with Pope
before edging behind a good one
from Fidel Edwards.
Pope said: “I scored my first hundred against Hampshire last year
but this one was more special, playing in front of a decent crowd on my
home ground.”
Ryan Sidebottom took 10 wickets in
the match as Warwickshire got
their bid for an immediate return to
Division One of the Specsavers
County Championship under way
with an innings-and-48-run victory
over Northamptonshire on the
third afternoon at Wantage Road.
The Australian paceman added
four for 61 to his first-innings six for
35 as Northants subsided to 218 and
a second successive defeat.
Five of Warwickshire’s nine defeats last season came by an innings,
but here they were on the right side
of such a result and took 22 points
to Northants’ two.
Sidebottom said: “It’s something
I’ll cherish for a long time. I was disappointed in the last game to do all
the work through pre-season and to
miss out at the last moment, but I
was grateful to get my chance here
and I was pretty pleased how it
worked out. I’ve got the contract
extension for next season and I can
concentrate on helping get the club
back in Division One.”
In Division One, Somerset also
emerged successful with more than
Got him: Somerset’s Lewis Gregory
celebrates taking Joe Clarke’s wicket
a day to spare as their seamers
bowled them to an 83-run victory
over Worcestershire at Taunton.
Set 279, the visitors were bowled
out for 195 by mid-afternoon, Lewis
Gregory (three for 35), Tim Groenewald (three for 51) and Josh
Davey (two for 49) doing most of
the damage. Only Tom Fell, Josh
Tongue and Ed Barnard, who had
earlier completed match figures of
11 for 89, offered much resistance,
contributing 41, 34 and 45 not out
respectively.
Yorkshire are among several
sides closing in on a win today
when they require a further two
wickets to see off Nottinghamshire
at Headingley. With the visitors on
181 for eight in pursuit of 403, victory should be a formality.
After Gary Ballance (82) and Tim
Bresnan (68 not out) took Yorkshire
to 334 all out, Ben Coad did the
most damage when Nottinghamshire batted with four wickets.
Derbyshire will enter the final
day scenting a first home win since
September 2014 after Middlesex
closed on 86 for three, chasing an
unlikely 442. Derbyshire’s second
innings of 333 for three declared at
the County Ground was built
around Luis Reece, who was
unbeaten on 157, and Ben Slater,
who fell one short of a century.
Glamorgan need to snap up five
Gloucestershire wickets after David Lloyd’s career-best 119 put the
visitors in poll position in Bristol.
The only place a result seems unlikely is at Grace Road, where Colin
Ackermann’s 186 for Leicestershire means Sussex go into the
final day with a slim lead of 27 with
10 wickets remaining.
ECB looks at three bowlers for 10-ball overs
By Nick Hoult
CRICKET NEWS CORRESPONDENT
The 10-ball over in the new England & Wales Cricket Board competition could be bowled by up to
three bowlers.
Discussions are taking place at
the ECB over the finer details of
a competition that was approved
last week and has the working title
‘The Hundred’.
One of the chief reasons for
shortening the competition from
the Twenty20 format is to quicken
up the over rate to make it more
attractive to families and broadcast-
ers. “What we’re trying to do is appeal to a new audience, people that
aren’t traditional cricket fans,” said
Andrew Strauss, the England director of cricket, yesterday.
“We want to make the game as
simple as possible to understand. It
is going to be on terrestrial TV. We
want the more casual audience.”
Database
B A Raine c Brown b Sharma
40
C F Parkinson c Brown b Beer
4
G T Griffiths not out
5
Mohammad Abbas not out
5
Extras (b12 lb6 w5 nb8)
31
Total (for 9 dec, 135 overs)
422
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-73, 3-214, 4-253,
5-328, 6-345, 7-406, 8-410, 9-417.
Bowling: I Sharma 29-5-85-3, O E Robinson
27-9-72-0, D Wiese 23-5-63-1, W A T Beer 26-388-1, S van Zyl 3-0-15-0, L W P Wells 27-2-81-4.
Sussex — Second Innings
L W P Wells not out
7
P D Salt not out
3
Extras (lb1)
1
Total (for 0, 6 overs)
11
To Bat: S van Zyl, H Z Finch, L J Wright, *†B C
Brown, M G K Burgess, O E Robinson, D Wiese, I
Sharma, W A T Beer.
Bowling: Mohammad Abbas 3-1-3-0, B A Raine
3-0-7-0.
Umpires: A G Wharf and P K Baldwin.
Emirates Riverside (Saturday): Durham 91 (30.4
overs; M J Henry 5-28) and 170 (43.1 overs; W J
Weighell 84; M J Henry 7-45); Kent 169 (56.4
overs; H G Kuhn 54) and 95-1 (23.1 overs). Kent
(19pts) beat Durham (3pts) by 9 wkts.
P W L D
Warwickshire 2 1 0 1
Kent
2 1 1 0
Middlesex
1 1 0 0
Gloucestershire 1 1 0 0
Sussex
1 0 0 1
Northants
2 0 2 0
Durham
1 0 1 0
Derbyshire
0 0 0 0
Leicestershire 0 0 0 0
Glamorgan
0 0 0 0
*Not including games in progress
Fixtures
Bt Bl Ded Pts
5 6 0.00 32.0
0 6 0.00 22.0
1 3 0.00 20.0
0 3 0.00 19.0
4 3 0.00 12.0
0 5 0.00 5.0
0 3 0.00 3.0
0 0 0.00 0.0
0 0 0.00 0.0
0 0 0.00 0.0
SPECSAVERS COUNTY CH'SHIP (day 4 of 4,
11am).-Division One, The Kia Oval: Surrey v
Hampshire. Emerald Headingley: Yorkshire v
Notts. Division Two, Derby: Derbyshire v
Middlesex. Bristol: Gloucs v Glamorgan.
Grace Road: Leicestershire v Sussex.
Athletics
LONDON MARATHON.-Elite, Men: 1 E Kipchoge
(Kenya) 2h 4m 17s; 2 S Kitata (Ethiopia) 2:4.49;
3 M Farah (GB) 2:6.21; 4 A Kirui (Kenya) 2:7.7; 5
B Karoki (Kenya) 2:8.34; 6 K Bekele (Ethiopia)
2:8.53. Women: 1 V Cheruiyot (Kenya) 2h 18m
31s; 2 B Kosgei (Kenya) 2:20.13; 3 T Bekele
(Ethiopia) 2:21.40; 4 G Cherono (Kenya) 2:24.10;
5 M Keitany (Kenya) 2:24.27; 6 R Chelimo
(Bahrain) 2:26.3; 8 L Partridge (GB) 2:29.24; 9 T
Barlow (GB) 2:32.9.
Basketball
NBA.-Play-offs 1st rd (best-of-7 series), Eastern
Conf: Miami 102 Philadelphia 106 (Philadelphia
lead series 3-1). Western Conf: Minnesota 121
Houston 105 (Houston lead series 2-1)-New
Orleans 131 Portland 123 (New Orleans win
series 4-0)-Utah 115 Oklahoma City 102 (Utah
lead series 2-1).
BBL CH'SHIP: Bristol 80 Worcester 78-Cheshire
99 Leicester 85-Glasgow 63 Newcastle
59-Manchester 87 Sheffield 83-Plymouth 99
Cheshire 105-Surrey 102 Bristol 97.
Cricket
INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Kolkata: Kolkata
Knight Riders 191-7 (20 overs, Lynn 74); Kings
XI Punjab 126-1 (11.1 overs, Rahul 60, Gayle
62no). Punjab win by 9 wkes (D/L Method).
Bangalore: Delhi Daredevils 174-5 (20 overs,
Pant 85, Iyer 52); Royal Challengers Bangalore
176-4 (18 overs, de Villiers 90no). Bangalore
win by 6 wkts. Hyderabad: Chennai Super
Kings 182-3 (20 overs, Rayudu 79, Raina 54no);
Sunrisers Hyderabad 178-6 (20 overs,
Williamson 84). Chennai win by 4 runs. Jaipur:
Mumbai Indians 167-7 (20 overs, S Yadav 72,
Kishan 58); Rajasthan Royals 168-7 (19.4
overs, Samson 52). Rajasthan win by 3 wkts.
Cycling
TOUR OF CROATIA.-Stage 5: 1 M Boaro (Italy)
Bahrain-Merida 4h 15m 54s; 7 D P earson (GB)
Aqua Blue Sport +47s. Stage 6: 1 P Simion
(Italy) Bardiani CSF 3h 21m 39s; 2 M Maestri
(Italy) Bardiani CSF +11s.
Overall: 1 K Suitsou (Belarus) Bahrain-Merida
26h 51m 12s; 2 P Weening (Holland) RoompotNederlandse Loterij +11s; 3 Y Gidich (Kazakhstan)
Astana Pro Team +1m 1s; 6 Pearson +2-19; 36 A
Fenn (GB) Aqua Blue Sport +30-56s.
LIEGE-BASTOGNE-LIEGE FEMMES (Belgium): 1 B
Jungels (Luxembourg) Quick-Step Floors 6h 24m
44s; 2 M Woods (Canada) EF Education FirstDrapac p/b Cannondale +37s; 3 R Bardet (France)
AG2R La Mondiale at same time, 18 D Martin
(Rep of Ireland) UAE Team Emirates +2m 41s; 56
G Thomas (GB) Team Sky +3m-37s; 71 M
Christian (GB) Aqua Blue Sport +10-11; 82 S
Cummings (GB) Dimension Data at same time;
102 T Geoghegan Hart (GB) Team Sky +14-06;
106 E Dunbar (Rep of Ireland) Aqua Blue Sport
+14-32s; S Davies (GB) Dimension Data dnf.
Women: 1 A van der Breggen (Holland) Boels
Dolmans Cyclingteam 3h 34m 23s; 2 A Spratt
(Australia) Mitchelton Scott Women +6s; 3 Avan
Vleuten (Holland) Mitchelton Scott Women +58.
Golf
VALERO TEXAS OPEN (San Antonio).-Leading
final scores (US unless stated): 271—A Landry
69 67 67 68; 273—T Mullinax 74 68 62 69; S
O’Hair 72 70 65 66; 274—J Walker 71 69 67 67;
275—Z Johnson 70 65 68 72; 276—J Niemann
(Colombia) 72 70 67 67; 277—R Moore 68 67 70
72; 278—C Kirk 73 66 68 71; A Putnam 73 68
68 69; K Streelman74 68 69 67; 279—R
Werenski 72 68 68 71; B Crane 72 66 74 67; M
Laird (GB) 73 65 69 72; B Horschel 68 71 70 70;
280—B Snedeker 70 72 68 70; 281—A Baddeley
(Australia) 71 71 68 71; G Murray 67 69 72 73;
V Taylor72 68 69 72; D Hearn (Canada)70 68 73
70; 283—N Watney 70 72 70 71; D McCarthy 72
67 74 70; R Goosen (S Africa)73 71 70 69; C
Hadley 68 71 71 73; J Wagner 72 72 70 69; D
Frittelli (S Africa)72 71 68 72.
TROPHEE HASSAN II (Rabat, Morocco).-Leading
final scores (GB & Ireland unless stated): 280—A
Levy (France) 72 69 69 70; 281—A Quiros
(Spain) 67 70 72 72; 282—M Ilonen (Finland)
72 72 66 72; A Bjork (Sweden) 74 69 69 70; A
Pavan (Italy) 75 71 70 66; J Lagergren
(Sweden) 68 73 71 70; 283—A Sullivan 72 72
69 70; E Van Rooyen (S Africa) 68 71 71 73;
284—S-S Han (US) 70 73 74 67; J Luiten 72 70
70 72; P Waring 72 69 73 70; 285—R Fox (NZ)
72 71 71 71; 286—J Wang (S Korea) 73 71 67
75; C Shinkwin 70 72 72 72; A Connelly
(Canada) 69 71 71 75; Y Miyazato (Japan) 73 70
70 73; B Hebert (France) 71 70 72 73; B Dredge
67 73 73 73; 287—M Siem (Germany) 71 71 75
70; A Otaegui (Spain) 70 75 73 69; T Detry (Be)
73 71 75 68.
WOMEN'S HUGEL-JTBC CH'SHIP (Los Angeles).3rd rd leaders (US unless stated): 204—M
Jutanugarn (Thailand) 68 66 70; 205—J Young
Ko (S Korea) 71 67 67; 206—I Park (S Korea) 66
71 69; 207—M Alex 67 68 72; E-H Ji (S Korea)
68 69 70; 208—C Inglis 68 71 69; M Lee
(Australia) 69 73 66; 209—S Y Ryu (S Korea) 71
65 73; 210—P Lindberg (Sweden) 68 76 66; B
Law (GB) 70 72 68; A Ashok (India) 68 73 69.
Also: 212—C Hull (GB) 75 69 68.
Hockey
EHL.-Men, Play-offs: Sevenoaks 3 Oxted
2-University of Nottingham 2 University of Exeter
1. Relegation play-off: Deeside Ramblers 1 Old
Georgians 5. Women, Play-offs: Hampstead &
Westminster 1 Slough 1-Stourport 0 Beeston 1.
Relegation play-off: Southgate 1 Cannock 1.
Ice Hockey
NHL.-Play-offs 1st rd (best-of-7 series),
Eastern Conf: Boston 3 Toronto 4 (Boston lead
series 3-2)-Tampa Bay 3 New Jersey 1 (Tampa Bay
win series 4-1)-Washington 4 Columbus 3 (OT)
(Washington lead series 3-2).
Motorcycling
GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS (Austin, Texas).MotoGP: 1 M Marquez (Spain) Honda 41m
52.002s; 2 M Vinales (Spain) Yamaha 41:55.560;
3 A Iannone (Italy) Suzuki 41:58.704. Standings:
1 A Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 46pts; 2 Marquez 45,
3 Vinales 41; 4 C Crutchlow (GB) Honda 38; =4 J
Zarco (France) Yamaha 38; 6 Iannone 31, 7 V
Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 29. Moto2: 1 F Bagnaia
(Italy) Kalex 39m 30.016s; 2 A Marquez (Spain)
Kalex 39:32.480; 3 M Oliveira (Portugal) KTM
39:33.720. Standings: 1 Bagnaia 57pts; 2 M
Pasini (Italy) Kalex 47; 2 A Marquez 47.
Moto3: 1 J Martin (Spain) Honda 39m 12.869s;
2 E Bastianini (Italy) Honda 39:14.320; 3 M
Bezzecchi (Italy) KTM 39:16.981 Standings: 1
Martin 55pts; 2 A Canet (Spain) Honda 48; 3
Bezzecchi 43.
WORLD SUPERBIKE CH'SHIP (Assen, Holland).Race 1: 1 J Rea (GB) Kawasaki 33m 40.360s; 2 M
van der Mark (Holland) Yamaha 33:41.341; 3 C
Davies (GB) Ducati 33:41.642. 2nd Race: 1 T
Sykes (GB) Kawasaki, 2 Rea, 3 van der Mark.
Standings: 1 Rea 159pts, 2 Davies 129, 3 M
Melandri (Italy) Ducati 115, 5 Sykes 101, 7 A
Lowes (GB) Yamaha 76, 9 L Camier (GB) Honda 42.
Netball
VITALITY SUPERLGE: Loughborough Lightning
54 Hertfordshire Mavericks 41-Manchester
Thunder 62 Surrey Storm 57-Team Northumbria
43 Severn Stars 47-Wasps Netball 61 Team Bath
44.
Snooker
BETFRED WORLD CH'SHIP (Crucible Theatre,
Sheffield).-1st rd: J Perry (England) bt M Selby
(England) 10-4. Frame scores (Perry first) 69-31
(52) 65-57; 98-0 (56) 81-22 (63) 8-90 (74)
6-92 (92) 100-15 (59) 85-5 (84) 109-4 (109)
64-0; 30-101 (84) 39-95; 88-24 (76) 90-0 (90).
R O’Sullivan (England) bt S Maguire (Scotland)
10-7. Frame scores (O’Sullivan first) 13-108
(101) 27-61; 0-101 (95) 33-66; 66-21 (54)
118-0 (118) 110-0 (110) 39-74; 31-96 (84)
76-0; 86-49 (86) 65-50; 1-89 (84) 69-4; 67-52
(53) 77-17 (77) 66-14.
A Carter (England) bt G Dott (England) 10-8.
Frame scores (Carter first): 6-88; 113-12 (106)
0-82; 3-51; 64-68; 61-54 (52 Carter) 0-68;
9-60; 65-23 (61) 64-20 (62) 109-7 (108) 74-40;
0-87; 61-50; 0-75; 70-0 (69) 109-5 (56) 79-22
(63).
K Wilson (England) bt M Stevens (Wales) 10-3.
Frame scores (Carter first): 0-64 (64) 64-33;
60-8; 75-44; 14-77 (77) 72-0 98-1 (94) 72-28
(65) 127-8 (126) 121 -0 (121) 11-89 (89)
76-56; 77-31 (54).
L Haotian (China) bt M Fu (Hong Kong) 5-10.
Frame scores (Haotian first): 67-37; 42-68;
122-0 (122) 73-0; 78-45 (51) 8-126 (102)
49-58; 131-0 (127) 99-0 (87) 83-0 (50) 74-0;
30-65; 1-120 (120) 80-0 (79) 87-32 (61).
Speedway
CH'HIP SHIELD: Ipswich 44 Lakeside
45-Glasgow 49 Edinburgh 41-Newcastle 51
Redcar 39.
Squash
EL GOUNA INT'NAL (Egypt).-1st rd, Men:
C Salazar (Mexico) bt J Masters (England) 11-5
11-7 11-9; C Simpson (England) bt Gregoire
Marche (France) 11-4; 7-11; 11-7; 11-7.
Women: J King (NZ) bt F Moverley (England)
11-4 10-12 11-5 11-5; A Waters (England) bt M
Metwally (Egypt) 11-6 11-3 9-11 11-7; S-J Perry
(England) bt N Shahin (Egypt) 11-1 11-5 11-3.
Tennis
ATP T’MENT (Monte Carlo).-Semi-finals: R Nadal
(Spain) bt G Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-4 6-1; K
Nishikori (Japan) bt A Zverev (Germany) 3-6 6-3
6-4. Final: Nadal bt Nishikori-3 6-2.
WOMEN'S FED CUP.-World Group Semi-finals:
France 2 US 3 (S Stephens (US) bt P Parmentier
(France) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5; K Mladenovic (France) bt C
Vandeweghe (US) 1-6 6-3 6-2; S Stephens (US) bt
K Mladenovic (France) 6-2 6-0; M Keys (US) bt P
Parmentier (France) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4; A Hesse
(France) & K Mladenovic (France) bt C Vandeweghe
(US) & B Mattek-Sands (US) 6-4 3-6 10-6).
Germany 1 Czech Republic 4 (P Kvitova (Czech
Rep) bt J Goerges (Germany) 6-3 6-2; Karolina
Pliskova (Czech Rep) bt A Kerber (Germany) 7-5
6-3; J Goerges (Germany) bt K Pliskova (Czech
Rep) 6-4 6-2; P Kvitova (Czech Rep) bt A Kerber
(Germany) 6-2 6-2; K Siniakova (Czech Rep) & B
Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Rep) bt A Groenefeld
(Germany) & J Goerges (Germany) 7-5 ret.
World Group II Play-off: Japan 3 Gt Britain 2 (N
Osaka (Japan) bt H Watson (GB) 6-2 6-3; J Konta
(GB) bt K Nara (Japan) 6-4 6-2; J Konta (GB) bt N
Osaka (Japan) 6-3 6-3; K Nara (Japan) bt H
Watson (GB) 7-6 (9-7) 6-4; M Kato (Japan) & M
Ninomiya (Japan) bt J Konta (GB) & H Watson (GB)
3-6 6-3 6-3).
Fixture
Cricket
INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Delhi: Delhi daredevils v
Kings Xl Punjab (3.30).
Sport on TV
BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Minnesota BT Sport/ESPN Midnight; San Francisco v
Washington - BT Sport 2 3am (Tue).
BASKETBALL: NBA, Utah v Oklahoma City - BT
Sport 1 3.30 (Tue).
SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two 10am
and Eurosport 1 10am, 2.30, 6.30.
SOCCER: Premier League, Everton v Newcastle
United - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports
Premier League 7pm; Serie A, Genoa v Hellas
Verona - BT Sport 2 7.30.
TENNIS: ATP Tour, Barcelona Open - Sky Sports
Main Event 10am; WTA Tour, Istanbul Cup - BT
Sport 2 12pm & 3pm; Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
in Stuttgart - BT Sport 1 2pm, 7.30.
26
Monday 23 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Sport Racing
Coolmore splash out for
some Scat Daddy magic
CHARLIE
BROOKS
Recently deceased sire’s
genes are racing’s hot
ticket and can add speed
to Galileo’s stamina
S
tallions are like great
painters. You can pretty
well guarantee that if
they die prematurely,
their work will suddenly
become all the rage.
So it was no surprise that the top
three lots at the Craven Breeze-up
sale in Newmarket last week were
by the recently-deceased American
sire Scat Daddy.
On the racetrack, Scat Daddy
was not a champion, but he was a
very good horse. He won the Grade
One Champion Stakes at Belmont
Park and in the run-up to the
Kentucky Derby he triumphed in
the Florida Derby. Unfortunately,
he suffered an injury in the “Run
for the Roses” but, being by the
champion European two-year-old
Johannesburg, who traces back to
the great Secretariat, he was a hot
property for the breeding sheds.
In relatively little time, Scat
Daddy’s stock started to deliver the
goods on the track. The best
known of his progeny, as far as
British racegoers are concerned,
have been Royal Ascot winners
Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia.
Aidan O’Brien has described
Caravaggio as the fastest horse he
has ever trained. That makes him a
hugely important gene pool as far
as the Coolmore Stud operation are
concerned, because they are
constantly looking for quality
speed to combine with the greatest
stamina genes ever bred – those of
Galileo, who has been champion
sire every year bar one since 2008.
Galileo has sired so many Classic
winners it actually belittles his
success to name a few of them
– even Frankel.
But there is another Scat Daddy
colt that may surpass even
Caravaggio as a Coolmore
influence if he wins the Kentucky
Derby this year, and that is the
extraordinary Mendelssohn.
As a two-year-old, he won the
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf; but it
was during his first major test as a
three-year-old that he really caught
the eye, blasting the opposition in
Dubai out of the water,
encouraging one to think that he
will deal with the awful dirt surface
that he will have to race on at
Churchill Downs.
There is only one horse who can
stop him bringing the house down
on May 5 under Ryan Moore – do
not think for one minute that Ryan
will miss it for the 2,000 Guineas at
Newmarket – and that is another
son of Scat Daddy, Justify, who
won the Santa Anita Derby last
time out.
So, the Craven Breeze-up sale
last week was just about the last
opportunity for the market to buy a
potential Scat Daddy stallion and it
was Lot 155 that the Coolmore team
decided would be possibly their
last roll of the Scat Daddy genes
dice in the sale ring.
Lot 155 was a bay colt born on
Feb 27, 2016; his grandmother is a
full sister to the 2,000 Kentucky
Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus
and he has the excellent Mr
Prospector as a great grandfather
on both sides of his family.
The Coolmore team had been
monitoring him for three months
prior to the sale, and you can be
sure they would not have bought
him if he was not physically a good
individual; pedigree alone does not
get you over the winning line. But
what are the chances of them
buying a horse out of this sale, who
will be fast, sound and brave
enough to combine with the
Coolmore Galileo mares to breed
champions for the future?
No doubt they will be watching
closely the exploits of a Scat Daddy
graduate of last year’s Breeze-up
sale, Kings Shield, who cost
675,000 gns. He is trained for
Qatar Racing by John Gosden and
has won both his starts to date. He
is entered at Sandown this
Saturday and also in the Qipco
2,000 Guineas on May 5.
3.10 Riu Hotels And Resorts Handicap (2) 5f £15,398
4.40 Novice Stakes (Div 2) (5) 6f £3,881
Pontefra ct
Marlborough
2.10 - Bengali Spirit
2.40 - Society Red
3.10 - Atletico
3.40 - Madam Lilibet
4.10 - Three Saints Bay
4.40 - Ingenuity
5.15 - Silvanus
5.45 - Milan Reef
JACKPOT MEETING
Going: Good to soft-soft in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: Low numbers best in sprints.
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
2.10 EBF Novice Stakes (5) 2YO 5f £3,881
1
Abie’s Hollow T Coyle 9 2
B McHugh 7
2
Allen A Dale R Fahey 9 2
T Hamilton 11
3
Arriba De Toda B Ellison 9 2
Ben Robinson (5) 5
4 2 Bengali Spirit (23) R Fahey 9 2
P Hanagan 2
Big Ace T Easterby 9 2
D Allan 6
5
6
Bungle Billy J L Eyre 9 2
J Fanning 4
7 6 Carey Street (30) J J Quinn 9 2
J Hart 3
Five Amarones T Dascombe 9 2
R Kingscote 1
8
Ganton Eagle M W Easterby 9 2
Nathan Evans 9
9
10
House Deposit [T] D Carroll 9 2
K Stott 10
Minas Gerais K Ryan 9 2
T Eaves 8
11
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Bengali Spirit, 4-1 Five Amarones, 5-1 Minas Gerais,
6-1 Carey Street, 8-1 Allen A Dale, 12-1 Arriba De Toda, 14-1 House
Deposit, Big Ace, 16-1 Others.
2.40 Napoleons Casino Bradford Handicap (4) 1m £6,469
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Le Chat D’or [T] (193) (D) M Dods 10 9 9 Paula Muir (7) 4
Gulf Of Poets (167) (C) M W Easterby 6 9 7 Nathan Evans 6
Lomu (204) (BF) K Dalgleish 4 9 7
P Mulrennan 3
Candelisa [P] (193) (D) T Coyle 5 9 5
B McHugh 8
Pioneering (196) (CD)(D) D O’Meara 4 9 5
D Nolan 7
Save The Bees (182) (C)(D) D Carroll 10 9 5 K Stott 13
Dawaaleeb [V] (27) (D) J L Eyre 4 9 5
J Fanning 5
Society Red (11) R Fahey 4 9 4
P Hanagan 2
Dance Teacher (107) (D) (BF) D Elsworth 4 9 3
D O’Neill 10
10 29- Big Storm Coming (240) (D) J J Quinn 8 9 2 J Hart 12
11 2P- Heir of Excitement (204) K Ryan 4 9 0
S Gray 15
12 12- Give It Some Teddy (170) T Easterby 4 8 10 D Allan 11
13 90- Miss Sheridan (174) (CD)(D) M W Easterby 4 8 9
H Shaw (5) 9
14 21- Frankster [T] (196) (CD) M Hammond 5 8 8
P J McDonald 1
15 80- Brother McGonagall (208) (D) T Easterby 4 8 7
Rachel Richardson (3) 14
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Dawaaleeb, 6-1 Pioneering, 8-1 Dance Teacher, Give
It Some Teddy, 10-1 Gulf Of Poets, Frankster, Society Red, 12-1 Le
Chat D’or, Lomu, Heir of Excitement, 14-1 Others.
0283491811001-1
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1-5
1 23- Dakota Gold (215) (D) (BF) M Dods 4 9 7
C Beasley 4
2 50- Edward Lewis (191) (D) D O’Meara 5 9 6
D Nolan 7
3 14- Holmeswood (226) (D) (BF) M Dods 4 9 4 P Mulrennan 11
4 111 Foolaad [T] (60) (D) S Bowring 7 9 4
K O’Neill 8
5 25- El Astronaute (205) (D) (BF) J J Quinn 5 9 2
J Hart 14
6 44- Hoof It (166) (D) M W Easterby 11 9 1 Nathan Evans 10
7 222 Atletico (51) (D) (BF) R Varian 6 9 0
S De Sousa 9
8 18- Intense Romance (196) (D) M Dods 4 8 12 C Rodriguez (3) 13
9 3-7 Boundsy (16) (D) R Fahey 4 8 10
P Hanagan 12
10 70- Orion’s Bow (177) (D) T Easterby 7 8 10
D Allan 1
11711 Zylan (11) (D) Roger Fell 6 8 9
C Hardie 6
12 10- Show Palace (192) (D10) Jennie Candlish 5 8 8 J Fanning 5
13 202 Poyle Vinnie [P] (11) (CD)(C)(D) Mrs R Carr 8 8 8 J P Sullivan 2
14 70- Rasheeq (177) T Easterby 5 8 7
D Fentiman 3
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Atletico, 13-2 Foolaad, 7-1 Holmeswood, 8-1 El
Astronaute, Dakota Gold, 10-1 Hoof It, Zylan, 12-1 Others.
3.40 Pontefract Marathon Handicap (5) 2m 6f £5,175
1 20- Tyrell [B,T] (J28) M Hammond 5 9 13 P J McDonald 12
2 8-3 Wemyss Point [P] (13) P Kirby 6 9 10
P Aspell 8
3 388 Argante [B] (20) H Spiller 9 9 9
S De Sousa 5
4 363 Uptown Funk (J38) K Dalgleish 4 9 7
P Makin 2
5 47- Bodacious Name (175) (BF) J J Quinn 4 9 3
J Hart 4
6 0-6 Gran Maestro [B] (13) P Winks 9 9 1 Ben Robinson (5) 1
7 51- Madam Lilibet (196) (C) Mrs S Watt 9 9 1 Phil Dennis (3) 6
8 1-7 Ballyfarsoon [V] (13) P Winks 7 9 1
S Donohoe 10
9 19/ American Life [T,V] (J39) (CD) Oliver Greenall 11 8 13 K Stott 11
10643 Indian Red (23) M Tompkins 4 8 13
P Mulrennan 3
11465 Something Brewing (26) (BF) I Jardine 4 8 13 G Lee 9
12 -06 Becky The Thatcher [P] (J44) M Hammond 5 8 7 P Hanagan 7
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Uptown Funk, 5-1 Indian Red, 7-1 Something
Brewing, 8-1 Madam Lilibet, Bodacious Name, American Life, 10-1
Wemyss Point, Tyrell, 12-1 Others.
4.10 Novice Stakes (Div 1) (5) 6f £3,881
1 10- Our Oystercatcher [H] (118) (D) P Hide 4 10 6 T Eaves 1
2
It’s Never Enough (J159) J Ewart 4 9 13 P Mulrennan 8
3 14- Three Saints Bay (181) D O’Meara 3 9 9
D Nolan 6
Xin Chao (J342) B Ellison 5 9 8
K Schofield (7) 7
4
S Donohoe 10
5 6 Macgregor’s Pal (39) C Fellowes 3 9 2
6 85- Mystical Mac (186) I Jardine 3 9 2
G Lee 5
7
Shatharaat M Johnston 3 9 2
D O’Neill 9
8 6 Super D J (23) K Ryan 3 9 2
A Mullen 2
9 0- Bella Ferrari [H] (156) G Scott 3 8 11
S De Sousa 4
10
Solar Princess M Walford 3 8 11
J Hart 3
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Three Saints Bay, 5-2 Shatharaat, 6-1 Super D J, 8-1
Our Oystercatcher, 12-1 Xin Chao, It’s Never Enough, 14-1 Others.
1 12- Ingenuity (256) (D) J O’Keeffe 3 9 9
J Garritty 9
2 1-4 Lucky Lucky Man (27) (D) (BF) R Fahey 3 9 9 Connor Murtagh (5) 5
3 30 Ballynarry Lady [T] (9) M W Easterby 4 9 8 H Shaw (5) 7
C Rodriguez (3) 1
4 8- Foxtrix (329) M Dods 4 9 8
5 86- Money For Luck (306) B Ellison 3 9 2 Ben Robinson (5) 10
6 634 Pacific Fleet [H] (2) D O’Meara 3 9 2
S Gray 6
Towton J Bethell 3 9 2
K Stott 8
7
D O’Neill 2
8 9- Alhawdaj (216) M Johnston 3 8 11
D Allan 3
9 6 May Symphonic (24) T Easterby 3 8 11
Wondering Spirit K Ryan 3 8 11
T Eaves 4
10
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Wondering Spirit, 7-2 Pacific Fleet, 4-1 Ingenuity,
5-1 Lucky Lucky Man, 8-1 Alhawdaj, 14-1 Towton, 16-1 Ballynarry
Lady, 25-1 Foxtrix, May Symphonic, 50-1 Money For Luck.
5.15 Bootleg Beatles On 20th July Handicap (5) 5f £3,881
1 363 Dragstone Rock (10) Richard Spencer 4 9 9 S Donohoe 3
2 364 Amazing Grazing [E] (11) Rebecca Bastiman 4 9 7 J Hart 7
3 4-8 B Fifty Two [T] (4) (D) Mrs M Fife 9 9 6
H Shaw (5) 8
4 69- Oriental Splendour [P] (181) (CD) Mrs R Carr 6 9 5 J P Sullivan 9
5 346 Silvanus (23) (CD)(D1) P Midgley 13 9 5
G Lee 1
6 0-4 Perfect Words [P] (16) (D) Mrs M Fife 8 9 4 B McHugh 4
7 80- Hot Hannah (208) (D) M Dods 4 9 2 C Rodriguez (3) 6
D Allan 5
8 254 Crosse Fire (11) (CD)(D) S Dixon 6 9 2
9 403 Bop It [B,T] (4) (D) M W Easterby 9 8 7 Nathan Evans 2
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Dragstone Rock, 4-1 Amazing Grazing, 5-1 Crosse
Fire, 7-1 B Fifty Two, 8-1 Silvanus, Bop It, 12-1 Oriental Splendour,
Hot Hannah, 14-1 Perfect Words.
5.45 Handicap (5) 3YO 1m £3,881
1 42- Canadian George (150) K Dalgleish 9 9 Josh Quinn (7) 15
2 64- Delph Crescent (226) R Fahey 9 8
P Hanagan 13
T Hamilton 3
3 3-3 Hippeia (41) Roger Fell 9 8
J Fanning 7
4 -17 Hilborough (46) (D) J L Eyre 9 7
S De Sousa 11
5 1-3 Starboy [P] (34) G Scott 9 7
S Gray 4
6 631 Harbour Pilot (19) (D) David Loughnane 9 6
P Cosgrave 8
7 69- Mom Said (167) Ed Walker 9 6
8 76- Jo’s Girl (138) M Hammond 9 5
P J McDonald 2
P Mulrennan 12
9 94- Admiral Rooke (202) M Dods 9 2
10 -24 Dalawyna (34) K Ryan 9 1
A Mullen 9
11465 Musbaq (34) (BF) B Haslam 9 1
T Eaves 16
12 25- Milan Reef (166) (D) (BF) David Loughnane 9 1 S Donohoe 6
13 80- French Resistance (182) J O’Keeffe 8 13
G Lee 5
14 18- Burn Some Dust (166) (D) B Ellison 8 13 Ben Robinson (5) 14
15184 Bad Dog [V] (41) (D) M W Easterby 8 11 Nathan Evans 10
16 58- The Knot Is Tied (207) T Easterby 8 8
J P Sullivan 1
S.P. f’cast: 11-2 Starboy, 13-2 Canadian George, 7-1 Delph
Crescent, 8-1 Hippeia, 10-1 Admiral Rooke, Dalawyna, 12-1 Harbour
Pilot, Mom Said, 14-1 Others.
Windsor
Hexham
Marlborough
4.50 - Perfect Pastime
5.20 - Swiss Chime
5.50 - Bellevarde
6.20 - Stream Song (nb)
Marlborough
6.50 - Fajjaj
7.20 - Betsalottie
7.50 - The Night King
Going: Soft-good to soft in places TV: Sky 415
4.50 Royal Windsor Horse Show Handicap (6) 6f £3,105
1 10- Incentive [P] (220) (D) W Kittow 4 9 7
A Kirby 12
P Mathers 4
2 442 Run With Pride (12) (D) D Shaw 8 9 7
L Keniry 3
3 33- Nutini (163) (CD) (BF) M Saunders 5 9 5
4 510 Air Of York [P] (21) (D) J Flint 6 9 5
W Cox (5) 1
5 318 Mister Freeze [T,V] (19) (D) P Chamings 4 9 4 J Haynes 9
M Harley 15
6 -76 Merdon Castle (25) (D) I Furtado 6 9 4
7 18- Langley Vale (187) (D) R Teal 9 9 4
R Winston 13
8 26- Atlanta Belle (188) (D) (BF) C Wall 4 9 2 S W Kelly 16
9 23- Toni’s A Star (196) (D) A Carroll 6 9 0
G Downing 14
L Morris 6
10553 Porto Ferro (12) (D) J Bridger 4 9 0
11 1-2 Perfect Pastime (12) (CD)(C)(D) J Boyle 10 9 0 R Havlin 7
12022 Ubla [B] (10) Miss G Kelleway 5 8 12
O Murphy 11
13 36- Mooroverthebridge (196) Grace Harris 4 8 12 C Noble (5) 8
14 865 Fairway To Heaven (35) (CD)(D) L Carter 9 8 11 J Mitchell 10
15 -14 Major Assault (33) (D) (BF) Mat Salaman 5 8 11 F Norton 2
16 6-0 New Identity [P] (11) W J Martin (Ire) 7 8 10
K Shoemark 5
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Nutini, 6-1 Ubla, 7-1 Run With Pride, 10-1 Others.
5.20 Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes (Plus 10) (5) 2YO 5f £3,752
1
Karalini M Channon 9 0
C Bishop 8
2
Nina Petrovna Archie Watson 9 0
O Murphy 9
Arishka D Kubler 8 13
G Downing 7
3
4
Swiss Chime R Hannon 8 13
S Levey 5
5 3 Blasim (11) P Evans 8 12
David Egan (3) 1
Gypsy Spirit Tom Clover 8 10
Josephine Gordon 2
6
7
Mayfair Madame W Kittow 8 10
R Hornby 6
8 6 Merarani [P] (7) Miss K George 8 10 Rhiain Ingram (5) 4
9 6 Thegreyvtrain (11) R Harris 8 10
D Probert 3
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Nina Petrovna, 5-2 Swiss Chime, 3-1 Karalini, 7-1 Others.
5.50 Horse Guards Gin Cup Handicap (4) 5f £5,531
1 -83 Leo Minor (11) R Cowell 4 9 7
O Murphy 5
2 887 Nautical Haven (9) Suzi Best 4 9 4
R Winston 8
3 58- Majestic Hero (192) (D) R Harris 6 9 4
J P Spencer 4
4 16- Babyfact (234) (D) M Saunders 7 9 1 Josephine Gordon 3
5 31- Rebecca Rocks (332) (D) H Candy 4 9 0
H Bentley 1
6 6-5 Acclaim The Nation (68) (D) E Alston 5 8 12
Fran Berry 7
7 360 Kinglami [P] (12) (C)(D) J G O’Shea 9 8 9
L Morris 2
D Probert 6
8 7-2 Bellevarde (19) (D) R J Price 4 8 7
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Leo Minor, 3-1 Rebecca Rocks, 6-1 Acclaim The
Nation, Bellevarde, Babyfact, 10-1 Majestic Hero, 14-1 Others.
6.20 Regus Fillies’ Handicap (4) 3YO 1m 2f £5,531
1 11- Zoraya (190) P Cole 9 7
R Da Silva 2
2 41- Stream Song (212) J Gosden 9 6
R Havlin 7
3 78- Apple Anni (170) M Channon 9 3
A Atzeni 6
4 41- Fabulous Red (226) E Dunlop 9 3
O Murphy 3
5 40- Time Change (205) R Beckett 9 3
L Steward 1
6 30- Star Of Vendome (194) H Dunlop 9 2
A Kirby 4
7 6-7 Double Reflection (34) K Burke 8 5 David Egan (3) 5
8 55- Gift of Hera (180) S Kirk 8 4
L Morris 8
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Stream Song, 4-1 Zoraya, 5-1 Fabulous Red, 10-1
Time Change, Apple Anni, Star Of Vendome, 12-1 Others.
6.50 Novice Stakes (5) 3YO 1m 2f £3,752
1 14- Fajjaj (207) H Palmer 9 9
James Doyle 5
2 21 Loyal Promise (56) M Meade 9 9
O Murphy 11
3 D1- Mr Reckless (135) J Osborne 9 9
D Costello 15
4 13 Fabianski (44) M Meade 9 4
Jamie Parkes (7) 3
5 0- Allied (178) Sir M Stoute 9 2
Josephine Gordon 16
6
Colenso A Balding 9 2
D Probert 13
7 05- Goodwood Showman (156) W Knight 9 2 H Bentley 1
8 4- Imaginative (187) R Varian 9 2
J Mitchell 7
9 7 King of Burgundy (23) J Portman 9 2
R Hornby 9
10
Laughing Stranger J Noseda 9 2
J P Spencer 10
11
Le Maharajah Tom Clover 9 2
M Harley 6
12 64 Lucky Lover Boy (59) G Baker 9 2
T Whelan 2
13
Persian Sun S Crisford 9 2
A Atzeni 12
14
Rock Eagle R Beckett 9 2
L Steward 4
L Morris 8
15 00- Seinesational [H] (167) W Knight 9 2
16
Tagus [V] J Bridger 8 11
M Godwin (3) 14
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Fajjaj, 7-2 Laughing Stranger, 6-1 Loyal Promise,
10-1 Imaginative, 12-1 Le Maharajah, Fabianski, 14-1 Others.
7.20 Handicap (6) 1m 3f £3,105
1 941 Golconda Prince (30) R Fahey 4 9 5
S Woods (7) 8
2 05- Hatsaway (153) P Phelan 7 9 5
P Bradley (5) 16
3 /6- Quids In [P,T] (J45) (BF) Oliver Greenall 5 9 5 T Whelan 6
4 2-1 Pretty Jewel (29) I Williams 5 9 5
Luke Catton (7) 2
5 34- Time To Sea (202) J Butler 4 9 4
L Keniry 12
6 176 Broughtons Story (16) P McBride 4 9 4 T Queally 14
7 379 Prerogative [P] (30) A Carroll 4 9 4 Nicola Currie (5) 10
8 -32 Amuletum (27) (BF) P Chapple-Hyam 4 9 4 O Murphy 4
9 2-8 Overhaugh Street (37) (D) E De Giles 5 9 3 L Morris 1
10 -86 Strictly Art (94) (D) A Bailey 5 9 3 Jessica Cooley (7) 7
11634 Iconic Belle (9) M Channon 4 9 3
A Atzeni 3
W Carson 11
12 90- Zulu (114) B Millman 4 9 2
13 12- The Detainee [P] (J198) (D) N Mulholland 5 9 2 A Kirby 15
14 0-4 Argyle [B] (J14) G L Moore 5 9 2
S W Kelly 13
M Godwin (3) 5
15615 Betsalottie (55) (CD) J Bridger 5 9 2
16 70- Tapdancealltheway (200) Mrs A Perrett 4 9 2 R Havlin 9
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Amuletum, 5-1 Pretty Jewel, 7-1 Time To Sea, 8-1 Others.
7.50 Julia Cream 80th Birthday Handicap (6) 3YO 1m £3,105
1 87- Carlini (226) B Meehan 9 6
O Murphy 13
2 6-6 Hateya (38) J Boyle 9 6
A Kirby 12
3 75- Rupert’s Lass [V] (195) M Bell 9 6 Hayley Turner 14
4 4-5 Tesorina [H] (20) W Knight 9 5
H Bentley 1
Fran Berry 3
5 -76 My Boy Sepoy (61) S C Williams 9 5
S W Kelly 5
6 -57 Noteworthy (32) R Hughes 9 5
M Harley 4
7 -83 Naval Officer (17) I Furtado 9 4
8 254 Powerful Society (11) Mrs R Ford 9 4
W Cox (5) 9
Rossa Ryan (5) 6
9 6-5 Ruby’s Gem (44) P McBride 9 4
10 9-5 He’s Our Star (25) Ali Stronge 9 4
T Marquand 7
11134 The Night King (19) (D) M Quinn 9 3
F Norton 2
S Woods (7) 10
12615 Mabo [B] (19) R Fahey 9 2
13 7-3 Bombshell Bay [P] (5) R Hannon 9 2
S Levey 11
14 0-9 Macho Mover (19) M Channon 9 2
G Downing 8
S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Naval Officer, 6-1 Bombshell Bay, 7-1 Mabo, 8-1
He’s Our Star, 10-1 My Boy Sepoy, The Night King, 12-1 Others.
1.50 - Whoshotwho
2.20 - Miss Conway
2.50 - Trooblue
3.20 - Cape Hideaway
3.50 - Nelly La Rue
4.20 - Urca De Lima
4.55 - Shantou Magic
Going: Soft-good to soft in places TV: Sky 415
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1.50 ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m £4,809
1 7-1 Crixus’s Escape (164) (CD) G Boanas 5 11 4 B Hughes
2 232 Whoshotwho [H] (10) (D) Dr R Newland 7 11 4 S Twiston-Davies
3 04 Frozen Out (58) T Easterby 5 10 12
C R King
4 337 Hangard (16) (D) P Kirby 6 10 12
T Dowson (3)
5 -4U Indian Harbour (102) Sally Haynes 5 10 12 B J Powell
6 4PP Jiminy Cricket (9) S G West 7 10 12
H Brooke
7 -F7 Memorys [T] (13) D McCain 5 10 12
Will Kennedy
8 5-6 Rowdy Robin (25) Ruth Jefferson 6 10 12 J Hamilton
9
Espoir Moriviere Mrs R Dobbin 4 10 7
Craig Nichol
S.P. f’cast: 13-8 Whoshotwho, 5-2 Crixus’s Escape, 4-1 Hangard,
12-1 Espoir Moriviere, Memorys, 16-1 Rowdy Robin, 25-1 Indian
Harbour, Frozen Out, 33-1 Jiminy Cricket.
2.20 Handicap Chase (5) 2m £4,549
1 44F Miss Conway (43) (CD) M Walford 7 12 0
J Hamilton
2 242 Sky Full Of Stars [B] (9) (D) J Ewart 8 11 12 Steven Fox (5)
3 089 Suprise Vendor [P] (15) (CD)(D) W Coltherd 12 11 5
Sam Coltherd (5)
4 6FF Bingo D’olivate [H] (8) (D) Gemma Anderson 7 11 4
N Moscrop (5)
5 24U Ballycool [T] (9) (D) Miss L Russell 11 11 3
Derek Fox
6 444 Cooper’s Friend [P,T] (38) R M Smith 9 10 13
R McLernon
7 135 Miss Mackie (221) (BF) R M Smith 7 10 7 D Irving (3)
8 64P Kilcullen Lady [B] (39) H Hogarth 8 10 3 Craig Nichol
9 625 Captain Sharpe [B,T] (9) (C)(D) Kenny Johnson 10 10 2
Alison Clarke (7)
105P4 Notonebuttwo [P] (41) (C) Kenny Johnson 11 10 1
Mr K Yeoman (7)
1166P Duhallowcountry [B] (9) (D) V Thompson 12 10 0
T Dowson (3)
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Sky Full Of Stars, 9-2 Ballycool, 13-2 Bingo
D’olivate, 7-1 Cooper’s Friend, Miss Conway, 10-1 Captain Sharpe,
Miss Mackie, 14-1 Notonebuttwo, 16-1 Others.
2.50 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £4,094
1
2
3
4
Pineapple Rush (41) (D) P Hobbs 5 11 5
R Johnson
Ardean Lass [T] (35) S Crawford (Ire) 7 10 12 B Hughes
Beyondtheflame [P,T] (99) J Haynes 8 10 12 R Hogg (7)
Champagne To Go (16) Rebecca Menzies 8 10 12
N Moscrop (5)
5 33U Kitty Fisher (57) Miss S Forster 8 10 12 T Willmott (7)
6 657 Millrose Bell (10) V Thompson 6 10 12
T Dowson (3)
7 433 Trooblue (31) Mrs S Smith 6 10 12
D Cook
8 6U3 Tildas Icon [H] (F16) P Griffin (Ire) 4 10 6 A W Short (5)
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Pineapple Rush, 4-1 Tildas Icon, Ardean Lass, 5-1
Trooblue, 13-2 Champagne To Go, 25-1 Millrose Bell, 50-1 Kitty
Fisher, 100-1 Beyondtheflame.
321
233
P5P
PPP
3.20 Handicap Hurdle (3) 2m 4f £7,733
1
2
3
4
5
Only Orsenfoolsies (111) M Hammond 9 11 12 F O’Toole (3)
Ryedale Racer (67) (CD)(C)(D) Ruth Jefferson 7 11 9 B Hughes
Skywards Reward (6) M Hammond 7 11 9(7ex) A P Cawley
Don Lami (77) (BF) A Honeyball 5 11 5
A Coleman
Rhymers Stone [P] (29) Mrs H Graham 10 11 4
C Bewley (3)
6 224 Cape Hideaway [P] (F29) (CD) M Walford 6 11 1
Miss E Todd (7)
7 217 Absolutely Dylan (33) (BF) Mrs S Smith 5 11 1 D Cook
8 P13 Randy Pike [T] (9) T Easterby 8 10 13 Mr W Easterby (7)
9 133 Pistol (8) J E Dixon 9 10 13
Mr J Dixon (7)
10 12- Ten Trees (522) (C) Sally Haynes 8 10 11
B J Powell
115PP Top Cat Henry [T,V] (33) (D) N Alexander 10 10 10
Mr K Alexander (5)
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Don Lami, 5-1 Ryedale Racer, 6-1 Skywards Reward,
Ten Trees, 8-1 Only Orsenfoolsies, 10-1 Absolutely Dylan, Cape
Hideaway, 12-1 Randy Pike, Pistol, Rhymers Stone, 33-1 Top Cat
315
243
211
123
174
Henry.
3.50 Handicap Chase (5) 3m £4,809
1 9PP Valzan [B] (8) Rebecca Menzies 6 11 12 N Moscrop (5)
2 227 Flemerina (43) Mrs S Smith 9 11 8
S Quinlan
3 841 Orioninverness [P,T] (8) (C) Miss L Russell 7 11 8(7ex)
S Mulqueen (3)
4 4PU Chicago Outfit [P] (45) (CD)(C)(D) L Kerr 13 11 6 J Bewley (3)
5 P62 Purple Harry (8) (D) (BF) Miss T Jackson 10 11 0 R Day (3)
6 436 Gibbstown [P] (45) (CD)(C)(D) P Stafford (Ire) 12 10 13
A W Short (5)
7 662 Beau Sancy (7) Kenny Johnson 6 10 12 Alison Clarke (7)
8 963 Major Ridge [T] (10) M Hammond 9 10 4 Miss Becky Smith (5)
9 322 Mcginty’s Dream [B] (8) N Alexander 7 10 2 Lucy Alexander
10 /PF Heritage Way (15) H Hogarth 9 10 1
J Hamilton
113PP Kalastar (23) (D) Katie Scott 9 10 0
T Willmott (7)
12 563 Under The Red Sky [B] (8) (D) Kenny Johnson 11 10 0
H Brooke
13 345 Nelly La Rue [P] (8) (CD)(D) V Thompson 11 10 0 T Dowson (3)
14 P78 Thedfactor [P,T] (23) Mrs J Walton 9 10 0 Ross Chapman (3)
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Orioninverness, 11-2 Purple Harry, 6-1 Beau Sancy,
Flemerina, 8-1 Valzan, Mcginty’s Dream, 12-1 Major Ridge, 16-1
Gibbstown, 20-1 Others.
4.20 Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m £2,274
1 21 Melekhov (66) (D) P Hobbs 4 11 0
R Johnson
2 3 Blaydon (67) Miss L Russell 5 10 12
Derek Fox
3 2 Bluefortytwo (111) J Ewart 5 10 12
H Brooke
4
Penny Blak G Boanas 5 10 12
Ross Chapman (3)
5
Sullivan D McCain 6 10 12
L Murtagh (5)
6 1-8 Urca De Lima (44) (D) A Honeyball 5 10 12 A Coleman
7
Getaway Gerry Katie Scott 4 10 7
T Dowson (3)
8 3 Lough Legend (34) Mrs S Smith 4 10 7
S Quinlan
9 8 Madinat (70) G Boanas 4 10 7
Miss E Todd (7)
10
Night Manager M Hammond 4 10 7
D Jacob
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Melekhov, 7-2 Bluefortytwo, 6-1 Urca De Lima,
7-1 Sullivan, 8-1 Night Manager, 10-1 Blaydon, Penny Blak, 12-1
Lough Legend, 25-1 Others.
4.55 Hunters’ Chase (6) 3m £2,184
1
2
3
4
Kings Lodge [P,T] (15) (D) W H Easterby 12 12 0 Mr W Easterby (3)
Matthew Man (78) J Walton 7 12 0 Mr Joe Wright (5)
Mendip Express [T] (95) (D) P Hobbs 12 12 0 Mr D Maxwell (3)
Midnight Appeal [P,T] (8) (D) Charlotte Hawker 13 12 0
Miss Charlotte Hawker (7)
5 11P Shantou Magic (38) (D) W B Ramsay 11 12 0
Mr W B Ramsay (7)
6 6D- Thats Digby (379) M Coglan 8 12 0
Mr J Dawson
S.P. f’cast: 4-9 Mendip Express, 5-1 Shantou Magic, 13-2 Kings
Lodge, 16-1 Matthew Man, 20-1 Midnight Appeal, 33-1 Thats Digby.
711
P3U
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The Daily Telegraph Monday 23 April 2018
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Sport Racing
Newton Abbot
Sedgefield
Marlborough
Marlborough
1.30 - Iniesta
2.00 - With Discretion (nap)
2.30 - Marracudja
3.00 - Higgs
5.10 - Budarri
5.40 - Rear Admiral
6.10 - Hurricane Dylan
6.40 - Frankie Ballou
3.30 - Scenic Star
4.00 - Cornish Warrior
4.30 - Virak
Sport in brief
Golf
7.10 - Rock Of Leon
7.40 - Diplomate Sivola
8.10 - Whiteoak Fleur
Going: Soft TV: Sky 415
Going: Good to soft-soft in places TV: Sky 415
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[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
1.30 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m 2f 110yds £4,159
5.10 Phoenix Security Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m 1f £3,119
1
2
3
4
5
6
Iniesta [V] (32) M Blake 7 11 12
P K Donovan (7)
Captain George (F37) M Blake 7 11 9
N Scholfield
The Major [H] (28) Kayley Woollacott 5 11 8 M G Nolan
Matts Legacy (118) T Vaughan 6 11 6
A Johns
Scorpion Star [P] (11) M Hill 9 11 5
J McGrath
Itsaboutime (698) Mrs H Nelmes 8 11 5
Paul O’Brien (5)
7 84P Flighty Filia (192) J Frost 6 11 4
Bryony Frost (3)
8 P53 Goldslinger (17) G L Moore 6 11 4
Jamie Moore
Miss H Welch (7)
9 0U9 Geni Johnson (46) A Dunn 6 11 3
10PPP Ruby Russet [T] (28) C Tizzard 6 11 2
H Cobden
11328 Pension Madness (165) J Farrelly 5 10 9 P Cowley (5)
12P95 La Madrina [P] (42) Mrs K Stephens 6 10 0
Miss Page Fuller (5)
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Goldslinger, 6-1 Captain George, 13-2 Itsaboutime,
7-1 Iniesta, 15-2 Pension Madness, 8-1 Flighty Filia, The Major,
10-1 Ruby Russet, 14-1 Others.
223
645
574
3RR
598
/5-
2.00 Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 6f £5,003
1 413 Dinos Benefit (15) C Tizzard 6 11 4
H Cobden
2 130 Sensulano (30) Noel Williams 5 11 4
W Hutchinson
3 3/1 With Discretion (39) N Henderson 7 11 4 N De Boinville
J McGrath
4 86 Audora (136) M Hill 7 10 12
5 96 Burn Valley (71) C Tizzard 5 10 12
T Scudamore
6 2 Drill Baby Drill (33) T R George 7 10 12 Jonathan Burke
7 09 Hurlstone Point (153) P Hobbs 5 10 12
T J O’Brien
8 548 Jennifer Juniper (61) F O’Brien 5 10 12
P Brennan
9 134 Ruby Fool [P] (11) R Mitford-Slade 8 10 12 M G Nolan
10 2-0 Storm Patrol [T] (28) Miss S Smith 7 10 12 J Sherwood (3)
118UP Sunset Skye [V] (17) Mrs L Richards 5 10 12
A Glassonbury
125B5 Youngoconnor (13) Christian Williams 5 10 12
N Scholfield
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 With Discretion, 5-2 Sensulano, 5-1 Dinos Benefit,
13-2 Drill Baby Drill, 16-1 Storm Patrol, Youngoconnor, 20-1 Ruby
Fool, 25-1 Burn Valley, Jennifer Juniper, Hurlstone Point, 66-1
Others.
2.30 totesport.com Handicap Chase (2) 2m 5f £11,710
1 297 Vibrato Valtat [T] (58) Emma Lavelle 9 11 12
N Scholfield
2 351 Marracudja [T] (79) (C) P Nicholls 7 11 11 Bryony Frost (3)
3 13- Some Buckle [T] (373) (D) (BF) T R George 9 11 4 N Fehily
4 334 Dusky Lark [P] (30) R Walford 8 11 0
T Scudamore
5 3P5 Dream Bolt (65) (CD)(C) D Rees 10 10 9
S Bowen
6 505 Icing On The Cake (45) (BF) O Sherwood 8 10 6
C Shoemark
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Marracudja, 5-2 Some Buckle, 5-1 Dusky Lark, 6-1
Icing On The Cake, 10-1 Vibrato Valtat, 25-1 Dream Bolt.
3.00 totesport.com Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 1f £5,003
1 124 Sao [H,T] (37) P Nicholls 4 11 1
H Cobden
D Bass
2 402 Higgs (26) S-J Davies 5 11 0
3 -64 Rooster Cogburn (61) Emma Lavelle 5 11 0 A Wedge
4 B8P Slaying The Dragon (F117) M Hill 5 11 0
J McGrath
5 2-2 Torrent Des Mottes (350) A Dunn 7 11 0
J Bargary
6 08 Akkapenko (42) T Vaughan 4 10 9
A Johns
7
General Allenby (F33) H Tett 4 10 9
M Grant
8 FF Poet’s Charm [H] (F122) M Hill 4 10 9
K Edgar (3)
9 7 Zillion (190) Mrs S Gardner 4 10 9
Lucy Gardner (3)
S.P. f’cast: 10-11 Sao, 5-2 Torrent Des Mottes, 4-1 Rooster
Cogburn, 10-1 Higgs, 33-1 Poet’s Charm, 50-1 General Allenby,
Akkapenko, 100-1 Zillion, Slaying The Dragon.
3.30 totesport.com Handicap Chase (5) 2m 5f £4,809
1 -12 Cawdor House Bert (22) (BF) D Rees 11 11 12 S Bowen
2 444 Scenic Star [T] (257) M B Shears 8 11 10 Sean Houlihan (5)
3 2P8 For Carmel [T] (32) P Henderson 8 11 6
P Brennan
4 2P6 Arquebusier [P,T] (33) Miss E Baker 8 11 5
J Bargary
5 P33 General Girling [B] (15) R Hodges 11 11 0
H Cobden
6 -4P Matrow’s Lady [P,T] (37) N Mulholland 11 10 12 N Fehily
7 782 Sparky’s Spirit (14) C Tizzard 9 10 11
T Scudamore
8 444 Changing The Guard [T,V] (38) (C) F Brennan 12 10 9 D Crosse
9 0U4 Coudefoudre (28) Miss V Williams 6 10 3
C Deutsch
Bryony Frost (3)
10 8-6 Monet Moor (27) J Frost 9 10 0
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Cawdor House Bert, 6-1 Coudefoudre, Matrow’s
Lady, 13-2 General Girling, 7-1 Sparky’s Spirit, 8-1 Arquebusier,
10-1 Scenic Star, For Carmel, 14-1 Others.
4.00 Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 6f £5,003
1 342
2 1/6
3 312
4 150
5 145
6 445
7 1U6
8 13P
9 1-P
10 623
11840
12 5/2
Here’s Herbie [T] (11) Mrs S Gardner 10 11 12 Lucy Gardner (3)
Retrieve [P,T] (F20) J Farrelly 11 11 8
T Cannon
Quiz Master [T] (26) (D) C Tizzard 6 11 7
H Cobden
Treasure The Ridge (185) (C) M Hill 9 11 5 J McGrath
Native Robin (23) J Scott 8 11 3
N Scholfield
Dessinateur (61) (BF) Miss V Williams 5 11 2 C Deutsch
Church Hall [T] (31) Miss E Baker 10 11 2
J Bargary
Cap Du Nord (28) (BF) Christian Williams 5 11 1 J Bowen (3)
Beau Phil [H,T] (95) (CD) J Scott 7 11 1
Jamie Moore
Champagne George (33) N Mulholland 8 11 0 T Scudamore
Cornish Warrior [P] (73) N Mulholland 7 10 12 N Fehily
Kalmbeforethestorm (213) (CD) Mrs H Nelmes 10 10 12
Paul O’Brien (5)
13757 Court Affairs (74) J W Mullins 6 10 11 Kevin Jones (5)
14768 Bold Image (14) Miss S Smith 7 10 10 J Sherwood (3)
15 24F Richardofdoccombe [T] (62) (C) Miss G Haywood 12 10 0
D G Noonan
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Dessinateur, 5-1 Here’s Herbie, 11-2 Quiz Master,
10-1 Kalmbeforethestorm, Native Robin, Champagne George, Cap Du
Nord, 12-1 Cornish Warrior, 14-1 Others.
4.30 totesport.com Open Hunters’ Chase (6) 3m 2f £1,317
1 123 Strumble Head [B] (199) (CD)(D) M Bowen 13 12 6
Mr P Bryan (7)
2 110 Virak [P] (38) (C) P Nicholls 9 12 6
Mr L Williams (3)
3 562 O Maonlai [T] (15) A Dunn 10 11 12 Miss H Welch (7)
4 514 Railway Storm (15) C White 13 11 12 Mr R Withey (7)
5 263 Too Late To Sell (15) Mrs E B Scott 12 11 12 Mr S Ellicott (7)
S.P. f’cast: 4-5 Virak, 9-4 O Maonlai, 4-1 Strumble Head, 50-1
Railway Storm, Too Late To Sell.
Whistler’s Nap
Boundsy (3.10 Pontefract) is today’s nap for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph.
1
2
3
4
5
Hardrock Davis (10) (BF) K Dalgleish 7 11 12 C Bewley (3)
Derrynane [T] (60) (BF) D McCain 7 11 12
B Hughes
Fort Jefferson [P] (15) Oliver Greenall 5 11 12 H Skelton
Bafana Blue [T] (31) M Barnes 7 11 12
D Irving (3)
Mighty Whitey [T] (29) (CD)(D) N C Kelly (Ire) 12 11 11
Steven Fox (5)
6 00P Bracka Lily (8) N C Kelly (Ire) 6 11 10 Mr N McParlan (3)
7 P02 Alfiboy [H] (8) Mrs S Smith 8 11 10
D Cook
Sam Coltherd (5)
8 572 Budarri [H] (10) W Coltherd 5 11 7
9 PU0 Witness Time [H] (101) Tristan Davidson 6 11 6 H Reed (5)
10061 Rockliffe (68) M Hammond 5 10 13
F O’Toole (3)
11 137 Strait Run [T] (10) (CD) M Hammond 7 10 13 Mr B Garritty (7)
12 846 Hes Our Robin [H] (28) M Mullineaux 8 10 12 R T Dunne
13U05 Frightened Rabbit (15) Mrs D Sayer 6 10 12
C McCormack (3)
14468 Tekiblue de L’Orme (15) P Kirby 5 10 10 Will Kennedy
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Alfiboy, 9-2 Derrynane, 5-1 Hardrock Davis, 11-2
Budarri, 8-1 Rockliffe, 12-1 Strait Run, 14-1 Bafana Blue, Bracka Lily,
Fort Jefferson, 16-1 Others.
-5F
124
634
5P4
309
5.40 Miles For Men Handicap Chase (4) 2m 3f £4,614
1
2
3
4
5
Rear Admiral [T] (157) (D) M W Easterby 12 12 0 H Bannister
Alderbrook Lad (157) (C)(D) M Hammond 12 11 12 F O’Toole (3)
Nefyn Bay [P,T] (38) (D) D McCain 9 11 10
B Hughes
Just Minded [P] (76) (BF) Mrs S Smith 7 11 9
D Cook
Justforjames [P] (15) (CD)(C) M Hammond 9 11 7
Miss Becky Smith (5)
6 56P The Doorman [P,T] (96) (C)(D) B Haslam 9 11 2 R McLernon
7 53P Trust Thomas (88) Mrs A Hamilton 10 10 13 J Hamilton
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Nefyn Bay, 3-1 Rear Admiral, 5-1 Justforjames, 13-2
Just Minded, 7-1 Trust Thomas, 14-1 Alderbrook Lad, 20-1 The Doorman.
4-1
UPP
111
P34
413
6.10 Maiden Hurdle (5) 2m 4f £3,119
1 344 Colby (38) C Grant 5 11 0
S Quinlan
Every Chance (F45) N C Kelly (Ire) 5 11 0
2
Mr N McParlan (3)
3 532 Hurricane Dylan (16) Kevin Frost 7 11 0
A Coleman
Steven Fox (5)
4 00 Isharah (118) N C Kelly (Ire) 5 11 0
5 3PP Quietly (45) Mrs S Smith 7 11 0
D Cook
6 46P Spinning Scooter [T] (191) M Barnes 8 11 0 D Irving (3)
7 327 Stay In Touch [P] (25) D McCain 7 11 0
B Hughes
Will Kennedy
8 /P- Teals Lad (558) L James 9 11 0
B Poste
9 6PR Investigation [H] (52) S A Harris 4 10 8
10P66 Beyond The Glen (10) (D) C Grant 8 10 7 Mr D Hurst (7)
11 -44 It’s All About Me (51) M Hammond 6 10 7 A P Cawley
H Brooke
12 F5 Lammturner (31) Miss J Foster 6 10 7
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Hurricane Dylan, 3-1 Quietly, 11-2 Colby, 13-2
Stay In Touch, 7-1 Every Chance, 20-1 It’s All About Me, 25-1
Beyond The Glen, Isharah, 50-1 Others.
6.40 Handicap Chase (4) 2m £4,614
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Discoverie [B,H] (47) (CD)(C)(D) Kenneth Slack 10 11 12 R Hogg (7)
Chain Of Beacons [T] (38) (D) Katie Scott 9 11 10 C Bewley (3)
Midnight Walk [T] (15) (C) D McCain 8 11 7 B Hughes
Indian Voyage [T] (23) (C)(D) M Barnes 10 11 5 D Irving (3)
Roxyfet (12) (CD)(C) M Hammond 8 11 3 F O’Toole (3)
Frankie Ballou [H,P] (10) (CD) Miss J Foster 9 11 3 D Cook
Oak Vintage (16) (CD)(C)(D) (BF) Mrs A Hamilton 8 10 13
Ross Chapman (3)
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Frankie Ballou, 7-2 Discoverie, 5-1 Oak Vintage, 6-1
Chain Of Beacons, Midnight Walk, 13-2 Roxyfet, 16-1 Indian Voyage.
P31
313
214
P58
533
121
31P
7.10 Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 5f £4,094
1 624 Danceintothelight [T] (41) (CD)(C) D McCain 11 11 13
Miss A McCain (7)
2 4PP Local Show [B] (44) Mrs S Humphrey 10 11 12 D Jacob
B Hughes
3 526 Newstart [P] (30) (D) B Ellison 7 11 10
4 641 Allfredandnobell [V] (25) (D) M Hammond 5 11 5 J Colliver
5 341 Rock Of Leon [P,T] (25) P Kirby 7 11 4 N Moscrop (5)
6 11- Raid Stane [B] (666) Lucinda Egerton 12 11 3 A Anderson (7)
7 400 Walkers Point (159) S McParlan (Ire) 7 11 2
Mr N McParlan (3)
8 487 Chocolat Noir [P] (15) M Todhunter 5 10 12 H Brooke
9 970 Ajabindejaw (28) M Hammond 8 10 8
F O’Toole (3)
10 350 Ever So Much [P] (85) (C)(D) B Haslam 9 10 7
R McLernon
11005 Naasik (57) J Norton 5 10 5
C McCormack (3)
12753 Russian Royale [P] (41) M Hammond 8 10 5
Miss Becky Smith (5)
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Rock Of Leon, 4-1 Allfredandnobell, 6-1
Danceintothelight, Local Show, 8-1 Walkers Point, 14-1 Newstart,
Russian Royale, 16-1 Raid Stane, Ever So Much, 25-1 Others.
7.40 Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (6) 2m 3f £1,872
1 3F4 Firmount Gent [P] (160) (BF) Mrs B Ewart 12 12 2
Mr Thomas Forsyth (7)
2 66P Curragh Hall [P,T] (16) L Humphrey 10 11 12 Miss L M Pinchin (7)
3 6F4 Diplomate Sivola (14) P Hobbs 5 11 12 Mr D Maxwell (3)
4 2U1 Eco Warrior (72) N Orpwood 8 11 12 Mr N Orpwood (5)
5 PP6 Mantou [P,T] (45) S Allwood 7 11 12 Mr Ed Glassonbury (3)
6 224 Pads (78) (BF) D F Bourke 8 11 12
Mr B Lynn (3)
7 1P5 Ripstick (21) J Walton 7 11 12
Mr Joe Wright (5)
8 631 Shantou Prince [T] (9) Mrs G B Walford 9 11 12 Mr C Furness (7)
9 1RF Summoned [P] (30) Mrs S E Grant 7 11 12 Mr T Hamilton
10 -1F Sam’s Treasure (15) I M Mason 6 11 5
Mr J Dawson
11964 Simmply Sam (9) (D) Miss J Bedi 11 11 5 A Anderson (7)
S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Diplomate Sivola, 5-1 Shantou Prince, 6-1 Sam’s
Treasure, 13-2 Pads, 7-1 Eco Warrior, 10-1 Others.
8.10 Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m 1f £2,274
1
7 Danced Every Dance (94) D Whillans 5 10 12 C Whillans (3)
2 364 Dollys Destination (171) N C Kelly (Ire) 5 10 12
Mr N McParlan (3)
3 74 Foxtrot Juliet (49) Olly Murphy 5 10 12
A Coleman
R Johnson
4 42 It’s O Kay (62) (BF) Olly Murphy 5 10 12
5 P2 Jumbo Davis (86) H Whittington 5 10 12 H Bannister
6
Madam Scully Miss T Jackson 5 10 12 Elliott Brookbanks (7)
7 89 Roberttown Rose (77) A Crook 5 10 12 Will Kennedy
Whiteoak Fleur D McCain 5 10 12
B Hughes
8
R T Dunne
9 7-8 Yalla Habibti (237) M Mullineaux 5 10 12
10 6 Miss Hamda (62) B Ellison 4 10 7
H Brooke
S.P. f’cast: 10-11 It’s O Kay, 9-2 Whiteoak Fleur, 6-1 Foxtrot
Juliet, 7-1 Jumbo Davis, 10-1 Dollys Destination, 16-1 Miss Hamda,
25-1 Danced Every Dance, 50-1 Madam Scully, Yalla Habibti, 100-1
Roberttown Rose.
Super League strugglers Catalans
Dragons survived a tremendous
effort from part-timers York to take
their place in the sixth round of the
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup after late
tries from Jodie Broughton and
Greg Bird secured a 34-22 victory.
There was no such drama at
Oldham where an Adam Quinlan
hat-trick eased Hull KR to a 32-0
win over the home side to avenge
their embarrassing defeat at the
same stage two years ago.
Whitehaven and Leigh
Centurions also romped home
without conceding a point to
Rochdale and London Broncos
respectively, while Featherstone
Rovers and Toronto Wolfpack
were made to work harder by
Doncaster and Barrow Raiders.
Former Wales World Cup coach
Les Pearce has died aged 94.
Market Rasen Going: Hurdle good-good to soft in
Stratford Going: Good to soft-good in places on hurdle
Wincanton Going: Good to soft
places; chase good to soft
2.25 (2m148yds mdn hdle): L’inganno Felice (Ross
Chapman 2-1) 1; Thistimenextyear (15-8F) 2; Djarkevi
(25-1) 3. 11 ran. 11/4l, 6l. (I Jardine). NR: Cloudy Glen.
3.00 (2m4f139yds h’cap hdle): Iconic Sky (J Sherwood
11-4F) 1; Just Milly (9-2) 2; Midtech Valentine (9-2) 3.
7 ran. 3/4l, 9l. (Mrs L Wadham).
3.30 (2m5f89yds h’cap ch): One Style (C Deutsch 6-4F)
1; Amuse Me (20-1) 2; San Pietro (7-2) 3. 7 ran. 17l,
1/2l. (Miss V Williams).
4.00 (2m4f139yds nov hdle): Colonial Dreams (J Bowen
2-5F) 1; Tayzar (3-1) 2; Infinite Sun (8-1) 3. 6 ran. 12l,
5l. (N Henderson).
4.35 (2m148yds h’cap nov hdle): Otter Moon (Mr N
George 2-1F) 1; The Grinder (5-2) 2; Generous Day
(9-4) 3. 4 ran. 21/4l, nk. (T R George). NRs: Du Soleil,
Toboggan’s Fire.
5.05 (2m7f191yds h’cap ch): Wolf Sword (D Cook 7-2F)
1; Gonalston Cloud (4-1) 2; Huff And Puff (9-2) 3. 8
ran. 11/4l, hd. (Mrs S Smith).
5.40 (2m148yds nh flat): Northern Soul (B Hughes
14-1) 1; Legal Eyes (3-1F) 2; Mr Scrumpy (16-1) 3. 13
ran. nk, 23/4l. (Ruth Jefferson).
Placepot: £15.70. Quadpot: £5.50.
course
2.00 (2m3f98yds h’cap ch): Princeton Royale (H Teal
7-2) 1; Champagne At Tara (11-1) 2; Savello (11-2) 3.
Theo’s Charm 11-4F. 9 ran. 5l, 4l. (N King).
2.35 (2m3f98yds h’cap nov ch): Zamparelli (H Skelton
3-1F) 1; Not A Role Model (11-2) 2; Phoebus Lescribaa
(4-1) 3. 10 ran. 8l, 21/4l. (D Skelton). NR: Badilou.
3.10 (3m2f83yds h’cap hdle): Boss Mans Ladder (R
McLernon 20-1) 1; Fizzlestix (5-1) 2; Minella Whisper
(9-2F) 3. 14 ran. 1/2l, 11/4l. (B Pauling). NR: De Bene Esse.
3.40 (2m70yds h’cap hdle): Litterale Ci (Miss A B
O’Connor 9-2F) 1; Lucca Lady (15-2) 2; Passing Call
(5-1) 3. 11 ran. nk, 23/4l. (H Fry). NRs: Hijran, She’s Gina.
4.10 (2m6f7yds nov hdle): Secret Investor (S Bowen
9-4F) 1; My Charity (13-2) 2; Jaunty Flyer (14-1) 3. 13
ran. 41/2l, 2l. (P Nicholls).
4.45 (3m3f119yds h’cap ch): Dylanseoghan (Miss Page
Fuller 5-1CF) 1; Boyfromnowhere (5-1CF) 2; Goring
One (9-1) 3. Onurbike 5-1CF. 9 ran. 3l, 18l. (Miss Z
Davison). NRs: Charlie Mon, Try It Sometime.
5.15 (2m6f125yds ch): Abricot De L’Oasis (Mr F
Henderson 13-8) 1; Billy Merriott (6-4F) 2; Mr Syntax (101) 3. 7 ran. 23/4l, 15l. (J H Henderson). NR: Woodfleet.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £14,116.30 carried over.
Placepot: £43.80. Quadpot: £9.60.
France’s Alexander Levy boosted
his chances of qualifying for a
Ryder Cup debut on home soil by
claiming his fifth European Tour
title at the Hassan Trophy in
Morocco. Levy carded a final round
of 70 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam to
finish eight under par, a shot ahead
of overnight leader Alvaro Quiros.
“It feels so good,” said Levy, who
defends his Volvo China Open title
in a few days’ time. His win takes
him to ninth in the European
Ryder Cup points standings and
also inside the world’s top 50.
In San Antonio, Andrew Landry
held on for his first PGA Tour
victory, a two-stroke triumph at
the Texas Open.
Cycling
Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels, of the
Quick-Step Floors team, was the
surprise winner in the LiegeBastogne-Liege one-day classic in
Belgium. Canada’s Michael Woods
took a sprint finish for second
ahead of France’s Romain Bardet.
Rugby League
Racing results
2.15 (2m3f166yds nov hdle): Blu Cavalier (Mr L Williams
evs F) 1; Cotswold Way (50-1) 2; Stylish Moment (101) 3. 10 ran. 6l, 11l. (P Nicholls). NR: Mere Ironmonger.
2.50 (2m5f82yds h’cap hdle): The Sweeney (A Wedge
4-1F) 1; Secret Door (14-1) 2; Little Miss Poet (5-1) 3.
14 ran. 21/4l, 23/4l. (Emma Lavelle).
3.20 (2m4f35yds h’cap ch): Buster Thomas (N Scholfield 9-4F) 1;
Turban (11-1) 2; Bramble Brook (8-1) 3. 6 ran. 7l, hd. (Emma Lavelle).
3.50 (2m3f166yds h’cap hdle): Lex Talionis (Mr Charles
O’Shea 11-1) 1; Canoodle (11-4F) 2; Kastani Beach (141) 3. 7 ran. 31/2l, 5l. (C Mann).
4.25 (1m7f65yds nov hdle): Diamond Guy (H Cobden
2-1F) 1; Shoal Bay (7-2) 2; Smuggler’s Blues (7-1) 3.
14 ran. 21/4l, 2l. (P Nicholls). NR: Nanny Makfi.
4.55 (3m1f30yds h’cap ch): Bears Rails (H Cobden 4-1)
1; Moorlands George (12-1) 2; Twojayslad (8-1) 3.
Guerrilla Tactics 5-2F. 9 ran. 2l, 21/2l. (C Tizzard).
5.30 (1m7f65yds nh flat): Samarquand (N Fehily 5-1) 1; Bold Plan
(6-1) 2; Russian Hawk (20-1) 3. Tidal Flow 13-8F. 12 ran. nk, 6l. (H
Fry). NRs: Bachy Baby, Coastal Drift, Newtown Boy, Rowley Park.
6.00 (1m7f65yds nh flat): Ebony Gale (R Johnson 28-1)
1; Larkbarrow Lad (10-1) 2; Alrightjack (7-1) 3. Mr
West Coast 7-2F. 14 ran. 11/4l, nk. (P Hobbs). NRs:
Nocturnal Myth, Prince Llywelyn.
Placepot: £136.10. Quadpot: £36.40.
28
Monday 23 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Final whistle
A timely study of
the Frenchman’s
famous battles
with Ferguson
raises some
questions, writes
Daniel Zeqiri
Should
Wenger
have slain
the United
beast?
delicious
slice of
A
serendipity
will have the
makers of The
Feud: Ferguson vs Wenger
rubbing their hands with
glee before the
programme airs at 10pm
on Channel 5 tonight.
What could have been
an indulgent, if
agreeable, nostalgia trip
has been utterly recast by
Friday’s news that Arsene
Wenger is stepping down
as Arsenal manager at the
end of the season.
Despite the risk of
viewers suffering
Wenger-weariness after a
weekend of tributes,
commentary and
pull-outs, the
Frenchman’s imminent
departure adds resonance
to a slick production that
will leave fans of both
clubs smiling.
A brisk 45-minute tour
of the explosive rivalry
between Manchester
United and Arsenal that
defined English football
at the turn of the
millennium, The Feud
begins in earnest with
Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Old
Trafford in 1998 and ends
with United’s 4-2 win at
Highbury in February
2005.
The duel produced
more sub-plots than a
Hollywood thriller. Roy
Keane and Patrick
Vieira’s struggle for
midfield supremacy, later
Thierry Henry and Ruud
van Nistelrooy’s shootout for the Golden Boot,
the industrial north
versus the cosmopolitan
ve
south, the respective
e and
merits of the Treble
n and
an unbeaten season
py to
two managers happy
er.
let tensions boil over.
uld
In truth, you could
make a film about each
match, and Arsenall
e
and United fans are
unlikely to learn
anything new. The
Feud’s intimate
behind-the-scenes
footage are a real
asset, giving us a
n’s
glimpse at Ferguson’s
four-letter gee-ups
ing
and Wenger finishing
work at Highbury
ners
long after the cleaners
have left.
om
Contributions from
uding
former players including
e
Martin Keown, Lee
Rivals: Sir Alex Ferguson
son
nger
(left) and Arsene Wenger
The 1999 FA
Cup semi-final
replay was one
sliding-doors
moment for
the two clubs
and managers
Dixon, Paul Scholes and
Phil Neville bring colour.
The unrelenting
excellence of Ferguson’s
reign is fully explored,
but Wenger’s fate brings
the pathos.
Though the man
himself would argue that
Champions League
survival in the Emirates
Stadium austerity years
was his biggest
achiev
achievement,
memories
Wen
of Wenger’s
first Arsenal
decade will remain most
a his battles
vivid, and
with Fe
with Ferguson’s
United
indelib
indelible.
The first sign of
troub came in 1997,
trouble
when Ferguson took
umbr
umbrage
at Wenger’s
critic
criticisms
of the fixture
sched
scheduling.
In a Proper
Footba Man routine
Football
wo
that would
make Dean
Saunde blush,
Saunders
Fergus remarked
Ferguson
sourly: “He has no
experie
experience
of English
footbal He’s come from
football.
Ja-PAN
Ja-PAN.”
Thre league titles,
Three
includi two Doubles,
including
a 49-ga
a 49-game
unbeaten
stretch and four FA Cups
th fruits of a
were the
gloriou first decade of
glorious
Wenge tenure.
Wenger’s
However, at the risk of
sacrilege, it is impossible
not to wonder if Arsenal
should have won more.
Did they miss the chance
to slay the United beast
once and for all?
The 1999 FA Cup
semi-final replay was one
such sliding-doors
moment. Had Dennis
Bergkamp scored his
penalty in extra time
against United’s 10 men
at Villa Park, the Treble
would have been over.
Peter Schmeichel saved
and Ryan Giggs did the
rest. United would go on
to pip Arsenal by one
point in the league.
Champions League
success also eluded
Wenger, while Arsenal
threw away the title in
2002-03, despite their
obvious superiority to
United, never winning
back-to-back
championships.
Wenger’s Arsenal
farewell will be warm
and reverent, and we
await that muchanticipated book in
which he promises to tell
all. Until then, it is down
to programmes like the
The Feud to sate our
curiosity.
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