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The Sunday Post English Edition – February 11, 2018 part 2

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FIVE PAGES OF PUZZLES START HERE
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Puzzles
The Broons family quiz
sport
2. The Jorvik Viking
Museum is in which
English city?
3. Charles Lynton are
the middle names of
which former prime
minister?
Q12
13. What is the atomic
number of gold?
6. One of Britain’s most
notorious prisoners
shares his name with
which American
actor?
14. The Nobel Peace
Prize is awarded by a
committee from which
Scandinavian country?
7. Honshu is the largest
island of which country?
15. What is the
technical name for a
tightrope walker?
8. The Card Players is a
selection of works by
which French artist?
16. In The Bible, which
of the 12 disciples was
the brother of John?
9. What is the national
parliament of Germany
called?
17. Who wrote The
Wizard Of Oz?
10. Who was the Soviet
leader during the
Cuban Missile Crisis?
11. Frederic Chopin
Airport serves which
city?
12. Richard Bachman is
the pseudonym of
which American writer?
showbiz
with Daphne
and maggie
1. Who resigned as the
England football
manager in February
2012?
1. In the classic sitcom Fawlty
Towers, which city was Manuel
from?
3. Which city hosted the
2008 Olympic Games?
5. The Grand Canyon is
in which US state?
ALL you have to do is fill in the squares
in the grid so that every row, every
column and each of the nine 3x3
squares contains the numbers 1 to 9.
with hen
and Joe
2. Aravinda de Silva was
a notable name in
which sport?
4. Which left-handed
golfer won his first Major
at the 2004 Masters?
5. Who is the Scottish
Premiership footballer
pictured?
EASY
2. Which music producer was
famed for his “wall of sound”?
3. Who is the host of TV property
show Grand Designs?
4. What was the first Carry On
film?
5. Back To Bedlam was a
best-selling album for which
former soldier?
1. Which author created the
fictional character Tracy Beaker?
2. What doesn’t an invertebrate
animal have?
18. A supercentenarian
is someone who has
reached what age?
3. How many countries make up
the United Kingdom?
19. Accra is the capital
city of which African
country?
4. Which family owns a pet
greyhound called Santa’s Little
Helper?
20. J Wellington Wimpy
is the best friend of
which cartoon
character?
5. What is the first letter of the
Greek alphabet?
MIND THE GAP
LETTER BOX
MISSING LINK
CAN you place a well-known threeletter word in the spaces of each row
to complete the seven-letter word?
Do it correctly, and the shaded
letters will spell out a random word.
COMPLETE the grid so that four
words read
across and
a different
four words
read
downwards
using only
the letters in
the word
PARLANCE
FIT ten words into the grid so each
one connects up with the words on
either side eg - wishing - well - done.
Read down the letters in the shaded
squares to spell out a random word.
C O N
M
S C
E R
J U
E R
F
O R Y
F
I O N
S
I S H
S C
O U T
C H
K
O
N
E
ADD UP
IF the number in each
circle is the sum of
the two below it,
how quickly can
you figure out
the top number?
You may
have to work
up and
down the
pyramid.
14
6
1
14
8
4
7
5
The bairns
S C
O
M
A
8
4
6
2 9 7
5
1 2
4 1 2 9 6
1 9
4
3 7 1
9
5
4
3
6
1
7
MEDIUM
with oor Bairn
Q5
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February 11, 2018
SUDOKU
with horace
1. The Ring Cycle is a
collection of operas by
which German
composer?
4. In which country did
the so-called Long
March take place?
puzzle soluTions - page 56
relax
LEG
DRYER
ROYAL
WHALE
DINNER
CHAPEL
CORNED
TOMATO
PARTING
GLASS
WALK
STORY
PUMP
RATIONS
CUCKOO
BLOOD
FREE
APART
DUCK
SKATER
9
7
4
1
4
8
3
3
6 7
5
8 6
1 9
1
5 3
2
9
1
3
1
7
3
9
4
HARD
5
2
5
9
8
8 1
6
8 7
4
3 1
6 8
6
8 5
4
9
7
5 3
7
2
9 6
MINI FIT
WHICH
one
of the
listed
words
won’t fit
in each
of these
mini
grids?
AQUA
DODO
LAUD
LOAD
U
QUAD
EXAM
MART
T
NEXT
TAXI
TRIM
QUIZ: 1. Richard Wagner. 2. York. 3. Tony Blair. 4. China. 5. Arizona. 6. Charles Bronson. 7. Japan. 8. Paul Cezanne. 9. Bundestag. 10. Nikita Khrushchev. 11. Warsaw. 12. Stephen King.
13. 79. 14. Norway. 15. Funambulist. 16. James. 17. L. Frank Baum. 18. 110. 19. Ghana. 20. Popeye. SPORT: 1. Fabio Capello. 2. Cricket. 3. Beijing. 4. Phil Mickelson. 5. John McGinn.
SHOWBIZ: 1. Barcelona. 2. Phil Spector. 3. Kevin McCloud. 4. Carry On Sergeant. 5. James Blunt. BAIRNS: 1. Jacqueline Wilson. 2. Backbone. 3. Four. 4. The Simpsons. 5. Alpha.
.
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WORDFINDER
The items listed below, all related to green, can be found
in the grid. Words may run either forwards or backwards, in
a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction, but always in a
straight, unbroken line.
C H P Z Q S O C L S O H T
L N O
I
T A T E G E V R S
E O P C V D S O N L E B N
R J H S O
I
Y
I
Wullie’s heart can only be won wi’ mince an’ tatties for one!
C V V D E
U A L C H A R T R E U S E
T D P S E A O
I
WULLIE!
R T T B R
THERE’S
POST FOR
YOU.
A E L H M Z S D D N N E G
M S O A L U
I
U C
I
D G R
M T U O T G N A O M A
I
Q V E R
A A A
T
I
I
I
E
I WONDER
WHIT MA
WANTS.
A R B L B N V
L N M
I
I
S A N E
L S O Y V N E T P A E P
H G R E E N E R Y N E R J
AQUAMARINE
BAIZE
BEGINNER
CHARTREUSE
ENVY
EVERGREEN
MINIJIGSAW
GREENERY
IMMATURE
JADE
JEALOUS
LOVAT
MINT
C
2
3
4
5
C
6
R T
I C
TEAL
UNRIPE
VEGETATION
VERDIGRIS
VERT
VIRIDIAN
Fit the pieces in the grid to spell out
an art movement in each row.
1
P O
G O
NAW, IT’S A
VALENTINE’S CARD.
WHA WOULD SEND A
WEE TOUGHIE LIKE ME
A VALENTINE?
IS IT MY
CALL-UP FOR
THE SCOTLAND
FITBA TEAM?
P U
R O
S M
U S
P A
T H
B I
U X
C U
F L
S M
C O
R I
C O
THERE’S
NAE NAME
ON IT.
PRIMROSE,
DID YOU SEND
ME THIS
CARD?
WELL, IT IS A
VALENTINE. YE
DINNAE SIGN
THEM.
I HAD NOTHING
TO DO WITH IT, SO
WHO’S SENDING
YOU CARDS,
WILLIAM?
WHAT
CARD?
AND
WHERE’S
MY CARD?
ERM… I…
WELL… I…
I’M AWA!
SHERLOCK
HOLMES WOULD
TELL YE TAE
READ THE
MESSAGE.
WELL, THERE’S
NAE SIGN O’
FINGERPRINTS
AN’ IT’S CSI
AUCHENSHOOGLE’S
DAY AFF. HE’S
OOT FISHIN’.
I NEED HELP
FRAE THE POLIS
TAE GET TAE THE
BOTTOM O’ THIS
MYSTERY.
AYE, WELL,
THAT’S AN
IDEA.
ACH, JINGS.
KRISS KROSS
SO…
THANK YOU,
WULLIE. WHIT
A GUID LAD.
MINCE AN’ TATTIES!
BOY-OH-BOY! THE
CARD WAS FRAE
MA. I’LL BE RICHT
BACK.
YOU
DESERVE
IT FOR THE
MINCE AN’
TATTIES,
MA.
A LADDIE’S
FAVOURITE
LASSIE IS AYE
HIS MA.
Y A P P Y
NEXT TIME - Ye’ll surely see the aipple disnae fall far frae the tree.
TODAY IS
ALL ABOUT
LOVE.
4 Letters Isle, Root, Spry, Wide 5 Letters Crane, Skate, Tarry,
Yappy 6 Letters Debate, Domino, Exhort, Prepay 7 Letters
Bedpost, Espouse, Estuary, Inkwell, Isthmus, Notepad
8 Letters Glittery, Stripper, Surgical
.
WEE HARRY ART: PETER DAVIDSON WORDS: IAIN MCLAUGHLIN
YOU’VE GOT
TO BE NICE
TO PEOPLE ON
VALENTINE’S
DAY.
OOR WULLIE ART: PETER DAVIDSON WORDS: IAIN MCLAUGHLIN
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KILLER
Just like conventional Sudoku the aim is to fill each row, each
column and each 3 x 3 box with all the numbers from 1 to 9.
Your clues are the numbers in the dotted-line shapes, which
represent the sum of the numbers within that shape. The same
number cannot be used twice within a dotted-line shape.
12
29
18
14
An envelope’s come through the door – but which Broon could it be for?
IT’S AN INVITE TO A VALENTINE’S
DINNER AT GIUSEPPE’S, THAT
SWANKY NEW RESTAURANT.
BOABY SIMPSON’S BEEN ASKIN’
ME TO GO THERE FOR AGES.
MUST BE FOR ME.
WHIT’S THIS?
IT’S ADDRESSED TAE
“THE BEST LOOKIN’
BROON”.
IT’LL BE FOR
ME. LASSIES A’
GO DAFT FOR MY
MUSCLES.
THAT’LL BE
FOR ME.
PITY THERE’S
NOTHIN’ BUT
MUSCLE
BETWEEN
YOUR LUGS.
10
6
12
14
4
12
8
16
11
9
6
7
15
14
13
17
10
5
12
12
3
17
14
4
13
PAWS AFF.
IT’S MINE.
12
THE LASSIES LIKE
A WELL-DRESSED LAD.
THAT’LL BE MINE.
AWA AN’
BILE YER
HEID.
7
14
16
IF BRAINS
ARE THE THING,
IT’S GOT TO BE
FOR ME.
4
15
CODEWORD
In this finished crossword, every letter of the alphabet appears as
a code number. All you have to do is crack the code and fill in the
grid. Replacing the decoded numbers 13, 16, 19 and 23 with their
letters in the grid will help you to guess the identity of other letters.
6
20
1
2
1
12
NAW, IT’S
MINE!
MINE!
IT’S MINE!
16
RICHT, LET’S
SEE WHA’S GOT
A CLICK.
ENOUGH O’ THIS
STOOSHIE. YOU CAN
A’ GO TAE GIUSEPPE’S
AN’ SEE WHA IT’S
FOR.
19
23
N
23
13
3
19
S
19
T
IT’S FOR
ME!
NO. THERE’S
NOBODY HERE
WAITING FOR
ANY OF YOU.
WHA
WOULD DAE
THAT?
THE DIRTY
TRICKS I HAE TAE
PULL SO WE CAN
GET THE HOOSE TAE
OURSELVES.
YE AULD
ROMANTIC,
PAW BROON.
19
13
23
R
19
1
23
22
1
6
15
1
3
3
13
20
1
1
23
9
2
25
1
12
25
12
3
8
8
9
12
11
1
8
25
19
16
12
1
5
2
12
23
1
7
12
16
19
16
15
5
3
16
24
24
1
1
12
4
6
20
22
19
19
16
11
1
23
19
1
26
19
12
14
26
17
13
1
23
11
19
6
21
15
1
1
25
6
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
R
T
N
S
PATHFINDER
NEXT TIME - The Broons are a’ awfy miffed when Daphne wants a facelift.
WHAT
A CUTE
DOGGIE!
1
12
20
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
AT GLEBE STREET…
WHIT A
ROTTEN
TRICK.
20
22
13
4
10
13
20
12
24
1
16
13
18
13
20
HAVE A
BISCUIT.
AYE,
I FAIR LOVE
VALENTINE’S
DAY.
THE BROONS ART: PETER DAVIDSON WORDS: IAIN MCLAUGHLIN
The Broons and oor wullie have Their own online shop aT www.TheBroons.com
Beginning
with the E in
the square
box, follow a
continuous
path to
find kitchen
containers.
The trail
passes
through
each and
every letter
once, and
may twist
up, down
or sideways,
but never
diagonally.
B O G B R A G R E T
I
L A T O B D U S H C P
E O L W U N A T S E E
T B S A T T P B E K F
B E A N
I
E U K A A A
O C U C H R C E R C R
T T E R
I
D G O T C A
E L N O S E G P F F O
G L H O H T E E E N C
S A C S G U A P R
S M
I
I
K
L K J C U A M E
Beaker, Bottle, Butter-Dish, Cake Stand, Carafe, China,
Coffee Pot, Egg-Cup, Glass, Goblet, Milk Jug, Pitcher, Ramekin,
Sauce Boat, Schooner, Sugar Bowl, Teacup
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Wor Nicky
Angel of the North
1
2
Puzzle extra
3
4
8
5
11
12
OF
COURSE,
PET.
13
16
14
17
18
15
19
20
HERE AT THE
CLINIC, WE TAKE
PRIDE IN HELPING
OUR PATIENTS.
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
7
9
10
D’YOU MIND
TAKING SOME
PHOTOS AND
VIDEOS FOR
OUR WEB PAGE,
AUNTIE?
6
21
22
23
Name.................................................................................
Address....................................................................... ...
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WE GIVE
ONE HUNDRED
AND TEN
PERCENT!
.................................Postcode..........................................
last week’s winner: John Mill, Dundee
ARROWORD
Mighty
nation
(Had)
endured
ACROSS
1 Passes on
information about
team races (6)
5 Lettuce, nearly
the greatest in the
world (6)
8 Copied a quiet
journalist (4)
9 Here a monster
left no chess
moves (4,4)
10 Caught with pole
in modern curved
street (8)
11 Head teacher set
new exam (4)
12 Crazy hat for a
reckless person? (6)
14 Nicest sort of
crawler (6)
16 Give out team list
regularly (4)
18 Island stranger
learned by end of
May (8)
20 Tears round river to
get riches (8)
21 Hannah another
girl at heart (4)
22 Turns around
directions
about a canine
command (6)
23 Relative in the
NHS (6)
Last week’s
solution
P A
V
NO
C
WA
D
PO
B L
E
BA
S
RH
UNCH
L
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T E M I S
C
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T E R S K I
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S
E T I C
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UB
E V A
L
T
B
S E BA L L
A
R
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E UMY
S
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D
S I
B
L
E
A S
L OW
C
V E S
A
ONG
I L Y
I
P E RON
Q N
U S E R
A
S
P L A S H
The arrows show the direction in which the answer to each clue should be placed.
Buzzing
insect
Lovable
rogue
Supplicate
Large
aquatic bird
Root out and
destroy
Unprocessed
metal
Battlefield
UH-OH!
Combine
numbers
Auditory
organ
IAN
MCKELLEN
Sector, zone
Steam bath
SOMETHING
WRONG,
LOVE?
DOWN
2 Marie worried about
flower shops (7)
3 Mountain range
Danes destroyed (5)
4 Nibbles go into a
steel dustpan (6,7)
5 Garment crackled,
so sit differently (8,5)
6 Moonlight etc, so
Satan returns (7)
7 Ring a relative in
fertile spot (5)
13 House unruly tot in
prison (7)
15 Make pure list in old
school exam (7)
17 Personally owned
posh car, has started
using scented
resin (5)
19 Studies marsh
grasses, we hear (5)
Rage
Deserved
Mexican Jack __, TV
sauce or dip comedian
Chilly
Oval food
items
Haul
I’VE NEVER
BEEN SO
EMBARRASSED!
Soya bean
product
Begging
request
Sir __
McKellen,
actor
(pictured)
Compresses
Reap,
gather
True to life
Carpet-like
plant
Firewood
Jump over
Splendid,
a twirling
magnificent
rope
Fish spawn
Gumbo
Suspense
Used a tool
with teeth
Went
swiftly
ART: KEN H. HARRISON WORDS: SCOTT MONTGOMERY
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Your£50prizeeasy&crypticcrosswords
Entries to: Easy and/or Cryptic Crossword, The Sunday Post, 2 Albert Square, Dundee,
DD1 9QJ. (Closing date: February
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last week’s winner: Kenneth Booth, Dalbeattie
TOTALIZED
6 Having no
interruptions (9)
7 ___ winks,
a quick
snooze! (5)
8 Blue‑green
gemstone (5)
11 Add up as you
go along (4,5)
13 Person with
allegiance to a
sovereign (8)
16 ___ City,
Chicago’s
nickname (5)
17 Revoke (6)
18 Get away
from (5)
21 Depressed (4)
23 Convent
member (3)
ACROSS
1 Coolness,
calm (11)
9 Faint
possibility (7,6)
10 Recapture,
reclaim (4,4)
12 Condescending
sympathy (4)
14 Make non‑
committal
statements (5)
15 Clear away
(spillages) (3,2)
19 Small
measurement of
length (4)
20 Of equal
distance apart
everywhere (8)
22 Having folds of
fatty flesh below
the face (6‑7)
24 Energising (11)
DOWN
2 ___ for, pick (3)
3 Card game
involving a board
on which scores
are pegged (8)
4 Employment
bureau (6)
5 Continued pain (4)
Last week’s
solution
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G L O
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B E T R
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BU
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10 – 6
MEDIUM
28 x 6
x8
DOUBLE
IT
+ 16 – 1/4
OF IT
+ 7/12 TRIPLE + 22 – 1/4
OF IT
IT
87 – 14 + 107 ÷ 5
OF IT
÷4
+ 2/3
x7
÷5
+9
+ 2/3
– 3/10
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
A T
I
N T
L
P E
R
XO
L
K E
E
C
L Y
M
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U
M
S
P T
A
T I NG
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GE R
T H
U GO R
A T E I
L
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L E A O
Y
L R E T R E S
OR T L
A
S GA E A P
EM R N T
A
E X T L
A T H
S
A
A E R D
N V I
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ROB
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E O L
E E K A
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E S I N
R E I R E G M
P T Y E N D
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T
T I K U N D A
ACROSS
1 Impart strength or
vitality to
3 Chicken ___ masala,
Indian dish • Quick
witty answer
5 Glorify • Memorised
6 Conger ___, sea fish •
Narrow strip of wood
7 Warble a ditty •
Breach
8 Closing • Containing
nothing
10 Jamaican music
genre • Pound
12 Clothed too plainly
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
OF IT
OF IT
11
OF IT
x 2 + 324 – 6/10
OF IT
12
WORDWHEEL
USING only the letters in the
wordwheel, you have 40
minutes to find as many
words as possible, none
of which may be plurals,
foreign words or proper
nouns. Each word must be
of three or more letters, all
must contain the central
letter and letters can only
be used once in every word.
There are 89 words with at
least one nine‑letter word.
SET SQUARE
PLACE each of the
digits 1‑9 in the grid to
make the sums work.
3
×
+
+
+
+
–
÷
×
=
8
= 15
–
+
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10
DOUBLE
IT
HALF OFSQUARE + 7/12
IT
IT
OF IT
WITH the
help of the
Across clues
only, can
you fit the
pieces into
their correct
positions in
the grid?
February 11, 2018
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JUST follow the instructions from left to right, starting with
the number given to reach an answer at the end.
EASY
HARDER
EASY CROSSWORD
ANSWER ANSWER ANSWER
1
PIECE
WORD
RELAX
5
÷
+
=
7
=2
= 15
=
2
WORD
LADDER
H
S
E T
M
D A
E
O
WO O D
CHANGE one letter
at a time (but not the
position of any letter)
to make a new word
‑ and move from the
word at the top of
the box to the word
at the bottom using
the exact number of
rungs provided.
L A N D
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February 11, 2018
relax
Your
week
in the
horoscopes
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arieS
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Stars
The sky This week
with Jane ridder-patrick
There is a solar eclipse in Aquarius at 21.05 GMT on
Thursday. Solar eclipses signal important endings and
beginnings and their effects usually unfold over the six
months to two years that follow. Aquarius is the sign of
equality, friendship and innovative ideas and those born
February 13 to 19, May 15 to 21, August 18 to 24 and
November 17 to 23 can expect significant changes and
fresh starts in those areas over the coming few months.
tauruS
Gemini
Learning, travel and mindwidening activities hold the
greatest appeal for you this
week. It’s time to expand your
horizons and plan mental or physical
journeys. Being pushy at the weekend
won’t work, but helping others could
open previously closed doors.
A good week for...responsibility
You’re aware of things that
you can feel rather than see
going on beneath the surface now. If
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you’ll recognise the part you’ve had in
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should benefit you greatly.
A good week for...confidence
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VirGo
Being grateful for what’s
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than criticising what isn’t should help
you could come up with solutions to
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Using your imagination and thinking a
home project through carefully before
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A good week for...partnership
Libra
You could be very aware now of
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from the approval of others.
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change of mind, but appearances may
be deceptive.
A good week for...simplicity
SCorPio
SaGittariuS
CaPriCorn
aquariuS
PiSCeS
Your main focus this week is
on friendships and
connections with others who
share your interests. If you’re prepared
to let go of trying to control how things
should work and use your imagination,
solutions to old problems should
become clear.
A good week for...dreams
Thursday’s eclipse in your
career and community sector
prompts you to tie up loose
ends in projects that are ending and
turn your efforts to new pursuits. You
usually prefer things to stay the same
but being stubborn isn’t the best
response now.
A good week for...friendship
Thursday’s solar eclipse brings
fresh air to your partnership
area and it’s time for shedding old,
unhelpful patterns and renegotiating
better ones. It’s a time to give others their
space while reviewing your own needs. If
your best-laid plans meet opposition,
don’t get mad, get thoughtful.
A good week for...perseverance
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that you need to discuss,
midweek is the time to bring it up as
you should be able to say what’s
bothering you and leave others feeling
heard too. Helping others at home on
Saturday is the best route to getting
your own needs met.
A good week for...family
Thursday’s eclipse in your area
of possessions and values
could help you re-assess your
priorities about what you think is
worthwhile. Midweek is favourable for
some hard-headed planning for helping
you get ahead without ruffling too many
feathers.
A good week for...thinking
CanCer
Thursday’s eclipse in your
family area brings
opportunities over the coming months
for getting in touch with your deepest
needs for security and belonging. It’s an
excellent time too for reorganising your
home environment. Just keep your cool
and avoid verbal battles.
A good week for...pleasure
The solar eclipse in your sign
marks an important turning
point for you. Take time out on
Thursday to write down what you’d like
to bring into your life over the coming
year. Use your imagination to draw up a
plan of action for achieving this and
take the first steps as soon as possible.
A good week for...valuables
Some reflection may be
required over the coming
months about the kind of
help you’d like to give to others and
about what truly gives you peace of
mind. An exchange with a friend around
midweek could bring you closer to one
another.
A good week for...solitude
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February 11, 2018
racing
sundaypost.com
Six Nations
Greig is
backed to
give Scots
some zip
TODAY’S TOP RACE CARDS
page 70
AYR
EXETER
Going: Heavy
Going: Soft-heavy in places
1.50
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TOTEPLACEPOT MAIDEN HURDLE
(Class 5) 2m 4f 100yds 4yo plus Winner £3,119
GERONIMO A M Thomson 7-11-5
Mr Alex Chadwick(7)
P/4P- HURRICANE VOLTA (F232) (T) G Elliott (IRE) 7-11-5 A Ring(3)
J AND M GREENGAIRS R M Smith 10-11-5
D Irving(3)
F/1-32 JUST DON’T ASK (36) C Longsdon 6-11-5
B Hughes
6-0 MR SANDGATE (99) R M Smith 5-11-5
H Brooke
4/3-PP TRUST ME I’M A DR (12) V Thompson 9-11-5 Mr D Delahunt(7)
2017: No corresponding meeting.
BETTING FORECAST: 1-4 Just Don’t Ask, 6 Hurricane Volta, 12 J And M
Greengairs, 16 Geronimo, 33 Mr Sandgate, 66 Trust Me I’m A Dr.
2.20
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Bernard
Gallacher
2.55
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Cricket
The
Sunday PoSt
Sport
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225-11 DIVINE SPEAR (51) (D) N Henderson 7-11-10 N De Boinville
24/514 SIZING TITANIUM (35) (P;BF,D) J Dreaper (IRE) 10-11-4 B Hughes
/F58P0 BOBBIE’S DIAMOND (44) A B Hamilton 8-10-12 Mr B Lynn(7)
9/25-P SCORPO (18) V Thompson 7-10-12
Mr D Delahunt(7)
BETTING FORECAST: 2-7 Divine Spear, 4 Sizing Titanium, 10 Bobbie’s
Diamond, 66 Scorpo.
Why Lefty
is right to
chase one
last Major
Buttler
eyeing
Aussie
revenge
TOTEEXACTA NOVICES’ CHASE
(4) 2m 110yds 5yo plus Winner £4,809
Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson, clears the last to
win the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury yesterday
YESTERDAY’S RESULTS
LINGFIELD
1.10: 1 Made Of Honour (Ben Curtis,
Tr K Burke), 5-2 (fav); 2 Wicker, 11-4; 3
Natalie Express, 5-1. (8 ran). non-runners
— Accomplice, Assanilka. 12, 114. Tote
£3.10. Exacta £12.00. CF £9.70.
1.45: 1 Folie Douze (M Harley, Tr H
Spiller), 22-1; 2 No More Thrills, 3-1; 3
Dolly Mixture, 25-1. (6 ran). 34, nk. Tote
£30.90. Exacta £101.80. CF £82.90.
2.20: 1 Grandfather Tom (E J Walsh,
Tr R Cowell), 5-2; 2 Sir Hector, 7-2; 3
Gabrial The Devil, 5-4 (fav). (6 ran). nonrunners — Hornby, Q Twenty Boy. 3, 114.
Tote £3.10. Exacta £10.00. CF £11.17.
2.55: 1 Chevallier (L Morris, Tr Archie
Watson), 6-1; 2 Franco’s Secret, 16-1; 3
My Target, 8-1. (9 ran). non-runners —
Mr Scaramanga, Towerlands Park. 1, 34.
Tote £6.60. Exacta £90.20. CF £93.26.
3.30: 1 Fearsome (T Marquand, Tr N
Littmoden), 7-1; 2 Native Fighter, 7-2; 3
Barye, 9-4 (fav). (7 ran). ns, 1. Tote £8.90.
Exacta £40.30. CF £31.73.
4.05: 1 Count Otto (J Haynes, Tr Mrs
A Perrett), 6-4 (jtfav); 2 Bungee Jump,
13-2; 3 Helvetian, 6-4 (jtfav). (4 ran). nonrunner — Poetic Imagination. 34, 1. Tote
£2.00. Exacta £9.90. CF £10.69.
4.35: 1 Very Honest (C Shepherd, Tr B
Johnson), 9-2; 2 Born To Finish, 3-1 (fav);
3 Pour La Victoire, 40-1. (12 ran). shd, 12.
Tote £5.00. Exacta £20.00. CF £16.89.
Placepot £62.50.
NEWBURY
1.15: 1 Whatswrongwithyou (N De
Boinville, Tr N Henderson), evens (fav); 2
Rockpoint, 4-1; 3 Another Crick, 40-1. (10
ran). 9, 34. Tote £1.80. Exacta £5.90. CF
£5.96.
1.50: 1 Talkischeap (W Hutchinson, Tr
A King), 11-1; 2 King Uther, 5-2; 3 Book
of Gold, 9-1. (8 ran). 214, 12. Tote £14.00.
Exacta £44.80. CF £38.73.
2.25: 1 Native River (R Johnson, Tr C
Tizzard), 8-11 (fav); 2 Cloudy Dream,
11-4; 3 Saphir Du Rheu, 10-3. (3 ran). 12,
24. Tote £1.50. Exacta £2.30. CF £2.98.
3.00: 1 Altior (N De Boinville, Tr N
Henderson), 1-3 (fav); 2 Politologue, 5-2; 3
Valdez, 25-1. (3 ran). 4, 13. Tote £1.30.
Exacta £1.40. CF £1.60.
3.35: 1 Kalashnikov (J Quinlan, Tr
Miss Amy Murphy), 8-1 (cofav); 2 Bleu Et
Rouge, 10-1; 3 Spiritofthegames, 20-1; 4
Coeur Blimey, 14-1. (24 ran). 412, 8, 9.
Tote £8.80. Exacta £104.00. CF £76.73.
4.10: 1 Indy Five (T Whelan, Tr David
Dennis), 7-1; 2 Reigning Supreme, 5-2; 3
Duke Des Champs, 15-8 (fav). (6 ran).
non-runners — Lovely Job, Markov. 12,
27. Tote £8.70. Exacta £27.50. CF £25.12.
4.40: 1 Acey Milan (B Hughes, Tr A
Honeyball), 11-2; 2 Woulduadamandeveit,
20-1; 3 Good Boy Bobby, 3-1 (jtfav). (10
ran). non-runners — Danny Kirwan, Pym.
11, 2. Tote £6.60. Exacta £152.60. CF
£109.60.
Jackpot £19,749.90 Placepot £125.10.
UTTOXETER
BETTING FORECAST: Evens Grand Morning, 7-4 Cubomania, 8 Trongate, 12
Specialist, 20 Budarri, 33 Johnny Pedlar.
MORNING 4-1 (11-5) Mid-division, pushed along 2nd and
FORM GRAND
soon towards rear, outpaced 4 out, headway before 3 out, led
before last, kept on well, won at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan beating Nando
(11-5) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran. CUBOMANIA 7-2fav (10-5) Mid-division, some headway
in 3rd after 3 out, pushed along entering straight and no extra after 2 out, moderate 5th and mistake last, 5th of 12, 26l behind Knockraha Pylon (10-10) at
Thurles 2m hcp hdl hvy in Jan. TRONGATE 7-1 (10-9) Mid-division, went 2nd
after 4 out, challenged 2 out, every chance when mistake last, lost 3rd when no
extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 4l behind Too Many Chiefs (11-9) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl
0-120 (4) hvy in Jan. SPECIALIST 13-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed
along 4f out, soon outpaced, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went
3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Special Relation (9-7) at Pontefract
1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun (flat). BUDARRI 28-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders,
ridden and weakened before 2 out, 6th of 8, 27l behind Cool Mix (11-4) at Kelso
2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan. JOHNNY PEDLAR 66-1 (11-1) In rear, ridden
before 2 out, in 5th before last, no impression, 5th of 8, 22l behind Cool Mix (114) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
1.20: 1 Calipso Collonges (D England,
Tr Olly Murphy), 3-1; 2 Lerichi Belle, 11-4
(fav); 3 Tanacando, 8-1. (10 ran). 28, 20.
Tote £3.80. Exacta £13.20. CF £11.82.
1.55: 1 Ballymoy (T Bellamy, Tr N
Twiston-Davies), 4-11 (fav); 2 Take Em
Out, 13-2; 3 Under The Woods, 20-1. (10
ran). 7, 14. Tote £1.10. Exacta £4.10. CF
£3.84.
2.30: 1 Ceann Sibheal (H Bannister, Tr
W Greatrex), 15-2; 2 Greyed A, 6-1; 3 Pine
Warbler, 13-2. (8 ran). 18, 23. Tote £8.50.
Exacta £51.90. CF £48.59.
3.05: 1 Transient Bay (A Nicol, Tr P
Kirby), 10-1; 2 Ceporine, 12-1; 3 Max Do
Brazil, 8-1. (9 ran). non-runner —
Agincourt Reef. nk, 334. Tote £10.10.
Exacta £143.90. CF £117.18.
3.40: 1 Game On (L Aspell, Tr Mrs L
Wadham), evens (fav); 2 Diablo De
Rouhet, 4-1; 3 Ocean Cove, 5-2. (4 ran).
334, 21. Tote £1.90. Exacta £4.20. CF
£5.29.
4.15: 1 Castafiore (Paul O’Brien, Tr C
Longsdon), 3-1; 2 Llantara, 25-1; 3 Potters
Midnight, 9-2. (7 ran). 12, 234. Tote £3.40.
Exacta £65.90. CF £55.04.
4.45: 1 Beau Bay (T J O’Brien, Tr Dr R
Newland), 11-4 (fav); 2 Pembroke House,
10-1; 3 Ulis De Vassy, 4-1. (7 ran). 8, 25.
Tote £3.10. Exacta £28.10. CF £26.49.
Placepot £273.10.
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415-42 PROGRESS DRIVE (51) (C) N Richards 7-11-8
B Hughes
383211 BLUE EMPYREAN (11) (P) R K Watson (IRE) 8-11-3 A Ring(3)
-44211 LOCHNELL (40) (CD) I Duncan 9-10-7
H Brooke
4.00
2
3
MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE
(4) 2m 3f 4yo plus Winner £4,549
0P61P1 BEYONDTEMPTATION (6) (H,T;D) J Haynes 10-12-0(7ex)
S Quinlan
Jockey Unknown
U25-21 BABY TICKER (27) (C) D Whillans 9-11-12
-09381 THE DELRAY MUNKY (11) (P;CD) I Jardine 6-11-11
Ross Chapman(5)
BETTING FORECAST: 8-15 The Delray Munky, 7-2 Baby Ticker, 4
Beyondtemptation.
DELRAY MUNKY 9-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 6 out, led
FORM 3THE
out, clear before 2 out, won at Ayr 2m 3f (5) hvy in Jan beating
Massini’s Lady (10-3) by 15l, 8 ran. BABY TICKER 6-1 (11-5) In rear, headway
before 4 out, ridden in 3rd before last, challenged last, led run-in, kept on
towards finish, won at Ayr 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Raised
On Grazeon (11-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran. BEYONDTEMPTATION 7-2 (11-3) Made virtually all from sole rival, not fluent 2 out, clear from last, won at Newcastle 2m
mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft beating Undefined Beauty (11-5) by 7l, 2 ran.
4.30
WARWICK
1.30: 1 Louse Talk (Paul O’Brien, Tr C
Longsdon), 8-1; 2 Rio Quinto, 5-6 (fav); 3
Sartene’s Son, 22-1. (7 ran). 3, 13. Tote
£7.50. Exacta £16.10. CF £15.47.
2.05: 1 Woolstone One (G Sheehan, Tr
Miss E Lavelle), 5-1; 2 Jester Jet, 7-1; 3
Midnight Tour, 5-2. (7 ran). 234, 1. Tote
£5.30. Exacta £43.60. CF £36.49.
2.40: 1 Saint Calvados (A Coleman, Tr
H Whittington), 4-9 (fav); 2 Diego Du
Charmil, 11-1; 3 North Hill Harvey, 11-4.
(4 ran). 22, 17. Tote £1.30. Exacta £5.60.
CF £5.58.
3.15: 1 Casse Tete (Joshua Moore, Tr
G L Moore), 6-1; 2 Kylemore Lough, 3-1; 3
Cogry, 11-2. (7 ran). 5, 13. Tote £6.00.
Exacta £28.50. CF £25.73.
3.50: 1 Flashjack (A Tinkler, Tr H
Daly), 4-1; 2 Just A Thought, 11-4 (fav); 3
Sir Will, 5-1. (11 ran). 12, hd. Tote £4.10.
Exacta £20.20. CF £16.34.
4.20: 1 Solighoster (R T Dunne, Tr N
Mulholland), 1-5 (fav); 2 Minmore
Present, 7-2; (2 ran). non-runner —
Fountains Windfall. 8. Tote £1.20. Exacta
£. CF £.
4.50: 1 The Dubai Way (H Bannister,
Tr H Whittington), 5-2; 2 Vado Forte, 9-4
(fav); 3 Northandsouth, 4-1. (8 ran). nonrunner — Not Never. 1, 114. Tote £3.20.
Exacta £9.30. CF £8.96.
Placepot £48.80.
CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP)
(3) 3m 5yo plus Winner £7,343
BETTING FORECAST: 11-8 Blue Empyrean, 2 Lochnell, 9-4 Progress Drive.
BLUE EMPYREAN 11-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, headway into
FORM 2nd
before 8th, ridden to challenge 2 out and soon led, under pressure and kept on well run-in, won at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Jan
beating Ardmillan (10-5) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran. LOCHNELL 11-2fav (11-3) In rear,
headway before 3 out, switched right before and led last, kept on well, won at Ayr
3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Finaghy Ayr (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
PROGRESS DRIVE 7-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd place, pushed along 10th,
chased winner before 4 out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind
Lough Derg Jewel (11-3) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hcap ch (3) hvy in Dec.
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8
TOTESPORT.COM HANDICAP CHASE
(5) 3m 5yo plus Winner £3,314
FP-512 FINAGHY AYR (40) (P;CD) I Duncan 10-12-1
Derek Fox
3-45P3 SHARNEY SIKE (12) (V;D) W Coltherd 12-12-0
Sam Coltherd(5)
333466 PRESENTED (12) (CD) Miss L Harrison 11-11-12
Ross Chapman(5)
/P1-PR PURPLE HARRY (19) (D) Miss T Jackson 10-11-10 A Nicol
-P2632 SMUGGLER’S STASH (18) (V;BF,D) Mrs R Dobbin 8-11-9
R Day(3)
B Hughes
-75884 GIBBSTOWN (41) (P;C,D) P Stafford (IRE) 12-11-8
4P162U HAVANA JACK (23) (BF,D) L Kerr 8-11-6 Rachel McDonald(7)
716-P4 MOORSTOWN (25) (B,T;D) Miss L Russell 8-11-2
S Mulqueen(3)
BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Finaghy Ayr, 4 Smuggler’s Stash, 6 Moorstown,
Sharney Sike, 7 Havana Jack, 8 Gibbstown, 10 Presented, Purple Harry.
5.00
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CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE
(5) 3m 4yo plus Winner £3,184
-03124 RIVABODIVA (40) (T;CD) Miss L Russell 8-12-1 T Willmott(10)
035361 LETEMGO (28) (D) A B Hamilton 10-11-12 Ross Chapman
46-643 GREEN TIKKANA (27) J Ewart 5-11-11
Steven Fox(3)
P6P-9P BERTALUS (86) (CD) N Alexander 9-11-3
G Cockburn(3)
3-3766 MILLROSE BELL (12) V Thompson 6-10-13
S Mulqueen
70000P THE JAM MAN (31) R A Curran (IRE) 5-10-12
R Day
0P7FP7 OLIVIA JOAN (19) A Whillans 7-10-8
D Irving
8P5/72 SORY (30) Miss T Jackson 11-10-1
Sam Coltherd
BETTING FORECAST: 15-8 Letemgo, 7-2 Rivabodiva, 4 Sory, 5 Green
Tikkana, 10 Bertalus, 14 The Jam Man, 25 Olivia Joan, 33 Millrose Bell.
‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE
(Class 4) 2m 2f 111yds 4yo plus Winner £4,224
7 ALMINAR (33) N Hawke 5-11-4
T Cannon
414/2 BLU CAVALIER (122) P Nicholls 8-11-4
S Twiston-Davies
7/6 DRAMA KING (22) D Pipe 7-11-4
T Scudamore
494 FARMER BOY (22) N Hawke 5-11-4
J Bargary(3)
4-7324 GOLDEN SUNRISE (33) C Tizzard 5-11-4
P Brennan
6 IGOUGO (51) J Scott 5-11-4
M Griffiths
08 INDIGO STAMP (64) M Gillard 7-11-4
D Crosse
40P LAPFORD LAD (33) Mrs S Gardner 6-11-4 Sean Houlihan(7)
0/3P-F MENAPIAN (122) Mrs H Nelmes 7-11-4
Paul O’Brien(5)
13 MOUNT RUSHMOORE (36) C Tizzard 6-11-4
T J O’Brien
02-3 SAMBURU SHUJAA (33) P Hobbs 5-11-4
R Johnson
07 TANGO DU ROY (31) E Williams 5-11-4
A Wedge
076 WILLIE MCLOVIN (24) C J Gray 6-11-4
N Scholfield
0-99 HALLY’S KITCHEN (25) Mrs F M Shaw 6-10-11 Mr M Legg(5)
2017: Fly Camp 7-11-11, N De Boinville 3-1 (N Henderson), 15 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 2 Blu Cavalier, 11-4 Samburu Shujaa, 3 Golden
Sunrise, 5 Mount Rushmoore, 16 Farmer Boy, 20 Drama King, 25 Igougo,
Alminar, 50 Others.
TOTEQUADPOT NOVICES’ HURDLE
(4) 2m 4yo plus Winner £4,484
-80115 CUBOMANIA (21) (T;BF,D) G Elliott (IRE) 5-11-8 A Ring(3)
31 GRAND MORNING (27) (T;CD) Miss L Russell 6-11-8
Derek Fox
-40414 TRONGATE (27) (C) R M Smith 6-11-8
D Irving(3)
90-36 BUDARRI (17) (H) W Coltherd 5-11-2
Sam Coltherd(5)
8-5 JOHNNY PEDLAR (17) A M Thomson 7-11-2 J Hamilton(3)
SPECIALIST (F244) William Young Jnr 4-10-6 T Willmott(7)
3.25
2.00
2.30
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NOVICES’ HURDLE (LISTED)
(1) 2m 1f 4yo plus Winner £14,238
411 DJINGLE (81) (H) P Nicholls 5-11-8
S Twiston-Davies
1-342 VISION DES FLOS (57) (T;BF) C Tizzard 5-11-3 T Scudamore
8-13 MERCENAIRE (36) (CD) N Williams 4-10-7
Lizzie Kelly
11 SOLO SAXOPHONE (19) (T) D Skelton 4-10-7
H Skelton
736 DARTMOOR GIRL (43) (T) M Gillard 4-10-0
D Crosse
2017: Finian’s Oscar 5-11-11, T J O’Brien 1-16 Fav (C Tizzard), 5 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 6-5 Djingle, 3 Vision Des Flos, 7-2 Mercenaire, 5 Solo
Saxophone, 150 Dartmoor Girl.
3.05
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PERTEMPS NETWORK HANDICAP HURDLE
(2) 2m 7f 5yo plus Winner £11,574
11/14- OVERLAND FLYER (371) (T;BF) P Nicholls 7-11-12
S Twiston-Davies
13-617 LOVENORMONEY (41) (P;D) W Greatrex 7-11-10 R Johnson
93-F4U DADSINTROUBLE (22) (D) T Vaughan 8-11-10
A Johns
11-7 CHARMING ZEN (29) (BF) N Henderson 6-11-9 J Bowen(3)
32-413 DELIRE D’ESTRUVAL (55) B Pauling 5-11-8
D Jacob
5-P622 SOLOMN GRUNDY (41) N Mulholland 8-11-5
R T Dunne
120-5P POKER PLAY (47) D Pipe 5-11-1
T Scudamore
N Scholfield
P0-10P DANCING SHADOW (8) (B;C) V Dartnall 9-10-11
211-12 PRESENT TIMES (64) (BF,CD) E Williams 7-10-4 A Wedge
2017: Impulsive Star 7-10-9, Mr S Waley-Cohen(3) 11-4 Fav (N Mulholland),
13 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 3 Overland Flyer, 4 Charming Zen, 6 Lovenormoney, 7
Delire D’estruval, 8 Present Times, Solomn Grundy, Dadsintrouble, 12 Poker
Play, 14 Dancing Shadow.
3.35
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3
4
5
6
7
8
9
VETERANS’ HANDICAP CHASE
(2) 3m 10yo plus Winner £18,768
5/P44- HARRY TOPPER (344) (P;BF,CD) K Bailey 11-11-12 D Bass
PPP0-U BALLYNAGOUR (259) (H;D) I Williams 12-11-10 T J O’Brien
73P-P7 FLETCHERS FLYER (64) (P,T;D) H Fry 10-11-9 K Edgar(3)
/4P-1P PRESSURIZE (15) Miss V Williams 12-11-7
C Deutsch(3)
69-2U5 HENRI PARRY MORGAN (35) (P,T;D) P Bowen 10-11-7 J Bowen(3)
55-412 PETE THE FEAT (36) (T;D) C Longsdon 14-11-5
Jonathan Burke
2353F3 GENTLEMAN JON (71) (B,T) C Tizzard 10-11-1 T Scudamore
-44241 CLOUDY BOB (7) (D) A Honeyball 11-10-10(7ex) A Coleman
53854/ BAND OF BLOOD (661) (B;BF) Dr R Newland 10-10-5 S Twiston-Davies
2017: Perfect Candidate 10-11-12, P Brennan 12-1 (F O’Brien), 12 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 3 Gentleman Jon, 7-2 Cloudy Bob, 6 Harry Topper, 7
Pete The Feat, 8 Fletchers Flyer, Henri Parry Morgan, 10 Band Of Blood, 12
Ballynagour, 14 Pressurize.
GENTLEMAN JON 16-1 (10-6) Chased leaders on inside, 2nd
FORM 9th,
led after 12th, narrowly headed 2 out, chased leader, every
chance run-in, 3rd and held close home, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Gold Present (1110) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Dec. CLOUDY BOB 15-8fav (11-0)
Held up in rear but in touch, took closer order halfway, chased leaders 12th, led
before last, ridden out, stayed on strongly, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130
(3) sft beating Private Malone (11-6) by 2l, 7 ran. HARRY TOPPER 10-3fav (118) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led after 16th, dived at next, ridden and
headed 3 out, chased leader until 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 12, 19l behind Just A
Par (11-10) at Newbury 3m 2f hcap ch (2) sft in Mar.
4.10
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GRADUATION CHASE
(2) 3m 5yo plus Winner £12,512
115-97 POBBLES BAY (36) (D) E Williams 8-11-8
A Wedge
34417- CHIC NAME (300) (H) Richard Hobson 6-11-5 Jonathan Burke
7-2212 ELEGANT ESCAPE (47) C Tizzard 6-11-4
T J O’Brien
-51FF1 FOUNTAINS WINDFALL (29) (D) A Honeyball 8-11-4 Doubtful
322121 RAMSES DE TEILLEE (23) (T;D) D Pipe 6-11-4 T Scudamore
2017: Tea For Two 8-11-8, Lizzie Kelly 8-11 Fav (N Williams), 4 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 11-8 Elegant Escape, 13-8 Ramses De Teillee, 9-2
Pobbles Bay, 11 Chic Name.
4.40
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BET NOW AT 188BET NOVICES’ CHASE
(3) 2m 3f 5yo plus Winner £7,408
-07111 LE ROCHER (25) (C) N Williams 8-11-8
T Scudamore
216/7- ALLYSSON MONTERG (456) (T;BF) Richard Hobson 8-10-12
Jonathan Burke
P/1-33 BRELAN D’AS (77) (H,T;BF) P Nicholls 7-10-12 B J Geraghty
-52272 RAYVIN BLACK (19) (C) O Sherwood 9-10-12 T Garner(3)
1212-5 VERNI (78) (D) P Hobbs 9-10-12
R Johnson
52-166 DIAMANT BLEU (65) N Williams 5-10-9 Mr Chester Williams(7)
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Charlie Longsdon
700-mile
round trip
worthwhile?
By Reg Moore
sport@sundaypost.com
Just Don’t Ask should get
Ayr punters off to a
winning, if short-priced,
start this afternoon when
making the long trek from
Oxfordshire.
The six-year-old makes
the 700-mile round trip on
his own from Charlie
Longsdon’s yard, off a
good second on heavy
at Chepstow last time.
That earned an official
rating of 121, enough
probably to win a softlooking maiden like this.
But the form from
Chepstow is working out.
There’s no way of
knowing yet how good
the winner, Diablo De
Rouhet is, but the third,
fourth and fifth have all
won next time.
It’s difficult to get away
from Lucinda Russell’s
course-and-distance
winner, Grand Morning, in
the two-mile novice hurdle.
She trains the son of
Midnight Legend for JP
McManus, and defeated
a nice type in Nicky
Richard’s Nando, on
heavy, four weeks ago.
Gordon Elliott’s
Cubomania is a rival to
be wary of, but the
selection showed promise
in his debut at Hexham,
and might be useful.
Letemgo may well
follow up his Kelso win
four weeks ago when
tackling the apprentice’s
staying handicap, which
closes the card.
He’s been raised just 4lb
for beating Massini’s Lady
one-and-a-quarter lengths,
and won off a higher mark
13 months ago.
FOCUS ON THE WINTER OLYMPICS
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Eve needs more than
a fag and a coffee!
By John Barrett
sport@sundaypost.com
I
n the Muirhead
household, Olympic curling
used to be all about Eve. Now
it’s a family affair.
Eve has been the glamorous
face of the sport since she first
skipped the Great Britain team at
the 2010 Games in Vancouver,
aged just 21.
She came away from Canada
empty-handed, but was back
four years later in Sochi to claim
a bronze medal.
She starts her programme in
Pyeongchang on Wednesday as
one of Team GB’s strongest
medal hopes – but the difference
this time is that her two brothers
are in South Korea with her.
Older brother Glen, 28, and
younger sibling Thomas, 22, will
be playing for the men’s team.
Not that that means they’ve
been banging on Eve’s door,
asking her what it’s like to go to
an Olympics!
“Being their sister, they don’t
actually ask me for a lot of
advice,” she laughs.
“When I was winning bronze
at Sochi, Thomas was in a lecture
at university, looking at his
mobile phone at the back of the
class, while Glen was at the
market selling sheep!
“If they were to ask my advice,
it would be to enjoy the moment.
It’s phenomenal and it might
only happen once in a lifetime.
“I have the family bragging
rights right now, so hopefully they
do look up to me a bit. But they’ve
also earned their place at these
Olympics and they need to focus
solely on their competition.”
The “selling sheep” reference
stems from the fact that Glen
and Thomas run a farm in Crieff,
and have to juggle their sport
with their day job.
The three Muirheads got into
curling through their father,
Gordon, a 1999 world champion.
NAP – Just Don’t Ask (Ayr
1.50).
DOUBLE – Grand Morning
(Ayr 2.55).
TREBLE – Letemgo (Ayr
5.00).
LaTE WIrE
Samburu Shujaa shaped
really well in third behind
Darcy Ward at Taunton,
and with the second
winning since, his turn
should be today.
SELECTION
Elise Christie
February 11, 2018
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gamES rEvIEW
SNOWbOarDINg
Great Britain’s snowboarders
suffered further bad luck as
Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan
and Rowan Coultas all failed to
qualify for the final of the men’s
snowboard slopestyle.
With only the top six from
each heat moving through to
today’s final, Nicholls and
Morgan finished eighth and
10th respectively while Coultas
fell on both of his runs in his
first Olympics.
Nicholls said: “I felt so
confident — the right mindset,
feeling really good about my
snowboarding, better that I
have throughout my whole
career. You only get two runs
and if it doesn’t work out, it
doesn’t work out.”
Nicholls felt he did not
receive just reward for his run
after he missed out on
advancing by two points.
“I was actually a bit gutted
about my score,” he added.
“Mid-70s was what I was
hoping for with that kind of
run, judging on what some of
the other guys did and tricks
on the jumps. I thought my top
section was really strong but
obviously it wasn’t to be.”
SKIaTHLON
Eve Muirhead (far right) with team-mates Anna Sloan, Vicki
Adams and Lauren Gray
“We were never pushed into it,”
says Eve. “We all made our own
decision. The boys have always
had a job on the side and they’re
happy to have that distraction.
“For me, it’s hard to switch off
from curling because it’s my life.
“I’m a full-time athlete and the
first thing on my mind in the
mornings is food, then the gym,
then on to the ice.
“My dad always says how the
sport has changed from when he
was a high-level curler.
“His training regime was
literally nothing. Dad’s warm-up
was a fag and cup of coffee!
“Training every day is pretty
brutal.
“OK, maybe not as much as
tennis players do, but it’s very
hard work.
“Vancouver was an eye-opener
for me. I probably didn’t practise
or train hard enough back then.
“I realised that if I wanted to
get to the top of podium, I had to
make my sport my No. 1 priority.
“Training puts your social life
on the back seat, but I’ll do
anything to get that gold medal.”
Eve follows the footsteps of
Rhona Martin, whose ‘Stone of
Destiny’ won gold at the 2002
Games.
“I know Rhona very well. We
chat an awful lot and what she did
was fantastic for the sport,” Eve
says. “That’s what put curling on
the map and started to grow it.”
Christie’s on course to banish demons
SELECTIONS
Samburu Shujaa (Exeter
2.00).
spoRt
Elise Christie safely
negotiated her first heat
of the women’s 500m
short-track at the
Gangneung Ice Arena as
she looks to shake off
her triple
disqualification
nightmare from Sochi.
The 27-year-old led
from start to finish
ahead of China’s
Chunyu Qu and briefly
set an Olympic record
time of 42.872 –
although her mark was
later beaten by South
Korean Minjeong
Chong.
Christie said: “I don’t
think I’ve ever felt so
nervous on the start
line.
“It’s the first time the
British public will have
seen me since Sochi and
I know what happened
last time and I had small
fears of it all happening
again, so I knew it was
related to that.
“You can’t avoid the
fact you’re at an
Olympics – there are
rings everywhere. So I’m
just glad I got the first
one out of the way.
“The thing about the
500m I’m most nervous
about is the start
because I’m weaker than
a lot of the other top
girls there, and that was
the best start I’ve had in
years so it built a lot of
confidence.
“It was good to know
that I was one of the
fastest out there when I
was not going 100%.
People have only
seen me injured this
year.”
Christie’s team-mates
Charlotte Gilmartin and
Kat Thomson both
crashed out early, as did
Pharrell Treacy in the
heats of the men’s
1,500m.
Norway’s Marit Bjoergen made
Winter Olympic history with a
silver medal in the women’s
cross-country skiathlon which
made her the most decorated
female athlete in Winter Games
history, with 11 medals to her
name.
Britain’s Annika Taylor
placed 60th out of the 61
finishers while Amanda
Lightfoot finished 67th in the
women’s 7.5km sprint, which
meant she missed out on a
place in tomorrow’s team
pursuit.
LUgE
British lugers AJ Rosen and
Rupert Staudinger stand 24th
and 33rd respectively at the
half-way point of the men’s
luge competition which is set
to conclude today.
SPEED SKaTINg
The host nation grabbed their
first gold of the Games amid
deafening cheers at the
Gangneung Ice Arena as
Hyojun Lim won a dramatic
nine-man final ahead of Sjinkie
Knegt of the Netherlands.
ICE HOCKEY
In a historic ice hockey match,
there was no dream start for
the unified Korean team, who
were beaten 8-0 by Switzerland
at the Kwandong Hockey
Centre despite the best efforts
of the watching North Korean
Cheerleading Squad.
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February 11, 2018
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Bernard
gallacher
There’s one reason Phil keeps
going – the chance of immortality
Y
ou might wonder why
Phil Mickelson keeps going.
After all, he is getting on a wee
bit at 47 years old.
With 42 career wins on the PGA
Tour, including five Majors, he
has little left to prove in the game.
His bank manager has no
reason to doubt him, either.
As it stands, Phil is second only
to Tiger Woods in official career
winnings at $84m, plus a lot more
in off-course earnings.
But a golfer – especially one as
successful as Phil Mickelson –
needs a special sort of drive
within himself, and it has nothing
to do with money.
In Phil’s case, winning is the
thing, and specifically, winning
the US Open to complete his
Grand Slam.
Make no mistake, even at this
stage of his career, it irks him that
he hasn’t won a tournament since
The Open at Muirfield in 2013.
That’s why he plays nearly
every week on Tour – to prove to
himself he has still got what it
takes.
He came close last weekend at
the Waste Management Phoenix
Open in Scottsdale, where he
almost claimed a remarkable
victory.
In the end, he couldn’t quite
catch Gary Woodlands and ended
up in a tie for fifth place.
But the loudest cheer of the
week from the 37,000-strong
gallery around the signature hole,
the par 3 16th, was for Phil when
he holed his birdie putt from 30
feet in the final round.
That shows just how popular a
guy he is with the fans on Tour.
Admittedly, he was on home
soil in a sense, being a graduate
of Arizona State University.
But Mickelson enjoys the
adulation of fans across America,
not just in his own back yard.
He smiles a lot, never refuses to
sign an autograph and plays the
kind of sometimes-wayward-offthe-tee game most people can
empathise with.
Of course, he makes up for that
with the sort of exquisite short
game and never-say-die attitude
that many Tour professionals –
never mind club players – would
kill for.
That’s why Phil is being talked
about as a legitimate contender
to finally claim that elusive US
Open title – and a longed-for
Grand Slam – at Shinnecock Hills
in June.
He will know himself that the
clock is running down on his
dream of joining Gene Sarazen,
Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack
Nicklaus and Tiger Woods
amongst golf’s immortals.
It’s an incredibly exclusive club,
and nobody gets a membership
without putting the work in.
That’s why Phil maintains his
punishing week-in, week-out
schedule on Tour.
He missed last year’s US Open
in order to attend his daughter’s
high school commencement – a
move that won him plenty of
admiration.
This year there will be no
clashes, and, on a course he likes
– and where he finished
runner-up to Retief Goosen back
in 2004 – he has a real chance.
Given his advancing years, it
may be his last.
But if Phil pulls a rabbit out of
the hat to become just the sixth
player in history to win every
Major, all the work will have been
worth it.
Marc Warren has had a very good career so far.
He has been a Walker Cup player, a Challenge Tour winner, a
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, a World Cup winner for
Scotland and a three-time European Tour winner – including
the 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship on home soil at Gleneagles.
But there is something missing on his CV – the Ryder Cup.
Marc is too good a player not to have played a single match – and it
will be a serious case of under-achieving if he fails to play at least one
before he is finished.
After being in a good position going into the final round in Kuala
Lumpur last Sunday, a poor final round 81 let him down.
But, as one of the late Bob Torrance’s star pupils – with an enviable,
almost faultless technique – I still believe Marc, who’ll be 37 in April,
still has the potential to achieve great things on the big stage.
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Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short of Australia celebrate after hitting the winning runs
ROUND-UP
OPINION
STraighT
Talking
down The
middle
Aphibarnrat holds his nerve to
Kiradech Aphibarnrat was
the last man to book his
place in today’s match-play
finale after seeing off
Anthony Quayle on the
fourth play-off hole on day
three of the ISPS HANDA
World Super 6 Perth.
With the top 24 players
after 54 holes of stroke play
qualifying for the match
play, a play-off was required
to decide who would take
the final eight berths after
nine players finished in a tie
for 17th on five-under-par.
Andrea Pavan, Yikeun
Chang, Callan O’Reilly,
Poom Saksansin, Zander
Lombard, Stephen Leaney
and Satoshi Kodaira all
carded pars at the first
play-off hole, leaving
Quayle and Aphibarnrat to
head back to the 18th tee
after they made bogeys.
Two good up-and-downs
on the next two play-off
holes kept Aphibarnrat in
the contest and after home
hope Quayle failed to make
par at the fourth extra hole,
the 28-year-old calmly
tapped in from close range
to clinch the final spot.
Thailand’s Prom
Meesawat finished two
shots clear at the top of the
leaderboard after three
rounds at Lake Karrinyup
Country Club after signing
for a 67 on day three.
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February 11, 2018
69
Buttler eyeing revenge
over Aussies but feels
England must improve
Rory McIlroy
By Rory Dollard
McIlroy tumbles
down the pack
at Pebble Beach
sport@sundaypost.com
J
os Buttler is hoping for
one more crack at toppling
Australia’s Twenty20
specialists but knows England
will have to improve
considerably to reach the final
of the Trans-Tasman tri-series.
An Australian side filled with
fresh faces from the Big Bash
booked their spot in the Auckland
showpiece with a dominant
seven-wicket win in Melbourne,
having already coasted past
England in their first match and
blown away co-hosts New
Zealand in the curtain-raiser.
England now need
back-to-back victories over the
Black Caps in Wellington and
Hamilton to stand any chance of
heading home with the silverware
but Buttler believes a desire to
right some wrongs will go a long
way.
“It was a disappointing day,
especially after a poor
performance in Hobart. We were
determined to show what we are
capable of and we didn’t do that,”
said Buttler, deputising as
captain for the injured Eoin
Morgan.
“But that’s the beauty of a
tri-series, we still have a chance
to make the final. Hopefully we
can meet Australia and put on a
better show.
“We haven’t showcased our
ability as we know we can yet and
there are guys in that dressingroom who will be determined to
come back strong.”
In truth, England’s
performance represented a
significant downturn on their
previous losing effort.
Last time out they started
brightly with the bat and
conjured some late drama with a
spirited display in the field. In
Jos Buttler
at the
crease
against
Australia in
Melbourne
front of 42,000 at the MCG they
were muted from the off and set a
slender target of 138 which never
looked like containing Australia’s
batting line-up.
Buttler produced the top-score
of the match but laboured for his
46, while the likes of D’Arcy Short,
Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell all
batted with unfettered freedom in
a speedy chase.
Aaron Finch faced only five
balls at the end of the match,
firing the last two into the stands
to seal victory with 33 deliveries
spare.
That was the final act of
England’s long tour of Australia,
comprising a 4-0 Ashes defeat
and a 4-1 one-day success to go
with the last two T20s.
“We go to New Zealand now, a
nice change of scene,” noted
Buttler.
Whether Morgan will be back
to lead a push for the final
remains to be seen, with doctors
yet to establish the severity of his
groin complaint.
“Eoin got a little niggle in
training, I don’t think we quite
know the extent of it so we’ll wait
and find out,” added the stand-in
skipper.
Man-of-the-match Kane
Richardson, who claimed three
for 33 to top and tail the tourists’
innings, opted for a respectful
tone at odds with the crushing
nature of the result.
“It’s a good feeling to win but in
T20 cricket when you get a roll
on, teams can be hard to stop,” he
said.
“If England can play well next
game all of a sudden they’re a
different team.
“It’s always nice to win but I
wouldn’t read too much into us
having the wood over them. It’s a
pretty similar England team to
the ODIs and they smashed us
pretty well in that series. I’d
expect them to bounce back.”
scoreboard
ENGLAND
J J Roy c Carey b Richardson .. 8
A D Hales c Finch b Stanlake ... 3
D J Malan run out ................... 10
J M Vince b Tye ....................... 21
J C Buttler c Agar
b Richardson ........................ 46
S W Billings c Warner
b Stanlake ............................. 29
D J Willey c Warner
b Richardson ........................ 10
C J Jordan not out .................... 1
Extras ...................................... 9
Total 7 wkts (20 overs) .......... 137
AUSTRALIA
D A Warner c Buttler b Willey ... 2
D J M Short not out ................ 36
C A Lynn c Buttler b Jordan ... 31
G J Maxwell c Buttler
b Jordan ................................ 39
A J Finch not out ..................... 20
Extras .................................... 10
Total 3 wkts (14.3 overs) ....... 138
Australia beat England by 7 wkts
see off Quayle and seal final Perth berth
Sean Crocker, Lucas
Herbert and Thorbjorn
Olesen were in a tie for
second on 10-under-par,
with Englishman Sam
Horsfield another two
strokes back in joint-fifth.
Scotland’s Grant Forrest
also made it through to the
match-play phase after
finishing in share of ninth
place.
Lee Westwood missed
out after posting a
third-round 78 to slip to
two under overall.
n Minjee Lee produced the
lowest round of her career
to earn a three-stroke lead
heading into the final day
of the ActewAGL Canberra
Classic in Australia.
The 21-year-old from
Perth fired a stunning
nine-under-par 63 on a
hot, humid and overcast
day at Royal Canberra Golf
Club.
The world No 17, who
climbed three places with
her win last week at 13th
Beach in Victoria, began
the second round with an
eagle on the long first hole
and her round could have
been even better had she
made her eagle putt from
eight feet on the 15th hole.
However, despite a
bogey on the fourth hole,
eight further birdies
contributed to a 36-hole
total of 14-under, three
clear of Jiyai Shin (68), the
overnight leader. Sweden’s
Pernilla Lindberg (66) is a
stroke further behind in
third and Anne Van Dam
from the Netherlands (68),
the longest hitter on tour
(below), is fourth on
eight-under-par.
Lee said: “If you start off
with an eagle, you feel
pretty good. I felt good
after that.”
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Rory McIlroy carded four bogeys and
dropped two shots on the fifth as he
tumbled down the pack at the AT&T
Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The 28-year-old followed his opening
round of four-under 68 with a
disappointing 74 to sit tied for 87th on
one under, 11 shots behind joint leaders
Dustin Johnson and Beau Hossler.
Things rapidly unravelled for McIlroy at
the par-4 5th – after a strong drive to the
edge of the green, he then missed a
lengthy eagle and shorter birdie putts
before going on to find the hole on his
fifth attempt. Two further dropped shots
on the eighth and ninth signed off a
miserable round.
Americans Johnson and Hossler, a PGA
Tour rookie, share the top spot on
12 under after carding rounds of 64 and
67 respectively.
Johnson hit five birdies on the front
nine and followed up with three on the
back nine, the only blot in his book being
a bogey on the par-4 15.
Hossler didn’t drop a shot in his round
and is still very much in contention at the
half-way stage.
Among the chasing pack are Troy
Merritt, who followed his 67 on Thursday
with the same score on Friday, while Phil
Mickelson went six under to jump 27
places into tied 5th.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth
shot a five-under round of 66 following
his opening 72.
angling
Dapping can be terrific fun, not to say
highly-rewarding, and this one – the
Bi-Visible Dapper – is easily seen in a
big wave or on an overcast day.
It is tied on a size 6-12 salmon hook, the
tying thread is black and the tail is black
cock fibres. The body is palmered with
black and white cock hackles in bands,
ending with a black one at the eye.
n There have been a few lunkers
coming off the Burnside Pool at the
Forbes of Kingennie Fishery near
Broughty Ferry, the best a superb
rainbow taken by Ian Gordon and
expertly netted by Damian Warski.
This fine specimen was photographed, returned and estimated at 13lb
and was included in Ian’s basket of
twelve rainbows, taken mainly on lures
– with depth being the key to success.
n It was a grand winter week at the
Lawfield Trout Fishery near Kilmacolm,
with 85 fish being recorded.
The best flies proved to be the
Chewing Gum Worm, Buzzers, Cat
Bugs, Greenbeads, the Hot Head
Damsel and Fluff Cats.
February 11, 2018
Six nAtionS
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laid-back Laidlaw to
add zip to Scots attack
rugby
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By Alan Shaw
sport@sundaypost.com
Sam Underhill (right)
Underhill’s
tackle paved
way for an
England win
Sam Underhill’s try-saving tackle
on Scott Williams with the game
delicately poised was praised by
Mike Brown in the wake of
England 12-6 win over Wales.
Brown said: “I thought the effort,
to a man, especially front line, was
unbelievable. Underhill in the
corner really got us out of jail.
“That’s what (we want from) the
guys off the bench, bringing the
energy and really working hard
and that’s what won us the game
in the end, it was great work from
him.
“We always want to go into
every game going at teams, hit
them first, take the momentum
away from them and I thought we
did that today.”
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones
commented: “We were slow out of
the blocks, after that first 20
minutes we got a foothold in the
game.
“We felt we should have got
more out of the opportunities we
had in the second half and we
didn’t have the accuracy we had
last week.
“It was a patchy performance.
We’ve got a two-week break now
so we’ve got to build on that.”
England coach Eddie Jones said:
“It was a proper Test match, a real
arm-wrestle. The good thing for us
is we’re getting good at winning
those sort of games.
“We weren’t at our best and
Wales played very well. They are a
tough team and full credit to
Wales, but I’m so proud of our
boys and what they did today.”
Wales counterpart Warren
Gatland was irked by the decision
not to allow what he thought was a
legitimate Gareth Anscombe try.
Gatland said: “I still can’t
understand why that’s not a try to
Gareth Anscombe. I can’t
understand why the TMO has not
awarded that as a try.
“We’ve had a look at different
angles and we can clearly see he’s
got his hand on the ball, gets there
first and it’s grounded.
“It’s a big moment in the game,
particularly in this game in front of
82,000 to get the decision wrong, it
would be nice to get some
clarification.”
S
low and reliable, or fast and
fallible.
That’s the choice many people think
Gregor Townsend faced in picking who’d
play scrum-half for Scotland as they bid to
get their Six Nations campaign back on
track against France at BT Murrayfield this
afternoon.
If that is indeed the case, then the coach
opted for the steady if sometimes
pedestrian service of former skipper Greig
Laidlaw, dropping the all-action Ali Price to
the bench after he had a bit of a nightmare
in the Cardiff collapse last weekend.
But assistant coach Mike Blair, Scotland’s
most-capped scrum-half, doesn’t think
those thumbnail sketches paint the whole
picture of the rivals for the No. 9 jersey.
“They are different players but I think
they’re also capable of doing the things that
maybe they’re not known for,” argues Blair.
“Especially with Greig on the Lions tour
last summer. A couple of times he came off
the bench and I thought had a real zip
about him, so he’s capable of doing that and
he’s got to keep pushing that.
“I thought Ali did it really well in patches
against Wales but it’s getting that
consistency every time so you know we’re
not waiting for the nine to get there, we’re
getting the ball away and moving the ball,
because that’s one of the fundamentals of
what we’re trying to do in our attack game.”
Last week in the Principality Stadium was
Price’s first real reverse in what has been a
whirlwind couple of years for him.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise
to the Scotland team after signing his first
professional contract only two years ago.
“He was obviously disappointed with how
the game went,” nods Blair.
“We’ve talked about a number of
situations he had and how he could have
reacted differently.
“He’s young, he’s only just into double
figures with caps and he’ll get a lot better
with his experiences.
“By the end of the week there was a
Ali Price (right) had a difficult afternoon in Cardiff last Saturday
spring back in his step and he was focused
on what he was going to have to do to make
us win this game.”
Price’s half-back partner Finn Russell was
another who didn’t have his best game in
dark blue against Wales, but Blair has no
fears about the mercurial fly-half’s head
going down.
He says: “In terms of his confidence, Finn
backs himself 100%.
“He’s a student of the game, but he
probably doesn’t like people knowing about
that because he likes to be this relaxed
character. But he’ll have done a lot of
analysis on his games and had a lot of chat
from the coaches about what we expect
from him.”
There’s a new face on Scotland’s bench
today, Blair Kinghorn.
The Edinburgh full-back only turned 21
last month but has belied his strapping
six-foot-five stature to top the PRO14 stats
for metres made and defenders beaten this
season while showing an eye for the tryline.
“I’m delighted for Blair. He’s an
Edinburgh Academy old boy like me so I
pushed hard to get him in!” smiles Blair.
“He’s an exceptional talent. The way he
runs with the ball it looks like he’s not going
to do anything, but he has this giraffe-like
glide to him that makes him incredible hard
to put down.
“He has a huge kicking game as well and
with his history of playing at 10 for school
and club he has that game sense, so we’re
really fortunate to have a player like him in
the set-up.
“He won’t be known a huge amount so I’d
imagine if he comes on the pitch France will
wonder why this second row is replacing a
wing or a full-back!
“But he’s a smart player and an exciting
talent, and someone we’re looking forward
to seeing on the pitch.”
IrIsh InjUry concErns aftEr Easy wIn
ROBBIE Henshaw ran in two tries
but trudged off the Aviva Stadium
field with his right arm in a sling
as Ireland thumped Italy 56-19 in
the NatWest 6 Nations.
Tadhg Furlong limped out after
just three minutes with a left
hamstring injury, joining
Henshaw as a doubt to take any
further part in the tournament.
Jacob Stockdale also bagged a
brace, with Conor Murray,
Bundee Aki, Keith Earls and Rory
Best all crossing as Ireland racked
up eight tries.
Tommaso Allan, Edoardo Gori
and Matteo Minozzi hit back late
IRELAND 56 ITALY 19
for Italy, but the visitors had
already been easily overwhelmed
by Ireland’s starting XV.
Henshaw was at the centre of
everything for Ireland before he
was forced off early in the second
half and his partnership with Aki
was a constant thorn in the side
of an often stretched Italy
backline.
Earls ran in the bonus-point
score after just 34 minutes as
Ireland took complete control
against an over-matched Italian
side. Flanker Dan Leavy earned
the turnover and the ball worked
its way back to Aki, who stepped
inside his man before breaking
clear of the Italy backline and his
perfectly-weighted pass to Earls
allowed the winger to sprint into
the corner unopposed.
“It was good at times, we
started well, got a few scores
early on,” Earls said of the
comfortable win.
“We were a bit sloppy in the
second half.
“We are happy with the win
but will always find something to
improve on.”
England’s Jonny May
six nations
Scotland
captain:
‘Let’s get
physical’
Greig Laidlaw’s preparations for facing France seem slightly unorthodox!
John Barclay knows he’s in
for a battle this afternoon,
writes Alan Shaw.
France relish the physical
aspect of rugby and have
picked some truly big units
in their front five for this
afternoon.
“We went over there last
season and almost came
away with a win despite a
shed-load of injuries, so I
think they will come and try
to play physical rugby,” says
the Scotland skipper.
“It’s up to us to meet that
but also to play up-tempo
rugby with a lot more
accuracy than we managed
last week.
“Their league is quite
set-piece dominated so
they have the biggest
forward packs. They have
big power games and
kicking games so it’s a
physical challenge but one
that throws up
opportunities for you.
“We back our fitness in
the game but we know that
if you let them get their
power game going, it’s
tough to slow down.
“It’s like that in most Test
matches. When you have
very big men coming at
you, you have to get bodies
in front of bodies.
“If they start hitting soft
shoulders and get a bit of
rumble on, that’s when they
become quite dangerous
and get into that traditional
way they’re very good at.
“They start offloading
and getting in behind you.
“That’s always the key –
you’ve got to meet them
physically, win the gain line
but also play with tempo.
“We want to move the big
men around the pitch and
keep the ball alive.
“Against the Welsh, we
probably tried to do that
too soon, we didn’t go up
the middle first.
“It’s that tricky balance
and that’s one of the jobs
that I, the half-backs and
leaders have to do, to have
that feel for the game and
when it’s time to call things.”
JONNY AT THE DOUBLE AS ENGLAND SEE OFF WALES
Jonny May ran in both tries as
England kept their Grand Slam
aspirations alive by edging
Wales 12-6 in a brutally
competitive NatWest 6 Nations
clash at Twickenham.
May crossed twice in the first
half to help sweep the
champions 12-0 ahead in the
20th minute, but Warren
Gatland’s men bravely clawed
their way back into a captivating
Test played in treacherous
conditions.
Controversy clouded the
result, however, after television
match official Glenn Newman
ENGLAND 12 WALES 6
ruled out a try for Gareth
Anscombe when Wales trailed
12-0 in the second quarter.
Anscombe appeared to exert
downward pressure with an
outstretched hand at the end of
an attack down the left wing,
but Newman thought otherwise
and a key moment had fallen in
England’s favour.
The decision proved critical
as a late penalty by Anscombe
reduced their lead to six points.
It took a try-saving tackle
from Sam Underhill to again
deny Wales in a second half
dominated by the visitors, who
were missing seven Test British
and Irish Lions including Leigh
Halfpenny, a casualty before
kick due to an unspecified
injury.
Eddie Jones ignited the build
when asking if Rhys Patchell
had the “bottle” for the occasion
and whether the mind games
affected Wales’ fly-half only he
will know, but he endured a disappointing afternoon.
At one point in the second
half the ball squirted
unexpectedly out of his hands
as he staged a counter-attack,
summing up his afternoon,
and he was replaced shortly
after.
Opposite him George Ford,
brilliantly assisted by Owen
Farrell, excelled through his
kicking, but it was the two
defences that emerged with
enhanced reputations after
refusing to buckle.
Dylan Hartley had departed
for a head injury assessment
after only 42 seconds but his exit
failed to knock England off their
stride.
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DAviD
SoLE
Gregor Townsend’s Scotland team have
a chance of redemption this afternoon,
but how many times have I said that in
the past few years, I wonder?
False hopes and false dawns have
been almost ever present, but last
weekend was the greatest
disappointment for a number of years,
not least because of the hope of
something better to kick of the Six
Nations campaign.
Winning away from home requires
the team to be aggressive and
competitive – aspects that were sadly
lacking against Wales.
France come to Murrayfield with a
gigantic pack and are hurting badly
after defeat in the final minutes last
week at the hands of Ireland.
Yet they are another team that is as
unpredictable as the weather – they
could react well to their defeat or they
could go into their shell.
If the Murrayfield crowd see
something to cheer about, the latter
would be much more likely.
To get the crowd behind the team,
Townsend has made some significant
changes.
Out go a number of players
including Cornell du Preez, who was
anonymous against the Welsh, and
Ali Price, who can be a key player.
Also dropped is Chris Harris, carrying
the can for a poor display in a centre
combination that was far from ideal.
Instead, Simon Berghan starts,
‘
It’s critical Scotland
are more combative
and aggressive
having played no rugby since being
sent off in the 1872 Cup match.
Ryan Wilson and Grant Gilchrist
come back into the side and between
them they should give the side some
“go forward” as ball carriers.
Bringing in Greig Laidlaw is
interesting as, despite his experience,
his style of play is less suited to the
fast, dynamic style that Townsend and
before him, Vern Cotter encouraged.
And with Finn Russell knocking over
kicks with real efficiency, Laidlaw won’t
have been brought in as a goal-kicker.
What is critical is that Scotland are
more combative at the breakdown and
aggressive in defence against this
physical French team.
Starting well will be key – they must
start fast, but not in an unstructured,
chaotic way as happened in Cardiff.
Games tend to be won in the final
minutes, not the opening minutes –
yet you can lose matches in the first
few minutes as Scotland discovered.
Confidence for both teams will be
slightly fragile, so whoever can gain an
edge in the first quarter will grow in
stature.
For Scotland, in front of their home
crowd, that first 20 minutes becomes
even more important and the
thousands of Scottish fans have a
significant role to play.
It’s a very tough match to call. My
heart says Scotland, but my head
worries about the impact of the giant
French forwards.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold with Jurgen Klopp
Trent hopes
to emulate his
hero Gerrard
By John Barrett
sport@sundaypost.com
A 13-year-old memory
and a comment from
Steven Gerrard drive
Trent Alexander-Arnold
on to emulate his idol
and one day lift the
Champions League
trophy for Liverpool.
The 19-year-old fullback is likely to become
the first local player to
properly break through
f r o m L i v e r p o o l ’s
academy since the
legendary ex-skipper.
And doing what
Gerrard did back in 2005
has inspired the
youngster for more than
half of his life.
“I was seven when
Liverpool won the
Champions League but I
remember the open-top
bus coming right past my
house,” he says.
“We had flags hanging
outside the windows.
“Me and my mates
were all standing on the
wall outside and playing
footy in the front garden
waiting for them to come.
“To see all the players
– my idols – going right
past my house with the
C h a m p i o n s’ L e a g u e
trophy was just
unbelievable.
“I remember sitting in
my mum’s car, driving
around
seeing
e v e r y w h e re re d a n d
thinking, ‘That’s what I
want to do one day.’
“I’ve probably watched
that game back about
10-15 times. It brought so
much joy to the city and
hopefully one day the
club will be able to enjoy
that again.”
It’s a long shot but that
opportunity could even
come this season, with
Liverpool up against
Porto next week – and
Alexander-Arnold likely
to be in the team.
Gerrard has taken a
long-term interest in his
fellow Liverpudlian’s
development, singling
him as one for the future
in his autobiography and
recently saying: “Trent’s
going to be a beauty – a
top, top player.”
“It was nice to hear
those words because he
was a big figure in the
club when I was growing
up and an idol for me,”
says the youngster, who
will face Southampton at
St Mary’s today.
“I grew up a fiveminute walk from the
training ground and I’d
go and wait for
autographs or try to find
a gap in the high walls
around Melwood and get
a little sneak peak at
training.
“I wanted to get a
glimpse of the people I
aspired to be like,
especially those who
were involved in the
European success.
“That was a big thing
for me – the people who
won things for the club
were always the heroes.
“I know what it feels
like to watch a Scouse
player on the pitch.
“When I was growing
up they were the leaders
and the inspirations for
me.
“That was a big reason
I always wanted to make
it at Liverpool. I’d seen
what they meant to
people.
“If everything goes to
plan then I don’t see me
leaving the club.
“Whenever I’m in the
academy I’ll see Gerrard
and I’ll try to pick his
brain on how to get
better. It’s important to
learn every day, channel
that information and use
it to my advantage.”
Sergio Aguero (right) enjoyed a fruitful evening, scoring four times as leaders Manchester City hammered Leicester
claude puel
pep guardiola
“The first half we started good with
the first goal. After that we were not
in the right positions to play quicker.
“To be in a good rhythm everyone
has to be in the right positions
and they are so dangerous on the
counter-attack.
“Sergio Aguero is a legend for this
club. He has a special talent in the
box, he’s so clinical.”
“We conceded at bad times in both
the first and second halves and they
took confidence from that.
“It was difficult to resist against
such a great team and we found it
difficult to get the ball and make
chances.
“It’s a shame for the team, but we
have to forget about this result and
move on to the next game.”
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Aguero nets four times
to floor the Foxes and
widen gap at summit
MANCHESTER CITy 5
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big test for us,
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MATCH STATS
Sterling (3), Aguero (48, 53, 77, 90)
LEICESTER CITy 1
Vardy (24)
By John Barrett
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10 Shots on target 2
Possession
28
9 Shots off target 0
It’s now seven wins to seal the
title for Manchester City – and
that’s assuming neighbours
United win all their remaining
12 games.
And the sixth match of that
sequence is against Jose Mourinho’s
team at the Etihad, so maybe it will
take even fewer!
This win, their 23rd of an
incredible season, had all the
typical City ingredients – a hat-trick
plus one for Sergio Aguero, a
man-of-the match performance
from Kevin De Bruyne, some
ruthlessly destructive football and,
of course, plenty of goals.
Their goal difference is now plus
59, which is 25 better than United,
so there’s another point effectively
on the board.
The leaders are now unbeaten in
26 League games at home and have
scored three goals or more in each
of their last six top-flight home
games.
Raheem Sterling grabbed the first
in three minutes and Jamie Vardy
equalised before the Aguero show
started in the second half.
His goals went past Kasper
Schmeichel with metronomic
regularity, starting in the 49th
minute and ending in the 90th.
Mind you, the Danish keeper did
gift him two of them.
The last team you’d want to
concede an early goal to is this
Manchester City side so whatever
plans Claude Puel had, he had to
revise them pretty quickly.
Sterling was ridiculed last week
for missing a sitter at Burnley from
two yards.
Guardiola said then he’d score in
the next game and he did – from
almost the exact same spot two
yards out, inside three minutes
from a wicked De Bruyne
right-wing cross.
Schmeichel saved with his knees
to stop Sterling’s centre reaching
Aguero and the Argentinean
allowed Christian Fuchs to
dispossess him in a four versus
three breakaway.
But the expected avalanche
didn’t materialise and Puel
re-grouped his men, didn’t panic
and waited for an opening.
It came on 22 minutes when a
sloppy pass from Nicolas Otamendi
and a poor touch from Oleksandr
Zinchenko let in Vardy, who
charged down on goal. The England
8
Corners
2
1
Offside
2
10
Fouls
12
2
Cautions
3
0
Sending-of fs
0
reF WATCH: Pep
Guardiola was
probably looking to
MiKe Jones to
protect his players
and he did that.
Raheem Sterling set Manchester City on their way to victory
MANCHESTER CITy: Ederson 7; Walker 7, Laporte 7, Otamendi 7 (Stones 81, 5),
Zinchenko 6 (Danilo 65, 5); De Bruyne 9, Fernandinho 8 (Foden 80, 5), Gundogan 7;
Bernardo 7, Aguero 8, Sterling 7. Unused subs – Bravo, Kompany, Nmecha, Diaz.
LEICESTER CITy: Schmeichel 5; Dragovic 7, Maguire 7, Fuchs 6; Albrighton 6,
James 5, Ndidi 6, Adrien Silva 5 (Simpson 46, 6), Chilwell 5 (Iheanacho 62, 6); Diabate
5 (Mahrez 62, 5); Vardy 7. Unused subs – Jakupovic, Gray, Iborra, Benalouane.
striker doesn’t need a second
invitation to show how deadly he is
and with virtually his first touch he
buried his shot into the bottom
corner, courtesy of a slight
deflection.
Vardy is now on a run of four
goals in four Premier League games
– his longest scoring streak since he
famously managed to find the
target in 11 consecutive games
during the Foxes title-winning
season.
Schmeichel saved from
Fernandinho, referee Mike Jones
ignored Sterling’s claims for a
penalty and Schmeichel had to turn
a De Bruyne scorcher round his
post.
Four minutes from half-time
Sterling must have thought he’d
restored City’s lead when he
collected De Bruyne’s pass and
rounded Schmeichel, but his
goal-bound shot was cleared by
Aleksandar Dragovic.
Puel switched from a back three
to a back four at the break and
looked to settle for the point very
early in proceedings.
So much for that plan. Four
minutes later Aguero was tapping
in De Bruyne’s low cross at the back
post.
Sterling had another penalty
shout when he was shouldered off
the ball by Marc Albrighton, but
once again ref Jones decided the
contact wasn’t sufficient – much
to the annoyance of the home
faithful.
A couple of minutes later,
though, the home side had their
third when Schmeichel’s poor
clearance was collected by
Fernandinho and De Bruyne fed
Aguero for his second in four
minutes.
The lesser-spotted Riyad Mahrez
made an appearance in the 62nd
minute, 10 days after Manchester
City made a deadline day bid for
him and nine days after he
absented himself from the Leicester
training ground.
The response from the travelling
Foxes fans was muted, to say the
least.
In the 77th minute, Schmeichel
was guilty of presenting a goal to
Aguero for a second time when his
horrendous clearance from Harry
Maguire’s back-pass went straight
to his feet, and he was repaid with a
delicate chip over his prostrate
body.
Aguero rattled his fourth and
City’s fifth in off the crossbar in the
final minute, a power drive from
just outside the box from a pass
from young substitute Phil Foden.
That meant he has now scored
in eight consecutive home games
for the first time and 14 in his past
six appearances at the Etihad
Stadium.
STAR MAN
Incredibly, not
four-goal Sergio
Aguero, but his teammate Kevin De
Bruyne. He was the
architect of the first
three goals and the
classiest among a lot of
class acts.
TURNING
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Claude Puel switched
from a back three to a
back four at half-time
and after being pretty
resilient for 45 minutes,
his defence proceeded
to fall apart.
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Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino
By John Barrett
sport@sundaypost.com
Mauricio Pellegrino knows Southampton
will have to produce a “perfect” display
to get the better of Liverpool at St Mary’s
Stadium today.
The Reds head to the south coast
looking to build momentum after being
denied victory against top-four rivals
To t t e n h a m l a s t w e e k e n d b y a
controversial stoppage-time penalty
from Harry Kane.
Mohamed Salah scored twice in the
2-2 draw, taking the Egyptian’s tally to 21
Premier League goals from an impressive
campaign so far.
Pellegrino, himself a former Liverpool
player, knows just what challenge lies
ahead of his team, aiming to continue
their recent improved form following a
much-needed 3-2 win at West Brom.
“When you play against a side like
Liverpool, you have to do everything
almost perfect to beat this type of team,
but we are also in a good situation to try
to play against them,” he said.
“A win would be massive for us, but
the performance on the pitch has to be
with improved efficiency, with a
mentality which is crucial in this
situation.
“We want to continue in this path, we
are growing, but this is obviously a huge
test for us.”
Despite the form of Salah, Pellegrino
warned his team not to be fixated on
stopping only the Liverpool No. 11.
“He is a top-class player, but one
player alone can do nothing when you
don’t have a context, the connection and
co-ordination with your team-mates,”
the Southampton manager said.
“Salah is an important player, but so is
their striker, their midfielder and
defenders. Liverpool are a really good
team and have a lot of capacity to create
problems.”
Having seen the Saints well beaten 3-0
on his Anfield return earlier in the
season, the Argentinian coach is hoping
for a better show this time around.
“For sure it is special for me to be in
Southampton and playing against this
team, of the biggest clubs, not only in the
Premier League, but in the world,” he
said.
“To play one game well like the other
day (at West Brom), that is important,
but more so to be consistent in every
single game. We always have to improve
in some respects.”
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Shaqiri (68)
brighton 1
Izquierdo (32)
Charlie Adam had a late penalty
saved as relegation-threatened
Stoke drew with Brighton at the
bet365 Stadium.
Jose Izquierdo demonstrated his
threat as early as the second minute as
his curling shot from just inside the box
brought a fine save out of Jack Butland.
Stoke, without the injured Peter
Crouch, made their first attempts on
goal through Eric Maxim ChoupoMoting, who twice struck off-target,
before Glenn Murray fired over.
Xherdan Shaqiri then hooked over on
the turn inside the Brighton box, and
Solly March tried his luck with a strike
that was easily kept out by Butland.
In the 28th minute, Izquierdo had
Stoke fretting again as he ran on to a
great Dale Stephens pass, cut inside
from the left and fired over the bar.
And four minutes later the
Colombian started and finished a
delightful move to put the visitors
ahead, exchanging a one-two with
March and then another with Stephens
before slotting past Butland.
matCh stats
57
Possession
43
1 Shots on target 7
13 Shots off target 8
7
Corners
4
2
Offside
3
6
Fouls
10
0
Cautions
0
0
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STAR MAN: JOSe
IzqUIeRDO got
himself on the
scoresheet and
came close again
on a couple of
other occasions.
Badou Ndiaye sent an effort wide
moments later, but there was little
thereafter in an attacking sense for the
rest of the first half.
Lambert changed things at the break,
bringing on Saido Berahino for Darren
Fletcher, and his side applied pressure
soon after the restart as Ndiaye’s strike
deflected over.
Davy Propper headed over at the
other end, and after Lambert then
brought on Jese – for his first
appearance since November – Shaqiri
equalised, curling a shot from outside
the area into the bottom corner.
Shaqiri subsequently appealed for a
penalty after going down in the box
following a tangle with Gaetan Bong,
but referee Madley waved play on.
After Izquierdo had another shot
saved by Butland, Stoke were presented
with a golden opportunity as Jese won a
penalty in the 90th minute.
The Spaniard had to be calmed down
by team-mates as he complained about
not being given the chance to take the
spot-kick – and then saw Adam’s effort
from the spot saved by Matthew Ryan.
There was then further frustration for
the home side as Anthony Knockaert
made a block to deny Mame Diouf.
Kane gives Spurs lift-off
in North London derby
tottenham hotspur 1
Kane (49)
arsenal 0
By Tom Allnutt
sport@sundaypost.com
Harry Kane proved Arsenal’s nemesis
again as his bullet header earned
Tottenham a deserved victory in the north
London derby.
Spurs could have won by more at Wembley
had they not squandered countless chances
in the second half, but Kane’s seventh goal in
eight versions of this fixture was enough to
seal all three points.
Defeat for Arsenal leaves them seven points
behind their fiercest rivals, as Tottenham
boosted their chances of finishing in the
Premier League’s top four, and Arsene Wenger
was in despondent mood afterwards.
“It’s a game we couldn’t afford to lose, of
course,” said the Gunners boss. “That makes
it much more difficult now, but we have to
fight for as long as we have a chance.
“There was more at stake than just the
derby. That’s why it’s so disappointing to lose
the game in the way we lost it.
“I think the game should have been
finished at half-time for me. We missed
opportunities on counter-attacks that are not
missable at our level.
“In the second half, we should have lost the
game by more than one goal at the start of the
second half. We were de-stabilised by the goal
they scored and they had two or three more
opportunities that they could have scored.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was virtually
anonymous and Henrikh Mkhitaryan
ineffective, so it was left to Tottenham’s own
star man to come up trumps again.
Kane admitted this week games against
Arsenal give him an extra buzz after they
released him as an eight-year-old. On another
day the 24-year-old could have had a hattrick. Toby Alderweireld was not included,
perhaps left to work on his fitness ahead of
Mousa Dembele fouls Danny Welbeck
Tuesday’s trip to Juventus, while January
signing Lucas Moura made the squad for the
first time.
For Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey was a surprise
omission, but Petr Cech was passed fit in goal,
with Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan taking
their places in a front three alongside Mesut
Ozil.
A chaotic opening quarter of an hour had
both teams threatening on the counterattack, but it took until the 27th minute for
the first real chance to arrive.
Kane should have scored as he drifted
beyond Nacho Monreal and Christian Eriksen
found him with a clipped cross, but the
striker, unmarked, headed over from seven
yards.
Spurs settled quicker but in truth the half
deteriorated as it went on. Eric Dier could
have turned in a skewed Mousa Dembele
Sigurdsson sends Palace lingering
matCh stats
everton 3
Sigurdsson (46), Niasse (51), Davies (75)
52
Possession
48
5 Shots on target 4
Crystal palaCe 1
Milivojevic (pen, 83)
6 Shots off target 12
8
Corners
7
2
Offside
1
12
Fouls
shot, but he also miskicked and by the whistle
both teams looked in need of a reset.
When they re-emerged, however, it was
Tottenham who grabbed the ascendancy,
punching the ball forward faster and harrying
their opponents with the sort of aggression
Arsenal were either not ready for or simply
unable to match.
There was little complicated about Kane’s
opener. Ben Davies was allowed time to cross
from the left and he jumped high above
Laurent Koscielny, before nodding past Cech.
For the next 30 minutes, Arsenal were
hanging on as Kane glanced Dier’s delivery
wide and then leathered a volley straight at
Cech, after Kieran Trippier had poked the ball
through Jack Wilshere’s legs.
Cech, in the spotlight after recent errors,
came to the rescue again soon after, with
Eriksen’s dipping free-kick heading for the top
corner before the keeper tipped it over.
It was just a case of how costly Spurs’
wastefulness would prove as Dele Alli had a
glorious chance one against one, but prodded
a dribbling finish wide, before Cech denied
both Trippier and substitute Erik Lamela.
The home side knew they should have been
out of sight and the mood grew nervy in the
final minutes. Sub Alexandre Lacazette twice
should have made them pay, volleying one
chance over and then skewing an even better
one wide. Tottenham held on.
The win meant Spurs have now taken seven
points from their last three Premier League
games – a run which saw them play
Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Mauricio Pochettino believes taking
positive results from a string of such highprofile matches can only be good for his
players’ confidence as they look to secure a
top-four finish of their own.
“I think it is important for the belief of the
team,” the Spurs boss said.
“You know very well that football is about
trust, confidence and belief. I think a clean
sheet against United, clean sheet against
Arsenal and I think we deserved more against
Liverpool, but only took a draw.
“The performance of the team is fantastic,
I’m so pleased because that was a key period
where you need to fight for the top four and
with these three points we are in the battle.”
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STAR MAN: GYLFI
SIGURDSSON was
excellent in the
middle, displaying
some good touches
and spraying the
ball around at will.
Everton’s Sam Allardyce
won the battle of the
ex-England managers at
Goodison Park to ease the
growing pressure on him
with victory over Roy
Hodgson’s struggling
Crystal Palace.
Gylfi Sigurdsson,
restored to the starting
line-up along with Wayne
Rooney after the
shambolic 5-1 drubbing
at Arsenal, and Oumar
Niasse scored early in the
second half, with Tom
Davies adding the third,
before Luka Milivojevic’s
consolation penalty.
Just a second win in 10
matches opened up a
nine-point gap to the
bottom three while
extending Palace’s
remarkable run of not
having won without the
injured Wilfried Zaha
since September 2016.
This was the first
Premier League meeting
of two ex-England
managers since Kevin
Keegan’s Manchester City
won 1-0 at home against
Sir Bobby Robson’s
Newcastle in May 2004.
The pair have recent
history with Hodgson
upset about being
referred to as “Woy”
during Allardyce’s
meeting with undercover
reporters posing as
businessmen which
eventually cost the Toffees
boss his job as national
team manager – but the
pair did shake hands in
the technical area.
Such friendliness was
extended to the pitch in
the first half, with both
sides lacking the killer
instinct to win a game in
what was a home debut to
forget for on-loan centreback Eliaquim Mangala.
His early backpass sold
Jordan Pickford short, and
the goalkeeper’s halfclearance dropped to
Yohan Cabaye, whose
return drifted wide.
Mangala was then
muscled off the ball by
Alexander Sorloth and
although Keane came to
his rescue the loose ball
fell to Milivojevic’s whose
shot was deflected wide
and the defender’s
departure to a knee injury
just before half-time
could have been viewed
as a blessing in disguise
for the hosts. Both
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50
Possession
50
6 Shots on target 1
12 Shots off target 5
10
1
13
Corners
Offside
Fouls
2
6
8
2
Cautions
1
0
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REF WATCH:
ANTHONY TAYLOR
kept the lid on a
potential pressurecooker game at
Wembley.
STAr MAn
Harry Kane may have
grabbed the headlines
again with the winning
goal, but MOUSSA
DEMBELE was the best
player on the pitch as
he controlled the
midfield and made
Tottenham tick.
TurnInG
pOInT
49:00
MInS
Spurs struck just after
the break and Harry
Kane’s goal reinforced
the belief that Spurs
were the better side
and they never looked
like losing after that.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane celebrate after Kane’s goal sunk North London rivals Arsenal
SpurS: Lloris 6; Trippier 7, Davies 7, Vertonghen 7, Davinson 7; Dier 7, Dembele 8; Eriksen 7, Alli 7 (Wanyama 85),
Son 6 (Lamela 70, 6); Kane 8. Unused subs – Vorm, Rose, Sissoko, Aurier, Moura.
ArSenAl: Cech 8; Bellerin 5, Monreal 5, Koscielny 6, Mustafi 7; Wilshere 6, Elneny 5 (Iwobi 65, 6), Xhaka 5 (Welbeck
86); Ozil 5, Mkhitaryan 4 (Lacazette 65, 6), Aubameyang 5. Unused subs – Ospina, Chambers, Naitland-Miles, Kolasinac.
TWeeT TAlK
Think that was the worst
#NorthLondonDerby
I’ve seen. Just poor, no
passion at all. Could’ve
been 3,4 or 5 nil.
@goonermarky1
closer to the drop zone
goalkeepers had to
tip shots from distance
around the post. Wayne
Hennessey from Idrissa
Gana Gueye and Pickford
from Cabaye, while
Christian Benteke, who had
a goal ruled out for offside,
headed wide.
Just 50 seconds after
half-time Sigurdsson struck
as Everton went route one
and Palace conceded the
opening goal for the 18th
time this season – the worst
record in the Premier
League.
Niasse touched on after
James Tomkins failed to deal
with Pickford’s punt and the
Iceland international’s shot
deflected off the defender
on its way in. Since his debut
in January 2012, Sigurdsson
has scored more goals from
outside the penalty area
than any other current
Premier League player.
Five minutes later, Toffees
full-back Cuco Martina
crossed for Niasse to head in
his eighth goal of the
campaign.
Benteke missed another
header, while Sorloth had
one saved before Davies’
close-range effort put the
result beyond doubt.
Milivojevic’s fifth
successful penalty of the
season in the 83rd minute
after Williams’ handball was
academic with Palace still
worrying about their safety
as they only just above
the relegation zone.
everTOn: Pickford
6; Coleman 5 (Kenny
46, 7), Martina 6,
Keane 7, Mangala 5
(Williams 45, 7); Gueye
7 (Schneiderlin 80),
Rooney 6; Walcott 7,
Davies 6, Sigurdsson
8; Niasse 6. Unused
subs – Robles, Bolasie,
Tosun, Calvert-Lewin.
CrySTAl pAlACe:
Hennessey 6; Ward 5,
Van Aanholt 5, FosuMensah 6, Tomkins 6;
Townsend 7, Cabaye
6, Milivojevic 6,
McArthur 6; Benteke 5,
Sorloth 6. Unused subs
– Henry, Lee, Souare,
Delaney, Bissaka,
Rakip, Riedewald.
Theo Walcott holds off James McArthur
Scorer Javier Hernandez wheels away in delight
WeST HAM unITed 2
Hernandez (38), Arnautovic (78)
WATfOrd 0
Javier Hernandez and
Marko Arnautovic
were on target as West
Ham secured a crucial
win over Watford.
A goal from the
Mexican and the
Austrian eased the
Hammers’ relegation
fears, moving them
level with Watford and
five points clear of the
drop zone.
The victory, and
performance, proved
just how far West Ham
have come under David
Moyes, whose first game
in charge was a
dispiriting 2-0 defeat to
the same opposition in
November.
Watford carved open
the first opportunities of
an open game – Etienne
Capoue with a shot
deflected over and, from
the corner, Adrian
Mariappa’s header
forcing a smart save
from Adrian.
But when Arnautovic
– fit again after three
games out injured –
began to get on the ball,
West Ham looked a
totally different team,
especially to the one
which surrendered so
meekly last weekend.
Arnautovic’s mazy
run into the area was
clumsily ended by
Mariappa’s challenge,
but referee Graham
Scott saw nothing
wrong, and Joao Mario
fired the ball straight at
Hornets custodian
Orestis Karnezis.
Hernandez then had a
goal ruled out for the
narrowest of offsides
as he headed a Mario
free-kick past Karnezis.
Arnautovic was
presented with a
glorious chance when
James Collins headed
the ball across goal,
only to shoot too close
to Karnezis.
But, moments later,
West Ham’s pressure
finally told when, not for
the first time, Michail
Antonio tore past Daryl
Janmaat and crossed
for the unmarked
Hernandez to nod in his
third goal in five games.
Watford, having
stunned Chelsea 4-1 in
their last outing on
Monday night,
dominated after the
MATCH STATS
36
Possession
64
4 Shots on target 4
4 Shots off target 7
9
Corners
7
3
Offside
1
11
Fouls
7
1
Cautions
1
0
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STAR MAN: West
Ham have missed
MARkO
ARNAUTOVIC of
late and it was no
surprise to see him
score on his return.
break, but without really
testing Adrian, other
than a Gerard Deulofeu
free-kick which the
Spaniard palmed away.
Hernandez looked
odds-on to double the
lead with 20 minutes left
when he sprung the
offside trap and skipped
past Mariappa and
Sebastian Prodl, but he
dawdled momentarily
and allowed Karnezis
to smother the ball.
But, seven minutes
later, Arnautovic
wrapped up the win
with the goal his display
deserved, a close-range
finish after Watford
failed to clear Aaron
Cresswell’s low cross.
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post
john
match
Barrett
premier league
behind the headlines
His sulk’s over,
but Mahrez will
get his way
Riyad Mahrez finally reported back for work on
Friday after his eight-day absence following his
deadline-day failure to join Manchester City.
The Algerian forward has been on what some
might describe as a strike and can most kindly be
termed “compassionate leave” since the League
leaders tried to buy him and Mahrez put in a transfer
request to try to force the move through.
Leicester, though, rejected a series of bids and the
Champions-elect eventually withdrew their interest,
leaving the player high and dry.
I have some sympathy for Mahrez. Who wouldn’t
want to move to a club who’d double your wages and
guarantee you medals this season and every season
in the foreseeable future?
That’s not being disloyal, greedy or stroppy –
adjectives most Foxes fans are currently using about
the man who helped them to their one moment of
genuine glory in decades – it’s being human.
Nevertheless, I’m in Leicester’s corner on this one.
They’ve stood up to the Manchester club’s financial
muscle and refused to be bullied into selling their
most prized asset.
The received wisdom is that the players have all the
power these days. Leicester made a stand and
showed they can’t be dictated to.
Of course, Mahrez will inevitably leave the King
Power in the summer, so you could say he’ll get his
way in the end, but it will be at a time of the club’s
choosing – and that’s how it should be.
Recently, Liverpool spurned Barcelona’s interest in
Philippe Coutinho and Southampton resisted
Liverpool’s pursuit of Virgil van Dijk, but in both
those cases the player went in the next window.
Mahrez has been agitating to leave Leicester almost
since he signed a new £100,000-a-week, four-year
contract after they won the title 18 months ago.
Leicester dug in their heels. First, Arsenal were told
“no sale” and now Manchester City have been shown
that having a bottomless pit of cash doesn’t mean you
always get your own way.
These days the TV money means that virtually
every Premier League club can decide when they sell
and for how much. Mid-ranking clubs can no longer
be made to bow to the whims of the Big Six.
So what happens next? Foxes boss Claude Puel is
making the right noises, saying that he hopes Mahrez
can “get his head right” and be integrated back into
the team and, if some kind of peace can be brokered,
then they can all stumble through the next four
months.
But it will be difficult. Bridges have been burnt with
the fans and possibly with some of his team-mates.
There is no long-term future at Leicester for Mahrez
now.
His immediate choice is to sulk or to show a
professional attitude.
Interested parties will be watching closely which
he chooses.
Jose Mourinho is trying to present a more calm demeanour on the touchline this season
Benitez: ‘Mourinho’s mind games never
By Clive Hetherington
sport@sundaypost.com
Riyad Mahrez went AWOL
Rafa Benitez insists he doesn’t miss the
mind games with Jose Mourinho – and
he never worried about them anyway.
The managerial heavyweights traded
verbal blows when Benitez was in charge
of Liverpool and Mourinho was his rival
at Chelsea.
Benitez’s Reds enjoyed two Champions
League semi-final victories – in 2005 and
2007 – over Mourinho’s Blues.
But now Benitez is fighting to keep
Newcastle in the Premier League, while
Manchester United boss Mourinho tries
to hang on to the coat-tails of runaway
leaders Manchester City.
Benitez, who faces Mourinho at
St James’ Park today, said: “When I was at
Liverpool, I wasn’t worried about the
mind games – I was worried about my
team.
“The problem is, if you say something
and then the other manager says
something, and you win the game,
people say you’re winning the mind
games.
“No, because sometimes the other
team is better than you or worse than
you. Even if you make mistakes or lose
the mind games, you can win the
match.’’
Benitez knows he is in for another
battle of wits with Mourinho, but stresses
that quality on the pitch is key.
He said: “We played 16 times when he
was at Chelsea, so we know each other
really well.
“He can change things and mix things
up, but it depends on the players.
“I can try to do this or that, but if my
players don’t understand, I cannot do it.
“If you have top-class players and you
tell them what you want them to do, even
if they don’t do what you say, they can
still do something different and win the
game.
“I have been on the other side of
things, but it’s totally different on this
side.
“We had players like Steven Gerrard
and I would say, ‘Look, Stevie, I want you
to do this.’ He would then do it, maybe
even better than you planned.
“With the team I have now, you have to
prepare every single detail, but they can
still make the difference with one thing
you’re not expecting.’’
Benitez isn’t concerned about renewed
criticism of Toon owner Mike Ashley
unsettling his players.
Anti-Ashley chants are growing in
intensity again after he pulled out of
takeover talks with Amanda Staveley’s
PCP Capital Partners.
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More perfect than Pep?
Jose learns to behave
sport@sundaypost.com
Jose Mourinho insists his touchline
behaviour has improved so much, he
should be given an award!
burnley 0
Swansea maintained their
momentum under Carlos Carvalhal
as Ki Sung-yueng’s late strike
secured a home win over Burnley.
MATCH STATS
Alexis Sanchez could be a big player for United in the Champions League
58
“I think it’s the nature of the game that the
more you fear, the more you target, and you
fear the most talented players. So it’s normal
that there will be a different approach with
those players.
“But for the refs, every player must be
treated the same and according to the rules.
“We don’t need managers to be speaking
about this when it’s obvious that the referees
must take care of it, and I think they try.”
Mourinho, who today takes his team to
Newcastle, recently admitted that neighbours
City are in control of the Premier League.
As a result he points out that the
Champions League might be the competition
in which United see the immediate benefit of
new signing Alexis Sanchez.
“Alexis has a level of experience in the
Champions League that my attacking players
don’t have,” he says.
“At Barcelona, he had a few years at a club
that felt the responsibility to play to win it.
“Romelu Lukaku is in his first season in the
Champions League, Marcus Rashford maybe
played a couple of matches with Mr Van Gaal,
the same with Jesse Lingard, and Anthony
Martial one season with Monaco and a
couple of matches here.
“Juan Mata obviously has more because
he’s a winner of the trophy, but we don’t have
many players with that know-how.
“With Alexis, a part of his talent is that he
knows what the Champions League is and it’s
important because when you go to the last
eight or semi-finals that you have players
who know how to compete at that level.”
bother me’
A lack of investment in the transfer
window fuelled anger and fans unfurled
a banner aimed at Ashley in the last
home game with Burnley.
Quoting former Toon boss Kevin
Keegan, it read: “Don’t ever give up on
your club, keep supporting it.
“It’s your club and, trust me, one day
you will get your club back and it will be
everything you wanted it to be.
Newcastle United is bigger than anyone.
“It hurts, I know, but just keep going,
he is only one man, we are a city, a whole
population. Trust me.”
But Benitez urged the Toon Army to
concentrate on backing the team.
He said: “We’ve been talking about the
takeover for a while and the transfer
window, but the players know it depends
on them. The people around them, it
doesn’t need to affect them.
“My message to the fans always is just,
‘Stay behind the team.’ It’s the only way.’’
Ki (81)
A game of few chances sprang into
life when Ki drilled home low from the
edge of the penalty area after 82
minutes – the South Korean midfielder’s
first goal since May 2016.
Swansea have now taken 14 points
from 21 since Carvalhal succeeded Paul
Clement, climbing from the bottom of
the table into 15th place.
Burnley, as resilient and combative as
ever, had knocked Swansea out of their
stride for much of a dour contest.
But the Clarets were left to reflect
on another disappointing afternoon,
with the longest winless run in the top
flight stretching to 10 games.
In a first half devoid of
entertainment, Swansea had more
possession, while Burnley carried the
greater goal threat.
Neither side managed an on-target
attempt in that opening 45 minutes,
with creativity in short supply.
By John Barrett
While many of his top-six rivals have been
seen in angry confrontations with referees
and fourth officials this season, the
Manchester United boss says he’s made it his
business to become The Perfect One.
“I am fully committed to win the award for
the best behaved manager on the touchline,”
he declares. “Seriously!”
“They should give an award to the guy that
that behaves best on the touchline and it
should be the fourth officials who vote.
“I’m pretty sure that I would win. I’m
serious! I didn’t create one problem to one
fourth official apart from my red card at
Southampton when I put a foot on the pitch.
“I’m not free of losing my temper, my
control, in one match. I’m not going from the
Bad One to the Perfect One, but I try. I
prepare myself and I make an effort.”
Mourinho also takes a thinly-disguised
swipe at cross-city rival Pep Guardiola, who
has been vocal in complaining about the
meaty tackling dished out to his star players.
“Maybe I need to cry a little bit more, I
don’t know,” he says.
“I feel English football has some cultural
heritage, tradition, and there are some
qualities I really like in the game.
“In this country, the intensity and the
aggression are a great things and the referees
are there to sort the good aggression from the
really dangerous situations.
“The culture the refs try to put into practice
is also part of our football. Sometimes they
make a mistake, but it’s isolated.
“I don’t like the word ‘protect’ because it
looks like the referees have to protect only the
top players.
“I think that, on the pitch, every player is
the same. They can’t say that this guy is very
talented, so I have to protect him.
“What do you want the defenders to do? To
let the top players play with freedom?
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Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho when they were in charge of Liverpool and Chelsea
Possession
42
4 Shots on target 1
8 Shots off target 12
5
Corners
2
2
Offside
0
9
Fouls
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STAR MAN: KYLE
NAUGHTON
bombed up and
down the wing all
day and put himself
about at both ends
of the pitch.
Burnley had some promising early
moments, with Jeff Hendrick’s attempt
blocked by Martin Olsson after Johann
Berg Gudmundsson had travelled
unchallenged down the left flank.
Jordan Ayew and Ki were both guilty
of over-elaborating in the penalty area
when they might have got a shot away –
and when Ayew fizzed a ball across the
six-yard box, there was no team-mate
to deliver the final touch.
Barnes was just wide from 20 yards
at the start of the second half, before
Gudmundsson’s rising drive forced the
first save of the game from Lukasz
Fabianski.
Swansea replied instantly as Nick
Pope held Ki’s low free-kick and the
returning Andre Ayew was sent on to
make his second debut for the club –
joining his brother Jordan in the
home attack.
Swansea made the decisive
breakthrough eight minutes from time
when Jordan Ayew allowed Kyle
Naughton’s pass to run to Ki, and his
unerring shot gave Pope no chance.
Jordan Ayew almost beat Pope at his
near post to confirm the three points,
but Swansea held on for their third
successive home victory.
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football’s man in the know
The next chief
exec must have
the final say
If I’d had my way, the SFA would have offered the
Scotland manager’s job to Graeme Souness in 2008.
It didn’t happen because I was a chief executive not
able to make decisions, only recommendations.
Graeme was not prepared to move up here, and
was not taken with the salary we were offering, so the
board ruled him out.
With Tommy Burns and Mark McGhee likewise
failing to tick every box, the job went to the only
remaining candidate, George Burley.
I mention this now because it demonstrates the
importance of the power balance at the top level of
the Scottish Football Association, both then and now.
My view was that it did not matter where Graeme
Souness lived if he was to be Scotland manager as he
could easily fly up and down from England.
While I might have failed to get him whatever
salary he was after – and the exact amount was not
discussed – I would have had a go at it since I felt he
was the right man.
Not being able to do so was frustrating, and
ultimately it was frustrations dealing with the Board
which led to me quitting a couple of years later.
Things are even worse now.
We have the failure to land Michael O’Neill as
manager, the backlash about the friendlies in Peru
and Mexico, the controversial departure of chief
executive Stewart Regan and the leaked approach to
Walter Smith all embarrassing for the Association.
Leeann
Dempster
and Rod
Petrie
currently
work
together at
Hibernian
As president and vice-president respectively, Alan
McRae and Rod Petrie, on paper, have the most
power at the SFA right now.
But it appears obvious that there is a split with the
remaining five members of the Board.
Ian Maxwell, Michael Mulraney, Thomas McKeown
and independent non-executive directors, Ana
Stewart and Gary Hughes, are in opposition because
they are not convinced by the direction McRae and
Petrie are trying to take the Association.
And if that is the case, you can forget about Alex
McLeish being appointed as the next manager, or
LeeAnn Dempster getting named as Regan’s
successor.
That would be a pity as both candidates hold
strong claims for the posts.
Something will have to be done because we can’t
have a situation where we go into next month’s
friendlies, against Costa Rica and Hungary, without a
manager or a chief executive.
My big question is how much power the latter will
be given in the role.
If they are allowed to make decisions on their own,
as I suspect Regan was at least to an extent, then
there is a clear pathway ahead.
Appoint a caretaker manager now and then focus
on getting a Chief Executive in place.
Hand him or her the power to lead properly – a
recommendation I made to Henry McLeish when he
was compiling his report into the Scottish game and
a mandate for change.
The SFA as a whole can then do everything that is
needed to give our players the very best chance to
qualify for Euro 2020.
Because, lest we forget, that is what really matters.
Walter’s World Cup
treatment made SFA
return highly unlikely
Having known Walter Smith for 50
years, I was not the least bit surprised
at his decision to remain retired and
nip in the bud speculation that he was
about to return to the position of
Scotland manager.
All the SFA had asked him was if he’d
consider coming out of retirement.
Things never got as far as Smith being
offered the post of national boss.
What really annoyed him was the lack
of urgency displayed by the SFA.
Seven days after their first approach,
he’d heard nothing else from them.
The leak to the press certainly didn’t
come from him, and the last thing Smith
wanted was to see his name all over the
back pages.
It’s coming up for seven years since he
finally called it a day after his second
spell at Ibrox.
With his 70th birthday just around the
corner, the former Rangers and Everton
manager has finally grown into retirement.
Perhaps if someone like former SFA
secretary, Ernie Walker, was still running
the show at Hampden, Smith would at
least have been tempted into talks.
Occasionally Walter still wishes he had
a job to go to in the mornings. But
certainly not the Scotland one!
Let’s not beat about the bush. The SFA
is currently in freefall, so a return to
Hampden for Walter was never on.
Nothing moves quickly on Hampden’s
sixth floor. It never has. So the speed of
the game’s governing body lurching from
one crisis to the next is no surprise.
Four months after being sacked, Gordon
Strachan has still not been replaced.
Stewart Regan was forced to resign as
chief executive last month over the
lengthy Michael O’Neill fiasco.
Yet Andrew McKinlay, placed in
interim charge only last week, is already
working his notice before becoming the
new head of the Scottish Golf Union.
It’s safe to say the SFA would never
have found itself in this position if
someone like Walker was still around.
He had a huge influence when Jock
Stein was manager during a successful
time for Scotland.
Walker made a priority of getting
things done as quickly as possible.
If he’d still been there when Smith
succeeded Berti Vogts in 2004, Walter
probably would not have been tempted
to resign and return to Rangers in 2007.
Since Walker retired in 1990, the SFA
has a history of taking too long to make
major decisions.
Vogts should have been sacked long
before he was, following a succession of
dreadful results, culminating in a 1-1
draw against minnows, Moldova.
Even then, it took the SFA two months
to appoint Smith following a round of
interviews with Gordon Strachan, Gary
McAllister and Tommy Burns.
He was the outstanding candidate, out
of work and able to start immediately.
Although results were very
encouraging under Smith, he struggled to
come to terms with the way the SFA
operated after a lifetime in club football
where every minute is vital.
Smith attended the 2006 World Cup
Finals in Germany, after Scotland had
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ron
gordon
sMitH
opinion
the voice of
experience
Walter Smith, flanked by coaches Tommy Burns and Ally McCoist, soon after
taking over the postion of Scotland manager in 2004
just failed to qualify, as part of the
preparations for the upcoming 2008
European Championships.
He wanted to have an up-to-date
dossier on Italy, France and Ukraine
before facing them in the Euros.
However, unlike other international
managers in the same position, Smith
found himself having to do it on the cheap.
He shared a hotel room in Frankfurt with
youth coach, Jimmy Sinclair, while his
contemporaries had a suite to themselves.
He also had to travel the length and
breadth of Germany driving a hired car
when other international bosses had a
chauffeur-driven limo at their disposal.
So when Rangers came calling for him
to replace Paul Le Guen, Smith couldn’t
wait to leave Hampden for Ibrox.
Back to the present, the SFA has
already lost possible Strachan successors
through their indecision.
Davie Moyes and Paul Lambert were
outstanding candidates when Strachan left,
but have now returned to club football at
West Ham and Stoke City respectively.
So now someone has to instill some
urgency at Hampden.
It looks like a manager will still be
appointed ahead of a chief executive, and
with games against Costa Rica and
Hungary coming up in under six weeks,
that at least makes sense.
The SFA must make sure Regan’s
replacement is a proper football man, or
woman, and not a former chief executive
of Yorkshire County Cricket Club with
minimal knowledge of our game.
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dalglish
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I’m not one for being critical of
individuals, teams or organisations
for the sake of it.
I don’t like to rush in and use
adjectives to help create a juicy
headline. It’s just not my style.
But I do have to take issue with the
SFA for the way they have handled
certain situations in the past five
months.
By that, I don’t mean the fact they
sacked Gordon Strachan.
They decided to do that and it was
within their power.
But I said on this page back then
that the decision was the wrong one,
and that they’d struggle to get anyone
better qualified than the wee man to
do the job.
The pursuit of Michael O’Neill
backfired on them spectacularly.
They identified their main target
and offered him an excellent package
after agreeing compensation with the
IFA.
Michael decided to stay put and
sign a more lucrative deal with his
current employers. These things
happen.
But did the SFA have a Plan B?
Stewart Regan then resigned over it
all. And his interim replacement,
Andrew McKinlay, has just
announced he is leaving the SFA to
join Scottish Golf.
Walter Smith was then sounded
out by a member of the Hampden
hierarchy to see if he was interested
in coming out of retirement.
He declared an interest to find out
more – but was then left dangling.
He has now ruled himself out.
All of the above takes me back to
my original point about taking issue
with the powerbrokers.
Apart from one or two flash
interviews and short statements, we
have heard next to nothing from the
SFA about what is going on.
We need to have dialogue from SFA
president Alan McRae, or, at the very
least, vice-president, Rod Petrie.
It is imperative that they relay some
form of information back to the Scottish
public and football supporters.
Surely, that has to be part of their
job?
I’m not asking to see the minutes
of the meetings from the previous
five months, or every nut and bolt of
what they’ve been up to.
But we need to be given an update
on the process of the decisionmaking of the last five months, and
how they came to their conclusions.
We also should be given an insight
as to the process for the next two
major appointments – the manager
and the chief executive.
Exactly who will be making the
decisions?
Is it Alan, Rod and Ian Maxwell?
Are there now others involved? Is it a
vote for the executive board? Or does
one man in particular hold the real
power?
As I’ve said, we are not expecting
the trade secrets, or warts-and-all
revelations.
But to say virtually nothing is
wrong. It’s only manners to give an
informed update. If they don’t, then it
only leads to more confusion and
inaccuracies.
If they tell us the process, then we
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KENNY
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liAM Miller
The failure of Stewart Regan and Alan McRae to replace Gordon Strachan has left the SFA in a mess
The Hampden hierarchy
has to come out and
shed some light on just
exactly what is going on
will have an understanding and they
will be educating the Scottish public.
We might not agree with the
process, but at least we’ve been given
the courtesy of an explanation as to
how it works. That’s all we can ask for.
I don’t want to be taking a
sledgehammer to the SFA. I’m not
trying to batter them.
But, too often, they don’t do
themselves any favours and leave
themselves wide open to criticism.
I don’t want to be critical. I’d rather
everything was going smoothly and
heading in the right direction.
You know, there are so many
people out there willing to help the
SFA, and they should be asking for
advice and taking counsel.
For example, on the vacant
manager’s job, have they had
in-depth conversations with Sir Alex
Ferguson about who should be on
the short-list?
Have they asked Walter Smith for
his take on who Gordon Strachan’s
successor should be?
If they want to speak to me to ask
about candidates, then I’m here. And
that goes for any Scotsman in
football you care to mention – from
Graeme Sounes to Gary McAllister.
From Davie Moyes to Paul Lambert.
Just ask.
The SFA is under a bit of pressure
just now and they wouldn’t be
criticised for asking for an opinion
from any of the guys.
Indeed, they’d be lauded for it. It’s
not an embarrassment to ask for a bit
of help. It actually shows tremendous
strength.
There are plenty of people out
there that want to help and that the
SFA can trust.
So we all wait to see what is going
to unfold in the coming days and
weeks.
It’s a critical time and we need to
get things right.
In the meantime, give the Scotland
supporters an update and some
information. It’s wrong to keep them
in the dark.
Some light needs shed on this
worrying situation.
It’s never too late.
We are not expecting the trade secrets or warts-and-all revelations. Just an understanding of what’s going on
One of the mostsatisfying aspects of
football management
is being able to bring
happiness to others.
Seeing the look on
the face of a player
when you tell him
that he is going to be
playing for the first
team – or that he will
be getting rewarded
with a new contract,
or that he has his first
call-up to an
international squad –
is very special.
During my
managerial career, I
was fortunate to
deliver such news on
many occasions.
It was my pleasure
and privilege to do
so to Liam Miller in
May, 2000, when he
made his Celtic
debut and I was
caretaker manager
at Parkhead.
It was the final
league game of the
season, at home to
Dundee United.
Liam came on as a
sub and he deserved
his opportunity. He
worked hard in the
reserves, and his
ability and dedication
caught the eye.
He went on to play
many times for
Celtic, Manchester
United and other
clubs, as well as the
Republic of Ireland.
He had a fine career.
But he has been
taken far too young.
I’m saddened to
hear of his passing.
It’s horrible news.
Liam leaves behind
his wife and three
young children. The
goodwill and warmth
from society, and
love of family and
friends, will hopefully
bring them some
form of comfort.
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Pack’s howler seals a
miraculous Cats point
bristol city 3
Flint (5), Diedhiou (31, 37)
sunderland 3
Brownhill (og, 70) , McGeady (81), Pack (og, 90)
Adama Traore scored twice for Middlesbrough
middlesbrough 2
reading 1
Martin (78)
The Royals, who have
lost three of their last
four in the league,
lacked a cutting edge
until deep in the second
half, and manager Jaap
Stam had to endure
defeat again at the
Riverside.
Middlesbrough – who
had not scored a goal in
the three previous home
league games under
Tony Pulis – had to win,
and they closed the gap
to the final play-off spot
to four points after
Bristol City’s dramatic
draw with Sunderland.
Sheffield United had
increased the pressure
on the need for
Middlesbrough to claim
a home win under Pulis
by defeating Leeds in
the earlier kick-off.
Pulis’ only change was
to bring Jonny Howson
in for Adam Clayton,
while Rudy Gestede kept
his place up front after
having the red card he
picked up at Norwich
overturned at the
beginning of the week.
Gestede and the rest
of the Middlesbrough
forwards struggled to
really test former
Sunderland goalkeeper
Vitor Mannone.
The closest they had
come before the
opening goal was when
Stewart Downing
volleyed wide from the
back post after he had
been picked out by
Traore’s deep delivery.
Traore, by far the most
dangerous player on the
pitch again for the home
side, then took matters
into his own hands in
the 44th minute.
He celebrated only
his second goal for
Middlesbrough when
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Two second-half own goals allowed
Sunderland to come from 3-0 down at
the break to take an astonishing point
at Ashton Gate.
Traore (44, 49)
Adama Traore struck
a delightful double
to help deliver
Middlesbrough a
much-needed win
over struggling
Reading.
By Richard Latham
he rounded Leandro
Bacuna and fired in a
low drive, which had too
much power on it for
Mannone to deal with.
And, after Jon Dadi
Bodvarsson headed into
the hands of goalkeeper
Darren Randolph at one
end, Traore grabbed his
second goal soon after.
match stats
41
Possession
59
3 Shots on target 2
11 Shots off target 5
6
Corners
8
5
Offside
1
13
Fouls
10
2
Cautions
3
0
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0
STAR MAN: AdAMA
TRAoRe ran the
show for the hosts,
terrorising the
Reading back
line throughout and
scoring both goals.
The former Barcelona
man darted at the
Reading defence before
directing a finish inside
the far corner with a
stunning, right-foot
drive.
Middlesbrough
captain Grant Leadbitter
drilled a 22-yard freekick at the upright soon
afterwards.
Reading were allowed
back into it when Martin
picked out the bottom
corner from the edge of
the area after being
allowed space and time.
Britt Assombalonga
lifted a late penalty high
and wide after Traore
had been tripped by
Dave Edwards.
First-half goals from Bristol City
central defender Aden Flint and a Famara
Diedhiou double looked to have the
home side coasting as the sides went into
the half-time break.
The Black Cats looked down and out,
and were staring down the barrel of
another defeat, but in the second half,
Josh Brownhill and Marlon Pack
inadvertently found the back of their
own net either side of an Aden McGeady
strike to produce a result barely anyone
would have predicted after 70 minutes,
never mind at half-time.
Flint capitalised on shocking
defending to give City a fifth-minute
lead. The big centre-back was allowed to
control a Pack free-kick inside the box,
take a touch towards goal and fire home
unchallenged from six yards.
It was 2-0 after 31 minutes as Diedhiou
ran clear onto a Bobby Reid through ball.
His first shot was blocked by goalkeeper
Lee Camp, but the ball broke for the
striker to hammer it into the roof of the
net from close range.
Sunderland were wide open and
conceded a third six minutes later. A
swift City break out of defence ended
with Ryan Kent’s low cross from the right
being slid home by the stretching
Diedhiou.
The Senegalese ace only just missed
out on a first-half hat-trick, failing by
inches to make contact with a superb low
ball across the box from Reid. Joe Bryan
Defender Aden Flint fires Bristol City into an early lead at Ashton Gate
sent a curling shot just over from the
edge of the box before the half-time
whistle provided some breathing space
for Chris Coleman’s overrun team.
Some visiting fans had seen enough,
while others who had made the 600-mile
round trip to watch their team chanted:
“You’re not fit to wear the shirt.”
Sunderland began the second half well
and Ashley Fletcher saw a well-placed
header from Joel Asoro’s cross blocked by
City skipper Bailey Wright a couple of
yards out. Then Ovie Ejario fired
narrowly over from distance.
Diedhiou had the ball in the net again
after 57 minutes, but was adjudged to
have put it there with his hand, rather
than his head by referee James Linington,
who showed a yellow card. The Black
Cats fans were then given something to
cheer 20 minutes from time when Lee
Cattermole’s header came back off the
bar and the ball hit Brownhill, who
inadvertently knocked it over the line for
an own goal.
And when substitute McGeady shot
low past Frank Fielding from
Cattermole’s 81st-minute free-kick it set
up an unexpectedly tense finish.
Fielding had to make an outstanding
double save to deny first substitute Ethan
Robson and then Fletcher, the latter
looking certain to score when the
goalkeeper parried Robson’s deflected
shot into his path.
Visiting supporters were in dreamland
when substitute Kazenga LuaLua’s low
cross from the byline went in off Pack at
the start of stoppage time, with City head
coach Lee Johnson apoplectic.
sheffield united 2
match stats
Sharp (2, pen 73)
leeds united 1
Lasogga (47)
53
Possession
47
7 Shots on target 1
10 Shots off target 13
5
Corners
8
1
Offside
3
11
Fouls
5
1
Cautions
3
0
Sending-of fs
0
STAR MAN: BILLY
SHARP was without
a league goal since
November, but his
great first got him
back amongst it
and he was superb.
New Leeds head coach Paul
Heckingbottom saw his team
lose at Sheffield United in his
first game in charge.
Billy Sharp, who returned to
the starting line-up, scored
twice against his former club,
either side of Pierre-Michel
Lasogga’s goal early in the
second half.
The hosts got off to a flying
start when Sharp scored in only
the second minute. Mark Duffy
crossed from the right and the
Blades frontman swivelled to
meet the ball with a superblystruck volley.
Leeds were put under further
pressure early on, with Duffy
firing over and Sharp’s header
clearing the bar.
Ezgjan Alioski had Leeds’
first effort, firing a long-range
shot wide, before then having
an effort comfortably saved by
Jamal Blackman.
Midway through the half,
Lasogga went close with a shot
from distance which flashed
narrowly wide.
Duffy and Sharp then linked
up well with the latter sending
over a low cross which just
evaded his strike partner, Leon
Clarke.
As the home side continued
to press, Duffy saw a 20-yard
shot go wide. The lively Alioski
got on the end of a cross from
Laurens De Bock, but Enda
Stevens was on hand to deflect
his header over.
Duffy put a low shot straight
at Felix Wiedwald, before Leeds
went close to equalising at the
end of the half. A Pablo
Hernandez free-kick was met
by a diving header from Pontus
Jansson, forcing Blackman to
make a good save.
Leeds levelled just two
minutes after the restart when
Hernandez won possession on
the left and sent over a cross
which was met by a header
from Lasogga at the far post.
After Duffy saw his rising
shot go just over, the Blades
regained the lead. O’Kane
fouled Sharp inside the area
and he hammered the resulting
penalty past Wiedwald.
Hernandez went close on
and De Bock saw his longrange effort deflected wide.
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MaTCH STaTS
55
Possession
45
4 Shots on target 3
9 Shots off target 10
2
Corners
4
3
Offside
0
12
Fouls
10
3
Cautions
1
0
Sending-of fs
0
reF WaTCh: An
eventful match for
JAMeS LInnInGtOn
but he seemed to
cope well with it all.
STar Man
For all of Sunderland’s
amazing efforts in
rescuing a draw from
the jaws of defeat, it
shouldn’t be forgotten
that two-goal striker
Famara DieDhiou
was still the standout
player on view.
„ Blackburn produced a
stirring comeback to
draw 2-2 with 10-man
Oldham.
The visitors were on
course for victory after
Duckens Nazon’s firsthalf double – his first
goals for the club.
But goals in eight
second-half minutes
from Charlie Mulgrew
and Adam Armstrong
levelled matters as
Rovers roared back.
Oldham were reduced
to 10 men after Wilfried
Moimbe’s dismissal, but
Rovers couldn’t
capitalise.
Armand Gnanduillet’s
last-gasp strike rescued a
2-2 draw for Blackpool
and denied Walsall all
three points at
Bloomfield Road.
The Saddlers opened
the scoring midway
through the first half via
Joe Edwards.
Nathan Delfouneso
then levelled for
Blackpool, although
Walsall defender Jon
Guthrie thought he had
snatched all three points
when he poked the ball
home at the back post.
But there was to be
another twist when
Gnanduillet equalised for
Blackpool in dramatic
fashion, hammering the
ball past Liam Roberts
into the bottom corner.
Leaders Wigan suffered
a shock 3-1 defeat at
Southend. The hosts
went in front after just
three minutes when
Michael Turner headed
home a Stephen
McLaughlin free-kick.
Marc-Antoine Fortune
added a second, before
substitute James Vaughan
pulled a goal back.
However, Michael Kightly
scored late on to secure
the points.
After Nathan Cameron
scored either side of
Timothee Dieng and
Shay McCartan efforts,
George Miller netted a
dramatic stoppage-time
equaliser as bottom club
Bury denied 10-man
Bradford – who had Matt
Kilgallon sent off –
victory after six
consecutive defeats.
Turning
poinT
81:00
MinS
At 3-1 down there still
didn’t look much hope
for Sunderland, but
Aidan McGeady’s goal
nine minutes from time
turned the game
completely on its head.
Famara Diedhiou celebrates after scoring for the Robins, but Sunderland had the last laugh
briSTol CiTy: Fielding 6; Brownhill 6, Bryan 6, Flint 7, Wright 6; Kent 6 (Magnusson 90), Smith 7, Pack 6,
Paterson 6; Reid 5 (Diony 46, 5), Diedhiou 8 (Walsh 90). Unused subs – Steele, Engvall, Woodrow, Eliasson.
Sunderland: Camp 6; Jones 6, Oviedo 5 (LuaLua 59, 7), O’Shea 6, Browning 5, Clarke-Salter 5; Honeyman 6
(McGeady 71, 7), Ejaria 6 (Robson 83), Cattermole 7; Asoro 6, Fletcher 6. Unused subs – Steele, Maja, Love, Gooch.
brenTford 1
MaTCH STaTS
Jozefzoon (62)
preSTon norTH end 1
Barkhuizen (54)
63
Possession
37
5 Shots on target 1
7 Shots off target 9
10
1
13
Corners
Offside
Fouls
5
7
16
2
Cautions
2
0
Sending-of fs
1
STar maN: NiCo
YeNNariS was a
constant threat
to the north end
defence with his
darting runs and
accurate crosses.
Ten-man Preston held out for
a point in a bruising draw at
Brentford after Bees winger
Florian Jozefzoon cancelled
out Tom Barkhuizen’s opener.
North End had to see out
the final 16 minutes without
Greg Cunningham after the
left-back saw red for a needless
second bookable challenge on
Jozefzoon.
Barkhuizen opened the
scoring after 54 minutes with a
whipped cross from the left
that eluded everyone and flew
just inside the far post.
But the Londoners hit back
with a superb Jozefzoon strike
eight minutes later as he
chested the ball down on the
edge of the box and crashed a
low drive inside the near post.
Barkhuizen came close to
giving the visitors the lead
inside two minutes, but his
goal-bound snapshot was
blocked by team-mate
Callum Robinson.
Romaine Sawyers responded
for the Bees with a sizzling low
drive, after a neat Neal Maupay
lay off, flashed inches wide of
the far post.
Brentford’s Josh McEachran
was lucky to stay on the pitch
after a last-ditch rugby tackle
on Robinson as the striker
surged through on goal. It was
Adam Armstrong earned Blackburn a point
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Incredible comeback
from #SAFC. Could be a
defining 20 minutes in
their season - and for
future of the club!
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end-to-end stuff, with constant
rain making fluent football
difficult and allowing Preston
to stifle the hosts’ fluent
football with a series of
niggling fouls.
The game burst into life
after the break and Brentford
saved their best football for
after they had gone behind,
McEachran driving across goal
and just wide from a well
worked free-kick.
The equaliser came after
substitutes Alan Judge and
Emiliano Marcondes added
tempo to proceedings, with
Judge’s crosses a constant
threat.
Ollie Watkins headed just
wide at the far post as he got
on the end of a free-kick from
the Irishman, and moments
later saw his ferocious half
volley from Rudd’s punched
clearance shave the outside
of a post.
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„ Impressive Accrington
continued their chase for
automatic promotion
with their third win on
the bounce by beating
Coventry 2-0.
Stanley moved into
second place with their
seventh win in their last
eight games.
Jordan Clark bagged a
goal either side of the
break at the Ricoh Arena
to condemn Coventry to
their second successive
defeat.
His first was simple as
he tapped home
unmarked after Callum
Johnson found him from
the right-hand side.
And the pair repeated
the trick on the hour to
put the game to bed and
seal a vital three points.
Billy Kee also struck a
post with a free-kick as
Stanley proved worthy
winners against Mark
Robins’ side.
Carlisle hit back with a
second-half, 25-yard
free-kick from Jamie
Devitt, his third goal in
the last three games, to
share the spoils in a 1-1
draw against Colchester.
Courtney Senior gave
the visitors a first-half
lead and although the
Cumbrians came back
after the break, it was a
result which all but put
an end to their play-off
hopes.
Mikael Mandron
nearly snatched all three
points for the U’s late on
with a shot which
thumped against a post
with goalkeeper Jack
Bonham beaten.
Relegation-threatened
Crewe lacked quality in
the final third as they had
to settle for a goalless
draw with Yeovil.
Danny Newton’s late
equaliser denied leaders
Luton the chance to
stretch their lead at the
top to eight points as
they were held to a 1-1
draw at Stevenage.
Meanwhile, lowly
Barnet gave their survival
hopes a boost by beating
promotion-chasing Notts
County 1-0 thanks to Alex
Nicholls’ last-gasp goal.
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Post
Match
big interview
By Brian Fowlie
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM
Brendan Rodgers’ place as the
history-maker at Celtic is secure.
His team broke the club’s 100-year
domestic record when they went 63
games unbeaten at the end of last
year.
The Hoops picked up the Treble in
Rodgers’ first season in charge, and
are strongly tipped to repeat that feat
this term.
He ventures into new territory this
week, but very much hopes that
history won’t repeat itself.
Celtic take on Zenit St Petersburg
in the first leg of their round-of-32
Europa League tie.
It’s the first time the Northern
Irishman has experienced European
football beyond Christmas with the
Scottish champions.
While he’s normally a man with
optimism oozing out of every pore,
Ro d g e r s i s k e e n t o d a m p e n
expectations this time.
It’s unlikely there are too many
Celtic fans who truly believe they’ll
be watching Scott Brown life
Europe’s second trophy in Lyon on
May 16. But the manager wants to
make sure.
He said:“I’ve seen some comments
about possibly winning it, and stuff.
“I’m a realist and we want to be
competitive in it, that’s what is
important. But there’s still a big gulf.
That’s the reality.
We have to
overcome a
gulf in Europe –
that’s the reality
The Europa League isn’t
a competition you can
turn your nose up at. It’s
really prestigious
“We have to somehow try and find
a way to get through in these
upcoming games over the two legs,
but we understand it will be very
difficult.
“You look at the teams that are in
the Europa League – the likes of
Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.
“These are teams that would have
been hoping and expecting to go a
long way in the Champions League,
so the calibre of clubs and players is
at a really high level.
“Everyone wants to be in the
Champions League, but the Europa
League isn’t a competition you can
turn your nose up at. It’s a really
prestigious competition.”
There are many reasons why his
men will find it difficult against
Zenit.
But the main one is, as so often,
down to cash.
The Russians have spent around
70m Euros on transfers over the
course of this season — seven times
the amount of Celtic’s outlay.
Their manager, Roberto Mancini,
is a man Brendan Rodgers knows
well.
The pair came close to working
together at one point, but a previous
meeting as opponents highlighted
how a financial gulf between clubs
can be seen so clearly on the field.
Rodgers got Swansea promoted to
England’s top flight in 2011, and
immediately came face-to-face with
the Italian.
He recalled: “I always found him a
nice guy, Roberto.
“My first game in the Premier
League was against his Manchester
City side. It was on Monday Night
Football.
“We were playing very well, and
had taken to the Premier League
really well.
“Then he brought on Sergio
says BRENDaN RODGERs
Aguero and that was it. We lost the
game 4-0.
“Thankfully, we won the return
game at the Liberty Stadium 1-0.
“In Roberto’s first season there, I
was asked to come and speak to
them about maybe going in there to
assist.
“I flew out to Italy to meet Roberto
at the end of the season.
“We had a chat, but the Swansea
position was coming up.
“I think Roberto was probably
wanting his own man, anyway.
“It worked out that I went to
Swansea and Roberto got David
Platt, who he knew from Sampdoria.
“The experience was good to
understand what was going on at
Man. City.
“I spent a bit of time there in those
last few months of the season and
saw their plans for the club. It was
very impressive.
“I got the number one job at
Swansea, but I also learnt a lot from
what they were thinking for the
future.
“Roberto has had his time in the
Premier League, and has gone out to
Zenit.
“It is a huge club which has had
big investment. They’re set up to go
far in European competitions, and
the money there is huge.
“I played there years ago with
Liverpool in a different stadium.
Now they have a nice, new one and it
looks great.
“They want to go far in European
completion, and to do that you need
to invest.”
Thursday’s first leg at Celtic Park
will be a huge challenge for Rodgers’
side.
Injuries have disrupted their
preparations, especially in defence,
with Dedryck Boyata already ruled
out of the game.
There have already been two
defeats in Premiership this season
and six draws, four of them at home.
Last term, Celtic only drew four
matches — two at home and two
away.
Celtic Park is famous for the
intimidating atmosphere that
accompanies European nights.
Some reckon it’s worth a goal of a
start, but it has been some time since
Celtic have taken a big scalp to
compare with famous victories over
the likes of AC Milan and Barcelona.
Finishing third in the Champions
League group stage was achieved
with just one win — a 3-0 success in
Belgium over Anderlecht.
The lack of a landmark European
victory is something that Brendan
Rodgers is very well aware of.
He said: “Every game we want to
win, but that has proved elusive.
“The Bayern Munich game was
close against a big opponent.
“In the other games, we were well
beaten and we can’t deny that.
“Manchester City last season was
a good performance and arguably
we could have won that.
“That’s the level, and it’s a tough
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Brendan Rodgers will
be up against Roberto
Mancini on Thursday
night, hoping for
something like the
performance against
Bayern Munich that
saw Callum McGregor
(inset) score in a 2-1
defeat at Celtic Park
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Ivanovic is looking
forward to his
re-union with Rodgers
Zenit St Petersburg’s former Chelsea
star, Branislav Ivanovic, won it all at
Stamford Bridge before moving to
Russia a year ago.
And ahead of his visit to Celtic
Park on Thursday, he’s revealed he
owes Brendan Rodgers a debt of
gratitude after he picked him for the
first time for the London club.
The 33-year-old became one of
Chelsea’s most-decorated players
during a trophy-laden, nine-year
spell at the club.
He won a Champions League
winner’s medal, the Europa League,
three Premier League titles, three
FA Cups and one League Cup.
But it all began for the Serbian
captain when he arrived in 2008 as
a raw 23-year-old from Lokomotiv
Moscow and was introduced to
Rodgers, who was then reserve
team manager at Chelsea.
Rodgers picked Ivanovic initially
for his reserve team, before he
established himself under Luiz
Felipe Scolari.
Ivanovic said: “I was really
impressed with Brendan.
“After he left Chelsea, he went on
to build a big career for himself at
some really great clubs, like
Liverpool and Celtic.
“I think he is a very good manager
and he is very passionate.
“He takes care of everything, he
understands football, and he can
build teams because he always
gives chances to young players. I
respect him a lot.
“When I first encountered him at
Chelsea, he was something new for
me – completely different, in fact, to
what I had come across before.
“He was ver y precise with
everything. He went through every
movement you made, and he is very
focused on every single situation in
the game.
“My manager at Zenit, Roberto
Mancini, is big on tactics. Brendan
is a bit different, he’s more about
team building, and their coaching
sessions are different.
“They’re two big managers, and two
big clubs so I expect a great game.”
Ivanovic is well clued up on the
level. We have to try and find a way
to get a result.
“We have to embrace that. It’s a
huge test for us, these games at this
level. But it’s a test we’re mindful
of.
“There’s ways for us to improve
as a team. I’ve always said these
experiences will make us better.”
Celtic have had a member of
staff spying on Zenit during their
training camp in Turkey.
Russian football has an extended
winter break, so they might not be
at top speed when they arrive in
Scotland this week.
“Zenit won’t be in rhythm, but
they’ll still be in good condition,”
said Rodgers.
“They have, in a sense, had a
long pre-season to get ready for
this tie.
“It’s like when we come back in
t h e s u m m e r a n d Eu r o p e a n
qualifiers are the first competitive
games,.
“But I don’t think it makes them
any less of a danger.
“This first leg will be important
for us, at home with the crowd and
everything else.
“You are hoping that you can
come out of that with a good result
to set up the second leg the
following week.
“We obviously have to ensure we
bring our attacking game to it.
“But we also have to be very
mindful of how we play together
defensively.”
Recent history tells us that
defensive frailties have made
things difficult for Celtic in Europe.
Rodgers clearly accepts that –
look no further than the signings of
Marvin Compper from RB Leipzig
and Jack Hendry from Dundee.
Those who don’t remember past
mistakes are condemned to make
them again.
Rodgers wants to break that
cycle.
Unfortunately, Compper is
injured and ineligible, and Hendry
would be making his European
debut.
All of which points to another
nervous night for supporters
desperately waiting for another
taste of European glory.
By Mark Walker
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM
Scottish champions, and is looking
forward to playing at Celtic Park for
the first time and linking up again with
Hoops hitman Scott Sinclair, who
started his career st Stamford Bridge.
He said: “Scott and I played
together a few times. He was good,
although he was very young when
we were at Chelsea.
“He wanted to make a career
elsewhere, though, where he could
get more regular games.
“He was one of those who you
knew had the potential to be very
good. Chelsea wanted to keep him,
but he decided to leave.
“He’s a very dangerous player,
and I could come up against him
directly in Glasgow. It would be a
good contest.
“It will just be like training at
Chelsea again. To have someone
like him in the Celtic team proves
how difficult it will be for us.”
Ivanovic admits he can’t wait to
sample the Celtic Park atmosphere
for the first time.
But he revealed he has happy
memories of playing in Scotland,
having netted in a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie
for Lokomotiv Moscow against
Aberdeen in the UEFA Cup in 2007.
He said: “I’ve never played at
Celtic Park, but I played for the
Serbian national team against
Scotland at Hampden. Then there
was that goal at Pittodrie.
“Having played against Scotland
twice in World Cup qualifiers. I
know the mentality of Scottish
players, and it is always going to be
a tough game.
“You absolutely need to be on top
of your game to compete with
them. So to get anything in Glasgow,
we will all have to be at our best.
“I moved to Russia because I
wanted to win silverware and be
part of a big ambitious club.
“This season we have a new team
with a lot of potential.
“I’m 33, but I will never lose my
hunger and desire to win things.”
Branislav Ivanovic in action for Zenit against CSKA Moscow
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Leading the way: Graeme Murty
‘12 months of
growth’ for Gers
boss Murty
By Danny Stewart
sport@sundaypost.com
Graeme Murty was last
night pinching himself
on learning 12 months
have passed since he
first took charge of
Rangers.
Mark Warburton’s
departure led to the club’s
U-20 coach getting the
call to step up and take
charge for the Scottish
Cup tie at home to
Morton.
“Wow. What a year it
has been. It seems like
longer somehow.
“That was the start of a
year that has been
different and interesting,
challenging, but
rewarding as well.”
What sticks in his mind
is his initial nerves.
“I didn’t get much
sleep before the Morton
match,” said Murty.
“Someone said, ‘Don’t
worry, there will only be
40,000 or so there.’
“Forty thousand! What
was I letting myself in
for? I came from Norwich
where it was full at
27,000.
“And then, of course,
Morton took the lead.
“I thought, ‘Just
breathe. Breathe in and
breathe out, you are
alright, you are alright.’
“Guys who have
coached know there is a
certain part of
management where you
have to hold on to the
team to get them to do
what you want, but if you
hold on too much, too
tight, then you crush the
life out of them.
“I kept reminding
myself, ‘If you start telling
these boys what to do
every single second you
are going to lose them.
You need to trust them’.
“That was difficult but
I am glad I did. I am glad
I parked myself a little bit
and let the boys find their
way out of it because that
helped me calm down.
“Then from there you
build up in the games,
and it starts to be a bigger
crowd, and you
culminate in the game at
Celtic.
“I’m not saying 40,000
was a gentle
introduction, but it built
towards a climax for me
in that period.”
A year and one
eventful, unsuccessful
spell of Pedro Caixinha
on, he finds himself back
in the same position only
this time with a remit to
stay until the end of the
season.
“It has been
interesting,” he said.
“Perhaps the best
person to talk to about it
would be Neil Lennon
because, as a young
manager, his first job was
to go and take charge of
those guys (Celtic).
“And he had to do all of
his developing, learning
and growth in the public
eye at a massive club and
look where he is now.
“But the growth I’m
going to have from this
experience is going to
help me evolve.
“I’m first-team
manager at Rangers,
where else in the British
Isles am I going to be in
charge of a club of this
stature? This is a singular
learning curve.”
Celtic’s James Forrest celebrates completing his hat-trick at Celtic Park yesterday
brendan rodgers
“We got through, but we need to
defend better. We pressed the game
well and at 2-0 we had a foothold.
“But we made a poor mistake and
that gave them a little bit of oxygen.
“We got together at half-time,
started well and got the goal for 3-1.
“Going forward some of our
combination play was good, but our
build-up play was too loose.”
alan archibald
“There are positives to take from the
game, once I get the first 15 minutes
out of my head.
“You cannot start any match like
that but especially here.
“The lads showed great character
to come back from that.
“We got our goal and we wanted to
keep going and keep the tie alive to
the end and we managed to do that.”
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Tierney’s block douses
Thistle’s replay hopes
CELTIC 3
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Cup final flops
still rankle
Dons boss
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Forrest (2, 10, 46)
PARTICK THISTLE 2
Doolan (29), Sammon (84)
By Danny Stewart
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6 Shots on target 2
Possession
48
7 Shots off target 3
Any Zenit spies watching this
game could be for given for
delivering their reports in two
parts – James Forrest and the rest.
Celtic host St Petersburg’s finest
on Thursday night in the first leg of
the clubs’ Europa League tie.
The winners will go into the last
16 and, as Brendan Rodgers
admitted, on the basis of this iffy
display it looks daunting even
though the Russians will be coming
in cold off their winter break.
“We will clearly need to play
better than we did today but
hopefully the occasion brings that
performance up,” said the Hoops
manager.
“We have a lot of players missing
with injuries but it is two really
exciting games for us and the first
leg here on Thursday should be a
fantastic game.
“We’ll get ready for that over the
next few days and look forward
to it.”
After a perfectly observed
minute’s silence for Liam Miller,
Celtic, sporting black armbands in
remembrance of the club’s former
midfielder, fairly flew out of the
traps.
Just 76 seconds had passed
before Tomas Cerny was having to
pick the ball out of his net.
Baily Cargill’s heavy touch let
them in and although Danny
Devine dived across to deny
Moussa Dembele with a fine block,
James Forrest was first to the
rebound to prod home.
And, as if apologetic the opener
had been a little bit scruffy, he then
quickly made amends with a
second which was as stylish as it
was spectacular.
Picking the ball up on the
halfway line, the winger weaved his
way past first one Thistle player
then another until he reached the
edge of the box from where he
curled a beauty of a shot into the
corner of the net.
With a howler of an under-hit
passback from Jozo Simunovic
letting Kris Doolan, making his
350th appearance for the Jags, in to
pull a goal back, it was lively stuff.
It could have been even tastier
had Kieran Tierney not managed to
recover from a similarly weak
attempt to find Dorus de Vries and
use his speed to get to the ball
ahead of the in-rushing Chris
Erskine.
4
Corners
4
3
Offside
4
10
Fouls
0
Cautions
1
0
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CELTIC: (4-2-3-1) de Vries 6; Lustig 6, Simunovic 4, Ajer 6, Tierney 7; Brown 7,
Ntcham; Forrest 9 (Kouassi 89 5), Musonda 6 (McGregor 64 6), Sinclair 5 (Edouard
79 5); Dembele 6. Unused – Bain, Gamboa, Rogic, Miller,
PARTICK THISTLE: (4-4-1-1) Cerny 5; McGinn 6, Devine 6, Cargill 5, Booth 6;
Woods 5(McCarthy 79 6), Barton 5 (Osman 59 6), Spittal 6, Edwards 6; Erskine 7;
Doolan 7 (Sammon 60 7). Unused – Scully, Dumbuya, Penrice, Storey.
As it was, Celtic extended their
lead with a near instant goal on
their return with Forrest again the
difference.
Collecting a ball in tight cover
inside, he showed lovely footwork
to throw Cargill off balance and
earn himself half-a-yard of space
and fire a shot home.
“My first hat-trick for Celtic and I
am absolutely delighted with that.
“We have also got into the next
round so it is a good day all-round,”
said Forrest whose tally for the
season now stands at 16.
“I think it was two goals in the
first nine minutes and then I had
that chance as well, so I was feeling
good.
“I have been on two goals before
and not managed to get the hattrick so I was absolutely delighted
to get it today. I have to thanks
Scott Sinclair especially because he
did really well to help me get there
with his part in the third goal.”
Still they weren’t sure with the
Jags striking late to ensure a
nervous finish for home fans.
It was a goal to savour for
manager Alan Archibald with
Connor Sammon, who he had
brought on as a sub on the hour,
finishing impressively from
Erskine’s through ball.
Spittal looked set to do likewise
when scampering clear of the
Celtic defence and was through
on goal but he was flagged for
offside.
And the home side needed a
great block by Tierney on Ryan
Edwards right at the death to deny
the Jags the draw.
Scotland internationalist
JAMES FORREST was
sensational here and
on this form looks a real
frontrunner to be the
country’s Player of the
Year when it comes
round to awards time.
TURNING
POINT
90:00
MINS
Tierney’s last-gasp
defensive intervention
prevented Thistle
forcing a replay.
TWEET TALK
By Sean Hamilton
sport@sundaypost.com
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REF WATCH: Nicely
understated
performance from
STEVEN MCLEAN
who only booked
Devine of Thistle.
Celtic’s Charly Musonda holds off Partick’s Martin Woods
Derek McInnes
Everyone at #CelticFC is
deeply saddened to
hear of the passing of
former midfielder Liam
Miller. Our thoughts and
prayers are with his
family and friends at this
time. RIP Liam, YNWA.
@CelticFC
Derek McInnes admits he is tormented
by Aberdeen’s failure to bank more than
one trophy on his watch.
The Dons lifted the League Cup during
McInnes’ first full season in charge,
ending a 19-year trophy drought in the
process.
Since then, two more Cup Final
appearances and five semi-finals have
yielded nothing.
That’s a record McInnes is unhappy
with.
Now, with Dundee United standing
between his Aberdeen side and a place in
the Scottish Cup quarter-finals, it’s one
he’s determined to put right.
“Does it rankle that we’ve only won one
trophy? It does,” he said.
“We’ve been to three cup finals and five
semi-finals in four-and-a-half years.
We’ve been there or thereabouts.
“We’ve had missed opportunities. I’ll
probably remember the ones we lose
more than the ones we win.
“We won a couple last year and dealt
with that side of it and went to Hampden
four times last season.
“It’s probably the semi-finals we’ve lost
that are still a bit fresher.
“But that’s cup football, and we’re well
aware of that. We’ve got to make sure that,
although we have ambition to get to the
Cup Final, we’ve got to negotiate each
game as we go.
“We’ve got a tough game. United, for
loads of reasons, will be keen to pitch
themselves up against us.
“It’s a game always eagerly anticipated
with supporters and staff of both clubs.”
Aberdeen’s top-of-the-table meetings
with Dundee United used to be billed as
the New Firm derby.
Today, the infirm Tangerines’ struggle
to escape the Championship is their
major concern.
Having played for United towards the
end of his career, Aberdeen’s manager is
sympathetic to the Tannadice club’s
plight.
But McInnes believes they will find
their way back to the top tier of Scottish
football – even if it’s not this season.
“Having played there and known the
ins and outs of the club and what it
means to the supporters, I’m sure it’ll be
pivotal in their minds to get back up,” he
said.
“It’s not always just about good players
and a good manager, it’s got to be a huge
collective effort for any team to have
success.
“I’m sure United will get there in time.”
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Heart of Midlothian’s Kyle Lafferty celebrates the first of his two goals at Tynecastle yesterday
hEarts: McLaughlin 6; Souttar 6, Hughes 7, Berra 7, Smith 6, Callachan 6, Djoum 6, McDonald 6, Adao 6 (Buaben 61, 5),
Mitchell 7 (Randall 78, 5), Lafferty 8 (Henderson 84, 4) Unused – Hamilton, Amankwaa, Milinkovic, Randall, Brandon, Henderson.
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Dens new boy Steven Caulker
st johNstoNE: Mannus 5; Tanser 5, Shaughnessy 5, Anderson 5, Kerr 5, Wotherspoon 6, Davidson 5, Millar 3
(Johnstone 26, 5), Foster 5, Kane 6, Willock 5 (Alston 61, 5) Unused – Clark, Alston, MacLean, Comrie, McClean, Watson.
Levein’s delight as
Jambos toughen up
to beat ‘bully’ Saints
hEarts 3
Lafferty (7, 58), Mitchell (54)
st johNstoNE 0
By Darren Johnstone
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM
Hearts manager Craig Levein
was thrilled to see Kyle Lafferty
dish out Scottish Cup
punishment to St Johnstone –
and relieved his players
avoided injury in the face of
some bruising challenges.
The Northern Irishman took
his tally for the season to 14 with
a double either side of a stunning
effort from Demi Mitchell as the
hosts booked their place in the
quarter-finals for the first time
since lifting the trophy six years
ago.
After riding their luck in
emerging victorious in a narrow
1-0 win over Saints in the
Premiership last weekend, Hearts
were worthy winners this time.
There were still some anxious
moments in the second half for
Levein and his staff, particularly
when Murray Davidson and Chris
Kane collected yellow cards for
clattering into Ross Callachan
and Christophe Berra
respectively.
Levein said: “I thought the one
on Berra was naughty and it was
late. They had about four or five
of those.
“Years ago we succumbed to
that type of bullying.
“Maybe that’s a bit strong a
word, but teams are being
physical and seeing if we’re
mentally prepared to battle to win
a match.
“But we’re a different team now.
We’re not soft.”
Levein was delighted for goal
scorers Lafferty and Mitchell.
“Kyle’s first goal was a fantastic
finish,” said Levein, who left out
Steven Naismith due to a minor
hamstring injury.
“Arnaud Djoum stole the ball,
played Kyle through and it was a
ridiculously tight angle on his left
side.
“Then he gets his second and I
left him on hoping that he might
get a third.
“Demi Mitchell had been
unlucky not to score for us. I was
right behind his, that was
beautiful to watch.
“As soon as it left his foot, it was
going in the top corner.
“The biggest thing for me is the
delight on his face when he
scored.
“Football is a great game when
you see kids doing something like
that and feeling good about
themselves. It made me smile.”
Saints captain Joe Shaughnessy
was at fault, playing an ill-advised
long-throw into the centre circle
for the opener.
Djoum read the defender’s
intentions and intercepted before
Davidson could react. He fed
Lafferty, who, from an acute
angle, managed to squeeze his
left-foot shot past Alan Mannus.
Mitchell then notched a
sublime strike in the 54th minute.
Djoum found the on loan
Manchester United wing-back
after tearing forward on the
counter and Mitchell arched a
superb effort into the top corner
from 20 yards.
The victory was sealed four
minutes later when Lafferty made
– and finished – the third.
Lafferty exchanged passes with
Anthony McDonald and Michael
Smith before the towering
forward placed a left-footed shot
past Mannus from close range.
Saints boss Tommy Wright, who
feared Stefan Scougall’s season
was over with a combination of
knee and ankle injuries that
forced the midfielder off in the
midweek defeat to Motherwell,
was furious about the way his
side conceded the first goal.
“When you give away two goals
you can’t win a football match,”
he lamented.
“I don’t know what Joe is doing at
the first, we worked on throw-ins
yesterday. And the idea certainly
wasn’t to throw it at Murray
Davidson on a bobbly pitch.
“So we’ve gifted them the first.
“We actually started quite well,
we caused them problems with
Joe’s throws that no one stepped
up and attacked.”
By Euan McArthur
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM
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Possession
45
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1
Corners
3
2
Offside
4
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Fouls
8
2
Cautions
4
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REF WATCH: Kevin
Clancy struggled to
keep a lid on this
game in the second
half as the tackles
started flying in.
star maN
KYLE LAFFERTY scored
two and gave the
Saints defenders a
torrid time in
spearheading the
attack
turNiNG
poiNt
7:00
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Saints made a bright
start, but a litany of
errors led to the
breakthrough goal they
never recovered from.
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Demetri Mitchell has
just scored the goal of
the season #HMFC
@KMcKNIGHT95
Matt Lockwood has revealed how
Ian Holloway poured his heart out to
him about Dundee new boy Steven
Caulker – but believes Dens Park is
where he can finally find his feet
again.
Lockwood sat down with Queens
Park Rangers manager Holloway before
Caulker’s former club took on
Newcastle at St James’ Park just over a
year ago in his role as a radio pundit.
Ex-Dundee defender Lockwood
recalls listening to Holloway, his old
Bristol Rovers boss, airing his
frustrations about the controversial
26-year-old former England ace who
joined Neil McCann’s Dark Blues earlier
this week on an 18-month deal.
Holloway knew what Caulker had to
offer on his day but being blighted by
off-field issues meant the big stopper
could never fulfil his potential at Loftus
Road, leaving his manager to think only
of what might have been.
Now, though, Lockwood reckons
Caulker can show his true worth by
becoming a star in the Scottish
top-flight with the Tayside club.
Lockwood said: “I’ll never forget Ian
that day.
“We sat down for lunch in the same
hotel before the game that night and we
must have chatted for hours.
“Put it this way, if ’Ollie had any hair
he would have probably pulled it out
such was his frustration!
“He’s just so passionate about all his
players, especially when he knows
something could be better.
“Steven obviously wasn’t playing for
QPR at the time and as we know he had
a couple of loan spells elsewhere as
things weren’t going as planned.
“But Holloway knew what he was
capable of and, as a manager, he was
well aware of what Caulker could bring
if he was fit and right.
“We left no stone unturned that day
and it was obvious Ian rated him so
highly that he just wanted to get him
on the pitch for QPR.
“It wasn’t to be and now he’s gone to
Dundee where I’m sure he can really
show his true worth.”
Caulker replaces Jack Hendry, who
recently clinched a move to Celtic.
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Well punish wasteful
Dee to eye final No. 2
newS
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell
Craig Tanner celebrates
mAtCh StAtS
53
Possession
47
3 Shots on target 3
Lawwell’s call
for SFA haste
may be heeded
By Danny Stewart
sport@sundaypost.com
9 Shots off target 4
Dundee’s Sofien Moussa holds off a challenge from Chris Cadden of Motherwell
dundee 0
motherwell 2
Tanner (30), Holt (og, 55)
By Ron Scott
sport@sundaypost.com
Motherwell remain on
course for their second cup
final appearance of the
season.
It’s still a long time till May
but on this showing the
Steelmen will not be easily
knocked out of their stride, no
matter who they draw later
today in the quarter-final.
“We had to play Aberdeen
and Rangers to get to the
League Cup final so all we can
hope for is a home draw,” said
manager Stephen Robinson
afterwards.
“If we are to go all the way to
Hampden again, we’ll have to
play one of the top sides.
“We produced a tremendous
performance here. We did the
simple things well and were a
real threat up front all
afternoon.
“Our attitude was good and
it all came together for us.”
The Fir Park boss went out of
his way to praise on-loan
striker Nadir Ciftci who was
booked early on along with
Paul McGowan.
“His talent is unquestionable
and his attitude was also good,”
Robinson added. “We took him
off near the end as he was on a
yellow card.”
Ciftci had a running battle all
afternoon with Dundee’s
debutant Tunisian
international defender
Genseric Kusunga.
After the final whistle
Dundee manager Neil McCann
exchanged words with
disgruntled home fans.
“I’m as passionate as any
fan. I understand their
frustration,” the Dens boss
explained.
“We lost joke goals that
should never have ended in our
net. But what annoyed me
most was the number of
chances we missed ourselves.
“Lack of composure in front
of goal cost us dearly. I counted
six or seven really good
opportunities.
“That’s why I’m not going to
hang out our keeper and
defence.
“Now we have a massive
week coming up with away
league games against
Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle.
We have to deal with pressure
when the lights are on and the
crowd is in.
“That’s what we’ll be working
on during the next few days.”
Yet until Motherwell’s second
goal, Dundee were well in this
tie. In fact, just before the
visitors’ second, Sofien Moussa
passed up the best chance of
the entire game.
Kusunga swung over a cross
from the right. Moussa
displayed good control to bring
the ball down but shot too
close to keeper Trevor Carson.
Immediately afterwards
Motherwell skipper Carl
McHugh dispatched a long ball
through the middle. Curtis
Main and Kevin Holt
challenged for it, with Holt
getting the final touch with his
head as keeper Elliott Parish
came rushing off his line.
Parish was also at fault for
the first goal after Richard Tait
and Ciftci combined to set up
Craig Tanner.
The attacking midfielder let
fly from 22 yards but Parish
should have kept the ball out.
McCann was certainly right
to highlight the number of
chances Dundee passed up.
Holt, Kusunga, Darren
O’Dea, Moussa and A-Jay
Leitch-Smith should all have
scored while Carson produced
the save of the match, tipping
over a 30-yard rocket from
Mark O’Hara.
For any neutral at Dens this
was an exciting and open tie.
Both sides opted to play 3-5-2
formations with normal
caution shown in league games
not nearly as evident.
Dundee were jeered off at the
end but, as McCann suggested,
this tie could easily have gone
either way.
dundee: Parish 4; Kusunga 6, O’Dea 5, Holt 6 (Deacon 65, 5); Kerr 6, O’Hara 6, McGowan 6 (Lambert 80,
5), Kamara 6, Aurtenetxe 6; Leitch-Smith 5, Moussa 4. Unused subs - Malherbe, El Bakhtaoui, Curran, Spence,
Waddell.
motherwell: Carson 7; Kipre 6, Aldred 7, Dunne 6; Cadden 6, McHugh 5 (Turnbull 90, 5), Rose 5, Tanner 6
(Bigirimana 70, 5), Tait 6; Main 5, Ciftci 6 (Petravcius 82, 5). Unused subs - Griffiths, Hendrie, Grimshaw, Frear.
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7
Corners
6
2
Offside
2
12
Fouls
17
1
Cautions
2
0
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0
REF WATCH: BOBBY
MADDEN didn’t
have a good game.
At one stage both
sets of fans chanted
their displeasure.
StAr mAn
THOMAS ALDRED held
Motherwell together
with a no-nonsense
display in central
defence. He was solid
as a rock and helped
the visitors frustrate Neil
McCann’s side and
secure a clean sheet.
turnInG
PoInt
55:00
mInS
Just as Dundee
threatened to equalise
Motherwell broke away
to score a second,
thanks to a Holt owngoal, and put the tie
beyond the home side.
tweet tAlK
Great support from the
1,447 Motherwell fans at
Dens Park. Made it a
great atmosphere
today.
@Del1589
Scotland could have
both a new manager and
a new Chief Executive in
place in time for the
Costa Rica and Hungary
matches next month.
The country are
currently without either
since the resignation of
Stewart Regan, a move
which itself followed the
failure of the attempt to
land Michael O’Neill as
G o r d o n S t r a c h a n’s
successor.
It is a situation which
has led to condemnation
of the SFA from fans,
media and even from
those within the game.
Celtic chief executive
Peter Lawwell, who was
previously on the SFA
board, has called for a
re s t r u c t u r i n g o f t h e
organisation in order for
it to be fit for purpose.
That could eventually
lead to a unifying of
League and SFA under
one umbrella body.
And while that is a
longer-term project, it is
understood the appetite
for reform from the five
newer members of the
S FA b o a r d – M i k e
Mulraney, Ian Maxwell,
Thomas McKeown, Ana
Stewart and Gary Hughes
– is such that it is now not
a question of whether
there will be change, but
when.
They stand on one side
o f t h e d i v i d e, w i t h
president Alan McRae
and his vice-president,
Rod Petrie, on the other.
So m e h ow b e t we e n
them a consensus on the
two key appointments
has to be reached.
The task has not
proved easy so far, with
t h e l a t t e r p a i r ’s
preference for Leeann
Dempster for chief
executive meeting with
resistance.
She already has a strong
working relationship with
Petrie at Hibernian, but is
not seen as the right
candidate to be the
bridge-builder with the
country’s top clubs, a
move outlined by Lawwell
as being desirable for
Regan’s successor.
Jackie McNamara and
David McKinnon have
been quoted as possibles,
but the front-runner at
this stage is Maxwell,
who is already on the
Board and in an executive
role at Partick Thistle.
While agreement still
needs to be hammered
out, the process will be
fast-tracked so that it can
be completed in a matter
of weeks, not months.
Progress on the
manager position is
trickier, as it depends on
the candidates rather
than the men doing the
recruitment.
There’s determination
on both sides on the need
to get the right man to give
Scotland the base they
need to qualify for Euro
2020, likewise on avoiding
the mistakes of the failed
courting of O’Neill.
A source close to the
process believes that it
too could go through in
time for the friendlies
next month.
And that, in turn, would
go a long way to helping
soothe the divisions in the
board as the country’’s
future is charted.
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william hill scottish cup
post
match
Tshibola puts an end
to Brora’s cup journey
kilmarnock 4
Tshibola (42), K. Boyd (58), Brophy (77),
O’Donnell (83)
brora rangers 0
Cove Rangers’ Scott Ross gets in a challenge
against Falkirk’s Alex Jakubiak
By Brian Fowlie
sport@sundaypost.com
cove rangers 1
Megginson (3)
Brora Rangers boss Ross Tokely was
gutted that his Highland heroes
couldn’t beat the clock at Rugby Park.
falkirk 3
Jakubiak (2, 48), Sibbald (46)
Bairns boss Paul Hartley
warned his team they
could suffer a Cove cup
shock during his halftime talk and was
delighted to see his
players respond with a
quick-fire double to seal
a Scottish Cup quarterfinal berth.
“We had the perfect
start with a goal right at
the start of the first half
but we didn’t manage the
ball well and Cove were
the better team,” he said
after the game.
“At half-time I could
have gone in and shouted
at the players but I felt it
was best to remain calm.
“I told them there was
a possibility they could
get knocked out and it
w as im p or t a n t t h e y
started winning the ball
and taking their chances.
“They responded with
another great start and
that was enough.”
Hartley went on to pay
credit to the Highland
League
leaders,
adding:“They are a good
team. They played better
while we didn’t cope with
the conditions as well.
“They played some
really good football and
deserve a lot of credit.”
Falkirk got off to the
perfect start with a goal in
the second minute.
R e g h a m Tu m i l t y
delivered a low ball in
from the right which
found Alex Jukubiak with
time and space to take a
touch inside the area
before poking a low shot
into the bottom left-hand
corner of the net.
It hinted it may be a
long afternoon for the
Highland League side,
but they levelled in the
third minute.
Harry Milne fed the
ball down the left to Ryan
Stott who drilled a low
ball into the area.
M i t c h Me g g i n s o n
managed to nip around
the centre-backs and
drilled an eight-yard
drive across the keeper
and into the bottom right
corner of the net.
Cove were very nearly
gifted the lead when Paul
Watson’s back-header
caught out Connor
Hazard and the Irish
stopper had to move
quickly to grab the ball on
the goal line.
match stats
56
Possession
44
5 Shots on target 5
6 Shots off target 3
6
Corners
2
2
Offside
5
9
Fouls
13
2
Cautions
3
0
Sending-of fs
0
STAR MAN: Cove’s
MITCH MEGGINSON
scored a fantastic
goal and caused
Falkirk trouble with
a mixt of pace,
touch and trickery.
Hazard was in action
again to deny Harry
Milne then Megginson
before ending the half
with a great stop to deny
Jamie Masson.
T h e s a v e s p r ov e d
crucial as Falkirk sealed
their win with two goals
in the opening two
minutes of the second
period.
Tumilty delivered a
cross from the right and
Craig Sibbald arrived to
slam the visitors into the
lead for a second time.
They quickly cemented
their advantage when the
home defence parted and
Watford loanee Alex
Jakubiak nipped in to slot
home his second.
His men looked like giving their
Premiership opponents an
uncomfortable half-time until Greg Kiltie
strode forward to set up Aaron Tshibola
for the opening goal.
It was the first time they had conceded
a goal in 402 minutes of Scottish Cup
action.
Had they held out until the break then
maybe, just maybe, they’d have taken
Killie back up to Dudgeon Park for a
replay.
However, the history of this
competition is littered with ifs, buts and
maybes.
Tokely had played against Kilmarnock
during his time as an Inverness Caley
player, so staring up at the electronic
scoreboard was nothing new to him.
He said: “I was watching the clock.
“I remember seeing it when I played
here in the past and the clock’s not good.
“We don’t have clocks in the Highland
League.
“We worked so hard to keep them at
bay and got to 42 minutes until they
scored a really good goal.
“Our game plan was to frustrate them
and our keeper didn’t have a save to
make until they scored.
“It’s a bit devastating to go in 1-0
behind at half-time.
“We were a bit deflated then, but I
thought we competed really well for the
whole of the game without really creating
the chances I wanted.”
Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones tries to get the better of Mark Nicolson
kilmarnock: (4-4-2) Fasan 6; O’Donnell 6, S. Boyd 6, Broadfoot 6, Findlay 6; Dicker 7,
Tshibola 6, Mulumbu 6 (Brophy 65, 6), Jones 7; Kiltie 7 (Frizzell 78, 5), K. Boyd 7 (Erwin 75, 5).
Unused – MacDonald (Gk), Simpson, Taylor, McKenzie.
brora rangers: (4-4-1-1) Malin 7; John Pickles 7, Duff 7, Williamson 6, MacDonald 6;
MacLean 6, Morrison 6, Nicolson 6 (Brindle 69, 6), Mackay 6 (James Pickles 69, 6); Graham 6;
Sutherland 7 (MacLeod 68, 5). Unused – Hoban (Gk), Ross, Lisle, Brindle, Campbell.
Brora’s Scottish Cup adventure is at an
end after beating league side Stranraer
and East Fife to reach the fifth round.
They didn’t go down without giving
their all and that delighted the 413
travelling fans.
Jordan Jones had looked the most
likely architect of a Killie goal in the early
stages, but it was Kiltie who made the
difference.
The 21-year-old skipped his way into
the penalty area and cut the ball back for
the unmarked Tshibola to tap home.
Leaving the on-loan Aston Villa
midfielder unmarked was the first time
Brora had allowed their concentration to
slip.
To their credit, Brora pushed further
up the field after the break and – forcing
three corners in a row – had their
supporters believing the comeback
might be on.
Kris Boyd killed off the visitors in the
way he has so many times over the years.
With the Cattachs pushing forward, he
was able to run behind their back line
Duffy’s delight as terrific Ross fires
match stats
morton 3
Ross (12), Iredale (49), MgHugh (80)
47
Possession
53
dumbarton 0
6 Shots on target 1
9 Shots off target 8
8
Corners
4
0
Offside
0
9
Fouls
8
0
Cautions
1
0
Sending-of fs
0
STAR MAN: Ton’s
FRANk ROSS was
unstoppable down
the left flank. Scored
the first goal and
was unlucky not to
add a couple more.
Loan star Frank Ross inspired
Morton to a comfortable win as
the Cappielow men booked
their place in the quarter-finals.
The Aberdeen player opened
the scoring and proved too hot
to handle for a hard-pressed
Dumbarton defence.
Home boss Jim Duffy
declared: “Frank was terrific
today. He is a talented young
player and that’s why we
brought him in from Aberdeen.
“He was a joy to watch and,
like all flair players, you need to
get him on the ball as much as
possible.
“We are in the quarter-finals,
which is fantastic for the players
and it’s something we have had
to work hard to reach.
“We handled the game well
and took our opportunities
against a hard-working side. We
had to earn it today.”
Morton came firing out the
traps and Ross gave a sign of
things to come by stinging the
palms of Scott Gallacher with a
powerful shot.
Minutes later, Ton deservedly
capitalised on their bright start
when Ross finished a flowing
move to score his first goal for
Morton.
The 19-year-old midfielder
surged down the left flank and
played a neat one-two with
Gary Oliver before scoring
calmly from a tight angle.
Mor ton continued to
dominate and were cutting
effortlessly through the visitors’
defence.
Michael Tidser produced a
wonderful slide-rule pass to
release Andy Murdoch and the
midfielder looked to have been
pulled back by Andy Dowie
before toe-poking narrowly
wide.
The visitors regained their
composure and began to
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NEWS
MATCH STATS
52
Possession
48
8 Shots on target 0
6 Shots off target 1
3
Corners
5
3
Offside
1
6
Fouls
4
0
Cautions
2
0
Sending-of fs
0
£25 a year to be
part of ‘fresh,
attacking club’
REF WATCH: EUAN
ANDERSON didn’t
have a difficult
decision to make —
that’s the kind of
game whistler’s like.
STAR MAN
Brora captain JAMIE
DUFF was a colossus at
the back for the
Highlanders. He
snapped into some fine
tackles and never
stopped organising his
defence.
TURNING
POINT
42:00
MINS
Kris Boyd shows his delight at scoring the second of Killie’s four goals
and smash Dicker’s pass home in
emphatic style.
The finish emphasised the gap
between the Highland League and
Premiership.
Joe Malin made a flying save
from substitute Eammon Brophy
but the striker wouldn’t be denied
his fifth goal of the season.
The former Hamilton man
finished a fine passing move with a
curling shot just inside the post.
Stephen O’Donnell completed
the scoring with a low drive that
was his first goal as a Kilmarnock
player.
Despite being out, the Brora
players and supporters were united
in celebrating their Scottish Cup
heroics after the final whistle.
Many of the Kilmarnock fans
stayed on to applaud the visitors.
Ross Tokeley added: “The fans
are so passionate. It was a
tremendous effort from them and
that’s why we thanked them at the
end. We have a lot of good
memories from this run.”
Kilmarnock’s run of home
victories under Steve Clarke shows
no sign of stopping.
The manager, in typical style,
wasn’t getting too carried away with
the romance of the cup.
He said: “You’ve got to give Brora
credit because they made it tough
for us and we just had to keep
chipping away at them until we got
the goals.”
The first goal in a game
is always important but
this one halted Brora’s
Scottish Cup journey in
its tracks.
TWEET TALK
Job done. Good 4-0
win. Well done to Brora.
Their fans gave a good
account of themselves.
Safe journey back
@JJordanjones11
Morton into last eight
impose themselves on the
game as the half progressed,
Iain Russell flicking a header
just wide of the post.
Ross, though, continued to
be a thorn in the Sons side and
he dragged a left-footed effort
wide of the post after being
released by Scott Tiffoney’s
clever back-heel.
The Greenock side doubled
their advantage on the restart
through Australian defender
Jack Iredale who was on hand
to stab home the rebound after
Gallacher had brilliantly
parried Oliver’s shot.
Man-of-the-match Ross had
a golden opportunity to secure
Morton’s place in the quarterfinal draw but somehow
headed over from five yards
out with 20 minutes left.
Dumbarton pressed forward
looking for a way back into the
match but this left space for
Morton to exploit on the break.
The almost did so when
Gallacher brilliantly tipped
substitute Bob McHugh’s
ferocious drive wide.
However, McHugh sealed
the victory when he sidefooted Tidser’s cross into the
net.
Sons boss Steven Aitken
admitted: “We lost poor goals
and we can’t afford to give
cheap goals away.
“It’s a difficult place to come
against a side doing well in the
play-off places.
“We have a semi-final next
week and the league campaign
is going okay so we just have to
move on.”
Morton’s Gary Oliver, left, in action against the Sons’ David Smith
Ricky Waddell
By Danny Stewart
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM
Edusport manager Ricky Waddell has
promised to deliver footballing value for
money to those bold enough to back a
new undertaking.
The Lowland League club are looking
for people to stump up £25 a year to fund
an ambitious venture up through
Scotland’s divisions.
Members will get a say on key issues
such as team name, colours and how their
cash is spent.
Not up for negotiation is the way they
will play but Waddell, who played around
the leagues and quit a coaching role at
Rangers to concentrate on Edusport, says
there should be no cause for complaint.
“We have a passing style that’s effective.
We’ve always had good feedback,” he said.
“When I finished playing and got into
coaching I decided to put my teams out in
a style that has players enjoying it.
“The senior boys we’ve taken in, who
have been kicking about the leagues, love
the way we play. It’s an attacking style and
we try to win every game.
“Guys who watch Annan come to see us
when they’re away from home. So we’re
starting to get a name as a club who try to
play good football.
“Given better players, a bigger budget
and our methods – hopefully we will
attract people along with the backing of
online supporters.
“It’s something fresh. With the greatest
of respect – because I’ve played in League
Two and it is hard – there isn’t a lot of
football played.
“Is it attractive to fans of the generation
we are looking to attract? I’m not sure it is.
“We’re relying on the online supporters
to buy into it. They make decisions on the
running of the club so that might make
them want to come and see us.”
There will be a limit to member
involvement, withWaddell laughing at the
notion of online polls to determine who
will start on a Saturday – or whether the
manager gets to keep his job!
“The beauty of football is that everyone
has their opinion,” he said.
“But the buck stops with the guy who’s
picking the team, the guy who is shaping
the tactics, doing all the stuff that goes into
picking that player behind the scenes.
“At any club, fans have their say. They do
it with noises from the stand and the
chairman listens. This is just a different
way of doing it.”
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Golden Years
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Post
Match
We turn back time and take a trip doWn memory lane
1972
frozen in time
It happened just over three weeks
before he was born.
But the reaction of Spurs boss
Mauricio Pochettino to having to go to
Rochdale’s dodgy pitch in the next
round of the FA Cup suggests he knows
all about Hereford United’s famous
giant-killing of Newcastle United in the
competition 46 years ago.
The non-league Bulls had pulled off
a stunning 2-2 draw at St James’ Park,
but the top-flight Magpies were still
expected to negotiate the replay with
not too much fuss.
No chance.
On what could have passed for a
ploughed field at a packed Edgar Street,
Malcolm Macdonald gave the visitors the
lead with just eight minutes remaining.
But then Ronnie Radford scored one
of the most-famous goals in FA Cup
history three minutes later to take the
tie into extra time.
Ricky George’s winner seemed
almost inevitable, but the Bulls’ run was
ended by West Ham in the next round.
This weekend
20
years ago
Rangers opened negotiations
with PSV Eindhoven for Dick
Advocaat to become their
new manager at the end of
the season.
The Dutch club were
resigned to losing their boss
and only compensation had
to be agreed.
A last-minute goal by
Harry Curran earned
Dunfermline a 1-1 draw
against Rangers at Ibrox.
Kjell Olofsson (above) got
Dundee United’s goal as
they beat Motherwell 1-0.
Kenny Dalglish’s Newcastle
United lost 1-0 at West Ham,
with Stan Lazaridis on target
for the London side.
Newcastle keeper McFaul is left floundering in the mud at Ricky George’s winner in 1972
Ally MacLeod inspired a
winning mentality at Ayr
By Brian Fowlie
sport@sundaypost.com
It’s 43 years since Ayr United last beat Rangers
at Somerset Park.
The Honest Men would love to repeat the feat
when they take on the Ibrox men in the Scottish
Cup this afternoon.
Their supporters will take some
encouragement from the team’s ability in front
of goal this season.
Ayr have hit the net 64 times, and are the top
scorers in League One by some considerable
distance.
They had a free-scoring team when they
thrashed the Gers 3-0 during the first season of
the Premier Division in 1975.
Gerry Phillips was the youngest member of
an exciting and courageous forward line.
But their inspiration came from ebullient
manager Ally MacLeod.
The tales of his over-the-top wit and wisdom
are legendary, but winning was everything to
Ally – as Gerry found out on his top-team debut.
He recalled: “I played my first match for Ayr
United on New Year’s Day, 1975.
“It was a local derby against Kilmarnock, so it
was quite an occasion for an 18-year-old who’d
been playing junior football with Cumnock just
a few months before.
“Ally took us to hotel in Girvan the night
before the game.
“But there were no Hogmanay celebrations
for me. Ally sent all of the younger players to
their bed before midnight.
“It was one New Year where I wasn’t up for the
Gerry Phillips pictured in 1978
bells. But it was the ideal preparation for a big
match.We won 3-2 and I scored the winning goal.
“What a start to my time at Somerset Park.”
Results like that secured Ayr’s place in the
new 10-team top flight.
Beating Rangers three months into the new
season showed they deserved their place.
Victories over the Old Firm weren’t a once-ina-generation experience back then, but many
felt this was one of Ayr United’s greatest-ever
performances.
Gerry went on: “Ally MacLeod created a
fantastic atmosphere at the club. Everyone felt
involved in things.
“He didn’t believe in splitting the players into
first team and reserves.
“We all trained together, and if there wasn’t a
reserve match on a Saturday, then everyone was
told to report to the ground.
“Those not picked in the team would stay
and support the club.
“When I started playing, I was up front with
Alex Ingram and Davie McCulloch – two
fantastic players.
“I learnt so much alongside an experienced
man like Alex. He was incredibly brave. He
would put his head in where others would be
scared to put their boot.
“Beating Rangers at home in front of 18,000
fans was something special.
“We were 2-0 up at half-time, but that
wouldn’t be enough for Ally.
“He wanted us to go out and get more goals.
“I remember a game up at Dunfermline
where we were behind at half-time.
“Ally told us we shouldn’t think about coming
back in after the match if we were still losing.
“He knew we would then go out and bust a
gut to get back on level terms.
“The current Ayr team have good forwards,
but we also had some really good defenders like
John Murphy, Sanny McAnespie, Rikki Fleming
and Davie Wells.”
Gerry, who was born in England while his
dad played for Cheltenham Town, left Ayr for
Queen of the South in 1979 when Willie McLean
took over as manager.
His next senior club was Hamilton Accies,
where he spent five seasons and was managed
by another great character, John Lambie.
Gerry retired at the end of last year after 36
years as a PE teacher at Kyle Academy in Ayr,
and is back coaching with Cumnock Juniors.
40
years ago
Freezing weather wiped out
all but two matches in
Scotland.
Derek Whiteford (above)
scored the only goal of the
game as Dumbarton won
1-0 at Kilmarnock.
Forfar drew 1-1 with
Stranraer. Brian Rankin
scored for the Loons and
later took over in goal after
Bernie Mills’ equaliser left
keeper Dave Nicoll injured.
Mike Channon and Colin
Bell scored to keep
Manchester City’s slim title
hopes alive with a 2-1 win
against QPR.
50
years ago
Rangers beat Dundee 4-2 at
Dens Park with goals from
John Greig, Orjan Persson
(above) and a Willie
Johnston double.
Jocky Scott scored twice
for the Dark Blues in the first
half.
A John Hughes goal was
enough to give Celtic a
victory at Motherwell.
Tommy Craig and Dave
Johnston were on target in
Aberdeen’s 2-0 win against
Hearts.
St Mirren signed 21-yearold outside-right Hugh
Gilshan from Johnstone
Burgh.
exclusive interview
Andy always thought
‘Yorkie’ Murty would
end up in Scotland
21
news
By Mark Guidi
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COm
Graeme Murty expressed a desire to Andy
McLaren 20 years ago that he wanted to
work in Scotland.
But neither of them for one minute
thought it would be as manager of
Rangers.
The pair of them were team-mates at
Reading when Tommy Burns was manager
and back then Murty showed a big interest
in the game north of the border.
In a dressing room containing other
Scots such as Jim McIntyre and Grant
Brebner, it was no surprise.
Although born in Yorkshire, Murty went
on to play for Scotland and was capped
four times when Berti Vogts was manager
and Burns his assistant.
McLaren has kept an eye on Murty’s
career and is delighted to see him in
charge at Ibrox.
He will watch this afternoon’s Scottish
Cup tie at Ayr United – one of McLaren’s
former clubs – and reckons Ian McCall’s
men will make life difficult for the Gers to
progress to the last eight.
McLaren told The Sunday Post: “Graeme
is a good lad and I’ve always had time for
him.
“We had some memorable times at
Reading together, where we were both
signed by Tommy Burns.
“I think Graeme cost around £700,000
from York City and gave the club a decade
of solid service.
“I, on the other hand, lasted about
10 minutes!
“But he was really into his football and
had a thirst for knowledge. That’s why
Tommy loved him so much.
“He told us all about his Scottish
heritage and that’s also why he enjoyed
our company.
“I always had a feeling he would end up
working in Scotland, but I thought it
would have been as a player.
“I remember him being keen on a move
to the top flight in Scotland.
“However, he stayed down south and
now he is the manager of Rangers.
“It’s some leap for him but I think he has
handled everything very well.
“He has displayed dignity throughout
and a real touch of human decency,
regardless of the situations he has been
confronted with.
“I’d be delighted for him if he got the job
beyond the end of this season. Why
shouldn’t he?
“He seems to enjoy a good working
relationship with Dave King and that can
only be beneficial.
“A good vibe between a chairman and a
manager is the foundation for success. It
looks as though it’s all heading in the right
direction.
“I read the other day that Gordon
Dalziel said Graeme’s chances of landing
the job beyond May would be over if Ayr
win on Sunday.
“I know exactly what Gordon meant by
that. But there also has to be a bigger
picture.
“Certainly, if Rangers were to go on and
Jack Hendry on his Celtic debut last Saturday
Jack’s returning
to the European
arena with Celts
By Brian Fowlie
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COm
After a long career with many clubs, these days Andy McLaren turns out in
charity games, like this one where he faced Frank McAvennie
win the Scottish Cup then it would be a
huge achievement.
“It would be their first major trophy in
six or seven years, and that would have to
put Graeme in pole position.
“But they will find it tough at Somerset
Park. I played there for a wee while
towards the end of my career and it’s
perfectly formed for an old-fashioned
Scottish Cup tie.
“I’ll be glued to my telly watching it.
“Can I see an upset? Well, I think it’s
unlikely – but I wouldn’t rule it out.
“I know Ian McCall very well. He was my
manager during my second spell at
Dundee United and he was really good.
“I felt we had the squad to achieve really
good things there but the club hit financial
problems and wage cuts were bought in
and players put up for sale.
“But Ian knows his football and knows
how to get the best out of players.
“He has reinvented his managerial
career at Ayr United and I’m delighted for
him.
“Ayr score plenty of goals and always try
to put the opposition on the back foot.
“So, I don’t expect this one to be a game
where the underdogs sit in and put 10
men behind the ball.
“Yes, he will have the team organised
and compact, but he will look to hurt
Rangers.
“I fancy Rangers to win 3-1.”
McLaren is possibly looking to get back
into football.
He has moved on to other ventures after
10 years with the charity he founded, A&M
Scotland, which helped kids from
disadvantaged areas.
He said: “I’ve got plenty to offer in that
sector and opportunities to explore.
“But I also wouldn’t mind looking at
working at a football club, along the lines
of what I’ve been doing for the past
decade.”
Jack Hendry already
knows all about the
ner vous excitement
that comes with trying
to give a Celtic teammate a decent pass in a
vital European tie.
The defender hasn’t yet
done it as a player on the
pitch – but that chance
might come this week in
the Europa League tie
against Zenit St Petersburg.
Hendry was only just
into his teens when he
w a s c e n t re s t a g e a t
Parkhead on a European
night as one of the youth
players waving a giant flag
as the famous Champions
League anthem echoed
around the stadium.
His ambition then was
to come back and
experience
that
atmosphere as a player.
It looked like that was a
forlorn hope when he
was released by the
Hoops in 2011.
N o w h e’s w i t h i n
touching distance of that
dream after proving his
w o r t h w i t h Pa r t i c k
Thistle, Wigan and
Dundee.
Hendry (22) made his
Celtic debut against
Kilmarnock last weekend
after a £1m transfer.
He s a i d : “Co m i n g
through the age groups, I
was a ball boy and held the
flag in the middle during
European matches.
“When the music
comes on and the roar
comes up, it’s special.
“Those are fond
memories for me. It
would be very special to
step out at Celtic park in
the scenario as a player.
“It was against the likes
of AC Milan and Barcelona
when I took part.
“Ca l l u m Mc Gre g o r
w o u l d h a ve d o n e i t
around the same time,
and maybe even Kieran
Tierney.
“I did the ball boy job
in SPFL games, too.
“When you are really
young, it’s something you
get nervous about.
“It sounds crazy, but
you’re giving the ball to
players you look up to.
“I never got moaned at.
I think I was an all right
ball boy. You’ve got to be
game-savvy, haven’t you?
“Now I’m potentially
going to be on that stage.
It’s mad.
“When you’re young,
you strive to play in this
type of game. It’s a dream.
“The chance to play in
Europe was one of the
main reasons I came
back to the club.
“I was at the Anderlecht
game earlier this season,
but that was the only one
I’ve been to in recent
times.
“I like watching the
European games and
came to get a sense of the
atmosphere.”
Hendry was ineligible
for yesterday’s William
Hill Scottish Cup tie win
over Partick Thistle, but
will be in the squad to
face Zenit.
Hi s d e b u t a g a i n s t
Kilmarnock ended in
defeat, but gave him an
instant taste of the
pressure and expectation
that faces a Celtic player.
He said: “It was a really
disappointing result, but
on a personal level, I was
really proud to go out and
make my debut.
“I
know
the
expectations of coming
to Celtic. Nothing but a
win is acceptable.
.
.
results
Post
Match
ENGLAND
FIXTURES
CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER LEAGUE
Home
Away
P W D L W D L
Goals
F A Pt
Man City
27 13 1 0 10 2 1 79 20 72
Man United
26 10 2 1 7 3 3 51 18 56
Tottenham Hotspur 27 9 4 1 6 3 4 52 24 52
Liverpool
26 7 6 0 7 3 3 59 31 51
Chelsea
26 8 2 3 7 3 3 46 23 50
Arsenal
27 10 2 1 3 4 7 51 36 45
Burnley
27 5 3 5 4 6 4 21 24 36
Leicester
27 6 3 4 3 5 6 39 40 35
Everton
27 8 2 4 1 5 7 32 46 34
AFC Bournemouth
26 5 3 5 3 4 6 30 37 31
Watford
27 4 4 5 4 2 8 37 47 30
West Ham
27 5 4 4 2 5 7 34 46 30
Brighton
27 4 6 3 2 4 8 22 36 28
Crystal Palace
27 4 5 4 2 4 8 25 42 27
Swansea
27 5 2 7 2 4 7 20 37 27
Southampton
26 3 6 5 2 5 5 28 38 26
Newcastle
26 3 4 6 3 3 7 24 36 25
Stoke
27 5 4 5 1 3 9 27 53 25
Huddersfield
26 4 4 5 2 2 9 19 46 24
West Brom
26 2 7 4 1 4 8 21 37 20
EVERTON....................(0) 3 CRYSTAL PALACE ....... (0) 1
Sigurdsson (46)
Milivojevic (83 pen)
Niasse (51)
Davies (75)
Crowd: 39,139.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Coleman (Kenny 46), Keane, Mangala
(Williams 45), Martina, Gueye (Schneiderlin 80), Rooney, Walcott,
Davies, Sigurdsson, Niasse. Subs not used: Bolasie, Tosun, CalvertLewin, Robles. Booked: Walcott.
Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Hennessey, Ward, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins,
Van Aanholt, Townsend, Cabaye, Milivojevic, McArthur, Benteke, Sorloth. Subs not used: Lee, Souare, Delaney, Wan Bissaka, Henry, Rakip,
Riedewald. Booked: Van Aanholt.
MAN CITY ..................(1) 5 LEICESTER.................. (1) 1
Sterling (3)
Vardy (24)
Aguero (48, 53, 77, 90)
Crowd: 54,416.
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Otamendi (Stones 81), Laporte,
Zinchenko (Danilo 65), De Bruyne, Fernandinho (Foden 80), Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling. Subs not used: Bravo, Kompany, Nmecha, Diaz. Booked: Gundogan, Laporte.
Leicester (3-5-2): Schmeichel, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton,
James, Ndidi, Adrien Silva (Simpson 46), Chilwell (Iheanacho 62), Diabate (Mahrez 62), Vardy. Subs not used: Gray, Jakupovic, Iborra,
Benalouane. Booked: Maguire, Ndidi, Vardy.
STOKE ........................(0) 1 BRIGHTON ................. (1) 1
Shaqiri (68)
Izquierdo (32)
Crowd: 29,876.
Stoke (4-3-3): Butland, Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters, Allen,
Fletcher (Berahino 46), Ndiaye (Adam 79), Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting
(Jese 62), Diouf. Subs not used: Johnson, Cameron, Sobhi, Grant.
Brighton (4-4-1-1): Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, March (Knockaert 86), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross (Kayal 79), Murray (Ulloa
71). Subs not used: Saltor, Goldson, Locadia, Krul.
SWANSEA ...................(0) 1 BURNLEY.................... (0) 0
Ki (81)
Crowd: 20,179.
Swansea (5-4-1): Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn, Fernandez,
Mawson, Olsson (A Ayew 59), Dyer (Abraham 74), Carroll, Ki, Clucas, J
Ayew (King 90). Subs not used: Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Routledge, Bartley.
Booked: A Ayew, Olsson.
Burnley (4-4-2): Pope, Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor, Lennon (Arfield 74),
Cork, Hendrick, Gudmundsson (Nkoudou 85), Vokes (Wells 81), Barnes.
Subs not used: Westwood, Lindegaard, Ward, O’Neill. Booked: Hendrick.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (0) 1 ARSENAL.................... (0) 0
Kane (49)
Crowd: 83,222.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen,
Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli (Wanyama 85), Son (Lamela 70),
Kane. Subs not used: Rose, Vorm, Sissoko, Aurier, Lucas Moura.
Booked: Dier, Lamela.
Arsenal (4-3-3): Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere,
Elneny (Iwobi 65), Xhaka (Welbeck 86), Ozil, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan
(Lacazette 65). Subs not used: Ospina, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac. Booked: Mustafi.
WEST HAM..................(1) 2 WATFORD .................. (0) 0
Hernandez (38)
Arnautovic (78)
Crowd: 56,197.
West Ham (3-4-3): Adrian, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta,
Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Joao Mario (Byram 77), Hernandez (Hugill
88), Arnautovic (Rice 84). Subs not used: Fonte, Hart, Evra, Cullen.
Booked: Zabaleta.
Watford (3-4-3): Karnezis, Mariappa, Prodl, Holebas, Janmaat, Capoue, Doucoure, Zeegelaar (Pereyra 56), Deulofeu (Lukebakio 75),
Deeney, Richarlison (Gray 82). Subs not used: Ndong , Carrillo, Bachmann, Mukena. Booked: Prodl.
LEADING SCORERS
Harry Kane
Mohamed Salah
Sergio Aguero
Raheem Sterling
Jamie Vardy
Romelu Lukaku
Roberto Firmino
Alvaro Morata
Wayne Rooney
Alexandre Lacazette
Anthony Martial
Eden Hazard
Alexis Sanchez
7 for Arsenal
Gabriel Jesus
(Tottenham)
(Liverpool)
(Man City)
(Man City)
(Leicester)
(Man Utd)
(Liverpool)
(Chelsea)
(Everton)
(Arsenal)
(Man Utd)
(Chelsea)
(Man Utd)
(Man City)
23
21
21
14
13
12
11
10
10
9
9
9
8
8
Wolves
Derby
Aston Villa
Cardiff
Fulham
Bristol City
Preston North End
Sheff Utd
Middlesbrough
Brentford
Leeds
Ipswich
Norwich
Millwall
QPR
Nottm Forest
Sheff Wed
Reading
Bolton
Birmingham
Hull
Barnsley
Sunderland
Burton Albion
P
31
31
30
30
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
30
30
31
31
31
31
LEAGUE ONE
Home
W D L
12 2 2
9 4 3
9 5 1
9 3 2
7 6 2
8 4 4
6 6 3
9 2 5
8 3 5
6 8 2
6 4 5
8 3 5
5 5 5
7 6 3
7 4 4
7 0 9
4 6 5
3 4 8
6 4 6
6 2 7
4 6 5
3 6 7
2 5 8
2 2 11
W
10
7
7
7
7
6
6
6
6
5
7
5
7
2
2
4
3
5
1
2
2
3
3
4
Away
D L
3 2
6 2
3 5
4 5
4 5
6 3
7 3
2 7
3 6
3 7
1 8
2 8
3 6
6 7
5 9
2 9
7 6
4 7
5 8
4 9
5 9
4 8
6 7
5 7
Goals
F A Pt
56 23 71
48 24 58
46 27 56
45 27 55
52 36 52
45 36 52
38 30 49
44 37 49
40 29 48
43 40 44
42 39 44
43 41 44
31 34 44
36 34 39
33 44 36
35 50 35
32 38 34
34 41 32
28 47 30
22 41 30
42 47 29
30 45 28
34 55 26
24 58 25
Wigan
Shrewsbury
Blackburn
Scunthorpe
Rotherham
Bradford
Charlton
Portsmouth
Peterborough
Plymouth
Bristol Rovers
Oxford Utd
Gillingham
Southend
Doncaster
Walsall
Fleetwood Town
Northampton
Blackpool
AFC Wimbledon
Oldham
MK Dons
Rochdale
Bury
LEAGUE TWO
P
29
30
31
32
31
32
30
31
30
32
31
31
31
31
32
30
30
32
31
31
32
30
27
31
Home
W D L
9 5 1
10 2 2
9 5 2
7 5 4
10 2 4
6 2 8
8 4 4
9 3 4
8 1 6
7 2 7
9 0 6
6 4 6
4 8 4
8 5 3
5 7 4
6 6 3
4 4 7
6 2 8
5 5 5
5 3 7
6 3 7
4 7 4
4 5 3
5 2 8
W
10
8
8
8
6
9
5
5
4
5
4
5
6
3
4
3
6
4
3
4
2
3
1
1
Away
D L
1 3
5 3
4 3
4 4
3 6
2 5
4 5
1 9
7 4
6 5
3 9
4 6
3 6
2 10
5 7
4 8
2 7
4 8
6 7
4 8
6 8
2 10
5 9
5 10
Goals
F A Pt
56 16 63
40 23 61
56 31 60
46 34 54
52 37 53
47 49 49
40 37 47
38 36 46
47 39 44
37 40 44
45 48 42
48 47 41
35 35 41
39 50 40
37 38 39
38 43 37
42 48 36
31 52 36
37 43 35
30 38 34
45 58 33
30 43 30
27 37 25
26 47 25
Luton
Acc Stanley
Wycombe
Notts County
Swindon
Mansfield
Exeter
Lincoln City
Coventry
Crawley Town
Colchester
Newport County
Carlisle
Cheltenham
Stevenage
Cambridge Utd
Grimsby
Yeovil
Port Vale
Morecambe
Crewe
Forest Green
Chesterfield
Barnet
P
32
31
31
31
32
31
30
31
31
32
32
31
31
32
32
31
33
31
32
31
31
31
31
31
Kick off 3.00 unless stated
TODAY
W
12
10
9
10
7
9
11
8
10
7
7
6
5
7
6
8
4
7
5
5
6
6
5
4
Home
D L
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 2
2 7
5 1
1 3
6 2
2 4
2 7
6 3
6 2
6 5
4 5
7 3
4 3
6 7
4 5
4 7
3 7
3 7
2 8
3 8
4 7
W
7
8
7
5
10
5
5
5
5
7
5
6
6
3
4
2
5
2
4
2
3
2
2
2
Away
D L
6 3
2 6
5 4
5 5
1 5
6 5
3 7
5 5
3 7
4 5
5 6
4 7
3 6
5 8
2 10
5 9
3 8
4 9
3 9
7 7
0 12
3 10
3 10
3 11
Goals
F A Pt
68 31 64
55 37 58
60 44 56
52 34 54
49 44 54
46 34 53
41 35 52
43 30 50
35 25 50
37 36 48
43 38 47
41 38 46
43 42 42
46 47 39
41 45 39
28 41 39
29 47 36
43 50 35
35 46 34
29 41 31
35 53 30
33 54 29
31 55 27
30 46 25
BARNSLEY ................. (1) 1 SHEFF WED ................ (1) 1
AFC WIMBLEDON ...... (0) 1 NORTHAMPTON ......... (1) 3
BARNET ..................... (0) 1 NOTTS COUNTY ......... (0) 0
BOLTON .................... (0) 1 FULHAM..................... (1) 1
BLACKBURN.............. (0) 2 OLDHAM.................... (2) 2
CARLISLE................... (0) 1 COLCHESTER ............. (1) 1
BLACKPOOL ............. (1) 2 WALSALL .................... (1) 2
CHELTENHAM ............ (2) 5 PORT VALE ................. (1) 1
BRENTFORD .............. (0) 1 PRESTON NORTH END (0) 1
BRISTOL CITY ............ (3) 3 SUNDERLAND ............ (0) 3
BRADFORD ............... (0) 2 BURY ......................... (0) 2
DONCASTER.............. (0) 1 CHARLTON................. (1) 1
DERBY....................... (1) 1 NORWICH ................. (0) 1
GILLINGHAM ............. (0) 1 PETERBOROUGH ........ (0) 1
IPSWICH ................... (0) 0 BURTON ALBION ........ (0) 0
MK DONS ................. (1) 1 PORTSMOUTH ............ (0) 2
MIDDLESBROUGH ..... (1) 2 READING ................... (0) 1
NOTTM FOREST ......... (0) 0 HULL .......................... (2) 2
SHEFF UTD................. (1) 2 LEEDS ........................ (0) 1
WOLVES .................... (2) 2 QPR........................... (0) 1
OXFORD UTD ............ (1) 1 BRISTOL ROVERS........ (0) 2
ROCHDALE.................... P FLEETWOOD TOWN ........ P
COVENTRY ................ (0) 0 ACC STANLEY............. (1) 2
CRAWLEY TOWN........ (1) 3 GRIMSBY ................... (0) 0
CREWE...................... (0) 0 YEOVIL....................... (0) 0
EXETER ...................... (1) 1 WYCOMBE................. (0) 1
MORECAMBE ................ P CHESTERFIELD................ P
SCUNTHORPE............ (0) 1 ROTHERHAM .............. (1) 2
NEWPORT COUNTY ....... P FOREST GREEN............... P
SHREWSBURY ............ (1) 1 PLYMOUTH................. (1) 2
STEVENAGE ............... (0) 1 LUTON ....................... (0) 1
SOUTHEND ................ (2) 3 WIGAN ...................... (0) 1
SWINDON ................. (1) 1 MANSFIELD ................ (0) 0
THIS WEEK’S TV HIGHLIGHTS
SUNDAY -
Figure Skating - Winter Olympic Figure Skating. (Eurosport
1, 2.45am); Football - Sky Bet Championship. Aston Villa v Birmingham
City. (Sky Sports Main Event, 11.30am),
Newcastle United v Manchester
United. (Sky Sports Premier League,
1.30pm), Southampton v Liverpool.
(Sky Sports Main Event, 4.15pm); Golf
- PGA Tour Golf. The AT&T Pebble
Beach Pro-Am. (Sky Sports Golf, 6pm);
Olympics - , Winter Olympic Alpine
Skiing. Womens giant slalom. (Eurosport 1, 12.40am); Rugby Union - Six
Nations Rugby Union. Scotland v
France. (BBC One Scotland, 2.30pm);
Snooker - Shoot-Out. (ITV4, 11.45am).
MONDAY - Cricket - International T20 Cricket. New Zealand v
England. (Sky Sports Cricket, 5.30am);
Football - Chelsea v West Bromwich
Albion). (Sky Sports Main Event, 7pm);
Olympics - Winter Olympic Speed
Skating. womens 1500m final. (Eurosport 1, 1pm), Mens downhill in the
combined discipline. (Eurosport 1,
2.30am); Tennis - ATP Tennis. The ABN
AMRO World Tennis Tournament. (Sky
Sports Main Event, 11.30am)..
TUESDAY - ; Cricket - One-Day
International Cricket. South Africa v
India. (Sky Sports Cricket, 10.55am) ;
Figure Skating - Winter Olympic Figure Skating. The pairs short programme. (Eurosport 1, 3am);
Football - Basel v Manchester City. .
(BT Sport 3, 7pm); Winter Sports Final of the mens half-pipe event. (Eurosport 1, 2.15am).
WEDNESDAY - Figure Skating
- Winter Olympic Figure Skating. The
pairs free programme. (Eurosport 1,
3.30am); Football - Real Madrid v
PSG. Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain (Kick-off 7.45pm). (BT Sport 3,
7pm); Golf - The NBO Oman Open.
(Sky Sports Golf, 5.30am); Tennis - ATP
Tennis. The ABN AMRO World Tennis
Tournament. (Sky Sports Main Event,
10am).
THURSDAY - Cricket - International T20 Cricket. New Zealand v Australia. (Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30am),
; Figure Skating - Winter Olympic Figure Skating. The mens short programme. (Eurosport 1, 4am);
Football - Ostersund v Arsenal. (BT
Sport 3, 5.30pm), Golf - PGA Tour
Golf. The Genesis Open. (Sky Sports
Golf, 2.30pm), The NBO Oman Open.
(Sky Sports Golf, 5.30am); Olympics Winter Olympics 2018. (BBC Two
Scotland, 1pm); Tennis - ATP Tennis.
The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. (Sky Sports Main Event, 1pm).
FRIDAY - Cricket - One-Day International Cricket. South Africa v India.
(Sky Sports Cricket, 10.55am); Curling
- . (Eurosport 1, 5.35am); Golf - PGA
Tour Golf. The Genesis Open. (Sky
Sports Golf, 2.30pm); Olympics - .
(BBC Two Scotland, 1pm); Rugby
League - . Widnes Vikings v Warrington Wolves. (Sky Sports Main Event,
7.30pm); Tennis - WTA Tennis: (BT
Sport 3, 12.30pm), ATP Tennis. The
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
(Sky Sports Action, 6.30pm).
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dWDWLW........................ Brighton
LDdLDL ....................Huddersfield
dLdDWL.......................West Brom
DdDLLW ....................... Rochdale
1
2
1
2
Coventry......................... LLWLWL
Man Utd.......................LDWWWL
Southampton............... LLdWDW
Tottenham...................LWWDDD
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
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8
9
10
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LWWLWD.................. Birmingham
LLLdLL......................Burton Albion
WLLdWL .............................Cardiff
WWWLWW ....................... Fulham
DWWdLL .............................Leeds
WLWdLW ......................... Norwich
WWDLDW..........................Preston
LDWLLW..................................QPR
LWDLWL..................... Sunderland
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
1
X
1
X
X
1
2
X
X
Millwall ...........................dLLWWL
Nottm Forest...................LDdWLL
Middlesbrough ............ LLWWWL
Aston Villa .................... DLLWWW
Bristol City......................... DLLLdL
Ipswich...........................WLLLDW
Wolverhampton..........WDWdLW
Bolton...............................dLLLWL
Brentford........................ DLWLWL
14 LWLWWW ...........AFC Wimbledon 1 Bristol Rovers ..................LLdDdW
15 LDLLDd......................... Blackpool X Peterborough............... WLWddL
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17
18
19
20
21
22
PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea v West Brom (8.00).
TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - ROUND OF
16, FIRST LEG
Basel v Man City, Juventus v Tottenham.
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - ROUND OF 32,
FIRST LEG
Red Star Belgrade v CSKA Moscow (5.00).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Kilmarnock v Dundee.
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Sheff Wed v Derby, Cardiff v Bolton.
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Bristol Rovers v Rochdale, Bury v Southend, Charlton v Bradford, Fleetwood Town
v Shrewsbury, Northampton v Gillingham,
Oldham v Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough v Scunthorpe, Plymouth v AFC Wimbledon, Portsmouth v Blackburn,
Rotherham v Oxford Utd, Walsall v Doncaster, Wigan v Blackpool.
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Accrington Stanley v Crewe, Chesterfield v
Cambridge Utd, Colchester v Coventry,
Forest Green v Stevenage, Grimsby v Morecambe, Lincoln City v Cheltenham, Luton v
Crawley Town, Mansfield v Newport County,
Notts County v Carlisle, Port Vale v Exeter,
Wycombe v Swindon, Yeovil v Barnet.
WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - ROUND OF
16, FIRST LEG
FC Porto v Liverpool, Real Madrid v PSG.
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Cove Rangers v Clachnacuddin, Forres
Mechanics v Wick Academy, Fort William
v Nairn County, Huntly v Inverurie Loco
Works, Keith v Deveronvale, Rothes v Turriff
United, Strathspey Thistle v Brora.
THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - ROUND OF 32,
FIRST LEG
AEK Athens v Dynamo Kiev (8.05), Astana
v Sporting (4.00), Borussia Dortmund v
Atalanta (6.00), Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg
(8.05), FC Copenhagen v Atletico Madrid
(8.05), FCSB v Lazio (8.05), Ludogorets v
AC Milan (6.00), Lyon v Villarreal (8.05),
Marseille v Braga (6.00), Napoli v RB Leipzig (8.05), Nice v Lokomotiv Moscow
(6.00), Ostersunds FK v Arsenal (6.00), Partizan Belgrade v Plzen (8.05), Real Sociedad v Red Bull Salzburg (6.00), Spartak
Moscow v Athletic Bilbao (6.00).
FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY
SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY
Newcastle United host Manchester United in the Premier
League this afternoon, live on Sky Sports
DWWLDL..................... Doncaster
LWDDWW................... Gillingham
LDLWdL .........Milton Keynes Dons
LWLWWL...................... Oxford Utd
LDWWLD ................... Scunthorpe
WWddDW.................. Shrewsbury
WLWLLW........................Southend
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
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27
28
29
30
31
32
TOMORROW
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE
Cumbernauld Colts v Gala Fairydean.
EMIRATES FA CUP - FIFTH ROUND
Chelsea v Hull (8.00), Leicester v Sheff Utd.
Kick off 3.00 unless stated
POOLS FORECAST
EMIRATES FA CUP FIFTH ROUND
THE WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP FIFTH ROUND
Aberdeen v Dundee Utd (4.30), Ayr v
Rangers (2.30).
PREMIER LEAGUE
Huddersfield v AFC Bournemouth (12.00),
Newcastle v Man Utd (2.15), Southampton v Liverpool (4.30).
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa v Birmingham (12.00).
Kick off 7.45 unless stated
LWWLLD .............................Barnet
dWLWWd............Cambridge Utd
WWLdWW.........................Carlisle
dWLDLD.................. Cheltenham
LWLWWW ............... Crawley Town
LLWLWL...............................Crewe
DWWLWW...........................Exeter
LWLWDL................... Morecambe
dWWddL.....................Stevenage
LLLWWW..........................Swindon
1
1
2
2
1
1
X
Fleetwood Town ...........WWWLLL
Walsall..............................WLDLLL
Charlton......................... LWLLdW
Plymouth .....................LDWDDW
Northampton..................LLLLWD
Rotherham................. DLWWWD
Portsmouth..................... WLWLLL
2
1
1
2
X
X
1
1
1
1
Accrington......................LLLWWL
Grimsby ..........................WdLLDL
Chesterfield......................LLLLLW
Wycombe ................... LdLWWW
Lincoln City....................LWdLWD
Colchester.................... LWWdLD
Mansfield..................... LDWddW
Forest Green.....................DLLLLL
Yeovil..............................LDdWLD
Port Vale..........................DWDLLL
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
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34
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36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
WWLWDd...................... Aldershot
WDLWLL ..............Boreham Wood
LWDLLD.......................Chester FC
WDWWWD................... AFC Fylde
dLLDDL ...........................Guiseley
LWLWLL......................... FC Halifax
LWLLDL........................ Hartlepool
LDLWLD.................Maidstone Utd
DWWdWW..............Solihull Moors
WWLDWW.................... Sutton Utd
WWWWWW ..................Tranmere
dDLLLW ............................Torquay
1
1
X
1
X
X
1
1
2
X
X
2
Macclesfield ................DWDWLL
Gateshead ................DDDWWD
Eastleigh...................... LLWWWD
Leyton Orient .............WWdDWW
Maidenhead Utd ........ WWLWLD
Ebbsfleet United.............DLWLdL
Woking.............................LLLDLD
Barrow.........................WWWDdL
Dover ............................DLDdDW
Wrexham...................... LLDWdW
Bromley.......................WLWWWD
Dag & Red.....................WWLLDL
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
45
46
47
48
49
WWdWWW .........................Celtic
DDLWLL..........................Hamilton
LDLWDW .......................Hibernian
DLWWDW....................Motherwell
LWWWLL.............................Partick
1
2
X
X
X
St Johnstone................ WWDWLL
Rangers ......................WLdWWW
Aberdeen......................LWWLLW
Kilmarnock ..................WdWDDL
Dundee......................WLDWWW
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Hibernian v Aberdeen, Motherwell v Kilmarnock, Partick v Dundee, Ross County v
Hearts (12.30).
IRN-BRU CUP - SEMI-FINAL
The New Saints FC v Dumbarton (7.35).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin v Falkirk, Livingston v St Mirren,
Queen of South v Morton.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE 1
Airdrieonians v Queen’s Park, Albion Rovers v Raith, Arbroath v Alloa, Ayr v East Fife,
Forfar v Stranraer.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE 2
Clyde v Cowdenbeath, Elgin v Montrose,
Peterhead v Berwick, Stenhousemuir v Edinburgh City, Stirling Albion v Annan Athletic.
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Formartine United v Brora, Forres Mechanics v Deveronvale, Fort William v Turriff
United, Fraserburgh v Buckie Thistle, Inverurie Loco Works v Clachnacuddin,
Keith v Cove Rangers, Lossiemouth v
Rothes, Nairn County v Strathspey Thistle,
Wick Academy v Huntly.
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE
BSC Glasgow v Selkirk, Civil Service Strollers
v Edinburgh Univ, Dalbeattie Star v Whitehill Welfare, East Kilbride v Vale Of Leithen,
Spartans v Edusport Academy, Stirling University v Gretna 2008.
EMIRATES FA CUP - FIFTH ROUND
Brighton v Coventry, West Brom v Southampton, Sheff Wed v Swansea (12.30),
Huddersfield v Man Utd (5.30).
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Birmingham v Millwall, Burton Albion v
Nottm Forest, Cardiff v Middlesbrough,
Fulham v Aston Villa, Preston North End v
Wolverhampton, QPR v Bolton, Sunderland v Brentford.
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers, Doncaster v Fleetwood Town, Gillingham v Walsall, Milton Keynes Dons v Charlton, Oxford
Utd v Plymouth, Rochdale v Oldham,
Scunthorpe v Northampton, Shrewsbury v
Rotherham, Southend v Portsmouth.
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Barnet v Accrington Stanley, Cambridge
Utd v Grimsby, Carlisle v Chesterfield,
Cheltenham v Wycombe, Crawley Town v
Lincoln City, Crewe v Colchester, Exeter v
Mansfield, Morecambe v Forest Green,
Newport County v Notts County, Stevenage v Yeovil, Swindon v Port Vale.
SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Celtic v St Johnstone, Hamilton v Rangers
(2.15).
IRN-BRU CUP - SEMI-FINAL
Inverness CT v Crusaders (5.15).
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE
East Stirling v Hawick Royal Albert.
EMIRATES FA CUP - FIFTH ROUND
Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Leeds v Bristol City (4.30), Norwich v Ipswich (12.00).
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool v Peterborough.
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SCOTLAND
POOLS CHECK
PREMIERSHIP
Celtic
Aberdeen
Rangers
Hibernian
Hearts
Motherwell
Kilmarnock
St Johnstone
Dundee
Partick Thistle
Hamilton
Ross County
P
26
26
26
26
26
26
23
24
25
26
24
26
WILLIAM HILL CUP 5TH ROUND
Home
W D L
9 4 0
8 2 3
6 2 5
5 3 4
5 6 2
6 3 4
4 2 6
3 3 6
4 2 7
5 2 6
2 3 7
2 3 8
W
9
8
9
7
4
3
3
4
3
1
4
3
Away
D L
2 2
2 3
2 2
5 2
4 5
2 8
6 2
2 6
2 7
4 8
2 6
2 8
Goals
F A Pt
54 18 60
43 29 52
48 28 49
36 30 44
27 23 37
33 36 32
27 31 29
22 36 26
26 38 25
24 43 24
31 42 23
28 45 20
Away
Goals
CHAMPIONSHIP
Home
P W D L W D L
St Mirren
F A Pt
24 10 1 1 7 2 3 45 24 54
Livingston
23 4 5 2 7 2 3 36 25 40
Dundee United
22 8 1 2 4 3 4 30 26 40
Dunfermline
24 6 3 3 3 4 5 39 28 34
Greenock Morton
22 5 2 5 4 5 1 32 22 34
Queen of the South 23 4 3 3 5 3 5 37 33 33
Inverness CT
23 5 3 3 3 3 6 30 28 30
Falkirk
24 4 5 4 2 3 6 27 39 26
Dumbarton
22 2 3 6 2 5 4 15 30 20
Brechin City
23 0 4 8 0 0 11 18 54 4
LIVINGSTON...............(0) 0 DUNFERMLINE............ (0) 0
Crowd: 1,579.
Livingston (3-5-2): Alexander, Gallagher, Halkett, Lithgow, De Vita,
Byrne (Boyd 26), Pitman, Thompson, Cadden, Miller (McMillan 72),
Hardie (Robinson 81). Subs not used: Longridge, Buchanan, Mullin,
Maley. Booked: Byrne. Dismissed: Thompson.
Dunfermline (4-4-2): Robinson, Williamson, Mvoto, Ashcroft, Talbot,
Craigen, Beadling, Ryan (Armstrong 72), Vincent, McManus, Clark.
Subs not used: Morris, Wedderburn, Cardle, Aird, Gill, Shiels. Booked:
Beadling, Mvoto, Vincent.
CHAMPIONSHIP LEADING SCORERS
Stephen Dobbie
Gavin Reilly
Cammy Smith
Lewis Morgan
Scott McDonald
Calum Morrison
8 for Stirling
Declan McManus
Joe Cardle
Connor Bell
Craig Halkett
Gary Harkins
(Queen of South)
(St Mirren)
(St Mirren)
(St Mirren)
(Dundee Utd)
(Brechin)
(Dunfermline)
(Dunfermline)
(Inverness CT)
(Livingston)
(Morton)
14
10
9
9
9
8
7
7
6
6
6
CELTIC .......................(2) 3 PARTICK THISTLE ........ (1) 2
Forrest (3, 10, 54)
Doolan (20)
Sammon (84)
Crowd: 24,191.
Celtic (4-2-3-1): De Vries, Lustig, Ajer, Simunovic, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest (Eboue 87), Musonda (McGregor 65), Sinclair (Edouard
79), Dembele. Subs not used: Gamboa, Rogic, Bain, Miller.
Partick (4-2-3-1): Cerny, McGinn, Devine, Cargill, Booth, Woods (McCarthy 79), Barton (Osman 57), Spittal, Edwards, Erskine, Doolan (Sammon 60). Subs not used: Storey, Dumbuya, Scully, Penrice. Booked:
Devine.
COVE RANGERS .........(1) 1 FALKIRK ..................... (1) 3
Megginson (3)
Jakubiak (2, 48)
Sibbald (46)
Crowd: 1,687.
Cove Rangers (4-2-3-1): McKenzie, Ross, Watson, Kelly, Redford
(Scully 75), Strachan, Milne, Masson, Campbell, Stott (Park 81), Megginson. Subs not used: McManus, Gray, Robertson, McCafferty, Smith.
Booked: Campbell, Milne.
Falkirk (3-4-1-2): Hazard, Muirhead, Watson, McGhee, Tumility, Kidd,
Robson (Taiwo 63), Sibbald (McKee 76), Longridge (Nelson 81),
Jakubiak, Loy. Subs not used: Thomson, Grant, O’Hara, Blair. Booked:
Loy, Tumility, Watson.
DUNDEE .....................(0) 0 MOTHERWELL............. (1) 2
Tanner (30)
Main (56)
Crowd: 4,663.
Dundee (3-5-2): Parish, Kusunga, Aurtenetxe, O’Dea, Kerr, McGowan
(Lambert 80), Kamara, O’Hara, Holt (Deacon 66), Moussa, LeitchSmith. Subs not used: Malherbe, El Bakhtaoui, Curran, Spence, Waddell. Booked: McGowan.
Motherwell (3-5-2): Carson, Kipre, Aldred, Dunne, Cadden, McHugh
(Turnbull 90), Tait, Tanner (Bigirimana 70), Rose, Ciftci (Petravicius 82),
Main. Subs not used: Hendrie, Grimshaw, Frear, Griffiths. Booked:
Ciftci, McHugh.
HEARTS ......................(1) 3 ST JOHNSTONE .......... (0) 0
Lafferty (8, 58)
Mitchell (54)
Crowd: 12,393.
Hearts (3-5-2): McLaughlin, Souttar, Hughes, Berra, Smith, Djoum,
Adao (Buaben 60), Callachan, Mitchell (Randall 77), McDonald, Lafferty (Henderson 84). Subs not used: Amankwaa, Milinkovic, Hamilton,
Brandon. Booked: Adao, Lafferty.
St Johnstone (5-4-1): Mannus, Foster, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Kerr,
Tanser, Davidson, Millar (Johnstone 26), Willock (Alston 61), Wotherspoon, Kane. Subs not used: MacLean, Clark, McClean, Watson,
Comrie. Booked: Alston, Davidson, Kane, Wotherspoon.
KILMARNOCK ................ 4 BRORA .......................... 0
Tshibola (42)
K Boyd (58)
Brophy (77)
O’Donnell (83)
Crowd: 4,278.
Kilmarnock (4-4-2): Fasan, O’Donnell, Broadfoot, S Boyd, Findlay,
Tshibola, Dicker, Mulumbu (Brophy 65), Jones, Kiltie (Frizzell 78), K Boyd
(Erwin 75). Subs not used: Simpson, MacDonald, McKenzie, Taylor.
Brora (4-4-1-1): Malin, J Pickles, Duff, Williamson, Macdonald, Maclean, Morrison, Nicolson (Brindle 69), Mackay (J Pickles 69), Graham,
Sutherland (MacLeod 78). Subs not used: Hoban, Ross, Lisle, Campbell. Booked: Morrison, Pickles.
MORTON ...................(1) 3 DUMBARTON ............. (0) 0
Ross (12)
Iredale (49)
McHugh (80)
Crowd: 1,746.
Morton (4-4-1-1): Gaston, Doyle, Gasparotto, O’Ware, Iredale, Tidser,
Murdoch, Harkins (McHugh 70), Ross (Langan 88), Tiffoney (Russell 84),
Oliver. Subs not used: Lamie, Strapp, Brennan.
Dumbarton (3-4-1-2): Gallacher, Barr, Dowie, A Wilson, Smith,
Carswell, Hutton, Walsh, Froxylias (Nade 65), Nisbet, Russell (Handling
71). Subs not used: Gallagher, D Wilson, Stewart, Ewings. Booked: A
Wilson.
LEAGUE ONE
Away
P W D L W D L
Goals
Home
F A Pt
Away
P W D L W D L
Goals
F A Pt
Raith Rovers
25 12 1 0 5 4 3 51 21 56
Montrose
25 7 3 3 9 2 1 36 24 53
Ayr United
24 6 2 4 9 1 2 64 32 48
Peterhead
23 6 1 4 9 1 2 56 27 47
Alloa Athletic
23 7 3 2 4 2 5 35 27 38
Stirling Albion
23 6 1 4 6 2 4 44 30 39
Arbroath
22 5 2 5 6 2 2 42 30 37
Stenhousemuir
23 7 1 4 4 4 3 39 28 38
Stranraer
24 7 1 4 3 4 5 39 41 35
Elgin City
23 8 2 2 3 1 7 38 40 36
East Fife
25 6 1 6 3 2 7 36 44 30
Annan Athletic
24 3 5 3 5 3 5 29 23 32
Airdrieonians
24 5 5 1 2 3 8 32 41 29
Clyde
22 3 6 4 3 2 4 28 35 26
Albion Rovers
23 2 1 7 4 3 6 45 56 22
Berwick Rangers
23 4 1 5 3 2 8 19 42 24
Queen’s Park
25 1 5 7 4 1 7 28 53 21
Edinburgh City
23 3 2 7 2 2 7 20 37 19
Forfar Athletic
25 3 2 7 3 1 9 25 52 21
Cowdenbeath
23 1 2 8 0 5 7 13 36 10
ALLOA ATHLETIC .........(1) 1 FORFAR ATHLETIC ...... (0) 0
Graham (27)
Crowd: 508.
Alloa (4-1-4-1): Parry, Taggart, Graham, McCart, Crane, Fleming
(Robertson 83), Cawley (Crossan 67), Hetherington, Kirkpatrick (Smith
76), Flannigan, Stewart. Subs not used: Renton, Monaghan, McKeown, Wilson. Booked: Hetherington.
Forfar (4-3-3): McCallum, Whyte (Easton 46), Munro, Travis, Bain,
Dingwall, MacKintosh, Malone (Peters 66), Hurst (Maciver 76), Aitken,
Millar. Subs not used: Starkey, McNaughton, McBride, Adam. Booked:
Dingwall, MacKintosh, Millar.
EAST FIFE....................(0) 0 QUEEN’S PARK ........... (1) 2
Keena (25, 85)
Crowd: 558.
East Fife (4-4-2): Goodfellow, Dunsmore, Kane, Page, Linton, Lamont
(Jones 56), Millar (Watson 75), McManus, Livingstone (Knox 56), Duggan, Smith. Subs not used: MacKenzie, Slattery, Mutch. Booked:
Kane, Page.
Queen’s Park (4-2-3-1): White, Millen, Cummins, Nimmo, Burns, Gibson, Brady (Leitch 71), Docherty (Gullan 90), McVey, Galt, Keena. Subs
not used: Donnelly, Summers, McGhee, McGorry, Mortimer. Booked:
Docherty.
RAITH ROVERS............(0) 2 AIRDRIEONIANS ......... (1) 1
Furtado (64)
Carrick (44)
Vaughan (77)
Crowd: 1,685.
Raith (4-4-2): Lennox, Thomson, Davidson, Benedictus, Murray, Barr
(Matthews 86), Herron, Vaughan, Zanatta, Buchanan (Robertson 54),
Furtado. Subs not used: Smith, Spence, Hendry, Court, McKay.
Booked: Barr, Herron.
Airdrieonians (4-4-2): Ferguson, O’Neil, MacDonald, Brownlie, Edwards (McGregor 73), Stewart, R Brown, Cairns, Fry (Hastie 79), Carrick,
Duffy (Russell 85). Subs not used: Watt, Muir, McIntosh, A Brown.
Booked: Fry, MacDonald.
STRANRAER .................... P ARBROATH..................... P
Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch.
CHAMPIONSHIP LEADING SCORERS
Lawrence Shankland
Alan Trouten
Craig Moore
Lewis Vaughan
Greig Spence
Chris Duggan
Conner Shields
Michael Moffat
(Ayr)
(Albion)
(Ayr)
(Raith)
(Raith)
(East Fife)
(Albion)
(Ayr)
17
16
13
12
11
9
9
9
MINOR RESULTS
Lowland League — Civil Service
Strollers 2, Gala Fairydean 2; East
Kilbride 4, Whitehill Welfare 1; East
Stirling 4, Selkirk 2; Stirling University 1,
Hawick Royal Albert 2; Vale Of Leithen P, Gretna 2008 P (Postponed due to waterlogged pitch).
Highland League — Turriff United P,
Wick Academy P (Postponed - due
to frozen pitch).
Highland League Cup Rd 1 —
Buckie Thistle 0, Keith 3; Formartine
Utd 5, Clachnacuddin 1; Forres
Mechs P, Deveronvale P (Postponed due to waterlogged pitch); Fraserburgh 9, Fort William 0; Nairn County
3, Lossiemouth 2; Strathspey Th P,
Huntly P (Postponed - due to frozen
pitch).
South of Scotland Alba Cup Second Round — Lochar Thistle 6, St
Cuthbert Wndrs 1; Mid Annandale 4,
Stranraer JFC 3; Upper Annandale 1,
Abbey Vale 4; Wigtown & Bladnoch
1, Lochmaben 5; Edusport Academy
0, Bonnyton Thistle 1.
East of Scotland Central Taxis Premier Division — Burntisland Shipyard
10, Eyemouth Utd 3; Coldstream 1,
Lothian Thistle 2; Kelty Hearts 5, Tynecastle 0; Ormiston 0, Stirling University
0; Preston Athletic 1, Heriot Watt Univ
1; Leith Athletic 2, Peebles Rovers 1.
South Of Scotland League — Creetown P, Threave Rovers P.
Junior Cup Four th Round —
Wishaw P, Forth Wanderers P.
East Region Super League — Bonnyrigg Rose 2, Forfar West End 0;
Broughty Ath 4, Boness Utd 1; Carnoustie Panmure 0, Linlithgow Rose
3; Dundonald Bluebell P, Lochee Utd
P; Hill Of Beath Hawthorn 2, Newtongrange Star 2; Kennoway Star Hearts
0, Camelon 6; Penicuik Ath 1, Broxburn 1; Sauchie P, Jeanfield Swifts P.
East Region Premier League —
Bathgate Thistle 2, Whitburn 3;
Dalkeith Thistle 0, Downfield 5; Dunbar Utd 2, Haddington Ath 2; Fauldhouse Utd P, Thornton Hibs P;
Glenrothes P, Musselburgh P; St Andrews Utd 2, Kirriemuir Thistle 1;
Dividend TBA
LEAGUE TWO
Home
BERWICK RANGERS....(0) 0 CLYDE........................ (0) 1
Goodwillie (90 pen)
Crowd: 474.
Berwick (4-2-3-1): McCrorie, Cook, Wilson, Todd, Orru, O’Kane, Notman, Willis, Lavery, Thomson, Hamilton (Murrell 70). Subs not used:
Simpson, Herriot, Fleming, Fairbairn, Brennan. Booked: Lavery, Notman, Todd.
Clyde (4-5-1): Currie, Lang (Duffie 46), Home, McNiff, Cogill, McStay
(Grant 75), Cuddihy, Nicoll, Lamont, Millar (Boyle 57), Goodwillie. Subs
not used: Osadolor, Lowdon, Martin, Gourlay.
COWDENBEATH..........(0) 1 STIRLING ALBION ....... (0) 2
Swan (81 pen)
MacDonald (71 pen, 85)
Crowd: 366.
Cowdenbeath (4-4-2): McGurn, Mcinally, Trialist, Rumsby, Swan, Buchanan, Miller, Malcolm, Smith (Syme 80), Cox, Malone (Reilly 46).
Subs not used: Luke, Fotheringham, Hornby, Muirhead, Penman.
Booked: Buchanan, Cox, Malcolm, McGurn, Rumsby, Trialist.
Stirling (4-4-2): Binnie, McGeachie, McNeil, Barr, Hamilton, Jardine,
Robertson (McLaughlin 83), Moon (Stanger 75), Kavanagh (Black 88),
D Smith, MacDonald. Subs not used: Banner, Caddis, R Smith, Fallens.
Booked: Barr, Black, MacDonald, McLaughlin, Moon, Robertson, D
Smith.
EDINBURGH CITY........(0) 0 PETERHEAD ................ (0) 0
Crowd: 301.
Edinburgh City (3-5-2): Antell, Morrison, Scullion, Garcia Tena, Thomson, Laird, Walker (Caddow 90), Blues, Dunn, Grimes (Beattie 37), Taylor (Hall 90). Subs not used: Watson, Rodger, Morton. Booked: Taylor.
Peterhead (4-3-3): Fleming, Stevenson (Ferry 83), McCracken, J
Brown, McIlduff, Gibson, S Brown, Leitch, Smith (J Brown 66), McAllister,
Johnston (McLean 66). Subs not used: Hobday, Adams, Norris.
Booked: Brown, McAllister.
ELGIN CITY.................(1) 2 ANNAN ATHLETIC ....... (1) 1
Reilly (11)
Swinglehurst (7)
Mcdonald (73)
Crowd: 573.
Elgin (4-4-1-1): Long, Cooper, Eadie, Mcdonald, Allan, Smith (C
Dodd 56 (Byrne 63)), Reilly, McGovern, Sutherland, Cameron, McLeish
(McHardy 78), C Dodd (Byrne 63). Subs not used: Ferguson, Bronsky,
Waters, McLear. Booked: Cooper.
Annan Athletic (4-4-2): Mitchell, Brannan, Hooper, Swinglehurst, Creaney (Watson 77), O’Keefe (Salkeld 56), Henry, Horne, Roberts (Moxon
66), Smith, Armour. Subs not used: Atkinson, Sonkur, Sinnamon, Murphy. Booked: Moxon.
MONTROSE ................(0) 1 STENHOUSEMUIR ....... (0) 0
Redman (80)
Crowd: 1,182.
Montrose (4-4-2): Fleming, Allan, Bolochoweckyj, Dillon, Steeves,
Webster, Masson, Fotheringham (Redman 58), Milne (Watson 83),
Templeman, Johnston (Rennie 64). Subs not used: Hay, McLaren,
Fraser, Millar. Booked: Fotheringham, Redman.
Stenhousemuir (4-4-2): Smith, Meechan (Longworth 84), M Dunlop, R
Dunlop, Donaldson, Murray (Ferns 70), Paton, Ferry, Cook, Scott,
McGuigan (McMenamin 84). Subs not used: McMinn, Gilmour, Paterson, Marsh. Booked: Cook, Ferry.
SWEEPSTAKE RESULTS
Tayport 1, Arniston Rangers 1; Tranent
5, Blackburn Utd 0.
East Region North Division — Arbroath Vics 4, Lochore Welfare 0;
Blairgowrie P, Brechin Vics P; Dundee
Violet 2, Scone Thistle 0; Forfar Albion
2, Dundee East Craigie 0.
East Region South Division — Armadale Thistle P, Pumpherston P;
Crossgates Primrose 6, Rosyth 2; Kirkcaldy YM 1, Edinburgh Utd 12; Livingston Utd P, Easthouses Lily P;
Lochgelly Albert P, Oakley Utd P;
Stoneyburn P, Harthill P; West Calder
Utd 3, Craigroyston 0.
West Region Super League Premier Division — Arthurlie P, Cumnock P; Clydebank P, Kilbirnie
Ladeside P; Girvan P, Pollok P; Glenafton P, Kilwinning P; Hurlford Utd P,
Auchinleck Talbot P; Kirkintilloch Rob
Roy P, Beith P.
West Region Super League Division One — Darvel Juniors P, Shettleston P; Irvine Meadow 1, Kilsyth
Rangers 0; Kello Rovers P, Renfrew P;
Largs Thistle 1, Petershill 1; Maryhill 3,
Cambuslang 6; Rutherglen Glencairn P, Larkhall Thistle P; Troon P,
Cumbernauld Utd P.
West Region Ayrshire District
League — Ardrossan Winton Rovers
2, Annbank Utd 2; Craigmark Burntonians P, Whitletts Victoria P; Dalry Thistle P, Saltcoats P; Lugar Boswell Thistle
P, Ardeer Thistle P; Muirkirk Juniors P,
Maybole P.
West Region Central District
League Division One — Glasgow
Perthshire 3, Yoker Ath 0; Neilston P,
Greenock Juniors P; Rossvale 4, East
Kilbride Thistle 0; Thorniewood P, Lesmahagow P.
West Region Central District
League Division Two — Benburb 2,
Port Glasgow 0; Blantyre Vics P, St
Rochs P; Carluke Rovers 1, Lanark Utd
1; Johnstone Burgh P, Royal Albert P;
Newmains Utd P, Dunipace P; St Anthony’s 2, Ashfield 1; Vale Of Clyde
0, Gartcairn 7; Vale Of Leven 0,
Bellshill Ath 3.
North Region Super League —
Dyce Juniors 1, Ellon Utd 2; Hall Russell Utd 2, Stonehaven 1; Hermes 4,
Culter 0; Inverness City 1, Banks
ODee 4; Newburgh Thistle 2, Colony
Park 2.
Nor th Region Division One —
Cruden Bay 0, Stoneywood Parkvale
0; Glentanar 2, Newmachar United
1; Lewis Utd 2, Buchanhaven Hearts
3; Longside 2, East End 3; Sunnybank
2, Aberdeen University 5; Deveronside 7, Spey Valley 0; Forres Thistle 0,
Nairn St Ninian 3; Islavale 1, Buckie
Rovers 3; New Elgin 4, Whitehills 3.
North Region McLernan Cup First
Round — Dufftown 5, Banchory St Ternan 3; Maud P, Montrose Roselea P.
Vanarama National League — Barrow P, Hartlepool P (Postponed - due to
a waterlogged pitch); Bromley 2, Maidstone Utd 2; Dag & Red 0, Aldershot 2;
Dover 0, Sutton Utd 1; Eastleigh 0, Boreham Wood 2; Ebbsfleet United 1, Solihull Moors 0; Gateshead 1, AFC Fylde
2; Leyton Orient 1, Tranmere 1; Macclesfield 2, Guiseley 1; Maidenhead
Utd 1, Torquay 2; Woking 1, Chester FC
0; Wrexham 1, FC Halifax 1.
Vanarama National League North
— AFC Telford 3, North Ferriby Utd 0;
Alfreton Town 2, Tamworth 1; Blyth
Spartans 3, Brackley 0; Boston Utd 3,
Curzon Ashton 3; Bradford P A 0, Darlington 1; Gainsborough 0, Southport
3; Leamington 1, Harrogate Town 3;
Spennymoor Town P, Kidderminster P
(Postponed - due to waterlogged
pitch); Stockport County P, Nuneaton
P (Postponed - due to waterlogged
pitch); York 1, Salford City 0.
Vanarama National League South
— Braintree Town 0, Bath City 2;
Chippenham 1, Bognor Regis Town
0; Dartford 1, Chelmsford 2; East
Thurrock 0, Eastbourne Borough 0;
Hampton & Richmond 1, Whitehawk
1; Hungerford Town P, St Albans P; Oxford City 4, Hemel Hempstead 1;
Poole Town 1, Havant and W 3; Truro
City 1, Wealdstone 3; Welling 2,
Gloucester 3; Weston-S-Mare 1, Concord Rangers 0.
HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Cove Rangers
Fraserburgh
Inverurie L W
Formartine United
Buckie Thistle
Forres Mechanics
Brora
Huntly
Rothes
Deveronvale
Nairn County
Clachnacuddin
Wick Academy
Turriff United
Lossiemouth
Keith
Strathspey Thistle
Fort William
P
21
23
23
23
24
22
19
24
23
23
21
24
19
22
25
25
22
21
Home
W D L
9 1 0
10 1 1
7 3 1
7 1 3
7 1 4
6 0 4
8 0 2
6 1 5
7 3 2
5 1 7
5 1 4
5 2 5
5 3 2
3 1 7
3 1 11
2 2 8
0 1 9
0 1 8
East Kilbride
BSC Glasgow
East Stirling
Spartans
Selkirk
Cumbernauld Colts
Stirling University
Gretna 2008
Whitehill Welfare
Civil Service Strollers
Edusport Academy
Edinburgh Univ
Gala Fairydean
Vale Of Leithen
Dalbeattie Star
Hawick Royal Albert
P
24
22
23
20
20
23
23
22
21
23
23
23
22
20
20
19
W
10
7
5
9
3
6
5
4
5
4
4
3
3
5
2
1
LOWLAND LEAGUE
Home
D L
1 2
2 2
3 3
0 2
0 5
3 2
1 5
2 6
0 3
2 6
5 4
4 5
1 7
0 6
3 4
0 9
W
10
7
8
8
6
7
5
6
3
5
5
3
2
4
1
1
2
0
Away
D L
1 0
2 2
0 4
0 4
2 4
3 2
2 2
1 5
1 7
1 4
1 5
4 5
2 5
2 5
1 8
0 12
0 10
1 11
Goals
F A Pt
86 14 59
82 24 54
63 27 48
75 34 46
61 40 42
56 36 42
58 19 41
50 55 38
57 46 34
53 54 32
40 51 32
37 45 30
38 34 26
30 48 24
32 84 14
33 73 11
14 93 7
19 116 2
W
7
8
10
6
8
3
5
5
4
3
3
3
3
1
1
1
Away
D L
4 0
2 1
1 1
2 1
0 4
3 6
2 5
1 4
1 8
4 4
0 7
1 7
3 5
1 7
2 8
0 8
Goals
F A Pt
59 21 56
56 21 49
52 24 49
38 13 47
47 31 33
40 36 33
37 35 33
36 38 30
38 48 28
34 35 27
37 40 26
26 34 23
34 48 22
27 48 19
25 46 14
10 78 6
1.............0
2.............0
3.............1
4.............2
5.............0
6.............2
7.............1
8.............1
9.............2
10.............1
11.............3
12.............3
13.............4
14.............1
15.............3
16.............1
17.............2
18.............1
19.............0
20.............0
●21...........4
22.............2
23.............1
24.............0
25.............1
26.............2
27.............2
28.............3
29.............1
30.............0
31.............0
32.............0
33.............0
34.............2
35.............0
36.............2
37.............2
38.............5
39.............1
40.............2
41.............0
42.............1
-
1
1
2
1
2
0
1
2
2
1
0
1
1
0
2
0
1
1
2
0
0
1
1
2
0
1
1
1
1
2
0
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
2
1
0
43.............0
44.............0
45.............0
46.............1
47.............0
48.............3
49.............3
50.............3
51.............1
52.............0
53.............4
54.............3
55.............2
56.............0
57.............1
58.............2
59.............0
60.............2
61.............0
62.............3
63.............1
64.............0
65.............2
66.............2
67.............2
68.............0
69.............0
70.............1
71.............0
72.............2
73.............1
74.............5
75.............1
76.............3
77.............1
78.............0
79.............2
80.............1
81.............2
82.............1
83.............1
84.............2
-
2
2
2
1
0
2
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
2
2
1
2
0
2
0
1
1
0
2
3
3
0
1
1
0
2
1
2
1
1
4
1
1
2
0
1
1
85.............1
86.............1
87.............2
88.............4
89.............0
90.............1
91.............1
92.............3
93.............2
94.............1
95.............0
96.............2
97.............1
98.............0
99.............1
100............1
101............1
102............2
103............2
104............1
105............2
106............3
107............3
108............1
109............3
110............2
111............1
112............1
113............4
114............2
115............2
116............1
117............1
118............2
119............0
120............3
121............3
122............1
123............1
124............2
125............7
-
0
0
1
2
1
1
1
0
1
2
2
1
1
1
4
0
2
1
2
0
0
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
0
2
2
0
2
1
0
1
4
1
1
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
FT
L
1
L
1
L
L
3
1
1
1
L
3
3
3
3
2
1
2
1
1
1
3
3
3
3
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
2
3
1
1
3
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
CLUB POOLS
CELTIC POOLS
01—1-1;
03—2-1;
05—1-2;
07—1-1;
09—3-1;
11—0-1;
13—1-0;
15—1-1;
17—1-0;
19—1-0;
21—0-0;
23—2-1;
25—2-2;
27—1-1;
29—0-1;
31—1-2;
33—3-3;
35—2-2;
37—1-1;
39—1-2;
41—0-2;
43—2-1;
45—1-2;
47—1-0;
49—1-1;
02—0-2;
04—2-0;
06—1-1;
08—1-3;
10—3-1;
12—2-2;
14—1-0;
16—1-1;
18—1-2;
20—0-0;
22—1-1;
24—1-1;
26—2-2;
28—2-1;
30—3-0;
32—0-0;
34—5-1;
36—0-0;
38—1-1;
40—1-2;
42—0-2;
44—2-1;
46—1-2;
48—0-2;
CLYDE - 1, 4, 10, 11.No Jackpot
winner. Next week’s Jackpot £20,000.
EAST FIFE - 7, 19, 27, 30. No
Jackpot Winner. Next week’s
Jackpot - £1600.
RANGERS POOLS – Saturday,
February 10 - 08, 10, 34, 40.
Bonus Ball 22. Wednesday, February 14 - 05, 17, 33, 36, 37.
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the last
Post
sPiDErs HaVE it DoWN to a t
Queen’s Park fans have
launched a T-shirt that they
hope the Tartan Army will wear
with pride and help keep highprofile games at Hampden.
The SFA, who rent the
115-year-old ground from the
League 2 side on a lease that
expires in 2020, are looking
into the possibility of moving
games to Murrayfield Stadium.
Supporters of the Spiders are
hoping that fans will buy their
T-shirt – emblazoned
“Hampden The Home of
Scottish Football” – as a
high-profile way of showing
support for keeping major
games in Glasgow.
Queen’s Park’s Supporters
Association chairperson Keith
McAllister said: “We wanted to
come up with a simple way of
showing support to the home
of football in Scotland.
Brazil
alaN
Post
Post
Match
Match
don’t miss the people’s pundit every week
Spurs’ superstars should
just get over themselves
Pitches have always been battlegrounds.
But as far as I’m concerned, the fight should
take place on them, not over them.
No disrespect to Rochdale, but Tottenham
Hotspur landed themselves a plum FA Cup tie
when they were drawn away to the League
One strugglers.
It ought to be a walk in the park for
Mauricio Pochettino’s multi-millionaires.
Instead, they have chosen to make it a scrap
about a park.
Now, first things first. Anybody who
watched Rochdale’s win over Millwall on
Tuesday night could see the playing surface
was in poor condition.
It looked like it was home to more sand
dunes than the Sahara.
But it played fine – and that’s the bottom
line.
Spurs’ whinging about having to play on it,
which started pretty much as soon as
Rochdale got the result, is nothing short of
pathetic.
Should Rochdale give up their
pitch because Spurs are precious
about their pampered stars?
“The #KeepHampdenRoaring
T-shirts are already a hit with
our fans, but it would be great
if the Tartan Army could get
involved as well.”
The T-shirts, priced £13, are
available from
queensparkonlineshop.co.uk
MaN WitH tHE MaGiC HaNDs
Andy Stevenson, a physio of
great renown in Scottish
football, passed away last
Monday, aged 98.
His career started with the
all-conquering Kirkintilloch Rob
Roy junior side in the early ’60s,
and he went on to have a long
career with Third Lanark,
Dunfermline, Hearts and Hibs.
Andy’s funeral will take
place at 11.30am on Friday,
February 23 at Dunfermline
Crematorium.
it’s tHE starK trUtH
A third of SPFL games next
season will be played on
plastic pitches after League 1
leaders, Raith Rovers, revealed
plans to convert Stark’s Park to
an artificial surface.
So if you want to see grass,
also stay away from Hamilton,
Kilmarnock, Falkirk, Queen of
the South, Airdrie, Alloa, East
Fife, Forfar, Annan, Clyde,
Edinburgh City, Montrose and
Stenhousemuir – as well as
Kirkcaldy.
They need to shut their traps and get on
with it.
It’s the FA Cup after all. Games like this one
are what it’s all about!
It’s big guns drawn against pea-shooters,
air-conditioned luxury lads having to slum it
in draughty dressing rooms, their backsides
parked on wooden benches, preparing
themselves for a kicking in the freezing cold
on a ploughed field of a pitch.
That’s the romance of the Cup!
For Rochdale, their pitch – as dodgy as it is –
is going to be a leveller.
Should they have to give that up because
Spurs are precious about subjecting their
pampered stars to it?
No way!
Given what I grew up playing on – then dealt
with as a professional – I’ve got no respect
whatsoever for Pochettino’s complaints.
As a kid, I learned the game on the red blaes
pitches at Glasgow Green, and, as a result, I
must have spent years with no skin on my
knees whatsoever!
Rochdale celebrate their win over Millwall, but Spurs aren’t popping corks about their pitch
I didn’t like it much at the time, but looking
back, it certainly toughened me up!
After that, it wasn’t much better.
Pitches weren’t the best, even when I made
it as a professional.
The Baseball Ground in Derby was always
terrible, as was Old Trafford at the time – and
don’t let anyone tell you different.
Then, in America, it was Astroturf laid on
concrete, sometimes with baseball markings
still on the field!
Looking back, I don’t think those pitches in
particular did me any favours when it came to the
back problems that ultimately ended my career.
Frankly, I’d take a game on Rochdale’s pitch
today over those I played on in the States.
And that’s the way Spurs should be looking
at it.
This time next week, they’ll be getting ready
to take the field.
It might not be bowling-green flat – and it
might not even be particularly green! But it’s a
one-off thing for them.
Regardless of the surface, they should have
more than enough about them to get
themselves into the next round.
Even if they have to fight and scrap for every
ball, even if their passes go astray, even if their
legs get heavy, they will still be favourites.
They are a team of world-class players,
internationalists, Premier League title
hopefuls!
But their discomfort is what will give
Rochdale a chance.
There is absolutely no way that Spurs
should be allowed to complain that away.
What possessed Levein to have another go at Broony?
Scott Brown is booked
Scott Brown thrives on
criticism.
When people knock him
– whether it’s fans, pundits,
opposition players, or even
managers of other teams – it
seems to drive him on.
You can see it in his body
language, in the way he
carries himself on the pitch,
back straight, chest out,
smirking away.
T h a t ’s w h y I c a n’t
understand Craig Levein’s
decision to have yet another
dig at Celtic’s captain.
I thought he was quite
cute with his “everybody
needs protection from Scott
Brown” line.
His latest was just
inexplicable.
What does the Hearts
gaffer have to gain by
accusing Broony of getting
booked deliberately against
Kilmarnock in order to serve
a suspension before the next
Old Firm game?
It’s a game Levein isn’t
even involved in!
I can’t make head nor tail
of the thought process that
led him to open his mouth.
After all, he set Hoops
boss Brendan Rodgers up
perfectly to launch back at
him.
By labelling Levein
“obsessed”, he’s made the
Jambos gaffer look foolish.
That’s not something he
will relish.
But I bet Scott Brown will
– and he’ll be determined to
do his own talking on the
pitch the next time he faces
Hearts.
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