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SPORT
March 11, 2018
thesundaytimes.co.uk/sport
BAIRSTOW?S TERRIFIC
TON SEALS ONE-DAY
SERIES WIN FOR
ENGLAND
PAGE 12
RASHFORD SCORES
TWICE AS MAN UTD
BEAT LIVERPOOL
PAGES 6-7
MATT IMPEY
22 16
FRANCE
ENGLAND
French
farce
Tour de force:
Mathieu
Bastareaud
enjoys France?s
six-point victory
in Paris
last night
West Ham
shame as
fans invade
pitch
Dire England crash in Paris
as Ireland clinch Six Nations
MATT IMPEY
Paul Rowan
London stadium
West Ham are facing the prospect of
severe sanctions after the most serious
outbreak of trouble yet inside the London stadium as David Moyes?s side
crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Burnley.
The Football Association is investigating horrific scenes yesterday both on and
off the pitch, in which a female steward
was flung to the ground as hundreds of
fans converged on the directors? box after
Burnley scored their second goal.
?It is essential that everybody who
plays or attends a Premier League football match can do so safely,? a Premier
League statement read. ?There is no
place at any level of the game for what
happened at the London stadium. While
the official investigation of the incidents
will be carried out by the FA, we will be
asking our own questions of West Ham
about what happened, especially to
ensure similar events never reoccur.?
The joint owners, David Sullivan and
David Gold, who is 81, tried to defuse the
situation by leaving before the end. There
were reports that a coin had struck Sullivan?s glasses before he retired. Police
recorded four separate pitch invasions by
fans, one of whom was wrestled to the
ground by Mark Noble, while Ashley Barnes lashed out at another.
Afterwards Moyes fielded questions
about the possibility of West Ham having
to play their next game behind closed
doors: ?I am the wrong man to ask. You
can?t cross the line, that?s the rule. We
have to pull together.?
The FA have investigated two previous
incidents of crowd trouble at the stadium, which has been the scene of protests since West Ham moved from Upton
Park in 2016. This was far worse than anything previously and followed a week of
tension amongst different groups of West
Ham fans. ?The FA strongly condemns
the crowd disturbances seen today,? a
statement read. ?And will be seeking
observations from West Ham as well as
awaiting the match referee?s report.?
A statement from the Metropolitan
Police said: ?Two allegations of assault
have been received. These are being
investigated. At this stage there have
been no arrests.? The club, who have previously instigated life bans amongst fans
involved in trouble, said in a statement:
?[We] have launched a full and thorough
investigation into incidents which
marred today?s match and are committed
to taking decisive, appropriate action.?
DAY OF SHAME, PAGE 9
Flashpoint: West Ham captain Mark Noble grapples with a fan
2
SPORT RUGBY UNION: FRANCE v ENGLAND
Bewildered
England
battered
by France
Late flourish:
England?s Jonny
May scores his
side?s only try of
the match against
France in the 74th
minute
NATWEST
SIX NATIONS
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
Ireland
4 4 0 0 136 67 3
19
England
4 2 0 2 87 68 2
10
10
France
4 2 0 2 95 80 2
Scotland
4 2 0 2 72 101 0
8
Wales
3 1 0 2 67 56 2
6
Italy
3 0 0 3 51 136 0
0
Four points are awarded for a win and two points for a draw.
A bonus point is awarded to a team scoring four or more tries
or a team losing by seven points or fewer
FRANCE
ENGLAND
22
16
STEPHEN
JONES
E
Rugby correspondent
Stade de France
ngland forgot the Grand Slam
weeks ago; they can also forget
the Six Nations Championship
because Ireland deservedly
won that yesterday and have
looked to date a class above all
the other teams. And England
could also do themselves a
massive favour if they forget
this scoreline because for
France to win by only six points and,
indeed, to have to turn the ball over
under their own posts in the dying stages
to win the match at all, made a total farce
of the run of play.
This was one of the best French performances for years. If they had managed
to finish two or three more of the myriad
line-breaks that they made against a
shambolic England defence, they would
have come home in true Parisian style.
It was the worst England performance
since Eddie Jones arrived, inferior to the
poor effort against Scotland. It was fractured, bewildered, confused, clodhopping. Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje
resisted wonderfully, but George Ford
was obliterated, Elliot Daly was out too
wide to help and as for the back row ?
until James Haskell came on late,
England?s didn?t have one. Both teams
were pinged equally at the breakdown,
but England never learn from the referee.
And the gap in physicality was enormous. England were battered by bigger
and better men, forwards who came out
to play like international forwards ? the
combinations of willows, twigs and striplings which England sent out were lamentably ill-equipped to hold France.
It would be savage to single out Sam
Simmonds, who came on in the first half
to replace Nathan Hughes. Simmonds is a
bright forward who could do well in
future as a fast man on the flank. But to
throw him in way before his time on such
a stage was ridiculous.
On two occasions, as he carried, Simmonds was literally picked up and
thrown backwards. For he and others to
be chosen instead of Exeter?s Don
Armand is an outrageous injustice.
France really should have stretched
away. In Guilhem Guirado, Sebastien
Vahaamahina, and Yacouba Camara on
the flank they had barrelling forwards
who drove at high pace and, would you
believe it, France even had shape and
confidence at half-back. All wondrous for
the exhumed rugby nation.
The first half had been a dire disappointment. Ben Te?o brought some welcome power and solidity to the midfield
but England?s policy of having rather
slow-handed forwards passing the ball
behind runners was a failure, England?s
discipline at the breakdown and also on
the offside line was terrible.
Indeed, if anything France were unfor-
tunate not to be leading at half-time. They
themselves had their problems. Hugo
Bonneval was a disaster waiting to happen at full-back, and the French also lost
the first three throws into the lineout.
But the French devil and power with
the ball in hand was striking ? Vahaamahina and Camara were outstanding on
the charge, they seemed to make far
more yards at close quarters than did the
England runners.
Farrell did put England on the board
early on with one of the random penalties
awarded at the breakdown and then the
lively Daly kicked a superb goal from 53
metres.
But though Farrell did kick another
goal nearer to half-time, Maxime
Machenaud kicked three excellent penalties, as England infringed under pressure. A Gael Fickou break was another
feature, a rare burst of quality in a stern,
fractured and uninspiring half.
The third quarter was a disaster for
England. France, led by the outstanding
Guirado, monstered their way clean
through the whole England pack at a line-
Leadership
was lacking
with Farrell
failing to
assert
authority
out, setting off a French charge which
ended when Francois Trinh-Duc kicked
high to the opposite corner. Benjamin
Fall caught it and as he side-stepped
Anthony Watson, Watson hit him with a
high shot, which glanced off his chin.
In some ways it was hard on Watson
but the offence had stopped a try, and so
it was correct that Watson was sent to the
bin and the penalty try awarded. Drama,
and the game busting open.
France came again, attacking hard
down the left and with Guirado and
This was the
worst England
performance
since Eddie
Jones arrived
Marco Tauleigne also on the burst. The
ball was held up over the line and then
the referee allowed England to escape
with a shocking penalty call in the next
scrum, when Rabah Slimani fell through
a gap clearly left for him by the England
front row and was penalised.
But dangerously France then went two
scores ahead when Machenaud kicked
another goal after yet more indiscipline
by England and now it was the turn of the
replacements in white to try to turn it
around.
After 72 minutes came the first example of England playing like a proper international team. Haskell and Courtney
Lawes were at the head of an outstanding
series of drives that ended with a huge
pass by Farrell, with delightful skill from
Daly, who batted a high pass back in field
to May, who scored at leisure and the conversion brought it back to 19-16. High
marks to Itoje, who stole a lineout by
grabbing the hands of his opponent in the
air, undetected by the ref.
Even after that came yet another
French line break but then England were
given two penalties. They kicked both to
the corner. France stole the lineout and
the Stade de France roared as time was
up ? only for Beauxis to make a hash of
kicking it dead.
The fateful last throw went to Itoje,
who had been so excellent in all the bad
times and with Jonathan Joseph driving
the ball up the middle, a try looked very
close. But France turned it over. Dramatic
finale, justice served.
Star man: Guilhem Guirado (France)
France: Try: Penalty try 49
Pens: Machenaud (4), Beauxis
England: Try: May 74 Con: Farrell
Pens: Farrell (2), Daly
Referee: J Peyper
France: Bonneval (Fickou 15min-24min, 41min); Fall,
Bastareaud, Doumayrou, Grosso; Trinh-Duc (Beauxis
71min), Machenaud (Couilloud 71min); Poirot (Priso
66min), Guirado (capt) (Pelissie 66min), Slimani
(Gomes Sa 59min), Gabrillagues, Vahaamahina (Le
Roux 66min), Lauret (Galletier 66min), Camara,
Tauleigne
England: Watson (Brown 68min); May, Te?o, Farrell
(capt), Daly; Ford (Joseph 60min), Care (Wigglesworth
68min); Vunipola (Marler 64min), George (CowanDickie 64min), Cole (Sinckler 58min), Launchbury
(Haskell 52min), Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw, Hughes
(Simmonds 24min)
JAMES CROMBIE
STUART
BARNES
Stade de France
Dylan Hartley will be back
to captain England as soon
as he is fit. Maybe when he is
half-fit. Jamie George had a
couple of meltdown
moments that Eddie Jones
may neither forgive nor
forget. But what about the
man who replaced him as
captain, the man so many
critics would like to see
leading England into 2019?
An hour before kick-off a
French journalist said of
Owen Farrell: ?He is the
player France loves to hate.?
He wasn?t wrong. When the
England team was
announced, the home
crowd saved their only boo
for the stand-in England
captain. For the rest there
was only apathy.
In the days ahead of the
match, Farrell hogged the
headlines. He was given
quite the build-up before
the game. The northerner
with attitude. As if Jones had
been reading Henry IV, Part
One. The unyielding warrior
always up for the fight.
True, this one hails from
Wigan as opposed to
Northumberland but
yesterday?s England skipper
is at least taking a business
management course from
Northumbria University.
Here he was, unveiled in
France, English rugby?s
Hotspur.
In Edinburgh he was
involved in a tunnel fracas.
Jones didn?t mind. Farrell
did what he felt was right.
Hartley and his replacement
are cut from the same cloth.
And there?s no prissy
complaints in this column.
Rugby is a tough game.
Jones?s word of the week
was ?brutal?. Farrell, a
leader by example, was
expected to provide
brutality, not just example;
?in-your-face aggression?,
in Jones jargon.
His first half was anything
but aggressive. Holding the
hand of a young boy in timehonoured fashion instead of
scrapping in the tunnel, all
sweetness and light. There
was only the one ?brutal?
angle in the first half that
France dealt with easily.
Nothing to get his team
pumped. No follow-me
heroics.
As England captain,
Farrell was in control of
himself, perhaps too much
so. In the seconds after the
anthems had been played
but before the kick-off, he
called the team into a circle,
right arm waving the backs
to him. Head nodding,
fingers wagging, there was
no doubt who was captain.
But there is rather more
doubt about the broader
issue of who exactly is in
control of England these
days. The first 40 minutes
were far from thrilling. But
Leading question: Owen Farrell had a poor day as captain
it was hugely fascinating to
see England playing through
their patterns without any
obvious intent to shake it up
or change the game.
Farrell was part of a
backline that operated on
the two-tier forwards/backs
system. France duly
handled it without any real
problems. The captain
passed with his usual
fluency but England were
going absolutely nowhere. A
midfield football player,
stroking it sideways, all very
easy on the eye, elegant
even, but not to much
purpose.
Captaincy didn?t faze
Farrell. His penalty kicks for
touch and goal were
immaculate. He handled the
pressure all right. Yet for
those expecting another
level of leadership from that
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The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
JAMES CROMBIE
PLAYER RATINGS
MATCH FACTS
by Stephen Jones
6 France have now won three of their
past four home matches against England
6 England conceded 16 penalties in the
game. This was the most they had
conceded in a match since March 2015 v
Ireland (also 16), making it the most in the
Eddie Jones era
6 England have lost back-to-back
matches under Eddie Jones for the first
time. This is the first Six Nations since
2010 in which they have lost two games
6 It was France?s biggest win over
England since the 2011 World Cup, when
they won 19-12
6 Jonny May has scored five tries in his
past eight games for England
6 Jaco Peyper, right, has overseen five
France games in the Six Nations, with Les
Bleus winning four of those matches
FRANCE
HUGO BONNEVAL
5/10 ANTHONY WATSON
Bath
Caps 32 Age 24 Ht 1.85m Wt 93kg
He had a terrible start, but
managed to pull himself together
after half-time. But this man is
not Serge Blanco reincarnated
Was bristling with intensity, but
things did not go his way and his
almost certainly unintentional
high shot on Fall took the biscuit
6/10 JONNY MAY
Leicester
Caps 33 Age 27 Ht 1.88m Wt 90kg
He would have scored a try had
not Watson hit him high. There
must be better players available
on the wing for France
Was one of the few to appear to
be out there to give it everything.
Still scoring tries but it was a
long wait out there for him
6/10
Toulon
Caps 44 Age 29 Ht 1.83m Wt 126kg
Worcester
Caps 12 Age 31 Ht 1.88m Wt 104kg
Jonathan Davies
Great tackle. But in today?s game penalty try...Elliott Daly
full back for @EnglandRugby great footballer. Good
kicking game and got pace
The danger man took something
of a back seat as France were in
charge without needing too
many of his charges. Still a force
He was strong in midfield, a little
more decisive than Jonathan
Joseph, but could not bring the
edge his team so badly lacked
Will Carling
Going to be very interested to see which of the England
players stand up and start leading under this pressure.
Time to show real character ....
GEOFF DOUMAYROU
Sir Clive Woodward
Certainly enjoyed 2nd half & well done @FFRugby who
deserved to win - still cannot believe France sub their half
backs off who were both playing so well ... England should
have approached this game based on must win and score
4 tries and played in that way - well done France
MATCH STATS
France
16
Defenders beaten
7
100 Kicking conversion % 100
5
Clean breaks
2
46
Possession %
54
13
Offloads
5
44
Territory %
56
147
Tackles made
168
67
Scrums won %
100
7
Tackles missed
16
55
Lineouts won %
92
9
Turnovers won
3
130
Carries
134
10
Turnovers conceded
11
427
Metres made
367
11
Penalties conceded
16
1
Tries
1
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JONES: WE WERE OUTPLAYED
Eddie Jones admitted
England are sitting in ?the
loser?s chair? after the 22-16
defeat by France in Paris but
is refusing to panic after
suffering successive defeats
for the first time in his reign
Jones has now won 24 out
of 27 matches in charge but
has lost three of his past five
matches in the Six Nations ?
all away from home. He said:
?These are painful lessons
and we just didn?t learn
quickly enough. It is a tough
period and we were always
going to go through this at
some stage. Any team that
is developing as we are goes
through periods when the
game doesn?t love you and
you don?t get the bounce of
the ball. We are in the loser?s
chair and it?s not a happy
place but we musn?t get too
melodramatic about where
we are. We are slow to adapt
to the game.
?That?s the challenge
for us, so full steam
ahead. Teams are
outplaying us in
certain areas. The
breakdown has
become more
contestable and the
contest has increased
and we have to find ways of
dealing with it.?
Jones, inset, still claimed
his team are still only ?two or
three per cent? away from
regaining the form that
earned them the No 2
ranking in the world. ?It
seems like a long way away
but it?s not. We?re only two or
three per cent from where
we need to be. We were
beaten at the breakdown
and conceded 16
penalties and it was
the difference in
the game. It is far
too many.?
Owen Farrell,
leading the team
in the absence of
the injured Dylan
Hartley, said: ?We had a
chance but couldn?t finish it.
We have to learn from it and
it has been a tough game so
credit to France. We will
have to look how we can be
more clinical.?
of Hartley, it was all vaguely
depressing. Same old
playbook, same outcome as
Edinburgh.
The acid test arrived with
the French penalty try and
the sin-binning of Anthony
Watson. These were two
major calls, if marginal
decisions. England were
behind again. On this
instance their captain was to
stay on and attempt to
direct the recovery. So the
theory went.
Lawrence Dallaglio, veins
knotted in the neck, urging
his men on. Martin Johnson,
strong and silent, a word of
wisdom here and there.
Farrell had 30 minutes to
show the days of great
leadership are not things of
the past.
On the hour-mark Farrell
moved into the fly-half
position. More touches,
more influence. A quarter of
the game as fly-half/captain
to save England from a
defeat that would leave their
aura shrunken to the point
of microscopic. If ever they
needed the man the French
love to hate it was now.
It was 71 minutes into the
game before Farrell
dumped the rule book, ran
to the gain line and popped
Ben Te?o into space. The
first ideal Te?o pop pass.
From the next stolen
lineout, Farrell fizzed a
fabulous pass out and Elliot
Daly?s touch of class set up
the score.
The conversion that
followed was killingly good.
Farrell was finally playing
without the shackles, his
own imagination at the
helm.
It had taken panic
stations to bring England to
within the brink of a
comeback. In those final
minutes we saw a fantastic
player, not a fantastic
captain.
The vast amount of time
international teams spend
together leads to micromanagement. A clarity of
vision that works when
things are going well.
Yesterday it suddenly
seemed as confused as the
previous regime in their
dying days.
Farrell is not a bad
captain by any standard but
he?s not going to be a great
leader.
Captains were once
giants. These days, they
have been cut down by a
forest of obsessive detail
and control-freak coaches.
HEAD-TO-HEAD
England
wins
57
France
wins
40
Draws
7
Biggest England win
37
Twickenham, Jan 1911
0
Biggest France win
37
Colombes, Feb 1972
Saracens
Caps 57 Age 26 Ht 1.88m Wt 92kg
Improving all the time. He may
be keeping the place warm for
recovering French greats but
looked able and defended well
Just his luck for England to be so
poor when he was leading the
team, unable to inspire with
words or hands
5/10 ELLIOT DALY
12
8/10
Clermont
Caps 3 Age 29 Ht 1.89m Wt 103kg
Wasps
Caps 17 Age 25 Ht 1.84m Wt 94kg
Something of a spectator. It
never really went his way so we
are still waiting to find out if he
has what it takes
Delightful touches, and it is
beyond the wit of coaches to
allow him freedom by playing
him in meaningful position
FRANCOIS TRINH-DUC 8/10 GEORGE FORD
England
6/10
Stade Rochelais
Caps 5 Age 28 Ht 1.86m Wt 93kg
REMY GROSSO
Martyn Williams
Away wins like gold dust in the 6 Nations.....Sexton drop
goal in the first week defining moment...congrats
@IrishRugby
7/10 OWEN FARRELL
5/10
Toulon
Caps 65 Age 31 Ht 1.86m Wt 92kg
Leicester
Caps 44 Age 24 Ht 1.78m Wt 84kg
One of his better games for
France, he was assured,
confident and played reasonably
close to the line. Encouraging
Not at all happy, France were
very physical against him, no one
wanted to run off him and in the
end he was well shackled
MAX MACHENAUD
8/10 DANNY CARE
6/10
Racing
Caps 35 Age 29 Ht 1.74m Wt 80kg
Harlequins
Caps 80 Age 31 Ht 1.77m Wt 87kg
His kicking was excellent, and
this was one of his best games
for France. Was dangerous when
making the breaks too
Kept going although must have
been frustrated by the lack of
action in front of him and behind
him and in the end
JEFFERSON POIROT
7/10 MAKO VUNIPOLA
6/10
Bordeaux
Caps 18 Age 25 Ht 1.82m Wt 120kg
Saracens
Caps 48 Age 27 Ht 1.8m Wt 121kg
A rattling good game, hard man
when carrying the ball and may
well develop into a very fine
player indeed
He is not the player he was with
the Lions, and a decent but nonserious injury and a rest would
do wonders for him
GUILHEM GUIRADO
9/10 JAMIE GEORGE
THOMAS SAMSON
LAWRENCE
DALLAGLIO
6/10
Montpellier
Caps 9 Age 29 Ht 1.90m Wt 95kg
MATHIEU BASTAREAUD 7/10 BEN TE?O
David Flatman
Immense second half from France. Basteraud on a mish.
6/10
Stade Franчais
Caps 11 Age 27 Ht 1.85m Wt 90kg
BENJAMIN FALL
WHAT THEY WERE TWEETING
ENGLAND
Shape up or suffer a
Twickenham hiding
5/10
Toulon
Caps 60 Age 31 Ht 1.83m Wt 105kg
Saracens
Caps 24 Age 27 Ht 1.83m Wt 109kg
The finest hooker and hooker/
forward in the game. No one to
touch him. Inspirational as
captain and carrying the ball
He had plenty of energy but
made the odd error and will look
to do way better against Ireland
at Twickenham on Saturday
Badly affected by poor decisions
from the officials ? was meant
to be the key France player but
was whistled out of it
Always appeared to be involved
but very difficult to discern
anything which helped England,
especially at the breakdown
If England don?t sort
themselves out this week they
will be on the end of a hiding
from Ireland on Saturday.
That is clear. Ireland have
been head and shoulders
above the other five nations
in this campaign. Their
clarity of thought and
accuracy in deed is in stark
contrast to what we saw from
England in Paris.
If there is a good time in a
World Cup cycle to go
through the test of character
that Eddie Jones?s squad face
then it may be now ? the
England team I played in
were also beaten at the Stade
de France just over a year and
a half before we won the
World Cup. The problem is
that the 2002 French team
weren?t bad. Les Bleus of
2018 are mediocre on a good
day.
That?s why I believe this
defeat was worse than the
one sustained at Murrayfield.
Scotland were very good on
that day. France were not
very good yesterday. They
dragged England down to
their own level of drudgery.
Nearly a century after Harold
Abrahams? Olympics heroics
in Paris, this was chariots of
dire. To watch it was as
infuriating as it was
fascinating.
Discipline was awful.
England conceded 16
penalties, an absurd number.
Many of these stemmed from
the breakdown. It is not as if
they hadn?t had a recent
warning about what would
happen if they did not master
the battle on the floor. If Jones
had had all his players fit,
there would have been a
different look to the back-row
but the fixation on that unit
should not detract criticism
of what should be a collective
effort from the pack.
Yet again, it was the same
problem: players going to
6/10
Stade Franчais
Caps 6 Age 24 Ht 2m Wt 115kg
Wasps
Caps 50 Age 26 Ht 1.96m Wt 118kg
He showed up reasonably well,
but not yet the hardcore forward
that France really love. Possibly
back to the drawing board here
He was hauled off early, spent his
time grafting away but impact on
the English performance was
difficult to spot
SEB VAHAAMAHINA
8/10 MARO ITOJE
9/10
Clermont
Caps 32 Age 26 Ht 2.03m Wt 125kg
Saracens
Caps 18 Age 23 Ht 1.95m Wt 115kg
At last, at long last, he showed us
something. For heaven?s sake, he
looked like a French lock, he was
a rock in contact throughout
Threw criticism back in the faces
of his detractors by being the
single English player to perform
at world class
WENCESLAS LAURET 7/10 COURTNEY LAWES
6/10
Racing
Caps 16 Age 26 Ht 1.88m Wt 103kg
Northampton
Caps 65 Age 29 Ht 2m Wt 111kg
Serviceable rather than
spectacular, but against a
ponderous English back row it
was not difficult to stand out
His lack of weight these days has
become a problem, it is difficult
to see him as a lock in future and
did not get going
YACOUBA CAMARA
8/10 CHRIS ROBSHAW
5/10
Toulouse
Caps 10 Age 23 Ht 1.95m Wt 108kg
Harlequins
Caps 63 Age 31 Ht 1.88m Wt 109kg
One of the best new forwards on
the scene, just explosive on the
flank, remarkably tough and
clever. Big, big bonus
It is not enough to give it
everything against top players
in the opposition who can move
at pace
MARCO TAULEIGNE
7/10 NATHAN HUGHES
5/10
Bordeaux
Caps 4 Age 24 Ht 1.91m Wt 116kg
Wasps
Caps 14 Age 26 Ht 1.96m Wt 115kg
Highly rated, still finding his way
and has more to give ? perhaps
against Wales next weekend. By
no means outplayed
It is to be hoped that he has not
damaged the same knee. He
limped off in the first half, which
was a blow to England
TOTAL
TOTAL
104/150 90/150
Replacements: Probably too much
to expect that the French would
keep their shape with all the
replacements, but how wonderful
to see Gael Fickou making breaks.
An oasis in a rugby desert
Replacements: Good news as
James Haskell?s strength and the
energy of Luke Cowan-Dickie
managed to drag England briefly
onto the front foot, but too late to
revitalise this poor performance
ground too easily, getting
isolated and holding on. That
tells me that one of two things
are wrong. Either players are
going off script and not
implementing the attacking
game plan, or there appears
to be a lack of clarity in that
plan.
I hope it is the former and
that a few more strong words
from Jones and some serious
soul-searching will act as a
corrective. I fear that it could
Discipline was
awful. England
conceded 16
penalties which is
an absurd number
be the latter. I wrote during
the autumn internationals
and after the Scotland defeat
that England?s attacking game
still needed some work. That
is starting to look like an
understatement.
Inevitably, attention turns
to the fly-half. Not for the first
time this season for club or
country, George Ford failed to
stamp his authority on the
game. We know ? because it
worked so well for the best
part of two seasons ? that the
Ford-Farrell axis has the
ability to unlock defences. At
the moment, however,
England are not getting
themselves into situations
where they can play to the
pair?s strengths.
One area where they could
definitely focus on to rectify
this is the kicking game. It is
also another area where they
lag behind the Irish. Like
England, Ireland were
dragged down by France. The
point is that the Irish kept
their nerve, worked their way
down the field through
40-odd phases and won with
the last play of the game.
England, on the other hand,
butchered two attacking
lineouts from striking range.
That is not acceptable.
I don?t want to overreact
because the Jones years have
been phenomenally
successful but there are now
serious questions over the
future of some of those who
have been part of that
journey so far.
Kyle Sinckler?s explosive
burst when he came on has
again put the spotlight on
Dan Cole. In Tadhg Furlong
and Cian Healy, Ireland have
two props in the form of their
lives. Ferocity, intensity,
accuracy under pressure ?
these are qualities which they
have in spades. I thought
England had them too.
Jones must go back to the
drawing board to progress
Struggling England
looked muddled and
RABAH SLIMANI
6/10 DAN COLE
5/10 over-coached against
Clermont
Leicester
Caps 45 Age 28 Ht 1.78m Wt 120kg
Caps 81 Age 30 Ht 1.91m Wt 118kg
a resurgent France
PAUL GABRILLAGUES 6/10 JOE LAUNCHBURY
Not so fast: Yacouba Camara is stopped in his tracks
Stephen Jones
Rugby correspondent
At Twickenham on Saturday,
there will be two teams with
separate goals. Ireland will be
seeking the Grand Slam that
on all known form this season
they deserve and they will
win. England, if other games
go as expected, will have to
win to avoid finishing in a
desperate fifth place in the
table. That would be a darn
sight worse than abysmal.
How the mighty are fallen.
And such is life when you
follow a long road, seem to be
enjoying the trip, believe
yourself to be moving
strongly, mock the doubters,
and then at the end you find
that after all, you have driven
into a dead end.
Whatever Eddie Jones has
tried ? and tactics and the
targets seemed to vary often
? whatever his sweat and
hard work and hype and
verbals and jokes he has at his
disposal, he now has to have
the most profound rethink
before starting again. Just to
save time, he should start
again this week, not wait until
after the Ireland match,
certainly not until the tour in
South Africa.
?It is a learning period for
us,? Jones said last night in
the aftermath of one of the
biggest six-point defeats any
team has ever suffered. No it
is not. How can a learning
process last 27 games, and at
the coach?s disposal have
been the biggest resources in
terms of players and finance
that the sport has ever
known?
I wonder if there was a clue
last week in what Jones
intended, to be fair, to be a
throwaway line. ?We only
have the players for 13 weeks
a year,? he reminded us.
Thirteen weeks? That is one
quarter of a whole calendar
year. That is an average of one
day in every four that you are
together as a squad in the
national coach and all the
scores of back-up people who
follow in England?s wake.
Will no one ever grasp that
simply to throw players into
some hot house for so long
brings about a process which
is directly opposite to the one
that they think they are in.
This England team is slow in
its movements, but it is
palpably muddled in its
thinking and part of me feels
strongly that they should take
the whole week off, not
bother with a chat or a
session, simply drink in the
prospect of beating Ireland to
stop the Slam and just go out
and play. Yesterday, England
were muddled, they looked
over-coached, burdened by a
barrage of advice and
expectations and changing
horizons.
We can go deeper still. The
great con-trick played by the
Southern Hemisphere
nations, and especially New
Zealand and Australia was
that everyone had to play fast
and open rugby to entertain
the crowds in a professional
era. What they actually
meant was that they weren?t
frightened of the huge men
and huge power in countries
like Argentina, France,
Furlong: England
could learn from the
Irish player
Ireland and England and
wanted to change the game to
suit themselves.
These days, everyone is
rabbiting on about the need
to off-load and many nations
and especially England, have
abandoned totally what they
were good at. Instead of
standing up to New Zealand
and all the others, they have
become a pale shadow.
Yesterday, where was the
forward to really take it to
France as Sebastien
Vahaamahina and company
took it to England? Where
was the English equivalent of
Tadhg Furlong, the Irishman
who scrums like a tractor but
who rampages around the
field.
The great thing about
rugby is that when in doubt,
you simply blast the ball up
the middle, it may not be
subtle but it draws the
attention and the team
suddenly stop going through
about 200 pre-orders and
start focusing. That is
precisely the way that the
French have revived
themselves, as they showed
on the back of the charging
Mathieu Bastareaud against
Italy.
But England have frittered
away their own versions.
They have let Dave Attwood
fade away, they let Carl
Fearns disappear to France.
They have decent although
unexceptional athletes but
nowhere in the team
yesterday was a powerhouse
to drag in defenders and
attackers like buzzing bees
round a honey pot. Against
Ireland, even if they lose,
England should throw in the
best beasts that they have. To
hell with having forwards offload. Gain the attention of the
superior Irish by taking them
on in a confrontational rugby
match, not the sort of
apology for a contest we saw
in Paris last night.
ON TV SATURDAY
England v Ireland
2.25pm ITV, kick-off 2.45pm
4
SPORT RUGBY UNION: IRELAND v SCOTLAND
IRELAND ONE STEP AWAY FROM
IRELAND
SCOTLAND
PETER
O?REILLY
28
8
A
Aviva stadium
third consecutive bonuspoint win for Ireland, two
more tries for the remarkably prolific starlet Jacob
Stockdale, a record 11th
straight Test victory for Joe
Schmidt and, of course, a Six
Nations championship title.
That?s a lot to celebrate, yet
the Aviva stadium lacked any
real buzz of excitement in the minutes
after the final whistle. Partly it?s because
Ireland have bigger fish to fry in London
on Saturday, partly because Schmidt and
his players know they will have to play
considerably better if they are going to
land a cherished Slam at Twickenham.
They bagged their bonus without ever
hitting anything like top gear and with
their two most important players, Conor
Murray and Johnny Sexton, looking offcolour. Sexton was particularly troubled
and ratty, kicking poorly from the hand
and occasionally testing the patience of
the referee, Wayne Barnes, with his querying of every decision.
The suspicion persists that he is carrying a niggle or two through this championship ? it was notable that Munster?s Ian
Keatley was out on the pitch for the
warm-up as emergency cover. Whatever,
Schmidt desperately needs him fit and in
form next week.
Sexton wasn?t the only Irish player to
struggle and that, of course, has a lot to
do with the pressure exerted by a feisty if
flawed Scotland side. Ireland knew they
were in for a battle at the breakdown and
surely prepared accordingly but still
couldn?t prevent the Scots from slowing
or stealing ball, and from making Murray?s afternoon generally messy.
Their front row is hardly populated by
household names and Ireland surely saw
the scrum as an area they would exploit.
They couldn?t ? although they did cause
problems on Scotland?s lineout throw,
and this would have a significant effect on
the outcome.
However, if Scotland were going to sow
any real seeds of doubt in Irish minds,
they needed to take their opportunities
and here ? in the wide channels, where
they knew they could hurt their opponents ? they were sadly inept.
Gregor Townsend picked Pete Horne
and Huw Jones for what they offered in
attack yet between them they cost
Scotland 14 points in the space of nine
minutes during the first half, during a
period of the game when Ireland looked
vulnerable, hassled, and generally discombobulated. How Ireland managed to
reach the break with a 14-3 lead surely
kept Townsend awake last night.
Up until those brain-freezes by his centres, things had been progressing promisingly for the Scotland coach. You can
imagine his patter to the troops beforehand. Ireland don?t respect us; they
never gave us any credit for beating them
last season. And Ireland?s opening fitted
perfectly with that script.
Presented with a kickable penalty as
early as the sixth minute, Sexton went to
the corner. Was this ambition verging on
arrogance or was Sexton reluctant to test
his hamstring? You know which reading
the Scots will have taken.
Sure enough, they created enough
lineout pressure for the throw to go
astray and suddenly the Aviva felt
massively deflated. Even better for
ON TV TODAY
Six Nations highlights
11.15pm ITV
2018 SIX NATIONS
RESULTS AND FIXTURES
February 3
Wales 34
Scotland 7
France 13 Ireland 15
February 4
Italy 15 England 46
February 10
Ireland 56 Italy 19
England 12 Wales 6
February 11
Scotland 32
France 26
February 23
France 34 Italy 17
February 24
Ireland 37 Wales
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Irish have
winning habit
so don?t expect
them to ease
off against
England
SHANE
HORGAN
Aviva stadium
Scotland 25
England 13
March 10
Ireland 28
Scotland 8
France 22 England
16
Today
Wales v Italy, 3pm,
BBC
March 17
Italy v Scotland,
12.30pm, ITV
England v Ireland,
2.45pm, ITV
Wales v France,
5pm, BBC
First the facts: three Six Nations
championships in five seasons
under Joe Schmidt; the third
title wrapped up with a game to
spare; 19 out of a maximum 20
points in this campaign; a
record Test-winning streak of
11.
This is heady stuff and it
means that this group of
players can arguably make a
claim to be Ireland?s greatest
generation.
There can certainly be no
quarrel with their
professionalism and diligence.
To watch, they can sometimes
look robotic but you can?t
argue with that. In short, they
get the job done. If they do so
again at Twickenham on
Saturday then they surely
deserve the accolade of
Ireland?s best ever.
Irish fans will naturally
worry about an England
backlash but I would much
prefer to play an England team
who had lost in Paris than one
who had won. I would
particularly like to play the
English side who lost in such
dismal fashion yesterday
because I thought they looked
shot early on at the Stade de
France.
This is not schadenfreude
over the current malaise of our
old rivals because the signs
have been there for a while,
Scotland, Greig Laidlaw soon managed to
put the first points on the board. Ireland
had a lot of ball yet the Scots made them
look predictable, constantly closing
green shirts down, invariably identifying
the Irish carrier and chopping him down,
giving as good as they got in the aerial
battle.
The Scots were receiving energy from
their work in defence and also from Stuart Hogg?s willingness to counter. Indeed
it was an attack sparked by Hogg?s beautiful offload which looked initially like
stretching Ireland ? before suddenly
things fell apart. As they ran left to right
just inside the Ireland half, the simple
pass for Horne was to Hogg, running a
hard line to his right. But Horne likes long
cut-out passes. Stockdale saw it coming.
Seven points for Ireland, gift-wrapped.
Scotland continued to defend energetically, with Hamish Watson scrambling
brilliantly after Garry Ringrose had
carved them apart off a scrum in midfield. But they also continued to shoot
themselves in the foot.
Jones? chip and chase, this time in a
counterattack sparked by Finn Russell,
looked like leading to another memorable try for the centre?s catalogue. Again
Hogg was running the support line, again
he never saw the ball, as Jones delayed
the pass a critical millisecond.
The single most impressive aspect of
Ireland?s performance was the way they
even in the hard-fought win
over Wales.
I have been critical of Ireland
defensively during this
campaign. They have been
good with their line speed but
have displayed
a tendency to become too
bunched in the central areas
and this has created problems
out wide.
If, on the other hand,
England play as they did in
Paris this really won?t be a
problem. They were singularly
bereft of ambition. It looked as
if they just thought they would
bully the home team and if
there?s one thing you can say
about the French, especially at
home, it is that they will tackle.
This Ireland side are not for
bullying, either.
What has happened to the
England team who played with
such verve and ambition in the
first two seasons under Eddie
Jones?
Back then, the two ?first
receivers? strategy was bang on
the money, with George Ford
and Owen Farrell playing flat,
with the second wave of attack
to come. We have either seen
none of that during the course
of this campaign or it has been
executed very poorly.
In the back row, we can see
that Chris Robshaw is no seven,
Courtney Lawes is no six and
squeezed precious points from those
decisive minutes either side of the halftime break. It started by putting pressure
on Scotland?s throw and then continued
with some special finishing by Stockdale.
Watson appeared to have stopped
another try when he hauled Rob Kearney
down just short of the try-line. Ireland
had the attacking scrum, though, and
they had a plan: attack short to the open
side, send Sexton off on a decoy run right
but use Ringrose as the pivot left. He set
Stockdale up with a one-on-on against
Blair Kinghorn. Too easy. This was the
21-year-old Ulsterman?s sixth try of the
championship and his 10th in eight Tests,
a remarkable performance.
As against Wales, and as so often under
Schmidt, Ireland scored first after the
break. Sheer determination ? by Peter
O?Mahony on the ground and Kearney in
the air ? set up an attacking platform. Off
the maul, Murray spotted a hole created
by Russell and went through it.
Scotland still fancied that they could
cause damage out wide, if only Horne
would give up on those long, inaccurate
miss-passes. Kinghorn?s try was a simple
strike play off a scrum under the Irish
posts.
At 21-8, there was still ample time to
rattle Ireland some more. But Schmidt
emptied his bench and they had the
desired effect. Four minutes later, Ireland
went to the corner again, and this time it
Nathan Hughes is no Billy
Vunipola.
There was a momentum
to England in those days which
was self-sustaining.
It is nowhere to be seen now
and some chickens have
definitely come home to roost.
I also think the next few days
would be a very good time for
Jones to resist the urge to
launch a few of his pre-match
hand grenades. You can get
away with this kind of phony
warfare when you?re winning.
Do it when your team are
struggling and you start to look
very silly very quickly. England
haven?t lost three Six Nations
games in a row since 2006 so
expect some love-bombing this
week from Eddie, talking up
Ireland and using England?s
status as underdogs to motivate
his own squad.
Schmidt?s men won?t
be knocked off their stride
by any mind games and they
will be well prepared. We saw
in yesterday?s game that they
had done their homework.
Resourcing the ruck was
obviously going to be a priority
after witnessing the job
Scotland did on England and
the visitors never once looked
like they would enjoy the same
breakdown dominance as they
had a fortnight ago.
Scotland are a team who like
MATCH STATS
Ireland
Scotland
Tries
1
22
Defenders beaten
17
100
Kicking conversion %
0
8
Clean breaks
4
62
Possession %
38
4
Offloads
13
63
Territory %
37
135
92
Scrums won on own ball %
100
86
Lineouts won on own ball %
173
Carries
4
Tackles made
190
17
Tackles missed
22
71
5
Turnovers won
4
128
12
Turnovers conceded
16
worked, with Sean Cronin burrowing
over off the side of the maul. That should
have been the cue for massive
celebrations but Ireland ended up
defending their line. They got the job
done. That is what they do ? professional
and efficient, even when not everything
is perfectly in sync.
Star man: Garry Ringrose (Ireland)
Ireland: Tries: Stockdale 22, 41+1, Murray 46, Cronin
69 Cons: Sexton (4)
the opposition to make their
defensive decisions
early and then react
accordingly. Ireland didn?t fall
into this trap. They allowed the
Scots some leeway to move the
ball wide off first phase and
then made sure they were set to
disrupt the second wave of
attack.
The defensive effort was
symbolised by Garry Ringrose.
When we think of the Leinster
centre, it?s natural to see him
with the ball in hand, stepping
off that right foot and past
tacklers. Yesterday we saw
flashes of that attacking
prowess but what caught my
eye was his sharpness as a
defender.
That sharpness is doubleedged. He reads the game well
enough to know when to step
out of the line and shut down
his man or when to hang back
and wait on the attacker?s next
move.
The speed of his reaction
to that move is then
sensational. You would have to
be some 13 to get round
Ringrose?s outside shoulder
in a fair race.
The other standout
performance came from Rob
Kearney. The full-back
recovered a couple of high balls
that he had no right to claim
but it is his running with ball in
Scotland: Try: Kinghorn 51 Pen: Laidlaw
Referee: W Barnes
Attendance: 51,700
Ireland: Kearney (Larmour 75min); Earls, Ringrose, Aki,
Stockdale; Sexton (Carbery 73min), Murray (Marmion
71min); Healy (McGrath 51min), Best (capt) (Cronin
66min), Furlong (Porter 62min), Ryan, Toner
(Henderson 55min), O?Mahony (Murphy 55min), Leavy,
Stander
Scotland: Hogg; Kinghorn (L Jones 30-37min), H
Jones, Horne (Grigg 73min), Maitland; Russell, Laidlaw
(Price 67min); Reid (Bhatti 55min), McInally (Brown
60min), Berghan (Nel 55min), Gilchrist, J Gray
(Swinson 71min), Barclay (capt), Watson, Wilson
(Denton 19min)
CRAIG WATSON
Outmuscled: Tadhg Furlong brushes aside Grant Gilchrist
hand that has bolstered Ireland
in attack.
Inevitably, we can?t get away
from Ireland?s half-backs. They
are the best 9-10 combination
in the world. They do what they
need to do and they do it at the
right time.
Well though Jonathan Sexton
played, my eye was drawn to
Conor Murray. There aren?t
many scrum-halves who would
have forced their way over for
his try. We saw in that score not
just his physicality but also his
rugby intellect. This is a man
who has elevated the art of
game management.
5
The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
SLAM
PLAYER RATINGS
French win with last-minute
try to go top of women?s table
by Peter O?Reilly
IRELAND
BRIAN LAWLESS
ROB KEARNEY
8/10 STUART HOGG
8/10
Glasgow
Caps 59 Age 25 Ht 1.8m Wt 93kg
FRANCE WOMEN
Committed and accurate in the
air, whether on the front or back
foot. One poor decision not to
pass but carried for 140 metres
Seems to like this arena. Always
alert to the quick throw, always
dangerous on the carry and
made some quality clearances
ENGLAND WOMEN
6/10 BLAIR KINGHORN
6/10
Munster
Caps 66 Age 29 Ht 1.78m Wt 86kg
Edinburgh
Caps 2 Age 21 Ht 1.95m Wt 95kg
He was due an ordinary outing.
Things did not run his way and he
will not enjoy reviewing that pass
out on the full
A dangerous, willowy runner who
took his try well, but was left flatfooted by Stockdale just before
the break
GARRY RINGROSE
8/10 HUW JONES
6/10
Leinster
Caps 12 Age 23 Ht 1.85m Wt 94kg
Glasgow
Caps 15 Age 24 Ht 1.86m Wt 93kg
Short on game-time but looks to
have muscled up. Some lovely
running and defended cleverly in
the wide channels
Brought back down to earth after
the brilliance of his Calcutta
performance. Failure to connect
with Hogg hurt the Scots badly
BUNDEE AKI
7/10 PETER HORNE
5/10
Connacht
Caps 6 Age 27 Ht 1.83m Wt 101kg
Glasgow
Caps 32 Age 28 Ht 1.83m Wt 92kg
A constant in an ever-shifting
midfield landscape. There were
no match-turning moments but
provided solidity
A big defensive shift but he failed
to deliver on his strength:
distribution. Handed Ireland
seven points at a critical moment
JACOB STOCKDALE
7/10 SEAN MAITLAND
8/10
Ulster
Caps 8 Age 21 Ht 1.91m Wt 102kg
Saracens
Caps 33 Age 29 Ht 1.88m Wt 101kg
Ireland tend to look vulnerable
down his wing but what a trypoacher. Great anticipation for
the first, beautiful feet for No 2
A decent effort to outplay one of
Ireland?s players of the
championship. Secure under the
high ball and athletic throughout
JOHNNY SEXTON
6/10 FINN RUSSELL
7/10
Leinster
Caps 72 Age 32 Ht 1.88m Wt 92kg
Glasgow
Caps 36 Age 25 Ht 1.83m Wt 91kg
A mixed performance, furthering
doubts about his fitness ahead of
Twickenham. Still did not shirk
any physical work
Distributed nicely and alert to
counterattacking possibilities,
but Ireland were determined not
to let him dominate
CONOR MURRAY
7/10 GREIG LAIDLAW
7/10
Munster
Caps 63 Age 28 Ht 1.88m Wt 94kg
Clermont
Caps 62 Age 32 Ht 1.76m Wt 80kg
Knew the Scots would be looking
to make his life as difficult as
possible. Scored a critical try to
underline his value
Ireland were careful not to
concede many kickable penalties
against a formidable kicker. Still
offers a limited attacking threat
CIAN HEALY
7/10 GORDON REID
7/10
Leinster
Caps 77 Age 30 Ht 1.85m Wt 115kg
London Irish
Caps 30 Age 29 Ht 1.88m Wt 119kg
Grand ambition
inspires Dublin
Hoped to cause more difficulty
for the Scots at the scrum but
showed his value as a carrier,
even when under pressure
Not exactly the model modern
prop in terms of his build yet an
effective scrummager and a
decent footballer
Ulster
Caps 110 Age 35 Ht 1.8m Wt 105kg
Edinburgh
Caps 16 Age 27 Ht 1.9m Wt 108kg
Ireland start to
look forward after
getting the better
of Scotland
It was a war at the breakdown
and Best is vital to Ireland in this
part of the game. Still head and
shoulders above the competition
Ireland targeted his throw quite
effectively but he offers so much
more ? 18 tackles in all, and some
nice touches on the ball
Rebecca Myers
Conor Murray admitted the
prospect of achieving a
Grand Slam was ?in the back
of our minds? yesterday as
Ireland edged ever closer to
the Six Nations trophy. ?You
always dream of it,? he said,
?so a lot of hard work went
into getting to this point.?
His coach, Joe Schmidt,
inset, had warned the
Ireland team of the perils of
dreaming about the Slam
before the game, saying:
?If you allow yourself
to dream it?s not
proactive time.
?It?s a nice
time and it
would be
fantastic but it?s
just not productive
and it?s even less
productive knowing the
form Scotland are in and the
confidence they bring.?
Murray said there was
?probably a bit of nerves? as
they lined up to face the
Scots. ?It took us a long time
to break them down; they?re
a very dangerous side.
?We started really, really
well and we managed to get
into their 22 and then we
just didn?t manage to
convert the chances and
maybe a little bit of doubt
started creeping in. Jacob
[Stockdale] has been scoring
a few and thankfully he
showed up today.?
The Scotland captain,
John Barclay, was bitterly
disappointed to be on the
losing side and rejected
suggestions that Scotland
started to panic as Ireland
gained ground. ?We created
a lot of opportunities where
just one more pass and we
would have been about
accurate there,? he said.
?In my head I genuinely
believe that there were
about three where we really
should have scored tries and
we could have made it a
different game but they had
four, five opportunities ?
four tries.
?The way we played was
fast. If a team as good as
Ireland gets ahead, they can
load the front field: they
know we have to run
the ball, they put a
brick wall in front
of you and they
make it very
tricky for you.?
Ireland?s Rob
Kearney, the man
of the match, said
the Scots were a ?tough,
tough team?, adding: ?After
today I believe that
everybody connected with
this Ireland side will have a
smile on their faces.?
Stockdale said: ?The ball
just keeps popping up my
way?, as he credited his
teammates for setting him
up for his two tries with
clever passes.
Scotland have now played
47 away matches since the
inception of the Six Nations
in 2000, winning just six of
them ? four of those in
Rome.
HEAD-TO-HEAD
Ireland
wins
62
Scotland
wins
67
Draws
5
Biggest Ireland win
36
6
Murrayfield, Feb 2003
Biggest Scotland win
38
Murrayfield, Mar 1997
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Match facts
Ireland are unbeaten in their
past 14 home games in the
Six Nations. They had never
previously gone more than
seven matches in the Five/Six
Nations without defeat
Jacob Stockdale is the first
Ireland player to score six
tries in a Five/Six Nations
campaign, and the fourth
from any nation to score
six in the Six Nations
RYAN BYRNE
Leinster
Caps 82 Age 31 Ht 1.88m Wt 95kg
KEITH EARLS
Green giants: Jacob
Stockdale enjoys one
of his two tries against
Scotland, while
Ireland, inset,
celebrate the Six
Nations title
SCOTLAND
RORY BEST
TADHG FURLONG
7/10 STUART McINALLY
7/10 SIMON BERGHAN
7/10
7/10
Leinster
Caps 22 Age 25 Ht 1.85m Wt 126kg
Edinburgh
Caps 8 Age 27 Ht 1.93m Wt 116kg
Handy to have a tighthead who
carries 12 times and can
distribute. Will be disappointed
by Ireland?s scrummaging
Very tall for a tighthead yet
coped remarkably well to handle
Healy?s power and deliver a
consistently solid scrum
JAMES RYAN
8/10 GRANT GILCHRIST
6/10
Leinster
Caps 7 Age 21 Ht 2.03m Wt 108kg
Edinburgh
Caps 21 Age 27 Ht 2.02m Wt 117kg
A machine ? 15 carries and 13
tackles according to the stats
sheet. One handling error is
allowed in those circumstances
The problem with wearing a red
scrum-cap is people can spot the
odd missed tackle. Had enough
gas to go the 80, however
18
17
Nigel Botherway
There was heartbreak in
Grenoble for England?s Red
Roses, who lost this Women?s
Six Nations shoot-out to an
amazing comeback by
France, who were the only
other unbeaten side in the
tournament. It was the
brilliant Jessy Tremouliere,
the France full-back, who
stole the show, and the
match, with a try in the last
minute.
The match will go down in
history for a world record
17,440 crowd, the highest
ever for a women?s match,
but for England it will be
remembered as the one that
got away after a late penalty
by Katy Daley-Mclean looked
to have sealed the deal.
It will be a deflated
England who host Ireland at
Wasps? Ricoh Arena on Friday
night, while only Wales stand
between France and a Grand
Slam on Saturday.
England did not make the
the best start. Their captain
Sarah Hunter was held up in
the tackle after a charge by
Sarah Bern and France won a
turnover. Then Cyrielle Banet
came off her wing as France
won a lineout on halfway and
cut back on an angle to slice
through the flat-footed
England forwards. It took a
brilliant tackle by Danielle
Waterman to stop her.
Picked on the wing to
accommodate Ellie Kildunne,
the promising GloucesterHartpury youngster at fullback, Waterman then freed
Kildunne down the left to
stretch France to breaking
point. As Hunter and Marlie
Packer drove the ball on,
England did well to hold their
width on the right, where
Bern was on hand to take
Waterman?s quick take and
give and provide a perfect
scoring pass to Abigail Dow.
Daley-Mclean, who had
spotted the space out wide
and steered the play in that
direction, kicked the
conversion, but England were
soon reduced to 14 players
when Rachael Burford was
yellow-carded as she caught
Tremouliere with her
shoulder after the France fullback kicked ahead.
Tremouliere is a class act:
Gallic cool in defence and a
Gatland
challenges
fringe
players to
prove their
worth
Sam Peters
DEVIN TONER
7/10 JONNY GRAY
7/10
Leinster
Caps 57 Age 31 Ht 2.08m Wt 124kg
Glasgow
Caps 42 Age 23 Ht 1.98m Wt 120kg
Lineout presence means he has
given himself a great chance to
keep his place for Twickenham.
Also carried well
Near the top of the tackle chart
with 23 tackles. A serious shift,
that ? but standard stuff for a
man with a big engine
PETER O?MAHONY
7/10 JOHN BARCLAY
7/10
Munster
Caps 46 Age 28 Ht 1.91m Wt 107kg
Scarlets
Caps 70 Age 31 Ht 1.9m Wt 102kg
His tackle on Blair Kinghorn early
in the second half was typical of
Ireland?s work rate. Made 10 in all
and worked himself to a standstill
Out-tackled Gray with 25, and
made himself a nuisance in every
part of the field. Ran some
intelligent support lines, too
DAN LEAVY
7/10 HAMISH WATSON
7/10
Leinster
Caps 8 Age 23 Ht 1.91m Wt 106kg
Edinburgh
Caps 19 Age 26 Ht 1.85m Wt 102kg
Seemed to carry an incredible
amount in the early stages,
always aggressively, plus made
one important steal in his own 22
Lack of power exposed by
Murray?s try but still responsible
for stopping two other tries in
the first half
CJ STANDER
7/10 RYAN WILSON
5/10
Munster
Caps 22 Age 27 Ht 1.85m Wt 114kg
Glasgow
Caps 36 Age 28 Ht 1.9m Wt 106kg
A standard shift for Stander ? 12
carries, some of them hard going
but his industry is central to what
Ireland are about.
Two delightful pieces of handling
in one early Scotland attack but
unlucky to take a heavy bang and
was replaced in the 19th minute
TOTAL
TOTAL
Replacements: Iain Henderson?s
dynamism was needed after
Scotland?s try. Sean Cronin,
Andrew Porter and Jordi Murphy
also brought the necessary energy
Replacements: David Denton
brought plenty of aggression in
Wilson?s absence and the front
row cavalry had an immediate
impact at the scrum
106/150 100/150
The last time Warren Gatland
rolled the selection dice
against unfancied opposition
his gamble almost backfired
in spectacular fashion. Last
November, with a Test against
Georgia sandwiched between
encounters with Australia
and New Zealand, the Wales
coach sought to protect his
starting line-up and explore
the depth of his squad.
He found the pool
alarmingly shallow as Milton
Haig?s team came within a
collapsed scrum and
questionable last-minute
Wales substitution of pulling
off the greatest shock in the
history of Welsh rugby. Leon
Brown, Wales? 21-year-old
starting loosehead prop that
day, has hardly been seen
since, having been given the
mother of all working-overs
by Georgia?s grizzled front
row.
Today, Gatland will look to
some of the bit-part players in
his squad to show they have
the quality to go through to
next year?s World Cup. With
10 changes to the starting
line-up that lost to Ireland in
Dublin, Gatland is taking a
calculated risk. On Thursday,
former Italy scrum-half Paul
Griffen labelled the selection
?disrespectful?.
It was an accusation Wales
attack coach Rob Howley
rejected on Friday, insisting
Wales? selectors are ?damned
if we do and damned if we
don?t? when it comes to
Unstoppable: Jessy Tremouliere, a constant threat in attack, scores France?s opening try
constant threat in attack, as
she proved by popping up on
the short side to finish off a
strong France attack. Centre
Jade Le Pesq provided a
clever pass that took out
Packer and Charlotte Pearce
to put Tremouliere over in
the corner.
Pearce was on as a
temporary replacement for
Dow, while she recovered
from a big, but fair hit. It was
full-on all right, with Caroline
Thomas, the France
loosehead, jogging off with a
bloodied and probably
broken nose. Tremouliere
RECORD CROWD
FOR CLUB MATCH
Dame Katherine Grainger
and Christine Ohuruogu
helped Harlequins Ladies
set a record, for the
biggest crowd at a UK
women?s club match.
They were among 4,542
fans from a host of sports
at The Stoop who saw
Quins belatedly celebrate
International Women?s
Day by beating Richmond
14-12 in the Tyrells Premier
15s League. Tries by
Bobbie Haywood and
Chloe Edwards, plus two
conversions by Jessica
Wooden, kept the home
side on course for the
playoffs.
rotating the squad. With
three British & Irish Lions in
Taulupe Faletau, who
captains the side for the first
time as Alun Wyn Jones gets a
well deserved rest, George
North and Justin Tipuric
among the 10 changes,
Griffen?s accusation may ring
a little hollow tonight. But it
has added spice to a game
which means little in the
context of the wider
championship table.
North?s return has been
the major talking point after
Northampton?s interim coach
Alan Gaffney implied that the
wing had declined to play for
his club in their Aviva
Premiership game against
Sale eight days ago.
Northampton chief
executive Mark Darbon is
understood to have sought a
meeting with North at the
?earliest opportunity? after
the Six Nations as Saints seek
assurances over his
commitment to the club until
his contract expires at the
end of the season. Wales
insist their team medics
provided details of the hip
flexor muscle injury the wing
is said to have suffered
against Ireland and remain
?baffled? at claims of a
breakdown in
communications.
With six tries in seven
starts against Italy, the 25year-old will be hoping to add
was unable to land the
touchline conversion, but
France struck again on the
stroke of half-time. Gaelle
Hermet won an attacking
lineout for the home side,
fellow flanker Marjorie
Mayans almost forced her
way over and Caroline Drouin
was on hand to score.
England were relieved as
Tremouliere again missed the
conversion from out wide.
France had only conceded
three points in their three
previous victories over Italy,
Scotland and Ireland, so
although their backs were
firmly to the wall England
still had every reason to
believe as they drew breath
at half-time.
Both sides demonstrated
excellent passing and
technical skills, as well as
game understanding, as the
match continued at a
pulsating pace. Daley-Mclean,
always a clever footballer,
dinked a neat ball behind the
onrushing France defence in
their own 22, but the short ingoal area at the Stade des
Alpes denied Burford the
touchdown.
England have always had a
reliable go-to play in their
lineout catch-and-drive and it
was a perfectly executed setpiece that got their noses
back in front. Abbie Scott
caught Amy Cokayne?s pinpoint throw to the middle and
the rest of the pack set up the
drive which France were
to his 32-try Test tally as
Wales attempt to ease the
pain of back-to-back defeats
with a bonus-point win today.
?George has his own
situation and own problems,?
said Wales and Ospreys lock
Bradley Davies, who replaces
captain Jones in the second
row. ?We?ve given him a bit of
stick but he hasn?t been the
main topic this week. I?m sure
everyone will be talking
about him scoring five tries
rather than who he?s been
arguing with in the press.?
While the Wales team that
faced Georgia had just one
full day of training together,
the side that plays today has
been in camp for the past
fortnight.
Gatland has picked a flyer
at full-back in Liam Williams.
One of the stars of the Lions?
drawn series with New
Zealand last summer,
Williams has been frustrated
by injury since but starts in
the Wales No 15 shirt usually
worn by the reliable but more
prosaic figure of Leigh
Halfpenny. With North on the
right wing and Steff Evans on
the left, the Wales back three
have pace and power to burn.
James Davies, the Scarlets
flanker, starts at openside in
place of Josh Navidi, whose
exceptional displays in Wales?
first three games have been a
plus for Gatland. Davies, the
younger brother of injured
ADRIAN DENNIS
WOMEN?S SIX NATIONS
PW D L
F
A Pts
France
4 4 0 0 125 20 19
England
4 3 0 1 154 32 16
Ireland
3 2 0 1 56 44
Wales
3 1 0 2 30 104 4
9
Scotland
3 0 0 3 28 87
Italy
3 0 0 3 15 120 0
1
powerless to prevent as
Cokayne claimed the
touchdown.
Daley-Mclean converted,
but Tremouliere soon cut the
deficit to a single point with
the first penalty of the match.
She then struck again with
the try that took her points
tally to 13 and France to the
top of the table.
Star player: Jessy Tremouliere (France)
France: Tries: Tremouliere 30, 79,
Drouin 39 Pen: Tremouliere
England: Tries: Dow 8, Cokayne 51
Cons: Daley-Mclean (2) Pen: DaleyMclean
Yellow card: England: Burford
Referee: J Neville (IRFU)
Attendance: 17,440
France: Tremouliere; Boujard, Neisen,
Le Pesq, Banet (M Menager 73min);
Drouin (Rivoalen 48min), Bourdon;
Thomas (Arricastre 37min), Sochat,
Duval, N?Diaye, Forlani, Mayans,
Hermet, R Menager
England: Kildunne; Dow (Pearce 2131min, 66min), Burford, Reed,
Waterman; Daley-Mclean, Riley;
Cornborough (Clark 71min), Cokayne,
Bern (Lucas 71min), Scott, Taylor, Cleall
(Noel-Smith 66min), Packer, Hunter
HEAD-TO-HEAD
Wales
wins
22
Italy
wins
2
Draws
1
Biggest Wales win: 67-14,
Principality stadium, Mar 19, 2016
Biggest Italy win: 30-22,
Rome, Feb 15, 2003
Lions star Jonathan, makes
his debut alongside Faletau
and Tipuric, with the 27-yearold given the task of bringing
his outstanding Scarlets form
to the international stage.
?Maybe it?s my experience,
but I don?t get nervous before
games,? he said. With pace
and power blended with a
three-quarter?s passing skills
and outstanding aerobic
fitness, today presents a
wonderful opportunity for
one of the sport?s most
colourful characters.
Nicky Smith and Tomas
Francis join Elliot Dee in the
front row, the Dragons
hooker making his first start
for Wales. Gareth Davies,
magnificent in a losing cause
in Dublin a fortnight ago,
continues at scrum-half
alongside Gareth Anscombe,
who replaces Dan Biggar at
fly-half. Owen Watkin gets his
first Six Nations start at
outside-centre alongside the
increasingly assured Hadleigh
Parkes at 12.
Ten changes it may be, but
Wales should still win by 20
points today. Despite two
defeats from three, Gatland?s
squad is showing
encouraging depth. You
sense Italy?s wait for a win
may continue beyond today?s
clash.
ON TV TODAY
Handover: Taulupe Faletau captains Wales for first time
Wales v Italy
2.30pm BBC1, kick-off 3pm
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SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
Rashford exposes
Liverpool?s frailty
2
1
MANCHESTER UNITED
Rashford 14, 24
LIVERPOOL
Bailly og 66
Valencia
Smalling
Bailly
McTominay
Matic
Sanchez
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
4-2-3-1
De Gea
Mata
S
Football correspondent
Old Trafford
Can
ix?? went the scream from a
Manchester United fan when
the board went up. There
were six minutes of stoppage
time and in this vivid game,
each one was to feel like an
epic in itself. Liverpool
swarmed into David de Gea?s
box. In came the crosses, the
corners, the little throughballs, the shots. Ashley Young was a
shiny-bonced Rambo. Eric Bailly hurled
himself everywhere.
Jose Mourinho was crouched on his
haunches. Jurgen Klopp twitched and
hopped. Liverpool?s possession, corner
count and fans? heart rates kept going up.
But there proved no way back. Mohamed
Salah, of all people, lashed a volley into
the stand in the final seconds. The ending
was so unlike the start, when Mourinho?s
tactical design held sway over a looser
Liverpool approach, his side playing the
most positive football with Romelu
Lukaku and Marcus Rashford dominant.
The first 25 minutes decided the outcome. United approached it like demolition men. Their defenders flew like
sledgehammers at Klopp?s gifted forward
line. They used their crane, Lukaku, and
their dynamite, Rashford. Nemanja Matic
and Scott McTominay patrolled like
health and safety guys.
The edifice of Liverpool?s better form
and football since the turn of the year was
dismantled and Rashford scored brilliantly and then scored again. Juan Mata
almost bicycle-kicked in a third. But Liverpool rebuilt with the indefatigability
that is so impressive under Klopp and
from half-time on it was their game, the
energy, the interplay, the ambition, that
held sway. Sadio Mane, a different player
when Klopp brought him central, forced
a mistake from the otherwise heroic
Bailly. Own goal. 2-1. And a final 25 minutes of United besieged.
Klopp was hugely aggrieved the finale
did not yield at least one Liverpool penalty but Craig Pawson judged that Marouane Fellaini, who replaced Rashford in
the most Mourinho of substitutions, was
allowed to run in front of Mane to stop
him completing a one-two with Roberto
Firmino. Fellaini was fortunate: in his
clumsiness he kicked the back of Mane?s
calf and it seemed a foul. As contentious
was Pawson?s decision not to give handball when Andrew Robertson?s cross ricocheted off Antonio Valencia?s body
against his arm. Accidental? A 50-50 call:
Valencia did little to pull his arm out of
the way. But while a draw would have
been justified, so was United winning. As
Klopp said, Liverpool?s pressure did not
bring many ?100% chances?.
The Mourinho plan: stay deep and
compact to limit space and supply for
Salah and co; hit their own passes early
and long; use Lukaku?s height and Rashford?s pace, which he knew to be superior
to Trent Alexander-Arnold?s. An old Liverpool weakness was exposed: when you
beat their press they are stretched vertically, with gaps between their lines.
United were also better in the one-onone battles. There was Valencia diving to
block a Robertson cross, Young touchtight and manhandling Salah, McTominay and Matic making their midfield tack-
Milner
Salah
4-3-3
D
3
L Pts
1
78
Manchester United 30
20
5
5
65
60
Liverpool
30
17
9
4
Tottenham
29
17
7
5
58
Chelsea
30
17
5
8
56
Arsenal
29
13
6
10 45
OxladeChamberlain
Robertson
Van Dijk
W
25
Manchester City
Rashford
Firmino
P
29
Young
Lukaku
Mane
PREMIER LEAGUE
TOP SIX
Lovren
AlexanderArnold
Karius
les, and Bailly using his recovery pace to
get a toe in. United always had numbers
around the ball and in front of their box,
choking the Liverpool passing lanes.
Klopp was furious about his side?s laxity against Lukaku. ?Second balls,? he
kept fuming afterwards. On 14 minutes,
Lukaku and Dejan Lovren were under a
kick-out, Lukaku bumped Lovren out of
the way to gain prime position, and
Lovren was on his heels as Lukaku
enjoyed a clean jump to soar and flick
brilliantly on. His header went exactly
where required, down the left channel,
and Rashford made his burst with superb
timing to stay onside. He drove into the
box, then suddenly checked inside with a
back-heeled touch that stopped Alexander-Arnold in his tracks.
As Klopp lamented, where was the
cover? Uncoiling, Rashford whipped a
shot past Loris Karius into the far corner
of the net for his first league goal of 2018.
Having lost his starting place, Mourinho
brought him back because of injury to
Anthony Martial but also evidence of
soaring confidence in training.
A second goal soon followed, bearing
similarities to the first. This time Lukaku
beat James Milner in the air to knock a De
Gea kick down for himself, then ran with
the ball before playing Mata into the box.
Mata checked inside to shoot and Virgil
van Dijk blocked but Rashford arrived
onto the loose ball and, from a similar
position to his first goal, struck a shot that
Karius palmed into his own net.
Moments earlier, Van Dijk had missed
from close in when, stooping, he directed
his header wide from Milner?s corner.
Set-pieces, in that first half, were Liverpool?s only source of chances.
But they emerged from the interval
with double the intent, and Klopp gambled well by pushing his full-backs high
and giving Mane licence to roam infield.
With Adam Lallana coming on to add
impetus United were pushed ever
deeper. Van Dijk headed over at a corner
but Mane went round McTominay on the
left, drove in a centre and at the near post
Bailly got his body position wrong. The
ball skimmed off him past De Gea.
Then came 25 minutes of siege, and
those extra six, but United survived and
having defeated Chelsea and Liverpool in
successive home games, pressure is off
Mourinho. His worry ? again ? is Paul
Pogba, injured late in Friday?s training
and a doubt for Sevilla on Tuesday.
Yellow cards: Manchester United: Valencia, Rashford
Liverpool: Oxlade-Chamberlain
Referee: C Pawson
Attendance: 74,855
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling,
Bailly, Young, McTominay, Matic, Sanchez (Darmian
90+6min), Mata (Lingard 89min), Rashford (Fellaini
70min), Lukaku Substitutes: Romero, Lindelof,
Carrick, Shaw
Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold (Wijnaldum
80min), Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson (Solanke 84min),
Oxlade-Chamberlain (Lallana 62min), Milner, Can,
Salah, Firmino, Mane Substitutes: Mignolet, Gomez,
Henderson, Matip
Double trouble:
Marcus Rashford
scores the first of
his two goals for
Manchester
United
JOSE?S TACTICS
WRIT LARGE
The United manager was
scribbling away in the first
half and a close-up of his
notes appeared to show,
among others, the words
?2nd ball? and ?Rom? ? a
hint at the tactics that saw
Romelu Lukaku involved
in both goals
Mourinho
pays tribute
to United?s
special one
MICHAEL
CALVIN
Old Trafford
SIMON BELLIS
Old Trafford?s default mode
is the discontented
murmur, rather than
outright mutiny, and the
booing that greeted the
substitution of Marcus
Rashford quickly gave way
to a standing ovation. The
instinctive desire to protect
one of their own suggested
some things should be
sacrosanct.
Rashford is a reminder of
cherished traditions, a
throwback to an era of
youth, width, pace and
adventure. Even Jose
Mourinho accepted that his
performance was ?special
for a kid who feels the shirt
in a special way because he
was born here?.
That conveniently
overlooked his defiance of
the convention that, on such
days, Manchester United are
expected to represent
freedom of spirit and
boldness of expression,
rather than the cloying,
minutely organised
Local hero: Rashford fires his second goal past the Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius
resistance that so often
defines his teams.
Maybe, despite the
validation of yesterday?s
victory, things have gone too
far. Maybe the United of
Busby and Ferguson is a
time capsule, a tourist
attraction built to serve the
commercial strategy of the
club?s true power brokers,
Rare victory gives Everton some breathing space
EVERTON
Bong og 60, Tosun 76
BRIGHTON
2
0
Ian Whittell
Goodison Park
The future of Sam Allardyce
as Everton manager is still in
the balance, but at least this
surprisingly comfortable
victory over in-form Brighton
has eradicated any danger of
his club making a late-season
lurch towards relegation.
With Everton having
recorded just two wins since
Christmas week, that
possibility was not farfetched given a reaction from
supporters towards the
manager that can, most
kindly, be described as
?mixed?. Those fans who
turned on the veteran
manager during last
weekend?s defeat at Burnley
were seemingly heading
towards a similar reaction as
the game reached the hourmark with Everton showing
no sign of turning their
superiority into goals.
But, after nice footwork by
Yannick Bolasie on the left
wing, his far-post cross flew
off Gaetan Bong?s shin and
into the net as the Brighton
defender tried to stop Theo
Walcott scoring from six
yards.
The points were secured
after 76 minutes as Leighton
Baines cut in from the left and
exchanged passes with Cenk
Tosun before picking out the
Turk in space 14 yards out.
Tosun, a г27m January
signing who scored his first
goal for the club at Turf Moor,
needed no second invitation
to drive an unstoppable shot
past Mat Ryan.
?We live under pressure
and the pressure has been on
this week,? said Allardyce.
?All you can ask is to get the
response from the players
you need and what has been
missing ? and you all saw it
today ? has been that
consistent level of
performance.?
This was a curious
capitulation from Brighton,
whose manager Chris
Hughton was named
manager of the month after
their impressive February,
and it was about to worsen.
After 80 minutes, Anthony
Knockaert launched himself,
two-footed, studs showing, at
the shins of Baines and was
shown a straight red card.
The reaction of Tosun and the
Everton full-back Seamus
Coleman, who has recently
returned from a broken leg,
towards Knockaert as he
sheepishly left the field
underlined how bad a
?tackle? it had been.
Nor was Brighton?s lack of
discipline limited to that
incident. Three minutes from
time Shane Duffy tripped
Dominic Calvert-Lewin,
presenting Wayne Rooney
with the chance to score a
third from the penalty spot,
but Ryan saved well, diving to
his right.
?I was surprised by that
performance, especially with
the form that we?ve been in,?
said Hughton. ?But probably
what we are is a team in their
first season in this division,
we?re playing week in, week
out against very good sides
and it?s hard to keep those
levels consistently every
game.
?This was not the first time
this season we have had a
disappointing performance
and result and it is now about
bouncing back.?
Disappointment has been a
byword for this season at
Everton. And while the
penalty failure drew groans
from the home support, the
cheers of relief on the final
whistle told their own story,
especially with Manchester
City and Liverpool the next
visitors to Goodison and their
team having collected nine
who operate out of Mayfair
and sell branded igloos to
Eskimos.
Yet whatever Mourinho
says, in his creation of a selfprotective narrative, these
rivalries matter. The
symbolic importance of
beating Liverpool can?t be
sanitised into a soundbite
or a marketing slogan. Such
occasions are meant to be
raw, visceral and
unpleasant in implication.
They are tribal, oldfashioned and utterly
compelling.
Rashford would probably
not have played had Paul
Pogba been fit. He
responded to his first
Premier League start since
PAUL ELLIS
points from an available 33
coming into this game. But
perhaps the most pleasing
aspect of the day for
Allardyce was his team?s first
clean sheet of 2018. ?As
always, one of the most
important things for me is the
?zero against,? he said.
Star man: Wayne Rooney (Everton)
Yellow card: Brighton: Schelotto
Red card: Brighton: Knockaert
Referee: R East
Attendance: 39,199
Everton: Pickford 7, Coleman 7,
Jagielka 6, Keane 6, Baines 7, Rooney 8,
Davies 5 (Klaassen 84min, 5),
Sigurdsson 7, Walcott 7 (Calvert-Lewin
73min, 6), Tosun 7, Bolasie 7 (Holgate
78min, 6)
Substitutes: Robles, Martina, Niasse,
Baningime
Brighton: Ryan 7, Schelotto 5, Duffy 5,
Dunk 6, Bong 5 (Suttner 82min, 6)
Knockaert 5, Kayal 6 (Locadia 69min,
6), Propper 6, Izquierdo 5, Gross 6,
Murray 6 (Ulloa 77min, 6)
Substitutes: Krul, Bruno, Goldson,
March
Home comfort: Cenk Tosun scores his first goal at Goodison
7
The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
OLI SCARFF
PLAYER
RATINGS
Pardew refuses to resign
by Jonathan Northcroft
WEST BROM
MAN UNITEDD
Rondon 8
LIVERPOOLL
LEICESTER CITY
Vardy 21, Mahrez 62,
Iheanacho 76, Iborra 90+3
DAVID
DE GEA
HOW LONG BALLS TO LUKAKU
DID FOR LIVERPOOL AND LOVREN
Goal 1
14 mins
AlexanderArnold
Karius
2
2
Van Dijk
Lovren
Rashford
Lukaku
1
De Gea
goal kick
1
Romelu Lukaku
beats Dejan Lovren
to David de Gea?s
long-range
clearance and
heads into the path
of Marcus Rashford
The United forward
is in behind the
Liverpool defence
and finishes brilliantly
to put his side ahead
Man Utd
Liverpool
Movement:
On ball
Off ball
Goal 2
24 mins
Karius
2
Rashford
1
Lovren
Van Dijk
Lukaku
De Gea
kick out
1
2
Under pressure
from Lukaku, Lovren?s
lame attempt to head
away De Gea?s kick
falls to the feet of the
United striker, who
passes to Juan Mata
The Spaniard?s
shot is blocked
and rebounds to
Rashford, who
makes no mistake
with his shot
Mata
Boxing Day like a puppy let
off the leash. Forget the
confected controversy
about his flirtation with a
first-half red card because of
his rashness in the tackle;
this was a timely reminder
of his gifts.
Though he claimed his
first touch was imperfect,
his goals were sweeping
right-foot shots, finishes
that had the extravagant
flourish of a conductor?s
baton at a symphony?s
climax. His pace and
urgency unhinged
Liverpool?s defence and
exposed the fault lines of
United?s recruitment policy.
Pogba, excluded because
of an injury sustained in the
final minute of Friday?s
training session, would
logically have added little
here. Alexis Sanchez, whose
signing increasingly seems a
random demonstration of
conspicuous wealth, was
once again ponderous and
careless in possession.
decisions. He decides to
break the intensity of the
game with a wonderful
solution and the fans react
against him.?
The watching Gareth
Southgate, whose England
sales pitch to McTominay
failed, had a bittersweet
afternoon. Rashford?s
seizure of the moment
suggested that he will be an
invaluable member of
Southgate?s World Cup
squad. More worryingly,
however, it doesn?t require a
great leap of the
imagination to see Romelu
Lukaku bullying England?s
defence in the Kaliningrad
stadium on June 28.
The Belgian may be a
monster truck in an age
where the fashion is for a
sleek Maserati, but there is
a terrible beauty about
burying a defence beneath
his tyre tracks. Legends
have worn United?s No 9
shirt, but he looks capable
of answering history?s call.
LORIS
KARIUS
6/10
Is in the kind of form where it
takes something extraordinary to
beat him. Bailly?s finish for the
own goal was certainly that
Had no chance of saving
Rashford?s brilliant first goal and
made a good stab at keeping out
his second. Improving
ANTONIO
VALENCIA
TRENT
7/10
ALEXANDER-ARNOLD
OLD
6/10
6/
Robust, competitive and untiring
defensively, always game going
forward. One fabulous crossfield ball to Sanchez
Rashford embarrassed him with
his trick before scoring for 1-0
but where was the cover? Posed
a threat in the second half
CHRIS
SMALLING
DEJAN
LOVREN
8/10
5/10
5/
His best game all season ? and
timely in front of a watching
England manager. Strong aerially
and tackled hard and early
Infuriated Klopp at times and was
outmuscled by Lukaku before the
first goal. Showed power and
resilience at other times
ERIC
BAILLY
VIRGIL
VAN DIJK
8/10
7/10
Marked down for his own goal,
the result of bad positioning. But
otherwise heroic, protecting De
Gea with his covering pace
Did his best to calm colleagues
during a disastrous first half and
won everything in the air ?
though should have made it 1-1
ASHLEY
YOUNG
ANDREW
ROBERTSON
9/10
8/10
The supposed defensive weak
link is becoming one of the
team?s biggest strengths. Stayed
tight to Salah and used ball well
What an athlete and what an
attitude. His energy and
endeavour were keys to getting
Liverpool back in the game
SCOTT
McTOMINAY
ALEX
7/10
OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
6/10
Took to his first game against
Liverpool with precocious
assurance. Used ball sensibly,
intelligent in his positioning
Initially, Liverpool?s brightest
spark in midfield, but mistakes
crept into his game and he was
replaced by Lallana
NEMANJA
MATIC
JAMES
MILNER
7/10
6/10
6/
Composed and efficient.
Frustrated Oxlade-Chamberlain
and only had problems when
Mane went central
Ran and tackled hard and his setpieces were good. Lacked the
influence a fully fit Jordan
Henderson might have exerted
JUAN
MATA
EMRE
CAN
6/10
6
Tidy and useful but did not get
enough of the ball. Miscued what
would have been a brilliant
bicycle-kick goal
MARCUS
RASHFORD
Mourinho was
comfortable with the brief
insurrection in the stands
when he motioned Rashford
towards him. He offered his
left hand and a paternal pat
on the back of the head as
Rashford left the pitch and
explained later that his
decision was triggered by
the increasing effectiveness
of Trent Alexander-Arnold,
which left Rashford
vulnerable to a second
yellow card.
United?s manager
conceded Rashford was
?fundamental? and was
more concerned by the
intolerance of the crowd
towards Scott McTominay,
whose pragmatic tendency
to pass back caused another
ripple of disapproval.
?The crowd push with
their hearts,? he said. ?Here
is a kid, 20 years old,
making all the right
decisions. I am upset with
the fans when they want
him to make the wrong
7/10
9/10
6/10
6/
First goal showcased his
unique talent, his control at
speed, inventive feet and
finishing. Assured second goal
Skied his last-minute chance of
an equaliser and was kept quiet
by Young. Onus was on
colleagues to feed him better
ROMELU
LUKAKU
ROBERTO
FIRMINO
8/10
6/10
6
Showed you don?t have to score
in a big game to have a major
impact. His link play has
improved beyond recognition
United worked hard to track his
runs but could not quieten him
entirely and his clever link play
threatened to create an equaliser
ALEXIS
SANCHEZ
SADIO
MANE
6/10
7/
7/10
Faded but for an hour looked the
player United hope they have
signed. Fed Lukaku and Rashford
with his clever flicks and passes
Out of the game for 45 minutes
but transformed in the second
half. Brought inside to play more
centrally, he caused United panic
TOTAL
TOTAL
Substitutes: Fellaini replaced
Rashford and used his heft
and wiles to help see United
to the finish line. Lingard and
Darmian came on too late
to make impact
Substitutes: Lallana was a good
conduit between midfield and
attack when he came on but
Solanke was too static and barely
made an impact and Wijnaldum?s
work lacked conviction
82/110
1
4
Tim Nash
The Hawthorns
Alan Pardew, the West
Bromwich Albion manager,
will seek assurances from the
club?s board to see if they
want him to carry on in the
job ? but will not resign.
The 56-year-old, who
signed a two-and-a-half-year
contract when he replaced
Tony Pulis in November, is on
the brink after West Brom
suffered their seventh
successive defeat. Their latest
setback left them seven
points adrift at the bottom of
the Premier League table
with eight matches left.
?Before you even ask me
the question, will I speak to
those upstairs? Yes I will, of
course I will, because it?s
getting difficult,? said Pardew
after the game.
?My pride on the sidelines
is such that I don?t want to
stand and watch that last 15,
20 minutes. My teams are
better than that and I want
my team here to be better
than that.
?I told the players
afterwards that last period of
the game was unacceptable.
For me, it?s about planning
for next week and getting
ready for a difficult game at
Bournemouth and that?s what
I will do.
?But I will still talk to them
[the board] and get a feeling
of what they think because
they might think a change is a
better thing for the club, I
don?t know.?
Asked when he was going
to see the board, Pardew said:
?I will see them [the board]
when I?ve had a good night?s
sleep and a glass of wine.
?The one thing I?m not
going to do is lay down tools. I
will continue to fight because
that?s always been in me,
through more difficult times
than this by the way, at other
clubs.?
Over the top: Riyad Mahrez scores Leicester?s second
Pardew insists his players
must continue to battle to the
bitter end. ?They?ve got to
fight to the end,? he added. ?I
don?t care whatever job or
workplace you?re in, if you?re
under pressure and you don?t
want to fight, don?t bother
turning up.?
Leicester City manager
Claude Puel?s press
conference was cut short by a
fire drill and when Pardew
appeared, the West Brom
boss joked: ?I tried to start a
fire but you?re all still here.?
West Brom actually led
through Salomon Rondon?s
eighth-minute volley, but
Jamie Vardy levelled on 21
minutes and further goals
from Riyad Mahrez and
Kelechi Iheanacho
respectively saw The
Hawthorns rapidly emptying
before Vicente Iborra headed
in Leicester?s fourth deep into
time added on.
West Brom put up a real
fight for the first hour and
could have gone 2-1 ahead but
for Grzegorz Krychowiak?s
deflected volley being tipped
on to the bar by Kasper
Schmeichel, the Leicester
goalkeeper. But once
Leicester were ahead, the
result was never in any doubt.
Rondon scored in West
Brom?s first attack, getting
ahead of Wes Morgan to slide
in a volley at the near post
after Oliver Burke had
outmuscled Ben Chilwell to
cross.
Leicester equalised with a
truly stunning goal, Vardy
allowing the ball to drop over
his left shoulder before
steering home a full-blooded
volley that left Ben Foster, the
goalkeeper, rooted to the
spot. Iheanacho set up
Mahrez?s goal when the latter
neatly flicked the ball past
Foster. Then the г25m former
Manchester City youngster
scored his first Premier
League goal for the Foxes
when he planted a firm
header past Foster after
Chilwell crossed from the left.
Iborra headed in
Leicester?s fourth from Marc
Albrighton?s corner. It was
the 47th league goal West
Brom have conceded this
season. Puel said of Vardy?s
strike: ?It was a good
opportunity, a fantastic goal,
it was the second goal he?s
scored with his quality. It was
difficult to take the ball and
he is a good player.?
Star man: Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Yellow cards: West Brom: Livermore
Leicester: Vardy, Simpson, Ndidi
Referee: R Madley
Attendance: 23,558
West Brom: Foster 6, Nyom 6, Dawson
5, Hegazi 5, Gibbs 5, Livermore 6, Burke
8 (Robson-Kanu 83min, 5), Krychowiak
6 (Field 59min, 5), Brunt 5, Phillips 5
(Rodriguez 70min, 5), Rondon 7
Substitutes: Yacob, Myhill, McClean,
McAuley
Leicester: Schmeichel 7, Simpson 7,
Morgan 5, Maguire 7, Chilwell 7, Iborra
7, Ndidi 6, Mahrez 8 (Diabate 88min, 6),
Okazaki 6 (Iheanacho 60min, 8), Gray 7
(Albrighton 67min, 7), Vardy 8
Substitutes: Dragovic, Jakupovic,
James, Fuchs
6/10
6
Disappointing in the first half,
where he offered his back four
little protection. Second period
better, when he had more space
MOHAMED
SALAH
HANNAH MCKAY
69/110
Boro overpower Barnsley
MIDDLESBROUGH
Ayala 1, Traore 18,
Bamford 53
BARNSLEY
Moore 58
3
1
Ron Clarke
Riverside stadium
This result keeps the exit
door at both ends of the
Championship firmly open
for two teams who could be
playing a league apart at the
start of next season.
For Middlesbrough the sun
keeps shining with this third
win in a row and their playoff
spot looking increasingly
secure. At the opposite end, a
bedraggled Barnsley continue
to try to repair the roof as the
rain pours in. They have won
only twice in 21 games.
The Yorkshire team were
down and out inside the first
20 minutes after conceding
twice and defeat was rubberstamped shortly after the
break with a third. It came
with Barnsley goalkeeper Nick
Townsend flapping at the ball
and allowing it to bounce off
the knee of the free-scoring
Patrick Bamford for his eighth
goal in five games.
And that was it, despite a
late flicker of life from the
visitors with Kieffer Moore
heading in a rebound and
then heading Stephen
Mallan?s corner against a post
in the closing moments. The
hosts barely had to step out of
second gear to keep their
promotion push at full tilt and
stay in sixth spot, three points
ahead of the chasing pack.
Middlesbrough manager
Tony Pulis said: ?When
we scored the third
goal we did take
the foot off the
pedal and you
can?t do that at
any level. But
we got the
points we
wanted and the
points we needed,
so I can?t be too harsh
on them. The challenge is
now to stay in the playoffs.?
When Middlesbrough
stuck inside the first minute,
with Daniel Ayala stabbing
home Ryan Shotton?s cross,
and then the pacey Adama
Traore, inset, firing a leftfooted shot into the right side
of the net it looked as though
a cricket scoreboard may be
needed.
Complacency crept in as
the game became more of a
walkabout than a meaningful
contest. By the break
Barnsley had only a tame
header from Moore to
register as an attempt. The
one-way traffic continued
into the early part of the new
half and the margin should
have been wider with almost
the final move as Traore
rampaged down the field and
opted to bring a save out of
Townsend rather than pass
across the penalty area to the
unmarked Lewis Baker.
Barnsley manager
Jose Morais said:
?We could have
achieved a
different result
but for some
reason we didn?t
control the
beginning of the
game or the first half.?
Star man: Adama Traore
(Middlesbrough)
Yellow card: Barnsley: Gardner
Referee: A Davies
Attendance: 24,917
Middlesbrough: Randolph 6, Shotton
7, Ayala 7, Gibson 6, Friend 6, Clayton
6, Besic 7 ( Baker 65min, 6), Howson
6, Traore 8, Bamford 7
(Assombalonga 89min, 4), Downing 7
(Cranie 82min, 4) Substitutes:
Konstantopoulos, Fry, Johnson,
Harrison
Barnsley: Townsend 5, Cavare 5,
Jackson 6, Lindsay 6, Pinillos 5, Gardner
6, Williams 5 (Mallan 74min, 6),
Knasm№llner 5 (Isgrove 60min, 5),
Hedges 5 (Thiam h-t, 5), Moore 6,
McBurnie 6 Substitutes: Davies,
Moncur, Yiadom, Pearson
Pellegrino accuses his players of giving up against Newcastle
SCOTT HEPPELL
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Kenedy 2, 29, Ritchie 57
SOUTHAMPTON
3
0
Martin Hardy
St James? Park
Mauricio Pellegrino was
jeered by his own supporters
onto the Southampton bus
that left St James? Park. By
then he had accused some of
his players of giving up.
On the day Newcastle took
a big step towards securing
their Premier League future,
the Saints looked a club
teetering towards crisis. For
once Tyneside presented a
picture of calm. ?I must
apologise to our supporters
because we did not represent
the club well enough,? said
Pellegrino. ?When you
concede an early goal it can
have a big impact on the
players. I observed some
players who gave up.
?You cannot do that [give
up]. We have to switch on our
spirit. You can have good
players and budget but
without personality and spirit
it is very difficult to compete
at this level. At this level we
have to compete with a
different attitude.
?This is the bad face of
sport. On one side are
winners and on the other is
losers. The loser looks worse
than we are.?
It is now one win in 17
Premier League games, a
damning statistic. There were
chants of ?You don?t know
what you?re doing? from the
1,600 fans who had travelled
north and Pellegrino was
jeered when he went to
collect the ball.
It was a stark contrast to
the relief that the city of
Newcastle felt. Captain
Jamaal Lascelles was stripped
to his waist when he left the
pitch after swapping his shirt
with a young fan who had
made a cardboard black and
white shirt for him. Unity,
fight, the elements Rafa
Benitez has referred to, were
right there for a footballer
who gets the importance of
his role, as captain of a club
that needs leaders.
The most comfortable win
of an often worrying season
left them five points clear of
relegation with a vastly
superior goal difference to
those in the bottom three.
Benitez has held the hand
of his young team towards
their 32 points, and the
signing of Kenedy, on loan
from Chelsea, could prove to
be one of the most important
decisions of the campaign.
The Brazilian was
excellent, scoring twice ? the
first after just 64 seconds ?
and leading Newcastle to a
victory that led to delight in
the home stands and abuse
for Benitez?s friend,
Pellegrino.
What little fight
Southampton had went by
the second minute. Kenedy
took a Jonjo Shelvey through-
On target: an
emotional Kenedy
celebrates his
first goal for
Newcastle
ball on his chest, turned the
defender Cedric Soares and
struck a left-footed shot past
Alex McCarthy.
Just before the half-hour
mark, Newcastle swept
upfield, Ayoze Perez played
the ball to Dwight Gayle, who
set up Kenedy to score, again
with his left foot.
By the time Matt Ritchie
had swept in an excellent
third, with 57 minutes gone,
and victory was secured,
Newcastle had the rare
luxury of coasting through
the final 30 minutes.
?Everything was perfect,?
purred Benitez. ?The
commitment of the players
was fantastic. Southampton
are a good team, we had to be
strong in defence and good
on the counterattack. We
needed to start with intensity
and we did it and scored a
goal. We were pushing, we
were aggressive and scored
the second goal. ?After
Bournemouth [two weeks
ago] we had to score the third
goal and we did. We knew we
had to win this game.?
It showed. Newcastle will
head to Spain now to
recharge. Southampton must
manage a crisis.
Star man: Kenedy (Newcastle)
Yellow cards: Southampton:
Stephens, Hoedt
Referee: A Marriner
Attendance: 52,246
Newcastle Utd: Dubravka 7, Yedlin 7,
Lascelles 7, Lejeune 8, Dummett 8,
Ritchie 7, Shelvey 8 (Merino 83min, 4),
Diame 8, Kenedy 8 (Atsu 78min, 6),
Perez 7, Gayle 7 (Joselu 69min, 5)
Substitutes: Darlow, Clark, Murphy,
Manquillo
Southampton: McCarthy 6, Soares 5,
Stephens 5, Hoedt 4, Bertrand 4,
Hojbjerg 5, Lemina 5 (Sims h-t, 5),
Ward-Prowse 6, Tadic 5 (Long h-t, 3),
Redmond 5, Carrillo 6 (Gabbiadini
66min, 4) Substitutes: Forster, Romeu,
Boufal, Bednarek
8
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
Rod
Liddle
Impotence has a strange,
discombobulating effect. I speak not
from experience, you understand ?
simply from watching our foreign
secretary, Boris Johnson, shorn of his
usual priapism, flailing around in
response to the attempted murder of the
former Russian double agent Sergei
Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Loads of men in scary nuclear,
biological, chemical suits are taping off
half of Salisbury as I write. A British
policeman remains in hospital having
inhaled or ingested some of the
mysterious, noxious substance
which, very quickly,
everybody agreed must
surely have originated from
the Kremlin. The
government must be seen to
act, to act tough. And yet
there is very little it can do
that will have any
effect. And so Boris
posits the
suggestion that
we should
perhaps
boycott the
World Cup in
Moscow,
three months
hence.
Later he
Boycotting the
World Cup in
Russia would
only deprive
players,
fans and
broadcasters ?
and hit
profits
of the
brewing
industry
rowed back a little and explained that he
actually meant only the dignitaries
would boycott the thing, such as Prince
William who is titular head of the
Football Association. Well, that will
surely show Vladimir Putin who is the
boss, won?t it? A grievous blow to
Russia?s self-esteem.
But meanwhile the cat was out of the
bag. The notion that the England team
should boycott the tournament was
taken up with some alacrity by other
MPs. Tom Tugendhat, the chairman of
the foreign affairs committee, has said
that the option to withdraw from the
tournament should ?remain on the
table? and that it is extraordinary that
we should even be thinking of
participating in a competition that is
being hosted by a country which ?uses
murder as an instrument of state
policy?.
Meanwhile, Labour MP Chris Bryant,
of the All Party Russia Group, says it
would be ?very difficult? for the England
team to compete because, never mind
this nerve gas business, the tournament
was ?corruptly awarded? to Russia. Ah,
indeed. Unlike the pristine, transparent
process which usually attends to
decisions made by Fifa ? such as the
awarding of most previous World Cups,
and indeed the one that will take place in
2022 in Qatar.
This is the problem. Given that there
is very little the government can actually
do, short of cutting diplomatic relations
with Russia, which it assuredly won?t do,
the politicians are reaching for the
nearest stick with which to beat Putin.
Ineffectually beat Putin, because I don?t
suppose that Vlad will lose too much
sleep over one nation refusing to turn up
out of pique.
Italy would probably be invited to
take our place and I suspect that they
would not have too many qualms about
doing so. Nor will we have much luck
persuading allies ? Australia, Japan,
Germany ? to follow our lead.
It is true that the USA managed to
persuade us and a bunch of other
countries to boycott the 1980 Olympic
Games in Moscow because the Soviet
Union had imposed upon Afghanistan its
only competent government in 60 years
( just ask the Afghans if you doubt that).
But we do not quite have the weight of
the USA, and that country itself failed to
qualify for the World Cup, so its support
or otherwise is an irrelevance.
Boycotting sporting events works only
when enough countries agree to do it.
And we will be quite alone if we take this
route, I suspect.
The government cannot force the
England team to withdraw, but it can put
pressure on the FA to do so. The
I don?t suppose
that Vlad will
lose too much
sleep over
one nation
refusing to turn
up out of pique
governing body would, of course, be
wholly opposed to such a notion. So,
even more, would the players. And
indeed the broadcasting companies and
the pubs and, crucially, the general
public ? with the exception of that gobby
200,000 or so who regularly demand
that we boycott everything. In short, we
would be slicing off our nose to spite our
faces.
Don?t forget, either, that there would
probably be more international support
for boycotting the following World Cup
in the ghastly slave state of Qatar. It is
true that Qatar has not effected a
?brazen act of war? against us, as one
MP said of the poisoning of Skripal and
his daughter. However, the human rights
ADRIAN DENNIS
Azpilicueta Christensen
Zappacosta Fabregas
Cahill
Kante
Willian
Villa put dent in
Wolves title bid
3-4-2-1
Courtois
Alonso
ASTON VILLA
Hazard
Adomah 8, Chester 57,
Grabban 62, Bjarnason 85
Giroud
Benteke
Schlupp
record of Qatar and its sponsoring of
international Islamic terrorism would, in
the eyes of most countries, qualify it for
a boycott well ahead of Russia.
The way out for the government is
pretty straightforward. We may have
very good reason to believe that some
agency within the Russian government,
and perhaps even Putin himself, has
been behind the attempted murder of
Mr Skripal and indeed the 13 other
Russian emigres who have died in
mysterious circumstances over the past
10 or 15 years. But we do not know that
for sure.
The most likely outcome, then, is for
the government to do what was done in
the case of Russian defector Alexander
Litvinenko, who was murdered when
somebody put polonium in his tea in
London in 2006.
An inquiry was set up and concluded
that, in all likelihood, Litvinenko had
indeed been murdered by agents of the
Russian state. It delivered that verdict in
2016. A similar inquiry now would
expect to report its findings around
2028. I have the feeling that our prime
minister is edging towards that course of
action.
Football or no football, sometimes it is
better not to succumb to the ravages of
impotence, but to bide one?s time and
work behind the scenes.
WOLVES
Sorloth
Jota 20
McArthur Milivojevic Townsend
4
1
Barry Flatman
Villa Park
Van Aanholt Tomkins
4-4-2
Kelly
Wan-Bissaka
Aston Villa delivered an
emphatic message to
Wolverhampton Wanderers
on behalf of all the other
challengers for promotion to
the Premier League.
After humiliating Leeds
United in midweek, Wolves
initially bore the look of a side
thinking their possession was
going to guarantee them
another three points.
Wolves were hesitant in
their defending when Robert
Snodgrass aimed in a corner
from the left and Mile Jedinak
headed the ball back across
goal. For a split second it
seemed as though Lewis
Grabban and Albert Adomah
were going to impede each
other with Wolves? defenders
in disarray. Finally Adomah
found a yard of space from
close range to snap up his
third goal in four matches.
Wolves equalised after Neil
Taylor?s positional error
meant he was rendered no
more than a spectator. Both
John Terry and James Chester
found themselves unable to
provide any form of challenge
as Diego Jota, normally such a
cultured player, could frankly
no more than stumble in his
14th goal of the season.
Hennessey
CHELSEA
Willian 25, Kelly og 32
CRYSTAL PALACE
Van Aanholt 90
2
1
E
John Aizlewood
Stamford Bridge
ven when it?s easy, Chelsea can
still make things difficult for
themselves. For 90 minutes
they were cruising to three
comfortable points. This was
the ruthless, glistening Chelsea
of last season: Eden Hazard was
a powerful thrusting presence,
N?Golo Kante was everywhere
and Willian was at his most
delightfully impish.
They had scored two and, but for the
woodwork and some unlikely goalline
clearances, they could have had many,
many more. If nothing else, this was a
reminder that who romps in next season?s Champions League is far from settled. Then Patrick van Aanholt scored an
unlikely goal and comfort suddenly
became very uncomfortable. In stoppage
time Chelsea were hanging on.
Wednesday?s trip to Barcelona may
hover over them like a nervous date with
a supermodel, but this morning they are
just two points adrift of the Champions
League places. Their run-in is relatively
gentle and Tottenham must visit Stamford Bridge. As a result, hope of reaching
next year?s Champions League without
winning it this year is not lost: much as
head coach Antonio Conte may have
yearned to rest his kingpins against Palace, those who were able started.
Palace have lost their winning habit,
albeit one which was hardly ingrained,
but while Wilfried Zaha?s unreliable knee
prevented him from returning for 90
minutes, the scorer of Palace?s October
winner against Chelsea was fit enough for
a sparkling second period. ?Our first-half
commitment was not enough,? said Roy
Hodgson, the Crystal Palace manager. ?In
the second, we started to ask questions
and were much closer to how we hoped
to play.?
Chelsea wanted things over quickly.
Willian and Hazard pushed so far forwards they were almost alongside Olivier
Giroud. Andros Townsend?s dipper that
flew inches over was a rare moment of
Palace pressing, but with Alexander Sorloth a 21st century Tore Andre Flo and
Christian Benteke in Andreas Christensen?s pocket, their best hope was not
to concede. Alas, Martin Kelly was every
inch the full-back impersonating a centre-half, Van Aanholt was at his most laissez-faire and they were fortunate to be
only two down by half-time.
First, Kante found Willian out on the
left. There seemed little to trouble the
massed ranks of white shirts but the Brazilian cut in and those white shirts backed
off. They were still backing off when Willian?s daisy-cutter took a deflection off
Kelly, hit the post and rolled home.
The second was a thing of exquisite
conception but comical execution. Cesc
Fabregas played a glorious ball out of
defence to Marcos Alonso on the left.
Alonso crossed low and Willian brilliantly
dummied, allowing Hazard to find the
onrushing Davide Zappacosta. So far, so
delicious, but Zappacosta?s cross-shot
rebounded off Kelly, hit the back of
Wayne Hennessey?s head and then Kelly
once again before trickling into the net.
During the interval, Villa
manager Steve Bruce clearly
reminded his players that
greater industry was required
to combat Wolves? possessive
football and the home team
were far livelier after the
break. First Snodgrass
perfectly found an unmarked
James Chester just three
yards from goal to put Villa
back in front.
Then to compound
Wolves? increasing defensive
frailty, Adomah raided
menacingly down the lefthand side of the penalty area
and clipped a cross for
Grabban to break clear of his
marker Willy Boly and score
his fourth goal in successive
matches since being loaned
from Bournemouth.
Wolves? stomach for the
challenge seemed to be
weakening by the minute and
Villa substitute Birkir
Bjarnason was allowed to run
through unchallenged
towards the penalty spot
before rounding off a notable
win for the home side with an
unstoppable low drive.
Star man: Albert Adomah (Aston Villa)
Yellow cards: Aston Villa: Adomah,
Hourihane, Grealish Wolves: Baath,
Jota, N?Diaye, Coady, Costa
Referee: D Coote
Attendance: 37,876
Aston Villa: Johnstone 7, El Mohamady
7, Chester 7, Terry 6, Taylor 5, Adomah
8 (Bjarnason 75min, 7), Jedinak 6,
Hourihane 6 (Lansbury 81min, 5),
Grealish 6, Snodgrass 7, Grabban 7
(Hogan 86min, 5) Substitutes: Bree,
Onomah, Bunn, Davis
Wolves: Ruddy 6, Batth 5 (Saiss 68min,
4), Coady 6, Boly 6, Doherty 7, Neves 5,
N?Diaye 5, Douglas 6, Cavaleiro 6
(Afobe 67min, 5), Bonatini 6, Jota 7
(Costa 76min, 4) Substitutes: Bennett,
Gibbs-White, Miranda, Norris
Eze earns nervy
victory for QPR
QPR
Eze 62
Willian lifts the Blues
Palace had a real let-off in first-half
stoppage time when fizzing penalty area
interplay allowed Hazard to roll the ball
into Giroud?s path. This seemed to be the
moment for Giroud to score his first Chelsea league goal and his shot beat Hennessey but not James Tomkins, who
cleared off the line spectacularly, if not
deliberately, with his heel.
Zaha replaced the hapless Benteke for
the second half and his mere presence
galvanised his teammates. Soon they
were given a real chance when Christensen squandered possession. As the
Dane stood berating Cesar Azpilicueta,
Sorloth stomped towards goal like the Big
Friendly Giant until Kante slid in from
nowhere. The distraction was enough
and Sorloth?s shot cannoned off the post.
The let-off was a reminder of sorts for
Chelsea. They clamped down on Zaha
and played mostly down their own left,
from where Giroud crossed low for Willian, who would have scored his second
but for Tomkins, who threw himself at
the ball. Another goalline clearance, this
time by Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Zappacosta after more Willian wonder, kept the
deficit bridgeable. ?Willian is playing in a
fantastic way right now, not just on the
ball but off it too,? purred Conte.
Chelsea came closer still when another
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wondrous Willian ball found Hazard,
who freed the overlapping Alonso to
cross low for Giroud. Would this be his
moment? It would not. Giroud?s first-time
shot sped past Hennessey, only to hit the
post and reach safety. Soon, to his obvi-
ous frustration, Giroud was replaced by
Alvaro Morata, himself in need of the fillip of goals. Morata didn?t pick up a goal,
but he did pick up a yellow card.
Even after Sorloth had an 85th-minute
goal disallowed for a Jairo Riedewald
push, much to Hodgson?s bemusement,
Chelsea made things difficult for themselves. In the 90th minute, Zaha found
the overlapping Van Aanholt, the Dutchman slotted handsomely under Thibaut
Courtois and what had been a spring
stroll turned into full-scale panic.
?Were we too relaxed? I don?t
know,? mused Conte with the
air of a man who very much did
know. ?Barcelona will be a
totally different game to today.?
Star man: Willian (Chelsea)
Yellow cards: Chelsea: Morata Crystal
Palace: Van Aanholt, Tomkins Referee: A
Taylor Attendance: 40,800
Chelsea: Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 6,
Christensen 6, Cahill 6, Zappacosta 7,
Fabregas 7 (Bakayoko 88min, 3), Kante
8, Alonso 7, Willian 8, Hazard 8 (Pedro
88min, 3), Giroud 6 (Morata 72min, 4)
Substitutes: Caballero, Moses, Emerson,
Ampadu
Crystal Palace: Hennessey 6, WanBissaka 6, Kelly 6, Tomkins 7, Van Aanholt
5, Townsend 6 (Lee 81min, 5), Milivojevic 5,
McArthur 5, Schlupp 5 (Riedewald 75min
4), Sorloth 4, Benteke 4 (Zaha h-t, 7)
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Substitutes: Cavalieri, Sakho, Souare, Fosu-Mensah
Out of reach:
N?Golo Kante
shrugs off Jeffrey
Schlupp, of
Crystal Palace;
inset, Willian
scores
SUNDERLAND
1
0
Brian Glanville
Loftus Road
It was something of a tribute
to a depleted Sunderland and
something of a condemnation
of Queens Park Rangers that
by the closing minutes, the
home fans were whistling for
the referee to end the game.
The visitors had been
reduced to 10 men after a
mere three minutes of the
second half when goalkeeper
Jason Steele raced out of his
area to handle the ball. This
after a dismally sterile first
half, in which neither side
scored and neither keeper
had a save to make. It was a
tribute to Sunderland that
they looked for an equaliser
until the very end, when even
substitute goalkeeper Lee
Camp came up for a corner.
Sunderland are bottom,
and though salvation is still
mathematically possible, it is
increasingly unlikely.
What Sunderland did
demonstrate yesterday was
high morale, a refusal to lie
down and die. As for QPR, the
fact that against 10 men they
could prevail only by a single
goal tells its plain, negative
story. They do not seem in
real danger of going down,
though Saturday?s derby at
Fulham seems unlikely to
bring anything but defeat.
After a first half of grinding
tedium, the game sprang to
some sort of life when Steele
had his rush of blood to the
head. The ball had been
played through for QPR by
Darnell Furlong, pursued by
Paul Smyth. But it was Steele
who got there first and from
that moment it seemed only a
matter of time that
Sunderland would surrender.
The goal was capably taken
by Eberechi Eze, but only
with the help of a mistake by
Matt Smith, who turned a
pass into a slightly fortuitous
one-two. Eze found Smith in
close quarters, the ball
rebounded and Eze put it
away. Sunderland?s 10 men
took the play to a somewhat
nervous QPR. Almost at the
death, there was a pile-up of
bodies at the right-hand post
but Rangers survived.
Star man: Eberechi Eze (Queens Park
Rangers)
Yellow cards: Queens Park Rangers:
Freeman, Onuoha Sunderland: O?Shea
Red card: Sunderland: Steele
Referee: R Jones
Attendance: 14,216
Queens Park Rangers: Smithies 6,
Furlong 7, Robinson 6 (Lynch h-t, 6),
Onuoha 7, Bidwell 6, Freeman 7,
Scowen 6, Luongo 6, Eze 7 (Manning
89min, 3), Smyth 7 (Oyasi-Samuel
71min, 7), Smith 6 Substitutes: Cousins,
Washington, Ingram, Wszolek
Sunderland: Steele 5, Asoro 6 (Camp
48min, 7), Kone 6, O?Shea 6, Oviedo 6,
Matthews 6, Cattermole 6, Williams 6
(McGeady 30min, 6), Ejaria 6,
Honeyman 6, Fletcher 6 (Maja 86min,
3). Substitutes: Jones, McManaman,
Gooch, Robson
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The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
MIKE EGERTON
ROB NEWELL
Captain?s slog:
Mark Noble
angrily pulls a
pitch invader
to the ground
at the London
stadium
Swansong: sent-off Jordan Ayew is consoled by his brother
Swans survive
after Ayew red
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
SWANSEA CITY
0
0
Nick Townsend
Kirklees stadium
Unrest: West Ham United
players reason with pitch
invaders, left, as the club?s
co-owner, David Sullivan, is
confronted, above right,
and another supporter
holds a corner flag
West Ham?s day of shame
WEST HAM UNITED
BURNLEY
Barnes 66, Wood 70, 81
0
3
W
Paul Rowan
London stadium
est Ham United are a
club in deep crisis both
on and off the pitch.
Repeated
crowd
trouble in the second
half when Burnley
scored three goals
marred this game and
opened
up
fresh
wounds at the club,
where the problems extend well beyond
whether or not they will be relegated.
Play was briefly halted twice as a number of fans invaded the pitch and both
West Ham?s Mark Noble and Burnley?s
Ashley Barnes scuffled with the perpetrators. Perhaps more disturbingly, hundreds of angry supporters converged on
the directors? box, some fighting with
stewards, who tried to restrain them as
they chanted against the West Ham joint
owners David Sullivan and 81-year-old
David Gold. Amid the chaos, Burnley?s
form continued, with a goal for Barnes
and a brace for substitute Chris Wood.
The FA is clearly going to have to act
before West Ham?s next home game,
against Southampton in three weeks.
David Moyes is taking his team to Florida
tomorrow for warm weather work and is
FOOTBALL
SHORTS
Seven up: Harry Wilson
scores Hull?s winner in
the 4-3 defeat of Norwich
4-2-3-1
Hart
Zabaleta
Collins
Ogbonna
Noble
Kouyate
Mario
Lanzini
Cresswell
Antonio
Arnautovic
Barnes
Hendrick
Lennnon
Gudmundsson
Westwood
Ward
4-4-1-1
Mee
Cork
Tarkowski
Lowton
Pope
leaving something of a nightmare behind
him, his team having conceded 11 in their
last three games and tension among supporters reaching dangerous levels. One
middle-aged female steward was thrown
to the ground in scuffles inside the stadium, while Burnley substitutes gave up
their seats on the bench to frightened
West Ham youngsters. All this a fortnight
after the 25th anniversary of Bobby
Moore?s death, with members of his family in the stadium to mark the occasion.
That was overshadowed by the trouble
from fans unhappy about the move to the
London stadium and the level of invest-
MADDISON TREBLE NOT ENOUGH
James Maddison scored a first-half hattrick and still ended up on the losing
side as Hull boosted their survival hopes
with a 4-3 Championship win over
Norwich. Four penalties were awarded
? and converted ? in a game that saw
the hosts recover from 3-1 down at the
KCOM stadium. Abel Hernandez scored
twice from the spot for Hull, with
Jackson Irvine and Harry Wilson also on
target, the last-named scoring the 71stminute winner. Maddison became the
first Norwich player to score an away
league hat-trick since Efan Ekoku hit
four in a 5-1 Premier League win at
Everton in September 1993.
MITROVIC IS LATE HERO FOR FULHAM
Aleksandar Mitrovic struck
the winner deep into
stoppage time as Fulham
clinched a 2-1 victory over
Preston at Deepdale. The
Serbian striker hit his
second goal of the game
? after Sean Maguire?s
equaliser ? to make it four
straight wins for Fulham.
EARLY-BIRD SAVILLE
STRIKES FOR MILLWALL
Millwall made it 11 league
games unbeaten to
ment. A protest march went ahead before
the game and was thinly attended, but
there was a thuggish element to what
happened inside the stadium.
Moyes had never known an atmosphere so toxic: ?As a fan you can?t come
on the pitch. The players know they have
to perform. We were 1-0 down, in with a
chance, and whatever happened we lost a
second goal within a minute. I would say
[the first pitch invasion] didn?t help, but
it?s no excuse. We need the club ? supporters, players, everyone ? to pull
together. It would really help if everybody pulled in one direction.?
At least in the first half, West Ham
played with the urgency of a team with
grave warnings of relegation. They might
have gone in to the break ahead if they
had a tad more composure. They carved
out three good chances but could not
convert any of them before the interval.
None of this foretold the chaos of the
second half, which began when Burnley
scored. A long ball found Wood, who
picked out Barnes, who blasted into the
net. That sparked the first pitch incursion
by three fans, one of whom was wrestled
to the ground by Noble. The fans had
hardly been removed when Burnley
scored again; Aaron Lennon?s cross
turned in by Wood. That sparked a surge
towards the directors? box by a couple of
hundred fans, who stayed below the
directors? box chanting as the game continued while another fan came on the
pitch, removed a corner flag and then
planted it near the centre circle.
It was a very ugly last third of the game
and perhaps Joe Hart was distracted
when he spilled Gudmundsson?s effort
and Wood stabbed in. Gold and Sullivan
maintain their Championship playoff
push with a 1-0 win over Brentford,
thanks to George Saville scoring in the
opening minute for the second
consecutive game. Ipswich and
Sheffield United?s chances of a playoff
place suffered a setback with a 0-0
draw at Portman Road. Playoff hopefuls
Bristol City were held to a goalless draw
at struggling Burton Albion.
LEEDS HELD AT READING
Leeds United appeared to be on course
for a morale-boosting win at Reading
only to draw 2-2 after Eunan O?Kane?s
own goal. Pontus Jansson and Pablo
Hernandez had scored either side of the
break to cancel out Jon Dadi
Bodvarsson?s opener. Sheffield
Wednesday conceded a stoppage-time
equaliser as their struggles continued
with a 1-1 draw against Bolton. A 78thminute goal from George Boyd looked
to have won it for the hosts, but Aaron
Wilbraham salvaged a point for Bolton.
CARDIFF SURVIVE LATE FIGHTBACK
Cardiff took another step towards
automatic promotion from the
Championship with a 3-2 win over
Birmingham. First-half goals from
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Craig Bryson
and Callum Paterson had them cruising
to a sixth straight victory. Birmingham?s
BURNLEY DEFENDER TARKOWSKI
IN LINE FOR ENGLAND CALL-UP
James Tarkowski, below,
Burnley?s ball-playing
young defender, is set to be
rewarded for his
breakthrough season in the
Premier League with a callup to the England squad for
this month?s friendlies
against Holland and Italy,
which Gareth Southgate
names this week.
Southgate has been
impressed by Tarkowski,
who has established
himself for his club since
Michael Keane?s departure
to Everton. Southgate?s
assistant, Steve Holland,
watched Tarkowski help
marshal Burnley to a clean
sheet at West Ham. But
Tarkowski?s club colleague,
goalkeeper Nick Pope, may
miss out. Southgate was at
Old Trafford, where he saw
Liverpool?s Alex OxladeChamberlain, who is in line
for an England recall
left the directors? box before the end to
defuse the situation and police entered
the stadium, but there was no more
trouble, only a sour taste in the mouth
after a truly awful day for West Ham.
Star man: Ashley Barnes (Burnley)
Yellow cards: West Ham United: Cresswell, Lanzini
Burnley: Westwood, Lennon
Referee: L Mason Attendance: 56,904
West Ham: Hart 5, Zabaleta 6, Collins 6, Ogbonna 6,
Cresswell 6, Noble 5, Kouyate 5, Mario 5 (Hernandez
71min, 4), Lanzini 6, Antonio 6, Arnautovic 5
Substitutes: Hugill, Adrian, Evra, Cullen, Rice, Browne
Burnley: Pope 7, Lowton 7, Tarkowski 7, Mee 7, Ward 7,
Lennon 6, Cork 6, Westwood 7, Gudmundsson 7,
Hendrick 5 (Wood, 60min, 8), Barnes 8 (Vokes 89min,
3) Substitutes: Nkoudou, Marney, Lindegaard,
Bardsley, Long
new manager, Garry Monk, inspired a
second-half fightback as Craig
Gardner?s penalty and Maxime Colin?s
late strike kept the relegation strugglers
in the game.
RONALDO DOUBLE SAVES REAL MADRID
Cristiano Ronaldo, inset, came to Real
Madrid?s rescue again with two goals in
their shaky 2-1 win at Eibar. It was their
eighth win in their past nine matches in
all competitions. The deadlock was
broken against the run of play when
Luka Modric?s pass sliced through the
Eibar defence for Ronaldo to score for a
seventh consecutive game. Ivan Ramis
headed in to level in the 50th minute,
but Ronaldo hit his second six minutes
from time for his 13th goal in those
seven matches.
ZIDANE PRAISES NEYMAR
Zinedine Zidane, the Real
Madrid coach, continued the
Spanish giant?s annual spring
?courting? of a big-name
player by saying Neymar
?would fit into any team in
the world?. The Brazil
forward has been linked
with a г350m move to the
European champions after
less than a season with Paris StGermain, whom he joined from
Rarely can a team have been
afforded such an opportunity
to bolster their claims to
another season in the land of
plenty than Huddersfield
were here. Rarely can they
have been so wantonly guilty
of wasting that invitation.
The 11th-minute dismissal
of Swansea?s leading scorer
Jordan Ayew saw the
remainder of the game
played almost exclusively in
the visitors? half. But instead
of seizing the moment,
Huddersfield, despite twice
striking the woodwork, were
otherwise held at bay far too
comfortably by the visitors
and at the final whistle City
manager Carlos Carvalhal?s
manic punch of the air could
be fully comprehended ?
despite both clubs remaining
locked together on 31 points,
four points above the
relegation places.
City, who came into the
match fifth in the form table
since Carvalhal?s arrival in
late December, continue to
show evidence that they will
survive. In contrast, you just
wonder how much will David
Wagner and his men regret
failing to capitalise on the
position they found
themselves in yesterday.
However, the German
maintained that the statistics
said everything, with
Huddersfield having 30 shots
to Swansea?s none. ?We were
unlucky, they were lucky,? he
insisted. ?To score, you need
a little bit of luck. I couldn?t
ask for more.?
Swansea?s quest for all
three points barely lasted 10
minutes after the sibling
rapport between the two
front-running Ayews had
been curtailed.
An ugly collision between
Jonathan Hogg and Jordan
Ayew, which left both men
writhing, ended with the
latter being dismissed, the
Swansea man having caught
his opponent high up on the
leg. ?The decision was from
the fourth official ? as I
understand it,? said
Carvalhal. ?To me, it was not
a red card. Two players
discuss [contest] very hard
the ball but with exactly the
same the position of the feet
of the two players. It is a red
card to both, or to neither.?
Wagner, though, was
adamant that one dismissal
only was justified. ?If you
Barcelona for г198m last summer.
?Neymar would fit in at every club
because he is very good, just as other
players,? Zidane said, adding: ?I?m not
going to talk about a player that is not
mine.?
BARCA WIN AS ANOTHER MESSI ARRIVES
Barcelona won 2-0 at bottom club
Malaga last night just hours after Lionel
Messi confirmed the birth of his third
child in an Instagram post. The
Argentinian had pulled out of
Barcelona?s squad earlier in the day. Luis
Suarez headed the visitors in front on 15
minutes. He has now scored
against every team in La Liga he
has faced. Another former
Liverpool star, Philippe Coutinho,
doubled the lead with a backheel.
Malaga were reduced to 10 men
after 31 minutes when Samu
Garcia was sent off for a reckless
tackle on Jordi Alba.
DULWICH MOVE TO TOOTING
Dulwich Hamlet will start life at
Tooting & Mitcham?s Imperial
Fields ground, after being kicked
out of Champion Hill by the
stadium?s owners, with their
Velocity Trophy semi-final
against the Met Police on
Tuesday. The Bostik Premier
look at the video footage
there is no doubt only one
player should get the red
card. It was a clear red card.?
From then on, it was a
focus on point preservation
for Carvalhal?s men, and,
with Alfie Mawson, Mike van
der Hoorn and Federico
Fernandez heading away a
series of crosses, they found
it too easy to frustrate the
hosts. Carvalhal generously
described the hosts? build-up
play as ?opera?, but frankly
Town were discordant once
they approached goal and
simply didn?t have the wit or
invention to damage an
obdurate rearguard.
?Before[hand] it was a
good point,? said Carvalhal.
?After, it was a massive point
because of the
circumstances. My team
showed fight and character,
defending with quality, not
just everyone at the back.?
Goals have been at a
premium for Town this
season. Their best first-half
chance came when
Christopher Schindler?s
header from Rajiv van La
Parra?s cross just cleared the
bar. The Australian
playmaker Aaron Mooy, back
after three games out
following a gashed knee, was
involved in the Terriers? best
movements and when he and
Florent Hadergjonaj linked to
set up Alex Pritchard, the
former Spurs man saw his
effort deflected by Mawson. It
was Mooy again whose cross
found leading scorer Steve
Mounie, but the Benin striker
edged his back-header
narrowly wide.
After the interval, Mounie
directed a cross into the side
netting and then saw his
venomous volley superbly
tipped on to the bar and over
by goalkeeper Lukasz
Fabianski. Mooy?s clever
corner found Hadergjonaj
whose smart strike drifted
just wide of the far post.
City players demanded
that Hadergjonaj suffer the
same fate as Jordan Ayew
when he slid in and caught Ki
Sung-yueng, but he escaped
with a yellow. In added time,
Tom Ince?s looping attempt
hit a post, but Swansea
deservedly held out.
Star man: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea)
Yellow cards: Huddersfield:
Hadergjonaj, Quaner Swansea:
Mawson, Olsson, A Ayew
Red cards: J Ayew
Referee: M Oliver Attendance: 23,567
Huddersfield: Lossl 6, Hadergjonaj 6,
Jorgensen 7, Schindler 7, Malone 6,
Mooy 7 (Williams 69min, 5), Hogg 7,
Ince 6, Pritchard 6 (Quaner 65min, 5),
Van La Parra 6 (Depoitre 78min, 5),
Mounie 6 Substitutes: Smith, Sabiri,
Coleman, Lowe
Swansea: Fabianski 8, Naughton 6, Van
der Hoorn 7, Fernandez 7, Mawson 7,
Olsson 6, King 6, Ki 7 (Carroll 89min, 5),
Clucas 6, J Ayew 5, A Ayew 6 (Abraham
73min, 5) Substitutes: Narsingh, Dyer,
Nordfeldt, Bartley, Roberts
League high-flyers, who have been told
they cannot even use their own name,
yesterday appealed for volunteers to
assist them in their ground-share for the
remainder of the season, asking for ?12th
man bucket shakers, four turnstile
operators, six stewards minimum, food
for boardroom and players?.
ROBERTS SALVAGES DRAW IN THRILLER
Substitute Gary Roberts scored an 87thminute equaliser for Wigan in a thrilling
3-3 home draw with fellow League One
promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe. Tom
Hopper scored twice for the visitors.
Blackburn?s 3-0 defeat of Blackpool
keep them five points clear at the top.
Gillingham tasted victory at Portsmouth
for the first time in 106 years, coming
from a goal down to win 3-1.
ACCRINGTON HIT TOP SPOT
Accrington hit the top in League Two
after Billy Kee?s stoppage-time goal
gave them a 2-1 win at Luton, taking
them above their title rivals. Accrington,
who have now won seven of their past
eight matches, took the lead just before
half-time through Sean McConville but
Elliot Lee equalised in the 61st minute.
An air ambulance had to land on the
pitch during Chesterfield?s home 3-1
defeat by Lincoln after a fan collapsed
in the stand.
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The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
Gracia has
Hornets
buzzing after
fine start
to reign
Sliding doors:
Javi Gracia
became Watford?s
10th coach in seven
years but is showing
signs of making the
position his own
Spaniard takes his
side to Arsenal
today hoping to
extend a good run
Ian Hawkey
A reputation as a slayer of
giants can become a burden,
but it is a fame that helped
usher Javi Gracia into Watford
barely seven weeks ago, and a
reputation he has burnished
already as the latest manager
of one of the Premier
League?s more hispanophile
clubs. Five league matches in,
he has accumulated 10
valuable points and kept his
club in the upper half of the
table, three of those points
from the thrilling, emphatic
defeat of Chelsea, a result to
outshine anything his
predecessor, Marco Silva,
achieved.
So far, so good, and quite
the introduction his
employers seemed to wish for
when they presented their
new coach as the man who, in
case the name did not
immediately ring a bell,
?famously defeated
Barcelona at the Camp Nou in
2015? while working little
miracles at Malaga.
Sometimes Gracia would be
forgiven for fearing those 90
minutes ? Barчa 0 Malaga 1 ?
would end up as his epitaph.
That game was indeed a study
in skilful tactical planning
and execution; he has had
other against-the-odds
triumphs and endorsements,
too, with which to embolden
him on the six-day
examination ahead.
Watford visit Arsenal today
and Liverpool next weekend,
and should Gracia take even
half the available points, he
can quietly celebrate his best
start to any of his jobs in topflight management over a
career than has taken him to
Greece and Russia, and which
in his native Spain was always
distinguished by a knack for
giving his underdogs real
teeth. The pattern goes back a
way: as a 43-year-old thrust
into Spain?s Primera Division
four matches into a campaign
with struggling Osasuna in
2013-14, he oversaw a
creditable draw with
Barcelona within six weeks;
Real Madrid were held soon
afterwards, small highlights
in a campaign that ended in
relegation.
Gracia?s careful handling of
limited resources at Osasuna,
their effective dead-ball
strategies and wider
organisational instincts
nevertheless made a good
impression across La Liga,
although his appointment at
Malaga in the summer of 2014
carried an element of risk for
club and candidate. Like
Watford, but rather more so,
Malaga have been for the past
five or six years a club with a
high turnover of playing staff;
Gracia joined an institution
where there were still fresh
memories of a Champions
League quarter-final ? under
Manuel Pellegrini ? but not
too many of the senior
players who had taken part
were still on the premises.
From where Malaga sit
right now, rooted to the foot
of Spain?s top division, the
Gracia era now looks golden.
He was there for two seasons,
until the summer of 2016,
when he had achieved a ninth
and an eighth place finish,
and of course those feathers
SPANISH MANAGERS MAKE THEIR MARK
Javier Gracia is the latest
coach to fly the Spanish
flag ? or Catalonia one in
Pep Guardiola?s case ? in
the Premier League.
Newcastle?s current
manager, Rafa Benitez, won
the Champions League at
Liverpool, but some have
had mixed results
Juande Ramos Won
Tottenham?s last trophy
when they beat Chelsea in
the 2008 League Cup final,
but lasted less than a year
at the club
Roberto Martinez Lifted
the FA Cup with Wigan and
took them down to the
Championship in the same
season
Quique Sanchez Flores
Had a good season with
Watford, but was victim of
the club?s revolving-door
policy
Pepe Mel Sacked by West
Bromwich Albion after an
underwhelming five
months in charge at the
start of 2014
in his cap from matches
against La Liga?s behemoths:
four points snared from
Barcelona in 2014-15, when
the then champions, Atletico
Madrid, were stymied in
Malaga; four points denied to
Real Madrid the following
season, Gracia putting an
early spoke in the wheel of
Rafa Benitez?s short-lived
tenure as boss at the
Bernabeu, and then rudely
interrupting Zinedine
Zidane?s smooth start as
Benitez?s successor.
That spell at Malaga, the
most extended of his career,
gave Gracia prospects abroad
and options at home, and
even after a patchy
experience with Rubin Kazan
last season, he was
prominent on the shortlist of
Sevilla, who are in the
Champions League, when
they switched head coach in
December. Watford called
afterwards to make Gracia
their 10th new head coach in
seven years. He has made a
significantly better start than
any of his three predecessors
? Silva, Walter Mazzarri and
Quique Sanchez Flores ?
although no manager would
take short-term form as any
sort of pointer at a club where
?We?ve got
what it takes,
we have right
mentality?
the long-term horizons, at
least for head coaches, seem
set at a year at most.
Today Gracia takes on the
longest-serving manager he
may ever encounter,
acknowledging his customary
process of detailed attention
to opposition tics, fortes and
frailties have been challenged
by how hard it is to predict,
three days after a strong
Arsenal XI beat AC Milan in
the Europa League, the lineup Arsшne Wenger will select.
He has also been reminded
repeatedly this fixture had its
agenda fixed in terms any
Spaniard would understand
back in October, when
Arsenal lost at Watford and
Troy Deeney said he detected
a lack of ?cojones?? in the
visitors. Gracia?s teams tend
to have those when they
confront more glamorous
opponents.
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PETER POWELL
Back to business:
Vertonghen and
Tottenham have an
important game at
Bournemouth today
Jan Vertonghen still believes
Spurs will win a trophy despite
their crushing loss to Juventus
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
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Football correspondent
an Vertonghen outlines the
dream. Tottenham are bruised
but it is still alive. ?I hope everyone feels the way I feel it,? he
says. ?This team can reach a lot
and it?s always nicer to have
achieved this with a group of
players who have been together
for a lot of time and came
through the ranks or have lived
in London for a long time.
?To achieve this with this group of colleagues and friends, that?s a better feeling
than just going somewhere and winning a
trophy. It will give us a lot if we win something with this group.?
Yet dreams are like flowers, isn?t that
the trouble? They are beautiful but perishable. Mauricio Pochettino could reassert ?I am a dreamer? after going out of
the Champions League to Juventus; however, with every anticlimax on the pitch
grows the danger of his Spurs side being
fleeting ? a team enjoyed during its own
lifespan but barely remembered after.
Harsh? As Juventus celebrated at Wembley, Spurs? marvellous first-leg performance seemed a fragile memory. And
when the world tunes in for the Champions League final in Kyiv on May 26, will
there be the slightest recall ? outside a
few in north London ? of Tottenham?s
group stage dismantling of Real Madrid?
Wednesday should not be definitive
but it has to be a watershed. The clock is
ticking on the Pochettino dream. In the
way Vertonghen outlines it, there is recognition of its transience (will Harry Kane
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still dream it in a year?s time, if Spurs are
no further on?). ?I can?t speak for other
players but I believe they believe we will
get that here, that trophy, and they will
stay here,? Vertonghen says.
The Belgian, 31 next month, is Tottenham?s oldest and longest-serving outfield
player. He?s also one of the strongestwilled and most intelligent, while the soft
option you hear is that Tottenham don?t
need trophies to justify their work.
Vertonghen remembers his journey at
Ajax, who he joined as a 16-year-old. The
team was talented but erratic, began finding consistency and then a switch flicked
at the end of 2009-10 when they made a
late charge in the Eredivisie, almost stealing the title, then ended the campaign by
winning the Dutch Cup. A first league title
in seven years followed, then another.
?When I won my first trophy it was
just, ?We want more?. It took me maybe
five years to get my first trophy with Ajax,
but it feels like you have to win a trophy to
win more, and then they follow. It?s just
the belief you can win it so hopefully we
can win the FA Cup this year and the rest
will follow. We?ve got two things to focus
on, the top four and the FA Cup. They?re
the main two goals this season.?
At his age it is different than it is for
Kane, Dele Alli and the other younger
players. He?s in a similar situation with
the Belgian national team. The time of the
?learning journey? is over and it?s about
destinations now. That?s what, in terms of
mentality, he noticed about Juve, whose
hardened campaigners did enough in the
15 out of 180 minutes in the tie when their
team was ascendant to win it.
The lesson for Spurs? ?Even though
you are a lot better or more dominant
than your opponent, you can still lose. I
don?t think we are far away, but [ Juve?s
players] have the experience over us and
the way they approached the game is
impressive and something to learn from.
?We will always have our own identity.
The way we want
to play is to attack
and to dominate.
We should have
killed the game
We could have played five or six at the
back but that is not how we are. The way
we want to play is what we believe is the
right way ? to attack and to dominate. We
should have killed the game.?
He rejects Giorgio Chiellini?s contention that Spurs ?always miss something?
and there is a certain ?history? in football
? involving clubs that achieve and clubs
that do not ? which lay behind Juventus
prevailing and Real Madrid overcoming
Paris Saint-Germain. ?No,? Vertonghen
says. ?We?ve got the right mentality and I
know we have what it takes to get there.
Hopefully we will get another chance to
show that to the world.?
The first step towards re-engaging with
what he terms their ?unfinished business? in the Champions League is qualifying again. Victory at Bournemouth today
would strengthen Spurs? grip on a topfour place and for Vertonghen the
dynamics of the game should remind
doubters of his team?s progress: ?Apart
from two or three games a season, we are
favourites now, which is a great sign.?
Personally, he has never played better.
Most centre-backs peak around his age
and ?ever since [Pochettino] arrived he
pushed me more to push myself? ? especially fitness-wise. ?My physical condition helped me. The technical ability has
always been around,? Vertonghen says.
When Pochettino came, he called each
player in and asked them to describe
their weakness. Vertonghen?s was body
language and they worked on that. ?I still
sometimes in my head have to tell myself
[to stand up straight]. I?ve had so many
comments on this since I was young and
with Ajax and here and the national team
and everywhere I?ve been. Not just playing football but in life,? Vertonghen says.
He cannot hide disappointment.
?That?s always the case. I still can?t hide
it. But I?m not disappointed as much anymore because we?re doing better. Maybe
that is the way to do it. Just make sure you
don?t lose again.? And there it is for Spurs.
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O?Reilly brings winning formula to Arsenal?s quest for silverware
American has the
pedigree to lead
her side to glory in
Wednesday?s final
Rebecca Myers
Heather O?Reilly would be
forgiven for thinking the
Women?s Super League
Continental Cup trophy
pretty small fry in
comparison with the other
silverware in her cabinet.
The Arsenal midfielder was
one of the biggest stars of the
United States national team
for 14 years; she has three
Olympic gold medals and a
World Cup to her name, and
231 caps. But when she takes
to the pitch in Wednesday?s
final against Manchester City
at Adams Park, she will be as
ruthless as ever.
After all, she says, her
impressive winning record is
half her selling point:
?Everybody has their key
attributes to bring, and mine
is my winning mentality and
competitiveness. I have
prided myself on bringing
[that] to every team I?ve been
part of.?
Though she would never
admit it, O?Reilly also brings a
sprinkling of celebrity to the
women?s game in the UK. She
is a big deal back home in the
US and has been featured in
Time, Teen Vogue and Sports
Illustrated magazines, and on
television?s Late Show with
David Letterman. She has a
key to the city of New York
and you can play as her in
Fifa video games.
She retired from the
international game in 2016
after being left out of the
squad for the Rio Olympics
and, shortly afterwards,
made her move across the
pond to the Gunners, where
she has been a key player for
just over a year.
?I always had an eye on
Arsenal,? she says. ?I played
for a number of years with
and against Kelly Smith and
Alex Scott so I?d heard that
they were pioneers of English
football. It?s been an honour
to be here.?
She has played since the
age of four, challenging her
three older brothers in their
back yard in New Jersey, an
area where football (of the
English kind) had fans, and
remembers watching the
1999 World Cup on television
? in what was to prove a
pivotal moment for the
women?s game in the US.
?[English] players have
O?Reilly: will
face Man City
this week
been watching Match of the
Day since they were kids or
following their clubs since
they were little girls and they
understand the nuances of
the game. That?s
something that
perhaps, in the US,
you don?t get as much
because there are so
many competing
sports,? says
O?Reilly.
?There are a
lot of players of
soccer, a lot of
girls who are
playing, but
not many
people
watching and so indulged in
the game in the way they are
here.
?That has been a fun thing
for me to be part of ? the fact
football is everywhere ? and I
can do my part to make it not
just men?s football but
women?s football everywhere
as well. If I can in any way
grow this sport and help to
grow the profile of women?s
football, I take a lot of pride in
that.?
Although football is not the
most popular sport in the US,
the women?s game has found
massive support there. The
final of the 2015 World Cup,
between the US and Japan,
was the most watched
football match in American
history ? a game that the US
won 5-2.
Since then, players in the
national team have led a
high-profile public battle for
better pay, a fight which they
won.
O?Reilly is one of 12 foreign
players available across both
the Arsenal and Manchester
City teams for Wednesday?s
final and is passionate about
playing in a melting pot of the
world?s best. ?It?s good to
bring different styles and
mentalities because there?s
not only one way to play this
amazing game,? she says.
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The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
SPORT EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
WUNDERKIND
ALEX GRIMM
The senior players
love me and I love
them. In the
dressing room it is
all so chilled
England?s Jadon Sancho, 17,
is a sensation in Germany
combination ? ?big tall frame, technically remarkable,? he says, believing Sancho can play left, right or at No 10. As a
child, Sancho devoured YouTube clips of
Ronaldinho ? another who fused physique and skill.
Devour Sancho?s clips: you observe
the close control, acceleration, power to
ride challenges and evidence of that different picture he sees (check his pass,
hemmed in by opponents, against
Cologne). You also see the end product:
in 32 junior internationals, Sancho has 22
goals.
Dortmund spotted him playing for
England Under-15s. They saw Christian
Pulisic playing for the USA at a similar
age. Only three clubs in Europe?s big five
leagues ? Monaco, Lyons and Bayer Leverkusen ? have used a higher percentage
of under-23s since 2008 and Dortmund
have won two Bundesligas and reached
the Champions League final in that time.
Youth doesn?t always work. The attitude issues of jettisoned Turkish prodigy
Emre Mor still have club officials rolling
their eyes but Sancho struck good chords
from the start. While waiting for Fifa to
rubber-stamp his transfer he was invited
to play for Dortmund?s under-18s and ? to
his new employers? delight ? embraced
it, telling teammates: ?I?ll help you ? just
give me the ball.?
In the senior dressing room, ?everybody just greeted me, it was chilled. Aubameyang, Gotze, Reus . . . just being normal. They [senior players] love my
company and I love their company.
?Pulisic is only two years older, and
what he has done for America, with big
pressure on his shoulders, is an inspiration to me. When he plays, he treats it like
it?s easy, normal. That?s how I want to
be.?
The German game? ?They love pressing. In England it?s more relaxed. Here,
because I play left-wing, you have to start
the press sometimes and that [responsibility] has helped my maturity, plus I?m
fitter than ever.?
His ambitions? ?I need to score [a first
senior goal]. Then more assists, more
goals and win a cup. I have competition
here and I?m willing to fight it out with
Pulisic and the others.?
Then there?s England. He was in the
under-17 World Cup-winning squad, starring in the group stage before Dortmund
recalled him for his Bundesliga debut.
?If everybody is focused on our goal,
all of us could be top players and England
could be a top nation. But it?s down to
people?s mindsets, how hard they?re willing to push.? Sancho? He?ll push, that?s
for sure.
Teenager turned down lucrative contract at
Manchester City to break into first team at
Borussia Dortmund. By Jonathan Northcroft
A
cold January night in Berlin
and not Borussia Dortmund?s best moment. Late
in the game, they trail Hertha Berlin. Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang
has
been
dropped, Marco Reus is
injured, Mario Gotze substituted. Who do they look to?
A 17-year-old picks up the
ball. Now you see me. He accelerates into
Hertha?s box. Now you don?t. His stepovers unbalance Niklas Stark.
Stark blocks the first cross but the kid
has the ball again and starts dribbling
away from goal. Then he spins. Hertha
are on their heels. He chips to the back
post where nobody has spotted Shinji
Kagawa: nobody except him.
Kagawa heads in. Dortmund grab the
draw. The boy-creator gets man of the
match. Meet Jadon Sancho, described by
Dortmund?s sporting director Michael
Zorc as ?one of Europe?s greatest talents?
and whom Owen Hargreaves believes
?could be England?s best player one day?.
Sat in a sparse room, in Dortmund?s
Brackel training centre, Sancho is softly
spoken and there?s not a hint of boasting
as he describes that assist for Kagawa ?
his first in senior football. ?I just knew a
player would be there, I?ve been in the situation before,? he says. ?It?s a natural
thing. From young, I used to see things
other people don?t see. Just lucky.?
He lives 10 minutes from here, with his
dad, in an apartment by Phoenix-See, a
lake by an old steelworks revamped into a
nature reserve with promenades and
gentrified housing. It?s far from the Guinness Trust flats in Kennington, the south
London estate where he was raised. That
different way of seeing things has
brought him here.
Last summer, fresh from winning
Golden Player at the European Under-17
Championship, Sancho was expected to
turn pro with Manchester City, where he
had developed after joining from Watford
at 14. He declined the juicy contract put
before him.
Though he was part of first- team training, and rated by Pep Guardiola, he saw
roadblocks. Raheem Sterling, Leroy
Sane, Bernardo Silva, and City were pursuing Alexis Sanchez. How often was he
going to play ahead of them? Because
playing is what he wants. ?I feel ready, big
time,? he asserts. Dortmund have already
given him six Bundesliga appearances,
including three starts. He pushed
through his move to there, on August 31,
after winning a standoff with City. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Tottenham were among his other options.
?I looked at who they have right now
and the path,? Sancho says. ?A lot of
young players come to Dortmund and
become top, top players. I thought to
myself, ?Wow, that could be me?. I want to
be part of that history. They?re proving,
by the games I?ve played, that age doesn?t
Turning heads: Jadon
Sancho?s talent has
impressed in the
Bundesliga, where
he has made six
appearances
matter ? they?ll play you if you?re good
enough.?
Dortmund handed him the No 7 shirt
vacated by Ousmane Dembele, following
his г97m move to Barcelona. ?To give me
the ?7? at such a young age really showed
their faith,? Sancho says.
Behind his old Kennington flat is a park
?and you just used to link up with people
from the estate and play football. That?s
where it all started.? There were cage
games on concrete, with lots of players
and little space. Older lads took him
along as their secret weapon. ?The opposition would be, ?You can?t let the kid
play? but then when they saw me they
were surprised.?
He had to be sharp, have quick feet and
an even quicker brain and his routine
was: run home from Crampton Primary
School, dump his bag, get out and find a
game. ?My mum would shout, ?Jadon,
time for dinner? but I?d be, ?Please, mum,
just let me play football.?? She was a Crystal Palace supporter and a chef, while his
dad, a Liverpool fan, was a security
guard. They lived apart and he lived with
mum but both ?were there for me from
day one?.
Scouts were on to him early, and at
seven he joined Watford?s academy,
doing a commute that could take two
hours each way before, at 12, moving to
club digs and a new school in Uxbridge.
The motivation, from early, ?was to get
my family out of that estate?.
Manchester City spent г500,000 to
wrest him from Watford and Hargreaves,
while coaching City?s under-15s, took
Sancho?s first session. He asked the other
coaches Sancho?s best position and
nobody knew. ?He?s scary, whatever he
is,? Hargreaves said.
What stands out for Hargreaves is the
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Fire still burns within Suarez
Barcelona striker
will snarl, but his
coach recognises
need for hunger
Ian Hawkey
About an hour or so into the
first leg of Chelsea?s
Champions League tie against
Barcelona, the visiting No 9
heard the first sustained
serenade dedicated to him. A
simple song, a one-liner,
telling Luis Suarez what he is.
He?s heard it sung by home
fans at almost every English
stadium he has played in,
except Anfield. But it had
been a while since the last
rendition, two years having
passed since his previous trip
to England with Barcelona.
Suarez was booked at
Stamford Bridge soon after
the crowd united in song for
him, for his reaction to Leo
Messi?s equaliser as the ball
crossed the line, his
adrenaline guiding him not
straight to the celebrations
but to some snarling, sneery
finger-pointing towards the
assistant referee. Suarez was
furious that the official had
waved away his claim for a
penalty moments earlier, and
that the goal satisfied a
personal vendetta. His
gesture brought him a yellow
card and, across the many
commentary boxes, a series
of remarks along the lines of
?typical Suarez?.
It was his first booking of
the Champions League
campaign, so no dividend
there for Chelsea as they
travel to Wednesday?s
deciding leg at Camp Nou,
where in his past 10 league
matches Suarez has scored 11
goals and earned just one
yellow card in a three-month
spell of resurgent form after a
quiet start to Barcelona?s
efficient season. At
Camp Nou, the
chanting has
been uplifting.
This is where
the Uruguayan,
inset, says he
feels most at
home of anywhere
in his dozen years
playing in Europe.
By the end of his fourth
season at Barчa, he should
collect his third Liga title, to
add to the Champions League
he won at the end of his first
campaign in Spain and the
three domestic cups,
although the last of those
carries one of those many
asterisks that pockmark his
career ? he was suspended
for the final against Alaves.
But at Barcelona, the
executives who recall the
doubts when they agreed to
pay close to г65m to
Liverpool for a ?high-risk?
footballer, will point out that
was the most restrictive ban
he has brought on himself at
the club and, if you measure
it on the Suarez scale of
Asbos, it is a minor one.
Suarez arrived at the club
serving a ban that kept him
from making his debut for
two months ? punishment
for biting Giorgio Chiellini at
the 2014 World Cup. It was his
third biting offence following
incidents while at Ajax
(seven-match ban) and
Liverpool, where his 10game suspension for
biting Chelsea?s
Branislav Ivanovic
followed the
eight-match ban
imposed after
the FA found he
had racially
abused Patrice
Evra of Manchester
United. His Barcelona
career began with solemn
undertakings to ?turn a page?
and firm commitments to
work on his specific issues
around self-control with a
psychologist.
The subject of his
temperament still crops up.
Barcelona?s head coach,
Ernesto Valverde,
acknowledged it last month
as Suarez was running the
risk of suspension from a final
again. The taming of Luis was
something he and the player
talked about ?from time to
time?. Like Luis-tamers
throughout his career,
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Jose Mourinho will hope
to steer United through to
their first Champions
League quarter-final since
the 2013-4 season. The
Old Trafford club have lost
only four of 23 home
matches against sides
from La Liga
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Valverde recognises that the
pugnacity is part of the
package, essential to Suarez?s
effectiveness. ?The
aggression Luis brings to the
attack is what pushes him
into the spaces he finds,
brings him his goals. It comes
from within,? said Valverde.
?Yes, sometimes he?ll pick up
a card too many. But he?s a
senior player and knows how
to watch out for these things.?
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The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
SPORT CRICKET
Teenager gets Britain off to flying start with Paralympic silver
WINTER
PARALYMPICS
Millie Knight and
guide secure first
medal for team
in Pyeongchang
Rebecca Myers
Team GB had a successful
start to their Paralympic
campaign yesterday, winning
a silver medal on the first day
of competition in
Pyeongchang. Visually
impaired 19-year-old Millie
Knight made the podium with
her guide, Brett Wild, a
submariner in the Royal
Navy, after an impressive run
in the downhill alpine skiing
discipline, in which Knight
and Wild are world
champions.
They were beaten by the
defending Paralympic
champions, Henrieta
Farkasova and her guide,
Natalia Subrtova of Slovakia,
by 0.86 seconds. Knight, who
has only 5% vision and is
registered blind, said she
?can?t stop smiling?. She
made her Paralympic debut
in Sochi, becoming the
youngest British
Paralympian, aged 15.
Although she has long been
earmarked as a medal
hopeful, Knight had a difficult
preparation after crashing
through the same finishing
line in Pyeongchang at 115kph
at the test event last year.
She suffered severe
concussion and said the crash
?knocked my confidence a
lot?. Yesterday, she admitted
to being ?quite nervous at the
start gate?, adding: ?There
were times when I didn?t
think I could get back.? She
overcame her fear and said
winning the medal was ?the
best feeling in the world?.
Visually impaired skiers
are led down the run by their
guides, who give instructions
via a bluetooth headset in
their helmets. Wild described
their performance as
phenomenal. ?I?ve never felt
so proud in my life,? he said.
It was not such a
redemptive race for GB?s
other medal hopefuls,
19-year-old Menna Fitzpatrick
and her guide, Army captain
Jennifer Kehoe. Fitzpatrick
crashed towards the
beginning of the run,
although she managed to ski
to the finish with Kehoe. It
will be a blow for the pair,
who have also had to work to
regain confidence after a
crash but enjoyed a
successful run at the World
BAIRSTOW
LEADS
CHARGE
Silver lining: Millie Knight celebrates with Brett Wild
Cup last month, winning four
medals, two of them gold.
Fitzpatrick said: ?We were
ready to race and had done
everything we could. We left
everything on the hill but
today was not our day.?
Kehoe said they would go to
the Paralympic village to
?reset? and were looking
forward to their other races.
Team GB are aiming for up
to 12 medals at the Games,
with a minimum target of
seven. There were notable
potential future medallists in
James Whitley and Chris
Lloyd, who finished 10th and
20th respectively in their
Paralympic debuts in the
men?s standing downhill
discipline. The gold was
taken by Theo Gmur of
Switzerland ? his first
Paralympic medal. Whitley
said: ?To come down the
course in 10th in my first
Paralympic downhill is really
good. I just wanted to do the
best I could.?
Scott Meenagh, who lost
both legs while serving in
Afghanistan, became the first
Briton to compete in the
Nordic skiing discipline for
two decades. He came 18th in
the 7.5km seated biathlon,
and said he was pleased with
his performance: ?I won?t be
too hard on myself today
because that was a huge
milestone on my journey. It
felt amazing, absolutely
incredible.?
The gold was won by
former US Navy Seal Dan
Cnossen, who also lost both
legs serving in Afghanistan.
All the Team GB athletes
who competed yesterday will
race again today, along with a
third British visually impaired
skier, Kelly Gallagher, who
won Britain?s first Winter
Paralympic gold medal at
Sochi, with guide Charlotte
Fifth ODI: New Zealand v England
Christchurch (England won toss): England beat New
Zealand by seven wickets
New Zealand
M J Guptill c Stokes b Rashid
South Africa fast bowler
Kagiso Rabada is in danger of
being banned for the rest of
the four-match Test series
against Australia after he was
charged by match officials for
intentionally barging into
Australia captain Steve Smith
when he dismissed him on
the opening day of the second
47
C Munro c Buttler b Woakes
0
*K S Williamson b Wood
14
@T W M Latham c Stokes b Rashid
10
M S Chapman b Ali
0
H M Nicholls c Morgan b Curran
55
C de Grandhomme c Curran b Rashid
6
M J Santner c Hales b Woakes
67
T G Southee c Bairstow b Woakes
10
I S Sodhi c Stokes b Curran
5
T A Boult not out
2
Extras (w 7)
7
Total (49.5 ovrs)
223
Fall: 1-1, 2-26, 3-60, 4-61, 5-79, 6-93, 7-177,
8-213, 9-214
Bowling: Woakes 10-1-32-3; Wood 8-0-26-1;
Stokes 4-0-23-0; Rashid 10-0-42-3; Ali 10-1-39-1;
Root 2-0-15-0; Curran 5.5-0-46-2
England
J M Bairstow b Boult
104
A D Hales c Williamson b Santner
61
J E Root not out
23
*E J G Morgan c De Grandhomme b Sodhi
8
B A Stokes not out
26
Extras (lb 4, w 3)
Total (3 wkts, 32.4 overs)
7
229
Did not bat: @J C Buttler, M M Ali, C R Woakes,
A U Rashid, T K Curran and M A Wood
Fall: 1-155, 2-177 3-192
Bowling: Southee 5-1-20-0; Boult 6-0-50-1;
De Grandhomme 4-0-33-0; Santner 10-0-44-1;
Sodhi 7.4-0-78-1
Umpires: W Knights (NZ) and R Palliyaguruge (Sri)
0 England won five-match series 3-2
Series details: First ODI: NZ won by three wickets
(Hamilton). Second: England won by six wickets
(Tauranga). Third: England won by four runs
(Wellington). Fourth: NZ won by five wickets
(Dunedin)
Player of the series: C R Woakes (Eng)
On the front foot: Jonny
Bairstow on the way to a
match-winning century
scored off just 58 balls
FASTEST ODI HUNDREDS FOR ENGLAND
Jos Buttler v Pakistan, Dubai, 2015
46 balls
Moeen Ali v West Indies, Bristol, 2017
53
Jonny Bairstow v NZ, Christchurch, 2018
58
Jos Buttler v Sri Lanka, Lord?s, 2014
61
Jos Buttler v NZ, Edgbaston, 2015
66
nated by a recent heavy Ashes defeat.
It was clear that was not going to
happen when Jason Roy struck a scintillating 180, a national ODI record, in the
opening match in Melbourne and shared
a stand of 221 with Joe Root, no doubt glad
to shed the captain?s armband for a
while. England have now won their last
six bilateral series and nine of their past
10. Five series remain before the World
Cup and it is hard to think when they
were better placed this near to the tournament. One of their three defeats this
winter, in Hamilton, came in the final
scheduled over and the other two, in
Adelaide and Dunedin, were due to bad
collapses. If there remains an area of serious concern, it is the propensity for a
high-octane batting line-up to implode.
Bairstow was unable to break into the
side for a long time but is now the first
name on the team sheet. This was his
second hundred in two games and his
fourth in 15 matches; his strike-rate since
his recall last June is better than a run per
ball. His century yesterday came off 58
balls, the third fastest by any England
batsman and by 14 balls the fastest by an
England opener, and his second fifty
spanned 20 deliveries.
His quality of stroke is as pure as anyone?s in the side and he was the dominant
partner in a first-wicket stand of 155 with
Alex Hales, who was relatively sedate in
making 61 from 74 balls, having received
an unexpected summons to play his first
game of the series when Roy went down
with a back spasm.
Hales, who along with Roy, Morgan
and Sam Billings arrives today in Dubai
for a spell at the Pakistan Super League,
must have been fearing for his future. He
remains behind Bairstow and Roy in the
pecking order but took his chance well
here in an undemanding run-chase in
batsmen-friendly conditions and with a
partner at the height of his game.
Nevertheless, he did what was asked of
him until he picked out the fielder at
short midwicket when a hundred of his
own remained possible. He also took a
fine catch in the deep of the sort he has
spilled in the past to remove Mitchell
Santner, who caused England frustration
with a career-best 67 off 71 balls. For the
third time Santner was involved in the
highest partnership of the New Zealand
innings, this time 84 with Henry Nicholls.
What will perhaps most please
England is that the bowling unit has
responded well to some difficult challenges. Woakes had a superb series, taking
10 wickets at 20.3 and bowling what
proved the decisive over at Kane Williamson to win the third match in Wellington.
Yesterday he was well supported by Mark
Wood, who during his opening burst
went wide of the crease to induce Williamson to chop on ? the key wicket given
the absence of the injured Ross Taylor ?
and also struck Martin Guptill on the
hand and visor.
After 10 overs the New Zealand ship
was listing badly at 27 for two, and
attempts to get back on an even keel
against the spinners merely led to further
difficulties. Rashid came under heavy fire
in Dunedin but kept tossing the ball up
and earned the wicket of Guptill as a
result. He finishes the winter with 16 ODI
wickets, the most for England.
One area as yet unresolved is who
England should entrust with the death
overs, not that it was an issue here as New
Zealand were six down shortly after the
halfway stage. Wood lacks the variations
for this phase and after three matches in
Australia he was never called on again to
bowl after the 40th over.
Tom Curran has emerged as an exciting talent in this respect ? he bowled six
overs at the end yesterday, during which
he removed Nicholls with a slower ball ?
but neither he nor Wood might play if
Liam Plunkett were fit.
Nor is the fielding of consistently high
enough standard. Though not expensive,
Moeen and Root committed rare blunders yesterday. ?We have still got work to
do there [fielding],? head coach Trevor
Bayliss said. ?Sometimes we go off the
boil a bit.?
Rabada faces two-Test ban for barging into Smith
Alex Fortune
Winter Paralympics
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South Africa take
20-run lead
against Australia
in second Test
ON TV TODAY
STU FORSTER
Brilliant century clinches oneday series victory against New
Zealand, writes Simon Wilde
blistering hundred from
Jonny Bairstow turned what
could have been a tricky day
for England into a stroll in
the park at Hagley Oval yesterday. They have lost series
deciders such as this before
? Old Trafford in 2015 and
Cape Town in 2016 come to
mind ? and given their
record at global events, any sort of knockout contest is likely to fray English
nerves. In the event, the team barely put
a foot wrong. As often of late, they were
brilliantly ruthless.
The back of the task was broken by an
accomplished all-round effort in the
field, when all 10 wickets were claimed
and some fine catches held, the best of
them a stunning right-handed grab at
pace by Bairstow. Chris Woakes was his
usual precise self at the top of the innings
and Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali again
dovetailed nicely in the middle.
New Zealand?s total of 223 was never
going to be enough on a good surface,
even if the boundaries were longer than
in Dunedin, where the hosts had chased
down 336 three days earlier ? not that
you would have known it from the way
Bairstow drilled nine fours and six sixes,
five of them in eight balls from Ish Sodhi,
the leg-spinner. England had 104 balls in
hand when Ben Stokes swung the matchwinning six over deep midwicket.
It was a fine way to mark Eoin
Morgan?s 200th ODI appearance and
round off an exceptional winter?s work
by his 50-overs team. To win in Australia
against a side who had lost only twice in
13 at home since the World Cup, then in
New Zealand, who had lost only five in 27
at home in the same period and never
before at Hagley, is an indication of star
quality and collective steel given that the
mission could easily have been contami-
Evans. This will be
Gallagher?s first Games with
her new guide, RAF corporal
Gary Smith, and she is also
returning from injury after a
crash last year which saw her
dislocate her elbow and
break several ribs.
Gallagher said before the
Games: ?What I?m looking for
is the experience of coming
down after your races
knowing that you couldn?t
really have done anything
more? knowing that that was
the best we could have done.
I think it really can happen
for us.?
The British curling team
made a strong start, beating
world champions Norway 5-2
in their round-robin match.
Test at St George?s Park in
Port Elizabeth.
The 22-year-old fast bowler
has five demerit points on his
disciplinary record and will
be banned for two Tests if he
reaches eight points. Level
two offences, for which he
has been charged, carry a
penalty of three to four
demerits and would take him
over the threshold. The
hearing takes place today.
A ban would be a blow to
South Africa after Rabada?s
heroics on the first two days
as the home side attempted
to level the series following
Australia?s victory in the first
Test in Durban. He took five
wickets to restrict the tourists
to 243 all out and then proved
an obdurate nightwatchman
with an innings of 29 as the
hosts clawed their way to a
20-run first innings lead with
three wickets in hand at the
close of the second day.
The South Africa quick
bowler would do well to heed
the advice of the West Indian
great Michael Holding. ?I
have talked to him and tried
to get him to relax and
control himself a bit,?
Holding said.
Opener Dean Elgar and
Hashim Amla, attempting to
dig himself out of a lean spell,
provided the backbone to
Taunt: officials with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks
their team?s reply with an 88run third-wicket stand but
both fell with the score on
155, having scored half
centuries. Comfortable
became concerned in the
South Africa dressing room as
155-2 dipped to 183-6.
South Africa have asked AB
de Villiers to rescue them in
the past and the siren call was
answered again with an
unbeaten 74 alongside a
valuable compatriot in
Vernon Philander.
With relations between the
teams strained, Cricket South
Africa apologised after two of
their officials were pictured
smiling with fans who were
wearing masks designed to
taunt Australia vice-captain
David Warner. Commercial
head Clive Eksteen and
communications head Altaaf
Kazi were with three men
wearing masks with the face
of New Zealand rugby
international Sonny Bill
Williams. Warner?s wife,
Candice, had an encounter
with Williams before her
relationship with the
cricketer began.
ON TV TODAY
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second Test, day three
7.55am Sky Sports Cricket
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Second Test match
South Africa v Australia
Port Elizabeth (second day of five):
South Africa, with three first-innings
wickets in hand, are 20 runs ahead of
Australia
Australia: First Innings 243 (D A Warner
63; K Rabada 5-96)
South Africa: First Innings (o/nt 39-1)
D Elgar c Paine b Hazlewood
57
A K Markram lbw b Cummins
11
K Rabada b Cummins
29
H M Amla b Starc
56
A B de Villiers not out
74
*F du Plessis lbw b M R Marsh
9
T B de Bruyn lbw b M R Marsh
1
@Q de Kock b Lyon
9
V D Philander not out
14
Extras (lb 2, w 1)
3
Total (7 wkts, 95 overs)
263
To bat: K A Maharaj and L Ngidi
Fall: 1-22, 2-67, 3-155, 4-155, 5-179,
6-183, 7-227
Bowling: Starc 26-4-78-1; Hazlewood
24-4-73-1; Cummins 20-6-55-2; Lyon
16-5-29-1; M R Marsh 9-1-26-2
Umpires: C Gaffaney (NZ) and
K Dharmasena (Sri)
13
The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
THE DARK KNIGHT
SPORT TEAM SKY SCANDAL
JEFF PACHOUD
Cynical exploitation of cycling loopholes
betrayed lofty ideals and leaves reputation
of Sir Dave Brailsford and Team Sky in ruins
DAVID
WALSH
T
Chief sports writer
hey are gathered on the bus in
Puerto Recanati, a small Italian town on the Adriatic. Most
of the riders are showered
and changed. Another day
done. More than halfway
through their first Grand Tour
and racing well, things are
good on the Team Sky bus.
Though not for senior rider
Michael Barry. If it hadn?t been so real,
this would be a nightmare.
It started early that morning, before
his roommate CJ Sutton awoke. Flickering light on his mobile phone, the vibrating sound of emails landing in his inbox,
his instinct foretells the rest. Multiple
messages from Dede, his wife. Is it true?
Floyd Landis has written an email that
detailed the doping programme in the US
Postal team eight years before. He?s
accused Lance Armstrong and others.
Barry is one of the others. Landis
claims he and Barry did EPO together.
Barry thinks of his mother walking the
Camino de Santiago trail in Spain, his dad
back at the bike shop in Toronto. How
would he explain it to them? Under the
shower he cries.
A tap on the shoulder. His boss Dave
Brailsford wants a word, and motions
him to the back of the bus where they can
have some privacy. Barry knows what?s
coming. Team Sky say they don?t hire
anyone with a doping past. To get into the
team, Barry stayed quiet. Now it is out
there. Team director Sean Yates and the
head coach Shane Sutton leave as Barry
reaches the back of the bus. ?I was alone
with Dave,? Barry recalled. ?The tension
was evident on his face: calculating, serious and almost expressionless. There
was no anger, but sympathy and pragmatism. Dave explained the circumstances,
making it clear that he would have to fire
me immediately if I admitted to doping.?
This is what it comes down to. If you
admit it you are gone. Brailsford never
asks one question about what had been
going on at US Postal. He doesn?t bring up
the content of the Landis email. Instead
he invites Barry to utter one more denial
and the Canadian accepts. Five weeks
later Barry will be part of the first Sky
team to ride the Tour de France.
From the moment he launched Team
Sky, Brailsford spoke in absolutes. His
team aimed to win the Tour de France
within five years. They would win it with
a British rider, win it clean. Proof of their
anti-doping credentials was in the
recruitment policy. Former dopers need
not apply. Brailsford was coming into a
sport where for decades doping was an
everyday reality. His riders and staff
would be mostly drawn from the old,
infested pool. Still, he reiterated the commitment to hiring nobody who?d ever
been associated with doping. This was a
founding principle. It was also a lie.
As early as October 2009, four months
before the team first raced, Brailsford
admitted as much under persistent questioning from the journalist Lionel Birnie.
?Go out into the sport,? he said, ?and try
to find me people without anything that
anybody could say about them [in regard
to doping]. There aren?t that many out
there.? That was a one-off admission as
the team stuck to their ?zero-tolerance?
guns and Brailsford oversaw the mock
trials that ended in the sacking of those
whose pasts caught up with them. For
others in the team with the same secrets,
things carried on as they had for Michael
Barry ? keep denying and we?re all good.
The compromises didn?t end there.
In 2010, Team Sky performed badly in
their first Tour de France. Their leader,
Bradley Wiggins, finished 24th. Set
against his fourth place riding for the
US-backed Garmin team the year before,
this was disastrous. Brailsford admitted
his preparation of the team was too much
about the peas and not enough about the
Dirty
secrets
make
mockery
of ?clean?
policy
Sky falling in: Sir
Dave Brailsford
reneged on his
promise never to
employ anyone who
had been
associated with
doping
In the spotlight: Bradley Wiggins is at the centre of the Team Sky doping scandal
Brailsford, the
man who spoke
in black and
white, was
dealing in grey
steak. He had concentrated on unimportant details. He had also come to understand that the sport wasn?t what he
thought it was. He spoke with the journalist Richard Moore. ?If you?re going to
operate in a society,? he said, ?you have
to be aware of the criminal side of society
as well as the law-abiding side. We need
to have knowledge of what the other riders and teams are doing in terms of performance enhancement, which doesn?t
necessarily mean doping.?
This was a view shared by Team Sky
doctor Richard Freeman, who believed
some teams were still engaging in ?dark
practices? and violating the sport?s needle policy. Brailsford talked about the line
dividing what is legal and what is not and
how it can sometimes get blurred. Team
Sky, he felt, needed to go right up to that
line but not cross it. That first season Sky
employed two British doctors, Freeman
and David Hulse. Neither had a previous
involvement with the European peloton.
Hulse was unwavering in his opposition
to overloading the riders with medication. He should have gone down well at
the team but didn?t.
Sir Dave Brailsford
kept me in the
dark but the truth
is seeping out
David Walsh
On a plane journey in the
movie Jerry Maguire, the
sports agent turns to his client
Rod Tidwell and asks why he?s
still with him. Tidwell doesn?t
get it, so the agent puts it
bluntly. ?I?m finished, I?m
f*****. Twenty-four hours ago,
man, I was hot! Now . . . I?m a
cautionary tale.?
At the end of the season he was let go,
signing a non-disclosure agreement in
return for his financial settlement. There
would be many NDAs over the following
three years. Into the space left by Hulse?s
exit came Geert Leinders and Fabio Bartolucci, two doctors with experience of
European racing. According to a whistleblower who once worked for Team Sky,
the Italian Bartolucci was brought in to
do what Hulse had been reluctant to do.
?Fabio was brought in because he had
special expertise in IV [intravenous]
recovery and was reputed to be being
paid 200k for 100 days.?
Leinders was a telling appointment.
The Belgian doctor had been a central figure at the Rabobank team during the
years when two of its highest-profile riders, Michael Rasmussen and Thomas
Dekker, were banned for doping and the
team ran a systemic doping programme.
Team Sky didn?t acknowledge their
change of policy on doctor recruitment.
Brailsford, the man who spoke in black
and white, was dealing in grey. Given his
desire to know ?what all the other riders
and teams are doing in terms of performance enhancement?, he couldn?t have
employed anyone more qualified than
Leinders. During his time at Rabobank,
Leinders used therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to boost his riders? performances. Former team leader Rasmussen
has said the doctor would provide false
medical certificates so that the team?s riders could receive TUEs allowing them to
take banned substances. These included
Triamcinolone, which was taken before
the Tour de France.
This isn?t to say that Sir
Dave Brailsford, Sir Bradley
Wiggins or Chris Froome are
finished, because their stories
are incomplete. All have
suffered significant
reputational damage since it
was revealed that Wiggins
used a powerful
corticosteroid that may have
helped him win the 2012 Tour
de France and since Froome
failed a drug test at the Vuelta
a Espaёa last September.
Brailsford?s difficulty is the
disconnect between what he
promised and what he is now
seen to have delivered.
Whiter than white was the
standard, shades of grey was
the reality. He said he?d never
use doctors tainted by the
suspicion that hung over all
those who were part of
cycling?s past. Then at the
end of his first season he
hired Geert Leinders, the
Belgian doctor who would be
given a life ban from sport in
2015 for his part in doping at
the Dutch team Rabobank.
The cautionary tale that
comes with Team Sky hits
closer to home. After the
Lance Armstrong era, I
wanted to believe in the team
Brailsford built. When he
invited me to spend time with
In 2011, six months after Leinders was
recruited, Team Sky applied for a TUE so
that Bradley Wiggins could receive a
40mg injection of Triamcinolone three
days before the start of the Tour de
France. There is no evidence that Leinders played a direct role in the application for the TUE as it was made by Freeman, who administered the injection.
Wiggins would claim in a Guardian
interview that the Triamcinolone hampered his performance at that 2011 Tour
but Freeman claimed it worked well in
his application for the same drug before
the 2012 Tour. Team Sky were now deep
into cycling?s twilight zone, that place
where cheating is acceptable when it?s
legal. Relative to the pledges of its
founder, the team had careered way off
track. A consignment of testosterone
patches was delivered to the British
Cycling and Team Sky headquarters at
Manchester in 2011. Dr Steve Peters
claimed it was an error on the part of the
supplier Fit 4 Sport and the patches were
immediately returned.
That same year a British Cycling
employee, Simon Cope, couriered a medical package from Manchester to France,
handed it over to Freeman and returned
home on the same day. At the time few
knew. More than five years would pass
before the Daily Mail?s Matt Lawton
would uncover the story and from that
moment all hell would break loose at
Team Sky. Brailsford floundered when
asked about the package. Panic-stricken,
he came up with alibis that were quickly
disproved. ?If you didn?t write the story,
is there anything else that could be
done?? he asked Lawton. What was clear
from Brailsford?s reaction was that the
contents of the medical package were
hugely important.
It was the medical package that convinced UK Anti-Doping to investigate and
it was also enough to convince a Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport Committee to
include Team Sky in its Combatting Doping in Sport inquiry. The Sunday Times
report on the delivery of testosterone to
BC/Team Sky headquarters has given rise
to a General Medical Council review of
Freeman?s behaviour. The parliamentary
committee delivered its report last week
and it stands as a damning indictment of
the moral and ethical iffiness that underpinned the culture at Team Sky. ?Contrary to the testimony of David Brailsford,
we believe that drugs were being used by
Team Sky, within the Wada rules, to
enhance the performance of riders, and
not just to treat medical need,? the committee concluded in its report, unaware
the team in 2013, I accepted
because of a belief that the
team was doing things in the
right way. It was a mistake on
my part.
Did Brailsford use me to
further his whiter-thanwhite message? Definitely,
but that is not unusual ?
team managers in all sports
attempt to influence
what sports writers
do. It is up to the
journalist to see
the manipulation
for what it is.
Froome: in
the line of fire
WHAT THE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT SAID
?To many people, the story of the package seems implausible, to say the
least. From the evidence presented to the committee it might appear
that Bradley Wiggins may have been treated with triamcinolone on up to
nine occasions, in and out of competition, during a four-year period. It
would be hard to know what possible medical need could have required
such a seemingly excessive use of this drug.
Shane Sutton, inset, has also stated in writing to the committee, with
regards to Wiggins? use of triamcinolone, that, ?what Brad was doing
was unethical but not against the rules.? Team Sky?s statements
that coaches and team managers are largely unaware of the
methods used by the medical staff to prepare pro-cyclists for
major races seem incredible, and inconsistent with their
original aim of ?winning clean?, and maintaining the highest
ethical standards within their sport. How can Brailsford
ensure that his team is performing to his requirements, if he
does not know and cannot tell, what drugs the doctors are
giving the riders? Brailsford must take responsibility for these
failures, the regime under which Team Sky riders trained
and competed and the damaging scepticism about
the legitimacy of his team?s performance and
accomplishments.?
HOW THE SUNDAY TIMES REPORTED ON TEAM SKY
SKY CYCLIST
UNDER
SUSPICION
TEAM SKY RIDE
DEEPER INTO
STORM OVER DRUGS
SEP 29, 2013
MAR 5, 2017
A Team Sky cyclist has received a
letter from the sport?s governing body,
UCI, asking him to explain suspect
blood values dating back to
September 2012, three months before
he joined the world?s No 1 team.
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke was selected
to ride for Great Britain in today?s
world championship road race in
Florence but pulled out of the team on
Thursday, citing lack of form.
Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky?s
principal, declined to comment
yesterday.
When UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) revealed
last October that it was investigating
Team Sky, the announcement was
devastating for an iconic sporting
success story. Now The Sunday Times
can reveal that Ukad?s investigators
have made a discovery that deals a
further blow to the team?s credibility.
They found evidence that Richard
Freeman, a doctor working for Team
Sky and British Cycling, the sport?s
national governing body, took delivery
of banned testosterone patches six
years ago.
perhaps that if an athlete uses proscribed
drugs to enhance performance they will
have strayed well beyond Wada?s rules.
Within Team Sky, it is believed that
Shane Sutton was the source for Lawton?s
story. No one within the team dares to
publicly criticise their former colleague,
who remained on Team Sky?s payroll for
some years after he left the team. As for
the contents of the medical package,
Brailsford eventually said Freeman had
Eighteen months have
passed since Brailsford and I
last spoke. It was a long,
fractious conversation. The
bottom line for me was
that he?d deliberately not
mentioned anything
about Bradley Wiggins?
TUEs when inviting me
into the team. The third of
those TUEs
happened during
the 13 weeks that I
was around the
team and I knew
nothing about
it.
Not that I
was the only
told him it was fluimucil, a legal decongestant. Team Sky?s fear is that Sutton has
provided a witness statement to Lawton
which identifies the contents of the medical package as the corticosteroid Triamcinolone. In time the truth will emerge.
At Team Sky they used to say that Sutton was both a brilliant coach and a loose
cannon. They understood that. What
they didn?t understand was that one day
the cannon would be turned on them.
one in the dark. Doctors who
worked for the team told me
they knew nothing about
Wiggins? TUEs until the
application was delivered and
the Triamcinolone injected.
Eventually three Sky doctors,
Steve Baynes, Alan Farrell
and Richard Usher, ganged
together in late 2013 to
prevent their colleague Dr
Richard Freeman getting a
fourth TUE for Wiggins. They
also changed the team policy
to ensure any TUE
application would have to be
signed off by two doctors.
Team Sky?s problems
aren?t going away. David
Lappartient, president of
cycling?s world body, suggests
a new investigation into Team
Sky. Froome?s adverse
analytical finding from last
year?s Vuelta rumbles on with
no end in sight. He is
planning on riding the Giro
d?Italia and Tour de France
but is not wanted at either
unless his case is resolved.
Inside Team Sky, a number
of riders and support staff
have noticed a new closeness
between Brailsford and
Froome. For so long the most
distant of friends,
circumstances have drawn
them closer.
14
The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
SPORT FOOTBALL RESULTS
Watford
West Brom
West Ham
6 Arsenal
Tottenham
30 17 5 8 52 27
3-0
2-0
5/5
2-2
4-1
5-1
5-0
4-3
3-3
0-3
1-3
1-0
9/4
1/4
2-1
2-0
11/3
2-0
23/4
2-1
1-2
0-1
7/4
2-1
4-0
0-0
0-4
1-2
21/4
2-2
1-1
2-1
5/5
11/3
0-2
17/3
3-3
0-0
0-4
0-0
1-1
7/4
31/3
1-5
0-2
5/5
1-0
1-1
2-2
4-1
20/4
1-0
3-1
3-1
tba
1-0
2-1
0-0
14/4
1-2
1-1
0-1
1-0
1-1
1-0
2-0
0-3
1-0
0-1
1-1
2-1
2-0
21/4
0-0
5/5
0-1
1-0
3-1
1-0
5-0
1-0
1/4
4-2
3-0
8/4
2-2
0-3
28/4
31/3
0-0
2-3
1-1
0-1
2-1
0-2
0-1
2-1
13/5
2-2
2-0
2-1
8/4
31/3
0-2
21/4
5/5
1-0
3-1
0-3
3-2
1-1
4-0
1-1
0-3
1-2
2-1
1-0
0-0
1-1
0-0
0-4
14/4
1-0
1-4
2-3
0-2
2-2
7/4
21/4
1-1
1-1
2-1
2-0
1-1
5/5
4-3
0-0
2-0
3-0
28/4
5-0
2-2
17/3
0-0
4-1
7/4
3-1
2-1
7-2
22/4
4-1
3-1
3-0
2-1
4-1
0-0
3-0
31/3
1-0
13/5
15/4
4-0
2-1
1-1
0-2
0-3
28/4
3-0
0-0
0-0
1-1
0-2
1-0
3-2
2-1
7/4
0-0
3-1
0-3
1-2
1-0
4-1
30/4
1-1
1-1
1-0
2-0
Bournemouth
2-1
14 7 3 4 24 15 +31 58
Brighton
2-1
2-2
15 10 2 3 26 11
15 7 3 5 26 16 +25 56
Burnley
0-1
13/5
28/4
29 13 6 10 52 41
14 10 2 2 36 17
15 3 4 8 16 24 +11 45
Chelsea
0-0
0-3
2-0
7 Burnley
30 11 10 9 27 26
15 6 4 5 12 12
15 5 6 4 15 14
+1 43
Crystal Palace
2-3
2-2
14/4
1-0
2-1
8 Leicester
30 10 10 10 45 43
15 6 5 4 21 17
15 4 5 6 24 26
+2 40
Everton
2-5
2-1
2-0
0-1
0-0
3-1
9 Everton
30 10 7 13 35 49
15 9 2 4 25 18
15 1 5 9 10 31 -14 37
Huddersfield
13/5
4-1
2-0
0-0
1-3
17/3
28/4
10 Watford
29 10 6 13 39 47
15 6 4 5 22 26
14 4 2 8 17 21
-8 36
Leicester
tba
1-1
2-0
1-0
1-2
0-3
2-0
3-0
11 Brighton
30 8 10 12 28 40 15 6 6 3 21 21
15 2 4 9 7 19
-12 34
Liverpool
4-0
14/4
13/5
1-1
1-1
1-0
1-1
3-0
2-1
Man City
3-1
4-0
18/3
3-0
1-0
5-0
1-1
5/5
5-1
5-0
Man Utd
29/4
1-0
1-0
2-2
2-1
4-0
4-0
2-0
2-0
2-1
Newcastle Utd
15/4
0-1
0-0
1-1
13/5
1-0
0-1
31/3
2-3
1-1
0-1
1-0
Southampton
1-1
28/4
1-1
0-1
14/4
1-2
4-1
1-1
1-4
0-2
13/5
0-1
2-2
1-0
1-2
1-1
21/4
0-4
5/5
17/3
2-0
2-2
0-3
12/3
2-2
0-1
2-1
12 Bournemouth 29 8 9 12 34 44 14 5 4 5 20 21
15 3 5 7 14 23 -10 33
13 Newcastle Utd 30 8 8 14 30 40 15 5 4 6 15 15
15 3 4 8 15 25 -10 32
14 Swansea
2-3
1-2
3-0
Swansea
5 Chelsea
Stoke
15 10 4 1 31 9
Arsenal
Southampton
4 Tottenham 29 17 7 5 55 24
TV Matches
Newcastle Utd
15 8 3 4 35 24 +34 60
Man Utd
15 9 6 0 33 10
Man City
30 17 9 4 68 34
Liverpool
15 8 3 4 25 16 +35 65
3 Liverpool
Leicester
14 11 2 1 32 10 +63 78
15 12 2 1 33 7
Huddersfield
15 14 1 0 51 10
30 20 5 5 58 23
Everton
29 25 3 1 83 20
2 Man Utd
Crystal Palace
1 Man City
Chelsea
Away
Burnley
P W D L F A GDPts
Brighton
Home
P W D L F A
Arsenal
Total
P W D L F A
Bournemouth
PREMIER LEAGUE
CHELSEA 2
C PALACE 1
Willian 25, Kelly (og) 32
Van Aanholt 90
HT: 2-0 Att: 40,800
EVERTON 2
BRIGHTON 0
Bong (og) 60
Tosun 76
HT: 0-0 Att: 39,199
Sent off: Knockaert (Brighton) 80
HUDDERSFIELD 0
SWANSEA 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 23,567
Sent off: J Ayew (Swansea) 11
MAN UTD 2
LIVERPOOL 1
Rashford 14, 24
Bailly (og) 66
HT: 2-0 Att: 74,855
NEWCASTLE UTD 3
SOUTHAMPTON 0
Kenedy 2, 29
Ritchie 57
HT: 2-0 Att: 52,246
WEST BROM 1
LEICESTER 4
Rondon 8
Vardy 21
Mahrez 62
Iheanacho 76
Iborra 90+3
HT: 1-1 Att: 23,558
WEST HAM 0
BURNLEY 3
Barnes 66
Wood 70, 81
HT: 0-0 Att: 56,904
30 8 7 15 25 42
15 6 2 7 15 19
15 2 5 8 10 23 -17 31
15 Huddersfield 30 8 7 15 25 50
15 5 5 5 15 20
15 3 2 10 10 30 -25 31
Stoke
Leading goalscorers
16 West Ham
14 5 4 5 16 20
16 2 5 9 20 37 -21 30
Swansea
3-1
0-0
0-1
1-0
28/4
1-1
14/4
2-0
1-2
1-0
0-4
0-4
0-1
17/3
13/5
24: Kane (Tottenham); Salah (Liverpool).
21: Aguero (Man City). 15: Sterling (Man
City). 14: Lukaku (Man Utd); Vardy
(Leicester). 13: Firmino (Liverpool).
11: Hazard (Chelsea); Murray (Brighton).
10: Mahrez (Leicester); Morata (Chelsea);
Rooney (Everton); Son (Tottenham)
17 Southampton 30 5 13 12 29 44 16 3 7 6 16 21
14 2 6 6 13 23 -15 28
Tottenham
1-0
1-0
2-0
1-1
1-2
1-0
4-0
2-0
13/5
4-1
14/4
2-0
16/3
5-2
5-1
0-0
18 C Palace
30 6 9 15 28 48
15 4 5 6 18 23
15 2 4 9 10 25 -20 27
Watford
2-1
31/3
0-0
7/4
4-1
21/4
1-0
1-4
2-1
3-3
0-6
2-4
5/5
2-2
0-1
1-2
19 Stoke
29 6 9 14 28 54
14 5 4 5 16 21
15 1 5 9 12 33 -26 27
West Brom
1-1
1-0
2-0
31/3
0-4
0-0
0-0
1-2
1-4
22/4
2-3
1-2
2-2
2-3
1-1
7/4
5/5
2-2
20 West Brom 30 3 11 16 23 47
15 2 7 6 16 24
15 1 4 10 7 23 -24 20
West Ham
0-0
1-1
0-3
0-3
1-0
1-1
13/5
2-0
1-1
1-4
29/4
tba
2-3
31/3
16/4
1-0
2-3
2-0
30 7 9 14 36 57
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
ASTON VILLA 4
WOLVES 1
Adomah 8, Chester 57
Jota 20
Grabban 62, Bjarnason 85
HT: 1-1 Att: 37,836
Aston Villa: Johnstone, Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, N
Taylor, Adomah (Bjarnason 75), Jedinak, Hourihane
(Lansbury 81), Grealish, Snodgrass, Grabban (Hogan
86). Subs not used: Bree, Onomah, Bunn, Davis.
Booked: Adomah, Grealish, Hourihane
Wolves: Ruddy, Batth (Saiss 68), Coady, Boly, Doherty,
Neves, N?Diaye, Douglas, Cavaleiro (Afobe 67),
Bonatini, Jota (Helder Costa 76). Subs not used:
Bennett, Gibbs-White, Roderick Miranda, Norris.
Booked: Batth, N?Diaye, Jota, Coady, Helder Costa
Referee: D Coote (Notts)
BURTON ALB 0
BRISTOL C 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,575
Burton Alb: Bywater, Flanagan, Naylor, McFadzean,
McCrory, Akins (Dyer 6), Murphy, Akpan, Sordell, Bent
(Davenport 72), Boyce (Samuelsen 56). Subs not used:
Allen, Buxton, Campbell, Sbarra
Bristol C: Fielding, Pisano, Wright, Baker (Magnusson
46), Kelly, Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Paterson (Diony 67),
Diedhiou (Djuric 67), Reid. Subs not used: Walsh,
Steele, Eliasson, Kent. Booked: Wright
Referee: O Langford (W Midlands)
CARDIFF 3
BIRMINGHAM 2
Mendez-Laing 12
Gardner 54 (pen)
Bryson 23
Colin 90+5
Paterson 45+3
HT: 3-0 Att: 19,634
Cardiff: Etheridge, Peltier (Morrison 74), Ecuele
Manga, Bamba, Bennett, Paterson, Grujic, Bryson
(Damour 37), Mendez-Laing (Halford 81), Zohore,
Hoilett. Subs not used: Pilkington, Murphy, Wildschut,
Madine. Booked: Bamba, Etheridge, Bennett
Birmingham: Stockdale, Jenkinson (Roberts 46),
Morrison, Dean, Colin, Jota, Kieftenbeld, Gardner,
Maghoma (Boga 79), Jutkiewicz (Adams 69), Gallagher.
Subs not used: Bramall, N?Doye, Lowe, Kuszczak.
Booked: Dean, Morrison
Referee: P Bankes (Merseyside)
HULL 4
NORWICH 3
Irvine 6
Maddison 18 (pen), 19, 39 (pen)
Hernandez 41, 48 (both pens)
Wilson 71
HT: 2-3 Att: 15,120
Hull: Marshall, Aina, Dawson, Mazuch, Clark, Larsson,
Henriksen, Bowen (Toral 88), Irvine, Wilson (Hector
90), Hernandez (Campbell 61). Subs not used:
Grosicki, Dicko, Tomori, Burton. Booked: Larsson,
Clark
BRISTOL ROV 1
NORTHAMPTON 1
Bennett 34
Luckassen 62
HT: 1-0 Att: 9,054
Sent off: Crooks (Northampton) 74
Bristol Rov: Slocombe, Partington (James Clarke
71), Lockyer, Craig, Brown, Sinclair (Moore 76),
Lines, Sercombe, Bennett, Harrison, Gaffney
(Telford 76). Subs not used: Nichols, Broadbent,
Smith, Mensah. Booked: Sinclair
Northampton: O?Donnell, Moloney, Taylor, Turnbull,
Bunney, Hoskins, Crooks, Grimes, Ariyibi (Luckassen
60), O?Toole (Hildeberto 46), Long (Facey 78). Subs
not used: Cornell, Barnett, Powell, Shaun
McWilliams. Booked: Long, Crooks, Hildeberto
Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)
BURY 2
OLDHAM 2
O?Shea 14
Davies 42
Danns 34
Pringle 77
HT: 2-1 Att: 5,904
IPSWICH 0
SHEFFIELD UTD 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 15,152
Ipswich: Bialkowski, Iorfa (Spence 46), Carter-Vickers,
Chambers, Webster, Kenlock, Gleeson, Skuse,
Connolly (Hyam 61), Waghorn, Celina, Spence (Garner
81). Subs not used: Ward, Sears, Nydam, Crowe.
Booked: Skuse, Gleeson
Sheffield Utd: Blackman, Basham, Stearman,
O?Connell, Baldock, Lee Evans, Lundstram (Donaldson
87), Fleck, Stevens, Ched Evans (Wilson 69), Sharp
(Brooks 78). Subs not used: Moore, Leonard, Lafferty,
Holmes. Booked: Stearman
Referee: J Brooks (Leics)
MIDDLESBROUGH 3
BARNSLEY 1
Ayala 1
Moore 58
Traore 18
Bamford 53
HT: 2-0 Att: 24,917
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Shotton, Ayala, Gibson,
Friend, Howson, Clayton, Besic (Baker 66), Traore,
Bamford (Assombalonga 90), Downing (Cranie 83).
Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Fry, Johnson,
Harrison
Barnsley: Townsend, Cavare, Jackson, Lindsay,
Pinillos, Joe Williams (Mallan 75), Hedges (Thiam 46),
Knasmullner (Isgrove 61), Gardner, McBurnie, Moore.
Subs not used: Davies, Moncur, Yiadom, Pearson.
Booked: Gardner
Referee: A Davies (Hampshire)
MILLWALL 1
BRENTFORD 0
Saville 1
HT: 1-0 Att: 13,251
Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper,
Meredith, Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall (Cahill
87), Morison (Elliott 75), Gregory (Onyedinma 75).
Subs not used: McLaughlin, Martin, Tunnicliffe,
Shackell. Booked: Elliott, Cahill
Brentford: Bentley, Dalsgaard, Egan, Bjelland
(Mepham 4), Barbet, Woods, Yennaris, Canos (Judge
74), Sawyers, Watkins, Marcondes (Maupay 61). Subs
not used: Macleod, McEachran, Mokotjo, Daniels
Referee: S Attwell (Warwicks)
PRESTON 1
Maguire 76
HT: 0-0 Att: 12,970
FULHAM 2
Mitrovic 69, 90+1
Preston: Rudd, Fisher, Huntington, Davies,
Cunningham (Woods 46), Pearson, Johnson (Harrop
83), Robinson, Browne, Barkhuizen, Sean Maguire
(Bodin 83). Subs not used: Clarke, Horgan, Gallagher,
Maxwell. Booked: Woods
Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks (Christie 67), Odoi,
Ream, Targett, Cairney, McDonald, Johansen, Ayite
(Piazon 59), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon (Ojo 83). Subs
not used: Rui Fonte, Norwood, Button, Kamara.
Booked: Bettinelli
Referee: S Hooper (Wiltshire)
QPR 1
SUNDERLAND 0
Eze 62
HT: 0-0 Att: 14,216
Sent off: Steele (Sunderland) 49
QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Robinson (Lynch 46),
Bidwell, Luongo, Scowen, Freeman, Smyth (Samuel
72), Smith, Eze (Manning 89). Subs not used: Cousins,
Washington, Ingram, Wszolek. Booked: Freeman,
Onuoha
Sunderland: Steele, Matthews, Kone, O?Shea, Oviedo,
Cattermole, Asoro (Camp 51), Williams (McGeady 30),
Ejaria, Honeyman, Fletcher (Maja 87). Subs not used:
Jones, McManaman, Gooch, Robson. Booked: O?Shea
Referee: R Jones (Merseyside)
READING 2
LEEDS UTD 2
Bodvarsson 16
Jansson 43
O?Kane (og) 58
Hernandez 56
HT: 1-1 Att: 19,770
Reading: Jaakkola, Bacuna, Tiago Ilori, Moore, Gunter,
Evans (Edwards 63), Kelly, Aluko, Clement (Swift 63),
Barrow, Bodvarsson. Subs not used: Mannone,
Blackett, Smith, Loader, Holmes. Booked: Evans,
Kelly
Leeds Utd: Peacock-Farrell, Berardi, Jansson,
Pennington, De Bock, O?Kane, Forshaw, Alioski,
Samuel, Hernandez (Dallas 85), Ekuban (Lasogga 77).
Subs not used: Anita, Wiedwald, Phillips, Ronaldo
Vieira, Pearce. Booked: Pennington
Referee: S Duncan (Tyne & Wear)
SHEFFIELD WED 1
BOLTON 1
Boyd 78
Wilbraham 90+3
HT: 0-0 Att: 26,809
Sheffield Wed: Wildsmith, Frederico Venancio, Lees,
Pudil, Hunt, Clare, Pelupessy (Jones 90), Reach, Boyd
(Fox 86), Lucas Joao, Nuhiu (Rhodes 77). Subs not
used: Butterfield, Loovens, Palmer, Dawson
Bolton: Alnwick, Flanagan (Wilbraham 84), Burke,
Beevers, Andrew Taylor, Henry, Osede (Clough 84),
Ameobi, Pratley, Buckley (Morais 60), Le Fondre. Subs
not used: Dervite, Karacan, Robinson, Howard
Referee: D Bond (Lancashire)
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Wolves
36 23 7 6 63 32
17 12 3 2 35 15
19 11 4 4 28 17
+31 76
2 Cardiff
36 22 7 7 55 30
19 14 3 2 35 13
17 8 4 5 20 17
+25 73
3 Aston Villa
36 20 9 7 60 33
18 11 6 1 35 15
18 9 3 6 25 18
+27 69
4 Fulham
37 19 11 7 64 39
18 10 6 2 32 13
19 9 5 5 32 26
+25 68
5 Derby
36 16 13 7 55 34
18 9 5 4 29 14
18 7 8 3 26 20
+21 61
6 Middlesbrough 37 18 7 12 53 35
19 11 3 5 26 14
18 7 4 7 27 21
+18 61
7 Bristol C
37 15 13 9 53 42
18 9 5 4 30 18
19 6 8 5 23 24
+11 58
8 Preston
37 14 15 8 46 37
19 7 7 5 22 19
18 7 8 3 24 18
+9 57
9 Sheff Utd
36 17 5 14 49 43
17 10 2 5 27 16
19 7 3 9 22 27
+6 56
10 Millwall
37 14 13 10 44 37
19 9 7 3 28 18
18 5 6 7 16 19
+7 55
11 Brentford
36 14 11 11 52 42
17 7 8 2 30 17
19 7 3 9 22 25
+10 53
12 Ipswich
36 15 7 14 47 44
18 8 4 6 24 16
18 7 3 8 23 28
+3 52
13 Leeds Utd
37 14 8 15 49 51
18 7 5 6 24 22
19 7 3 9 25 29
-2 50
14 Norwich
36 12 12 12 37 41
18 5 8 5 17 17
18 7 4 7 20 24
-4 48
15 Nottm Forest
36 13 5 18 43 54
18 8 1 9 20 25
18 5 4 9 23 29
-11 44
16 QPR
36 11 10 15 40 52
19 9 5 5 26 25
17 2 5 10 14 27
-12 43
17 Sheff Wed
37 8 14 15 39 51
19 5 7 7 25 28
18 3 7 8 14 23
-12 38
18 Hull
36 8 12 16 50 56
19 6 7 6 37 29
17 2 5 10 13 27
-6 36
19 Reading
36 8 12 16 42 51
19 3 7 9 21 29
17 5 5 7 21 22
-9 36
20 Bolton
37 8 12 17 32 56
18 7 4 7 21 24
19 1 8 10 11 32
-24 36
21 Barnsley
36 7 11 18 36 53
17 3 6 8 15 23
19 4 5 10 21 30
-17 32
22 Birmingham
37 8 6 23 25 57
18 6 2 10 11 21
19 2 4 13 14 36
-32 30
23 Burton Alb
36 7 9 20 26 62
19 2 4 13 13 36
17 5 5 7 13 26
-36 30
24 Sunderland
37 5 13 19 38 66
18 2 6 10 17 31
19 3 7 9 21 35
-28 28
Leading goalscorers: 17: Reid (Bristol C); Vydra (Derby). 16: Grabban (Aston Villa). 15: Clarke (Sheff
Utd). 14: Adomah (Aston Villa); K Sessegnon (Fulham). 13: Jota (Wolves). 12: Assombalonga
(Middlesbrough); Bonatini (Wolves); Bowen (Hull); Maddison (Norwich); Sharp (Sheff Utd); Waghorn
(Ipswich). 10: Diedhiou (Bristol C); Garner (Ipswich); Hooper (Sheff Wed); Lasogga (Leeds Utd);
Madine (Cardiff); Watkins (Brentford)
Bury: Ripley, Edwards, Cameron, Thompson, Leigh,
Ismail (Hanson 74), Ince (Tutte 63), Danns, O?Shea,
Bunn (Mayor 81), Miller. Subs not used: Murphy,
Jones, Dawson, Styles. Booked: Thompson
Oldham: Placide, Dummigan, Gerrard (Wilson 39),
Bryan, Moimbe, Jack Byrne, Gardner, Fane, Pringle,
Davies (Holloway 56), Nazon (Doyle 56). Subs not
used: McEleney, de la Paz, McLaughlin, Hunt.
Booked: Moimbe, Jack Byrne
Referee: A Woolmer (Northamptonshire)
FLEETWOOD TN 1
PLYMOUTH 1
Madden 56
Makasi 16
HT: 0-1 Att: 3,079
Fleetwood Tn: Cairns, Coyle, Eastham, Pond, Jones,
Sowerby, Dempsey, Glendon (Biggins 81), Hunter,
Madden (Burns 90), McAleny (Hiwula 90). Subs not
used: Neal, Grant, Maguire, Diagouraga. Booked:
Coyle
Plymouth: Matthews, Threlkeld, Vyner, Songo?o,
Sawyer (Taylor-Sinclair 70), Makasi (Grant 87), Fox,
Ness (Ainsworth 65), Lameiras, Taylor, Carey. Subs
not used: Letheren, Fletcher, Sangster, Law.
Booked: Fox
Referee: D Handley (Lancashire)
PETERBOROUGH 4
CHARLTON 1
Hughes 44
Zyro 73
Maddison 58 (pen)
Marriott 81, 84
HT: 1-0 Att: 6,337
Peterborough: Bond, Shephard, Baldwin, Taylor,
Hughes, Forrester, Da Silva Lopes (Anderson 83),
Ward (Doughty 69), Maddison, Bogle (Lloyd 75),
Marriott. Subs not used: Morias, O?Malley,
Freestone, Cooper. Booked: Baldwin
Charlton: Amos, Solly, Pearce, Konsa, Sarr, Jackson
(Ajose 67), Forster-Caskey, KaiKai (Reeves 63),
Aribo, Fosu, Magennis (Zyro 64). Subs not used:
Bauer, Marshall, Lennon, Maynard-Brewer. Booked:
Solly, Sarr
Referee: B Huxtable (Devon)
PORTSMOUTH 1
GILLINGHAM 3
Lowe 19
Wilkinson 48
Martin 66, 80
HT: 1-0 Att: 18,247
Portsmouth: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Clarke,
Deslandes (Haunstrup 65), Close, Whatmough
(Chaplin 77), Lowe, Ronan, Donohue, Naismith.
Subs not used: Kennedy, May, Smith, Bass,
Widdrington. Booked: Burgess
Gillingham: Holy, O?Neill, Zakuani, Ehmer, Wagstaff
(List 79), Byrne, Martin (Nasseri 90), Hessenthaler,
Reilly, Eaves (Wilkinson 46), Parker. Subs not used:
Garmston, Nugent, Hadler, Moussa
Referee: C Boyeson (E Yorkshire)
ROTHERHAM 0
ROCHDALE 1
Humphrys 67
HT: 0-0 Att: 8,418
Rotherham: Rodak, Emmanuel (Palmer 77), Ajayi,
Wood, Mattock, Forde (Williams 59), Towell, Vaulks,
Newell, Smith, Ball (Lavery 69). Subs not used:
Taylor, Price, Ihiekwe, Yates. Booked: Wood, Newell
Rochdale: Lillis, McGahey, McNulty, Delaney,
Rafferty, Inman (Rathbone 82), Camps, Cannon,
Done, Humphrys (Davies 77), Henderson. Subs not
used: Wiseman, Moore, Adshead, Hart, Alexandru
Dobre. Booked: Hart, Davies
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire)
SHREWSBURY 2
WALSALL 0
Rodman 6, Ogogo 88
HT: 1-0 Att: 7,633
Shrewsbury: Henderson, Hendrie, Nsiala, Sadler,
Beckles, Godfrey, Whalley (Thomas 80), Ogogo,
Nolan (John-Lewis 90), Rodman, Carlton Morris
(Payne 76). Subs not used: Lowe, Gnahoua,
MacGillivray, Bryn Morris. Booked: Hendrie
Walsall: Liam Roberts, Devlin, Kory Roberts,
Guthrie, Leahy, Morris (Cuvelier 71), Chambers,
Dobson, Ngoy (Shaibu 86), Oztumer, Bakayoko.
Subs not used: Gillespie, Kinsella, Flanagan,
Fitzwater, Kouhyar. Booked: Chambers
Referee: S Martin (Staffordshire)
SOUTHEND 0
DONCASTER 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 6,766
Southend: Oxley, Demetriou, Turner, Ferdinand,
Coker, McLaughlin, Yearwood, Wright, Kightly
(Harrison 80), Cox (Wordsworth 68), Fortune
(Ladapo 87). Subs not used: Timlin, Bishop,
Mantom, Kyprianou
Doncaster: Marosi, Blair, Baudry, Wright, Mason,
Houghton, McCullough, Kiwomya (May 69),
Coppinger, Rowe, Marquis. Subs not used: Lawlor,
Kongolo, Williams, Whiteman, Ben Khemis. Booked:
Baudry
Referee: K Johnson (Somerset)
WIGAN 3
SCUNTHORPE 3
Dunkley 13, Grigg 43
Hopper 16, 45+2
G Roberts 87
Toney 53
HT: 2-2 Att: 8,438
Wigan: Walton, Byrne (Roberts 83), Dunkley, Burn,
James (Bruce 62), Morsy, Power, Perkins (Vaughan
61), Powell, Jacobs, Grigg. Subs not used: Walker,
Massey, Jones, Fulton. Booked: Burn, Bruce
Scunthorpe: Gilks, Bishop, Burgess, McArdle,
Wallace, Holmes, Yates, Ojo, Morris, Toney, Hopper.
Subs not used: Townsend, Crofts, Adelakun, Goode,
McGeehan, Wootton, Watson. Booked: Holmes
Referee: D Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Blackburn
37 22 10 5 70 35
19 11 6 2 38 18
18 11 4 3 32 17
+35 76
2 Shrewsbury
35 21 8 6 47 26
17 11 3 3 24 10
18 10 5 3 23 16
+21 71
3 Wigan
33 20 8 5 62 23
18 10 6 2 27 9
15 10 2 3 35 14
+39 68
4 Rotherham
35 19 5 11 58 40
19 12 2 5 38 20
16 7 3 6 20 20
+18 62
5 Scunthorpe
37 15 13 9 54 44
18 7 6 5 22 19
19 8 7 4 32 25
+10 58
6 Plymouth
36 15 9 12 44 43
18 9 2 7 26 26
18 6 7 5 18 17
+1 54
7 Peterborough 35 14 11 10 57 45
19 10 3 6 32 24
16 4 8 4 25 21
+12 53
8 Charlton
18 8 5 5 25 22
16 6 4 6 19 23
34 14 9 11 44 45
-1
51
Whitmore 34
LINCOLN C 3
Bostwick 45
Wharton 59
Palmer 85
HT: 1-1 Att: 6,395
Chesterfield: Ramsdale,Talbot, Nelson, Whitmore,
George Smith (Rowley 81), Barry, McCourt, Kay
(Hines 64), Kellett, O?Grady (Dennis 64), Brown.
Subs not used: Williock, Maguire, Brownell, Parkin.
Booked: Talbot, Rowley.
Lincoln C: Allsop, Eardley, Bostwick, Wharton,
Habergham, Whitehouse, Woodyard, Frecklington,
Green (Anderson 64), Rhead (Palmer 67), Williams
(Pett 89). Subs not used: Farman, Long, Chapman,
O?Hare. Booked: Woodyard, Frecklington, Palmer
Referee: D Webb (County Durham)
COVENTRY 1
BARNET 0
Clarke-Harris 75
HT: 0-0 Att: 7,127
Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Hyam, McDonald, Haynes,
Bayliss, Kelly, Doyle, Reid (Barrett 62), McNulty,
Clarke-Harris (Biamou 84). Subs not used: Stokes,
Willis, O?Brien, Devon Kelly-Evans, Ponticelli. Booked:
Clarke-Harris
Barnet: Legg, Vilhete, Sweeney, Santos, Tutonda,
Watson, Weston, R Bover (Nicholson 78), Coulthirst
(J Taylor 77), Akinde (Akinola 77), Nicholls.
Subs not used: Clough, Ross, Plavotic, Briggs.
Booked: Weston
Referee: G Ward (Surrey)
CRAWLEY TN 1
MORECAMBE 1
Ahearne-Grant 90+3
Lang 90+1
HT: 0-0 Att: 1,642
Crawley Tn: Morris, Young, Connolly, Yorwerth, Doherty,
Payne (McNerney 86), Bulman, Randall (Camara 64), Smith,
Ahearne-Grant, Boldewijn. Subs not used: Mersin,
Djalo, Tajbakhsh, Lelan, Sanoh. Booked: Payne,
Connolly, Yorwerth
Morecambe: Roche, Winnard, Lavelle, McGowan,
McGurk, Fleming, Rose, Ellison (Campbell 77),
Conlan, Wylde (Thompson 65), Wildig (Lang 64).
Subs not used: Kenyon, Oliver, Nizic, Lund. Booked:
Lavelle, Lang
Referee: B Malone (Wiltshire)
EXETER 1
CARLISLE 1
Moxey 42
Nadesan 64
HT: 1-0 Att: 3,488
Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Brown, Moore-Taylor
(Woodman 8), Moxey, Boateng, Tillson, Harley,
Holmes (Edwards 33), Stockley, Taylor. Subs not used:
James, Archibald-Henville, Simpson, Jones, Jay
Carlisle: Bonham, Liddle, Hill, Ellis, Parkes, Devitt,
Joyce (Lambe 65), Jones, Hope, Bennett (Twardek 77),
Stockton (Nadesan 57). Subs not used: Grainger,
Gray, Brown, O?Sullivan. Booked: Joyce, Liddle
Referee: J Busby (Oxfordshire)
0-0
2-1
Vanarama National League
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
AFC FYLDE 7
ALDERSHOT 1
D Rowe 2, 18, 19, Finley 10, 62
McQuoid 5
Grand 45+3, Muldoon 65
HT: 5-1 Att: 2,081
Sent off: Finley (AFC Fylde) 62
BROMLEY 2
GUISELEY 1
Rees 73, Bugiel 90+1
Rooney 88
HT: 0-0 Att: 906
Sent off: Nirennold (Guiseley) 70
DAGENHAM & R 0
TRANMERE 4
Cook 47, 69, Norwood 68, 90
HT: 0-0 Att: 1,411
GATESHEAD 7
MAIDENHEAD UTD 1
Peniket 22, Fyfield 27
Hyde 25
Johnson 59, 76, 79
McLaughlin 81, Burrow 90
HT: 2-1 Att: 581
HARTLEPOOL 0
BOREHAM WOOD 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 2,538
Sent off: Harrison (Hartlepool) 65
LEYTON ORIENT 1
EBBSFLEET UTD 1
Clark (og) 32
Whitely 15
HT: 1-1 Att: 4,127
MACCLESFIELD 3
BARROW 1
Hancox 35, Whitaker 70
L James 11
Durrell 77
HT: 1-1 Att: 1,748
MAIDSTONE UTD 1
TORQUAY 0
Hare 88
HT: 0-0 Att: 2,211
SUTTON UTD 1
SOLIHULL MOORS 0
Bolarinwa 37
HT: 1-0 Att: 1,990
Sent off: Yussuf (Solihull Moors) 75
WOKING 1
HALIFAX TN 3
Carter 50
Kosylo 33 (pen), 66, Thomson 80
HT: 0-1 Att: 1,619
P W D L F A GD Pts
Macclesfield
36 21 8 7 51 37 14 71
Sutton Utd
37 20 9 8 57 39 18 69
Tranmere
37 18 10 9 61 37 24 64
Aldershot
37 17 12 8 58 45 13 63
Boreham Wood
36 16 13 7 50 33 17 61
Dover Ath
37 16 12 9 50 33 17 60
Wrexham
36 15 15 6 41 28 13 60
AFC Fylde
37 16 10 11 68 46 22 58
Ebbsfleet Utd
37 14 14 9 48 42 6 56
Bromley
35 15 10 10 58 42 16 55
Dagenham & R
36 14 9 13 54 49 5
51
Gateshead
35 11 14 10 49 37 12 47
Maidenhead Utd
36 12 11 13 50 55 -5 47
Eastleigh
36 10 15 11 53 58 -5 45
Leyton Orient
36 11 10 15 43 49 -6 43
Woking
37 12 7 18 45 58 -13 43
Halifax Tn
36 10 12 14 39 47 -8 42
Maidstone Utd
36 10 12 14 43 55 -12 42
Hartlepool
36 9 11 16 39 52 -13 38
Barrow
34 8 12 14 41 48 -7 36
Solihull Moors
35 9 7 19 35 50 -15 34
Chester
36 6 12 18 32 59 -27 30
Torquay
36 6 9 21 32 61 -29 27
Guiseley
36 5 10 21 31 68 -37 25
DUNDEE 0
North
Bradford PA 3 Alfreton 3; Darlington 1 Curzon
Ashton 0; Gainsborough 1 Kidderminster 0;
Harrogate 6 FC United of Manchester 0; Nuneaton 2
North Ferriby 2; Southport 3 Tamworth 0; Stockport
0 Brackley 1; York 1 Boston 0. Leading standings: 1
Harrogate 32-68; 2 Salford 32-68; 3 Brackley 31-61
9 Bristol Rov
36 15 5 16 51 53
18 10 2 6 32 25
18 5 3 10 19 28
-2 50
South
10 Bradford C
34 15 5 14 48 51
16 6 2 8 21 27
18 9 3 6 27 24
-3 50
11 Gillingham
36 12 13 11 42 40
17 4 9 4 20 18
19 8 4 7 22 22
+2 49
12 Portsmouth
36 15 4 17 43 47
19 9 3 7 26 19
17 6 1 10 17 28
-4 49
13 Southend
35 12 9 14 42 54
19 9 6 4 28 21
16 3 3 10 14 33
-12 45
14 Walsall
37 11 11 15 47 54
18 7 6 5 26 24
19 4 5 10 21 30
-7 44
Braintree 2 Wealdstone 2; Dartford 0 Poole 1; East
Thurrock 0 Welling 1; Eastbourne 0 Gloucester 1;
Hampton & Richmond 3 Weston-s-Mare 1; Hungerford
1 Chelmsford 1; Oxford C 0 Havant & Waterlooville 1;
St Albans 0 Truro 1; Whitehawk 1 Chippenham 3.
Leading standings: 1 Havant & Waterlooville 31-60; 2
Dartford 33-59; 3 Hampton & Richmond 32-58
15 Doncaster
36 10 13 13 43 44
17 6 7 4 25 19
19 4 6 9 18 25
-1 43
16 Oxford Utd
35 11 9 15 50 53
17 6 4 7 27 28
18 5 5 8 23 25
-3 42
17 Blackpool
Evo-Stik League Northern
Premier Division: Ashton 3 Halesowen 0; Marine 2
Hednesford 0; Stafford Rgrs 2 Lancaster C 2;
Warrington 2 Barwell 0; Workington 3 Stalybridge 4
HT: 0-2 Att: 5,336
HAMILTON 2
Ogboe 11, Templeton 69
HT: 1-0 Att: 3,182
KILMARNOCK 3
Erwin 16, K Boyd 46
Brophy 74
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,001
PARTICK 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 3,931
ST JOHNSTONE 4
Piggott (og) 24, Kane 37, 66
Alston 64
MOTHERWELL 0
ROSS CO 2
McKay 86, Schalk 90+1
ABERDEEN 0
Played Friday
HIBERNIAN 2
Allan 59, Maclaren 80
HT: 0-0 Att: 20,166
Celtic
Rangers
Aberdeen
Hibernian
Kilmarnock
Hearts
Motherwell
St Johnstone
Hamilton
Dundee
Partick
Ross Co
P
28
29
29
29
29
30
29
29
27
29
29
29
HEARTS 0
W
19
18
16
14
11
9
10
9
8
8
6
5
D
7
4
5
9
10
12
5
6
5
4
7
6
L
2
7
8
6
8
9
14
14
14
17
16
18
F
56
59
43
42
39
29
34
29
38
30
26
31
A
18
32
33
32
38
29
39
42
48
47
47
51
GD Pts
38 64
27 58
10 53
10 51
1
43
0 39
-5 35
-13 33
-10 29
-17 28
-21 25
-20 21
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Dumbarton 0 Queen of South 1; Falkirk 3 Morton 1; ;
St Mirren 2 Dunfermline 0. Leading standings: 1 St
Mirren 27-60; 2 Livingston 26-49; 3 Morton 27-41
League One
Arbroath 2 Forfar 0; Ayr 3 Raith 0; East Fife 2
Airdrieonians 1; Queen?s Park 1 Alloa 2; Stranraer 2
Albion 3. Leading standings: 1 Raith 28-58; 2 Ayr
27-57; 3 Arbroath 27-45
League Two
Annan 2 Edinburgh C 3; Elgin 3 Berwick 0;
Stenhousemuir 2 Clyde 3; Stirling Alb 0 Peterhead 1.
Leading standings: 1 Peterhead 28-58; 2 Montrose
27-55; 3 Stirling Alb 26-45
Breedon Aggregates
Highland League Cup
Quarter-finals: Forres Mechanics 1 Cove Rgrs 3;
Nairn Co 3 Fraserburgh 4
Press & Journal Highland League
Clachnacuddin 1 Rothes 0; Fort William 0 Buckie 7;
Inverurie LW 5 Deveronvale 1; Turriff 1 Wick 2
Ferrari Packaging Lowland League
Dalbeattie Star 3 Hawick Royal Albert 0; Gretna
2008 1 Gala Fairydean 2; Spartans 1 Stirling Univ 0
JD Welsh Premier League
Cardiff Met Univ 1 The New Saints 1; Connah?s Quay
Nomads 2 Cefn Druids 1; Newtown 0 Aberystwyth 1
Danske Bank Premiership
Ballinamallard Utd 0 Ards 4; Ballymena 0 Coleraine
2; Cliftonville 3 Crusaders 1; Glenavon 2 Glentoran 2;
Linfield 2 Carrick 0
Bluefin Northern Ireland League
First Division: Ballyclare Comrades 2 Loughgall 1;
Larne 2 Lurgan Celtic 0; Limavady 2 Knockbreda 2;
PSNI 3 Dergview 2
Airtricity League of Ireland
First Division: Longford Tn 3 Wexford 0
0 All other matches postponed
Spain
Eibar 1 Real Madrid 2; Getafe 0 Levante 1; Malaga 0
Barcelona 2; Sevilla 0 Valencia 2
Italy
35 10 12 13 42 47
16 5 6 5 23 24
19 5 6 8 19 23
-5 42
18 AFC Wimbledon 36 11 8 17 36 47
18 7 3 8 19 24
18 4 5 9 17 23
-11 41
19 Oldham
35 10 10 15 50 60
17 7 3 7 27 25
18 3 7 8 23 35
-10 40
20 Northampton
36 10 9 17 35 57
18 6 3 9 15 25
18 4 6 8 20 32
-22 39
21 Fleetwood Tn
35 10 8 17 46 57
19 4 6 9 26 31
16 6 2 8 20 26
-11 38
Premier Division: Banbury 4 Farnborough 1;
Basingstoke 1 St Neots Tn 0; Biggleswade Tn 1
Weymouth 2; Bishop?s Stortford 3 Redditch 0;
Chesham 0 Hitchin 0; Dorchester 1 Merthyr Tn 2;
Hereford 0 Kings Lynn Tn 2; Royston Tn 4 Kings
Langley 0; Slough 2 Frome 1; Tiverton 7 Dunstable 1
22 Rochdale
32 7 11 14 33 41
13 4 6 3 13 11
19 3 5 11 20 30
-8 32
Bostik League
23 MK Dons
35 7 11 17 32 48
17 4 7 6 17 21
18 3 4 11 15 27
-16 32
24 Bury
35 7 9 19 30 52
18 6 4 8 17 22
17 1 5 11 13 30
-22 30
Leading goalscorers: 21: Marriott (Peterborough). 15: Dack (Blackburn). 14: Oztumer (Walsall);
Premier Division: Brightlingsea Regent 2 Dulwich 2;
Enfield Tn 3 Lowestoft 0; Harlow 4 Met Police 3;
Harrow 0 Folkestone 3; Hendon 1 Margate 1;
Kingstonian 1 Leiston 3; Needham 1 Merstham 3;
Tonbridge Angels 1 Worthing 1; Tooting & Mitcham 1
Dorking Wands 2; Wingate & Finchley 2 Thurrock 4
Pitman (Portsmouth). 13: Doyle (Oldham); Eaves (Gillingham); Moore (Barnsley). 12: Graham
(Blackburn); Mulgrew (Blackburn); Powell (Wigan); Taylor (AFC Wimbledon); Wyke (Bradford C).
11: Davies (Oldham); Grigg (Wigan); Harrison (Bristol Rov). 10: Cole (Wigan); Morris (Scunthorpe).
9: Bodin (Preston); Henderson (Rochdale); Long (Northampton); Marquis (Doncaster);
Parker (Gillingham); Thomas (Oxford Utd); Vassell (Blackpool). 8: Beckford (Bury); Carey
(Plymouth); Demetriou (Southend); Jacobs (Wigan); Maddison (Peterborough); Magennis (Charlton);
Payne (Shrewsbury)
Southern Amateur League
Poland
First Division: Alleyn 0 Polytechnic 1; Owens 3
Winchmore Hill 3; Parkonians 0 Bank of England 1.
Second Division: Civil Service 1 Crouch End Vampires
0; HSBC 1 Finchleians 3; Norsemen 0 NUFC Oilers 0;
Lyonians 2 Merton 0. Third Division: AFC Oldsmiths 1
The Warren 1; Cambridge Heath 1 Stationers 1
Sandecja Nowy Sacz 0 Piast Gliwice 3; Pogon
Szczecin 0 Cracovia 3; Wisla Plock 2 Korona Kielce 0
Evo-Stik League Southern
Verona 1 Chievo 0
Germany
Bayer Leverkusen 2 Borussia M?gladbach 0; Bayern
Munich 6 Hamburg 0; Hanover 1 Augsburg 3; Hertha
Berlin 0 Freiburg 0; Hoffenheim 3 Wolfsburg 0
France
Bordeaux 0 Angers 0; Dijon 1 Amiens 1; Lille 1
Montpellier 1; Nantes 1 Troyes 0; PSG 5 Metz 0;
Rennes 1 St Etienne 1
Holland
ADO Den Haag 0 NAC Breda 2; Roda JC Kerkrade 0
Sparta Rotterdam 2; VVV-Venlo 2 Excelsior 3;
Willem II Tilburg 5 PSV Eindhoven 0
Portugal
Benfica 2 Desportivo Aves 0; Boavista 1 Estoril
Praia 0; Rio Ave 2 Feirense 1
FIXTURES
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
CHESTERFIELD 1
1-1
OTHER FOOTBALL
Norwich: Gunn, Reed (Hoolahan 79), Hanley, Klose,
Lewis, Tettey, Leitner (Ivo Pinto 29), Watkins,
Maddison, Hernandez (Murphy 79), Oliveira. Subs not
used: Husband, Vrancic, Srbeny, McGovern. Booked:
Watkins, Ivo Pinto, Tettey
Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex)
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC WIMBLEDON 2
OXFORD UTD 1
Taylor 32 (pen)
Kane 38
Meades 71
HT: 1-1 Att: 4,592
AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Charles, Oshilaja,
Francomb, Forrester (Soares 87), Abdou, Trotter,
Barcham (Meades 46), McDonald (Pigott 46), Taylor.
Subs not used: Nightingale, Parrett, Kaja,
McDonnell. Booked: Forrester
Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Kane, Dickie, Mousinho,
Smith-Brown, Ledson, Ruffels, Buckley-Rickett (Van
Kessel 63), Brannagan, Ricardinho (Henry 81), Obika
(Thomas 63). Subs not used: Martin, Shearer,
Mowatt, Napa. Booked: Thomas, Brannagan
Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire)
BLACKBURN 3
BLACKPOOL 0
Dack 45+1
Armstrong 69, 90
HT: 1-0 Att: 13,230
Blackburn: Raya, Nyambe (Evans 16), Lenihan,
Mulgrew, Williams, Bennett, Smallwood, Payne
(Conway 69), Dack (Bell 77), Armstrong, Graham.
Subs not used: Samuel, Leutwiler, Antonsson,
Downing. Booked: Evans, Mulgrew
Blackpool: Lumley, Turton, Robertson, Tilt, Daniel,
Ryan, Spearing (Gnanduillet 70), Delfouneso,
Longstaff, Solomon-Otabor (Philliskirk 76), Vassell
(Agyei 76). Subs not used: Taylor, Aimson,
D?Almeida, Mafoumbi. Booked: Vassell, Delfouneso
Referee: A Garratt (West Midlands)
BRADFORD C P
MK DONS P
Postponed due to a waterlogged pitch
0-2
FOREST GREEN 1
NOTTS CO 2
STEVENAGE 2
Campbell 72
Noble 34, Tootle 80
HT: 0-1 Att: 2,893
Forest Green: B Collins, Bennett (C Cooper 60),
Rawson, Gunning, Hollis, Clements (Brown 82),
L Collins, Osbourne, Grubb (Campbell 63), Reid,
Wishart. Subs not used: Laird, Simpson, Belford, Bray.
Booked: L Collins, C Cooper
Notts Co: Collin, Tootle, Duffy, Hall (Brisley 86),
Dickinson, Hawkridge (Virtue 71), Hewitt, Noble,
Grant, Alessandra, Stead (Ameobi 84). Subs not
used: Pindroch, Smith, Walker, Jones. Booked: Duffy,
Noble
Referee: M Heywood (Cheshire)
Bowditch 14, 50
Ng 80
Kirk 90+7
HT: 1-0 Att: 2,032
Stevenage: T King, Vancooten, Wilmot, J King,
Martin, Amos (Franks 90), Sheaf, McKee, Bowditch
(Kennedy 54), Newton, Goddard. Subs not used:
White, Fryer, Wilkinson, Whelpdale. Booked: Sheaf,
Newton
Crewe: Garratt, Ng, Ray, Nolan, Bakayogo, Ainley
(Kirk 62), Pickering, Green, Lowery (McKirdy 54),
Bowery (Dagnall 78), Miller. Subs not used: Walker,
Raynes, Richards, Barlaser. Booked: Ray, Miller
Referee: G Horwood (Bedfordshire)
GRIMSBY 1
SWINDON 0
PORT VALE 1
Berrett 90+1
Worrall 10
HT: 0-1 Att: 5,198
Grimsby: McKeown, B Davies, Suliman (Hall-Johnson
53), Clarke, Collins, Fox, Berrett, M Rose (Cardwell 65),
Clifton, Dembele (Kelly 77), Matt. Subs not used:
Hooper, Mills, Jaiyesimi, Killip. Booked: Berrett, Clarke
Port Vale: Boot, Davis, Howkins, Smith, Montano
(Gibbons 67), Tonge, Pugh, Hannant (Whitfield 78),
Worrall, Forrester (Barnett 67), Harness. Subs not
used: Howe, Raglan, Hornby, Wilson. Booked: Tonge,
Worrall, Whitfield
Referee: S Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear)
LUTON 1
E Lee 61
ACCRINGTON 2
McConville 44
Kee 90+3
HT: 0-1 Att: 9,503
Luton: Stech, Stacey, Rea, Sheehan, Potts, O Lee,
Downes (Cornick 63), Berry, Shinnie (Gambin 85),
Hylton, E Lee (Jervis 90). Subs not used: Justin,
Cuthbert, Ruddock, Shea. Booked: E Lee, O Lee,
Sheehan, Gambin
Accrington: Chapman, Johnson, Dunne, Hughes,
Donacien, Clark, Conneely, Brown, McConville, Kee,
Jackson. Subs not used: Richards-Everton, Nolan,
Zanzala, Williams, Maxted, Sousa, Rodgers. Booked:
Hughes, McConville, Donacien, Jackson
Referee: D Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
MANSFIELD 1
COLCHESTER 1
Hemmings 22
Comley 51
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,050
Mansfield: Logan, White, Pearce, Diamond (Digby 65),
Benning, Anderson (Atkinson 57), Byrom (Mellis 58),
MacDonald, Hamilton, Hemmings, Rose. Subs not
used: Angol, Olejnik, Spencer, King. Booked:
Hemmings, Pearce, Mellis
Colchester: Walker, Jackson (Murray 85), Kent,
Eastman, Vincent-Young, Wright (Shodipo 71),
Lapslie (Stevenson 88), Comley, Dickenson,
Szmodics, Guthrie. Subs not used: Prosser,
Mandron, Mandeville, D Barnes. Booked: Kent,
Szmodics
Referee: R Joyce (Cleveland)
CREWE 2
Today
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Accrington
36 22 5 9 61 39
18 13 2 3 34 17
18 9 3 6 27 22
+22 71
2 Luton
36 20 9 7 76 37
19 13 2 4 52 21
17 7 7 3 24 16
+39 69
3 Notts Co
37 18 11 8 59 38
18 12 4 2 36 16
19 6 7 6 23 22
+21 65
4 Wycombe
36 18 9 9 68 52
19 10 4 5 40 30
17 8 5 4 28 22
+16 63
Women?s Super League Two: Aston Villa v Durham (2pm)
5 Mansfield
36 16 14 6 55 37
19 10 8 1 37 19
17 6 6 5 18 18
+18 62
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
6 Exeter
34 18 5 11 45 38
17 11 2 4 24 14
17 7 3 7 21 24
+7 59
Tomorrow
CHELTENHAM 3
7 Lincoln C
36 15 12 9 50 39
18 9 6 3 29 18
18 6 6 6 21 21
+11 57
Premier League: Stoke v Man City (8pm)
Andrews 41
Eisa 49, 71
8 Coventry
35 17 6 12 39 28
17 11 2 4 23 11
18 6 4 8 16 17
+11 57
Tuesday
9 Swindon
36 18 3 15 55 54
18 8 2 8 23 32
18 10 1 7 32 22
+1 57
10 Carlisle
37 15 10 12 53 46
18 7 6 5 26 17
19 8 4 7 27 29
+7 55
Champions League: Round of 16, second leg: Man Utd (0)
v Sevilla (0); Roma (1) v Shakhtar Donetsk (2)
11 Newport Co
36 13 13 10 46 46
16 6 8 2 23 16
20 7 5 8 23 30
0
HT: 0-1 Att: 6,658
Swindon: Moore, Purkiss, Robertson, Menayese,
Knoyle (Gordon 56), Anderson (Mullin 80), Elsnik,
Dunne, Taylor, Norris (Woolery 68), Richards. Subs
not used: Hussey, Iandolo, Charles-Cook, Twine.
Booked: Dunne
Cheltenham: Flinders, Moore, Boyle, Grimes,
Chatzitheodoridis (Cranston 85), Andrews (Odelusi
69), Winchester, Atangana, Morrell, Dawson (Lloyd
80), Eisa. Subs not used: Wright, Graham, Lovett,
J Rodon
Referee: T Nield (West Yorkshire)
12 Crawley Tn
36 15 7 14 42 44
18 8 3 7 22 17
18 7 4 7 20 27
-2 52
13 Colchester
36 13 12 11 46 42
18 8 6 4 27 17
18 5 6 7 19 25
+4 51
14 Cambridge Utd 37 13 11 13 37 47
18 10 5 3 23 13
19 3 6 10 14 34
-10 50
15 Cheltenham
37 11 11 15 52 53
18 7 5 6 26 22
19 4 6 9 26 31
-1 44
WYCOMBE 1
16 Stevenage
36 11 10 15 48 53
18 7 8 3 34 21
18 4 2 12 14 32
-5 43
17 Yeovil
35 10 8 17 46 57
19 8 4 7 27 19
16 2 4 10 19 38
-11 38
18 Crewe
36 11 4 21 43 59
18 7 3 8 23 26
18 4 1 13 20 33
-16 37
19 Forest Green
36 10 7 19 43 61
19 8 2 9 28 30
17 2 5 10 15 31
-18 37
CAMBRIDGE UTD 1
Akinfenwa 45+4
Lewis 90+3
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,426
Wycombe: Brown, Moore, Scarr, El-Abd, Jacobson
(McGinley 61), Bloomfield (Kashket 90), Gape, O?Nien,
Cowan-Hall (Freeman 86), Akinfenwa, Tyson. Subs
not used: Bean, Mackail-Smith, Thompson,
Makabu-Makalamby
Cambridge Utd: Forde, Halliday, Taylor, Taft, Dunk,
Deegan, O?Neil (J Brown 80), Maris (Lewis 19),Waters
(Amoo 69), Ibehre, Ikpeazu. Subs not used: Carroll,
Legge, Mitov, Elito. Booked: Ibehre, Waters
Referee: N Kinseley (Essex)
YEOVIL 0
NEWPORT CO 2
Sheehan 57
Hayes 90+4
HT: 0-0 Att: 2,880
Yeovil: Maddison, Whelan, Sowunmi, James, Dickson,
Green (Browne 70), C Smith, Wing, Khan (Fisher 77),
Surridge (Barnes 60), Zoko. Subs not used: Bird,
Mugabi, Nelson, Donnellan. Booked: Zoko
Newport Co: Day, White, Tozer, Demetriou, Sheehan,
Dolan (Bennett 81), Willmott (A Collins 84), Labadie,
Butler, Amond (Nouble 56), Hayes. Subs not used:
Jackson, McCoulsky, Reid, Bittner. Booked: Hayes,
Labadie
Referee: L Collins (Surrey)
52
20 Grimsby
37 9 10 18 31 54
19 4 7 8 15 23
18 5 3 10 16 31
-23 37
21 Morecambe
35 8 12 15 35 46
16 5 4 7 17 22
19 3 8 8 18 24
-11 36
22 Port Vale
35 9 9 17 38 50
17 5 5 7 19 21
18 4 4 10 19 29
-12 36
23 Chesterfield
35 8 6 21 36 64
19 6 3 10 22 29
16 2 3 11 14 35
-28 30
24 Barnet
36 7 8 21 33 53
17 4 5 8 15 21
19 3 3 13 18 32
-20 29
Premier League: Arsenal v Watford (1.30pm); Bournemouth
v Tottenham (4pm)
Sky Bet Championship: Nottm Forest v Derby (2.30pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Rangers v Celtic (noon)
Vanarama National League: Wrexham v Chester (noon)
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v QPR; Barnsley v
Norwich; Brentford v Cardiff; Ipswich v Hull; Sheff Utd v
Burton Alb; Wolves v Reading. League One: Blackpool v
Charlton; Bury v Peterborough; MK Dons v Rotherham;
Rochdale v Southend. League Two: Barnet v Port Vale
(8pm); Coventry v Luton; Exeter v Yeovil
FA Trophy: Fourth round replay: Spennymoor Tn v
Bromley
Vanarama National League: Boreham Wood v Maidenhead
Utd; Bromley v Barrow; Halifax Tn v Dagenham &
Redbridge; Gateshead v Solihull Moors; Leyton Orient v
Torquay
William Hill Scottish Cup: Quarter-final replay:
Kilmarnock v Aberdeen
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Dumbarton v Brechin;
Dunfermline v Inverness CT; Livingston v Morton; Queen of
South v Dundee Utd. League One: Airdrieonians v
Stranraer; Albion v Queen?s Park; Alloa v East Fife; Forfar v
Raith. League Two: Berwick v Stirling Alb; Clyde v Elgin;
Edinburgh C v Cowdenbeath; Montrose v Annan; Peterhead
v Stenhousemuir
Wednesday
Champions League: Round of 16, second leg: Barcelona
(1) v Chelsea (1); Besiktas (0) v Bayern Munich (5) (5pm)
Leading goalscorers: 21: Kee (Accrington). 18: Eisa (Cheltenham). 16: Akinfenwa (Wycombe);
Collins (Luton); Doidge (Forest Green). 15: Grant (Notts Co); Hylton (Luton). 14: Dennis
(Chesterfield); McNulty (Coventry); Pope (Port Vale); Rose (Mansfield). 13: Jackson (Accrington).
12: Ikpeazu (Cambridge Utd); Stockley (Exeter); Szmodics (Colchester). 11: McConville (Accrington);
Newton (Stevenage); Norris (Swindon). 10: Amond (Newport Co); Godden (Stevenage); Green
(Lincoln); Hemmings (Mansfield); Reid (Forest Green); Zoko (Yeovil). 9: Boldewijn (Crawley); Ellison
(Morecambe); Mandron (Colchester); Porter (Crewe); Stead (Notts Co). 8: Coulthirst (Barnet);
Cowan-Hall (Wycombe); Devitt (Carlisle); E Lee (Luton); Mackail-Smith (Wycombe); Smith (Crawley)
Sky Bet League One: Bradford C v Wigan
Ladbrokes Scottish League One: Arbroath v Ayr
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Saturday
FA Cup: Quarter-finals: Man Utd v Brighton; Swansea v
Tottenham (12.15pm)
Premier League: Bournemouth v West Brom; Burnley v
Chelsea (12.30pm); Huddersfield v C Palace; Leicester v
Arsenal; Liverpool v Watford (5.30pm); Stoke v Everton;
Swansea v Southampton
Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley v Millwall (1pm);
Birmingham v Hull; Bolton v Aston Villa (5.30pm); Brentford
v Middlesbrough; Bristol C v Ipswich; Fulham v QPR
(12.30pm); Leeds Utd v Sheff Wed; Norwich v Reading;
Sheff Utd v Nottm Forest; Sunderland v Preston; Wolves v
Burton Alb. League One: Blackpool v Southend; Charlton v
Fleetwood Tn; Gillingham v Blackburn; MK Dons v Bury;
Northampton v Rotherham; Oldham v Portsmouth; Oxford
Utd v Peterborough; Plymouth v Bristol Rov; Rochdale v
AFC Wimbledon; Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury. League Two:
Accrington St v Forest Green; Barnet v Wycombe;
Cambridge Utd v Swindon; Carlisle v Crawley Tn;
Cheltenham v Chesterfield; Colchester v Yeovil; Crewe v
Coventry; Lincoln C v Grimsby (1pm); Morecambe v Exeter;
Newport Co v Luton; Notts Co v Mansfield (1pm); Port Vale v
Stevenage
FA Trophy: Semi-final, first leg: Brackley v Wealdstone
FA Vase: Semi-finals, first leg: Marske Utd v Stockton Tn;
Thatcham Tn v 1874 Northwich
Vanarama National League: AFC Fylde v Hartlepool;
Boreham Wood v Tranmere; Bromley v Dagenham &
Redbridge; Chester v Aldershot; Dover Ath v Macclesfield;
Eastleigh v Leyton Orient; Gateshead v Ebbsfleet; Guiseley
v Halifax Tn; Maidenhead Utd v Barrow; Maidstone Utd v
Sutton Utd; Solihull Moors v Torquay; Woking v Wrexham
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen v Dundee;
Hearts v Partick; Rangers v Kilmarnock; Ross Co v Hamilton
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Brechin v Dumbarton;
Dundee Utd v Inverness CT; Dunfermline v Morton;
Livingston v Falkirk; Queen of South v St Mirren. League
One: Albion v Arbroath; Alloa v Airdrieonians; Forfar v Ayr;
Stranraer v Queen?s Park. League Two: Annan v Clyde;
Berwick v Stenhousemuir; Cowdenbeath v Elgin; Edinburgh
C v Stirling Alb; Montrose v Peterhead
Sunday
FA Cup: Quarter-finals: Leicester v Chelsea (4.30pm);
Wigan v Southampton (1.30pm)
Thursday
Premier League: Man City v Brighton (4pm); West Ham v
Man Utd (1.30pm)
Europa League: Round of 16, second leg (selected):
Arsenal (2) v AC Milan (0)
Sky Bet Championship: Derby v Cardiff (noon)
Friday
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Motherwell v Celtic
(2.15pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: St Johnstone v Hibernian
Ladbrokes Scottish League One: Raith v East Fife (4.10pm)
15
The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
SPORT RACING
Festival
stirs
glorious
memories
for Knight
FESTIVAL
FIESTA
For more Cheltenham preview
coverage, including an interview
with trainer Joseph O?Brien and
an analysis of Nicky Henderson?s
stable of contenders, go to:
THESUNDAYTIMES.CO.UK/SPORT
ADRIAN SHERRATT
Six years after retiring,
former trainer admits
Cheltenham still holds a
special place in her heart
T
Andrew Longmore
he ducks happily fuss around
the most famous pond in
racing and just enough of the
stables at West Lockinge Farm
in Oxfordshire are occupied
to keep the yard ticking over
and the owner interested. The
room where so many plans
were hatched and so much
success was celebrated is alive
again and, after a period of reflection and
renewal, so is Henrietta Knight. ?You
haven?t noticed,? she says accusingly.
?I?ve lost three-and-a-half stones.? No
cheese, butter or champagne.
Since those heady, dotty, days of Best
Mate and his trilogy of Gold Cups, Knight
has become part of the fabric of the Cheltenham Festival and the lure has
remained strong even though she retired
from training almost six years ago. The
interest will be once removed this week ?
a horse who has been schooled on her
patch, one she has bought, another
repaired, owners and trainers she knows
and likes.
She also has a book to publicise, a personal odyssey through 27 of the best jump
stables on either side of the Irish Sea.
When she was a trainer, secrets were kept
behind closed doors; but a rival no more,
she has been welcomed in.
The result is a fascinating insight into
the minds and workings of the trainers
who will be pitching for honours over
jump racing?s glorious four-day season ?
Nicky Henderson, Willie Mullins, Paul
Nicholls among them ? and into the
changing ways of the modern racing yard
with their all-weather gallops, horsewalkers and super-ventilated stables.
Best of all, the research and the writing
have combined to rekindle the hope, the
curiosity and the passion of Knight herself after the loss of Best Mate, who collapsed and died at Exeter in 2005, and
the long illness and death of her husband,
Terry Biddlecombe, so movingly
recorded in her previous book, Not
Enough Time. Two best mates gone in a
blink.
?The light went out a bit,? she says.
?That day with Best Mate, I just couldn?t
believe that it was happening, couldn?t
believe it was happening to me. I tried to
pretend that it wasn?t happening and
then Terry was very ill and I went into a
bit of a shell. I didn?t really want to go out
and meet people.? Not Enough Time, a
love story, started the healing process but
The Jumping Game, every word of it
handwritten, has plunged Knight back
into the heart of the world she knows and
loves.
?I love racing and I love writing,? she
explains. ?Through the book, I realised
that racing is just in my blood. I?m back at
the sales, buying yearlings and foals and
it just feels right. I don?t miss the pressure
of training. I wouldn?t want to go back
unless I had top-class horses to train and
Best Mates just don?t come along very
often.?
Once reluctant to head back into the
mists, Knight is now happy to recall the
days when the ?odd couple?, as they
4.40
Market Rasen
Going: Soft - Heavy in places
?NATIONAL HUNT? NOVICES? HURDLE
г4,549: 2M 148Y (5)
1 13-151 Ballyvic Boru 8 (D,G,S) B Ellison6-11-8.........C King
2 15-451 First Drift 18 (D,F,S) B Case7-11-8.....M Kendrick (5)
3 -06P53 Cash To Ash 14 M Walford5-11-1.............J Hamilton
Robert De Bruce 277 (T)
4 U406-4
D McCain7-11-1.................................L Murtagh (5)
5 666 Sizing Cusimano 69 C Tizzard5-11-1...T Scudamore
Betting: EvensBallyvic Boru, 13-8 First Drift, 6-1 Sizing
Cusimano, 16-1 Cash To Ash, 33-1 Robert De Bruce
2.30
NOVICES? HURDLE
г4,549: 2M 4F 139Y (6)
Rio Quinto 29 (D,BF,S)
1 -20122
O Murphy5-11-9.....................................R Johnson
2
60 Coisa Blanco 44 Jonjo O?Neill5-11-2 ..... R McLernon
3 -33433 Florrie Knox 36 A Hales5-11-2..............H Bannister
4 323/5 Hurricane Dylan 34 K Frost7-11-2..........A Coleman
Lady Of The Rea 21P
5 P-F2PF
M D Hammond7-10-9............................A P Cawley
Russiantom 102 (T)
6
06
S Corbett7-10-9.................................J Corbett (5)
Betting: 4-9 Rio Quinto, 3-1 Florrie Knox, 8-1 Hurricane Dylan,
33-1 Coisa Blanco, 50-1 Lady Of The Rea, Russiantom
3.05
HANDICAP CHASE
г5,848: 2M 1F 43Y (5)
Master Of Finance 18 (P,S)
Mrs L Wadham7-11-12.............................D Noonan
Miss Conway 156 (C,G)
2 211144
M Walford7-11-7....................................J Hamilton
Roxyfet 17 (D,BF,S)
3 023122
M D Hammond8-11-1 .......................... F O?Toole (3)
Las Tunas 21 (D,S)
4 2-0P43
R Mike Smith6-10-9.............................R McLernon
Yourholidayisover 34 (B,T,D,S)
5 532436
T Gretton11-10-0...............................T Dowling (5)
Betting: 9-4 Roxyfet, 3-1 Master Of Finance, 7-2 Las Tunas,
4-1 Miss Conway, 7-1 Yourholidayisover
1 403065
3.35
HANDICAP CHASE
г5,848: 2M 5F 89Y (6)
The Ogle Gogle Man 31 (P,G)
C Mann6-12-1......................................H Bannister
Shockingtimes 24 (B,T,S)
2 P/FR2U
J Snowden11-12-1................................N Scholfield
Shanty Town 66 (P)
3 5-0223
D Dennis9-11-12....................................A Coleman
Mr Love 29 (P,BF)
4 25-43P
Mrs L Wadham6-11-11 ............................. D Noonan
Iskabeg Lane 37 (CD,S)
5 0P1332
Mrs S Smith7-11-10 .................................... D Cook
Knocknamona 39 (D,S)
6 F01111
M D Hammond7-11-7.............................A P Cawley
Betting: 13-8 Knocknamona, 4-1 Iskabeg Lane, 5-1
Shockingtimes, 6-1 Shanty Town, 7-1 The Ogle Gogle Man, 8-1
Mr Love
1 13F433
4.10
were dubbed, grabbed the festival headlines and simply wouldn?t let go. In one
sense, Knight hated all the hype, the slow
build-up of pressure, the throat-tightening realisation that she was training a
racehorse for the nation; on the other
hand, she ? and the gruff Biddlecombe ?
loved all the fuss, the to and fro and the
fulfilment that nurturing and preparing
such a great horse for the exact moment
gave her and her team.
It was a test of experience, craft and
nerve, passed with flying colours, but
only properly appreciated in the history
books and by other trainers. Mullins,
arguably the greatest jumps trainer of the
modern era, has not been able to land a
single Gold Cup; Knight managed to win
three in a row.
?It was lovely to feel wanted,? she says.
?I still feel the hype when I go to the
festival. I?m just glad it?s not coming on to
me.?
A brief clip of Best Mate trouncing the
RACING RESULTS
TODAY?S RACING
2.00
Simply the best: Henrietta Knight with a statue of Best Mate in West Lockinge
field in the second of his three victories
silences Knight for a second. She liked the
commentary. ?This beautiful horse . . . ?
calls Simon Holt as Best Mate gallops up
the hill to become the first horse since
L?Escargot 31 years before to win successive Gold Cups. ?He was such a wonderful natural jumper,? Knight says. ?You
can?t teach that and Jim [Culloty, the
jockey] was ideal for him. He sat quiet
and let him get on with it. It just all came
together. Best Mate loved Cheltenham,
he loved the crowds and he loved showing off, he was a bit of a Robbie Williams.
He walked round the paddock as if he
owned it.?
An acute observer of human as well as
horse, Knight will watch the main protagonists at the festival this week and wonder anew at their disparate backgrounds
and common genius: Henderson, the
charming and excitable Old Etonian,
Nicholls, the bluff policeman?s son, the
unflappable Mullins and the shy and enigmatic Gordon Elliott. She will note the
restless ambition of the next generation ?
Dan Skelton, Ben Pauling, Harry Fry and
Anthony Honeyball ? and quietly wish
them luck.
?Patience, resilience, single-mindedness, you have to believe that what you?re
doing is right,? Knight concludes. ?All the
top trainers want to know what the others are doing. You need an open mind, an
eye for detail and a great team. Terry was
my back-up team. Nicky has a great team
behind him. Above all, you have to want
to win.?
More than ever in festival week.
l The Jumping Game: How National Hunt
Trainers Work and What Makes Them
Tick, by Henrietta Knight, published by
Head of Zeus, г20
HANDICAP HURDLE (CHALLENGER STAYING
HURDLE SERIES QUAL)
г7,798: 2M 7F 16Y (14)
Skipthecuddles 69 (G,S)
G McPherson7-11-12............................C Shoemark
Charlemar 358 (G,S)
2 1154PH Whittington6-11-12............................H Bannister
Head To The Stars 39 (BF,S)
3 4-6512
H Daly7-11-10.......................................A Thornton
4 0-161U Polydora 45 (B,D,S) T Lacey6-11-10............A Johns
5 441010 Malapie 22 (D,S) Mrs C Bailey10-11-7.........S Bowen
6 3-0036 Aengus 24 (P,S) J Candlish8-11-5.........S W Quinlan
Doesyourdogbite 36 (P,C,G,S)
7 0-0005
Jonjo O?Neill6-11-5...............................R McLernon
Molly Childers 85 (C,S)
8 5-3314
S Edmunds6-11-4.................................C Gethings
Supakalanistic 34 (S)
9 35F061
N Twiston-Davies5-11-4......................J Bargary (3)
106-0U32 Zanstra 16 (G,S) C Tizzard8-11-2.........T Scudamore
Volcanic 9 (T,D,F,G,S)
11 33-332
D McCain9-11-2 ................................... W Kennedy
Aaron Lad 17 (S)
12FP3221
Dr R Newland7-11-1...............................A Coleman
Grand Turina 21 (G,S)
130-P054
Miss V Williams7-10-11 ...........................C Deutsch
14 3-643 Leskinfere 57 O Greenall5-10-10............D England
Betting: 5-1 Aaron Lad, 6-1 Supakalanistic, Volcanic, 7-1
Zanstra, 8-1 Doesyourdogbite, 9-1 Molly Childers, others
1 00-P55
MARES? HANDICAP HURDLE
г5,198: 2M 7F 16Y (9)
1 026P-0 Vivant 21 (T) H Fry5-11-12.....................K Edgar (3)
2 0-0562 What A Diva 53 (T,C,D,S) P Bowen7-11-12..S Bowen
Lagavara 25 (S)
3 4-31P3
N Twiston-Davies6-11-12.....................J Bargary (3)
Milly Baloo 37 (C,S)
4 413-2O
T Easterby7-11-11...............................T Scudamore
Only Orvieto 36 (B,S)
5 /5-P53
R Jefferson7-11-10.................................J Hamilton
Fille Des Champs 29 (T,S)
6 -25420
E Williams7-11-9......................................A Wedge
Pennywell 31 (P,D,G,S)
7 5F1234
W Greatrex8-11-7..............................T Greatrex (7)
Bridane Rebel 20 (T,P,G,S)
8 462053
J Candlish7-11-4.....................................D Noonan
Flemerina 19 (CD,BF,S)
9 403322
Mrs S Smith9-10-13....................................D Cook
Betting: 5-2 Milly Baloo, 11-4 What A Diva, 5-1 Flemerina, 8-1
Lagavara, 10-1 Bridane Rebel, others
5.10
CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS? HANDICAP HURDLE
г5,198: 2M 2F 140Y (8)
Calipso Collonges 23 (H,T,S)
O Murphy6-11-12...............................F Gregory (6)
2 0042 Voodoo Doll 18 E Williams5-11-11 ............ C Ring (3)
Fort Jefferson 18 (H)
3 256
O Greenall5-11-10..............................R Hawker (3)
Minella Fiveo 94 (W,F,S)
4 P-064S
Mrs S Smith10-11-9...........................S Coltherd (3)
5 63-05F Status Quo 65F (H,T) H Fry5-11-3..........K Edgar (3)
Morning With Ivan 36 (T,C,BF,G,S)
6 1-1123
S Corbett8-11-2..................................J Corbett (3)
Lincoln County 70 (T,P,G)
7 3/P-0P
O Greenall7-10-8 ..................................H Reed (3)
8 22-023 Pixiepot 58 (C,G) P Niven8-10-6 ......Ross Chapman
Betting: 15-8 Calipso Collonges, 100-30 Voodoo Doll, 9-2
Fort Jefferson, 8-1 Minella Fiveo, Morning With Ivan, others
1 005011
Warwick (Jackpot meeting)
Going: Heavy - Soft in places
2.20
NOVICES? HURDLE (NOVICES? CHAMPIONSHIP
HURDLE SERIES QUALIFIER)
г4,549: 2M (17)
1 3-2331 Piton Pete 31 (D,S) O Sherwood7-11-7
L Aspell
2
01 Starcrossed 17 (D,S) D Skelton6-11-7.......H Skelton
Bahama Moon 43
3
60
Jonjo O?Neill6-11-1..........................Jonjo O?Neill (7)
4 360-50 Ballyhome 14 (S) B Powell7-11-1................B Powell
5 506 Cloudy Glen 25 Miss V Williams5-11-1..H Nugent (7)
6 0-004 Court Duty 21 J Flint6-11-1......................J E Moore
7 P00000 Earcomestom 16 P Pritchard6-11-1..........T Bellamy
8 P00 Fire Ahead 18 I Williams5-11-1..................D Crosse
9 P04 Great Lover 35 P Hobbs6-11-1 ................. T O?Brien
100/30-0 Oscar Bravo 18 (T) T George7-11-1 ......... A P Heskin
11 660 Luma?s Gift 18 Miss C Dyson6-10-8..........J Quinlan
Moonlight Dancer 31
12
5
D Skelton5-10-8......................Bridget Andrews (3)
130055-P Sugar Storm 304 M Keighley7-10-8..........A Tinkler
14 2-P5 Taking A Chance 60 I Williams5-10-8 ....... R Dunne
15
Helf 18 (T) O Greenall4-10-7..................G Sheehan
16 63 Simafar 16 O Murphy4-10-7.......................C Poste
17
Zamalight 16 O Murphy4-10-7 ............. T Garner (3)
Betting: 10-11 Piton Pete, 7-2 Starcrossed, 10-1 Great Lover,
12-1 Bahama Moon, Simafar, 14-1 Taking A Chance, others
2.50
MARES? CHASE (NOVICES? LIMITED HANDICAP)
г9,384: 2M 4F (6)
Golden Vision 368 (T,W,BF,S)
D Skelton6-11-8 ..................................... H Skelton
2 315034 On Demand 75 (T,F,G) C Tizzard7-11-8.....H Cobden
Midnight Target 31 (H,G,S)
3 -2F221
J Groucott8-11-2............................T Humphries (7)
Sister Sibyl 67 (BF,S)
4 10-34F
H Morrison7-10-13...................................T O?Brien
Timeforwest 43 (D,G)
5 -65B06
Jonjo O?Neill6-10-13.............................K Moore (3)
6 22P432 Marienstar 16 (T,S) N King7-10-10...........H Teal (7)
Betting: 2-1 Sister Sibyl, 5-2 Golden Vision, 3-1 Marienstar,
11-2 Timeforwest, 10-1 On Demand
1 21213-
3.25
HANDICAP HURDLE
г4,549: 2M 5F (12)
Away For Slates 40 (P,S)
D Skelton8-12-1......................................H Skelton
Virginia Chick 60 (S)
2 -60111
E Williams6-11-12........................Miss I Williams (7)
1 /42603
Subcontinent 23
Miss V Williams6-11-11.........................H Nugent (7)
Master Vintage 43 (H,S)
R Phillips10-11-11................................D Hiskett (5)
Daisy De Sivola 37 (S)
5 0-P061
N Williams5-11-11..............................C Williams (7)
Thisonetime 82 (C,BF,S)
6 -2434P
A Martin7-11-10....................................J Martin (7)
Western Wave 71 (BF,S)
7 0-4624
T George6-11-9.....................................A P Heskin
8 -33P00 Now McGinty 44 (P) S Edmunds7-11-8 ..... T O?Brien
9 245561 Towering 33 (B,D,F,G,S) C Dore9-11-8.....P Brennan
Champagne George 34 (S)
1031/P62
N Mulholland8-11-5...................................N Fehily
11 -10461 Hillary View 21 (S) P Bowen6-11-1.........J Bowen (3)
Oskar Denarius 75 (H,T,S)
12-50P11
B Pauling7-10-6 ............................... N De Boinville
Betting: 4-1 Virginia Chick, 5-1 Oskar Denarius, 6-1
Champagne George, 7-1 Hillary View, Master Vintage, others
3 5-P460
4 46-452
3.55
HANDICAP CHASE
г15,640: 3M 5F 54Y (11)
Muckle Roe 23 (C,S)
N Twiston-Davies9-11-12...............S Twiston-Davies
Russe Blanc 57 (P,CD,S)
2 5-4U4P
K Lee11-11-12......................................R Patrick (5)
3 0-1P13 Vice Et Vertu 35 (B,C,S) H Daly9-11-11.......A Tinkler
Capard King 16 (P,G,S)
4 063U32
Jonjo O?Neill9-11-9.........................Jonjo O?Neill (7)
5 -02154 Cyclop 20 (T,P,C,S) D Dennis7-11-9 ... S Houlihan (5)
The Boss?s Dream 20 (T,C,G,S)
6 0/6353
N King10-11-5.........................................T Whelan
Rigadin De Beauchene 30 (B,CD,S)
7 06-3PU
Miss V Williams13-11-4..............................R Dunne
8 51-2P2 Zerachiel 30 (P,BF,S) I Williams8-11-2.......T O?Brien
9 335321 Gamain 22 (B,S) N Williams9-11-2 ...... C Williams (7)
Talk Of The South 16 (C,S)
103U3P21
Paul Henderson9-10-6 ...........................P Brennan
Boyfromnowhere 30 (T,F,G,S)
11 56-4B3
A Wintle11-10-1....................................J Bowen (3)
Betting: 4-1 Zerachiel, 5-1 Talk Of The South, 6-1 Capard
King, 7-1 Boyfromnowhere, 8-1 Muckle Roe, others
1 323-16
4.30
CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS? HANDICAP HURDLE
г4,549: 2M (9)
Royal Beekeeper 9 (P,D,F,G,S)
C Dore5-12-0 .................................. P Donovan (5)
Royal Escape 144
2 5-B54
Jonjo O?Neill6-11-12........................Jonjo O?Neill (6)
Spader 17 (T)
3 3-2F00
D Skelton5-11-7.......................Bridget Andrews (3)
4 -PPF00 Oologist 41 (H) J Gallagher7-11-6...............N Curtis
Get Wishing 29 (H,T)
5 0-0034
V Dartnall6-11-4.................................A Thorne (3)
Western Morning 50 (T,P,G)
6 1-0000
O Greenall5-11-3............................Ross Turner (8)
7 0/2FP- Chief Brody 403 W Muir7-11-2..................J Bowen
Newquay Cards 19
8 0-0060
E Williams6-10-12.............................M Bastyan (3)
9 2-6410 Blue April 41 (B,S) J Scott7-10-9............S Houlihan
Betting: 3-1 Royal Escape, 4-1 Chief Brody, 6-1 Newquay
Cards, 13-2 Get Wishing, 7-1 Spader, Western Morning, others
1 513004
5.00
OPEN HUNTERS? CHASE
г1,872: 2M 4F (4)
Galway Jack 36 (D,G,S)
G Bailey13-12-6...............................T McClorey (5)
2 1243-P Grandioso 2 (T,D,G,S) S Flook11-12-6...Ed Bailey (7)
Persian Snow 96 (T,CD,G,S)
3 3/11-6
P Hobbs12-12-6................................D Maxwell (3)
4 0243/1 Barrakilla 30 (CD,G,S) F O?Brien11-12-2.......Z Baker
Betting: EvensBarrakilla, 11-4 Galway Jack, 3-1 Persian Snow,
14-1 Grandioso
1 1P2-11
5.30
1
2
3
STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE
г2,599: 2M (8)
2 Clondaw Anchor 105P D Skelton5-11-2....H Skelton
3 Imperial Knight 23 O Murphy6-11-2...........N Fehily
J?Ai Froid B Case5-11-2 ................... M Kendrick (5)
Milanstorm 25
4
2
N Twiston-Davies5-11-2................S Twiston-Davies
Worthabobortwo 274 (H)
5 PP-05
A Martin6-11-2.....................................J Martin (7)
6
Elite Garde P Webber4-10-8.................G Sheehan
7
Melchior King P Hobbs4-10-8................R Johnson
8
1 Nobby 50P (S) A King4-10-8.............W Hutchinson
Betting: 9-4 Melchior King, 9-2 Clondaw Anchor, Nobby, 5-1
Imperial Knight, Milanstorm, 14-1 Elite Garde, J?Ai Froid, 40-1
Worthabobortwo
Sandown Park
г2.70, г5.30. Exacta: г33.00. CSF: г29.80.
Tricast: г405.83. Trifecta: г380.40
Going: Soft (heavy in places)
1.20 (1m 7f 216yd hdle) 1 Eragon De Chanay (J E
Moore, 100-30); 2 Erick Le Rouge (6-1); 3
Quothquan (3-1 fav). 6 ran. 11l, 2╛l. G L Moore.
Tote: г2.90; г1.70, г3.20. Exacta: г25.10. CSF:
г22.07. Trifecta: г109.40
1.50 (2m 3f 173yd hdle) 1 Sam?s Gunner (W T
Kennedy, 12-1); 2 Dentley De Mee (16-1); 3 First
Assignment (10-1); 4 Canelo (10-1). Also ran: Al
Shahir 11-2 fav. 17 ran. NR: Melrose Boy. 7l, 6l. M W
Easterby. Tote: г18.60; г3.60, г5.10, г3.10, г2.80.
Exacta: г387.20. CSF: г193.89. Tricast: г2,019.74.
Trifecta: г3,439.10
2.25 (1m 7f 216yd hdle) 1 Mr Antolini (Jamie
Bargary, 20-1); 2 Call Me Lord (8-1); 3
Whatswrongwithyou (100-30 fav); 4 Huntsman Son
(9-1). 17 ran. Nk, 9l. N A Twiston-Davies. Tote:
г25.90; г4.80, г1.70, г1.50, г2.70. Exacta:
г232.70. CSF: г163.25. Tricast: г687.35. Trifecta:
г1,424.80. After a stewards? inquiry, the result
stood
3.00 (1m 7f 216yd) 1 Queenohearts (C Gethings,
9-2); 2 Queens Cave (7-1); 3 Posh Trish (4-1). 8 ran.
NR: Duhallow Gesture. Nk, 3l. Stuart Edmunds.
Tote: г6.00; г2.00, г1.90, г1.80. Exacta: г29.60.
CSF: г35.71. Trifecta: г230.30
3.35 (3m 37yd ch) 1 Pete The Feat (Jonathan
Burke, 9-1); 2 Horatio Hornblower (9-2); 3 Fourth
Act (9-2). Also ran: Tanit River 3-1 fav. 7 ran. Nk, 1l.
C E Longsdon. Tote: г8.50; г3.10, г2.50. Exacta:
г46.00. CSF: г45.95. Trifecta: г163.10
4.10 (2m 4f 10yd ch) 1 Diamant Bleu (Mr Chester
Williams, 4-1); 2 Silverhow (2-1 jt-fav); 3 Rayvin
Black (100-30). Also ran: The Last But One 2-1 jt-fav.
4 ran. 8l, 22l. Nick Williams. Tote: г5.60. Exacta:
г14.80. CSF: г12.33. Trifecta: г22.10. Jackpot: Not
won - pool of г9,296.48 c/f to Warwick today
4.45 (2m 4f 10yd ch) 1 Crievehill (Sam TwistonDavies, 3-1 jt-fav); 2 Aloomomo (3-1 jt-fav); 3
Masterplan (9-1). 7 ran. NR: Ckalco Des Loges. 20l,
5l. N A Twiston-Davies. Tote: г3.30; г1.90, г2.20.
Exacta: г13.80. CSF: г13.35. Tricast: г71.68.
Trifecta: г83.00
Placepot: г3,524.80
Quadpot: г128.60
Wolverhampton
Going: Standard
1.30 (5f 21yd) 1 Captain Lars (L Morris, 11-8 fav); 2
Newstead Abbey (5-2); 3 Monumental Man (7-2). 6
ran. NR: Strictly Carter. ╛l, 2╝l. Archie Watson.
Tote: г2.10; г1.30, г2.10. Exacta: г6.00. CSF:
г4.88. Trifecta: г14.80
2.05 (1m 142yd) 1 Big Country (L Morris, 8-1); 2
Pactolus (7-1); 3 Third Time Lucky (12-1). Also ran:
Constantino 11-4 fav. 11 ran. NR: Original Choice. ╛l,
╛l. M Appleby. Tote: г6.50; г2.40, г3.10, г3.90.
Exacta: г50.10. CSF: г60.10. Tricast: г685.06.
Trifecta: г1,109.70
2.40 (1m 142yd) 1 Intern (R L Moore, 2-7 fav); 2
Keir Hardie (16-1); 3 I?m A Believer (50-1). 11 ran. 13l,
1╛l. D M Simcock. Tote: г1.10; г1.02, г3.60, г12.00.
Exacta: г13.40. CSF: г8.54. Trifecta: г174.00
3.15 (7f 36yd) 1 Second Thought (R L Moore, 8-11
fav); 2 Summer Icon (20-1); 3 Masham Star (15-2). 8
ran. 2╝l, sh hd. W J Haggas. Tote: г1.30; г1.10,
г5.30, г1.80. Exacta: г16.90. CSF: г19.08.
Trifecta: г123.90
3.50 (7f 36yd) 1 Fake News (Ben Curtis, 8-1); 2
Rastacap (3-1); 3 Ojala (5-2 fav). 6 ran. NR: Duba
Plains. 2╝l, 3l. T D Barron. Tote: г10.10; г3.40, г1.80.
Exacta: г37.40. CSF: г31.68. Trifecta: г163.50
4.25 (6f 20yd) 1 Lancelot Du Lac (R Winston, 5-2);
2 Mickey (9-4 fav); 3 Suzi?s Connoisseur (8-1). 9 ran.
NR: Udontdodou. ╛l, sh hd. D K Ivory. Tote: г2.80;
г1.20, г1.60, г2.40. Exacta: г9.50. CSF: г8.11.
Tricast: г36.76. Trifecta: г39.80
5.00 (1m 1f 104yd) 1 Maratha (P McDonald, 2-1
fav); 2 Barnaby Brook (4-1); 3 Kreb?s Cycle (5-1). 9
ran. NR: Caramuru. 1╜l, 1╝. S C Williams. Tote:
г3.10; г1.50, г1.60, г1.60. Exacta: г11.70. CSF:
г9.64. Tricast: г33.75. Trifecta: г38.40
Placepot: г23.80
RUGBY RESULTS
Quadpot: г8.40
Hereford
Going: Soft (heavy in places)
1.40 (2m 5f 163yd hdle) 1 Colt Lightning (Sean
Bowen, 4-1 fav); 2 Sackett (7-1); 3 Arden Denis
(16-1). 14 ran. 1l, 15l. Tom Lacey. Tote: г4.00; г2.10,
7.15 (7f) 1 Jazirat (M Harley, 11-10 fav); 2 Breaking
Records (5-1); 3 Daltrey (5-2). 6 ran. 2╛l, 1╝l. C
Appleby. Tote: г1.70; г1.20, г1.90. Exacta: г6.20.
CSF: г7.45. Trifecta: г16.00
2.15 (3m 1f 44yd ch) 1 Misty Mai (Sean Bowen,
7-1); 2 Grace Tara (3-1 fav); 3 Shanann Star (6-1). 7
ran. 7l, 4l. D A Rees. Tote: г7.70; г5.20, г1.90.
Exacta: г31.00. CSF: г28.43. Trifecta: г197.00
7.45 (2m) 1 Dal Harraild (P Hanagan, 8-15 fav); 2
Curbyourenthusiasm (7-1); 3 Great Hall (12-1). 5 ran.
10l, 1╝. W J Haggas. Tote: г1.30; г1.10, г2.70.
Exacta: г4.70. CSF: г5.20. Trifecta: г19.40
2.50 (3m 1f 119yd hdle) 1 Flashjack (A Tinkler, 5-1);
2 The Cider Maker (6-1); 3 Definately Vinnie (14-1).
Also ran: Juge Et Parti 5-2 fav. 10 ran. Sh hd, 1╝l. H
D Daly. Tote: г5.50; г1.90, г1.70, г2.90. Exacta:
г43.60. CSF: г34.42. Tricast: г390.17. Trifecta:
г287.00
8.15 (1m 2f) 1 Broderie (M Harley, 4-6 fav); 2
Heeyaam (11-4); 3 Fabianski (6-1). 6 ran. NR:
Feathery. Nk, 3╛l. C Appleby. Tote: г1.50; г1.10,
г1.60. Exacta: г3.00. CSF: г2.79.
8.45 (1m 2f) 1 Sputnik Planum (L Morris, 8-1); 2
Frown (16-1); 3 Stormingin (5-2 fav). 8 ran. NR:
Compatriot, Prerogative, Polar Forest. ╛l, 6l. M
Appleby. Tote: г7.00; г2.00, г4.20, г1.30. Exacta:
г140.20. CSF: г122.52. Tricast: г411.61
3.25 (2m 4f 194yd ch) 1 Lord Bryan (Sean Bowen,
4-1); 2 Minella Scamp (3-1 fav); 3 Russian Service
(14-1). 8 ran. 10l, 1╝. P Bowen. Tote: г4.90; г1.60,
г1.60, г5.10. Exacta: г17.50. CSF: г16.32. Tricast:
г147.38. Trifecta: г166.60
9.15 (1m 2f) 1 Miniature Daffodil (Gabriele
Malune,6-1); 2 Arlecchino?s Arc (7-1); 3 Casima
(15-8 fav). 8 ran. NR: Reverberation. ╛l, ╜l. P D
Evans. Tote: г6.90; г1.70, г2.10, г1.40. Exacta:
г42.10. CSF: г47.57. Tricast: г108.32
4.00 (3m 1f 119yd hdle) 1 Just Your Type (A
Tinkler, 8-11 fav); 2 Applesolutely (6-4); 3
Cinderfella (10-1). 5 ran. 16l, 87l. C E Longsdon.
Tote: г1.40; г1.20, г1.10. Exacta: г2.00. CSF:
г2.20. Trifecta: г3.10
Placepot: г10.80
4.35 (2m 8yd ch) 1 Beau Bay (Sean Bowen, 5-2
fav); 2 Kauto Riko (100-30); 3 Somchine (9-2). 8
ran. Nk, 24l. Dr R D P Newland. Tote: г3.20; г1.20,
г1.60, г1.70. Exacta: г8.10. CSF: г11.40. Tricast:
г33.75. Trifecta: г59.40. After a stewards? inquiry,
the result was amended
Going: Heavy
1.25 (2m hdle) 1 Saglawy (P Townend, 2-5 fav); 2
Icario (3-1); 3 Warnaq (12-1). 12 ran. NR: Elusive
Exclusive. 15l, 25l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.30; ?1.02,
?1.10, ?1.90. Exacta: ?2.20. CSF: ?2.11. Trio: ?6.40
5.10 (2m 3f 147yd hdle) 1 Burrows Edge (J
McGrath, 1-8 fav); 2 Mr Washington (12-1); 3 Cuban
Pete (25-1). 5 ran. NR: Shivermetimbers. 21l, 2╜l. N J
Henderson. Tote: г1.10; г1.10, г3.40. Exacta:
г4.00. CSF: г4.77. Trifecta: г17.60
Placepot: г40.00
Quadpot: г6.30
Ayr
Going: Soft (heavy in places)
2.10 (2m 4f 100yd hdle) 1 Uppertown Prince (B
Hughes, 1-9 fav); 2 Geronimo (9-1); 3 Dancing Amy
(25-1). 4 ran. 18l, 6l. D McCain Jnr. Tote: г1.02.
Exacta: г1.40. CSF: г1.55. Trifecta: г1.60
1.55 (2m hdle) 1 Epicuris (P Townend, 3-1); 2
Avellino (10-11 fav); 3 Three Swallowsnick (3-1). 11
ran. 8l, 11l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?2.60; ?1.02, ?1.02,
?1.02. Exacta: ?9.60. CSF: ?6.67. Trio: ?13.10
2.30 (2m 4f hdle) 1 Spancil Hill (C A Landers, 13-2);
2 Rooster Byron (14-1); 3 Back Bar (6-1). Also ran:
Wood Emery 5-2 fav. 13 ran. 16l, 16l. M J McDonagh.
Tote: ?8.80; ?2.30, ?4.60, ?1.90. Exacta: ?120.30.
CSF: ?96.02. Tricast: ?591.20. Trio: ?881.10
3.05 (2m 2f ch) 1 Goulane Chosen (D J McInerney,
9-1); 2 La Bella Vida (13-2); 3 Three Wise Men (8-1).
Also ran: Tongie 7-2 fav. 12 ran. 7l, 2╜l. Seamus
Spillane. Tote: ?9.70; ?3.10, ?1.80, ?3.60. Exacta:
?33.40. CSF: ?70.95. Tricast: ?499.66. Trio:
?490.40
2.45 (2m 5f 91yd hdle) 1 The Jam Man (Miss
Maxine O?Sullivan, 4-6 fav); 2 Arizona Bound (9-1);
3 Bertalus (11-2). 5 ran. NR: Border Victor. 16l, 10l. R
A Curran. Tote: г1.50; г1.10, г4.20. Exacta: г4.90.
CSF: г6.85. Trifecta: г22.50
3.40 (2m 7f ch) 1 Pairofbrowneyes (P Townend,
9-2); 2 Space Cadet (11-2); 3 Glencairn View (8-1).
Also ran: Poormans Hill. 15 ran. NR: Out Sam. 3╛l,
3╝l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?4.20; ?1.50, ?2.20, ?2.40.
Exacta: ?27.20. CSF: ?28.24. Tricast: ?201.99.
Trio: ?334.00
3.20 (2m 110yd ch) 1 Imjoeking (D R Fox, 11-4); 2
Monbeg River (5-2); 3 Chidswell (15-8 fav). 4 ran.
NR: Angus Milan, Master Ruffit. Nk, 6l. Miss Lucinda
V Russell. Tote: г2.90. Exacta: г18.30. CSF: г9.84.
Trifecta: г20.20
4.15 (2m 4f ch) 1 Up For Review (P Townend, 1-5
fav); 2 Fire In His Eyes (7-2); 3 Cowboy Des Long
(33-1). 7 ran. 15l, 7╜l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.10;
?1.02, ?1.02. Exacta: ?1.60. CSF: ?1.70. Trio: ?6.30
3.55 (2m 5f 91yd hdle) 1 Haul Us In (Blair
Campbell, 9-4); 2 My Old Gold (2-1 fav); 3
Crawfords Mill (11-2). 5 ran. NR: Lochnell. 11l, 8l.
Miss Lucinda V Russell. Tote: г2.40; г1.10, г1.70.
Exacta: г4.90. CSF: г7.43. Trifecta: г18.10
4.50 (3m 1f ch) 1 Fenno?s Storm (D L Queally, 3-1);
2 Venitien De Mai (7-4 fav); 3 My Murphy (2-1). 5
ran. NR: Enniskillen. ╜l, 12l. Declan Queally. Tote:
?3.70; ?1.30, ?1.40. Exacta: ?11.50. CSF: ?8.58.
Trio: ?21.90
4.30 (2m 4f 100yd hdle) 1 Captain Redbeard (Sam
Coltherd, 11-2); 2 Elusive Theatre (11-4); 3 Broken
Quest (5-2 fav). 6 ran. NR: Mirsaale, One For Harry.
╛l, 35l. W Coltherd. Tote: г5.40; г2.20, г1.50.
Exacta: г20.70. CSF: г20.47. Tricast: г43.27.
Trifecta: г71.50
5.25 (2m 2f) 1 Derby (P W Mullins, 1-2 fav); 2
Presented Well (8-1); 3 Assemble (7-1). 5 ran. NR:
Global Jackpot. 11l, 62l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.30;
?1.02, ?2.50. Exacta: ?6.30. CSF: ?5.55. Trio:
?12.70
5.05 (3m 20yd ch) 1 Takingrisks (Ryan Day, 3-1); 2
Indy Five (7-2); 3 Cloudy Too (5-1). Also ran: Harry
Topper 9-4 fav. 6 ran. 2╝l, 68l. N G Richards. Tote:
г3.80; г2.30, г2.40. Exacta: г12.60. CSF: г14.11.
Trifecta: г79.90
This week
Today: Market Rasen (2pm); Warwick (2.20pm).
Abandoned: Kelso, Naas
5.35 (2m) 1 Gleno (J J Slevin, 7-4); 2 Precious
Cargo (1-2 fav); 3 Elvis Mail (25-1). 3 ran. NR: Dr
Sanderson. 9l, 5l. S R B Crawford. Tote: г2.50.
Exacta: г2.90. CSF: г3.08. Trifecta: г3.30
Placepot: г29.00
Quadpot: г22.30
Tomorrow: Plumpton (2.20pm); Stratford-on-Avon
(2.30pm); Taunton (2.10pm); Chelmsford City
(A/W, 5.45pm); Dundalk (2pm)
Tuesday: Cheltenham (1.30pm); Newcastle (A/W,
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SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
JASEN VINLOVE
Jose Mourinho fell out with Iker Casillas when he
managed Real and treated him brutally. It?s a
mistake he seems determined never to repeat
T
JEAN CATUFFE
hat moment of skill from
Marcus Rashford at Old
Trafford yesterday, when he
manoeuvred the ball with the
inside of his left foot onto to
his right before cracking the
shot into the corner of the
Liverpool net, was joyous.
Talk about losing your
marker. Poor Trent
Alexander-Arnold went from being
alongside his man to not being in the
same postcode.
It was a demonstration of pure class
from a young attacker who hadn?t
started a Premier League game since
December 26. With that speed, that skill
and that courage, lack of game time can
be made to seem irrelevant. As for
Rashford spending so much time on the
bench this year, there are reasons for
believing Jose Mourinho knows what
he?s doing. Rashford is 20. Time is his
friend. And it was some demonstration
of confidence by the manager to give
him his first start of the year against an
in-form Liverpool. Mourinho is on a
mini-roll, as the recent victories over
Chelsea and Crystal Palace were
admirable for different reasons. Second
place is United?s to throw away.
Mourinho has good-humouredly
given himself as much credit as the team.
He jokes that if there?s a fair-play award
for managers this season it is already his.
In his technical zone he stands calmly,
bearing the slings and arrows of
outrageous fortune without demurring.
Scowling? That?s for lesser men.
After Newcastle United outfought his
team at St James? Park, he called it as it
was. Said how any manager would have
been proud of the collective spirit and
togetherness that inspired the Newcastle
performance. If his own players wanted
to take that as a backhanded insult, well
that was fine too. He showed the same
class at Selhurst Park on Monday
evening after Nemanja Matic rescued his
team with a stunning late goal.
He talked about how it takes two
teams to come up with a game as good as
that one and Palace had contributed a
lot to the evening?s entertainment.
Gracious in defeat at Newcastle, gracious
in victory at Palace, and at Old Trafford
yesterday he was again in that almost
serene mood. From where is this Jose
coming? At Anfield on Tuesday evening,
there was a clue. As he ran onto the
pitch, Porto?s goalkeeper Iker Casillas
received a prolonged and generous
ovation from the crowd, especially the
Kop. It was Casillas? last appearance
in the Champions League and
Liverpool?s faithful offended no one?s
sense of what is appropriate when
showing their appreciation.
The man has won five Spanish titles,
three Champions Leagues and captained
his country to their sole World Cup
victory. And, by the way, he also won
two European Championships with
Spain, captaining the team to victory in
2008 and 2012. In the first of those
triumphs he didn?t concede a goal from
the quarter-final onwards.
There would be statues in most
countries for a man with his record but
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Old foes: Iker
Casillas was
given a rousing
reception at
Anfield on
Tuesday. Below,
Jose Mourinho
when Casillas left Real Madrid three
years ago, he did so without fanfare.
They wanted to do something for him
but he turned it down, saying it would be
a sham because by then he?d fallen out
with the club that had been his football
life for 25 years.
First he fell out with Mourinho, who
spent three difficult seasons at the
Bernabeu from 2010 to 2013. Casillas
didn?t like the Portuguese?s style and
couldn?t disguise it. ?Just as Casillas can
come and say, ?I?d like a coach such as
[Vicente] Del Bosque or [Manuel]
Pellegrini, a more manageable coach?,
it?s also legitimate for me to say the same
thing,? said Mourinho. ?I like Diego
Lopez. And with me in charge, Diego
Lopez will play.?
Mourinho dropped him in
December 2012 and that was the
beginning of the end for Casillas
at Real Madrid. The manager
believed the goalkeeper was
speaking to journalists about
things that were happening inside
the dressing room and it was widely
reported that Sergio Ramos and
Casillas in particular were appalled
by Mourinho?s ultra-defensive
approach in some games.
After a fiery Super Cup game at
Camp Nou, the game in which
Mourinho poked an index finger
into the eye of Barcelona coach
Tito Vilanova, Casillas was incensed by
what he saw as Cesc Fabregas
exaggerating injury after being kicked by
Real?s Marcelo. Back in Madrid, Casillas
watched the incident with Fabregas
again, saw that he had been genuinely
hurt and felt he himself had behaved
badly in blaming the Barчa player.
Casillas rang Xavi and Carles Puyol to
apologise for his behaviour, for these
were players he had soldiered for with
Spain. He spoke publicly about having
explained to the Barчa player that he?d
been out of order. After that, the
goalkeeper dropped even further in
Mourinho?s estimation.
Casillas also disagreed with the games
that Mourinho liked to play. Once he
wanted his players to complain about
referees constantly favouring Real?s
opponents. They were leading the
league at the time but Mourinho
believed that if the referees were
Watching Jose at
United, there is a
sense of a man
who has learnt a
lot along the way
conscious that Real?s players felt they
were being unfairly treated, it would
help the team.
At a meeting of manager and players,
it was Casillas who spoke up for the
dissenters. ?Look, everyone here can do
what they want. We?re all old enough so
anyone who wants to bad-mouth
referees can do so, and anyone who
doesn?t want to doesn?t have to. What I
think is, instead of thinking about which
referee we?ve got, we should forget the
stories. We?re going to get distracted. If
we keep talking about referees, then
we?re going to lose the league.?
You can imagine how that went down
with Mourinho. It couldn?t have been
much fun for the manager either, this
endless fight with his most senior player
and one of the greatest in the history of
the club. Mourinho saw Casillas as
disloyal and treacherous but his
alienation of the player made Casillas a
martyr in the eyes of many Real
supporters. It was one of those difficult
situations from which neither player nor
manager emerged with much credit. But
watching Mourinho grow at Manchester
United, there is a sense of a man who has
learnt a lot along the way and the lessons
that he will have taken from his three
years at Madrid will be the most
valuable.
As for Iker Casillas, he deserved his
moment at Anfield.
England will want revenge at fortress Twickenham
With all the fuss over Brexit
and the implications it may
have on the border between
the Republic of Ireland and
Northern Ireland,
Twickenham will seem like
a breath of fresh air on
Saturday. There will be
plenty of Irish in the
ground, from north and
south, with not a hint of a
border between them.
Ireland playing for a
Grand Slam at England?s
headquarters is a rare event
and every Irish player will
know that this will be his
one shot at winning a Slam
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in London. It was noticeable
that at the end of
yesterday?s game against
Scotland at the Aviva
stadium there was more
relief than joy on the faces of
the Irish players after their
28-8 victory.
Victory at Twickenham,
though? I wouldn?t bet on it.
England will be desperate to
stop their opponents
winning a Grand Slam at a
ground they have again
turned into a fortress. Eddie
Jones and his team will
remember what happened
in Dublin a year ago when
Stephen Jones irritates on a
weekly basis, tells Eddie how
to pick the England team
and then I turn the page for a
beautiful obit for Michael
Green and The Art of Coarse
Rugby (last week). And that
piece came beneath David
Walsh?s article on Mickey
Skinner ? it reminds us of
rugby?s true values.
Dave Meneer, via email
When I made my debut as a
17-year-old fly-half for my
club?s 4th XV, I stood aghast
as our prop, surprised at
catching the scrum-half?s
pass in the opposition?s 22,
panicked and punted the
ball over the posts. It was
they went in search of the
slam but were well beaten.
Payback time has come.
It will add something to St
Patrick?s Day, that?s for sure.
I wonder how Stuart
Lancaster and Andy Farrell
will feel about the game.
Lancaster was England?s
coach in 2015 when they
went to Dublin having won
their first three games and
had the Grand Slam in their
sights. They too lost their
chance on a dank afternoon
at the Aviva stadium.
Lancaster?s tenure as
England coach ended badly
then I realised what a work of
genius Michael Green?s The
Art of Coarse Rugby was.
Steve Jeal, via email
I ran navigation classes for
20 years and every year I told
my class Michael Green?s
The Art of Coarse Sailing and
The Art of Coarse Cruising
were essential reading. I?ve
read his books many times,
and they still make me laugh
out loud. Thank you Michael.
Vic Brown, Morpeth
Many years ago Blackheath
played Morley and I took my
son to watch Mickey Skinner.
Hoping to get his autograph
afterwards, the Blackheath
at the 2015 World Cup but
he has found a new
coaching home in Dublin
with Leinster.
Andy Farrell: tough choice
secretary told us he was
leaving for London for
England training but asked
us to wait at the dressing
rooms. Mick came out,
chatted to my son for five
minutes, gave an autograph
and zoomed off to London.
Alan Webster, Leeds
His working life is now
spent in the company of
Johnny Sexton, Tadhg
Furlong, Rob Kearney, Cian
Healy, Devin Toner and all
those other Leinster players
in the Irish squad. Who will
he be rooting for on
Saturday? Farrell?s situation
is even more complex
because he is Ireland?s
defence coach, recruited by
the IRFU after England
dispensed with his services
after the World Cup.
Ireland?s defence was
outstanding against
Scotland and Farrell has
been described by Ireland?s
head coach Joe Schmidt as a
world-class coach. Were it
not for the presence of his
son Owen in the England
midfield, Andy Farrell
might be able to get some
sleep over the next few days.
How does the Irish defence
coach handle things this
week? Does he say, ?look
guys, I know my lad, this is
what you?ve got to look out
for?? Or does he just refer to
him as England?s No 12?
The 82,000 with tickets
for Saturday?s game, they
are the lucky ones.
idiots who abused Eddie
Jones in Manchester as
?Scotland fans? annoyed me.
They were Scottish but fans
of the national rugby team,
or in possession of any rugby
knowledge? I doubt it.
Ross Hamilton, via email
the referee to attempt to
have a VAR decision
overturned should be
yellow-carded.
Rowan Gorrie, Ramsbottom
The pictures of Mickey
Skinner brought back great
memories of the second
rugby union World Cup. It
was the first time friends and
colleagues who only
watched football took an
interest in the game.
Bob Boston, West Malling
I was reading David Walsh?s
article on Eddie Jones when
my four-year-old
granddaughter, on seeing
his photo, came over and
gave it a kiss. She had shown
no previous interest in rugby.
She was dressed as Anna
from Frozen at the time.
Philip Morgan, via email
David Walsh labelling the
Players who clamour around
We must remove
timekeeping responsibility
from referees, stop the clock
for referrals and operate a
system as in rugby, with no
added minutes.
James Tolson, Amberley
The introduction of VAR in
football will result in referees
being unwilling to make
decisions. To see footballers,
having scored, having to
wait to celebrate is absurd.
Robert Houghton, France
At last, Tiger Woods has
found and demonstrated the
consistent excellence that
makes his return as a player
of championship calibre truly
convincing. Indeed, the way
he has played during the first
three rounds of the Valspar
championship suggests he
will be a serious contender at
The Masters at Augusta next
month.
For the first two days, in
difficult conditions on the
demanding Copperhead
course at the Innisbrook
Resort at Palm Harbor,
Florida, Woods was playing
with the past two Open
champions, Jordan Spieth
and Henrik Stenson, and
outplayed them by 10 and 11
strokes respectively.
Woods followed up
yesterday with a first-rate
round of 67 that took him to
eight under par, with a
favourite?s chance of winning
his 80th PGA tour even, just
two behind the record of the
late Sam Snead. Among those
he will have to beat are
Brandt Snedeker and Justin
Rose, who share second place
with Woods at eight under
par.
But the surprise leader
after the third day, just as he
was after the first two days, is
Corey Conners of Canada, a
journeyman who failed to get
through Monday qualifying
only to learn that he could
play after all following
another player?s withdrawal.
It was just like old times as
a huge gallery followed every
move made by Woods and all
but ignored everyone else. He
did not let them down, for he,
too, was playing as of old,
with a mixture of terrific
course management,
occasional brilliance and a
magical short game.
Starting the day in second
place, behind Conners,
Woods made his first move
with a 25-foot birdie putt on
the third hole. Further birdies
on the sixth, eighth, ninth
and 10th took Woods to eight
under par and a share of the
lead.
It was not unblemished.
Woods missed a few fairways
and a few greens, but his
recovery play was good ? not
too ambitious ? and his short
game bordering on the
miraculous. The ninth was a
case in point: Woods hit his
drive into the rough on the
left; his approach went
through the green and
One week Rod Liddle
describes Leeds United as a
?big club?, the next, ironically,
as ?er, mighty Leeds?. A true
football fan knows history
counts for nothing.
Joe Cowley, via email
Premier League fans receive
basic returns on ticket costs
north of г50. Other
negatives include travel
costs, 7.45pm midweek kickoffs or 4pm on a Sunday and
winter conditions.
Attendances are likely to
continue to decline.
Dr John Pittard, via email
?Tactical injuries? in football
could be avoided by
nestled in long, nasty rough.
He chipped in and walked off
the green with a birdie when
he might easily have dropped
a shot.
On the following hole,
Woods opted for regulation
play. He hit an iron from the
tee, his famous low ?stinger?
to the centre of the fairway.
His second hit the green and
left a 30-foot putt, which
rolled smoothly, inexorably
into the hole.
Woods? first damaging
error came on the par-three
13th, where he tried to
execute an ambitious
?parachute? lob from tangled
rough after a poor tee shot
and dumped his ball in a
bunker. It was a gamble and
out of character with the rest
of his round.
Conners, who held a threeshot lead after his first few
holes, dropped strokes to par
on the sixth and seventh
holes but manfully fought
back, hitting his approach at
the ninth to two inches to
snatch back his lead and
making a further excellent
birdie on the 11th.
The little-known Canadian
finished with a 68, which in
the circumstances was
something of a triumph.
Rose, who had been
quietly moving up the leaderboard as the tournament
progressed, burst right into
contention with a birdie on
the par-three fourth, an eagle
two on the 11th and another
birdie on the 12th.
The eagle came when Rose
holed his approach from 120
yards, the ball hitting the
flagstick and descending
directly into the cup, making
a noise like someone rattling
a collection tin.
Rose managed to negotiate
the treacherous final three
holes, known as the Snake
Pit, without harm to
complete a superb round of
66.
Another Englishman, Paul
Casey, was playing as well as
anyone over the front nine,
indeed better than Woods,
except for his putting.
Casey has enjoyed the
presence of the real Woods as
much as anyone. ?I want him
to play brilliant golf and win
again because I want these
kids to see what we dealt with
for a long, long time,? he said
earlier in the week. ?I want to
win this week but if I don?t, I
want Tiger to win.? Casey will
not be winning today after a
miserable run on the back
nine, when he dropped three
shots to fall five behind
Conners. But don?t surprised
to see Woods win.
ON TV TODAY
Valspar championship,
final round
5pm Sky Sports Golf
allowing a medic to come on
as soon as a player goes
down, without a hold-up in
play, as in rugby league.
HL Eirew, via email
Simon Wilde suggests (last
week) a private letter home
from Brian Close during the
1950-51 Ashes tour saying he
felt like doing away with
himself reveals for the first
time the extent of his
torment. In his book I Don?t
Bruise Easily, Close wrote:
?There were one or two
occasions when I felt so
completely out of my depth
that I even contemplated
killing myself.?
Malcolm Watson, via email
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ch: Gunn, Reed (Hoolahan 79), Hanley, Klose,
Lewis, Tettey, Leitner (Ivo Pinto 29), Watkins,
Maddison, Hernandez (Murphy 79), Oliveira. Subs not
used: Husband, Vrancic, Srbeny, McGovern. Booked:
Watkins, Ivo Pinto, Tettey
Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex)
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC WIMBLEDON 2
OXFORD UTD 1
Taylor 32 (pen)
Kane 38
Meades 71
HT: 1-1 Att: 4,592
AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Charles, Oshilaja,
Francomb, Forrester (Soares 87), Abdou, Trotter,
Barcham (Meades 46), McDonald (Pigott 46), Taylor.
Subs not used: Nightingale, Parrett, Kaja,
McDonnell. Booked: Forrester
Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Kane, Dickie, Mousinho,
Smith-Brown, Ledson, Ruffels, Buckley-Rickett (Van
Kessel 63), Brannagan, Ricardinho (Henry 81), Obika
(Thomas 63). Subs not used: Martin, Shearer,
Mowatt, Napa. Booked: Thomas, Brannagan
Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire)
BLACKBURN 3
BLACKPOOL 0
Dack 45+1
Armstrong 69, 90
HT: 1-0 Att: 13,230
Blackburn: Raya, Nyambe (Evans 16), Lenihan,
Mulgrew, Williams, Bennett, Smallwood, Payne
(Conway 69), Dack (Bell 77), Armstrong, Graham.
Subs not used: Samuel, Leutwiler, Antonsson,
Downing. Booked: Evans, Mulgrew
Blackpool: Lumley, Turton, Robertson, Tilt, Daniel,
Ryan, Spearing (Gnanduillet 70), Delfouneso,
Longstaff, Solomon-Otabor (Philliskirk 76), Vassell
(Agyei 76). Subs not used: Taylor, Aimson,
D?Almeida, Mafoumbi. Booked: Vassell, Delfouneso
Referee: A Garratt (West Midlands)
BRADFORD C P
MK DONS P
Postponed due to a waterlogged pitch
0-2
FOREST GREEN 1
NOTTS CO 2
STEVENAGE 2
Campbell 72
Noble 34, Tootle 80
HT: 0-1 Att: 2,893
Forest Green: B Collins, Bennett (C Cooper 60),
Rawson, Gunning, Hollis, Clements (Brown 82),
L Collins, Osbourne, Grubb (Campbell 63), Reid,
Wishart. Subs not used: Laird, Simpson, Belford, Bray.
Booked: L Collins, C Cooper
Notts Co: Collin, Tootle, Duffy, Hall (Brisley 86),
Dickinson, Hawkridge (Virtue 71), Hewitt, Noble,
Grant, Alessandra, Stead (Ameobi 84). Subs not
used: Pindroch, Smith, Walker, Jones. Booked: Duffy,
Noble
Referee: M Heywood (Cheshire)
Bowditch 14, 50
Ng 80
Kirk 90+7
HT: 1-0 Att: 2,032
Stevenage: T King, Vancooten, Wilmot, J King,
Martin, Amos (Franks 90), Sheaf, McKee, Bowditch
(Kennedy 54), Newton, Goddard. Subs not used:
White, Fryer, Wilkinson, Whelpdale. Booked: Sheaf,
Newton
Crewe: Garratt, Ng, Ray, Nolan, Bakayogo, Ainley
(Kirk 62), Pickering, Green, Lowery (McKirdy 54),
Bowery (Dagnall 78), Miller. Subs not used: Walker,
Raynes, Richards, Barlaser. Booked: Ray, Miller
Referee: G Horwood (Bedfordshire)
GRIMSBY 1
SWINDON 0
PORT VALE 1
Berrett 90+1
Worrall 10
HT: 0-1 Att: 5,198
Grimsby: McKeown, B Davies, Suliman (Hall-Johnson
53), Clarke, Collins, Fox, Berrett, M Rose (Cardwell 65),
Clifton, Dembele (Kelly 77), Matt. Subs not used:
Hooper, Mills, Jaiyesimi, Killip. Booked: Berrett, Clarke
Port Vale: Boot, Davis, Howkins, Smith, Montano
(Gibbons 67), Tonge, Pugh, Hannant (Whitfield 78),
Worrall, Forrester (Barnett 67), Harness. Subs not
used: Howe, Raglan, Hornby, Wilson. Booked: Tonge,
Worrall, Whitfield
Referee: S Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear)
LUTON 1
E Lee 61
ACCRINGTON 2
McConville 44
Kee 90+3
HT: 0-1 Att: 9,503
Luton: Stech, Stacey, Rea, Sheehan, Potts, O Lee,
Downes (Cornick 63), Berry, Shinnie (Gambin 85),
Hylton, E Lee (Jervis 90). Subs not used: Justin,
Cuthbert, Ruddock, Shea. Booked: E Lee, O Lee,
Sheehan, Gambin
Accrington: Chapman, Johnson, Dunne, Hughes,
Donacien, Clark, Conneely, Brown, McConville, Kee,
Jackson. Subs not used: Richards-Everton, Nolan,
Zanzala, Williams, Maxted, Sousa, Rodgers. Booked:
Hughes, McConville, Donacien, Jackson
Referee: D Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
MANSFIELD 1
COLCHESTER 1
Hemmings 22
Comley 51
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,050
Mansfield: Logan, White, Pearce, Diamond (Digby 65),
Benning, Anderson (Atkinson 57), Byrom (Mellis 58),
MacDonald, Hamilton, Hemmings, Rose. Subs not
used: Angol, Olejnik, Spencer, King. Booked:
Hemmings, Pearce, Mellis
Colchester: Walker, Jackson (Murray 85), Kent,
Eastman, Vincent-Young, Wright (Shodipo 71),
Lapslie (Stevenson 88), Comley, Dickenson,
Szmodics, Guthrie. Subs not used: Prosser,
Mandron, Mandeville, D Barnes. Booked: Kent,
Szmodics
Referee: R Joyce (Cleveland)
CREWE 2
Today
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Accrington
36 22 5 9 61 39
18 13 2 3 34 17
18 9 3 6 27 22
+22 71
2 Luton
36 20 9 7 76 37
19 13 2 4 52 21
17 7 7 3 24 16
+39 69
3 Notts Co
37 18 11 8 59 38
18 12 4 2 36 16
19 6 7 6 23 22
+21 65
4 Wycombe
36 18 9 9 68 52
19 10 4 5 40 30
17 8 5 4 28 22
+16 63
Women?s Super League Two: Aston Villa v Durham (2pm)
5 Mansfield
36 16 14 6 55 37
19 10 8 1 37 19
17 6 6 5 18 18
+18 62
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
6 Exeter
34 18 5 11 45 38
17 11 2 4 24 14
17 7 3 7 21 24
+7 59
Tomorrow
CHELTENHAM 3
7 Lincoln C
36 15 12 9 50 39
18 9 6 3 29 18
18 6 6 6 21 21
+11 57
Premier League: Stoke v Man City (8pm)
Andrews 41
Eisa 49, 71
8 Coventry
35 17 6 12 39 28
17 11 2 4 23 11
18 6 4 8 16 17
+11 57
Tuesday
9 Swindon
36 18 3 15 55 54
18 8 2 8 23 32
18 10 1 7 32 22
+1 57
10 Carlisle
37 15 10 12 53 46
18 7 6 5 26 17
19 8 4 7 27 29
+7 55
Champions League: Round of 16, second leg: Man Utd (0)
v Sevilla (0); Roma (1) v Shakhtar Donetsk (2)
11 Newport Co
36 13 13 10 46 46
16 6 8 2 23 16
20 7 5 8 23 30
0
HT: 0-1 Att: 6,658
Swindon: Moore, Purkiss, Robertson, Menayese,
Knoyle (Gordon 56), Anderson (Mullin 80), Elsnik,
Dunne, Taylor, Norris (Woolery 68), Richards. Subs
not used: Hussey, Iandolo, Charles-Cook, Twine.
Booked: Dunne
Cheltenham: Flinders, Moore, Boyle, Grimes,
Chatzitheodoridis (Cranston 85), Andrews (Odelusi
69), Winchester, Atangana, Morrell, Dawson (Lloyd
80), Eisa. Subs not used: Wright, Graham, Lovett,
J Rodon
Referee: T Nield (West Yorkshire)
12 Crawley Tn
36 15 7 14 42 44
18 8 3 7 22 17
18 7 4 7 20 27
-2 52
13 Colchester
36 13 12 11 46 42
18 8 6 4 27 17
18 5 6 7 19 25
+4 51
14 Cambridge Utd 37 13 11 13 37 47
18 10 5 3 23 13
19 3 6 10 14 34
-10 50
15 Cheltenham
37 11 11 15 52 53
18 7 5 6 26 22
19 4 6 9 26 31
-1 44
WYCOMBE 1
16 Stevenage
36 11 10 15 48 53
18 7 8 3 34 21
18 4 2 12 14 32
-5 43
17 Yeovil
35 10 8 17 46 57
19 8 4 7 27 19
16 2 4 10 19 38
-11 38
18 Crewe
36 11 4 21 43 59
18 7 3 8 23 26
18 4 1 13 20 33
-16 37
19 Forest Green
36 10 7 19 43 61
19 8 2 9 28 30
17 2 5 10 15 31
-18 37
CAMBRIDGE UTD 1
Akinfenwa 45+4
Lewis 90+3
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,426
Wycombe: Brown, Moore, Scarr, El-Abd, Jacobson
(McGinley 61), Bloomfield (Kashket 90), Gape, O?Nien,
Cowan-Hall (Freeman 86), Akinfenwa, Tyson. Subs
not used: Bean, Mackail-Smith, Thompson,
Makabu-Makalamby
Cambridge Utd: Forde, Halliday, Taylor, Taft, Dunk,
Deegan, O?Neil (J Brown 80), Maris (Lewis 19),Waters
(Amoo 69), Ibehre, Ikpeazu. Subs not used: Carroll,
Legge, Mitov, Elito. Booked: Ibehre, Waters
Referee: N Kinseley (Essex)
YEOVIL 0
NEWPORT CO 2
Sheehan 57
Hayes 90+4
HT: 0-0 Att: 2,880
Yeovil: Maddison, Whelan, Sowunmi, James, Dickson,
Green (Browne 70), C Smith, Wing, Khan (Fisher 77),
Surridge (Barnes 60), Zoko. Subs not used: Bird,
Mugabi, Nelson, Donnellan. Booked: Zoko
Newport Co: Day, White, Tozer, Demetriou, Sheehan,
Dolan (Bennett 81), Willmott (A Collins 84), Labadie,
Butler, Amond (Nouble 56), Hayes. Subs not used:
Jackson, McCoulsky, Reid, Bittner. Booked: Hayes,
Labadie
Referee: L Collins (Surrey)
52
20 Grimsby
37 9 10 18 31 54
19 4 7 8 15 23
18 5 3 10 16 31
-23 37
21 Morecambe
35 8 12 15 35 46
16 5 4 7 17 22
19 3 8 8 18 24
-11 36
22 Port Vale
35 9 9 17 38 50
17 5 5 7 19 21
18 4 4 10 19 29
-12 36
23 Chesterfield
35 8 6 21 36 64
19 6 3 10 22 29
16 2 3 11 14 35
-28 30
24 Barnet
36 7 8 21 33 53
17 4 5 8 15 21
19 3 3 13 18 32
-20 29
Premier League: Arsenal v Watford (1.30pm); Bournemouth
v Tottenham (4pm)
Sky Bet Championship: Nottm Forest v Derby (2.30pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Rangers v Celtic (noon)
Vanarama National League: Wrexham v Chester (noon)
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v QPR; Barnsley v
Norwich; Brentford v Cardiff; Ipswich v Hull; Sheff Utd v
Burton Alb; Wolves v Reading. League One: Blackpool v
Charlton; Bury v Peterborough; MK Dons v Rotherham;
Rochdale v Southend. League Two: Barnet v Port Vale
(8pm); Coventry v Luton; Exeter v Yeovil
FA Trophy: Fourth round replay: Spennymoor Tn v
Bromley
Vanarama National League: Boreham Wood v Maidenhead
Utd; Bromley v Barrow; Halifax Tn v Dagenham &
Redbridge; Gateshead v Solihull Moors; Leyton Orient v
Torquay
William Hill Scottish Cup: Quarter-final replay:
Kilmarnock v Aberdeen
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Dumbarton v Brechin;
Dunfermline v Inverness CT; Livingston v Morton; Queen of
South v Dundee Utd. League One: Airdrieonians v
Stranraer; Albion v Queen?s Park; Alloa v East Fife; Forfar v
Raith. League Two: Berwick v Stirling Alb; Clyde v Elgin;
Edinburgh C v Cowdenbeath; Montrose v Annan; Peterhead
v Stenhousemuir
Wednesday
Champions League: Round of 16, second leg: Barcelona
(1) v Chelsea (1); Besiktas (0) v Bayern Munich (5) (5pm)
Leading goalscorers: 21: Kee (Accrington). 18: Eisa (Cheltenham). 16: Akinfenwa (Wycombe);
Collins (Luton); Doidge (Forest Green). 15: Grant (Notts Co); Hylton (Luton). 14: Dennis
(Chesterfield); McNulty (Coventry); Pope (Port Vale); Rose (Mansfield). 13: Jackson (Accrington).
12: Ikpeazu (Cambridge Utd); Stockley (Exeter); Szmodics (Colchester). 11: McConville (Accrington);
Newton (Stevenage); Norris (Swindon). 10: Amond (Newport Co); Godden (Stevenage); Green
(Lincoln); Hemmings (Mansfield); Reid (Forest Green); Zoko (Yeovil). 9: Boldewijn (Crawley); Ellison
(Morecambe); Mandron (Colchester); Porter (Crewe); Stead (Notts Co). 8: Coulthirst (Barnet);
Cowan-Hall (Wycombe); Devitt (Carlisle); E Lee (Luton); Mackail-Smith (Wycombe); Smith (Crawley)
Sky Bet League One: Bradford C v Wigan
Ladbrokes Scottish League One: Arbroath v Ayr
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Saturday
FA Cup: Quarter-finals: Man Utd v Brighton; Swansea v
Tottenham (12.15pm)
Premier League: Bournemouth v West Brom; Burnley v
Chelsea (12.30pm); Huddersfield v C Palace; Leicester v
Arsenal; Liverpool v Watford (5.30pm); Stoke v Everton;
Swansea v Southampton
Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley v Millwall (1pm);
Birmingham v Hull; Bolton v Aston Villa (5.30pm); Brentford
v Middlesbrough; Bristol C v Ipswich; Fulham v QPR
(12.30pm); Leeds Utd v Sheff Wed; Norwich v Reading;
Sheff Utd v Nottm Forest; Sunderland v Preston; Wolves v
Burton Alb. League One: Blackpool v Southend; Charlton v
Fleetwood Tn; Gillingham v Blackburn; MK Dons v Bury;
Northampton v Rotherham; Oldham v Portsmouth; Oxford
Utd v Peterborough; Plymouth v Bristol Rov; Rochdale v
AFC Wimbledon; Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury. League Two:
Accrington St v Forest Green; Barnet v Wycombe;
Cambridge Utd v Swindon; Carlisle v Crawley Tn;
Cheltenham v Chesterfield; Colchester v Yeovil; Crewe v
Coventry; Lincoln C v Grimsby (1pm); Morecambe v Exeter;
Newport Co v Luton; Notts Co v Mansfield (1pm); Port Vale v
Stevenage
FA Trophy: Semi-final, first leg: Brackley v Wealdstone
FA Vase: Semi-finals, first leg: Marske Utd v Stockton Tn;
Thatcham Tn v 1874 Northwich
Vanarama National League: AFC Fylde v Hartlepool;
Boreham Wood v Tranmere; Bromley v Dagenham &
Redbridge; Chester v Aldershot; Dover Ath v Macclesfield;
Eastleigh v Leyton Orient; Gateshead v Ebbsfleet; Guiseley
v Halifax Tn; Maidenhead Utd v Barrow; Maidstone Utd v
Sutton Utd; Solihull Moors v Torquay; Woking v Wrexham
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen v Dundee;
Hearts v Partick; Rangers v Kilmarnock; Ross Co v Hamilton
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Brechin v Dumbarton;
Dundee Utd v Inverness CT; Dunfermline v Morton;
Livingston v Falkirk; Queen of South v St Mirren. League
One: Albion v Arbroath; Alloa v Airdrieonians; Forfar v Ayr;
Stranraer v Queen?s Park. League Two: Annan v Clyde;
Berwick v Stenhousemuir; Cowdenbeath v Elgin; Edinburgh
C v Stirling Alb; Montrose v Peterhead
Sunday
FA Cup: Quarter-finals: Leicester v Chelsea (4.30pm);
Wigan v Southampton (1.30pm)
Thursday
Premier League: Man City v Brighton (4pm); West Ham v
Man Utd (1.30pm)
Europa League: Round of 16, second leg (selected):
Arsenal (2) v AC Milan (0)
Sky Bet Championship: Derby v Cardiff (noon)
Friday
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Motherwell v Celtic
(2.15pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: St Johnstone v Hibernian
Ladbrokes Scottish League One: Raith v East Fife (4.10pm)
15
The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
SPORT RACING
Festival
stirs
glorious
memories
for Knight
FESTIVAL
FIESTA
For more Cheltenham preview
coverage, including an interview
with trainer Joseph O?Brien and
an analysis of Nicky Henderson?s
stable of contenders, go to:
THESUNDAYTIMES.CO.UK/SPORT
ADRIAN SHERRATT
Six years after retiring,
former trainer admits
Cheltenham still holds a
special place in her heart
T
Andrew Longmore
he ducks happily fuss around
the most famous pond in
racing and just enough of the
stables at West Lockinge Farm
in Oxfordshire are occupied
to keep the yard ticking over
and the owner interested. The
room where so many plans
were hatched and so much
success was celebrated is alive
again and, after a period of reflection and
renewal, so is Henrietta Knight. ?You
haven?t noticed,? she says accusingly.
?I?ve lost three-and-a-half stones.? No
cheese, butter or champagne.
Since those heady, dotty, days of Best
Mate and his trilogy of Gold Cups, Knight
has become part of the fabric of the Cheltenham Festival and the lure has
remained strong even though she retired
from training almost six years ago. The
interest will be once removed this week ?
a horse who has been schooled on her
patch, one she has bought, another
repaired, owners and trainers she knows
and likes.
She also has a book to publicise, a personal odyssey through 27 of the best jump
stables on either side of the Irish Sea.
When she was a trainer, secrets were kept
behind closed doors; but a rival no more,
she has been welcomed in.
The result is a fascinating insight into
the minds and workings of the trainers
who will be pitching for honours over
jump racing?s glorious four-day season ?
Nicky Henderson, Willie Mullins, Paul
Nicholls among them ? and into the
changing ways of the modern racing yard
with their all-weather gallops, horsewalkers and super-ventilated stables.
Best of all, the research and the writing
have combined to rekindle the hope, the
curiosity and the passion of Knight herself after the loss of Best Mate, who collapsed and died at Exeter in 2005, and
the long illness and death of her husband,
Terry Biddlecombe, so movingly
recorded in her previous book, Not
Enough Time. Two best mates gone in a
blink.
?The light went out a bit,? she says.
?That day with Best Mate, I just couldn?t
believe that it was happening, couldn?t
believe it was happening to me. I tried to
pretend that it wasn?t happening and
then Terry was very ill and I went into a
bit of a shell. I didn?t really want to go out
and meet people.? Not Enough Time, a
love story, started the healing process but
The Jumping Game, every word of it
handwritten, has plunged Knight back
into the heart of the world she knows and
loves.
?I love racing and I love writing,? she
explains. ?Through the book, I realised
that racing is just in my blood. I?m back at
the sales, buying yearlings and foals and
it just feels right. I don?t miss the pressure
of training. I wouldn?t want to go back
unless I had top-class horses to train and
Best Mates just don?t come along very
often.?
Once reluctant to head back into the
mists, Knight is now happy to recall the
days when the ?odd couple?, as they
4.40
Market Rasen
Going: Soft - Heavy in places
?NATIONAL HUNT? NOVICES? HURDLE
г4,549: 2M 148Y (5)
1 13-151 Ballyvic Boru 8 (D,G,S) B Ellison6-11-8.........C King
2 15-451 First Drift 18 (D,F,S) B Case7-11-8.....M Kendrick (5)
3 -06P53 Cash To Ash 14 M Walford5-11-1.............J Hamilton
Robert De Bruce 277 (T)
4 U406-4
D McCain7-11-1.................................L Murtagh (5)
5 666 Sizing Cusimano 69 C Tizzard5-11-1...T Scudamore
Betting: EvensBallyvic Boru, 13-8 First Drift, 6-1 Sizing
Cusimano, 16-1 Cash To Ash, 33-1 Robert De Bruce
2.30
NOVICES? HURDLE
г4,549: 2M 4F 139Y (6)
Rio Quinto 29 (D,BF,S)
1 -20122
O Murphy5-11-9.....................................R Johnson
2
60 Coisa Blanco 44 Jonjo O?Neill5-11-2 ..... R McLernon
3 -33433 Florrie Knox 36 A Hales5-11-2..............H Bannister
4 323/5 Hurricane Dylan 34 K Frost7-11-2..........A Coleman
Lady Of The Rea 21P
5 P-F2PF
M D Hammond7-10-9............................A P Cawley
Russiantom 102 (T)
6
06
S Corbett7-10-9.................................J Corbett (5)
Betting: 4-9 Rio Quinto, 3-1 Florrie Knox, 8-1 Hurricane Dylan,
33-1 Coisa Blanco, 50-1 Lady Of The Rea, Russiantom
3.05
HANDICAP CHASE
г5,848: 2M 1F 43Y (5)
Master Of Finance 18 (P,S)
Mrs L Wadham7-11-12.............................D Noonan
Miss Conway 156 (C,G)
2 211144
M Walford7-11-7....................................J Hamilton
Roxyfet 17 (D,BF,S)
3 023122
M D Hammond8-11-1 .......................... F O?Toole (3)
Las Tunas 21 (D,S)
4 2-0P43
R Mike Smith6-10-9.............................R McLernon
Yourholidayisover 34 (B,T,D,S)
5 532436
T Gretton11-10-0...............................T Dowling (5)
Betting: 9-4 Roxyfet, 3-1 Master Of Finance, 7-2 Las Tunas,
4-1 Miss Conway, 7-1 Yourholidayisover
1 403065
3.35
HANDICAP CHASE
г5,848: 2M 5F 89Y (6)
The Ogle Gogle Man 31 (P,G)
C Mann6-12-1......................................H Bannister
Shockingtimes 24 (B,T,S)
2 P/FR2U
J Snowden11-12-1................................N Scholfield
Shanty Town 66 (P)
3 5-0223
D Dennis9-11-12....................................A Coleman
Mr Love 29 (P,BF)
4 25-43P
Mrs L Wadham6-11-11 ............................. D Noonan
Iskabeg Lane 37 (CD,S)
5 0P1332
Mrs S Smith7-11-10 .................................... D Cook
Knocknamona 39 (D,S)
6 F01111
M D Hammond7-11-7.............................A P Cawley
Betting: 13-8 Knocknamona, 4-1 Iskabeg Lane, 5-1
Shockingtimes, 6-1 Shanty Town, 7-1 The Ogle Gogle Man, 8-1
Mr Love
1 13F433
4.10
were dubbed, grabbed the festival headlines and simply wouldn?t let go. In one
sense, Knight hated all the hype, the slow
build-up of pressure, the throat-tightening realisation that she was training a
racehorse for the nation; on the other
hand, she ? and the gruff Biddlecombe ?
loved all the fuss, the to and fro and the
fulfilment that nurturing and preparing
such a great horse for the exact moment
gave her and her team.
It was a test of experience, craft and
nerve, passed with flying colours, but
only properly appreciated in the history
books and by other trainers. Mullins,
arguably the greatest jumps trainer of the
modern era, has not been able to land a
single Gold Cup; Knight managed to win
three in a row.
?It was lovely to feel wanted,? she says.
?I still feel the hype when I go to the
festival. I?m just glad it?s not coming on to
me.?
A brief clip of Best Mate trouncing the
RACING RESULTS
TODAY?S RACING
2.00
Simply the best: Henrietta Knight with a statue of Best Mate in West Lockinge
field in the second of his three victories
silences Knight for a second. She liked the
commentary. ?This beautiful horse . . . ?
calls Simon Holt as Best Mate gallops up
the hill to become the first horse since
L?Escargot 31 years before to win successive Gold Cups. ?He was such a wonderful natural jumper,? Knight says. ?You
can?t teach that and Jim [Culloty, the
jockey] was ideal for him. He sat quiet
and let him get on with it. It just all came
together. Best Mate loved Cheltenham,
he loved the crowds and he loved showing off, he was a bit of a Robbie Williams.
He walked round the paddock as if he
owned it.?
An acute observer of human as well as
horse, Knight will watch the main protagonists at the festival this week and wonder anew at their disparate backgrounds
and common genius: Henderson, the
charming and excitable Old Etonian,
Nicholls, the bluff policeman?s son, the
unflappable Mullins and the shy and enigmatic Gordon Elliott. She will note the
restless ambition of the next generation ?
Dan Skelton, Ben Pauling, Harry Fry and
Anthony Honeyball ? and quietly wish
them luck.
?Patience, resilience, single-mindedness, you have to believe that what you?re
doing is right,? Knight concludes. ?All the
top trainers want to know what the others are doing. You need an open mind, an
eye for detail and a great team. Terry was
my back-up team. Nicky has a great team
behind him. Above all, you have to want
to win.?
More than ever in festival week.
l The Jumping Game: How National Hunt
Trainers Work and What Makes Them
Tick, by Henrietta Knight, published by
Head of Zeus, г20
HANDICAP HURDLE (CHALLENGER STAYING
HURDLE SERIES QUAL)
г7,798: 2M 7F 16Y (14)
Skipthecuddles 69 (G,S)
G McPherson7-11-12............................C Shoemark
Charlemar 358 (G,S)
2 1154PH Whittington6-11-12............................H Bannister
Head To The Stars 39 (BF,S)
3 4-6512
H Daly7-11-10.......................................A Thornton
4 0-161U Polydora 45 (B,D,S) T Lacey6-11-10............A Johns
5 441010 Malapie 22 (D,S) Mrs C Bailey10-11-7.........S Bowen
6 3-0036 Aengus 24 (P,S) J Candlish8-11-5.........S W Quinlan
Doesyourdogbite 36 (P,C,G,S)
7 0-0005
Jonjo O?Neill6-11-5...............................R McLernon
Molly Childers 85 (C,S)
8 5-3314
S Edmunds6-11-4.................................C Gethings
Supakalanistic 34 (S)
9 35F061
N Twiston-Davies5-11-4......................J Bargary (3)
106-0U32 Zanstra 16 (G,S) C Tizzard8-11-2.........T Scudamore
Volcanic 9 (T,D,F,G,S)
11 33-332
D McCain9-11-2 ................................... W Kennedy
Aaron Lad 17 (S)
12FP3221
Dr R Newland7-11-1...............................A Coleman
Grand Turina 21 (G,S)
130-P054
Miss V Williams7-10-11 ...........................C Deutsch
14 3-643 Leskinfere 57 O Greenall5-10-10............D England
Betting: 5-1 Aaron Lad, 6-1 Supakalanistic, Volcanic, 7-1
Zanstra, 8-1 Doesyourdogbite, 9-1 Molly Childers, others
1 00-P55
MARES? HANDICAP HURDLE
г5,198: 2M 7F 16Y (9)
1 026P-0 Vivant 21 (T) H Fry5-11-12.....................K Edgar (3)
2 0-0562 What A Diva 53 (T,C,D,S) P Bowen7-11-12..S Bowen
Lagavara 25 (S)
3 4-31P3
N Twiston-Davies6-11-12.....................J Bargary (3)
Milly Baloo 37 (C,S)
4 413-2O
T Easterby7-11-11...............................T Scudamore
Only Orvieto 36 (B,S)
5 /5-P53
R Jefferson7-11-10.................................J Hamilton
Fille Des Champs 29 (T,S)
6 -25420
E Williams7-11-9......................................A Wedge
Pennywell 31 (P,D,G,S)
7 5F1234
W Greatrex8-11-7..............................T Greatrex (7)
Bridane Rebel 20 (T,P,G,S)
8 462053
J Candlish7-11-4.....................................D Noonan
Flemerina 19 (CD,BF,S)
9 403322
Mrs S Smith9-10-13....................................D Cook
Betting: 5-2 Milly Baloo, 11-4 What A Diva, 5-1 Flemerina, 8-1
Lagavara, 10-1 Bridane Rebel, others
5.10
CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS? HANDICAP HURDLE
г5,198: 2M 2F 140Y (8)
Calipso Collonges 23 (H,T,S)
O Murphy6-11-12...............................F Gregory (6)
2 0042 Voodoo Doll 18 E Williams5-11-11 ............ C Ring (3)
Fort Jefferson 18 (H)
3 256
O Greenall5-11-10..............................R Hawker (3)
Minella Fiveo 94 (W,F,S)
4 P-064S
Mrs S Smith10-11-9...........................S Coltherd (3)
5 63-05F Status Quo 65F (H,T) H Fry5-11-3..........K Edgar (3)
Morning With Ivan 36 (T,C,BF,G,S)
6 1-1123
S Corbett8-11-2..................................J Corbett (3)
Lincoln County 70 (T,P,G)
7 3/P-0P
O Greenall7-10-8 ..................................H Reed (3)
8 22-023 Pixiepot 58 (C,G) P Niven8-10-6 ......Ross Chapman
Betting: 15-8 Calipso Collonges, 100-30 Voodoo Doll, 9-2
Fort Jefferson, 8-1 Minella Fiveo, Morning With Ivan, others
1 005011
Warwick (Jackpot meeting)
Going: Heavy - Soft in places
2.20
NOVICES? HURDLE (NOVICES? CHAMPIONSHIP
HURDLE SERIES QUALIFIER)
г4,549: 2M (17)
1 3-2331 Piton Pete 31 (D,S) O Sherwood7-11-7
L Aspell
2
01 Starcrossed 17 (D,S) D Skelton6-11-7.......H Skelton
Bahama Moon 43
3
60
Jonjo O?Neill6-11-1..........................Jonjo O?Neill (7)
4 360-50 Ballyhome 14 (S) B Powell7-11-1................B Powell
5 506 Cloudy Glen 25 Miss V Williams5-11-1..H Nugent (7)
6 0-004 Court Duty 21 J Flint6-11-1......................J E Moore
7 P00000 Earcomestom 16 P Pritchard6-11-1..........T Bellamy
8 P00 Fire Ahead 18 I Williams5-11-1..................D Crosse
9 P04 Great Lover 35 P Hobbs6-11-1 ................. T O?Brien
100/30-0 Oscar Bravo 18 (T) T George7-11-1 ......... A P Heskin
11 660 Luma?s Gift 18 Miss C Dyson6-10-8..........J Quinlan
Moonlight Dancer 31
12
5
D Skelton5-10-8......................Bridget Andrews (3)
130055-P Sugar Storm 304 M Keighley7-10-8..........A Tinkler
14 2-P5 Taking A Chance 60 I Williams5-10-8 ....... R Dunne
15
Helf 18 (T) O Greenall4-10-7..................G Sheehan
16 63 Simafar 16 O Murphy4-10-7.......................C Poste
17
Zamalight 16 O Murphy4-10-7 ............. T Garner (3)
Betting: 10-11 Piton Pete, 7-2 Starcrossed, 10-1 Great Lover,
12-1 Bahama Moon, Simafar, 14-1 Taking A Chance, others
2.50
MARES? CHASE (NOVICES? LIMITED HANDICAP)
г9,384: 2M 4F (6)
Golden Vision 368 (T,W,BF,S)
D Skelton6-11-8 ..................................... H Skelton
2 315034 On Demand 75 (T,F,G) C Tizzard7-11-8.....H Cobden
Midnight Target 31 (H,G,S)
3 -2F221
J Groucott8-11-2............................T Humphries (7)
Sister Sibyl 67 (BF,S)
4 10-34F
H Morrison7-10-13...................................T O?Brien
Timeforwest 43 (D,G)
5 -65B06
Jonjo O?Neill6-10-13.............................K Moore (3)
6 22P432 Marienstar 16 (T,S) N King7-10-10...........H Teal (7)
Betting: 2-1 Sister Sibyl, 5-2 Golden Vision, 3-1 Marienstar,
11-2 Timeforwest, 10-1 On Demand
1 21213-
3.25
HANDICAP HURDLE
г4,549: 2M 5F (12)
Away For Slates 40 (P,S)
D Skelton8-12-1......................................H Skelton
Virginia Chick 60 (S)
2 -60111
E Williams6-11-12........................Miss I Williams (7)
1 /42603
Subcontinent 23
Miss V Williams6-11-11.........................H Nugent (7)
Master Vintage 43 (H,S)
R Phillips10-11-11................................D Hiskett (5)
Daisy De Sivola 37 (S)
5 0-P061
N Williams5-11-11..............................C Williams (7)
Thisonetime 82 (C,BF,S)
6 -2434P
A Martin7-11-10....................................J Martin (7)
Western Wave 71 (BF,S)
7 0-4624
T George6-11-9.....................................A P Heskin
8 -33P00 Now McGinty 44 (P) S Edmunds7-11-8 ..... T O?Brien
9 245561 Towering 33 (B,D,F,G,S) C Dore9-11-8.....P Brennan
Champagne George 34 (S)
1031/P62
N Mulholland8-11-5...................................N Fehily
11 -10461 Hillary View 21 (S) P Bowen6-11-1.........J Bowen (3)
Oskar Denarius 75 (H,T,S)
12-50P11
B Pauling7-10-6 ............................... N De Boinville
Betting: 4-1 Virginia Chick, 5-1 Oskar Denarius, 6-1
Champagne George, 7-1 Hillary View, Master Vintage, others
3 5-P460
4 46-452
3.55
HANDICAP CHASE
г15,640: 3M 5F 54Y (11)
Muckle Roe 23 (C,S)
N Twiston-Davies9-11-12...............S Twiston-Davies
Russe Blanc 57 (P,CD,S)
2 5-4U4P
K Lee11-11-12......................................R Patrick (5)
3 0-1P13 Vice Et Vertu 35 (B,C,S) H Daly9-11-11.......A Tinkler
Capard King 16 (P,G,S)
4 063U32
Jonjo O?Neill9-11-9.........................Jonjo O?Neill (7)
5 -02154 Cyclop 20 (T,P,C,S) D Dennis7-11-9 ... S Houlihan (5)
The Boss?s Dream 20 (T,C,G,S)
6 0/6353
N King10-11-5.........................................T Whelan
Rigadin De Beauchene 30 (B,CD,S)
7 06-3PU
Miss V Williams13-11-4..............................R Dunne
8 51-2P2 Zerachiel 30 (P,BF,S) I Williams8-11-2.......T O?Brien
9 335321 Gamain 22 (B,S) N Williams9-11-2 ...... C Williams (7)
Talk Of The South 16 (C,S)
103U3P21
Paul Henderson9-10-6 ...........................P Brennan
Boyfromnowhere 30 (T,F,G,S)
11 56-4B3
A Wintle11-10-1....................................J Bowen (3)
Betting: 4-1 Zerachiel, 5-1 Talk Of The South, 6-1 Capard
King, 7-1 Boyfromnowhere, 8-1 Muckle Roe, others
1 323-16
4.30
CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS? HANDICAP HURDLE
г4,549: 2M (9)
Royal Beekeeper 9 (P,D,F,G,S)
C Dore5-12-0 .................................. P Donovan (5)
Royal Escape 144
2 5-B54
Jonjo O?Neill6-11-12........................Jonjo O?Neill (6)
Spader 17 (T)
3 3-2F00
D Skelton5-11-7.......................Bridget Andrews (3)
4 -PPF00 Oologist 41 (H) J Gallagher7-11-6...............N Curtis
Get Wishing 29 (H,T)
5 0-0034
V Dartnall6-11-4.................................A Thorne (3)
Western Morning 50 (T,P,G)
6 1-0000
O Greenall5-11-3............................Ross Turner (8)
7 0/2FP- Chief Brody 403 W Muir7-11-2..................J Bowen
Newquay Cards 19
8 0-0060
E Williams6-10-12.............................M Bastyan (3)
9 2-6410 Blue April 41 (B,S) J Scott7-10-9............S Houlihan
Betting: 3-1 Royal Escape, 4-1 Chief Brody, 6-1 Newquay
Cards, 13-2 Get Wishing, 7-1 Spader, Western Morning, others
1 513004
5.00
OPEN HUNTERS? CHASE
г1,872: 2M 4F (4)
Galway Jack 36 (D,G,S)
G Bailey13-12-6...............................T McClorey (5)
2 1243-P Grandioso 2 (T,D,G,S) S Flook11-12-6...Ed Bailey (7)
Persian Snow 96 (T,CD,G,S)
3 3/11-6
P Hobbs12-12-6................................D Maxwell (3)
4 0243/1 Barrakilla 30 (CD,G,S) F O?Brien11-12-2.......Z Baker
Betting: EvensBarrakilla, 11-4 Galway Jack, 3-1 Persian Snow,
14-1 Grandioso
1 1P2-11
5.30
1
2
3
STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE
г2,599: 2M (8)
2 Clondaw Anchor 105P D Skelton5-11-2....H Skelton
3 Imperial Knight 23 O Murphy6-11-2...........N Fehily
J?Ai Froid B Case5-11-2 ................... M Kendrick (5)
Milanstorm 25
4
2
N Twiston-Davies5-11-2................S Twiston-Davies
Worthabobortwo 274 (H)
5 PP-05
A Martin6-11-2.....................................J Martin (7)
6
Elite Garde P Webber4-10-8.................G Sheehan
7
Melchior King P Hobbs4-10-8................R Johnson
8
1 Nobby 50P (S) A King4-10-8.............W Hutchinson
Betting: 9-4 Melchior King, 9-2 Clondaw Anchor, Nobby, 5-1
Imperial Knight, Milanstorm, 14-1 Elite Garde, J?Ai Froid, 40-1
Worthabobortwo
Sandown Park
г2.70, г5.30. Exacta: г33.00. CSF: г29.80.
Tricast: г405.83. Trifecta: г380.40
Going: Soft (heavy in places)
1.20 (1m 7f 216yd hdle) 1 Eragon De Chanay (J E
Moore, 100-30); 2 Erick Le Rouge (6-1); 3
Quothquan (3-1 fav). 6 ran. 11l, 2╛l. G L Moore.
Tote: г2.90; г1.70, г3.20. Exacta: г25.10. CSF:
г22.07. Trifecta: г109.40
1.50 (2m 3f 173yd hdle) 1 Sam?s Gunner (W T
Kennedy, 12-1); 2 Dentley De Mee (16-1); 3 First
Assignment (10-1); 4 Canelo (10-1). Also ran: Al
Shahir 11-2 fav. 17 ran. NR: Melrose Boy. 7l, 6l. M W
Easterby. Tote: г18.60; г3.60, г5.10, г3.10, г2.80.
Exacta: г387.20. CSF: г193.89. Tricast: г2,019.74.
Trifecta: г3,439.10
2.25 (1m 7f 216yd hdle) 1 Mr Antolini (Jamie
Bargary, 20-1); 2 Call Me Lord (8-1); 3
Whatswrongwithyou (100-30 fav); 4 Huntsman Son
(9-1). 17 ran. Nk, 9l. N A Twiston-Davies. Tote:
г25.90; г4.80, г1.70, г1.50, г2.70. Exacta:
г232.70. CSF: г163.25. Tricast: г687.35. Trifecta:
г1,424.80. After a stewards? inquiry, the result
stood
3.00 (1m 7f 216yd) 1 Queenohearts (C Gethings,
9-2); 2 Queens Cave (7-1); 3 Posh Trish (4-1). 8 ran.
NR: Duhallow Gesture. Nk, 3l. Stuart Edmunds.
Tote: г6.00; г2.00, г1.90, г1.80. Exacta: г29.60.
CSF: г35.71. Trifecta: г230.30
3.35 (3m 37yd ch) 1 Pete The Feat (Jonathan
Burke, 9-1); 2 Horatio Hornblower (9-2); 3 Fourth
Act (9-2). Also ran: Tanit River 3-1 fav. 7 ran. Nk, 1l.
C E Longsdon. Tote: г8.50; г3.10, г2.50. Exacta:
г46.00. CSF: г45.95. Trifecta: г163.10
4.10 (2m 4f 10yd ch) 1 Diamant Bleu (Mr Chester
Williams, 4-1); 2 Silverhow (2-1 jt-fav); 3 Rayvin
Black (100-30). Also ran: The Last But One 2-1 jt-fav.
4 ran. 8l, 22l. Nick Williams. Tote: г5.60. Exacta:
г14.80. CSF: г12.33. Trifecta: г22.10. Jackpot: Not
won - pool of г9,296.48 c/f to Warwick today
4.45 (2m 4f 10yd ch) 1 Crievehill (Sam TwistonDavies, 3-1 jt-fav); 2 Aloomomo (3-1 jt-fav); 3
Masterplan (9-1). 7 ran. NR: Ckalco Des Loges. 20l,
5l. N A Twiston-Davies. Tote: г3.30; г1.90, г2.20.
Exacta: г13.80. CSF: г13.35. Tricast: г71.68.
Trifecta: г83.00
Placepot: г3,524.80
Quadpot: г128.60
Wolverhampton
Going: Standard
1.30 (5f 21yd) 1 Captain Lars (L Morris, 11-8 fav); 2
Newstead Abbey (5-2); 3 Monumental Man (7-2). 6
ran. NR: Strictly Carter. ╛l, 2╝l. Archie Watson.
Tote: г2.10; г1.30, г2.10. Exacta: г6.00. CSF:
г4.88. Trifecta: г14.80
2.05 (1m 142yd) 1 Big Country (L Morris, 8-1); 2
Pactolus (7-1); 3 Third Time Lucky (12-1). Also ran:
Constantino 11-4 fav. 11 ran. NR: Original Choice. ╛l,
╛l. M Appleby. Tote: г6.50; г2.40, г3.10, г3.90.
Exacta: г50.10. CSF: г60.10. Tricast: г685.06.
Trifecta: г1,109.70
2.40 (1m 142yd) 1 Intern (R L Moore, 2-7 fav); 2
Keir Hardie (16-1); 3 I?m A Believer (50-1). 11 ran. 13l,
1╛l. D M Simcock. Tote: г1.10; г1.02, г3.60, г12.00.
Exacta: г13.40. CSF: г8.54. Trifecta: г174.00
3.15 (7f 36yd) 1 Second Thought (R L Moore, 8-11
fav); 2 Summer Icon (20-1); 3 Masham Star (15-2). 8
ran. 2╝l, sh hd. W J Haggas. Tote: г1.30; г1.10,
г5.30, г1.80. Exacta: г16.90. CSF: г19.08.
Trifecta: г123.90
3.50 (7f 36yd) 1 Fake News (Ben Curtis, 8-1); 2
Rastacap (3-1); 3 Ojala (5-2 fav). 6 ran. NR: Duba
Plains. 2╝l, 3l. T D Barron. Tote: г10.10; г3.40, г1.80.
Exacta: г37.40. CSF: г31.68. Trifecta: г163.50
4.25 (6f 20yd) 1 Lancelot Du Lac (R Winston, 5-2);
2 Mickey (9-4 fav); 3 Suzi?s Connoisseur (8-1). 9 ran.
NR: Udontdodou. ╛l, sh hd. D K Ivory. Tote: г2.80;
г1.20, г1.60, г2.40. Exacta: г9.50. CSF: г8.11.
Tricast: г36.76. Trifecta: г39.80
5.00 (1m 1f 104yd) 1 Maratha (P McDonald, 2-1
fav); 2 Barnaby Brook (4-1); 3 Kreb?s Cycle (5-1). 9
ran. NR: Caramuru. 1╜l, 1╝. S C Williams. Tote:
г3.10; г1.50, г1.60, г1.60. Exacta: г11.70. CSF:
г9.64. Tricast: г33.75. Trifecta: г38.40
Placepot: г23.80
RUGBY RESULTS
Quadpot: г8.40
Hereford
Going: Soft (heavy in places)
1.40 (2m 5f 163yd hdle) 1 Colt Lightning (Sean
Bowen, 4-1 fav); 2 Sackett (7-1); 3 Arden Denis
(16-1). 14 ran. 1l, 15l. Tom Lacey. Tote: г4.00; г2.10,
7.15 (7f) 1 Jazirat (M Harley, 11-10 fav); 2 Breaking
Records (5-1); 3 Daltrey (5-2). 6 ran. 2╛l, 1╝l. C
Appleby. Tote: г1.70; г1.20, г1.90. Exacta: г6.20.
CSF: г7.45. Trifecta: г16.00
2.15 (3m 1f 44yd ch) 1 Misty Mai (Sean Bowen,
7-1); 2 Grace Tara (3-1 fav); 3 Shanann Star (6-1). 7
ran. 7l, 4l. D A Rees. Tote: г7.70; г5.20, г1.90.
Exacta: г31.00. CSF: г28.43. Trifecta: г197.00
7.45 (2m) 1 Dal Harraild (P Hanagan, 8-15 fav); 2
Curbyourenthusiasm (7-1); 3 Great Hall (12-1). 5 ran.
10l, 1╝. W J Haggas. Tote: г1.30; г1.10, г2.70.
Exacta: г4.70. CSF: г5.20. Trifecta: г19.40
2.50 (3m 1f 119yd hdle) 1 Flashjack (A Tinkler, 5-1);
2 The Cider Maker (6-1); 3 Definately Vinnie (14-1).
Also ran: Juge Et Parti 5-2 fav. 10 ran. Sh hd, 1╝l. H
D Daly. Tote: г5.50; г1.90, г1.70, г2.90. Exacta:
г43.60. CSF: г34.42. Tricast: г390.17. Trifecta:
г287.00
8.15 (1m 2f) 1 Broderie (M Harley, 4-6 fav); 2
Heeyaam (11-4); 3 Fabianski (6-1). 6 ran. NR:
Feathery. Nk, 3╛l. C Appleby. Tote: г1.50; г1.10,
г1.60. Exacta: г3.00. CSF: г2.79.
8.45 (1m 2f) 1 Sputnik Planum (L Morris, 8-1); 2
Frown (16-1); 3 Stormingin (5-2 fav). 8 ran. NR:
Compatriot, Prerogative, Polar Forest. ╛l, 6l. M
Appleby. Tote: г7.00; г2.00, г4.20, г1.30. Exacta:
г140.20. CSF: г122.52. Tricast: г411.61
3.25 (2m 4f 194yd ch) 1 Lord Bryan (Sean Bowen,
4-1); 2 Minella Scamp (3-1 fav); 3 Russian Service
(14-1). 8 ran. 10l, 1╝. P Bowen. Tote: г4.90; г1.60,
г1.60, г5.10. Exacta: г17.50. CSF: г16.32. Tricast:
г147.38. Trifecta: г166.60
9.15 (1m 2f) 1 Miniature Daffodil (Gabriele
Malune,6-1); 2 Arlecchino?s Arc (7-1); 3 Casima
(15-8 fav). 8 ran. NR: Reverberation. ╛l, ╜l. P D
Evans. Tote: г6.90; г1.70, г2.10, г1.40. Exacta:
г42.10. CSF: г47.57. Tricast: г108.32
4.00 (3m 1f 119yd hdle) 1 Just Your Type (A
Tinkler, 8-11 fav); 2 Applesolutely (6-4); 3
Cinderfella (10-1). 5 ran. 16l, 87l. C E Longsdon.
Tote: г1.40; г1.20, г1.10. Exacta: г2.00. CSF:
г2.20. Trifecta: г3.10
Placepot: г10.80
4.35 (2m 8yd ch) 1 Beau Bay (Sean Bowen, 5-2
fav); 2 Kauto Riko (100-30); 3 Somchine (9-2). 8
ran. Nk, 24l. Dr R D P Newland. Tote: г3.20; г1.20,
г1.60, г1.70. Exacta: г8.10. CSF: г11.40. Tricast:
г33.75. Trifecta: г59.40. After a stewards? inquiry,
the result was amended
Going: Heavy
1.25 (2m hdle) 1 Saglawy (P Townend, 2-5 fav); 2
Icario (3-1); 3 Warnaq (12-1). 12 ran. NR: Elusive
Exclusive. 15l, 25l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.30; ?1.02,
?1.10, ?1.90. Exacta: ?2.20. CSF: ?2.11. Trio: ?6.40
5.10 (2m 3f 147yd hdle) 1 Burrows Edge (J
McGrath, 1-8 fav); 2 Mr Washington (12-1); 3 Cuban
Pete (25-1). 5 ran. NR: Shivermetimbers. 21l, 2╜l. N J
Henderson. Tote: г1.10; г1.10, г3.40. Exacta:
г4.00. CSF: г4.77. Trifecta: г17.60
Placepot: г40.00
Quadpot: г6.30
Ayr
Going: Soft (heavy in places)
2.10 (2m 4f 100yd hdle) 1 Uppertown Prince (B
Hughes, 1-9 fav); 2 Geronimo (9-1); 3 Dancing Amy
(25-1). 4 ran. 18l, 6l. D McCain Jnr. Tote: г1.02.
Exacta: г1.40. CSF: г1.55. Trifecta: г1.60
1.55 (2m hdle) 1 Epicuris (P Townend, 3-1); 2
Avellino (10-11 fav); 3 Three Swallowsnick (3-1). 11
ran. 8l, 11l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?2.60; ?1.02, ?1.02,
?1.02. Exacta: ?9.60. CSF: ?6.67. Trio: ?13.10
2.30 (2m 4f hdle) 1 Spancil Hill (C A Landers, 13-2);
2 Rooster Byron (14-1); 3 Back Bar (6-1). Also ran:
Wood Emery 5-2 fav. 13 ran. 16l, 16l. M J McDonagh.
Tote: ?8.80; ?2.30, ?4.60, ?1.90. Exacta: ?120.30.
CSF: ?96.02. Tricast: ?591.20. Trio: ?881.10
3.05 (2m 2f ch) 1 Goulane Chosen (D J McInerney,
9-1); 2 La Bella Vida (13-2); 3 Three Wise Men (8-1).
Also ran: Tongie 7-2 fav. 12 ran. 7l, 2╜l. Seamus
Spillane. Tote: ?9.70; ?3.10, ?1.80, ?3.60. Exacta:
?33.40. CSF: ?70.95. Tricast: ?499.66. Trio:
?490.40
2.45 (2m 5f 91yd hdle) 1 The Jam Man (Miss
Maxine O?Sullivan, 4-6 fav); 2 Arizona Bound (9-1);
3 Bertalus (11-2). 5 ran. NR: Border Victor. 16l, 10l. R
A Curran. Tote: г1.50; г1.10, г4.20. Exacta: г4.90.
CSF: г6.85. Trifecta: г22.50
3.40 (2m 7f ch) 1 Pairofbrowneyes (P Townend,
9-2); 2 Space Cadet (11-2); 3 Glencairn View (8-1).
Also ran: Poormans Hill. 15 ran. NR: Out Sam. 3╛l,
3╝l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?4.20; ?1.50, ?2.20, ?2.40.
Exacta: ?27.20. CSF: ?28.24. Tricast: ?201.99.
Trio: ?334.00
3.20 (2m 110yd ch) 1 Imjoeking (D R Fox, 11-4); 2
Monbeg River (5-2); 3 Chidswell (15-8 fav). 4 ran.
NR: Angus Milan, Master Ruffit. Nk, 6l. Miss Lucinda
V Russell. Tote: г2.90. Exacta: г18.30. CSF: г9.84.
Trifecta: г20.20
4.15 (2m 4f ch) 1 Up For Review (P Townend, 1-5
fav); 2 Fire In His Eyes (7-2); 3 Cowboy Des Long
(33-1). 7 ran. 15l, 7╜l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.10;
?1.02, ?1.02. Exacta: ?1.60. CSF: ?1.70. Trio: ?6.30
3.55 (2m 5f 91yd hdle) 1 Haul Us In (Blair
Campbell, 9-4); 2 My Old Gold (2-1 fav); 3
Crawfords Mill (11-2). 5 ran. NR: Lochnell. 11l, 8l.
Miss Lucinda V Russell. Tote: г2.40; г1.10, г1.70.
Exacta: г4.90. CSF: г7.43. Trifecta: г18.10
4.50 (3m 1f ch) 1 Fenno?s Storm (D L Queally, 3-1);
2 Venitien De Mai (7-4 fav); 3 My Murphy (2-1). 5
ran. NR: Enniskillen. ╜l, 12l. Declan Queally. Tote:
?3.70; ?1.30, ?1.40. Exacta: ?11.50. CSF: ?8.58.
Trio: ?21.90
4.30 (2m 4f 100yd hdle) 1 Captain Redbeard (Sam
Coltherd, 11-2); 2 Elusive Theatre (11-4); 3 Broken
Quest (5-2 fav). 6 ran. NR: Mirsaale, One For Harry.
╛l, 35l. W Coltherd. Tote: г5.40; г2.20, г1.50.
Exacta: г20.70. CSF: г20.47. Tricast: г43.27.
Trifecta: г71.50
5.25 (2m 2f) 1 Derby (P W Mullins, 1-2 fav); 2
Presented Well (8-1); 3 Assemble (7-1). 5 ran. NR:
Global Jackpot. 11l, 62l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.30;
?1.02, ?2.50. Exacta: ?6.30. CSF: ?5.55. Trio:
?12.70
5.05 (3m 20yd ch) 1 Takingrisks (Ryan Day, 3-1); 2
Indy Five (7-2); 3 Cloudy Too (5-1). Also ran: Harry
Topper 9-4 fav. 6 ran. 2╝l, 68l. N G Richards. Tote:
г3.80; г2.30, г2.40. Exacta: г12.60. CSF: г14.11.
Trifecta: г79.90
This week
Today: Market Rasen (2pm); Warwick (2.20pm).
Abandoned: Kelso, Naas
5.35 (2m) 1 Gleno (J J Slevin, 7-4); 2 Precious
Cargo (1-2 fav); 3 Elvis Mail (25-1). 3 ran. NR: Dr
Sanderson. 9l, 5l. S R B Crawford. Tote: г2.50.
Exacta: г2.90. CSF: г3.08. Trifecta: г3.30
Placepot: г29.00
Quadpot: г22.30
Tomorrow: Plumpton (2.20pm); Stratford-on-Avon
(2.30pm); Taunton (2.10pm); Chelmsford City
(A/W, 5.45pm); Dundalk (2pm)
Tuesday: Cheltenham (1.30pm); Newcastle (A/W,
5.45pm); Sedgefield (1.20pm); Southwell (A/W,
1.10pm)
Chelmsford City
Going: Standard
5.45 (1m) 1 Stringybark Creek (Darragh Keenan,
3-1 fav); 2 Satchville Flyer (6-1); 3 Malaysian Boleh
(12-1). 12 ran. ╜l, ╛l. J Farrelly. Tote: г3.90; г1.70,
г2.90, г3.20. Exacta: г33.20. CSF: г22.31. Tricast:
г205.52. Trifecta: г426.50
6.15 (1m) 1 Kafoo (10-1); 2 Rocket Ronnie (6-1); 3
Dor?s Law (100-30 jt-fav). Also ran: Mr Potter 10030 jt-fav. 10 ran. NR: Ok By Me. ╜l, 2╝l. M Appleby.
Tote: г12.50; г3.20, г2.80, г1.50. Exacta: г95.90.
CSF: г69.31. Tricast: г248.91. Trifecta: г540.00
6.45 (6f) 1 Glory of Paris (William Carson, 9-2); 2
Bernie?s Boy (7-1); 3 Desert Fox (5-2 fav). 8 ran. NR:
Tavener. Hd, nk. B R Millman. Tote: г5.10; г1.70,
г2.20, г1.10. Exacta: г33.60. CSF: г36.12. Tricast:
г95.30. Trifecta: г86.90
Wednesday: Cheltenham (1.30pm); Huntingdon
(1.45pm); Southwell (A/W, 1.20pm);
Wolverhampton (A/W, 5.45pm)
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Towcester (1.20pm); Chelmsford City (A/W,
5.55pm)
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The Sunday Times March 11, 2018
SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
JASEN VINLOVE
Jose Mourinho fell out with Iker Casillas when he
managed Real and treated him brutally. It?s a
mistake he seems determined never to repeat
T
JEAN CATUFFE
hat moment of skill from
Marcus Rashford at Old
Trafford yesterday, when he
manoeuvred the ball with the
inside of his left foot onto to
his right before cracking the
shot into the corner of the
Liverpool net, was joyous.
Talk about losing your
marker. Poor Trent
Alexander-Arnold went from being
alongside his man to not being in the
same postcode.
It was a demonstration of pure class
from a young attacker who hadn?t
started a Premier League game since
December 26. With that speed, that skill
and that courage, lack of game time can
be made to seem irrelevant. As for
Rashford spending so much time on the
bench this year, there are reasons for
believing Jose Mourinho knows what
he
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