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The Sunday Times Sport — 14 January 2018

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thesundaytimes.co.uk/sport
January 14, 2018
PAT CASH ON
FEDERER?S
AUSTRALIAN OPEN
DEFENCE
PAGE 9
GRAEME SOUNESS:
?CITY SHOULD HAVE
BOUGHT VAN DIJK?
PAGE 7
ALAN COZZI
Careless hands:
Abdoulaye Doucoure
scores a late equaliser
for Watford, diverting
the ball past Southampton
keeper Alex McCarthy
with his fist
Sucker
Southampton boss
calls for video
replays as Watford
grab controversial
?handball? equaliser
punch
Paul Rowan
at Vicarage Road
The Southampton manager, Mauricio
Pellegrino, called for the Video Assistant
Referee (VAR) system to be rolled out in
the Premier League after his relegationthreatened side were denied a rare win
by an 89th-minute goal that Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure swept in
with his arm.
?We have to try the technology
because in every single team sport, the
technology helps us to make better decisions ? why not football?? Pellegrino
said, after the controversial goal that left
his side 16th in the Premier League and
without a win in 10 games. ?We have to
try and analyse.?
The VAR system was used for the first
time in English football on an experimental basis last Monday in the third-round
FA Cup game between Brighton and Crystal Palace. Had VAR been in use at Watford it would have ruled out Doucoure?s
goal, as one camera angle showed a clear
handball, though it was unclear if
Doucoure?s action was deliberate or not.
The VAR system is also being used in
next week?s League Cup second-leg
games as well as in several European
countries, but no decision has yet been
made on whether it will be brought in for
Premier League games next season.
Pellegrino refused to blame the referee Roger East, who awarded the goal
despite protestations from some Southampton players. East did delay and
looked towards his linesman, who
kept his flag down, and the goal was
then awarded. Both officials
appeared to be unsighted as
Doucoure ran into Southampton
goalkeeper Alex McCarthy
almost as he made contact.
Neither Pellegrino nor
Watford manager Marco
Silva saw the handball
Pellegrino: unhappy
at last-gasp leveller
at the time but both accepted afterwards
that there had been an infringement.
?From the bench it is more difficult for me to see, but maybe the
referee and the linesman are
closer. I don?t want to comment
on that any more because nothing will change with my comments and the level of refereeing
in the Premier League is good.
For this reason I am surprised at
this decision but it is part of
our job,? said Pellegrino.
?At this level the referee has pressure too. At
this level the pressure is
to do your best every sin-
gle day. I imagine that the referee is not
happy right now,? Pellegrino added.
The Watford captain, Troy Deeney,
who provided the assist for the controversial equaliser, admitted afterwards
that the goal would have been disallowed
had VAR been in place.
Watford coach Marco Silva said: ?I
don?t need to talk more about the goal. It
can happen, it?s not an easy moment for
our opponent but I think it?s the first
moment a decision is against our opponent in recent games.?
Pellegrino called the decision to award
the goal an ?injustice?. ?I am sad,? the
Argentinian told the BBC. ?I have never
seen this type of mistake in the Premier
League before. To live this injustice is
really hard. Small details change everything. I think we have to try [VAR] and
analyse if it?s possible to help the sport to
make better decisions, even for the referee.?
Before the Southampton protests,
Doucoure had appeared to take a quick
look at the assistant referee to check that
the goal stood before wheeling away to
celebrate. ?They?ll feel like it?s a loss. If
VAR comes in we probably wouldn?t get
that but today we got it. It?s the luck of the
draw,? Deeney told Sky Sports.
SOUTHAMPTON ROBBED, PAGE 4
Rio: Sanchez should choose City Haskell fears Six Nations ban
Duncan Castles
Despite the confidence at Manchester
United that the club will win the race to
sign Alexis Sanchez, one of their former
captains has advised the player to join
their rivals, Manchester City. Speaking
on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand said: ?I am
going to be honest, if he has an option to
go from Arsenal to go to Manchester City
or Manchester United, as a footballer
who wanted to win trophies and would
judge myself based on trophies being
won, at the moment Man City looks like
the place to go for him.
?They are top of the league, they are
going to win the league this season, they
are in the Champions League, they are
looking like they will be in the final for the
League Cup, the FA Cup as well potentially. So he has got more opportunities to
win trophies there.?
With City indicating that the total cost
of signing the Chile international is
higher than the Premier League leaders
are prepared to pay, United feel they can
secure a player capable of addressing two weaknesses in Jose
Mourinho?s squad.
United require a striker to
replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic,
whose contract expires in
June. Mourinho has also
been looking to add a
player who can
attack at pace from
either wing. Sanchez specialises
in both roles.
?If on the
table [there is]
a
fantastic
opportunity, you
fight for that fantastic opportunity,?
Sanchez: United?s
top January target
said Mourinho when asked if he hoped to
recruit a player of Sanchez?s ability. ?If it
happens, it happens. If it doesn?t happen
it doesn?t happen.? United could also be
willing to use the sale of Henrikh Mkhitaryan to part-fund the deal.
At the end of last week, City indicated
that they do not want to pay more than
�m as a transfer fee this month, with
Arsenal setting an asking price of
�m. They are also understood
to have complained about the
agent?s fee of ?around �?.
City still remain in contention with the Gunners for the
signing of a former United
player, West Brom and
Northern Ireland defender
Jonny Evans, though Arsenal are favourites to land the
player.
ZLATAN EXIT? PAGE 7
Sam Peters
at Twickenham Stoop
James Haskell?s Six Nations hopes are in
jeopardy after he was shown a straight
red card for a dangerous tackle on Jamie
Roberts as Wasps capitulated to Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop, losing 33-28
in the last minute of the game after leading 28-12. Wasps director of rugby Dai
Young admitted that the 32-year-old
flanker is almost certain to be banned for
a reckless tackle in the 76th minute which
left Roberts with possible concussion.
A mid-range entry point for a dangerous tackle involving an opponent?s head
is six weeks, which would end the
flanker?s hopes of facing Italy on February 4 and Wales the following weekend.
He could have a ban reduced for a guilty
plea and previous record.
Young said: ?I?m not doing an Ars鑞e
Wenger, I haven?t had time to really look
at it, but if it?s a shoulder to the face or
head he will be banned. You can?t hide
away from that. Unfortunately, he might
get a couple of weeks, but
hopefully it?s not too long.
But there was certainly
no intent, he just tried to
get off the line to shut the
pass down and there
wasn?t much wrong with
the timing.
?It wasn?t a late tackle.
I haven?t seen it in slow
motion, but the referee
said that it was a shoulder to the head and if
that?s the case then it?s
a red card.?
Haskell, who has
previously been suspended for just five
weeks in a profesHaskell: issued
apology to Roberts
sional career spanning 14 years, issued an
apology via Twitter after the final whistle.
He tweeted: ?What?s done is done, but
just want to publicly apologise to @Jamiehuwroberts. Never my intention to hurt
another player. Got my height wrong,
paid the price, which happens. You know
me, never one to do anything subtly.?
Roberts responded: ?Hope your
shoulder is ok after colliding with
this jaw @jameshaskell ? Good
man for apologizing.?
To add to Eddie Jones? concerns,
Billy Vunipola failed to return for
the second half of Saracens? 15-15
draw with Ospreys after hurting
his right arm. Quins? Mike Brown
was taken to hospital after suffering
blurred vision following an eye
injury he sustained in the first half
of the game against Wasps.
RED CARD COSTS WASPS, PAGE 11
2
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
JORDAN MANSFIELD
Aurier
Sanchez Vertonghen
Dier
Davies
Dembele
Eriksen
KANE?S RECORD HAUL
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Alli
Son
6 Harry Kane became Tottenham?s
highest scorer in the Premier League
when he hit the net twice against
Everton at Wembley last night. The
England forward?s brace took him to
98 goals, one ahead of Teddy
Sheringham?s previous club record
6 Kane has now scored 20 goals in
the Premier League for the fourth
consecutive year, something only
matched by Thierry Henry, who did it
five times in a row for Arsenal, and
Alan Shearer, who also had four
consecutive seasons with 20 goals or
more when he was at Blackburn
Rovers (3) and Newcastle United (1)
History man: Harry
Kane hits his 98th
Premier League
goal, making him
Spurs? top scorer in
the competition
Kane
Tosun
Sigurdsson
Bolasie
Rooney
Gueye
McCarthy
Jagielka
Holgate
OWEN HUMPHREYS
Rescue act: Newcastle sub Joselu celebrates his equaliser
Martina
4-2-3-1
Kenny
Joselu quick to
make his point
Pickford
4
0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Son 26, Kane 47, 59,
Eriksen 81
EVERTON
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Joselu 68
SWANSEA CITY
A
Jonathan Northcroft
Football correspondent, Wembley
nother game, another record
for the insatiable Harry
Kane, and Dele Alli and
Christian Eriksen showcased
their talents for Tottenham?s
fourth goal. Kane-Alli-Eriksen are the golden trinity
when outsiders extol Spurs?
attack but ask those inside
the club, or supporters, and
they?ll say that a smiling, modest Korean
is just as worthy of praise.
Heung-min Son and not the others ?
make no mistake ? led this humbling of
Everton and is as clever as any signing in
the Daniel Levy era of shrewd playertrading. Recruited for �m, less than one
Gylfi Sigurdsson leg, Son has proved a
priceless burden-sharer, consistently taking some of the goal pressure off Kane
and the creative responsibility from Eriksen since arriving in 2015.
Yesterday he was irrepressible. The
rarity was Tottenham?s third goal,
because it was the only one without his
input. Had his colleagues, Alli especially,
been more decisive, Son would have contributed to even more.
That third goal was the historic one,
Kane?s 98th in the Premier League to take
him ahead of Teddy Sheringham as
Spurs? leading scorer in the history of the
competition. ?I?m very proud, but on to
the next one,? said Kane ? typically.
Perhaps of all the strikes it was his
98th-worst finish, the ball bouncing flukily over a prone Jordan Pickford when
Kane miscued Eric Dier?s cross and met
the ball with his studs. But the killer position into which Kane had run was vintage
stuff. He has 20 league goals in 2017-18
and Mauricio Pochettino agreed the Premier League record of 34 in a season is in
his reach: a remarkable player.
Fifty-nine minutes were gone and so
were Everton when Kane made it 3-0, and
4-0 arrived late when Alli teed up Eriksen
with a lovely flick and the latter smashed
home from 12 yards. The clever little ball
to Alli, of course, came from Son.
Everton looked suspiciously like the
rabble who did for first Ronald Koeman,
then David Unsworth, and Sam Allardyce
voiced worry about the inconsistency of a
group that could play so well at Liverpool
last week and so pathetically here.
The �m Sigurdsson was evident on
the teamsheet but not the pitch. Idrissa
Gueye and James McCarthy were uncompetitive in midfield. The entire back four,
especially poor young Jonjoe Kenny,
were tortured.
?Unprofessional? was Allardyce?s
assessment of the indiscipline, and
though he is close to a deal for Theo Walcott and encouraged by Cenk Tosun?s
debut as a striker, he wondered whether
it is only up front that he needed to
strengthen. He promised that there will
be a long session for his players in the
video room, sitting through clips of their
mistakes, and he took some responsibility himself. He went with close to the
line-up and approach that saw Everton go
Ayew 60
Martin Hardy
St James? Park
Record-breaker Harry
PREMIER LEAGUE
Man City
Man Utd
Chelsea
Liverpool
Tottenham
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
Watford
West Ham
Crystal Palace
Huddersfield
Newcastle
Brighton
Southampton
Bournemouth
Stoke
West Brom
Swansea
P
22
22
23
22
23
22
23
23
23
23
23
23
23
23
23
23
22
22
23
23
W
20
14
14
12
13
11
9
8
7
7
6
6
6
6
5
4
5
5
3
4
D
2
5
5
8
5
6
7
7
6
5
7
7
6
5
8
9
6
5
10
5
L
0
3
4
2
5
5
7
8
10
11
10
10
11
12
10
10
11
12
10
14
F
64
45
41
50
46
40
19
34
25
33
29
21
19
21
17
23
22
23
18
14
A
13
16
16
25
21
28
20
32
38
42
41
33
39
31
29
34
34
47
30
35
GD
51
29
25
25
25
12
-1
2
-13
-9
-12
-12
-20
-10
-12
-11
-12
-24
-12
-21
Pts
62
47
47
44
44
39
34
31
27
26
25
25
24
23
23
21
21
20
19
17
toe-to-toe with Liverpool when maybe ?I
should have been a bit more boring?.
There are no Wembley hang-ups for
Son. After his brilliant strike against West
Ham in the most recent league game
here, his 26th-minute opener was his
sixth goal in seven Wembley games. Eriksen exploited space on Everton?s left,
caused by Cuco Martina coming inside,
with a crossfield pass. Serge Aurier ran
onto it, breached the box and hit a shotcum-cross Son anticipated to sidefoot in.
Son?s perceptiveness also lay behind
Spurs? second goal just after half-time.
Kenny, an Under-20 World Cup winner,
may have wished to be back in the gentler
climes of age level football, given his
schooling by the Korean. Son lulled himinto pressing on the halfway line before
whisking the ball away with a fine touch
and pirouette. He jetted down the line,
unbalanced Mason Holgate with a stepover and centred low for Kane to tap in.
To Everton?s anger, Kane had edged
ahead of Phil Jagielka into a marginally
Spot-on Fulham leave it late
MIDDLESBROUGH
FULHAM
Norwood 90+5 pen
0
1
Ron Clarke
Riverside stadium
Talk about a smash and grab.
Middlesbrough had ample
opportunities for a landslide
victory, only to fall to a
penalty in the fifth minute of
stoppage time that allowed
Fulham to walk away with the
points.
In the dramatic finale
Grant Leadbitter was judged
to have fouled Oliver
Norwood inside the area.
Norwood got up to send
Middlesbrough goalkeeper
Darren Randolph the wrong
way. It was virtually Fulham?s
first shot on target all
afternoon.
Gallingly for Boro, the
decisive moment came
seconds after Britt
1
1
Assombalonga, brought on to
replace the misfiring Rudy
Gestede in the final half hour,
lobbed Fulham goalkeeper
Marcus Bettinelli only for the
ball to bounce off the top of
the bar.
The Middlesbrough
manager, Tony Pulis, said: ?I
am disappointed as we were
the better team. We created
enough chances to have been
two or three up by half-time.
We were not quite the
dominant force in the second
half. If we had scored the first
goal we would have gone on
to win it.?
The game should have
been out of sight by the
interval, with Gestede twice
failing when one-on-one with
the goalkeeper. He
miscontrolled the first time
after Norwood?s poor back
pass, then dragged a shot
wide the second time, shortly
before the interval. Adama
Traore caused a host of
problems on the right flank
and Jonny Howson also shot
wide from distance. Scuffed
attempts by Kevin McDonald
and Stefan Johansen were all
the visitors had to offer.
It was still one-way traffic
after the break, with Martin
Braithwaite vainly appealing
for a penalty after tangling
with substitute Tomas Kalas,
and later firing an attempt
narrowly wide. Fulham
pressed more in the closing
stages without looking likely
to make a breakthrough.
Pulis said his side should
have had a ?stonewall
penalty? in that second-half
incident and claimed that in
the final drama Norwood fell
before he was touched.
Pulis went with the same
side that knocked Sunderland
out of the FA Cup last week,
so �m Assombalonga, with
12 goals this season, was once
again on the bench.
Fulham leapfrogged their
hosts, with both sides lying
just outside playoff places. It
is also the first time they have
won on Teesside in 14
attempts. Fulham manager
Slavisa Jokanovic said there
was ?clear contact? for the
penalty and added: ?We have
offside position to convert. Where was
VAR? The problem in introducing the system for cup but not league games is the
sense of fresh inconsistency. It says everything about Kane ? who missed when Alli
played him clear in the 25th minute ? that
he scored twice without being at his best.
By the end, there was quite a gulf
between the teams. Son lost Kenny again
to release Alli, who missed, then nimbly
created shooting space and rammed an
effort against the post. With yet more
clever work Son forced Pickford to save
with his feet but Alli fluffed the rebound.
Star man: Heung-min Son (Tottenham)
Yellow cards: Everton: Jagielka, Rooney
Referee: C Pawson Attendance: 76,251
Tottenham: Lloris 6, Aurier 8, Sanchez 6, Vertonghen
6, Davies 6, Dier 7 (Wanyama 74min, 5), Dembele 7
(Sissoko 82min, 5), Eriksen 8 (Lamela 87min, 5), Alli 7,
Son 9, Kane 8 Substitutes: Vorm, Trippier, WalkerPeters, Llorente
Everton: Pickford 6, Kenny 4, Holgate 5, Jagielka 6,
Martina 5, McCarthy 5 (Schneiderlin 72min, 5), Gueye
5, Bolasie 6 (Lennon 57min, 5), Rooney 6, Sigurdsson
5, Tosun 6 (Calvert-Lewin 62min, 5) Substitutes:
Robles, Williams, Niasse, Lookman
NORTHCROFT
ON TV TODAY
Jonathan
Northcroft, the
Sunday Times
football
correspondent,
is a guest on
Sunday
Supplement this
morning, Sky
Sports Premier
League, 9.30am
The noise was muffled;
Newcastle?s support
grumbled its way out of St
James? Park at full-time and
into the city. Nobody was
quite sure what to make of a
point against the side most
favoured to leave the Premier
League through relegation. It
is a season ? and indeed a
club ? where little is taken for
granted, but Swansea were
perceived as beatable, and
then Swansea went ahead, in
the 60th minute, through a
Jordan Ayew header, and a
familiar sense of foreboding
threatened to swamp the
stadium.
That Newcastle scrambled
a point in a game they should
have won but could have lost
was down to an unlikely hero.
In the pantheon of
goalscoring legends at a club
famed for them, Joselu has
remained an ugly duckling
since he moved to the north
east, for just under �, from
Stoke, when Rafa Benitez was
frantically restructuring his
plans in August. He has been
overlooked, despite being
preferred by sections of the
support to the unreliable
Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is
unavailable through injury.
When Joselu came on four
minutes after Swansea scored
there was another muted
reaction. The Spanish
forward did not feel the love,
but a further four minutes
after his entrance, he felt it,
turning and firing a low shot
past Lukasz Fabianski into
the visitors? goal.
For that he was embraced
in celebration and a form of
desperation; this was a game
Newcastle, fighting for their
lives, could not afford to lose,
as was the case most recently
in the goalless draw here
against Brighton.
Benitez has repeatedly
spoken of the value of not
losing, of eking out points,
and in his post- match
thoughts he expressed
displeasure at another
chaotic closing five minutes,
in which Newcastle could
have lost. That thought filled
those spectators leaving their
home ground. It is potentially
a point towards safety but
they felt it should have been
more.
Newcastle were good and
largely controlled the game,
especially in the first half, but
chances were spurned by
Dwight Gayle, heading wide
in the 12th minute, Ayoze
Perez, missing a good one-onone in the 26th minute, and
Paul Dummett and then Gayle
again in the second half.
Swansea could justly point
towards the seemingly
intentional handball of Mo
Diame in the 36th minute, for
which he could have been
sent off, as he diverted Mike
Van der Hoorn?s apparently
goalbound shot. It looked a
penalty, but referee Graham
Scott missed it, or ignored it.
Gayle had an effort correctly
disallowed for offside a
minute later and by the 60th
minute it looked costly as Van
der Hoorn crossed from the
right and Ayew saw his first
headed effort brilliantly
saved by Karl Darlow before
nodding in the rebound.
Joselu came, saw and
partly conquered but there
was still an almighty scare, in
the third minute of stoppage
time, when Swansea
substitute Wilfried Bony shot
goalwards and DeAndre
Yedlin cleared off the line.
?We were a threat and in
the last minute we had the
most clear chance of the
game to win,? said Swansea
manager Carlos Carvalhal. ?I
don?t know if we win one
point or lose two. When I
arrived in the dressing room
[after the game] my players
were really upset. There is a
feeling we could have won
this game.
?I couldn?t say if it was a
penalty because I didn?t see
it. With the technology we
have my assistant said it is a
clear penalty and a red card
but the ref didn?t see it so it?s
part of the game. But it is the
job of the referee to see it.?
Benitez, like his team?s
supporters, was unsure what
to make of the point. ?I liked
the team in the first half, and
the chances that we created,?
he said. ?I was disappointed
because we didn?t take the
chances, and also to concede
a goal in the way we did, but I
was quite happy with the
reaction.?
Star man: Ayoze Perez (Newcastle)
Yellow cards: Swansea: Bartley,
Mawson, Ayew, Narsingh
Referee: G Scott
Attendance: 51,444
Newcastle: Darlow 6, Yedlin 7,
Lascelles 6, Clark 6, Dummett 7, Diame
6, Shelvey 6 (Merino 82min, 4), Ritchie
6, Perez 7, Atsu 6, Gayle 6 (Joselu
64min, 7) Substitutes: Elliot, Murphy,
Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara
Swansea: Fabianksi 7, Van der Hoorn 6
(Roberts 64min, 5), Bartley 6, Mawson
6, Olsson 6, Dyer 6 (Narsingh 85min, 3),
Ki 6, Clucas 6, Carroll 6, McBurnie 5
(Bony 71min, 4), Ayew 7 Substitutes:
Nordfeldt, Fer, Fernandez, Mesa
Villa make most of Forest?s failings
NOTTINGHAM FOREST
ASTON VILLA
Hogan 18
Norwood: scored penalty
to be satisfied with the result.
It is a positive push for the
challenge ahead.?
Star man: Adama Traore
(Middlesbrough)
Yellow cards: Middlesbrough: Friend,
Howson, Leadbitter, Clayton Fulham:
Fredericks, Odoi, Johansen
Referee: G Eltringham
Attendance: 23,850
Middlesbrough: Randolph 6, Shotton
6, Ayala 6, Gibson 6, Friend 7,
Leadbitter 7, Howson 7, Traore 8,
(Johnson 82min, 5) Braithwaite 6
(Clayton 82min, 5), Downing 7, Gestede
6 (Assombalonga 63min, 6)
Substitutes: Konstantopoulos,
Bamford, Fletcher, Christie
Fulham: Bettinelli 6, Fredericks 6, Odoi
6, Ream 6, R Sessegnon 5, Johansen 6,
McDonald 6, Norwood 7, Piazon 6
(Kebano 85min, 5), Kamara 6 (da Rocha
Fonte 58min, 5), Ojo 6 (Kalas 52min, 5)
Substitutes: Cairney, Button, Edun,
S Sessegnon
0
1
Ian Whittell
City Ground
As Aitor Karanka settled
onto the Nottingham Forest
bench for the first time, the
presence of Steve Bruce in
the opposite dugout, during
what turned out to be the
latest victory for Villa, was a
reminder that a rapid
turnover in managers is not
always the best option.
Scott Hogan?s first-half
header, from a magnificent
Robert Snodgrass centre,
maintained Villa?s winter
charge towards automatic
promotion, after an autumn
in which Bruce?s job
appeared under threat.
It was a point new Forest
owner Evangelos Marinakis
may want to bear in mind,
having last week made 44year-old Karanka the club?s
10th permanent manager
since June 2011. Certainly
the wisdom of Villa?s
decision to back Bruce is
plain to see, not only in the
league table but in the
excellent squad he has
assembled, packed with
experience and know-how
about the vagaries of
Championship football.
?I?ve been in the
Championship long enough
to know that just when you
think you?ve mastered it, it
can rear its ugly head,? said
Bruce. ?But we?re in the
thick of it, 19 games to go,
going into February. We?re
on a really good run but, as I
like to keep saying, it?s
where we are when the
daffodils and tulips start to
show their faces that really
matters.?
That may yet prove to be
the Premier League, given
the quality in this Villa
squad and the inspiration
provided by Snodgrass,
whose wicked cross from
the right provided the
perfect opportunity for
Hogan to head past home
keeper Jordan Smith after 18
minutes.
Like his team, Hogan,
signed for � from
Brentford last January, had
a slow start to the campaign
and not until New Year?s
Day did he claim his first
league goal for Villa. Two in
as many weeks suggests the
25-year-old may yet have a
role to play in the
promotion race.
?He was a big-money
signing a year ago and he?s
picked up three injuries
since then,? said Bruce.
?Like all strikers, he needs
confidence so we sincerely
hope these two goals are
just the start. The second
half of the season, he could
be vital for us.?
Snodgrass almost set up
another goal a few minutes
later when his free kick was
met by John Terry, who
powered a superb effort
against the Forest crossbar.
While Karanka saw his team
respond in spirited fashion,
their lack of quality in the
final third meant that it was
not until the 85th minute,
and a spectacular 20-yard
shot from Kieran Dowell,
that Sam Johnstone was
forced into serious action in
the Villa goal.
?We have quality up front
but now we have to
organise, be more
aggressive, more intense,?
said Karanka. ?Because in
the Championship if you?re
not aggressive, intense, it?s
difficult to win games.?
Star man: Robert Snodgrass (Villa)
Yellow cards: Nottingham Forest:
Lichaj, Cash Aston Villa: Elmohamedy,
Terry
Referee: J Linington Att: 25,433
Nottingham Forest: Smith 6, Lichaj 7,
Mills 6, Mancienne 6, Traore 6, Vaughan
7 (Bridcutt 80min, 6), Osborn 6, Cash 8
(Ward 80min, 6), Dowell 7, Clough 5
(McKay 64min, 6), Brereton 6
Substitutes: Henderson, Darikwa,
Bouchalakis, Walker
Aston Villa: Johnstone 7, Elmohamady
7, Chester 7, Terry 7, Hutton 7, Whelan 6
(Bjarnason h-t, 7), Snodgrass 9, Grealish
6, Hourihane 6, Adomah 7 (Taylor
90min, 5), Hogan 7 (Davis 83min, 5)
Substitutes: Bunn, Lansbury, Onomah,
Elphick
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The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
Chelsea booed off after 10-man Leicester show resilience
CHELSEA
LEICESTER CITY
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David Walsh
Stamford Bridge
At the end the booing was
audible, the disenchantment
tangible. Chelsea are joint
second in the Premier
League, safely through to the
next phase of the Champions
League, in the semi-finals of
the Carabao Cup, still in the
FA Cup and yet it?s hard to
ignore the growing sense that
this isn?t going to be their
season.
After 58 minutes Antonio
Conte decided to replace
Eden Hazard and Cesc
Fabregas with Pedro and
Willian. A young man in the
lower stand rose from his seat
CLIVE ROSE
and screamed, ?What are you
doing Conte?? Many in his
vicinity agreed.
As it turned out, the
manager was right. The
replacements brought
urgency and energy and
Chelsea were better after
that, though that wasn?t
difficult. This was their third
consecutive goalless draw
and the first time in the
history of the club they?ve
managed a hat-trick of nilnils. Not exactly a record they
were looking for.
More worrying than the
results are the cracks that
become ever more apparent.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, the
young French midfielder
bought from Monaco for
�m, has struggled to find
his feet and yesterday he may
as well have been back on the
Riviera. Fabregas remains an
excellent footballer but he no
longer has the engine for the
role he must play. Alvaro
Morata started well at
Chelsea but once autumn
became winter, his influence
waned. Harry Maguire was on
his case yesterday and in this
league at this time of year, the
Spaniard seems like a
delicate, exotic flower. Touch
him and the bloom is gone.
He went down a lot and
referee Michael Jones gave
him very little. It?s already
becoming an old story.
Maguire has had tougher
afternoons.
Afterwards Conte talked
up the significance of the
midweek draw against
Arsenal. ?Today we paid a lot
for the effort against Arsenal.
To play on Wednesday night
and then to play against a
really good team, a team in
good physical form like
Leicester, two days isn?t
enough. We played with
almost the same players that
we played against Arsenal. . . I
saw a lot of very tired players,
we suffered a lot, especially in
the first half and at the start of
the second half.
?Then when I decided to
put on some fresh energy, the
game changed. And we tried
to win the game but in the
end the result was fair.?
Perhaps fairer to Chelsea
than Leicester. Two weeks
ago they went to Anfield,
played well and came away
with nothing. They were
determined this wouldn?t
happen here and once they
went down to 10 men after
the sending off of Ben
Chilwell with a quarter of the
game remaining, they settled
for the draw.
Leicester are close to
where they were when
winning the Premier League.
Riyad Mahrez had a fine
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match, Matty James was good
in midfield, and last season?s
recruit Wilfred Ndidi now fits
comfortably into the team. So
too Daniel Amartey.
Leicester may have
deserved more than they got,
especially through an
opening half in which they
were the better side. What
was pleasing about their
performance was how
confidently they took the
game to Chelsea and how
well they passed the ball.
Alas for the Foxes, they
needed to make more of their
superiority when they had it.
Eight minutes in Marc
Albrighton played a diagonal
pass to Chilwell, who went
past Gary Cahill too easily.
The opportunity was wasted
by Shinji Okazaki?s poor
finish. A minute later Chilwell
played the ball through for
Jamie Vardy, who volleyed
cleverly but struck only the
side-netting. Still Leicester
rolled forward, with Vardy
kick from Marcos Alonso that
Kasper Schmeichel parried
and Leicester cleared. The
closest we came to a goal in
the second half was a Mahrez
shot that cannoned off
Andreas Christensen?s leg. By
then the home crowd was
booing Mahrez, who had
gone down too easily in the
penalty area minutes before,
shamelessly looking for a
penalty he didn?t deserve.
Perhaps the draw was fair.
Possession game: Andreas Christensen and Jamie Vardy
and Mahrez linking as
brilliantly as they did two
seasons ago.
It didn?t end there as
Ndidi?s close-range header
drew a fine save from Thibaut
Courtois and Chelsea sensed
that unless they roused
themselves, they would lose.
Leicester manager Claude
Puel thought Chilwell?s
sending off was harsh but, on
a yellow card, he threw
himself into a tackle, both
feet off the ground. That gave
Chelsea plenty of time to get a
winning goal but the best
they managed was a late free
Star man: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)
Yellow cards: Chelsea: Kante, Morata
Leicester: James, Okazaki, Chilwell
Red card: Leicester: Chilwell
Referee: M Jones Attendance: 41,552
Chelsea: Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 6,
Cahill 6 (Christensen 33min, 6), Rudiger
6, Moses 6, Fabregas 5 (Willian 58min,
6), Kante 6, Bakayoko 4, Alonso 5,
Hazard 5 (Pedro 58min, 6), Morata 5
Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta,
Batshuayi, Luiz
Leicester: Schmeichel 6, Amartey 6,
Dragovic 6, Maguire 7, Chilwell 6,
Mahrez 7, Ndidi 6, James 6 (Iborra
90min, 5), Albrighton 6, Okazaki 5
(Fuchs 73min, 6), Vardy 6 (Gray 82min,
6) Substitutes: Iheanacho, Hamer,
Slimani, Benalouane
Moyes joins the 200 club in style
ANDREW YATES
Three cheers:
Manuel Lanzini
drills home West
Ham?s third goal on
a red-letter day for
his manager
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
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Lanzini 56, 61
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John Smith?s stadium
hese are dangerous days for
Huddersfield Town. The glow
of promotion has worn off,
but the threat of demotion is
far from banished and the
slog of January and February
will surely decide their status
next season. Yesterday, in a
result
and
performance
which must surely set alarm
bells clanging in West Yorkshire, they
were thoroughly outclassed by a West
Ham side whose relegation fears already
seem sepia-tinted.
?Too many players were below par,?
admitted David Wagner, the Huddersfield head coach. ?But my players are
humans and a performance like this is as
much a part of our reality as beating Manchester United.?
David Moyes celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first game as a manager (a
victorious Auto Windscreens trip to Macclesfield Town with Preston North End)
with his 200th Premier League victory,
4-2-3-1
Lossl
Smith
Jorgensen
Schindler
Hogg
Mooy
Ince
Lolley
Malone
Van La Parra
Depoitre
Lanzini
Cresswell
3-5-2
Kouyate
Obiang
Ogbonna
On his 20th anniversary as a
manager, David Moyes became
the fourth boss to win 200
Premier League games
Sir Alex Ferguson
Zabaleta
Collins
Adrian
putting him behind only Alex Ferguson (a
spectator yesterday), Ars鑞e Wenger and
Harry Redknapp.
An appointment not universally
lauded by the West Ham faithful, Moyes is
re-inventing both himself and his team.
His purchasing powder remains dry, but
while he could field only six substitutes,
Marko Arnautovic?s return after a hamstring strain was more than sufficient
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The Hawthorns
Flashpoint: the referee points to Jay Rodriguez
The FA is expected to launch
an investigation after West
Bromwich Albion?s first win
for five months was
overshadowed by an
allegation of racist abuse.
The allegation came after a
clash between the home
striker Jay Rodriguez and the
Brighton full-back Gaetan
Bong which ended with the
referee, Martin Atkinson,
calling over the visiting
Evans 4, Dawson 55
BRIGHTON
200
compensation. The Austrian was at his
bravura swashbuckling best in a second
half where no Huddersfield player had an
inkling of how to combat him. ?His attitude has been excellent since I?ve been
here,? said Moyes. ?We told him, ?If you
run we?ll play you; if you don?t we won?t.?
Today was a much better performance
than when we won 3-0 at Stoke, but we
still need to go to another level.?
Already looking to the future, Wagner
began his rebuilding with the signings of
Terence Kongolo and Alex Pritchard, but
showed his faith in what he has by starting neither of them. The shellshocked
pair emerged long after the game had
been lost, and necessity may yet force
Wagner?s concerns to become more
short-term.
Until West Ham?s class told, the siz-
FA to probe
allegation of
racist abuse
WEST BROM
528 wins
Ars鑞e Wenger
David Moyes
Arnautovic
Noble
Masuaku
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captain, Bruno, and then
speaking at length to the
fourth official.
It appeared that Rodriguez
had pinched his own nose,
prompting an angry reaction
from the Brighton defender.
The Cameroon
international later alleged
that he was racially abused by
the West Brom striker and the
issue has been reported to
the FA. Both managers
confirmed the allegation but
not what was said.
Chris Hughton, the
Brighton manager, said:
?Gaetan Bong has reported
Jay Rodriguez for something
that has been said to him. It?s
been handled in the correct
manner by the referee. The
referee is aware of what the
allegations are and that will
go through to the FA. I am
zling atmosphere suggested that the novelty of being in the Premier League has
yet to wear off with the Huddersfield public. Deceptively, their team started with a
flurry, but not for the first time this season, chances were few.
West Ham weathered the early kerfuffle but when they took the lead, the goal
was wholly of Huddersfield?s making.
Loitering on the edge of the penalty area,
Joe Lolley did his best rabbit-in-the-headlights impersonation when goalkeeper
Jonas Lossl tapped a lazy ball to him.
Arnautovic appeared from nowhere to
dispossess Lolley and find Mark
Noble, who guided his first goal from
open play since February beyond
the far-from-blameless Lossl.
Laudably, Huddersfield dusted
themselves down and hauled themselves level when Tom Ince spotted
the overlapping Tommy Smith. The
full-back linked with Aaron Mooy,
who released Lolley. Atoning for
his earlier error, Lolley
evaded Noble?s blinkers-on
challenge, cut inside and
launched a delightful
unstoppable curler
around Adrian for
his first Premier
League goal.
Huddersfield
returned for the
Noble: struck first
for West Ham
aware of the allegations. All I
can say is it was dealt with in
the correct manner and the
nature of the allegations the
FA will deal with.?
Rodriguez denies the
claims against him, according
to the West Brom manager
Alan Pardew.
?There?s been an
allegation made by the
Brighton full-back to the
referee and that allegation
will go to the FA,? he said. ?I
can only say on my behalf,
because I haven?t seen the
incident, knowing Jay
Rodriguez I find it very
difficult to understand if I?m
honest. Jay Rodriguez claims
that the allegation, whatever
the allegation is, is untrue.?
West Brom?s two goals, one
early in each half, came
straight from set-pieces and
second period in body if not in mind and
after 10 seconds of it, they were behind
again. From the restart, Angelo Ogbonna
launched a long ball forward. Cheikhou
Kouyate nodded it on and, still with much
to do, Arnautovic flicked the ball over
Smith and fired decisively past Lossl.
Now Huddersfield were overrun and
soon Mooy was hooking Kouyate?s
header off the line following Aaron Cresswell?s corner. Relief was brief, though:
two quick goals in five minutes meant
West Ham had four and were three
ahead.
First, Kouyate, the unflappable source of the visitors? midfield
hegemony,
sprang
Arnautovic, who feinted past
Christopher Schindler and
rolled a perfectly weighted
through-ball into the path of
Manuel Lanzini, who finished
with ease. The fourth featured
the same cast. Again, Kouyate
began it; again, Arnautovic
made it when he befuddled
both centre-backs; and again
Lanzini scored it, thrashing
the ball beyond Lossl.
Adrian did have to make a fine
flying save from Pritchard?s free
kick, but the game had been over
since the first moments of the second half.
?We were not good enough,? said
Wagner, ?but we will work on it and
we will put things right.?
pretty well straight from the
playbook of former manager
Tony Pulis. Pulis is now at
Middlesbrough but his
methods live on under
Pardew. Jonny Evans, in
possibly his last game at the
Hawthorns, headed the first
from a Rodriguez flick-on and
Craig Dawson, a Pulis
favourite, arrived late and fast
to double West Brom?s lead.
Pardew will take any win,
however fashioned and
however hard fought. They
remain in the bottom three
but victory, thoroughly
deserved, kept them within
touch of the mid-table group
and dragged Brighton back
into the relegation fray.
Hughton?s side have now
conceded 17 goals from setpieces this season and have
failed to score in six
WEST HAM?S REVIVAL
UNDER MOYES
West Ham were in the relegation
zone when David Moyes turned up
on November 7. He has since won
over the sceptical Hammers fans
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Star man: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham)
Yellow cards: Huddersfield: Smith
West Ham: Cresswell
Referee: J Moss
Attendance: 24,105
Huddersfield: Lossl 5, Smith 5 (Kongolo 71min, 4),
Jorgensen 5, Schindler 4, Malone 5, Hogg 5, Mooy 6,
Ince 5, Lolley 6 (Pritchard 66min, 5), Van La Parra 6,
Depoitre 4 Substitutes: Coleman, Sabiri, Williams,
Hefele, Mounie
West Ham: Adrian 6, Collins 6, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell
6, Zabaleta 6, Kouyate 8, Obiang 6, Noble 6, Masuaku
6, Arnautovic 8 (Ayew 82min, 4), Lanzini 7 (Rice 86min,
4) Substitutes: Hart, Hernandez, Burke, Cullen
successive away games.
With visits to Everton,
Manchester City and Chelsea
due in the next month, there
was a sense of desperation
around the Hawthorns
yesterday. ?This was a really
important fixture in the
calendar,? said Pardew. What
his side truly needed was an
early goal and if, as seems
likely, he heads to a bigger
club in the transfer window,
Evans will not leave a better
legacy than the powerful
header at the far post that
gave the home side a lead as
early as the fourth minute.
Not only did it settle the
home Albion?s nerves, it
rekindled the battered belief
of a near full house at the
Hawthorns. From first to last,
the ground rocked with a
whole-hearted support
recent stuttering results had
done nothing to foster.
Dawson?s downward
header from Chris Brunt?s
arrowed corner, which
bounced into the ground and
looped beyond Mat Ryan and
a defender on the line, gave
the home side precious
breathing space 10 minutes
into the second half.
Star man: Salomon Rondon (West
Brom)
Referee: M Atkinson
Attendance: 25,240
West Brom: Foster 7, Dawson 7 (Nyom
81min, 6), Hegazi 7, Evans 7 (McAuley
84min, 6), Gibbs 6, Phillips 6, Barry 7,
Krychowiak 6, Brunt 6, Rodriguez 6
(Livermore 79min, 6), Rondon 8
Substitutes: Robson-Kanu, Yacob,
Myhill, McClean
Brighton: Ryan 6, Bruno 6, Dunk 6,
Duffy 5, Bong 6, Knockaert 6, Propper 5
(Kayal 76min, 6), Stephens 6, Izquierdo
5 (March h-t, 7), Gross 6 (Baldock
66min, 6), Murray 6 Substitutes:
Hemed, Goldson, Schelotto, Krul
4
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
Sako emerges
from shadows
to boost
Palace?s
revival
CRYSTAL PALACE
Sako 21
BURNLEY
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Ian Hawkey
Selhurst Park
Not so long ago, Crystal
Palace were setting records
for freefall in the Premier
League, just as Burnley
were the most
agile climbers of
the division.
Scant evidence
of that here.
The Palace
recovery under
Roy Hodgson
resumed with a
victory that might
Sako: made only
his second
league start of
the season
easily have been reflected by
a wider margin than Bakary
Sako?s first-half goal.
Palace sit a point from the
top half of the table this
morning, and while Hodgson
spoke of his wariness about
viewing that as an enduring
endorsement of his Midas
effect since September, he
could reflect on a job going
well, especially given the
injury list affecting his squad.
?The league position can
change quickly,? he advised,
?so I have no desire to start
celebrating yet. The only
thing that matters to me is
where we are on the final day
in May. But after seven
games, seven defeats and no
goals at the start of the
season, things were looking
very bleak. They are not so
bleak now.?
Burnley, without a win in
seven matches, were second
best in most aspects. Sean
Dyche, their manager,
praised the way Hodgson has
nourished Palace?s self-belief
in the last four months. The
coaching staffs of the two
clubs met over coffee before
kick-off, Dyche reported, and
the regard he has for his
opposite number was clear.
?Roy?s years of service to
the game deserve nothing but
respect,? said Dyche. ?It is
fantastic what they?re doing
here. And it?s not a surprise to
me. That?s down to Roy
putting in good work.?
Not least with his unsung
understudies. Hodgson
praised the defending of
James Tomkins and Martin
Kelly, and he was thrilled with
the contribution of his rarely
seen Malian striker.
It was only Sako?s second
league start of the season,
though he scored in the FA
Cup against Brighton five
days earlier. He looked
hesitant early on, allowing
James Tarkowski to recover
from an error to tackle him,
but he was merely
establishing his bearings.
When Christian Benteke
picked out his run,
channelled down the Palace
left, Sako collected the pass
neatly and set about
bamboozling Phil Bardsley
with a sway one way, a feint
the other, before thumping
an effort of sufficient power
that it looped up off the
outstretched leg of Nick Pope
and beyond the goalkeeper.
Hodgson acknowledges
that Sako, signed from Wolves
in 2015, has had his ups and
downs at Palace but said he
has the momentum to be the
?Sako they [the fans] didn?t
know in previous years?.
He and Benteke dovetailed
nicely as Palace took
command of the contest, and
both profited from Wilfried
Zaha?s penetration. Sako was
involved in the move that
finished with Zaha chipping
over Pope and Ben Mee
stabbing the ball clear of
James McArthur just in front
of an unguarded goal.
Benteke nodded over the
crossbar a couple of times,
the second from a fine Sako
cross, and the latter
thundered a volley across
goal just before half-time.
Burnley had little to
congratulate themselves on
by that stage, just an Ashley
Barnes volley tipped over the
bar by Wayne Hennessey.
They had more of the ball
in the second period but were
largely frustrated, with
Charlie Taylor and Steven
Defour both booked after
confrontations with Zaha.
Benteke, firing into the
side-netting, might have
spared Palace a nervous
finale before a relieved
Selhurst resonated to the
name of Sako, no longer just
Bakary the Back-Up striker.
Star man: Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace)
Yellow cards: Burnley: Bardsley,
Taylor, Defour
Referee: M Oliver
Attendance: 24,696
Crystal Palace: Hennessey 7, FosuMensah 8, Kelly 7, Tomkins 7, Van
Aanholt 7, Zaha 7, Milivojevic 6,
Riedewald 6, McArthur 7, Sako 8,
Benteke 7 Substitutes: Speroni,
Delaney, Souare, Chung-yong, Cabaye,
Kaikai, Wan-Bissaka
Burnley: Pope 6, Bardsley 5, Tarkowski
6, Mee 7, Taylor 6, Cork 5, Defour 6,
Gudmundsson 5 (Wells 85min, 6),
Hendrick 6 (Nkoudou 63min, 7), Barnes
7, Vokes 5 Substitutes: Lindegaard,
Lowton, Long, Westwood, Walters
ALAN COZZI
CHAMPIONSHIP
FOCUS
BURTON ALBION
QPR
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Ian Holloway was
?absolutely delighted? after
watching Queens Park
Rangers record their first
ever victory over
Burton.
Holloway handed
young striker
Aramide Oteh a full
debut and was
rewarded with a goal
just 33 minutes in, only for
Albion?s experienced
winger Lloyd Dyer to
equalise within a minute.
After half-time Conor
Washington, inset, hit a
post before finally getting
IPSWICH TOWN
LEEDS UNITED
Doucoure robs Southampton
2
2
WATFORD
Gray 58, Doucoure 90
SOUTHAMPTON
Ward-Prowse 20, 44
Paul Rowan
Vicarage Road
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Janmaat
Richarlison
ust a week after it was trialled in
the FA Cup, the debate around
the Video Assistant Referee system bubbled back to the surface
yesterday, with Watford equalising a minute from the end with a
handball
by
Abdoulaye
Doucoure. The infringement was
blatant when replayed at a certain angle, but it was missed by
most people in the stadium at the time,
including the officials.
It was an equaliser which Watford and
their captain Troy Deeney in particular
deserved. Deeney produced a target
man?s master-class after coming on at
half-time, rallying his bedraggled teammates and setting up goals for Andre Gray
and Doucoure, cancelling out James
Ward-Prowse?s two first-half goals.
Those present thought Doucoure had
equalised with his head, but it turned out
the midfielder had swept the ball in with
his arm, perhaps deliberately, although it
is impossible to prove intent. Both managers accepted it was handball, but
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino reacted with dignity, which was
4-2-3-1
Gomes
Wague
Kabasele
Doucoure
Watson
Cleverley
Zeegelaar
Carrillo
Gray
Long
Tadic
Bertrand
4-2-3-1
Ward-Prowse
Davis
Hojbjerg
Romeu
Hoedt
Stephens
Soares
McCarthy
particularly commendable given he is
now without a win in 10 Premier League
games.
?At this level the referee has pressure
too,? Pellegrino said. ?At this level the
pressure is to do your best every single
day. I imagine that the referee is not
happy right now.?
The introduction of Deeney, who was
returning from a four-match suspension,
was actually Watford?s second change
after Roberto Pereyra replaced Tom Cleverley after just 35 minutes. That says
plenty about how poor the home side
were in the first half, when Southampton
looked like scoring every time they
attacked.
Both Southampton?s first-half goals
were created by Shane Long and coolly
converted by Ward-Prowse. The first one
came on 20 minutes when Alex
McCarthy?s long clearance should have
been dealt with by Marvin Zeegelaar, but
he let the speedy Long get in behind him
and pull the ball back for Steve Davis,
whose deft flick was drilled home by
Ward-Prowse. The second goal came a
minute before half-time when Watford
were again caught playing a high line.
This time Long burnt off Molla Wague and
fired in a low cross for Dusan Tadic, who
played in Ward-Prowse with hardly a
defender in sight. The midfielder was a
picture of composure once more as he
picked his spot.
Drastic action was called for and so
Marco Silva replaced Ben Watson with
Deeney, who immediately offered a target and started picking out teammates.
The result was a transformation as Southampton were rocked back on their heels.
On 55 minutes, Deeney controlled the
ball on the edge of the box and played in
Pereyra who shot just wide. Two minutes
later Deeney decided to give Janmaat a go
instead and the full-back?s powerful shot
was tipped onto the crossbar by Alex
McCarthy. The ball looped up in the air
and when it fell, Andre Gray nodded in
for his first Vicarage Road goal since joining from Burnley in the summer.
Watford almost equalised but Wesley
Hoedt thwarted Gray just after the hour.
However the hosts would not be denied.
A minute from time Deeney?s brilliant
flicked header played in Doucoure, who
appeared to nod the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. Referee Roger East
looked to his linesman but the flag, to
Southampton?s fury, stayed down.
Star man: Troy Deeney (Watford)
Yellow cards: Southampton: Hojbjerg, McCarthy,
Soares, Tadic, Romeu
Referee: R East
Attendance: 20,018
Watford: Gomes 6, Janmaat 6, Wague 5, Kabasale 5,
Zeegelaar 5, Watson 5 (Deeney 45min, 7), Doucoure 6,
Richarlison 6, Cleverley 5 (Pereyra 35min, 7), Carrillo 5,
Gray 6 (Okaka 73min, 5) Substitutes: Prodl, Mariappa,
Holebas, Karnezis
Southampton: McCarthy 7, Soares 6, Stephens 6,
Hoedt 6, Bertrand 7, Romeu 6, Hojbjerg 6, WardProwse 7 (Sims 90min, 5), Davis 5 (Lemina 63min, 5),
Tadic 6 (Boufal 90min, 5), Long 7 Substitutes:
Gabbiadini, Pied, Bednarek, Forster
Cap in hand:
Cedric Soares
appeals as
Abdoulaye
Doucoure scores,
and then protests
to the assistant
referee, below
BARNSLEY
WOLVES
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Tom Marston
Oakwell
In a division as competitive as
the Championship, it is
difficult to find a chasm in
resources that would match
the size of that between
Wolves and Barnsley. Yet for
90 minutes at Oakwell,
nothing could separate two
clubs with very different
approaches.
Backed by the funds of
Fosun International and the
contacts of ?super agent?
Jorge Mendes, Wolves have
already made one January
signing in Real Madrid target
Rafa Mir, while a �m move
for AC Milan forward Andre
Silva has even been mooted.
Barnsley, despite their own
Chinese takeover having been
ratified in December, have
had to turn to Kieffer Moore,
a striker who has made his
name scoring goals for Forest
Green Rovers and Rotherham
United, for a far more modest
�0,000.
They sit at opposite ends of
the table, but once Wolves
wrap up what should still be
the formality of promotion to
the Premier League, they will
not look back on their
meetings with Barnsley with
much fondness. Having
required a stoppage-time
winner to beat Paul
Heckingbottom?s team at
Molineux back in September,
they were frustrated
throughout by a battling
showing from Barnsley?s
defence as their lead at the
top was cut to 10 points.
The home side kept Wolves
at arm?s length for much of
the first half, when Leo
Close call: Leo
Bonatini shot just
wide for
Wolves in the
first half
Mick McCarthy, the Ipswich
manager, praised his side
after their win over Leeds at
Portman Road. Bersant
Celina?s 25-yard secondhalf strike was enough to
seal a first victory since
mid-December for Ipswich.
Leeds, who have taken
one point from their past
three games and stay just
outside the playoff places
in seventh, had Eunan
O?Kane sent off in the 37th
minute after an altercation
BIRMINGHAM CITY
DERBY COUNTY
NORWICH CITY
Bonatini put an effort wide
and Helder Costa had a goal
disallowed for offside when
he fired in a half-volley from
18 yards, the one real sign of
quality.
Wolves head coach Nuno
Espirito Santo?s side imposed
themselves far more after the
break. Diogo Jota rattled the
crossbar, scooped over with
the goal gaping, and saw a
close-range effort ruled
out for offside.
Barnsley threw on
Moore midway through
the second half in an
attempt to steal a winner
that would aid their battle
against relegation, and the
forward almost delivered
when he teed up fellow
replacement George Moncur
on the edge of the box, but he
screwed his shot wide.
Star man: Liam Lindsay (Barnsley)
Yellow cards: Barnsley: Mallan
Wolves: Saiss, Jota
Referee: K Stroud
Attendance: 16,050
Barnsley: Davies 6, Cavare 6, Lindsay
8, Pinnock 7, Yiadom 7, Gardner 6,
Isgrove 6 (Moncur 46min, 7), Potts 8,
Mallan 5 (Thiam 86min, 6), Hammill 5,
Bradshaw 5 (Moore 66min, 6)
Substitutes: McCarthy, Townsend,
Pearson, Brown
Wolves: Ruddy 7, Bennett 7, Coady 6,
Boly 7, Doherty 6, Saiss 7, Neves 6
(N?Diaye 90min, 6), Douglas 5, Costa 6
(Cavaleiro 64min, 7), Bonatini 4 (Mir
73min, 6), Jota 5 Substitutes: GibbsWhite, Enobakhare, Hause, Norris
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Gary Rowett hailed his
players after Derby?s
impressive win at his former
club Birmingham.
The Derby manager, who
in midweek signed a new
contract, saw his side
strengthen their second
place in the table.
Rowett admitted: ?What
pleased me were the three
goals, which were all
different. When Johnny
Russell scored the first it
settled down the team.?
BRISTOL CITY
Dogged Tykes dig in heels to frustrate toothless Wolves
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Daniel Farke said his
Norwich players executed
the perfect game plan after
James Maddison, inset,
scored a 79th-minute
winner at Bristol City.
The midfielder?s
eighth goal of the
season inflicted a
fifth successive
defeat on Carabao
Cup semi-finalists City.
Farke said: ?We had a
really thin squad today, but
we had a special plan for
this game and I have to
congratulate my players
on the scoresheet when he
rounded Stephen Bywater
to fire into the empty net.
Massimo Luongo sealed the
points with a clinical finish.
Holloway said: ?We raised
a few eyebrows by playing
Rem [Oteh] in the team. I
felt it was about
changing the balance
of the team and I
thought Conor has
taken not playing in
the team very well.
He looked really
sharp and I wanted to
throw them [Burton] a
different challenge.?
Burton manager Nigel
Clough was left to
contemplate a 10th
consecutive home league
game without a win.
with Jonas Knudsen.
McCarthy said: ?I thought it
was a really tough game
against a team that?s in
good form with good
players. I haven?t seen the
sending off, someone said
it was a headbutt. If that?s
the case then he deserves
to be sent off. That doesn?t
make it easy, we?ve
scrapped away.?
Thomas Christiansen,
the Leeds coach, felt his
side deserved more from
the match. He said: ?I?m
disappointed for the result,
I?m sorry for my players that
we didn?t take something
positive with us.?
Birmingham displayed a
tenacious battling spirit but
Derby?s finishing was the
major difference and
explained the current
positions of the two clubs.
Russell put Derby in the
driving seat with a fortunate
goal in the 19th minute.
Matej Vydra doubled the
lead with a second strike
after the break, before
Andreas Weimann sealed
their sixth win in eight
outings four minutes from
time.
Rowett added: ?We have
gone 10 games unbeaten
away from home and we are
playing with real control.?
because it worked
perfectly. It was a tough
week for us, with two
players leaving and some
injuries. This ranks up there
with the best results we
have had while I have been
in charge.?
Bristol City?s Lee Johnson
bemoaned his team?s
luck. ?The ball is not
quite breaking for
us in the opposition
box at the moment.?
He added: ?I
always feared this
period of games and
perhaps we are victims of
our cup success. The
Manchester City game took
a huge amount of energy
out of the players.?
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP
Goals in either half from
Florian Jozefzoon and
substitute Neal Maupay
maintained Brentford?s
impressive league home
record with a 2-0 win
against Bolton.
Millwall manager Neil
Harris was left scratching
his head at refereeing
decisions as his side had to
settle for a 1-1 draw at home
against Preston. Callum
Robinson?s goal 10 minutes
from time denied them
after Aiden O?Brien had
opened the scoring.
Former Wales manager
Chris Coleman?s return to
the principality ended in
defeat as Cardiff won 4-0
against bottom side
Sunderland, ending a run of
four league defeats. Callum
Paterson scored two, with
Joe Ralls and Anthony
Pilkington also on target in
the second-half. The
visitors had Didier Ndong
sent off for a studs-up
challenge on Junior Hoilett.
Hull City and Reading
shared the points from a
drab goalless draw at the
KCOM stadium between
two struggling sides.
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The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
Wenger?s creaking empire beyond repair as cracks widen
A win today would
mean nothing
when set against
the bigger picture
DAVID
WALSH
Chief sports writer
One year ago, Arsenal
travelled to Bournemouth?s
Vitality stadium with the
mindset they bring to most of
their away games. It?s not that
they set out to lose but that
too many of the players are
open to the possibility. They
sleepwalked their way to a
3-0 deficit before salvaging a
point with three goals in the
final 20 minutes.
Afterwards Ars鑞e Wenger
praised his players for their
?resilience and mental
strength?. Alexis Sanchez had
a different reaction. At the
final whistle he pulled off his
gloves, threw them on the
ground and expressed the
frustration that comes when a
player feels he?s part of a
team he no longer believes in.
Sanchez saw two points
lost, Wenger was relieved to
have got one. The player?s
reaction was the more
credible, the more in tune
with Arsenal?s standing. They
would finish that Premier
League campaign in fifth
place, the worst in Wenger?s
21 seasons at the club.
Arsenal later agreed to give
their manager a new two-year
contract. Wenger believed
the uncertainty over his
future diminished the team?s
performance. On that and so
much more he has been
deluding himself. How many
times had he expressed his
belief in the young players in
his squad? Yet one of them,
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
thought his only chance was
to escape to Liverpool.
Ivan Gazidis, the chief
executive, said he believed
ending the uncertainty
around Wenger would be the
catalyst for improvement.
Gazidis earned �65m in
2016 but had to make do with
�62m last year. Poor chap;
still, with that kind of salary
you can expect a little
optimism. It was shortlived.
Before the end of August,
Arsenal had been thrashed at
Anfield and lost at Stoke. Last
season they finished 18 points
behind champions Chelsea. A
little past halfway in this
campaign, they are 23 points
behind Manchester City. All
the talk of Wenger departing
Arsenal misses the point.
HOWE
Wenger: deluding himself
Arsenal, the great Arsenal
that he created, has left him.
He now presides over a
broken and unfixable team.
Arsenal?s fans are divided and
only the loyalists remain on
his side. Nine months ago, he
reflected on his time at the
club: ?I carry a bit more
pressure on my shoulders,
but the hunger is the same. . .
See what the club was then
and what it is today. When I
arrived we were 70 [staff ],
but there are 700 today. One
share was worth �0, it is
�,000 today.?
What fan is comforted by
the share price or size of the
organisation?
Wenger also reflected on
what keeps him going. ?I will
not retire. Retiring is for
young people. For old people
retirement is dying.? In a
general sense, this is a
nonsense. If it is true in
Wenger?s case, what does that
tell us about his personal
development? We have
portrayed him as an
intelligent and well-rounded
human being, the kind who
would enjoy the benefits of a
privileged retirement.
He stays and things get
worse. Alex Iwobi plays badly
in an FA Cup tie at
Nottingham
Forest and it
later emerges he had partied
into the early hours two days
before the game. Wenger
decides if the punishment for
this lack of professionalism is
to exclude him from the
squad that played the first leg
of the Carabao Cup semi-final
against Chelsea, he would
only be hurting the team. So
he picks Iwobi.
The former Arsenal striker
Ian Wright spoke for many
when he criticised Iwobi?s
behaviour and Wenger?s
response. ?For a youngster to
do that says to me there is
something wrong in the
dressing room,? he said. ?You
can?t have a youngster feeling
he can do that and still play.
?Ars鑞e Wenger should
have had a stronger stance on
this one. People laugh at
Arsenal. Players don?t want to
be there, and it feels like
everything is losing control at
Arsenal.?
There is deep irony in the
hope expressed by many with
Arsenal sympathies that
Sanchez should not be sold to
Manchester United. ?If
Wenger lost Sanchez to Old
Trafford, it weakens Arsenal
and directly strengthens an
immediate rival,? said Martin
Keown. Manchester City,
Sanchez?s choice, are not
seen as an immediate rival.
Arsenal may win today but
it doesn?t much matter. The
team?s best player wants to
leave, Mesut Ozil?s intentions
are unclear and meanwhile
Wenger tries to build a
defence around Calum
Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi
and Rob Holding while
Liverpool move forward with
Virgil van Dijk.
?I think they?re unfixable
under Ars鑞e,? says Lee
Dixon, once a terrific fullback in Wenger?s team. ?He?s
created an environment
PHILYEOMANS
In my early coaching I
viewed Arsenal as the
pinnacle. They were
the team I wanted
my team to follow
SMILING THROUGH
THE STRUGGLES
Bournemouth boss refuses to hit panic
button as he faces his role model today
H
Jonathan Northcroft
Football correspondent
e still has the photograph,
his five-year-old self sitting
on the great man?s knee.
Eddie Howe was on holiday,
visiting Portland Bill Lighthouse, when he saw a group
of men. Nottingham Forest!
His mum asked: ?Can my
boy meet Brian?? Brian
Clough. ?Brian was great
with me, I do remember that. He was
very kind and as a kid you?re so impressionable. It was my first encounter with
anybody to do with football and when
you go through that moment, you follow
that person,? Howe says.
He has enjoyed The Damned United,
?seen all the films and read all the books?
on Clough, and until going into coaching
himself, Clough was the only manager he
studied. ?I just felt that link with him. I
thought I?d love to be able to do that. It
was an incredible story, Nottingham Forest, and it has links to us,? says Howe. ?We
haven?t won what they?ve won but there
are parallels with the journey. How far
away we were and what we?ve achieved.?
The journey, idols, ideals, coaching
and football principles: an hour with
Howe does not yield the normal conversation you have with a relegation-threatened manager, none of the angst or hardluck stories.
What he learnt from Clough, and a
later hero, Ars鑞e Wenger ? his opponent today ? is to stay yourself and he
concluded similar when, upon Bournemouth?s promotion to the Premier
League in 2015, he visited similar ?Cinderella clubs? around Europe, including
Empoli. ?Basically the lesson was don?t
FOOTBALL
SHORTS
change. Don?t change from what brought
you success in the lower leagues. Just try
and do it better. And that?s what we?ve
stuck to. I think the principles behind
success don?t change.? And that?s why
Howe, despite one win in 12, is looking
beyond the moment, to fundamentals.
It?s why he isn?t changing his preaching:
passing, pressing, hard work.
These will be crucial weeks in Bournemouth?s future, he acknowledges. The
club which (across two spells) he hauled
from the bottom of League Two to ninth
in the top flight last season have just
secured planning permission for a new
training ground, and an application for a
new stadium will follow. ?It?s important
we don?t forget the big picture,? Howe
says. ?New stadium, new training ground
? these are the things the club must get
for the next generation. I know their
importance. Staying in the Premier
League is potentially pivotal to that, so
this is a really important time.?
What reassures him is that, ?if you look
statistically what we?ve delivered, we?re a
better team [than their league position
suggests]. We presented back to the players a number of times that we?ve been
very good physically. One of the things I?ll
look at is are we running as hard, are we
covering the ground, is our honesty still
there? And I?m pleased to see that if we?re
not top in the fitness stats, we?re in the
top five or six.?
The season?s difficulties, he feels, stem
from a poor start, from the old guard in
his squad not quite rising to outperform
expectations as in previous seasons, and
from newer signings taking time to bed
in. Because there?s such an established,
11-man playing pattern at Bournemouth,
it can be hard for incoming players, he
concedes, even somebody such as Jer-
VILLARREAL?S LATE AGONY FOR ZIDANE
Real Madrid?s disastrous league
campaign continued when they were
beaten 1-0 by Villarreal at the Bernabeu
yesterday. Zinedine Zidane, the Real
Madrid coach, refused to criticise his
players as they suffered the ?hammer
blow? of a second consecutive home
defeat in La Liga. Real are 16 points
behind leaders Barcelona and 10 points
adrift of city rivals Atletico. Pablo
Fornals scored the 87th-minute winner
for Villarreal. ?It is hard to explain. We
tried everything,? Zidane said. ?This is a
bad run that won?t stop and it is not
good for my players. I can?t criticise
them. This is simply a bad moment and
a tough defeat to take on board
because we didn?t deserve that.?
MADRID WANTED �2M MESSI IN 2013
Real Madrid were willing to pay a world
record �2m to sign Lionel Messi from
Barcelona in 2013, according to Der
Spiegel. The German magazine claims
that as well as meeting Messi?s release
clause, they were prepared to pay the
Argentinian a salary of �m a year.
RODGERS: PRESSURES OF LIVERPOOL JOB
LEFT ME IN HOSPITAL
The eyes have it: Ronaldo gives some
advice to his Madrid teammates
Brendan Rodgers, inset, has revealed he
was admitted to hospital with stress
soon after leaving Liverpool. The Celtic
manager, who was dismissed by the
where the players don?t really
know what they?re doing
without the ball.?
Inside Arsenal, fellow
coaches express admiration
for what Wenger has achieved
and how he has developed
the club. There is frustration
that his management style
has little time for consultation
and there is an acceptance
that discipline around the
first-team squad is not what it
should be. They talk about
the possibility of Carlo
Ancelotti being the next
Arsenal manager and
perhaps getting Mikel Arteta
back to the club from
Manchester City.
But would any
half-sensible football man
leave the Etihad for the
Emirates? The difficulty for
Arsenal is that while the
shares might be trading at
�,000, the club?s stock is
dropping all the time.
Holding firm:
Eddie Howe is
sticking to the
principles that
have given his
club success
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Premier League club in October 2015,
told the website The Coaches? Voice
that he went to Spain for a week after his
dismissal. ?Then I came back, and flew
to Dubai. Within a couple of days in
Dubai, I was rushed into hospital.? He
added that the doctors ?pieced it all
together, and it was simply a case of my
body being so tense, so tight, from all
that had happened in finishing my time
at Liverpool.?
SPARTAK MOSCOW IN NEW
RACISM ROW
Racism in Russian
football raised its ugly
head again yesterday
only five months
before the World Cup
finals are being held
in the country.
Champions Spartak
Moscow published a
video on Twitter that
showed three players of colour,
the Brazilians Fernando, Luiz Adriano
and Pedro Rocha, doing drills at a
training camp in Dubai, with the
caption: ?Look at how the chocolates
are melting under the sun.? The tweet,
which was later deleted, has caused
outrage in the football world. ?For
Russia?s biggest club to tolerate and
then celebrate racist references of this
kind is wrong,? said Piara Powar, the
main Defoe. Defoe?s mere three goals and
current ankle injury epitomise 2017-18?s
disappointments but Howe is optimistic
about what Defoe will produce once fit
again: ?While his return has not been as
high as he?d like, he has had the chances
and you know with Jermain?s quality that
if he gets those chances he will eventually
start scoring a lot of goals.?
Strange, that scoring has been a weak-
ness for Bournemouth this season ? last
year they outscored Manchester United.
?I don?t think we?ve ever, in my time
here, suffered a lack of goals,? says Howe.
?The furthest thought from my mind was
we might struggle to score. Hopefully
we?ve turned the corner on that.?
Bournemouth are unbeaten, scoring
nine, in their past four games and pointswise are almost mirroring 2016-17. ?Last
head of the European antidiscrimination organisation Fare.
Spartak have been fined several times
for the racist behaviour of their fans,
while last month the defender Leonid
Mironov was charged with racially
abusing Liverpool forward Rhian
Brewster after an incident during the
return Uefa Youth League tie.
confident he will reject Scotland?s
overtures to succeed Gordon Strachan.
O?NEILL SET FOR SCOTLAND TALKS WITH
McLEISH WAITING IN THE WINGS
Scotland will turn to a shortlist
of three alternative
candidates, including
former national boss Alex
McLeish, should Michael
O?Neill reject the chance
to become their new
manager when the
Scottish Football
Association meet him for
talks this week, writes
Douglas Alexander. The other
contenders are Paul Lambert and
Heimir Hallgrimsson, the Iceland coach.
Having agreed a compensation
package of more than �0,000 with
the Northern Ireland FA (IFA), they hope
to persuade the 48-year-old to accept
the task of guiding Scotland to Euro
2020. O?Neill has two years remaining
on his contract and has been offered a
four-year extension on an improved
salary. Senior staff at the IFA are
NEVILLE IN RUNNING FOR WOMEN?S ROLE
Phil Neville, the former England,
Manchester United and Everton
full-back, has emerged as a surprise
name in the frame to be the next
manager of England Women, although
the Football Association said yesterday
that it had no update on the ongoing
search for Mark Sampson?s
successor. The 40-year-old has
no experience of coaching in
the women?s game but has
coached at United, Valencia
and with the England Under21 side. He possesses the Uefa
Pro Licence qualification. The
England team, led
by interim coach Mo
Marley, travel to
La Manga today for a 10day training camp.
COLEMAN TAKES SWIPE
AT BOWEN
Chris Coleman has
criticised Mark Bowen
as his former
teammate attempts to
succeed him as Wales
manager. Bowen became a
late candidate for the Wales
job after leaving his position
season we had 27 points from 27 games
and I don?t think we?ll be far from that.?
The big change has happened around
them. Standards across the Premier
League are rising, Howe feels, especially
higher up ? the top six have won 31 of 42
games, losing just two, against the bottom six in 2017-18.
?There?s been a big shift in the top
clubs. They?re playing very well and
they?re very strong. We?ve found it difficult to get points off them whereas in previous seasons we?ve been able to get
some big results,? Howe says. ?That big
clubs look stronger is linked to
[increased] workrate. When you put that
with the technical ability they?ve got it?s
very difficult to beat them.?
He is subtly evolving his side, giving
more minutes to younger players. Jordon
Ibe ?has had a very good season . . . he?s a
very individualistic player and trying to
get him into a team framework has taken
a bit of understanding from Jordon, and
I?m really pleased with his progress.?
Ryan Fraser, ?I just love to bits ? off the
pitch he?s just like he is on it, a bright,
bubbly, positive person.? Lewis Cook,
?could be whatever he wants to be.? An
England international? ?Without a
doubt . . . if he continues to improve it
cannot be far away.?
Today he reunites with Jack Wilshere,
whom he had on loan last season and
?found great on every level?. Howe is the
Premier League?s longest-serving manager after Wenger. ?In my early coaching I
viewed Arsenal as the pinnacle. They
were the team I wanted my team to follow. The one-twos, the combinations
around the box, third man runs, the way
they were passing the ball into the
goal . . . I?d watch a game, I?d rewind it, I?d
watch it back. Ars鑞e changed the Premier League,? Howe says. ?The longevity
he?s had cannot be underestimated. The
mindset he must have to keep going, keep
sticking to what he does in the face of criticism, deserves respect.?
In November, Howe turned 40 and his
wife, Vicki, threw a surprise party at their
house. He got home from a 2-2 draw
against Southampton (?I think she was
praying we got something from the
game!?) and ?didn?t have a clue? what
was about to happen. Vicki had a song by
his guilty pleasure, A-ha, cued up to play
as he walked through the door, and
sheepishly he admits that later there was
karaoke and, yes, he was singing.
?[The party] was something I needed
because I hadn?t enjoyed that moment
[turning 40] for one second and it was
great to switch off for one night.? It?s a
theme Howe often returns to, the impossibility of switching off. His release is
walking his dog, Eric, on Branksome
Beach. ?I put my hood on, my cap on,? he
smiles, ?and just go.?
as Stoke assistant manager. But
Coleman, now at Sunderland, clearly
remembers Bowen?s analysis as a
television pundit during his time in
charge of Wales. ?Bowen should do well.
As I remember when I was the manager
and he was talking on TV, he had all the
answers after the game,? Coleman said
sarcastically yesterday.
STRIKER DIABATE SIGNS FOR LEICESTER
Leicester City have signed Fousseni
Diabate on a four-and-a-half-year
deal from French Ligue 2 outfit
Ajaccio. The France-born 22-yearold has represented Mali at under20 and under-23 levels.
MULGREW LIFTS BLACKBURN
Blackburn were the only side
in the top seven of League
One to win, beating
second-placed
Shrewsbury 3-1.
Charlie Mulgrew
scored twice as
they moved two
points behind
yesterday?s
opponents and five adrift of
leaders Wigan, who were held
0-0 at home by Peterborough.
Mulgrew: on target
for Blackburn
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SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
I
Football correspondent
f Manchester City score today it will
be the 1,277th time a Pep Guardiola
team has found the net in competitive football. 1,277 goals. Reflect on
that, given Guardiola is still some
way off completing his 10th season
as a manager. Guardiola wears a
ribbon for Catalan political prisoners but nobody can lock up his
brethren on the pitch.
Footballing goalkeepers, midfielderfull-backs, free eights, all-out attackers,
bold pressing: Guardiola plays the risk/
reward equation perhaps better than
anyone. And can you be a top, winning
manager in modern football without also
being a risk-taker? The question was
posed in conversation recently by a Premier League first-team coach.
The coach wondered about Jose Mourinho, who was more of a gambler in his
early career and is more tactically
circumspect now. He contrasted and
marvelled at Guardiola?s approach. This
was not some young technician swept
along by Guardiola?s cult but a hardbitten operator reassessing his own ideas
in the light of how not just City but other
teams are playing ? Paris Saint-Germain,
Napoli, Barcelona, it appears an era
where the attacking sides everywhere are
thriving.
Who dares wins? The Premier
League?s form teams meet today and they
share an approach. ?Football with courage,? Guardiola called it on Friday when
he drew comparisons between City and
Liverpool. ?Liverpool are playing like
they used to in the past, with all their history, the fans demanding attacking football,? he said. ?Liverpool have to defend
their history, like the 1980s when they
dominated world and European football.
We want to do something similar.?
City and Liverpool are second and
third in Europe (behind PSG) for goals in
all competitions, and No 1 and No 2 in
England in all the goal metrics: numbers
scored, conversation rates. They?ve
taken nearly 800 shots between them in
the Premier League and Guardiola has
been finding common ground with Jurgen Klopp since their very first meeting, a
German Super Cup won 4-2 by Klopp?s
Borussia Dortmund against Guardiola?s
Bayern Munich.
That match instantly alerted Guardiola
to the new challenges he would face in
life post-Barcelona, and nurtured a new
philosophy about how to succeed against
his teams. It didn?t have to be the containand-counter approach deployed by
Mourinho in his sporadic victories over
Guardiola with Inter Milan and Real
Madrid, but it could be by fighting fire
with fire. The opponents to trouble City
most this season were Napoli, with their
high-pressing, high-octane attacking
game, and it is how Liverpool blew City
away via an early blitz the last time City
visited Anfield. It is why the billing of
today?s meeting as ?game of the season?
is not hype and why, if City are to lose
their thus far ?invincible? league record,
it seems likeliest to be at Anfield, the only
ground where they haven?t won since the
2008 Abu Dhabi takeover, and where Sergio Aguero has never scored.
On Tuesday there was a taster of what
Liverpool might do, using Mo Salah and
Sadio Mane, in how Bristol City troubled
City by probing boldly the space behind
WHO DARES WINS
LAURENCE GRIFFITHS
Guardiola and
Klopp show rivals
that attacking
culture is best route
to success
Attack minded:
Sergio Aguero , left,
and Leroy Sane are
used to celebrating
goals this season but
Manchester City
have not found
Anfield a happy
hunting ground
HOW CITY AND LIVERPOOL LEAD THE WAY IN ATTACK
Most goals
Most shots on target
Man City
Man City
64
Liverpool
Shot conversion rate (%)
Man City
163
Liverpool
50
Man Utd
144
Arsenal
45
Spurs
14.3
Liverpool
139
Chelsea
42
Chelsea
16.2
Man Utd
12.7
Chelsea
135
Spurs
41
11.3
Spurs
127
10.9
Figures for first 22 Premier League games 2017-18
their full-backs. The cautionary precedent for Liverpool is how Guardiola
adjusted recently to negate Tottenham,
another pressing team ? passing longer
and more conservatively from the back
and trusting his own wide weapons,
Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, to
pound the opposition flank. Sane talked
this week about how Guardiola unshackles him ? ?play free, like Messi? is the
Risk taker: Pep
Guardiola likes
his team to
?play free?
Rod
Liddle
Russians say
they fear a
World Cup
smear
campaign in
Britain, but
if anyone
has cause to
be scared it?s
our own
hooligans
message ? and recently Sterling told The
Sunday Times ?I don?t think I?ve ever
taken someone on, lost the ball, and he?s
shouted at me.?
You hear the similarities in approach
when listening to Gini Wijnaldum talking
about Klopp. ?He is barely ever upset in a
game if you give 100%,? he said. ?Only
when you are nervous or don?t try to do
the things you are good at, if you are
scared, then he will get a bit angry.?
The commonalities continue when
signing players. Guardiola boasts three
players Klopp has tried to recruit himself,
Sane, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de
Bruyne, while Klopp is the proud new
owner of Virgil van Dijk ? coveted by City,
but preferring a �m move to Anfield.
Wijnaldum has known his fellow Dutchman for years but admits even he has
been surprised at how unflappably Van
Dijk has integrated since his transfer (?I
didn?t even know he was that calm!?)
Guardiola believes Van Dijk brings
Liverpool significant improvement.
?When our centre-halves have the
ball, Salah, Mane and Firmino will
go to try and win the ball and now
with Van Dijk, their build-up play
will be better,? he said. ?Klopp is a
master of the counterattack, so
this is a team that with only three
or four touches arrives in the finishing area.? Key for City? ?They
have guys in Salah and Mane who we
must control if we lose the ball in dangerous areas.?
His view points to something that
should be understood about both sides:
theirs is not blind risk-taking, but risk
underpinned by organisation and strategy. Individual error rather than structure accounts for most of the goals Liverpool have conceded under Klopp, hence
the spending on Van Dijk and how carefully Klopp plans things can be seen in
this: earlier this season The Sunday
Times wrote about a downturn in Liverpool?s pressing game, but wondered
whether it was deliberate, and now there
is evidence it was. In the last six weeks
Liverpool?s pressing numbers have been
off the scale ? particularly Alex OxladeChamberlain?s. It appears Klopp has plotted to conserve and then unleash energy
over the season?s most packed period;
there has also been a heavy rotation of
players and Liverpool are on a 17-game
unbeaten run.
Tactical discipline and strategic positioning ? opposing coaches talk about
these aspects of Guardiola teams as much
as the flair element. ?They?re very good
at their spacing on the pitch, it tactically
gives you a big problem,? said Eddie
Howe, the Bournemouth manager, of
City. ?However you try to combat the
position their players are in there?s a
It may well be that shortly after this
article is published, I start to glow like a
Belisha beacon. It is probably
inadvisable and possibly injurious to
one?s health to hack off the Russians.
And right now the Russians are
extremely hacked off with British
journalists. We are all part of a
government-planned campaign to slag
off Russian preparations for the World
Cup, and we are following our orders
slavishly.
The Russian Foreign Office
spokesbabe Maria Zakharova spelled it
out: ?We learnt that reporters from the
United Kingdom ? not just one media
outlet, but a number of them ? received,
in the truest sense of the word, a state
order to launch a smear campaign for
holding the World Cup in Russia.? This
involved, she went on, exaggerating the
propensity for violence of Russian
football supporters, suggesting that the
various arenas were not yet built or were
still unsuitable, and the usual stuff of
allegations about corruption and doping
and so on. Perhaps it?s simply a clash of
cultures, with Maria coming from a
country where journalists tend to do as
they are told by the government or end
up with a half-life of several million
years. But much as I would welcome
Theresa May ringing me up every
Friday to tell me what I should be
writing ? it would save an awful lot
of thinking time and wrangling with
editors etc ? this has yet to happen.
I look forward to the day it does.
The real problem for the Russkies
is that their preparations for the
World Cup are quite
genuinely mired in chaos.
The man they originally
appointed to organise
the tournament, a
rather grim looking
chap called Vitaly
Mutko, has been
forced to resign his
position because of
all those doping
scandals. These
were not invented by UK governmentcontrolled journos, but painstakingly
detailed by a Russian whistleblower, the
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
and a Canadian professor of law. Mutko
was heavily implicated in both the
systematic doping and the systematic
covering up of systematic doping that
occurred at the 2014 Sochi Winter
Olympics. It was the IOC that banned
Mutko from any further involvement in
athletics for the rest of his life and,
additionally, banned Russian athletes
from taking part in this year?s Winter
Olympics in South Korea. The IOC also
fined the Russians 11 million quid.
Mutko has now stepped down and
been replaced by the rather smoother
and emollient Alexei Sorokin. But the
sheer scale of Russia?s industrialised
doping regime and the lies employed to
cover it up still suggest that this is not a
country where ? how can I put it? ?
corruption is rooted out with great
vigour. Indeed, that Canadian professor
of law, Richard McLaren, reported ?an
institutional conspiracy across [more
than 1,000] summer and winter sports
athletes, who participated with Russian
officials within the ministry of sport and
its infrastructure?.
Russia is certainly not alone, of
course, when doping charges crop up.
We have one or two problems of our
own, do we not, Lord Coe? But it is the
scale and shamelessness of the Russians
that befoggles the mind.
Doping is not going to be much of a
problem for the World Cup, mind. God
knows how much stuff you would have
to inject into Joe Hart to make him
competent. In any case, doping tests for
2018 will be processed outside the
country, away from Russian hands. It is
rather more the Russian propensity for
chicanery and ? in common with many
totalitarian states ? a tendency to equate
sporting success with national virility
that might worry us a little.
This is an unsubstantiated allegation
for which I have no evidence whatsoever
? but you wouldn?t bet against the
weakness in your shape somewhere. And
the difference with them compared to
most teams is they have the technical
ability to expose that weakness.?
Wijnaldum thinks City are lucky to
face Liverpool just after Philippe Coutinho?s departure but Klopp is looking for
other players to step up and prove Liverpool aren?t about individuals. ?We don?t
play hero football,? he said. City are without Gabriel Jesus and David Silva, which
is Liverpool?s fortune. Guardiola believes
Coutinho a ?perfect? signing for Barcelona but ?Liverpool remain a top, top
team.? He warns it is still possible for City
to slip up ? ?in football anything can
happen. Of course we can lose the title.
We have to maintain our level and
consistency.?
Yet there is no evidence they will wobble. That?s not to say, however, they are
sure bets today. It?s risk v risk, fire fighting fire. The goal kings. It will probably be
0-0.
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occasional bribe being handed out,
would you? I wonder how many World
Cup referees will subsequently be
buying up properties.
And the other business brought up by
Zakharova. We are in a dubious position
to castigate the Russians for having bred,
somehow, a rather proactive, racist,
nationalistic and extremely violent
hooligan culture (especially away from
Moscow). But our lot may well meet
their match in the Orel Butchers, a group
of fairly vigorous young men from the
writer Ivan Turgenev?s home town, who
are reportedly planning savage attacks
on England fans. The behaviour of these
chaps in Marseilles, during the 2016
European Championship, was not
wholly pacific.
One Russian combatant said: ?I hit a
guy in the head. There was a British guy
in a coma. I was thinking, ?I bet that?s my
Quite a few politicians
praised the Russian
hoolies. If I were a
British hooligan I
would be getting some
training in right now
guy because I really hit him properly?.?
More worrying was the reaction back in
Moscow, where quite a few politicians
were inclined to praise the hoolies for
their rigour and their patriotism. My
guess is that the slightest provocation
from England fans ? and there will be
some, you can bet on that ? will bring
severe recriminations, unalleviated by
neutral police intervention, despite what
the newly installed Sorokin has said to
the contrary. If I were a British hooligan,
I would be getting some training in right
now.
The World Cup will kick off with a
fixture between those bastions of liberal
democracy, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
What could possibly go wrong?
7
The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
MARTIN RICKETT
SIMON STACPOOLE
Defender is best since Hansen
but Liverpool need goals from
Adam Lallana, starting against
Manchester City today
Centre stage:
new Liverpool
signing Virgil van
Dijk will relish his
duel with Sergio
Aguero today
GRAEME
SOUNESS
V
irgil van Dijk is the best centre-back Liverpool have had
since Alan Hansen, but the
26-year-old Holland international is better in the air than
Alan was. There?s an argument that signing him for
�m from Southampton
and selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for �2m
has already made Jurgen Klopp?s side
stronger.
Liverpool are a free-scoring side, second only to Manchester City ? whom
they face at Anfield this afternoon ? on
Premier League goals scored so far, but
they need to be better defensively to win
trophies. I felt they couldn?t nick
games, but they did so against
Everton in the FA Cup last week,
with Van Dijk heading the winner
on his debut. I can see them
being able to do that more
now, so they don?t have to be
dominating and playing in the
opposition?s half to win.
Van Dijk will make them more solid. I
believed he would come down from
Celtic and would be too casual and get
caught out in England, but he?s made it
look easy, the same way he did in Scotland. That?s a mark of how good he is.
He?s never extended, never seems to be
running flat out in a race with somebody,
never seems to be using all his strength
when nudging somebody off the ball and
never seems to be under pressure when
making passes. He always plays within
himself, which is a great sign. He has
always got another yard or gear to find,
and that?s why he reminds me of Alan.
Liverpool might not be as sexy going
forward, but they will be a better team,
harder to beat, and with �m-plus in the
bank. Manchester City should have gone
for Van Dijk. There?s not many like him
out there. Whoever got him was going to
be improving their squad. I thought one
of the big two in Spain might have come
in for him. It will be a great duel between
Van Dijk and Sergio Aguero today
because the Argentina international is
also one of the best out there. He?s like a
big cat walking round the jungle waiting
for his moment to strike, as he did against
Bristol City on Tuesday night. It was 2-1,
goodnight, let?s go home.
Liverpool couldn?t keep Coutinho
when Barcelona came calling. All they
could do was delay his departure and get
the best possible price. When a Latin
player has the chance to join one of the
big two clubs in Spain, you can put it off
for six months or a year, but it will happen. They got a fantastic price because
there?s no way he?s worth �2m. He?s not
as valuable to the team as Luis Suarez
was, and Barcelona only paid �m for
the Uruguayan.
Coutinho started getting into double
figures for goals over the past couple of
years and that?s the challenge facing
Adam Lallana now. He?s creative and gets
you on the edge of your seat, but he
doesn?t score enough goals. That was my
criticism of Coutinho before he started
scoring his share. To fill Coutinho?s boots,
Lallana must score more. Mohamed
Salah being second only to Harry Kane
among the Premier League?s top scorers, with 17 so far, has been a bonus.
The only problem with the Coutinho fee is that whoever Liverpool
approach now will see the pound or
euro signs flashing in their heads
because they know they are sitting on
a pile of cash. It will be hard for them to
get value for money. Tottenham
spent the Gareth Bale fee before
they sold him to Real Madrid for
�m in 2013. They picked the
wrong players, Christian Eriksen apart, but that was the correct way round to do it.
The priority for Liverpool
should be a goalkeeper.
Simon Mignolet has had
enough chances and can?t
complain. He?s made mistakes that
have cost them points. You won?t win
trophies without a top goalkeeper and
Mignolet wouldn?t play ahead of those
at the other clubs chasing the remaining Champions League places ? David
de Gea at Manchester United, Thibaut
Courtois at Chelsea, Hugo Lloris at Tottenham and Petr Cech at Arsenal. City
also have a superior goalkeeper in
Body blow: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been hit by injuries
Time running out
for Ibrahimovic
Veteran striker
may leave Old
Trafford as United
pursue Sanchez
Ian Whittell
?City should have
bought Van Dijk?
There is no way
Coutinho is worth
�2m. He just
doesn?t score
enough goals
Ederson and his value to them, particularly in spreading calm with his
distribution and presence, was
underlined when Claudio Bravo
played instead on Tuesday.
The ball is an enemy for Eliaquim
Mangala. He?s in the wrong movie at
Manchester City. They are always
going to play out from the back and
he doesn?t want the ball, so you
would target him. The penalty they
conceded against Bristol City came
because he had a pass blocked just
before half-time. That?s why they
should have gone for Van Dijk. Good luck
trying to get the ball off him and John
Stones.
Pep Guardiola?s side have shown some
vulnerability recently, but are getting
away with it. Bristol City showed you can
play them at their own game, although
they also mixed it up and went long at
times, and were a credit to themselves.
Contrast that with how Newcastle United
approached their home game with City
recently. Nobody should show the fear
Newcastle did and Bristol City proved
that.
Passing it out from the back is not the
way to play against City because they?ll go
after you in numbers deep in your own
half. Sometimes you have to put your foot
through it and bypass that press, as Bristol City did, regroup and go again. Get
them guessing, make their back four
aware they?ll be turned occasionally, so
they can?t push up to halfway all the time.
I expect Liverpool to take them on today
and we will get a good game if they do.
LIVERPOOL COOL
ON �M LEMAR
Thomas Lemar remains Jurgen
Klopp?s first choice to replace
Philippe Coutinho, but Liverpool
have shelved their pursuit of the
France star after Monaco hiked their
asking price to �m. Liverpool
value Lemar at just �m and Klopp
wants to reinvest the �2m fee from
Barcelona for Coutinho wisely.
Borussia Dortmund?s Christian Pulisic
is a possible alternative.
Liverpool hope to persuade Red
Bull Leipzig to bring forward the sale
of Naby Keita. In August, they agreed
to pay �.8m if Leipzig make the
Champions League this season and
�.9m if they miss out. A source
close to the deal rated the chances
of Leipzig, currently third in the
Bundesliga, keeping him as ?70-30?.
The fact that Jose Mourinho
and Manchester United host
Stoke at Old Trafford
tomorrow seems fitting at the
end of a weekend in which his
pursuit of Alexis Sanchez
and, more specifically, his
attempts to ?gazump?
neighbours and rivals City
have been so prominent.
For if there is an opponent
in the Premier League that
personifies United?s troubles
under Mourinho, then Stoke
is arguably it. Three times
United have faced Stoke on
Mourinho?s watch, and three
times they have been held to
draws in games they should
have won ? an indication that
for all the obvious
improvements the team have
made under their Portuguese
manager, a lack of reliable
and consistent goalscorers
remains a central problem.
Enter, possibly, Sanchez
and, in a not entirely
unrelated development, exit,
possibly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swede, fuelled by his selfproclaimed ?Lion King?
status, rushed back from
cruciate knee ligament
surgery with almost indecent
haste, returning to action in
November and suffering a
relapse five weeks later.
Mourinho was muttering
darkly last week about a bestcase possible return to
training in February.
United may yet offload, or
at least offset, some of the
Premier League?s largest
salary by attempting to ship
Ibrahimovic, and his
�0,000-a-week contract, to
the United States or China
before their respective
seasons start in the spring. It
is safe to assume that, as he
was preparing to face Stoke,
Mourinho was plotting a
longer-term future around a
29-year-old Chilean, rather
than a 36-year-old Swede.
The reasons for this are
many and varied. The gamble
of going into the season with
just one recognised specialist
centre-forward in Romelu
Lukaku, with Ibrahimovic as
his back-up, can be said to
have backfired. The pursuit of
Sanchez also underlines what
appears to be a mistrust of
youth by Mourinho, who has
been reluctant to explore the
options of Marcus Rashford
or Anthony Martial playing in
the No 9 role for any length of
time, which would offer
Lukaku the rest his manager
pleads that the Belgian needs.
And then, in the absence of
Ibrahimovic, there is the
glaring lack of a ?big-game?
match-winner in United?s
squad. The perception of
Lukaku as a ?flat-track bully?
is often overstated but, when
one looks across the city at
the league leaders? ability to
score dramatic late deciders
from a variety of sources, it is
still a valid one.
While not a like-for-like
alternative to Lukaku,
Sanchez satisfies many of
United?s requirements, as he
has shown in three-plus years
in the Premier League. In that
context, United?s last-minute
intervention in what
appeared to be Sanchez?s
inevitable switch to the
Etihad is not so surprising.
The Chile international
may have his heart set on a
reunion with Pep Guardiola
but City are refusing to meet
Arsenal?s �m asking price
and the demands of the
player?s agent. It is a sign that
United need Sanchez far
more than the league leaders
do ? and also that executive
vice-chairman Ed Woodward
is not afraid to pull off a highprofile deal where others fear
to tread ? and that United are
FLORES REJECTS
MOVE TO STOKE
Stoke City are likely to go
into tomorrow?s game at
Old Trafford without a
manager after sacking
Mark Hughes, a fans?
favourite in his
Manchester United
playing days. Quique
Sanchez Flores, above,
the former Watford boss
who had been linked with
a return to the Premier
League, said yesterday he
was ?quite happy? to stay
at Espanyol.
His decision leaves
Martin O?Neill as the
bookmakers? favourite for
the Stoke job.
more than happy to satisfy
both demands.
Referring to United?s
pursuit of the title, Mourinho
said: ?I don?t think it?s about
the transfer window for us, or
the other teams close to us,
Chelsea, Liverpool,
Tottenham. I don?t think it?s
about transfers.
?It?s about keep winning,
getting the maximum
possible points and seeing
what happens. Our squad was
not to have new players in
January. We build a squad
with this idea, with this
philosophy I share with Mr
Woodward and the owners.
But OK, if on the table there is
a fantastic opportunity, you
fight for it. If it happens, it
happens. If it doesn?t happen,
it doesn?t happen.?
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Chelsea midfield star Mjelde relishes being first among equals
Norwegian eager
for chance to beat
rivals City in cup
semi-final today
Rebecca Myers
It is not often that Chelsea
Ladies are the underdogs.
Last week, however, there
was a sense of trepidation as
the team trained for today?s
clash against arch-rivals
Manchester City in the semifinals of the Continental
Tyres league cup.
Both teams are in top form,
through to the quarter-finals
of the Champions League and
dominating the women?s
game in the UK, jostling for
first place in the league with
just two points between
them. Although they lie
second, Chelsea, defending
WSL title holders after last
year?s Spring Series, have not
lost a match since October.
When it comes to the socalled Conti Cup, City have
won twice and Chelsea never.
This year, however, they
have a potent weapon. Maren
Mjelde, their 28-year-old
stellar midfielder, has played
against City before, and is
gunning to beat them. ?When
you say ?City?, the whole
room is like: ?Yes, that is the
game we want to win.? I felt
from the moment I came here
that City is the biggest rival,?
said Mjelde.
She grew up in Bergen,
y known
Norway?s second city,
as the ?gateway to the fjords?,
and captains the
er a
national team. After
er
career spanning her
home league, the
ga
German Bundesliga
and the Swedish
he
Damallsvenskan, she
joined Chelsea in
January last year.
Chelsea have
Fair play: Maren
Mjelde is on
same pay as
Norway?s men
been boosted by their win last
Sunday against Arsenal, who
eventually succumbed 3-2 in a
scrappy encounter in which
j
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Mjelde
scored. Mjelde
had
friends visiting from Norway,
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that the standard was
?something else?
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here, male and female, is one
of the main reasons why
Mjelde chose Chelsea. ?For
Norwegian people, England
is the biggest country to play
football in because the
Premier League is so big in
Norway. When I signed for
Chelsea, there were so many
people who were suddenly
interested in women?s
football, just because it was
Chelsea.?
There is something of a
game drain back home: many
women?s footballers,
including half the Norway
national team, play for
foreign clubs, seeking the
professional set-up their
home country cannot offer.
Although this may weaken
the Norwegian league in the
short term, Mjelde points out
that it greatly strengthens the
national squad. ?We need to
build our national team up
again. It?s probably one of the
best moves I made, when I
went to Germany, because I
needed something new.
?For the league back home
it?s probably not so good, but
then it also shows the league
we need to do something.?
Last month Mjelde met the
captain of the men?s national
team, Stefan Johansen, at the
Norwegian embassy in
London to sign a historic deal
agreeing equal wages for the
senior men?s and women?s
teams. The men have taken a
wage cut, donating about
�,000 they earn from
commercial activities towards
the women?s pot. ?It?s so
good because at home people
are not living in professional
environments; they need to
study or work, combined
with football,? Mjelde says.
?It?s what our national
team needs. We need players
to stay longer in the game. So
many quit before they are 25
because they can?t afford it.?
She thinks the lack of
surprise in Norway was a
positive reflection of the
country?s strong commitment
to equal rights. ?We didn?t
have to work so much for it as
other nations have ?
Denmark had a fight with
their own federation. We?re
lucky our federation want to
help us. That?s just the way it
is in Norway.? However, a
homecoming is ?not an
option? any time soon for
Mjelde. ?The clubs in Norway
are not professional enough.
Here, in training, if I?m not
my best, I feel bad, and I hate
being bad. I get challenged
every day, so I?m keen to stay.
One day I will probably move
home again, so I need to
enjoy my time now.?
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8
SPORT TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN
WOZNIACKI?S MAJOR PROBLEM
ZOU ZHENG
A Grand Slam title has so far
proved elusive, but the Dane
believes she can win Australian
Open now. By Barry Flatman
Putting her heart
into it: Caroline
Wozniacki,
playing better
than ever, is over
her split with
Rory McIlroy and
engaged to
David Lee, the
basketball star
Y
ou will often see Caroline
Wozniacki walking around
with a broad smile on her
face nowadays ? and there
are several reasons for the
Danish player?s good mood.
Gone are the days of persistent misery caused by a
series of injuries, and consequently her tennis has
improved enormously, so much so that
she begins her challenge for the Australian Open as the second seed.
Winning the season-ending WTA
Finals in Singapore ? the women?s version of the male extravaganza staged at
the London 02 in November ? propelled
former world No 1 Wozniacki back up the
rankings after she had plunged to the
depths of the mid-70s as recently as 2016.
She had managed only to get back to 20th
position this time last year so has clearly
taken huge steps forward. Singapore
produced the most important title of
Wozniacki?s career to date and consequently she is back in the top three for the
first time since 2012.
Wozniacki, a beaten finalist in Auckland last week, starts her challenge
tomorrow against the Romanian lefthander Mihaela Buzarnescu, ranked 57.
Were she to win the title here in Melbourne, the Dane would enter the record
books as the WTA player with the longest
gap between spells as world No 1. She first
topped the rankings as far back as January 29, 2012, and could reclaim the position on the corresponding day this year.
So, professionally, life is good again,
and in her personal life things could not
be a lot better. There is a huge diamond
ring on the third finger of her right hand
after her engagement to former New York
Knicks basketball star David Lee. All the
angst of her painful break-up with golfer
Rory McIlroy is long forgotten.
I?m proud of my
career. I am a
better player now
than I was through
all those weeks
as world No 1
Yet it is still possible to wipe the smile
off Wozniacki?s face with one simple
inquiry about whether she has come to
terms with the fact that, as she steps up to
play her 11th successive Australian Open
and 44th major, she is yet to experience
the contentment and euphoria of becoming a Grand Slam champion.
The initial question is met with some-
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thing approaching a scowl, then the reply
comes as almost a mantra ingrained by
several sessions with a psychologist or
anger management specialist.
?I know that I have done well and that I
have had a great career,? said Wozniacki,
who has won at least one WTA title every
year for a decade, and pocketed more
than $26m in prize money. ?I?m proud of
my achievements, proud of being able to
just fight my way from a little kid to all of a
sudden being one of the best tennis players in the world. Very few people can say
that, and I?m proud of the fact.?
So how does Wozniacki manage to
handle the pressure of still attempting to
claim her first Grand Slam title after so
many years, particularly when her close
friend Serena Williams has amassed 23 of
them?
?I just play and have fun, that?s it,? said
Wozniacki, whose best run at the Australian Open came seven years ago when she
lost in the semi-finals to Li Na. Wozniacki
twice went even closer at the US Open but
first Kim Clijsters, in 2009, and then
Serena Williams five years later got the
better of her in the final.
She insists that the desire and passion
to win remains just as intense and the
pressure that she puts on herself has not
slackened. ?I have always had a target on
my back for the other players,? she said.
?But I believe that I am a better player
now than I was through all those weeks
when I was world No 1.
?When you?re in the spotlight so
much, when you play on big courts most
of the time, when all the other players
Fragile Konta battling with injury
British player has
struggled for form
and reveals she is
far from fully fit
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want to beat you because of where you
have been ranked, they try to find new
ways. So you have to keep improving and
find a way to be ahead of them. It would
be much easier if I was a little bit less well
known and people didn?t know my game
yet. That way you could just kind of go
under the radar a little bit but being up
near the top, you have to be a step ahead
at all times.?
With Serena Williams having
recently given birth to a daughter
and absent for the fourth straight
Grand Slam, there are many legitimate contenders this year. Current
world No 1 Simona Halep is in the
same position as Wozniacki. Despite
playing consistently enough to be
ranked at the top, there is a gap in her CV
because she has also never won a major.
By contrast, Garbine Muguruza has
won both the French Open and Wimbledon without ever establishing herself as a
tournament favourite with the bookmakers, and last year Jelena Ostapenko
(French Open ) and Sloane Stephens (US
Open) proved that major upsets can easily happen.
However, there is little doubt that if
Wozniacki plays as forcefully as she did at
the end of 2017 ? when she rounded off in
Singapore with emphatic straight-sets
victories against Elina Svitolina and
Halep, and a three-set triumph over Caroline Garcia of France before defeating
Karolina Pliskova 7-6 6-3 in the semifinals and Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the
final ? she will take some stopping as she
attempts to break her duck.
One of Britain?s top-ranked
players is out of action for the
foreseeable future with Andy
Murray convalescing after hip
surgery. The other, Johanna
Konta, admits she is being
forced to manage an injury
rather than contest the
Australian Open with total
confidence in her body.
The ninth seed revealed
she has been suffering nerve
pain in her left foot for almost
a year. Despite rehabilitation
during the off-season, it
remains a problem that could
easily be aggravated by
excessive play on hard courts.
After reaching the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park last
year and the semi-finals in
2016, as well as winning the
Sydney International title in
2017, the 26-year-old is happy
in Australian conditions.
However, after been forced
to retire at the year-opening
Brisbane tournament and
then losing in the first round
in Sydney, Konta is not filled
with confidence.
In the first round she faces
world No 92 American
Madison Brengle, whose
ranking may not initially
cause concern but she is
experienced in these
conditions and reached the
Hobart International final
three years ago before losing
to Britain?s Heather Watson.
?I irritated the sural nerve
in my left foot in February last
year,? said Konta. ?It caused a
sharp pain through the edge
of my foot and it?s still active
but not painful. I still wear a
desensitising patch during
matches to try and put it even
more out of my mind.
?It may go away or it may
not. It remains to be seen. I
think in general it?s a bit
unusual. We don?t really
know how or why it
happened, but it?s in the
space where it?s easily
managed and I?m working to
keep it that way.?
The injury prompted her
to retire in Brisbane against
eventual champion Elina
Svitolina in the deciding set.
?My initial thought was, ?Oh
no, that doesn?t feel too
good,?? said Konta, who
recovered sufficiently to
defend her Sydney title but
lost 6-3 7-5 to former world
No 2 Agnieszka Radwanska.
?It was more a spasm than
anything, so in that respect I
was very lucky. Since then it?s
settled down and is at bay,
not giving me the large
amounts of pain that I had
before.?
Konta started well in
Brisbane, beating US Open
runner-up Madison Keys,
which brightened her
outlook after last year had
concluded with a run of four
opening-round defeats that
stretched back to Flushing
Meadows in New York. In
fact, until arriving in
Australia, she had only
managed to win two WTA
matches since reaching the
semi-finals at Wimbledon.
But she is philosophical.
?I?d like to think that I?m
getting older and wiser. I?d
like to think I have a little
more experience in the
way I approach different
challenges,? she said.
The employment of new
coach Michael Joyce has been
productive. He guided Maria
Sharapova to the Wimbledon
and US Open titles and the
American is playing an
important role in restoring
Konta?s confidence.
?I kind of hit a bit of a
wall,? she said. ?I just wasn?t
able to roll with the punches
anymore and it was just a bit
overwhelming. It?s easy to
catastrophise a lot of things as
well when you?re so
immersed in this bubble,
which is tennis. I?m still on
that learning curve.?
Konta has said her views
Konta: seeded ninth
in Melbourne
?don?t align? with those of
Margaret Court, but if
scheduled she will play in the
arena named after the 11-time
Australian Open champion.
The 75-year-old?s stance on
transgender children and gay
marriage has led to demands
that her name is removed.
?I don?t agree with her.
However, she?s entitled to her
opinion,? said Konta. ?It?s not
nice to be answering these
sorts of questions in press.
?It?s not really what this
tournament is about. It?s not
what these sorts of sporting
events are about. They?re
about equality, they?re about
showcasing men and women,
wheelchair tennis. Yeah, kind
of celebrating tennis in that
way.?
Murray may have reached
the Australian final five times
in seven years but British
interest in the men?s
tournament could be over
before the nation awakes
tomorrow morning.
Kyle Edmund, the only
British player in the singles,
has been drawn to meet US
Open finalist Kevin Anderson
at 11am Melbourne time.
Edmund, ranked 49th in
the world, has only met 11th
seed Anderson once before,
losing in five sets at last year?s
French Open. ?It will be a
tough match but what do you
expect with Grand Slams??
said the 23-year-old.
?The match at Roland
Garros was all about small
margins. I?ve learnt some
stuff in the months that
have passed since then.
I?m a bit more
experienced, my serve
has improved and I can
bring more balls into play on
the return.?
9
The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
MICHAEL DODGE
Swiss star favourite to win 20th
Grand Slam at age of 36 with
serve that is better than ever
BARRY
FLATMAN
Wise old heads
learn new tricks
Novak Djokovic will
try to win seventh
Australian Open title
with game designed
to protect his elbow
W
Tennis correspondent
hen the time comes for
the Australian Open?s
historic trophy to be
raised again in a fortnight?s time, Roger
Federer will be 36 and
173 days old. While he
proclaimed last year?s
victory as being akin to
a miracle, the bookmakers think very differently this year
and have installed him as a firm 2-1
favourite to extend his collection of
Grand Slam titles. Federer has not looked
as confident going into a major since
2007, when he started the year triumphantly at Melbourne Park and also won
Wimbledon and the US Open, establishing the triple for the third time in his
career, as well as taking Rafael Nadal to
four sets on the clay of the French Open.
The Swiss master is testament to the
fact that the older you get in life, the less
hard you should need to work. After playing just 11 ATP World Tour tournaments in
the past 12 months, his reclamation of the
world No 1 ranking for the first time since
November 2012 is a distinct possibility.
?I?m well prepared,? he said. ?I am
playing well and now it?s about getting
through the matches at the beginning of
the tournament. I?m definitely in a safer
place than I was last year when I was coming back from a long break and expectations simply were not there for me. Then
I was thinking any result is a good one, so
long as I don?t hurt the knee again. Of
course it all turned out to be a fairytale
ending. This year people are saying I have
a good chance to repeat and a few of the
other guys are maybe a little bit hurt.?
The expectation of a Federer victory
was much the same at November?s ATP
Finals at the London 02. With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic absent through
injury and Rafael Nadal forced to withdraw, it seemed a foregone conclusion
that he would triumph but fatigue caught
up with him at the semi-final stage and
Belgium?s David Goffin sprung an upset
from a set down. But for the same script
to follow in two successive tournaments
would come as a massive surprise.
Should he prevail, Federer won?t be
the oldest Australian Open champion.
Ken Rosewall won the 1972 title on the
grass of Kooyong at 37 years and 63 days
old. But he would be the oldest No 1 by
some distance, usurping Andre Agassi?s
previous record of climbing back to the
top of the game at 33 years, 131 days.
How does he manage to remain so
dominant? Innate skill is one thing but
human bodies are supposed to age. Apart
from the knee issues of 2016 that forced
Federer out of the second half of the season and caused him to miss the Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro, and an occasional stiff back, he has enjoyed a relatively free ride. Meanwhile, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have all suffered.
The answer would appear to lie with
the quiet man who has the task of maintaining Federer?s fitness, his long-standing physical trainer Pierre Paganini, who
has just completed another off-season
ensuring that his charge is in pristine condition for the first major of the year. The
evidence from four matches unbeaten at
the year-opening Hopman Cup in Perth,
including victories over world No 4 Alexander Zverev, No 8 Jack Sock and the fastrising Russian Karen Khachanov, prove
he is well prepared to face the younger
generation.
Paganini rarely attends important
tournaments. He almost never gives
interviews and Federer likes it that way
because he has never been keen on making public things that are better left for
opponents to wonder about. However,
Paganini recently told The New York
Times: ?Rog does have the biological age
of 36 but for me he has an athletic age that
is younger and the maturity of somebody
well over 40. Even at age 20, he was interested in doing what he could to have a
long career. What we forget is the discipline he has had for many years. His life
and philosophy revolve around tennis.?
Federer has also been very wise with
his equipment, and this renaissance of
his career (this time last year before the
Australian Open he was 17th in the world
PAT
CASH
Time machine:
Roger Federer
has found a way
to keep winning
at an age when
most tennis
players have
retired
FEDERER
NEVER TOO OLD TO CHANGE
rankings) coincides with a switch to a
new racket. The brand is still Wilson but
it?s bigger, with a 97 square-inch frame,
and it?s more powerful, although considerably harder to control.
Federer began testing prototypes
more than three years ago but it?s only in
the past year he has been totally happy.
His backhand is more venomous but it?s
the serve that is the biggest change in
Federer?s armoury, and that will be crucial over the next fortnight as he looks to
shorten points and not subject himself to
draining
rallies
against
younger
opponents.
The ATP World Tour?s strategy analyst
I knew that
things had to
change and now
I?m experiencing
the benefits
Craig O?Shannessy delved into the
records and found that Federer?s serve is
more effective now than it has ever been.
Last year he won 80% of his first serve
points, compared with 72% when he was
a teenager and 77% when he was winning
Grand Slams regularly. In addition, his
second serve is far more reliable.
Federer doesn?t give much away, but
admitted: ?The new racket and getting
used to what it did was quite a long process. I had played with the previous model
for so many years, ever since I was a kid
really. But I knew things had to change
and now I?m experiencing the benefits.?
With the start of the Australian Open a
matter of hours away, Federer?s preparations are complete and he is happy. His
coaches, Severin Luthi and Ivan Ljubicic,
have also done their job. But he admits to
still casting his mind back to the title he
won last year. ?In many ways that one felt
even better than the Wimbledon title six
months later,? he said. ?It really was special because of everything that had happened, and even now I still wake up and
find myself smiling about the win.?
Should he win again and collect the
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trophy he affectionately calls Norman
(the Sir Norman Brookes Trophy named
in honour of somebody who only won the
Australian title once) for a sixth time it
would be very special as he would
become the first man to have 20 Grand
Slam singles titles to his name.
FEDERER?S LIKELY ROUTE TO FINAL
First round
Aljaz Bedene
Age 28 Ranked 51
Head-to-head
Second round
Jan-Lennard Struff
Age 27 Ranked 53
Head-to-head
Third round
Richard Gasquet
Age 31 Ranked 31
Head-to-head
Never previously
played
Federer
Struff 0
Federer
Gasquet
Fourth round
Sam Querrey
Age 30 Ranked 13
Head-to-head
Quarter-final
David Goffin
Age 27 Ranked 7
Head-to-head
3
1
16
2
Semi-final
Novak Djokovic
Age 30 Ranked 14
Head-to-head
Federer
6
Federer
22
Querrey 0
Goffin
1
Djokovic
23
Final
Rafael
Nadal
Head-to-head
Federer
Nadal
Federer
Age 31
Ranked 1
15
23
Success in Grand Slam tennis
tournaments is not just about
the ability to endure seven
matches over the space of a
fortnight. When you are the
wrong side of 30, it?s also
about being able to beat
opponents who are younger
and probably fitter and
stronger than you are.
Experience is a great
advantage when it comes to
adapting your game to new
and different situations. And
if I am correct in my initial
assessment of the next
fortnight at the Australian
Open, we will see defending
champion Roger Federer and
six-time champion Novak
Djokovic, inset, showing just
that capability.
Somebody a lot cleverer
than me once insisted that it
is not the strongest nor the
most intelligent that will
survive but those who can
best manage change. Down
Under we have long revered
the great fast bowler Dennis
Lillee, who had to remodel
his action after being
diagnosed with stress
fractures in his lower
vertebrae.
After
wearing a
plastic cast
encasing his
entire torso
for six
weeks and
then
undergoing
intensive
physiotherapy,
Lillee returned to
form his terrorising
partnership with Jeff
Thomson.
Lillee was a true great of
one sporting code. Federer,
Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are
on the same level in another
and over the past 10 years
they have won 32 of the 40
Grand Slams that have been
played. Of course they have
not been so dominant just
because they adopt the same
game plan every time they
take to the court and all of
them, admittedly to different
extents, have had to face up
to the fact that their ageing
bodies now have limitations.
We will see Djokovic using
an adapted service action
designed to put less stress on
his elbow, which has
sidelined him for six months
since Wimbledon.
Meanwhile Federer must
accept that, in his 37th year,
he is not going to have the
same powers of endurance
and reservoirs of energy that
somebody such as fourth
seed Alexander Zverev, who
is 16 years his junior, might
possess.
Federer has always been a
supremely adaptable player
who can, in the blink of an
eye, switch from Plan A to
Plan B, or even Plan C, and
take his opponent by
surprise. It?s a good thing that
he is looking to play a more
attacking brand of tennis,
looking to shorten points and
use his ability to dominate by
serve and follow up with a
precise volley.
Few players in the history
of the sport have possessed
such racket skills as Federer
and I am delighted that he?s
planning to go on the
offensive to shorten the
points and expend less time
and energy while winning his
matches.
And there?s also a way of
shortening points on the
return. A couple of years ago
throughout the American
summer, we saw Federer use
his self-titled SABR (Sneak
Attack By Roger) tactics. He
took an old school hit-andcharge to the extreme,
playing the return very close
to the service line, rushing his
opponent while he charged in
to finish off the point with a
volley.
John McEnroe said he
thought it was insulting to use
the tactic against other toplevel players. My view is that
it was perfectly acceptable
and showed great invention.
If it?s legal and it wins the
point, what is the problem?
So Federer is a proven
master of adaptation but
Djokovic remains something
of an unknown quantity,
although he seemed to be
pleased with his new
abbreviated service action
when I spoke to him at the
Kooyong Classic after an
impressive victory over
Dominic Thiem.
Djokovic was happy with
the pace and direction he got
on his serve but for him the
best thing was that he didn?t
feel any pain. He now serves
with his elbow unlocked and,
biomechanically, that is a far
more sensible method.
The old coaching
textbooks say the
service action
should see
you stretch
as high as
you can
and make
contact
with the ball
using a
straight arm.
Djokovic cannot
do that now but
new biomechanics tell
you that a slightly bent elbow
is a stronger position to
contact the ball.
Only weeks after making
the change Djokovic was
serving at 196kph in his
exhibition matches, which
equates to more than 120mph
in old money. It isn?t lightning
fast but it?s more than
effective when combined
with his accuracy.
To an outsider looking in,
the impressive thing is
probably that he has changed
in the space of a few weeks a
physical action that he has
been using since childhood.
But in the same way that top
golfers can remodel their
swing, so too the best tennis
players can change service
action.
I did it when back
problems afflicted me during
my career and it took me two
weeks to feel comfortable
with a new action and
another fortnight to get it
functioning well. I am
confident about Djokovic but
the only problem might arise
if he has to play on a windy
day when he might suddenly
find himself stretching for the
ball on his serve.
Going into this tournament
on a medium-fast hard court I
believe that Federer, who
pretty much is allowed by the
tournament director and
referee to pick his own
preferred schedule, playing
at night in the cooler
conditions, can claim the
20th Grand Slam singles title
of his career.
Asia throw spanner in the works for Bjorn?s Ryder Cup plans
GOLF
European team
struggle against
underdogs in
Kuala Lumpur
Nick Pitt
Europe?s Ryder Cup
campaign had a faltering start
in the EurAsia Cup in Kuala
Lumpur, which saw Thomas
Bjorn?s men trailing Team
Asia after two days. The
intention was to try some
pairings and encourage team
bonding, while beating
opposition far weaker on
paper. Instead, Europe were
left with a one-point deficit
after the first-day fourballs
and could only halve the
second-day foursomes,
despite leading in five of the
six matches after nine holes.
All may have been
corrected overnight in the
singles. But for the moment
the impression that Europe
will be up against it in
September has already been
underlined. They were in
disarray last time, outplayed
at Hazeltine as the United
States won 17-11.
Most commentators
believe that with such leading
players as Dustin Johnson and
Jordan Spieth and a team
spirit that had been lacking
for some years, the
Americans are likely to win at
Le Golf National, Paris, giving
them their first away win
since 1993. Their team,
strengthened by the
emergence of Justin Thomas,
who won four PGA Tour
events last year, including the
US PGA, will be formidable.
But so, too, will be Europe,
if their best guns can be
wheeled into action. In Kuala
Lumpur, amid the stuttering,
there were positive signs.
Tommy Fleetwood, likely to
make his Cup debut, won his
two opening matches.
Thomas Pieters, the young
Belgian who was top
individual scorer from either
team at Hazeltine, also won
two from two, as did Paul
Casey and Tyrrell Hatton.
Casey, a noted match-player,
last played in the Ryder Cup
in 2008. His decision to
renew membership of the
European Tour to try to
qualify for the team was an
important statement of
intent.
We can also expect a
determined effort by Ian
Poulter, who missed out at
Hazeltine. He may be a
veteran at 42, but Poulter is
till
rejuvenated and the fire still
he
burns when it comes to the
ve
Ryder Cup. Spaniards have
the passion as well, and
Europe should field three,, all
in the world?s top 20: Jon
Rahm, Sergio Garcia and Rafa
Cabrera Bello. Garcia and
ne
Cabrera Bello left Hazeltine
with honour. At that time,,
Rahm was fresh out of
college golf. He is now
ranked third in the world..
Now to add the cream
for Europe: Rory McIlroy
y,
and Justin Rose. Yesterday,
McIlroy found himself
having to allay fears aboutt
Casey: played
two, won two in
the EurAsia Cup
his health. The Ulsterman
released a statement in
response to an interview
published on Friday night.
?Yesterday I did an interview
with the
t Daily Telegraph
where I spoke about a range
of top
topics regarding the last
three months of my life,? he
said. ?I
? touched upon a
recen
recent finding from a routine
health and wellness check.
Like a
anything, the deeper you
dig the
th more likely you are to
find so
something.
?It revealed I had a slight
heart
heartbeat irregularity called
a flat or inverted T wave. It?s
reall
really not that big of a deal
and nothing to worry about,
apa
apart from getting an
ann
annual check up, like you
sho
should do anyway. I feel
the
there?s been a big reaction
to it in the media which
there really shouldn?t be. I?m
fit and healthy and can?t wait
to get my 2018 season started
in Abu Dhabi next week.?
In Abu Dhabi, 3m Ryder
Cup points will be up for
grabs. The rewards will be the
same the following week in
Dubai. But those incentives
pale in comparison with what
is available in midsummer,
when the European Tour?s
Rolex Series of events offer
7m points, $7m for each
tournament. Furthermore,
each point won from the end
of May onwards counts as
one-and-a-half points.
In the four weeks of July,
the French Open, Irish Open
and Scottish Open offer 7m
points each, followed by The
Open, with 10,250,000 points
to be distributed. One good
month could guarantee a
player a place in the team.
As well as offering bonus
points to favour players
whose form is better in the
few months preceding the
Ryder Cup, the European
Tour has ruled that no points
will be awarded in events
?staged opposite Rolex Series
tournaments?. That gives a
strong incentive for players
who chiefly play on the PGA
Tour to alter their schedules.
Let?s hope they do.
If Europe can field its best
men in their best form, they
can win back the Ryder Cup.
Otherwise, defeat surely
beckons.
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Exeter?s power
pack mauls
Montpellier
Forward thrust: the No 8
Sam Simmonds scored the
second of Exeter Chiefs? six
tries as Montpellier folded
in the second half
EXETER CHIEFS
MONTPELLIER
41
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Nick Pitt
Sandy Park
A tremendous second-half
performance gave Exeter
Chiefs a resounding victory
and kept alive their hopes
of a place in the quarterfinals of the
Champions Cup. To
progress, they will
need to perform
similarly against
Glasgow Warriors
next weekend and
hope results
elsewhere go in their
favour.
For most of the first half,
a win of such splendour, and
a bonus point, seemed
unlikely with the teams
looking well-matched. But
sometimes, often in Exeter?s
case, parity early on is just
part of a process of
weakening opponents. Chiefs
were irresistible in the second
period, running in five tries to
add to the one they scored in
the first half. Honours above
all go to the Exeter forwards,
who broke Montpellier?s
resistance in the second half.
They scored half the tries
themselves but two went to
the dynamic Exeter left-wing
Olly Woodburn.
Rob Baxter, the Chiefs?
director of rugby, had been
distinctly unimpressed by his
team?s display when losing at
Newcastle a week earlier, and
we can be sure that the mildmannered but teak-tough
Baxter ensured Exeter had
some tough training. This
time, they started with full
commitment, but Montpellier
were a tough nut to crack.
Exeter were far from
flawless, with some sloppy
passing in promising
positions, and errors in the
lineout on their own put-in. It
took almost half an hour for
the deadlock to be broken.
Mitch Lees made a
tremendous run from
midfield and offloaded to Nic
White, who seemed to
explore the idea of a gap in
the Montpellier defence
before deciding to pass left.
The ball went swiftly along
the line, with no handling
mistakes this time, and a
series of rucks were
established close to the line.
The impressive Dave Ewers,
operating at full power after a
long-term injury, bullocked
his way over to score.
Just before the interval, a
charge-down and thrilling
run from Lachlan Turner
appeared to have brought a
second try for Chiefs, but he
had ground one foot on the
touchline. In any case, that
would have flattered Exeter a
little. A seven-point lead at
half-time was about right.
After the interval, Chiefs
surged immediately, as if
energised by Baxter?s words.
They were sharper, too, and
Gareth Steenson and Slade
began to find holes in the
Montpellier defence. For the
second try, scored by the No 8
Sam Simmonds, Steenson
and Slade made the initial
thrust and left it to the
forwards to finish the task.
Montpellier lost heart
when Woodburn scored two
remarkable tries out on the
left. For the first, he was
confronted by one defender.
Woodburn was close to the
line and had little forward
momentum, but he somehow
managed to jump and gyrate
and touch down.
For Exeter?s fourth,
Woodburn?s second, he was
confronted by two defenders,
with another close at hand.
Once more, he was just about
static when he received the
ball, but with the strength
and agility of a gymnast he
was able to twist around his
opponents and score.
Two weeks ago, Exeter had
a tough first half against
Leicester Tigers, but did the
work that reaped the secondhalf reward. It was the same
again as Montpellier, softened
by the rigorous first half, were
no match for the rampant
Exeter pack.
Another ruck close to the
Montpellier line led to the
fifth try, an opportunist effort
by White, the scrum-half,
who picked up the ball as it
squirted out of the ruck and
smartly rushed round the
forward pile to score in the
left corner.
With the bonus point long
since secured, the final Chiefs
try, another forward effort,
was scored by the excellent
Don Armand. The most
noticeable figure for
Montpellier was their huge
left-wing, Nemani Nadolo,
who is built like a bulldozer.
He crossed the line late on,
but by then his team?s cause
was beyond hope. Exeter had
already sealed victory. Baxter
was delighted. ?We?ve given
ourselves a fantastic
opportunity against
Glasgow,? he said, ?but we
know that will be a huge
challenge.?
Star man: Olly Woodburn (Exeter
Chiefs)
Exeter Chiefs: Tries: Ewers 28, S
Simmonds 55, Woodburn 58, 64, White
69, Armand 74
Cons: Steenson (3), J Simmonds
Pen: J Simmonds
Montpellier: Try: Nadolo 78
Con: Cruden Pen: Cruden
Referee: N Owens (Wales)
Attendance: 11,427
Exeter Chiefs: Turner; Whitten, Slade,
Hill, Woodburn; Steenson (capt) (J
Simmonds 70min), White (Chudley
70min); Moon (Hepburn 55min),
Cowan-Dickie (Yeandle 55-70min),
Williams (Francis 55min), Lees, Hill,
Ewers (Kvesic 59min), Armand, S
Simmonds
Montpellier: Immelman; Ngandebe,
Steyn, Serfontein (Tomane 61min),
Nadolo; Cruden, Aprasidze (Mogg
70min); Nariashvili (Fichten 46min), Du
Plessis (Ruffenach 70min), Jonker
(Haouas 41min), Van Rensburg,
Mikautadze (Delannoy 63min), Bardy
(Galletier 19-29min), Camara (Galletier
58min), Picamoles (capt)
Sarries? hopes hanging by a thread
WINSTON BYNORTH
15
15
OSPREYS
SARACENS
Stephen Jones
Rugby correspondent
Liberty stadium
N
ever in the history of European rugby have more
English clubs on one weekend made such a total mess
of qualifying, and this draw
in a dire match means that
even if Saracens achieve a
bonus-point victory over
Northampton at home on
Saturday, they could be
eliminated and their chances of winning
a third title in succession will evaporate.
Billy Vunipola?s latest injury completed
the first catastrophe ? he left at half-time
after taking a blow to the forearm in a
tackle.
They were thrashed by Clermont earlier in the competition on two occasions
but there was a high element of the
bizarre about those episodes and you
would have to say that last night was the
worst that Saracens have played in a
major match for probably decades.
At the start, it struck you forcibly that
hardly anyone supporting Opreys or
even playing for them felt that they had a
chance. Saracens were ponderous with
their authority but they were in charge,
the only real noise of support coming
from a surprisingly large band of Saracens who had managed to make the silly
kick-off time. Yet Saracens had no devil,
they had no purpose and no pace, and
they had to leave with a draw which was
entirely in keeping with their lack of overt
ambition to win it.
They took the lead with a penalty by
Owen Farrell with five minutes to go but
lost it to a penalty by Dan Biggar right at
the end. It must be said that the officiating was lamentably poor throughout,
below the standard that such a game
demanded. The referee?s signals were
very poor on occasion. Decisions at
scrum-time and in the breakdown
seemed random and often bewildering,
and you had to believe the Ospreys veteran who at the end told us that he had
never seen a good game under the charge
of Mr Lacey.
Ospreys will be reasonably satisfied
because they now have two more points
than Saracens and they have to go to Clermont where the home team will have difficulty raising 15 players who are not
injured. Yet with respect, if you took
away the ebullience of Rhys Webb and
Biggar yesterday and the irrepressible
scrummaging of Dmitri Arhip then they
did not have an awful lot to offer. It was
just that they realised that the frighteningly large cannon ranged against them
had no ammunition in it. They peered
right down the barrel and found that they
were in a contest that on balance and on
Hands on: Billy Vunipola
of Saracens tries to break
clear of Ospreys? defence
at Liberty stadium
paper, they should not have been. And
with Wasps and Bath making a similar
hash, England fans would be worried that
Vunipola was forced off at half-time.
Saracens seemed to be content with
keeping an anonymous Ospreys attack
within bounds. They offered so little
dynamism. At their best they are not only
one of the most powerful teams around
but also one of the most imaginative. The
loss of Vunipola and Michael Rhodes was
a huge setback.
Considering the kick-off time of
7.45pm there were an amazing number of
Saracens followers at the Liberty,
although the good news in semi-official
briefings from the organisers is that they
will insist that more take place simultaneously so that the later games are convenient for people to watch.
It took a fair time for anyone to see
very much because the first quarter was
slow and nervous, but with Saracens
always in charge until a superb kick by
Webb gave Ospreys their first attack and a
long pass by Webb sent Ashley Beck away
but the inside pass went astray.
Saracens had taken the lead with two
penalties by Farrell. They could easily
have scored with a lineout drive had the
referee allowed defenders to come offside provided that they have not
?changed their grip?. It is utter nonsense.
But Ospreys defended well on the halfhour against a gang of huge Sarries carriers, and Farrell?s third penalty for killing
the ball was the only damage and it was
still 9-3 near half-time with Saracens only
in first gear.
Biggar bagged his second penalty to
make it 9-6 at the interval, kicking a lovely
goal from the position he had helped cre-
MATCH STATS
Ospreys
Saracens
51
Possession %
53
Territory %
49
47
82
Scrums won %
88
90
Lineouts won %
90
217
Metres made
162
3
Clean breaks
0
10
Defenders beaten
2
4
Offloads
6
8
Penalties conceded
11
14
Turnovers conceded
14
ate with his own break. With none of
their chosen back row on the field Saracens were caught after another good Biggar run set up a position for the equalising penalty and Ospreys were unlucky to
be penalised soon after when it seemed
that the splendid Arhip was on his feet
contesting properly when penalised. Farrell?s fourth penalty made it 12-9.
Ospreys had a decent period of pressure, then they opted to kick to touch
with a penalty that would have brought
them level. They drove from the lineout
but knocked on in midfield when the
move was becoming interesting. On the
hour it was 12-9 to Saracens but neither
side was showing a particular will to take
the game and win it.
After 65 minutes Chris Wyles was sent
to the sin-bin for one of those offences
where the offender simply could not get
out of the way if he tried, because Sam
Davies simply jumped over Wyles with
the ball in the air as he went for it.
Biggar made it 12-12 deep inside the last
10 minutes, with everything hanging by a
thread and with Alex Goode rushing
round trying to put out every conflagration. Farrell kicked Saracens in front
again but Biggar matched him with his
fifth penalty in the last minute.
Star man: Rhys Webb (Ospreys)
Ospreys: Pens: Biggar (5)
Saracens: Pens: Farrell (5)
Referee: J Lacey (Ireland)
Ospreys: S Davies; Hassler, Beck, Watkin, Evans;
Biggar, Webb; Smith, Baldwin (Otten 64min), Arhip
(Fia 64min), B Davies (Beard 73min), AW Jones (capt),
Cracknell, Tipuric, McCusker (W Jones 71min)
Saracens: Goode; Maitland (Wyles 58min), Bosch
(Lozowski 73min), Barritt, Williams; Farrell,
Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, George, Koch (Figallo
60min), Itoje, Skelton (Tolofua 71min), Rhodes (Kruis
41min), Wray, B Vunipola (Burger 41min)
Too little, too late, but Northampton finally find feet DON?T MISS
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS
CLERMONT
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Chris Jones
Franklin?s Gardens
Northampton finally found
themselves after a season of
desperate disappointment
and delivered the kind of
feisty performance that has
always made Franklin?s
Gardens a formidable
fortress, while Clermont
Auvergne departed with a
defeat that could have real
significance.
Clermont were supposed
to consign Northampton to a
fifth successive pool defeat
but Saints would not be
beaten and produced a
second-half surge to reward
the faithful who have been
turning up more in hope than
expectation this season. Ben
Foden scored a trademark try
to send the fans wild but it
was up front that the game
was won, with Teimana
Harrison putting in a big shift
in front of England head
coach Eddie Jones. He was
here to see Dylan Hartley and
the Northampton captain
played his part in a dogged
forward effort that could help
the club move up the
Premiership table. Clermont
must now beat Ospreys to
regain their momentum.
The reigning French
champions are down in 10th
place in the Top 14 and
arrived at Franklin?s Gardens
with 11 backs and three
forwards on the injured list,
while Northampton went into
the game without George
North, Piers Francis and
Stephen Myler.
Despite the missing backs,
Clermont showed impressive
early continuity which ended
with wing Remi Grosso
stretching out his arm to
reach the try line, with
Morgan Parra kicking a
superb conversion from the
touch line. It was the worst
possible start for Saints who
have seen Jim Mallinder, the
director of rugby, depart
because of their poor form
this season.
In what would become
a feature of the half,
having taken the lead,
Clermont switched
off and Saints took
full advantage, with
Ratuniyarawa
breaking through two
tackles and allowing scrumhalf Nic Groom to fire out a
long pass which saw Harrison
dive over.
Clermont were soon back
into their stride, with a loose
Harrison: forward
scored Saints?
first try against
Clermont
Harry Mallinder kick starting
a long-range attack that
ended with Isaia Toeava
making the line despite
claims from home crowd that
two of the passes in the buildup had been forward. Saints
were showing poor discipline
and Parra punished them
with a penalty to create a 10point lead that was
immediately reduced as
they failed to deal with a
speculative kick from
Foden. Both Nick
Abendanon and Toeava
looked at each other as
it bounced, allowing
Nafi Tuitavake to
gratefully accept the gift
to jink over for the try which
meant they trailed 15-10 at the
break.
Saints showed they were
not going to be beaten
without a real fight under
new head coach Alan
Gaffney and Foden raced in
for one of the best tries seen
at the stadium this season.
Mallinder added the
conversion only for Parra to
kick two penalties and regain
the lead for the visitors. At
this point they should have
gone up the gears. However,
Saints refused to buckle and a
cross kick from Mallinder,
which Rob Horne managed to
knock down, bounced into
the path of Ken Pisi. He was
dragged down just short but
somehow twisted his body in
the tackle and managed to
plant the end of the ball onto
the try line. Mallinder
converted.
Saints made a raft of
replacements midway
through the half and the new
men added impetus while
keeping in the faces of the
increasingly frustrated
French champions. With a try
bonus point in the bag, the
home side celebrated the win
in style as Jacobus Reinach
just made the line for a try
and Mallinder?s conversion
finished the visitors off.
Star man: Ben Foden (Northampton
Saints)
Northampton: Tries: Harrison 13,
Tuitavake 31, Foden 44, Pisi 64,
Reinach 72
Cons: Mallinder (3) Pen: Mallinder
Clermont: Tries: Grosso 1, Toeava 16
Con: Parra Pens: Parra (3)
Referee: G Clancy (Ireland)
Attendance: 8,253
Northampton: Tuala (Tuitavake 28min);
Pisi, Horne, Stephenson, Foden;
Mallinder, Groom (Reinach 59min);
Ma?afu (Van Wyk 62min), Hartley (capt)
(Haywood 62min), Brookes (FordRobinson 78min), Ratuniyarawa
(Paterson 75min), Day, Lawes, Wood,
Harrison (Eadie 78min)
Clermont: Toeava; Abendanon,
Betham, Lamerat, Grosso; McAlister
(Spedding 65min), Parra (capt); Falgoux
(Chaume 65min), Kayser (Beheregaray
75min), Slimani (Zirakashvili 62min),
Van Der Merwe (Ituria 55min, Jedrasiak
67min), Vahaamahina, Chouly
(Kolelishvili 62min), Lapandry, Lee
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The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
PAUL HARDING
No excuses for
Marler but new
laws don?t work
STUART
BARNES
Grounds for
concern: James
Haskell tends to
a poleaxed
Jamie Roberts
before the
Wasps player is
sent off
Haskell red card costs Wasps
HARLEQUINS
WASPS
33
28
Sting in the tale:
James Chisholm
goes over for
Quins? last-gasp
winning try
moments after
James Haskell?s
dismissal
Sam Peters
Twickenham Stoop
W
asps will replay this
game a thousand times
in their heads and not
understand how they
allowed the teenage
fly-half Marcus Smith
to inspire Harlequins
to one of the unlikeliest
victories in Champions
Cup history.
Leading 28-12 with 15 minutes to go,
Dai Young?s men should have been in
cruise control. But, needing victory to
keep alive any realistic hopes of qualification, they lost the plot as Smith pulled the
strings beautifully, with Danny Care, Elia
Elia and James Chisholm all scoring tries
in an astonishing final quarter.
James Haskell?s reckless late and high
challenge on Jamie Roberts, which left
the Quins and Wales centre with possible
concussion and the Wasps and England
flanker in potential disciplinary trouble
which could hamper his Six Nations participation, summed up Wasps? horror
show.
Mathematically, Wasps can still qualify
for the knockout stages if they beat Ulster
with a four-try bonus-point win and Less
Kiss?s men come away from the Ricoh
Arena with nothing. But last night there
were few in the Wasps camp who
believed they have a prayer.
?We got what we deserved,? Young
said. ?We probably won this game three
times and let them back in. There were
some really poor errors. We showed
some quality but not enough fight.
?It?s [Europe] over. We are hugely disappointed and we?ve only got ourselves
to blame. The last three or four games
have been the same. We?ve scored four or
five tries and let sides back in. It?s not
good enough.?
Smith, who signed a four-and-a-halfyear deal last week reportedly worth
more than �, a figure Quins deny,
CHAMPIONS
CUP
RESULTS,
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played a huge role in his side?s victory as
Wasps disintegrated in the last quarter.
He flicked intelligent and accurate passes
in key areas and kicked superbly from
hand and off the tee. The only shame for
Quins was that this was a meaningless
win, their hopes in this competition having ended in December.
Haskell?s moment of madness will
prove a central talking point but his team
were in freefall long before the Wasps
flanker was rightly sent off for his desperately ill-judged tackle. There was no malice, but that is irrelevant. Romain Poite,
the referee, made the right call to send
him off and Haskell will face a ban.
Wasps? real issue was their feeble
defensive effort and inability to close out
a game which they had dominated for
large parts. They looked to have the win
wrapped up 31 minutes in when Ashley
Johnson scored the visitors? third try
MATCH STATS
Harlequins
Wasps
5
60
Tries
4
Possession %
40
62
Territory %
38
89
Scrums won %
57
86
Lineouts won %
67
Metres made
478
490
7
Line breaks
9
22
Defenders beaten
11
POOL ONE
Ulster
La Rochelle
Wasps
Harlequins
P
5
5
5
5
after Kyle Eastmond and Nizaam Carr
had also crossed in an impressive opening spell for Wasps.
Danny Cipriani impressed at No 10 for
Wasps in the week they announced the
26-year-old All Black fly-half Lima Sopoaga will be joining the club next season.
It remains to be seen if Cipriani, whose
contract runs out at the end of the season, will remain at Wasps next season but
he was excellent here until a late penalty
miss blotted his copybook when his team
desperately needed a guiding hand.
Cipriani made it 21-0 with his conversion of Johnson?s 31st-minute try but the
Quins replacement Ross Chisholm gave
the home side hope when he touched
down starting fly-half James Lang?s clever
kick-ahead after Cipriani had cleared his
lines brilliantly.
Lang then showed superb footwork to
score from a close-range scrum, before
adding the conversion as Quins went in
21-12 down at half-time. Wasps, apparently stemming Quins? momentum,
claimed a bonus point when the centre
Brendan Macken evaded Roberts with
some clever footwork close to the line to
capitalise on Cipriani?s flat pass.
Cipriani converted but Quins refused
to lie down and Care burrowed over on
64 minutes after Smith was introduced
on the hour-mark. Smith?s conversion
made it 28-19 and Quins dragged the
score back to 28-24 when he fed a superb
floated ball over the top for replacement
hooker Elia to score his side?s fourth try.
Smith?s touchline conversion drew the
home side to within two points as Wasps?
nerves began to tell. Those nerves should
have been eased but Cipriani made one
POOL TWO
W
4
3
2
1
D
0
0
0
0
L
1
2
3
4
F
125
140
128
99
A
92
114
114
172
Results
Ulster 19 Wasps 9
Harlequins 27 La Rochelle 34
La Rochelle 41 Ulster 17
Wasps 41 Harlequins 10
Harlequins 5 Ulster 17
La Rochelle 49 Wasps 29
Ulster 52 Harlequins 24
Wasps 21 La Rochelle 3
Ulster 20 La Rochelle 13
Harlequins 33 Wasps 28
Fixtures
Jan 21 La Rochelle v Harlequins,
Wasps v Ulster (both 3.15pm)
TF Pts
14 17
16 16
17 12
14
7
Clermont
Ospreys
Saracens
Northampton
P
5
5
5
5
W
4
2
2
1
of his first errors when he missed a
relatively
straightforward
penalty
attempt before Haskell?s reckless charge
on Roberts left Poite no choice but to
send him off.
With momentum on their side Quins
claimed a famous victory as James Chisholm crossed from short range and thrust
a dagger through Wasps hearts.
Star man: Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
Harlequins: Tries: R Chisholm 35, Lang 40, Care 65,
Elia 70, J Chisholm 80
Cons: Lang, Smith (3)
Wasps: Tries: Eastmond 17, Carr 20, Johnson 31,
Macken 55
Cons: Cipriani (4)
Red card: Wasps: Haskell
Referee: R Poite (France)
Harlequins: Brown (Smith 61min); Walker (R Chisholm
6min), Alofa, Roberts (Lewis 76min), Visser; Lang,
Care; Boyce (Lambert 66min), Ward (capt) (Elia 61min),
Sinckler, Merrick (Matthews 58min), Glynn, J
Chisholm, White (Lambert 22-27min, Luamanu 58min),
Bothma (Elia 61min)
Wasps: Le Roux; Wade, Macken, Eastmond (Armitage
55min), Watson; Cipriani, Robson (Simpson 57min);
McIntyre (Harris 66min), Johnson (Cruse 52min),
Cooper-Woolley (Moore 61min), Launchbury (capt),
Gaskell (Myall 71min), Haskell, Young (Thompson
61min), Carr
RUGBY ROUND-UP
Ulster ground out a 20-13
win over La Rochelle to
leapfrog the French side at
the top of Pool One in the
European Champions Cup.
Tries from Rory Best, Jacob
Stockdale and Nick
Timoney earned the home
side victory, with La
Rochelle scrum-half Alexi
Bales scoring all the points
for his side.
In the Challenge Cup,
Sale Sharks secured a 15-13
home win against Lyons to
climb above their
opponents in Pool Two.
Andrei Ostrikov?s try put
Sale ahead before Lionel
Beauxis? penalty made it
5-3. Beauxis bagged
another penalty but Will
Cliff got a penalty back for
Sale before Josh Beaumont
went over the line for their
second try. Virgil Lacombe?s
72nd-minute score made
for an anxious final few
minutes for Sale.
Bordeaux-Begles scored
five tries when they beat
Dragons 36-28 in Pool One
last night. James Benjamin,
Sarel Pretorius and Carl
Meyer crossed for the
Welsh visitors, who led 16-8
at half-time.
In Pool Four, London Irish
ran out 47-17 winners over
the Russian side Krasny Yar
with four tries from Theo
Brophy-Clews in a
dominant second-half
performance after the
home side had been 10-7
down at the interval.
Worcester and Connacht
drew 24-24 in Pool Five,
with the Irish side rallying
from being 10 points down
at half-time to seal
qualification. Perry
Humphreys scored two
first-half tries for Warriors.
POOL THREE
D
0
1
1
0
L
1
2
2
4
F
141
145
143
101
A
97
124
132
177
TF Pts
14 18
17 15
17 13
14
6
Results
Northampton 13 Saracens 57
Ospreys 21 Clermont 26
Clermont 24 Northampton 7
Saracens 36 Ospreys 34
Northampton 32 Ospreys 43
Saracens 14 Clermont 46
Ospreys 32 Northampton 15
Clermont 24 Saracens 21
Northampton 34 Clermont 21
Ospreys 15 Saracens 15
Fixtures
Jan 20 Clermont v Ospreys,
Saracens v Northampton (both 3.15pm)
Leinster
Exeter
Montpellier
Glasgow
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It is not so much the violence
as the sheer stupidity of Joe
Marler that will irritate Eddie
Jones. Last week the
Harlequins prop picked up
his second suspension of the
season, this time for a noarms clearout of Sale?s TJ
Ioane. The previous ban was
the result of an incident with
Wasps? Will Rowlands. That
time he was banned for three
weeks and missed one
international. On this
occasion he will be sidelined
for twice as long and misses
two internationals.
For what? Clearing out a
flanker who had already
peeled himself out of the
breakdown area. It was not
pretty on the eye. A cheap
shot. A pointless piece of
theatrical violence against an
opposing player who had no
impact on the immediate
action. If that isn?t the very
description of mindlessness
on the field of play, what is?
Ioane was also suspended
for two weeks, having struck
Marler minutes earlier in the
game. But revenge is no
defence, rather a ringing
endorsement of an inability
to keep his head. Of all
people, the loosehead should
understand the nature of
professional provocation in
all its depressing forms.
There?s the ?clinging to the
leg? trick, which is an old
favourite.
Rowlands was hanging
onto the prop?s leg when
Marler reacted in frustration.
He clearly hasn?t learned his
lessons. It is all the more
surprising given his own
?previous? as a wind-up
merchant.
In 2016 there was the
?gypsy boy? taunt aimed at
Samson Lee, which was
deemed worthy of a �,000
fine. He missed the England
tour of Australia to seek his
inner self. Suffice to say it
eluded him. This season we
witnessed the horrendous
sight of James Haskell
throttling his England
teammate after Marler ripped
off Haskell?s scrum cap and
then squirted the Wasp in the
face with water for good
measure. The prop escaped
with a reprimand while
Haskell was sent to the bin,
and Harlequins won. Cynical
but effective.
The recent fine was
shortened because of his
guilty plea and show of
remorse. But does anybody
believe the remorse to be
remotely genuine? Better
from England?s perspective
for the Harlequin to be oldfashioned ?dirty?. Jones
seems to have done a more
than decent job converting
Dylan Hartley from wayward
stray to tough-guy team
leader. Playing hard is
one thing; playing
dumb quite another.
No wonder there
remain so many flashes
of erratic ill-discipline
in Kyle Sinckler?s
game. There?s not
much of an
example being
set by his more
experienced frontrow colleague.
John Kingston,
Marler: picked
up second
suspension of
the season for a
hit on TJ Ioane
POOL FOUR
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Results
Leinster 24 Montpellier 17
Exeter 24 Glasgow 15
Glasgow 18 Leinster 34
Montpellier 24 Exeter 27
Glasgow 22 Montpellier 29
Exeter 8 Leinster 18
Montpellier 36 Glasgow 26
Leinster 22 Exeter 17
Exeter 41 Montpellier 10
Fixtures
Today Leinster v Glasgow (1pm)
Jan 20 Glasgow v Exeter,
Montpellier v Leinster (both 1pm)
TF Pts
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16 13
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Racing
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his director of rugby, has not
been in a rush to hang his
man out. This was his take on
the Sale incident. ?This is not
an isolated punch, stamp or
kick, it?s a clearout that?s not
legal and he?s taken
somebody out without his
arm,? he said. ?It?s a physical
game and an awful lot of
people do that.?
Kingston is spot-on. What
follows is not a volte-face
defence of indefensible
dullness but an explanation
of the reality, not the
perception, of how the
breakdown is being refereed.
Watch any game of
Premiership rugby and focus
on the contact. Players are
perpetually off their feet. The
poorer teams flop, the elite,
such as Exeter, arrive as
projectiles, skimming low
over tackler and tackled to
seal off possession.
One of the world?s leading
referees confirmed to me that
referees tend to allow the
attacking team to dive off
their feet in a bid to create
positivity. The result is a new
era of seemingly eternal
phase play. Twenty phases
was once a stunning
testimony to the art of
recycling, now 40 and even
50 phases set the new
standards.
The laws were supposed to
make the breakdown more
competitive and safer. With
the unintended assistance of
referees, they are achieving
neither. The first man into the
contact after the tackled/
tackler is the only man
allowed to play the ball on the
ground with his hands.
Previously, packs of jackals
scrapped for possession in
what had evolved into a static
free-for-all. By cutting the
numbers to one, the idea was
to create a more dynamic
competition for possession at
the breakdown.
However with the jackal so
low and the sealing off
enacted at ground level,
where exactly are the team
trying to turn over ball
supposed to compete? Heads
and shoulders are the only
targets available much above
ground level. Hence the
Kingston quote. The sealing
side fly off their feet in attack,
which creates the mirror
reaction from defenders.
Players were supposed to
compete above the tackle
zone. This theory enables
defenders to bind on each
other, or the breakdown, as
the law demands, driving
opponents upwards and off
the ball. Alas, too often we
have a morass of bodies at
ground level with players
dropping their shoulders and
descending off their feet to
effect high-impact collisions
and potential turnovers.
This is no excuse for
Marler. Ioane was isolated,
the shot cheap, the action
stupid.
But the failure to police the
breakdown does explain the
collateral damage, injuries
and messiness the new laws
were meant to eradicate.
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Results
Racing 22 Leicester Tigers 18
Castres 17 Munster 17
Leicester Tigers 54 Castres 29
Munster 14 Racing 7
Castres 16 Racing 13
Munster 33 Leicester Tigers 10
Racing 29 Castres 7
Leicester Tigers 16 Munster 25
Fixtures
Today Racing v Munster (3.15pm),
Castres v Leicester Tigers (5.30pm)
Jan 21 Leicester Tigers v Racing,
Munster v Castres (both 1pm)
Scarlets
Bath
Toulon
Benetton
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Bath 23 Benetton 0
Toulon 21 Scarlets 20
Scarlets 13 Bath 18
Benetton 29 Toulon 30
Scarlets 33 Benetton 28
Toulon 24 Bath 20
Benetton 12 Scarlets 31
Bath 26 Toulon 21
Bath 17 Scarlets 35
Fixtures
Today Toulon v Benetton (1pm)
Jan 20 Benetton v Bath,
Scarlets v Toulon (both 5.30pm)
TF Pts
16 17
9 13
9 13
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12
The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
SPORT RUGBY UNION: EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP
SORRY, DANNY,
BUT THIS ALL
BLACK IS THE
PHIL WALTER
NEW ZEALAND
EXILES XV
REAL DEAL
E
Rugby correspondent
ven those not prone to expressions of joy had to stifle a
?Wow!? It is genuinely exciting
that Lima Sopoaga, the gifted
All Blacks fly-half, is joining
Wasps later this year. His contract crashes through the million mark in New Zealand dollars and will earn him about
�0,000 a season. It will not
even affect Wasps? salary cap as Aviva
Premiership regulations allow each club
to sign two marquee players whose salaries do not count.
What the signing represents is of
weighty significance and the whole story
links three prominent fly-halves, with
Sopoaga?s arrival almost certain to lead to
the departure from Wasps of Danny
Cipriani, a major figure in the club?s crusading arrival at Coventry.
Sopoaga is the real deal. At 26, with 16
caps and a Super Rugby winners? medal
with Highlanders, he is not yet at his peak
? so is not the latest superannuated old
Kiwi goat with too many hakas under his
belt, seeking a pension plan. Since his
two-year deal cuts right across the 2019
World Cup in Japan, nor is this one of
those moneyed sabbaticals ? as once
taken by Dan Carter ? through which the
New Zealand Rugby Union appease their
players.
In passing, when talking pensions,
good luck to the third fly-half in the news,
34-year-old Stephen Donald, ex-All
Black, who has just been recruited by
Ulster. No doubt the Northern Irish club
are hoping that Donald can become the
player he never was when 24, or when
30, when he had a spell with Bath still
fondly remembered ? by the opposition.
Will Sopoaga succeed? No fewer than
54 All Blacks have played in the Premiership. Remarkably, many left nothing
more behind than footsteps in the sand,
before the tide came in. A few were wonderfully successful, including Bruce Rei-
hana at Northampton, Charles Piutau at
Wasps, Greg Rawlinson at Worcester,
Craig Dowd at Wasps, Nick Evans at Harlequins and, to a point, John Afoa at
Gloucester.
But a long list of other New Zealandsers were never anywhere remotely as
good as they were meant to be, like Carter
in Paris ? the likes of Josh Kronfeld at
Leicester, Ian Jones at Gloucester, Rico
Gear at Worcester, Frank Bunce at Bristol
and Chris Jack at Saracens, All Black icons
all, were workmanlike at best. They and
many others proved not everybody can
hack the week-in, week-out thunder of
playing for keeps in three interlocking
competitions.
The signing of a player of Sopoaga?s
calibre by a Premiership club is genuinely
exciting because it is so rare. It reminds
you that among all those boring little
Englanders rabbiting on about the need
for clubs to play English-qualified youngsters, the Premiership is a stand-alone
This is not an
old Kiwi goat
with too many
hakas under his
belt, seeking a
pension plan
commercial undertaking that needs
superstars.
Sopoaga?s impending arrival is a
timely reminder of the regulation that
Premiership clubs are allowed to sign two
players at any salary they can afford. Sopoaga?s two-and-a-half -year deal puts him
in the top five earners, but behind two
other fly-halves: Owen Farrell on
�0,000 at Saracens, and Dan Biggar,
who will be on �0,000 when he joins
Northampton next season. Another of
next season?s advance signings, Charles
Piutau, the New Zealander heading to
Bristol ? currently in the Championship
? from Ulster, could apparently earn as
much as � a year.
It is a crying shame that most clubs
C Piutau
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Ulster
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Toulon
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D Carter
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Clermont
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L Braid
Bordeaux
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V Vito
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J Thrush
Gloucester
4
J Eaton
La Rochelle
3
J Afoa
Gloucester
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H Forbes
La Rochelle
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B Franks
London Irish
Toulon
Scarlets
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La Rochelle
tend to simply pay more for costly tighthead props or give themselves more
reserve strength. Sopoaga? Now that is a
marquee player. Good on Wasps.
How will he fare? He is quick of feet
and wits, he has an excellent kicking
game. At his best, he stands at the head of
the queue behind Beauden Barrett, the
incumbent New Zealand fly-half,
although there are those of us, especially
based on the evidence of the Lions tour,
who believe the pious worship of Barrett
is way overdone.
If Sopoaga?s potential brilliance can be
taken for granted, he will also need to
show hard-headed tactical appreciation.
Wasps may not be the complete side but
their brilliant backs ? Cipriani, Elliot
Daly, Christian Wade, Kyle Eastmond and
so on ? are great attacking players
because, quite apart from their attacking
vision they possess a rock solid tactical
grasp of the game. Sopoaga will find that
frolicking against the likes of Sunwolves
or Cheetahs in Super Rugby may involve
a long journey, but not nearly as many
thought processes. He may well have the
whole package, and we wish him all the
best.
The best tribute to his class is the reaction of New Zealanders to his impending
departure. There tend to be two standard
responses when their players are coveted
overseas, news which sends them into
panic mode? even though they have not
suffered half as much through player
departures as Australia and not a fraction
as much as South Africa.
If the player decides to remain in New
Zealand and rejects the large financial
offers from Europe, he is widely
applauded for his brilliance and strength
of character, his loyalty to the black jersey, his excellent gurning in the haka, his
rejection of the European paymaster
crooks, and so on. If he decides to sign,
however, he is seen as a charlatan and
was never any good. We have seven players better than him. This time, significantly, all the reactions were of genuine
regret from coach Steve Hansen down,
with one observer pointing out that New
Zealand has to ?cop it?.
Naturally, the whole rugby world
made a connection with Cipriani when
the Sopoaga news broke. It had already
been established among insiders that
Cipriani was unlikely to stay at Wasps.
Now, Cipriani will be moving on. Coventry and Dunedin, the home bases of the
two gifted men, will be united in sadness.
For all that, Sopoaga should receive
the warmest of welcomes ? for what he
is, for what he represents and, for
heaven?s sake, for the prospect of sheer
entertainment. Among all the po-faced
severity of rugby today, the sport sometimes forgets that sitting in your armchair
(or better still, braving nonsense kick-off
times at the stadiums) to watch something exquisitely out of the ordinary, is a
thrill beyond compare.
Lima Sopoaga is certain to light
up Premiership and we should
praise Wasps for signing him
STEPHEN
JONES
15
Star turn: Lima Sopoaga
has 16 caps and has yet
to reach his peak. His
arrival is sure to lead to
the departure from
Wasps of Danny Cipriani
Larmour turns out to be fast learner
Bad news piles up for Bath
Young Leinster
wing makes his
case for Six
Nations call-up
Defeat by Scarlets
follows loss of
Banahan ? with
more to join him
Peter O?Reilly
Jordan Larmour has darted so
suddenly into the sporting
consciousness that a few
people have been caught flatfooted ? not just defenders
and defence coaches but
commentators, too. Two
months after the 20-year-old
announced himself on TV
with an outrageous jink past
Iain Henderson to score
against Ulster, some are still
Frenchifying his surname,
making him sound like some
distant relative of the old
Hollywood actress, Dorothy
Lamour.
For the record, Larmour
rhymes with ?farmer?. Not
quite as romantic, but no
matter. There hasn?t been as
much fuss about a player here
since another 20-year-old,
Brian O?Driscoll, was capped
for Ireland before he had
played for Leinster.
Larmour has popped up at
a time when several starlets
are available to Joe Schmidt:
Garry Ringrose, Robbie
Henshaw, Jacob Stockdale
and Joey Carbery, to name
four. What separates him is
the quality of his footwork.
?He?d step you in a phone
box,? as Scott Fardy put it
after Larmour terrorised
Ulster again last weekend.
Before, Irish rugby has
cherished the slickness of
O?Driscoll, the gliding outside
breaks of Brendan Mullin and
the swerving snake-hips of
Ringrose. They?ve never had
someone who can accelerate
so sharply while changing
direction at the acutest of
angles, off both feet.
Larmour may not have topclass ?end speed?, the extra
gear that allowed Carl Lewis
to stretch away from the field.
Simon Zebo almost chased
Larmour down in Thomond
Park after another of those
super-charged sidesteps had
cut through the first line of
defence.
But how often are rugby
players involved in 60-metre
foot-races? It?s acceleration
over the first 10 metres that
counts. That?s what makes
Larmour so lethal, and what
must make him so appealing
to Schmidt.
How clever of him also to
have excelled during the
three rounds of festive Pro14
interprovincials. These
games were effectively Six
Nations trials, prompting the
question: will systematic,
conservative Joe take a punt
on dashing, daring Jordan?
Doubters note that
Larmour wasn?t invited to the
short camp before Christmas,
just as he didn?t go on tour to
the US and Japan in June last
year. But Ireland rely rather
heavily on wearing
opponents down, and can
finds tries hard to come by. In
the final three games of last
year?s Six Nations, against
Wales, France and England,
they managed a total of two
touchdowns. Larmour offers
Schmidt a new attacking
threat, one that he can?t
ignore.
He will surely make the
extended Six Nations squad,
and could well be sprung
from the bench in round two
against Italy, given that he can
provide cover at 11, 14 and 15,
even 13 at a stretch.
Larmour was playing
outside-centre when Schmidt
first spotted him nearly two
years ago. ?It was Joe who
first told me about Jordan,?
says Johnny Sexton, who
made it pretty plain that he
would like the youngster in
the Ireland set-up. ?Is he
ready? Look, he?s been
playing against international
players during the interpros,
the likes of Charles Piutau,
who?s world-class. He didn?t
look out of place,? says
Sexton.
Larmour learnt his rugby
at a school better known for
hockey: St Andrew?s College,
a close and long-suffering
neighbour of uber-successful
Blackrock College. He played
hockey for Ireland at agegrade level and might well
have continued with that
sport but for the fact that St
Andrew?s had an
uncommonly talented rugby
batch two years ahead of him,
including two other future
DAN SHERIDAN
pros in Andrew Porter (also
Leinster) and Greg Jones
(Ulster). As a 16-year-old, he
was selected for the Ireland
Under-18 team that lost a
European Championship
final to Sam Underhill?s
England side in Poland.
?You can be cursed by your
own talent in Irish rugby,?
Gordon D?Arcy wrote in a
recent newspaper column
about the youngster, in which
he expressed regret that he
himself was promoted too
quickly. But Leinster were
fumbling around in the dark
for the meaning of
professionalism 20 years ago.
Now, academy players come
into a senior squad which sets
exacting standards.
The senior players like
Larmour. They like his
insatiable hunger to improve,
evident in the way his kicking
skills have advanced so
dramatically in the past year.
And they admire his
toughness. ?He?s a bit of
mongrel about him,? says
Sexton.
Though relatively small in
stature, he punches above his
weight. Teammates have
launched themselves at him
in training games to find he
has iron hips. At least they
made contact. For most, the
difficult bit will be just laying
a hand on him.
ON TV TODAY
Quick step: Jordan Larmour will take on Glasgow today
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors
12.45pm Sky Sports Action,
Kick-off 1pm
Stephen Jones
Bath?s hopes of making the
Champions Cup knockout
stages are all but over.
Scarlets? 35-17 victory at the
Recreation Ground on
Friday evening was either a
grievous shock to the system
or a glorious procession,
depending on your point of
view.
Bath will now have to rely
on a freakish combination
of results ? featuring a
Treviso win at Toulon ? to
keep their hopes
alive, whereas the
win that most
people expected
on Friday would
have put them on
the verge of the
quarter-finals
had it arrived.
Todd
Blackadder,
Bath?s
director of
rugby, said
that his
side?s
performance
was ?inexcusable?, and
?c***?. Even though the
brilliance of Scarlets?
Beirne: early try
for Scarlets
attacking play was
undeniable, Bath?s defence
was almost too feeble to be
called fragile. When the
defensive coach considers
matters of position and
technique on the replays
this week, he will need a
wide angle to find any
defenders. Scarlets
appeared at times to have
the run of the field.
It has not been an easy
time for Bath in any way.
The news that the iconic
figure of Matt Banahan is to
depart for Gloucester, when
beyond doubt he is the most
popular player at Bath, has
bewildered many, who will
see it as yet another loss of a
class player. He follows
George Ford and Kyle
Eastmond, who were
forming a potentially
brilliant midfield
combination with Jonathan
Joseph two seasons ago
b
before
the team began
t melt away.
to
Two more
Bath
f
favourites,
p
prop
Nick
Auterac
and
centre
Ben
Tapuai,
may also be
on their way
out of the
club, with
Harlequins on
the point of
signing them.
Bath have a
painful injury list and they
lack true class in some
positions, but there is no
news of major
reinforcements.
Scarlets had injury
problems of their own but
after Tadgh Beirne?s early
try they dragged Welsh
regional rugby out of a deep
trough with what amounted
to the best performance by
one of their number for
probably five years or more.
They still need to beat
Toulon at home next
weekend: the fact that
Toulon need to win too will
ensure that Scarlets have to
sweat till the end.
Exeter?s sensational win
over high-flying Montpellier
yesterday at least
reinvigorated the challenge
of the English clubs. Exeter
must beat Glasgow away on
Saturday in what will be one
of the matches of the
weekend, but even then
they will need a bonus point
from four tries to qualify.
Leinster remain narrow
favourites for the title.
Today, they can all but
cement a home tie in the
quarter-finals with a win
over Glasgow in Dublin.
Munster, who face the
notoriously fickle Racing 92
in Paris, are favoured to top
Pool 4.
ON TV SATURDAY
Benetton v Bath
5.15pm BT Sport 3,
Kick-off 5.30pm
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The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
SPORT CRICKET
RYAN PIERSE
MICHAEL STEELE
As kingpins of England bowling attack near
end, who on earth is going to replace them?
Aussies in sights: Eoin Morgan is primed for today?s ODI
England to split
coaching jobs
Eoin Morgan says
one-day team
would benefit
from specialist
Simon Wilde
Line of attack:
England need to
start planning for
a future without
Jimmy Anderson
and Stuart Broad
NO PLACE
FOR OLD MEN
SIMON
WILDE
T
Cricket correspondent
here may be no scapegoats
from this latest heavy Ashes
defeat but there could yet be
unwitting casualties. Do not
obsess over the search for
future talent: the overriding
question over the coming
months will be how much
more England can get out of
their ?Big Three? of Stuart
Broad, Alastair Cook and James Anderson, respectively the oldest members of
the Test squad at 31, 33 and 35 years of
age.
Cook and Broad bought themselves
breathing space with their performances
in the fourth Test but away from the
Melbourne match Cook averaged 14.66
with the bat and Broad 71.66 with ball,
returns which are not sustainable for
long. Anderson displayed remarkable
endurance and skill, but his right shoulder is a regular source of pain and is routinely strapped up. He hopes to be still
around for the next Ashes series in 18
months? time but is making no promises.
He is perhaps one significant injury away
from calling it quits.
The fact is that any of them could go at
any time. Various critical points could
trigger this. The first is the Tests in March
against a strong New Zealand side who
could easily inflict on England their fifth
defeat in eight away series. India, who
have just pushed South Africa hard in
Cape Town, arrive in the summer with
the ambition of denting England?s proud
record of having lost only four of their
past 32 home series since 2001. Then
come tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies.
That?s a lot of hurdles to clear before
Tests against Australia next hove into
view.
The occasional big score cannot hide
Cook?s fragilities. Melbourne, where
he carried his bat for 244, was so lopsided in favour of batsmen that it
was officially rated poor by the
ICC. On surfaces where the ball
seams or swings, or as was usually
the case in Bangladesh and India
where it spins, he has struggled
so often it must go beyond a bad
patch to something more systemic.
Take out three centuries on
?flat ?uns? and he averages
23.9 since October 2016. Joe
Root routinely receives flak
for not converting more of
his fifties into hundreds,
but Cook?s record in this
respect since July 2013 is
only slightly better than
Root?s since October 2015.
Cook has always done the
right thing by the team
and feels it acutely when
he thinks he is letting
the side down; if he
struggles in the summer, the urge to
retire in September
will be hard to resist.
Broad has been a
shadow of his former self
for two years and his ina-
bility to reproduce his match-winning
bursts has most hurt England. He played
a big role in each of the most recent wins
over major opposition overseas, in Durban and Johannesburg in 2015-16 (since
when England have won once, in Chittagong, in 12 away Tests), but it is his
decline in home form since then that is
most striking: 45 wickets at 29.9 leaves
him an also-ran in terms of average compared with Anderson (69 at 14.6), Chris
Woakes (36 at 19.6) and Toby RolandJones (17 at 19.6).
Broad needs to spend the early weeks
of the season with Nottinghamshire
rediscovering the fuller length and
means to threaten both edges of the bat,
which made him such a threat when he
was on top of his game. The question is:
does he still have it in him? His average
pace is only slightly higher than that
of Anderson, who is four years
older.
A problem that has been
building for years is the
monopoly Anderson and
Broad have held over the new
ball. They have been masters at
exploiting it and frequently
used it to cause havoc. But what
happens if one, or heaven forbid
both, are forced to step down some
time this year? Who takes the new ball
against Australia in 2019?
England?s hopes in that series
almost entirely depend on Anderson ?
and to a lesser extent Broad ? being
available to manipulate the Dukes ball
into singing to their tune and making
mugs of Australia?s batsmen.
Since May 2012, the roll call of those
still-active England fast bowlers to wield
the first new ball is instructive: Ander-
Cook feels it acutely
when he thinks
he is letting the
side down
son has used it in 124 innings and Broad in
122, Woakes in 10, Steven Finn eight, and
Mark Wood and Jake Ball three times
each. Woakes? opportunities came when
Broad or Anderson were unavailable.
Finn was given the new ball ahead of
Broad in New Zealand in 2013 after
Broad had a poor tour of India. What
happened next was instructive:
Broad was immediately spurred
into action, bowled well and was
ROOT PROMISES
TO GET TOUGH
Joe Root said yesterday that he plans
to be a tougher England captain after
his side?s 4-0 hammering in the
Ashes. He will also feature among the
highest bracketed overseas players
in next week?s IPL auction along with
Ben Stokes, who is suspended from
England duty pending a charging
decision from the Avon & Somerset
police over an incident outside a
nightclub in Bristol in September.
Root insisted that the Ashes failure
would mark a tougher approach. ?I
want to get myself clear on how I
want to move forward and what
direction we?re going in,? he said. ?If
the lads aren?t prepared to get on
board then we?ve got to go with
something different. It?s going to be a
long four years trying to make sure
when we come back here we?ll be in
a different place. I definitely want to
be back here as captain. There are a
lot of things that will have to change.?
soon given it back, while Finn?s form
went into reverse and he was soon left out
of the side.
Last week, head coach Trevor Bayliss
warned that if England were to blood
young fast bowlers in the search for those
who might succeed in Australia in four
years? time, short-term results might be
adversely affected. But the question
might equally be asked: if England keep
giving the new ball to Anderson and
Broad, what might the impact be on
those who will one day have to succeed
them but who always play second fiddle?
We were given a glimpse of the difficulties ahead in the first Test at The Gabba
when Joe Root gave Anderson and Broad
only a few overs each with the second
new ball despite Australia being on the
rack. The explanation was that he was
mindful of the need to manage workloads, a surprising argument so early in
the series but an indication of how concerned the England camp was about
looking after their two spearheads.
Woakes and Ball were unable to capitalise and Australia wriggled off the hook.
There is a case over the next 12 months
for resting and rotating Broad and Anderson, not only for their own good, but to
road-test other candidates. If the two of
them run through Pakistan at Lord?s and
Headingley it well tell us little; if others
can do the same, it might tell us much.
England?s one-day captain,
Eoin Morgan, has added his
support to the theory that the
national head coach?s
position should be divided
between Test and white-ball
specialists when Trevor
Bayliss steps down after next
year?s Ashes series. Speaking
ahead of England?s first ODI
against Australia in
Melbourne today, Morgan
was asked whether he
thought England would go
down the path of split
coaches and whether he was
conducive to such a move. ?I
think down the line there will
be [two coaches],? he said.
?Cricket is going to change
even more over the next 10
years than it has in the
previous 10, and the formats
are getting further and
further apart. I?m open to it.?
England tried separate
coaches between 2012 and
2014 when Andy Flower ran
the Test team and Ashley
Giles the ODI and Twenty20
sides, but it was not a success
as Flower had previously
been in overall charge and
Giles found himself the junior
partner, often denied access
to players he wanted when
they were instructed to rest.
Flower and Giles lost their
jobs within weeks of each
other after England?s last
Ashes defeat in Australia and
their failure at the World
Twenty20 in Bangladesh. The
roles were reunited under
Peter Moores and remained
that way when Bayliss took
over in 2015 with the direct
brief of improving England?s
white-ball cricket. This he has
done but the Test team have
struggled. In the wake of last
week?s 4-0 Ashes defeat,
Bayliss confirmed he would
step down next year.
Andrew Strauss, the
managing director of England
cricket, may conclude that
the job of running all three
England teams is too much
for one man. If that is the
chosen path, the tricky part
would be identifying the right
men. Justin Langer, the
former Australia opener, who
would be a contender for the
England and Australia
coaching positions when
both become available in
September 2019, is reluctant
to operate under such an
arrangement.
Morgan declined to accept
that England were, as hosts,
favourites for next year?s
World Cup. ?I don?t think we
are,? he said. ?I?d like to think
we would be in a year or so.
We are very strong at home.
Our home record is pretty
good and it?s where we want
it to be, [but] to win away we
need to play more and get
more experience.?
England are the form team
since the last World Cup,
winning 34 of their 52
matches, whereas Australia
have won only 26 out of 50,
and although they have a
formidable record at home
they have not travelled too
badly either, winning 11 and
losing seven.
Unlike in Tests, they are
generally at their best on flat
pitches on which their
powerful batting line-up has
been able to outscore the
opposition. These sorts of
pitches have generally been
available at home, although a
notorious exception was the
Cardiff surface for the
Champions Trophy semi-final
against Pakistan last summer
which more resembled a slow
Asian surface and England
lost. Morgan said England
have started to temper their
aggression and adapt better
to pitches where shot-making
is not straightforward.
England?s overall run-rate
since the World Cup is at
HOW DID
ENGLAND
GET ON?
For a report of this
morning?s first ODI in
Melbourne, go to:
THESUNDAYTIMES.CO.UK/SPORT
6.30, easily the highest of any
team, with South Africa on
5.85 the next best. ODI runrates in Australia are as high
as they are in England,
although Morgan said he
would not be surprised if the
Australians tried somewhere
to come up with a pitch
spicier than normal.
The five matches are in
Melbourne, Brisbane,
Sydney, Adelaide and Perth,
where the new stadium at
Burswood will be in action for
the first time. The pitches at
Adelaide and Perth will both
be drop-ins. Australia have
won 11 of their past 13 ODIs at
home. Joe Root was reported
yesterday to be fit to play
today after his illness in
Sydney, leaving a delicate
selection issue over which
batsmen occupied the top six
spots. If Alex Hales batted
No 3, as he did in Thursday?s
warm-up, there would
probably be no room for Sam
Billings or Dawid Malan.
ON TV TODAY
Australia v England, first
ODI
3.20am BT Sport 1,
highlights 11.15am
Housby goes Down Under to help Roses bloom in the world
SWNS.COM
NETBALL
Playing abroad
helps stars prepare
for England?s first
big date of 2018
Rebecca Myers
The crowd are counting down
the final few seconds on the
clock and the Roses are
comfortably in the lead. With
five seconds left, the game is
all but over until a flash of
auburn whips through the
opposition defence and
shoots. Helen Housby has
scored, with two seconds
remaining.
?Well, it might happen in a
real game,? she says
afterwards, shrugging. This
was just a friendly against the
younger members of the
England squad, but this year
will be full of ?real games?.
First, the Quad Series, in
London on Saturday; in April,
the Commonwealth Games.
The Quad Series, between
four of the five highestranking netball teams in the
world, Australia, New
Zealand, England and South
Africa, has proved to be a
sticky tournament for the
Roses. They have stayed at a
stubborn third place since the
inaugural series in 2016,
through both series last year.
Could this be the year they
finally break through?
?Why not?? says Housby,
who plays goal shooter or
goal attack. ?Nobody wants to
come third place.?
Last year, they nearly did
it. In August, they beat New
Zealand?s Silver Ferns for
only the fifth time in 88
matches, with Housby joining
forces with fellow offensive
player Kadeen Corbin to net
several goals in the final
minutes. ?Last year, we were
in the position where we
could have finished a lot
higher, but we let one slip
against South Africa,? says
goalkeeper-goal defence
player Geva Mentor. ?We
know that we?re up there.?
Tracey Neville, the Roses?
head coach, has high hopes
for this series. ?There are
some things that we didn?t do
well in the last series that we
need to have a little bit more
sight on,? she says. ?Now
Housby: ?I might
stay a while in
Australia. The
lifestyle suits me?
we?ve got a squad that offers
us a really good team
performance. I do expect to
see a lot more; we?re in a
much better place. It?s a real
scene-setter, leading into the
Commonwealth Games.?
Having the first three
games of the Series in London
is a great boost for the Roses
? Neville talks warmly of the
?eighth player?, the crowd.
For her, the series provide a
rare occasion to bring her
players together ? not to
mention the final
opportunity to play as a team
before the Games. Around
half the squad, including both
Housby and Mentor, play in
the Australian and Kiwi
leagues.
?It?s completely different
[in Australia],? says Housby.
?It?s a step up in intensity ? it
almost feels like an
international every week. You
are playing against
Australians, but also Kiwis
and South Africans, because
everybody wants to play in
that league. I?ve definitely
noticed a difference in my
game and my mentality, even
just after playing out there for
one season.
?I could see myself staying
out there for quite a while,?
says Housby, who deferred
her zoology degree at the
University of Manchester
mid-way through to join the
Sydney-based New South
Wales Swifts last year. ?The
lifestyle suits me ? and going
to the beaches. I love my
music and since I?ve been out
there I?ve seen Drake, Adele,
Coldplay. I?ve just been
having a great time. The
netball is so good and the
competition is amazing.?
Housby, for her part, will
be preparing for Saturday?s
match in true Aussie style.
?On game-day I like to be
super relaxed, listen to some
music,? she says. ?I have a big
breakfast, and, if there?s time,
I love to have a nap. I just try
to stay loose and casual.
That?s the kind of style I like
to play with on court: just
chill and enjoy it.?
Mentor, who is based in
Queensland, says: ?How we
attack the Quad Series is a big
learning curve for us. If we?re
going to change the
landscape of medals in the
Commonwealth Games then
we need to start handing it to
Australia and New Zealand
earlier and closing that gap.?
ON TV SATURDAY
England v New Zealand
5.45pm BBC Red Button,
start 6pm
14
The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
SPORT FOOTBALL RESULTS
Leading goalscorers
20: Kane (Tottenham). 17: Salah (Liverpool).
14: Sterling (Man City). 13: Aguero (Man City).
10: Lukaku (Man Utd); Morata (Chelsea);
Rooney (Everton). 9: Firmino (Liverpool);
Vardy (Leicester). 8: Lacazette (Arsenal);
Jesus (Man City); Son (Tottenham). 7:
Coutinho (Liverpool); Doucoure (Watford);
Lingard (Man Utd); Mahrez (Leicester); Martial
(Man Utd); Sanchez (Arsenal)
7 Burnley
23 9 7 7 19 20
8 Leicester
23 8 7 8 34 32
9 Everton
23 7 6 10 25 38
11 6 1 4 17 15
10 Watford
23 7 5 11 33 42
12 3 4 5 16 25
11 West Ham
23 6 7 10 29 41
10 4 2 4 12 15
13 2 5 6 17 26 -12 25
West Ham
22 11 6 5 40 28
West Brom
6 Arsenal
Watford
5 Tottenham 23 13 5 5 46 21
Tottenham
11 6 5 0 21 4
3-0
2-0
5/5
2-2
20/1
3/2
5-0
4-3
3-3
25/2
1-3
1-0
7/4
31/3
2-1
2-0
10/3
2-0
21/4
2-1
1-2
0-1
7/4
2-1
4-0
0-0
0-4
1-2
21/4
24/2
1-1
3/2
5/5
10/3
0-2
17/3
3-3
0-0
20/1
0-0
1-1
7/4
31/3
1-5
0-2
5/5
1-0
1-1
2-2
24/2
21/4
1-0
3-1
3/2
17/3
1-0
3/3
0-0
14/4
1-2
3/2
20/1
1-0
24/2
1-0
2-0
0-3
1-0
0-1
1-1
10/3
2-0
21/4
0-0
5/5
0-1
1-0
3-1
1-0
5-0
1-0
31/3
4-2
12/2
7/4
2-2
0-3
28/4
31/3
0-0
3/3
4/2
0-1
2-1
0-2
26/2
2-1
13/5
2-2
2-0
31/1
7/4
31/3
0-2
21/4
5/5
1-0
3-1
0-3
3-2
20/1
4-0
1-1
30/1
1-2
2-1
1-0
0-0
1-1
10/3
0-4
14/4
1-0
1-4
2-3
0-2
2-2
7/4
21/4
24/2
3/2
2-1
20/1
1-1
5/5
14/1
0-0
3/3
3-0
28/4
5-0
4/2
17/3
0-0
24/2
7/4
20/1
2-1
7-2
21/4
4-1
3-1
31/1
2-1
4-1
0-0
15/1
31/3
1-0
13/5
14/4
4-0
3-0
Bournemouth
14/1
11 6 3 2 29 21 +25 44
Brighton
3/3
2-2
12 7 4 1 26 9
11 6 1 4 20 12 +25 44
Burnley
0-1
13/5
28/4
11 8 2 1 27 12
11 3 4 4 13 16 +12 39
Chelsea
0-0
31/1
2-0
11 5 2 4 8 8
12 4 5 3 11 12
-1 34
Crystal Palace
2-3
2-2
14/4
1-0
2-1
11 5 2 4 16 14
12 3 5 4 18 18
+2 31
Everton
2-5
2-1
10/3
0-1
0-0
10/2
12 1 5 6 8 23 -13 27
Huddersfield
13/5
11/2
2-0
0-0
1-3
17/3
28/4
11 4 1 6 17 17
Leicester
17/3
3/3
2-0
1-0
1-2
0-3
2-0
3-0
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
17/3
3-0
3/3
5-0
1-1
5/5
10/2
5-0
Man Utd
28/4
1-0
1-0
2-2
25/2
4-0
4-0
3/2
2-0
10/3
Newcastle Utd
14/4
0-1
0-0
31/1
13/5
1-0
0-1
31/3
2-3
1-1
0-1
11/2
Southampton
1-1
28/4
31/1
0-1
14/4
1-2
4-1
1-1
1-4
11/2
13/5
0-1
2-2
1-0
1-2
10/2
21/4
0-4
5/5
17/3
20/1
2-2
0-3
10/3
2-2
0-1
2-1
-9 26
23 6 7 10 21 33
12 4 4 4 15 18
11 2 3 6 6 15
13 Huddersfield 23 6 6 11 19 39
12 4 4 4 11 16
11 2 2 7 8 23 -20 24
14 Newcastle 23 6 5 12 21 31
12 3 3 6 10 14
11 3 2 6 11 17
-10 23
15 Brighton
23 5 8 10 17 29
11 3 6 2 12 14
12 2 2 8 5 15
-12 23
Stoke
16 Southampton 23 4 9 10 23 34
12 3 4 5 14 17
11 1 5 5 9 17
-11 21
Swansea
30/1
0-0
0-1
10/2
28/4
1-1
14/4
2-0
1-2
22/1
0-4
0-4
0-1
17/3
13/5
17 Bournemouth 22 5 6 11 22 34
11 3 3 5 14 17
11 2 3 6 8 17
-12 21
Tottenham
10/2
1-0
2-0
1-1
1-2
1-0
4-0
3/3
13/5
4-1
14/4
31/1
17/3
5-2
5-1
0-0
18 Stoke
22 5 5 12 23 47
11 4 2 5 13 20
11 1 3 7 10 27 -24 20
Watford
2-1
31/3
0-0
7/4
5/2
21/4
24/2
1-4
2-1
3-3
0-6
2-4
5/5
2-2
0-1
1-2
19 West Brom 23 3 10 10 18 30
12 2 7 3 12 15
11 1 3 7 6 15
-12 19
West Brom
1-1
1-0
2-0
31/3
0-4
0-0
0-0
24/2
10/3
21/4
2-3
1-2
2-2
3/2
1-1
7/4
5/5
2-2
20 Swansea
11 2 2 7 6 17
12 2 3 7 8 18
-21 17
West Ham
0-0
20/1
0- 3
10/3
1-0
30/1
13/5
2-0
1-1
1-4
28/4
17/3
2-3
31/3
14/4
1-0
2-3
10/2
23 4 5 14 14 35
-12 25
2-3
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
BARNSLEY 0
WOLVES 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 16,050
Barnsley: Davies, Cavare, Pinnock, Lindsay, Yiadom,
Gardner, Isgrove (Moncur 46), Mallan (Thiam 87), Potts,
Hammill, Bradshaw (Moore 66). Subs not used:
McCarthy, Townsend, Pearson, Brown. Booked: Mallan
Wolves: Ruddy, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Saiss,
Neves (N?Diaye 90), Douglas, Helder Costa (Ivan
Cavaleiro 65), Leo Bonatini (Mir 73), Jota. Subs not used:
White, Enobakhare, Hause, Norris. Booked: Saiss, Jota
Referee: K Stroud (Hampshire)
BIRMINGHAM 0
DERBY 3
Russell 19, Vydra 56
Weimann 89
HT: 0-1 Att: 22,121
Birmingham: Stockdale, Colin, Roberts, Dean, Grounds,
Gardner, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma, Davis (Adams 66), Boga
(Jota 83), Gallagher. Subs not used: Jutkiewicz, N?Doye,
Dacres-Cogley, Morrison, Trueman. Booked: Kieftenbeld
Derby: Carson, Wisdom, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth,
Huddlestone, Thorne, Russell, Vydra (Martin 87),
Lawrence (Weimann 78), Winnall (Nugent 69). Subs not
used: Pearce, Hanson, Mitchell, Baird. Booked: Davies,
Russell, Weimann
Referee: L Probert (Wiltshire)
BRENTFORD 2
BOLTON 0
Jozefzoon 40, Maupay 90+1
HT: 1-0 Att: 9,507
Brentford: Bentley, Yennaris, Mepham, Bjelland, Barbet,
Woods, Mokotjo, Jozefzoon (Canos 77), Sawyers,
Watkins, Vibe (Maupay 86). Subs not used: Macleod,
McEachran, Marcondes, Clarke, Daniels
Bolton: Alnwick, Little (Wilbraham 84), Wheater,
Beevers, Robinson, Vela, Osede, Ameobi, Charsley
(Buckley 55), Morais (Le Fondre 68), Madine. Subs not
used: Andrew Taylor, Karacan, Darby, Howard. Booked:
Little, Wheater, Madine, Robinson, Ameobi
Referee: A Davies (Hampshire)
BRISTOL C 0
NORWICH 1
Maddison 79
HT: 0-0 Att: 21,282
Bristol C: Fielding, Wright, Flint, Baker, Bryan, Pack,
Smith, Brownhill, Walsh (Kent 69), Paterson (Taylor 76),
Reid (Magnusson 89). Subs not used: Steele, Woodrow,
Eliasson, Vyner. Booked: Baker
Norwich: Gunn, Hanley, Zimmermann, Klose, Ivo Pinto,
Tettey, Vrancic, Lewis, Maddison (Reed 90), Oliveira
(Raggett 90), Murphy (Stiepermann 89). Subs not used:
Husband, Hoolahan, McGovern, Cantwell. Booked:
Maddison, Lewis, Tettey, Oliveira, Ivo Pinto
Referee: S Hooper (Wiltshire)
SHREWSBURY 1
Nolan 35 (pen)
Blackburn: Raya, Nyambe, Downing, Mulgrew,
Williams, Bennett, Smallwood, Dack, Conway
(Armstrong 62), Samuel (Travis 86), Graham (Nuttall
82). Subs not used: Leutwiler, Ward, Caddis,
Tomlinson. Booked: Raya
Shrewsbury: Henderson, Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler,
Beckles (Lowe 73), Godfrey (Payne 75), Whalley,
Ogogo, Nolan, Rodman, Carlton Morris (John-Lewis
81). Subs not used: Dodds, MacGillivray, Bryn Morris,
Hendrie. Booked: Beckles
Referee: J Brooks (Leics)
BLACKPOOL 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,001
BRISTOL ROV 0
Blackpool: Lumley, Turton, Mellor, Aimson,
Robertson, Daniel, Spearing, Ryan (Philliskirk 81),
D?Almeida (Gnanduillet 64), Longstaff, Delfouneso
(Roache 81). Subs not used: McAlister, Anderton,
Cooke, Mafoumbi
Bristol Rov: Smith, Partington, Lockyer, Sweeney,
Bola, Lines, Sercombe (Telford 87), Ollie Clarke,
Sinclair, Gaffney, Harrison (Nichols 74). Subs not
used: Mensah, Slocombe, Brown, Broadbent, Moore.
Booked: Ollie Clarke
Referee: M Coy (Co Durham)
BRADFORD C 1
Taylor 90+2
HT: 0-1 Att: 19,343
NORTHAMPTON 2
O?Toole 43, Long 62
Bradford C: Raeder, Hanson (Guy 66), Kilgallon,
Knight-Percival, Robinson, Gilliead, Dieng, Vincelot,
Law, Taylor, McCartan (Poleon 72). Subs not used:
Reeves, Sattelmaier, Pybus, Devine, Gibson. Booked:
Taylor
Northampton: O?Donnell, Facey, Poole, Taylor,
Turnbull, Grimes, Crooks, Hoskins (Powell 76),
O?Toole (Hildeberto 88), Foley, Long (Revell 86). Subs
not used: Cornell, Moloney, Buchanan, Shaun
McWilliams. Booked: Hoskins, Grimes, Foley, Facey
Referee: C Hicks (Surrey)
BURY 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 3,295
CHARLTON 1
Marshall 63
Bury: Ripley, Cameron, Clarke, Skarz (Cooney 75),
Ismail (Dai 75), Dawson, Laurent, Leigh, Bunn
(Maguire 85), Hanson, Mayor. Subs not used:
Murphy, Tutte, Edwards, Danns. Booked: Mayor
Charlton: Amos, Dijksteel, Konsa, Lennon, Dasilva,
Kashi, Aribo (Jackson 90), Marshall, Mavididi (ForsterCaskey 88), Reeves (Hackett-Fairchild 85), Magennis.
Subs not used: Phillips, Solly. Booked: Dijksteel, Amos
Referee: M Salisbury (Lancashire)
Dyer 34
QPR 3
Oteh 32
Washington 74
Luongo 87
HT: 1-1 Att: 4,264
Burton Alb: Bywater, Brayford, McFadzean (Allen 60),
Buxton, Turner, Flanagan, Miller (Sbarra 41), Naylor,
Murphy (Sordell 80), Dyer, Akins. Subs not used:
Warnock, Akpan, Campbell, Barker. Booked: Murphy,
McFadzean, Buxton
QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Lynch, Robinson, Furlong,
Luongo, Scowen, Freeman (Manning 89), Bidwell,
Washington, Oteh (Smith 74). Subs not used: Ingram,
Wszolek, Perch, Eze, Sylla. Booked: Scowen, Lynch
Referee: S Martin (Staffordshire)
CARDIFF 4
SUNDERLAND 0
Paterson 46, 80
Ralls 55
Pilkington 90+4
HT: 0-0 Att: 17,703
Sent off: Ndong (Sunderland) 49
Cardiff: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba,
Richards, Mendez-Laing (Wildschut 59), Paterson, Ralls,
Bennett, Hoilett (Feeney 81), Zohore (Pilkington 82).
Subs not used: Tomlin, Halford, Damour, Murphy.
Booked: Morrison
Sunderland: Ruiter, Jones, Browning, O?Shea, ClarkeSalter, Oviedo, Gooch (Asoro 60), Ndong , Wilson
(Cattermole 46), Honeyman, Maja (McManaman 78).
Subs not used: Steele, Matthews, Love, Robson.
Booked: Oviedo, Gooch
Referee: A Madley (West Yorkshire)
HULL 0
READING 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 14,300
Hull: McGregor, Tomori, Dawson, Hector, Aina, Meyler
(Henriksen 71), Larsson, Toral, Irvine (Evandro 65),
Bowen, Dicko (Campbell 65). Subs not used: Marshall,
Diomande, Clark, Stewart. Booked: Larsson
Reading: Mannone, Gunter, McShane (Tiago Ilori 30),
Moore, Richards, van den Berg, Evans, McCleary (Bacuna
77), Swift (Aluko 26), Barrow, Kermorgant. Subs not
used: Bodvarsson, Blackett, Jaakkola, Kelly
Referee: D England (South Yorkshire)
IPSWICH 1
LEEDS UTD 0
Celina 67
HT: 0-0 Att: 18,638
Sent off: O?Kane (Leeds Utd) 37
Ipswich: Gerken, Iorfa, Chambers, Knudsen, Kenlock,
Skuse (Hyam 76), Connolly, McGoldrick, Waghorn,
Celina, Garner. Subs not used: Sears, Crowe, Drinan,
Bru, McDonnell, Chris Smith. Booked: Connolly, Iorfa
Leeds Utd: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, Anita
(Lasogga 78), O?Kane, Phillips, Cibicki (Sacko 29),
Hernandez, Alioski (Shaughnessy 46), Roofe. Subs not
used: Lonergan, Grot, Dallas, Klich. Booked: Jansson,
Phillips
Referee: R Jones (Merseyside)
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
27 19 5 3 50 20
13 10 2 1 28 10
14 9 3 2 22 10
+30 62
2 Derby
27 15 7 5 44 23
13 8 2 3 22 9
14 7 5 2 22 14
+21 52
Norwood 90+5 (pen)
HT: 0-0 Att: 23,850
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Shotton, Ayala, Gibson,
Friend, Howson, Leadbitter, Downing, Traore (Johnson
82), Gestede (Assombalonga 63), Braithwaite (Clayton
82). Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Bamford, Fletcher,
Christie. Booked: Friend, Howson, Leadbitter, Clayton
Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Ryan
Sessegnon, Norwood, McDonald, Johansen, Ojo (Kalas
52), Kamara (Rui Fonte 58), Piazon (Kebano 85). Subs
not used: Cairney, Button, Edun, Steven Sessegnon.
Booked: Johansen, Fredericks, Odoi
Referee: G Eltringham (Tyne & Wear)
3 Cardiff
27 15 5 7 40 25
14 9 3 2 26 10
13 6 2 5 14 15
+15 50
4 Aston Villa
27 13 8 6 39 24
13 7 5 1 22 10
14 6 3 5 17 14
+15 47
MILLWALL 1
MIDDLESBROUGH 0
FULHAM 1
PRESTON 1
O?Brien 43
C Robinson 80
HT: 1-0 Att: 11,751
Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith,
Wallace (Onyedinma 88), Tunnicliffe, Saville, O?Brien,
Morison, Gregory (Williams 88). Subs not used: McLaughlin,
Craig, Thompson, Martin, Elliott. Booked: Gregory
Preston: Maxwell, Browne, Clarke, Davies, Cunningham,
Pearson (Johnson 77), Gallagher, Bodin (Barkhuizen 46),
Harrop (Horgan 70), Robinson, Hugill. Subs not used:
Rudd, Andrew Boyle, Welsh, O?Connor. Booked:
Pearson, Hugill
Referee: J Simpson (Lancashire)
NOTTM FOREST 0
ASTON VILLA 1
Hogan 18
HT: 0-1 Att: 25,433
Nottm Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Mills, Mancienne, Traore,
Osborn, Vaughan (Bridcutt 81), Cash (Ward 81), Dowell,
Clough (McKay 64), Brereton. Subs not used: Darikwa,
Henderson, Bouchalakis, Walker. Booked: Lichaj, Cash
Aston Villa: Johnstone, El Mohamady, Chester, Terry,
Hutton, Whelan (Bjarnason 45), Snodgrass, Grealish,
Hourihane, Adomah (Neil Taylor 90+2), Hogan (Davis 83).
Subs not used: Lansbury, Onomah, Elphick, Bunn.
Booked: El Mohamady,Terry
Referee: J Linington (Isle of Wight)
Played Friday
SHEFF UTD 0
SHEFF WED 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 31,120
Sent off: Loovens (Sheff Wed) 64
5 Bristol C
27 13 8 6 40 32
14 7 3 4 20 14
13 6 5 2 20 18
+8 47
6 Sheff Utd
27 13 4 10 40 31
14 8 2 4 23 13
13 5 2 6 17 18
+9 43
7 Leeds Utd
27 13 4 10 37 29
13 6 4 3 17 9
14 7 0 7 20 20
+8 43
8 Fulham
27 11 9 7 40 34
13 5 6 2 17 13
14 6 3 5 23 21
+6 42
9 Middlesbrough 27 12 5 10 35 27
14 7 2 5 15 11
13 5 3 5 20 16
+8 41
10 Preston
27 10 11 6 31 27
13 5 5 3 15 12
14 5 6 3 16 15
+4 41
11 Brentford
27 10 10 7 41 35
14 6 7 1 24 15
13 4 3 6 17 20
+6 40
12 Ipswich
27 12 3 12 40 39
14 8 2 4 24 14
13 4 1 8 16 25
+1 39
13 Norwich
27 10 7 10 27 31
13 4 5 4 14 14
14 6 2 6 13 17
-4 37
14 QPR
27 8 9 10 31 37
13 6 4 3 19 16
14 2 5 7 12 21
-6 33
15 Nottm Forest
27 10 2 15 33 43
14 7 0 7 17 18
13 3 2 8 16 25
-10 32
16 Millwall
27 7 10 10 29 30
14 7 4 3 23 15
13 0 6 7 6 15
-1
17 Sheff Wed
27 7 10 10 30 34
13 4 5 4 18 18
14 3 5 6 12 16
-4 31
18 Reading
27 7 8 12 30 35
13 3 4 6 14 17
14 4 4 6 16 18
-5 29
19 Barnsley
27 6 9 12 27 37
14 3 5 6 12 17
13 3 4 6 15 20
-10 27
20 Hull
27 5 10 12 39 44
14 4 5 5 30 23
13 1 5 7 9 21
-5 25
21 Bolton
27 6 7 14 25 45
13 5 2 6 16 19
14 1 5 8 9 26
-20 25
22 Burton Alb
27 6 6 15 21 46
14 2 2 10 12 30
13 4 4 5 9 16
-25 24
23 Birmingham
27 6 5 16 15 38
14 5 2 7 8 16
13 1 3 9 7 22
-23 23
24 Sunderland
27 4 10 13 29 47
13 1 5 7 13 21
14 3 5 6 16 26
-18 22
31
Leading goalscorers: 15: Clarke (Sheff Utd); Vydra (Derby). 12: Assombalonga (Middlesbrough); Bonatini
(Wolves); Grabban (Sunderland); Reid (Bristol C). 11: Adomah (Aston Villa); Bowen (Hull); Jota (Wolves).
10: Hooper (Sheff Wed); Waghorn (Ipswich). 9: Madine (Bolton). 8: Dowell (Nottm Forest); Garner (Ipswich);
Hugill (Preston); Sharp (Sheff Utd). 7: Barrow (Reading); Bradshaw (Barnsley); Oliveira (Norwich); Cavaleiro
(Wolves); Celina (Ipswich); K Sessegnon (Fulham); Maddison (Norwich); Murphy (Nottm Forest); Ralls
(Cardiff); Roofe (Leeds Utd); Saville (Millwall); Watkins (Brentford); Winnall (Derby)
DONCASTER 1
Beestin 37
HT: 1-0 Att: 7,494
PLYMOUTH 1
Edwards 74
Doncaster: Lawlor, Blair, Baudry, Butler, Mason,
Houghton, Kongolo (Whiteman 65), Rowe, Coppinger,
Beestin (May 65), Marquis. Subs not used: Marosi,
Mandeville, Wright, Garrett, Ben Khemis. Booked:
Rowe, May, Baudry
Plymouth: Matthews, Threlkeld, Edwards, Bradley,
Sawyer, Ness, Fox, Sarcevic, Lameiras (Ainsworth 71),
Taylor, Carey. Subs not used: Miller, Songo?o, Jervis,
Grant, Wylde, Cooper
Referee: A Haines (Tyne & Wear)
GILLINGHAM 2
Garmston 41
Martin 63
HT: 1-1 Att: 4,352
ROCHDALE 1
Cannon 27
Gillingham: Holy, O?Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani, Garmston
(Ogilvie 70), Byrne, Wagstaff (List 46), Hessenthaler,
Martin, Eaves, Parker. Subs not used: Nelson, Lacey,
Wilkinson, Nugent, Oldaker. Booked: Eaves
Rochdale: Lillis, Daniels, McNulty, Ntlhe (Knott 70),
Cannon, Camps, Kitching, Bunney (McGahey 84),
Henderson, Done (Inman 71), Andrew. Subs not used:
Rafferty, Rathbone, Moore, Adshead. Booked: Ntlhe,
Camps, Cannon
Referee: L Swabey (Devon)
MK DONS 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 9,504
AFC WIMBLEDON 0
MK Dons: Nicholls, Brittain, Wootton, Ebanks-Landell,
B Williams, McGrandles (Pawlett 65), Cisse, Gilbey,
Muirhead (Nombe 65), Agard (Thomas-Asante 80),
Aneke. Subs not used: Upson, Sietsma, Seager,
Kasumu. Booked: Pawlett
AFC Wimbledon: McDonnell, Fuller, Oshilaja, Charles,
Francomb (Meades 71), Abdou, Trotter, Soares,
Barcham, McDonald (Forrester 76), Taylor. Subs not
used: Nightingale, Kaja, Kennedy, Tzanev, Hartigan.
Booked: Charles
Referee: P Tierney (Lancashire)
OLDHAM 1
Davies 31
HT: 1-1 Att: 4,775
ROTHERHAM 1
Williams 7
Oldham: Placide, Dummigan (Nepomuceno 85),
Gerrard, Sam Edmundson, Brian Wilson, Benyu
(Holloway 74), Gardner (McLaughlin 70), Fane,
Pringle, Davies, Obadeyi. Subs not used: Duffus,
Sheridan, Haymer, Maouche. Booked: Pringle
Rotherham: Rodak, Emmanuel, Ajayi, Wood,
Mattock, Forde, Vaulks, Towell, Williams (Newell 83),
Yates (Smith 66), Ball (Clarke-Harris 86). Subs not
used: Taylor, Price, Ihiekwe, Cummings. Booked:
Vaulks
Referee: R Lewis (Shropshire)
PORTSMOUTH 1
SCUNTHORPE 1
Lowe 15
Van Veen 53
HT: 1-0 Att: 17,741
Portsmouth: McGee, Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke, Lowe,
Thompson, Ronan (Kennedy 71), Close, Donohue (May
71), Pitman, Naismith. Subs not used: Chaplin, Bennett,
Deslandes, Casey, Bass. Booked: Clarke, Hawkins
Scunthorpe: Watson, Goode, Burgess, Wallace,
Holmes, Bishop, Ojo, Morris, Adelakun, van Veen,
Hopper (Novak 84). Subs not used: Townsend,
Toney, Sutton, McArdle, McGeehan, Kelsey. Booked:
Bishop, Adelakun
Referee: C Breakspear (Surrey)
MANSFIELD 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,324
Cambridge Utd: Forde, Halliday, Taylor, Darling,
Carroll, Deegan, Phillips (Amoo 65), Maris, Jevani
Brown, Waters (Corr 79), Ikpeazu, Amoo (Dunk 74).
Subs not used: Mitov, O?Neil, Elito, Davies
Mansfield: Logan, Anderson (Sterling-James 81),
Bennett, Pearce, Benning, Potter (White 64),
MacDonald, Mellis (Atkinson 88), Hamilton, Angol,
Rose. Subs not used: Digby, Olejnik, Spencer, Byrom.
Booked: Angol, MacDonald
Referee: T Kettle (Rutland)
CARLISLE 1
CREWE 0
Cosgrove 76
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,467
Carlisle: Bonham, Liddle, Hill, Parkes, Brown (Joyce
46), Lambe (O?Sullivan 46), Jones, Devitt, Grainger,
Hope (Bennett 63), Cosgrove. Subs not used: Nabi,
Ellis, Shaun Miller, Bacon. Booked: Bennett
Crewe: Garratt, Nolan, Raynes, Bakayogo, Ainley (Kirk
78), Lowery (Finney 83), Walker, Green, Cooper,
Dagnall, Bowery (Reilly 83). Subs not used: Richards,
Wintle, Pickering, Lundstram. Booked: Walker, Raynes
Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire)
CHELTENHAM 0
ACCRINGTON 2
Kee 22, Jackson 62
HT: 0-1 Att: 2,893
Cheltenham: Flinders, Moore (Pell 67), Grimes,
Onariase, Winchester, Dawson, Atangana, Morrell,
Sellars, Adebayo (Graham 67), Eisa. Subs not used:
Wright, Bower, Thomas, Lovett, Lloyd
Accrington: Chapman, Johnson (Dunne 53), RichardsEverton, Hughes, Donacien, Clark, Nolan, Brown,
McConville, Jackson (Zanzala 90), Kee. Subs not used:
Williams, Leacock-McLeod, Stryjek, Rowan, Francis.
Booked: Johnson, McConville, Brown
Referee: K Johnson (Somerset)
CHESTERFIELD 2
LUTON 0
Rowley 19
McCourt 25 (pen)
HT: 2-0 Att: 5,715
Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Weir, Nelson, Maguire,
Talbot, Reed, McCourt (Dimaio 90), Rowley, Kay, Hines
(Binnom-Williams 82), O?Grady. Subs not used:
Wakefield, De Girolamo, Kellett, Parkin, Ofoegbu.
Booked: Kay, Maguire
Luton: Stech, Justin, Mullins, Famewo, Potts, Rea, Olly
Lee (Cornick 29), Berry, Shinnie (Ruddock 83), Collins
(Cook 83), Elliot Lee. Subs not used: Stacey, Senior,
D?Ath, Shea. Booked: Justin, Elliot Lee
Referee: C Boyeson (E Yorkshire)
CRAWLEY TN 2
Boldewijn 75, 86
HT: 0-0 Att: 1,874
BARNET 0
10/3
2-1
1-1
0-2
0-3
28/4
3/3
0-0
21/1
0-2
1-0
3-2
2-1
7/4
31/1
3-1
0-3
1-2
1-0
3/3
28/4
1-1
1-1
3/3
2-0
0-2
1-1
0-0
2-1
SOUTHEND 1
Kightly 86
FLEETWOOD TN 2
Diagouraga 57
Madden 62
HT: 0-0 Att: 6,489
Southend: Oxley, White, Turner (Hendrie 24),
Ferdinand (Fortune 65), Coker, Demetriou, Timlin,
Kightly, McGlashan, Cox (Pitoula-Wabo 69),
McLaughlin. Subs not used: Ba, Bishop, Kyprianou,
Bwomono
Fleetwood Tn: Neal, Coyle (Jones 84), Bolger, Pond,
Bell, Diagouraga, Schwabl, Dempsey, Burns (Madden
56), Cole (McAleny 75), Hunter. Subs not used:
Hiwula, Grant, Cairns, Sowerby. Booked: Diagouraga,
Coyle
Referee: A Coggins (Oxfordshire)
WALSALL 2
OXFORD UTD 1
Bakayoko 33
Mowatt 70
Oztumer 48
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,569
Walsall: Liam Roberts, Kinsella, Kory Roberts,
Guthrie, Leahy, Oztumer (Tyler Roberts 85),
Chambers, Dobson (Cuvelier 77), Flanagan (Morris
46), Edwards, Bakayoko. Subs not used: Gillespie,
Devlin, Jackson, Kouhyar. Booked: Kinsella
Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Carroll, Martin, Mousinho,
Tiendalli, Henry (Van Kessel 79), Mowatt, Ruffels,
Payne (Napa 68), Thomas (Mehmeti 75), Obika. Subs
not used: Williamson, Shearer, Dickie, Fernandez
Codina. Booked: Martin, Carroll
Referee: B Huxtable (Devon)
WIGAN 0
PETERBOROUGH 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 8,602
Wigan: Walton, Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James, Morsy,
Power, Jacobs (Elder 86), Powell, Massey (Colclough
63), Grigg (Vaughan 63). Subs not used: Perkins,
Bruce, Gary Roberts, Jones
Peterborough: Bond, Shephard, Taylor, Tafazolli,
Hughes, Grant, Lloyd (Morias 68), Forrester, Doughty
(Ward 68), Maddison, Marriott. Subs not used:
Baldwin, Penny, Kanu, Anderson, O?Malley. Booked:
Forrester, Lloyd
Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)
FA Trophy second round
FA Vase
BILLERICAY 3
STOURBRIDGE 2
Robinson 19, Modeste 65
Broadhurst 47
Bricknell 90+2
Pierpoint 50
HT: 1-0 Att: 1,081
BLYTH SPARTANS 1
BROMLEY 4
Rutherford 80
Rees 16, 69, Dennis 40, 90+1
HT: 0-2 Att: 647
BOGNOR REGIS TN 1
LEYTON ORIENT 2
Muitt 89
Bonne 82, Koroma 105
HT: 0-0 Att: 1,371
(aet; 1-1 after 90min)
BRACKLEY 0
BARROW 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 512
DOVER 4
MARINE 3
Parry 6, Bird 28
Mitchley 10, 75 (both pens)
Pinnock 55, Brundle 83
Brewster 86
HT: 2-1 Att: 565
EAST THURROCK 1
CHESTER 0
Ekpiteta 17
HT: 1-0 Att: 347
EBBSFLEET UTD 1
WARRINGTON TN 1
Shields 90+2
Kinsella 83
HT: 0-0 Att: 911
GATESHEAD 3
BOREHAM WOOD 3
Burrow 77 (pen), 83, 90
Murtagh 50, Smith 55
Andrade 90+5 (pen)
HT: 0-0 Att: 284
HALIFAX 1
MAIDENHEAD UTD 4
Kosylo 1
Emmanuel 45, 59, Pritchard 53, 73
HT: 1-1 Att: 802
KIDDERMINSTER 2
STOCKPORT CO 2
McQuilkin 77, Sonupe 81
Oswell 43, Stephenson 70
HT: 0-1 Att: 1,348
MAIDSTONE UTD 2
HEYBRIDGE 1
Loza 29, Osei 43
Luque 80
HT: 2-0 Att: 1,276
ST ALBANS 1
HARROGATE TN 1
Bender 66
Leesley 90+3
HT: 0-0 Att: 634
SPENNYMOOR TN 2
SOLIHULL MOORS 0
Anderson 34, Johnson 79
HT: 1-0 Att: 570
SUTTON UTD 3
HENDON 0
Cadogan 35, Coombes 74, Wright 86
HT: 1-0 Att: 785
WEALDSTONE 1
HEREFORD 0
Wellard 26
HT: 1-0 Att: 909
WESTON-S-MARE 1
WORKINGTON 1
Welsh 16
Allison 67
HT: 1-0 Att: 361
Fourth round: Marske Utd 5 Hinckley AFC 0;
Newport (IoW) 0 Bradford Tn 1. Replay: Coleshill 1
Newcastle Benfield 1 (aet; Coleshill win 4-2 on pens)
Vanarama National League
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Wigan
26 17 6 3 50 12
14 8 5 1 21 4
12 9 1 2 29 8
+38 57
2 Shrewsbury
26 16 6 4 34 18
12 10 1 1 18 4
14 6 5 3 16 14
+16 54
3 Blackburn
26 15 7 4 48 24
13 8 3 2 25 12
13 7 4 2 23 12
+24 52
4 Scunthorpe
27 14 8 5 38 23
13 7 4 2 17 9
14 7 4 3 21 14
+15 50
5 Bradford C
27 15 3 9 43 36
14 6 1 7 19 21
13 9 2 2 24 15
+7 48
6 Charlton
27 12 7 8 34 32
14 7 4 3 19 15
13 5 3 5 15 17
+2 43
7 Portsmouth
27 13 3 11 34 31
14 9 2 3 22 9
13 4 1 8 12 22
+3 42
8 Rotherham
27 12 5 10 45 36
13 7 2 4 28 17
14 5 3 6 17 19
+9 41
9 Peterborough
27 11 7 9 43 37
13 7 1 5 20 18
14 4 6 4 23 19
+6 40
10 Oxford Utd
28 10 8 10 43 41
14 6 4 4 25 23
14 4 4 6 18 18
+2 38
11 Fleetwood Tn
27 10 6 11 38 41
13 4 4 5 19 20
14 6 2 6 19 21
-3 36
12 Doncaster
27 9 8 10 30 29
14 5 6 3 20 15
13 4 2 7 10 14
+1 35
13 Plymouth
28 9 8 11 30 35
14 6 2 6 18 21
14 3 6 5 12 14
-5 35
14 Gillingham
27 8 10 9 29 30
14 3 7 4 17 16
13 5 3 5 12 14
-1 34
15 Walsall
26 8 9 9 33 35
14 5 6 3 20 17
12 3 3 6 13 18
-2 33
-4 33
16 Blackpool
28 8 9 11 34 38
14 5 4 5 20 21
14 3 5 6 14 17
17 Bristol Rov
27 10 3 14 36 43
13 8 0 5 23 18
14 2 3 9 13 25
-7 33
18 Southend
28 8 7 13 32 47
14 6 5 3 19 14
14 2 2 10 13 33
-15 31
19 MK Dons
27 7 9 11 28 38
14 4 7 3 15 16
13 3 2 8 13 22
-10 30
20 Oldham
28 7 8 13 40 50
14 5 3 6 23 22
14 2 5 7 17 28
-10 29
21 Northampton
28 8 5 15 25 48
14 5 2 7 12 21
14 3 3 8 13 27
-23 29
22 AFC Wimbledon 26 7 7 12 22 31
13 4 3 6 13 17
13 3 4 6 9 14
-9 28
23 Rochdale
26 4 10 12 26 37
12 4 5 3 13 11
14 0 5 9 13 26
-11 22
24 Bury
27 4 5 18 19 42
13 4 1 8 10 17
14 0 4 10 9 25
-23 17
Leading goalscorers: 17: Marriott (Peterborough). 13: Moore (Barnsley); Pitman (Portsmouth). 12: Doyle
(Preston). 11: Mulgrew (Blackburn); Powell (Wigan); Wyke (Bradford C). 10: Cole (Fleetwood Tn); Dack
(Blackburn); Davies (Oldham); Oztumer (Walsall). 9: Bodin (Preston); Eaves (Gillingham); Thomas (Oxford
Utd). 8: Beckford (Bury); Payne (Shrewsbury); Taylor (AFC Wimbledon); Vassell (Blackpool). 7: Antonsson
(Blackburn); Cox (Southend); Fosu-Henry (Charlton); Grigg (Wigan); Harrison (Bristol Rov); Jacobs (Wigan);
Long (Northampton); Morris (Scunthorpe); Parker (Gillingham). 6: Aneke (MK Dons); Ball (Rotherham); Carey
(Plymouth); Gaffney (Bristol Rov); Graham (Blackburn); Hawkins (Portsmouth); Henderson (Rochdale);
Hiwula-Mayifuila (Fleetwood Tn); Holmes (Charlton); Holmes (Charlton); Lloyd-McGoldrick (Peterborough);
Marquis (Doncaster); Nolan (Shrewsbury); Taylor (Bradford C); Whiteman (Doncaster)
AFC FYLDE 2
J Smith 18, D Rowe 88
HT: 1-1 Att: 1,535
TORQUAY 1
Young 34
HT: 1-1 Att: 1,486
WOKING 0
GUISELEY 1
Roberts 30
EASTLEIGH 2
Matthews 9, Hoyte 70
HT: 0-1 Att: 2,115
Sent off: Cook (Tranmere) 82
P W D
Macclesfield
29 16 7
Aldershot
29 14 9
Sutton Utd
29 14 7
Wrexham
28 13 9
Tranmere
29 13 8
Boreham Wood
29 12 11
Dover Ath
29 11 12
Dagenham & R
29 12 9
Bromley
29 12 8
Ebbsfleet Utd
29 10 12
AFC Fylde
28 11 9
Maidenhead Utd
29 9 11
Maidstone Utd
28 9 11
Eastleigh
29 8 13
Woking
28 10 5
Halifax Tn
29 8 10
Hartlepool
28 8 9
Gateshead
26 7 11
Leyton Orient
29 8 8
Barrow
29 7 10
Chester
28 5 11
Solihull Moors
29 6 6
Guiseley
28 4 10
Torquay
29 4 8
TRANMERE 1
Cook 28
L
6
6
8
6
8
6
6
8
9
7
8
9
8
8
13
11
11
8
13
12
12
17
14
17
F
38
46
42
31
43
40
38
46
46
41
45
37
35
42
38
31
31
32
35
36
25
26
26
24
A
26
30
34
22
26
29
23
35
37
33
38
40
40
43
44
38
38
28
42
40
44
45
52
47
GD Pts
12 55
16 51
8 49
9 48
17 47
11 47
15 45
11 45
9 44
8 42
7 42
-3 38
-5 38
-1 37
-6 35
-7 34
-7 33
4 32
-7 32
-4 31
-19 26
-19 24
-26 22
-23 20
North
Alfreton 1 Darlington 1; Curzon Ashton 0 Chorley 2;
Gainsborough 0 Nuneaton 1; Salford C 3 AFC Telford
0; Southport 2 Leamington 0; York 2 Bradford PA 1.
Leading standings: 1 Salford C 26-58; 2 Harrogate
Tn 25-50; 3 Brackley 25-48; 4 Spennymoor Tn 2444; 5 Blyth Spartans 24-42; 6 York 25-41
South
Chelmsford 1 Bath 1; Chippenham 1 Braintree 1;
Dartford 1 Havant & Waterlooville 0; Eastbourne
Boro 1 Hampton & Richmond 2; Hemel Hempstead 1
Hungerford Tn 2; Oxford C 0 Whitehawk 1. Leading
standings: 1 Dartford 26-49; 2 Hampton &
Richmond 26-47; 3 Havant & Waterlooville 25-46; 4
Braintree 26-45; 5 Truro 25-43; 6 Chelmsford 25-42
Evo-Stik League Northern
Premier Division: Buxton 2 Stalybridge 2; Grantham
2 Farsley Celtic 2; Halesowen 0 Nantwich Tn 1;
Hednesford 1 Coalville Tn 1; Lancaster C 1 Barwell 1;
Mickleover Sports 2 Matlock Tn 0; Shaw Lane 0
Whitby 0; Sutton Coldfield Tn 3 Rushall Olympic 4;
Witton Alb 1 Ashton Utd 1; Stafford Rgrs 0
Altrincham 2
Evo-Stik League Southern
Premier Division: Bishop?s Stortford 0 Banbury 5;
Chesham 4 Basingstoke 1; Dorchester 1 Redditch 0;
Dunstable 0 Royston Tn 5; Farnborough 2 Merthyr
Tn 2; Frome Tn 0 Kings Lynn Tn 0; Gosport Boro 0
Tiverton 5; Hitchin 0 Biggleswade Tn 1; Kettering 1
Kings Langley 1; Stratford Tn 0 Weymouth 0
Bostik League
Premier Division: Brightlingsea Regent 3 Worthing
0; Burgess Hill Tn 2 Harrow Boro 3; Enfield Tn 2
Merstham 2; Leatherhead 1 Tonbridge Angels 0;
Lowestoft Tn 0 Dorking Wands 0; Margate 1 Dulwich
0; Needham Market 1 Kingstonian 2; Thurrock 0
Staines Tn 2; Tooting & Mitcham 0 Met Police 2;
Wingate & Finchley 2 Harlow 0
Southern Amateur League
First Division: Alleyn OB 1 Owens 1. Second
Division: Crouch End Vampires 1 HSBC 4; Norsemen
1 Merton 4; Lyonians 4 Civil Service 6. Third
Division: Cambridge Heath 3 Broomfield 1;
Carshalton 2 Blues 1; Kew 0 AFC Oldsmiths 1; South
Bank Cuaco 4 Stationers 1
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Next fixtures (7.45pm): Jan 23: Partick Thistle v
Celtic. Jan 24: Dundee v Hibernian; Hamilton v
Hearts; Kilmarnock v St Johnstone; Motherwell v
Ross Co; Rangers v Aberdeen
Top six
P W D L F A GD
Celtic
22 15 6 1 48 15 33
Aberdeen
22 13 4 5 33 24 9
Rangers
22 12 4 6 41 25 16
Hibernian
22 9 8 5 31 27 4
Hearts
22 7 9 6 21 19 2
Kilmarnock
21 6 8 7 25 28 -3
Pts
51
43
40
35
30
26
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Brechin 0 Livingston 2; Dumbarton 0 St Mirren 2;
Dunfermline 0 Dundee Utd 0; Inverness CT 3 Queen
of South 1; Morton 0 Falkirk 1. Leading standings:
1 St Mirren 22-48; 2 Dundee Utd 21-40;
3 Dunfermline 21-33; 4 Livingston 20-33;
5 Queen of South 21-30; 6 Inverness CT 22-30
League One
Arbroath 2 Queen?s Park 1; East Fife 2 Alloa 1; Forfar
4 Albion 2; Raith 1 Ayr 1; Stranraer 3 Airdrieonians 2.
Leading standings: 1 Raith 20-46; 2 Ayr 22-45;
3 Arbroath 20-33; 4 Alloa 20-31; 5 Stranraer 21-29;
6 East Fife 22-27
League Two
Berwick 0 Annan Ath 2; Clyde 0 Stenhousemuir 3;
Edinburgh C 0 Montrose 2; Elgin 1 Cowdenbeath 0;
Peterhead 4 Stirling Alb 3. Leading standings: 1
Montrose 21-44; 2 Peterhead 19-43; 3
Stenhousemuir 20-35; 4 Annan Ath 21-31; 5 Stirling
Alb 19-30; 6 Elgin 20-30
Press & Journal Highland League
Fort William 1 Forres Mechanics 9; Huntly 1
Buckie Thistle 2; Inverurie LW 2 Fraserburgh 2;
Lossiemouth 0 Formartine Utd 6; Turriff Utd 0
Cove Rgrs 4; Wick Acad 2 Keith 0
JD Welsh Premier League
Aberystwyth 4 Connah?s Quay Nomads 2; Barry Tn 0
Bala Tn 1; Carmarthen 0 Cardiff Met Univ 2; Cefn
Druids 0 Llandudno 0; Newtown 3 Prestatyn Tn 0;
The New Saints 2 Bangor C 1
Danske Bank Premiership
Ballinamallard Utd 2 Glentoran 2; Ballymena 3
Carrick 0; Crusaders 1 Ards 0; Dungannon Swifts 0
Coleraine 1; Glenavon 1 Cliftonville 1
0 All other matches postponed
Spain
Deportivo La Coruna 1 Valencia 2; Eibar 0 Atletico
Madrid 1; Girona 6 Las Palmas 0; Real Madrid 0
Villarreal 1
Italy
0 Winter break until Jan 21
Germany
Augsburg 1 Hamburg 0; Eintracht Frankfurt 1
Freiburg 1; Hanover 3 Mainz 2; Leipzig 3 Schalke 1;
Stuttgart 1 Hertha Berlin 0; Werder Bremen 1
Hoffenheim 1
France
Caen 0 Lille 1; Dijon 1 Metz 1; Montpellier 0 Monaco
0; Nice 1 Amiens 0; Rennes 0 Marseille 3; Troyes 0
Bordeaux 1
FIXTURES
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
CAMBRIDGE UTD 0
1-2
OTHER FOOTBALL
BURTON ALB 1
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
BLACKBURN 3
Mulgrew 14, 70 (pen)
Graham 60
HT: 1-1 Att: 13,579
Swansea
22 12 8 2 50 25
Arsenal
Stoke
4 Liverpool
+25 47
Southampton
11 6 3 2 20 9
Newcastle Utd
12 8 2 2 21 7
Man Utd
23 14 5 4 41 16
TV Matches
Man City
3 Chelsea
12 C Palace
+51 62
Liverpool
11 6 3 2 21 11 +29 47
Leicester
11 10 1 0 25 5
11 8 2 1 24 5
Huddersfield
11 10 1 0 39 8
Everton
22 20 2 0 64 13
22 14 5 3 45 16
Crystal Palace
1 Man City
2 Man Utd
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
C PALACE 1
BURNLEY 0
Sako 21
HT: 1-0 Att: 24,696
CHELSEA 0
LEICESTER 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 41,552
Sent off: Chilwell (Leicester) 68
HUDDERSFIELD 1
WEST HAM 4
Lolley 40
Noble 25
Arnautovic 46
Lanzini 56, 61
HT: 1-1 Att: 24,105
NEWCASTLE 1
SWANSEA 1
Mato Sanmartin 68
Ayew 60
HT: 0-0 Att: 51,444
TOTTENHAM 4
EVERTON 0
Son 26
Kane 47, 59
Eriksen 81
HT: 1-0 Att: 76,251
WATFORD 2
SOUTHAMPTON 2
Gray 58
Ward-Prowse 20, 44
Doucoure 90
HT: 0-2 Att: 20,018
WEST BROM 2
BRIGHTON 0
Evans 4
Dawson 55
HT: 1-0 Att: 25,240
Crawley Tn: Morris, Lelan, Connolly, Yorwerth, Young
(Camara 89), Randall (Sanoh 59), Bulman (McNerney
71), Evina, Smith, Roberts, Boldewijn. Subs not used:
Doherty, Mersin, Tajbakhsh, Verheijdt. Booked:
Connolly, Randall
Barnet: Ross, Brindley, Santos, Nelson, Blackman,
Weston (Sule 59), Clough (Kyei 85), Coulthirst, Jack
Taylor, Campbell-Ryce (Nicholls 89), Akinde. Subs not
used: Watson, Tutonda, Fonguck, Renell McKenzieLyle. Booked: Clough, Coulthirst
Referee: N Kinseley (Essex)
EXETER 1
COVENTRY 0
Harley 7
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,219
Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Seaborne (Woodman 46),
Archibald-Henville, Moxey, Holmes (Boateng 79),
Tillson, James, Harley, Taylor, Stockley. Subs not
used: Simpson, Jones, McAlinden, Jay, Wilson.
Booked: James
Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Davies, Willis, Stokes,
Maguire-Drew (Stevenson 82), Bayliss, Doyle, Shipley
(Barrett 77), McNulty, Biamou (Ponticelli 68). Subs not
used: McDonald, O?Brien, Beavon, Haynes. Booked:
Stokes
Referee: B Toner (Lancashire)
GRIMSBY 1
NEWPORT CO 2
MORECAMBE 1
PORT VALE 1
SWINDON 1
LINCOLN C 2
WYCOMBE 3
Frecklington 37
Stead 35
Green 67
Grant 76
HT: 1-1 Att: 9,603
Lincoln C: Farman, Eardley, Waterfall, Bostwick,
Habergham, Rowe (Arnold 72), Frecklington,
Woodyard, Williams (Whitehouse 84), Rhead (Palmer
79), Green. Subs not used: Wilson, Long, Vickers,
Stewart. Booked: Rhead, Williams, Waterfall
Notts Co: Fitzsimons, Tootle, Brisley (Smith 90), Duffy,
Jones, Hawkridge (Ameobi 75), Hewitt, Virtue (Noble
59), Grant, Stead, Alessandra. Subs not used:
Pindroch, Forte, Hunt, Walker. Booked: Hawkridge,
Alessandra, Grant, Fitzsimons
Referee: R Joyce (Cleveland)
YEOVIL 1
Pope 86 (pen)
Zoko 11
HT: 0-1 Att: 4,120
Port Vale: Boot, Davis, Anderson, Smith, Pugh,
Harness (Worrall 66), Kay, Tonge, Montano (Gibbons
46), Whitfield (Wilson 46), Pope. Subs not used:
Lainton, Barnett, Forrester, Angus. Booked: Anderson
Yeovil: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith,
Dickson, Green (Wing 74), Bird, Gray (Whelan 90),
Khan, Zoko, Surridge (Barnes 59). Subs not used:
Mugabi, Connor Smith, Maddison, Santos. Booked:
Surridge, Zoko
Referee: D Webb (Co Durham)
Matt 80
Willmott 19, Nouble 56
HT: 0-1 Att: 3,397
Sent off: Matt (Grimsby) 89
Grimsby: Kean, Mills, Clarke, Osborne, Ben Davies
(Jones 90), Dembele, Summerfield, Berrett, Woolford
(Jaiyesimi 67), Vernon (Matt 67), Vernam. Subs not
used: Dixon, Collins, Mitchell Rose, Killip. Booked:
Clarke
Newport Co: Day, Pipe, Demetriou, White, Butler,
Dolan (Tozer 79), Labadie (Reid 84), Bennett, Nouble,
Amond, Willmott (McCoulsky 85). Subs not used:
Bittner, Sheehan, Hayes, Aaron Collins. Booked:
Labadie, Nouble, White
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire)
NOTTS CO 2
STEVENAGE 1
Ellison 23
Franks 89
HT: 1-0 Att: 1,268
Morecambe: Roche, Lavelle, Muller, Old, McGowan,
Kenyon, Rose (Fleming 68), Conlan, Lang (Wildig 46),
Oliver (McGurk 87), Ellison. Subs not used: Thompson,
Campbell, Lund, Maher. Booked: Rose, Wildig, Old
Stevenage: Tom King, Henry, Wilmot, Jack King,
Martin, Kennedy, Jonathan Smith (Franks 82), Gorman
(Conlon 66), Pett, Newton (Gray 69), Godden. Subs
not used: Fryer, Wilkinson, Vancooten, Georgiou.
Booked: Jonathan Smith, Newton
Referee: T Nield (West Yorkshire)
FOREST GREEN 0
Norris 79
HT: 0-0 Att: 7,062
Swindon: Charles-Cook, Lancashire, Robertson,
Preston, Knoyle (Mullin 77), Dunne, Banks, Anderson
(Purkiss 83), Iandolo, Norris, Woolery (Gordon 76).
Subs not used: Goddard, Brophy, Henry, Taylor.
Booked: Dunne, Anderson, Mullin
Forest Green: Bradley Collins, Rawson (Laird 28),
Gunning, Monthe, Hollis, Grubb (Marsh-Brown 74),
Osbourne, Lee Collins, Wishart (Whittle 88), Reid,
Doidge. Subs not used: Brown, Simpson, Pickering,
Hendy. Booked: Grubb, Wishart, Reid, Gunning
Referee: D Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
COLCHESTER 1
Akinfenwa 14
Szmodics 78
Cowan-Hall 24, O?Nien 74
HT: 2-0 Att: 4,386
Wycombe: Brown, Moore, McGinley, Scarr, Jacobson,
Saunders (Bean 84), O?Nien, Bloomfield, MackailSmith, Akinfenwa, Cowan-Hall (Tyson 70). Subs not
used: Gape, Kashket, Makabu-Makalamby. Booked:
O?Nien, Scarr
Colchester: Walker, Jackson, Eastman, Kent, Inniss
(Prosser 74), Drey Wright, Murray, Szmodics, Comley
(Senior 76), Guthrie, Mandron (Hanlan 82). Subs not
used: Lapslie, Loft, Kpekawa, Gilmartin. Booked: Drey
Wright
Referee: J Busby (Oxfordshire)
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
+35 54
Today
1 Luton
27 16 6 5 62 27
13 10 1 2 41 13
14 6 5 3 21 14
2 Notts Co
27 14 9 4 46 28
13 9 4 0 26 10
14 5 5 4 20 18
+18 51
3 Accrington
26 14 4 8 44 30
12 7 2 3 23 12
14 7 2 5 21 18
+14 46
4 Wycombe
27 13 7 7 49 36
14 8 3 3 30 19
13 5 4 4 19 17
+13 46
5 Exeter
26 14 3 9 36 32
13 10 0 3 20 11
13 4 3 6 16 21
+4 45
6 Lincoln C
27 12 8 7 37 26
14 7 5 2 22 11
13 5 3 5 15 15
+11 44
7 Mansfield
27 11 11 5 38 29
13 7 5 1 23 13
14 4 6 4 15 16
+9 44
8 Coventry
27 13 5 9 28 19
13 8 2 3 16 7
14 5 3 6 12 12
+9 44
9 Swindon
26 14 2 10 39 34
14 5 2 7 15 24
12 9 0 3 24 10
+5 44
Premier League: Bournemouth v Arsenal (1.30pm);
Liverpool v Man City (4pm)
FA Women?s Cup: Third round: Derby v Brighouse
Tn (1pm)
FA Women?s Super League Cup: Semi-finals
(2pm): Chelsea v Man City; Reading v Arsenal
Women?s Super League One: Birmingham C v
Bristol C (2pm). League Two: Millwall v Tottenham
(3pm)
Women?s Premier (2pm): North: Bradford v Stoke;
Huddersfield Tn v Leicester C. South: Cardiff v QPR;
C Palace v Gillingham
10 Newport Co
27 11 9 7 37 31
12 5 5 2 17 11
15 6 4 5 20 20
+6 42
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
11 Colchester
28 11 8 9 37 34
14 6 5 3 22 14
14 5 3 6 15 20
+3 41
Tomorrow
12 Cambridge Utd 27 10 8 9 25 31
14 8 3 3 18 11
13 2 5 6 7 20
-6 38
Premier League: Man Utd v Stoke (8pm)
13 Carlisle
27 10 7 10 38 37
14 4 5 5 20 16
13 6 2 5 18 21
+1 37
14 Crawley Tn
27 10 6 11 27 31
14 5 2 7 13 14
13 5 4 4 14 17
-4 36
15 Stevenage
27 9 7 11 37 40
13 6 5 2 27 16
14 3 2 9 10 24
-3 34
16 Cheltenham
28 9 7 12 37 41
14 6 3 5 19 17
14 3 4 7 18 24
-4 34
17 Grimsby
28 9 7 12 27 38
15 4 5 6 13 19
13 5 2 6 14 19
-11 34
18 Port Vale
28 9 5 14 30 36
14 5 2 7 17 19
14 4 3 7 13 17
-6 32
19 Morecambe
27 7 8 12 27 37
14 5 3 6 15 19
13 2 5 6 12 18
-10 29
20 Crewe
27 9 2 16 29 42
14 6 2 6 19 21
13 3 0 10 10 21
-13 29
21 Yeovil
27 7 7 13 37 48
13 5 4 4 19 14
14 2 3 9 18 34
-11 28
22 Chesterfield
28 6 6 16 28 51
14 5 3 6 16 19
14 1 3 10 12 32
-23 24
23 Forest Green
27 6 5 16 26 48
14 4 2 8 15 24
13 2 3 8 11 24
-22 23
24 Barnet
27 5 5 17 26 41
13 3 3 7 11 16
14 2 2 10 15 25
-15 20
Leading goalscorers: 15: Hylton (Luton); Kee (Accrington). 14: Grant (Notts Co). 13: Akinfenwa (Wycombe). 12:
Dennis (Chesterfield); Doidge (Forest Green); Pope (Port Vale); Szmodics (Colchester). 11: Collins (Luton); Eisa
(Cheltenham); Norris (Swindon). 10: Jackson (Accrington); Rose (Mansfield). 9: Godden (Stevenage); Ikpeazu
(Cambridge Utd); McNulty (Coventry); Newton (Stevenage); Zoko (Yeovil). 8: Amond (Newport Co); Coulthirst
(Barnet); Green (Lincoln); Mandron (Colchester); Porter (Crewe); Reid (Forest Green); Stockley (Exeter). 7:
Dagnall (Crewe); Ellison (Morecambe); Hemmings (Mansfield); Nouble (Newport Co); Olomola (Yeovil). 6:
Alessandra (Notts Co); Anderson (Lincoln); Angol (Mansfield); Boldewijn (Crawley); Grainger (Carlisle); Jones
(Grimsby); Khan (Yeovil); Lambe (Carlisle); Mackail-Smith (Wycombe); McConville (Accrington); McCoulsky
(Newport Co); Nazon (Coventry); Pett (Stevenage); Rhead (Lincoln); Roberts (Crawley)
Tuesday
FA Cup: Third round replay: Leicester v Fleetwood
Tn; Mansfield v Cardiff; Reading v Stevenage (8pm);
Sheff Wed v Carlisle; West Ham v Shrewsbury
Wednesday
FA Cup: Third round replay: Chelsea v Norwich;
Swansea v Wolves; Wigan v Bournemouth
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v Barnsley;
Bolton v Ipswich; Fulham v Burton Alb; Leeds Utd v
Millwall; Norwich v Sheff Utd; Preston v
Birmingham; QPR v Middlesbrough; Reading v
Brentford; Sheff Wed v Cardiff (5.30pm);
Sunderland v Hull; Wolves v Nottm Forest. League
One: AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool; Bristol Rov v
Bradford C; Charlton v Walsall; Fleetwood Tn v
Blackburn; Northampton v MK Dons; Oxford Utd v
Bury; Peterborough v Oldham; Plymouth v Wigan;
Rochdale v Southend; Rotherham v Portsmouth;
Scunthorpe v Gillingham; Shrewsbury v Doncaster.
League Two: Accrington St v Port Vale; Barnet v
Lincoln C; Colchester v Grimsby; Coventry v
Swindon; Crewe v Wycombe; Forest Green v
Cambridge Utd; Luton v Morecambe; Mansfield v
Cheltenham; Notts Co v Exeter; Stevenage v
Carlisle; Yeovil v Chesterfield
Ladbrokes Scottish League One: Stranraer v Raith
Rov. League Two: Annan Ath v Peterhead; Berwick
v Elgin; Montrose v Clyde; Stenhousemuir v
Cowdenbeath; Stirling v Edinburgh C
Scottish Cup: Fourth round: Aberdeen v St Mirren
(12.15pm); Albion Rov v St Johnstone; Alloa v
Dundee Utd; Ayr v Arbroath; Celtic v Brechin;
Dundee v Inverness CT; Dunfermline Ath v Morton;
East Fife v Brora Rangers; Kilmarnock v Ross Co;
Livingston v Falkirk; Motherwell v Hamilton;
Peterhead v Dumbarton; Queen of South v Partick
Sky Bet Championship: Derby v Bristol C. League
Two: Newport Co v Crawley Tn
Vanarama Premier: AFC Fylde v Macclesfield;
Aldershot v Ebbsfleet Utd; Boreham Wood v Dover
Ath; Chester FC v Gateshead; FC Halifax Tn v Leyton
Orient; Guiseley v Barrow; Hartlepool v Wrexham;
Maidstone Utd v Eastleigh; Solihull Moors v Woking;
Sutton Utd v Dagenham and Redbridge (12.30pm);
Torquay v Bromley; Tranmere v Maidenhead Utd
Scottish Cup: Fourth round: Formartine Utd v Cove
Rangers (8pm)
Welsh League Cup: Final: Cardiff v The New Saints
(5.15pm)
EFL Trophy: Third round: Oldham v Leicester U21
(7.30pm)
Friday
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Saturday
Premier League: Arsenal v C Palace; Brighton v
Chelsea (12.30pm); Burnley v Man Utd; Everton v
West Brom; Leicester v Watford; Man City v
Newcastle (5.30pm); Stoke v Huddersfield; West
Ham v Bournemouth
Sunday
Premier League: Southampton v Tottenham (4pm)
Scottish Cup: Fourth round: Fraserburgh v
Rangers (noon); Hearts v Hibernian (2.05pm)
Women?s Premier (2pm): North: Blackburn v Nottm
Forest; Fylde v Bradford; Middlesbrough v Wolves.
South: Chichester C v Swindon Tn; QPR v C Palace
15
The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
SPORT ICE SKATING
REX FEATURES
Russian
skater?s
Olympic
medal
hopes on
thin ice
Evgenia Medvedeva
would be favourite to win
figure skating gold but
may not even compete
I
Andrew Longmore
nvited to the world ice skating
championships in Helsinki last
year, Thomas Bach must have
squirmed a little in his plush executive seat at the climax of the
women?s figure skating event.
Below him, Evgenia Medvedeva, a
fresh-faced, dark-haired Russian
teenager, leapt and twirled, allying
grace and power in a near flawless
routine to become the first woman to
defend a world title for 16 years.
Watching on, the president of the IOC
knew that if, as both the overwhelming
evidence and global opinion demanded,
an Olympic ban on Russia was confirmed, the 2018 Winter Games in South
Korea might easily lose one of its star
turns. Bach and Medvedeva met again in
Lausanne last month when the double
world champion made an impassioned if
vain plea to the executive board of the
IOC for her nation to be allowed to
compete at the Winter Olympics in
Pyeongchang.
Her words came from the heart. ?The
Olympic Games is a dream. Everybody
has dreams. You probably already had
the chance to fulfil your dreams. Let me
do the same,? she told the IOC before
driving a stiletto precisely into the heart
of the Olympic ethos.
?I always believed that the opportunity to compete at the Olympics should
be fought on the ice,? added the Russian.
?Unfortunately, I now understand that I
Ice queen:
double world
champion
Evgenia
Medvedeva?s
plea on behalf of
her country fell
on deaf ears
TODAY?S RACING
2
2.45
NOVICES? HURDLE (QUALIFIER)
�159: 2M 6F 151Y (11)
12-121 Coole Hall 43 (C,D,G,S) Mrs R Dobbin6-11-12.....C Nichol
1 42-003
P-2 Behindthelines 84P (T) Miss L Russell6-11-2......D R Fox
3 P43-15 Call Me 64 (F) Mrs L Normile7-11-2 ......... G Cockburn (3)
4
5
2UP/ Castle On A Cloud 693P C Grant7-11-2.......J Kington (3)
6 32-650 Mick?s Wish 64 J Stephen6-11-2 ........................ T Kelly
Outnumbered 44 C Grant5-11-2 ................C Bewley (3)
8 106-0
10
11 03-6P Shepherd?s Bight 23 J M Jefferson6-11-2 ........ H Brooke
Betting: 4-7 Coole Hall, 11-4 Knockrobin, 7-1 Behindthelines, 20-1
Rowdy Robin, 25-1 Castle On A Cloud, Rising Marienbard,
Shepherd?s Bight, 50-1 Outnumbered, 66-1 Call Me, others
1.10
1 110-13
2 0-21R3
Lord Oberon K Burke9-2 ............................... C Lee (3)
00- Night Spark 18 (T) R Beckett9-2.......................P Makin
J Ewart8-11-10 .......................................Steven Fox (5)
7
204- Angel?s Whisper 94 J Noseda8-11..................O Murphy
4 603536 Letemgo 12 (F,G,S) A Hamilton10-11-9............B Lynn (7)
8
006- Astrofire 30 M Tompkins8-11..........................J Haynes
Herecomesnelson 70 (H)
Katie Scott9-11-9......................................C Bewley (3)
Nicki?s Nipper 17 (P,D,G,S)
7 516030 Turtle Cask 18 (P,D,S) M Sowersby9-11-3 ........ R Day (3)
2.25
8 FP-65P Topham Bay 53 (T) Miss L Russell6-11-1...B Campbell (5)
1 0001-1 Rosina 12 (P,D,F,G) Mrs A Duffield5-9-9 .......... J Fanning
9 30P-52 Massini?s Lady 229P N Alexander7-10-3......L Alexander
2 1021-6 Tilly Trotter 13 (CD) Declan Carroll4-9-6...........T Eaves
S Waugh10-11-8......................................J Hamilton (3)
3 0402-2 Razin? Hell 13 (V,CD,F) J Balding7-9-3..............A Mullen
Poetic Presence 18 (G)
W S Coltherd8-10-3 ................................ S Coltherd (5)
12 -24520 Broadway Belle 18 C Grant8-10-1 ..................B Hughes
6 0610-5 Fruit Salad 10 (P,D,F) J Bethell5-8-12....Nicola Currie (5)
7 5112-0
Some Reign 18 (CD,BF,G,S)
Mrs R Dobbin7-11-4.........................................C Nichol
6-3 Booyakasha 26 (BF) N Richards6-10-12...........R Day (3)
3.15
HANDICAP CHASE
�928: 2M 7F 96Y (8)
1 12-644 Call Me Vic 29 (D,G,S) T George11-11-12 ... C Gethings (3)
Kennedys Field 45 (H)
2 13P-65
G Anderson5-10-12.................................Steven Fox (5)
2 10400- Storm King 22 (C,F,G,S) D Griffiths9-9-11........O Murphy
3 0036-0 Cosmelli 8 (B,S) Miss G Kelleway5-9-10.............T Eaves
4 332-11 Lough Derg Jewel 23 (C,D,S) D McCain7-11-5..B Hughes
9 6F3-44 Pookie Pekan 19 W S Coltherd5-10-12......S Coltherd (5)
5 3PP-44 Bernardelli 30 (B,C,S) N Richards10-11-4.......C O?Farrell
10 3-64 Silk Or Scarlet 39 N Alexander6-10-12 ... G Cockburn (3)
6 311-4P Gold Opera 15 (V,S) N Alexander9-11-1.........L Alexander
7 203-30 Ueueteotl 44 (B,D,G,S) J Ewart10-10-4............H Brooke
Gillian Boanas6-10-12....................Colm McCormack (3)
8 4PP2-2
13 1/6-F Templenaboe 76 (S) Miss L Russell6-10-12 ........ D R Fox
14
The Dawn Bandit 71 Katie Scott5-10-5........S W Quinlan
Betting: 11-8 Clondaw Castle, 4-1 Some Reign, 13-2 Swashbuckle,
8-1 Lord Napier, 9-1 Aye Right, Booyakasha, others
HANDICAP HURDLE
�,640: 2M 51Y (10)
3.45
3.25
3 /3PPP-
4 4-4524 Cornborough 30 (D,G,S) M Walford7-10-11 ...... H Brooke
4 12P3-1
6 324-11 Charmant 23 (H,D,S) J Ewart6-10-2 .............. C O?Farrell
7 13143/ Imada 665 (D,BF,G,S) N Richards8-10-2...........R Day (3)
5 3-2665
HUNTERS? CHASE
�496: 2M 7F 96Y (5)
Blue Hussar 22 (C,D,G,S)
M D Hammond7-10-2 ..................................... J Colliver
K Dalgleish5-9-7.......................................P Mulrennan
8 223-51 Epitaph 5 (B,CD) M Appleby4-8-8 ...............T Marquand
Betting: 15-8 Snowy Winter, 9-2 Starplex, 5-1 Galileo?s Spear, 6-1
Kensington Star, 13-2 L?Inganno Felice, 15-2 Epitaph, others
HANDICAP
�105: 7F 14Y (9)
1 0021-1 Declamation 9 (C,D,F) J Butler8-9-10 ............ R Winston
2 05061- Spun Gold 23 (B,T,C) C Fellowes4-9-9..........S Donohoe
N Richards11-12-6......................................R O Harding
3 0000-2 Joey?s Destiny 6 (D,F,G,S) K Frost8-9-7......D C Costello
Vivaldi Collonges 267 (T,CD,S)
4 3054-4 Pudding Chare 10 R Fahey4-9-4....Sebastian Woods (7)
P Nicholls9-12-6......................................D Maxwell (3)
Winged Crusader 36P (C,D,G,S)
Miss A Waugh10-12-2 ......................... Miss A Waugh (3)
Thomond 142 (T,F,G,S)
Southwell (A/W)
10 100-01 Monfass 42 (H,D,S) Mrs R Dobbin7-10-0....L Murtagh (5)
Betting: 9-2 Chti Balko, 5-1 Charmant, Dexcite, Imada, 15-2
Monfass, 8-1 Cornborough, Katgary, 12-1 Mirsaale, others
I Jardine8-9-9...........................................D C Costello
Kensington Star 79 (V,F,S)
Cultram Abbey 36P (G,S)
N Alexander10-11-12...................................K Alexander
Betting: 6-4 Cultram Abbey, Vivaldi Collonges, 6-1 Al Co, 10-1
Thomond, 14-1 Winged Crusader
9 2116-4 Dexcite 43 (D,G) T George7-10-0................J Bowen (5)
L?Inganno Felice 298 (H,CD,G)
4132- Starplex 157 (S) K Dalgleish8-9-1......................P Makin
7
2 131450 Mirsaale 13 (CD,G,S) K Dalgleish8-11-5.......C Bewley (3)
5 /42-16 Jassas 44 (D,G) J Ewart6-10-4.......................B Hughes
4 112055 46503-
J Stephen9-10-2...............................Ross Chapman (5)
Betting: 11-4 Lough Derg Jewel, 7-2 Chidswell, 9-2 Call Me Vic, 7-1
Bright Prospect, Silver Tassie, 10-1 Bernardelli, Ueueteotl, 12-1 Gold
Opera
2 5F2-P1
3 243444 Katgary 43 (B,F,G,S) Pauline Robson8-11-2.......C Nichol
51151- Snowy Winter 24 (T,CD,G) A Watson4-9-11 ...... A Mullen
6 /4006- Galileo?s Spear (G) Sir M Prescott5-9-7...........R Powell
Bright Prospect 67 (G,S)
1 U0P0-0 Al Co 240 (D,F,G,S) M Bowen13-12-6.............P Bryan (7)
1 10-341 Chti Balko 22 (D,S) D McCain6-11-12 ............W Kennedy
2.55
HANDICAP
�561: 1M 4F 14Y (8)
M D Hammond10-11-6 .................................... J Colliver
3 1135-2 Chidswell 22 (G,S) N Richards9-11-6 ................ C Nichol
3 Swashbuckle 17 D McCain5-10-12..................B Hughes
D Griffiths8-8-9.........................................T Marquand
Betting: 3-1 Razin? Hell, 7-2 Rosina, 4-1 Tilly Trotter, 5-1 Brother
Tiger, 7-1 Pearl Acclaim, 8-1 Fruit Salad, 12-1 Classic Pursuit
1
Lord Napier 252F P Bowen5-10-12 .................. S Bowen
Sultans Pride 22
Pearl Acclaim 10 (P,CD,F,G)
Silver Tassie 60 (T,D,F,G,S)
8 4P-200 Moores Novelty 23 N Alexander6-10-12 ...... L Alexander
8 112-64
M Appleby7-9-2 ........................................ K Lundie (5)
5 64602- Brother Tiger 16 (D,S) D Griffiths9-8-13..........O Murphy
13 00-005 Son Of Feyan 45 Mrs L Normile7-10-1.....G Cockburn (3)
5
1.40
4 10310-
Classic Pursuit 67 (B,D,F,G,S)
1404P5P5 Beyondtheflame 13 (V,T) J Haynes8-10-0..T Dowson (3)
Betting: 4-1 The Delray Munky, 6-1 Ange Des Malberaux, Broadway
Belle, Minella Suite, 8-1 Massini?s Lady, Topham Bay, others
31 Aye Right 62 (D,S) Mrs H Graham5-10-12....C Bewley (3)
11 25-50
SPRINT HANDICAP
�531: 4F 214Y (7)
T George6-11-4......................................C Gethings (3)
03 Auxiliary 27 P Holmes5-10-12....................J Kington (3)
12
9
34- Wazin 57 S Crisford8-11 .................................. R Havlin
Betting: 11-4 Kripke, 3-1 Wazin, 9-2 Blacklooks, 11-2 Lord Oberon,
13-2 Angel?s Whisper, 15-2 Haverland, 10-1 Night Spark, others
Clondaw Castle 29 (D,G,S)
3
7
3- Kripke 79 T D Barron9-2...............................B A Curtis
6
11 0PP-63 Rory?s Valentine 13 (T) Katie Scott7-10-2....S W Quinlan
4
6 FP-550
00-0 Keynote 9 (H) D Griffiths9-2 ...................... T Marquand
4
10P05346
NOVICES? HURDLE
�159: 2M 51Y (14)
055- Haverland 24 C Fellowes9-2 ....................... S Donohoe
3
5
6 0646P6
00P Royal Summit 23 Alison Hamilton7-11-2....J Hamilton (3)
2
The Delray Munky 27
Ange Des Malberaux 19 (B,G,S)
5 2030/0
9 2/FF5- Rowdy Robin 287P J M Jefferson6-11-2...........B Hughes
1 1O001- Blacklooks 23 (D,S) I Furtado10-2...........Jane Elliott (5)
I Jardine6-11-12 ................................ Ross Chapman (5)
Rising Marienbard 22 (T,G)
Miss L Russell6-11-2...............................B Campbell (5)
Kempton Park
NOVICE STAKES
�752: 7F 14Y (9)
HANDICAP HURDLE
�119: 3M 1F 170Y (14)
2 2U-F54 Minella Suite 51 Mrs R Dobbin7-11-12...............C Nichol
3 143030
1-4 Knockrobin 42 (S) D McCain7-11-2...............W Kennedy
7
1.55
Betting: 7-2 Ramonex, 4-1 Katachenko, 9-2 Takingrisks, 5-1
Caraline, 11-2 Jet Master, 7-1 Un Guet Apens, others
Going: Soft
1
5 4033-1
6 1050-0
Meandmyshadow 11 (B,CD,F,G,S)
Alan Brown10-9-4......................................Hollie Doyle
Noble Ballad 6 (V,CD)
R Beckett4-9-1...............................Emma Wilkinson (7)
7 0/640- African Trader 181 I Furtado5-8-13...........P J McDonald
8 3/324- Best Tamayuz 23 (P,CD,BF,G) S Dixon7-8-10 ....K O?Neill
9 050-00 Red Shanghai 5 (E) Charles Smith4-8-7.....N Garbutt (3)
Betting: 13-8 Declamation, 9-2 Spun Gold, 11-2 Pudding Chare,
13-2 Meandmyshadow, 15-2 Joey?s Destiny, others
Going: FIBRESAND: Standard
HANDICAP
�105: 7F 14Y (8)
3.55
1 0002- Good Impression 26 (B) Ali Stronge9-11......T Marquand
1 65163- Shearian 23 (CD,G) Declan Carroll8-9-10..Ger O?Neill (7)
1 520U-2 Katachenko 36 (C,F,S) D McCain9-11-12..........B Hughes
2 42000- Still Got It 26 (P) D M Loughnane9-7.........P J McDonald
2 0402-1 Mr Coco Bean 13 (CD) T D Barron4-9-7..........B A Curtis
3 63212- Chaucer?s Tale 38 (T) M W Easterby4-9-6..P Mulrennan
2.15
1.20
HANDICAP CHASE
�,640: 2M 5F 133Y (8)
HANDICAP
�105: 1M 13Y (10)
2 214P-2 Takingrisks 29 (CD,G,S) N Richards9-11-7 ....... R Day (3)
3 3260-1 Istanbul Pasha 9 (V,F,S) P D Evans9-7 ..........Fran Berry
3 1-2531 Ramonex 13 (G,S) R Hobson7-11-5.....................D Cook
4 0604-5 Lady Sandy 13 (B) T D Barron9-2...................B A Curtis
4 60055- Scribner Creek 68 (D) I Furtado5-9-6.......P J McDonald
4 03-56F No No Mac 36 (T,D,G,S) I Duncan9-11-4.............D R Fox
5 03065- Westfield Wonder 31 R Thompson9-2 .. Nicola Currie (5)
5 31214- Break The Silence 59 (P,D,S) S Dixon4-9-5......K O?Neill
6
600- Political Slot 46 (H) D Shaw8-13 ................P P Mathers
6 /0300- Sea Of Hope 17 H Candy5-9-3......................Fran Berry
7 2300-3 Ray Purchase 6 (V) K Dalgleish8-12.................A Mullen
7 0044-0 Sugar Beach 11 (H) Mrs A Duffield4-8-8..........J Fanning
5 -51646
Jet Master 42 (H,T,C,G,S)
N Alexander12-11-1.....................................L Alexander
6 22-164 Un Guet Apens 22 (B,S) J Ewart10-10-13 ....... C O?Farrell
8
000-
8 4605-0 General Tufto 13 (B,CD,F,G) Charles Smith13-8-2J Haynes
Gowing Gowing Gone 92 (P)
Richard Spencer8-9........................................K O?Neill
Betting: 9-4 Good Impression, 7-2 Ray Purchase, 4-1 Istanbul
Pasha, 8-1 Gowing Gowing Gone, Lady Sandy, 9-1 Still Got It, 16-1
Westfield Wonder, 20-1 Political Slot
7 2PF-41 Caraline 19 (T,C,S) M D Hammond7-10-12 ........ J Colliver
8 510P-4
Top Cat Henry 238P (T,P,D,F,G,S)
N Alexander10-10-11..............................K Alexander (5)
9 02000- Star Links 131 (B,E,D,F,G,S) J Butler12-8-2 R P Walsh (7)
10/0650- Emigrated 30 (V) D Shaw5-8-2...................P P Mathers
Betting: 15-8 Mr Coco Bean, 11-2 Chaucer?s Tale, 6-1 Scribner
Creek, 7-1 Break The Silence, Shearian, 9-1 Sea Of Hope, others
Going: Soft (good to soft in places)
12.20 (2m hdle) 1 Redicean (Wayne Hutchinson,
8-13 fav); 2 Vaziani (15-2); 3 Kapdad (11-4). 7 ran.
10l, 絣. A King. Tote: �40; �80, �30. Exacta:
�00. CSF: �42. Trifecta: �80
12.55 (3m 121yd hdle) 1 Chef Des Obeaux (N D
Fehily, 11-8); 2 Secret Investor (6-5 fav); 3 The
Devils Drop (12-1). 6 ran. 19l, 2絣. N J Henderson.
Tote: �10; �40, �10. Exacta: �40. CSF:
�28. Trifecta: �80
1.30 (2m 4f 110yd ch) 1 Mercian Prince (Jack
Quinlan, 11-4 fav); 2 Rothman (9-2); 3 Minella
Tweet (20-1). 7 ran. NR: Exitas. 3絣, 8l. Miss Amy
Murphy. Tote: �40; �60, �00. Exacta: �.10.
CSF: �.63. Tricast: �6.20. Trifecta: �5.20
2.05 (2m 4f 110yd ch) 1 Waiting Patiently (B
Hughes, 13-8 fav); 2 Art Mauresque (16-1); 3
God?s Own (5-2). 6 ran. 8l, 4l. J M Jefferson. Tote:
�20; �40, �40. Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.46.
Trifecta: �.20
2.40 (2m 5f hdle) 1 William Henry (James Bowen,
7-1); 2 Spiritofthegames (16-1); 3 Red Indian (8-1);
4 Topofthegame (11-1). Also ran: Diese Des Bieffes
5-1 fav. 16 ran. 緇, 2l. N J Henderson. Tote: �20;
�60, �30, �70, �60. Exacta: �4.00. CSF:
�2.32. Tricast: �6.34. Trifecta: �477.90
3.15 (3m ch) 1 Fountains Windfall (Aidan
Coleman, 10-11 fav); 2 Ballykan (5-1); 3 The Young
Master (8-1). 6 ran. 9l, 2�. A J Honeyball. Tote:
�70; �30, �90. Exacta: �10. CSF: �02.
Trifecta: �.70
3.45 (2m hdle) 1 Jenkins (David Bass, 7-2); 2 Don
Bersy (5-1); 3 Hurricane Hollow (33-1). Also ran:
Charming Zen 5-2 fav. 9 ran. 5l, 5l. N J Henderson.
Tote: �60; �10, �80, �50. Exacta: �.00.
CSF: �.01. Tricast: �7.09. Trifecta: �4.50
Placepot: �.80
Quadpot: �.20
Lingfield Park
Going: Standard
12.15 (1m 4f) 1 Every Chance (D C Costello, 1-7
fav); 2 Fanoulpifer (6-1); 3 Reason To Believe (331). 7 ran. NR: Epicurious, Sandacres. 1緇, 6l. J A
Osborne. Tote: �10; �10, �60. Exacta: �10.
CSF: �72. Trifecta: �.00
12.50 (1m 1yd) 1 Lady Perignon (Jason Watson,
2-1 fav); 2 Mississippi Miss (9-1); 3 Narjes (11-2). 8
ran. 2糽, 緇. A M Balding. Tote: �40; �90,
�70, �50. Exacta: �.00. CSF: �.22.
Tricast: �.68. Trifecta: �7.40
1.25 (6f 1yd) 1 Reflektor (M Harley, 25-1); 2 Boom
The Groom (7-1); @3 Kasbah (9-2); @3 Upavon (331). Also ran: Human Nature 7-4 fav. 9 ran. Hd, nk.
Tom Dascombe. Tote: �.80; �50, �60,
Kasbah �80, Upavon �70. Exacta: �6.30.
CSF: �2.79. Tricast: Reflektor, Boom The
Groom, Kasbah �4.58, Reflektor, Boom The
Groom, Upavon �836.90. Trifecta: Reflektor,
Boom The Groom, Kasbah �9.00 Reflektor,
Boom The Groom, Upavon �408.70
Greene King IPA Championship
European Champions Cup
Pool One
20
33
Stade Rochelais
Wasps
13
28
34
15
Clermont Auvergne
Saracens
21
15
Pool Two
Northampton
Ospreys
Pool Three
Exeter
41
Montpellier Herault
10
European Challenge Cup
Pool One
Union Bordeaux Begles 36
NG Dragons
28
15
Lyon
13
42
Zebre
14
Pool Two
Sale Sharks
Pool Three
Section Paloise
Pool Four
London Irish
47
Krasny Yar
17
24
19
Connacht
CA Brive
24
29
Leinster A
Bristol
Yorkshire Carnegie
Richmond
Connacht A
Scarlets
41
37
19
10
12
24
Pool Five
Worcester
Oyonnax
British and Irish Cup
Cardiff Blues
Doncaster
London Scottish
Rotherham Titans
Ealing Trailfinders
Hartpury College
27
32
29
31
78
41
Aviva Premiership
Exeter
Saracens
Wasps
Gloucester
Bath
Newcastle
Sale
Leicester
Harlequins
Northampton
Worcester
London Irish
P W
13 10
13 9
13 8
13 8
13 7
13 8
13 6
13 7
13 6
13 5
13 3
13 1
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
3
4
5
5
6
5
7
6
7
8
10
12
F
365
420
362
294
341
254
326
296
354
297
252
219
A
224
236
321
320
307
298
295
306
349
362
379
383
B Pts
10 50
9 45
7 39
6 38
9 37
4 36
9 33
4 32
8 32
6 26
7
19
6 10
Bristol
Ealing Trailfinders
Yorkshire Carnegie
Bedford
Doncaster
Nottingham
Cornish Pirates
Jersey
Richmond
London Scottish
Hartpury College
Rotherham Titans
P W
13 13
13 11
13 8
13 6
13 5
13 6
13 5
13 6
13 6
13 4
13 4
13 0
D
0
0
1
2
1
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
L
0
2
4
5
7
6
8
6
7
8
8
13
F
583
479
321
408
339
338
372
246
279
320
250
228
B Pts
12 64
11 55
6 40
11 39
12 34
7 33
11 31
3 29
5 29
9 27
8 26
3
3
National League Division One: Bishop?s Stortford 20
Rosslyn Park 22; Blackheath 61 Coventry 29; Darlington
Mowden Park 42 Birmingham Moseley 2; Esher 29
Ampthill & District 29; Fylde 0 Plymouth Albion 26;
Loughborough Students 21 Old Elthamians 25; Old
Albanians 50 Hull Ionians 28. Division Two: North:
Hinckley 23 Sedgley Park 26; Luctonians 20 Chester 5;
Macclesfield 20 Huddersfield 15; Otley 40 Blaydon 17;
Sheffield 10 Sale 47; South Leicester 22 Sheffield Tigers
16; Stourbridge 29 Wharfedale 19; Tynedale 39 Leicester
Lions 10. South: Bury St Edmunds 39 Barnstaple 25;
Canterbury 48 Old Redcliffians 29; Clifton 31 Broadstreet
24; Henley 15 Tonbridge Juddians 20; London Irish Wild
Geese 17 Cinderford 31; Redingensians 29 Chinnor 31;
Taunton Titans 66 Wimbledon 15; Worthing 46 Redruth 43
Guinness Pro14
Southern Kings
Conference A
Glasgow
Munster
Cheetahs
Cardiff Blues
Connacht
Ospreys
Zebre
Conference B
Scarlets
Leinster
Ulster
Edinburgh
Benetton Treviso
NG Dragons
Southern Kings
21
Cheetahs
45
P W
13 12
13 8
12 7
13 5
13 4
13 4
13 3
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
1
5
5
8
9
9
10
F
407
389
365
281
260
211
271
A
192
239
333
328
285
327
367
B Pts
10 58
11 43
7 35
5 25
8 24
5
21
5
17
P W
13 11
13 11
13 8
13 8
13 6
13 2
12 0
D
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
L
2
2
4
5
7
10
12
F
379
399
336
286
232
239
191
A
216
213
327
230
272
444
473
B
9
7
6
5
5
4
4
Pts
53
51
40
37
29
14
4
Cardiff Met
Newcastle Emlyn
Pontypool
Rhydyfelin
Skewen
Tata Steel
55
0
44
32
0
28
2.15 (1m 7f 36yd ch) 1 Positively Dylan (L P
Aspell, 9-1); 2 Kayf Blanco (11-4); 3 Bun Doran (5-4
fav). 5 ran. 6l, 3緇. Evan Williams. Tote: �.30;
�00, �00. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.10.
Trifecta: �8.70
Placepot: �.10
Quadpot: �.10
Warwick
Going: Soft
12.40 (2m hdle) 1 Vado Forte (R T Dunne, 14-1); 2
Peppay Le Pugh (14-1); 3 Shroughmore Lass (9-1);
4 Stuccodor (33-1). 17 ran. NR: Stonecoldsoba. 7l,
緇. Tom Lacey. Tote: �.40; �10, �50, �80,
�70. Exacta: �4.40. CSF: �3.03. Tricast:
�884.88. Trifecta: �371.50
1.15 (2m 54yd ch) 1 Big Jim (Harry Bannister, 5-2
jt-fav); 2 Imjoeking (6-1); 3 Vivaccio (11-2). Also
ran: Swift Crusador 5-2 jt-fav. 6 ran. NR: Red
Riverman. 1緇, 12l. A M Hales. Tote: �30; �90,
�20. Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.43. Trifecta:
�.80
2.25 (3m 1f hdle) 1 Black Ivory (Jamie Hamilton,
5-1); 2 Sykes (12-1); 3 Tobefair (16-1). Also ran: No
Hassle Hoff 4-1 fav. 12 ran. 1糽, 1糽. J M Jefferson.
Tote: �70; �60, �80, �60. Exacta: �.00.
CSF: �.99. Tricast: �9.36. Trifecta: �9.80
3.00 (2m 5f hdle) 1 Mr Whipped (Nico de
Boinville, 6-4 fav); 2 Paisley Park (9-2); 3 Knight
In Dubai (16-1). 6 ran. 1l, 6l. N J Henderson. Tote:
�80; �30, �50. Exacta: �20. CSF: �76.
Trifecta: �.80
3.35 (3m 5f 54yd ch) 1 Milansbar (Bryony Frost,
12-1); 2 Cogry (14-1); 3 Missed Approach (9-2 fav).
13 ran. NR: Emperor?s Choice, Itstimeforapint. 11l,
12l. N B King. Tote: �.20; �10, �30, �90.
Exacta: �8.00. CSF: �8.64. Tricast: �2.43.
Jackpot: Not won - pool of �612.47 c/f to Kelso
today. Trifecta: �287.30
4.05 (2m) 1 Thebannerkingrebel (G Sheehan,
4-1); 2 Brigadier Bob (8-1); 3 Baby Ted (2-1 fav). 8
ran. NR: Allonok. 12l, 3l. Jamie Snowden. Tote:
�00; �50, �90, �10. Exacta: �.20. CSF:
�.22. Trifecta: �.40
Placepot: �9.50
Glynneath
Trebanos
Bedlinog
Narberth
Beddau
Newbridge
24
14
10
21
7
21
Melrose
Glasgow Hawks
Watsonians
Boroughmuir
Ayr
2.50 (2m 3f 154yd hdle) 1 Westend Story (R
Johnson, 2-1 fav); 2 Craggaknock (8-1); 3
Slanelough (9-2). 11 ran. 8l, nk. P J Hobbs. Tote:
�10; �90, �80, �60. Exacta: �.10. CSF:
�.52. Tricast: �.40. Trifecta: �.10
3.25 (2m 3f 85yd ch) 1 Newberry New (R
Johnson, 11-4 fav); 2 Crown Hill (4-1); 3 Granville
Island (3-1). 6 ran. NR: Hargam. 4l, 7l. Harriet
Bethell. Tote: �00; �10, �60. Exacta: �.40.
CSF: �.77. Trifecta: �.60
3.55 (1m 4f 77yd) 1 Maebh (Kevin Jones, 13-2); 2
So Lonely (11-8 fav); 3 Fforbidden Love (5-1). 8
ran. 1l, 3l. J W Mullins. Tote: �00; �20, �50,
�60. Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.67. Trifecta:
�.40
Placepot: �.40
Quadpot: �.50
Wolverhampton
Going: Standard
1.50 (3m ch) 1 Ms Parfois (Sean Bowen, 9-4); 2
Duel At Dawn (15-8 fav); 3 Big River (15-2). 5 ran.
5l, 1糽. A J Honeyball. Tote: �90; �70, �20.
Exacta: �30. CSF: �76. Trifecta: �.60
Quadpot: �.10
Wetherby
Going: Soft (heavy in places)
5.45 (1m 142yd) 1 Rock Icon (Harry Burns, 11-1); 2
John Honeyman (5-1); 3 Muthraab Aldaar (3-1 fav).
13 ran. 4絣, nk. J Hughes. Tote: �.00; �80,
�70, �70. Exacta: �5.00. CSF: �.71.
Tricast: �6.92. Trifecta: �1.30
6.15 (1m 142yd) 1 Kelly?s Dino (B A Curtis, 9-2); 2
Dellaguista (5-2 fav); 3 Ebbisham (11-2). 9 ran. 1絣,
sh hd. K R Burke. Tote: �40; �00, �20, �00.
Exacta: �.30. CSF: �.19. Tricast: �.52.
Trifecta: �.00
6.45 (2m 120yd) 1 Indian Red (Joey Haynes, 9-4
fav); 2 Miss Dusky Diva (16-1); 3 Picture Painter (112). 13 ran. 3�, 5l. M H Tompkins. Tote: �00;
�40, �60, �10. Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.54.
Tricast: �5.63. Trifecta: �4.20
7.15 (6f) 1 Amazing Grazing (Ben Sanderson,
9-2 fav); 2 Berlios (9-1); @3 Poppy In The Wind
(Hollie Doyle, 12-1); @3 Indian Affair (Kerrie
Raybould, 20-1). 13 ran. Hd, 1絣. Richard Guest.
Tote: �90; �70, �60, Poppy In The Wind
�00, Indian Affair �80. Exacta: �.80. CSF:
�.60. Tricast: Amazing Grazing, Berlios, Poppy
In The Wind �2.19, Amazing Grazing, Berlios,
Indian Affair �8.71
7.45 (6f 20yd) 1 Tavener (M Dwyer, 17-2); 2 Mr
Pocket (9-2); 3 Pulsating (6-4 fav). 12 ran. 2絣, 絣.
D C Griffiths. Tote: �10; �30, �90, �10.
Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.07. Tricast: �.80.
Trifecta: �1.10
8.15 (5f) 1 Desert Doctor (Adam J McNamara,
4-6 fav); 2 Cool Spirit (11-8); 3 Ingleby Molly
(25-1). 6 ran. 1糽, 6l. E Walker. Tote: �50;
�10, �10. Exacta: �70. CSF: �74.
Trifecta: �80
1.05 (2m 3f 85yd ch) 1 Hogan?s Height (R
Johnson, 4-1); 2 De Dollar Man (4-5 fav); 3 Quietly
(6-1). 6 ran. NR: Dark Valley. 1緇, 8l. Jamie
Snowden. Tote: �40; �30, �20. Exacta:
�60. CSF: �39. Trifecta: �.80
BT Scottish Premiership
24
14
17
12
16
3.40 (1m 2f) 1 Betsalottie (Mitch Godwin, 4-1); 2
Nicky Baby (8-1); 3 Stringybark Creek (14-1). Also
ran: Taste The Salt 11-8 fav. 11 ran. NR: Idol
Deputy, Ixelles Diamond, Outrath. 2l, hd. J J
Bridger. Tote: �30; �80, �80, �90. Exacta:
�.70. CSF: �.53. Tricast: �3.35. Trifecta:
�4.30
2.35 (1m 1yd) 1 Cliffs Of Capri (D C Costello,
7-4); 2 Medici Banchiere (10-1); 3 Lost At Sea (201). Also ran: Qassem 8-11 fav. 4 ran. 絣, 1糽. J A
Osborne. Tote: �60. Exacta: �70. CSF:
�.05. Trifecta: �.10
SSE Swalec Welsh National League: Division One
East: Blaenavon 15 Pontypool Utd 27; Brecon 20
Croesyceiliog 5; Dowlais 15 Abertillery BG 6. West:
Dunvant 21 Llanelli Wanderers 7; Felinfoel 14 Penclawdd
16; Gorseinon 24 Aberystwyth 22; Kidwelly 3
Llangennech 13; Tenby Utd 15 Gowerton 9. North: Bala
39 Bethesda 5; Llangefni 12 Llandudno 24; Mold 22
Dolgellau 16
Currie
Hawick
Heriot?s
Marr
Stirling County
1.40 (2m hdle) 1 Gran Maestro (Ryan Winks,
9-2); 2 Walsingham Grange (7-2); 3 Notebook (172). Also ran: Skywards Reward 3-1 fav. 9 ran. 1絣,
緇. P Winks. Tote: �30; �50, �70, �00.
Exacta: �.40. CSF: �.11. Tricast: �8.75.
Trifecta: �0.30
2.00 (1m 1yd) 1 Goring (Charles Bishop, 7-4 fav);
2 Surrey Hope (4-1); 3 Sacred Act (5-1). 7 ran. NR:
Mr Scaramanga. Nk, 絣. Eve Johnson Houghton.
Tote: �50; �40, �50. Exacta: �70. CSF:
�58. Tricast: �.85. Trifecta: �.20
SSE Swalec Welsh Championship
A
257
264
335
348
352
343
369
260
393
417
310
515
3.10 (1m 2f) 1 Karam Albaari (M Harley, 9-2); 2
Presence Process (10-1); 3 Avocet (8-1). Also ran:
Romantic 9-4 fav. 13 ran. NR: Fairy Mist. 2l, nk. J R
Jenkins. Tote: �20; �40, �90, �20. Exacta:
�.40. CSF: �.36. Tricast: �0.95. Trifecta:
�6.90
12.30 (2m 3f 154yd hdle) 1 Noble Robin (R
Johnson, 5-2); 2 Silva Eclipse (7-2); 3 Leskinfere
(20-1). Also ran: Truckers Lodge 15-8 fav. 9 ran.
7l, 1絣. Jonjo O?Neill. Tote: �60; �10, �40,
�50. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.37. Trifecta:
�.80
RUGBY UNION RESULTS
Ulster
Harlequins
out possibly any Russian presence at all,
the event will lose at least some of its
glamour. ?Olympic ice skating without
Russia,? as one Russian coach put it,
?would be like having no salt or pepper
with your meal.?
?She will be missed, of course,? says
Robin Cousins, the 1980 Olympic gold
medallist and BBC analyst. ?Medvedeva
has been a breath of fresh air for ice skating and it?s not so much what she?s doing,
but it?s the ease with which she does it. It
is beautiful and utterly effortless. She is
the one that everybody else is out to beat
but if she?s not there then it will be business as usual.? Except that the competition will be all the less without her presence, and everybody knows it.
For Cousins, comparisons between
Medvedeva and the great Katarina Witt,
the double Olympic champion from East
Germany, are not too far-fetched. Witt
dominated the sport in the 1980s, an era
during which artistry and elegance were
judged as highly as technical prowess.
Medvedeva is the brilliant champion of a
judging system that favours athleticism
and youth. She has promised to perfect a
quad ? a quadruple rotation ? in the near
future.
?There are 10-12 year-olds out there
now who are doing the same stuff that I
was doing in the Olympics,? says Cousins.
?In certain countries there is now no
transition from novice to junior or senior
anymore, they?re all doing the same
things. They are robots, but they are
beautiful to watch.?
The butterfly-like life cycle of the modern skater, here one minute, gone the
next, lends a particular poignancy to
Medvedeva?s plea to the IOC. This truly
will be her one and only chance to win
Olympic gold. She is also the one Olympic
athlete from Russia who would be sorely
missed.
RACING RESULTS
Kelso (Jackpot meeting)
12.40
can lose this opportunity because of circumstances that do not depend on me in
any way.?
The 18-year-old skater was too young
to compete in Sochi and has not been
implicated in any of the state-sponsored
doping that has led to Russia being banished from the 2018 Games, which begin
on Friday, February 9. Standing, at such a
tender age, before the judge and jury of
the IOC, part defence witness, part prosecutor of a tainted system, demanded all
the qualities of courage and control that
have made her the outstanding skater of
her generation.
A precocious and charismatic young
woman, and unbeaten in two years of
major competition, Medvedeva could
well turn out to be the poster girl for a
new post-Sochi era in Russian sport, but
I cannot accept
that I would
compete in South
Korea without
the Russian flag
she has yet to commit to competing as a
member of the denationalised ?Olympic
Athlete from Russia? (OAR) team in
Pyeongchang.
Under the terms of the Olympic ban,
members of the OAR team will all be
vetted by an IOC panel before being
invited to compete beneath an Olympic
flag and without a national anthem. They
are forbidden even from wearing a third
colour on their official kit. ?I cannot
accept the option that I would compete in
South Korea without the Russian flag as a
neutral,? Medvedeva told the IOC quite
firmly last month.
The defending champion?s presence
in the field for the European championships in her home city of Moscow this
week is the first indication that Medvedeva?s hard line on the issue might be
starting to soften. A broken bone in her
foot forced the Russian to pull out of both
the recent Grand Prix final in Japan and
her own national championships, won
by the 15-year-old Alina Zagitova, another
Russian who has already been anointed
as Medvedeva?s natural successor. This
will be Medvedeva?s first major competition for two months and will provide a
test of her fitness and resilience both on
and off the ice.
If she remains true to her word, Medvedeva will not be competing in South
Korea next month and the loss will not
just be personal. Women?s figure skating
remains one of the highest-profile and
most marketable events on the Olympic
schedule. It was estimated that half the
population of South Korea watched their
own champion, Yuna Kim, win the gold
medal in Vancouver back in 2010 and
even without a strong American presence, figure skating also remains a topthree attraction on NBC, the US Olympic
broadcaster.
Without its star performer, and with-
8.45 (5f) 1 Global Academy (Rossa Ryan, 5-2
fav); 2 Joegogo (3-1); 3 Gift In Time (7-2). 7 ran. 2l,
nk. Miss Gay Kelleway. Tote: �70; �70, �30.
Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.00. Trifecta: �.80
9.15 (1m 1f 104yd) 1 Mr Carbonator (Rossa Ryan,
4-1); 2 Mouchee (7-2 fav); 3 Bill Cody (9-1). 11 ran.
Ns, 1緇. P A Kirby. Tote: �40; �70, �20,
�70. Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.47. Trifecta:
�5.70
Placepot: �.60
Quadpot: �60
Punchestown
Going: Soft to heavy
12.25 (2m 4f ch) 1 Bilbo Bagins (P D Kennedy,
9-2); 2 Simple Steps (4-1 fav); 3 Shrewdoperator
(14-1). 10 ran. 絣, 11l. Adrian Murray. Tote: ?4.60;
?1.60, ?1.50, ?3.70. Exacta: ?16.60. CSF: ?23.79.
Tricast: ?235.00. Trio: ?228.20
1.00 (2m 4f ch) 1 Invitation Only (D J Mullins, 5-4
fav); 2 Koshari (6-1); 3 The Storyteller (5-2). 6 ran.
NR: Dounikos. 2絣, 2l. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.80;
?2.40 ?1.60. Exacta: ?8.40. CSF: ?8.98. Trio:
?18.90
1.35 (3m 1f ch) 1 Glencairn View (L Quinlan, 4-1
jt-fav); 2 Toubaloo (9-1); 3 Without Limites (9-1).
Also ran: Thebarrowman 4-1 jt-fav. 12 ran. 1緇,
5絣. Anthony Mullins. Tote: ?4.10; ?1.60, ?2.40,
?2.10. Exacta: ?43.80. CSF: ?39.35. Tricast:
?310.96. Trio: ?529.60
2.10 (2m hdle) 1 Getabird (P W Mullins, evens
fav); 2 Mengli Khan (7-4); 3 Carter Mckay (7-1). 6
ran. NR: Hardline. 9l, 4絣. W P Mullins. Tote:
?1.90; ?1.02, ?1.50. Exacta: ?3.60. CSF: ?3.06.
Trio: ?6.80
2.45 (2m hdle) 1 Impact Factor (R M Power, 4-7
fav); 2 Eagle Lion (16-1); 3 Gun Digger (12-1). 15
ran. NR: Never Can Tell, Warlike Intent. 1糽, 4l. Mrs
John Harrington. Tote: ?1.40; ?1.02, ?2.80, ?3.10.
Exacta: ?8.40. CSF: ?13.85. Trio: ?38.20
3.20 (2m 4f 40yd hdle) 1 Goaheadmakemyday (R
Loughran, 4-1); 2 A Hardy Nailer (3-1 fav); 3 Pat?s
Oscar (7-1). 7 ran. 2緇, 2糽. Thomas Foley. Tote:
?5.00; ?2.40, ?2.00. Exacta: ?21.70. CSF: ?15.52.
Tricast: ?73.94. Trio: ?101.20
3.50 (2m) 1 Relegate (Mr P W Mullins, 13-8 fav);
2 Danse Idol (11-1); 3 Indefatigable (25-1). 14 ran.
1緇, 1緇. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.90; ?1.10, ?3.40,
?4.20. Exacta: ?22.50. CSF: ?22.00. Trio:
?839.90
This week
Today: Kelso (12.40pm); Southwell (A/W,
1.20pm); Fairyhouse (1pm)
Tomorrow: Ayr (1.10pm); Plumpton (1.25pm);
Wolverhampton (A/W, 4.35pm)
Tuesday: Ayr (12.35pm); Hereford (12.50pm);
Kempton Park (A/W, 4.35pm)
Wednesday: Lingfield Park (A/W, 12.40pm);
Market Rasen (12.30pm); Newbury (1.20pm);
Newcastle (A/W, 4pm); Fairyhouse (12.25pm)
Thursday: Ludlow (1pm); Southwell (A/W,
12.50pm); Wincanton (1.10pm); Chelmsford City
(A/W, 5.55pm)
Friday: Chepstow (1.05pm); Musselburgh
(12.40pm); Lingfield Park (A/W, 12.55pm);
Newcastle (A/W, 5.45pm); Dundalk (5.30pm)
Saturday: Ascot (12.40pm); Haydock Park
(12.55pm); Lingfield Park (A/W, 12.50pm);
Taunton (1.05pm); Chelmsford City (A/W,
6.15pm); Navan (12.25pm)
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Scottish National League Division One: Aberdeen
Grammar 10 Edinburgh Acads 24; Cartha Q P 6 Gala 16;
Dundee HSFP 10 Kelso 15; Falkirk 7 Selkirk 43; Jed-Forest
64 Stewart?s Melville FP 7; Musselburgh 24 GHA 57.
Division Two: Kirkcaldy 39 Dumfries 12; Lasswade 7 GHK
0; Preston Lodge FP 47 Whitecraigs 28; West of Scotland
6 Howe of Fife 27. Division Three: Haddington 20
Newton Stewart 31; Hillhead/Jordanhill 19 Highland 28;
Murrayfield Wanderers 41 Gordonians 20; Orkney 3
Ardrossan Acads 17; Perthshire 5 St Boswells 38
0 All other matches postponed
Fixtures
Today
European Champions Cup: Pool Three: Leinster v
Glasgow (1pm). Pool Four: Racing 92 v Munster
(3.15pm); Castres v Leicester (5.30pm). Pool Five:
Toulonnaise v Benetton (1pm)
European Challenge Cup: Pool One: Newcastle v EniseiSTM (3pm). Pool Two: Cardiff Blues v Stade Toulousain
(5.30pm)
Friday
European Champions Cup: Pool Three: Gloucester v
Section Paloise (7.45pm)
British and Irish Cup: Munster A v Ospreys (7.45pm);
Bristol v Cardiff Blues (7.45pm); Connacht A v
Rotherham Titans (7pm)
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The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
CRAIG LASSIG
England?s humiliating World Cup failure could
have crushed Stuart Lancaster but he has found
fulfilment and success at a resurgent Leinster
I
REX FEATURES
n an interview for The Sunday
Times four months ago Jose
Mourinho told an interesting story
about Nemanja Matic. It was from
their time at Chelsea. Having not
made the starting XI for a home
game against Southampton, Matic
was brought on after half-time but
then replaced 16 minutes from the
end. In the list of humiliating
experiences for a footballer, being
hauled off after coming on ranks close to
the top.
Matic was angry as he returned to his
still lukewarm seat on the substitutes?
bench. This wasn?t an enforced tactical
change but rather Mourinho thinking he
could improve the team by taking off the
guy he?d brought on. Only once
previously had he ever done this.
The next morning Matic went to see
him. ?Boss,? he said, ?I just want to say I
was sad about what happened but I
understand. I wasn?t playing well
enough.? Mourinho was startled. And
impressed. It?s part of the reason why
Manchester United paid �m to take
the Serbian to Old Trafford in the
summer.
Humility is a rare trait among highachieving athletes. ?I want a man who
knows something about himself. And is
appalled. And has to forgive himself to
get along,? wrote the novelist and
scientist CP Snow. Matic was appalled by
how he?d performed but forgave himself
and got on with it.
Allow yourself a smile at the thought
of Jose?s admiration for the midfielder?s
humility. Selflessness is not an infectious
condition. Then again, which football
manager or head coach in rugby or
cricket would you consider humble?
Which one have you seen walk into a
press conference and take full
responsibility for a loss? The team
prepared badly for today?s game and
that was down to me.
They don?t.
In this regard Stuart Lancaster, the
former England rugby coach, is
different. I first met him a month or so
into his reign as England coach. We were
chatting about team cultures and I
recalled something from a 1986
interview with the then All Black wing
John Kirwan. Picked for the All Blacks as
a teenager, Kirwan recalled a lockerroom moment when he mumbled
something about it being difficult to play
without the ball, a thinly veiled criticism
of how the New Zealand forwards had
played.
Skipper Andy Dalton wasn?t
impressed. ?John,? he said, ?can I have a
word?? They went to the washroom and
stopped in front of a mirror. ?In this
team it is expected that when things
don?t go as planned, every individual
will first look in the mirror and ask,
?Could I have done more for the team
today?? Once you?ve answered that
question you might not want to criticise
any of your teammates.?
Kirwan was 21 when he told this story.
About three hours after recalling it for
Lancaster, we were in his car going to the
railway station in Leeds. As I got out of
the car, he said: ?Would you mind
sending me that John Kirwan story in an
email?? This guy, I thought, had
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Looking ahead:
Stuart Lancaster
led England
when they
became the first
host country not
to reach the
Rugby World Cup
knockout stages
something about him. A learner who
understood that he could never discover
that which he already thought he knew.
Sir Clive Woodward feels Lancaster
was an excellent coach who got the
England job too early in his career.
?Stuart probably needed to be tougher
with the RFU, but that was difficult for
him because he?d been promoted from
within and probably felt he owed them,?
he said. Lancaster?s time with England
ended with an ignominious exit from the
2015 World Cup when England became
the first host country not to reach the
knockout stages. The coach was vilified
and, knowing what was coming, he
resigned.
That failure could have crushed him.
But it didn?t. He is CP Snow?s kind of
man. He recognises the mistakes he?s
made, forgives himself and moves on.
Most of all he wanted to grow as a coach.
He went to New Zealand and bunked
down in the home of the Counties
Manukau head coach Darryl Suasua so
that he could get some experience
working with Kiwi players.
At a coaching conference in Los
Angeles he got talking to Dan Quinn, the
head coach of Atlanta Falcons in the
NFL. From there he went to the Falcons
training camp at Flowery Branch in
Georgia and spent three days working
with the team. Wherever he went,
managers, coaches and players were
impressed by what he knew and warmed
to him for being open about what he
didn?t.
He spoke to Wayne Bennett, the
iconic rugby league coach, and asked for
advice on choosing his next job. ?Go
where you are most wanted,? Bennett
told him. And that was a factor in the
decision to accept a senior coaching role
under Leinster?s head coach, Leo Cullen.
This was late summer last year and while
considering three job offers, Lancaster
received a text message from Leinster?s
fly-half, Johnny Sexton.
?Stuart,? Sexton said, ?if there?s
anything I can do to help get this over
the line, just let me know.?
Lancaster started work at Leinster on
You look at what
Stuart is doing at
Leinster and
you?ve got to say,
?Well done mate?
? Sir Clive
Woodward
Monday morning, September 5, 2016.
Sexton and Isa Nacewa were the only
players in the loop. It was how the new
senior coach wanted it. ?The way he
arrived out of nowhere put everyone on
edge straightaway,? said Sexton.
?Suddenly there was a new guy in town
and we all had to impress him.?
A season and a half later, the team are
playing excellent rugby and the former
England coach is much appreciated in
Ireland. ?The Leinster lads love him,?
said Luke Fitzgerald, who retired in
2016. ?They love the pace and quality of
his training sessions, they enjoy the oneon-one feedback he?s giving them and
they just think he?s a brilliant coach.?
Leinster are going well in the Pro14,
they lead their group in the Champions
Cup and they are good enough to
challenge for both trophies. They play
Glasgow Warriors in Dublin this
afternoon and they?re worth watching.
Lancaster has played a significant part in
the province upping its game. ?You look
at what he?s doing at Leinster and you?ve
just got to say, ?Well done mate?,? says
Woodward.
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Bravo?s artistry comes from seeing the bigger picture
Favourite moment of the
sporting week just gone?
Easy. It came 55 minutes
into the first leg of the
Carabao Cup semi-final at
the Etihad when
Manchester City were
trailing Bristol City 1-0 and
struggling to find the goal
that would change the mood
inside their stadium.
Bristol City were playing
with energy and skill, and
their eagerness to press
Manchester City?s defenders
deep in their own half was
key to the excitement. The
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special moment came as
Bristol?s front players once
again harried their rivals,
forcing John Stones to turn
the ball back to the
goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Last season Bravo was firstchoice keeper and getting
worse press than Donald
Trump. Now he plays in the
Carabao Cup and when that
ball from Stones came to
him, it had a Bristol City
attacker hurrying in after it.
Twenty-five yards from
goal, there was a line of four
Bristol City players. A
Rod Liddle?s suggestion (last
week) that the flaws in
football are to be valued is
ridiculous. Time and again
matches are settled by
cheating or incorrect
refereeing decisions.
Anything that improves this
must be embraced.
Keith Farrow, Fareham
VAR is inevitable in football
but a word of caution. As a
rugby league fan, I used to
get to Knowsley Road for a
3pm kick-off and be on my
way home by 4.35pm. These
days, an 8pm kick-off usually
means a 10pm departure.
P Baines, St Helens
slightly misplaced pass from
Bravo and Man City would
have been two down.
As the ball rolled
towards Bravo he
glanced up to see his
options. Remarkably
he saw not the
player two
yards away,
or the four
spread in a
line just
outside
his penalty
area. Bravo?s
eye caught only
VAR is needed more in
football than most sports
because one incorrect call
can impact on the result. I
see no downside in stopping
the game to view a decision.
John McCullough, via email
The video referee should be
the ?be all and end all? and, as
a result, the Wengers and
Mourinhos can hopefully be
silenced. And only the
captain should be allowed to
question the referee.
Roger Foord, via email
I share Rowan Gorrie?s
distaste for players feigning
injury (letters, last week). The
the light blue shirt of Kevin
de Bruyne near halfway.
Virtually every other
goalkeeper in the Premier
League would have
whacked that ball high and
as far away from his goal
as possible. But in Pep
Guardiola?s
playbook, safety
doesn?t come
first. He
demands his
goalkeeper be a
Bravo: gamechanger
only effective deterrent is to
deduct points from the
worst offenders.
Norman Mason, Widnes
Jose Mourinho?s charm was
lost well before he joined
Man United. His regular rants
are pitiful. He is a poor
ambassador for United, and
the sooner he?s packed off to
Paris the better.
Graeme Warner,
Manchester
David Walsh wrote another
fawning article on Mourinho,
?the Premier League?s top
drawing card?, but actually a
man who encapsulates
playmaker. Playing safe is a
luxury his goalkeepers
aren?t allowed.
So Bravo played the
sweetest pass to the feet of
De Bruyne and in two
seconds, he took six Bristol
City players out of the game.
The Belgian surged forward,
one of four attackers against
three defenders, with a
fourth scrambling to get
back. On the right side
Raheem Sterling waited for
the right moment, and then
accelerated. De Bruyne?s
pass was perfectly timed
and the England
international didn?t need to
do anything except play it
back into the Belgian?s path.
From the moment De
Bruyne received the pass
from Bravo, it took 11
seconds for De Bruyne to
score the goal. That changed
the game and the following
morning?s newspapers
reported that a late Sergio
Aguero header won it for
Man City. In my book they
were wrong. It was the
keeper that won it.
Bravo, Claudio!
everything that is wrong with
the Premier League.
Dave Lees, Swansea
England and Australia
batting averages without
considering the bowling
attack each side was facing.
Apart from Steve Smith, all
the Australians would have
struggled against Starc,
Cummings, Hazlewood and
Lyon. Had England?s
batsmen faced Woakes,
Broad, Anderson and Ali,
they would be coming home
with marvellous figures.
Bob Marlow,
Sutton Coldfield
David Walsh?s critique of
Ross Barkley (last week) did
not mention his greatest
fault: greed. As an
Evertonian, I don?t care who
scores, but Barkley did. It?s
difficult to estimate the
number of goals we missed
last season because of
Barkley holding on to the ball
trying to carve out a chance
for himself. I?m pleased
we?ve offloaded him.
Mark Syder, Prescot
It?s unfair to compare the
One-day cricket is no
preparation for Tests. The
county championship has
become secondary.
Minnesota Vikings are two
victories away from making
NFL history. If they beat New
Orleans Saints today and the
winner of last night?s game
between Philadelphia Eagles
and Atlanta Falcons in next
weekend?s NFC
Championship game, they
will become the first team to
contest a Super Bowl in their
home stadium. But perhaps
more remarkably, if they
reach the big game in the 18month-old, $1bn U.S. Bank
stadium on February 4, they
will have been led there by a
third-choice quarterback.
Case Keenum signed a oneyear contract with Vikings
last March to act as back-up to
Sam Bradford until Teddy
Bridgewater, the team?s 2014
first-round pick, recovered
from a serious ankle injury.
That he was guaranteed only
$1m for his year?s work ? not
even particularly good money
for a reserve ? reflected the
fact that Keenum, 29, was
seen as a journeyman.
He had been undrafted in
2012 despite holding a
number of national college
passing records, and lost his
first eight NFL starts after
signing as a free agent with
Houston Texans. He then
went back and forth between
St Louis Rams, the Texans
once more and Rams again,
before joining Vikings.
But when Bradford was
injured in the second week of
the season, Keenum stepped
in and revealed previously
unsuspected abilities,
winning 11 of his 14 games as
Vikings clinched the NFC
North title with two games to
spare. Bridgewater, now fit
again, is Keenum?s
understudy.
Keenum?s emergence has
surprised many but perhaps
the surprise is that nobody
had spotted his potential on
draft day. However, he recalls
that he was always being told
that he was not quite tall
enough, at a shade over 6ft,
not quite fast enough, or his
arm was not quite strong
enough.
His response was to work
harder and believe that that
early run of defeats with
Houston happened despite
his performances rather than
because of them. Now, in a
good Vikings team, behind an
effective offensive line and
with promising young
Australia?s players are all
committed to the intense
competition of state cricket
and this is reflected in their
play at international level.
Jem Cook, Wiltshire
Moeen Ali has been illserved by England. A
batsman who can bowl a bit
of off-spin has been thrust
into a frontline bowling role
while batting anywhere in
the order depending on the
team?s need.
Charles O?Brian, Cambs
England will not produce a
side to compete in Australia
until July and August are
receivers to throw to, he has
been able to prove his worth.
?Proving myself, over and
over again, is all I?ve ever
known,? he said. ?When
you?re on the fringes, you
learn how to put your head
down and go to work. You
learn that progress can be
slow as all heck, but that
doesn?t mean it isn?t there.
You learn to block out the
noise, and how to cherish
every opportunity, right
down to the last one, because
you never know how many
you?re gonna get.?
Usually the first and last at
practice, he has used every
method available to improve,
including hours of studying
film and using virtual reality
to give himself extra
?practice? without any bonejarring hits from opposing
defences. ?When you put the
time in the way he does, you
get nothing but good results
when you?re out on the field,?
Bridgewater said.
Keenum will be able to
name his price when his
contract runs out this spring,
and it will go up if he can get
past the Saints today in what
promises to be the best game
of the weekend. His opposite
number will be Drew Brees, a
Super Bowl winner in 2010,
who leads a free-scoring
offence, and has the best
pass-completion percentage
in the NFL ? Keenum?s is
second-best ? and will be
starting his 13th post-season
game as quarterback while
Keenum begins his first.
?I?ve been a big fan of his
for a long time,? Keenum
said. ?We?re a similar size so
you can make comparisons
there but I admire the way he
moves the ball down the field,
the kind of leader he is. He is
somebody to try to learn
from. And we?re both
Texans.?
The respect is mutual. ?I
always root for guys like that,
kind of the undersized guy
coming out that nobody
wants to give any credit,?
Brees said.
?Case has done a
phenomenal job. I am really
happy for him, knowing the
road he?s travelled to get
where he is. We can relate. I
think there?s just kind of that
mentality of having the chip
on your shoulder, always
being told you couldn?t do it
for whatever reason, height
[or] whatever. But I love the
way that guy plays, and he?s
played extremely well for his
team.?
ON TV TODAY
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9pm Sky Sports Main Event,
Kick-off 9.40pm
used for championship
cricket and nothing else.
C J Rockett, Lindfield
In response to Peter Lee?s
views on crash tackling in
rugby (letters, last week), the
tackles he refers to were fair.
Rugby is a contact sport.
Tom Whelan via email
The Commonwealth
Games will be held in
Birmingham in 2022 but
because the city does not
have a banked velodrome,
the track racing will take
place in London. What a
wasted opportunity.
David Viner, Stourbridge
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Montrose 21-44; 2 Peterhead 19-43; 3
Stenhousemuir 20-35; 4 Annan Ath 21-31; 5 Stirling
Alb 19-30; 6 Elgin 20-30
Press & Journal Highland League
Fort William 1 Forres Mechanics 9; Huntly 1
Buckie Thistle 2; Inverurie LW 2 Fraserburgh 2;
Lossiemouth 0 Formartine Utd 6; Turriff Utd 0
Cove Rgrs 4; Wick Acad 2 Keith 0
JD Welsh Premier League
Aberystwyth 4 Connah?s Quay Nomads 2; Barry Tn 0
Bala Tn 1; Carmarthen 0 Cardiff Met Univ 2; Cefn
Druids 0 Llandudno 0; Newtown 3 Prestatyn Tn 0;
The New Saints 2 Bangor C 1
Danske Bank Premiership
Ballinamallard Utd 2 Glentoran 2; Ballymena 3
Carrick 0; Crusaders 1 Ards 0; Dungannon Swifts 0
Coleraine 1; Glenavon 1 Cliftonville 1
0 All other matches postponed
Spain
Deportivo La Coruna 1 Valencia 2; Eibar 0 Atletico
Madrid 1; Girona 6 Las Palmas 0; Real Madrid 0
Villarreal 1
Italy
0 Winter break until Jan 21
Germany
Augsburg 1 Hamburg 0; Eintracht Frankfurt 1
Freiburg 1; Hanover 3 Mainz 2; Leipzig 3 Schalke 1;
Stuttgart 1 Hertha Berlin 0; Werder Bremen 1
Hoffenheim 1
France
Caen 0 Lille 1; Dijon 1 Metz 1; Montpellier 0 Monaco
0; Nice 1 Amiens 0; Rennes 0 Marseille 3; Troyes 0
Bordeaux 1
FIXTURES
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
CAMBRIDGE UTD 0
1-2
OTHER FOOTBALL
BURTON ALB 1
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
BLACKBURN 3
Mulgrew 14, 70 (pen)
Graham 60
HT: 1-1 Att: 13,579
Swansea
22 12 8 2 50 25
Arsenal
Stoke
4 Liverpool
+25 47
Southampton
11 6 3 2 20 9
Newcastle Utd
12 8 2 2 21 7
Man Utd
23 14 5 4 41 16
TV Matches
Man City
3 Chelsea
12 C Palace
+51 62
Liverpool
11 6 3 2 21 11 +29 47
Leicester
11 10 1 0 25 5
11 8 2 1 24 5
Huddersfield
11 10 1 0 39 8
Everton
22 20 2 0 64 13
22 14 5 3 45 16
Crystal Palace
1 Man City
2 Man Utd
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
C PALACE 1
BURNLEY 0
Sako 21
HT: 1-0 Att: 24,696
CHELSEA 0
LEICESTER 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 41,552
Sent off: Chilwell (Leicester) 68
HUDDERSFIELD 1
WEST HAM 4
Lolley 40
Noble 25
Arnautovic 46
Lanzini 56, 61
HT: 1-1 Att: 24,105
NEWCASTLE 1
SWANSEA 1
Mato Sanmartin 68
Ayew 60
HT: 0-0 Att: 51,444
TOTTENHAM 4
EVERTON 0
Son 26
Kane 47, 59
Eriksen 81
HT: 1-0 Att: 76,251
WATFORD 2
SOUTHAMPTON 2
Gray 58
Ward-Prowse 20, 44
Doucoure 90
HT: 0-2 Att: 20,018
WEST BROM 2
BRIGHTON 0
Evans 4
Dawson 55
HT: 1-0 Att: 25,240
Crawley Tn: Morris, Lelan, Connolly, Yorwerth, Young
(Camara 89), Randall (Sanoh 59), Bulman (McNerney
71), Evina, Smith, Roberts, Boldewijn. Subs not used:
Doherty, Mersin, Tajbakhsh, Verheijdt. Booked:
Connolly, Randall
Barnet: Ross, Brindley, Santos, Nelson, Blackman,
Weston (Sule 59), Clough (Kyei 85), Coulthirst, Jack
Taylor, Campbell-Ryce (Nicholls 89), Akinde. Subs not
used: Watson, Tutonda, Fonguck, Renell McKenzieLyle. Booked: Clough, Coulthirst
Referee: N Kinseley (Essex)
EXETER 1
COVENTRY 0
Harley 7
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,219
Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Seaborne (Woodman 46),
Archibald-Henville, Moxey, Holmes (Boateng 79),
Tillson, James, Harley, Taylor, Stockley. Subs not
used: Simpson, Jones, McAlinden, Jay, Wilson.
Booked: James
Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Davies, Willis, Stokes,
Maguire-Drew (Stevenson 82), Bayliss, Doyle, Shipley
(Barrett 77), McNulty, Biamou (Ponticelli 68). Subs not
used: McDonald, O?Brien, Beavon, Haynes. Booked:
Stokes
Referee: B Toner (Lancashire)
GRIMSBY 1
NEWPORT CO 2
MORECAMBE 1
PORT VALE 1
SWINDON 1
LINCOLN C 2
WYCOMBE 3
Frecklington 37
Stead 35
Green 67
Grant 76
HT: 1-1 Att: 9,603
Lincoln C: Farman, Eardley, Waterfall, Bostwick,
Habergham, Rowe (Arnold 72), Frecklington,
Woodyard, Williams (Whitehouse 84), Rhead (Palmer
79), Green. Subs not used: Wilson, Long, Vickers,
Stewart. Booked: Rhead, Williams, Waterfall
Notts Co: Fitzsimons, Tootle, Brisley (Smith 90), Duffy,
Jones, Hawkridge (Ameobi 75), Hewitt, Virtue (Noble
59), Grant, Stead, Alessandra. Subs not used:
Pindroch, Forte, Hunt, Walker. Booked: Hawkridge,
Alessandra, Grant, Fitzsimons
Referee: R Joyce (Cleveland)
YEOVIL 1
Pope 86 (pen)
Zoko 11
HT: 0-1 Att: 4,120
Port Vale: Boot, Davis, Anderson, Smith, Pugh,
Harness (Worrall 66), Kay, Tonge, Montano (Gibbons
46), Whitfield (Wilson 46), Pope. Subs not used:
Lainton, Barnett, Forrester, Angus. Booked: Anderson
Yeovil: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith,
Dickson, Green (Wing 74), Bird, Gray (Whelan 90),
Khan, Zoko, Surridge (Barnes 59). Subs not used:
Mugabi, Connor Smith, Maddison, Santos. Booked:
Surridge, Zoko
Referee: D Webb (Co Durham)
Matt 80
Willmott 19, Nouble 56
HT: 0-1 Att: 3,397
Sent off: Matt (Grimsby) 89
Grimsby: Kean, Mills, Clarke, Osborne, Ben Davies
(Jones 90), Dembele, Summerfield, Berrett, Woolford
(Jaiyesimi 67), Vernon (Matt 67), Vernam. Subs not
used: Dixon, Collins, Mitchell Rose, Killip. Booked:
Clarke
Newport Co: Day, Pipe, Demetriou, White, Butler,
Dolan (Tozer 79), Labadie (Reid 84), Bennett, Nouble,
Amond, Willmott (McCoulsky 85). Subs not used:
Bittner, Sheehan, Hayes, Aaron Collins. Booked:
Labadie, Nouble, White
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire)
NOTTS CO 2
STEVENAGE 1
Ellison 23
Franks 89
HT: 1-0 Att: 1,268
Morecambe: Roche, Lavelle, Muller, Old, McGowan,
Kenyon, Rose (Fleming 68), Conlan, Lang (Wildig 46),
Oliver (McGurk 87), Ellison. Subs not used: Thompson,
Campbell, Lund, Maher. Booked: Rose, Wildig, Old
Stevenage: Tom King, Henry, Wilmot, Jack King,
Martin, Kennedy, Jonathan Smith (Franks 82), Gorman
(Conlon 66), Pett, Newton (Gray 69), Godden. Subs
not used: Fryer, Wilkinson, Vancooten, Georgiou.
Booked: Jonathan Smith, Newton
Referee: T Nield (West Yorkshire)
FOREST GREEN 0
Norris 79
HT: 0-0 Att: 7,062
Swindon: Charles-Cook, Lancashire, Robertson,
Preston, Knoyle (Mullin 77), Dunne, Banks, Anderson
(Purkiss 83), Iandolo, Norris, Woolery (Gordon 76).
Subs not used: Goddard, Brophy, Henry, Taylor.
Booked: Dunne, Anderson, Mullin
Forest Green: Bradley Collins, Rawson (Laird 28),
Gunning, Monthe, Hollis, Grubb (Marsh-Brown 74),
Osbourne, Lee Collins, Wishart (Whittle 88), Reid,
Doidge. Subs not used: Brown, Simpson, Pickering,
Hendy. Booked: Grubb, Wishart, Reid, Gunning
Referee: D Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
COLCHESTER 1
Akinfenwa 14
Szmodics 78
Cowan-Hall 24, O?Nien 74
HT: 2-0 Att: 4,386
Wycombe: Brown, Moore, McGinley, Scarr, Jacobson,
Saunders (Bean 84), O?Nien, Bloomfield, MackailSmith, Akinfenwa, Cowan-Hall (Tyson 70). Subs not
used: Gape, Kashket, Makabu-Makalamby. Booked:
O?Nien, Scarr
Colchester: Walker, Jackson, Eastman, Kent, Inniss
(Prosser 74), Drey Wright, Murray, Szmodics, Comley
(Senior 76), Guthrie, Mandron (Hanlan 82). Subs not
used: Lapslie, Loft, Kpekawa, Gilmartin. Booked: Drey
Wright
Referee: J Busby (Oxfordshire)
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
+35 54
Today
1 Luton
27 16 6 5 62 27
13 10 1 2 41 13
14 6 5 3 21 14
2 Notts Co
27 14 9 4 46 28
13 9 4 0 26 10
14 5 5 4 20 18
+18 51
3 Accrington
26 14 4 8 44 30
12 7 2 3 23 12
14 7 2 5 21 18
+14 46
4 Wycombe
27 13 7 7 49 36
14 8 3 3 30 19
13 5 4 4 19 17
+13 46
5 Exeter
26 14 3 9 36 32
13 10 0 3 20 11
13 4 3 6 16 21
+4 45
6 Lincoln C
27 12 8 7 37 26
14 7 5 2 22 11
13 5 3 5 15 15
+11 44
7 Mansfield
27 11 11 5 38 29
13 7 5 1 23 13
14 4 6 4 15 16
+9 44
8 Coventry
27 13 5 9 28 19
13 8 2 3 16 7
14 5 3 6 12 12
+9 44
9 Swindon
26 14 2 10 39 34
14 5 2 7 15 24
12 9 0 3 24 10
+5 44
Premier League: Bournemouth v Arsenal (1.30pm);
Liverpool v Man City (4pm)
FA Women?s Cup: Third round: Derby v Brighouse
Tn (1pm)
FA Women?s Super League Cup: Semi-finals
(2pm): Chelsea v Man City; Reading v Arsenal
Women?s Super League One: Birmingham C v
Bristol C (2pm). League Two: Millwall v Tottenham
(3pm)
Women?s Premier (2pm): North: Bradford v Stoke;
Huddersfield Tn v Leicester C. South: Cardiff v QPR;
C Palace v Gillingham
10 Newport Co
27 11 9 7 37 31
12 5 5 2 17 11
15 6 4 5 20 20
+6 42
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
11 Colchester
28 11 8 9 37 34
14 6 5 3 22 14
14 5 3 6 15 20
+3 41
Tomorrow
12 Cambridge Utd 27 10 8 9 25 31
14 8 3 3 18 11
13 2 5 6 7 20
-6 38
Premier League: Man Utd v Stoke (8pm)
13 Carlisle
27 10 7 10 38 37
14 4 5 5 20 16
13 6 2 5 18 21
+1 37
14 Crawley Tn
27 10 6 11 27 31
14 5 2 7 13 14
13 5 4 4 14 17
-4 36
15 Stevenage
27 9 7 11 37 40
13 6 5 2 27 16
14 3 2 9 10 24
-3 34
16 Cheltenham
28 9 7 12 37 41
14 6 3 5 19 17
14 3 4 7 18 24
-4 34
17 Grimsby
28 9 7 12 27 38
15 4 5 6 13 19
13 5 2 6 14 19
-11 34
18 Port Vale
28 9 5 14 30 36
14 5 2 7 17 19
14 4 3 7 13 17
-6 32
19 Morecambe
27 7 8 12 27 37
14 5 3 6 15 19
13 2 5 6 12 18
-10 29
20 Crewe
27 9 2 16 29 42
14 6 2 6 19 21
13 3 0 10 10 21
-13 29
21 Yeovil
27 7 7 13 37 48
13 5 4 4 19 14
14 2 3 9 18 34
-11 28
22 Chesterfield
28 6 6 16 28 51
14 5 3 6 16 19
14 1 3 10 12 32
-23 24
23 Forest Green
27 6 5 16 26 48
14 4 2 8 15 24
13 2 3 8 11 24
-22 23
24 Barnet
27 5 5 17 26 41
13 3 3 7 11 16
14 2 2 10 15 25
-15 20
Leading goalscorers: 15: Hylton (Luton); Kee (Accrington). 14: Grant (Notts Co). 13: Akinfenwa (Wycombe). 12:
Dennis (Chesterfield); Doidge (Forest Green); Pope (Port Vale); Szmodics (Colchester). 11: Collins (Luton); Eisa
(Cheltenham); Norris (Swindon). 10: Jackson (Accrington); Rose (Mansfield). 9: Godden (Stevenage); Ikpeazu
(Cambridge Utd); McNulty (Coventry); Newton (Stevenage); Zoko (Yeovil). 8: Amond (Newport Co); Coulthirst
(Barnet); Green (Lincoln); Mandron (Colchester); Porter (Crewe); Reid (Forest Green); Stockley (Exeter). 7:
Dagnall (Crewe); Ellison (Morecambe); Hemmings (Mansfield); Nouble (Newport Co); Olomola (Yeovil). 6:
Alessandra (Notts Co); Anderson (Lincoln); Angol (Mansfield); Boldewijn (Crawley); Grainger (Carlisle); Jones
(Grimsby); Khan (Yeovil); Lambe (Carlisle); Mackail-Smith (Wycombe); McConville (Accrington); McCoulsky
(Newport Co); Nazon (Coventry); Pett (Stevenage); Rhead (Lincoln); Roberts (Crawley)
Tuesday
FA Cup: Third round replay: Leicester v Fleetwood
Tn; Mansfield v Cardiff; Reading v Stevenage (8pm);
Sheff Wed v Carlisle; West Ham v Shrewsbury
Wednesday
FA Cup: Third round replay: Chelsea v Norwich;
Swansea v Wolves; Wigan v Bournemouth
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v Barnsley;
Bolton v Ipswich; Fulham v Burton Alb; Leeds Utd v
Millwall; Norwich v Sheff Utd; Preston v
Birmingham; QPR v Middlesbrough; Reading v
Brentford; Sheff Wed v Cardiff (5.30pm);
Sunderland v Hull; Wolves v Nottm Forest. League
One: AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool; Bristol Rov v
Bradford C; Charlton v Walsall; Fleetwood Tn v
Blackburn; Northampton v MK Dons; Oxford Utd v
Bury; Peterborough v Oldham; Plymouth v Wigan;
Rochdale v Southend; Rotherham v Portsmouth;
Scunthorpe v Gillingham; Shrewsbury v Doncaster.
League Two: Accrington St v Port Vale; Barnet v
Lincoln C; Colchester v Grimsby; Coventry v
Swindon; Crewe v Wycombe; Forest Green v
Cambridge Utd; Luton v Morecambe; Mansfield v
Cheltenham; Notts Co v Exeter; Stevenage v
Carlisle; Yeovil v Chesterfield
Ladbrokes Scottish League One: Stranraer v Raith
Rov. League Two: Annan Ath v Peterhead; Berwick
v Elgin; Montrose v Clyde; Stenhousemuir v
Cowdenbeath; Stirling v Edinburgh C
Scottish Cup: Fourth round: Aberdeen v St Mirren
(12.15pm); Albion Rov v St Johnstone; Alloa v
Dundee Utd; Ayr v Arbroath; Celtic v Brechin;
Dundee v Inverness CT; Dunfermline Ath v Morton;
East Fife v Brora Rangers; Kilmarnock v Ross Co;
Livingston v Falkirk; Motherwell v Hamilton;
Peterhead v Dumbarton; Queen of South v Partick
Sky Bet Championship: Derby v Bristol C. League
Two: Newport Co v Crawley Tn
Vanarama Premier: AFC Fylde v Macclesfield;
Aldershot v Ebbsfleet Utd; Boreham Wood v Dover
Ath; Chester FC v Gateshead; FC Halifax Tn v Leyton
Orient; Guiseley v Barrow; Hartlepool v Wrexham;
Maidstone Utd v Eastleigh; Solihull Moors v Woking;
Sutton Utd v Dagenham and Redbridge (12.30pm);
Torquay v Bromley; Tranmere v Maidenhead Utd
Scottish Cup: Fourth round: Formartine Utd v Cove
Rangers (8pm)
Welsh League Cup: Final: Cardiff v The New Saints
(5.15pm)
EFL Trophy: Third round: Oldham v Leicester U21
(7.30pm)
Friday
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Saturday
Premier League: Arsenal v C Palace; Brighton v
Chelsea (12.30pm); Burnley v Man Utd; Everton v
West Brom; Leicester v Watford; Man City v
Newcastle (5.30pm); Stoke v Huddersfield; West
Ham v Bournemouth
Sunday
Premier League: Southampton v Tottenham (4pm)
Scottish Cup: Fourth round: Fraserburgh v
Rangers (noon); Hearts v Hibernian (2.05pm)
Women?s Premier (2pm): North: Blackburn v Nottm
Forest; Fylde v Bradford; Middlesbrough v Wolves.
South: Chichester C v Swindon Tn; QPR v C Palace
15
The Sunday Times January 14, 2018
SPORT ICE SKATING
REX FEATURES
Russian
skater?s
Olympic
medal
hopes on
thin ice
Evgenia Medvedeva
would be favourite to win
figure skating gold but
may not even compete
I
Andrew Longmore
nvited to the world ice skating
championships in Helsinki last
year, Thomas Bach must have
squirmed a little in his plush executive seat at the climax of the
women?s figure skating event.
Below him, Evgenia Medvedeva, a
fresh-faced, dark-haired Russian
teenager, leapt and twirled, allying
grace and power in a near flawless
routine to become the first woman to
defend a world title for 16 years.
Watching on, the president of the IOC
knew that if, as both the overwhelming
evidence and global opinion demanded,
an Olympic ban on Russia was confirmed, the 2018 Winter Games in South
Korea might easily lose one of its star
turns. Bach and Medvedeva met again in
Lausanne last month when the double
world champion made an impassioned if
vain plea to the executive board of the
IOC for her nation to be allowed to
compete at the Winter Olympics in
Pyeongchang.
Her words came from the heart. ?The
Olympic Games is a dream. Everybody
has dreams. You probably already had
the chance to fulfil your dreams. Let me
do the same,? she told the IOC before
driving a stiletto precisely into the heart
of the Olympic ethos.
?I always believed that the opportunity to compete at the Olympics should
be fought on the ice,? added the Russian.
?Unfortunately, I now understand that I
Ice queen:
double world
champion
Evgenia
Medvedeva?s
plea on behalf of
her country fell
on deaf ears
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7
204- Angel?s Whisper 94 J Noseda8-11..................O Murphy
4 603536 Letemgo 12 (F,G,S) A Hamilton10-11-9............B Lynn (7)
8
006- Astrofire 30 M Tompkins8-11..........................J Haynes
Herecomesnelson 70 (H)
Katie Scott9-11-9......................................C Bewley (3)
Nicki?s Nipper 17 (P,D,G,S)
7 516030 Turtle Cask 18 (P,D,S) M Sowersby9-11-3 ........ R Day (3)
2.25
8 FP-65P Topham Bay 53 (T) Miss L Russell6-11-1...B Campbell (5)
1 0001-1 Rosina 12 (P,D,F,G) Mrs A Duffield5-9-9 .......... J Fanning
9 30P-52 Massini?s Lady 229P N Alexander7-10-3......L Alexander
2 1021-6 Tilly Trotter 13 (CD) Declan Carroll4-9-6...........T Eaves
S Waugh10-11-8......................................J Hamilton (3)
3 0402-2 Razin? Hell 13 (V,CD,F) J Balding7-9-3..............A Mullen
Poetic Presence 18 (G)
W S Coltherd8-10-3 ................................ S Coltherd (5)
12 -24520 Broadway Belle 18 C Grant8-10-1 ..................B Hughes
6 0610-5 Fruit Salad 10 (P,D,F) J Bethell5-8-12....Nicola Currie (5)
7 5112-0
Some Reign 18 (CD,BF,G,S)
Mrs R Dobbin7-11-4.........................................C Nichol
6-3 Booyakasha 26 (BF) N Richards6-10-12...........R Day (3)
3.15
HANDICAP CHASE
�928: 2M 7F 96Y (8)
1 12-644 Call Me Vic 29 (D,G,S) T George11-11-12 ... C Gethings (3)
Kennedys Field 45 (H)
2 13P-65
G Anderson5-10-12.................................Steven Fox (5)
2 10400- Storm King 22 (C,F,G,S) D Griffiths9-9-11........O Murphy
3 0036-0 Cosmelli 8 (B,S) Miss G Kelleway5-9-10.............T Eaves
4 332-11 Lough Derg Jewel 23 (C,D,S) D McCain7-11-5..B Hughes
9 6F3-44 Pookie Pekan 19 W S Coltherd5-10-12......S Coltherd (5)
5 3PP-44 Bernardelli 30 (B,C,S) N Richards10-11-4.......C O?Farrell
10 3-64 Silk Or Scarlet 39 N Alexander6-10-12 ... G Cockburn (3)
6 311-4P Gold Opera 15 (V,S) N Alexander9-11-1.........L Alexander
7 203-30 Ueueteotl 44 (B,D,G,S) J Ewart10-10-4............H Brooke
Gillian Boanas6-10-12....................Colm McCormack (3)
8 4PP2-2
13 1/6-F Templenaboe 76 (S) Miss L Russell6-10-12 ........ D R Fox
14
The Dawn Bandit 71 Katie Scott5-10-5........S W Quinlan
Betting: 11-8 Clondaw Castle, 4-1 Some Reign, 13-2 Swashbuckle,
8-1 Lord Napier, 9-1 Aye Right, Booyakasha, others
HANDICAP HURDLE
�,640: 2M 51Y (10)
3.45
3.25
3 /3PPP-
4 4-4524 Cornborough 30 (D,G,S) M Walford7-10-11 ...... H Brooke
4 12P3-1
6 324-11 Charmant 23 (H,D,S) J Ewart6-10-2 .............. C O?Farrell
7 13143/ Imada 665 (D,BF,G,S) N Richards8-10-2...........R Day (3)
5 3-2665
HUNTERS? CHASE
�496: 2M 7F 96Y (5)
Blue Hussar 22 (C,D,G,S)
M D Hammond7-10-2 ..................................... J Colliver
K Dalgleish5-9-7.......................................P Mulrennan
8 223-51 Epitaph 5 (B,CD) M Appleby4-8-8 ...............T Marquand
Betting: 15-8 Snowy Winter, 9-2 Starplex, 5-1 Galileo?s Spear, 6-1
Kensington Star, 13-2 L?Inganno Felice, 15-2 Epitaph, others
HANDICAP
�105: 7F 14Y (9)
1 0021-1 Declamation 9 (C,D,F) J Butler8-9-10 ............ R Winston
2 05061- Spun Gold 23 (B,T,C) C Fellowes4-9-9..........S Donohoe
N Richards11-12-6......................................R O Harding
3 0000-2 Joey?s Destiny 6 (D,F,G,S) K Frost8-9-7......D C Costello
Vivaldi Collonges 267 (T,CD,S)
4 3054-4 Pudding Chare 10 R Fahey4-9-4....Sebastian Woods (7)
P Nicholls9-12-6......................................D Maxwell (3)
Winged Crusader 36P (C,D,G,S)
Miss A Waugh10-12-2 ......................... Miss A Waugh (3)
Thomond 142 (T,F,G,S)
Southwell (A/W)
10 100-01 Monfass 42 (H,D,S) Mrs R Dobbin7-10-0....L Murtagh (5)
Betting: 9-2 Chti Balko, 5-1 Charmant, Dexcite, Imada, 15-2
Monfass, 8-1 Cornborough, Katgary, 12-1 Mirsaale, others
I Jardine8-9-9...........................................D C Costello
Kensington Star 79 (V,F,S)
Cultram Abbey 36P (G,S)
N Alexander10-11-12...................................K Alexander
Betting: 6-4 Cultram Abbey, Vivaldi Collonges, 6-1 Al Co, 10-1
Thomond, 14-1 Winged Crusader
9 2116-4 Dexcite 43 (D,G) T George7-10-0................J Bowen (5)
L?Inganno Felice 298 (H,CD,G)
4132- Starplex 157 (S) K Dalgleish8-9-1......................P Makin
7
2 131450 Mirsaale 13 (CD,G,S) K Dalgleish8-11-5.......C Bewley (3)
5 /42-16 Jassas 44 (D,G) J Ewart6-10-4.......................B Hughes
4 112055 46503-
J Stephen9-10-2...............................Ross Chapman (5)
Betting: 11-4 Lough Derg Jewel, 7-2 Chidswell, 9-2 Call Me Vic, 7-1
Bright Prospect, Silver Tassie, 10-1 Bernardelli, Ueueteotl, 12-1 Gold
Opera
2 5F2-P1
3 243444 Katgary 43 (B,F,G,S) Pauline Robson8-11-2.......C Nichol
51151- Snowy Winter 24 (T,CD,G) A Watson4-9-11 ...... A Mullen
6 /4006- Galileo?s Spear (G) Sir M Prescott5-9-7...........R Powell
Bright Prospect 67 (G,S)
1 U0P0-0 Al Co 240 (D,F,G,S) M Bowen13-12-6.............P Bryan (7)
1 10-341 Chti Balko 22 (D,S) D McCain6-11-12 ............W Kennedy
2.55
HANDICAP
�561: 1M 4F 14Y (8)
M D Hammond10-11-6 .................................... J Colliver
3 1135-2 Chidswell 22 (G,S) N Richards9-11-6 ................ C Nichol
3 Swashbuckle 17 D McCain5-10-12..................B Hughes
D Griffiths8-8-9.........................................T Marquand
Betting: 3-1 Razin? Hell, 7-2 Rosina, 4-1 Tilly Trotter, 5-1 Brother
Tiger, 7-1 Pearl Acclaim, 8-1 Fruit Salad, 12-1 Classic Pursuit
1
Lord Napier 252F P Bowen5-10-12 .................. S Bowen
Sultans Pride 22
Pearl Acclaim 10 (P,CD,F,G)
Silver Tassie 60 (T,D,F,G,S)
8 4P-200 Moores Novelty 23 N Alexander6-10-12 ...... L Alexander
8 112-64
M Appleby7-9-2 ........................................ K Lundie (5)
5 64602- Brother Tiger 16 (D,S) D Griffiths9-8-13..........O Murphy
13 00-005 Son Of Feyan 45 Mrs L Normile7-10-1.....G Cockburn (3)
5
1.40
4 10310-
Classic Pursuit 67 (B,D,F,G,S)
1404P5P5 Beyondtheflame 13 (V,T) J Haynes8-10-0..T Dowson (3)
Betting: 4-1 The Delray Munky, 6-1 Ange Des Malberaux, Broadway
Belle, Minella Suite, 8-1 Massini?s Lady, Topham Bay, others
31 Aye Right 62 (D,S) Mrs H Graham5-10-12....C Bewley (3)
11 25-50
SPRINT HANDICAP
�531: 4F 214Y (7)
T George6-11-4......................................C Gethings (3)
03 Auxiliary 27 P Holmes5-10-12....................J Kington (3)
12
9
34- Wazin 57 S Crisford8-11 .................................. R Havlin
Betting: 11-4 Kripke, 3-1 Wazin, 9-2 Blacklooks, 11-2 Lord Oberon,
13-2 Angel?s Whisper, 15-2 Haverland, 10-1 Night Spark, others
Clondaw Castle 29 (D,G,S)
3
7
3- Kripke 79 T D Barron9-2...............................B A Curtis
6
11 0PP-63 Rory?s Valentine 13 (T) Katie Scott7-10-2....S W Quinlan
4
6 FP-550
00-0 Keynote 9 (H) D Griffiths9-2 ...................... T Marquand
4
10P05346
NOVICES? HURDLE
�159: 2M 51Y (14)
055- Haverland 24 C Fellowes9-2 ....................... S Donohoe
3
5
6 0646P6
00P Royal Summit 23 Alison Hamilton7-11-2....J Hamilton (3)
2
The Delray Munky 27
Ange Des Malberaux 19 (B,G,S)
5 2030/0
9 2/FF5- Rowdy Robin 287P J M Jefferson6-11-2...........B Hughes
1 1O001- Blacklooks 23 (D,S) I Furtado10-2...........Jane Elliott (5)
I Jardine6-11-12 ................................ Ross Chapman (5)
Rising Marienbard 22 (T,G)
Miss L Russell6-11-2...............................B Campbell (5)
Kempton Park
NOVICE STAKES
�752: 7F 14Y (9)
HANDICAP HURDLE
�119: 3M 1F 170Y (14)
2 2U-F54 Minella Suite 51 Mrs R Dobbin7-11-12...............C Nichol
3 143030
1-4 Knockrobin 42 (S) D McCain7-11-2...............W Kennedy
7
1.55
Betting: 7-2 Ramonex, 4-1 Katachenko, 9-2 Takingrisks, 5-1
Caraline, 11-2 Jet Master, 7-1 Un Guet Apens, others
Going: Soft
1
5 4033-1
6 1050-0
Meandmyshadow 11 (B,CD,F,G,S)
Alan Brown10-9-4......................................Hollie Doyle
Noble Ballad 6 (V,CD)
R Beckett4-9-1...............................Emma Wilkinson (7)
7 0/640- African Trader 181 I Furtado5-8-13...........P J McDonald
8 3/324- Best Tamayuz 23 (P,CD,BF,G) S Dixon7-8-10 ....K O?Neill
9 050-00 Red Shanghai 5 (E) Charles Smith4-8-7.....N Garbutt (3)
Betting: 13-8 Declamation, 9-2 Spun Gold, 11-2 Pudding Chare,
13-2 Meandmyshadow, 15-2 Joey?s Destiny, others
Going: FIBRESAND: Standard
HANDICAP
�105: 7F 14Y (8)
3.55
1 0002- Good Impression 26 (B) Ali Stronge9-11......T Marquand
1 65163- Shearian 23 (CD,G) Declan Carroll8-9-10..Ger O?Neill (7)
1 520U-2 Katachenko 36 (C,F,S) D McCain9-11-12..........B Hughes
2 42000- Still Got It 26 (P) D M Loughnane9-7.........P J McDonald
2 0402-1 Mr Coco Bean 13 (CD) T D Barron4-9-7..........B A Curtis
3 63212- Chaucer?s Tale 38 (T) M W Easterby4-9-6..P Mulrennan
2.15
1.20
HANDICAP CHASE
�,640: 2M 5F 133Y (8)
HANDICAP
�105: 1M 13Y (10)
2 214P-2 Takingrisks 29 (CD,G,S) N Richards9-11-7 ....... R Day (3)
3 3260-1 Istanbul Pasha 9 (V,F,S) P D Evans9-7 ..........Fran Berry
3 1-2531 Ramonex 13 (G,S) R Hobson7-11-5.....................D Cook
4 0604-5 Lady Sandy 13 (B) T D Barron9-2...................B A Curtis
4 60055- Scribner Creek 68 (D) I Furtado5-9-6.......P J McDonald
4 03-56F No No Mac 36 (T,D,G,S) I Duncan9-11-4.............D R Fox
5 03065- Westfield Wonder 31 R Thompson9-2 .. Nicola Currie (5)
5 31214- Break The Silence 59 (P,D,S) S Dixon4-9-5......K O?Neill
6
600- Political Slot 46 (H) D Shaw8-13 ................P P Mathers
6 /0300- Sea Of Hope 17 H Candy5-9-3......................Fran Berry
7 2300-3 Ray Purchase 6 (V) K Dalgleish8-12.................A Mullen
7 0044-0 Sugar Beach 11 (H) Mrs A Duffield4-8-8..........J Fanning
5 -51646
Jet Master 42 (H,T,C,G,S)
N Alexander12-11-1.....................................L Alexander
6 22-164 Un Guet Apens 22 (B,S) J Ewart10-10-13 ....... C O?Farrell
8
000-
8 4605-0 General Tufto 13 (B,CD,F,G) Charles Smith13-8-2J Haynes
Gowing Gowing Gone 92 (P)
Richard Spencer8-9........................................K O?Neill
Betting: 9-4 Good Impression, 7-2 Ray Purchase, 4-1 Istanbul
Pasha, 8-1 Gowing Gowing Gone, Lady Sandy, 9-1 Still Got It, 16-1
Westfield Wonder, 20-1 Political Slot
7 2PF-41 Caraline 19 (T,C,S) M D Hammond7-10-12 ........ J Colliver
8 510P-4
Top Cat Henry 238P (T,P,D,F,G,S)
N Alexander10-10-11..............................K Alexander (5)
9 02000- Star Links 131 (B,E,D,F,G,S) J Butler12-8-2 R P Walsh (7)
10/0650- Emigrated 30 (V) D Shaw5-8-2...................P P Mathers
Betting: 15-8 Mr Coco Bean, 11-2 Chaucer?s Tale, 6-1 Scribner
Creek, 7-1 Break The Silence, Shearian, 9-1 Sea Of Hope, others
Going: Soft (good to soft in places)
12.20 (2m hdle) 1 Redicean (Wayne Hutchinson,
8-13 fav); 2 Vaziani (15-2); 3 Kapdad (11-4). 7 ran.
10l, 絣. A King. Tote: �40; �80, �30. Exacta:
�00. CSF: �42. Trifecta: �80
12.55 (3m 121yd hdle) 1 Chef Des Obeaux (N D
Fehily, 11-8); 2 Secret Investor (6-5 fav); 3 The
Devils Drop (12-1). 6 ran. 19l, 2絣. N J Henderson.
Tote: �10; �40, �10. Exacta: �40. CSF:
�28. Trifecta: �80
1.30 (2m 4f 110yd ch) 1 Mercian Prince (Jack
Quinlan, 11-4 fav); 2 Rothman (9-2); 3 Minella
Tweet (20-1). 7 ran. NR: Exitas. 3絣, 8l. Miss Amy
Murphy. Tote: �40; �60, �00. Exacta: �.10.
CSF: �.63. Tricast: �6.20. Trifecta: �5.20
2.05 (2m 4f 110yd ch) 1 Waiting Patiently (B
Hughes, 13-8 fav); 2 Art Mauresque (16-1); 3
God?s Own (5-2). 6 ran. 8l, 4l. J M Jefferson. Tote:
�20; �40, �40. Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.46.
Trifecta: �.20
2.40 (2m 5f hdle) 1 William Henry (James Bowen,
7-1); 2 Spiritofthegames (16-1); 3 Red Indian (8-1);
4 Topofthegame (11-1). Also ran: Diese Des Bieffes
5-1 fav. 16 ran. 緇, 2l. N J Henderson. Tote: �20;
�60, �30, �70, �60. Exacta: �4.00. CSF:
�2.32. Tricast: �6.34. Trifecta: �477.90
3.15 (3m ch) 1 Fountains Windfall (Aidan
Coleman, 10-11 fav); 2 Ballykan (5-1); 3 The Young
Master (8-1). 6 ran. 9l, 2�. A J Honeyball. Tote:
�70; �30, �90. Exacta: �10. CSF: �02.
Trifecta: �.70
3.45 (2m hdle) 1 Jenkins (David Bass, 7-2); 2 Don
Bersy (5-1); 3 Hurricane Hollow (33-1). Also ran:
Charming Zen 5-2 fav. 9 ran. 5l, 5l. N J Henderson.
Tote: �60; �10, �80, �50. Exacta: �.00.
CSF: �.01. Tricast: �7.09. Trifecta: �4.50
Placepot: �.80
Quadpot: �.20
Lingfield Park
Going: Standard
12.15 (1m 4f) 1 Every Chance (D C Costello, 1-7
fav); 2 Fanoulpifer (6-1); 3 Reason To Believe (331). 7 ran. NR: Epicurious, Sandacres. 1緇, 6l. J A
Osborne. Tote: �10; �10, �60. Exacta: �10.
CSF: �72. Trifecta: �.00
12.50 (1m 1yd) 1 Lady Perignon (Jason Watson,
2-1 fav); 2 Mississippi Miss (9-1); 3 Narjes (11-2). 8
ran. 2糽, 緇. A M Balding. Tote: �40; �90,
�70, �50. Exacta: �.00. CSF: �.22.
Tricast: �.68. Trifecta: �7.40
1.25 (6f 1yd) 1 Reflektor (M Harley, 25-1); 2 Boom
The Groom (7-1); @3 Kasbah (9-2); @3 Upavon (331). Also ran: Human Nature 7-4 fav. 9 ran. Hd, nk.
Tom Dascombe. Tote: �.80; �50, �60,
Kasbah �80, Upavon �70. Exacta: �6.30.
CSF: �2.79. Tricast: Reflektor, Boom The
Groom, Kasbah �4.58, Reflektor, Boom The
Groom, Upavon �836.90. Trifecta: Reflektor,
Boom The Groom, Kasbah �9.00 Reflektor,
Boom The Groom, Upavon �408.70
Greene King IPA Championship
European Champions Cup
Pool One
20
33
Stade Rochelais
Wasps
13
28
34
15
Clermont Auvergne
Saracens
21
15
Pool Two
Northampton
Ospreys
Pool Three
Exeter
41
Montpellier Herault
10
European Challenge Cup
Pool One
Union Bordeaux Begles 36
NG Dragons
28
15
Lyon
13
42
Zebre
14
Pool Two
Sale Sharks
Pool Three
Section Paloise
Pool Four
London Irish
47
Krasny Yar
17
24
19
Connacht
CA Brive
24
29
Leinster A
Bristol
Yorkshire Carnegie
Richmond
Connacht A
Scarlets
41
37
19
10
12
24
Pool Five
Worcester
Oyonnax
British and Irish Cup
Cardiff Blues
Doncaster
London Scottish
Rotherham Titans
Ealing Trailfinders
Hartpury College
27
32
29
31
78
41
Aviva Premiership
Exeter
Saracens
Wasps
Gloucester
Bath
Newcastle
Sale
Leicester
Harlequins
Northampton
Worcester
London Irish
P W
13 10
13 9
13 8
13 8
13 7
13 8
13 6
13 7
13 6
13 5
13 3
13 1
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
3
4
5
5
6
5
7
6
7
8
10
12
F
365
420
362
294
341
254
326
296
354
297
252
219
A
224
236
321
320
307
298
295
306
349
362
379
383
B Pts
10 50
9 45
7 39
6 38
9 37
4 36
9 33
4 32
8 32
6 26
7
19
6 10
Bristol
Ealing Trailfinders
Yorkshire Carnegie
Bedford
Doncaster
Nottingham
Cornish Pirates
Jersey
Richmond
London Scottish
Hartpury College
Rotherham Titans
P W
13 13
13 11
13 8
13 6
13 5
13 6
13 5
13 6
13 6
13 4
13 4
13 0
D
0
0
1
2
1
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
L
0
2
4
5
7
6
8
6
7
8
8
13
F
583
479
321
408
339
338
372
246
279
320
250
228
B Pts
12 64
11 55
6 40
11 39
12 34
7 33
11 31
3 29
5 29
9 27
8 26
3
3
National League Division One: Bishop?s Stortford 20
Rosslyn Park 22; Blackheath 61 Coventry 29; Darlington
Mowden Park 42 Birmingham Moseley 2; Esher 29
Ampthill & District 29; Fylde 0 Plymouth Albion 26;
Loughborough Students 21 Old Elthamians 25; Old
Albanians 50 Hull Ionians 28. Division Two: North:
Hinckley 23 Sedgley Park 26; Luctonians 20 Chester 5;
Macclesfield 20 Huddersfield 15; Otley 40 Blaydon 17;
Sheffield 10 Sale 47; South Leicester 22 Sheffield Tigers
16; Stourbridge 29 Wharfedale 19; Tynedale 39 Leicester
Lions 10. South: Bury St Edmunds 39 Barnstaple 25;
Canterbury 48 Old Redcliffians 29; Clifton 31 Broadstreet
24; Henley 15 Tonbridge Juddians 20; London Irish Wild
Geese 17 Cinderford 31; Redingensians 29 Chinnor 31;
Taunton Titans 66 Wimbledon 15; Worthing 46 Redruth 43
Guinness Pro14
Southern Kings
Conference A
Glasgow
Munster
Cheetahs
Cardiff Blues
Connacht
Ospreys
Zebre
Conference B
Scarlets
Leinster
Ulster
Edinburgh
Benetton Treviso
NG Dragons
Southern Kings
21
Cheetahs
45
P W
13 12
13 8
12 7
13 5
13 4
13 4
13 3
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
1
5
5
8
9
9
10
F
407
389
365
281
260
211
271
A
192
239
333
328
285
327
367
B Pts
10 58
11 43
7 35
5 25
8 24
5
21
5
17
P W
13 11
13 11
13 8
13 8
13 6
13 2
12 0
D
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
L
2
2
4
5
7
10
12
F
379
399
336
286
232
239
191
A
216
213
327
230
272
444
473
B
9
7
6
5
5
4
4
Pts
53
51
40
37
29
14
4
Cardiff Met
Newcastle Emlyn
Pontypool
Rhydyfelin
Skewen
Tata Steel
55
0
44
32
0
28
2.15 (1m 7f 36yd ch) 1 Positively Dylan (L P
Aspell, 9-1); 2 Kayf Blanco (11-4); 3 Bun Doran (5-4
fav). 5 ran. 6l, 3緇. Evan Williams. Tote: �.30;
�00, �00. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.10.
Trifecta: �8.70
Placepot: �.10
Quadpot: �.10
Warwick
Going: Soft
12.40 (2m hdle) 1 Vado Forte (R T Dunne, 14-1); 2
Peppay Le Pugh (14-1); 3 Shroughmore Lass (9-1);
4 Stuccodor (33-1). 17 ran. NR: Stonecoldsoba. 7l,
緇. Tom Lacey. Tote: �.40; �10, �50, �80,
�70. Exacta: �4.40. CSF: �3.03. Tricast:
�884.88. Trifecta: �371.50
1.15 (2m 54yd ch) 1 Big Jim (Harry Bannister, 5-2
jt-fav); 2 Imjoeking (6-1); 3 Vivaccio (11-2). Also
ran: Swift Crusador 5-2 jt-fav. 6 ran. NR: Red
Riverman. 1緇, 12l. A M Hales. Tote: �30; �90,
�20. Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.43. Trifecta:
�.80
2.25 (3m 1f hdle) 1 Black Ivory (Jamie Hamilton,
5-1); 2 Sykes (12-1); 3 Tobefair (16-1). Also ran: No
Hassle Hoff 4-1 fav. 12 ran. 1糽, 1糽. J M Jefferson.
Tote: �70; �60, �80, �60. Exacta: �.00.
CSF: �.99. Tricast: �9.36. Trifecta: �9.80
3.00 (2m 5f hdle) 1 Mr Whipped (Nico de
Boinville, 6-4 fav); 2 Paisley Park (9-2); 3 Knight
In Dubai (16-1). 6 ran. 1l, 6l. N J Henderson. Tote:
�80; �30, �50. Exacta: �20. CSF: �76.
Trifecta: �.80
3.35 (3m 5f 54yd ch) 1 Milansbar (Bryony Frost,
12-1); 2 Cogry (14-1); 3 Missed Approach (9-2 fav).
13 ran. NR: Emperor?s Choice, Itstimeforapint. 11l,
12l. N B King. Tote: �.20; �10, �30, �90.
Exacta: �8.00. CSF: �8.64. Tricast: �2.43.
Jackpot: Not won - pool of �612.47 c/f to Kelso
today. Trifecta: �287.30
4.05 (2m) 1 Thebannerkingrebel (G Sheehan,
4-1); 2 Brigadier Bob (8-1); 3 Baby Ted (2-1 fav). 8
ran. NR: Allonok. 12l, 3l. Jamie Snowden. Tote:
�00; �50, �90, �10. Exacta: �.20. CSF:
�.22. Trifecta: �.40
Placepot: �9.50
Glynneath
Trebanos
Bedlinog
Narberth
Beddau
Newbridge
24
14
10
21
7
21
Melrose
Glasgow Hawks
Watsonians
Boroughmuir
Ayr
2.50 (2m 3f 154yd hdle) 1 Westend Story (R
Johnson, 2-1 fav); 2 Craggaknock (8-1); 3
Slanelough (9-2). 11 ran. 8l, nk. P J Hobbs. Tote:
�10; �90, �80, �60. Exacta: �.10. CSF:
�.52. Tricast: �.40. Trifecta: �.10
3.25 (2m 3f 85yd ch) 1 Newberry New (R
Johnson, 11-4 fav); 2 Crown Hill (4-1); 3 Granville
Island (3-1). 6 ran. NR: Hargam. 4l, 7l. Harriet
Bethell. Tote: �00; �10, �60. Exacta: �.40.
CSF: �.77. Trifecta: �.60
3.55 (1m 4f 77yd) 1 Maebh (Kevin Jones, 13-2); 2
So Lonely (11-8 fav); 3 Fforbidden Love (5-1). 8
ran. 1l, 3l. J W Mullins. Tote: �00; �20, �50,
�60. Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.67. Trifecta:
�.40
Placepot: �.40
Quadpot: �.50
Wolverhampton
Going: Standard
1.50 (3m ch) 1 Ms Parfois (Sean Bowen, 9-4); 2
Duel At Dawn (15-8 fav); 3 Big River (15-2). 5 ran.
5l, 1糽. A J Honeyball. Tote: �90; �70, �20.
Exacta: �30. CSF: �76. Trifecta: �.60
Quadpot: �.10
Wetherby
Going: Soft (heavy in places)
5.45 (1m 142yd) 1 Rock Icon (Harry Burns, 11-1); 2
John Honeyman (5-1); 3 Muthraab Aldaar (3-1 fav).
13 ran. 4絣, nk. J Hughes. Tote: �.00; �80,
�70, �70. Exacta: �5.00. CSF: �.71.
Tricast: �6.92. Trifecta: �1.30
6.15 (1m 142yd) 1 Kelly?s Dino (B A Curtis, 9-2); 2
Dellaguista (5-2 fav); 3 Ebbisham (11-2). 9 ran. 1絣,
sh hd. K R Burke. Tote: �40; �00, �20, �00.
Exacta: �.30. CSF: �.19. Tricast: �.52.
Trifecta: �.00
6.45 (2m 120yd) 1 Indian Red (Joey Haynes, 9-4
fav); 2 Miss Dusky Diva (16-1); 3 Picture Painter (112). 13 ran. 3�, 5l. M H Tompkins. Tote: �00;
�40, �60, �10. Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.54.
Tricast: �5.63. Trifecta: �4.20
7.15 (6f) 1 Amazing Grazing (Ben Sanderson,
9-2 fav); 2 Berlios (9-1); @3 Poppy In The Wind
(Hollie Doyle, 12-1); @3 Indian Affair (Kerrie
Raybould, 20-1). 13 ran. Hd, 1絣. Richard Guest.
Tote: �90; �70, �60, Poppy In The Wind
�00, Indian Affair �80. Exacta: �.80. CSF:
�.60. Tricast: Amazing Grazing, Berlios, Poppy
In The Wind �2.19, Amazing Grazing, Berlios,
Indian Affair �8.71
7.45 (6f 20yd) 1 Tavener (M Dwyer, 17-2); 2 Mr
Pocket (9-2); 3 Pulsating (6-4 fav). 12 ran. 2絣, 絣.
D C Griffiths. Tote: �10; �30, �90, �10.
Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.07. Tricast: �.80.
Trifecta: �1.10
8.15 (5f) 1 Desert Doctor (Adam J McNamara,
4-6 fav); 2 Cool Spirit (11-8); 3 Ingleby Molly
(25-1). 6 ran. 1糽, 6l. E Walker. Tote: �50;
�10, �10. Exacta: �70. CSF: �74.
Trifecta: �80
1.05 (2m 3f 85yd ch) 1 Hogan?s Height (R
Johnson, 4-1); 2 De Dollar Man (4-5 fav); 3 Quietly
(6-1). 6 ran. NR: Dark Valley. 1緇, 8l. Jamie
Snowden. Tote: �40; �30, �20. Exacta:
�60. CSF: �39. Trifecta: �.80
BT Scottish Premiership
24
14
17
12
16
3.40 (1m 2f) 1 Betsalottie (Mitch Godwin, 4-1); 2
Nicky Baby (8-1); 3 Stringybark Creek (14-1). Also
ran: Taste The Salt 11-8 fav. 11 ran. NR: Idol
Deputy, Ixelles Diamond, Outrath. 2l, hd. J J
Bridger. Tote: �30; �80, �80, �90. Exacta:
�.70. CSF: �.53. Tricast: �3.35. Trifecta:
�4.30
2.35 (1m 1yd) 1 Cliffs Of Capri (D C Costello,
7-4); 2 Medici Banchiere (10-1); 3 Lost At Sea (201). Also ran: Qassem 8-11 fav. 4 ran. 絣, 1糽. J A
Osborne. Tote: �60. Exacta: �70. CSF:
�.05. Trifecta: �.10
SSE Swalec Welsh National League: Division One
East: Blaenavon 15 Pontypool Utd 27; Brecon 20
Croesyceiliog 5; Dowlais 15 Abertillery BG 6. West:
Dunvant 21 Llanelli Wanderers 7; Felinfoel 14 Penclawdd
16; Gorseinon 24 Aberystwyth 22; Kidwelly 3
Llangennech 13; Tenby Utd 15 Gowerton 9. North: Bala
39 Bethesda 5; Llangefni 12 Llandudno 24; Mold 22
Dolgellau 16
Currie
Hawick
Heriot?s
Marr
Stirling County
1.40 (2m hdle) 1 Gran Maestro (Ryan Winks,
9-2); 2 Walsingham Grange (7-2); 3 Notebook (172). Also ran: Skywards Reward 3-1 fav. 9 ran. 1絣,
緇. P Winks. Tote: �30; �50, �70, �00.
Exacta: �.40. CSF: �.11. Tricast: �8.75.
Trifecta: �0.30
2.00 (1m 1yd) 1 Goring (Charles Bishop, 7-4 fav);
2 Surrey Hope (4-1); 3 Sacred Act (5-1). 7 ran. NR:
Mr Scaramanga. Nk, 絣. Eve Johnson Houghton.
Tote: �50; �40, �50. Exacta: �70. CSF:
�58. Tricast: �.85. Trifecta: �.20
SSE Swalec Welsh Championship
A
257
264
335
348
352
343
369
260
393
417
310
515
3.10 (1m 2f) 1 Karam Albaari (M Harley, 9-2); 2
Presence Process (10-1); 3 Avocet (8-1). Also ran:
Romantic 9-4 fav. 13 ran. NR: Fairy Mist. 2l, nk. J R
Jenkins. Tote: �20; �40, �90, �20. Exacta:
�.40. CSF: �.36. Tricast: �0.95. Trifecta:
�6.90
12.30 (2m 3f 154yd hdle) 1 Noble Robin (R
Johnson, 5-2); 2 Silva Eclipse (7-2); 3 Leskinfere
(20-1). Also ran: Truckers Lodge 15-8 fav. 9 ran.
7l, 1絣. Jonjo O?Neill. Tote: �60; �10, �40,
�50. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.37. Trifecta:
�.80
RUGBY UNION RESULTS
Ulster
Harlequins
out possibly any Russian presence at all,
the event will lose at least some of its
glamour. ?Olympic ice skating without
Russia,? as one Russian coach put it,
?would be like having no salt or pepper
with your meal.?
?She will be missed, of course,? says
Robin Cousins, the 1980 Olympic gold
medallist and BBC analyst. ?Medvedeva
has been a breath of fresh air for ice skating and it?s not so much what she?s doing,
but it?s the ease with which she does it. It
is beautiful and utterly effortless. She is
the one that everybody else is out to beat
but if she?s not there then it will be business as usual.? Except that the competition will be all the less without her presence, and everybody knows it.
For Cousins, comparisons between
Medvedeva and the great Katarina Witt,
the double Olympic champion from East
Germany, are not too far-fetched. Witt
dominated the sport in the 1980s, an era
during which artistry and elegance were
judged as highly as technical prowess.
Medvedeva is the brilliant champion of a
judging system that favours athleticism
and youth. She has promised to perfect a
quad ? a quadruple rotation ? in the near
future.
?There are 10-12 year-olds out there
now who are doing the same stuff that I
was doing in the Olympics,? says Cousins.
?In certain countries there is now no
transition from novice to junior or senior
anymore, they?re all doing the same
things. They are robots, but they are
beautiful to watch.?
The butterfly-like life cycle of the modern skater, here one minute, gone the
next, lends a particular poignancy to
Medvedeva?s plea to the IOC. This truly
will be her one and only chance to win
Olympic gold. She is also the one Olympic
athlete from Russia who would be sorely
missed.
RACING RESULTS
Kelso (Jackpot meeting)
12.40
can lose this opportunity because of circumstances that do not depend on me in
any way.?
The 18-year-old skater was too young
to compete in Sochi and has not been
implicated in any of the state-sponsored
doping that has led to Russia being banished from the 2018 Games, which begin
on Friday, February 9. Standing, at such a
tender age, before the judge and jury of
the IOC, part defence witness, part prosecutor of a tainted system, demanded all
the qualities of courage and control that
have made her the outstanding skater of
her generation.
A precocious and charismatic young
woman, and unbeaten in two years of
major competition, Medvedeva could
well turn out to be the poster girl for a
new post-Sochi era in Russian sport, but
I cannot accept
that I would
compete in South
Korea without
the Russian flag
she has yet to commit to competing as a
member of the denationalised ?Olympic
Athlete from Russia? (OAR) team in
Pyeongchang.
Under the terms of the Olympic ban,
members of the OAR team will all be
vetted by an IOC panel before being
invited to compete beneath an Olympic
flag and without a national anthem. They
are forbidden even from wearing a third
colour on their official kit. ?I cannot
accept the option that I would compete in
South Korea without the Russian flag as a
neutral,? Medvedeva told the IOC quite
firmly last month.
The defending champion?s presence
in the field for the European championships in her home city of Moscow this
week is the first indication that Medvedeva?s hard line on the issue might be
starting to soften. A broken bone in her
foot forced the Russian to pull out of both
the recent Grand Prix final in Japan and
her own national championships, won
by the 15-year-old Alina Zagitova, another
Russian who has already been anointed
as Medvedeva?s natural successor. This
will be Medvedeva?s first major competition for two months and will provide a
test of her fitness and resilience both on
and off the ice.
If she remains true to her word, Medvedeva will not be competing in South
Korea next month and the loss will not
just be personal. Women?s figure skating
remains one of the highest-profile and
most marketable events on the Olympic
schedule. It was estimated that half the
population of South Korea watched their
own champion, Yuna Kim, win the gold
medal in Vancouver back in 2010 and
even without a strong American presence, figure skating also remains a topthree attraction on NBC, the US Olympic
broadcaster.
Without its star performer, and wi
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