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SPORT
October 15, 2017
thesundaytimes.co.uk/sport
MAN CITY SPARKLE
IN 7-2 WIN AS
NEIGHBOURS
UNITED LABOUR
TO 0-0 DRAW AT
LIVERPOOL
PREMIER LEAGUE
REPORTS
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TOP SPIN: GRAEME
SWANN TALKS
TO DAVID WALSH
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You wait 641
minutes for a
Palace goal ...
JOHN PATRICK FLETCHER
then two
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at once
Chelsea stunned as
Roy Hodgson pulls off
amazing 2-1 home win
Surprise package:
Wilfried Zaha
scores Palace?s
second goal as
they finally collect
their first points of
the season
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SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
Stalemate rules as
Jose draws a blank
0
0
LIVERPOOL
MANCHESTER UNITED
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
Mignolet
Matip
Gomez
Lovren
4-3-3
Moreno
Henderson
Wijnaldum
Can
Salah
Firmino
Coutinho
Lukaku
T
Football correspondent
Anfield
Martial
en minutes before kick-off a
lone figure paced a corridor
outside the dressing rooms at
Anfield. It was Jose Mourinho,
lost in thought. Lines of
poetry are on the walls and,
intently, he read them one by
one. But soon the lyricism
stopped. Manchester United?s
was a performance very
much in prose. Only Mourinho has the
trick of persuading players from the
biggest clubs to go out like little underdogs, to sweat, graft and spoil, to
embrace doggedness. Jose came, he saw,
he nullified. He got his point and clean
sheet. He was happy, and so was Jurgen
Klopp. It was an odd thing, a 0-0 that
seemed like defeat for the millions across
the planet tuning in for the return of the
Premier League, but which to both managers felt like a win.
Klopp was buoyed because Liverpool
were more like Liverpool, his Liverpool.
Even without Sadio Mane they were the
intense and relentlessly attacking side he
has strived to create. In the week of his
two-year Anfield anniversary, and in his
700th game as a manager, people are
taking stock of Klopp and asking questions: against that backdrop, it was a welcome return to form. A couple of same
old stories for Liverpool: but for David De
Gea?s virtuosity, and wasteful finishing,
they could have had better. So often a
United hero in this derby, De Gea improvised a brilliant save with his leg from Joel
Matip 11 minutes from half-time and
Mohamed Salah botched the rebound:
Liverpool have had 162 shots in their past
eight games and only eight goals.
Soon after, Romelu Lukaku went
through on Anthony Martial?s fine pass
but his shot was too close to Simon
Mignolet and the keeper saved. Neither
side came closer to scoring and such a
flurry of chances was atypical. The rest of
the game involved Liverpool pushing,
United nullifying, and neither side cracking. Klopp said he didn?t want to judge his
counterpart but smiled ?no comment?
when asked whether his team would ever
play like that. Naturally Mourinho felt
that, even if neutrals were bored, the
game was a tactical treat. ?A point, in this
long marathon? A point at Anfield is OK.?
But is this the season to be calculating?
With Manchester City churning points
and goals, giving up points is risky, and of
course City beat Liverpool 5-0 last
month. Given Liverpool were depleted,
FANCY SEEING
YOU HERE
Louis van Gaal,
inset, the former
Manchester United
manager, was an
interested
spectator at
Anfield
yesterday. The
Dutchman
received a warm
reception from
the visiting fans
Darmian
4-2-3-1
Mkhitaryan
Matic
Herrera
Jones
Smalling
Young
Valencia
De Gea
and on a poor run, Mourinho will have
few better opportunities to take the
initiative at Anfield. But that?s not how he
rolls. His selection featured not Marcus
Rashford or Juan Mata wide right but
Ashley Young, to help Antonio Valencia
handle Philippe Coutinho. Martial, for
swathes, was an auxiliary left-back. Coutinho tried to roam but United always had
someone with him. They brought physicality to bear, via the ruggedness of Chris
Smalling and Phil Jones and the tackling
of Ander Hererra. In this, Klopp felt
Lukaku went too far when he trod on
Dejan Lovren. A red card, for Klopp ? but
Martin Atkinson deemed it accidental.
Liverpool were good enough to pierce
United, even at their most disciplined
and determined. The dribbling of Salah
and Gini Wijnaldum was important in
getting through United?s press. Even
policed, Coutinho found space and Roberto Firmino was at his best in weeks. In
the first half, after Salah beat two men
and found him, Coutinho was dispossessed by a lunging Valencia in the box,
and in the second Herrera tackled him
desperately there. Klopp wanted penalties but Atkinson seemed right to refuse.
Another Salah dribble put Coutinho
into a dangerous position in the 33rd minute, but in flew United bodies and the
shot was deflected. Just before half-time,
Valencia dived to divert Coutinho?s cross
safely to De Gea. In resistance efforts,
United have no one better than their goalkeeper. His Matip save was vintage. Firmino found Matip, who shot from six
yards, but De Gea saved with a jutting leg.
Remarkably, he?s stopped his last 12 shots
on target. Salah hit the rebound wide.
Lukaku?s performance raised furthered questions about him in big games.
He has scored once in eight matches
against Liverpool and had five fewer
touches, here, than Mignolet. Henrikh
Mkhitaryan was involved in United?s best
move, chesting to Nemanja Matic, who
volleyed close from range, but it was not a
day for Mkhitaryan?s delicacy. Mourinho
replaced him with Jesse Lingard in the
second half, also sending Rashford on for
Martial. Yet Emre Can, from six yards,
skied a Joe Gomez cross and when Firmino volleyed to Salah, it just evaded
Salah at the far post. Liverpool?s final
complaint was Atkinson permitting Matteo Darmian?s very high boot that almost
caught Can?s head, but another scoreless
day for them. And 18 clean sheets for
Mourinho?s United in 2017.
Saving grace: David de
Gea stretches out a leg
to stop Joel Matip
breaking the deadlock
as both sides shared a
point but lost valuable
ground in the title race
United park
the bus
once again
to make
their point
GRAEME
SOUNESS
Star man: David de Gea (Manchester United)
Yellow cards: Man United: Smalling, Young
Referee: M Atkinson Attendance: 52,912
Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno,
Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can, Salah (OxladeChamberlain 78min), Firmino (Solanke 87min),
Coutinho (Sturridge 79min) Substitutes: Karius,
Milner, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling,
Jones, Darmian, Herrera, Matic, Young (Lindelof
90+3min), Mkhitaryan (Lingard 63min), Martial
(Rashford 65min), Lukaku Substitutes: Romero, Blind,
Tuanzebe, Mata
McGeady 61
QPR
Sylla 37
1
1
Martin Hardy
Stadium of Light
The cheers were ironic;
growing in mockery, as, in the
61st minute, Sunderland?s
players finally started to pass
the ball to other Sunderland
players. It was not quite an
?Ole? from those supporters
staying with their side at the
Stadium of Light (officially
26,066, but it felt less) each
time the ball was moved, but
it was self-mocking (and
probably self-loathing).
But then the ball was
played to Aiden McGeady,
who had missed a glorious
chance when the game was
nil-nil in the first half, by
Didier Ndong, whose only
other significant contribution
was to inadvertently help
create QPR?s goal.
McGeady took a touch on
the edge of the Rangers?
penalty area and drilled a
low, curling left-foot shot into
the bottom corner of Alex
Smithies? goal; from jeers, to
ironic cheers, to a real
celebration, in the space of a
minute. No wonder
Sunderland?s support cannot
make much sense of their
football team at the moment.
?If we had got a second
goal the atmosphere around
the place would have helped
us,? said Ian Holloway, the
QPR manager. ?They?re fed
up here. We created a lot of
chances but unfortunately
only taken one of them.?
The importance of the
point for the home side could
not even be felt in the league
table. Brentford and Reading
both winning means
Sunderland are three points
adrift of safety, just 12 games
after the Premier League.
It is an unhappy club, and
that was hammered home in
the 37th minute, when Ndong
needlessly headed behind for
a corner from which Idrissa
Sylla rose, unmarked, to head
his side in front. Sylla had
twice gone close before his
goal, and almost added a
second before the half ended.
Jamie Mackie also missed two
good chances in the second
as Sunderland?s goal led a
charmed life. The home
crowd had just about given
up when the equaliser came
and McGeady, his confidence
restored, drew a fine save
from Smithies after his strike,
as did sub Lewis Grabban.
?We showed a lot of
character. We?ve not won but
The final result might have
been a draw but this was a
victory for pragmatism.
Liverpool fans know that
while Mourinho teams like
to park the bus on the road
this often leads to them
nicking a goal on the
counterattack ? remember
Chelsea?s 2-0 victory at
Anfield in 2014 which
knocked Liverpool off their
stride in the title run-in.
This clearly influenced
Jurgen Klopp?s approach.
As conservative as
Mourinho?s tactics were, the
Liverpool manager was
hardly putting an accent on
attack when he named Can,
Henderson and Wijnaldum
in midfield.
Mourinho feeds on
tactical naivety with the
kind of avidity you find in a
starving vulture chancing
upon a carcass, so going allout attack only to lose 1-0
was not an outcome that
Liverpool, with just one win
in their past seven games,
could countenance. What
Klopp needed though was
more creative spark from
Coutinho, Salah and
Firmino. Unfortunately,
none of them found that.
Their shooting was
particularly poor.
That said, their accuracy
could have been as deadly as
a trained marksman and
they still might not have got
the ball into David de Gea?s
net. The United goalkeeper
has improved hugely since
he arrived in the Premier
League when he failed to
dominate in the aerial
battles and sometimes
looked lost in the melee of
the penalty area.
The past four seasons,
however, he has been his
club?s best player. We talk
about the best strikers being
able to respond quicker
than their opponents in the
penalty area.
The Spaniard has this
instinct, too, and it?s what
makes him nearly as
valuable as the world?s top
goalscorers. His agility is
hugely impressive. I liken
him to Pat Jennings whom I
watched when I was a young
man at Tottenham. They
both have sharp reactions
and stop the ball in any way
they can ? in De Gea?s case
yesterday it was with a
thrust of the left leg.
If that saved effort from
Joel Matip represented
Liverpool?s best chance,
then Romelu Lukaku had
the best scoring
opportunity for the visitors.
The Belgian will be
disappointed that he found
the keeper when put
through in the first half but
he was given a thankless
task. He saw so little of his
teammates that he might as
well have been playing on a
different pitch.
Klopp might have been
pleased that his sometimes
profligate defence secured a
first clean sheet since
August but so lightly were
they tested that it is difficult
to know if Liverpool are any
more secure at the back.
As it happens, the man of
the match award went to a
Liverpool defender, Joe
Gomez. But that tells you
more about the pundit
choosing the award. Step
forward Gary Neville.
There?s the full-backs? union
at work for you.
Wily Wolves take over at the top
2
0
McGeady saves Sunderland
SUNDERLAND
Statistics are for the
mathematicians, said Jose
Mourinho before the game,
when asked whether his
team would be able to
secure their fair share of
possession. Well here?s a
statistic that caught my eye
yesterday: Manchester
United only had six touches
in the opposition penalty
area. Liverpool had 32.
Even taking into account
the Louis van Gaal era
which was not renowned for
its attacking enterprise, you
would struggle to find a
United game this decade
which came close to
matching those figures.
The United manager
treated this like an away leg
in the knockout stage of the
Champions League, then.
This was all about not
losing. Defeat would have
dented his team?s
confidence and handed
momentum to their rivals,
including Liverpool. A
point, though, keeps them
in touch with Manchester
City and they move on
without blemish to
Huddersfield on Saturday.
WOLVES
Jota 55, Bonatini 71
ASTON VILLA
McGeady: fired in equaliser
not got beat,? said manager
Simon Grayson.
Star man: Luke Freeman (QPR)
Referee: S Martin Attendance: 26,066
Sunderland: Steele 6, Matthews 6,
Jones 7, O?Shea 6, Oviedo 6, Honeyman
6 (Williams 58min, 6), Ndong 5,
Cattermole 5, McGeady 7, Vaughan 5
(Grabban h-t, 6), Watmore 7
(McManaman 79min, 4). Substitutes:
Ruiter, Love, Gibson, Gooch
QPR: Smithies 6, Baptiste 7, Lynch 6,
Bidwell 6, Wszolek 7 (Osayi-Samuel
76min, 4), Scowen 6, Freeman 8,
Luongo 7, Manning 7, Mackie 5
(Washington 67min, 5), Sylla 7
Substitutes: Furlong, Smith,
N?Gbakoto, Lumley, Wheeler
Nick Townsend
Molineux
On an evening when the
driving intensity of Wolves
and scintillating quality of
their approach work took the
eye, only for their finishing to
leave their followers looking
to the heavens, it required the
talismanic Diogo Jota to
finally ensure that justice
would be achieved.
It was not until the 55th
minute that the Portuguese
20-year-old, on loan from
Atletico Madrid, viciously
dispatched his seventh goal of
the season. It was sufficient to
break the hitherto admirable
resolve of Steve Bruce?s side.
Substitute Leo Bonatini
added a 71st-minute second
as Wolves moved to the top of
the Championship table, two
points clear of Cardiff and
Sheffield United.
Although a point would
have been sufficient to propel
Nuno Espirito Santo?s side to
the summit, that was never
going to be sufficient for a
team voracious for success.
?You have to perform to
achieve three points, and we
performed well,? said Nuno.
?We are consistent the way
we keep the ball and the way
we control the game. We are
threatening, but to create
chances we have to be
effective ? and that came in
the second half.?
You have to feel for Bruce,
appointed a year ago, whose
side lost after four successive
league victories. He will
reflect that few opponents
will offer the same kind of
relentless assault as the threeman attack of Portugal
Wanderers: Jota, Helder
Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro.
?Wolves were the better
team,? he said. ?But I still
sincerely think and hope we
can be a top-six team.?
It was as frenetic an
evening as you might have
expected, with some
unforgiving challenges.
Typical was Jonathan Kodjia?s
raised high boot close to
Costa?s forehead, which
raised the already fiery
temperature.
The hosts? forays, usually
inspired by Jota, carried a
constant threat but their
finishing didn?t. Matt
Doherty, Danny Batth, Ruben
Neves and Roderick Miranda
all had efforts off target
before the break.
In the second period, a
breakthrough appeared
inevitable. It was, and so was
the scorer. Jota picked up the
ball from Cavaleiro and
twisted round two defenders
before unleashing an angled
drive past Sam Johnstone.
Bonatini made it 2-0 after
Jota?s dashing drive. Robert
Snodgrass struck the top of
the crossbar with a free kick,
but by then there was no way
back for Villa.
Star man: Diogo Jota (Wolves)
Yellow cards: Aston Villa: Snodgrass,
Hourihane
Referee: T Robinson
Attendance: 30,239
Wolves: Ruddy 7, Batth 6, Coady 7,
Miranda 6, Doherty 7, Saiss 6, Neves 6
(N?Diaye 79min, 5), Douglas 7, Costa 6
(Bonatini h-t 7), Cavaleiro 7 (Marshall
73min, 5), Jota 9 Substitutes: Bennett,
Enobakhare, Vinagre, Norris
Aston Villa: Johnstone 7, Elmohamady
6, Terry 6, Chester 7, Hutton 6,
Snodgrass 7, Hourihane 7, Whelan 6,
Adomah 6 (Onomah 73min, 5), Davis 6
(Hogan 64min, 5), Kodjia 6 (O?Hare
79min, 5) Substitutes: De Laet, Samba,
Steer, Bjarnason
3
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
CARL RECINE
MATCH STATS
Liverpool
Jose Mourinho has defended
himself in the wake of
criticism of Manchester
United?s unambitious
performance in the goalless
draw at Liverpool.
After the game, Jurgen
Klopp appeared to criticise
the approach of his opposite
number. ?For sure you could
not play this way at Liverpool
but it?s OK for Manchester
United,? said the German.
?Don?t tell me what Jurgen
said because I?m not here to
comment on that,? Mourinho
snapped. ?We came here for
three [points]. But in the
second half we felt it was
difficult to do that with the
match having the dynamic it
had.
?I was waiting for Jurgen to
change, I was waiting for him
to go more attacking but he
kept the three strong
midfielders all the time where
PLAYER RATINGS
by Ian Whittell
Man Utd
62
Possession %
38
19
Shots
6
5
Shots on target
1
7
Corners
3
7
Fouls
13
0
Yellow cards
2
Klopp takes swipe at Jose
Ian Whittell
Anfield
MATT MCNULTY
he was having control
because I only had [Ander]
Herrera and [Nemanja] Matic.
I had nobody on the bench to
try to make a difference.?
Mourinho refused to accept
that United had taken part in
a game that failed to
entertain.
Klopp confirmed his
opinion that United had come
to his ground for a draw.
?They made a more defensive
approach, but that is fine so it
looked to me that they
wanted a point, if they can get
three they will take it,? said
Klopp. ?We were dominant, it
is a home game for us so we
should be dominant. I am OK
with the performance, it is
not my job to judge the
United performance.?
Klopp, who felt United?s
Romelu Lukaku may have
been lucky to escape a red
card after tangling with
Dejan Lovren, refused to be
drawn on whether he would
ever adopt a similar
approach. ?Nice question,?
he said. ?If I say no ? ?you
don?t want to win something?.
If I say yes, then people are
already afraid, so no
comment.?
Jamie Carragher, the
former Liverpool defender,
thought Klopp let United off
the hook.
?Jurgen Klopp made
changes but he still kept the
three-man midfield the
same,? he told Sky Sports.
?Manchester United showed
such a lack of ambition, it was
worth taking a risk by leaving
[Philippe] Coutinho on and
bringing on another attacking
player.
?Yes, you can get done on
the counter but it was
obvious United were here for
a 0-0 and hoping to nick a
goal from a set-piece or a
counterattack.
?I think Liverpool should
have taken the risk to take
[Georginio] Wijnaldum or
[Emre] Can off.?
LIVERPOOL
SIMON
MIGNOLET
MANCHESTER
UNITED
6/10
DAVID
DE GEA
8/10
Pulled off a fine block to keep out
Lukaku?s first-half shot and was
rarely troubled again. His usually
suspect kicking was not an issue
Stunning reflex save denied
Matip and was the busier of the
two keepers by far. Gives his
defence an obvious boost
JOE
GOMEZ
ANTONIO
VALENCIA
8/10
8
6/10
6
The youngster?s development
continues, with his technical
ability obvious and long passing
impressive. Man of the match
Performed his defensive duties
well enough although not given
the licence to forage up the other
end of the field
JOEL
MATIP
CHRIS
SMALLING
6/10
6/10
6
Denied by De Gea as Liverpool?s
best chance of the first half fell
to him. Coped comfortably in
defensive capacity
Became the game?s first booking
for a foul on Coutinho after 73
minutes. Did a fair job of
handling Liverpool?s front three
DEJAN
LOVREN
PHIL
JONES
6/10
6
7/10
If the big concern was Lukaku
being isolated against him, the
centre-back was helped by
United?s lack of ambition
A solid presence in the middle
who did well in reading the game
and breaking up play with timely
interceptions
ALBERTO
MORENO
MATTEO
DARMIAN
7/10
7
6/10
Just a second start of the season
as Mourinho wanted to push
Young higher up the field for
more defensive bite
GEORGINIO
WIJNALDUM
ANDER
HERRERA
6/10
6
Industrious performance,
especially early in the game
when he was often in the thick of
the midfield action
Broke up play effectively, often
via petty fouls for which he could
have been booked. Buzzed
around in front of his defence
JORDAN
HENDERSON
NEMANJA
MATIC
7/10
6/10
6/
Provided valuable cover to his
back four, busy without taking up
advanced positions from where
he could hurt United
Decent first-half strike
threatened the home goal but
this was one of his less effective
and influential outings
EMRE
CAN
ASHLEY
YOUNG
7/10
6/10
6
His midfield battle with Herrera
wasn?t pretty and had its fullblooded moments, with
Liverpool generally on top
Winger-turned-full-back was
returned to midfield to offer
added defensive cover and
carried that plan out superbly
MOHAMED
SALAH
HENRIKH
MKHITARYAN
7/10
7
5/
5/10
Should have at least hit the
target with a first-half opening.
Honours probably even in his
duel with Darmian
Even given United?s relative lack
of ambition, it was a sub-par
display in which he gave the ball
away cheaply
PHILIPPE
COUTINHO
ANTHONY
MARTIAL
6/10
6/
6/10
6
Produced flashes of danger in a
more advanced role, but never
looked like opening up the
packed United defence
Looking more like a Mourinhostyle player in his workrate but
the United game plan was far
from playing to his strengths
ROBERTO
FIRMINO
ROMELU
LUKAKU
6/10
5/10
A real handful for the United
defence, beating defenders
repeatedly, but as a No 9 he
lacked an end product
Touched the ball once in the
opening 24 minutes and only
sight of goal was late first-half
shot that was well saved
TOTAL
TOTAL
73/110 67/110
REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON
Somehow, in a game littered with petty fouls, he
did not show a card until the 73rd minute. The
game might have benefited from the ref being
more trigger-happy with cautions earlier
City knock seven bells
out of stunned Stoke
MANCHESTER CITY
Jesus 17, 55 Sterling 19, D Silva
27, Fernandinho 60, Sane 62,
B Silva 79
STOKE CITY
Diouf 44, Walker og 47
Steady performance in which the
full-back covered acres of
ground at both ends of the field.
Linked well with Firmino in attack
7/10
No respite: Raheem Sterling, scorer of Man City?s second goal, takes on Erik Pieters
7
2
Mike Whalley
Etihad stadium
Pep Guardiola, a hard man to
please, described it as the
best performance of his
Manchester City reign. The
rest of the Premier League be
warned. The masterplan is
coming together. Guardiola?s
team have more points, and
more goals, than anyone else
in the top division. Chelsea
could not stop them a
fortnight ago, so what chance
did Stoke City have? Indeed,
what chance anyone, when
Guardiola?s forward line is in
this mood?
It was an exhilarating
afternoon, during which
Kevin de Bruyne, making his
100th City appearance,
provided yet another
demonstration of his worldclass abilities. Mark Hughes,
the Stoke manager, described
the Belgian as the best player
in the Premier League. An
outstanding performance
was topped with two
moments of sublime quality.
The first was a beautifully
judged pass to Leroy Sane,
played seemingly without
looking, in the build-up to
City?s second goal, scored by
Raheem Sterling. Later on,
there was a breathtakingly
simple diagonal ball that
bypassed the Stoke defence
for Sane to score City?s sixth.
No wonder there were
eulogies from both managers.
?Kevin didn?t score today,
but he is a guy who is so
dynamic,? said Guardiola.
?He understands the game.
Normally, that kind of player
doesn?t perform the actions
needed to be aggressive, to
win the ball, and set the right
tempo. He does. After that,
when he has the ball in the
positions close to the area,
the wingers, strikers and
attacking midfielders move
because they know the ball is
coming.?
Hughes was similarly
effusive. ?Kevin de Bruyne is
head and shoulders above
any player in the Premier
League,? he said.
Yet despite the size of the
victory, there was the odd
wobble from Guardiola?s
team. They appeared to have
the game won within 27
minutes as they went 3-0 up,
then teased their supporters
by shipping two soft goals
either side of half-time, and
then won the game all over
again. Stoke tried to make a
contest of it but still left with a
thrashing. Gabriel Jesus
scored twice, to add to the
two he scored for Brazil
against Chile on Wednesday,
with Sterling, David Silva,
Fernandinho, Sane and
Bernardo Silva also on target.
It was a tough day for
Stoke?s 18-year-old debutant
right-back Tom Edwards. The
teenager suffered a
harrowing first half at the
hands of Sane, and then saw
his match ended prematurely
CITY GO GOAL
MAD AT HOME
0 Manchester City
became the first team to
score five or more goals in
three consecutive topflight home matches
within the same season
since Tottenham in 1950-1
(although Chelsea, under
Carlo Ancelotti, won 7-0,
8-0 and 6-0 in
consecutive home
matches over two
seasons, 2009-10 and
2010-1). City?s 7-2 win
against Stoke yesterday
was preceded by the 5-0
thrashing of Crystal
Palace and the defeat of
Liverpool by the same
score
0 City have become the
first top-flight team to
score 29 times in their first
eight league games of the
season since Everton in
1894-5
by an ankle injury. ?He?s
deserved his chance,? Hughes
said. ?If he hadn?t got an
injury in pre-season, he
would have played before
now, because that?s how well
he was doing.?
Edwards, to his credit, did
at least play a part in Stoke?s
mini-revival, when they
somehow pulled back to 3-2
despite having been
overwhelmed for much of the
match. After Mame Diouf ?s
deflected shot, from Jese?s
backheel, had given Stoke a
goal right at the end of the
first half, Edwards beat Sane
down the right and provided
the cross for their second.
Diouf ?s header was going
wide, but Kyle Walker
diverted it in off his own post.
At that stage, it seemed as
if Hughes? team might sneak
back in for a point, an idea
that would have been
dismissed as laughable after
City?s first-half dominance.
Sane had already fired a clear
chance over before they took
a 17th-minute lead with a
sumptuous move, as Walker,
played in down the right by
De Bruyne?s finely judged
pass, reached the byline and
cut the ball back for Jesus.
Stoke soon fell two behind.
Sane left Edwards trailing as
he cut in on to that wonderful
De Bruyne return pass, and
drew the goalkeeper before
rolling the ball across for
Sterling to score. For the third
goal, Jesus fed Sane, who
played the ball across goal for
Sterling to steer it back into
the middle, where David Silva
stretched and steered it in.
If Stoke had hope after
pulling two goals back, it was
extinguished quickly. Jesus
steered his second goal high
into the net after De Bruyne
had broken down the right,
and then Fernandinho shot
home a fifth from 25 yards.
Sane added the sixth,
arriving from the left to hit a
shot between goalkeeper Jack
Butland?s legs after De
Bruyne?s sublime diagonal
pass had split the defence,
and then substitute Bernardo
Silva poked in his first City
goal, set up by Sterling.
All of this was achieved
without Sergio Aguero, an
unused substitute after
recovering from a broken rib.
He will get his chances in the
weeks ahead; City look in the
mood to create bags of them.
?You can always do better,
but I cannot deny that today
was the best performance
since I arrived here,? said
Guardiola. ?I?m very pleased
that we won, and especially
with the way we won. Games
after the international break
can be difficult and we spoke
about the importance of
beginning well. We did that.
We started aggressively.?
Star man: Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)
Yellow card: Stoke: Afellay
Referee: C Pawson Attendance: 54,128
Manchester City: Ederson 6, Walker 7,
Stones 6, Otamendi 6, Delph 7, De
Bruyne 9 (Gundogan 66min, 7),
Fernandinho 8 (Toure 73min, 7), D Silva
8, Sterling 8, Jesus 8 (B Silva 63min, 8),
Sane 8 Substitutes: Bravo, Danilo,
Mangala, Aguero
Stoke: Butland 6, Edwards 6 (Sobhi
53min, 5), Zouma 6, Wimmer 5 (Martins
Indi h-t, 5), Pieters 5, Diouf 5, Fletcher 5,
Cameron 5, Choupo-Moting 5, Shaqiri 5,
Jese 5 (Afellay h-t, 5) Substitutes:
Grant, Adam, Crouch, Berahino
Lloris?s reactions and Eriksen?s class break Wembley league duck for Spurs
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Eriksen 47
BOURNEMOUTH
1
0
Michael Calvin
Wembley
The Harry Kane team didn?t
need Harry Kane. An absurd
diversion, of course, but that
is what happens when a
coach of Pep Guardiola?s
stature lets slip a remark that
gives everyone an excuse to
revert to the infantile
banalities of the playground.
This victory represented the
value of a Christian Eriksen
team, or a Hugo Lloris team.
One scored the goal, 100
seconds after the interval,
which secured Tottenham?s
first Wembley win in the
ANDY RAIN
Premier League. The other
rescued an inert first-half
performance with one of the
saves of the season, a onehanded instinctive effort
from an Eric Dier deflection,
low to his left as he stood no
more than a couple of feet
away from his line.
It wasn?t one of Kane?s
most eye-catching
performances before he was
substituted six minutes from
the end. It may not be
coincidental that his past 13
club goals have all been
scored in away games.
Wembley still doesn?t feel
like home, either in the sight
of fans posing for selfies in
front of the arch or on the
stats sheet, which reminds us
Tottenham have dropped
seven points there after
surrendering only four at
White Hart Lane last season.
Despite the obvious relief,
there was a sense of this
being a quick snack before
the banquet of hype,
conjecture and judgment that
will be laid out at the
Bernabeu on Tuesday. The
Champions League is where
global reputations are made,
and nine-figure transfers
begin to make sense. ?A big
challenge,? Mauricio
Pochettino said. ?Exciting.?
He knows the febrile
nature of the modern game
means the settled side is a
myth. The biggest clubs are
all, to a greater or lesser
extent, in a transitional
phase, dictated by form,
finance and fashion
statement. Since Real
FOOTBALL RESULTS, page 14
Madrid?s courtship rituals
incorporate the romanticism
of Casanova and the deceit of
Machiavelli, we can expect
further flattery of Kane and
Dele Alli in midweek.
Kane?s form is such that
even the most tenuous
opportunity assumes
exaggerated significance. A
low groan signalled a scuffed
shot from a fractional firsthalf chance. His immediate
glance at the linesman
betrayed his realisation that
his header from a Keiran
Trippier cross would not
stand; when he fell in the sixyard box, appeals were led by
the crowd.
Alli is suspended for
Madrid, but life comes at you
fast when you make his sort
of impact. Speculation that
he is about to engage Jorge
Mendes as his super-agent is
unlikely to lower the
temperature, but he will need
What a relief:
Christian Eriksen,
right, celebrates
his goal with
Dele Alli
more than insubstantial tricks
and flicks when his game has
plateaued at a time of
personal and professional
uncertainty. It was left to
Harry Winks, neat, intelligent
and robust when required, to
catch the eye. Bournemouth
have come a long way since
their previous Wembley
appearance, a 2-1 extra-time
defeat by Grimsby Town in
the 1998 FA Trophy final.
Eddie Howe will be given
breathing room, though there
were signs of compromise in
the employment of a back five.
Howe had little option but
to embark on the beaten
manager?s search for
positives. ?Historically we
have always scored goals,? he
said, ?but you have to give
Lloris credit for the two saves
he made. They were pivotal.
If we keep playing like that I
am sure we will be fine.?
Spurs switched to a back
three at the interval and
struck quickly. Eriksen,
running on to a Son Heungmin pass, rode a Simon
Francis tackle on the edge of
the box and scored in the
bottom corner.
Lloris protected the lead
with 13 minutes remaining
with a smart left?footed save
at his near post from Jermain
Defoe, who created a typical
shooting opportunity by
stealing on to a no-look pass
from Jordan Ibe. Asmir
Begovic saved spectacularly
from Eriksen in the frantic
final minutes, when he could
easily have been sent off for
ploughing through the
Tottenham substitute
Georges-Kevin N?Koudou.
Star man: Christian Eriksen (Spurs)
Yellow cards: Tottenham: Vertonghen
Bournemouth: Smith, S Cook, Begovic
Referee: R Madley
Attendance: 73,502
Tottenham: Lloris 8, Trippier 7,
Alderweireld 7, Sanchez 6, Vertonghen
6, Dier 6, Winks 7, Son 6 (Sissoko
75min, 6), Eriksen 8, Alli 6 (N?koudo
90+3min, 6) Kane 6 (Llorente 85min, 6)
Substitutes: Vorm, Aurier, WalkerPeters, Foyth
Bournemouth: Begovic 7, Francis 6, S
Cook 6, Ake 6, Daniels 6, Surman 7, L
Cook 6 (Mousset 83min 6), Smith 6 (Ibe
75min, 6), Gosling 6, Stanislas 7 (Defoe
75min, 7 ), King 7 Substitutes: Boruc,
Pugh, Arter, Afobe,
4
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
Abraham at
the double
to inspire
Swansea
Target man: Tammy
Abraham, on loan
from Chelsea, scored
in each half
against Huddersfield
SWANSEA CITY
Abraham 42, 48
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
2
0
James Candy
Liberty stadium
Tammy Abraham scored
twice to secure three
points for Swansea and
lift the gloom from the
Liberty stadium. The
20-year-old struck
either side of halftime to earn Paul
Clement?s men only
their second victory of the
season in a fiery affair in
South Wales.
Huddersfield goalkeeper
Jonas Lossl paid the price for
a lapse in concentration to
gift Abraham the opener,
before his poacher?s instinct
kicked in to cement the three
points with his fifth goal of
the season.
The brace from the
Chelsea loanee has propelled
the Swans to 13th place in the
Premier League and three
points clear of the relegation
zone.
?We know what Tammy
can do in front of goal, he?s
got a real smell for goal,? said
Clement. ?I was pleased with
his overall game ? that?s his
best overall performance in
his time at Swansea.?
Swansea were without
Bayern Munich loanee Renato
Sanches, who suffered a thigh
strain while on international
duty with Portugal.
Summer signing Roque
Mesa was fit and available to
start in place of the 19-yearold, but instead Clement
chose to leave the г11million
midfielder out of the squad
and select club captain Leon
Britton in midfield.
Leroy Fer was tasked with
adding the attacking edge
from central areas, and he
was involved early on when
he caught the Huddersfield
defence napping to charge
forward in the second
minute.
The Dutchman got a toe to
the ball to keep it from going
over the by-line before it was
scooped up by Lossl ? but he
continued his run and
clattered into Lossl to earn
himself a yellow card.
The Danish keeper had to
have his wits about him
moments later to deny
Abraham with a stunning
save after Tom Carroll
engineered the opportunity
with a lobbed pass in behind
the defence.
Then Elias Kachunga?s
cross looped over the head of
striker Laurent Depoitre and
landed at the feet of Tom
Ince, but he failed to keep his
shot from flying over the
crossbar.
Huddersfield were the
architects of their own
downfall as Swansea took full
advantage of a Lossl error to
take the lead. Under pressure
from Jordan Ayew, Lossl tried
to play the ball to skipper
Tommy Smith, but Carroll
darted in to intercept the ball.
The former Tottenham
midfielder advanced into the
Huddersfield box and played
a square pass to Abraham,
who only had to find the
target with his side-footed
shot to make it 1-0.
It got better for the hosts
three minutes into the second
half when Abraham repeated
the brace he scored for
Bristol City against David
Wagner?s men last season.
Half-time substitute Aaron
Mooy was forced to battle
back to thwart a run from
Luciano Narsingh, but his
tackle sent Ayew clear
through on goal. The
Frenchman lifted the ball
over Lossl before Abraham
got the final touch to make
sure it got over the goal line.
He was denied a hat-trick
by some instinctive defending
from Christopher Schindler,
who managed to divert the
ball away from the danger
area, before Ki Sung-Yueng
had the chance to gift wrap
the victory.
The South Korea
international had only just
entered the fray to end a
three-month injury lay-off,
when he flashed a fierce shot
just past the post.
Rajiv van La Parra?s
deflected shot rattled the top
of the crossbar in the closing
stages, but that was as close
as Huddersfield came to a
comeback.
Star man: Tammy Abraham (Swansea)
Yellow cards: Swansea: Fer
Huddersfield: Schindler, Smith, Hogg,
Jorgensen, Van La Parra
Referee: P Tierney
Attendance: 20,657
Swansea: Fabianski 6, Naughton 6,
Fernandez 8, Mawson 7, Olsson 7, Fer 7
(Ki 72min, 7), Britton 7 (Clucas 83min,
6), Carroll 7, Narsingh 7 (Dyer 75min, 6),
Ayew, Abraham Substitutes: Van der
Hoorn, Nordfeldt, Routledge, Rangel
Huddersfield: Lossl 4, Smith 6,
Jorgensen 5, Schindler 5, Malone 6
(Lowe 80min, 6), Hogg 5 (Mooy 46min,
6), Billing 6 (Williams 59min, 6),
Kachunga 6, Ince 6, Van La Parra 7,
Depoitre 5 Substitutes: Sabiri,
Coleman, Cranie, Hadergjonaj
PAUL CHILDS
Kabasele
Femenia
CHAMPIONSHIP
FOCUS
4-4-1-1
Gomes
Mariappa
Britos
Cleverley
Doucoure
Holebas
Richarlison
Pereyra
BRENTFORD
Gray
MILLWALL
A second-half strike from
Romaine Sawyers, inset,
settled a hard-fought match
against London rivals
Millwall that landed
Brentford their first
three-point haul at
Griffin Park this
season. But the
hosts had keeper
Daniel Bentley to
thank, with two worldclass stops and a penalty
save to deny Lee Gregory.
Sawyers gave the hosts
the lead just after the break
with a superb low drilled
shot from the edge of the
Lacazette
Welbeck
Kolasinac
Iwobi
Xhaka
Elneny
Bellerin
Monreal Mertesacker Koscielny
3-4-2-1
Cech
2
1
WATFORD
Deeney 71 pen, Cleverley 90+2
ARSENAL
Mertesacker 39
SHEFFIELD UNITED
A
John Aizlewood
Vicarage Road
IPSWICH TOWN
nother bad day at the office
for Arsшne Wenger. His team,
ahead and seemingly comfortable, were cruising to
three points at a ground
where they had not lost for
30 years. Then the game
changed in one disastrous
minute. Mesut Ozil spurned a
glorious chance and then
Richarlison hurtled into the penalty area,
brushed against Hector Bellerin and took
a theatrical tumble. Troy Deeney insouciantly rolled home the penalty and the
traditional Arsenal crumble had began.
?It was a scandalous decision. It wasn?t
a penalty, it was a creation from the referee,? sighed Wenger. ?But that wasn?t
the only factor today. This is a game we
should have won. Even now it?s going to
be very difficult to rein in Manchester City
but we?re not looking at them, we?re looking at ourselves right now.?
In stoppage time, bad became terminal. Tom Cleverley wasn?t even born the
last time Watford defeated Arsenal at Vicarage Road. He overturned those 30
years of Hertfordshire hurt after Jose
Holebas? mis-hit had caused penalty area
commotion. Petr Cech blocked Deeney?s
shot, Per Mertesacker foiled Etienne
Capoue and Cleverley blasted home the
loose ball for his first goal since April last
year. This morning Watford find themselves in the Champions League places
and for the third consecutive game they
claimed result-changing goals after 90
minutes. ?Everybody knows we have one
goal,? noted Marco Silva, the Watford
head coach. ?And that is to remain a Premier League club. Nothing can change
that, but can we do better than the last
two seasons? We can.?
Having won six games and lost one
since their August Anfield calamity,
Arsenal may cite the dubious penalty
which gave Watford their equaliser as
mitigation, but before then they were
hoist by the petard of their wasteful finishing. More troubling in the long term,
without Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, still feeling the effects of Wales? and
Chile?s failures to reach Russia next year,
Arsenal looked ordinary. Wenger persevered with the more variable gifts of Alex
Iwobi, meat and potatoes at the moment
a sprinkling of caviar was required.
Watford were without a home win of
DEENEY: GUNNERS
NEED COJONES
Troy Deeney, who scored
Watford?s equaliser with a
controversial penalty, said Arsenal
were in need of some ?cojones?.
Deeney claimed the reason
Arsenal lost was not because of
one penalty. ?Having a bit of
cojones, I think the word is ?
having a bit of nuts. When I play
against Arsenal I go up and think,
?Let me whack the first one
[opponent] and let?s see who
wants it?. I came on today, jumped
with [Per] Mertesacker, and I
didn?t even have to jump ... the
crowd gets up, ?yeah, we?ve got
someone who can win it?, and
they all backed off.?
He added: ?If you let me use my
strength against you, you?re in for
a tough afternoon.?
Wenger penalty fury
Leaving it late:
Tom Cleverley
celebrates the
winner for
Watford in
stoppage time
any kind since April and Arsenal had yet
to take three away Premier League
points, and until stoppage time it seemed
as though the grim runs would continue.
The early stages went to elegantly
scrappy type: Arsenal big on possession
but small on menace; Watford scurrying
around them like yapping terriers.
With their first attack, Arsenal took the
lead in basic fashion. Jose Holebas robbed
Iwobi to concede the only corner of the
first half. Granit Xhaka curled it in from
the right. Watford unaccountably
deployed 5ft 9in Cleverley to chaperone
6ft 6in Mertesacker, who was starting his
first Premier League game since April
2016. The German headed his first goal
since the 2015 FA Cup final, his first in the
Premier League for 1,400 days and
Arsenal?s first at all on this season?s
league travels past Heurelho Gomes.
Watford clung on and Arsenal?s
danders were up. Ozil threaded a glorious
ball through for the onrushing Iwobi, and
only a fine Gomes save prevented a gamesealing second.
Just after the hour, Silva?s double substitution transformed the evening.
Deeney offered more attacking muscle
than Andre Gray and the match pivoted
on one disastrous minute for Arsenal.
First Kolasinac played the ball of the
match to the onrushing Ozil. A second
seemed certain but alas for Ozil, for his
team and, perhaps, for his team?s season,
the German panicked and stroked the
ball tamely into the midriff of Gomes.
Watford charged upfield and secured
their penalty, and the turnaround was in
full flow. ?The penalty was 50-50,? conceded Silva. ?But I didn?t see a dive. The
best players attract fouls and there was
contact.?
Arsenal?s players were rattled and
their fans restless. When the announced
arrival of Jack Wilshere for Iwobi was
replaced with Rob Holding for the injured
Laurent Koscielny, ?you don?t know what
you?re doing? chants rang loud and clear.
Watford seized the evening. A Capoue
blockbuster cannoned off Mertesacker
and on to the post. Watford hands went to
Watford heads, but redemption via Cleverley was just moments away.
Star man: Richarlison (Watford)
Yellow card: Watford: Kabasele
Referee: N Swarbrick
Attendance: 20,384
Watford: Gomes, Kabasele, Mariappa (Carillo 63min),
Britos, Holebas, Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure,
Richarlison, Pereyra (Capoue 81min), Gray (Deeney
63min) Substitutes: Karnezis, Janmaat, Wague,
Watson
Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny (Holding 85min),
Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka,
Kolasinac, Iwobi, Welbeck (Ozil 61min), Lacazette
(Giroud 68min) Substitutes: Ospina, Coquelin,
Wilshere, Walcott
Maxwell error robs impressive Preston of victory
FULHAM
Norwood 74 pen, Odoi 90+6
PRESTON
Hugill 18, Maguire 25
2
2
Brian Glanville
Craven Cottage
Alas, poor Preston and Chris
Maxwell, their goalkeeper. He
had competed impeccably
throughout until the last
moment of stoppage time.
Then somewhat recklessly he
dashed out towards a cross
from the left by the Fulham
centre-back Tim Ream and
1
0
lost the ball, which was
guided into the net by Denis
Odoi, who had switched
profitably to the right flank
after half-time.
Did Fulham deserve this
escape? Arguably not, since
throughout the first half and
much of the second Preston
had been the more
impressive team.
What made the difference
after the break for Fulham
was the return to midfield of
their chief orchestrator, Tom
Cairney. Never did he lose a
ball and never did he fail to
make coherent use of it.
Since the other goal
Preston gave away came from
a penalty, you might assume
that they had done more than
enough for victory.
Their two centre-backs,
captain Paul Huntington and
Ben Davies, resisted
powerfully and coolly
throughout the match. The
burly Jordan Hugill was a lone
striker, happy to take the
bumps and bruises his
persistence suffered. Behind
him, Alan Browne, gave
skilful support.
Preston went ahead in the
18th minute, a minute after
Fulham in a rare attack could
have taken the lead. Oliver
Norwood?s shot was saved by
Maxwell and Floyd Ayite shot
over the top. Away came
Preston and, from the left,
Maguire: had a
hand in both
Preston goals
Sean Maguire found Hugill,
who duly scored. It took only
another seven minutes for
Preston to get their second.
Browne served the busy Tom
Barkhuizen, whose shot was
deflected in off Maguire.
Then, with Cairney on,
Fulham might have equalised
on 56 minutes but
McDonald?s shot rebounded
from a post. Three minutes
later, the visitors? substitute
Josh Harrop missed when it
seemed easier to score.
On 74 minutes, Preston
finally conceded. Calum
Woods brought down Rui
Fonte and Norwood put away
the penalty. Fourteen
minutes later, Maxwell
frustrated Norwood and did
so again three minutes later.
It was deep in stoppage time
when Maxwell so surprisingly
blundered and Odoi scored
that breathless equaliser.
Star man: Paul Huntington (Preston)
Yellow cards: Fulham: Cairney
Preston: Woods, Earl, Johnson
Referee: D England
Attendance: 18,435
Fulham: Button 6, Odoi 7, Kalas 5, Ream
6, Sessegnon 6, Johansen 6 (Mollo
71min, 6), McDonald 7, Norwood 7, Ayite
6, Fonte 6, Kebano 6 (Cairney, h-t, 8)
Substitutes: Bettinelli, Soares, Graham,
Djalo, Cisse
Preston North End: Maxwell 6, Woods
6, Huntington 8, Davies 8, Earl 7,
Pearson 7 (Welsh 59min, 6 ), Johnson 7,
Barkhuizen 7 (Robinson 72min, 6 ),
Browne 7, Maguire 6 (Harrop 31min, 6),
Hugill 8 Substitutes: Vermijl, Boyle,
Mavididi, Hudson
1
0
Sheffield United continued
their superb start to the
season with a win over
Ipswich, putting them level
on points with Cardiff in
second place.
It was the fifth victory at
Bramall Lane for United this
season, while Ipswich?s
early-season away woes
continued with their fourth
consecutive defeat on the
road. The home team
controlled most of the first
half before making the
pressure count early in the
LEEDS UNITED
READING
0
1
Vito Mannone saved a
stoppage-time penalty to
ensure substitute Mo
Barrow?s goal was enough
to end Reading?s winless
run and inflict a third
straight league defeat on
his former club Leeds.
United were handed a
lifeline after Samuel Saiz
was brought down in the
box but Mannone kept out
Pablo Hernandez?s weak
spot-kick to give the Royals
their first win in seven
NORWICH CITY
HULL CITY
1
1
Norwich stretched their
unbeaten league run to
seven matches as a goal in
the fifth minute of
stoppage time from
substitute Nelson
Oliveira, inset,
earned them a draw
against 10-man Hull
City at Carrow Road.
The Portuguese striker
headed in from the final
play of the match to thwart
the battling visitors, who
had been forced to play the
final 40 minutes a man
down after the dismissal of
box after good work from
Denmark international
Henrik Dalsgaard.
The game descended
into controversy 10 minutes
from time when Jed
Wallace was fouled in the
box and Gregory scored
only for referee Lee Probert
to stop play and award a
spot-kick.
Gregory?s wellplaced penalty was
tipped wide by
Bentley, who
capped a superb
performance.
Brentford played all the
football, with the visitors
content to play long and
disrupt with a series of
physical challenges that
incensed the home crowd.
second period when Chris
Basham headed in the
winner. Both sides hit the
crossbar as well, but
Ipswich were perhaps
fortunate to lose the game
by only one goal.
Sheffield United, who
started the game knowing a
big win could send them
top, continued to control
the game, with Leon Clarke
and Basham both fluffing
half-chances and Enda
Stevens seeing his teasing
cross miss everyone.
Mick McCarthy, the
Ipswich manager, was left
to rue his side?s errors. ?I?m
pretty annoyed we?ve lost
the game,? he said.
games. Barrow failed to
make an impact during a
five-game loan spell with
Leeds towards the end of
last season.
Andy Lonergan, making
the first start of his second
spell at the club, had kept
Leeds in the match only for
Barrow to deny him a clean
sheet and increase United?s
woes after a strong start to
the campaign.
Last season?s playoff
finalists Reading started the
game in the relegation zone
but their determined
performance at Elland Road
strongly hints at better
times ahead.
midfielder David Meyler.
Daniel Farke, the Norwich
head coach, ran onto the
pitch to celebrate ? and
there was barely time to
restart the game.
Hull had gone in front
after 29 minutes through a
fine finish from Nouha
Dicko and defended
their advantage in
tigerish fashion, but
the home side fully
deserved their late
equaliser, which made
it three successive home
draws to go with three
successive away wins.
Norwich started brightly,
creating two excellent
chances in the opening 16
minutes.
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP
Britt Assombalonga
rescued a point for
Middlesbrough with his
sixth goal of the season in a
2-2 draw at Barnsley.
Three goals in a frantic
opening nine minutes at
Oakwell saw Barnsley lead
2-1, and Assombalonga
hauled the visitors level on
the hour mark.
Middlesbrough manager
Garry Monk felt his side
dominated Barnsley but
were forced to take the
draw because of avoidable
errors. ?It?s hard to criticise
the own goal for the first
goal, but the second is
avoidable and came from
our mistake,? he said.
Bottom-of-the-table
Bolton earned their first
league win of the season by
beating Sheffield
Wednesday 2-1 at the
Macron stadium.
A first goal of 2017 for
Sammy Ameobi was
Bolton?s first in nine league
and cup matches, ending a
goal drought of nearly 13
hours ? an embarrassing
club record. Phil Parkinson?s
strugglers doubled their
lead with a Sam Hutchinson
own goal. Kieran Lee pulled
a goal back.
5
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
LEE SMITH
DARREN WALSH
NET PROFIT AT
LAST FOR PALACE
0 Crystal Palace finally scored
their first league goal of this
season after 641 minutes, and
731 minutes in all, taking into
account their 2-0 defeat at
Manchester United on the last
day of the previous campaign
? a span of three managers:
Sam Allardyce, Frank de Boer
and Roy Hodgson. OK, it was
an own goal from Chelsea
defender Cesar Azpilicueta,
but still it counted and ended
the longest goal drought in
the top flight from the start of
a season. They only had to
wait another 34 minutes
before Wilfried Zaha became
the first Palace player to score
for his side since Patrick van
Aanholt in the 4-0 defeat of
Hull on May 14
Elbowed out: Andy Carroll was sent off after this challenge
Carroll red card
costs West Ham
BURNLEY
Wood 85
WEST HAM UNITED
Antonio 19
1
1
Paul Rowan
Turf Moor
It?s Palace in wonderland
CRYSTAL PALACE
Azpilicueta og 11
Zaha 45
CHELSEA
Bakayoko 18
2
1
H
His replacement, Pedro, had a drive
beaten away by Speroni. Hodgson longed
for the final whistle. ?We won deservedly
against a good team,? he said. ?Now we
need to realise what we have done well.
The longer you work, the longer you
hammer home the messages, and the
more they sink in.?
The climb up the table still has a steep
gradient but Hodgson?s Palace have exorcised a few nasty ghosts.
match are,? said Hodgson, having gained
his first points in club football since he left
West Bromwich Albion more than five
years ago for the higher calling of
England.
It finished up feeling more stressful for
Antonio Conte. ?This is a difficult
moment for us,? said the Chelsea coach,
adding: ?I will not sleep well after that.?
Missing Alvaro Morata and N?Golo
Kante with injuries, and then without Victor Moses, who pulled a muscle in the first
half, Conte spoke of a want of ?balance?
in his weakened team. ?When you play
against Palace away you have to start with
more personality, or you allow your
opponent to take confidence.?
Palace had confidence from the kickoff. The partnership of Zaha and Andros
Townsend threatened in the first minute
and Palace applied gumption to every
duel. Jeff Schlupp?s dispossessing of Will-
ian set a tone, and in the same move,
Townsend skipped past Azpilicueta, slid
the ball to Zaha, whose pause before
threading a square ball in anticipation of
James McArthur?s run was a slick idea,
almost perfectly executed.
The goal, the one Palace had waited for
since mid-May, looked scruffy, although
the lead-up was tidy. Townsend crossed,
Cabaye had one crack at it, David Luiz
partially blocking. Cabaye?s next effort
bounced off Azpilicueta at an impossible
angle for Thibaut Courtois to make
adjustments for.
The lead lasted seven minutes. Chelsea
had looked a little shell-shocked, their
own threat minimal until they won a corner. From it, Palace lost their bearings.
Fabregas crossed, Bakayoko leapt and
although his header had less power than
he intended, it took a good enough
bounce off the pitch to clear Speroni?s
stretch. Bakayoko had aimed well. He is
an asset to Chelsea at attacking
set-pieces, which was where their better
chances were concentrated.
Palace might have wilted at Chelsea?s
equaliser, seeing the symptoms of their
fragility shown up by the ease with which
Chelsea had scored. They did not. Both
Townsend and Zaha, thriving together in
a forward line deprived of the injured
Christian Benteke, had seen how their
speed with the ball alarmed the
champions.
Zaha struck shortly before half-time,
grateful to the sleeves-rolled-up purpose
of Mamadou Sakho, who doggedly
chased a loose ball, shunting it forward to
Zaha. The striker weaved past Azpilicueta
and finished comfortably.
Palace had regained their lead. This
time, they would cling to it. Their football
stayed tenacious and ambitious, though
they sensed a Chelsea fired-up at the
prospect of a second successive defeat
and frustrated. Michy Batshuayi was visibly annoyed to be substituted, gesturing
as much when he left the field.
HERTHA BERLIN PLAYERS ?TAKE THE
KNEE? BEFORE SCHALKE GAME
returned to the club as interim coach
after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.
straight win under caretaker Richie
Wellens.
STORMY MADRID WELCOME FOR BARCA
SEVENTH HEAVEN FOR LUTON
Barcelona received a stormy welcome
in their first game in Madrid since the
Catalonia independence referendum as
Atletico fans held up Spanish flags and
sang Viva Espana. The game ended 1-1
with Luis Suarez equalising in the 82nd
minute after Saul Niguez had curled the
hosts in front. Cristiano Ronaldo came
to the rescue for Real Madrid with a late
winner in their 2-1 victory at Getafe. The
Portugal international struck his first La
Liga goal of the season with five
minutes remaining.
Luton thrashed Stevenage 7-1, with Luke
Berry hitting a hat-trick. They are third
behind League Two?s new leaders, Notts
County, who beat Barnet 2-1, and Exeter,
who were held 0-0 at Wycombe.
Ward
Dann
McArthur
Cabaye
Ian Hawkey
Selhurst Park
aving taken two months trying to engage the starter
motor of their season, Crystal Palace suddenly hit top
gear. Before yesterday, they
had not so much had a goal,
let alone a point. From this
deep pit they sprang, and
stung the reigning champions, a Chelsea now nine
points off the summit and on the way to
their midweek meeting with Roma jolted
by a second defeat on the trot.
The fact Palace even scored guaranteed a surge of electricity through this
patch of south London. That Wilfried
Zaha, excellent throughout on his return
from two months out with injury, then
added another, making it two goals in 12
and a half hours of league football, suggests a dramatic transformation. It was.
Palace carried themselves with a swagger
suggesting that a fortnight of concentrated problem-solving with Roy Hodgson during the international interlude
had been stimulating.
Hodgson, like most of Selhurst, suffered at times during a second half in
which Cesc Fabregas rapped the Palace
crossbar and Pedro drove fiercely at
Julian Speroni, Palace?s understudy goalkeeper, as Chelsea sought a second equaliser, Tiemoue Bakayoko having cancelled
out the early Palace goal, when Cesar
Azpilicueta deflected a Yohan Cabaye
shot past his own keeper. ?You forget how
stressful those last minutes of a football
FOOTBALL
SHORTS
4-4-2
Speroni
Sakho
Milivojevic Schlupp
Zaha
Hazard
Alonso
3-4-3
Townsend
Batshuayi
Bakayoko
Cahill
Van Aanholt
Willian
Fabregas
Luiz
Moses
Azpilicueta
Courtois
Hertha Berlin?s players took a lead from
NFL stars, whose protests have angered
the US president, Donald Trump, by
?taking the knee?, below, before their 2-0
home defeat against Schalke yesterday.
Team manager Michael Preetz and
coach Pal Dardai joined them from the
substitutes? bench. The club tweeted
that Hertha stood ?for diversity,
tolerance and responsibility. For a Berlin
which remains open to the world!?.
Bayern Munich thrashed Freiburg 5-0 in
their first game since Jupp Heynckes
REFEREE GOES OFF AFTER COLLISION
Robert Lewis, the referee in charge of
Doncaster?s match at Charlton, had to
be substituted after a collision with
home forward Josh Magennis early in
the second half at the Valley. Charlton
won 1-0, courtesy of Tarique FosuHenry?s strike. Wigan moved top of
League One after beating Southend
3-0. The visitors had Jermaine
McGlashan sent off in the 59th minute.
Shrewsbury dropped to second after
being held 1-1 at bottom club Plymouth.
Who needs Paul Scholes or Clarence
Seedorf? Both have been interviewed
for the manager?s job at Oldham but the
1-0 defeat of Blackburn was their fourth
Star man: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Yellow cards: Crystal Palace: Dann, Milivojevic
Chelsea: Bakayoko
Referee: A Marriner
Attendance: 25,480
Crystal Palace: Speroni 7, Ward 7, Dann 7, Sakho 8,
Van Aanholt 7, McArthur 7 (Fosu-Mendah 85min, 4),
Cabaye 7 (Riedewald 86min, 4), Milivojevic 7, Schlupp
7 (Puncheon 75min, 6), Zaha 8, Townsend 8
Substitutes: Tomkins, Kaikai, Sako, Henry
Chelsea: Courtois 7, Azpilicueta 5, Luiz 6, Cahill 6,
Moses 5 (Zappacosta 40min, 5), Fabregas 6, Bakayoko
7, Alonso 7, Willian 5 (Musonda 65min, 6), Batshuayi 5
(Pedro 57min, 7), Hazard 6 Substitutes: Caballero,
Rudiger, Christensen, Scott
TYLER MISSES OUT ON CUP GLAMOUR
Martin Tyler might have been fully
focused on yesterday?s LiverpoolManchester United game, but the Sky
Sports commentator would quickly
have turned his attention to the fourth
qualifying round of the FA Cup where
Hampton & Richmond, the club he
coaches, played National League South
rivals Truro City. Unfortunately, his
hopes of receiving a league team in the
next round floundered, his side losing
2-0. Hereford FC, now of the EvoStik
South Premier League, started their
giant-killing exploits early with a 2-1 win
at National League Eastleigh.
0 FA Cup first-round draw, Monday, BBC
2, 7pm
LOTHIAN THISTLE SHOCK STIRLING ALBION
Lothian Thistle, leaders of the East of
Scotland League, produced the shock
of the Scottish Cup second round by
winning 5-3 at League Two leaders
Stirling Albion.
Highs and lows:
Gary Cahill puts
his neck on the
line for Chelsea
but Wilfried
Zaha, although
thwarted on this
occasion, proved
the game?s
match-winner in
a pick-me-up for
Crystal Palace
manager Roy
Hodgson, below
This 99 seconds of madness
was brought to you by Andy
Carroll. The former England
striker is now 28 years old but
appeared to have learned
nothing based on two
challenges in the space of two
minutes which led to his
dismissal with more than an
hour left of this game. West
Ham United were an early
Michail Antonio goal up at the
time, but eventually
conceded an equaliser with
five minutes remaining, as
Chris Wood did what a target
man is supposed to do by
heading the equaliser for
Burnley.
?For a player of Andy?s
experience you can?t do that
very early in the game, and
that was a big blow for us,?
Slaven Bilic said. ?I am sure
he went there to win that ball
because he wants to win all
the balls that are in that
space. It?s a big space and it
was just an unbelievable bad
decision and bad challenge to
even go there.?
Bilic was right to be
?disappointed and angry?,
but whether he lets it rest at
that remains to be seen.
Question marks about
Carroll?s fitness have already
led the manager to question
whether the player will get a
new contract once his
existing one expires in 2019
and this could be the last
straw for some West Ham
supporters.
Up until the sending off it
had been going so well for
West Ham. They looked
comfortable even in the
absence of Carroll but
eventually wilted and came
away with only a point. In the
early exchanges Burnley
looked the more brittle of the
two sides and after 19
minutes West Ham scored
from a bad mistake by
defender Ben Mee. Cheikhou
Kouyate snuffed out a
Burnley attack, cutting out a
run by Wood and playing the
ball back to Joe Hart, who
hoisted it straight into the
Lancashire skies. The
Burnley captain allowed the
ball to bounce just outside his
own penalty area, where
Antonio pounced, neatly
touching the ball round
Burnley goalkeeper Nick
Pope and then stroking it into
the net.
It was a goal against the
run of play, but fitted in with
Bilic?s strategy of striking on
the break. Then, somehow,
Carroll got it into his head to
be booked twice in two
minutes and sent off for two
almost identical challenges in
which he appeared to lead
with his elbow.
The first on 26 minutes was
made on James Tarkowski as
the two big men contested a
clearance into the Burnley
half. Play had hardly resumed
after Tarkowski received
treatment when Carroll made
a beeline for Burnley?s other
centre-half, Mee, and took
him out with an even more
blatant elbow as they jumped
for the ball. Carroll was
shown a second yellow card
and many felt it merited a
straight red.
Still, Burnley didn?t make
much of their numerical
advantage, though Hart
might have conceded a
penalty when he brought
down Wood, but the referee
awarded a corner instead.
Sean Dyche brought on
another striker, Sam Vokes, at
the start of the second half,
but West Ham still looked
comfortable as their shape
hardly changed and Burnley
struggled to dismantle their
two banks of four. Kouyate
covered huge distances as he
snuffed out Burnley attacks in
their infancy, while Manuel
Lanzini came alive in the final
third and almost played in
Antonio for a second.
Antonio could also have
scored after a neat move by
Javier Hernandez, Lanzini
and the substitute Pedro
Obiang, but Pope saved
sharply.
Just after the hour mark,
when Johann Berg
Gudmundsson?s longdistance shot struck the
upright, came off the back of
Hart but still didn?t go in, it
looked like it was going to be
West Ham?s day.
However, Gudmundsson
then produced a great run
down the right with five
minutes left and his excellent
cross found the head of
Wood, who directed the ball
into the corner of the net to
snatch a point for Burnley.
Star man: Cheikhou Kouyate (West
Ham)
Yellow cards: Burnley: Defour, Wood
West Ham: Reid, Obiang, Carroll
Red card: West Ham: Carroll
Referee: S Attwell Attendance: 20,945
Burnley: Pope 6, Lowton 6, Tarkowski
6, Mee 4, Ward 6 (Barnes 80min, 5),
Defour 6, Cork 6, Brady 5, Hendrick 5
(Vokes h-t, 5), Arfield 5 (Berg
Gudmundsson h-t, 7), Wood 6
Substitutes: Taylor, Westwood,
Lindegaard, Long
West Ham: Hart 7, Zabaleta 6, Fonte 6,
Reid 6, Cresswell 7, Antonio 7, Lanzini 7
(Masuaku 88min, 6), Kouyate 8,
Arnautovic 6 (Obiang h-t, 7), Carroll 4,
Hernandez 6 (Sakho 75min, 5)
Substitutes: Adrian, Noble, Aywe,
Ogbonna
COUNTDOWN TO WORLD CUP 2018
PLAYOFFS AND FINALS
Supporters of Scotland and Wales
might want to avert their eyes on
Tuesday when the draw for the World
Cup playoffs takes place in Zurich.
Those, though, from Republic of
Ireland, managed by Martin O?Neill,
inset, and Michael O?Neill?s Northern
Ireland will be fully involved as their
countries join six others in the quest to
qualify for Russia next summer through
the playoffs.
The eight countries in the draw are
Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Denmark
(who will all be seeded when the new
Fifa world rankings are published
tomorrow), Northern Ireland, Sweden,
Republic of Ireland and Greece. The
seeded sides will be drawn against the
non-seeded teams, with the two-legged
ties taking place during the weeks of
November 9-11 and November 12-14.
There will be a separate draw to
determine which sides are at home in
the first leg. The away goals rule will be
used to determine a winner of the ties if
scores are level after the second leg,
either after 90 minutes or extra-time. If
both sides cannot be separated after
extra time, matches will go to a penalty
shoot-out.
The four winning countries will
complete Europe?s contingent of 14
teams for the finals, which take place
from June 14 to July 15. The nine who
have qualified through the group stages
already are: Belgium, England, France,
Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal,
Serbia and Spain. Russia qualified as
hosts. The draw for the finals will be
held in Moscow on December 1.
Key dates:
European playoffs First leg, November
9-11; second leg, November 12-14
Draw for 2018 finals December 1
World Cup 2018 June 14-July 15
0 World Cup playoffs draw, Tuesday, Sky
Sports News, 1pm
6
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
GO FIGURE
ALEX LIVESEY
Hit and miss: only Crystal
Palace and Southampton
have recorded fewer shots
on target than Everton, a
statistic that Morgan
Schneiderlin, right, will
want to change during
today?s visit to Brighton
Surprising statistics
tell intriguing story
of the season so far
S
Jonathan Northcroft
tatistics, there are two types.
Those that confirm what
your eyes already suggest,
and those that make you
blink and look again. The
worst team in the Premier
League at defending counterattacks? Arsenal, of course.
And corners? No surprise
that joint-worst are Liverpool. Those stats are of the first type. The
second? Well, how about Newcastle,
mocked for signing Joselu, being helped
by the Spaniard to become the league?s
most accurate shooters. And the coach
whose team are best at defending setpieces . . . it?s not Tony Pulis but Pep
Guardiola.
Read on for data on this, drawn from a
breakdown of the season so far provided
by InStat, a global sports statistic leader
used by the likes of Manchester United
and Real Madrid. It throws up fascinating
detail on how 2017-18 is unfolding in the
Premier League ? and does not make
great reading for strugglers Everton and
Swansea. Here ? not including yesterday?s games ? is how the Premier League
is shaping up.
Staying power
Beware the Manchester clubs ? and Watford ? in the last 15 minutes of games. Jose
Mourinho is reviving Manchester
United?s famous penchant for late goals,
drawing on squad power to send on players such as Anthony Martial to score
when opponents are tired. But Manchester City, with their at least equal attacking
array, are proving similarly dangerous.
One reason for Liverpool?s toils is their
vulnerability in the closing minutes ? and
that is a clear factor in Swansea and Everton?s struggles.
Goals scored from 75-90 minutes
Most 10 Man Utd
Goals conceded from 75-90 minutes
Most 6 Swansea
Possession play
It is no surprise to find the Manchester
clubs are England?s most fluent teams but
Arsenal?s low ranking is curious, given
Arsшne Wenger?s principles.
Average number of passes per
scoring attack
Most 22.4 Man City
Fewest 6.9 Arsenal
a good chance of getting the better of
them, but here is the welcome surprise
for Arsenal. They have become one of
the league?s more potent set-piece
sides.
Most set-piece goals (% of
goals scored from set-pieces)
7 (33%) Man Utd
6 (67%) Leicester
5 (45%) Arsenal
Set-piece victims
Curiously, while Marco Silva has
made Watford one of the most
dangerous sides at scoring corners and
free kicks, Watford are also among the
most vulnerable when it comes to
defending them. Liverpool fans won?t be
surprised at their poor record when
trying to keep out corners ? but look who
the best set-piece defensive coach is in
the league . . . Pep Guardiola.
Goals conceded from set-pieces
Most 6 Watford
Fewest 0 Man City
Goals conceded from corners
Most 3 Liverpool, Leicester, Stoke,
Brighton
Shooting accuracy
The influence of Romelu Lukaku is
evident both in Manchester United?s
high ranking and how Everton have
struggled to hit shots on target since they
sold him. Joselu was seen as an underwhelming signing for Newcastle, but the
Spaniard, offloaded after just four goals
in 22 league appearances for Stoke, has
hit rich form at St James? Park.
Percentage of shots on target
Most 47% Newcastle
41% Man City
40% Man Utd
Fewest 19% Crystal Palace
22% Southampton
23% Everton
Pressing
Recently, this newspaper highlighted the
decline of Liverpool?s pressing game. It is
no surprise to see high-intensity Manchester City and Spurs top these rankings
? but look how Arsenal, with Mesut Ozil
no longer a guaranteed starter, have
improved.
Ball recoveries in the opposition half
Most 12 Man City
11 Arsenal, Spurs
Goalkeepers
The last word is about Guardiola again.
So far his signing of the young Brazilian
Ederson has turned last season?s greatest
Manchester City weakness ? goalkeeping
? into one of City?s biggest strengths. And
criticism of Joe Hart and Simon Mignolet?
The stats suggest it?s justifiable.
Save percentage
Best 94% Pope
88% De Gea
85% Ederson
Worst 56% Gomes
57% Hart
59% Mignolet
Goalkeeper distribution
(successful passes)
Best 94% Ederson, 90% Lloris, Cech
Counterattack kings and clowns
Wenger?s critics complain of a failure to
address perennial weaknesses and there
is strong evidence that his side?s
vulnerability against counters is worse
than ever. InStat define a counterattack
goal as one scored in open play within 20
seconds of a turnover of possession, from
an attack that moves upfield at a
minimum 3m/s. Before yesterday, 75% of
goals conceded by Arsenal in 2017-18
stemmed from counterattacks ? and the
rest involved another old weakness, corners. The counterpoint was that the four
sides not to concede at all from counterattacks are coached by men with a very
different organisational bent to Wenger.
Goals conceded from counterattacks
Most 6 Arsenal Fewest 0 Man Utd,
Chelsea, Newcastle, Southampton
Goals scored on counterattacks
Most 5 Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool,
Spurs
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Set-piece sluggers
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CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS OF THE 2017-18 PREMIER LEAGUE
Analysis provided by InStat.
Does not include this weekend's games
Most goals scored
from 75-90 minutes
10
Man Utd
Most goals conceded
from 75-90 minutes
Swansea
6
Most goals conceded
from counterattacks
Arsenal
6
Lowest percentage
of shots on target
19%
Crystal Palace
Man City
8
Stoke
5
Southampton
Chelsea, Watford
4
Crystal Palace, West Ham,
Everton, Bournemouth 4
West Ham
4
Everton
Highest percentage
of shots on target
47%
Newcastle
Highest passing average
per scoring attack
22.4
Man City
Most goals conceded
from set-pieces
6
Watford
Most shots on target
Individual players
17
Kane
Most aerial
challenges
Benteke
Man City
41%
Man Utd
18.1
Lukaku
14
Hemed
95
Shaqiri
40
Hart
57%
Man Utd
40%
Chelsea
9.7
Brighton, Leicester,
West Ham
Joselu
11
Calvert-Lewin
93
Holebas
36
Mignolet
59%
Fewest goals conceded
Most set-piece goals
% of goals from set-pieces from set-pieces
Most goals scored
on counterattacks
Most goals conceded
from corners
Most successful
tackles
Most
offsides
Best goalkeeper
distribution successful pass %
Liverpool, Man Utd,
Man City, Spurs
Liverpool, Leicester,
Brighton, Stoke
N?Golo Kante
Chris Wood
Ederson
Man Utd 33%
7
Man City
0
5
4
3
Most ball recoveries
in the opposition half
12
Man City
Most goalscoring
attacks involved in
De Bruyne
12
Best save
percentage
Pope
22%
Arsenal, Spurs
11
Mikhitaryan
94%
11
De Gea
23%
Huddersfield
10
88%
Aguero, Lukaku, Kane 10
Ederson
85%
Most passes into
the opposition box
56
De Bruyne
Worst save
percentage
Gomes
134
56%
35 12 94%
Keeper Elliot wins friends in the north after injury nightmare
Life?s a beach as
Newcastle?s No 1
keeps place and
heads for playoffs
Martin Hardy
Rob Elliot was sifting through
boxes at his mum?s new home
when a folder of papers took
him back to the formative
stages of his footballing
career and the unequivocal
language of rejection.
It was a week before the
two World Cup qualifiers that
would potentially take the
Republic of Ireland and Elliot
to within 180 minutes of the
finals in Russia next year. The
Newcastle goalkeeper?s
mother has followed his
family to Tynemouth, in the
north-east of England. His
two children are Geordies, he
clears his head on
Tynemouth beach each
morning with his three dogs
before training. It is an area
he had never seen before he
was 25 and now it is his
home, but the path could
have been so different. He
feels grateful, at 31, for what
the game has given him.
Elliot is one of football?s
good guys, thoughtful,
emotive and generous. But
once his was just another
dream, pierced by the cold
heart and brutal language of
clubs and their ability to
squash youngsters? hopes.
?I was 15 and I played
down the middle, semi-pro,
at Chatham Town,? says Elliot
as he prepares to take on
Southampton at St Mary?s this
afternoon. ?The keeper
didn?t turn up and I went in
goal because I was a big lad.
?I loved it. My mate at
Sittingbourne went, ?Why
don?t you come down for us??
I played there for a year. I
wrote off for a trial to all the
clubs in the south-east. I?ve
still got the rejection letters.
Chelsea, Arsenal, all the way
through to all the other teams
in the south. My mum has
them. She?s just moved and I
went through it and I was
like, ?Oh blimey!? I?ll make
sure no one sees them.
?Charlton were my club, I
was a season ticket-holder,
and they were the only one to
give me a chance. They called
the next day and said, ?We?re
looking for a goalkeeper in
your age bracket, would you
be interested to come in??
Within three days I went from
writing a letter to training.
?I was walking past Chris
Powell and Scott Parker,
people I?d been watching
from the stands; the next
thing, they were taking shots
at me with the first team. I?d
paid to watch them since I
was five years old.?
He started his A-levels and
Paradise found: Rob Elliot loves Tynemouth beach
trained at Charlton for free.
He got a call-up to Ireland
Under-16s and then Charlton
offered a scholarship. He
cleaned gyms and swept
changing rooms. At 19 he
joined the first-team squad; at
25 he moved to Newcastle.
?I didn?t know what to
expect,? he says. ?I was
amazed by the place. I live on
the coast and I feel part of the
community. It?s home. The
kids are Geordies. It was a
blessing to move to this club. I
couldn?t believe how
stunning the coastline was
the first time I went there.
?Before training I step out
my front door, we have three
dogs, Daisy, Dylan and Alfie,
and they pull me across the
road, I take the leashes off
and they?re down the stairs
and along the beach.
?If you have a bad day, or
anything goes wrong, you
walk on the beach, it makes
everything better.?
He was Ireland?s keeper ?
his father?s family is from
Cork ? and on the brink of
the European Championships
when he had a really bad day,
damaging his cruciate
ligament against Slovakia in
March 2016. Full recovery,
back to the Newcastle first
team, took the best part of a
year. He went to the finals as a
fan, and was on the bench on
Monday for the longest halfhour of his career as the Irish
held out to beat Wales 1-0 and
secure a playoff place.
?The clock seemed to
stop,? he says. ?The lads felt
we were written off. It did us
a favour. We went under the
radar. In a month we have
two cup finals.?
In the summer it was no
secret Rafa Benitez wanted a
new keeper. Elliot was hurt,
but stood his ground and
trained hard. He made matchwinning saves against Stoke.
And in the 10 league games he
has played since returning
from injury, he has conceded
seven goals. In the last five he
has conceded just three.
?Does it feel like I?ve come
back on top of my game? To
be honest, no,? he adds. ?I
like the stats, they?re brilliant,
but that is more for the team.
I?m still trying to find my feet,
just getting used to it being a
natural movement again.
?Squad numbers are not
what they used to be but No 1
is still massive and I was given
that in the summer. No
matter what happens, I have
a shirt at home I can show my
son, my grandkids, whoever
it might be, and say once
upon a time I was Newcastle?s
No 1, good, bad or ugly, I at
least achieved that.?
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3.30pm Sky Sports Premier
League, Kick-off 4pm
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EDUCATION
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ager, is also there. This is a story of a kid,
supported by good people, who is something of a prodigy and just wants to play,
has always just wanted to play. ?I?m
ready, I?m just ready to kick on,? he says
with such eagerness in his voice.
But it?s also a story of English football.
More than two years after that Arsenal
match, Oxford is waiting for opportunities. He left West Ham to seek them on
loan at Reading last January, learnt from
Jaap Stam and made five Championship
appearances, then during the summer
chose the bold option of a loan to Borussia Monchengladbach. There, he has
made the bench in every Bundesliga
game and has hopes of finally getting on
the pitch today, when Gladbach face
Werder Bremen.
It?s not as if his promise has faded. Far
from it: Oxford, who believes centre-back
is his best position, was at the heart of
defence
when
England?s
superb
under-20 side thrashed Italy and the
Czech Republic during the international
break and he has been nominated for the
Golden Boy award, given to Europe?s best
under-21 player. Slaven Bilic?s slightly odd
reaction to that was to warn Oxford: ?If
he thinks he?s [fellow nominee Kylian]
Mbappe that?s wrong.?
Oxford is far too grounded for anything of that sort. ?Mbappe?s my age.
1998 [birthday]. I played against him in
Euro [under-17] qualifying years ago. He
was on the right wing and we kept them
quiet, winning 3-1, but he played against
us [England Under-19s] last season and
he was sick [ie good] in that game. You
could see he was better than everyone.?
The nomination ?is an honour and I
was a bit surprised. It?s a boost. It shows
people aren?t forgetting about me. It
probably wasn?t to do with club football,
because I?ve only played a bit, but I?ve
played a lot of [youth] international football and they?ve seen me there and must
have thought I was good.?
West Ham can recall Oxford in December if Gladbach don?t use him in a certain
number of games, and big Premier
League clubs are watching his situation
closely. He?s disappointed not to have
In the first team at 16,
West Ham?s versatile
youngster is on shortlist
for Golden Boy prize ?
and playing in Germany
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
N
Football correspondent
ormally when your mother
marches down to school it?s
trouble, but this was different. Reece Oxford?s mum,
Youmna, received a text: he
was to report to Upton Park,
he was playing. Oxford was
in Year 11 and he was just 15
years old. He left during
lunch break and that evening sat on the bench beside Mark Noble
and Mauro Zarate as West Ham lost to
Sheffield United in the League Cup.
Had the game gone better, Sam
Allardyce would have put him on and
made him West Ham?s youngest debutant
? though he still achieved that record, 11
months later, when he started against
Lusitans aged 16 and 198 days.
But that Sheffield United game, when
he was four months from his 16th birthday, ?that was where it really started,?
Oxford says with a smile. ?I went back to
school the next day and everybody was
putting up pictures of me on the bench.
From then I was in the [first team] changing room.?
He stayed at school, Alexandra Park in
Haringey, and had a testing routine: day
release on Tuesdays and Thursdays to
join first team training, and GCSE coursework crammed into the rest of the week ?
?I had big folders every Friday, full of
work to do.?
He sat his exams while captaining
England Under-17s at the European
Championship in Bulgaria: the Football
Association flew out invigilators and the
boys sat their papers at the team hotel. He
?did all right [Oxford took GCSEs in
English, maths, sciences and PE] though I
could have done better if I hadn?t missed
so many days for football?, and he and
Youmna went to collect his results in
August 2015. That made the news. For, by
then, Oxford was a Premier League footballer, having recently started at Arsenal
in front of 60,000, where he showed precocious composure and game understanding, muzzling Mesut Ozil in a 2-0
win.
Graeme Souness described his performance in a defensive midfield role as
?bordering on ridiculous? for a 16-yearold and Oxford rushed home from
Emirates stadium to see his friends in
Bounds Green, and play football all over
again. ?It was late, about seven o?clock,
and we played out in their little estate,
then chilled,? Oxford recalls. Even when
he was tiny, Youmna remembers how he
would kick a coin around their council
house near White Hart Lane. ?Growing
up, my plan A was football, and plan B
was football,? Oxford says, and even after
joining West Ham?s first team squad, ?I
was always playing football in the playground every day. I told the coaches that I
didn?t play, but I played all the time, on
the grass and concrete.?
He grins cheekily, 6ft 3in and powerful
but still just 18. We?re in a parkland hotel
in Hadley Wood and Youmna, a HR man-
Rod
Liddle
Juan Mata has a
tough job
convincing
footballers
to share their
wealth
through
his
worthy
charity
I wanted to try
something
new and push
myself. Germans
are very focused
Child?s play: Reece
Oxford, who kept
Mesut Ozil quiet on
his Premier League
debut for West Ham,
moved to Germany
in search of regular
first-team football
YOUNG ENGLISH TALENT IN THE BUNDESLIGA
Jadon Sancho
Borussia Dortmund
Star of the England U17
side, billed by some as
?the future of the
English game?.
Moved to Man City
from Watford
aged 14, forced
г8m transfer to
Dortmund because
he wanted firstteam football
I was looking down a list of ?intelligent
footballers?, one of those things you see
online which makes you click through
countless pages. I noticed that Glen
Johnson came in at number nine
because he?s started an Open University
degree. Thinnish gruel, isn?t it? I stopped
reading at that point. I assume whoever
was at number 10 was awarded the
honour because of his ability to read a
page of text without mouthing the words
to himself ? all the way down to
number 30, who is capable of
feeding himself and trained not to
defecate on the bedroom floor.
Still, occupying the number one
slot was a man who does indeed
seem to be part of the same
sentient species as the rest of us,
and with a bit of wit to spare ?
Manchester United?s Juan
Mata. Hell, even Jose
Mourinho says that
Mata, 29, is
?intelligent? ?
perhaps this is why
they did not always
get along at Chelsea.
Mata has some sort
of journalistic
qualification from
Madrid poly and
Kaylen Hinds
Wolfsburg
The 19-year-old striker
played 13 games on
loan at Stevenage
before leaving Arsenal
in July. Signed by
Andries Jonker,
ex-Arsenal
academy head
sacked by
Wolfsburg
last month
Danny Collinge
Vfb Stuttgart
Collinge, a 19-year-old
defender, was spotted
at MK Dons and
offered a scholarship
by Stuttgart when he
was 16, finishing
his education in
Germany. Now
playing for
Stuttgart?s B
team
has been working on distant-learning
degrees in sports science and marketing.
He has also spoken of his love of
?studying? and does not think that being
a footballer and being able to count to 10
are mutually exclusive. He has also
acquired a social conscience.
Back in August, the likeable Spaniard
set up an organisation called Common
Goal, the aim of which was to divert 1%
of the money generated by football to
footballing charities, thus to improve the
world and so on. On the Common Goal
website, Mata writes: ?Imagine uniting
the world of football behind a shared
social vision. Imagine the impact we
could create and the lives we could
change. Through Common Goal, this is
what we are trying to achieve. And we
want you to join us.?
The idea is that footballers,
footballing bodies and even fans donate
1% of their incomes to charity. As Mata
points out, football is a rich sport and, at
the very top, professionals earn
ludicrous sums of money. One per cent
is not that much, is it? I suspect quite a
few of us already donate rather more
than that amount from our more meagre
salaries than Juan?s handsome г9m a
year (there or thereabouts). But few
players have signed up to the project and
none whatsoever from England. First to
join was the Bayern Munich and
Germany defender Mats Hummels. A
few others have followed ? notably two
of the USA?s World Cup winning players,
Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.
There?s also the Italian centre-half
Giorgio Chiellini ? another clever kid,
with a master?s degree in economics
from the University of Turin ? and
Hummels? Germany teammate, VfB
Stuttgart?s Dennis Aogo. Dennis is
donating 2% of his salary to Common
Goal. He wrote: ?I asked myself: ?Why
only 1%??? Very commendable indeed.
But there?s only two or three others on
the list, although Common Goal has
promised that its first English recruit will
be signed up soon.
By and large, though, the idea has not
quite galvanised Mata?s colleagues.
There are, for sure, good reasons why
they might not want to do so. First and
foremost is, of course, an unquenchable
greed. At least 200 footballers have
recently been investigated by the tax
authorities, and especially the Spanish
tax authorities, for conning or
defrauding the inland revenue. These
include, but are far from confined to,
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and a
certain Jose Mourinho, Mata?s manager
Ryan Kent
Freiburg
Kent, 21 next month,
excelled on loan at
Barnsley last season
and left Liverpool
on loan to join
Freiburg, making
three substitute
appearances
in the
Bundesliga
on the wing
once again at Manchester United.
In other words, the top footballers
seem rather more energised by schemes
designed to stop them giving money
away to other people than in making
charitable donations. (Or their
accountants are thus energised, m?lud,
without the players being necessarily
aware of the fact. That being said, one of
the world?s highest-paid players, Messi,
had chances yet, but does not regret trying Germany and is among several
English youngsters in search of first team
football there.
Players used in the Bundesliga have
the lowest average age of the ?big five?
leagues in Europe, whereas the Premier
League is a close second to Serie A as the
?oldest?. West Ham have strayed so far
from their traditions of young talent that
this season they have fielded teams with
the second highest average age (28.96)
after West Brom in England?s top flight.
?I wanted to try something new and
push myself,? says Oxford. ?I?m learning
so much. A new language ? ?guter ball?
[good ball]. And Germans are
strict . . . very focused. That?s good.
?For a young player, training is perfect, it?s intense. They like double-sessions out there. And the games are quick.
But it?s good football. Every team likes to
play. And I?m not a route one player, I like
to keep the ball.
?The players have been welcoming.
It?s a family club. The fans are amazing.
We sign shirts every day for them and
there?s open training, except for the day
before games. The fans even have a little
beer stall at the side of our [practice]
pitch. When I first came, I thought ?Are
they allowed to watch us?? and was told,
?Yeah, this is normal.??
Something else he has had to get used
to is cooking, cleaning and doing his own
washing. ?I live in Monchengladbach,
which is a small area, nice and quiet, and
I?m by myself in an apartment. I?m young
and have to grow up some time,? he grins.
So, all that?s missing ? what is still missing ? are those first-team games. ?The
manager says I?m training good and
hopefully I?ll get my chance,? says
Oxford. ?I feel I?ve been around a first
team for three years and watching everything, picking up little things.
?I haven?t been in a youth changing
room since I was 15 and I?ve matured
quick. I feel like I?m a man now. I feel
experienced.?
And then he returns to the crux of it.
?Now I?m just ready to play,? he says. ?I?m
ready, now, to kick on.?
copped a 21-month suspended sentence
from a Spanish court in July, 2016, for tax
fraud. If they?d actually banged him up
he wouldn?t have been available to help
the Argies qualify for the World Cup.
There?s no justice in the world.)
There are other caveats. Players may
well have their own charities to whom
they make sizeable donations. These
include the aforementioned Ronaldo,
who donates hefty sums to Save the
Children, the excellent Didier Drogba,
Michael Essien and Mesut Ozil, who was
awarded the Laureus prize for charity
work for alleviating poverty and illhealth among children in Brazil. Why
should they be dragooned into Mata?s
little scheme? And I suppose you might
ask why should footballers be made to
feel guilty simply because they earn
more money than the rest of us? Haven?t
they earned it?
But Mata?s idea is a good one,
nonetheless, especially if it is focused on
the bodies which control the game and
the big clubs who make so much out of
it. If the sporting bodies of various
countries can afford millions for bribes
to ensure they secure top tournaments,
then surely a little of the surplus could
be diverted to make the world a better
place, rather than a slightly worse place?
8
SPORT FOOTBALL: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
With Sarri on
the money
who needs
Guardiola?
Sarri: former banker is
in charge of Napoli
and plotting
Manchester City?s
downfall this week
Manchester City
beware, a former
banker has Napoli
scoring for fun
Ian Hawkey
Maurizio Sarri knows all
about big numbers. When
he worked in finance, in the
international division of the
Banca Monte dei Paschi,
business was still being
done in Italian lira and the
only transactions passing
across Sarri?s desks, in
postings from London to
Luxembourg, always had
a long line of commas and
zeros.
Sarri was a successful
banker, a high-flyer, until
well into his 30s. After a
career change that
makes him unique in
elite modern football,
he has found himself, a
few months short of his
REAL
ACTION
HERO
59th birthday, dealing with
more impressive numbers.
He is head coach of Napoli,
whose opening seven
matches of the Serie A
season yielded 25 goals. He
took the Italian top
division?s only remaining
100% record to Roma last
night, en route to, Sarri
hopes, putting on a show of
potency at Manchester City
in the Champions League.
Not many clubs
entertained like City and
Napoli in the first two
months of this season.
Tomorrow, their managers
will be invited to repeat at
press conferences the
admiration they have both
expressed for the
stylishness of one another?s
teams. Sarri talks often of
his high regard for the way
Pep Guardiola approaches
the game. He has been
around long enough to
remember when the City
manager was playing in
Italy, with Roma and Brescia
towards the tail of his
career.
Sarri had given up
banking then, to turn his
after-hours enthusiasm into
a full-time pursuit. He had,
between his overseas
postings, coached various
Tuscan clubs, and inspired
little miracles in provincial
leagues. Between 2000 and
2003, Sarri hoisted a club
called Sansovino from the
regional divisions to Serie
C2, the fourth tier of Italian
football. Headhunted, he
guided another Tuscan
club, Sangiovannese, into
Serie C the following season.
Up and up he went,
through plenty of
employers, via the
occasional zig-zag in his
rising trajectory. His
methods worked so well in
so many different places
that any questions about his
bona fides as a latecomer
were asked not sceptically
but with fascination. Sarri?s
reply to the question about
what skills a man who used
to stride through the City of
London next to folk in
bowler hats and waistcoats
might transfer to football is
this: ?It taught me about the
importance of good
organisation.?
His success with Empoli,
where Sarri won promotion
to Serie A in 2014,
established a reputation as a
coach of unusual rigour and
detail, his players drilled for
a variety of match scenarios
and situations. He used
drones to record practice
sessions, using the images
taken from the air to guide
his players about positional
play. Napoli do the same.
The club chose Sarri, who
was born in Naples 58 years
ago, to develop the work of
Rafa Benitez when Benitez
left Italy for Real Madrid
two summers ago. And if
there is a temptation to
was to make Napoli even
more potent after Higuain
left. They outscored
everybody else in Italy?s top
flight ? 94 goals in 38 games
? in 2016-17, and discovered
that, asked to take up
positions at the sharp point
of the attack, the diminutive
Belgian Dries Mertens had a
poise in his finishing he had
previously kept concealed.
Over the calendar year up to
this weekend, he had scored
27 Napoli goals.
?Sarri is the best possible
coach for this club,? said De
Laurentiis last week. ?He is
studious but he?s not just
about theory. He?s growing
professionally. He?s open to
innovation. I would not
swap him for anybody, even
Guardiola.?
ON TV TUESDAY
Manchester City v Napoli
7pm BT Sport 3,
Kick-off 7.45pm
ANGEL MARTINEZ
Isco, in a cometh-the-hour-cometh-thesaviour sort of a way.
Still more impressive has been his
guiding impact on his national team. No
Spaniard has contributed more to lifting
La Roja out of the gloom that followed
their failures at the last World Cup and
the 2016 European championship ? he
was part of neither squad ? and making
the Spain team now bound for Russia
look more like the quick-passing, inventive and buoyant group who won all major
prizes set before them from 2008 to 2012.
Since he scored his second international goal against England, a late equaliser as a substitute in a Wembley friendly
11 months back, Isco has collected five
goals in six qualifiers and the pair he
delighted the Bernabeu with in a 3-0 dismantling of Italy look like a watershed.
That night Isco cemented his place in
Spain?s best XI. And the moment of chutzpah when he nutmegged Italy midfielder
Marco Verratti left a more lasting impression than either his excellent direct freekick past Gigi Buffon, or the curling shot,
on the turn, for goal number two.
Isco fits the prototype of the difficultto-mark, harder-to-anticipate Spaniard
so fashionable at elite club level. Even by
the standards of impish Iberian excellence, Isco seems to set his centre of gravity particularly low, with his bandy-kneed
gait, his apparently expandable torso, so
deft at chesting the ball, and his ability to
shield possession with his back to his
opponent.
He began his career looking up to a
pair of miniatures, David Silva and Juan
Mata. That was at Valencia, who had
invited Isco to join their academy at 14.
He made his debut at 18, promoted by
Unai Emery, now of Paris Saint-Germain.
Emery had faith in Isco?s technical gifts,
but, to the coach?s long-lasting regret,
also put in print a record of a reservation
he had about the player. ?A tendency to
put on weight,? Emery wrote of Isco in a
2012 book on management. As Isco?s
career has progressed, that observation,
coupled with the fact Valencia let Isco
leave to join Malaga at the age of 19 for
г4.5m, has rather embarrassed Emery.
He has never had a weight problem. He
had a problem with waiting, after
Madrid, taken with the way Isco galvanised an exciting Malaga, paid about
г30m for him in 2013. It was the same
summer Bale came to Spain; it was 12
months before Madrid signed James Rodriguez for г70m and, in a signal of hierarchy, gave James the No 10 jersey. As Isco
put it, he has spent many unfulfilling
hours at Madrid ?warming the bench?.
When Bale has been frail, Isco has had a
better chance of starting and during the
past 12 months, Bale?s most injuryblighted time at Madrid, the contrasting
virtues of the two have shaped a vivid
debate among fans. Isco is winning it.
He might have moved to Manchester
City two summers ago. There was interest from Spurs, and an offer from Juventus. He signed a five-year contract with
Madrid last month, a decision welcomed
by Zinedine Zidane, the head coach who
had resisted any move away. ?He has
more confidence,? Zidane said of Isco.
?He?s playing as freely as if he were playing on the street, unworried. I like that.?
Isco is becoming a cult figure
at the Bernabeu, as Spurs
will discover on Tuesday
R
Ian Hawkey
eal Madrid?s biggest deal in
history will be a mere spectator on Tuesday when Tottenham Hotspur meet the club
from whom they banked a
record-breaking amount for
Gareth Bale. Sad to report,
the reaction among a significant portion of madridistas
to this latest absence with
injury of their г86m asset is resignation, a
shrug. No Bale? No big deal.
The real deal right now, for supporters
of a club that built its reputation on long,
dynastic ownership of the European Cup
and aims to add a third successive Champions League title to their 12, is a 25-yearold who resembles Bale in almost nothing except his match-winning knack.
Spurs are forewarned to beware Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, Isco for
short, all 5ft 7in of him, perhaps almost as
much as they beware Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the four months since Isco started
the Champions League final, picked
ahead of a recuperating Bale in Cardiff,
he has become the darling of his club and
his country. In August, exchanging
passes with Bale, he scored the goal that
gave Madrid the European Super Cup at
Manchester United?s expense. A few days
later, he set up the Ronaldo strike that
gave Madrid their advantage in what
would turn into a 5-1 aggregate defeat of
Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. He
began this month with both goals against
Espanyol that erased a stubbornly unproductive run of Bernabeu matches in
Madrid?s defence of their league title. ?It
was about time we won at home,? said
think the Napoli president
Aurelio de Laurentiis, being
a film producer, felt enticed
by the cinematic script ?
polished bank executive
arrives in his native south,
shakes up the cartel of
Turinese and Milanese
superpowers? a caution
about stereotyping. Sarri is
no Gordon Gekko. His
preferred attire for the
technical area seems to be
anything but a suit.
He has need of his
banking background to
calculate the value of his
achievements at Napoli,
who have finished second
and then third in Serie A
under his guidance. This at a
club who 15 months ago sold
their leading goalscorer,
Gonzalo Higuain, to
Juventus. De Laurentiis
made his priority the
securing of existing
contracts rather than
spending on replacements.
Among Sarri?s triumphs
Fan favourite:
since starting
the Champions
League final last
season, Isco has
been a key player
for both club and
country
ON TV TUESDAY
Real Madrid v Tottenham
7pm BT Sport 2, Kick-off 7.45pm
Mourinho ready to go back and haunt the club who let him walk away
United manager
spent 11 games at
Benfica before
moving on, and up
Ian Hawkey
Within days of Jose Mourinho
losing his job at Chelsea, for
the second time in his career,
a group of Benfica fans got to
work. A petition was
organised, signatures were
gathered and the idea of
another, unlikely Second
Coming was put to the
Portuguese club?s executives.
Bring Him Back, it urged,
fully 16 years after the brief,
inauspicious episode that
marked the start of one of the
most successful managerial
careers of this millennium.
Another gig at Benfica was
never likely, for the governors
of a club who had only
recently appointed Rui
Vitoria as their head coach, or
for a Mourinho whose legend
in Portuguese football was
built at Porto, where the
rivalry with Benfica snarled.
Besides, Mourinho has
outgrown Portuguese club
football. This week he takes
Manchester United to Lisbon
where, in September 2000,
he managed a senior team for
the first time in European
competition and saw Benfica
ousted from the Uefa Cup
after a 2-2 draw with
Halmstad. He was a novice,
brought in at short notice,
recommended by his work as
an assistant to Bobby Robson
at Porto and Barcelona.
He came to Benfica with
high standards. From day one
he thought they were not
being met. One thing he knew
from his time at Barчa was
how to assemble a dossier on
the strengths and weaknesses
of opponents.
When he ordered a
detailed scouting report on
Boavista, the first match of
his fledgling career, he found
it had only 10 players on the
diagrams.
?I thought, ?What have I
got myself into??? he told his
biographer, Luis Lourenco.
?How is this possible at a big
professional club like
Benfica?? He bypassed the
scouting department from
then on.
What had he got himself
into? An institution in a far
untidier state than the
current version, who ?
though they are yet to gain a
Champions League point this
season ? have won the last
four league titles and finished
second in the Europa League
twice in the past five years.
In the autumn of 2000,
there was little stability. Joao
Vale e Azevedo, the president
who took a punt on the
untried Mourinho, was up for
election. He lost the vote,
leaving behind a paper trail
that would eventually
persuade a Portuguese court
to put him in prison.
In a job that lasted
two and a half
months and 11
matches, there
were confrontations
with players ? one
of whom, the
midfielder
Maniche,
became an ally
in a glittering
phase of
Mourinho:
demanded
a longer
contract,
then
walked out
Mourinho?s career that was to
come, at Porto and Chelsea.
And there was brinkmanship.
Mourinho challenged the
incoming president, Manuel
Vilarinho, to give him a
longer contract after a
rousing 3-0 win in the derby
against Sporting. Vilarinho
said no. Mourinho
responded by walking out.
When he joined Porto,
there to brandish a Uefa Cup
and a European Cup,
Benfica knew they
had lost a
superstar. There
have been
consolations.
Mourinho?s
various
employers have
spent about
г85m on Benfica
players ? Angel
di Maria and
Fabio Coentrao
to Mourinho?s
Real Madrid, Nemanja Matic
to Mourinho?s Chelsea ? in
the past seven years. The
latest is United?s г30m
defender Victor Lindelof.
Hefty sales sustain Benfica.
They recruit skilfully, but
mostly they sell wisely,
although a significant
summer exodus ? including
Ederson to Manchester City ?
looks to have diminished
Vitoria?s Portuguese
champions, who suffered a
humiliating 5-0 defeat at
Basel in their most recent
Champions League fixture.
?They are still our hardest
opponents in this group,?
says Mourinho, being kind to
a club who gave him his brief,
and educative, first break.
ON TV WEDNESDAY
Benfica v Manchester Utd
7pm BT Sport 2,
Kick-off 7.45pm
THIS WEEK?S OTHER
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TIES
Tuesday
Maribor v Liverpool
Liverpool have made a
stuttering start to their
campaign and their fans will
demand a win in Slovenia.
The Anfield club have met
Slovenian opposition once
before, in the 2003-4 Uefa
Cup, when they drew 1-1 at
NK Olimpija Ljubljana
before a 3-0 home success
l Maribor v Liverpool, 7pm,
BT Sport ESPN, ko 7.45pm
Wednesday
Bayern Munich v Celtic
Celtic enjoyed a 3-0 win at
Anderlecht in their previous
tie, while Bayern were
losing by the same score
against Paris St-Germain.
These side have met before
in the group stage, in 20034, when the Germans
secured four points
l Bayern Munich v Celtic,
7pm, BT Sport ESPN, ko
7.45pm
Chelsea v Roma
These two sides have met
once before in the
competition, in the 2008-9
campaign, when each
enjoyed a home victory,
Chelsea winning 1-0 with
Roma victorious 3-1 in the
return fixture. Chelsea
defender Antonio Rudiger
faces the club he left in the
summer
l Chelsea v Roma, 7pm, BT
Sport 3, ko 7.45pm
9
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
SPORT CRICKET
LORNE CAMPBELL
?I told myself
I was the best
and picked
up wickets
through
bravado?
TROUBLED STOKES
TIES THE KNOT
Seat of learning:
New Sunday
Times columnist
Graeme Swann
believes England
can stun Australia
and bring home
the Ashes
Ben Stokes put his troubles to one
side as he married Clare Ratcliffe,
the mother of his two children, in
East Brent, near Weston-superMare. Guests included Joe Root,
Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad
Former England
spinner opens up on
his highs and lows in
cricket and gives his
backing to Ben Stokes
DAVID
WALSH
T
Chief sports writer
wo days after meeting
Graeme Swann I?m trying to
recall the song he sung
minutes after we were introduced. It was a quiet corner of
The Botanist, a pub not far
from Trent Bridge in Nottingham. As we look through the
menu, Swann sings to himself
but loudly enough for his two
companions to hear. ?Everybody needs a
little time away, I heard her say,? but perhaps it was something else. That?s not
important. It?s the confidence, the natural-born performer, the boy who doesn?t
mind standing up in front of his extended
family at Christmas and doing Jingle
Bells. You?re not in Graeme Swann?s company for 10 minutes and this much is
obvious.
To test the theory, I recall the 11-yearold who strode onto the crease at Weekley and Warkton CC in Northamptonshire and he?s away, a storyteller in his
element. Ray, his Geordie father, had
been a fine cricketer whose first-class
career had been curtailed by the need to
keep his job as a teacher.
Graeme?s older brother Alec was a brilliant batsman, the star in the Swann
household, the son in whom Ray saw his
younger self. Graeme became a bowler
because when they played at home he
could never get Alec out. But this was to
be Graeme?s day, a match for Northampton?s Under-11s against Derbyshire and on
the way to the game, they searched different shops for a 36-exposure Kodak film.
?It had to be 36, value for money,?
Swan recalls. ?If you bought the 24 it
worked out like 1.7p per photo more
expensive at the developers. For frugal
Geordie Ray that wasn?t on.?
They got to Weekley and Warkton, the
boy to the changing room, his dad to the
boundary, where he set up the tripod. ?I
went out to bat number four. As I walked
out I look over to dad, who gives me a
thumbs-up. I kind of twirl my arm, the bat
in the air. First ball, left it outside, so I
have got a lovely photo of me leaving it
Gunn fired
up to
put one
over on
Aussies
again
outside the off stump. The second ball I
tried to hit it back into Kettering, got
bowled middle stump
?Northants? manager says, ?Unlucky
son, these things happen?. I walked
around the other side of the ground to my
dad, who had moved onto a bench. He?s
sat there, head in hands, no sign of the tripod, with a cow in the field behind him.
I?ll never forget the cow swishing its tail,
sort of summing up dad?s mood. Don?t
come near us son, the cow was saying.
?I sat next to him with my little legs
swinging and asked, ?Dad, what could I
have done better?? He says don?t ask me,
ask your real dad, you were adopted.
That was it. No follow-up, he just looked
straight ahead.?
You could be hard on Swann, even the
Allrounder hopes
England can end
year on another
high Down Under
Simon Wilde
England?s women cricketers
are in Australia aiming to
complete what would be a
remarkable World Cup and
Ashes double. Eight years ago
they won the World Cup and
Ashes in the same summer
but they were playing at
home on both occasions: to
regain the Ashes on
opposition soil would be a
harder thing altogether.
Allrounder Jenny Gunn is
one of four survivors of the
2009 ?double? and maintains
that the self-belief gained
from their dramatic World
Cup success at Lord?s in July
with an eighth straight
victory can carry them
forward to further glory.
?Winning the World Cup
was massive,? she says.
?Confidence is the key for us.
As a team we?re closer and
playing some good cricket, if
11-year-old version of himself, because he
was the kid who could stand up for himself. Those in authority, what did they
know? In his cricket world, most selectors didn?t know who to pick and coaches
didn?t know how to coach. As for
England?s bowling coaches, they didn?t
know the right way to grip the ball. ?I was
the little s*** who didn?t listen to a word
and always questioned things,? he says.
?Always have done, never trusted anyone
in authority. When I was coming
through, coaches didn?t know how to
coach offspinners. I don?t think they do
today. The accepted norm in England has
been so far behind the eight ball it?s
ridiculous.?
His storytelling, quick-wittedness and
anti-establishment attitude won him
friends inside the dressing room but he
carried the bruises of those in authority
touching him with 40ft barge poles. He
left Northampton because Kepler Wessels, the county?s South African coach,
didn?t warm to his challenging, irreverent style. Swann says that laughter didn?t
come naturally to Wessels. He had his
problems with former England head
coach Duncan Fletcher, and Nasser Hussain was another to take a dim view of
Swann?s attitude. ?Nasser was a brilliant
captain, a very good leader at the time. I
still like to call him ?Chuckles? but when
he was captain and I was a player, if he?d
had two bullets left in his gun, he would
have used both on me.?
He first played for England in 2000 but
wasn?t picked again until 2007, and only
established himself two years later. He
would look at those picked ahead of him,
believing he was better than them, but
that didn?t mean he was good enough to
survive as a Test cricketer. ?If they had
picked me during those eight years I
reckon I would have played 15 or 16
games, done OK, not the set world alight
and maybe been discarded. The last two
years [before being picked again], I was
good enough. I would love to have played
in the 2005 Ashes. That was the first time
I thought, ?I should be in this team now?.?
Back in the England team, the breakthrough came against India and Rahul
Dravid. Swann had taken a wicket with
his third ball, Dravid was next in. Three
months earlier he?d seen Dravid make a
hundred without turning a hair in a
county game. Supreme, untouchable,
Dravid batted that day as if he was the
most gifted man ever to hold a bat.
But that day against England, Swann
got him out second ball with a bog-standard delivery that shouldn?t have caused
him the slightest trouble. Swann thought
about it: ?OK, there?s 55,000 in the stadium, about a billion watching on TV, but
the pitch was the same length, the ball
was the same size, the bat was the one he
always used.? Pressure, that was the difference and Dravid that day let it get to
him.
?I decided that is the secret. Just never
allow yourself to believe pressure exists,
because it doesn?t. And from then on
every time I bowled I?m playing with my
mates on a Saturday afternoon in Northampton, I am the best player on the park.
I am going to do well because I don?t care
about anything. I think I got a lot of wickets through bravado and bluster.
Through strength of character.?
He was cricket?s leading Test wickettaker for five years, he won three Ashes
series with England and then it ended in
Australia in 2013 when his broken-down
right arm could bowl no more. It had
been good for as long as it lasted and
though there may be no theatre to compare with Test cricket, he?s a performer
who would be lost without a stage. Last
year he teamed up with the former BBC
commentator Henry Blofeld and their
double act has been packing venues all
over England. They?ve done Southend,
Norwich, Mansfield, Leeds, Loughborough, Swindon, Clacton, Stafford, Northampton, Southampton, Eastbourne,
Exeter, Basingstoke, London. He can?t
remember them all but knows that performing in a packed theatre is the closest
he can get to Test cricket.
He will be part of The Sunday Times
team covering the Ashes next month, and
will also work for BT Sport, where he may
come across Kevin Pietersen, who has
been part of BT?s team. ?I don?t see the
point in carrying grudges,? he says. ?We
have never really liked each other, me
and Kev. I think I was a bit too honest with
Kev and we just clashed. I don?t think we
ever would get on but if we were working
together, we?d be fine. Just wouldn?t be
going to dinner in the evening.?
Like so many, he thinks England?s
chances of retaining the Ashes will be
seriously affected by the fallout to that
night outside a Bristol nightclub that led
to Ben Stokes being arrested. Swann
believes that if Stokes isn?t charged he
should be in Australia and when he
speaks about that night, he wants people
to understand that he doesn?t condone
violence and that he believes England
players being in a student nightclub in the
early hours is brain-dead behaviour. But
he is also Stokes? mate and his natural
inclination is to support him.
That said, he?s dismissive of the notion
that England can?t win without their allrounder. ?Thinking that, you?re giving
yourself an excuse for failure,? he says. ?I
believe the difference between the two
teams is the runs England can get down
the order. From [ Jonny] Bairstow, Moeen
Ali and Chris Woakes. Remember the last
time the Ashes were in Australia, it was
Brad Haddin coming in at seven who did
the damage for them, the biggest unsung
hero I have known.?
BEN HOSKINS
probably still not at our best.
If we play as well as we?re
capable of doing, it will be a
very good series.
?Australia are always going
to be challenging. They are
the best side in the world.
Wherever we play them it?s
going to be tough but
Australian conditions are
different and we haven?t
really played in Brisbane
[where the Ashes series
begins on Sunday] for some
time. We will be posed some
new challenges but are going
out there with enough time to
figure out what we need to
do.
?Every time we play
Australia it?s massive but I
saw somewhere that the Allan
Border Field is Brisbane is
sold out, which is unheard of.
In Australia they haven?t had
the crowds they would have
liked [for women?s cricket].
Maybe the Aussie crowds are
going to be on our backs a bit,
but you want to play in front
of full houses, even if it makes
it that bit harder. It should not
affect you on the pitch ?
you?re in the battle by then.?
Gunn is one of the more
At the double:
Jenny Gunn
was part of
England?s
successful side
in 2009
experienced heads on the
trip, having also been in
Australia when England won
the Ashes under Charlotte
Edwards three years ago, a
campaign set up by an
extraordinary opening win in
the Test match in the searing
heat of Perth. This time the
Test is at the North Sydney
Oval and the challenge will be
all the greater for it being the
first day-night women?s Ashes
Test.
England began their
preparations for this fixture
with a three-day training
game under lights at
Chelmsford last month, an
experience Gunn described
as ?interesting?. ?The pink
ball has a raised seam so the
seamers enjoyed it and the
spinners managed to grip it,
but after 50 overs it went
quite flat. There are another
30 overs after that before the
second new ball so staying
disciplined is going to be key.
Thankfully both sides are in
the same boat.?
If the seam bowlers are to
come into play more than
usual during the twilight
period, at least England have
in Anya Shrubsole, the
heroine of the World Cup
final, and Katherine Brunt
two bowlers with enough
know-how to take advantage.
Although Nat Sciver is hailed
as the best allrounder in the
side, Gunn has made some
valuable contributions with
bat and ball over the years
and at the World Cup she
played three vital unbeaten
innings ? in the last group
game, semi-final and final. It
was not bad for someone who
was unsure of her place when
the tournament began.
?I was just happy to be
picked,? she said. ?I didn?t
expect to play much, but got
my chance through an injury
to Lauren Winfield and
jumped at it. I ended up
having the best season I?ve
had for some time. Being out
there when Anya hit the
winning runs in the semi-final
against South Africa was one
of the best moments.
?For women?s cricket and
the global game as a whole it
would probably have been
better if India had won the
final, but even so, them doing
so well is changing people?s
perceptions of women?s
cricket around the world. We
get good crowds in England,
and people here accept that
women can play, but it?s nice
that finally India and other
ASHES DATES
One-day internationals
Oct 22 (Brisbane)
Oct 26 (Coffs Harbour,
day-night)
Oct 29 (Coffs Harbour)
Test match
Nov 9-12 (North Sydney
Oval, day-night)
Twenty20s
Nov 17 (North Sydney
Oval, day-night)
Nov 19 (Canberra)
Nov 21 (Canberra,
day-night)
teams are getting the
recognition.?
England have already been
handed a huge boost by the
news that Meg Lanning, the
Australia captain and
arguably the best cricketer in
the women?s game, will be
unavailable because of a
shoulder injury. The three
ODIs and three Twenty20s
will be shown live on BT
Sport.
10
SPORT RUGBY UNION: EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP
GARY DAY
HENRY BROWNE
Close quarters:
Jamie Roberts
finds his path
blocked by La
Rochelle?s Zeno
Kieft as the hosts
endure a
frustrating
afternoon
No way out: Ruaridh Jackson is tackled by Henry Slade
Chiefs hold firm
to beat Glasgow
in thrilling win
EXETER CHIEFS
GLASGOW WARRIORS
24
15
Mark Palmer
Sandy Park
If you like your Saturday
night entertainment with a
bit of crash, bang, wallop,
Sandy Park was the place to
be as Exeter Chiefs
maintained a fine home
record courtesy of this
winning start to their
Champions Cup campaign.
The game could never be
described as a classic, but you
struggled to take your eyes off
it, and the outcome remained
in the balance to the very last.
Glasgow defended manfully
and had two strong spells of
their own in the first and
third quarters, but for too
much of the rest of the game,
the Chiefs had them living off
scraps.
Exeter have still not lost at
home since Bordeaux won
here last December, and
Glasgow?s own unbeaten start
to the year is now over. Sam
Simmonds? 79th-minute try
denied them a losing bonus
point in a pool where there is
no shallow end.
For all the many moving
parts to Glasgow?s game in a
strong start to the season,
their scrum has come under
scrutiny. Not much of it
positive. It was thus a chunky
statement when they
marched the Exeter set-piece
back in a prolonged squeeze
that brought the penalty from
which Finn Russell kicked the
first points of the night.
After a shaky start when he
sent the kick-off straight out,
the Warriors stand-off quickly
settled into his usual swagger
and it was his precisely
cooked cross-field kick which
dropped into the arms of
Tommy Seymour as Glasgow
made the most of a free ball,
Jonny Gray having been
upended in the lineout
immediately before.
Seymour, as ever, timed his
leap to perfection, but Phil
Dollman won?t reflect with
any great fondness on his
attempts to at least make life
hard for him. Russell kicked
the touchline conversion to
give the visitors a 10-point
lead with as many minutes on
the clock.
But if Glasgow thought this
was going to turn into
another Leicester ? the Scots
ran riot at Welford Road in
January, scoring 43
unanswered points to book a
first Champions Cup quarterfinal appearance ? they must
have forgotten where they
were.
Exeter being Exeter, they
came storming back,
cranking up the pressure on
the Glasgow defence to
intolerable levels and
drawing a string of penalties.
Quins get lesson in finishing
HARLEQUINS
LA ROCHELLE
R
27
34
Chris Jones
Twickenham Stoop
yan Lamb, a wandering
English rugby talent, helped
La Rochelle make a winning
debut in the European
Champions Cup against a
Harlequins side that grabbed
a losing bonus point thanks
to Marcus Smith?s late penalty. Lamb, who played for
five English clubs before
heading to France in the summer, kicked
14 points, exposed young Smith with a
try-creating show and go, and dropped
the ball in his own in-goal area to remind
us of the mistakes that have hampered
his career.
That one fortunately was not costly
and he showed real character and played
his part in a massive defensive action in
the final quarter as Quins pounded the La
Rochelle line. The French side made this
a bonus point first appearance in the cup
with their four tries and they are real contenders for the title. Quins hoped to
expose the French in the final quarter,
but a raft of replacements for the visitors
gave them enough power to hold out
against constant attacks.
It was an outstanding battle between
two high quality teams. John Kingston,
the Quins director of rugby, said of La
Rochelle: ?They are the best side we have
played this season and they were very
physical and a big, big side. It is hard to
win the collisions but we had them in real
strife, which tells you how well we
played.?
Quins must now go to Wasps next Sunday and win to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive although
Kingston is adamant that with Ulster also
CHAMPIONS
CUP
RESULTS,
TABLES AND
FIXTURES
Four points are awarded for
a win and two points for a
draw. A bonus point is
awarded to a club scoring
four or more tries and to a
club losing by seven points
or fewer. The five pool
winners and three bestplaced runners-up qualify
for the quarter-finals on the
weekend of March 29 until
April 1
in the mix this first result needs to be kept
in perspective. Having missed out on the
Champions Cup for the past three seasons, Quins have no intention of quietly
slipping out of the last-eight battle.
Quins found themselves involved in
one of the best opening 40 minutes
played in England this season and they
mounted the first attack through Joe
Marler, who burst through two tackles.
But all this did was to draw an immediate
response from a well drilled and confident French outfit.
Tim Visser went too high with a defensive tackle and Lamb kicked his team to
the corner for a five metre lineout that
splintered Quins? pack and allowed
hooker Hikairo Forbes to drive over at the
back of a powerful maul with Lamb converting. Quins responded ? as they
would do throughout the half ? with a
Smith penalty.
Quins then put together a concerted
passage of play that created the opportunity for Danny Care to feed Jamie Roberts
the kind of short ball that busts any
defence and it was lock Charlie Matthews
MATCH STATS
Harlequins
La Rochelle
Tries
4
63
Possession (%)
37
70
Territory (%)
30
329
Metres made
406
3
4
Line breaks
26
Defenders beaten
17
14
Offloads
10
6
Penalties conceded
11
15
Turnovers conceded
15
10
POOL ONE
who took the pass from the Wales centre
to crash over for Smith to convert. Back
came La Rochelle, though, using their
off-loading game to punch holes in
Quins? line and centre Geoffrey Doumayrou sliced through and inter-passed with
skipper Jason Eaton to score under the
posts and Lamb converted.
It was breathless stuff, with the French
players delivering real enterprise in
attack. Next to go over was prop Dany
Priso, thanks to a wonderful offload from
No 8 Victor Vito, who is the reigning Top
14 player of the year. Lamb?s conversion
made it a 14-point lead. However, that
was halved when the referee played a
good advantage for a knock on and Quins
were able to give Mike Brown the chance
to come steaming up the short side and
he fed Joe Marchant who made the line
with Smith on target again.
It all meant La Rochelle led 24-17 at
half-time, which quickly increased with
Lamb leaving Smith for dead with a show
and go that allowed Doumayrou to show
his speed as he scored from 40 metres for
the bonus point and the outside half converted. A Lamb penalty put La Rochelle
17 points clear and as Quins entered the
final quarter they saw Brown just fail to
ground a kick ahead by Marchant for the
try. It would be the first of a number of
Quins opportunities that will make for
difficult watching as they review the
match video.
They also wasted a good position after
Lamb dropped the ball in his in goal area,
but the pressure eventually told with
James Horwill giving a clever try-scoring
pass to Will Collier. Smith?s conversion
cut the lead to 10 points and the home
side went in search of a losing bonus
point. Brown came agonisingly close
again, but the French defence held out,
giving up only a penalty in the final minutes. It was evidence that La Rochelle,
who finished top of the Top 14 table last
season after the regular round of
matches are going to be a potent force
with their big pack and quick back line.
As they showed in this match they are
also good at taking their chances ? unlike
Quins.
Star man: Ryan Lamb (La Rochelle)
Scorers: Harlequins: Tries: Matthews 15, Marchant
33, Collier 62 Cons: Smith (3) Pens: Smith (2)
La Rochelle: Tries: Forbes 3, Doumayrou 25, 45, Priso
30 Cons: Lamb (4) Pens: Lamb (2)
Yellow card: La Rochelle: Gourdon
Referee: M Mitrea (Italy) Attendance: 11,705
Harlequins: Brown; Yarde, Marchant, Roberts (Saili
63min), Visser; Smith, Care (Lewis 71min); Marler,
Ward, Collier (Swainston 77min), Matthews (Merrick
54min), Horwill (capt), Glynn, Robshaw, Luamanu
La Rochelle: Murimurivalu (Lacroix 57min); Rattez,
Jordaan, Doumayrou (Aguillon 66min), Sinzelle; Lamb,
Bales (Goillot 73min); Priso (Corbel 51-77min), Forbes
(Bourgarit 66min), Atonio (Pelo 66min), Eaton (capt)
(Lamboley 66min), Qovu, Gourdon, Kieft (Amosa
66min), Vito
POOL TWO
POOL THREE
CHALLENGE CUP
ROUND-UP
Newcastle started their
campaign with a narrow
bonus-point 32-27 win at
home to Dragons in Pool
One, thanks to two tries in
each half. Rob Vickers and
Adam Radwan touched
down to send the Falcons
on their way to victory,
giving them a 15-6 lead at
half-time. In a close second
half, the Welsh side went
ahead 20-15 with converted
tries by Rynard Landman
and Ashton Hewitt but Gary
Graham, on debut, Pat
Howard and captain Mark
Wilson went over to secure
the home win. Former
England fly-half Toby Flood
kicked 12 points on his first
start since returning to
Newcastle.
Hooker Joe Taufete?e
scored a first-half hat-trick
as Worcester powered to
their first win of the season
with a 30-20 victory over
Brive in Pool Five. Injury-hit
Warriors earned a bonuspoint with the win but lost
England centre Ben Te?o to
an ankle injury.
Edinburgh ran in five tries
in a comfortable away win
over London Irish in Pool
Four. Junior Rasolea scored
twice in the first half with
Damien Hoyland, James
Ritchie and Luke Crosbie
also going over the line for
Edinburgh. Ollie Hoskins
was the only London Irish
try-scorer in their 14-37
defeat.
Also in Pool Four, Russian
team Krasny Yar pulled off
one of the biggest shocks
of recent years in club
rugby with their 34-29 win
over defending champions
Stade Francais in Siberia.
In the Champions Cup,
Leinster made a winning
start with a bonus-point
victory over Montpellier in
Pool Three. Joey Carbery,
Josh van der Flier, Robbie
Henshaw and Barry Daly
racked up four tries for the
home side. It looked likely
to be a tight finish when
Leinster had wing Adam
Byrne sin-binned for the
final six minutes but they
hung on for a 24-17 win.
POOL FOUR
W
D
T
Pts
P
W
T
Pts
P
W
D
T
Pts
P
W
D
T
Pts
P
W
D
1
1
0 0 34 27 4
5
Clermont
0
0 0 0 0 0 0
0
Leinster
1
1
0 0 24 17 4
5
Racing
1
1
0 0 22 18 3
4
Bath
1
1
0 0 23 0 2
4
Ulster
1
1
0 0 19 9 2
4
Ospreys
0
0 0 0 0 0 0
0
Exeter Chiefs
1
1
0 0 24 15 3
4
Leicester
1
0 0
1 18 22 2
1
Scarlets
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
A
D
L
F
A
A
POOL FIVE
P
F
F
Star man: Gareth Steenson (Bath)
Scorers: Exeter Chiefs: Tries: Williams
18, Hill 27, Simmonds 78 Cons:
Steenson (3) Pens: Steenson
Glasgow Warriors: Tries: Seymour 10,
Jones 44 Cons: Russell Pens: Russell
Referee: A Ruiz (France)
Exeter: Dollman; Turner (Short 63min),
Slade, Whitten, Woodburn; Steenson,
White (Townsend 68min); Moon
(Rimmer 63min), Yeandle (capt),
Williams (Francis 52min), Lees, Hill
(Atkins 58min), Armand, Salvi (Waldrom
63min), Simmonds
Replacements: Taione, Hendrickson
Glasgow: Jackson; Seymour, Grigg
(Johnson 58min), Horne, Jones
(Matawalu 74min); Russell, Price
(Pyrgos 64min); Bhatti (Allan 74min),
Brown (Turner 10min), Z Fagerson (Rae
64min), Swinson, Gray (Cummings
59min), Wilson (capt) (Harley 59min),
Gibbins, Ashe
La Rochelle
L
L
Two of them were at the
maul, and when a third award
eventually saw prop Harry
Williams burrow his way over
from close range, Warriors
could only console
themselves with the fact they
hadn?t lost a man as well.
It was route one stuff from
the Chiefs, but that isn?t
meant as a criticism. They
had clearly identified a point
of weakness and went for the
jugular, time and time again.
With Glasgow camped in
their own 22 and hanging on,
the home forward drives kept
coming. It seemed only a
question of time as to when
Exeter would get their
reward, and Jonny Hill duly
signed off the score.
Glasgow just couldn?t
secure any sustained
possession. The home side
closed the half having had
nearly 70% of the ball.
They soon moved seven
points clear as Jackson was
pinged for a high tackle, but
from nowhere Glasgow
surged back with a
speculative second score.
Some fierce counter-rucking
? a prominent feature under
Dave Rennie ? gave them
scope to work the ball left.
Lee Jones chipped the ball
ahead and set off in hot
pursuit, despite Nic White
being clear favourite to win
the race.
The scrum-half made a
hash of gathering and Jones
wasn?t for letting him off.
Referee Alexandre Ruiz went
to the TMO to check that
Russell hadn?t taken White off
the ball before confirming the
try. Russell missed the
conversion.
Glasgow generally looked
more threatening, although
there was still sometimes a
raggedness to their work and
they continued to kick away
too much ball. There seemed
to be a template when the
likes of Gray and Callum
Gibbins carried hard,
allowing Ali Price and Russell
to buzz around just behind,
but Exeter were the side who
had the greater degree of
control. Gareth Steenson
could have given them a little
more breathing space with 10
minutes to go but his penalty
struck a post. Simmonds, the
No 8, would soon make sure.
L
F
A
L
F
A
T
Pts
Harlequins
1
0 0
1 27 34 3
1
Northampton
0
0 0 0 0 0 0
0
Montpellier
1
0 0
1 17 24 2
1
Castres
0
0 0 0 0 0 0
0
Toulon
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
Wasps
1
0 0
1
0
Saracens
0
0 0 0 0 0 0
0
Glasgow Warriors
1
0 0
1 15 24 2
0
Munster
0
0 0 0 0 0 0
0
Benetton
1
0
9 19 0
Results
Ulster 19 Wasps 9
Harlequins 27 La Rochelle 34
Fixtures
Nov 22 La Rochelle v Ulster
Wasps v Harlequins
Dec 10 Harlequins v Ulster
La Rochelle v Wasps
Dec 15 Ulster v Harlequins
Dec 17 Wasps v La Rochelle
Jan 12/13/14 Harlequins v Wasps
Ulster v La Rochelle
Jan 19/20/21 La Rochelle v Harlequins
Wasps v Ulster
Fixtures
Today Northampton v Saracens
Ospreys v Clermont
Nov 21 Clermont v Northampton
Saracens v Ospreys
Dec 9 Northampton v Ospreys
Dec 10 Saracens v Clermont
Dec 17 Ospreys v Northampton
Clermont v Saracens
Jan 12/13/14 Northampton v Clermont
Ospreys v Saracens
Jan 19/20/21 Clermont v Ospreys
Saracens v Northampton
Results
Leinster 24 Montpellier 17
Exeter 24 Glasgow 15
Fixtures
Nov 21 Glasgow v Leinster
Nov 22 Montpellier v Exeter
Dec 8 Glasgow v Montpellier
Dec 10 Exeter v Leinster
Dec 16 Montpellier v Glasgow
Leinster v Exeter
Jan 12/13/14 Exeter v Montpellier
Leinster v Glasgow
Jan 19/20/21 Glasgow v Exeter
Montpellier v Leinster
0 0
1 0 23 0
Results
Racing 22 Leicester 18
Results
Bath 23 Benetton 0
Fixtures
Today Castres v Munster
Nov 21 Leicester v Castres
Munster v Racing
Dec 9 Castres v Racing
Munster v Leicester
Dec 16 Racing v Castres
Dec 17 Leicester v Munster
Jan 12/13/14 Castres v Leicester
Racing v Munster
Jan 19/20/21 Leicester v Racing
Munster v Castres
Fixtures
Today Toulon v Scarlets
Nov 20 Scarlets v Bath
Nov 21 Benetton v Toulon
Dec 9 Scarlets v Benetton
Toulon v Bath
Dec 16 Benetton v Scarlets
Bath v Toulon
Jan 12/13/14 Bath v Scarlets
Toulon v Benetton
Jan 19/20/21 Benetton v Bath
Scarlets v Toulon
11
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
Breakaway Brew try seals easy win for Bath over Benetton
BATH
BENETTON
23
0
Nick Pitt
The Rec
The scoreline in their first
match in Pool Five was
flattering for Bath, who were
battered up front for long
periods. But a win is a win
and for that they could thank
Benetton?s failure to convert
pressure into points.
The visitors fielded 13 full
Italian internationals in their
starting line-up, including
their entire pack. It showed,
too, for their scrum gave the
Bath pack a torrid time. It was
a platform from which a rare
away win might have been
fashioned, but it was
squandered.
The club formerly known
as Treviso had not won away
in the European Champions
Cup for a decade. Indeed,
they have only managed four
such wins in 19 campaigns. If
lack of belief leads to a failure
to grab chances that present
themselves, one could see
why. For a while, Bath
seemed to be there for the
taking.
A lacklustre opening
quarter of an hour was
notable only for two penalties
from Josh Lewis, making his
first start for Bath at fly-half.
But it was Benetton who
should have scored the first
try in an extraordinary
passage of play in which both
packs were rooted for over 10
minutes, with scrum after
scrum a mere five metres
from the Bath posts.
It began with a
tremendous break from
midfield by Sebastian Negri.
He passed to Robert Barbieri,
who headed for the line,
looking certain to score. He
was just held up and a fivemetre scrum was given by the
referee, Mike Adamson.
Barbieri did go over and
touched down but he had
been served by a forward
pass and another scrum went
down. In seven minutes, five
scrum penalties were
awarded to the Italian side,
which seemed grounds
enough for a penalty try to be
awarded. In the event, all
they had to show for their
dominance was the
temporary removal from the
field of Nick Auterac.
With Bath a man down,
Benetton switched their
attack fast to the left
wing and again it
appeared that they
must score as
Tommaso Benvenuti
raced towards the
line. The ball was
knocked from his grasp by
Semesa Rokoduguni.
Then, to complete the
catalogue of missed
opportunities, Ian McKinley
missed a penalty.
To rub it in, Bath broke
away to score. Chris Cook
Joseph: the Bath centre
powers past Alberto Sgarbi
started the move near the
halfway line; Jonathan Joseph
and Rokoduguni combined
cleverly at speed and Zach
Mercer charged over.
Benetton returned to the
dressing room to wonder
how on earth they
could have finished
with nothing after 40
minutes, when they
had been so much in
the ascendancy for most
of that period.
Lewis, who had
replaced the suspended
Freddie Burns as
playmaker, continued to
have a solid, influential
game. He made two sharp
breaks early in the second
half. The first was the more
promising as he dribbled up
field and had a chance to
score, but decided to pick up
the ball, lost a fraction of
momentum and was engulfed
by the Benetton defence.
Bath were down to 14
men again when Tom Dunn
was shown a yellow card for
an off-the-ball nudge with an
arm. Try as they might,
Benetton could not take
advantage as the game
further deteriorated into a
series of thrusts and
counterthrusts with no
outcome.
Their failure allowed
another Bath breakaway try,
from Aled Brew.
In truth, it was a poor
spectacle. With 10 minutes
remaining, Eddie Jones, the
England head coach, had
seen enough and departed.
He cannot have learnt very
much.
Star man: Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath)
Scorers: Bath: Tries: Mercer 39, Brew
71 Cons: Lewis (2) Pens: Lewis (3)
Referee: M Adamson (Scotland)
Attendance: 13,160
Bath: Watson; Rokoduguni, Joseph,
Clark (Wilson 75min), Brew; Lewis, Cook
(Fotuali?i 60min); Auterac (Obano
62min), Dunn (Mercer 70min), Perenise
(Andrews 49min), Ewels (capt), Stooke
(Phillips 62min), Mercer (Obano 27min,
Mercer 37min, Charles 61min), Underhill
(Louw 27min), Faletau
Replacements: Allinson
Benetton: Sperandio; Esposito, Brex,
Sgarbi (capt), Benvenuti; McKinley
(Tebaldi 65min), G Bronzini (Gori
43min); Zani (Traore h-t), Bigi (Baravalle
53min), Ferrari (Pasquali 60min), Fuser,
Lazzaroni (Budd 48min), Negri, Minto (A
Bronzini 60min), Barbieri (Manu 48min)
Tigers fortunate to avoid real mauling
RACING 92
LEICESTER TIGERS
22
18
DAN SHERIDAN
T
Sam Peters
Olympique Yves du Manoir
he scoreline will show that
Leicester only lost this game
by four points but the visitors
left Paris last night knowing
the margin of defeat could
have
been
significantly
greater. Only a performance
of dogged bravery and determination saved Matt O?Connor?s men from a real thumping as Racing produced a hugely
impressive display which lacked finesse
but was sometimes awesome in its raw
power.
The home side made mistakes at key
times and lost centre Virimi Vakatawa to
the sin-bin for a needless high tackle just
before half-time, allowing Tigers to claw
their way back into the game as wing
Jonny May scored his seventh try in as
many appearances.
The visitors fought valiantly in the
second half despite wave after wave of
Racing attacks, with surges of power
coming through their midfield in the
shape of Vakatawa, while their forward
pack outmuscled Tigers. Having been
thumped 34-3 at the same ground last
season, Tigers at least restored some
pride. In Leone Nakarawa, the home side
possessed a player different from any
other on the planet. The 29-year-old
Fijian has a freakish ability to offload in
the tackle, while also carrying with
immense force and direction.
?He?s a special athlete,? said O?Connor.
?Once he?s behind you it?s very difficult.
That?s probably the lesson for us next
time we?re at Welford Road ? not to let
him get behind us.?
On one occasion, four Tigers players
attempted to bundle the hulking lock into
touch only for him to extend his arms
high in the air and flip the ball to a supporting Racing player.
Leicester had their moments. They
will rue twice dropping the ball with the
line beckoning, with Matt Smith and May
both having opportunities to score only
to lose control at the critical moment.
Indeed, if Smith had held on to the ball
on 39 minutes as Census Johnston covered, Tigers could have come away with
one of the most unlikely wins in the
tournament?s history. They scored the
opening try through flanker Luke Hamilton, who crossed after three minutes
following excellent work from winger
Nick Malouf and Smith.
When Racing lost full-back Juan Imhoff
with a hamstring injury six minutes in,
Leicester must have felt they had a
chance of winning away from home in
Europe for the first time since 2015. But it
was not to be and once Nakawara used
his enormous reach to stretch out and
score after Johnston was adjudged to
have been held up by TMO Peter Fitzgibbon, Racing were up and running.
On this occasion referee John Lacey
Eyes on the prize:
Leone Nakarawa
opens the
scoring for
Racing 92 after
fending off Matt
Toomua and Luke
Hamilton
was right to consult the TMO but as the
game wore on, his constant referral to the
video replay became tedious and was
largely responsible for the stop-start
nature of the game.
Racing?s replacement goal-kicker
Teddy Iribaren, endured a mixed day,
missing a conversion and two penalties
with regular marksman Dan Carter confined to the stands with a calf injury. But
his misses did not cost his team, and lock
Bernard Le Roux crossed on 24 minutes
after yet another surge by Nakarawa
following carries from hooker Dimitri
Szarzewski and blindside flanker
Wenceslas Lauret, who was also hugely
influential.
Iribaren converted to make it 14-10
after George Ford had kicked a penalty
and Racing looked set to pull away when
winger Teddy Thomas became the latest
beneficiary of Nakarawa?s athleticism
and ball-handling ability when he took
Iribaren?s pass to finished off a sweeping
move.
But Vakatawa?s reckless high tackle on
Malouf left his team exposed and May
sped over in the corner after centre Matt
Toomua spotted him in space out wide
and floated a superbly weighted pass to
the left wing.
While Leicester were largely outclassed, England coach Eddie Jones will
have taken some comfort from May?s allround display ? despite his second-half
failure to score a second try ? while halfbacks Ben Youngs and Ford were effective on the rare occasions they received
quality ball on the front foot.
Young prop Ellis Genge tried manfully
but was unable to influence the game
with ball in hand and was slightly fortunate to escape a yellow card when his
arm caught Racing fly-half Remi Tales in
the face early in the second half. Lacey
judged the fly-half was falling to ground
as contact was made. It was a 50-50 call.
Racing dominated the second period but
only had a penalty from replacement
Maxime Machenaud to show for their
efforts, and Ford?s penalty with five minutes left earned the Tigers a bonus point.
It could prove vital come the latter stages of this pool.
Star man: Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92)
Scorers: Racing 92: Tries: Nakarawa 18, Le Roux 24,
Thomas 29 Cons: Iribaren (2) Pen: Machenaud
Leicester Tigers: Tries: Hamilton 3, May 35 Con: Ford
Pens: Ford (2)
Yellow card: Racing 92: Vakatawa
Referee: J Lacey (Ireland)
Racing 92: Imhoff (Lambie 6min); Thomas, Vakatawa,
Chavancy, Rokocoko; Tales (Tuitavake 74min), Iribaren
(Machenaud 54min); Afatia (Ben Arous 48min),
Szarzewski (capt) (Chat 48min), Johnston (Gomes Sa
41min), Le Roux (Maka 77min), Nakarawa, Lauret,
Chouzenoux (Carizza 59min), Nyanga
Leicester Tigers: Veainu; Malouf, Smith (Tait 63min),
Toomua, May; Ford, B Youngs; Genge (Bateman
69min). T Youngs (capt) (McGuigan 53min), Cole
(Cilliers 69min), Barrow, Kitchener (Tuohy 73min),
Williams (O?Connor 61min), Hamilton, Kalamafon
MATCH STATS
Racing 92
Leicester Tigers
2
13
Defenders beaten
9
Possession (%)
48
29
Offloads
6
49
Territory (%)
51
7
Penalties conceded
9
88
Scrums won on own ball (%)
100
17
Turnovers conceded
12
Metres made
384
106
3
Tries
52
460
6
Line breaks
2
9
Tackles made
Tackles missed
102
13
Andrew should look in mirror if he wants to play the blame game
Ex-RFU supremo
points the finger
at everybody
other than himself
Stephen Jones
Rugby correspondent
When headlines appeared
last week above an extract
from a book by Rob Andrew,
they mentioned a ?slowmotion car crash?. You
assumed that he was
speaking about his disastrous
nine-year reign in senior
positions at Twickenham.
And at last, taking some
responsibility.
When Martin Johnson was
appointed the England
manager (by Andrew) in 2008
he could not immediately
take up his duties for
personal reasons so Andrew
took over as manager for the
tour to New Zealand that
summer.
Andrew had been at
Twickenham since 2006,
landing the job as director of
elite rugby because of a
bewildering voting
shenanigan at the last minute
? not prompted by him, it is
true.
The tour was a disaster.
The team were thrashed in
both Tests against the All
Blacks and the tour was
blighted by off-field activities
after which it seemed at first
that a group of England
players would be charged
with sexual impropriety. The
party beat a humiliated
retreat.
On the morning after the
second Test there was an
explosive encounter in a
media session. The former
Wales captain?turned-writer,
Eddie Butler, asked Andrew if
he would take responsibility
for the shambles. Butler
asked Andrew the question
five or six times. Andrew,
with all the shimmying and
side-stepping he seldom
showed as a player, refused
point-blank. His line was that
Johnson was officially
manager, even though he was
12,000 miles away, and that
he (Andrew) was just
standing in.
Andrew was either the
prime mover himself or had a
major advisory role in four
successive disastrous national
coaching appointments ?
Andy Robinson, Brian Ashton
and Johnson; and then, in
2011, Stuart Lancaster.
By the time that Lancaster
arrived, Andrew?s job had
collapsed beneath him ? not
that many people grasped
what he was meant to be
doing in the first place. Now
that he has left rugby and
been installed with Sussex
cricket, he is, of course, at
liberty to produce a book,
to attack Lancaster,
which he has.
He praises the
?foundations? that
Lancaster is alleged to
have put in place.
Rubbish. If you never
build the house,
what is the point of
foundations?
From day one,
he was wrong, as
I said at the time.
But whose fault
was it? What
Andrew:
disastrous nineyear reign at
Twickenham
was Andrew?s role if it was
not to help set up a rock-solid
playing culture, and a
dovetailing coaching group
with the right man in
charge? Just as he was
in New Zealand in
2008, he was
otherwise engaged
when the flak flew. If
there was a car crash
then it was
Andrew who
was sitting
behind the
wheel. He
had been
demoted
by the time
that
Lancaster
was
appointed
by Ian
Ritchie, the
former RFU
chief
executive, but Ritchie is on
the record as saying that
Andrew was consulted.
Andrew is also wrong, in a
sense, about Sam Burgess. In
his book, Andrew writes of
the appalling call of Lancaster
to choose Burgess for the
2015 World Cup.
?I simply do not
understand the thinking
behind the fast-tracking of a
player from international
rugby league to international
rugby union when so many of
the things that made him
wildly successful in the 13man game would have
questionable relevance,?
Andrew writes.
But Burgess was a
masterstroke for both
Andrew and Lancaster. They
and others are now rewriting
history so that it was only the
Burgess selection that stood
between England and glory ?
conveniently hiding the
deeper problems, the
dithering selections, the
bogus red rose chestthumping, the failure to
address problem areas, the
appointment of the wrong
leaders. And the
appointment of the wrong
coach.
Lancaster blundered
though the most important
few months in England?s
rugby history. Yet he was only
the last grim episode of a
drama which had started
years before and which was
originated in large part by
Andrew ? a time when the
team lost the country.
It was only the voting
shenanigan which landed
him the job in the first place.
Sir Clive Woodward was all
set up to take charge of
English elite rugby in 2006
and if he had done so he
would have saved
Twickenham about 10
separate humiliations, taken
responsibility for the down
times, seen them happily
through into the final of the
2015 World Cup, handed the
reins to Eddie Jones and
taken his deserved place in
history.
Andrew did excellent work
at Newcastle Falcons and also
in helping the establishment
of professional rugby.
Towards the end of his career
he was a superb all-round flyhalf.
But the chief value of this
book is not the criticism of
Lancaster, although it does
balance out the staggering
body of opinion which still
sees merit in the reign. But it
is what Andrew does not say,
his silence on the true cause
of the grim years, which is so
telling, and deafening.
12
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
SPORT RUGBY UNION: EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP
HOW
LUTHER
KEPT
THE
FAITH
PETER TARRY
Ex-Saracens wing
wastes little time
making mark
across Channel
STUART
BARNES
Saracens provide
perfect test for
Burrell to prove
he remains one
of the best centres
in the game
STEPHEN
JONES
Y
Rugby correspondent
ou can say what you like
about the austere and ironclad men who exist in the
harshness of rugby. Certain
events can still bring out a
softer side. If Luther Burrell
had named his infant daughter Amazon or Boadicea, it
might be deemed more representative of his own playing psyche. Instead, he and Camilla, his
partner, have come up with Luna Lovella
for their daughter, who was born in July.
Rather beautiful.
Luna is already influencing professional rugby. ?She has helped my game
because before I go out I write her name
on my wrist, and I look at it and it reminds
me that I?m playing for my family as well
as all the rest, playing for the bigger picture, and I think my form reflects it,? says
Burrell.
Today, Burrell and Northampton take
on the remorseless Saracens in the Champions Cup at Franklin?s Gardens. Burrell
is probably in the shape of his life, physically and mentally. ?The summer was
fantastic for me,? he says. ?It was my first
year for ages where I hadn?t gone away on
tour. I was able to reflect and look back on
a few things and understand that life is
good. I am in a positive place again and
I?m really enjoying my rugby.?
If all this sounds as if his daughter and
life in general have bought him back from
somewhere much darker, then the
impression would be spot on. Burrell is
one of the best centres in the game, massively powerful especially when he times
his runs; but at his best, he is also clever,
with a step, the ability to change running
line and to offload. His barrelling defend-
ing can be almost frightening in its
intensity. He played well for club and
country approaching the 2015 World
Cup, offered Stuart Lancaster a force on
which he could rely in midfield, a core
around which he could form combinations. But as the day approached on
which World Cup squads had to be
announced, we heard that Sam Burgess,
the tyro from rugby league, was contending even after Lancaster had been on
record as saying that 2015 was far too
early for him to be considered for
England.
It became utterly farcical when what
amounted to a trial match took place at
Pennyhill Park the day before the squad
had to be announced. Any coach worth
his salt knew his team a month in
advance, if not a year. Horribly, Burrell
was ejected in favour of Burgess and had
to run the gauntlet of the cameras as he
put his packed bags in the boot of his car
and drove out of Pennyhill Park and out
of his fondest, wildest dreams, back to
Northampton. ?It was a very, very
strange period,? he says. ?I had to come
off social media and stuff like that
because I was getting bombarded. I can
remember going to the supermarket to
buy milk and someone tapped me on the
shoulder to bring it up. They may have
been well-meaning but I did not want to
entertain it. It dragged on for a long time.
I couldn?t believe what had happened. It
was quite surreal.?
And the recovery? ?I thought that I was
over it after a few weeks. I went on holiday, spoke to Jim [Mallinder, the Saints
coach] and he told me to take some time
out and come back ready. When I came
back I thought I was ready. I thought I was
fine. But I wasn?t.? Part of him believes it
is only now, two years on, that he is fully
over it. ?The whole thing was just a circus. Did I think I was good enough to play
for England at that point? Yes I did.?
When he returned to rugby, it was
entirely predictable what would happen.
He can be emotional, and when you see
him off form, it is always because he is
Ashton finds his
feet at Toulon
trying too hard. ?When I am indecisive in
a game I try to give them the miracle kick,
the miracle offload, the miracle tackle.
But I should just relax, keep all the emotion but just do my job.?
He had a long period out with a serious
concussion, and then with a fractured
ankle, and even when fit last season he
grasped that he was diminished. ?Was I
good enough to play for England then?
No. I try to be an honest player and I am
not going to try to talk my way into a team
if I don?t deserve it.?
The return to a peak has been gradual,
but the environment at home and at his
club has been excellent. ?Alan Dickens,
[Northampton?s outstanding attack
coach] whispers just a couple of things in
my ear before a game and it triggers me.
They are just minor things, no going for
the miracle.?
He also sought professional help.
He started to see Tim Martin, a London-based therapist who, Burrell
says, ?was like a mind boutique. We
didn?t even talk much about my
rugby and stuff. He wanted to know
what else had gone on, we spoke
about different things, how to react to
certain situations. I have done a lot of
mental training with him and I think
that I?ve just managed to put stuff to
bed. I can ring him up if I?m feeling
He hits
thunderously
hard but
his true value
lies in a proven
ability not so
much to dish
out the biggest
hits, but to
absorb them
Fighting fit:
Luther Burrell
has been
instrumental in
Northampton
Saints? revival
ON TV TODAY
Northampton
Saints v
Saracens
5pm BT Sport 2,
Kick-off 5.30pm
down or a bit fatigued, and he instantly
makes you feel happier and feel better,
that the world is a big place and people
are going through tough times, so if
you?re tired because you?ve been battered on a rugby pitch you need to pick
yourself up.?
The pick-up has been impressive. Burrell has been instrumental in the Northampton revival after the shocking experience at Twickenham when they were
savaged by Saracens. ?I didn?t like sitting
in the inquest and to hear our coaches
telling us that we were soft, but we were
soft, all over the park,? he says. He wants
to draw England?s attention again. He
realises Ben Te?o is now more established
in the England squad, and has a run on a
regular position. ?I am desperate to push
myself back into the set-up. If Eddie
[ Jones] thinks it is out of reach then I have
a hell of a job to change his mind but I will
be gutted if I don?t get back.?
Today?s match will provide another
indication of his form, and his supporters
will back him to be recognisable as the
Burrell of the pre-Pennyhill era. Week
after week. ?Saracens are the best team in
Europe so it is impossible to ignore the
size of the game, although if you look
at our games coming up ? Saracens, Clermont, Wasps ? it is an
unbelievable run,? he says.
Burrell is anxious to be
counted among the growing group of players declaring that the season is
already too testing and that
to extend it would be preposterous. It is not a question of an
all-out miracle blitz from Burrell
today. It is a question of backing
his rare talents and channelling
raw emotion. In an area of their
team where England have been
poor for so long, he should again
be seen as a potential focal point.
He hits thunderously hard, but his
true value lies in an ability not so
much to dish out the biggest hits,
but to absorb them.
Mark McCall hasn?t got
much wrong during the past
few years. An understated
coach, an outstanding
thinker, it pays to listen to
what he says. When Chris
Ashton signed for Toulon,
McCall went public. ?If
you?re asking me if it?s the
right move from a rugby
point of view to develop his
game or develop him as a
person, I think it?s not and I
told him that,? McCall said.
No great surprise there.
McCall manages the best
and tightest-knit team in
Europe, while retaining
room for further
improvement. The move,
we presumed, made money
sense, nothing else.
The former England
international bade his mates
farewell with a 12th-minute
try in the final of the
Champions Cup against
Clermont to go with a pair in
the quarter-final against
Glasgow. He left for Toulon
as the leading try scorer in
the history of the European
Champions/Heineken Cup ?
37 tries in 55 games. One of
them was the difference
between Saracens and
Toulon in last season?s pool
stages. Two more saved
Saracens from defeat
against none other than
Scarlets, his opponents
today, as he makes his
European debut for Toulon.
Saracens created the
space, often as not through
Owen Farrell, and there was
The Splash, running the
smartest support lines in
Europe, turning
opportunities into the
tangible ? points. It was a
marriage made in rugby
heaven but Ashton,
frustrated with his failure to
find a deserved route back
into the England set-up,
turned his back on the
relationship. Most of us
thought he did so for purely
mercenary purposes.
Yet maybe even McCall
underestimated his right
wing. The try-scoring touch,
the essential Ashton, has not
dried up. On his Top 14
debut he scored a pair of
tries against Pau, the first of
them an interception,
straight out of the old
Ashton book.
However, what caught the
eye most was a stunning
cover tackle. The crowd
loved it more than the
expected tries. I spoke with
a French journalist
colleague last week to ask
him about the response to
Ashton?s first few weeks
in French rugby. The reply
was an interesting one. ?It
has been very good . . . ? a
lengthy pause to pick the
perfect English word, ?he
has been very . . . efficient.?
Ashton has been praised
and pilloried to the stadium
rooftops the length and
breadth of England but
never have I heard or seen
the use of the word
?efficient? applied to a
player who, in the main, is
either loved or loathed.
In six starts for Toulon he
has already scored four
tries. Few doubted his
capacity to score but this is
quite a strike rate. Maybe
there really is more to the
man than the mercenary
looking for an end-of-hiscareer pay day. He could be
another of those ?autumn of
his career? internationals
inspired by elements of his
new club with which even
Saracens cannot compete.
Asked why he opted for
Toulon, Ashton has said:
?Amazing crowd, great
stadium, great fans . . . an
experienced team that plays
great rugby.? He is going to
love the culture of the club.
The unique atmosphere
identified before a boot was
laced. Ashton, with his
bubbling personality, will
thrive on the noise, the
passion and the whole crazy
Toulon experience.
When we talk of a team?s
culture ? and we frequently
do that of Saracens ? it is
with regard to the
commitment and the spirit
within the squad. But in
Toulon the culture is driven
by the terrace, the
communitarian coming
together. It fires players up,
revives men whose careers
seemed past their sell-by
date.
Ashton may be 30 years
old but he is somewhere
near his prime. There?s no
club in England can match
what Toulon have, not just
in the bank account but on
the terrace. There?s also the
experienced team to which
Ashton has alluded. A team
playing a wider, more
ambitious game than the
Ashton: thriving in France
one which took them to the
Top 14 final last season.
In Fabien Galthie they
have a coach who wishes for
more than the ?minimalist?
rugby played under Richard
Cockerill at the tail end of
the campaign.
Ma?a Nonu and Mathieu
Bastareaud are a couple of
centres more than capable
of finding the Englishman
with an offload. To date,
Toulon lack the consistency
to keep this exciting game
going for the full 80
minutes. In the back three
the French team have a
terrific balance but there is
no sort of structured
counterattack. Liam
Williams is taking time
fitting into Saracens? style
but Ashton has the harder
task of finding his feet
where there is no structure.
This afternoon Williams?
old club, Scarlets, will test
Ashton?s defence. If there is
any aspect to his game
where he could be exposed
away from Saracens it is his
decision-making in defence;
when and when not to step
off his wing to make the hit.
Jonathan Davies can ask
searching questions of even
the best defenders. Ashton
will be tested. He was at
Saracens. The on-field
culture saw him through
those challenges.
In Toulon, it is the offfield culture that might
inspire him, both as a
person and as a player.
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Late starter McGillvary grabs World Cup chance with both hands
RUGBY LEAGUE
England wing has
to pinch himself
after starting out
on a building site
Chris Irvine
There is still something of the
young kid kicking cigarette
butts about in the street, the
college dropout stacking
shelves in B&Q and the
building site labourer
wondering where life was
taking him about Jermaine
McGillvary.
Looking forward to his first
World Cup later this month,
Huddersfield?s 29-year-old
England wing has to pinch
himself at how far he has
come in the sport. Unlike
most players in Wayne
Bennett?s squad for the
forthcoming tournament,
rugby league came relatively
late to McGillvary, who did
not make his senior debut
until he was 22.
?Players usually come
through at 16 after years in a
club?s system but when I was
that age I was having to catch
four buses from home in
Huddersfield to open up a
building site in Sowerby
Bridge,? he said. ?It was backbreaking work. For 18
months, I lugged generators
up hills, fixed fences, dug
trenches, went to the gym
afterwards, got to bed for
11pm and I would be up at
four or five to do it again.
Doing that every day gives
you a sense of perspective.
?It?s helped me as player
but, more importantly, as a
person. There?s a side to life
most players don?t see. Rugby
league?s nothing like football
but you see guys with a bit of
brass get a flash car and I say,
?Just save it?. It?s a privileged
but short career.?
McGillvary had resigned
himself to a life of labouring
when Leroy Cudjoe, a friend
and now fellow Huddersfield
Giant, persuaded the club to
take a look at him. ?They
didn?t pick me in the
academy for 12 weeks, then
someone got a bad injury and
they put me on the bench,
bench,?
he said. ?I came on with 10
minutes left in a game we
ng about 100-0 to
were losing
ho had Ryan Hall
Leeds, who
[now his fellow
England wing]
or
playing for
them.
?I got
put on
the right
ary:
McGillvary:
ay
could play
ng
in opening
fixture
wing and they scored three
more tries down my side. I
thought, ?Why on earth am I
here?? My body ached all
over, but I thought II?d better
give it an
another
try. It was
w
anothe
another six
weeks and they
starte
started me in a
curt
curtain-raiser
at St
H
Helens.
?Jon
S
Sharp,
tthen
H
Huddersfi
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eld?s
ccoach,
a
asked who
I wa
was, so I
couldn?t hav
have done
that badly. That?s when I quit
the building site to pursue
this life.?
He adds: ?I was that kid
knocking about the streets.
Goodness knows where I
might have ended up and I
owe just how far I?ve travelled
to one man. Playing for my
country, having the house
I?ve got, that?s down to
Nathan Brown.?
Brown arrived as
Huddersfield coach from the
Australian competition in
2009 for a four-year stint and
saw something special in
McGillvary. ?He taught me
everything I know today,
from catching above my
head, catching bombs, how
to run, how to grip the ball.
Every technique has stuck
with me,? he said. ?I was
playing for Batley but still
trained full-time at
Huddersfield and in that
2009 season we got to the
Challenge Cup final.
?I asked why he didn?t pick
me for Wembley and he said
he didn?t want to spoil the
relationship with Batley. I just
thought he didn?t believe I
was good enough. At the end
of that season Salford were
interested in taking me and I
asked for a release.
?It was then he sat me
down and said, ?I?ve big plans
for you, you?re going to have
a big career?. I thought he was
just saying that, but he
wasn?t. Looking back,
everything he did was for my
benefit. Getting picked for
England the first time in 2015,
making my 200th
appearance for Huddersfield,
every milestone I get in touch
just to thank him.?
As the only specialist wings
in the squad, McGillvary and
Hall are set to line up for the
opening match against
Australia in Melbourne on
Friday, October 27. ?It?s my
first World Cup and it will also
probably be my last, as I?ll be
33 come the next one,?
McGillvary said. ?It?s a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity for
me and, like everything I?ve
tried to do in rugby league,
I?m going to grab it with both
hands.?
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The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
SPORTSWOMEN OF THE YEAR THE COMMUNITY AWARD
FINAL CHANCE TO
VOTE FOR THE
COMMUNITY
AWARD
This is your final chance to vote for the
Community Award as part of the 30th
Sunday Times Sportswomen of the
Year Awards in Association with
Vitality. Voting closes at midday
tomorrow and readers can vote
online.
The awards will be held on
Thursday, October 26 at the London
Bank Hotel. The shortlist for the
community award is:
Carlton Bolling College
girls? cricket team
The team are based in Bradford and are
the brainchild of PE teacher Zaheer
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
BIG
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IN YORKSHIRE
Jaffary. The team, mainly comprised of
Muslim teenagers, were crowned
Yorkshire champions this summer. In
September, they were beaten in the
national final by two runs at Lord?s.
Many of the players have overcome
social barriers and prejudices in an area
where Muslim girls are not always
encouraged to take part in sport, but
they have taken cricket by storm
Ann Davis
Davis is a central figure in the Essex
community for people who have
multiple sclerosis (MS). A former school
teacher, she has been a volunteer for
the past decade for the Multiple
Sclerosis Society at clubs in Brentwood
and Chelmsford. The 70-year-old
supports weekly exercise classes that
encourage wheelchair users or people
isolated in their own homes to be active
and to socialise with like-minded
people
Margaret Palmer
Palmer is a coach and volunteer at
Lyndon Centre netball club in Solihull
and has been a key member of the
netball community in the West
Midlands for more than 40 years. Every
Wednesday night, ?netball mum?
To submit your online nominations visit
www.sportswomenoftheyear.co.uk
Margaret will be present for the club?s
training sessions. At weekends, she
umpires all the club?s local matches.
The 71-year-old has been known to play
when there are absentees
Rashida Salloo
Rashida Salloo is the founder of Ready
Steady Active, a community health and
fitness initiative based in Batley and
Dewsbury. The project provides
sport and physical opportunities to
hundreds of girls and women, with
significant focus on those from black,
Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Rashida, 36, encourages many
participants to become leaders and
activators in their own right. She
has created a local community
rounders league, which engages with
more than 60 women and girls on a
weekly basis
LORNE CAMPBELL
A group of Muslim schoolgirls beat
prejudice to become cricketing stars
REBECCA
MYERS
T
hree years ago, life at Carlton
Bolling College was very different. The Bradford school
had just been put into special
measures after an Ofsted
report found it was not adequately protecting its pupils
from the threat of extremism,
and its main building was
crumbling and dilapidated.
To top it all off, the college?s girls? cricket
team was absolutely awful.
?The first training session, there were
balls everywhere, nobody could catch or
hit,? says star player Zainab Goreja. ?I
have no idea how we?re playing like we
are now ? honestly, it?s a miracle. We
were so bad.?
Today, the girls are training in their
new, squeaky-floored sports hall. They
are now three-time county champions,
North of England champions, national
runners-up and have been nominated for
the Community Award as part of the 30th
Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year
Awards in Association with Vitality.
Their coach, PE teacher Zaheer
Jaffary, remembers their first tournament. ?Eight teams turned up on the day:
six were grammar, private, cricket-playing schools. The girls? first game, they
came stomping in saying, ?Why did you
do that, sir? We?ve just been smashed for
122 runs?. They were crying. I said, ?Listen
to me. Just get me 123, that?s all I ask?. And
they did. It was a turning point because it
made them believe they had something
about them.?
Jaffary, who started the team when the
school was under special measures, says
their determination is unlike anything he
has seen before ? and it?s not just the
basics of the game they have had to mas-
ter. All 10 girls on the team are Muslim
and from conservative families who were
initially unhappy with the idea of them
playing cricket.
?We?ve had situations where parents
don?t want the girls to take part in sport at
all because they say it?s not what girls
should do,? says headteacher Adrian
Kneeshaw. ?There are all those cultural
barriers and we?re still facing them now.?
Jaffary says: ?We walk in to competitions and you can hear a pin drop.
They?re shocked that these girls have
come and they?re wearing headscarves
to play. But the way they play cricket is
beautiful.?
He has faced personal criticism as well
as the logistical challenge of putting a
team forward for competitions when
parents regularly pull their daughters out
at the last minute. But he and the school
are committed to supporting their pupils?
wish to continue playing. That wish is
feverishly intense. Their sheer joy and
dedication to the game can be heard long
before it can be seen as they practise on a
Tuesday afternoon: the shrieks and
whoops that accompany the batting and
bowling spill out of the sports hall and
When I told mum
I wanted to play
cricket she said I
had to focus on
my education
down the hill overlooking the city.
In between games, the girls sit crosslegged on the floor, joking with each
other and taking selfies. Their smiles
belie the determination it has taken them
to get ? and stay ? here, and the work
they have had to do at home to push back
against criticism from within their own
communities, according to the teachers.
Jumping for joy:
Zaheer Jaffary is
the driving force
behind Carlton
Bolling College?s
cricket team
Some of them have also struggled academically in the past, coming to the brink
of exclusion. Others have weathered personal tragedies: one girl?s mother was
involved in a serious car crash.
?I?m not being big-headed,? says Sawiyya Mohammed, 15, ?but it is 10 times
harder.?
?When we first started it was really
difficult because there wasn?t even a
maybe about it when girls went home and
told their parents they wanted to play,?
says teammate Goreja, also 15. ?It was a
clear no. I remember when I went home
and told my mum, she didn?t even hear
me, she just said that I needed to concentrate on my education.?
They are much more supportive now:
Goreja?s father drives her to training, and
they are proud of the team?s successes.
Zaffary says that many of the parents
attended training ahead of the national
trials last summer ? a watershed moment
for the team ? bringing picnics and
siblings to sit and watch as they prepared
for their greatest challenge yet. On the
day, they missed the top spot by a hair?s
breadth, losing out by two runs in the
final at Lord?s.
?When people say, ?You?re a team of
south Asian girls beating all these barriers,? they don?t see that if you take one girl
out, she?s not doing anything,? says
Salloo provides sporting chance
Coach inspires
women to
rediscover
benefits of sport
Rebecca Myers
When she was a schoolgirl,
Rashida Salloo thought she
was ?a bit strange?. An avid
player of sports, she pestered
her parents to let her take her
love of tennis further and
train for competitions.
?To be the first person in
my family to say I want to go
and play football, or tennis,
that was a bit like . . . why? It
was the sort of thing my
parents would say, ?Can you
see any other Asian girls
doing it? It?s not valuable. It?s
for boys?.?
Salloo, who grew up in
Batley, Yorkshire, let go of her
dream of competing seriously
but picked up tennis again in
her early twenties. She
played in her spare time
around her job as a chemist
but found she was the only
Asian player, despite living in
an area in which 30-50% of
people are of South Asian
backgrounds.
?I thought, ?Why is it only
me on the court, when there
are people who look like me
walking on the pavements
outside? Something needs to
be done ? and I need to do it
because nobody else is.??
Salloo, 36, paid to train to
become a coach and, four
years ago, began putting on
exercise sessions from netball
and football to rounders and
running, under the name
Ready Steady Active. She now
hosts up to 12 sessions a week
for more than 100 women,
almost all of whom are south
Asian Muslims.
?Last year I set up an older
women?s group too and they
do soccercise and tennis, and
really enjoy it. They feel a bit
like they?re at school again, in
the playground,? she says.
It?s not just the over-55s
who feel redemption for the
lost sports sessions of their
schooldays: Mona Sheikh, a
former classmate of Salloo,
says: ?She brought exercise
and sport back into my life.? A
talented footballer at school,
she too was told she couldn?t
take it further and stopped
playing sport for years.
?I?m now a mum of four.
You think, ?I?ve grown out of
this,? and now I?m playing in a
rounders league.?
Sheikh, also 36, has taken
part in Salloo?s ?Mums?
Mentoring?, in which she
trained women who want to
lead their own sessions. ?It
gave me the confidence to
run my own football sessions
for mums,? she says.
Sheikh brings her 14-yearold daughter Sarah to Ready
Steady Active, but for every
mother who does so, Salloo
must contend with
conservative parents who
forbid their girls from
attending. ?I know what it?s
like because I was that kid,?
she says. ?My PE teacher was
coming up to my parents and
asking, ?Why can?t she come??
Now I?m having to do that.
But it has gone down and
parents encourage girls
more.?
One of the girls who was
initially barred from
attending Ready Steady
Active is now studying a
degree in sports
development. It is crucial that
the sessions are women-only,
Bat girl: Salloo is bringing sport back into people?s lives
for both faith reasons and
basic privacy for some of the
women who are less
confident. Many of the
women wear hijabs, and
some wear the full face veil,
the niqab.
?In my sessions you have
the whole spectrum: Muslim
women who wear shorts and
fully-covered, niqab-wearing
women. Neither of these
women have a problem with
each other. I take my
daughters to the sessions ?
even though I don?t wear
hijab and I don?t know
whether they will, I just want
them to see that the girls are
wearing what other people
might not think you can wear
in sport ? and it?s OK.
?You can?t judge a book by
its cover; you might see a
woman in niqab and she
could be the best, most
competitive, most feisty
player on the field. It?s been
amazing to see.?
In the recent rounders
tournament Salloo hosted,
the charity founded to
commemorate the work of
murdered MP Jo Cox, in
whose constituency Ready
Steady Active operates,
fielded a team. Salloo says her
aim is to encourage more
women from other
communities to join in.
?Sport can be a huge tool
in the community, where you
can get communities to work
together. I?m just doing my
little bit to change the world, I
suppose,? she says. ?Or
change this little town ? just
so that it becomes
acceptable.?
Goreja. ?It?s being together as a team and
playing together, that?s what?s broken
through.?
And that?s even before they have to
deal with taunts from the boys at school.
?When we?re in a team and they see how
good we are, they have to shut up,? she
laughs.
These days, they are treated like
celebrities, surrounded by younger
pupils in the corridors and canteen. The
demand for cricket has been so great that
the school will open a cricket academy
later this month, for all pupils, boys and
girls. Jaffary is putting them through their
level one coaching training so they can
teach the next generation, and he also
hopes to reach out to eastern European
children at the school to get them playing
too.
?We have been doing some coaching,
helping girls build their confidence,? says
Mohammed, who won the Inspirational
Women Student Award this year, in addition to the team?s overall award. ?Yesterday there was a parents? evening, and
one of the dads said that he wanted his
son to start playing. My little brother is 11
and he started playing cricket because of
us.?
The school, and perhaps the city, have
never seen greater female role models,
says their headteacher. ?They are
groundbreaking pioneers in Bradford ?
working-class, Muslim girls taking part in
sport is truly unprecedented.
?Bend It Like Beckham was fiction, but
this is a fact. You wouldn?t believe their
story.?
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SPORT FOOTBALL RESULTS
STOKE 2
Jesus 17, 55
Sterling 19
D Silva 27
Fernandinho 60
Sane 62
B Silva 79
HT: 3-1 Att: 54,128
Diouf 44
Walker (og) 47
SWANSEA 2
HUDDERSFIELD 0
Abraham 42, 48
HT: 1-0 Att: 20,657
TOTTENHAM 1
BOURNEMOUTH 0
Eriksen 47
HT: 0-0 Att: 73,502
WATFORD 2
ARSENAL 1
Deeney 72 (pen)
Cleverley 90+2
HT: 0-1 Att: 20,384
Mertesacker 39
LEADING GOALSCORERS
7: Lukaku (Man Utd). 6: Aguero (Man City); Kane
(Tottenham); Morata (Chelsea); Sterling (Man City);
Jesus (Man City). 5: Vardy (Leicester). 4: Abraham
(Swansea); Lacazette (Arsenal); Salah (Liverpool);
Sane (Man City). 3: Doucoure (Watford); Eriksen
(Tottenham); Fellaini (Man Utd); Hernandez (West
Ham); Mane (Liverpool); Martial (Man Utd);
Okazaki (Leicester); Welbeck (Arsenal); Wood
(Burnley); Richarlison (Watford). 2: Alli (Tottenham);
Alonso (Chelsea); Firmino (Liverpool); ChoupoMoting (Stoke); Coutinho (Liverpool); Crouch
(Stoke); Davies (Tottenham); Diouf (Stoke);
Gross (Brighton); Hemed (Brighton); Lascelles
(Newcastle); Joselu (Newcastle); Mounie (Huddersfield);
Niasse (Everton); Pogba (Man Utd); Rashford (Man
Utd); Rooney (Everton); Vokes (Burnley)
2/12
16/12
7/4
31/3 28/10 18/11
16/12
1-2
21/4
24/2
2/12
3/2
1-0
4 4 0 0 12 2
+10 17
4 Watford
8 4 3 1 13 13
4 1 2 1 5 10
4 3 1 0 8 3
0 15
Brighton
3/3
1/1
5 Chelsea
8 4 1 3 13 8
4 1 1 2 4 4
4 3 0 1 9 4
+5 13
Burnley
26/11
13/5
28/4
6 Arsenal
8 4 1 3 12 10
4 4 0 0 11 3
4 0 1 3 1 7
+2 13
Chelsea
0-0
31/1
26/12
2-3
7 Burnley
8 3 4 1 8 6
4 1 2 1 2 2
4 2 2 0 6 4
+2 13
Crystal Palace
26/12
9/12
14/4
13/1
2-1
8 Liverpool
8 3 4 1 13 12
4 2 2 0 6 1
4 1 2 1 7 11
+1 13
Everton
22/10
2-1
10/3
0-1
23/12
9 Newcastle
7 3 1 3 7 6
4 2 1 1 6 4
3 1 0 2 1 2
+1 10
Huddersfield
13/5
10/2
9/12 30/12 12/12
17/3
10 West Brom
7 2 3 2 6 8
4 1 3 0 4 3
3 1 0 2 2 5
-2 9
Leicester
17/3
3/3
2-0
2/12
1-2
16/12 29/10
11 Huddersfield 8 2 3 3 5 9
4 1 2 1 2 5
4 1 1 2 3 4
-4 9
Liverpool
4-0
14/4
13/5
1-1
25/11
Man City
5/11
23/12
17/3
21/10
3/3
5-0
1-1
5/5
10/2
5-0
Man Utd
28/4
12/12 25/11 26/12 24/2
4-0
4-0
3/2
2-0
10/3
Newcastle Utd
14/4
4/11
21/10 13/12
31/3
9/12
1-1
Southampton
10/12 28/4
12 Southampton 7 2 2 3 5 7
4 1 1 2 3 5
3 1 1 1 2 2
-2 8
13 Swansea
8 2 2 4 5 8
4 1 0 3 3 7
4 1 2 1 2 1
-3 8
14 West Ham
8 2 2 4 8 14
3 2 0 1 5 3
5 0 2 3 3 11
-6 8
15 Stoke
8 2 2 4 9 18
4 2 1 1 5 7
4 0 1 3 4 11
-9 8
TV Matches
Arsenal
Bournemouth
13/1
2-1
Stoke
1-0
21/10
29/11 28/10
16/12
20/1
17/3
7/4
28/11 15/10
BOLTON 2
SHEFF WED 1
Ameobi 10
Lee 68
Hutchinson (og) 61
HT: 1-0 Att: 17,967
Bolton: Alnwick, Little, Wheater, Beevers, Andrew
Taylor, Pratley, Henry, Ameobi (Noone 72), Vela
(Cullen 84), Armstrong (Morais 60), Madine. Subs
not used: Le Fondre, Robinson, Burke, Howard.
Booked: Beevers, Morais, Vela
Sheff Wed: Wildsmith, Hunt, Lees, van Aken, Reach,
Wallace (Rhodes 46), Lee, Jones (Hutchinson 46),
Bannan, Hooper, Fletcher (Lucas Joao 75). Subs not
used: Butterfield, Palmer, Dawson, Pudil. Booked:
Hunt, Lee, Hooper
Referee: D Coote (Notts)
BRENTFORD 1
MILLWALL 0
Sawyers 47
HT: 0-0 Att: 9,622
Brentford: Bentley, Dalsgaard, Egan, Bjelland,
Clarke, Yennaris, Woods, Jozefzoon (McEachran 75),
Sawyers, Watkins (Mepham 90), Maupay (Vibe 65).
Subs not used: Archibald, Daniels, Barbet,
Chatzitheodoridis. Booked: Woods, Mepham
Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin, Hutchinson, Cooper,
Meredith (Elliott 59), Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Saville,
Ferguson, O?Brien (Onyedinma 75), Gregory. Subs
not used: Craig, Thompson, Romeo, Martin,
Twardek. Booked: Ferguson
Referee: L Probert (Wiltshire)
FULHAM 2
Norwood 74 (pen)
Odoi 90+6
HT: 0-2 Att: 18,435
PRESTON 2
Hugill 18
Maguire 25
OXFORD UTD 1
2-0
21/4
13/1
5/5
0-1
5/11
0-3
28/4
31/3 30/12
3/3
3/2
0-1
25/11
0-2
24/2
12/12
13/5 28/10
2/12
31/1
7/4
1/1
21/4
5/5
1-0
16/12
0-3
4/11
20/1 29/11
1-1
30/1 26/11 21/10
1-0
0-0
26/12 10/3
0-4
14/4
4/11
2-3
18/11 23/12
7/4
21/4
24/2
28/11
20/1 16/10
5/5
13/1
3/3
18/11
28/4 26/12
3/2
17/3
13/12
24/2
20/1
16/12
1/1
18/11
10/2
1-0
28/4
1/1
9/12 28/10 30/12
13/1
0-2
25/11
28/4
3-0
3/3
0-0
20/1
0-2
21/10
3-2
2/12
7/4
31/1
23/12 16/12
2-2
1/1
28/4 23/12 14/4
2-0
21/10
20/1
12/12
0-4
0-1
17/3
13/5
3/3
13/5 22/10 14/4
31/1
17/3
26/12
9/12
28/11
5/5
13/1
18 Leicester
1-2
5/11
13/1
7 1 2 4 9 12
3 1 0 2 5 5
4 0 2 2 4 7
-3 5
Watford
2-1
31/3
0-0
7/4
3/2
21/4
24/2
4 1 1 2 3 5
4 0 0 4 1 7
-8 4
West Brom
30/12
1-0
13/1
31/3
18/11
2/12
26/12 24/2
10/3
20 C Palace
4 1 0 3 2 7
4 0 0 4 0 11
-16 3
West Ham
13/12
20/1 20/10 10/3
9/12
30/1
13/5
24/11 4/11
16/12 26/12
2-0
3-3
26/12 10/2
0-6
2-1
21/4 28/10 16/12 28/11
28/4
17/3
23/12
1/1
0-0
28/10 30/12
1-2
28/4
9/12
2/12
3/3
3/2
1-1
7/4
5/5
2-2
31/3
14/4
1-0
2-3
10/2
3/3
25/11 30/12
19/11
0-0
1/1
OTHER FOOTBALL
Fulham: Button, Odoi, Kalas, Ream, Ryan
Sessegnon, Norwood, McDonald, Johansen (Mollo
71), Kebano (Cairney 46), Rui Fonte, Ayite. Subs not
used: Bettinelli, Rafa Soares, Graham, Djalo, Cisse.
Booked: Cairney
Preston: Maxwell, Woods, Huntington, Davies, Earl,
Pearson (Welsh 59), Johnson, Barkhuizen (Robinson
72), Browne, Sean Maguire (Harrop 31), Hugill. Subs
not used: Vermijl, Andrew Boyle, Mavididi, Hudson.
Booked: Earl, Johnson, Woods
Referee: D England (South Yorkshire)
LEEDS UTD 0
READING 1
Barrow 84
HT: 0-0 Att: 33,900
Leeds Utd: Lonergan, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper,
Berardi (Dallas 89), Phillips, O?Kane, Roofe (Sacko
68), Samuel, Hernandez, Lasogga (Grot 77). Subs
not used: Pennington, Wiedwald, Cibicki, Klich.
Booked: Samuel, O?Kane, Berardi, Hernandez,
Ayling
Reading: Mannone, Bacuna, Tiago Ilori, Moore,
Gunter, McCleary (Clement 90), Edwards,
Van den Berg, Beerens (Barrow 65), Bodvarsson,
Aluko (Kelly 72). Subs not used: Blackett,
Popa, Jaakkola, Smith. Booked: Van den Berg,
Barrow
Referee: J Simpson (Lancashire)
NORWICH 1
HULL 1
Oliveira 90+6
Dicko 29
HT: 0-1 Att: 25,666
Sent off: Meyler (Hull) 57
Norwich: Gunn, Ivo Pinto, Zimmermann, Klose,
Husband (Stiepermann 74), Reed (Hoolahan 67),
Trybull (Oliveira 74), Vrancic, Maddison, Wildschut,
Jerome. Subs not used: Franke, Hanley, McGovern,
Cantwell. Booked: Wildschut
Hull: McGregor, Aina, Dawson, Hector, Clark,
Meyler, Larsson (Tomori 85), Bowen, Henriksen,
Grosicki (Diomande 72), Dicko (Stewart 62). Subs
not used: Mazuch, Toral, Marshall, Weir. Booked:
Meyler, Larsson, Stewart, Hector
Referee: K Stroud (Hampshire)
SHEFF UTD 1
Basham 49
HT: 0-0 Att: 25,799
IPSWICH 0
NORTHAMPTON 0
AFC WIMBLEDON 1
Sheff Utd: Blackman, Basham, Carter-Vickers,
O?Connell, Freeman (Wright 40), Lundstram, Duffy
(Lafferty 86), Fleck, Stevens, Clarke, Sharp (Brooks
68). Subs not used: Moore, Donaldson, Hanson,
Carruthers. Booked: Clarke, Carter-Vickers
Ipswich: Bialkowski, Webster, Chambers, Knudsen,
Iorfa, Ward, Skuse, Nydam (Sears 73), Kenlock
(Downes 58), Waghorn, McGoldrick (Celina 73).
Subs not used: Gerken, Smith, Spence, Connolly.
Booked: Knudsen
Referee: T Harrington (Cleveland)
SUNDERLAND 1
QPR 1
McGeady 61
Sylla 37
HT: 0-1 Att: 26,066
Sunderland: Steele, Matthews, Jones, O?Shea,
Oviedo, Honeyman (Williams 58), Ndong ,
Cattermole, McGeady, Vaughan (Grabban 46),
Watmore (McManaman 79). Subs not used: Love,
Gibson, Ruiter, Gooch
QPR: Smithies, Baptiste, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek
(Samuel 76), Scowen, Luongo, Manning, Mackie
(Washington 67), Freeman, Sylla. Subs not used:
Furlong, Smith, Ngbakoto, Lumley, Wheeler
Referee: S Martin (Staffordshire)
WOLVES 2
ASTON VILLA 0
Jota 55
Bonatini 71
HT: 0-0 Att: 30,239
Wolves: Ruddy, Batth, Coady, Roderick Miranda,
Doherty, Saiss, Neves (N?Diaye 79), Douglas, Costa
(Bonatini 45), Cavaleiro (Marshall 73), Jota. Subs
not used: Bennett, Enobakhare, Ruben Vinagre,
Norris
Aston Villa: Johnstone, Elmohamady, Terry,
Chester, Hutton, Snodgrass, Hourihane, Whelan,
Adomah (Onomah 73), Davis (Hogan 64), Kodjia
(O?Hare 79). Subs not used: de Laet, Samba, Steer,
Bjarnason. Booked: Snodgrass, Hourihane
Referee: A Davies (Hampshire)
1 Wolves
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
12 8 2 2 21 11
6 4 1 1 10 6
6 4 1 1 11 5
+10 26
2 Cardiff
12 7 3 2 17 10
6 4 2 0 11 3
6 3 1 2 6 7
+7 24
3 Sheff Utd
12 8 0 4 16 10
6 5 0 1 8 2
6 3 0 3 8 8
+6 24
+9 21
4 Bristol C
12 5 6 1 20 11
6 3 3 0 10 3
6 2 3 1 10 8
5 Preston
12 5 6 1 15 8
6 3 3 0 8 3
6 2 3 1 7 5
+7 21
6 Leeds Utd
12 6 2 4 18 12
6 3 2 1 10 3
6 3 0 3 8 9
+6 20
7 Aston Villa
12 5 4 3 17 12
6 3 3 0 8 4
6 2 1 3 9 8
+5 19
8 Norwich
12 5 4 3 12 14
6 2 3 1 5 4
6 3 1 2 7 10
-2 19
9 Fulham
12 4 6 2 16 12
6 1 4 1 7 7
6 3 2 1 9 5
+4 18
10 Ipswich
11 6 0 5 20 17
6 4 0 2 11 7
5 2 0 3 9 10
+3 18
11 Middlesbrough 12 4 5 3 15 11
6 3 2 1 8 5
6 1 3 2 7 6
+4 17
12 Sheff Wed
12 4 4 4 16 14
6 3 2 1 12 8
6 1 2 3 4 6
+2 16
13 Nottm Forest
11 5 0 6 15 19
6 3 0 3 7 9
5 2 0 3 8 10
-4 15
14 QPR
12 3 5 4 15 16
6 3 2 1 9 6
6 0 3 3 6 10
-1
15 Hull
12 3 4 5 23 20
6 3 1 2 18 8
6 0 3 3 5 12
+3 13
14
16 Millwall
12 3 4 5 14 14
6 3 1 2 12 9
6 0 3 3 2 5
0
13
17 Derby
10 3 4 3 13 13
4 2 1 1 7 3
6 1 3 2 6 10
0
13
18 Brentford
12 2 6 4 14 15
6 1 4 1 8 8
6 1 2 3 6 7
-1
12
19 Barnsley
11 3 3 5 15 17
6 2 2 2 9 9
5 1 1 3 6 8
-2
12
20 Reading
11 3 3 5 10 12
5 1 2 2 5 6
6 2 1 3 5 6
-2
12
21 Birmingham
12 3 2 7 8 19
6 3 1 2 5 6
6 0 1 5 3 13
-11 11
22 Burton Alb
12 2 4 6 6 23
6 2 1 3 5 12
6 0 3 3 1 11
-17 10
CARDIFF 0
BRISTOL C 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 18,212
BURTON ALB 0
PORTSMOUTH 2
BLACKBURN 0
ROTHERHAM 2
GILLINGHAM 1
BLACKPOOL 1
SHREWSBURY 1
Carey 58
Whalley 78
HT: 0-0 Att: 8,280
Plymouth: Letheren, Sawyer, Edwards, Songo?o,
Taylor-Sinclair, Sarcevic (Jervis 45), Diagouraga, Fox,
Carey, Fletcher (Bradley 69), Grant (Blissett 86). Subs
not used: Lameiras, Sokolik, Wylde, Cooper
Shrewsbury: Henderson, Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler,
Brown, Godfrey (Rodman 64), Whalley, Ogogo, Nolan,
Gnahoua (Carlton Morris 64), Payne (John-Lewis 90).
Subs not used: Beckles, Dodds, MacGillivray, Bryn
Morris. Booked: Nsiala
Referee: M Heywood (Cheshire)
WIGAN 3
SOUTHEND 0
W
9
8
9
8
7
6
7
6
6
6
6
6
6
4
5
4
5
3
3
2
2
1
2
1
CRAWLEY TN 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,007
Grimsby: McKeown, Davies, Clarke, Collins, Dixon,
Dembele, Berrett, Summerfield, Woolford, Jones
(Hooper 78), Vernon (Matt 70). Subs not used: Mitchell
Rose, Kelly, Mills, Jaiyesimi, Killip
Crawley Tn: Morris, Lelan, Connolly, McNerney,
Evina, Bulman, Smith, Boldewijn, Clifford (Camara 62),
Lewis, Meite (Tajbakhsh 75). Subs not used: Doherty,
Payne, Mersin, Djalo, Okoye. Booked: Smith,
Bulman
Referee: G Ward (Surrey)
LINCOLN C 0
CAMBRIDGE UTD 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 8,803
Lincoln C: Vickers, Eardley, Dickie, Waterfall,
Habergham, Knott (Maguire-Drew 63), Bostwick,
Woodyard, Ginnelly (Arnold 66), Palmer (Rhead 69),
Green. Subs not used: Farman, Long, Whitehouse,
Chapman. Booked: Palmer, Habergham, Rhead
Cambridge Utd: Forde, Halliday, Taft (Howkins 86),
Taylor, Carroll, Mingoia, Elito (Maris 78), Deegan,
O?Neil, Dunk (Ikpeazu 66), Ibehre. Subs not used:
Mitov, Osadebe, Jevani Brown, Foy
Referee: K Johnson (Somerset)
LUTON 7
STEVENAGE 1
Berry 3, 21, 62
Kennedy 45+2
Hylton 7, 52 (pen)
Justin 90
Gambin 90+3
HT: 3-1 Att: 9,208
Luton: Stech, Stacey, Mullins, Cuthbert, Justin,
Cornick (Gambin 76), Olly Lee, Rea (Ruddock 65),
Berry, Hylton (Elliot Lee 82), Collins. Subs not used:
Cook, D?Ath, Shea, Famewo
Stevenage: Fryer, Henry, Franks, Wilkinson, Martin,
Kennedy, Jonathan Smith, Gorman (McKee 64), Pett,
Newton (Wootton 64), Godden (Samuel 85). Subs not
used: Whelpdale, Day, Vancooten, Toner. Booked:
Jonathan Smith, Martin
Referee: B Huxtable (Devon)
MANSFIELD 1
Rose 90+1
SWINDON 3
Linganzi 4
Goddard 45
Norris 54 (pen)
HT: 0-2 Att: 4,081
Mansfield: Logan, White, Mirfin, Pearce, Hunt,
MacDonald, Mellis, Butcher, Atkinson (Sterling-James
46), Rose, Spencer (Angol 46). Subs not used:
Bennett, Anderson, Olejnik, Hamilton, Hemmings.
Booked: Pearce, Angol
Swindon: Charles-Cook, Purkiss, Preston, Lancashire,
Taylor, Dunne, Goddard, Linganzi, Anderson
(McDermott 80), Mullin, Norris (Woolery 88). Subs not
used: Robertson, Henry, Iandolo, Gordon, Knoyle.
Booked: Charles-Cook
Referee: O Langford (W Midlands)
NOTTS CO 2
PORT VALE 3
CHELTENHAM 1
Pope 26, 80
Dawson 90+1
Whitfield 61
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,277
Port Vale: Roos, Anderson, Smith, Gunning, Gibbons,
Pugh, Worrall, Denton (Middleton 46), Whitfield
(Turner 89), Pope, Harness (Barnett 60). Subs not
used: Davis, Kay, Boot, Tonge
Cheltenham: Flinders, Winchester, Grimes, Moore,
Cranston, Sellars (Hinds 69), Pell, Storer (Dawson 89),
Morrell, Eisa, Graham (Wright 46). Subs not used:
Flatt, Atangana, O?Shaughnessy, Boyle
Referee: S Oldham (Lancashire)
WYCOMBE 0
EXETER 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 5,006
Wycombe: Brown, Jombati (Scarr 88), Jacobson,
Stewart, El-Abd, Bean, Gape, Eze, Freeman (CowanHall 74), Akinfenwa, Mackail-Smith (Southwell 75).
Subs not used: Bloomfield, Williams, MakabuMakalamby. Booked: Bean
Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Brown, Tillson, Woodman,
Taylor, James, Boateng (Holmes 44), Moxey, Reid
(McAlinden 78), Stockley. Subs not used: ArchibaldHenville, Hamon, Jay, Wilson, Edwards
Referee: R Jones (Merseyside)
YEOVIL 2
CREWE 0
Browne 15
Olomola 56
HT: 1-0 Att: 2,360
Yeovil: Krysiak, Mugabi, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith,
Dickson, Browne, Bailey, Connor Smith, Khan (Santos
89), Olomola (Surridge 74), Zoko. Subs not used:
Worthington, Davies, Gray, Maddison, James. Booked:
Zoko
Crewe: Richards, Ng, Raynes, Nolan, Bakayogo
(Pickering 79), Ainley (Dagnall 61), Lowery, Grant,
Cooper, Porter, Bowery (Kirk 79). Subs not used:
Garratt, Walker, Reilly, Stubbs
Referee: B Toner (Lancashire)
GD Pts
2 29
10 28
4 28
2
27
5 26
8 24
5 24
7
23
2 23
2 23
5
22
2
22
0 22
4
21
1 20
2
18
-5 18
0
16
-3 16
-2 13
-9 12
-16 10
-13
8
-13
7
6 1 3 2 9 13
-9
8
-17
5
FA Cup qualifying
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
13 10 1 2 25 7
7 6 1 0 15 2
6 4 0 2 10 5
+18 31
Fourth round: AFC Fylde 1 Wrexham 0; AFC Telford
3 FC United of Manchester 1; Aldershot 1 Torquay 0;
Bath C 0 Chelmsford 0; Brackley 3 Billericay Tn 3;
Burgess Hill Tn 0 Dartford 1; Buxton 1 Gateshead 2;
Chorley 0 Boston Utd 0; Dagenham & Redbridge 0
Leyton Orient 0; Dover 0 Bromley 0; East Thurrock 0
Ebbsfleet Utd 0; Eastleigh 1 Hereford 2; Guiseley 6
Shildon 0; Halifax 1 Tranmere 3; Hampton &
Richmond 0 Truro C 2; Haringey Boro 2 Heybridge
Swifts 4; Harrogate Tn 1 Gainsborough 2;
Kidderminster 2 Chester 0; Maidenhead Utd 2
Havant & Waterlooville 1; Maidstone Utd 2 Enfield Tn
2; Margate 1 Leatherhead 2; Nantwich Tn 1 Kettering
1; Oxford C 1 Bognor Regis Tn 0; Paulton 2 Sutton
Utd 3; Scarborough Ath 0 Hyde 2; Slough 1
Folkestone Invicta 0; Solihull Moors 1 Ossett Tn 1;
South Shields 1 Hartlepool 2; St Albans 1 Boreham
Wood 3; Stourbridge 0 Macclesfield 5; Woking 1
Concord Rgrs 1
2 Shrewsbury
13 9 4 0 19 9
6 5 1 0 9 3
7 4 3 0 10 6
+10 31
Evo-Stik League Northern
Premier Division: Altrincham 3 Halesowen 0;
Barwell 0 Warrington Tn 1; Grantham 0 Stalybridge
0; Hednesford 1 Workington 1; Lancaster C 1 Farsley
Celtic 1; Marine 1 Matlock Tn 2; Mickleover Sports 1
Rushall Olympic 1; Stafford Rgrs 1 Ashton Utd 0;
Sutton Coldfield Tn 1 Whitby 1; Witton 5 Coalville 2
3 Bradford C
13 8 2 3 23 16
6 4 0 2 8 6
7 4 2 1 15 10
+7 26
4 Rotherham
13 8 0 5 24 13
7 6 0 1 21 6
6 2 0 4 3 7
+11 24
5 Charlton
12 7 2 3 20 15
6 4 1 1 9 6
6 3 1 2 11 9
+5 23
6 Oxford Utd
13 6 3 4 22 14
6 3 2 1 13 5
7 3 1 3 9 9
+8 21
7 Peterborough
12 6 2 4 22 18
7 4 0 3 11 12
5 2 2 1 11 6
+4 20
8 Portsmouth
13 6 2 5 18 14
7 4 1 2 13 5
6 2 1 3 5 9
+4 20
9 Fleetwood Tn
12 6 2 4 22 21
7 3 2 2 14 13
5 3 0 2 8 8
+1 20
10 Blackburn
11 6 1 4 15 9
5 3 0 2 8 5
6 3 1 2 7 4
+6 19
Premier Division: Bishop?s Stortford 2 Basingstoke
0; Dorchester 1 Chesham 1; Farnborough 4 Hitchin 1;
Kings Lynn Tn 3 Kings Langley 2; Merthyr Tn 5
Gosport Boro 0; Redditch 4 St Ives Tn 0; Royston Tn
3 Frome Tn 0; St Neots Tn 1 Weymouth 2; Stratford
Tn 5 Dunstable 1
Evo-Stik League Southern
11 Blackpool
12 5 4 3 17 14
5 4 1 0 7 2
7 1 3 3 10 12
+3 19
Bostik League
13 5 4 4 12 9
6 2 2 2 5 4
7 3 2 2 7 5
+3 19
13 Bristol Rov
13 6 0 7 23 24
7 4 0 3 13 12
6 2 0 4 10 12
-1
18
14 MK Dons
13 5 2 6 12 17
6 2 2 2 6 8
7 3 0 4 6 9
-5
17
15 Southend
13 4 4 5 17 25
6 3 3 0 8 5
7 1 1 5 9 20
-8 16
Premier Division: Brightlingsea Regent 0 Tooting &
Mitcham 3; Dorking Wands 0 Leiston 2; Harlow L
Harrow Boro L; Hendon 2 Tonbridge Angels 1;
Staines Tn 1 Dulwich 1; Wingate & Finchley 3
Merstham 2; Worthing 3 Met Police 3; Lowestoft Tn
2 Kingstonian 1
16 Walsall
13 3 6 4 17 22
7 2 5 0 12 10
6 1 1 4 5 12
-5 15
17 Oldham
12 4 1 7 18 26
6 2 0 4 8 12
6 2 1 3 10 14
-8 13
18 Doncaster
13 3 3 7 15 16
6 1 3 2 8 7
7 2 0 5 7 9
-1
12 3 3 6 15 18
7 3 1 3 9 7
5 0 2 3 6 11
-3 12
6 2 2 2 6 6
7 0 4 3 6 10
-4 12
21 AFC Wimbledon 13 3 3 7 6 14
6 1 2 3 3 6
7 2 1 4 3 8
-8 12
22 Gillingham
13 2 4 7 7 16
6 1 2 3 5 7
7 1 2 4 2 9
-9 10
23 Northampton
13 2 2 9 8 23
7 2 0 5 5 14
6 0 2 4 3 9
-15
24 Plymouth
13 1 3 9 9 22
7 1 1 5 5 14
6 0 2 4 4 8
-13 6
8
Leading goalscorers: 10: Moore (Rotherham). 9: Marriott (Peterborough); Pitman (Portsmouth); Wyke
(Bradford C). 8: Bodin (Bristol Rov); Cole (Fleetwood Tn); Powell (Wigan). 7: Beckford (Bury); Payne
(Shrewsbury). 6: Doyle (Oldham); Fosu-Henry (Charlton); Gaffney (Bristol Rov); Harrison (Bristol Rov);
Thomas (Oxford Utd). 5: Davies (Oldham); Hiwula-Mayifuila (Fleetwood Tn); Marquis (Doncaster); Vassell
(Blackpool); Vincelot (Bradford C). 4: Agyei (Walsall); Davies (Rochdale); Eaves (Gillingham); Holmes
(Charlton); Jacobs (Wigan); Longstaff (Blackpool); Magennis (Charlton); Morias (Peterborough); Oztumer
(Walsall); Samuel (Blackburn)
Southern Amateur League
First Division: Alleyn 3 Garchonians 0; Polytechnic
2 Nottsborough 0. Second Division: Actonians 4
Norsemen 2; Civil Service 4 HSBC 2; Crouch End
Vampires 0 Alexandra Park 4; Ibis Eagles 2
Finchleians 2; NUFC Oilers 1 Merton 1. Third
Division: Broomfield 0 Cambridge Heath 3;
Carshalton 3 AFC Oldsmiths 1; Kew 1 Weirside Rgrs
4; South Bank Cuaco 4 Old Blues 1
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
CELTIC 1
Ntcham 61
HT: 0-0 Att: 57,610
HAMILTON 1
Skondras 15
HT: 1-1 Att: 3,869
HIBERNIAN 0
HT: 0-1 Att: 19,038
PARTICK 0
HT: 0-1 Att: 3,662
ROSS CO 1
Keillor-Dunn 36
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Notts Co
13 9 2 2 24 13
7 5 2 0 14 5
6 4 0 2 10 8
+11 29
2 Exeter
13 9 2 2 21 12
6 5 0 1 10 4
7 4 2 1 11 8
+9 29
3 Luton
13 8 3 2 30 11
7 6 0 1 24 7
6 2 3 1 6 4
+19 27
4 Accrington St
13 8 2 3 22 15
7 4 1 2 11 7
6 4 1 1 11 8
+7 26
DUNDEE 0
MOTHERWELL 2
Rose 32, Hartley 51
ABERDEEN 1
Mackay-Steven 38
KILMARNOCK 2
K Boyd 39, Frizzell 63
HEARTS 2
Goncalves 34
Walker 59
Today
Premier League: Brighton v Everton (1.30pm);
Southampton v Newcastle (4pm)
Sky Bet Championship: Derby v Nottm Forest (1.15pm)
13 7 4 2 25 18
7 3 2 2 14 12
6 4 2 0 11 6
+7 25
6 Newport Co
13 7 3 3 21 12
5 4 1 0 8
1
8 3 2 3 13 11
+9 24
7 Coventry
13 7 2 4 14 7
6 5 0 1 9
1
7 2 2 3 5 6
+7 23
8 Swindon
13 7 1 5 20 17
6 2 1 3 8 12
7 5 0 2 12 5
+3 22
Tuesday
9 Stevenage
13 6 3 4 20 20
6 3 2 1 12 8
7 3 1 3 8 12
0
10 Lincoln C
13 5 5 3 15 13
7 3 3 1 9 5
6 2 2 2 6 8
+2 20
Champions League: Group E: Maribor v Liverpool; Spartak
Moscow v Sevilla Group. Group F: Feyenoord v Shakhtar
Donetsk; Man City v Napoli. Group G: Monaco v Besiktas;
RB Leipzig v FC Porto. Group H: APOEL Nicosia v Borussia
Dortmund; Real Madrid v Tottenham
11 Mansfield
13 5 4 4 19 18
7 4 2 1 14 8
6 1 2 3 5 10
+1 19
12 Grimsby
13 5 3 5 16 19
7 2 3 2 7 8
6 3 0 3 9 11
-3 18
13 Cheltenham
13 5 2 6 17 17
6 4 0 2 12 7
7 1 2 4 5 10
0
17
14 Carlisle
17
13 5 2 6 16 17
6 1 2 3 6 7
7 4 0 3 10 10
-1
15 Cambridge Utd 13 5 2 6 12 14
6 3 1 2 8 6
7 2 1 4 4 8
-2
17
16 Colchester
13 4 3 6 18 19
7 3 2 2 13 7
6 1 1 4 5 12
-1
15
17 Yeovil
13 4 3 6 19 26
7 3 3 1 10 6
6 1 0 5 9 20
-7
15
18 Crawley Tn
13 4 2 7 12 14
6 1 0 5 4 8
7 3 2 2 8 6
-2 14
19 Crewe
13 4 2 7 13 20
7 3 2 2 10 10
6 1 0 5 3 10
-7
20 Morecambe
13 3 4 6 12 17
6 2 1 3 5 6
7 1 3 3 7 11
-5 13
21 Barnet
13 3 3 7 16 18
6 2 1 3 6 6
7 1 2 4 10 12
-2
12
22 Port Vale
13 2 2 9 12 20
7 1 1 5 8 11
6 1 1 4 4 9
-8
8
23 Forest Green
13 1 3 9 11 31
7 1 1 5 7 16
6 0 2 4 4 15
-20 6
24 Chesterfield
13 1 2 10 10 27
7 1 1 5 6 12
6 0 1 5 4 15
-17
14
5
Leading goalscorers: 7: Collins (Luton); Grant (Notts Co); Hylton (Luton); Kee (Accrington); Norris (Swindon);
Reid (Exeter); Rose (Mansfield). 6: Akinfenwa (Wycombe); Amond (Newport Co); Coulthirst (Barnet); Eisa
(Cheltenham); Jackson (Accrington); Newton (Stevenage); Olomola (Yeovil). 5: Dennis (Chesterfield); Jones
(Grimsby); Nouble (Newport Co); Porter (Crewe); Zoko (Yeovil). 4: Angol (Mansfield); Dagnall (Crewe);
Dawson (Cheltenham); Doidge (Forest Green); Ellison (Morecambe); Ibehre (Cambridge Utd); Ikpeazu
(Cambridge Utd); Jones (Coventry); Khan (Yeovil); Lambe (Carlisle); Nazon (Coventry); Pope (Port Vale); Smith
(Crawley); Stockley (Exeter); Szmodics (Colchester). 3: Alessandra (Notts Co); Anderson (Lincoln); Berry
(Luton); Bugiel (Forest Green); Demetriou (Newport Co); Hope (Carlisle); Jacobson (Wycombe); Kennedy
(Stevenage); Mandron (Colchester); McConville (Accrington); Pett (Stevenage); Reid (Colchester); Roberts
(Crawley); Stead (Notts Co); Thompson (Morecambe); Turner (Port Vale); Vilhete (Barnet)
Press & Journal Highland League
Fort William 0 Inverurie LW 2; Wick Acad 1
Strathspey Thistle 0
Welsh Premier League
Bangor C 2 Cardiff Met Univ 3; Barry Tn 1 Cefn
Druids 3; Carmarthen 1 Connah?s Quay Nomads 2;
Llandudno 2 Aberystwyth 3; The New Saints 6
Prestatyn Tn 1
Danske Bank Premiership
Ballymena 6 Ards 3; Carrick 2 Dungannon Swifts 1;
Coleraine 2 Linfield 1; Crusaders 2 Glenavon 3;
Glentoran 0 Cliftonville 2
Alaves 0 Real Sociedad 2; Athletic Bilbao 1 Sevilla 0;
Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 1; Getafe 1 Real
Madrid 2. Played Friday: Espanyol 0 Levante 0.
Today: Eibar v Deportivo La Coruna (11am); Girona v
Villarreal (3.15pm); Malaga v Leganes (5.30pm);
Real Betis v Valencia (7.45pm). Tomorrow: Las
Palmas v Celta Vigo (8pm)
Italy
Juventus 1 Lazio 2; Roma 0 Napoli 1. Today (2pm
unless stated): Bologna v SPAL; Cagliari v Genoa;
Crotone v Torino; Fiorentina v Udinese (11.30am);
Inter Milan v AC Milan (7.45pm); Sampdoria v
Atalanta; Sassuolo v Chievo. Tomorrow: Verona v
Benevento (7.45pm)
Germany
Bayern Munich 5 Freiburg 0; Borussia Dortmund 2
RB Leipzig 3; Hanover 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 2; Hertha
Berlin 0 Schalke 2; Mainz 3 Hamburg 2; Hoffenheim
2 Augsburg 2. Played Friday: Stuttgart 2 Cologne 1.
Today: Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg (2.30pm);
Werder Bremen v Borussia M?gladbach (5pm)
France
Caen 0 Angers 2; Dijon 1 PSG 2; Guingamp 2 Rennes
0; Lille 2 Troyes 2; St Etienne 3 Metz 1; Toulouse 1
Amiens 0. Played Friday: Lyon 3 Monaco 2. Today:
Bordeaux v Nantes (2pm); Montpellier v Nice (4pm);
Strasbourg v Marseille (8pm)
Austria
Altach 2 Admira Moedling 2; LASK 1 Salzburg 3;
Rapid Vienna 1 SKN St Poelten 0; Wolfsberger 2
Mattersburg 2
Belgium
Genk 1 Royal Excel Mouscron 1; Gent 2 WaaslandBeveren 0; Lokeren 1 Sint-Truidense 1; Sporting
Charleroi 2 Eupen 2
Holland
Ajax 4 Sparta Rotterdam 0; Feyenoord 0 PEC Zwolle
0; Roda JC Kerkrade 1 NAC Breda 0; Utrecht 3
Heerenveen 1
FIXTURES
5 Wycombe
21
League One
Spain
12 Scunthorpe
13 2 6 5 12 16
Brechin 0 Morton 1; Dumbarton 0 St Mirren 2; Falkirk
0 Inverness CT 0; Livingston 2 Dundee Utd 0; Queen
of South 0 Dunfermline Ath 0. Standings: 1 St Mirren
9-21; 2 Livingston 9-18; 3 Dunfermline 9-17; 4
Dundee Utd 9-17; 5 Morton 9-14; 6 Queen of South
9-12; 7 Dumbarton 9-9; 8 Falkirk 9-7; 9 Inverness CT
9-6; 10 Brechin 9-2
Second round: Banks O?Dee 2 Selkirk 0; Berwick 1
Annan Ath 0; Buckie Thistle 6 BSC Glasgow 2; Civil
Service Strollers 0 Brora 5; Cowdenbeath 0 East
Kilbride 1; Deveronvale 0 Glenafton Ath 2;
Edinburgh Univ 0 Fraserburgh 2; Elgin 3 Edusport
Acad 1; Formartine Utd 4 East Stirling 0; Keith 0
Clyde 3; Montrose 4 Stirling Univ 1; Nairn Co 1 Cove
Rgrs 2; Peterhead 9 Colville Park 0; Spartans 5
Clachnacuddin 0; Stirling 3 Lothian Thistle 5
Third round draw: Airdrieonians v Cove Rgrs;
Arbroath v Berwick Rgrs; Banks O?Dee v Ayr Utd;
Buckie Thistle v Brechin C; Clyde v East Fife;
Dumbarton v Elgin C; East Kilbride v Albion Rov;
Formartine Utd v Forfar Ath; Livingston v Glenafton
Ath; Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v St Mirren;
Montrose v Queen of the South; Peterhead v Raith
Rov; Queen?s Park v Dunfermline Ath; Spartans v
Fraserburgh; Stenhousemuir v Alloa Ath; Stranraer v
Brora Rgrs. Ties to be played weekend of Nov 18
6 0 2 4 1 10
20 Rochdale
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
William Hill Scottish Cup
6 0 2 4 4 9
19 Bury
RANGERS 3
Pena 27, 78, Dorrans 86
HT: 0-1 Att: 6,887
Sent off: Anderson (St Johnstone) 71
P W D L F A GD Pts
Celtic
9 7 2 0 21 5 16 23
Aberdeen
9 7 2 0 16 6 10 23
Rangers
9 5 2 2 20 11 9
17
Motherwell
9 5 1 3 15 11 4
16
St Johnstone
9 4 2 3 13 14 -1
14
Hibernian
9 3 4 2 14 13 1
13
Hearts
9 3 3 3 9 11 -2
12
Dundee
9 2 2 5 10 17 -7
8
Hamilton
9 2 1 6 13 19 -6
7
Ross Co
9 2 1 6 8 16 -8
7
Kilmarnock
9 1 3 5 7 13 -6
6
Partick
9 0 3 6 8 18 -10
3
South
6 1 0 5 5 13
12
ST JOHNSTONE 0
Ayr 2 Airdrieonians 2; East Fife 5 Albion 4; Queen?s
Park 1 Forfar 1; Raith 2 Arbroath 0; Stranraer 2 Alloa
0. Leading standings: 1 Raith 9-22; 2 Ayr 9-17; 3
Albion 9-15; 4 East Fife 9-15; 5 Arbroath 9-14
12 1 5 6 13 22
Leading goalscorers: 7: Bowen (Hull); Hooper (Sheff Wed); Reid (Bristol C). 6: Assombalonga
(Middlesbrough); Murphy (Nottm Forest); Teixeira (Wolves); Waghorn (Ipswich). 5: Oliveira (Norwich);
Diedhiou (Bristol C); Hourihane (Aston Villa). 4: Adomah (Aston Villa); Bonatini (Wolves); Bradshaw
(Barnsley); Clarke (Sheff Utd); Garner (Ipswich); Hugill (Preston); McGeady (Sunderland); McGoldrick
(Ipswich); Mendez-Laing (Cardiff); Phillips (Leeds Utd); Saville (Millwall); Sharp (Sheff Utd); Vydra (Derby);
Watkins (Brentford)
Played Friday
Leamington 2 York 2; Nuneaton 2 Darlington 1;
Spennymoor Tn 2 Curzon Ashton 4; Stockport Co 1
Blyth Spartans 3. Leading standings: 1 Harrogate Tn
13-32; 2 Salford C 13-29; 3 Blyth Spartans 14-27; 4
Spennymoor Tn 14-24; 5 Brackley 13-23
12 1 2 9 6 23
BARNET 1
Ameobi 16
Akinola 81
Yates 52
HT: 1-0 Att: 5,804
Notts Co: Collin (Fitzsimons 58), Tootle, Duffy,
Brisley, Dickinson, Alessandra (Hewitt 82), Yates,
Milsom, Grant, Ameobi (Forte 75), Stead. Subs not
used: Hawkridge, Smith, Hunt, Walker. Booked:
Dickinson
Barnet: Ross, Harry Taylor (Shomotun 83), Clough,
Santos, Tutonda, Jack Taylor, Fonguck, Ruben Bover
(Nelson 62), Campbell-Ryce, Blackman (Akinola 63),
Akpa Akpro. Subs not used: Kyei, Mason-Clark, Kai
McKenzie-Lyle, Hinckson-Mars. Booked: Santos,
Nelson
Referee: M Salisbury (Lancashire)
A
15
10
19
19
8
19
17
17
18
14
18
21
15
17
10
15
26
14
25
18
21
26
27
28
North
HT: 1-1 Att: 4,819
Sent off: Randall (Hearts) 65
GRIMSBY 0
D L F
2 4 17
4 3 20
1 5 23
3 4 21
5 3 13
6 3 27
3 5 22
5 4 24
5 4 20
5 4 16
4 5 23
4 5 23
4 5 15
9 2 21
5 5 11
6 5 17
3 7 21
7 4 14
7 5 22
7 6 16
6 6 12
7 7 10
2 11 14
4 10 15
23 Sunderland
MK DONS 0
SCUNTHORPE 0
P
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
14
15
15
14
15
15
15
24 Bolton
Played Friday
BIRMINGHAM 1
Adams 19
HT: 1-0 Att: 19,059
Macclesfield
Dover Ath
Woking
Sutton Utd
Wrexham
Dagenham & R
Bromley
Aldershot
Maidstone Utd
Halifax Tn
Boreham Wood
Maidenhead Utd
Hartlepool
Ebbsfleet Utd
Tranmere
Gateshead
Leyton Orient
Eastleigh
AFC Fylde
Barrow
Chester
Guiseley
Solihull Moors
Torquay
Chippenham 0 Wealdstone 0; Eastbourne Boro 0
Hemel Hempstead 2; Weston-s-Mare 0 Welling 2;
Whitehawk 0 Hungerford Tn 3. Leading standings: 1
Braintree Tn 13-27; 2 Truro C 13-26; 3 Dartford 13-25;
4 Chelmsford 13-25; 5 East Thurrock 13-24
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
HT: 0-2 Att: 2,864
Forest Green: Russell, Bennett, Lee Collins, Roberts,
Wishart, Charlie Cooper (Bugiel 65), Traore, Brown
(Marsh-Brown 46), Osbourne, Doidge, James (Randall
46). Subs not used: Laird, Fitzwater, Iacovitti, Correia
Gomes
Newport Co: Day, White, Bennett, Demetriou, Pipe
(O?Brien 77), Tozer, Dolan, Labadie (Owen-Evans 89),
Butler, Amond, Nouble (McClousky 82). Subs not
used: Reynolds, Barnum-Bobb, Rigg, Quigley. Booked:
Bennett, Labadie, White
Referee: C Boyeson (E Yorkshire)
2-1
10/3
19 Bournemouth 8 1 1 6 4 12
Jacobs 8, Powell 84
Toney 88
HT: 1-0 Att: 8,133
Sent off: McGlashan (Southend) 60
Wigan: Jones, Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder, Power,
Morsy, Massey, Powell (Hunt 89), Jacobs (Gary Roberts
78), Grigg (Toney 64). Subs not used: Perkins, Bruce,
James, Sarkic
Southend: Oxley, Demetriou, White, Leonard, Timlin,
Yearwood (Fortune 71), Wright, Wordsworth, Robinson
(McLaughlin 57), Ranger (Cox 79), McGlashan. Subs
not used: Hendrie, Bishop, Matsuzaka, Bwomono
Referee: J Busby (Oxfordshire)
Amond 14, 41
Bennett 78, McCoulsky 86
4-0
10/3
29/11
1-1
PLYMOUTH 1
NEWPORT CO 4
2/12
4/11
10/2
FLEETWOOD TN 2
FOREST GREEN 0
31/1
14/4
20/1
4/11
Oztumer 18
Solomon-Otabor 65
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,503
Walsall: Gillespie, Wilson, Kory Roberts, Guthrie,
Devlin, Edwards, Morris, Leahy, Oztumer, Bakayoko,
Agyei (Tyler Roberts 61). Subs not used: Chambers,
Liam Roberts, Kinsella, Flanagan, Donnellan, Kouhyar
Blackpool: Allsop, Daniel, Robertson, Tilt, Turton,
Ryan, Spearing (Solomon-Otabor 63), Longstaff
(D?Almeida 64), Cooke, Vassell (Clayton 78),
Delfouneso. Subs not used: Williams, Mellor, Taylor,
Aimson. Booked: Longstaff, Daniel
Referee: T Nield (West Yorkshire)
HT: 0-0 Att: 3,402
Colchester: Walker, Jackson, Eastman, Kent, Kpekawa,
Drey Wright, Murray, Loft (Odelusi 78), Reid (Kabamba
83), Mandron, Hanlan (Slater 67). Subs not used:
Lapslie, Comley, Gilmartin, James. Booked: Mandron
Carlisle: Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Grainger,
Lambe, Etuhu (Devitt 46), Jones, Joyce, Adams (Hope
67), Shaun Miller (Tom Miller 83). Subs not used:
Kennedy, Cosgrove, George, Rigg. Booked: Brown,
Grainger
Referee: C Breakspear (Surrey)
21/4
31/3 28/10 13/5
17/3
13/12
WALSALL 1
Devitt 58
7-2
13/1
5/5
1-0
13/1
29/11
0-4
25/11
3/2
18/11 30/12
21/4
10/2
Martin 35
HT: 0-1 Att: 5,257
Peterborough: Bond, Shephard (Kanu 75), Baldwin,
Taylor, Hughes, Grant (Da Silva Lopes 59), Forrester,
Edwards, Maddison, Miller (Lloyd 75), Marriott. Subs
not used: Tafazolli, Anderson, O?Malley, Penfold.
Booked: Baldwin
Gillingham: Holy, Clare, Ehmer, Zakuani, Garmston
(Ogilvie 46), Parker, Hessenthaler, Byrne (Wagstaff
62), Bingham, Martin, List (Wilkinson 68). Subs not
used: Nelson, Oldaker, Cundle, O?Mara. Booked:
Hessenthaler, Wagstaff, Wilkinson
Referee: D Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
CARLISLE 1
7/4
9/12
10/2
30/1
PETERBOROUGH 0
COLCHESTER 0
0-0
16/12 30/12 29/11
15/10
Tottenham
Fosu-Henry 9
HT: 1-0
Charlton: Amos, Solly, Konsa, Bauer, Dasilva (Sarr 80),
Forster-Caskey, Kashi, Fosu, Clarke (Reeves 75),
Holmes, Magennis. Subs not used: Jackson, Phillips,
Aribo, Ahearne-Grant, Dodoo. Booked: Dasilva, Fosu,
Clarke
Doncaster: Lawlor, Toffolo (Blair 62), Wright, Butler,
Mason, Houghton, Whiteman, Rowe, Coppinger
(Kongolo 8), Marquis, May (Mandeville 57). Subs not
used: Alcock, Marosi, Garrett, Ben Khemis. Booked:
Houghton, Marquis, Butler
Referee: R Lewis (Shropshire)
McGurk 17, Thompson 47
HT: 0-1 Att: 4,489
Chesterfield: Anyon, Barry, Wiseman, Evatt, Kellett,
Weir (Flores 64), McCourt (Dimaio 49), Reed, Rowley,
Dennis, O?Grady (De Girolamo 61). Subs not used:
Hird, Brewster, Briggs, Jones. Booked: Weir
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Muller, Conlan,
Kenyon, Fleming, Thompson (Rose 72), Wildig
(Osborne 89), McGurk (Turner 62), Oliver. Subs not
used: Campbell, Nizic, Lavelle, Lund. Booked: Kenyon,
Oliver
Referee: D Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
31/3
2/12
0-1
Swansea
CHARLTON 1
MORECAMBE 2
7/4
10/3
12/12
13/5
-8 7
Vaulks 37
Moore 71
HT: 1-0 Att: 9,167
Rotherham: O?Donnell, Cummings, Ihiekwe, Wood,
Mattock, Williams, Vaulks, Towell, Forde (Ajayi 83),
Moore (Clarke-Harris 90), Ball (Newell 76). Subs not
used: Emmanuel, Rodak, Yates, Bray. Booked:
Ihiekwe, Williams
Scunthorpe: Gilks, Clarke, Wallace, McArdle,
Townsend, Morris (Adelakun 73), Ojo, Crofts (Mantom
73), Holmes, Novak (van Veen 78), Madden. Subs not
used: Bishop, Burgess, Watson, Butroid. Booked:
Townsend
Referee: D Bond (Lancashire)
CHESTERFIELD 0
1-1
31/3 21/10 10/2
20/1 30/10 24/2
10/2
-4 7
Menig 90
HT: 0-0 Att: 7,784
Oldham: Placide, Dummigan, Clarke, Bryan, Hunt,
Gardner (Omrani 87), Fane, Jack Byrne, Nepomuceno
(Menig 67), Davies, Doyle (Gerrard 90). Subs not used:
Ruddy, Brian Wilson, Flynn, Obadeyi. Booked:
Dummigan
Blackburn: Raya, Caddis, Ward, Mulgrew, Williams,
Bennett, Smallwood (Dack 68), Whittingham, Conway
(Chapman 57), Antonsson (Graham 57), Samuel. Subs
not used: Nyambe, Harper, Leutwiler, Gladwin.
Booked: Smallwood, Bennett, Chapman, Dack
Referee: D Handley (Lancashire)
COVENTRY 0
3/2
0-1
5/5
3/2
26/11 23/12 13/12
3 0 1 2 1 7
OLDHAM 1
ACCRINGTON ST 1
3-1
9/12
0-2
1/1
1/1
4 0 1 3 1 6
Maguire 19 (pen), Beckford 20
Wyke 9
O?Shea 85
HT: 2-1 Att: 5,514
Bury: Fasan, Humphrey (Bunn 43), Edwards,
O?Connell, Aldred, Leigh, Reilly, Maguire (O?Shea 57),
Laurent, Beckford, Smith. Subs not used: Tutte,
Alexandru Dobre, Ince, Maloney, Shotton. Booked:
Reilly, Smith
Bradford C: Doyle, Hendrie (Taylor 86), KnightPercival, Kilgallon, Chicksen, Gilliead, Reeves (Patrick
78), Vincelot, Law, Wyke, Poleon. Subs not used:
Dieng, Field, Hanson, Jones, Raeder. Booked: Taylor
Referee: D Webb (Co Durham)
McConville 14
HT: 1-0 Att: 2,828
Accrington St: Chapman, Donacien, Hughes,
Richards-Everton, Thorniley, Clark, Nolan, Conneely
(Johnson 84), McConville, Jackson (Wilks 79), Kee.
Subs not used: Brown, Wolland, Leacock-McLeod,
Sousa, Rawson. Booked: Richards-Everton, Donacien,
Thorniley
Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Stokes,
Devon Kelly-Evans (McNulty 61), Doyle, Stevenson,
Jones, Nazon (Vincenti 90), Biamou (Ponticelli 87).
Subs not used: Davies, O?Brien, Beavon, Shipley.
Booked: Stevenson, Grimmer
Referee: S Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear)
23/12
2/12
14/4
3 2 0 1 4 3
BURY 3
ROCHDALE 2
21/4
18/11 23/12
31/3
14/4
4/11
4 2 0 2 3 5
Hawkins 14, 45+2
HT: 2-0 Att: 17,608
Portsmouth: McGee, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke,
Donohue, O?Keefe, Close, Lowe, Bennett, Kennedy
(Evans 81), Hawkins. Subs not used: Rose, Naismith,
Talbot, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bass, Haunstrup.
Booked: Kennedy
MK Dons: Nicholls, Brittain (B Williams 41), Wootton,
Ebanks-Landell, Golbourne, Upson, Cisse (Agard 66),
Nesbitt (Aneke 46), Gilbey, Ariyibi, Sow. Subs not
used: Lewington, Walsh, Sietsma, Seager. Booked: B
Williams, Nicholls, Ebanks-Landell
Referee: G Horwood (Bedfordshire)
Eastham 25, Cole 83
Inman 48, Henderson 53
HT: 1-0 Att: 3,260
Sent off: Burns (Fleetwood Tn) 65
Fleetwood Tn: Cairns, Bolger, Pond (McAleny 79),
Eastham, Coyle, Dempsey, O?Neill, Grant (Hunter 59),
Bell, Hiwula (Burns 54), Cole. Subs not used: Neal,
Glendon, Schwabl, Cargill
Rochdale: Lillis, Daniels (Rafferty 46), McNulty,
McGahey, Bunney, Michael Williams, Camps,
Henderson, Done (Jordan Williams 69), Andrew, Inman.
Subs not used: Ntlhe, Slew, Rathbone, Davies, Moore
Referee: J Brooks (Leics)
29/10 20/11 24/2
7/4
0-0
31/1
7 2 1 4 5 9
Forrester 61
HT: 0-0 Att: 5,306
Northampton: Ingram, Moloney, Taylor, Pierre,
Buchanan, Shaun McWilliams (O?Toole 78), Grimes,
McGugan (Bowditch 67), Powell, Waters, Hoskins
(Foley 85). Subs not used: Cornell, Kasim, Smith,
Poole. Booked: Waters, Moloney, Shaun McWilliams,
O?Toole
AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Soares, Charles,
Nightingale, Trotter, Francomb, Forrester (Oshilaja 73),
Kaja (Abdou 73), Taylor (McDonald 90), Barcham. Subs
not used: Robinson, Kennedy, McDonnell, Hartigan.
Booked: Barcham
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire)
DONCASTER 0
26/12
13/5
7 2 1 4 4 12
Henry 82
HT: 0-0 Att: 9,656
Bristol Rov: Slocombe, Partington, Broadbent,
Lockyer, Bola, Sercombe, Ollie Clarke (Sinclair 55),
Lines, Harrison, Gaffney (Moore 67), Nichols (Telford
75). Subs not used: Leadbitter, Brown, Sweeney,
Smith. Booked: Ollie Clarke, Gaffney, Sercombe
Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Ribeiro, Mousinho, Nelson,
Ricardinho, Henry, Ruffels, Ledson, Rothwell
(Fernandez Codina 84), Payne (Mowatt 70), Thomas
(Roberts 90). Subs not used: Williamson, Martin,
Shearer, Carroll. Booked: Henry, Mousinho, Ribeiro,
Rothwell
Referee: R Joyce (Cleveland)
BRADFORD C 1
17/3
3/3
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
BRISTOL ROV 0
21/4
0-2
1-0
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
BARNSLEY 2
MIDDLESBROUGH 2
Fletcher (og) 3
Braithwaite 7
McGeehan 9
Assombalonga 60
HT: 2-1 Att: 17,163
Barnsley: Davies, Pearson, Jackson, Lindsay, Fryers,
Williams, Hammill, McGeehan (Bird 86), Potts
(Thiam 53), Barnes (Hedges 87), Bradshaw. Subs
not used: Moncur, Townsend, Yiadom, Ugbo.
Booked: Pearson, Williams
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Christie, Ayala, Gibson,
Da Silva (Friend 74), Leadbitter, Clayton, Downing
(Bamford 83), Braithwaite, Fletcher, Assombalonga.
Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Howson, Fry,
Baker, Forshaw
Referee: L Mason (Lancashire)
2-0
10/3
31/1
16 Brighton
8 1 0 7 2 18
10/3
5/5
30/12
17 Everton
Swansea
4 1 2 1 3 3
Stoke
8 5 2 1 15 5
West Ham
23/12 24/2
+19 20
3 Tottenham
West Brom
4-3
0-0
4 4 0 0 11 1
4 2 2 0 7 2
Watford
29/11
4 3 1 0 18 3
4 4 0 0 14 0
Tottenham
3/2
30/12 18/11
8 7 1 0 29 4
8 6 2 0 21 2
Southampton
20/1
1 Man City
2 Man Utd
Man City
1/1
Liverpool
5/5
Leicester
2-0
Newcastle Utd
MAN CITY 7
3-0
Man Utd
HT: 0-0 Att: 52,912
Huddersfield
MAN UTD 0
Everton
LIVERPOOL 0
+25 22
Crystal Palace
Bakayoko 18
Away
P W D L F A GDPts
Chelsea
CHELSEA 1
Azpilicueta (og) 11
Zaha 45
HT: 2-1 Att: 25,480
Home
P W D L F A
Burnley
C PALACE 2
Total
P W D L F A
Brighton
Antonio 19
Arsenal
WEST HAM 1
Wood 85
HT: 0-1 Att: 20,945
Sent off: Carroll (West Ham) 27
Bournemouth
PREMIER LEAGUE
BURNLEY 1
Tomorrow
Premier League: Leicester v West Brom (8pm)
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
Sky Bet League One: AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham;
Blackburn v Plymouth; Blackpool v Bury; Bradford C v
Oldham; Doncaster v Portsmouth; Gillingham v Wigan; MK
Dons v Walsall; Oxford Utd v Charlton; Rochdale v
Northampton; Scunthorpe v Fleetwood Tn; Shrewsbury v
Bristol Rov; Southend v Peterborough. League Two: Barnet
v Mansfield (8pm); Cambridge Utd v Yeovil; Carlisle v
Wycombe; Cheltenham v Grimsby; Coventry v Forest
Green; Crawley Tn v Chesterfield; Crewe v Notts Co; Exeter
v Luton; Morecambe v Port Vale; Newport Co v Colchester;
Stevenage v Accrington St; Swindon v Lincoln C
Wednesday
Champions League: Group A: Benfica v Man Utd; CSKA
Moscow v Basel. Group B: Bayern Munich v Celtic;
Anderlecht v Paris Saint-Germain. Group C: Chelsea v
Roma; Qarabag v Atletico Madrid (5pm). Group D:
Barcelona v Olympiacos; Juventus v Sporting Lisbon
Thursday
Europa League: Group E: Everton v Lyon (8.05pm). Group
H: Red Star Belgrade v Arsenal (6pm)
Friday
Premier League: West Ham v Brighton (8pm)
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Saturday
Premier League: Chelsea v Watford (12.30pm);
Huddersfield v Man Utd; Man City v Burnley; Newcastle v C
Palace; Southampton v West Brom (5.30pm); Stoke v
Bournemouth; Swansea v Leicester
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v Fulham; Barnsley v
Hull; Bolton v QPR; Brentford v Sunderland; Bristol C v
Leeds Utd; Derby v Sheff Wed; Middlesbrough v Cardiff;
Millwall v Birmingham (5.30pm); Nottm Forest v Burton Alb;
Sheff Utd v Reading; Wolves v Preston. League One: AFC
Wimbledon v Plymouth; Blackburn v Portsmouth; Blackpool
v Wigan; Bradford C v Charlton; Doncaster v Walsall;
Gillingham v Northampton; MK Dons v Oldham; Oxford Utd
v Rotherham; Rochdale v Bristol Rov; Scunthorpe v
Peterborough; Shrewsbury v Fleetwood Tn; Southend v
Bury. League Two: Barnet v Yeovil; Cambridge Utd v
Chesterfield; Carlisle v Notts Co; Cheltenham v Lincoln C;
Coventry v Colchester; Crawley Tn v Luton; Crewe v
Accrington St; Exeter v Port Vale; Morecambe v Grimsby;
Newport Co v Mansfield; Stevenage v Forest Green;
Swindon v Wycombe
Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League: Hearts v St
Johnstone; Partick v Dundee; Ross Co v Hamilton
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Brechin v Queen Of
South; Dundee Utd v Inverness CT; Dunfermline Ath v
Livingston; Falkirk v St Mirren; Morton v Dumbarton.
League One: Albion Rov v Queen?s Park; Alloa v East Fife;
Arbroath v Airdrieonians; Forfar v Ayr; Stranraer v Raith
Rov. League Two: Berwick v Montrose; Clyde v Peterhead;
Cowdenbeath v Stirling; Edinburgh C v Annan Ath; Elgin v
Stenhousemuir
Betfred Scottish League Cup: Semi-final: Hibernian v
Celtic (12.15pm)
Vanarama National League: AFC Fylde v Maidstone Utd;
Aldershot v Tranmere; Bromley v Woking; Chester FC v
Boreham Wood; Dagenham & R v Wrexham; Dover Ath v
Maidenhead Utd; Eastleigh v Gateshead; Ebbsfleet Utd v
Barrow; FC Halifax Tn v Torquay; Guiseley v Solihull Moors;
Hartlepool v Sutton Utd; Leyton Orient v Macclesfield.
North: Brackley Tn v Blyth Spartans; Chorley v FC United of
Manchester; Curzon Ashton v Boston Utd; Darlington v
Bradford PA; Harrogate Tn v Leamington; Kidderminster v
Spennymoor Tn; North Ferriby Utd v AFC Telford Utd;
Nuneaton Tn v Stockport; Salford C v York; Southport v
Gainsborough Trinity; Tamworth v Alfreton Tn. South: Bath
C v Braintree Tn; Bognor Regis Tn v Chippenham Tn;
Chelmsford C v Dartford; Concord Rgrs v Weston-SM;
Eastbourne Boro v East Thurrock Utd; Gloucester C v
Welling Utd; Havant & W v Poole Tn; Hemel Hempstead Tn v
Oxford C; St Albans C v Hungerford Tn; Wealdstone v Truro
C; Whitehawk v Hampton & R
Sunday
Premier League: Everton v Arsenal (1.30pm); Tottenham v
Liverpool (4pm)
Sky Bet Championship: Ipswich v Norwich (noon)
Betfred Scottish League Cup: Semi-final: Rangers v
Motherwell (2.30pm)
15
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
SPORT RACING
O?Brien
closes in
on record
with
1-2-3-4
Irish trainer
relishes 24th
Group One victory
of brilliant season
champion used the same
tactics in the Darley
Dewhurst, jumping out fast
from the outside stall and
crossing the whole field to
claim the rail. ?What I did was
the plan,? said Moore. ?I was
happy to be there. I just felt it
would suit my horse.?
Moore, like O?Brien,
thought US Navy Flag would
have enough stamina to
tackle a mile, but dismissed
any comparison with last
year?s Dewhurst winner,
Churchill, who was O?Brien?s
first Group One winner of this
season. ?Churchill was a
seriously good two-year-old,?
said the jockey. ?This guy?s
just got better and better. ?
Unseasonably fast ground
led to a rewriting of several
course records, first by Kew
Gardens over 10 furlongs,
then by US Navy Flag and,
most notably, by Withhold,
who swept aside not only 33
on the back of two highly
impressive wins and a
unusually upbeat
endorsement from Sir
Michael Stoute, his trainer.
Stoute has not had a twoyear-old of this calibre for a
few years now and perhaps,
for once, he was carried away
with the precocity and the
casually brilliant form of
Expert Eye. It was clear from
early on in the seven straight
furlongs that Andrea Atzeni
was struggling to settle the
favourite. Long before Ryan
Moore had pushed the button
on US Navy Flag, Expert Eye
was going backwards.
Expert Eye's preparation
had not been perfect, but this
performance was too bad to
be true. ?That wasn?t him,?
said Lord Grimthorpe, racing
manager for owner Khalid
Abdullah. ?We?re all a bit
mystified.?
Bookmakers decided to
follow the same line, with
Coral?s pricing both the
winner and Expert Eye, who
finished last of the nine
runners, at 8-1 for the 2,000
Guineas. Not for the first time
this season, Moore had read
the race and the very fast
ground conditions just right.
Having taken the opening
Zetland Stakes on Kew
Gardens by grabbing the
inside rail and allowing a
strong tailwind to sweep him
home, the three-time
Andrew Longmore
Very little in Aidan O?Brien?s
demeanour suggests that he
is a show-off. After all these
years, the Irishman still
answers questions in a
whisper and deflects credit
for his winners onto everyone
in Ballydoyle bar the stable
cat. But O?Brien is starting to
stretch the fabric of history
and his own natural modesty
to breaking point.
Yesterday at Newmarket,
he not only added a 24th
Group One to his tally for the
season, one away from
equalling the American
trainer Bobby Frankel?s
record set 14 years ago, he
also trained the first four
home in the Dewhurst, an
unprecedented feat in a
Group One. US Navy Flag led
the O?Brien quartet home, at
odds of 5-1, ahead of
Mendelssohn, Seahenge and
Threeandfourpence. You can
feel the Coolmore forces
massing for the 2,000
Guineas back here on the
Rowley Mile in the spring.
The big disappointment of
the race was Expert Eye,
backed into odds-on favourite
KEMPTON RACING
ABANDONED
Racing at Kempton was
abandoned last night with
two races remaining after
a stablehand was
seriously injured when
kicked by a racehorse in
the stableyard. There
were no further details.
Chepstow (Jackpot meeting)
9 11P21- Misterton 203 (D,G,S) H Fry6-11-2....................N Fehily
105100-5 Chelsea Flyer 16 (D,BF,S) Miss E Lavelle6-11-2...D Jacob
Going: Good to Soft - Good in places
JUVENILE HURDLE
г5,198: 2M 11Y (8)
1.40
1
3-1 Gumball 13 (D,G) P Hobbs11-5.......................R Johnson
2
12-1 Malaya (G,S) P Nicholls11-5.................S Twiston-Davies
3
Crindle Carr 156F J Flint10-12 ............................ R Flint
4
O Harbour Force 4 N Mulholland10-12.................N Fehily
5
2 Kozier 9 (BF) A King10-12........................W Hutchinson
6
Marettimo 90F W G M Turner10-12...................J Davies
7
Speedo Boy 36F I Williams10-12.....................T O?Brien
8
Zillion 179F S Gardner10-12......................L Gardner (3)
Betting: 5-4 Malaya, 5-2 Gumball, 4-1 Speedo Boy, 5-1 Kozier, 33-1
Harbour Force, others
NOVICES? CHASE
г6,498: 2M 7F 131Y (6)
1 1PU0-1 Mr Mix 142 (D,G,S) P Nicholls6-11-5......S Twiston-Davies
2 2/43F- Captain Chaos 253 (S) D Skelton6-11-0..........H Skelton
4 14500- Elegant Escape 191 (C,S) C Tizzard5-11-0...T Scudamore
5 10620- Joe Farrell 190 (F,G,S) Miss R Curtis8-11-0....J Moore (3)
6 1501-1 Mia?s Storm 155 (D,G,S) A King7-10-7.......W Hutchinson
Betting: 11-4 Mia?s Storm, 3-1 Captain Chaos, 4-1 Coo Star Sivola,
5-1 Mr Mix, 13-2 Elegant Escape, 7-1 Joe Farrell
2.50
NOVICES? HURDLE (GRADE 2)
г19,933: 2M 3F 100Y (10)
1
Amour De Nuit 23 (F,G,S)
P Nicholls5-11-0.................................S Twiston-Davies
Ballymountain Boy 21 (P,D,G,S)
2 343-11
M Keighley6-11-0 ........................................... A Tinkler
3 /33F-1 Black Mischief 155 (G) H Fry5-11-0...................N Fehily
4 212115 Dear Sire 15 (H,D,G,S) D McCain5-11-0 ......... W Kennedy
5
33-11 Equus Amadeus 32 (D,G) T Lacey4-11-0........R Johnson
6 -11213 Gustave Mahler 32 (D,F,G,S) A Ralph7-11-0...A Coleman
7 15330- Poetic Rhythm 214 (C,G,S) F O?Brien6-11-0....P Brennan
8 /U230- Tommy Rapper 212 D Skelton6-11-0 .............. H Skelton
9
1- Vision Des Flos 173 (S) C Tizzard4-11-0...........B Cooper
10 12-111
Listen To The Man 15 (D,F,G,S)
D Skelton7-10-10 .......................................... I Popham
Betting: 3-1 Tommy Rapper, 7-2 Dear Sire, 5-1 Amour De Nuit, 7-1
Listen To The Man, 8-1 Black Mischief, 9-1 Poetic Rhythm, others
3.25
HANDICAP CHASE (QUALIFIER)
г18,768: 2M 7F 131Y (15)
1 P/153-
Double Ross 323 (CD,G,S)
N Twiston-Davies11-11-12.....................S Twiston-Davies
2 03251-
Loose Chips 196 (B,D,G,S)
C Longsdon11-11-8.......................................J Nailor (7)
3 21P0-P Shuil Royale 162 (T,P,D,G,S) H Fry12-11-8...B Godfrey (7)
4 61P25- No Duffer 196 (T,D,G,S) T George10-11-8 ....... A P Heskin
5 /01036 61-204
7 21PPP8 PPP1P9 1P0P4-
Forgotten Gold 196 (P,D,F,G,S)
T George11-11-5........................................N George (7)
Fox Appeal 9 (V,T,D,F,S)
Miss E Lavelle10-11-5 ................................. N Scholfield
Potters Cross 182 (CD,G,S)
Miss R Curtis10-10-13..................................J Moore (3)
Killala Quay 204 (P,C,D,G,S)
C Longsdon10-10-9........................................J J Burke
Lamb Or Cod 178 (T,CD,F,G,S)
P Hobbs10-10-9...........................................R Johnson
100-5205 It?s A Gimme 21 (T,F,S) Jonjo O?Neill10-10-8...A Coleman
11 6F6P4- Alvarado 176 (D,F,G,S) F O?Brien12-10-8..........B Hughes
12 32540-
Theatrical Star 196 (T,C,D,G,S)
C Tizzard11-10-8...........................................H Cobden
13 11PF-0 Fear Glic 16 (C,F,G,S) J Plessis11-10-2........T Scudamore
1440P4P- Bob Ford 210 (H,CD,S) A Ralph10-10-0.............S Bowen
Cloudy Beach 582 (C,G,S)
15 06141/
Miss V Williams10-10-0............................C Deutsch (3)
Betting: 4-1 Double Ross, 6-1 Lamb Or Cod, 7-1 Cloudy Beach, 8-1
Loose Chips, Theatrical Star, 10-1 Forgotten Gold, others
4.00
HANDICAP HURDLE
г12,996: 2M 11Y (14)
NOVICE AUCTION STAKES
г4,528: 6F (7)
Newmarket
1
Jack Taylor R Hughes9-2..............................S W Kelly
Going: Good (good to firm in places)
2 44224 Kimifive 14 J Tuite9-2 ................................. E Greatrex
12 22F33- Prairie Town 177 (D,S) A Carroll6-10-11..........L Edwards
3
5 Dutch Academy 22 K Burke9-0................P J McDonald
13 -06PFP Alamein 7 (T,P,D,S) R Hobson7-10-11 ............A P Cawley
4
14320-54 Man Of Plenty 21 (T,P,G) Mrs S Leech8-10-4 .. P Brennan
Betting: 3-1 Elgin, 6-1 Oldgrangewood, 7-1 I?m A Game Changer,
Misterton, 8-1 Utility, 12-1 Cyrname, Minella Charmer, others
5
Maypole R Hannon8-12 ...................................S Levey
6
3024 Lady Dancealot 12 (BF) D Elsworth8-9.........S De Sousa
4.35
HANDICAP CHASE
г22,155: 2M 3F 98Y (9)
1 2320P- Village Vic 179 (C,D,G,S) P Hobbs10-11-12.......R Johnson
2 P5P51- Sizing Granite 172 (T,D,G,S) C Tizzard9-11-11....B Cooper
Is It Off G L Moore9-0...............................K Shoemark
7
65 Section Onesixsix 30 M Channon8-8 .....David Egan (3)
Betting: 5-2 Kimifive, 3-1 Maypole, 7-2 Lady Dancealot, 5-1 Section
Onesixsix, 9-1 Dutch Academy, 12-1 Jack Taylor, 16-1 Is It Off
3.10
NURSERY HANDICAP
г6,469: 7F (7)
3 P512P- Double Shuffle 190 (H,D,G,S) T George7-11-5.A P Heskin
1
0513 Deadly Accurate 23 (D,G) H Morrison9-7.......R Winston
4 110/5- Arthur?s Oak 292 (C,D,S) D Skelton9-11-4.......H Skelton
2
0401 Zoraya 26 (D,S) P Cole9-7 ............................ R Da Silva
Different Gravey 190 (D,G,S)
P Gundry7-11-1..........................................N Scholfield
3
3564 Ann Without An E 32 M Channon9-6 ........... S De Sousa
6 B6001- Ultragold 191 (T,D,G,S) C Tizzard9-10-10.........H Cobden
7 522216 Wadswick Court 15 (B,T,D,S) P Bowen9-10-2 ... S Bowen
Romain De Senam 176 (H,T,G,S)
8 15052P Nicholls5-10-1.................................S Twiston-Davies
9 P/001- Mystifiable 171 (T,D,G,S) F O?Brien9-10-0.......P Brennan
Betting: 7-2 Romain De Senam, 9-2 Sizing Granite, 5-1 Arthur?s Oak,
11-2 Double Shuffle, Village Vic, 10-1 Mystifiable, Ultragold, others
5.10
NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (DIV I)
г3,249: 2M 11Y (14)
4 31233 Travelcard 30 M Johnston9-5..................P J McDonald
5 214042
6
Royal Household 24 (C,BF,G)
R Hannon9-5........................................Hollie Doyle (3)
Ocean Side 30 R Hannon8-11.....................T Marquand
7 340400 Rainbow Jazz 10 (V) M Usher8-9..........Nicola Currie (7)
Betting: 9-4 Deadly Accurate, 7-2 Travelcard, 4-1 Zoraya, 11-2 Ocean
Side, 8-1 Ann Without An E, Royal Household, 20-1 Rainbow Jazz
3.45
1
NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10 RACE)
г6,469: 1M 1F 11Y (6)
52 Istanbul Sultan 24 W Haggas9-2...................J Crowley
1
4 Bredon Hill Leo 141 S Gardner5-11-0.........L Gardner (3)
2
Loxley C Appleby9-2......................................W Buick
2
Bubble O?Clock P Nicholls4-11-0.........S Twiston-Davies
3
Perfect Blue M Johnston9-2....................P J McDonald
3 P65F- Classic Ben 175P S Edmunds4-11-0.........C Gethings (3)
4
Racing Country S bin Suroor9-2.................P Cosgrave
4
Dazzling Oscar Jonjo O?Neill4-11-0...............A Coleman
5
3 Starcaster 33 H Morrison9-2........................R Winston
5
0- Deyrann De Carjac 204 A King4-11-0.......W Hutchinson
6
1- Goforthecraic 217P (S) D Skelton4-11-0..........H Skelton
7
2/2- Hidden Impact 232 Miss R Curtis6-11-0........J Moore (3)
8
4 Just Another Vodka 152 N Martin5-11-0 .... Matt Griffiths
9
Kateson T Lacey4-11-0 ................................ R Johnson
10
King?s Temple T Vaughan4-11-0.............G Blackwell (7)
11
Saturdaynightfever F O?Brien5-11-0.............P Brennan
12
0- Shillingsworth 220 C Tizzard4-11-0................T O?Brien
13
1- Tossapenny 186P (G) E Williams4-11-0............A Wedge
Celer Et Audax 4
John O?Shea5-10-7 ......................... Miss B Hampson (5)
Betting: 7-2 Goforthecraic, 4-1 Hidden Impact, 5-1 Bubble O?Clock,
Tossapenny, 9-1 Saturdaynightfever, 11-1 Dazzling Oscar, others
14
S06
5.40
NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (DIV II)
г3,249: 2M 11Y (13)
6
6 We Know 47 (T) S Crisford9-2.....................S De Sousa
Betting: 9-4 Starcaster, 11-4 Istanbul Sultan, 7-2 Loxley, 5-1
Perfect Blue, 9-1 Racing Country, 12-1 We Know
4.20
1 5000/6
2 1-1242
HANDICAP
г16,173: 1M 3F 218Y (8)
Aussie Reigns 57 (C,D,F,G)
G L Moore7-9-10.........................................T J Murphy
Machine Learner 36 (V,D,F,G,S)
J Tuite4-9-1 ................................................ E Greatrex
3 1-4340 Tartini 115 (G) J Gosden3-8-13 ......................... R Havlin
4 -2P543 Plutocracy 36 (P,D,F,G) G L Moore7-8-11.....K Shoemark
5 04-400 Shabbah 22 (F,G) Sir M Stoute4-8-11.............T E Durcan
6 320033 Jacob Cats 40 (V,C,D,F,S) W Knight8-8-10....S De Sousa
7 051231 Michael?s Mount 15 (B,D,S) E Dunlop4-8-10......L Morris
1
1- Clondaw Native 196P (S) S Edmunds5-11-0......B Powell
2
3P1- Coolanly 204P (S) F O?Brien5-11-0.................P Brennan
3
3/1- Drovers Lane 519P (S) Miss R Curtis5-11-0....J Moore (3)
4
Fortunes Hiding P Bowen4-11-0 ..................... S Bowen
8 35-502 Teofonic 8 (F) M Johnston3-8-8 ............... P J McDonald
Betting: 3-1 Tartini, 7-2 Michael?s Mount, 4-1 Machine Learner,
Teofonic, 7-1 Jacob Cats, 10-1 Shabbah, 16-1 Aussie Reigns, Plutocracy
4.55
HANDICAP
г9,704: 6F (13)
Golden Whisky E Williams4-11-0.....................A Wedge
Khage (H) Jonjo O?Neill4-11-0.......................A Coleman
7
2- Luckime 193 Miss V Williams5-11-0..............L Treadwell
2 440540 Golden Amber 158 (D,S) D Ivory6-9-6............R Winston
8
5- Mahlermade 197 A King4-11-0.................W Hutchinson
3 425321 Clear Spring 11 (D,F,G,S) J Spearing9-9-6........S W Kelly
9
2-
Mont Des Avaloirs 190 (BF)
1 031364
Boy In The Bar 43 (V,CD,F,G,S)
I Williams6-9-7...........................................S De Sousa
4 353615 Baron Bolt 15 (P,D,G,S) P Cole4-9-5..........P J McDonald
P Nicholls4-11-0.................................S Twiston-Davies
5 110000
Goodwood Crusader 20 (D,F,S)
10
One Leader T Vaughan6-11-0........................R Johnson
11
4-2 River Bray 2 V Dartnall4-11-0.....................Non-Runner
6 305003 Stellarta 20 (D,F) M Blanshard6-9-2...............D Probert
12
The Final Whistle Sheila Lewis4-11-0 ..... J Sherwood (3)
7 612524 Handytalk 15 (F,G) B Millman4-9-1................T E Durcan
13
The Russian Doyen C Tizzard4-11-0 .............. H Cobden
Betting: 3-1 Mont Des Avaloirs, 11-2 Luckime, 7-1 Clondaw Native,
Coolanly, Drovers Lane, Fortunes Hiding, 10-1 Khage, others
8 260010 Pettochside 8 (CD,G,S) J Bridger8-9-1....Hollie Doyle (3)
Goodwood
9 200623
R Hughes3-9-5....................................Finley Marsh (5)
Iseemist 20 (B,CD,F,G,S)
J Gallagher6-9-0 ................................... David Egan (3)
10460620 Toofi 15 (P,D,G) J Butler6-8-13 ...................... D Muscutt
Going: Soft - Good to Soft in places
HANDICAP
г6,469: 2M (13)
Letmestopyouthere 15 (S)
2.00
11 303332
1 /420-5 Harry Hunt 141 (CD,S) G McPherson10-11-12 .. K K Woods
13 200003 Poet?s Princess 11 (D,S) H Morrison3-8-8..C Bennett (3)
Betting: 5-1 Clear Spring, 13-2 Boy In The Bar, Letmestopyouthere,
7-1 Iseemist, 8-1 Baron Bolt, Pettochside, Stellarta, others
2 00-500
P D Evans3-8-12.....................................M Cosham (3)
12 206440 Englishman 15 (D,G,S) J M Bradley7-8-11...........L Morris
Wind Place And Sho 35 (P,F,G,S)
J Eustace5-11-12............................................J Quinlan
3 502223 Taper Tantrum 45 (P,F,S) Michael Bell5-11-11...T Whelan
Medburn Cutler 22 (P,D,F,S)
Paul Henderson7-11-10........................................J Best
5 131520 Denmead 22 (D,F,S) J Butler4-11-10..............G Sheehan
5.25
HANDICAP
г6,469: 1M (9)
1 030566 Ice Slice 29 (D,F,G,S) J Eustace6-9-10.................R Tate
2 216000
Medburn Dream 17 (D,F,S)
Paul Henderson4-9-9....................................S Drowne
2 00-F11 Utility 89 (T,CD,G,S) Jonjo O?Neill6-11-9.........A Coleman
6 1250-6 Jack Bear 37 (S) H Whittington6-11-7...........H Bannister
3 5/F3F- Minella Charmer 205 (T,S) A King6-11-8.........T Cannon
7 10/03- Song Light 155J (G,S) J S Mullins7-11-4 ........ Kevin Jones
4 -11500 Rossetti 15 (H,D,F,G,S) N Mulholland9-11-8.....H Reed (7)
8 -03003 Age Of Wisdom 37 (P,S) G L Moore4-11-2 ....... J E Moore
4 210-30 Nonios 23 (H) D Simcock5-9-7 .........................S Levey
Oldgrangewood 176 (T,D,G,S)
D Skelton6-11-6............................................H Skelton
9 204463 Bamako Du Chatelet 31 (G) I Williams6-11-0.....R Dunne
5
5 B11P3-
3 352645 Noble Peace 22 (C,G,S) H Candy4-9-7............H Bentley
21- Cliffs Of Capri 338 S Crisford3-9-4............Non-Runner
10262105 Fitzwilly 10 (CD,F,G,S) M Channon7-11-0..........D Crosse
6 034103 Wannabe Friends 22 (C,G) R Hughes4-9-3......S W Kelly
I?m A Game Changer 15 (D,S)
P Hobbs5-11-5 ............................................. R Johnson
11 30-430 Spice Fair 37 (CD,F,G,S) M Usher10-10-13.......J McGrath
7
0310 Casement 30 (D,BF,S) R Charlton3-9-1........K Shoemark
12 261232 Innoko 24 (H,P,F,S) R Stephens7-10-11..............M Nolan
8
231 Dhalam 138 (T) J Gosden3-9-0.........................R Havlin
7 21/56- Cyrname 239 (H,T,S) P Nicholls5-11-5..S Twiston-Davies
13 321230 Night Generation 19 (P,D,F) C Gordon5-10-8 .. D Noonan
Betting: 4-1 Harry Hunt, 7-1 Fitzwilly, Song Light, 8-1 Age Of
Wisdom, Medburn Cutler, 9-1 Denmead, others
9 -34316 Red Royalist 23 (P,C,G) M Tregoning3-8-10 ..... M Dwyer
Betting: 5-2 Dhalam, 7-2 Casement, 5-1 Noble Peace, 11-2
Wannabe Friends, 6-1 Red Royalist, 11-1 Nonios, others
Pool Five
Cheetahs
Zebre
Cardiff Blues
6 3114-6
rivals but a 70-year-old track
record to win the
Cesarewitch. Trainer Roger
Charlton said: ?I knew
Withhold was fit and in good
form and I hoped he would
win, but I didn?t expect him
to win as easily as he did.?
Once Silvestre de Sousa
pushed the 5-1 favourite into
the lead almost a mile from
home, one of the most
competitive autumn
handicaps was a procession.
Ghaiyyath, winner of the
Autumn Stakes for
Godolphin, showed stamina
aplenty and just enough turn
of foot to warrant a 20-1 quote
from Ladbrokes for the
Epsom Classic.
It was also good to see
jockey William Buick back in
the winners? enclosure again
on a big day after two months
out with injury.
8 0P01-0 Zulu Oscar 155 (CD,F,G,S) J Scott8-11-3.....Matt Griffiths
1.50 (1m 2f) 1 Kew Gardens (R L Moore,
13-8 fav); 2 Dee Ex Bee (7-2); 3 Graffiti
Master (6-1). 7 ran. 3╜l, ╜l. A P O?Brien.
Tote: г2.10; г1.50, г2.00. Exacta: г6.90.
CSF: г6.48. Trifecta: г35.10
2.25 (1m) 1 Ghaiyyath (W Buick, 11-4); 2
Dream Today (10-1); 3 Purser (9-4 fav). 8
ran. NR: Dark Acclaim. 1╛l, 2╜l. C Appleby.
Tote: г3.30; г1.30, г2.50, г1.40. Exacta:
г33.80. CSF: г30.28. Trifecta: г62.90
3.00 (7f) 1 U S Navy Flag (R L Moore, 5-1);
2 Mendelssohn (50-1); 3 Seahenge (9-1).
Also ran: Expert Eye 4-7 fav. 9 ran. 2╜l, 2╜l.
A P O?Brien. Tote: г5.30; г1.70, г11.70,
г2.60. Exacta: г188.20. CSF: г225.28.
Tricast: г2,219.05. Trifecta: г1,204.90
3.40 (2m 2f) 1 Withhold (S De Sousa, 5-1
fav); 2 London Prize (16-1); 3 Lagostovegas
(10-1); 4 Dubawi Fifty (14-1). 34 ran. NR:
Landsman. 3╛l, 5l. R Charlton. Tote: г6.60;
г2.50, г4.10, г2.90, г4.60. Exacta: г121.10.
CSF: г75.82. Tricast: г840.69. Trifecta:
г1,224.70
4.15 (7f) 1 Rufus King (P McDonald, 16-1); 2
Porth Swtan (14-1); 3 Prestbury Park (4-1). 8
ran. NR: New Empire. ╜l, 2╝l. M Johnston.
Tote: г20.10; г4.20, г3.50, г1.90. Exacta:
г161.50. CSF: г200.28. Tricast: г1,040.55.
Trifecta: г1,733.10
4.50 (6f) 1 Eartha Kitt (R Kingscote, 5-1); 2
Marie Of Lyon (40-1); 3 Pixeleen (12-1). 12
ran. NR: Perfect Angel. ╛l, ns. Tom
Dascombe. Tote: г5.80; г2.10, г8.00,
г3.50. Exacta: г177.10. CSF: г192.13.
Trifecta: г1,264.30. Jackpot: Not won - pool
of г16,512.68 c/f to Chepstow today
Rugby union
European Champions Cup
Pool One
27
La Rochelle
Hartpury
Ulster A
34
Pool Three
Exeter Chiefs
Leinster
24
24
Glasgow Warriors
Montpellier
15
17
22
Leicester Tigers
18
23
Benetton
Pool Four
Racing 92
Pool Five
Bath
0
European Challenge Cup
Pool One
Newcastle Falcons 32
NG Dragons
27
Stade Francais
Edinburgh
29
37
Connacht
Brive
43
20
Pool Four
Krasny Yar
London Irish
34
14
Pool Five
Oyonnax
15
Worcester Warriors 30
British & Irish Cup Pool One
Ospreys Select
6
Munster A
24
Cardiff Blues Select 7
Doncaster
17
Bristol
Leinster A
31
41
Pool Two
Pool Three
London Scottish
Saracens
Exeter
Northampton
Newcastle
Bath
Leicester
Harlequins
Gloucester
Sale
Wasps
London Irish
Worcester
Cornish Pirates
Scarlets Select
PW
65
64
64
64
64
64
63
63
6 2
6 2
6 1
60
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
1
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
6
F
209
177
166
141
150
137
173
118
179
140
122
63
A
97
106
148
132
123
129
164
173
163
163
199
178
27
NG Dragons Select 20
Guinness PRO14: Conference A
67
28
Richmond
Connacht A
Glasgow
Munster
12
23
35
18
B Pts
3 23
6 22
4 20
4 20
3 19
1 17
3 15
2 14
5 13
2 10
2
6
1
1
National League One: Bishop?s Stortford 35 Hull
Ionians 31; Blackheath 31 Old Albanians 3; Caldy 17
Plymouth Albion 34; Cambridge 50 Rosslyn Park 23;
Darlington Mowden Park 36 Old Elthamians 21;
Esher 27 Birmingham Moseley 32; Fylde 0 Coventry
64; Loughborough Students 16 Ampthill & District
36. League Two: North: Hinckley 36 South
Leicester 32; Luctonians 3 Leicester Lions 40;
Macclesfield 45 Sheffield Tigers 55; Otley 46
Sedgley Park 57; Sheffield 14 Chester 24;
Stourbridge 32 Huddersfield 17; Tynedale 7 Sale 5;
Wharfedale 19 Blaydon 27. South: Bury St Edmunds
20 Taunton Titans 26; Canterbury 18 Redruth 16;
Chinnor 24 Tonbridge Juddian 20; Clifton 25
Wimbledon 20; Henley 29 Barnstaple 22; London
Irish Wild Geese 53 Old Redcliffians 22;
Redingensians 47 Broadstreet 19; Worthing 27
Cinderford 29
Pool Four
Ealing Trailfinders
Rotherham Titans
19
24
Aviva Premiership
PW D L F
A B Pts
6 6 0 0 172 98 4 28
6 4 0 2 172 113 4 20
Connacht
Ospreys
6 3 0 3 199 205 4
6 2 0 4 147 173 3
6 2 0 4 114 160 2
6 1 0 5 102 118 4
6 1 0 5 97 144 2
16
11
10
8
6
Conference B
Scarlets
Ulster
Leinster
Edinburgh
Treviso
NG Dragons
Southern Kings
PW
65
65
65
63
63
6 2
60
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
1
1
1
3
3
4
6
F
201
181
170
109
105
138
63
A
100
113
103
112
118
190
223
B Pts
5 25
3 23
3 23
2 14
2 14
2 10
0
0
Swalec Welsh Championship: Beddau 31 Cardiff
Met 5; Bedlinog 25 Tata Steel 10; Glynneath 23
Rhydyfelin 18; Narberth 27 Trebanos 10; Newbridge
36 Newcastle Emlyn 17; Pontypool 32 Skewen 0
Swalec Welsh National League: First Division:
East: Abertillery BG 13 Brynmawr 47; Croesyceiliog
24 Caerleon 29; Nelson 51 Blaenavon 3;Penallta 21
Dowlais 15; Pontypool Utd 23 Ynysybwl 22; Risca 25
Brecon 41. West: Aberystwyth 39 Tycroes 8;
Gowerton 25 Llangennech 25; Kidwelly 16 Crymych
15; Llanelli Wanderers 13 Gorseinon 23; Penclawdd
10 Dunvant 58; Tenby Utd 12 Felinfoel 30. North:
Bethesda 5 Nant Conwy 34; Caernarfon 22 Mold 34;
Colwyn Bay 37 Bro Ffestiniog 10; Llandudno 19 Bala
29; Pwllheli 31 Llangefni 12; Ruthin 19 Dolgellau 11
BT Scottish Premiership
Ayr
Boroughmuir
Currie
Glasgow Hawks
Melrose
41
60
30
36
66
Heriot?s
Hawick
Stirling County
Watsonians
Marr
17
18
24
27
10
Scottish National League One: Aberdeen Grammar
33 Jed-Forest 41; Cartha QP 15 Musselburgh 18;
Dundee HSFP 62 Stewart?s Melville FP 6; Falkirk 3
GHA 40; Gala 13 Edinburgh Acads 6; Selkirk 24
Kelso 19. League Two: Biggar 45 Whitecraigs 24;
12 ran. NR: Epic Fantasy. ╜l, ╛l. K A Ryan.
Tote: г6.80; г2.10, г2.10, г2.40. Exacta:
г37.20. CSF: г37.51. Trifecta: г545.90
5.00 (2m 56yd) 1 October Storm (J F Egan,
12-1); 2 Arrowtown (33-1); 3 Coeur de Lion
(5-4 fav); 4 Opposition (12-1). 16 ran. NR:
Graceful Lady. Sh hd, 2╜l. M R Channon.
Tote: г14.00; г2.90, г8.70, г1.10, г2.80.
Exacta: г900.80. CSF: г385.86. Tricast:
г859.84. Trifecta: г3,458.60
5.30 (1m 2f 56yd) 1 Grand Inquisitor (P
Makin, 5-1 fav); 2 Swift Emperor (20-1); 3
Alwahsh (11-2); 4 Dance King (7-1). 18 ran.
NR: Awake My Soul, Mutarakez. 5l, 1╝l. Ian
Williams. Tote: г6.10; г2.00, г5.60, г1.90,
г1.90. Exacta: г172.10. CSF: г112.28.
Tricast: г589.78. Trifecta: г962.80
Placepot: г510.80
Quadpot: г14.70
Chepstow
Going: Good to soft (good in places)
1.55 (2m 11yd hdle) 1 Dynamite Dollars
(Sam Twiston-Davies, 9-4 fav); 2
Lostintranslation (11-2); 3 Fleminport (6-1).
14 ran. 2l, 1l. P F Nicholls. Tote: г3.20;
г1.60, г2.20, г2.10. Exacta: г16.60. CSF:
г13.75. Trifecta: г154.50
2.30 (2m 3f 100yd hdle) 1 If You Say Run
(Sam Twiston-Davies, 4-1); 2 Just A
Thought (11-4); 3 Roksana (40-1). Also ran:
Oscar Rose 5-2 fav. 14 ran. 3l, ╛l. P F
Nicholls. Tote: г3.00; г1.60, г1.50, г7.80.
Exacta: г17.90. CSF: г15.03. Trifecta: г694.10
3.05 (2m 3f 98yd ch) 1 Finian?s Oscar (B J
Cooper, 1-3 fav); 2 Tintern Theatre (18-1); 3
Aintree My Dream (10-1). 4 ran. 11l, 3╛l. C L
Tizzard. Tote: г1.20. Exacta: г12.20. CSF:
г6.07. Trifecta: г18.50
3.35 (2m 11yd hdle) 1 Silver Streak
(Mitchell Bastyan, 10-1); 2 Dolos (4-1 fav); 3
Flashing Glance (6-1). 10 ran. 4╜l, 1╝l. Evan
Williams. Tote: г11.50; г2.90, г1.80, г1.90.
Exacta: г68.20. CSF: г49.44. Tricast:
г263.30. Trifecta: г626.30
Placepot: г1,001.70
4.10 (2m 3f 100yd hdle) 1 Court Minstrel
(Mitchell Bastyan, 14-1); 2 Sam Spinner (81); 3 Peak To Peak (10-1); 4 Wholestone (4-1
fav). 18 ran. ╜l, nk. Evan Williams. Tote:
г17.10; г3.10, г2.00, г3.00, г1.90. Exacta:
г101.80. CSF: г114.57. Tricast: г1,206.45.
Trifecta: г1,233.90
Quadpot: г257.10
Going: Good
2.05 (1m 2f 56yd) 1 Dark Red (F Norton, 101); 2 Syphax (8-1); 3 Linguistic (10-1). Also
ran: Big Country, Chelsea Lad 4-1 jt-favs. 12
ran. NR: Burguillos, Empress Ali. 2╝l, ╛l. E A
L Dunlop. Tote: г10.10; г3.00, г3.50, г3.00.
Exacta: г108.50. CSF: г81.88. Tricast:
г821.03. Trifecta: г789.60
2.40 (6f) 1 Rebel Assault (F Norton, 25-1);
2 It Dont Come Easy (12-1); 3 Staxton (11-2).
Also ran: Shabaaby evens fav. 11 ran. NR:
Shaya. 1╝l, ╛l. M Johnston. Tote: г29.40;
г6.90, г3.70, г2.20. Exacta: г484.20. CSF:
г290.59. Trifecta: г1,876.50
3.15 (6f) 1 Teruntum Star (Kevin Stott, 101); 2 Spring Loaded (10-1); 3 Flying Pursuit
(12-1); 4 Eastern Impact (16-1). Also ran: Mr
Lupton 11-2 fav. 20 ran. 1╛l, nk. K A Ryan.
Tote: г9.90; г3.00, г3.20, г3.10, г4.30.
Exacta: г137.50. CSF: г104.79. Tricast:
г1,277.22. Trifecta: г1,949.30
4.45 (2m 7f 131yd ch) 1 Rock The Kasbah (R
Johnson, 2-1 fav); 2 Petrou (25-1); 3
Ballykan (8-1). 13 ran. NR: Henryville. 2l, 3╛l.
P J Hobbs. Tote: г2.50; г1.20, г6.50, г2.80.
Exacta: г62.40. CSF: г59.67. Tricast:
г360.19. Trifecta: г1,188.10
5.20 (2m 7f 131yd ch) 1 Definitly Grey (Paul
O?Brien, 8-1); 2 Paddy The Oscar (16-1); 3
Wade Harper (4-1). Also ran: Bacchanel 7-2
fav. 12 ran. 18l, 21l. C E Longsdon. Tote:
г8.80; г2.90, г3.40, г1.70. Exacta: г59.00.
CSF: г127.57. Tricast: г597.05. Trifecta:
г231.00
Placepot: г37.30
Quadpot: г13.30
Hexham
Going: Heavy
3.50 (7f 192yd) 1 Awesometank (D
Tudhope, 3-1 fav); 2 Dark Liberty (9-2); 3
Veejay (7-1). 9 ran. Nk, 1╝l. W J Haggas.
Tote: г2.90; г1.50, г1.80, г2.70. Exacta:
г17.40. CSF: г16.55. Tricast: г87.69.
Trifecta: г117.10
2.15 (2m 4f 28yd hdle) 1 Niceandeasy
(Craig Nichol, 9-4 fav); 2 Saint Freule (5-2);
3 Bit Of A Quirke (20-1). 11 ran. 7l, 33l. K
Dalgleish. Tote: г3.30; г1.30, г1.80,
г4.00. Exacta: г9.30. CSF: г8.48. Trifecta:
г99.30
4.25 (7f) 1 Mont Kinabalu (T Eaves, 6-1); 2
Chief Justice (11-2); 3 Maghaweer (11-2). Also
ran: Big Country, Chelsea Lad 4-1 jt-fav.
2.50 (2m 4f 15yd ch) 1 Western Jo
(Jonathan England, 100-30); 2 Haul Us In
(16-1); 3 Perseid (11-2). 13 ran. NR: Attention
RUGBY RESULTS
Harlequins
Plain sailing:
Ryan Moore
urges US Navy
Flag to victory in
the Darley
Dewhurst Stakes
at Newmarket.
Trainer Aidan
O?Brien requires
one more winner
to equal the
record number
(25) of Group
One successes in
a season
5.25 (1m 1f) 1 Monarchs Glen (L Dettori, 7-2
fav); 2 Robin Of Navan (10-1); 3 Spark Plug
(5-1). 9 ran. NR: Air Pilot, Fabricate,
Promising Run. 1╝l, 1l. J H M Gosden. Tote:
г3.50; г1.50, г3.20, г2.00. Exacta: г39.90.
CSF: г39.12. Trifecta: г153.00
York
5
6
4 220420
1 11220- Elgin 215 (D,G,S) A King5-11-12.................W Hutchinson
2.35
Discours D?Un Roi 195 (G,S)
11 11/04N Henderson5-11-2..................................N De Boinville
5 /155P-
3 01614- Coo Star Sivola 212 (S) N Williams5-11-0 . Lizzie Kelly (3)
121-21
Andrew Longmore
Sometimes, while he is
sitting in the weighingroom minding his own
business, Silvestre de
Sousa listens to young
jockeys bemoaning their
lot. It might be the lack of
decent rides, the struggle
to make ends meet or
just the traffic, but
De Sousa smiles
to himself. If he
had the
inclination,
the Brazilian
would let
loose a few
home truths.
Try starting to
race-ride at 18, or try
travelling from Sao Paulo
to Ireland in February with
no money, not a word of
English and no woolly hat.
A decade later he is a
dual champion, the most
prolific flat jockey in Britain.
?I?m not the person to tell
them to wake up or be
quiet,? De Sousa says. ?They
think everything should be
easy. But they already have
it easy and they don?t know.
They will figure it out at
some point.?
This Saturday, on Qipco
British Champions Day, the
finale of the flat season at
Ascot, the 36-year-old will
be crowned champion
jockey for the second time
in three years. While a year
ago he narrowly lost his title
to Jim Crowley, this time he
has left nothing to chance.
De Sousa, inset, has
travelled the
length and
breadth of the
country,
racking up
150 or so
rides in
September
and piling up
the winners: on
average 30 a month
in the five months of the
jockeys? championship.
But De Sousa is still
searching for a horse to
take him to the top. ?I want
to win Classics and Derbies,
of course,? he says. ?I?ve had
rides in those races but not
competitive ones. I don?t
want to give up five rides at
York just to have two rides
behind an Aidan O?Brien
horse. Anyway, I can?t do
much more than I?m doing
at the moment.?
RACING RESULTS
TODAY?S RACING
2.15
RACE TO CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
NO EASY RIDE FOR DE SOUSA
Hamilton 25 GHK 12; Howe of Fife 24 Dumfries 37;
Kirkcaldy 27 Preston Lodge FP 0; Peebles P
Aberdeenshire P; West of Scotland 12 Lasswade 30.
League Three: Gordonians 22 Newton Stewart 47;
Haddington 24 Glasgow Acads 20; Highland 24
Ardrossan Acads 25; Hillhead/Jordanhill 24
Perthshire 15; Murrayfield Wanderers 36 St Boswells
25; Orkney 52 Dalziel 7
Rugby league
National Conference: Premier Division: Siddal 36
Thatto Heath Crusaders 22; Wath Brow Hornets P
Rochdale Mayfield P. First Division: Normanton
Knights 16 Lock Lane 9. Second Division: Wigan St
Judes 22 Bradford Dudley Hill 34. Third Division:
Dewsbury Moor Maroons 36 Oldham St Annes 16;
Eastmoor Dragons 20 Woolston Rovers 24
Fixtures
Today: European Champions Cup: Pool Two
(5.30pm): Northampton v Saracens; Ospreys v
Clermont Auvergne. Pool Four: Castres v Munster
(1pm). Pool Five: Toulon v Scarlets (3.15pm)
Thursday: European Challenge Cup: Pool Three:
Gloucester v Agen (7.45pm)
Friday: European Champions Cup: Pool Five:
Scarlets v Bath (7.45pm)
European Challenge Cup: Pool Two: Lyon v Sale
(6.30pm); Toulouse v Cardiff Blues (8pm). Pool
Five: Brive v Oyonnax (6pm)
Saturday: International match: Australia v New
Zealand (10am)
European Champions Cup: Pool Two: Clermont
Auvergne v Northampton (3.15pm); Saracens v
Ospreys (7.45pm). Pool Three: Glasgow v Leinster
(1pm). Pool Four (5.30pm): Leicester v Castres;
Munster v Racing 92. Pool Five: Treviso v Toulon
(3.15pm)
European Challenge Cup: Pool One: BordeauxBegles v Newcastle (5.30pm); Enisei-STM v NG
Dragons (1pm)
European Challenge Cup: Pool Three: Zebre v Pau
(2pm). Pool Four: Krasny Yar v Edinburgh (10am);
Stade Francais v London Irish (7.45pm). Pool Five: 7
Connacht v Worcester (3pm)
LETTERS TO
THE EDITOR
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The Sports Editor,
The Sunday Times,
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London SE1 9GF
email: sportletters
@sunday-times.co.uk
Two simple instructions for
Gareth Southgate to give his
players: never pass the ball to
the player nearest to you, and
never pass to anyone unless you
have committed one of the
opposition players. Shooting
more often would be a good idea
but that is too much for them to
take in at the moment.
John Mcleod, via email
With all the statistics available, I
wonder if they would tell us what
percentage of passes from
England?s defence and midfield
go square or backwards. Also,
could someone tell them they
are allowed to pass the ball
Please, Smiling Jessica. 31l, 1╝l. Sam
England. Tote: г4.30; г2.10, г3.10, г2.20.
Exacta: г76.40. CSF: г46.70. Tricast:
г287.18. Trifecta: г396.60
3.25 (2m 48yd hdle) 1 Dame Rose (Danny
Cook, 2-5 fav); 2 Tetraites Style (9-2); 3
Caventara (40-1). 9 ran. NR: Farocco. 12l, 7l.
Richard Hobson. Tote: г1.30; г1.02, г1.60,
г7.70. Exacta: г4.70. CSF: г3.41. Trifecta:
г51.40
4.00 (3m 41yd ch) 1 Kilcullen Flem (A
Nicol, 7-2 co-fav); 2 More Madness (8-1); 3
Allez Cool (8-1). Also ran: Green Flag,
Smuggler?s Stash 7-2 co-favs. 8 ran. NR:
Red Giant, The Trigger. 3l, 59l. P A Kirby.
Tote: г4.80; г1.40, г2.40, г2.70. Exacta:
г25.30. CSF: г30.63. Tricast: г207.31.
Trifecta: г276.00
4.35 (2m 7f 63yd hdle) 1 Native Optimist
(Finian O?Toole, 11-1); 2 Total Assets (8-1); 3
Gamain (11-4 fav). 8 ran. NR: Landecker. 13l,
30l. Mrs S Walton. Tote: г14.20; г2.60,
г2.20, г1.90. Exacta: г118.20. CSF: г93.24.
Tricast: г311.89. Trifecta: г522.60
5.10 (1m 7f 133yd ch) 1 John Williams
(Rachel McDonald, 9-1); 2 Oak Vintage (92); 3 Roman Numeral (8-1). Also ran:
Minella Suite 3-1 fav. 11 ran. NR: Bandol,
Cooper?s Friend, Rhythm Of Sound, Sultana
Belle. Sh hd, sh hd. A M Thomson. Tote:
г9.30; г3.40, г2.10, г2.50. Exacta: г87.80.
CSF: г51.90. Tricast: г347.43. Trifecta:
г598.10
5.40 (2m 48yd) 1 Senor Lombardy (Callum
Bewley, 5-4 fav); 2 Klare Castle (7-2); 3
Teescomponents Lad (8-1). 10 ran. NR:
Animated Hero. 2╜l, 4l. K Dalgleish. Tote:
г1.90; г1.10, г1.60, г1.90. Exacta: г7.70.
CSF: г5.63. Trifecta: г19.40
Placepot: г100.80
Quadpot: г28.10
Kempton Park
Going: Standard/slow
5.45 (6f) 1 Inuk (Nicola Currie, 100-30); 2
Super Florence (9-4 fav); 3 Avenging Red
(11-2). 8 ran. NR: Hope And Glory, Kheleyf?s
Girl, Vegas Boy, Zapateado. Nk, 3l. R
Hughes. Tote: г3.20; г1.10, г1.30, г1.80.
Exacta: г12.70. CSF: г10.62. Tricast:
г37.15. Trifecta: г53.40
6.15 (6f) 1 Lansky (Kieran Shoemark, 2-9
fav); 2 Balletomane (7-1); 3 Etisalat (5-1). 9
ran. ╛l, nk. J Noseda. Tote: г1.10; г1.02,
г1.50, г1.50. Exacta: г3.60. CSF: г3.77.
Trifecta: г7.90
6.45 (1m) 1 Indiscretion (Daniel Muscutt,
100-1); 2 Jazeel (15-8 jt-fav); 3 Nuits St
Georges (10-1). Also ran: Dragon Mountain
15-8 jt-fav. 12 ran. ╛l, 1╝l. J G Portman. Tote:
г58.60; г12.30, г1.10, г1.90. Exacta:
г701.70. CSF: г268.58. Trifecta: г7,068.40
7.15 (1m) 1 Blue Mist (Kieran Shoemark,
9-4); 2 Communique (5-1); 3 Connaught
Ranger (3-1). Also ran: Tullyallen 2-1 fav. 9
ran. NR: Adjutant, Losingmyreligion. 3l, 2╝l.
R Charlton. Tote: г3.70; г1.30, г1.70, г1.50.
Exacta: г23.30. CSF: г14.99. Trifecta:
г66.50
7.45 (1m) 1 Broughtons Knight (S Donohoe,
9-4 fav); 2 Doctor Bong (33-1); 3 Peak Hill
(50-1). 14 ran. 1╝l, 1l. H Spiller. Tote: г3.50;
г1.80, г5.60, г8.20. Exacta: г88.80. CSF:
г100.33. Tricast: г3,077.36. Trifecta:
г2,394.30
8.15 (1m) 1 Reach High (P Cosgrave, 5-2
fav); 2 The Warrior (7-1); 3 Brilliant Vanguard
(11-2). 13 ran. NR: Big Baz. Hd, ╛l. S bin
Suroor. Tote: г3.40; г1.60, г2.70, г1.80.
forward from defence before the
opposition have 10 men behind
the ball. Oh, and can somebody
tell the wing-backs it?s a good
idea to learn to defend. The final
straw for me was when the ITV
commentator said we should
forgive the players in the
Lithuania match because ?they
had to learn the new formation?.
John Cutler, Kinver
Rod Liddle looks forward to a
World Cup without Germany,
Spain, Argentina, Italy and
Belgium in order that England
might stand a chance (last
week). Has he forgotten Iceland?
Neil Holley-William, via email
Congratulations to Rod Liddle on
his excellent article on our
dreadful football team. I now
look forward to watching
England play as it?s guaranteed
to send me to sleep in no time.
Mike Flint, Christchurch
The SFA have sacked a manager
whose team, during the current
calendar year, were undefeated.
Gordon Strachan was getting a
Exacta: г19.30. CSF: г20.91. Tricast:
г97.99. Trifecta: г90.00
Placepot: г11.00
Quadpot: г5.20
Meeting abandoned after six races
Cork
Going: Soft (soft to heavy in places)
2.10 (7f) 1 Kenya (E J McNamara, 8-11 fav);
2 Stellar Eclipse (12-1); 3 New To Town (6-1).
5 ran. 8l, 2╝l. A P O?Brien. Tote: ?1.70;
?1.02, ?2.60. Exacta: ?8.00. CSF: ?10.97.
Trio: ?27.90
2.45 (7f) 1 Celebration (C T Keane, 5-1); 2
Not A Bad Oul Day (4-1 jt-fav); 3 Fair Game
(11-1). Also ran: Keep Believing 4-1 jt-fav). 13
ran. NR: Hasselnott. 1╛l, hd. G M Lyons.
Tote: ?7.60; ?2.10, ?1.70, ?3.60. Exacta:
?39.50. CSF: ?26.72. Tricast: ?229.85. Trio:
?450.90
3.20 (1m 100yd) 1 Brendan Brackan (C T
Keane, 3-1 fav); 2 Onenightidreamed (9-2);
3 Bumbasina (16-1). 10 ran. 1╛l, 2╛l. G M
Lyons. Tote: ?3.60; ?1.20, ?1.50, ?3.30.
Exacta: ?17.80. CSF: ?16.49. Trio: ?313.20
3.55 (1m 100yd) 1 Drombeg Dream (S
Foley, 3-1); 2 Sebastiano Ricci (11-4 fav); 3
Moltoir (5-1). 7 ran. 3╜l, ╜l. A Leahy. Tote:
?2.90; ?1.30, ?2.10. Exacta: ?6.30. CSF:
?12.57. Trio: ?19.30
4.30 (1m 100yd) 1 Rickrack (C
O?Donoghue, 3-1 fav); 2 Gentil J (12-1); 3
Byron Beauty (20-1). 11 ran. 4╛l, ╜l. Mrs John
Harrington. Tote: ?3.60; ?1.50, ?3.40,
?4.00. Exacta: ?57.70. CSF: ?42.54.
Tricast: ?636.59. Trio: ?607.40
5.05 (1m 100yd) 1 Aunty Audrey (K J
Leonard, 5-1); 2 Musical Jewel (8-1); 3 Best
Not Argue (20-1); 4 Apache Gold (20-1). Also
ran: Harvey Specter 4-1 fav. 18 ran. NR:
Camile, Dont Have It Then, Nannys Well. 3╛l,
╛l. Patrick J Flynn. Tote: ?6.20; ?1.30,
?2.10, ?6.80, ?5.00. Exacta: ?53.60. CSF:
?45.40. Tricast: ?785.52. Trio: ?770.90
5.35 (1m 100yd) 1 Roman Seera (W T Byrne,
10-1); 2 Free Ranger (7-4 fav); 3 Dragon
Phoenix (66-1); 4 Famous Pearl (6-1). 18 ran.
NR: Newcross. ╜l, 1╝l. Anthony Mullins.
Tote: ?14.30; ?3.30, ?1.30, ?7.90. Exacta:
?44.20. CSF: ?27.81. Trio: ?3,019.10
This week
Today: Chepstow (1.40pm); Goodwood
(2pm); Cork (2.05pm); Naas (1.20pm)
Tomorrow: Musselburgh (1.50pm);
Windsor (2pm); Great Yarmouth (1.40pm);
Tuesday: Worcester (2.10pm); Huntingdon
(2.20pm); Kempton Park (5.15pm, A/W);
Leicester (2pm);
Wednesday: Kempton Park (5.45pm, A/W);
Lingfield Park (2.20pm, A/W); Nottingham
(2pm); Wetherby (2.10pm); Punchestown
(2.05pm)
Thursday: Brighton (2pm); Carlisle
(2.10pm); Newcastle (5.15pm, A/W);
Uttoxeter (2.20pm); Punchestown (1.20pm)
Friday: Fakenham (2.05pm); Haydock Park
(1.50pm); Newcastle (5.10pm, A/W); Redcar
(2pm); Wincanton (1.40pm); Dundalk (6pm)
Saturday: Ascot (1.25pm); Catterick Bridge
(1.50pm); Market Rasen (1.40pm); Stratfordon-Avon (2.30pm); Wolverhampton
(5.40pm, A/W); Ffos Las (2.10pm);
Fairyhouse (2.05pm)
Flat meetings in bold
team together in which fans saw
improving performances. The
team displayed a confidence
previously not shown. Strachan
changed the attitude of players
and fans alike. But please get rid
of that hideous pink shirt.
Roy Ritchie, Troon
The interview with Kevin
Pietersen (last week) showed
why he has been called The Ego.
His desire to put the boot into,
and exaggerate the problems of,
a Test team which has had the
temerity not to pick him for three
years was only too evident.
Andrew Whiteley, via email
I have never been a Pietersen fan
but was astounded to read the
concerns of the man who, when
coaching the young, sees them
interested only in ?switch hits,
hitting sixes and T20?. This from
a player credited with inventing
the switch hit and whose stock in
trade was playing his own game
rather than crafting an innings in
the best interests of a Test
match, and his team.
Peter Harvey, via email
16
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
ANDY WONG
Infuriating and inspiring ? golf is revealed in all its
complexity when you line up with the pros and
celebrities in the Dunhill Links championship
I
IAN MCILGORM
n certain respects, golf is different
from most sports. Perhaps most
importantly, an amateur can be
better in their 60s than they were
20 years before. Earlier this year I
had a drink with a 10-handicapper
who felt sure 2017 would be the
year he finally played to a single
figure. He was 75.
Another thing about golf. Those
who play the game purely for pleasure
can get to compete on many of the
world?s most celebrated courses ? St
Andrews, Pebble Beach, Royal County
Down, Royal Melbourne. It?s the same as
a Sunday league football team having a
game at Wembley, Kidwelly RFC?s
second team taking on their local rivals
at the Principality stadium, or two oncea-week club players having Wimbledon?s
Centre Court for the afternoon.
Ten days ago we were standing on the
second green at Carnoustie, the course
that most people regard as the toughest
on The Open Championship rota. This is
the second day?s play at the Dunhill
Links championship and Matt Wallace,
the professional with whom I?m
partnered, has just played his bunker
shot to two feet. Certain par.
I?ve got a 16-foot putt for par and as it?s
one of the eight holes at which I receive a
stroke, it?s a putt that our ailing little
team could do with. ?Roll it just inside
my marker and it will drop,? says
Wallace. The ball rolls down to the hole,
careers directly over the marker,
bobbles slightly left and trickles into the
hole.
Now it is the turn of Art Moossmann,
an American amateur paired with the
24-year-old English pro Jordan Smith.
Art has a 14-foot putt for birdie and as it?s
a stroke hole for him, he can improve
the team?s score by two if he rolls it in.
Back in the day, Art played baseball for
Boston Red Sox until he decided he
could do even better in business. His last
job before retirement was as chief
executive of Allianz in the US.
The putt never looks left or right, just
heads straight for the bottom of the cup.
Art smiles like he?s slugged one into the
bleachers at Fenway Park. The moment
passes in an instant because Smith has a
five-footer for par. The amateurs are
competing for their lives, the pros are
playing for a $5m (г3.76m) prize fund.
Smith has enjoyed an outstanding first
season on the European Tour. Three
months ago he won the European Open
in Germany, then tied ninth at the US
PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in
August. There have been four other top10 finishes and г1m in prize money. He
putts well, so the five-footer should be
straightforward.
Except that nothing in golf is
straightforward, or rather
what is straightforward three
minutes ago can suddenly
become complicated. Jordan
has watched two 62-year-old
men roll in putts from more
than twice the distance he
Fired up: Rafael Nadal has adapted well to the slick surface
Grand masters
lock horns again
TENNIS
Clash number 38
between Federer
and Nadal is as
intriguing as ever
Barry Flatman
Tennis correspondent
Shanghai
Among those licking wounds are
Brian O?Driscoll, Ian Botham,
Jamie Redknapp and Alan Hansen
Going the
distance: the
likes of Brian
O?Driscoll and
Art Moossmann,
below, are
desperate to
make the cut
faces. Perhaps that made him think: ?I?d
look foolish if I missed.? Holes shrink for
no logical reason. Jordan?s putt sails by,
never touching the hole.
And there it was, in a nutshell, the
game?s fundamental irrationality.
Incidentally, Wallace goes into the
final round of the Italian Open today
with a two-shot lead. Not that I am
claiming any credit, but . . .
Art and I spoke about what it means to
play alongside the pros. He said it was
the best week of his year. ?When the
invitations are sent out, I get nervous
that this will be the year it won?t come.?
Journalists who cover The Masters at
Augusta National are invited to put their
names in a draw to play the course on
the day after the tournament ends. ?I got
lucky in 2001 but if the offer was to play
the next five Mondays at The Masters
or have one more shot at the
Dunhill Links, I?d take the
Dunhill,? I tell Art, who isn?t
surprised.
The key is competition. Sport
becomes interesting when the
outcome matters. You take a
new ball from your pocket on
the first tee at St Andrews, the R&A
headquarters right behind, your pro?s
voice in your ear, ?Play well and enjoy
it,? and at that moment you thank the
golfing gods that the first fairway at the
Old Course is about the widest in golf.
At the close of play after the third
round, the conversation among the
amateurs is the same every year. ?Did
you make the cut?? The top 20 teams get
through to the final day?s play and for
most of us, that?s the dream. Alas, golf
doesn?t easily give up its dreams. Among
those licking wounds are Brian
O?Driscoll, Ian Botham, Jamie
Redknapp, Steve Redgrave, AP McCoy,
Alan Hansen and Kevin Pietersen. They
were all eager to make the cut, a few
were desperate, but it is this struggle
that makes the Dunhill Links a close to
extraordinary experience.
For the older ones especially the drug
is a throwback to the times when we
routinely competed, albeit to a modest
level, Art Moossmann?s years with the
Red Sox excepted. We were up there on
Scotland?s magnificent linkslands in the
autumn of our lives, heading towards
winter as Dylan Thomas thought we
should: ?Do not go gentle into that good
night/Old age should burn and rave at
close of day/Rage, rage against the dying
of the light.?
PS: It is difficult being a leftie at the
Dunhill because on the practice range a
pro is facing you, four or five yards away,
seeing your swing in all its inglorious
nakedness. At Carnoustie, Padraig
Harrington was alongside, a three-time
major winner who has never seen a
swing he didn?t think he could improve,
his own included.
So he moseys ever closer and begins:
?You won?t hit good shots unless you get
your left side turning through the ball.
And even if it feels like you?re walking
after the ball, do it. Then hold your
finishing position for three seconds.?
The lesson was absorbed, the game at
Carnoustie much improved.
We meet again at a function in St
Andrews and Harrington continues the
lesson. Standing in our jackets, he
reveals the other thing that needs to
happen for me to hit the ball better. He
swings an imaginary club to show what
he means. He is a one-off Harrington,
but no less interesting for that.
This year will go down in
tennis history as the year
Rafael Nadal and Roger
Federer served reminders to
any deluded observers that
their greatness is
undiminished. Today the
great rivals, who have
dominated 2017 by winning
two Grand Slam titles apiece
to take their combined total
of majors to 35, will clash in
an intriguing battle for the
Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Nadal and Federer have
already met three times this
year, with the Swiss claiming
victory on each occasion. Yet
now, after winning the US
Open a month ago, it is the
Spaniard who is in the richer
vein of form with an
unbeaten run of 16 matches.
Over the past few days at
the Qizhong stadium, in the
year?s eighth and penultimate
Masters 1000 series
tournament, Nadal
maintained his level of play
with his usual forceful style.
Federer has been forced to
play himself back into form
after suffering the aftereffects of winning an eighth
Wimbledon title and not
playing an ATP event since
losing to Juan Martin del
Potro, his victim last night, in
the US Open quarter-finals.
He began the week in
Shanghai distinctly rusty but
with revenge on his mind
against Del Potro he raised his
level to beat the Argentinian
3-6 6-3 6-3.
Ten years have elapsed
since Federer last played
Nadal in Shanghai, during the
2007 Tennis Masters Cup,
when Federer won with ease,
6-4 6-1. ?Maybe half the
matches we have played have
been finals and that is why
our rivalry is so special,? he
said yesterday. ?We are so
very different in the way we
play but we have a similar
mindset in the big moments.?
Today the rivals will clash
for the 38th time. Although
Federer has taken the most
recent spoils, Nadal has a
23-14 lead in their career-long
head-to-head record.
The prospect of playing
Federer remains an enticing
one for Nadal, even on the
Chinese hard court that was
SHARAPOVA
MAKES FINAL
Five-time Grand Slam
winner Maria Sharapova
beat Peng Shuai 6-3 6-1 at
the Tianjin Open to reach
her first final since serving
a 15-month doping ban.
The 30-year-old Russian,
playing on a wildcard in
the seventh tournament
of her comeback, swept
aside the Chinese third
seed in 78 minutes. In
today?s final she will face
Aryna Sabalenka, of
Belarus, who beat qualifier
Sara Errani 6-1 6-3.
purposely laid to be one of
the quickest and most slick on
the ATP circuit. When he beat
Marin Cilic 7-5 7-6 in
yesterday?s semi-final, the
stadium?s roof was closed to
keep out persistent drizzle
but Nadal, who claims to
abhor playing indoors, was
up to the task.
ON TV TODAY
Rafael Nadal v
Roger Federer
9.30am Sky Sports Main Event
Pragmatic Mourinho remains the master of mischief Groves destroys Cox
Only Jose Mourinho could
have tried this. It?s part of
what makes him special.
The game at Anfield wasn?t
fluent or exciting but it had
a certain dark fascination.
Manchester United came to
play defensively, to frustrate
Liverpool and to steal a
victory in the last 20
minutes when Jurgen Klopp
went desperately in pursuit
of a winning goal.
The problem, said
Mourinho afterwards, was
that Klopp was not prepared
to throw caution to the
wind. That observation was
so Jose. Klopp brought on
three attacking players,
Daniel Sturridge, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain and
Dominic Solanke, but
without weakening his
midfield. That was the
problem, said Jose. Why
couldn?t Liverpool overcommit and allow their
rivals to pick them off on the
counter?
Alas, there was more to
this than Klopp?s refusal to
fall into a tactical trap.
Without attacking swagger,
Manchester United are
simply not Manchester
United. Yesterday they were
Jose?s team, well organised
but pedestrian, committed
but unadventurous.
They played like a team
who had been told that they
weren?t as good as
Liverpool, which is a
compliment that Klopp
could hardly have expected.
Anthony Martial chased
about like a kid who had
been told that he would be
judged by the quality of his
defending. Sometimes he
lost concentration and had
to sprint back to make sure
he wasn?t going to be at fault
for a Liverpool goal. When
Romelu Lukaku went back
to defend a corner he
seemed reluctant to leave
his own penalty area,
staying there so long it
almost gave Liverpool the
goal they would have
deserved.
Here?s the question: did
United play so limply
because their manager had
convinced them they should
contain Liverpool, not
confront them? Or is it
simply that in their first
encounter with a top team
this season, this was the
reminder United are not as
good as they have looked
when steamrollering lesser
sides?
One inclines to the latter
view. In other words,
Mourinho?s pragmatism
may be justified. Against
Liverpool?s attackers, Phil
Jones and Chris Smalling
weren?t as assured as they
have been in easier games.
Ander Herrera worked hard
in midfield but without
having much influence. And
if he hadn?t been
substituted, you would
hardly have known Henrikh
Mkhitaryan was on the
pitch.
It?s fine for Mourinho to
say that a draw at Anfield is
OK. What isn?t OK is
Manchester United going to
their greatest rivals and
playing for a nil-nil and then
to complain that Liverpool?s
reluctance to throw caution
to the wind was the real
problem.
BOXING
Derek Clements
George Groves knocked out
Jamie Cox in the fourth round
to retain his WBO supermiddleweight title in front of
a packed crowd at Wembley
Arena.
The two fighters opened at
a ferocious pace with Groves
landing the more telling
blows, but Cox came
storming back. He pinned
Groves against the ropes in
the second round but the
champion survived.
Cox came out for the start
of the third round with all
guns blazing but Groves took
everything the younger man
threw at him. Round four
followed the same pattern,
with Cox coming forward
remorselessly. And he paid
for it when Groves caught
him with a stunning blow to
the ribs to end the contest.
Groves will next fight Chris
Eubank Jr.
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Baldwin
Gillingham: Holy, Clare, Ehmer, Zakuani, Garmston
(Ogilvie 46), Parker, Hessenthaler, Byrne (Wagstaff
62), Bingham, Martin, List (Wilkinson 68). Subs not
used: Nelson, Oldaker, Cundle, O?Mara. Booked:
Hessenthaler, Wagstaff, Wilkinson
Referee: D Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
CARLISLE 1
7/4
9/12
10/2
30/1
PETERBOROUGH 0
COLCHESTER 0
0-0
16/12 30/12 29/11
15/10
Tottenham
Fosu-Henry 9
HT: 1-0
Charlton: Amos, Solly, Konsa, Bauer, Dasilva (Sarr 80),
Forster-Caskey, Kashi, Fosu, Clarke (Reeves 75),
Holmes, Magennis. Subs not used: Jackson, Phillips,
Aribo, Ahearne-Grant, Dodoo. Booked: Dasilva, Fosu,
Clarke
Doncaster: Lawlor, Toffolo (Blair 62), Wright, Butler,
Mason, Houghton, Whiteman, Rowe, Coppinger
(Kongolo 8), Marquis, May (Mandeville 57). Subs not
used: Alcock, Marosi, Garrett, Ben Khemis. Booked:
Houghton, Marquis, Butler
Referee: R Lewis (Shropshire)
McGurk 17, Thompson 47
HT: 0-1 Att: 4,489
Chesterfield: Anyon, Barry, Wiseman, Evatt, Kellett,
Weir (Flores 64), McCourt (Dimaio 49), Reed, Rowley,
Dennis, O?Grady (De Girolamo 61). Subs not used:
Hird, Brewster, Briggs, Jones. Booked: Weir
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Muller, Conlan,
Kenyon, Fleming, Thompson (Rose 72), Wildig
(Osborne 89), McGurk (Turner 62), Oliver. Subs not
used: Campbell, Nizic, Lavelle, Lund. Booked: Kenyon,
Oliver
Referee: D Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
31/3
2/12
0-1
Swansea
CHARLTON 1
MORECAMBE 2
7/4
10/3
12/12
13/5
-8 7
Vaulks 37
Moore 71
HT: 1-0 Att: 9,167
Rotherham: O?Donnell, Cummings, Ihiekwe, Wood,
Mattock, Williams, Vaulks, Towell, Forde (Ajayi 83),
Moore (Clarke-Harris 90), Ball (Newell 76). Subs not
used: Emmanuel, Rodak, Yates, Bray. Booked:
Ihiekwe, Williams
Scunthorpe: Gilks, Clarke, Wallace, McArdle,
Townsend, Morris (Adelakun 73), Ojo, Crofts (Mantom
73), Holmes, Novak (van Veen 78), Madden. Subs not
used: Bishop, Burgess, Watson, Butroid. Booked:
Townsend
Referee: D Bond (Lancashire)
CHESTERFIELD 0
1-1
31/3 21/10 10/2
20/1 30/10 24/2
10/2
-4 7
Menig 90
HT: 0-0 Att: 7,784
Oldham: Placide, Dummigan, Clarke, Bryan, Hunt,
Gardner (Omrani 87), Fane, Jack Byrne, Nepomuceno
(Menig 67), Davies, Doyle (Gerrard 90). Subs not used:
Ruddy, Brian Wilson, Flynn, Obadeyi. Booked:
Dummigan
Blackburn: Raya, Caddis, Ward, Mulgrew, Williams,
Bennett, Smallwood (Dack 68), Whittingham, Conway
(Chapman 57), Antonsson (Graham 57), Samuel. Subs
not used: Nyambe, Harper, Leutwiler, Gladwin.
Booked: Smallwood, Bennett, Chapman, Dack
Referee: D Handley (Lancashire)
COVENTRY 0
3/2
0-1
5/5
3/2
26/11 23/12 13/12
3 0 1 2 1 7
OLDHAM 1
ACCRINGTON ST 1
3-1
9/12
0-2
1/1
1/1
4 0 1 3 1 6
Maguire 19 (pen), Beckford 20
Wyke 9
O?Shea 85
HT: 2-1 Att: 5,514
Bury: Fasan, Humphrey (Bunn 43), Edwards,
O?Connell, Aldred, Leigh, Reilly, Maguire (O?Shea 57),
Laurent, Beckford, Smith. Subs not used: Tutte,
Alexandru Dobre, Ince, Maloney, Shotton. Booked:
Reilly, Smith
Bradford C: Doyle, Hendrie (Taylor 86), KnightPercival, Kilgallon, Chicksen, Gilliead, Reeves (Patrick
78), Vincelot, Law, Wyke, Poleon. Subs not used:
Dieng, Field, Hanson, Jones, Raeder. Booked: Taylor
Referee: D Webb (Co Durham)
McConville 14
HT: 1-0 Att: 2,828
Accrington St: Chapman, Donacien, Hughes,
Richards-Everton, Thorniley, Clark, Nolan, Conneely
(Johnson 84), McConville, Jackson (Wilks 79), Kee.
Subs not used: Brown, Wolland, Leacock-McLeod,
Sousa, Rawson. Booked: Richards-Everton, Donacien,
Thorniley
Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Stokes,
Devon Kelly-Evans (McNulty 61), Doyle, Stevenson,
Jones, Nazon (Vincenti 90), Biamou (Ponticelli 87).
Subs not used: Davies, O?Brien, Beavon, Shipley.
Booked: Stevenson, Grimmer
Referee: S Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear)
23/12
2/12
14/4
3 2 0 1 4 3
BURY 3
ROCHDALE 2
21/4
18/11 23/12
31/3
14/4
4/11
4 2 0 2 3 5
Hawkins 14, 45+2
HT: 2-0 Att: 17,608
Portsmouth: McGee, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke,
Donohue, O?Keefe, Close, Lowe, Bennett, Kennedy
(Evans 81), Hawkins. Subs not used: Rose, Naismith,
Talbot, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bass, Haunstrup.
Booked: Kennedy
MK Dons: Nicholls, Brittain (B Williams 41), Wootton,
Ebanks-Landell, Golbourne, Upson, Cisse (Agard 66),
Nesbitt (Aneke 46), Gilbey, Ariyibi, Sow. Subs not
used: Lewington, Walsh, Sietsma, Seager. Booked: B
Williams, Nicholls, Ebanks-Landell
Referee: G Horwood (Bedfordshire)
Eastham 25, Cole 83
Inman 48, Henderson 53
HT: 1-0 Att: 3,260
Sent off: Burns (Fleetwood Tn) 65
Fleetwood Tn: Cairns, Bolger, Pond (McAleny 79),
Eastham, Coyle, Dempsey, O?Neill, Grant (Hunter 59),
Bell, Hiwula (Burns 54), Cole. Subs not used: Neal,
Glendon, Schwabl, Cargill
Rochdale: Lillis, Daniels (Rafferty 46), McNulty,
McGahey, Bunney, Michael Williams, Camps,
Henderson, Done (Jordan Williams 69), Andrew, Inman.
Subs not used: Ntlhe, Slew, Rathbone, Davies, Moore
Referee: J Brooks (Leics)
29/10 20/11 24/2
7/4
0-0
31/1
7 2 1 4 5 9
Forrester 61
HT: 0-0 Att: 5,306
Northampton: Ingram, Moloney, Taylor, Pierre,
Buchanan, Shaun McWilliams (O?Toole 78), Grimes,
McGugan (Bowditch 67), Powell, Waters, Hoskins
(Foley 85). Subs not used: Cornell, Kasim, Smith,
Poole. Booked: Waters, Moloney, Shaun McWilliams,
O?Toole
AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Soares, Charles,
Nightingale, Trotter, Francomb, Forrester (Oshilaja 73),
Kaja (Abdou 73), Taylor (McDonald 90), Barcham. Subs
not used: Robinson, Kennedy, McDonnell, Hartigan.
Booked: Barcham
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire)
DONCASTER 0
26/12
13/5
7 2 1 4 4 12
Henry 82
HT: 0-0 Att: 9,656
Bristol Rov: Slocombe, Partington, Broadbent,
Lockyer, Bola, Sercombe, Ollie Clarke (Sinclair 55),
Lines, Harrison, Gaffney (Moore 67), Nichols (Telford
75). Subs not used: Leadbitter, Brown, Sweeney,
Smith. Booked: Ollie Clarke, Gaffney, Sercombe
Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Ribeiro, Mousinho, Nelson,
Ricardinho, Henry, Ruffels, Ledson, Rothwell
(Fernandez Codina 84), Payne (Mowatt 70), Thomas
(Roberts 90). Subs not used: Williamson, Martin,
Shearer, Carroll. Booked: Henry, Mousinho, Ribeiro,
Rothwell
Referee: R Joyce (Cleveland)
BRADFORD C 1
17/3
3/3
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
BRISTOL ROV 0
21/4
0-2
1-0
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
BARNSLEY 2
MIDDLESBROUGH 2
Fletcher (og) 3
Braithwaite 7
McGeehan 9
Assombalonga 60
HT: 2-1 Att: 17,163
Barnsley: Davies, Pearson, Jackson, Lindsay, Fryers,
Williams, Hammill, McGeehan (Bird 86), Potts
(Thiam 53), Barnes (Hedges 87), Bradshaw. Subs
not used: Moncur, Townsend, Yiadom, Ugbo.
Booked: Pearson, Williams
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Christie, Ayala, Gibson,
Da Silva (Friend 74), Leadbitter, Clayton, Downing
(Bamford 83), Braithwaite, Fletcher, Assombalonga.
Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Howson, Fry,
Baker, Forshaw
Referee: L Mason (Lancashire)
2-0
10/3
31/1
16 Brighton
8 1 0 7 2 18
10/3
5/5
30/12
17 Everton
Swansea
4 1 2 1 3 3
Stoke
8 5 2 1 15 5
West Ham
23/12 24/2
+19 20
3 Tottenham
West Brom
4-3
0-0
4 4 0 0 11 1
4 2 2 0 7 2
Watford
29/11
4 3 1 0 18 3
4 4 0 0 14 0
Tottenham
3/2
30/12 18/11
8 7 1 0 29 4
8 6 2 0 21 2
Southampton
20/1
1 Man City
2 Man Utd
Man City
1/1
Liverpool
5/5
Leicester
2-0
Newcastle Utd
MAN CITY 7
3-0
Man Utd
HT: 0-0 Att: 52,912
Huddersfield
MAN UTD 0
Everton
LIVERPOOL 0
+25 22
Crystal Palace
Bakayoko 18
Away
P W D L F A GDPts
Chelsea
CHELSEA 1
Azpilicueta (og) 11
Zaha 45
HT: 2-1 Att: 25,480
Home
P W D L F A
Burnley
C PALACE 2
Total
P W D L F A
Brighton
Antonio 19
Arsenal
WEST HAM 1
Wood 85
HT: 0-1 Att: 20,945
Sent off: Carroll (West Ham) 27
Bournemouth
PREMIER LEAGUE
BURNLEY 1
Tomorrow
Premier League: Leicester v West Brom (8pm)
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
Sky Bet League One: AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham;
Blackburn v Plymouth; Blackpool v Bury; Bradford C v
Oldham; Doncaster v Portsmouth; Gillingham v Wigan; MK
Dons v Walsall; Oxford Utd v Charlton; Rochdale v
Northampton; Scunthorpe v Fleetwood Tn; Shrewsbury v
Bristol Rov; Southend v Peterborough. League Two: Barnet
v Mansfield (8pm); Cambridge Utd v Yeovil; Carlisle v
Wycombe; Cheltenham v Grimsby; Coventry v Forest
Green; Crawley Tn v Chesterfield; Crewe v Notts Co; Exeter
v Luton; Morecambe v Port Vale; Newport Co v Colchester;
Stevenage v Accrington St; Swindon v Lincoln C
Wednesday
Champions League: Group A: Benfica v Man Utd; CSKA
Moscow v Basel. Group B: Bayern Munich v Celtic;
Anderlecht v Paris Saint-Germain. Group C: Chelsea v
Roma; Qarabag v Atletico Madrid (5pm). Group D:
Barcelona v Olympiacos; Juventus v Sporting Lisbon
Thursday
Europa League: Group E: Everton v Lyon (8.05pm). Group
H: Red Star Belgrade v Arsenal (6pm)
Friday
Premier League: West Ham v Brighton (8pm)
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Saturday
Premier League: Chelsea v Watford (12.30pm);
Huddersfield v Man Utd; Man City v Burnley; Newcastle v C
Palace; Southampton v West Brom (5.30pm); Stoke v
Bournemouth; Swansea v Leicester
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v Fulham; Barnsley v
Hull; Bolton v QPR; Brentford v Sunderland; Bristol C v
Leeds Utd; Derby v Sheff Wed; Middlesbrough v Cardiff;
Millwall v Birmingham (5.30pm); Nottm Forest v Burton Alb;
Sheff Utd v Reading; Wolves v Preston. League One: AFC
Wimbledon v Plymouth; Blackburn v Portsmouth; Blackpool
v Wigan; Bradford C v Charlton; Doncaster v Walsall;
Gillingham v Northampton; MK Dons v Oldham; Oxford Utd
v Rotherham; Rochdale v Bristol Rov; Scunthorpe v
Peterborough; Shrewsbury v Fleetwood Tn; Southend v
Bury. League Two: Barnet v Yeovil; Cambridge Utd v
Chesterfield; Carlisle v Notts Co; Cheltenham v Lincoln C;
Coventry v Colchester; Crawley Tn v Luton; Crewe v
Accrington St; Exeter v Port Vale; Morecambe v Grimsby;
Newport Co v Mansfield; Stevenage v Forest Green;
Swindon v Wycombe
Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League: Hearts v St
Johnstone; Partick v Dundee; Ross Co v Hamilton
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Brechin v Queen Of
South; Dundee Utd v Inverness CT; Dunfermline Ath v
Livingston; Falkirk v St Mirren; Morton v Dumbarton.
League One: Albion Rov v Queen?s Park; Alloa v East Fife;
Arbroath v Airdrieonians; Forfar v Ayr; Stranraer v Raith
Rov. League Two: Berwick v Montrose; Clyde v Peterhead;
Cowdenbeath v Stirling; Edinburgh C v Annan Ath; Elgin v
Stenhousemuir
Betfred Scottish League Cup: Semi-final: Hibernian v
Celtic (12.15pm)
Vanarama National League: AFC Fylde v Maidstone Utd;
Aldershot v Tranmere; Bromley v Woking; Chester FC v
Boreham Wood; Dagenham & R v Wrexham; Dover Ath v
Maidenhead Utd; Eastleigh v Gateshead; Ebbsfleet Utd v
Barrow; FC Halifax Tn v Torquay; Guiseley v Solihull Moors;
Hartlepool v Sutton Utd; Leyton Orient v Macclesfield.
North: Brackley Tn v Blyth Spartans; Chorley v FC United of
Manchester; Curzon Ashton v Boston Utd; Darlington v
Bradford PA; Harrogate Tn v Leamington; Kidderminster v
Spennymoor Tn; North Ferriby Utd v AFC Telford Utd;
Nuneaton Tn v Stockport; Salford C v York; Southport v
Gainsborough Trinity; Tamworth v Alfreton Tn. South: Bath
C v Braintree Tn; Bognor Regis Tn v Chippenham Tn;
Chelmsford C v Dartford; Concord Rgrs v Weston-SM;
Eastbourne Boro v East Thurrock Utd; Gloucester C v
Welling Utd; Havant & W v Poole Tn; Hemel Hempstead Tn v
Oxford C; St Albans C v Hungerford Tn; Wealdstone v Truro
C; Whitehawk v Hampton & R
Sunday
Premier League: Everton v Arsenal (1.30pm); Tottenham v
Liverpool (4pm)
Sky Bet Championship: Ipswich v Norwich (noon)
Betfred Scottish League Cup: Semi-final: Rangers v
Motherwell (2.30pm)
15
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
SPORT RACING
O?Brien
closes in
on record
with
1-2-3-4
Irish trainer
relishes 24th
Group One victory
of brilliant season
champion used the same
tactics in the Darley
Dewhurst, jumping out fast
from the outside stall and
crossing the whole field to
claim the rail. ?What I did was
the plan,? said Moore. ?I was
happy to be there. I just felt it
would suit my horse.?
Moore, like O?Brien,
thought US Navy Flag would
have enough stamina to
tackle a mile, but dismissed
any comparison with last
year?s Dewhurst winner,
Churchill, who was O?Brien?s
first Group One winner of this
season. ?Churchill was a
seriously good two-year-old,?
said the jockey. ?This guy?s
just got better and better. ?
Unseasonably fast ground
led to a rewriting of several
course records, first by Kew
Gardens over 10 furlongs,
then by US Navy Flag and,
most notably, by Withhold,
who swept aside not only 33
on the back of two highly
impressive wins and a
unusually upbeat
endorsement from Sir
Michael Stoute, his trainer.
Stoute has not had a twoyear-old of this calibre for a
few years now and perhaps,
for once, he was carried away
with the precocity and the
casually brilliant form of
Expert Eye. It was clear from
early on in the seven straight
furlongs that Andrea Atzeni
was struggling to settle the
favourite. Long before Ryan
Moore had pushed the button
on US Navy Flag, Expert Eye
was going backwards.
Expert Eye's preparation
had not been perfect, but this
performance was too bad to
be true. ?That wasn?t him,?
said Lord Grimthorpe, racing
manager for owner Khalid
Abdullah. ?We?re all a bit
mystified.?
Bookmakers decided to
follow the same line, with
Coral?s pricing both the
winner and Expert Eye, who
finished last of the nine
runners, at 8-1 for the 2,000
Guineas. Not for the first time
this season, Moore had read
the race and the very fast
ground conditions just right.
Having taken the opening
Zetland Stakes on Kew
Gardens by grabbing the
inside rail and allowing a
strong tailwind to sweep him
home, the three-time
Andrew Longmore
Very little in Aidan O?Brien?s
demeanour suggests that he
is a show-off. After all these
years, the Irishman still
answers questions in a
whisper and deflects credit
for his winners onto everyone
in Ballydoyle bar the stable
cat. But O?Brien is starting to
stretch the fabric of history
and his own natural modesty
to breaking point.
Yesterday at Newmarket,
he not only added a 24th
Group One to his tally for the
season, one away from
equalling the American
trainer Bobby Frankel?s
record set 14 years ago, he
also trained the first four
home in the Dewhurst, an
unprecedented feat in a
Group One. US Navy Flag led
the O?Brien quartet home, at
odds of 5-1, ahead of
Mendelssohn, Seahenge and
Threeandfourpence. You can
feel the Coolmore forces
massing for the 2,000
Guineas back here on the
Rowley Mile in the spring.
The big disappointment of
the race was Expert Eye,
backed into odds-on favourite
KEMPTON RACING
ABANDONED
Racing at Kempton was
abandoned last night with
two races remaining after
a stablehand was
seriously injured when
kicked by a racehorse in
the stableyard. There
were no further details.
Chepstow (Jackpot meeting)
9 11P21- Misterton 203 (D,G,S) H Fry6-11-2....................N Fehily
105100-5 Chelsea Flyer 16 (D,BF,S) Miss E Lavelle6-11-2...D Jacob
Going: Good to Soft - Good in places
JUVENILE HURDLE
г5,198: 2M 11Y (8)
1.40
1
3-1 Gumball 13 (D,G) P Hobbs11-5.......................R Johnson
2
12-1 Malaya (G,S) P Nicholls11-5.................S Twiston-Davies
3
Crindle Carr 156F J Flint10-12 ............................ R Flint
4
O Harbour Force 4 N Mulholland10-12.................N Fehily
5
2 Kozier 9 (BF) A King10-12........................W Hutchinson
6
Marettimo 90F W G M Turner10-12...................J Davies
7
Speedo Boy 36F I Williams10-12.....................T O?Brien
8
Zillion 179F S Gardner10-12......................L Gardner (3)
Betting: 5-4 Malaya, 5-2 Gumball, 4-1 Speedo Boy, 5-1 Kozier, 33-1
Harbour Force, others
NOVICES? CHASE
г6,498: 2M 7F 131Y (6)
1 1PU0-1 Mr Mix 142 (D,G,S) P Nicholls6-11-5......S Twiston-Davies
2 2/43F- Captain Chaos 253 (S) D Skelton6-11-0..........H Skelton
4 14500- Elegant Escape 191 (C,S) C Tizzard5-11-0...T Scudamore
5 10620- Joe Farrell 190 (F,G,S) Miss R Curtis8-11-0....J Moore (3)
6 1501-1 Mia?s Storm 155 (D,G,S) A King7-10-7.......W Hutchinson
Betting: 11-4 Mia?s Storm, 3-1 Captain Chaos, 4-1 Coo Star Sivola,
5-1 Mr Mix, 13-2 Elegant Escape, 7-1 Joe Farrell
2.50
NOVICES? HURDLE (GRADE 2)
г19,933: 2M 3F 100Y (10)
1
Amour De Nuit 23 (F,G,S)
P Nicholls5-11-0.................................S Twiston-Davies
Ballymountain Boy 21 (P,D,G,S)
2 343-11
M Keighley6-11-0 ........................................... A Tinkler
3 /33F-1 Black Mischief 155 (G) H Fry5-11-0...................N Fehily
4 212115 Dear Sire 15 (H,D,G,S) D McCain5-11-0 ......... W Kennedy
5
33-11 Equus Amadeus 32 (D,G) T Lacey4-11-0........R Johnson
6 -11213 Gustave Mahler 32 (D,F,G,S) A Ralph7-11-0...A Coleman
7 15330- Poetic Rhythm 214 (C,G,S) F O?Brien6-11-0....P Brennan
8 /U230- Tommy Rapper 212 D Skelton6-11-0 .............. H Skelton
9
1- Vision Des Flos 173 (S) C Tizzard4-11-0...........B Cooper
10 12-111
Listen To The Man 15 (D,F,G,S)
D Skelton7-10-10 .......................................... I Popham
Betting: 3-1 Tommy Rapper, 7-2 Dear Sire, 5-1 Amour De Nuit, 7-1
Listen To The Man, 8-1 Black Mischief, 9-1 Poetic Rhythm, others
3.25
HANDICAP CHASE (QUALIFIER)
г18,768: 2M 7F 131Y (15)
1 P/153-
Double Ross 323 (CD,G,S)
N Twiston-Davies11-11-12.....................S Twiston-Davies
2 03251-
Loose Chips 196 (B,D,G,S)
C Longsdon11-11-8.......................................J Nailor (7)
3 21P0-P Shuil Royale 162 (T,P,D,G,S) H Fry12-11-8...B Godfrey (7)
4 61P25- No Duffer 196 (T,D,G,S) T George10-11-8 ....... A P Heskin
5 /01036 61-204
7 21PPP8 PPP1P9 1P0P4-
Forgotten Gold 196 (P,D,F,G,S)
T George11-11-5........................................N George (7)
Fox Appeal 9 (V,T,D,F,S)
Miss E Lavelle10-11-5 ................................. N Scholfield
Potters Cross 182 (CD,G,S)
Miss R Curtis10-10-13..................................J Moore (3)
Killala Quay 204 (P,C,D,G,S)
C Longsdon10-10-9........................................J J Burke
Lamb Or Cod 178 (T,CD,F,G,S)
P Hobbs10-10-9...........................................R Johnson
100-5205 It?s A Gimme 21 (T,F,S) Jonjo O?Neill10-10-8...A Coleman
11 6F6P4- Alvarado 176 (D,F,G,S) F O?Brien12-10-8..........B Hughes
12 32540-
Theatrical Star 196 (T,C,D,G,S)
C Tizzard11-10-8...........................................H Cobden
13 11PF-0 Fear Glic 16 (C,F,G,S) J Plessis11-10-2........T Scudamore
1440P4P- Bob Ford 210 (H,CD,S) A Ralph10-10-0.............S Bowen
Cloudy Beach 582 (C,G,S)
15 06141/
Miss V Williams10-10-0............................C Deutsch (3)
Betting: 4-1 Double Ross, 6-1 Lamb Or Cod, 7-1 Cloudy Beach, 8-1
Loose Chips, Theatrical Star, 10-1 Forgotten Gold, others
4.00
HANDICAP HURDLE
г12,996: 2M 11Y (14)
NOVICE AUCTION STAKES
г4,528: 6F (7)
Newmarket
1
Jack Taylor R Hughes9-2..............................S W Kelly
Going: Good (good to firm in places)
2 44224 Kimifive 14 J Tuite9-2 ................................. E Greatrex
12 22F33- Prairie Town 177 (D,S) A Carroll6-10-11..........L Edwards
3
5 Dutch Academy 22 K Burke9-0................P J McDonald
13 -06PFP Alamein 7 (T,P,D,S) R Hobson7-10-11 ............A P Cawley
4
14320-54 Man Of Plenty 21 (T,P,G) Mrs S Leech8-10-4 .. P Brennan
Betting: 3-1 Elgin, 6-1 Oldgrangewood, 7-1 I?m A Game Changer,
Misterton, 8-1 Utility, 12-1 Cyrname, Minella Charmer, others
5
Maypole R Hannon8-12 ...................................S Levey
6
3024 Lady Dancealot 12 (BF) D Elsworth8-9.........S De Sousa
4.35
HANDICAP CHASE
г22,155: 2M 3F 98Y (9)
1 2320P- Village Vic 179 (C,D,G,S) P Hobbs10-11-12.......R Johnson
2 P5P51- Sizing Granite 172 (T,D,G,S) C Tizzard9-11-11....B Cooper
Is It Off G L Moore9-0...............................K Shoemark
7
65 Section Onesixsix 30 M Channon8-8 .....David Egan (3)
Betting: 5-2 Kimifive, 3-1 Maypole, 7-2 Lady Dancealot, 5-1 Section
Onesixsix, 9-1 Dutch Academy, 12-1 Jack Taylor, 16-1 Is It Off
3.10
NURSERY HANDICAP
г6,469: 7F (7)
3 P512P- Double Shuffle 190 (H,D,G,S) T George7-11-5.A P Heskin
1
0513 Deadly Accurate 23 (D,G) H Morrison9-7.......R Winston
4 110/5- Arthur?s Oak 292 (C,D,S) D Skelton9-11-4.......H Skelton
2
0401 Zoraya 26 (D,S) P Cole9-7 ............................ R Da Silva
Different Gravey 190 (D,G,S)
P Gundry7-11-1..........................................N Scholfield
3
3564 Ann Without An E 32 M Channon9-6 ........... S De Sousa
6 B6001- Ultragold 191 (T,D,G,S) C Tizzard9-10-10.........H Cobden
7 522216 Wadswick Court 15 (B,T,D,S) P Bowen9-10-2 ... S Bowen
Romain De Senam 176 (H,T,G,S)
8 15052P Nicholls5-10-1.................................S Twiston-Davies
9 P/001- Mystifiable 171 (T,D,G,S) F O?Brien9-10-0.......P Brennan
Betting: 7-2 Romain De Senam, 9-2 Sizing Granite, 5-1 Arthur?s Oak,
11-2 Double Shuffle, Village Vic, 10-1 Mystifiable, Ultragold, others
5.10
NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (DIV I)
г3,249: 2M 11Y (14)
4 31233 Travelcard 30 M Johnston9-5..................P J McDonald
5 214042
6
Royal Household 24 (C,BF,G)
R Hannon9-5........................................Hollie Doyle (3)
Ocean Side 30 R Hannon8-11.....................T Marquand
7 340400 Rainbow Jazz 10 (V) M Usher8-9..........Nicola Currie (7)
Betting: 9-4 Deadly Accurate, 7-2 Travelcard, 4-1 Zoraya, 11-2 Ocean
Side, 8-1 Ann Without An E, Royal Household, 20-1 Rainbow Jazz
3.45
1
NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10 RACE)
г6,469: 1M 1F 11Y (6)
52 Istanbul Sultan 24 W Haggas9-2...................J Crowley
1
4 Bredon Hill Leo 141 S Gardner5-11-0.........L Gardner (3)
2
Loxley C Appleby9-2......................................W Buick
2
Bubble O?Clock P Nicholls4-11-0.........S Twiston-Davies
3
Perfect Blue M Johnston9-2....................P J McDonald
3 P65F- Classic Ben 175P S Edmunds4-11-0.........C Gethings (3)
4
Racing Country S bin Suroor9-2.................P Cosgrave
4
Dazzling Oscar Jonjo O?Neill4-11-0...............A Coleman
5
3 Starcaster 33 H Morrison9-2........................R Winston
5
0- Deyrann De Carjac 204 A King4-11-0.......W Hutchinson
6
1- Goforthecraic 217P (S) D Skelton4-11-0..........H Skelton
7
2/2- Hidden Impact 232 Miss R Curtis6-11-0........J Moore (3)
8
4 Just Another Vodka 152 N Martin5-11-0 .... Matt Griffiths
9
Kateson T Lacey4-11-0 ................................ R Johnson
10
King?s Temple T Vaughan4-11-0.............G Blackwell (7)
11
Saturdaynightfever F O?Brien5-11-0.............P Brennan
12
0- Shillingsworth 220 C Tizzard4-11-0................T O?Brien
13
1- Tossapenny 186P (G) E Williams4-11-0............A Wedge
Celer Et Audax 4
John O?Shea5-10-7 ......................... Miss B Hampson (5)
Betting: 7-2 Goforthecraic, 4-1 Hidden Impact, 5-1 Bubble O?Clock,
Tossapenny, 9-1 Saturdaynightfever, 11-1 Dazzling Oscar, others
14
S06
5.40
NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (DIV II)
г3,249: 2M 11Y (13)
6
6 We Know 47 (T) S Crisford9-2.....................S De Sousa
Betting: 9-4 Starcaster, 11-4 Istanbul Sultan, 7-2 Loxley, 5-1
Perfect Blue, 9-1 Racing Country, 12-1 We Know
4.20
1 5000/6
2 1-1242
HANDICAP
г16,173: 1M 3F 218Y (8)
Aussie Reigns 57 (C,D,F,G)
G L Moore7-9-10.........................................T J Murphy
Machine Learner 36 (V,D,F,G,S)
J Tuite4-9-1 ................................................ E Greatrex
3 1-4340 Tartini 115 (G) J Gosden3-8-13 ......................... R Havlin
4 -2P543 Plutocracy 36 (P,D,F,G) G L Moore7-8-11.....K Shoemark
5 04-400 Shabbah 22 (F,G) Sir M Stoute4-8-11.............T E Durcan
6 320033 Jacob Cats 40 (V,C,D,F,S) W Knight8-8-10....S De Sousa
7 051231 Michael?s Mount 15 (B,D,S) E Dunlop4-8-10......L Morris
1
1- Clondaw Native 196P (S) S Edmunds5-11-0......B Powell
2
3P1- Coolanly 204P (S) F O?Brien5-11-0.................P Brennan
3
3/1- Drovers Lane 519P (S) Miss R Curtis5-11-0....J Moore (3)
4
Fortunes Hiding P Bowen4-11-0 ..................... S Bowen
8 35-502 Teofonic 8 (F) M Johnston3-8-8 ............... P J McDonald
Betting: 3-1 Tartini, 7-2 Michael?s Mount, 4-1 Machine Learner,
Teofonic, 7-1 Jacob Cats, 10-1 Shabbah, 16-1 Aussie Reigns, Plutocracy
4.55
HANDICAP
г9,704: 6F (13)
Golden Whisky E Williams4-11-0.....................A Wedge
Khage (H) Jonjo O?Neill4-11-0.......................A Coleman
7
2- Luckime 193 Miss V Williams5-11-0..............L Treadwell
2 440540 Golden Amber 158 (D,S) D Ivory6-9-6............R Winston
8
5- Mahlermade 197 A King4-11-0.................W Hutchinson
3 425321 Clear Spring 11 (D,F,G,S) J Spearing9-9-6........S W Kelly
9
2-
Mont Des Avaloirs 190 (BF)
1 031364
Boy In The Bar 43 (V,CD,F,G,S)
I Williams6-9-7...........................................S De Sousa
4 353615 Baron Bolt 15 (P,D,G,S) P Cole4-9-5..........P J McDonald
P Nicholls4-11-0.................................S Twiston-Davies
5 110000
Goodwood Crusader 20 (D,F,S)
10
One Leader T Vaughan6-11-0........................R Johnson
11
4-2 River Bray 2 V Dartnall4-11-0.....................Non-Runner
6 305003 Stellarta 20 (D,F) M Blanshard6-9-2...............D Probert
12
The Final Whistle Sheila Lewis4-11-0 ..... J Sherwood (3)
7 612524 Handytalk 15 (F,G) B Millman4-9-1................T E Durcan
13
The Russian Doyen C Tizzard4-11-0 .............. H Cobden
Betting: 3-1 Mont Des Avaloirs, 11-2 Luckime, 7-1 Clondaw Native,
Coolanly, Drovers Lane, Fortunes Hiding, 10-1 Khage, others
8 260010 Pettochside 8 (CD,G,S) J Bridger8-9-1....Hollie Doyle (3)
Goodwood
9 200623
R Hughes3-9-5....................................Finley Marsh (5)
Iseemist 20 (B,CD,F,G,S)
J Gallagher6-9-0 ................................... David Egan (3)
10460620 Toofi 15 (P,D,G) J Butler6-8-13 ...................... D Muscutt
Going: Soft - Good to Soft in places
HANDICAP
г6,469: 2M (13)
Letmestopyouthere 15 (S)
2.00
11 303332
1 /420-5 Harry Hunt 141 (CD,S) G McPherson10-11-12 .. K K Woods
13 200003 Poet?s Princess 11 (D,S) H Morrison3-8-8..C Bennett (3)
Betting: 5-1 Clear Spring, 13-2 Boy In The Bar, Letmestopyouthere,
7-1 Iseemist, 8-1 Baron Bolt, Pettochside, Stellarta, others
2 00-500
P D Evans3-8-12.....................................M Cosham (3)
12 206440 Englishman 15 (D,G,S) J M Bradley7-8-11...........L Morris
Wind Place And Sho 35 (P,F,G,S)
J Eustace5-11-12............................................J Quinlan
3 502223 Taper Tantrum 45 (P,F,S) Michael Bell5-11-11...T Whelan
Medburn Cutler 22 (P,D,F,S)
Paul Henderson7-11-10........................................J Best
5 131520 Denmead 22 (D,F,S) J Butler4-11-10..............G Sheehan
5.25
HANDICAP
г6,469: 1M (9)
1 030566 Ice Slice 29 (D,F,G,S) J Eustace6-9-10.................R Tate
2 216000
Medburn Dream 17 (D,F,S)
Paul Henderson4-9-9....................................S Drowne
2 00-F11 Utility 89 (T,CD,G,S) Jonjo O?Neill6-11-9.........A Coleman
6 1250-6 Jack Bear 37 (S) H Whittington6-11-7...........H Bannister
3 5/F3F- Minella Charmer 205 (T,S) A King6-11-8.........T Cannon
7 10/03- Song Light 155J (G,S) J S Mullins7-11-4 ........ Kevin Jones
4 -11500 Rossetti 15 (H,D,F,G,S) N Mulholland9-11-8.....H Reed (7)
8 -03003 Age Of Wisdom 37 (P,S) G L Moore4-11-2 ....... J E Moore
4 210-30 Nonios 23 (H) D Simcock5-9-7 .........................S Levey
Oldgrangewood 176 (T,D,G,S)
D Skelton6-11-6............................................H Skelton
9 204463 Bamako Du Chatelet 31 (G) I Williams6-11-0.....R Dunne
5
5 B11P3-
3 352645 Noble Peace 22 (C,G,S) H Candy4-9-7............H Bentley
21- Cliffs Of Capri 338 S Crisford3-9-4............Non-Runner
10262105 Fitzwilly 10 (CD,F,G,S) M Channon7-11-0..........D Crosse
6 034103 Wannabe Friends 22 (C,G) R Hughes4-9-3......S W Kelly
I?m A Game Changer 15 (D,S)
P Hobbs5-11-5 ............................................. R Johnson
11 30-430 Spice Fair 37 (CD,F,G,S) M Usher10-10-13.......J McGrath
7
0310 Casement 30 (D,BF,S) R Charlton3-9-1........K Shoemark
12 261232 Innoko 24 (H,P,F,S) R Stephens7-10-11..............M Nolan
8
231 Dhalam 138 (T) J Gosden3-9-0.........................R Havlin
7 21/56- Cyrname 239 (H,T,S) P Nicholls5-11-5..S Twiston-Davies
13 321230 Night Generation 19 (P,D,F) C Gordon5-10-8 .. D Noonan
Betting: 4-1 Harry Hunt, 7-1 Fitzwilly, Song Light, 8-1 Age Of
Wisdom, Medburn Cutler, 9-1 Denmead, others
9 -34316 Red Royalist 23 (P,C,G) M Tregoning3-8-10 ..... M Dwyer
Betting: 5-2 Dhalam, 7-2 Casement, 5-1 Noble Peace, 11-2
Wannabe Friends, 6-1 Red Royalist, 11-1 Nonios, others
Pool Five
Cheetahs
Zebre
Cardiff Blues
6 3114-6
rivals but a 70-year-old track
record to win the
Cesarewitch. Trainer Roger
Charlton said: ?I knew
Withhold was fit and in good
form and I hoped he would
win, but I didn?t expect him
to win as easily as he did.?
Once Silvestre de Sousa
pushed the 5-1 favourite into
the lead almost a mile from
home, one of the most
competitive autumn
handicaps was a procession.
Ghaiyyath, winner of the
Autumn Stakes for
Godolphin, showed stamina
aplenty and just enough turn
of foot to warrant a 20-1 quote
from Ladbrokes for the
Epsom Classic.
It was also good to see
jockey William Buick back in
the winners? enclosure again
on a big day after two months
out with injury.
8 0P01-0 Zulu Oscar 155 (CD,F,G,S) J Scott8-11-3.....Matt Griffiths
1.50 (1m 2f) 1 Kew Gardens (R L Moore,
13-8 fav); 2 Dee Ex Bee (7-2); 3 Graffiti
Master (6-1). 7 ran. 3╜l, ╜l. A P O?Brien.
Tote: г2.10; г1.50, г2.00. Exacta: г6.90.
CSF: г6.48. Trifecta: г35.10
2.25 (1m) 1 Ghaiyyath (W Buick, 11-4); 2
Dream Today (10-1); 3 Purser (9-4 fav). 8
ran. NR: Dark Acclaim. 1╛l, 2╜l. C Appleby.
Tote: г3.30; г1.30, г2.50, г1.40. Exacta:
г33.80. CSF: г30.28. Trifecta: г62.90
3.00 (7f) 1 U S Navy Flag (R L Moore, 5-1);
2 Mendelssohn (50-1); 3 Seahenge (9-1).
Also ran: Expert Eye 4-7 fav. 9 ran. 2╜l, 2╜l.
A P O?Brien. Tote: г5.30; г1.70, г11.70,
г2.60. Exacta: г188.20. CSF: г225.28.
Tricast: г2,219.05. Trifecta: г1,204.90
3.40 (2m 2f) 1 Withhold (S De Sousa, 5-1
fav); 2 London Prize (16-1); 3 Lagostovegas
(10-1); 4 Dubawi Fifty (14-1). 34 ran. NR:
Landsman. 3╛l, 5l. R Charlton. Tote: г6.60;
г2.50, г4.10, г2.90, г4.60. Exacta: г121.10.
CSF: г75.82. Tricast: г840.69. Trifecta:
г1,224.70
4.15 (7f) 1 Rufus King (P McDonald, 16-1); 2
Porth Swtan (14-1); 3 Prestbury Park (4-1). 8
ran. NR: New Empire. ╜l, 2╝l. M Johnston.
Tote: г20.10; г4.20, г3.50, г1.90. Exacta:
г161.50. CSF: г200.28. Tricast: г1,040.55.
Trifecta: г1,733.10
4.50 (6f) 1 Eartha Kitt (R Kingscote, 5-1); 2
Marie Of Lyon (40-1); 3 Pixeleen (12-1). 12
ran. NR: Perfect Angel. ╛l, ns. Tom
Dascombe. Tote: г5.80; г2.10, г8.00,
г3.50. Exacta: г177.10. CSF: г192.13.
Trifecta: г1,264.30. Jackpot: Not won - pool
of г16,512.68 c/f to Chepstow today
Rugby union
European Champions Cup
Pool One
27
La Rochelle
Hartpury
Ulster A
34
Pool Three
Exeter Chiefs
Leinster
24
24
Glasgow Warriors
Montpellier
15
17
22
Leicester Tigers
18
23
Benetton
Pool Four
Racing 92
Pool Five
Bath
0
European Challenge Cup
Pool One
Newcastle Falcons 32
NG Dragons
27
Stade Francais
Edinburgh
29
37
Connacht
Brive
43
20
Pool Four
Krasny Yar
London Irish
34
14
Pool Five
Oyonnax
15
Worcester Warriors 30
British & Irish Cup Pool One
Ospreys Select
6
Munster A
24
Cardiff Blues Select 7
Doncaster
17
Bristol
Leinster A
31
41
Pool Two
Pool Three
London Scottish
Saracens
Exeter
Northampton
Newcastle
Bath
Leicester
Harlequins
Gloucester
Sale
Wasps
London Irish
Worcester
Cornish Pirates
Scarlets Select
PW
65
64
64
64
64
64
63
63
6 2
6 2
6 1
60
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
1
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
6
F
209
177
166
141
150
137
173
118
179
140
122
63
A
97
106
148
132
123
129
164
173
163
163
199
178
27
NG Dragons Select 20
Guinness PRO14: Conference A
67
28
Richmond
Connacht A
Glasgow
Munster
12
23
35
18
B Pts
3 23
6 22
4 20
4 20
3 19
1 17
3 15
2 14
5 13
2 10
2
6
1
1
National League One: Bishop?s Stortford 35 Hull
Ionians 31; Blackheath 31 Old Albanians 3; Caldy 17
Plymouth Albion 34; Cambridge 50 Rosslyn Park 23;
Darlington Mowden Park 36 Old Elthamians 21;
Esher 27 Birmingham Moseley 32; Fylde 0 Coventry
64; Loughborough Students 16 Ampthill & District
36. League Two: North: Hinckley 36 South
Leicester 32; Luctonians 3 Leicester Lions 40;
Macclesfield 45 Sheffield Tigers 55; Otley 46
Sedgley Park 57; Sheffield 14 Chester 24;
Stourbridge 32 Huddersfield 17; Tynedale 7 Sale 5;
Wharfedale 19 Blaydon 27. South: Bury St Edmunds
20 Taunton Titans 26; Canterbury 18 Redruth 16;
Chinnor 24 Tonbridge Juddian 20; Clifton 25
Wimbledon 20; Henley 29 Barnstaple 22; London
Irish Wild Geese 53 Old Redcliffians 22;
Redingensians 47 Broadstreet 19; Worthing 27
Cinderford 29
Pool Four
Ealing Trailfinders
Rotherham Titans
19
24
Aviva Premiership
PW D L F
A B Pts
6 6 0 0 172 98 4 28
6 4 0 2 172 113 4 20
Connacht
Ospreys
6 3 0 3 199 205 4
6 2 0 4 147 173 3
6 2 0 4 114 160 2
6 1 0 5 102 118 4
6 1 0 5 97 144 2
16
11
10
8
6
Conference B
Scarlets
Ulster
Leinster
Edinburgh
Treviso
NG Dragons
Southern Kings
PW
65
65
65
63
63
6 2
60
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
1
1
1
3
3
4
6
F
201
181
170
109
105
138
63
A
100
113
103
112
118
190
223
B Pts
5 25
3 23
3 23
2 14
2 14
2 10
0
0
Swalec Welsh Championship: Beddau 31 Cardiff
Met 5; Bedlinog 25 Tata Steel 10; Glynneath 23
Rhydyfelin 18; Narberth 27 Trebanos 10; Newbridge
36 Newcastle Emlyn 17; Pontypool 32 Skewen 0
Swalec Welsh National League: First Division:
East: Abertillery BG 13 Brynmawr 47; Croesyceiliog
24 Caerleon 29; Nelson 51 Blaenavon 3;Penallta 21
Dowlais 15; Pontypool Utd 23 Ynysybwl 22; Risca 25
Brecon 41. West: Aberystwyth 39 Tycroes 8;
Gowerton 25 Llangennech 25; Kidwelly 16 Crymych
15; Llanelli Wanderers 13 Gorseinon 23; Penclawdd
10 Dunvant 58; Tenby Utd 12 Felinfoel 30. North:
Bethesda 5 Nant Conwy 34; Caernarfon 22 Mold 34;
Colwyn Bay 37 Bro Ffestiniog 10; Llandudno 19 Bala
29; Pwllheli 31 Llangefni 12; Ruthin 19 Dolgellau 11
BT Scottish Premiership
Ayr
Boroughmuir
Currie
Glasgow Hawks
Melrose
41
60
30
36
66
Heriot?s
Hawick
Stirling County
Watsonians
Marr
17
18
24
27
10
Scottish National League One: Aberdeen Grammar
33 Jed-Forest 41; Cartha QP 15 Musselburgh 18;
Dundee HSFP 62 Stewart?s Melville FP 6; Falkirk 3
GHA 40; Gala 13 Edinburgh Acads 6; Selkirk 24
Kelso 19. League Two: Biggar 45 Whitecraigs 24;
12 ran. NR: Epic Fantasy. ╜l, ╛l. K A Ryan.
Tote: г6.80; г2.10, г2.10, г2.40. Exacta:
г37.20. CSF: г37.51. Trifecta: г545.90
5.00 (2m 56yd) 1 October Storm (J F Egan,
12-1); 2 Arrowtown (33-1); 3 Coeur de Lion
(5-4 fav); 4 Opposition (12-1). 16 ran. NR:
Graceful Lady. Sh hd, 2╜l. M R Channon.
Tote: г14.00; г2.90, г8.70, г1.10, г2.80.
Exacta: г900.80. CSF: г385.86. Tricast:
г859.84. Trifecta: г3,458.60
5.30 (1m 2f 56yd) 1 Grand Inquisitor (P
Makin, 5-1 fav); 2 Swift Emperor (20-1); 3
Alwahsh (11-2); 4 Dance King (7-1). 18 ran.
NR: Awake My Soul, Mutarakez. 5l, 1╝l. Ian
Williams. Tote: г6.10; г2.00, г5.60, г1.90,
г1.90. Exacta: г172.10. CSF: г112.28.
Tricast: г589.78. Trifecta: г962.80
Placepot: г510.80
Quadpot: г14.70
Chepstow
Going: Good to soft (good in places)
1.55 (2m 11yd hdle) 1 Dynamite Dollars
(Sam Twiston-Davies, 9-4 fav); 2
Lostintranslation (11-2); 3 Fleminport (6-1).
14 ran. 2l, 1l. P F Nicholls. Tote: г3.20;
г1.60, г2.20, г2.10. Exacta: г16.60. CSF:
г13.75. Trifecta: г154.50
2.30 (2m 3f 100yd hdle) 1 If You Say Run
(Sam Twiston-Davies, 4-1); 2 Just A
Thought (11-4); 3 Roksana (40-1). Also ran:
Oscar Rose 5-2 fav. 14 ran. 3l, ╛l. P F
Nicholls. Tote: г3.00; г1.60, г1.50, г7.80.
Exacta: г17.90. CSF: г15.03. Trifecta: г694.10
3.05 (2m 3f 98yd ch) 1 Finian?s Oscar (B J
Cooper, 1-3 fav); 2 Tintern Theatre (18-1); 3
Aintree My Dream (10-1). 4 ran. 11l, 3╛l. C L
Tizzard. Tote: г1.20. Exacta: г12.20. CSF:
г6.07. Trifecta: г18.50
3.35 (2m 11yd hdle) 1 Silver Streak
(Mitchell Bastyan, 10-1); 2 Dolos (4-1 fav); 3
Flashing Glance (6-1). 10 ran. 4╜l, 1╝l. Evan
Williams. Tote: г11.50; г2.90, г1.80, г1.90.
Exacta: г68.20. CSF: г49.44. Tricast:
г263.30. Trifecta: г626.30
Placepot: г1,001.70
4.10 (2m 3f 100yd hdle) 1 Court Minstrel
(Mitchell Bastyan, 14-1); 2 Sam Spinner (81); 3 Peak To Peak (10-1); 4 Wholestone (4-1
fav). 18 ran. ╜l, nk. Evan Williams. Tote:
г17.10; г3.10, г2.00, г3.00, г1.90. Exacta:
г101.80. CSF: г114.57. Tricast: г1,206.45.
Trifecta: г1,233.90
Quadpot: г257.10
Going: Good
2.05 (1m 2f 56yd) 1 Dark Red (F Norton, 101); 2 Syphax (8-1); 3 Linguistic (10-1). Also
ran: Big Country, Chelsea Lad 4-1 jt-favs. 12
ran. NR: Burguillos, Empress Ali. 2╝l, ╛l. E A
L Dunlop. Tote: г10.10; г3.00, г3.50, г3.00.
Exacta: г108.50. CSF: г81.88. Tricast:
г821.03. Trifecta: г789.60
2.40 (6f) 1 Rebel Assault (F Norton, 25-1);
2 It Dont Come Easy (12-1); 3 Staxton (11-2).
Also ran: Shabaaby evens fav. 11 ran. NR:
Shaya. 1╝l, ╛l. M Johnston. Tote: г29.40;
г6.90, г3.70, г2.20. Exacta: г484.20. CSF:
г290.59. Trifecta: г1,876.50
3.15 (6f) 1 Teruntum Star (Kevin Stott, 101); 2 Spring Loaded (10-1); 3 Flying Pursuit
(12-1); 4 Eastern Impact (16-1). Also ran: Mr
Lupton 11-2 fav. 20 ran. 1╛l, nk. K A Ryan.
Tote: г9.90; г3.00, г3.20, г3.10, г4.30.
Exacta: г137.50. CSF: г104.79. Tricast:
г1,277.22. Trifecta: г1,949.30
4.45 (2m 7f 131yd ch) 1 Rock The Kasbah (R
Johnson, 2-1 fav); 2 Petrou (25-1); 3
Ballykan (8-1). 13 ran. NR: Henryville. 2l, 3╛l.
P J Hobbs. Tote: г2.50; г1.20, г6.50, г2.80.
Exacta: г62.40. CSF: г59.67. Tricast:
г360.19. Trifecta: г1,188.10
5.20 (2m 7f 131yd ch) 1 Definitly Grey (Paul
O?Brien, 8-1); 2 Paddy The Oscar (16-1); 3
Wade Harper (4-1). Also ran: Bacchanel 7-2
fav. 12 ran. 18l, 21l. C E Longsdon. Tote:
г8.80; г2.90, г3.40, г1.70. Exacta: г59.00.
CSF: г127.57. Tricast: г597.05. Trifecta:
г231.00
Placepot: г37.30
Quadpot: г13.30
Hexham
Going: Heavy
3.50 (7f 192yd) 1 Awesometank (D
Tudhope, 3-1 fav); 2 Dark Liberty (9-2); 3
Veejay (7-1). 9 ran. Nk, 1╝l. W J Haggas.
Tote: г2.90; г1.50, г1.80, г2.70. Exacta:
г17.40. CSF: г16.55. Tricast: г87.69.
Trifecta: г117.10
2.15 (2m 4f 28yd hdle) 1 Niceandeasy
(Craig Nichol, 9-4 fav); 2 Saint Freule (5-2);
3 Bit Of A Quirke (20-1). 11 ran. 7l, 33l. K
Dalgleish. Tote: г3.30; г1.30, г1.80,
г4.00. Exacta: г9.30. CSF: г8.48. Trifecta:
г99.30
4.25 (7f) 1 Mont Kinabalu (T Eaves, 6-1); 2
Chief Justice (11-2); 3 Maghaweer (11-2). Also
ran: Big Country, Chelsea Lad 4-1 jt-fav.
2.50 (2m 4f 15yd ch) 1 Western Jo
(Jonathan England, 100-30); 2 Haul Us In
(16-1); 3 Perseid (11-2). 13 ran. NR: Attention
RUGBY RESULTS
Harlequins
Plain sailing:
Ryan Moore
urges US Navy
Flag to victory in
the Darley
Dewhurst Stakes
at Newmarket.
Trainer Aidan
O?Brien requires
one more winner
to equal the
record number
(25) of Group
One successes in
a season
5.25 (1m 1f) 1 Monarchs Glen (L Dettori, 7-2
fav); 2 Robin Of Navan (10-1); 3 Spark Plug
(5-1). 9 ran. NR: Air Pilot, Fabricate,
Promising Run. 1╝l, 1l. J H M Gosden. Tote:
г3.50; г1.50, г3.20, г2.00. Exacta: г39.90.
CSF: г39.12. Trifecta: г153.00
York
5
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2.35
Discours D?Un Roi 195 (G,S)
11 11/04N Henderson5-11-2..................................N De Boinville
5 /155P-
3 01614- Coo Star Sivola 212 (S) N Williams5-11-0 . Lizzie Kelly (3)
121-21
Andrew Longmore
Sometimes, while he is
sitting in the weighingroom minding his own
business, Silvestre de
Sousa listens to young
jockeys bemoaning their
lot. It might be the lack of
decent rides, the struggle
to make ends meet or
just the traffic, but
De Sousa smiles
to himself. If he
had the
inclination,
the Brazilian
would let
loose a few
home truths.
Try starting to
race-ride at 18, or try
travelling from Sao Paulo
to Ireland in February with
no money, not a word of
English and no woolly hat.
A decade later he is a
dual champion, the most
prolific flat jockey in Britain.
?I?m not the person to tell
them to wake up or be
quiet,? De Sousa says. ?They
think everything should be
easy. But they already have
it easy and they don?t know.
They will figure it out at
some point.?
This Saturday, on Qipco
British Champions Day, the
finale of the flat season at
Ascot, the 36-year-old will
be crowned champion
jockey for the second time
in three years. While a year
ago he narrowly lost his title
to Jim Crowley, this time he
has left nothing to chance.
De Sousa, inset, has
travelled the
length and
breadth of the
country,
racking up
150 or so
rides in
September
and piling up
the winners: on
average 30 a month
in the five months of the
jockeys? championship.
But De Sousa is still
searching for a horse to
take him to the top. ?I want
to win Classics and Derbies,
of course,? he says. ?I?ve had
rides in those races but not
competitive ones. I don?t
want to give up five rides at
York just to have two rides
behind an Aidan O?Brien
horse. Anyway, I can?t do
much more than I?m doing
at the moment.?
RACING RESULTS
TODAY?S RACING
2.15
RACE TO CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
NO EASY RIDE FOR DE SOUSA
Hamilton 25 GHK 12; Howe of Fife 24 Dumfries 37;
Kirkcaldy 27 Preston Lodge FP 0; Peebles P
Aberdeenshire P; West of Scotland 12 Lasswade 30.
League Three: Gordonians 22 Newton Stewart 47;
Haddington 24 Glasgow Acads 20; Highland 24
Ardrossan Acads 25; Hillhead/Jordanhill 24
Perthshire 15; Murrayfield Wanderers 36 St Boswells
25; Orkney 52 Dalziel 7
Rugby league
National Conference: Premier Division: Siddal 36
Thatto Heath Crusaders 22; Wath Brow Hornets P
Rochdale Mayfield P. First Division: Normanton
Knights 16 Lock Lane 9. Second Division: Wigan St
Judes 22 Bradford Dudley Hill 34. Third Division:
Dewsbury Moor Maroons 36 Oldham St Annes 16;
Eastmoor Dragons 20 Woolston Rovers 24
Fixtures
Today: European Champions Cup: Pool Two
(5.30pm): Northampton v Saracens; Ospreys v
Clermont Auvergne. Pool Four: Castres v Munster
(1pm). Pool Five: Toulon v Scarlets (3.15pm)
Thursday: European Challenge Cup: Pool Three:
Gloucester v Agen (7.45pm)
Friday: European Champions Cup: Pool Five:
Scarlets v Bath (7.45pm)
European Challenge Cup: Pool Two: Lyon v Sale
(6.30pm); Toulouse v Cardiff Blues (8pm). Pool
Five: Brive v Oyonnax (6pm)
Saturday: International match: Australia v New
Zealand (10am)
European Champions Cup: Pool Two: Clermont
Auvergne v Northampton (3.15pm); Saracens v
Ospreys (7.45pm). Pool Three: Glasgow v Leinster
(1pm). Pool Four (5.30pm): Leicester v Castres;
Munster v Racing 92. Pool Five: Treviso v Toulon
(3.15pm)
European Challenge Cup: Pool One: BordeauxBegles v Newcastle (5.30pm); Enisei-STM v NG
Dragons (1pm)
European Challenge Cup: Pool Three: Zebre v Pau
(2pm). Pool Four: Krasny Yar v Edinburgh (10am);
Stade Francais v London Irish (7.45pm). Pool Five: 7
Connacht v Worcester (3pm)
LETTERS TO
THE EDITOR
Send your letters to:
The Sports Editor,
The Sunday Times,
1 London Bridge St
London SE1 9GF
email: sportletters
@sunday-times.co.uk
Two simple instructions for
Gareth Southgate to give his
players: never pass the ball to
the player nearest to you, and
never pass to anyone unless you
have committed one of the
opposition players. Shooting
more often would be a good idea
but that is too much for them to
take in at the moment.
John Mcleod, via email
With all the statistics available, I
wonder if they would tell us what
percentage of passes from
England?s defence and midfield
go square or backwards. Also,
could someone tell them they
are allowed to pass the ball
Please, Smiling Jessica. 31l, 1╝l. Sam
England. Tote: г4.30; г2.10, г3.10, г2.20.
Exacta: г76.40. CSF: г46.70. Tricast:
г287.18. Trifecta: г396.60
3.25 (2m 48yd hdle) 1 Dame Rose (Danny
Cook, 2-5 fav); 2 Tetraites Style (9-2); 3
Caventara (40-1). 9 ran. NR: Farocco. 12l, 7l.
Richard Hobson. Tote: г1.30; г1.02, г1.60,
г7.70. Exacta: г4.70. CSF: г3.41. Trifecta:
г51.40
4.00 (3m 41yd ch) 1 Kilcullen Flem (A
Nicol, 7-2 co-fav); 2 More Madness (8-1); 3
Allez Cool (8-1). Also ran: Green Flag,
Smuggler?s Stash 7-2 co-favs. 8 ran. NR:
Red Giant, The Trigger. 3l, 59l. P A Kirby.
Tote: г4.80; г1.40, г2.40, г2.70. Exacta:
г25.30. CSF: г30.63. Tricast: г207.31.
Trifecta: г276.00
4.35 (2m 7f 63yd hdle) 1 Native Optimist
(Finian O?Toole, 11-1); 2 Total Assets (8-1); 3
Gamain (11-4 fav). 8 ran. NR: Landecker. 13l,
30l. Mrs S Walton. Tote: г14.20; г2.60,
г2.20, г1.90. Exacta: г118.20. CSF: г93.24.
Tricast: г311.89. Trifecta: г522.60
5.10 (1m 7f 133yd ch) 1 John Williams
(Rachel McDonald, 9-1); 2 Oak Vintage (92); 3 Roman Numeral (8-1). Also ran:
Minella Suite 3-1 fav. 11 ran. NR: Bandol,
Cooper?s Friend, Rhythm Of Sound, Sultana
Belle. Sh hd, sh hd. A M Thomson. Tote:
г9.30; г3.40, г2.10, г2.50. Exacta: г87.80.
CSF: г51.90. Tricast: г347.43. Trifecta:
г598.10
5.40 (2m 48yd) 1 Senor Lombardy (Callum
Bewley, 5-4 fav); 2 Klare Castle (7-2); 3
Teescomponents Lad (8-1). 10 ran. NR:
Animated Hero. 2╜l, 4l. K Dalgleish. Tote:
г1.90; г1.10, г1.60, г1.90. Exacta: г7.70.
CSF: г5.63. Trifecta: г19.40
Placepot: г100.80
Quadpot: г28.10
Kempton Park
Going: Standard/slow
5.45 (6f) 1 Inuk (Nicola Currie, 100-30); 2
Super Florence (9-4 fav); 3 Avenging Red
(11-2). 8 ran. NR: Hope And Glory, Kheleyf?s
Girl, Vegas Boy, Zapateado. Nk, 3l. R
Hughes. Tote: г3.20; г1.10, г1.30, г1.80.
Exacta: г12.70. CSF: г10.62. Tricast:
г37.15. Trifecta: г53.40
6.15 (6f) 1 Lansky (Kieran Shoemark, 2-9
fav); 2 Balletomane (7-1); 3 Etisalat (5-1). 9
ran. ╛l, nk. J Noseda. Tote: г1.10; г1.02,
г1.50, г1.50. Exacta: г3.60. CSF: г3.77.
Trifecta: г7.90
6.45 (1m) 1 Indiscretion (Daniel Muscutt,
100-1); 2 Jazeel (15-8 jt-fav); 3 Nuits St
Georges (10-1). Also ran: Dragon Mountain
15-8 jt-fav. 12 ran. ╛l, 1╝l. J G Portman. Tote:
г58.60; г12.30, г1.10, г1.90. Exacta:
г701.70. CSF: г268.58. Trifecta: г7,068.40
7.15 (1m) 1 Blue Mist (Kieran Shoemark,
9-4); 2 Communique (5-1); 3 Connaught
Ranger (3-1). Also ran: Tullyallen 2-1 fav. 9
ran. NR: Adjutant, Losingmyreligion. 3l, 2╝l.
R Charlton. Tote: г3.70; г1.30, г1.70, г1.50.
Exacta: г23.30. CSF: г14.99. Trifecta:
г66.50
7.45 (1m) 1 Broughtons Knight (S Donohoe,
9-4 fav); 2 Doctor Bong (33-1); 3 Peak Hill
(50-1). 14 ran. 1╝l, 1l. H Spiller. Tote: г3.50;
г1.80, г5.60, г8.20. Exacta: г88.80. CSF:
г100.33. Tricast: г3,077.36. Trifecta:
г2,394.30
8.15 (1m) 1 Reach High (P Cosgrave, 5-2
fav); 2 The Warrior (7-1); 3 Brilliant Vanguard
(11-2). 13 ran. NR: Big Baz. Hd, ╛l. S bin
Suroor. Tote: г3.40; г1.60, г2.70, г1.80.
forward from defence before the
opposition have 10 men behind
the ball. Oh, and can somebody
tell the wing-backs it?s a good
idea to learn to defend. The final
straw for me was when the ITV
commentator said we should
forgive the players in the
Lithuania match because ?they
had to learn the new formation?.
John Cutler, Kinver
Rod Liddle looks forward to a
World Cup without Germany,
Spain, Argentina, Italy and
Belgium in order that England
might stand a chance (last
week). Has he forgotten Iceland?
Neil Holley-William, via email
Congratulations to Rod Liddle on
his excellent article on our
dreadful football team. I now
look forward to watching
England play as it?s guaranteed
to send me to sleep in no time.
Mike Flint, Christchurch
The SFA have sacked a manager
whose team, during the current
calendar year, were undefeated.
Gordon Strachan was getting a
Exacta: г19.30. CSF: г20.91. Tricast:
г97.99. Trifecta: г90.00
Placepot: г11.00
Quadpot: г5.20
Meeting abandoned after six races
Cork
Going: Soft (soft to heavy in places)
2.10 (7f) 1 Kenya (E J McNamara, 8-11 fav);
2 Stellar Eclipse (12-1); 3 New To Town (6-1).
5 ran. 8l, 2╝l. A P O?Brien. Tote: ?1.70;
?1.02, ?2.60. Exacta: ?8.00. CSF: ?10.97.
Trio: ?27.90
2.45 (7f) 1 Celebration (C T Keane, 5-1); 2
Not A Bad Oul Day (4-1 jt-fav); 3 Fair Game
(11-1). Also ran: Keep Believing 4-1 jt-fav). 13
ran. NR: Hasselnott. 1╛l, hd. G M Lyons.
Tote: ?7.60; ?2.10, ?1.70, ?3.60. Exacta:
?39.50. CSF: ?26.72. Tricast: ?229.85. Trio:
?450.90
3.20 (1m 100yd) 1 Brendan Brackan (C T
Keane, 3-1 fav); 2 Onenightidreamed (9-2);
3 Bumbasina (16-1). 10 ran. 1╛l, 2╛l. G M
Lyons. Tote: ?3.60; ?1.20, ?1.50, ?3.30.
Exacta: ?17.80. CSF: ?16.49. Trio: ?313.20
3.55 (1m 100yd) 1 Drombeg Dream (S
Foley, 3-1); 2 Sebastiano Ricci (11-4 fav); 3
Moltoir (5-1). 7 ran. 3╜l, ╜l. A Leahy. Tote:
?2.90; ?1.30, ?2.10. Exacta: ?6.30. CSF:
?12.57. Trio: ?19.30
4.30 (1m 100yd) 1 Rickrack (C
O?Donoghue, 3-1 fav); 2 Gentil J (12-1); 3
Byron Beauty (20-1). 11 ran. 4╛l, ╜l. Mrs John
Harrington. Tote: ?3.60; ?1.50, ?3.40,
?4.00. Exacta: ?57.70. CSF: ?42.54.
Tricast: ?636.59. Trio: ?607.40
5.05 (1m 100yd) 1 Aunty Audrey (K J
Leonard, 5-1); 2 Musical Jewel (8-1); 3 Best
Not Argue (20-1); 4 Apache Gold (20-1). Also
ran: Harvey Specter 4-1 fav. 18 ran. NR:
Camile, Dont Have It Then, Nannys Well. 3╛l,
╛l. Patrick J Flynn. Tote: ?6.20; ?1.30,
?2.10, ?6.80, ?5.00. Exacta: ?53.60. CSF:
?45.40. Tricast: ?785.52. Trio: ?770.90
5.35 (1m 100yd) 1 Roman Seera (W T Byrne,
10-1); 2 Free Ranger (7-4 fav); 3 Dragon
Phoenix (66-1); 4 Famous Pearl (6-1). 18 ran.
NR: Newcross. ╜l, 1╝l. Anthony Mullins.
Tote: ?14.30; ?3.30, ?1.30, ?7.90. Exacta:
?44.20. CSF: ?27.81. Trio: ?3,019.10
This week
Today: Chepstow (1.40pm); Goodwood
(2pm); Cork (2.05pm); Naas (1.20pm)
Tomorrow: Musselburgh (1.50pm);
Windsor (2pm); Great Yarmouth (1.40pm);
Tuesday: Worcester (2.10pm); Huntingdon
(2.20pm); Kempton Park (5.15pm, A/W);
Leicester (2pm);
Wednesday: Kempton Park (5.45pm, A/W);
Lingfield Park (2.20pm, A/W); Nottingham
(2pm); Wetherby (2.10pm); Punchestown
(2.05pm)
Thursday: Brighton (2pm); Carlisle
(2.10pm); Newcastle (5.15pm, A/W);
Uttoxeter (2.20pm); Punchestown (1.20pm)
Friday: Fakenham (2.05pm); Haydock Park
(1.50pm); Newcastle (5.10pm, A/W); Redcar
(2pm); Wincanton (1.40pm); Dundalk (6pm)
Saturday: Ascot (1.25pm); Catterick Bridge
(1.50pm); Market Rasen (1.40pm); Stratfordon-Avon (2.30pm); Wolverhampton
(5.40pm, A/W); Ffos Las (2.10pm);
Fairyhouse (2.05pm)
Flat meetings in bold
team together in which fans saw
improving performances. The
team displayed a confidence
previously not shown. Strachan
changed the attitude of players
and fans alike. But please get rid
of that hideous pink shirt.
Roy Ritchie, Troon
The interview with Kevin
Pietersen (last week) showed
why he has been called The Ego.
His desire to put the boot into,
and exaggerate the problems of,
a Test team which has had the
temerity not to pick him for three
years was only too evident.
Andrew Whiteley, via email
I have never been a Pietersen fan
but was astounded to read the
concerns of the man who, when
coaching the young, sees them
interested only in ?switch hits,
hitting sixes and T20?. This from
a player credited with inventing
the switch hit and whose stock in
trade was playing his own game
rather than crafting an innings in
the best interests of a Test
match, and his team.
Peter Harvey, via email
16
The Sunday Times October 15, 2017
SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
ANDY WONG
Infuriating and inspiring ? golf is revealed in all its
complexity when you line up with the pros and
celebrities in the Dunhill Links championship
I
IAN MCILGORM
n certain respects, golf is different
from most sports. Perhaps most
importantly, an amateur can be
better in their 60s than they were
20 years before. Earlier this year I
had a drink with a 10-handicapper
who felt sure 2017 would be the
year he finally played to a single
figure. He was 75.
Another thing about golf. Those
who play the game purely for pleasure
can get to compete on many of the
world?s most celebrated courses ? St
Andrews, Pebble Beach, Royal County
Down, Royal Melbourne. It?s the same as
a Sunday league football team having a
game at Wembley, Kidwelly RFC?s
second team taking on their local rivals
at the Principality stadium, or two oncea-week club players having Wimbledon?s
Centre Court for the afternoon.
Ten days ago we were standing on the
second green at Carnoustie, the course
that most people regard as the toughest
on The Open Championship rota. This is
the second day?s play at the Dunhill
Links championship and Matt Wallace,
the professional with whom I?m
partnered, has just played his bunker
shot to two feet. Certain par.
I?ve got a 16-foot putt for par and as it?s
one of the eight holes at which I receive a
stroke, it?s a putt that our ailing little
team could do with. ?Roll it just inside
my marker and it will drop,? says
Wallace. The ball rolls down to the hole,
careers directly over the marker,
bobbles slightly left and trickles into the
hole.
Now it is the turn of Art Moossmann,
an American amateur paired with the
24-year-old English pro Jordan Smith.
Art has a 14-foot putt for birdie and as it?s
a stroke hole for him, he can improve
the team?s score by two if he rolls it in.
Back in the day, Art played baseball for
Boston Red Sox until he decided he
could do even better in business. His last
job before retirement was as chief
executive of Allianz in the US.
The putt never looks left or right, just
heads straight for the bottom of the cup.
Art smiles like he?s slugged one into the
bleachers at Fenway Park. The moment
passes in an instant because Smith has a
five-footer for par. The amateurs are
competing for their lives, the pros are
playing for a $5m (г3.76m) prize fund.
Smith has enjoyed an outstanding first
season on the European Tour. Three
months ago he won the European Open
in Germany, then tied ninth at the US
PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in
August. There have been four other top10 finishes and г1m in prize money. He
putts well, so the five-footer should be
straightforward.
Except that nothing in golf is
straightforward, or rather
what is straightforward three
minutes ago can suddenly
become complicated. Jordan
has watched two 62-year-old
men roll in putts from more
than twice the distance he
Fired up: Rafael Nadal has adapted well to the slick surface
Grand masters
lock horns again
TENNIS
Clash number 38
between Federer
a
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