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SPORT
December 17, 2017
thesundaytimes.co.uk/sport
STOKE CITY BOSS
MARK HUGHES FEELS
THE HEAT AFTER
CRUSHING 3-0 HOME
LOSS TO WEST HAM
PAGE 3
WHY JERMAIN DEFOE
SHOULD BE SPORTS
PERSONALITY
OF THE YEAR
ROD LIDDLE, PAGE 6
ROBBIE JAY BARRATT
Marching on: Ilkay
Gundogan chose a good
time to score his first goal
of 2017, one that set
runaway Premier League
leaders Manchester City
on their way to yet
another victory last night
England
slammed by
stars on day
of disaster
Simon Wilde
Cricket correspondent, Perth
Former Ashes winners Graeme Swann
and Michael Vaughan delivered stinging
criticisms of England?s performance on
day three of the third Test at the Waca,
when they claimed just one wicket for
346 runs. With Australia resuming this
morning on 549-4, 146 runs ahead, and
captain Steve Smith unbeaten on 229,
the tourists appear to be on the brink of
a series defeat.
In his Sunday Times column, Swann
writes: ?It looked as if Joe Root?s side
were too weighed down by the challenge
that awaited them and the prospect of a
hard day in the field.? Swann, who
retired in 2013, also claimed England
lack leadership in the absence of Ben
Stokes. ?Captaincy can be a lonely
existence and right now it doesn?t look
as if Joe Root has too many lieutenants.
You can bet that if Stokes had been on
the pitch yesterday, he would not have
been backward about coming forward,
Manchester City keep up
their winning streak with
4-1 win against Tottenham
Sweet
whether it be demanding a rallying cry
or delivering one himself.?
Michael Vaughan, who captained
England to Ashes victory in 2005, also
slammed the team?s display on BT Sport.
Vaughan criticised the lack of variety in
England?s bowling attack, stating: ?It is a
disastrous day. I think today showed we
have no swing, no seam, no pace and no
spin. How are you going to get wickets?
?You are basically relying on an
Australian batting line-up getting bored,
chipping one in the air, but you can see
in their eyes that they are not going to do
that. They are desperate to get the Ashes
back and you have to say today is the
day, in my opinion, that the Ashes will be
staying in Australia.?
Mitchell Marsh scored 181, making
him the third member of his family to
score a Test century, along with brother
Shaun and father Geoff.
16
ASHES COVERAGE, PAGES 8-9
Neymar?s �0m Real move Jose eyes �m Brazilian star
Nick Greenslade
The prospects of Neymar moving to Real
Madrid grew last night after it was
reported in Spain that the Brazilian?s
father had met the club?s president,
Florentino Perez. Spanish sports
newspaper Diario Gol reported
yesterday that Neymar Sr had
dinner with Perez to discuss a
possible �0m move from
Paris St-Germain to the
Bernabeu.
According to Diario
Gol: ?Neymar Sr
promised the president
of Real that he would put
as much pressure as
possible on [PSG
chairman] Nasser AlKhela飂i to let his son
escape this summer.?
The player?s father is quoted as having
told Perez: ?You have my word,? that he
would set to work on this.
Neymar is believed to be
unhappy in Paris after his
world record �8m move
from Barcelona last summer.
Real were beaten to Neymar?s
signature by their La Liga rivals
in 2013, when Barcelona paid
Santos a fee that has since been
valued at �.6m, even
though his transfer was
reported at the time as
�.6m. The transfer later
became the subject of an
investigation by the public
prosecutor?s office in Madrid.
Neymar Sr has confirmed his
Neymar: unsettled
since joining PSG
son?s interest in a move, with the 25year-old reportedly wanting to leave
France at the end of this season.
Gerard Pique, Neymar?s former
Barcelona teammate, said yesterday that
his friend moved to France from
Catalonia because he wanted to be the
world?s best player. ?As a friend, I could
understand his decision and why he
wanted to go to Paris,? Pique said. ?I
know Neymar wanted the Ballon d?Or, so
it is fair he left for Paris, where he will be
the main star. If he does a good job in the
Champions League and in France, he
has options to win the Ballon d?Or.?
Another Spanish newspaper, Don
Balon, has reported that Real?s Gareth
Bale wants to return to Tottenham
instead of moving to Manchester United
or Chelsea. The European champions
are expected to let the Wales
international leave next summer.
Duncan Castles
Manchester United are considering an
offer close to �m for Bordeaux?s 20year-old Brazilian star, Malcom, in
the January transfer window. With
a budget of about �m to
strengthen his squad for the second
half of the season, Jose Mourinho
would like to add a genuine
wide player and has put
Malcom on a shortlist of
targets.
Capable of playing
anywhere across the
second line of attack,
the Brazilian has
scored seven goals
and been credited
with four assists in 17
Ligue 1 appearances
this season. He also ticks boxes
for Mourinho in his ability to play off
either wing and in being left-footed.
Mourinho has regularly shared wing
duties between Marcus Rashford and
Anthony Martial ? two forwards who
prefer to attack
centrally ? or
utilised wing-backs
to provide
attacking width so
far this season.
Signed from
Corinthians in 2015,
Malcom is expected to cost
about �m. That sum,
however, is less than a third of
Monaco?s summer valuation of
Thomas Lemar, a more
experienced option for the
Malcom: seven goals,
four assists this season
position who was the subject of large
offers from Arsenal and Liverpool in the
last window.
?I?m not a big defender of the January
market, but there are players and
situations that sometimes you have the
chance to do and you shouldn?t lose the
chance,? said Mourinho. ?If you can buy
in January a player you would buy in
June, July, and you have the chance to
get him a few months before, then
great.? Left-back and central midfield are
two additional areas Mourinho would
like to improve. United?s preferred
option at left-back is Alex Sandro. The
Brazil international, who is also coveted
by Chelsea and Manchester City, has
been pushing Juventus to be allowed to
move to the Premier League.
PARDEW TARGETS MAN UTD, PAGE 7
2
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
City turn up the
volume on Spurs
MANCHESTER CITY
Gundogan 14, De Bruyne 70, Sterling 80, 90
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Eriksen 90+3
4
1
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
4-3-3
Ederson
Otamendi
Walker
Mangala
Delph
Fernandino
De Bruyne
Gundogan
Sterling
Aguero
Sane
Kane
M
Football correspondent
Etihad stadium
Son
anchester City are frightening enough in their normal Zen-like state of passand-move but if you really
want to see scary, make
them angry. After brawling with Jose Mourinho
when he demanded they
turn down their music,
here they shredded, humbled and traumatised Tottenham after
Dele Alli, with spite, tried silencing Kevin
De Bruyne.
The match was poised at that point: 1-0
to City with 67 minutes gone, yet Spurs in
their best period of the game, having
been spared by the profligacy from City
that followed Ilkay Gundogan?s early
goal. Alli contested a 50-50 with De
Bruyne and touched the ball first but
then sunk his studs nastily into the front
of De Bruyne?s right ankle. Pep Guardiola
was incandescent, wanting a red card
when referee Craig Pawson only brandished yellow; De Bruyne?s blood was
also up, and he sought revenge.
Don?t poke a lion: two minutes later,
after poor control by Harry Kane, Fernandinho then Gundogan swept the ball
upfield and through to De Bruyne, who
raced into the box and thrashed a shot,
with venomous indignation, through
Hugo Lloris? weak defences for 2-0. What
followed, with De Bruyne the ringleader,
was a thorough going-over. Tottenham
finished eight points ahead of City last
season; now they are 21 behind, just 18
games in, and the numbers surrounding
Guardiola?s princes grow ever more
mindblowing.
This 16th consecutive league win
allowed Guardiola to match his best run
with Barcelona and his European record
of 19 consecutive victories, set with Bayern Munich, is under threat. City play
Bournemouth, Newcastle, Crystal Palace
and Watford in their next four league
games, and maybe the most telling figures are these: in their five matches
against the rest of the ?Big Six? City are
15-3 up, having won all five.
De Bruyne didn?t stop when he scored.
Soon he collected following Eric Dier?s
silly flick, drove into the box and drew a
foul from Jan Vertonghen. Gabriel Jesus
sent the penalty against a post and Raheem Sterling lashed the rebound over an
open goal. Sterling could have scored
four or five here but with De Bruyne facilitating he ended up with two.
In the 80th minute, countering after
Mousa Dembele lost possession, Gundogan and De Bruyne combined before
Leroy Sane centred for Sterling to finish
from close range. In the 90th minute,
Dier missed Bernardo Silva?s throughball and Sterling nutmegged Lloris before
rolling City?s fourth into the empty net.
This typified the humiliation meted
out to almost all of Spurs? leading players.
Kane had his moments, but was lucky not
be sent off. Lloris, Dier and Vertonghen
had shockers. Alli was only a factor in the
game when being spiteful; the 17-year-old
Phil Foden, making his Premier League
debut in a 10-minute cameo, created
more.
Only Christian Eriksen left with a good
memory to cling to. In stoppage time the
Dane went on a solo run and scored with
a lovely left-footed shot but this was scant
Rose
4-2-3-1
Eriksen
Alli
Dembele
Winks
Vertonghen
Dier
Trippier
Lloris
consolation for Mauricio Pochettino,
who recognised his team had been
handed a lesson. Seventh, Spurs? next
game is a horrible one, away to Burnley,
and October?s 4-1 win over Liverpool
seems anomalous with other big games ?
Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and
now City inflicting defeats.
Guardiola?s machine is working so
potently and voraciously; even the spare
parts. Gundogan was starting a Premier
League game for only the second time
since serious knee damage 12 months
ago, but you?d never have known.
Nor that City were missing their best
player of recent weeks, David Silva,
absent for personal reasons. Gudogan
continually found and exploited the spaces between Spurs? midfield and
defence. With Sterling and Sane getting
round their full-backs, and De Bruyne
spearing long passes where he pleased,
Spurs were stretched, and when they did
have possession their desire to play out
from the back only made them prey to
City?s press.
The first goal came from a corner after
Sterling switched play to Sane to open
Spurs up. As players lined up in the box,
Gundogan just trotted into it, untracked
by Son Heung-min. Sane?s delivery was
flat and curving, and Gundogan met it in
space to head past Lloris. Danny Rose
later nudged Eliaquim Mangala in the
box, and perhaps should have been punished with a penalty.
Two particular moments epitomised
Tottenham?s torture. One came when
Kieran Trippier tried a risky ball and put
his head in his hands when it was intercepted. As he did this, De Bruyne lobbed
a pass over his head to Sane, who crossed
and Aguero shot, thwarted only by Rose
taking the ball full in the face. The other
followed a rare instance Spurs beat City?s
press. Rose chipped to Alli but Ederson
bravely dived out to take the ball and City
countered with De Bruyne releasing
Aguero. Rose bust lungs to get back and
blocked via a possibly deliberate handball. Spurs had gone from goal chance to
almost conceding a penalty in a trice
After regrouping at half-time they initially improved, and a fluent 54th-minute
move ended with Kane?s clean, powerful
shot well saved by Ederson. But should
Kane have still been on? Minutes earlier
he was booked when late into a challenge, catching Sterling?s shin with a full
set of studs. City, mind you, hardly
needed an extra man.
Star man: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Yellow cards: Manchester City: Otamendi, Delph
Tottenham: Dembele, Alli, Kane, Sissoko
Referee: C Pawson
Attendance: 54,214
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi,
Mangala, Delph, Gundogan (Foden 83min),
Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero (Jesus
58min), Sane (Bernardo Silva 85min) Substitutes:
Bravo, Danilo, Zinchenko, Toure
Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose
(Davies 89min), Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli (Sissoko
84min), Son (Lamela 77min), Kane Substitutes: Vorm,
Foyth, Aurier, Llorente
Stoop to conquer:
Ilkay Gundogan,
right, heads the
first goal past a
despairing Hugo
Lloris after only
14 minutes of last
night?s encounter
Gundogan
takes chance
to show how
he can
help Pep
Alli: two late
tackles were
indicative of
the Spurs
player?s
frustration
Pack lifts Bristol City
BRISTOL CITY
Pack 36, Bryan 45+2
NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Dowell 47
2
1
Robert Dunford
Ashton Gate
Dean Holden believes Bristol
City showed their mettle as
they defeated Nottingham
Forest. Two first-half goals
were good preparation for
Wednesday?s Carabao Cup tie
against Manchester United.
City remain behind
second-placed Cardiff, but
Holden felt they deserved
victory. ?It was a slow start,
we scored two goals in 10
minutes and got our tails up.
For me it was well deserved,?
said City?s assistant head
coach. ?We should have put
the game to bed earlier. We
had three or four good
chances to do that. We knew
Forest were going to try and
dominate the ball, but we?re
at home and have to be on the
front foot.?
Forest?s Mustapha Carayol
missed from six yards after a
powerful run, but the
deadlock was broken on 36
minutes when City?s Marlon
Pack drove into the bottom
right corner from 25 yards.
After making a double save
from Jamie Paterson and
Pack, Forest goalkeeper
Jordan Smith was beaten for
the second time from
distance when he was
deceived by a deflected strike
from Joe Bryan. The visitors
pulled a goal back on 47
minutes when Kieran Dowell
delivered a lob over Frank
Fielding. They were unable to
earn the equaliser, however,
frustrating Forest manager
Mark Warburton.
?It was a proverbial game
of two halves, we weathered
the storm for the first 35
minutes,? he said. ?It was a
really soft first goal, we didn?t
get out to block the shot. In
the second half we were
showing more of what we are
capable of. We left ourselves
open to the counter. The
margins in this league are so
fine. We?ve been in games
where we?ve dominated and
we?ve been sucker-punched.?
Star man: Jordan Smith (Nottingham
Forest)
Yellow cards: Bristol City: Brownhill,
Ian Hawkey
Etihad stadium
After the collision, an
anxious hush. Ilkay
Gundogan clutched at his
ankle, Dele Alli put on a face
of innocence and, around
the Etihad, there alternated
outrage at the force of the
England midfielder?s
challenge and concern
about the fragility of the
German?s bruised joint.
Mercifully, Gundogan rose,
trotted gingerly a few steps
and resumed a landmark
evening for him.
It was a year ago
this week that
Gundogan bumped
against Watford?s
Nordin Amrabat, a
collision that, at
the time, looked
far less menacing
than the crunch of
Alli?s studs on him
yesterday. It turned out he
had sustained cruciate
ligament damage. It meant
he would end his debut
season in English football
very prematurely.
Nor was it his first such
setback. Injury has been
especially unkind to
Gundogan who, at 27, has
missed out on two major
international tournaments
with Germany, including a
World Cup triumph.
For most of the past 12
months he has watched his
City team gain momentum
without him. So yesterday
was a watershed: Gundogan
scored the opening goal,
and it looked more and
more exemplary as others
around him squandered
chance after chance for the
next hour.
Gundogan then provided
the pass for the brilliant
Kevin de Bruyne to score the
second. He was also a chief
engineer in City?s third goal.
This is only his second
start in the Premier League
since his long recuperation
ended. ?He was really
good,? said Pep Guardiola of
a midfielder he has always
valued and pressed hard to
bring to City in the summer
of 2016.
Manager and player
arrived at the same time
from the Bundesliga, where
Gundogan had been a
champion with Borussia
Dortmund, Guardiola a
champion with Bayern
Munich. Guardiola knew his
stoic qualities as well as his
skill-set, and that a longterm back injury deprived
him and Dortmund and
Germany of the best part of
a year of his career.
Even at the City of De
Bruyne and the two Silvas,
David and Bernardo, of
Fernandinho and the rest,
Guardiola sees Gundogan as
vital. ?We knew his qualities
last season and missed him a
lot. He?s a guy with quality
to keep the ball, who runs a
lot and he has special
quality in the box, in his
sense of goal.?
Gundogan is not a prolific
scorer from midfield but he
has a knack of scoring
important goals. He struck
for Dortmund, from the
penalty spot, in a
Champions League final. He
scored for them against
Guardiola?s Bayern in a
German Super Cup final, a
rare Dortmund victory in
that rivalry in that era.
His header, his first City
goal since he struck two
against Barcelona in the
Champions League in
November last year, had
authority, accuracy and
power, although there was
Whelan gifts Derby victory
DERBY COUNTY
Weimann 24, Russell 90+1
ASTON VILLA
Bryan: scored City?s second
Woodrow Nottingham Forest: Worrall,
Bridcutt
Referee: J Linington
Attendance: 20,128
Bristol City: Fielding 5, Wright 6, Flint
6, Baker 6, Magnusson 5, Brownhill 6,
Pack 8, Smith 6, Bryan 5, Paterson 5
(Taylor 77min, 6), Reid 6 (Woodrow
90min, 5) Substitutes: Steele, Eliasson,
Djuric, Vyner, Leko
Nottingham Forest: Smith 7, Lichaj 5,
Worrall, Mills 5 (Osborn 45+1min, 5),
Mancienne 5, Bouchalakis 5 (Clough
63min, 5), Bridcutt 6, Walker 5, Dowell
6, Carayol 5 (Brereton 77min, 5), D
Murphy 6 Substitutes: Evtimov, McKay,
Cash, Ward
2
0
Nick Lucy
Pride Park
Glenn Whelan?s first-half
blunder gave Derby?s
promotion push further
momentum at his own club?s
expense, gifting former Villa
striker Andreas Weimann the
chance to set Gary Rowett?s
side on their way to a fifth
victory in six games.
Weimann?s second goal in
a week was set up by Matej
Vydra, who accepted
Whelan?s poor backpass in
the 24th minute, before
substitute Johnny Russell
sealed the win late on as Villa
suffered only their second
defeat in 10 games.
?We?re finding ways of
winning games at the
moment,? said Rowett after
Derby consolidated their
position in fourth place.
?That?s probably the best we
have started a game in a long,
long time and we got
ourselves into some good
positions. Look at how many
saves their keeper has had to
make and look at the few
moments Scott Carson has
been tested.?
Villa manager Steve Bruce
bemoaned the fact his side
were in such generous mood.
?You can?t make mistakes like
that in big games and so, in
many respects, we got what
we deserved in the end, even
though we played well for
long periods. It?s experienced
players who have made those
mistakes, right from the very
first minute.?
Derby should have been in
front long before Whelan?s
mistake as David Nugent
wasted a glorious chance
after only 40 seconds and
then forced a fine save out of
Sam Johnstone with a closerange header.
The opening goal brought
an end to a promising period
for Villa in which Jack
Grealish, back in the starting
line-up after a long absence
with a damaged kidney,
featured prominently.
Vydra could hardly believe
his luck when Whelan?s
volleyed pass landed at his
feet, but he unselfishly set up
Weimann to score. The
outstanding Richard Keogh
was involved in the pivotal
moments that decided the
game in the second half,
producing a vital block to
keep out a goalbound effort
from Robert Snodgrass four
minutes after the break and
then delivering the pass for
Russell to add the second.
Star man: Richard Keogh (Derby)
Referee: L Probert
Attendance: 28,118
Derby: Carson 6, Baird 6, Keogh 8,
Davies 6, Forsyth 7, Ledley 6,
Huddlestone 7, Weimann 6 (Russell
57min, 6), Johnson 7, Vydra 7 (Thorne
86min, 5), Nugent 6 (Martin 72min, 6)
Substitutes: Mitchell, Pearce, Wisdom,
Winnall
Aston Villa: Johnstone 6, Elmohamady
6, Chester 7, Jedinak 6, Taylor 6,
Whelan 5 (Hogan 65min, 5), Hourihane
7, Snodgrass 6, Grealish 7, Adomah 6
Onomah 6 (Agbonlahor 83min, 5)
Substitutes: Steer, Hutton, De Laet,
Bjarnason, Elphick
3
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
JASON CAIRNDUFF
PREMIER LEAGUE
P
18
17
18
18
18
17
18
18
18
17
18
18
18
18
18
17
18
18
17
17
Man City
Man Utd
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Liverpool
Tottenham
Leicester
Watford
Everton
Huddersfield
Southampton
Brighton
Crystal Palace
West Ham
Bournemouth
Stoke
Newcastle Utd
West Brom
Swansea
W
17
12
12
10
9
8
9
7
6
6
6
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
2
3
D
1
2
2
3
5
7
4
5
4
4
3
6
6
5
5
4
4
3
8
3
L GD
0 44
3 26
4 18
5
11
4
4
2 14
5 13
6
1
8 -6
7 -8
9 -14
8 -7
8 -9
9 -13
9 -15
9 -5
10 -20
11 -11
7 -10
11 -13
Pts
52
38
38
33
32
31
31
26
22
22
21
18
18
17
17
16
16
15
14
12
?RACE ATTACK? ON STERLING
Raheem Sterling, inset, was
allegedly racially abused and
assaulted before the Tottenham
game, it was reported last night.
The Manchester City
winger was said to
have been kicked
by a man waiting
at the players?
entrance at City?s
football academy
training base as he arrived for the
pre-match preparations
POCHETTINO'S POOR RECORD
Since his arrival at White Hart Lane
in May 2014, Mauricio Pochettino?s
away record against Tottenham?s
rivals for a top-four place (Man City,
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and
Man United) has failed to impress.
Their only victory on the road
was a 2-1 win at Man City
in February 2016
Away: Played
18
7/10
7
HUGO
LLORIS
7/10
Virtual spectator in first half but
saved well from Kane after the
break. Important in the way he
starts City?s play from the back
Overworked and had little
chance with the goals. Made key
saves but fortunate when he
spilled a Gundogan effort
KYLE
WALKER
KIERAN
TRIPPIER
8/10
8
5/10
Early bodycheck on former
teammate Son showed he meant
business and did not put a foot
wrong thereafter
Beaten far too easily by Sane far
too often for Spurs? liking.
Struggled with the pace and
mobility of the German wide man
NICOLAS
OTAMENDI
ERIC
DIER
7/10
5/10
Stepped up with a strong
performance although lived
dangerously after his booking for
kicking Kane in the face
Torrid afternoon for all the Spurs
defence. Gave the ball away too
often, bothered by City?s pace
and movement
ELIAQUIM
MANGALA
JAN
VERTONGHENN
6/10
6
5/1
5/10
In for injured Stones and
Kompany, his poor ball-playing is
a weakness but his defending
was solid
Made good interceptions,
particularly one from a Sane
cross, but found wanting when
he gave away the spot-kick
FABIAN
DELPH
DANNY
ROSE
6/10
6/
7/10
Easy to forget he is playing out of
position at left-back, although
not when he tripped Trippier to
earn a second-half booking
Very lucky to escape a penalty
call for a push on Mangala, but
grew into the game as he pushed
upfield with great energy
MOUSA
DEMBELE
A
His battle with Alli grew
increasingly fractious but his
ability to break up play and start
City moving forward was crucial
Might have been booked for an
early foul on De Bruyne and no
surprise when he was cautioned
for tripping Fernandinho
ILKAY
GUNDOGAN
HARRY
WINKS
6 35
54
9
17
Lost
F
Drawn
A
Won
3 30
9
5 16
Points
51
32
KANE STILL WAITING
Harry Kane has only two more matches ? at Burnley
on Saturday and at home to Southampton on Boxing
Day ? in which to equal or beat Alan Shearer?s record
of most Premier League goals in a calendar year
Club
Goals
36
Year
Alan Shearer
Blackburn
Robin Van Persie
Arsenal
35
2011
Thierry Henry
Arsenal
34
2004
1995
Tottenham
33
2017
Alan Shearer
Blackburn
30
1994
Les Ferdinand
Newcastle
30
1995
Ruud Van Nistlerooy
Man Utd
30
2003
he made a good
performance,? said
Guardiola.
The City manager also
praised De Bruyne,
something he is obliged to
do most weekends, and
spoke of the Belgian?s
exemplary role at the club, a
midfielder whose work-rate,
vision, goalscoring are a full
curriculum for players at
the club academy to follow.
Pochettino seemed to
echo that. Spurs, thought
Pochettino, had undergone
an ?unbelievable
experience for the team. We
need to learn?. He declined
an invitation to discuss Alli?s
second late tackle on a City
ankle, that of De Bruyne in
the second half, a foul that
earned a caution for a
young, fiery Spur enduring
a season of frustration at a
club falling short of
previous standards.
EDERSON
TOTTENHAM
HOTSPUR
Drawn
Points
very little to impede it. He is
not a tall man, indeed he
sets his centre of gravity
low, but here he did not
need height, just timing and
a good spring. There was no
marker to police his run into
the no-man?s land between
Tottenham?s centre-halves.
Spurs had marked him
poorly, to the evident
irritation of their manager,
Mauricio Pochettino. Alli
then tackled Gundogan late
and close to recklessly in
that 40th minute, although
the England player did
make a gesture of apology,
acknowledged by a
Gundogan who was by then
running freely and
confirming that his
comeback, after months of
measuring his progress on
crutches and then on
treadmills, can be declared
complete. ?Today, against
one of the strongest teams,
MANCHESTER
CITY
FERNANDINHOO
11 15
Harry Kane
by Ian Whittell
F
1
Player
PLAYER
RATINGS
Lost
Won
Home: Played
JAN KRUGER
FODEN TO START FOR
CITY AT LEICESTER
Phil Foden, the star of
England?s World Cup
winning Under-17 team, is
set for his first senior
domestic start for
Manchester City in the
quarter-finals of the
Carabao Cup at Leicester
on Tuesday. Foden, 17,
made his Premier League
debut as a substitute in
yesterday?s emphatic win
against Tottenham
7/10
7
8/10
5/10
55/10
In for David Silva but City?s
attacking game did not miss a
beat. His instinct and finishing
for the opener was first rate
Game passed him by. Had an
embarrassing moment in a late
Tottenham attack when he
stumbled in a promising position
KEVIN
DE BRUYNE
CHRISTIAN
ERIKSEN
9/10
9
6/10
6
Energy and stamina is otherworldly, as is his skill and ability
to pick out the most outrageous
of long-range passes
Occasional passing movements
reminded us what he can do, but
found space hard to come by.
Credit for scoring late goal
RAHEEM
STERLING
DELE
ALLI
7/10
6/10
Not as rampant as of late but still
a threat with his pace. As Spurs
left gaps at the back, he helped
himself to two late goals
Closely attended by Fernandinho
but helped Spurs gain a foothold.
Booked for foul on De Bruyne
that looked worse than it was
SERGIO
AGUERO
SON
HEUNG-MIN
6/10
5/10
Faces battle with Jesus for a
regular spot and his finishing
was not up to his usual lethal
standards
Another attacking player who
saw too little of the ball.
Unleashed one promising shot
midway through the second half
LEROY
SANE
HARRY
KANE
88/10
8/10
8
Great runs down the left tortured
Trippier and should have
produced more goals. His setpiece led to the opener
Starved of service but went close
with a couple of decent efforts.
Lucky to see only yellow for a
bad foul on Sterling
TOTAL
TOTAL
Substitutes: The lack of Aguero?s
finishing touch saw him make way
for his young Brazilian rival,
although Jesus hardly did his
cause much good when he missed
a penalty
Substitutes: Son?s anonymous
performance made him a logical
choice to be sacrificed. Lamela
was given 15 minutes in which he
showed great promise, producing
a strong run into the box
79/110 64/110
Reach for the stars: Kasper Schmeichel denies Christian Benteke with a fine save
Benteke ends drought
for rampant Palace
LEICESTER CITY
CRYSTAL PALACE
Benteke 19, Zaha 40, Sako 90+4
0
3
Nick Townsend
King Power stadium
Atonement Afternoon for
Christian Benteke, but a
bitter taste of realism for
Leicester. The increasingly
widespread prophecies that
Claude Puel?s team could end
up ousting one of the Big Six
from a European place were
made to look extravagant
indeed.
True, the hosts were fresh
from a 4-1 annihilation of
Southampton. Yet from the
early minutes it never looked
plausible that Leicester?s
remarkable run ? one defeat,
by Manchester City, since
Puel had replaced Craig
Shakespeare ? would
continue. Certainly all chance
of securing even a draw was
lost when Wilfred Ndidi was
sent off just after the hour.
From the early moment
when Benteke floored home
goalkeeper Kasper
Schmeichel as they collided,
there was a feeling that for
the second Saturday running
this would be all about the
towering Belgian.
If his most zealous critics
had had their way, Benteke
would not even have made it
on to the pitch for his heinous
sin of missing a penalty
against Bournemouth that he
was not supposed to take.
In the event Benteke,
scorer of 15 league goals last
season but who had been
goalless for 13 games,
responded to the stinging
criticism of his action as
much as the miss last week by
securing both his first goal of
the season, and Palace?s first
away win.
?He was very strong, and
did the right things after the
penalty miss,? reflected his
manager Roy Hodgson.
?Everyone at the club and his
teammates appreciated that.
We know that he?s a quality
player and had it not been for
a real wonder-save from
Kasper Schmeichel he would
have scored two.?
Benteke could actually
have scored four. ?One
thing?s for certain,? Hodgson
added. ?If he keeps getting
into situations, in good
positions in front of goal, he?s
going to score goals, either
with his feet or his head.
?With the sort of service
that Andros [Townsend]
provided, he?ll score goals.?
Though Wilfried Zaha?s
contribution, illuminated by
sparkling footwork that left
Leicester?s rearguard
bemused, stood out this was a
scintillating team
performance from the
visitors, with Townsend and
Ruben Loftus-Cheek also
outstanding as Palace thrust
forward with purpose. ?It?s
three clean sheets in a row
away and more importantly
we?ve killed that hoodoo that
we don?t score goals away
from home,? Hodgson said.
Marc Albrighton, Demarai
Gray and Vicente Iborra were
all restored to Puel?s side, but
somewhat perplexingly Shinji
REBEKAH VARDY
SLAMS GREEN
6 Alan Green, the Radio 5
Live commentator, issued
an on-air apology after he
was called ?pathetic? by
Rebekah Vardy for
making sexist comments
about her during
Leicester?s defeat by
Crystal Palace. During his
commentary on the
match, which involved
Vardy?s husband Jamie,
Green said the Leicester
striker ?had his
childminder back? after
she was voted off the TV
reality show I?m A
Celebrity... Get Me Out of
Here! Rebekah Vardy
replied that the comment
was ?pathetic?, adding that
Green ?must be desperate
for more listeners?. Green
apologised when he was
reintroduced before the
second half started
Okazaki, two-goal scorer last
Wednesday night at St Mary?s,
was among those relegated to
the bench. Puel said he had
been rested, explaining: ?To
play every three days is not
possible. It was a poor
performance, a bad day.?
Palace immediately
displayed their attacking
intent. Former Leicester fullback Jeffrey Schlupp slid his
cross-shot wide of the far
post, with Benteke failing to
get a vital touch. Then
Schmeichel had to turn
Loftus-Cheek?s attempt wide.
It surprised no-one when
Palace took a 19th-minute
lead. Townsend picked out
Benteke, bending a glorious
cross, and the striker rose to
thump in a header for his first
goal since May 14.
The hosts almost got on
terms through Benteke, who
contrived to head
Albrighton?s corner just wide
of his own post. Gray, in
tantalising mood down the
left, set up Vardy in front of
goal, but his flick was tame.
Five minutes before the
break, Palace increased their
advantage. Riyad Mahrez
yielded possession to
Benteke, who firmly resisted
a challenge from Ndidi before
finding Zaha. The Ivorian
cleverly rounded Ben
Chilwell before then
unleashing a fearsome drive
past Schmeichel.
After the break, a stooping
Benteke just failed to convert
Townsend?s low cross, and
finally Leicester threatened to
force their way back into
contention when Mahrez saw
his fierce drive saved by
Julian Speroni. He then set up
Ndidi, whose effort flashed
across goal.
Leicester knew that the
game was beyond salvaging
around the hour. First Iborra
headed in from Mahrez?s free
kick, only for referee Martin
Atkinson to rule it out for a
foul. A few seconds later,
after Mahrez released Ndidi
in the area, the Nigerian, 21
yesterday, tumbled
theatrically as Scott Dann and
James McArthur closed on
him. Atkinson decreed
simulation and Ndidi, already
cautioned, was dismissed.
Benteke had a penalty claim
rejected and should have
made it three, from another
Townsend cross, but
Schmeichel perfected one of
those star-jumps made
famous by his father Peter
and blocked his header at
point-blank range.
Townsend shot over, and
Benteke?s deflected effort was
narrowly wide before LoftusCheek broke clear in
stoppage time, and slid the
ball to substitute Bakary
Sako, who curled in via the
post for a fully merited third.
Star man: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Yellow cards: Leicester: Simpson,
Maguire, Ndidi Crystal Palace:
Schlupp, Benteke
Red cards: Leicester: Ndidi
Referee: M Atkinson
Attendance: 31,081
Leicester: Schmeichel 6, Simpson 6,
Morgan 7, Maguire 6, Chilwell 6, Ndidi
6, Iborra 6 (Okazaki 77min, 5), Mahrez 6,
Gray 7, Albrighton 7 (King 77min, 5),
Vardy 6 (Ulloa 85min, 5) Substitutes:
Iheanacho, Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs
Palace: Speroni 7, Kelly 6, Tompkins 6,
Dann 6, Schlupp 7, Townsend 7, Cabaye
6 (Riedewald 85min, 5), McArthur 6,
Loftus-Cheek 7, Benteke 7 (Sako 88min,
6), Zaha 8 Substitutes: Van Aanholt,
Hennessey, Lee, Souare, Wan-Bissaka
Arnautovic strike ensures West Ham go up in the world
STOKE CITY
WEST HAM UNITED
Noble 19 pen, Arnautovic 75,
Sakho 86
0
3
John Aizlewood
Bet365 stadium
Good things, they say, come
to those who wait. After their
first away league victory of
the season and their biggest
since winning 4-1 at Swansea
last Boxing Day, West Ham
would probably agree. After
their fifth defeat in six games,
Stoke may wish the power
outage that delayed kick-off
for an hour was unfixable.
Stoke?s darkness was not
just literal. They railed
LEE SMITH
against the penalty which
gave West Ham the lead, but
offered desperately little
before and afterwards. When
the visitors scored a merited
third, which emphasised the
gap between the teams, the
?Hughes Out? chants rang
out loud and long from the
few home fans remaining.
?I understand the unrest,?
admitted Mark Hughes, the
Stoke manager. ?West Ham
defended exceptionally well
and had power and pace on
the break. We weren?t doing
the right things, it could have
been two or three more.?
This was Marko
Arnautovic?s afternoon. After
74 minutes where he had hit
the woodwork twice, where
he brought out the best of
Jack Butland and the worst in
his own finishing, the
Austrian scored as Stoke?s
defence obligingly stood and
watched, firing past Butland
after a one-two with Manuel
Lanzini. The jilted home
support made Arnautovic,
once Stoke?s one-man
maverick, a lightning rod for
all that has gone wrong since
he fled. Never one to doubt
his own ability even when
others doubt his
commitment, Arnautovic
revelled in his role as
pantomime villain.
Substituted moments later,
he exchanged unpleasantries
with Ryan Shawcross, made
the Hammers symbol with
crossed forearms and dodged
a Stoke scarf hurled at him
from the terraces. ?He?s
beginning to become really
important for us,? noted
David Moyes, the West Ham
manager. ?His workrate was
phenomenal.?
It?s not especially fanciful
to see the lights going out as a
metaphor for the dying days
of Hughes? regime. But, after
last weekend?s Wembley
humiliation which
culminated in the players
being jeered as they
disembarked at Stoke station,
an improved performance in
a midweek defeat at Burnley
suggested some of the old
fires still burn. On this
dispirited and dispiriting
showing, they do not.
Without the suspended
Winston Reid but with the
wind in their sails, West Ham
were as well-organised as
Everton in Moyes?s pomp and
were ahead after 18 minutes.
It began when Shawcross
headed Xherdan Shaqiri?s
Familiar foe:
Marko Arnautovic
celebrates after
scoring against
his former
employers
free kick against a post.
Arthur Masuaku gathered and
found Lanzini. Well inside his
own half, the Argentine
scuttled past Geoff Cameron,
Kevin Wimmer and Joe Allen
until he reached the penalty
area, where he showcased his
most theatrical pirouette as
Erik Pieters lunged in. Much
to the dismay of the more
vein-bulging sections of the
home support, referee
Graham Scott awarded a
penalty even Moyes agreed
was ?soft?. Hughes was more
forthright: ?he clearly dived?.
Playing his 300th Premier
League game, Mark Noble
sent Butland the wrong way.
Fuelled by perceived
injustice, Stoke rumbled
forwards, full of running but
rather less full of goals.
Stymied by their midfield
immobility, Stoke failed to
trouble Adrian as away fans
speculated enthusiastically
upon Hughes? employment
prospects over the next 24
hours.
Arnautovic?s low strike
completed his quest for a
goal, but Stoke?s humiliation
was compounded when
Lanzini strolled through vast
open plains where the home
defence should have been
and found Diafra Sakho, who
slotted home without mercy.
Star man: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham)
Yellow cards: Stoke City: Wimmer,
Shawcross West Ham: Masuaku
Referee: G Scott
Attendance: 29,265
Stoke City: Butland 7, Cameron 5,
Shawcross 5, Wimmer 5, Pieters 5
(Tymon 63min, 5), Shaqiri 5, Fletcher 5
(Adam 62min, 4), Allen 4, Sobhi 5,
Crouch 5, Diouf 4 (Berahino 62min, 4)
Substitutes: Grant, Choupo-Moting,
Ngoy, Edwards
West Ham: Adrian 6, Collins 7,
Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 6, Zabaleta 6,
Noble 6 (Rice 35min, 7), Obiang 6,
Masuaku 8, Lanzini 8, Antonio 7 (Sakho
68min, 6), Arnautovic 8 (Hernandez
79min, 5) Substitutes: Hart, Ayew,
Haksabonovic, Makasi
4
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
Terriers
run riot
after
Deeney
red
WATFORD
Doucoure 68
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Kachunga 6, Mooy 23, 89 pen,
Depoitre 60
1
4
Paul Rowan
Vicarage Road
Most of what?s wacky around
Vicarage Road relates to the
outrageous blown-up
photographs of their most
famous supporter, Elton
John, but here was an
afternoon when he was
well and truly upstaged.
Five goals, both
captains dismissed
and a rake of
outlandish stats
does not quite
capture the
Early bird: Kachunga
celebrates his opener
madness of this game. Having
failed to score away from
home since the first game of
the season ? the worst run on
the road in their history ?
Huddersfield helped
themselves to four, goals from
Elias Kachunga, Laurent
Depoitre and two from the
outstanding Aaron Mooy
completing the rout.
Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled
one back, but they were
hampered by the harsh
dismissal after half an hour of
Troy Deeney and Michael
Oliver?s equally questionable
decision to dismiss Jonathan
Hogg 30 minutes later was
never going to even things up.
?It just shows how crazy
football is,? Huddersfield
manager David Wagner said.
?We wanted to leave the past
behind but it isn?t as easy as it
might sound and the players
showed mental strength.?
The rot set in for Watford
within five minutes.
Huddersfield went ahead
before Watford realised they
were in a game. Kachunga did
well as Huddersfield won a
succession of corners, the last
of which Deeney headed
across his own box. Collin
Quaner?s cross was turned in
by Kachunga, but he and
another away player looked
offside. With so many bodies
around the goalmouth it was
difficult to make the call.
Referee Oliver looked at
linesman Dan Cook for some
time and when the flag was
not raised, the goal stood.
That was Kachunga?s last
act as he was stretchered off
moments later with a
suspected knee injury after
colliding with Heurelho
Gomes. Richarlison then had
a chance to bring Watford
level but shot over. More
disastrous defending left
Watford two behind. Quaner
was again instrumental,
crossing low from the right.
Adrian Mariappa appeared to
slip and the ball slid under his
body, hit the thigh of Mooy
and ended up in the net.
Mariappa was replaced by
Roberto Pereyra, but hopes
of a recovery were dashed
when Deeney lunged through
the back of Quaner as the
midfielder shielded the ball.
The referee did not like
Deeney?s excessive force and
FOOTBALL RESULTS PAGE 14
Alonso long shot pays off
delivered Watford?s third red
card in three games.
Quaner spurned a couple
of chances but it hardly
mattered. Depoitre was
following up after Quaner
slipped and the Belgian
snatched a goal himself for
Huddersfield?s third.
Then the game turned
again. Hogg was sent off for a
second yellow after fouling
Richarlison and Watford
pulled a goal back when a
clearance landed at Doucoure
and he smashed into the net
from outside the box.
Watford piled on the
pressure when back on level
terms numerically, but when
substitute Andre Gray and
then Richarlison were
wasteful, Mooy, the epitome
of cool amid the chaos, added
a fourth from the penalty
spot after Doucoure fouled
Depoitre. Watford manager
Marco Silva refused to get
dragged into talking about
the referee, but agreed it was
the worst performance under
his tenure. ?We made
mistakes at this level that we
can?t make. It was a tough
afternoon.?
Star man: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)
Yellow cards: Watford: Doucoure
Huddersfield Town: Hogg, Depoitre
Red cards: Watford: Deeney
Huddersfield Town: Hogg
Referee: M Oliver
Attendance: 20,026
Watford: Gomes 6, Janmaat 5,
Mariappa 4 (Pereyra 29min, 5), Prodl 5,
Kabasele 4, Holebas 5 (Okaka 82min, 5),
Carrillo 5, Doucoure 6, Capoue 5 (Gray
64min, 6), Richarlison 5, Deeney 3
Substitutes: Wague, Sinclair, Watson,
Karnezis
Huddersfield Town: Lossl 6,
Hadergjonaj 6, Zanka 7, Schindler 7,
Lowe 7 (Malone 45min, 6), Kachunga 7
(Ince 19min, 6), van La Parra 6 (Williams
64min, 6), Hogg 6, Mooy 8, Quaner 8,
Depoitre 8 Substitutes: Whitehead,
Coleman, Cranie, Mounie
CHAMPIONSHIP
FOCUS
NEIL HALL
LEEDS UNITED
3-4-3
Courtois
NORWICH CITY
Azpilicueta Christensen
Moses
Bakayoko
Pedro
Redmond
Bertrand
Cahill
Kante
Hazard
Gabbiadini
Thomas Christiansen, the
Leeds United head coach,
says his young side are
starting to regain the
belief that they are
playoff contenders
after victory over
Norwich at Elland
Road. United?s
season was in danger
of spiraling out of control
when an impressive start
was undone by a run of six
defeats in seven league
matches.
But Christiansen?s team
have responded in
Alonso
Willian
Hojbjerg
Romeu Ward-Prowse Soares
Hoedt
3-4-3
Yoshida
1
0
Stephens
emphatic fashion over the
past month to collect 13
points from a possible 18
and move one point off the
top six.
A first-half header from
Pontus Jansson, inset,
sealed the victory.
Christiansen said: ?A
victory gives us
more confidence
and belief that this
is where we belong
? close to the top
six.? He confirmed
striker Caleb Ekuban will be
sidelined for up to six weeks
with another foot injury.
Norwich head coach
Daniel Farke was left
frustrated by his side?s
failure to score an equaliser.
Forster
BIRMINGHAM CITY
CHELSEA
Alonso 45+3
SOUTHAMPTON
1
0
QPR
Birmingham manager Steve
Cotterill was believed to be
on the verge of being
sacked last night after his
side slumped to the bottom
of the Championship.
Cotterill has won only two
of the 10 matches played
since he took charge in
October.
In a game of mixed
fortunes a demoralised
Birmingham were defeated
by two excellent goals from
Rangers defender Jack
C
Brian Glanville
Stamford Bridge
helsea, often frustrated by
the giant Fraser Forster in
Southampton?s goal, made
heavy weather of this victory
against a Southampton team
who had been torn apart at
home in midweek by Leicester City. Even the histrionics
of
Chelsea?s
manager,
Antonio Conte, were subdued. His tactics were a little puzzling.
Chelsea started with the inventive Eden
Hazard as a central striker. He was often
in the picture but you felt he would have
been far more effective and threatening
had he been in his more familiar position
on the left. It seemed strange that when,
on 67 minutes, Alvaro Morata, the usual
striker, came on it was Hazard taken off.
Southampton, though they owed so
much to the efforts of Forster, and hardly
threatened, could have equalised in the
second half. Coping on the whole
resourcefully with Chelsea?s attack, their
defence solidly manned in the centre by
Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida, they
became more adventurous when striker
Charlie Austin was deployed on the hour
in place of Manolo Gabbiadini.
In the 61st minute, against all expectation and the general run of play, the
Saints and Austin should probably have
scored when an inspired pass by PierreEmile Hojbjerg sent Austin through, only
for Thibaut Courtois to thwart him in the
Chelsea goal. Would Southampton have
deserved a point? On the general run of
play, probably not. For all the opportunities they contrived, this was a modest display by Chelsea, many of their moves
sparked by the busy Willian.
The first half saw Chelsea dominant,
Forster and the visiting defence defiant,
but Southampton carrying no threat at
all. It did, however, take 20 minutes for
Chelsea with all their possession and territorial supremacy to have a genuine
strike at goal. Willian crossed from the
right for Marcos Alonso to strike hard at
goal, but Forster dealt capably with the
drive. Four minutes later, the keeper
IPSWICH TOWN
READING
made a better save when Hazard neatly
found N?Golo Kante but Forster defied
him. When, you wondered, were Chelsea
ever going to beat him? On 32 minutes, he
turned away another fierce shot by
Alonso, with Willian again the supplier.
Goals would not come and, a few minutes
before half-time, Pedro hit the Southampton post.
The game was in first-half stoppage
time when Chelsea scored. Alonso was
the protagonist with a glorious left-foot
free kick from about 30 yards after Hazard, cleverly picking his way through, had
been fouled by Yoshida.
In the second half, Chelsea began with
substantially more of the ball but a defiant visiting defence denied them clear
chances. Indeed it took more than 15 minutes of the half for either side to fashion a
palpable chance and when that did happen, it fell to Southampton.
Chelsea reclaimed the ascendancy but
with Austin there was always the possibil-
ity of a counterattack, though the last
three important saves of the second half
did come from the ever-agile Forster.
The inexhaustible Willian found
Alonso again and his searing drive was
turned over the top. Five minutes later,
Willian found Morata, but Forster dealt
with his shot too. In stoppage time, Forster saved again after Chelsea?s two substitutes, Morata and Cesc Fabregas, combined for Fabregas to try his luck, but the
keeper was equal to that one as well.
Mauricio Pellegrino, Southampton?s
manager, believed his team were ?a little
bit unlucky. Our idea was to be in the
game at the end and we were there. We
nearly equalised and it was a pity because
it was really a chance to get something
from this match,? he said.
Asked what would now happen to his
leading defender, Virgil van Dijk, who
was kept on the substitutes? bench, he
said: ?I repeat, I can?t control the market,
I have to send my opinion to the technical
director and after that the board will
decide, I have to keep my best players at
the club.?
As for Chelsea?s Conte, he thought it
was ?a good win against a good, fast team
with young players?. The narrow margin
did not bother him: ?We made many
chances to score the second goal. We finished with a clean sheet . . . we created
many good chances but we must be more
accurate.?
On target:
Marcos Alonso?s
free kick from
distance curled
away from Fraser
Forster with
question marks
over the wall set
by Southampton
Star man: Fraser Forster (Southampton)
Yellow cards: Chelsea: Alonso Southampton:
Yoshida, Stephens, Redmond
Referee: R East
Attendance: 41,562
Chelsea: Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 6, Christensen 6,
Cahill 6, Moses 6 (Zappacosta 82min, 6 ), Bakayoko 5,
Kante 6, Alonso 7, Pedro 6 (Fabregas 68min, 6 ),
Hazard 7 (Morata 73min, 6), Willian 7 Substitutes:
Caballero, Rudiger, Drinkwater, Batshuayi
Southampton: Forster 8, Stephens 7, Yoshida 7, Hoedt
7, Soares 6 (Lemina 17min, 6 ), Ward-Prowse 6, Romeu
6, Bertrand 6, Hojbjerg 6 (Boufal 72min, 6) Gabbiadini
6 (Austin 61min, 6 ), Redmond 6 Substitutes: Davis,
Tadic, McCarthy, van Dijk
Maja secures Sunderland?s first home victory in a year
1
0
SUNDERLAND
Maja 77
FULHAM
Martin Hardy
Stadium of Light
Frantic whistles filled the
ground, people checked their
watches, those in red and
white shirts hacked
clearances and when Steve
Martin finally ended the
fourth minute of stoppage
time, there was an almighty
1
2
roar. Sunderland had their
first victory at home in 364
days at the 22nd attempt.
Chris Coleman, the manager
for two of the 22, hugged his
number two Kit Symons, like
a long-lost brother.
Even the Championship
table joined in the feeling of a
monumental corner turned.
Sunderland were fourth
bottom when those
supporters who have trudged
out of their ground for 12
months, finally left with a
smile on their faces.
Coleman talked about
changing the mood of a club,
and therefore a stadium,
when he succeeded Simon
Grayson and, to that end, he
stood good to his word in the
72nd minute.
At that point on an until
then forgettable afternoon,
Coleman went bold and put
everything he had on youth.
Off went James Vaughan and
Lewis Grabban and in their
place came two 18-year-olds,
Joel Asoro and Josh Maja,
whom Sunderland signed on
from Fulham in 2015.
Five minutes later, Maja
would have a moment that
neither he, nor Sunderland,
will forget. The excellent
Adam Matthews fed the ball
into Maja inside the Fulham
area, the forward touched the
ball with his right foot to set
up the shooting chance and
then drilled a left-foot shot
low past Marcus Bettinelli.
There was what felt like a
check towards the officials to
make sure the lead had been
grabbed so late in the day, but
it had, and from there came
13 nervy minutes, plus those
four added on before joy
returned to Wearside.
?It?s fantastic,? Coleman
said. ?I was desperate to give
the fans something to smile
about. Those four minutes
lasted a long time. You could
feel the delight. The
supporters are ecstatic. I?m
pleased for them.
?I had no qualms about
putting [Maja and Asoro] on.
They?re a bit different to what
we had. They were an
unknown quantity and they
gave us an impact.?
It had been a better
Sunderland performance but
a superb save from Marcus
Bettinelli in the 49th minute
to deny James Vaughan,
suggested the winless run,
dating back to a victory
against Watford on December
17, 2016, would go on.
Then came Maja, and
Slavisa Jokanovic and his
Fulham players would prove
the most welcome guests
since.
?We dominated many
minutes, we created the
chances but we didn?t finish
them,? Jovanovic said.
Star man: Adam Matthews
(Sunderland)
Yellow cards: Sunderland: Gooch
Fulham: Ojo, Fredericks
Referee: S Martin
Attendance: 25,904
Sunderland: Ruiter 6, Love 6, Browning
7, O?Shea 6, Wilson 6, Matthews 8,
Gooch 7 (Ndong 67min, 6), Gibson 7,
Honeyman 6, Vaughan 6 (Maja 72min,
7), Grabban 6 (Asoro 73min, 6)
Substitutes: Steele, Galloway,
McGeady, McManaman
Fulham: Bettinelli 6, Fredericks 6, Kalas
6 (De La Torre 89min, 5), Ream 7,
R Sessegnon 6 , Cairney 7, McDonald 7,
Norwood 6 (Graham 72min, 3), Ojo 6,
Johansen 7, Fonte 6 (Kamara 78min, 5 )
Substitutes: Odoi, Djalo, Button, Cisse
2
0
Jaap Stam, the Reading
manager, admitted his
side?s poor start cost them
dear in this defeat. Ipswich
ended the visitors? fivematch unbeaten run with
goals from Callum Connolly
in the third minute and Joe
Garner in the 27th.
Stam said: ?If you
concede an easy goal that
early in the game it?s
difficult to get back. When
its 2-0 down it difficult
because you know what the
MILLWALL
MIDDLESBROUGH
2
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Garry Monk was left
perplexed at the naivety of
his Middlesbrough side as
they went down at Millwall.
Goals from Jed
Wallace, inset, and
George Saville put
Millwall on their way
to victory, with
Stewart Downing
pulling one back for
the visitors.
Monk was particularly
frustrated at the way his
side failed to cope with
Millwall?s direct approach,
having warned his players
Robinson. Birmingham?s
hopes of salvaging a draw
were lifted with Sam
Gallagher?s second-half
equaliser, only for them to
concede a second goal
from Robinson.
Cotterill said: ?When I
came in we were second
from bottom so nothing has
changed. It makes it worse
looking at the table. We
now have to work harder to
get out of trouble.?
Ian Holloway, a relieved
Rangers manager, admitted
it was a crucial win. ?We had
to show character and
believe in what we were
doing,? he said.
opposition is going to do.?
Connolly beat Reading
goalkeeper Vito Mannone
with a crisp shot from just
inside the area and Garner?s
second came courtesy of a
close-range header.
Mick McCarthy, the
Ipswich manager, said he
was ?absolutely delighted?
with the win. He said: ?We
have had a real solid
performance today and
they are enjoying playing,
they are enjoying training
and it?s always been the
same, but it?s a lot nicer
when you?re winning.
Callum (Connolly) has been
having a great season.?
before the game what to
expect.
He said: ?It?s never
through a lack of effort
within the group. It just
comes back to naivety. I
feel like a broken record at
the moment. Schoolboy
errors, so avoidable and
basic stuff.?
Millwall manager
Neil Harris is keen
for his team to
extend their good
run and turn the Den
into a fortress. ?Top
teams don?t particularly like
coming here this season,?
he said. ?We are what we are
as a football club. We have
to make it hostile,
intimidating.?
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP
Preston extended their
unbeaten run to six league
games as Jordan Hugill
scored in the 1-0 win over
Sheffield United at
Deepdale. Hugill?s strike
means United are winless in
five games and have lost
four of those. Victory for
Preston in the first
Championship meeting
between the sides since
2011 lifts Alex Neil?s side to
just two points off the
playoff places.
Cardiff kept the pressure
on leaders Wolves with a
victory over Hull City. Sol
Bamba scored a decisive
header after 57 minutes to
maintain Cardiff?s six-match
unbeaten run.
Lloyd Dyer scored the
only goal of the game as
Burton moved off the foot
of the table after winning at
fellow strugglers Bolton.
The experienced winger
fired in his fourth goal of the
season to lift Burton above
their visitors.
Barnsley ended a fivegame losing streak with a
hard-earned point in a 0-0
stalemate at Brentford. The
visitors had goalkeeper
Adam Davies to thank for
stopping the rot with a
brilliant stoppage-time save
from Ollie Watkins.
5
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
Ozil warms Arsenal hearts
HANNAH MCKAY
PETER WHYTE
4-2-3-1
Cech
Bellerin
Koscielny
Monreal
Wilshere
Xhaka
Iwobi
Ozil
MaitlandNiles
Sanchez
Lacazette
Hotspot: James Tarkowski fouls Glenn Murray in the area
Brighton left to
rue Murray miss
Joselu
Murphy
Manquillo
Perez
Merino
Hayden
Lejeune
Lascelles
4-2-3-1
Atsu
Yedlin
BRIGHTON
Elliot
ARSENAL
Ozil 23
NEWCASTLE UNITED
1
0
BURNLEY
Andrew Longmore
Falmer stadium
M
Michael Calvin
Emirates stadium
esut Ozil, in common with
Arsenal
teammates,
donated his day?s wage to
the local homeless and
displaced children in
Iraq. The irony of such an
admirably charitable gesture in a sport governed
by materialism and commercial expedience was
not lost on Ars鑞e Wenger.
He knows, better than anyone, that
Ozil?s long goodbye is reaching a tipping
point. Suitors are hovering and Arsenal?s
negotiating strategy over a new contract
appears increasingly ineffective. The critics who condemned the German as
autumn arrived are prudently keeping
their counsel as winter bites.
Something has to give, and soon.
Asked, inevitably, about the possibility of
agreement being reached before the psychodramas of the January transfer window, Wenger was at his most cryptic. ?I
am confident,? he said ?but what that
means I don?t know.? His smile could not
completely camouflage his discomfort.
A World Cup winner has no real need
to embellish his CV, but the goal that set
up a 10th successive Premier League win
over Newcastle, ?a gem? according to
Wenger, was another compelling example of the talent that, when consistently
applied, lends a hint of common sense to
Ozil?s expectations of silly money.
Manchester United?s apparent willingness to pay his basic asking price of
�0,000 a week, in addition to a relatively modest fee next month if the need
arises, is understandable when he is as
fully engaged as he was on a raw afternoon at the Emirates.
Wenger cannot realistically countenance cashing in, since it would inevitably aggravate those who believe he has
outstayed his welcome at a club that purportedly prioritises the balance sheet
over the league table. To make matters
worse, Ozil?s understanding with Alexis
Sanchez, Arsenal?s other contract refusnik, was smooth, instinctive and instructive here.
Each was centrally involved in the
goal, midway through the first half,
that leaves Newcastle, having
picked up a solitary point in nine
matches, in the bottom three. Sanchez?s shot was blocked by
DeAndre Yedlin but he had
the presence of mind to challenge Florian Lejeune,
whose weak header fell to
Ozil. The clearance had
little power but a difficult trajectory. Both
posed no problem to
the German, whose hooked leftOzil: transfer rumours persist
FOOTBALL
SHORTS
Smash hit: Mesut
Ozil fires home
his winner for a
below-par
Arsenal to
secure three
points and push
Newcastle into
the relegation
zone
footed volley sped unerringly into the top
corner of the net.
The fading memory of Newcastle?s last
win, on October 21, shreds nerves and
reputations. Rafa Benitez reasoned: ?We
did so well for a while that everyone had
expectations of a place in the top 10, but
this is a young team from the Championship, and with the things we did in the
summer we had to be in the bottom half.?
Arsenal supporters have had 21 years
to grow weary of Wenger?s benevolent
dictatorship. Benitez is the 17th manager
employed by Newcastle in that period;
any further appetite for change would be
ruinous, even in a climate where prospective purchasers PCP Capital Partners,
regard relegation as 65% likely.
The situation inverts logic. One of Benitez?s great strengths, his obsessional
pursuit and mastery of detail, is in
danger of becoming a gnawing
weakness. He made five more
changes after using 18 players, and three different systems, in the previous three
matches; rotation is becoming a whirlpool of uncertainty.
The fans remain loyal, recognising his intrinsic understanding of the club?s role in
the community, his lack of
resources, and his devotion
to the best of what the game
represents. Gratitude for his
sense of duty contrasts with their open
contempt for Mike Ashley, who was
loudly implored to ?get out of our club?.
There is an acceptance that the players
are giving their all. Yet they need substantial reinforcements in January. Though
they rallied significantly in the second
half, any team that defends deep, without
attention to the basics, is an accident
waiting to happen. Newcastle were fortunate that, as so often this season,
Arsenal?s finishing failed to match the
quality of their approach play. Chances
were created thrillingly and squandered
abjectly. The closest Arsenal came to
calming nerves with a second goal came
when Jack Wilshere?s shot was saved at
point-blank range by Rob Elliot.
Benitez?s
touchline
semaphore
became increasingly urgent as Newcastle
pushed forward in search of an unlikely
equaliser, but hope drifted away when
Ayoze Perez steered a late header over
the crossbar.
Star man: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Yellow cards: Arsenal: Monreal, Xhaka Newcastle:
Hayden
Referee: S Attwell
Attendance: 59,379
Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 7, Koscielny 6, Monreal 6,
Maitland-Niles 7, Xhaka 6, Wilshere 7, Iwobi 6 (Welbeck
73min, 6), Ozil 8, Sanchez 7 (Coquelin 88min, 6),
Lacazette 6 (Giroud 73min, 6) Substitutes: Ospina,
Chambers, Kolasinac, Elneny
Newcastle United: Elliot 6, Yedlin 5, Lascelles 6,
Lejeune 5, Manquillo 5, Merino 6 (Diame 82min, 6),
Hayden 6, Atsu 6 (Ritchie 53min, 7), Perez 5, Murphy 6
(Gayle 67min, 6), Joselu 5 Substitutes: Darlow, Clark,
Dummett, Aarons
RONALDO PUTS MADRID ON TOP OF WORLD POLICE HURT IN CLASHES WITH FANS
Cristiano Ronaldo?s second-half free
kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a
fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio
1-0 in Abu Dhabi to retain the Club
World Cup. A third Club World Cup in
four years brings Madrid level with rivals
Barcelona as the most successful side in
the competition?s history and adds to
the La Liga, Champions League, Uefa
Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles
already won by Zinedine Zidane?s men
this year. Ronaldo?s strike went through
the Brazilian wall. ?We wanted to win
because Real Madrid have never won
five trophies in one year,? Ronaldo said.
Gareth Bale started on the bench and
came on 10 minutes from time.
CLASICO TOO SOON FOR DEMBELE
Club World Cup glory: goalscorer
Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the trophy
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Ernesto Valverde, the Barcelona coach,
said the club?s record signing Ousmane
Dembele will not be ready for next
weekend?s Clasico. Dembele has not
played since tearing his hamstring at
Getafe on September 16, just three
games into his Barcelona career after a
�.6m move from Borussia Dortmund.
Victory over Deportivo la Coruna today
would open up an 11-point advantage
for the Catalans over Real Madrid ahead
of their trip to the capital next weekend,
albeit Real would have a game in hand.
6On TV Saturday: Real v Barcelona,
11.30am, Sky Sports Football, ko midday
Four French police officers were hurt
during clashes outside Saint-Etienne?s
stadium after Monaco beat the home
team 4-0, police and local government
officials said. The Ligue 1 game was
played on Friday, with the two stands
behind the goals in the Stade Geoffroy
Guichard closed as punishment for
incidents involving Saint-Etienne?s
ultras during another heavy home
defeat in the derby against Lyons on
November 5.
UDINESE SHOCK INTER MILAN
Inter Milan lost their Serie A
unbeaten record after a
shock 3-1 home defeat by
Udinese. The visitors went
in front against the leaders
through Kevin Lasagna.
Mauro Icardi equalised
shortly afterwards but a
Rodrigo De Paul penalty and
Antonin Barak?s tap-in sealed the
points. Bayern Munich needed a late
Thomas Muller strike and a 95th-minute
penalty save from Sven Ulreich to win
1-0 at Stuttgart, a result that sent them
11 points clear at the top.
LEADERS WIGAN CRUISE
Wigan consolidated their place at the
top of League One with a 4-0 win at
struggling AFC Wimbledon, who
BENITEZ KEY TO STAVELEY TAKEOVER
The Newcastle takeover
saga took another twist
when it emerged that the
bid by Amanda Staveley?s
PCP Capital Partners
depends on the club
retaining Rafael Benitez,
writes Jonathan Northcroft.
The 1-0 defeat at Arsenal
increased scrutiny on
the manager?s
position but Mike
Ashley, who is
trying to sell
the club, has
been warned
that any deal
will almost
certainly be off if
he sacks Benitez,
inset.
Staveley has offered
�0m to buy out Ashley,
and a compromise seemed
close before talks broke
down over a number of
issues, including Ashley?s
wish to keep signage
advertising his company,
Sports Direct, at St James?
Park. The parties also split
over whether the club?s
future performance should
be factored into any price.
Staveley may strike a
provisional deal, with a final
price to be set at the end of
the season when
Newcastle?s Premier League
status is clear.
A �0m sale could
allow Staveley to
plough �0m
into the club,
with a sizeable
amount to the
transfer kitty.
Newcastle?s
recent run has
provoked
speculation over
Benitez?s future ? and
he was not reassured by a
meeting with the club chief
executive, Lee Charnley,
over transfers on Thursday.
Ashley would have to pay
Benitez � to terminate
his contract. The Spaniard
has rebuffed inquiries from
several other Premier
League clubs.
Nothing much statistically
suggested this would be a
festival of goals: a total of 30
between the two sides this
season. No side in the top 10
had scored fewer than
Burnley?s 16 while Brighton
had not scored in open play
for five games. That neither
side added to the tally was
due to a lack of invention,
excellent goalkeeping,
notably a brilliant double
save by Brighton?s Mathew
Ryan, and a comical penalty
miss by Glenn Murray.
Brighton at least halted a
run of three defeats, while
Burnley seemed to be
suffering from a touch of
vertigo after temporarily
climbing to the giddy heights
of fourth in midweek.
Sean Dyche proclaimed
himself the ?proudest man in
Proudsville? after his side?s
defeat of Stoke but he would
have been less than thrilled
with a strangely subdued
performance, especially in
the first half. The Burnley
manager could not wait to get
his team back into the
dressing room at half-time
and, probably, deliver a gruff
reminder about the danger of
believing their own publicity.
They were exposed as a
desperately ordinary side by
Brighton, who were more
fluent and purposeful all over
the pitch except where it
mattered, in front of goal.
?We don?t swagger into
places,? said Dyche. ?We
haven?t earned that right yet.
There are no delusions of
grandeur about what we?ve
achieved. We had to fight for
everything we got today.?
His counterpart Chris
Hughton was full of praise for
Burnley?s upward mobility, a
model perhaps for his club?s
future in the Premier League.
He said: ?To see what they?ve
done and how they?ve done it
is one of the best examples
you can have at this level.
They?re not big spenders but
they know what sort of
players fit their model.?
Anthony Knockaert at least
had the courage and wit to get
on the ball and probe a
Burnley defence that has now
conceded just one goal in the
past four games. Yet the
visitors might have snatched
an undeserved win but for
Ryan, who blocked Scott
Arfield?s close-range shot
midway through the second
half and parried the rebound
from the same player. Chris
Woods did put the follow-up
into the net but was offside.
By the end of a season that
is starting to look increasingly
tough, Brighton might well
look back on the 35th minute
here and the clumsy trip on
Murray by James Tarkowski,
which referee Chris Kavanagh
had no hesitation in deeming
a penalty. ?More a tangle of
legs,? claimed Dyche.
Murray blasted the ball
almost farcically high over
the bar. Hughton, who has
seen most things as player
and manager, turned away
disconsolately. ?If someone
misses a penalty or scores an
own goal, it?s just part and
parcel of the game,? he said.
Tarkowski might not escape
so easily from an elbow on
Murray which was missed by
the referee.
To their credit Brighton,
who had been much the more
positive side in the early
stages, maintained their spirit
and momentum, continuing
to drive hard down the
Burnley left where Charlie
Taylor, a replacement for the
injured Stephen Ward, had
clearly been targeted as a
potential weakness by Bruno
and Knockaert.
But for a goalline clearance
by Phil Bardsley from a closerange header by the excellent
Lewis Dunk and a couple of
decent saves by Nick Pope,
Brighton would have gone
into the break with a lead.
The post had also helped
Burnley?s cause when
Knockaert?s shot eluded Pope
midway through the first half.
Burnley?s tempo increased
markedly after the break but
Brighton still enjoyed the
bulk of possession and
Knockaert dragged a shot
wide from an acute angle and
Murray was a threat in the air.
Burnley?s response was
limited to a header by
Tarkowski, comfortably
cleared off the line by the
admirable Dale Stephens.
Both managers shuffled
their attacking options but to
no great effect. For once, the
statistics proved to be more
than damned lies.
Star man: Lewis Dunk (Brighton)
Yellow cards: Brighton: Duffy, Dunk,
Stephens, March Burnley: Taylor,
Barnes
Referee: C Kavanagh
Attendance: 29,921
Brighton: Ryan 7, Bruno 6, Duffy 6,
Dunk 8, Bong 6, Knockaert 7 (Izquierdo
83min, 6), Propper 6, Stephens 6,
March 6, Gross 6 (Brown 75min, 6),
Murray 6 (Hemed 63min, 6)
Substitutes: Krul, Schelotto, Goldson,
Kayal
Burnley: Pope 6, Bardsley 6, Tarkowski
6, Mee 7, Taylor 5, Gudmundsson 6,
Cork 6, Defour 6 (Barnes 68min, 6),
Arfield 6, Hendrick 6, Wood 6 (Vokes
81min, 6) Substitutes: Lindegaard,
Long, Lowton, Westwood, Wells
finished with 10 men. Michael Jacobs
broke the deadlock on 57 minutes
before the Dons had midfielder Harry
Forrester dismissed. Nick Powell made
it 2-0 on 73 minutes. Max Power added a
third and substitute Ivan Toney
completed the victory in stoppage time.
Shrewsbury remain second after a 1-0
home win over Blackpool, while
Blackburn are still third after they beat
Charlton 2-0 at Ewood Park. Fourthplaced Bradford City snatched a 2-1 win
at Southend with a last-minute penalty
from Charlie Wyke after Ryan
Leonard was sent off.
Gillingham pulled clear of the
relegation zone with a 4-1
home win over Bristol
Rovers.
LUTON MOVE CLEAR
Luton extended their lead
at the top of League Two
with a 2-0 win against
struggling Forest Green, while
second-placed Notts County were held
to a 0-0 draw at home by Grimsby.
Luton took a first-half lead through Alan
Sheehan, inset ? their 50th league goal
of the campaign ? but had to play the
last 30 minutes with 10 men after Jack
Stacey was sent off. Danny Hylton
added a second in the 68th minute.
Matt Green and Matt Rhead scored as
Lincoln secured a 2-0 win against
Saints alive: Denny Johnstone scores against Rangers in the second half
playoff rivals Accrington, who had
Farrend Rawson sent off on the stroke of
half-time. Exeter moved into the top
three as goals from Lloyd James and
Pierce Sweeney earned a 2-1 win against
Stevenage. Barnet moved off the
bottom and out of the relegation places
after a 2-1 win against Morecambe.
ST JOHNSTONE BEAT RANGERS
Rangers? rejuvenation under caretaker
manager Graeme Murty came to a halt
with a 3-1 defeat by St Johnstone at
Ibrox. Rangers went into the game on
the back of four successive Scottish
Premiership wins and took the lead in
the fifth minute with a goal from Alfredo
Morelos. Saints midfielder Blair Alston
thundered in an equaliser five minutes
later and second-half goals from Denny
Johnstone, on loan from Colchester
United, and his replacement, Graham
Cummins, within a minute of coming
on, gave the visitors their first league
win at Ibrox since 1971. Gary MackaySteven scored a hat-trick as Aberdeen
won 4-1 to inflict a first away league
defeat of the season on Hibernian.
6
SPORT FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE
?My parents
told me to rise
above racism,
that I?m better
than that?
GRAHAM HUGHES/BILLY STICKLAND
Society because that blood disorder
affected Caribbean and black people.
Most of the racism that he experienced
was football-related. ?I was brought up in
a multicultural area. Quite a big black
community, quite a big Asian community, the school was quite a multicultural
school. Most of the racism was around
playing, away teams, away players, that
whole football environment.
?My parents always wanted me to rise
above it. ?You are better than that. Don?t
respond to people that don?t deserve a
response. The best way to show them
that you?re better is being better.??
I suggest William and Christine were
disciples of the Eleanor Roosevelt dictum
that no one can make you feel inferior
without your consent. ?Yeah, that?s
fabulous. I wasn?t prepared to give them
consent.?
His playing career ended as so many
do. No longer able to command a firstteam place at Tottenham, he spent a couple of seasons at West Ham and a final
year at Brentford. He helped the Hammers get back to the First Division and
Brentford to win promotion from the
Third Division.
During 14 years on the coaching staff at
Tottenham he served under 10 different
managers. People thought him a natural
number two, as pliant as an Amish wife,
but he would prove people wrong. His
opportunity came at Newcastle. The
team he managed there won the Championship in mid-April, which was a record.
Four months into the following season, Newcastle fired him. It was one of
the most controversial sackings in the
history of the Premier League. ?I?ve
Without fuss, Brighton
manager Chris Hughton
has been dismantling
barriers all his career
There are more
black players in
the top divisions,
so why is that not
replicated in
coaching and
management?
DAVID
WALSH
T
Chief sports writer
wenty-eight
years
have
passed since a first interview
at White Hart Lane in north
London. Chris Hughton was
then a Tottenham player,
nearing the end of his playing
career but with too much
going on to worry about that.
The 1990 World Cup was
seven months away and he
was trying to convince the then Spurs
manager Terry Venables that he was better than Pat van den Hauwe.
If somebody had asked that evening
whether Hughton might end up in football management? Well, they would not
have asked. He was too polite, too
respectful, too softly spoken. And he was
too black. Back then black players were
fewer, and Tony Collins, Rochdale boss
from 1960-67, was the only black person
to have managed in the 92-club Football
League.
Hughton would dismantle the barriers
in his way, without fuss or fanfare. He was
the second black player to play for
Tottenham, the first to represent the
Republic of Ireland and now he is the
only black manager in the Premier
League, at a time when one-third of Premier League players are black or ethnic
minority. Being black in so white a profession brings with it added responsibilities.
His presence inspires other black
coaches and reminds those in football?s
boardrooms that they must open their
minds, but the greater need is for the
game to accelerate the rate at which black
coaches progress through the ranks.
Hughton embraces the obligation that
comes with his position. To turn his back
on that would have been to deny his background and the family that nurtured him.
His dad, William, had come from Ghana
to London to study medicine. Christine,
his mum, had come to London from Limerick to find work. They met, they married, they had three children. Education
became a luxury William could not afford
and he got a job with the Post Office,
working there for 40 years. The Hughtons lived at Upton Park in east London.
?My parents were typical of that era,
very humble, down-to-earth people, 50s
and 60s immigrants, Irish, black. It was a
different time then. They always wanted
the best for me and their advice was to
work as hard as you can.?
On that first meeting in 1989 I?d asked
this son of the Ghanaian/Irish alliance
how he saw himself. ?I was born in London, therefore I am from England but I
have never felt English. I don?t mean that
Rod
Liddle
Jermain Defoe?s
heartbreaking
support for
little Bradley
Lowery
should have
earned him
a place
on the
SPOTY
list
Leading the way:
Chris Hughton is
the only black
manager in the
Premier League.
Pictured left in
1989, when he
was first
interviewed by
David Walsh, he
was the second
black player to
pull on a
Tottenham shirt
It?s Sports Personality of the Year time
once again and, sadly, it is no longer
2012. We are not fecund with worldbeating champions right now. So, this
year?s shortlist includes someone who is
very good at taekwondo.
No, it?s not Patrice Evra, who would
have got my vote for trying to decapitate
some disenchanted Marseilles supporter
with a magnificent bicycle kick to the
head. Instead, it?s the Scouse lass Bianca
Walkden, who claimed her fourth
heavyweight title back in June. Well
done, Bianca, really well done.
But Sports Personality of the
Year? Come on. This is the first
time an exponent of
taekwondo has been on the
BBC?s shortlist so I think we can
safely say that the organisers
are ? how can I put this? ?
digging pretty deep this
year. Digging deep
down.
There is
also Anya
Shrubsole, which
I thought was an
anagram. Anya is
one of only 23
women in the
United Kingdom
who actually
play cricket, and she was the player of
the match in the England women?s
triumph over India to win the Cricket
World Cup in July.
She took six for 46 in a magnificent
spell of bowling. I don?t doubt her
ability, comparative to the tiny number
of other women who play cricket.
Frankly, I don?t doubt her ability
compared to the rather more gilded men
who are busy getting p*****, pouring
drinks over one another and being
whitewashed in the Ashes out in
Australia. Anya?s performance was
certainly terrific. But the question still
needs to be asked: have you actually
been to a women?s cricket match
recently? Have you watched one on
television? Did you remember from the
news headlines back in the summer that
England had won the trophy? Had you
ever heard of Anya?
Perhaps, the organisers would argue,
this is a chance for you to hear of her,
make her a household name. Like
Boycott, Botham and Hutton. Positive
discrimination, affirmative action. Oh,
maybe, whatever. But then there are
always the cyclists. This is a sport that we
have managed to make our own through
the regular application of
extraordinarily vast amounts of public ?
ie your ? money. Nobody beats us at
cycling any more, because they can?t
remotely afford it. All those exorbitantly
expensive bicycles and the velodromes
and the rather gamey coaching staff.
This year Chris Froome has been
nominated once again. Yay! My worry is
that it will be a struggle for him to ascend
to the podium without being stricken by
some terrible and debilitating asthma
attack. I had the same worry when Sir
Bradley Wiggins won the award in 2012. I
didn?t know back then that Bradders
suffered from asthma ? I just kind of
guessed that he might: call it intuition.
And so it was proved. I?m telling you, if I
had asthma, the last thing I would do
was try to win the Tour de France. I
would be taking it easy with a good book
and a cup of tea.
So, betting fans, I would not lay out
too much on Mr Froome winning this
year?s award. I would be a bit more
circumspect, keep your money in your
pocket. If, wheezily, Chris is actually
summoned to accept his award, gasping
for breath as he climbs those little steps,
I apologise. But, y?know, I have my
doubts. Which leaves us with what,
exactly? Or, more properly, whom? Well,
the bookies? choice is Anthony Joshua,
formerly a badass Norf Lunnun
dopehead who has become ? probably ?
the best heavyweight boxer in the world
I am anti-English because I am not. But as
soon as I started working these things
out, I saw myself as a sort of a United
Nations man.?
It was not just talk. He married Cheryl
from British Guyana and among their
children there would be the daughter
with the east African name, Aisha, and
the son with the Irish name, Cian.
Before he found his way into football,
his parents convinced him of the need to
have a trade. At 16 he signed with Tottenham as an amateur and began a four-year
apprenticeship in lift and escalator servicing. Two years on, Spurs offered him a
professional contract. He turned it down,
asking if he could first finish his apprenticeship. A qualified lift engineer, he
signed professional forms with Spurs at
the age of 20.
He spent 13 years at Tottenham, winning two FA Cups and the Uefa Cup. With
Ireland he played at the 1988 European
Championship in Germany and was in
the squad at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
But he was never just a footballer.
In the East End he organised dances to
raise money for charities that were connected to the local area. When we first
met, he was working for the Sickle Cell
Brothers in arms: Jermain Defoe
and young Bradley Lowery
and easily the favourite for this year?s
award.
He is certainly one of only three or
four contenders whose name would
actually be immediately recognised
outside the United Kingdom (and
beyond taekwondo circles).
But then there is Lewis Hamilton, if
you consider that driving a car quite fast
qualifies as a sport, rather than as a
chore or an antisocial act ? or both. He is
our greatest ever Formula One driver,
never spoken much about it,? he says
now. ?When I lost my job we were 10th in
the Premier League, we lost at West Brom
that day and dropped down to 11th place,
which for a team that just got promoted
wasn?t bad. Most people thought the
sacking was harsh. I have not commented
because I haven?t wanted to.?
Earlier this year, almost seven years
on, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley publicly apologised. ?I thought it was very
unfair on Chris Hughton who got us promoted and everything else. I don?t think I
gave him enough time,? Ashley said.
?I?ve heard Mike Ashley?s comments
and it?s nice when someone says something they don?t have to say. You have to
take it in the spirit it was meant. We say
this about most supporters but Newcastle?s are a very special group, the large
majority are local to the area and when
you look at a club that hasn?t won trophies in recent times and still get 52,000
through the turnstiles it shows what kind
of people they are.?
Hughton started again at Birmingham
City, then Norwich before landing on the
south coast, where he helped to build the
Brighton side that won promotion to the
Premier League, returning the club to the
top division after 34 years away. After
starting well, they have struggled
through the past month.
?A team like ourselves will have some
momentum because of the season
before, then there will be a period when
results don?t go your way. You are hoping
there is a big group of teams in a similar
position points-wise and that you can slot
into a good position in that group. On a
bad day you won?t be able to.?
At the end of the season, he needs his
team to be members of the Premier
League. For now, that is the challenge.
Clear but far from simple. Along the way
he must carry the managerial flag for the
black community.
?Doesn?t bother me. If that responsibility is more on me now, the reason is
that it?s being spoken about more, which
is good news. There are four black and
Asian managers in the 92 clubs. The
imbalances are growing, there are more
black and ethnic minority players playing
in the top divisions, so why is that not replicated when it comes to coaching and
management? People want to see the
workplace as a reflection of society. It
should be no different in football.?
and while he is not the most interesting
of men, perhaps, we should remember
that the award has been won in previous
years by Nigel Mansell and Steve Davis.
My suspicion is that Hamilton would
be a closer contender if he paid a little bit
of tax in the UK, but I don?t suppose that
will bother him too much.
There is also Sir Mo Farah, easily our
most successful track athlete of the past
10 years but who, remarkably, has never
won this award ? the closest he came
was third place in 2011. Perhaps it?s time
to redress the balance.
The last footballer to win was Ryan
Giggs in 2009, a kind of lifetime
achievement award, I would guess. This
year the only footballer in the running is
Harry Kane, England?s one genuinely
world-class player.
I believe that Harry should pick up the
award next year, after he?s won the
World Cup. Sound fair?
Nobody would begrudge Farah,
Joshua or even Hamilton the prize, if it?s
judged on achievement alone. But I
think my award would go to the striker
Jermain Defoe for his moving,
unstinting, support for that lovely little
lad from Sunderland, Bradley Lowery,
who died on July 7 this year. It?s the
image from sport that will stay with me
for the longest time.
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The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
JEWEL
OF THE
NILE
Z
MARTIN RICKETT
Liverpool?s Mo Salah
built a hospital, feeds
people back home
and dug deep to help
Egyptian economy
MAGICAL MO
Mohamed Salah?s electric start at
Liverpool has left him on the edge
of history. He has 19 goals from 25
games and if the Egyptian scores at
Bournemouth today he will join Daniel
Sturridge as the quickest Liverpool
player to 20 in more than 100 years.
Salah has also provided four assists,
meaning he has been involved in 23
goals this season. His transfer from
Roma, for �m plus � add-ons,
raised eyebrows in some quarters
but Liverpool?s scouting team were
confident they had found a bargain
Fastest Liverpool players to 20 goals
George Allan 1895-97
Games
Daniel Sturridge 2013
26
Albert Stubbins 1946-53
Fernando Torres 2007-11
Roger Hunt 1958-69
Ian Rush 1980-86*
John Aldridge 1987-89
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
Selected others
Robbie Fowler*
Michael Owen
Kenny Dalglish
Luis Suarez
Football correspondent
amalek, Egypt?s ?Royal
Team?, were above
signing
Mohamed
Salah.
Mamdouh
Abbas, their former
president, sniffed ?he
needs lots of work?
when rejecting a transfer in
2011. Salah took it well. And is
not forgetful. Three weeks
ago, he brought a special guest all the way
to Anfield, to see him play ? and, naturally, score ? against Chelsea. Abbas.
Those who know Salah say he is two
things: incredibly generous and quietly,
wickedly humorous. Perhaps both were
behind the invitation but what is sure is
that Zamalek rue not having a footballer
who could arguably be termed the most
important in the world. Jurgen Klopp is
thankful Liverpool?s scouting department ?didn?t get out of our ears? about
the player. ?It was 100%, he is ready, he is
ready,? remembers Klopp. ?And that?s
how it looks now.?
Salah arrived having ?failed? at Chelsea in a 12-month stint from January 2014.
Now he is top scorer in England and African Footballer of the Year. No outfield
player has played more league minutes
(1,284) for Liverpool in 2017-18 and he is
the exception to Klopp?s rotation policy.
It is not the first time Salah has surprised the doubters and justified the
scouts. In March 2012 he was 19 and at the
modest Cairo club El Mokawloon when
the Egyptian league was suspended after
the Port Said stadium disaster. At the
same time Basel faced a quandary. The
previous month they?d agreed to sell
Xherdan Shaqiri to Bayern Munich.
?Shaqiri was the big star, everybody?s
darling. We were under pressure to find a
spectacular player and discussed targets
with the scouting department,? says
Basel?s ex-sporting director, Georg Heitz.
?Yeah, this Egyptian?s interesting they
said. Then I saw him and I was amazed.?
Basel invited Egypt?s Olympic team to
Jonathan Northcroft
Alan Pardew likes to think
about the ?agenda? of
matches. He tries to picture
things from the opposition
point of view: their journey to
the stadium, the media
questions their manager has
faced in the build-up, how
losing or scoring a goal will
affect their players and fans.
Since arriving at West
Bromwich Albion, he
probably hasn?t been able to
do much of this, for his new
club?s own agenda is
overwhelming. Even an
optimist such as Pardew must
be tested by it: West Brom are
in a relegation shootout with
the rustiest guns.
Rivals, notably Swansea,
do worse in certain metrics
but no side in the league have
been so consistently poor at
threatening the opposition.
West Brom have the second
lowest goals total, second
lowest shots tally and one of
the worst shooting accuracy
rates.
They have made the least
passes in the opposition half,
taken the second least
touches in the opposition box
and endured the lowest
possession of any team. None
of their players have scored
more than twice, and
Pardew?s reign? It has started
with three blanks, and the
results sequence 0-0, 0-1,
0-0. Boing boing? He?s still
waiting for the bounce.
Today the task is to break
1993-2001
1996-2004
1977-90
2011-14
30
31
34
34
34
Games
36
38
45
49
*Dates shown for players above relate to their first spells at Liverpool
Anfield icon: Salah has played
more league minutes this
season than any other outfield
player at Liverpool, who take
on Bournemouth today
play a friendly against their first XI.
?Salah played 45 minutes and scored two
goals. We said ?OK.?? The doubts were
about Salah settling in and nobody at the
club could communicate with him. ?But
he was a very open person. Very humble
and intelligent. After two months he
spoke English fluently,? Heitz says.
Salah turned out to ?be firstly a funny
guy ? he makes lots of friends? and Murat
Yakin, then Basel?s coach, used to say any
training session involving Salah and
Mohamed Elneny (who joined later) was
better quality because their standards
and work ethic rubbed off. The pair obliterated doubts in Swiss football about the
suitability of Egyptian players and Salah
and Heitz still text every week. Nor is
Salah?s football forgotten at St JakobPark. ?He played winger and his best skill
was cutting in from the right to score with
his left, like his goal against Everton, but
there was a [Europa League] game
against Zenit St Petersburg where we had
a red card and he played as striker, by
himself, causing panic in the whole St
Petersburg team,? Heitz says. ?It was
amazing.?
Salah was set for Liverpool when a
phone call from Jose Mourinho changed
his mind, Heitz reveals. Salah had scored
three goals against Chelsea in four European games but, having courted him,
Mourinho wouldn?t trust him ?and
Mohamed needs confidence, a few hugs
and strokes to feel happy,? says Heitz.
?Klopp is a good choice for him as manager. You can see on his face how much
he is enjoying his football now.?
Salah was only 21 and a new father during his year at Chelsea. Having not been
given time for his life to settle, he joined
the list of adventurous players ? including Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle and
Rafael van der Vaart ? Mourinho at some
point jettisoned. It was at Roma, whom
he joined after a loan to Fiorentina, that
Salah leapt to another level. Luciano
Spalletti, their coach, focused Salah on
attacking spaces behind defences with
his lightning running, also improving his
strength and finishing.
He played off Edin Dzeko, who is open
about how much he misses Salah, having
scored 11 goals in 21 games this season
compared with 39 in 51 games last year ?
when Salah provided 12 assists. Having
scouted about 15 wide players since their
2014 near-miss with him, Liverpool?s
recruiters pushed hard for Salah again
from early 2017. ?We knew we would get a
very offensive-minded midfielder who is
a lot of games a striker and has the ability
to make goals ? that?s the package we
wanted,? Klopp says. ?We watched a lot
of games [for] his physicality. I met him at
one point and he looks more [sturdy]. If
you watch him only on television he looks
quite skinny.?
The world?s most important footballer? First meet Salah the person: humble,
retiring, soulful. Favourite English word?
?Love.? Favourite noise? ?The sound of
my daughter.? Perfect day? ?Stay at
He?s managed
something no
politician has
ever done, he has
managed to unite
the Middle East
home, relax, don?t talk to anyone,? he
said in a club channel Q&A. He avoids
interviews but speaks through actions. In
his rural home region he?s building a
school and paid for an ambulance service
and several hospital units. He runs a charity, sends clothes and goes back to feed
people in Ramadan. Recently, Egypt?s
government needed quick currency to
prop up the Egyptian pound and he
Pardew still looking for answers
Can West Brom
finally find the
target against
Man United today?
19
down Manchester United,
who have the top flight?s
tightest defence and
somebody Pardew admires as
the ?best manager in the
world at subduing a team? in
Jose Mourinho. ?He will give
us limited chances and will
know us inside out. We need
to offer up something that
will cause problems, that?s
not always going to be easy,?
Pardew said.
So what does he do? Tony
Pulis, his predecessor, may
have boxed smart, gone for a
spoiling game and looked for
a set-piece but part of
Pardew?s brief is to move
West Brom away from
percentages football. He will
look for situations where his
team can go for it. ?I am a
gambler when it comes to the
game. I like to open the game
up, be expansive,? Pardew
told me in a 2015 interview.
His record against top sides
is better than many, precisely
because of this. He also said
in that interview he has
?always despised that
mentality? of managers who
focus purely on damage
limitation and that ?I?d like to
think I give my teams an
imagination of how any game
is going to be won?.
If he has had little effect, so
far, on West Brom?s potency,
the reasons seem individual
rather than tactical. In all
three of his games Pardew
has played a strike pairing ?
Salomon Rondon and Hal
Robson-Kanu ? with another
forward, Jay Rodriguez or
James McClean, supporting
them. Yet only Rondon is in
any kind of form, and he has
been more impressive in his
build-up work than his box
play. Rodriguez, dropped in
midweek for the draw at
Liverpool, has just seven
league goals in 28 months
since returning from serious
injury and McClean and
Robson-Kanu are struggling
for rhythm after being in and
out under Pulis.
Pardew, though, is buoyed
by the imminent returns of
Nacer Chadli and Chris Brunt
ANDREW YATES
Cold strikers: West Brom have yet to score under Pardew
and can also call on the
powerful, raw and pacy
Oliver Burke. Such a retinue
is why he is split about
whether to tackle West
Brom?s problems by signing a
new striker next month. ?I
don?t know if that?s our
priority, but if you look at our
goalscoring record, maybe it
is,? he said. Perhaps creativity
is more the issue: ?We have to
make more chances.?
On paper, West Brom have
many of the personnel
required for a successful
Pardew team. He arrived,
mid-season, at Crystal Palace
and Newcastle in previous
jobs, and in both cases freed
up sides to play dynamic,
counterattacking games.
Strong-running, unorthodox
forwards play in numbers in
Pardew sides ? Papiss Cisse
and Demba Ba at Newcastle,
Jason Puncheon, Wilfried
Zaha and Yannick Bolasie at
Palace. Behind them he likes
?low block? back fours and
midfield solidity, and West
Brom have the players to
provide him those.
Craft may well be the
problem, and what Pardew
will seek in the transfer
window ? though if the
strikers do not show form
soon, tough judgments will
have to be made. Ba, Cisse,
Zaha, Bolasie: maybe Pardew
has personnel at West Brom
with similar attributes, but in
inferior measures. Exactly a
year ago today Pardew
managed his last game at
Palace, a 1-0 home defeat by
Chelsea. The previous match
had been against Mourinho?s
United and was an agonising
2-1 loss, to a late Zlatan
Ibrahimovic strike after a
controversial goal by Paul
Pogba.
LACK OF ATTACK
West Brom are near the bottom
in key attacking statistics
this season
Fewest goals
Brighton, W Ham 9
WBA, C Palace, Hud?field 12
Swansea
14
Fewest shots (incl blocks)
Brighton
142
WBA, Swansea
149
Hud?field
153
Possession (%)
WBA
Stoke
Burnley
37.6
39.9
41.7
Figures for first 17 PL matches
Jonas Olsson, the former
West Brom defender, is back
at the Hawthorns today to say
goodbye to supporters ? he
didn?t get the chance when,
after nine years at the club,
he left in a hurriedly arranged
transfer last March.
Nowadays Olsson, who plays
for Djurgardens, has a
foundation doing charitable
work with slum children in
Delhi. He?s wary, from his old
club?s perspective, of his
former Sweden teammate
Ibrahimovic (?a genius?) and
of Romelu Lukaku (?the best
striker in the league?). But
the real agenda, for West
Brom, is at the other end.
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donated �0,000. He?s a kid from a small
town who played football with a kora
sharab (a ball made from socks) and a
good Muslim, posting selfies reading the
Koran on Liverpool away trips and praying when he scores. His daughter is
Makka (Mecca) and his wife, Magi, is
veiled. For Arabs he is a beautiful symbol,
and for Egyptians a saviour. His nerveless
penalty against Congo took Egypt to their
first World Cup since 1990. ?Words cannot explain it: 95th minute, 100,000 fans.
He?s only 25. You could feel a pin drop
when he walked to the ball . . . but we
knew our lives were safe in his hands,?
says Marwan Ahmed, of Egypt football
website KingFut. An incredible 23 of
Salah?s 32 Egypt goals, came in competitive games.
Egyptians fly in to watch Salah and the
club produce a replica shirt with his
name in Arabic. A burgeoning podcast,
Oil Field Index, serves Arabian Liverpool
fans. Its host, Hatem Kadous, an engaging
Egypt-born London lawyer, explains
Salah?s significance. ?He was offered a
villa for scoring that goal against Congo ?
he refused, saying ?give the same amount
of money to my village?. He didn?t celebrate against Chelsea because we?d just
had a terrorist attack [killing 305 at a
mosque]. He?s very engaged politically
and will tweet whenever there?s stuff
going on, tributes and peaceful messages. In this age of Islamophobia I?m
pleased he hit the ground running, that it
helped fans take to him,? Kadous says.
?He?s managed something no politician has ever done, he has managed to
unite the Middle East. Moroccans, Tunisians, Saudis, Kuwaitis, Emiratis, Omanis
? everyone wants a Salah shirt. I have
Man United fans messaging me during
games saying, ?This is so hard for me, I
don?t know what to do?. With Egypt, he?s
carrying the hopes of 90m. We?re having
terrorist attacks every week. Economic
trouble. He?s the only thing keeping
Egyptians happy. Go to any coffee shop in
Cairo when Liverpool are playing . . . it?s
amazing. For 90 minutes he unites the
nation and makes us forget all the crap
we?re going through. You don?t have to
worry about revolutions, about Islamic
Brotherhood, Isis, any of that.
?He scores, we?re happy, we forget.
And that echoes round the Middle East.
Messi doesn?t unite a nation, a region,
right? Ronaldo doesn?t. They don?t have
the social dimension.?
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SPORT CRICKET: THE ASHES
WAS THIS THE DAY THAT RIPPEE
RYAN PIERCE / ROBERT CIANFLONE
Impotent bowling from tourists
allows Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh
to build imposing lead for Australia
SIMON
WILDE
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Cricket correspondent, Perth
atching the Australia
captain bat at the Waca
was to observe a man
on a mission. This is
not somebody, one
suspects,
motivated
simply by landmarks
or records, but a wider
agenda. Steve Smith
won?t have forgotten
the jibes that came his way when he last
toured England and in three Tests ? the
three games Australia lost ? was undone
by the snaking path of the Dukes ball in
the hands of James Anderson, Stuart
Broad and others.
Only the other day, Broad publicly conceded that Smith was a very fine batsman, ?when the ball wasn?t moving
around?. Days like this, when Anderson
and Broad were kept wicketless in what
by stumps constituted statistically their
worst combined effort in any innings in
their 100 Tests together, are about a lot of
things, bringing the Ashes back to Australia being one, but there were ghosts to be
laid too: ghosts such as those emanating
from Edgbaston 2015 (Anderson six for
47) and Trent Bridge 2015 (Broad eight for
15).
If Smith?s celebrations when he
reached his double-century were particularly animated, that may be because he
had not only reached such a cherished
landmark ? becoming just the fourth
batsman after Don Bradman, Wally Hammond and Bob Simpson to twice score
200 in an Ashes Test ? but had also left
England?s champion pair of bowlers looking thoroughly impotent.
Regardless of the fate of the Ashes, this
task will continue until the final day of the
Sydney Test and if Smith and his men can
continue stripping England?s best players
of their dignity, and possibly even forcing
one or two to contemplate retirement, it
might go some way towards winning not
just this series but the next one in
England in 2019. Alastair Cook, without a
50 in five innings, is already in Australia?s
sights. They might suspect he may not
need an awful lot of pushing. Just to rub it
in, Smith said that Dawid Malan?s occasional leg-breaks were the most dangerous spin he saw all day, a slap-down for
Moeen Ali.
A day which saw Australia advance
their score by 346 runs for the loss of only
one wicket ? Shaun Marsh caught at slip
off Moeen an hour into play ? was an
extreme example of England?s lack of
penetration as a bowling unit overseas,
but such days are far from uncommon.
This was the sixth time they have been
kept in the field for more than 150 overs
in the past two years and all of these cases
came abroad, three during last winter?s
series in India when England were twice
beaten decisively despite scoring more
than 400 batting first, as they have done
in this game.
Without bowlers of high pace, let
alone ones who can also reverse swing
the ball, or spinners of genuine mystery,
England are going to struggle to bowl
sides out. In the past five years they have
won just four out of 28 Tests away from
home, two in South Africa and one each
in West Indies and Bangladesh.
With the new ball doing little,
England?s seamers needed to hammer
out a good line and length but they were
unable to do it, dropping too short or
going too full, Mitchell Marsh punishing
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tourists
in forlorn
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them with an array of cuts and drives, a
brutal lesson in the need for accuracy at
the Waca. While Smith ticked along with
session scores of 47, 43 and 47, Marsh
piled in with 61 in the afternoon and a
muscular 81 in the evening.
Anderson remains a skilful bowler
who even when conditions are not in his
favour does not fall apart: he kept Smith
honest and Joe Root referred two of his
lbw shouts against Smith; both turned
out to be narrowly not out (one was in any
case a no-ball, only the second Anderson
had bowled in four years).
Broad?s position is less clear. Since January 2016, when he turned in his most
recent really significant performance, his
average speed is 83mph, little more than
Anderson, 82mph, who is four years
older. Without Anderson?s subtlety of
method, Broad has almost become a
trickless pony, having lost much of his
back-of-a-length spikiness.
If Broad can still use his large frame to
generate testing bounce it ought to be at
the Waca, but Craig Overton looked the
more energetic despite carrying a hairline crack to a rib. Broad was lucky to be
given the second new ball ahead of Overton or Chris Woakes and although he got
one ball past Mitch Marsh?s outside edge,
he was off after two overs. Broad has
bowled only one spell of five overs or
more all series.
Broad?s face is on countless billboards
here because the Aussies thought they
could count on him to play the big bad
wolf, but though he has huffed and
56
J M Vince c Paine@ b Hazlewood
25
*J E Root c Paine@ b Cummins
20
D J Malan c sub (Handscomb) b Lyon
140
@J M Bairstow b Starc
119
M M Ali c Smith b Cummins
0
C R Woakes c Cummins b Hazlewood
8
C Overton c Bancroft b Hazlewood
Local knowledge:
Mitch Marsh jumps
for joy after scoring
a maiden Test
hundred on his
home ground at the
Waca, joining
brother Shaun and
father Geoff, inset,
as centurions in
Ashes Tests
2
S C J Broad c Bancroft b Starc
12
J M Anderson not out
0
Extras (b 10, lb 2, nb 1, w 1)
Total (115.1 overs)
14
403
Australia: First Innings (o/nt 203-3)
C T Bancroft lbw b Overton
25
D A Warner c Bairstow@ b Overton
22
U T Khawaja lbw b Woakes
50
*S P D Smith not out
229
S E Marsh c Root b Ali
28
M R Marsh not out
181
Extras (b 2, lb 10, nb 1, w 1)
Total (4 wkts, 152 overs)
14
549
To bat: @T D Paine, M A Starc, P J Cummins,
N M Lyon, J R Hazlewood
Fall: 1-44, 2-55, 3-179, 4-248
Bowling: Anderson 29-8-85-0; Broad
28-3-112-0; Woakes 32-4-108-1; Overton
23-1-102-2; Ali 31-4-104-1; Root 3-0-13-0;
Malan 6-1-13-0
Umpires: M Erasmus (SA) & C Gaffaney (NZ)
Series details: First Test (Brisbane) Australia
won by ten wickets. Second Test (Adelaide)
Australia won by 120 runs. Fourth Test
(Melbourne) Monday, December 26-30. Fifth
Test (Sydney), January 4-8
The Aussies
thought Broad
could play the big
bad wolf, but he
has blown down
nobody?s house
ODI series: January 14, Melbourne; January
19, Brisbane; January 21, Sydney; January 26,
Adelaide; January 28, Perth
puffed, he has blown down nobody?s
house.
If England are going to win in Sri Lanka
and West Indies next winter, let alone
Australia in four years? time, they need to
start casting the net wide for fresh talent.
And to anybody who doubts whether the
talent is out there, it generally is if you
look. Nobody was backing Overton
before he earned a late call-up for this
tour, but he has shown he has something
about him, certainly a hunger for battle.
Whether Trevor Bayliss, appointed as
a white-ball specialist, is the man to oversee this project is a moot point. There?s a
case for England going back to split
coaches, with a new man running the
Test team. Bayliss? win-loss record stands
at 15-16.
This is not just about a failure in
England?s bowling but their general tactics: they came here with the idea of
bowling ?dry?, frustrating batsmen into
mistakes, but their opponents have
wised up to a ploy that helped take
England to No 1 in the Test rankings in
2011 and sworn to outlast their patience.
As a Western Australia boy, Marsh?s
maiden Test hundred was greeted ecstatically by the locals in the sun-drenched
crowd. With Shaun having scored his
own century in the previous Test, the
Marsh family now has three members
who have scored hundreds in Ashes
Tests, Shaun and Mitch?s father Geoff
(who was in proud attendance) having
done so in the 1980s. The only other family to match this: Vic Richardson and his
grandsons Greg and Ian Chappell, also
for Australia.
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DAVID GRAY
Bowling attack is
utterly toothless
on day that began
with meek retreat
MICHAEL
ATHERTON
Perth
It would be tempting to say
that belief drained from
England gradually during a
thoroughly dispiriting third
day in Perth when their grip
on the Ashes became ever
more fragile. That would be
wrong. From the moment
James Anderson bowled the
first ball of the morning, with
a solitary slip and three men
patrolling the boundary,
England, it appeared, were
retreating meekly from the
outset, allowing Steve Smith
the stage.
It was a stage Australia?s
captain was eager for at a
ground where, seven years
ago as a young pup finding his
way in a losing team,
England?s bowlers had been
openly scornful of him. This
was payback time and he
ticked off the milestones one
by one. A hundred in the
morning, his 22nd in Tests;
150 in the afternoon session,
his seventh score of that mark
or more; and a double
hundred in the evening, his
first as captain. He was
insatiable: still there at the
close, his highest Test score
achieved and Australia?s lead
menacing.
At the start of play, Smith
was the obvious difference
between a first-innings lead
for England ? or near parity ?
and a desperately difficult
third innings under immense
pressure. It could be argued
England were still in the
better position and, with an
early wicket or two, they had
a chance of victory. This,
though, did little to spark the
bowlers into action: they
were flat and lifeless,
apparently resigned to their
fate. It was hard watching:
the day brought a solitary
wicket, two optimistic
reviews and not a chance
created by an attack that
looked utterly toothless.
Until the third day of this
Test, England had at least
asked questions of Smith. At
Brisbane, unusual fields had
restricted him to his slowest,
most workaday Test hundred.
At Adelaide, they niggled him
verbally and, by posting
fielders close to him at the
non-striker?s end, irritated
him, dismissing him cheaply
in the second innings. Here,
when he went to his hundred
with a crisp leg-side
boundary, it was the quickest,
and maybe the easiest, Test
century of his career.
What a story the rise of the
Australian captain is, and
what a role Ashes Tests at the
Waca have played in it. It was
here, in 2010, that he was
recalled to the team as a
lower-order batsman-cumleg-spinner-cum-joker-in-thepack, given licence to bring
fun to a team threatened with
losing the Ashes on home
soil. England?s bowlers were
mocking of his homespun
technique and role in the
team.
Three years later, in 2013,
in the corresponding fixture
on the same ground, Smith
made his first Test hundred
on home soil, a breakthrough
innings in more ways than
one. He had begun to sneak
up the order by this stage and
had played 14 Tests, having
put England on notice at The
Oval the previous summer
with his maiden Test
Leading man:
Steve Smith
celebrates his
first double
hundred as
captain of
Australia with his
batting partner
Mitchell Marsh
hundred, but the notion that
he could become one of the
best of all time was, frankly,
far-fetched.
Shortly after lunch on the
first day of that Test four
years ago, as England?s fourpronged attack of James
Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim
Bresnan and Ben Stokes
tested out the middle of the
pitch, Smith made the
instinctive change to his
footwork ?taking a huge
stride back and across to get
into a better position against
the short ball ? that has
remained a hallmark of his
batting ever since. He said
something clicked in that
innings of 111. He hasn?t
looked back since.
Now, in 2017, he stands at
the pinnacle of the game.
When he brought up his
hundred in the morning, it
was his 20th since that Ashes
Test of 2013 at the Waca,
more Test hundreds in a fouryear period than anybody has
ever scored. He has averaged
more than 70 since then.
When, within the hour, the
bugler played the tune from
the Great Escape, England?s
body language had even
infected their most loyal
supporters. Although Craig
Overton played with a
cracked rib, showing guts and
determination, there was no
sugar-coating England?s
bowling, which wilted in the
final session in the face of the
onslaught from Smith and
Mitchell Marsh who, having
suffered on the green tops of
England in 2015, was intent
on some payback of his own.
It was a day that Marsh ?
second ?son of Swamp?
(Swampy being father Geoff,
who played for Australia), as
he is known in these parts ?
will remember for a long
time, given that he came into
the Test with a highest score
TOP FIVE TEST AVERAGES
Runs
Hundreds
Average
Don Bradman (A)
6,996
29
Steve Smith (A)
5,786
22
Adam Voges (A)
1,485
5
Graeme Pollock (SA)
2,256
7
George Headley (WI)
2,190
10
Minimum 20 innings
99.94
62.89
61.87
60.97
60.83
of 87, an average in the low
20s and a flaky reputation.
For Smith it was just
another day in his relentless
climb to the summit, one in
which Ashes Tests at Perth
have played a significant role.
As they left the field,
England?s bowlers tapped
each other on the hands, in a
half-congratulatory way, for
getting through the day.
That?s about all they did. It
was, technically, the halfway
point of the series, but it felt
like the end.
9
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
EED THE ASHES FROM ENGLAND?
DAVID GRAY
Body language shows spirit is weak in
Joe Root?s side, but they should still be
good enough to avoid defeat at the Waca
Malan suited to
bouncy pitch,
but bowlers toil
ED
SMITH
Perth
GRAEME
SWANN
T
Perth
here was a moment during
yesterday?s play that spoke
volumes about the state of
England. We had just learnt
that Craig Overton had a hairline cracked rib yet there he
was, still running in hard with
the ball. Once he had finished
his over, I made a point of
watching which of his teammates would come over to offer a word or
gesture of support for a man in need. The
answer? Sadly, it was the same as the
number of the runs that Moeen Ali scored
in the first innings.
I am not saying England lacked team
spirit, it?s just that language ? body or
spoken ? and small acts to help one
another out can go such a long way not
just to defining that spirit but also to lifting it. I see this much more clearly now
that I am watching from the stands.
Rewind to almost 24 hours earlier. Australia were toiling away as Dawid Malan
and Jonny Bairstow carried on as they
had finished on day one with the total
pushing up towards 400, and Mitchell
Starc and Pat Cummins looked innocuous with the ball. Yet the way the Aussies
TEN REASONS
WHY THE URN
HAS SLIPPED SO
QUICKLY OUT OF
ROOT?S GRASP
Root: on his first tour as
captain, he and his bowlers
have failed to attack when
the opportunity came along
carried themselves gave you the impression they knew that if they could get one
of the batsman out they would be into the
tail and the momentum would shift. And
so it proved.
It was clear that England were not
going to blow the home side away yesterday but it looked as if Joe Root?s side were
too weighed down by the challenge that
awaited them and the prospect of a hard
day in the field. Yes, the Perth track is a
batsman?s paradise, but it?s not so good
that I would have expected Mitchell
Marsh to be honing in on a double ton.
On a day when the batting side scored
nearly 350 runs for the loss of one wicket
it might seem strange to exonerate the
bowlers of too much blame but I find it
hard to fault England?s attack. There
wasn?t anything in the wicket or the conditions to help them. It?s not Broad?s or
Anderson?s fault if they can?t hit 90mph.
This may be the ex-bowler speaking
but I would turn the spotlight on to the
batsmen. How, each should have asked
himself in the morning, am I going to support my bowlers on a day that is going to
be tough for them? It shouldn?t, for example, have been Anderson or Broad who
ran over to Overton to give him a pat on
the back and tell him how much his effort
was appreciated because they had done
their bit and expended their energy.
I know how important these touches
are because the middle can be a scary
place for a bowler when the batsmen, the
crowd and the media are hammering
you. I write as a man whose final two
1 BEN STOKES
It?s hard to escape the
conclusion that the incident
involving Ben Stokes outside
a Bristol club in September,
which led to his suspension
from England cricket, fatally
undermined the mission
before it began. England
have missed his runs,
wickets and catches
2 TREVOR BAYLISS
Andrew Strauss picked
Bayliss as head coach
because Bayliss was a whiteball specialist and Strauss
wanted to revive England?s
flagging 50-over and 20over games. Bayliss has
delivered but going into
Perth, England had won 15
and lost 16 Tests under him
3 STEVE SMITH
Smith has been the standout player. England set out to
frustrate him ? and his
hundred in Brisbane was the
slowest of his Test career.
But he has proved too clever
and countered with his
fastest Test hundred in Perth
4 NO PACE, NO BOUNCE
England?s pace attack has
lacked variety and been
overs in cricket were at this same ground
four years ago and went for 36 runs (Oh,
happy days!).
When I was playing, we had Matt Prior
in charge of the ?bubble?. His role was to
keep the bubble buoyant and inflated.
There was no man better because he was
well attuned to when energy levels were
dipping and understood who needed
comfort and who needed a bollocking.
Paul Collingwood could also be relied on
to pitch in. This cajoling not only got us
back on track but irritated the opposition
because batsmen often find hyperactive
keepers a nuisance.
This is not to say that Jonny Bairstow
failed in his duty. If the keeper doesn?t
have the personality for that role somebody else should do it. Wherever it comes
from, it must be authentic. Even 12th men
have a role here. There is nothing to stop
any of the non-playing squad running
down to fine leg when Overton or any of
the other bowlers is having a rest
between overs and offering words of
advice or support. You can imagine my
Captaincy can
be lonely and it
doesn?t look as
if Root has too
many lieutenants
annoyance, therefore, when assistant
coach Paul Farbrace, after close of play,
said that while the scoreboard was
against them he thought England had
been strong as a unit. Really, Paul? To me,
it looked like the only batsman who demonstrated any energy was the captain.
The problem we keep coming back to
is the absence of Ben Stokes. Captaincy
can be a lonely existence and it doesn?t
look as if Joe Root has too many lieutenants. Sometimes, as a player, instead of
waiting for the skipper to ask your opinion, you need to approach him to offer an
opinion or even a joke. If Stokes had been
on the pitch yesterday, he would not have
been backward about coming forward,
whether it be demanding a rallying cry or
delivering one himself.
I took a bet with Michael Vaughan that
England would see out this match for a
draw, even without rain interventions.
Forget the first innings deficit, the top
order need to see the pitch at the Waca
for what it is ? a run factory. If Mitchell
Marsh can do it, so can they. The wicket is
not breaking up and England?s batsmen
showed on day one that they are learning
how to play Nathan Lyon (shame it?s
taken them three Tests). Application is
important here, but batsmen need to
show greed and a touch of arrogance too.
It?s the mentality that the likes of Ricky
Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Virat Kohli
have shown over the years: I?m going to
be the one to make a big score and walk
off with the man-of-the-match award.
Their survival in this series depends on it.
On the floor:
James Anderson
can only look on
as Steve Smith
makes his way to
an unbeaten 229
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outgunned by Australian
counterparts averaging
4mph more. When England
won in 2010-11, Steve Finn
and Chris Tremlett, with 31
wickets combined at a strikerate of 45, provided a cutting
edge England now lack
5 MOEEN ALI
Moeen was a pivotal figure in
England?s pre-tour plans,
their designated frontline
spinner who promised to
add depth to the batting, but
has had a miserable time
with bat and ball
6 CURFEWS
The England camp treated
the Jonny Bairstow
?headbutt? story and Ben
Duckett drinking episode
with more seriousness than
either deserved. The
decision to impose a curfew
was a mistake, with
predictable consequences
when Bayliss lifted it for one
night
7 INEXPERIENCED BATTING
England were always likely to
struggle with inexperienced
batsmen in Mark Stoneman,
James Vince and Dawid
Malan, none of whom had
Chain gang:
fans have not
forgotten the
suspended Ben
Stokes, whose
absence is being
felt on the field
by England
previously made a Test
hundred. The new trio have
done reasonably well, but
not well enough
waiting for his first fifty. Has
got set a couple of times and
failed to kick on. The old
Cook didn?t do that
8 ROOT?S TACTICS
10 STUART BROAD
Joe Root had a tough task on
his first tour as England
captain. Fatally, he and his
bowlers failed to attack
when opportunities
presented themselves
9 ALASTAIR COOK
England?s senior batsman
needed some big scores but
after five innings he was still
Too many senior players
have gone missing but none
has had less impact than
Broad. His pace has long not
been what it was, but given
his height he might have
been expected to generate
decent bounce, especially in
Perth, yet has failed to even
manage that. A pantomime
turn as a batsman
?I?d pick Dawid Malan in Tests
? he?s a class player.? Not my
words, but said to me last
summer by Daniel Vettori,
the former New Zealand
captain and now coach of the
Middlesex T20 team. Vettori
saw in Malan a distinct
quality: the ability to take the
game away from the
opposition. As Malan might
have done completely in this
Test, had he not, crucially,
chipped up a catch on 140.
That moment is now
remembered with warm
nostalgia, when hope still
existed in this Ashes series.
Malan?s innings was an
exceptional maiden hundred,
defined by understated
timing and elegant simplicity.
It took me back to a practice
session on Middlesex?s preseason trip to Portugal in
2008. At the end of a long day
of fitness training, the
batsmen were rewarded for
their suffering with a ?rangehitting? session ? whacking
lobbed throws for six.
If that sounds like pure
fun, remember that it is still a
comparative exercise. Who
hits the ball furthest and
fairest? That day it was Malan,
who was still an emerging
young player, yet to make his
mark. Nor was he muscling
the ball for six (Malan has
always been slight and wiry).
These were sweet and pure
strikes, born of natural talent
and a free, uninhibited batswing. A few of the older pros
exchanged glances and nods.
A talent to nurture.
In July of that summer,
Middlesex?s players and
coaches had flashbacks to
that day in Portugal. At The
Oval, Malan smashed 103 not
out in a T20 quarter-final
against Lancashire, an
important step towards
Middlesex winning the
competition. He repeatedly
hit huge straight sixes, again
drawing on technique and
timing rather than strength.
Technique is a
misunderstood concept in
cricket, shackled by the
associated concept of
restraint. But the ability to
consistently find the middle
of the bat relies heavily on
technical proficiency (case
study: David Warner). Malan
has a lovely pick-up, with the
bat-face open to the off-side
rather than hooded towards
the ground. He also retains a
sideways-on body position
during the shot. The former
assists a sweet strike of the
ball, the latter helps him to
have more time when the ball
bounces above hip high.
So Malan?s game is wellsuited to truer, bouncier
pitches. Australia, in other
words. Despite a moderate
first-class average of 37 and
his relatively advanced age of
30, Malan is naturally
adapted to the conditions he
enjoyed here in Perth.
His career did not develop
as quickly as he hoped. But
he retained an insatiable
appetite for practice and selfimprovement. (When Malan?s
name is mentioned, coaches
at Middlesex look forlornly at
their throwing shoulders.)
His late bloom
belongs to a wider
trend, identified by
John Inverarity, a
great captain of
Western Australia
and county
coach. At a
Malan:
matured
relatively
late in his
career
pre-match function,
Inverarity pointed out that
players typically develop
later in the modern era. Given
so much institutional support
(coaching and academies), he
suggested, they are slower to
learn self-reliance. Systems
designed to fast-track talent
have had the opposite effect,
delaying maturity. If Malan is
an example of shrewd
investment in an older player,
England?s toothless bowling
performance revealed the
opposite: the danger of
sticking with something that
hasn?t worked in the past.
On what evidence did
England expect to take 20
wickets consistently on this
tour? The attack?s iconic
leaders, James Anderson and
Stuart Broad, have never
enjoyed their happiest days
using a Kookaburra ball in
Australia. What was the
likelihood, with four more
years? mileage on the clock,
of this tour being better?
Everyone can see the
problem, but what is the
solution? Talk turns to the old
favourites: field placing,
game-plans and the trusty
last resort, ?body language?.
All questionable in this Test
but, even more, incidental.
They explain very little.
You wonder if winning in
Australia is a strategic priority
for England. They did not use
the 2017 summer against a
poor West Indies team to
prepare for this Ashes.
Instead, they stuck with an
attack that relies on a Dukes
ball and English-style pitches.
WORST ASHES
DAYS IN FIELD
Trent Bridge 1989 (first
day) Australia 301-0 (Geoff
Marsh 125 not out, Mark
Taylor 141 not out)
Lord?s 2015 (first day)
Australia 337-1 (90 overs;
Chris Rogers 158 not out,
Steve Smith 129 not out)
Perth 2017 (third day)
Australia 203-3 to 549-4 (90
overs; Steve Smith 229 not
out, Shaun Marsh 28, Mitch
Marsh 181 not out)
It is damning that Craig
Overton, England?s best
bowler here despite a broken
rib, was not blooded before
this tour.
On recent tours to
Australia, England?s tallest
bowlers (such as Overton)
have been the successful
ones. Steve Finn and Chris
Tremlett have a combined
average of 28 in Australia, in
contrast to Anderson and
Broad?s record of 37. I
expected Anderson to shine
under the lights in Adelaide.
He did. But England didn?t
win the one Test match when
conditions suited them. If
English cricket continues to
demand home wins, however
they are achieved, the pattern
of failure on flat pitches is not
likely to change. In India last
winter England?s fast bowlers
were out-bowled as well as
the spinners. Indeed, India
has far greater depth of fastbowling talent than England.
The problem is wider than
?Aussie tearaways versus
English-style seamers?.
Why? Follow the
incentives. It?s not just county
pitches that reward seam
movement rather than pace.
It goes all the way to the top.
Smashed at Lord?s by
Australia in 2015 on a dry,
lifeless pitch, England acted
swiftly ? to change the pitch,
not the
players.
Edgbaston
and Trent
Bridge were
curated to
suit
England?s
seamers.
How we cheered. What
glories. The Ashes were
coming home. But those
decisions have rebounded on
England, a short-term
outlook with a nasty
boomerang sting. The pain,
long deferred, is only just
beginning.
10
SPORT RUGBY UNION: EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP
Louw grabs
the
limelight
in absence
of
Armitage
Triple champions
are not same force
without openside
to steal possession
S
STUART
BARNES
The ghosts of Toulon?s
glorious recent past haunted
them last night in Bath. In a
game that was never anything
less than engrossing, Bath
were able to dominate in a
few crucial positions and that
made every bit as much of a
difference as Anthony
Watson?s two first-half tries. If
anybody wanted reminding
about the importance of the
openside flanker and fly-half,
it was in every fan?s face at the
Recreation Ground.
Louw: slowed the play
down for Bath time and
again when Toulon were
looking for quick ball ?
and won three turnovers
Toulon?s triple triumph
was built around not the
brilliance of Jonny Wilkinson
but the complete calm and
capacity to make the right
decisions when it mattered
most. The other foundation
on which Toulon?s greatness
was forged was at openside,
where Steffon Armitage
pilfered possession from one
end of Europe to the other.
England didn?t think he was
exceptional enough for the
2015 World Cup but there
wasn?t a better player in
Europe ? certainly not a
more important one ? than
the barrelling Englishman.
Yesterday?s Toulon team
had its share of stellar
performers; Ma?a Nonu
looked as if he was back to his
All Black best in the third
quarter of the game as he tore
into Bath both in attack and
defence. Duane Vermeulen
wasn?t quite as good as he
was last week in Toulon but
here is a player of the highest
class, good enough to win
European cups.
Unfortunately for Toulon
they do not have an Armitage
equivalent any more. They
have an incredible rugby
player wearing No 7 but
Facundo Isa is out of the same
No 8 mould as the South
African; both are
rumbustious carriers of the
ball but neither are snafflers
at the breakdown like
Armitage once was. And
Francois Louw still is.
Louw, of course, was
wearing the blue, black and
white of Bath. The West
Countrymen may well have
been missing the world-class
back-row skills of Taulupe
Faletau, especially in attack,
yet the South African?s utter
domination of the breakdown
proved decisive in the second
half when Toulon came at
Bath.
Time and again he slowed
the ball down when Toulon
were after quick ball. Better
still, he was able to win three
turnovers, one of them
beneath the Bath posts.
The breakdown is as
important an area of battle as
anywhere in rugby union and
whilst Toulon may have
fielded a gargantuan back
row, it was Bath who had the
man capable of controlling
this crucial aspect. Louw,
with more than 50 caps for
South Africa, is a reminder
that the Springboks should
not be completely
disregarded for the 2019
World Cup despite their
dreadful current condition.
Any South African side that
has Vermeulen and Louw in
their back row is going to be
competitive. Alas for Toulon,
without their own openside,
Bath were able to withstand a
second half where the visitors
carried more often, crossed
the game line more often and
forced Bath into a
significantly greater number
of tackles.
It was the Bath rearguard
that won the day because
Toulon were missing the link
man that Armitage once was.
As for fly-half, the new
?Wilkinson?, Francois TrinhDuc, is not even a shadow of
the iron-willed Englishman.
He may have 63 caps for
Louw is a
reminder that
the Springboks
should not be
disregarded
France but this is a reflection
on the fact that throughout
this period of rugby history
France have been pretty
much a feeble force.
Last week, Anthony
Belleau turned the game with
a bit of magic in the last five
minutes. He is widely
regarded as the future of
French fly-half play.
Yesterday the man who has
been its recent past not only
failed to pull any rabbits out
of his hat but, even more
importantly, struggled to
steer his Toulon team into the
right parts of the field. There
was a classic example in the
65th minute when he floated
the most dreadful of crosskicks deep from his own 22
into the waiting arms of Rhys
Priestland.
Bath lost the ball in what
was a dangerous counterattacking position only for the
fly-half to boot it aimlessly
over the Bath dead ball line to
bring the game back to within
35 metres of Toulon?s try line.
He didn?t kick for goal like
Wilkinson either. You can?t
criticise any fly-half for that
but his lack of control is
another matter. Bath
possessed a world-class
openside and Toulon a flawed
fly-half. That is why Bath
prevailed yesterday.
Bath gain sweet revenge over Toulon
BATH
TOULON
ANDREW BOYERS
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Sam Peters
The Rec
ne of the great European
nights in Bath saw Todd
Blackadder?s men gain the
sweetest of revenges over
three-time champions Toulon at a pulsating Recreation
Ground. Anthony Watson
scored two wonderful individual tries in front of watching England coach Eddie
Jones to help Blackadder?s men climb to
the top of Pool Five with a dogged, determined and memorable victory in front of
14,422.
After suffering an agonising last-gasp
defeat at the Stade Felix Mayol eight days
ago, Bath were full value for this win, with
openside Springbok flanker Francois
Louw a constant menace at the breakdown and hugely promising young
English hooker Tom Dunn also making a
magnificent contribution.
Fly-half Rhys Priestland controlled
proceedings intelligently throughout and
Watson provided a rapier presence at
full-back alongside Welsh powerhouse
Aled Brew on the wing. Watson was electric every time he got the ball as Bath took
control of their own destiny in this
intensely competitive pool.
The injury-hit home side defended
stoutly in the second half, especially in
the dying minutes when Toulon went
through 38 phases before relinquishing
possession, as their set-piece enabled
them to topple Toulon after that agonising loss.
Beno Obano scored Bath?s first try on
46 seconds and the home side kept their
noses in front throughout on one of the
great nights of European rugby in this
wonderful rugby city.
Without British & Irish Lions No. 8 Taulupe Faletau, who suffered extensive
damage to the medial ligament in his
troublesome left knee during last Saturday?s encounter between the same sides,
Bath?s forwards stepped up.
Bath were also without their 21-yearold England open-side flanker Sam
Underhill who has not played since being
concussed for the second time this season against Australia in November.
With Faletau and Underhill absent,
Blackadder recalled fit-again Louw for
only his fourth game of the season, alongside former Otago No. 8 Paul Grant and
club captain Matt Garvey. Louw?s breakdown work proved the difference
between the two sides.
The home side got off to the perfect
start when Brew, so effective last week,
continued where he left off by leaping
high to claim the kick off before reappearing seconds later to carry deep into the
heart of the Toulon defence.
The ball was recycled at speed and fed
to hulking 23-year-old loosehead prop
Obano, who crashed over from close
range to score the opening try inside a
minute. Bath never relinquished the
lead. Rhys Priestland?s conversion made
it 7-0before either side had broken sweat.
Priestland added his first penalty on 10
CHAMPIONS
CUP
RESULTS,
TABLES AND
FIXTURES
Double delight: Anthony
Watson scores one of his
two eye-catching tries.
They were seen by
England coach Eddie
Jones, who was watching
from the stands
MATCH STATS
Bath
Toulon
3
Tries
2
22
Defenders beaten
27
35
Possession %
65
11
Offloads
10
37
Territory %
63
27
Kicks from hand
31
67
Scrums won on own ball %
100
9
Penalties conceded
7
78
Lineouts won on own ball %
100
12
Turnovers conceded
18
Metres made
475
155
Tackles made
107
27
Tackles missed
22
432
8
Line breaks
10
POOL ONE
La Rochelle
Ulster
Wasps
Harlequins
P
3
4
3
4
POOL TWO
W
3
3
1
0
D
0
0
0
0
L
0
1
2
4
F A
124 73
105 79
79 78
66 144
TF Pts
15 15
11 13
10
6
9
2
Results
Ulster 19 Wasps 9
Harlequins 27 La Rochelle 34
La Rochelle 41 Ulster 17
Wasps 41 Harlequins 10
Harlequins 5 Ulster 17
La Rochelle 49 Wasps 29
Ulster 52 Harlequins 24
Fixtures
Today 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
Clermont
Saracens
Ospreys
Northampton
P
3
3
3
3
W
3
2
1
0
D
0
0
0
0
L
0
1
2
3
F
96
107
98
52
A
42
93
94
124
TF Pts
12 14
15 10
13
8
7
1
Results
Northampton 13 Saracens 57
Ospreys 21 Clermont 26
Clermont 24 Northampton 7
Saracens 36 Ospreys 34
Northampton 32 Ospreys 43
Saracens 14 Clermont 46
Fixtures
Today 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
minutes when Ma?a Nonu was penalised
by referee Nigel Owens for not rolling
away and he was on target again two minutes later.
The wonderfully energetic Brew saved
a certain Toulon try when he pulled off a
magnificent tackle on Francois TrinhDuc but scrum-half Alby Matheson
caught Bath?s defence out on the blindside at the next lineout and scooted over
for a neat try. Trinh-Duc converted to
close the gap to six points after 19 minutes before another penalty on 26 minutes made it 13-10.
Bath roared back in spectacular fashion when Priestland fed Jonathan Joseph
who switched cleverly with Watson in
space and the England flyer took off on a
superb jinking run which saw him outstrip the Toulon defence.
Priestland missed the conversion and
Trinh-Duc?s second penalty on 35 minutes made it 18-13 but Watson?s first-half
work was not done as he scored his second eye-catching try when he collected
the ball 30 metres out and scorched over,
leaving four Toulon defenders trailing.
Priestland could not convert but Bath
had a healthy 10-point lead at half-time.
Toulon struck soon after half-time with
a superbly worked team try sparked by
Nonu, carried on by Ashton and Guilhem
Guirado and finished magnificently by
lock Samu Manoa. Trinh-Duc missed the
conversion and another penalty attempt
moments later.
Bath?s resilience was rewarded when
Priestland, an increasingly influential figure as opposite man Trinh-Duc folded,
kicked his third penalty and the home
side thought they?d claimed a bonuspoint try when replacement Jack Wilson
Star man: Anthony Watson (Bath)
Bath: Tries: Obano 1, Watson 28, 41
Cons: Preistland Pen: Priestland (3)
Toulon: Tries: Mathewson 18, Manoa 42
Cons: Trinh-Duc Pen: Trinh-Duc (3)
Referee: N Owens (Wales) Attendance: 14,422
Bath: Watson; Brew, Joseph, Tapuai (Wilson 36min),
Banahan (Burns 78min); Priestland, Cook (Fotuali?i
51min); Obano (Auterac 66min), Dunn, Lahiff (Thomas
51min), Stooke (Douglas 67min), Ewels, Garvey (capt),
Louw, Grant (Mercer 66min)
Toulon: Bonneval; Tuisova, Bastareaud (capt), Nonu
(Pietersen 56min), Ashton; Trinh-Duc, Mathewson
(Escande 57min); Fresia (DelBoubles 65min), Guirado,
Van der Merwe (Setiano 65min), Manoa (Rebbadj
57min), Taofifenua (Kruger 53min), Lobbe (Lakafia
56min), Isa, Vermeulen
POOL THREE
POOL FOUR
POOL FIVE
Leinster
Montpellier
Exeter
Glasgow
P
4
4
4
4
W
4
2
2
0
D
0
0
0
0
L
0
2
2
4
F A
98 60
106 99
76 79
81 123
Results
Leinster 24 Montpellier 17
Exeter 24 Glasgow 15
Glasgow 18 Leinster 34
Montpellier 24 Exeter 27
Glasgow 22 Montpellier 29
Exeter 8 Leinster 18
Montpellier 36 Glasgow 26
Leinster 22 Exeter 17
Fixtures
Jan 12/13/14 Exeter v Montpellier
Leinster v Glasgow
Jan 19/20/21 Glasgow v Exeter
Montpellier v Leinster
TF Pts
11 18
15 13
9
9
11
2
Munster
Racing
Castres
Leicester
P
3
4
4
3
W
2
2
1
1
D
1
0
1
0
L F A TF Pts
0 64 34 12 11
2 71 55 5
11
2 69 113 8
7
2 82 84 10
6
Results
Racing 22 Leicester Tigers 18
Castres 17 Munster 17
Leicester Tigers 54 Castres 29
Munster 14 Racing 7
Castres 16 Racing 13
Munster 33 Leicester Tigers 10
Racing 29 Castres 7
Fixtures
Today Leicester Tigers v Munster
Jan 12/13/14 Castres v Leicester Tigers
Racing v Munster
Jan 19/20/21 Leicester Tigers v Racing
Munster v Castres
crossed, only for the try to be ruled out
for a forward pass.
Trinh-Duc?s third penalty closed the
gap to five points with 15 minutes left but
he missed with another from wide out
which could have closed the gap to two.
Bath held on. The joy was untold.
Bath
Toulon
Scarlets
Benetton
P W D
4 3 0
4 3 0
4 2 0
4 0 0
L
1
1
2
4
F
87
96
97
69
Results
Bath 23 Benetton 0
Toulon 21 Scarlets 20
Scarlets 13 Bath 18
Benetton 29 Toulon 30
Scarlets 33 Benetton 28
Toulon 24 Bath 20
Benetton 12 Scarlets 31
Bath 26 Toulon 21
Fixtures
Jan 12/13/14 Bath v Scarlets
Toulon v Benetton
Jan 19/20/21 Benetton v Bath
Scarlets v Toulon
A
58
95
79
117
TF Pts
7 13
9 13
12 12
8
3
11
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
SEB DALY
DAVID ROGERS
Front man: Owen Farrell has a key role against Clermont
Farrell must
lead way when
it matters most
It is make or break
in France today
for Saracens and
their talisman
Gripping stuff:
Exeter centre
Henry Slade
struggles to
shrug off Luke
McGrath, whose
Leinster fought
back to win from
14 points down
Stuart Barnes
Last-gasp Leinster snatch it
LEINSTER
EXETER CHIEFS
22
17
Peter O?Reilly
Aviva stadium
A
classic cup tie and a gripping
comeback yarn, as Leinster
scrabbled back from a desperate state of affairs, keeping Exeter scoreless for the
last 50 minutes and gradually eating into a 14-point deficit before completing the
turnaround
with
Luke
McGrath?s 66th-minute try.
What marks Leinster down as genuine
Champions Cup contenders is the way
they handle adversity. To lose Johnny
Sexton with a head injury after three minutes was disastrous. For his replacement,
Ross Byrne, to be taken off after another
sickening collision, only minutes later,
was horrendous ill-fortune.
Then there were the self-imposed
hardships, the yellow cards for Cian
Healy and Scott Fardy that meant they
played a quarter of the game with 14 men.
Their only good fortune, arguably, was
that Healy was allowed to return, for his
forearm smash to Luke Cowan-Dickie?s
head probably deserved red.
On top of all that, Leinster also had to
deal with a fired-up Exeter who came to
make a statement. The likes of Don
Armand, Cowan-Dickie and Sam Simmonds threw themselves into the fray
and the visitors? tight five gave Leinster a
going-over in the scrum at times.
The lineout was even more of a battle,
with Leinster losing their own ball four
times to Exeter?s three. With such fierce
aerial combat, both sides sought sanctuary at the front of the lineout, which
reduced the attacking options but did not
diminish the clash of artists in midfield,
where Garry Ringrose probed beautifully
and Henry Slade showed lovely touches.
Ultimately, however, Exeter failed to
cash in on the chaos in Leinster ranks,
where Byrne was struggling to find his
feet, and where even experienced internationals looked rattled.
Some Leinster old-stagers kept their
head, however, notably skipper Isa
Nacewa, who not only took over the
place-kicking duties from Sexton to land
six from six but also had the assurance to
keep chipping away at the visitors? lead
with those three-pointers rather than
going for grander gestures.
At first, it was all Exeter. As is usually
the case in these back-to-back affairs, the
team who lost the first game appeared to
have learnt more from the experience.
Last week, Exeter lost the aerial battle;
here, Olly Woodburn dominated the
skies. Last week, Exeter came off second
best in the physical contest; here, they
brought anger and attitude.
Armed with info from their video analysts, the Chiefs went after Leinster at the
side of the ruck in the first minute and it
worked a treat. A lovely one-two between
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Nic White and Simmonds prised open
the Leinster defence before Sam Skinner
spun out of a tackle and over the try-line
to the right of the posts.
Gareth Steenson converted, and there
was worse news for Leinster. Sexton, typically upright in the tackle, had clashed
heads with Matt Kvesic and never
returned from treatment. One fly-half
down, Leinster soon lost another. Perhaps over-keen to assert himself, Byrne?s
tackle technique deserted him ? another
collision of heads, and this time both he
and White were gone, albeit temporarily.
For now, Chiefs looked much better
equipped to handle the disruption as
Slade found chinks in a rearranged Leinster backline. But when they went to the
corner, the visitors couldn?t win their
own lineout ball and Leinster escaped.
Even when Healy was in the bin, the most
they could squeeze from 10 minutes of
dominance was a Steenson penalty,
courtesy of their dominant scrum.
With precious little ball or territory,
Leinster were surely relieved to reach the
half-hour trailing 3-10, but Exeter?s linespeed and Monsieur Gauzere?s disregard
for the offside line meant the home side
were consistently on the back foot. Soon
they were being mauled back over their
own try line, with Cowan-Dickie smiling
at the bottom of the rubble. As well as the
seven points, Leinster lost Fardy to the
bin for attempting to collapse the maul.
It?s telling, in retrospect, that Leinster
finished the first half stronger. The likes
of Healy, Tadhg Furlong and Sean Cronin
began making front-foot carries and
Leinster eked out a couple of penalties
for Nacewa, who sneaked them over
despite one particularly ugly strike. He
narrowed the gap further with another
penalty at the end of a tense third quarter, after a sweet attacking move had sent
Fergus McFadden through the middle.
Into the last 20, and Leinster were
finding cracks in the pink wall. One
storming Jack Conan surge off the base of
the scrum scattered the Chiefs defence,
leading to a penalty and a decision for
Nacewa. The skipper opted for the points
rather than the set-piece, and was vindicated two minutes later, as the newly
MATCH STATS
Leinster
1
Exeter Chiefs
Tries
2
27
Defenders beaten
17
57
Possession (%)
43
8
Offloads
8
55
Territory (%)
45
11
Penalties conceded
12
100
Scrums won* (%)
100
8
Turnovers conceded
15
64
Lineouts won* (%)
79
Tackles made
165
431
Metres made
337
17
Tackles missed
27
2
Yellow cards
0
5
Line breaks
1
156
*on own ball
arrived Dan Leavy picked an exquisite
line in midfield to carve Chiefs open. His
scoring pass to McGrath looked borderline forward but Gauzere was happy with
the reply on the big screen. Leinster were
ahead for the first time.
Exeter kept playing, and were doubtless peeved by another Gauzere decision,
this time at the lineout, which torpedoed
any hopes of another late twist. The right
result? Based on Leinster?s courage, their
self-belief and their second-half performance, definitely.
Star man: Isa Nacewa (Leinster)
Leinster: Try: McGrath 66
Con: Nacewa Pens: Nacewa 5
Exeter: Tries: Skinner 3, Cowan-Dickie 32
Cons: Steenson 2 Pen: Steenson
Referee: P Guazere Attendance: 40,064 Yellow
cards: Leinster: Healy, Fardy
Leinster: Kearney; McFadden, Ringrose, Henshaw,
Nacewa (capt); Sexton (Byrne 3min, Larmour 7-16min),
L McGrath (Gibson-Park 74min); Healy (J McGrath
58min), Cronin (Tracy 57min), Furlong (Porter 74min),
Toner (Ryan 58min), Fardy, O?Brien (Leavy 57min), van
der Flier (J McGrath 19-29min), Conan
Exeter: Turner (Short 75min), Nowell, Slade, Whitten
(Hill 64min), Woodburn; Steenson (capt), White
(Chudley 7-18min, 64min); Moon (Hepburn 57min),
Cowan-Dickie (Yeandle 66min), Francis (Williams
54min), Lees (Hill 61min), Skinner, Armand, Kvesic
(Waldrom 70min), Simmonds
Davies double helps Scarlets power past Benetton
EUROPEAN ROUND-UP
Darryl Webber
Scarlets powered to an
emphatic 31-12 win over
Benetton in Pool Five of the
European Champions Cup,
securing a bonus point in
the process. The Welsh team
dominated the first half,
running in three
unanswered tries from
Johnny McNicholl, Paul
Asquith and Gareth Davies
which were all converted by
Leigh Halfpenny, who also
scored a penalty. That gave
Scarlets a 24-0 advantage at
the interval. Davies added
his second try just after the
break, which Halfpenny
again converted to stretch
Scarlets? lead to 31-0. Monty
Ioane scored two late tries
for the Italian side but they
were mere consolations.
After last week?s struggle to
overcome the same
opposition, Scarlets will feel
their campaign is back on
track with this
performance.
In Pool Three,
Montpellier got the better of
Glasgow Warriors, running
out 36-26 winners in an
entertaining match that
swung back and forth.
Glasgow took an early lead
thanks to a try from Fraser
Brown after two minutes
but within five minutes
Nemani Nadolo got the
home side back on level
terms. That pattern of score
and counter-score
continued with further tries
for Peter Horne and
Nick Grigg in the first
half for Warriors
and Romain
Ruffenach for
the French
side.
Warriors
held a 19-14
lead at the
interval but
Montpellier
Davies: the
Scarlets
scrum-half
scored two tries
were quick out of the blocks
in the second half, with
Henry Immelman and
Benoit Paillaugue going over
the line in the first 10
minutes. Immelman
grabbed his second try in
the 67th minute and
although George Horne
went over for Glasgow
in the 70th
minute, they could
not find enough in
the last 10 minutes to get
close to Montpellier.
Gloucester thrashed
Zebre 69-12 in the
European Challenge
Cup, running in 11
tries in the Pool
Three game. The
hosts were 45-0
up at half-time. David
Halaifouna scored twice and
there were further tries
from Ollie Thorley, Freddie
Clarke, Will Safe, Charlie
Sharples and Cameron Orr.
Thorley scored three more
tries in the second half and
Motu Matu?u also went over
the line for the rampant
home side.
With Billy Twelvetrees
slotting six conversions,
Gloucester were out of sight
before the Italian side
scored two tries in the last
10 minutes courtesy of
Matteo Pratichetti and
Valerio Bernabo.
In Pool Four of the
Challenge Cup, London
Irish held a 10-5 half-time
lead over Stade Francais at
the Madejski stadium,
courtesy of a Scott Steele
touchdown and a penalty
try after Romain Martial had
scored first for the French.
But they could not
withstand a second-half
onslaught as the visitors ran
in three tries from Heinke
Van der Merwe, Waisea
Nayacalevu and Tony Ensor
to finish 26-20 winners.
In Pool Five of the
Challenge Cup, Connacht
thrashed French side Brive
55-10 in Galway.
The Irish team scored
seven tries, with Matt
Healey getting four of them.
Jack Carty, who also scored
a try, kicked 20 points.
?Defeat today and the
bookmakers? parallel world
will tilt from confidence to
crisis, but that is not going to
happen.? So I wrote seven
days ago ahead of Saracens?
attempt to end a five-match
losing streak; Clermont
Auvergne were the
opponents. I paused long and
hard before I typed ?but that
is not going to happen?. It
wasn?t a necessary clause but
as Bob Dylan sang in his
evangelical days: ?You either
got faith or you got unbelief
and there ain?t no neutral
ground.?
Like the British and Irish
bookmakers, my faith in the
Saracens was rock-solid.
Saracens, alas, seemed less
sure of themselves from the
moment they kicked off at a
more or less half-empty
stadium on a Monday night. A
bad day at the office against
Harlequins the previous week
was upgraded to shocker
status against the celebrated
Frenchmen.
So much for faith. The
bookmakers and Barnes were
wrong, much of the media
with its scent for a story were
right. Instead of the expected
rebound, there was collapse.
Instead of line speed there
was shambolic defending.
Instead of those pumped up
Saracens fists there was openmouthed horror ? from 1 to
23. If somebody has seen a
decent-priced crystal ball
available on eBay please let
me know.
Saracens are no longer the
bookmakers? favourites. 2-1 to
win the tournament a week
ago, they are the same price
to win the game this
afternoon, with Clermont 1-2.
The reigning champions can
be backed at 5-1 to make it
three consecutive European
titles. Clermont?s price has
been halved, Saracens?
doubled. It was that sort of
Monday evening.
Forget strategy and tactics.
Important as they are, if
Saracens are going to turn
their season around and win
the next six games to alleviate
the pressure, to condemn
words such as ?crisis? to the
dustbin of forgotten
headlines, an iron self-belief
is required in the heartland of
the Auvergne.
Today is a day for Owen
Farrell to show any remaining
doubters why he is
considered one of the world?s
leading rugby players. Today
is a day for him to inspire
those around him. We?ve
heard about his leadership
qualities time and again, fed
England players questions
and quoted the hosannas of
praise they regurgitated. Now
we need to see it when the
odds are against him in a way
they have not been for two
years.
Farrell has been at the
centre of winning teams, for
club and country. Opponents
have been rolled over. When
Clermont cut Saracens to
shreds, the television shots of
the Saracens fly-half offered a
face as frozen in horror as the
rest of his teammates. As the
champions disintegrated, it
wasn?t only the giant
Australian lock, Will Skelton,
making mistakes. Farrell was
missing tackles, putting
restarts out on the full. He fell
away along with his friends.
There are question marks
regarding George Ford on the
back foot. Last Monday the
iron man appeared equally
discomforted. Mid-table
teams get used to losing.
Farrell has almost forgotten
the feeling. As for being
hammered; this was another
universe, one in which one
and all Saracens were lost.
From being addicted to
winning to developing a fix
for losing, habits are hard to
break. Only the strongest
survive. This afternoon is
probably the greatest test of
Farrell?s leadership
capacities, especially given
club captain Brad Barritt?s
head injury and the missing
talisman, Maro Itoje, whose
passion and ferocity would
surely have staunched the
flow of tries in Barnet.
Much has been made of
Farrell?s game management,
even more of his mental
strength. In an England team
who have failed to develop in
technical terms, it has been
the mental resolve that has
stood out. Dylan Hartley is
normally off the field at the
60-minute mark, leaving
Farrell to power the team
home.
He has been in a few sticky
positions but nothing, I
venture to suggest, like today.
From being on top of the
world when they crushed
Northampton nine weeks ago
TODAY?S MATCH
FACTS
6 Clermont Auvergne
have now won six of the
nine meetings between
the clubs
6 The Top 14 champions
have won their last 12
home games against
Aviva Premiership
opposition. Sale Sharks
were the last to win at
Marcel-Michelin in 200809
6 Since losing the 2015
semi-final to Clermont in
Saint Etienne, Saracens
are unbeaten in 11 away
games (W10, D1, including
neutral venues). The
holders had never
previously gone more
than three games on the
road without defeat
in the Gardens to feeling
buried six feet under as they
prepare to meet a Clermont
side who came to life against
them after their spluttering
season to date.
If Saracens turn this
around, beat Clermont or
even play well enough to
depart with a losing bonus
point, it will have been an
achievement deserving much
merit. Farrell is highly likely (I
just deleted the word
?certain?) to be at the centre
of any fightback. He can push
his claims for the long-term
England captaincy in the
adversity of the afternoon.
Or he can lose ground if he
fails to escape from the
horror that overwhelmed
them six days ago. Few doubt
he is made of the right stuff,
but the iron wasn?t to be seen
in the soul last week. It could
be the only Saracen to come
out of this daunting trip with
his reputation enhanced will
be Itoje, out of action with a
broken jaw. For all the Farrell
furore, the back-five forward
has always been my idea of
the 2019 captain. Ever since I
saw him lead England Under20s to a world championship
against a huge Springboks
team in Auckland, he has
emanated England captaincy
material. Saracens would give
a lot to have him on the field
today. Of this I am sure.
ON TV TODAY
Clermont v Saracens
3pm BT Sport 2,
Kick-off 3.15pm
12
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
SPORT RUGBY UNION: EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP
A LEAGUE APART
How Premiership puts English at a disadvantage in Europe
DIARMUID GREENE
Recent results may well indicate
otherwise, but it?s not all doom and
gloom for our clubs in Europe today
LAWRENCE
DALLAGLIO
O
n Sunday evening last week I
thought: ?This has been a
pretty unusual weekend in
European rugby.? I was wondering, of course, what had
happened to England?s Premiership clubs. Six teams,
six losses. You don?t see that
very often. And then came
Monday evening?s game at
Allianz Park, where European champions Saracens were smashed by Clermont.
Seven defeats. In four of those games,
the English sides were at home. The obvious conclusion might not be the correct
one, though, because I?m not sure these
losses mean we have been overrating the
strength and all-round quality of the
Aviva Premiership.
I talk to men who have played in what
is now the Pro 14 or France?s Top 14 and
have turned up in the Premiership, and
they say the English league is the toughest because you cannot pick and choose
the games in which you will give your
best. There is no Premiership equivalent
of what Leinster did the weekend before
their victory over Exeter Chiefs at Sandy
Park: sending a team to Italy for the Pro 14
game against Benetton that had just four
players who would make the starting XV
a week later. They still won 36-10.
While Leinster?s mostly second-string
team were cruising past Benetton,
England?s Premiership clubs were
engaged in a series of derby matches that
were part of ?Noisy Neighbour weekend?. It produced some fine clashes,
Exeter v Bath, Harlequins v Saracens,
Wasps v Leicester, but it was hardly ideal
preparation for the Champions Cup.
FALTERING ENGLISH
In the past two seasons, English Premiership
sides have suffered a dip in form in the first
half of the pool stage of the Champions Cup
After three rounds
Won
Lost
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Win%
Drawn
11
10
52.3
14
3
82.4
7
10
1
38.9
8
13
38.1
If you are an English fan trying to make
sense of the European results, you will
wonder what has gone wrong at Saracens
and how Wasps could give up six tries to a
French side, La Rochelle, that hardly anybody has heard of ? and then you ask
what has happened to Leicester Tigers,
lambs to another Thomond Park slaughter.
You have to see this through more
European eyes. Last week?s matches
delivered many outstanding performances and they just happened to come from
non-English clubs. The two best were
Clermont?s demolition of the European
champions at Allianz Park and La Rochelle?s scintillating victory over Wasps.
Leinster and Munster were pretty good,
too, and before we cry too much into our
English ale this has to be recognised.
Clermont were upset by the postponement of their game to Monday evening.
Like any streetwise rugby team, they
drip-fed that resentment into their bloodstream. The French national team did the
same back in the day and you didn?t want
to face them at that moment. As for La
Rochelle, they were a revelation. Theirs
was rugby played with a mixture of pace
and power, creativity and skill, energy
and intensity we are not used to in this
country. Wasps? director of rugby Dai
Young said they were the best European
side he has faced in his time at Wasps.
For the battered English clubs, the
game is far from up. It?s half-time and you
do not need to be a great rugby judge to
know the Premiership clubs will have a
better second half. Do not imagine Saracens are preparing themselves for
another humiliation. They have lost six
consecutive games but I expect them to
be fiercely competitive at the Stade Marcel Michelin this afternoon.
Saracens remain a very talented outfit.
This is the team who had six players touring with the British & Irish Lions, who
have become serial winners, two Premierships, two European Cups. They are
too well coached, too battle-hardened
and they have too much self-respect to be
trampled for a second time by the same
opposition.
I listened to their director of rugby,
Mark McCall, and his reaction to the
thumping was very honest, which is what
you expect from him and indeed the club.
That honesty will have been the theme
during the week and we will see the fruits
of it this afternoon. This is not to say I
believe Saracens will win at Clermont
today because I?m not sure they will.
Forced to call it, I see Clermont winning a
tight match and Saracens producing their
best performance for some time. This is
what makes sport so wonderful ? Saracens rediscover their true selves on the
day they leave their dream of winning a
third consecutive Champions Cup hanging by a thread.
Elsewhere, I expect the news to be better for the Premiership clubs. I can see
HUGHES RETURNS
FOR WASPS
Lose today and Wasps? hopes of
making the quarter-finals look nonexistent. The portents are not good
? La Rochelle are the only team in
the tournament to have enjoyed
bonus-point wins in each of their first
three matches. The English club will
be boosted, however, by the return
of Nathan Hughes, the England No 8
who has not played since damaging
his knee in the autumn
internationals. South African fullback Willie Le Roux, who has been
recuperating from illness, is also
expected to start.
?We know we?re going to have to
play top-quality rugby, and that we
have to improve by 10%,? said Wasps
director of rugby Dai Young. ?We can
take confidence from how well we
handled their power. We were more
than a match for them set-piece
wise, and for large parts of the game
our defence held solid. They?ve got
quality players but we?ve shown that
if we get reasonable possession we
can take the game to them.?
Ryan Lamb, who played for five
Premiership clubs before moving to
France in the summer, will start at flyhalf for La Rochelle.
Wasps v La Rochelle, 1pm, Sky
Sports Action
Wasps reversing last weekend?s result
against La Rochelle. As much as I loved
the way La Rochelle played, they still conceded five tries to a team who, at times,
they were overwhelming. Wasps will
draw a lot of encouragement from that,
knowing that if they can cope more effectively with their rivals? high-tempo game
and not gift them easy tries, as they did
last weekend, they will be able to find
ways to score tries themselves.
I can see them winning and just
about keeping themselves in contention for one of the three runners-up
spots in the quarter-final draw.
It is going to be even tougher for
Leicester, who were physically
dominated at Thomond Park. I was
not shocked by the result but it did
surprise me that England?s halfbacks, Ben Youngs and George Ford,
were outplayed by Conor Murray and Ian
Keatley.
Youngs and Ford can claim they were
on the receiving end of a service that was
nothing like as quick or as clean as that
provided by the Munster pack, and that?s
true. Munster were terrific in that battle
for the first yard and when you win that,
everything else is easier. I was very taken
by the performance of Munster?s openside Chris Cloete.
Cloete is a Michael Hooper type, and
what you lose through his lack of height
at the lineout you more than make up
through his ability at the breakdown and
his all-round game. In fairness to Leicester, the last thing you want at Thomond
Park is a French referee who sees the
breakdown as something of a wild west
saloon and then resists any temptation to
be the sheriff. That is what they had last
weekend.
Maybe I played too many matches
against Leicester and know too well how
they react when their hardness has been
called into question, but I suspect there
will be a huge response to last weekend?s
33-10 loss. And yes, I predict a Leicester
victory.
Unfinished business: Ben
Youngs is in the Leicester
side for today?s return
match with Munster
ON TV TODAY
Leicester Tigers v Munster
5.15pm BT Sport 2,
Kick-off 5.30pm
Evans knocking at brick wall
Ford would create new problems
In-form full-back
faces Saints today,
still dreaming of
recall from Wales
One-dimensional
Northampton
should set sights
on Wayne Smith
Sam Peters
It is hard to imagine what
more Dan Evans can do to
convince Warren Gatland he
is worthy of another crack at
international rugby. Few who
have witnessed Ospreys?
European Champions Cup
campaign are in any doubt
that Evans possesses the allround game required to
thrive on the biggest stage.
Last weekend at Franklin?s
Gardens, as Evans scored his
sixth try in three European
games, England World Cup
winner Will Greenwood
likened his ability to beat the
man before he has received
the ball to All Black great
Conrad Smith and Wallaby
legend Jason Little.
But eight years after
winning his only two
Wales caps, on tour
against Canada and
the United States,
Evans, 29, appears
no closer to a recall. ?I
haven?t had any
feedback from the Wales
coaches, nothing
whatsoever,? he said. ?It?s
something I would like but if
it doesn?t come maybe I
won?t ever find the answer.?
Professional rugby is a
relatively small church and
usually if a player commits a
serious misdemeanour or
upsets a coach with his
attitude or behaviour, the
rumour mill goes into
overdrive. Evans? Nothing.
He has missed just one
European game through
injury since signing for
Ospreys from Dragons in
2014, and not a single Pro14
game, scoring 30 tries and
chalking up 100 appearances
faster than any other player
in the region?s history. Much
of his success comes from the
simplicity with which he
plays. Eschewing some
players? desire almost to be
pre-programmed by coaches
before games, Evans prefers
to play what he sees.
Evans:
making his
mark with
Ospreys
?I?m an all-round rugby
player,? he said. ?I can run
with the ball and I can kick. I
can play a variety of different
styles. I?m a rugby-playing
full-back. I don?t rely on one
particular aspect of my game
to carry me. I?m not
blisteringly quick so I?m not
reliant on that. I?m quite
powerful and make a few line
breaks.
?Some of the best rugby
players in the world play offthe-cuff. Look at some of the
New Zealand and Australia
players. A lot of their worldclass players turn games in
seconds. If you get too
scripted you lose focus on
how to play rugby.?
It is a refreshing
philosophy but not one that
appears to be cutting ice with
Wales? management. Even
with Leigh Halfpenny and
Liam Williams away on
British & Irish Lions duty last
summer, Evans was
overlooked for the tour of
Tonga and Samoa.
During the autumn Tests,
Gatland resisted the
temptation to omit the
trusted but limited
Halfpenny in favour of a
more attacking option at
full-back.
?When I sit down and
reflect I think, ?What
more can I do?? but I?ve
got to live with it,? Evans
said. ?He [Gatland] has his
favourites. In my position
there?s a fair few favourites.
Liam and Leigh are worldclass players who have
proved themselves but the
way they?re looking to play
could suit me. If they want to
play rugby and
counterattack, that would
suit me.?
With Rhys Webb, Dan
Biggar, Justin Tipuric and
Sam Cross absent through
injury, Evans was
Northampton?s tormentor in
chief last weekend, linking
with fly-half Sam Davies to
capitalise on their opponents?
dysfunctional defence. The
final score was 43-32. The gulf
in quality was enormous.
Ospreys face Saints again
today, with Jim Mallinder no
longer at the helm, and
another bonus-point win
would put them back in
contention in Pool Two after
narrow defeats by Saracens
and Clermont.
?People expected
Northampton to open up and
that motivated us,? Evans
said. ?The way we played in
that first 60 minutes was
exactly how we want to play.
We?ve had the experience of
conceding a lot of points at
home this year and it?s never
nice. It?s up to us to
reproduce what we produced
on Saturday.?
ON TV TODAY
Ospreys v
Northampton Saints
3pm BT Sport 3, kick-off 3.15pm
Stuart Barnes
No sooner do Saints dismiss
a director of rugby who paid
the price for not being able
to change the shape, style
and the results of
Northampton than an
alternative is mentioned
who failed his last English
club. The man dismissed is
Jim Mallinder; the man
being talked of as his
replacement is Mike Ford.
Mallinder steered
Northampton to the
Premiership title in 2014.
When you faced Big Jim?s
team at their best you left
the field bruised. But they
struggled to switch to any
other style of play under the
leadership of Mallinder and
his forwards coach, Dorian
West. The Northampton
way was too ingrained.
The only consistency in
the past years has been a
consistently diminishing
return in terms of success.
Saints have been dropping
slowly down the table; from
regulars in the top four to
scrapping for the final
European Champions Cup
spot. They have become a
mid-table team. In Europe
there has humiliation, last
season as well as this, and
defeat by Ospreys was the
final straw.
Dan Biggar must have
suffered a severe case of
?what the hell have I done??
as he watched the match.
Jim Mallinder was the man
who signed the Osprey, who
shared whatever vision such
a blinkered management
possessed. It looked nonexistent on Saturday. An
inevitable decision was
finally reached after three
years of drifting. Now Biggar
has signed away his career
to a team with a void,
without a director of rugby.
Could the man to fill the
void be Ford? He has the
ambition and self-belief but
does he have the variety any
more than Mallinder? His
Bath team played some
wonderful rugby. They
played with width and with
a fly-half in George Ford
who ran the show in the
season they made it to the
final before Saracens
whacked them.
Mallinder and the Saints
never had a fly-half like Ford
because they didn?t believe
in the virtues of width. Bath
had a gloriously gifted No 10
who happened to be the
director?s son. They were all
width. Neutrals fell for Bath
in a way they were never
likely to do with the more
muscular Northampton
team.
Contrasting styles but an
identical problem. Neither
management was capable of
changing their game. In the
year after Bath rewrote
PASCAL PAVANI
Contender: Mike Ford could move to Franklin?s Gardens
Premiership rugby?s attack
bible, the other 11 defence
coaches sat down and
worked them out, and Bath
kept coming up with the
same strategy as the
previous year.
Mike Ford would make
Northampton a more fluid
attacking side but he might
not make them any less onedimensional; just a different
type of dimension. What an
irony it would be for Ford to
take over a team whose
former director has a son in
the squad. The father-andson fiasco set Bath back a
few seasons. Hopefully
Harry Mallinder will
understand there was no
other option for the Saints.
There are other
contenders for next season,
however, and although Ford
has been the name to make
all the initial running, other
choices stand out, none
more so than former Saints
director of rugby, Wayne
Smith.
Since heading back to
New Zealand, Smith has
forged a reputation as one of
the finest coaches and
thinkers in the sport.
There would be no
greater statement of intent
than to bring him back to
Franklin?s Gardens. If Smith
was interested there
wouldn?t be a debate. If he is
not, Saints should move
heaven and earth to
persuade him.
13
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
SPORT CYCLING: THE FROOME CONTROVERSY
JAVIER LIZON
?Froome did
not support
Brailsford last
year. Now it?s
payback time?
DAVID
WALSH
F
Chief sports writer
ive days from the end of the
2017 Vuelta a Espa馻, the 164
surviving racers had a 25-mile
individual time trial to Logrono
in the north of the country. It
was an opportunity for race
leader Chris Froome, a specialist against the clock, to finally
take control of a Tour in which
he had three times finished second. Froome dominated the individual
test, winning by 29 seconds and extending his advantage over closest rival Vincenzo Nibali from just over a minute to
almost two minutes. With five days
remaining, the Vuelta was as good as
over. But then the next day the weather
changed, it was cold and wet and on the
final ascent to Los Machucos, Froome
struggled.
Losing his place among the group of
favourites, he crossed the line in 14th
place, 42 seconds behind Nibali. His lead
on the Italian was down to 1min 16sec and
the race was back on. His performance
on Los Machucos had been affected by
the effort in the time trial but Froome
knew it was more than that. He had suffered in the unseasonal cold on the
Machuros stage; the pattern that he knew
so well, chest infection brought on by his
asthma followed by sustained bouts of
coughing. Sensing he was unwell, journalists asked if he was OK and he insisted
he was fine, absolutely fine. The reality is
that he was not.
That evening he would have considered the possibility of applying for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) that would
have allowed access to prescription medication to help open up his airways. But
he had faced this situation when dealing
with an infection in the final week of the
2015 Tour de France and, against the
advice of the team, he had refused to
apply for a TUE.
According to a statement issued by
Team Sky last week, Froome and the Sky
doctor, Derick Macleod, addressed his
respiratory problems by increasing the
number of puffs from his inhaler. Under
anti-doping rules, he is allowed eight in a
12-hour period, 16 over 24 hours. Previously he would have spread those
through the day but since being caught
inhaling on camera during the second
stage of the 2014 Crit閞ium du Dauphin�,
he had decided against using his inhaler
in races. Froome was stronger the day
after Los Machucos. On the short final
ascent to Alto de Santo Toribio he finished 21 seconds ahead of Nibali. That
evening at the finish, wanting to show he
was healthy, he took two or three puffs
from his inhaler hoping he would cough
less or not at all through the post-race
interviews.
About 50 minutes after crossing the
line, he went to doping control and, as he
was obliged to do, he recorded his use of
Salbutamol, which is legal provided the
amount does not exceed the 1,000ng/ml
threshold. Four days after the Vuelta
ended, Froome arrived in Bergen, Norway, for the world championships. While
there, he learnt of the adverse analytical
finding following the 18th stage of the
Vuelta almost two weeks before. Though
Salbutamol is considered a doping product only beyond a certain level, this was a
major problem for Froome and Team
Sky. His level was double the threshold.
The first decision was how the rider and
the team should react to the news.
Froome?s insistence that he had done
nothing wrong meant he and the team
were always going to contest the finding
TESTING
TIMES
HOW
FROOME?S
HORROR
WEEK
UNFOLDED
The doping
controversy
surrounding
Sky and their star
rider threatens to
tear the team apart
Calm before the
storm: Chris
Froome must
explain why
there can be a
20-fold increase
in his Salbutamol
level from one
day to another
and they decided to do so without making any public statement, as they were
entitled to do.
London lawyer Mike Morgan, an experienced litigator in doping cases, was
hired and Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch was supportive of Froome. Sky
decided against provisionally suspending or withdrawing Froome from competition. This was in contrast to their
response to doping-related questions
about the Colombian climber Sergio
Henao in April of last year. The anti-doping authority of UCI, cycling?s governing
body, alerted the team to concerns arising from the Colombian?s biological data.
?It is our hope that this can be looked
at and resolved quickly by all the relevant
authorities so Sergio can start racing
again soon,? said the team. Henao was
cleared by UCI, and returned to competition with the team two months later.
Sky?s refusal to take the same course in
relation to Froome was noticed by many
within the sport and drew criticism from
Brent Copeland, the general manager of
the Bahrain-Merida team. Speaking to a
reporter from the Cyclingnews website,
Copeland said: ?If you have a code of conduct or an ethics code then you should
follow that. September 20 is when they
were notified and Chris still presented
himself at several events, and [Team Sky]
were negotiating with RCS [the Giro d?Italia organisers] about his participation at
the Giro d?Italia, knowing what they had
on their plate, which is difficult for me to
understand as a manager. The code of
conduct of most teams would dictate that
the rider should be suspended.?
Sky?s dealings with RCS must have
been difficult. Unaware of what was
hanging over Froome, RCS were ultrakeen to have the world?s top rider in their
Wednesday, December 13
Le Monde and The Guardian
report that the Team Sky
cyclist had double the
allowed level of legal asthma
drug Salbutamol in a urine
test at the Tour of Spain,
which he won in September.
The test was taken on
September 7 and Froome
was informed of the finding
13 days later.
In a statement, Froome
says: ?It is well known I have
asthma and I know what the
rules are. I use an inhaler to
manage my symptoms
(always within permissible
limits) and I know for sure
that I will be tested every day
I wear the race leader?s
jersey. My asthma got worse
at the Vuelta so I followed
the team doctor?s advice to
race. They offered a ?1.4m appearance
fee, which Sky accepted. They gambled
that the case against Froome would be
dropped without anyone discovering
that it had been initiated. They lost.
Late on Tuesday Team Sky learnt that
the details of Froome?s adverse analytical
finding had been leaked to the Guardian
and the French newspaper Le Monde.
Unlike their rabbit-in-the-headlamps
response to the publication of Bradley
Wiggins? controversial TUEs 15 months
before, Team Sky wasted no time in reacting to the breaking story, but within the
statement there was nuance and subtlety
that was unmissable. The statement was
headlined: ?Chris Froome responds to
UCI enquiries about asthma medication?. What the team appeared to be saying was that this was an issue involving
Froome and the sport?s governing body,
as if Team Sky was just a platform for
Froome to express his point of view. ?I
have the utmost confidence that Chris
followed the medical guidance in managing his asthma symptoms, staying within
the permissible dose for Salbutamol,?
said team director Sir Dave Brailsford in
the statement.
Brailsford has not gone beyond his
matter-of-fact support for Froome in the
statement. Within the team there is the
sense that since last year?s controversies
with Wiggins, the TUEs and the infamous
?jiffy bag?, Brailsford?s relationship with
his number one rider has been nothing
more than businesslike. Froome did not
support him back then and now there is a
sense of payback. A source within the
team claimed it would be presumptuous
to believe that Team Sky were funding
Froome?s defence. Officially, the team
refuses to say.
In attempting to prove he did nothing
wrong and that the 2,000ng/ml Salbutamol reading is an anomaly, Froome
faces a difficult challenge. It is certain
that his level would have been skewed by
dehydration but that would not take it
below the 1,000ng/ml threshold. A further difficulty for Froome is that having
undergone so many drug tests in his
career, and having had 20 tests during
the Vuelta, the authorities have ample
data on how his body reacts to Salbutamol inhalation. The team have indicated that the other 19 tests did not
exceed the threshold and it is believed
that some were as low as 100. The authorities will want to know how there could
be a 20-fold increase from one day to
another.
On Friday the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport speculated that the rider?s
defence team would argue that taking
four puffs in rapid succession could
increase my Salbutamol
dosage. I took the greatest
care to ensure I did not use
more than the permissible
dose. The UCI is right to
examine test results and,
together with the team, I will
provide whatever
information it requires?
apologises for a social media
post which used a photo of
Froome with the message: ?I
am going to be sick. Nothing
in the news. If I was given to
conspiracy theory I?d allege
they?d thrown my boy under
the bus on purpose to cover
for this slithering reptile?
Thursday, December 14
German rival Tony Martin
says Froome should have
been suspended for the
world championships in
September, where he won
bronze medals in the
individual and team time
trials. ?There is definitely a
double standard being
applied,? says Martin.
Cath Wiggins, left, wife of
Froome?s former Sky
teammate Bradley,
Saturday, December 16
Brian Cookson, who stepped
down as president of
cycling?s governing body,
UCI, in September, admits
he knew about the test
before he left his post
Today, December 17
Froome is due to appear via
video link-up tonight on the
BBC Sports Personality of
the Year show, in which he is
nominated for the title award
cause a rider?s salbutamol level to rise to
6,000 or 7,000ng/ml. ?There?s no evidence I?ve seen that supports that,? said
Dr John Dickinson, head of the respiratory clinic at the University of Kent.
To say that Giro d?Italia organiser
Mauro Vegni was surprised to discover
Froome was being investigated for an
adverse analytical finding while he was
negotiating to have him ride next year?s
race would be a serious understatement.
?The timing of the story leaves me perplexed,? he said. ?Perhaps we are simply
unlucky but as soon as we announce with
great fanfare the presence of Froome at
the next Giro, boom, the Sky falls in.?
FORMER
BRITISH
CHAMPION
SHARON
LAWS DIES
Former British time trial
champion Sharon Laws has
died aged 43. Laws,
inset, who was born
in Kenya, won the
national time
trial title in
2008, and
added the
national road
race crown in
2012 as well as
claiming team time
trial bronze at the 2012
world championships
before retiring last year. She
then began a course of
chemotherapy after
learning she had
cervical cancer.
She was advised
to have a biopsy
on swollen
lymph glands in
her neck by her
team doctor and
later said she
hoped to encourage
young women, in particular,
to have regular smear tests.
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SPORT FOOTBALL RESULTS
C PALACE 3
C Benteke 19
Zaha 40, Sako 90+4
Bournemouth
14/1
2-0
5/5
3/1
20/1
3/2
5-0
4-3
22/12 24/2
1-3
1-0
7/4
31/3
2-1
2-0
10/3
2-0
21/4
2-1
1-2
0-1
7/4
30/12
4-0
0-0
17/12
1-2
21/4
24/2
1-1
3/2
5/5
10/3
0-2
17/3
26/12
0-0
20/1
0-0
15/10
7/4
31/3
1-5
0-2
5/5
1-0
1-1
2-2
24/2
21/4
23/12
3-1
3/2
17/3
1-0
3/3
0-0
14/4
1/1
3/2
20/1
1-0
24/2
1-0
2-0
23/12
1-0
0-1
1-1
10/3
2-0
21/4
13/1
5/5
0-1
1-0
3-1
1-0
30/12
1-0
31/3
4-2
10/2
7/4
2-2
0-3
28/4
31/3 31/12
3/3
3/2
0-1
2-1
0-2
24/2
2-1
13/5
2-2
2-0
31/1
7/4
1/1
21/4
5/5
1-0
18/12
0-3
3-2
20/1
4-0
1-1
30/1
1-2
2-1
1-0
0-0
26/12 10/3
0-4
14/4
1-0
13/1
2-3
0-2
23/12
7/4
21/4
24/2
2-1
20/1 16/10
5/5
14/1
0-0
3/3
3-0
28/4 26/12
3/2
17/3
24/2
7/4
20/1
2-1
7-2
21/4
4-1
1/1
31/1
2-1
30/12 15/1
31/3
1-0
13/5
14/4
4-0
3-0
4 Arsenal
18 10 3 5 31 20
9 8 0 1 22 7
9 2 3 4 9 13
+11 33
Brighton
3/3
1/1
18 9 5 4 16 12
9 5 2 2 7 3
9 4 3 2 9 9
+4 32
Burnley
0-1
13/5
28/4
6 Liverpool
17 8 7 2 34 20
9 4 5 0 14 3
8 4 2 2 20 17 +14 31
Chelsea
0-0
31/1
26/12
2-3
16 Bournemouth 17 4 4 9 15 20
17 Stoke
18 4 4 10 19 39
Leading goalscorers
18 Newcastle
18 4 3 11 16 27
7 Tottenham 18 9 4 5 31 18
9 5 3 1 16 6
9 4 1 4 15 12 +13 31
Crystal Palace
28/12
2-2
14/4
13/1
8 Leicester
18 7 5 6 27 26
9 4 1 4 11 12
9 3 4 2 16 14
+1 26
Everton
2-5
2-1
10/3
0-1
2-1
9 Watford
18 6 4 8 27 33
9 2 3 4 11 20
9 4 1 4 16 13
-6 22
Huddersfield
13/5
10/2
2-0
30/12
1-3
17/3
28/4
10 Everton
17 6 4 7 21 29
8 5 0 3 14 12
9 1 4 4 7 17
-8 22
Leicester
17/3
3/3
2-0
1-0
1-2
0-3
2-0
1/1
11 Huddersfield 18 6 3 9 16 30
9 4 2 3 9 11
9 2 1 6 7 19 -14 21
Liverpool
4-0
14/4
13/5
1-1
1-1
1-0
1-1
3-0
30/12
Man City
3-1
23/12
17/3
3-0
3/3
5-0
1-1
5/5
10/2
5-0
Man Utd
28/4
1-0
1-0
26/12 24/2
4-0
4-0
3/2
2-0
10/3
Newcastle Utd
14/4
0-1
30/12
31/1
13/5
1-0
0-1
31/3
2-3
1-1
Southampton
1-1
28/4
31/1
0-1
14/4
1/1
4-1
23/12
1-4
10/2
13/5
0-1
15/10
10/2
21/4
0-4
5/5
17/3
20/1
2-2
0-3
10/3
2-2
1/1
2-1
28/4 23/12 14/4
17/3
23/12 10/2
QPR 2
12 Southampton 18 4 6 8 17 24
10 3 3 4 12 14
8 1 3 4 5 10
-7 18
18 4 6 8 14 23
9 2 5 2 9 12
9 2 1 6 5 11
-9 18
14 C Palace
18 4 5 9 15 28
9 3 3 3 12 15
9 1 2 6 3 13
-13 17
15 West Ham
18 4 5 9 17 32
8 3 2 3 8 11
10 1 3 6 9 21
-15 17
Stoke
1-0
1-2
8 2 2 4 9 9
9 2 2 5 6 11
-5 16
Swansea
30/1
0-0
0-1
10/2
2-0
1-2
22/1
0-4
0-4
0-1
9 3 2 4 10 18
9 1 2 6 9 21 -20 16
Tottenham
10/2
1-0
2-0
1-1
1-2
1-0
13/1
3/3
13/5
4-1
14/4
31/1
17/3 26/12
5-1
0-0
9 3 1 5 9 12
9 1 2 6 7 15
Watford
2-1
31/3
0-0
7/4
3/2
21/4
24/2
1-4
26/12
3-3
0-6
2-4
5/5
0-1
30/12
19 West Brom 17 2 8 7 12 22
8 1 5 2 8 12
9 1 3 5 4 10 -10 14
West Brom
31/12
1-0
13/1
31/3
0-4
0-0
26/12 24/2
10/3
21/4
2-3
17/12
2-2
3/2
1-1
7/4
5/5
2-2
20 Swansea
9 2 1 6 5 14
8 1 2 5 4 8
West Ham
0-0
20/1
0- 3
10/3
1-0
30/1
13/5
1-1
1-4
28/4
17/3
23/12
31/3
14/4
1-0
2-3
10/2
17 3 3 11 9 22
-11 15
-13 12
2-0
HULL 0
Bamba 57
HT: 0-0 Att: 18,049
Cardiff: Etheridge, Peltier (Paterson 82), Ecuele
Manga, Bamba, Bennett, Tomlin (Halford 83), Ralls,
Damour, Hoilett, Mendez-Laing, Pilkington (Bogle 68).
Subs not used: Feeney, Connolly, Murphy, Healey.
Booked: Bamba
Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Mazuch, Hector, Tomori,
Larsson, Irvine, Aina, Toral (Bowen 64), Grosicki, Dicko
(Diomande 67). Subs not used: Marshall, Luer, Clark,
Olley, Clackstone
Referee: S Duncan (Tyne & Wear)
BOLTON 0
Weimann 24, Russell 90+1
HT: 1-0 Att: 28,118
Derby: Carson, Baird, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth,
Huddlestone, Ledley, Weimann (Russell 57), Johnson,
Vydra (Thorne 86), Nugent (Martin 72). Subs not used:
Wisdom, Pearce, Winnall, Mitchell
Aston Villa: Johnstone, Elmohamady, Chester, Jedinak,
Neil Taylor, Snodgrass, Whelan (Hogan 65), Hourihane,
Adomah, Grealish, Onomah (Agbonlahor 83). Subs not
used: de Laet, Steer, Bjarnason, Hutton, Elphick
Referee: L Probert (Wiltshire)
Dyer 23
HT: 0-1 Att: 13,632
Bolton: Alnwick, Darby (Noone 74), Wheater, Beevers,
Robinson, Pratley (Morais 59), Henry (Wilbraham 83),
Ameobi, Vela, Buckley, Madine. Subs not used:
Andrew Taylor, Cullen, Burke, Howard
Burton Alb: Bywater, Brayford, Buxton, Turner,
Flanagan, Naylor, Murphy, Akins, Miller (McFadzean
79), Dyer, Sordell (Scannell 85). Subs not used:
Warnock, Allen, Ripley, Palmer, Sbarra
Referee: A Madley (West Yorkshire)
BRENTFORD 0
BARNSLEY 0
DERBY 2
IPSWICH 2
ASTON VILLA 0
READING 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 9,868
Brentford: Bentley, Clarke (Yennaris 68), Egan,
Bjelland, Barbet, Woods, McEachran (Macleod 74),
Canos (Jozefzoon 74), Sawyers, Watkins, Maupay.
Subs not used: Mokotjo, Daniels, Chatzitheodoridis,
Mepham. Booked: Sawyers
Barnsley: Davies, McCarthy, Pearson (Pinnock 50),
Lindsay, Yiadom, Moncur, Gardner, Williams, Barnes
(Hammill 89), Thiam (Ugbo 82), Bradshaw. Subs not
used: Townsend, Mallan, Potts, Bird. Booked: Yiadom,
Gardner
Referee: D Coote (Notts)
C Connolly 3, Garner 27
HT: 2-0 Att: 13,832
Ipswich: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Webster,
Knudsen, Skuse (Bru 46), Connolly, Ward, Waghorn,
Celina (Iorfa 89), Garner (Sears 90). Subs not used:
Smith, Bishop, McGoldrick, Crowe. Booked: Waghorn,
Knudsen, Webster
Reading: Mannone, Gunter, McShane, Moore, Blackett
(Kelly 74), Bacuna, van den Berg, Edwards, Aluko
(Bodvarsson 77), Kermorgant, Barrow. Subs not used:
Beerens, Tiago Ilori, Clement, Jaakkola, Richards.
Booked: Barrow, Bacuna, McShane, Edwards
Referee: P Bankes (Merseyside)
BRISTOL C 2
LEEDS UTD 1
NOTTM FOREST 1
Pack 36
Dowell 47
Bryan 45+2
HT: 2-0 Att: 20,128
Bristol C: Fielding, Wright, Flint, Baker, Magnusson,
Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Bryan, Paterson (Taylor 77),
Reid (Woodrow 90). Subs not used: Steele, Eliasson,
Djuric, Vyner, Leko. Booked: Brownhill, Woodrow
Nottm Forest: Smith, Mancienne, Worrall, Mills
(Osborn 45), Lichaj, Bridcutt, Bouchalakis (Clough 63),
Walker, Dowell, Carayol (Brereton 77), Murphy. Subs
not used: McKay, Cash, Ward, Evtimov. Booked:
Bridcutt, Worrall
Referee: J Linington (Isle of Wight)
NORWICH 0
Jansson 41
HT: 1-0 Att: 30,590
Leeds Utd: Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper,
Berardi, Phillips, Vieira, Cibicki (Pennington 85),
Samuel (Grot 81), Alioski, Roofe (Hernandez 78). Subs
not used: Lonergan, Anita, O'Kane, Shaughnessy.
Booked: Vieira, Cooper, Jansson
Norwich: Gunn, Ivo Pinto, Hanley, Klose, Stiepermann
(Hoolahan 83), Reed, Vrancic (Jerome 83), Pritchard,
Maddison, Watkins, Oliveira. Subs not used:
Zimmermann, Murphy, Trybull, Tettey, McGovern.
Booked: Oliveira, Hanley
Referee: D England (South Yorkshire)
MILLWALL 2
MIDDLESBROUGH 1
WIGAN 4
Jacobs 57, Powell 73
Power 80, Toney 90
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,289
Sent off: Forrester (AFC Wimbledon) 69
AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Oshilaja, Charles,
Meades, Forrester, Trotter, Soares (Hartigan 72),
McDonald (Appiah 72), Taylor, Barcham. Subs not
used: Robinson, Abdou, Kaja, Kennedy, McDonnell.
Booked: Soares, Oshilaja, Forrester, Charles
Wigan: Walton, Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James, Morsy,
Lee Evans, Massey (Power 70), Powell (Hunt 85),
Jacobs, Grigg (Toney 89). Subs not used: Elder,
Bruce, Gary Roberts, Sarkic. Booked: Powell, Massey
Referee: B Huxtable (Devon)
BLACKBURN 2
CHARLTON 0
Best (og) 30
Graham 90+4
HT: 1-0 Att: 10,907
Blackburn: Raya, Nyambe, Downing, Mulgrew,
Williams, Smallwood, Evans (Tomlinson 69), Conway,
Samuel (Graham 59), Antonsson (Nuttall 59), Dack.
Subs not used: Harper, Leutwiler, Ward, Caddis.
Booked: Nuttall
Charlton: Amos, Solly, Pearce, Konsa, Dasilva, Aribo,
Forster-Caskey, Clarke (Best 27), Reeves, Marshall
(Ahearne-Grant 78), Magennis. Subs not used:
Jackson, Phillips, Dodoo, Sarr, Lennon. Booked:
Forster-Caskey, Pearce
Referee: G Eltringham (Tyne & Wear)
DONCASTER 1
OLDHAM 1
Butler 59
Doyle 88
HT: 0-0 Att: 7,831
Doncaster: Lawlor, Mason, Butler, Wright, Garrett
(Baudry 83), Houghton, Whiteman (Kongolo 77),
Rowe, Beestin, Marquis, May (Mandeville 69). Subs
not used: Marosi, Longbottom, Ben Khemis, Amos
Oldham: Placide, Brian Wilson, Bryan, Gerrard, Hunt
(McLaughlin 63), Gardner, Fane, Obadeyi (Holloway
74), Jack Byrne, Nepomuceno (Davies 62), Doyle.
Subs not used: Flynn, Ben Wilson, Clarke, Green.
Booked: Gerrard
Referee: G Ward (Surrey)
GILLINGHAM 4
BRISTOL ROV 1
Byrne 28, 53
Sercombe 90+1
Lacey 37
Parker 47
HT: 2-0 Att: 4,227
Gillingham: Holy, O'Neill, Ehmer, Nugent, Lacey
(Garmston 75), Wagstaff, Clare (Hessenthaler 69),
Byrne, Martin (Wilkinson 77), Parker, Eaves. Subs not
used: Nelson, Zakuani, List, Cundle. Booked: Martin,
Ehmer
27/12 10/2
10/3
13/1
West Ham
2-1
13/1
0-2
0-3
28/4
3/3
0-0
21/1
0-2
1-0
3-2
2-1
7/4
31/1
23/12
0-3
1-2
1-0
3/3
28/4
1-1
4/1
3/3
2-0
13/5
Wallace 31
Downing 67
Saville 37
HT: 2-0 Att: 12,026
Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper,
Meredith, Wallace, Tunnicliffe, Saville, O'Brien
(Craig 86), Morison, Gregory (Williams 74).
Subs not used: McLaughlin, Thompson, Martin,
Elliott, Twardek. Booked: Gregory, Romeo, Wallace,
Meredith
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Christie (Traore 80), Ayala,
Gibson, Da Silva, Howson (Gestede 59), Leadbitter,
Downing, Bamford, Braithwaite (Johnson 80),
Assombalonga. Subs not used: Konstantopoulos,
Friend, Shotton, Forshaw. Booked: Bamford,
Leadbitter
Referee: O Langford (W Midlands)
PRESTON 1
SHEFF UTD 0
Hugill 58
HT: 0-0 Att: 15,202
Preston: Maxwell, Clarke, Huntington, Davies, Fisher
(O'Connor 28), Gallagher (Browne 77), Pearson,
Johnson, Robinson (Harrop 77), Hugill, Barkhuizen.
Subs not used: Rudd, Andrew Boyle, Horgan, Mavididi.
Booked: Gallagher, Johnson
Sheff Utd: Moore, Carter-Vickers (Donaldson 69),
Stearman, O'Connell, Baldock (Lafferty 58),
Lundstram, Basham, Carruthers (Slater 75), Stevens,
Clarke, Sharp. Subs not used: Wright, Lavery,
Heneghan, Blackman
Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex)
SUNDERLAND 1
FULHAM 0
Maja 77
HT: 0-0 Att: 25,904
Sunderland: Ruiter, Love, Browning, O'Shea, Wilson,
Matthews, Gooch (Ndong 67), Gibson, Honeyman,
Grabban (Asoro 73), Vaughan (Maja 72). Subs not
used: Steele, McManaman, Galloway, McGeady.
Booked: Gooch
Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Kalas (De La Torre 89),
Ream, Ryan Sessegnon, Cairney, McDonald, Norwood
(Graham 72), Ojo, Johansen, Rui Fonte (Kamara 78).
Subs not used: Odoi, Djalo, Button, Cisse. Booked:
Ojo, Fredericks
Referee: S Martin (Staffordshire)
Played Friday
SHEFF WED 0
HT: 0-1 Att: 23,809
Sent off: Fox (Sheff Wed) 85
WOLVES 1
Neves 34
FA Trophy
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Wolves
22 16 3 3 42 17
11 8 2 1 24 10
11 8 1 2 18 7
+25 51
2 Cardiff
22 14 5 3 33 16
11 8 3 0 20 5
11 6 2 3 13 11
+17 47
3 Bristol C
22 12 7 3 36 23
11 6 3 2 17 11
11 6 4 1 19 12
+13 43
4 Derby
22 12 5 5 35 21
11 7 1 3 18 8
11 5 4 2 17 13
+14 41
5 Aston Villa
22 10 7 5 29 20
11 6 4 1 15 8
11 4 3 4 14 12
+9 37
6 Sheff Utd
22 12 1 9 34 27
11 7 1 3 20 12
11 5 0 6 14 15
+7 37
7 Leeds Utd
22 11 3 8 34 26
11 5 3 3 16 9
11 6 0 5 18 17
+8 36
8 Ipswich
22 11 2 9 37 32
11 7 1 3 22 12
11 4 1 6 15 20
+5 35
First round: Billericay 3 Havant & Waterlooville 1;
Braintree Tn 0 Brackley 0; Chester 2 AFC Fylde 2;
Chorley 1 Marine 3; Dartford 1 Boreham Wood 1;
Dover 3 Eastbourne Boro 0; East Thurrock 4
Aldershot 0; Ebbsfleet Utd 2 Eastleigh 1; Hampton &
Richmond 1 Heybridge 1; Haringey Boro 1 Leyton
Orient 2; Hartley Wintney 0 Bromley 2; Hendon 2
Bath C 1; Kidderminster 2 York 1; Lancaster 1
Stockport Co 3; Leamington 0 Stourbridge 1;
Nuneaton 0 Barrow 1; Sutton Utd 1 Truro C 0;
Taunton 1 Bognor Regis Tn 4; Torquay 0 Maidstone
Utd 4; Warrington Tn 0 Altrincham 0; Wealdstone 1
Wingate & Finchley 0; Whitehawk 1 St Albans 2;
Woking 0 Maidenhead Utd 2; Workington 1
Hartlepool 0; Wrexham 0 Harrogate Tn 2
9 Preston
22 9 8 5 26 22
11 5 4 2 12 8
11 4 4 3 14 14
+4 35
Vanarama National League
10 Middlesbro
22 9 5 8 28 22
11 6 2 3 13 9
11 3 3 5 15 13
+6 32
11 Nottm Forest
22 10 0 12 32 37
11 7 0 4 17 13
11 3 0 8 15 24
-5 30
12 Fulham
22 7 8 7 27 28
11 3 6 2 11 11
11 4 2 5 16 17
-1 29
13 Brentford
22 6 10 6 33 30
11 3 7 1 18 14
11 3 3 5 15 16
+3 28
14 Reading
22 7 6 9 28 28
11 3 4 4 13 13
11 4 2 5 15 15
0
27
15 Sheff Wed
22 6 9 7 26 27
11 4 5 2 17 13
11 2 4 5 9 14
-1
27
16 Norwich
22 7 6 9 21 28
11 3 5 3 11 11
11 4 1 6 10 17
-7 27
17 Millwall
22 6 8 8 24 22
11 6 2 3 19 12
11 0 6 5 5 10
+2 26
18 QPR
22 6 7 9 25 33
11 5 3 3 16 14
11 1 4 6 9 19
-8 25
19 Hull
22 5 7 10 37 40
11 4 2 5 28 21
11 1 5 5 9 19
-3 22
20 Barnsley
22 5 6 11 24 34
11 3 2 6 11 16
11 2 4 5 13 18
-10 21
21 Sunderland
22 3 9 10 27 38
11 1 4 6 12 19
11 2 5 4 15 19
-11 18
22 Burton Alb
22 4 5 13 14 40
11 2 1 8 10 25
11 2 4 5 4 15
-26 17
23 Bolton
22 3 7 12 21 41
11 3 2 6 13 19
11 0 5 6 8 22
-20 16
24 Birmingham
22 4 4 14 11 32
11 4 2 5 7 11
11 0 2 9 4 21
-21 16
Macclesfield
Sutton Utd
Wrexham
Dover Ath
Dagenham & R
Aldershot
Boreham Wood
Bromley
Tranmere
Ebbsfleet Utd
Maidstone Utd
Woking
Maidenhead Utd
Hartlepool
Gateshead
Halifax Tn
AFC Fylde
Eastleigh
Barrow
Leyton Orient
Chester
Torquay
Guiseley
Solihull Moors
P
24
24
24
24
23
24
23
24
23
23
22
22
24
24
23
24
21
24
24
24
23
25
22
24
W
13
12
12
11
11
11
10
10
9
8
9
10
7
8
7
7
7
5
6
6
4
4
3
4
D
5
6
6
8
7
7
8
7
7
10
7
3
10
7
9
8
7
11
7
6
9
7
8
4
L
6
6
6
5
5
6
5
7
7
5
6
9
7
9
7
9
7
8
11
12
10
14
11
16
F
30
34
23
33
38
37
34
39
28
33
25
29
32
24
28
25
32
31
28
31
22
22
19
21
A
23
29
18
17
25
25
22
31
18
24
27
30
34
28
22
32
28
36
32
41
36
38
40
42
GD Pts
7 44
5 42
5 42
16 41
13 40
12 40
12 38
8
37
10 34
9 34
-2 34
-1 33
-2 31
-4 31
6 30
-7 29
4 28
-5 26
-4 25
-10 24
-14 21
-16 19
-21 17
-21 16
North
Leading goalscorers: 14: Clarke (Sheff Utd). 12: Bonatini (Wolves); Vydra (Derby).
11: Assombalonga (Middlesbrough); Grabban (Sunderland). 10: Adomah (Aston Villa);
Bowen (Hull); Hooper (Sheff Wed); Reid (Bristol C); Waghorn (Ipswich). 9: Jota (Wolves).
8: Dowell (Nottm Forest); Sharp (Sheff Utd). 7: Hugill (Preston); Murphy (Nottm Forest);
Saville (Millwall); Watkins (Brentford)
Boston Utd 3 Southport 2; Bradford PA 3 Tamworth
4. Leading standings: 1 Salford C 20-50; 2 Brackley
Tn 21-42; 3 Harrogate 20-41; 4 Blyth Spartans 20-36;
5 Spennymoor Tn 20-34; 6 Bradford PA 21-32; 7
Kidderminster 20-31; 8 Tamworth 21-31; 9 Chorley
19-30; 10 Stockport 21-29
South
Bristol Rov: Smith, Leadbitter, Lockyer, Sweeney,
Brown, Sercombe, Partington (Broom 75), Sinclair
(Ollie Clarke 62), Bodin, Gaffney (Nichols 67),
Harrison. Subs not used: Slocombe, Broadbent,
Telford, Bola. Booked: Smith
Referee: A Coggins (Oxfordshire)
NORTHAMPTON 2
WALSALL 1
Long 4, 41
Oztumer 2
HT: 2-1 Att: 5,055
Sent off: Crooks (Northampton) 90+3; Bakayoko
(Walsall) 90+3
Northampton: Cornell, Moloney, Taylor, Pierre,
Buchanan, Grimes, O'Toole, McGugan (McGivern 90),
Foley, Crooks, Long (Poole 90). Subs not used:
Waters, Richards, Shaun McWilliams, Smith,
Coddington. Booked: Foley, Grimes, Crooks
Walsall: Gillespie, Kinsella (Devlin 82), Wilson,
Guthrie, Leahy, Chambers, Cuvelier (Edwards 22),
Ismail, Oztumer, Morris (Agyei 65), Bakayoko. Subs
not used: Jackson, Flanagan, Kory Roberts, Ganley.
Booked: Edwards, Agyei
Referee: C Breakspear (Surrey)
PORTSMOUTH 1
BURY 0
Clarke 62
HT: 0-0 Att: 17,549
Portsmouth: McGee, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke,
Haunstrup, Rose, O'Keefe (Close 46), Evans, Bennett
(Chaplin 59), Lowe, Pitman. Subs not used: Kennedy,
Main, Donohue, Talbot, Bass. Booked: Bennett, Evans
Bury: Fasan, Edwards, Cameron, O'Connell, Leigh,
Tutte (Mayor 65), Ince, Reilly, O'Shea, Smith (Maguire
69), Ajose. Subs not used: Dawson, Jordan Williams,
Aldred, Laurent, Maloney. Booked: O'Connell
Referee: J Brooks (Leics)
ROCHDALE 0
OXFORD UTD 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 2,588
Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty, McGahey, Daniels, Bunney,
Rathbone, Camps, Henderson, Done (Inman 83),
Davies (Jordan Williams 78), Andrew. Subs not used:
Ntlhe, McNulty, Keane, Moore, Gillam
Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Tiendalli, Williamson,
Mousinho, Carroll, Fernandez Codina (Ledson 84),
Ruffels, Henry (Van Kessel 77), Payne (Rothwell 64),
Mowatt, Thomas. Subs not used: Martin, Shearer,
Obika, Napa
Referee: C Boyeson (E Yorkshire)
ROTHERHAM 1
PLYMOUTH 1
Ajayi 90+3
Taylor 82
HT: 0-0 Att: 7,562
Sent off: Wood (Rotherham) 50
Rotherham: Rodak, Emmanuel (Clarke-Harris 86),
Ajayi, Wood, Mattock, Williams, Vaulks, Towell, Forde
(Newell 86), Yates (Frecklington 55), Ball. Subs not
used: O'Donnell, Purrington, Ihiekwe, Cummings.
Booked: Towell, Wood
Plymouth: Roos, Sawyer, Edwards, Bradley, TaylorSinclair, Diagouraga, Fox, Grant (Wylde 76), Carey, Jervis
(Ainsworth 71), Taylor (Fletcher 90). Subs not used:
Miller, Songo'o, Threlkeld, Cooper. Booked: Carey, Taylor
Referee: A Haines (Tyne & Wear)
SCUNTHORPE 2
MK DONS 2
Adelakun 27
Agard 42
Van Veen 43
Aneke 66
HT: 2-1 Att: 3,569
Sent off: Bishop (Scunthorpe) 45+4
Scunthorpe: Gilks, Sutton, Burgess, Goode, Wallace,
Bishop, Adelakun, Morris, Holmes (Townsend 46),
Hopper, Van Veen (Crofts 46), Crofts (Butroid 85).
Subs not used: Lewis, Redmond, Church, Watson.
Booked: Morris
MK Dons: Nicholls, B Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Walsh,
Golbourne (Wootton 54), McGrandles, Upson, Agard,
Aneke, Pawlett, Sow (Ariyibi 60). Subs not used:
Sietsma, Seager, Nesbitt, Nombe, Thomas-Asante.
Booked: Ebanks-Landell, B Williams
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire)
SHREWSBURY 1
BLACKPOOL 0
Nolan 54
HT: 0-0 Att: 5,620
Shrewsbury: Henderson, Bolton, Nsiala, Beckles,
Sadler, Bryn Morris (Godfrey 78), Whalley, Nolan,
Ogogo, Rodman (Payne 88), Carlton Morris (JohnLewis 89). Subs not used: Riley, Dodds, Gnahoua,
MacGillivray. Booked: Carlton Morris
Blackpool: Allsop, Mellor, Robertson, Tilt, Daniel,
Solomon-Otabor, Spearing, Ryan (Gnanduillet 70),
Longstaff (Philliskirk 70), Cooke, Delfouneso (Quigley
81). Subs not used: Williams, Taylor, Aimson,
D'Almeida. Booked: Tilt, Spearing
Referee: A Woolmer (Northmptonshire)
SOUTHEND 1
BRADFORD C 2
McLaughlin 75
Poleon 9, Wyke 90 (pen)
HT: 0-1 Att: 6,097
Sent off: Leonard (Southend) 89
Southend: Oxley, Demetriou, White, Turner, Coker,
Wright, Leonard, Timlin (McGlashan 69), McLaughlin,
Ranger (Ba 86), Wordsworth (Fortune 63). Subs not
used: Bishop, Yearwood, Kyprianou, Pitoula-Wabo.
Booked: Wright, Ranger, Leonard
Bradford C: Sattelmaier, McMahon, Knight-Percival
(Thompson 59), Kilgallon, Robinson, Gilliead, Vincelot,
Law, Taylor (Reeves 46), Poleon (McCartan 77), Wyke.
Subs not used: Dieng, Hendrie, Raeder, Patrick.
Booked: Knight-Percival, Poleon, McMahon
Referee: K Stroud (Hampshire)
Leading standings: 1 Dartford 21-38; 2 Braintree Tn
21-38; 3 Hampton & Richmond 21-38; 4 Havant &
Waterlooville 20-36; 5 Chelmsford C 20-36; 6 Hemel
Hempstead Tn 20-35; 7 Truro C 21-35; 8 St Albans C
21-33; 9 Welling Utd 21-32; 10 East Thurrock 21-31
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
21 15 3 3 42 12
11 8 2 1 21 4
10 7 1 2 21 8
+30 48
2 Shrewsbury
21 13 5 3 28 14
10 8 1 1 15 4
11 5 4 2 13 10
+14 44
3 Blackburn
21 13 4 4 39 19
10 6 2 2 18 9
11 7 2 2 21 10
+20 43
4 Bradford C
22 13 3 6 35 26
11 5 1 5 14 14
11 8 2 1 21 12
+9 42
5 Scunthorpe
22 11 6 5 28 17
11 5 4 2 13 8
11 6 2 3 15 9
+11 39
6 Charlton
21 10 5 6 29 26
11 6 3 2 16 12
10 4 2 4 13 14
+3 35
7 Portsmouth
22 11 2 9 27 24
11 7 1 3 16 6
11 4 1 6 11 18
+3 35
8 Oxford Utd
22 8 7 7 35 27
11 4 4 3 21 15
11 4 3 4 14 12
+8 31
9 Rotherham
22 9 3 10 36 32
11 6 1 4 25 15
11 3 2 6 11 17
+4 30
10 Peterborough
21 8 5 8 33 32
11 6 0 5 16 17
10 2 5 3 17 15
+1 29
11 Walsall
21 7 7 7 29 30
11 4 5 2 17 14
10 3 2 5 12 16
-1 28
Southern Amateur League
12 Southend
22 7 7 8 25 34
11 5 5 1 14 9
11 2 2 7 11 25
-9 28
13 Fleetwood Tn
21 7 6 8 29 32
10 4 4 2 16 13
11 3 2 6 13 19
-3 27
14 Blackpool
22 7 6 9 27 30
11 5 2 4 16 16
11 2 4 5 11 14
-3 27
15 Oldham
22 7 6 9 36 40
11 5 1 5 20 18
11 2 5 4 16 22
-4 27
16 Bristol Rov
22 9 0 13 33 40
11 7 0 4 21 16
11 2 0 9 12 24
-7 27
17 MK Dons
22 6 8 8 25 32
11 3 6 2 14 15
11 3 2 6 11 17
-7 26
First Division: Nottsborough 2 Bank of England 0;
Owens 2 East Barnet OG 4; Wilsonians 6 Parkonians
2; Polytechnic 1 Alleyn OB 3; West Wickham 4
Winchmore Hill 2. Second Division: Civil Service 1
Actonians 1; Finchleians 0 Crouch End Vampires 5;
Norsemen 3 Alexandra Park 6. Third Division:
Broomfield 1 Stationers 1; Carshalton South Bank
Cuaco 0
0 All other matches postponed
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
18 Doncaster
22 6 6 10 22 27
11 3 5 3 14 14
11 3 1 7 8 13
-5 24
19 Gillingham
22 5 8 9 20 25
11 2 5 4 12 12
11 3 3 5 8 13
-5 23
20 Northampton
22 6 4 12 18 38
11 4 1 6 8 18
11 2 3 6 10 20
-20 22
21 Rochdale
21 4 9 8 23 28
10 4 4 2 11 8
11 0 5 6 12 20
-5
22 Plymouth
22 5 6 11 18 31
11 3 2 6 10 20
11 2 4 5 8 11
-13 21
23 AFC Wimbledon 21 5 5 11 15 26
11 2 3 6 9 16
10 3 2 5 6 10
-11 20
24 Bury
21 4 5 12 19 29
10 4 1 5 10 11
11 0 4 7 9 18
21
-10 17
Leading goalscorers: 13: Marriott (Peterborough); Moore (Rotherham). 12: Doyle (Oldham);
Pitman (Portsmouth). 10: Wyke (Bradford C). 9: Oztumer (Walsall); Powell (Wigan).
8: Beckford (Bury); Bodin (Bristol Rov); Cole (Fleetwood Tn); Dack (Blackburn); Davies
(Oldham); Eaves (Gillingham); Mulgrew (Blackburn); Thomas (Oxford Utd); Vassell
(Blackpool). 7: Antonsson (Blackburn); Fosu-Henry (Charlton); Harrison (Bristol Rov); Jacobs
(Wigan); Morris (Scunthorpe); Payne (Shrewsbury). 6: Gaffney (Bristol Rov); Henderson
(Rochdale); Hiwula-Mayifuila (Fleetwood Tn); Holmes (Charlton); Marquis (Doncaster)
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
BARNET 2
MORECAMBE 1
Campbell-Ryce 30
Campbell 72
J Taylor 34
HT: 2-0 Att: 1,123
Barnet: Stephens, Clough, Santos, Nelson, Blackman,
Watson, Jack Taylor, Vilhete (Sweeney 54), CampbellRyce, Akinde (Akinola 87), Coulthirst. Subs not used:
Brindley, Tutonda, Fonguck, Ross, Nicholls. Booked:
Coulthirst
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Muller, Brough,
Thompson (Campbell 69), Fleming, Osborne (Ellison
46), Rose, McGurk (Lang 46), Oliver. Subs not used:
Kenyon, Nizic, Lavelle, Lund. Booked: Muller
Referee: G Horwood (Bedfordshire)
CAMBRIDGE UTD 1
NEWPORT CO 2
Jevani Brown 76
McCoulsky 42
Labadie 90+4
HT: 0-1 Att: 3,632
Cambridge Utd: Forde, Halliday, Taylor, Taft, Carroll,
Elito, Lewis (Dunk 74), O'Neil (Mingoia 46), Maris,
Jevani Brown, Azeez. Subs not used: Mitov, Osadebe.
Booked: Halliday
Newport Co: Day, Pipe (Willmott 57), White, O'Brien
(Bennett 46), Demetriou, Butler, Labadie, Dolan,
Tozer, Nouble, McCoulsky (Amond 85). Subs not
used: Reynolds, Owen-Evans, Rigg, Bittner. Booked:
White, Nouble, Labadie
Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire)
CARLISLE 1
PORT VALE 2
Bennett 80
Barnett 51, Pope 69
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,090
Carlisle: Bonham, Liddle, Hill, Parkes (Grainger 75),
Tom Miller, O'Sullivan (Shaun Miller 60), Joyce, Jones
(Devitt 60), Lambe, Hope, Bennett. Subs not used:
Cosgrove, Brown, Etuhu, Bacon
Port Vale: Boot, Smith, Anderson, Gunning, Pugh,
Tonge (Barnett 46), Kay, Worrall, Whitfield (Denton
71), Harness, Pope. Subs not used: Lainton, Forrester,
Reeves, Turner, Kelly
Referee: M Salisbury (Lancashire)
COVENTRY 2
CHELTENHAM 1
Bayliss 2
Eisa 34
McNulty 75
HT: 1-1 Att: 6,457
Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, McDonald (Davies
46), Stokes, Bayliss, Doyle, Vincenti (Nazon 70),
McNulty (Devon Kelly-Evans 86), Shipley, Biamou.
Subs not used: O'Brien, Beavon, Haynes, Stevenson.
Booked: Bayliss
Cheltenham: Flinders, Winchester, Grimes, Boyle,
O'Shaughnessy, Dawson, Pell, Storer, Morrell, Wright
(Atangana 76), Eisa. Subs not used: Bower, Lovett,
Page, Dawes. Booked: Pell, O'Shaughnessy, Storer
Referee: D Webb (County Durham)
4-1
Total
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC WIMBLEDON 0
1-2
0-0
2/1
1-1
0-0
1/1
OTHER FOOTBALL
CARDIFF 1
Gallagher 57
Robinson 17, 83
HT: 0-1 Att: 20,107
Birmingham: Stockdale, Colin, Morrison, Dean,
Grounds, Davis (Maghoma 75), Gardner, Kieftenbeld,
Jota (Jutkiewicz 87), Gallagher, Boga. Subs Not Used:
Nsue, Bramall, N'Doye, Trueman, Gleeson. Booked:
Gallagher
QPR: Smithies, Baptiste, Onuoha, Robinson, Wszolek,
Scowen, Luongo, Freeman (Hall 88), Bidwell,
Washington (Samuel 84), Smith (Sylla 75). Subs not
used: Cousins, Lumley, Chair, Wheeler. Booked:
Scowen, Smith
Referee: M Jones (Cheshire)
BURTON ALB 1
3/2
13 Brighton
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
BIRMINGHAM 1
31/3
West Brom
3-0
5 Burnley
HT: 0-2 Att: 31,081
Sent off: Ndidi (Leicester) 61
MAN CITY 4
TOTTENHAM 1
Gundogan 14
Eriksen 90+3
De Bruyne 70
Sterling 80, 90
HT: 1-0 Att: 54,214
STOKE 0
WEST HAM 3
Noble 19 (pen)
Arnautovic 75
Sakho 86
HT: 0-1 Att: 29,265
WATFORD 1
HUDDERSFIELD 4
Doucoure 68
Kachunga 6
Mooy 23, 89 (pen)
Depoitre 50
HT: 0-2 Att: 20,026
Sent off: Deeney (Watford) 33;
Hogg (Huddersfield) 61
13: Salah (Liverpool). 12: Kane
(Tottenham). 11: Sterling (Man City).
10: Aguero (Man City). 9: Morata (Chelsea);
Rooney (Everton); Lukaku (Man Utd)
Arsenal
Watford
+18 38
Tottenham
9 6 1 2 18 7
Swansea
9 6 1 2 14 7
Stoke
18 12 2 4 32 14
Southampton
3 Chelsea
TV Matches
Newcastle Utd
+26 38
Man Utd
+44 52
8 4 2 2 15 8
Man City
9 9 0 0 24 5
9 8 0 1 22 3
Liverpool
9 8 1 0 32 7
17 12 2 3 37 11
Leicester
18 17 1 0 56 12
2 Man Utd
Huddersfield
1 Man City
SOUTHAMPTON 0
Everton
BURNLEY 0
Crystal Palace
Away
Chelsea
P W D L F A GDPts
Burnley
Home
P W D L F A
Brighton
Total
P W D L F A
Arsenal
NEWCASTLE 0
Bournemouth
PREMIER LEAGUE
ARSENAL 1
Ozil 23
HT: 1-0 Att: 59,379
BRIGHTON 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 29,921
CHELSEA 1
Alonso 45+3
HT: 1-0 Att: 41,562
LEICESTER 0
Evo-Stik League Northern
Premier Division: Grantham 0 Buxton 1; Shaw Lane
1 Witton Alb 1
Evo-Stik League Southern
Premier Division: Banbury 1 Weymouth 2;
Dorchester 6 St Ives Tn 0; Dunstable 0 Basingstoke
6; Farnborough 5 Frome Tn 3; Hitchin 0 Kettering 0;
Kings Langley 2 Merthyr Tn 2; Redditch 2 St Neots
Tn 2; Stratford Tn 1 Biggleswade Tn 0
Bostik League
Premier Division: Brightlingsea Regent 2 Staines Tn
2; Burgess Hill Tn 0 Merstham 0; Enfield Tn 3
Dorking Wands 2; Harlow 3 Folkestone Invicta 2;
Harrow Borough 0 Leiston 5; Needham Market 1 Met
Police 1; Tonbridge Angels 1 Dulwich 1; Tooting &
Mitcham 4 Thurrock 1
ABERDEEN 4
Shinnie 11
Mackay-Steven 36, 45, 62
HT: 3-0 Att: 14,923
DUNDEE 3
Moussa 19 (pen), 65 (pen)
O?Hara 35
HT: 2-0 Att: 5,101
HAMILTON 3
Imrie 30 (pen)
Sarris 75
Lindsay (og) 89
HT: 1-0 Att: 1,272
Sent off: Gardyne (Ross Co) 86;
Skondras (Hamilton) 90+2
KILMARNOCK 1
S Boyd 42
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,179
RANGERS 1
Morelos 5
HT: 1-1 Att: 47,923
CREWE 3
CRAWLEY TN 0
Ainley 40
Dagnall 45, 90+4
HT: 2-0 Att: 3,155
Sent off: Smith 61, Roberts 85 (both Crawley Tn)
Crewe: Garratt, Ng, Raynes, Nolan, Bakayogo, Ainley
(Walker 86), Lowery, Pickering (Grant 83), Cooper,
Bowery, Dagnall. Subs not used: Porter, Richards,
Kirk, Reilly, Stubbs. Booked: Raynes, Pickering
Crawley Tn: Morris, Young, Connolly, Yorwerth, Evina
(Sanoh 65), Smith, Payne, Randall, Boldewijn (Meite
46), Roberts, Verheijdt. Subs not used: Doherty,
Mersin, Bulman, Lelan, Lewis. Booked: Yorwerth,
Morris, Evina, Roberts, Meite
Referee: B Toner (Lancashire)
EXETER 2
STEVENAGE 1
James 53
Godden 80
Sweeney 71
HT: 0-0 Att: 3,448
Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Archibald-Henville, MooreTaylor, Woodman, Taylor (Jay 90), James, Boateng,
Harley (Edwards 90), McAlinden (Holmes 78),
Stockley. Subs not used: Hamon, Seaborne, Wilson,
Reid. Booked: McAlinden, Stockley, ArchibaldHenville
Stevenage: Fryer, Henry, Wilkinson, King, Martin,
Whelpdale (Kennedy 67), McKee, Jonathan Smith
(Beautyman 67), Pett, Godden, Samuel (Newton 56).
Subs not used: Day, Gorman, Conlon, Vancooten.
Booked: Martin
Referee: T Kettle (Rutland)
FOREST GREEN 0
LUTON 2
Sheehan 45+1
Hylton 68
HT: 0-1 Att: 2,546
Sent off: Stacey (Luton) 60
Forest Green: Bradley Collins, Laird, Lee Collins,
Fitzwater, Marsh-Brown (James 83), Simpson, Charlie
Cooper, Stevens (Correia Gomes 71), Wishart, Brown
(Traore 58), Doidge. Subs not used: Bugiel, Roberts,
Pickering, Hendy. Booked: Laird, Doidge
Luton: Stech, Stacey, Mullins, Sheehan, Potts, Rea,
Berry, Olly Lee (Cornick 63), Shinnie (Collins 85), Elliot
Lee (Justin 63), Hylton. Subs not used: Ruddock,
Gambin, D'Ath, Shea. Booked: Potts, Mullins
Referee: L Swabey (Devon)
LINCOLN C 2
ACCRINGTON 0
Green 45+1 (pen)
Rhead 56
HT: 1-0 Att: 7,696
Sent off: Rawson (Accrington) 45+1
Lincoln C: Vickers, Eardley, Waterfall, Raggett,
Habergham, Anderson, Woodyard, Bostwick,
Stewart (Arnold 66), Rhead (Whitehouse 75), Green
(Palmer 76). Subs not used: Farman, Long, Ginnelly,
Dickie. Booked: Rhead
Accrington: Chapman, Donacien, Rawson, Hughes,
Thorniley (Richards-Everton 63), Clark, Brown,
Conneely, McConville (Wilks 63), Jackson, Kee. Subs
not used: Nolan, Sykes, Stryjek, Ogle, Johnson.
Booked: Brown
Referee: S Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear)
MANSFIELD 0
YEOVIL 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 3,032
Mansfield: Logan, White, Bennett (Hamilton 66),
Pearce, Diamond, Benning, MacDonald, Mellis
(Butcher 81), Atkinson, Rose, Angol (Anderson 60).
Subs not used: Digby, Olejnik, Spencer, Potter.
Booked: Bennett, Pearce, Benning
Yeovil: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith,
Dickson, Gray (Green 84), Bailey, Worthington, Khan,
Zoko, Surridge (Olomola 69). Subs not used: Mugabi,
Davies, Maddison, Nelson, Santos. Booked: Surridge
Referee: M Coy (County Durham)
NOTTS CO 0
GRIMSBY 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 8,016
Notts Co: Fitzsimons, Tootle, Duffy, Brisley,
Dickinson, Hawkridge (Alessandra 80), Yates, Hewitt,
Grant, Stead (Forte 80), Ameobi. Subs not used:
Pindroch, Smith, Hunt, Jones, Milsom. Booked: Yates
Grimsby: McKeown, Ben Davies, Collins, Clarke, Mills,
Dembele (Hooper 90), Mitchell Rose, Summerfield,
Jaiyesimi (Woolford 79), Matt (Vernon 72), Jones.
Subs not used: Dixon, Berrett, Osborne, Killip.
Booked: Jones, McKeown
Referee: C Hicks (Surrey)
WYCOMBE 1
CHESTERFIELD 0
O?Nien 54
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,522
Wycombe: Brown, Jombati, Stewart, El-Abd,
Jacobson, Saunders, O'Nien, Eze (Bloomfield 85),
Mackail-Smith (Southwell 90), Akinfenwa, Tyson
(Cowan-Hall 73). Subs not used: Gape, Freeman,
Scarr, Makabu-Makalamby. Booked: Akinfenwa,
Brown, Southwell
Chesterfield: Dawson, Wiseman, Hird, Evatt, BinnomWilliams, Weir (Dimaio 85), McCourt, Rowley, Kellett
(O'Grady 70), Reed, Dennis (German 81). Subs not
used: Mitchell, De Girolamo, Brownell, Parkin.
Booked: McCourt, Dennis
Referee: N Kinseley (Essex)
Played Friday
SWINDON 2
Woolery 36
Gordon 76
HT: 1-1 Att: 6,020
COLCHESTER 3
Kent 45+1
Mandron 63
Szmodics 78
HIBERNIAN 1
Stokes 89
PARTICK 0
ROSS CO 2
Curran 73 (pen)
Van der Weg 84
W
12
12
11
8
6
7
7
5
5
5
4
3
D
5
3
3
6
6
3
2
7
5
3
4
5
L
0
4
5
5
6
8
9
7
9
11
11
10
F
41
32
38
28
17
20
24
22
27
20
19
16
A
11
21
23
25
19
27
26
26
32
29
31
34
GD Pts
30 41
11 39
15 36
3 30
-2 24
-7 24
-2 23
-4 22
-5 20
-9 18
-12 16
-18 14
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Inverness CT 1 Dumbarton 0; St Mirren 1
Dunfermline Ath 0. Leading standings: 1 St Mirren
17-35; 2 Dundee Utd 16-33; 3 Queen of South 16-26;
4 Livingston 14-25; 5 Dunfermline Ath 17-23
League One
East Fife 1 Ayr 4; Queen?s Park 1 Airdrieonians 1;
Stranraer 3 Forfar 0. Leading standings: 1 Ayr 17-41;
2 Raith 15-33; 3 Stranraer 15-24; 4 Alloa 16-24; 5
Arbroath 15-23
League Two
Annan Ath 1 Stirling Alb 1; Edinburgh C 1
Stenhousemuir 2; Montrose 3 Elgin 0. Leading
standings: 1 Montrose 16-34; 2 Peterhead 14-28; 3
Stirling Alb 15-27; 4 Stenhousemuir 15-25; 5 Annan
Ath 17-24
Press & Journal Highland League
Buckie Thistle 4 Keith 1; Clachnacuddin 1 Formartine
3; Deveronvale 2 Rothes 2; Lossiemouth 2 Nairn Co 3
Ferrari Packaging Lowland League
East Stirling 1 East Kilbride 1
JD Welsh Premier League
Aberystwyth 7 Prestatyn Tn 1; Cardiff Met Univ 1 Bala
Tn 2; Cefn Druids 0 Bangor C 2
Danske Bank Premiership
Ballinamallard Utd 0 Coleraine 2; Ballymena 3
Carrick 1; Cliftonville 1 Glentoran 0; Dungannon
Swifts 0 Ards 0; Glenavon 3 Crusaders 4; Linfield 3
Warrenpoint Tn 3
Spain
Athletic Bilbao 0 Real Sociedad 0; Atletico Madrid 1
Alaves 0; Eibar 2 Valencia 1. Played Friday: Sevilla 0
Levante 0. Today: Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruna
(7.45pm); Celta Vigo v Villarreal (3.15pm); Girona v
Getafe (11am); Las Palmas v Espanyol (5.30pm).
Tomorrow: Malaga v Real Betis (8pm)
Italy
Inter Milan 1 Udinese 3; Roma 1 Cagliari 0; Torino 1
Napoli 3. Today (2pm unless stated): Atalanta v
Lazio (7.45pm); Benevento v SPAL (5pm); Bologna v
Juventus; Crotone v Chievo; Fiorentina v Genoa;
Sampdoria v Sassuolo; Verona v AC Milan (11.30am)
Germany
Augsburg 3 Freiburg 3; Borussia Dortmund 2
Hoffenheim 1; Cologne 1 Wolfsburg 0; Eintracht
Frankfurt 2 Schalke 2; Stuttgart 0 Bayern Munich 1;
Werder Bremen 2 Mainz 2. Played Friday: Borussia
M?gladbach 3 Hamburg 1. Today: Hanover v Bayer
Leverkusen (2.30pm); Leipzig v Hertha Berlin (5pm)
France
Caen 0 Guingamp 0; Dijon 3 Lille 0; Montpellier 1
Metz 3; Rennes 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4; Strasbourg
2 Toulouse 1; Troyes 1 Amiens 0. Played Friday: St
Etienne 0 Monaco 4. Today: Lyon v Marseille
(8pm); Nantes v Angers (2pm); Nice v Bordeaux
(4pm)
Holland
Heerenveen 1 NAC Breda 0; PSV Eindhoven 3 ADO
Den Haag 0; Roda JC Kerkrade 0 VVV-Venlo 1;
Twente 1 Vitesse Arnhem 1; Willem II Tilburg 2 PEC
Zwolle 3. Today: AZ Alkmaar v Ajax (1.30pm);
Excelsior v Heracles Almelo (3.45pm); Sparta
Rotterdam v Feyenoord (11.30am); Utrecht v
Groningen (1.30pm)
Austria
Admira Moedling 3 Altach 1; Mattersburg 5
Wolfsberger 1; SKN St Poelten 0 Rapid Vienna 5;
Salzburg 0 LASK 0
Belgium
First Division A: Eupen 0 St Truiden 0; Kortrijk 2
Mechelen 0; Lokeren 1 Waasland-Beveren 1;
Standard Liege 0 Gent 0
Greece
AEK Athens 0 Apollon Smirnis 0; AOK Kerkyra 1
Atromitos 3; Platanias 0 PAOK Thessaloniki 1
Legia Warsaw 0 Wisla Plock 2; Pogon Szczecin 1 Arka
Gdynia 0; Sandecja Nowy Sacz 2 Lechia Gdansk 2
Portugal
ST JOHNSTONE 3
Alston 10
Johnstone 61
Cummins 71
Estoril Praia 3 Desportivo Aves 2; Sporting Braga 4
Belenenses 0
Switzerland
St Gallen 3 Sion 2; Thun 0 Lugano 2
FIXTURES
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Luton
22 13 6 3 51 19
11 8 1 2 35 11
11 5 5 1 16 8
+32 45
2 Notts Co
22 12 7 3 36 21
11 8 3 0 22 7
11 4 4 3 14 14
+15 43
3 Exeter
22 12 3 7 31 26
11 8 0 3 17 10
11 4 3 4 14 16
+5 39
4 Wycombe
22 10 7 5 39 29
11 6 3 2 24 16
11 4 4 3 15 13
+10 37
5 Accrington
21 11 4 6 32 24
10 6 2 2 17 9
11 5 2 4 15 15
+8 37
6 Lincoln C
22 10 6 6 28 19
11 5 4 2 15 8
11 5 2 4 13 11
+9 36
7 Coventry
22 10 5 7 23 15
11 6 2 3 12 5
11 4 3 4 11 10
+8 35
8 Colchester
22 10 5 7 32 26
11 6 3 2 20 9
11 4 2 5 12 17
+6 35
9 Newport Co
22 9 7 6 32 26
10 4 4 2 15 10
12 5 3 4 17 16
+6 34
Tomorrow
10 Mansfield
22 8 9 5 30 25
11 5 5 1 18 11
11 3 4 4 12 14
+5 33
Premier League: Everton v Swansea (8pm)
11 Grimsby
22 9 6 7 25 26
11 4 4 3 11 11
11 5 2 4 14 15
-1 33
Tuesday
12 Swindon
21 10 2 9 32 28
11 3 2 6 13 19
10 7 0 3 19 9
+4 32
FA Cup: Second round replay: Carlisle v Gillingham
Carabao League Cup: Quarter-finals: Arsenal v
West Ham; Leicester v Man City
Today
Premier League: Bournemouth v Liverpool
(4.30pm); West Brom v Man Utd (2.15pm)
Sky Bet League One: Fleetwood Tn v Peterborough
(3pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Hearts v Celtic
(12.30pm)
Vanarama National League North: Darlington v
Salford C (1pm)
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
13 Cambridge Utd 22 8 5 9 18 27
11 6 2 3 14 10
11 2 3 6 4 17
-9 29
14 Carlisle
22 7 7 8 32 32
11 2 5 4 16 14
11 5 2 4 16 18
0
15 Cheltenham
22 7 6 9 29 31
11 6 2 3 18 12
11 1 4 6 11 19
-2 27
16 Stevenage
22 7 6 9 27 33
11 4 5 2 18 14
11 3 1 7 9 19
-6 27
17 Crawley Tn
22 6 6 10 19 26
11 3 2 6 10 12
11 3 4 4 9 14
-7 24
Wednesday
18 Port Vale
22 7 3 12 23 32
11 3 1 7 11 18
11 4 2 5 12 14
-9 24
19 Crewe
22 7 2 13 24 35
12 5 2 5 17 18
10 2 0 8 7 17
-11 23
Carabao One Cup: Quarter-finals: Bristol C v
Man Utd (8pm); Chelsea v Bournemouth
20 Morecambe
22 5 7 10 18 27
11 4 2 5 9 11
11 1 5 5 9 16
-9 22
21 Yeovil
22 5 6 11 27 40
11 4 4 3 15 11
11 1 2 8 12 29
-13 21
22 Barnet
22 5 5 12 24 32
11 3 3 5 10 12
11 2 2 7 14 20
-8 20
23 Chesterfield
22 5 5 12 25 39
11 4 2 5 14 17
11 1 3 7 11 22
-14 20
24 Forest Green
22 5 5 12 23 42
11 3 2 6 13 21
11 2 3 6 10 21
-19 20
Leading goalscorers: 13: Hylton (Luton). 11: Dennis (Chesterfield); Doidge (Forest Green);
Grant (Notts Co). 10: Akinfenwa (Wycombe); Kee (Accrington). 9: Pope (Port Vale); Rose
(Mansfield); Szmodics (Colchester). 8: Collins (Luton); Coulthirst (Barnet); Eisa (Cheltenham);
Norris (Swindon). 7: Ikpeazu (Cambridge Utd); Jackson (Accrington); Mandron (Colchester);
Newton (Stevenage); Olomola (Yeovil); Reid (Exeter); Zoko (Yeovil). 6: Amond (Newport Co);
Dagnall (Crewe); Godden (Stevenage); Jones (Grimsby); Lambe (Carlisle Utd); McCoulsky
(Newport Co); Nazon (Coventry); Nouble (Newport Co); Porter (Crewe); Roberts (Crawley Tn);
Stockley (Exeter)
P
17
19
19
19
18
18
18
19
19
19
19
18
Poland
MOTHERWELL 0
P W D L F A
28
Celtic
Aberdeen
Rangers
Hibernian
Hearts
St Johnstone
Motherwell
Kilmarnock
Hamilton
Dundee
Ross Co
Partick
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Livingston v
Falkirk. League One: Stranraer v Albion Rov.
League Two: Cowdenbeath v Stenhousemuir
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Celtic v Partick
Friday
Premier League: Arsenal v Liverpool
Sky Bet Championship: Norwich v Brentford.
League One: Fleetwood Tn v Gillingham (7pm).
League Two: Coventry v Wycombe
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Saturday
Premier League: Brighton v Watford; Burnley v
Tottenham (5.30pm); Everton v Chelsea (12.30pm);
Leicester v Man Utd; Man City v Bournemouth;
Southampton v Huddersfield; Stoke v West Brom;
Swansea v C Palace; West Ham v Newcastle
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v Sheff Utd
(5.30pm); Bolton v Cardiff; Derby v Millwall;
Fulham v Barnsley; Leeds Utd v Hull; Preston v
Nottm Forest; QPR v Bristol C; Reading v Burton Alb;
Sheff Wed v Middlesbrough; Sunderland v
Birmingham; Wolves Wands v Ipswich. League One:
AFC Wimbledon v Bradford C; Bristol Rov v
Doncaster; Charlton v Blackpool; Northampton v
Blackburn (2pm); Oxford Utd v Wigan;
Peterborough v Bury; Plymouth v Oldham; Rochdale
v Walsall; Rotherham v MK Dons; Scunthorpe v
Southend; Shrewsbury v Portsmouth. League Two:
Accrington v Crawley Tn; Barnet v Cheltenham;
Colchester v Port Vale; Crewe v Swindon; Forest
Green v Carlisle; Luton v Grimsby; Mansfield v
Morecambe; Newport Co v Lincoln C; Notts Co v
Cambridge Utd; Stevenage v Chesterfield; Yeovil v
Exeter
Vanarama National League: AFC Fylde v Ebbsfleet
Utd; Bromley v Macclesfield; Dagenham &
Redbridge v Eastleigh; Halifax Tn v Chester;
Guiseley v Aldershot; Hartlepool v Maidenhead Utd;
Maidstone Utd v Leyton Orient; Solihull Moors v
Boreham Wood; Sutton Utd v Tranmere; Woking v
Barrow; Wrexham v Dover Ath. North: Alfreton Tn v
Boston Utd; Brackley Tn v AFC Telford Utd; Curzon
Ashton v Stockport; Gainsborough Trinity v
Darlington; Harrogate Tn v North Ferriby Utd;
Kidderminster v Nuneaton Tn; Salford C v Chorley;
Southport v Bradford PA; Spennymoor Tn v FC
United of Manchester; Tamworth v Leamington;
York v Blyth Spartans. South: Bognor Regis Tn v
Poole Tn; Chelmsford C v Welling Utd;
Chippenham Tn v Bath C; Dartford v Braintree Tn;
East Thurrock Utd v Whitehawk; Eastbourne Boro v
Havant & Waterlooville; Hemel Hempstead Tn v
Concord Rangers; Oxford C v Hampton & Richmond;
Truro C v Gloucester C; Wealdstone v St Albans C;
Weston-s-Mare v Hungerford Tn
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Celtic v
Aberdeen; Hibernian v Ross Co; Kilmarnock v
Rangers (12.30pm); Motherwell v Dundee; Partick v
Hamilton; St Johnstone v Hearts
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Dumbarton v
Falkirk; Dundee Utd v Livingston; Dunfermline Ath v
Brechin; Morton v Inverness CT; Queen of South v
St Mirren. League One: Airdrieonians v Ayr; Albion
Rov v East Fife; Alloa v Stranraer; Arbroath v Raith
Rov; Forfar v Queen's Park. League Two: Annan Ath
v Edinburgh C; Clyde v Berwick; Peterhead v
Cowdenbeath; Stenhousemuir v Elgin; Stirling v
Montrose
15
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
SPORT RACING
Skelton
proves
success
runs in
the
family
Jockey hits century of
winners in double-quick
time ? and sets his sights
on becoming champion
ground running at that sort of speed.
Nicholls? first century of winners came in
his eighth season as a trainer; Skelton
took three.
At the heart of the success lies a trust
that stretches back deep into childhood
and an unbreakable clarity of purpose
and personnel. When Dan left Nicholls
after nine years to set up on his own, the
name of his stable jockey was never in
doubt. ?There was never a conversation
of, ?I think I?m going to use you?,? says
Harry Skelton. ?I was going to ride them,
simple as that. It?s a family-run operation
and Dad wouldn?t let it be any other way.?
It was a bold call. Harry Skelton, who
also served his apprenticeship with Nicholls, was not exactly pulling up trees as a
jump jockey. From a handful of rides a
week, he now has four or five a day and
the pressure on his shoulders is no less
weighty because he is among his own
flesh and blood. Skelton lives a mile away
from the main stables, rides out every
morning and has an emotional attachment to the cause that goes way beyond
mere race-riding.
Andrew Longmore
Given that not very long ago he was scurrying round the country in search of
rides, any rides, Harry Skelton must look
at the jump jockeys? table with a mixture
of wonder and pride. He is in second
place in the championship and the fact
that he can talk about launching a tilt at
the title one day ? probably when the
reigning champion, Richard Johnson,
retires ? highlights how far the 29-yearold has come in a short space of time. Last
Monday, a double at Fontwell brought up
his fastest century of winners ? and at a
handsome 26% strike rate ? every one of
them trained by his older brother. Yesterday?s Cheltenham success on
Gino Trail was the first for an outside stable this season.
Though recently overtaken in
terms of prize money by his
mentor, Paul Nicholls, and
Nigel Twiston-Davies, nobody
has come close to matching
Dan Skelton?s volume of winners this season: 117 and counting. Since he opened his yard
just off the M40 in Warwickshire
nearly five years ago with the
considerable guidance of father
Nick, Olympic showjumping
champion and elemental force,
Skelton has racked up more than
430 winners. No trainer in the
history of the turf has hit the
Jumping for joy: Harry
Skelton is making up
for lost time by riding
a host of winners
IN TODAY?S SUNDAY TIMES
JEREMY
CLARKSON
Why he?s gone
galloping mad
for horse racing
NEWS, PAGE 31
Chelmsford City (A/W)
Going: POLYTRACK: Standard
MAIDEN FILLIES? STAKES
�235: 1M (5)
1 052203 Line Of Beauty 34 S Crisford3-9-0......R Havlin
2 64 Lunar Mist 24 E Dunlop3-9-0 ............. F Norton
3 032362 Narjes 11 (H) Mrs L Mongan3-9-0......Fran Berry
4 303504 Ronni Layne 22 (B) Miss L Allan3-9-0 .S W Kelly
5 00323 Wicker 10 Jane Chapple-Hyam3-9-0.S Donohoe
Betting: EvensWicker, 9-4 Narjes, 5-1 Line Of Beauty,
10-1 Lunar Mist, 25-1 Ronni Layne
12.45
1.15
FILLIES? NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10 RACE)
�235: 1M (6)
1 3
Barbara Villiers 8 M Johnston9-0.......F Norton
2
Braganza E Dunlop9-0.......................L Morris
34
Calypso Blue 18 (P,BF) C Appleby9-0..M Harley
4 5020 Come With Me 18 (T) J Gosden9-0 .... N Mackay
5
Ejtyah D Simcock9-0.....................J P Spencer
6 3623 Heather Lark 39 J Gosden9-0.............R Havlin
Betting: 2-1 Heather Lark, 9-4 Calypso Blue, 4-1 Barbara
Villiers, 7-1 Come With Me, 12-1 Braganza, Ejtyah
1.50
HANDICAP
�588: 1M 2F (10)
Huddersfilly Town 10 (P,CD)
1 056614
I Furtado3-9-10 .................................. L Morris
2 003500 London Grammar 4 (S) R J Smith3-9-5 ...R Tate
3 340060 Saga Sprint 13 (V,D,F) J Jenkins4-9-4T J Murphy
Outlaw Torn 2 (E,D,F,G)
4 000046
B Sanderson (7)
Richard Guest8-9-4
5 420560 Haldaw 4 M Channon3-9-3....Paddy Bradley (5)
Master Of Heaven 18 (P,CD,G)
6 353300
J Boyle4-9-1................................C Bennett (3)
7 04404/ Norwegian Reward 852 (D,G) Miss L Allan9-9-1NR
8 00/00- Summerling 522 Rae Guest6-9-1 S Donohoe
Reason To Believe 32
9 004000
D Bridgwater3-8-13.................P Bridgwater (7)
10050000 Our Kim 16 J Butler3-8-13................T Clark (3)
Betting: 13-8 Huddersfilly Town, 9-2 Master Of Heaven,
7-1 Haldaw, London Grammar, 9-1 Reason To Believe, 10-1
others
2.25
HANDICAP
�235: 7F (7)
1 5-33 Ebtkaar 174 (BF) M Appleby3-9-9.........R Havlin
Amazing Grazing 96 (E,D)
2 3501
Richard Guest3-9-7..................B Sanderson (7)
3 046606 Madrinho 22 (F) J Butler4-9-5..............L Keniry
Tellovoi 9 (V,C,D,F,G)
4 005266
Richard Guest9-9-3.......................J Osborn (7)
Broughtons Knight 10 (P,BF,F,S)
5 543514
J Boyle3-9-1.....................................J Mitchell
6 604256 Tulip Dress 80 (D,BF,F) A Carson4-8-13 L Morris
Tasaaboq 3 (H,T,P,BF)
7 264663
Nicola Currie (7)
P McEntee6-8-7
Betting: 3-1 Amazing Grazing, 100-30 Ebtkaar, 4-1
Broughtons Knight, 11-2 Tulip Dress, 13-2 Tellovoi, 8-1
Madrinho, 9-1 Tasaaboq
2.55
HANDICAP
�235: 6F (9)
1 605415 Fredricka 24 (V,CD,F,S) I Furtado6-9-9..R Souza
Excellent
George 113 (T,D,G)
2 202450 S C Williams5-9-7...........................A
Jones (3)
Heights 2 (CD,F)
3 641215 Bahamian
R Cowell6-9-7 ................................ J Fisher (7)
Courier 80 (D,F,G,S)
M Appleby5-9-5............................K Lundie (5)
5 240000 Gold Flash 10 (D) R Ford5-9-2.............K O?Neill
6 202025 Arnarson 18 (B) E Dunlop3-9-2............L Morris
Stripes 9 (B,CD)
7 015533 Red
Mrs L Williamson5-8-7...................G Malune (7)
30 (V,CD)
8 105303 Firesnake
Mrs L Williamson4-8-7....................Hollie Doyle
8 (H,D)
9 000-00 Seraphima
Mrs L Williamson7-8-7.........................R Powell
4 645350
Betting: 5-2 Bahamian Heights, 3-1 Red Stripes, 7-2
Arnarson, 13-2 Excellent George, 8-1 Fredricka, 10-1
Courier, 12-1 others
TOTEWIN AT BETFRED.COM HANDICAP
3.25 BET
�175: 1M (6)
1 624033 Lagenda 4 (P,BF,F) K Stubbs4-9-7........S A Gray
Glenn Coco 10 (CD)
2 334121
S C Williams3-9-6...........................A Jones (3)
3 5130 Anif 37J (T,D,S) J Auvray3-9-6.........Hollie Doyle
4 320441 The Eagle?s Nest 58 Rae Guest3-9-2...M Harley
Colourful Career 18 (P,BF)
5 4335
E Dunlop3-9-2....................................R Havlin
Titan
Goddess 9 (CD,F,S)
6 321301 Mike Murphy5-8-13............................S
W Kelly
Betting: 2-1 Glenn Coco, 7-2 The Eagle?s Nest, 9-2
Colourful Career, Lagenda, 11-2 Titan Goddess, 12-1 Anif
4.00 HANDICAP
�941: 1M (10)
Lightning 4 (B,D,F,G,S)
1 U16051 Secret
M Appleby5-10-0 ..........................K Lundie (5)
How?s
Lucy
9
2 -02563 Jane Chapple-Hyam3-9-8
............. P Bradley (5)
Diamond 12 (D,G,S)
3 200033 Ixelles
L Carter6-9-8 ............................. C Bennett (3)
Meadow 9 (CD)
4 504362 Dukes
R Ingram6-9-7.......................Rhiain Ingram (5)
Ring 4 (T,C,D)
5 000415 Cookie
K Stubbs6-9-5.................Faye McManoman (7)
Girl 9 (T,F,S)
6 300560 Dynamic
B Powell4-9-4.........................Nicola Currie (7)
7 000/0- Sammy?s Choice 690 J Jenkins5-9-3T J Murphy
The Clouds 24 (F,G,S)
8 502200 Touch
W Stone6-9-2
Hollie Doyle
9 65-000 Annabella 11 T McCarthy4-9-2................R Tate
106606U0 Fivos 4 (P) D Bridgwater3-9-1...P Bridgwater (7)
Betting: 3-1 How?s Lucy, 7-2 Dukes Meadow, 4-1 Secret
Lightning, 9-2 Ixelles Diamond, 8-1 Cookie Ring, 10-1
Dynamic Girl, 16-1 others
Southwell
Going: Good to soft
ANN HANDICAP CHASE
�249: 3M 1F 129Y (11)
12.25 MILLIE
Creek 12 (P,C,G,S)
1 P-63F1 Corner
M Scudamore7-11-12...........................R Dunne
Redmond 339 (T,BF,S)
2 /04P3J Barber7-11-8...............................N Scholfield
3 -10P1P Silent Man 20 (T,G) T Weston7-11-2......S Bowen
Domination 26 (P,C,S)
4 6211/6 Global
Mrs C Bailey9-11-2 ............................ H Skelton
Maverick 25 (D,S)
5 65-431 Goosen
J G Cann6-11-0..................................T O?Brien
The
Jugopolist
26 (B,S)
6 256-6P J Cornwall10-10-12...........................L
Edwards
Jump And Jump 17 (T)
7 -P0653
J Farrelly7-10-5..................................B Powell
8 U1-4P3 Mazurati 15 (G,S) B Case8-10-4 .. M Kendrick (7)
De Guye 17 (T,P,S)
9 0P-060 Albatros
Miss A Newton-Smith7-10-0..............P Brennan
Seventyfive 12 (P,C,G,S)
10P35543 French
Gillian Boanas10-10-0.........................J J Burke
11 3550P/ Dougalstar 731 (P) J Candlish8-10-0..D Noonan
Betting: 5-2 Goosen Maverick, 7-2 Corner Creek, 5-1
Global Domination, 8-1 Mazurati, 10-1 Redmond, Silent
Man, 12-1 others
HANDICAP CHASE
�899: 2M 4F 62Y (11)
1 404-52 Farm The Rock 49 (T,S) K Price6-11-13 .. B Poste
Big Bang De Loire 27
2 2242/4
G Smyly6-11-13 ...........................D Maxwell (7)
Weyburn 44 (T,C,D,G)
3 /U03-6
M Keighley6-11-12 .............................. A Tinkler
Barton Rose 32 (C,D,G,S)
4 P-2130
C Longsdon8-11-11....................Paul O?Brien (5)
5 435-02 Shanty Town 37 (P) D Dennis8-11-11 .G Sheehan
Rocknrollrambo 8 (G,S)
6 11-220
I Williams10-11-10...............................R Dunne
7 30-506 Cash Again 37 (S) B Haslam5-11-8..R McLernon
Midnight Gem 10 (D,G)
8 -F0026
C Longsdon7-11-7...............................J J Burke
9 225422 Hepijeu 61 (P,D,G,S) G Deacon6-11-5 .. M D Grant
Mondo Cane 10 (P,C,D,S)
10/PP-46
C Pogson10-11-0...............................A Pogson
That?s The Deal 13 (CD,F,G,S)
11 356144
J Cornwall13-11-0.............................L Edwards
Betting: 2-1 Shanty Town, 4-1 Farm The Rock, 7-1
Hepijeu, Rocknrollrambo, 12-1 Weyburn, 14-1 others
12.55
1.30
MAIDEN HURDLE
�599: 1M 7F 153Y (14)
1 /2300P Amirr 18 (D,G) J S Mullins7-10-12......A Thornton
Article Fifty 29 (D,G,S)
2 11
W Greatrex4-10-12...........................R Johnson
Bridge Of Cally 22
3 53-65
H Whittington4-10-12...........................J Banks
Django Django 36
4 45
Jonjo O?Neill4-10-12.........................A Coleman
Everybody?s Talkin 32 (T,S)
5 461-6
N Twiston-Davies4-10-12......................D Jacob
6
Grecian King 11 (H) L Morgan4-10-12 .... C Poste
7 32-056 Itsamanslife 1 K Price4-10-12...............B Poste
Midnight Chill 225
8 460-4
J Snowden5-10-12...........................G Sheehan
Ready And Able 33
9 406
Jonjo O?Neill4-10-12.......................R McLernon
104/2-3 Santo De Lune 25 (T) D Skelton7-10-12........NR
11 23- Super Sid 252 T George5-10-12........A P Heskin
Tossapenny 39 (G)
121-2
E Williams4-10-12 .............................. A Wedge
1356-0 Lady Master 26 Mrs C Bailey4-10-5.....S Bowen
14644-04 La Fille Francaise 25 R Dickin4-10-5 .. J Quinlan
Betting: 13-8 Article Fifty, 3-1 Tossapenny, 6-1 Super Sid,
8-1 Everybody?s Talkin, 12-1 Amirr, La Fille Francaise, 14-1
others
HURDLE (QUALIFIER)
2.05 NOVICES?
�899: 2M 4F 62Y (13)
Shannon Bridge 32 (S)
1 54-1
D Skelton4-11-4................................H Skelton
2 03-F41 Silver Kayf 22 (D,S) K Bailey5-11-4.........D Bass
Ballygomartin 28 (G)
3 P14
N Twiston-Davies4-10-12......................D Jacob
Beyond Supremacy 40
4 00-P
J Barber5-10-12.............................N Scholfield
5 2/33-6 Born For War 25 T George5-10-12.....A P Heskin
Clondaw Cracker 259 (G,S)
6 11/P0N Mulholland6-10-12...........................R Dunne
Court Affairs 24 (S)
7 1-0
J S Mullins5-10-12...........................K Jones (5)
First Assignment 33 (S)
8 1-2
I Williams4-10-12...............................T O?Brien
Gunfleet 44 (G)
9 1-25
Miss E Lavelle5-10-12.......................A Coleman
10PUF-15 Over Stated 33 (G) R Phillips5-10-12...I Popham
Pontresina 39 (S)
11 1-0
O Sherwood4-10-12.......................C Shoemark
The Groovy Hoovy 197
122
O Sherwood5-10-12.............................L Aspell
1304-006 Shiroccodee 15 A Hales4-10-5.........K K Woods
Betting: 15-8 Silver Kayf, 4-1 Gunfleet, 5-1 Ballygomartin,
6-1 Shannon Bridge, 8-1 First Assignment, 16-1 others
HURDLE (QUALIFIER FOR THE
2.35 HANDICAP
CHALLENGER MARES? HURDLE SERIES
FINAL)
�697: 1M 7F 153Y (8)
Midnight Silver 23 (T,D,S)
1 U145-4
J Snowden7-11-12............................G Sheehan
Fool To Cry 22 (D,F,G)
2 3-5203
J Farrelly4-11-12 ................................. B Powell
Oscar Rose 31 (D,S)
3 02-242
F O?Brien5-11-12...............................P Brennan
Iconic Sky 22 (P,D,S)
4 1303-0
Mrs L Wadham4-11-6.....................M Tissier (7)
5 -01221 Stepover 18 (T,CD,G) A Hales6-11-5...K K Woods
6 1163-6 Kalaniti 45 (D,S) C Grant6-11-5.........A Coleman
Beyeh 187 (C,D,G,S)
7 /2-550
M Appleby9-11-2..............................R Johnson
8 050/2- Kaddys Dream 594 R Dickin6-10-10...J Quinlan
Betting: 5-2 Oscar Rose, Stepover, 5-1 Fool To Cry,
Midnight Silver, 12-1 Beyeh, Kalaniti, 16-1 Kaddys Dream,
25-1 Iconic Sky
3.05
MARES? NOVICES? HURDLE
�574: 2M 7F 209Y (5)
Cabaret Queen 29 (T,BF,G,S)
1 F13-12
D Skelton5-11-5................................H Skelton
Hayley Belle 645P (S)
2 31/
M Bradstock6-10-12....................N De Boinville
3 3321-2 Little Millie 25 (S) N King5-10-12........T Whelan
4 42-052 Oscar Star 41 J Snowden4-10-12......G Sheehan
5 552-2 Our Belle Amie 29 (T) K Bailey5-10-12....D Bass
Betting: 15-8 Oscar Star, 5-2 Cabaret Queen, Our Belle
Amie, 6-1 Little Millie, 16-1 Hayley Belle
3.35
HANDICAP HURDLE
�743: 2M 7F 209Y (10)
Dandy Duke 25 (D,S)
1 0621/1
T George6-12-0............................N George (5)
Russian Service 17 (G,S)
2 165-00
S Drinkwater5-12-0 ...................... H Nugent (5)
Simply The West 16 (P,G,S)
3 4P3P/P
C Longsdon8-11-13............................D Skehan
Groundunderrepair 25 (BF,S)
4 150-32
W Greatrex6-11-12............................A Elias (5)
Make Me A Fortune 29 (P,G,S)
5 P33F-0
S Gollings9-11-9 .................................. Z Baker
Waltz Darling 39 (P,D,G,S)
6 032023
Gillian Boanas9-11-8..................Miss E Todd (3)
Mighty Missile 17 (T,F,G)
7 -30000
B Barr6-11-1............................Luca Morgan (7)
Ballythomas 235 (D,G,S)
8 6112PD Thompson10-11-0 ....................... T Gillard (7)
Wolfslair 23 (G)
9 0-00P0
D Thompson6-10-11...................A Anderson (7)
Bohemian Rhapsody 11F (P,C,G)
10020606
B Barr8-10-8.................................C J Todd (7)
Betting: 2-1 Dandy Duke, Groundunderrepair, 5-1 Waltz
Darling, 8-1 Ballythomas, 12-1 Bohemian Rhapsody, 20-1
others
Cheltenham
Going: Soft (good to soft in places)
12.10 (2m 179yd hdle) 1 Apple?s Shakira (B
J Geraghty, 1-10 fav); 2 Nube Negra (11-1);
3 Knight Destroyer (20-1). 4 ran. 3絣, 8l. N J
Henderson. Tote: �02. Exacta: �40.
CSF: �76. Trifecta: �80
12.45 (2m 4f 166yd ch) 1 Kalondra (N D
Fehily, 10-1); 2 Coo Star Sivola (4-1); 3
Movewiththetimes (11-8 fav). 4 ran. 3緇,
1絣. N P Mulholland. Tote: �60. Exacta:
�.70. CSF: �.42. Trifecta: �.00
1.20 (2m 62yd ch) 1 Gino Trail (Harry
Skelton, 7-2); 2 Bun Doran (3-1 fav); 3
Bentelimar (11-2). 7 ran. NR: Grey Gold. 1�,
1絣. Kerry Lee. Tote: �00; �30, �10.
Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.20. Tricast:
�.74. Trifecta: �.40
1.55 (2m 4f 166yd ch) 1 Guitar Pete (R Day,
9-1); 2 Clan Des Obeaux (3-1 fav); 3 King?s
Odyssey (9-1). 10 ran. NR: Long House Hall.
2緇, 5l. N G Richards. Tote: �.40; �70,
�40, �10. Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.82.
Tricast: �3.16. Trifecta: �3.70
2.30 (2m 7f 213yd hdle) 1 Kilbricken Storm
(Harry Cobden, 3-1); 2 Count Meribel (7-4
fav); 3 Equus Secretus (9-4). 4 ran. NR:
Aye Aye Charlie. 2緇, 54l. C L Tizzard. Tote:
�80. Exacta: �.10. CSF: �60.
Trifecta: �.00
3.05 (2m 179yd hdle) 1 My Tent Or Yours
(B J Geraghty, 5-1); 2 The New One (5-2); 3
Melon (7-4 fav). 7 ran. 1�, 1l. N J
Henderson. Tote: �90; �10, �80.
Exacta: �.20. CSF: �.53. Jackpot:
�,671.90. Trifecta: �.80
3.40 (2m 4f 56yd hdle) 1 Momella (Harry
Skelton, 7-2 jt-fav); 2 River Arrow (20-1); 3
Graceful Legend (20-1). Also ran: Lady
Karina 7-2 jt-fav. 13 ran. 絣, 5l. D Skelton.
Tote: �50; �80, �00, �60. Exacta:
�.50. CSF: �.02. Tricast: �237.31.
Trifecta: �128.90
Placepot: �1.20
General Wanted
Porsche Wanted
Going: Good (good to soft in places)
12.00 (2m 128yd hdle) 1 Castafiore (Paul
O?Brien, 7-1); 2 Gran Maestro (11-1); 3
Eskendash (3-1 fav). 13 ran. Hd, 1糽. C E
Longsdon. Tote: �60; �70, �80,
�80. Exacta: �.40. CSF: �.41.
Tricast: �3.15. Trifecta: �0.70
12.30 (2m 128yd hdle) 1 Countister (Nico
de Boinville, 4-6 fav); 2 De Rasher
Counter (8-1); 3 Clondaw Castle (5-2). 10
ran. 7l, 絣. N J Henderson. Tote: �60;
�02, �00, �20. Exacta: �40. CSF:
�19. Trifecta: �.90
1.05 (2m 3f 31yd ch) 1 Markov (D A Jacob,
2-1 fav); 2 Takingrisks (14-1); 3 Cusheen
Bridge (14-1). 6 ran. 6l, 1絣. B Pauling. Tote:
�40; �50, �00. Exacta: �.20. CSF:
�.60. Trifecta: �6.90
1.40 (2m 128yd hdle) 1 Irish Roe (Henry
Brooke, 3-1 fav); 2 Mohaayed (7-1); 3
Amour de Nuit (9-2). 9 ran. 絣, 2絣. P
Atkinson. Tote: �80; �40, �70, �80.
Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.34. Tricast:
�.20. Trifecta: �5.60
2.10 (2m 7f 214yd ch) 1 Keeper Hill (G
Sheehan, 5-2); 2 Braqueur D?or (7-4 jt-fav);
3 Ballycrystal (16-1). Also ran: Rocklander
7-4 jt-fav. 4 ran. 8l, 1緇. W Greatrex. Tote:
�10. Exacta: �90. CSF: �27. Trifecta:
�.80
2.45 (2m 128yd hdle) 1 We Have A Dream
(D A Jacob, 5-6 fav); 2 City Dreamer (16-1);
3 Je Suis Charlie (14-1). 6 ran. 10l, 17l. N J
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MOTORS
NEW燤ERCEDES
FATALITY MARS GUITAR PETE?S
SUCCESSFUL RAID FROM NORTH
Guitar Pete, above,
provided Cumbria trainer
Nicky Richards with a rare
Cheltenham winner in the
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
Handicap Chase but the
triumph was marred by the
death of Starchitect in the
closing stages.
Starchitect, runner-up in
last month?s BetVictor Gold
Cup at the track, looked set
to go one better as he
turned for home with a
significant lead, but he
broke down on the run to
the second-last fence and
was swiftly pulled up by
Tom Scudamore.
David Pipe, the trainer,
confirmed that Starchitect
suffered a broken hind leg.
He said: ?No horse
deserves that and
Starchitect definitely didn?t
deserve it.
?He was a real tough
customer and always tried
his heart out. This was
going to be his day today.?
Speaking from
Doncaster, Richards said: ?I
can?t remember when my
last winner at Cheltenham
was. I remember The
French Furze winning there
for us [in 2006].
?Everybody knows
Cheltenham is the place to
win, but It?s awful what
happened to the other
horse and my heart goes
out to connections. Nobody
likes to see that.?
RACING RESULTS
TODAY?S RACING
Mercedes
?In the season before Dan started I
rode eight winners,? he says. ?I was driving round the country, riding out six days
a week, trying to get rides where I could.
I?m aware how fortunate I am, but I don?t
take it for granted. If I mess up, I?m not
just letting down a trainer or an owner,
I?m letting down my brother.
?My Mum and Dad split up when I was
at a young age and we lost Mum when I
was 16. I never really had that mother and
family time. Dan was always there for me.
He looked after me and brought me up
with him. So myself, Dad and my brother
were always very close. We don?t want to
let each other down.?
Facilities at Lodge Hill stables have
improved day-by-day, two yards are full
to bursting and a glimpse at the website
reveals a slick, sharp-edged organisation
off and on the track. A concerted campaign to attract new owners to summer
jumping at local tracks such as Worcester
and Stratford has proved a thumping success, and though matching the firepower
of Nicholls, a revived Twiston-Davies and
Henderson in major races through the
winter will be a lot harder, there is
enough young talent in the yard to mount
a few lightning strikes along the way.
North Hill Harvey was not disgraced in
chasing home Sceau Royal in the Henry
VIII Novices? Chase at Sandown. The one
box not yet ticked, a Grade One winner,
will come sooner rather than later.
?We keep knocking on the door,? says
Harry. ?We keep trying to up the quality
in the yard and go forward. We were busy
last summer, but Dan?s got a 12-month
business. We?re young and maybe we can
be a bit too positive sometimes, but if you
don?t have hunger and a positive attitude
at this stage, you?re nothing.?
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Henderson. Tote: �60; �10, �50.
Exacta: �.40. CSF: �.83. Trifecta:
�.10
3.20 (2m 7f 214yd ch) 1 Mustmeetalady (R
P McLernon, 16-1); 2 Vibrato Valtat (11-1); 3
What Happens Now (7-1). Also ran: Kilcrea
Vale 11-4 fav. 9 ran. Nk, 4絣. Jonjo O?Neill.
Tote: �.80; �90, �60, �20. Exacta:
�5.40. CSF: �9.93. Tricast: �349.23.
Trifecta: �958.10
Placepot: �.80
Quadpot: �.10
Hereford
Going: Soft
12.20 (3m 1f 44yd ch) 1 Tb Broke Her
(Stan Sheppard, 11-2); 2 Sonoftheking (114); 3 Handsome Sam (15-2). Also ran:
Paddy The Oscar 2-1 fav. 7 ran. NR:
Astigos. 9l, 緇. M Sheppard. Tote: �00;
�30, �60. Exacta: �.20. CSF: �.44.
Tricast: �8.31. Trifecta: �.00
12.55 (2m 3f 147yd hdle) 1 Paisley Park
(Nick Scholfield, 7-1); 2 Vision Des Flos
(1-4 fav); 3 The Hollow Ginge (4-1). Also
ran: Achille 15-8 fav. 11 ran. 7l, 11l. Miss E C
Lavelle. Tote: �.60; �70, �10, �30.
Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.79. Trifecta:
�.00
1.30 (2m 4f 194yd ch) 1 Spock (Miss L
Brooke, 18-1); 2 Shanty Town (7-2); 3 Fear
Glic (14-1). 6 ran. 1糽, 9l. Lady S Brooke.
Tote: �.10; �20, �60. Exacta:
�.00. CSF: �.32. Trifecta: �0.90
2.25 (1m 4f 98yd) 1 Esspeegee (Paul
Hainey, 13-2); 2 Magistral (14-1); 3 Life
Knowledge (15-2). Also ran: Western Way 3-1
fav. 12 ran. Hd, 2絣. A Bailey. Tote: �70;
�10, �60, �70. Exacta: �.40. CSF:
�.42. Tricast: �5.42. Trifecta: �9.70
3.00 (1m 4f 98yd) 1 Theglasgowwarrior (P
McDonald, 5-1); 2 King Kevin (4-1); 3
Manomine (16-1). Also ran: Lucky Ellen 9-4
fav. 11 ran. 絣, hd. J S Goldie. Tote: �50;
�60, �40, �20. Exacta: �.50. CSF:
�.89. Tricast: �9.34. Trifecta: �4.20
3.35 (1m 5yd) 1 Without Parole (R Havlin,
8-13 fav); 2 Trevithick (11-4); 3 Windsor
Cross (10-1). 7 ran. 6l, 緇. J H M Gosden.
Tote: �60; �20, �50. Exacta: �90.
CSF: �55. Trifecta: �80
4.05 (7f 14yd) 1 Charles Molson (Daniel
Muscutt, 5-1); 2 Heaven?s Guest (8-1); 3
Pastime (9-1). Also ran: Brittanic 3-1 fav. 11
ran. 絣, sh hd. P R Chamings. Tote: �10;
�10, �00, �10. Exacta: �.40. CSF:
�.43. Tricast: �9.22. Trifecta: �1.10
4.35 (5f) 1 Windforpower (Ben Robinson,
5-1); 2 Little Miss Lola (14-1); 3 Fintry Flyer
(12-1). Also ran: Something Lucky 6-4 fav.
11 ran. 絣, 絣. Miss Tracy Waggott. Tote:
�50; �60, �50, �50. Exacta:
�.00. CSF: �.85. Tricast: �3.99.
Trifecta: �2.20
Placepot: �3.90
Quadpot: �.20
Wolverhampton
2.05 (2m 8yd ch) 1 Work In Progress (Mr L
Williams, 15-8); 2 Ozzie The Oscar (1-2
fav); 3 Sage Monkey (20-1). 1�, 13l. D
Skelton. Tote: �70. Exacta: �20. CSF:
�30. Trifecta: �80
Going: Standard
5.45 (5f) 1 Ty Rock Brandy (R Kingscote,
7-2); 2 Los Camachos (8-1); 3 Ideal Spirit
(40-1). Also ran: Street Sensation 11-4 fav.
8 ran. 1l, 1緇. L Smyth. Tote: �40; �50,
�50, �30. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.64
2.40 (2m 3f 147yd hdle) 1 Stamp Your
Feet (N P Madden, 9-4); 2 Rayvin Black
(13-8 fav); 3 Court Minstrel (13-2). 5 ran. 2l,
nk. T R George. Tote: �00; �40, �10.
Exacta: �10. CSF: �45. Trifecta:
�.10
6.15 (6f 20yd) 1 Hisar (L Morris, 2-1 fav); 2
Frank The Barber (12-1); 3 Noneedtotellme
(25-1). 12 ran. NR: Krazy Paving. Nk, 1緇. M
Appleby. Tote: �90; �30, �40, �80.
Exacta: �.10. CSF: �.74. Tricast:
�5.75. Trifecta: �9.50
3.15 (2m 53yd hdle) 1 Yalltari (Charlie
Deutsch, 9-2); 2 Quiz Master (11-2); 3
Cougar Kid (7-2 fav). 11 ran. 7l, 2絣. Miss V
Williams. Tote: �30; �00, �50, �10.
Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.68. Tricast:
�.96. Trifecta: �.80
6.45 (6f 20yd) 1 Pulsating (E Greatrex, 5-4
fav); 2 Jorvik Prince (8-1); 3 Mossy?s Lodge
(11-1). 11 ran. NR: Goadby, Wedgewood
Estates. 1�, 1絣. Archie Watson. Tote: �00;
�40, �40, �80. Exacta: �.10. CSF:
�.07. Tricast: �.07. Trifecta: �.20
3.45 (2m 53yd) 1 Apres Le Deluge (A
Tinkler, 7-1); 2 Topofthecotswolds (5-4
fav); 3 Zee Man (12-1). 10 ran. 3緇, hd. H
Morrison. Tote: �20; �60, �10, �40.
Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.04. Trifecta:
�3.10
7.15 (6f 20yd) 1 Tropics (Jack Duern, 11-4
fav); 2 Rajar (17-2); 3 Suzi?s Connoisseur
(15-2). 9 ran. 1絣, sh hd. D K Ivory. Tote:
�30; �70, �40, �30. Exacta:
�.30. CSF: �.17. Tricast: �0.80.
Trifecta: �0.00
Placepot: �.40
Quadpot: �.40
Newcastle
Going: Standard
7.45 (1m 4f 51yd) 1 Daily Trader (Fran
Berry, 4-1); 2 Raashdy (2-1 fav); 3 Dolphin
Village (11-2). 10 ran. NR: Belabour,
Somnambulist . 1l, nk. P D Evans. Tote:
�90; �80, �30, �20. Exacta: �.90.
CSF: �.23. Tricast: �.38
12.40 (2m 56yd) 1 Apalis (Harrison Shaw,
25-1); 2 Strictly Art (6-1); 3 Uptown Funk
(15-2). Also ran: British Art 11-4 fav. 14 ran.
絣, sh hd. M W Easterby. Tote: �.70;
�00, �80, �20. Exacta: �9.60. CSF:
�6.94. Tricast: �268.86. Trifecta:
�499.50
8.15 (1m 1f 104yd) 1 Swift Emperor (B A
Curtis, 11-1); 2 Andok (13-2); 3 Influent (71). Also ran: Dutch Uncle 100-30 fav. 13
ran. 1糽, 1糽. T D Barron. Tote: �.80;
�80, �40, �30. Exacta: �3.60. CSF:
�.32. Tricast: �6.38. Trifecta: �9.50
1.15 (2m 56yd) 1 Mountain Bell (Josephine
Gordon, 2-1 fav); 2 Cape Cova (33-1); 3
Watersmeet (5-2). 7 ran. NR: Song Of Love.
2l, sh hd. R M Beckett. Tote: �30; �50,
�60. Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.61.
Trifecta: �1.00
8.45 (7f 36yd) 1 Twin Appeal (B A Curtis,
5-2 fav); 2 Shepherd?s Purse (12-1); 3
Exchequer (28-1). 12 ran. 緇, 絣. T D Barron.
Tote: �40; �40, �60, �50. Exacta:
�.00. CSF: �.30. Tricast: �9.93.
Trifecta: �6.70
1.50 (1m 4f 98yd) 1 Warm Oasis (Daniel
Muscutt, 7-4); 2 Emerald Cross (18-1); 3
Star Story (5-4 fav). 6 ran. Nk, 1�. J R
Fanshawe. Tote: �80; �60, �40.
Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.92. Trifecta:
�.80
9.15 (7f 36yd) 1 Star Quality (B A Curtis,
40-1); 2 Peace Terms (6-4 fav); 3
Kingofmerrows (3-1). 6 ran. Nk, 3緇. D
Loughnane. Tote: �.00; �60, �50.
Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.65
Placepot: �.40
Quadpot: �.00
Fairyhouse
Going: Heavy
12.05 (2m) 1 Castlegrace Paddy (A E
Lynch, 8-1); 2 Bravissimo (7-2); 3 Brelade
(5-4 fav). 7 ran. 7絣, 1緇. P A Fahy. Tote:
?8.90; ?3.50, ?1.70. Exacta: ?41.20. CSF:
?35.43. Trifecta: ?56.50
12.35 (2m 7f 110yd) 1 Moulin A Vent (S W
Flanagan, 5-4 fav); 2 Monbeg Notorious
(15-8); 3 Freeway Space (20-1). 6 ran. 18l,
18l. N Meade. Tote: ?2.20; ?1.20, ?1.50.
Exacta: ?4.00. CSF: ?3.94. Trifecta:
?22.40
1.10 (2m) 1 Stormy Ireland (D E Mullins,
2-7 fav); 2 North Carolina (25-1); 3
Ontheiflist (14-1). 11 ran. 58l, 10l. W P
Mullins. Tote: ?1.20; ?1.02, ?4.40, ?3.10.
Exacta: ?14.90. CSF: ?17.16. Trifecta:
?81.30
1.45 (2m 4f) 1 Mount Hanover (D
Robinson, 100-30); 2 Riverdene (16-1); 3
Cherokee Bill (16-1). 16 ran. NR: Caliption,
Jack Lee, Western Ruler. 1緇, 3絣. H de
Bromhead. Tote: ?4.90; ?1.50, ?3.80,
?3.40. Exacta: ?57.50. CSF: ?51.65.
Trifecta: ?305.20
2.20 (2m) 1 Golden Jewel (C D Timmons,
20-1); 2 Ale Ambrosio (9-1); 3 Crack On
Corrie (7-1). Also ran: Brosna George 3-1
fav. 12 ran. 1絣, 4絣. E Cawley. Tote:
?34.00; ?7.30, ?2.70, ?2.50. Exacta:
?379.50. CSF: ?187.36. Tricast: ?1,413.11.
Trifecta: ?2,107.50
2.55 (2m 7f) 1 Dromore Lad (D J Hand,
13-8 fav); 2 Allez Kal (12-1); 3 Seskinane
(10-1). 9 ran. 6l, 22l. D A McLoughlin. Tote:
?2.30; ?1.02, ?4.60, ?2.90. Exacta:
?26.20. CSF: ?22.14. Tricast: ?154.46.
Trifecta: ?171.70
3.30 (2m) 1 Colreevy (Mr P W Mullins,
4-11 fav); 2 Owenacurra Lass (33-1); 3
Condarcia (14-1). 12 ran. NR: Never Lie
Down. 3�, 7絣. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.30;
?1.02, ?4.70, ?3.60. Exacta: ?14.60. CSF:
?31.34. Trifecta: ?101.80
This week
Today: Carlisle (abandoned);
Chelmsford City (A/W, 12.45pm);
Southwell (12.25pm); Navan (12.15pm);
Thurles (12.30pm)
Tomorrow: Ffos Las (12.50pm);
Musselburgh (12.10pm); Plumpton
(12.40pm); Wolverhampton (A/W, 1pm)
Tuesday: Catterick Bridge (12.20pm);
Fakenham (12.40pm); Southwell (A/W,
12.30pm)
Wednesday: Kempton Park (A/W,
4.10pm); Lingfield Park (A/W, 12.10pm);
Ludlow (12.20pm); Newbury (12.30pm)
Thursday: Chelmsford City (A/W,
5.45pm); Exeter (12.35pm); Southwell
(A/W, 12.15pm); Towcester (12.25pm);
Dundalk (5pm)
Friday: Ascot (12.40pm); Southwell
(A/W, 11.50am); Uttoxeter (noon);
Wolverhampton (A/W, 5.45pm);
Dundalk (5pm)
Saturday: Ascot (12.40pm); Haydock
Park (11.50am); Lingfield Park (A/W,
noon); Newcastle (11.45am)
Flat meetings in bold
16
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
JOHN WALTON
Chris Froome told me in 2013 that I would never
have any reason to doubt him. He was wrong
about that and his reputation is now on the line
O
JOSE JORDAN
n Wednesday morning the
news broke that Chris
Froome had an adverse
analytical finding (AAF)
from the 18th stage of the
Vuelta a Espa馻 more than
three months ago. Four days
on I am still not certain
where the truth lies here.
Does this drug test, which
shows he had twice the permitted level
of the asthma medication Salbutamol,
mean he cheated? Or can you believe
Froome?s insistence that he has done
nothing wrong and that the ongoing
investigation will exonerate him?
I had long believed Froome rode
clean. This test is not proof of
wrongdoing but it leaves him with a
question that will take some answering.
It needs to be said that Salbutamol is
primarily a performance-enabling drug
that allows asthmatics to keep their
airways open. Multiple studies suggest
that it is of little or no benefit to nonasthmatics while anti-doping authorities
believe that above a certain level,
Salbutamol can be performanceenhancing.
This is why there is a threshold level
and Froome exceeded that by 100%. He
has to explain how that amount of
Salbutamol got into his body. If the
authorities are not satisfied, he will be
banned and stripped of his Vuelta a
Espa馻 title. The greater punishment
will be to his reputation. If this finding is
confirmed, he will be seriously
damaged. Four Tour de France victories
diminished by one asterisk.
The bad news for Froome at least
explained one thing. I had called him in
late October, nothing more than to catch
up. He did not pick up. I left a message,
asking him to call if he had a chance. It
was unlike him not to return the call or
send a message saying why he couldn?t. I
did not think that much of it.
When it was announced last month
that he would attempt the Giro d?Italia/
Tour de France double, I called again.
My view was that he would be insane to
do the Giro before the Tour. His body
needs far more consideration than he or
his team gives it. Again, he didn?t pick
up. I left another message on his
voicemail. Still nothing.
I wondered if I had done something
wrong.
After the news broke, I sent a text. We
spoke on Wednesday evening. He
apologised for not returning my
October/November calls, saying that he
did not want to lie to me about the
Vuelta test. For almost three months he
had been concealing this from pretty
much everyone he encountered.
?How are things, Chris??
?Fine, great. How are you??
On Wednesday evening he did most of
the talking, insisting he had done
nothing wrong and could recall precisely
how many puffs he had taken from his
inhaler on the day of the fateful test. He
said he had stayed within the World AntiDoping Agency?s stipulated limit and
that his Salbutamol reading should not
have been anywhere near the recorded
2,000ng/ml level. He pointed out how
stupid it would have been to take
excessive Salbutamol when he knew that
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Taylor ready to
turn off Power
for final time
DARTS
The 16-time world
champion hopes
to walk away with
his head held high
Nick Pitt
Uphill struggle:
the onus is on
Chris Froome to
prove his
innocence, but it
will not be easy
he would be tested that day. That point
made sense and it is a challenge for those
who presume he is guilty. But I
remembered Igor Gonzalez de Galeano
from the 2002 Tour de France. Gonzalez
de Galeano had been in the Yellow Jersey
for about a week when his sample
showed too high a level of Salbutamol.
He should have been punished but the
International Cycling Union found a way
of keeping a race leader with an adverse
analytical finding in the Yellow Jersey. At
the time I was incensed. So why should I
not be pleased that the UCI is now going
after Froome in another Salbutamol
case? The anti-doping rules are there,
they must be applied regardless of who it
is that provides the transgressing
sample. How else can clean athletes be
protected?
I spoke again with Froome on Friday
evening. This time for more than an
hour. It was a fraught, difficult
conversation. Over the previous two
days I had spoken to experts in antidoping and pharmacology. They
struggled to come up with any legitimate
explanation for Froome?s elevated
Salbutamol level. Really struggled.
One high-ranking anti-doping official
said the best thing would have been for
Froome to have admitted responsibility
last September, plead that he took too
much Salbutamol to treat his respiratory
problems and take a suspension of
between three and nine months.
Otherwise the choice was the route
previously travelled by Tyler Hamilton,
Floyd Landis and Alberto Contador.
They spent millions trying to establish
their innocence. They wasted their
money and lost their cases. I put it to
Froome that maybe he should have
accepted responsibility at the very
beginning.
The suggestion disgusted him. Why
should he admit to a crime he hadn?t
committed? He said he would never do
that. It was impossible for him to go into
detail about the case that he and his
team would present to the UCI but he
did say my view would be different if I
knew the minutiae of their case.
Scepticism is often nothing more than
refusing to believe what you cannot see.
One Salbutamol expert said it was
impossible for an athlete to exceed the
threshold while sticking to the rules in
relation to the permitted number of
puffs. Froome shot back that this was
precisely what had happened to him.
According to him he took fewer puffs
than the rules allowed and yet still he
scored twice the legal limit for
Salbutamol.
I wished him luck in trying to
establish his innocence, and I meant
that. For the onus is now on him and it is
not going to be easy.
I thought of the Saturday evening at
the hotel in the Haute-Savoie in 2013.
The following day he would ride into
Paris wearing the Maillot Jaune for the
first time. We met on the fire escape
stairs that night. I congratulated him on
the victory that would be confirmed the
following day and expressed faith in how
he had achieved his first Tour victory.
He said I would never have any reason
to doubt him. He was wrong about that.
The hardest thing about our
conversation on Friday evening was
telling him that I no longer trusted him
in the way that I once had.
Jose morphs from Mr Hard Guy to football?s Mr Softie
I read with growing
impatience the accounts of
the tunnel war at Old
Trafford last weekend. So
much ado about so little.
Good luck to the FA as they
try to find somebody to
sanction, or even somebody
that might tell of something
more than pushing and
shoving, jostling and
shouting, all played out with
Oasis providing the
background music.
If it weren?t for poor
Mikel Arteta and his four
butterfly stitches there
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wouldn?t have been a
scintilla of physical
evidence. And even then the
damage wasn?t done by a
manly punch but by the
sneaky throw of a water
bottle. Back in the day,
footballers might not have
had David Silva?s touch or
Kevin de Bruyne?s passing
but they could fight.
Jose Mourinho was
blamed for starting it all but
I don?t go along with that.
Mourinho?s weakness now is
softness. All he did was put
his head in the City dressing
So Jonny Bairstow reckons
England players must rebuild
trust. They should not have
dismantled it in the first
place. They have been
unprofessional both on and
off the field, with a lack of
discipline by players and
management, and they
should all be held
accountable.
Trevor Hobday, Clitheroe
Trevor Bayliss said ?boys will
be boys?.The average age of
the England cricket team is
about 28. These are not
?boys? but men in a
responsible position who
need to grow up.
Guy Cheeseman, via email
room and ask the lads to
tone it down. For all the
world like the lady in the
upstairs apartment asking
the students down below if
they would be ever so
kind and turn the music
down, just a notch.
Go back six years, to
that Champions League
semi-final first leg at the
Bernabeu, Jose?s
Real against
Pep?s
Barcelona.
Real?s dog
of war
Ben Duckett pouring a drink
over Jimmy Anderson?s head
in an Australian bar was little
more than a schoolboy
prank. In a normal club
situation, a senior player
would have a word and we all
move on. Can we return to
some cricket?
Gareth Tarr, Chertsey
Well done David Whitlock
(letters, last week) for
highlighting the crass
stupidity of the ECB. What he
might also have asked is how
on earth are we going to
produce another good spin
bowler when there is hardly
any championship cricket
played in the months when
Pepe got a red card,
Mourinho was sent to the
stand and afterwards his
assistant Rui Faria incensed
Barcelona?s celebrating
players when
shouting: ?Why
don?t you go change
in the referees?
changing room??
That caused a real
fight. None of the
pushing and
Mourinho:
going soft in
his old age
shoving that we didn?t get to
see at Old Trafford. But the
ultimate demonstration of
defiance came from
Mourinho, who knew that
the 2-0 defeat had virtually
ended his team?s chances of
making the final.
So, like King Lear on the
stormy Shakespearean
night, Jose began to rave: ?If
I tell the referee and Uefa
what I am thinking and what
I feel, my career ends today.
And I cannot say what I feel
but I leave a question that I
hope will one day have an
So Jose Mourinho had milk
thrown at him during the Old
Trafford fracas after the
game against Manchester
City. That should
complement the egg on his
face, and the sour grapes.
Adrian Kennedy, Belfast
it?s most likely to be
conducive to spin bowling ?
ie when it?s dry.
Stuart Berger, Sudbury
Players and staff fighting
after the Manchester derby;
Liverpool players being
restrained from attacking
the referee. It is time for a
rugby union approach, by
which I mean long bans and
very large fines being dished
out.
Philip Marsh, Hove
When will we stop being
forced to watch footballers
spitting? Someone must be
able to edit it and also
remove some of the
answer. Why? Why Ovrebo
[referee]? Why Busacca
[ditto]? Why De Bleeckere
[ditto]? Why Stark [that
evening?s referee]? Why in
every semi-final does the
same thing happen? . . . .
?I can live my whole life
with this question but I
hope one day to have an
answer. Why a team of this
size [Barcelona], a great
football team, needs
something that is so obvious
to everyone??
He?s just not the man he
used to be, Jose.
pitchside microphones to
minimise another bane of
broadcasts ? swearing.
Chris Clayton, via email
I was disappointed that
David Walsh made no
mention of the disgraceful
way Kenny Dalglish reacted
during the Luis SuarezPatrice Evra affair. As a black
football fan, that episode
blights Dalglish?s legacy for
me.
Kevin Gray, Leeds
The violent scenes involving
Phil Taylor?s farewell is
becoming awkward. Having
decided that this, his 29th
world championship, would
be his last, thereby launching
an avalanche of tributes and
emotion, he is in danger of
overstaying his welcome.
He might have lost in the
first round on Friday evening,
and that would have been a
sad, unworthy exit, for he
played poorly, but his
opponent, Chris Dobey, was
marginally worse.
Taylor?s second-round
match is on Saturday, and no
doubt the tributes will be rerun, but he will need to play
much better to avoid defeat.
It is possible, given his
capacity for resurgence, that
Taylor will be able to discover
his best form for one final
glorious hurrah, and win his
17th world title at the age of
57.
But it is more likely
Taylor?s exit will be sour, and
that he will reflect that he
should have walked away in
July, when he won the World
Matchplay event in
Blackpool, beating four of his
arch adversaries, Raymond
van Barneveld, Michael van
Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and
Peter Wright, on his way to
lifting the trophy.
?That?s it. I?m off.? He
could have said that with the
trophy in his hands. That
would have been a shocking,
marvellous final exclamation.
And each of those
opponents, including Van
Gerwen, the defending world
champion and world No 1,
would have breathed a sigh of
relief. Not one of them has a
winning head-to-head record
against Taylor; most of them
have suffered humiliation at
his hands.
Instead, we are left to
wonder whether each match,
and each walk-on, will be his
last. The walk-on, which has
become such an important
element of the annual
pageant at London?s
Alexandra Palace, has never
been more appropriate than
in Taylor?s case. His entrance
begins with the trumpets of
Copland?s Fanfare for the
Common Man and is followed
by The Power by Snap.
Taylor has been a
wonderful amalgam of the
unassuming and allconquering. As Barry Hearn,
his former manager and longterm admirer, once put it:
the players in the
Northampton-Ospreys
match were sickening but
there was no mention of it in
the media. Action should be
taken to get rid of these
brawls. It is no excuse to say
it is a man? s game when it
becomes a cloak for
thuggery.
W C Clarke, Newport
An increasing trend in
rugby union is the late,
sliding knee tackle. After a
player has scored, often
after a dive in at the corner,
you see a defender come
sliding over, knees first, to
make contact with the try
scorer. The action can never
?Phil is the most ordinary of
ordinary people. His
ordinariness is beautiful. For
his fans, real people, it is like
watching one of their mates.?
Last week, Hearn paid
tribute to Taylor?s role in
transforming darts from an
activity that was once mostly
confined to pubs and
working-men?s clubs to a
global, televised sport.
?He was the one who set
the standard,? Hearn said.
?He was the only one who
had the dedication, to make
the sacrifices to get better and
better. To be at the top for 30
years is an unmatched
achievement.
?But the standard in darts
now has become higher and
deeper. Taylor has hauled the
flag halfway up the mountain
and others will now take it up
and reach the peak. Phil
cannot cope physically now
with the really hard
tournaments, the life on the
circuit. He will be
remembered and he will be
honoured and replaced by a
new breed, by Van Gerwen
and a host of others.?
Nobody, surely, will ever
match Taylor?s record or his
pioneering influence. Many
years ago, Taylor worked on
his ghosted autobiography
with the late Sid Waddell, the
commentator whose gifts
were so different but just as
singular as his own.
Waddell asked Taylor to
describe his feelings on losing
the 2003 world
championship final to John
Part, ending his run of eight
consecutive titles. Taylor,
sitting in Waddell?s house,
appeared to be looking into
the middle distance, reliving
the tension of the final set and
the ultimate disappointment
of losing. Eventually, Taylor
spoke: ?Sid, who fitted your
French windows??
Taylor rose from his chair
and started fiddling with one
of the windows, called for a
screwdriver and fixed some
minor problem.
?There, sorted,? he said.
?Now, where were we??
?John Part. This year?s
final.?
?Ah yes,? said Taylor. ?I?ll
beat him next time.?
And he did. Again and
again, against all-comers. But
now The Power is about to be
switched off.
There were two surprise
results yesterday, when
Benito van de Pas and
Mervyn King both lost. World
No 14 Van de Pas was beaten
3-1 by Steve West, while Zoran
Lerchbacker defeated King,
the world No 22, coming from
2-0 down to win 3-2.
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affect the try as it is always
late and arms are never
involved.You rarely see this
punished, but penalties are
handed out for accidental
high tackles.
Neil Lever, Preston
The moral high ground
rugby has had over football
is the relationship between
player and referee. Is it me,
or is there more backchat
between players and
officials on the rugby pitch
now? Let?s clamp down hard
and quick; if we are not
careful, we will have diving
and dodgy haircuts in the
game next.
David Rowley, Marlow
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aft, Carroll,
Elito, Lewis (Dunk 74), O'Neil (Mingoia 46), Maris,
Jevani Brown, Azeez. Subs not used: Mitov, Osadebe.
Booked: Halliday
Newport Co: Day, Pipe (Willmott 57), White, O'Brien
(Bennett 46), Demetriou, Butler, Labadie, Dolan,
Tozer, Nouble, McCoulsky (Amond 85). Subs not
used: Reynolds, Owen-Evans, Rigg, Bittner. Booked:
White, Nouble, Labadie
Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire)
CARLISLE 1
PORT VALE 2
Bennett 80
Barnett 51, Pope 69
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,090
Carlisle: Bonham, Liddle, Hill, Parkes (Grainger 75),
Tom Miller, O'Sullivan (Shaun Miller 60), Joyce, Jones
(Devitt 60), Lambe, Hope, Bennett. Subs not used:
Cosgrove, Brown, Etuhu, Bacon
Port Vale: Boot, Smith, Anderson, Gunning, Pugh,
Tonge (Barnett 46), Kay, Worrall, Whitfield (Denton
71), Harness, Pope. Subs not used: Lainton, Forrester,
Reeves, Turner, Kelly
Referee: M Salisbury (Lancashire)
COVENTRY 2
CHELTENHAM 1
Bayliss 2
Eisa 34
McNulty 75
HT: 1-1 Att: 6,457
Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, McDonald (Davies
46), Stokes, Bayliss, Doyle, Vincenti (Nazon 70),
McNulty (Devon Kelly-Evans 86), Shipley, Biamou.
Subs not used: O'Brien, Beavon, Haynes, Stevenson.
Booked: Bayliss
Cheltenham: Flinders, Winchester, Grimes, Boyle,
O'Shaughnessy, Dawson, Pell, Storer, Morrell, Wright
(Atangana 76), Eisa. Subs not used: Bower, Lovett,
Page, Dawes. Booked: Pell, O'Shaughnessy, Storer
Referee: D Webb (County Durham)
4-1
Total
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC WIMBLEDON 0
1-2
0-0
2/1
1-1
0-0
1/1
OTHER FOOTBALL
CARDIFF 1
Gallagher 57
Robinson 17, 83
HT: 0-1 Att: 20,107
Birmingham: Stockdale, Colin, Morrison, Dean,
Grounds, Davis (Maghoma 75), Gardner, Kieftenbeld,
Jota (Jutkiewicz 87), Gallagher, Boga. Subs Not Used:
Nsue, Bramall, N'Doye, Trueman, Gleeson. Booked:
Gallagher
QPR: Smithies, Baptiste, Onuoha, Robinson, Wszolek,
Scowen, Luongo, Freeman (Hall 88), Bidwell,
Washington (Samuel 84), Smith (Sylla 75). Subs not
used: Cousins, Lumley, Chair, Wheeler. Booked:
Scowen, Smith
Referee: M Jones (Cheshire)
BURTON ALB 1
3/2
13 Brighton
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
BIRMINGHAM 1
31/3
West Brom
3-0
5 Burnley
HT: 0-2 Att: 31,081
Sent off: Ndidi (Leicester) 61
MAN CITY 4
TOTTENHAM 1
Gundogan 14
Eriksen 90+3
De Bruyne 70
Sterling 80, 90
HT: 1-0 Att: 54,214
STOKE 0
WEST HAM 3
Noble 19 (pen)
Arnautovic 75
Sakho 86
HT: 0-1 Att: 29,265
WATFORD 1
HUDDERSFIELD 4
Doucoure 68
Kachunga 6
Mooy 23, 89 (pen)
Depoitre 50
HT: 0-2 Att: 20,026
Sent off: Deeney (Watford) 33;
Hogg (Huddersfield) 61
13: Salah (Liverpool). 12: Kane
(Tottenham). 11: Sterling (Man City).
10: Aguero (Man City). 9: Morata (Chelsea);
Rooney (Everton); Lukaku (Man Utd)
Arsenal
Watford
+18 38
Tottenham
9 6 1 2 18 7
Swansea
9 6 1 2 14 7
Stoke
18 12 2 4 32 14
Southampton
3 Chelsea
TV Matches
Newcastle Utd
+26 38
Man Utd
+44 52
8 4 2 2 15 8
Man City
9 9 0 0 24 5
9 8 0 1 22 3
Liverpool
9 8 1 0 32 7
17 12 2 3 37 11
Leicester
18 17 1 0 56 12
2 Man Utd
Huddersfield
1 Man City
SOUTHAMPTON 0
Everton
BURNLEY 0
Crystal Palace
Away
Chelsea
P W D L F A GDPts
Burnley
Home
P W D L F A
Brighton
Total
P W D L F A
Arsenal
NEWCASTLE 0
Bournemouth
PREMIER LEAGUE
ARSENAL 1
Ozil 23
HT: 1-0 Att: 59,379
BRIGHTON 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 29,921
CHELSEA 1
Alonso 45+3
HT: 1-0 Att: 41,562
LEICESTER 0
Evo-Stik League Northern
Premier Division: Grantham 0 Buxton 1; Shaw Lane
1 Witton Alb 1
Evo-Stik League Southern
Premier Division: Banbury 1 Weymouth 2;
Dorchester 6 St Ives Tn 0; Dunstable 0 Basingstoke
6; Farnborough 5 Frome Tn 3; Hitchin 0 Kettering 0;
Kings Langley 2 Merthyr Tn 2; Redditch 2 St Neots
Tn 2; Stratford Tn 1 Biggleswade Tn 0
Bostik League
Premier Division: Brightlingsea Regent 2 Staines Tn
2; Burgess Hill Tn 0 Merstham 0; Enfield Tn 3
Dorking Wands 2; Harlow 3 Folkestone Invicta 2;
Harrow Borough 0 Leiston 5; Needham Market 1 Met
Police 1; Tonbridge Angels 1 Dulwich 1; Tooting &
Mitcham 4 Thurrock 1
ABERDEEN 4
Shinnie 11
Mackay-Steven 36, 45, 62
HT: 3-0 Att: 14,923
DUNDEE 3
Moussa 19 (pen), 65 (pen)
O?Hara 35
HT: 2-0 Att: 5,101
HAMILTON 3
Imrie 30 (pen)
Sarris 75
Lindsay (og) 89
HT: 1-0 Att: 1,272
Sent off: Gardyne (Ross Co) 86;
Skondras (Hamilton) 90+2
KILMARNOCK 1
S Boyd 42
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,179
RANGERS 1
Morelos 5
HT: 1-1 Att: 47,923
CREWE 3
CRAWLEY TN 0
Ainley 40
Dagnall 45, 90+4
HT: 2-0 Att: 3,155
Sent off: Smith 61, Roberts 85 (both Crawley Tn)
Crewe: Garratt, Ng, Raynes, Nolan, Bakayogo, Ainley
(Walker 86), Lowery, Pickering (Grant 83), Cooper,
Bowery, Dagnall. Subs not used: Porter, Richards,
Kirk, Reilly, Stubbs. Booked: Raynes, Pickering
Crawley Tn: Morris, Young, Connolly, Yorwerth, Evina
(Sanoh 65), Smith, Payne, Randall, Boldewijn (Meite
46), Roberts, Verheijdt. Subs not used: Doherty,
Mersin, Bulman, Lelan, Lewis. Booked: Yorwerth,
Morris, Evina, Roberts, Meite
Referee: B Toner (Lancashire)
EXETER 2
STEVENAGE 1
James 53
Godden 80
Sweeney 71
HT: 0-0 Att: 3,448
Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Archibald-Henville, MooreTaylor, Woodman, Taylor (Jay 90), James, Boateng,
Harley (Edwards 90), McAlinden (Holmes 78),
Stockley. Subs not used: Hamon, Seaborne, Wilson,
Reid. Booked: McAlinden, Stockley, ArchibaldHenville
Stevenage: Fryer, Henry, Wilkinson, King, Martin,
Whelpdale (Kennedy 67), McKee, Jonathan Smith
(Beautyman 67), Pett, Godden, Samuel (Newton 56).
Subs not used: Day, Gorman, Conlon, Vancooten.
Booked: Martin
Referee: T Kettle (Rutland)
FOREST GREEN 0
LUTON 2
Sheehan 45+1
Hylton 68
HT: 0-1 Att: 2,546
Sent off: Stacey (Luton) 60
Forest Green: Bradley Collins, Laird, Lee Collins,
Fitzwater, Marsh-Brown (James 83), Simpson, Charlie
Cooper, Stevens (Correia Gomes 71), Wishart, Brown
(Traore 58), Doidge. Subs not used: Bugiel, Roberts,
Pickering, Hendy. Booked: Laird, Doidge
Luton: Stech, Stacey, Mullins, Sheehan, Potts, Rea,
Berry, Olly Lee (Cornick 63), Shinnie (Collins 85), Elliot
Lee (Justin 63), Hylton. Subs not used: Ruddock,
Gambin, D'Ath, Shea. Booked: Potts, Mullins
Referee: L Swabey (Devon)
LINCOLN C 2
ACCRINGTON 0
Green 45+1 (pen)
Rhead 56
HT: 1-0 Att: 7,696
Sent off: Rawson (Accrington) 45+1
Lincoln C: Vickers, Eardley, Waterfall, Raggett,
Habergham, Anderson, Woodyard, Bostwick,
Stewart (Arnold 66), Rhead (Whitehouse 75), Green
(Palmer 76). Subs not used: Farman, Long, Ginnelly,
Dickie. Booked: Rhead
Accrington: Chapman, Donacien, Rawson, Hughes,
Thorniley (Richards-Everton 63), Clark, Brown,
Conneely, McConville (Wilks 63), Jackson, Kee. Subs
not used: Nolan, Sykes, Stryjek, Ogle, Johnson.
Booked: Brown
Referee: S Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear)
MANSFIELD 0
YEOVIL 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 3,032
Mansfield: Logan, White, Bennett (Hamilton 66),
Pearce, Diamond, Benning, MacDonald, Mellis
(Butcher 81), Atkinson, Rose, Angol (Anderson 60).
Subs not used: Digby, Olejnik, Spencer, Potter.
Booked: Bennett, Pearce, Benning
Yeovil: Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith,
Dickson, Gray (Green 84), Bailey, Worthington, Khan,
Zoko, Surridge (Olomola 69). Subs not used: Mugabi,
Davies, Maddison, Nelson, Santos. Booked: Surridge
Referee: M Coy (County Durham)
NOTTS CO 0
GRIMSBY 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 8,016
Notts Co: Fitzsimons, Tootle, Duffy, Brisley,
Dickinson, Hawkridge (Alessandra 80), Yates, Hewitt,
Grant, Stead (Forte 80), Ameobi. Subs not used:
Pindroch, Smith, Hunt, Jones, Milsom. Booked: Yates
Grimsby: McKeown, Ben Davies, Collins, Clarke, Mills,
Dembele (Hooper 90), Mitchell Rose, Summerfield,
Jaiyesimi (Woolford 79), Matt (Vernon 72), Jones.
Subs not used: Dixon, Berrett, Osborne, Killip.
Booked: Jones, McKeown
Referee: C Hicks (Surrey)
WYCOMBE 1
CHESTERFIELD 0
O?Nien 54
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,522
Wycombe: Brown, Jombati, Stewart, El-Abd,
Jacobson, Saunders, O'Nien, Eze (Bloomfield 85),
Mackail-Smith (Southwell 90), Akinfenwa, Tyson
(Cowan-Hall 73). Subs not used: Gape, Freeman,
Scarr, Makabu-Makalamby. Booked: Akinfenwa,
Brown, Southwell
Chesterfield: Dawson, Wiseman, Hird, Evatt, BinnomWilliams, Weir (Dimaio 85), McCourt, Rowley, Kellett
(O'Grady 70), Reed, Dennis (German 81). Subs not
used: Mitchell, De Girolamo, Brownell, Parkin.
Booked: McCourt, Dennis
Referee: N Kinseley (Essex)
Played Friday
SWINDON 2
Woolery 36
Gordon 76
HT: 1-1 Att: 6,020
COLCHESTER 3
Kent 45+1
Mandron 63
Szmodics 78
HIBERNIAN 1
Stokes 89
PARTICK 0
ROSS CO 2
Curran 73 (pen)
Van der Weg 84
W
12
12
11
8
6
7
7
5
5
5
4
3
D
5
3
3
6
6
3
2
7
5
3
4
5
L
0
4
5
5
6
8
9
7
9
11
11
10
F
41
32
38
28
17
20
24
22
27
20
19
16
A
11
21
23
25
19
27
26
26
32
29
31
34
GD Pts
30 41
11 39
15 36
3 30
-2 24
-7 24
-2 23
-4 22
-5 20
-9 18
-12 16
-18 14
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Inverness CT 1 Dumbarton 0; St Mirren 1
Dunfermline Ath 0. Leading standings: 1 St Mirren
17-35; 2 Dundee Utd 16-33; 3 Queen of South 16-26;
4 Livingston 14-25; 5 Dunfermline Ath 17-23
League One
East Fife 1 Ayr 4; Queen?s Park 1 Airdrieonians 1;
Stranraer 3 Forfar 0. Leading standings: 1 Ayr 17-41;
2 Raith 15-33; 3 Stranraer 15-24; 4 Alloa 16-24; 5
Arbroath 15-23
League Two
Annan Ath 1 Stirling Alb 1; Edinburgh C 1
Stenhousemuir 2; Montrose 3 Elgin 0. Leading
standings: 1 Montrose 16-34; 2 Peterhead 14-28; 3
Stirling Alb 15-27; 4 Stenhousemuir 15-25; 5 Annan
Ath 17-24
Press & Journal Highland League
Buckie Thistle 4 Keith 1; Clachnacuddin 1 Formartine
3; Deveronvale 2 Rothes 2; Lossiemouth 2 Nairn Co 3
Ferrari Packaging Lowland League
East Stirling 1 East Kilbride 1
JD Welsh Premier League
Aberystwyth 7 Prestatyn Tn 1; Cardiff Met Univ 1 Bala
Tn 2; Cefn Druids 0 Bangor C 2
Danske Bank Premiership
Ballinamallard Utd 0 Coleraine 2; Ballymena 3
Carrick 1; Cliftonville 1 Glentoran 0; Dungannon
Swifts 0 Ards 0; Glenavon 3 Crusaders 4; Linfield 3
Warrenpoint Tn 3
Spain
Athletic Bilbao 0 Real Sociedad 0; Atletico Madrid 1
Alaves 0; Eibar 2 Valencia 1. Played Friday: Sevilla 0
Levante 0. Today: Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruna
(7.45pm); Celta Vigo v Villarreal (3.15pm); Girona v
Getafe (11am); Las Palmas v Espanyol (5.30pm).
Tomorrow: Malaga v Real Betis (8pm)
Italy
Inter Milan 1 Udinese 3; Roma 1 Cagliari 0; Torino 1
Napoli 3. Today (2pm unless stated): Atalanta v
Lazio (7.45pm); Benevento v SPAL (5pm); Bologna v
Juventus; Crotone v Chievo; Fiorentina v Genoa;
Sampdoria v Sassuolo; Verona v AC Milan (11.30am)
Germany
Augsburg 3 Freiburg 3; Borussia Dortmund 2
Hoffenheim 1; Cologne 1 Wolfsburg 0; Eintracht
Frankfurt 2 Schalke 2; Stuttgart 0 Bayern Munich 1;
Werder Bremen 2 Mainz 2. Played Friday: Borussia
M?gladbach 3 Hamburg 1. Today: Hanover v Bayer
Leverkusen (2.30pm); Leipzig v Hertha Berlin (5pm)
France
Caen 0 Guingamp 0; Dijon 3 Lille 0; Montpellier 1
Metz 3; Rennes 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4; Strasbourg
2 Toulouse 1; Troyes 1 Amiens 0. Played Friday: St
Etienne 0 Monaco 4. Today: Lyon v Marseille
(8pm); Nantes v Angers (2pm); Nice v Bordeaux
(4pm)
Holland
Heerenveen 1 NAC Breda 0; PSV Eindhoven 3 ADO
Den Haag 0; Roda JC Kerkrade 0 VVV-Venlo 1;
Twente 1 Vitesse Arnhem 1; Willem II Tilburg 2 PEC
Zwolle 3. Today: AZ Alkmaar v Ajax (1.30pm);
Excelsior v Heracles Almelo (3.45pm); Sparta
Rotterdam v Feyenoord (11.30am); Utrecht v
Groningen (1.30pm)
Austria
Admira Moedling 3 Altach 1; Mattersburg 5
Wolfsberger 1; SKN St Poelten 0 Rapid Vienna 5;
Salzburg 0 LASK 0
Belgium
First Division A: Eupen 0 St Truiden 0; Kortrijk 2
Mechelen 0; Lokeren 1 Waasland-Beveren 1;
Standard Liege 0 Gent 0
Greece
AEK Athens 0 Apollon Smirnis 0; AOK Kerkyra 1
Atromitos 3; Platanias 0 PAOK Thessaloniki 1
Legia Warsaw 0 Wisla Plock 2; Pogon Szczecin 1 Arka
Gdynia 0; Sandecja Nowy Sacz 2 Lechia Gdansk 2
Portugal
ST JOHNSTONE 3
Alston 10
Johnstone 61
Cummins 71
Estoril Praia 3 Desportivo Aves 2; Sporting Braga 4
Belenenses 0
Switzerland
St Gallen 3 Sion 2; Thun 0 Lugano 2
FIXTURES
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Luton
22 13 6 3 51 19
11 8 1 2 35 11
11 5 5 1 16 8
+32 45
2 Notts Co
22 12 7 3 36 21
11 8 3 0 22 7
11 4 4 3 14 14
+15 43
3 Exeter
22 12 3 7 31 26
11 8 0 3 17 10
11 4 3 4 14 16
+5 39
4 Wycombe
22 10 7 5 39 29
11 6 3 2 24 16
11 4 4 3 15 13
+10 37
5 Accrington
21 11 4 6 32 24
10 6 2 2 17 9
11 5 2 4 15 15
+8 37
6 Lincoln C
22 10 6 6 28 19
11 5 4 2 15 8
11 5 2 4 13 11
+9 36
7 Coventry
22 10 5 7 23 15
11 6 2 3 12 5
11 4 3 4 11 10
+8 35
8 Colchester
22 10 5 7 32 26
11 6 3 2 20 9
11 4 2 5 12 17
+6 35
9 Newport Co
22 9 7 6 32 26
10 4 4 2 15 10
12 5 3 4 17 16
+6 34
Tomorrow
10 Mansfield
22 8 9 5 30 25
11 5 5 1 18 11
11 3 4 4 12 14
+5 33
Premier League: Everton v Swansea (8pm)
11 Grimsby
22 9 6 7 25 26
11 4 4 3 11 11
11 5 2 4 14 15
-1 33
Tuesday
12 Swindon
21 10 2 9 32 28
11 3 2 6 13 19
10 7 0 3 19 9
+4 32
FA Cup: Second round replay: Carlisle v Gillingham
Carabao League Cup: Quarter-finals: Arsenal v
West Ham; Leicester v Man City
Today
Premier League: Bournemouth v Liverpool
(4.30pm); West Brom v Man Utd (2.15pm)
Sky Bet League One: Fleetwood Tn v Peterborough
(3pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Hearts v Celtic
(12.30pm)
Vanarama National League North: Darlington v
Salford C (1pm)
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
13 Cambridge Utd 22 8 5 9 18 27
11 6 2 3 14 10
11 2 3 6 4 17
-9 29
14 Carlisle
22 7 7 8 32 32
11 2 5 4 16 14
11 5 2 4 16 18
0
15 Cheltenham
22 7 6 9 29 31
11 6 2 3 18 12
11 1 4 6 11 19
-2 27
16 Stevenage
22 7 6 9 27 33
11 4 5 2 18 14
11 3 1 7 9 19
-6 27
17 Crawley Tn
22 6 6 10 19 26
11 3 2 6 10 12
11 3 4 4 9 14
-7 24
Wednesday
18 Port Vale
22 7 3 12 23 32
11 3 1 7 11 18
11 4 2 5 12 14
-9 24
19 Crewe
22 7 2 13 24 35
12 5 2 5 17 18
10 2 0 8 7 17
-11 23
Carabao One Cup: Quarter-finals: Bristol C v
Man Utd (8pm); Chelsea v Bournemouth
20 Morecambe
22 5 7 10 18 27
11 4 2 5 9 11
11 1 5 5 9 16
-9 22
21 Yeovil
22 5 6 11 27 40
11 4 4 3 15 11
11 1 2 8 12 29
-13 21
22 Barnet
22 5 5 12 24 32
11 3 3 5 10 12
11 2 2 7 14 20
-8 20
23 Chesterfield
22 5 5 12 25 39
11 4 2 5 14 17
11 1 3 7 11 22
-14 20
24 Forest Green
22 5 5 12 23 42
11 3 2 6 13 21
11 2 3 6 10 21
-19 20
Leading goalscorers: 13: Hylton (Luton). 11: Dennis (Chesterfield); Doidge (Forest Green);
Grant (Notts Co). 10: Akinfenwa (Wycombe); Kee (Accrington). 9: Pope (Port Vale); Rose
(Mansfield); Szmodics (Colchester). 8: Collins (Luton); Coulthirst (Barnet); Eisa (Cheltenham);
Norris (Swindon). 7: Ikpeazu (Cambridge Utd); Jackson (Accrington); Mandron (Colchester);
Newton (Stevenage); Olomola (Yeovil); Reid (Exeter); Zoko (Yeovil). 6: Amond (Newport Co);
Dagnall (Crewe); Godden (Stevenage); Jones (Grimsby); Lambe (Carlisle Utd); McCoulsky
(Newport Co); Nazon (Coventry); Nouble (Newport Co); Porter (Crewe); Roberts (Crawley Tn);
Stockley (Exeter)
P
17
19
19
19
18
18
18
19
19
19
19
18
Poland
MOTHERWELL 0
P W D L F A
28
Celtic
Aberdeen
Rangers
Hibernian
Hearts
St Johnstone
Motherwell
Kilmarnock
Hamilton
Dundee
Ross Co
Partick
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Livingston v
Falkirk. League One: Stranraer v Albion Rov.
League Two: Cowdenbeath v Stenhousemuir
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Celtic v Partick
Friday
Premier League: Arsenal v Liverpool
Sky Bet Championship: Norwich v Brentford.
League One: Fleetwood Tn v Gillingham (7pm).
League Two: Coventry v Wycombe
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Saturday
Premier League: Brighton v Watford; Burnley v
Tottenham (5.30pm); Everton v Chelsea (12.30pm);
Leicester v Man Utd; Man City v Bournemouth;
Southampton v Huddersfield; Stoke v West Brom;
Swansea v C Palace; West Ham v Newcastle
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v Sheff Utd
(5.30pm); Bolton v Cardiff; Derby v Millwall;
Fulham v Barnsley; Leeds Utd v Hull; Preston v
Nottm Forest; QPR v Bristol C; Reading v Burton Alb;
Sheff Wed v Middlesbrough; Sunderland v
Birmingham; Wolves Wands v Ipswich. League One:
AFC Wimbledon v Bradford C; Bristol Rov v
Doncaster; Charlton v Blackpool; Northampton v
Blackburn (2pm); Oxford Utd v Wigan;
Peterborough v Bury; Plymouth v Oldham; Rochdale
v Walsall; Rotherham v MK Dons; Scunthorpe v
Southend; Shrewsbury v Portsmouth. League Two:
Accrington v Crawley Tn; Barnet v Cheltenham;
Colchester v Port Vale; Crewe v Swindon; Forest
Green v Carlisle; Luton v Grimsby; Mansfield v
Morecambe; Newport Co v Lincoln C; Notts Co v
Cambridge Utd; Stevenage v Chesterfield; Yeovil v
Exeter
Vanarama National League: AFC Fylde v Ebbsfleet
Utd; Bromley v Macclesfield; Dagenham &
Redbridge v Eastleigh; Halifax Tn v Chester;
Guiseley v Aldershot; Hartlepool v Maidenhead Utd;
Maidstone Utd v Leyton Orient; Solihull Moors v
Boreham Wood; Sutton Utd v Tranmere; Woking v
Barrow; Wrexham v Dover Ath. North: Alfreton Tn v
Boston Utd; Brackley Tn v AFC Telford Utd; Curzon
Ashton v Stockport; Gainsborough Trinity v
Darlington; Harrogate Tn v North Ferriby Utd;
Kidderminster v Nuneaton Tn; Salford C v Chorley;
Southport v Bradford PA; Spennymoor Tn v FC
United of Manchester; Tamworth v Leamington;
York v Blyth Spartans. South: Bognor Regis Tn v
Poole Tn; Chelmsford C v Welling Utd;
Chippenham Tn v Bath C; Dartford v Braintree Tn;
East Thurrock Utd v Whitehawk; Eastbourne Boro v
Havant & Waterlooville; Hemel Hempstead Tn v
Concord Rangers; Oxford C v Hampton & Richmond;
Truro C v Gloucester C; Wealdstone v St Albans C;
Weston-s-Mare v Hungerford Tn
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Celtic v
Aberdeen; Hibernian v Ross Co; Kilmarnock v
Rangers (12.30pm); Motherwell v Dundee; Partick v
Hamilton; St Johnstone v Hearts
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Dumbarton v
Falkirk; Dundee Utd v Livingston; Dunfermline Ath v
Brechin; Morton v Inverness CT; Queen of South v
St Mirren. League One: Airdrieonians v Ayr; Albion
Rov v East Fife; Alloa v Stranraer; Arbroath v Raith
Rov; Forfar v Queen's Park. League Two: Annan Ath
v Edinburgh C; Clyde v Berwick; Peterhead v
Cowdenbeath; Stenhousemuir v Elgin; Stirling v
Montrose
15
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
SPORT RACING
Skelton
proves
success
runs in
the
family
Jockey hits century of
winners in double-quick
time ? and sets his sights
on becoming champion
ground running at that sort of speed.
Nicholls? first century of winners came in
his eighth season as a trainer; Skelton
took three.
At the heart of the success lies a trust
that stretches back deep into childhood
and an unbreakable clarity of purpose
and personnel. When Dan left Nicholls
after nine years to set up on his own, the
name of his stable jockey was never in
doubt. ?There was never a conversation
of, ?I think I?m going to use you?,? says
Harry Skelton. ?I was going to ride them,
simple as that. It?s a family-run operation
and Dad wouldn?t let it be any other way.?
It was a bold call. Harry Skelton, who
also served his apprenticeship with Nicholls, was not exactly pulling up trees as a
jump jockey. From a handful of rides a
week, he now has four or five a day and
the pressure on his shoulders is no less
weighty because he is among his own
flesh and blood. Skelton lives a mile away
from the main stables, rides out every
morning and has an emotional attachment to the cause that goes way beyond
mere race-riding.
Andrew Longmore
Given that not very long ago he was scurrying round the country in search of
rides, any rides, Harry Skelton must look
at the jump jockeys? table with a mixture
of wonder and pride. He is in second
place in the championship and the fact
that he can talk about launching a tilt at
the title one day ? probably when the
reigning champion, Richard Johnson,
retires ? highlights how far the 29-yearold has come in a short space of time. Last
Monday, a double at Fontwell brought up
his fastest century of winners ? and at a
handsome 26% strike rate ? every one of
them trained by his older brother. Yesterday?s Cheltenham success on
Gino Trail was the first for an outside stable this season.
Though recently overtaken in
terms of prize money by his
mentor, Paul Nicholls, and
Nigel Twiston-Davies, nobody
has come close to matching
Dan Skelton?s volume of winners this season: 117 and counting. Since he opened his yard
just off the M40 in Warwickshire
nearly five years ago with the
considerable guidance of father
Nick, Olympic showjumping
champion and elemental force,
Skelton has racked up more than
430 winners. No trainer in the
history of the turf has hit the
Jumping for joy: Harry
Skelton is making up
for lost time by riding
a host of winners
IN TODAY?S SUNDAY TIMES
JEREMY
CLARKSON
Why he?s gone
galloping mad
for horse racing
NEWS, PAGE 31
Chelmsford City (A/W)
Going: POLYTRACK: Standard
MAIDEN FILLIES? STAKES
�235: 1M (5)
1 052203 Line Of Beauty 34 S Crisford3-9-0......R Havlin
2 64 Lunar Mist 24 E Dunlop3-9-0 ............. F Norton
3 032362 Narjes 11 (H) Mrs L Mongan3-9-0......Fran Berry
4 303504 Ronni Layne 22 (B) Miss L Allan3-9-0 .S W Kelly
5 00323 Wicker 10 Jane Chapple-Hyam3-9-0.S Donohoe
Betting: EvensWicker, 9-4 Narjes, 5-1 Line Of Beauty,
10-1 Lunar Mist, 25-1 Ronni Layne
12.45
1.15
FILLIES? NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10 RACE)
�235: 1M (6)
1 3
Barbara Villiers 8 M Johnston9-0.......F Norton
2
Braganza E Dunlop9-0.......................L Morris
34
Calypso Blue 18 (P,BF) C Appleby9-0..M Harley
4 5020 Come With Me 18 (T) J Gosden9-0 .... N Mackay
5
Ejtyah D Simcock9-0.....................J P Spencer
6 3623 Heather Lark 39 J Gosden9-0.............R Havlin
Betting: 2-1 Heather Lark, 9-4 Calypso Blue, 4-1 Barbara
Villiers, 7-1 Come With Me, 12-1 Braganza, Ejtyah
1.50
HANDICAP
�588: 1M 2F (10)
Huddersfilly Town 10 (P,CD)
1 056614
I Furtado3-9-10 .................................. L Morris
2 003500 London Grammar 4 (S) R J Smith3-9-5 ...R Tate
3 340060 Saga Sprint 13 (V,D,F) J Jenkins4-9-4T J Murphy
Outlaw Torn 2 (E,D,F,G)
4 000046
B Sanderson (7)
Richard Guest8-9-4
5 420560 Haldaw 4 M Channon3-9-3....Paddy Bradley (5)
Master Of Heaven 18 (P,CD,G)
6 353300
J Boyle4-9-1................................C Bennett (3)
7 04404/ Norwegian Reward 852 (D,G) Miss L Allan9-9-1NR
8 00/00- Summerling 522 Rae Guest6-9-1 S Donohoe
Reason To Believe 32
9 004000
D Bridgwater3-8-13.................P Bridgwater (7)
10050000 Our Kim 16 J Butler3-8-13................T Clark (3)
Betting: 13-8 Huddersfilly Town, 9-2 Master Of Heaven,
7-1 Haldaw, London Grammar, 9-1 Reason To Believe, 10-1
others
2.25
HANDICAP
�235: 7F (7)
1 5-33 Ebtkaar 174 (BF) M Appleby3-9-9.........R Havlin
Amazing Grazing 96 (E,D)
2 3501
Richard Guest3-9-7..................B Sanderson (7)
3 046606 Madrinho 22 (F) J Butler4-9-5..............L Keniry
Tellovoi 9 (V,C,D,F,G)
4 005266
Richard Guest9-9-3.......................J Osborn (7)
Broughtons Knight 10 (P,BF,F,S)
5 543514
J Boyle3-9-1.....................................J Mitchell
6 604256 Tulip Dress 80 (D,BF,F) A Carson4-8-13 L Morris
Tasaaboq 3 (H,T,P,BF)
7 264663
Nicola Currie (7)
P McEntee6-8-7
Betting: 3-1 Amazing Grazing, 100-30 Ebtkaar, 4-1
Broughtons Knight, 11-2 Tulip Dress, 13-2 Tellovoi, 8-1
Madrinho, 9-1 Tasaaboq
2.55
HANDICAP
�235: 6F (9)
1 605415 Fredricka 24 (V,CD,F,S) I Furtado6-9-9..R Souza
Excellent
George 113 (T,D,G)
2 202450 S C Williams5-9-7...........................A
Jones (3)
Heights 2 (CD,F)
3 641215 Bahamian
R Cowell6-9-7 ................................ J Fisher (7)
Courier 80 (D,F,G,S)
M Appleby5-9-5............................K Lundie (5)
5 240000 Gold Flash 10 (D) R Ford5-9-2.............K O?Neill
6 202025 Arnarson 18 (B) E Dunlop3-9-2............L Morris
Stripes 9 (B,CD)
7 015533 Red
Mrs L Williamson5-8-7...................G Malune (7)
30 (V,CD)
8 105303 Firesnake
Mrs L Williamson4-8-7....................Hollie Doyle
8 (H,D)
9 000-00 Seraphima
Mrs L Williamson7-8-7.........................R Powell
4 645350
Betting: 5-2 Bahamian Heights, 3-1 Red Stripes, 7-2
Arnarson, 13-2 Excellent George, 8-1 Fredricka, 10-1
Courier, 12-1 others
TOTEWIN AT BETFRED.COM HANDICAP
3.25 BET
�175: 1M (6)
1 624033 Lagenda 4 (P,BF,F) K Stubbs4-9-7........S A Gray
Glenn Coco 10 (CD)
2 334121
S C Williams3-9-6...........................A Jones (3)
3 5130 Anif 37J (T,D,S) J Auvray3-9-6.........Hollie Doyle
4 320441 The Eagle?s Nest 58 Rae Guest3-9-2...M Harley
Colourful Career 18 (P,BF)
5 4335
E Dunlop3-9-2....................................R Havlin
Titan
Goddess 9 (CD,F,S)
6 321301 Mike Murphy5-8-13............................S
W Kelly
Betting: 2-1 Glenn Coco, 7-2 The Eagle?s Nest, 9-2
Colourful Career, Lagenda, 11-2 Titan Goddess, 12-1 Anif
4.00 HANDICAP
�941: 1M (10)
Lightning 4 (B,D,F,G,S)
1 U16051 Secret
M Appleby5-10-0 ..........................K Lundie (5)
How?s
Lucy
9
2 -02563 Jane Chapple-Hyam3-9-8
............. P Bradley (5)
Diamond 12 (D,G,S)
3 200033 Ixelles
L Carter6-9-8 ............................. C Bennett (3)
Meadow 9 (CD)
4 504362 Dukes
R Ingram6-9-7.......................Rhiain Ingram (5)
Ring 4 (T,C,D)
5 000415 Cookie
K Stubbs6-9-5.................Faye McManoman (7)
Girl 9 (T,F,S)
6 300560 Dynamic
B Powell4-9-4.........................Nicola Currie (7)
7 000/0- Sammy?s Choice 690 J Jenkins5-9-3T J Murphy
The Clouds 24 (F,G,S)
8 502200 Touch
W Stone6-9-2
Hollie Doyle
9 65-000 Annabella 11 T McCarthy4-9-2................R Tate
106606U0 Fivos 4 (P) D Bridgwater3-9-1...P Bridgwater (7)
Betting: 3-1 How?s Lucy, 7-2 Dukes Meadow, 4-1 Secret
Lightning, 9-2 Ixelles Diamond, 8-1 Cookie Ring, 10-1
Dynamic Girl, 16-1 others
Southwell
Going: Good to soft
ANN HANDICAP CHASE
�249: 3M 1F 129Y (11)
12.25 MILLIE
Creek 12 (P,C,G,S)
1 P-63F1 Corner
M Scudamore7-11-12...........................R Dunne
Redmond 339 (T,BF,S)
2 /04P3J Barber7-11-8...............................N Scholfield
3 -10P1P Silent Man 20 (T,G) T Weston7-11-2......S Bowen
Domination 26 (P,C,S)
4 6211/6 Global
Mrs C Bailey9-11-2 ............................ H Skelton
Maverick 25 (D,S)
5 65-431 Goosen
J G Cann6-11-0..................................T O?Brien
The
Jugopolist
26 (B,S)
6 256-6P J Cornwall10-10-12...........................L
Edwards
Jump And Jump 17 (T)
7 -P0653
J Farrelly7-10-5..................................B Powell
8 U1-4P3 Mazurati 15 (G,S) B Case8-10-4 .. M Kendrick (7)
De Guye 17 (T,P,S)
9 0P-060 Albatros
Miss A Newton-Smith7-10-0..............P Brennan
Seventyfive 12 (P,C,G,S)
10P35543 French
Gillian Boanas10-10-0.........................J J Burke
11 3550P/ Dougalstar 731 (P) J Candlish8-10-0..D Noonan
Betting: 5-2 Goosen Maverick, 7-2 Corner Creek, 5-1
Global Domination, 8-1 Mazurati, 10-1 Redmond, Silent
Man, 12-1 others
HANDICAP CHASE
�899: 2M 4F 62Y (11)
1 404-52 Farm The Rock 49 (T,S) K Price6-11-13 .. B Poste
Big Bang De Loire 27
2 2242/4
G Smyly6-11-13 ...........................D Maxwell (7)
Weyburn 44 (T,C,D,G)
3 /U03-6
M Keighley6-11-12 .............................. A Tinkler
Barton Rose 32 (C,D,G,S)
4 P-2130
C Longsdon8-11-11....................Paul O?Brien (5)
5 435-02 Shanty Town 37 (P) D Dennis8-11-11 .G Sheehan
Rocknrollrambo 8 (G,S)
6 11-220
I Williams10-11-10...............................R Dunne
7 30-506 Cash Again 37 (S) B Haslam5-11-8..R McLernon
Midnight Gem 10 (D,G)
8 -F0026
C Longsdon7-11-7...............................J J Burke
9 225422 Hepijeu 61 (P,D,G,S) G Deacon6-11-5 .. M D Grant
Mondo Cane 10 (P,C,D,S)
10/PP-46
C Pogson10-11-0...............................A Pogson
That?s The Deal 13 (CD,F,G,S)
11 356144
J Cornwall13-11-0.............................L Edwards
Betting: 2-1 Shanty Town, 4-1 Farm The Rock, 7-1
Hepijeu, Rocknrollrambo, 12-1 Weyburn, 14-1 others
12.55
1.30
MAIDEN HURDLE
�599: 1M 7F 153Y (14)
1 /2300P Amirr 18 (D,G) J S Mullins7-10-12......A Thornton
Article Fifty 29 (D,G,S)
2 11
W Greatrex4-10-12...........................R Johnson
Bridge Of Cally 22
3 53-65
H Whittington4-10-12...........................J Banks
Django Django 36
4 45
Jonjo O?Neill4-10-12.........................A Coleman
Everybody?s Talkin 32 (T,S)
5 461-6
N Twiston-Davies4-10-12......................D Jacob
6
Grecian King 11 (H) L Morgan4-10-12 .... C Poste
7 32-056 Itsamanslife 1 K Price4-10-12...............B Poste
Midnight Chill 225
8 460-4
J Snowden5-10-12...........................G Sheehan
Ready And Able 33
9 406
Jonjo O?Neill4-10-12.......................R McLernon
104/2-3 Santo De Lune 25 (T) D Skelton7-10-12........NR
11 23- Super Sid 252 T George5-10-12........A P Heskin
Tossapenny 39 (G)
121-2
E Williams4-10-12 .............................. A Wedge
1356-0 Lady Master 26 Mrs C Bailey4-10-5.....S Bowen
14644-04 La Fille Francaise 25 R Dickin4-10-5 .. J Quinlan
Betting: 13-8 Article Fifty, 3-1 Tossapenny, 6-1 Super Sid,
8-1 Everybody?s Talkin, 12-1 Amirr, La Fille Francaise, 14-1
others
HURDLE (QUALIFIER)
2.05 NOVICES?
�899: 2M 4F 62Y (13)
Shannon Bridge 32 (S)
1 54-1
D Skelton4-11-4................................H Skelton
2 03-F41 Silver Kayf 22 (D,S) K Bailey5-11-4.........D Bass
Ballygomartin 28 (G)
3 P14
N Twiston-Davies4-10-12......................D Jacob
Beyond Supremacy 40
4 00-P
J Barber5-10-12.............................N Scholfield
5 2/33-6 Born For War 25 T George5-10-12.....A P Heskin
Clondaw Cracker 259 (G,S)
6 11/P0N Mulholland6-10-12...........................R Dunne
Court Affairs 24 (S)
7 1-0
J S Mullins5-10-12...........................K Jones (5)
First Assignment 33 (S)
8 1-2
I Williams4-10-12...............................T O?Brien
Gunfleet 44 (G)
9 1-25
Miss E Lavelle5-10-12.......................A Coleman
10PUF-15 Over Stated 33 (G) R Phillips5-10-12...I Popham
Pontresina 39 (S)
11 1-0
O Sherwood4-10-12.......................C Shoemark
The Groovy Hoovy 197
122
O Sherwood5-10-12.............................L Aspell
1304-006 Shiroccodee 15 A Hales4-10-5.........K K Woods
Betting: 15-8 Silver Kayf, 4-1 Gunfleet, 5-1 Ballygomartin,
6-1 Shannon Bridge, 8-1 First Assignment, 16-1 others
HURDLE (QUALIFIER FOR THE
2.35 HANDICAP
CHALLENGER MARES? HURDLE SERIES
FINAL)
�697: 1M 7F 153Y (8)
Midnight Silver 23 (T,D,S)
1 U145-4
J Snowden7-11-12............................G Sheehan
Fool To Cry 22 (D,F,G)
2 3-5203
J Farrelly4-11-12 ................................. B Powell
Oscar Rose 31 (D,S)
3 02-242
F O?Brien5-11-12...............................P Brennan
Iconic Sky 22 (P,D,S)
4 1303-0
Mrs L Wadham4-11-6.....................M Tissier (7)
5 -01221 Stepover 18 (T,CD,G) A Hales6-11-5...K K Woods
6 1163-6 Kalaniti 45 (D,S) C Grant6-11-5.........A Coleman
Beyeh 187 (C,D,G,S)
7 /2-550
M Appleby9-11-2..............................R Johnson
8 050/2- Kaddys Dream 594 R Dickin6-10-10...J Quinlan
Betting: 5-2 Oscar Rose, Stepover, 5-1 Fool To Cry,
Midnight Silver, 12-1 Beyeh, Kalaniti, 16-1 Kaddys Dream,
25-1 Iconic Sky
3.05
MARES? NOVICES? HURDLE
�574: 2M 7F 209Y (5)
Cabaret Queen 29 (T,BF,G,S)
1 F13-12
D Skelton5-11-5................................H Skelton
Hayley Belle 645P (S)
2 31/
M Bradstock6-10-12....................N De Boinville
3 3321-2 Little Millie 25 (S) N King5-10-12........T Whelan
4 42-052 Oscar Star 41 J Snowden4-10-12......G Sheehan
5 552-2 Our Belle Amie 29 (T) K Bailey5-10-12....D Bass
Betting: 15-8 Oscar Star, 5-2 Cabaret Queen, Our Belle
Amie, 6-1 Little Millie, 16-1 Hayley Belle
3.35
HANDICAP HURDLE
�743: 2M 7F 209Y (10)
Dandy Duke 25 (D,S)
1 0621/1
T George6-12-0............................N George (5)
Russian Service 17 (G,S)
2 165-00
S Drinkwater5-12-0 ...................... H Nugent (5)
Simply The West 16 (P,G,S)
3 4P3P/P
C Longsdon8-11-13............................D Skehan
Groundunderrepair 25 (BF,S)
4 150-32
W Greatrex6-11-12............................A Elias (5)
Make Me A Fortune 29 (P,G,S)
5 P33F-0
S Gollings9-11-9 .................................. Z Baker
Waltz Darling 39 (P,D,G,S)
6 032023
Gillian Boanas9-11-8..................Miss E Todd (3)
Mighty Missile 17 (T,F,G)
7 -30000
B Barr6-11-1............................Luca Morgan (7)
Ballythomas 235 (D,G,S)
8 6112PD Thompson10-11-0 ....................... T Gillard (7)
Wolfslair 23 (G)
9 0-00P0
D Thompson6-10-11...................A Anderson (7)
Bohemian Rhapsody 11F (P,C,G)
10020606
B Barr8-10-8.................................C J Todd (7)
Betting: 2-1 Dandy Duke, Groundunderrepair, 5-1 Waltz
Darling, 8-1 Ballythomas, 12-1 Bohemian Rhapsody, 20-1
others
Cheltenham
Going: Soft (good to soft in places)
12.10 (2m 179yd hdle) 1 Apple?s Shakira (B
J Geraghty, 1-10 fav); 2 Nube Negra (11-1);
3 Knight Destroyer (20-1). 4 ran. 3絣, 8l. N J
Henderson. Tote: �02. Exacta: �40.
CSF: �76. Trifecta: �80
12.45 (2m 4f 166yd ch) 1 Kalondra (N D
Fehily, 10-1); 2 Coo Star Sivola (4-1); 3
Movewiththetimes (11-8 fav). 4 ran. 3緇,
1絣. N P Mulholland. Tote: �60. Exacta:
�.70. CSF: �.42. Trifecta: �.00
1.20 (2m 62yd ch) 1 Gino Trail (Harry
Skelton, 7-2); 2 Bun Doran (3-1 fav); 3
Bentelimar (11-2). 7 ran. NR: Grey Gold. 1�,
1絣. Kerry Lee. Tote: �00; �30, �10.
Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.20. Tricast:
�.74. Trifecta: �.40
1.55 (2m 4f 166yd ch) 1 Guitar Pete (R Day,
9-1); 2 Clan Des Obeaux (3-1 fav); 3 King?s
Odyssey (9-1). 10 ran. NR: Long House Hall.
2緇, 5l. N G Richards. Tote: �.40; �70,
�40, �10. Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.82.
Tricast: �3.16. Trifecta: �3.70
2.30 (2m 7f 213yd hdle) 1 Kilbricken Storm
(Harry Cobden, 3-1); 2 Count Meribel (7-4
fav); 3 Equus Secretus (9-4). 4 ran. NR:
Aye Aye Charlie. 2緇, 54l. C L Tizzard. Tote:
�80. Exacta: �.10. CSF: �60.
Trifecta: �.00
3.05 (2m 179yd hdle) 1 My Tent Or Yours
(B J Geraghty, 5-1); 2 The New One (5-2); 3
Melon (7-4 fav). 7 ran. 1�, 1l. N J
Henderson. Tote: �90; �10, �80.
Exacta: �.20. CSF: �.53. Jackpot:
�,671.90. Trifecta: �.80
3.40 (2m 4f 56yd hdle) 1 Momella (Harry
Skelton, 7-2 jt-fav); 2 River Arrow (20-1); 3
Graceful Legend (20-1). Also ran: Lady
Karina 7-2 jt-fav. 13 ran. 絣, 5l. D Skelton.
Tote: �50; �80, �00, �60. Exacta:
�.50. CSF: �.02. Tricast: �237.31.
Trifecta: �128.90
Placepot: �1.20
General Wanted
Porsche Wanted
Going: Good (good to soft in places)
12.00 (2m 128yd hdle) 1 Castafiore (Paul
O?Brien, 7-1); 2 Gran Maestro (11-1); 3
Eskendash (3-1 fav). 13 ran. Hd, 1糽. C E
Longsdon. Tote: �60; �70, �80,
�80. Exacta: �.40. CSF: �.41.
Tricast: �3.15. Trifecta: �0.70
12.30 (2m 128yd hdle) 1 Countister (Nico
de Boinville, 4-6 fav); 2 De Rasher
Counter (8-1); 3 Clondaw Castle (5-2). 10
ran. 7l, 絣. N J Henderson. Tote: �60;
�02, �00, �20. Exacta: �40. CSF:
�19. Trifecta: �.90
1.05 (2m 3f 31yd ch) 1 Markov (D A Jacob,
2-1 fav); 2 Takingrisks (14-1); 3 Cusheen
Bridge (14-1). 6 ran. 6l, 1絣. B Pauling. Tote:
�40; �50, �00. Exacta: �.20. CSF:
�.60. Trifecta: �6.90
1.40 (2m 128yd hdle) 1 Irish Roe (Henry
Brooke, 3-1 fav); 2 Mohaayed (7-1); 3
Amour de Nuit (9-2). 9 ran. 絣, 2絣. P
Atkinson. Tote: �80; �40, �70, �80.
Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.34. Tricast:
�.20. Trifecta: �5.60
2.10 (2m 7f 214yd ch) 1 Keeper Hill (G
Sheehan, 5-2); 2 Braqueur D?or (7-4 jt-fav);
3 Ballycrystal (16-1). Also ran: Rocklander
7-4 jt-fav. 4 ran. 8l, 1緇. W Greatrex. Tote:
�10. Exacta: �90. CSF: �27. Trifecta:
�.80
2.45 (2m 128yd hdle) 1 We Have A Dream
(D A Jacob, 5-6 fav); 2 City Dreamer (16-1);
3 Je Suis Charlie (14-1). 6 ran. 10l, 17l. N J
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Doncaster
MOTORS
NEW燤ERCEDES
FATALITY MARS GUITAR PETE?S
SUCCESSFUL RAID FROM NORTH
Guitar Pete, above,
provided Cumbria trainer
Nicky Richards with a rare
Cheltenham winner in the
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
Handicap Chase but the
triumph was marred by the
death of Starchitect in the
closing stages.
Starchitect, runner-up in
last month?s BetVictor Gold
Cup at the track, looked set
to go one better as he
turned for home with a
significant lead, but he
broke down on the run to
the second-last fence and
was swiftly pulled up by
Tom Scudamore.
David Pipe, the trainer,
confirmed that Starchitect
suffered a broken hind leg.
He said: ?No horse
deserves that and
Starchitect definitely didn?t
deserve it.
?He was a real tough
customer and always tried
his heart out. This was
going to be his day today.?
Speaking from
Doncaster, Richards said: ?I
can?t remember when my
last winner at Cheltenham
was. I remember The
French Furze winning there
for us [in 2006].
?Everybody knows
Cheltenham is the place to
win, but It?s awful what
happened to the other
horse and my heart goes
out to connections. Nobody
likes to see that.?
RACING RESULTS
TODAY?S RACING
Mercedes
?In the season before Dan started I
rode eight winners,? he says. ?I was driving round the country, riding out six days
a week, trying to get rides where I could.
I?m aware how fortunate I am, but I don?t
take it for granted. If I mess up, I?m not
just letting down a trainer or an owner,
I?m letting down my brother.
?My Mum and Dad split up when I was
at a young age and we lost Mum when I
was 16. I never really had that mother and
family time. Dan was always there for me.
He looked after me and brought me up
with him. So myself, Dad and my brother
were always very close. We don?t want to
let each other down.?
Facilities at Lodge Hill stables have
improved day-by-day, two yards are full
to bursting and a glimpse at the website
reveals a slick, sharp-edged organisation
off and on the track. A concerted campaign to attract new owners to summer
jumping at local tracks such as Worcester
and Stratford has proved a thumping success, and though matching the firepower
of Nicholls, a revived Twiston-Davies and
Henderson in major races through the
winter will be a lot harder, there is
enough young talent in the yard to mount
a few lightning strikes along the way.
North Hill Harvey was not disgraced in
chasing home Sceau Royal in the Henry
VIII Novices? Chase at Sandown. The one
box not yet ticked, a Grade One winner,
will come sooner rather than later.
?We keep knocking on the door,? says
Harry. ?We keep trying to up the quality
in the yard and go forward. We were busy
last summer, but Dan?s got a 12-month
business. We?re young and maybe we can
be a bit too positive sometimes, but if you
don?t have hunger and a positive attitude
at this stage, you?re nothing.?
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Henderson. Tote: �60; �10, �50.
Exacta: �.40. CSF: �.83. Trifecta:
�.10
3.20 (2m 7f 214yd ch) 1 Mustmeetalady (R
P McLernon, 16-1); 2 Vibrato Valtat (11-1); 3
What Happens Now (7-1). Also ran: Kilcrea
Vale 11-4 fav. 9 ran. Nk, 4絣. Jonjo O?Neill.
Tote: �.80; �90, �60, �20. Exacta:
�5.40. CSF: �9.93. Tricast: �349.23.
Trifecta: �958.10
Placepot: �.80
Quadpot: �.10
Hereford
Going: Soft
12.20 (3m 1f 44yd ch) 1 Tb Broke Her
(Stan Sheppard, 11-2); 2 Sonoftheking (114); 3 Handsome Sam (15-2). Also ran:
Paddy The Oscar 2-1 fav. 7 ran. NR:
Astigos. 9l, 緇. M Sheppard. Tote: �00;
�30, �60. Exacta: �.20. CSF: �.44.
Tricast: �8.31. Trifecta: �.00
12.55 (2m 3f 147yd hdle) 1 Paisley Park
(Nick Scholfield, 7-1); 2 Vision Des Flos
(1-4 fav); 3 The Hollow Ginge (4-1). Also
ran: Achille 15-8 fav. 11 ran. 7l, 11l. Miss E C
Lavelle. Tote: �.60; �70, �10, �30.
Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.79. Trifecta:
�.00
1.30 (2m 4f 194yd ch) 1 Spock (Miss L
Brooke, 18-1); 2 Shanty Town (7-2); 3 Fear
Glic (14-1). 6 ran. 1糽, 9l. Lady S Brooke.
Tote: �.10; �20, �60. Exacta:
�.00. CSF: �.32. Trifecta: �0.90
2.25 (1m 4f 98yd) 1 Esspeegee (Paul
Hainey, 13-2); 2 Magistral (14-1); 3 Life
Knowledge (15-2). Also ran: Western Way 3-1
fav. 12 ran. Hd, 2絣. A Bailey. Tote: �70;
�10, �60, �70. Exacta: �.40. CSF:
�.42. Tricast: �5.42. Trifecta: �9.70
3.00 (1m 4f 98yd) 1 Theglasgowwarrior (P
McDonald, 5-1); 2 King Kevin (4-1); 3
Manomine (16-1). Also ran: Lucky Ellen 9-4
fav. 11 ran. 絣, hd. J S Goldie. Tote: �50;
�60, �40, �20. Exacta: �.50. CSF:
�.89. Tricast: �9.34. Trifecta: �4.20
3.35 (1m 5yd) 1 Without Parole (R Havlin,
8-13 fav); 2 Trevithick (11-4); 3 Windsor
Cross (10-1). 7 ran. 6l, 緇. J H M Gosden.
Tote: �60; �20, �50. Exacta: �90.
CSF: �55. Trifecta: �80
4.05 (7f 14yd) 1 Charles Molson (Daniel
Muscutt, 5-1); 2 Heaven?s Guest (8-1); 3
Pastime (9-1). Also ran: Brittanic 3-1 fav. 11
ran. 絣, sh hd. P R Chamings. Tote: �10;
�10, �00, �10. Exacta: �.40. CSF:
�.43. Tricast: �9.22. Trifecta: �1.10
4.35 (5f) 1 Windforpower (Ben Robinson,
5-1); 2 Little Miss Lola (14-1); 3 Fintry Flyer
(12-1). Also ran: Something Lucky 6-4 fav.
11 ran. 絣, 絣. Miss Tracy Waggott. Tote:
�50; �60, �50, �50. Exacta:
�.00. CSF: �.85. Tricast: �3.99.
Trifecta: �2.20
Placepot: �3.90
Quadpot: �.20
Wolverhampton
2.05 (2m 8yd ch) 1 Work In Progress (Mr L
Williams, 15-8); 2 Ozzie The Oscar (1-2
fav); 3 Sage Monkey (20-1). 1�, 13l. D
Skelton. Tote: �70. Exacta: �20. CSF:
�30. Trifecta: �80
Going: Standard
5.45 (5f) 1 Ty Rock Brandy (R Kingscote,
7-2); 2 Los Camachos (8-1); 3 Ideal Spirit
(40-1). Also ran: Street Sensation 11-4 fav.
8 ran. 1l, 1緇. L Smyth. Tote: �40; �50,
�50, �30. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.64
2.40 (2m 3f 147yd hdle) 1 Stamp Your
Feet (N P Madden, 9-4); 2 Rayvin Black
(13-8 fav); 3 Court Minstrel (13-2). 5 ran. 2l,
nk. T R George. Tote: �00; �40, �10.
Exacta: �10. CSF: �45. Trifecta:
�.10
6.15 (6f 20yd) 1 Hisar (L Morris, 2-1 fav); 2
Frank The Barber (12-1); 3 Noneedtotellme
(25-1). 12 ran. NR: Krazy Paving. Nk, 1緇. M
Appleby. Tote: �90; �30, �40, �80.
Exacta: �.10. CSF: �.74. Tricast:
�5.75. Trifecta: �9.50
3.15 (2m 53yd hdle) 1 Yalltari (Charlie
Deutsch, 9-2); 2 Quiz Master (11-2); 3
Cougar Kid (7-2 fav). 11 ran. 7l, 2絣. Miss V
Williams. Tote: �30; �00, �50, �10.
Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.68. Tricast:
�.96. Trifecta: �.80
6.45 (6f 20yd) 1 Pulsating (E Greatrex, 5-4
fav); 2 Jorvik Prince (8-1); 3 Mossy?s Lodge
(11-1). 11 ran. NR: Goadby, Wedgewood
Estates. 1�, 1絣. Archie Watson. Tote: �00;
�40, �40, �80. Exacta: �.10. CSF:
�.07. Tricast: �.07. Trifecta: �.20
3.45 (2m 53yd) 1 Apres Le Deluge (A
Tinkler, 7-1); 2 Topofthecotswolds (5-4
fav); 3 Zee Man (12-1). 10 ran. 3緇, hd. H
Morrison. Tote: �20; �60, �10, �40.
Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.04. Trifecta:
�3.10
7.15 (6f 20yd) 1 Tropics (Jack Duern, 11-4
fav); 2 Rajar (17-2); 3 Suzi?s Connoisseur
(15-2). 9 ran. 1絣, sh hd. D K Ivory. Tote:
�30; �70, �40, �30. Exacta:
�.30. CSF: �.17. Tricast: �0.80.
Trifecta: �0.00
Placepot: �.40
Quadpot: �.40
Newcastle
Going: Standard
7.45 (1m 4f 51yd) 1 Daily Trader (Fran
Berry, 4-1); 2 Raashdy (2-1 fav); 3 Dolphin
Village (11-2). 10 ran. NR: Belabour,
Somnambulist . 1l, nk. P D Evans. Tote:
�90; �80, �30, �20. Exacta: �.90.
CSF: �.23. Tricast: �.38
12.40 (2m 56yd) 1 Apalis (Harrison Shaw,
25-1); 2 Strictly Art (6-1); 3 Uptown Funk
(15-2). Also ran: British Art 11-4 fav. 14 ran.
絣, sh hd. M W Easterby. Tote: �.70;
�00, �80, �20. Exacta: �9.60. CSF:
�6.94. Tricast: �268.86. Trifecta:
�499.50
8.15 (1m 1f 104yd) 1 Swift Emperor (B A
Curtis, 11-1); 2 Andok (13-2); 3 Influent (71). Also ran: Dutch Uncle 100-30 fav. 13
ran. 1糽, 1糽. T D Barron. Tote: �.80;
�80, �40, �30. Exacta: �3.60. CSF:
�.32. Tricast: �6.38. Trifecta: �9.50
1.15 (2m 56yd) 1 Mountain Bell (Josephine
Gordon, 2-1 fav); 2 Cape Cova (33-1); 3
Watersmeet (5-2). 7 ran. NR: Song Of Love.
2l, sh hd. R M Beckett. Tote: �30; �50,
�60. Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.61.
Trifecta: �1.00
8.45 (7f 36yd) 1 Twin Appeal (B A Curtis,
5-2 fav); 2 Shepherd?s Purse (12-1); 3
Exchequer (28-1). 12 ran. 緇, 絣. T D Barron.
Tote: �40; �40, �60, �50. Exacta:
�.00. CSF: �.30. Tricast: �9.93.
Trifecta: �6.70
1.50 (1m 4f 98yd) 1 Warm Oasis (Daniel
Muscutt, 7-4); 2 Emerald Cross (18-1); 3
Star Story (5-4 fav). 6 ran. Nk, 1�. J R
Fanshawe. Tote: �80; �60, �40.
Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.92. Trifecta:
�.80
9.15 (7f 36yd) 1 Star Quality (B A Curtis,
40-1); 2 Peace Terms (6-4 fav); 3
Kingofmerrows (3-1). 6 ran. Nk, 3緇. D
Loughnane. Tote: �.00; �60, �50.
Exacta: �.70. CSF: �.65
Placepot: �.40
Quadpot: �.00
Fairyhouse
Going: Heavy
12.05 (2m) 1 Castlegrace Paddy (A E
Lynch, 8-1); 2 Bravissimo (7-2); 3 Brelade
(5-4 fav). 7 ran. 7絣, 1緇. P A Fahy. Tote:
?8.90; ?3.50, ?1.70. Exacta: ?41.20. CSF:
?35.43. Trifecta: ?56.50
12.35 (2m 7f 110yd) 1 Moulin A Vent (S W
Flanagan, 5-4 fav); 2 Monbeg Notorious
(15-8); 3 Freeway Space (20-1). 6 ran. 18l,
18l. N Meade. Tote: ?2.20; ?1.20, ?1.50.
Exacta: ?4.00. CSF: ?3.94. Trifecta:
?22.40
1.10 (2m) 1 Stormy Ireland (D E Mullins,
2-7 fav); 2 North Carolina (25-1); 3
Ontheiflist (14-1). 11 ran. 58l, 10l. W P
Mullins. Tote: ?1.20; ?1.02, ?4.40, ?3.10.
Exacta: ?14.90. CSF: ?17.16. Trifecta:
?81.30
1.45 (2m 4f) 1 Mount Hanover (D
Robinson, 100-30); 2 Riverdene (16-1); 3
Cherokee Bill (16-1). 16 ran. NR: Caliption,
Jack Lee, Western Ruler. 1緇, 3絣. H de
Bromhead. Tote: ?4.90; ?1.50, ?3.80,
?3.40. Exacta: ?57.50. CSF: ?51.65.
Trifecta: ?305.20
2.20 (2m) 1 Golden Jewel (C D Timmons,
20-1); 2 Ale Ambrosio (9-1); 3 Crack On
Corrie (7-1). Also ran: Brosna George 3-1
fav. 12 ran. 1絣, 4絣. E Cawley. Tote:
?34.00; ?7.30, ?2.70, ?2.50. Exacta:
?379.50. CSF: ?187.36. Tricast: ?1,413.11.
Trifecta: ?2,107.50
2.55 (2m 7f) 1 Dromore Lad (D J Hand,
13-8 fav); 2 Allez Kal (12-1); 3 Seskinane
(10-1). 9 ran. 6l, 22l. D A McLoughlin. Tote:
?2.30; ?1.02, ?4.60, ?2.90. Exacta:
?26.20. CSF: ?22.14. Tricast: ?154.46.
Trifecta: ?171.70
3.30 (2m) 1 Colreevy (Mr P W Mullins,
4-11 fav); 2 Owenacurra Lass (33-1); 3
Condarcia (14-1). 12 ran. NR: Never Lie
Down. 3�, 7絣. W P Mullins. Tote: ?1.30;
?1.02, ?4.70, ?3.60. Exacta: ?14.60. CSF:
?31.34. Trifecta: ?101.80
This week
Today: Carlisle (abandoned);
Chelmsford City (A/W, 12.45pm);
Southwell (12.25pm); Navan (12.15pm);
Thurles (12.30pm)
Tomorrow: Ffos Las (12.50pm);
Musselburgh (12.10pm); Plumpton
(12.40pm); Wolverhampton (A/W, 1pm)
Tuesday: Catterick Bridge (12.20pm);
Fakenham (12.40pm); Southwell (A/W,
12.30pm)
Wednesday: Kempton Park (A/W,
4.10pm); Lingfield Park (A/W, 12.10pm);
Ludlow (12.20pm); Newbury (12.30pm)
Thursday: Chelmsford City (A/W,
5.45pm); Exeter (12.35pm); Southwell
(A/W, 12.15pm); Towcester (12.25pm);
Dundalk (5pm)
Friday: Ascot (12.40pm); Southwell
(A/W, 11.50am); Uttoxeter (noon);
Wolverhampton (A/W, 5.45pm);
Dundalk (5pm)
Saturday: Ascot (12.40pm); Haydock
Park (11.50am); Lingfield Park (A/W,
noon); Newcastle (11.45am)
Flat meetings in bold
16
The Sunday Times December 17, 2017
SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
JOHN WALTON
Chris Froome told me in 2013 that I would never
have any reason to doubt him. He was wrong
about that and his reputation is now on the line
O
JOSE JORDAN
n Wednesday morning the
news broke that Chris
Froome had an adverse
analytical finding (AAF)
from the 18th stage of the
Vuelta a Espa馻 more than
three months ago. Four days
on I am still not certain
where the truth lies here.
Does this drug test, which
shows he had twice the permitted level
of the asthma medication Salbutamol,
mean he cheated? Or can you believe
Froome?s insistence that he has done
nothing wrong and that the ongoing
investigation will exonerate him?
I had long believed Froome rode
clean. This test is not proof of
wrongdoing but it leaves him with a
question that will take some answering.
It needs to be said that Salbutamol is
primarily a performance-enabling drug
that allows asthmatics to keep their
airways open. Multiple studies suggest
that it is of little or no benefit to nonasthmatics while anti-doping authorities
believe that above a certain level,
Salbutamol can be performanceenhancing.
This is why there is a threshold level
and Froome exceeded that by 100%. He
has to explain how that amount of
Salbutamol got into his body. If the
authorities are not satisfied, he will be
banned and stripped of his Vuelta a
Espa馻 title. The greater punishment
will be to his reputation. If this finding is
confirmed, he will be seriously
damaged. Four Tour de France victories
diminished by one asterisk.
The bad news for Froome at least
explained one thing. I had called him in
late October, nothing more than to catch
up. He did not pick up. I left a message,
asking him to call if he had a chance. It
was unlike him not to return the call or
send a message saying why he couldn?t. I
did not think that much of it.
When it was announced last month
that he would attempt the Giro d?Italia/
Tour de France double, I called again.
My view was that he would be insane to
do the Giro before the Tour. His body
needs far more consideration than he or
his team gives it. Again, he didn?t pick
up. I left another message on his
voicemail. Still nothing.
I wondered if I had done something
wrong.
After the news broke, I sent a text. We
spoke on Wednesday evening. He
apologised for not returning my
October/November calls, saying that he
did not want to lie to me about the
Vuelta test. For almost three months he
had been concealing this from pretty
much everyone he encountered.
?How are things, Chris??
?Fine, great. How are you??
On Wednesday evening he did most of
the talking, insisting he had done
nothing wrong and could recall precisely
how many puffs he had taken from his
inhaler on the day of the fateful test. He
said he had stayed within the World AntiDoping Agency?s stipulated limit and
that his Salbutamol reading should not
have been anywhere near the recorded
2,000ng/ml level. He pointed out how
stupid it would have been to take
excessive Salbutamol when he knew that
Power surge: Phil Taylor enjoys his win over Chris Dobey
Taylor ready to
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for final time
DARTS
The 16-time world
champion hopes
to walk away with
his head held high
Nick Pitt
Uphill struggle:
the onus is on
Chris Froome to
prove his
innocence, but it
will not be easy
he would be tested that day. That point
made sense and it is a challenge for those
who presume he is guilty. But I
remembered Igor Gonzalez de Galeano
from the 2002 Tour de France. Gonzalez
de Galeano had been in the Yellow Jersey
for about a week when his sample
showed too high a level of Salbutamol.
He should have been punished but the
International Cycling Union found a way
of keeping a race leader with an adverse
analytical finding in the Yellow Jersey. At
the time I was incensed. So why should I
not be pleased that the UCI is now going
after Froome in another Salbutamol
case? The anti-doping rules are there,
they must be applied regardless of who it
is that provides the transgressing
sample. How else can clean athletes be
protected?
I spoke again with Froome on Friday
evening. This time for more than an
hour. It was a fraught, difficult
conversation. Over the previous two
days I had spoken to experts in antidoping and pharmacology. They
struggled to come up with any legitimate
explanation for Froome?s elevated
Salbutamol level. Really struggled.
One high-ranking anti-doping official
said the best thing would have been for
Froome to have admitted responsibility
last September, plead that he took too
much Salbutamol to treat his respiratory
problems and take a suspension of
between three and nine months.
Otherwise the choice was the route
previously travelled by Tyler Hamilton,
Floyd Landis and Alberto Contador.
They spent millions trying to establish
their innocence. They wasted their
money and lost their cases. I put it to
Froome that maybe he should have
accepted responsibility at the very
beginning.
The suggestion disgusted him. Why
should he admit to a crime he hadn?t
committed? He said he would never do
that. It was impossible for him to go into
detail about the case that he and his
team would present to the UCI but he
did say my view would be different if I
knew the minutiae of their case.
Scepticism is often nothing more than
refusing to believe what you cannot see.
One Salbutamol expert said it was
impossible for an athlete to exceed the
threshold while sticking to the rules in
relation to the permitted number of
puffs. Froome shot back that this was
precisely what had happened to him.
According to him he took fewer puffs
than the rules allowed and yet still he
scored twice the legal limit for
Salbutamol.
I wished him luck in trying to
establish his innocence, and I meant
that. For the onus is now on him and it is
not going to be easy.
I thought of the Saturday evening at
the hotel in the Haute-Savoie in 2013.
The following day he would ride into
Paris wearing the Maillot Jaune for the
first time. We met on the fire escape
stairs that night. I congratulated him on
the victory that would be confirmed the
following day and expressed faith in how
he had achieved his first Tour victory.
He said I would never have any reason
to doubt him. He was wrong about that.
The hardest thing about our
conversation on Friday evening was
telling him that I no longer trusted him
in the way that I once had.
Jose morphs from Mr Hard Guy to football?s Mr Softie
I read with growing
impatience the accounts of
the tunnel war at Old
Trafford last weekend. So
much ado about so little.
Good luck to the FA as they
try to find somebody to
sanction, or even somebody
that might tell of something
more than pushing and
shoving, jostling and
shouting, all played out with
Oasis providing the
background music.
If it weren?t for poor
Mikel Arteta and his four
butterfly stitches there
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wouldn?t have been a
scintilla of physical
evidence. And even then the
damage wasn?t done by a
manly punch but by the
sneaky throw of a water
bottle. Back in the day,
footballers might not have
had David Silva?s touch or
Kevin de Bruyne?s passing
but they could fight.
Jose Mourinho was
blamed for starting it all but
I don?t go along with that.
Mourinho?s weakness now is
softness. All he did was put
his head in the City dressing
So Jonny Bairstow reckons
England players must rebuild
trust. They should not have
dismantled it in the first
place. They have been
unprofessional both on and
off the field, with a lack of
discipline by players and
management, and they
should all be held
accountable.
Trevor Hobday, Clitheroe
Trevor Bayliss said ?boys will
be boys?.The average age of
the England cricket team is
about 28. These are not
?boys? but men in a
responsible position who
need to grow up.
Guy Cheeseman, via email
room and ask the lads to
tone it down. For all the
world like the lady in the
upstairs apartment asking
the students down below if
they would be ever so
kind and turn the music
down, just a notch.
Go back six years, to
that Champions League
semi-final first leg at the
Bernabeu, Jose?s
Real against
Pep?s
Barcelona.
Real?s dog
of war
Ben Duckett pouring a drink
over Jimmy Anderson?s head
in an Australian bar was little
more than a schoolboy
prank. In a normal club
situation, a senior player
would have a word and we all
move on. Can we return to
some cricket?
Gareth Tarr, Chertsey
Well done David Whitlock
(letters, last week) for
highlighting the crass
stupidity of the ECB. What he
might also have asked is how
on earth are we going to
produce another good spin
bowler when there is hardly
any championship cricket
played in the months when
Pepe got a red card,
Mourinho was sent to the
stand and afterwards his
assistant Rui Faria incensed
Barcelona?s celebrating
players when
shouting: ?Why
don?t you go change
in the referees?
changing room??
That caused a real
fight. None of the
pushing and
Mourinho:
going soft in
his old age
shoving that we didn?t get to
see at Old Trafford. But the
ultimate demonstration of
defiance came from
Mourinho, who knew that
the 2-0 defeat had virtually
ended his team?s chances of
making the final.
So, like King Lear on the
stormy Shakespearean
night, Jose began to rave: ?If
I tell the referee and Uefa
what I am thinking and what
I feel, my career ends today.
And I cannot say what I feel
but I leave a question that I
hope will one day have an
So Jose Mourinho had milk
thrown at him during the Old
Trafford fracas after the
game against Manchester
City. That should
complement the egg on his
face, and the sour grapes.
Adrian Kennedy, Belfast
it?s most likely to be
conducive to spin bowling ?
ie when it?s dry.
Stuart Berger, Sudbury
Players and staff fighting
after the Manchester derby;
Liverpool players being
restrained from attacking
the referee. It is time for a
rugby union approach, by
which I mean long bans and
very large fines being dished
out.
Philip Marsh, Hove
When will we stop being
forced to watch footballers
spitting? Someone must be
able to edit it and also
remove some of the
answer. Why? Why Ovrebo
[referee]? Why Busacca
[ditto]? Why De Bleeckere
[ditto]? Why Stark [that
evening?s referee]? Why in
every semi-final does the
same thing happen? . . . .
?I can live my whole life
with this question but I
hope one day to have an
answer. Why a team of this
size [Barcelona], a great
football team, needs
something that is so obvious
to everyone??
He?s just not the man he
used to be, Jose.
pitchside microphones to
minimise another bane of
broadcasts ? swearing.
Chris Clayton, via email
I was disappointed that
David Walsh made no
mention of the disgraceful
way Kenny Dalglish reacted
during the Luis SuarezPatrice Evra affair. As a black
football fan, that episode
blights Dalglish?s legacy for
me.
Kevin Gray, Leeds
The violent scenes involving
Phil Taylor?s farewell is
becoming awkward. Having
decided that th
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