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The Sunday Post English Edition – February 25, 2018 part 2

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FIVE PAGES OF PUZZLES START HERE
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Puzzles
The Broons family quiz
sport
2. Which piece of music
is traditionally played at
military funerals?
3. According to the
Book of Revelation,
what is the last
Horseman of the
Apocalypse?
5. LL Zamenhof is the
creator of which
international language?
6. Dogger Bank is a
large sandbank in
which body of water?
7. Which comedian?s
memoir was called My
Booky Wook?
Q7
13. Americans call it the
eggplant - but what is it
called in Britain?
14. What is the only
letter of the alphabet
that doesn?t feature in
the name of any US
state?
showbiz
with Daphne
and maggie
1. In 1896, which city
hosted the first modern
Olympic Games?
1. Compo, Clegg and Foggy
were characters in which
long-running TV comedy?
2. Who was the first
cricketer to score 100
international centuries?
2. Which animal provided the
name for a 2012 hit by
Alexandra Burke?
3. The Sepang
International motor
racing circuit is in which
country?
3. ?Fear can set you prisoner,
hope can set you free? is the
tagline to which 1994 film?
5. The headquarters of
FIFA are in which city?
15. On a radio, what do
the initials AM stand for?
8. Epidemic parotitis is
the medical name for
which disease?
16. Who was the first
British monarch from the
House of Windsor?
9. Tonight?s The Night
was a musical based on
which singer?
17. In road signage,
what shape are warning
signs?
10. Invicta is the motto
of which English
county?
18. Which mythological
spirit?s wailing warns of
impending death?
11. Set in Asia, what
was George Orwell?s
debut novel?
19. A puree of which
fruit is an ingredient in a
bellini cocktail?
12. Who was the first
man to run a mile in
under four minutes?
20. What does the Latin
phrase ?primus inter
pares? mean?
ALL you have to do is fill in the squares
in the grid so that every row, every
column and each of the nine 3x3
squares contains the numbers 1 to 9.
with hen
and Joe
4. Which Scot won the
2011 World Snooker
Championship?
EASY
4. Crockett and Tubbs
appeared in which US cop
drama?
5. Which group had a Christmas
number one called Killing In The
Name?
The bairns
with oor Bairn
1. Which Scots actor was the first
James Bond?
2. What was the name of King
Arthur?s famous sword?
3. Barlinnie Prison is in which city?
4. Who lives at 11 Downing Street?
5. What is the currency used in
France?
LETTER BOX
MISSING LINK
CAN you place a well-known threeletter word in the spaces of each row
to complete the seven-letter word?
Do it correctly, and the shaded
letters will spell out a random word.
COMPLETE the grid so that four
words read
across and
a different
four words
read
downwards
using only
the letters in
the word
OPERABLE
FIT ten words into the grid so each
one connects up with the words on
either side eg - wishing - well - done.
Read down the letters in the shaded
squares to spell out a random word.
F
C E D
O U T
E M
V I
Y
E
H Y
L
G
R E
P L A
E
D E N
E D
E
6
ADD UP
IF the number in each
circle is the sum of
the two below it,
how quickly can
you figure out
the top number?
You may
have to work
up and
down the
pyramid.
8
9
8
5
7
PLAY
KEEPING
GOLD
BRAKES
TRANSPORT
SOCIETY
CORAL
KNOT
CORNED
TOMATO
RUN
SQUAD
OWN
LINE
SECOND
CHILL
RIDGE
PEG
PUNK
SINGER
9 3
8
9
3
5
4
1
4
7 1
7
8
5
8 9 3 6 5
4 1
8 3
1
3
7
MEDIUM
3
1 8
9
4
2 6 9 3
5
7
7 1
9 4
9
2
4 6 2 5
1
7 3
4
2
HARD
1
4
7
MIND THE GAP
A L C
7
Q4
S
C
G E
A C R
E
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February 25, 2018
SUDOKU
with horace
1. Eugene Cernan was
the last person to walk
where?
4. Who was the leader
of the Free French
during the Second
World War?
puzzle soluTions - page 56
relax
5
4
1
9
2
1 9 3
4
5 7 4
6
4
8
3
5 4 6
4
8
3
7
8
MINI FIT
WHICH
one
of the
listed
words
won?t fit
in each
of these
mini
grids?
BALL
LEAP
PLOT
E
TAPE
TELL
BABY
L
BANK
BLOB
BLUR
NEON
QUIZ: 1. The moon. 2. Last Post. 3. Death. 4. Charles de Gaulle. 5. Esperanto. 6. North Sea. 7. Russell Brand. 8. Mumps. 9. Rod Stewart. 10. Kent. 11. Burmese Days. 12. Sir Roger Bannister. 13. Aubergine.
14. Q. 15. Amplitude modulation. 16. George V. 17. Triangular. 18. Banshee. 19. Peach. 20. First among equals. SPORT: 1. Athens. 2. Sachin Tendulkar. 3. Malaysia. 4. John Higgins. 5. Zurich. SHOWBIZ: 1. Last
Of The Summer Wine. 2. Elephant. 3. The Shawshank Redemption. 4. Miami Vice. 5. Rage Against The Machine. BAIRNS: 1. Sean Connery. 2. Excalibur. 3. Glasgow. 4. Chancellor of the Exchequer. 5. Euro.
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WORDFINDER
The items listed below, all pottery-related, can be found in
the grid. Words may run either forwards or backwards, in
a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction, but always in a
straight, unbroken line.
M C
I
M A R E C T V
J M O
A A E N E O T O A A S B E
P K G N O A P T Y N L
R E N H A N D L E
I
I
K
Wullie will need tae be sly tae have a chance o? gettin? by.
U D L
O R O E M G S N E H R B L
I?M AWA
TAE THE
PICTERS
THE DAY.
N A P O A T U T T C R R E
F W S E P D F
N H
I
L A
I
J U U Y L E
I
I
WID YE TAK? MY
CASH AN? A JEELY
JAR TAE MAK?
UP THE REST? YE
CAN KEEP THE
CHANGE.
N S S D E O H
D G U R R R T H
B C
MICHTY, IT?S
EXPENSIVE TAE
SEE A FILM
THESE DAYS.
I
A
I
R W
E B E L C E E O G
S N N S O S T
I
L
T S M S
K G E W E G T F A R C A O
R S L
I
P D T W Y
FIRING
HANDLE
JUG
KILN
KNEAD
POT
SCULPT
SLIP
APRON
BOWL
BRUSH
CERAMIC
CHINA
CLAY
CRAFT
DESIGN
I
A H V
SLURRY
SPONGE
STILTS
STUDIO
VASE
WATER
WHEEL
WIRE
pieces in the grid to spell out a
MINIJIGSAW FitStartheTrek-related
word in each row.
1
E
2
3
4
5
6
L A
S L
E
S C
V O
O T
Y A
P I
V U
X Y
E Y
R D
A N
C A
L C
G A
W E
T Y
G E
KRISS KROSS
H A C K N E Y
IT?S GUID TAE
BE A WEE ROGUE.
IT?S EASIER TAE
HIDE UNDER
THINGS, OOT O?
SIGHT.
AWA WI? YE.
WE DINNAE DO
THAT NOO, YE
WEE ROGUE.
OCH,
THAT?S
NAE USE.
HAUD ON.
PENSIONERS
GET IN CHEAP.
THAT?S THE
VERY THING.
ALL I NEED IS A
GUID DISGUISE AND
I?M IN TAE THE
PICTERS.
ONE AULD
CODGER,
PLEASE.
HERE YE
GO, AULD
FELLA.
.
THE WEE TEARAWAY
TRIED TAE SNEAK IN TAE
SEE THE FILM ON THE
CHEAP, OFFICER.
OOT
YE GO!
THANK YE.
NABBED
AGAIN.
IS THAT
A FACT?
HANG ON.
I SEE PAST THAT
DISGUISE, YE
SCAMP.
I?LL TAK? THE
WEE MISCREANT
INSIDE AND GIE
HIM A GUID, LONG
TALKING TO.
TAKE AS
LONG AS
YOU LIKE. HE
NEEDS TAE
LEARN A
LESSON.
I?VE WANTED
TAE SEE THIS
FILM FOR
AGES.
IN HERE,
WULLIE.
YE CAN HAE A
GRANNY SOOKER
FOR THAT,
MURDOCH.
HO-HO!
MURDOCH?S
NO? A BAD LAD
REALLY.
WHIT?
NEXT TIME - Why wid ye need a box set when ootdoor fun?s the best ye get?
I?LL HIDE
UNTIL IT?S
TOO LATE FOR
A HAIRCUT.
WULLIE?S TAKING
ME TO GET MY FUR
TRIMMED, BUT
I LOOK DAFT AS
A BALDIE-DUG.
4 Letters Loss, Roll, Spot, Tutu, Zinc 5 Letters Adder, Amaze,
Crowd, Larch, Quash, Throw 6 Letters Induct, Morass,
Purvey, Sloppy 7 Letters Austere, Caustic, Ethical, Hackney
8 Letters Apiarist, Bagpiper, Inequity
BETRAYED
BY MY AIN
BOOTS!
YOU MIGHT
BE WEE, BUT
I STILL HEAR
THAE TACKITY
BOOTS O?
YOURS.
WEE HARRY ART: PETER DAVIDSON WORDS: IAIN MCLAUGHLIN
OOR WULLIE ART: PETER DAVIDSON WORDS: IAIN MCLAUGHLIN
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KILLER
Just like conventional Sudoku the aim is to fill each row, each
column and each 3 x 3 box with all the numbers from 1 to 9.
Your clues are the numbers in the dotted-line shapes, which
represent the sum of the numbers within that shape. The same
number cannot be used twice within a dotted-line shape.
11
16
10
22
3
12
7
Which Broon wid be best goin? for an eye test?
8
I?M NEEDIN?
TAE BUY A
NEW FROCK,
PAW.
THERE?S A NEW
CLAES SHOP OPENED
UP JIST DOON THE
HIGH STREET.
I?LL COME AN? GIE
YE THE BENEFIT O? MY
WISDOM, MAGGIE. I?VE
AYE HAD AN EYE FOR
THE BEST CLAES.
20
10
AYE, YOU?RE
A FASHION ICON
YOURSEL? FOR
SURE, PAW.
17
10
5
13
7
CODEWORD
14
22
1
13
24
13
17
2
11
WHIT?
17
1
U
5
22
19
11
11
14
5
3
22
1
1
AYE,
WELL, IT?S
FASHION.
5
S
7
16
14
T
23
21
11
3
14
11
12
13
13
23
R
26
14
1
11
21
7
23
13
20
8
3
11
23
12
17
13
1
5
22
22
20
11
12
7
5
1
11
5
11
1
21
14
2
11
23
9
11
12
11
22
7
10
11
17
13
11
14
2
14
13
3
15
7
6
3
3
13
23
23
14
20
26
3
24
12
24
18
I THOUGHT
NAE BROON
WOULD BE SEEN
WEARING THAT
FROCK, PAW.
6
7
17
25
OH, MICHTY!
MY BEST
BREEKS!
15
In this finished crossword, every letter of the alphabet appears as
a code number. All you have to do is crack the code and fill in the
grid. Replacing the decoded numbers 1, 5, 7 and 23 with their
letters in the grid will help you to guess the identity of other letters.
IT?S
FASHION,
PAW.
I?M NOT
THE ONLY ONE
NEEDING THEIR
EYES TESTED,
PAW BROON.
21
4
11
DOES ONYBODY LISTEN TAE ME?
NEVER. I?LL SIT DOON WHILE SHE WASTES
HER MONEY. SHE WANTS HER EYES
TESTED FOR BUYIN? THEY FROCKS.
12
11
AN? THAT ANE?S SO SHORT,
YOU?LL CATCH YER DEATH! THIS IS
SCOTLAND, NO? THE SEYCHELLES.
NAE BROON WOULD BE SEEN
WEARIN? THESE FROCKS.
IT?S SO
BRICHT I NEED
SUNGLASSES
TAE LOOK
AT IT.
17
7
4
THAT?
15
12
17
THIS IS THE
ONE. IS IT NO?
JIST PERFECT,
PAW?
12
13
8
16
IN THE SHOP?
9
16
11
17
17
12
14
5
4
11
17
2
20
11
20
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
1
U
14
2
3
4
5
15
16
17
18
S
6
7
19
20
T
8
9
10
11
12
13
21
22
23
24
25
26
R
PATHFINDER
NEXT TIME - The But an? Ben?s a? covered in mud ? the winter weather?s caused a flood.
JINGS! I?M
DROOKIT!
I?D BETTER
DRY OFF.
WHAT WAS
I SAYING ABOUT
LOOKING
DAFT?
Beginning
with the S in
the square
box, follow a
continuous
path to find
Carry On
films. The
trail passes
through
each and
every letter
once, and
may twist
up, down
or sideways,
but never
diagonally.
N C B O Y A C H E R S
O O W A J E T G N Y P
R T K C C L E O
I
I
N
M A E N D N C S M B G
G E H G L A R E A E H
N N R C O R
I
I
G D N
I
R O T D L N A M M E
S Y C N G S N L L N T
I
U R
I
Y B U E E A E
C A M P A B E S N S G
D A O R B A C R U E R
THE BROONS ART: PETER DAVIDSON WORDS: IAIN MCLAUGHLIN
The Broons and oor wullie have Their own online shop aT www.TheBroons.com
Abroad, Behind, Cabby, Camping, Cleo, Cowboy, Cruising,
Doctor, Emmannuelle, England, Girls, Henry, Jack, Matron,
Nurse, Screaming, Sergeant, Spying, Teacher
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Wor Nicky
Angel of the North
1
2
Puzzle extra
3
4
8
5
6
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
7
9
WHAT?S
THAT NOISE?
10
11
12
THAT?S
BERNARD
COMING IN,
NICKY.
16
ERK! MAJOR
SURGERY
NEEDED
HERE!
13
14
17
18
19
20
21
22
HAR-HAR,
NURSE. I?M ON
MY WAY TO A
FANCY DRESS
PARTY.
15
23
Name.................................................................................
Address....................................................................... ...
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WHAT BE
THE NEWS,
SAWBONES?
last week?s winner: Malcolm MacLeod, Glasgow
ARROWORD
ER, I DON?T WANT
TO MAKE YOU FEEL
LIKE WALKING THE
PLANK, BERNARD.
IT?S NOT GOOD.
Bored and Common
fed up (7,3) herd (3,6)
ACROSS
1 Some viscous mud
generates dirty
mark (6)
5 Cop and son ? might
horrify (6)
8 Worry about part of
guitar (4)
9 Swamp single
sister on romantic
occasion (8)
10 Exceptional girl in
rebuilt lab (8)
11 Yield germ, we
hear (4)
12 Count with less
feeling! (6)
14 Search around for
polecat (6)
16 Mark small vehicle (4)
18 109 keeping actress
Greta in Havana
container (5,3)
20 Go by steamship
on a French sea to
obtain light, flimsy
material (8)
21 Fish food?s a bit
off (4)
22 Dope cooked oat
pie (6)
23 I am, sorry to say,
returning sausage (6)
DOWN
2 Bird to spoil a fight
almost (7)
3 Some deemed it
totally the same (5)
4 Idle English town
comedian (4,9)
5 Greatly increase
totals over nine (6,7)
6 Motorbike
attachment is raced
out of control (7)
7 Bill Danson went on
stage (5)
13 Cake is thanks to
espresso?maker (7)
15 Say to lift maker,
?Male vanity? (7)
17 Champion he left in
vessel with illness (5)
19 Bit more belligerent
mutineer (5)
Last week?s
solution
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The arrows show the direction in which the answer to each clue should be placed.
__ Moines,
Iowa?s
capital
Moves
furtively
Formal test
Not long
now!
Fixings
At the back
Water
vapour
Drawing __,
tack
BUT YOU?LL
BE A LOT
LIGHTER IF YOU
TAKE OFF THAT
PEG LEG!
Roman VI
ROGER
FEDERER
Horse feed
Mends (a
sock)
SHIVER ME
TIMBERS! I
HADN?T THOUGHT
OF THAT!
YOU HAD A
GOOD WEIGHT LOSS,
SO STAY OFF THE
RUM, YE SWAB!
In what
way?
Shirks
__ Federer,
tennis
player
(pictured)
Diseaseprone tree
UK peer
__ Wheeler
Wilcox,
US poet
Peddled
Petrol
company
YO-HO-HO,
CAP?N NICKY!
Golf-ball
stand
__ Pope, TV
actress
Provoke
Bargain
Overturn
Genetic
blueprint
(inits)
Monikers
Stared at
Bird?s beak
Snake-like
fishes
Boundaries
Lean, rest
Attire
Short gaiter
ART: KEN H. HARRISON WORDS: SCOTT MONTGOMERY
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Entries to: Easy and/or Cryptic Crossword, The Sunday Post, 2 Albert Square, Dundee,
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last week?s winner: Stuart Caldwell, Prestwick
TOTALIZED
EASY
MEDIUM
HARDER
ACROSS
1 Male school
principals (11)
9 Unduly prominent
quality (13)
10 Little grebe (8)
12 Form of air
pollution (4)
14 Declare (a
marriage) void (5)
15 Fingerless
gloves (5)
19 Periods of time (4)
20 Device for
minimising the
report of a
gunshot (8)
22 One after
another (13)
24 People who
tell the future
by studying the
stars (11)
5 Large carnivorous
dinosaur (1,3)
6 ___ fever, acute
arthritic disease (9)
7 Cargoes,
shipments (5)
8 Habitual
practice (5)
11 Bright
headsquares (9)
13 Pointing out the
resemblance (8)
16 Remove frost
from (2?3)
17 Involving sight (6)
18 ___ on, hunts and
kills for food (5)
21 Dam across a
river (4)
23 Make a blunder (3)
DOWN
2 Chew and
swallow (3)
3 Small,
sugared, fried
sweet?cake (8)
4 To each
individually (6)
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1 Saw in your sleep
2 Per annum
3 Translucent sweet
4 Overrun, swarm over
5 Quality of being
strange
6 Towel fabric
7 Ask God?s protection
for
8 Mountaineer
9 Fiddle (with)
10 Imbecilic
11 Dung beetle
12 Man in charge of a
harem
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WORDWHEEL
USING only the letters in the
wordwheel, you have 40
minutes to find as many
words as possible, none
of which may be plurals,
foreign words or proper
nouns. Each word must be
of three or more letters, all
must contain the central
letter and letters can only
be used once in every word.
There are 24 words with at
least one nine?letter word.
SET SQUARE
PLACE each of the
digits 1?9 in the grid to
make the sums work.
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+
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+
+
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9
=
3
3
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10
9/10
+ 105 x 4 + 202 ?OF
IT
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
WITH the
help of the
Across clues
only, can
you fit the
pieces into
their correct
positions in
the grid?
February 25, 2018
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Last week?s
solution
JUST follow the instructions from left to right, starting with
the number given to reach an answer at the end.
56 + 56 � 4
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EASY CROSSWORD
ANSWER ANSWER ANSWER
1
PIECE
WORD
RELAX
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WORD
LADDER
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L
K O
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Y D
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C A L L
CHANGE one letter
at a time (but not the
position of any letter)
to make a new word
? and move from the
word at the top of
the box to the word
at the bottom using
the exact number of
rungs provided.
B AC K
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week
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The sky This week
with Jane ridder-patrick
With Mercury and Venus so busy in the sky this week,
communications and new alliances in many different areas
can be expected now. Friday?s Full Moon in Virgo at 0.51
GMT opposite intuitive Neptune invites us to get organised
and work efficiently while ensuring we also take time out to
dream. Most affected are those born February 27 to March
5, May 30 to June 5, September 1 to 9, and December 1 to 9.
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Gemini
CanCer
People may complain that
they?re walking on eggshells
round you as you?re so
unpredictable now. Little things
could spark off your moods this week
if you don?t find a constructive outlet
for your need to get on top of your
tasks.
A good week for...privacy
To keep the peace it?s best to
think first before snapping
today. Children and hobbies
are taking centre stage now and you
may have to decide how best to divide
your time between them. Thursday is
excellent for pleasurable activities with
significant others.
A good week for...harmony
The answer to the question of
whether you?re giving enough
time and attention to your home
life should be staring you in the
face now. Any major changes you?d like
to make at home or work gets a big
thumbs-up this week. You can push
ahead and enjoy yourself in the process.
A good week for...order
You?re unlikely to get your
own way with partners by
trying to push through important
projects with willpower. Tact would do
the trick though. By Friday you should
see results from paperwork or
communications you?ve been dealing
with over the last few weeks.
A good week for...children
Leo
VirGo
Libra
Friday?s Full Moon in your most
reclusive area could have you
retreating into yourself to
ponder on life and its meaning.
Confronting your own fears midweek
could show you that you?re stronger
than you think and that support is all
around you.
A good week for...security
SCorPio
You may be feeling pulled
between needing to do your
own thing in your own way and wanting
to share with others. A heart-to-heart
with a friend could do you both the
world of good now. Hobbies and
children could keep you busy at the
weekend.
A good week for...courage
SaGittariuS
CaPriCorn
aquariuS
PiSCeS
It?s easy to get the wrong end
of the stick as the week begins,
so speak clearly and listen carefully.
Luck is on your side at home now, so
make the most of it. Money matters and
investments are highlighted by Friday?s
Full Moon, giving you useful feedback
on how you?re doing.
A good week for...home
With Friday?s Full Moon in
your sign your feelings could be running
high, especially if you?ve been giving
more attention to others than you?ve
been getting yourself. Some information
could come your way at the weekend
that boosts your confidence and helps
you move out of a stuck place.
A good week for...communications
Your feelings this week, as
well as feedback from others,
should let you know whether you?re
managing to juggle the demands of your
private and public lives effectively.
Friday should give opportunities for
working with those at home for mutual
benefit.
A good week for...dreams
New horizons are opening up
for you if you?ll only notice
them. Once you see what?s
possible you?ll find the courage and
desire to spread your wings. You could
feel that others are interfering with
opinions about what you should do, but
they?re just trying to keep you grounded.
A good week for...networking
If there have been difficulties
in close relationships, now it
the time to pour oil on troubled waters.
Direct confrontations about money are
best avoided though. By thinking things
through first you should be able to do
and say what?s needed without
upsetting anyone.
A good week for...success
With Friday?s Full Moon in
your partnership area you can
expect some interesting
emotional responses from significant
others over the next fortnight. Keep well
away from negative people now, as
you?re highly sensitive to the moods of
everyone around.
A good week for...faith
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racing
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Six Nations
Superb
Scotland
stun title
favourites
TODAY?S TOP RACE CARDS
Sean Bowen rides
Cyrname to
victory in the
Betdaq Novices?
Chase at
Kempton
pages 70 & 71
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SOUTHWELL
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
Going: Soft
2.20
1
2
3
4
NOVICES? CHASE
(Class 2) 2m 2f 5yo plus Winner �,660
-14272 SPACE ODDITY (36) (H) H Fry 7-11-3
N Fehily
31P1-3 COPAIN DE CLASSE (113) (BF) P Nicholls 6-10-12 S Twiston-Davies
213-23 THE UNIT (112) A King 7-10-12
W Hutchinson
7166-5 ZAMPARELLI (8) (T) D Skelton 6-10-12
Doubtful
BETTING FORECAST: 5-4 The Unit, 2 Space Oddity, 5-2 Copain De Classe.
2.50
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Golf
Oliver in
running to
be king of
the desert
Handicap
revamp
good for
the game
The
Sunday PoSt
Sport
page 68
7-65F5 FERGAL MAEL DUIN (29) (P,T;C) C Tizzard 10-12-0 H Cobden
P5-712 SONOFTHEKING (71) (T) Nicky Martin 10-11-12 M Griffiths
73-P21 THE LAST BUT ONE (21) P Nicholls 6-11-11 S Twiston-Davies
5P1P44 CAP HORNER (38) J W Mullins 6-11-10
J McGrath
61115P BROWN BEAR (61) (P;BF,CD) N Gifford 7-11-9
L Aspell
1-11F1 STOICAL PATIENT (19) (V;C) G L Moore 9-11-8 Jamie Moore
640215 SPOCK (40) (C,D) Lady S Brooke 13-10-10 Miss L Brooke(7)
-55624 OAKIDOAKI (55) (P,T;BF) B Powell 6-10-10
B J Powell
0934-4 MONEYSTOWN (13) Mrs L Jewell 8-10-3
T Cannon
2017: Wizards Bridge 8-11-8, T J O?Brien 2-1 Fav (C Tizzard), 6 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 15-8 The Last But One, 9-2 Stoical Patient, 5
Sonoftheking, 8 Brown Bear, Oakidoaki, 10 Fergal Mael Duin, Cap Horner, 16
Spock, 33 Moneystown.
3.20
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
page 69
Bernard
Gallacher
TOTEQUADPOT HANDICAP CHASE
(4) 2m 6f 5yo plus Winner �108
YESTERDAY?S RESULTS
CHEPSTOW
1.55: ? 1 Champagne Champ (N
Scholfield, Tr B Millman), 4-1; 2 Mount
Rushmoore, 11-4; 3 Garran City, 9-1. (15
ran). non-runner
Let?s Sway. 34, nk.
Tote ? �80. Exacta ? �.80. CF ?
�.41.
2.30: ? 1 Rolling Dylan (M G Nolan,
Tr P Hobbs), 7-4; 2 Flintham, 8-11 (fav); (3
ran). 18. Tote ? �30. Exacta ? �20.
CF ? �48.
3.05: ? 1 Moabit (Bryony Frost, Tr P
Nicholls), 6-1; 2 Applesandpierres, 16-1; 3
Diable De Sivola, 9-4 (fav). (7 ran). 412,
112. Tote ? �80. Exacta ? �.90. CF
? �.95.
3.40: ? 1 Carnspindle (T Greatrex, Tr
W Greatrex), 14-1; 2 Sainte Ladylime,
12-1; 3 Poker Play, 8-1. (11 ran). 214, 114.
Tote ? �.60. Exacta ? �1.40. CF ?
�0.19.
4.15: ? 1 Tornado In Milan (A Wedge,
Tr E Williams), 11-2; 2 Overtown Express,
4-1; 3 Savello, 20-1. (6 ran). non-runner
Eastlake. 5, 15. Tote ? �20. Exacta ?
�.60. CF ? �.01.
4.50: ? 1 Beallandendall (N Scholfield,
Tr D Faulkner), 7-1; 2 Little Jimmy, 11-2;
3 Finnegan?s Garden, 4-1 (fav). (9 ran). 4,
12. Tote ? �50. Exacta ? �.50. CF ?
�.00.
5.20: ? 1 Supremely Lucky (Bridget
Andrews, Tr D Skelton), 7-1; 2 Kapgarry,
8-1; 3 Endless Flight, 33-1. (12 ran). 2, 7.
Tote ? �90. Exacta ? �.30. CF ?
�.94.
Placepot ? �6.50.
KEMPTON
1.15: ? 1 Kings Walk (H Cobden, Tr C
Tizzard), 12-1; 2 The Mighty Don, 13-2; 3
Wolfcatcher, 12-1. (14 ran). nk, 6. Tote ?
�.10. Exacta ? �0.90. CF ? �.41.
1.50: ? 1 Cyrname (S Bowen, Tr P
Nicholls), 2-5 (fav); 2 The Unit, 7-2; 3 For
Good Measure, 20-1. (4 ran). 11, 5. Tote
? �30. Exacta ? �40. CF ? �11.
2.25: ? 1 Redicean (W Hutchinson, Tr
A King), 10-11 (fav); 2 Malaya, 4-1; 3 Beau
Gosse, 4-1. (7 ran). 7, 10. Tote ? �50.
Exacta ? �80. CF ? �65.
3.00: ? 1 Global Citizen (D Jacob, Tr
B Pauling), 5-1; 2 Scarlet Dragon, 13-2; 3
Michael?s Mount, 7-1. (10 ran). 9, 334. Tote
? �20. Exacta ? �.80. CF ? �.74.
3.35: ? 1 Master Dee (B J Geraghty,
Tr F O?Brien), 8-1; 2 Ballykan, 14-1; 3
Theatre Territory, 10-1. (15 ran). 334, 4.
Tote ? �40. Exacta ? �6.20. CF ?
�3.87.
4.10: ? 1 Favorito Buck?s (H Cobden,
Tr P Nicholls), 7-1; 2 Kayf Blanco, 7-2
(fav); 3 Enjoy Responsibly, 7-1. (8 ran).
nk, 4. Tote ? �40. Exacta ? �.70. CF
? �.02.
4.45: ? 1 Danny Kirwan (S TwistonDavies, Tr P Nicholls), 13-8 (fav); 2 Pym,
7-4; 3 Larkbarrow Lad, 20-1. (9 ran). 2,
112. Tote ? �30. Exacta ? �20. CF ?
�40.
Jackpot ? Not won, pool of �559.87
carried forward. Placepot ? �.20.
LINGFIELD
1.30: ? 1 Mandalayan (R Hornby, Tr J
Portman), 8-1; 2 Dark Crocodile, 20-1; 3
Bobby K, 7-1. (9 ran). non-runner
Possibly So. 2, ns. Tote ? �90. Exacta
? �.30. CF ? �6.69.
2.05: ? 1 Gracious John (Fran Berry,
Tr P Evans), 8-1; 2 Encore d?Or, 4-1; 3
Tomily, 7-1. (8 ran). shd, 12. Tote ? �50.
Exacta ? �.20. CF ? �.45.
2.40: ? 1 Grandfather Tom (E J
Walsh, Tr R Cowell), 2-5 (fav); 2 Meerpat,
7-2; 3 Marietta Robusti, 10-1. (5 ran). hd,
3
1 4. Tote ? �40. Exacta ? �30. CF ?
�28.
3.15: ? 1 Master The World (S Levey,
Tr D Elsworth), 16-1; 2 Mr Owen, 8-1; 3
Battle Of Marathon, 33-1. (10 ran). hd,
1
1 4. Tote ? �.80. Exacta ? �5.80. CF
? �3.59.
3.50: ? 1 Goring (C Bishop, Tr Eve
J-Houghton), 11-4 (fav); 2 Mr
Scaramanga, 14-1; 3 Sea Fox, 8-1. (9 ran).
ns, shd. Tote ? �70. Exacta ? �.20.
CF ? �.79.
4.25: ? 1 Island Brave (L Morris, Tr
Mrs H Main), 9-4; 2 Royal Reserve, 6-1; 3
Thaqaffa, 8-1. (7 ran). nk, 112. Tote ?
�40. Exacta ? �.50. CF ? �.37.
5.00: ? 1 Unit of Assessment (A
Kirby, Tr W Knight), 6-1; 2 Ban Shoof,
4-1; 3 Music Major, 10-1. (11 ran). nonrunner
Moneyoryourlife. nk, ns. Tote
? �70. Exacta ? �.80. CF ? �.12.
Placepot ? �285.80.
NEWCASTLE
1.35: ? 1 On The Rox (N Moscrop, Tr
Sally Haynes), 5-1; 2 Chateau Marmont,
11-4 (fav); 3 Wor Verge, 9-1. (13 ran).
non-runner
Strathy. nk, 12. Tote ?
�00. Exacta ? �.70. CF ? �.70.
2.10: ? 1 Lady Buttons (A Nicol, Tr P
Kirby), 4-6 (fav); 2 Bollin Ace, 9-1; 3
Kelka, 85-40. (5 ran). 412, 20. Tote ?
�40. Exacta ? �30. CF ? �69.
2.45: ? 1 Baywing (R Day, Tr N
Richards), 8-1; 2 West Of The Edge, 11-1;
3 Portrait King, 33-1; 4 Hainan, 11-2. (17
ran). 4, 16, ns. Tote ? �30. Exacta ?
�8.90. CF ? �.04.
3.20: ? 1 Raised On Grazeon (Ross
Chapman, Tr J J Quinn), 10-11 (fav); 2 Off
The Hook, 10-3; 3 Dancing Amy, 12-1. (8
ran). 5, 13. Tote ? �70. Exacta ? �00.
CF ? �02.
3.55: ? 1 Joke Dancer (D Cook, Tr
Mrs S Smith), 7-2; 2 Reverant Cust, 5-2; 3
Smart Talk, 14-1. (6 ran). non-runner
Master Of Irony. 114, 5. Tote ? �80.
Exacta ? �.50. CF ? �.00.
4.30: ? 1 Plus Jamais (Mr B Lynn, Tr I
Jardine), 12-1; 2 Takingrisks, 4-1; 3
Central Flame, 7-1. (8 ran). 312, 13. Tote
? �.20. Exacta ? �.00. CF ? �.55.
5.05: ? 1 Planet Nine (C O?Farrell, Tr
Mrs R Dobbin), 3-1; 2 Cadeyrn, 5-4 (fav);
3 Uncle Alastair, 6-4. (3 ran). 112, 412.
Tote ? �70. Exacta ? �40. CF ?
�99.
Placepot ? �.40.
NATIONAL SPIRIT HURDLE (GRADE 2)
(1) 2m 3f 4yo plus Winner �,560
20-316 LIL ROCKERFELLER (64) (B;CD) N King 7-11-9 T Whelan
713154 OLD GUARD (55) P Nicholls 7-11-7
H Cobden
0-4302 AIR HORSE ONE (36) (D) H Fry 7-11-3
N Fehily
3-2324 CLYNE (36) (D) E Williams 8-11-3
A Wedge
421221 DR DES (24) (D) Henry Oliver 7-11-3
J M Davies
2F/24- NORMAN THE RED (338) J Long 8-11-3
M Batchelor
054-76 UBAK (22) G L Moore 10-11-3
Joshua Moore
5-2716 VALUE AT RISK (15) (BF,D) D Skelton 9-11-3 Bridget Andrews
2017: Camping Ground 7-11-11, Joshua Moore 9-1 (G L Moore), 7 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Lil Rockerfeller, 7-2 Air Horse One, Old Guard,
11-2 Clyne, 13-2 Value At Risk, 10 Ubak, 14 Dr Des, 66 Norman The Red.
ROCKERFELLER 7-1 (11-7) Raced on inner, chased leading
Form LIL
pair, pushed along final circuit, ridden before 3 out, 2nd briefly
under pressure after 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 8, 24l behind Sam
Spinner (11-7) at Ascot 3m hdl G1 (1) gs in Dec. AIR HORSE ONE 14-1 (11-12)
Held up, headway on outside after 7th, chased leaders next, 3rd going well after
3 out, upsides and every chance when mistake 2 out, 2nd between last 2, hung
right run-in, not recover, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Jenkins (11-3) at Ascot 2m 3f
hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Jan. OLD GUARD 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 2
out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 4th of 8, 9l behind Wholestone (113) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
3.55
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
NOVICES? HURDLE
(4) 2m 3f 5yo plus Winner �094
26-81 CALL ME SID (38) Mrs J Mason 6-11-5
N De Boinville
2-11 DARCY WARD (47) (D) Jack Barber 5-11-5
N Scholfield
31-263 APTLY PUT (9) Richard Spencer 6-10-12
B J Powell
007 BAIHAS (55) (T) N Mulholland 8-10-12
N P Madden
1368-5 BALLYHOME (11) B Powell 7-10-12
R McLernon
HECTON BAY Mrs L Jewell 7-10-12
Joshua Moore
213U6 JERSEY BEAN (38) O Sherwood 5-10-12
L Aspell
4-97 JIMMY (61) C Gordon 5-10-12
D G Noonan
PS51/3 MIGHTY VIC (10) (T) Miss S Smith 10-10-12 J Sherwood(3)
26 NIBLAWI (47) N Mulholland 6-10-12
N Fehily
3-2822 PUPPET WARRIOR (27) N Gifford 6-10-12
T Cannon
00U/P- FULL OF MISCHIEF (356) R Rowe 10-10-5 A Glassonbury
P JOLLY JET (69) Mrs L Jewell 6-10-5
T Garner(3)
2017: Crystal Lad 5-10-12, Jamie Moore 5-1 (G L Moore), 9 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Darcy Ward, 10-3 Puppet Warrior, 9-2 Call Me Sid,
5 Niblawi, 8 Jersey Bean, Aptly Put, 14 Mighty Vic, 20 Ballyhome, 50 Others.
4.25
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
OPEN HUNTERS? CHASE
(6) 3m 2f 5yo plus Winner �872
2-PUPU GOWANAUTHAT (7) (T;BF,C) F Nimmo 10-12-6 Mr J Jackson-Stops(7)
009-21 UNIONISTE (24) (D) P Nicholls 10-12-6
Mr D Maxwell(3)
342234 LETBESO (28) (P) Mrs K Lawther 10-12-2
Mr P Bryan(7)
2F-P44 LORD HEATHFIELD (8) (B) Miss C Mews 12-12-2 Miss A Stirling(3)
4R3-1U TALLOW FAIR (273) Miss Lucy Horner 13-12-0 AAnderson(7)
65F-P4 MINMORE GREY (36) N Lampard 9-11-12
Miss A Bell(7)
2-332U REAL MILAN (19) (P) Nick J Jones 13-11-12 Mr J H Jones(7)
2.00
1
2
3
4
5
TOTETRIFECTA HANDICAP HURDLE
(4) 2m 6f 4yo plus Winner �094
1 553336 I SEE YOU WELL (17) J W Mullins 5-12-1
J McGrath
2 -4U75P HIT THE HIGHWAY (25) C Gordon 9-11-12
T Cannon
3
0-6802 DUKE OF KILCORRAL (16) N Mulholland 5-11-11 H Reed(7)
4
-3627P CINTEX (49) N Mulholland 6-11-10
N Fehily
5
7-3129 BURST YA BUBBLE (113) J W Mullins 6-11-9 D Sansom(7)
6
43368/ ROBINSSON (675) (P;BF) O Sherwood 8-11-4
L Aspell
7 716582 DING DING (13) Miss S West 7-11-4
M Goldstein
8
3-1265 CANYOURINGMEBACK (27) N Gifford 6-11-3 N Scholfield
9 450705 ROLL OF THE DICE (35) G L Moore 6-11-1
Jamie Moore
10 442253 QUIZ MASTER (23) (T) C Tizzard 6-11-1
H Cobden
11
1-767 BOLD IMAGE (48) (C) Miss S Smith 7-10-13 J Sherwood(3)
12 74-3F3 TZAR DE L?ELFE (49) R Rowe 8-10-11
A Glassonbury
13 20/P3- JOIN THE NAVY (350) (H;C) Mrs K A Buckett 13-10-10 K Edgar(3)
14 B709PP GI JAYNE (11) D Skelton 7-10-4
Bridget Andrews(3)
2017: Seas Of Green 10-11-3, C Gethings(5) 12-1 (P Cowley), 8 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 9-2 Quiz Master, 6 Canyouringmeback, 13-2 Cintex, 7
Ding Ding, 8 Burst Ya Bubble, Tzar De L?elfe, 12 Others.
5.25
1
2
3
4
5
6
MAIDEN OPEN NH FLAT RACE
(5) 2m 2f 4yo to 6yo Winner �274
27 BLACK LIGHTNING (39) N Gifford 5-11-3
J M Davies
2 SHAUGHNESSY (61) O Sherwood 5-11-3
L Aspell
SOUTHFIELD TORR P Nicholls 5-11-3
S Twiston-Davies
33 THE FLYING SOFA (35) (BF) G L Moore 5-11-3 Jamie Moore
7 WONTSTOPMENOW (69) Mrs L Jewell 5-11-3
T Cannon
156 L?CHAMISE (61) Jack Barber 5-10-10
N Scholfield
2017: Larry 4-10-8, Jamie Moore 6-1 (G L Moore), 6 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 2 Southfield Torr, 11-4 The Flying Sofa, 7-2
Shaughnessy, 4 Black Lightning, 10 L?chamise, 50 Wontstopmenow.
1-2795 TODAY PLEASE (55) (D) Henry Oliver 8-11-12
D Crosse
3-6133 WEYBURN (26) (P,T;C) M Keighley 7-11-10
A Tinkler
P5F213 ULIS DE VASSY (15) (V;CD) Laura Morgan 10-10-3 P Cowley(5)
F49024 ROYAL ACT (27) S-J Davies 6-10-0
T Phelan
505065 L?ES FREMANTLE (9) M Chapman 7-10-0 Alison Clarke(7)
2017: Never Up 6-11-4, D Cook 5-2 Fav (Mrs S Smith), 6 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 7-4 Today Please, 2 Weyburn, 9-4 Ulis De Vassy, 10
Royal Act, 66 L?es Fremantle.
2.30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
NOVICES? HANDICAP CHASE
(4) 2m 4f 5yo plus Winner �442
64U1U2 WOOD PIGEON (3) (B;BF) Olly Murphy 9-11-12 R Johnson
45-326 NORMANDY KING (66) (T;BF,D) T Vaughan 7-11-5 A Johns
432517 RED DANAHER (39) (BF,D) Mrs S Smith 11-11-5
D Cook
5-4865 CHAMPION CHASE (20) (P) M Bosley 6-11-4
James Best
6-3005 CHASE ME (33) (H) Sarah Hollinshead 7-10-13
R T Dunne
6-0693 ST MERRYN (10) (T) B Summers 7-10-10
C Hammond(7)
09003P RUN DON?T HIDE (30) (T) P Henderson 7-10-7 T J O?Brien
76-P50 COUDEFOUDRE (24) Miss V Williams 6-10-6 Mr H Nugent(7)
7FP-P3 MY DIAMOND (21) Mrs L Young 7-10-0
G Sheehan
BETTING FORECAST: 6-4 Wood Pigeon, 5 Red Danaher, 6 Normandy King, 8
Coudefoudre, Champion Chase, 10 Chase Me, 14 Others.
3.00
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
GRANDNATIONAL.FANS NOVICES? HURDLE
(4) 2m 4yo plus Winner �094
BATTALION (F48) J Osborne 8-11-2
R Johnson
P0P BITE MY TONGUE (20) (P) J G O?Neill 5-11-2 Mr J Nailor(7)
F-86P5 CASH TO ASH (42) M Walford 5-11-2
J Hamilton
09 CONCEALED AMBITION (40) T Vaughan 6-11-2
A Johns
5113-3 CONTRE TOUS (22) (T) B Ellison 6-11-2
H Brooke
2- GEORGE GENTLY (516) D Skelton 5-11-2
H Skelton
0P HAY JAMES (34) S A Harris 7-11-2
G Carson(7)
4-3300 NAASIK (47) J Norton 5-11-2
C McCormack(3)
02-281 ROYALE ZANZIBAR (40) (D) T Symonds 4-10-13 A Coleman
663 HIJRAN (22) Henry Oliver 5-10-9
T J O?Brien
8 JERSEY JEWEL (F45) (P,T) P Bowen 6-10-9
S Bowen
56-786 LADY MASTER (20) Mrs C Bailey 5-10-9
A Tinkler
2017: Buckle Street 4-10-7, A Tinkler 5-1 (M Keighley), 14 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 6-4 Battalion, 15-8 George Gently, 10-3 Contre Tous,
13-2 Royale Zanzibar, 20 Hijran, 33 Jersey Jewel, 50 Others.
3.35
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
GRANDNATIONAL.FANS HANDICAP HURDLE
(3) 3m 4yo plus Winner �077
11F42P SAM RED (22) (B,T;D) D Skelton 7-11-12
H Skelton
275512 KANSAS CITY CHIEF (23) (P;BF,D) N Mulholland 9-11-11 T Scudamore
411-3P ROCKY?S TREASURE (72) (D) K Bailey 7-11-11
D Bass
8-4354 JEANNOT DE NONANT (29) (P) P Bowen 6-11-10 S Bowen
1-4116 SUN CLOUD (45) (P;BF,D) Ruth Jefferson 11-11-8 A Blakemore(10)
1P-837 MINELLA ON LINE (29) (D) O Sherwood 9-11-1 C Shoemark
P7/2FF A VOS GARDES (8) (T) C Longsdon 8-11-1 Jonathan Burke
-54231 JAUNTY FLYER (32) T Vaughan 6-10-11
A Johns
2017: Nautical Nitwit 8-11-7, A Nicol 7-1 (P Kirby), 6 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 7-4 Kansas City Chief, 5 Sun Cloud, 13-2 Sam Red, 7
Rocky?s Treasure, 8 Jaunty Flyer, A Vos Gardes, 10 Others.
4.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
HANDICAP HURDLE
(5) 2m 4yo plus Winner �119
6P-682 HOLLYWOODALL STAR (9) (B;D) G McPherson 9-11-12 Kielan Woods
-7U62P WHISPERING HARRY (23) (T;CD) H Oliver 9-11-11 Jason Dixon(7)
2-2P13 HURRICANE RITA (9) (B,T;BF,D) Olly Murphy 8-11-11
R Johnson
984361 INDIAN REEL (25) (T;D) F O?Brien 8-11-8
P Brennan
P53744 STUCCODOR (25) (V) Mrs S Leech 9-11-8 Sean Houlihan(5)
568-65 BENISSIMO (F12) (P;CD) A L Forbes 8-11-6 Mr M Ennis(7)
6-7485 WEST TO CROSSGALES (80) (T) C Pogson 7-10-11 A Pogson
-P054P WINDY WRITER (60) (P,T) Sam England 8-10-7 D England
P07974 MILLEN DOLLAR MAN (9) (B) A Dunn 9-10-7 T Cheesman(5)
56B695 JACARNO (20) (P) A Crook 6-10-5
Will Kennedy
0P0083 BYGONES FOR COINS (28) (T) K Johnson 10-10-0 Alison Clarke(7)
680784 CENTREOFEXCELLENCE (21) (H,T) S Flook 7-10-0
B Poste
2017: Akula 10-11-6, L Murtagh(7) 5-1 (B Leavy), 14 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 5-2 Hollywood All Star, 11-4 Hurricane Rita, 9-2 Indian
Reel, 10 Whispering Harry, 12 Stuccodor, Millen Dollar Man, 16 Others.
2017: Mon Parrain 11-12-6, Mr D Maxwell(5) 1-3 Fav (P Nicholls), 5 ran.
BETTING FORECAST: 4-7 Unioniste, 4 Gowanauthat, 13-2 Real Milan, 10
Letbeso, 20 Tallow Fair, 33 Lord Heathfield, 66 Minmore Grey.
4.55
GRANDNATIONAL.FANS HANDICAP CHASE
(Class 4) 2m 5yo plus Winner �614
4.35
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
HANDICAP HURDLE
(5) 3m 4yo plus Winner �119
2-3496 ALPHA INDI (48) H Evans 7-12-0
T Dowling(5)
U352PP MOORLANDS MIST (26) (P;D) Sara Ender 11-12-0 N Moscrop(5)
408263 ASKING QUESTIONS (33) (P,T;D) O Greenall 6-11-12 Ross Turner(7)
2F0002 ABBEY STREET (30) P Henderson 7-11-11
P Brennan
F5-12F TARA MAC (72) T Vaughan 9-11-9
Miss Jodie Hughes(7)
4-5406 NICHEINTHEMARKET (24) C Fryer 6-11-8
R Patrick(5)
F-06P9 CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY (39) (B) G McPherson 6-11-5 Kielan Woods
574P6P JANES BOUTIQUE (40) T Symonds 7-11-3
A Coleman
61575/ SPENDAJENNIE (789) (D) N Kent 9-11-3 T Broughton(10)
28-138 CRUISING BYE (218) (P,T;D) P Bowen 12-11-2
S Bowen
48-P4P HOUNDSCOURT (32) (P,T;C,D) Miss J Foster 11-10-9 D Cook
336BP/ MEDIEVAL BISHOP (F20) A L Forbes 9-10-8 Mr M Ennis(7)
765-90 K O KENNY (28) (P) A Crook 7-10-8
Will Kennedy
161-09 SUFFICE (112) (T) Mrs L Young 9-10-6
G Sheehan
FP43-P AGENT LOUISE (277) (P) M Sowersby 10-10-6
R Day(3)
36-2P2 FROSTY DAWN (20) M Sowersby 10-10-1
L Murtagh(5)
BETTING FORECAST: 4 Abbey Street, 9-2 Asking Questions, 5 Tara Mac, 13-2
Alpha Indi, Frosty Dawn, 14 Cranbrook Causeway, Cruising Bye, 16 Others.
5.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE
(5) 2m 4yo to 6yo Winner �395
DOMINATEUR O Sherwood 5-11-2
A Coleman
HERO?S CREEK B Pauling 5-11-2
D Jacob
5 IVOR THE FOX (44) (T) Sara Ender 6-11-2
R Winks(5)
6 KATAHDIN (61) Mrs L Pearce 5-11-2
J Quinlan
2- STRIKE IN MILAN (319) (T) T R George 6-11-2 C Gethings
0 THAT?STHESCOOP (105) D Skelton 5-11-2
H Skelton
3 THIBAULT (67) K Bailey 5-11-2
D Bass
PEANUTSPONYPETITE Mike Hammond 5-10-9 C Hammond(7)
RICHIE VALENTINE M Keighley 4-10-7
H Stock(7)
BETTING FORECAST: 9-4 Thibault, 5-2 Strike In Milan, 7-2 Hero?s Creek, 4
Dominateur, 16 Richie Valentine, 20 That?sthescoop, 25 Others.
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Fergal O?Brien
This Indian
could prove
Reel deal
By Reg Moore
sport@sundaypost.com
Fergal O?Brien had to drop
Indian Reel into a claimer to
get his head in front. He
might just be up for a
repeat, back in a handicap.
His win at Leicester was a
comfortable affair from
Iniesta. The fourth home,
Stuccodor, is 4lb worse off
for being beaten nine
lengths.
A winner of an Irish point
for Margaret Mullins, the
eight-year-old has form over
further than today?s trip, so
he?ll be a strong finisher
Paddy Brennan rides
again and, after just eight
visits to the racecourse, the
in-form O?Brien could find a
little more improvement
from his runner.
Chasing hasn?t worked out
for Sam Red, and it?s no
surpise that Dan Skelton
goes back to the smaller
obstacles in the feature
event.
He made jumping errors
and was pulled up at
Wetherby last time, and was
second of three behind the
promising Mount Mews on
debut.
Back over timber today, a
repeat of his fourth at
Sandown, behind Holly
Bush Henry in a Class 2
handicap, would put him in
the frame.
Normally, you would
expect Contre Tous?s mark of
a 125 to be good enough to
win a Southwell novice. But
perhaps not today.
The Skeltons run George
Gently against Brian
Ellison?s runner, and the
form of his second in France
is solid, if ready after a
break.
SELECTIONS
NAP ? Indian Reel
(Southwell 4.05).
DOUBLE ? Sam Red
(Southwell 3.35).
TREBLE ? George Gently
(Southwell 3.00).
LaTE WIrE
Old Guard just shades the
National Spirit Hurdle on
ratings. The seven-year-old
ran well behind Wholestone
and My Tent Or Yours, the
last twice.
SELECTION
Old Guard (Fontwell 3.20).
FOCUS ON the wiNter OlympiCS
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spoRt
Dejection for Eve but
utter joy for GB?s Billy
By Matt McGeehan
sport@sundaypost.com
I
t was a day of real
disappoinment for Great
Britain?s women?s curling team
after finishing fourth yesterday,
as Japan won an attritional
bronze medal bout at the
Gangneung Curling Centre.
Defeat to Sweden in Friday?s
semi-final saw Eve Muirhead, Anna
Sloan, Vicki Adams and Lauren
Gray fall into the battle for bronze,
which they won at Sochi 2014.
But the quartet were unable to
replicate that at a second successive
Winter Olympics as Japan
capitalised on errors from
Muirhead in the ninth and 10th
ends to win 5-3.
Muirhead?s rink responded from
a semi-final loss to Canada four
years ago to beat Switzerland to
bronze and were seeking to
overcome disappointment again.
A tense, tactical encounter
ensued, but Japan blanked the sixth
and seventh ends to retain
possession of the hammer and took
the initiative.
A fine shot by Japan skip Satsuki
Fujisawa piled the pressure on
Muirhead in the ninth, but the
27-year-old missed her attempted
takeout.
Britain had the scoring stone as
Muirhead threw the last stone of
the 10th end, but instead of scoring
two points for the victory ? or even
one to force an extra end ? her shot
pushed a Japanese stone further
into the house to seal defeat.
A clearly upset Muirhead tried to
be phlegmatic, but was struggling
to comprehend the loss.
?The shot was there, we went for
it, to get two. As a skip it?s hard when
you miss the last shot,? she said.
?I?m really proud of these girls,
we have given it our best shot and
it?s hard to say we are going home
with nothing.
?I?m devastated it didn?t turn out
how we wanted. It?s going to take a
bit of time to sink in. It?s difficult
when you don?t make the last shot,
that?s what you train for day in, day
out.
?It?s been a long journey, these
last four years. It?s difficult to take to
go home with nothing. The
Olympics is a hard gig. We played
Eve Muirhead suffers as
Japan celebrate. But Billy
Morgan was overjoyed with
his bronze (right)
our hearts out, left nothing out
there.?
On whether she will compete at
Beijing in 2022, Muirhead added:
?The Olympics is something I
dream about every day. I would love
to be able to come back for
another.?
The loss means Britain will finish
the Games with a record five
medals. Snowboarder Billy Morgan
earlier on Saturday won the record
fifth British Winter Olympics
medal, with bronze in the Big Air
event.
Four years after hanging a toilet
seat around his neck during a
memorable apres-ski moment in
Sochi, Morgan can finally replace it.
?It?s a bit of an upgrade,?
admitted the party-loving Morgan,
who nailed a trick he had never
performed before in competition ?
and had crashed in his last four
attempts in training ? to muscle in
on the podium.
His success earned the 28-yearold former acrobat an unlikely
place in history as the man who
guaranteed Great Britain their best
Winter Olympics with a fifth medal
of the Pyeongchang Games.
When Canadian Max Parrot fell
on his final run, ruling him out of
contention, Morgan?s extraordinary
achievement was confirmed,
sparking wild celebrations amongst
his support staff at the foot of the
jump.
?I didn?t think I could win a
medal,? conceded Morgan. ?I had
Torgeir Bergrem and Max to come
and they?re rad riders, they never
fall over ? but they did.
?I had some good luck on the day
but that?s what makes the sport so
interesting ? you can do a trick 100
times but fall on that day.?
Allan comes up with his version of a classic
Scottish master fly-tyer
Allan Liddle has come
up with an absolutely
brilliant personal take
on the famous Snatcher
pattern, called the
Snatcher Muddler.
It is tied on a size
10-14 Partridge Patriot
barbless K5AY grubheavy hook using UNI
8/0 tying thread.
The body is black
rabbit dubbing with a
aNgLINg
pinch of dark olive
Glister, ribbed with
Veniard pearl microglint braided thread
and palmered with a
black cock saddle
hackle, stripped on one
side to prevent over
dressing.
Finish off with a
trimmed head made
from natural short-fine
deer hair.
n With the moresettled weather, the
fishing performed
steadier last week at
Renfrewshire?s
Howwood Trout
Fishery, where the fish
seemed to be lying
deep for most of the
time with the Dam Wall
area fishing best.
The best tactics have
been Buzzers and Bugs,
fished under the Bung,
or various lures fished
deep on sinking lines.
Notable catches
include Paul Gallagher
with 10, Martin Daly
(8), Colin Crichton Jnr
(7), Ian Kerr (6) and
Mark Irvine had four.
In addition, a total of
16 fish were taken for
the pot for a weight of
41lbs 8oz.
February 25, 2018
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gamES rEpOrT
SNOWbOardINg
Ester Ledecka became the
first person to win Olympic
gold medals in skiing and
snowboarding by winning
the snowboard parallel giant
slalom in Pyeongchang.
The 22-year-old Czech
had stunned the sport?s
more established names by
winning the alpine Super-G
last Saturday, coming down
late to beat defending
champion Anna Veith by
0.01 seconds.
Ledecka, who had never
finished higher than 19th
place in a Super-G World
Cup, was the first person to
compete in both alpine and
snowboard events at the
Games, let alone the first
winner.
She had competed on
borrowed skis, and refused
to remove her ski goggles in
the immediate aftermath,
because she said she was so
unprepared for victory she
had not put on any
make-up.
Ledecka went on to write
her name into the history
books by following up in her
favourite event yesterday,
overcoming Germany?s
Selina Joerg by 0.46 seconds
in their snowboard final.
Ledecka said: ?It was
actually quite tough to
change myself into a
snowboarder. I had one
week to do it and until
yesterday I didn?t feel good
with my riding.
?But today I found the
snowboarder in me. I?ve
been doing it since I was a
little child and I love racing.
I just feel good in my
bubble.?
bObSLEIgh
Russian bobsleigh pilot
Nadezhda Sergeeva has
been disqualified from the
Winter Olympics after
admitting to an anti-doping
rule violation.
The Court of Arbitration
for Sport?s anti-doping
division announced her
expulsion, saying Sergeeva
had tested positive for heart
drug trimetazidine.
Her violation follows that
of Alexander Krushelnitsky,
who on Thursday was
stripped of the mixed
doubles curling bronze
medal he won with his wife,
Anastasia Bryzgalova.
Sergeeva and her
brakewoman Anastasia
Kocherzhova finished 12th in
the women?s two-person
bobsleigh which took place
on Tuesday and
Wednesday, but their results
have now been expunged
from the record.
Sergeeva?s expulsion
could jeopardise the
chances of Russian athletes,
who are competing
Pyeongchang as Olympic
Athletes of Russia (OAR),
being permitted to march
under their own flag in
today?s closing ceremony.
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February 25, 2018
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focus on golf
Bernard
gallacher
New handicap system should
make the game enjoyable for all
O
ne of golf?s greatest
strengths has always been its
handicap system.
It means two players of
differing ability can have a great
game together on any given day.
But it needed updating. That?s
why I?m pleased that The R&A
and the USGA are implementing
the new World Handicap System
from 2020.
Golf is a global game, so it is
only right that a standardised
method should be used to assess
a player?s ability, wherever he or
she plays in the world.
A lot of thought has been put
into these changes and it shows
the governing bodies are trying to
move with the times.
Golfers need only play 54 holes
to gain a handicap and it can be
done in any combination of
18 or 9 holes.
That is a good move. Lots of
people now only have time for
nine holes, whether that?s
because of age or time
restrictions.
I still believe that nine holes
provides the right balance to
show a player?s true ability. There
was a suggestion about that
being possible over six holes, but
I don?t agree.
That is either just a warm-up
or not a proper game of golf. I?m
mindful that ours is a game of
skill, and not one that should be
played at breakneck speed
without due care and attention.
The new system will see men
and women able to have a
maximum handicap of 54.
That seems a huge jump when
some clubs still operate a
maximum of 28 for men, but
again I am fully supportive.
This should encourage
newcomers to the game, as it
won?t take long before they gain
an official handicap.
Start at 54 and it shouldn?t be
long before they can reduce that
by a few shots.
It?s psychological because, if a
golfer feels they are improving,
they will want to play more and
that is only a good thing.
Fifty four does seem a lot, but
it?s there to help rather than be
any kind of stigma. When I first
started, the maximum male
handicap was 18, so it?s quite a
leap. But that system was very
restrictive.
From 2020, if a player quickly
gains a handicap, they will start
to feel like a ?proper? golfer.
That?s important to create a
more-inclusive environment
within the sport.
The idea of handicaps now
being measured by the average of
the eight best scores out of 20,
from both competitive and
recreational golf is another good
move.
Most clubs probably already
have roll-up events where
players? handicaps are adjusted
on a regular basis by each other,
and now this will become official.
Gone will be the days of a
player having one good round a
year to maintain a handicap.
From my experiences of giving
lessons, most golfers can?t play to
their handicap very often, apart
from Category One players.
So if handicaps have to go up,
but we have a fairer reflection of
amateurs? natural level and
ability, that is sensible.
If all these measures help to
make golf more inclusive and
more enjoyable, that is the ideal
combination.
The decision to appoint Tiger Woods as a US Ryder Cup vicecaptain is the next step on Tiger?s path to being a future captain.
By announcing this so early, skipper Jim Furyk has killed off
any speculation about whether Woods would be in Paris or not.
The carrot is there that Tiger could be a playing vice-captain, if his form
improves, and Furyk seems very open to that idea.
Having been vice-captain at Hazeltine, and at last year?s Presidents Cup
and now this, Woods is showing enthusiasm for the team game. He will
enjoy the respect he has from the crop of young American stars.
It?s great for the Ryder Cup that he?ll be in France, and my guess is he?ll
be American captain in 2024.
The next one in 2020 seems a bit too soon. But the PGA of America will
be desperate to make sure that Tiger is in charge for a home match to
maximise the commercial revenues.
eMaIl Bernard aT SPOrT@SUndaYPOST.cOM
Oliver Fisher fired a stunning 65
exclusIve INtervIew
OPINION
Straight
talkiNg
dowN the
middle
Chris?s life has changed so much
By Adam lanigan
sport@sundaypost.com
Chris Paisley?s golfing life
changed forever thanks to a
magical four days in South
Africa last month.
With wife Keri on the bag
for one week only, Chris
produced four flawless
rounds to go from
journeyman pro to European
Tour winner at the BMW
South African Open.
But he didn?t rest on the
laurels of his maiden Tour
victory and backed it up with
successive top-five finishes in
Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
That run of form saw him
named Golfer of the Month
for January, but more
importantly it was enough to
see him earn his spot in this
week?s WGC event in Mexico.
The Englishman?s
landscape has suddenly
changed and now things like
the Masters and even a spot
in Europe?s Ryder Cup team
are on the horizon.
But it?s that week in South
Africa ? the first tournament
of 2018 ? which has been the
catalyst for all these exciting
possibilities.
?It was a late decision to go
there,? he admits. ?And my
regular caddie had already
booked to go skiing in
Chamonix that week, so Keri
agreed to do it.
?I was almost thinking of it
as a warm-up event for Abu
Dhabi because I am normally
terrible in the first week back
after a break.
?But I decided to give it a
proper go. Keri was saying for
a few weeks before that we
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cricket
69
Ollie and Eddie set to
go head-to-head to see
who is the desert king
E
Eoin Morgan
Eoin: Short format
threat to Tests is
already a reality
nglish duo Oliver Fisher
and Eddie Pepperell will take a
share of the lead into today?s
final round of the Commercial
Bank Qatar Masters in Doha.
The pair have not enjoyed the
best of starts to the season, with six
missed cuts from 10 combined
events, but they found their form
impressively in the Qatari capital
and will head into today at
16-under-par, two shots clear of
American Sean Crocker.
Pepperell entered the day a shot
off the lead, but a birdie on the first
gave him a share ? further gains on
the fifth, seventh and 10th had him
two ahead.
He chipped in for a remarkable
bogey on the 12th after hitting the
rocks in front of the green three
times, but he would soon lose his
lead to a sensational finish from
Fisher.
The 29-year-old birdied the third,
fifth, eighth and 11th and, after a
bogey on the 12th, he made further
gains on the 15th, 16th, 17th and
last to lead by two.
Pepperell bounced back from his
bogey with a gain on the 13th and
he made two more on the 16th and
18th to get back into a share of top
spot.
?I am looking forward to it,?
Pepperell said.
?Mentally I feel like I?m up for it ?
I wanted to lead today and I didn?t
want to be behind the leader.?
Fisher added: ?I gave myself
some chances coming in and
thankfully I made them.
?We?ve still got one round to go, a
lot of golf to be played out there but
I?ve certainly put myself in a good
position. The most important thing
for tomorrow is to go out and enjoy
it. I?m good friends with Eddie so
hopefully we?ll have a bit of fun out
there.?
By David clough
sport@sundaypost.com
Eddie
Pepperell
during
yesterday?s
third round
in Doha
Crocker fired a 67 to get to
14-under, two shots clear of
England?s David Horsey, Italians
Lorenzo Gagli and Andrea Pavan,
Frenchman Gregory Havret and
Swede Marcus Kinhult.
However, it was a day to forget for
Scotland?s Stephen Gallacher, who
has been something of a desert
specialist in the past after winning
back-to-back titles in Dubai.
The Bathgate man could only
card a two-over-par 74 that saw
him slide down the leaderboard
from just a shot out of the lead at
the halfway mark to a share of
33rd at the completion of play
yesterday.
Gallacher was joined on the
eight-under-par mark by
countryman Marc Warren after he
shot a two-under round of 70.
leaderboard
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72)
200 ? Eddie Pepperell 65 69 66, Oliver
Fisher 66 69 65;
202 ? Sean Crocker (USA) 67 68 67;
204 ? Marcus Kinhult (Swe) 68 69 67,
Andrea Pavan (Ita) 68 69 67,
David Horsey 71 68 65, Lorenzo
Gagli (Ita) 67 70 67, Gregory
Havret (Fra) 65 69 70;
205 ? Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 68 68
69, Chris Wood 68 69 68, Joakim
Lagergren (Swe) 68 71 66,
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
(Spa) 68 68 69, Pablo Larrazabal
(Spa) 68 67 70, James Morrison 72
66 67, Hideto Tanihara (Jpn) 70 69
66;
206 ? Sebastian Heisele (Ger) 67 68
71, Matthew Nixon 69 68 69, Rak
hyun Cho (Kor) 69 70 67, Matthew
Baldwin 68 70 68, Adrian Otaegui
(Spa) 67 66 73, George Coetzee
(Rsa) 69 66 71, Alvaro Quiros (Spa)
66 70 70.
n Holly Clyburn sits in second place
going into the final day of the
Australian Ladies Classic in Bonville.
The 27-year-old followed up
rounds of 67 and 69 with a 74
yesterday, leaving her five shots
behind leader Celine Boutier.
It could have been even better for
the Englishwoman, but she dropped
two shots on the back nine, a double
bogey on the 15th, before finishing
with a birdie on 18.
That put her in outright second
on six -under for the tournament, a
shot ahead of American Katier
Bur nett, Sweden?s Daniella
Holmqvist, German Olivia Cowan
and Iceland?s Valdis Jonsdottir.
Boutier is on course for her
second win on the Ladies European
Tour after she carded a five-underpar 67.
he?s now eyeing a golden ticket to Augusta
were going to win. Even now
it?s still not quite sunk in. I
was so happy with the way I
played and to have Keri
alongside me made it a
special week.
?In the past, I have been
guilty of getting comfortable
after a good week and my
performance dropped.
?I didn?t want to be happy
with that and I pushed on
and here I am in a WGC
event against the best
players in the world.
?I?ve never played in one
of these or a Major before, so
I?m excited. I have already
reached a lot of the goals I
set at the start of the year, so
I?ve had to re-evaluate.
?Previously I felt I was in
danger of becoming a bit of
a journeyman so I set loftier
goals and wanted to be
more ambitious.
?I had been happy with
being ?mid-table? so I said to
myself I wanted to finish
higher up the Race to Dubai,
win a tournament and get
into and compete in the
Majors and WGCs.
?Suddenly there is a
positive pressure on me and
I am chasing something
rather than just looking back
and trying to keep my card.?
Paisley?s brilliant start to
the year has been reflected
in the world rankings where
he has climbed from 289th
to his current position of
84th.
Now he is wondering if he
has more good golf in him to
make the top 50 and earn
that golden ticket to Augusta
in April.
?I never paid that much
attention to the world
rankings,? he says. ?It doesn?t
make much difference when
you?re about 300th!
?All of a sudden, it?s on the
radar and it does matter. But
I know I have to play very
well to make The Masters.
?If I did well enough in
Mexico that would get me
into the WGC Matchplay,
and if I won a few matches
in that, I could sneak into
the top 50.
?That would be a great
achievement and very
exciting. And I really believe
it?s do-able.?
Chris Paisley
Eoin Morgan fears the opportunity to salvage
Test cricket?s primacy over short formats
may already have been missed.
At 31, England?s white-ball captain played
the last of his 16 Tests more than six years
ago, and has already publicly acknowledged
more than once that his international future
is exclusive to 50 and 20-over fixtures.
He is nonetheless a notable voice in the
debate about Test cricket?s status, and
appears in little doubt that the threat from
lucrative Twenty20 domestic franchise
contracts is no longer a mere talking point
but present and future reality.
Two cases in point reside in his own
England team following Alex Hales and Adil
Rashid?s decisions in recent weeks to sign
white-ball only contracts with their
respective counties ? and therefore
effectively sacrifice any Test ambitions for
the foreseeable future.
?Test match cricket has had a lot to worry
about for quite a while now,? said the
Irishman, ahead of today?s ODI against New
Zealand. ?If something was going to be done
about it, it probably should have been done
already.
?There are still, I suppose, different ideas
being thrown around ? but actually giving
priority to Test matches is sort of a luxury
now for the bigger countries around the
world.
?For other countries, T20 franchise cricket
takes priority.?
Proposed measures to come to the aid of
Test cricket have, of late, included the advent
of day-night pink-ball fixtures and an
inaugural four-day match.
Morgan senses, however, that a correction
of player finances from global administrators
may yet be the most effective policy.
?The best ideas probably being bandied
around are putting most revenue behind the
match appearances or actual prize money
towards Test match cricket,? he said.
?Then there?s no influence on what format
people choose, simply because of the money
they might make.
?Their decision is all down to how good
they are at that particular format.?
As for the switches made of late by Hales
and Rashid, Morgan is supportive.
?I think it?s a really good decision for those
individuals,? he added.
?Every individual is different ? they see
their future and their pathway changing all
the time, and it?s okay to be able to change it.
?A lot of people actually are forced into a
position to play one or two formats ? which I
think is wrong, because it?s their own career,
it?s their own future.
?They need to take hold of it and make the
most of it while they can.?
February 25, 2018
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Sinoti Sinoti goes over yesterday
falcons swoop
to first win at
the stoop for
18 years
HARLEQUINS 10
NEWCASTLE 28
Sinoti Sinoti celebrated his new
contract by scoring Newcastle?s fourth
and final try in yesterday?s win over
Harlequins, their first Aviva
Premiership victory at the Stoop in
almost 18 years.
There was nothing to separate the
sides at half-time as an early James
Horwill try was cancelled out by
Callum Chick at the other end.
But, shortly after the restart, Kyle
Cooper and Chris Harris went over in
quick succession for the visitors, before
Sinoti followed them over the
whitewash, sealing a first league victory
in south-west London for the first time
since September 2000.
An excellent touch-finder from
Marcus Smith led to the game?s first try
on seven minutes, Horwill barging over
at the second time of asking following a
good offload by Dave Ward, Smith
converting.
With 10 minutes on the clock, both
sides were reduced to 10 men as the
hosts? James Chisholm and Falcons?
Nili Latu were sent to the sin-bin, with
the number eights involved in an
off-the-ball altercation.
The visitors were fortunate not to fall
further behind on 22 minutes when
Smith sent a 30-metre penalty in front
of the posts wide.
But after Harlequins hooker Joe Gray
was sin-binned for collapsing a maul,
Newcastle were level as Chick inched
over the line following a sixth Falcons
line-out, Flood converting.
It was Vereniki Goneva?s turn to be
held up over the line as Newcastle
pressed again, but, despite being
reduced to 14 men once more when
Alofa Alofa was sent to the bin
following a number of Harlequins
infringements, the home side survived.
Despite being a man down, the hosts
started the second half on the front
foot and Smith put the hosts back
ahead with a penalty from 30m in front
of the posts.
But Falcons were not behind for long
and, after Simon Hammersley was held
up over the line following a fine Josh
Matavesi break, Cooper barrelled his
way over.
Flood converted to put Newcastle
14-10 ahead with 30 minutes
remaining and, moments later, the
visitors were further ahead as Harris
brushed off Luke Wallace to dot down.
Veteran fly-half Flood once again
added the extras before being replaced
by Joel Hodgson, who made no
mistake with his conversion on 66
minutes after Sinoti beat Chisholm
one-on-one on the left-wing to wrap
up Falcons? bonus point.
sundaypost.com
Super Scots stun the
Auld Enemy to seal
Six Nations success
By Alan Shaw
sport@sundaypost.com
SCOTLAND 25 ENGLAND 13
S
cotland stunned the championship
favourites to rack up their biggest-ever Six
Nations win against England.
Three first-half tries, two from Huw Jones,
laid the platform as Eddie Jones tasted defeat
for only the second time in his 26-match
tenure as England coach.
Amid reports of a bust-up in the tunnel as
the players left the pitch after warming up,
with Owen Farrell allegedly having to be
dragged away by his team-mates and Scotland
skipper John Barclay doing likewise with some
of his troops, there was a definite edge to the
early exchanges.
And Scotland drew first blood, England
No. 8 Hughes was pinged for holding on at the
tackle and Laidlaw confidently slotted the first
three points of the afternoon.
The crowd had obviously heard about the
scuffle and Farrell was booed every time he
touched the ball, but it didn?t put him off
kicking the equalising penalty 10 minutes later
when Hamish Watson was pinged for not
releasing.
Parity was shortlived, though, as, from a
maul, Russell put a grubber through the
England cover, Jones sclaffed it on a bit more
and then gathered to notch his ninth try in 14
caps, becoming only the third Scot to score
against the Auld Enemy at Murrayfield in the
Six Nations era and the first since 2004.
A stupid penalty for obstruction allowed
Farrell to immediately reduce the deficit and,
make no mistake, this was a ferocious contest
with real steel to it.
Scotland got in their opponents? faces and
forced England into uncharacteristic errors,
particularly with their passing.
The Scots scored another try on the halfhour ? and it was a belter. Russell floated a
pass out to Jones who made the hard yards
before being hauled down.
The ball was shifted across the paddock,
McInally made another big push and finally
Maitland finished off a breathless passage of
play by diving in at the corner.
Scotland?s Huw Jones goes over for the second try
England?s discipline started to slip, with
Brown penalised for illegally taking out
Hamish Watson and Danny Care trying to
have a pop at Russell, which the Scots?
fly-half simply laughed off before Ryan
Wilson and Nathan Hughes exchanged
pleasantries.
Jones then collected a pass and steamed up
the pitch. Nothing was going to stop him
bagging his brace and he dragged England?s
Brown and Watson over the whitewash with
him and the sides swapped ends with the
home XV 22-6 to the good.
As the Scots headed down the tunnel,
England stayed on the pitch for a moment,
unwilling to risk a rerun of the earlier
stramash, before being jeered off by the
passionate home crowd.
They were hushed three minutes after the
restart, mind you, when Farrell spotted a gap
in the Scots line and beat Gilchrist on his
outside shoulder to dot down before
converting his own score.
It was definitely game on at this point and
England thought they?d got another try when
Care scampered clear, but referee Nigel Owens
called him back for a Scotland penalty and
Hogg was just off target with his attempt from
five metres into enemy territory.
The crowd was on its feet as Horne broke
clear but, with Watson, Jones and Maitland
outside him, he delayed the pass and cost his
side a certain score.
Farrell thought he had a second score when
the ball was spilled as Scotland went through
the phases, but the TMO confirmed an
England knock-on and the crowd breathed
again.
England?s discipline deteriorated further as
they penalty count mounted, and
replacement No. 8 Underhill was sinbinned
for a dangerous and cynical no-arms tackle on
Jamie Bhatti with Russell kicking the penalty
for good measure.
Scotland ? Hogg; Seymour (Kinghorn 65), Jones,
Horne (Grigg 72), Maitland; Russell, Laidlaw (Price
63); Reid (Bhatti 56), McInally, Berghan (Nel 69),
Gilchrist (Swinson 56), Gray, Barclay (Capt.),
Watson, Wilson (Denton 69). Unused ? Lawson.
England ? Brown (Nowell 56); Watson, Joseph,
Farrell, May; Ford (Te?o 65), Care (Wigglesworth 72);
Vunipola (Marler 69), Hartley (Capt.) (George 56),
Cole (Williams 65), Launchbury (Kruis 72), Itoje,
Lawes, Robshaw, Hughes (Underhill 55).
Ireland?s mean, green
By nick Purewal
sport@sundaypost.com
IRELAND 37 WALES 27
Jacob Stockdale of Ireland dives in for a first-half try
Ireland stormed NatWest Six
Nations victory by dismissing
Wales in Dublin.
Jacob Stockdale bagged a
brace, with Bundee Aki, Dan
Leavy and Cian Healy all crossing,
too, as Ireland racked up a
bonus-point victory to stun
Warren Gatland?s Wales.
Peerless scrum-half Conor
Murray?s sterling service greased
the gears on Ireland?s smooth
operation, with Joe Schmidt?s
men even shrugging off Johnny
Sexton unusually missing 10
points with the boot.
Despite dominating for large
swathes, Ireland only ended up
winning the day thanks to
Murray?s late penalty goal and a
last-gasp intercept score for
Stockdale.
Half-back Davies, Aaron
Shingler and Steff Evans grabbed
tries for Wales, but the visitors
were outmuscled and outclassed,
eventually.
six nations
Jones:?The
Scots were
too good
for us?
Scotland?s Stuart McInally breaks past Owen Farrell at Murrayfield yesterday
Eddie Jones denied a prematch scuffle showed his
side had lost their heads at
BT Murrayfield yesterday.
Players from both sides
had to be pulled apart in the
tunnel before the kick-off and
England were strangely out of
sorts, lacking discipline and
racking up a startling 13
penalties with replacement
No. 8 Sam Underhill
sinbinned for a no-arms
tackle on Jamie Bhatti.
Asked if that proved his
team had lost the plot in the
25-13 Calcutta Cup defeat,
the coach said: ?I don?t think
so. These things happen.
?The penalty count wasn?t
flash today. We?re going to
have to sit down and have a
look at why so many
penalties and work out the
reasons for it.
?It?s never nice to get beat,
especially up here, but they
deserved their victory and
I?m sure they?ll have a great
night.
?Congratulations to
Scotland ? they were too
good for us.
?It?s human nature, we just
weren?t in the game the first
40, Scotland played well, full
marks to Scotland.
?We knew what we were
going to get, but we just
didn?t meet the challenge
today for some reason.
?Second half I was really
proud of the effort from the
boys, we really stuck in there
and won the second half.?
Victorious Scotland
skipper John Barclay praised
under-pressure stand-off
Finn Russell, who, after two
poor matches on the trot,
was named man of the
match.
Barclay said: ?I predicted
on Friday that Finn Russell
would be man of the match,
and he was. That?s the nature
of the guy, his character.
?He plays on that line. He
knows he didn?t have his
best games in the first two
games and today he was
outstanding.
?He?s one of the best
stand-offs in the world.?
machIne JuST far Too STrong for weak waleS
The scoreline failed to reflect
Ireland?s supremacy.
Ireland raced out of the blocks,
but Wales grabbed almost all the
early advantage.
Halfpenny posted a tough
penalty just two minutes in when
Aki played the ball offside from an
Earls knock on.
The hosts subsequently bossed
the first quarter, but Sexton
missed three shots at goal.
Those missed points hurt
Ireland, despite Stockdale
finishing well from Sexton?s smart
cut-pass.
Davies sniped home for a Wales
try to cut Ireland?s wind, the
scrum-half capitalising on a
powerful drive from Rob Evans.
Halfpenny?s conversion and a
penalty put Wales 13-5 ahead
against the run of play, before
Ireland forced further dividend.
Sexton found his kicking boots
to post a penalty after concerted
home pressure, before Aki
pounded through and stretched
out to dot down Ireland?s second.
The conversion saw Ireland
carry a 15-13 lead into the break.
Rob Kearney fed Earls on the
right flank, with Murray clutching
the inside ball at the second
attempt to keep the move alive.
Leavy powered home for
Ireland?s third try soon afterwards.
And the hosts bagged the
bonus-point score comfortably
inside the hour, courtesy of
Healy?s short drive home.
Ireland kicked a penalty to the
corner, lost the lineout ? but
forced Wales to carry over and dot
down for an attacking five-metre
scrum.
Halfpenny scragged the
breaking Murray, but Ireland kept
calm, with Healy carrying on and
finishing in style.
Just when Ireland thought they
were home and hosed, Shingler
popped up on the wing to coast
over after the hosts ran out of
defensive numbers.
Halfpenny?s stunning touchline
conversion putWales within seven.
Murray?s calm penalty nudge
proved hugely important, as
Wales sneaked a third try through
wing Evans, conjured by Josh
Navidi?s neat flip-pass.
Halfpenny?s conversion cut
Ireland?s lead to just three points
with as many minutes on the
clock, only for Stockdale to hunt
down that intercept score and
cement the win.
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February 25, 2018
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sole
What a match!
For the first time in 10 years, the
Calcutta Cup returns to Scotland
following the dramatic game at
Murrayfield yesterday.
After scoring three great tries in the
first half, Scotland managed to close
out the game against a lacklustre
England, who will travel home with
their tails between their legs.
The foundation of the victory was
laid, as it often is, by the forwards.
Stuart McInally was outstanding, as
were the rest of the tight five, putting in
countless tackles, while John Barclay
and his back row colleagues worked
tirelessly at the breakdown.
It was that facet of play that really
proved to be the difference.
Scotland contested as if their lives
depended on it, timing their counterrucking perfectly and winning penalties
and turnovers almost at will.
England simply weren?t accurate or
combative enough at this phase of play
? perhaps their one dimensional back
row limited them, but much of that is
down to attitude and physicality.
Finn Russell, awarded the man of the
match, played considerably better than
he had done in the first two matches of
Scotland?s campaign.
His second-half performance was
not as good as the first 40 minutes, but
his return to form had much to do with
Scotland?s success.
Some of his tactical kicking was
sublime and some of his passing was
?
Scotland contested
as if their lives
depended on it
pinpoint accurate and that really made
a difference to Scotland.
Huw Jones was the star of the
Scottish three-quarters, however ? his
two tries exemplifying his pace, power
and ability to run fantastic lines.
The second try was quite superb,
coming in at a great angle and then
dragging two English tacklers with him
over the try-line as he scored.
His defensive work was also
outstanding as England sought to fight
their way back into the match.
But it was a collective effort and one
that the whole team and coaching staff
can be really proud of.
It is widely known that many in the
English establishment don?t respect
Scotland which will have made the
victory even sweeter for the home
team and harder for the visitors to
swallow.
Eddie Jones had talked up Scotland
before the match, perhaps trying to lull
the Scots into thinking that they would
begin the match as favourites.
But it was the English who suffered
from complacency, only showing a
glimmer of what they could do for a
few short periods in the second half.
The result was a historic win for
Townsend?s team. Now attention will
turn to Ireland, who are still on for a
Grand Slam.
Playing away from home has
become a challenge for Scotland in the
Six Nations but, after this incredible
victory, who would dare to write off the
Scots now.
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By Adam Lanigan
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Jose Mourinho has a
stinging r iposte for
those Chelsea fans who
used to idolise him ?
beating Liverpool
means more than
beating Chelsea.
Today, Mourinho will
face his former club for
the fifth time as
M a n c h e s t e r Un i t e d
manager since leaving
Stamford Bridge for a
second time in December
2015.
But rather than any
kind of retribution
against his former club,
or desire to get one over
on current Chelsea boss
Antonio Conte after their
recent war of words, the
Portuguese will view
today?s encounter as just
another day at the office.
Instead, the visit of
Liverpool to Old Trafford
on March 10 is the one
that will really get the
heart pounding.
?This is a normal
game,? he says. ?Everyone
knows that the most
important thing is not
me.
?P r o b a b l y p l a y i n g
Liverpool in two weeks
means more for my club
because to play Liverpool
has a special meaning.
?That is the way I have
to look at things. I don?t
have any bad feeling in
relation to Chelsea to say,
?I?m going to prove this
and that against my
former club?. I?m not
going to prove anything.
?In fact every club I left
? by my decision or by the
board ? I have very good
feelings towards them.
?I?ve never played
against Inter Milan since
I left, but I?ve faced Porto,
Real Madrid and Chelsea
and the feeling is a good
one. It?s a special thing.
?The Liverpool game is
not more important. It is
still three points. But the
feeling for the fans, that
extra little adrenaline is
not about Chelsea, it is
more about Liverpool.?
Mour inho has lost
three of his four matches
as United boss, but the
one victory he did secure
was a 2-0 success at Old
Trafford last April.
It didn?t stop Chelsea?s
march to the League title,
or help his team make
the top four. But it was a
Mourinho masterclass as
Ander Herrera manmarked Eden Hazard out
of the game in one of
United?s best displays
under his direction.
?It was a special game
as we were also trying to
win the Europa League,?
he reflects. ?We had lots
of matches and lots of
tired players and I chose
to rest some players.
?With so many changes
we had to go for a certain
strategy and with the
players we had available,
Ander?s job on Eden
Hazard was important.
?He did an amazing job
but there are different
matches, circumstances,
different players.
?In that game Hazard
was playing with Diego
Costa as the No. 9.
?In this match I don?t
know what they will do,
but in their last game
against Barcelona,
Hazard was Chelsea?s
most-offensive player.?
Liverpool striker Sadio Mane keeps the ball under control under the watchful eye of Hammers full-back Pablo Zabaleta
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?It?s a question of attitude and of
staying focused and improving and
we did that. I?m really pleased with
the performance.
?We scored fantastic goals and
created a lot of chances.
?We scored from a set-piece too.
You only ever talk to me about setpieces when we suffer from them so
it?s nice to score one too.?
?Liverpool played very well, but
we had moments as well. We were
unfortunate not to go ahead, but they
are a threat.
?We were never going to get loads
of chances here, we knew that, and
the quality of the players they have
caused us big problems.
?I thought Patrice Evra played well,
he showed his experience.?
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Liverpool are not going to win
the title this season, but if they
keep playing like this they will
certainly be the best of the rest.
Manchester City are over the hill
and far away at the top of the table,
but four goals and an almost
perfect team performance eased
Jurgen Klopp?s side into second
spot.
The goals came from Emre Can
in the first half, then the usual
suspects Mo Salah, Roberto
Firmino and Sadio Mane in the
second.
They?re second-top scorers now
as well as second on points.
If City hadn?t been so freakishly
good and established such an
unassailable lead, the run-in might
be very different.
Klopp said: ?When I woke up this
morning I didn?t expect a game like
this. It was a joy to watch for
everybody.
?It was intense, it was aggressive,
it was angry, it was full of desire.
?I saw everything I wish to see in
a game of football and it?s not often
you say that.
?I don?t think United and Chelsea
will think too much about our
result, but they know we are
around.
?It?s a nice moment to be second,
but nothing more because it might
be only for a few hours.
?To get the points is very
important because all the clubs put
pressure on each other and you
can?t waste one point.
?All the other teams are flying so
we have to fly as well.?
West Ham didn?t really trouble
them, leaving David Moyes still
without a win at Anfield in 15
attempts.
The Reds are unbeaten in the
League at home this season and it
always looked like staying that way.
Salah struck the foot of a post as
early as the third minute after
James Milner?s pass opened up
West Ham?s defence and Firmino
squared for the Egyptian.
Virgil van Dijk headed Milner?s
corner into Adrian?s arms then
Pablo Zabaleta nicked the ball off
Salah?s toes after he?d been found by
Can?s delicate lobbed pass.
The Hammers did hit the
woodwork themselves in the 16th
minute.
Joao Mario?s pass found Marko
Arnautovic and he almost beat
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reF WATCh: StuArt
AttweLL had little to
do apart from hand
out one yellow card
and award the
goals.
Cheikhou Kouyate and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain do battle
LIvERPOOL: Karius 8; Alexander-Arnold 7, Matip 7, Van Dijk 7, Robertson 8;
Oxlade-Chamberlain 8, Can 8, Milner 7; Salah 8 (Solanke 86), Firmino 7 (Lallana 82,
5), Mane 7 (Moreno 86). Unused subs ? Mignolet (Gk), Lovren, Gomez, Henderson
WEST HAM: Adrian 7; Collins 6, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 5; Zabaleta 6, Kouyate 6,
Joao Mario 6 (Rice 83, 4), Noble 6, Evra 5; Arnautovic 7 (Hernandez 83, 4), Lanzini 4
(Antonio 59, 5). Unused subs ? Hart (Gk), Reid, Hugill, Byram.
Loris Karius with an exquisite lob,
but the keeper?s stretched fingertips
pushed the ball against the
underside of the bar to register a
save that matched the skill of the
shot.
Adrian had to palm Andrew
Robertson?s hanging cross-cumshot over his bar then tip Trent
Alexander-Arnold?s shot round his
post.
It was from the second of those
corners that Liverpool took the lead
just before the half hour.
It was simple enough, too, Can
rising unchallenged at the back
post to head in Salah?s corner.
Six minutes into the second half
Salah increased Liverpool?s lead
with a neat finish into the corner
following persistent work from Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain.
It was his 31st goal of the season
? equalling Luis Suarez?s best full
campaign at the club.
West Ham were never going to
come back from that and that was
made even more certain six
minutes later when Can collected a
poor clearance from Adrian and
clipped it back for Firmino to beat
the keeper as he chased out of his
area and steered the ball into an
empty net. Moyes sent on Michail
Antonio for Manuel Lanzini and he
scored with his first touch, after less
than 30 seconds on the field,
impressively beating Karius with a
low shot from Cheikhou Kouyate?s
pass.
In the 73rd minute, Mane hit a
post when it seemed he couldn?t
miss, but he did get his goal four
minutes later, Firmino and
Robertson unpicking the Hammers
defence and allowing him to score
from close range.
Moyes admitted that his team
were well beaten in the end.
?We always thought we had a
chance of scoring today, but we
couldn?t keep their front players
quiet,? he said.
?We have been very organised of
late but we were disappointed
today to lose the ball.
?Every game will change the
dynamics of how this league sits.
We are in a good league position
but not in terms of points.
?It?s been really tight at the
bottom all season, as tight as I can
remember it.
?We didn?t put this one down for
three points, but we hoped to take
something from the game.?
STAR MAN
A difficult choice, but
Alex OxlAdeChAmberlAin just
edges it. A growing
influence in Liverpool?s
midfield and looking
like the player he has
always threatened to
become.
TURNING
POINT
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Karius?s save that
pushed Arnautovic?s
clever lob on to the
bar. If Liverpool had let
in an equaliser then it
could have been a
very different story.
TWEET TALK
Mohamed Salah is now
the first player in
Premier League history
to score 20 goals with
his left-foot in a season.
@squawka
sport@sundaypost.com
Jose Mourinho has spoken to Scott
McTominay about his international
future, but the Manchester United boss
insists it is all in the youngster?s hands.
McTominay is eligible for both
England and Scotland. He was born in
Lancaster, but has a Scottish father and
he now has a big decision to make.
The midfielder has come to
prominence in recent months at United
and he was firmly in the spotlight last
Wednesday.
That?s because he was chosen for
United?s Champions League tie away to
Sevilla ahead of their �-million record
signing Paul Pogba.
The relationship between Pogba and
his manager is firmly in the spotlight,
but Mourinho has had no hesitation
about throwing the 21-year-old into the
fray.
McTominay has started matches in all
four competitions this season, but the
most significant one was in Seville.
A question about the young
midfielder?s performance after the game
even prompted the United boss to hug
BT Sport interviewer Des Kelly!
New Scotland boss Alex McLeish is
keen on McTominay and would love to
call him up for the friendlies next month
against Costa Rica and Hungary.
But his displays have not gone
unnoticed by the FA either, although it
would be a big leap for England manager
Gareth Southgate to call him up for their
games with Holland and Italy.
But his club manager thinks the
easiest way to decide will be if
McTominay follows his heart when
choosing his international allegiance.
?I?ve given him my advice, but I won?t
tell you what that was,? says Mourinho,
?But I think the advice of his parents is
more important than mine.
?His own heart is more important
than my advice, because mine is purely
from a career point of view.
?But more important than his career is
his feeling, his family?s feeling and also
the overall situation with him.
?Scott is going to have a very good
career independently of his international
choice ? if he has the choice because
maybe Scotland or England don?t want
to select him. That is also possible.
?The most important thing is for him
to feel good within himself.?
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news
Conte: War of
words is over,
time to move on
Pardew future so bleak
after Huddersfield loss
west brom 1
Dawson (64)
huddersfield 2
Van La Parra (48), Mounie (56)
By Adam Lanigan
sport@sundaypost.com
West Brom and their beleaguered
manager Alan Pardew are heading in a
taxi to the Championship after another
disastrous day at the office.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte
By Ed Elliot
sport@sundaypost.com
Antonio Conte insists he is keen to move
on from his bitter war of words with Jose
Mourinho.
Chelsea boss Conte and Manchester
United manager Mourinho have clashed
numerous times during the last two
years as part of an ongoing feud.
The rivals go head-to-head today at
Old Trafford in the Premier League, and
Conte thinks it is time to draw a line
under any unsavoury episodes.
?I?m not interested in this topic. Both
said something in the past, but we stop,?
said Conte.
?For me, the situation has stopped.?
January was dominated by a tit-for-tat
public argument between the two
coaches.
Mourinho?s comments that he did not
need to behave like ?a clown? touched a
nerve with Conte, leading him to accuse
the United boss of having senile
dementia.
It descended from there as Mourinho
referred to a four-month suspension
Conte served in relation to match-fixing,
for which the Italian was later cleared of
any wrongdoing.
The Blues manager then called the
United boss ?a little man? and Mourinho
retaliated by saying he treats Conte with
?contempt?.
While attention has been almost fully
focused on the relationship between the
two managers, today?s game could have
a significant bearing on the race for
Champions League qualification.
Champions Chelsea and United have
both failed to challenge runaway leaders
Manchester City for the title this season,
leaving them fighting for a top-four
finish alongside Liverpool, Tottenham
and Arsenal.
Conte acknowledges the importance
of the fixture, with his fourth-placed
team sitting just three points behind
second-placed United.
?This is a massive game. A game to try
and find a place in the Champions
League,? Conte added.
?An important game for us, and an
important game for them.
?We have to try to play and try to get
three points. To try to finish the game
with a good result.?
Defeat at home to the team who started the
day in 17th place leaves Albion rock bottom
of the Premier League and seven points from
safety with only 10 games remaining.
Pardew has overseen just one victory in 14
games since taking charge in December and
West Brom have only one League win since
August.
Somehow they will have to produce a
minimum of five wins from their remaining
games to have any chance of survival.
Having sacked his chairman and chief
executive after the last Premier League game,
West Brom?s Chinese owner Guochuan Lai
will have to decide whether Pardew can turn
it around, although the manager was trying to
remain defiant about his and his side?s
prospects.
?I hope I get the chance to see this through,
but obviously that decision is not with me,?
he admitted.
?This team has won three games out of 37
and that says everything. We have to try to
find a way of somehow winning a game.
?My job is to get the team up as best we can
and try to win away at Watford and that?s what
I?m going to try and do.
?This was our opportunity to get us rolling
and we?ve let it slip. I would love to wind the
clock back, but we now have to go to the next
game, show a bit of pride and try to win a
game of football.?
With the Baggies adrift at the bottom of the
table, nothing less than three points was
imperative. The match programme had a
picture of their Great Escape under Bryan
Jonathan Hogg celebrates with Christopher Schindler and sub Tommy Smith
Robson in 2005 on the front cover, so the
reference was clear that something similar is
required this season.
After a very scrappy opening in which
possession was constantly squandered, the
game came to life 10 minutes before the break
when the visitors were close to taking the
lead.
Alex Pritchard?s goalbound shot was
blocked by his team-mate, Steve Mounie, and
when the ball broke loose, Ben Foster made a
smart save to deny Rajiv van La Parra.
James McClean then had Albion?s first
chance when he was picked out by a neat
cross from Matt Phillips, but the Irishman
volleyed wastefully over.
West Brom needed a big 45 minutes, but
instead two goals in nine minutes pushed
them closer to relegation.
The first was terrible from a defensive point
of view as Collin Quaner was allowed to look
up and find van la Parra with not a single
home player making a challenge and the
Dutchman placed his shot low past Foster.
Then when Grzegorz Krychowiak sloppily
gave the ball away in midfield, it was worked
to Pritchard and his clever reverse pass
released Mounie, who broke the offside trap
and gave the goalkeeper no chance. It was too
Deeney?s clinical strike sees off the
matCh stats
watford 1
Deeney (79)
54
Possession
much for some Baggies fans who headed for
the exits, while there were loud chants of:
?You?re not fit to wear the shirt?.
But the deficit was halved shortly after
when substitute Chris Brunt?s in-swinging
corner was headed home by Craig Dawson
after hesitancy from Terriers goalkeeper Jonas
Lossl.
The game became stretched and Danny
Williams brought a flying save out of Foster at
one end, before Brunt?s free-kick was tipped
over at the other by Lossl.
West Brom almost grabbed a point with an
identical corner to the one that produced
their goal, but this time Dawson couldn?t keep
his effort down, and the final whistle was
greeted with boos as the Baggies? fate
becomes ever more desperate.
Huddersfield?s win moved them from 17th
to 14th in the congested bottom half and
manager David Wagner knew the importance
of their first back-to-back League wins since
August.
He said: ?I?ve seen nicer, better technical
football matches but this was a massive result
and a fantastic afternoon for us.
?We had momentum after three good
performances where we played well and
scored goals, and we?ve carried that on.?
46
5 Shots on target 2
everton 0
8 Shots off target 5
6
Corners
5
0
Offside
1
9
Fouls
9
3
Cautions
1
0
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0
STAR MAN: KIKO
FEMENIA seemed to
give Watford
another dimension
when he came on
and was involved in
their winner.
Everton missed their
chance to climb to
seventh equal in the table
after falling to defeat at
Watford.
Toffees manager Sam
Allardyce has targeted
being the highest-placed
team behind the
established big six in his
pursuit of Europa League
qualification.
That Burnley and
Leicester had earlier
dropped points meant
that victory at Vicarage
Road would have put
Everton on course to do
exactly that.
Instead, despite being
able to select the likes of
Wayne Rooney, Theo
Walcott and Gylfi
Sigurdsson, Troy Deeney?s
fine late finish was
enough to secure all three
points for Watford, who
move to the relative safety
of 10th. Allardyce has
consistently been
criticised by Everton?s
supporters for the
uninspiring football they
have produced since his
appointment. In Javi
Gracia?s team they faced
unambitious and limited
opponents, but even then
demonstrated little desire
to win.
In recalling Ashley
Williams and Jonjoe
Kenny to his side, two
weeks after their 3-1
defeat of Crystal Palace,
he made minimal
changes to a winning
team, yet rarely saw them
threaten.
First Oumar Niasse saw
a square ball into the area
deflected towards goal by
Adrian Mariappa, forcing
Watford goalkeeper
Orestis Karnezis into an
early reaction save.
A run from Rooney
before he exchanged
possesses with Tom
Davies then created a
shooting chance for the
former England captain
that Karnezis routinely
collected, and, after
Etienne Capoue struck
high and wide in
response, it took until the
second half for a further
sight on goal.
Michael Keane headed
harmlessly wide from
Idrissa Gana Gueye?s
cross, despite having time
and space in front of goal.
A run and cross from
Roberto Pereyra then
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MATCH STATS
54
Possession
46
3 Shots on target 7
7 Shots off target 9
6
Corners
3
7
Offside
5
11
Fouls
9
1
Cautions
1
0
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0
REF WATCH: With so
much at stake, it
was surprising there
were no major
decisions for JON
MOSS to make.
STAr MAN
ALEX PRITCHARD was
signed in January to
bring a touch of
creativity to
Huddersfield?s midfield
and his precise pass for
Steve Mounie?s goal
did exactly that in an
assured display.
TurNiNG
PoiNT
56:00
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This felt like a tipping
point for the game and
West Brom?s season.
Mounie?s goal settled
and sparked fury
among the longsuffering home fans.
West Brom?s Gareth Barry is challenged by Huddersfield?s Collin Quaner at The Hawthorns
weST broM: Foster 6; Dawson 6, Hegazi 6, Evans 6, Gibbs 5; Phillips 5 (Burke 81, 3), Krychowiak 5, Barry 5
(Livermore 69, 3), McClean 6 (Brunt 57, 7); Rodriguez 5, Rondon 5. Unused subs ? Myhill (Gk), Nyom, Yacob, McAuley.
HudderSfield: Lossl 5; Hadergjonaj 6 (Smith 53, 5), Jorgensen 6, Schindler 6, Kongolo 7; Hogg 6, Williams
7; Quaner 6, Pritchard 8 (Depoitre 77, 4), van La Parra 7 (Ince 89, 3); Mounie 6. Unused subs ? Coleman (Gk),
Malone, Whitehead, Sabiri.
TweeT TAlK
Massive blunder by
@WBA to get rid of Pulis.
May not have been
pretty but HE would
have kept them up!
@FootiewithDad
Toffees as Watford triumph
created the chance for
Deeney to head at goal, from
where Jordan Pickford
stretched to save.
Allardyce introduced
January signing Cenk Tosun
in an attempt to inspire his
side, but before he could
have a significant impact
Deeney?s 79th-minute finish
gave the hosts the lead.
Gracia had by then
changed Watford?s shape to
give them two strikers, and it
was substitute Stefano
Okaka whose right-wing
cross found fellow frontman
Deeney in front of goal, for
the powerful strike on the
turn he sent towards the top
right corner.
With a low shot towards
the bottom corner Okaka
tested Pickford and almost
doubled his team?s lead,
before the stoppage-time
scramble that almost led to
an undeserved Everton
equalising goal.
Pickford came forward for
a late corner and, after he
won the header and Watford
struggled to clear, Tosun
turned the ball goalwards,
forcing a desperate, diving
save from Karnezis that
secured his team?s victory.
Watford captain Troy
Deeney was relieved after
his late goal was enough to
edge past Everton.
?It was two teams
desperate not to lose,? he
said. ?Our fans were
fantastic throughout, but it
was a dire game.?
wATford: Karnezis
7; Janmaat 7,
Holebas 7, Prodl 7,
Mariappa 7; Capoue
7, Doucoure 7,
Deulofeu 6 (Carrilo 63
7), Pereyra 5 (Okaka
56, 6), Richarlison
6 (Femenia 56, 6);
Deeney 7. Unused
subs ? Gomes, Britos,
Gray, Zeegelaar.
everToN: Pickford
6; Kenny 7, Martina
6, Keane 7, Williams
6; Davies 7, Gueye 6,
Rooney 6 (CalvertLewin 82); Walcott 6,
Niasse 4 (Tosun 56, 6),
Sigurdsson 6 (Bolasie
82). Unused subs ?
Robles, Schneiderlin,
Holgate, Garbutt.
Theo Walcott and Sebastien Prodl
Davy Propper is tackled by Alfie Mawson
briGHToN 4
Murray (pen 18, 69), Knockaert (73), Locadia (90)
SwANSeA CiTy 1
Dunk (86) og
Glenn Murray scored
twice as Brighton gave
their survival hopes a
shot in the arm and
brought Swansea?s
revival to a halt.
Murray?s double and
goals from Anthony
Knockaert and Jurgen
Locadia helped secure a
valuable victory as the
Swans? 10-game
unbeaten run came to
an end.
Brighton have been in
decent form, unbeaten
in their last five outings,
but they still need points
on the board sooner
rather than later, so a
home meeting with
another side battling
against relegation was
seen as a ?must-win?.
They threatened first
with a counter-attack
led by Knockaert, who
crossed towards Pascal
Gross at the far post, but
the German frontman
opted to take a touch
before shooting and
allowed Tom Carroll to
make a last-ditch block.
From the resulting
corner Jose Izquierdo
blazed over, but the
Seagulls did not have to
wait long to make the
breakthrough.
In the 19th minute
Mike van der Hoorn
caught the back of
Murray?s leg, sending the
striker tumbling to the
deck. Murray stepped up
and tucked away the
spot-kick, sending
Lukasz Fabianski the
wrong way.
Swans boss Carlos
Carvalhal made a bold
substitution nine
minutes before halftime, taking off Nathan
Dyer and putting Andre
Ayew up front with his
brother Jordan.
Both sides were
denied by the woodwork
before the break, Lewis
Dunk thumping a
header against the bar
and Jordan Ayew firing
against a post.
Early in the second
half, Seagulls goalkeeper
Mathew Ryan dived full
stretch to palm away Ki
Sung-yueng?s drive.
At the other end
Murray bundled in a
cross from Knockaert,
but he was marginally
offside. However, he was
not to be denied in the
MATCH STATS
46
Possession
54
5 Shots on target 1
11 Shots off target 10
3
Corners
5
3
Offside
0
16
Fouls
4
1
Cautions
0
0
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0
STAR MAN: GLENN
MURRAY now has
10 Premier League
goals this season
and was a terrific
outlet once more
for the Seagulls.
69th minute after some
fine interplay between
Izquierdo and Gross.
Izquierdo reached the
byline and cut the ball
back to where Murray
was waiting to sweep the
ball home.
Four minutes later
Gross played in
Knockaert, who drove
low with a smart finish
across Fabianski.
Swansea sub Tammy
Abraham created an
85th-minute consolation
with a long-range effort
which deflected in off
Dunk.
But Brighton?s record
January signing Locadia,
on as a sub, completed
the scoring at the death.
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premier league
post
match
Dan?s the man as he
seals late comeback
bournemoutH 2
Smith (80), Gosling (89)
newCastle united 2
Gayle (17, 45)
By Ed Elliott
Mario Lemina holds off Jeff Hendrick
sport@sundaypost.com
burnley 1
Dan Gosling struck a dramatic late
equaliser against his former club as
Bournemouth battled back from two
goals down to draw with Newcastle.
Barnes (67)
soutHampton 1
Gabbiadini (90)
Superb sub Manolo
Gabbiadini helped
relegation-threatened
Southampton snatch a
controversial last-gasp
point to prolong
Burnley?s winless run.
Sean Dyche?s Clarets
were as high as fourth in
December, but their
European dreams have
diminished thanks to a
lengthy run without a
Premier League victory.
Ashley Barnes looked
to have propelled
Burnley to a muchneeded victory, only for
their winless top flight
run to extend to an 11th
match as Gabbiadini
fired home late on to
snatch Saints a draw.
All eyes were on
referee Bobby Madley
after the goal. His
inadvertent block on
Burnley?s Ashley
Westwood allowed
Saints to break, with
Gabbiadini smashing
home after Guido
Carrillo cut the ball
back.
Barnes? close-range
header looked to worsen
Saints? plight at Turf
Moor, only for the lastgasp leveller to see the
visitors sneak a point
that had looked beyond
them.
This is a match that
may be remembered for
controversy but not
quality. Johann Berg
Gudmundsson headed
wide and Aaron Lennon
got a snapshot on target
for the hosts. Referee
Madley?s whistle
brought respite from the
first-half drudgery, a
break in play that
resulted in both sides
upping the ante a notch.
Nathan Redmond saw
both a cross and attempt
blocked, while Saints
goalkeeper Alex
McCarthy did well to
prevent Jeff Hendrick
going through.
Barnes nodded wide
for Burnley, but the
hosts would not be
denied for long.
Cedric Soares
inexplicably allowed
Lennon to move on to
his right foot and swing
in a cross to the back
post. Gudmundsson?s
ball across was pushed
out by Hendrick, whose
header back towards
matCH stats
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52
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6 Shots off target 8
7
Corners
1
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6
Fouls
5
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14
1
Cautions
0
0
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0
STAR MAN:
Burnley?s Jeff
HeNdRick was a
busy presence in
the centre of
midfield and
claimed an assist.
goal was glanced in by
Barnes.
Things could have got
worse had McCarthy
been sent off for
handling outside the
area, but the
Southampton
goalkeeper stayed on as
his team tried to
equalise.
Nick Pope superbly
tipped sub Sims? shot on
to a post.
Saints looked bound
for defeat until Madley?s
block on Westwood
allowed Redmond
through. The ball went
wide to Josh Sims and
the cross was headed
back by Carrillo, with
Gabbiadini rifling in.
Midfielder Gosling converted into the
roof of the net in the 89th minute after
Cherries substitute Adam Smith set up a
tense final 10 minutes by halving the
deficit.
Magpies striker Dwight Gayle looked
to have earned the visitors three precious
Premier League points on the south coast
with two simple, first-half finishes, but
they were made to pay for their
profligacy, which included Jonjo Shelvey
missing an open goal at 2-0.
Victory at the Vitality Stadium would
have moved Newcastle level on points
with their hosts, but Rafael Benitez?s men
will continue to look anxiously over their
shoulders at the bottom three following
their late capitulation.
Benitez stuck with the same team
which surprised Manchester United a
fortnight ago and the game plan
appeared to have worked perfectly as his
players expertly absorbed pressure from
the hosts before clinically hitting them
on the break.
They opened the scoring in the 17th
minute following a fine pass from
Shelvey.
The creative midfielder carved
Bournemouth open with a raking ball
down the right wing, allowing
ex-Cherries winger Matt Ritchie to centre
for Gayle to back-heel his first goal since
December into the empty net after Asmir
Begovic kept out his initial effort.
Newcastle?s travelling fans faced a
Dan Gosling and Lewis Cook celebrate after the former?s late equaliser
bournemoutH: Begovic 6; Francis 6, Daniels 4 (Smith 46,7), S Cook 6, Ake 6; Stanislas 7, L
Cook 7, Gosling 7, Fraser 6 (Mousset 63, 6); King 6; Wilson 5 (Wilson 73, 6). Unused subs ? Boruc,
Surman, Pugh, Simpson.
newCastle united: Dubravka 7; Yedlin 6, Dummett 6, Lascelles 6, Lejeune 5; Ritchie 6
(Manquillo 85), Shelvey 5, Diame 7, Kenedy 6 (Atsu 64, 6); Perez 6, Gayle 8 (Hayden 78). Unused
subs ? Darlow, Clark, Joselu, Merino.
round trip of almost 700 miles for this
fixture and they were rewarded again in
first-half stoppage time as a mistake from
Bournemouth goalkeeper Begovic
allowed Gayle to double his tally.
After Kenedy?s poor corner was
partially cleared, Paul Dummett swung
in a cross from the left and Ayoze Perez?s
ball back across goal squirmed under the
Bosnian keeper for Gayle to tap in. The
half-time whistle was greeted with boos
from the home supporters and they were
even more unhappy moments after the
restart when referee Roger East ignored
claims for a penalty after Jamaal
Lascelles? clumsy challenge on Ryan
Fraser. Bournemouth, who went close
through Gosling and Callum Wilson in
Butland blunder costs Stoke the
matCH stats
leiCester City 1
Butland (og, 70)
66
Possession
34
9 Shots on target 2
stoke City 1
Shaqiri (43)
10 Shots off target 4
13
0
10
Corners
1
Offside
Fouls
2
16
1
Cautions
3
0
Sending-of fs
0
STAR MAN:
XHeRdAN SHAQiRi
came up with the
goods again for
Stoke, once more
showing just how
good he is.
Stoke remain in the relegation
places after an error from
goalkeeper Jack Butland meant
they had to settle for a point
from a draw with Leicester at
the King Power Stadium.
Paul Lambert?s team looked
set to climb out of the bottom
three ahead of the afternoon
Premier League fixtures after
Swiss ace Xherdan Shaqiri?s
lovely first-half finish put them
ahead.
However, Butland gifted
Leicester an equaliser with an
own-goal midway through the
second half when he misjudged
a Marc Albrighton cross.
Leicester had late
opportunities to take all three
points and twice hit the post,
but the early kick-off ultimately
finished all square.
The Foxes made a hightempo start and put Stoke
under some early pressure with
a series of corners.
The last presented Matty
James with a shooting
opportunity, but he was unable
to keep his effort down. Stoke
were also full of energy early on
as they pressed high up the
pitch and when Badou Ndiaye
won possession on the edge of
the Leicester penalty area after
12 minutes, his curling effort
brought a decent save from
Kasper Schmeichel.
The game became a little
scrappy as the first half wore
on, as both teams struggled to
keep the ball, and such an
instance allowed Stoke to
pounce two minutes before
half-time.
Wilfred Ndidi tried too hard
to keep the ball in play on the
touchline midway inside his
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NEWS
MATCH STATS
64
Possession
36
6 Shots on target 4
12 Shots off target 11
8
Corners
1
0
Offside
4
12
Fouls
Guardiola:
Wenger is a
special boss
10
1
Cautions
4
0
Sending-of fs
0
REF WATCH: ROGER
SMITH had a steady
game, letting the
game flow and
getting most of the
big decisions right
STAR MAN
Despite missing a sitter
JONJO SHELVEY stood
out as the man behind
most of Newcastle?s
good work, and as is
often the case, was the
main creative spark for
the Magpies
TURNING
POINT
89:00
MINS
Newcastle goalscorer Dwight Gayle receives some close attention from Bournemouth?s Steve Cook
the opening period, were bidding
for a club record fourth successive
Premier League home win.
Manager Eddie Howe responded
to the two-goal deficit by bringing
on England striker Jermain Defoe
for his first appearance since he
suffered a fractured ankle in
December, but it was fellow
substitute Smith who put them
back in the game.
After Newcastle forward Perez
missed an excellent opening and
Shelvey somehow blazed high and
wide with the goal gaping, having
being picked out by substitute
Christian Atsu, defender Smith
lashed in via the underside of the
crossbar moments later. The away
side came under incessant pressure
and their resolve was broken with a
minute of normal time remaining.
Bournemouth defender Nathan
Ake drove the ball in from the left
and Gosling ? who left St James?
Park to join the Cherries in 2014 ?
coolly side-footed home.
Dan Gosling?s late strike
earned the Cherries a
draw after a great
fightback which saw
them recover from
going two goals down
to Newcastle
TWEET TALK
Never make life easy
do they? Game should
have been dead and
buried. Two points
dropped.
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victory as Foxes scrape a point
own half and Joe Allen nipped
in and got a pass away infield
to Shaqiri, who was in lots of
space.
The Stoke forward
advanced towards the penalty
area before beating
Schmeichel with a low, curling
effort from 22 yards out.
It was a blow for Leicester
so close to the break, but the
hosts responded well at the
beginning of the second half,
putting Stoke under pressure
once more.
But, just like at the start of
the match, the visitors dealt
with the danger.
Stoke looked comfortable
and Shaqiri almost
embarrassed Schmeichel with
a second goal just before the
hour mark. The Danish
custodian took a free-kick
from a wide position, but his
distribution was
uncharacteristically poor and
the ball went straight to Allen,
who passed it to Shaqiri.
With the goalkeeper well
out of position, Shaqiri shot
from 40 yards out, but his
effort curled agonisingly wide
as Schmeichel scrambled
back.
The Dane survived his error,
but a goalkeeping calamity
was to strike at the other end,
with England international
Butland gifting the Foxes an
equaliser in the 70th minute.
When Albrighton drilled in
a cross from the right-hand
side of the penalty area
towards teammate Jamie
Vardy, it looked like a routine
take into the midriff for
Butland. However, the ball
struck his body and went into
the net.
He went some way to
making amends shortly
afterwards with a superb save
to deny Riyad Mahrez. When
play developed from the
rebound, centre-back Harry
Maguire struck a post with a
fierce shot.
A last-ditch tackle from
Potters defender Kurt Zouma
thwarted Mahrez once more
and from the resulting corner
James? header hit the same
post Maguire had struck
shortly before.
In the end Stoke were
holding on, but Lambert may
feel his team did enough to
earn a vital win.
Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his goal
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
By John Barrett
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM
Wembley has been good to Pep
Guardiola, having been the venue for two
European Cup triumphs as both player
and manager.
But the Manchester City boss knows
that in recent years the stadium has been
Arsene Wenger?s domain.
The Arsenal manager has won on each
of his last nine trips to Wembley when it?s
been a neutral venue. His only defeat was
against Tottenham in a Premier League
away game earlier this month.
That record only adds to the general
respect that Guardiola has for his rival ?
though he denies that having similar
footballing philosophies has anything to
do with it.
?Maybe the other managers don?t
believe it, but I respect all of them a lot,
not just Arsene,? he says.
?But, of course, he has done an
outstanding job in England.
?He?s special. To be there for a long time
in the same place is because you are
comfortable there and the people are
comfortable with you.
?I also think he made a significant
impact on English football when he came
here.
?And if you are there for a long time like
him it?s because you are good. It?s simple
like that.
?It?s also because you have passion and
you enjoy your job. You believe you can
do better with your club and your players.
That is the reason for this longevity.
?And when one manager is at a club for
a long time, you will have success and do
good things.?
Wenger?s Wembley record in the last
four years comprises three final and three
semi-final wins in FA Cup plus three
Community Shield victories.
Guardiola acknowledges that gives him
and his players an edge in terms
experience before this afternoon?s
Carabao Cup clash.
But the Catalan will tell his players that
this is no day for nerves.
?I will tell them to be calm but also to
play with more courage,? he says.
?I think it?s a game we have to try to
enjoy the most. It?s a final and we are here
to play these types of game, so why be
nervous?
?We should have no regrets after the
game. Then it?s too late for, ?I didn?t do
what I should do?, because it?s a final.?
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post
Match
barrett
behind the headlines
Is a day of first
and lasts set
for Wembley?
Pep Guardiola has the chance win his first piece of
English silverware today.
Arsene Wenger, on the other hand, has what might
conceivably be his last.
If runaway Premier League leaders Manchester
City beat Arsenal in the Carabao Cup Final, the
Guardiola era will finally have its first tangible
reward.
If the Gunners win, though, it would be the 11th
major trophy of the Frenchman?s 22 years at the club,
and there?s a strong possibility that he won?t win
another one in England.
In Guardiola?s first season at the Etihad, the
Catalan finished 15 points behind title-winners
Chelsea, went out in the Round of 16 in the
Champions League and the fourth round of the
League Cup, then lost to today?s opponents in the
semi-final of the FA Cup.
But if there were any doubts about him not being
all he was cracked up to be, they?ve been completely
eradicated since last summer.
City have lost just once in 27 Premier League
games, and have an astonishing goal difference of 59
? 79 for and 20 against.
They are on track to break the records for most
points, most goals and the biggest margin of victory
between the Champions and the second-placed
team.
Yet, a cup tie is, by definition, a one-off game and
anything can happen, as City found out at Wigan last
Monday night.
Wenger still has another year on his contract, but
this could be his final season because the club don?t
want a repeat of last year?s situation when he wound
down his deal and only re-signed at the last minute.
Even if he does go full term, he might never be one
win from an English trophy ever again.
He hasn?t won the League for 14 years. But Wenger
has made a specialism of lifting domestic cups,
having won three of the last four FA Cups and a
record seven in all.
Considering his longevity, it?s remarkable that the
League Cup has eluded him.
When he arrived in 1996 he was credited with
transforming the club?s culture and having a major
influence on the English game, in general.
Twenty-odd years on, Guardiola may yet be
responsible for a similar sort of revolution in this
country because if he shows that free-flowing,
attacking football can put trophies on the shelf,
others may follow suit.
The two men may be a generation apart, but they
are fellow pioneers and kindred spirits when it comes
to their footballing philosophies.
They play the game the right way and because of
that you would never begrudge either a victory.
Pep is certain to eventually lift his first English
trophy, while I suspect that Arsene probably won?t be
in this position again.
For that reason alone, I hope it?s Wenger?s day today.
carabao cup final
Laporte?s record move
pays off in a big way
By John Barrett
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COm
Aymeric Laporte?s name will be long
remembered in the French rugby union
city of Agen, after the local football club
received a �0,000 windfall last month.
SU Agen, who play in the eighth tier of the
French league, collected 1% of the clubrecord fee that Manchester City paid
Athletic Bilbao for the centre-back.
The money will allow the club Laporte
played for until he was 15 to clear its debts
and budget for the next four seasons.
There?s also talk of them naming
something in his honour to mark his
contribution to their survival.
Today, though, the 23-year-old couldn?t
be further away from his roots, as he steps
out at Wembley to face Arsenal in the
Carabao Cup Final.
His first taste of English club football
ended in a shock defeat at Wigan last
Monday, so he knows that the prospect of
picking up his first major trophy just four
games into his City career is far from a given.
?The truth is, we had a bad night,? he
says. ?We?d been in great form, but we knew
it was going to be a difficult match as Wigan
would play for their lives.
?So it?s now a case of keeping our heads
up and focusing on this next game.
?Winning a cup final would be a big step
forward for us. It would be great to get a
trophy under our belts and then focus again
on the League to try to maintain the distance
between us and second place.
?Winning a trophy would definitely help
the development of the team. It would
increase everyone?s confidence.
?But Arsenal are a dangerous team. They
have great players and they?ve made some
great signings. And we know that we can?t
take any opponent for granted.?
Laporte doesn?t know how SU Agen are
going to mark his financial lifeline.
?There has been talk about naming a plot
of land after me but I don?t know exactly
what,? he said, but he appreciates the role
they played in his development.
?I was born there, I grew up there, I did
everything there, so obviously I?m really
happy to have been able to help my old
club, especially with them having financial
difficulties.
?I still have contacts there. I?ve received
calls from the local council congratulating
me on my move to City and thanking me for
what it has done for the club.
?From the age of 11, I went to a sports
school where I stayed during the week and
only went home at weekends.
?It was hard because I really missed my
family and friends, but it prepared me and
made me stronger before I left for Bilbao.
?Even though Agen is a strong rugby city,
I was always clear in my mind that I wanted
to play football.
?My father played in the French second
division. He didn?t want me to play rugby
because it?s very hard on the body.
?I was told that out of 1000, only one of us
would make it as a player. But I kept fighting
to achieve my dream every single day.
?I worked hard and made many sacrifices,
but I?m so happy to think about what I did to
get here.?
Laporte?s move from Bilbao to City was
first mooted in the summer of 2016, but it
failed to materialise.
?I was injured and I didn?t think it was
the right moment for me to come here,? he
says.
?I knew that if I kept working hard, the
chance would come as City knew the
potential I had.
?It was the right move for me firstly
because of the manager.
?I have already learned a lot from Pep
Guardiola in the short time I?ve been here.
He is such an influential figure in the world
of football.
?Then I looked at the team and there are
so many players of a similar age to me. That
was also a major factor in my thinking.?
Wenger out to shake off underdogs tag
By Mark Mann-Bryans
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COm
Guardiola and Wenger face off today
Manchester City?s � million new boy, Aymeric Laporte
Arsene Wenger has conceded
his Arsenal side are the
underdogs in today?s Carabao
Cup final, but believes recent
trophy successes can help them
upset the odds to beat
Manchester City.
The Gunners will be the
unfancied side at Wembley,
despite winning three FA Cups
in the past four years.
Wenger?s men beat City in
last season?s semi-final before
going on to see off Chelsea as
the Frenchman lifted a record
seventh FA Cup as a manager.
Given their superb season to
date, City pose an altogether
different test this time around
and Pep Guardiola?s outfit
completely outclassed Arsenal
in a 3-1 Premier League win at
the Etihad Stadium in
November.
But, even though Arsenal sit
sixth in the table and a
mammoth 27 points adrift of
leaders City, Wenger has faith
that his players will perform.
However, the Frenchman has
never won the League Cup,
often using it during his 21-year
tenure to blood young players
and give valuable minutes to
those on the fringes of his
first-team.
He came close in 2007 and
2011, losing surprisingly to
Birmingham in the latter final
when it was his Arsenal who
were widely-expected to lift the
trophy.
Now he accepts it is the
Gunners who are able to spring
a surprise this time around.
?When you come through
such a long way, you go to the
final, you don?t want to lose it,?
he said. ?You want to win it. At
the end of the day, you have to
be cool.
?Because Manchester City is
dominating the league, so
maybe we are more underdogs
than in the FA Cup semi-final
last season.
?We are maybe underdogs,
but we have to believe in our
quality. The history, the fact we
have done it before, shows why
can do it again.?
Gunners boss Wenger will
be hoping he can replicate
his FA Cup successes
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kenny
dalglish
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The Celtic defence has come in for
some serious criticism in the wake
of their 3-0 defeat to Zenit
St Petersburg on Thursday evening.
Some of it has been over the top.
Brendan Rodgers said he could
sense nervousness in his players from
the very first whistle, and that his side
lacked aggression in their defending.
He also suggested they lacked
courage when attacking and weren?t
brave enough in possession.
I can see where he is coming from,
and there is definitely room for
improvement. But the whole team
lacked an edge in the game.
They just didn?t click and couldn?t
get a rhythm going. It took them over
an hour before they really pressed the
Zenit goalkeeper.
What did disappoint me about
Thursday in Russia was, even when
Celtic were two goals down, they still
only needed one goal to go through.
Yet their heads seemed to be down
and they looked as though they didn?t
believe they could get through.
So, they may well need to develop a
slightly stronger mentality on the
European stage when things aren?t
quite going their way.
Dorus de Vries has been under the
microscope in the last 48 hours and,
yes, he should have saved the shot
from Daler Kuzyaev for the second
goal.
However, I have sympathy for him
for the first goal, as I felt the original
shot that led to the corner for
Branislav Ivanovic to score, held up on
the grass.
Some praised the condition of the
pitch, but I thought it should have
been slicker. That?s why de Vries
appeared to go down a fraction early
when he turned that shot around the
post for a corner-kick.
Mikael Lustig has been criticised for
his role in the third goal, but
sometimes you just have to hold up
your hands and accept that you were
on the receiving end of a brilliantly
whipped in ball by Ivanovic.
Lustig could have gambled before
the cross came in and taken a step to
his left, but it could have backfired.
The bottom line is that cross was
every striker?s dream and Aleksandr
Kokorin made the most of it.
However, in the cold light of day,
things need to be analysed and
improvement needs to be made.
Yes, the positives are that Celtic
qualified for the Champions League
and made tens of millions of pounds.
They also got out of their
Champions League section and into
the last 32 of the Europa League.
But, taking the qualifiers out of it, in
the past two years they have won only
two games out of 14 in Europe.
Everyone at Celtic will work hard to
make that stat better reading by the
end of this calendar year. They have to.
Getting into the last 32 of the
Europa League has given them an
indication of the performance level
they need to reach to make a dent in
this competition. The past week will
have been a good learning curve for
Brendan and his players.
People in football should never
settle for what they have just achieved.
They must look to better it as
quickly as possible and that?s what
The legend wriTes for you
KENNY
ON...
CArABAo CuP
Celtic didn?t do themselves justice against Zenit, and they have to face a determined Dons side this afternoon
They lacked aggression
against Zenit, now Celts
must be brave or Dons
will be back in title race
Celtic will strive for next season in
Europe.
Providing, of course, they win the
league to gain entry into the
Champions League qualifiers, their
target will then become to either
finish second in their group or to
make the last 16 of the Europa League.
That shows strides are being made.
They are back to league business
today against Aberdeen and this will
be a testing 90 minutes for them.
Derek McInnes and his players have
the chance to put pressure on Celtic. A
victory for the Dons will throw things
back into the mix.
Celtic may feel mentally and
physically jaded after the exertions of
Thursday and the journey home, but
they won?t be looking to make excuses.
There should be no adverse effect
on them. They are back to domestic
business and they now have 10 or 11
games to go to clinch the Treble once
again.
Aberdeen will need to have all of
their players in their very best form.
They haven?t enjoyed a good record
against Celtic in recent times, but that
has to change at some stage. It could
well be today.
And it?s not all about trying to catch
Celtic. For the men from the Granite
City it?s important for them to finish
second and they know they have a real
challenge from Rangers.
It could well be that the race for
second is more exciting and intriguing
than the race for the title.
However, we can only deal with
what we have in front of us and, at this
moment, we have a glimmer of a title
race.
Does that mean Celtic are not as
good as they were than last season? Or
is there credit due to Aberdeen and
Rangers for improving on the last
campaign?
Let?s see where they all are in the
middle of May when the points are
added up and the prizes handed out.
What did disappoint was that their heads seemed to be down and they looked as though they didn?t believe they could get through
Pep guardiola has
lost only one major
final during his
managerial career to
date.
during his stints at
Barcelona and
Bayern Munich, his
only defeat came to
Jose Mourinho?s real
Madrid in the Copa
del rey final in 2011.
This is his first final for
Manchester City and
he faces Arsene
wenger?s Arsenal.
wenger has lost both
league Cup finals as
gunners gaffer.
i expect today?s
Carabao Cup final at
wembley to be full of
attacking football
and both sides will be
fully committed to
winning the game.
i can?t see Arsenal
wanting to sit back
and defend ? that is
just not Arsene?s style.
however, such is
the penetration,
creativity and level of
intensity in the City
side, Arsenal may not
have much choice
but to defend for long
periods.
Kevin de Bruyne
may well dictate the
flow of the game. But
there is also quality in
the Arsenal team and
they have the ability
to cause their
opponents problems.
The outcome of the
game is quite close to
call but it is hard to
see past City.
guardiola has his
team playing
attractive and
entertaining football,
although they had a
setback at wigan
Athletic last Monday
night.
i didn?t see that
result coming. But i do
envisage a 3-1 victory
for them today.
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championship
post
match
McManaman strikes
late to boost the Cats
sunderland 3
Asoro (11), Williams (58), McManaman (90 + 6)
middlesbrough 3
Bamford (49, 68), Leadbitter (pen, 53)
By Paul Fraser
Jack Hunt goes in to challenge Josh Onomah
sport@sundaypost.com
sheffield wednesday 2
A dramatic late equaliser from
Calllum McManaman prevented
Middlesbrough from climbing into
the top six as Sunderland earned a
late draw.
Clare (14), Joao (45)
aston villa 4
Grabban (21), Whelan (67), Hourihane (87), Snodgrass (90)
Aston Villa kept their
chances of gaining
automatic promotion
alive, beating Sheffield
Wednesday thanks to
two late goals.
Wednesday went
ahead early on courtesy
of Sean Clare?s first
senior goal for the club.
Villa hit back through
on-loan striker Lewis
Grabban, but the home
side were on top before
the break, when Lucas
Joao headed home.
Glenn Whelan levelled
the game on his return
to Hillsborough and
then Conor Hourihane
and Robert Snodgrass
(penalty) sealed victory.
It was a lively start to
the game, and Clare
broke the deadlock.
The young midfielder
struck a sweet strike into
the bottom corner from
Atdhe Nuhiu?s chested
pass, to finish off a great
counter-attacking move.
The lead didn?t last.
Villa captain John Terry
had a header saved well
by keeper Joe Wildsmith,
who then reacted
quickly to save again at
point-blank range from
Scott Hogan.
The danger still wasn?t
cleared and Grabban
was looming to tap in.
The in-form Joao,
Clare and Nuhiu went
close to scoring, before a
short corner came close
to being a goal for
George Boyd. The wingback received the ball in
space just outside the
area and his effort came
off a post and hit keeper
Sam Johnstone.
Boyd exhibited some
fancy footwork to
dribble into the Villa box
before going to ground,
but ref Neil Swarbrick
denied him a penalty.
After all the short
corners taken by the
Owls, it was a simple
one whipped in by
Reach that Joao headed
past Johnstone to put
them in front on the
stroke of half-time.
Wednesday were
made to pay when they
left Snodgrass too much
time to pick out a cross,
and former Wednesday
man Whelan headed in
his first goal for Villa
from inside the six-yard
box to equalise.
match stats
49
Possession
51
7 Shots on target 10
11 Shots off target 5
7
Corners
6
1
Offside
3
15
Fouls
1
3
Cautions
0
0
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0
STAR MAN:
Wednesday wingback GEORGE
BOYD looked
dangerous and
didn?t deserve to be
on the losing side.
The match burst into
life again with 15
minutes left, Frederico
Venancio hitting a post
and Joao having a shot
cleared off the line.
Nuhiu was also denied
by a Johnstone save
moments later and at
the other end James
Chester headed over.
In a sickening blow for
the home side,
Hourihane then put Villa
ahead for the first time
in the game, shooting
with his first touch.
Snodgrass scored
from the spot in addedtime to compound the
home team?s misery, as
Swarbrick awarded a
penalty for a Venancio
Bottom club Sunderland had Jake
Clarke-Salter sent off and Adama Traore
followed him down the tunnel before the
half-time whistle had even been blown,
which paved the way for goals galore
after the break.
At that point Sunderland had the lead
courtesy of Joel Asoro?s 11th minute
opener and there was hope on Wearside
that they could end a run of five games
without a win.
But Middlesbrough looked like
claiming a crucial three points in the
battle for promotion.
Patrick Bamford (49) and a penalty
from Grant Leadbitter (53) had put the
visitors ahead before Jonny Williams
levelled things up five minutes later.
Bamford was at it again with 22
minutes remaining though to restore
Middlesbrough?s advantage and that was
how it stayed until six minutes of
stoppage-time had passed when
McManaman struck.
Sunderland had looked promising
before the first half had the red cards to
spice things up even further.
But there wasn?t much for either
goalkeeper to do and that was reflected
in the scoreline, with Sunderland?s
positive start rewarded with the opener.
Adam Matthews? long throw into the
area saw Maja?s back somehow flick the
ball between George Friend and Ben
Gibson. Then Asoro was able to get
Patrick Bamford scores one of his two goals for Middlesbrough
between Daniel Ayala and Ryan Shotton
to finish. Asoro and Maja?s teenage
energy caused problems and they were
only handed the chance together
because of Ashley Fletcher?s
unavailability against his parent club.
Sunderland looked in control but then
Clarke-Salter?s reckless lunge in the 24th
minute completely missed the ball and
wiped out Traore and the red card was
shown immediately. Traore?s every touch
was booed by Sunderland fans after that
although he was only on the pitch 13
more minutes. Moments after he had
wasted a fantastic chance from just
inside the area by missing the target, he
was involved in a tangle near the post
and it led to the Middlesbrough winger
raising his forearm to Bryan Oviedo.
Referee Tim Robinson issued his second
red card after referring with his assistant.
Traore is likely to be charged too after
he had to be held back from complaining
to the fourth official as he left the field.
Middlesbrough had to find a way of
getting Britt Assombalonga involved
more after being handed the chance to
replace Rudy Gestede, who will miss the
rest of the season with a fractured ankle.
The second half was even more frantic.
Within eight minutes of the restart
Middlesbrough had gone ahead.
Bamford?s brilliance made it 1-1 when
he turned in the area after controlling
Friend?s knockdown. Four minutes later
Leadbitter put them ahead from the spot
after Assombalonga was brought down
by Camp. Sunderland soon had it level
again though when Oviedo got to the line
and his cut back was side-footed inside
the bottom corner by Williams.
But Sunderland fell behind a second
time when Bamford, who had also
wasted another chance, rounded Camp
and then found the empty net moments
after he was switched to the middle.
There were chances at both ends after
that but it was McManaman?s back post
volley from Oviedo?s deep corner that
earned a share of the spoils.
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match stats
ipswich town 1
Carayol (21)
62
Possession
38
4 Shots on target 3
7 Shots off target 7
9
Corners
1
3
Offside
0
9
Fouls
11
1
Cautions
3
0
Sending-of fs
0
STAR MAN: Polish
stopper BARTOSZ
BIALKOWSKI was
solid in the Ipswich
goal and ensured
there was no way
through for Preston.
Preston?s play-off hopes were
dealt a blow as Ipswich
completed the double over
them with victory at Deepdale.
Mustapha Carayol scored the
only goal to condemn Preston
to their first defeat in eight
Championship matches.
Carayol should have given
Ipswich the lead on his first
start for the club after eight
minutes. The visitors broke
from a Preston corner and
Martyn Waghorn played
Carayol through, but the
winger fired straight at Declan
Rudd before inexplicably
poking the rebound wide from
six yards. Preston began to
trouble Ipswich with a
succession of crosses into the
area, the best chance coming
after 18 minutes when Billy
Bodin found Alan Browne who
headed over from six yards.
But it was Mick McCarthy?s
side who took the lead after 21
minutes as Carayol made
amends for his earlier miss.
Preston full-back Calum Woods
hesitated in clearing, allowing
Carayol to slide past Declan
Rudd. And Ipswich would have
doubled the lead on the halfhour mark as Carayol found
Waghorn eight yards out, but
Browne denied the striker with
a superb last-ditch block.
Dominic Iorfa then struck
the bar for Ipswich. Preston
boss Alex Neil had seen enough
from his side, making a double
substitution after just 37
minutes as Woods and Callum
Robinson were hauled off for
Josh Earl and Josh Harrop.
The hosts continued to
struggle to get the ball forward,
but did manage to get a strike
on target after 54 minutes as
Browne?s strike was held by
Bartosz Bialkowski. And Neil?s
men remained confined to
long-range efforts, Josh Earl
cutting in from the right after
71 minutes and firing an effort
that was held by Bialkowski.
The Lilywhites went in
pursuit of the equaliser and
tested Bialkowski six minutes
later. Sub Daryl Horgan
whipped a cross for Tom
Barkhuizen to guide a header
on target. Ipswich held on
though without any problem.
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MaTCH STaTS
50
Possession
50
6 Shots on target 4
11 Shots off target 7
4
Corners
2
1
Offside
2
13
Fouls
10
5
Cautions
1
1
Sending-of fs
1
REF WATCH:
TIM ROBINSON had
a busy afternoon,
sending off two
players which
changed the game.
STar Man
Middlesborough striker
PATRICK BAMFORD
caused plenty of
problems for the Black
Cats. He bagged a well
taken brace, and was
very unlucky not to end
up on the winning
team.
� John Sheridan
managed to end
Fleetwood?s mammoth
eight-game losing spree
as his first match in
charge finished in a 1-1
draw with fellow
strugglers MK Dons.
A crucial three points
still eludes Fleetwood,
but just days after taking
over the hot-seat from
Uwe Rosler Sheridan saw
his men fight back to
retain their five-point
gap on the Dons.
It was not the best start
for the new Town head
coach as he saw his side
fall behind in the 20th
minute through Robbie
Muirhead.
Town forward Conor
McAleny rattled the
woodwork seconds later,
but the home faithful had
to wait for the 54th
minute to see their side
level as Ashley Hunter
pounced and rifled the
ball home.
Kyle Vassell tucked
home after a defensive
error as Blackpool
cruised to a 2-0 victory
over Portsmouth at
Fratton Park. And the
Tangerines doubled their
lead through Clark
Robertson in the 63rd
minute as he was left
unmarked in the home
side?s area which left him
with a simple header to
secure the win.
A 12th-minute goal
from Michael Jacobs was
the difference between
Wigan and Rochdale in a
hard-fought clash low on
quality.
Jacobs found the ball
at his feet on the edge of
the penalty area, and his
left-foot shot fizzed into
the bottom corner of the
Dale net.
Bury climbed back off
the bottom after beating
Gillingham 2-1, with
goals from Neil Danns
and Harry Bunn.
In the south Yorkshire
derby, Rotherham netted
a winning penalty 13
minutes into injury-time
to beat rivals Doncaster
2-1. The Millers had
levelled 10 minutes
earlier via Michael Smith
after John Marquis put
Rovers in front.
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poInT
37:00
MInS
The sending off just
before half-time of
Adama Traore helped
pave the way for a
more open second half
with plenty of goals
and a late, late strike
Boro?s Adama Traore is marked tightly by Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo
TWeeT TalK
Sunderland: Camp 5; Kone 6, O?Shea 5, Clarke-Salter 3; Cattermole 6; Matthews 6, McNair 6 (Williams 42,
7), Honeyman 7 (McGeady 79), Oviedo 7; Asoro 7, Maja 6 (McManaman 65, 6). Unused subs ? Steele, Jones,
Browning, Robson.
boro: Randolph 5; Shotton 5, Friend 6, Ayala 5, Gibson 6; Besic 6, Leadbitter 7 (Clayton 76); Traore 7, Downing 7
(Howson 77), Bamford 8; Assombalonga 6 (Harrison 64, 7). Unused subs ? Konstantopoulos, Cranie, Fry, Baker.
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MaTCH STaTS
Cooper (31)
brenTford 0
38
Possession
62
3 Shots on target 3
6 Shots off target 10
5
Corners
9
6
Offside
2
12
Fouls
12
2
Cautions
4
0
Sending-of fs
0
STAR MAN: LIAM
COOPER capped
off an excellent
all-round display
with Leeds? winner
to keep them in the
play-off hunt.
A Liam Cooper goal gave Paul
Heckingbottom his first win as
Leeds United boss following a
battling win over Brentford.
The defender headed home
in the 31st minute as Leeds
also claimed their first win of
2018 in from of more than
28,000 fans.
Brentford did have their
chances to take something
from the game with John Egan
coming closest when his first
half strike was brilliantly saved
by Felix Wiedwald.
Florian Jozefzoon was also
guilty of wasting a first half
chance during a good spell of
pressure by the Londoners.
The home side started
brightly with Samu Saiz just
failing to get on the end of
Pierre-Michel Lasogga?s pass in
the third minute.
Daniel Bentley got down well
to save Eunan O?Kane 25 yards
strike two minutes later.
Ollie Watkins fired wide
before Kamohelo Mokotjo also
failed to find the target as
Brentford came into the game.
Jozefzoon shot over when he
should have done better after
Romaine Sawyers? excellent
pass put him through on goal.
And Liam Cooper made him
pay for that miss when he
headed Ezgjan Alioski?s cross
Michael Jacobs scored the winner for Wigan
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into the far corner to give Leeds
a 31st-minute lead.
Leeds nearly doubled their
lead after 62 minutes when
Lasaggo cut past a defender
and went around Bentley.
But he was denied by a lastditch recovery by Ryan Woods.
The Leeds bench were
fuming on 73 minutes when
referee Oliver Langford failed
to play advantage after Saiz
was pulled back. Despite the
foul he managed to play in
Lasaggo through on goal only
for the chance to be denied.
Alioski failed to get a good
contact with Caleb Ekuban?s
cross as another chance went
begging. Neal Maupay fired
over the bar with nine minutes
to go as Brentford searched for
an equaliser.
Sergi Canos sliced wide from
in the final minute after
Wiedwald had palmed Alan
Judge?s effort into his path.
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� Kevin Ellison scored
twice on the day after his
39th birthday, as
struggling Morecambe
made a mockery of the
form book with a 4-2
victory over promotionchasing Wycombe.
The Shrimps hadn?t
won in their last six
games, but they had an
early gift when Nathan
McGinley flicked Michael
Rose?s long throw away
from his own goalkeeper,
giving Adam McGurk an
empty net to head into at
the back post.
Ellison then smashed
an unstoppable halfvolley across Scott Brown
into the top corner.
It got even better for
the visitors, as Ellison
thumped in a far-post
header, before McGurk
was allowed to cut inside
and score to make it 4-0
after 52 minutes.
Wycombe finally found
a response through a
daisy-cutter from sub
Nick Freeman, before
Luke O?Nien?s crisp volley
left Paddy Roche
standing to pull a second
back late on.
Carlisle won their third
successive league match
as a Hallam Hope strike
sealed a 1-0 win at Yeovil.
Hope scored the only
goal of the game in the
48th minute after being
given too much time on
the left flank to cut inside
and send it into the far
corner.
Kayden Jackson
celebrated his 13th goal
of the season to lift
Accrington into second
spot after a 1-0 win over
in-form Cambridge.
The managerless Us
had won their last three
games, but came up
against Stanley who now
have six straight victories
at the Wham Stadium.
Stanley grabbed the
winner after 57 minutes
when Jackson pressed
defender George Taft,
won the ball and turned
and fired home.
Jordan Bowery scored
twice as Crewe thumped
Lincoln 4-1 to boost their
survival hopes.
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Post
Match
By Danny stewart
& ahmed al sarraf
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM
Sa n d w i c h e d i n b e t we e n t h e
arrivals of Jamie Murphy and Jason
Cummings, the return of one of
Rangers best-ever loan signings
went all but unnoticed.
Not for Gregory Vignal the posse of
press waiting at Glasgow Airport
when he jetted in from France to
take up his Academy coaching post
or the panicky will-he, won?t-he
debate speculating whether a deal
could be struck.
That was OK. He got plenty of
fanfare when he left 13 years ago.
It was in the summer of 2004 that
A l e x Mc L e i s h , n ow S c o t l a n d
manager, then in charge of a lighter
shade of Blues, persuaded Liverpool
to let him have a 23-year-old French
defender who had been
overshadowed by John Arne Riise at
Anfield.
When Vignal departed the
following year it was as a hero, his 42
appearances having played a key
role in Rangers League and League
Cup-winning double.
Solid in a backline which also
included his countryman Jean AlainBoumsong, he is arguably best
remembered for scoring in the 2-0
victory at Celtic Park with a 25-yard
shot which Rab Douglas let slip
through his grasp.
?After my experience in Liverpool,
it was an amazing year I spent
playing for Rangers,? said Vignal.
big interview exclusive
A great club
like Rangers
never loses
its history
I think to really appreciate
the passion that
surrounds the super
clubs you need to live it
?We had big, big players, but it was
everything about the place. The
stadium, the fans, above all, the
tradition. A great club never loses its
history.
?Like Liverpool, it was another
world from what I had experienced
in France ? totally different.
?I think to really appreciate the
passion that surrounds the super
clubs you need to live it.
?It?s extremely competitive and
the only thing that matters is
winning the titles.
?You don?t feel that in France. At
Montpellier there was competition,
but it was at its most intense in the
Academy where players were
battling to go up to the first team.
?My first home game was just
huge for me. There were 50,000
p e o p l e t h e re, t h e f a n s w e re
ever ywhere and it was really
something.
?As great as it looks on the
television, or in the stands, it is way
more impressive when you are out
there on the field.
?And it doesn?t matter who you are
playing against (his home debut for
Rangers was against Livingston) the
ground is always full or as good as
full.?
All of which explained why he was
happy to quit his native France for a
role which is initially only three
sessions per week plus a game at the
weekend.
?It?s an amazing feeling when a
great club like the Rangers comes to
you, I was very flattered to be asked.
?The board and the director of
football, Mark Allan, have placed the
Academy at the centre of the new
Rangers project.
?And Academy director Craig
Mulholland is putting in place a
says gregory vignal
policy which is really innovative.
?He outlined it to me in a halfhour meeting I had with him in
October to talk about this, which
went very well.
?He is someone who really
understands the importance of
having ex-Rangers players involved.
?It helps impart some of the DNA
we (Kevin Thomson was also brought
in last January) have from our time
playing to the young players coming
through.
?I?m bringing everything I have
learned as an ex-Rangers player to
try and inspire them.
?In the Academy they all want to
play for the club but only a few can
go through, so this is why we are
doing the maximum we can for
them.
?This is why my experience will be
helpful.?
Speaking last month at the time of
the appointment, Mulholland was in
no doubt about what Vignal could
bring to the table.
?As well as extensive knowledge
from his playing days with Rangers
and, of course, Liverpool and
Fulham in the EPL, he will bring with
him experience of coaching in
Academies in France, where they are
producing some fantastic players
just now,? he said then.
?All of the existing Academy staff
are keen to learn from the cultural
differences Gregory will bring from
France, while we help guide him on
his journey in coaching.?
Right now that sees Vignal working
to a plan he outlines as being
simultaneously both simple and
comprehensive.
?Our aim is to allow youngsters to
play at Ibrox in the next four to five
years and be Rangers players,? he said.
?We are forming them to be the
complete package when they reach
the first team.
?They have to have the DNA of
competitors then ally it with tactical
knowledge and an ability to play an
attractive style of football.
?The club needs the youth teams
to have their own football style.
?Everything is in place to do this
and we leave nothing to chance.
?This policy also responds to the
new law about the percentage of
local players. So obviously we need
to develop more players to be able to
play for the first team.?
?The very good thing for us is that
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gordon
Frenchman Gregory
Vignal celebrates
scoring for Rangers
against Celtic (inset)
a decade ago
Football?s man in the know
I have been giving some
consideration to the thorny
question of Scottish football
governance.
I know for the moment it looks
like it is the SFA which is the
problem.
However, I think this has come
about because some poor decisions
were made.
In addition that when decisions
that had to be made in the public
spotlight were taken, certain
individuals did not perform in an
acceptable manner.
I do believe, however, that both
bodies, the SFA and the SPFL
should continue to operate as
individual bodies going forward.
Why? Because both have different
aspects of the game to look after.
Unfortunately, however, a
decision made by either might be
influenced by personal interest ? or
certainly be open to being
construed as that being the case.
The SFA looks after every avenue
of the game from the grass roots to
the professional level.
They also have the membership
of UEFA and FIFA which allows us
to have a relationship with other
countries and federations in
conjunction with our international
team playing in major tournaments.
This must be kept in place going
forward.
The SPFL looks after the interests
of the professional clubs and,
obviously, has a strong
preoccupation with sustaining the
finances and wellbeing of their
42 members.
Although both bodies would like
to see Scottish football prosper
across the board, there is no
question, in my opinion anyway,
that they will not be able to agree
wholeheartedly on what is required
to achieve this.
Not when they have a large
degree of self-interest at the heart of
how they believe things should
progress.
So, my thinking is that a third
body should be formed to oversee
Scottish football in general and
officially regulate the decisions and
actions of both bodies.
This group would have no
operational work other than to
Graeme Murty is in charge of the
first team,? he said.
?It is an internal solution as he
used to be in charge of the
development team (the Under20s) so he knows how everything
works and he comes to the
Academy a lot.
?It works well at the moment
and there is a ver y good
relationship with him.?
A fan of the work the manager is
d o i n g r i g h t n o w, V i g n a l
nevertheless says it is important to
keep things in context when
looking at the bigger picture.
?We need to go step-by-step as
we had four difficult years,? he said.
?It was really tough for me to
watch from the outside as I had
maintained very good
relationships with those at the club
and the fans.
?We need some stability, a new
policy has been introduced and
some quality players will come as a
result of it.
?It will take a little while to catch
up from those difficult years.
?For me, I just want to do what I
can to be a part of it all and help
the club as much as I can.
?From a personal point of view I
want to gain some experience, get
my diplomas and my pro licence.?
The better to achieve his wish,
publicly stated a few years back, to
manage Rangers?
?Oh that would be the big
dream. That would be
magnificent!? he said.
From small steps to big dreams,
Gregory Vignal might have a lower
profile than Jamie Murphy and
Jason Cummings.
Like his fellow January arrivals,
though, he is very much a man on
the move.
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Former SFA chief executive
Stewart Regan
Independent
watchdog is
way forward
for our game
consider how the SFA and SPFL are
performing.
And ? crucially ? to confront
them when decisions are made by
them that most certainly are not
benefiting the Scottish game.
With access to the board minutes
of both organisations, they would
also consider any questions, or
even complaints, made by
members of one association about
any actions being undertaken by
the other.
This watchdog could be funded
by the government as it could argue
that they would not be controlling
football but overseeing it, in order
to ensure the game in Scotland is,
fundamentally, being governed
correctly.
They would be deemed
independent, but would, of course,
have people of substance who have
already been involved in football in
addition to independent members.
In addition members could be
appointed from a fan group, the
Government department of sports
and also a representative from the
media.
I believe this set-up would give
the public reassurance that the
operations of the remaining SFA
and SPFL were being independently
scrutinised and amended for the
benefit of Scottish football at all
levels.
This group would make their
conclusions and recommendations
public, in order that transparency
could be deemed to finally exist
within the framework of Scottish
football.
An initial problem could arise as
FIFA are totally opposed to any
government interference in the
operations of the national football
associations.
But I believe, if this procedure
was explained properly to the world
authorities, then it would be
accepted.
The big question which arises
from this proposal is what would
stand in the way of this governing
body or as it could be titled, The
Supervisory Body, being put
together.
Both the SFA and the SPFL would
need to agree to have their
operations scrutinised and
evaluated by this new body.
That might not be sit
comfortably.
But what reasons could they have
for having opposition to the major
decisions affecting our national
game being placed in the public
domain?
There has been so much debate
and criticism at times on how the
game is being managed, that a new
level of transparency could only
lead to the people involved in the
game at all levels ? and the public,
in general ? finally being satisfied
our major national sport is being
beneficially governed.
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match
premiership
NeWs
Rangers wide man Daniel Candeias
Daniel is is no
hurry to move
on from Gers
By Brian Fowlie
sport@sundaypost.com
Daniel Candeias hopes
his wandering days are
over, because he?s found
his footballing home at
Rangers.
The Portuguese winger
has been sent out on nine
loan spells to five different
countries during his
career.
It looked like he might
have been on his way out
at Ibrox when fellow
countr yman Pedro
Caixinha was sacked as
manager, after only 229
days in charge.
However, the man who
celebrates his 30th
b i r t h d a y t o d a y, h a s
become an important part
of the side under Graeme
Murty, and is looking
forward to an extended
stay with the Light Blues.
He said: ?I have moved
about a lot because the big
teams in Portugal always
send out their players on
loan.
?Now I am settled at
Rangers, and that stability
is important for me.
?I?m very happy here,
and, normally, you play
your best football when
you are settled.
?I want to stay here for
more than one season.
?When I signed for
Benfica it was always
going to be difficult to play
regularly.
?I think I have the
quality to play there, but
the coach felt it was
important for me to get
games.
?I don?t like moving
about a lot, but I didn?t have
much choice in the matter.?
Was he concerned for
his future in Scotland
when Caixinha left?
?No. I have a contract
with the club, not Pedro,?
he stated.
?My h ea r t i s wi th
Rangers, not the coach.
?I wasn?t worried any
more than any of the
other players when the
coach left.
?The coach left because
of the results. What
happened in the Europa
League was a catastrophe.
?All coaches, they live
and die by their results, so
while I didn?t want him to
leave, the results meant it
was difficult for him.
?I have learnt that you
have to be a winner with
this club in every game
that you play.
?It is difficult playing in
Scotland because it is
more physical, and there
are a lot of long balls
?In Portugal, it is more
technical, but I think that
the style of football here
suits my own style of
play.?
He won the Portuguese
championship with Porto
nine years ago, but only
played a handful of
matches ? doing it while
playing every week would
be extra special.
Pipping Celtic for the
title this term is something
he refuses to rule out.
He said: ?I think it is still
possible. The team is
strong at the moment and
we are playing well.
?When you play all of
the games the trophies
always mean more to you.
?I want to win a trophy
with this club. It is a great
club ? with great
supporters ? and if we win
a trophy here it will be
fantastic.?
Hearts? Kyle Lafferty outjumps Rangers? Russell Martin, who had the last laugh by scoring his side?s second goal
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graeme murty
?It was a game where we could have
been more clinical and scored more
goals but it was a thoroughly
professional performance.
?Under some pressure, when
things weren?t quite clicking at times,
the guys found a way to still score
goals and create chances against a
very stubborn and well-organised
opponent.?
?Truthfully, we probably got away
with one today. I thought our
goalkeeper was excellent and John
Souttar had another excellent game.
?Our best players were defenders
and goalkeeper and that tells you
about our performance today.
?We had a spell in the first half for 10-15
minutes where we had opportunities
but it didn?t last long enough.?
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Rangers edge closer to
Celtic as dogged Hearts
are broken late on
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HEARTS 0
By Danny Stewart
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sport@sundaypost.com
8 Shots on target 2
Possession
40
16 Shots off target 3
Can we have a title race?
The question hung in the air like
an inviting cross waiting to be
nodded home after a result which
saw the gap at the top of the
Scottish Premiership reduced to six
points.
However, while Rangers manager
Graeme Murty was more than
happy to use his head, it was not to
throw down any gauntlet to Celtic,
rather to deliver a measured
assessment of where the two clubs
are at heading into the final stretch.
?You guys (the press) can say that
all you want, as far as I am
concerned they are still the team to
beat at the top of the table,? he said.
?While I am sure there will be
many interested eyes from our
group on the game at Pittodrie, we
will just concentrate on ourselves
and make sure we finish the season
as well as we possibly can.
?I am not sure we are even in
Celtic?s minds. They are top of the
league for good reason.
?They are going to take care of
themselves and play as well as they
possibly can, all we can do is worry
about us and make sure we do our
job.
?We did our job today and I still
think we can get better.
?That, for me as a manager, is a
very happy thought because we
have a group of people who are
now striving to push and kick on
and take everyone with them.?
Indeed. As his opposite number
Craig Levein noted, it said it all
about this one that by far the best
of the Hearts players was their
goalkeeper, Jon McLaughlin.
Forced into action by decent
efforts from distance by first Sean
Goss then Greg Docherty, he was
into double figures for saves by the
time the final whistle blew.
With the keeper in form and
Hearts dogged and disciplined at
the back it was clear it was going to
take something special for Rangers
to break them down.
Just before the break it arrived in
the shape of what was a terrific
opening goal.
James Tavernier?s chipped ball
inside found Greg Docherty in
space deep in the Hearts half.
The midfielder feinted to shoot
but instead slid a pass into the box
for Jamie Murphy to run on to.
Arriving to the ball at pace,
6
Corners
2
3
Offside
4
11
Fouls
16
1
Cautions
3
0
Sending-of fs
0
REF WATCH: JOHN
BEATON. Did away
OK and it was
impossible to argue
with any of his four
cautions.
Jamie Murphy scores the opener past the despairing Jon
McLaughlin in the Hearts goal
STAR MAN
RANGERS: (4-4-2) Foderingham 6; Tavernier 7, Bates 7, Martin 7, John 6;
Candeias 7, Goss 7, Docherty 7 (Holt 83 5), Murphy 8; Windass 6, Morelos 6
(Cummings 75 6). Unused ? Alnwick, Miller, Herrera, Halliday, Alves.
HEARTS: (3-5-1-1) McLaughlin 9; Hughes 6, Souttar 6, Berra 6; Smith 5, Adao 4
(Buaben 46 5), Callachan 6, Cochrane 7 (Naismith 73 5), Mitchell 5; Henderson 5
(McDonald 60 6); Lafferty 6. Unused ?Hamilton, Randall, Godinho, Irving
Murphy then displayed technique,
composure and cleverness in equal
measure to control it with his left
foot, slalom past John Souttar and
keeper McLaughlin, before
switching to his right to pass a shot
into the net.
?I was just telling him to hit it,
when he didn?t I was telling him to
hit it again and he took another
touch,? said Murty, reliving the
moment.
?That?s why we got Jamie. The
people we brought in have quality
and composure and can deal with
the football in the manner that we
like.?
It could and should have been
two earlier than it was with Josh
Windass unable to cash in on a
quartet of decent opportunities
which came his way.
He failed to get a contact on the
first, shanked the second high into
the Copland Road End, shot
straight at McLaughlin for the third.
By the time he curled the fourth
wide, the tuts from the home
support had grown to howls of
anguish, eclipsed for volume only
by the booing which accompanied
the arrival of Steven Naismith on
the pitch as a Hearts substitute.
Russell Martin?s late goal, a tap-in
at the back post from a Candeias
cross, left them happy.
?My last goal was April last year
so maybe that?s why I went a bit
mad in the celebration,? said the
defender of his first score in a
Rangers shirt.
?That was a tap-in from a yard
with my left foot as well.
?It took me a while to recover. I
don?t know where the knee-slide
came from but they?re killing me
now.?
And if the conclusion it gave the
game was hard on the Hearts
keeper, who was excellent, it was
anything but on his teammates,
who were not.
JON McLAUGHLIN. On
a day when Jamie
Murphy and Greg
Docherty were very
good, the keeper who
conceded two goals
still deserved the nod.
Talk of a Scotland call
isn?t far-fetched.
TURNING
POINT
40:00
MINS
Murphy?s cool head in
the tightest of spots
made all the
difference.
TWEET TALK
Killie haven?t half crept
up on us. There?s a real
chance we?ll miss top 6
at this rate. A crucial
few weeks.
@HeartsRant
Injured Rangers star Ryan Jack
By Brian Fowlie
sport@sundaypost.com
Rangers boss Graeme Murty has spoken
about his concern for Ryan Jack, as the
midfielder battles back from a kneecartilage injury.
T h e f o r m e r Ab e rd e e n c a p t a i n
underwent surgery after being hurt
during a game against Motherwell in
December.
Jack is making slow progress and is
unlikely to feature again this season.
Murty said: ?He?s following a very
boring protocol that means he?s not going
to be weight-bearing at the moment.
?It?s something we have to be very
cautious and patient with.
?We?re being conservative after the
surgery because we believe that is vital to
make sure we get Ryan back at the very
top of his form and his fitness.
?We?re hopeful he might play this
season, but it is very unlikely.
?It?s a blow for us because he?d been
doing really well.
?It?s also a blow for him. He was
desperate to come to us and he?s had a
significant setback.?
Players saying they?d like to move on
isn?t often music to the ears of a manager,
but Murty is heartened to hear Alfredo
Morelos declare his desire to play in
England.
That ambition, Murty believes, will
encourage him to stay with Rangers
instead of making a move to China.
He said: ?If he wants to go and do that,
he?s got things to do here that will bring
that closer to being a reality.
?The thing with him is that he wants
to be on the pitch, scoring goals.
?I think his last few performances have
shown he?s a real asset to the team.
?He?s shown good enthusiasm, good
quality and that predatory instinct that
we love. At the moment, fatigue hasn?t
become an issue.
?We want ambitious players here ?
players that are hungry to get to that next
level.
?We?ve just signed new contracts with
Josh Windass and James Tavernier, who
want to go and play at the highest level.
?They understand his environment
gives them a fantastic platform.
?We play are in front of masses of
people at home. Our fans travel in their
thousands away and we get fantastic
coverage in the media.?
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premiership
post
match
neWs
Ajer: Nobody
will be taking
the Dons lightly
Battling Killie bemoan
two points dropped
kilmarnock 2
Jones (57), Boyd (61)
hibs 2
Kamberi (1), Porteous (9)
By Brian Fowlie
sport@sundaypost.com
Rugby Park boss Steve Clarke was
probably the only spectator who left
Kilmarnock disappointed yesterday.
Celtic?s Kristoffer Ajer
By Danny Stewart
sport@sundaypost.com
Form would point to Aberdeen being
the ideal opponent for Celtic to face
today off the back of their European
disappointment.
The Hoops have won all eight games
between the sides since Brendan
Rodgers became manager, topping up
last season?s league clean sweep with
victories in the League and Scottish Cup
Finals.
It has been the same story this year,
too, with the champions netting six
times to no reply in their wins home and
away.
Yet, while acknowledging the statistic,
former Killie loan-signing, defender
Kristoffer Ajer, takes only small comfort
from it, pointing out the Dons have
stayed as one of Celtic?s leading
challengers for a reason.
?It is a big game for us. It is a big game
for Aberdeen, too,? he said.
?They are one of the teams up at the
top of the table and as such will see this
as a chance to cut our lead.
?We have a great record against them,
having won the matches in Glasgow and
at Aberdeen so far.
?And, although I was not part of it,
because I was on loan with Kilmarnock,
I know, of course, that we also came out
on top in the games against them last
season as well.
?So it is a good run, one that we will be
looking to continue when we go to
Pittodrie.
?At the same time there is no doubt
they will be up for the match.
?They have done really well this
season with their form very consistent
throughout the season so far.
?They will be playing in front of their
fans so it will be a tough game.
?We know from the Scottish Cup Final
last season how much of a threat they
can be so we will have to be at our best.?
With several of Celtic?s player turning
in a tired performance in the Krestovsky
Stadium on Thursday night, changes are
expected, a prospect Ajer is relaxed
about.
?We have a fantastic squad, so the
manager has plenty of options open to
him, with the new arrivals such as Charly
Musonda having looked good and fresh
in training.?
Almost every paying customer stayed to
applaud the players after one of the most
entertaining matches seen at Rugby Park for
many years.
The home side came back to get a draw
after losing a goal in only 27 seconds and
being two down before 10 minutes were on
the clock.
They really should have taken all three
points after dominating possession and
having 20 shots on goal.
The result means Killie have only lost one
match in their last 13 but Clarke is a hard man
to please.
He said: ?I was disappointed to drop two
points in a game we should have won
because we were the better team almost from
start to finish.
?It was a really disappointing start but we
recovered well and played a lot of good stuff.
?The first goal is really poor, a throw-in in
front of the dugout and five seconds later the
ball?s in the net.
?And then they get a free header from a
corner. It shouldn?t happen.
?We should have won the game, though, we
were the best team by a mile.
?I think we?ve shown since I?ve been at the
club the spirit is good and we react to
adversity.
?But the overriding feeling is
disappointment as we?ve dropped two points
at home.?
If this had been a boxing match then Killie
would definitely have won on points.
They forced 16 corners compared to Hibs?
four and forced the Edinburgh men to
Killie?s Kris Boyd and Hibs? John McGinn
at full time
commit 18 fouls, compared to the home side?s
six.
The match started in incredible fashion
when a deflected show spun into the path of
Swiss striker Florian Kamberi and he prodded
the ball home.
Hibs were further ahead shortly afterwards
when Ryan Porteous was allowed to jump
unchallenged and head home a corner.
The 18-year-old was only in the team
Davidson?s double helps lifts Saints
match stats
By Iain Collin
st johnstone 2
sport@sundaypost.com
Davidson (29, 40)
50
Possession
50
2 Shots on target 2
ross county 0
5 Shots off target 1
2
Corners
1
4
Offside
2
10
Fouls
9
3
Cautions
0
0
Sending-of fs
1
STAR MAN:
MURRAY
DAVIDSON. Two
goals and a
dominant display
from the Saints
midfielder.
because Paul Hanlon?s wife had given birth to
a baby boy on Friday night.
At this point it looked like the Kilmarnock
bubble had well and truly burst.
However, the Ayrshire side work from their
early slumber and proceeded to batter Hibs
for an hour.
They were pressing hard for a goal before
half-time but the fans had to wait until the
second half for something to cheer.
It was a goal well worth the wait.
Jordan Jones caught the ball as sweetly as
he ever has and his shot from the left went
flying past Marciano in the visitors? goal.
It was one of those strikes that truly takes
the breath away.
The equaliser was rather more
controversial.
Killie were awarded a penalty when referee
Kevin Clancy ruled that Porteous had handled
a shot by Alan Power.
Hibs were hugely aggrieved by the award
and Neil Lennon was sent to the stand for his
protests after the kick had been taken.
Kris Boyd?s effort from the spot was saved
but the veteran striker followed up to bundle
his 16th goal of the season over the line.
From that point onward it was virtually
one-way traffic towards Hibs? goalmouth.
There were umpteen close shaves and
Marciano earned his team a point with a
wonderful save from a Mulumbu shot.
Mulumbu?s performance summed up the
will to win that exists in this Kilmarnock
team.
He?s only on a short-term contract but was
up front chasing down the ball in added-on
time.
Players don?t always like to acclaim their
goals but Jordan Jones didn?t hesitate to
agree his strike was the best of his career so
far.
He said: ?I had a decent shot when we
played them last time and it was tipped over
the bar.
?Thankfully it went in this time.
?We?re disappointed because we feel like
that?s two points dropped because of a sloppy
first 15 minutes.
?I don?t know why we were so poor but the
lads have got unbelievable character and we
showed it again today.?
Tommy Wright insists
St Johnstone can launch
an assault on the top six
after registering a home
win for the first time in
five months.
A double from Murray
Davidson, who bagged
the winner on their last
McDiarmid Park victory
back in September, was
enough to lift the Perth
men to within six points
of Kilmarnock in sixth.
It was a miserable
afternoon for Ross
County, who saw Craig
Curran red-carded six
minutes from time for a
second booking.
But, after being
criticised by Celtic
manager Brendan
Rodgers for only lifting
their game against his
side and Rangers, Saints
proved they were up for
the battle after being
dragged perilously close
to the relegation zone.
Wright said: ?The way
we look at it is we?re still
only five points behind
Motherwell (in seventh)
with two games in hand.
?We?ve done our job, we
can be happy with our
days? work and recover
and get ready to go again
on Tuesday night against
Rangers.
?There are enough
games left and enough
points available for us to
continue to move up the
table and hopefully we?ll
do that.?
There were few signs
early on that Saints could
arrest a miserable home
run stretching eight
games without a win.
County, with four
points from their last two
matches, were
comfortable enough
without threatening the
breakthrough against a
home team buoyed by
their goalless draw with
Celtic last weekend but
struggling to create
anything of their own.
But, suddenly, the
match was lit up by the
opener in the 29th
minute.
Scott Tanser created
space on the left edge of
the box with a sharp 1-2
with David Wotherspoon.
17
nEWS
MATCH STATS
73
Possession
27
7 Shots on target 4
12 Shots off target 4
16
3
6
Corners
4
Offside
Fouls
0
15
0
Cautions
4
0
Sending-of fs
0
reF WaTCH: Kevin
Clancy had a very
eventful afternoon.
He won?t want
another game like
this too soon ? or to
bump into Neil
Lennon.
STAr MAn
Jordan Jones would
have deserved the
man of the match
award even if he?d
done nothing but
score that goal.
Neil Lennon was furious at the ref yesterday
Lenny demands
Clancy never
refs Hibs again
By Brian Fowlie
sport@sundaypost.com
TUrninG
PoinT
11:00
MinS
Jamie MacLaren
missed a sitter that
should have put Hibs
3-0 up and sealed a
win.
TWEET TAlk
Kilmarnock?s Alan Power fights to hold off Hibernian?s Scott Allan
kilMArnoCk: (4-2-3-1) MacDonald 7; O?Donnell 7, Broadfoot 6, Findlay 7, Taylor 7; Dicker 7, Power 6 (Tshbola
83, 5); McKenzie 7, Mulumbu 7, Jones 8; K. Boyd 6 (Brophy 71, 6). Unused subs?Fasan, Simpson, Kiltie, Wilson, Erwin.
Jordan Jones! Pick that
out! #kilmarnock
@jamiewinehoose
HibS: (4-4-2) Marciano 7; Ambrose 6, McGregor 6, Porteous 7, Stevenson 6, Boyle 6 (Whittaker 89, 5). McGinn 5,
Allan 6 (Bartley 71, 6), McGeouch 5, MacLaren 6 (Shaw 66, 6), Kamberi 7. Unused subs?Bell, Swanson, Rherras.
out of the relegation zone
The Saints full-back?s
superb cross was inviting for
Steven MacLean whose
intelligent header down was
swept into the net by the
supporting Davidson.
County?s reaction was
minimal and Saints doubled
their advantage 11 minutes
later.
Chris Kane chased down a
MacLean pass and his
cutback deflected into the
path of Davidson whose
curling, dipping drive looked
to have been blocked by
Scott Fox?s outstretched arm
? only for the ball to drop
agonisingly beyond the
goalkeeper and into the net.
Shortly after, it was almost
three. Wotherspoon?s low
cross was smashed against
his own crossbar by a
miscued clearance from
Staggies skipper Marcus
Fraser.
It left County with just one
win from their last 16 league
games and three points
adrift at the bottom of the
table, but manager Owen
Coyle is remaining positive
his side can get themselves
out of trouble ? if they can
improve on this display.
He said: ?Sometimes you
can have two or three
players out of sorts but I?ll be
honest, I?m struggling to give
two or three pass marks. It?s
certainly a sore one to take.
?We?ve got some huge
games coming up and we
have to be better than we
were today.?
ST joHnSTonE:
Mannus 6;
Shaughnessy 6,
Kerr, 6 Anderson 7,
Tanser 6; Alston 6,
Millar 6 (McClean
88 3), Davidson 8,
Wotherspoon 6 (Craig
84 3); MacLean 6,
Kane 7 (Johnstone
78 4). Subs not used
? Clark, Williams,
Comrie, Gordon.
roSS Co: Fox 6;
Naismith 5, Souttar 5,
Fontaine 6, Fraser 5;
Tansey 6 (Kait 56 5);
O?Brien 5 (Dow 65 4),
Routis 6, Keillor-Dunn
5; Schalk 5, N?Gog 5
(Curran 56 3). Subs
not used ? McCarey,
Chow, McKay,
Melbourne
.
Davidson celebrates after scoring
Neil Lennon branded
S c o t l a n d ?s r e f e r e e s
?a m a t e u r s?
and
demanded Kevin Clancy
doesn?t take charge of a
game involving his team
again.
The Hibs manager was
sent to the stand after
protesting about a penalty
awarded to Kilmarnock in
the 2-2 draw.
Lennon believes Clancy
has a personal vendetta
against him, but
maintains there?s a deeper
problem concerning the
standard of officials.
He thinks they should
be sent off if they?re
shown to make blatant
mistakes!
The Easter Road
believes Clancy has a
problem with him
because he criticised the
whistle for failing to
award Hibs a penalty
when Rangers? David
Bates blatantly handled
the ball in a game last
November.
He said: ?He?s made it
personal because I
criticised him after the
Easter Road game.
?I thought he was
coming over to warn me.
?If he says behave
yourself or calm down, I
could take it no bother.
?He sends me off and
I?m far from happy. Then I
can?t do my job.
?Why can?t we send
referees off when they are
so blatantly ruining the
game?
?I?m trying to do my job
at an important stage of
the season and I can?t do it
for the last half-an-hour.?
Lennon says other
referees have also got it in
for Hibs.
He went on: ?Huge
decisions have gone
against us this season.
?The goal we scored at
Tynecastle, the clear hand
ball against Rangers. I?m
at my wits? end with
referees at the minute.
?The standard needs to
get better. They are not
good enough.
?Every week we are
talking about blatantly
obvious decisions which
are being called wrong.
?The standard is
declining as the game in
Scotland is improving.
?It?s amateur. Mickey
Mouse stuff.?
Lennon is sure to be in
hot water for his
comments and for his
reaction to getting sent
off.
He stepped on to the
pitch and applauded in
Clancy?s face before being
p u l l e d a w a y by h i s
backroom staff.
He certainly didn?t
seem to be making a huge
fuss about the penalty
award at the time, but he
was adamant Porteous
shouldn?t have been
penalised for handball.
His teenage defender
agreed and explained
what happened.
He said: ?It came off my
right arm, which is tucked
in to my body, as I tried to
get out of the way. My left
arm is in an unnatural
position, but it doesn?t hit it.
?If he thought it was
deliberate he would have
had to give me a second
yellow card. That makes
me think he guessed.?
Lennon also slammed
the Kilmarnock plastic
pitch.
He said: ?The pitch is
abysmal. It is impossible
to play football on it.?
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Backs-to-the-wallWell
grindoutwinoverDee
news
dundee 0
motherwell 1
Tanner (33)
By Sean Hamilton
sport@sundaypost.com
Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch
By Darren Johnstone
sport@sundaypost.com
Hibs head coach Neil
Lennon admits he has a
fight on his hands to
convince midfielder
Dylan McGeouch to
extend his contract at
Easter Road.
Lennon insists he can
understand the 25-yearold?s decision to stall on
signing fresh terms with
the Leith club and reckons
McGeouch will not be
short of offers from clubs
north and south of the
border when the player?s
current deal expires in the
summer.
The for mer Celtic
trainee is finally fulfilling
his potential at Hibs after
injury restricted the
playmaker to a total of just
25 league starts in the
previous two campaigns.
Aberdeen have already
been linked with the
player and Lennon admits
he is fearing the worst.
Lennon said: ?This
season Dylan has been as
g o o d a s a n y b o d y,
particularly in the Scottish
game anyway.
?We have an offer on
the table and he is
weighing up his options,
which he has every right to
do.
?We may go back to
h i m , h e ?s q u i t e
comfortable with the
situation ? we?re obviously
not, but I understand his
take on it as well.
?No clubs have been in
touch with us but it would
not surprise me if he were
to leave.
?I?m sure there will be
plenty of suitors for him
north and south of the
b o r d e r a n d t h a t ?s
something we have to be
wary of.
?I?m not convinced it
would be the right thing to
do but the decision is
down to Dylan.
?I can?t lock him in a
cupboard ? much as I?d
like to ? and say, ?Right
you?re not leaving until
you sign here?.
?What I can say is,
?You?ve had a brilliant
season and there is no
reason why you can?t
improve again here?.?
Meanwhile, across the
city, Craig Levein has not
ruled out making Joaquim
Adao?s loan stay at Hearts
permanent.
The combative Angolan
h a s e m e rg e d a s a n
immediate fans? favourite
since arriving at the club
from Sion in January,
adding steel and bite to
the Jambos midfield.
Ad a o h a s a l re a d y
indicated that he would be
open to a longer deal in
the capital, revealing last
week: ?I am enjoying
Edinburgh and I am
enjoying Hearts. If I have
the chance to come back
here, then why not??
The 25-year-old has a
lucrative contract with the
Swiss outfit which runs
until the summer of 2020,
however Levein will weigh
up whether a swoop is
feasible, and desirable,
later this season.
The Hearts boss smiled:
?It?s quite nice that
everybody wants to stay!
?The deal that we did
with him involved paying
part of his salary with his
club and I didn?t think
about anything other than
bringing a good midfielder
in to play for us between
the window and the end of
the season.
?The time for that kind
of talk will be nearer the
end of the season when I
have had an opportunity
to see him playing week
in, week out, but I am
encouraged by his early
matches.?
They have been branded physical and
cynical.
But in downing Dundee, Motherwell
were absolutely clinical.
Craig Tanner?s first-half strike ? his
fourth against the Dark Blues this season
? earned the Steelmen a win that was the
definition of hard-earned.
Having claimed the lead with their only
effort on target, Stephen Robinson?s side
held on to it with a backs-to-the-wall
defensive display in the second half.
Dundee were dominant, but they
couldn?t find a way through.
For Well?s jubilant gaffer, it was a
defensive display worthy of top marks.
?Take nothing away from Dundee, I
think they?re a good side. Neil?s doing a
good job here,? said Robinson.
?But if I was a fan going back down the
road knowing people are putting that
Motherwell badge on, throwing
themselves to the ground, tackling,
heading, putting their bodies on the line,
I?d be very happy.
?We can play a lot better than that but
when you play games like this you need to
show resilience and that?s what we did.
?In terms of character and organisation
I give them top marks.?
Robinson?s side dumped their hosts out
of the Scottish Cup at Dens just two weeks
ago.
This time around, Dundee looked
hungry for revenge.
Josh Meekings, deployed on the left of a
back three, rushed forward twice in the
opening 10 minutes to launch deadly long
throws into the box.
Trevor Carson had to look sharp on the
second occasion to claim luckless
Motherwell?s Craig Tanner celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0
dundee: (3-5-2) Parish 6; Caulker 7; Kusunga 6; Meekings 6; Deacon 7; O?Hara 6; Kamara 7;
McGowan 6 (El Bakhtaoui 87, 2); Kerr 6 (Aurtenetxe 68, 4); Moussa 6 (Leitch-Smith 57, 5); Murray
6. Unused ? Malherbe; O?Dea; Spence; Curran.
motherwell: (3-5-2) Carson 6; Kipre 8; Aldred 7; Dunne 7; Cadden 6; McHugh 6; Tanner 6
(Rose 64, 5); Campbell 7; Tait 7; Main 6 (Newell 82, 2); Ciftci 5 (Bowman 52, 4). Unused ? Griffiths;
Bigirimana; McGuire.
teammate Tom Aldred?s point-blank
header.
After starting on the back foot,
Motherwell gained momentum.
Curtis Main tried his luck with a looping
header just before the half-hour, but it
was misdirected and Elliot Parish
gathered easily.
Dundee came within a whisker of
taking the lead three minutes later when
Sofien Moussa met Roarie Deacon?s
corner on the volley, only to see the ball
spin just wide of the post.
MICAL FO
DE
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CA
hAmilton ACCies 2
Rojano (11), Templeton (90)
54
Possession
They were immediately made to pay.
The Steelmen sliced straight up the
park. Main, wide right, beat Dundee?s
offside trap and squared to the back post
for Craig Tanner to side-foot into the
empty net.
Having responded sluggishly to falling
behind, the home side needed a kick up
the backside at half-time.
The way they came flying out of the
traps suggested they?d got it.
A golden chance fell to Genseric
Kusunga from Glen Kamara?s cross, but
Templeton?s late strike enough
mAtCh stAts
HAMILTON
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Hibees facing a
fight to hang on
to McGeouch
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2 Shots on target 3
pArtiCk thistle 1
Sammon (9)
5 Shots off target 9
4
Corners
5
0
Offside
2
7
Fouls
11
4
Cautions
2
0
Sending-of fs
0
STAR MAN: Lewis
Ferguson showed
lovely composure
on the ball and
always lifted his
head to find a pass
for Accies.
David Templeton scored a
dramatic stoppage time winner
for Hamilton to lift them out
of the relegation play-off zone
and subject Partick to their
second defeat in successive
weekends to last-gasp goals.
Yet, the Jags, who now sit in
11th place, started so well and
took the lead early in the game.
But they couldn?t hold on
and it was Antonio Rojano who
equalised.
Accies? boss Martin Canning
felt his side were due a piece of
luck, but his opposite number
Alan Archibald was visibly
deflated at full-time as he was
exasperated with his players
for losing late again on the
back of the defeat to Dundee at
Firhill.
Archibald was also
disappointed that a Kris
Doolan ?goal? was ruled out for
offside. The striker was
marginally onside and that
would have made it 2-1.
Canning said: ?A huge three
points for us and every point
is vital at this stage. David
Templeton showed his
experience and composure for
the winning goal, yet I was
wanting him to snatch at the
ball when the rebound fell to
him, I was shouting ?shoot?.
?He has been great for us
By Mark Guidi
sport@sundaypost.com
and I also thought Lewis
Ferguson was excellent once
again this afternoon. We got
that wee bit of luck today that I
don?t always think we get our
fair share of. It?s sweeter to win
with a goal in the final seconds
because it?s happened to us
recently.
?I also have to praise Gary
Woods and he made a
magnificent save to stop them
from scoring for an equaliser. It
would have been a real
sickener for us if we had lost a
goal after going 2-1 ahead.?
The game started with a
bang and finished with an
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NEWS
MATCH STATS
66
Possession
34
3 Shots on target 1
7 Shots off target 0
12
3
11
Corners
0
Offside
Fouls
We woz robbed:
McCann?s fury
at referee Muir
5
22
1
Cautions
3
0
Sending-of fs
0
REF WATCH: Alan
Muir missed a few
things ? much to
Dundee boss Neil
McCann?s fury.
STAR MAN
CEDRIC KIPRE was the
rock at the centre of
Motherwell?s
rearguard action.
Nothing got past him all
afternoon.
Dundee boss Neil McCann
By Sean Hamilton
SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM
TURNING
POINT
33:00
MINS
Dundee?s Roarie Deacon is tackled by the Steelmen?s Nadir Ciftci
the Angolan defender fired his effort
wildly over the bar.
Meekings then had the Dundee
support on its feet with a header
that crept agonisingly wide.
With the Well looking distinctly
unwell, the Dark Blues pressed for
an equaliser.
Steven Caulker lashed an effort
high and wide after some neat play
by Kamara on the edge of the box,
then Simon Murray hit the by-line
only to misplace a cross-cum-shot.
It was one-way traffic as the hour
mark came and went, but Deacon
couldn?t find the target after jinking
into the box.
Dundee were getting desperate
and tempers frayed when Paul
McGowan and Carl McHugh tangled
on the ground, with the former
appearing to swing an arm.
Both players were booked by ref
Alan Muir, but the drama wasn?t
over.
With the Well goal under siege in
injury time, substitute A-Jay LeitchSmith attempted to hook the ball
behind him in the box only for
Cedric Kipre?s hand to get in the way.
The penalty shout was huge, but
the referee wasn?t swayed, leaving
Neill McCann to lament another
three points down the drain.
?We dominated the match, there
was only one side wanting to win,?
he said.
?That?s the most frustrating thing
as we created gilt-edged chances.?
Motherwell shut up shop
after Craig Tanner?s
goal. What followed
was desperate,
heart-on-the-sleeve
defending as Dundee
hammered away.
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to send Jags into danger zone
explosion. In between it was a
damp squib.
It burst into life with two
goals inside 10 minutes. The
visitors took the lead in the
eighth minute when Georgis
Sarris was penalised by referee
Nick Walsh for fouling Danny
Devine as a corner came over.
Conor Sammon took the
kick and slotted it away, low to
the keeper?s right-hand side. It
was the former Kilmarnock
hitman?s eighth goal in eight
games.
The lead lasted only two
minutes when Dougie Imrie?s
inviting corner kick to the
front post was brilliantly met
by Rojano and his glancing
header flew past Tomas Cerny
and into the top corner of the
net.
After that the game had its
moments ? most of them
forgettable. Hamilton showed
a strong desire to win and
were willing to do so at all
costs.
As the game looked to be
heading for a draw, Ferguson
found Rojano with a lovely
piece of skill and his shot was
superbly saved by Cerny. He
clawed the ball out but only
into the path of Templeton. He
took a touch, skipped past a
Jags? defender and slammed
the ball home from four yards.
And then, true to Accies
style, they allowed Chris
Erskine a free header with the
last tough of the ball but he
was denied by a wonderful
save from Woods when he flew
to his top right-hand corner to
palm the ball to safety.
Archibald said: ?That?s us lost
another late goal and we don?t
seem to be learning. There are
no excuses for that. We are
now deep in the relegation but
we?ve known that since
probably the second week of
the season.?
HAMILTON: (3-4-1-2) Woods
8, Want 4 (32, McMann 4), Sarris
6 (68, van der Weg 4), Tomas 6,
Lyon 6 , Ferguson 8, Gogic 4 (38,
Jenkins 4), Imrie 6, Templeton 7,
Rojano 7, Ogkmpoe 7. Unused ?
Miller, Bingham, Redmond, Fulton.
PARTICK: (3-4-1-2) Cerny 7,
Keown 7, Cargill 7, Devine 7,
Dumbuya 7, Osman 6, Spittal 7
(73, Erskine 5), Booth 7, Edwards 6,
Sammon 6 (45, Storey 5), Doolan
6 (86, Lawless 2). Unused ? Barton,
McGinn, Penrice, Scully.
David Templeton is challenged by
Partick Thistle?s Abdul Osman
Neil McCann last night insisted his side
were ?robbed? by ?poor officiating? as
Motherwell dumped Dundee.
The Dark Blues? boss felt Steelmen
star Craig Tanner?s first-half strike was
offside.
But he was even more annoyed when
whistler Alan Muir failed to award an
injury time penalty over an alleged
handball by Well defender Cedric Kipre.
McCann said: ?It?s a stonewaller. It?s
difficult for a manager to hold that anger
in.
?I?ve gone in to see Alan and asked
him why it wasn?t a penalty.
?He said he spoke to his assistant who
said it did hit his arm, but his arm was in
against his body.
?It wasn?t. He came out like a keeper
with his knee out and his arms up.
?So if it has hit him in the arm how is it
not a penalty?
?That would have given us a chance to
get the equaliser.
?And we showed last week we don?t
need a lot of time to get a winner. We?ve
been robbed.?
Pushed on his reaction to the referee?s
explanation, he said: ?What I said to him
was, ?You?re confirming that it hit his
hand, and both hands were in against
his body??
?When you watch it, you?ll see it isn?t.
That, to me, is very, very poor
officiating.?
Dundee did everything but score after
bossing the Well in the second-half.
It left McCann?s side eight points off
the top six ? a deficit he now admits will
be tough to make up with just five games
until the split.
?It?s going to be difficult now,? he said.
?I?m a realist, I?m not a fantasist.
?Motherwell have stretched their gap
on us, Kilmarnock got another point
ahead of us.
?In that respect it?s going to be
difficult, but you don?t just roll over and
accept it. We?ll go to Celtic Park and try
to get a result.
?I expect Celtic to be coming out firing
because maybe they?re hurting from
going out of Europe and they?ll be
looking try to get their league campaign
back in order.
?But we should have taken something
last time at Celtic Park and we?ll look to
go and do the same again.
.
.
.
Golden Years
Post
Match
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We turn back time and take a trip doWn memory lane
1969
frozen in time
This weekend
Arsenal will be regarded as the
underdogs in this afternoon?s
League Cup final at Wembley.
Whether it?s the Gunners or
Manchester City that lift the trophy,
neither side will be able to blame
the pitch.
It was certainly a challenging
surface when Third Division
Swindon Town shocked Arsenal by
running out 3-1 winners in the 1969
League Cup final.
The condition of the pitch wasn?t
helped by the Horse of the Year
Show being held there a week
before the final.
But plucky Swindon didn?t let the
mud put them off their stride.
Roger Smart put the Robins
ahead in the first half and they
battled bravely to hang on until
Bobby Gould got a late equaliser.
Swindon weren?t finished. Don
Rogers got two goals in extra-time Swindon skipper
Stan Harland and ma
nager Danny Williams
to seal one of the biggest upsets in
celebrate their victory
over Arsenal
the history of the competition.
Aberdeen?s three Millers
couldn?t get past Celtic
Jimmy Miller in his Dons days
Aberdeen are aiming to finally
beat Celtic today, and show the
title is still up for grabs.
Even a goal would give the fans
something to cheer ? their team
hasn?t managed to hit the net once
against the Hoops this season.
The Dons were desperate to
score against Celtic 45 years ago in
one of the most-unusual games
played at Pittodrie.
It was noteworthy because three
men named Miller lined-up for the
home side.
Even more curious was the kickoff time.
Jimmy Miller was one of a trio of
players sharing the surname ?
Willie and Bertie being the others.
He recalled: ?The game kickedoff at 1.45 on a Wednesday
afternoon because the power
strikes meant they couldn?t use the
floodlights.
?It was a really odd time for a
game back then and amazing that
a crowd of 16,000 turned up.
?My dad came to watch me on a
Celtic supporters? bus from
Greenock. He didn?t support
Celtic, but the guys running the
bus didn?t know that.
?It was a League Cup quarterfinal. We?d lost the first leg 3-2 and
needed a goal to stay in the
competition.?
Jimmy came so close to getting
that vital strike.
By Brian Fowlie
sport@sundaypost.com
A shot beat Celtic goalie Ally
Hunter, but was cleared off the line
by Jim Brogan. His follow-up
attempt was headed away by
Danny McGrain.
Celtic defended in numbers to
get a 0-0 draw in a match where
there were 47 free-kicks awarded.
?It was the kind of game where it
was ?never mind the ball, just kick
anything that moves?,? said Jimmy.
?Willie Miller and I started the
game in midfield and Bertie Miller
came on as a substitute.
?Willie was a striker when I first
knew him and then began to move
back.
?I think it?s fair to say he was the
best Miller in the team, although I
wouldn?t have predicted he?d have
such a fabulous career back then.
?He really found his position in
defence.?
Jimmy, who?s probably best
remembered for his spells with
Morton, Motherwell and Queen of
the South, joined Aberdeen at the
second time of asking in 1971.
He s a i d : ?I t ra i n e d w i t h
Kilmarnock when I was 15. I wasn?t
signed, but they paid me �a week.
?Then I was close to joining
Aberdeen, but went to Leicester
City because of the money.
?I came from a working-class
family and being able to send
money back from my �-a-week
wages helped my parents.
?I played in Leicester?s reserves,
but things changed when Frank
O ? Fa r r e l l l e f t t o b e c o m e
Manchester United manager.
?Jimmy Bloomfield took over
and signed Keith Weller, Jon
Sammels and Alan Birchenall.
?There wasn?t much chance of
breaking through, but Aberdeen
scout Bobby Calder remembered
me and got in touch.
?I got into the Aberdeen team
and felt I was playing quite well.
Then I broke my metatarsal and
that ended things there.?
Jimmy won promotion to
Division One with Queen of the
South in 1975 and represented the
Scotland Second Division side
against Italy in Pescara.
He said: ?Willie McLean signed
me for Queens then took me to
Motherwell. That meant I was
back in the Premier Division.?
?I then went to Morton and they
came up as Motherwell went
down.?
Jimmy, now 65, had three
s e a s o n s a t Ca p p i e l ow, t w o
campaigns with Clyde plus another
spell with Queen of the South.
After football he drove a taxi.
20
years ago
Harald Brattbakk (above)
hit four goals as Celtic
trounced Kilmarnock 4-0 at
Parkhead.
A late 25-yard screamer
by Jorg Albertz helped
Rangers beat Hibs 2-1 at
Easter Road.
Brian Laudrup announced
he would be leaving the
Ibrox side to join Chelsea at
the end of the season.
Motherwell lined up Finnish
manager Harri Kampman to
take over from Alex McLeish.
Paolo Di Canio scored to
give Sheffield Wednesday a
1-0 win at Tottenham.
40
years ago
Celtic were beaten 2-1 by
St Mirren at home ? their fifth
league defeat in a row.
Goals by Jimmy Bone and
Frank McGarvey gave Saints
the win and left the Hoops
21 points behind Rangers in
eighth place.
A George Stewart
(above) own-goal and
strikes by Duncan Davidson
and Willie Miller gave
Aberdeen a 3-0 victory over
Hibs.
Brian Kidd scored to give
Manchester City a 1-0 win
over Everton and keep them
a point behind leaders
Nottingham Forest.
60
years ago
Hearts made it 100 league
goals for the season as they
beat Motherwell 4-0.
Alfie Conn got a double
for the Jambos, along with
strikes by Jimmy Milne and
Jimmy Murray.
Max Murray (above) and
Johnny Hubbard both
scored twice as Rangers
sauntered to a 5-0 win over
Queen?s Park.
Former Celtic striker
Jimmy Walsh scored four
times as Leicester City beat
Manchester City 8-4.
Jim Murray got a hat-trick
as Wolves thrashed
Birmingham 5-1.
Positivity has now
returned ? thanks to
Alex?s appointment
By Mark Guidi
sport@sundaypost.com
Alan Hutton has already spotted
positive signs about Scotland?s chances
of Euro 2020 qualification under Alex
McLeish.
The Aston Villa defender was brought to
Villa Park in a � deal seven years ago by
Big Eck, having worked with him previously
with the national team and at Rangers.
T h e y e n j oy e d a g o o d w o r k i n g
relationship and have kept in contact.
That said, Hutton?s optimism isn?t based
on bias towards McLeish. No, it?s an
appraisal on the facts, so far.
Hutton told The Sunday Post: ?The only
thing the whole nation wants is to qualify
for the 2020 Euros. That is it.
?There is no point trying to dress it up in
any other way, or talk about five or 10-year
plans. The long-term vision for the SFA is
for another department.
?Alex McLeish and the players only have
one mission. They know what it is.
?I think the appointment of Alex is a
very good one. I?ve worked with him at
two clubs and at national level, when he
was manager in his first period.
?He is intelligent, thorough, and
tactically aware and he can get the best
out of players. He knows how to win
games and he can deliver success.
?He has only been in the job for just
over a week, but I?ve been keeping a close
eye on things and I can see positive signs.
?I look at the way Alex conducted
himself when he was announced at
Hampden. He talked sense and brought a
much-needed calm to the situation.
?He has been in touch with players and
is arranging meetings with club managers.
He has been sounding out his contacts all
over the UK for up-to-date info on players
and current form.
?Most of all, from looking at Alex, and
listening to him, I see a man with that
determined look on his face. Trust me,
there will be nobody with a greater desire
to do well for Scotland than him.
?I remember how gutted we all were
after we lost to Italy in the final game for
qualification for Euro 2008. That hurt us all.
As a national team, maybe we never really
recovered from it for two or three years.
?When he was my gaffer at Villa, Alex
and I spoke about it once or twice. I could
still sense the deep feeling of
disappointment he had about just not
getting over that final hurdle.
?I think, that even almost 10 years on,
that hurt and niggle is still at the forefront
of his mind. Now, he has been given a
second chance to put of all that right and
I genuinely believe he is going to do it.
?He has some very good squad to choose
from and he will get the best out of the
players. The players will thoroughly enjoy
playing for him. It will be a happy camp.?
Hutton played 50 times for Scotland,
but retired from the international scene
18 months ago when Gordon Strachan
was the manager. He has always kept his
reasons private for doing so.
At this stage, the 33-year-old has no
Aston Villa star Alan Hutton was taken to Villa Park by former boss Alex McLeish
plans to make himself available again for
the national team. But, it?s probably fair to
say that if one man could tempt him back
to the fold, it would be McLeish.
Hutton said: ?I had some great times
McLeish and Hutton during their
time at Ibrox
with the national team. To win 50 caps for
my country was really unbelievable.
?Honestly, never in my wildest dreams
did I think I?d play so many times and be
part of victories such as the one in Paris
when we defeated France 1-0 in 2007.
?It?s a regret we never made it to a major
Finals. But there are dozens of players of
my generation with the same feelings.
?The time is right for the fine young
players we have in the national team to
keep developing.
?I look at full-backs such as Andy
Robertson and Kieran Tierney doing so
well at domestic and European level and
that is great for them and for the country.
?At the moment, my full focus is on
helping Aston Villa win promotion this
season. We have been in and around the
top-six for most of the campaign and we
need to push up as high as we possibly can
in the final stage.
?This is massive football club and we
belong back in the Premier League.?
scott
ron
exclusive interview
21
the voice of experience
Jack and Derek
have given our
game a boost
Jack Ross provided Scottish football with a muchrequired shot in the arm when he followed Derek
McInnes by rejecting a big-money move to England
earlier this month.
Although Barnsley are currently struggling to
remain in the English Championship, they are still a
bigger outfit than St Mirren.
Ross would have doubled his salary and more had
he moved to Yorkshire from Paisley.
He would also have become Barnsley?s 10th
different Scottish manager in their 131-year history.
Just before this season started, McInnes turned
down an even bigger job, despite Sunderland offering
to treble his income to around �.
McInnes would have become Sunderland?s ninth
different Scottish manager in their 138-year history.
So both clubs were trying to follow tradition.
Two major decisions worked in St Mirren and
Aberdeen?s favour, though. Both Saints and Dons
allowed Ross and McInnes to travel south to talk to
Barnsley and Sunderland officially.
This gamble, despite the fact both clubs were
desperate to keep their managers, proved well worth
taking.
It allowed Ross and McInnes to realise they were
better off where they were, irrespective of the fact
they?d both continue to earn less.
The grass isn?t always greener across the border as
the pair discovered, along with many other Scots in
the past.
To this day Tommy Docherty regrets resigning his
post as Scotland manager to become Manchester
United boss in 1972, even although he doubled his
money.
Sir Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly the mostsuccessful Scottish manager to cross the border from
Aberdeen to Manchester United.
However Fergie had already previously turned
down opportunities to become manager of Arsenal,
Spurs and Wolves.
?I just simply could not turn down Manchester
United,? he told me, the evening he accepted the
offer to go to Old Trafford.
His great friend and rival Jim McLean also had
numerous offers to leave Dundee United for England,
but turned down West Ham, Chelsea and Wolves to
remain at Tannadice.
These extra years Aberdeen and United squeezed
out of Ferguson and McLean saw both clubs prosper
in Europe and dominate Scottish football.
Their belief in the Scottish game was more than
confirmed as both Dons and United became feared
throughout Europe in the 1980s.
So let?s hope Ross and McInnes follow the success
of Ferguson and McLean for the good of Scottish
football.
The Scottish game is clearly at a crossroads. It
won?t take much to tilt it either way.
Ross and McInnes may just have tilted it in the
right direction.
Jack Ross and Derek McInnes
.
.
results
Post
Match
ENGLAND
FIXTURES
CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER LEAGUE
Home
Away
P W D L W D L
Goals
F A Pt
Man City
27 13 1 0 10 2 1 79 20 72
Liverpool
28 8 6 0 8 3 3 65 32 57
Man United
27 10 2 1 7 3 4 51 19 56
Chelsea
27 9 2 3 7 3 3 49 23 53
Tottenham
27 9 4 1 6 3 4 52 24 52
Arsenal
27 10 2 1 3 4 7 51 36 45
Burnley
28 5 4 5 4 6 4 22 25 37
Leicester
28 6 4 4 3 5 6 40 41 36
Everton
28 8 2 4 1 5 8 32 47 34
Watford
28 5 4 5 4 2 8 38 47 33
Bournemouth
28 5 4 5 3 4 7 33 43 32
Brighton
28 5 6 3 2 4 8 26 37 31
West Ham
28 5 4 4 2 5 8 35 50 30
Huddersfield
28 5 4 5 3 2 9 25 48 30
Newcastle
28 4 4 6 3 4 7 27 38 29
Southampton
28 3 6 6 2 6 5 29 41 27
Crystal Palace
27 4 5 4 2 4 8 25 42 27
Swansea
28 5 2 7 2 4 8 21 41 27
Stoke
28 5 4 5 1 4 9 28 54 26
West Brom
28 2 7 5 1 4 9 22 42 20
AFC BOURNEMOUTH ..(0) 2 NEWCASTLE ............... (2) 2
Smith (80)
Gayle (17, 45)
Gosling (89)
Crowd: 10,808.
AFC Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): Begovic, Francis, S Cook, Ake, Daniels
(Smith 46), Stanislas, L Cook, Gosling, Fraser (Mousset 63), King, Wilson
(Defoe 73). Subs not used: Boruc, Surman, Pugh, Simpson. Booked:
Ake.
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett,
Ritchie (Manquillo 85), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Perez, Gayle
(Hayden 78). Subs not used: Clark, Joselu, Merino, Darlow. Booked:
Diame, Perez, Ritchie, Yedlin.
BRIGHTON .................(1) 4 SWANSEA................... (0) 1
Murray (18 pen, 69)
Dunk (86 o.g.)
Knockaert (73)
Locadia (90)
Crowd: 30,523.
Brighton (4-4-1-1): Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert
(March 79), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross (Kayal 90), Murray (Locadia 82). Subs not used: Saltor, Ulloa, Goldson, Krul. Booked: Murray.
Swansea (5-4-1): Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn (Narsingh 46),
Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Dyer (A Ayew 36), Ki, Carroll (Abraham
66), Clucas, J Ayew. Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Routledge, King, Bartley.
BURNLEY ....................(0) 1 SOUTHAMPTON.......... (0) 1
Barnes (67)
Gabbiadini (90)
Crowd: 20,982.
Burnley (4-4-1-1): Pope, Lowton, Long, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson,
Cork, Westwood, Lennon, Hendrick, Barnes. Subs not used: Taylor, Nkoudou, Marney, Vokes, Wood, Lindegaard, Bardsley. Booked: Barnes.
Southampton (4-2-3-1): McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu (Boufal 75), Lemina, Ward-Prowse (Sims 68), Tadic
(Gabbiadini 81), Redmond, Carrillo . Subs not used: Hojbjerg, Pied,
Bednarek, Forster.
LEICESTER ..................(0) 1 STOKE........................ (1) 1
Butland (70 o.g.)
Shaqiri (43)
Crowd: 31,769.
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Simpson (Iheanacho 62), Morgan,
Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, James, Mahrez, Gray (Diabate 61), Albrighton, Vardy. Subs not used: Adrien Silva, Dragovic, Jakupovic,
Iborra, Fuchs. Booked: Albrighton.
Stoke (4-1-4-1): Butland, Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi (Adam 74),
Stafylidis, Cameron, Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Choupo-Moting (Johnson
84), Diouf (Campbell 64). Subs not used: Pieters, Jese, Sobhi, Grant.
Booked: Adam, Allen, Diouf.
LIVERPOOL.................(1) 4 WEST HAM ................. (0) 1
Can (29)
Antonio (59)
Salah (51)
Firmino (57)
Mane (77)
Crowd: 53,256.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Milner, Salah (Solanke 87), Firmino
(Lallana 82), Mane (Moreno 87). Subs not used: Lovren, Gomez, Henderson, Mignolet.
West Ham (5-4-1): Adrian, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell,
Evra, Joao Mario (Rice 83), Kouyate, Noble, Lanzini (Antonio 58), Arnautovic (Hernandez 83). Subs not used: Reid, Hugill, Byram, Hart.
Booked: Collins, Kouyate.
WATFORD...................(0) 1 EVERTON ................... (0) 0
Deeney (79)
Crowd: 20,430.
Watford (4-2-3-1): Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas,
Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu (Carrillo 63), Pereyra (Okaka 56), Richarlison (Femenia 56), Deeney. Subs not used: Gomes, Britos, Gray,
Zeegelaar. Booked: Capoue, Carrillo, Janmaat.
Everton (4-3-3): Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies,
Gueye, Rooney (Calvert-Lewin 82), Walcott, Niasse (Tosun 57), Sigurdsson (Bolasie 82). Subs not used: Schneiderlin, Holgate, Robles, Garbutt. Booked: Gueye.
WEST BROM ...............(0) 1 HUDDERSFIELD........... (0) 2
Dawson (64)
van La Parra (48)
Mounie (56)
Crowd: 25,920.
West Brom (4-4-2): Foster, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Phillips
(Burke 81), Barry (Livermore 69), Krychowiak, McClean (Brunt 57), Rodriguez, Rondon. Subs not used: Nyom, Yacob, Myhill, McAuley.
Booked: Evans.
Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Lossl, Hadergjonaj (Smith 53), Jorgensen,
Schindler, Kongolo, Williams, Hogg, Quaner, Pritchard (Depoitre 77),
van La Parra (Ince 89), Mounie. Subs not used: Malone, Whitehead,
Sabiri, Coleman. Booked: Hadergjonaj .
LEADING SCORERS
Harry Kane
Mohamed Salah
Sergio Aguero
Raheem Sterling
Jamie Vardy
Roberto Firmino
Romelu Lukaku
(Tottenham)
(Liverpool)
(Man City)
(Man City)
(Leicester)
(Liverpool)
(Man Utd)
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23
21
15
13
13
12
Wolves
Cardiff
Aston Villa
Derby
Fulham
Bristol City
Middlesbrough
Sheff Utd
Preston
Brentford
Leeds
Millwall
Ipswich
Norwich
Nottm Forest
QPR
Sheff Wed
Reading
Bolton
Hull
Barnsley
Birmingham
Burton Albion
Sunderland
P
34
33
34
34
34
33
34
33
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
33
34
33
33
34
34
34
LEAGUE ONE
Home
W D L
12 3 2
11 3 2
10 6 1
9 5 3
9 6 2
8 5 4
9 3 5
10 2 5
6 7 4
7 8 2
7 5 5
8 6 3
8 3 6
5 7 5
7 1 9
8 4 5
5 6 6
3 5 8
7 4 6
5 6 5
3 6 8
6 2 9
2 3 12
2 6 9
W
10
8
8
7
7
6
6
6
6
6
7
4
6
7
5
2
3
5
1
2
4
2
5
3
Away
D L
4 3
4 5
3 6
7 3
5 5
7 3
4 7
2 8
8 3
3 8
2 8
6 7
3 8
4 6
3 9
5 10
7 7
5 7
6 10
5 10
4 8
4 11
5 7
6 8
Goals
F A Pt
59 28 73
49 27 64
53 32 63
53 31 60
57 37 59
48 39 54
46 34 52
46 39 52
40 33 51
50 41 50
47 43 49
40 35 48
45 43 48
34 37 47
41 53 40
38 51 39
37 44 37
38 45 34
29 51 34
44 50 32
33 47 31
22 51 30
26 60 29
37 61 27
Blackburn
Shrewsbury
Wigan
Rotherham
Scunthorpe
Plymouth
Charlton
Bradford
Portsmouth
Peterborough
Gillingham
Bristol Rovers
Southend
Doncaster
Oxford Utd
Blackpool
Walsall
AFC Wimbledon
Northampton
Fleetwood Town
Oldham
MK Dons
Bury
Rochdale
LEAGUE TWO
P
34
34
31
34
35
35
33
34
35
33
35
34
33
35
34
34
33
34
35
34
33
34
34
30
Home
W D L
10 5 2
10 3 3
10 5 2
12 2 4
7 6 4
9 2 7
8 5 5
6 2 8
9 3 6
8 3 6
4 9 4
10 1 6
9 5 3
6 7 4
6 4 7
5 6 5
7 6 4
6 3 7
6 3 9
4 5 9
7 3 7
4 7 5
6 3 8
4 6 3
W
10
10
10
7
8
6
6
9
6
4
7
4
3
4
5
5
3
4
4
6
2
3
1
1
Away
D L
4 3
5 3
1 3
3 6
6 4
6 5
4 5
3 6
1 10
8 4
4 7
3 10
3 10
5 9
5 7
6 7
5 8
5 9
5 8
2 8
6 8
4 11
5 11
5 11
Goals
F A Pt
62 33 69
45 26 68
57 18 66
58 39 62
51 39 57
43 42 53
43 41 51
48 51 50
42 44 49
51 43 47
39 39 46
49 52 46
42 51 44
43 44 42
49 51 42
42 44 42
43 47 41
34 43 38
34 56 38
45 56 37
46 58 36
32 47 32
28 50 29
29 41 26
Luton
Acc Stanley
Wycombe
Notts County
Mansfield
Exeter
Swindon
Lincoln City
Coventry
Carlisle
Crawley Town
Colchester
Newport County
Cambridge Utd
Stevenage
Cheltenham
Yeovil
Crewe
Forest Green
Grimsby
Morecambe
Port Vale
Chesterfield
Barnet
P
34
34
34
35
34
33
35
34
33
35
35
35
34
35
35
35
34
35
34
35
33
34
34
35
Kick off 7.45 unless stated
W
13
12
10
12
10
11
8
9
10
6
8
8
6
10
7
7
8
7
8
4
5
5
6
4
Home
D L
2 3
2 3
3 4
4 2
6 1
1 4
2 7
6 3
2 4
6 5
2 7
6 4
7 2
4 3
7 3
4 6
4 6
3 8
2 8
6 8
4 7
5 7
3 9
5 8
W
7
8
8
5
6
7
10
5
5
8
7
5
6
3
4
3
2
4
2
5
3
4
2
3
Away
D L
6 3
3 6
5 4
6 6
6 5
3 7
1 7
5 6
4 8
3 7
4 7
5 7
5 8
5 10
2 12
6 9
4 10
0 13
4 10
3 9
7 7
3 10
3 11
3 12
Goals
F A Pt
74 34 68
58 38 65
67 50 62
56 36 61
53 35 60
44 37 58
55 51 57
46 37 53
37 28 51
50 45 51
41 43 51
45 41 50
41 43 48
35 45 48
46 51 42
48 52 40
46 55 38
41 57 36
39 56 36
30 51 36
34 44 35
37 49 35
35 61 30
33 52 29
BIRMINGHAM............ (0) 0 BARNSLEY .................. (2) 2
BRISTOL ROVERS ....... (0) 1 SCUNTHORPE ............ (0) 1
ACC STANLEY............ (0) 1 CAMBRIDGE UTD ....... (0) 0
BURTON ALBION ....... (0) 0 MILLWALL................... (0) 1
BURY......................... (2) 2 GILLINGHAM.............. (0) 1
CHESTERFIELD ........... (1) 2 SWINDON.................. (0) 1
CHARLTON................ (0) 0 SHREWSBURY ............. (0) 2
COLCHESTER ............ (0) 0 BARNET...................... (0) 1
FLEETWOOD TOWN.... (0) 1 MK DONS .................. (1) 1
FOREST GREEN.......... (2) 2 CRAWLEY TOWN ........ (0) 0
FULHAM .................... (1) 2 WOLVES..................... (0) 0
LEEDS........................ (1) 1 BRENTFORD ............... (0) 0
NORTHAMPTON ........ (0) 0 OXFORD UTD ............. (0) 0
GRIMSBY................... (0) 0 EXETER....................... (1) 1
NORWICH................. (0) 0 BOLTON..................... (0) 0
OLDHAM ....................... P SOUTHEND..................... P
LINCOLN CITY........... (1) 1 CREWE ...................... (1) 4
PRESTON................... (0) 0 IPSWICH.................... (1) 1
PETERBOROUGH ....... (0) 1 AFC WIMBLEDON....... (0) 1
LUTON....................... (0) 2 CHELTENHAM............. (1) 2
PLYMOUTH ................ (1) 1 BRADFORD ................ (0) 0
MANSFIELD ............... (1) 1 COVENTRY................. (0) 1
QPR.......................... (0) 2 NOTTM FOREST .......... (1) 5
READING................... (2) 3 DERBY........................ (2) 3
PORTSMOUTH ........... (0) 0 BLACKPOOL .............. (1) 2
NOTTS COUNTY......... (0) 2 STEVENAGE ................ (0) 0
SHEFF WED................ (2) 2 ASTON VILLA.............. (1) 4
ROTHERHAM ............. (0) 2 DONCASTER .............. (1) 1
PORT VALE ................ (0) 0 NEWPORT COUNTY .... (0) 0
WALSALL ................... (1) 1 BLACKBURN .............. (2) 2
WYCOMBE ................ (0) 2 MORECAMBE............. (3) 4
SUNDERLAND............ (1) 3 MIDDLESBROUGH ...... (0) 3
WIGAN...................... (1) 1 ROCHDALE ................ (0) 0
YEOVIL ...................... (0) 0 CARLISLE ................... (0) 1
Sunday. Crystal Palace v Tottenham
(Sky Sports Premier League, 11.30am),
Manchester United v Chelsea (Sky
Sports Premier League, 2pm), Carabao Cup Final. Arsenal v Manchester
City (Sky Sports Main Event, 4.30pm),
Juventus v Atalanta; Golf - European
Tour. Qatar Masters. (Sky Sports Golf,
9am), PGA Tour. The Honda Classic.
(Sky Sports Golf, 6pm); Winter Olympics - Closing Ceremony. (BBC Two
Scotland, 11am); Rugby Union - Top
14. Toulouse v Brive (Sky Sports Action,
11.25am), La Rochelle v Toulon (Sky
Sports Action, 3.45pm).
MONDAY - Tennis - The Dubai
Duty Free Tennis Championships. (Sky
Sports Main Event, 10am).
TUESDAY - Cricket - One-Day International. New Zealand v England.
(Sky Sports Main Event, 12.30am),
Football - Checkatrade Trophy.
Shrewsbury Town v Yeovil Town (Sky
Sports Main Event, 7.30pm); Tennis The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. (Sky Sports Main Event, 10am).
WEDNESDAY - Football - Match
of the Day Live: The FA Cup. Coverage of a fifth-round replay (BBC One
Scotland, 7.30pm), SPFL. Motherwell v
Aberdeen (Sky Sports Main Event,
7.30pm); Tennis - The Dubai Duty
Free Tennis Championships. (Sky
Sports Main Event, 10am); The Abierto
Mexicano Telcel. (Sky Sports Main
Event, 12am).
THURSDAY - Cricket - Test
Match. South Africa v Australia. (Sky
Sports Cricket, 7.55am);
Football - Premier League. Arsenal v
Manchester City (Sky Sports Main
Event, 7pm); Golf - European Tour.
The Tshwane Open. (Sky Sports Golf,
12.30pm), World Championships. The
Mexico Championship. (Sky Sports
Golf, 5.15pm); Tennis - The Dubai
Duty Free Tennis Championships. (Sky
Sports Main Event, 3.30pm); The Abierto Mexicano Telcel. (Sky Sports Action, 10.30pm).
FRIDAY - Cricket - Test Match.
South Africa v Australia. (Sky Sports
Cricket, 7.55am), One-Day International. New Zealand v England. (Sky
Sports Main Event, 12.30am); Football
- EFL. Middlesbrough v Leeds United
(Sky Sports Main Event, 7pm); Golf European Tour. The Tshwane Open.
(Sky Sports Golf, 12.30pm), World
Championships. The Mexico Championship. (Sky Sports Golf, 5.15pm);
Rugby League - Betfred Super
League. Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield
Giants (Kick-off 7.45pm). (Sky Sports
Action, 7.30pm); Rugby Union PRO14. Edinburgh v Munster (Kick-off
7.35pm). (BBC Two Scotland, 7.30pm).
SATURDAY - Football - Premier
League. Burnley v Everton (Sky Sports
Main Event, 11.30am), EFL. Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading (Sky
Sports Main Event, 5.15pm); Golf - European Tour. The Tshwane Open. (Sky
Sports Golf, 10am), World Championships. The Mexico City Championship.
(Sky Sports Golf, 6pm); Rugby Union PRO14. Scarlets v Leinster (Sky Sports
Main Event, 3.15pm), Cheetahs v
Connacht (Sky Sports Action, 5.15pm).
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3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
WDWLWW ....................... Brighton
WWLLLD ............................Burnley
DWLdWD ..............Crystal Palace
DWWWDW.....................Leicester
WWWWLD......................Liverpool
WWWWWW ...................Man City
DLDWDL.................Southampton
LWWWWW .....................Swansea
DWWWWW... Tottenham Hotspur
LWLWDW..........................Watford
2
X
2
X
1
X
X
1
1
X
Arsenal.............................LdLLLW
Everton............................ WdLLLL
Man Utd...................... WWWLLW
AFC Bournemouth ........LDLDWL
Newcastle .....................LWWLLD
Chelsea........................ dDdWLL
Stoke.................................LDLLLL
West Ham .....................DDdWLL
Huddersfield.................. DLWLLD
West Brom......................LWDWLL
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
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DWLWWW.................... Aston Villa
LdDdLD........................... Barnsley
WWLDWD........................... Bolton
WWLWLD........................Brentford
WLLLWD ........................Bristol City
1
2
2
X
1
QPR................................WdLWLL
Norwich .....................WdWDWD
Preston North End .......WWDLWD
Cardiff...........................LLWdWD
Sheff Wed .................... WLdddD
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31
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LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
Hearts v Kilmarnock, St Johnstone v
Rangers.
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin v Dunfermline, Dumbarton v
Inverness CT, Dundee Utd v Queen
of South, Morton v Livingston.
LADBROKES LEAGUE 1
Airdrieonians v Alloa, Albion v Arbroath.
LADBROKES LEAGUE 2
Peterhead v Clyde, Stenhousemuir v
Cowdenbeath (7.30), Stirling v Edinburgh City.
EMIRATES FA CUP FIFTH ROUND REPLAY
Swansea v Sheff Wed (8.05).
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Hull v Barnsley, Reading v Sheff Utd
(8.00).
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Blackburn, Bristol
Rovers v Wigan, Peterborough v Walsall.
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Wycombe v Coventry.
CHECKATRADE TROPHY SEMI-FINAL
Shrewsbury v Yeovil.
WEDNESDAY
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
Celtic v Dundee, Hibernian v Hamilton, Motherwell v Aberdeen.
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND
LEAGUE
Cove Rangers v Brora (8.00), Formartine United v Buckie Thistle (8.00),
Rothes v Wick Academy (8.00),
Strathspey Thistle v Fort William
(8.00).
EMIRATES FA CUP FIFTH ROUND REPLAY
Tottenham Hotspur v Rochdale.
THURSDAY
PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal v Man City.
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Manchester City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup Final
at Wembley today, live on Sky Sports
WWDdWD...........................Derby
dLLWLd ............................ Ipswich
WWDDdD ......................... Millwall
LLWLLL......................Nottm Forest
WLdWLW........................ Sheff Utd
WWdLWW ..........Wolverhampton
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
TUESDAY
Kick off 3.00 unless stated
POOLS FORECAST
PREMIER LEAGUE
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen v Celtic (1.30).
CARABAO CUP - FINAL
Arsenal v Man City (4.30 at
Wembley).
PREMIER LEAGUE
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
(12.00), Man Utd v Chelsea (2.05).
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Cardiff v Bristol City (12.00).
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
Dundee Utd v St Mirren.
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND
LEAGUE
Cumbernauld Colts v Gretna 2008.
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Middlesbrough v Leeds.
THIS WEEK?S TV HIGHLIGHTS
SUNDAY - Football - Nissan Super
TODAY
LWWWLW ...........AFC Wimbledon
LWDWDW..................... Blackburn
LLDdDD ....................... Blackpool
WLWLLD ..........................Bradford
WLDLDW ..................... Doncaster
DDWWDd .................. Gillingham
LWdLLL ..........Milton Keynes Dons
LWWLLL ....................... Oxford Utd
dDLLWD....................... Rochdale
WWLDLD................... Scunthorpe
ddDWLL..................... Shrewsbury
WLLWWW......................Southend
X
2
X
X
1
1
Fulham .......................LWDWWD
Hull..................................LWLLWL
Sunderland..................... LWLLLD
Birmingham ............... DWDDWL
Burton Albion .................WWLLLd
Reading........................ DddLWL
X Charlton........................LLdWDW
X Wigan ........................WWWDWL
Northampton...............LLWDWD
X Portsmouth.....................WLLLWL
X Bury................................. LLLWDL
2 Rotherham.............. WWWDWW
2 Bristol Rovers ............... dDdWWL
1 Fleetwood Town ............ WWLLLL
2 Plymouth ..................WDDWWW
1 Oldham............................LLLLLD
1 Peterborough.............. WddLDD
X Walsall.............................DLLLDd
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
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42
43
44
45
WLLDWD ............................Barnet
LWWddW............Cambridge Utd
LdWWDW..........................Carlisle
LDLDWL................... Cheltenham
WWWWWL.....................Coventry
LWWWWW ............. Crawley Town
WLWLdW............................Crewe
WLWWDL.............................Exeter
WLWDLD ................. Morecambe
WWWDDd .........Newport County
WddLDW.....................Stevenage
LWWWWW ......................Swindon
2
2
1
2
X
X
X
1
2
2
2
1
Port Vale............................DLLLLL
Luton..............................WLLLWD
Grimsby ............................LLDLLL
Notts County.................. LWDLLd
Lincoln City................... dLWDdL
Wycombe ................. LWWWDW
Forest Green.....................LLLLLD
Chesterfield..................... LLLLWL
Colchester.................... WdLDDL
Accrington Stanley...... LWWLWD
Mansfield.................... WddWLW
Yeovil............................. dWLDdL
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
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48
49
WLWDdL........................ Aldershot
LDLDLD ..............................Barrow
DLWLLW...............Boreham Wood
WDLLDW .....................Chester FC
1
X
X
2
Hartlepool .......................LLDLDL
Eastleigh......................LWWWDL
Macclesfield ............... WDWLLW
Bromley........................LWWWDL
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
Ross County v Partick, St Johnstone v
Hamilton.
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
Dunfermline v Livingston, Inverness
CT v Brechin.
LADBROKES LEAGUE 1
Airdrieonians v Stranraer, Albion Rovers v Queen?s Park, Alloa v East Fife,
Arbroath v Ayr, Forfar v Raith.
LADBROKES LEAGUE 2
Berwick v Stirling Albion, Clyde v
Elgin, Edinburgh City v Cowdenbeath, Montrose v Annan Athletic,
Peterhead v Stenhousemuir.
THE WILLIAM HILL CUP SIXTH ROUND
Aberdeen v Kilmarnock, Celtic v
Morton (12.30).
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND
LEAGUE
Brora v Keith, Buckie Thistle v Forres
Mechanics, Clachnacuddin v
Fraserburgh, Cove Rangers v Rothes,
Deveronvale v Lossiemouth, Huntly v
Formartine United, Nairn County v
Fort William, Strathspey Thistle v Wick
Academy, Turriff United v Inverurie
Loco Works.
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND
LEAGUE
Dalbeattie Star v Spartans, Hawick
Royal Albert v East Kilbride, Selkirk v
Edinburgh Univ.
PREMIER LEAGUE
Burnley v Everton (12.30), Leicester v
AFC Bournemouth, Liverpool v Newcastle (5.30), Southampton v Stoke,
Swansea v West Ham, Tottenham
Hotspur v Huddersfield, Watford v
West Brom.
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa v QPR, Barnsley v Norwich,
Bolton v Preston North End, Brentford
v Cardiff, Bristol City v Sheff Wed,
Derby v Fulham, Ipswich v Hull, Millwall v Sunderland, Nottm Forest v Birmingham, Sheff Utd v Burton Albion,
Wolverhampton v Reading (5.30).
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Charlton, Blackpool v Northampton, Bradford v
Portsmouth, Doncaster v Bury, Gillingham v Rotherham, Milton Keynes
Dons v Bristol Rovers, Oxford Utd v
Fleetwood Town, Rochdale v Plymouth, Scunthorpe v Oldham, Shrewsbury v Peterborough, Southend v
Walsall.
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Barnet v Port Vale, Cambridge Utd v
Luton, Carlisle v Grimsby, Cheltenham v Notts County, Coventry v Lincoln City, Crawley Town v Wycombe,
Crewe v Forest Green, Exeter v
Chesterfield, Morecambe v Colchester, Newport County v Accrington Stanley, Stevenage v Mansfield,
Swindon v Yeovil.
SUNDAY
THE WILLIAM HILL CUP SIXTH ROUND
Motherwell v Hearts (2.15), Rangers v
Falkirk (4.15).
PREMIER LEAGUE
Brighton v Arsenal (1.30), Man City v
Chelsea (4.00).
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn v Wigan (12.00).
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SCOTLAND
POOLS CHECK
PREMIERSHIP
Celtic
Rangers
Aberdeen
Hibernian
Hearts
Kilmarnock
Motherwell
St Johnstone
Dundee
Hamilton
Partick Thistle
Ross County
P
27
28
27
28
28
26
28
26
28
26
28
28
CHAMPIONSHIP
Home
W D L
9 5 0
7 2 5
8 2 3
6 3 4
5 6 2
5 3 6
6 3 5
4 3 6
4 2 8
3 3 8
5 2 7
2 4 8
W
9
10
8
7
4
4
4
4
4
4
1
3
Away
D L
2 2
2 2
2 4
6 2
5 6
6 2
2 8
3 6
2 8
2 6
4 9
2 9
Goals
F A Pt
54 18 61
55 31 55
43 31 52
40 32 48
28 26 38
33 35 36
34 37 35
24 36 30
30 43 28
36 48 26
26 47 24
29 48 21
DUNDEE .....................(0) 0 MOTHERWELL............. (1) 1
Tanner (33)
Crowd: 5,003.
Dundee (3-4-1-2): Parish, Kusunga, Meekings, Caulker, Kerr (Aurtenetxe 68), O?Hara, Kamara, Deacon, McGowan (El Bakhtaoui 87),
Moussa (Leitch-Smith 57), Murray. Subs not used: Malherbe, O?Dea,
Curran, Spence. Booked: McGowan.
Motherwell (3-4-1-2): Carson, Kipre, Aldred, Dunne, Cadden,
Campbell, McHugh, Tait, Tanner (Rose 64), Ciftci (Bowman 53), Main
(Newell 82). Subs not used: Bigirimana, Frear, Griffiths, Maguire.
Booked: Ciftci, McHugh, Tanner.
HAMILTON..................(1) 2 PARTICK THISTLE ........ (1) 1
Rojano (11), Templeton (90)
Sammon (10 pen)
Crowd: 2,243.
Hamilton (4-4-2): Woods, Gogic (Jenkins 38), Sarris (van der Weg 67),
Tomas, Want (McMann 32), Ferguson, Lyon, Templeton, Imrie, Rojano,
Ogboe. Subs not used: Miller, Bingham, Redmond, Fulton. Booked:
Ferguson, Imrie, Jenkins, Sarris.
Partick (4-4-2): Cerny, Dumbuya, Keown, Cargill, Booth, Spittal (Erskine 72), Edwards, Osman, Devine, Sammon (Storey 46), Doolan
(Lawless 87). Subs not used: McGinn, Scully, Barton, Penrice. Booked:
Erskine, Osman.
KILMARNOCK ............(0) 2 HIBERNIAN................. (2) 2
Jones (58)
Kamberi (1)
Boyd (61)
Porteous (9)
Crowd: 5,348.
Kilmarnock (4-3-3): MacDonald, O?Donnell, Broadfoot, Findlay, Taylor, Power (Tshibola 83), Dicker, Mulumbu, McKenzie, Boyd (Brophy 71),
Jones. Subs not used: Fasan, Erwin, Simpson, Kiltie, Wilson.
Hibernian (3-4-1-2): Marciano, Ambrose, McGregor, Porteous, Boyle
(Whittaker 89), McGeouch, McGinn, Stevenson, Allan (Bartley 71), Maclaren (Shaw 66), Kamberi. Subs not used: Bell, Rherras, Swanson.
Booked: Allan, Ambrose, McGeouch, Porteous.
RANGERS ...................(1) 2 HEARTS ...................... (0) 0
Murphy (41), Martin (88)
Crowd: 49,927.
Rangers (4-2-3-1): Foderingham, Tavernier, Bates, Martin, John, Docherty
(Holt 82), Goss, Candeias, Windass, Murphy, Morelos (Cummings 75). Subs
not used: Miller, Herrera, Halliday, Bruno Alves, Alnwick. Booked: Cummings.
Hearts (5-4-1): McLaughlin, Smith, Souttar, Hughes, Berra, Mitchell,
Callachan, Adao (Buaben 46), Cochrane (Naismith 73), Henderson
(McDonald 61), Lafferty. Subs not used: Irving, Hamilton, Randall,
Godinho. Booked: McDonald, Mitchell, Souttar.
ST JOHNSTONE .............. 2 ROSS COUNTY ............... 0
Davidson (29, 40)
Crowd: 2,533.
St Johnstone (4-4-2): Mannus, Shaughnessy, Kerr, Anderson, Tanser,
Alston, Millar (McClean 88), Davidson, Wotherspoon (Craig 83), Kane
(Johnstone 78), MacLean. Subs not used: C Williams, Clark, Gordon,
Comrie. Booked: Davidson, Kane, MacLean.
Ross County (4-1-4-1): Fox, Naismith, Fontaine, Soutar, Fraser, Tansey
(Kait 55), Schalk, Routis, O?Brien (Dow 65), Keillor-Dunn, Ngog (Curran
56). Subs not used: McKay, Chow, McCarey, Melbourne. Booked:
Curran. Dismissed: Curran.
LEAGUE ONE
Home
Away
P W D L W D L
Home
F A Pt
Away
P W D L W D L
Goals
Home
F A Pt
Away
P W D L W D L
Goals
F A Pt
St Mirren
26 11 1 1 7 2 4 47 28 57
Raith Rovers
27 12 2 0 5 5 3 55 25 58
Montrose
27 7 3 3 9 4 1 40 28 55
Livingston
25 6 5 2 7 2 3 42 27 46
Ayr United
26 8 2 4 9 1 2 70 32 54
Peterhead
26 6 2 4 10 2 2 62 31 52
Greenock Morton
25 5 2 5 6 6 1 36 23 41
Arbroath
25 5 3 5 7 3 2 48 33 42
Stirling Albion
25 8 1 4 6 2 4 49 31 45
Dundee United
23 8 1 2 4 3 5 31 28 40
Alloa Athletic
25 7 3 2 4 3 6 35 28 39
Stenhousemuir
25 8 1 4 4 4 4 40 30 41
Dunfermline
25 6 3 3 3 5 5 39 28 35
Stranraer
27 8 1 5 3 4 6 42 50 38
Elgin City
25 8 3 2 3 1 8 40 46 37
Queen of the Sth
25 4 5 3 5 3 5 38 34 35
East Fife
27 7 1 6 3 2 8 38 47 33
Annan Athletic
27 4 6 3 5 3 6 34 29 36
Inverness CT
24 5 3 4 3 3 6 30 30 30
Airdrieonians
26 6 5 1 2 3 9 34 45 32
Clyde
24 4 6 4 3 2 5 31 37 29
Falkirk
26 4 6 4 3 3 6 28 39 30
Forfar Athletic
27 4 2 7 3 2 9 32 55 25
Berwick Rangers
25 4 2 5 3 3 8 22 45 26
Dumbarton
24 2 3 7 2 6 4 15 31 21
Albion Rovers
25 2 2 7 4 3 7 47 60 23
Edinburgh City
25 4 2 7 2 2 8 24 38 22
Brechin City
25 0 4 9 0 0 12 18 56 4
Queen?s Park
27 1 6 7 4 1 8 31 57 22
Cowdenbeath
25 1 2 9 0 5 8 13 40 10
FALKIRK .....................(0) 0 DUMBARTON ............. (0) 0
Crowd: 6,094.
Falkirk (4-3-3): Hazard, Tumility, Muirhead, McGhee, Robson, Taiwo
(Loy 77), McKee, Sibbald, Longridge, Jakubiak, Nelson. Subs not used:
Thomson, Kidd, Grant, Harris, Blair, Watson. Booked: Longridge.
Dumbarton (4-2-3-1): Gallacher, Wardrop, Dowie, Barr, Dick,
Carswell, Hutton, Gallagher (Stewart 63), Handling (Burt 75), Stirling, Nisbet (Nade 83). Subs not used: Ewings, Froxylias, Russell, Wilson.
Booked: Barr, Dick, Wardrop.
INVERNESS CT............(0) 0 MORTON ................... (1) 2
Tiffoney (28)
Harkins (70 pen)
Crowd: 2,359.
Inverness CT (4-4-1-1): Ridgers, Seedorf, McKay, Warren, Calder,
Trafford (N Austin 47 (Mackay 65)), Polworth, Vigurs, Chalmers, Doran,
Oakley, N Austin (Mackay 65). Subs not used: Esson, Tremarco, Bell, Elbouzedi, Harper.
Morton (4-4-1-1): Gaston, Doyle, Lamie, O?Ware, Russell, Ross
(McHugh 72), Murdoch, Harkins, Tidser, Tiffoney (Purdue 83), Oliver.
Subs not used: Strapp, Brennan, Langan. Booked: Purdue.
QUEEN OF SOUTH.......(0) 0 DUNFERMLINE............ (0) 0
Crowd: 1,429.
Queen of South (4-4-2): Leighfield, Rooney (Mercer 28), Fordyce,
Brownlie, Marshall, Thomas, Jacobs, Rankin (Beerman 76), Dykes,
Dobbie, Murray (Todorov 67). Subs not used: Cameron, Lyle, Henderson, Fergusson. Booked: Jacobs.
Dunfermline (4-3-1-2): Robinson, Williamson, Mvoto, Ashcroft, Talbot,
Craigen (Cardle 86), Beadling, Vincent, Clark, Ryan (Higginbotham
67), McManus. Subs not used: Armstrong, Martin, Morris, Wedderburn,
Gill. Booked: Talbot.
ST MIRREN .................(1) 1 BRECHIN CITY............ (0) 0
O?Neil (15 o.g.)
Crowd: 4,358.
St Mirren (4-2-3-1): Samson, L Smith, MacKenzie, Davis, Eckersley,
McShane (Flynn 60), McGinn, Magennis, C Smith (Baird 78), Morgan,
Reilly (Hippolyte 68). Subs not used: Hill, Mullen, Demetriou, Stewart.
Booked: Eckersley.
Brechin (3-4-2-1): O?Neil, E Smith, Crighton, Gadzhalov, Spark, Dale
(Storie 76), Tapping, Dyer (Layne 68), Morrison (Orsi 53), Watt, Mackin.
Subs not used: G Smith, Fusco, Graham. Booked: Gadzhalov.
LEADING SCORERS
S Dobbie
G Reilly
C Smith
L Morgan
S McDonald
D McManus
G Harkins
(Queen of Sth)
(St Mirren)
(St Mirren)
(St Mirren)
(Dundee Utd)
(Dunfermline)
(Morton)
15
10
9
9
9
7
7
AYR UNITED ................(0) 3 AIRDRIEONIANS ......... (0) 0
Geggan (50)
Shankland (81 pen, 84)
Crowd: 1,456.
Ayr (4-4-2): Ruddy, Geggan, Bell, Rose, Boyle, McDaid, Kerr (Docherty
86), Adams, Forrest (Crawford 73), Moore (Moffat 69), Shankland.
Subs not used: Reid, Ferguson, Hart, McGuffie. Booked: Adams, Bell,
Forrest, Geggan, Kerr.
Airdrieonians (4-4-2): Ferguson, O?Neil, McGregor, Brownlie, MacDonald, Stewart, Cairns, R Brown, Fry (Hastie 72), Duffy (Russell 72),
Carrick. Subs not used: Edwards, Muir, A Brown, McIntosh, Higgins.
Booked: Ferguson.
EAST FIFE....................(2) 2 ALBION ROVERS......... (0) 0
Dunsmore (13), Duggan (23)
Crowd: 390.
East Fife (4-2-3-1): MacKenzie, Watson, Allardice, Page, Linton, Dunsmore
(Kane 87), Slattery, Knox (Wilkie 73), Millar, McManus, Duggan (Jones 90). Subs
not used: Trialist, Lamont, Livingstone. Booked: Dunsmore, McManus, Millar.
Albion (4-2-3-1): Wright, McLaughlin, Marr, Mbayo, McLeish (McMullin
78), Holmes, Fisher (Gallagher 34), Davidson, Trouten, Vitoria (Hester
64), Higgins. Subs not used: Perry, Trialist, Potts, Watters. Booked: Higgins, McLaughlin.
QUEEN?S PARK ...........(1) 2 FORFAR ATHLETIC ...... (1) 2
Cummins (34)
Hilson (4)
Keena (52)
Easton (75)
Crowd: 570.
Queen?s Park (3-5-2): White, Cummins, Nimmo, Gibson (Summers 76), Millen,
Docherty (Leitch 37), Fotheringham, Brady (Gullan 81), Burns, Galt, Keena.
Subs not used: Orr, Donnelly, McGhee, Mortimer. Booked: Burns, Cummins.
Forfar (4-4-1-1): McCallum, Bain, Malone, Whyte, MacKintosh, Hurst
(Peters 63), Millar (Munro 39), Dingwall, Aitken, Easton (Travis 89), Hilson. Subs not used: McNaughton, McBride, Adam, Maciver. Booked:
Aitken, Bain, Malone, Millar. Dismissed: Malone.
RAITH ROVERS............(1) 2 ARBROATH................. (0) 2
Thomson (43)
Wallace (64 pen)
Furtado (74)
McIntosh (90)
Crowd: 1,707.
Raith (4-4-2): Lennox, Thomson, Davidson, Benedictus, Murray, Barr,
Robertson (Buchanan 14), Matthews, Zanatta (Spence 88), Furtado,
Vaughan. Subs not used: Watson, Smith, Hendry, Court, McKay.
Booked: Davidson, Matthews.
Arbroath (3-5-2): Hutton, Little, O?Brien, Hamilton, Linn (Gold 68), Yule,
Martin, Swankie, Denholm (Kader 76), McKenna, Wallace (McIntosh
77). Subs not used: Skelly, Gomes, Whatley, McCord. Booked: Linn,
Martin, McKenna, O?Brien.
STRANRAER ................(1) 1 ALLOA ATHLETIC ......... (0) 0
Lyon (45)
Crowd: 282.
Stranraer (4-2-3-1): Currie, MacPherson, Robertson, Hamill, McGowan,
Dykes (Neill 89), Thomson, Lyon, Turner, Hawkshaw (Woods 85), Okoh (Anderson 74). Subs not used: Gray, Mclaren, Agnew, Elliott. Booked: Turner.
Alloa (4-4-1-1): Parry, Taggart, Graham, McCart, Crane, Robertson (Cawley 71), Hetherington, Crossan (Stewart 59), Flannigan, Kirkpatrick, Renton.
Subs not used: Fleming, McKeown, Wilson, Goodwin. Booked: Renton.
MINOR RESULTS
Lowland League ? Cumbernauld
Colts 0, East Kilbride 4; Dalbeattie Star
2, Civil Ser vice Strollers 3; Gala
Fairydean 0, BSC Glasgow 4; Gretna
2008 1, Hawick Royal Albert 0; Selkirk 4,
Stirling University 3; Vale Of Leithen 0,
Spartans 5; Whitehill Welfare 1, Edinburgh Univ 2.
Highland League Cup Qtr-finals ?
Brora 2, Turriff United 0; Cove Rangers
4, Rothes 1; Forres Mechs 5, Deveronvale 3 (AET); Strathspey Th P, Huntly P.
Highland League ? Buckie Thistle 1,
Inverurie L W 3; Formartine Utd P, Fort
William P (Postponed - new date to be
confirmed); Fraserburgh 2, Lossiemouth 0; Keith P, Nairn County P; Wick
Academy 2, Clachnacuddin 2.
Highland League Cup Qtr-finals ?
Brora 2, Turriff United 0; Cove Rangers
4, Rothes 1; Forres Mechs L, Deveronvale L; Strathspey Th P, Huntly P.
East of Scotland Central Taxis Premier Division ? Coldstream 0, Burntisland Shipyard 2; Eyemouth Utd 0,
Lothian Thistle 1; Kelty Hearts 12, Peebles Rovers 1; Ormiston 1, Heriot Watt
Univ 3; Tynecastle 6, Tweedmouth
Rangers 1; Leith Athletic 5, Stirling University 0.
South Of Scotland League ? Abbey
Vale 3, Newton Stewart 1; Lochar Thistle
3, Lochmaben 1; Upper Annandale 3,
Heston Rovers 2; St Cuthbert Wndrs 1,
Mid Annandale 5; Stranraer JFC 5,
Dumfries YMCA 1; Threave Rovers 2,
Bonnyton Thistle 0.
Junior Cup Fourth Round ? Wishaw
1, Forth Wanderers 0.
East Region Super League ? Broxburn 3, Bonnyrigg Rose 1; Camelon 4,
Carnoustie Panmure 3; Dundonald
Bluebell P, Boness Utd P; Forfar West
End 0, Newtongrange Star 4; Hill Of
Beath Hawthorn P, Broughty Ath P;
Jeanfield Swifts P, Kennoway Star Hearts
P; Linlithgow Rose 1, Penicuik Ath 3; Lochee Utd 2, Sauchie 3.
East Region Premier League ? Arniston Rangers 0, Thornton Hibs 0; Dalkeith
Thistle P, Fauldhouse Utd P; Dunbar Utd
3, Bathgate Thistle 2; Glenrothes P,
Blackburn Utd P; Kirriemuir Thistle 1, Tranent 5; Musselburgh 3, Haddington Ath
Dividend TBA
LEAGUE TWO
Goals
ANNAN ATHLETIC........(0) 2 STENHOUSEMUIR ....... (0) 0
Roberts (84), O?Keefe (90)
Crowd: 307.
Annan Athletic (4-4-2): Mitchell, Horne, Hooper, Watson, Creaney,
Omar, Sinnamon (O?Keefe 90), Moxon (Roberts 56), Henry, Smith (Armour 69), Henderson. Subs not used: Atkinson, Sonkur, Brannan,
Salkeld. Booked: Watson.
Stenhousemuir (4-5-1): McMinn, Meechan (Longworth 87), R Dunlop, M Dunlop, Donaldson, Ferns, Paterson (McMenamin 74), Paton,
Ferry, Cook, McGuigan. Subs not used: Scott, Gilmour, Murray, Marsh,
Foden. Booked: Donaldson, R Dunlop, Paton.
BERWICK RANGERS....(1) 2 MONTROSE................ (2) 2
See (23)
Wilson (8 o.g.)
Willis (63)
Fraser (43)
Crowd: 417.
Berwick (4-2-3-1): McCrorie, Stewart, Wilson, Todd, Phillips, Notman,
O?Kane, Willis, Lavery, Thomson (Hamilton 75), See. Subs not used:
Murrell, Petkov, Fleming, Brennan, Orru, Cook. Booked: See, Todd.
Montrose (3-5-2): Fleming, Bolochoweckyj, Dillon, Watson, Webster (McLaren
75), Masson, Redman, Callaghan (Milne 67), Steeves, Templeman (Rennie
67), Fraser. Subs not used: Trialist, Hay, Cavanagh, Millar. Booked: Webster.
COWDENBEATH..........(0) 0 PETERHEAD ................ (1) 2
McLean (18), Trialist (90)
Crowd: 216.
Cowdenbeath (4-4-2): McGurn, Mullen, Pyper, Syme, Hornby, Reilly (Luke
64), Miller, Malcolm, Smith, Cox, Sheerin. Subs not used: Connelly, Mcinally, Fotheringham, Swan, Muirhead, Penman. Booked: Malcolm, Miller.
Peterhead (4-4-2): Fleming, J Brown, McCracken, Robertson,
McIlduff (Norris 78), Stevenson, S Brown, Leitch, Gibson, McLean (Trialist
68), Smith (J Brown 84). Subs not used: Hobday, Adams, Johnston.
Booked: Leitch, McLean.
EDINBURGH CITY........(2) 4 ELGIN CITY ................ (0) 0
Beattie (16), Walker (41)
Rodger (48)
El Alagui (51)
Crowd: 223.
Edinburgh City (3-5-2): Antell, Beattie, Scullion, Rodger, Thomson,
Laird, Walker, Blues (Watson 87), Dunn (McKee 74), Taylor (Paton 84), El
Alagui. Subs not used: Barfoot, Garcia Tena, Morton, Hall. Booked:
Beattie, Taylor.
Elgin (4-4-2): Long. Subs not used: Byrne, Whitehead, McHardy, Waters.
STIRLING ALBION .......(1) 2 CLYDE........................ (1) 1
D Smith (4)
Nicoll (38)
MacDonald (58)
Crowd: 1,012.
Stirling (4-4-2): Binnie, McGeachie, Barr, Hamilton, McNeil (Noble
83), Stanger, Jardine, Moon (Caddis 84), Kavanagh, MacDonald (Little 76), D Smith. Subs not used: Banner, McLaughlin, R Smith, Wight.
Booked: Little, MacDonald, Moon.
Clyde (4-5-1): Currie, Lang, Home, Cogill (Millar 82), McNiff, Cuddihy,
Lamont (Grant 74), Nicoll (Martin 74), McStay, Boyle, Goodwillie. Subs
not used: Osadolor, Duffie, Gourlay, Stewart. Booked: Home, Nicoll.
SWEEPSTAKE RESULTS
0; Tayport P, Downfield P; Whitburn P, St
Andrews Utd P.
East Region North Division ? Arbroath Vics 0, Newburgh 1; Blairgowrie
P, Dundee North End P; Coupar Angus
5, Forfar Albion 2; Dundee East Craigie
3, Scone Thistle 1; Kinnoull P, Brechin
Vics P; Lochee Harp P, Luncarty P; Lochore Welfare 0, Dundee Violet 2.
East Region South Division ? Craigroyston 1, Edinburgh Utd 3; Easthouses Lily 2, Oakley Utd 3; Harthill P,
Crossgates Primrose P; Livingston Utd P,
Armadale Thistle P; Pumpherston 6,
Kirkcaldy YM 0; Rosyth 2, West Calder
Utd 6; Stoneyburn P, Lochgelly Albert P.
West Region Super League Premier
Division ? Auchinleck Talbot P, Arthurlie P; Beith P, Clydebank P; Girvan 1, Kilwinning 2; Hurlford Utd P, Kilbirnie
Ladeside P; Kirkintilloch Rob Roy P,
Cumnock P; Pollok 1, Glenafton 3.
West Region Super League Division
One ? Irvine Meadow P, Petershill P;
Kello Rovers P, Cambuslang P; Kilsyth
Rangers 1, Larkhall Thistle 1; Maryhill P,
Cumbernauld Utd P; Renfrew 2, Darvel
Juniors 1; Rutherglen Glencairn 0, Largs
Thistle 0; Shettleston P, Troon P.
West Region Ayrshire District League
? Annbank Utd 0, Craigmark Burntonians 3; Ardeer Thistle P, Whitletts Victoria P; Dalry Thistle 2, Maybole 1; Muirkirk
Juniors P, Irvine Victoria P; Saltcoats 3,
Ardrossan Winton Rovers 2.
West Region Central District League
Division One ? Benburb P, Neilston P;
East Kilbride Thistle P, Glasgow Perthshire P; Lesmahagow 0, St Rochs 4; Port
Glasgow 0, Thorniewood 1; Rossvale 0,
Shotts Bon Accord 1; Yoker Ath 2, Greenock Juniors 0.
West Region Central District League
Division Two ? Royal Albert P, Bellshill
Ath P; Carluke Rovers 1, Johnstone
Burgh 2; Dunipace P, Ashfield P; Gartcairn 7, Lanark Utd 1; Newmains Utd 0,
St Anthony?s 3; Vale Of Leven 4, Vale
Of Clyde 2.
North Region Super League ? Banks
ODee 5, Hall Russell Utd 0; Culter 3,
Dufftown 1; Ellon Utd 1, Inverness City
0; Hermes 3, Stonehaven 1; Maud 0,
Dyce Juniors 1; Montrose Roselea 0,
Colony Park 0; Newburgh Thistle 0, Banchory St Ternan 1.
North Region Division One ? Newmachar United 3, Buchanhaven Hearts
5; Stoneywood Parkvale 3, Aberdeen
University 2; Forres Thistle 1, Deveronside 0; Whitehills 1, Burghead Thistle 4.
North Region Elginshire Cup First
Round ? Buckie Rovers 3, Spey Valley
0; New Elgin 2, Nairn St Ninian 3.
North Region Morrison Cup First
Round ? Glentanar 0, Fraserburgh Utd
3; Lewis Utd 2, Longside 5; Sunnybank
7, Cruden Bay 0.
Vanarama National League ? AFC
Fylde 3, Dover 1; Bromley P, Barrow P
(Postponed - due to FA Trophy); Dag &
Red 3, Chester FC 2; Eastleigh 0, FC
Halifax 0; Gateshead P, Solihull Moors P
(Postponed - due to FA Trophy); Hartlepool 0, Ebbsfleet United 1; Leyton Orient P, Torquay P (Postponed - due to FA
Trophy); Macclesfield 1, Maidenhead
Utd 0; Maidstone Utd 2, Tranmere 3;
Sutton Utd 4, Guiseley 0; Woking 0,
Boreham Wood 0; Wrexham 2, Aldershot 2.
Vanarama National League North ?
AFC Telford 1, FC United of Manchester
0; Bradford P A 0, North Ferriby Utd 1;
Darlington 2, Kidderminster 1; Gainsborough P, Brackley P (Postponed - due
to FA Trophy); Harrogate Town P,
Spennymoor Town P (Postponed - due
to FA Trophy); Leamington 1, Blyth Spartans 0; Nuneaton 1, Chorley 1; Salford
City P, Tamworth P (Postponed - due to
unplayable pitch); Southport 3, Curzon
Ashton 1; Stockport County P, Boston
Utd P (Postponed - due to FA Trophy);
York 1, Alfreton Town 1.
Vanarama National League South ?
Braintree Town 1, Poole Town 0; Concord Rangers 0, Welling 2; Dartford 4,
Truro City 1; East Thurrock 1, Bath City
1; Eastbourne Borough 1, Weston-SMare 2; Hampton & Richmond 1, Bognor Regis Town 0; Hemel Hempstead
0, Havant and W 0; Hungerford Town P,
Wealdstone P (Postponed - due to FA
Trophy); Oxford City 2, Chelmsford 0; St
Albans 2, Chippenham 0; Whitehawk
1, Gloucester 1.
HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Cove Rangers
Fraserburgh
Inverurie L W
Formartine United
Forres Mechanics
Buckie Thistle
Brora
Rothes
Huntly
Deveronvale
Nairn County
Clachnacuddin
Wick Academy
Turriff United
Lossiemouth
Keith
Strathspey Thistle
Fort William
P
22
25
26
25
24
27
21
25
26
25
23
27
21
22
27
27
24
21
Home
W D L
9 1 0
11 2 1
8 3 1
9 1 3
7 0 4
7 1 6
8 0 2
7 3 2
6 1 6
5 1 7
6 1 5
6 2 5
5 5 2
3 1 7
3 1 12
2 2 10
0 1 9
0 1 8
East Kilbride
BSC Glasgow
Spartans
East Stirling
Selkirk
Gretna 2008
Cumbernauld C
Civil Service S
Stirling University
Whitehill Welfare
Edusport Acad
Edinburgh Univ
Gala Fairydean
Vale Of Leithen
Dalbeattie Star
Hawick Royal A
P
26
24
22
25
22
24
25
25
25
22
25
25
24
22
21
21
W
11
8
10
5
4
5
6
5
5
5
4
3
3
5
2
0
LOWLAND LEAGUE
Home
D L
1 2
2 2
0 2
4 3
0 5
2 6
4 3
2 6
1 6
0 4
5 5
4 5
1 8
0 7
3 5
1 9
W
11
7
10
8
7
6
5
5
6
6
5
3
2
4
1
1
3
0
Away
D L
1 0
2 2
0 4
0 4
3 3
3 4
2 4
1 7
2 5
1 5
1 5
5 6
2 5
2 5
1 9
0 12
0 11
1 11
Goals
F A Pt
91 14 62
86 26 58
76 29 57
82 37 52
60 40 45
65 47 43
62 25 41
67 57 40
52 63 39
55 57 35
43 55 35
42 52 34
41 37 28
30 48 24
36 95 14
33 80 11
16 95 10
19 116 2
W
8
9
7
11
8
6
3
4
5
4
3
4
3
1
1
1
Away
D L
4 0
2 1
2 1
1 1
0 5
1 4
3 6
4 4
2 6
1 8
0 8
1 8
4 5
1 8
3 7
1 9
Goals
F A Pt
69 21 62
61 21 55
45 14 53
56 26 53
51 35 36
41 38 36
42 42 34
40 38 33
40 43 33
39 50 28
39 45 26
29 38 26
36 54 23
27 59 19
28 49 15
11 81 5
1.............4
?2.............1
3.............1
4.............3
5.............3
6.............1
7.............3
8.............1
9.............2
10.............2
11.............1
12.............0
13.............1
14.............1
15.............1
16.............3
17.............1
18.............2
19.............2
20.............3
21.............1
22.............1
23.............2
24.............0
25.............3
26.............3
27.............1
28.............1
29.............2
30.............3
31.............0
32.............2
33.............3
34.............0
35.............0
36.............3
37.............4
38.............0
39.............0
40.............3
41.............2
42.............0
-
0
0
2
1
0
0
1
0
2
2
3
2
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
2
0
2
1
2
2
0
0
2
0
0
1
2
2
0
0
1
2
0
2
1
1
2
43.............1
44.............0
45.............1
46.............2
47.............4
48.............1
49.............1
50.............2
51.............0
52.............1
53.............1
54.............3
55.............0
56.............3
57.............2
58.............2
59.............2
60.............4
61.............2
62.............0
63.............1
64.............0
65.............2
66.............1
67.............1
68.............0
69.............3
70.............0
71.............1
72.............3
73.............2
74.............2
75.............0
76.............1
77.............1
78.............1
79.............1
80.............0
81.............2
82.............1
83.............2
84.............3
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2
4
1
1
4
1
2
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0
6
0
1
1
1
1
3
0
2
4
0
0
2
1
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
85.............0
86.............1
87.............1
88.............1
89.............3
90.............1
91.............2
92.............3
93.............2
94.............1
95.............3
96.............1
97.............2
98.............1
99.............3
100............1
101............1
102............0
103............0
104............2
105............1
106............3
107............3
108............2
109............2
110............3
111............2
112............0
113............5
114............1
115............1
116............1
117............1
118............3
119............1
120............2
121............2
122............0
123............3
124............0
125............1
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1
2
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
0
3
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
2
2
0
2
2
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2
3
4
5
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16
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18
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21
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29
30
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33
34
35
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37
38
39
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41
42
43
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45
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48
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3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
3
1
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3
1
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2
1
3
1
1
1
1
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3
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CLUB POOLS
01?0-0;
03?2-2;
05?1-2;
07?0-1;
09?1-1;
11?1-1;
13?0-1;
15?0-1;
17?0-2;
19?0-1;
21?2-1;
23?0-1;
25?0-2;
27?1-0;
29?1-4;
31?2-4;
33?2-0;
35?0-0;
37?1-0;
39?0-0;
41?2-4;
43?1-1;
45?1-1;
47?0-0;
49?0-1;
02?1-1;
04?2-2;
06?1-0;
08?0-1;
10?3-3;
12?0-2;
14?2-0;
16?3-3;
18?2-0;
20?1-0;
22?2-1;
24?2-5;
26?0-2;
28?4-1;
30?2-2;
32?0-0;
34?4-1;
36?2-1;
38?2-1;
40?2-0;
42?0-2;
44?1-1;
46?0-0;
48?1-2;
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Jackpot ? �,000.
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February 24 - 01, 13, 21, 45.
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daNNy?s iN love agaiN
Dumbarton boss Stephen
Aitken hopes Danny Handling?s
fine strike in the Sons? Irn-Bru
Cup semi-final win at The New
Saints last weekend will see the
former Hibs man fall in love with
football again.
After lengthy periods out of
the game with injuries he was
released by the Edinburgh club
last summer and the 24-yearold joined the Sons. However,
after just two games, he was
ruled out for four months as
problems reappeared.
Aitken was delighted to see
the joy on Handling?s face
when he curled in the equaliser
against the Welsh side before
his men went on to win 2-1.
The
gaffer
explained:
?It has
been a
hard few
years for
Danny
(right).
?He had
hoped that
moving to
us would
have been a new start.
However, he was soon out
again.?
?It was getting to him and
you could sense that he was
not enjoying his football. But he
took his goal brilliantly down in
Wales and it was great to see
him beaming afterwards.?
?Hopefully that goal will
mark a turnaround in fortunes
for him, as he has worked hard
to get fit again.?
it?s a No to drogBa?s cousiN
Cowdenbeath manager Gary
Bollan?s frantic search for a
striker to score the goals that
could help the Blue Brazil stay
in senior football has intensified
after Robbie Buchanan suffered
a broken hand.
However, a cousin of Ivory
Coast superstar Didier Drogba
will not be getting a deal.
The Central Park men are
adrift at the foot of League 2 and
Bollan knows that increasing his
firepower will help their chances
of survival. He has been casting
his net far and wide to get the
right man on board.
Bollan said: ?Robbie is a
good threat for us. However,
he will be missing for a few
games so we need to get
someone else on board.
?We have looked at the loan
market and free agents as well
as trialists, but nothing has
come up.
?We did have a cousin of
Didier Drogba in, but he wasnt
the quality we were looking for.
?We only have a few weeks
left, so hopefully the right man
will pop up.?
Brazil
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don?t miss the people?s pundit every week
Big Eck is the man to
make Scott a real Scot!
There will be no shortage of superstars on
the pitch when Manchester United clash
with Chelsea today.
But the kid I?ll be watching closest doesn?t fit
the bill ? yet.
Scott McTominay has done brilliantly to
break into United?s starting XI over the last few
months.
The fact that Old Trafford boss Jose
Mourinho selected the youngster ahead of
Paul Pogba in the Champions League last
week says everything about how highly he is
rated.
It also hints at deterioration in Mourinho?s
relationship with Pogba, but that?s another
story.
McTominay has the build, the athleticism
and the potential to be a big star.
And I have my fingers crossed that, like
former United captain Darren Fletcher before
him, he also becomes the beating heart of
Scotland?s midfield.
National boss Alex McLeish has launched a
charm offensive aimed at convincing the
Lancaster-born hopeful to commit himself to
the country of his father?s birth, instead of his
own.
This is the first test of McLeish?s
second spell in charge of
Scotland ? and it?s a big one!
I also understand the kid himself has always
felt himself more Scottish than English.
With both Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose
Mourinho on Big Eck?s side, the case has,
hopefully, been strengthened further.
But this is the first test of McLeish?s second
spell in charge of Scotland ? and it?s a big one.
If he picks England ? and if he?s selected ?
McTominay is pretty much guaranteed
appearances at European Championships and
World Cups.
He?s also guaranteed the spotlight, with all
the positives and negatives that come with it.
With Scotland, as we all know, absolutely
nothing is certain.
The kid was only one-year-old when we
went to the World Cup in France in 1998.
He won?t remember it at all.
But his old man will have given him chapter
and verse on it ? and on the subsequent 20
Manchester United starlet Scott McTominay looks set to have a bright career
years of hurt endured by the Tartan Army.
On one hand, that might help.
If Scott chooses to play for Scotland, it
might be because he sees progress being
made, and believes he can help get the team
over their ?finals hurdle?.
But, given that he is already playing Premier
League and Champions League football, the
prospect of never playing on the biggest stage
internationally can?t be appealing.
Scotland fans would be foolish to think that
is not a factor.
Fortunately, Alex McLeish will know it is.
If I were in his shoes, I?d be pushing the idea
that Scott can be an important piece in the
Hampden jigsaw.
I?d be telling him I like what I?ve seen from
him at Manchester United, and that he is
exactly what I need for Scotland.
Yes, it?s still early in the lad?s career, but if
any country ought to know the importance of
not letting young players slip through the
cracks, it?s ours.
Scotland has lost too many potential
international players over the years.
Aidan McGeady and James McCarthy would
both have been valuable for us over the last
decade.
Would they have helped us get over line in
one of our failed campaigns? Quite possibly.
As long as we have got a sniff of getting
Scott McTominay in the squad, our powers
that be should be giving absolutely everything
to get it done.
The kid might ultimately decide playing for
England is a better fit.
But we have to make our case ? and I reckon
Alex McLeish is the perfect man to do it.
All of these monsters deserve to be punished
Barry Bennell
There is only one word for
Barry Bennell and people of
his ilk ? monster.
I was delighted to see the
predatory former youth
coach being handed a
31-year prison sentence for
sexually abusing kids this
week.
That?s a proper sentence,
and it had to be.
The judge that jailed
Bennell called him ?the devil
incarnate? for heaven?s sake.
If that doesn?t give you an
idea of how evil his actions
were, nothing will.
But I?ve got no doubt that
t h e re a re p l e n t y m o re
twisted people just like him
still out there.
They are people who have
been entrusted with
coaching children.
They are people who
abused that trust and
escaped justice.
I have a personal interest
in this issue, as most people
know.
In 1998, my evidence
helped bring down James
Torbett, the sick Celtic Boys?
Club coach who abused me
? and others ? in the ?60s
and ?70s.
Seeing him convicted was
a great moment.
So I would urge anybody
else who endured the same
nightmare as a kid ? and I
know they are out there ? to
stand up and speak out.
These animals who prey
on children deserve to be
punished, just like Torbett
was, and just like Bennell
has been.
goal and we don?t
seem to be learning. There are
no excuses for that. We are
now deep in the relegation but
we?ve known that since
probably the second week of
the season.?
HAMILTON: (3-4-1-2) Woods
8, Want 4 (32, McMann 4), Sarris
6 (68, van der Weg 4), Tomas 6,
Lyon 6 , Ferguson 8, Gogic 4 (38,
Jenkins 4), Imrie 6, Templeton 7,
Rojano 7, Ogkmpoe 7. Unused ?
Miller, Bingham, Redmond, Fulton.
PARTICK: (3-4-1-2) Cerny 7,
Keown 7, Cargill 7, Devine 7,
Dumbuya 7, Osman 6, Spittal 7
(73, Erskine 5), Booth 7, Edwards 6,
Sammon 6 (45, Storey 5), Doolan
6 (86, Lawless 2). Unused ? Barton,
McGinn, Penrice, Scully.
David Templeton is challenged by
Partick Thistle?s Abdul Osman
Neil McCann last night insisted his side
were ?robbed? by ?poor officiating? as
Motherwell dumped Dundee.
The Dark Blues? boss felt Steelmen
star Craig Tanner?s first-half strike was
offside.
But he was even more annoyed when
whistler Alan Muir failed to award an
injury time penalty over an alleged
handball by Well defender Cedric Kipre.
McCann said: ?It?s a stonewaller. It?s
difficult for a manager to hold that anger
in.
?I?ve gone in to see Alan and asked
him why it wasn?t a penalty.
?He said he spoke to his assistant who
said it did hit his arm, but his arm was in
against his body.
?It wasn?t. He came out like a keeper
with his knee out and his arms up.
?So if it has hit him in the arm how is it
not a penalty?
?That would have given us a chance to
get the equaliser.
?And we showed last week we don?t
need a lot of time to get a winner. We?ve
been robbed.?
Pushed on his reaction to the referee?s
explanation, he said: ?What I said to him
was, ?You?re confirming that it hit his
hand, and both hands were in against
his body??
?When you watch it, you?ll see it isn?t.
That, to me, is very, very poor
officiating.?
Dundee did everything but score after
bossing the Well in the second-half.
It left McCann?s side eight points off
the top six ? a deficit he now admits will
be tough to make up with just five games
until the split.
?It?s going to be difficult now,? he said.
?I?m a realist, I?m not a fantasist.
?Motherwell have stretched their gap
on us, Kilmarnock got another point
ahead of us.
?In that respect it?s going to be
difficult, but you don?t just roll over and
accept it. We?ll go to Celtic Park and try
to get a result.
?I expect Celtic to be coming out firing
because maybe they?re hurting from
going out of Europe and they?ll be
looking try to get their league campaign
back in order.
?But we should have taken something
last time at Celtic Park and we?ll look to
go and do the same again.
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Golden Years
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We turn back time and take a trip doWn memory lane
1969
frozen in time
This weekend
Arsenal will be regarded as the
underdogs in this afternoon?s
League Cup final at Wembley.
Whether it?s the Gunners or
Manchester City that lift the trophy,
neither side will be able to blame
the pitch.
It was certainly a challenging
surface when Third Division
Swindon Town shocked Arsenal by
running out 3-1 winners in the 1969
League Cup final.
The condition of the pitch wasn?t
helped by the Horse of the Year
Show being held there a week
before the final.
But plucky Swindon didn?t let the
mud put them off their stride.
Roger Smart put the Robins
ahead in the first half and they
battled bravely to hang on until
Bobby Gould got a late equaliser.
Swindon weren?t finished. Don
Rogers got two goals in extra-time Swindon skipper
Stan Harland and ma
nager Danny Williams
to seal one of the biggest upsets in
celebrate their victory
over Arsenal
the history of the competition.
Aberdeen?s three Millers
couldn?t get past Celtic
Jimmy Miller in his Dons days
Aberdeen are aiming to finally
beat Celtic today, and show the
title is still up for grabs.
Even a goal would give the fans
something to cheer ? their team
hasn?t managed to hit the net once
against the Hoops this season.
The Dons were desperate to
score against Celtic 45 years ago in
one of the most-unusual games
played at Pittodrie.
It was noteworthy because three
men named Miller lined-up for the
home side.
Even more curious was the kickoff time.
Jimmy Miller was one of a trio of
players sharing the surname ?
Willie and Bertie being the others.
He recalled: ?The game kickedoff at 1.45 on a Wednesday
afternoon because the power
strikes meant they couldn?t use the
floodlights.
?It was a really odd time for a
game back then and amazing that
a crowd of 16,000 turned up.
?My dad came to watch me on a
Celtic supporters? bus from
Greenock. He didn?t support
Celtic, but the guys running the
bus didn?t know that.
?It was a League Cup quarterfinal. We?d lost the first leg 3-2 and
needed a goal to stay in the
competition.?
Jimmy came so close to getting
that vital strike.
By Brian Fowlie
sport@sundaypost.com
A shot beat Celtic goalie Ally
Hunter, but was cleared off the line
by Jim Brogan. His follow-up
attempt was headed away by
Danny McGrain.
Celtic defended in numbers to
get a 0-0 draw in a match where
there were 47 free-kicks awarded.
?It was the kind of game where it
was ?never mind the ball, just kick
anything that moves?,? said Jimmy.
?Willie Miller and I started the
game in midfield and Bertie Miller
came on as a substitute.
?Willie was a striker when I first
knew him and then began to move
back.
?I think it?s fair to say he was the
best Miller in the team, although I
wouldn?t have predicted he?d have
such a fabulous career back then.
?He really found his position in
defence.?
Jimmy, who?s probably best
remembered for his spells with
Morton, Motherwell and Queen of
the South, joined Aberdeen at the
second time of asking in 1971.
He s a i d : ?I t ra i n e d w i t h
Kilmarnock when I was 15. I wasn?t
signed, but they paid me �a week.
?Then I was close to joining
Aberdeen, but went to Leicester
City because of the money.
?I came from a working-class
family and being able to send
money back from my �-a-week
wages helped my parents.
?I played in Leicester?s reserves,
but things changed when Frank
O ? Fa r r e l l l e f t t o b e c o m e
Manchester United manager.
?Jimmy Bloomfield took over
and signed Keith Weller, Jon
Sammels and Alan Birchenall.
?There wasn?t much chance of
breaking through, but Aberdeen
scout Bobby Calder remembered
me and got in touch.
?I got into the Aberdeen team
and felt I was playing quite well.
Then I broke my metatarsal and
that ended things there.?
Jimmy won promotion to
Division One with Queen of the
South in 1975 and represented the
Scotland Second Division side
against Italy in Pescara.
He said: ?Willie McLean signed
me for Queens then took me to
Motherwell. That meant I was
back in the Premier Division.?
?I then went to Morton and they
came up as Motherwell went
down.?
Jimmy, now 65, had three
s e a s o n s a t Ca p p i e l ow, t w o
campaigns with Clyde plus another
spell with Queen of the South.
After football he drove a taxi.
20
years ago
Harald Brattbakk (above)
hit four goals as Celtic
trounced Kilmarnock 4-0 at
Parkhead.
A late 25-yard screamer
by Jorg Albertz helped
Rangers beat Hibs 2-1 at
Easter Road.
Brian Laudrup announced
he would be leaving the
Ibrox side to join Chelsea at
the end of the season.
Motherwell lined up Finnish
manager Harri Kampman to
take over from Alex McLeish.
Paolo Di Canio scored to
give Sheffield Wednesday a
1-0 win at Tottenham.
40
years ago
Celtic were beaten 2-1 by
St Mirren at home ? their fifth
league defeat in a row.
Goals by Jimmy Bone and
Frank McGarvey gave Saints
the win and left the Hoops
21 points behind Rangers in
eighth place.
A George Stewart
(above) own-goal and
strikes by Duncan Davidson
and Willie Miller gave
Aberdeen a 3-0 victory over
Hibs.
Brian Kidd scored to give
Manchester City a 1-0 win
over Everton and keep them
a point behind leaders
Nottingham Forest.
60
years ago
Hearts made it 100 league
goals for the season as they
beat Motherwell 4-0.
Alfie Conn got a double
for the Jambos, along with
strikes by Jimmy Milne and
Jimmy Murray.
Max Murray (above) and
Johnny Hubbard both
scored twice as Rangers
sauntered to a 5-0 win over
Queen?s Park.
Former Celtic striker
Jimmy Walsh scored four
times as Leicester City beat
Manchester City 8-4.
Jim Murray got a hat-trick
as Wolves thrashed
Birmingham 5-1.
Positivity has now
returned ? thanks to
Alex?s appointment
By Mark Guidi
sport@sundaypost.com
Alan Hutton has already spotted
positive signs about Scotland?s chances
of Euro 2020 qualification under Alex
McLeish.
The Aston Villa defender was brought to
Villa Park in a � deal seven years ago by
Big Eck, having worked with him previously
with the national team and at Rangers.
T h e y e n j oy e d a g o o d w o r k i n g
relationship and have kept in contact.
That said, Hutton?s optimism isn?t based
on bias towards McLeish. No, it?s an
appraisal on the facts, so far.
Hutton told The Sunday Post: ?The only
thing the whole nation wants is to qualify
for the 2020 Euros. That is it.
?There is no point trying to dress it up in
any other way, or talk about five or 10-year
plans. The long-term vision for the SFA is
for another department.
?Alex McLeish and the players only have
one mission. They know what it is.
?I think the appointment of Alex is a
very good one. I?ve worked with him at
two clubs and at national level, when he
was manager in his first period.
?He is intelligent, thorough, and
tactically aware and he can get the best
out of players. He knows how to win
games and he can deliver success.
?He has only been in the job for just
over a week, but I?ve been keeping a close
eye on things and I can see positive signs.
?I look at the way Alex conducted
himself when he was announced at
Hampden. He talked sense and brought a
much-needed calm to the situation.
?He has been in touch with players and
is arranging meetings with club managers.
He has been sounding out his contacts all
over the UK for up-to-date info on players
and current form.
?Most of all, from looking at Alex, and
listening to him, I see a man with that
determined look on his face. Trust me,
there will be nobody with a greater desire
to do well for Scotland than him.
?I remember how gutted we all were
after we lost to Italy in the final game for
qualification for Euro 2008. That hurt us all.
As a national team, maybe we never really
recovered from it for two or three years.
?When he was my gaffer at Villa, Alex
and I spoke about it once or twice. I could
still sense the deep feeling of
disappointment he had about just not
getting over that final hurdle.
?I think, that even almost 10 years on,
that hurt and niggle is still at the forefront
of his mind. Now, he has been given a
second chance to put of all that right and
I genuinely believe he is going to do it.
?He has some very good squad to choose
from and he will get the best out of the
players. The players will thoroughly enjoy
playing for him. It will be a happy camp.?
Hutton played 50 times for Scotland,
but retired from the international scene
18 months ago when Gordon Strachan
was the manager. He has always kept his
reasons private for doing so.
At this stage, the 33-year-old has no
Aston Villa star Alan Hutton was taken to Villa Park by former boss Alex McLeish
plans to make himself available again for
the national team. But, it?s probably fair to
say that if one man could tempt him back
to the fold, it would be McLeish.
Hutton said: ?I had some great times
McLeish and Hutton during their
time at Ibrox
with the national team. To win 50 caps for
my country was really unbelievable.
?Honestly, never in my wildest dreams
did I think I?d play so many times and be
part of victories such as the one in Paris
when we defeated France 1-0 in 2007.
?It?s a regret we never made it to a major
Finals. But there are dozens of players of
my generation with the same feelings.
?The time is right for the fine young
players we have in the national team to
keep developing.
?I look at full-backs such as Andy
Robertson and Kieran Tierney doing so
well at domestic and European level and
that is great for them and for the country.
?At the moment, my full focus is on
helping Aston Villa win promotion this
season. We have been in and around the
top-six for most of the campaign and we
need to push up as high as we possibly can
in the final stage.
?This is massive football club and we
belong back in the Premier League.?
scott
ron
exclusive interview
21
the voice of experience
Jack and Derek
have given our
game a boost
Jack Ross provided Scottish football with a muchrequired shot in the arm when he followed Derek
McInnes by rejecting a big-money move to England
earlier this month.
Although Barnsley are currently struggling to
remain in the English Championship, they are still a
bigger outfit than St Mirren.
Ross would have doubled his salary and more had
he moved to Yorkshire from Paisley.
He would also have become Barnsley?s 10th
different Scottish manager in their 131-year history.
Just before this season started, McInnes turned
down an even bigger job, despite Sunderland offering
to treble his income to around �.
McInnes would have become Sunderland?s ninth
different Scottish manager in their 138-year history.
So both clubs were trying to follow tradition.
Two major decisions worked in St Mirren and
Aberdeen?s favour, though. Both Saints and Dons
allowed Ross and McInnes to travel south to talk to
Barnsley and Sunderland officially.
This gamble, despite the fact both clubs were
desperate to keep their managers, proved well worth
taking.
It allowed Ross and McInnes to realise they were
better off where they were, irrespective of the fact
they?d both continue to earn less.
The grass isn?t always greener across the border as
the pair discovered, along with many other Scots in
the past.
To this day Tommy Docherty regrets resigning his
post as Scotland manager to become Manchester
United boss in 1972, even although he doubled his
money.
Sir Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly the mostsuccessful Scottish manager to cross the border from
Aberdeen to Manchester United.
However Fergie had already previously turned
down opportunities to become manager of Arsenal,
Spurs and Wolves.
?I just simply could not turn down Manchester
United,? he told me, the evening he accepted the
offer to go to Old Trafford.
His great friend and rival Jim McLean also had
numerous offers to leave Dundee United for England,
but turned down West Ham, Chelsea and Wolves to
remain at Tannadice.
These extra years Aberdeen and United squeezed
out of Ferguson and McLean saw both clubs prosper
in Europe and dominate Scottish football.
Their belief in the Scottish game was more than
confirmed as both Dons and United became feared
throughout Europe in the 1980s.
So let?s hope Ross and McInnes follow the success
of Ferguson and McLean for the good of Scottish
football.
The Scottish game is clearly at a crossroads. It
won?t take much to tilt it either way.
Ross and McInnes may just have tilted it in the
right direction.
Jack Ross and Derek McInnes
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P W D L W D L
Goals
F A Pt
Man City
27 13 1 0 10 2 1 79 20 72
Liverpool
28 8 6 0 8 3 3 65 32 57
Man United
27 10 2 1 7 3 4 51 19 56
Chelsea
27 9 2 3 7 3 3 49 23 53
Tottenham
27 9 4 1 6 3 4 52 24 52
Arsenal
27 10 2 1 3 4 7 51 36 45
Burnley
28 5 4 5 4 6 4 22 25 37
Leicester
28 6 4 4 3 5 6 40 41 36
Everton
28 8 2 4 1 5 8 32 47 34
Watford
28 5 4 5 4 2 8 38 47 33
Bournemouth
28 5 4 5 3 4 7 33 43 32
Brighton
28 5 6 3 2 4 8 26 37 31
West Ham
28 5 4 4 2 5 8 35 50 30
Huddersfield
28 5 4 5 3 2 9 25 48 30
Newcastle
28 4 4 6 3 4 7 27 38 29
Southampton
28 3 6 6 2 6 5 29 41 27
Crystal Palace
27 4 5 4 2 4 8 25 42 27
Swansea
28 5 2 7 2 4 8 21 41 27
Stoke
28 5 4 5 1 4 9 28 54 26
West Brom
28 2 7 5 1 4 9 22 42 20
AFC BOURNEMOUTH ..(0) 2 NEWCASTLE ............... (2) 2
Smith (80)
Gayle (17, 45)
Gosling (89)
Crowd: 10,808.
AFC Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): Begovic, Francis, S Cook, Ake, Daniels
(Smith 46), Stanislas, L Cook, Gosling, Fraser (Mousset 63), King, Wilson
(Defoe 73). Subs not used: Boruc, Surman, Pugh, Simpson. Booked:
Ake.
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett,
Ritchie (Manquillo 85), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Perez, Gayle
(Hayden 78). Subs not used: Clark, Joselu, Merino, Darlow. Booked:
Diame, Perez, Ritchie, Yedlin.
BRIGHTON .................(1) 4 SWANSEA................... (0) 1
Murray (18 pen, 69)
Dunk (86 o.g.)
Knockaert (73)
Locadia (90)
Crowd: 30,523.
Brighton (4-4-1-1): Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert
(March 79), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross (Kayal 90), Murray (Locadia 82). Subs not used: Saltor, Ulloa, Goldson, Krul. Booked: Murray.
Swansea (5-4-1): Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn (Narsingh 46),
Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Dyer (A Ayew 36), Ki, Carroll (Abraham
66), Clucas, J Ayew. Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Routledge, King, Bartley.
BURNLEY ....................(0) 1 SOUTHAMPTON.......... (0) 1
Barnes (67)
Gabbiadini (90)
Crowd: 20,982.
Burnley (4-4-1-1): Pope, Lowton, Long, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson,
Cork, Westwood, Lennon, Hendrick, Barnes. Subs not used: Taylor, Nkoudou, Marney, Vokes, Wood, Lindegaard, Bardsley. Booked: Barnes.
Southampton (4-2-3-1): McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu (Boufal 75), Lemina, Ward-Prowse (Sims 68), Tadic
(Gabbiadini 81), Redmond, Carrillo . Subs not used: Hojbjerg, Pied,
Bednarek, Forster.
LEICESTER ..................(0) 1 STOKE........................ (1) 1
Butland (70 o.g.)
Shaqiri (43)
Crowd: 31,769.
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Simpson (Iheanacho 62), Morgan,
Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, James, Mahrez, Gray (Diabate 61), Albrighton, Vardy. Subs not used: Adrien Silva, Dragovic, Jakupovic,
Iborra, Fuchs. Booked: Albrighton.
Stoke (4-1-4-1): Butland, Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi (Adam 74),
Stafylidis, Cameron, Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Choupo-Moting (Johnson
84), Diouf (Campbell 64). Subs not used: Pieters, Jese, Sobhi, Grant.
Booked: Adam, Allen, Diouf.
LIVERPOOL.................(1) 4 WEST HAM ................. (0) 1
Can (29)
Antonio (59)
Salah (51)
Firmino (57)
Mane (77)
Crowd: 53,256.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Milner, Salah (Solanke 87), Firmino
(Lallana 82), Mane (Moreno 87). Subs not used: Lovren, Gomez, Henderson, Mignolet.
West Ham (5-4-1): Adrian, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell,
Evra, Joao Mario (Rice 83), Kouyate, Noble, Lanzini (Antonio 58), Arnautovic (Hernandez 83). Subs not used: Reid, Hugill, Byram, Hart.
Booked: Collins, Kouyate.
WATFORD...................(0) 1 EVERTON ................... (0) 0
Deeney (79)
Crowd: 20,430.
Watford (4-2-3-1): Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas,
Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu (Carrillo 63), Pereyra (Okaka 56), Richarlison (Femenia 56), Deeney. Subs not used: Gomes, Britos, Gray,
Zeegelaar. Booked: Capoue, Carrillo, Janmaat.
Everton (4-3-3): Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies,
Gueye, Rooney (Calvert-Lewin 82), Walcott, Niasse (Tosun 57), Sigurdsson (Bolasie 82). Subs not used: Schneiderlin, Holgate, Robles, Garbutt. Booked: Gueye.
WEST BROM ...............(0) 1 HUDDERSFIELD........... (0) 2
Dawson (64)
van La Parra (48)
Mounie (56)
Crowd: 25,920.
West Brom (4-4-2): Foster, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Phillips
(Burke 81), Barry (Livermore 69), Krychowiak, McClean (Brunt 57), Rodriguez, Rondon. Subs not used: Nyom, Yacob, Myhill, McAuley.
Booked: Evans.
Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Lossl, Hadergjonaj (Smith 53), Jorgensen,
Schindler, Kongolo, Williams, Hogg, Quaner, Pritchard (Depoitre 77),
van La Parra (Ince 89), Mounie. Subs not used: Malone, Whitehead,
Sabiri, Coleman. Booked: Hadergjonaj .
LEADING SCORERS
Harry Kane
Mohamed Salah
Sergio Aguero
Raheem Sterling
Jamie Vardy
Roberto Firmino
Romelu Lukaku
(Tottenham)
(Liverpool)
(Man City)
(Man City)
(Leicester)
(Liverpool)
(Man Utd)
23
23
21
15
13
13
12
Wolves
Cardiff
Aston Villa
Derby
Fulham
Bristol City
Middlesbrough
Sheff Utd
Preston
Brentford
Leeds
Millwall
Ipswich
Norwich
Nottm Forest
QPR
Sheff Wed
Reading
Bolton
Hull
Barnsley
Birmingham
Burton Albion
Sunderland
P
34
33
34
34
34
33
34
33
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
33
34
33
33
34
34
34
LEAGUE ONE
Home
W D L
12 3 2
11 3 2
10 6 1
9 5 3
9 6 2
8 5 4
9 3 5
10 2 5
6 7 4
7 8 2
7 5 5
8 6 3
8 3 6
5 7 5
7 1 9
8 4 5
5 6 6
3 5 8
7 4 6
5 6 5
3 6 8
6 2 9
2 3 12
2 6 9
W
10
8
8
7
7
6
6
6
6
6
7
4
6
7
5
2
3
5
1
2
4
2
5
3
Away
D L
4 3
4 5
3 6
7 3
5 5
7 3
4 7
2 8
8 3
3 8
2 8
6 7
3 8
4 6
3 9
5 10
7 7
5 7
6 10
5 10
4 8
4 11
5 7
6 8
Goals
F A Pt
59 28 73
49 27 64
53 32 63
53 31 60
57 37 59
48 39 54
46 34 52
46 39 52
40 33 51
50 41 50
47 43 49
40 35 48
45 43 48
34 37 47
41 53 40
38 51 39
37 44 37
38 45 34
29 51 34
44 50 32
33 47 31
22 51 30
26 60 29
37 61 27
Blackburn
Shrewsbury
Wigan
Rotherham
Scunthorpe
Plymouth
Charlton
Bradford
Portsmouth
Peterborough
Gillingham
Bristol Rovers
Southend
Doncaster
Oxford Utd
Blackpool
Walsall
AFC Wimbledon
Northampton
Fleetwood Town
Oldham
MK Dons
Bury
Rochdale
LEAGUE TWO
P
34
34
31
34
35
35
33
34
35
33
35
34
33
35
34
34
33
34
35
34
33
34
34
30
Home
W D L
10 5 2
10 3 3
10 5 2
12 2 4
7 6 4
9 2 7
8 5 5
6 2 8
9 3 6
8 3 6
4 9 4
10 1 6
9 5 3
6 7 4
6 4 7
5 6 5
7 6 4
6 3 7
6 3 9
4 5 9
7 3 7
4 7 5
6 3 8
4 6 3
W
10
10
10
7
8
6
6
9
6
4
7
4
3
4
5
5
3
4
4
6
2
3
1
1
Away
D L
4 3
5 3
1 3
3 6
6 4
6 5
4 5
3 6
1 10
8 4
4 7
3 10
3 10
5 9
5 7
6 7
5 8
5 9
5 8
2 8
6 8
4 11
5 11
5 11
Goals
F A Pt
62 33 69
45 26 68
57 18 66
58 39 62
51 39 57
43 42 53
43 41 51
48 51 50
42 44 49
51 43 47
39 39 46
49 52 46
42 51 44
43 44 42
49 51 42
42 44 42
43 47 41
34 43 38
34 56 38
45 56 37
46 58 36
32 47 32
28 50 29
29 41 26
Luton
Acc Stanley
Wycombe
Notts County
Mansfield
Exeter
Swindon
Lincoln City
Coventry
Carlisle
Crawley Town
Colchester
Newport County
Cambridge Utd
Stevenage
Cheltenham
Yeovil
Crewe
Forest Green
Grimsby
Morecambe
Port Vale
Chesterfield
Barnet
P
34
34
34
35
34
33
35
34
33
35
35
35
34
35
35
35
34
35
34
35
33
34
34
35
Kick off 7.45 unless stated
W
13
12
10
12
10
11
8
9
10
6
8
8
6
10
7
7
8
7
8
4
5
5
6
4
Home
D L
2 3
2 3
3 4
4 2
6 1
1 4
2 7
6 3
2 4
6 5
2 7
6 4
7 2
4 3
7 3
4 6
4 6
3 8
2 8
6 8
4 7
5 7
3 9
5 8
W
7
8
8
5
6
7
10
5
5
8
7
5
6
3
4
3
2
4
2
5
3
4
2
3
Away
D L
6 3
3 6
5 4
6 6
6 5
3 7
1 7
5 6
4 8
3 7
4 7
5 7
5 8
5 10
2 12
6 9
4 10
0 13
4 10
3 9
7 7
3 10
3 11
3 12
Goals
F A Pt
74 34 68
58 38 65
67 50 62
56 36 61
53 35 60
44 37 58
55 51 57
46 37 53
37 28 51
50 45 51
41 43 51
45 41 50
41 43 48
35 45 48
46 51 42
48 52 40
46 55 38
41 57 36
39 56 36
30 51 36
34 44 35
37 49 35
35 61 30
33 52 29
BIRMINGHAM............ (0) 0 BARNSLEY .................. (2) 2
BRISTOL ROVERS ....... (0) 1 SCUNTHORPE ............ (0) 1
ACC STANLEY............ (0) 1 CAMBRIDGE UTD ....... (0) 0
BURTON ALBION ....... (0) 0 MILLWALL................... (0) 1
BURY......................... (2) 2 GILLINGHAM.............. (0) 1
CHESTERFIELD ........... (1) 2 SWINDON.................. (0) 1
CHARLTON................ (0) 0 SHREWSBURY ............. (0) 2
COLCHESTER ............ (0) 0 BARNET...................... (0) 1
FLEETWOOD TOWN.... (0) 1 MK DONS .................. (1) 1
FOREST GREEN.......... (2) 2 CRAWLEY TOWN ........ (0) 0
FULHAM .................... (1) 2 WOLVES..................... (0) 0
LEEDS........................ (1) 1 BRENTFORD ............... (0) 0
NORTHAMPTON ........ (0) 0 OXFORD UTD ............. (0) 0
GRIMSBY................... (0) 0 EXETER....................... (1) 1
NORWICH................. (0) 0 BOLTON..................... (0) 0
OLDHAM ....................... P SOUTHEND..................... P
LINCOLN CITY........... (1) 1 CREWE ...................... (1) 4
PRESTON................... (0) 0 IPSWICH.................... (1) 1
PETERBOROUGH ....... (0) 1 AFC WIMBLEDON....... (0) 1
LUTON....................... (0) 2 CHELTENHAM............. (1) 2
PLYMOUTH ................ (1) 1 BRADFORD ................ (0) 0
MANSFIELD ............... (1) 1 COVENTRY................. (0) 1
QPR.......................... (0) 2 NOTTM FOREST .......... (1) 5
READING................... (2) 3 DERBY........................ (2) 3
PORTSMOUTH ........... (0) 0 BLACKPOOL .............. (1) 2
NOTTS COUNTY......... (0) 2 STEVENAGE ................ (0) 0
SHEFF WED................ (2) 2 ASTON VILLA.............. (1) 4
ROTHERHAM ............. (0) 2 DONCASTER .............. (1) 1
PORT VALE ................ (0) 0 NEWPORT COUNTY .... (0) 0
WALSALL ................... (1) 1 BLACKBURN .............. (2) 2
WYCOMBE ................ (0) 2 MORECAMBE............. (3) 4
SUNDERLAND............ (1) 3 MIDDLESBROUGH ...... (0) 3
WIGAN...................... (1) 1 ROCHDALE ................ (0) 0
YEOVIL ...................... (0) 0 CARLISLE ................... (0) 1
Sunday. Crystal Palace v Tottenham
(Sky Sports Premier League, 11.30am),
Manchester United v Chelsea (Sky
Sports Premier League, 2pm), Carabao Cup Final. Arsenal v Manchester
City (Sky Sports Main Event, 4.30pm),
Juventus v Atalanta; Golf - European
Tour. Qatar Masters. (Sky Sports Golf,
9am), PGA Tour. The Honda Classic.
(Sky Sports Golf, 6pm); Winter Olympics - Closing Ceremony. (BBC Two
Scotland, 11am); Rugby Union - Top
14. Toulouse v Brive (Sky Sports Action,
11.25am), La Rochelle v Toulon (Sky
Sports Action, 3.45pm).
MONDAY - Tennis - The Dubai
Duty Free Tennis Championships. (Sky
Sports Main Event, 10am).
TUESDAY - Cricket - One-Day Internation
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