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The Times — The Game — 8 January 2018

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Monday January 8 2018
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday January 8 2018
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Wenger hurting as
pathetic Arsenal go
missing in action
HENRY燱INTER
Chief燜ootball燱riter
Nottingham燜orest
Lichaj 20, 44, Brereton 64 (pen),
Dowell 85 (pen)
Arsenal
Mertesacker 23, Welbeck 79
4
2
Referee J Moss Attendance 27,182
A
s ignominy engulfed Arsenal
here, Ars鑞e Wenger
slumped forward in his seat
in his exile in the directors?
box. Wenger put his left
hand forward, gripping the
seat in front, to steady
himself. He then put his
right, begloved hand up to his head in
anguish and disbelief.
This was not the most humiliating
moment of Wenger?s 22 years at
Arsenal, given painful scorelines like
8-2 and 6-1 at Old Trafford, 6-0 at
Stamford Bridge in his 1,000th game
or failing to qualify for this season?s
Champions League, but it clearly hurt
deeply. If only it had hurt his players
as much. Some of them were a
disgrace, lacking the hunger
demonstrated by everyone in
Nottingham Forest?s colours.
The FA Cup has been the
competition that brought succour to
Wenger during the twilight of his
reign. He has won the famous trophy
three times in four years, yet here
were Arsenal going out in the third
round for the first time under him. It
was also the first time the holders
were knocked out in the third round
by lower-league foe since Liverpool
succumbed to Bolton Wanderers
(after a replay) in 1993. And this was
totally deserved.
Ably prepared by a caretaker in
Gary Brazil, the mid-table Sky Bet
Championship team were superior in
every department, as Wenger had the
grace to concede afterwards. The
managerless defeated the clueless.
Arsenal were most abject in defence
where chaos held sway. Ben Brereton
against Per Mertesacker was unfair on
so many levels, mainly speed and
mobility. It looked, and proved, a fast
18-year-old wanting to build a name
and a career against a 33-year-old
who was never quick and was now
limping towards retirement.
With Mertesacker creaking like an
ancient oak, Arsenal?s defence
descended into shambles. Rob
Holding conceded a penalty. So did
Mathieu Debuchy. Only Ainsley
Maitland-Niles at left back emerged
with any credit. Forest were expecting
a back three and wing backs, so were
delighted when Arsenal started with a
back four, as they felt it allowed
Brereton to maul Mertesacker.
Sitting close to Wenger in the Peter
Taylor Stand were Jens Lehmann, Pat
Rice and David O?Leary, three great
servants of Arsenal?s defence in
decades gone by. They would not
have permitted such wretched paucity
of concentration, communication and
commitment as witnessed here. Tony
Adams was also watching on, having
been mobbed by Forest and Arsenal
fans in the car park before kick-off.
Adams would never have allowed an
Arsenal rearguard to show this little
fight.
Martin Keown was pitchside
afterwards, giving his verdict to BT
Sport. ?Keown, Keown, what?s the
score?? sang a few Forest fans who
had stayed on. Keown would not have
tolerated the sort of pathetic marking
and challenges that characterised
some of Arsenal?s defending, starting
after 20 minutes. Kieran Dowell
addressed a free kick on the right, and
Theo Walcott and Maitland-Niles
formed a wall two yards in from the
goal-line. The rest of Wenger?s
outfield players scattered themselves
along the six-yard line, completely
ignoring Eric Lichaj as he moved
towards David Ospina on his line.
When Dowell curled the ball in
with pace, there was Lichaj proving
too sharp for Ospina, heading in from
close range, and then sliding across
the turf in celebration.
The 4,500 Arsenal fans in the lower
tier of the Bridgford Stand must have
been bemused. Where was the
organisation? Where was the
defiance? Where were the regulars?
Wenger had made nine changes as he
focused on Wednesday?s Carabao Cup
semi-final first leg against Chelsea.
Yet they still had 633 Premier League
appearances between them.
The most alarming element for
Arsenal supporters was that the most
experienced players ? Walcott,
Mertesacker, Debuchy and Mohamed
Elneny ? were the poorest, along
with Alex Iwobi. The attitude was
wrong. Youngsters like Reiss Nelson,
Joe Willock and Maitland-Niles at
least showed glimmers of promise.
Wenger tried to be too clever. He
underestimated Forest. His arrogance
extended to not even having
significant reinforcements on a bench
that comprised Matt Macey, Calum
Chambers, Jeff Reine-Ad閘a飀e,
Chuba Akpom, Josh Dasilva, Eddie
Nketiah and Jordi Osei-Tutu. Wenger
clearly believed that the starting XI
would be strong enough.
Forest were diplomatic afterwards,
playing down whether they had been
motivated by seeing an Arsenal
teamsheet that spelled out a lack of
respect to them. They also seemed
inspired by the marvellous short film
compiled by the director Jonny Owen
chronicling great moments in the
club?s history, which was shown on
the large screens before kick-off.
Forest were applauded off at the
break, and at full-time. They were so
bright and busy, brimming with ideas
and belief, taking the game to Arsenal
time and again. David Vaughan ran
midfield, giving a lesson on ballwinning, positioning and distribution
to those guests from the Premier
League. Matty Cash was lively,
combining well with Brereton.
There was a spirit to Brazil?s players
that allowed them to hit back after
Mertesacker equalised, guiding the
ball in from close range after Holding
had hit a post. When Cash crossed
from the right, Brereton flicked on
and when Holding headed clear,
Lichaj?s response from the edge of the
area was memorable.
Arsenal were too slow to react as
the American controlled the ball on
his chest. Elneny was closest but did
not respond to the danger. Iwobi
froze, seemingly almost disinterested.
Holding did respond, running towards
Lichaj, but was too late as a beautiful
volley swept over defenders and past
Ospina. If Lichaj?s first celebration
was good, his second involved a
forward roll and an even bigger smile.
?Don?t sit back,? Brazil told his
players at the interval. ?Go and get
another goal.? And they did, two
more. Brazil sent on Tyler Walker,
who has clearly inherited his father
Des?s pace. Forest kept attacking.
After 64 minutes, Holding fouled
Cash and Brereton was nerveless with
the penalty, sending Ospina the
wrong way.
Only a Forest mistake, Jordan
Smith fumbling the ball, and Danny
Welbeck pouncing, gave the holders
any hope. But Forest went for Arsenal
again. Mertesacker?s pass towards the
sluggish Walcott was picked off by the
former Arsenal player Armand
Traor�, who wove past Debuchy and
Mertesacker before being brought
down by Debuchy. Dowell took the
kick and there was a double touch as
he slipped in placing the ball past
Ospina. The goalkeeper led the
Arsenal protests but to no avail. Jon
Moss awarded the goal. Roll on VAR.
22
Years since Arsenal have
gone out in the third
round ? and the first
time under
Wenger
110
Years since Arsenal
conceded four or more
to a lower division side
in the FA Cup ? Hull
in 1908
2 199
YEARS
DAYS
Time Wenger had been
at Arsenal when
Forest?s Brereton
was born
But even with that injustice,
Arsenal did not deserve anything.
Forest lost Joe Worrall to a red card
for a foul on Akpom but even with
ten men, Brazil?s side were the better.
Arsenal?s decision to stick with
Wenger looks even more of a
catastrophic misjudgment by the
board. They are out of the title race.
They are in a dog-fight to qualify for
the Champions League. In terms of
trophies, Arsenal just have the
Carabao Cup and the Europa League
to play for. Oh, and their two most
gifted players, Mesut 謟il and Alexis
S醤chez, are running down their
contracts. It is a mess, and the only
thing that can really be said in
Wenger?s defence is that he is hurting.
RATINGS
Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): J Smith 6 ? E Lichaj
8, J Worrall 7, M Mancienne 7, A Traor� 7 ?
B Osborn 6, D Vaughan 6 ? M Cash 6 (sub:
B McKay 87min), K Dowell 7 (sub: M Mills 90+2),
Z Clough 6 (sub: T Walker 56, 7) ? B Brereton 9.
Substitutes not used S Henderson, A Vellios
A Bouchalakis, J Cummings. Booked Worrall.
Sent off Worrall.
Arsenal (4-3-3): D Ospina 6 ? M Debuchy 5 (sub:
C Akpom 87), P Mertesacker 5, R Holding 6,
A Maitland-Niles 6 ? A Iwobi 5, M Elneny 5,
J Willock 5 (sub: E Nketiah 65, 5) ? T Walcott 5,
D Welbeck 5, R Nelson 6. Substitutes not used
M Macey, C Chambers, J Reine-Ad閘a飀e,
J Dasilva, J Osei-Tutu. Booked Debuchy, Ospina,
Mertesacker, Welbeck.
Shocking爄n�
TONY
CASCARINO
I don?t know where Arsenal are as a
club. They look lost and seem to be
getting worse by the game. They
have conceded 11 goals in their past
five games and their defending
yesterday was woeful. Ars鑞e
Wenger doesn?t seem to know
whether to play three or four in
defence but whichever system he
chooses they are always so open.
They got a 2-2 draw against
Chelsea but could have lost 5-2 had
羖varo Morata taken his chances.
Wenger talked about the changes
made to his starting XI but there
were still some experienced players
in his backline including a World
Cup-winner in Per Mertesacker.
Forest took the lead from a set-piece
but I couldn?t believe I was watching
a Premier League team with the
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OLI SCARFF/AFP/GETTY
Lichaj scores the
second of his goals
with a stunning
strike after Arsenal
are slow to close
him down on the
edge of the box
THE燚RAW
Tonight, 7.10pm,
BBC Two
and BT Sport
?We爎epeated爐he爏ame�
mistakes爐hree爐imes?
STEVE燤ADELEY
Ars鑞e Wenger said that he was
hurting after his Arsenal side suffered
a meek third-round exit as he watched
on from the Nottingham Forest
directors? box.
The Arsenal manager, who was
starting a three-match touchline ban,
watched from the stands as the FA Cup
holders, who made nine changes from
their most recent Premier League
outing, were embarrassed by Forest.
The Frenchman revealed that he
?hated? being exiled from the
touchline but refused to use it as an
excuse for his side?s defeat and
admitted that they were second best to
the side from the Sky Bet
Championship.
?It hurts very much,? said Wenger,
whose side lost a third-round tie for
the first time in his 21-year tenure. ?We
won the FA Cup three times in the last
four years and will not win every year,
it?s a difficult competition to win, but it
hurts to go out in the third round.
?I knew this would be a tricky place.
We?ve played here before, and they
have strong solidarity, and are a bit in
trouble and they could sayy the
FA Cup could be an
opportunity for them
to stick together.
me
?When we came
back
it
wass
important not to
make a mistake
again and that?s
why
it?s
disappointing
because during
the game we
repeated
the
same mistakes,
ee
once, twice, three
times.
ulate
?I
congratulate
Nottingham
Forest
for
an
outstanding
hey were sharp,
sharp
performance. They
winning decisive challenges and were
dangerous going forwards and overall
they deserved to win, it is as simple as
that.?
Ben Brereton, the Forest forward
who scored the first of two penalties,
admitted that the sight of a muchchanged Arsenal team sheet led his
side to conclude that the tie was
winnable.
Wenger, though, defended his
wholesale changes before the first leg
of their Carabao Cup semi-final
against Chelsea on Wednesday.
?We had a very difficult schedule,?
Wenger said. ?Many players were on
the edge, we play on Wednesday, so it
was nearly impossible. I understand
the selection will be questioned but we
had eight or nine experienced
internationals on the pitch.
?With all the respect, we played
against a Championship team and that
would be the wrong excuse.
?I don?t like to talk about individual
performances. It is disappointing we
lost the game and that?s all I can say.
?They were better than us, we have
another big game on Wednesday and
must focus on that.?
Wenger, whose touchline ban arose
from a clash with match officials,
refused to comment on the crucial
g decisions that went
refereeing
s
against his side,
including
the
controversial
second
Forest
pena
penalty
from
Kie
Kieran
Dowell
tha
that
Arsenal
cl
claimed
the
m
midfielder had
sstruck twice.
The Arsenal
m
manager
also
p
played
down
ru
rumours
of an
imm
imminent
move
for Jonny Evans,
W Bromwich
the West
Albion and Northern
Ireland defender.
de
Wenger watched from the
th stand as his
much-changed Arsenal team were
well beaten by the Midlands side
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Lichaj
Lichaj is unmarked and onside before
heading in the Forest opening goal
defending on show. Eric Lichaj was
allowed to wander unmarked into the
six-yard box to head home Kieran
Dowell?s cross. It was so easy, so
obvious and so avoidable if Arsenal
had any sort of defensive nous and
steal about them.
Lichaj?s second was a great strike
but the ball was in the air a long time
before the defender volleyed home
without anyone closing him down.
They have had some tough calls of
late but both penalties came down to
shoddy defending. First Rob Holding
was caught on the ball in his own box
and made a lazy lunge at Matty Cash.
And the for the second we saw Forest
left-back Armand Traor� pick up a
horrible Mertesacker pass, waltz past
him and Mathieu Debuchy ?
rance
who has 27 caps for France
ck
? before the right back
brought him down
with a desperate
tackle, right. These
players have
experience and
talent, as do
Laurent Koscielny
and Shkodran
Mustafi so these
errors must come
down to the coaching.
Everton and West Ham
ut with
were shipping goals but
gers taking
tactically astute managers
over in Sam Allardyce and David
Moyes they now look more solid.
When Wenger took over he inherited
a strong defence built by George
Graham. He added to that great flair
and attacking ability. But since their
success with Sol Campbell and Kolo
Tour� they have got worse and worse
defensively and with Alexis S醤chez
and Mesut 謟il potentially on their
way out they won?t be as strong
in attack
attack.
Thi game was
This
anot
another
example of
wh Wenger?s time is
why
up Arsenal need to
up.
st again. It would
start
b great to see what
be
s
someone
like Sean
D
Dyche
could do
w this team but I
with
do
doubt
he?ll get the
chan ? they
chance
certai
certainly wouldn?t
concede goals like this with
ch
Dyche in charge.
Wenger?s side
were outfought and
an outplayed by a
side 14th in the Championship ? and
it wasn?t even that surprising.
STEVE燤ADELEY
Eric Lichaj played a starring role in a
famous Nottingham Forest victory
before revealing that he missed out on
the added bonus of a new dog.
The United States defender was the
unlikely scorer of Nottingham Forest?s
first two goals before his team-mates
rejected his requests to take one of their
two penalties, which were converted by
Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell.
A third goal, he revealed, would have
secured him a new canine companion.
?My wife said if I score a hat-trick
anytime this season I would get a dog
so I was trying to get the penalty,?
Lichaj said. ?I won?t repeat what Ben
Brereton said to me, but he told me, ?No,
sorry.? ?
Gary Brazil, the caretaker manager,
celebrated his biggest result in his third
spell in interim charge before refusing
to discuss any aspirations to take the job
permanently.
However, Forest?s academy manager
praised a side that included five
home-grown players in the starting
line-up. ?I?ve been asked to do the job
game-by-game and that?s what I?m
doing,? Brazil said.
?The club know me. There has been
lots said about the academy players but
the senior players led by example.
?The plan was adhered to well. We
filled spaces and made them go round
the outside rather than through us.
?When we had to defend one-on-one
both full backs were excellent and
Jordan [Smith] didn?t really have a save
to make.
?We asked them at half-time not to sit
back, to go and get another goal and
they did that.
?The players should go and have a
good night and relax but, more
importantly, the fans should enjoy the
occasion and hopefully remember it for
a long time.
?I knew it would be a different
Arsenal team but whatever team
Arsenal put out you know it will be
talented, with possession, and if you let
them have the game they want you?ll
get hurt.?
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday January 8 2018
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HEADER ..................... �t�n
JUMP ..................................... �t
McCoulsky leaps high to
dump out scrappy Leeds
GRAHAM燭HOMAS
Newport燙ounty
Shaughnessy (og) 76, McCoulsky 89
Leeds燯nited�
Berardi 9
2
1
Referee M Dean Attendance 6,887
S
hawn McCoulsky had
dreamt about a 21st birthday
present to remember, but he
would have done well to
improve on the gift he
delivered for Newport
County as his winning goal
deservedly knocked Leeds
United out of the FA Cup.
The striker ? on loan to the Welsh
club from Bristol City after spells at
Dulwich Hamlet, Walton Casuals,
Weston-super-Mare, Torquay United
and Bath City ? came off the bench
to score a 89th-minute winner to put
Newport into the fourth round for the
first time since 1979. It was no more
than the League Two club deserved
against Championship opponents
who rested nine players and found
themselves facing a determined
side on a hard and bumpy playing
surface.
By the end, Leeds were sufficiently
frayed at the edges that it was no
surprise that they had Samuel S醝z, a
substitute, sent off in stoppage time
by Mike Dean, the referee, for spitting
at an opponent.
Leeds had led for more than an
hour thanks to a goal from their
captain, Gaetano Berardi, the Swiss
midfielder?s first in professional
football after 102 matches for the club.
But Newport always appeared
capable of scoring and deservedly
drew level when Conor Shaughnessy
turned a Frank Nouble cross into his
own goal in the 76th minute.
Shaughnessy?s error came because
he was unsettled by McCoulsky?s
presence behind him. The Newport
substitute, who turned 21 on Saturday,
had energised his team when he came
on in the 69th minute. It was a
shrewd move by Mike Flynn, the
Newport manager, to hold his team?s
Did they take the cup seriously?
Team changes from last league match
Aston Villa
Arsenal
Bournemouth
Chelsea
Huddersfield Town
Leicester
Brentford
Tottenham Hotspur
Reading
Bristol City
Bolton
Millwall
Sheffield United
Wolves
Swansea City
Preston North End
Liverpool
Derby County
Blackburn
MK Dons
Ipswich Town
Sunderland
Cardiff
Fulham
Yeovil Town
Everton
Manchester United
Hull City
Stoke City
WBA
Manchester City
10
9
9
9
8
8
8
8
7
7
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
Defeat
Win
Burnley
Newcastle United
Bradford City
West Ham United
AFC Wimbledon
Rochdale
Middlesbrough
Sheffield Wednesday
Watford
Wycombe
Barnsley
Peterborough
Doncaster
Fleetwood Town
Carlisle
Coventry City
Exeter
Southampton
Luton Town
Stevenage
Leeds United
Shrewsbury Town
Nottingham Forest
QPR
Wigan
Notts County
Norwich
Birmingham
Burton
Mansfield Town
Newport County
Draw
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
leading scorer back until the later
stages ? and an even shrewder one
to introduce him when he did.
The late birthday reward finally
came when McCoulsky escaped his
markers at a corner to head home the
winner.
?It was a brilliant, brilliant feeling to
get that goal,? McCoulsky said. ?The
gaffer told me to go on and try to
affect the game as much as I could. It
was my birthday on Saturday, so this
was a belated present to myself.
?I can?t remember much about the
goal, but it is one of the best I?ve ever
scored. To kick Leeds out of the FA
Cup is what dreams are made of. Now
we?d like one of the big teams ? a
Manchester United or Chelsea.?
The victory was a triumph for
Flynn, the former Newport midfielder
who took charge at Rodney Parade in
March of last year and proved his
worth by guiding them to safety in
League Two despite being 11 points
adrift when he took over.
Flynn?s team had lost 5-1 away to
Leeds in the Carabao Cup this season,
but this time they were far more
assertive and with more composure
Monday January 8 2018 | the times
THE燝AME | 5
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ANDREW LEWIS/FROZEN IN MOTION/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Spurs need Kane to bail them
out even against Wimbledon
GARY燡ACOB
Tottenham燞otspur
Kane 63, 65, Vertonghen 71
AFC燱imbledon
3
0
Referee D Coote Attendance 47,527
M
McCoulsky leaps
high above Leeds?
Mateusz Klich to
send Newport into
the FA Cup fourth
round for the first
time since 1979
they would have levelled sooner.
?This is a much better feeling than
winning the last game of last season
to stay in League Two,? Flynn said. ?I
don?t want to be winning relegation
battles, I want to be winning FA Cup
ties against teams like Leeds and be at
the right end of the table.
?We had to keep our composure.
We did that and caused them some
problems with crosses into the box.
They made a lot of changes for this
game, but they still had a lot of
quality players out there earning good
money.?
Thomas Christiansen, the Leeds
manager, said that his team had
deserved little more than their defeat,
but refused to concede that his
decision to make so many changes
was the decisive factor.
?We expected more and even
though I made changes it should have
been enough to pass through to the
fourth round,? he said. ?Against
Burnley I made ten changes and it
was the perfect performance. Against
Leicester I made ten changes and we
did very well so why not today?
?They know what the FA Cup
means. If they don?t know what it
means they aren?t in the right job.?
Christiansen claimed that he had
not seen the alleged spitting incident
involving S醝z but defended his player
and added: ?If it is right why he got
the red card it?s a problem, but I
believe that he didn?t do it.?
Leeds went ahead when Newport
failed to adequately clear their lines
and the ball fell invitingly to Berardi.
The Leeds captain hit a crisp low shot
from 25 yards which appeared to
deceive Joe Day, the Newport
goalkeeper, as it took a slight
deflection through a crowd of players.
Newport were undaunted, however,
and set about seeking an equaliser
with some neat approach work.
McCoulsky added energy and it was
his presence that worried
Shaughnessy sufficiently that the
Irish defender deflected Nouble?s
cross past Andy Lonergan for the
equaliser. Newport?s belief grew
visibly and when McCoulsky made a
determined effort to reach Robbie
Willmott?s corner, it was no more
than they deserved.
For Flynn, this evening will be
spent waiting for the fourth-round
draw and the hope that his club draw
Liverpool, the team he supported as a
boy.
?I hope we get some luck with the
draw and get one of the big boys away
because it will be big for this football
club,? he said.
?It?s going to be tough for any club
coming here because shocks can
happen and I am sure there will be
plenty more shocks.?
Newport County (4-4-2): J Day 7 ? D Pipe 7, B White
6, M Demetriou 7, D Butler 7 ? S Bennett 6, J Labadie
7, R Willmott 8 (sub: M O?Brien 90min), M Dolan 7
(sub: S McCoulsky 69, 8) ? F Nouble 8, P Amond 7
(sub: P Hayes 86). Substitutes not used J Bittner,
B Tozer, T Reid, J Sheehan. Booked McCoulsky.
Leeds United (4-3-1-2): A Lonergan 6 ? V Anita 6,
C Shaughnessy 6, G Berardi 7, C Borthwick-Jackson 5
(sub: L Cooper 60, 6) ? M Klich 6, K Phillips 6,
P Cibicki 6 ? H Sacko 5 ? P-M Lasogga 5, J-R Grot 7
(sub: S S醝z 75). Substitutes not used B PeacockFarrell, L Kitching, T Pearce, O Rey, J Clarke. Booked
Berardi, Grot. Sent off S醝z.
auricio Pochettino had
already sent on Son
Heung-min to try to
break the deadlock when
he ordered Dele Alli to
get ready for action. By
the time Alli had taken
off his Tottenham
Hotspur tracksuit Harry Kane
bundled the ball over the line and as
the midfielder walked to the
touchline, the striker made the most
of a deflected shot to help himself to a
second goal.
Alli could have returned to his seat
and avoided boos from 7,700
travelling Wimbledon fans directed at
him for being a former MK Dons
player. The midfielder came on to
see Jan Vertonghen rifle a third goal
into the top corner to finally shatter
the dreams of the Sky Bet League
One side. Earlier, Wimbledon
caused several alarms and
forced Michel Vorm to turn
efforts on to the woodwork as
well as the roof of
the net before
eventually tiring
under their
endeavours.
On the weekend that Philippe
Coutinho got his desired move
from Liverpool to Barcelona,
Pochettino conceded he
was powerless to stop
Kane from leaving
Tottenham if ever
the striker wanted
to. Pochettino said
Tottenham should
not be complacent
despite Kane being
developed through
the club?s academy.
?Coutinho shows
how difficult it is to keep players,
Liverpool is one of biggest clubs in the
world, and he wants to leave,?
Pochettino said. ?Harry is so special
because he loves Tottenham. But we
need to be clever how we manage
him. The player needs to choose to
stay here, you cannot force the player
to stay. Our choice is to try to work
together and achieve everything we
want. The present at Tottenham, the
future, the project is so exciting and
we hope that together we spend a lot
of time here and try to win trophies
and achieve what we want.?
Tottenham have not won any
silverware since triumphing in the
2008 League Cup final, and
Pochettino has often contradicted
himself when asked about the
importance of the cup competitions,
arguing that the Premier League and
Champions League are higher
priorities than winning a trophy.
Kane may see things differently,
especially with Manchester City
seemingly walking away with the title.
?I told him only a few special players
can spend their whole career at
one club,? he said. ?Harry is
this type of a player who
can stay his whole career at
Tottenham because he loves
T
Tottenham. But in football you
cannot be sure. It is today,
the present. Tomorrow
and after tomorrow you
need to doubt. That is
why
w it is so important to
work
together and try to
w
achieve
all that you want.
a
?Look what happened
with
w Cristiano Ronaldo in
Manchester United,
Zin閐ine Zidane at
Z
Juventus,
Lu韘 Figo at
J
Barcelona. It was so tough
to keep your player if the
player
turns the mind and
p
wants
to leave.?
w
Pochettino made eight
changes to the XI that drew
with West Ham United at
Wembley
on Thursday, which
W
Kane adds another
goal to his season?s
tally at the expense
of Wimbledon
surprisingly did not include resting
Kane despite 30 previous appearances
for club and country this season.
Perhaps Pochettino thought that
his record-breaking marksman
needed a run-out following illness
and looking flat on Thursday. What
Kane got was shooting practice to
take his tally to 30 goals this season.
He blazed over from Fernando
Llorente?s deft touch, cut inside to
drill wide and forced a save from
George Long in little more than half
an hour. Kane then turned provider
and threaded a pass for 蓃ik Lamela,
who tried to delay his shot and make
the goalkeeper commit. Long was not
fooled and pushed the ball wide of his
left post, having earlier palmed away
a drive from Lamela.
Wimbledon sat back as expected
and troubled Tottenham at set pieces
and on the break. Vorm flapped
following a corner and Mousa
Demb閘�, who has rejected interest
from AC Milan and Inter Milan
because he wants to stay in London,
nipped in just in time before Darius
Charles attempted to shoot in the first
half. Vertonghen made a fine sliding
challenge to block George Francomb?s
effort on goal and the ball fell loose
for Lyle Taylor. He laid it back for
Jimmy Abdou to curl from distance
and Vorm dived to his left but only
managed to turn the ball on to the
bar before recovering to deny Liam
Trotter from the rebound. Vorm then
tipped a header from Jonathan
Meades on to the net after the restart
but Wimbledon?s adventure was
ended by Kane.
Neal Ardley, their manager, said: ?I
did make a joke at half-time that just
as you get tired they?ll bring on the
big guns. We had a few half-chances
and did the club proud.?
RAT INGS
Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-1-2): M Vorm 6 ?
K Trippier 6, J Foyth 6, J Vertonghen 7,
K Walker-Peters 6 ? M Sissoko 5 (sub: D Alli 66min,
5), V Wanyama 5, M Demb閘� 5 ?
� Lamela 6 ? H Kane 7 (sub: G-K Nkoudou 78),
F Llorente 5 (sub: Son Heung-min 59, 5). Substitutes
not used H Lloris, E Dier, C Eriksen, B Davies.
Booked Wanyama.
AFC Wimbledon (4-5-1) G Long 6 ? B Fuller 6,
D Oshilaja 6, D Charles 6, J Meades 6 ?
G Francomb 6, L Trotter 5, J Abdou 6 (sub:
C McDonald 70, 5), T Soares 5 (sub: A Hartigan 79),
A Barcham 5 (sub: H Forrester 70, 5) ?
L Taylor 6. Substitutes not used J McDonnell,
W Nightingale, E Kaja, C Kennedy.
TONY燙ASCARINO燭HE燱EEKEND燭ALKING燩OINTS
Stoke爄n爎eal爐rouble Don?t爎ush爐o爏pend�
Rows爏how燩ep爌ower
I think a complacency set in under
Mark Hughes at Stoke City. Having
played against such a strong
character it was surprising to see and
hear certain things happening. He
had players like Peter Crouch and
others travelling up from London,
the club sold players both of star
quality ? Marko Arnautovic ? and
reliability ? Phil Bardsley. Most of
the signings in the past two years
have failed to impress. Giannelli
Imbula (� million), Kevin Wimmer
(� million) and Saido Berahino
(� million) have been so poor and
others haven?t been much better.
Drastic change is needed but I?m not
sure any new manager will be able to
stop Stoke from getting relegated.
All the recent comments between
Jos� Mourinho, Antonio Conte and
Ars鑞e Wenger have been pretty
poor and below the belt. As well as
showing bad taste on their part it
also illustrates that Pep Guardiola is
in his invincible period. He is top of
the table, and popular, while the
others are fighting it out with each
other. It reminds me of when Sir
Alex Ferguson had his tribe of fellow
managers who would back him up
while seeking to rile rivals like
Wenger and Rafa Ben韙ez. Sam
Allardyce, Steve Bruce, Peter Reid,
David Moyes ? they were all Team
Fergie. Guardiola is heading towards
a similar position while the others
are making enemies at every turn.
Liverpool might have lost their star
player but they have done good
business. They signed Alex OxladeChamberlain in the summer and
sealed a deal for Naby Ke飔a in
advance of Philippe Coutinho?s
departure. I don?t think there should
be this pressure to immediately go
out and spend just because they have
sold a player for more than
�0 million. With the likes of
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam
Lallana, and stars such as Mohamed
Salah, they can cope with Coutinho?s
loss until the summer and plan
signings more astutely. There is no
straight replacement for him so they
shouldn?t pay over the odds for
players who are not as good.
6
| THE燝AME
the times | Monday January 8 2018
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We were terrible, admits Hart
PAUL燡OYCE
Shrewsbury燭own
0
West燞am燯nited
0
Referee P Tierney Attendance 9,535
D
avid Moyes saw Josh Cullen
taken to hospital after
receiving a kick to his
mouth, although the
overriding issue for the
West Ham United manager
was more that his team
were rendered toothless.
West Ham mustered four touches
in Shrewsbury Town?s penalty area
and had Jon Nolan not cleared the
crossbar in the 87th minute, would
have suffered defeat to the Sky Bet
League One side.
Perhaps the only visiting player
who departed happy was Joe Hart. He
received a warm ovation upon his
return to his hometown club, for
whom he made 58 appearances, and
the stalemate means that he should
be assured of another appearance in
the replay at the London Stadium.
Hart made important saves from
Mat Sadler and Alex Rodman in the
opening half, having first been forced
to borrow a hat from a West Ham
supporter behind his goal to block out
the sunlight too.
?We have one in the kit van but
Aaron Cresswell?s hair is that bad that
apparently last game he took it and
he is rocking the Umbro cap,? said
Hart, who was making only his
second appearance since being
dropped at the start of last month.
?I didn?t have one available so
someone in the West Ham end very
kindly lent me one. I would have
taken a hat, sunglasses all sorts, I
couldn?t see a thing.
?Someone threw one on and I was
grateful for that. It was a fun game
and Shrewsbury were the better
team. They played well and we
were terrible today. It is going to
be a tough replay.?
Shrewsbury, second in their
division, showed good touches
and a strong work ethic to
ensure that West Ham were never
allowed to settle, but if their manager
Paul Hurst has a regret it was that
Nolan could not convert their clearest
opening. Max Lowe, a substitute, cut
a ball back after Cullen, who lost two
teeth after being caught by Abu
Ogogo, tried to run the ball out of
play, but the home midfielder spurned
his shot at glory.
?It sounds silly but we?ve had
tougher games and that?s why I
thought it was there to be won,? Hurst
said. ?We can?t be too disappointed.
I?m sure the chairman will be happy.
He spoke about a replay a while ago
and has got his wish.?
West Ham?s recent relationship
with the FA Cup is a tale of woe,
having been eliminated at this stage
in five of the past eight seasons, and
little in their approach suggested they
were about to reverse that trend.
Javier Hern醤dez and Andre Ayew
Hart made some
important saves
after borrowing a
cap from a West
Ham supporter
to block out the
sunlight
complained every time they received
the slightest contact and an
unwillingness to compete afflicted
their performance in the first half
especially. ?I am pleased to still be
in the cup,? Moyes said. ?We had
hardly any attempts at all. I don?t
think we showed any quality and the
biggest thing for me was that we
didn?t show enough steel. When you
come to these places you have to
show you can physically battle and
compete, and I didn?t think we did
that.
?I would like to put it down to
playing Tuesday and Thursday and
this maybe not getting everyone quite
as high as those games.
?If you compare Wembley on
Thursday night to here, there is a big
change but that is a mentality thing.
You have to recognise and respect
whatever players you are up against,
whether Tottenham or Shrewsbury,
and for the first half we didn?t
compete at all.?
One of Moyes? darkest nights as a
manager came when his Everton side
lost to Shrewsbury at their old Gay
Meadow ground in the third round 15
years ago. He will be thankful that
there was no repeat.
R ATING S
Shrewsbury Town (4-1-4-1): D Henderson 6 ?
J Bolton 7, A Nsiala 7, M Sadler 7, O Beckles 7 ?
B Godfrey 7 ? S Whalley 6 (sub: A Gnahoua
88min), J Nolan 6, A Ogogo 6, A Rodman 7 (sub:
M Lowe 76) ? C Morris 6 (sub: S Payne 82).
Substitutes not used C MacGillivray, L Dodds,
L John-Lewis, B Morris.
West Ham United (4-4-1-1): J Hart 7 ? R Burke 6,
W Reid 6 (D Quina 86), A Ogbonna 6, D Rice 6 ?
J Cullen 7, P Obiang 5, C Kouyat� 5, A Masuaku 5
? A Ayew 4, J Hern醤dez 4 (sub: T Mart韓ez 71).
Substitutes not used Adri醤, S Haksabanovic,
M Samuelsen, V Neufville, M Makasi.
Bennell爐rial爐o�
start爐oday
The trial is due to start today of a
former youth football coach who is
charged with 55 historical sex offences
against boys (Martyn Ziegler writes).
Barry Bennell, 63, a former youth
team coach at Crewe Alexandra, also
worked at Manchester City, Stoke City
and junior teams across the North
West. His case is due to be heard at
Liverpool crown court.
Bennell, of no fixed address, is
charged with 42 counts of indecent
assault, 11 counts of buggery and two
counts of attempted buggery. He is
alleged to have abused 12 boys
between 1979 and 1991. The complainants were aged between 8 and 15 at the
time the offences were alleged to have
been committed.
Beardsley爁aces�
bullying燼llegations
Newcastle United officials are to meet
Peter Beardsley today to discuss allegations of racial abuse and bullying
that have been levelled against the
club?s academy under-23 manager.
Beardsley is under investigation by
the club after Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, 22,
the winger, accused the former
England forward of bullying.
The Daily Mail has reported that a
number of Newcastle?s African players
have made allegations of racial abuse
against Beardsley, 56. He will be represented by the PFA at his meeting with
Lee Charnley, the chief executive, and
Steve Swinyard, the head of safeguarding. Newcastle declined to comment
last night.
Monday January 8 2018 | the times
Hughes hurt
by flops and
glass ceiling
STEVE燤ADELEY
M
ark Hughes was sacked
by Stoke City on
Saturday evening to the
sound of an angry mob in
Coventry. It was not
always that way. A little
more than two years ago,
Hughes was overseeing
?Stoke-alona?, a team who a majority
of supporters would acknowledge as
the club?s most attractive in several
generations.
Yet since those heady days, which
culminated in victories over
Manchester City and Manchester
United in December 2015, horrid
recruitment and the Premier League?s
demoralising glass ceiling have
brought about an alarming decline,
ending in the Welshman?s inevitable
departure after the 2-1 FA Cup defeat
by Coventry City, of League Two.
While there was little outright love
for Hughes in the Potteries, there was
affection and respect for the football
that he delivered in his first two and a
half years. Having taken over from
Tony Pulis in the summer of 2013,
Hughes set about transforming the
playing style that had allowed Pulis to
deliver Championship promotion and
Premier League sustainability but had
limited his side?s ability to aim higher.
In his first season in charge, a
ninth-place finish eclipsed anything
that Pulis had achieved in the league
and, in the next two campaigns, his
side proved it was no flash in the pan
as they managed ninth twice more.
It culminated in that memorable
month in late 2015, when Hughes
deployed Marko Arnautovic, Xherdan
Shaqiri and Bojan Krkic as his front
three. The then-Britannia Stadium,
which had revelled in Pulis?s bloodand-thunder approach, was being
wowed by a different style of football.
Just a month later, however, came
the fixture in which many fans
THE燝AME | 7
2G G
believe the bubble burst, when they
bowed out of the League Cup
semi-finals, on penalties, to Liverpool.
Having built his reputation on a
progressive style of play, Hughes
continued to shop in the ?fantasy
football? market but too many of his
big-money transfers failed to hit the
mark. Giannelli Imbula epitomised
the problem, arriving from Porto for a
club-record �.3 million but
struggling badly to find his feet.
This season, expensive recruits at
the back ? including � million for
Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham ?
have resulted in the league?s worst
defensive record. Equally damaging
was Hughes?s failure to unearth a
regular goalscorer. The � million
spent on Saido Berahino was,
perhaps, the fatal recruitment error.
Hughes hit the same problem so
many managers outside the Premier
League?s established top six have
found to their cost: a top-half finish is
tough enough, but improving on it is
nigh on impossible. Leicester City?s
fairytale title in 2016 raised
expectations among all fans, but the
bigger clubs? grip on trophies and
European places is as tight as ever.
There were notable successes for
Hughes. Shaqiri?s � million arrival
has largely proven successful; Joe
Allen, a � million recruit, has looked
a thoroughbred even during the club?s
depressing decline; and he made a
� million profit on Arnautovic. But
as big dressing-room characters such
as Rory Delap, Robert Huth, Jon
Walters and Glenn Whelan were
moved on, Hughes needed their more
flamboyant replacements to rise to
the challenge. When they failed to do
so, he turned back to his dwindling
band of old stagers and found that his
team?s identity had been diluted.
Hughes and his players were booed
as they left the Ricoh Arena on
Saturday. A few hours later, a onceexciting experience was brought to a
sad conclusion.
CARL RECINE/REUTERS
?I want garlic
bread if I keep
a clean sheet?
Hughes, left, took
Stoke to a new
level but, like Pulis,
he then saw their
progress stagnate
MIKE燱HALLEY
Coventry燙ity
Willis 24, Grimmer 68
Stoke燙ity
Adam (pen) 54
2
1
Referee M Atkinson Attendance 14,199
C
oventry City are a club in
constant turmoil but on
Saturday they gave their longsuffering supporters a glimpse of
how a brighter future may look.
Jordan Willis and Jack Grimmer,
two talented members of Mark
Robins?s promotion-chasing League
Two side, scored the goals that
claimed the scalp of Stoke City in the
FA Cup third round.
The off-field issues that have
created a decade of decline for
Coventry remain, but the celebrations
that greeted the final whistle showed
that supporters will take a moment of
joy wherever they can get it.
?It?s a massive boost for the fans,?
Willis, one of many first-team players
who graduated from Coventry?s
academy, said. ?It?s massive for the
players as well. We?ve got to look at
this result and carry it on in the
league now with the same mentality
and get ourselves promoted as well.?
It was a victory that had all the
ingredients of a classic upset. There
0
Leicester燙ity
0
Referee S Hooper Attendance 5,001
C
200
Games Mark Hughes oversaw
as Stoke manager. He won 71
and drew 48, but was beaten
81 times. He lost six of his final
eight games, winning one
and drawing the other
Rowett爄s燬toke?s爌rime爐arget
Stoke City will attempt to lure Gary
Rowett from Derby County to replace
Mark Hughes as their manager (Steve
Madeley writes).
Hughes was sacked on Saturday
after his side?s 2-1 FA Cup defeat by
League Two side Coventry City, ending his reign after four and a half years.
Stoke?s owners, the Coates family,
have made Rowett their prime target
despite the challenges of prising him
from Pride Park, where he has
established Derby as serious contenders for promotion to the Premier
League.
Martin O?Neill, the Ireland manager, is considered a handy alternative
candidate, potentially on a short-term
deal given that his national side do not
have a competitive fixture until next
season. But they view Rowett, whose
managerial star is on the rise, as a
sounder long-term bet. Rowett,
however, is a former Derby player
and hugely popular among the
supporters.
The Stoke chairman Peter Coates,
his son John and his daughter Denise
favour a manager with experience of
English football. Ronald Koeman,
the former Everton manager and the
man with the most eye-catching CV
among out-of-work former Premier
League managers, is not believed to be
a leading contender.
Stoke hope to have a new manager
in place by the time they travel to face
Manchester United in the Premier
League next Monday after sacking
Hughes just hours after his 200th
game in charge ended in defeat. His
side had collected just four points from
their previous seven Premier League
games and are in the relegation zone.
Willis believes upset can help Coventry to promotion
STEVE燤ADELEY
Fleetwood燭own
was an in-form League Two team
against a Premier League side in
crisis, two former Manchester United
team-mates in opposing dugouts and
a rutted pitch that few Stoke players
had seen the like of before.
Coventry held their own for much
of the first half despite their more
exalted opponents dominating
possession, and they led in the 24th
minute when Jordan Maguire-Drew?s
corner was headed back across goal
and Willis nodded home.
Embarrassment for Stoke looked to
have been averted when Willis
tripped Ramadan Sobhi in the 54th
minute and Charlie Adam equalised
from the penalty spot.
Coventry had other ideas, however,
and Grimmer strode forward with 22
minutes remaining and let fly with a
20-yard effort that beat Jack Butland.
?Fortunately it snuck in the bottom
corner,? Grimmer said. ?It took me a
couple of moments to realise it was in.
If a photographer got my first initial
reaction he would see pure surprise. It
is an incredible feeling.?
R ATING S
Coventry City (4-4-2): L O?Brien 6 ? J Grimmer 7,
J Willis 8, T Davies 7, C Stokes 6 ? J MaguireDrew 7 (sub: B Stevenson 63min, 6), T Bayliss 7,
M Doyle 6, J Shipley 6 (sub: R Haynes 84) ?
M McNulty 7, M Biamou 6. Substitutes not used
L Burge, D Hyam, C Maycock, K Finn, J Ponticelli.
Stoke City (3-5-2): J Butland 6 ? G Cameron 5
(sub: P Crouch 52, 6), K Zouma 5, K Wimmer 5 ?
T Edwards 5, S Ireland 5 (sub: E Choupo-Moting
73), J Allen 6, C Adam 5 (sub: X Shaqiri 75),
R Sobhi 7 ? M Diouf 5, S Berahino 3.
Substitutes not used L Grant, I Afellay,
D Fletcher, H Souttar.
Booked Ireland, Allen.
hris Neal won a year?s supply of
pizza for keeping a clean sheet
against Leicester City in the FA
Cup, and wants garlic bread to
go with it if he repeats the feat
in the replay a week tomorrow.
The Fleetwood Town goalkeeper
did not have to work too hard on
Saturday for his prize, promised by a
club sponsor, with the visitors not
managing a shot on target.
Neal and his team-mates are likely
to find life more difficult at the King
Power Stadium next week, especially
if Jamie Vardy, the former Fleetwood
striker, recovers from the groin injury
that kept him out of the tie.
Yet the Sky Bet League One side
can travel to Leicester with
confidence after they came close to a
win at Highbury Stadium. Ashley
Hunter?s deflected shot hit the post in
the final minute and they were the
better side in the second half.
Neal suggested that the return to
fitness of Vardy, who watched
Saturday?s game from an executive
box, may not guarantee Leicester
victory at the second attempt.
?Can we keep a clean sheet against
him? Definitely,? Neal said. ?We?ve
shown what we can do as a defence.
Neal, though, would like to know if
the pizza company that supplies
Fleetwood will be offering any more
prizes for a clean sheet in the replay.
?I should ask for garlic bread and
some sides as well,? he said.
Saturday?s match was Fleetwood?s
first competitive game against
Premier League opposition after
winning six promotions in the past 13
years.
Andy Pilley, the utilities broker who
owns the club, has invested heavily,
but has stressed that they need to be
sustainable. For that reason, Devante
Cole, the striker and son of Andy
Cole, and Amari?i Bell, the left back,
may be sold before the replay.
Uwe Rosler, the Fleetwood head
coach, said: ?My job here is not to win
promotion. It is to develop and create
players to be sold on. And to win
football games. But our target this
season is not promotion.
?I am planning without Amari?i
come the end of January. We have
had bids in for Devante and the way
he played against Leicester, it?s going
to be difficult to keep him. Last
summer, four players went out of
contract and left us for nothing. That
will not happen this season.?
RATI NGS
Fleetwood Town (4-3-3): C Neal 6 ? L Coyle 6,
C Bolger 7, A Eastham 6 (sub: N Pond 15min, 7),
A Bell 7 ? M Schwabl 8, G Glendon 7, K Dempsey
7 ? W Burns 7 (sub: C McAleny 69, 6), D Cole 6,
A Hunter 7. Substitutes not used A Cairns,
G Jones, H Biggins, J Sowerby, J Hiwula.
Leicester City (4-2-3-1): E Jakupovic 6 ?
D Amartey 6, A Dragovic 6, Y Benalouane 6,
B Chilwell 6 ? M James 6, A King 6 ? D Gray 6,
A Silva 5 (sub: S Okazaki 57, 5), H Barnes 7 (sub:
M Albrighton 57, 5) ? I Slimani 5 (sub:
K Iheanacho 80). Substitutes not used B Hamer,
H Maguire, H Choudhury, W Ndidi.
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday January 8 2018
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Klopp?s challenge to
make Coutinho sale
work for Liverpool
PAUL燡OYCE
Northern燜ootball燙orrespondent
P
hilippe Coutinho?s departure
to Barcelona was supposed
to end all of the uncertainty.
A line would be drawn
under the saga ? one that
has rumbled on for the past
year as the Catalans set
about turning the Brazilian?s
head and enticing him from Liverpool
? and then there would, at least, be
clarity.
And yet, in so many respects, the
doubts are only just beginning.
J黵gen Klopp holds the
unshakeable belief that Liverpool are
strong enough to absorb the
departure of ?O Magico?. He has faith
in the squad that he has carefully
pieced together and he can say out
loud that they will not get distracted
as they pursue a place in the top four
and contemplate the renewal of a
Champions League adventure.
But he cannot be sure that
Liverpool will not stutter in a way in
which they might not had Coutinho
been told that he would be remaining
at Anfield until the summer.
Allowing Coutinho to leave now
constitutes the biggest risk of his
managerial career. This is his greatest
gamble, one which will be played out
in the coming months ? and next
season. In essence, Klopp has said
that Liverpool will have a better
chance of winning the league in the
next two seasons by selling Coutinho
and then recruiting the players he
wants. His reputation and credibility
are suddenly on the line, and so is
that of Fenway Sports Group (FSG),
the owner.
If Liverpool find themselves with a
free kick 22 yards out and a little left
of centre on Sunday ? against, of all
teams, Manchester City ? then the
player who they would arguably want
standing over the ball will instead be
preparing to face Real Sociedad,
providing his thigh problem has
cleared up of course.
When they face Porto in the last 16
of the Champions League next month
in need of a sprinkling of stardust,
Klopp will hope that he is not left
wanting. Liverpool?s rivals, at home
and abroad, have just received a shot
in the arm.
Klopp?s judgment, and that of FSG,
will now come under scrutiny from
supporters like never before and at
regular intervals ? the City game, a
team against whom Coutinho always
did well; the end of the transfer
window, as the wait begins to see
whether any of the �2 million fee
has been reinvested; and then the
fixtures when opponents will retreat
into a defensive shell and set
Liverpool the task that they have not
always mastered in the past.
The most pertinent question
remains ?Why now?? ? and crucial
to it all has been Coutinho?s desire to
play elsewhere. He did not want to be
at Liverpool any more and, in truth,
he has not wanted to be at Liverpool
all season. His dream, like most South
Americans, has been to play at
Barcelona [or Real Madrid] and the
only way for supporters not to feel let
down is for the club not to buy
players from that part of the world.
It has become clear in recent weeks
that whatever temptations Liverpool
were prepared to throw Coutinho?s
way in an effort to keep him until the
summer were not going to work.
Fundamentally this has not been
about money and so promising to
improve his pay packet in the
short term was unlikely to work.
Neither were Barcelona prepared to
put off the deal for five months and
sign him at a reduced rate as was
suggested during club-to-club talks.
Coutinho may not be able to play in
the Champions League for his new
club, but his presence in La Liga will
ease the burden on others thus giving
Ernesto Valverde?s side a better
chance of clambering back to the
summit of European football.
Coutinho?s professionalism has not
been in doubt since he was denied his
move in August ? he excelled in
December especially, scoring seven
goals ? but a fresh injury coincided
with the opening of the transfer
window again.
Whether he would have been as
committed if denied the switch for a
second successive transfer window
would have been a concern for
Liverpool and, as the numbers from
Barcelona spiralled towards the third
most expensive transfer of all time,
they decided not to wait to find out.
Player pushes to go, FSG strikes the
perception ? fuelled by eight of the
eleven most expensive transfers in
history (if you count Kylian Mbapp�s
move to Paris Saint-Germain) having
taken place in the past 18 months ?
that we are living in some kind of
crazy, inflationary bubble. In fact,
transfer spending has risen more
slowly than revenue over the past
five seasons.
And when you consider the
profound knock-on effect that a
single transfer ? Neymar?s departure
from Barcelona for �9 million ?
has had in circulating money and
inflating total transfer spend numbers
around European football, the notion
is only reinforced. Arguably, the
Neymar move ? which, lest we
forget, was rather extraneous to
market forces and could yet be
punished by Uefa for violating
financial fair play regulations ? led
directly to a whole series of moves,
from Ousmane Demb閘� (� million)
to Coutinho to Virgil van Dijk
(� million) to Andriy Yarmolenko
(�.5 million) to whomever
Southampton and Dynamo Kiev buy
with the fees received for the latter
two. And so on. Think of it as
football?s version of quantitative
easing: an injection of cash jumpstarting a recirculation of money. All
this points to the fact that transfer
fees, far from being ?crazy?, are
catching up to where they should be,
given the game?s revenues at the top.
That said, the question of whether
Coutinho at this price makes sense for
Barcelona remains. The club feel that
he will eventually be the natural
successor to Andr閟 Iniesta, who
turns 34 in May. Like Iniesta in his
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The FA investigation into Mason
Holgate?s claims that he was racially
abused by the Liverpool striker
Roberto Firmino could take weeks.
The flashpoint overshadowed
Liverpool?s FA Cup third-round
victory over Everton on Friday.
Holgate?s allegation that he was
abused by Firmino was included in
the referee Bobby Madley?s report to
the FA. Madley was on hand as the
incident erupted but the
microphone he used to liaise with
his assistants does not record.
In the Luis Su醨ez case, it was a
month after the incident involving
Manchester United?s Patrice Evra
that he was charged with racial
abuse, and another month before he
was banned for eight matches.
deal with Barcelona and Klopp signs
it off. It is a simple equation. At
�2 million, Coutinho gives Liverpool
a gargantuan profit on the
�5 million that they paid Inter Milan
for him four years ago. Only
Neymar?s move from Barcelona to
Paris Saint-Germain for �8 million
and Kylian Mbapp�s move from
Monaco to PSG, which will become a
permanent �6 milllion deal at the
end of the season, surpass the fee that
Liverpool are receiving.
Yet it is only a good fee if the
proceeds are spent well. Klopp will
not want to bring in a body for the
sake of it. Liverpool will want
someone who can play in the middle
and, ideally, they will look to persuade
RB Leipzig to allow Naby Ke飔a to
bring forward his July 1 move.
The astronomical figures that
Liverpool were willing to pay
Coutinho in the short term could now
be dangled in front of the Germans,
although they have restated that the
younger iterations, Coutinho can play
in a front three or in the hole or in
midfield, giving you a wide range of
tactical solutions.
True, Coutinho is cup-tied in
the Champions League and they
don?t necessarily need him to
win La Liga, where they are
nine points clear at the top
of the table. But his
presence will enable the
club to keep Iniesta fresh
for the Champions
League knockout rounds
while giving Coutinho
time to bed in at
the club.
The question is
whether those benefits
justify not just Coutinho?s fee, but the
premium that they paid to sign him
this month. And here things get a
little bit murky and difficult to
quantify. One line spun by folks close
to the club is that, come the summer,
Coutinho may have ended up being
a key figure in a World Cupwinning Brazil side and that
would
have driven his price up.
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That?s one way to look at it, but
even when you factor in those
risks, it seems excessive.
His arrival also raises the
more interesting issue of
how Ernesto Valverde,
Barcelona?s
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uch has been debated
about Liverpool?s decision
to sell Philippe Coutinho
this month. But there is
almost as much room to
question the wisdom of
Barcelona sanctioning a
move that, with add-ons,
will likely cost �2 million (and
possibly �2 million).
Deciding what an appropriate price
for a footballer might be is obviously
a fuzzy, inexact science. There is a
Demb閘�s return has given
Valverde several options
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eruptions have calculated feel
JAMES燝HEERBRANT
BOYS燱HO燘ECAME燭HE燤OST�
EXPENSIVE燬TARS營N燭HE燱ORLD
Pictured from their time with Brazil?s youth sides,
Philippe Coutinho (�2m) and Neymar (�9m)
are now the two most expensive footballers.
IT?S燗LMOST燣IKE燭HEY燩LANNED營T
In a social media video
for the deal, Barcelona
used images from
Coutinho?s Facebook
page. The date shown
was August 8, hinting
Barcelona are getting a
deal later than intended
Coutinho was unveiled as a
Barcelona player yesterday. Injury
looks likely to delay the former
Liverpool midfielder?s debut in Spain
Guinea player will not leave before
the end of the campaign. While Klopp
will have received assurances that
Liverpool will react in the event of a
target becoming a feasible option, it
seems that Adam Lallana, alongside
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino,
Sadio Man� and Alex OxladeChamberlain will take the strain.
In 2014 Liverpool spent
�4.75 million and recouped
�.25 million. In 2015 they spent
�.9 million, recouping �.4 million,
in 2016 the spending was �.9 million
with �.86 million brought in. In 2017
and the first week of January 2018
Liverpool have spent �9.9 million
and recouped �7.6 million. That is
not a lavish spending during a period
in which the club?s overall value has
gone up.
Yet at the heart of Klopp?s
managerial philosophy lies one tenet.
It states that the team is bigger than
any individual and he is about to find
out if it still rings true.
will get time to settle
the back four. Valverde?s task is
figuring out the other four slots ? in
terms of formation and personnel ?
in the front six. The most
straightforward scenario is a 4-3-3,
with Messi and Demb閘� wide,
Coutinho and Iniesta contesting one
midfield role and Paulinho and Ivan
Rakitic competing for the other.
But questions remain. Demb閘� has
only just returned from injury. He is
20 and an exciting player, but how he
fits into a free-form front three
remains to be seen. Paulinho has been
effective as a goalscoring midfielder,
mostly playing with Rakitic rather
than as an alternative.
And then there?s Messi. He turns 31
in June and because of that has
operated in a somewhat deeper role
this year, often turning provider
instead of finisher, a fact reflected in a
drop in goals scored (he brought his
tally to 20 in yesterday?s 3-0 win
against Levante, compared with 25 at
this point last season). This may be
partly due to Iniesta?s decline and
injuries, but the impression is that it?s
an evolution in Messi?s game, brought
on in part by age.
Viewed through this lens, giving
Coutinho six months to settle ? and
Valverde half a season to find the right
formula ? begins to make more
sense. It is clearly not as simple as
saying that he will drop seamlessly
into the Iniesta role. Whether that?s
worth the fee (and premium) that
Barcelona paid for him ? the
majority of the players in the top 20
most expensive footballers of all time
either played in different positions or
were substantially younger at the time
of the move ? remains to be seen.
Norwich燙ity
0
Chelsea
0
Referee S Attwell Attendance 23,598
T
his was a fairly humdrum
goalless draw that was
arguably a less exciting
spectacle than the explosive
press conference that
succeeded it, in which
Antonio Conte continued his
sophomore transformation
from pussycat to alley cat. (Not that
he?d had much success catching the
Canaries, who were excellent in this
third-round tie, especially in the first
half.)
The question of what exactly is
going on with Conte is becoming one
of the most interesting things about
Chelsea?s season. Last season, he was
all sweetness and light and
single-minded focus. He didn?t
get bogged down in petty
spats or controversies, he
largely rose above the
soap-opera aspects of the
Premier League, and he
resolutely refused to
add anything to the
outside noise
surrounding his
team. He
concentrated
almost exclusively
on what he excels
at: tactically
drilling a team to
win football
matches.
When Conte said at his
press conference on Friday, ?I
never talked about other
coaches, or if I did, only to
make compliments,? he wasn?t
kidding. But the Conte that
has emerged in his second
Conte?s eruptions have
dominated the agenda
despite Barkley signing
season at Chelsea is totally different:
much more pugnacious and prone to
off-field tangents. Before a ball was
kicked, he was kicking off about the
flimsiness of his squad and expressing
his disappointment with Chelsea?s
summer transfer business. Then there
was the business with Diego Costa,
from Conte?s ill-advised text telling
him ?You are not in my plan?, to the
protracted divorce that culminated in
the head coach openly laughing at
Costa during a press conference. Now
he is engaged in a running bloodfeud
with Jos� Mourinho, which continued
here with Conte calling him a ?little
man? and a ?fake?.
Managers don?t usually change
their spots. That goes for their tactical
blueprints, but it also applies to their
general modus operandi off the pitch.
Mourinho, for example, has always
been a specialist in fostering a siege
mentality, getting involved in
pantomime controversies to
deliberately deflect pressure from his
squad. Mauricio Pochettino is
basically controversy-averse and
concentrates on transmitting an
ironclad belief in his players.
But Conte, from this season to last,
appears to have undergone a
complete volte-face. You could argue
that it is the Chelsea
eeffect. You could
aargue that Conte is
ccracking up. But actually, I
don?t
think either of those
d
interpretations is right. This has
the feel of a conscious, calculated
strategy on Conte?s part; a
reversion to the more aggressive,
confrontational approach of his
Juventus days. Perhaps he is
trying to create a little
us-against-the-world sentiment.
Perhaps, with The Times
reporting that Chelsea expect to
replace Conte with Diego
Simeone at the end of the
season, he simply feels
emboldened to go for broke.
The atmosphere of
turbulence that Conte has
created can galvanise a squad,
as he?s shown in the past. But
it has also in part, I think,
clouded our interpretation of
Chelsea?s season. Yes, they are
miles off defending their
league title, but they have won ten of
their past 14 to sit a point off second,
survived a horror Champions League
group and reached the semi-finals of
the Carabao Cup. They have beaten
Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester
United and Atletico Madrid. And yet,
somehow, the mood music has felt
more tumultuous, more crisis-stricken
than that.
This week has been an interesting
micro-example of that phenomenon.
The agenda ought to have been
dominated by Chelsea signing Ross
Barkley for � million ? an absolute
steal when you consider that Swansea
City paid more for Sam Clucas. Yet
that considerable success has been
somewhat occluded by Conte?s
headline-grabbing eruptions. Still,
Conte knows what he?s doing; and his
success so far should earn him the
benefit of the doubt.
This was a match where Barkley?s
creativity and drive would have come
in handy. Chelsea were stagnant in the
first half, misplacing passes and
struggling to build any pressure in the
Norwich City half, with Michy
Batshuayi enduring a tough game up
front. Norwich were comfortably
superior, with the nifty footwork and
deft link-play of James Maddison,
playing as a roving false nine,
particularly eye-catching. It was
he who created perhaps the best
chance of the first period, playing a
gorgeous outside-of-the-boot pass to
Josh Murphy, who dragged his shot
wide.
Chelsea improved after the break,
mainly through Willian?s zest and
willingness to try things. They came
closest to a goal in stoppage time,
when Davide Zappacosta scorched a
volley just wide of Angus Gunn?s far
post. Overall though, Norwich
thoroughly deserved the replay.
RAT INGS
Norwich City (3-4-3): A Gunn 7 ? C Zimmermann
7, G Hanley 6, T Klose 6 ? I Pinto 7, A Tettey 6,
T Trybull 6, J Lewis 6 ? A Pritchard 7 (sub:
Y Wildschut 87min), J Maddison 8, J Murphy 7
(sub: N Oliveira 83). Substitutes not used
M McGovern, J Husband, M Vrancic, M Watkins,
W Hoolahan. Booked Hanley, Tettey.
Chelsea (3-4-3): W Caballero 6 ? A R黡iger 5,
D Luiz 6, G Cahill 6 ? D Zappacosta 7,
D Drinkwater 5, T Bakayoko 6, Kenedy 6 (sub:
C Musonda 78) ? Willian 8, M Batshuayi 5 (sub:
� Morata 74, 6), Pedro 6 (sub: D Sterling 89).
Substitutes not used Eduardo, J Clarke-Salter,
E Ampadu, C Hudson-Odoi. Booked Luiz, Cahill.
Swansea working way out of trouble
ALAN燬MITH
Wolverhampton燱anderers
0
Swansea燙ity
0
Referee A Taylor Attendance 22,976
A
scoreless draw against a team
from the division below might
not seem like much of a
stimulant but when you are in
Swansea City?s perilous position,
every drop of positivity is distilled out
of the hope that it can build
momentum.
Swansea may not have advanced
yet but at least they are in tonight?s
fourth-round draw and Martin
Olsson, the left back, believes that a
cup run can be a galvanising factor for
the Premier League?s bottom side. ?We
could take some positives from this
and although there are some things
we could do better we have more time
to work on it now,? Olsson said.
Carlos Carvalhal has used a
different system in each of his three
games in charge, but this will be the
first week when he can work with his
players on the training ground. He
has shored up a defence that
conceded 13 in Paul Clement?s final
four games before he was sacked and
Olsson believes that they are getting
into their opponents? final third more.
Yet the biggest change, according to
Olsson, is an improved effort. ?You
can see we?re working much harder
on the pitch. The fans can see that we
are trying to show a lot of character
on the pitch,? he said, which hardly
reflects well on Clement. ?I think
against Watford [Carvalhal?s first
game, a 2-1 comeback win], if that was
a few months ago we wouldn?t have
come back into the game but we
showed character to get back into it.?
RAT INGS
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-2-1): W Norris 6
? R Bennett 6, C Coady 7, K Hause 6 ?
M Doherty 6, M Gibbs-White 6 (sub: B Douglas
45min, 6), A N?Diaye 5, R Vinagre 5 ? H Costa 6,
B Enobakhare 6 (sub: I Cavaleiro 65, 6)
? L Bonatini 5 (sub: R Mir 77). Substitutes not
used H Burgoyne, R Miranda, O Rasmussen,
P Goncalves. Sent off Vinagre.
Swansea City (5-4-1): K Nordfeldt 8 ? C Roberts
6, F Fern醤dez 6 (sub: J Ayew 56, 5), M Van der
Hoorn 7, K Bartley 6, M Olsson 7 ? N Dyer 7, L Fer
5, R Sanches 4 (sub: T Carroll 34, 6), W Routledge
5 ? W Bony 6 (sub: R Mesa 75). Substitutes not
used E Mulder, L Narsingh, O McBurnie, J Fulton.
Booked Bartley, Bony. Sent off Fer.
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Jack Grealish tweeted a
delighted emoji when
Aston Villa were drawn
against Peterborough, but
the League One side had
the last laugh after fighting
back from 1-0 down with 16
minutes remaining to win
3-1 ? particularly because
Grealish, left, came on with
ten minutes to go . . .
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In Carlisle United?s
programme for their game
against Sheffield
Wednesday (which finished
0-0), Andrew Jenkins, the
chairman, delivered a
damning review of Forest
Green Rovers? menu
after their 1-0
away win in
December.
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strange for
me to go to
Forest Green
which, as
you probably
know, is a
vegetarian club,?
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It took a trip to Exeter City, of League
Two, for West Bromwich Albion to win
their first game since August. They
fielded a strong side and took the
lead after 70 seconds through
Salom髇 Rond髇. Christy Pym,
the Exeter goalkeeper, pulled off
several fine saves, including
a penalty stop, but it was
a straightforward win to
boost Alan Pardew,
right.
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from a family originating in
the meat trade. Each to
their own, and although I
never eat much on a match
day I couldn?t pull myself
together to sample the
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the Etihad Stadium, he was born closest to the ground.
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Huddersfield Town struck
twice in two second-half
minutes to see off Bolton
Wanderers. Phil Parkinson,
Bolton?s manager, was
fuming that Abdelhamid
Sabiri was not sent off in
the build-up to the visiting
side?s second goal.
David Wheater lost out
in a tackle with Sabiri,
which Parkinson felt
warranted a red card after
the midfielder lunged in on
the centre back. Play
continued and the ball
rolled through to Danny
Williams, whose deflected
effort sealed the win.
Parkinson said: ?You?ve
got to see that challenge
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to believe it ? it?s a legbreaking challenge in the
middle of the pitch. I can?t
believe the ref hasn?t seen
it from five yards away.?
A picture of the Bolton
defender?s painful injury,
above, was uploaded to
social media after the
game.
Bristol燙ity爁an�
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Cardiff City are challenging
for promotion from the Sky
Bet Championship but a
fourth consecutive FA Cup
third-round home tie,
against Mansfield Town,
was still not enough to get
fans up for the cup. Their
average attendance in the
league this season is 19,255
but fewer than 7,000 have
watched each of their past
four third-round games.
There was cause for
celebration before kick-off
at Vicarage Road as Jerry
Tocknell, a devoted Bristol
City fan, watched his 900th
consecutive away match.
Tocknell, who has been to
every City away game
since March 1986 and
missed only five home
games since 1979, was
presented with a signed
shirt by Bailey Wright, the
City defender, after
Watford?s 3-0 victory.
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Bournemouth
The Wigan Athletic striker
came to prominence
during Northern Ireland?s
Euro 2016 campaign, with
fans chanting ?Will Grigg?s
on fire, your defence is
terrified?, and there has
been cause for a return of
that song with Grigg?s eight
goals in his past ten games.
The 26-year-old scored the
opening goal in Wigan?s 2-2
draw with Bournemouth,
his fourth goal in his past
three FA Cup games.
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Teenage�
midfielder�
shines爁or�
Rochdale
Rochdale manager, said of
Adshead: ?He?s just an
excellent talent. I don?t
mind putting my trust
in young players. It
was a decision well
made, and he didn?t
let me down. He
was excellent in the
first half in keeping
the ball. I?ve got no
fear ? 16? It doesn?t
matter to me.?
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Marriott�
chases燢ane�
record燼nd�
Hazard?s爏hirt
Daniel Adshead became
Rochdale?s youngest player
in the FA Cup in their win
over Doncaster Rovers,
also of League One.
Adshead, aged 16 years
and 97 days,
impressed in
midfield as Calvin
Andrew?s header
in the first half
decided the
game. Keith
Hill, the
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celebrates
scoring one of
his goals for
Peterborough
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QPR?s爉iserable�
run燾ontinues
After going down 1-0 to
MK Dons at Loftus Road,
QPR have now not won an
FA Cup third-round tie at
the first time of asking for
22 years and it is the 49th
13
Traor�s爎are�
end爌roduct
Adama Traor� must be
one of the most
frustrating players in the
country, but the former
Barcelona academy player
was outstanding as
Middlesbrough defeated
Sunderland.
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Stam?s爅ob爏till�
under爐hreat
Preston North End fans
were singing ?pay off my
overdraft? and ?Kevin,
Kevin, buy us a pint? at
Kevin O?Connor when the
defender was warming up
during their 5-1 victory
away to Wycombe
Wanderers after the news
this week that the 22-yearold had won ?1 million in
the Irish lottery after being
bought a ticket by his
uncle.
The pressure increases on
Jaap Stam, the Reading
manager, after his
Championship side failed to
find a way past Stevenage,
their League Two
opponents. Reading are
without a win in seven
games, with their latest
victory coming against
Sunderland on December 2.
The home side had chances
to cause an upset, but Anssi
Jaakkola made good stops
from Ben Wilmot and Jack
King.
Jack Marriott is second
only to Harry Kane for
goals scored by an
Englishman in all
competitions this season.
After his brace against Villa
in the 3-1 win on Saturday,
the Peterborough forward
has 23 goals, compared
with the Tottenham
Hotspur striker?s 26.
After swapping shirts
with John Terry, the
Chelsea-supporting
Marriott, 23, left, is
desperate to draw Antonio
Conte?s side in the fourth
time that they
have been
eliminated at this stage.
Only Plymouth Argyle have
exited the competition at
this stage more often (50).
QPR did not help
themselves in front of their
home crowd, with Josh
Scowen sprinting 30 yards
to keep the ball in play in
the left-back position, only
to pass it to Ousseynou
Ciss�, who dummied to cut
inside before curling a fine
effort past Alex Smithies.
His clever piece of skill to
turn away from trouble in
the centre circle and then a
surge of pace to burst past
three players was matched
by a perfectly weighted
through ball that Rudy
Gestede rolled beyond
Jason Steele and into the
bottom corner to give
Middlesbrough the lead.
?Adama has to learn
what tools he?s got, and if
he understands what he?s
got in the bag, then he
could be a top, top player,?
Tony Pulis, Traor�s
manager, said.
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It took a spectacular longrange strike by Sheffield
United?s Nathan Thomas to
separate the Championship
teams at Portman Road as
Ipswich?s run without an FA
Cup victory stretched to
eight years. Thomas?s strike
in the 25th minute flew into
the top corner. Mick
McCarthy?s side failed to
register a shot on target but
he was unhappy that
Michael Jones, the referee,
failed to award a penalty for
a first-half handball.
round and add Eden
Hazard?s jersey to his
collection. ?As a Chelsea
fan, it was surreal
experience playing against
John Terry,? he said.
?Thankfully, I asked him
for his shirt when we were
coming off at half-time so
he was in a better mood
then, but he still gave it to
me afterwards. It would be
a dream to go to Stamford
Bridge in the next round,
that would be incredible.
And I?d be after Hazard?s
shirt if that was the case.?
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implode
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back from a goal down
against Barnsley to romp to
victory at The Den, the
game will be remembered
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Millwall struck twice within
ten minutes of his dismissal
to make it 4-1.
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of燾up爉agic
Jon Stead rolled back the
years to score a brilliant
winner for Notts County
away to Brentford. The
34-year-old picked up
possession on the right,
glided past a challenge and
then curled a left-footed
shot into the far corner.
Stead, who is no stranger
to FA Cup heroics having
been integral to Bradford
City during their run to the
quarter-finals in 2015, has
scored in the first three
rounds of this season?s
competition.
?I was delighted to score,
as in the early part of my
Notts career I was cutting
in a lot on my left foot and
producing decent shots
and goals,? Stead, below,
said. ?This season and the
back end of last season I?ve
been spooning a lot of
them over the bar, so to
get it right on this stage
was really pleasing.?
the window for both teams
at Ewood Park as Hull City,
fourth from bottom in the
Championship, advanced
to the fourth round for the
sixth time in seven seasons
while Blackburn Rovers,
third in League One, tasted
defeat for the first time in
18 matches. Ola Aina, the
full back on loan from
Chelsea, scored the game?s
only goal, heading in Jon
Toral?s corner just before
the hour mark.
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is爐he燿ifference
Remarkably for this stage
of the competition,
Birmingham City and
Burton Albion both fielded
unchanged teams as the
two managers looked to
build on their recent
momentum in the Sky Bet
Championship. The result
was a scrappy affair, which
was decided by Sam
Gallagher?s cool finish after
the break, his fourth goal
for Birmingham in five
games. Steve Cotterill?s
side, who are a place and a
point below Burton in the
relegation zone, have won
their past three, while Nigel
Clough?s team came into
the match in decent form
having won three and
drawn one of their past five
league games.
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the times | Monday January 8 2018
?Last game I missed my
wife had half a lung out,
so I thought I?d better not?
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A
few days before Christmas, an email
drops into my inbox: ?FA Cup mission?,
is the subject. We?d like you to find
some hardy souls making a trip to see a
tie that no one else cares about in a
competition they won?t win, was about
the gist of it. Not an interminable
search for the magic of the FA Cup; a
tale about the cup testing devotion to its limits.
OK then. A scroll though the Saturday thirdround fixtures drew the eye to Yeovil Town v
Bradford City, right at the bottom of the pile,
which somehow felt fitting. The Sky Bet League
One club Bradford, whose ultimate David v
Goliath fourth-round slaying of Chelsea at
Stamford Bridge in 2015 remains fresh in the
mind of many of their fans, were to travel to the
lowest-ranked team left in the competition ?
but one without any interesting quirk or nonLeague novelty, just 275 miles, one division and
39 league places between them: quite possibly
the least alluring draw of the round.
To Bradford, then. And Yeovil. Oh, and back
to Bradford again. Then home. I?m going to
have to embrace my moniker this week . . .
It is 6.30am on Saturday, outside
Woodbottom Working Men?s Club, in Shipley,
on the northern edge of Bradford. It is dark,
bracing, but 23 bleary-eyed claret and amberclad supporters are huddling by the bus stop,
waiting for their carriage to arrive. Harry, the
photographer, takes a few snaps: bemused faces
impart a look of, ?What on earth are you doing
here?? Well, trying to answer the same question
of you as it happens. Up pulls the bus, ?Shipley
Bantams on Tour? illuminating the window. On
we get. Plenty of time to find out . . .
Fandom is a peculiar thing. There are some
who may be inclined to question the sanity of
those embarking on a 550-mile, 17-hour day-trip
to Yeovil, in a competition in which they are far
from guaranteed to see their strongest starting
XI take to the field. But, somehow, at the same
time, their devotion is also deeply admirable.
Steve Gorringe, a 65-year old retired fireman,
organises trips to every single Bradford away
game. He has missed eight games in 25 years, he
says: a trip to MK Dons in October being the
most recent. ?My wife had an op ? well, she
Barnes beats Raeder, the Bradford goalkeeper,
for Yeovil?s opener at Huish Park where Bradford,
famed giant-killers, found themselves humbled
by opposition from a division below them
had half a lung out to be fair, so I thought, ?I?d
better not,? ? he says.
Two more pick-ups take the number on board
to 34, and we?re on our way south. Sitting in
front of me is Mick Holmes, a burly 66-year-old
retired engineer. ?People ask me, ?Why do you
do it?? I just do,? he says. ?I always have. I say to
Steve, if ever I don?t make the bus then it?s
because I?m not well. When I sing ?City til I die,?
I mean it.?
Bradford?s extraordinary run to the 2012-13
League Cup final, followed by their charge to
the FA Cup quarter-final, in 2014-15, has
undoubtedly brought new perspective here. This
third-round game with Yeovil may not be ?a
prime tie but it?s a game we want to win,? says
Andy Demkowicz, an eternally optimistic
51-year-old flooring contractor sitting behind
me. ?It could be a stepping stone to a plum tie:
Tottenham at Wembley, Arsenal at the
Emirates . . .? Plus, there is more to football than
the game. ?We?re on the bus, 7 o?clock in the
morning, laughing, joking ? it?s the social
aspect too,? Andy says. ?When I?ve got a trip
booked, I look forward to it all week.?
After a services pit stop on the M5, for teas,
coffees and bacon butties, Steve hands out the
pens and paper for an FA Cup-themed quiz.
One question asks for the attendance of a game
en route to Bradford?s 1911 FA Cup triumph.
Seriously. ?I can?t get a signal, pull over!? Lisa
Cade, the social events organiser ? wearing a
cast on her arm that I daren?t ask about ?
quips. Thankfully I?m not the only one who
doesn?t know the answers.
The Shipley Bantams took twice as many
supporters on a double-decker coach to the 2-1
win away to Fleetwood Town in League One on
Monday night. There is an acknowledgement
here that, to some, the FA Cup no longer means
quite what it once did; that the greed or fear
that grips many clubs leaves priorities elsewhere
and has diluted its appeal.
Here, though, there is hope that what felt like
a once in a lifetime occurrence in 2014-15 might
? just might ? seize them once again. ?It?s
been good to us recently,? says Jake, who works
in insurance and is celebrating his 20th
birthday. His cousin, Matthew, sitting beside
him, ?queued for tickets [for Chelsea] in the
snow from about six in the morning?, he says.
But before Stamford Bridge there was a trip to
Halifax in round one. These ties are part of that
journey. ?If you do get a big tie, you?ve gone
through the long slogs to Yeovil, standing out on
the terrace, then you get a Chelsea away and it
just makes it all worthwhile,? says Adam Baker,
27.
Somewhere on the M5, Lisa comes round
with a sheet of paper on which, for a pound, you
can guess the minute of the first goalscorer. The
winner takes home a tenner, and the rest will go
to a fund to be donated to Bradford City and
local charities. The group, Steve says, has
sponsored new goal nets, a sprinkler system and
an artificial lighting rig to improve the playing
surface at Valley Parade. ?We?ve raised about
�,000 for the club in the last three years,? he
says.
On every trip, Steve plans a stop at a pub en
route, for some lunch and a few pints. They are
a ?Family?, of sorts, Steve tells me when we stop
in Taunton: different characters from all walks
of life. There is ?Deaf Geoff?, 71: whose first
away game was a FA Cup fifth-round replay at
Burnley in 1960.
?I was terrified,? he says. ?I ended up in the
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PHOTOS: HARRY HUBBARD FOR THE TIMES
TO YEOVIL AND BACK
Shipley
1 8
2 9
Leeds
M62
Liverpool
Manchester
M6
7
Birmingham
3
M5
Bristol
Taunton
4
Yeovil
5 6
It?s still dark when Shipley
Bantams, resplendent in the
claret and amber of Bradford,
board their coach for Yeovil
for a long day that takes in a
Toby Carvery, right, but also a
dispiriting result before they
arrive home at 11.30pm
Pictures: Harry Hubbard
Burnley end. I said I?d never go to an away
game again. But that didn?t last long.? There is
Joe, whose ponytail means he is referred to as
?Status Quo Joe?. ?It?s a good craic,? he says.
?Sometimes it?s just the football that spoils it!?
There is Heather, 16, in her second season
following Bradford with her grandmother, Mary,
71; there?s Ron Carney, with one leg, who never
misses a game, and many others.
For many of the Shipley Bantams, their sense
of place in life is built around their identification
with Bradford City. For a few, though, following
Bradford is simply a manifestation of their love
of football. Like 82-year-old Julian Kenyon, who
has been to about 4,000 games: an average of
?Sixty-five games a year for 61 years,? he says.
He has kept a record of visits to about 500 clubs,
50 miles
1 6.33am Depart from Woodbottom Working
Men?s Club, Shipley
2 6.43am Valley Parade pick-up
3 9.41am 30-min stop at M5 Strensham
services
4 11.46am Arrive at Taunton Toby Carvery
5 2.06pm Arrive at Huish Park
6 5.11pm Depart Huish Park
7 8.42pm 30-min Stafford North services stop
8 11.17pm Valley Parade drop-off
9 11.29pm Return to Woodbottom Working
Men?s Club, Shipley
along with the score, the attendance, and a brief
report on the game. Where, I ask, does his love
for football come from? ?I don?t know, it?s a
drug,? he says. ?I can?t give it up.?
When we arrive at Huish Park there is a dash
for programmes, a memento of the day. But
soon enough, Bradford?s supporters cut a forlorn
picture perched on the roofless terracing, such
was the frailty of their team?s performance.
Bradford made four changes to their starting
XI, though all were enforced, and the League
Two side thoroughly deserved their 2-0 win.
They dominated the first half and, although
Bradford improved after the break, an hour in
Marcus Barnes, the Southampton forward who
joined Yeovil on loan on Friday, was sent clear
on goal, before coolly slotting beneath Lukas
Raeder, the Bradford goalkeeper. Paul Taylor
came closest to drawing Bradford level when the
forward rattled the crossbar with a fine effort
from outside the box, and Shay McCartan?s
follow-up was well stopped by Artur Krysiak in
the Yeovil goal. Fourteen minutes from time,
however, at the end of one of many swift
counterattacks, Fran鏾is Zoko, the former
Bradford striker, found the impressive winger
Jordan Green who finished from just inside the
penalty area.
?They were hungrier, stronger, and wanted it
more,? Stuart McCall, the Bradford manager,
said: words that grated more than any could for
465 disconsolate travelling fans.
Back on the coach, the mood is solemn.
Sandwich wrappers and crisp packets rustle.
?Well that was bloody s***,? Steve says,
succinctly. There will, in all likelihood, be
more Yeovils ? days like Saturday ? before
Bradford fans taste the saccharine joy of a
Chelsea again. But as Adam says, supporting
Bradford is just ?something you have to do?. His
father, Ian, 58, concurs. ?You?re in it,? he says,
?you?re involved, part of it: it sort of becomes
your life.?
It is just before 11.30pm as the coach rolls back
into Bradford. Steve shuffles down the bus one
last time, takes a collection for the drivers, holds
open a bin bag for rubbish. Then, farewells. Back
here for Bristol Rovers away; a weekend in
Plymouth on the horizon.
Their FA Cup journey is over for this year.
But hope springs eternal.
Without爉ultiple爐rophies爓e燼re爊ot燼燽ig燾lub,爏ays燝uardiola
PAUL燞IRST
Manchester燙ity
Ag黣ro 56, 58, San� 71, B Silva 82
Burnley
Barnes 25
4
1
Referee G Scott
H
is team may be sweeping
everyone before them, but Pep
Guardiola does not think
Manchester City will be seen as
a ?big club? like Manchester
United or Liverpool unless they
regularly win multiple trophies.
Guardiola refuses to countenance
the possibility that City can win all
four competitions they have entered
this season, although they advanced
to the fourth round of the FA Cup
with relative ease on Saturday, and he
becomes more and more irritated
when the idea is put to him.
?From my experience in Barcelona
when we won the triple [in 2009], in
January you cannot talk about it, it is
unrealistic,? the City head coach said.
Like it or loathe it, talk of an
unprecedented quadruple is rife
among the dressing room. Oleksandr
Zinchenko, deputising for Fabian
Delph at left back, broke ranks and
admitted as much. ?We think about
this [doing the quadruple] every
single day and every training session,?
the Ukrainian said. ?We can win
everything, that?s why we are here.?
Guardiola is rightly gaining plaudits
for the way his team are brutally
dismantling opponents. Burnley
rarely looked like surrendering their
1-0 lead after Ashley Barnes?s superb
finish, but once Sergio Ag黣ro had
scored twice in two minutes after the
restart, City were unstoppable.
Defeating Bristol City over two legs
in the Carabao Cup, the first of which
takes place tomorrow, would give
Guardiola his first Wembley final at
the club. ?It?s so important to win the
first trophy because winning helps to
win more,? he said. ?To become a big
club like the teams I?ve faced, or
United or Liverpool with their history,
you have to win [trophies].?
The good news for Guardiola is
that everything is pointing towards
City claiming at least one trophy this
season. The Premier League is all but
secured and few would back against
them overcoming Bristol City over
two legs. Few teams would want to be
drawn against them in the
Champions League or FA Cup either.
Of all the attributes this team have,
perhaps the strongest is their mental
fortitude, which was clear to see on
Saturday after Ag黣ro?s double, and
goals from Leroy San� and Bernardo
Silva sealed City?s comeback win. It is
worth noting that City have won five
of the six matches in which they have
gone behind this season. Last season,
they went behind on 18 occasions, but
came back to win only four times.
Ben Mee, the Burnley captain, had
no quarrel with the scoreline in the
end and he backed City to continue
their excellent form right through
until May. ?They are looking good at
the minute and it?s going to take a
good team to stop them, that?s for
sure,? he said.
RAT INGS
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): C Bravo 5 ? Danilo 6,
J Stones 6, N Otamendi 6, O Zinchenko 7 (sub:
K Walker 72min) ? I G黱dogan 8 (sub: K De
Bruyne 76), Fernandinho 7 ? D Silva 8, L San� 7,
R Sterling 7 ? S Ag黣ro 8 (sub: B Silva 79).
Substitutes not used Ederson, E Mangala,
Y Tour�, B D韆z. Booked Danilo.
Burnley (4-2-3-1): N Pope 5 ? M Lowton 5, K Long
6, B Mee 6, C Taylor 6 ? J Cork 6 (sub: N Wells 69,
6), A Westwood 6 ? J B Gudmundsson 6 (sub:
J Walters 75), J Hendrick 6, A Barnes 7 ? S Vokes
6. Substitutes not used A Lindegaard, D Marney,
S Defour, F Ulvestad, P Bardsley. Booked Cork,
Westwood.
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BILL燛DGAR
THE燝AME營N燦UMBERS�
It?s爈ooking爑p爁or燽oth�
Nottingham爐eams
Nottingham Forest?s 4-2 win over Arsenal
yesterday means that Nottingham?s two
League clubs have knocked out higher-division
opponents in the same FA Cup round for the
first time: Notts County beat Brentford 1-0 the
previous day. In the past eight days Arsenal
have shipped four penalties in the last halfhour of matches, two of them yesterday scored
by Forest?s Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell. It
was the first time that Arsenal had conceded
penalties to different players in the same game
since November 1974, when their 3-0 league
defeat by Coventry City featured spot kicks for
Colin Stein and Willie Carr. Joe Worrall
refereed the only final since 1970 where
Arsenal have conceded more than twice (3-2
to Luton Town in the 1988 League Cup final).
Yesterday another Joe Worrall helped Forest
become the only lower-division team to score
more than twice against Arsenal in the FA
Cup since 1994.
Cup tradition
Nowadays clubs usually attract smaller attendances
for the FA Cup than the league but the historic allure
of the FA Cup is clear.
Competition where present 92 league clubs
recorded highest home attendance
within 45 miles of five of the seven clubs who
have knocked out higher-division opponents
in the third round: Coventry (33 miles away by
car), Peterborough United (41 miles), Milton
Keynes Dons (43 miles), Nottingham Forest
(44 miles) and Notts County (44 miles).
Wenger reaches mark
The end of Mark Hughes?s four-and-a-half-year
reign at Stoke City means Ars鑞e Wenger has
managed more Premier League games for Arsenal
than his 19 rivals combined have done at their
Premier League games overseen with present club
Ars鑞e Wenger (Arsenal)
812
Other 19 managers combined
782
Blank爈ook
The final weekend of 2017 featured the most
0-0s (four) in a Premier League weekend since
November 2001. The first weekend of 2018 saw
the most 0-0s (seven) in an FA Cup third
round since the competition format changed
in 1925-26 (excluding replays).
Colour璫oded燙ity
For the third January in a row Manchester
City thrashed a Premier League claret-andblue club in the FA Cup: Aston Villa 4-0, West
Ham United 5-0 and Burnley 4-1. That last
victory, this weekend, was their 18th in a row
on a Saturday. None of the past 64 visiting
teams to Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium
coming from outside Manchester have won
the match ? and only one of the past 100
has done so (Chelsea away to City in
December 2016).
Low璳ey爓ins
Alan Pardew?s first win as West Bromwich
Albion manager was watched by seven
spectators fewer than saw his first victory in
charge of Crystal Palace (5,638 away to Exeter
City on Saturday; 5,645 away to Dover
Athletic in 2015).
Five璼tar燿isplays
Tight燱olves
Local燿ifficulty
Wolverhampton Wanderers are the first team
from the second tier not to concede a goal in
their opening five domestic cup games of a
The three west London Championship teams
all lost 1-0 at home in the FA Cup (Fulham,
Queens Park Rangers and Brentford), as did
the two Rovers in action (Doncaster and
Blackburn).
REBECCA NADEN/REUTERS
Norris, the Wolverhampton reserve
goalkeeper, has been cleaning up in
the cup competitions this term with
five shutouts in a row
62
(53 of those
before 1970)
FA
Cup
League
(Arsenal,
Spurs:
both at
Wembley)
2
1
(Barnet,
Wycombe)
(Cambridge
v Chelsea)
Champions
FA
League Amateur
Cup
Friendly
Hylton and Marriott both scored away to
higher division opponents: Luton Town?s
Danny Hylton and Peterborough United?s Jack
Marriott.
Doubly hard
If, as expected, Manchester City win the Premier
League they may struggle to add the FA Cup, based
on recent experience. The double has become
increasingly elusive
2
25
season (FA Cup and League Cup) since
Portsmouth in 1993-94. In the League Cup,
Wolves beat Yeovil Town 1-0, Southampton
2-0, Bristol Rovers 1-0 and drew 0-0 away to
Manchester City (losing 4-1 on penalties)
before Saturday?s goalless draw against
Swansea City at Molineux. The goalkeeper
Will Norris, who has played in all five
games but has yet to make a league
appearance this season after signing from
Cambridge United, said: ?I?m just proud to
keep clean sheets really, I?m not looking too
much at the record. I?m not making it out to
be something that it isn?t because we?ve got
great defenders, so it?s not just down to me.?
League/FA Cup double
1993-94 to 2001-02
Mind爐he爂ap
5 in 9
seasons
Coventry City recorded a 2-1 FA Cup home
win over a team 53 places above them in the
league (Stoke City) ? and so did Newport
County yesterday (against Leeds United).
Coventry defender Chris Stokes beat Stoke;
Newport defender Ben White beat the Whites.
Coventry, who triumphed in 1987, are only the
third former winners to beat a team three
league levels above them. It was Stoke?s second
cup upset this season at the hands of Robins:
Mark Robins? Coventry on Saturday and
Bristol City (nickname: the Robins) in the
Carabao Cup. Stoke?s dismissal of Mark
Hughes leaves the Premier League without a
Welsh manager for the first time since April
2003, when Fulham appointed Chris Coleman
(although Stoke?s caretaker manager is Eddie
Niedzwiecki, another Welshman).
Man Utd
1993-94
1995-96
1998-99
Arsenal
1997-98
2001-02
2002-03 to 2016-17
1 in 15
seasons
Close爐o爐he燼ction�
Chelsea 2009-10
If you live in Market Harborough you are
ON
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Today 7.45pm Brighton & Hove Albion
v Crystal Palace, FA Cup, BT Sport 2.
8pm Malaga v Espanyol, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Football. Tomorrow
7.45pm Manchester City v Bristol City,
Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg, Sky
Sports Football. Wednesday 8pm
Chelsea v Arsenal, Carabao Cup semifinal, first leg, Sky Sports Football.
8.05pm Amiens v Paris Saint-Germain,
French League Cup, BT Sport 3. Friday
7.30pm Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern
Munich, German league, BT Sport 3.
7.45pm Sheffield United v Sheffield
Wednesday, Sky Bet Championship,
Sky Sports Football. Strasbourg
v Guingamp, French league, BT Sport
ESPN. 8pm Getafe v Malaga, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Football red button.
8.30pm Chaves v Vitoria Guimaraes,
Portuguese league, FreeSports.
Saturday Noon Girona v Las Palmas,
Spanish league, Sky Sports red button.
12.30pm Cardiff City v Sunderland,
Championship, Sky Sports Football.
5.30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Everton,
Premier League, BT Sport 1.
Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa,
Championship, Sky Sports Football.
5.30pm (delayed): Real Madrid
v Villarreal, Spanish league, Sky Sports
Football. 5.30pm Eibar v Atletico
Madrid, Spanish league, Sky Sports red
button. Leipzig v Schalke, German
league, BT Sport ESPN. 7.45pm
Deportivo La Coruna v Valencia,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
8.30pm Braga v Benfica, Portuguese
league, FreeSports. Sunday 11am
Levante v Celta Vigo, Spanish league,
Sky Sports Football. Huesca v
Numancia, Spanish second division,
FreeSports. 1.30pm Bournemouth v
Arsenal, Premier League, Sky Sports PL.
2pm Saint-蓆ienne v Toulouse, French
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Carabao Cup semi-final first
leg is as exciting as the
teams? league meeting last
week
league, BT Sport 1. 2.30pm Cologne
v Borussia Monchengladbach, German
league, BT Sport 2. 3.15pm Alaves
v Seville, Spanish league, Sky Sports
Football. 4pm Liverpool v Manchester
City, Premier League, Sky Sports PL.
Lyons v Angers, French league, BT Sport
ESPN. 5pm Borussia Dortmund
v Wolfsburg, German league, BT Sport 2.
5.30pm Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
7.45pm Real Sociedad v Barcelona,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
8pm Nantes v Paris Saint-Germain,
French league, BT Sport ESPN.
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Moncur still dreaming 49 years on
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radition dies hard in
football. That?s why
everyone always expects
Newcastle United to do
well in the FA Cup.?
Jackie Milburn, Golden
Goals. The front page
splash of The Journal,
June 12, 1969 ? price: thruppence ?
read ?United Bring The Cup Home?.
Other stories, beside and beneath,
detailed an alien world: ?Soviet-China
border clash?, ?Maud plan ?disaster?
for the North?. The main picture
shows Bobby Moncur, ?Magnificent
Moncur? as the caption said,
proffering the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
like a tribute.
Outside the Moncur Suite at St
James? Park 49 years later, the captain
of Newcastle?s ?cohort of warriors?, as
The Journal described them, stares at
that old photograph. ?It still feels like
me,? Moncur says. ?And also like such
a long time ago. Back then, I didn?t
realise how important it was to our
fans. Who would believe we?d never
win another trophy??
When Newcastle?s FA Cup tie
against Luton Town kicks off, Moncur
is in the back row of the press box. It
is not his usual seat. Matchdays are
spent touring the lounges, mixing
with supporters, chatting about the
game. ?I love it,? he says. ?All I?m
doing is talking to like-minded people.
Best job I?ve had.? He catches himself.
It is not always easy, not when results
are sour.
Today, he is among scribes,
watching Newcastle?s third-round
match, explaining how it feels to win
something, about what the FA Cup
meant. He apologises and laughs
because he keeps saying, ?in my day,?
but in Moncur?s day, ?Newcastle were
a cup team.? It is how they were
thought of, how they saw themselves.
As a concept, it is extinct.
When ?Wor Jackie? wrote about
Newcastle and tradition, it was two
years after Newcastle?s last triumph at
Wembley. He won the FA Cup in 1951,
1952, 1955. When they beat Ujpest
Dozsa to claim their only European
trophy, Joe Harvey was manager, a
player in ?51 and ?52 and a coach in
?55. ?With due respect,? Moncur says,
?the greatest Newcastle person ever?
Joe.?
Moncur gazes at the pitch. The Scot
is 72, but as the teams stroll out, he
feels the old pull. ?There?s nothing
better than coming out here in front
of a full house.? He pauses. ?We?d run
out hard, one at a time, show intent.?
That drama is absent, although Luton
Town have brought 7,500 fans and the
noise is good. ?Brilliant,? Moncur says.
?Hope they don?t enjoy it too much.?
A player goes down and writhes.
Moncur tuts. ?We?d never show we
were hurt,? he says. ?Don?t show pain.
At least not until your opponent?s
back was turned.? He looks along the
row of seats and sees Malcolm
Macdonald, his old Newcastle teammate. ?Pace, power, the lot,? he says.
?Selfish, like a goalscorer should be.
3
Goals that P閞ez was
involved in against Luton
(2 goals, 1 assist), as many
as he had been in his
previous 20 matches
this season
I?d shout at him:
?Do more running,
you lazy bugger?.
He?d shout back:
?Get the ball to me
and I?ll do my job?.?
Newcastle did
theirs in 1969,
although the
experience was
peculiar. ?We?d
finished 10th in the league but we
qualified for the Fairs Cup because of
the one team, one city rule,? Moncur
says. ?I was on holiday in Spain and
got a phone call saying, ?You?re in
Europe?. I said, ?what?? It was like a
jolly for us, an adventure. The games
were almost incidental.?
They won it after two legs, in
Budapest. ?We stayed overnight, had
a few beers, sore heads,? Moncur says.
?We flew back on British Caledonian,
the stewardesses in tartan. I was told
to get off the plane first, holding the
cup. I felt like a prat. But there was
such a roar. There were hundreds of
people on the viewing platform at
Newcastle Airport.
?We had to take a single-decker bus
back to St James? ? there was a low
bridge at Kenton Bank Foot ? so we
held the cup out of the sunroof. At
one point, there was a big bang ? it
must have hit a wire. Won the cup
and nearly electrocuted! Then we got
down Barrack Road and into the
stadium. Jesus! There were tens of
thousands here.?
Moncur?s final game for Newcastle
Moncur, sitting
alongside
Caulkin in the
press box, enjoys
Newcastle?s
passage into the
fourth round
after negotiating
a tricky tie with
freescoring
Luton at St
James?. P閞ez,
main, scored
twice for
Ben韙ez?s side,
with Jonjo
Shelvey also on
the scoresheet
was the FA Cup final in 1974 (they
lost 3-0 to Liverpool). The worst was
their third-round replay defeat away
to non-League Hereford United in
1972, one of history?s great shocks.
?We travelled back, disgusted with
ourselves,? Moncur says. ?Suddenly,
the gaffer said, ?Stop the bus?. He got
off and was physically sick on the
road. That?s how much the Cup
meant to Joe.?
In Golden Goals, Milburn wrote
beautifully about how ?the fun really
starts,? once you get past the third
round. ?In the middle of all the
excitement, a team usually finds itself
packed off to the seaside for a course
of special training and for almost
every hour of the day ? and often far
into the night ? we think of nothing
else but football, football and winning
the next round,? he said.
Newcastle reached the final in 1998
and 1999 (more pain), but have not
progressed beyond the fourth round
for 12 years. Chris Waugh writes
about them for The Journal. ?My
earliest memories of the cup are those
back-to-back finals, but that
emotional bond has never quite been
established,? he says. ?Throughout the
majority of my lifetime, the Premier
League has been portrayed as the
focal point.?
Waugh is right; the Premier League,
television, are victors. It means
money and prestige. Losing it is The
Fear. Yet, for some of us, Newcastle
bobbing between the divisions is wellrehearsed, what they were. And how
it would be to know wonder, to
glimpse that sliver of silver shine
across Wembley and understand that
it is yours? Wouldn?t it be something?
Luton, ascendant in Sky Bet League
Two, are willing, but Newcastle
muster a 3-0 lead. It becomes a game
in the second half when Danny
Hylton snatches one back, but Rafa
Ben韙ez had named a strong team and
Moncur is content. ?Rafa is a great
football man and a good man, too,? he
says. ?But he?s Spanish and he
cuddles. I?ve had to tell him: ?Rafa, I?m
not a cuddler.? ?
Newcastle are through. Jamaal
Lascelles, Moncur?s latest successor as
skipper, admits that ?in the past some
players may have looked to have this
weekend off after the busy period, but
it certainly wouldn?t happen now.
Everybody is pleased to be picked ?
that wasn?t always the case.? They are
a young team, an honest team.
Freddie Woodman, 20, made his
debut in goal; his smile afterwards is a
contagion. ?I remember watching
[Andy] my dad, play for Oxford
[United] against Arsenal in the FA
Cup,? he says. ?He came home and I
was in David Seaman?s shirt and
gloves and it was the best thing ever.
That?s when my love for the cup
started.?
Earlier, Moncur had told another
story. ?We were playing Manchester
City in the cup and Joe put something
in my hand just before I went out,? he
says. ? ?Just touch this,? he said. It was
a cork from a Champagne bottle
when he won it in 1951. He was so
passionate about the cup. He?d turn in
his grave if he knew how it had sunk.?
This, though, is a good day and
there has not been a surfeit of them
on Tyneside. Newcastle are alive.
Perhaps, like his predecessor, Waugh
will get to write about those
?Magnificent Magpies? and their
?parched mouths dampened by the
sweetest champagne.? Perhaps they
will be kings again. Perhaps one day.
Perhaps. ?Aye, it?d be good,? Moncur
says, rising from his seat. He turns,
wistful. ?I?ve been saying that for 49
years.?
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?I know how the game
works ? we are all just
puppets in this business?
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he last words Tim Krul utters before
the dictaphone is switched off could be
a mantra for anyone who has worked at
Newcastle United and come through
the other side. ?It?s a funny business,?
he says. He is talking about his 12 years
at St James? Park and about how
capricious the game can be. ?There?s a
perception,? he says. ??Where?s Tim? What?s
happened to him?? I don?t want to be a hasbeen.?
Where?s Tim: the seafront at Hove,
cappuccino in hand. What happened: life,
football. ?You play every three or four days,
you?re in a bubble, cocky about everything,?
Krul says. He clicks his fingers. ?And then your
world changes.? Before his injury, he was
Newcastle?s No 1, Holland?s goalkeeper. Now he
is at Brighton & Hove Albion, still only 29, but
facing the great unknown. And he is waiting.
Tonight, he is back in the show. Krul will play
in Brighton?s FA Cup tie at home to Crystal
Palace, a moment that he has been building to.
When he was signed by Chris Hughton, his old
Newcastle manager, on deadline day last
summer, he was told to train hard, to be ready.
There was an appearance against Bournemouth
in the Carabao Cup, but Mat Ryan has done well
since promotion and opportunities for a
goalkeeper are scarce.
?If nothing changes, the cup games are there
for me and Palace at home is perfect,? he says. ?I
have to be careful not to put too much pressure
on myself.? He has not missed a training session
for 12 months, ?no aches, no pain and I?m still
young in goalkeeping terms?, Krul says, but he
describes himself as ?a match player. And it?s
difficult because all week, I?m getting myself
ready for the buzz at the end of it, and it?s not
there.?
Krul made his debut for Newcastle at 18, away
to Palermo in the Uefa Cup. He has eight caps
for his country, played in the World Cup finals.
When he made his comeback last season, on
loan at Ajax, in their second team, his first
competitive match for 408 days, he described
playing as ?the most beautiful thing there
is?. He also vowed: ?to show who Tim
Krul is. I know who he is.?
?
Without football, who is a footballer? ?It?s
about proving myself all over again,? Krul says.
?I?ve done what I?ve done, but it doesn?t count.
OK, it counts for something; 160 games in the
Premier League aren?t just thrown out of the
window, but I want to show that I?m still up
there. That only comes from playing. You?re
only as good as your last game, it?s truly like
that.?
For a long time, Krul?s last game was not good
at all. He fell awkwardly in a European
Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan in
October 2015, rupturing the cruciate ligaments
in his right knee. ?An injury like that is a
minimum of nine months,? he says. ?For the first
six weeks, I was lying on a sofa for eight or nine
hours a day, on a machine that just lifted and
bent my leg.
?Going to that from playing all the time is
such a mental shift. I felt the same, but it takes
you a while to get back to having full trust in
your body. There were a few low points. You
start doubting yourself. ?Am I ever going to be
without pain?? Every morning for six months
there was sharp pain when I got out of bed in
the morning. You worry.
?The worst part was watching Newcastle get
relegated, sitting in the stands, not able to do
anything. The boys would turn right to the
training pitch and I turned left, on my own, to
the gym. Before the injury, I was playing for
Newcastle, playing for Holland. I try not to
think about it too much, try to believe things
happen for a reason. And my whole career has
been a rollercoaster ride. People say it would be
nice to cruise, but that never, ever happens at
Newcastle.?
After Ajax, another loan to AZ Alkmaar,
?playing 20 odd games, getting that rhythm and
I was ready to get back to Newcastle and kick
on.? The club had been promoted under Rafa
Ben韙ez and Krul, who had been there since
2005, still had a year under contract. ?I said to
the gaffer, ?Give me a chance, I?ll show you I?m
back,? ? Krul says. ?Rafa had different ideas. He
said, ?It doesn?t matter what you do.? That?s the
business. We know we?re puppets to a certain
extent.?
Along with Jack Colback, Krul was told to
train at Newcastle?s academy. ?It wasn?t right,?
Krul says. ?I think [Ben韙ez] knows that as well.
Listen, I know how football works. If somebody
wants to get rid of you, I don?t mind. If the right
offer comes, I?ll go; I wouldn?t sit there just for
the sake of it, but the way it was done . . . I
shouldn?t have been put in the academy. I just
wanted to be treated with respect. At least let
me train with the first team.?
Ben韙ez was seeking a new first-choice
goalkeeper [he didn?t get one]. He already had
Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Freddie Woodman, as
well as Krul. ?I felt I was back where I needed to
be, but people were saying, ?What?s up? Why is
he in the academy? Is he all right?? ? Krul says.
?I had that doubt hanging over me, which was a
shame. I?m lucky Brighton looked deeper and I
try not to dwell on it. The train keeps rolling.?
If nothing else, it was a dispiriting conclusion
to his ?beautiful years? at Newcastle. He moved
there from Den Haag, meeting Freddy
Shepherd, the club?s late chairman, at Louis
restaurant in Jesmond. ?Graeme Souness, the
manager, was there,? Krul says. ?Dean Saunders
too. Freddy said, ?Are you ready for this?? ?Yeah,
yeah. Where do I sign?? Of course I wasn?t
ready. I was a kid.? Krul trained alongside Shay
Given and Steve Harper, and was dispatched on
loan to Falkirk and Carlisle United. ?My first
game in Scotland was at Gretna,? he says. ?We
won 4-0 and I?m thinking, ?I?m the boy here.?
The next week, we lost 4-1 to Celtic. Then we
lose 7-2 to Rangers and I?m thinking, ?Oh no.? ?
Yet he had moved abroad, taken a brave
decision, endured. ?I get a shiver up my spine
thinking about that,? he says. ?Those
experiences made me who I am.?
He was in the Newcastle team that finished
fifth under Alan Pardew in 2012, ?a season
where everything went right for us?, Krul says.
He felt Tyneside stir. ?I?ve said it for years; that
was the time to invest. Imagine if we had
somebody who really backed the team. Can you
imagine the city? I would love to see it happen. I
think it can. Why not? The set-up is there, the
passion, the fans. But we keep saying it.?
Along the way, he fell in love. ?I married
Claire, a Geordie,? he says. ?We have a fouryear-old girl, Sophie, who was born in
Newcastle. It?s Claire?s first move away from the
North East, so Brighton has been a big change,
although it?s an easy place to move into.
Definitely 10 degrees warmer. But I owe
Newcastle everything. I still have a house there,
still have that connection and always will.?
Yet Krul has a void ahead of him. His deal
with Brighton expires this summer and he is
free to speak to foreign clubs now. ?I?ve never
had the experience of being out of contract
before,? he says. ?I just have to see it as an
excitement. I could be in Spain, Italy. Ideally, I?d
like to stay in the Premier League and the main
focus is to make a success of it at Brighton. I
really think this club is going places.?
He yearns to play for Holland again, even if
nothing can top the 2014 World Cup, when he
was brought on for penalties in their quarterfinal against Costa Rica and saved two of five
kicks in the shootout. ?We were at the team
hotel waiting to go to the stadium and the goalie
coach came up to me,? Krul says. ?I thought it
was to say ?keep going, you?re on fire in training?,
a pat on the back.
?But he said, ?If it goes to penalties we?re
going to chuck you on.? And then he came back
five minutes later and said, ?Make sure you don?t
tell anyone. Nobody knows.? I
looked up some penalties on my
laptop, just to freshen up. Halftime came and I didn?t believe it
would happen. Ninety minutes,
I?m thinking ?hmm?. Extra time,
a couple of cans
of Red Bull,
Krul pulls off one of his
saves against Costa Rica
having been introduced
by Van Gaal as a
substitute for Holland?s
World Cup shootout
Krul feels some
pressure as he
prepares for
tonight?s cup
clash with Palace
despite his proven
record at all levels
feeling itchy, doing stretches. Surely not. It can?t
be.
?I had to go to the toilet. There was a massive
long run to get back to the tunnel and up the
stairs and it was this little boy?s moment, really
weird. I?m shivering thinking about it, walking
up, seeing the flags of Holland and Costa Rica,
the World Cup. Louis van Gaal never called me
over, I just took my stuff off, ?Come on, I?m
ready.? The boys were looking at each other.
?What is he doing?? It was crazy how that came
about. But what a day. Great memories.?
He craves more of them. During his long
rehabilitation, Krul considered his professional
mortality. ?Your career can be over in a flick,? he
says. ?And when I retire, I don?t want to fall into
a deep hole.? He has worked with Peak, the
sportswear firm, developing goalkeeping gloves
that grip as well as look good. ?There?s nothing
better than seeing kids wearing stuff you?ve
helped create,? he says.
First, though: football. ?In some ways, I?m
starting from scratch,? Krul says. ?But it?s all
good. I?m somewhere new, seeing new people.
It?s the same in any job, if you?ve done the same
thing for years, it?s a constant circle, you can get
stuck, complacent. I feel that hunger again and
that?s why I started, why I came to England.?
And tonight he will play. He will feel that buzz
again. This is who Tim Krul is.
Monday January 8 2018 | the times
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PAUL WEBB FOR THE TIMES
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Video燗ssistant燫eferee
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History will be made tonight when
Video Assistant Referee technology is
used for the first time in a competitive
club game in England when Brighton
& Hove Albion host Crystal Palace in
the FA Cup third round.
The officials are estimated to get
96 per cent of decisions correct at
present and the hope is that the
technology will increase that to 98 per
cent, according to the Professional
Game Match Officials Limited.
The system will also be used when
Chelsea host Arsenal in Wednesday?s
Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
When can VAR be used?
In four situations: goals, penalties,
straight red cards and cases of
mistaken identity, but the VAR can
intervene only when there is a ?clear
and obvious error?. Evidence from
abroad suggests that the technology is
called on in one game in every three.
What is the process?
The operator has until the game
restarts to tell the referee of a review.
The referee will gesture a square with
his hands to signal that a review has
started and it should take 30-40
seconds. The reason for the final
decision should be obvious to
spectators in most cases, for example
when a penalty award is overturned,
but supporters and television viewers
will not be shown the VAR at work.
The referee can take the advice of
VAR or choose to review the footage
himself on a monitor in a three-metre
exclusion zone near the touchline in a
process that may take two minutes. In
the case of a goal, VAR will only look
at the preceding move from the point
at which the defending team is set; it
does not rewind back and back to find
an offence.
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JON燱EST
Roy Hodgson said that he was too
modest
to
boast
about
his
achievements as a manager when it
was suggested that his nomination
for the Premier League?s manager of
the month award had helped to restore
a reputation tarnished by England?s
humiliating exit at Euro 2016.
The 70-year-old Crystal Palace
manager, whose side are away to
Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup
third round tonight, was shortlisted for
the award for December after adding
ten points to a total that had been on
zero when he took over as Palace
manager in September. The club are
14th in the table after losing just one of
their past eight league matches.
But he reacted angrily when it was
suggested that the nomination was but
a small step towards repairing a
reputation that was damaged by
England?s defeat by Iceland in the
Brighton v Crystal Palace
FA Cup third round
Amex Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm
TV BT Sport 2 Referee A Marriner
Brighton (possible; 4-4-2)
Krul
Schelotto
Goldson
Hunemeier
Bong
Skalak
Kayal
Stephens
March
Baldock
Hemed
Sako
Townsend
Van
Aanholt
Benteke
McArthur
Milivojevic
Fosu-Mensah Tomkins
Cabaye
Riedewald
Speroni
Crystal Palace (possible; 4-4-2)
European Championship finals. ?I?ve
been working for 41 years ? I?ve got
so many titles,? he said. ?I?ve been
manager of the year, I?ve got goodness
knows how many managers of the
months.
?I?ve had 100-odd games for national
teams and 150 of European
competitions. I?ve taken two unfancied
teams to European finals.
?You expect me to answer the
question, ?Do you now think you are a
good manager?? I can?t answer that. Just
because I don?t go out every day and
boast of my achievements whenever I
come into a press conference because I
am a reasonably modest person doesn?t
mean to say I have ever thought
anything other than I am a very good
football manager.
?Whether Palace win or lose or
whatever happens at the end of my
time at Crystal Palace, I will still
be thinking, ?I am a very good
football manager?. I know it, I see it
every day.?
Who reviews footage of incidents?
Neil Swarbrick, a referee, will review
footage in a west London studio. He
has access to 12 to 15 cameras and the
four cameras in each goal used for
goal-line technology. Horizontal lines
are superimposed on images to help
judge offside. While he reviews, he
will be assisted by Peter Kirkup, who
will continue to monitor play.
When would VAR have been
beneficial?
When Stoke City played Brighton at
the Amex Stadium in November,
Ryan Shawcross brought down Glenn
Murray but Lee Mason was unsighted
and did not give Brighton a penalty.
When Crystal Palace played
Manchester City last month, Wilfried
Zaha went down under a challenge
from Raheem Sterling. A penalty was
given to Palace although the decision
was not clear cut. In such a case the
VAR would not intervene because it
was not a ?clear and obvious error?.
When Manchester United played
Southampton last month, Ashley
Young appeared to elbow Dusan
Tadic. The VAR would tell the referee
not to restart and the referee would
be told that he could send off Young.
When has VAR intervened so far?
Gerard Deulofeu was flagged offside
when he scored for Spain against
France in March 2017 but VAR
showed that he was not and the goal
stood. The technology has been used
How it works
Two video assistant referees (VARs)
will watch a video feed of the match
in a west London studio. They will
be in radio contact with the referee
1
Review and advice by VARs
After an incident the referee asks the
VAR to review it, or the VAR
recommends doing so to the
referee. Video footage is viewed and
VARs offer the referee advice
R
R
2
Decision or action is taken
Referee has final say having taken
VAR advice, and can even decide to
look at video footage himself on
screen at side of pitch
for about 500 games in the past 18
months.
Can VAR be used for yellow cards?
There are three instances in which
VAR can advise the referee to issue a
caution: when reviewing a penalty
and a player has dived; when an
attacker tries to score with his hand
and when a player is shown a red card
but was provoked by a player who
deserved a yellow card.
Have players been made aware
when VAR can be used?
Yes, and they have been told to play
to the whistle and that they could be
booked if they aggressively ask the
referee to seek help from VAR.
How would it work for a penalty?
VAR can review the awarding of a
penalty or look at footage when a
penalty has not been given. In the
second case the VAR will tell the
referee to stop the game when the
ball is in a neutral area.
Must the referee accept a VAR call?
No, the referee has the final decision.
Will VAR end debate about
decisions and retrospective
charges?
No. There will be cases when a
violent offence is not immediately
clear on replay and the player could
be banned retrospectively.
Will it be used for every Premier
League game next season?
The Premier League will make that
decision at the end of the season.
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Marriott 75, 90+3
(0) 1
Birmingham
Burton Albion
Gallagher 56
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 1
Aina 58
(0) 1
Bolton
Huddersfield
Osede 64
11,574
(0) 2
Van La Parra 51
Williams 52
Bournemouth
(0) 2
Grigg 4
Hyndman 29 (og)
(0) 0
Brentford
Notts County
6,935
(0) 0
Cardiff
(2) 2
Wigan
Mousset 55, Cook 90+2
9,894
(0) 0
(0) 1
(0) 0
(0) 1
Adam 54 (pen)
14,199
(0) 0
Doncaster
Rochdale
4,513
(0) 0
West Brom
5,638
Sheffield United (1) 1
12,057
Thomas 25
Manchester City (0) 4
Burnley
Ag黣ro 56, 58
San� 71, Bernardo Silva 82
Barnes 25
Middlesbrough (2) 2
Sunderland
Gestede 10
Braithwaite 42
26,399
(1) 4
Millwall
Barnsley
(3) 3
(0) 0
(1) 1
(0) 1
Luton
P閞ez 30, 36
Shelvey 39
Hylton 49
47,069
Newport County (0) 2
Leeds
Shaughnessy 76 (og)
McCoulsky 89
Sent off: S醝z (Leeds) 90+1
Berardi 9
6,887
(0) 0
Chelsea
Norwich
(1) 1
(1) 1
Shrewsbury
(1) 1
(2) 2
(0) 0
West Ham
(0) 0
Nottm Forest
(2) 4
(0) 0
QPR
6,314
Arsenal
(1) 2
MK Dons
(0) 0
(0) 0
Reading
Wycombe
(0) 3
Kane 63, 65
Vertonghen 71
(0) 1
(1) 1
O?Nien 45+1
4,928
Tottenham
(1) 3
Watford
Ciss� 60
(0) 0
Swansea
22,976
Sent off: Vinagre (Wolves) 40, Fer (Swansea) 67
Stevenage
Mertesacker 23,
Welbeck 79
27,182
(0) 0
Wolves
3,877
Lichaj 20, 44, Brereton
64 (pen), Dowell 85 (pen)
Sent off: J Worrall 89
Rond髇 2
Rodriguez 25
(0) 0
9,535
23,598
Andrew 18
Exeter
(0) 0
Ipswich
Newcastle
Stoke
Willis 24
Grimmer 68
(1) 1
Mansfield Town (0) 0
Sheffield Wed
(1) 2
Southampton
Ward-Prowse 29
O?Brien 35, 56, Thompson
Potts 11
47, Onyedinma 61
5,319
Sent off: J Williams (Barnsley) 52
7,793
Coventry
(0) 0
Stead 65
6,378
Carlisle
(0) 0
Fulham
17,327
Hull
6,777
Leicester
5,001
7,623
Blackburn
Fleetwood Town (0) 0
Sergio Ag黣ro
equalises for
Manchester
City to spark a
second-half
rout of Burnley
Carrillo 37, Deeney 57
Capoue 85
AFC Wimbledon (0) 0
Yeovil
47,527
Barnes 61
Green 76
Harrop 2, 85
Browne 38, 78 (pen)
Horgan 50
(0) 2
(0) 0
Bradford
3,040
13,269
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(2) 5
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G E T 燝 OA L S �
VANARAMA燣EAGUES,燛VO璖TIK燩REMIER,燘OSTIK燩REMIER燗ND燜A 燰ASE
Vanarama National
Barrow
(1) 1
Tranmere
(0) 1
Harrison 5 (pen)
1,470
Norwood 90+3
Bromley
AFC Fylde
(0) 0
(1) 1
1,239
Muldoon 28
Dag and Red (1) 4
Hartlepool
Sparkes 39, 81
Cheek 65
Okenabirhie 79
Woods 59, 84
1,290
Dover Athletic(1) 1
Aldershot
Parry 45+1
1,237
Kellerman 45
Kabamba 67
Eastleigh
(2) 4
(0) 2
(1) 2
Guiseley
Vanarama North
(1) 2
Miley 2, Zebroski 36
Yeates 58, Howe 65
Liburd 18, Roberts 79
2,001
Ebbsfleet
Chester
(0) 0
(1) 1
(0) 0
AFC Telford
P
Blyth Spartans(1) 4
Curzon Ashton
P
Gainsborough (0) 0
Rutherford 32, 82
Reid 58, 62
591
Boston Utd
1,389
White 20
Sent off: B Bubb (Ebbsfleet) 85
Gateshead
AFC Fylde............26 10 8 8 42 36 6 38
Maidenhead ....... 29 9 11 9 37 40 -3 38
Maidstone ..........27 9 11 7 34 38 -4 38
Woking................27 10 5 12 38 43 -5 35
Eastleigh.............28 7 13 8 40 42 -2 34
Halifax.................29 8 10 11 31 38 -7 34
Hartlepool...........28 8 9 11 31 38 -7 33
Gateshead...........26 7 11 8 32 28 4 32
Leyton Orient......29 8 8 13 35 42 -7 32
Barrow ................ 29 7 10 12 36 40 -4 31
Chester................27 5 10 12 24 43 -19 25
Solihull Moors.....29 6 6 17 26 45 -19 24
Guiseley .............. 27 4 10 13 25 50 -25 22
Torquay...............28 4 8 16 23 45 -22 20
Sutton Utd
(0) 2
(1) 3
Tamworth
Thompson 23
Hemmings 52, 62 (pen)
Reid 74
P
Salford City.........24
Harrogate ...........24
Brackley ............. 25
Spennymoor .......24
Blyth Spartans....24
Kidderminster.....24
Bradford PA........25
York.....................24
Stockport Co.......25
Chorley................23
Tamworth ........... 25
Boston Utd..........25
FC Utd of Man.....25
Curzon Ashton....24
Leamington.........24
AFC Telford ........22
Alfreton ..............24
Southport............25
Darlington...........24
Gainsborough .....23
Nuneaton............24
North Ferriby .....25
W D L F A GD Pts
16 4 4 42 24 18 52
15 5 4 58 29 29 50
13 9 3 45 22 23 48
13 5 6 49 38 11 44
14 0 10 56 42 14 42
10 9 5 42 29 13 39
11 6 8 42 31 11 39
11 5 8 44 34 10 38
10 7 8 48 36 12 37
9 7 7 26 22 4 34
10 4 11 39 45 -6 34
9 5 11 38 43 -5 32
9 5 11 42 48 -6 32
7 9 8 30 37 -7 30
7 7 10 33 37 -4 28
8 3 11 29 36 -7 27
8 2 14 38 42 -4 26
6 8 11 32 50 -18 26
6 7 11 30 38 -8 25
7 4 12 29 44 -15 25
6 5 13 31 43 -12 23
1 4 20 10 63 -53 7
(0) 1
Vanarama South
Bath City
(0) 0
Truro
(0) 0
493
Wright 74, 81
Bradford PA (0) 1
Spennymoor (1) 2
Sent off: D Ball 90
612
Leyton Orient (0) 0
Boreham Wood(0) 0
Clee 79
448
Foley 13
Mason 74
Braintree
East Thurrock (0) 0
4,094
Macclesfield (0) 0
Solihull Moors(0) 0
1,771
Maidenhead (0) 0
Halifax
(0) 0
1,229
Woking
(2) 4
Ferdinand 21, Effiong 34
Carter 50, Banton 60
1,874
Wrexham
(3) 4
Smith 30
Holroyd 9, 37, 89
P
Macclesfield........29
Aldershot............29
Sutton Utd..........29
Wrexham ............ 28
Dover Athletic .... 29
Dagenham & Red 28
Tranmere
28
Boreham Wood...28
Bromley...............29
Ebbsfleet ............28
Maidstone
(3) 4
(0) 0
1,257
Darlington
Harrogate
(0) 1
Thewlis 81
(1) 1
York City
Styche 43
2,405
Newton 46
Parkin 53 (pen)
FC Utd of Man(1) 1
Southport
(0) 2
Crook 25, Grant 37, 67
Allen 39
Dartford
Cawley 16
485
Hayes 55
Gloucester
(0) 0
(0) 1
Avery 60
292
Kidderminster (1) 1
Hampton & R (0) 0
Torquay
Obeng 57
912
Brown 27
619
North Ferriby (0) 0
Alfreton
(0) 0
D
7
9
7
9
12
9
8
11
8
12
L
6
6
8
6
6
7
8
6
9
7
F
38
46
42
31
38
44
42
37
46
39
A
26
30
34
22
23
32
26
27
37
32
GD Pts
12 55
16 51
8 49
9 48
15 45
12 45
16 44
10 44
9 44
7 39
(0) 1
(3) 3
297
Shiels 17, Sharp 20
Bird 45
Sent off: B Johnson (North Ferriby) 30
Nuneaton
(0) 0
Brackley
(1) 2
532
Walker 8, Armson 59
Stockport Co (1) 2
Salford City
Oswell 31
Cheidu Dixon 83
5,002
Redshaw 49
Nottingham 90
(0) 2
Havant & W
Hungerford
P
(0) 1
Bignall 56
282
Poole
St Albans
Weston-s-Mare(2) 3
Hemel H
(0) 0
Wealdstone
Oxford City
(P) P
(2) 2
Paterson 30
Sinclair 45
P
(2) 2
Monlouis 17
Eadie 45
Welling
(0) 1
Hill 1 (pen), Lee 35
Plummer 51
Greaves 12
Leamington
445
Concord Rangers(1) 1
Lewis 25, 53
Reason 41 (pen)
Pigott 42
4,242
W
16
14
14
13
11
12
12
11
12
9
Chorley
(3) 4
Chippenham
P
Chelmsford (0) 1
Oyenuga 86
774
(1) 3
Durojaiye 9
Romain 79, 90+4
Eastbourne B (0) 0
404
Whitehawk
(1) 2
Omotayo 44 (pen)
Mensah 80
P
Dartford .............. 25
Braintree.............25
Hampton & R ...... 25
Havant & W ........ 23
Truro .................. 25
Chelmsford..........24
Hemel H..............24
St Albans ...........25
Weston-s-Mare .. 24
Welling................25
Bath City.............24
East Thurrock .... 24
Wealdstone.........24
Hungerford .........25
Eastbourne Boro.25
Concord Rangers.24
Oxford City..........24
Chippenham .......24
Gloucester ..........25
Poole .................. 24
Bognor Regis
25
Whitehawk
25
Bognor Regis (0) 2
Muitt 65, 72
429
W
13
12
11
12
12
11
11
11
10
9
9
9
8
8
8
6
7
7
7
5
3
1
D
7
8
11
7
7
8
8
7
6
8
7
7
8
5
5
10
7
5
5
6
11
5
L
5
5
3
4
6
5
5
7
8
8
8
8
8
12
12
8
10
12
13
13
11
19
F
52
51
35
40
44
38
39
39
44
41
31
45
34
28
36
31
34
36
30
28
29
23
A
28
34
20
19
30
23
26
32
38
39
30
46
37
34
53
35
42
47
42
43
44
66
GD Pts
24 46
17 44
15 44
21 43
14 43
15 41
13 41
7 40
6 36
2 35
1 34
-1 34
-3 32
-6 29
-17 29
-4 28
-8 28
-11 26
-12 26
-15 21
-15 20
-43 8
Evo-Stik Premier: North
Ashton Utd 3 Marine 0; Coalville 4 Sutton
Coldfield 2; Farsley Celtic 0 Altrincham 1;
Halesowen 1 Grantham 3; Matlock 0 Barwell 2;
Nantwich 1 Hednesford 5; Rushall Olympic v
Stafford (postp); Stalybridge v Witton Albion
(postp); Stourbridge 1 Mickleover Sports 1;
Warrington 1 Buxton 0; Whitby 0 Lancaster 5;
Workington v Shaw Lane (postp).
P W D L F A GD Pts
Altrincham..........26 17 5 4 60 21 39 56
Grantham............26 15 3 8 55 29 26 48
Warrington ........ 25 14 5 6 41 30 11 47
Workington.........27 13 7 7 49 33 16 46
Shaw Lane .......... 22 14 3 5 45 24 21 45
Ashton Utd ......... 24 13 6 5 47 32 15 45
Hednesford ......... 28 13 5 10 40 42 -2 44
Farsley Celtic......27 12 7 8 48 44 4 43
Witton Albion.....28 11 7 10 48 42 6 40
Stourbridge.........25 11 6 8 40 27 13 39
Buxton.................26 11 5 10 41 36 5 38
Lancaster ...........25 10 7 8 45 37 8 37
Mickleover Spts..30 10 7 13 41 39 2 37
Coalville ............. 29 11 4 14 49 58 -9 37
Barwell................27 9 8 10 37 36 1 35
Matlock ..............27 9 5 13 38 47 -9 32
Stafford ..............25 9 5 11 29 38 -9 32
Nantwich ............24 8 5 11 32 39 -7 29
Whitby................29 7 8 14 35 51 -16 29
Rushall Olympic..27 8 5 14 35 54 -19 29
Marine.................27
Halesowen..........28
Stalybridge ......... 23
Sutton Coldfield .29
7
7
7
5
6
6
2
5
14
15
14
19
34
30
30
27
47
51
44
75
-13 27
-21 27
-14 23
-48 2
Evo-Stik Premier: South
Banbury 1 Hitchin 0; Basingstoke 3 Kettering 2;
Biggleswade 1 Frome 2; Kings Langley 0 St Ives
3; Kings Lynn 3 Dorchester 0; Merthyr v
Dunstable (postp); Redditch 7 Farnborough 1;
Royston 5 Gosport 0; Slough 2 Hereford 2; St
Neots 2 Stratford 2; Tiverton 1 Chesham 2;
Weymouth 1 Bishop?s Stortford 1.
P
Kings Lynn .........27
Kettering.............27
Weymouth..........27
Hereford .............23
Tiverton .............. 27
Slough.................21
Hitchin.................27
Royston ..............24
Banbury...............27
St Neots .............27
Frome .................26
Chesham ............. 26
Stratford ............27
Biggleswade .......28
Redditch..............26
Basingstoke........27
Merthyr ..............28
B Stortford..........28
Farnborough........28
Dorchester..........28
St Ives ................27
Kings Langley ..... 28
Dunstable............27
Gosport .............. 25
W D L F A GD Pts
18 4 5 56 25 31 58
17 6 4 62 29 33 57
17 4 6 59 34 25 55
16 5 2 60 20 40 53
15 2 10 38 39 -1 47
13 5 3 59 26 33 44
13 5 9 46 38 8 44
13 4 7 42 32 10 43
12 6 9 55 39 16 42
10 10 7 49 46 3 40
12 4 10 53 51 2 40
10 8 8 49 35 14 38
10 8 9 44 45 -1 38
10 7 11 33 32 1 37
10 6 10 47 39 8 36
10 5 12 56 41 15 35
8 9 11 45 58 -13 33
8 7 13 42 45 -3 31
9 4 15 51 70 -19 31
8 6 14 45 59 -14 30
5 5 17 32 60 -28 20
4 8 16 36 65 -29 20
2 3 22 15 83 -68 9
2 1 22 14 77 -63 7
Bostik Premier
Billericay 1 Margate 1; Dorking Wanderers v
Wingate & Finchley (postp); Dulwich Hamlet 4
Folkestone 3; Harlow 2 Tooting & Mitcham 1;
Harrow 3 Needham Market 2; Kingstonian 0
Thurrock 1; Leiston 1 Leatherhead 2; Merstham
v Hendon (postp); Met Police 1 Brightlingsea 1;
Staines 3 Burgess Hill 1; Tonbridge 2 Lowestoft
2; Worthing 2 Enfield 2.
P
Dulwich Hamlet..27
Billericay.............22
Folkestone ......... 26
Hendon................25
Staines ...............27
Leiston................27
Met Police...........28
Wingate & F .......23
W D
19 5
18 3
15 3
15 2
13 7
13 6
12 7
12 3
L
3
1
8
8
7
8
9
8
F
60
57
56
57
58
47
51
33
A
26
17
39
29
40
35
47
32
GD Pts
34 62
40 57
17 48
28 47
18 46
12 45
4 43
1 39
Margate .............. 24
Leatherhead........23
Tonbridge ...........26
Enfield ................25
Thurrock..............27
Brightlingsea .....27
Harrow Borough . 29
Dorking Wandrs..24
Lowestoft .......... 26
Merstham ........... 26
Harlow.................27
Needham Mkt.....27
Kingstonian.........24
Worthing.............27
Tooting & M........27
Burgess Hill ....... 24
10
12
11
9
10
9
9
9
9
7
8
6
8
6
7
5
8
2
5
8
3
5
4
3
3
7
3
8
2
7
4
6
6
9
10
8
14
13
16
12
14
12
16
13
14
14
16
13
39
31
37
42
37
45
40
40
35
39
32
40
28
40
38
34
29
28
36
40
49
53
57
45
45
48
56
48
46
52
65
54
10
3
1
2
-12
-8
-17
-5
-10
-9
-24
-8
-18
-12
-27
-20
38
38
38
35
33
32
31
30
30
28
27
26
26
25
25
21
FA Vase: Fourth round: Blackfield & Langley 3
Bracknell 2; Cogenhoe 2 Wolverhampton
Sporting Community 3; Desborough 2 Stourport
Swifts 4; Eastbourne T 1 Windsor 3; Horley 1
Chichester 2; Leighton 5 Norwich CBS 2;
Melksham 2 Crowborough 1; Newcastle
Benfield 1 Coleshill 1; Stockton 2 West
Auckland 1; Thatcham 2 Biggleswade 1; Tring 5
Hullbridge Sports 1; Westfields 1 Hamble Club
4; Wisbech 1 Bromsgrove Sporting 3.
Yesterday: 1874 Northwich 3 Pontefract
Collieries 1. Jan 13: Marske v Hinckley; Newport
(IoW) v Bradford T. Replay: Tomorrow:
Bracknell v Blackfield & Langley.
WOMEN?S燬UPER燣EAGUE�
League One: Bristol C 2 Everton 1; Liverpool 8
Yeovil 0; Sunderland 3 Birmingham 0; Chelsea
3 Arsenal 2; Reading 2 Man City 5.
P W
D
L
F
A
Pts
7 18
Man City
6 6 0 0 24
4 16
Chelsea
6 5 1 0 24
5 12
Liverpool
6 4 0 2 15
Arsenal
6 3 1 2 13 11 10
7 18
9
Sunderland
7 3 0 4
8
Reading
6 2 2 2 14 10
4 17
7
Bristol City
6 2 1 3
6
Everton
7 2 0 5 11 12
7 13
4
Birmingham
6 1 1 4
0 22
0
Yeovil
6 0 0 6
League Two: Oxford Utd 2 Durham 4; Aston
Villa 3 London Bees 3; Millwall 2 Sheffield FC
1; Tottenham 0 Brighton 1; Watford 0
Doncaster 2.
Fixtures: Sunday
FA Women?s Super League: Birmingham v
Bristol City (2.0).
Continental Tyres Cup: Semi-finals: Chelsea v
Man City (2.0); Reading v Arsenal (2.0).
Monday January 8 2018 | the times
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燭O燢NOW,燭HE燯LTIMATE燫ESULTS燬ERVICE
S KY燘ET燣EAG UE燨N E
HOME
P W
W 1 Wigan.........................25
D
L
SKY 燘 E T 燣 E AG U E 燭 WO
AWAY
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
8 38 56
8
4
1 21
4
9
1
2 29
W 2 Shrewsbury................25 10
1
1 18
4
6
5
2 15 11 18 54
W 3 Blackburn....................25
7
3
2 22 11
7
4
2 23 12 22 49
W 4 Scunthorpe.................26
7
4
2 17
9
7
3
3 20 13 15 49
W 5 Bradford..................... 26
6
1
6 18 19
9
2
2 24 15
8 48
W 6 Portsmouth................26
9
1
3 21
8
4
1
8 12 22
3 41
W 7 Rotherham.................26
7
2
4 28 17
5
2
6 16 18
9 40
Y 8 Charlton......................26
Z 9 Peterborough.............26
7
4
3 19 15
4
3
5 14 17
1 40
7
1
5 20 18
4
5
4 23 19
6 39
W10 Oxford United.............27
6
4
4 25 23
4
4
5 17 16
3 38
W11 Doncaster...................26
5
5
3 19 14
4
2
7 10 14
1 34
Y12 Plymouth....................27
Z13 Fleetwood Town........26
Z14 Blackpool....................27
Z15 Bristol Rovers............26
Z16 Gillingham..................26
6
2
6 18 21
3
5
5 11 13 -5 34
4
4
5 19 20
5
2
6 17 20 -4 33
5
3
5 20 21
3
5
6 14 17 -4 32
8
0
5 23 18
2
2
9 13 25 -7 32
2
7
4 15 15
5
3
5 12 14 -2 31
W17 Southend....................27
6
5
2 18 12
2
2 10 13 33 -14 31
W18 Walsall........................25
4
6
3 18 16
3
3
6 13 18 -3 30
W19 MK Dons.....................26
4
6
3 15 16
3
2
8 13 22 -10 29
W20 Oldham.......................27
5
2
6 22 21
2
5
7 17 28 -10 28
W21 AFC Wimbledon.........25
4
3
6 13 17
3
3
6
W22 Northampton.............27
5
2
7 12 21
2
3
8 11 26 -24 26
W23 Rochdale.....................25
4
5
3 13 11
0
5
8 12 24 -10 22
W24 Bury............................ 26
4
1
7 10 16
0
4 10
9 14 -9 27
9 25 -22 17
RE S ULTS
Charlton (1) 1 Oldham (0) 0
Mavididi 27
TEAM燨F燭HE燱EEK�
9,972
Eastwood
(Oxford United)
Threlkeld
(Plymouth)
Demetriou (Southend)
Tilt (Blackpool)
Poole (Northampton)
Carey (Plymouth)
Mavididi
(Charlton)
Mayor (Bury)
Green (Oldham)
Long (Northampton)
Obika (Oxford)
Northamptn(1) 3 Southend(1) 1
O?Toole 19
Demetriou
Grimes 49 (pen)
26 (pen)
Revell 90
5,267
Oxford U (0) 1 Blackpool(0) 0
Obika 80
6,775
Plymouth(2) 3 Bury
Diagouraga 14
Carey 42
Sarcevic 78
(0) 0
9,139
Sent off: R Lowe (Bury) 60
LE A D IN G�
SCORERS
HOME
17 J Marriott
(Peterboro)
13 K Moore
(Rotherham)
13 B Pitman
(Portsmouth)
12 E Doyle
(Oldham)
11 C Wyke
(Bradford)
11 N Powell
(Wigan)
10 D Cole
(Fleetwood)
10 B Dack
(Blackburn)
TOP ASSISTS
13 M Maddison
(Peterboro)
9 J Payne
(Oxford Utd)
9 H Adelakun
(Scunthorpe)
8 G Carey
(Plymouth)
8 S McLaughlin
(Southende)
8 T McMahon
(Bradford City)
Ladbrokes Premiership
Ayr United
Forrest 4
1,436
Championship
Brechin City (1) 1
Morton
McLennan 7
694
McHugh 12
(0) 0
Falkirk
Livingston
(2) 6
(0) 0
1,067
St. Mirren
(1) 1
Dunfermline (1) 1
Cardle 24
Grant 21, Tumilty 41
Longridge 57, 73
Robson 65, Kidd 90
Dundee Utd
(1) 1
King 6
5,326
Queen of South(1) 1
Kane 39
(1) 1
Reilly 26
Inverness CT (0) 0
4,448
P W D L
St Mirren.............21 14 3 4
Dundee Utd.........20 12 3 5
Dunfermline .......20 9 5 6
Queen of South...20 8 6 6
Livingston...........19 8 6 5
Morton................19 7 7 5
Inverness CT.......20 6 6 8
Dumbarton..........20 4 8 8
Falkirk.................19 3 8 8
Brechin City ........ 20 0 4 16
F
39
30
37
33
29
27
22
15
18
16
A
23
23
24
27
24
20
23
26
30
46
GD Pts
16 45
7 39
13 32
6 30
5 30
7 28
-1 24
-11 20
-12 17
-30 4
League One
Airdrieonians (0) 0
D
L
W 1 Luton Town................26 10
1
2 41 13
W 2 Notts County..............26
9
4
0 26 10
W 3 Coventry.....................26
8
2
3 16
7
5
3
5 12 11 10 44
Y 4 Accrington Stanley....25
Z 5 Wycombe................... 26
Z 6 Lincoln City.................26
Z 7 Mansfield Town.........26
Z 8 Exeter City..................25
Z 9 Colchester..................27
Z10 Swindon......................25
7
2
3 23 12
6
2
5 19 18 12 43
7
3
3 27 18
5
4
4 19 17 11 43
7
4
2 20
9
5
3
5 15 15 11 43
7
5
1 23 13
4
5
4 15 16
9 43
9
0
3 19 11
4
3
6 16 21
3 42
6
5
3 22 14
5
3
5 14 17
5 41
4
2
7 14 24
9
0
3 24 10
4 41
W11 Newport County.........26
5
5
2 17 11
5
4
5 18 19
5 39
W12 Cambridge United......26
8
2
3 18 11
2
5
6
W13 Carlisle........................26
3
5
5 19 16
6
2
5 18 21
Y14 Cheltenham................27
Z15 Grimsby Town............27
Z16 Stevenage..................26
Z17 Crawley Town............26
6
3
4 19 15
3
4
7 18 24 -2 34
4
5
5 12 17
5
2
6 14 19 -10 34
6
5
2 27 16
3
1
9
4
2
7 11 14
5
4
4 14 17 -6 33
W18 Port Vale.....................27
5
1
7 16 18
4
3
7 13 17 -6 31
W19 Crewe..........................26
6
2
6 19 21
3
0
9 10 20 -12 29
Y20 Morecambe................26
Z21 Yeovil..........................26
Y22 Forest Green Rovers..26
Z23 Chesterfield................27
Z24 Barnet.........................26
5
2
6 14 18
2
5
6 12 18 -10 28
5
4
4 19 14
2
2
9 17 33 -11 27
4
2
8 15 24
2
3
7 11 23 -21 23
4
3
6 14 19
1
3 10 12 32 -25 21
3
3
7 11 16
2
2
R ES U LTS
136 T Holy
(Gillingham)
114 L Nicholls
(MK Dons)
94 M Gilks
(Scunthorpe)
89 B Amos
(Charlton)
87 M Oxley
(Southend)
86 S Eastwood
(Oxford Utd)
81 D Henderson
(Shrewsbury)
Accrington(2) 4 Chesterfld(0) 0
Odelusi 57
Atangana 70
Sellars 79
Eisa 83
Sent off: K Reid (Colchester) 44
Forest Grn (0) 1 Port Vale (0) 0
2,437
Grimsby (0) 0 Morecambe(2) 2
3,104
D
L
East Fife
(0) 0
734
Alloa Athletic (2) 3
Albion Rovers (1) 1
Stewart 19, Crossan 43
Flannigan 88
Vitoria 14
458
(1) 1
Arbroath
(0) 2
Wallace 68
McIntosh 88
Sent off: T O?Brien (Arbroath) 82
Queen?s Park (0) 2
Stranraer
(0) 2
Donnelly 80
Cummins 90+2 (pen)
Beith 76, Turner 90
607
Raith Rovers (2) 2
Forfar Athletic(1) 1
Spence 13
Trialist 26 (og)
Peters 21
1,575
P W D L F A GD Pts
Raith Rovers.......19 14 3 2 42 16 26 45
Ayr United...........21 14 2 5 58 28 30 44
Alloa Athletic......19 9 4 6 31 24 7 31
Arbroath..............19 9 3 7 39 29 10 30
Stranraer.............20 7 5 8 32 36 -4 26
Airdrieonians......20 6 7 7 28 36 -8 25
East Fife..............21 7 3 11 31 39 -8 24
Albion Rovers ..... 19 6 4 9 41 45 -4 22
Queen?s Park.......21 4 6 11 23 44 -21 18
Forfar Athletic....21 4 3 14 19 47 -28 15
League Two
Annan Ath
(0) 0
Montrose
6
5
2 21 12 37 54
5
4
4 18 16 18 50
Ellison 10
Old 41
Cowdenbeath (0) 0
Edinburgh City(2) 2
365
Elgin City
Shepherd 38
Scullion 42
(1) 2
Clyde
(0) 1
Cameron 18
Dodd 87
Goodwillie 68
566
Stenhousemuir(1) 1
Peterhead
McGuigan 28 (pen)
449
McAllister 46, 45+3 (pen)
Robertson 72
McLean 80
Stirling Alb
Berwick R
Smith 24, 58
(1) 2
(1) 4
(0) 0
597
P W D L F A
Montrose ............ 20 12 5 3 29 20
Peterhead............18 13 1 4 49 20
Stenhousemuir...19 9 5 5 32 25
Stirling Albion .... 18 9 3 6 34 22
Annan Athletic ... 20 7 7 6 23 17
Elgin City.............19 8 3 8 32 36
Berwick Rangers.18 6 3 9 14 31
Edinburgh City....19 4 3 12 15 30
Clyde ................... 17 2 8 7 20 29
Cowdenbeath......18 1 6 11 10 28
Benevento 3 Sampdoria 2; Cagliari 0 Juventus
1; Genoa 1 Sassuolo 0; Milan 1 Crotone 0;
Napoli 2 Verona 0; Roma 1 Atalanta 2; SPAL 2
Lazio 5; Torino 3 Bologna 0.
Played Friday: Chievo 1 Udinese 1; Fiorentina
1 Inter Milan 1.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Napoli..................20 16 3 1 44 13 31 51
Juventus ............. 20 16 2 2 49 15 34 50
Inter Milan..........20 12 6 2 35 15 20 42
Lazio....................19 12 4 3 48 24 24 40
Roma...................19 12 3 4 30 14 16 39
Sampdoria...........19 9 3 7 36 29 7 30
Atalanta..............20 8 6 6 31 26 5 30
Udinese...............19 9 1 9 33 27 6 28
Fiorentina ........... 20 7 7 6 29 21 8 28
Torino..................20 6 10 4 28 27 1 28
AC Milan ............. 20 8 4 8 25 27 -2 28
Bologna...............20 7 3 10 23 30 -7 24
Chievo ................. 20 5 7 8 20 32 -12 22
Genoa..................20 5 6 9 16 22 -6 21
Sassuolo..............20 6 3 11 13 30 -17 21
Cagliari................20 6 2 12 18 31 -13 20
SPAL....................20 3 6 11 21 38 -17 15
Crotone ............... 20 4 3 13 13 38 -25 15
Verona.................20 3 4 13 18 41 -23 13
Benevento...........20 2 1 17 13 43 -30 7
L A 燣 I GA
Milne 39
GD Pts
9 41
29 40
7 32
12 30
6 28
-4 27
-17 21
-15 15
-9 14
-18 9
A GD Pts
7 20 -6 37
0 34
9 23 -3 33
9 15 23 -13 20
L E ADING�
S C ORE RS
15 D Hylton
(Luton)
15 B Kee
(Accrington)
13 J Grant
(Notts County)
12 K Dennis
(Chesterfield)
12 C Doidge
(Forest Green)
12 A Akinfenwa
(Wycombe)
11 J Collins
(Luton)
11 T Pope
(Port Vale)
11 M Eisa
(Cheltenham)
11 S Szmodics
(Colchester)
TOP ASSISTS
9 G Cooper
(Crewe)
7 M Taylor
(Swindon)
7 D Wright
(Colchester)
6 B Kee
(Accrington)
6 A Akinfenwa
(Wycombe)
6 J Collins
(Luton)
6 A Sheehan
(Luton)
6 J CampbellRyce
(Barnet)
TOP燬AVE S
106 D Forde
(Cambridge U)
100 B Collins
(Forest Green)
97 C Pym
(Exeter)
94 J Fryer
(Stevenage)
92 J Day
(Newport)
92 A Krysiak
(Yeovil)
LEAGUE燨NE
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
Athletic Bilbao 2 Alav閟 0; Atletico Madrid 2
Getafe 0; Barcelona 3 Levante 0; Celta Vigo 2
Real Madrid 2; Las Palmas 1 Eibar 2; Legan閟 1
Real Sociedad 0; Seville 3 Real Betis 5; Valencia
2 Girona 1; Villarreal 1 Deportivo La Coru馻 1.
Today: M醠aga v Espanyol.
P W
D
L
F
Barcelona............18 15
Atletico Madrid...18 11
Valencia ............. 18 11
Real Madrid.........17 9
Seville ................. 18 9
Villarreal.............18 8
Eibar....................18 8
Athletic Bilbao....18 6
Legan閟...............17 7
Real Betis............18 7
Getafe.................18 6
Real Sociedad ..... 18 6
Girona..................18 6
Celta Vigo ........... 18 6
Espanyol..............17 5
Levante...............18 3
D La Coru馻.........18 4
Alav閟.................18 5
M醠aga ................ 17 3
Las Palmas..........18 3
3
6
4
5
2
4
3
6
3
3
5
5
5
4
5
9
4
0
2
2
0
1
3
3
7
6
7
6
7
8
7
7
7
8
7
6
10
13
12
13
48
27
38
32
23
25
24
20
13
30
22
31
22
32
14
15
20
13
13
14
A GD Pts
7
8
18
16
27
21
30
19
14
34
18
30
28
27
21
25
35
27
31
40
41
19
20
16
-4
4
-6
1
-1
-4
4
1
-6
5
-7
-10
-15
-14
-18
-26
48
39
37
32
29
28
27
24
24
24
23
23
23
22
20
18
16
15
11
11
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
TODAY
FA Cup: Third Round:
Brighton v Crystal Palace.
TOMORROW
Carabao Cup: Semi-final, first
leg: Man City v Bristol City.
Vanarama National: AFC
Fylde v Chester; Dagenham &
Red v Boreham Wood;
Maidstone v Ebbsfleet.
Ladbrokes Scottish
Championship: Inverness CT v
Falkirk.
FA Trophy: First round:
Halifax v Macclesfield;
Spennymoor v Gainsborough.
WEDNESDAY
Carabao Cup: Semi-final, first
leg: Chelsea v Arsenal (8.0).
Vanarama North: Darlington
v Salford City.
FRIDAY
Sky Bet Championship: Sheff
Utd v Sheff Wed.
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
SATURDAY
Premier League: Chelsea v
Leicester; Crystal Palace v
Burnley; Huddersfield v West
Ham; Newcastle v Swansea;
Tottenham v Everton (5.30);
Watford v Southampton;
West Brom v Brighton.
Sky Bet Championship:
Barnsley v Wolves;
Birmingham v Derby;
Brentford v Bolton; Bristol
City v Norwich; Burton Albion
v QPR; Cardiff v Sunderland
(12.30); Hull v Reading;
Ipswich v Leeds;
Middlesbrough v Fulham;
Millwall v Preston; Nottm
Forest v Aston Villa (5.30).
League One: Blackburn v
Shrewsbury; Blackpool v
Bristol Rovers; Bradford v
Northampton; Bury v
Charlton; Doncaster v
Plymouth; Gillingham v
Rochdale; MK Dons v AFC
Wimbledon; Oldham v
unpopular owner with
supporters, revealed last
month he is in talks to sell
the club.
?The infrastructure is
here, the players are here . . .
the fanbase is here, the area
is ready to go again,? Karl
Robinson, the manager, said.
Optimism is in far shorter
supply at bottom club Bury,
who lost 3-0 away to
Plymouth Argyle, to slump
to a sixth successive defeat.
Northampton Town
remain in relegation places,
despite a 3-1 home win over
Southend United, while
Blackpool have now won
just one of their past eight
league games, after a 1-0 loss
away to Oxford United.
Stephy Mavididi, the Arsenal
forward who signed for a
second loan spell with
Charlton Athletic on
Wednesday, marked his return
to The Valley with a goal that
lifted his team to within a
point of the play-off places.
The 19-year-old, who spent
the second half of last season
at Charlton, scored the only
goal in the 1-0 victory over
Oldham Athletic.
The feelgood factor around
Charlton has intensified since
Roland Duch鈚elet, the deeply
LEAGUE燭WO
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
?He?s got great ability, but
that?s a steep learning curve
for him, he?ll just have to
man up and get on with it,?
Jack Lester, the Chesterfield
manager, said.
Colchester United wasted
the opportunity to move into
the play-off places after a 4-1
home defeat by Cheltenham
Town. Colchester were
leading 1-0 before Kyel Reid
was shown a straight red
card for lashing out at Joe
Morrell just before half-time.
?I?ve seen it back on the
video and there can be no
excuses. Kyel has let
everyone down,? John
McGreal, the manager, said.
Aaron Ramsdale, the teenage
Bournemouth goalkeeper,
endured a torrid Football
League debut on loan at
Chesterfield, scoring an own
goal and letting in three goals
as Accrington Stanley moved
into the play-off places.
Ramsdale, for whom
Bournemouth paid Sheffield
United �million in last
January?s transfer window, was
badly at fault for two Stanley
goals in their 4-0 win.
F IX TURE S
(1) 1
339
F
Chapman
(Accrington)
Monthe
(Forest Green)
B Davies (Grimsby)
Smith (Port Vale)
McGowan (Morecambe)
Morrell (Cheltenham)
McConville
(Accrington)
Osbourne (Forest Green)
Reed (Chesterfield)
Ellison (Morecambe)
Guthrie (Colchester)
Colchester(1) 1 Cheltenhm(0) 4
Reid 61
A W
TEAM燨F燭HE燱EEK�
Hughes 19
1,655
McConville 32
Ramsdale 47 (og)
Kee 89
Guthrie 40
2,886
F
S ER I E燗
P W D L F A GD Pts
Celtic...................22 15 6 1 48 15 33 51
Aberdeen.............22 13 4 5 33 24 9 43
Rangers...............22 12 4 6 41 25 16 40
Hibernian ............ 22 9 8 5 31 27 4 35
Hearts.................22 7 9 6 21 19 2 30
Kilmarnock..........21 6 8 7 25 28 -3 26
St Johnstone.......21 7 5 9 21 30 -9 26
Motherwell ......... 21 7 3 11 26 32 -6 24
Hamilton Acad ...21 6 5 10 30 34 -4 23
Dundee................22 6 4 12 23 32 -9 22
Partick Thistle....22 5 5 12 19 37 -18 20
Ross County........22 4 5 13 21 36 -15 17
Next fixtures: Jan 23: Partick v Celtic.
Jan 24: Dundee v Hibernian; Hamilton v
Hearts; Kilmarnock v St Johnstone;
Motherwell v Ross Co; Rangers v Aberdeen.
1,086
P W
TO P 燬AV E S
SCOTL AN D
Dumbarton
AWAY
P REM IER燣 EAGU E
Rotherham; Portsmouth v
Scunthorpe; Southend v
Fleetwood; Walsall v Oxford
Utd; Wigan v Peterborough.
League Two: Cambridge Utd v
Mansfield; Carlisle v Crewe;
Cheltenham v Accrington
Stanley; Chesterfield v Luton;
Crawley Town v Barnet;
Exeter v Coventry; Grimsby v
Newport County; Lincoln City
v Notts County; Morecambe v
Stevenage; Port Vale v
Yeovil; Swindon v Forest
Green; Wycombe v
Colchester.
Vanarama National: AFC
Fylde v Guiseley; Woking v
Tranmere.
Ladbrokes Scottish
Championship: Brechin v
Livingston; Dumbarton v St
Mirren; Dunfermline v
Dundee Utd; Inverness CT v
Queen of South; Morton v
Falkirk. League One: Arbroath
v Queen?s Park; East Fife v
Alloa; Forfar v Albion; Raith v
Ayr; Stranraer v
Airdrieonians. League Two:
Berwick v Annan Athletic;
Clyde v Stenhousemuir;
Edinburgh City v Montrose;
Elgin v Cowdenbeath;
Peterhead v Stirling.
FA Trophy: Second round:
Billericay v Stourbridge;
Blyth Spartans v Bromley;
Bognor Regis v Leyton
Orient; Brackley v Barrow;
Dover v Marine; East
Thurrock v Chester; Ebbsfleet
v Warrington; Gateshead v
Boreham Wood; Maidstone v
Heybridge; Kidderminster v
Stockport Co; St Albans v
Harrogate; Sutton Utd v
Hendon; Wealdstone v
Hereford; Weston-s-Mare v
Workington; Halifax or
Macclesfield v Maidenhead;
Spennymoor or Gainsborough
v Solhull Moors.
SUNDAY
Premier League: Liverpool v
Man City (4.0); Bournemouth
v Arsenal (1.30).
P
Man City .......................
Man United ..................
Chelsea .........................
Liverpool ......................
Tottenham ...................
Arsenal .........................
Burnley .........................
Leicester.......................
Everton .........................
Watford ........................
Huddersfield................
Brighton .......................
Newcastle ....................
Crystal Palace..............
West Ham.....................
Bournemouth..............
Southampton ..............
Stoke .............................
West Brom ...................
Swansea .......................
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
L
F
A
20 2 0
14 5 3
14 4 4
12 8 2
12 5 5
11 6 5
9 7 6
8 6 8
7 6 9
7 4 11
6 6 10
5 8 9
6 4 12
5 7 10
5 7 10
5 6 11
4 8 10
5 5 12
2 10 10
4 4 14
W
D
64
45
41
50
42
40
19
34
25
31
18
17
20
20
25
22
21
23
16
13
13
16
16
25
21
28
19
32
34
40
35
27
30
33
40
34
32
47
30
34
GD Pts
51
29
25
25
21
12
0
2
-9
-9
-17
-10
-10
-13
-15
-12
-11
-24
-14
-21
62
47
46
44
41
39
34
30
27
25
24
23
22
22
22
21
20
20
16
16
SKY燘ET燙HAMPIONSHIP
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
Wolves...................................26
Derby.....................................26
Cardiff ................................... 26
Bristol City............................26
Aston Villa ............................ 26
Leeds.....................................26
Sheff Utd...............................26
Middlesbrough....................26
Preston..................................26
Fulham..................................26
Brentford .............................. 26
Ipswich..................................26
Norwich ................................ 26
Nottm Forest........................26
Millwall..................................26
Sheff Wed ............................. 26
QPR........................................26
Reading.................................26
Barnsley................................26
Bolton....................................26
Hull.........................................26
Burton Albion ...................... 26
Birmingham ......................... 26
Sunderland...........................26
19
14
14
13
12
13
13
12
10
10
9
11
9
10
7
7
7
7
6
6
5
6
6
4
4
7
5
8
8
4
3
5
10
9
10
3
7
2
9
9
9
7
8
7
9
6
5
10
3
5
7
5
6
9
10
9
6
7
7
12
10
14
10
10
10
12
12
13
12
14
15
12
50
41
36
40
38
37
40
35
30
39
39
39
26
33
28
30
28
30
27
25
39
20
15
29
20
23
25
31
24
28
31
26
26
34
35
39
31
42
29
34
36
35
37
43
44
43
35
43
30
18
11
9
14
9
9
9
4
5
4
0
-5
-9
-1
-4
-8
-5
-10
-18
-5
-23
-20
-14
61
49
47
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44
43
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few years ago, I was invited to a game
at White Hart Lane by a friend. I
went to his house and we travelled on
to the ground in a people carrier.
Along with my friend, there were four
other Tottenham Hotspur supporters.
One was a teacher, I seem to
remember, and another a lawyer, and
we chatted amiably en route.
Only as we came within sight of the
stadium, and saw other fans walking along the
roads of north London, did three of my fellow
travellers undergo what I can only describe as
a metamorphosis. Their language became
coarser. They began to chant not merely about
their support for Spurs but their contempt for
Chelsea. Their eyes had taken on a new gleam.
By the time we took our seats, they were in
full voice, making obscene gestures to
opposition fans, and issuing abusive comments
that would have been inconceivable just 30
minutes earlier. They seemed like different
people. Let us call it fan-morphosis.
I was thinking of all this in the context of a
spate of recent scandals. Jake Livermore, the
West Bromwich Albion midfielder, clashed
with a fan of West Ham United during the
game between the clubs last week. It is alleged
that the fan mocked the midfielder about his
son, who died in 2014 when his partner went
into labour. Livermore had been so devastated
that he spiralled into drugs and depression.
A few days later, a story emerged about
Dunfermline Athletic midfielder Dean Shiels,
who was abused by fans at a game against
Falkirk. Shiels lost his eye in a domestic
accident at the age of eight, and had it
removed 12 years later. Falkirk fans threw fake
eyes on to the pitch during the game, and
taunted him. Kenny Shiels, his father and the
manager of Derry City, said that this was not
uncommon. ?It?s not just a few [supporters],?
he said. ?It?s not nice for a boy that?s mapped
out a career in professional football. With his
handicap, it is a fantastic achievement.?
The idea that football has a problem with
fan culture is hardly original. Anyone who has
heard mass chanting involving the Munich air
disaster, or the Hillsborough tragedy, or the
wrongly alleged paedophilic tendencies of a
high-profile manager, will acknowledge that
egregious behaviour, while limited to a
minority, is widespread. Indeed, TV directors
often resist close-ups at throw-ins and corners
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Four goals for
England as
Liverpool put
Yeovil to sword
Livermore reacted at the London Stadium after
he was subjected to abuse from West Ham
fans, who allegedly mocked the midfielder
about the death of his son at birth in 2014
because of the sheer number of fans in the
front rows who swear at the players, faces
contorted, while making obscene gestures.
Yet why does football suffer with this kind of
thuggery? Why do perfectly ordinary people
seem to transmogrify into snarling yobs within
the proximity of a stadium? Why do they
engage in insults that they wouldn?t dream of
uttering in any other context? My growing
sense is that this is less to do with tribalism per
se, than with a kind of mass intoxication. For
those who like to consider themselves ultras,
the expression of hatred on Saturday
afternoons has become their mind-altering
experience. They are not fans of football, but
of the high associated with intense, if
temporary, loathing.
Consider Bill Buford, an American author
who infiltrated English football in the 1980s.
This was a time of hooliganism, perhaps the
most extreme form of fan animosity. Buford
had supposed that these spasms of hostility
were about turf wars, or local grievances. In
the event, he discovered something quite
Performance of the week
Manchester City
City remain top following a
5-2 win away to Reading. The
debutant Nadia Nadim
scored their opening goal
and City led 3-2 at the break,
before a Jill Scott double
helped the league leaders ease
to victory.
Player of the week
Bethany England Liverpool
The forward on loan from
Chelsea scored four goals in
Liverpool?s 8-0 win over
bottom of the table Yeovil. It
took her 56 minutes to score a
hat-trick and she claimed her
fourth, and Liverpool?s
seventh, by converting a low
ball from Alex Greenwood.
Goal of the week
Dominique Bruinenberg
Sunderland
Bruinenberg?s shot was fired
home from the edge of the
box, after she picked up a
loose ball from a Birmingham
clearance, breaking the
deadlock in a 3-0 win.
different. ?I had not expected the violence to
be so pleasurable,? he wrote. ?This is, if you
like, the answer to the hundred-dollar
question: why do young males riot? They do it
for the same reason that another generation
drank too much, or smoked dope, or took
hallucinogenic drugs, or behaved rebelliously.
Violence is their antisocial kick, their
mind-altering experience.?
Isn?t this the basic explanation, too, for the
expressions of mass hatred that we hear in
and around stadiums? Take the religious
animosity that so often attends the Old Firm
derby. Some have suggested that this reflects
genuine grievance, but this is hardly likely in a
cosmopolitan country where few people care
about religious denominations. As Paul Davis,
a sociologist at the University of Sunderland,
has put it: ?The vast majority of modern-day
Scots, including a decisive majority in the
West, do not care or pretend to care about
Catholics and Protestants, or Loyalists and
Rebels, any more than they care about the
Great Pumpkin.?
No, this is not about sectarianism, but fanmorphosis. It is about the drama of spite. For
what better way for two sets of supporters to
work themselves up into a frenzy of hatred
than to hark back to the bitter wounds of the
Team
of the
week
4-3-3
S Chamberlain
Liverpool
H Sharp
G Bonner
Sunderland
Liverpool
M Mjelde
D Stokes
Chelsea
Man City
B England D Bruinenberg J Scott
Liverpool
Sunderland
Man City
L Hemp
N Nadim
F Kirby
Bristol
Man City
Chelsea
past? What better way to experience the
anarchic rush of abuse and loathing before
returning to the constraints of real life? As
Laurence Macintyre, head of safety at
Rangers, put it: ?It is called a 90-minute bigot,
someone who has got a friend of an opposite
religion living next door. But for that 90
minutes they shout foul religious abuse at each
other.?
Similarly, I doubt that those who hiss when
confronting Spurs fans do so out of support for
the Holocaust (the sound denotes gas entering
extermination chambers such as Auschwitz
and Dachau). Indeed, I suspect that precious
few are antisemitic, as commonly understood,
or have the slightest interest in organisations
such as Combat 18. No, this is about entering a
state of contrived animosity, a way of making a
slur so profane that moral constraints melt
away in a mutual orgy of loathing. It is not
ideological; it is hallucinogenic.
And this is why I suspect that if those who
chant the most graphic insults at Ars鑞e
Wenger were to meet him outside the stadium,
they probably would ask for his autograph. It
is why if fans who chant the Munich song
were to meet the bereaved families, they
would offer sympathy. And it is why if the guys
with whom I went to White Hart Lane were to
bump into a rival fan at any other social
gathering, they would be perfectly amicable. It
is only at football that they express hatred, for
that is what the game, for a critical mass of
fans, demands.
It is worth emphasising, however, that just
because this kind of behaviour is typically
limited to stadiums, as well as the online fan
forums that increasingly operate as their
digital extension, it does not provide
mitigation. The mocking of Livermore, the
appalling abuse of Mason Holgate by
Liverpool fans (after he made an allegation of
racism against Roberto Firmino), and many
other examples are morally unacceptable,
whichever way you look at them. It is as
hurtful to those on the receiving end whether
the abuse occurs in a stadium or on the street.
But the authorities will only get to grips
with a problem that has long distorted the
game if they diagnose its underlying
pathology. It is time to admit that much of the
abuse in football is not about tribalism, or
politics, or moral nihilism, or social class. It is
about an antisocial, quasi-narcotic high.
Rising Star
Lauren Hemp Bristol City
The 17-year-old scored both
goals for the Vixens in their
2-1 victory over Everton. Her
first came in the 10th minute
after she was found by Yana
Daniels, firing into the top
corner, and the second from
the penalty spot.
Andersson?s cross hit the post,
allowing Chelsea to win 3-2
and keep the pressure on City.
Stat of the day
Manchester City remain
unbeaten this season ? a run
now extended to 15 games in
all competitions.
Quote of the week
Villain of the day
Sari van Veenendaal Arsenal
Arsenal?s goalkeeper turned
the ball into her own net when
the Chelsea debutant Jonna
?None of the goals were good
goals, they were all scrappy,
but we will take it.? Chelsea?s
captain Katie Chapman is
pleased with their late win.
Who would believe we?d never
win another trophy??
When Newcastle?s FA Cup tie
against Luton Town kicks off, Moncur
is in the back row of the press box. It
is not his usual seat. Matchdays are
spent touring the lounges, mixing
with supporters, chatting about the
game. ?I love it,? he says. ?All I?m
doing is talking to like-minded people.
Best job I?ve had.? He catches himself.
It is not always easy, not when results
are sour.
Today, he is among scribes,
watching Newcastle?s third-round
match, explaining how it feels to win
something, about what the FA Cup
meant. He apologises and laughs
because he keeps saying, ?in my day,?
but in Moncur?s day, ?Newcastle were
a cup team.? It is how they were
thought of, how they saw themselves.
As a concept, it is extinct.
When ?Wor Jackie? wrote about
Newcastle and tradition, it was two
years after Newcastle?s last triumph at
Wembley. He won the FA Cup in 1951,
1952, 1955. When they beat Ujpest
Dozsa to claim their only European
trophy, Joe Harvey was manager, a
player in ?51 and ?52 and a coach in
?55. ?With due respect,? Moncur says,
?the greatest Newcastle person ever?
Joe.?
Moncur gazes at the pitch. The Scot
is 72, but as the teams stroll out, he
feels the old pull. ?There?s nothing
better than coming out here in front
of a full house.? He pauses. ?We?d run
out hard, one at a time, show intent.?
That drama is absent, although Luton
Town have brought 7,500 fans and the
noise is good. ?Brilliant,? Moncur says.
?Hope they don?t enjoy it too much.?
A player goes down and writhes.
Moncur tuts. ?We?d never show we
were hurt,? he says. ?Don?t show pain.
At least not until your opponent?s
back was turned.? He looks along the
row of seats and sees Malcolm
Macdonald, his old Newcastle teammate. ?Pace, power, the lot,? he says.
?Selfish, like a goalscorer should be.
3
Goals that P閞ez was
involved in against Luton
(2 goals, 1 assist), as many
as he had been in his
previous 20 matches
this season
I?d shout at him:
?Do more running,
you lazy bugger?.
He?d shout back:
?Get the ball to me
and I?ll do my job?.?
Newcastle did
theirs in 1969,
although the
experience was
peculiar. ?We?d
finished 10th in the league but we
qualified for the Fairs Cup because of
the one team, one city rule,? Moncur
says. ?I was on holiday in Spain and
got a phone call saying, ?You?re in
Europe?. I said, ?what?? It was like a
jolly for us, an adventure. The games
were almost incidental.?
They won it after two legs, in
Budapest. ?We stayed overnight, had
a few beers, sore heads,? Moncur says.
?We flew back on British Caledonian,
the stewardesses in tartan. I was told
to get off the plane first, holding the
cup. I felt like a prat. But there was
such a roar. There were hundreds of
people on the viewing platform at
Newcastle Airport.
?We had to take a single-decker bus
back to St James? ? there was a low
bridge at Kenton Bank Foot ? so we
held the cup out of the sunroof. At
one point, there was a big bang ? it
must have hit a wire. Won the cup
and nearly electrocuted! Then we got
down Barrack Road and into the
stadium. Jesus! There were tens of
thousands here.?
Moncur?s final game for Newcastle
Moncur, sitting
alongside
Caulkin in the
press box, enjoys
Newcastle?s
passage into the
fourth round
after negotiating
a tricky tie with
freescoring
Luton at St
James?. P閞ez,
main, scored
twice for
Ben韙ez?s side,
with Jonjo
Shelvey also on
the scoresheet
was the FA Cup final in 1974 (they
lost 3-0 to Liverpool). The worst was
their third-round replay defeat away
to non-League Hereford United in
1972, one of history?s great shocks.
?We travelled back, disgusted with
ourselves,? Moncur says. ?Suddenly,
the gaffer said, ?Stop the bus?. He got
off and was physically sick on the
road. That?s how much the Cup
meant to Joe.?
In Golden Goals, Milburn wrote
beautifully about how ?the fun really
starts,? once you get past the third
round. ?In the middle of all the
excitement, a team usually finds itself
packed off to the seaside for a course
of special training and for almost
every hour of the day ? and often far
into the night ? we think of nothing
else but football, football and winning
the next round,? he said.
Newcastle reached the final in 1998
and 1999 (more pain), but have not
progressed beyond the fourth round
for 12 years. Chris Waugh writes
about them for The Journal. ?My
earliest memories of the cup are those
back-to-back finals, but that
emotional bond has never quite been
established,? he says. ?Throughout the
majority of my lifetime, the Premier
League has been portrayed as the
focal point.?
Waugh is right; the Premier League,
television, are victors. It means
money and prestige. Losing it is The
Fear. Yet, for some of us, Newcastle
bobbing between the divisions is wellrehearsed, what they were. And how
it would be to know wonder, to
glimpse that sliver of silver shine
across Wembley and understand that
it is yours? Wouldn?t it be something?
Luton, ascendant in Sky Bet League
Two, are willing, but Newcastle
muster a 3-0 lead. It becomes a game
in the second half when Danny
Hylton snatches one back, but Rafa
Ben韙ez had named a strong team and
Moncur is content. ?Rafa is a great
football man and a good man, too,? he
says. ?But he?s Spanish and he
cuddles. I?ve had to tell him: ?Rafa, I?m
not a cuddler.? ?
Newcastle are through. Jamaal
Lascelles, Moncur?s latest successor as
skipper, admits that ?in the past some
players may have looked to have this
weekend off after the busy period, but
it certainly wouldn?t happen now.
Everybody is pleased to be picked ?
that wasn?t always the case.? They are
a young team, an honest team.
Freddie Woodman, 20, made his
debut in goal; his smile afterwards is a
contagion. ?I remember watching
[Andy] my dad, play for Oxford
[United] against Arsenal in the FA
Cup,? he says. ?He came home and I
was in David Seaman?s shirt and
gloves and it was the best thing ever.
That?s when my love for the cup
started.?
Earlier, Moncur had told another
story. ?We were playing Manchester
City in the cup and Joe put something
in my hand just before I went out,? he
says. ? ?Just touch this,? he said. It was
a cork from a Champagne bottle
when he won it in 1951. He was so
passionate about the cup. He?d turn in
his grave if he knew how it had sunk.?
This, though, is a good day and
there has not been a surfeit of them
on Tyneside. Newcastle are alive.
Perhaps, like his predecessor, Waugh
will get to write about those
?Magnificent Magpies? and their
?parched mouths dampened by the
sweetest champagne.? Perhaps they
will be kings again. Perhaps one day.
Perhaps. ?Aye, it?d be good,? Moncur
says, rising from his seat. He turns,
wistful. ?I?ve been saying that for 49
years.?
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the times | Monday January 8 2018
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?I know how the game
works ? we are all just
puppets in this business?
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he last words Tim Krul utters before
the dictaphone is switched off could be
a mantra for anyone who has worked at
Newcastle United and come through
the other side. ?It?s a funny business,?
he says. He is talking about his 12 years
at St James? Park and about how
capricious the game can be. ?There?s a
perception,? he says. ??Where?s Tim? What?s
happened to him?? I don?t want to be a hasbeen.?
Where?s Tim: the seafront at Hove,
cappuccino in hand. What happened: life,
football. ?You play every three or four days,
you?re in a bubble, cocky about everything,?
Krul says. He clicks his fingers. ?And then your
world changes.? Before his injury, he was
Newcastle?s No 1, Holland?s goalkeeper. Now he
is at Brighton & Hove Albion, still only 29, but
facing the great unknown. And he is waiting.
Tonight, he is back in the show. Krul will play
in Brighton?s FA Cup tie at home to Crystal
Palace, a moment that he has been building to.
When he was signed by Chris Hughton, his old
Newcastle manager, on deadline day last
summer, he was told to train hard, to be ready.
There was an appearance against Bournemouth
in the Carabao Cup, but Mat Ryan has done well
since promotion and opportunities for a
goalkeeper are scarce.
?If nothing changes, the cup games are there
for me and Palace at home is perfect,? he says. ?I
have to be careful not to put too much pressure
on myself.? He has not missed a training session
for 12 months, ?no aches, no pain and I?m still
young in goalkeeping terms?, Krul says, but he
describes himself as ?a match player. And it?s
difficult because all week, I?m getting myself
ready for the buzz at the end of it, and it?s not
there.?
Krul made his debut for Newcastle at 18, away
to Palermo in the Uefa Cup. He has eight caps
for his country, played in the World Cup finals.
When he made his comeback last season, on
loan at Ajax, in their second team, his first
competitive match for 408 days, he described
playing as ?the most beautiful thing there
is?. He also vowed: ?to show who Tim
Krul is. I know who he is.?
?
Without football, who is a footballer? ?It?s
about proving myself all over again,? Krul says.
?I?ve done what I?ve done, but it doesn?t count.
OK, it counts for something; 160 games in the
Premier League aren?t just thrown out of the
window, but I want to show that I?m still up
there. That only comes from playing. You?re
only as good as your last game, it?s truly like
that.?
For a long time, Krul?s last game was not good
at all. He fell awkwardly in a European
Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan in
October 2015, rupturing the cruciate ligaments
in his right knee. ?An injury like that is a
minimum of nine months,? he says. ?For the first
six weeks, I was lying on a sofa for eight or nine
hours a day, on a machine that just lifted and
bent my leg.
?Going to that from playing all the time is
such a mental shift. I felt the same, but it takes
you a while to get back to having full trust in
your body. There were a few low points. You
start doubting yourself. ?Am I ever going to be
without pain?? Every morning for six months
there was sharp pain when I got out of bed in
the morning. You worry.
?The worst part was watching Newcastle get
relegated, sitting in the stands, not able to do
anything. The boys would turn right to the
training pitch and I turned left, on my own, to
the gym. Before the injury, I was playing for
Newcastle, playing for Holland. I try not to
think about it too much, try to believe things
happen for a reason. And my whole career has
been a rollercoaster ride. People say it would be
nice to cruise, but that never, ever happens at
Newcastle.?
After Ajax, another loan to AZ Alkmaar,
?playing 20 odd games, getting that rhythm and
I was ready to get back to Newcastle and kick
on.? The club had been promoted under Rafa
Ben韙ez and Krul, who had been there since
2005, still had a year under contract. ?I said to
the gaffer, ?Give me a chance, I?ll show you I?m
back,? ? Krul says. ?Rafa had different ideas. He
said, ?It doesn?t matter what you do.? That?s the
business. We know we?re puppets to a certain
extent.?
Along with Jack Colback, Krul was told to
train at Newcastle?s academy. ?It wasn?t right,?
Krul says. ?I think [Ben韙ez] knows that as well.
Listen, I know how football works. If somebody
wants to get rid of you, I don?t mind. If the right
offer comes, I?ll go; I wouldn?t sit there just for
the sake of it, but the way it was done . . . I
shouldn?t have been put in the academy. I just
wanted to be treated with respect. At least let
me train with the first team.?
Ben韙ez was seeking a new first-choice
goalkeeper [he didn?t get one]. He already had
Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Freddie Woodman, as
well as Krul. ?I felt I was back where I needed to
be, but people were saying, ?What?s up? Why is
he in the academy? Is he all right?? ? Krul says.
?I had that doubt hanging over me, which was a
shame. I?m lucky Brighton looked deeper and I
try not to dwell on it. The train keeps rolling.?
If nothing else, it was a dispiriting conclusion
to his ?beautiful years? at Newcastle. He moved
there from Den Haag, meeting Freddy
Shepherd, the club?s late chairman, at Louis
restaurant in Jesmond. ?Graeme Souness, the
manager, was there,? Krul says. ?Dean Saunders
too. Freddy said, ?Are you ready for this?? ?Yeah,
yeah. Where do I sign?? Of course I wasn?t
ready. I was a kid.? Krul trained alongside Shay
Given and Steve Harper, and was dispatched on
loan to Falkirk and Carlisle United. ?My first
game in Scotland was at Gretna,? he says. ?We
won 4-0 and I?m thinking, ?I?m the boy here.?
The next week, we lost 4-1 to Celtic. Then we
lose 7-2 to Rangers and I?m thinking, ?Oh no.? ?
Yet he had moved abroad, taken a brave
decision, endured. ?I get a shiver up my spine
thinking about that,? he says. ?Those
experiences made me who I am.?
He was in the Newcastle team that finished
fifth under Alan Pardew in 2012, ?a season
where everything went right for us?, Krul says.
He felt Tyneside stir. ?I?ve said it for years; that
was the time to invest. Imagine if we had
somebody who really backed the team. Can you
imagine the city? I would love to see it happen. I
think it can. Why not? The set-up is there, the
passion, the fans. But we keep saying it.?
Along the way, he fell in love. ?I married
Claire, a Geordie,? he says. ?We have a fouryear-old girl, Sophie, who was born in
Newcastle. It?s Claire?s first move away from the
North East, so Brighton has been a big change,
although it?s an easy place to move into.
Definitely 10 degrees warmer. But I owe
Newcastle everything. I still have a house there,
still have that connection and always will.?
Yet Krul has a void ahead of him. His deal
with Brighton expires this summer and he is
free to speak to foreign clubs now. ?I?ve never
had the experience of being out of contract
before,? he says. ?I just have to see it as an
excitement. I could be in Spain, Italy. Ideally, I?d
like to stay in the Premier League and the main
focus is to make a success of it at Brighton. I
really think this club is going places.?
He yearns to play for Holland again, even if
nothing can top the 2014 World Cup, when he
was brought on for penalties in their quarterfinal against Costa Rica and saved two of five
kicks in the shootout. ?We were at the team
hotel waiting to go to the stadium and the goalie
coach came up to me,? Krul says. ?I thought it
was to say ?keep going, you?re on fire in training?,
a pat on the back.
?But he said, ?If it goes to penalties we?re
going to chuck you on.? And then he came back
five minutes later and said, ?Make sure you don?t
tell anyone. Nobody knows.? I
looked up some penalties on my
laptop, just to freshen up. Halftime came and I didn?t believe it
would happen. Ninety minutes,
I?m thinking ?hmm?. Extra time,
a couple of cans
of Red Bull,
Krul pulls off one of his
saves against Costa Rica
having been introduced
by Van Gaal as a
substitute for Holland?s
World Cup shootout
Krul feels some
pressure as he
prepares for
tonight?s cup
clash with Palace
despite his proven
record at all levels
feeling itchy, doing stretches. Surely not. It can?t
be.
?I had to go to the toilet. There was a massive
long run to get back to the tunnel and up the
stairs and it was this little boy?s moment, really
weird. I?m shivering thinking about it, walking
up, seeing the flags of Holland and Costa Rica,
the World Cup. Louis van Gaal never called me
over, I just took my stuff off, ?Come on, I?m
ready.? The boys were looking at each other.
?What is he doing?? It was crazy how that came
about. But what a day. Great memories.?
He craves more of them. During his long
rehabilitation, Krul considered his professional
mortality. ?Your career can be over in a flick,? he
says. ?And when I retire, I don?t want to fall into
a deep hole.? He has worked with Peak, the
sportswear firm, developing goalkeeping gloves
that grip as well as look good. ?There?s nothing
better than seeing kids wearing stuff you?ve
helped create,? he says.
First, though: football. ?In some ways, I?m
starting from scratch,? Krul says. ?But it?s all
good. I?m somewhere new, seeing new people.
It?s the same in any job, if you?ve done the same
thing for years, it?s a constant circle, you can get
stuck, complacent. I feel that hunger again and
that?s why I started, why I came to England.?
And tonight he will play. He will feel that buzz
again. This is who Tim Krul is.
Monday January 8 2018 | the times
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PAUL WEBB FOR THE TIMES
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History will be made tonight when
Video Assistant Referee technology is
used for the first time in a competitive
club game in England when Brighton
& Hove Albion host Crystal Palace in
the FA Cup third round.
The officials are estimated to get
96 per cent of decisions correct at
present and the hope is that the
technology will increase that to 98 per
cent, according to the Professional
Game Match Officials Limited.
The system will also be used when
Chelsea host Arsenal in Wednesday?s
Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
When can VAR be used?
In four situations: goals, penalties,
straight red cards and cases of
mistaken identity, but the VAR can
intervene only when there is a ?clear
and obvious error?. Evidence from
abroad suggests that the technology is
called on in one game in every three.
What is the process?
The operator has until the game
restarts to tell the referee of a review.
The referee will gesture a square with
his hands to signal that a review has
started and it should take 30-40
seconds. The reason for the final
decision should be obvious to
spectators in most cases, for example
when a penalty award is overturned,
but supporters and television viewers
will not be shown the VAR at work.
The referee can take the advice of
VAR or choose to review the footage
himself on a monitor in a three-metre
exclusion zone near the touchline in a
process that may take two minutes. In
the case of a goal, VAR will only look
at the preceding move from the point
at which the defending team is set; it
does not rewind back and back to find
an offence.
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Roy Hodgson said that he was too
modest
to
boast
about
his
achievements as a manager when it
was suggested that his nomination
for the Premier League?s manager of
the month award had helped to restore
a reputation tarnished by England?s
humiliating exit at Euro 2016.
The 70-year-old Crystal Palace
manager, whose side are away to
Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup
third round tonight, was shortlisted for
the award for December after adding
ten points to a total that had been on
zero when he took over as Palace
manager in September. The club are
14th in the table after losing just one of
their past eight league matches.
But he reacted angrily when it was
suggested that the nomination was but
a small step towards repairing a
reputation that was damaged by
England?s defeat by Iceland in the
Brighton v Crystal Palace
FA Cup third round
Amex Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm
TV BT Sport 2 Referee A Marriner
Brighton (possible; 4-4-2)
Krul
Schelotto
Goldson
Hunemeier
Bong
Skalak
Kayal
Stephens
March
Baldock
Hemed
Sako
Townsend
Van
Aanholt
Benteke
McArthur
Milivojevic
Fosu-Mensah Tomkins
Cabaye
Riedewald
Speroni
Crystal Palace (possible; 4-4-2)
European Championship finals. ?I?ve
been working for 41 years ? I?ve got
so many titles,? he said. ?I?ve been
manager of the year, I?ve got goodness
knows how many managers of the
months.
?I?ve had 100-odd games for national
teams and 150 of European
competitions. I?ve taken two unfancied
teams to European finals.
?You expect me to answer the
question, ?Do you now think you are a
good manager?? I can?t answer that. Just
because I don?t go out every day and
boast of my achievements whenever I
come into a press conference because I
am a reasonably modest person doesn?t
mean to say I have ever thought
anything other than I am a very good
football manager.
?Whether Palace win or lose or
whatever happens at the end of my
time at Crystal Palace, I will still
be thinking, ?I am a very good
football manager?. I know it, I see it
every day.?
Who reviews footage of incidents?
Neil Swarbrick, a referee, will review
footage in a west London studio. He
has access to 12 to 15 cameras and the
four cameras in each goal used for
goal-line technology. Horizontal lines
are superimposed on images to help
judge offside. While he reviews, he
will be assisted by Peter Kirkup, who
will continue to monitor play.
When would VAR have been
beneficial?
When Stoke City played Brighton at
the Amex Stadium in November,
Ryan Shawcross brought down Glenn
Murray but Lee Mason was unsighted
and did not give Brighton a penalty.
When Crystal Palace played
Manchester City last month, Wilfried
Zaha went down under a challenge
from Raheem Sterling. A penalty was
given to Palace although the decision
was not clear cut. In such a case the
VAR would not intervene because it
was not a ?clear and obvious error?.
When Manchester United played
Southampton last month, Ashley
Young appeared to elbow Dusan
Tadic. The VAR would tell the referee
not to restart and the referee would
be told that he could send off Young.
When has VAR intervened so far?
Gerard Deulofeu was flagged offside
when he scored for Spain against
France in March 2017 but VAR
showed that he was not and the goal
stood. The technology has been used
How it works
Two video assistant referees (VARs)
will watch a video feed of the match
in a west London studio. They will
be in radio contact with the referee
1
Review and advice by VARs
After an incident the referee asks the
VAR to review it, or the VAR
recommends doing so to the
referee. Video footage is viewed and
VARs offer the referee advice
R
R
2
Decision or action is taken
Referee has final say having taken
VAR advice, and can even decide to
look at video footage himself on
screen at side of pitch
for about 500 games in the past 18
months.
Can VAR be used for yellow cards?
There are three instances in which
VAR can advise the referee to issue a
caution: when reviewing a penalty
and a player has dived; when an
attacker tries to score with his hand
and when a player is shown a red card
but was provoked by a player who
deserved a yellow card.
Have players been made aware
when VAR can be used?
Yes, and they have been told to play
to the whistle and that they could be
booked if they aggressively ask the
referee to seek help from VAR.
How would it work for a penalty?
VAR can review the awarding of a
penalty or look at footage when a
penalty has not been given. In the
second case the VAR will tell the
referee to stop the game when the
ball is in a neutral area.
Must the referee accept a VAR call?
No, the referee has the final decision.
Will VAR end debate about
decisions and retrospective
charges?
No. There will be cases when a
violent offence is not immediately
clear on replay and the player could
be banned retrospectively.
Will it be used for every Premier
League game next season?
The Premier League will make that
decision at the end of the season.
18
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Burton Albion
Gallagher 56
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(0) 0
(0) 1
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Huddersfield
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6,935
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(2) 2
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14,199
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(2) 4
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