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The Times - The Game - 12 March 2018

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Kane limps off with ankle injury as
Spurs beat Bournemouth 4-1 P2�
What now for West Ham after day
of shame and protests by fans? P6�
Why Lukaku is the unsung hero of
United?s victory over Liverpool P10�
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday March 12 2018
1G G
Kane limps off
to temper joy of
Spurs? recovery
JAMES�
GHEERBRANT
Bournemouth
Stanislas 7
Tottenham燞otspur
Alli 35, Son 62, 87
Aurier 90+1
H OW 燭H E Y 燬TA ND
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Referee M Dean Attendance 10,623
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or Tottenham Hotspur, it was
a case of back to life, back to
the Vitality. Four days after
their Champions League
dream was torpedoed by
Juventus in the largest football
stadium in the country,
Mauricio Pochettino?s side
produced a miniature revival in the
top flight?s smallest ground, with two
goals from the irrepressible Son
Heung-min crowning one of those
joyfully cohesive, collaborative
Tottenham performances.
If the hurt of that bitter Wembley
defeat was banished, it was replaced
in the collective consciousness by a
rather more literal pain ? an ankle
injury to Harry Kane, the centre
forward who is close to irreplaceable
for club and country. Kane?s
participation in this month?s England
friendlies against Holland and Italy
now looks in some jeopardy. Three
months out from England?s opening
World Cup fixture against Tunisia, a
nation crosses its fingers.
There were mixed portents here for
Gareth Southgate: in addition to
Kane?s pain, Dele Alli also trudged off
clutching his groin, and Danny Rose,
making only his sixth league start of
the season, endured a difficult return
to the side. But there was also much
to admire in the performance of Alli,
who ended a 15-game goal drought
and also recorded his 14th assist of
the season. Rumours of his decline
have been greatly exaggerated.
At this late stage in each of the past
two seasons, Tottenham were making
an almighty fist of the title chase. This
time, Manchester City?s runaway train
has long since disappeared over the
horizon, but there is still plenty to
fight for. Victory here took
Tottenham above Liverpool, and
into the top three for the first time
since November. With eight games
left, they have a five-point cushion
over fifth-placed Chelsea and draw
ever closer to inking their name on
the guest list for next season?s
Champions League. In some fine
Man City
Man Utd
Tottenham
Liverpool
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
Watford
Brighton
Bournemouth
Newcastle
Swansea
Huddersfield
West Ham
Southampton
C Palace
Stoke
West Brom
P
29
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
29
30
W
25
20
18
17
17
14
11
10
10
10
8
8
8
8
8
7
5
6
6
3
D
3
5
7
9
5
6
10
10
7
6
10
9
8
7
7
9
13
9
9
11
L
1
5
5
4
8
10
9
10
13
14
12
13
14
15
15
14
12
15
14
16
F
83
58
59
68
52
55
27
45
35
39
28
35
30
25
25
36
29
28
28
23
A
20
23
25
34
27
41
26
43
49
50
40
48
40
42
50
57
44
48
54
47
GD Pts
63 78
35 65
34 61
34 60
25 56
14 48
1 43
2 40
-14 37
-11 36
-12 34
-13 33
-10 32
-17 31
-25 31
-21 30
-15 28
-20 27
-26 27
-24 20
south coast drizzle, it took a little
while for Tottenham to dispel the
rainclouds. After five minutes, a
through ball in between Rose and Jan
Vertonghen by Steve Cook sent Lys
Mousset haring away, and his pass to
Junior Stanislas, providing
rapid support on his left,
was perfectly timed and
weighted. Stanislas?s
chipped finish arced
agonisingly on to the bar.
That dose of good fortune
did not shift Tottenham?s
European hangover though,
and three minutes later they
were behind, following some
migrainous defending by
Rose. Adam Smith, bombing down
the right, skinned the left back with
ease and curled in a deep cross
which Stanislas killed with one touch
off his chest, then pinged into the
bottom corner. With the England
squad due to be named on Thursday,
the contrast between Rose?s
sloppiness and Ashley Young?s
shutdown job on Mohamed
Salah was hard to miss.
In fairness, it was Rose who
supplied the low cross for
Tottenham?s first real chance,
which was skied by a marauding
Vertonghen, under pressure from
Simon Francis. As Tottenham?s
response gathered momentum,
Kane was correctly adjudged offside
as he swept in first time from
Christian Eriksen?s lofted pass.
It was in attempting that shot that
Kane collided with Asmir Begovic,
awkwardly turning his ankle under
Kane leaves the ground with his
right ankle in a protective boot
the goalkeeper?s thigh. Moments after
Kane hobbled off the field, Alli fluffed
a volley with the goal gaping after
Begovic tangled with his own
defender. At this point, Southgate
must have been tempted to reach for
the remote.
But for those viewing this game
through England-tinted glasses, there
was more auspicious news to come.
Alli has found himself encircled by
question marks this season for the
first time in his brief but brilliant
career, but presented with a glorious
opportunity by a superb cross from
Serge Aurier that put the ball into
the no man?s land between defenders
and goalkeeper, he couldn?t miss ?
and didn?t.
Bournemouth?s response was
strong. Francis rifled a dipping effort
at Hugo Lloris?s far post and the
Tottenham goalkeeper had to spring
to his right to repel it. A minute later,
Francis was called into action at the
other end, taking the ball off Alli?s
toes as the midfielder prepared for an
acrobatic volley after Eriksen?s pass
bobbled invitingly into his path.
The game was open, and chances
presented themselves at both ends.
Eriksen flashed a long-range shot that
was parried by Begovic, before Aurier
failed to control the rebound. Dan
Gosling skidded a drive just
wide from the edge of the
area.
But it was Tottenham?s
forays that were more
incisive, and their
greater threat was duly
rewarded. Alli dinked a
beautiful cross to the
far post, where Son
obliged with his
second scuffed goal of
the week, shinning
the ball into the turf
and in a bouncing
arc over Begovic.
Only Kevin De
Bruyne and Leroy
San� have assisted
more goals than Alli in
the Premier League this
season.
Bournemouth then had a
goal contentiously ruled out
when Callum Wilson?s
close-range finish from a
free kick was whistled
back for a push in the
build-up. It looked
a marginal call,
and had an
equaliser been
granted, it is doubtful
Bournemouth would
have found themselves
quite so stretched when
Lewis Cook was picked off upfield
minutes later. Eriksen rolled the ball
into a virtually unmanned
Bournemouth half, Son feinted to
pass to 蓃ik Lamela but instead
skilfully dragged the ball around
Begovic before lifting it into the net
with his left foot.
It was a seventh goal in four games
for Son, whose excellence is now so
blindingly obvious that he can no
longer be garlanded with the tag of
?most underrated player in the
Premier League?.
With Bournemouth disintegrating,
Kieran Trippier escaped down the
right and Begovic could only flap his
cross into dangerous territory at the
back post, where Aurier nodded in.
Bournemouth?s winless streak now
extends to four games, and with only
six points separating them from the
relegation zone, they will be looking
over their shoulder again. Tottenham,
meanwhile, along with every casual
football fan in England, will be
directing their nervous glances
squarely at the ankle of Harry Kane.
RATINGS
Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): A Begovic 4 ? S Francis
6, S Cook 6, N Ak� 5, C Daniels 5 (sub: J Ibe
67min, 6) ? A Smith 6, L Cook 6, D Gosling 6,
J Stanislas 6 (sub: J Defoe 76) ? L Mousset 6
(sub: J King 67, 6) ? C Wilson 6.
Substitutes not used A Boruc, A Surman,
H Arter, R Fraser. Booked Gosling.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): H Lloris 6 ?
S Aurier 8, D S醤chez 6, J Vertonghen 6,
D Rose 6 (sub: K Trippier 81) ? V Wanyama 6,
M Demb閘� 6 ? Son Heung-min 8, C Eriksen 7,
D Alli 7 (sub: M Sissoko 86) ? H Kane 6 (sub:
� Lamela 34, 6). Substitutes not used M Vorm,
E Dier, F Llorente, L Moura. Booked Rose.
Southgate�
IAN燱INROW
Mauricio Pochettino admitted his
concern after Harry Kane was forced
out of Tottenham Hotspur?s victory
away to Bournemouth during the first
half having injured his right ankle in a
collision with Asmir Begovic, the
Bournemouth goalkeeper.
Kane, who missed 14 games in two
spells last season after twice injuring
the same ankle, left the Vitality Stadium in a protective boot and will have
a scan today to reveal the full extent of
the problem. ?I am concerned until tomorrow, and the scan,? the Tottenham
manager said.
?We can say nothing more. Of
course I worry about him, his ankle we
hope it is not a massive issue for him
and the team and hope he can recover
as soon as possible and be available. He
suffered an injury that is to the same
ankle he suffered before. We need to
wait until tomorrow?
Kane initially looked as though he
would reappear after receiving treatment before being withdrawn. Pochettino said that the decision was taken by
the player and the club?s medical staff.
?The decision was between him and
the doctor, but he felt like when he
landed and twisted his ankle that it
was impossible to stay on the pitch,?
Pochettino said. ?He is positive. Harry
Monday March 12 2018 | the times
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1G G
IAN WALTON/REUTERS
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Son Heung-min has
scored seven goals in
his past four games,
as many as in his
previous 22
19
Bournemouth have
dropped 19 points from
winning positions this
season ? only West
Brom (21) have a
worse record
TONY燙ASCARINO
THE燱EEKEND燭ALKING燩OINTS
Son爄s爐he燼nswer My爐eam爋f爐he爓eek
Harry Kane rolling over on the
same ankle he has injured before is
a worry. Ankle problems can be
such a weak point for footballers, so
let?s hope it?s not too serious. But if
Tottenham Hotspur are to be
without their star striker then at
least they have a replacement in fine
form: Son Heung-min has seven
goals in his past four games in all
competitions and, though he might
be a different sort of player to Kane,
his skills and finishing ability make
him the ideal candidate to be Spurs?
leading man. His second goal
showed how important confidence
is for forwards ? through on goal,
he could have squared the ball but
calmly rounded Asmir Begovic to
score. He has become a star.
4-2-3-1
Cech
Arsenal
Smalling
Tarkowski
Man Utd
Burnley
Coleman
Young
Everton
Man Utd
Shelvey
Davies
Newcastle
Everton
Mahrez
Kenedy
Rashford
Leicester
Newcastle
Man Utd
Vardy
Leicester
New爏tars燾an爏till爋ffer燗rsenal爉ore
Don?t be fooled by Arsenal?s win.
They produced a decent display
against AC Milan in the week but
this was a misleading 3-0 victory
against Watford. Had Troy Deeney
scored his penalty with the score at
2-0 this game could have been very
different. Watford provided the
perfect opposition for Arsenal in the
situation they are in ? essentially
safe in mid-table, they were not
playing at full intensity, allowed
Son shins the ball past Begovic to
put Spurs ahead ? he doubled his
tally for the day 25 minutes later
worry燼s爓arm璾p爂ames燼pproach
Pochettino was at least upbeat about Alli, who left the field with a groin issue
has a great character and is always positive. We are happy with the victory for
the team, of course disappointed with
his problem, but if you are positive you
start the recovery from the injury from
now.?
Gareth Southgate will also be
anxious to learn the outcome of Kane?s
scan with the England manager due to
name his squad for the international
friendlies with Holland and Italy on
Thursday.
The forward is clearly a doubt for
those games, as well as Tottenham?s FA
Cup quarter-final with Swansea City
on Saturday, although Pochettino
stopped short of definitely ruling the
player out.
?We cannot decide or say absolutely
anything because we don?t know what
is going on with his ankle,? the Argentinian added.
Pochettino was more optimistic
about the fitness of Dele Alli, who left
the field in the 86th minute with a
groin problem. ?I don?t believe that is a
big issue,? he said. ?We need to, in the
next week, manage him. I don?t believe
he will be a big problem.?
The Tottenham manager was satisfied with the way his side responded to
last week?s Champions League defeat
by Juventus and in particular the performance of Son Heung-min, who
scored twice to take his tally to seven
goals in his past four games. ?The answer today was perfect after Wednesday,? Pochettino said.
?It was a fantastic performance today from Son Heung-min. Football is
about the squad, not only about the 11
players who play. In ten months of
competition everyone is an important
part of the project and fighting for the
same objective.
?There is still a lot of work to do, still
a lot of things can happen with eight
games to go. Big sides are fighting with
us to take a position in the top four.?
Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth
manager, said that his side deserved
more from the game and pointed to
the decision of Mike Dean, the referee,
to rule out Callum Wilson?s 83rd minute effort for a push on Davinson S醤chez. The goal would have brought the
home side level at 2-2.
?This was a very, very soft call by the
referee,? Howe said. ?It had a huge
bearing on the outcome.?
Arsenal to play in their half and yet
they still had 11 attempts on goal.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and
Henrikh Mkhitaryan may have
scored but questions remain.
Neither of the January signings is
producing the star performances
Arsenal need and both are guilty of
floating on the fringes of the game.
They need to have more impact in
bigger games, but I think Arsenal?s
finish in sixth is sealed.
Burnley爏trikers燼re� Knockaert爏tupidity�
example爁or爋thers� not爃elping燘righton�
Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes do
Anthony Knockaert needs to have a
not get the credit they deserve.
think about how he plays the game.
Wood was fantastic at Leeds United
His sending-off against Everton was
and I was surprised other Premier
ridiculous, lunging in on Leighton
League clubs didn?t rival Burnley
Baines for no reason. It?s one
last summer when they
thing to play the game with
signed him for � million.
passion but Knockaert
He has power, pace and
seems to be an angry
is a composed finisher
man. Last week when
? he could be a
Brighton & Hove
bargain.
Albion beat Arsenal,
Goals in consecutive
Barnes has similar
games for Ashley Barnes he was taken off and
qualities and his firstreacted like a spoilt
? the previous time he
time finish against
did that was in May 2011 child, throwing his
West Ham was fantastic.
tracksuit around on the
for Brighton
He bullies defenders and
bench.
holds the ball up well. He
Knockaert is clearly a
was born in England but seems set
talented player but perhaps the star
on playing for Austria, who he
status has gone to his head. Chris
represented at youth level. It?s a
Hughton, his manager, will come
shame because if we are talking
down hard on him and rightly so,
about Glenn Murray for England we his lengthy ban is not going to help
could talk about Barnes too.
his team stay in the Premier League.
3
Hodgson爉ust燿rop燘enteke爐o爏ave燩alace
It?s time for Roy Hodgson to ditch
Christian Benteke. The Crystal
Palace manager took off his striker
at half-time and when asked if it
was a tactical decision, he replied:
?What do you think?? Benteke?s
confidence is shot and his goal
record this season is abysmal.
If Palace want to stay up it?s far
better to leave him out. Alexander
Sorloth has made a solid start and I
think Hodgson should play him as a
leading man with Wilfried Zaha and
Andros Townsend either side of
Benteke PL appearances 17-18 ....... 24
Goals ........................................................... 2
Goals per game ............................... 0.08
Benteke PL appearances 16-17 ....... 36
Goals ......................................................... 15
Goals per game ................................ 0.42
him. Strikers need confidence and
when you?re struggling like Benteke,
it can be better to be taken out of
the spotlight. That takes the
pressure off and maybe Benteke can
have more impact coming on for the
final ten minutes of games instead.
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the times | Monday March 12 2018
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Empty seats and apathy greet
HENRY燱INTER
Arsenal?s�000燩remier�
League爃ome爂oals
Chief燜ootball燱riter
Top ten nationalities
France
Arsenal
Mustafi 8, Aubameyang 59,
Mkhitaryan 77
Watford
3
319
England
228
0
Holland
116
Shkodran Mustafi's
first-half header
took Arsenal to the
landmark figure
Spain
Referee M Atkinson Attendance 59,131
T
his felt like a final game of
the season with nothing at
stake. Watford are safe,
Arsenal are focusing on their
sole strand of salvation in the
Europa League, and many
home fans didn?t even bother
to turn up. It made a
mockery of those who claim that
there is jeopardy attached to every
Premier League match.
It was quite entertaining in parts,
but it was largely a play without a
plot. A few scattered sub-plots did
surface: Henrikh Mkhitaryan and
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
reminded everybody of their Borussia
Dortmund work; Mohamed Elneny?s
passing radar located forward rather
than sideways; Alex Iwobi lacked
concentration, technique and
urgency; the wonderful Petr Cech
excelled; and Arsenal fans
particularly relished the bonus ball of
Troy Deeney?s saved penalty.
But these were minor stories, and
this is the situation both clubs are in
eight games out from the Premier
League finishing line; it?s going to be a
long old, laboured run-in.
Watford players looked to be
ticking over, and there seemed little
point starting Deeney without
inserting quicker legs closer to him.
Richarlison looks drained by his
demanding two seasons. The centre
of Watford?s defence needs an
injection of pace, and clearly the club
have considerable work to do on the
squad in the summer.
But their training-ground
neighbours at London Colney have a
far more seismic summer in store.
Arsenal?s hierarchy have to be
alarmed again by the thousands of
empty seats. Not everyone can have
been taking their mother out for
lunch. There was no Tube strike, no
Beast from the East, just apathy
clinging to this long period of drift
under Ars鑞e Wenger.
The money will still pour in as the
tickets are paid for, but where it will
affect the club is in slower
merchandising and catering sales,
while sponsors cannot be happy.
?Your ground?s too big for you,?
chanted the Watford support. The
ground?s not too big, as Arsenal?s
waiting list would indicate, it is just
that frustration over Wenger has
become too big.
In terms of long-term significance
yesterday, events off the field were
arguably more important. At least
Arsenal are beginning to address
supporters? concerns and the chief
executive, Ivan Gazidis, took questions
at a fans? forum before kick-off.
According to one of those present,
posting Twitter updates
@the_cannon, Gazidis said it would
be ?disrespectful? to discuss Wenger?s
future but added: ?Just because the
57
Germany
36
Chile
27
Wales
25
Brazil
24
Sweden
22
Togo
21
Nigeria 20;
Ivory Coast, Czech Republic,
Denmark 12; Russia 10;
Belgium, Cameroon, Croatia 9;
Belarus, Switzerland 5;
Morocco, Scotland 4;
Costa Rica, Mexico 2;
Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Gabon, Israel, Jamaica, Liberia,
Northern Ireland, Norway,
Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago 1
How爐hey爓ere爏cored
4
Own goal
Other
29
Head
145
Right
558
264
Left
KEEPER燬TOPS燩ENALT Y燜OR燗RSENAL燗T�TH燗TTEMPT
The 15 who beat him from spot:
Feb 14, 2016
Jamie Vardy, Leicester
Feb 23
Lionel Messi, Barcelona
Sep 17
Robert Snodgrass, Hull City
Oct 29
Jermain Defoe, Sunderland
Nov 6 Harry Kane, Tottenham
Nov 27
Callum Wilson, Bournemouth
Dec 10 Charlie Adam, Stoke
Jan 3, 2017
Callum Wilson, Bournemouth
Jan 22 Andre Gray, Burnley
April 30 Kane, Tottenham
May 21
Romelu Lukaku, Everton
Oct 14
Troy Deeney, Watford
Nov 5
Sergio Ag黣ro, Manchester City
Dec 31
Jay Rodriguez, West Brom
January 3, 2018
Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Source: Opta
manager hasn?t changed doesn?t mean
there haven?t been any changes.
There have been many changes and
investment, recruiting the best
people.?
Arsenal have brought in vital
expertise in Raul Sanllehi (player
negotiations), Sven Mislintat (player
recruitment) and Dave Burgess
(fitness) to address the flaws in the
Wenger regime. Gazidis added that he
was ?convinced we?ll return [to the
top positions] but know we?re not
where we want to be.
?We [fans and executive] want the
same things. Me, Raul, Sven and Dave
Burgess spend time thinking about
how to achieve this, working very
hard. I have no interest in fighting for
fifth, sixth, even fourth. We want to
compete to win the league.?
Well, that?s not going to happen for
a while, and not least because
Manchester City and Pep Guardiola
have taken the game to another,
thrilling level while Arsenal continue
to slide under Wenger. The growing
gap was highlighted brutally in the
Carabao Cup final and then four days
later when City humiliated Arsenal
again at the Emirates.
The latest edition of The Gooner
fanzine saluted the appointments and
emphasised that there is ?no point?
Wenger seeing out the final year of his
contract. A strong editorial concluded:
?No one who witnessed the Carabao
Cup final can possibly want the status
quo to continue, surely??
They are not even competing for
fourth currently, and Wenger?s
team-sheet clearly indicated a priority
of qualifying for the Champions
League via winning the Europa
League as he prepared for Thursday?s
home leg against AC Milan.
Shkodran Mustafi limped off and
disappeared straight down the tunnel
late on, but at least left the memory
of a powerful headed goal from Mesut
謟il?s free kick after eight minutes.
Mustafi lost Adrian Mariappa far too
easily, and any hint of another
Arsenal meltdown evaporated.
Orestis Karnezis denied
Aubameyang and then 謟il. Cech was
also busy, thwarting Abdoulaye
Doucour� and then saving a
Richarlison free kick and relieved
when Roberto Pereyra fired wildly
over from the rebound. Cech finished
the half by pushing away Richarlison?s
header following Daryl Janmaat?s
cross after another mistake by Iwobi.
On the hour, Arsenal added a
second when Mkhitaryan drove
through the middle, and released
Aubameyang, who steered the ball
round Karnezis with his right foot
and finished neatly with his left.
Yet Watford should have pulled one
back two minutes later when they
were awarded a penalty after Pereyra
was tripped by Ainsley MaitlandNiles, here playing at right back.
Deeney had questioned Arsenal?s
?cojones? after the visitors lost 2-1 at
Vicarage Road in October. Few
argued with Deeney?s assessment,
simply the decision of a pro to go so
public in his belittling of his peers.
Football has a way of providing
opportunities to answer back and
Arsenal seized this one. Cech dived to
his right and easily saved Deeney?s
poor penalty and the sounds of glee
from the home fans were deafening.
The Hornet had been stung.
Arsenal players enjoyed it and even
the injured H閏tor Beller韓 joined in,
having taken umbrage at Deeney?s
comment at Vicarage Road that the
Arsenal full back ?couldn?t see what
he was doing because his long hair
got in the way?. Beller韓 later tweeted,
?looks like you couldn?t see today
either?. For Cech, one of the most
respected characters in English
football, this was a special moment as
his first penalty save in 16 attempts,
kept him on course for a 200th
Premier League clean sheet and
helped make amends for his mistakes
in the loss away to Brighton & Hove
Albion on March 4.
Arsenal could easily have had a
penalty of their own when Mariappa
flew in on Mkhitaryan, who had just
released the ball, and caught the
Armenian on his right ankle, but
Martin Atkinson waved play on.
Mkhitaryan did score when
Aubameyang rolled the ball across
and his shot was strong but should
still have been saved by Karnezis. It
was all over bar the shouting of some
Arsenal fans of ?Deeney, Deeney,
what?s the score??
RATINGS
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): P Cech 7 ? A Maitland-Niles 6,
S Mustafi 7 (sub: C Chambers 73min), R Holding
6, S Kolasinac 6 ? M Elneny 6, G Xhaka 6 ?
H Mkhitaryan 7 (sub: J Wilshere 78), M 謟il 8,
A Iwobi 6 (sub: D Welbeck 66, 6) ?
P-E Aubameyang 7. Substitutes not used
D Ospina, J Willock, E Nketiah, R Nelson.
Booked Mustafi, Xhaka.
Watford (4-2-3-1): O Karnezis 7 ? D Janmaat 6
(sub: M Britos 80), S Pr鰀l 5, A Mariappa 5,
Holebas 5 ? A Doucour� 7, E Capou� 6 ?
K Femen韆 5 (sub: W Hughes 62, 6), R Pereyra 5
(sub: S Okaka, 67, 5), Richarlison 7 ? T Deeney 5.
Substitutes not used D Bachmann, A Carrillo,
A Gray, J Sinclair. Booked Holebas.
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Wenger victory
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Petr Cech ?went from hell to heaven?
yesterday according to his manager.
Having blamed himself for the two
goals conceded last weekend against
Brighton & Hove Albion, Cech was the
hero against Watford.
The former Chelsea goalkeeper had
to wait almost three months between
his 199th clean sheet in the Premier
League and his landmark 200th but he
achieved it yesterday in some style,
needing to save a penalty ? for the
first time for the club ? and his
manager hailed his goalkeeper?s
intense level of intelligence.
The irony that he saved a spot kick
taken by Troy Deeney was not lost
either on Ars鑞e Wenger. Deeney had
raised the stakes before this game,
having accused Arsenal of lacking
cojones when they lost 2-1 to Watford
in October. ?He had to wait a while to
save a penalty first of all,? Wenger said.
?It?s quite fortunate that it?s against
Deeney.
?On top of that, yes, to get that clean
sheet. In two weeks his situation shows
how football is: in one week, he went
from hell to heaven. That?s how quickly life can change.
?I like the two situations because in
the first situation he?s shown a lot of
humility and responsibility, and a
record like that is a lot of motivation
and a huge level of intelligence. You
don?t last for such a long time in the
game if you?re not intelligent.?
Cech, 35, is the first goalkeeper to
keep 200 clean sheets in the Premier
League, a feat that he described as
almost unimaginable. ?It is an unbelievable personal milestone,? the goalkeeper said.
?The first 18 games [this season] with
nine clean sheets got me to 199 but
then the last 11 games were sometimes
frustrating but the most important
thing is to win and so it was defeats that
were more frustrating.?
Victory over Watford follows the 2-0
win at the San Siro on Thursday in the
first leg of Arsenal?s round-of-16 tie
against AC Milan in the Europa
League and gives Wenger a breather
from the torrent of criticism that fol-
lowed the two losses in quick succession against Manchester City and then
Brighton.
?It was difficult but overall it gets us
out a little bit of that negative spiral we
were in,? Wenger said. ?There?s a lot of
negativity.
?It?s like rain in England ? it?s easy
to get. I don?t know how much negativity is out there. I focus on my job and I
think I?ve shown in 22 years that I can
do that, that I respect everybody?s
opinion and do my job with total commitment.?
Wenger admitted that he was concerned that a large chunk of fans chose
to stay away for the visit of Watford.
?Yes, of course I worry,? he said,
?because I want our fans to be behind
the team and happy.
?We have to get the fans on our side
and do absolutely everything to do it,
to achieve it, that?s what you want to
do. We had a disappointing period and
our supporters suffered like we suffered. But our job is to perform and to
stick together in difficult moments,
and to get the fans back on our side
again.?
his has become and might for
ever more be known as the
?Cojones derby?.
Last October, Troy Deeney,
the Watford captain, let the
world in on a secret. The reason
Arsenal had lost at Vicarage Road, he
said, was because they lacked cojones.
This was a riff on a theme that has
dogged Ars鑞e Wenger?s team for
almost half his tenure at the club.
They are a team sometimes lacking in
leadership, a team that can be pretty
enough but need a strong captain to
display courage when passing is not
enough and luck eludes them.
In other words, Deeney believed
that what Arsenal lack is a Troy
Deeney ? but cojones is also about
pluck and fearlessness and
daring.There can be subtlety, too, to
cojones. Some might say, for example,
that it takes cojones to start with Jack
Wilshere on the bench when the
midfielder had found the courage to
take to Twitter to raise the whole
issue of cojones ahead of this fixture
and was bound, therefore, to set a
bold tone.
Deeney had broken an unwritten
rule in being so openly critical of an
opponent and so the loudest cheer by
far of the afternoon came, not
surprisingly, when Petr Cech saved
Deeney?s second-half penalty. Deeney
had laid himself open to the charge of
hubris and, sure enough, there was
some poetic justice to his inability to
beat Cech from the spot.
Deeney was, however, himself
exhibiting some degree of cojones in
taking the penalty in the first place.
The home fans had been volubly
appreciative whenever Deeney was
dispossessed. He was a man in the
firing line and he knew perfectly well
that this was a penalty kick with more
pressure on it than most.
Cech?s save was a reminder that
Arsenal do possess players with
courage. Cech suffered a depressed
skull fracture in 2006 after colliding
with Reading?s Stephen Hunt. He
could have died on the football field.
He chose to keep playing at the
highest level and every time he dived
to make a save against Watford it was
a reminder of his own quiet form of
cojones. This was his 200th clean
sheet in the Premier League but every
game is, for him, a landmark of sorts.
Cojones is not, it must be stressed,
about being prepared to foul or risk a
booking. To be cautioned can be
foolish rather than brave, and fouls
can simply demonstrate that a player
has been outpaced or is slow-witted.
Cojones is about selflessness, refusing
to buckle ? running for the ball
when there is a good chance you will
be clattered for trying.
This was a game in which Arsenal
emerged as victorious not just in
terms of the scoreline but on a stark
?cojones count? ? evident when
Shkodran Mustafi rose robustly to
meet Mesut 謟il?s free kick for the
opening goal. Headed goals are so
often about determination and
ownership, and there was no doubt in
Mustafi?s mind that he would meet
the ball first.
Not long afterwards Mustafi was on
the ground clutching his face, having
been accidentally kicked in the head.
It might have heralded the start of an
overly physical game and one that
could have caused the home side to
wilt but instead, a few minutes later,
Richarlison, Watford?s elegant if
wasteful attacker, was flattened by the
stray arm of Mohamed Elneny. As the
20-year-old Brazilian was
accompanied from the pitch by the
physio, Elneny patted him on the
chest. This was the moment it became
clear that Arsenal had no intention of
letting anyone, Deeney included, have
reason to call them cowardly on this
particular occasion.
Their more subtle demonstrations
of cojones came with a determination
play triangular passing out of defence.
That could be interpreted as
obstinacy but, given the backdrop to
this contest, it was a form of bravery
too, as was Rob Holding?s decision to
attempt to hold a conversation with
Deeney as he gloweringly fiddled
with his captain?s armband after 謟il
had dropped to his knees.
Extra cojones points can be
awarded to the Watford fans for
packing the away corner on Mother?s
Day while there were many empty
seats elsewhere, and to Orestis
Karnezis, who courageously pulled on
a pair of huge Big Top comedy orange
gloves.
The conclusion could be drawn that
Deeney?s comments served only to
make sure that Arsenal were
sufficiently motivated to win, to exact
revenge and to prove they have grit. If
that is true, then Wenger ought to be
more concerned than he ever
appears to be. Arsenal
should have more
class than to rise to
five-month-old bait.
This attitude should
be their default
position, not one that a
Watford striker instils
in them.
Aubameyang
clipped his goal
past Karnezis in a
real display of grit
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Noble wrestles a
pitch invader to
the ground, main
picture, while
David Sullivan,
West Ham?s
co-chairman, is
heckled by
angry supporters
in front of the
directors? box,
left; Brooking,
the former
West Ham and
England
midfielder, sits
alone after
refusing to
leave the
directors? box,
above right,
while a number
of young home
supporters are
granted refuge
on the Burnley
substitutes?
bench
Stay away, Brooking urges
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Burnley
3
Barnes 56, Wood 70, 81
Referee L Mason Attendance 56,904
A
s several hundred West Ham
United fans laid siege to an
area in front of the directors?
box, furiously chanting and
gesticulating towards the
owners, Mark Noble feared
that worse would follow.
Only a belated police
presence prevented dozens of
supporters standing near the dugouts
from running on to the pitch on an
afternoon when simmering hostility
? about another relegation scrap, the
stadium move and a perceived lack of
transfer spending ? boiled over.
The turmoil began when Burnley
scored their first goal and a fan burst
on to the pitch and darted towards
several home players until he was
confronted by Noble, who grabbed
him and threw him to the ground. In
the eyes of the West Ham players, the
pitch invader could not have picked
such an unjustified target and the
team completely lost their heads,
quickly conceding a second.
Noble is Mr West Ham United,
joining the club as a schoolboy and
going on to captain the team. He lives
in Essex, surrounded by fans, and no
player takes a defeat as painfully.
As West Ham fly to Miami for
warm-weather training, the stakes
have been raised for their next game,
at home to Southampton in three
weeks? time. ?If we go 1-0 down again,
what will happen?? Noble said.
?I can?t imagine. That is the brutal
honesty. I just hope, when you have
an eruption, get your emotions out, I
hope that was it today. At one point I
thought there?d be a pitch invasion.
?The supporters are not happy in
the first place coming here ? it?s not
an excuse ? but it is a chance to
show their emotions towards, not so
much the players, but the board.
Hopefully they now rally and get
behind us. If anything, I am not really
angry, I am just a little bit upset that
the club is in the way that it is.?
By the end, Sir Trevor Brooking
was among the few left sitting in the
directors? box and was applauded by
protesters. The former captain wants
the protesting fans to stay away as the
club fights to avoid relegation.
?Just don?t come to the games at
the moment until you try to allow the
players to get the points to stay up,?
Brooking said. ?The next five games
at home look pretty bleak. There is
no way the team is going to play and
get the points to stay up under that
sort of atmosphere. It is impossible.
?That atmosphere must never come
back in the last five games, otherwise
the club is in serious trouble and the
players won?t be able to deliver.?
In the lead-up to the game, the
decision to call off a protest march
against the board descended into
threats of violence among rival
supporter groups. Adding fuel to the
fire for some still hankering over
Upton Park, Baroness Brady, the West
Ham vice-chairman, said that the
club would have made a similar profit
had they stayed at their former home,
in their accounts published last week.
Those divisions surfaced when
home fans fought with each other in
the stand over protesting and not
supporting the team during the game,
while others attacked the pitch
invaders trying to return to their seats
when not apprehended by stewards.
?For the past two seasons really it has
sort of been bubbling over with the
fans not being happy, and today was
the boiling point and it just exploded,?
Noble said. ?This is our stadium now.
There is nothing we can do about it.
There is so much anger out there that
it is not going to go away. The only
way it has ever really gone quiet is if
we won games. We are going to lose
games and when we do it is pretty
much the end of the world.?
Lee Mason, the referee, briefly
halted the game but told the players
that it was not bad enough to warrant
taking the teams off. He did not
caution Noble. ?Lee said to me: ?Look
Mark you were sort of protecting
yourself really?, ? Noble, who will not
be punished by the FA, said. ?He used
common sense. I am a person and if
someone approaches me ? my
emotions were high as we had just
conceded a goal ? I will protect
myself. I actually love the club. That
is why I probably acted the way I did.?
Fans fought with stewards on an
external concourse to get closer to the
board, made throat-slitting gestures
and chanted that the club had been
destroyed and was no longer West
Ham. A group raised the banner, ?Sold
a dream given a nightmare.? Around
20 policemen lined two sides of the
touchline. Ashley Barnes, the Burnley
striker, tripped one invader and
another home fan grabbed a corner
flag and appeared to want to plant it
on the centre circle.
Burnley players had flashbacks of
their midfielder, Ashley Westwood,
being confronted by an invading
Blackburn Rovers fan in August.
?When a fan comes on the pitch
swinging a corner flag, you can?t be
sure about his intentions,? Jack Cork,
the Burnley midfielder, said. ?One of
the lads shouted, ?Leave it, Barnesy,
this is not your fight?. ?
Among the questions being
considered is why it took so long for
stewards to go on the pitch and catch
the first invader and whether police
could have been requested to enter
the stadium sooner and help the
1,000 stewards. Police are generally
reluctant to be inside as their
presence can inflame the situation,
and the club and its partners have to
foot the bill for them to do so.
West Ham have requested taking
control of the stewards, who are
employed by the stadium operator.
However, that is unlikely as the
operator would be owed millions of
pounds to cancel their lengthy
contract with the stadium owner.
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PETER CZIBORRA/ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS; DAVID KLEIN/REUTERS; BBC
Allardyce
turns to Ant
and Dec for
stress relief
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March 31 Southampton
April 16 Stoke City
April 29 Manchester City
May 13 Everton
TBC Manchester United
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Bong 60 (og), Tosun 76
Brighton�&燞ove燗lbion
2
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Referee R East Attendance 39,199
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angry West Ham fans
West Ham wasted three good firsthalf chances and succumbed to poor
defending and the introduction of the
Burnley substitute Chris Wood, who
scored twice. They play Arsenal,
Chelsea, Manchester United and
Manchester City in the run-in, in
addition to relegation-threatened
Southampton and Stoke City.
James Collins, the defender, expects
criticism for the trip to Miami but says
the team must regroup. ?I?m not sure
the fans and press will see it that way
after that performance, but I think it?s
important,? he said. ?Here today, it
will probably be the same at the
training ground, the fans will probably
want to vent their frustrations, which
is right. So to get away, train well, chat
about what?s going on and try to put it
right [is key].?
RATIN GS
West Ham United (4-2-3-1) J Hart 5 ? P Zabaleta
5, J Collins 5, A Ogbonna 5, A Cresswell 6 ?
C Kouyat� 6, M Noble 6 ? Jo鉶 M醨io 5 (sub:
J Hern醤dez 71min, 5), M Lanzini 6, M Antonio 6
? M Arnautovic 6. Substitutes not used Adri醤,
J Hugill, J Cullen, D Rice, M Browne, P Evra.
Booked Cresswell, Lanzini.
Burnley (4-4-1-1): N Pope 7 ? M Lowton 5,
J Tarkowski 5, B Mee 5, S Ward 7 ? A Lennon 5,
J Cork, A Westwood 6, J Gudmundsson 6 ?
J Hendrick 5 (sub: C Wood 61, 8) ? A Barnes 7
(sub: S Vokes 89). Substitutes not used
A Lindegaard, D Marney, P Bardsley, K Long,
G-K Nkoudou. Booked Westwood, Lennon.
?We?ve爊ot燽een爃eard�爓e?ve爃ad爀nough?
MARK燱ALKER
I
?m a home and away
season ticket holder but
I was advised to stay
away on Saturday given
the online abuse I had
received the previous
week. The club stood
aside while the WHUISA
and I were abused. Like
all fan organisations
accredited by the Football
Supporters? Federation,
we serve our supporters
and do so as volunteers.
West Ham are the only
Premier League club that
won?t engage meaningfully
with their fans. One of the
key frustrations of
supporters is that their
voices are not being
heard. What does the club
fear? There is time for
them to change their
position, but like the
majority of supporters,
our members have lost
patience with the board.
The club fails to
understand what makes
us proud to support West
Ham. Not a single one of
us believes we will be a
trophy-winning machine.
If we wanted that, we
would look elsewhere.
What our supporters
have always enjoyed is
being a bit different:
playing the game a certain
way, despite modest
resources, being a little bit
better in so many ways ?
and that included having
one of the best football
grounds in the country.
By moving the club, they
turned us into a Trotters
Independent Traders
version of Arsenal.
Supporters bought the
story, placing their trust in
people who ultimately let
them down. It looked
glossy, but the directors
raised expectations
beyond a point where
they had the competence
or willingness to deliver.
The lack of investment
both on and off the pitch
has caused the ill-feeling
to spread far beyond the
thousands who know the
stadium is not fit for
purpose. The solution that
the club proposes is to
expand the scouting
network in the summer.
We once signed Alan
Devonshire for �000
down to good oldfashioned scouting, but
the game has changed
and it?s about getting
deals over the line.
The club issued a
statement on Saturday
questioning the mayor?s
staff at the London
Stadium and blamed
Barry Fry for relegating
them at Birmingham City,
ignoring their own part in
creating the problem.
If the West Ham board
were not happy with the
deal they struck with the
stadium?s owners, why did
they sign it? The attempt
to shift the blame is a
well-trodden path but we
need to face facts ? the
main one being a lack of
investment in players.
What happened on
Saturday was pent-up
rage and, whatever your
issue with the club is, the
cause was to be found in
the directors? box, next to
Sir Trevor Brooking. How
David Moyes must wish
that he had a player of his
calibre to call on.
Mark Walker is head of
the West Ham United
Independent Supporters?
Association (WHUISA).
am Allardyce hoped he would
sleep a little sounder but, deep
down, knew this only served as
respite. The ordeal resumes
next week.
It was why, with a view to the
carnage and unrest witnessed at his
former club West Ham United, he
confessed that the pressures of
modern football would have seen him
buckle under the strain if he was just
starting out in management.
One of Everton?s most complete
performances of the season had been
played out with the backing and unity
from what has been a febrile crowd,
but Allardyce admitted it will count
for nothing if they lose away to Stoke
City on Saturday.
?Yes, we all knew that [the reaction
if we had not won] and it rears its
head again next week if we play
badly,? said Allardyce, after gleaning a
third win in 12 league matches.
?It is just what we live with. If I was
young and just breaking in here, then
I am not so sure I could cope with the
sort of pressures that are put on
managers today. Not without the
experience I have now.
?My job is to absorb the pressure,
keep it off the players and take the
stick. There is that much information
put out there for fans, it makes them
more demanding. That demand
comes from inflated prices and how
much we have to pay for players.
Then, in turn, that makes the fans
think the player should be delivering
more and that gets them more upset.
?In the younger days, I would have
been out celebrating [after a win like
this]. Today, I will take it easy and
watch Ant and Dec.?
An own goal from Ga雝an Bong
and Cenk Tosun?s powerful strike
ensured Mat Ryan?s penalty save from
Wayne Rooney was a footnote, and
Brighton?s first defeat in seven games
was compounded by a straight red
card for Anthony Knockaert after a
two-footed lunge on Leighton Baines.
Intimating that Knockaert faces a
fine, his manager Chris Hughton said:
?Anything we do will be done within
the club. But he will miss three games
at an important stage of the season. It
is a red card and I can?t defend it.?
RAT INGS
Everton (4-3-3): J Pickford 7 ? S Coleman 7,
P Jagielka 7, M Keane 7, L Baines 7 ? T Davies 7
(sub: D Klaassen 84min), W Rooney 7,
G Sigurdsson 7 ? T Walcott 7 (sub: D CalvertLewin 73), C Tosun 7, Y Bolasie 7 (sub: M Holgate
78). Substitutes not used J Robles, C Martina,
B Baningime, O Niasse.
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-2): M Ryan 7 ?
E Schelotto 5, S Duffy 6, L Dunk 6, G Bong 5 (sub:
M Suttner 82) ? A Knockaert 4, B Kayal 5 (sub:
J Locadia 69, 6), D Pr鰌per 5, J Izquierdo 5 ?
G Murray 6 (sub: L Ulloa 77), P Gross 6.
Substitutes not used T Krul, Bruno, C Goldson,
S March. Booked Schelotto. Sent off Knockaert.
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It?s mission
impossible
for academy
at Barcelona
GABRIELE
MARCOTTI
EUROPEAN燜OOTBALL
CORRESPONDENT
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a Masia, Barcelona?s famed
academy, has long been held
up as the gold standard in
youth scouting and
development. Many marvelled
when the club won a
Champions League with no
fewer than seven homegrown
products in the starting line-up. It
came to be viewed as some kind of
miraculous Jedi finishing school, a
place where a cocktail of old-style
values, patient nurturing and
pedagogical knowhow continually
churned out the knights of tomorrow
under the watchful eyes of the
residents Yodas.
On paper, it is as effective as ever.
Barcelona players have played a total
of 27,720 league minutes this season
and La Masia products have featured
for 12,134 of them, or nearly 44 per
cent. Contrast this with Wednesday?s
Champions League opponents,
Chelsea, where the figure for their
homegrown players stands at 5.8 per
cent, thanks mostly to Andreas
Christensen.
Or, indeed, the other clubs from
Europe?s big five leagues still in the
Champions League: Real Madrid
(23.1 per cent), Manchester United
(17.9 per cent), Roma (16.9 per cent),
Bayern Munich (12.8 per cent), Seville
(12.4 per cent), Liverpool (3.9 per
cent), Juventus (1.6 per cent) and
Manchester City (0.2 per cent).
It?s a staggering proportion. And it?s
fairly plain to see how homegrown
players offer a range of fringe benefits
over others: they are steeped in the
club culture, they are cheaper to
acquire (sometimes free) and they are
usually cheaper to retain.
Yet a closer look at Barcelona
suggests that La Masia is not quite an
automatic assembly line of talent.
Take Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqu�,
Lionel Messi and Andr閟 Iniesta ?
all of whom are 29 or older ? out of
the mix and the percentage slips to
16.2 per cent.
Then consider that Jordi Alba,
who spent eight years at La Masia,
was let go at 16 and later reacquired
from Valencia. And that Gerard
Deulofeu was sold ? albeit with a
buyback clause ? at age 21 and
brought back later, before being sent
on loan again (he?s now at Watford).
Remove those two from the
calculation and the only La Masia
alumnus to have progressed directly
into the first-team squad is Sergi
Roberto, whose minutes account for
6.7 per cent of Barca?s total.
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Masia does not churn out Barcelonacalibre stars to the degree it once did.
Entire volumes have been produced
marvelling at the magic that goes on
there and it doesn?t necessarily mean
they?re all bunk. Just that, perhaps,
things are a bit more complex than
they appear.
For a start, the academy has not
stopped producing quality footballers.
From Mauro Icardi to H閏tor
Beller韓, from Thiago Alc鈔tara to
Mart韓 Montoya, from Keita Bald� to
Oriol Romeu, from Marc Bartra to
Giovani dos Santos, and from Adama
Traor� to Alberto Bot韆, you could
put together a very strong XI made
up only of La Masia alumni in their
twenties.
The problem is that ?very strong
XI? does not equate with being good
enough to contribute to this
Barcelona side. It?s unlikely that any
of the above would crack Ernesto
Valverde?s starting XI. And, other
than Icardi and Thiago, it?s highly
debatable whether any would even
make a match-day squad. That?s the
inconvenient truth facing football
clubs and their academies today and
La Masia is no different.
There?s a quote ? often incorrectly
attributed to Jesuit educators ? that
states: ?Give me the child and I will
show you the man.? It?s apocryphal
and possibly entirely made up, but
Pardew?s job in danger after hapless tinkering
ALAN燬MITH
West燘romwich燗lbion
Rond髇 8
Leicester燙ity
Vardy 21, Mahrez 62,
Iheanacho 76, Iborra 90?+3
1
4
Referee R Madley Attendance 23,558
I
n the past few weeks of this
miserable season, as one loss rolls
interminably into the next, Alan
Pardew has altered West Bromwich
Albion?s target. Initially it was one
win to break the streak. It became
two because that was what they
needed to make up the deficit to 17th
position, followed by three or, as
Gareth McAuley put it a couple of
weeks ago after a painful loss to
Southampton, ?the same number we
have won up until this point?.
On Saturday their ambition
reached a new low. Pardew, evidently
resigned to relegation and his own
dismissal, said that he just wanted his
team to display some pride. They
surrendered after going 2-1 behind to
a Leicester City team steered by the
brilliant Riyad Mahrez, their
unwillingness to fight back a clear
sign that Pardew?s influence in the
dressing room has evaporated.
There was also a row between the
head coach and Grzegorz
Krychowiak. When the Poland
midfielder on loan from Paris SaintGermain was substituted at 1-1 he was
so annoyed with Pardew?s decision
that he refused to shake his hand. An
angry exchange in the dressing room
followed and, publicly, Pardew
admonished Krychowiak for his
unacceptable behaviour. But it was a
perplexing substitution because
Krychowiak had been West Brom?s
best player. That an evenly poised
game quickly slipped out of their
reach was no coincidence, and it is
not the first time that Pardew?s
tinkering has cost them points.
As if a metaphor for the season,
someone then set off the fire alarm a
few minutes after full-time, forcing
The Hawthorns to be evacuated.
Pardew joked before a startling press
conference that he ?tried to start a
fire but you?re still here? but he soon
moved on to accusing his players of
lacking effort and hurting his pride.
Yet if his pride is dented it should
be because of his own failure rather
than suboptimal players
underperforming. He has won seven
of his past 54 Premier League games,
dating back to the final days of his
reign at Crystal Palace, has lost the
Albion dressing room and,
Pass/shot
Run without ball
Hegazi
Dawson
Vardy
Mahrez
Tony燙ascarino:燭his爄s燰ardy?s燽est爂oal
Jamie Vardy?s volley
was the best goal of his
career ? the technique
was superb. It?s a goal
that definitely puts him
in England?s World Cup
squad and is one of my
top five goals this
season. My others are:
C Daniels v Man City
Left-footed screamer
H Kane v Huddersfield
Left-footed curling strike
M Alonso v Tottenham
Brilliant free kick
A Valencia v Everton
Fierce strike into the top
corner by the right back
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AGEING燗ND燚ECLINING�
ACADEMY PRESENCE
ACADEMY燩RESENCE
Champions League final 2011
Academy
product and age
Andr閟 Iniesta
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Valdes
Alves Mascherano
Misfiring strikers continue to
give Conte cause for concern
CHARLES燱ALFORD
Piqu�
24
Abidal
Chelsea
Willian 25, Kelly 32 (og)
Xavi
31
Busquets
22
Iniesta
27
Crystal燩alace
Van Aanholt 90
Messi
23
2
1
Pedro
23
Villa
Referee A Taylor Attendance 40,800
Against Chelsea in first leg
Academy
product and age Ter Stegen
Sergi
26
Piqu�
31
Alba
28
Umtiti
Busquets
29
Rakitic
Messi
30
over the years it has taken on a life of
its own. It?s a bit like that for top
academies. They ask parents and
agents to ?give them the child? and
they will turn them into, in this case,
a ?Barcelona-calibre player?.
Except they won?t. They will give
him the best possible footballing
education, but the final step ? into
the first team ? is far too difficult for
anyone to guarantee. Even with an
academy like La Masia; even at a club
Paulinho
Su醨ez
Iniesta
27
as steeped in youth development as
Barcelona.
So how to explain nights like the
2011 Champions League final, when
Victor Valdes, Xavi, Pedro, Piqu�,
Busquets, Messi and Iniesta ? all of
whom went through La Masia ? all
started in the 3-1 win over
Manchester United?
Uninspiring as it may sound, it was
probably a freak occurrence. It was a
moment in time when a group of
once-in-a-generation talents and a
group of very good individuals
happened to be in the same team at
the same time, having had the same
footballing education.
La Masia is about nurture. It can
only do so much. When you get to
that level, it?s about nature and the
random genetic lottery that would
imbue certain players with certain
skills. Barcelona?s academy has done
its job over the past decade, which is
to annually produce top footballers
even though they may not break into
the first team. Expecting it to
replicate what happened a decade ago
is both unreasonable and unfair.
W
hile Eden Hazard has been
waging a public war of words
with Antonio Conte about his
frustrations in a No 9 role, his
strike partners appear to be
enduring internal battles. But in the
public arena of Premier League
football, those private struggles can be
cruelly exposed, as 羖varo Morata
and Olivier Giroud found at Stamford
Bridge on Saturday evening.
?We didn?t take a lot of chances,?
was how the head coach Conte put it,
but that barely touched on the issues.
There are a lot of attributes that
Giroud brings to the game ? hold-up
play, aerial prowess ? but there is no
escaping that he has not yet scored a
Premier League goal for Chelsea.
While Michy Batshuayi has seven
goals in nine games on loan with
Borussia Dortmund (including a
94th-minute winner against
Frankfurt yesterday), this was
Giroud?s fifth blank in blue.
He is not a natural predator and
that was never more clear than when
the first half-chance of the game
against Crystal Palace fell his way.
Just needing a touch to deflect
N?Golo Kant�s shot beyond Wayne
Hennessey, he wafted a left leg at the
ball without conviction. Perhaps he
thought he was offside, but in those
situations a striker should get the ball
in the net and only then worry about
the assistant?s flag.
Then, with Chelsea 2-0 up, one
chance encapsulated his present
fortunes. After neat build-up play
involving Hazard, Kant� and Willian,
the France striker found himself
seven yards out with just Hennessey
to beat. He managed that, but was
denied on the line by the heels of
were involved in Chelsea?s second.
James Tomkins, who was sliding
F郻regas released Marcos Alonso
towards the goal to make the block,
down the left. His ball was dummied
but somehow managed to divert it
by Willian, with Hazard the
wide. On 67 minutes, another
beneficiary, and the Belgium
counterattack ended with the ball at
midfielder laid it off to Davide
Giroud?s feet on the penalty spot but
Zappacosta; shades of Brazil in 1970,
he could only place the ball against
but the finish owed more to Sunday
the base of the post. His face wore the league. The right wing back?s effort
look of a man wondering if he will
was blocked by Martin Kelly, who
ever find the net again.
cleared it into Hennessey?s back, with
Giroud was put out of his misery
the ball rebounding onto the defender
five minutes later, when a standing
and in. What Giroud or Morata would
ovation marked his effort rather than
do for even such a scrappy finish.
end product. Now the focus shifted
Conte insisted that he has not yet
onto Morata, who has also been
started thinking about Barcelona. But
subject to scrutiny about his
whatever side he puts out, he
suitability for Premier
fears that it might not have
League football having not
the experience to get the
scored since Boxing Day.
job done. ?This team lost
The former Real
a lot of old players with
Madrid man has had to
great experience,? he
minutes since
suffer the frustration of
said. ?Now we have
Morata?s last PL goal,
injury and suspension
many players who need
v Brighton on
and after a promising
experience. We have a lot
Boxing Day
start to the season ? he
of players playing for the
scored nine times in his first
first or second time [in the]
16 games but only three
Champions League.?
times in 21 since ? he
F郻regas exempted,
has developed a habit of
Conte does have a point
registering yellow cards
but at least with this
minutes since
rather than goals.He
victory his side kept alive
Giroud?s last PL goal,
picked up another one
their hopes of gaining
v Southampton on
on Saturday, but it was
more experience in next
December 10
how he avoided a second
year?s competition. Palace
that will raise questions.
improved after the interval,
As Chelsea tried to run down
scoring through Patrick van
the clock, he thought he had
Aanholt and having a goal ruled out
successfully won a corner, only for
for a foul on Gary Cahill. ?They?re
the assistant referee to give a goal
going to have to bash us over the
kick, at which point Morata slapped
head to get us down ? we?re not
the flag out of his hand before
going to surrender in any way,? said a
walking away. One can only assume
defiant Roy Hodgson, their manager.
that the assistant was too shocked to
RAT INGS
alert the referee, Anthony Taylor, to
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): T Courtois 6 ? C Azpilicueta 6,
the indiscretion but the FA will surely
A Christensen 6, G Cahill 6 ? D Zappacosta 7,
take a look.
C F郻regas 8 (sub: Pedro 88min), N Kant� 8,
M Alonso 7 ? Willian 8, E Hazard 8 (sub:
Striking woes aside, there were
T Bakayoko 88) ? O Giroud 6 (sub: A Morata 72).
performances to give Conte heart
Substitutes not used W Caballero, E Palmieri,
before Wednesday?s Champions
E Ampadu, V Moses. Booked Morata.
League meeting with Barcelona in the Crystal Palace (4-4-2): W Hennessey 6 ?
A Wan-Bissaka 6, M Kelly 7, J Tomkins 7,
Nou Camp. Hazard, Cesc F郻regas
P van Aanholt 6 ? A Townsend 6 (sub: Lee
and Willian in particular offered
Chung-yong 81), L Milivojevic 6, J McArthur 6,
creativity and industry. The latter
J Schlupp 6 (sub: J Riedewald 75) ? A Sorloth 5,
C Benteke 4 (sub: W Zaha 46, 6).
opened the scoring when drifting in
Substitutes not used D Cavalieri, M Sakho,
off the left and firing a deflected
P Souare, T Fosu-Mensah. Booked Van Aanholt,
effort in off the post, and all three
Tomkins.
425
306
derails West Brom Carvalhal gets a reality check
indisputably, deserves to be sacked.
He stopped just short of asking the
West Brom owner Guochuan Lai to
cut him loose, but was expected to
hold talks with the club?s hierarchy
yesterday to see whether they wanted
him to continue.
West Brom were well along the
road to failure by the time Pardew
took over, but that does not excuse
his myriad shortcomings. They were
already in a perilous state before the
ill-fated trip to Barcelona, featuring
that stolen taxi and Pardew being
pickpocketed, not least because of
their inability to hold on to leads.
It was no surprise that after going
in front through Salom髇 Rond髇 on
Saturday that West Brom heads
dropped when Jamie Vardy equalised
with a remarkable left-footed volley
after a perfect pass from Mahrez.
West Brom did not down tools until
Mahrez scored to put Leicester in
front in the 62nd minute but many
will reflect on the proceeding 28
minutes as an embarrassment. For all
his faults, Pardew was correct to point
out that professionals should not quit.
They travel to Bournemouth on
Saturday and, whether Pardew is still
in charge or not, would it be too
much to ask for some of the West
Brom players to show they care?
MIKE燱HALLEY
Huddersfield燭own
0
Swansea燙ity
0
.Referee: M Oliver Attendance: 23,567
R AT I NG S
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): B Foster 5 ?
A Nyom 4, C Dawson 5, A Hegazi 5, K Gibbs 4 ?
G Krychowiak 7 (sub: S Field 59min, 4),
J Livermore 5 ? O Burke 6 (sub: H Robson-Kanu
83), C Brunt 5, M Phillips 4 (sub: J Rodriguez 70,
5) ? S Rond髇 6.
Substitutes not used B Myhill, C Yacob,
J McClean, G McAuley. Booked Livermore.
Leicester City (4-4-2): K Schmeichel 6 ?
D Simpson 6, W Morgan 7, H Maguire 7, B Chilwell
7 ? R Mahrez 9 (sub: F Diab醫� 88), V Iborra 8,
W Ndidi 7, D Gray 6 (sub: M Albrighton 67, 6) ?
S Okazaki 5 (sub: K Iheanacho 60, 7), J Vardy 8.
Substitutes not used E Jakupovic, A Dragovic,
C Fuchs, M James. Booked Vardy, Simpson, Ndidi.
T
here comes a time in most lives
when dreams have to give way
to reality. Swansea City appear
to have reached that point.
No one who watched a
thoroughly pragmatic display in
earning a point on Saturday would
have recognised Swansea as the same
club once f阾ed for playing Barcelonastyle football.
The statistics were stark: Carlos
Carvalhal?s side became only the third
to fail to manage a shot on goal in a
Premier League match since records
began in 2003. They had just 19.16 per
cent possession; the second-lowest
total of any side in an English topdivision match in that time. While
Huddersfield achieved 682 passes,
Swansea managed 173.
Yet if Carvalhal keeps Swansea in
the Premier League, will anyone at
the Liberty Stadium complain? They
were bottom of the table when he
arrived in December to replace Paul
Clement. Since then, they have lost
just two of 16 matches in all
competitions and have an FA Cup
quarter-final against Tottenham to
look forward to.
They achieved a draw at the John
Smith?s Stadium despite playing a
man short for almost 80 minutes after
Jordan Ayew?s red card for a high
challenge on Jonathan Hogg, the
Huddersfield captain. For Swansea?s
players, it felt like a victory;
Carvalhal?s celebrations on the pitch
at full time suggested he knew just
how important this result was.
Huddersfield can also sense
survival, which would be a
remarkable achievement given that
they have the Premier League?s
lowest wage bill. This, though, was a
missed opportunity to put further
distance between themselves and the
relegation zone.
RAT INGS
Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1): J Lossl 6 ?
F Hadergjonaj 8, M Zanka 6, C Schindler 6,
S Malone 5 ? A Mooy 7 (sub: D Williams 69min,
6), J Hogg 7 ? T Ince 5, A Pritchard 7 (sub:
C Quaner 65, 6), R van La Parra 6 (sub:
L Depoitre 78) ? S Mouni� 7.
Substitutes not used J Coleman, T Smith,
C Lowe, A Sabiri. Booked Hadergjonaj, Quaner.
Swansea City (5-3-2): L Fabianski 8 ?
K Naughton 7, M van der Hoorn 7, F Fernandez 7,
A Mawson 8, M Olsson 7 ? S Ki 6 (sub: T Carroll
89), A King 6, S Clucas 5 ? J Ayew 4, A Ayew 5
(sub: T Abraham 73).
Substitutes not used K Nordtfelt, C Roberts,
K Bartley, N Dyer, L Narsingh. Booked Mawson,
Olsson, A Ayew. Sent off J Ayew.
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Unsung hero
Lukaku breaks
new ground
PAUL燞IRST
Manchester燯nited
Rashford 14, 24
Liverpool
Bailly 66 (og)
K LO PP燬T R U G G L ES燨N�
TRAVELS燭O 燭OP燬IX�
2
1
Referee C Pawson Attendance 74,855
D
espite the brickbats that
have come his way, Romelu
Lukaku continues to break
new ground this season. On
Saturday afternoon at Old
Trafford, the Manchester
United striker set a new
personal best. The chances
are that the 74,855 people in the
stands were unaware of it at the time,
and Lukaku himself may have been
oblivious to the fact that he had just
broken his personal record for the
number of assists in one season.
When Lukaku outjumped Dejan
Lovren to set up Marcus Rashford in
the 14th minute of Manchester
United?s win over Liverpool, he
racked up his seventh Premier League
assist, beating his previous record of
six, set while with Everton.
Rashford was the local boy who
had just scored a quite superb opener
against United?s most bitter rivals, but
it was Lukaku who was celebrating
the loudest in the corner in front of
the home supporters of the East
Stand and the Sir Alex Ferguson
Stand. The Belgium forward hoisted
himself on to Alexis S醤chez?s
shoulders, punched the air and then
turned around twice to raise his arms
and rouse the crowd as he walked
back towards the centre circle.
He had every reason to be pleased
with himself. The 24-year-old had
done exactly what Jos� Mourinho had
asked of him ? win the first ball up
against Lovren and send another of
his team-mates through towards goal.
He would do it a second time ten
minutes later, muscling Lovren, the
Liverpool centre half, off the ball to
play in Juan Mata, whose shot fell to
Rashford and he did the rest from ten
yards to double the lead.
Lukaku?s presence in this team will
always test the purest of United
purists. There is something of an
emotional struggle within some
supporters to accept the fact that the
first person David De Gea looks for
when he has the ball in hand or at his
2 ? Points per game won away
against big six before this season
Played 8, won 4, drawn 4, lost 0
Goals for 16, goals against 9
0.25 ? Points per game this season
Played 4, won 0, drawn 1, lost 3
Goals for 5, goals against 14
Rashford gave his man of the
match award to his mother on
Mother?s Day yesterday
feet is the 6ft 3in target man a long
way down the field. But the truth is
that it works.
Gary Neville, a man who is
associated with some of the most
free-flowing attacking teams in
United?s history, knows that. ?Don?t
play it short. Put it on Lukaku?s head.
Why not?? he said in the Sky studio
as United?s goalkeeper looked for
options at one stage in the first half.
Lukaku is no slouch when he is
facing goal either, of course, and it is
also worth noting that he is just five
short of breaking his record of 26
goals in all competitions in one
season, which he set last year. Indeed
if he carries on at his present rate, he
could end the campaign with 33 goals.
But it is his work rate and link-up
play that makes him a favourite of his
manager and his team-mates. ?His
performance was fantastic,?
Mourinho said, purringly.
Rashford, the main beneficiary of
Lukaku?s excellent performance, said:
?His determination to improve is the
biggest feature I?ve picked up from his
game. He always wants to better
himself. When he?s doing it, it pushes
others to be better.?
There was something refreshing
about the fact that Rashford and Jesse
Lingard went to Paul Pogba?s house
after the match to have a kickabout
on his mini indoor pitch.
It has not been an easy season for
the 20-year-old Rashford. Saturday?s
encounter was his first league start
since Boxing Day. In all likelihood, he
would not have been in the team had
Anthony Martial not been injured.
Some players in his situation over
the past three months would want
their manager to put an arm around
them and tell them everything is
going to be all right, but not the young
United forward. ?He doesn?t have to.
In football you are going to be up,
you?re going to be down,? Rashford
said. ?When you are younger than I
am and you are learning the game, I
think you do need it. But I understand
[not being picked] is part of the game.
There are 11 players that start ? it?s
just one of those things.?
It is easy to forget that Rashford
has had to digest a lot in his short
career. He has seen Louis van Gaal,
the manager who gave him his debut,
get sacked; he has had to deal with
the pressure of playing for England at
a leading tournament at the age of 18;
and he has had to learn how to play
in a new position under a manager
who operates differently to his
predecessor. And yet despite starting
just 21 matches in all competitions
this season, he has 12 goals, one more
than he managed in 2016-17. ?Right
now I?m probably not learning the
most on the pitch,? Rashford said. ?It?s
in training where I?m doing most of
my learning.
?My all-round game is starting to
become clearer. The things this
manager wants is becoming clearer to
me. The more you do that, the easier
the results come on the pitch.?
Mourinho will be hoping Rashford
and Lukaku can continue their form
this week given that United have
make-or-break ties against Seville and
Brighton & Hove Albion in the Europa
League and FA Cup respectively. ?The
next two games are ?die or live? games
so they are much more important than
this one,? Mourinho said.
R ATI N G S
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): D De Gea 7 ?
A Valencia 7, C Smalling 8, E Bailly 8, A Young 8 ?
N Matic 7, S McTominay 7 ? J Mata 8 (sub:
J Lingard 89min), A S醤chez 7 (sub: M Darmian
90+6), M Rashford 8 (sub: M Fellaini 70, 6) ?
R Lukaku 8. Substitutes not used S Romero,
V Lindelof, M Carrick, L Shaw. Booked Valencia,
Rashford.
Liverpool (4-3-3): L Karius 6 ? T AlexanderArnold 6 (sub: G Wijnaldum 80), D Lovren 5,
V V Dijk 6, A Robertson 6 (sub: D Solanke 84) ?
A Oxlade-Chamberlain 5 (sub: A Lallana 62, 6),
J Milner 7, E Can 7 ? M Salah 5, R Firmino 6,
S Man� 6. Substitutes not used S Mignolet,
J Matip, J Gomez, J Henderson.
Booked Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Lukaku
celebrates his
seventh assist
of the season, a
header that set
up Rashford for
the opening goal
Smalling and Young d
PAUL燞IRST
A
penny for the thoughts of
Gareth Southgate as he watched
Manchester United?s back four
defend heroically in the face of a
prolonged onslaught from
Liverpool in the second half at Old
Trafford. Southgate names his squad
for the friendlies against Holland and
Italy on Thursday, and having seen
Chris Smalling?s display from the
directors? box on Saturday lunchtime,
the England manager must surely be
looking to recall the centre back.
Southgate left Smalling out of his
squad for the November friendlies
against Germany and Brazil due to
concerns over his passing ability.
That area of his game does need
some improvement ? four of his 16
passes against Liverpool failed to find
their target ? but Smalling also gave
a masterclass in how to defend
against a quick, inventive and
dangerous attack.
When Sadio Man� surged into the
box and chipped the ball into
Mohamed Salah?s direction, Smalling
was there to dispossess the Egypt
forward. There is something about
this fixture that brings out the
aggression that Smalling sometimes
lacks. Three years ago, the defender
shrugged Mario Balotelli off the ball
and sent him crashing into the
advertising boards before jabbing his
index finger in the striker?s direction.
And on Saturday, the
28-year-old was told to calm down by
Gary Beswick, the assistant referee,
after he threw Salah to the floor after
winning the ball off him.
His own-goal aside, Smalling?s
partner, Eric Bailly, was outstanding,
twice putting in sliding challenges in
the box to deny Man� and Roberto
Firmino in injury time. Remarkably,
this was only the second time that
Smalling and Bailly had played
together as part of a four-man
defence this season.
?The people in the dressing room
are having a joke with him because of
his amazing goal, but he had a
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BELG IAN燦OW燗燘 I G璆AME燩LAYER �
I have always said that Romelu
Lukaku will get 20 goals for
Manchester United. What I
have wondered about is his
all-round contribution to the
team. Against Liverpool he got
his seventh assist this season
and a third against a top-six
club. He showed that he is a
centre forward well capable of
leading the line and he gave a
perfect example of how to
create havoc for the
opposition. He bullied Dejan
Lovren and it was his presence
and ability in the air that
created both of Marcus
Rashford?s goals.
He is clearly growing in
confidence as a United player,
undoubtedly helped by the
fact he knows that Jos�
Mourinho rates him very
highly. People have
questioned whether he is a
big-game player but this
performance, and his one
against Chelsea in the recent
2-1 win, have proved those
doubters wrong. Lukaku is still
only 24 and will continue to
improve ? I think strikers peak
between 24 and 28 so this is
his time to shine and he?s
getting better all the time.
Now that he?s adding assists to
his game he gives United a
great option going forward.
Alexis S醤chez and Juan Mata
are players who can do the
intricate interchanges on the
edge of the box ? similarly to
Liverpool?s forwards ? but
Lukaku gives United the
option of being much more
BY燭ONY燙ASCARINO
direct. There?s nothing wrong
with a 50-yard ball if you?ve
got Lukaku to win it and
Rashford, S醤chez and
Anthony Martial attacking the
knockdowns.
Liverpool should have
anticipated this. United picked
up a big home win against
Tottenham Hotspur with this
tactic, as the image below left
shows. Lukaku flicked on a
David De Gea goal kick and
Martial ran on to score, just as
Rashford did on Saturday,
Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham
below right. Having watched
Lovren struggle early on I was
amazed that Virgil van Dijk ? a
� million defender ? didn?t
switch and try to stop Lukaku.
I had so many defenders swap
during the game to try to
mark me and give me a
different challenge. Liverpool
needed Van Dijk to show he is
a leader at the back and take
charge of the situation. The
Belgium striker is becoming a
big-game player; Liverpool
need Van Dijk to do the same.
Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool
Martial
Rashford
Lukaku
Lukaku
He flicks De Gea?s goal kick into the
path of Martial who nets the winner
Run
Flick-on
He is too strong for Lovren and heads
on for Rashford to open the scoring
Run
Flick-on
HOW燞E燙OMPARES燭O燨THER燬TRIKERS
HIS燬EVEN燗SSISTS燭HIS燬EASON
Of the topscoring strikers in the Premier League no one has
managed more assists than Lukaku this season
v Everton (4-0 win, September 17, 2017)
A sidefooted pass plays in Henrikh Mkhitaryan who slots home
v Huddersfield Town (2-1 defeat, October 21)
An inswinging cross with his left foot gives Marcus Rashford an easy close-range header
v Tottenham Hotspur (1-0 win, October 28), as shown above
v Watford (4-2 win, November 28)
A controlled pass as the balls drops from the air puts Anthony Martial in and he fires home
v Burnley (1-0 win, January 20, 2018)
An excellent curling pass into the path of Martial, who smashes into the top corner
v Chelsea (2-1 win, February 25)
Shows strength to hold off defenders before crossing for Jesse Lingard to head in the winner
v Liverpool (2-1 win, March 10), as shown above
1 Romelu Lukaku Manchester Utd
2 Roberto Firmino Liverpool
3 Sergio Ag黣ro Manchester City
4 羖varo Morata Chelsea
5 Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal
6 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur
7 Jamie Vardy Leicester City
8 Glenn Murray Brighton & Hove Albion
Assists
7
7
6
5
3
2
1
0
Goals
14
13
21
10
9
24
14
11
deserve England calls after silencing Salah
LIVE R P O OL燬TA R 燞 AS�
A 燪 UIE T 燗F T ER NO O N �
Ashley Young?s
duel success
rate. He won
eight of ten
50/50 challenges with Liverpool
players. His display also coincided
with Mo Salah having a quiet game
by his standards this season. The
table below shows how his statistics
against United compared with his
average before that game:
80%
Ave v Utd
Games Played
28
1
Shots
4.6
1
Shots on target
2.16
0
Touches
52.1
42
Touches in oppo box 8.62
3
Duels
10.45
11
Duels won
4.19
1
fantastic performance,? Jos�
Mourinho, the United manager, said
of the Ivory Coast centre back, who
was starting his first game after a
four-month ankle injury layoff.
?And the spirit he showed . . .
when other players could do it
the easiest way and say, ?We are
winning 2-0, I have done my job,
goodbye,? Eric Bailly was exactly
the opposite. He was on the pitch,
and after that own goal he showed
the mentality we want. He is a great
example for everybody.?
Ashley Young was equally as
outstanding and will surely be called
up again by Southgate on Thursday. It
is hard to think of an Englishman
who has been playing better at left
back of late than the 32-year-old.
?Ashley against Salah, yes, he did
very well. He was brilliant,? Mourinho
said.
J黵gen Klopp?s defensive problems
once again reared their head, with
Dejan Lovren proving an incapable
partner alongside Virgil van Dijk at
the heart of the Liverpool defence.
Young was also outstanding against
Salah, left, at Old Trafford and is line
for an England call-up on Thursday
Also of concern to the Liverpool
manager will be his team?s poor
performances away from home
against their direct rivals.
Liverpool have taken just one point
from their away matches against topsix sides this season and they still
have a trip to Stamford Bridge to
come on the penultimate weekend of
the campaign. In their away
matches against United,
Arsenal, Manchester City and
Tottenham Hotspur,
Liverpool have conceded 13
goals and scored just five.
Klopp refused to
condemn Mourinho for
putting ten men behind
the ball in the second half when
United were 2-0 up.
?Absolutely, there?s no criticism,
that?s the way you have to defend,?
Klopp said. ?I?m sure they?d want to
have a few more counterattacks, that
didn?t happen.?
Liverpool are just four points above
fifth-placed Chelsea with eight
matches left.
Jesus爏tarts�
after燗g黣ro�
injures爇nee
PAUL燞IRST
Gabriel Jesus, the Manchester City
striker, will have another chance to
impress Pep Guardiola against Stoke
City tonight after Sergio Ag黣ro was
ruled out for two weeks with a knee
injury.
The Argentina forward felt some
pain in his left knee after training on
Saturday afternoon. Further tests
showed some minor damage and he
was told by City?s medical staff that he
will be out for around two weeks.
Given that City are out of the FA
Cup, Ag黣ro is only expected to miss
tonight?s game when Jesus, who scored
against Basle last week, will lead the
attack against Paul Lambert?s team.
Ag黣ro, who has scored 30 goals this
season, may still be available for
Argentina?s friendlies against Italy and
Spain this month despite the problem,
and should be fit for City?s next fixture
after the international break, away to
Everton on March 31.
Guardiola has given David Silva
permission to miss City?s warmweather trip to Abu Dhabi so he can
return to Valencia to visit his prematurely born son. Silva?s partner Yessica
Su醨ez Gonzalez has been caring for
the couple?s son, Mateo, in the Spanish
city since he was born ?extremely
prematurely? two months ago.
Guardiola allowed the midfielder to
miss last week?s defeat by Basle and
after tonight?s game, the 32-year-old
will be given a week off while the rest
of the squad head for a six-day break.
P RO BA B L E T E A M S
Stoke City (4-1-4-1): J Butland ? M Bauer,
K Zouma, B Martins Indi, K Stafylidis ?
G Cameron ? B Ndiaye, X Shaqiri, J Allen,
E Choupo-Moting ? P Crouch.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson ? K Walker,
V Kompany, N Otamendi, O Zinchenko ? K De
Bruyne, Fernandinho, D Silva ? R Sterling,
G Jesus, L San�.
Referee J Moss.
Kick-off 8pm. TV Live on Sky Sports Main Event
McTominay爃urt�
Pogba爄n爐raining�
PAUL燡OYCE,燩AUL燞IRST
Scott McTominay was the player
whose challenge on Paul Pogba has
left Manchester United sweating on
the France midfielder?s fitness before
the Champions League round-of-16
showdown with Seville.
Pogba was absent from Saturday?s
victory over Liverpool after sustaining
an injury in the final minute of
United?s training session on the eve of
the game, with the manager Jos�
Mourinho claiming he does not know
how long the player will be sidelined.
It is understood that Pogba was
injured after being unintentionally
caught by McTominay, who played
alongside Nemanja Matic in the 2-1
victory over J黵gen Klopp?s side.
Mourinho had planned to play
Pogba and Matic in a two-man
midfield against Liverpool, but the
injury meant that the United manager
had to swap Pogba for McTominay, the
21-year-old academy product.
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ALEX LIVESEY/GETTY IMAGES
Fans protest at
negative tactics
and ?no spirit?
GEORGE燙AULKIN
Newcastle燯nited�
Kenedy 2, 29,
Ritchie 57
Southampton
3
0
Referee A Marriner Attendance 52,246
T
he booing, the calls for him
to go, the chants of ?two up
front?, began as Mauricio
Pellegrino left the old
Milburn Reception at
St James? Park, but still he
stopped beside the team
coach to sign match
programmes and photographs. The
bawling against Southampton?s
manager reached its zenith a few feet
away, from a supporter wearing an
Ali G outfit and another dressed as a
pink unicorn. This was protest, dipped
in the surreal.
A lot about this season is difficult to
fathom, but a trend has calcified at
the foot of the Premier League,
populated by established clubs who
have lost their way. West Bromwich
Albion reached 40 points last
February and became trapped
between where they were and what
they could be. Stoke City were ninth
three times and found the next step
impossible. There are similar stories
at Crystal Palace, West Ham United
and Swansea City.
Southampton finished eighth last
season, were losing finalists in the
FA Cup and sacked Claude Puel.
There was a context for that decision,
but at a club ? now under new
ownership ? which has made a
virtue of selling its best players and
finding a way to progress, binds have
loosened.
Newcastle United fans feared a day
of tension ? it would be just like their
club to make life difficult for
themselves ? but the game lacked it.
LEAGUE燨NE
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
Rochdale claw
their way up
towards safety
Performance of the week
Rochdale Keith Hill?s team
improved their survival chances
with a 1-0 victory away to
play-off hopefuls Rotherham
United, ending their 14-game
unbeaten run in the process.
Player of the week
Tom Hopper Scunthorpe United
Two goals helped his side to
Rafa Ben韙ez?s side sweated, stuck to
their allotted roles, took their chances
and defended with vigour ? routine
qualities which were enough to
dismember Southampton. Pellegrino?s
players were beige, so anonymous
they were scarcely there at all.
Pellegrino?s words afterwards were
damning. ?The spirit of the team was
really poor,? he said. ?Without spirit,
without character, this is the big pity.?
Of Southampton?s remaining eight
matches, only three are at home and
that includes matches against Chelsea
and Manchester City. They have won
once in their past 17 league fixtures.
?It?s difficult to stand here and not
feel very angry and use bad words
and blaming things and yourself and
everything,? Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg,
the midfielder said. ?Emotions are
running high, but when training starts
again, we need to be on it. We have to
focus on the next target, the next ball,
the next exercise, do it all to get the
win in the next game. That?s the only
thing that counts. Every game right
now is crucial, they are all finals. We
have to show the desire to survive.
Anything less won?t be enough.?
Newcastle have it, moderate players
moulded into a team. Jonjo Shelvey
and Mohamed Diam� have struck
form, Martin Dubravka has brought
solidity in goal and Kenedy, another
January arrival, adds variation. The
winger scored twice, with Matt
Ritchie mustering their third goal.
?The one thing we have is confidence
in our team,? Ben韙ez said. ?We work
really hard and are doing well.? There
is much to be said for simplicity.
RATIN GS
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): M Dubravka 7 ?
D Yedlin 6, F Lejuene 7, J Lascelles 7, P Dummett 7
? J Shelvey 8 (sub: M Merino 83min), M Diam� 8
? M Ritchie 7, A P閞ez 6, Kenedy 8 (sub: C Atsu 78)
? D Gayle 6 (sub: Joselu 69, 5). Substitutes not
used K Darlow, C Clark, J Murphy, J Manquillo.
Southampton (4-2-3-1): A McCarthy 5 ? C Soares
5, J Stephens 5, W Hoedt 5, R Bertrand 5 ?
P-E Hojbjerg 5, M Lemina 4 (sub: J Sims 46, 5) ?
J Ward-Prowse 5, D Tadic 4 (sub: S Long 46, 5),
N Redmond 5 ? G Carrillo 4 (sub: M Gabbiadini
66, 4). Substitutes not used F Forster, O Romeu,
S Boufal, J Bednarek. Booked Hoedt, Stephens.
collect a deserved point in a
3-3 draw with Wigan Athletic.
Goal of the week Lee Martin
Gillingham A superb chip into
the top right-hand corner of
the Portsmouth net was his
second of the game and helped
to clinch a 3-1 victory.
Rising star Adam Armstrong
Blackburn Rovers Two goals in
the leaders? 3-0 win over
Blackpool made it seven in as
many games for the on-loan
Newcastle United striker.
Villain of the week Chris
Sarginson ? in the eyes of
Oxford United supporters at
least ? after the referee gave
AFC Wimbledon a controversial
penalty when Oxford?s Todd
Kane appeared to slip and Harry
Forrester tripped over him.
S OU T HA M PTON ? S �
S U F F E RI N G
Goals Southampton have
conceded from outside
the box this season, more
than any other side
12
Clean sheets they have kept,
only Stoke City, Bournemouth
and Crystal Palace (all five)
have managed fewer
6
Chances that
Southampton have
created, only the top
six have created more
282
364
Shots that they have
had, only the top six
and Palace have
attempted more
Despite this
their shot
conversion
rate is just 7.97 per cent, only West
Bromwich Albion and Palace are
worse
7.97%
T HE I R燫U N � I N
March 31 West Ham (away)
April 9 Arsenal (away)
April 14 Chelsea (home)
April 21 Leicester City (away)
April 28 Bournemouth (home)
May 5 Everton (away)
May 13 Manchester City (home)
TBC Swansea City (away)
FROM燗TTACKING燭O燙ONCEDING營N�.5燬ECONDS�
Gayle
Kenedy
P閞ez
Kenedy
A Southampton corner was cleared to Mario Lemina who
slipped as he attempted a shot. Ayoze P閞ez seized on the
chance to break with Kenedy on the charge too . . .
Stat of the week A 2-2 Greater
Manchester derby draw
between Bury and Oldham
Athletic denied both clubs the
chance to end long barren
runs. Bury have not beaten
Oldham in a home league
game since September 1967
while Oldham have not
completed the double over
their local rivals since the
1930-31 campaign.
LEAGUE燭WO
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
Quote of the week ?The
players were on their phones
in the dressing room checking
the other results, but we can?t
affect what others do. We can
affect what we do at Bury on
Tuesday.? Steve Evans, the new
Peterborough United manager,
after his first game in charge
? a 4-1 victory over Charlton
Athletic ? lifted his team to
within a point of the play-offs.
P閞ez carried the ball into the Southampton half, playing in
Dwight Gayle who squared the ball for Kenedy to tap in, just
12.5 seconds after Lemina?s slip at the other end of the pitch
Tonge?s penalty proved crucial
as his side drew 1-1 with Port
Vale, thanks to James Berrett?s
91st-minute equaliser.
Goal of the week
Perry Ng Crewe Alexandra
Defeat for the
manager who
started himself
Performance of the week
Accrington Stanley Billy Kee?s
93rd-minute winning goal
removed Luton Town from the
top spot for the first time since
November 25, with Stanley
leapfrogging above them.
Player of the week James
McKeown Grimsby Town The
goalkeeper?s save from Michael
P閞ez
The centre half picked up the
ball on the right wing and cut
inside before scoring with a
25-yard strike in the 80th
minute, starting a comeback at
Stevenage that earned Crewe a
point in the 2-2 draw.
Rising star Tahvon Campbell
Forest Green Rovers
His strong run and emphatic
finish was not enough to
prevent a 2-1 home defeat to
Notts County, although his
performance did beg the
question as to whether his
parent club, West Bromwich
Albion, could use his services.
Villain of the week
Matty Taylor Swindon Town
The caretaker player-manager
had a close-up view of a
damaging 3-0 home defeat to
Cheltenham Town in his first
game in charge, having
selected himself to start.
Stat of the week 0-0
The score after 90 minutes
between Crawley Town and
Morecambe ? before both
sides scored in added time.
Quote of the week ?I think it
shook a few people up, it was a
sad moment. Of course we will
offer help where we can.? Jack
Lester, Chesterfield?s manager,
after his team?s 3-1 home defeat
to Lincoln City was delayed for
30 minutes as an air ambulance
landed on the pitch to take a
supporter to hospital.
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BILL燛DGAR
THE燝AME營N燦UMBERS�
Arsenal爃ome燾omfort
Arsenal, who beat Watford at the Emirates
Stadium, have won a greater proportion of
league points at home (73 per cent) than in any
season since 1924-25. The Gunners may finish
the campaign without a player in double
figures for league goals for the first time since
Harry Woods top-scored with nine in 1923-24:
Alexandre Lacazette has nine but is injured
while Alexis S醤chez, next on seven, has left.
Defenders have hit ten of the 25 goals scored
by Arsenal players in 2018 in all competitions.
Rivals?爎epeat
For the second time in four years, Manchester
United extended their lead over Liverpool to
five points by beating them 2-1 in the 30th
match of the campaign after going 2-0 ahead
with two goals from a player whose opener
came in the 14th minute (also Juan Mata in
2015). Marcus Rashford?s double increased
English optimism for this summer?s World Cup
on a day when his shirt number and that of his
marker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, were 19 and
66. On the same day, as they marked the 25th
anniversary of Bobby Moore?s death, West
Ham United fell behind in the 66th minute.
Bournemouth yesterday featured 11 English
players in the starting line-ups (Bournemouth
had eight of them). The last top-flight match
in which all 22 were born in England was in
April 1992, as Notts County beat Coventry
City 1-0.
Wrong燘ong
Brighton & Hove Albion suffered a seventh
2-0 away league defeat of the season, the joint
most in top-flight history with Manchester
City (1922-23) and Coventry City (1998-99).
When Brighton?s Ga雝an Bong scored a
60th-minute own goal at Goodison Park it
was a case of Bong striking on the hour.
Elusive�ve
Manchester United consolidated
second place by beating Liverpool
2-1 but they still haven?t scored five
in a domestic game since Sir Alex
Ferguson retired in 2013
Stadium爋f燩light
Sunderland are on course to be the first club
to endure consecutive relegations straight
after a stretch of at least ten years in the
top flight. Fulham followed nine years in
the top division with successive drops in
1968 and 1969.
Times scored 5+ goals in a domesticc
match in past five seasons
Barcelona
West燞am爒燘urnley
44
Real Madrid
A match in which Burnley fielded
Ashley Westwood saw goals by Ashley
and Wood beat West Ham (Ashley
Barnes and Chris Wood).
31
Bayern Munich
27
Paris Saint-Germain
26
I爐o營
Man City
Two ?I? team-mates scored in a top-flight
game for the first time since the league?s
formation in 1888 (Leicester City?s Kelechi
Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra). It is the 21st
letter to ?achieve? this feat, leaving just Q, U,
X, Y and Z to go.
Liverpool
13
Swansea爃old爋n
S
Swansea
City, who drew with
Huddersfield
Town despite Jordan Ayew?s 11thi
minute red card, are the second away side in 12
years to avoid Premier League defeat despite
being a man down for at least 79 minutes.
Manchester City beat Hull 2-0 despite Vincent
Kompany?s tenth-minute dismissal in 2014.
23
Arsenal
11
Bits燼nd爌ieces
Chelsea
10
Spurs燾oast爃ome
For the third season in a row, Tottenham
Hotspur won on the south coast by at least
three goals after falling behind in the first ten
minutes (they also beat Southampton 4-1 and
Bournemouth 5-1). The 4-1 win over
Tottenham
8
Man Utd
0
Callum
Wilson was
among 11
English
players in
the starting
line-ups at
the Vitality
Stadium,
eight from
his own side
Watch爐hem爂row
The number of Championship clubs recording average attendances of 25,000
has shot up
Championship clubs with 25,000+
average league attendance
1*
2
2012-13 2013-14
3
2
7
9**
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Answer to Name the Season in Saturday?s
paper: 1946-47
*Brighton **Leeds, Aston Villa, Wolves, Sunderland, Sheff Utd, Derby, Sheff Wed, Norwich, Middlesbrough
ON
THE
B OX
Today 7.30pm Werder Bremen v Cologne,
German league, BT Sport 3. 8pm Stoke
City v Manchester City, Premier League,
Sky Sports PL. Alaves v Real Betis, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Football.
Tomorrow 7.45pm Champions League:
Manchester United v Seville, BT Sport 2;
Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk, BT Sport 3.
Brentford v Cardiff City, Sky Bet
Championship, Sky Sports Football.
Wednesday 4pm PSG v Angers, French
league, BT Sport ESPN. 5pm Besiktas v
Bayern Munich, Champions League, BT
Sport Showcase (free-to-air)/BT Sport 2.
Juventus v Atalanta, Italian league, BT
Sport 1. 7.45pm Barcelona v Chelsea,
Champions League, BT Sport 2. Thursday
4pm Europa League: Loko Moscow v
Atletico Madrid; BT Sport Showcase/BT
Sport 2. 6pm Athletic Bilbao v Marseilles,
BT Sport 3; Z St Petersburg v Leipzig, BT
Sport ESPN; Dynamo Kiev v Lazio, Viktoria
Plzen v Sp Lisbon, BT Sport red button.
8.05pm Europa League: Arsenal v AC
Milan, BT Sport 2; Red Bull Salzburg v B
Dortmund, BT Sport 3; Lyons v CSKA
Moscow, BT Sport red button.
Friday 7pm England U-18 v Ireland U-18,
friendly, FreeSports. 7.30pm Freiburg v
Stuttgart, German league, BT Sport 2.
7.45pm St Johnstone v Hibernian, Scottish
Premiership, BT Sport 1. Monaco v Lille,
French league, BT Sport 3. 8pm Levante v
Eibar, Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
Saturday Midday Dep La Coruna v Las
Palmas, Spanish league, Sky Sports Mix.
12.15pm Swansea City v Spurs, FA Cup, BT
Sport 1. 12.30pm Fulham v QPR,
Championship, Sky Sports Football.
5.30pm Liverpool v Watford, Premier
League, BT Sport 1. Bolton W v Aston Villa,
Championship, Sky Sports Football.
5.30pm (delayed): Valencia v Alaves,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football red
All 20 top-flight clubs have recorded more
home than away wins this season. That has
happened in only one of the past 26 completed
seasons (1999-2000).
The past two league goals conceded by
Chelsea at home have both been scored by
left-footed, Dutch former Chelsea defenders
(Palace?s Patrick van Aanholt on Saturday and
Bournemouth?s Nathan Ak�).
If Manchester City beat Stoke City tonight
they will have gained 101 points in their past
38 league games (equal to one season).
Norwich City?s James Maddison became the
first player for seven years to lose a league
game after scoring a first-half hat-trick (since
Leon McKenzie did so for Northampton Town
against Hereford United in October 2010).
The teams first alphabetically in League One
(Blackburn Rovers ? counting AFC
Wimbledon as W) and League Two
(Accrington Stanley) are top of their tables.
button. 5.30pm Real Sociedad v Getafe,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Mix. Wolfsburg
v Schalke, German league, BT Sport 3.
6.45pm PSV Eindhoven v VVV Venlo,
Dutch league, BT Sport red button. 7pm
Montreal Impact v Toronto, American
league, Sky Sports Mix. 7.45pm Man
United v Brighton, FA Cup, BT Sport 1. Real
Betis v Espanyol, Spanish league, Sky
Sports Football. SPAL v Juventus, Italian
league, BT Sport 3. 11.30pm Atlanta
United v Vancouver Whitecaps, American
league, Sky Sports Football.
Sunday 11am Leganes v Seville, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Mix. Real Valladolid v
Almeria, Spanish second division,
FreeSports. 11.30am Sampdoria v Inter
Milan, Italian league, BT Sport 1. Midday
Derby C v Cardiff City, Championship, Sky
Sports Football. Nice v PSG, French
league, BT Sport ESPN. 12.30pm Bor
Dortmund v Hannover, German league, BT
TV燩ICK燨F�
THE燱EEK
BARCELONA爒燙HELSEA
Wednesday, 7.45pm
BT Sport 2
Chelsea were the better side
in the 1-1 draw in the first leg
but face a tough task at the
Nou Camp to go through in
this Champions League tie
Sport 3. 1.30pm Wigan Athletic v
Southampton, FA Cup, BBC One. 2pm AC
Milan v Chievo, Italian league, BT Sport
ESPN. 2.15pm Motherwell v Celtic, Scottish
Premiership, Sky Sports Football. 2.30pm
Cologne v Bayer Leverkusen, German
league, BT Sport 3. 3.15pm Barcelona v
Athletic Bilbao, Spanish league, Sky Sports
Mix. 4.10pm Raith Rovers v East Fife,
Scottish League One, BBC ALBA. 4.30pm
Leicester City v Chelsea, FA Cup, BBC One.
5pm Leipzig v Bayern Munich, German
league, BT Sport 3. 5.30pm Villarreal v
Atletico Madrid, Spanish league, Sky
Sports Football. 7.45pm Real Madrid v
Girona, Spanish league, Sky Sports
Football. Napoli v Genoa, Italian league,
BT Sport 1. Lazio v Bologna, Italian league,
BT Sport red button. 8pm Marseilles v
Lyons, French league, BT Sport 3. 9pm
Dallas v Seattle Sounders, American
league, Sky Sports Mix.
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?I was making a point, not swearing?
ANDREW BOYERS/ACTION IMAGES
TIM燦ASH
Nottingham燜orest
0
Derby燙ounty�
0
8
G
ary Rowett denied claims
that he put two fingers up at
Nottingham Forest
supporters after a heated
draw at the City Ground.
There were claims on social
media that the Derby
County manager made the
gesture to fans in the Peter Taylor
Stand as he walked off at full-time.
?No, I didn?t at all. I was trying to
get four fingers up to say we?ve taken
four points off them this season, for a
bit of banter,? he said. ?This type of
game, everyone wants to create
something that looks a little bit more
sinister than it was.
?It was a bit of light-hearted banter.
It?s a bit of fun. They were giving me a
bit of stick, I gave them a little bit
back. There?s no malice involved at
all. I admire this club. It?s a fantastic
club. There was nothing malicious.?
Rowett however was deadly serious
as he accused the referee of wrongly
dismissing Tom Huddlestone. The
Derby manager was angry that
Huddlestone received his marching
orders from the referee Jeremy
Simpson for bookings for fouls on Lee
Tomlin on 79 and 82 minutes.
?I spoke to the referee at half-time
and my biggest frustration was what I
felt would happen and was
happening,? Rowett said. ?I?m a big
admirer of Lee Tomlin ? he?s a
terrific player and he was just doing
what any good No 10 would do for his
side, which is to get free kicks in the
final third and give his team the
chance to get up the pitch.
?I?ve got no problem with that.
What I have got a problem with is the
officials have got to see that. I?ve
watched it again and there?s clearly
no contact [for the second offence],
it?s not a foul.
?For me it just doesn?t feel right. It
was a big mistake in a big game. The
referee just said he thought it was a
clear foul and said if it?s a clear foul it
Tomlin was fouled eight
times in yesterday?s match at
the City Ground ? the joint-most
for any player in a
Sky Bet Championship
game this
season
7
The red card shown to
Huddlestone in the second
half was the seventh
of the Derby midfielder?s
15-year career
Tomlin, the Forest playmaker,
confronts Rowett before the
Derby manager?s gesture,
below, towards the Forest fans
has to be a yellow card,
but that?s the point
? it wasn?t a clear
foul.?
The Forest
manager Aitor
Karanka said
Tomlin had been
targeted by
Derby. ?Yes, it?s
normal because
he?s a really
good player,?
he said.
Rowett
also had the
perfect
response to
Forest fans
chanting that his
?trainers are shit?. He
said: ?When this level
of fashion hits
Nottingham in about
six months, you?ll
probably see about
25,000 people
walking around with
these type of trainers
on. Until someone
opens the door to this
type of style, they will
have to make do with the
wellies.?
Rowett was happy to
i
indulge
in banter but his side?s
promotion stutter is no laughing
matter. They have now gone seven
Wolves lose the air of invincibility
STEVE燤ADELEY
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4
Wolverhampton燱anderers�
1
O
n the final bend of the race for
the Premier League,
Wolverhampton Wanderers
finally look human.
Nuno Esp韗ito Santo?s side
should still have enough in their
armoury to turn a remarkable season
into a promotion campaign, but Aston
Villa have shown the rest of the Sky
Bet Championship promotion
contenders that the long-time leaders
are not invincible.
?It?s a big test for them now to see
how they react to that result, getting
beaten 4-1,? Robert Snodgrass, the
Villa midfielder on loan from West
Ham, who played a pivotal role in a
local derby victory, said. ?Nobody has
done that to them this season. It?ll be
interesting to see where they go in
the next ten games.?
For Wolves, who have led the way
since late autumn, a sequence of one
victory in five games, albeit an
emphatic dismantling of Leeds
United, has left their supporters with
a hint of anxiety. With some kind
fixtures remaining in their run-in,
Nuno?s talented side ought to have
enough to seal a top-two finish.
Yet after being beaten in a way they
have become utterly unaccustomed
to in an engaging West Midlands
derby, the next couple of weeks
will bring an unprecedented
test of their nerve.
?We?ve been beaten a few
times but we?ve always
bounced back so we
know what we?ve got to
do,? said Conor Coady,
their defender. ?It?s a
massive period of the
Grabban celebrates Villa?s
third goal against Wolves
season now. It doesn?t matter if it?s
10-1 or 2-1, we?ve been beaten, it?s as
simple as that.
?It?s about looking at where we?ve
gone wrong and making it better.?
Villa claimed the lead after only
eight minutes when Wolves made a
mess of defending a corner by
Snodgrass and Albert Adomah poked
home a shot for his 14th goal of the
season.
It was 1-1, 12 minutes later, however,
as Villa?s defence capitulated to a
Wolves counter-attack and Diogo
Jota prodded home his 13th goal of
the campaign.
Yet close-range goals from James
Chester and Lewis Grabban ? his
fourth in four games ? plus a
fine individual effort from
Birkir Bjarnason gave Villa
rich reward for a superb
second-half display.
They remain third but
only seven points behind
Wolves, who have some
new questions to answer.
games without a win, taking just five
points from a possible 21 since they
were sitting in second place in the
Sky Bet Championship a month ago,
and their difficulties continued as the
29,106 in the City Ground witnessed
the first goalless draw here between
these arch rivals since 1906.
Derby had all of the chances, but
were denied four times by Costel
Pantilimon, the goalkeeper. The
Romanian, on loan from Watford,
blocked David Nugent?s shot from
Andreas Weimann?s cutback and then
got in the way of Tom Lawrence?s
thunderous follow-up, before he
fumbled Lawrence?s inswinging
corner off the line.
Then after the break he denied
Kasey Palmer, the substitute who was
clean through, with his legs. By
contrast Forest failed to register a
shot on target as they completed
consecutive games without scoring.
TEAMS
Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): C Pantilimon ?
T Darikwa, T Figueiredo, D Fox, B Osborn ?
B Watson, J Colback ? M Cash, L Tomlin, J Lolley
(sub: K Dowell 78min) ? B Brereton (sub:
D Murphy 85). Substitutes not used S Kapino,
M Mancienne, L Bridcutt, A Vellios, J Worrall.
Booked Darikwa, Figueiredo, Watson, Colback.
Derby County (4-3-3): S Carson ? A Wisdom,
R Keogh, C Davies, C Forsyth ? T Huddlestone,
B Johnson, I Anya (sub: K Palmer 66) ?
A Weimann, D Nugent (sub: C Jerome 66),
T Lawrence (sub: J Hanson 84).
Substitutes not used K Roos, A Pearce,
L Thomas, J Bogle. Booked Lawrence,
Huddlestone. Sent off Huddlestone.
CHAMPIONSHIP�
ROUND燯P
IAN燱HITTELL
seventh goal in five
games.
Rangers. Sunderland
slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
Goal of the week
Nathaniel MendezLaing Cardiff City
Stat of the week
Maddison
hat-trick
?wasted?
A stunning low drive
in Cardiff?s 3-2 win
over Birmingham City
from a player who had
not scored since August.
Performance of the
week Aston Villa
A superb second-half
display overwhelmed
Wolverhampton
Wanderers for their
tenth win in 12 league
games. See report left.
Player of the week
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Fulham Continued his
recent fine form with
two goals at Preston
North End, with his
91st-minute winner his
Rising star Reece
Burke Bolton Things
may be going badly for
West Ham United but
their young defender
has found his feet on
loan with the Trotters.
Villain of the week
Jason Steele
Sunderland His
misjudgment of the
bounce of a long
clearance led to him
being sent off for
handling outside the
area at Queens Park
George Saville?s strike
for Millwall against
Brentford after 51
seconds was the
second successive
game in which he has
scored inside the
opening minute.
Quote of the week ?It?s
not a mixture of
emotions, I have one
emotion and that?s
disappointment. It?s
hard to take.? James
Maddison, the England
Under-21 midfielder,
on becoming the first
Norwich City player to
score a first-half hattrick away from home,
only to see his efforts
wasted as they threw
away a two-goal lead
to lose 4-3 at Hull City.
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GREGOR燫OBERTSON燰ISITS燝RIMSBY燭OWN�
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Sol燙ampbell爐o燽ecome燝rimsby爉anager
T
hat was quite a statement released by
Grimsby Town ten days ago to
announce the appointment of
Michael Jolley as their new manager.
The club?s desire to move away from
the ?classic managerial merry-goround? was coupled with the air of a
lucky punter who has won the star
prize at Cleethorpes funfair.
The to-do list for the 40-year-old
investment banker turned coach, with only six
months? experience as a manager in Sweden,
was so extensive that by the end of the
gushing 16-paragraph, 713-word release you
felt that Jolley might even be the man to
secure the best deal for Grimsby?s fishermen in
post-Brexit EU fisheries negotiations, too.
?Michael?s exceptional prior academic and
business background ? firstly, at Cambridge
University and latterly as an investment
banker with HSBC ? also means he is
experienced, hard-headed and extremely
articulate in communicating simple solutions
to complex problems in a concise way,? it read.
?He will bring a modern, cutting-edge
approach to match preparation . . . has a track
record of playing an exciting, high-pressing,
attacking style of football . . . will create a
tactically astute, cohesive group with a focus
on an ethos of youth development at the heart
of his philosophy . . . that sees Grimsby Town
Football Club as one of the most attractive
propositions for hungry, aspiring young
professionals on their way up in the game.?
No pressure, then. A more pressing matter is
ensuring the League Two status of a club
without a win in 16 games ? a point reached
in paragraph 11. On the evidence of the
Mariners? scrappy 1-1 draw with Port Vale on
Saturday ? courtesy of a 91st-minute James
Berrett equaliser and a heroic performance
from the goalkeeper James McKeown ?
survival is no foregone conclusion.
Jolley is aware of that, of course, and
although Russell Slade?s replacement was
welcomed warmly before kick-off and the
club?s shift of direction has been greeted
enthusiastically, with nine games remaining
and a seven-point buffer to the relegation
zone, and with the teams beneath them having
games in hand, excitement has been tempered
by a feeling that the appointment is also brave.
?I?ve been asked, ?Is it a risk appointing
you?? ? Jolley says, ?and yeah, it is a risk. But
[whomever] Grimsby appointed in this
situation is a risk. We?re in a relegation fight at
the bottom of League Two.?
Jolley was born in Sheffield and when his
dreams of a career as a footballer ended when
he was released by Barnsley, aged 16, he
studied economics before entering the world
of financial trading. An opportunity to transfer
from London to New York with HSBC was
grasped gladly but it put him close to the
tragic attack on the twin towers on 9/11.
?I was about a mile and a half away,? Jolley
says. ?I was safe, but I was too close for
comfort. A good friend of mine unfortunately
passed away. It was horrendous. A guy I
worked closely with had to go to something
like 45 funerals, because he knew so many
people who were involved. It helps to put
everything else into perspective.?
Upon his return to London he could not
ignore the urge to embark on a career as a
SCOUTING�
REPORT
SIRIKI
DEMB蒐�
WINGER
MICK ATKINS/PROSPORTS/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Age 21
Club Grimsby Town
Attributes Quick, skilful,
direct
Has there been any
interest? Demb閘� drew
admiration after a
blistering start to the
season and there were
reports of interest from
clubs in higher leagues in
January. Grimsby have an
option to extend his
contract, which expires
this summer, for a further
year
coach. ?Life?s not a dress rehearsal,? he says.
?You?ve got to do something with your life that
you?re really passionate about and borderline
obsessed with, and for me that?s football. So as
much as I was competent, and I could do other
things, this is what I want to do with my life.?
A ?15-year apprenticeship? began with
evenings coaching in Crystal Palace?s academy.
?They were long days,? he says. ?I was getting
into work for half seven in the morning,
leaving at five, getting the train to Beckenham,
getting the session set up for six o?clock, doing
a session until eight, getting in and having my
dinner, and doing the same the next day.?
Further experience was gained in the
academies of Lincoln City, Crewe Alexandra,
Falkirk and Nottingham Forest. Before joining
Burnley as the under-23s head coach in 2014,
he studied for a master?s in sports coaching at
Stirling University. Working in close proximity
to Sean Dyche for three years was influential
and although he insists he will be doing things
his way, he says that ?some of the principles he
applies are principles that I?m going to try to
apply.? Namely, giving the fans ?a team that
gives everything? and one ?that?s physically fit.?
?Behind that, what [Dyche has] done well is
built all aspects of the club. They?ve developed
the training ground, the stadium?s improved.
Year on year they?ve improved the squad by
making good choices, with the support of the
board, and good staff. This is a different
context, so I can?t do everything the same as
him. But the principles are worth applying.?
Jolley knew that opportunities to manage in
the UK would be scarce, so in June he took
the reigns at the newly promoted Swedish club
Eskilstuna, who had four points and were
After Berrett?s
91st-minute
equaliser
against Port
Vale ? who are
two places
below Grimsby
in the lower
reaches of
League Two ?
sparks crowd
trouble, Jolley,
second left,
speaks to
his players
during the
break in play
winless in their opening 12 games. ?If you?d
said my name to the 92 [EFL] chairmen in
England, I wouldn?t want to say exactly how
many would have heard of me, but it would
have been quite a low number,? he smiles. ?I
was aware that if I was to get a break I would
have to take a job that nobody else would take,
because of my background.?
Despite an upturn in performances and
memorable wins against Malmo and
Gothenburg, Eskilstuna were relegated and in
January he returned to the UK to begin
searching for managerial vacancies.
He arrives at a club who have endured a
discomforting two seasons in League Two
after a six-year exile from the Football League.
Paul Hurst, the former manager, departed for
Shrewsbury Town in November 2016 and
performances under Marcus Bignot were
erratic. Within five months, he was replaced
with the experienced Slade, whose functional
football this season yielded 31 goals in 37
league games, the fewest in the division.
Another rookie manager, Sol Campbell, was
interviewed for the vacancy, not long after
making a claim recently to be ?one of the
greatest minds in football?. Apparently his
research and interview skills were in need of
attention, though, so the task of modernising
Grimsby, laid out by the board, falls to Jolley.
?People have said to me, tell us your football
philosophy,? Jolley says. ?Philosophy is a really
dangerous word when you?re 20th in League
Two. We?ve got to make sure we?ve got
enough points to be in League Two. If we can
get to the summer and breathe, assess where
we are, we can start to put some things in
place that can help us build for the long term.?
Report Demb閘� was
born in Ivory Coast and
moved with his family to
London, then Glasgow, as
a child. After spending
time with Dundee United
and Ayr United, in 2016
Demb閘� won a place at
the Nike Football
Academy based at St
George?s Park.
After trials with Barnsley
and Huddersfield Town,
he signed for Grimsby in
May. Three goals and a
string of impressive
displays in October
earned him the EFL
young player of the
month award.
At 5ft 6in, he is sharp,
nimble and fleet-footed,
with good technique. He
needs no encouragement
to run at defenders. On
Saturday, he skipped
beyond Cristian Monta駉,
the Port Vale full back, a
few times but either his
end product was poor or
he hesitated, giving the
defender time to recover.
He fizzed an effort over
the crossbar in the first
half but his influence
waned. Demb閘� has
talent and four goals and
three assists in 32 league
appearances have made
for an encouraging first
season in professional
football. With better
consistency he could
have a bright future.
His 15-year-old brother,
Karamoko, made
headlines in October
2016 when he made his
debut for Celtic?s under20 side at the age of 13.
Both are eligible to
represent England,
Scotland and Ivory Coast.
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?England footballers
must care as much
as Olympians do?
Greg燬earle爀xplains�
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T
he distinguished Olympian
Greg Searle casts his eye
over the lake at Eton Dorney
where, at 40, he chased glory
in the eights at London 2012.
When the chase was at its
most painful in the final, he
heard the Great Britain cox
Phelan Hill shouting the name of
Searle?s children, urging him to get a
medal for Josie and Adam.
Searle believes that the Olympians?
understanding of each other?s ?why
am I here? motives would help
England?s footballers. ?In the third
course of the race, when you need to
dig deep and it really hurts, the cox
reminded each one of us why we were
here,? Searle recalls. ?He varied from
calling the names of my kids to
talking to somebody who learnt to
row on this lake, to talking to
someone who?d been disappointed
with his career and this was their
chance to put it right.
?He called the names of someone?s
parents who taught them to row and
took them to every training session
and were now sitting in the stand
watching them.?
Motivation was key. ?When I joined
the eight in 2010 we got in a room
and talked about ?why we are here?,
why are we passionate about rowing,
and each of us had his reasons. One
guy talked about a coach he?d had
earlier who?d bullied him, told him he
was soft, that he?d never make it,
never be a world champion and he?s
now a world champion.
?When he was telling that story,
tears coming down his cheeks, all of
us felt why he trained as hard as he
did and why he wanted it as much as
he did. When you know someone
wants it that much, when you?re a bit
bored in a hotel, you take that guy out
and go for a walk and have a coffee
and have a chat. We looked out for
each other.?
They took bronze in the end at
London, frustrated by the quality of
Germany and Canada and a cruel
wind that caught their lane. Searle, of
course, won Olympic gold with his
brother Jonny in the coxed pairs at
Barcelona in 1992 when the cox
Garry Herbert famously screamed at
them, ?If not now, when? If not you,
who? How much do you want this??
Searle, who now brings his
motivational expertise to businesses
and clubs such as Saracens, knows
Gareth Southgate, admires the
set-up at St George?s Park and hopes
that England?s footballers absorb
lessons from the Olympics and
other sports. Southgate announces
his squad on Thursday for the
friendlies against Holland and Italy
and Searle hopes to talk to the
England players in the future. ?When
you get a team together, whether
the England football team, the
Olympic rowing team or a team in a
company, the most important
question to ask is ?why are you here?,?
he continues. ?Ultimately you have to
remind yourself why you love it.?
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Olympic medals won by Searle;
gold in the coxed pair at
Barcelona 1992, bronze in the
coxless four at Atlanta 1996
and bronze again in the eight
at London 2012
England footballers are often
accused, unfairly, of loving money
and being more loyal to club than
country. ?The more you pay people
the more you distract them from why
they first started doing their sport in
the first place,? Searle argues. ?It?s for
the England footballers to think, ?Do I
want to be mentioned in the same
breath as Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore
and Bobby Charlton and to think of
1966, or is my club really more
important??
?This is about making history at the
World Cup that will make you our
greatest sportspeople for the next
century, and the money will
absolutely follow that. We have to get
beyond the ego bit and worry about
the team bit.
?If I leap to women?s football, and I
know they?ve had trouble with Mark
Sampson [the dismissed former
coach], but if I listen to the interviews
with Steph Houghton and the rest of
those players they seem to really
understand each other?s life stories,
who found it tough in their lives,
single parents, homeless and their
performance looked to be really
strong.?
As well as motivation, it?s about
balance in the team, something that
England lacked when trying to
shoehorn Liverpool?s Steven Gerrard
and Chelsea?s Frank Lampard into the
same midfield. ?The best individuals
don?t make the best teams,? Searle
continues. ?Look at Denmark in ?92.?
Club cliques are damaging too.
Southgate is doing a decent job
smoothing out differences between
the squad?s assorted club affiliations.
Searle argues that club rivalry has not
been unique to football. ?I rowed for
Molesey and was invited to train at
Steve Redgrave?s Leander Club. My
club kit was black, and theirs is ?cerise?
they call it, and I dressed head to foot
in black kit including a black
balaclava with just my eyes showing.
?The coach would try and brief the
team, and couldn?t read anything
from me because I didn?t connect
with training in Leander Club. That
would be like asking a footballer from
Manchester United to go and train
with City.
?In football it?s really hard. But in
rugby union I?ve seen Clive
Woodward make playing for England
more important than playing for your
club. I?ve seen England cricketers go
from also-rans to Test No 1, with
central contracts, and it?s more
important to play for England than
for your county. In the Olympics
we?ve done it.
?We shifted so British rowing is not
based in any clubs any more, it?s
based at Caversham, a training centre.
From a relatively young age, you
make it more important rowing for
GB than representing Molesey or
Leander. If you switch it over to
football, then let?s look at St George?s
Park and let?s make it a really
important place.
?Gerrard and Lampard were
probably too grown-up when they got
to the national team to care, but the
junior successes last year, under-17s,
under-19s, under-20s, their players
are getting the idea of what it?s like
to play for England, have that real
pride in the shirt, and how special it
is getting together with their
team-mates.
?So hopefully this generation will
mature and will come back together
to England and will feel similar to the
way the Olympic team does, and feel
special to put on an England shirt.
?If players at 15, 19 or 20 get used to
being away and in each other?s
company they?re less likely
when they get older to
need other
distractions. There
were 550 athletes
who prepared for the
London Olympics,
and we didn?t find it
that hard not to go
out and get in
trouble in the buildup. We?d go out and
have a coffee. You
don?t need six pints.?
Southgate?s players are more
abstemious than some of his teammates were at Euro ?96. ?There?s a
level of behaviour needed by
professional athletes where it?s not
that difficult for our teams to get good
at doing,? Searle adds. ?When it
comes to the World Cup, England
should be able to.
?All I can hope is that all the
distraction that comes from being
part of their clubs and being paid an
awful lot of money and being coached
by different coaches won?t distract
them when they come back together
with England.?
It?s also about not being distracted
Searle, who won
rowing medals at
three different
Olympics and is
now a motivational
speaker, identifies
Bale, below, as the
model international
footballer every
time he joins up
with the Wales team
by the media. ?The demands of the
press for short-term and immediate
success with England?s footballers are
borderline unreasonable,? Searle adds.
It?s also about the right coaching.
?Elite level coaching is not about how
to curl a football, or how to play 4-4-2
or a diamond,? he says. ?It?s about
getting a team to work well together.
Then they buy in to playing a flat
back-four, a diamond in midfield,
whatever. It?s all about getting the
emotional buy-in.?
Southgate is seeking an ?emotional
buy-in? to a culture where the
trappings of footballing fame do not
inhibit the desire for trophies. Searle
understands the process. As well as
advising teams, he works as chief
innovation officer for a company
that helps businesses get more out of
staff.
?What we do at Keys [Business
Concierge] is a really simple equation
that comes from a guy called Tim
Gallwey [a writer on coaching
methodology] whose ultimate
premise is that ?your performance
equals your potential minus
interference?. With parents and
agents, the more you can strip those
things away, the closer you get to
performance.?
Searle uses Gareth Bale as a
paradigm for delivering on
international duty. ?When he goes
back to train with Wales, he?s back
with his mates and back in a situation
unencumbered by distraction,? he
says. ?He?s had the absolute challenge
and stress of a massive transfer fee,
but ultimately because at an early age
he learned he cared about playing for
Wales, he still cares.?
Bale showed that he could handle
pressure during Wales?s run to the
semi-finals of Euro 2016. He practises
hard, something that England players
are always being urged to do with
penalty-taking.
Southgate encourages post-training
shoot-outs, although one of the
England managers he played under,
Glenn Hoddle, always argued that it
was impossible to replicate the
match-day atmosphere in training.
?The atmosphere won?t be the same
but England should talk to the Great
Britain women?s hockey team, who
spend an awful lot of time practising
shuffles and when it came to the
shuffles at the [2016] Olympics
against the Netherlands, held their
nerve, and managed to win,? Searle
adds.
?England should talk to any kicker
in international rugby. There?s
massive pressure each time they step
up and take one of those penalties.
Owen Farrell practises when there?s
no one in the stadium, then at
Saracens [games] and it matters
because he?s used to hitting four out
of five. When it?s the big one in the
World Cup final he will probably
slot it.
?Our problem is our England
football penalty-takers go from
hardly ever taking one to
needing to take one when it
really matters.? The key is
practice and ensuring that
each session has some tension
attached, namely trying to do better
than your team-mates? kicks.
?With Olympic rowing, the
pressure is on every four years, so we
invented pressure situations all
through training. Regularly we would
come down here, and I pulled for
half an hour on a rowing machine
and whether I did 1:40.5 [1min
40.5sec] or 1:37.3 [average split for
500m] to me it really mattered
because of what the other people
in the room are doing.?
Searle admires the way
Southgate fought back after that
penalty miss at Euro ?96. ?The
best players don?t make the best
coaches, but the people who?ve
had character-forming
experiences definitely can make
good coaches.? On that basis,
Southgate has a chance.
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4 Liverpool....................30
6
0 33 10
8
3
4 35 24 34 60
9
F
NE X T燭HRE E
F
A GD Pts
W
5 Chelsea.......................30 10
2
3 26 11
7
3
5 26 16 25 56
W
6 Arsenal.......................30 11
2
2 39 17
3
4
8 16 24 14 48
W
7 Burnley.......................30
6
4
5 12 12
5
6
4 15 14
1 43
W
8 Leicester.....................30
6
5
4 21 17
4
5
6 24 26
2 40
Y
9 Everton.......................30
9
2
4 25 18
1
5
9 10 31 -14 37
Z 10 Watford......................30
6
4
5 22 26
4
2
9 17 24 -11 36
Z 11 Brighton.....................30
6
6
3 21 21
2
4
9
W 12 Bournemouth...........30
5
4
6 21 25
3
5
7 14 23 -13 33
Y 13 Newcastle..................30
5
4
6 15 15
3
4
8 15 25 -10 32
Z 14 Swansea.....................30
6
2
7 15 19
2
5
8 10 23 -17 31
W 15 Huddersfield.............30
5
5
5 15 20
3
2 10 10 30 -25 31
Z 16 West Ham.................. 30
5
4
5 16 20
2
5
7 19 -12 34
9 20 37 -21 30
W 17 Southampton............30
3
7
6 16 21
2
6
6 13 23 -15 28
W 18 Crystal Palace...........30
4
5
6 18 23
2
4
9 10 25 -20 27
W 19 Stoke...........................29
5
4
5 16 21
1
5
9 12 33 -26 27
W 20 West Brom.................30
2
7
6 16 24
1
4 10
7 23 -24 20
Stoke (a)
Everton (a)
Man Utd (h)
Swansea (h)
Man City (a)
West Brom (h)
Chelsea (a)
Stoke (a)
Man City
y (h)
Watford (h)
Crystal Palace (a)
Everton (a)
Tottenham (h)
West Ham (h)
Southampton
(a)
p
Stoke (h)
Southampton (h)
Newcastle (a)
West Brom (a)
Watford (a)
Leicester (h)
Brighton (a)
Newcastle (h)
Burnley
y (a)
Stoke (a)
Man City (h)
p
Liverpool
(h)
Liverpool (a)
Bournemouth (h)
y (h)
Burnley
Leicester (h)
Huddersfield (h)
y
Crystal
Palace (a)
West Brom (h)
Watford (a)
y
Crystal
Palace (h)
Huddersfield (h)
Leicester (a)
Arsenal (h)
Man Utd (a)
West Brom (a)
Everton (h)
Crystal Palace (h)
Newcastle (a)
Brighton
(a)
g
Southampton (h)
Chelsea (a)
Stoke (h)
West Ham (a)
Arsenal (a)
Chelsea (h)
Huddersfield (a)
Liverpool (h)
Bournemouth (a)
Man City (h)
Everton (h)
Arsenal (a)
Bournemouth (a)
Burnley (h)
Swansea (h)
TAC K L E S
RESU LTS
(1) 3
Arsenal
(0) 0
Watford
Mustafi 8
Aubameyang 59
Mkhitaryan 77
59,131
(1) 1
Bournemouth
(1) 4
Tottenham
Stanislas 7
10,623
Alli 35, Son 62, 87
Aurier 90+1
SHOTS 燨N燭ARGET
W燦didi�(Leicester)�
I燝ueye�(Everton)�
N燢ant闋(Chelsea)�
P燴abaleta�(West燞am)�
D燬tephens�(Brighton)�
O燫omeu�(Southampton)�
125
97
89
86
81
77
I N T E R C E PT I O N S
(2) 2
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
Willian 25
Kelly 32 (og)
(0) 2
Brighton
(0) 0
Bong 60 (og)
39,199
Tosun 76
Sent off: A Knockaert (Brighton) 80
(0) 0
Swansea
(0) 0
Manchester Utd (2) 2
Liverpool
(0) 1
Rashford 14, 24
74,855
Bailly 66 (og)
Huddersfield
23,567
Sent off: J Ayew (Swansea) 11
(2) 3
Newcastle
Kenedy 2, 29
Ritchie 57
Southampton
(1) 1
Rond髇 8
23,558
Leicester
(0) 0
(1) 4
Vardy 21, Mahrez 62
Iheanacho 76
Iborra 90+3
(0) 0
West Ham
56,904
Burnley
Barnes 66
Wood 70, 81
Today
Stoke v Manchester City (8.0).
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M燴anka�(Huddersfield)�
C燬chindler�(Huddersfield)
Y燙abaye�(Crystal燩alace)�
D燩r鰌per�(Brighton)
N燤atic�(Man燯td)
L燤ilivojevic�(C燩alace)
L燚unk�(Brighton)
L燢oscielny�(Arsenal)�
N燤onreal�(Arsenal)
P燴abaleta�(West燞am)
62
60
57
56
55
55
53
53
53
53
(0) 3
W燦didi�(Leicester)�
L燤ilivojevic�(C燩alace)
J燗yew�(Swansea)�
G燤urray�(Brighton)
G燲haka�(Arsenal)
R燜irmino�(Liverpool)�
O燫omeu�(Southampton)
M燚emb閘闋(Tottenham)
A燘arnes�(Burnley)
C燘enteke�(C燩alace)
57
55
50
50
48
46
43
43
42
42
TO P 燬AV E S
TO P 燬 C O R E R S
52,246
West Brom
67
53
41
37
34
32
(0) 1
Van Aanholt 90
40,800
Everton
H燢ane�(Tottenham)�
M燬alah�(Liverpool)
S燗g黣ro�(Man燙ity)�
R燣ukaku�(Man燯td)
K燚e燘ruyne�(Man燙ity)
E燞azard�(Chelsea)
H燢ane�(Tottenham)�
M燬alah�(Liverpool)
S燗g黣ro�(Man燙ity)�
R燬terling�(Man燙ity)
R燣ukaku�(Man燯td)
J燰ardy�(Leicester)
24
24
21
15
14
14
TO P 燗S S I STS
L燜abianski�(Swansea)
J燘utland�(Stoke)�
J燩ickford�(Everton)�
D燚e燝ea�(Man燯td)
M燫yan�(Brighton)
N燩ope�(Burnley)
106
102
100
97
92
89
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K燚e燘ruyne�(Man燙ity)�
L燬an闋(Man燙ity)
P燩ogba�(Man燯td)�
D燬ilva�(Man燙ity)
D燗lli�(Tottenham)
H燤khitaryan�(Arsenal)
14
11
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9
9
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Vanarama National
AFC Fylde
(5) 7
Aldershot
(1) 1
Finley 10, 62
McQuoid 5
Rowe 2, 18, 19
2,081
Grand 45+3
Muldoon 65
Sent off: S Finley (AFC Fylde) 62
Bromley
(0) 2
Rees 73
Bugiel 90+1
Guiseley
(0) 1
Rooney 88
906
Sent off: V Nirennold (Guiseley) 70
Dag and Red (0) 0
Tranmere
1,411
Norwood 68, 90
Cook 47, 69
Eastleigh
Gateshead
P
(2) 7
(0) 4
Dover Athletic
P
Maidenhead (1) 1
Aldershot............37
Boreham Wood...36
Dover Athletic .... 37
AFC Fylde............37
Ebbsfleet ............37
Bromley...............35
Dagenham & Red 36
35
Gateshead
Maidenhead ....... 36
Eastleigh.............36
Leyton Orient......36
Woking................37
Halifax.................36
Maidstone...........36
Hartlepool...........36
Barrow ................ 34
Solihull Moors.....35
Chester ...............37
Torquay...............36
Guiseley .............. 36
17
16
16
16
14
15
14
11
12
10
11
12
10
10
9
8
9
6
6
5
12
13
12
10
14
10
9
14
11
15
10
7
12
12
11
12
7
12
9
10
8
7
9
11
9
10
13
10
13
11
15
18
14
14
16
14
19
19
21
21
58
50
50
68
48
58
54
49
50
53
43
45
39
43
39
41
35
32
32
31
45
33
33
46
42
42
49
37
55
58
49
58
47
55
52
48
50
61
61
68
13
17
17
22
6
16
5
12
-5
-5
-6
-13
-8
-12
-13
-7
-15
-29
-29
-37
63
61
60
58
56
55
51
47
47
45
43
43
42
42
38
36
34
30
27
25
Peniket 22, Fyfield 27
Johnson 59, 76, 79
McLaughlin 81
Burrow 90
Hyde 25
581
Vanarama North
AFC Telford
P
Bradford PA (1) 3
Spennymoor
P
Alfreton
(2) 3
Hartlepool
Boreham Wood(0) 0
Hill 14, Johnson 62, 87
434
Platt 29, Sharp 38
Daniels 71
Darlington
Curzon Ashton(0) 0
(0) 0
2,538
Sent off: S Harrison (Hartlepool) 65
Leyton Orient (1) 1
Ebbsfleet
Clark 32 (og)
4,127
Whitely 15
Macclesfield (1) 3
Barrow
Hancox 35
Whitaker 70, Durrell 77
James 11
1,748
Maidstone
(0) 1
Torquay
(1) 1
Solihull Moors(0) 0
Hare 88
Sutton Utd
(1) 1
Carter 50
1,619
Wrexham
Halifax
(0) 2
P
Macclesfield........36
Sutton United.....37
Tranmere ............ 37
Wrexham ............ 37
(0) 0
Leamington
Nuneaton
Chorley
P
North Ferriby (1) 2
L
7
8
9
6
F
51
57
61
43
(0) 0
A
37
39
37
28
(3) 6
P
(2) 2
Green 4, Nti 44
478
6,511
W D
21 8
20 9
18 10
16 15
547
1,547
(1) 3
Chester
Kidderminster (0) 0
Walker 90
Emmett 6, Kitching 29
Thomson 37, 74, 90+2
Wright 78
Kosylo 33 (pen), 66
Thomson 80
Quigley 61
Deverdics 69
Gainsborough (0) 1
Harrogate
2,211
(0) 1
1,292
(1) 1
Bolarinwa 37
1,990
Sent off: A Yussuf (Solihull Moors) 75
Woking
(0) 1
Syers 88
GD Pts
14 71
18 69
24 64
15 63
Salford City
Southport
P
(1) 3
FC Utd of Man(0) 0
L
6
6
4
10
14
8
7
12
8
12
13
12
13
13
17
14
13
16
16
16
17
24
F
81
57
55
58
67
52
52
53
34
49
42
53
44
48
56
43
42
45
45
40
33
17
A
39
34
27
48
50
35
41
43
28
55
48
45
49
50
58
50
51
60
62
53
58
82
GD Pts
42 68
23 68
28 61
10 53
17 52
17 49
11 48
10 45
6 45
-6 44
-6 44
8 43
-5 42
-2 39
-2 38
-7 38
-9 37
-15 37
-17 37
-13 34
-25 34
-65 13
Vanarama South
Braintree
(2) 2
Wealdstone
(0) 2
Allen 42
Crook 45 (pen)
510
Whichelow 60
Green 66 (pen)
Concord Rangers P
Dartford
(0) 0
Bognor Regis
P
Poole Town (0) 1
928
Whisken 63
East Thurrock (0) 0
Welling
318
Coombes 55
(0) 1
Gloucester
Parker 13
Mail 20
Johnson 71 (pen)
Hampton & R (2) 3
Weston-s-Mare(1) 1
Blyth Spartans
P
Tamworth
(0) 0
Hudson-Odoi 35, 62
Jeffers 41
Baghdadi 13
439
Hemel Hempstead P
Bath
Hungerford
Chelmsford
Stockport Co (0) 0
Brackley
3,060
Williams 89
Ferguson 73
D
5
5
10
8
1
10
6
9
12
8
8
7
9
6
5
8
10
7
7
4
4
7
493
849
(0) 1
W
21
21
17
15
17
13
14
12
11
12
12
12
11
11
11
10
9
10
10
10
10
2
Eastbourne B (0) 0
Gilchrist 22, Charles 60
Priestley 69
York
P
Harrogate ...........32
Salford City.........32
Brackley ............. 31
York.....................33
Blyth Spartans....32
Kidderminster.....31
Spennymoor .......27
Bradford PA........33
Chorley................31
Southport............32
Nuneaton............33
Stockport Co.......31
Darlington...........33
Boston Utd..........30
Alfreton ..............33
Leamington.........32
Curzon Ashton....32
Tamworth ........... 33
FC Utd of Man.....33
AFC Telford ........30
Gainsborough .....31
North Ferriby......33
Boston Utd
2,461
Sent off: S Heslop (York) 88, A Thanoj
(Boston) 89, B Middleton (Boston) 90
(0) 1
(0) 0
(1) 1
Bignall 35
222
Oxford City
410
St Albans
712
Havant & W
P
(0) 1
(1) 1
Prior 45
(0) 0
Truro
(0) 1
Chippenham (1) 3
Benyon 79 (pen)
231
Lyons-Foster 15 (og)
Ferguson 51
Chambers 86
Sent off: K-J Marsh-Brown (Whitehawk) 71
P
Havant & W ....... 31
Dartford .............. 33
Hampton & R ...... 32
Chelmsford .........33
Hemel H..............32
St Albans ...........31
Braintree.............33
Welling................32
Truro .................. 31
Bath ....................32
Weston-s-Mare .. 32
Wealdstone.........31
Gloucester ..........33
East Thurrock ..... 31
Oxford City..........33
Eastbourne Boro.33
Chippenham .......33
Concord Rangers.30
Hungerford .........30
Poole .................. 32
Bognor Regis ......31
Whitehawk ......... 33
W
17
17
15
14
14
14
13
14
14
12
13
12
12
10
10
10
9
8
9
8
4
4
D
9
8
13
11
10
8
11
8
7
11
7
9
7
10
8
7
8
10
7
7
12
8
L
5
8
4
8
8
9
9
10
10
9
12
10
14
11
15
16
16
12
14
17
15
21
F
51
65
47
50
51
54
57
55
53
43
56
47
42
54
48
48
46
35
33
37
32
37
A
24
40
29
36
38
39
46
46
43
38
54
45
50
60
57
62
61
43
43
56
53
78
GD Pts
27 60
25 59
18 58
14 53
13 52
15 50
11 50
9 50
10 49
5 47
2 46
2 45
-8 43
-6 40
-9 38
-14 37
-15 35
-8 34
-10 34
-19 31
-21 24
-41 20
Evo-Stik Premier: North
Ashton Utd 3 Halesowen 0; Marine 2
Hednesford 0; Stafford Rangers 2 Lancaster
2; Warrington 2 Barwell 0; Workington 3
Stalybridge Celtic 4.
Other matches postponed.
(1) 1
Dickson 90
(0) 0
Whitehawk
(1) 1
Riley-Lowe 26 (pen)
P
Altrincham..........32
Warrington ........ 32
Ashton Utd ......... 32
Shaw Lane .......... 29
Farsley Celtic......35
Grantham............31
Barwell................36
Witton Albion.....33
Hednesford ......... 35
Workington.........32
Lancaster ...........35
Stafford Rangers 35
Mickleover Spts 34
Nantwich ............32
Stourbridge.........31
Rushall Olympic..35
W D L F A GD Pts
21 7 4 75 29 46 70
19 6 7 54 34 20 63
16 10 6 61 40 21 58
18 6 5 56 29 27 57
16 9 10 61 54 7 57
16 6 9 64 38 26 54
14 11 11 49 44 5 53
14 9 10 58 47 11 51
14 8 13 48 53 -5 50
13 7 12 53 45 8 46
12 9 14 58 58 0 45
12 9 14 40 49 -9 45
12 8 14 49 45 4 44
13 5 14 46 49 -3 44
12 7 12 47 40 7 43
12 7 16 51 66 -15 43
Matlock ..............35
Buxton.................31
Coalville ............. 36
Whitby................36
Stalybridge ......... 31
Marine.................34
Halesowen..........36
Sutton Coldfield .36
12 5 18 51 64 -13
11 7 13 47 47 0
11 7 18 54 73 -19
9 12 15 47 58 -11
10 5 16 42 55 -13
9 8 17 43 58 -15
9 6 21 37 68 -31
7 6 23 39 87 -48
41
40
40
39
35
35
29
26
Evo-Stik Premier: South
Banbury 4 Farnborough 1; Basingstoke 1
St Neots 0; Biggleswade 1 Weymouth 2;
Bishop?s Stortford 3 Redditch 0; Chesham 0
Hitchin 0; Dorchester 1 Merthyr 2; Gosport
Borough P Kettering P; Hereford 0 Kings
Lynn 2; Royston 4 Kings Langley 0; Slough 2
Frome 1; St Ives P Stratford P; Tiverton 7
Dunstable 1.
P
Hereford .............35
Kings Lynn .........36
Weymouth..........37
Kettering.............34
Slough.................31
Chesham ............. 37
Tiverton .............. 35
Banbury...............37
Royston ..............33
Basingstoke........36
Hitchin.................35
Frome .................34
St Neots .............37
Stratford ............35
Farnborough........37
Redditch..............36
Merthyr ..............36
Biggleswade........35
B Stortford..........35
Dorchester..........37
Kings Langley ..... 37
St Ives ................33
Dunstable............37
Gosport Borough.35
W
26
23
23
21
19
17
19
16
18
15
14
15
13
13
14
12
11
12
11
10
6
6
3
2
D
5
7
6
7
7
11
2
10
4
7
8
5
11
9
5
9
11
7
7
9
12
6
4
3
L
4
6
8
6
5
9
14
11
11
14
13
14
13
13
18
15
14
16
17
18
19
21
30
30
F A
86 28
79 31
80 42
82 39
76 36
74 44
58 53
75 49
62 45
71 54
51 50
65 66
61 65
53 55
70 90
60 57
60 75
39 42
54 63
54 72
44 77
43 78
24119
23114
GD Pts
58 83
48 76
38 75
43 70
40 64
30 62
5 59
26 58
17 58
17 52
1 50
-1 50
-4 50
-2 48
-20 47
3 45
-15 44
-3 43
-9 40
-18 39
-33 30
-35 24
-95 13
-91 9
Bostik Premier
Billericay P Staines P; Brightlingsea
Regent 2 Dulwich Hamlet 2; Burgess Hill P
Leatherhead P; Enfield 3 Lowestoft 0;
Harlow 4 Met Police 3; Harrow 0 Folkestone
3; Hendon 1 Margate 1; Kingstonian 1
Leiston 3; Needham Market 1 Merstham 3;
Tonbridge 1 Worthing 2; Tooting & Mitcham 1
Dorking Wanderers 2; Wingate & Finchley 2
Thurrock 4.
P
Folkestone ..........37
Dulwich Hamlet...35
Margate...............37
Billericay..............30
Hendon ................ 34
Staines ............... 34
Leiston.................36
Leatherhead ........ 32
Wingate & F ........ 35
Met Police ........... 37
Tonbridge ............35
Merstham............36
Thurrock .............. 37
Enfield ................ 36
Worthing.............37
Kingstonian.........35
Dorking Wandrs .. 31
Needham Mkt......36
Harrow Borough..35
Brightlingsea ......35
Lowestoft ...........36
Harlow.................37
Tooting & M.........37
Burgess Hill ........34
W
21
20
19
21
18
17
17
18
17
15
15
13
14
11
11
13
11
10
12
11
10
9
9
7
D
7
9
11
4
7
9
8
3
5
10
5
8
4
10
9
3
7
10
4
6
6
7
7
7
L
9
6
7
5
9
8
11
11
13
12
15
15
19
15
17
19
13
16
19
18
20
21
21
20
F
83
68
64
78
73
77
62
44
49
62
46
57
54
54
57
44
50
59
46
57
44
45
49
48
A
52
35
39
31
44
52
46
37
52
57
47
62
65
62
72
62
55
65
67
67
65
76
83
77
GD Pts
31 70
33 69
25 68
47 67
29 61
25 60
16 59
7 57
-3 56
5 52
-1 50
-5 47
-11 46
-8 43
-15 42
-18 42
-5 40
-6 40
-21 40
-10 39
-21 36
-31 34
-34 34
-29 28
Airtricity League of Ireland Premier Division:
Today: Bray v Sligo; Cork v Shamrock Rovers;
Derry v Limerick; St Patrick?s Athletic v
Dundalk; Waterford v Bohemians.
WOMEN?S燬UPER燣EAGUE�
Chelsea
Man City
Arsenal
Liverpool
Birmingham
Reading
Sunderland
Everton
Bristol City
Yeovil
P W
11 8
11 8
10 6
10 6
10 4
9 3
10 4
10 3
10 2
9 0
D
3
2
2
0
1
3
0
0
1
0
L
0
1
2
4
5
3
6
7
7
9
F
31
33
21
20
14
19
10
13
5
0
A
6
11
10
13
15
12
25
15
27
31
Pts
27
26
20
18
13
12
12
9
7
0
Fixtures
Super League One: Wednesday: Yeovil v
Reading (7.45).
WSL Continental Tyres Cup: Wednesday:
Arsenal v Man City (7.0).
FA Cup quarter-finals: Sunday (2.0): Arsenal v
Charlton; Durham v Everton; Liverpool v
Chelsea; Sunderland v Man City.
League Two result: Aston Villa 1 Durham 3.
Monday March 12 2018 | the times
THE燝AME | 19
1G G
燭O燢NOW.燭HE燯LTIMATE燫ESULTS燬ERVICE
S KY燘 ET 燙HAM PIONSHIP
HOME
SKY燘ET燣EAGU E燨 NE
AWAY
P W
D
L
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
W 1 Wolves........................36 12
3
2 35 15 11
4
4 28 17 31 76
W 2 Cardiff.........................36 14
3
2 35 13
8
4
5 20 17 25 73
W 3 Aston Villa..................36 11
6
1 35 15
9
3
6 25 18 27 69
W 4 Fulham........................37 10
6
2 32 13
9
5
5 32 26 25 68
W 5 Derby..........................37
9
5
4 29 14
7
9
3 26 20 21 62
W 6 Middlesbrough...........37 11
3
5 26 14
7
4
7 27 21 18 61
W 7 Bristol City.................37
9
5
4 30 18
6
8
5 23 24 11 58
W 8 Preston.......................37
7
7
5 22 19
7
8
3 24 18
9 57
W 9 Sheffield United.........36 10
2
5 27 16
7
3
9 22 27
6 56
Y10 Millwall.......................37
Z11 Brentford....................36
9
7
3 28 18
5
6
7 16 19
7 55
7
8
2 30 17
7
3
9 22 25 10 53
W12 Ipswich.......................36
8
4
6 24 16
7
3
8 23 28
W13 Leeds...........................37
7
5
6 24 22
7
3
9 25 29 -2 50
W14 Norwich......................36
5
8
5 17 17
7
4
7 20 24 -4 48
W15 Nottingham Forest....37
8
2
9 20 25
5
4
9 23 29 -11 45
W16 QPR.............................36
9
5
5 26 25
2
5 10 14 27 -12 43
W17 Sheffield Wed............37
5
7
7 25 28
3
7
Y18 Hull..............................36
Z19 Reading.......................36
Z20 Bolton.........................37
6
7
6 37 29
2
5 10 13 27 -6 36
3
7
9 21 29
5
5
7
4
7 21 24
1
8 10 11 32 -24 36
W21 Barnsley......................36
3
6
8 15 23
4
5 10 21 30 -17 32
W22 Birmingham...............37
6
2 10 11 21
2
4 13 14 36 -32 30
W23 Burton Albion.............36
2
4 13 13 36
5
5
7 13 26 -36 30
W24 Sunderland.................37
2
6 10 17 31
3
7
9 21 35 -28 28
3 52
8 14 23 -12 38
7 21 22 -9 36
Middlesbro(2) 3 Barnsley (0) 1
R E SU LTS
Ayala 1, Traor� 18 Moore 58
Bamford 53
24,917
Aston Villa(1) 4 Wolves (1) 1
Millwall (1) 1 Brentford(0) 0
Adomah 8
Chester 57
Grabban 62
Bjarnason 85
Saville 1
Burton
Jota 20
37,836
Nottm F (0) 0 Derby
(0) 0
29,106
Sent off: T Huddlestone (Derby) 81
(0) 0 Bristol C (0) 0
Preston (0) 1 Fulham
(3) 3 Birminghm(0) 2
Maguire 76
12,970
4,575
Cardiff
13,251
Mendez-Laing 12 Gardner 54 (pen)
Bryson 23
Colin 90+5
Paterson 45+3
19,634
QPR
Hull
Reading (1) 2 Leeds
(2) 4 Norwich (3) 3
Irvine 6
Maddison 18 (pen),
Hern醤dez 41 (pen),
19, 39 (pen)
48 (pen), Wilson 71 15,120
Ipswich (0) 0 Sheff Utd(0) 0
15,152
(0) 2
Mitrovic 69, 90+1
(0) 1 Sunderlnd(0) 0
Eze 62
14,216
Sent off: J Steele (Sunderland) 49
B鰀varsson 16
O?Kane 58 (og)
19,770
Sheff Wed(0) 1 Bolton
Boyd 78
26,809
(1) 2
Jansson 43
Hern醤dez 56
(0) 1
Wilbraham 90+3
LEAD ING�
SCORE R S
17 M Vydra
(Derby)
17 B Reid
(Bristol City)
16 L Grabban
(Aston Villa)
15 L Clarke
(Sheff Utd)
TOP� ASSISTS
12 R Snodgrass
(Aston Villa)
11 L Freeman
(QPR)
11 B Douglas
(Wolves)
10 I Cavaleiro
(Wolves)
TOP燬AVE S
120
B Bialkowski
(Ipswich)
116 S Johnstone
(Aston Villa)
108 A Gunn
(Norwich)
100 D Bentley
(Brentford)
100 J Archer
(Millwall)
TEAM燨F�
THE燱E E K
Jaakkola
(Reading)
Ream (Fulham)
Gibson
(Middlesbrough)
Burke (Bolton)
McCrory
(Burton)
Snodgrass
(Aston Villa)
Paterson (Cardiff)
Kelly (Reading)
Maddison
(Norwich)
Grealish
(Aston Villa)
Mitrovic (Fulham)
SC OT L A ND
(0) 0
5,336
Hamilton A
Piggott 24 (og)
Kane 37, 66
Alston 64
(1) 2
Ogboe 11
Templeton 69
Kilmarnock
St Johnstone (2) 4
Motherwell
(0) 0
3,182
(1) 3
Ross County (0) 2
Erwin 16, Boyd 46
Brophy 74
McKay 86, Schalk 90+1
4,001
Partick Thistle(0) 0
Aberdeen
(0) 0
Celtic
(2) 3
3,931
Rangers
(2) 2
Rogic 11
Windass 3
Dembele 45+1
Candeias 26
Edouard 69
50,215
Sent off: J Simunovic (Celtic) 57
P
Celtic...................29
Rangers...............30
Aberdeen.............29
Hibernian ............ 29
Kilmarnock..........29
Hearts.................30
Motherwell ......... 29
St Johnstone.......29
Hamilton Acad....27
Dundee................29
Partick Thistle....29
Ross County........29
W D L F A GD Pts
20 7 2 59 20 39 67
18 4 8 61 35 26 58
16 5 8 43 33 10 53
14 9 6 42 32 10 51
11 10 8 39 38 1 43
9 12 9 29 29 0 39
10 5 14 34 39 -5 35
9 6 14 29 42 -13 33
8 5 14 38 48 -10 29
8 4 17 30 47 -17 28
6 7 16 26 47 -21 25
5 6 18 31 51 -20 21
Championship
Brechin City
P
Dumbarton (0) 0
642
Falkirk
Thomas 48
(3) 3
St Mirren
Davis 69 (pen)
Smith 72
Morton
(0) 1
Harkins 90+1
4,218
Muirhead 4 (pen)
Nelson 18
Jakubiak 30
Livingston
Dundee United
P
Queen of South(0) 1
P
(0) 2
Inverness CT
P
Dunfermline (0) 0
4,240
Sent off: J Talbot (Dunfermline) 68
P
St Mirren.............27
Livingston...........26
Morton................27
Dundee United....23
Queen of South...26
Dunfermline .......26
Falkirk.................27
Inverness CT.......24
Dumbarton..........25
Brechin City ........ 25
W D L F A GD Pts
19 3 5 49 28 21 60
14 7 5 43 27 16 49
11 8 8 37 27 10 41
12 4 7 31 28 3 40
10 8 8 39 34 5 38
9 8 9 39 30 9 35
8 9 10 31 40 -9 33
8 6 10 30 30 0 30
4 9 12 15 32 -17 21
0 4 21 18 56 -38 4
League One: Arbroath 2 Forfar 0; Ayr 3 Raith
0; East Fife 2 Airdrieonians 1; Queen?s Park 1
Alloa 2; Stranraer 2 Albion Rovers 3.
P
Raith Rovers.......28
Ayr United...........27
Arbroath..............27
Alloa Athletic......27
Stranraer.............28
East Fife..............28
Airdrieonians......27
Albion Rovers ..... 26
Forfar Athletic....28
Queen?s Park.......28
W D L F A GD Pts
17 7 4 55 28 27 58
18 3 6 73 32 41 57
13 6 8 53 38 15 45
13 6 8 42 32 10 45
11 5 12 44 53 -9 38
11 3 14 40 48 -8 36
8 8 11 35 47 -12 32
7 5 14 50 62 -12 26
7 4 17 32 57 -25 25
5 7 16 32 59 -27 22
Fixtures: Tomorrow: Airdrie v Stranraer;
Albion R v Queens Park; Alloa v East Fife;
Forfar v Raith. Wednesday: Arbroath v Ayr.
Saturday: Albion R v Arbroath; Alloa v
Airdrie; Forfar v Ayr; Stranraer v Queens
Park. Sunday: Raith v East Fife (4.10).
League Two: Annan Athletic 2 Edinburgh City
3; Cowdenbeath v Montrose (postp); Elgin
City 3 Berwick Rangers 0; Stenhousemuir 2
Clyde 3; Stirling 0 Peterhead 1.
P
Peterhead...............28
Montrose ............... 27
Stirling Albion ....... 26
Stenhousemuir......26
Elgin City................26
Annan Athletic ...... 28
Clyde ...................... 26
Berwick Rangers....26
Edinburgh City.......26
Cowdenbeath.........25
W
18
16
14
12
12
9
8
7
7
1
D
4
7
3
5
4
9
8
5
4
7
L
6
4
9
9
10
10
10
14
15
17
F
65
40
49
42
43
36
35
22
27
13
A
32
28
32
33
46
32
41
48
40
40
GD Pts
33 58
12 55
17 45
9 41
-3 40
4 36
-6 32
-26 26
-13 25
-27 10
Fixtures: Tomorrow: Berwick v Stirling; Clyde
v Elgin; Edinburgh v Cowdenbeath; Montrose
v Annan; Peterhead v Stenhousemuir.
Saturday: Annan v Clyde; Berwick v
Stenhousemuir; Cowdenbeath v Elgin;
Edinburgh v Stirling; Montrose v Peterhead.
SKY 燘E T燣 E AG U E 燭 WO
AWAY
P W
D
L
F
A W
D
L
W 1 Blackburn....................37 11
6
2 38 18 11
4
3 32 17 35 76
W 2 Shrewsbury................35 11
3
3 24 10 10
5
3 23 16 21 71
F
A GD Pts
W 3 Wigan.........................33 10
6
2 27
2
3 35 14 39 68
W 4 Rotherham.................35 12
2
5 38 20
7
3
6 20 20 18 62
W 5 Scunthorpe.................37
7
6
5 22 19
8
7
4 32 25 10 58
W 6 Plymouth....................36
9
2
7 26 26
6
7
5 18 17
Y 7 Peterborough.............35
Z 8 Charlton......................34
Y 9 Bristol Rovers............36
Z10 Bradford..................... 34
Y11 Gillingham..................36
Z12 Portsmouth................36
Y13 Southend....................35
Z14 Walsall........................37
10
3
6 32 24
4
8
4 25 21 12 53
6 19 23 -1 51
9 10
1 54
8
5
5 25 22
6
4
10
2
6 32 25
5
3 10 19 28 -2 50
6
2
8 21 27
9
3
6 27 24 -3 50
4
9
4 20 18
8
4
7 22 22
9
3
7 26 19
6
1 10 17 28 -4 49
9
6
4 28 21
3
3 10 14 33 -12 45
7
6
5 26 24
4
5 10 21 30 -7 44
W15 Doncaster...................36
6
7
4 25 19
4
6
9 18 25 -1 43
W16 Oxford United.............35
6
4
7 27 28
5
5
8 23 25 -3 42
W17 Blackpool....................35
5
6
5 23 24
5
6
8 19 23 -5 42
Y18 AFC Wimbledon.........36
Z19 Oldham.......................35
7
3
8 19 24
4
5
9 17 23 -11 41
7
3
7 27 25
3
7
8 23 35 -10 40
W20 Northampton.............36
6
3
9 15 25
4
6
8 20 32 -22 39
W21 Fleetwood Town........35
4
6
9 26 31
6
2
8 20 26 -11 38
Y22 Rochdale.....................32
Z23 MK Dons.....................35
Z24 Bury............................ 35
4
6
3 13 11
3
5 11 20 30 -8 32
4
7
6 17 21
3
4 11 15 27 -16 32
6
4
8 17 22
1
5 11 13 30 -22 30
2 49
Fleetwood (0) 1 Plymouth (1) 1
R E S U LTS
Madden 56
3,079
Makasi 16
Wimbledn(1) 2 Oxford U (1) 1
Peterboro(1) 4 Charlton (0) 1
Taylor 32 (pen)
Meades 71
Hughes 44
Zyro 73
Maddison 58 (pen) 6,337
Marriott 81, 84
Kane 38
4,592
Blackburn(1) 3 Blackpool(0) 0
Dack 45+1
Armstrong 69,
90
Portsmth (1) 1 Gillinghm (0) 3
13,230
Lowe 19
18,247
Bennett 34
9,054
8,418
Rodman 6
Ogogo 88
Luckassen 62
6,766
Wigan
Davies 42
Pringle 77
Dunkley 13
Grigg 43
Roberts 87
Athletic Bilbao 2 Legan閟 0; Atletico Madrid 3
Celta Vigo 0; Eibar 1 Real Madrid 2; Espanyol
2 Real Sociedad 1; Getafe 0 Levante 1; Las
Palmas 0 Villarreal 2; M醠aga 0 Barcelona 2;
Seville 0 Valencia 2. Friday: Girona 2 Dep La
Coru馻 0.Today: Alav閟 v Real Betis.
P
Barcelona............28
Atletico Madrid...28
Real Madrid.........28
Valencia ............. 28
Seville ................. 28
Villarreal.............28
Girona..................28
Eibar....................28
Celta Vigo ........... 28
Real Betis............27
Getafe.................28
Athletic Bilbao....28
Espanyol..............28
Real Sociedad ..... 28
Legan閟...............27
Alav閟.................28
Levante...............28
Las Palmas..........28
D La Coru馻.........28
M醠aga ................ 28
W
22
19
17
17
14
13
12
11
11
11
9
8
8
9
9
10
4
5
4
3
D
6
7
6
5
3
5
7
6
5
4
9
11
11
6
6
1
12
5
7
4
L
0
2
5
6
11
10
9
11
12
12
10
9
9
13
12
17
12
18
17
21
F
72
48
67
54
36
38
40
35
45
43
33
29
26
50
23
24
23
20
25
16
A
13
12
30
30
42
32
36
41
42
52
26
31
34
50
32
41
42
57
59
45
GD Pts
59 72
36 64
37 57
24 56
-6 45
6 44
4 43
-6 39
3 38
-9 37
7 36
-2 35
-8 35
0 33
-9 33
-17 31
-19 24
-37 20
-34 19
-29 13
L I G U E �Bordeaux 0 Angers 0; Dijon 1 Amiens 1;
Guingamp 2 Nice 5; Lille 1 Montpellier 1;
Lyons 1 Caen 0; Nantes 1 Troyes 0; Paris SG 5
Metz 0; Rennes 1 St Etienne 1; Toulouse L
Marseilles L. Friday: Strasbourg 1 Monaco 3.
P
PSG......................29
Monaco................29
Marseilles...........29
Lyons...................29
Nantes.................29
Rennes................29
Nice.....................29
Montpellier.........29
Bordeaux.............29
Dijon....................29
St Etienne...........29
Caen .................... 29
Guingamp............29
Angers.................29
Strasbourg..........29
Amiens................29
Toulouse ............. 28
Troyes ................. 29
Lille......................29
Metz....................29
(0) 0
7,633
Southend (0) 0 Doncaster(0) 0
(2) 2 Oldham (1) 2
O?Shea 14
Danns 34
5,904
Humphrys 67
Shrewsbury(1) 2 Walsall
Sent off: M Crooks (Northmptn) 74
Bury
Wilkinson 48
Martin 66, 80
Rotherhm(0) 0 Rochdale (0) 1
Bradford
P MK Dons
P
Bristol R (1) 1 Northmptn(0) 1
L A 燣 I G A
Ladbrokes Premiership
Dundee
HOME
W D L F A GD Pts
25 2 2 91 19 72 77
19 6 4 72 31 41 63
16 9 4 58 34 24 57
15 9 5 59 34 25 54
12 7 10 29 29 0 43
12 6 11 37 36 1 42
12 6 11 39 41 -2 42
9 14 6 26 23 3 41
10 7 12 33 37 -4 37
10 7 12 41 55 -14 37
9 9 11 31 44 -13 36
10 5 14 22 33 -11 35
9 8 12 30 43 -13 35
7 11 11 32 40 -8 32
8 7 14 33 52 -19 31
8 6 15 24 33 -9 30
7 8 13 26 37 -11 29
8 4 17 24 39 -15 28
7 7 15 28 46 -18 28
5 5 19 26 55 -29 20
(2) 3 Scunthorpe(2) 3
Hopper 16, 45+2
Toney 53
8,438
HOME
L E A DI NG�
SCORERS
21 J Marriott
(Peterboro)
15 B Dack
(Blackburn)
14 B Pitman
(Portsmouth)
14 E Oztumer
(Walsall)
TOP� ASSISTS
14 M Maddison
(Peterboro)
12 J Payne
(Oxford and
Blackburn)
11 G Carey
(Plymouth)
11 S Whalley
(Shrewsbury)
TO P 燬AVE S
P W
AWAY
D
L
L
13
2
3 34 17
13
2
4 52 21
9
3
6 27 22 22 71
7
7
3 24 16 39 69
2 36 16
6
7
6 23 22 21 65
5 40 30
8
5
4 28 22 16 63
8
1 37 19
6
6
5 18 18 18 62
W 6 Exeter City..................34 11
2
4 24 14
7
3
7 21 24
Y 7 Lincoln City.................36
6
3 29 18
6
6
6 21 21 11 57
21 B Kee
(Accrington)
18 M Eisa
(Cheltenham)
16 C Doidge
(Forest Green)
16 J Collins
(Luton)
16 A Akinfenwa
(Wycombe)
W 3 Notts County..............37 12
4
W 4 Wycombe................... 36 10
4
W 5 Mansfield Town.........36 10
TOP� ASSISTS
9
A W
F
A GD Pts
7 59
W 8 Coventry.....................35 11
2
4 23 11
6
4
8 16 17 11 57
Z 9 Swindon......................36
8
2
8 23 32 10
1
7 32 22
1 57
W10 Carlisle........................37
7
6
5 26 17
4
7 27 29
7 55
Y11 Newport County.........36
Z12 Crawley Town............36
Z13 Colchester..................36
6
8
2 23 16
7
5
8 23 30
0 52
8
3
7 22 17
7
4
7 20 27 -2 52
7 19 25
8
8
6
4 27 17
5
6
W14 Cambridge United......37 10
5
3 23 13
3
6 10 14 34 -10 50
4 51
Y15 Cheltenham................37
Z16 Stevenage..................36
7
5
6 26 22
4
6
7
8
3 34 21
4
2 12 14 32 -5 43
9 26 31 -1 44
W17 Yeovil..........................35
8
4
7 27 19
2
4 10 19 38 -11 38
174 T Holy
(Gillingham)
149 L Nicholls
(MK Dons)
119 G Long
(Wimbledon)
108 S Eastwood
(Oxford Utd)
108 M Gilks
(Scunthorpe)
Y18 Crewe..........................36
Z19 Forest Green Rovers..36
7
3
8 23 26
4
1 13 20 33 -16 37
8
2
9 28 30
2
5 10 15 31 -18 37
W20 Grimsby Town............37
4
7
8 15 23
5
3 10 16 31 -23 37
W21 Morecambe................35
5
4
7 17 22
3
8
W22 Port Vale.....................35
5
5
7 19 21
4
4 10 19 29 -12 36
W23 Chesterfield................35
6
3 10 22 29
2
3 11 14 35 -28 30
W24 Barnet.........................36
4
5
3
3 13 18 32 -20 29
T E A M燨 F�
T HE 燱 E E K
R E S U LTS
Lillis (Rochdale)
Coyle (Fleetwood)
Fuller
(Wimbledon)
Wright
(Doncaster)
Taylor (Peterboro)
Nolan
(Shrewsbury)
Bennett
(Bristol Rovers)
Martin
(Gillingham)
Armstrong
(Blackburn)
Hopper
(Scunthorpe)
Marriott
(Peterborough)
Title in
sight for
Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers
believes that Celtic
took a big step
towards the
Ladbrokes Scottish
Premiership title
after substitute
Odsonne 蒬ouard
scored the decisive
goal in a 3-2 victory
over Rangers at
Ibrox. It took them
nine points clears of
their biggest rivals
and they still have a
game in hand.
Celtic were twice
behind and had
Jozo Simunovic sent
off before Edouard
curled in the
winner. Rodgers
said the title race
was not over ?by a
long way?, but the
Celtic manager
added: ?This is
obviously a big step
. . . when you come
to one of your rivals
and perform like we
did and be up
against it with ten
men for 30 minutes,
you are entitled to
celebrate.?
L EA D I N G �
SCO R ER S
D
Y 1 Accrington Stanley....36
Z 2 Luton Town................36
F
Grimsby (0) 1 Port Vale (1) 1
Berrett 90+1
5,198
Chesterfld(1) 1 Lincoln
Whitmore 34
6,395
(1) 3
Bostwick 45
Wharton 59
Palmer 85
Coventry (0) 1 Barnet
Clarke-Harris 75
(0) 0
7,127
Exeter
Lang 90+1
McConville 44
Kee 90+3
Mansfield (1) 1 Colchester(0) 1
Hemmings 22
4,050
Bowditch 14, 50
2,032
Comley 51
Nadesan 64
Andrews 41
Eisa 49, 71
Wycombe(1) 1 Camb Utd(0) 1
Akinfenwa 45+4
4,426
Yeovil
Campbell 72
2,893
2,880
Noble 34
Tootle 80
(0) 2
Ng 80
Kirk 90+7
Swindon (0) 0 Cheltenhm(1) 3
Forest Grn (0) 1 Notts Co (1) 2
Lewis 90+3
(0) 0 Newport (0) 2
Sheehan 57
Hayes 90+4
TO P 燬AV ES
130 C Pym
(Exeter)
129 J Day
(Newport Co)
125 S Walker
(Colchester)
125 D Forde
(Cambridge U)
TEA M 燨 F �
TH E燱EEK
McKeown
(Grimsby)
Yorwerth
(Crawley)
Bostwick
(Lincoln)
Ng (Crewe)
Sheehan
(Newport)
Lapslie
(Colchester)
Noble (Notts Co)
Bowditch
(Stevenage)
Hope (Carlisle)
Kee (Accrington)
Eisa
(Cheltenham)
F I X TU R ES
S ER I E 燗
Bologna 0 Atalanta 1; Cagliari 2 Lazio 2;
Crotone 4 Sampdoria 1; Fiorentina 1
Benevento 0; Genoa 0 AC Milan 1; Inter Milan
0 Napoli 0; Juventus 2 Udinese 0; Sassuolo 1
SPAL 1; Verona 1 Chievo 0. Friday: Roma 0
Torino 0.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Juventus ............. 27 23 2 2 65 15 50 71
Napoli..................28 22 4 2 62 19 43 70
Roma...................28 17 5 6 47 23 24 56
Lazio....................28 16 5 7 66 36 30 53
Inter Milan..........27 14 10 3 42 21 21 52
AC Milan ............. 27 14 5 8 38 30 8 47
Sampdoria...........27 13 5 9 47 38 9 44
Atalanta..............26 11 8 7 38 29 9 41
Fiorentina ........... 27 10 8 9 36 32 4 38
Torino..................27 8 12 7 36 35 1 36
Udinese...............27 10 3 14 37 40 -3 33
Bologna...............28 10 3 15 33 40 -7 33
Genoa..................27 8 6 13 21 28 -7 30
Cagliari................27 7 5 15 25 44 -18 26
Chievo ................. 27 6 7 14 23 44 -21 25
Crotone ............... 27 6 6 15 27 48 -21 24
Sassuolo..............27 6 6 15 16 47 -31 24
SPAL....................28 5 9 14 28 50 -22 24
Verona.................27 6 4 17 25 51 -26 22
Benevento...........27 3 1 23 18 61 -43 10
BUNDESLIGA
Bayer Leverkusen 2 Borussia
M鰊chengladbach 0; Borussia Dortmund 3
Eintracht Frankfurt 2; Bayern Munich 6
Hamburg 0; Hannover 1 Augsburg 3; Hertha
Berlin 0 Freiburg 0; Hoffenheim 3 Wolfsburg
0; Stuttgart 0 RB Leipzig 0. Friday: Mainz 0
Schalke 1. Today: Werder Bremen v Cologne.
P
Bayern Munich....26
Schalke ...............26
B Dortmund ........ 26
B Leverkusen......26
E Frankfurt..........26
RB Leipzig...........26
Hoffenheim.........26
Augsburg.............26
B M?gladbach......26
Stuttgart.............26
Hertha Berlin......26
Hannover ............26
Freiburg...............26
Werder Bremen..25
Wolfsburg...........26
Mainz ................. 26
Hamburg ............. 26
Cologne ............... 25
(0) 1 Accringtn (1) 2
Lee 61
9,503
6,658
(1) 1 Carlisle (0) 1
Moxey 42
3,488
Luton
Worrall 10
Stevenage(1) 2 Crewe
Crawley (0) 1 Morecambe(0) 1
Ahearne-Grant
90+3
1,642
8 15 21
8 18 24 -11 36
11 A Akinfenwa
(Wycombe)
11 M Taylor
(Swindon)
9 G Cooper
(Crewe)
8 B Kee
(Accrington)
8 D Wright
(Colchester)
8 J Stead
(Notts Co)
W
21
13
12
12
12
11
10
9
10
10
7
8
6
6
4
6
4
4
D
3
7
9
8
6
7
8
8
5
4
11
8
12
9
13
7
6
5
L
2
6
5
6
8
8
8
9
11
12
8
10
8
10
9
13
16
16
F
65
40
53
47
35
38
43
36
33
23
30
33
25
24
28
29
18
24
A
18
30
33
33
30
34
38
33
39
29
31
38
42
30
36
43
41
46
GD Pts
47 66
10 46
20 45
14 44
5 42
4 40
5 38
3 35
-6 35
-6 34
-1 32
-5 32
-17 30
-6 27
-8 25
-14 25
-23 18
-22 17
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
TODAY
Premier League: Stoke v Man
City (8.0).
TOMORROW
Champions League: Roundof-16, second leg: Man Utd
(0) v Seville (0). Sky Bet
Championship: Aston Villa v
QPR; Barnsley v Norwich;
Brentford v Cardiff; Ipswich v
Hull; Sheff Utd v Burton;
Wolves v Reading. League
One: Blackpool v Charlton;
Bury v Peterborough; MK
Dons v Rotherham; Rochdale
v Southend. League Two:
Coventry v Luton; Exeter v
Yeovil; Barnet v Port Vale.
Vanarama National: Boreham
Wood v Maidenhead; Halifax
v Dag & Red; Gateshead v
Solihull Moors; Leyton Orient
v Torquay. Ladbrokes
Scottish Championship:
Dumbarton v Brechin;
Dunfermline v Inverness CT;
Livingston v Morton; Queen
of South v Dundee Utd.
William Hill Scottish Cup,
quarter-final replay:
Kilmarnock v Aberdeen.
WEDNESDAY
Champions League: Roundof-16, second leg: Barcelona
(1) v Chelsea (1). Sky Bet
League One: Bradford City v
Wigan.
THURSDAY
Europa League: Round-of-16,
second leg: Arsenal (2) v AC
Milan (0) (8.05).
FRIDAY
Ladbrokes Scottish Prem: St
Johnstone v Hibernian.
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
SATURDAY
FA Cup: Quarter-finals:
Swansea v Tottenham (12.15);
Man Utd v Brighton (7.45).
Premier League:
Bournemouth v West Brom;
Huddersfield v Crystal
Palace; Stoke v Everton;
Liverpool v Watford (5.30).
Championship: Fulham v QPR
(12.30); Barnsley v Millwall
(1.0); Birmingham v Hull;
Brentford v Middlesbrough;
Bristol C v Ipswich; Leeds v
Sheff W; Norwich v Reading;
Sheff U v Nottm F; Wolves v
Burton; Sunderland v
Preston; Bolton v Aston Villa
(5.30). League One: Blackpool
v Southend; Charlton v
Fleetwood; Gillingham v
Blackburn; MK Dons v Bury;
Northampton v Rotherham;
Oldham v Portsmouth;
Oxford Utd v Peterborough;
Plymouth v Bristol Rovers;
Rochdale v AFC Wimbledon;
Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury.
League Two: Lincoln v
Grimsby (1.0); Notts Co v
Mansfield (1.0); Accrington v
Forest Green; Barnet v
Wycombe; Cambridge Utd v
Swindon; Carlisle v Crawley;
Cheltenham v Chesterfield;
Colchester v Yeovil; Crewe v
Coventry; Morecambe v
Exeter; Newport v Luton;
Port Vale v Stevenage.
Vanarama National: AFC
Fylde v Hartlepool; Boreham
Wood v Tranmere; Bromley v
Dagenham & Red; Chester v
Aldershot; Dover v
Macclesfield; Eastleigh v
Leyton Orient; Guiseley v
Halifax; Maidenhead v
Barrow; Maidstone v Sutton
Utd; Solihull Moors v
Torquay; Woking v Wrexham.
Ladbrokes Scottish Prem:
Aberdeen v Dundee; Hearts v
Partick; Ross Co v Hamilton,
Rangers v Kilmarnock.
Championship: Brechin v
Dumbarton; Dundee Utd v
Inverness CT: Dunfermline v
Morton; Livingston v Falkirk;
Queen of South v St Mirren.
SUNDAY
FA Cup: Quarter-finals:
Wigan v Southampton (1.30);
Leicester v Chelsea (4.30).
Sky Bet Championship: Derby
v Cardiff (12.0).
Ladbrokes Scottish Prem:
Motherwell v Celtic (2.15).
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MATTHEW燬YED
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W
atching politicians parade their
?tough? credentials towards
Russia by calling for the England
football team to boycott the
World Cup is as vexing as it is
symptomatic. It is pure virtue
signalling, a sporting fig leaf to
distract attention from their
failure to get to grips with a rogue regime for
more than two decades.
Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign
affairs select committee, and Chris Bryant,
chairman of the all-party parliamentary
Russia group, have both raised the spectre of
the boycott in the event of Russia being found
to have been involved in the attempted
assassinations in Salisbury, after Boris
Johnson?s cack-handed performance in the
Commons. ?A boycott of the World Cup is
definitely one of the options on the cards,? a
senior defence source told The Times.
This is gesture politics at its worst. Where
were tough actions after the murder of
Alexander Litvinenko in central London,
when the British government hushed up
details of the killing and delayed the
investigation? Where were these politicians
when there were calls for a ?Magnitsky Act?
to freeze the assets and revoke visas of Russian
nationals involved in human rights abuses?
Where were the tough actions when dirty
money was flowing into our banks and prime
property market after the Boris Yeltsin
privatisations? So keen was the government to
sustain the torrent of cash from oligarchs and
corrupt officials that no questions were asked,
and anonymity was protected.
British policy has been feeble for years, as
chronicled by Edward Lucas in a superb
column in The Times last week. It took too long
to strengthen the Baltic defences, too long to
respond to the Russia gas export monopoly.
The UK wasn?t always helped by its EU
partners, but it has consistently been behind
the curve. ?Our plight is the price of decades of
cowardice and complacency,? Lucas writes.
Vladimir Putin is a bully. Russia under his
leadership has shown contempt for a rulesbased international system. This requires a
hard-edged and sophisticated response. So,
what do sections of our political class belatedly
reach for? Football, for pity?s sake. They want
England?s players and their fans to make
sacrifices that politicians, businessmen and
diplomats have serially failed to make.
The Conservative Party could have taken a
stance by refusing to accept dirty Russian
money. Putin?s cronies have long offered cash
to politicians as a way of currying favour and
delaying retribution. The Tories paused to
think about such a boycott, then blinked.
According to a report in The Sunday Times
yesterday, the party has received more than
�0,000 from Russian associates since
Theresa May became prime minister, and
more than �million since 2010.
One of these donations was from the wife of
Vladimir Chernukhin, Putin?s former deputy
finance minister and then chairman of a
state-controlled bank, another from a lobbying
company ?paid by the Kremlin to promote a
positive image of Russia in the UK?.
Tugendhat, it seems, wants to keep the
financial benefits of an association with
Russia, but to outsource the sacrifices to the
England football team. Could there be a more
eloquent example of hypocrisy?
Sporting boycotts rarely work even on their
own terms. The American decision to miss the
Moscow Olympics in 1980 in the aftermath of
Russia?s invasion of Afghanistan was gesturism
at its most futile. It achieved nothing beyond
an artificial cleansing of presidential
conscience, leaving the world to enjoy the
party while the Americans stayed at home. As
a headline in Politico put it: ?Jimmy Carter?s
Disastrous Olympic Boycott.? It had no impact
on troop levels in Afghanistan, and probably
exacerbated the problem, as Stansfield Turner,
the CIA director, predicted.
It was also unjust to athletes, forced to miss
a once-in-a-lifetime event they had spent
D
N
...A
Putin?s many and varied misdemeanours need
a hard-edged response, not through football
years of sweat and toil preparing for. The term
?Olympian? carries huge prestige not just in
terms of personal pride but financial
opportunity. With the wave of a presidential
pen, this investment was rendered
meaningless, a confiscation of economic value
no less profound than if the president
sequestrated their homes. And for what?
I don?t mind sportspeople being asked to
make sacrifices. I don?t mind the state making
decisions that compromise individuals in
pursuit of the national interest. But what I
cannot abide is politicians failing to make
sacrifices themselves, ducking the difficult
decisions, and then reaching for sport the
moment the problem gets too big to duck
again. It is a kind of political Tourette?s, seen
during the Sochi Winter Olympics, the
Bahrain Grand Prix, and any other time a fig
leaf is required. One time when a boycott
worked was the Gleneagles Agreement to
prevent South Africa from enjoying the status
of an international sporting nation.
This had an entirely different logic, however.
Apartheid in South Africa meant that teams
were being selected not on merit but colour.
This represented political interference in the
sporting dynamic itself, altering the contest
through legislative decree. When sport took a
stand against this evil, it united the world. This
was not ministers bringing sport into politics;
it was sport forcing bigoted politicians to take
racism out of sport.
I fully understand those who abhor the idea
of major competitions taking place in rogue
nations. I abhor that Fifa, an institution
riddled with corruption, selected Russia to
host the World Cup not on merit, but through
quid pro quos of a kind that also placed this
jamboree, ludicrously, in Qatar four years
later. The bidding process was a fraud that
shames an institution tasked with safeguarding
the integrity of the sport. But this corruption
should have been called out at the time.
Panorama had information on the story even
as it was happening.
The problem is that the complaints of the
FA carried no weight, since it had attempted
to rig the process, too. In its
attempt to win the bid for 2018, it cynically
scheduled friendly matches to curry favour
with members of Fifa?s executive committee, in
direct defiance of the rules. It used
development money as bait. It handed �0
Mulberry handbags to the wives of Fifa
members. It swapped votes with South Korea,
in violation of the rules, and in the knowledge
of David Cameron, according to the official
report of Michael J. Garcia, the American
lawyer. And so it goes on.
If sport is used as part of a tough,
co-ordinated process towards Russia or
anywhere else, that might have merit. But
when politicians use it as a conjuring trick to
obscure their inadequacies, we should
strenuously call them out.
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seventh goal in five
games.
Rangers. Sunderland
slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
Goal of the week
Nathaniel MendezLaing Cardiff City
Stat of the week
Maddison
hat-trick
?wasted?
A stunning low drive
in Cardiff?s 3-2 win
over Birmingham City
from a player who had
not scored since August.
Performance of the
week Aston Villa
A superb second-half
display overwhelmed
Wolverhampton
Wanderers for their
tenth win in 12 league
games. See report left.
Player of the week
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Fulham Continued his
recent fine form with
two goals at Preston
North End, with his
91st-minute winner his
Rising star Reece
Burke Bolton Things
may be going badly for
West Ham United but
their young defender
has found his feet on
loan with the Trotters.
Villain of the week
Jason Steele
Sunderland His
misjudgment of the
bounce of a long
clearance led to him
being sent off for
handling outside the
area at Queens Park
George Saville?s strike
for Millwall against
Brentford after 51
seconds was the
second successive
game in which he has
scored inside the
opening minute.
Quote of the week ?It?s
not a mixture of
emotions, I have one
emotion and that?s
disappointment. It?s
hard to take.? James
Maddison, the England
Under-21 midfielder,
on becoming the first
Norwich City player to
score a first-half hattrick away from home,
only to see his efforts
wasted as they threw
away a two-goal lead
to lose 4-3 at Hull City.
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THE燡OURNEYMAN
GREGOR燫OBERTSON燰ISITS燝RIMSBY燭OWN�
The爁ormer爄nvestment燽anker爓ho燽eat�
Sol燙ampbell爐o燽ecome燝rimsby爉anager
T
hat was quite a statement released by
Grimsby Town ten days ago to
announce the appointment of
Michael Jolley as their new manager.
The club?s desire to move away from
the ?classic managerial merry-goround? was coupled with the air of a
lucky punter who has won the star
prize at Cleethorpes funfair.
The to-do list for the 40-year-old
investment banker turned coach, with only six
months? experience as a manager in Sweden,
was so extensive that by the end of the
gushing 16-paragraph, 713-word release you
felt that Jolley might even be the man to
secure the best deal for Grimsby?s fishermen in
post-Brexit EU fisheries negotiations, too.
?Michael?s exceptional prior academic and
business background ? firstly, at Cambridge
University and latterly as an investment
banker with HSBC ? also means he is
experienced, hard-headed and extremely
articulate in communicating simple solutions
to complex problems in a concise way,? it read.
?He will bring a modern, cutting-edge
approach to match preparation . . . has a track
record of playing an exciting, high-pressing,
attacking style of football . . . will create a
tactically astute, cohesive group with a focus
on an ethos of youth development at the heart
of his philosophy . . . that sees Grimsby Town
Football Club as one of the most attractive
propositions for hungry, aspiring young
professionals on their way up in the game.?
No pressure, then. A more pressing matter is
ensuring the League Two status of a club
without a win in 16 games ? a point reached
in paragraph 11. On the evidence of the
Mariners? scrappy 1-1 draw with Port Vale on
Saturday ? courtesy of a 91st-minute James
Berrett equaliser and a heroic performance
from the goalkeeper James McKeown ?
survival is no foregone conclusion.
Jolley is aware of that, of course, and
although Russell Slade?s replacement was
welcomed warmly before kick-off and the
club?s shift of direction has been greeted
enthusiastically, with nine games remaining
and a seven-point buffer to the relegation
zone, and with the teams beneath them having
games in hand, excitement has been tempered
by a feeling that the appointment is also brave.
?I?ve been asked, ?Is it a risk appointing
you?? ? Jolley says, ?and yeah, it is a risk. But
[whomever] Grimsby appointed in this
situation is a risk. We?re in a relegation fight at
the bottom of League Two.?
Jolley was born in Sheffield and when his
dreams of a career as a footballer ended when
he was released by Barnsley, aged 16, he
studied economics before entering the world
of financial trading. An opportunity to transfer
from London to New York with HSBC was
grasped gladly but it put him close to the
tragic attack on the twin towers on 9/11.
?I was about a mile and a half away,? Jolley
says. ?I was safe, but I was too close for
comfort. A good friend of mine unfortunately
passed away. It was horrendous. A guy I
worked closely with had to go to something
like 45 funerals, because he knew so many
people who were involved. It helps to put
everything else into perspective.?
Upon his return to London he could not
ignore the urge to embark on a career as a
SCOUTING�
REPORT
SIRIKI
DEMB蒐�
WINGER
MICK ATKINS/PROSPORTS/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Age 21
Club Grimsby Town
Attributes Quick, skilful,
direct
Has there been any
interest? Demb閘� drew
admiration after a
blistering start to the
season and there were
reports of interest from
clubs in higher leagues in
January. Grimsby have an
option to extend his
contract, which expires
this summer, for a further
year
coach. ?Life?s not a dress rehearsal,? he says.
?You?ve got to do something with your life that
you?re really passionate about and borderline
obsessed with, and for me that?s football. So as
much as I was competent, and I could do other
things, this is what I want to do with my life.?
A ?15-year apprenticeship? began with
evenings coaching in Crystal Palace?s academy.
?They were long days,? he says. ?I was getting
into work for half seven in the morning,
leaving at five, getting the train to Beckenham,
getting the session set up for six o?clock, doing
a session until eight, getting in and having my
dinner, and doing the same the next day.?
Further experience was gained in the
academies of Lincoln City, Crewe Alexandra,
Falkirk and Nottingham Forest. Before joining
Burnley as the under-23s head coach in 2014,
he studied for a master?s in sports coaching at
Stirling University. Working in close proximity
to Sean Dyche for three years was influential
and although he insists he will be doing things
his way, he says that ?some of the principles he
applies are principles that I?m going to try to
apply.? Namely, giving the fans ?a team that
gives everything? and one ?that?s physically fit.?
?Behind that, what [Dyche has] done well is
built all aspects of the club. They?ve developed
the training ground, the stadium?s improved.
Year on year they?ve improved the squad by
making good choices, with the support of the
board, and good staff. This is a different
context, so I can?t do everything the same as
him. But the principles are worth applying.?
Jolley knew that opportunities to manage in
the UK would be scarce, so in June he took
the reigns at the newly promoted Swedish club
Eskilstuna, who had four points and were
After Berrett?s
91st-minute
equaliser
against Port
Vale ? who are
two places
below Grimsby
in the lower
reaches of
League Two ?
sparks crowd
trouble, Jolley,
second left,
speaks to
his players
during the
break in play
winless in their opening 12 games. ?If you?d
said my name to the 92 [EFL] chairmen in
England, I wouldn?t want to say exactly how
many would have heard of me, but it would
have been quite a low number,? he smiles. ?I
was aware that if I was to get a break I would
have to take a job that nobody else would take,
because of my background.?
Despite an upturn in performances and
memorable wins against Malmo and
Gothenburg, Eskilstuna were relegated and in
January he returned to the UK to begin
searching for managerial vacancies.
He arrives at a club who have endured a
discomforting two seasons in League Two
after a six-year exile from the Football League.
Paul Hurst, the former manager, departed for
Shrewsbury Town in November 2016 and
performances under Marcus Bignot were
erratic. Within five months, he was replaced
with the experienced Slade, whose functional
football this season yielded 31 goals in 37
league games, the fewest in the division.
Another rookie manager, Sol Campbell, was
interviewed for the vacancy, not long after
making a claim recently to be ?one of the
greatest minds in football?. Apparently his
research and interview skills were in need of
attention, though, so the task of modernising
Grimsby, laid out by the board, falls to Jolley.
?People have said to me, tell us your football
philosophy,? Jolley says. ?Philosophy is a really
dangerous word when you?re 20th in League
Two. We?ve got to make sure we?ve got
enough points to be in League Two. If we can
get to the summer and breathe, assess where
we are, we can start to put some things in
place that can help us build for the long term.?
Report Demb閘� was
born in Ivory Coast and
moved with his family to
London, then Glasgow, as
a child. After spending
time with Dundee United
and Ayr United, in 2016
Demb閘� won a place at
the Nike Football
Academy based at St
George?s Park.
After trials with Barnsley
and Huddersfield Town,
he signed for Grimsby in
May. Three goals and a
string of impressive
displays in October
earned him the EFL
young player of the
month award.
At 5ft 6in, he is sharp,
nimble and fleet-footed,
with good technique. He
needs no encouragement
to run at defenders. On
Saturday, he skipped
beyond Cristian Monta駉,
the Port Vale full back, a
few times but either his
end product was poor or
he hesitated, giving the
defender time to recover.
He fizzed an effort over
the crossbar in the first
half but his influence
waned. Demb閘� has
talent and four goals and
three assists in 32 league
appearances have made
for an encouraging first
season in professional
football. With better
consistency he could
have a bright future.
His 15-year-old brother,
Karamoko, made
headlines in October
2016 when he made his
debut for Celtic?s under20 side at the age of 13.
Both are eligible to
represent England,
Scotland and Ivory Coast.
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UNDER燭HE燬KIN燨F燭HE燝AME
?England footballers
must care as much
as Olympians do?
Greg燬earle爀xplains�
to燞enry燱inter爃ow�
the爊ational爐eam�
can爉ake爃istory
T
he distinguished Olympian
Greg Searle casts his eye
over the lake at Eton Dorney
where, at 40, he chased glory
in the eights at London 2012.
When the chase was at its
most painful in the final, he
heard the Great Britain cox
Phelan Hill shouting the name of
Searle?s children, urging him to get a
medal for Josie and Adam.
Searle believes that the Olympians?
understanding of each other?s ?why
am I here? motives would help
England?s footballers. ?In the third
course of the race, when you need to
dig deep and it really hurts, the cox
reminded each one of us why we were
here,? Searle recalls. ?He varied from
calling the names of my kids to
talking to somebody who learnt to
row on this lake, to talking to
someone who?d been disappointed
with his career and this was their
chance to put it right.
?He called the names of someone?s
parents who taught them to row and
took them to every training session
and were now sitting in the stand
watching them.?
Motivation was key. ?When I joined
the eight in 2010 we got in a room
and talked about ?why we are here?,
why are we passionate about rowing,
and each of us had his reasons. One
guy talked about a coach he?d had
earlier who?d bullied him, told him he
was soft, that he?d never make it,
never be a world champion and he?s
now a world champion.
?When he was telling that story,
tears coming down his cheeks, all of
us felt why he trained as hard as he
did and why he wanted it as much as
he did. When you know someone
wants it that much, when you?re a bit
bored in a hotel, you take that guy out
and go for a walk and have a coffee
and have a chat. We looked out for
each other.?
They took bronze in the end at
London, frustrated by the quality of
Germany and Canada and a cruel
wind that caught their lane. Searle, of
course, won Olympic gold with his
brother Jonny in the coxed pairs at
Barcelona in 1992 when the cox
Garry Herbert famously screamed at
them, ?If not now, when? If not you,
who? How much do you want this??
Searle, who now brings his
motivational expertise to businesses
and clubs such as Saracens, knows
Gareth Southgate, admires the
set-up at St George?s Park and hopes
that England?s footballers absorb
lessons from the Olympics and
other sports. Southgate announces
his squad on Thursday for the
friendlies against Holland and Italy
and Searle hopes to talk to the
England players in the future. ?When
you get a team together, whether
the England football team, the
Olympic rowing team or a team in a
company, the most important
question to ask is ?why are you here?,?
he continues. ?Ultimately you have to
remind yourself why you love it.?
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Olympic medals won by Searle;
gold in the coxed pair at
Barcelona 1992, bronze in the
coxless four at Atlanta 1996
and bronze again in the eight
at London 2012
England footballers are often
accused, unfairly, of loving money
and being more loyal to club than
country. ?The more you pay people
the more you distract them from why
they first started doing their sport in
the first place,? Searle argues. ?It?s for
the England footballers to think, ?Do I
want to be mentioned in the same
breath as Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore
and Bobby Charlton and to think of
1966, or is my club really more
important??
?This is about making history at the
World Cup that will make you our
greatest sportspeople for the next
century, and the money will
absolutely follow that. We have to get
beyond the ego bit and worry about
the team bit.
?If I leap to women?s football, and I
know they?ve had trouble with Mark
Sampson [the dismissed former
coach], but if I listen to the interviews
with Steph Houghton and the rest of
those players they seem to really
understand each other?s life stories,
who found it tough in their lives,
single parents, homeless and their
performance looked to be really
strong.?
As well as motivation, it?s about
balance in the team, something that
England lacked when trying to
shoehorn Liverpool?s Steven Gerrard
and Chelsea?s Frank Lampard into the
same midfield. ?The best individuals
don?t make the best teams,? Searle
continues. ?Look at Denmark in ?92.?
Club cliques are damaging too.
Southgate is doing a decent job
smoothing out differences between
the squad?s assorted club affiliations.
Searle argues that club rivalry has not
been unique to football. ?I rowed for
Molesey and was invited to train at
Steve Redgrave?s Leander Club. My
club kit was black, and theirs is ?cerise?
they call it, and I dressed head to foot
in black kit including a black
balaclava with just my eyes showing.
?The coach would try and brief the
team, and couldn?t read anything
from me because I didn?t connect
with training in Leander Club. That
would be like asking a footballer from
Manchester United to go and train
with City.
?In football it?s really hard. But in
rugby union I?ve seen Clive
Woodward make playing for England
more important than playing for your
club. I?ve seen England cricketers go
from also-rans to Test No 1, with
central contracts, and it?s more
important to play for England than
for your county. In the Olympics
we?ve done it.
?We shifted so British rowing is not
based in any clubs any more, it?s
based at Caversham, a training centre.
From a relatively young age, you
make it more important rowing for
GB than representing Molesey or
Leander. If you switch it over to
football, then let?s look at St George?s
Park and let?s make it a really
important place.
?Gerrard and Lampard were
probably too grown-up when they got
to the national team to care, but the
junior successes last year, under-17s,
under-19s, under-20s, their players
are getting the idea of what it?s like
to play for England, have that real
pride in the shirt, and how special it
is getting together with their
team-mates.
?So hopefully this generation will
mature and will come back together
to England and will feel similar to the
way the Olympic team does, and feel
special to put on an England shirt.
?If players at 15, 19 or 20 get used to
being away and in each other?s
company they?re less likely
when they get older to
need other
distractions. There
were 550 athletes
who prepared for the
London Olympics,
and we didn?t find it
that hard not to go
out and get in
trouble in the buildup. We?d go out and
have a coffee. You
don?t need six pints.?
Southgate?s players are more
abstemious than some of his teammates were at Euro ?96. ?There?s a
level of behaviour needed by
professional athletes where it?s not
that difficult for our teams to get good
at doing,? Searle adds. ?When it
comes to the World Cup, England
should be able to.
?All I can hope is that all the
distraction that comes from being
part of their clubs and being paid an
awful lot of money and being coached
by different coaches won?t distract
them when they come back together
with England.?
It?s also about not being distracted
Searle, who won
rowing medals at
three different
Olympics and is
now a motivational
speaker, identifies
Bale, below, as the
model international
footballer every
time he joins up
with the Wales team
by the media. ?The demands of the
press for short-term and immediate
success with England?s footballers are
borderline unreasonable,? Searle adds.
It?s also about the right coaching.
?Elite level coaching is not about how
to curl a football, or how to play 4-4-2
or a diamond,? he says. ?It?s about
getting a team to work well together.
Then they buy in to playing a flat
back-four, a diamond in midfield,
whatever. It?s all about getting the
emotional buy-in.?
Southgate is seeking an ?emotional
buy-in? to a culture where the
trappings of footballing fame do not
inhibit the desire for trophies. Searle
understands the process. As well as
advising teams, he works as chief
innovation officer for a company
that helps businesses get more out of
staff.
?What we do at Keys [Business
Concierge] is a really simple equation
that comes from a guy called Tim
Gallwey [a writer on coaching
methodology] whose ultimate
premise is that ?your performance
equals your potential minus
interference?. With parents and
agents, the more you can strip those
things away, the closer you get to
performance.?
Searle uses Gareth Bale as a
paradigm for delivering on
international duty. ?When he goes
back to train with Wales, he?s back
with his mates and back in a situation
unencumbered by distraction,? he
says. ?He?s had the absolute challenge
and stress of a massive transfer fee,
but ultimately because at an early age
he learned he cared about playing for
Wales, he still cares.?
Bale showed that he could handle
pressure during Wales?s run to the
semi-finals of Euro 2016. He practises
hard, something that England players
are always being urged to do with
penalty-taking.
Southgate encourages post-training
shoot-outs, although one of the
England managers he played under,
Glenn Hoddle, always argued that it
was impossible to replicate the
match-day atmosphere in training.
?The atmosphere won?t be the same
but England should talk to the Great
Britain women?s hockey team, who
spend an awful lot of time practising
shuffles and when it came to the
shuffles at the [2016] Olympics
against the Netherlands, held their
nerve, and managed to win,? Searle
adds.
?England should talk to any kicker
in international rugby. There?s
massive pressure each time they step
up and take one of those penalties.
Owen Farrell practises when there?s
no one in the stadium, then at
Saracens [games] and it matters
because he?s used to hitting four out
of five. When it?s the big one in the
World Cup final he will probably
slot it.
?Our problem is our England
football penalty-takers go from
hardly ever taking one to
needing to take one when it
really matters.? The key is
practice and ensuring that
each session has some tension
attached, namely trying to do better
than your team-mates? kicks.
?With Olympic rowing, the
pressure is on every four years, so we
invented pressure situations all
through training. Regularly we would
come down here, and I pulled for
half an hour on a rowing machine
and whether I did 1:40.5 [1min
40.5sec] or 1:37.3 [average split for
500m] to me it really mattered
because of what the other people
in the room are doing.?
Searle admires the way
Southgate fought back after that
penalty miss at Euro ?96. ?The
best players don?t make the best
coaches, but the people who?ve
had character-forming
experiences definitely can make
good coaches.? On that basis,
Southgate has a chance.
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