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Henry Winter on a weird, subdued
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Monday April 23 2018
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday April 23 2018
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Fans struggle to
rekindle love for
rueful Wenger
HENRY燱INTER�
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ven as the long goodbye
begins, Ars鑞e Wenger
permitted himself a little look
back in anger. A man proud
of Arsenal?s image around the
world clearly feels aggrieved
that fan unrest over his
tenure tarnished the club?s
good name globally. Wenger is too
civilised to stir up another civil war
that turned the Emirates toxic, but all
parties ? manager, board and
support ? have to avoid the endgame
becoming a blame game.
Wenger spoke passionately about
Arsenal after this victory over West
Ham United, about his attachment to
the club where he worked ?seven days
a week? for 22 years, and emphasised
that he may physically leave Arsenal
but his heart will remain. He
embraced Bob Wilson backstage, paid
tribute to all the staff and wrote in his
programme notes that ?my love and
support for Arsenal will last for ever?.
He sounded like a man struggling
to move on after the breakdown of a
long relationship. So the spotlight at
the Emirates will focus even more on
the board, and how he was forced out.
Because what came across so strongly
was how much Wenger, a manager
who famously never breaks a
contract, wanted to stay.
So the way ahead to the end of the
season, and especially the final home
match against Burnley on May 6,
becomes complicated. Wenger will be
linked with other jobs. Speculation
will intensify over his successor.
Regime change brings resentment
and awkwardness as well as plaudits.
He needs to address his relationship
with Arsenal fans because the
atmosphere here, whatever positive
spin his apologists were putting on it,
was frankly weird. Those gathering
expecting an outpouring of adoration
for the club?s greatest manager were
left nonplussed by the sight of empty
seats and a subdued mood among
fans initially. Where was the love?
The game began at testimonial,
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almost funereal, pace until perking up
late on when the Emirates finally
reverberated to a loud, ?There?s only
one Ars鑞e Wenger.?
Arsenal fans were immediately
accused of fickleness, berating Wenger
one week, celebrating him the next,
but there can be no accusation of
hypocrisy in wanting to thank him for
the memories in that one mass chant
of his name. Everyone knows how
long ago those great memories were
in the two competitions that matter
most, 14 years since the Premier
League title and 12 since reaching the
Champions League final.
Arsenal fans have every right to be
frustrated by the decade of drift under
Wenger, and arguably they were too
patient for too long. Social media,
fans? TV stations, phone-ins and print
are hardly cooling agents, so the
situation remains heated. Wenger was
mindful of not causing ?stupid
headlines? and emphasised that he
was not resentful of dissenting fans
but he was patently hurt by this lack
of unity. As overwhelming shows of
support go, yesterday was low-key.
They did sell ?Ars鑞e Wenger,
Arsenal legend? scarves outside the
Emirates. They greeted his arrival in
the technical area with applause, and
there were a few chants of his name.
One fan wore a shirt, declaring
?Wenger 49 unbeaten games? and
another held up one saying ?Wenger
22 thanks?. Yet the initial impression
was of apathy enduring. West Ham
supporters were far the noisier. The
visiting side duly marked the occasion
with some words of their own:
?Ars鑞e Wenger ? he left ?cause
you?re shit.? To which the inevitable
riposte came: ?Ars鑞e Wenger, he?s
won more than you.?
But it was a rare demonstration of
support for their outgoing manager
until late on. The Ars鑞e Wenger
Farewell Tour may not be all
sweetness and light. Rather more
respect emanated from Patrice Evra,
with a handshake when the West
Ham substitute ran past on his way to
some stretching in the corner. The
presence of David Moyes in the
opposing technical area was also a
reminder to the Arsenal board of the
need to appoint shrewdly, after Moyes
froze when trying to succeed Sir Alex
Ferguson at Manchester United.
The new man has to make Arsenal
tougher mentally and physically, sort
out that defence, offload the likes of
Shkodran Mustafi, the first statue
inside the ground, and build around
Aaron Ramsey, Mesut 謟il and
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as it
was only when the Gabon attacker
came on in the second half that
Arsenal really looked threatening.
Arsenal players talked of giving
Wenger the perfect send-off with a
trophy, and clearly their focus rests on
the Europa League. This was going
through the motions, rather than the
emotions. Laurent Koscielny headed
wide. Danny Welbeck and Ramsey
shot wide. Granit Xhaka had a
free kick pushed away by Joe Hart.
There was the sad sight of Mohamed
Elneny, decent in recent games,
departing on a stretcher with an ankle
injury, a real concern for Egypt with
the World Cup looming.
David Seaman took to the
microphone at the break to salute
Wenger and say: ?It is sad but it gives
a chance to celebrate what he?s done
for the club.? Arsenal returned from
their half-time spell with more
purpose, and they took the lead
within six minutes when Nacho
Monreal met Xhaka?s corner with a
volley from 15 yards. ?Ars鑞e, Ars鑞e,
give us a wave,? came the request. He
obliged, almost self-consciously.
Moyes reacted by sending on
Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hern醤dez
on the hour and the more assertive
approach paid off within four
minutes. Hern醤dez was buzzing
around but it was Lanzini who made
the key intervention, slipping play left
to Marko Arnautovic, who thumped
the ball past David Ospina.
Down the other end, Hart made
two incredible saves to his left,
denying Xhaka and Welbeck. But
West Ham folded, letting in three
goals in the final eight minutes. Hart
had no chance when Declan Rice
inexplicably ducked as Ramsey curled
a routine cross over. Hart looked at
the teenage centre back and told him:
?I said ?away?.?
Arsenal?s third arrived when
Welbeck and Aubameyang worked
the ball right to Alexandre Lacazette,
who drilled his shot past Hart.
Lacazette made it 4-1 from ten yards
after Ramsey had waltzed through
West Ham?s defence. And now it was
really heard: ?There?s only one Ars鑞e
Wenger.? And only a month left.
RATINGS
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): D Ospina 6 ? H Beller韓 6,
S Mustafi 5, L Koscielny 6, N Monreal 6 ? M Elneny 5
(sub: A Maitland-Niles 45min, 6), G Xhaka 5 ?
A Iwobi 5 (sub: P-E Aubameyang 70, 6), A Ramsey 6,
D Welbeck 7 (sub: C Chambers 88) ? A Lacazette 6.
Substitutes not used M Macey, R Holding,
P Mertesacker, R Nelson. Booked Xhaka, Mustafi,
Maitland-Niles.
West Ham United (3-5-2): J Hart 7 ? D Rice 5,
A Ogbonna 6, A Cresswell 5 ? P Zabaleta 5,
C Kouyat� 5, M Noble 6, E Fernandes 5 (sub:
M Lanzini 60, 5), A Masuaku (sub: A Carroll 85) ?
J M醨io 5 (sub: J Hern醤dez 60, 6), M Arnautovic 6.
Substitutes not used Adri醤, J Hugill, P Evra,
J Cullen. Booked Zabaleta, Arnautovic.
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t is usual to ask a fan in a replica
shirt what they think their chances
are. They wear the colours, they
expect a bit of football chat. It did
not seem, yesterday, an appropriate
occasion on which to wonder about
the score. ?How are you feeling?? I
asked instead, which was how, on the
Piccadilly Line, on the way to the
Emirates Stadium I made an Arsenal
fan, a grown man and sober, weep.
I expected to step out into the
sunlight amid a sea of tears. It did not
quite work out that way. For every
dabbed eye there were hundreds of
I
Arsenal fans who were unmoved and
uninterested in the announcement
that Ars鑞e Wenger was about to end
his 22-year reign.
I approached a table in a bar.
?Actually,? they said, ?we haven?t been
talking about him much at all.?
I approached a table in a caf� on
Hornsey Road. I asked them if they
were sad. One of the women
chuckled. ?So you?re not sad then??
She nodded towards a man in his 40s.
?He?s the big Arsenal fan, better ask
him.?
?How are you feeling?? I asked him.
He looked up as he speared another
chip.
?About what??
There was a brief, awkward silence.
?Is this about Wenger?? he said and
then shrugged. Not every Arsenal fan
is feeling existential. Not every
Arsenal fan is struggling with
conflicting emotions. Not every
Monday April 23 2018 | the times
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PHIL SHEPHARD-LEWIS FOR THE TIMES
H OW燭 H E Y燬TA ND
Man City (C)
Man United
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
Newcastle
Bournemouth
Watford
Brighton
Crystal Palace
West Ham
Huddersfield
Swansea
Southampton
Stoke
West Brom
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5
11
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12
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F A GD Pts
98 25 73 90
65 26 39 74
80 37 43 71
66 31 35 68
59 34 25 63
66 46 20 57
35 32 3 53
49 47 2 44
39 54 -15 42
35 42 -7 41
41 58 -17 38
42 60 -18 38
32 47 -15 36
36 54 -18 35
42 63 -21 35
27 54 -27 35
27 51 -24 33
33 53 -20 29
32 65 -33 29
29 54 -25 25
Aubameyang,
right, celebrates
Arsenal?s third goal
in a comfortable
win but affection
for Wenger, left,
was oddly limited
away, you?re relieved they?re out of their misery?
Arsenal fan feels the weight of
history or destiny. Some, it seemed,
had already forgotten what happened
on Friday.
At an adjacent table a young
woman, Tanya, called out: ?I?m
emotional.? Tanya is 25 and does not
remember a world without Wenger.
?He?s been the manager at the club
as long as I?ve supported the club so
it?s bittersweet,? she said. ?There?s a
need for change, the atmosphere has
been restless, but I?m sad to see him
go. I expect everyone to support him
today. I?m feeling a bit emotional.?
Her father, Paul, 50, is not the least
bit sad, however. ?It?s exciting,? he
says as Tanya rolls her eyes. ?The
next few weeks are about applauding
the man and looking forward to a
fresh start.?
Wenger has been at the club for so
long that fans have had time to keep
changing their minds as to their
verdict. Nineteen-year-old Reggie, for
example, loved him then hated him
and then had time four years ago to
realise that there was no need to be so
relentlessly negative.
?When we were going through a
tough period, we?d lost [Samir] Nasri
and [Robin] van Persie, I just lost
interest and wanted to get rid of him
and I didn?t like his tactical approach
but then I realised he had done so
much for the club.
?On social media, about four years
ago, I read about what the ?Wengerin? people were saying and I realised
he?s been a blessing for the club. I?ve
had moments where I questioned him
but then I realise he is a good
manager.
?We?ve slagged him off for so many
years but come to realise what he?s
done is absolutely amazing.?
In the Tollington Arms, a famous
local pub, with heavy security, Ronald
Lee, 90, is looking remarkably serene
in the blazing heat. How are you
feeling emotionally, Ronald?
?What about??
He recalls refusing to go to
Highbury for a year because they had
appointed, in Wenger, a foreign
manager but now ranks the
Frenchman as only marginally behind
Herbert Chapman as the greatest
Arsenal manager of all time.
?Similar will be good enough,? he
says of who the club will appoint next.
?I shall miss him, but I?d like the team
to go a bit further than they are.?
?It?s like somebody?s passed away,?
Kevin Jones, 57, says. ?For a long time
you feel under pressure because
someone?s been ill and you?ve been
trying to look after them and when
they finally go, it?s a horrible thing to
say, but you feel relieved, they?ve been
put out of their misery.
?It?s been a long time coming. To
tell you the truth I?m happy that he?s
left, things do need to change, for the
past three of four years we?ve been in
decline.?
No one had any particular plan of
action for the game. We?re waiting to
see what happens, they said. Ten
minutes before kick-off the stadium
was not even half full. They were still
waiting.
There was a low-key entrance from
Wenger, a small wave. The
Gunnersaurus mascot seemed happy
enough and the West Ham United
fans seamlessly moved on from their
old ironic chants of ?Ars鑞e Wenger,
we want you stay? to ?He?s left ?cause
you?re shit?.
With seven minutes gone, Wenger
looked at his watch. It is going to be
a long goodbye. Not even victory by
a three-goal margin under sunny
skies was enough to provoke the
anticipated tears.
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David Moyes could not defend Declan
Rice after his mistake proved pivotal
in West Ham United?s 4-1 defeat that
left the club looking nervously over
their shoulder at the foot of the table.
The 19-year-old defender was
perfectly positioned to clear Aaron
Ramsey?s cross inside the six-yard area
but instead ducked out of the way of
the ball, allowing it to drift past Joe
Hart and into the corner. It appeared
that Hart shouted ?away?, which Rice
may have misheard, as the pair were
involved in a prolonged post mortem.
Rice walked away distraught and the
goalkeeper was incensed. West Ham
had drawn level with Arsenal and,
with eight minutes left, looked the
more likely side to score again. ?The
young centre half should head the ball
away and it wouldn?t have even got to
2-1, it was that easy,? Moyes said.
?Why he would duck in the box I?ve
got no idea. But look, we?ve all been
young players going into games and
we?re always going to make mistakes.
The most important thing is you learn
from your mistakes, you don?t do it
again and you understand how important it is. Even if Joe Hart did shout,
any centre half ? and I was one of
them ? can never let the ball go.?
Rice ducks out of the way of the ball
and Ramsey?s cross bounces past Hart
Despite the blunder, Moyes said
Rice had progressed well during his 21
league appearances this season. ?I
hope he learns from it because he?s got
potential,? he said.
West Ham are six points clear of
Southampton in 18th place and host
Manchester City on Sunday followed
by Leicester City, Manchester United
and Everton. ?We are distraught for
the team because I thought the team?s
efforts were incredible,? Moyes said.
?We?ve had good results and I think
today we were going a long way to
getting a good result.?
The decision to pick Hart ? after his
fumble led to Stoke City taking the
lead a week ago ? was justified by his
fingertip saves from Granit Xhaka and
Danny Welbeck after the interval, said
Moyes. Hart was dropped from the
league side for three months over the
winter but returned last month and his
saves helped to earn the team a point at
Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.
Asked whether Hart had a chance of
going to the World Cup, he said: ?I
think it?s whether England decide they
need a really experienced keeper. I
worked with Jordan Pickford, who is
really, really good, so it?s whether you
think in some of these games you need
someone who?s more experienced. I
think Joe gives you that.?
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the times | Monday April 23 2018
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Stylish Giroud halts the
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livier Giroud has good feet
for a big man. That often
sounds like a backhanded
compliment, but, as the
Chelsea forward
demonstrated yesterday,
keeping his composure and
his balance as
Southampton?s defenders snapped at
his heels, it is actually quite an
understatement in this instance.
Chelsea?s first goal, setting them
firmly on course to play Manchester
United in the Emirates FA Cup final,
was a thing of understated beauty. It
was nothing like so spectacular as his
famous ?scorpion kick? for Arsenal
against Crystal Palace last year, but
watching him glide in and out of
those sliding challenges to open the
scoring called to mind the slalom
event at the Winter Olympics. ?Well,
my second passion is actually skiing,?
he smirked in a post-match interview
with BT Sport.
It came just 29 seconds into the
second half, when most of those in
the Club Wembley corporate section
were still enjoying their half-time
refreshment. Eden Hazard deftly
brought Cesc F郻regas?s pass under
control and, in danger of losing his
balance, touched the ball on to
Giroud in the penalty area. From
there, as Ryan Bertrand, Mario
Lemina, Maya Yoshida, C閐ric Soares
and even the goalkeeper, Alex
McCarthy, slid in desperation ?
making it look like a video game, with
Mark Hughes frantically bashing the
?X? button on his controller ?
Giroud simply weaved his way in and
out before scoring with a nonchalant
flick of his right boot.
The goal was nothing less than
Chelsea deserved at that stage, but it
also stung Southampton into action.
Uninspired in the first half, they
pushed hard for an equaliser in the
second and thought that they had
scored one in the 74th minute, but
Martin Atkinson, the referee,
penalised Charlie Austin for the most
innocuous of challenges on Willy
Caballero, awarding Chelsea a free
kick without consulting the Video
Assistant Referee. Hughes, the
Southampton manager, took it about
as well as you would expect.
There were a few more anxious
moments for Chelsea, but, with
Hazard on song, they always looked
capable of scoring a second goal. It
came from 羖varo Morata with eight
minutes left, leaving Southampton to
focus on a grim battle for Premier
League survival, while Chelsea look
forward to facing United ? and a
reunion with Jos� Mourinho ? back
at Wembley on May 19.
For Antonio Conte, it is an
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opportunity to end a troubled season
and, in all likelihood, his Chelsea
tenure with another trophy. That it is
Mourinho, a fierce adversary at times,
and United standing in their way
seemed not to trouble him. ?With
Jos�, we have clarified the situation,?
the Chelsea manager said afterwards.
?There is not a problem between him
and I. We are two managers with
strong characters, two winners; when
in your mind and your heart and your
blood there is the will to win. For
sure, we want to win this trophy, the
same way Manchester United do.?
Chelsea?s application has often been
questioned over recent months, but
they were up for it yesterday. Hazard
produced one of his best displays of a
disappointing season. The post-match
statistics said that he had dribbled
around an opponent on nine
occasions. To Southampton?s
defenders, it must have felt like more.
It was one of those performances that
evoked Paddy Crerand?s famous line
about George Best leaving opponents
with ?twisted blood?.
On five minutes he accelerated
away from Lemina and into space,
sending a shot just past McCarthy?s
right-hand post. Two minutes later he
ran at the Southampton defence
again, this time laying the ball off to
Willian, who cut inside and struck a
fierce shot that hit the crossbar.
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between Hazard and F郻regas
followed, but Yoshida made an
excellent tackle to thwart the forward.
Southampton were struggling to
settle into the game, let alone to find
a rhythm going forward, but gradually
they stabilised. Their difficulty was in
creating anything of note. They had
started with two strikers, but, with
Nathan Redmond and Dusan Tadic
on the bench, there was nobody filling
the huge space between midfield and
attack. Short of hitting it long to
Austin or knocking balls into the
channels for Shane Long to chase, it
was hard to see how they intended to
stretch this Chelsea defence.
Southampton?s task looked even
harder when Giroud struck just 29
seconds into the second half, but they
at least gave it a go. From what had
looked a routine pass from Wesley
Hoedt, Austin produced a clever
dummy, sending Long through on
goal. Long was alert to it, racing on to
the ball ahead of Caballero, but his
Giroud breaks the
deadlock to send
Chelsea on their
way to the FA Cup
final and a meeting
with their former
manager Mourinho
first touch was too heavy and the
opportunity passed.
It was time to send on Redmond
and Tadic. On 72 minutes Redmond
hit a powerful shot that squirmed
through Caballero?s grasp and just
wide of the post. As Oriol Romeu got
his head to the subsequent corner,
Caballero made a terrible hash of the
high ball, appearing to spill it into his
own net, via Austin?s back. He seemed
distracted by Austin?s presence, rather
than a foul, but Atkinson offered
Chelsea and their unconvincing
stand-in goalkeeper a reprieve.
Soon after that, it was game over as
C閟ar Azpilicueta ventured forward to
pick out Morata with a pinpoint cross.
That has been a productive
combination for Chelsea this season
? and so it proved again, Morata
beating McCarthy with a textbook
downward header to make it 2-0.
Even then, there was time at the
other end for Austin to rattle the post
from Bertrand?s cross, but it was not
enough for Southampton, who must
hope that their signs of life in the
second half augur well for their fight
to avoid relegation. As for Chelsea,
there is the chance to end a troubled
season with another trophy, but
Mourinho, they know, will have
something to say about that.
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Mark Hughes suggested that Southampton were denied a fair goal in their
FA Cup semi-final defeat when the
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero
spilled the ball over the goalline ? and
that the incident ought to have been
referred to the video assistant referee.
Caballero lost the ball over his line
when claiming a corner under
pressure from Charlie Austin, only to
be reprieved by Martin Atkinson, the
referee, who blew for a foul.
?The goalkeeper?s made a wrong
decision, basically thrown the ball into
the back of his net,? Hughes complained. ?If ever there was a situation
for VAR to play a hand and step in to
review that, I would have thought that
was an opportunity. It was a matchdefining moment, a key moment. Who
knows how the game might have
followed from that moment? Why it
wasn?t referred, I have no idea.?
On BT Sport, Graham Poll, the
former Premier League referee,
claimed that any contact on goalkeep-
ers once their feet have left the ground
in their own six-yard box is deemed to
be a foul.
That does not appear to be part of
the official Laws of the Game,
suggesting that, if anything, Poll was
citing an unofficial directive.
Frank Lampard, the former Chelsea
midfielder, said that the goal should
have stood, arguing that giving
goalkeepers that level of protection
amounted to ?a VIP rope and a
bouncer?. Hughes also suggested that a
subsequent incident, in which the ball
brushed Olivier Giroud?s arm from a
corner, should also have been referred
to the VAR.
?[That was] another they could have
reviewed, but maybe that was a bit too
quick for him,? Hughes said.
?We?re disappointed with the officials on the day, and whoever it is who
sits in a darkened room. We will speak
[to the officials]. I?m not sure how the
process works. Does the referee make
an instant decision? Do they tell him??
Despite the defeat, Hughes declared
himself encouraged by Southampton?s
display, no doubt with their battle to
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avoid relegation from the Premier
League in mind. They are four points
adrift of Swansea City, the team in 17th
position, with four matches to go, and
play Bournemouth on Saturday,
before fixtures against Everton,
Swansea and Manchester City.
?Our response to going behind was
good,? Hughes said. ?We had good
moments: Shane Long miscontrolled
at a key moment when he should have
scored; we?ve hit the post; the goalkeeper has made a good save from
Nathan Redmond which he didn?t
know much about.
?We need to win against Bournemouth at home, a huge game. We?ve
had fixtures against really good
quality teams of late: Chelsea twice,
Leicester away, Arsenal. Big games
that will always test us. But, maybe, the
quality we?ll face in the next three to
four games won?t be as high. If we
acquit ourselves as well as we did in the
last few games, I hope we?ll get the
points we need.?
Hughes, however, has yet to find a
way to tighten Southampton?s defence,
with this game the fourth of his six
Caballero loses the ball over the line
under pressure from Austin. The
referee, Martin Atkinson, disallowed
the goal for a foul on the goalkeeper
matches in charge in which they have
conceded two or more goals. His side
showed some discipline and resilience
in the first half but were undone after
the interval, with Wesley Hoedt, the
centre back, continuing to struggle.
Up front, he paired Long and Charlie Austin, and said afterwards that the
two-striker strategy ?has got its
merits?, but also admitted that his side
had missed the ?craft between the
lines? of Redmond and Dusan Tadic,
who came on as substitutes in the
second half.
The FA Cup had been an oasis of
good form for Southampton, with the
team beating Fulham, Watford, and
West Bromwich Albion in the previous rounds; in contrast, they have only
won one of their past 21 league games,
also against West Brom.
There were several empty seats in
the Southampton section, with the
club failing to sell out their ticket
allocation of 33,411. The Wembley
attendance of 73,416 was more than
11,000 lower than for Saturday?s semifinal between Manchester United and
Tottenham Hotspur.
6
6
8
7
W燙ABALLERO
Age�,燗rgentina
Unconvincing. Lucky not
to be rounded by Long ?
a better striker would
have punished him.
C燗ZPILICUETA,�,燬pain
Typically solid. Several
curling crosses, one
reprising his seemingly
telepathic understanding
with Morata.
G燙AHILL,�,燛ngland
A surprise selection. The
Chelsea captain was
largely dependable at
the back, keeping Long
and Austin mostly quiet.
A燫蹹IGER,�,燝ermany
Restored to the side after
a brief exile and did not
have much to test him.
Solid defensively and
composed in possession.
V燤OSES,�,燦igeria
Solid rather than
spectacular, but got
forward in support of
Hazard usefully on a
couple of occasions.
N燢ANT�,�,燜rance
Not an imperious, lungbusting display, but
nullified Southampton?s
threat and controlled
supply lines in midfield.
C燜繠REGAS,�,燬pain
Distributed often in the
centre of the pitch and
played the aerial pass to
Hazard that led to
Giroud?s goal.
E燩ALMIERI,�,營taly
Not really a factor in
attack and did little to
persuade Conte to pick
him ahead of Marcos
Alonso for the final.
WILLIAN,�,燘razil
Always provides spark in
attack, though imprecise
at times. Shaved the
crossbar when set up
perfectly by Hazard.
E燞AZARD,�,燘elgium
Best player on the pitch.
Livewire, creative
epicentre and constant
menace. One rabona
cross drew gasps.
O燝IROUD,�,燜rance
Won ball in the air and
occupied centre backs to
create space for others.
Balletic footwork for his
goal was so skilful.
Total爎ating�
5
A燤cCARTHY,�,燛ngland
Little to do overall, but
too easily beguiled by
Giroud?s footwork for the
first goal, and oddly
rooted for the second.
6
J燘EDNAREK,�,燩oland
Did not look out of place,
despite having played
little this season. Calm
and composed ? his
team?s best defender.
5
M燳OSHIDA,�,燡apan
One exceptional sliding
challenge on Hazard but
undid that work when
outmanoeuvred by
Giroud for the goal.
5
W燞OEDT,�,燞olland
Almost had an assist but
Long squandered the
chance. Too easily
beaten by Morata for the
second goal.
6
C燬OARES,�,燩ortugal
Offered tireless industry
on the right flank, but
one of many players who
will feel disappointed not
to have stopped Giroud.
4
O燫OMEU,�,燬pain
Not his day. Hazard
moseyed past him easily
and often, and was at
fault for losing the ball
for Willian?s early chance.
5
M燣EMINA,�,燝abon
Hard to believe he
played in last season?s
Champions League final.
Largely anonymous in
midfield.
6
P璄燞OJBJERG,�,燚enmark
Best of Southampton?s
central midfielders.
Offered manful blocks
and barnstorming
forward runs.
7
R燘ERTRAND,�,燛ngland
One of the better players
in underperforming team.
Unlucky not to record an
assist when Austin hit the
post from his cross.
6
C燗USTIN,�,燛ngland
Tireless and certainly
more of a goal threat
than his strike partner.
Hit the post late on from
an acute angle.
4
S燣ONG,�,營reland
Touch let him down,
whether trying to control
a pass out of defence or
squandering a golden
one-on-one opportunity.
69 Total爎ating�
SUBSTITUTIONS
T BAKAYOKO (for Willian 64min, 6)
PEDRO (for F郻regas 76)
� MORATA (for Giroud 80)
Substitutes not used R Barkley,
D Zappacosta, A Christensen, Eduardo
59
SUBSTITUTIONS
N REDMOND (for Long 63, 7)
D TADIC (for Hojbjerg 63, 5)
M GABBIADINI (for Bednarek 78)
Substitutes not used G Carrillo,
J Ward-Prowse, S McQueen, F Forster
Booked Yoshida, Hoedt, Lemina, Romeu
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942
City?s passes total, the
most in a top-flight
game since Opta
started recording the
data in 2003-04
138
Passes completed by
Ilkay G黱dogan, the
City midfielder, only
two fewer than
Swansea?s total
The returning
Mendy is met by a
fan on the pitch at
the final whistle
RECORDS燬TILL營N燙IT Y?S燬IGHTS
Highest points total
95 Chelsea 2004-05
City so far 90
Most goals scored
103 Chelsea 2009-10
City so far 98
Most wins
30 Chelsea 2016-17
City so far 29
Biggest goal
difference
+71 Chelsea
2009-10
City so far +73
Biggest winning
margin
18 points Man Utd
1999-2000,
City so far 16 points
Record-breaking City
keep foot on accelerator
PAUL燞IRST
Manchester燙ity
D Silva 12, Sterling 16, De
Bruyne 54, B Silva 64, Jesus 88
Swansea燙ity
5
0
Referee C Pawson Attendance 54,387
nother day, another record
falls by the wayside. The title
race may be over but this
wonderful Manchester City
side continue to break new
ground.
In their 5-0 demolition of
Swansea City, Pep
Guardiola?s team became the first in a
Premier League game to attempt over
A
1,000 passes since the 2003-04
season. They attempted 1,015 in total.
Precisely 942 found their target. For
Swansea, it must have felt like torture.
For 90 minutes, they chased shadows,
just as many other teams have done
at the Etihad Stadium this season.
?It was nothing different to the
normal here,? said Carlos Carvalhal,
the Swansea manager, whose team
remain four points above the
relegation zone. Guardiola has
already claimed his first domestic title
in English football, but this was proof
that his team will show no mercy
until the end of the season.
?Mikel Arteta told me that they did
an amazing warm-up. That was the
first signal that they are there,?
Guardiola, who named a strong team,
said. And how right his assistant was.
City have already set a record for
the most consecutive Premier League
wins (18), and won the title in recordequalling time. With four games to
play, more records will surely follow.
Guardiola?s men are five points shy of
Chelsea?s record Premier League
points total of 95, which they set
under Jos� Mourinho 13 years ago. If
City score six more, they will beat
Chelsea?s tally of 103 goals in the
2009-10 season.
?The more wins or goals or records
help the players to be focused. It is
good,? Guardiola said. ?In football you
have to play for something
But to talk about this City team in
statistical terms alone does them a
disservice. They are so much more
than that. They are great entertainers
who play the game in the purest
fashion.
Arteta was not the only one who
anticipated a party before kick-off.
The fans had come well equipped too.
Some locals were selling very
unofficial merchandise outside the
ground. Men stood by trollies full of
memorabilia, inviting fans to buy
scarves, flags and banners.
One had a bag full of scarves that
had ?Champions? emblazoned across
them with the words ?Mind the gap?
beneath, a nod to the 13-point
difference between City and
Manchester United that would
become 16 points by full time.
Inflatable balloons, beach balls, and
inflatable bananas bobbed around the
stands inside.
For the first few minutes, the game
looked like being a non-event. City
took their time on the ball and did
not apply pressure to Swansea, who
lined up in a 5-4-1 formation.
After nine minutes, Guardiola had
seen enough. The Catalan came to
the edge of his technical area and
thrust his right arm out towards the
Swansea goal. The message was clear:
attack. And how they did. Bernardo
Silva?s low drive pinged off a Swansea
player and out for a corner as Gabriel
Jesus lurked in the box. Three
minutes later, the opening goal
arrived. Aymeric Laporte shuffled the
ball to the left, where Kevin De
Bruyne threaded a pass down the line
to Raheem Sterling. The winger
crossed for David Silva, who teed the
ball up and drove it past Lukasz
Fabianski, the Swansea goalkeeper.
?Stand up for the champions,? the
home fans sang. Moments later they
were on their feet again. Fabian
Delph played a one-two with David
Silva to cut out Kyle Naughton, the
Swansea right back, and he delivered
the cross for Sterling to tap in.
It was the kind of goal we have seen
from City countless times this season.
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OLI SCARFF/AFP/GETTY IMAGES; LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/GETTY IMAGES
Salah爐argeting爂oals爎ecord
PAUL燞IRST
Mohamed Salah spoke of his desire to
break the Premier League scoring
record after he was named the PFA
player of the year last night.
The Liverpool and Egypt forward
beat Kevin De Bruyne, the Manchester
City midfielder, and Harry Kane, the
Tottenham Hotspur forward, to the
award and wants more silverware
before the end of the season. Salah?s
goal in the 2-2 draw with West
Bromwich Albion on Saturday took
him to 31 for the season and equalled
the marks of Alan Shearer, Cristiano
Ronaldo and Luis Su醨ez for a 38game season.
The 42-game record is 34 held by
Shearer and Andrew Cole and Salah,
below, said: ?This is a big honour.
There are still three games to go. I want
to break this record and also break the
one for [42-game season]. Hopefully
I?m not the last one
[Egyptian winner]!?
Pep
Guardiola,
claimed, however,
that De Bruyne
should have won. De
Bruyne scored his
12th goal of the
season
in
City?s
hammering
of
Swansea City and his
manager was full of
praise
for
the
Belgian. Speaking
before Salah was
announced as the winner, Guardiola
said: ?If he [De Bruyne] doesn?t win,
congratulations to the guy who wins.
But, from my point of view when you
are analysing [the past] nine or ten
months, there was no player better
than him, in terms of the continuity, in
terms of being there every three days
of all competitions.?
One consolation for Guardiola was
that Leroy San�, the City winger, won
the young player of the year award
ahead of Kane and Raheem Sterling.
Cyrille Regis, the former West Brom
and England forward who died in
January, was honoured with the merit
award. Fran Kirby, the Chelsea and
England forward, was named women?s
player of year. Bristol City?s Lauren
Hemp took the young player award
while Casey Stoney, the former
England captain who retired this year,
was given a special achievement
award.
Salah is the only Liverpool
player named in the team of the
year, which is dominated by
City. Kyle Walker, Nicol醩
Otamendi, Sergio Ag黣ro, David
Silva and De Bruyne were all
in the line-up. Kane, Jan
Vertonghen
and
Christian Eriksen, of
Spurs, were also in the
team. David De Gea,
the
Manchester
United goalkeeper,
U
and Marcos Alonso, the
Chelsea full back, also made
the cut.
DE 燘R UYNE?S燫O CKET燙AME燭O O 燣ATE
David Silva scores
the first of City?s
five goals, which
took them to 98 for
the season, six shy
of setting a Premier
League record
De Bruyne
Danilo
Fabianski
They made it look easy, but it is not.
At that stage, Swansea had had only
10 per cent of the possession.
Alfie Mawson had Swansea?s only
shot on target in the first half ? a
tame effort at Ederson ? which drew
cheers from the home fans. Martin
Olsson, the left back, was booked for
diving. Nothing was going right for
Carvalhal?s team. Worse news for the
visiting side followed after the restart.
Swansea backed off De Bruyne, who
hammered a 25-yard shot past
Fabianski. Carvalhal puffed out his
cheeks on the touchline.
Jesus missed a chance to make it
4-0 when his penalty kick ? awarded
when Federico Fern醤dez fouled
Sterling ? struck the post, but
Bernardo Silva tapped in the rebound.
Benjamin Mendy came on to a
huge ovation after seven months out
injured, and there was time for one
more goal, with Yaya Tour� finding
Jesus, whose spectacular diving
header beat Fabianski. Moments after
the final whistle, fans streamed on to
the pitch. An FA charge will follow,
but neither Guardiola, nor his recordbreaking team, will care.
RATIN GS
Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Ederson 7 ? Danilo 6,
V Kompany 7, A Laporte 6, F Delph 6 (sub: B Mendy
75min) ? G黱dogan 8 ? B Silva 8, De Bruyne 8 (sub:
Y Tour� 65, 6), D Silva 9, R Sterling 7 (sub: P Foden
71) ? G Jesus 6. Substitutes not used C Bravo,
K Walker, L San�, N Otamendi.
Swansea City (5-4-1): L Fabianski 8 ? K Naughton 5,
M Van der Hoorn 5, F Fern醤dez 5 (sub: M Bartley 67,
6), A Mawson 7, M Olsson 5 (sub: T Abraham 75) ?
A Ayew 5, A King 5, Ki Sung-yueng 5 (sub: S Clucas
65, 5), T Carroll 5 ? J Ayew 5. Substitutes not used
K Nordfeldt, N Dyer, W Routledge, C Roberts.
Bookings Olsson.
Distance 32 yards
Time 0.92sec
Speed 71mph
Kevin De Bruyne?s fierce
strike in the second half,
which made it 3-0 to
TONY燙ASCARINO
THE燱EEKEND燭ALKING燩OINTS
Too爉uch爌rotection My爐eam爋f爐he爓eek
Charlie Austin?s disallowed goal for
Southampton against Chelsea just
shows how goalkeepers have got far
too much protection. For a foul to
be given against Austin, because he
nudged into Willy Caballero as the
goalkeeper jumped to claim a high
ball, is ridiculous. It was a perfectly
legitimate goal. Austin was not
looking to foul Caballero and it feels
like we have gone so far the other
way, from goalkeepers having too
little protection to now having too
much. If you are going to stop play
and award a free kick when they get
touched in mid-air then you may as
well stop crossing and heading. If I
were a goalkeeper I would just run
and jump into people on purpose
knowing that I would get free kicks.
4-3-3
Hennessey
Palace
Van Dijk Smalling
Liverpool
Man Utd
Azpilicueta
Delph
Chelsea
Man City
De Bruyne Pogba
Man City
Man Utd
Hazard
Chelsea
Ramsey
Arsenal
S醤chez
Giroud
Man Utd
Chelsea
Bold爏olution爁or燭ottenham?s爏tage璮right
Tottenham Hotspur
keep falling short in
big games ? against
Chelsea in the FA Cup
last year, against
Manchester City in the
league this month,
against Juventus in the
Champions League
and then against
Manchester United in
their FA Cup semifinal on Saturday.
I feel like they are
getting to the stage
where they might be
thinking: ?Maybe we
have to break up this
team to take the next
step and win
something.? It may
sound like a crazy,
off-the-wall idea but
this is a team that are
repeatedly failing in
the biggest games.
Tottenham should
not be a work in
progress ? the core of
that starting XI have
been there for a
number of seasons and
most teams do not
have that. Thinking
that they can add a bit
of experience to the
team and that
suddenly everything
will click is naive.
There is a serious
flaw in this team and
it?s stopping them
winning things. When
they go behind in big
games they just don?t
look like they have the
strength to get back
into games.
Harry Kane is
definitely injured and
it will be interesting to
see what Gareth
Southgate, the
England manager,
does if he keeps
struggling until the
end of the season.
Will Southgate play a
semi-fit Kane in Russia
this summer or a
fully fit Jamie Vardy?
Tottenham?s four
best players this season
have been Mousa
Demb閘�, Christian
Eriksen, Son Heungmin and Harry Kane,
but only Eriksen
turned up at Wembley.
The other three had
their worst games of
the season.
Giroud爄s爂ood爀nough爐o燽e燼爈eading爉an
Pass/shot
City, was his fifth goal
from outside the
penalty area in the
Run with ball
Premier League this
season, the most by any
player during that time.
Fine爈ikely燼fter爌itch爄nvasion
PAUL燞IRST
Manchester City could be fined by the
FA after thousands of their fans
invaded the Etihad Stadium pitch after
yesterday?s win over Swansea City.
As soon as the final whistle was
blown, supporters jumped the barriers
that surround the playing surface and
broke through a line of stewards to
celebrate with the City players.
It was the first time that the team
had played since securing the Premier
League title the previous Sunday when
Manchester United lost to West
Bromwich Albion.
A number of players ? including
Benjamin Mendy, the full back ? were
still on the pitch when the invasion
began and they had to be escorted
down the tunnel by security staff.
City complained that their players?
safety was put in danger when Wigan
Athletic fans invaded the pitch after
the FA Cup tie between the teams this
season but Pep Guardiola played down
the incident last night, even though the
club are likely to be fined.
?No problem,? the City manager
said. ?Football is an emotional game. I
understand you have to be careful, but
when they feel, they want to share their
happiness. I?m not going to tell
anybody, ?Don?t enjoy it?. If they are
happy I like to be close with the team.
They show how happy they are and
that is the most beautiful thing.?
The fans stayed on the pitch for at
least 15 minutes before being told that
the players would not be coming out
again to receive the trophy ? that will
happen after their home game against
Huddersfield Town on May 6.
For some reason Olivier Giroud is
seen as a player who is not quite
good enough to be the main striker
in a title-winning team. It was a
criticism that was made while he
was at Arsenal and some have
repeated that since he switched to
Chelsea. I?ve never bought into that
and yesterday he showed exactly
why he should be trusted. He put
four Southampton players on their
backsides to give Chelsea the lead,
and don?t forget that amazing
scorpion kick he scored for Arsenal.
When are we going to give him the
credit that he deserves? His record
shows that he could score 20 goals
in a season if he played regularly
and we need to recognise that he
has been one of the outstanding
centre forwards in the Premier
League in the past few seasons.
Big璶ame爁ailures燾ostly爁or燬underland
Despite the clear off-field problems
at Sunderland, Chris Coleman has
to take responsibility for their
relegation. They have won only five
of 27 league games since he took
over and if they want to go straight
back up next season they need to
get rid of players such as Aiden
McGeady and Lamine Kon�, who
are talented but think that by
playing for Sunderland they are
doing the club a favour. They need
to find more players with great
attitudes like Lee Cattermole, who
want to improve the club?s fortunes.
The previous time they dropped
to the third tier, I?m sure they will
have blamed me. I scored five goals
for Gillingham in a two-legged
play-off in 1987, above, and we won
on away goals after drawing 6-6
on aggregate.
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Diouf howler leaves Stoke on the brink
GARETH COPLEY/GETTY IMAGES
STEVE燤ADELEY
Stoke燙ity�
Ndiaye 11
Burnley
Barnes 62
1
1
REL EG ATION燫U N璉N�
FOR BOTTOM EIGHT �
FOR燘OTTOM燛IGHT
13th Brighton & Hove Albion 36pts
Apr 28 Burnley (a). May 4 Man Utd
(h). May 9 Man City (a). May 13
Liverpool (a).
Referee M Dean Attendance 29,532
n extraordinary miss by
Mame Biram Diouf two
minutes before half-time left
Stoke City facing almost
certain relegation yesterday.
With Paul Lambert?s side 1-0
up and with wind in their
sails, Diouf was unmarked
when he inexplicably allowed a
Moritz Bauer cross to roll beneath his
foot less than ten yards from goal.
That was the moment when Stoke?s
Premier League survival hopes
appeared to die. Even their manager
admitted afterwards that they need
an unlikely hat-trick of victories in
their final three games to stand any
chance of a remarkable escape. The
first of those comes on Saturday away
to Liverpool, where defeat will almost
certainly end their fading hopes.
The latest dropped points of a
depressing season were particularly
hard on Jack Butland, who did his
hopes of a momentous summer a
power of good with a series of saves
but was powerless to prevent his club
moving to the brink of a miserable
one. When Ashley Barnes?s 62ndminute goal cancelled out Badou
A
14th Crystal Palace 35pts
Apr 28 Leicester (h). May 5 Stoke
City (a). May 13 West Brom (h).
15th West Ham United 35pts
Apr 29 Man City (h). May 5 Leicester
(a). May 10 Man Utd (h). May 13
Everton (h).
16th Huddersfield Town 35pts
Apr 28 Everton (h). May 6 Man City
(a). May 9 Chelsea (a). May 13
Arsenal (h).
17th Swansea City 33pts
Apr 28 Chelsea (h). May 5
Bournemouth (a). May 8
Southampton (h). May 13 Stoke (h).
18th Southampton 29pts
Apr 28 Bournemouth (h). May 5
Everton (a). May 8 Swansea (a).
May 13 Man City (h).
19th Stoke City 29pts
Apr 28 Liverpool (a). May 5 Crystal
Palace (h). May 13 Swansea (a).
20th West Bromwich Albion 25pts
Apr 28 Newcastle (a). May 5
Tottenham (h). May 13 Crystal
Palace (a).
Butland made several outstanding saves to stake his claim for a World Cup place
Ndiaye?s 11th-minute opener, it left
the Bet365 Stadium with an all-too
familiar sinking feeling and threw
Diouf?s miss into even sharper focus.
?We got off to the perfect start and
looked great and then the big
moment, Mame?s chance, was huge
for us,? Lambert, who has won just
one of his 12 games in charge, said.
?He hasn?t taken the chance but I
can?t fault him for effort and
commitment.
?It probably looked as bad from
where you were sitting as it did from
where I was standing. He had a
decision but he never made any
decision about whether to go for a
shot or whether to control it and he
got caught in between.?
Diouf?s miss, and his side?s record of
just seven goals in their past 11 games,
shone a light on an age-old problem
for a club who seem to have spent an
age trying to replace Peter Crouch
before invariably returning to the
veteran target man. He was once more
pressed into action ? at the age of 37.
Joselu, Wilfried Bony and Saido
Berahino are just some of the
forwards who have been recruited
and dispensed with in the fruitless
search for goals, with Diouf now set
for a similar fate after he was booed
off by home supporters. That
profligacy, combined with some earlyseason routs under Mark Hughes, has
left the Potteries club facing the end
of ten years in the top flight. ?We
have to go to Anfield and get a result,
then play Palace and get a result and
then go to Swansea and get a result,?
Lambert said. ?We have to win.?
Things looked promising when
Ndiaye?s shot from a clumsy Diouf
lay-off clipped the toe of Kevin Long
and beat Nick Pope, the Burnley
goalkeeper. Yet Diouf?s miss appeared
to eat away at Stoke?s belief and
Butland had already made fine
second-half saves from Jack Cork and
James Tarkowski, having denied
Johann Berg Gudmundsson before
half-time, when Barnes struck.
Butland could have done little more
to push his claims to be England?s
World Cup goalkeeper but, when he
made another excellent save from a
Tarkowski header, Barnes could not
fail to bundle home the rebound.
?I thought we were slightly off it in
the first half,? Sean Dyche, the
Burnley manager, said. ?We had to
raise a few things but the second half
was a good performance and I thought
we were at least worthy of a draw.?
RATI NGS
Stoke City (4-4-2): J Butland 8 ? G Johnson 6 (sub:
K Zouma 59min, 6), R Shawcross 6, B Martins Indi 6,
E Pieters 5 ? X Shaqiri 5, B Ndiaye 7, J Allen 7,
M Bauer 6 (sub: S Ireland 69, 7) ? M B Diouf 4 (sub:
T Campbell 74), P Crouch 6.
Substitutes not used J Haugaard, G Cameron,
D Fletcher, R Sobhi. Booked Pieters, Ndiaye.
Burnley (4-4-2): N Pope 6 ? M Lowton 6, J Tarkowski
7, K Long 6, S Ward 6 ? A Lennon 6 (sub: J Hendrick
79), A Westwood 7, J Cork 6, J B Gudmundsson 7 ?
C Wood 6, A Barnes 6 (sub: S Vokes 74).
Substitutes not used T Heaton, C Taylor, D Marney,
J Walters, P Bardsley. Booked Barnes.
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2G G
BILL燛DGAR
THE燝AME營N燦UMBERS�
French燿omination
Arsenal have scored at least three goals in six
consecutive home games for the first time
since August to October 1958, when Ars鑞e
Wenger was aged eight. The Frenchman,
whose final game as Arsenal manager next
month could be against a French team
(Marseilles) in France (Europa League final in
Lyons), has seen more than twice as many
goals by his countrymen for Arsenal during his
reign than any other nationality: Alexandre
Lacazette?s double in the 4-1 home win over
West Ham United yesterday took the tally to
686, with English goals next on 329. It was the
97th multiple goal tally by a French player
under Wenger ? Dutch players are next on
43. Arsenal, who face Manchester United on
Sunday, are the first team in English football
history to play on five Sundays in April. In
fact, Wenger?s side have not played away on a
Saturday at 3pm in any competition for 15
months. Arsenal have played in 44 different
kits under Wenger.
Tale爋f爐wo燙ities
Bristol City and Hull City?s league meetings this season
have produced the joint most goals by two teams in a
second-tier campaign in the past 50 years. They drew
5-5 on Saturday.
Most goals in two teams? meetings in a second-tier
season since mid-1960s:
Birmingham 5, Derby 5; Derby 5, Birmingham 3
1965-66
18
Bristol City 5, Hull 5; Hull 2, Bristol City 3
This season
15
Grimsby 6, Cardiff 3; Cardiff 2, Grimsby 4
1984-85
15
Regional爏pecialists
Usual爏uspects
The top ten men and top seven women in the
London marathon yesterday were all
representing or born in the north-east
African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia,
Eritrea or Somalia. That sporting
prowess does not extend to football:
those four nations have only
supplied one Premier League
player: Victor Wanyama, of
Tottenham Hotspur and Kenya.
In contrast the four west African
nations of Nigeria, Ghana,
Senegal and Ivory Coast have
provided 131 Premier League
players.
Chelsea?s semi-final win over Southampton
yesterday to book a final against United means
that 20 of the past 26 FA Cups will have been
won by either of those teams or Arsenal.
Defeat for Mark Hughes, the Southampton
manager, means that still no Welsh manager
has ever won a leading trophy in English
football.
Taking爉ore燾are
West Bromwich Albion are unbeaten
in five Premier League matches this
season with caretaker managers in
charge (Gary Megson two games,
Darren Moore three) but have lost
18 of their 30 with a permanent
manager (Tony Pulis and Alan
Pardew). In 2018 Liverpool have
won three out of three games
against a team top of the Premier
League (all Manchester City) but
their record against sides in the
bottom two at the time is one draw
(against West Brom) and two defeats
(by West Brom and Swansea).
Gunning爁or�
Arsenal
Victory for
Manchester United
in the FA Cup final
would draw them
level with Arsenal?s
record of 13. United?s win
over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday means
that they are already level with Arsenal on 20
finals and 29 semi-finals, but Arsenal could
finally claim countback superiority on
quarter-finals, with 45 to United?s 44. United
conceded in the 11th minute and scored in the
62nd minute ? and so did Burnley against
Stoke City yesterday. United?s past 12 FA Cup
goal tallies have all been even: 2, 2, 2, 4, 4, 2, 0,
2, 4, 2, 2, 2. In the Premier League era
Tottenham have lost twice as many FA Cup
semi-finals as any other team (eight, to
Sheffield United?s four). Six of the past eight
semi-finals have finished 2-1.
Goal爁lood
Last weekend no league team scored more
than three goals; this weekend 12 did so.
S醤chez燾hases燚rogba
Alexis S醤chez has scored on his first five Wembley
cup appearances ? three short of Didier Drogba?s
record.
Longest scoring run in first Wembley appearances in
leading domestic competitions (FA Cup, League Cup):
Burnley 4, Charlton 4; Charlton 5, Burnley 2
1976-77
15
Cardiff 5, Middlesbrough 3; Middlesbrough 3, Cardiff 4
1965-66
15
Swans爏ink�
First
8
appearances
Mark Hughes will break an all-time, top-flight record
next weekend when his Southampton team face
Bournemouth. Hughes will be the first to have both
played in and managed at least 449 top-division
games, beating Sir Bobby Robson.
Bobby
Robson
Played
Managed
Mark
Hughes
Clem
Stephenson
Joe
Mercer
Joe
Smith
Today 7.30pm Holstein Kiel v
Nuremberg, German second division, BT
Sport 3. 7.45pm Genoa v Verona, Italian
league, BT Sport 2. 8pm Everton v
Newcastle Utd, Premier League, Sky
Sports PL. Athletic Bilbao v Levante,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
Tomorrow 7.45pm Liverpool v Roma,
Champions League semi-final, first leg,
BT Sport 2. Derby County v Cardiff City,
Sky Bet Championship, Sky Sports
Football.
Wednesday 7.45pm Bayern Munich v
Real Madrid, Champions League semifinal, first leg, BT Sport 2.
Thursday 8.05pm Europa League
semi-final, first legs: Arsenal v Atletico
Madrid, BT Sport 2; Marseilles v Red Bull
Salzburg, BT Sport 3.
Friday 7.30pm Hoffenheim v Hannover,
First
5
First
3
Didier Drogba
Alexis S醤chez
Dele Alli
(Chelsea)
(Arsenal, Man Utd) (Tottenham)
449
Manchester City?s 5-0 win over Swansea City
yesterday takes this season?s combined
scoreline to Manchester 17, Swansea 0 (City
also won 4-0; United won 4-0, 2-0 and 2-0).
Manchester City are on course for the best
top-flight season in English football history:
they have 2.65 points per game, whereas
Preston North End?s 1888-89 team ? the best
so far ? recorded 2.64, adjusted to three
points for a win. City are on course for the
most goals per game in the top division (2.88)
since 1930-31.
ON
T HE
BOX
Land-mark
448
786
531
448
440
420
417
534
416
588
German league, BT Sport 3. 7.45pm
Fulham v Sunderland, Championship,
Sky Sports Football. Aberdeen v Hearts,
Scottish Premiership, BT Sport 2.
Chelsea U18 v Arsenal U18, FA Youth
Cup final, first leg, ITV4. 8pm Levante v
Seville, Spanish league, Sky Sports Mix.
Saturday Midday Espanyol v Las
Palmas, Spanish league, Sky Sports
Football red button. 12.30pm Liverpool
v Stoke City, Premier League, Sky Sports
PL. Hamilton Academical v Ross County,
Scottish Premiership, Sky Sports
Football. 5.25pm (delayed): Real
Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Football red button.
5.30pm Swansea City v Chelsea,
Premier League, BT Sport 1.
Middlesbrough v Millwall,
Championship, Sky Sports Football. Real
Moore has not
lost any of his
three games
since taking the
role of caretaker
at West Brom
Madrid v Leganes, Spanish league, Sky
Sports Mix. Bayer Leverkusen v
Stuttgart, German league , BT Sport 2.
6pm Atlanta Utd v Montreal Impact,
American league, Sky Sports Mix red
button. 7.45pm Villarreal v Celta Vigo,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
Inter Milan v Juventus, Italian league, BT
Sport 2. 8pm Toronto v Chicago Fire,
American league, Sky Sports Mix.
Sunday 11am Getafe v Girona, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Football red button.
Numancia v Real Oviedo, Spanish
second division, FreeSports. 11.30am
Crotone v Sassuolo, Italian league, BT
Sport 1. Midday Celtic Rangers, Scottish
Premiership, Sky Sports Football. 2pm:
Bologna v AC Milan, Italian league, BT
Sport ESPN. 2.15pm West Ham Utd v
Man City, Premier League, Sky Sports
TV燩ICK燨F�
THE燱EEK
LIVERPOOL爒燫OMA
Tomorrow, 7.45pm
BT Sport 2
Liverpool are left flying the
Premier League flag in
this season?s Champions
League semi-finals
PL. 2.30pm Mainz v Leipzig, German
league, BT Sport 2. 3.15pm Alaves v
Atletico Madrid, Spanish league, Sky
Sports Football. 4pm Angers v
Marseilles, French league, BT Sport red
button. 4.30pm Man Utd v Arsenal,
Premier League, Sky Sports PL. 5pm
Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund,
German league , BT Sport 2. Fiorentina v
Napoli, Italian league, BT Sport 1.
5.30pm Valencia v Eibar, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Football. 6pm
Maritimo v Porto, Portuguese league,
FreeSports. 7.45pm Deportivo v
Barcelona, Spanish league, Sky Sports
Football. Torino v Lazio, Italian league,
BT Sport 1. 9pm Colorado Rapids v
Orlando City, American league, Sky
Sports Mix. 11pm New York City v Dallas,
American league, Sky Sports Football.
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Warrior Herrera
gives United the
edge Spurs lack
FA燙UP燬EMI璅INAL
HENRY燱INTER
Chief燜ootball燱riter
Manchester燯nited�
S醤chez 24 Herrera 62
Tottenham燞otspur
Alli 11
2
1
Referee A Taylor Attendance 84,667
nder Herrera is so loved by
so many Manchester United
fans because he brings
balance to midfield,
frequently rises to the big
occasions, plays with a
passion for the badge, and
also because he winds up
opposing players and supporters.
Herrera is the artful dodger of
United?s midfield and his will to win
saw him grabbing Dele Alli?s right
boot and tripping Lucas Moura to
stop Tottenham Hotspur attacks as
well as sprinting the length of the
field to apply this FA Cup semi-final?s
decisive touch.
His commitment to the United
cause strays into the snide and the
cynical at times but most fans would
love a Herrera in their team, a
firebrand and heartbeat, a player who
genuinely cares. Herrera is probably
the type of niggly, relentless force that
Spurs lack; they are still too nice,
son-in-law material, but warriors?
Not yet. Not like Herrera.
Spurs commit occasional sly acts
and Jesse Lingard could easily have
argued that his slow departure when
substituted was because his achilles
tendon had been raked too often, but
they still require a pest like Herrera.
He presses with far more alacrity
than associated with Jos� Mourinho
teams, setting off on endless searchand-destroy missions, and
instinctively plays on the front foot.
He brings some welcome urgency to
United.
Herrera cannot be considered
underrated as so many
United fans adore the
Bilbao-born player,
have huge banners for
him and a lively old
song that celebrates
the idea that he
?Drinks Estrella by
the cask; He?s not
Spanish, he is Basque?.
He was named United?s
player of the year last
A
season and responded to being
awarded the man of the match trophy
in the Europa League final by saying,
?I want to dedicate this trophy to the
victims [of the Manchester bombing].?
This is a man emotionally engaged
with the city, and who also
understands the United ethos that
?this club is about finals and winning
trophies? as he told MUTV after
United reached their 20th FA Cup
final.
Yet still Herrera is not properly
appreciated, and is far from an
automatic choice under Mourinho.
For all the talk of recruiting another
central midfield player, it is hard to
imagine one who would complement
Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba as
naturally as the tireless Herrera.
Sorting a new contract for the
28-year-old would seem one of the
most important and obvious moves
that Mourinho and Ed Woodward
must make this summer.
Some fans crave Herrera as captain,
citing his clear love of the club. There
was true feeling to Herrera?s post-goal
crest-clutching.
He engages the brain as well as the
heart, responding to Mourinho?s
instructions to keep the shape after a
torrid opening 20 minutes at
Wembley that began with him being
turned by Harry Kane and with Alli,
Mousa Demb閘� and Christian
Eriksen getting beyond him and at
United?s defence.
Mourinho pointed to ?a period
where we lost a bit of control of
midfield? and Herrera reacted well,
timing his runs better, ensuring Matic
had support, and Herrera was key in
United?s second-half dominance,
spiced by his winning goal.
?I have to keep the balance of the
team with Nemanja because we have
Paul, who?s a fantastic player who can
create everything, so we have to leave
him free and I have to be more next
to Nemanja,? Herrera said on MUTV
afterwards. ?I try to be sometimes in
positions when I can score, and I did.?
Sorting Herrera?s flaws ? the
consistency, occasional slow start to
the season and the tightrope he walks
if getting an early yellow card ? is
still required and he would enjoy an
even better goal return than 17 in 157
appearances for United if
allowed to go forward more.
Herrera?s stamina and
desire underpin box-tobox qualities.
United?s No 21
iis a big-game player,
p
partly
because he is
inevitably involved more
i high-class skirmishing
in
against opponents keen to attack. He
was immense against Manchester
City on April 7. His pass to Anthony
Martial settled the 2016 FA Cup semifinal against Everton. His cross
created Zlatan Ibrahimovic?s second
goal in the EFL Cup final last year.
A lesser occasion, but an important
match in pursuit of second place,
came at Dean Court last week when
Herrera stroked an exquisite pass
through Bournemouth?s defence,
taking out four opponents, for
Lingard to tee up Chris Smalling. He
then worked so determinedly in the
left-back position, launching the move
that led to Romelu Lukaku?s goal.
Against Tottenham, his defensive
contribution was seen with five
tackles, three interceptions, including
a particularly important one on Son
Heung-min, and three clearances.
After Alli and Alexis S醤chez traded
goals in the first half, Herrera defined
the second.
This embodied his all-round craft;
he ended a Spurs move by heading
the ball back calmly and accurately
to David de Gea, and it needed to be
precise with Kane close by, and
within 27 seconds had scored, rushing
upfield and getting on the end of
Lukaku?s touch on from S醤chez?s
pass.
He constantly disrupted Tottenham
moves, fouling Kane, Jan Vertonghen
and Demb閘� before testing Anthony
Taylor?s patience too far and being
booked for that trip on Lucas in the
90th minute, and running away with
his back to the referee to run the
clock down even more, squeezing all
the life out of a deflating,
disappointing Spurs.
Yet Tottenham?s direction of travel
under Mauricio Pochettino is clearly
upward, and they simply need more
guile and experience. A back-up
striker as cover for Kane would be
sensible as they cannot rush him back
from injuries.
Kane still does not look right, a
worry for the watching Gareth
Southgate. Spurs were deservedly
beaten, because Herrera absorbed
Mourinho?s instructions, and
demonstrated his dynamic qualities.
R ATI N G S
Manchester United (4-3-3): D De Gea 7 ? A Valencia
7 (sub: M Darmian 80min), P Jones 7, C Smalling 8,
A Young 7 ? A Herrera 9, N Matic 7, P Pogba 8 ?
J Lingard 7 (sub: M Rashford 83), R Lukaku 8,
A S醤chez 8 (sub: M Fellaini 90+6).
Substitutes not used J Pereira, V Lindelof, J Mata,
A Martial. Booked Valencia, Young, Herrera, Rashford.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): M Vorm 6 ? K Trippier
6, D S醤chez 6, J Vertonghen 7, B Davies 6 (sub:
L Moura 68, 6) ? E Dier 7, M Demb閘� 6 (sub:
V Wanyama 78) ? D Alli 7, C Eriksen 6, Son
Heung-min 7 (sub: � Lamela 86) ? H Kane 6.
Substitutes not used H Lloris, T Alderweireld,
M Sissoko, S Aurier. Booked Son, Alli, Dier.
Tottenham燼t燾rossroads燼
a
PAUL燞IRST
Mauricio Pochettino began what
could prove to be a pivotal fortnight in
his managerial career with a serious
power play.
Not once, not twice, but three times
he cast doubt on his future at Tottenham Hotspur after they crumbled to a
2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the
semi-finals of the FA Cup.
?We came here to create a winning
mentality,? he said in a post-match interview with the BBC. ?It?s about time
and making a lot of change when you
identify those things and Tottenham
has a lot of work to do in that direction
with myself or with another manager.?
He went on to repeat the same line
when speaking to beIN Sports and
then again in his post-match press
conference. It may have been just the
disappointment talking, but it looked
more like a calculated comment on
Pochettino?s behalf. Rarely has he
spoken so candidly about his future.
The disappointment of losing a second
successive FA Cup semi-final, of once
again failing to win a trophy after four
years in charge, had taken its toll on
Pochettino and his players.
?We are close but so far away,? said
Michel Vorm, the Tottenham goalkeeper. ?If you look in the dressing
room now, it?s a mess.?
The idea of Pochettino leaving
Spurs could come closer to reality this
week if Real Madrid?s season starts to
unravel. Barcelona, the unbeaten La
Liga leaders, need just one more point
to rule their great rivals out of the title
race. And should Bayern Munich
knock the reigning European
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FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA
Kane爈eft爏tanding燼gain
Since he returned from injury against Chelsea on April 1, Harry
Kane has looked a shadow of the player that he was before the
ankle problem he suffered against Bournemouth in March.
Per 90mins
7.2
PAUL燞IRST
5.9
Aug-Mar
Apr-
3.6
2.2
0.98 0.5
Goals
Shots
Touches
in opp box
In Tottenham?s past two big games
the striker has failed to have an impact
Against United (FA Cup)
Against City (PL)
12
4
Passes
completed
37
0
0
Shots on
target
Mourinho:營?ll�
be爇illed爄f�
we爈ose爁inal�
3
17
2
Touches
Touches in
opp box
The Manchester
United defender
Phil Jones towers
above Kane while
Herrera, far left,
grabs his badge
after scoring the
winning goal
Manchester United may have just
reached a record-equalling 20th FA
Cup final but Jos� Mourinho believes
his critics are already sharpening their
knives in anticipation of his potential
failure to win a trophy this season.
Mourinho?s team produced a gutsy
performance at Wembley on Saturday
and the manager received praise for
his team selection and tactics against a
talented Tottenham Hotspur side, but
he does not think that it will take much
for the tide to turn against him if he
loses in the final.
?When I don?t win [a trophy] you kill
me,? the manager said. ?Because I
almost do that all the time, when I
don?t do it you kill me, which you are
ready to do if I don?t win the final.?
United ceded the Premier League
title to Manchester City when they lost
at home to West Bromwich Albion last
weekend. Despite being far behind
City in the league, Mourinho will not
spend lavishly in the summer.
?We are going to invest the basic to
improve our squad,? he said. ?We need
to find a replacement for Michael
Carrick; if Marouane Fellaini leaves
we need to find a replacement for him;
and there is always in a squad, a player
or a couple of players that are not
playing a lot and will try to leave. So we
will touch our squad and believe that
rather than spend, spend, spend, it is
[about] the evolution of our players.
?We have some young players that
need to get with both hands opportunities for their evolution.?
The January signing Alexis S醤chez,
who scored the equaliser, enjoyed his
best match in a United shirt on
Saturday. ?The reality is it has been
very, very difficult for me,? the Chilean
said. ?I arrived at a big club and I
changed everything. Now I am very
happy for the team, the goal, the
attitude that we showed in this game.?
S醤chez revealed that he messaged
Ars鑞e Wenger on Friday after learning that his former coach was to leave
Arsenal. ?I texted him and he replied
to me saying, ?Thank you?,? S醤chez
said. ?It?s sad because he?s a football
legend. I always said he is a gentleman
and football master, he taught me a lot
about respect and to be professional.?
as燩ochettino?s燼ngst爂rows爋ver燼bility爐o燾ompete
champions out of the Champions
League, Zin閐ine Zidane will surely be
sacked. Pochettino, of course, is Real?s
preferred candidate to replace him
and few would begrudge the Argentinian the chance to manage one of the
biggest clubs in the world. Real?s squad
is blessed with some of the best talent
in Europe and Pochettino would have
a much larger budget to play with than
at Tottenham.
Pochettino alluded to his frustration
at playing second fiddle to the Premier
League?s other top clubs in the transfer
market after Saturday?s defeat. ?Winning trophies when you face sides
like Chelsea, Manchester United or
Manchester City is not easy,? he said.
?The most important thing is to be
able to compete with them, like I said
before, with myself or with [another]
manager. It?s about carrying on
working in that direction. I am sure we
will arrive to compete and maybe win
trophies when we face teams with a
different philosophy than us.?
The
clubs
that
Pochettino
mentioned have had a much different
philosophy in the transfer market.
Since Pochettino took over in 2014,
Spurs? net expenditure on transfers
has been �.35 million ? less than
half that City paid for Leroy San�, the
young German winger, two years ago.
In casting doubt over his future,
Pochettino was reminding Daniel
Levy, the Spurs chairman, that he has
effectively been fighting with one
hand tied behind his back. Spurs have
enjoyed memorable wins over the
likes of United, Real and Manchester
City under Pochettino?s stewardship
? and there is genuine excitement
about moving to their new ground
next season ? but with the limited
resources available to him, there is
only so long his patience can last.
Pochettino is no small-time manager.
Sir Alex Ferguson spoke with great
admiration for him two years ago just
before Louis van Gaal was sacked as
United manager. ?Tottenham?s biggest
problem [in the summer] will be keeping Mauricio Pochettino. There will be
a lot of eyes on him,? he said.
Signings do not guarantee success,
of course, but they often help. United
had Marcus Rashford and Anthony
Martial, two deadly attacking forwards, on the bench on Saturday.
There was no matchwinner among the
Spurs replacements, hence why they
could not swing the game back in their
favour after surrendering the lead.
Tottenham cannot compete with the
big boys in the wages department
either. Harry Kane, who has scored 41
goals for club and country this season,
is said to earn around �0,000 per
week, only �,000 a week more than
Jesse Lingard, the United forward who
is talented but nowhere near as prolific
as the England striker. Kane admits
that Spurs may have a mentality that
stops them overcoming the final
hurdle in their pursuit of silverware. ?It
could be. There?s a reason why we?re
falling short in big games,? he said. ?I
wouldn?t be able to tell you exactly
what it is, but it?s frustrating.?
Should Pochettino stay at Spurs, he
admits he will be tempted to switch approach and play the youngsters coming through the academy to help the
team?s chances of winning the FA Cup.
?Yes, I am thinking to play with kids,
the next time, yes,? he said. ?I?m sure it
will be fantastic for experience.?
Zaha said that he was shocked when
the referee told him that he had dived
I am no diver,
insists Zaha
GEORGE燙AULKIN
Watford
0
Crystal燩alace�
0
Referee C Kavanagh Attendance 20,401
ilfried Zaha believes that he is
being unfairly labelled a diver
and that people want to see
him banned. The Crystal
Palace forward had had a
penalty appeal turned down and was
booked for simulation after he fell
when tackled by Adrian Mariappa,
the Watford defender.
?It was definitely a penalty. I was so
shocked when the ref told me it was a
dive,? Zaha said on Sky Sports? Goals
On Sunday programme. ?I see other
players dive, but I don?t see people
trying to get them banned the way
they want to get me banned.?
By the end of a hot afternoon at
Vicarage Road, Palace had ground
out a precious draw, lifting them to
15th in the table but not quite out of
danger. ?It would be a massive
mistake if we started to relax now,?
said Roy Hodgson, their manager.
Watford are winless in six games.
Spring is a perilous time for their
managers. Javi Gracia will not be
resting easy.
W
Dutchman爓ill爅oin�
Everton燼t爈ast
PAUL燡OYCE
Everton?s summer overhaul is set to
gather pace with Marcel Brands
confirming that he is in line to be the
club?s new director of football. Brands
is ready to leave a similar role at PSV
Eindhoven, the Dutch champions,
after finally succumbing to Everton?s
overtures after a two-year courtship.
?Saying goodbye to the people at this
club will be the hardest thing for me,?
Brands, 56, said.
He is keen to bring Hirving Lozano,
PSV?s Mexican winger, with him, while
Hakim Ziyech, the Ajax attacker, is
thought to be another target.
Everton host Newcastle United
tonight with the fallout from the
survey asking fans to rate Sam
Allardyce?s
managerial
acumen
having overshadowed the build-up.
The 63-year-old again defended the
job he has done. ?We have managed to
overcome the chaos,? Allardyce said.
TV: Live Sky Sports PL, kick-off 8pm
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The night Houllier?s
shock return inspired
Liverpool to beat Roma
Five爉onths燼fter�
heart爏urgery,爃is�
presence燾reated燼�
special燼tmosphere,�
he爐ells燩aul燡oyce�
he plan had been hatched
two weeks earlier but, by the
time that game day arrived,
it remained a closely guarded
secret to which even those in
Anfield?s upper echelons
were still not privy.
G閞ard Houllier had spent
the previous five months convalescing
after life-saving heart surgery, yet he
sensed an opportunity to return to
the dugout with Liverpool?s
Champions League progress on a
knife edge going into a game against
Roma in 2002. He had confided only
in his assistant, Phil Thompson, who
had seamlessly stepped into the
breach created by the Frenchman?s
illness, and together they made a vow
of silence and proceeded to count
down the days.
There was something about the
build-up to the evening of March 19
that year which suggested that a new
page in a rich European heritage was
about to be penned. Liverpool had to
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beat the Italians, a team coached by
Fabio Capello and containing talents
of the stature of Gabriel Batistuta and
Francesco Totti, by two goals in order
to guarantee their place in the
quarter-finals of the competition and
Anfield was alive like only it can be
on those sorts of occasions.
There was a mosaic on The Kop
spelling out the word ?Allez? in
homage to Houllier. But no one
expected him to be there on the
touchline. Least of all, it transpired,
his players.
The club?s match-day routine had
them retreat to the Suites Hotel in
Knowsley for an afternoon sleep and
pre-match meal. Thompson
eventually told Ian Cotton, the club?s
media officer, that he would have to
deal with the frenzy, before the
chairman David Moores and chief
executive Rick Parry were informed.
The looks on the faces of players
finally reunited with their leader as
together they plotted Roma?s downfall
betrayed the raw emotion inside the
sterile meeting room. ?The players
only discovered what was happening
at the team talk,? recalled Houllier,
who then sat at the front of the coach
on the short trip to the ground, where
the secret well and truly came out.
?Phil and I had talked about it
before the team drew 0-0 in
Barcelona. I said, ?If we had a chance
of getting to the quarter-final by
beating Roma, do you think my
presence would boost the team?? He
said, ?If you can do that, do it because
it will give the team impetus.?
?We kept it a secret. I had been in
contact with the players while I was
recovering but, when they walked
into the room, I was there in front of
the tactics boards. I didn?t want
to say anything in advance
because I did not want the focus
to be on me coming back. I
wanted the players to be focused
on the game. That is why I came
by surprise.
?I was happy, I was relieved
but I was a little bit nervous as
well, addressing them like that
again. The team talk was very
emotional. I could feel the
players felt something special was
going to happen. I knew we
would win it.?
A night of enduring images
followed. When Houllier
appeared, clutching a bottle of
water, from the tunnel before the
kick-off, the spine-tingling
atmosphere reached a peak.
Capello embraced the Liverpool
manager in a touching moment,
while the bond between Houllier,
his players and the supporters
pushed the team to the required
heights with Jari Litmanen and
Emile Heskey scoring in each half.
Up in the directors? box sat Abbas
Rashid, the surgeon who had
performed an aortic dissection during
11 hours of surgery after Houllier was
rushed to hospital having been taken
ill during a game against Leeds
United on October 13.
?It was a special night for me. A
night to remember, but also for the
players and the supporters,? Houllier
said. ?When I went out, Capello
hugged me for about 20 seconds. I
will always remember that.
?Capello told me later on, ?When I
saw you come out, I knew it would be
difficult.? He said he knew the
atmosphere would enhance the
efforts of the players.?
Yet the contest had actually begun
with a mishap. Two minutes in, and
before Liverpool could bare their
teeth, they lost one in a comical
interlude which served to lance the
tension. Thompson had said to simply
mention the word ?teeth? during the
course of this interview and wait for
the reaction. ?Was that that game??
asked Houllier, having first descended
into a fit of laughter. ?That was very
funny. Phil would always be whistling
to the players and that one time he
whistled and his tooth flew out on to
the ground. We saw Phil in the
technical area and wondered what he
was doing. He was looking for his
tooth. All the staff burst out laughing
? myself, Sammy Lee, Patrice
Bergues and Joe Corrigan.?
Thompson had broken the tooth
while eating an apple that afternoon
and, understandably, put off going to
the dentist until the next day. He took
up the story. ?I was in the technical
Houllier receives a special reception at
Anfield, before Liverpool?s 2-0 victory
over Roma secured their progress to
the Champions League quarter-finals
area and my tooth shot out on to the
pitch when I whistled,? he said. ?It
was like a piece of chewing gum in
the turf. I went to get it and I
remember Gerard shouting, ?Phil get
back, what are you doing??
? ?Hold on, Gerard!?
? ?Phil, get back here now.? As I
walked back I showed the gap in my
mouth and pushed the tooth back in.
Everyone was laughing. I remember
watching TV afterwards and the
commentator saying about how good
it was to see the backroom staff all
smiling given the pressure that was
on the game. Little did he know!
?But, when the news of G閞ard
coming back filtered around the
ground, I knew it was going to be one
of those nights when everything
comes together.? Liverpool would
falter in the next round, losing to
Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 on aggregate,
and, although they finished second in
the Premier League behind Arsenal,
the season was not a launchpad.
Houllier concedes, and there is
sadness in his voice compared with
the laughter of moments earlier, that
he should have taken more time to
recuperate. The illness took more out
of him than he, Liverpool or even the
doctors realised. ?Yes, in hindsight, I
came back too soon, I can say that,?
he added. ?I did it for the game but
maybe I should have rested more. It
was difficult to finish the season.?
When he is reminded of Jamie
C
Carragher?s assertion that the spell
w
when
Liverpool won six trophies
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between
2001 and 2003 was a
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?golden?
period, the conversation
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moves
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about him and recalled
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even
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just
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teams
since that night in 2002,
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but
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energy
and the atmosphere
created by the people in the city. It is
a special city.
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understood very quickly the
importance of the fans at Liverpool.
?I like the way the team plays. You
have to be in the right shape and
fresh at the right period of the season
and maybe Manchester City were
going through a dip [in the quarterfinal]. But I don?t like to take anything
off Liverpool because J黵gen?s team
did so well, tactically and in terms of
intensity towards the game. In English
football, the intensity is so high that it
really stifles the opposition and, for
me, I think they can win it.?
As Houllier fought for his life back
in 2001, the journey without him
began the very next day as Liverpool,
a club in shock, travelled to Kiev for a
Champions League tie. Should
Liverpool return there on May 26,
and leave triumphant, no one would
be happier than him.
Henderson, left,
and Van Dijk
combine to thwart
Rond髇 this time,
but he did score
an equaliser two
minutes from time
?We will be
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din Dzeko?s weekend was all
mapped out for him. He was
given the afternoon off on
Saturday, the striker kicking his
heels on the substitutes? bench as
Roma overcame SPAL, while
yesterday he might even have had
time to trawl through his emails.
In his inbox, courtesy of the club?s
analysts, would have been the
highlights of West Bromwich Albion?s
rousing comeback against Liverpool, a
showreel likely to leave him salivating
at the prospect of tomorrow?s
Champions League semi-final, first
leg at Anfield.
Crosses whistled across Loris
Karius?s penalty area, centres caused
consternation among the visiting
defenders even before a corner spread
panic and Jake Livermore scrambled
in. Moments later Salom髇 Rond髇
conjured a late equaliser with a
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he club standing between Liverpool and the Champions League
final are, at once, ambitious and realistic. ?We?d love to be
everybody?s favourite team,? Jim Pallotta, the Roma owner, likes
to say. ?But the reality is that it?s not going to happen. The way
the culture grows is generational. But there are three billion
football fans in the world and, if I could bring even 1 per cent of them
to cheer for Roma as a second team, we would have another
30 million fans. And, if we could get each to spend even just $5 [�50]
on a scarf or a hat, then that?s additional revenue of $150 million
[about �7 million]. This is more or less the way numbers work.?
And that would go a long way towards catapulting the club into the
global top ten. Which would be a remarkable achievement for a side
that is only the fourth-best supported in Italy, has won one league
title in the past 34 years and not won a European trophy since 1961.
Roma appreciate that there is only so much you can do to attract
new fans. Football supporters don?t switch brands. They usually back
a club based on family ties, geography and whoever is successful at
the time, which is why, globally, there is a disproportionate number of
Manchester United supporters in their twenties and thirties (who
embraced the club during the Sir Alex Ferguson era) or Milan fans in
their forties (seduced by the Dutchmen and the two European Cups).
You can?t do anything about geography and family ties. As for
success, it?s a great way to grow the next generation of supporters, but
it?s very expensive and very difficult. Not only are you competing
against established giants, you also have to deal with Uefa?s Financial
Fair Play restrictions (Roma themselves have breached the
parameters and are in their final year of a settlement agreement).
So the idea is to be a likeable
second team. In an era of
globalised football, many may be
supporters of a club in their own
country?s league, and follow
another elsewhere. It?s obviously a
commitment on a different level:
maybe keep up on their results
and signings, catch a few games on
television, possibly a trip to see
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them once every couple of years
(after all, as a tourist destination,
Rome isn?t exactly a tough sell) and maybe, if it looks cool, the odd bit
of merchandise.
That?s a big part of Roma?s strategy. The dramatic Champions
League comeback against Barcelona is a part of that. Exclude fans of
Bar鏰, Lazio and Lionel Messi and it?s likely that most neutrals were
cheering them on. If they can capture even a small portion of those
neutrals and be adopted as a ?second club?, it may move the needle.
Of course, they?re also focusing on their own fans and here the
challenge is trickier. They are the most popular club in a city whose
metropolitan area approaches 5 million people, but most of their
support tends to be local, not national. What?s more, Roma supporters
have, historically, been somewhat fickle: not in terms of their support,
as the proliferation of local media shows, but in terms of showing up
to matches. Average attendance at the council-owned Stadio
Olimpico when they won Serie A in 2001 was 64,000 ? with more
than a million showing up at the Circus Maximus for the title
celebration ? and the Liverpool clash sold out in less than four hours
but most years they?ve drawn between 35,000 and 40,000.
Pallotta saw a new, club-owned stadium as a non-negotiable
requirement when he took over in 2012. A location was acquired and
plans were unveiled in 2014 ? the club say that they have spent
� million thus far on the project ? but they have yet to break
ground amid Italy?s notorious red tape and local opposition. The goal
now is for a 2020 move-in date, but nobody is holding their breath.
And so they push on, amid the hurdles. FFP limits the squad
investment which is why they have had to sell the likes of Mohamed
Salah, Antonio R黡iger and Miralem Pjanic to Liverpool, Chelsea and
Juventus respectively. Those transfers netted them a � million
profit, but obviously slowed progress on the pitch.
Waiting for the revenue that major trophies and their new stadium
will bring is increasingly feeling like waiting for Godot. And so they
are trying to appeal to the neutral. Given the times that we live in,
with the money flowing almost exclusively to the very top and the
gap continuing to grow, they are convinced it?s the best way forward.
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ready for them and show no fear?
header from a free kick as those in
red shirts had faces to match.
Roma?s undressing of Barcelona a
fortnight ago had everything to do
with a combination of directness, see
Dzeko?s first goal, and delivery from
set-pieces as Kostas Manolas capped
a remarkable comeback, and so the
initial conclusion at The Hawthorns
was that the Italians would not be
anything other than enthused at how
the game played out.
That suggestion was outlined to
Virgil van Dijk who listened to all the
questions and then smiled. ?There is
no need to stress at all,? he said.
That is, of course, Van Dijk?s
outlook on life as a whole, but there
was merit to his assertion that this
was simply an off-day rather than a
lasting return to bad old habits.
J黵gen Klopp understandably chose
to rotate his side given the magnitude
of Tuesday, with three of his
defenders, Joe Gomez, Alberto
Moreno and Ragnar Klavan, not
regular starters of late. Whether that
unsettled Karius is feasible. Yet
Liverpool, collectively, let standards
slip. Mohamed Salah added to Danny
Ings? first goal for the club since
October 2015 to equal the tally for
most Premier League goals in a
season (31). But there were occasions
when he played as though distracted
by his duel with Harry Kane for the
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where a pass to a team-mate might
have been more fruitful.
?Everyone gets upset,? Van Dijk,
said. ?No one wants to concede at the
last or even concede at all. We need
to switch on again. I think we should
be fine. It is a massive opportunity to
get a good result on Tuesday that
could help us reach the final.
?I have not played against Dzeko
before but everyone knows the result
against Barcelona. I know they are a
top team and we have to be ready. I
don?t fear anyone.?
Darren Moore, West Brom?s
caretaker first-team coach, has
galvanised a team prone to surrender
under Alan Pardew and five points
from three games states his case to
remain. He said that he would
consider taking action against
defender Ahmed Hegazi when
reviewing evidence that he punched
Ings in an off-the-ball incident.
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Kostas Manolas does the same for
Roma with a glancing header to
seal the victory against Barcelona
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2): B Foster 7 ? A Nyom
6, C Dawson 6, A Hegazi 6, K Gibbs 6 (sub: O Burke
76min) ? M Phillips 7, J Livermore 7, C Brunt 6,
J McClean 6 (sub: J Evans 71) ? J Rodriguez 6
(H Robson-Kanu 89), S Rond髇 7. Substitutes not
used B Myhill, C Yacob, G Krychowiak, S Field.
Liverpool (4-3-3): L Karius 5 ? J Gomez 5, V van Dijk
6, R Klavan 6, A Moreno 5 ? J Milner 6, J Henderson
6, G Wijnaldum 6 ? M Salah 7 (sub: D Lovren 84),
D Ings 7 (sub: R Firmino 66, 6), S Man� 6 (sub:
A Oxlade-Chamberlain 66, 6).
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D Solanke, T Alexander-Arnold. Booked Moreno.
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Tragic Roma icon killed himself
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n the surface, Agostino Di
Bartolomei appeared to be
an Italian football archetype
? intelligent, formidable,
unflinching. He was a
standard-bearer, a leader
of men. To the supporters
on Roma?s Curva Sud, who
idolised him, he was simply
El Capitano.
He was, though, a man of hidden
depths. When asked by journalists to
name his idol, he would cite Giorgio
de Chirico, an artist whose work
tended towards the surreal. In 1983,
invited to pen a few words in a
newspaper after leading Roma to
their first Serie A title in 41 years, he
wrote of ?a historic moment? and ?an
extraordinary time? but urged ?our
wonderful public, our dear fans, not to
fall into the trap of provincialism and
not to get carried away with excessive
celebrations. Not everyone wants to
be disturbed.?
These were Di Bartolomei?s golden
days, pulling the strings in a midfield
that also featured the talents of Bruno
Conti, Toninho Cerezo and Falc鉶.
Their progression to the 1984
European Cup final remains a source
of profound bitterness and anger at
Dundee United, after it emerged two
years later that Dino Viola, Roma?s
president, attempted to bribe Michel
Vautrot, the referee, before the second
leg of their semi-final, but in Rome it
always felt like destiny. They would
take on Liverpool in the final in the
Stadio Olimpico, in their own Eternal
City. Roma would become champions.
Their sainted ?Ago? would lift the
trophy.
It certainly looked that way when,
after 120 gruelling minutes, the
European Cup final went to a penalty
shoot-out. Steve Nicol, a callow 22year-old, took Liverpool?s first kick
and blazed it over. Di Bartolomei
responded with Roma?s first kick,
converted in his trademark style ?
no run-up, just a fiercely emphatic
shot. Rome prepared to party. This
time even Di Bartolomei might enjoy
the celebrations.
That, though, was as close as they
came to glory. What happened next is
a famous chapter in Liverpool?s rich
history ? their senior players holding
their nerve and Bruce Grobbelaar
driving Conti and Francesco Graziani
to distraction with his ?spaghetti legs?
routine before Alan Kennedy, again
the unlikely hero in a European Cup
final, stepped up to convert the
decisive penalty.
In Rome, though, the night of May
30, 1984 is remembered in very
different terms. Tonino Cagnucci, the
Italian sportswriter, wrote a book
called 55 Secondi. For 55 beautiful
seconds, after Di Bartolomei?s penalty,
Roma seemed to have their fingertips
on the trophy. ?There is no greater
Liverpool are set to save millions on
Naby Ke飔a?s summer transfer fee as
RB Leipzig struggle to win a place in
Europe. The Guinea international will
move to Anfield on July 1 but his value
will be determined by where Leipzig
finish in the Bundesliga table.
They are sixth, a point ahead of
Eintracht Frankfurt, after a 5-2 home
defeat by Hoffenheim on Saturday, in
which Ke飔a scored.
It is understood that Liverpool will
pay about � million for the
midfielder if Leipzig end up seventh or
below. That rises to �.75 million
should they qualify for the Europa
League, which they are on course to
do, and � million if they earn a place
in the Champions League.
Liverpool tried to sign Ke飔a, 23, last
summer, but instead struck a deal for
the next transfer window. After the
sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona
in January, they tried to bring forward
the agreement, only for Leipzig to
counter by asking for Trent
Alexander-Arnold as part of any early
deal. That request was dismissed.
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Di Bartolomei, left,
and Graeme
Souness, the
Liverpool captain,
before the
dramatic final in
the Eternal City
victory than a victory dreamed of,
yearned, prayed for, brushed against
and grasped . . . for all of 55 seconds,?
Cagnucci wrote.
As captain, Di Bartolomei was the
man whose grasp the European Cup
so narrowly eluded. He was the man
who, to his immense disappointment
and the supporters? fury, was
sold to AC Milan that summer
as Roma looked to rebuild
under Sven-Goran Eriksson,
their new coach. He was the
man whose career never
returned to the pinnacle he
came so close to conquering
that night. He was the man who
on May 30, 1994, exactly ten
years from what should have
been his crowning glory, walked
on to the terrace of his villa in
San Marco di Castellabate and
took his life with a gunshot that
echoed around the beautiful
coastal village.
?I was absolutely gobsmacked when
hen
I heard,? Mark Hateley, the former
England striker who played alongside
Di Bartolomei at Milan, says. ?He was
a terrific player, either at centre half
alongside Franco [Baresi] or in that
deep-lying midfield role that is en
vogue now. We were surprised he
came to Milan, from a successful
Roma team, but he quickly became a
very important part of that dressing
room. We had a lot of leaders ? the
goalkeeper [Giovanni] Galli, [Mauro]
Tassotti, Franco, Ray [Wilkins].
Agostino was another.
?He was just an absolutely
smashing guy. I remember we came
Di Bartolomei, centre, in a display of
Roma legends including Francesco
Totti, left, and Daniele De Rossi, right
back to Milanello late one Sunday,
after a game, and we were staying
there because we had a European
game in midweek. Everything was
shut down and he just went into the
kitchen and cooked for everyone. He
was that sort of a guy, terrific both on
and off the field. I saw him as the guy
who couldn?t do enough for anybody.
But sadly we?ve seen it a number of
times in football ? the depression
that can take hold of people after the
game finishes for them.?
Di Bartolomei spent three
yyears with Milan, at a time
when the club was struggling
w
tto regain its lustre after the
sshame of two relegations (the
first as punishment for a
fi
match-fixing scandal), before
m
sseeing out his career in
rrelative obscurity with Cesena
aand Salernitana. His
rretirement in 1990, at the age
of 35, passed almost
o
unnoticed, with Italy in the
u
ggrip of World Cup fever.
?Life after football did not
ssmile,? Giovanni Bianconi,
cco-author of L?Ultima Partita
Final Match), a biography of Di
(The Fina
Bartolomei, says. ?He was waiting for
a call to get back into the game,
maybe as a manager, but it didn?t
come. Football had probably changed
too much for someone like Agostino.
Even in his playing days, he seemed
to belong to another time. Football
was a world to which he seemed a bit
mismatched even when he was still
an integral part of it, let alone later.?
He had debts from unsuccessful
business ventures, though no more
than ?natural for a man with such
business interests?, according to police
at the time. It emerged that he was
suffering from severe depression.
Di Bartolomei left a note to his wife
and two children, telling them he felt
he was ?trapped in a dark hole?.
Years later his son Luca wrote a
foreword to Bianconi?s book, recalling
innocent days swimming together in
the sea. ?I was 11 years old, papa,? he
wrote. ?You seemed invincible and
destined, somehow, to return to that
big stage. I only later discovered the
cruelty of that date. I am always told
that you could not really have
thought about it. There would be too
much malice in that coincidence.
Perhaps it just crept into you on that
date. Because, papa, I never believed
and I don?t want to believe that in
that moment, alien to the intellect,
you thought about defeat in that
stupid football game. Next to the
greatness of human life, next to the
love of a wife and two children, what
was that stupid football match??
The coincidence, though, is
overwhelming. ?No one can say for
certain,? Bianconi says, ?but I am
inclined to think the choice of the
date, exactly ten years after the loss to
Liverpool in the final, was a message.
For someone who had played in the
European Cup final, the horizons
sadly became too narrow. Loneliness,
defeat ? on the field and in life. It
had begun ten years earlier.?
6 Samaritans (www.samaritans.org)
offer support and information for
people who are feeling down. Their
24-hour helpline is on 116 123.
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helsea?s chances of a place in
the Women?s Champions
League final suffered a
severe blow as a clinical
Wolfsburg side scored three
crucial away goals; this after
the English team had a
dream ? if rather fortunate
? start when Ji So-yun scored in just
the second minute.
A goal from Sara Bjork
Gunnarsdottir, a Maren Mjelde own
goal and an acrobatic effort from
Lara Dickenmann were enough to
give the Germans an emphatic
advantage. It leaves Chelsea needing
to score at least three times in
Sunday?s second leg ? a massive task.
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Chelsea took the lead when Fran
Kirby chased a long ball, which was
adjudged to have stayed on the pitch,
and crossed to the South Korea player
Ji, who turned and shot superbly into
the far corner. The Germans
protested and with some justification
as the replays showed that Kirby had,
in fact, been unable to stop the ball
going out.
The early goal and surrounding
controversy seemed to galvanise
Wolfsburg who soon equalised after
Dickenmann was given too much
space on the left and she crossed for
CHAMPIONS燣EAGU E燚ATES
Second legs: Sunday, April 29
Gunnarsdottir to head home. With
Chelsea having been knocked out of
the competition by Wolfsburg in each
of the past two seasons, alarm bells
began to ring for the home side as
the Germans dominated possession
and left Emma Hayes?s side little
chance to attack.
Chelsea?s most dangerous player,
the in-form England forward Kirby,
Bardsley save
keeps City in
final running
MOLLY燞UDSON
Manchester燙ity
0
Lyons
0
Referee B Steinhaus Attendance 2,876
ick Cushing praised his
Manchester City side for giving
themselves a fighting chance of
reaching the Champions
League final.
Lyons, who are seeking their third
successive title in this tournament,
came into the game as overwhelming
favourites but were unable to break
through a dogged City defence, with
Karen Bardsley, who has often been
behind Ellie Roebuck in the
goalkeeping pecking order this
season, making a vital save in the
90th minute.
?After the first leg last year [which
City lost 3-1 at home to Lyons] it was
important to get a positive result, and
not conceding an away goal and
getting a 0-0 draw is definitely a
positive result,? the City manager
said. ?This year Karen has been
disappointed at the injuries she has
picked up, and she hasn?t been able to
get much momentum. That shirt is
there to be won and [she] took her
opportunity and played very well.?
N
Dickenmann, who scored Wolfsburg?s third away goal, fends off Gilly Flaherty
was left isolated against the
Wolfsburg defence and in Chelsea?s
desperation to get her into the game,
the home side became predictable,
adopting a long-ball approach in an
effort to take advantage of her pace.
Having lost just one of 23 domestic
league and cup games this season,
Chelsea were struggling to cope with
vastly superior opponents and, on the
stroke of half-time, matters got worse
when Wolfsburg added a second
crucial away goal, from a free kick,
with Mjelde inadvertently heading
into her own net.
The second half began at a more
measured pace with both sides
knowing the importance of the next
goal, but another cross into the box
eluded the Chelsea defence in the
66th minute, with Dickenmann
firing home.
Wolfsburg?s strength in depth ?
and the size of the task facing Chelsea
to get back into the tie ? became
ever starker with the introduction of
Belgium?s international captain Tessa
Wullaert.
And, ultimately, Hayes?s fears that
an English team will struggle to
reach the final of Europe?s premier
competition due to the demands of
the domestic schedule looked
well-founded.
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Sunderland led
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or years, they congratulated
themselves, clinking
champagne flutes in the
boardroom to mark those
queasy ?miracles?, as though
earning the right to lose again
next season was something
worth mythologising. There
would be anger and bluster ? their
players had proved they could win if
they really put their backs into it ?
nothing would be learnt and a weary
cycle of churn and change would
begin again. They glorified their own
failure and became blind to it.
Sunderland are now a third-tier
club. They have been led to this point
by a witless, catastrophic ownership;
institutionally arrogant, financially
imprudent, impervious to the
necessity of entrusting football
decisions to football people, deaf to
those who dare challenge them,
paranoid about criticism, setting store
in nothing aside from survival and
then having no answers when there
was a price to pay. Ellis Short is now
an absentee landlord.
Short was the drink-addled gambler
chasing bad bets. The experienced
manager didn?t work, so he appointed
a greenhorn. His money was invested
badly, so he brought in a director of
football who invested it worse. Then
there was a sporting director who said
on the quiet that Sunderland had
signed a future England captain when
Jack Rodwell, the great disappearing
footballer, arrived. More experience:
Dick Advocaat, that little warrior,
who was driven to tears.
Then came Sam Allardyce and a bit
of momentum, which drove him
straight to England and a different
sort of farce. David Moyes was
Sunderland?s sour-faced undertaker,
Simon Grayson willing but incapable
of arresting the slide.
Short has wasted a chunk of his
own fortune, but the billionaire has
been a genius at side-stepping
condemnation. There have been 11
managers on his watch, switched with
such regularity that blame became a
shifting target. Each of them sought
their own players while clearing up a
mess. As the seasons hobbled by, they
have all repeated the same old
mistakes, searching in their playbooks
for an answer, for anything.
Perhaps Short looked at those late
lurches up the Premier league and
lauded his own brilliance, even
F
My fate is out
of my hands,
says Coleman
JASON燤ELLOR
Sunderland
McNair 34
Burton燗lbion�
Bent 86, Boyce 90+2
hris Coleman conceded that his
future as Sunderland?s manager
was ?out of my hands? after
defeat at home to Burton Albion
confirmed the club would play
third-tier football next season.
Coleman inherited an unenviable
situation when he succeeded Simon
Grayson in November but has still
made an unwanted contribution to
back-to-back relegations by winning
just five of his 28 games.
His record would be deemed
sufficient by many to trigger a parting
of the ways, but it is more the
uncertainty over the club?s long-term
ownership that casts the biggest
shadow on the 47-year-old?s desire to
lead the hoped-for renaissance from
League One.
?Could things get worse? No, I don?t
think so,? Coleman said: ?Whatever
my fate is, it?s out of my hands. The
club?s fate has been in my hands and
those of the players, but we didn?t
have what we needed to succeed, and
that?s the worst feeling. The problem
is we don?t know who the owner of
the club is going to be and that puts
doubt into everyone?s mind. I want to
be here but I can?t definitely tell you
that I?m going to be.?
Almost five months into the job and
Coleman has yet to speak to Short,
the billionaire US financier whose
desire to move on from his flirtation
with owning an English football club
continues to have grave consequences
for those that he no longer engages
with. Coleman added: ?What
emotions do I have towards him? I
don?t have any because I don?t know
the guy. If he was stood here I?d ask
him what he expects of us? At the
minute, he does not want a lot to do
with us. He?s ploughed a hell of a lot
of money into this club but for some
time, he has not wanted to be here,
and has wanted out. The club needs
help. Whether it is me or someone
else who walks through the door, we
need someone above us to say we can
or we cannot do this or that.
?I?ve not witnessed anything like
this before where I have never spoken
to a chairman. Fifteen years I have
been a manager and I have had huge
arguments with various chairmen
because I wanted one thing and they
wanted another. That?s normal. But to
have no conversation with him at all
is bizarre, strange.?
Asked for his message to fans who
have endured a largely miserable past
decade and more, Coleman attempted
to strike an optimistic tone. ?Stick
with us,? he implored. ?It?s still very
raw and I know they will be
absolutely devastated and angry. We
have to understand that, but I would
say stick with the club. It?s an awful
time, but those better times will be
here sooner or later. Things will get
better. It?s not about stabilising, it?s
about bouncing straight back. Bang.?
C
Bradford Park Avenue
Northampton
Fulham
Huddersfield
Crystal Palace
Bristol City
Swansea
Notts County
Wolves
Swindon
Wolves
Sunderland
though Paolo Di Canio ? that
managerial charlatan, as Martin
O?Neill described his successor ?
and Gustavo Poyet left havoc in their
wake. Then there was Di Canio?s
?fascist? politics, the scandal of Adam
Johnson, the sense that Sunderland?s
historic roots were expendable.
Sunderland stood for safety and
then they stood for nothing; a hole
where a football club should be. Much
has been made of falling attendances,
but in these circumstances the
wonder should not be the fans who
have walked away, but the thousands
who still come, fidgeting through two
home wins since December 2016. If
anything, they have been too loyal.
John O?Shea, that man of Old
Trafford, joined Sunderland in July
2011. ?It happened three months into
it,? the centre half told The Times
recently. ?I was thinking I?d be
working with Steve Bruce and the
next thing you know, the manager
has gone. That got the merry-goround going. We were just surviving
in the Premier League, but I suppose
in the back of my mind I was always
thinking, ?Right, this will be the time
we?ll settle down and kick on.?
?It never happened. Iceland got a
long throw in the European
Championship and it ends up taking
Sam Allardyce away and it?s a case of
?Here we go again?. But I?ve never lost
sight of what a magnificent club this
is or could be.?
It was that promise that drew Chris
Coleman to Wearside. ?I remembered
it in better times, when things were
going well; big club, big expectation,
big noise, hostility,? he said. ?I wanted
to have a taste of that. I wanted to
recreate it.? Instead, he has
encountered a howl of anguish.
Sunderland will return, but Short
must go quickly. He has been a
human wrecking ball and is fresh out
of miracles.
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Coleman, the 11th manager of Short?s tenure, took charge in November but has
not been able to prevent Sunderland suffering a second successive relegation
CHAMPIONSHIP�
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
Wolves hit
four and
seal title
Performance of the
week Birmingham City
A first win in four
games, 2-1 over
Sheffield United, the
play-off hopefuls,
should be enough to
keep Garry Monk?s
team in the
Championship.
Player of the week
Tom Clarke Preston
North End The captain
and centre back threw
himself into tackles to
ensure a clean sheet in
a draw at home to
Norwich City, despite
playing for the final
25 minutes with a
hamstring injury.
Goal of the week
Jacques Maghoma
Birmingham City
The winger took a
defence-splitting pass
from Che Adams in his
stride before racing
away and slotting past
Jamal Blackman to
clinch Birmingham?s
2-1 win.
Rising star Tom Pearce
Leeds United The 20-
year-old full back
marked his third start
with his first senior
goal, driving a low shot
into the bottom corner
from outside the box
in the 2-1 win against
Barnsley.
Villain of the week
Grant Ward Ipswich
Town A high tackle on
Neil Taylor earned the
defender a straight red
card and Aston Villa
quickly turned a onegoal advantage into a
4-0 victory.
Stat of the week
Wolverhampton
Wanderers? 4-0 win
away to Bolton
Wanderers clinched
the title for the fourth
time in the club?s
history ? only
Leicester City (7),
Manchester City (7),
Sheffield Wednesday
(5) and Sunderland (5)
have won more.
Quote of the week
?Goodness knows
what Fulham are
thinking. They?ve gone
22 games unbeaten
and we?re still all over
them like a rash,? Neil
Warnock whose
Cardiff City team have
a one-point cushion
and a game in hand
over the London club.
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here was an image doing the rounds
on social media last week, depicting
the Ram on the Derby County club
crest altered to resemble a bottle on
four legs. Supporters can be a cruel
bunch and Middlesbrough?s fans ?
after witnessing their team?s deserved
2-1 win at Pride Park on Saturday ?
took great pleasure in twisting the knife a little
further. ?Derby County,? they chorused, ?it?s
happening again.?
Fairly or not, the narrative portraying Derby
as perennial chokers is becoming harder and
harder to shake and it was difficult to escape
the growing sense of resignation on Saturday
that they are on the way to letting slip a strong
position in their bid to reach the Premier
League for the fourth time in the past five
seasons, despite the fact that fate very much
remains in their own hands. A run of two wins
in their past 13 games has seen them drift from
second in the Sky Bet Championship in midFebruary to seventh, a point and a place
outside the play-offs before their game in hand
against Cardiff City tomorrow night.
?It must be frustrating for the fans. I can
only feel sorry for them when it?s happened for
five years running,? Gary Rowett, the
manager, said. ?I suppose for them they were
thinking this year might be different. We got
to second. We looked to have a more resilient
edge. I felt, in second, that we wouldn?t fall
away like previous seasons ? but we have.?
Rowett has been in the job since only last
March, of course, and he is not the first to
have seen his team stumble in the decade
since Derby resided in the top flight ? that
one-season sojourn memorable for the lowest
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points haul in Premier League history. Nigel
Clough?s subsequent tenure is remembered
fondly for his steadying hand, but since
Derby?s agonising defeat by QPR at Wembley
in the 2013-14 play-off final under Steve
McClaren, not even the vast investment of Mel
Morris, the owner, has been able to see Derby
over the line.
Escaping from the Championship is no
mean feat, but it is the manner in which Derby
have foundered that pains supporters so much.
In 2015-16 Derby were top of the table in
March before the soon-to-depart McClaren
saw his side plummet to eighth after a run of
two wins in their last 13 games. Next up was
Paul Clement, who was harshly sacked in
February 2016 with the club in fifth; the
subsequent 3-0 defeat by Hull City in the playoff semi-final first-leg consigned Derby to
another year in the second tier.
Last season Nigel Pearson and McClaren
(again) came and went before Rowett arrived
last March. This season, an unbeaten 14-game
run from November to February kindled
hopes that this could be their year. But the rot
Assombalonga
adds to Derby?s
woes with
Middlesbrough?s
second goal from
close range
Age 25
Clubs Hamburg,
Ferencvaros, Everton,
Middlesbrough (loan)
Attributes Skilful,
tenacious
Has there been any
interest? Besic has
played 46 minutes of
Premier League football
for Everton since he
ruptured his cruciate
ligament in August 2016,
but has impressed at the
Riverside since January
set in again. Saturday was Derby?s third
consecutive defeat. And after humbling 4-1
and 3-1 defeats against Sunderland and Burton
Albion respectively in the past few weeks
Curtis Davies, the captain, questioned the
players? ?heart and desire?.
?It?s frustrating. It?s happened too often and
we don?t want to be remembered for not quite
making it, and people saying we?ve bottled it,?
Scott Carson, the goalkeeper, said. ?We lose a
game and that?s the first thing that comes out.
It?s something no one can put a finger on.?
Ollie Wright, 38, author of The Derby
County Blog, believes that the reasons for
their loss of form are varied. ?Key injuries at
the wrong time have not helped.? he said. ?In
any promotion you need everything to click,
to get that bit of luck here and there, and
maybe we have lacked that bit of bottle or
character. There?s been so much expectation
and maybe that has weighed heavy too.?
Off the field, there has rarely been an air of
equanimity under Morris. The Derby-born
businessman, who bought the club in 2015, has
had tempestuous relationships with his
managers and he will soon meet in court Sam
Rush, his former chief executive whom he
sacked for gross misconduct and breach of
fiduciary duty in May.
Morris has, though, invested more than
� million assembling one of the most
expensive squads in the division, and invested
heavily in the club?s infrastructure and
academy. More recently, however, he has
acknowledged the need for a more sustainable
approach and the sale of prize assets Tom
Ince, Will Hughes and Cyrus Christie last
summer for a combined figure of about
� million points towards a more frugal
future. In their place arrived Joe Ledley, Tom
Huddlestone, Davies and Cameron Jerome, all
acquired to add the experience that, it was
hoped, would see Derby over the line. Instead
THE燯PS,
DOWNS�&
ALMOST
THERE S
Championship
Champions
Wolves
Play-offs Cardiff,
Fulham and Aston
Villa are assured of
at least a play-off
place.
Relegated
Sunderland.
League One
Promoted Wigan.
Blackburn can
secure promotion
tomorrow
Play-offs
Blackburn,
Shrewsbury and
Rotherham are
assured of a
play-off place.
Relegated Bury.
MK Dons could be
relegated
tomorrow night.
League Two
Promoted
Accrington Stanley,
who need a point
to be champions,
and Luton Town.
Play-offs
Wycombe, Exeter
and Notts County
have at least a
play-off place.
Relegation
Chesterfield could
be relegated
tomorrow night.
the team have often looked slow and
ponderous and Derby regularly field the oldest
squad in the top four divisions.
Despite some grumblings from the stands
about Rowett?s functional football the
majority, Wright believes, feel that he is the
man to lead Derby forward, whatever this
season yields. ?We?ve had a different manager
at the start of each season since 2013,? Wright
says. ?You can?t keep sacking the manager
every six months and expect to get anywhere.?
Unlike the defeat away to Burton nine days
ago, which meant that Derby fell out of the
top six for the first time since November, they
did not lack for endeavour on Saturday in
what was a frantic and feisty encounter.
Adama Traor�, the Middlesbrough winger, was
the difference between the teams. The
22-year-old is a remarkable spectacle in full
flight, making even the most fleet-footed of
opponents look like they have lead in their
boots. Time and again he set off on blistering
runs, cutting and weaving and racing away
from a cluster of white shirts.
From one such surge down the right, in the
20th minute, Traor� rode a scything Craig
Forsyth challenge before finding Muhamed
Besic, the impressive Everton loanee, who
controlled, meandered into the box and fired
past Carson. And with 20 minutes left he
found Britt Assombalonga, who was alone in
the six-yard box, and he finished emphatically.
David Nugent pulled a goal back with an
injury-time penalty but Derby rarely troubled
Darren Randolph in the Middlesbrough goal.
?We?ve worked incredibly hard this season,?
Rowett said. ?We think there are certain
things we?ve done OK: we?ve got more points,
we?ve scored more goals, but we?re in the same
scenario with three games to go. I think the
time for judging is at the end of the season.
We?ve got no time to deliberate on those things
for too long. It?s frustrating, but that?s life.?
Report
The combative,
box-to-box BosniaHerzegovina midfielder
was singled out for praise
by Tony Pulis, his
manager, after a fine
performance on Saturday
in his 13th consecutive
start. With Adam Clayton
and Jonny Howson
buttressing the base of
the Middlesbrough
midfield triangle, Besic
was deployed in a more
advanced role and it was
one in which he
flourished.
He scored his first goal
in English football with a
fine first-half strike, and
should have added a
second after the break
when afforded similar
time and space in the
Derby penalty area, but
he blazed over. ?I played
this role when I was
younger, but I need time
to get used to the
offensive part and in the
last two games I?ve had
eight shots,? he said.
?Now I hope I will score
more goals.?
Besic, whose contract
with Everton runs until
2021, was full of industry,
with and without the ball,
pressing well when
Derby had possession
and making several
darting forward runsin
the first half. He looks to
have been an astute lone
signing.
?I will just be happy if
we go to the Premier
League and then I will
talk about [my future],?
he said. ?I just want to
keep going and to bring
Boro back in the Premier
League.
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(0) 0
(0) 2
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Vanarama National
AFC Fylde
(0) 1
Bond 50
2,045
Aldershot
Solihull Moors(1) 1
Sterling-James 5
(0) 1
Barrow
(0) 1
Rendell 90+3
James 72
2,947
Sent off: B Bauress (Barrow) 86
Bromley
(1) 3
Boreham Wood(2) 2
Higgs 35
Hanlan 56 (pen)
Bugiel 90
Ferrier 3, 25
1,282
Chester
Maidstone
(0) 1
(2) 3
Ebbsfleet ............44
Bromley...............44
Wrexham ............ 45
Dagenham & Red 45
Maidenhead
44
Leyton Orient......44
Gateshead...........44
Halifax.................45
Eastleigh.............45
Hartlepool...........45
Maidstone ..........45
Solihull Moors.....44
Barrow ................ 44
Woking................45
Torquay (R).........44
Chester (R).........45
Guiseley (R)........44
18
19
17
19
15
15
12
13
12
13
13
13
11
13
10
7
6
Noble 58
Turgott 19 (pen)
1,728
Phillips 32, Hare 74
Sent off: A Wynter (Maidstone) 42
Vanarama North
Dag and Red (1) 1
Sutton 61
Dinanga 66, 74
Maidenhead (0) 0
Cheek 11
1,433
Dover Athletic(1) 3
Gateshead
Gallifuoco 36
Bird 68 (pen), Azeez 89
Vassell 20
Johnson 84 (pen)
1,424
Eastleigh
(0) 0
Macclesfield (1) 2
Marsh 3, Hancox 60
(0) 0
Sutton Utd
2,372
Ebbsfleet
2,852
Halifax
(0) 0
3,113
Guiseley
(0) 1
Southwell 61
Hartlepool
(1) 2
(0) 1
47
53
39
60
64
54
50
58
71
62
64
55
61
74
68
78
83
11
20
10
9
-5
1
9
-10
-10
-11
-12
-9
-11
-20
-27
-38
-44
70
69
69
68
58
57
54
54
53
53
53
51
48
48
41
34
30
Gainsborough (1) 2
Worsfold 41, 56
1,495
(1) 1
FC Utd of Man(0) 0
Platt 23
Blyth Spartans(0) 0
Stockport
1,045
Ball 45
Bradford PA (1) 3
Harrogate
Boyes 25, 88
Mulhern 65
Wright 84
581
(1) 1
Spennymoor (0) 0
Tranmere
(2) 2
Darlington
Woking
1,409
(1) 2
Torquay
Wrexham
Bonne 29
5,166
D
11
10
10
15
12
15
13
L
8
10
13
10
13
11
13
(0) 0
Kidderminster (2) 3
Mail 76
Waring 17, Ironside 25
Vaughan 62
(0) 1
Salford City
(0) 1
Boston Utd
(2) 2
Maynard 70
(0) 0
A
46
42
52
50
56
46
43
Nuneaton
North Ferriby (0) 1
Thompson 27
Keane 35
Sent off: A Mafuta (Salford City) 87
Southport
F
65
76
65
63
82
61
60
(0) 0
GD Pts
19 89
34 82
13 76
13 75
26 72
15 72
17 70
(0) 0
1,004
Tamworth
Brackley
Chorley
Angus 16
Burns (og) 50
Asante 56, Jones 60
O?Keefe 62, 65
732
Carver 77
Sent off: R Upton (Tamworth) 19, A
Blakeman (Chorley) 19
P
Salford City (C)...41
Harrogate ...........41
Brackley ............. 40
Kidderminster.....41
Stockport Co.......41
Chorley................40
Bradford PA........41
Spennymoor
39
York
41
Boston Utd..........40
Blyth Spartans....40
Darlington...........40
Nuneaton............40
FC Utd of Man.....41
AFC Telford.........40
Alfreton ..............41
Curzon Ashton....40
Leamington.........41
Southport............40
Gainsborough (R) 41
Tamworth (R) 41
North Ferriby (R)40
W
27
25
22
20
20
16
17
17
16
16
18
14
14
14
15
14
12
13
13
13
11
3
Chelmsford
(0) 0
Leamington
(1) 2
Richards 27
521
D
7
7
11
12
8
14
9
8
10
8
1
12
11
8
5
7
13
10
8
4
9
8
Wealdstone
L
7
9
7
9
13
10
15
14
15
16
21
14
15
19
20
20
15
18
19
24
21
29
F A
76 45
95 49
69 35
75 48
74 56
49 38
64 55
67 63
65 60
65 65
72 66
55 53
47 54
58 70
53 67
67 70
51 59
51 61
55 68
44 73
55 74
22100
GD Pts
31 88
46 82
34 77
27 72
18 68
11 62
9 60
4 59
5 58
0 56
6 55
2 54
-7 53
-12 50
-14 50
-3 49
-8 49
-10 49
-13 47
-29 43
-19 42
-78 17
Havant & W
(2) 2
Poole
(0) 1
Devlin 90
Dartford
(1) 2
Bath City
(0) 0
Mills 37, Pavey 69
1,619
Gloucester
East Thurrock (0) 1
(2) 3
Lawrence 12
Smerdon 26, Turner 78
Knott 50
251
Hemel H
Eastbourne Boro(0) 0
(2) 3
McCall 5, Parkes 31
Osborn 87
Hungerford
(0) 0
264
(0) 4
Paterson 39 (pen), 43
Musonda 76
Sinclair 89
Oxford City
St Albans
Banton 39
1,021
583
Whitehawk
(0) 1
Chaney 85
(2) 4
(1) 1
Truro
Kempster (og) 42
Dodd 90
Prior 4, Fogden 38
Concord Rangers(0) 0
(0) 1
Williams 75
(1) 3
(0) 2
Newton 56, 85
2,350
1,160
309
Cook 4, Norwood 23
York City
Vanarama South
(0) 1
Guest 41
Leyton Orient (1) 1
W
26
24
22
20
20
19
19
58
73
49
69
59
55
59
48
61
51
52
46
50
54
41
40
39
Curzon Ashton(1) 1
Donaldson 14
Healey 82
3,254
Sent off: A Cunningham (Hartlepool) 81
P
Macclesfield (C)..45
Tranmere ............ 44
Sutton United.....45
Aldershot............45
AFC Fylde............45
Boreham Wood...45
Dover Athletic .... 45
Alfreton
(0) 3
10
13
10
15
16
17
14
17
16
18
18
19
18
23
23
25
26
Bolarinwa 77
Carter 26
Orlu 85
(1) 1
AFC Telford
16
12
18
11
13
12
18
15
17
14
14
12
15
9
11
13
12
Bognor Regis (0) 0
352
Hampton & R (2) 3
Wassmer 10
Jeffers 45, Roberts 78
(1) 1
Braintree
(1) 2
Wyatt 8
Thompson 63
(2) 4
Chippenham (3) 4
Wilson 13, Bubb 45
Pratt 62, 68
McCootie 2
Sandell 7, 22, 81
754
Sent off: D Evans (Chippenham) 45, E Oshodi
(Wealdstone) 47, A Ferguson (Chippenham) 65
Welling
(2) 3
Durojaiye 8
Parkinson 23, Jebb 56
P W
Dartford .............. 41 25
Havant & W ....... 40 23
Hampton & R ...... 41 18
Hemel H .............41 19
Chelmsford .........40 19
Braintree.............40 18
St Albans............41 19
Truro .................. 40 19
Welling................40 17
Bath ....................40 15
Gloucester ..........41 15
Wealdstone.........39 14
Weston-s-Mare .. 40 15
Chippenham .......41 14
East Thurrock ..... 39 13
Oxford City..........39 13
Eastbourne Boro.41 13
Concord Rangers.40 11
Hungerford .........40 11
Poole .................. 40 10
Whitehawk ......... 40 8
Bognor Regis (R) 40 5
Weston-s-Mare(0) 1
Welch 55
491
D L F
8 8 79
11 6 61
17 6 57
13 9 70
11 10 64
12 10 70
8 14 70
8 13 68
10 13 68
12 13 60
8 18 56
10 15 59
7 18 64
9 18 63
11 15 67
8 18 59
7 21 57
10 19 43
7 22 44
8 22 44
9 23 50
12 23 40
A
43
27
36
49
45
55
56
54
56
47
67
61
70
70
74
66
77
59
67
72
87
75
GD Pts
36 83
34 80
21 71
21 70
19 68
15 65
14 65
14 65
12 61
13 57
-11 53
-2 52
-6 52
-7 51
-7 50
-7 47
-20 46
-16 43
-23 40
-28 38
-37 33
-35 27
Evo-Stik Premier: North: Ashton United 2
Nantwich 1; Barwell 3 Farsley Celtic 4; Buxton
0 Sutton Coldfield 1; Grantham 0 Altrincham
2; Hednesford 1 Mickleover 3; Lancaster 0
Stourbridge 0; Marine 0 Whitby 3; Matlock 2
Workington 0; Rushall Olympic 0 Witton Alb
0; Stafford 1 Shaw Lane 2; Stalybridge Celtic
0 Coalville 3; Warrington 1 Halesowen 1.
P
Altrincham (C)....44
Warrington ........ 44
Grantham............44
Ashton Utd ......... 44
Farsley Celtic......44
Shaw Lane .......... 43
Witton Albion.....43
Buxton.................44
Barwell................43
Matlock ..............44
Rushall Olympic..44
W
27
23
23
21
21
22
17
17
17
18
17
D
10
12
8
13
11
7
13
11
11
6
9
L
7
9
13
10
12
14
13
16
15
20
18
F
97
71
88
81
80
71
75
69
59
67
65
A
41
47
54
57
68
57
59
64
60
71
75
GD Pts
56 91
24 81
34 77
24 76
12 74
14 70
16 64
5 62
-1 62
-4 60
-10 60
Workington.........43
Stourbridge.........43
Nantwich ............44
Stafford Rangers 44
Hednesford
45
Mickleover Spts..43
Lancaster ...........44
Marine.................44
Whitby................44
Coalville ............. 44
Stalybridge ......... 42
Halesowen..........44
Sutton Coldfld (R) 45
17
15
16
15
15
15
14
14
12
14
14
12
10
8
12
9
12
12
11
12
10
13
7
6
9
6
18
16
19
17
18
17
18
20
19
23
22
23
29
68 63
64 54
60 66
51 58
60 76
64 57
65 69
66 74
57 78
65 87
56 79
46 76
51106
5
10
-6
-7
-16
7
-4
-8
-21
-22
-23
-30
-55
59
57
57
57
57
56
54
52
49
49
48
41
35
South: Banbury 3 Merthyr 3; Dorchester 0
Slough 1; Dunstable 0 St Ives 0; Farnborough
2 Chesham 0; Gosport 7 Frome 0; Hereford 4
Kettering 1; Hitchin 1 Bishop?s Stortford 0;
Kings Langley 2 Weymouth 3; Kings Lynn 1 St
Neots 1; Redditch 3 Tiverton 2; Royston 4
Biggleswade 0; Stratford 0 Basingstoke 1.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Hereford (C)........44 34 5 5106 33 73107
Kings Lynn .........45 29 10 6 96 38 58 97
Kettering.............44 29 7 8114 51 63 94
Weymouth..........45 29 7 9100 48 52 94
Slough.................44 28 9 7105 48 57 93
Royston ..............44 24 5 15 83 59 24 77
Tiverton .............. 44 23 5 16 75 67 8 74
Chesham ............. 44 20 11 13 82 58 24 71
Banbury...............44 18 14 12 88 59 29 68
Basingstoke........44 20 7 17 86 67 19 67
Hitchin.................43 19 8 16 67 60 7 65
St Neots .............45 17 13 15 79 75 4 64
Frome .................44 17 7 20 75 94 -19 58
Redditch..............45 15 9 21 71 71 0 54
Stratford ............45 15 9 21 67 80 -13 54
Biggleswade .......44 14 10 20 51 60 -9 52
Merthyr ..............44 13 13 18 74 92 -18 52
Farnborough........45 15 6 24 80114 -34 51
Dorchester..........44 13 10 21 61 82 -21 49
B Stortford..........44 13 9 22 69 78 -9 48
Kings Langley ..... 45 8 14 23 60 94 -34 38
St Ives ................43 8 8 27 52 99 -47 32
Gosport Borough.44 3 5 36 35142-107 14
Dunstable............43 3 5 35 25132-107 14
Bostik Premier: Brightlingsea 0 Met Police 1;
Burgess Hill 1 Staines 1; Enfield 0 Worthing
1; Folkestone 0 Dulwich Hamlet 3; Hendon 3
Merstham 0; Leatherhead 2 Leiston 2;
Lowestoft 1 Tonbridge 2; Margate 1 Billericay
2; Needham Market 0 Harrow 1; Thurrock 1
Kingstonian 0; Tooting & Mitcham 0 Harlow 1;
Wingate & Finchley 2 Dorking Wanderers 0.
P W D
Billericay.............44 29 8
Dulwich Hamlet..44 27 10
L F A GD Pts
7106 48 58 95
7 89 40 49 91
Folkestone ......... 45
Hendon................44
Leiston................44
Margate .............. 45
Leatherhead........44
Staines Town......44
Wingate & F........45
Tonbridge ...........45
Met Police...........45
Thurrock..............45
Harrow ...............44
Worthing.............45
Dorking Wandrs..44
Enfield ................45
Merstham ........... 45
Kingstonian.........43
Needham Market44
45
Brightlingsea
Harlow.................44
Lowestoft T........45
Burgess Hill ....... 45
Tooting & M........45
25
23
22
20
23
20
19
19
18
17
17
15
15
14
15
16
13
13
13
12
9
9
9
10
10
16
7
12
9
7
12
6
6
11
10
13
10
5
10
8
8
7
9
9
11102
11 92
12 79
9 76
14 65
12100
17 62
19 58
15 74
22 66
21 62
19 69
19 69
18 71
20 68
22 50
21 65
24 65
23 55
26 52
27 62
27 52
69
57
51
52
47
78
71
61
71
74
74
82
76
79
79
68
78
87
85
84
99
99
33
35
28
24
18
22
-9
-3
3
-8
-12
-13
-7
-8
-11
-18
-13
-22
-30
-32
-37
-47
84
79
76
76
76
72
66
64
63
57
57
56
55
55
55
53
49
47
47
43
36
36
WOMEN?S燬UPER燣EAGUE�
Reading 3 Everton 0; Yeovil 0 Arsenal 0;
Sunderland 1 Bristol City 2.
P W D
L F A Pts
14 9 5
0 35 9 32
Chelsea
13 9 2
2 36 13 29
Man City
15 7 4
4 34 17 25
Reading
13 7 4
2 25 13 25
Arsenal
13 8 0
5 26 17 24
Liverpool
14 7 2
5 22 15 23
Birmingham
14 4 1
9 12 33 13
Sunderland
13 3 1
9 14 20 10
Everton
13 3 1
9 7 32 10
Bristol City
14 0 2 12 0 42 2
Yeovil
League Two: Aston Villa 1 Oxford U 0; Brighton
1 Doncaster 0; Durham 2 Millwall 1; Tottenham
2 Sheffield FC 4; Watford 0 London Bees 4.
Champions League: Semi-finals, first leg Man
City 0 Lyons 0; Chelsea 1 Wolfsburg 3.
Fixtures: Tuesday: League One: Arsenal v
Liverpool (7.30).
Saturday: League Two: Doncaster v London
Bees (6.30).
Sunday: Champions League: Semi-finals,
second leg: Lyons v Man City; Wolfsburg v
Chelsea. League One: Sunderland v Reading
(12.0); Birmingham v Arsenal; (2.0); Liverpool v
Everton (2.0). League Two: Tottenham v
Durham (1.0); Brighton v Aston Villa (2.0);
Sheffield FC v Oxford Utd (2.0); Watford v
Millwall (3.0).
Monday April 23 2018 | the times
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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 (C)..................44 16
4
2 47 18 14
4
4 35 18 46 98
W 2 Cardiff.........................43 16
3
3 40 16 10
5
6 26 20 30 86
W 3 Fulham........................44 12
8
2 38 16 12
5
5 38 26 34 85
W 4 Aston Villa..................44 14
6
2 41 18 10
4
8 30 22 31 82
W 5 Middlesbrough...........44 13
3
6 31 17
8
6
8 32 26 20 72
W 6 Millwall.......................44 11
7
4 32 21
7
8
7 23 22 12 69
W 7 Derby..........................43 10
5
6 34 20
8
9
5 28 25 17 68
9 10
3 36 23
9
4
9 25 26 12 68
Y 8 Brentford....................44
Z 9 Preston.......................44
Y10 Bristol City.................44
Z11 Sheffield United.........44
Y12 Leeds...........................44
8
8
6 25 21
9
8
5 29 24
11
6
5 39 25
6
9
7 26 30 10 66
9 67
12
5
5 33 19
7
4 11 26 33
9
6
7 30 27
7
3 12 26 35 -6 57
W13 Norwich......................44
7
8
7 23 24
7
7
Z14 Ipswich.......................44
Y15 Sheffield Wed............44
Z16 QPR.............................44
9
5
8 27 25
7
3 12 24 33 -7 56
7
7
8 32 30
6
7
11
5
6 35 30
3
6 13 20 37 -12 53
W17 Nottingham Forest....43
9
2 10 22 27
5
5 12 24 35 -16 49
W18 Hull..............................44
7
8
7 41 30
4
7 11 28 37
W19 Reading.......................44
5
8
9 25 31
5
5 12 23 35 -18 43
Y20 Birmingham...............44
Z21 Bolton.........................44
9
3 10 18 23
3
4 15 16 41 -30 43
8
4 10 22 31
1
9 12 14 39 -34 40
W22 Barnsley......................43
4
9
9 23 32
4
5 12 22 33 -20 38
W23 Burton Albion.............44
3
5 14 17 43
6
6 10 18 36 -44 38
W24 Sunderland (R)...........44
2
7 13 20 39
4
9
Derby
R E SU LTS
Bolton
Douglas 16
Afobe 45, Jota 53
Coady 66 (pen)
Brentford(1) 2 QPR
Leeds
Pearce 17
Alioski 50
(1) 1
Sylla 45+2
12,367
Bristol C (2) 5 Hull
Pack 37
Diedhiou 40, 53
Reid 64
Bryan 90+4
21,136
Cardiff
20,034
Sent off:
G Ward 42
(0) 0 Wolves (2) 4
Canos 16
Jozefzoon 69
2 48
19 M Vydra
(Derby)
19 B Reid
(Bristol City)
19 L Grabban
(Aston Villa)
18 L Clarke
(Sheff Utd)
TOP� ASSISTS
14 R Snodgrass
(Aston Villa)
14 B Douglas
(Wolves)
12 I Cavaleiro
(Wolves)
TOP燬AVE S
145
B Bialkowski
(Ipswich)
134 A Gunn
(Norwich)
132
S Johnstone
(Aston Villa)
9 28 39 -30 34
(0) 1 Middlesbro(1) 2
Hourihane 25
Grabban 57, 78
Lansbury 82
(1) 2 Barnsley (1) 1
O'Connor (og) 36
30,451
Preston (0) 0 Norwich (0) 0
13,038
(1) 5
Sheff W (1) 3 Reading (0) 0
Wilson 16, 72
Fielding (og) 56
Hern醤dez 80
Campbell 87
Forestieri 34, 73 24,373
Boyd 52
Sent off: T Blackett (Reading) 76
Sunderlnd(1) 1 Burton
(1) 2 Nottm F (0) 1
Morrison 35
Gunnarsson 74
9 22 29 -5 53
LEAD ING�
SCORE R S
TEAM燨F�
THE燱E E K
Bridcutt 50
21,310
McNair 34
25,475
(0) 2
Bent 86
Boyce 90+2
Gunn (Norwich)
Pearce (Leeds)
Clarke (Preston)
Boly (Wolves)
Chester
(Aston Villa)
Traor�
(Middlesbrough)
Forestieri
(Sheff Wed)
Gunnarsson
(Cardiff)
Maghoma
(Birmingham)
Boyce (Burton)
Afobe (Wolves)
SC OT L A ND
St Mirren
Dundee
Mullen 10
Morgan 72
(1) 2
Moussa 1, 88
5,592
St Johnstone (0) 1
MacLean 85
(1) 2
Maclaren 24
Slivka 80
Kilmarnock
Celtic
(0) 1
Edouard 87
19,886
(0) 0
5,067
Aberdeen
(1) 2
McLean 37, Logan 59
Partick Thistle(0) 2
Hamilton Acad (1) 1
Doolan 64
Edwards 72
Templeton 43
3,839
Rangers
(0) 2
Hearts
Cummings 47
Candeias 64
Berra 71
47,272
Ross County (0) 0
Motherwell
W
22
20
20
17
15
11
10
10
9
8
7
6
D
9
5
5
11
10
13
9
8
6
6
7
9
L
3
9
9
6
9
10
15
16
19
20
20
19
F
65
69
52
51
45
36
36
33
33
44
28
38
A
23
39
36
36
41
32
43
49
54
62
58
57
(1) 2
Falkirk
GD Pts
42 75
30 65
16 65
15 62
4 55
4 46
-7 39
-16 38
-21 33
-18 30
-30 28
-19 27
(1) 5
Inverness CT (1) 2
Dunfermline (1) 2
Chalmers 16
Austin 48
3,316
Ryan 13
Clark 90+5
(0) 3
Brechin City (0) 0
943
Queen of South(2) 3
Dundee Utd
Dykes 9, Thomson 31
Murray 77
1,531
Doyle 30
6,422
W
23
17
17
15
14
13
13
11
7
0
D
5
11
7
11
9
11
10
11
9
4
L
7
6
11
9
11
11
12
13
19
31
F
63
56
50
56
49
47
54
44
27
19
A
35
34
42
35
37
37
52
49
59
85
GD Pts
28 74
22 62
8 58
21 56
12 51
10 50
2 49
-5 44
-32 30
-66 4
P
Raith Rovers.......35
Ayr United...........35
Arbroath..............35
Alloa Athletic......35
Stranraer.............35
East Fife..............35
Airdrieonians......35
Forfar Athletic....35
Albion Rovers ..... 35
Queen?s Park.......35
Jakubiak 19
Longridge 47
Robson 59, Sibbald 70
McKee 86
Pittman 67
Longridge 73
Hardie 86
(1) 1
(0) 0
Gallagher 37
Burt 87
942
Livingston
P
St Mirren (C) ...... 35
Livingston...........34
Dundee United....35
Dunfermline
35
34
Inverness CT
Morton................35
Queen of South...35
Falkirk.................35
Dumbarton..........35
Brechin City (R)..35
Morton
League One: Albion Rovers 1 East Fife 0;
Alloa Athletic 2 Ayr United 1; Arbroath 2
Airdrieonians 0; Forfar Athletic 1 Queen?s
Park 1; Stranraer 0 Raith Rovers 3.
Championship
Dumbarton
(1) 2
(0) 1
3,879
P
Celtic...................34
Rangers...............34
Aberdeen.............34
Hibernian ............ 34
Kilmarnock..........34
Hearts.................34
Motherwell ......... 34
St Johnstone.......34
Dundee................34
Hamilton Acad ...34
Partick Thistle....34
Ross County........34
D
L
A W
D
L
W 1 Wigan (P)...................43 13
7
2 36 10 15
2
4 50 17 59 93
W 2 Blackburn....................43 14
6
2 44 19 12
6
3 35 19 41 90
W 3 Shrewsbury................43 13
4
4 29 15 11
7
4 27 21 20 83
W 4 Rotherham.................44 14
3
5 44 23
9
4
9 27 28 20 76
Y 5 Charlton......................44
Z 6 Scunthorpe.................43
Z 7 Plymouth....................42
Z 8 Portsmouth................44
10
6
6 30 24
9
5
8 27 26
8
7
6 25 22
9
9
4 35 27 11 67
12
3
7 35 29
6
7
7 18 21
3 64
11
3
8 31 21
8
3 11 24 34
0 63
W 9 Peterborough.............43 11
4
7 35 26
5
9
7 30 29 10 61
W10 Blackpool....................44
9
7
6 36 28
6
7
9 23 25
Y11 Bradford..................... 42
Z12 Bristol Rovers............43
Y13 Southend....................43
8
3
9 25 29
9
4
9 28 34 -10 58
11
4
6 36 28
5
4 13 22 36 -6 56
12
6
4 38 21
3
5 13 15 41 -9 56
W14 Doncaster...................42
7
8
5 30 23
6
7
Z15 Fleetwood Town........44
Y16 Oxford United.............44
Z17 Gillingham..................44
6
6 10 30 35
9
3 10 27 31 -9 54
8
6
8 32 31
6
5 11 26 32 -5 53
4 11
7 21 24
8
5
W18 AFC Wimbledon.........43
8
9 23 28
5
6 10 21 27 -11 50
W19 Walsall........................43
8
6
8 29 31
4
6 11 22 32 -12 48
W20 Oldham.......................43
8
5
8 31 30
3 10
W21 Rochdale.....................43
5 11
5 22 23
5
6 11 24 31 -8 47
W22 Northampton.............44
7
4 11 18 33
5
6 11 23 41 -33 46
W23 MK Dons.....................43
6
8
8 24 28
4
4 13 18 37 -23 42
W24 Bury (R)......................44
6
4 12 19 30
1
7 14 19 39 -31 32
5
F
A GD Pts
9 22 27
7 68
6 59
2 54
9 25 40 -14 48
19,210
Nazon 50, 74
4,850
Ajose 40
Rochdale (1) 1 Bradford (0) 1
Done 41
4,365
Wyke 90+1
Doncaster(0) 0 Oxford U (0) 1
Rotherhm(1) 2 Bristol R (0) 0
8,255
Smith 9
Lavery 90
Henry 63
Fleetwood (0) 0 Wigan
3,836
(2) 4
Scunthorpe(0) 1 Walsall
Power 33
Massey 37
Burn 57
Dunkley 66
Vassell 28
Delfouneso 33
Mellor 83
Northmptn(1) 2 Plymouth(0) 0
O'Toole 42
Bradley 61 (og)
(0) 0
Yates 76
4,083
Gillinghm(0) 0 Blackpool(2) 3
5,580
8,579
6,868
Shrewsbury(1) 1 Bury
Eisa 13
5,735
(0) 1
O'Shea 66
Southend (2) 4 MK Dons (0) 0
Robinson 23,
31, 76
McLaughlin 62
7,546
(0) 0
W D L F A GD Pts
22 8 5 68 32 36 74
23 4 8 90 42 48 73
17 8 10 70 48 22 59
17 8 10 56 43 13 59
15 5 15 55 64 -9 50
13 3 19 47 64 -17 42
10 11 14 45 58 -13 41
10 5 20 38 64 -26 35
8 6 21 57 78 -21 30
6 10 19 39 72 -33 28
Fixtures: Saturday: Airdrieonians v Forfar;
Ayr v Albion; East Fife v Stranraer; Queen?s
Park v Arbroath; Raith v Alloa.
League 3: Annan Athletic 3 Stirling Albion 1;
Berwick Rangers 1 Cowdenbeath 0; Edinburgh
City 1 Clyde 3; Elgin City 0 Peterhead 1;
Stenhousemuir 0 Montrose 2.
D
L
A W
D
W 1 Accrington (P)............43 16
3
3 41 19 12
3
6 33 22 33 90
W 2 Luton Town (P)..........44 16
2
4 59 23
8 10
4 32 22 46 84
W 3 Wycombe................... 44 11
5
6 42 35 11
7
4 34 24 17 78
Y 4 Exeter City..................44
Z 5 Notts County..............44
Y 6 Lincoln City.................43
Z 7 Coventry.....................43
Z 8 Mansfield Town.........44
14
4
4 33 19
9
4
9 29 32 11 77
14
6
2 43 19
7
7
8 27 27 24 76
12
7
3 37 22
7
7
7 22 22 15 71
13
3
5 34 20
8
5
9 22 22 14 71
10
9
3 41 25
7
8
7 22 24 14 68
W 9 Swindon......................44
8
5
9 26 36 11
2
9 38 29 -1 64
TOP� ASSISTS
W10 Carlisle........................44
7
9
6 30 22
6
7 29 30
7 63
W11 Colchester..................44
9
6
7 30 23
7
7
8 23 28
2 61
16 M Maddison
(Peterboro)
12 J Payne
(Oxford and
Blackburn)
12 G Carey
(Plymouth)
Y12 Cambridge United......43
12
5
5 33 23
4
7 10 17 35 -8 60
W13 Crawley Town............44
8
4 10 29 28
8
6
8 27 35 -7 58
Z14 Newport County.........42
7 10
4 28 22
7
5
9 23 32 -3 57
W15 Stevenage..................44
8
9
5 39 26
5
4 13 18 37 -6 52
W16 Cheltenham................44
8
6
8 30 25
5
6 11 35 40
W17 Crewe..........................44
9
4
9 30 31
6
1 15 28 42 -15 50
Y18 Port Vale.....................44
Z19 Yeovil..........................43
Y20 Forest Green Rovers..43
Y21 Grimsby Town............44
Z22 Morecambe................43
7
6
9 25 27
4
8 10 23 33 -12 47
8
4
10
26 J Marriott
(Peterboro)
22 B Pitman
(P?smouth)
18 W Grigg
(Wigan)
18 B Dack
(Blackburn)
15 N Powell
(Wigan)
15 C Wyke
(Bradford)
TO P 燬AVE S
197 T Holy
(Gillingham)
165 L Nicholls
(MK Dons)
139
S Eastwood
(Oxford Utd)
T E A M燨 F�
T HE 燱 E E K
Matthews
(Plymouth)
Burn (Wigan)
Pearce (Charlton)
Townsend
(Scunthorpe)
Buchanan
(Northampton)
Camps
(Rochdale)
Nazon (Oldham)
Power (Wigan)
Longstaff
(Blackpool)
Smith
(Rotherham)
Robinson
(Southend)
P
Montrose ............ 35
Peterhead............35
Stirling Albion .... 35
Stenhousemuir...34
Clyde ................... 35
Elgin City.............35
Annan Athletic ... 35
Berwick Rangers.34
Edinburgh City....35
Cowdenbeath......35
W D L F A GD Pts
23 7 5 59 34 25 76
23 4 8 77 38 39 73
16 6 13 60 51 9 54
15 7 12 53 44 9 52
14 9 12 51 48 3 51
14 6 15 53 60 -7 48
11 11 13 47 41 6 44
8 9 17 27 56 -29 33
7 9 19 36 60 -24 30
4 10 21 23 54 -31 22
Fixtures: Tomorrow: Berwick v
Stenhousemuir. Saturday: Clyde v Berwick;
Cowdenbeath v Annan Athletic; Montrose v
Elgin; Peterhead v Edinburgh City; Stirling v
Stenhousemuir.
D
3
7
9
9
8
10
9
16
10
9
7
9
7
13
6
10
9
5
8
8
L F
2104
6 79
5 77
5 72
12 45
11 40
12 43
8 32
12 33
13 41
15 39
14 48
16 32
13 38
17 24
16 39
16 31
21 28
19 33
20 32
A
23
44
38
41
45
46
41
30
37
49
44
66
38
46
43
61
44
51
58
65
GD Pts
81 90
35 70
39 69
31 69
0 50
-6 49
2 48
2 46
-4 46
-8 45
-5 43
-18 42
-6 40
-8 37
-19 36
-22 34
-13 33
-23 29
-25 29
-33 26
A GD Pts
0 51
4
6 12 29 48 -15 46
5 13 18 38 -18 46
5
9
8 18 25
6
3 13 19 40 -28 45
6
8
7 22 26
3
9 10 19 29 -14 44
W23 Barnet.........................44
7
6
9 21 25
3
4 15 21 40 -23 40
W24 Chesterfield................43
7
3 11 25 31
2
5 15 20 47 -33 35
Lincoln
R E S U LTS
Barnet
(1) 2 Newport (0) 0
Coulthirst 10
1,816
Almeida Santos 82
Camb U (1) 4 Cheltenhm(2) 3
Taylor 10, Maris 53 Lloyd 3
Brown 60 (pen)
Eisa 13, 79
Corr 81
3,853
Carlisle (1) 1 Luton
(0) 1
Grainger 13 (pen) Lee 62
5,523
Crewe
(0) 1 Morecambe(0) 0
Miller 88
Exeter
3,942
(1) 2 Crawley (1) 2
Stockley 42, 57
3,998
(0) 2 Colchester(0) 1
Senior 60
Whitehouse
55 (pen) 9,211
Waterfall 90+4
Sent off: M Bostwick (Lincoln) 83
Forest Gr (1) 4 Chesterfld(1) 1
Boldewijn 29
Yorwerth 68
Laird 27
Doidge 78,
90+6 (pen)
Grubb 90+4
Howkins (og) 73
4,210
Jones 45+2
James (og) 54
Hewitt 69
Alessandra 73
(0) 1
Fisher 90+2
7,359
Swindon (0) 0 Grimsby (1) 1
6,690
Rose 45+2 (pen)
Wycombe(0) 0 Accringtn (2) 4
Jackson 15
Brown 33
McConville 66
Zanzala 90+5 (pen)
Pope 89
L EA D I N G �
SCO R ER S
24 B Kee
(Accrington)
22 M Eisa
(Cheltenham)
20 M McNulty
(Coventry)
20 D Hylton
(Luton)
TOP� ASSISTS
12 M Taylor
(Swindon)
12 A Akinfenwa
(Wycombe)
10 S McConville
(Accrington)
9 G Cooper
(Crewe)
9 J Stead
(Notts Co)
TO P 燬AV ES
167 C Pym
(Exeter)
149 D Forde
(Cambridge U)
146 S Walker
(Colchester)
144 J Day
(Newport)
TEA M 燨 F �
TH E燱EEK
Hornby
(Port Vale)
Santos (Barnet)
Pearce
(Mansfield)
Hughes
(Accrington)
Maris
(Cambridge)
Jones (Notts Co)
Boudewijn
(Crawley)
Clark
(Accrington)
Alessandra
(Notts Co)
Doidge
(Forest Green)
Stockley (Exeter)
F I X TU R ES
W
27
26
20
20
18
15
15
15
14
11
11
10
9
9
10
7
8
5
7
5
D
4
6
7
7
12
10
9
6
9
14
6
8
10
6
3
10
7
14
4
2
L
3
2
7
7
4
9
10
13
11
9
17
15
15
19
21
17
19
15
22
27
F
78
71
55
83
56
52
44
51
47
48
37
26
25
30
43
30
32
30
26
29
A
20
23
27
43
23
35
38
53
38
41
44
33
53
56
56
53
59
55
65
78
GD Pts
58 85
48 84
28 67
40 67
33 66
17 55
6 54
-2 51
9 51
7 47
-7 39
-7 38
-28 37
-26 33
-13 33
-23 31
-27 31
-25 29
-39 25
-49 17
Cologne 2 Schalke 2; Borussia Dortmund 4
Bayer Leverkusen 0; Eintracht Frankfurt 0
Hertha Berlin 3; Augsburg 2 Mainz 0;
Hamburg 1 Freiburg 0; Hanover 0 Bayern
Munich 3; RB Leipzig 2 Hoffenheim 5;
Stuttgart 2 Werder Bremen 0. Played Friday:
B M鰊chengladbach 3 Wolfsburg 0.
P
Bayern Munich (C) 31
Schalke
31
B Dortmund ........ 31
B Leverkusen......31
Hoffenheim.........31
RB Leipzig...........31
E Frankfurt..........31
B M?gladbach......31
Hertha Berlin......31
Stuttgart.............31
Augsburg.............31
Werder Bremen..31
Hanover ..............31
Wolfsburg...........31
Mainz ................. 31
Freiburg...............31
Hamburg ............. 31
Cologne ............... 31
Dennis 36 (pen)
3,336
Notts Co (1) 4 Yeovil
Mansfield (0) 1 Port Vale (0) 1
BUNDESLIGA
W
29
21
20
20
14
13
13
10
12
12
12
11
11
8
10
8
8
8
7
6
F
3
P
Juventus ............. 34
Napoli..................34
Roma...................34
Lazio....................34
Inter Milan..........34
Atalanta..............34
AC Milan ............. 34
Sampdoria...........34
Fiorentina ........... 34
Torino..................34
Bologna...............34
Genoa..................33
Sassuolo..............34
Cagliari................34
Udinese...............34
Chievo ................. 34
Crotone ............... 34
SPAL....................34
Verona.................33
Benevento...........34
Jadon Sancho
became the
youngest
Englishman to score
in the Bundesliga in
a dazzling display
for Borussia
Dortmund on
Saturday. The 18year-old attacker,
who left Manchester
City for Dortmund in
the summer, opened
the scoring and
added two fine
assists in a 4-0
victory against
Bayer Leverkusen.
9
L
9 27 23
Atalanta 2 Torino 1; Cagliari 0 Bologna 0;
Chievo 1 Inter Milan 2; Juventus 0 Napoli 1;
Lazio 4 Sampdoria 0; AC Milan 0 Benevento 1;
SPAL 0 Roma 3; Sassuolo 1 Fiorentina 0;
Udinese 1 Crotone 2. Today: Genoa v Verona.
L I G U E �
F
2 10 35 33
S ER I E 燗
Amiens 3 Strasbourg 1; Bordeaux 0 Paris SG
1; Guingamp 3 Monaco 1; Marseilles 5 Lille 1;
Metz 1 Caen 1; Nice 1 Montpellier 0; St
Etienne 2 Troyes 1; Toulouse 2 Angers 0.
Friday: Nantes 1 Rennes 1; Dijon 2 Lyons 5.
AWAY
P W
Atletico Madrid 0 Real Betis 0; Celta Vigo 1
Valencia 1; Eibar 0 Getafe 1; Girona 0
Espanyol 2; Las Palmas 0 Alav閟 4; M醠aga 2
Real Sociedad 0. Played Friday: Leganes 0 D
La Caru馻 0. Today: A Bilbao v Levante.
Copa Del Rey final: Seville 0 Barcelona 5.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Barcelona............33 25 8 0 83 19 64 83
Atletico Madrid...35 21 10 4 54 18 36 73
Real Madrid.........33 20 8 5 80 36 44 68
Valencia .............. 34 20 6 8 62 36 26 66
Real Betis............35 17 6 12 54 53 1 57
Villarreal.............33 15 6 12 45 40 5 51
Seville ................. 33 14 6 13 41 52 -11 48
Getafe.................34 13 9 12 39 31 8 48
Girona..................34 13 8 13 46 52 -6 47
Celta Vigo ........... 34 12 9 13 53 47 6 45
Real Sociedad ..... 34 12 7 15 60 54 6 43
Eibar....................34 12 7 15 37 47 -10 43
Alav閟.................34 13 2 19 34 47 -13 41
Athletic Bilbao....33 9 13 11 36 39 -3 40
Legan閟...............34 11 7 16 28 41 -13 40
Espanyol..............34 9 12 13 28 40 -12 39
Levante...............33 7 13 13 29 48 -19 34
D La Coru馻.........34 6 10 18 32 65 -33 28
Las Palmas..........34 5 6 23 22 69 -47 21
M醠aga ................ 34 5 5 24 22 51 -29 20
P
Paris SG (C)........34
Monaco................34
Lyons...................34
Marseilles...........34
Nice.....................34
St Etienne...........34
Rennes................34
Montpellier.........34
Nantes.................34
Guingamp............34
Bordeaux.............34
Dijon....................34
Amiens................34
Angers.................34
Caen .................... 33
Strasbourg..........34
Toulouse ............. 33
Troyes ................. 34
Lille......................34
Metz....................34
HOME
L E A DI NG�
SCORERS
9 23 28 -8 52
Portsmth (0) 0 Charlton (1) 1
R E S U LTS
Meades 10
Pigott 68
F
L A 燣 I G A
Ladbrokes Premiership
Hibernian
SKY 燘E T燣 E AG U E 燭 WO
AWAY
P W
Wimbledn(1) 2 Oldham (0) 2
Ipswich (0) 0 Aston Villa(1) 4
Duffy 7
23,579
19,092
8 23 30 -8 57
Nugent 90+2 (pn) Besic 20
28,096
Assombalonga 70
Birminghm(1) 2 Sheff Utd(1) 1
Roberts 32
Maghoma 69
7 66
HOME
W
25
16
15
14
13
13
13
12
10
12
10
9
9
5
7
6
6
5
D
3
8
9
9
10
8
7
7
12
6
10
10
9
15
9
12
7
7
L
3
7
7
8
8
10
11
12
9
13
11
12
13
11
15
13
18
19
F
84
49
61
55
60
47
41
42
38
29
40
34
38
30
32
26
24
31
A
22
35
41
41
44
47
40
48
35
35
40
38
47
40
49
51
48
60
GD Pts
62 78
14 56
20 54
14 51
16 49
0 47
1 46
-6 43
3 42
-6 42
0 40
-4 37
-9 36
-10 30
-17 30
-25 30
-24 25
-29 22
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
TODAY
Premier League: Everton v
Newcastle (8.0).
TOMORROW
Champions League: Semifinal, first leg: Liverpool v
Roma.
Sky Bet Championship: Derby
v Cardiff; Nottm F v Barnsley.
League One: Bradford v MK
Dons; Bristol Rovers v Wigan;
Doncaster v Blackburn;
Oldham v Southend; Rochdale
v Plymouth; Shrewsbury v
Peterborough. League Two:
Coventry v Lincoln;
Morecambe v Cambridge Utd;
Newport v Accrington; Yeovil
v Forest Green.
Vanarama National: Bromley
v Barrow; Gateshead v
Ebbsfleet United; Leyton
Orient v Maidenhead Utd;
Torquay v Guiseley; Tranmere
v Solihull Moors.
Ladbrokes Scottish
Championship: Livingston v
Inverness CT.
THURSDAY
Europa League: Semi-final,
first leg: Arsenal v Atletico
Madrid (8.05).
FRIDAY
Sky Bet Championship:
Fulham v Sunderland.
Ladbrokes Scottish Prem:
Aberdeen v Hearts.
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
SATURDAY
Premier League: Burnley v
Brighton; Crystal Palace v
Leicester; Huddersfield v
Everton; Liverpool v Stoke
(12.30); Newcastle v West
Brom; Southampton v
Bournemouth; Swansea v
Chelsea (5.30).
Sky Bet Championship: Aston
Villa v Derby; Barnsley v
Brentford; Burton Albion v
Bolton; Hull v Cardiff;
Middlesbrough v Millwall
(5.30); Norwich v Leeds;
Nottm Forest v Bristol City;
QPR v Birmingham; Reading v
Ipswich; Sheff Utd v Preston;
Wolves v Sheff Wed.
League One: Blackpool v
Shrewsbury; Bradford v
Southend; Bristol Rovers v
Gillingham; Bury v
Portsmouth; Charlton v
Blackburn; MK Dons v
Scunthorpe; Oldham v
Doncaster; Oxford Utd v
Rochdale; Peterborough v
Fleetwood Town; Plymouth v
Rotherham; Walsall v
Northampton; Wigan v AFC
Wimbledon.
League Two: Accrington v
Lincoln; Cheltenham v
Coventry; Chesterfield v
Wycombe; Colchester v
Swindon; Crawley v Crewe;
Grimsby v Notts Co; Luton v
Forest Green; Morecambe v
Barnet; Newport v Cambridge
Utd; Port Vale v Carlisle;
Stevenage v Exeter; Yeovil v
Mansfield.
Vanarama National (all
12.30): Barrow v Chester;
Boreham Wood v Guiseley;
Gateshead v Leyton Orient;
Macclesfield v Dag & Red;
Maidenhead v Bromley;
Maidstone v Halifax; Solihull
Moors v Eastleigh; Sutton
Utd v Aldershot; Torquay v
Ebbsfleet; Tranmere v
Hartlepool; Woking v Dover;
Wrexham v AFC Fylde.
Ladbrokes Scottish Prem:
Hamilton v Ross Co (12.30);
Hibernian v Kilmarnock;
Motherwell v Dundee; St
Johnstone v Partick.
Championship: Brechin v
Queen of the South; Dundee
Utd v Livingston;
Dunfermline v Dumbarton;
Falkirk v St Mirren; Morton v
Inverness CT.
SUNDAY
Premier League: Man Utd v
Arsenal (4.30); West Ham v
Man City (2.15).
Ladbrokes Scottish Prem:
Celtic v Rangers (12.0).
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MATTHEW燬YED
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onventional wisdom says that the
industrial revolution was a triumph of
intellectuals. The theoretical
breakthroughs of Robert Hooke and
Robert Boyle inspired the creation of
the steam engine and the like. Indeed,
technology is often defined as ?the
application of scientific knowledge to
practical projects?.
This would have come as some surprise to
Thomas Newcomen, however. Biographies of
the inventor of the steam engine reveal that he
was a semi-literate lay preacher who knew
nothing of Hooke or Boyle. Instead, he
patiently tweaked his machine, increasing its
effectiveness and, therefore, profitability. His
machines were not created by theory, but
through trial and error.
The great iconoclast Nassim Nicholas Taleb
calls this the ?scientism fallacy?: the tendency
to over-intellectualise the expertise of
craftsmen. This has become rife in sport, too,
with a classic case involving Richard Dawkins.
The zoologist offers this as an explanation
for how a baseball player catches a ball: ?He
behaves as if he had solved a set of differential
equations in predicting the trajectory . . . At
some subconscious level, something
functionally equivalent to the mathematical
calculations is going on.?
This explanation would surprise a baseball
player, however. Gerd Gigerenzer, an
academic who, rather unusually, studies
humans in natural settings rather than labs,
has found that players typically rely not on
equations but heuristics (rules of thumb). ?The
gaze heuristic is the simplest one and works if
the ball is already high in the air,? he writes.
?Fix your gaze on the ball, start running, and
adjust your running speed so the angle of gaze
remains constant.?
We see the scientism fallacy in certain types
of football analysis, too. After matches, a small
army of boffins seek to explain what has
happened using jargon and maths. The
following example from a tactics website tells
its own story: ?The first overload in the ballnear space is created from the right centre
back pushing up as he is completely free,
forming a 4v3 superiority down the flank. This
is primarily resulting from the lack of shifting
by the team (especially in the two strikers),
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MK Dons sack
Micciche after
three months
Performance of the week
Northampton Town Without a
home win since January, they
beat Plymouth Argyle 2-0,
seriously boosting their hopes
of survival while damaging the
away side?s play-off aspirations.
Player of the week Theo
Robinson Southend United
resulting in poor horizontal compactness.? But
you will not be surprised to hear that these
explanations come as a shock to the managers
who are being analysed, as Marina Hyde of
The Guardian has noted. Borussia
M鰊chengladbach coach Dieter Hecking said:
?Today there are even websites, presenting
alleged thoughts of us coaches after the game.
I have read them once after a Wolfsburg game.
I was wondering, ?Am I supposed to have come
up with these highly complex things?? ?
The German FA?s head of coaching
education, Frank Wormuth, made a similar
point, talking of theorists ?seized by a canvas
with colour patches, wondering what the
painter wanted to tell them, and afterwards
pay a lot of money for it. What did the painter
want to tell us? Nothing. Perhaps he had just
had a bad day.? In other words, intellectuals
are overcomplicating ? and often
misconceiving ? what practical people have
discovered naturally and organically.
This is not to say that science is irrelevant in
sport. There is much to learn in (relatively)
simple domains such as physiology, nutrition,
medicine, etc. Science can also highlight biases
or oversights in the conventional wisdom in
areas such as recruitment and tactics, as the
book Moneyball has revealed in baseball. The
work of academics such as Chris Anderson
and Stefan Szymanski has revealed interesting
patterns in football, too, which managers
would do well to understand.
The problem is the tendency to prioritise
intellectualism over practical experience. To
return to technology for a moment, James
Dyson trialled 5,126 prototypes to create his
revolutionary vacuum cleaner, yet had little
need for theories of airflow dynamics. Indeed,
these theories were later reformed to
accommodate what Dyson had learnt. The
same happened in the industrial revolution,
where Nicolas L閛nard Sadi Carnot, a French
physicist, created his laws of thermodynamics
after examining machines such as the steam
engine. This was a seminal event but note the
direction of causality. Theory had not driven
practice, but the other way around.
This may seem curious. How can
technologies emerge without a guiding
theory? For much the same reason that
football tactics advance without managers
The first Southend hat-trick
for six years proved the
highlight of a 4-0 victory over
MK Dons, which leaves
relegation an increasingly
likely prospect for the losers,
who sacked their manager,
Dan Micciche, after just three
months in the job yesterday.
Goal of the week Michael
Smith Rotherham United
The striker dispossessed a
Bristol Rovers defender on the
halfway line and advanced
before unleashing a clinical
finish, the first goal in a 2-0
victory that guarantees his side
a place in the play-offs.
Rising star George Miller Bury
The 19-year-old forward,
on loan from Middlesbrough,
impressed in his side?s 1-1 draw
away to Shrewsbury Town.
Villain of the week Josh Lillis
Rochdale The goalkeeper
dropped a routine 89th-minute
cross to gift Charlie Wyke an
equaliser for Bradford City.
Stat of the week Promotion to
the Championship means that
Wigan Athletic have now been
relegated three times and
promoted twice since beating
Manchester City in the 2013
FA Cup final.
Rooney honed his skills with hours of practice
yet some academics argue his performance is
aided by subconscious differential equations
having an intimate understanding of, say,
statistical regression: namely, the power of
evolution. The process of clashing with rival
teams highlights weaknesses, forcing a
constant process of re-evaluation and reform.
This is not just a battle of ideas, but of survival.
If a manager keeps losing, he is sacked.
Football is a domain, then, where
protagonists have what Taleb calls ?skin in the
game?. It is not just managers who disappear
when they fail to perform, but players, too.
Wayne Rooney learnt to play on the street,
hour after hour, building up practical
expertise. As Taleb puts it: ?The [sportsman]
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Luton go up
as Exeter
drop points
Quote of the week ?Blackburn
got a little bit ahead of
themselves when we had
games in hand with some
things said about us becoming
fatigued, but we haven?t.? Paul
Cook, the manager of promoted
Wigan, cannot resist a dig at
Lancashire rivals who had
hoped to capitalise on his
team?s memorable FA Cup run.
Performance of the week
Lincoln City Reduced to ten
men, Lincoln remained on
course for a potential play-off
return to Wembley ? where
they won the Football League
Trophy at the start of this
month ? thanks to a 94thminute header from the
defender Luke Waterfall in the
has no clue about the exact heuristic, but he
goes with it ? otherwise he would lose the
game to another, non-intellectualising
competitor.?
Imagine lecturing Rooney on theoretical
biomechanics to help him to kick the ball
more accurately. It would be like trying to
assist Newcomen by furnishing him with a
textbook on thermodynamics.
Coaches (and scientists) can give practical
guidance, of course. Marcel Desailly, for
example, improved his speed by resisting the
tendency to lean back. But these are mere
nudges to a process thoroughly grounded in
organic experience. The perspective of
Dawkins ? that Rooney is using differential
equations subconsciously ? is a category
mistake.
My guess is that most managerial
knowledge is also theoretical rather than
contextual ? encoded in heuristics and
passed down through apprenticeship and
experience of playing or watching. Pep
Guardiola, for example, did not use equations
to drive his tactical revolution but had a hunch
derived from his education under Johan
Cruyff, along with periods in Italy and Mexico,
tested it, discovered its strength and
weaknesses, and then slowly perfected it.
Of course, science sometimes leads directly
to practical applications. The atom bomb
emerging from relativity is a case in point. In
general, innovation is a complex interplay
between theory and practice, with the latter
the principal driver.
Taleb offers a classic story from antiquity
where an old wagon in the Phrygian city of
Gordium had its yoke tied with a multitude of
knots. These were so tightly entangled that it
was difficult to figure out how to unravel
them, and an oracle declared that the person
who could do so would rule all Asia.
Intellectuals pondered it, theorised about it,
and sought complex solutions. Alexander the
Great, a more practical chap, drew his sword
and with a single stroke, cut the knot in half.
?People who have always operated without
skin in the game seek the complicated . . . and
avoid the simple like the plague,? Taleb writes.
?Practitioners, on the other hand, have the
opposite instincts, looking for the simple . . .
and the effective.?
2-1 win over Colchester United.
Villain of the week Tom James
Yeovil Town Thrashed a
Player of the week Jayden
Stockley Exeter City
clearance into his own net
from the edge of the box to gift
Notts County their second
goal in a 4-1 win that keeps
them still in with a chance of
automatic promotion.
Two well-taken goals were not
enough to see off Crawley
Town, with the 2-2 draw
leaving Exeter out of the
automatic promotion places
and ensuring Luton Town?s
elevation to League One.
Goal of the week Scott Brown
Accrington Stanley A sweet
left-foot volley from the edge
of the area in a hugely
impressive 4-0 win at thirdplaced Wycombe Wanderers.
Rising star Dayle Grubb Forest
Green Rovers Came off the
bench with the game against
fellow strugglers Chesterfield
tied at 1-1 and set up one goal
and scored another.
Stat of the week 1,404 number
of Luton Town supporters who
made the 550-mile round trip
to see their side win promotion
in a 1-1 draw at Carlisle United.
Quote of the week ?It was all or
nothing, full duck or no dinner
and we?re going to be having
duck tonight, aren?t we??
Luton fans? favourite Alan
Sheehan revives the ?full duck
or no dinner? catchphrase that
caught the imagination when
he challenged his team-mates
to win promotion in January.
ck into the tie ? became
ever starker with the introduction of
Belgium?s international captain Tessa
Wullaert.
And, ultimately, Hayes?s fears that
an English team will struggle to
reach the final of Europe?s premier
competition due to the demands of
the domestic schedule looked
well-founded.
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or years, they congratulated
themselves, clinking
champagne flutes in the
boardroom to mark those
queasy ?miracles?, as though
earning the right to lose again
next season was something
worth mythologising. There
would be anger and bluster ? their
players had proved they could win if
they really put their backs into it ?
nothing would be learnt and a weary
cycle of churn and change would
begin again. They glorified their own
failure and became blind to it.
Sunderland are now a third-tier
club. They have been led to this point
by a witless, catastrophic ownership;
institutionally arrogant, financially
imprudent, impervious to the
necessity of entrusting football
decisions to football people, deaf to
those who dare challenge them,
paranoid about criticism, setting store
in nothing aside from survival and
then having no answers when there
was a price to pay. Ellis Short is now
an absentee landlord.
Short was the drink-addled gambler
chasing bad bets. The experienced
manager didn?t work, so he appointed
a greenhorn. His money was invested
badly, so he brought in a director of
football who invested it worse. Then
there was a sporting director who said
on the quiet that Sunderland had
signed a future England captain when
Jack Rodwell, the great disappearing
footballer, arrived. More experience:
Dick Advocaat, that little warrior,
who was driven to tears.
Then came Sam Allardyce and a bit
of momentum, which drove him
straight to England and a different
sort of farce. David Moyes was
Sunderland?s sour-faced undertaker,
Simon Grayson willing but incapable
of arresting the slide.
Short has wasted a chunk of his
own fortune, but the billionaire has
been a genius at side-stepping
condemnation. There have been 11
managers on his watch, switched with
such regularity that blame became a
shifting target. Each of them sought
their own players while clearing up a
mess. As the seasons hobbled by, they
have all repeated the same old
mistakes, searching in their playbooks
for an answer, for anything.
Perhaps Short looked at those late
lurches up the Premier league and
lauded his own brilliance, even
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hris Coleman conceded that his
future as Sunderland?s manager
was ?out of my hands? after
defeat at home to Burton Albion
confirmed the club would play
third-tier football next season.
Coleman inherited an unenviable
situation when he succeeded Simon
Grayson in November but has still
made an unwanted contribution to
back-to-back relegations by winning
just five of his 28 games.
His record would be deemed
sufficient by many to trigger a parting
of the ways, but it is more the
uncertainty over the club?s long-term
ownership that casts the biggest
shadow on the 47-year-old?s desire to
lead the hoped-for renaissance from
League One.
?Could things get worse? No, I don?t
think so,? Coleman said: ?Whatever
my fate is, it?s out of my hands. The
club?s fate has been in my hands and
those of the players, but we didn?t
have what we needed to succeed, and
that?s the worst feeling. The problem
is we don?t know who the owner of
the club is going to be and that puts
doubt into everyone?s mind. I want to
be here but I can?t definitely tell you
that I?m going to be.?
Almost five months into the job and
Coleman has yet to speak to Short,
the billionaire US financier whose
desire to move on from his flirtation
with owning an English football club
continues to have grave consequences
for those that he no longer engages
with. Coleman added: ?What
emotions do I have towards him? I
don?t have any because I don?t know
the guy. If he was stood here I?d ask
him what he expects of us? At the
minute, he does not want a lot to do
with us. He?s ploughed a hell of a lot
of money into this club but for some
time, he has not wanted to be here,
and has wanted out. The club needs
help. Whether it is me or someone
else who walks through the door, we
need someone above us to say we can
or we cannot do this or that.
?I?ve not witnessed anything like
this before where I have never spoken
to a chairman. Fifteen years I have
been a manager and I have had huge
arguments with various chairmen
because I wanted one thing and they
wanted another. That?s normal. But to
have no conversation with him at all
is bizarre, strange.?
Asked for his message to fans who
have endured a largely miserable past
decade and more, Coleman attempted
to strike an optimistic tone. ?Stick
with us,? he implored. ?It?s still very
raw and I know they will be
absolutely devastated and angry. We
have to understand that, but I would
say stick with the club. It?s an awful
time, but those better times will be
here sooner or later. Things will get
better. It?s not about stabilising, it?s
about bouncing straight back. Bang.?
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Sunderland
though Paolo Di Canio ? that
managerial charlatan, as Martin
O?Neill described his successor ?
and Gustavo Poyet left havoc in their
wake. Then there was Di Canio?s
?fascist? politics, the scandal of Adam
Johnson, the sense that Sunderland?s
historic roots were expendable.
Sunderland stood for safety and
then they stood for nothing; a hole
where a football club should be. Much
has been made of falling attendances,
but in these circumstances the
wonder should not be the fans who
have walked away, but the thousands
who still come, fidgeting through two
home wins since December 2016. If
anything, they have been too loyal.
John O?Shea, that man of Old
Trafford, joined Sunderland in July
2011. ?It happened three months into
it,? the centre half told The Times
recently. ?I was thinking I?d be
working with Steve Bruce and the
next thing you know, the manager
has gone. That got the merry-goround going. We were just surviving
in the Premier League, but I suppose
in the back of my mind I was always
thinking, ?Right, this will be the time
we?ll settle down and kick on.?
?It never happened. Iceland got a
long throw in the European
Championship and it ends up taking
Sam Allardyce away and it?s a case of
?Here we go again?. But I?ve never lost
sight of what a magnificent club this
is or could be.?
It was that promise that drew Chris
Coleman to Wearside. ?I remembered
it in better times, when things were
going well; big club, big expectation,
big noise, hostility,? he said. ?I wanted
to have a taste of that. I wanted to
recreate it.? Instead, he has
encountered a howl of anguish.
Sunderland will return, but Short
must go quickly. He has been a
human wrecking ball and is fresh out
of miracles.
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Wolves hit
four and
seal title
Performance of the
week Birmingham City
A first win in four
games, 2-1 over
Sheffield United, the
play-off hopefuls,
should be enough to
keep Garry Monk?s
team in the
Championship.
Player of the week
Tom Clarke Preston
North End The captain
and centre back threw
himself into tackles to
ensure a clean sheet in
a draw at home to
Norwich City, despite
playing for the final
25 minutes with a
hamstring injury.
Goal of the week
Jacques Maghoma
Birmingham City
The winger took a
defence-splitting pass
from Che Adams in his
stride before racing
away and slotting past
Jamal Blackman to
clinch Birmingham?s
2-1 win.
Rising star Tom Pearce
Leeds United The 20-
year-old full back
marked his third start
with his first senior
goal, driving a low shot
into the bottom corner
from outside the box
in the 2-1 win against
Barnsley.
Villain of the week
Grant Ward Ipswich
Town A high tackle on
Neil Taylor earned the
defender a straight red
card and Aston Villa
quickly turned a onegoal advantage into a
4-0 victory.
Stat of the week
Wolverhampton
Wanderers? 4-0 win
away to Bolton
Wanderers clinched
the title for the fourth
time in the club?s
history ? only
Leicester City (7),
Manchester City (7),
Sheffield Wednesday
(5) and Sunderland (5)
have won more.
Quote of the week
?Goodness knows
what Fulham are
thinking. They?ve gone
22 games unbeaten
and we?re still all over
them like a rash,? Neil
Warnock whose
Cardiff City team have
a one-point cushion
and a game in hand
over the London club.
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here was an image doing the rounds
on social media last week, depicting
the Ram on the Derby County club
crest altered to resemble a bottle on
four legs. Supporters can be a cruel
bunch and Middlesbrough?s fans ?
after witnessing their team?s deserved
2-1 win at Pride Park on Saturday ?
took great pleasure in twisting the knife a little
further. ?Derby County,? they chorused, ?it?s
happening again.?
Fairly or not, the narrative portraying Derby
as perennial chokers is becoming harder and
harder to shake and it was difficult to escape
the growing sense of resignation on Saturday
that they are on the way to letting slip a strong
position in their bid to reach the Premier
League for the fourth time in the past five
seasons, despite the fact that fate very much
remains in their own hands. A run of two wins
in their past 13 games has seen them drift from
second in the Sky Bet Championship in midFebruary to seventh, a point and a place
outside the play-offs before their game in hand
against Cardiff City tomorrow night.
?It must be frustrating for the fans. I can
only feel sorry for them when it?s happened for
five years running,? Gary Rowett, the
manager, said. ?I suppose for them they were
thinking this year might be different. We got
to second. We looked to have a more resilient
edge. I felt, in second, that we wouldn?t fall
away like previous seasons ? but we have.?
Rowett has been in the job since only last
March, of course, and he is not the first to
have seen his team stumble in the decade
since Derby resided in the top flight ? that
one-season sojourn memorable for the lowest
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points haul in Premier League history. Nigel
Clough?s subsequent tenure is remembered
fondly for his steadying hand, but since
Derby?s agonising defeat by QPR at Wembley
in the 2013-14 play-off final under Steve
McClaren, not even the vast investment of Mel
Morris, the owner, has been able to see Derby
over the line.
Escaping from the Championship is no
mean feat, but it is the manner in which Derby
have foundered that pains supporters so much.
In 2015-16 Derby were top of the table in
March before the soon-to-depart McClaren
saw his side plummet to eighth after a run of
two wins in their last 13 games. Next up was
Paul Clement, who was harshly sacked in
February 2016 with the club in fifth; the
subsequent 3-0 defeat by Hull City in the playoff semi-final first-leg consigned Derby to
another year in the second tier.
Last season Nigel Pearson and McClaren
(again) came and went before Rowett arrived
last March. This season, an unbeaten 14-game
run from November to February kindled
hopes that this could be their year. But the rot
Assombalonga
adds to Derby?s
woes with
Middlesbrough?s
second goal from
close range
Age 25
Clubs Hamburg,
Ferencvaros, Everton,
Middlesbrough (loan)
Attributes Skilful,
tenacious
Has there been any
interest? Besic has
played 46 minutes of
Premier League football
for Everton since he
ruptured his cruciate
ligament in August 2016,
but has impressed at the
Riverside since January
set in again. Saturday was Derby?s third
consecutive defeat. And after humbling 4-1
and 3-1 defeats against Sunderland and Burton
Albion respectively in the past few weeks
Curtis Davies, the captain, questioned the
players? ?heart and desire?.
?It?s frustrating. It?s happened too often and
we don?t want to be remembered for not quite
making it, and people saying we?ve bottled it,?
Scott Carson, the goalkeeper, said. ?We lose a
game and that?s the first thing that comes out.
It?s something no one can put a finger on.?
Ollie Wright, 38, author of The Derby
County Blog, believes that the reasons for
their loss of form are varied. ?Key injuries at
the wrong time have not helped.? he said. ?In
any promotion you need everything to click,
to get that bit of luck here and there, and
maybe we have lacked that bit of bottle or
character. There?s been so much expectation
and maybe that has weighed heavy too.?
Off the field, there has rarely been an air of
equanimity under Morris. The Derby-born
businessman, who bought the club in 2015, has
had tempestuous relationships with his
managers and he will soon meet in court Sam
Rush, his former chief executive whom he
sacked for gross misconduct and breach of
fiduciary duty in May.
Morris has, though, invested more than
� million assembling one of the most
expensive squads in the division, and invested
heavily in the club?s infrastructure and
academy. More recently, however, he has
acknowledged the need for a more sustainable
approach and the sale of prize assets Tom
Ince, Will Hughes and Cyrus Christie last
summer for a combined figure of about
� million points towards a more frugal
future. In their place arrived Joe Ledley, Tom
Huddlestone, Davies and Cameron Jerome, all
acquired to add the experience that, it was
hoped, would see Derby over the line. Instead
THE燯PS,
DOWNS�&
ALMOST
THERE S
Championship
Champions
Wolves
Play-offs Cardiff,
Fulham and Aston
Villa are assured of
at least a play-off
place.
Relegated
Sunderland.
League One
Promoted Wigan.
Blackburn can
secure promotion
tomorrow
Play-offs
Blackburn,
Shrewsbury and
Rotherham are
assured of a
play-off place.
Relegated Bury.
MK Dons could be
relegated
tomorrow night.
League Two
Promoted
Accrington Stanley,
who need a point
to be champions,
and Luton Town.
Play-offs
Wycombe, Exeter
and Notts County
have at least a
play-off place.
Relegation
Chesterfield could
be relegated
tomorrow night.
the team have often looked slow and
ponderous and Derby regularly field the oldest
squad in the top four divisions.
Despite some grumblings from the stands
about Rowett?s functional football the
majority, Wright believes, feel that he is the
man to lead Derby forward, whatever this
season yields. ?We?ve had a different manager
at the start of each season since 2013,? Wright
says. ?You can?t keep sacking the manager
every six months and expect to get anywhere.?
Unlike the defeat away to Burton nine days
ago, which meant that Derby fell out of the
top six for the first time since November, they
did not lack for endeavour on Saturday in
what was a frantic and feisty encounter.
Adama Traor�, the Middlesbrough winger, was
the difference between the teams. The
22-year-old is a remarkable spectacle in full
flight, making even the most fleet-footed of
opponents look like they have lead in their
boots. Time and again he set off on blistering
runs, cutting and weaving and racing away
from a cluster of white shirts.
From one such surge down the right, in the
20th minute, Traor� rode a scything Craig
Forsyth challenge before finding Muhamed
Besic, the impressive Everton loanee, who
controlled, meandered into the box and fired
past Carson. And with 20 minutes left he
found Britt Assombalonga, who was alone in
the six-yard box, and he finished emphatically.
David Nugent pulled a goal back with an
injury-time penalty but Derby rarely troubled
Darren Randolph in the Middlesbrough goal.
?We?ve worked incredibly hard this season,?
Rowett said. ?We think there are certain
things we?ve done OK: we?ve got more points,
we?ve scored more goals, but we?re in the same
scenario with three games to go. I think the
time for judging is at the end of the season.
We?ve got no time to deliberate on those things
for too long. It?s frustrating, but that?s life.?
Report
The combative,
box-to-box BosniaHerzegovina midfielder
was singled out for praise
by Tony Pulis, his
manager, after a fine
performance on Saturday
in his 13th consecutive
start. With Adam Clayton
and Jonny Howson
buttressing the base of
the Middlesbrough
midfield triangle, Besic
was deployed in a more
advanced role and it was
one in which he
flourished.
He scored his first goal
in English football with a
fine first-half strike, and
should have added a
second after the break
when afforded similar
time and space in the
Derby penalty area, but
he blazed over. ?I played
this role when I was
younger, but I need time
to get used to the
offensive part and in the
last two games I?ve had
eight shots,? he said.
?Now I hope I will score
more goals.?
Besic, whose contract
with Everton runs until
2021, was full of industry,
with and without the ball,
pressing well when
Derby had possession
and making several
darting forward runsin
the first half. He looks to
have been an astute lone
signing.
?I will just be happy if
we go to the Premier
League and then I will
talk about [my future],?
he said. ?I just want to
keep going and to bring
Boro back in the Premier
League.
| THE燝AME
18
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1,282
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17
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27 72
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5 58
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2 54
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-14 50
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1,619
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251
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1,021
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2,350
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