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Monday October 23 2017
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
2GG
Perfect plan helps Kane rip
HENRY燱INTER
Chief燜ootball燱riter
Tottenham燞otspur
Kane 4, 56, Son 12
Alli 45+3
Liverpool
Salah 24
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Referee A Marriner Attendance 80,827
t would be tempting after another
Harry Kane masterclass to focus
primarily on a Tottenham
Hotspur striker so prolific that he
should have a purple patch sewn
into his lilywhite shirt. What truly
needs celebrating, though, is
Mauricio Pochettino?s influence
again. He has transformed Spurs into
a real force. He is magic, you know.
Whenever the Tottenham line-up is
announced, the reaction is frequently:
?Why is Poch doing that?? Against
Liverpool, Pochettino fielded two
right backs, and a central midfield
without a natural ball-winner. After 12
minutes, the universal reaction was:
?So that?s why he?s doing that!?
Pochettino?s tactical acumen places
him up with the very finest coaches of
his generation. Argentina?s most
famous footballer, Diego Maradona,
was here to salute his compatriot.
Maradona even wore a tie.
This was Pochettino?s first win as
Spurs manager in eight league and
cup matches over Liverpool, and was
rooted in his game plan of targeting
Dejan Lovren so successfully that the
hapless centre back was removed
after a painful half-hour. This
triumph was also based on
Pochettino?s counterattacking
strategy, especially utilising Son
Heung-min?s pace.
Pochettino is mixing up Spurs?s
style, knowing that they can play a
possession game, using such adept
ball players as Harry Winks and
Christian Eriksen, but raiding rapidly
here, constantly catching out
Liverpool. Whatever his tactical
tweaks, his approach shines with
boldness, in keeping with the ?to dare
is to do? club credo.
It was a huge statement of intent to
start three creative types in the
centre, Winks, Eriksen and Dele Alli,
but they all responded with alacrity.
Alli showed that he can do the dirty
side of the game ? tackling, blocking,
closing opponents down ? as well as
parading his skills, such as when
nutmegging Emre Can.
Pochettino is not simply giving
English players a chance, as with Alli,
Winks, Kane and Kieran Trippier, but
he enhances their talents. Trippier
again demonstrated how much he has
improved with an assured display,
Winks develops by the game, Alli
looks increasingly versatile, a No 8 as
well as a No 10, while Kane is simply
unstoppable, and took his tally for the
season to 13. Plus four for England.
Pochettino put Serge Aurier on the
left, trying to deal with the pacey
threat of Mohamed Salah. The
Egyptian was comfortably Liverpool?s
best player, scoring their goal and
being denied a second by Hugo Lloris,
but might have inflicted more damage
I
had Aurier not largely kept pace
with him.
Some of Spurs? line-up was forced
on Pochettino by injury with Danny
Rose still regaining sharpness but
making the bench, while Victor
Wanyama and Mousa Demb閘� are
still to return. Eric Dier, outstanding
in defence in midweek at the
Bernabeu, suffered a vomiting bug on
Friday and was restricted to ten
minutes here.
Pochettino has gradually
strengthened the Spurs squad, and
the reserves play their part. Fans
don?t sigh in frustration and
trepidation when Moussa Sissoko
comes on now; he?s a respected
member of the squad for his
increasingly powerful input.
Pochettino?s man-management skills
help to keep those on the bench
largely accepting, knowing that they
will be used. Sissoko, Dier and
Fernando Llorente all came on here,
having all started in Madrid.
How Liverpool would love such a
balanced, accomplished, ambitious
squad as they are embarrassingly
bereft in certain areas, namely
goalkeeper, where Simon Mignolet
erred again, centre back where
L I V E R POO L? S 燜OU R 燛 R RO RS
1-0 Mignolet error Liverpool?s offside trap fails, allowing Harry Kane to take the
ball around the onrushing goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and fire home
PRE MI E R燣 E AG U E
H OW 燭T H E YY燬TAN
STA N D
2-0 Lovren error The centre half jumps under a long throw from Hugo Lloris,
playing in Kane, who sets up Son Heung-min for the second goal
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Man City ................ 9
Man United .......... 9
Tottenham............9
Chelsea...................9
Arsenal ................... 9
Watford .................. 9
Newcastle ............. 9
Burnley...................9
Liverpool ............... 9
Southampton ..... 9
Huddersfield .......9
Brighton.................9
West Brom............9
Leicester................9
Swansea.................9
West Ham ............. 9
Stoke........................9
Everton...................9
Bournemouth.....9
Crystal Palace .... 9
W
8
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3
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GDPts
28 25
18 20
13 20
7 16
5 16
-2 15
2 14
-1 13
-2 13
-1 12
-3 12
-1 11
-3 10
-2 9
-4 8
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-17 3
Lovren erred again and again, and
also left back, for all Alberto Moreno?s
recent revival. Salah impressed,
Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho
and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
worked hard but were undermined by
their defence. Georginio Wijnaldum?s
drive was certainly missed. Liverpool
now sit ninth and only Watford of the
top 15 have conceded more goals (17
to Liverpool?s 16).
Pochettino had done his
homework, immediately targeting
Lovren, driving time after time down
the inside-right channel. Kane struck
within four minutes. Trippier dinked
the ball forward over the sluggish
Lovren. Kane was played onside by
Joe Gomez as Joel Matip appealed,
while Moreno was nowhere. Mignolet
rushed out hopelessly and helplessly,
Kane ran on, keeping his balance and,
as Matip raced out, the striker stroked
the ball into the net: 1-0.
The second arrived within eight
minutes as Spurs again proved too
quick of mind and body for Liverpool.
James Milner?s cross from the right
3-1 Matip error Liverpool centre half Joel Matip can only head a Christian Eriksen
4-1 Mignolet error The goalkeeper flaps
free kick into the path of Dele Alli, who scores the third for Spurs
was confidently taken by Lloris, who
swiftly launched a counter with a long
throw to Kane on the right, inevitably.
Lovren totally misread the flight of
the ball, gifting Kane a free run. Kane,
poacher turned goal-maker, slid the
ball across for Son to finish: 2-0.
Against the run of play, Liverpool
pulled one back. Firmino tracked
back, pressing Kane in true J黵gen
Klopp fashion. Yet the Brazilian
caught Kane, sending him tumbling
but Andre Marriner waved play on.
Jordan Henderson lifted the ball
through for Salah, with a slight scuff,
to steer the ball past Lloris: 2-1.
Klopp removed Lovren. Can
dropped to right back, Gomez shifted
to right centre half, and Matip moved
alongside Moreno. Coutinho was now
in midfield with Oxlade-Chamberlain
on the left. Gomez certainly deserves
a chance at centre back. Yet Alli was
moving up a gear, threatening with
his movement and passing. Liverpool
responded aggressively. First Milner
caught Alli, then Can did. As the
Germany player was booked, Spurs
organised the free kick. Eriksen lifted
it in, and Matip headed out, a poor
clearance, straight into traffic. Alli
calmly placed it past Mignolet: 3-1.
Ten minutes into the second half,
Trippier touched the ball down the
line, Kane cut inside Moreno and was
fouled by the panicking Matip.
Trippier took the free kick, and
Mignolet had another of his hapless
moments, failing to clear properly. Jan
Vertonghen latched on to the loose
ball and Firmino did well to clear off
the line. But there was Kane,
ramming in the rebound: 4-1.
?One-season wonder, just a oneseason wonder,? crowed Spurs fans,
mocking Kane?s long-vanquished
critics. Liverpool were left to a
gathering inquest, on their defence,
and their goalkeeping problems. The
importance of a top goalkeeper was
shown when Lloris stretched out his
left hand to push Coutinho?s shot on
to the bar before thwarting Salah with
his foot. Spurs have so much class and
the canny Pochettino makes it even
more effective.
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in燿efence,�
says燢lopp
ALYSON燫UDD
J黵gen Klopp spoke about what
impact he might have had, had he been
a player yesterday, not a coach, and
concluded that he would have done
better in clearing the danger for
Tottenham Hotspur?s first goal.
This was not to boast but to underline that his defenders had no excuses
as they failed to contain a confident
Spurs team. Klopp has overseen an
abysmal start to the season in terms of
away form, conceding three against
Monday October 23 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 3
2GG
Liverpool apart
HOW燭HE
TEAMS燫ATED
ALYS O N� R U D D
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SEE燭HESE燝OALS�
Watch Liverpool?s defensive
nightmare, plus all the weekend?s
goals and highlights, including
Everton?s home defeat by Arsenal
7
HUGO燣LORIS
Commanded his area
well and set up Spurs?
second goal with a
superbly judged long
throw.
6
DAVINSON燬罭CHEZ
Led the defence with an
unflappable demeanour
and was quick to spot
the runs of his
midfielders.
6
TOBY燗LDERWEIRELD
As unflustered as his
Liverpool counterparts
were panicked, he had a
surprisingly humdrum
afternoon.
6
JAN燰ERTONGHEN
Let down, perhaps, by
his goalkeeper for the
Salah goal, otherwise the
Belgian was solid with
few errors.
7
KIERAN燭RIPPIER
Jumped well to deny
Firmino a headed chance
at goal. Accurate crosses
and set pieces and bags
of energy.
6
HARRY燱INKS
He seems wiser than his
years. It was yet another
understated display from
the season?s surprise
midfielder.
7
CHRISTIAN燛RIKSEN
The calmest player on
the pitch, his vision, as
usual, was invaluable
and his free kick led to
Alli?s strike.
7
DELE燗LLI
Always busy, frequently
annoying, not always
accurate, but he took his
goal with a relaxed sort
of impudence.
5
SERGE燗URIER
Found the pace and
trickery of Salah tough
to grapple with at times.
He was more impressive
when surging forward.
7
SON燞EUNG璏IN
Took his goal beautifully
and overall was intuitive
and hard working,
linking intelligently with
Kane.
8
HARRY燢ANE
Keener to stay on his
feet to score than to look
for the penalty under the
challenge of Mignolet.
Poacher supreme.
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at a cross and Harry Kane, waiting behind him, is ready to pounce and put the icing on Spurs? victory at Wembley
Watford, five against Manchester City
and now four at Wembley.
?We have to work on it,? Klopp said.
?We have to prove we are better
defenders than we showed. We have
three unbelievably big scoresheets:
Watford, City and today, 12
goals conceded ? that?s crazy.
You don?t have to talk about
quality. Without quality, they
wouldn?t be involved at
Liverpool, 100 per cent.
They had a plan but
the only way to fix it
is to stay strong and
work on it.
?The first goal
would not happen
if I was on the pitch,
but I am in the
middle of the technicall
area in trainers. We had
more players there than
them. Do we need to be
Pochettino enjoyed
a reunion with the
legend Maradona
prepared for a situation like this? Yes
? we are usually. Each job is clear but
we did not do it. I cannot fix it here. But
we will fix it.?
Klopp denied that the 7-0 midweek
Champions League victory against
Maribor had led to complacency. ?Did
they want it? Yes, you could see it at 4-1
down, we improved,? he said. ?For
Tottenham it was quite a
test as well. I don?t want
to say anything positive
today about us. But it?s
not attitude, like
maybe you think.?
Having been
knocked out of
the EFL Cup,
Liverpool now
have a clear
week in which
to improve.
?We have a
normal
week,?
Klopp said.
need
??We
time to train.
That?s what we?ll do. I don?t like
situations like this. We have to show a
reaction.?
Although Dejan Lovren suffered the
humiliation of being substituted after
half an hour, Klopp insisted the
defender should not be the fall guy. ?I
really don?t want to blame players and
Dejan was not worse than others,? the
German said. ?We had to change
something. We had to be more stable.?
For Mauricio Pochettino, a good day
simply became even better when the
Tottenham manager was reunited
with Diego Maradona after two
decades. ?I saw him and it was so
emotional,? the former Argentina
defender said. ?It was difficult to let
him go. When you?re in front of
Maradona, you want to stay with him.
?It is 20 years since I?ve seen him and
it was fantastic. He is the best player in
football and he?s massive because he
remembered every single moment we
shared when we played at Newell?s Old
Boys. He?s a great, great personality
and person. I was very happy to see
him today.?
LIVERPOOL�(4)
Total爎ating�
5
SIMON燤IGNOLET
Calamitous reaction to
Kane running into the
area but saved well with
feet from Son later in the
game.
5
JOE燝OMEZ
Reasonably robust
defending and quick to
make amends whenever
he misjudged the flight
of the ball.
5
JO薒燤ATIP
Made an effort on a day
when the Liverpool
defence was particularly
poor but failed to clear
Eriksen set piece.
3
DEJAN燣OVREN
Very sluggish and
embarrassing start and
at fault for the first two
goals with poor reading
of Kane?s positioning.
5
ALBERTO燤ORENO
No longer the worst
defender in the Liverpool
team; this was a
relatively competent and
incisive performance.
5
JAMES燤ILNER
Tottenham?s quick
thinking and nimbleness
were a thorn in his side.
He produced one
powerful run.
4
JORDAN燞ENDERSON
Worked hard but was
often found chasing his
tail as he failed to
impose himself on the
pattern of the contest.
4
EMRE燙AN
Moved to right back
after the reshuffle but
struggled and conceded
the free kick that led to
a goal.
7
MOHAMED燬ALAH
Judged the angle of his
shot for Liverpool?s goal
to perfection and was
the most feared player in
a red shirt.
5
ROBERTO燜IRMINO
He forged few chances
against a well-organised
defence; unlucky that his
goal-line clearance fell
to Kane.
6
PHILIPPE燙OUTINHO
Some delightful passes
and set-piece delivery
but failed to make an
impact other than an
effort that was saved.
72 Total爎ating�
SUBSTITUTIONS
Moussa Sissoko (for Son 69min, 5)
Eric Dier (for Eriksen 81), Fernando
Llorente (for Kane 88).
Substitutes not used M Vorm,
D Rose, G-K N?Koudou, E Dier,
B Davies.
54
SUBSTITUTIONS
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for
Lovren 32, 5), Daniel Sturridge (for
Firmino 77), Marko Grujic (for Can
83). Substitutes not used L Karius,
R Klavan, D Solanke, T AlexanderArnold. Booked Can.
4
| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
2GG
Klopp must
take blame
for comedy
of errors
German爉ay爃ave爎e璭nergised燣iverpool,�
writes燨liver燢ay,燽ut爐heir燿efence爃as�
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here must be times, like
when sitting demoralised on
the bench at Wembley
yesterday afternoon, when
Dejan Lovren pines for those
simpler times playing under
Mauricio Pochettino. In his
first season in English
football, Lovren earned rave reviews
at Southampton ? a dominant,
aggressive defender, a warrior, a
leader. Pochettino described him as
ideal for the Premier League, a player
who was ?good at solving difficult
situations?.
Yesterday, not for the first time in
his Liverpool career, Lovren looked
like a player who could turn the most
straightforward situation into a
calamity. It comes to something
when, with Liverpool 2-1 down after
half an hour, J黵gen Klopp felt the
need to substitute his � million
central defender. It meant switching
Joe Gomez from right back to central
defence and Emre Can, a midfielder,
to right back, but Klopp felt that
withdrawing Lovren was the only
option ? less for the player?s own
good than, in the manager?s mind, for
the team?s.
It made little difference, though.
Tottenham Hotspur added another
two goals, both of them horrendous
from a Liverpool viewpoint, to leave
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Klopp?s team with a record of 16 goals
conceded in their first nine Premier
League matches (or, if you prefer, 15
in their first five away games). It can
be Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius in
goal, Lovren, Jo雔 Matip or Ragnar
Klavan in central defence, or any
combination of unproven young full
backs, and they still look like a team
who, when their defence is put under
pressure, show all the durability of a
wet paper bag.
Klopp has rightly been praised for
the way he re-energised Liverpool
over the past two years and for the
bold, incisive nature of their attacking
play, but their defence, which has
been a weakness for at least seven
seasons, with changing personnel, is
getting worse. As bad as the statistics
look, there is no more damning
evidence against Liverpool?s defence
than watching them with your own
eyes on an afternoon like this.
The way we have become
conditioned to watch football in
recent times, it can often feel as
though every goal scored is the result
of incompetence; it is rarely true, but
it was certainly the case for the four
that Liverpool conceded. Take your
choice for the worst of the lot:
Lovren?s hopeless misjudgment of a
goalkeeper?s throw-out for the second
goal would probably be the winner,
Kane takes advantage of more poor
defending from Liverpool to turn in
his second and Tottenham?s fourth
goal at Wembley yesterday
but there should also be mentions for
the third (Matip turning a harmless
free kick into a shooting opportunity
for an unmarked Dele Alli), the
fourth (Mignolet bizarrely opting to
punch under pressure and making a
terrible fist of it) and indeed the first,
which lacked the comedic element of
the other three but deserves a
mention less for the wonky offside
trap than for the insipid nature of
every Liverpool challenge in the
build-up to Kane?s goal. ?Unbelievably
easy to defend,? Klopp said of that
first Tottenham goal.
Respect燘atshuayi�爃e?s燿eadlier爐han燞enry
TONY�
CASCARINO I?ve heard an awful lot Premier League all time bench there is belief that
THE燱EEKEND�
TALKING燩OINTS
about what Michy
Batshuayi cannot do but
the one thing he can do
is score goals and his
record of one goal every
60.57 minutes makes him
the most deadly striker in
Premier League history.
OK, he has scored only
seven so far but, among
players who have scored
more than five, nobody
has scored more often ?
and that includes legends
such as Thierry Henry,
Ruud van Nistelrooy and
Sergio Ag黣ro.
When he comes off the
min/goal ratio
1 M Batshuayi.................60.57
2 Gabriel Jesus................. 88
3 � Morata.........................92.17
4 S Ag黣ro.....................108.05
5 H Kane...........................116.94
6 T Henry.........................121.79
7 K Iheanacho................123.17
8 A Le Fondre................124.33
9 R Van Nistelrooy......128.19
10 L Su醨ez.......................138.8
Most Premier League
goals off the bench
1 J Defoe...................................23
2 O G Solskjaer......................17
3 Kanu........................................17
=57 Batshuayi..........................6
he is going to do
something. By contrast,
when West Ham United
brought Andr� Ayew on
at half-time on Friday it
was mainly to groans.
Batshuayi is a
throwback to the days of
the supersub. Think Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer and
Teddy Sheringham, for
example. Yet these days
you rarely send a player
on with any expectation
that they are going to
score. Batshuayi offers a
genuine threat and he
should be appreciated.
At times this season, when not
taking issue with the media fixation
on his team?s defending, Klopp has
given the impression that these are
just individual errors and denied that
there is a common thread between
them all. At other times he has taken
what would seem the opposite view;
when asked why the club did not go
all out in their pursuit of Virgil van
Dijk or indeed a contingency target,
he has urged people to look beyond
the simplistic notion that Liverpool?s
issues would have been solved at a
stroke had they signed the defender.
BITE燭HE燘ULLET,燢LOPP
Now is the time for
J黵gen Klopp to admit
that he was wrong and
accept that his
goalkeeper and centre
half are not good
enough. Simon Mignolet
and Dejan Lovren cost
Liverpool the game
yesterday with their
errors. Klopp has been
incredibly loyal to his
players ? and I respect
that, if you believe in
someone ? but you
can?t keep losing because
of individual errors. This
has to be when Klopp
admits that the fans and
media were right and
that he was wrong.
That second part certainly sounds
right ? even if it reflects less well on
Klopp and his players than he might
have intended. There is a malaise
about Liverpool?s defending, which
leaves them vulnerable not only to
balls played through the middle (as
demonstrated by Manchester City
and Tottenham) but to high balls
played from wide positions (as
exploited by Watford and Leicester
City). It is less about ?weaknesses?
than about the absence of any
discernible strength in their defensive
play, which is what made it so baffling
Why燾an燾oaches爅ump爄nto燾rowd?
Should managers be
punished for jumping into
the crowd to celebrate a
goal? It strikes me as
strange that players are
routinely booked for overcelebrating yet managers
get away with it. Antonio
Conte is the most recent
manager to celebrate by
diving into the fans on
Saturday, right, and that
was a Premier League
game at home to Watford
? it was not as if they had
just won the cup. It is more
understandable for a player
to do it; there is a huge
release of emotion and
adrenaline after you have
scored. It is hard to control
yourself in the seconds
afterwards and yet the
referee will be straight over
with a card if you go too
far. Managers obviously
feel passion too, but it still
seems strange that they can
get away with it.
Monday October 23 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 5
2GG
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER MARC ASPLAND
?No爉ore爏econd�
80,827 chances:燜A爃as爐o�
replace燗shworth?
Tottenham set a Premier
League attendance record
yesterday, beating the 76,098
for Manchester United v
Blackburn Rovers at
Old Trafford in 2007
that Jos� Mourinho adopted such a
meek, inhibited game plan when
taking Manchester United to Anfield
eight days earlier.
Liverpool actually defended well
that day, Lovren comfortably winning
his duel with an isolated Romelu
Lukaku, but far too often they do not.
It means that, except when at their
most dominant and most clinical,
they are at risk of dropping points.
When they are second-best, against a
strong team, they risk humiliation ?
hence five goals shipped away to
Manchester City and four against
Tottenham. At the height of the
transfer-market frenzy in the summer,
Klopp responded to questions about
Liverpool?s policy ? Van Dijk or
nothing ? by challenging reporters
to name five attainable central
defenders who were better than the
ones he already had.
On the evidence of the season so
far, Davinson S醤chez, who was on
the opposite side yesterday, was one.
Then again, S醤chez is moving into a
settled defence under a manager in
Pochettino, who likes to build on a
strong defensive foundation rather
United爊ot爑p爁or爐he燽attle
Huddersfield Town
Stadium was beneath
approached it as an FA
them. Ander Herrera
Cup tie and took the
and Jesse Lingard had a
game to Manchester
chance to impress
United, whose
but offered
midfield were
nothing.
simply not up
United?s
for it. Victor
midfield
Lindelof got a
won four
Total tackles
lot of the
tackles in
won by United?s
blame but he
the match
midfielders at
made a genuine
and as a team
Huddersfield
error; other
they won fewer
players had the
duels (44.5 to 55.5
wrong attitude. They
per cent), fewer tackles
had come from playing
(63.6 to 79.2 per cent)
Liverpool and Benfica
and recovered
and seemed to think
possession fewer times
that the John Smith?s
(19 to 28).
4
HUGHES?燨LD燩ROBLEM
I understand Mark
Hughes rejected the
chance to join another
Premier League club in
the summer and I was
surprised that he said
no. He had a lot of work
to do with an old Stoke
City squad. He sold
Glenn Whelan and
Jonathan Walters and
the average age of his
starting XI is two years
younger than last
season, but results show
how tough his job is.
This season
27 years and 230 days
Last season
29 years and 44 days
than from the front. That is a luxury
that Lovren did not have when
arriving at Liverpool in 2014. Nor has
he ever had it since.
He is an obvious scapegoat after a
performance as bad as this, but
Liverpool?s defensive ills go deeper.
Their anxiety has not been cured by
bargain-basement remedies.
Klopp felt he could address it on
the training ground, but has not been
able to. He will need to spend big to
improve this defence, but the
manager will need to demonstrate his
worth too.
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4-4-2
Lloris
Spurs
Schindler
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Huddersfield
Brighton
Bruno
Kolasinac
Brighton
Arsenal
Alli
Mooy
Spurs
Huddersfield
San�
Pedro
Man City
Chelsea
Kane
Batshuayi
Spurs
Chelsea
MARTYN燴IEGLER
Chief燬ports燫eporter
The FA?s reputation is ?in tatters? and
Dan Ashworth should be replaced as
its technical director, according to
Dame Heather Rabbatts.
The first woman and person of
colour on the FA board until she
resigned in July, Rabbatts said there
was a ?leadership crisis? within the
body following the racist comments
made to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence
by the former England women?s
manager Mark Sampson. She also
criticised the chairman, Greg Clarke,
for describing institutional racism as
?fluff? during a shambolic appearance
by FA executives before a digital,
culture, media and sport select
committee last week and for his
reported comments that he was not
prepared to lose his job for equality.
It took three investigations to find
that Sampson had made racially
discriminatory comments to the two
England players. The first was carried
out by Ashworth, who also provided a
supportive statement for Sampson ?
who was sacked last month over
separate issues of inappropriate
behaviour with a player in a previous
job ? despite being the lead investigator and now set to be in charge of
appointing his replacement.
Rabbatts believes that the lack of
diversity among coaches and senior
staff at the national football centre at
St George?s Park has been a significant
contributor to the racism controversy.
In an interview with The Times, she
said: ?I am incredibly sad and unbelievably angry about recent events at
the FA.
?There is a monoculture of leadership and a total absence of diversity at
St George?s Park, where power is very
heavily concentrated in a few white
men?s hands, and unless you tackle
that, you will not bring about fundamental change.
?Dan Ashworth has been there since
2012 and all these issues ? a lack of
diversity, a lack of black coaches, the
issues with Eni Aluko and Mark Sampson ? have happened on his watch. I
believe his position is untenable.?
She added: ?I?m very sad to say
that the reputation of the FA is
in tatters. How are you going to
restore it? There needs to be a
fundamental overhaul ? and
I mean Dan Ashworth.?
Rabbatts said that she was
stunned by Clarke?s ?fluff?
comment before MPs, something for which he immediately apologised, and said
there would be ?no more
second chances? for the chairman nor the chief executive,
Martin Glenn. ?I was absolutely
shocked that that word even
came into his head when you are
dealing with this serious matter
and where the organisation you
lead stands accused of systemic
failure,? she said.
?I hope the criticism that the
chairman has received makes it
clear that he absolutely has
to focus on this issue. Theree
won?t be a second chance.
?If you don?t make the changes then
you should be prepared to lose your
job over equality. To have any credibility, the chairman and the chief executive now have to demonstrate that
change is happening.?
Rabbatts said one of the reasons she
left the board earlier than planned was
because of frustration about the lack of
change. ?Years ago we talked about
embedding black coaches across the
teams and bringing in different voices
and none of it ever happened,? she said.
?You have to take risks and be brave.
You can?t have an organisation whose
strapline is ?football for everyone? and
when you go to the national football
centre all the black and diverse people
are playing on the field and you look
across at the leadership and it is in no
way reflective.
?Those of us who are black and
women have had experience of this,
that you are never quite good enough,
that someone has got that little bit
more experience who always happens
to be a white man. Does ?good? look
like Mark Sampson?
?Now I see he [Ashworth] is apparently leading the search to replace
Sampson, so when the FA says things
are going to change, what is going to
change??
Aluko told last week?s committee
that, in actions ?bordering on blackmail?, Glenn had tried to persuade her
to make a statement saying that the FA
was not institutionally racist in return
for releasing the second tranche of an
�,000 settlement. Glenn denied that
he had done so, but Rabbatts said: ?If
that was true, I find it remarkable and
that would be very damaging indeed. If
there is an inquiry, then that should be
one of the first matters to look into.?
Meanwhile, Fara Williams has said
that she would welcome Aluko back
into the England squad should the
Chelsea striker be recalled after her
complaints against Sampson.
Williams, who holds a record 166
England caps and is a former Charlton
Athletic team-mate of Aluko, said:
?Eni is more than welcome to be
in this environment. I think she
will know from the players?
point of view that, if you give the
same effort and commitment as any other
England player does,
then why not? She has
got 102 England caps
and you don?t get those
for no reason.?
There has been a
reluctance
among
England players to talk
about the situation and
no formal apology was
made to Aluko after
ttheir mass goal celebration in support of Sampson in last month?s 6-0
World Cup qualifier win
against Russia. That was the
first game after the leak of
her allegations and what
turned out to be the coach?s
final match in charge.
Additional reporting by Tony
Leighton
Ashworth was in his post
when incidents took place
6
| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
2GG
Koeman facing end
of the road after
total humiliation
PAUL燡OYCE
Northern � Football燙orrespondent�
Everton
Rooney 12, Niasse 90+3
Arsenal
Monreal 40, 謟il 53, Lacazette
74, Ramsey 90, S醤chez 90+5
2
5
H AL F 璗 I ME 燙HA N G E
I S燱ORRY
S WORRY I NG燞
NG H A BI T
Ronald Koeman appears to be
struggling to work out his best
starting line-up, making a half-time
substitution in nine of his past 15
games as Everton manager
Referee C Pawson Attendance 39,189
or Ronald Koeman, this will
have felt like the endgame.
It was the kind of
humiliation from which there
is no lasting recovery, no
chance of redemption or
rehabilitation, regardless of
whether his tenure extends to
the Carabao Cup game with Chelsea
on Wednesday.
The irony is that he got lucky here:
fortunate that Arsenal did not reach
double figures having mustered 30
shots and blessed that, when the final
whistle sounded, there were so few
Everton supporters left inside
Goodison Park to unleash the
expected torrent of abuse.
Condemnation was replaced with a
sense of resignation.
More revealing than the spurious
claims that he can turn around an
abject situation, one that sees Everton
anchored in the relegation zone, was
Koeman?s acerbic parting shot during
a brief post-match press conference.
?Write what you want to write,? he
spat but, not for the first time this
season, his judgment was skewed. His
concerns should not be about those in
the press room, but the boardroom.
The focus now shifts on to the major
shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, who had
arrived on Merseyside from Monaco
via private jet and faces a fresh test of
his ambition when he is probably still
coming to terms with how the club?s
�0 million summer spending spree
has left everyone feeling bankrupt.
Moshiri was persuaded to buy into
Everton having grown frustrated at
having no say at the Emirates, where
he was only a minority stakeholder.
He might consider being more careful
what he wishes for as he debates
whether to sack a second manager
inside 17 months.
Two matches ago there was ?total
support? for the Dutchman, but
Everton were ripped apart by a freeflowing Arsenal side, who were never
going to have their cojones tested by
tough-as-teak opponents as they had
at Watford last weekend. Not even
when having to come from behind
after Wayne Rooney?s breakthrough.
F
In final six games of 2016-17
Burnley (h) Enner Valencia off, Idrissa
Gueye on
West Ham (a) Tom Davies off, Gareth
Barry on; Gueye off, Ademola
Lookman on
Swansea (a) Dominic Calvert-Lewin
off, Ross Barkley on
Watford (h) Mason Holgate off,
Valencia on
Arsenal (a) Gueye off, Barry on
In first nine games of 2017-18
Stoke (h) Ashley Williams off, Cuco
Martina on
Chelsea (a) Davies off, Mo Besic on
Tottenham (h) Davy Klaassen off,
Davies on; Sandro off, Calvert-Lewin on
Arsenal (h) Williams off, Davies on
Koeman lingered on Idrissa Gueye?s
69th-minute sending-off for two
bookings, which arrived from fouls,
neither of which he had to make, as
though it was some sort of gamechanging moment.
The unpalatable truth is that but
for Jordan Pickford, the one summer
signing who has lived up to his price
tag, Everton would have been cast
adrift long before then.
The � million goalkeeper had
already saved from Aaron Ramsey
and Alexandre Lacazette when
Rooney delved deep into his
repertoire. It had been 15 years last
Thursday since he announced himself
to a wider audience as that precocious
16-year-old by sweeping home a
stunning shot that left David Seaman
pawing at thin air.
After Gueye had pounced out of
the shadows to dispossess Granit
Xhaka, the technique was similar: the
striker whipping across the ball rightfooted to send his shot into the same
corner at the same end of the ground.
It was only the second time in 12
matches that Everton had not
conceded the opening goal, yet, by
the end, Rooney?s 12th strike in 29
league appearances against Arsenal
felt like it belonged to another game,
not just a bygone era.
Wenger had marked his 68th
birthday by unleashing Alexis
S醤chez, Mesut 謟il and Lacazette
from the start of a match for the first
time and, in his 400th Premier
League away match, watched them
wreak havoc.
The equaliser came when Xhaka?s
shot from 25 yards took a deflection
off Gylfi Sigurdsson. Pickford could
only push out the effort but Nacho
Monreal dispatched the rebound with
an ease that betrayed the difficulty of
the chance.
For the fifth time in nine league
matches Koeman made a substitution
at the interval to highlight not only
how poorly his players have
performed but how he is failing to
find a convincing formula.
That said, Everton could not play
with their usual duo of defensiveminded midfielders owing to an
injury to Morgan Schneiderlin and, in
his absence, Gueye was overrun.
Arsenal?s second goal came as they
immediately countered after an
Everton attack had run aground and
ended with S醤chez floating a cross
that 謟il dispatched with his head
having timed perfectly his run in
between the struggling Michael
Keane and Phil Jagielka.
Then Lacazette showcased his
ruthlessness, tucking away 謟il?s pass
after Nikola Vlasic?s wayward
distribution allowed H閏tor Beller韓
and S醤chez to build momentum.
There was to be a crazy finale with
Ramsey firing home in acres of space
after being found by the substitute
Jack Wilshere?s pinpoint pass before
S醤chez grabbed the goal his intent
deserved.
?He [S醤chez] was on fire,? Wenger
said. ?Since he came back from injury
he has worked very hard. 謟il as well.
He was superb. Agile, quick,
intelligent. He was always at the
service of the team with the
intelligence of his passing. When he is
at that level he is an exceptional
football player.?
In between the final Arsenal goals,
Everton managed to score again
when Oumar Niasse tackled Petr
Cech as he dawdled with Monreal?s
back-pass and tapped into an empty
net despite almost falling over his
own feet. Yet the embarrassment lay
with Koeman.
RATINGS
Everton (3-4-2-1): J Pickford 9 ? M Keane 4,
A Williams 6 (sub: T Davies 45min, 5), P Jagielka 5 ?
J Kenny 5, N Vlasic 5, I Gueye 5, L Baines 5 ?
W Rooney 6 (sub: A Lookman 75), G Sigurdsson 4 ?
D Calvert-Lewin 6 (sub: O Niasse 75). Substitutes
not used J Robles, K Mirallas, C Martina, D Klaassen.
Booked Williams, Gueye. Sent off Gueye
Arsenal (3-4-2-1): P Cech 5 ? L Koscielny 6,
P Mertesacker 6, N Monreal 6 ? H Beller韓 6,
A Ramsey 7, G Xhaka 6, S Kolasinac 7 ? A S醤chez 8,
M 謟il 8 (sub: F Coquelin 82) ? A Lacazette 8 (sub:
J Wilshere 77). Substitutes not used M Macey,
O Giroud, T Walcott, R Holding, A Iwobi. Booked
Koscielny
Everton fans still
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rite what you like to write,?
Ronald Koeman said before
departing a short,
miserable press conference.
The Everton manager
insisted that it was not a resignation
speech, though there were moments
given his downcast demeanour when
it felt pretty close.
Write what you like? The previous
manager who said something very
similar was Steve McClaren, in charge
of England, after a painful victory
over Andorra that did little to silence
calls for his head. We all know what
happened next. Memo to Koeman:
avoid umbrellas.
?W
McClaren left his role amid jeers
and back-page humiliation ? par for
the course for England managers ?
but it was interesting, even as Everton
caved in 5-2 at home to Arsenal to
slide into the relegation zone
yesterday, that Goodison Park did not
collectively turn on their Dutch
manager. ?Taxi for Koeman,? one fan
shouted as the goals flew past Jordan
Pickford. But no one had the heart, or
the anger, to pick up that cry.
The final whistle was met with
some jeers, yet also applause for
Everton players. Perhaps the
supporters feel that there is no need
to urge the board to have a
Monday October 23 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 7
2GG
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
Bill Kenwright, the
Everton chairman, can
hardly bare to look
alongside Moshiri,
left, as S醤chez?s goal
goes in at Goodison
REMEMBER燭HE燝OAL?燫OONEY燗T營T燗GAIN
Wayne Rooney wound
back the clock 15 years
with his opening goal
against Arsenal, which
was remarkably similar
to the strike that
announced his arrival as
a 16-year-old prodigy
against the same side,
above.
Back on October 19,
2002, Rooney came on
as a substitute with ten
minutes remaining and
curled a stunning
winning goal into the
top left corner of David
Seaman?s net ?
prompting the
commentator to say,
?Remember this name,
Wayne Rooney?.
Fast forward to
yesterday and England?s
record goalscorer, back
playing for Everton after
13 years away, opened
the scoring on 12
minutes with a curling
strike from outside the
box that again found
the top-left corner.
Unfortunately for
Rooney, Everton then
imploded to concede
five times.
have a sense of humour ? but not for long
managerial blood-letting ? that
evidence should be obvious enough
just by looking at the league table ?
though there was no word from the
owners of an imminent dismissal
last night.
It is not a sacking to lurch into
unthinkingly, given that mid-season
upgrades are not always easy to come
by. Few should doubt that Koeman is
a capable manager ? he has done
well enough through the Netherlands,
Spain and England ? but how long
can a board show patience to a coach
struggling to change downward
momentum?
Koeman was not quite giving up,
even if he did have the air of a man
fully aware of the life expectancy of
struggling football managers. ?If you
start to think negative, maybe there is
no solution,? he said. ?I am not like
that. All the rumours, newspapers, it?s
normal. Mentally, confidence, we are
struggling. That?s what we need to
change. I personally believe I can
change the whole situation but
everyone knows how it works in
football.?
In the Premier League,
forthcoming matches against
Leicester City, Watford and
Crystal Palace will offer
opportunities to show
improvement, but it would be
easier to believe that Koeman
could take advantage if there
were a settled strategy. The
failings of the summer
transfer business ? much
money spent without a
clear idea of how it was
all going to fit
together in the
absence of Romelu
Lukaku ? seemed
all too evident again
Koeman will have
plenty on his mind
yesterday. The announcement of the
team sheet was met with a scratching
of the head until Everton lined up
with a back five and a midfield
diamond, in which Gylfi Sigurdsson
struggled to have any influence.
While Everton did take the
lead through Wayne Rooney?s
fine, whipped shot and were
still in the game at 1-1 at halftime, that parity was a minor
miracle. Pickford made
eight saves, the most of
any top-flight
goalkeeper in any first
half this season, and
some of them, such as
tipping away Aaron
Ramsey?s drive or
blocking Alexandre
Lacazette?s spin and shot
from point-blank range,
were not the type anyone
could reasonably have
expected him to pull off.
Nikola Vlasic in midfield did well
enough on the ball but Everton
conceded far too much space to
Arsenal?s fast breaks, especially with
Alexis S醤chez at his incessant best.
Koeman knew that he had to
intervene but nine half-time changes
in 17 matches this season, this time
with an added alteration in formation
to a back four, show a manager who is
still searching in vain for a team. And
if he is not sure, how can his players
feel secure?
Plan B lasted all of the eight
minutes it took for another flowing
counterattack from Arsenal, S醤chez
chipping the ball on to the head of
Mesut 謟il, who put the away side in
front. When Idrissa Gueye was sent
off for a second bookable offence,
Everton?s demise was inevitable. Fans
were leaving long before the end, and
the fourth or fifth goals.
The most audible boos came with
the substitution of Dominic Calvert-
Lewin who, at 20, performed very
creditably as a lone striker given that
he is still a young player trying to do a
man?s job. For someone with only one
Premier League goal in his career,
carrying the attack is a big burden.
Confidence must really be low
when Tom Davies hits a simple tenyard pass into touch, the anxiety
proving contagious.
Can Koeman stop the rot? There
will be much easier days than facing
an Arsenal team who amassed 30
efforts on goal, but the surreal
atmosphere should not be misread by
Koeman as a sign of patience.
When Nacho Monreal made a
short back-pass to Petr Cech and
Oumar Niasse nicked in to score a
late consolation, there was mocking
applause and laughter. Everton fans
were trying to keep their good
humour amid the crisis and it seems
that no one wants this to turn nasty.
But, at this rate, it soon will.
8
| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
2GG
Fearless Ederson helps keep
PAUL燞IRST
Manchester燙ity
Ag黣ro 30 (pen), Otamendi
73, San� 75
Burnley
Referee R East Attendance 54,118
3
0
ergio Ag黣ro moved within
one goal of becoming
Manchester City?s all-time
top scorer, but come the end
of May, the club?s supporters
may be hailing another
record breaker if his form
continues.
When City paid Benfica � million
for Ederson in June, a few eyebrows
were raised. The goalkeeper was 23,
had played one full season in Europe
? and that was in a weak league ?
and he was uncapped.
Pepe Reina, the experienced Napoli
goalkeeper, would have been a safer
option, some argued, and that feeling
S
was given extra credence when
Ederson had a debut to forget in
Texas during City?s pre-season derby
against Manchester United. He
sprinted out of his area in an attempt
to cut out a long ball, but a moment?s
hesitation from the Brazilian meant
Romelu Lukaku beat him to the
chase, nodded the ball past him and
guided it into an empty net.
Three and a half months on, it is
hard to remember another mistake
that the goalkeeper has made. Ag黣ro
and Gabriel Jesus have supplied the
goals, and Kevin De Bruyne has
played some breathtaking passes, but
perhaps the biggest reason for City?s
almost flawless start to the season is
the form of their goalkeeper.
Ederson recorded his sixth clean
sheet in nine league matches in
Saturday?s 3-0 win over Burnley. If he
maintains his average, he will end the
season with 25 shutouts, easily
bettering the Premier League record
of 21 clean sheets in a single season,
held jointly by Petr Cech and Edwin
van der Sar.
In all competitions, Ederson has
kept eight clean sheets, which is one
short of Claudio Bravo?s tally from last
season. That is a remarkable statistic
given that we are not yet a quarter of
the way through the season.
The nerve-shredding custodianship
of Bravo is now a distant memory for
City fans. Pep Guardiola signed
the Chilean because he was supposed
to be better with the ball at his feet,
but some of his passing last season
was dreadful. His nervousness
transmitted to the back four and the
crowd, who became anxious unless
their team had built up a substantial
lead because they knew Bravo could
not be trusted to keep out the
simplest of shots.
Ederson, on the other hand, exudes
confidence, communicates with his
defenders well and, whether going
long or short, his passing is almost
exemplary. On Saturday 27 of his 32
passes found their intended target. At
one point in the first half, Nicol醩
Otamendi rolled the ball to Ederson,
who passed it to John Stones and they
then repeated the pattern in reverse,
drawing Burnley?s attackers in so City
could pass forward into a pocket of
space just in front of them.
Of all Ederson?s characteristics,
perhaps his bravery is the most
impressive. Just a few weeks ago
Sadio Man�, the Liverpool forward,
partially unzipped Ederson?s face with
his right boot. The injury was
gruesome enough to raise fears that
the goalkeeper would not be the same
again, but on Saturday he dived at the
feet of Chris Wood in an attempt to
win the ball after the striker had
strode past Otamendi and Kyle
Walker. The ball ran free and Ederson
quickly raised himself to dive at the
feet of Scott Arfield as he attempted
to score with the follow-up.
?I have always played the same way.
I have no fear of anything,? Ederson
said. ?I have always watched the
Premier League so I knew how
Ag黣ro?s�
177爂oals
By position
161
Inside box
(penalties 29)
16 Outside box
By body part
Left foot
32
Right foot
Header
15
130
Most goals against
Newcastle
11
Tottenham
10
Watford
9
Man United, Chelsea, West Ham, Stoke
8
By head coach
Roberto
Mancini
Pep
Guardiola
47
41
Manuel
Pellegrini
89
Most assists for Ag黣ro goals
19
16
11
11
David
Silva
Yaya
Tour�
Kevin De
Bruyne
Samir
Nasri
physical the game is here, how strong
all the tackles are, so I was already
ready for that and I wasn?t really
surprised.?
Guardiola could not be happier
with how Ederson has performed
since the injury, which required
eight stitches.
?He had a bad moment in the
Liverpool game but has had a good
moment in the reaction,? the City
Newcastle drawing
GEORGE燙AULKIN
Newcastle燯nited�
Merino 86
Crystal燩alace
1
0
Referee S Attwell Attendance 52,251
here can be beauty in
mediocrity and although
Newcastle United waded rather
than pranced towards victory,
the result for them was
gorgeous. A young team of triers trust
themselves, exhorted to overachieve
T
by Rafa Ben韙ez, propelled by a
support enraptured with hope and the
proximity of a takeover. If this is what
ugly looks like, give us a kiss.
St James? Park is bubbling; the
crowd feels it, the players feed off it.
Crystal Palace were downcast, beaten
by momentum, by countless drills in
training. On limited resources,
Ben韙ez has ingrained into Newcastle
a work ethic and possibility now lies
inches from their fingertips. They
could be this and much more.
Amanda Staveley leads one of the
groups jostling to buy Newcastle from
Mike Ashley and if the financier was
not on Tyneside, the spirit of a new
beginning was. ?It?s exciting for
everyone,? Rob Elliot, the goalkeeper,
said. ?Hopefully someone comes in
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THE燝AME | 9
2GG
City ahead of title pack
Most goals for Manchester City
Who was Eric Brook?
Eric Brook's career was
tragically cut short aged
32 when he broke his
skull in a car crash in
1940. He died in
Manchester, in 1965,
aged 57. He scored a 178th goal for City in
1939, but that was expunged from the
records when the season was scrapped due
to the outbreak of the
Second World War
Eric Brook 1928-39
177 (493 games)
Sergio Ag黣ro 2011-
177 (262)
Tommy Johnson 1920-30
166 (354)
Colin Bell 1966-79
153 (501)
By competition
Premier
League
129
By season
Europa
League
FA
Cup
26
14
Champions
League
4
30
17
4
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85
26
GOALS
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29
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CARDS
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Record scorers for Premier League
clubs
Arsenal
Bournemouth
Brighton
Burnley
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
Everton
Huddersfield
Leicester City
Liverpool
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Southampton
Stoke City
Swansea City
Tottenham
Watford
West Brom
West Ham
Last weekend
GOALS
9
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WEEK EN D �
IN 燭HIR T Y�
SECONDS
228 Thierry Henry
229 Ronnie Eyre
YELLOW�
CARDS
1
123 Tommy Cook
188 George Beel
211 Frank Lampard
166 Peter Simpson
383 Bill 'Dixie' Dean
1
RED燙ARDS
RED燙ARDS
244
220
6,440
5,837
SHOTS
159 George Brown
SHOTS
273 Arthur Chandler
347 Ian Rush
177 Eric Brook, Sergio Ag黣ro
253 Wayne Rooney
206 Alan Shearer
229 Mick Channon
176 John Ritchie
177 Ivor Allchurch
268 Jimmy Greaves
186 Luther Blissett
277 Tony Brown
326 Vic Watson
MINS燘Y�
ENGLISHMEN
Expected爂oal�
results
West Ham United
0.66 (0)
Brighton & Hove Albion 1.77 (3)
Second
92
head coach said. ?He is good in the
build-up, good in the anticipating, and
strong on the line. We are so happy
because for the next years we have a
good goalkeeper at Manchester City.?
Nick Pope was admittedly the
busier of the goalkeepers on Saturday
as City won 11 consecutive games for
the first time in one season.
Bernardo Silva fell theatrically
under the slightest of touches from
Ag黣ro fires home his 177th goal in
City colours, against Burnley
the Burnley goalkeeper to give
Ag黣ro a chance from the spot to
equal Eric Brook?s record and he did
not disappoint.
Silva will discover today whether he
will become the first Premier League
player to receive a two-match
retrospective ban for diving, though
the goalkeeper?s knee did appear to
make contact with the City player?s
trailing leg.
Otamendi?s header and Leroy
San�s second-half finish, which came
after another delicious pass from De
Bruyne, sealed the win that
maintained City?s unbeaten run and
took them well clear of United, not
that Guardiola was getting carried
away. ?I am here to win the next
one, then the next one and then in
May we can say the season is over,?
he said.
RATING S
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson 8 ? K Walker 7,
N Otamendi 7, J Stones 8, F Delph 7 ? K De Bruyne 8
(sub: I G黱dogan 80min), Fernandinho 7 (sub:
Y Tour� 78), D Silva 7 ? B Silva 6, S Ag黣ro 7 (sub:
G Jesus 76), L San� 8. Substitutes not used C Bravo,
Danilo, R Sterling, E Mangala. Booked Fernandinho,
San�.
Burnley (4-2-3-1): N Pope 7 ? M Lowton 6, B Mee 6,
J Tarkowski 6, S Ward 7 ? S Defour 6 (sub:
A Westwood 84), J Cork 6 ? S Arfield, J Hendrick 6
(sub: J Berg Gudmundsson 71), R Brady 6 ? C Wood 7
(sub: A Barnes 20, 6). Substitutes not used
A Lindegaard, C Taylor, P Bardsley, K Long. Booked
Tarkowski, Cork, Barnes
hope from Ben韙ez and talk of takeover
who can take us forward, so the club
can kick on.
?As players, we can?t do a lot about
it ? we just watch the telly and read
the papers like everyone else ? but
we just hope that everything works
out, because we?ve been through a lot
these past few years. Now there?s a
positive vibe around the place and
we?ve got to make sure it continues.
We want this to be a long-term thing,
where we?re always looking forward
not back.?
Elliot has been at Newcastle for six
years. The Ireland player was
relegated in May 2016 and part of the
team who bounced back. He has seen
decent players leave, tempted by
money, more ambition or a bit less
chaos, and he came across two of
MINS燘Y�
ENGLISHMEN
them in Andros Townsend and Yohan
Cabaye, on Saturday, but Ben韙ez has
transformed the club?s ethos.
?We?re definitely not a steppingstone club any more and never
should be,? Elliot said. ?Those days
are gone. The players here are young
and hungry, but most importantly
they all want to play for this club.
Last year, players left the Premier
League to come and play for us in
the Championship. That shows our
potential and what the manager
brings.?
One of their starlets stepped off the
bench and plundered the winner,
heading in a corner. Mikel Merino
has been at Newcastle for three
months, but his loan from Borussia
Dortmund has been converted into a
five-year contract. ?There?s no reason
he can?t go on to play at the very top,
but we want to play at the top too,?
Elliot said.
It was not a blissful day. The
weather was miserable, the game
lacked oomph and Palace, encouraged
by beating Chelsea, were vigorous.
Newcastle laboured but dug in. ?It
certainly wasn?t our best performance
but in terms of our mentality it was a
great one,? Elliot said.
Ben韙ez laced the excitement with
realism. ?It?s important to realise
where we were and where we are,? he
said. ?To be where we are in the
Premier League, every fan, player and
member of staff needs to remember
that the way we have done this is by
working hard and sticking together.?
Palace remain bottom, five points
adrift of safety, searching for uplift.
?Defeat knocks the stuffing out of
you,? Roy Hodgson, the manager, said.
?It takes away any shine you might
have seen in the performances.?
Newcastle may not be brilliant, but
Ben韙ez has made them winners.
Chelsea
Watford
1.88 (4)
1.87 (2)
Huddersfield Town
Manchester United
Manchester City
Burnley
1.15 (2)
0.75 (1)
3.61 (3)
0.2 (0)
Newcastle United
Crystal Palace
Southampton
West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City
Bournemouth
0.33 (1)
0.54 (0)
1.9 (1)
0.42 (0)
1.19 (1)
1.08 (2)
Swansea City
Leicester City
Everton
Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool
0.74 (1)
1.82 (2)
0.88 (2)
3.3 (5)
1.95 (4)
0.63 (1)
Top爁ive爐acklers
Tommy Smith (Huddersfield) .... 8
James Milner (Liverpool) ............. 7
Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) ........ 7
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) ..... 6
Tiemou� Bakayoko (Chelsea)..... 5
RATIN GS
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): R Elliot 6 ? D Yedlin 6,
J Lascelles 7, F Lejeune 7, J Manquillo 6 ? J Shelvey
5, I Hayden 5 (sub: M Merino 56min, 7) ? M Ritchie 6,
A Perez 5 (sub: M Diam� 66, 6), C Atsu 6 ? Joselu 5
(sub: A Mitrovic 78). Substitutes not used C Clark,
J Murphy, K Darlow, J G醡ez. Booked Lejeune,
Lascelles, Joselu, Manquillo.
Crystal Palace (4-4-2): J Speroni 6 ? J Ward 5,
S Dann 6, M Sakho 5, P van Aanholt 5 ? J McArthur 6
(sub: B Sako 88), Y Cabaye 6, L Milivojevic 6,
J Schlupp 5 ? A Townsend 7, W Zaha 7 (sub:
R Loftus-Cheek 77). Substitutes not used J Tomkins,
W Hennessey, T Fosu-Mensah, J Puncheon,
J Riedewald. Booked Cabaye, Van Aanholt.
Top爁ive爌assers
Ander Herrera (Man Utd) ........ 119
Nemanja Matic (Man Utd) ....... 118
John Stones (Man City) ............ 107
Nicol醩 Otamendi (Man City) 103
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) ............... 99
10
| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
1GG
Mourinho no longer
getting the best out
of creative players
JAMES�
GHEERBRANT
Huddersfield燭own
Mooy 28, Depoitre 33
Manchester燯nited
Rashford 78
2
1
Referee L Mason Attendance 24,426
n the face of it, it seemed
like a remarkably
straightforward press
conference by Jos�
Mourinho?s standards. He
congratulated Huddersfield
Town, admitting that ?the
team that deserved to win
won?, and criticised his own players
for a lack of ?aggression, desire,
motivation and sacrifice?.
But it is a rare Mourinho media
outing that does not feature a page
from the diversionary playbook and
when you glanced at the stats, you
wondered if that was shrewder than it
appeared. More palatable, perhaps, to
castigate his players for a lack of fight,
a deficiency easily righted, than to
admit that his team is beset by a more
intractable creativity problem.
Mourinho?s team had 78 per cent
possession, against a newly promoted
team, and yet they had
just nine shots, of which
only three were on
target. Their expected
goals figure, a number
quantifying the cumulative
quality of the chances they
created, was damning: just 0.75.
What exactly has happened to
Manchester United?s attacking
midfielders in the space of a month?
Mourinho?s platoon of three-quarter
players ? Henrikh Mkhitaryan,
Anthony Martial and Juan Mata ?
started the season like a train.
Mkhitaryan had recorded five assists
and a goal within the first five
matches, Martial had three goals and
an assist, and Mata?s calm, cerebral
playmaking was also instrumental to
the superb football that brought 16
goals for United in those first five
games.
But they have all come to a
juddering halt at exactly the same
time and it is remarkable how sharply
these players have fallen off. Martial
was particularly disappointing here,
running down blind alleys and losing
possession, quickly picking up a
yellow card for a rash kick at Tommy
O
Smith, and becoming so evidently
frustrated that Mourinho was forced
to take him off at half-time. (It didn?t
look like a lack of desire was Martial?s
problem, certainly not when
Mourinho was having to tell him not
to tackle when he tracked back.)
Mata was completely bottled up by
Jonathan Hogg and Danny Williams,
forced ever deeper in search of
possession, until he gave the ball away
for Aaron Mooy?s goal. Mkhitaryan,
who last month was on course to
break Thierry Henry?s Premier
League record for assists in a season,
was woeful against Benfica on
Wednesday and not much more
impactful here, when Mourinho
introduced him at half-time looking
for someone to pick apart
Huddersfield?s organised defence.
Between them they created not a
single chance. Not one. In the
freewheeling August wins over West
Ham United and Leicester City, the
trio created eight and nine chances
between them respectively. In
Mkhitaryan?s first five matches of the
season, in all competitions, he created
16 chances; in his past five, he has
created just six. United?s average
expected goals in their first five
Premier League games was 2.65; in
their past four, it is 1.25.
One reason for their inhibition is
Mourinho?s side
are suffering
from a lack of
scoring
opportunities
obvious: the lack of Paul Pogba,
whose excellence is ever more
appreciable in his absence. Pogba is
crucial to this United system, a
brilliant link-man between
the holding midfielder Nemanja
Matic and the three-quarter squadron
behind the striker. Ander Herrera is a
pale imitation.
But there is also a deeper issue
here. Mourinho?s record as a manager
is inarguable, he is phenomenally
good at winning trophies, but
throughout the second half of his
career he has struggled to manage
creators. He oversaw the
deterioration of Eden Hazard and
Oscar at Chelsea and ultimately
alienated them; he made Luka Modric
look ordinary in his last season at
Real Madrid; and then there is the
story, more poignant than ever this
season, of the time he called Kevin
De Bruyne into his office at Stamford
Bridge, showed him his performance
data and told him he wasn?t effective
enough.
It is not just that Mourinho doesn?t
get the best out of creative players;
often, as the De Bruyne anecdote
shows, these relationships fracture
along personal lines. Mourinho upset
Martial and his camp last season by
singling him out for public criticism
when his stats for goals and assists
were among the best in the squad,
and his relationship with Mata has
been intermittently difficult too.
All the other top managers in the
Premier League have a trusted
creator-in-chief: Pep Guardiola has
De Bruyne, Mauricio Pochettino has
Christian Eriksen, Antonio Conte has
Hazard. It?s not clear that Mourinho
has an equivalent figure.
In many ways, the defensive errors
that left United 2-0 down were a red
herring ? they were missing both
first-choice centre backs, and the
mistake for the second goal by
Victor Lindelof was the sort that
managers can?t legislate for. So
were the complaints of deficient
desire. United?s defence is plenty
good enough to win the league,
and so is their attitude. It is their
creative machinery that is the
biggest cause for concern.
R AT I N G S
Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1): J L鰏sl 7 ? C L鰓e 7,
C Schindler 8, M Zanka 7, T Smith 7 ? J Hogg 7,
D Williams 7 ? T Ince 7 (sub: S Malone 90+3min),
A Mooy 8, E Kachunga 7 (sub: R Van la Parra 39, 6) ?
L Depoitre 8 (sub: S Mouni� 70, 6). Substitutes not
used J Coleman, A Sabiri, M Cranie, F Hadergjonaj.
Booked Smith, Schindler, Williams, Mooy.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): D De Gea 7 ?
A Valencia 6, C Smalling 6, P Jones 6 (sub: V Lindelof
23, 4), A Young 6 ? A Herrera 5, N Matic 5 ? J Mata 4
(sub: H Mkhitaryan 46, 5), J Lingard 5, A Martial 4
(sub: M Rashford 46, 7) ? R Lukaku 6.
Substitutes not used S Romero, D Blind, M Darmian,
S McTominay. Booked Young, Martial.
H OW燭 H E 燙HA NCE S 燚RI E D燯P
Manchester United began the
chances they have created of
season in rampant
late have been harder
fashion, scoring 16
to take. Expected
goals in their first
goals measures
five games, but
how often a
have been
similar chance
blunted in their
has resulted in
past two
a goal in the
Chances created against
matches.
past, with the
Huddersfield by Juan
Much of
lower the ratio
Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan
this can be
the harder it is
and Anthony Martial
explained by the
to score.
between them
reduction in the
Therefore a low
number and quality
overall score in the
of chances that
match shows that
they have
fewer decent
created. United
chances have
made 69
been created.
chances in
By this
Chances Mkhitaryan created
those five
measure
in first three games of the
games but
United are also
season ? against West
have created
slipping ? they
Ham (5), Swansea (4) and
more than six
scored at least
Leicester (4)
chances only once
two, often three,
in their past four.
per game at the start
The expected goals
but scored only 0.22 and
measure shows that the
0.75 in their past two matches.
0
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v Stoke City
v Everton
v Southampton
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v Liverpool
v Huddersfield
Size of the circle rela
0.22 expected goall
v Liverpool
Monday October 23 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 11
1GG
ANDREW YATES/REUTERS
Allen calls for calm as
losing streak goes on
TIMOTHY燗BRAHAM
Stoke燙ity
Diouf 63
Bournemouth
Surman 16, Stanislas 18 (pen)
1
2
Referee L Probert Attendance 29,500
inds of discontent are swirling
at Stoke City, although they
lack the ferocity of the actual
gusts on Saturday and Mark
Hughes is confident that they
will not reach gale force.
Stoke have won just once in eight
matches in all competitions and are
just above the bottom three of the
Premier League. However, they
have played four of last season?s
top six and have a run of easier
games until Liverpool visit next
month.
Stoke?s fanzine, The Oatcake,
made light of their 7-2 thrashing by
Manchester City last week with the
headline, ?Potters just edged out
in nine goal Etihad thriller?. At
full-time here, the reaction from
those who remained was less
forgiving; the boos showed this
was a game they
expected to win.
The manager,
who retains the
support of the
W
Surman scored
the first from
20 yards
Herrera, Matic and Mata show their
dejection against Huddersfield, where
Mourinho?s men failed to find a way
through an obdurate home defence
x
xpected
goals
2.06
Chances created
16
3.05
2.88
2.19
3.07
18
13
10
6
1.15
2.88
0.22
12
16
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0.75
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lates to the chance of scoring (yellow is a goal)
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ls
0.75 v Huddersfield Town
Jos� Mourinho?s words will play into
the narrative that top teams should
invariably beat the little teams as long
as they just match them for effort
and application, but that sells
Huddersfield Town short. Their
magnificent performance was not only
courageous, it was wellplotted and cohesive.
One of the keys was
how David Wagner solved
their creativity problem. In
their previous five games,
which yielded just two points,
they had averaged 0.46
expected goals. The trio of Elias
Kachunga, Tom Ince and Rajiv van
La Parra, playing in the attacking
midfield positions, were quick
and nimble but not creating
enough. So Wagner moved Aaron
Mooy, right, forward from his
usual deep-lying position to the No 10
role, allowing Huddersfield?s most
inventive player more influence in
more advanced areas of the pitch.
Huddersfield?s relentless pressing
was also crucial and Wagner and Ince
revealed that he had urged his players
to make the game ?ugly? by being as
aggressive as possible. ?We wanted to
make it uncomfortable for them,?
Wagner said. ?We really wanted to give
them less space, to make an ugly game
of it. We are not able to play technical
football with them.?
A similar approach is surely to be
expected away to Liverpool on
Saturday, where it will be interesting to see if Wagner retains Mooy
in his more advanced role.
Another dilemma looms up
front, where Wagner must
weigh up the claims of the
fit-again Steve Mouni�, the
club?s record signing, and
Laurent
Depoitre,
who
i
impressed
against United.
R AT I N G S
Stoke City (3-4-2-1): J Butland 6 ?
G Cameron 6, R Shawcross 5,
K Zouma 5 ? G Johnson 4 (sub:
P Crouch 59min, 7), D Fletcher 6,
J Allen 7, E Pieters 6 ? M ChoupoMoting 6, Jes� 7 (sub: S Berahino
80) ? M Diouf 6.
Substitutes not used L Grant, K Wimmer,
I Afellay, C Adam, R Sobhi.
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): A Begovic 7 ?
A Smith 6, S Francis 6, N Ak� 7, C Daniels 7 ?
A Surman 7, L Cook 7 (sub: H Arter 77) ? J Ibe
6 (sub: M Pugh 87), L Mousset 6 (sub: S Cook
62, 6), J Stanislas 8 ? B Afobe 7.
Substitutes not used A Boruc, D Gosling,
R Fraser, C Wilson.
Booked Cook.
Appleton has brought
back ?Leicester of old?
GRAHAM燭HOMAS
Swansea燙ity
We爓anted爐o爉ake燼n爑gly�
game爋f爄t,燼dmits燱agner�
JAMES燝HEERBRANT
chairman, Peter Coates, seemed calm.
?The fans are a bit anxious and I can
understand that,? he said. ?They?re
realistic as well. It?s about letting good
people get on with their jobs and
coming through these periods.?
It is on gritty afternoons such as
this that the home side typically
thrive. Instead two Bournemouth
goals in the space of 133 seconds
killed off the Potters. Andrew Surman
struck the ball home from 20 yards
before Ryan Shawcross brought down
Benik Afobe and Junior Stanislas
converted the penalty. Mame Biram
Diouf used his thigh to net a knockdown but Stoke ran out of steam.
Afterwards the team lingered on
the pitch, distraught, but Joe Allen
believes that common sense will
prevail. ?They do things right here,?
the midfielder said. ?They?re a very
stable club and without rash
decisions these things work out
for the best.?
Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth
manager, punched the air as he
made his way towards the tunnel;
his side rolled up their sleeves
and showed character.
Mawson 56
Leicester燙ity
Fern醤dez 24 (og),
Okazaki 49
1
2
Referee M Oliver Attendance 20,521
t seems a long time since Leicester
City were lifting the Premier
League trophy, but Wes Morgan
believes that Michael Appleton,
the caretaker manager, has
already revived the form of that
glorious season.
Appleton was managing Oxford
United when Morgan was hoisting
the silverware 17 months ago, but the
Leicester captain acknowledged the
immediate impact that the temporary
successor to Craig Shakespeare has
had in just one game.
In what could be construed as a
pointed reference to Shakespeare?s
recent failings before his sacking last
week, Morgan stressed that the Foxes?
first league victory since August was
based on the swift counterattacking
style and rugged defensive discipline
that hallmarked their title triumph.
?It was more of the Leicester of old
which is good,? Morgan said after an
I
own goal from Federico Fern醤dez
and Shinji Okazaki?s close-range
finish gave Appleton a winning start
to a stint in charge that he does not
expect to be prolonged. Alfie Mawson
pulled a goal back for the hosts.
?Michael told us to ignore all the
antics off the field and just focus on
the game,? Morgan added. ?At the end
of the day, we have no control over
what happens off the pitch in terms of
the management so all we can show
is how good we are. But it?s about
time we started putting some more
points on the board.?
The pressure on Paul Clement, the
Swansea City manager, may not be as
acute as the forces which accounted
for Shakespeare, but few Premier
League managers survive for long if
they lose four out of every five home
matches.
?There?s a lot of frustration and of
course we?re angry,? Martin Olsson,
the Sweden defender, said. ?I don?t
think we came up to the standard.?
R AT I N G S
Swansea City (4-3-3): L Fabianski 8 ? K Naughton 4,
F Fern醤dez 6, A Mawson 6, M Olsson 6 ? T Carroll 5,
L Britton 5 (sub: Ki Sung-yueng 45min, 6), R Sanches
5 (sub: W Routledge 77) ? J Ayew 6, L Narsingh 4
(sub: N Dyer 56, 7), T Abraham 6.
Substitutes not used K Nordfeldt, M Van der Horn,
S Clucas, � Rangel.
Leicester City (4-2-2-1-1): K Schmeichel 6 ?
D Simpson 7, W Morgan 8, H Maguire 7, C Fuchs 6 ?
W Ndidi 7, V Iborra 6 ? R Mahrez 8 (sub: D Gray 86),
M Albrighton 8 ? S Okazaki 7 (sub: A King 68, 5) ?
J Vardy 7. Substitutes not used B Hamer, B Chilwell,
K Iheanacho, D Amartey, I Slimani. Booked Fuchs.
12
| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
2GG
SEBASTIAN FREJ/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Changes pay off
to earn Conte
valuable time
CHARLES燱ALFORD
Chelsea
Pedro 12, Batshuayi 71, 90+5,
Azpilicueta 87
Watford
Doucour� 45+2, Pereyra 49
4
2
Referee J Moss Attendance 41,467
he talk afterwards was of
changes. Fortunately for
Antonio Conte, he could
focus on those that he made
to secure this vital win,
rather than any the Chelsea
hierarchy might have felt
compelled to make had
they lost.
As the clock ticked round to 70
minutes and with his side 2-1 down to
Watford, Conte would have been
forgiven for wondering if time was
running out on his tenure at Stamford
Bridge. But then it was as though the
Chelsea head coach turned back the
clock. This was not quite the
formation switch that ended with last
season?s Premier League title, but in
the final stages on Saturday Conte
saw his personnel changes reap
rewards that at least keep them in the
hunt for this one ? and maybe kept
him in a job.
Not that he was thinking about the
decisions that are out of his hands.
?In this moment it is important for
the coach to stay focused on the pitch,
to stay with your head on the pitch
and to understand the right way to
help your team,? Conte said. ?It is not
simple. When you see your team is
suffering it is not simple. But you
must be cold to try and find the right
way to help your team.?
Help the team he certainly did.
That the two forwards who made the
difference were two of the club?s more
maligned players will have been
particularly pleasing. Willian had
been unable to find the form of last
season and Michy Batshuayi has been
T
something of an enigma ? a worldbeater off the bench, a striker out of
his depth when he starts. Perhaps
this was another change, one of
fortunes, as they gave Conte some
breathing room. Jos� Mourinho was
sacked after two successive defeats
undermined any chance of retaining
the title; Conte, at least publicly,
entertained no thoughts of his title
defence ending in a similar manner.
?I am not like the previous managers,?
he said. ?I am different. I am different.
It is important to understand this.?
If by different, he means lucky, then
he may have a point. That they won
the game was down to the changes
that Conte made; that they were in a
position to win was down to the
profligacy of Richarlison, the Watford
playmaker, who put two efforts wide,
each from no more than six yards
The second would have put Marco
Silva?s side 3-1 up, and surely there
would have been no way back for the
home team. ?When you have a
chance to kill you need to kill the
match,? a frustrated Silva said.
That aside, there was plenty for the
Watford head coach to enjoy. In the
early exchanges Abdoulaye
Doucour�, as vital to Watford as the
absent N?Golo Kant� is to Chelsea,
was dictating the game in midfield.
But the home side struck first, as
they had on Wednesday night
against Roma, through Pedro?s
25-yard shot that bounced in off the
left-hand post.
Chelsea, playing in a discernible
3-4-3 rather than the muddled 3-5-1-1
of recent weeks, then enjoyed a spell
in the ascendency, and Cesc F郻regas
should have made it two but his
dinked shot was saved by Heurelho
Gomes. They paid for their failure to
capitalise. In first-half stoppage time,
a long throw was half-cleared by
David Luiz as far as Doucour�, whose
shot nestled in the bottom corner.
Silva?s side have been praised this
season and they spent the first 15
minutes of the second half showing
why. They should, however, have
been ahead sooner than the 49th
Richarlison missed two easy chances
from no more than six yards each
before Chelsea rallied through Conte?s
substitutes Batshuayi and Willian
CHELSEA?S燚EFENSIVE燫ESHUFFLES
In the 30 games up until
they sealed the title last
year, Chelsea twice went
without a back three of
C閟ar Azpilicueta, David
Luiz, right, and Gary
Cahill. This season it has
been unchanged just
once (changes in bold).
Leicester Azpilicueta,
Luiz, R黡iger
Arsenal Azpilicueta,
Luiz, Cahill
Stoke Azpilicueta,
Christensen, R黡iger
Man City R黡iger,
Christensen, Cahill
Burnley
R黡iger, Luiz, Cahill
Tottenham
Azpilicueta,
Christensen, R黡iger
Everton
Azpilicueta, Luiz,
R黡iger
minute after one of the worst misses
of the season, from Richarlison, who
shot wide from six yards out. He was
reprieved, temporarily, when Roberto
Pereyra was given the freedom of the
Chelsea area to side-foot home. But
Richarlison somehow conjured a
more glaring ? and more costly ?
miss when, on 54 minutes, he
directed a free header wide. This time
from four yards out.
Then came Batshuayi and Willian.
Conte would not say whether a
Palace
Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill
Watford
R黡iger, Luiz, Cahill
change in formation accompanied the
substitutions, but the consensus
seemed to be that he had switched to
4-4-2. Though it was hard to tell
exactly as Chelsea were suddenly
pouring forward, all movement,
finding space down the flanks. They
had found some fight and soon found
an equaliser when Pedro?s cross from
the right was headed in by Batshuayi.
Conte was afforded breathing space
with four minutes left, as Willian?s
cross was headed home by C閟ar
Azpilicueta. Conte celebrated with a
dive into the crowd.
Batshuayi rounded off the scoring
with his fourth goal in three games
against Watford. If the manager was
refusing to panic about his position,
his captain, Gary Cahill, was similarly
unfazed about Chelsea?s position in
the league ? fourth place, nine
points adrift of Manchester City.
?You?ve got to remember we are in
the middle of October, there?s loads of
games to play,? Cahill said. ?Last
season we were eight points behind
Man City and we managed to claw it
back. I?m not saying it is going to
happen but we need to calm down.?
Conte said that the missing trio of
Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses and
Kant� need more time to recover
from injury. Time might just be a
luxury that he has.
RATI NGS
Chelsea (3-4-3): T Courtois 6 ? A R黡iger 5,
D Luiz 6, G Cahill 5 ? C Azpilicueta 6, C F郻regas
6, T Bakayoko 6, M Alonso 5 (sub: Willian 68min,
7) ? Pedro 8 (sub: D Zappacosta 86), � Morata 6
(sub: M Batshuayi 61, 8), E Hazard 7. Substitutes
not used W Cabballero, C Musonda,
A Christensen, E Ampadu. Booked R黡iger,
Morata.
Watford (3-4-2-1): H Gomes 6 ? A Mariappa 5
(sub: A Gray 90), C Kabasele 5, M Britos 5 ?
K Femen韆 5, T Cleverley 7, A Doucour� 8,
J Holebas 6 ? R Pereyra 7 (sub: A Carrillo 65, 6),
Richarlison 6 ? T Deeney 6 (sub: B Watson 80).
Substitutes not used O Karnezis, D Janmaat,
M Wagu�, � Capoue. Booked Holebas, Mariappa,
Femen韆.
Boufal?s message to Pellegrino as West Brom fold
NICK燬ZCZEPANIK
Southampton
Boufal 85
West燘romwich燗lbion
1
0
Referee G Scott Attendance 29,947
hat does � million buy you
these days? It did not get
Southampton someone good
enough to start games ahead
of a non-striking striker.
Sofiane Boufal became the club?s
W
record signing when he moved from
Lille in August 2016 but has started
more matches on the bench than on
the pitch. Shane Long has not scored
in 26 games for Southampton and the
Republic of Ireland yet seems to be
one of the first names on Mauricio
Pellegrino?s team sheet.
Boufal has not been prolific, but he
could say that he has been little more
than an impact substitute recently.
And on Saturday, what an impact.
Four minutes after taking the field,
he ran from his own half, past four
defenders to the West Bromwich
Albion penalty area, where he
finished coolly, almost passing the ball
around Ben Foster before he raced
away to make a point to Pellegrino.
His three goals for Southampton
have been stonkers, all three have
been winners. Yet Pellegrino does not
count on Boufal to put in the hard
yards at the beginning of matches,
preferring the harder-running Long.
?If that kind of player [Boufal] has
space, they can do what they want,?
Maya Yoshida, his team-mate, said.
?That?s what the manager wanted. He
has struggled but we have good
competition so I am very happy for
him. It is a message to other players.?
West Brom seldom looked like
ending a seven-match winless streak,
but Tony Pulis pointed out that he
was without Oliver Burke and James
Morrison. It may get worse, with
Craig Dawson injuring his knee and
Sofiane Boufal has scored only three
times for Southampton but each of
the goals has been memorable
West Brom (H), Saturday
Incredible dribble and finish,
starting his run from his own half
Middlesbrough (H), Dec 11, 2016
Receives the ball 25 yards from goal,
turns and fires an unstoppable shot
from just outside the 18-yard box
Sunderland (H), Oct 26, 2016
Cuts in from the left of the box and
shoots into the top-right corner
Jonny Evans his groin. Oh, and he has
games against Manchester City,
Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in
the next month.
?Sometimes you get something
you?re not expecting,? he said. ?I?ve
been at this football club, gone to
Manchester United and won.?
RATI NGS
Southampton (4-2-3-1): F Forster 5 ? C Soares 6,
V Van Dijk 6, M Yoshida 7, R Bertrand 7 ? M Lemina
6, O Romeu 5 (sub: N Redmond 69min, 5) ? D Tadic 7
(sub: S Boufal 81), S Davis 6, S Long 5 (sub: C Austin
81) ? M Gabbiadini 6. Substitutes not used
A McCarthy, W Hoedt, J Ward-Prowse, S McQueen.
West Bromwich Albion (4-5-1): B Foster 7 ?
C Dawson 6, A Hegazi 7, J Evans 6 (sub: A Nyom 32,
6), K Gibbs 6 ? J Rodriguez 5, G Krychowiak 5,
J Livermore 5, G Barry 5 (sub: G McAuley 53, 5),
N Chadli 5 (sub: M Phillips 77) ? S Rond髇 4.
Substitutes not used B Myhill, C Yacob, C Brunt,
J McClean. Booked Chadli.
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2GG
BILL燛DGAR
THE燝AME營N燦UMBERS�
(eight points) than the top of the table (nine);
Liverpool are closer to the bottom of the table
than the top.
Mersey爉isery
When Liverpool lost 4-1 to Tottenham
Hotspur yesterday, a couple of hours after
Everton had gone down 5-2 to Arsenal, it
marked the first day that both Merseyside
teams had shipped at least four goals since
New Year?s Eve 1960, the day Steve Bruce was
born (excluding the teams? 4-4 draw in 1991).
Liverpool?s defeat at Wembley drew an official
attendance of 80,827, the third-highest in
league history after Manchester United v
Arsenal at Maine Road in January 1948
(83,260) and Chelsea v Arsenal at
Stamford Bridge in October 1935
(82,905). It was the second time
Liverpool have conceded four goals
to a white-shirted team at Wembley
? Leeds United beat them 4-3 in the
Charity Shield in 1992. All five goals
yesterday came in multiples of four
minutes: the fourth, 12th, 24th, 48th
(third minute of first-half stoppage
time) and 56th.
Down爄n燼燭own
Manchester United have been off the title pace
since the arrival as manager of David Moyes
in 2013; now Mooy?s goal has
hit their hopes of
winning the league
(Aaron Mooy scored
Huddersfield Town?s
opener on Saturday). It
was United?s first
defeat to a Town in 20
years, since they lost at
Ipswich Town in the
League Cup in October
1997. In the past 21 months
they have lost only once at
home but 15 times away.
Huddersfield have scored four
goals in their past 12 hours of
league action, half of those in
five minutes against United.
Chelsea?s燬panish燼ccent
Pedro and C閟ar Azpilicueta scored for
Chelsea against Watford as the team continue
nue
to rely on Spaniards
League goals by Spaniards since start of last
season
Chelsea
C
Come爄n燦o�,爕our�
time爄s爊ow�
Six players wearing No 19 were on target
in the Premier League this weekend, leaving
No 9, a traditional goalscorer?s shirt, trailing
in its wake.
Real
Madrid
53
48
Premier League goals by shirt number
this weekend
Barcelona
19
Izquierdo
Brighton
Boufal
Southampton
Toffees?爏ticky爌atch
San�
Man City
Everton suffered their first 5-2 home defeat
since April 1958, when they lost to Manchester
City. Yesterday was the first time in Wayne
Rooney?s career that he had given his side the
lead at home in the Premier League but lost
the game. Alexis S醤chez, Arsenal?s No 7,
scored the seventh goal of the
match to confirm Everton?s
seventh defeat of the season in
all competitions. Everton, who
dropped into the bottom
three, have only been
relegated twice in their 114
full seasons in the top
flight. Chelsea and
Arsenal are closer to
the relegation zone
ON
T HE
BOX
Today 7pm Real Sociedad v Espanyol,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
7.30pm Sandhausen v St Pauli, German
second division, BT Sport 1. 8pm Deportivo
La Coruna v Girona, Spanish league, Sky
Sports Football.
Tomorrow 7.30pm Scotland Women v
Albania Women, World Cup qualifier, BBC
ALBA. 7.45pm Swansea City v Manchester
United, Carabao Cup, Sky Sports Football.
Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian, Scottish
Premiership, BT Sport 1. Inter Milan v
Sampdoria, Italian league, BT Sport 2.
Magdeburg v Borussia Dortmund, German
Cup, BT Sport 3.
Wednesday 12.30pm England v Brazil,
Under-17 World Cup semi-final, Eurosport 1.
5.30pm Atalanta v Verona, Italian league,
BT Sport 3. 7.30pm Genk v Bruges, Belgium
league, FreeSports. 7.45pm Aberdeen v
Celtic, Scottish Premiership, BT Sport 1.
Juventus v SPAL, Italian league, BT Sport
ESPN. Chievo v AC Milan, Italian league, BT
Rashford
Man Utd
Stanislas
Bournemouth
6
Sofiane Boufal beat more opponents en route
to scoring against West Bromwich Albion than
four of his Southampton team-mates have
managed in total this season
Completed dribbles for Southampton
Boufal in run before scoring against West Brom
3
Davis, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse and Yoshida
combined in league this season
2
Source Opta
Ready爐o爏trike
London?s most famous clock has fallen silent
for repairs but Bong and Big Ben were in the
capital at the weekend: Ga雝an Bong played
for Brighton away to West Ham United on
Friday night and Ben Davies, the 6ft defender,
was on the Tottenham bench yesterday.
Victories for Brighton, Bournemouth and
Southampton made it the first ever round of
top-flight matches with three wins for
south-coast clubs. Stoke City, who lost to
Bournemouth, have conceded goals in their
past two games to Surman, Stanislas, Sterling,
San�, Silva (D) and Silva (B).
Six爋f爐he燽est
Six-goal matches are becoming the norm at
Stamford Bridge: it has happened in Chelsea?s
latest league game there (beat Watford 4-2 on
Saturday), their latest Carabao Cup game
there (beat Nottingham Forest 5-1) and their
past two Champions League games there
(drew 3-3 against Roma and beat Qarabag
6-0). C閟ar Azpilicueta was the third Spaniard
in 14 months to hit a league winner for
Chelsea against Watford in the 87th or 88th
minutes (also Diego Costa and Cesc F郻regas).
Crystal Palace?s past ten league matches have
produced nine defeats and a victory over the
champions, Chelsea.
Un瑽璍ievable
Niasse
Everton
goals
Lacazette
Arsenal
Sport red button. Leipzig v Bayern Munich,
German Cup, BT Sport 3. 8pm Tottenham
Hotspur v West Ham Utd, Carabao Cup, Sky
Sports Football. 8.05pm Strasbourg v Saint蓆ienne, French Cup, BT Sport red button.
Thursday 7.30pm Antwerp v Standard
Li鑗e, Belgian league, FreeSports.
Friday 7pm Benfica v Feirense, Portuguese
league, FreeSports. 7.30pm Mainz v
Eintracht Frankfurt, German league, BT
Sport 3. 7.45pm Leeds United v Sheffield
United, Sky Bet Championship, Sky Sports
Football. Paris Saint-Germain v Nice, French
league, BT Sport 2. 9pm Rio Ave v Sporting
Lisbon, Portuguese league, FreeSports.
Saturday Midday Alaves v Valencia,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
Darmstadt v Holstein Kiel, German second
division, BT Sport 1. 12.30pm Man United v
Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, Sky
Sports PL. Heart of Midlothian v Rangers,
Scottish Premiership, Sky Sports Football.
3.30pm Under-17 World Cup final, teams
Boufal燽eauty
tbd, Eurosport 1. 5.15pm (kick off 5pm): AC
Milan v Juventus, Italian league, BT Sport 3.
5.25pm (delayed): Seville v Leganes,
Spanish league, Sky Sports red button.
5.30pm Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier
League, BT Sport 1. Hull City v Nottingham
Forest, Championship, Sky Sports Football.
Atletico Madrid v Villarreal, Spanish league,
Sky Sports Football. Bayern Munich v
Leipzig, German league, BT Sport 2. Roda v
Feyenoord, Dutch league, Sky Sports red
button. 7.45pm Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football. Roma
v Bologna, Italian league, BT Sport 2. Willem
II v Ajax, Dutch league, Sky Sports Mix.
Sunday 11am Getafe v Real Sociedad,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
11.30am Vitesse Arnhem v PSV Eindhoven,
Dutch league, Sky Sports red button.
Midday Birmingham City v Aston Villa,
Championship, Sky Sports Football.
12.30pm Man City Women v Birmingham
City Ladies, Women?s Super League, BBC
1
Update from last week. Hull City this season,
including friendlies: six games against ?B?
teams (Bristol Rovers, Benfica, Burton Albion,
Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City,
Barnsley), six wins; 13 games against non ?B?
teams, no wins.
6 Answer to Name the Season in Saturday?s
paper: 1961-62
TV燩ICK燨F�
THE燱EEK
England燯17爒燘razil燯17
Eurosport, Wednesday, 12.30pm
Can England beat Brazil in their
World Cup semi-final and go
on to match the feat of the
under-20s, who became world
champions in the summer?
red button. 1.30pm Brighton v
Southampton, Premier League, Sky Sports
PL. Bruges v Sint Truidense, Belgium
league, FreeSports. 2pm Napoli v Sassuolo,
Italian league, BT Sport 3. Lyons v Metz,
French league, BT Sport red button.
2.30pm Werder Bremen v Augsburg,
German league, BT Sport 2. 3.15pm Girona
v Real Madrid, Spanish league, Sky Sports
Football. 4pm: Leicester City v Everton,
Premier League, Sky Sports PL. 5pm
Stuttgart v Freiburg, German league, BT
Sport 2. Standard Liege v WaaslandBeveren, Belgium league, FreeSports.
5.30pm Eibar v Levante, Spanish league,
Sky Sports Football. 7pm Ponte Preta v
Corinthians, Brazilian league, BT Sport
ESPN. 7.30pm Tenerife v Osasuna, Spanish
second division, FreeSports. 7.45pm
Malaga v Celta Vigo, Spanish league, Sky
Sports Football. Torino v Cagliari, Italian
league, BT Sport 3. 8pm Lille v Marseilles,
French league, BT Sport 2.
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
1GG
UNDER燭HE燬KIN燨F燭HE燝AME
?I want to be a normal lad,
go to the pub, eat a kebab?
Billy燢ee,爐op爏corer�
in燣eague燭wo,爐ells�
George燙aulkin爋f爃is�
struggle爐o燿eal爓ith�
anxiety燼nd燿epression
his is not a sad story, Billy
Kee says, and he has the
?bust eye? to prove it. He has
a good laugh, deep and
rumbling, and, as he hides in
a tiny office in a corner of
the ground, doing his utmost
to avoid training, he talks
about what he adores: ?being in a
fight for 90 minutes?, the release of
physicality, his new contract at
Accrington Stanley. ?And, after the
game, a pint,? he says. ?Win or lose,
have a pint.?
?As far back as I can remember, this
is the happiest I?ve been,? says Kee,
who owes ?everything to Accrington?,
to Andy Holt, the owner, and John
T
Coleman, the manager. He talks with
feeling about Leigh, his wife, ?the
woman I love more than anything?,
about Brady, his little boy, who has
?made me ten times a better person.
Without them, I wouldn?t be in
football. I don?t know where I?d be.?
But this could have been a different
story and there is no longer laughter
when Kee recalls the day when he
walked off the pitch knowing with
certainty that a ?perfect? life was not
his life, that he despised it. ?I was
sitting on my bed, head in hands,
rocking, crying, not wanting to go to
work,? he says. And so he grafted on a
building site, urging himself towards
exhaustion, praying for sleep.
And this could have been a dreadful
story, because his worst and lowest
moment was so bad and so dark,
when ?the rat in my head? would not
stop running, when surrounded by all
this love he could only feel alone, that
he told Leigh he was leaving her and
walked out of their home. ?I was
sitting in my car thinking about
driving into a wall,? he says.
It is 9.30am and Coleman and his
staff are having a brew inside the
Wham Stadium. Above the club shop,
Bill Holden is stripping the roof,
repairing storm damage. Holden is 74.
He is also a director. ?Do you think
[Sir] Bobby Charlton is doing this?? he
asks. Grandeur is absent. ?Accrington
is like a time capsule,? Holt has said.
?It?s what football has lost.?
Accrington are third in Sky Bet
League Two and looking up. Kee first
played here in 2009-10, on loan from
Leicester City, his boyhood club. He
returned two years ago, after spells at
Torquay United, Burton Albion,
Scunthorpe United and Mansfield
Town. ?He?s your old-fashioned
centre forward, a throwback,?
Coleman says. There is less hubbub
than usual; the recent death of Jordan
Moseley, a 15-year-old academy
player, is felt keenly.
Kee is 26. He has scored nine
league goals this season, the best tally
in the division, but in this world of
sports science and small margins, he
is different. ?People look at his shape
and think he?s not a footballer,?
Coleman says and perhaps Kee is not
wired that way. ?I so much want to be
a normal lad, go down the pub, eat
crisps, a kebab,? Kee says. ?I like all
the worst food.?
When he thinks about it now ?
and he does a lot of thinking ? Kee
reckons that he suffered from an
eating disorder. He has gone back
through his life, picked away at it,
rediscovering who he was and is. ?I?ve
always had issues,? he says.
?Overeating or doing things
obsessively, like gambling. Basically, it
was depression and anxiety, but I
didn?t realise that.?
He understands himself, knows that
Helen, his mother, was the same, but
getting here has been a journey.
Depression is not a pulled hamstring
or groin strain; there is no wound to
staunch. ?The worst thing I found is
that there isn?t really a diagnosis,? he
says. ?No one really knows. It?s only
you explaining it or reading about it.?
Football has improved, but there is
still ignorance about mental health.
?At other clubs, I was always lying,
living a lie, putting on a happy face,?
Kee says. ?There were moments when
I needed time to myself, but they
never understood. It was always, ?Ah,
he?s a?right. He?s playing football.
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
Kee, who admits to a fondness for
?all the worst food?, has been
prolific for Accrington this year
Best job, perfect life, perfect family.
Wake up.? ?
Self-awareness came later, but this
was the road that Kee was on when
Accrington played away to
Cambridge United 12 months ago.
?From pre-season, I was struggling,?
he says. ?I?d told the gaffer I didn?t
want to be here. I thought I was
homesick, that I wanted to be back in
Leicester, but I would have felt the
same there. And then I thought, ?I
don?t want to be in football. I hate it.? ?
Crisis was hovering. Kee scored
against Cambridge, but he was ?not
thinking rationally?. Losing 2-1,
Accrington were awarded a penalty. ?I
always take pennos, but I didn?t
want it. I gave it up.? Chris
Eagles took it and it was saved.
?We got another penno and I
gave that up,? Kee says.
?Something inside me . . . I got
nervous.? That one was saved,
too. They were beaten.
?For the next two days, I
didn?t want to get out of
bed,? he says. ?On the
Monday, I turned my
phone off and didn?t
speak to anyone.
Finally, my mum got
through and asked if I
was OK. ?Not really,? I
said. ?You seriously
need to sort this out,?
she said. ?Bill, I don?t
want to lose you.? ?
Finally, he spoke to
Coleman and Holt. Kee
was given a week off. ?I
came back in, but didn?t
want to be anywhere near
the place,? he says. ?I
played a game and then
said, ?I?m retiring, that?s
me done?. Leigh said,
?Just quit, pack it in.? But what about
the money? ?We?ll work it out,? she
said. I was thinking: everything
should be perfect, but I feel like a bag
of shit.?
A lack of sleep was crippling, ?the
rat in your head, running on its
wheel, obsessing?, and Leigh and
Brady had taken the brunt. ?I?d snap
over everything,? Kee says. ?Starting
pointless arguments. Nothing to do
with her. Or my son ? ?shut him up?.
But he?s three. He?s going to make
noise and mess. I was pushing my
loved ones away.?
Kee pauses. This is difficult. ?My
missus had a go at me for treating my
kid like rubbish, really, so I said,
?I?m leaving you. We?re breaking
up,? ? he says. ?I rang my mum
and told her. This is the person
who means everything to me
and I was talking about
divorce.?
d
He got into his car. ?I?ve read
about Chris Kirkland, the
[former Liverpool]
goalkeeper, having
suicidal thoughts and
I understand that,?
he says. ?It?s not that
you?re going to do it,
but the thoughts are
there.? Two hours
later he was home
and ?trying to drop
it like it was
nothing?, he says.
? ?Don?t worry
about it, babe.?
But I was
thinking,
?What am I
doing? How
is this girl
still with me?? ?
He turned away from
football. ?My dad said, ?If you?re not
playing, you?re on the building site
with me,? ? Kee says. ?I was up at 7am,
labouring, collecting blocks, mixing
cement, shovelling mud and sand.
And for a good week, it felt better. I
really enjoyed it, being in the fresh
air and because it was so physical, I
was sleeping.
?I was going to the pub with the
lads, playing five-a-side with my
brother, but when the weekend came
along, I had nothing to look forward
to. I missed football. Not the training
? I?m here with you, trying to get out
of it ? but coming alive on a Friday
and Saturday, the outbreak of that
90 minutes, the bust eyes, the fight,
scoring a goal, the relief, like a drug.
?When you have depression, your
mind jumps around. I wasn?t enjoying
the building site any more. I was in a
pickle. My dad was giving me money,
but you probably work for three hours
a day in football and earn triple that.
What am I doing? I spoke to my
missus who said, ?Well, I?ve thought
about this, but you have to work it
out for yourself.? Mum and Dad said
the same.
?I spoke to the gaffer. He was
buzzing. ?Take the time off you need
and then come back to us,? he said.
?I?ve just got the best striker in the
league back.? They put me straight
back in. I?m so lucky to have that. The
staff are like mates, although they?ll
come down on me like a ton of bricks.
Andy Holt?s family have taken me in.
I?ve got a mum and dad here and in
Leicester.?
Kee is on medication that has,
?made me more mellow?, he says.
?I?ve seen a lot of specialists and
every day is a learning curve.? He
talks to his team-mates because
talking helps; him and maybe them.
?The lads know I?m on tablets,? he
says, ?I?ve learnt to be open about it.
You should never have to lie about
having a good day.?
There are more good than bad at
the moment (he has a court case in
the background, a charge of GBH
dating back to January), but Kee
knows that depression lurks, that
?you can have a year off and then
bang, something triggers it?. He
relishes football and recoils from it.
When the Champions League was on
last week, he was ?putting up a flatpack with my missus. It took four
hours and should have taken one.
A few glasses of wine, Hollyoaks on
the telly.
?There are times when I don?t like
many people in football. They?re
caught up with a different world. I
just want to be normal. There are
normal lads who would give up their
lives to be where I am, but I want to
be like them. Sometimes, the football
will be on and I?m thinking, ?Why am
I watching this crap? He?s on 80
grand a week, that kid. Is he that
much better than me?? I just get
wound up.?
Kee laughs at that and he laughs
again when one of the first-team
coaches finds him ? ?HERE HE IS!?
? and drags him off to training. On
Saturday, Accrington beat Crewe
Alexandra 2-0. Kee scored a penalty
? he wanted this one ? and then
held up a shirt with Moseley?s name
on the back.
?It?s strange,? Kee says before he
goes. ?On the outside, you can be
happy. I can come in here and it?s,
?Ah, he?s sound, he?s bantering? but
when you?re by yourself, at home, the
tears come. It doesn?t make sense. I
have the best life of anyone! I?m a
footballer! Beautiful wife, a little boy,
nice car, earning alright money. But
you could win the lottery and still be
like that. It can be inside anyone.?
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hen Major League Soccer opened its doors in 1996, it was
seen by many as the last roll of the dice to establish the
world?s game in the United States. A professional domestic
league had been a condition in awarding the country the
1994 World Cup and the thinking at the time was that it
needed to tightly mirror the centralised structure of American
sports leagues to be a success.
Thus, there were play-offs, a draft, a salary cap and because
draws were un-American, penalty shoot-outs to determine
winners (not traditional spot-kicks, mind you, but a player starting
with the ball 35 yards out with five seconds to beat the keeper).
The league attracted a number of international stars, such as
Carlos Valderrama, Roberto Donadoni and Jorge Campos, who
were ?allocated? to teams, often based on local demographics.
And, significantly, many of the clubs themselves had names that, it
was thought, might sound ?appealing? to US fans: Dallas Burn,
Kansas City Wiz and New York/New Jersey MetroStars.
Much has changed over the past two decades as the league, with
some hiccups, has grown. Most of the silly names are gone,
replaced by more traditional sounding ones (?FC Dallas? ?Sporting
Kansas City?). MLS now has draws and the salary cap has been
relaxed and expanded. The league realised the importance of
developing local talent and clubs now have academies, often
branching out regionally. Many fanbases have developed distinct
identities, often drawing from Europe and South America but
without aping them.
There is even debate about
abandoning the closed ?franchise
system? and introducing
promotion and relegation. The
Court of Arbitration for Sport
will soon rule on whether the US
Soccer Federation is violating
Fifa rules by not having an
?open? system and the league
recently received an offer for its
media rights of �billion over
ten years ? a more than fivefold increase over the existing deal ?
if it introduces promotion and relegation.
All of this is playing out against the backdrop of the US men?s
team?s failure to qualify for the World Cup, elections for the USSF
presidency coming up in February (with the incumbent, Sunil
Gulati, being challenged after 11 years in the post) and the local
football community having the sort of ?root-and-branch review?
introspection familiar to nations who feel they have come up
short. Now, however, MLS faces a challenge of a different kind, as
the US model from two decades back clashes with the latest
incarnation and, possibly, with what the league might look like in
the future. The owner of the Columbus Crew ? one of the
league?s original franchises ? announced that his team aren?t
hitting their ?revenue targets? and he is exploring the possibility of
moving the club 1,200 miles to Austin, Texas. Anthony Precourt,
who acquired the club in 2013, believes that there are two options:
either the club get a new stadium in Columbus or they move
south to Texas.
Predictably, reaction from local fans has been angry but
Precourt claims that it is necessary to satisfy the club?s ambition to
grow. And, to be fair to him, when he bought the Crew, he
negotiated an option to relocate the club. Such relocations, while
often painful, are part-and-parcel of US sports leagues although
the MLS has been largely immune to them.
There?s another wrinkle here. Clubs applying to join MLS pay
?franchise fees? to the league: Minnesota United, who joined last
year, stumped up �4 million for the privilege. Allowing the Crew
to move would, presumably, mean Precourt saving a ton of money.
What we?re seeing here is a clash of cultures. An owner buys a
club, doesn?t earn as much as he was expecting and figures ? if
local government doesn?t give him a sweeter deal ? that he can
simply move elsewhere. In most other countries, with some
exceptions ? consider MK Dons ? this simply does not happen.
MLS may or may not be in a position, legally, to halt the move.
But how it reacts will speak volumes about how it sees itself and
the sport in the US.
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2GG
RICHARD BLAXALL/REX SHUTTERSTOCK
Leeds owner
?upset? over
fireworks
Maddison fires home the only goal of
the game to delight Norwich in the
East Anglian derby yesterday
ROB燬TEWART
Bristol燙ity
0
Leeds燯nited
3
S醝z 4, 14, Lasogga 67
Referee O Langford Attendance 24,435
ndrea Radrizzani, the Leeds
United owner, has appealed to
the club?s supporters to stop
throwing fireworks on to the
pitch after Saturday?s victory at
Ashton Gate was marred by flares
and then a flare-up.
?Everywhere we go our fans are
amazing,? the Italian businessman
said. ?But I am also a little bit upset
with them because of the flares that
they threw on to the pitch and this
will cost the club money.
?I would prefer that the money is
put into something more important
socially like our fund for Toby [Nye],
the little boy who is affected by
cancer that we are helping.?
Two flares were hurled on to the
pitch in front of the away fans? stand
after the first of two early goals from
Samuel S醝z. Pierre-Michel Lasogga
added a third goal in the second half
as Leeds got back to winning ways.
An impressive display from Thomas
Christiansen?s team was marred when
the substitute Pontus Jansson got
himself in a touchline skirmish after
his team-mate Gaetano Berardi was
sent off for butting Matty Taylor, who
also saw red for an apparent stamp.
?I am very happy that the team
came back from three defeats with a
good performance,? Radrizzani said.
?They fought together, they were
united and were really determined.?
A first defeat since August was
described as a reality check by
Marlon Pack, the City midfielder, who
said: ?We?d have been kidding
ourselves if we thought we could keep
performing brilliantly every week.?
A
Norwich put heat on McCarthy
DEREK燚AVIS
Ipswich燭own
0
Norwich燙ity
1
Maddison 59
Referee T Robinson Attendance 24,928
ot only did James
Maddison?s winner
emphasise the changing
fortunes of these East
Anglian clubs but it also
represented a shift in
feelings towards the
respective managers.
Daniel Farke had an unsure start to
his tenure with Norwich City but his
stock is undoubtedly rising, while
Mick McCarthy is facing anger at
Ipswich Town. City are now into the
top six and took their unbeaten run to
eight Sky Bet Championship matches.
It is a far cry from late August,
when they were eight points behind
Ipswich. ?After so many setbacks and
personnel problems, I?m really
pleased for James,? Farke said. ?We
have had a lot of injuries to players,
especially in attack. It is not easy to
create chances and score goals when
N
CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
Onomah shows
his Premier
League class as
Villa claim win
you have so many problems. We are
the team of the moment. We stood
together and showed brilliant
attitude.?
It was the German coach?s first
derby match in England and he
seemed to enjoy the occasion as
much as the victory. Farke said: ?The
game was full of passion and emotion
so to win such a close game it was
really sweet.?
It was a sixth defeat in eight games
for Ipswich after starting the season
with four straight wins. That had
bought McCarthy time but form is a
cause for concern for supporters and
he is expecting a backlash.
?I knew that could materialise if we
don?t win games,? he said. ?I?m not
concerned with what people might
say about me ? I?m concerned about
not winning.
?A scruffy win and not playing well
is fine. I?m pleased with the
performance. I have no qualms about
that. They have had one moment of
quality and Maddison has managed
to score. We had chances but we
didn?t score.?
The goal came about through a
swift and incisive City attack, with no
Ipswich player getting near the ball.
Angus Gunn, the City goalkeeper,
chipped the ball out to Ivo Pinto and
the full back switched the play from
right to left, Yanic Wildschut ran into
HOW燫IVALS燭URNED
TABLES ON IPSWICH
TABLES燨N營PSWICH
Championship on Aug 19
P W D L GD Pts
2 Ipswich
4 4 0 0 5 12
17 Norwich
4 1 1 2 -2 4
Today
6 Norwich
11 Ipswich
R ATING S
Ipswich Town (4-3-3): B Bialkowski 6 ? J Spence 6,
L Chambers 6, A Webster 6, J Knudsen 7 ? T Nydam
5 (sub: F Sears 77min), C Skuse 7, T Adeyemi 6 (sub:
F Downes 67, 6) ? D McGoldrick 7, M Waghorn 7,
J Garner 5 (sub: B Celina 76, 6).
Substitutes not used D Gerken, D Iorfa, C Connolly,
G Ward. Booked Spence, Chambers, Downes.
Norwich City (4-1-4-1): A Gunn 6 ? I Pinto 7,
M Zimmermann 6 (sub: G Hanley 66, 6), T Klose 7,
M Stiepermann 7 ? H Reed 6 ? Y Wildschut 8,
J Maddison 8, T Trybull 6, W Hoolahan 6 (sub:
J Husband 77, 6) ? C Jerome 7.
Substitutes not used M McGovern, N Oliveira,
J Murphy, M Franke.
space, fed Marco Stiepermann and he
cut inside and found Maddison. The
midfielder?s accurate finish into the
bottom corner beat Bartosz
Bialkowski in the Ipswich goal.
Performance of the week
Sheffield United Jaap Stam
Goal of the week
Paul Coutts Sheffield United
masterminded Reading?s
victory over Leeds last time
out, but Sheffield United had
the beating of them this week,
winning 2-1 and cementing
third place in the table.
A rare goal from the
midfielder, but a good one
as he stroked in a firsttime shot from 20 yards in
a 2-1 win over Reading.
Player of the week
Lewis Grabban Sunderland
In a season that has offered
little cheer, two goals for the
striker, right, in a 3-3 draw
away to Brentford provided
one of their better days.
P W D L GD Pts
13 6 4 3 -1 22
12 6 0 6 2 18
Rising star
Josh Onomah Aston
Villa The 20-year-old
midfielder, on loan
from Tottenham
Hotspur, set up the
winner for Albert
Adomah and was
City?s 20-year-old midfielder caused
Town problems throughout but he
will face a tougher test against
Arsenal?s midfield in the Carabao Cup
fourth round at the Emirates Stadium
on Tuesday.
Joey Garner had a low left-footed
drive saved at the base of a post by
Gunn, whose father Bryan famously
played for City in these derbies.
Jonas Knudsen, looking for a third
goal in as many derby matches,
robbed Pinto then hit the inside of a
post with a thunderous effort from
the edge of the area.
David McGoldrick went close with
one header, nodded over from a
Martyn Waghorn free kick and hit
another effort so wide it went for a
throw-in. Sadly for Ipswich the
second-half showing was dismal and
Norwich took them for all they were
worth. City were more sparing in
their attacks but created chances on
the break. Bialkowski saved from
Wildschut as he tried to pass into the
net from 16 yards, while Cameron
Jerome headed over and Stiepermann
drove wide.
Jerome won one of those rarest of
things in football these days, a
competed dropped ball. City swept
upfield but Maddison?s side-footed
effort was saved with ease by
Bialkowski. City, however, had done
more than enough.
man of the match in the 2-1
victory over Fulham.
Villain of the day
Stephen Martin The referee
angered both
Wolverhampton
Wanderers and
Preston North End
with some
baffling decisions
during the
former?s 3-2 win
at Molineux but
saved the worst for last.
Alan Browne, the
RATI NGS
Bristol City (4-4-2): F Fielding 5 ? B Wright 6,
A Flint 6, J Hegeler 4 (sub: H Magnusson 68min,
6), J Bryan 6 ? J Leko 5 (sub M Taylor 57, 4),
J Brownhill 5, M Pack 6, C O?Dowda 6 ?
C Woodrow 5 (sub: F Diedhiou 57, 5), B Reid 6.
Substitutes not used L Steele, N Eliasson,
L Kelly, Z Vyner. Booked Wright, Hegeler, Reid.
Sent off Taylor.
Leeds United (4-3-3): A Lonergan ? L Ayling 6,
M Pennington 7, L Cooper 6, G Berardi 4 ?
R Vieira 8, E O?Kane 7, K Phillips 7 ? P-M Lasogga
(sub: J-R Grot 89), S S醝z 8 (sub: V Anita 83),
E Alioski 7 (sub: H Sacko 70, 6). Substitutes not
used F Wiedwald, K Roofe, P Jansson,
P Hern醤dez. Booked Pennington, Phillips,
Vieira. Sent off Berardi.
Preston midfielder, departed
down the tunnel after seeing
he was about to be sent off for
two bookable offences. The
official, who had gone to deal
with a m阬閑 before showing
the red card, then ordered
Browne back from the dressing
room to be formally sent off.
Stat of the day 489
The minutes since Burton
Albion, who lost 2-0 to
Nottingham Forest, scored a
Championship goal. It is the
club?s worst barren run since
joining the Football League in
2009.
Quote of the day
?I don?t really understand it. If
Usain Bolt came on the pitch I
wouldn?t beat him in a race for
the ball but I can do more
kick-ups, so it?s swings and
roundabouts. I thought it was
disrespectful, I?ll be sending an
email.? David Wheater, the
Bolton Wanderers defender, is
unhappy at an article on the
QPR website that questioned
his pace.
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THE燡OURNEYMAN
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n hour after Kevin Davies?s first game
as a manager and that rush of
adrenaline, new, yet familiar, is yet to
fully subside. ?A baptism of fire,? he
says, which would sound about right
were it not for the sheets of rain and
gale-force winds sweeping in from the
Irish Sea courtesy of Storm Brian. A
goal down in the opening minute, a stirring
second-half riposte, an 86th-minute winner, it
seemed, before a 90th-minute sucker-punch
made it two apiece. ?I enjoyed it, I must say,?
he says, and it shows.
Welcome enough for any rookie manager,
perhaps. But Davies, 40, has chosen to take his
first step into the dugout at part-time
Southport, who last season were relegated to
the regionalised realms of the sixth-tier
Vanarama National League North. On
Saturday, the full-blooded tackles, lacerated
turf and leaves on the pitch were a world
away from football as he knew it. So what was
the draw?
During a 22-year playing career Davies
scored 150 goals in more than 800 games,
more than half of which came in the Premier
League for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers
and Bolton Wanderers. A solitary but
cherished England cap arrived too, of course,
better late than never, at the age of 33.
These days we are more likely to hear many
of Davies?s contemporaries in a television
studio, or voicing their belief that there should
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be a fast-track route to coaching qualifications,
or positions with the FA, accompanied, at
times, with an air of entitlement and
expectancy. Eyebrows may be raised at
Davies?s decision to drop into the non-League
game. But perhaps he should be applauded for
his willingness to dirty his hands there.
?If you look at my career [as a player] I
suppose it might mirror this,? Davies says after
the draw with Gainsborough Trinity, sitting in
the vacated referee?s room at the Merseyrail
Community Stadium, where space is at a
premium. ?I started at Chesterfield in the
fourth division, learning the trade for three or
four years. I think this was always something
that I felt inside I had to give a go. And it got
to the point where I felt I had prepared; I was
ready to commit. The club know I?m
ambitious. They?re ambitious, too.?
After missing out on the Chesterfield job to
Jack Lester last month, Davies was asked to
apply for a position that, since Southport
parted company with Alan Lewer, received
close to 100 applicants. Among them,
according to Phil Hodgkinson, an
ambitious new director, were a
Brazilian and an Argentinian, both
of whom played in World Cups.
?They wanted to bring a whole
new backroom staff,? Hodgkinson
says. ?I don?t think they realised
Henrich Ravas,
the Derby
goalkeeper on
loan at
Gainsborough,
comes under
pressure from a
Southport side
managed by
Davies, below
what the National League North is all about.?
Still, competition these days is tough. Wait
for a role in higher divisions and it might
never arrive. Davies impressed Hodgkinson
with his meticulous preparation, which
included presenting a map of the North West,
with the names of all the clubs within a 60mile radius and his list of contacts at them all.
Since he hung up his boots in 2015, after two
years at Preston North End, he has gained his
Uefa A Licence, enrolled on a Master of Sport
Directorship degree at Manchester
Metropolitan University and enjoyed, for a
time, life unshackled from the stresses and
strains of being a footballer. Sam Allardyce
and Sean Dyche recommended that he seek
a role within an academy. But it is clear that
he has missed the cut and thrust of
battling for three points.
?My wife Emma spoke to Sam?s
[Allardyce] wife this week, and she said,
?Look Emma, it?s in their blood,? ?he
says. ?It?s simplistic to say that about
footballers. People have a bit more to
them than that, other strengths; but it
is something I kept returning to.?
Davies does indeed have more to
him. Thoughtful and intelligent, he
and his fellow students, who include
Dietmar Hamann, Steve McClaren,
Gary Bowyer and Steve Harper,
recently spent a day at Aston Villa with Steve
Round, their director of football. Les Reed,
Southampton?s executive director, also
presented the group with an overview of his
work that has seen the club develop apace
since 2010.
The course, he says, has taken him out of his
comfort zone. But it is part of a drive for
continual learning. ?We finish the year with a
15,000-word dissertation,? he says, with a
pained expression. ?I?ve actually got an
assignment due in next week. I?ve had to ask
for an extension for special circumstances.?
John Dreyer, the former Luton Town, Stoke
City and Bradford City defender, who brings
experience in non-League from spells
coaching at Maidenhead United, Rushden &
Diamonds and Stevenage Borough, joined
Davies at Southport as assistant manager. But
Davies acknowledges that he now inhabits a
very different world. ?At 2.30 this morning I?m
thinking about the lads [not in the squad]
doing a bit of running after the game, but I
know there might not be enough kit ? it is
different to what I?m used to, but I?m
embracing it,? he says. ?So at 2.30am an email
goes into the kit man, ?I need some extra kit.?
Then I?m emailing John [Dreyer], the owner . . . ?
The first week has consumed him. ?I know I?ll
have to shut it down sometimes,? he says.
When asked how he will adapt to Vanarama
North, he says that he will research
opponents, players, pore over games, put in
the hard yards, as you would at any level. He?ll
drill and organise, improve fitness, eke every
last sinew from the few hours of training he is
afforded each week.
He has leant upon Danny Cowley, the
Lincoln City manager, and John Still, manager
of Dagenham & Redbridge, who have tasted
success at this level. And although he received
?conflicting advice? before taking the position
last week, he is not short of those to call upon,
having played for John Duncan, Roy Hodgson,
Dave Jones and of course Big Sam.
?I think it?s important I don?t change who I
am,? he says. ?I won?t be regimental, but I
know I?ll need to lay the law down when it?s
necessary. But I want to get everybody
enjoying playing football, working hard for
each other, getting the team spirit going.
When you go back to all the teams that I
played for, we had that, bar Blackburn Rovers,
where we had a poor dressing room. But at
every other club we had something special and
created memories ? promotions, cup finals,
European football ? and that?s what I want to
achieve in management.?
That vision begins with a team 16th in
Vanarama North who, before Saturday, had
lost their previous six games. As the elements
battered the main stand?s leaky corrugatediron roof, the scoreboard couldn?t cope, and
the gate was less than 800.
There are redevelopment plans, though, and
39 years since Southport?s 57-year stay in the
Football League ended, Hodgkinson has
ambitions to return the club there within five
years. York City, Stockport County,
Darlington, and new kids on the block such as
Salford City and the league leaders Harrogate
Town, have similar ambitions, of course. But
Davies?s excitement is clear. ?It?s a journey that
I?m looking forward to,? he says.
SCOUTING�
REPORT
ROSS SYKES
DEFENDER
Age
18
Clubs
Burnley (academy),
Accrington Stanley,
Southport (on loan)
Attributes
Tall, athletic and strong in
the air
Report
Sykes, who made his
second appearance for
Southport against
Gainsborough Trinity
on Saturday, impressed
again after winning the
man-of-the-match award
on his debut a week
before. He won his
headers, made several
timely tackles and
interceptions and showed
composure on the ball
under pressure.
What impressed most
for a young player,
however, was his resolve
in a physical encounter,
played in extremely
difficult conditions.
Having been released
by Burnley, his hometown club, Sykes went on
trial at Accrington
Stanley, where he signed
a two-year professional
contract in May 2016.
He made his debut for
Stanley in the 3-0 EFL
Trophy defeat by Crewe
Alexandra three months
later.
His league debut
arrived in August this
year, as a substitute in
the 2-2 draw against
Notts County at Meadow
Lane. He then joined
Southport this month
until January in a bid to
gain more first-team
experience.
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7 0 0
5 0 12 -17
3
VA N A R A M A 燦AT I O NAL
AFC Fylde
A
VAN ARAMA燦 ORTH�
Maidstone
A
Abandoned 48min with score 2-1 (adverse conditions)
Aldershot
(0) 2
Robert 80
Rendell 90+5
Bromley
(1) 1
McNulty 17
2,714
(2) 2
Holland 42
Rees 45
Chester
Tranmere
(0) 1
(0) 1
FC Utd of Man(0) 0
Bognor Regis (0) 1
Chippenham (1) 3
Sekajja 85
495
Twine 39, Pratt 49
Jones 53
Tshimanga 54
Darlington
Bradford PA (0) 1
West 15
Sent off: K Oyenuga 19
1,027
Havern 2 (og), Gillies 53
Johnson 89
Concord Rangers(2) 2
Weston-s-Mare(0) 2
Harrogate
Leamington
Cawley 6 (pen), 15 (pen)
Sent off: S Cawley 66
Hill 54
90
Maidenhead (0) 1
(0) 1
Hyde 90+3
Att: 837
Gateshead
(0) 2
Williamson 4, Constable 62
Strevens 90+5
Preston 74, Vassell 87
1,597
Ebbsfleet
Barrow
(0) 2
McLean 24, Drury 76
Powell 80
Gomis 71, 90+4
1,402
Halifax
(0) 1
Torquay
(1) 4
Solihull Moors(1) 2
(0) 1
Reid 76
Att: 1,764
Kidderminster (0) 2
(1) 1
Dartford
(0) 0
East Thurrock (2) 2
Spennymoor (1) 2
Torres 58, Dawes 74
427
Anderson 39
Cornhill 42
McQuilkin 62, Brown 78
Sent off: J O?Connor 90
Foley 6, Tait 90 (pen)
1,406
Gloucester
Welling
North Ferriby (0) 0
AFC Telford (1)
Sent off: M Warren 56
Lussey 45, Newby 78
250
Nuneaton
(0) 1
Stockport
Oswell 36, Stopforth 45
Ball 68
737
York
Hartlepool
Sutton Utd
(0) 1
Oates 39
4,526
Wright 90+4
Southport
Leyton Orient (0) 0
Macclesfield (1) 1
Sampson 55
Anderson 86
4,562
Wilson 45+1
Tamworth
Styche 30, 45
583
(2) 3
2
(2) 3
Nti 80
Sent off: E Geohaghon 90
Hogan 22, 50
Redshaw 27
GD Pts
3 32
10 29
6 29
2 28
2 28
7 27
8 26
6 25
7 24
5 24
2 24
2 23
2 23
0 23
0 20
1 19
1 18
-6 18
-3 16
-3 13
-14 13
-10 12
-13 8
-15 8
(1) 2
Chelmsford
Eastbourne B (0) 2
Salford City
A
15
11
8
21
20
17
18
19
20
19
15
22
18
16
12
16
18
27
25
21
28
23
29
31
(1) 2
English 24
Thompson-Brown 70 (pen)
Afolayan 43, 67
P W D L F
Macclesfield........16 10 2 4 18
Dover Athletic .... 16 8 5 3 21
Wrexham ............ 16 8 5 3 14
Woking................16 9 1 6 23
Sutton Utd..........16 8 4 4 22
Bromley...............16 8 3 5 24
Aldershot............16 7 5 4 26
Boreham Wood...16 7 4 5 25
Dagenham & Red 16 6 6 4 27
Ebbsfleet
16 5 9 2 24
Halifax.................16 6 6 4 17
Maidenhead ....... 16 6 5 5 24
Maidstone ..........15 6 5 4 20
Hartlepool...........16 6 5 5 16
Tranmere ............ 16 5 5 6 12
Eastleigh.............15 4 7 4 17
Gateshead...........16 4 6 6 19
Leyton Orient......16 5 3 8 21
AFC Fylde............15 3 7 5 22
Barrow ................ 16 2 7 7 18
Guiseley .............. 16 2 7 7 14
Chester ...............15 2 6 7 13
Torquay...............16 1 5 10 16
Solihull Moors.....16 2 2 12 16
(1) 2
(0) 1
Thomson 34
English 57 (og)
1,021
Molyneux 23, Liburd 65
Lawlor 68, Rooney 86
(1) 1
Braintree
Wright 7, Baker 63
Dover Ath
Guiseley
Oliyide 85
842
Boreham Wood(2) 2
Robson 90+3 (og)
Waring 68
Rigg 79
Sent off: G Rigg 90
Boston Utd
1,492
Sent off: K Lokko 32
(1) 3
Bath
Maguire 18
464
Curzon Ashton(1) 2
(0) 0
Jeffers 31
Andrade 38
(1) 3
(0) 1
Blyth Spartans(1) 1
1,577
Sent off: K Ferdinand 48
Woking
Wrexham
Eastleigh
Chorley
(0) 1
(0) 2
Almond 84
Connolly 90
(0) 2
Gainsborough (1) 2
Davie 2, King 90
771
(2) 2
Alfreton
(2) 3
Robertson 18, 40
Westcarr 89
P W D L
Harrogate ...........14 10 3 1
Salford City.........14 10 2 2
Blyth Spartans....15 9 0 6
Brackley ............. 14 7 5 2
Spennymoor .......15 7 4 4
Chorley................14 7 3 4
Curzon Ashton....16 6 5 5
York.....................15 6 4 5
Stockport Co ......15 6 3 6
Darlington...........16 5 6 5
AFC Telford ........14 7 0 7
Alfreton ..............14 6 2 6
Tamworth ........... 14 6 2 6
Kidderminster.....14 5 4 5
Bradford PA........14 5 4 5
Southport............14 5 3 6
Leamington.........15 4 4 7
Nuneaton............15 4 3 8
Gainsborough
14 3 3 8
14 3 3 8
Boston Utd
FC Utd of Man.....14 3 2 9
North Ferriby .....14 1 3 10
F
39
25
38
23
30
17
22
25
28
21
21
24
22
21
18
19
19
21
20
17
19
7
A
15
12
28
11
22
13
26
20
21
19
24
22
22
21
18
27
28
29
29
27
28
34
GD Pts
24 33
13 32
10 27
12 26
8 25
4 24
-4 23
5 22
7 21
2 21
-3 21
2 20
0 20
0 19
0 19
-8 18
-9 16
-8 15
-9 12
-10 12
-9 11
-27 6
(0) 0
269
Havant & W
Hemel H
(0) 1
Healy 84
(1) 2
Prior 31
Rutherford 88
Poole
(0) 2
Neale 49, Bentley 77
830
(1) 2
Oxford City
(0) 0
Sheringham 21, McCall 50
449
St Albans
Hungerford
(0) 0
Truro
(0) 1
(0) 0
539
Wealdstone
(2) 2
Eisa 27, 29
817
Whitehawk
Elliott 62
217
Harvey 81
(0) 1
Hampton & R (3) 3
Jolley 1
Hudson-Odoi 23, 33
P W D L
Braintree.............14 8 4 2
Chelmsford .........14 8 4 2
St Albans ...........14 8 4 2
Truro .................. 14 8 2 4
Welling................15 7 5 3
Hemel H .............15 8 2 5
Dartford .............. 14 7 4 3
East Thurrock .... 14 6 7 1
Havant & W
14 6 4 4
15 5 6 4
Wealdstone
Bath City.............14 6 3 5
Eastbourne Boro 15 5 5 5
Chippenham
15 5 4 6
Hungerford .........15 5 4 6
Hampton & R ..... 14 3 8 3
Weston-s-Mare .. 15 3 6 6
Gloucester ..........14 4 3 7
Poole .................. 14 3 4 7
Bognor Regis ......14 2 5 7
Concord Rangers.14 2 4 8
Oxford City..........14 2 3 9
Whitehawk ......... 15 0 3 12
F
30
20
23
27
24
25
30
29
22
20
18
25
24
20
16
24
16
18
21
11
21
12
Chelsea
(1) 4
Pedro 12
Batshuayi 71, 90+5
Azpilicueta 87
Everton
Doucour� 45+2
Pereyra 49
41,467
(1) 2
Rooney 12, Niasse 90+3
39,189
Sent off: I Gueye 68
Huddersfield
(2) 2
Monreal 40, 謟il 53
Lacazette 74, Ramsey 90
S醤chez 90+5
Manchester City (1) 3
Burnley
Ag黣ro 30 (pen)
Otamendi 73, San� 75
54,118
(0) 1
Southampton
Stoke
(0) 1
(0) 1
(0) 1
(2) 2
Bournemouth
(1) 2
Leicester
Fernandez 24 (og)
Okazaki 49
(3) 4
Kane 4, 56, Son 12
Alli 45+3
(1) 1
Liverpool
Salah 24
80,827
Played Friday
West Ham
56,977
(0) 0
170
168
166
161
138
136
A
19
9
14
18
15
20
13
22
15
19
20
26
25
23
15
27
24
26
29
21
32
44
GD Pts
11 28
11 28
9 28
9 26
9 26
5 26
17 25
7 25
7 22
1 21
-2 21
-1 20
-1 19
-3 19
1 17
-3 15
-8 15
-8 13
-8 11
-10 10
-11 9
-32 3
Manchester燙ity�
Manchester燯nited�
Chelsea�
Watford�
Leicester燙ity�
Tottenham�
18.8%
16.1
14.7
14.2
13.1
11.4
I N T E R C E PT I O N S
FOULS�
N燤onreal�(Arsenal)�
25
S燚efour�(Burnley)�
25
M燬chneiderlin�(Everton)� 23
C燬chindler�(Huddersfld)� 22
D燣uiz�(Chelsea)�
20
G燢rychowiak�(WBA)�
20
P燴abaleta�(W燞am)牋牋牋牋牋�
J燤atip�(Liverpool)
19
P燡ones�(Man燯td)�
19
O燫omeu�(Southampton)�
E燩ieters�(Stoke)�
J燗yew�(Swansea)�
J燫odriguez�(West燘rom)
W燦didi�(Leicester)
T燘akayoko�(Chelsea)�
T燙leverley�(Watford)
L燜er�(Swansea)�
I燝ueye�(Everton)
S燢olasinac�(Arsenal)
TO P 燬 C O R E R S
TO P 燬AV E S
(0) 0
West Brom
Surman 16
Stanislas 18 (pen)
Mawson 56
20,521
Tottenham
(0) 0
Crystal Palace
29,947
Diouf 63
29,500
Swansea
(0) 0
52,251
Boufal 85
Manchester燙ity�
Liverpool�
Tottenham�
Arsenal
Southampton�
Manchester燯nited�
Manchester Utd (0) 1
Rashford 78
24,426
Merino 86
(1) 5
Arsenal
Mooy 28
Depoitre 33
Newcastle
(1) 2
Watford
S H OT 燙 O N V E R S I O N
(2) 3
Brighton
Murray 10, 75 (pen)
Izquierdo 45+2
H燢ane�(Tottenham)�
R燣ukaku�(Manchester燯td)�
S燗g黣ro�(Manchester燙ity)�
翣Morata�(Chelsea)�
Jesus�(Manchester燙ity)�
R燬terling�(Manchester燙ity)�
Evo-Stik Premier: Northern
Ashton United 3 Shaw Lane 3
Coalville 1 Buxton 5
Farsley Celtic 0 Mickleover Sports 3
Halesowen 4 Lancaster 3
Matlock 2 Stafford Rangers 0
Nantwich 3 Witton Albion 2
Rushall Olympic 0 Marine 2
Stalybridge Celtic 4 Barwell 2
Stourbridge 0 Grantham 2
Warrington 0 Altrincham 0
Whitby 2 Hednesford 2
Workington 4 Sutton Coldfield 0
P W D L F A
Altrincham..........17 10 4 3 36 15
Shaw Lane .......... 16 11 1 4 31 17
Warrington
17 10 4 3 31 17
Farsley Celtic
17 9 3 5 29 28
Grantham............18 9 2 7 37 20
Workington.........19 8 5 6 30 21
Stourbridge.........15 8 3 4 23 17
Ashton Utd ......... 16 8 3 5 30 25
Witton Albion.....19 8 3 8 27 25
Barwell................18 7 4 7 27 23
Hednesford ......... 19 7 4 8 23 30
Lancaster ...........15 6 6 3 25 18
Buxton.................15 8 0 7 25 19
Matlock ..............18 7 3 8 27 27
Whitby................19 6 5 8 26 32
Coalville ............. 19 7 2 10 29 36
Mickleover Spts..18 6 4 8 25 24
Stafford ..............15 6 3 6 20 21
Stalybridge ......... 18 6 2 10 22 31
Marine.................19 5 4 10 25 32
Halesowen..........18 5 3 10 20 35
Nantwich ............15 4 4 7 20 27
Rushall Olympic..17 3 4 10 19 37
Sutton Coldfield .17 3 4 10 17 47
GD Pts
21 34
14 34
14 34
1 30
17 29
9 29
6 27
5 27
2 27
4 25
-7 25
7 24
6 24
0 24
-6 23
-7 23
1 22
-1 21
-9 20
-7 19
-15 18
-7 16
-18 13
-30 13
Evo-Stik Premier: Southern
Bishop?s Stortford 1 Tiverton 2
Chesham 2 Biggleswade 0
Dorchester 2 Banbury 0
Dunstable 1 Redditch 1
Farnborough 2 St Neots 4
Frome 1 Basingstoke 0;
Gosport Borough v Kings Lynn (postp)
Hereford 3 Kings Langley 0
Hitchin 2 Merthyr Town 0
Kettering 0 Slough Town 0
St Ives 1 Weymouth 2
Stratford 1 Royston 1
P W D L F A
Kings Lynn .........14 10 2 2 29 11
Slough.................13 10 1 2 38 14
Weymouth..........14 10 1 3 34 19
Kettering.............12 9 2 1 30 10
GD Pts
18 32
24 31
15 31
20 29
8
7
7
6
6
6
TO P 燗S S I STS
D燬ilva�(Manchester燙ity)�
K燚e燘ruyne�(Man燙ity)
H燤khitaryan�(Man燯td)�
C燗zpilicueta�(Chelsea)�
M燫itchie�(Newcastle)�
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OT H ER燦ON� LEAG U E燫ES U LTS
Sent off: Z Corbett 88
1,440
Dag and Red (0) 0
(0) 1
(0) 3
Williams 46, 86 (pen)
Byrne 51
VA NA RA MA 燬 OU T H
Haughton 72
Bell 77
1,501
Bird 76
Brackley
West Brom (a)
Arsenal (h)
Leicester (a)
Tottenham (h)
Chelsea (a)
Newcastle (h)
Man Utd (a)
Crystal Palace (h)
Arsenal (a)
Bournemouth (a)
Man Utd (h)
West Brom (a)
Swansea (h)
Man City (a)
Tottenham (h)
Stoke (h)
Everton (a)
West Ham (h)
Burnley (a)
Bournemouth (h)
Man Utd (a)
Newcastle (h)
Southampton (a)
Swansea (h)
Huddersfield (h)
West Ham (a)
p
Southampton
(h)
Brighton (a)
Burnley (h)
p
Liverpool
(a)
Liverpool (a)
West Brom (h)
Bournemouth (a)
Southampton (h)
Swansea (a)
Stoke (h)
Southampton (a)
Man City (h)
Chelsea (h)
Swansea (a)
Everton (h)
y (h)
Man City
Arsenal (a)
Brighton (h)
y (a)
Burnley
Crystal Palace (a)
Liverpool (h)
Watford (a)
Watford (a)
Leicester (h)
g
Brighton
(a)
Leicester (a)
Watford (h)
Crystal
Palace (a)
y
Chelsea (h)
Newcastle (a)
Huddersfield (h)
West Ham (h)
Tottenham (a)
Everton (h)
TOTAL 燬 H OTS
RESU LTS
6
6
5
4
4
19
18
18
17
17
17
16
15
15
15
L燜abianski�(Swansea)�
36
J燩ickford�(Everton)
32
A燘egovic�(Bournemouth) 30
N燩ope�(Burnley)
29
K燬chmeichel�(Leicester)� 29
F燜orster�(Southampton) 28
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I R E L AN D
Hereford .............13
Redditch..............14
Tiverton .............. 14
Banbury...............13
Merthyr ..............15
Hitchin.................15
St Neots .............15
Royston ..............13
Biggleswade .......13
Chesham ............. 14
Farnborough........15
Basingstoke........14
B Stortford..........14
Frome .................12
Stratford ............12
Dorchester..........14
Kings Langley ..... 13
Dunstable............14
St Ives ................15
Gosport Boro ......15
9
8
8
8
6
6
5
6
6
5
6
6
5
5
3
3
1
1
1
0
2 2 30 11
2 4 27 14
1 5 20 17
0 5 33 20
4 5 30 24
3 6 20 23
5 5 28 25
2 5 19 18
2 5 15 17
4 5 20 24
1 8 24 30
0 8 30 21
3 6 22 16
2 5 19 22
5 4 18 24
3 8 18 37
4 8 19 31
3 10 8 49
2 12 17 34
2 13 9 51
19
13
3
13
6
-3
3
1
-2
-4
-6
9
6
-3
-6
-19
-12
-41
-17
-42
29
26
25
24
22
21
20
20
20
19
19
18
18
17
14
12
7
6
5
2
Bostik Premier
Hendon................15 10
Dulwich Hamlet..14 9
Billericay.............10 9
Leiston................13 7
Staines ...............14 6
Kingstonian.........15 7
Harrow Borough . 14 6
Met Police...........14 6
Tonbridge
15 6
Wingate & F
14 7
Brightlingsea .....15 6
Merstham ........... 14 5
Folkestone ......... 11 6
Margate .............. 12 4
Dorking Wandrs..14 5
Lowestoft .......... 13 5
Leatherhead........12 5
Enfield ................11 4
Burgess Hill ....... 11 3
Needham Mkt.....13 3
Thurrock..............12 3
Harlow.................14 3
Tooting & M .......13 3
Worthing.............15 0
D
L
F
0 5
3 2
0 1
4 2
5 3
1 7
3 5
3 5
3 6
0 7
3 6
5 4
2 3
5 3
2 7
1 7
1 6
3 4
3 5
3 7
3 6
3 8
3 7
3 12
31
27
28
23
33
21
21
26
17
18
23
30
21
14
22
19
13
18
17
13
16
14
15
17
17
14
20
7
14
-7
2
1
1
-1
-3
10
6
5
-3
-3
-5
1
-5
-6
-9
-13
-20
-23
P
Cork City (c)........32
Dundalk...............32
Shamrock Rov.....32
Derry City............32
Bray.....................32
Bohemians..........32
Limerick ............. 32
St Patrick?s Ath..32
Sligo....................32
Galway Utd.........32
Finn Harps...........31
Drogheda Utd......31
W
23
21
16
14
13
13
10
9
8
7
9
4
D
4
3
3
8
7
5
10
11
14
14
3
6
L
5
8
13
10
12
14
12
12
10
11
19
21
F
66
68
47
48
55
33
40
44
33
42
32
19
A
23
21
40
39
51
39
49
51
44
46
61
63
GD Pts
43 73
47 66
7 51
9 50
4 46
-6 44
-9 40
-7 38
-11 38
-4 35
-29 30
-44 18
WOMEN?S燬UPER燣EAGUE�
A GD Pts
14
13
8
16
19
28
19
25
16
19
26
20
15
9
25
22
18
17
22
19
25
27
35
40
Played Friday: Bray Wanderers 1 Shamrock
Rovers 0; Dundalk 0 Bohemians 1; Limerick 2
Galway Utd 2; St Patrick?s Ath 4 Cork City 2.
Saturday: Sligo Rovers v Derry City.
Fixtures (7.45)
Today: Finn Harps v Crusaders.
Friday: Bohemians v Finn Harps; Cork City v
Bray Wanderers; Derry City v St Patrick?s
Ath; Drogheda Utd v Sligo Rovers; Galway
Utd v Dundalk; Shamrock Rovers v Limerick.
Billericay Town 2 Enfield 1
Dorking Wanderers 3 Needham Market 2
Dulwich Hamlet 3 Burgess Hill 2
Harlow 1 Margate 1
Harrow Borough 1 Brightlingsea 2
Kingstonian 2 Wingate & Finchley 1
Leiston 1 Folkestone 5
Merstham 6 Lowestoft 2
Metropolitan Police 3 Thurrock 1
Staines Town 3 Leatherhead 0
Tonbridge 1 Tooting & Mitcham 2
Worthing 1 Hendon 2
P W
Airtricity Premier Division
30
30
27
25
23
22
21
21
21
21
21
20
20
17
17
16
16
15
12
12
12
12
12
3
Chelsea
Manchester City
Sunderland
Reading
Birmingham
Arsenal
Bristol City
Liverpool
Everton
Yeovil
P W
D
L
F
A
Pts
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
2
3
3
13
12
2
5
6
6
2
2
3
0
0
4
6
3
6
8
7
4
7
6
9
9
6
4
4
4
4
3
0
0
3
3
1
2
1
1
1
1
0
0
Fixtures
Saturday
Bristol City v Reading (5.30); Sunderland v
Liverpool (6.0).
Sunday: Manchester City v Birmingham
(12.30); Chelsea v Yeovil (2.0); Everton v
Arsenal (2.0).
League Two
Saturday: London Bees v Millwall (2.0).
Sunday (2.0 unless stated): Doncaster v
Aston Villa; Oxford Utd v Brighton; Sheffield
FC v Durham; Watford v Tottenham (3.0).
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燭O燢NOW.燭HE燯LTIMATE燫ESULTS燬ERVICE
S KY燘 ET 燙HAM PIONSHIP
HOME
P W
D
L
SKY燘ET燣EAGU E燨 NE
AWAY
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
W 1 Wolves........................13
5
1
1 13
8
4
1
1 11
5 11 29
W 2 Cardiff.........................13
4
2
0 11
3
4
1
2
7
7
8 27
W 3 Sheffield United.........13
6
0
1 10
3
3
0
3
8
8
7 27
Y 4 Leeds...........................13
Y 5 Aston Villa..................13
Y 6 Norwich......................13
Z 7 Bristol City.................13
Z 8 Preston.......................13
Y 9 Derby..........................12
Z10 Fulham........................13
Z11 Ipswich.......................12
Y12 Nottingham Forest....13
Z13 Middlesbrough...........13
Y14 Hull..............................13
Y15 Millwall.......................13
Z16 Sheffield Wed............13
Z17 QPR.............................13
3
2
1 10
3
4
0
3 11
9
9 23
4
3
0 10
5
2
1
3
9
8
6 22
2
3
1
5
4
4
1
2
8 10 -1 22
3
3
1 10
6
2
3
1 10
8
6 21
3
3
0
8
3
2
3
2
9
8
6 21
4
1
1 11
3
1
3
2
6 10
4 19
1
4
1
7
7
3
2
2 10
4
0
3 11
8
2
0
4
0
3
9
9
2
0
3
2
2
8
6
1
3
2
7
6
3 17
3
1
2 18
8
1
3
3
6 12
4 16
4
1
2 14
9
0
3
3
2
5
2 16
3
2
1 12
8
1
2
4
4
8
0 16
3
2
1
6
0
4
3
7 11 -1 15
W18 Brentford....................13
1
5
1 11 11
1
2
3
6
7 -1 13
W19 Barnsley......................12
2
2
3
9 10
1
1
3
6
8 -3 12
W20 Reading.......................12
1
2
2
5
6
2
1
4
6
8 -3 12
W21 Birmingham...............13
3
1
2
5
6
0
1
6
3 15 -13 11
W22 Burton Albion.............13
2
1
3
5 12
0
3
4
1 13 -19 10
W23 Sunderland.................13
0
2
4
4
9
1
4
2 12 16 -9
9
W24 Bolton.........................13
1
1
5
6 14
0
2
4
6
9
7
3 18
3
9 10
2 18
4
8 12 -4 18
1 10 -17
R E SU LTS
Aston Villa(1) 2 Fulham (1) 1
Derby
Terry 23
Adomah 49
Vydra 5 (pen)
Johnson 86
Johansen 45+2
30,724
Barnsley (0) 0 Hull
13,624
Bolton
(0) 1
Pratley 22
14,243
27,426
Sent off: G Loovens 4
Middlesbro (0) 0 Cardiff
Campbell 78
(1) 1 QPR
(1) 2 Sheff Wed(0) 0
24,806
(0) 1
Millwall (0) 2 Birminghm(0) 0
Sylla 78
Colin 47 (og)
Tunnicliffe 76
14,500
Brentford(1) 3 Sunderland(3) 3
Nottm F (0) 2 Burton
Yennaris 8
Jozefzoon 47
Maupay 78
McKay 58, Lichaj 78 24,686
Grabban 13, 45+3 (pen)
Bentley 40 (og)
10,726
Bristol C (0) 0 Leeds
(0) 0
Sheff Utd(2) 2 Reading (0) 1
Coutts 19
Sharp 37
(2) 3
24,435
S醝z Alonso 4, 14
Sent off: M Taylor 80 Lasogga 67
Sent off: G Berardi 79
Beerens 85
26,265
Wolves (1) 3 Preston (0) 2
Cavaleiro 44
Hugill 65
Bonatini 59 (pen), 63 Coady 76 (og)
27,352
Sent off: A Browne (Preston) 90+1
Ipswich (0) 0 Norwich (0) 1
24,928
(0) 1
Ralls 84 (pen)
Maddison 59
HOME
LEAD ING�
SCORE R S
P W
7 G Hooper
(Sheff Wed)
7 J Bowen
(Hull)
7 B Reid
(Bristol City)
7 D Jota
(Wolves)
7 L Bonatini
(Wolves)
TOP� ASSISTS
6 L Freeman
(QPR)
5 J Paterson
(Bristol City)
5 I Cavaleiro
(Wolves)
5 B McKay
(Nottm Forest)
TOP燬AVE S
46 J Smith
(Nottm Forest)
46 J Archer
(Millwall)
46 A Davies
(Barnsley)
46 B Bialkowski
(Ipswich)
Morton
Celtic
(2) 4
Stokes 59 (pen)
Shaw 70
39,813
Lustig 15, 42
Demb閘� 66, 88
Rangers
Motherwell
(0) 0
44,506
(0) 2
Moult 52, 74
Ladbrokes Premiership
Hearts
(0) 1
Lafferty 74
St Johnstone (0) 0
18,534
Partick Thistle(0) 2
Dundee
Edwards 75
Storey 90+2
Leitch-Smith 8
3,358
(1) 1
Ross County (0) 2
Hamilton Acad(0) 1
Schalk 70
Mikkelsen 86
Docherty 52
3,509
P W D
Celtic.....................9 7 2
Aberdeen...............9 7 2
Rangers.................9 5 2
Motherwell ........... 9 5 1
Hearts.................10 4 3
St Johnstone.......10 4 2
Hibernian .............. 9 3 4
Ross County........10 3 1
Dundee................10 2 2
Hamilton Acad....10 2 1
Kilmarnock............9 1 3
Partick Thistle....10 1 3
L
0
0
2
3
3
4
2
6
6
7
5
6
F
21
16
20
15
10
13
14
10
11
14
7
10
A
5
6
11
11
11
15
13
17
19
21
13
19
GD Pts
16 23
10 23
9 17
4 16
-1 15
-2 14
1 13
-7 10
-8 8
-7 7
-6 6
-9 6
Championship
Brechin City (0) 0
Queen of South(0) 1
562
Kerr 60
Sent off: A Love (Brechin) 90+5, J Kerr
(Queen of the South) 90+5
Dundee Utd
(0) 0
Inverness CT (2) 2
5,560
Vigurs 28
Bell 36
Dunfermline (3) 3
Livingston
Higginbotham 2, 38
Aird 30
Mullen 87
5,059
Falkirk
St Mirren
5,080
(0) 0
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
W 1 Shrewsbury................15
7
1
0 14
3
4
3
0 10
6 15 37
W 2 Wigan.........................15
6
1
0 15
2
5
1
2 14
7 20 35
W 3 Bradford..................... 15
4
1
3
9
8
4
2
1 15 10
6 27
Y 4 Charlton......................14
Z 5 Rotherham.................15
Y 6 Blackburn....................13
Z 7 Oxford United.............15
Y 8 Scunthorpe.................15
Z 9 Blackpool....................14
Z10 Peterborough.............14
Z11 Fleetwood Town........14
Z12 Portsmouth................15
Y13 Southend....................15
Y14 Walsall........................15
Z15 MK Dons.....................15
Z16 Bristol Rovers............15
Y17 Rochdale.....................15
Z18 Doncaster...................15
Z19 AFC Wimbledon.........15
Z20 Oldham.......................14
4
1
1
9
6
4
2
2 13 10
6 27
6
0
1 21
6
2
1
5
7 13
9 25
4
1
2 12
6
3
1
2
7
4
9 23
3
4
1 17
9
3
1
3
9
9
8 23
3
3
2
8
6
3
2
2
7
5
4 23
W21 Bury............................ 14
5
1
1 10
6
1
3
3 10 12
2 22
4
0
3 11 12
2
3
2 13
3 21
3
2
2 14 13
3
1
3
9 10
0 21
4
1
2 13
5
2
1
5
6 14
0 20
4
4
0 10
6
1
1
5
9 20 -7 20
2
5
0 12 10
2
2
4
9 13 -2 19
2
4
2 11 13
3
0
4
6
4
0
3 13 12
2
0
6 10 17 -6 18
3
3
2
8
0
4
3
6 10 -3 16
2
3
3 10 11
2
0
5
7
9 -3 15
2
2
4
6
8
2
1
4
3
8 -7 15
2
0
4
8 12
2
3
3 15 19 -8 15
3
1
3
9
7
0
2
5
7 14 -5 12
Y22 Northampton.............15
Z23 Gillingham..................15
2
0
5
5 14
1
3
4
7 12 -14 12
1
3
4
7 10
1
2
4
2
9 -10 11
W24 Plymouth....................15
1
1
5
5 14
1
3
4
6
9 -12 10
9
9
9 -5 19
R E S U LTS
Wimbledn(0) 0 Plymouth(0) 1
MK Dons (1) 4 Oldham (3) 4
4,848
Etheridge
(Cardiff)
Lichaj (Nottm For)
Terry (A Villa)
Dawson (Hull)
Keogh (Derby)
Doherty
(Wolves)
Onomah (A Villa)
Coutts (Sheff U)
S醝z (Leeds)
Grabban
(Sunderland)
Morison
(Millwall)
Dack 38, Graham 58 11,673
Conway 90
Sent off: D Samuel (Blackburn) 87
Gilbey 17
Upson 56, 89
Nesbitt 82
9,312
Grant 64
Blackburn(1) 3 Portsmth(0) 0
Blackpool(1) 1 Wigan
Vassell 8
5,817
Oxford U (3) 3 Rotherham(2) 3
Payne 21, Ruffels 30 Newell 20
Nelson 40
Williams 44
7,471
Moore 78
(1) 3
Dunkley 45+1, 54
Perkins 82
Rochdale (1) 1 Bristol R (0) 0
Bradford (0) 0 Charlton (0) 1
20,066
Done 7
Forster-Caskey 72
2,944
Scunthorpe(0) 2 Peterboro (0) 1
Doncaster(0) 0 Walsall (0) 3
7,391
Davies 7
Doyle 39, 45+1
Clarke 63
Novak 79
Morris 87 (pen)
Oztumer 62, 66
Morris 80
Hughes 51
4,275
Shrewsbury(0) 1 Fleetwood (0) 0
Gillinghm(0) 1 Northmptn(1) 2
Nsiala 89
Martin 62
4,640
Southend(0) 1 Bury
Powell 45
Grimes 73
Leonard 84
5,989
6,787
(0) 0
(0) 1
(0) 0
McHugh 50
1,428
(0) 1
Dumbarton
(1) 1
Stewart 5
P W D
St Mirren.............10 7 1
Dunfermline .......10 6 2
Livingston...........10 5 3
Dundee United....10 5 2
Queen of South...10 4 3
Morton................10 4 3
Dumbarton..........10 2 4
Inverness CT.......10 2 3
Falkirk.................10 1 5
Brechin City ........ 10 0 2
L
2
2
2
3
3
3
4
5
4
8
F
21
25
17
10
15
13
8
12
6
6
A
13
10
13
11
11
10
14
16
14
21
GD Pts
8 22
15 20
4 18
-1 17
4 15
3 15
-6 10
-4 9
-8 8
-15 2
League 1: Albion Rovers 0 Queen?s Park 1;
Alloa Athletic 4 East Fife 1; Arbroath 7
Airdrieonians 1; Forfar Athletic 0 Ayr United
5; Stranraer v Raith Rovers (abandoned halftime with score at 1-1: waterlogged pitch)
P W D L F A GD Pts
Raith Rovers.........9 7 1 1 24 5 19 22
Ayr United...........10 6 2 2 29 13 16 20
Arbroath..............10 5 2 3 27 15 12 17
Albion Rovers ..... 10 5 0 5 24 23 1 15
East Fife..............10 5 0 5 14 20 -6 15
Stranraer...............9 4 2 3 18 17 1 14
Alloa Athletic......10 3 3 4 14 17 -3 12
Airdrieonians......10 3 2 5 14 21 -7 11
Queen?s Park.......10 2 2 6 9 22 -13 8
Forfar Athletic....10 1 2 7 6 26 -20 5
Saturday?s fixtures: Airdrieonians v Albion;
.Ayr v Stranraer; East Fife v Arbroath; Forfar
v Raith; Queen?s Park v Alloa.
League Two: Berwick Rangers 0 Montrose 1;
Clyde 1 Peterhead 4; Cowdenbeath 0 Stirling
Albion 3; Edinburgh City 0 Annan Athletic 1;
Elgin City 2 Stenhousemuir 0.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Stirling Albion ...... 9 7 1 1 26 12 14 22
Montrose .............. 9 5 2 2 12 11 1 17
Peterhead..............9 5 1 3 20 12 8 16
Stenhousemuir.....9 4 3 2 15 9 6 15
Elgin City...............9 4 2 3 16 12 4 14
Annan Athletic ..... 9 4 1 4 13 10 3 13
Berwick Rangers...9 4 0 5 10 17 -7 12
Clyde ..................... 9 2 2 5 15 21 -6 8
Edinburgh City......9 2 0 7 5 18 -13 6
Cowdenbeath........9 1 2 6 3 13 -10 5
Saturday?s fixtures: Berwick v Cowdenbeath;
Clyde v Elgin; Montrose v Edinburgh City;
Peterhead v Annan Athletic; Stirling v
Stenhousemuir.
HOME
L E A DI NG�
SCORERS
11 K Moore
(Rotherham)
10 J Marriott
(Peterboro)
9 B Pitman
(Portsmouth)
9 E Doyle
(Oldham)
8 D Cole
(Fleetwood)
8 J Beckford
(Bury)
TOP� ASSISTS
9 J Payne
(Oxford Utd)
6 R Holmes
(Charlton)
6 T McMahon
(Bradford City)
5 C Lines
(Bristol Rov)
5 S Whalley
(Shrewsbury)
5 R Williams
(Rotherham)
TO P 燬AVE S
84 T Holy
(Gillingham)
62 C Doyle
(Bradford City)
62 L Nicholls
(MK Dons)
51 G Long
(Wimbledon)
T E A M燨 F�
T HE 燱 E E K
Amos (Charlton)
Solly (Charlton)
Nsiala
(Shrewsbury)
Wilson (Walsall)
Chapman
(Blackburn)
Oztumer
(Walsall)
Payne (Oxford)
Leonard
(Southend)
Grimes
(Northampton)
Doyle (Oldham)
Andrew
(Rochdale)
L A 燣 I G A
Betfred League Cup
Semi-finals
(0) 2
L
TEAM燨F�
THE燱E E K
SC OT L A ND
Hibernian
D
SKY 燘E T燣 E AG U E 燭 WO
AWAY
P W
P W
Barcelona..............9
Valencia ............... 9
Real Madrid...........9
Atletico Madrid.....9
Leganes.................9
Villarreal...............9
Real Betis..............9
Seville ................... 9
Real Sociedad ....... 8
Celta Vigo ............. 9
Athletic Bilbao......9
Levante.................9
Getafe...................9
Espanyol................8
D La Coru馻...........8
Eibar......................9
Girona....................8
Las Palmas............9
Alaves...................9
Malaga .................. 9
8
6
6
5
5
5
5
5
4
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
0
D
L
F
1
3
2
4
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
5
3
3
2
1
3
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
2
3
3
3
3
4
4
2
4
3
4
6
4
7
8
8
26
25
18
14
8
15
19
9
19
18
10
9
11
7
9
3
7
7
3
4
3
10
7
5
3
10
17
8
17
14
10
11
10
11
16
20
13
22
14
20
23
15
11
9
5
5
2
1
2
4
0
-2
1
-4
-7
-17
-6
-15
-11
-16
25
21
20
19
17
16
16
16
13
11
11
11
9
9
8
7
6
6
3
1
L I G U E �Amiens 1 Bordeaux 0; Angers 0 Toulouse 1;
Marseilles 2 Paris Saint-Germain 2; Metz 1
Dijon 2; Monaco 2 Caen 0; Nantes 2 Guingamp
1; Nice 1 Strasbourg 2; Rennes 1 Lille 0;
Troyes 0 Lyons 5.
P W D
Paris Saint-G ...... 10 8 2
Monaco................10 7 1
Nantes.................10 6 2
Lyons...................10 5 4
Marseilles...........10 5 3
St Etienne...........10 5 2
Bordeaux.............10 4 4
Montpellier.........10 4 3
Caen .................... 10 5 0
Toulouse ............. 10 4 2
Guingamp............10 4 1
Angers.................10 2 6
Troyes ................. 10 3 3
Nice.....................10 3 1
Rennes................10 2 3
Amiens..................9 3 0
Strasbourg..........10 2 3
Dijon....................10 2 3
Lille........................9 1 3
Metz....................10 1 0
L
0
2
2
1
2
3
2
3
5
4
5
2
4
6
5
6
5
5
5
9
F
31
26
9
25
20
13
16
8
7
11
12
14
9
13
12
5
11
13
6
5
A
8
12
7
15
17
10
15
6
8
15
14
12
14
16
15
11
18
20
14
19
GD Pts
23 26
14 22
2 20
10 19
3 18
3 17
1 16
2 15
-1 15
-4 14
-2 13
2 12
-5 12
-3 10
-3 9
-6 9
-7 9
-7 9
-8 6
-14 3
Neymar?s status as
the world?s most
expensive player
could not save him
from a red card last
night when the
�9 milllion striker
was sent off three
minutes from time as
Paris Saint-Germain
drew 2-2 away to
Marseilles. He had
earlier made it 1-1
before he was
booked twice in
quick succession, the
second time for a
retaliatory push on
Lucas Ocampos,
above. Edinson
Cavani rescued a
point for PSG with a
stoppage-time free
kick.
AWAY
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
5 22 31
6
0
1 24
7
3
4
1 10
W 2 Notts County..............15
5
2
0 14
5
4
1
3 11 11
9 30
Y 3 Accrington Stanley....15
Z 4 Exeter City..................15
Z 5 Wycombe................... 15
4
1
2 11
7
5
1
2 15 11
8 29
5
0
3 11
9
4
2
1 11
5 29
3
2
2 14 12
4
3
1 14 10
6 26
W 6 Newport County.........15
4
2
1 10
4
3
2
3 13 11
8 25
Y 7 Swindon......................15
3
1
4
9 13
5
0
2 12
5
3 25
W 8 Coventry.....................15
5
1
2
9
2
2
3
6
6 24
Z 9 Stevenage..................15
Z10 Lincoln City.................15
Y11 Cambridge United......15
Z12 Grimsby Town............15
Z13 Mansfield Town.........15
Y14 Cheltenham................15
Z15 Colchester..................15
Z16 Carlisle........................15
4
2
2 16 12
3
1
3
8 12
0 24
3
3
1
9
5
3
2
3
7
9
2 23
5
1
2 12
8
2
1
4
4
8
0 23
2
3
2
7
8
4
1
3 12 13 -2 22
4
2
1 14
8
1
4
3
7 12
5
0
3 15 10
1
2
4
5 10
0 20
3
2
2 13
7
2
2
4
7 13
0 19
1
4
3 10 11
4
0
3 10 10 -1 19
W17 Crewe..........................15
4
2
3 12 12
1
0
5
W18 Yeovil..........................15
3
3
1 10
6
1
1
6 11 23 -8 16
W19 Crawley Town............15
1
1
6
4 10
3
2
2
W20 Barnet.........................15
2
3
3
8
8
1
2
4 10 12 -2 14
Y21 Port Vale.....................15
Z22 Morecambe................15
1
1
5
8 11
3
1
4
2
2
4
5
9
1
3
3
7 11 -8 14
W23 Forest Green Rovers..15
1
1
5
7 16
2
2
4
7 16 -18 12
W24 Chesterfield................15
1
1
5
6 12
1
1
6
7 17 -16
2
5
8
1 21
3 10 -7 17
8
8
Barnet
(1) 1 Yeovil
Akinola 6
1,751
(0) 1
Khan 81
Crewe
9 -4 14
8
(0) 0 Accringtn(2) 2
3,849
Camb Utd(0) 2 Chesterfld(0) 1
Kee 3 (pen)
Clark 11
Sent off: M Raynes (Crewe) 83
Brown 70
Ikpeazu 78
4,258
Dennis 55
4,529
Exeter
(0) 0 Port Vale (1) 1
Pope 25
Carlisle (1) 1 Notts Co (0) 1
Morecambe(0) 0 Grimsby (0) 0
Hope 25
4,730
1,525
Yates 58
Cheltenhm(1) 1 Lincoln
Wright 30
(0) 0
3,312
Newport (0) 1 Mansfield(1) 1
McCoulsky 69
3,146
Rose 22
Coventry (0) 0 Colchester(0) 0
Stevenage(1) 1 Forest Green(0) 2
7,149
Sent off: T Lapslie (Colchester) 76
Godden 43
2,099
Crawley (0) 0 Luton
Swindon (1) 1 Wycombe(0) 0
(0) 0
3,494
Smith 15
P W D
Napoli....................9 8 1
Inter Milan............9 7 2
Juventus ............... 9 7 1
Lazio......................9 7 1
Roma.....................8 6 0
Sampdoria.............8 5 2
Chievo ................... 9 4 3
Bologna.................9 4 2
Fiorentina ............. 9 4 1
Torino....................9 3 4
AC Milan ............... 9 4 1
Atalanta................9 3 3
Sassuolo................9 2 2
Genoa....................9 1 3
Udinese.................9 2 0
Cagliari..................9 2 0
Crotone ................. 9 1 3
Verona...................9 1 3
SPAL......................9 1 2
Benevento.............9 0 0
9 B Kee
(Accrington)
8 J Collins
(Luton)
8 D Hylton
(Luton)
8 D Rose
(Mansfield)
TOP� ASSISTS
5 G Cooper
(Crewe)
5 M Taylor
(Swindon)
4 J Collins
(Luton)
4 L McAlinden
(Exeter)
4 J Jacobsen
(Wycombe)
* 4 others have
made 4 assists
TO P 燬AV ES
Brown 61
Doidge 73
7,114
65 C Pym
(Exeter)
60 J McKeown
(Grimsby)
59 D Forde
(Cambridge)
53 A Krysiak
(Yeovil)
52 B Roche
(Morecambe)
TEA M 燨 F �
TH E燱EEK
Fitzsimons
(Notts Co)
Yorwerth (Crawley)
Nelson (Barnet)
Lancashire
(Swindon)
Grimes
(Cheltenham)
Conneely
(Accrington)
Brown (Camb U)
Murray
(Colchester)
Worrall (P Vale)
Doidge (F Green)
Nouble (Newport)
F I X TU R ES
L
0
0
1
1
2
1
2
3
4
2
4
3
5
5
7
7
5
5
6
9
F
26
17
27
24
15
16
12
8
15
14
12
14
5
8
15
6
6
6
7
2
A
5
5
9
10
5
9
11
9
11
14
13
13
15
13
21
17
19
19
15
22
GD Pts
21 25
12 23
18 22
14 22
10 18
7 17
1 15
-1 14
4 13
0 13
-1 13
1 12
-10 8
-5 6
-6 6
-11 6
-13 6
-13 6
-8 5
-20 0
BUNDESLIGA
Cologne 0 Werder Bremen 0; Borussia
M鰊chengladbach 1 Bayer Leverkusen 5;
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 Borussia Dortmund 2;
Augsburg 1 Hannover 2; Hamburg 0 Bayern
Munich 1; Leipzig 1 Stuttgart 0; Freiburg 1
Hertha Berlin 1; Wolfsburg 1 Hoffenheim 1.
P W D
B Dortmund .......... 9 6 2
Bayern Munich......9 6 2
Leipzig...................9 6 1
Hoffenheim...........9 4 4
Schalke .................9 5 1
Hannover ..............9 4 3
E Frankfurt............9 4 2
B M?gladbach........9 4 2
Bayer Leverkusen.9 3 3
Augsburg...............9 3 3
Hertha Berlin........9 2 4
Mainz ................... 9 3 1
Stuttgart...............9 3 1
Wolfsburg.............9 1 6
Freiburg.................9 1 5
Hamburg ............... 9 2 1
Werder Bremen....9 0 5
Cologne ................. 9 0 2
L EA D I N G �
SCO R ER S
6 -4 15
R E S U LTS
Atalanta 1 Bologna 0; Benevento 0 Fiorentina
3; Chievo 3 Verona 2; Lazio 3 Cagliari 0; AC
Milan 0 Genoa 0; Napoli 0 Inter Milan 0; SPAL
0 Sassuolo 1; Sampdoria 5 Crotone 0; Torino 0
Roma 1; Udinese 2 Juventus 6.
A GD Pts
L
W 1 Luton Town................15
S ER I E 燗
Barcelona 2 Malaga 0; Celta Vigo 0 Atletico
Madrid 1; Leganes 1 Athletic Bilbao 0;
Levante 1 Getafe 1; Real Betis 2 Alaves 0;
Real Madrid 3 Eibar 0; Valencia 4 Seville 0;
Villarreal 4 Las Palmas 0. Today: Deportivo La
Coru馻 v Girona; Real Sociedad v Espanyol.
D
L
1
1
2
1
3
2
3
3
3
3
3
5
5
2
3
6
4
7
F
25
22
16
16
12
10
10
13
20
12
9
10
6
9
6
6
3
3
A
7
7
10
11
9
7
9
17
14
10
11
15
11
12
17
15
9
17
GD Pts
18 20
15 20
6 19
5 16
3 16
3 15
1 14
-4 14
6 12
2 12
-2 10
-5 10
-5 10
-3 9
-11 8
-9 7
-6 5
-14 2
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
TOMORROW
Carabao Cup: Fourth round:
Bournemouth v Middlesbro;
Arsenal v Norwich; Bristol C
v Crystal Palace; Leicester v
Leeds; Man City v Wolves
(8.0); Swansea v Man Utd.
Sky Bet League One: Oldham
v Bury.
Checkatrade Trophy: Wigan v
Middlesbrough U21; Bradford
v Man City U21 (7.30);
Lincoln City v Everton U21;
Notts County v Mansfield.
Vanarama Premier: AFC Fylde
v Wrexham; Aldershot v
Sutton Utd; Bromley v
Maidenhead; Chester v
Barrow; Dagenham & Red v
Macclesfield; Dover v
Woking; Eastleigh v Solihull
Moors; Ebbsfleet v Torquay;
Halifax v Maidstone; Guiseley
v Boreham Wood; Hartlepool
v Tranmere; Leyton Orient v
Gateshead.
Ladbrokes Scottish
Premiership: Hamilton v
Partick; Hibernian v Hearts;
St Johnstone v Ross County;
WEDNESDAY
Carabao Cup: Fourth round:
Tottenham v West Ham
(8.0); Chelsea v Everton.
Checkatrade Trophy: Yeovil v
Chelsea U21.
Ladbrokes Scottish
Premiership: Aberdeen v
Celtic; Dundee v Motherwell;
Rangers v Kilmarnock.
FRIDAY
Sky Bet Championship: Leeds
v Sheff Utd.
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
SATURDAY
Premier League:
Bournemouth v Chelsea
(5.30); Arsenal v Swansea;
Crystal Palace v West Ham;
Liverpool v Huddersfield;
Man Utd v Tottenham
(12.30); Watford v Stoke;
West Brom v Man City.
Sky Bet Championship:
Burton Albion v Ipswich;
Cardiff v Millwall; Fulham v
Bolton; Hull v Nottm F (5.30);
Norwich v Derby; Preston v
Brentford; QPR v Wolves;
Reading v Middlesbro; Sheff
Wed v Barnsley (12.30);
Sunderland v Bristol City.
League One: Bristol R v MK
Dons; Bury v Doncaster;
Charlton v AFC Wimbledon;
Fleetwood v Oxford Utd;
Northampton v Blackpool
(2.0); Oldham v Scunthorpe;
Peterborough v Shrewsbury;
Plymouth v Rochdale;
Portsmouth v Bradford;
Rotherham v Gillingham;
Walsall v Southend; Wigan v
Blackburn. League Two:
Accrington v Barnet; Forest
Green v Morecambe; Grimsby
v Cambridge; Chesterfield v
Carlisle; Colchester v Crewe;
Lincoln v Crawley; Luton v
Coventry; Mansfield v Exeter;
Notts Co v Newport Co; Port
Vale v Swindon; Wycombe v
Cheltenham; Yeovil v
Stevenage.
Vanarama Premier: Barrow v
Aldershot; Boreham Wood v
Bromley; Gateshead v Dover;
Macclesfield v Eastleigh;
Maidenhead v Dag & Red;
Maidstone v Chester; Solihull
Moors v AFC Fylde; Sutton
Utd v Ebbsfleet; Torquay v
Hartlepool; Tranmere v
Halifax; Woking v Guiseley;
Wrexham v Leyton Orient.
Ladbrokes Scottish
Premiership: Aberdeen v
Ross Co; Celtic v Kilmarnock;
Dundee v Hamilton; Hearts v
Rangers (12.30); Motherwell
v Hibernian; Partick v St
Johnstone.
Championship: Dumbarton v
Dundee Utd; Inverness CT v
Dunfermline; Livingston v
Brechin; Queen of South v
Falkirk; St Mirren v Morton.
SUNDAY
Premier League: Brighton v
Southampton (1.30);
Leicester v Everton (4.0).
Sky Bet Championship:
Birmingham v A Villa (12.0).
20
| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
2GG
MATTHEW燬YED
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hort and sharp. Strong, powerful
nouns. Passion brimming beneath the
surface. This was Sir Alex Ferguson
unvarnished, a team talk from the
past directed at the future. If you
have not watched the speech on
Youtube, delivered at the reopening
of the Salford City Stadium last week
to many of the club?s young players, it is worth
five minutes of your time.
Suddenly, it was possible to understand what
it must have been like to stand in the dressing
room at Old Trafford, or in the bowels of the
Nou Camp on that famous night in 1999, or at
the hotel in Birmingham when Ferguson gave
a talk to his troops before the FA Cup semifinal replay at Villa Park against Arsenal, for
this observer the greatest English club game of
modern times.
He talked about work ethic. Of passion. Of
the need for a ?dynamo? within one?s soul. He
talked about how ability without ambition is
impotent. He talked, as he so often did in his
speeches to players over 26 years at United, of
Lew Grade, an ageing TV executive, who
continued to get into work at 6am into his
seventies. ?Always be proud to say you?ve
worked hard,? Ferguson said.
He talked of the 166 last-minute goals
scored by United during his tenure, the epic
intensity that his teams always displayed when
their backs were against the wall. ?That wasn?t
done because of ability; it was because they
never gave in,? he said. ?Their character never
gave in. They went ?bang, bang, bang? on the
door, and eventually broke it down.?
As I listened to the speech, my mind turned
to the former United players in the room, who
now run and part-own Salford City FC: to
Gary Neville, who went to bed early every
night, the better to give it his all the next day
in training; to Philip Neville, whose intensity
was such that, when he moved to Everton,
other players started joining him in the gym
an hour before formal training started; to
Nicky Butt, who worked over his lunch break,
hitting a ball against a target on the wall.
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help Charlton
climb to fourth
Performance of the week
Plymouth Argyle Joel Grant?s
second-half goal away to AFC
Wimbledon gave Argyle only
their second win of the season.
Player of the week
Ben Amos Charlton Athletic
Two stunning saves helped to
I thought of David Beckham, another of the
Class of ?92 who, as a youth player, lived in
digs near to The Cliff training ground, who
after an impassioned day on the turf would go
back in the evenings to join practice games
with the under-15s. ?I knew that, if I wanted to
reach my potential, I had to value every day,?
he told me. I thought of Paul Scholes, that
icon of the midfield intelligentsia, who rarely
stopped thinking about the game, even in his
sleep. ?I was always creating pictures in my
mind,? he said.
These guys had ability, to be sure. But that
ability was forged through a work ethic of a
rare and sustained kind (Beckham was still
arriving early at training and leaving an hour
late into his final season at Paris SaintGermain), one that was nurtured by their
parents, channelled by Eric Harrison, the
peerless youth coach, and then converted,
ultimately, into a tapestry of unforgettable
memories by Ferguson himself.
The Scot is not an intellectual. He didn?t
read books on leadership (although he has cowritten one), or complete an MBA at Harvard
(although he has given a lecture at that august
institution). This is a man who developed his
conception of leadership organically, living in
the close-knit tenements of Govan as
shipbuilding went into decline, and who
intuitively grasped the importance of social
solidarity to the success of human collective.
Above all, this is a man who recognised that
success of the most empowering kind does not
emerge from looking at the next game alone;
it emerges from looking at the next decade. ?I
believed in something I was not going to
change,? Ferguson said. ?When I came down
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secure his side?s 1-0 win away
to third-placed Bradford City.
Charlton are up to fourth, also
on 27 points, with a game in
hand on their promotion rivals.
Goal of the week Matt Grimes
Northampton Town A stunning
left-footed free kick flew in off
the upright to secure his team?s
first victory in nine league
games, 2-1 away to Gillingham.
Rising star Kieffer Moore
Rotherham United Aged 25 but
a relative newcomer to league
football, the striker, on loan
from Ipswich Town, made it 11
goals in 15 games in the 3-3
draw away to Oxford United.
Villain of the day Ousmane
Fan� Oldham Athletic
The French midfielder?s
comical miskick gifted MK
Dons a goal in a 4-4 draw that
spoiled Richie Wellens? first
game as the permanent
manager of Oldham.
Ferguson captivates his audience at the
opening of Salford?s new ground, the club
part-owned by some of his United alumni
to United on the first morning and the
chairman Martin Edwards . . . was saying,
?What will you do tomorrow?? I said, ?Forget
about tomorrow. I am thinking of the future. I
want to build Manchester United up again.? ?
This was no idle boast. The most astonishing
thing, by far, of the entire Ferguson tenure was
the intensity of his gaze into the future.
Beckham, in his early teens, very nearly signed
for Tottenham Hotspur. He and Ted, his
father, met Terry Venables. It would have been
a more convenient choice for a home-loving
boy from east London. But Venables had to be
reminded of the name of the young boy in
front of him, had his feet on the table and
barely glanced up throughout the meeting.
Ferguson was fundamentally different. The
Scot invited Beckham to watch United, had
him to dinner with the team, read the scouting
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reports, was intimately aware of his strengths
and weaknesses, and discussed them at length
when he and his father went up to Manchester
to discuss signing schoolboy forms. Beckham
joined United not on a whim, but because he
glimpsed the passion a middle-aged Scot had
imbued upon an institution.
When he signed an adolescent Butt, he went
to Gorton for a cup of tea with his parents.
?He is not just joining a football club, but a
family,? he assured them. He got to know
Lynne, mother of Ryan Giggs, Neville and Jill,
parents of Gary and Phil. He knew that these
young players would become the custodians of
the future he came to Manchester to create.
At most clubs, the focus is on the next game,
perhaps the next week. The manager is so
insecure that it is the medical function, rather
than academy or player development, that
takes precedence. Managers are so paranoid
about key players being fit that little else can
gain their attention. As one top-flight boss told
me: ?Why look to the future when you might
be gone by next week?? Ferguson had the
courage, and support, to defy this chronic
short-termism. He had the vision to
understand that it is the internal culture
that drives external success. By the early
Nineties, he was already, in a curious but
significant way, synonymous with the club he
was rebuilding.
The Scot was by no means perfect and
should not be above criticism. He had run-ins
and spats aplenty. But there can be no doubt
that he created something special at United.
?If your manager and coaches are hard on
you, you know why? Because you need to
develop your character so that it never lets
you down,? he said. This was the final
pronouncement in the speech and, in this
climate, a not insignificant one. At the end, he
received spontaneous applause, not least from
his former players.
I suspect the oration will be replayed for as
long as the beautiful game is played. It is a
sermon not just about success in football, but
about life itself.
Doidge Forest Green Rovers
The striker?s headed winner in
the 2-1 victory over Stevenage
clinched consecutive league
victories for his team for the
first time in their history.
Stat of the day Eoin Doyle?s
nine goals for Oldham, where
he is on loan from Preston
North End, is one more than
any Latics player scored in the
whole of last season.
Tributes paid
to tragic young
star Moseley
Goal of the week Harry Smith
Swindon Town A superb left-
Quote of the day ?That?s where
we?re getting to, teams coming
here happy to take a point. I?m
just delighted the team that
was trying to win the game did
that.? Paul Hurst, the unbeaten
Shrewsbury Town manager,
was unimpressed by Fleetwood
Town, who went down 1-0.
Performance of the week
Port Vale A 1-0 victory away to
consecutive game, the 20-yearold Bristol City loanee came
off the substitutes? bench to
score, this time to rescue a 1-1
draw with Mansfield Town.
promotion-chasing Exeter City
was the third in a row for Vale
under their new manager Neil
Aspin, having previously failed
to win since the opening day.
Player of the week Christian
footed volley was enough to
beat Wycombe Wanderers.
Rising star Shawn McCoulsky
Newport County For the third
Villain of the day Tom Lapslie
Colchester United Collected
two yellow cards in the space
of 20 seconds late in a 0-0
draw away to Coventry City,
the second for grabbing the
ball while on the ground.
Stat of the day Tom Pope, the
Port Vale striker, has scored six
goals in four matches since
Aspin was appointed manager
of the Potteries club.
Quote of the day ?RIP Jordan
Moseley? ? the slogan on a
shirt held up by Billy Kee, who
scored in Accrington Stanley?s
2-0 victory away to Crewe
Alexandra, in honour of the 15year-old Stanley trainee who
died unexpectedly on Tuesday.
Supporters of both teams
staged a round of applause on
15 minutes as their own tribute.
Billy Kee interview, pages 14-15
be fair to him, when he bought the Crew, he
negotiated an option to relocate the club. Such relocations, while
often painful, are part-and-parcel of US sports leagues although
the MLS has been largely immune to them.
There?s another wrinkle here. Clubs applying to join MLS pay
?franchise fees? to the league: Minnesota United, who joined last
year, stumped up �4 million for the privilege. Allowing the Crew
to move would, presumably, mean Precourt saving a ton of money.
What we?re seeing here is a clash of cultures. An owner buys a
club, doesn?t earn as much as he was expecting and figures ? if
local government doesn?t give him a sweeter deal ? that he can
simply move elsewhere. In most other countries, with some
exceptions ? consider MK Dons ? this simply does not happen.
MLS may or may not be in a position, legally, to halt the move.
But how it reacts will speak volumes about how it sees itself and
the sport in the US.
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday October 23 2017
2GG
RICHARD BLAXALL/REX SHUTTERSTOCK
Leeds owner
?upset? over
fireworks
Maddison fires home the only goal of
the game to delight Norwich in the
East Anglian derby yesterday
ROB燬TEWART
Bristol燙ity
0
Leeds燯nited
3
S醝z 4, 14, Lasogga 67
Referee O Langford Attendance 24,435
ndrea Radrizzani, the Leeds
United owner, has appealed to
the club?s supporters to stop
throwing fireworks on to the
pitch after Saturday?s victory at
Ashton Gate was marred by flares
and then a flare-up.
?Everywhere we go our fans are
amazing,? the Italian businessman
said. ?But I am also a little bit upset
with them because of the flares that
they threw on to the pitch and this
will cost the club money.
?I would prefer that the money is
put into something more important
socially like our fund for Toby [Nye],
the little boy who is affected by
cancer that we are helping.?
Two flares were hurled on to the
pitch in front of the away fans? stand
after the first of two early goals from
Samuel S醝z. Pierre-Michel Lasogga
added a third goal in the second half
as Leeds got back to winning ways.
An impressive display from Thomas
Christiansen?s team was marred when
the substitute Pontus Jansson got
himself in a touchline skirmish after
his team-mate Gaetano Berardi was
sent off for butting Matty Taylor, who
also saw red for an apparent stamp.
?I am very happy that the team
came back from three defeats with a
good performance,? Radrizzani said.
?They fought together, they were
united and were really determined.?
A first defeat since August was
described as a reality check by
Marlon Pack, the City midfielder, who
said: ?We?d have been kidding
ourselves if we thought we could keep
performing brilliantly every week.?
A
Norwich put heat on McCarthy
DEREK燚AVIS
Ipswich燭own
0
Norwich燙ity
1
Maddison 59
Referee T Robinson Attendance 24,928
ot only did James
Maddison?s winner
emphasise the changing
fortunes of these East
Anglian clubs but it also
represented a shift in
feelings towards the
respective managers.
Daniel Farke had an unsure start to
his tenure with Norwich City but his
stock is undoubtedly rising, while
Mick McCarthy is facing anger at
Ipswich Town. City are now into the
top six and took their unbeaten run to
eight Sky Bet Championship matches.
It is a far cry from late August,
when they were eight points behind
Ipswich. ?After so many setbacks and
personnel problems, I?m really
pleased for James,? Farke said. ?We
have had a lot of injuries to players,
especially in attack. It is not easy to
create chances and score goals when
N
CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
Onomah shows
his Premier
League class as
Villa claim win
you have so many problems. We are
the team of the moment. We stood
together and showed brilliant
attitude.?
It was the German coach?s first
derby match in England and he
seemed to enjoy the occasion as
much as the victory. Farke said: ?The
game was full of passion and emotion
so to win such a close game it was
really sweet.?
It was a sixth defeat in eight games
for Ipswich after starting the season
with four straight wins. That had
bought McCarthy time but form is a
cause for concern for supporters and
he is expecting a backlash.
?I knew that could materialise if we
don?t win games,? he said. ?I?m not
concerned with what people might
say about me ? I?m concerned about
not winning.
?A scruffy win and not playing well
is fine. I?m pleased with the
performance. I have no qualms about
that. They have had one moment of
quality and Maddison has managed
to score. We had chances but we
didn?t score.?
The goal came about through a
swift and incisive City attack, with no
Ipswich player getting near the ball.
Angus Gunn, the City goalkeeper,
chipped the ball out to Ivo Pinto and
the full back switched the play from
right to left, Yanic Wildschut ran into
HOW燫IVALS燭URNED
TABLES ON IPSWICH
TABLES燨N營PSWICH
Championship on Aug 19
P W D L GD Pts
2 Ipswich
4 4 0 0 5 12
17 Norwich
4 1 1 2 -2 4
Today
6 Norwich
11 Ipswich
R ATING S
Ipswich Town (4-3-3): B Bialkowski 6 ? J Spence 6,
L Chambers 6, A Webster 6, J Knudsen 7 ? T Nydam
5 (sub: F Sears 77min), C Skuse 7, T Adeyemi 6 (sub:
F Downes 67, 6) ? D McGoldrick 7, M Waghorn 7,
J Garner 5 (sub: B Celina 76, 6).
Substitutes not used D Gerken, D Iorfa, C Connolly,
G Ward. Booked Spence, Chambers, Downes.
Norwich City (4-1-4-1): A Gunn 6 ? I Pinto 7,
M Zimmermann 6 (sub: G Hanley 66, 6), T Klose 7,
M Stiepermann 7 ? H Reed 6 ? Y Wildschut 8,
J Maddison 8, T Trybull 6, W Hoolahan 6 (sub:
J Husband 77, 6) ? C Jerome 7.
Substitutes not used M McGovern, N Oliveira,
J Murphy, M Franke.
space, fed Marco Stiepermann and he
cut inside and found Maddison. The
midfielder?s accurate finish into the
bottom corner beat Bartosz
Bialkowski in the Ipswich goal.
Performance of the week
Sheffield United Jaap Stam
Goal of the week
Paul Coutts Sheffield United
masterminded Reading?s
victory over Leeds last time
out, but Sheffield United had
the beating of them this week,
winning 2-1 and cementing
third place in the table.
A rare goal from the
midfielder, but a good one
as he stroked in a firsttime shot from 20 yards in
a 2-1 win over Reading.
Player of the week
Lewis Grabban Sunderland
In a season that has offered
little cheer, two goals for the
striker, right, in a 3-3 draw
away to Brentford provided
one of their better days.
P W D L GD Pts
13 6 4 3 -1 22
12 6 0 6 2 18
Rising star
Josh Onomah Aston
Villa The 20-year-old
midfielder, on loan
from Tottenham
Hotspur, set up the
winner for Albert
Adomah and was
City?s 20-year-old midfielder caused
Town problems throughout but he
will face a tougher test against
Arsenal?s midfield in the Carabao Cup
fourth round at the Emirates Stadium
on Tuesday.
Joey Garner had a low left-footed
drive saved at the base of a post by
Gunn, whose father Bryan famously
played for City in these derbies.
Jonas Knudsen, looking for a third
goal in as many derby matches,
robbed Pinto then hit the inside of a
post with a thunderous effort from
the edge of the area.
David McGoldrick went close with
one header, nodded over from a
Martyn Waghorn free kick and hit
another effort so wide it went for a
throw-in. Sadly for Ipswich the
second-half showing was dismal and
Norwich took them for all they were
worth. City were more sparing in
their attacks but created chances on
the break. Bialkowski saved from
Wildschut as he tried to pass into the
net from 16 yards, while Cameron
Jerome headed over and Stiepermann
drove wide.
Jerome won one of those rarest of
things in football these days, a
competed dropped ball. City swept
upfield but Maddison?s side-footed
effort was saved with ease by
Bialkowski. City, however, had done
more than enough.
man of the match in the 2-1
victory over Fulham.
Villain of the day
Stephen Martin The referee
angered both
Wolverhampton
Wanderers and
Preston North End
with some
baffling decisions
during the
former?s 3-2 win
at Molineux but
saved the worst for last.
Alan Browne, the
RATI NGS
Bristol City (4-4-2): F Fielding 5 ? B Wright 6,
A Flint 6, J Hegeler 4 (sub: H Magnusson 68min,
6), J Bryan 6 ? J Leko 5 (sub M Taylor 57, 4),
J Brownhill 5, M Pack 6, C O?Dowda 6 ?
C Woodrow 5 (sub: F Diedhiou 57, 5), B Reid 6.
Substitutes not used L Steele, N Eliasson,
L Kelly, Z Vyner. Booked Wright, Hegeler, Reid.
Sent off Taylor.
Leeds United (4-3-3): A Lonergan ? L Ayling 6,
M Pennington 7, L Cooper 6, G Berardi 4 ?
R Vieira 8, E O?Kane 7, K Phillips 7 ? P-M Lasogga
(sub: J-R Grot 89), S S醝z 8 (sub: V Anita 83),
E Alioski 7 (sub: H Sacko 70, 6). Substitutes not
used F Wiedwald, K Roofe, P Jansson,
P Hern醤dez. Booked Pennington, Phillips,
Vieira. Sent off Berardi.
Preston midfielder, departed
down the tunnel after seeing
he was about to be sent off for
two bookable offences. The
official, who had gone to deal
with a m阬閑 before showing
the red card, then ordered
Browne back from the dressing
room to be formally sent off.
Stat of the day 489
The minutes since Burton
Albion, who lost 2-0 to
Nottingham Forest, scored a
Championship goal. It is the
club?s worst barren run since
joining the Football League in
2009.
Quote of the day
?I don?t really understand it. If
Usain Bolt came on the pitch I
wouldn?t beat him in a race for
the ball but I can do more
kick-ups, so it?s swings and
roundabouts. I thought it was
disrespectful, I?ll be sending an
email.? David Wheater, the
Bolton Wanderers defender, is
unhappy at an article on the
QPR website that questioned
his pace.
Monday October 23 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 17
2GG
THE燡OURNEYMAN
GREGOR燫OBERTSON燰ISITS燬OUTHPORT�
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morning.燭his爄s燼燿ifferent爓orld爁or爉e?
n hour after Kevin Davies?s first game
as a manager and that rush of
adrenaline, new, yet familiar, is yet to
fully subside. ?A baptism of fire,? he
says, which would sound about right
were it not for the sheets of rain and
gale-force winds sweeping in from the
Irish Sea courtesy of Storm Brian. A
goal down in the opening minute, a stirring
second-half riposte, an 86th-minute winner, it
seemed, before a 90th-minute sucker-punch
made it two apiece. ?I enjoyed it, I must say,?
he says, and it shows.
Welcome enough for any rookie manager,
perhaps. But Davies, 40, has chosen to take his
first step into the dugout at part-time
Southport, who last season were relegated to
the regionalised realms of the sixth-tier
Vanarama National League North. On
Saturday, the full-blooded tackles, lacerated
turf and leaves on the pitch were a world
away from football as he knew it. So what was
the draw?
During a 22-year playing career Davies
scored 150 goals in more than 800 games,
more than half of which came in the Premier
League for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers
and Bolton Wanderers. A solitary but
cherished England cap arrived too, of course,
better late than never, at the age of 33.
These days we are more likely to hear many
of Davies?s contemporaries in a television
studio, or voicing their belief that there should
A
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I爓on?t燽e爎egimental,燽ut營�
know營?ll爊eed爐o爈ay爐he爈aw�
down爓hen爄t?s爊ecessary?
KEVIN燚AVIES
be a fast-track route to coaching qualifications,
or positions with the FA, accompanied, at
times, with an air of entitlement and
expectancy. Eyebrows may be raised at
Davies?s decision to drop into the non-League
game. But perhaps he should be applauded for
his willingness to dirty his hands there.
?If you look at my career [as a player] I
suppose it might mirror this,? Davies says after
the draw with Gainsborough Trinity, sitting in
the vacated referee?s room at the Merseyrail
Community Stadium, where space is at a
premium. ?I started at Chesterfield in the
fourth division, learning the trade for three or
four years. I think this was always something
that I felt inside I had to give a go. And it got
to the point where I felt I had prepared; I was
ready to commit. The club know I?m
ambitious. They?re ambitious, too.?
After missing out on the Chesterfield job to
Jack Lester last month, Davies was asked to
apply for a position that, since Southport
parted company with Alan Lewer, received
close to 100 applicants. Among them,
according to Phil Hodgkinson, an
ambitious new director, were a
Brazilian and an Argentinian, both
of whom played in World Cups.
?They wanted to bring a whole
new backroom staff,? Hodgkinson
says. ?I don?t think they realised
Henrich Ravas,
the Derby
goalkeeper on
loan at
Gainsborough,
comes under
pressure from a
Southport side
managed by
Davies, below
what the National League North is all about.?
Still, competition these days is tough. Wait
for a role in higher divisions and it might
never arrive. Davies impressed Hodgkinson
with his meticulous preparation, which
included presenting a map of the North West,
with the names of all the clubs within a 60mile radius and his list of contacts at them all.
Since he hung up his boots in 2015, after two
years at Preston North End, he has gained his
Uefa A Licence, enrolled on a Master of Sport
Directorship degree at Manchester
Metropolitan University and enjoyed, for a
time, life unshackled from the stresses and
strains of being a footballer. Sam Allardyce
and Sean Dyche recommended that he seek
a role within an academy. But it is clear that
he has missed the cut and thrust of
battling for three points.
?My wife Emma spoke to Sam?s
[Allardyce] wife this week, and she said,
?Look Emma, it?s in their blood,? ?he
says. ?It?s simplistic to say that about
footballers. People have a bit more to
them than that, other strengths; but it
is something I kept returning to.?
Davies does indeed have more to
him. Thoughtful and intelligent, he
and his fellow students, who include
Dietmar Hamann, Steve McClaren,
Gary Bowyer and Steve Harper,
recently spent a day at Aston Villa with Steve
Round, their director of football. Les Reed,
Southampton?s executive director, also
presented the group with an overview of his
work that has seen the club develop apace
since 2010.
The course, he says, has taken him out of his
comfort zone. But it is part of a drive for
continual learning. ?We finish the year with a
15,000-word dissertation,? he says, with a
pained expression. ?I?ve actually got an
assignment due in next week. I?ve had to ask
for an extension for special circumstances.?
John Dreyer, the former Luton Town, Stoke
City and Bradford City defender, who brings
experience in non-League from spells
coaching at Maidenhead United, Rushden &
Diamonds and Stevenage Borough, joined
Davies at Southport as assistant manager. But
Davies acknowledges that he now inhabits a
very different world. ?At 2.30 this morning I?m
thinking about the lads [not in the squad]
doing a bit of running after the game, but I
know there might not be enough kit ? it is
different to what I?m used to, but I?m
embracing it,? he says. ?So at 2.30am an email
goes into the kit man, ?I need some extra kit.?
Then I?m emailing John [Dreyer], the owner . . . ?
The first week has consumed him. ?I know I?ll
have to shut it down sometimes,? he says.
When asked how he will adapt to Vanarama
North, he says that he will research
opponents, players, pore over games, put in
the hard yards, as you would at any level. He?ll
drill and organise, improve fitness, eke every
last sinew from the few hours of training he is
afforded each week.
He has leant upon Danny Cowley, the
Lincoln City manager, and John Still, manager
of Dagenham & Redbridge, who have tasted
success at this level. And although he received
?conflicting advice? before taking the position
last week, he is not short of those to call upon,
having played for John Duncan, Roy Hodgson,
Dave Jones and of course Big Sam.
?I think it?s important I don?t change who I
am,? he says. ?I won?t be regimental, but I
know I?ll need to lay the law down when it?s
necessary. But I want to get everybody
enjoying playing football, working hard for
each other, getting the team spirit going.
When you go back to all the teams that I
played for, we had that, bar Blackburn Rovers,
where we had a poor dressing room. But at
every other club we had something special and
created memories ? promotions, cup finals,
European football ? and that?s what I want to
achieve in management.?
That vision begins with a team 16th in
Vanarama North who, before Saturday, had
lost their previous six games. As the elements
battered the main stand?s leaky corrugatediron roof, the scoreboard couldn?t cope, and
the gate was less than 800.
There are redevelopment plans, though, and
39 years since Southport?s 57-year stay in the
Football League ended, Hodgkinson has
ambitions to return the club there within five
years. York City, Stockport County,
Darlington, and new kids on the block such as
Salford City and the league leaders Harrogate
Town, have similar ambitions, of course. But
Davies?s excitement is clear. ?It?s a journey that
I?m looking forward to,? he says.
SCOUTING�
REPORT
ROSS SYKES
DEFENDER
Age
18
Clubs
Burnley (academy),
Accrington Stanley,
Southport (on loan)
Attributes
Tall, athletic and strong in
the air
Report
Sykes, who made his
second appearance for
Southport against
Gainsborough Trinity
on Saturday, impressed
again after winning the
man-of-the-match award
on his debut a week
before. He won his
headers, made several
timely tackles and
interceptions and showed
composure on the ball
under pressure.
What impressed most
for a young player,
however, was his resolve
in a physical encounter,
played in extremely
difficult conditions.
Having been released
by Burnley, his hometown club, Sykes went on
trial at Accrington
Stanley, where he signed
a two-year professional
contract in May 2016.
He made his debut for
Stanley in the 3-0 EFL
Trophy defeat by Crewe
Alexandra three months
later.
His league debut
arrived in August this
year, as a substitute in
the 2-2 draw against
Notts County at Meadow
Lane. He then joined
Southport this month
until January in a bid to
gain more first-team
experience.
| THE燝AME
18
the times | Monday October 23 2017
2GG
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PREMIE R燣EAGUE
HOME
P W D
W
1 Man City......................9
4
W
2 Man United.................9
W
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AWAY
L
F A W D
1 0 21
3
L
F A GD Pts
4 0 0 11
1 28 25
4 0 0 14 0
2
8
4 18 20
3 Tottenham..................9
2
2
1
7
4
4 0 0 12
2 13 20
Y
4 Chelsea........................9
2
1
2
8
6
3 0
1
9
4
7 16
Y
5 Arsenal.........................9
4 0 0 11
3
1
1
3
6
9
5 16
Z
6 Watford........................9
1
2
1
5 10
3
1
1 10
7 -2 15
Y
7 Newcastle...................9
3
1
1
7
4
1
1
2
3
4
2 14
Z
8 Burnley........................9
1
2
1
2
2
2
2
1
6
7
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Z
9 Liverpool.....................9
2
2 0
6
1
1
2
2
8 15 -2 13
Y 10Southampton.............9
2
2
2
6
7
1
1
1
2
2
Y 11 Huddersfield..............9
2
2
1
4
6
1
1
2
3
4 -3 12
Y 12 Brighton......................9
2
1
1
5
4
1
1
3
4
6
Z 13 West Brom..................9
1
3 0
4
3
1
1
3
3
7 -3 10
Y 14 Leicester......................9
1
1
2
6
6
1
2
2
6
8 -2
9
Z 15 Swansea......................9
1 0
4
4
9
1
2
1
2
1 -4
8
Z 16 West Ham....................9
2 0
2
5
6 0
2
3
3 11 -9
8
2
1
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-1 11
W 17 Stoke............................9
2
1
2
6
9 0
1
3
4 11 -10
8
Z 18 Everton........................9
2 0
3
5 10 0
2
2
2
8 -11
8
W 19 Bournemouth............9
1
1
2
3
5
1 0
4
3
8 -7
7
W 20 Crystal Palace.............9
1 0
3
2
7 0 0
5 0 12 -17
3
VA N A R A M A 燦AT I O NAL
AFC Fylde
A
VAN ARAMA燦 ORTH�
Maidstone
A
Abandoned 48min with score 2-1 (adverse conditions)
Aldershot
(0) 2
Robert 80
Rendell 90+5
Bromley
(1) 1
McNulty 17
2,714
(2) 2
Holland 42
Rees 45
Chester
Tranmere
(0) 1
(0) 1
FC Utd of Man(0) 0
Bognor Regis (0) 1
Chippenham (1) 3
Sekajja 85
495
Twine 39, Pratt 49
Jones 53
Tshimanga 54
Darlington
Bradford PA (0) 1
West 15
Sent off: K Oyenuga 19
1,027
Havern 2 (og), Gillies 53
Johnson 89
Concord Rangers(2) 2
Weston-s-Mare(0) 2
Harrogate
Leamington
Cawley 6 (pen), 15 (pen)
Sent off: S Cawley 66
Hill 54
90
Maidenhead (0) 1
(0) 1
Hyde 90+3
Att: 837
Gateshead
(0) 2
Williamson 4, Constable 62
Strevens 90+5
Preston 74, Vassell 87
1,597
Ebbsfleet
Barrow
(0) 2
McLean 24, Drury 76
Powell 80
Gomis 71, 90+4
1,402
Halifax
(0) 1
Torquay
(1) 4
Solihull Moors(1) 2
(0) 1
Reid 76
Att: 1,764
Kidderminster (0) 2
(1) 1
Dartford
(0) 0
East Thurrock (2) 2
Spennymoor (1) 2
Torres 58, Dawes 74
427
Anderson 39
Cornhill 42
McQuilkin 62, Brown 78
Sent off: J O?Connor 90
Foley 6, Tait 90 (pen)
1,406
Gloucester
Welling
North Ferriby (0) 0
AFC Telford (1)
Sent off: M Warren 56
Lussey 45, Newby 78
250
Nuneaton
(0) 1
Stockport
Oswell 36, Stopforth 45
Ball 68
737
York
Hartlepool
Sutton Utd
(0) 1
Oates 39
4,526
Wright 90+4
Southport
Leyton Orient (0) 0
Macclesfield (1) 1
Sampson 55
Anderson 86
4,562
Wilson 45+1
Tamworth
Styche 30, 45
583
(2) 3
2
(2) 3
Nti 80
Sent off: E Geohaghon 90
Hogan 22, 50
Redshaw 27
GD Pts
3 32
10 29
6 29
2 28
2 28
7 27
8 26
6 25
7 24
5 24
2 24
2 23
2 23
0 23
0 20
1 19
1 18
-6 18
-3 16
-3 13
-14 13
-10 12
-13 8
-15 8
(1) 2
Chelmsford
Eastbourne B (0) 2
Salford City
A
15
11
8
21
20
17
18
19
20
19
15
22
18
16
12
16
18
27
25
21
28
23
29
31
(1) 2
English 24
Thompson-Brown 70 (pen)
Afolayan 43, 67
P W D L F
Macclesfield........16 10 2 4 18
Dover Athletic .... 16 8 5 3 21
Wrexham ............ 16 8 5 3 14
Woking................16 9 1 6 23
Sutton Utd..........16 8 4 4 22
Bromley...............16 8 3 5 24
Aldershot............16 7 5 4 26
Boreham Wood...16 7 4 5 25
Dagenham & Red 16 6 6 4 27
Ebbsfleet
16 5 9 2 24
Halifax.................16 6 6 4 17
Maidenhead ....... 16 6 5 5 24
Maidstone ..........15 6 5 4 20
Hartlepool...........16 6 5 5 16
Tranmere ............ 16 5 5 6 12
Eastleigh.............15 4 7 4 17
Gateshead...........16 4 6 6 19
Leyton Orient......16 5 3 8 21
AFC Fylde............15 3 7 5 22
Barrow ................ 16 2 7 7 18
Guiseley .............. 16 2 7 7 14
Chester ...............15 2 6 7 13
Torquay...............16 1 5 10 16
Solihull Moors.....16 2 2 12 16
(1) 2
(0) 1
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1,021
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(1) 1
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Wright 7, Baker 63
Dover Ath
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Oliyide 85
842
Boreham Wood(2) 2
Robson 90+3 (og)
Waring 68
Rigg 79
Sent off: G Rigg 90
Boston Utd
1,492
Sent off: K Lokko 32
(1) 3
Bath
Maguire 18
464
Curzon Ashton(1) 2
(0) 0
Jeffers 31
Andrade 38
(1) 3
(0) 1
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1,577
Sent off: K Ferdinand 48
Woking
Wrexham
Eastleigh
Chorley
(0) 1
(0) 2
Almond 84
Connolly 90
(0) 2
Gainsborough (1) 2
Davie 2, King 90
771
(2) 2
Alfreton
(2) 3
Robertson 18, 40
Westcarr 89
P W D L
Harrogate ...........14 10 3 1
Salford City.........14 10 2 2
Blyth Spartans....15 9 0 6
Brackley ............. 14 7 5 2
Spennymoor .......15 7 4 4
Chorley................14 7 3 4
Curzon Ashton....16 6 5 5
York.....................15 6 4 5
Stockport Co ......15 6 3 6
Darlington...........16 5 6 5
AFC Telford ........14 7 0 7
Alfreton ..............14 6 2 6
Tamworth ........... 14 6 2 6
Kidderminster.....14 5 4 5
Bradford PA........14 5 4 5
Southport............14 5 3 6
Leamington.........15 4 4 7
Nuneaton............15 4 3 8
Gainsborough
14 3 3 8
14 3 3 8
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FC Utd of Man.....14 3 2 9
North Ferriby .....14 1 3 10
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39
25
38
23
30
17
22
25
28
21
21
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18
19
19
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20
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28
11
22
13
26
20
21
19
24
22
22
21
18
27
28
29
29
27
28
34
GD Pts
24 33
13 32
10 27
12 26
8 25
4 24
-4 23
5 22
7 21
2 21
-3 21
2 20
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0 19
0 19
-8 18
-9 16
-8 15
-9 12
-10 12
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(0) 0
269
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(1) 2
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(0) 2
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830
(1) 2
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(0) 0
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449
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Hungerford
(0) 0
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(0) 1
(0) 0
539
Wealdstone
(2) 2
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817
Whitehawk
Elliott 62
217
Harvey 81
(0) 1
Hampton & R (3) 3
Jolley 1
Hudson-Odoi 23, 33
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Chelmsford .........14 8 4 2
St Albans ...........14 8 4 2
Truro .................. 14 8 2 4
Welling................15 7 5 3
Hemel H .............15 8 2 5
Dartford .............. 14 7 4 3
East Thurrock .... 14 6 7 1
Havant & W
14 6 4 4
15 5 6 4
Wealdstone
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Eastbourne Boro 15 5 5 5
Chippenham
15 5 4 6
Hungerford .........15 5 4 6
Hampton & R ..... 14 3 8 3
Weston-s-Mare .. 15 3 6 6
Gloucester ..........14 4 3 7
Poole .................. 14 3 4 7
Bognor Regis ......14 2 5 7
Concord Rangers.14 2 4 8
Oxford City..........14 2 3 9
Whitehawk ......... 15 0 3 12
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23
27
24
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30
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18
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16
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Azpilicueta 87
Everton
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41,467
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39,189
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(2) 2
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(3) 4
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(1) 1
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80,827
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20,521
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Rushall Olympic 0 Marine 2
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Stourbridge 0 Grantham 2
Warrington 0 Altrincham 0
Whitby 2 Hednesford 2
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