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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday September 11 2017
2GG
De Boer on brink as
Palace make worst
start in 93 years
ALAN燬MITH
Burnley
Wood 3
Crystal燩alace
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Referee M Oliver Attendance 18,862
f this was indeed Frank de Boer?s
final opportunity to prove that he
is capable of dragging Crystal
Palace out of trouble, it was
spurned. Their performance may
have improved substantially
compared with the diabolical
defeat by Swansea City a
fortnight earlier but the two damning
statistics that matter most remain,
looming menacingly over the
manager?s head.
Palace are not just pointless but
they are also the only team across the
four divisions yet to score a goal, and
this defeat confirmed the worst start
to a top flight season in 93 years.
Here it was profligacy rather than
an inability to create that cost them,
but the sight of Scott Dann picking
himself up off the sodden surface two
minutes from time after inexplicably
heading wide from two yards said
more than any of the words coming
out of De Boer?s mouth afterwards. It
is now up to the chairman, Steve
Parish, to decide whether the
manager is given another chance.
Aside from Dann?s sitter, Palace had
plenty of chances ? 23 in all ? to
win comfortably. Even the Burnley
manager, Sean Dyche, admitted that
the visitors deserved a result but, no
matter the enhancements to their
general play, the manager is on the
brink of the sack due to the
concession of an embarrassingly soft
goal inside four minutes.
Chris Wood, Burnley?s record
transfer signing, wasted no time in
endearing himself to the Turf Moor
crowd when clinically finishing past
Wayne Hennessey, but he would not
have had the opportunity without a
gift from Lee Chung-yong.
Under pressure from Johann Berg
Gudmundsson near halfway, the
South Korea midfielder dreadfully
misjudged his pass back to
Hennessey, leaving the ball ten yards
too short. It allowed Wood to speed
past the centre back Timothy FosuMensah and the recent acquisition
from Leeds United displayed plenty of
composure to curl home.
Having abandoned the 3-4-2-1
formation that De Boer appeared
I
MANAGERS燬ACKED�
AF TER燩OOR
TER POOR 燬TARTS
STARTS
Eight teams have lost their opening
four Premier League fixtures before,
with four going on to finish bottom
of the table. Three of the four most
recent clubs have sacked their
manager before March
2012-13 So?ton Final position 14th
Nigel Adkins sacked in January.
Replaced by Mauricio Pochettino
2010-11 West Ham
20th
Avram Grant sacked after final game
of the season
2009-10 Portsmouth
20th
Paul Hart sacked in November.
Avram Grant failed to save them
2005-06 Sunderland
20th
Mick McCarthy sacked in February
but the caretaker Kevin Ball could
not stop relegation
2001-02 Middlesbrough
12th
Steve McClaren oversaw a great
recovery and led them to the
FA Cup semi-finals
1998-99 Southampton
17th
Dave Jones took them to safety
1997-98 Aston Villa
7th
Brian Little resigned in February
with Villa in 15th. He was replaced by
John Gregory
1993-94 Swindon Town
22nd
John Gorman survived the season
despite the team finishing bottom
wedded to in their opening three
league games for a more conventional
4-2-3-1, Palace responded positively
and showed more of an attacking
threat in the opening 20 minutes than
in the entire game against Swansea.
Two minutes after falling behind,
Dann came close to equalising when
shooting towards the bottom left
corner. Matt Lowton, though, was
well positioned to clear off the line.
Christian Benteke headed Andros
Townsend?s cleverly lofted pass
narrowly wide a minute later,
although at the opposite end Sam
Vokes was a couple of inches away
from doubling the lead when meeting
a Stephen Ward cross from the left.
The hosts were dealt a worrying
blow nine minutes before the break
when Tom Heaton was forced to
come off with a suspected dislocated
shoulder, having successfully claimed
a Lee cross from the left.
Heaton was replaced by Nick Pope,
who began his first Premier League
appearance by claiming a long ball
before shanking his drop-kick into
touch. He did, however, produce a
solid stop to deny Townsend?s rightfooted attempt from 20 yards nearing
half-time and would end up making a
decisive save in the latter stages.
Palace dominated territory upon
the resumption but remained unable
to get Benteke involved often enough.
The striker was working hard to
produce something from low-quality
supply but was growing frustrated by
the feebleness of his supporting cast.
That was until the introduction of
Levi Lumeka, a 19-year-old academy
project. Playing on the left of Benteke,
with Townsend on the right, Lumeka
offered Palace something different
and he nearly got in front of Lowton
to head a Townsend cross goalwards
a couple of minutes after coming on.
With ten minutes to go De Boer
brought on Ja飏o Riedewald, a
defender, for James McArthur, a
midfielder, but the unconventional,
Louis van Gaal-like switch led to
Palace throwing everything forward
in search of a leveller. First, Benteke
was denied by a wonderful save from
Pope. The striker?s effort was heading
for the bottom right corner only for
the goalkeeper to stretch his left boot
out and divert the ball away.
Six minutes from the end Dann had
a low shot blocked, while Townsend
and Jason Puncheon both had
attempts deflected. Pope then palmed
away a stinging Yohan Cabaye effort
from 25 yards before Dann spurned
the most glaring opportunity of all
two minutes from the end when
heading wide from two yards out.
While Dann buried his head in his
hands and De Boer made exaggerated
movements with his head, as if he was
instructing his captain how he should
have finished, Parish sat stone-faced
in the directors? box. In many ways a
more clear-cut defeat would have
made his impending decision a
lot easier.
R AT ING S
Burnley (4-4-2): T Heaton 5 (sub: N Pope 36min,
5) ? M Lowton 7, J Tarkowski 5, B Mee 6,
S Ward 7 ? J Gudmundsson 7, S Defour 7 (sub:
A Westwood 81), J Cork 6, R Brady 7 ?
C Wood 7, S Vokes 6 (sub: A Barnes 65, 5).
Substitutes not used J Walters, P Bardsley,
K Long, S Arfield. Booked Brady.
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): W Hennessey 5 ? J Ward
6, S Dann 4, T Fosu-Mensah 5, J Schlupp 5 ?
Y Cabaye 5, J Puncheon 6 ? A Townsend 5,
J McArthur 6 (sub: J Riedewald 80), L Chungyong 4 (sub: L Lumeka 65, 5) ? C Benteke 5.
Substitutes not used J Speroni, P Van Aanholt,
L Milivojevic, S Kaikai, M Kelly. Booked Benteke.
THE燝OALS�
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HOW燣EE�
GAVE營T�
ALL燗WAY
When you can?t win a game
or even score a goal, the last
thing you need is for your
own player to gift one to the
opposition. Lee Chung-yong
did just that, sending a back
pass straight into the path of
Chris Wood, who fired past
Wayne Hennessey from
outside the penalty area.
Heaton燾ould燽e爋ut爁or�
ALAN燬MITH
Burnley could be without Tom Heaton
until Christmas after the England
goalkeeper was forced off with a
suspected dislocated shoulder in the
first half of their 1-0 win against
Crystal Palace yesterday.
Heaton landed awkwardly after
colliding with his centre back Ben Mee
when claiming a Lee Chung-yong
cross from the left. Heaton?s manager,
Sean Dyche, said that if the injury is
confirmed by a scan today he could
miss ?months, not weeks?.
It is a cruel blow for Heaton after the
England manager, Gareth Southgate,
last week said he was ?setting the tone?
and was close to displacing Joe Hart.
Monday September 11 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 3
2GG
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
TONY燙ASCARINO
THE燱EEKEND?S燭ALKING燩OINTS
Manager爈et燿own My爐eam爋f爐he爓eek
Frank de Boer?s players let him
down yesterday, rather than his
judgment. Crystal Palace played
well enough to get something from
the match against Burnley but some
of their players missed glorious
chances to score and that could cost
their manager his job.
Scott Dann and Christian Benteke
were guilty of this and you?ve got to
point the finger at them rather than
De Boer on this occasion. He trusted
them to deliver and they didn?t.
Palace?s next four games are:
Southampton (h), Manchester City
(a), Manchester United (a) and
Chelsea (h), and it feels that, if they
don?t beat Southampton, then De
Boer will be gone. He would take
the ugliest win ever next Saturday.
H OW燭HEY燬TAND
Man United
Man City
Chelsea
Watford
Tottenham
Huddersfield
Burnley
Liverpool
West Brom
Newcastle
Arsenal
Stoke
Southampton
Brighton
Swansea
Everton
Leicester
Bournemouth
C Palace
West Ham
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AND燭HEY燙OULD�
HAVE燝OT燗燩OINT
Scott Dann missed one of the easiest
chances of the season so far late on,
heading wide from a few yards out
4-3-3
Begovic
Bournemouth
Sanchez Lascelles
Tottenham
Newcastle
Azpilicueta
Mendy
Chelsea
Man City
Chalobah
De Bruyne
Eriksen
Watford
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Tottenham
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Stoke
We爊eed燾onsistency� Klopp爃as爌ressing�
on燿angerous爌lay
need爁or燼爎eview�
I agree that Sadio Man� was guilty
of dangerous play when he caught
Ederson in the face with his boot
but, if that gets a red card, then so
should a goalkeeper who mistimes a
punched clearance and catches an
opponent in the face.
Why are they allowed to come
out and throw punches at balls they
won?t get? It?s no different from a
striker showing his studs when
challenging for the ball. It?s very
hard to play football and not show
your studs. Take your average
Premier League game and there are
eight to ten moments that are
dangerous and could be deemed to
be red-card offences.
I don?t question the law or that
decision in Liverpool?s defeat by
Manchester City but dangerous play
is happening a lot in 90 minutes.
Liverpool were really disappointing
when they went down to ten men
against City. J黵gen Klopp loves his
gegenpress tactics, which see his
team press high up the pitch and
win the ball back in attacking areas
and quickly create chances.
This is fine when he has 11 players
on the pitch who can fulfil such
high-energy roles but, when Sadio
Man� was sent off on Saturday,
Liverpool fell apart. Klopp didn?t
seem to know how to set his side up
with ten to contain City and limit
the damage.
They failed to deal with the threat
posed by Kevin De Bruyne and he
was able to run the show. At least
three of the goals came from central
midfield positions because
Liverpool?s high-press was dead and
they had no other way of playing.
Pep爄s爌assing爃is爌hilosophy爋n爐o燗g黣ro�
Sergio Ag黣ro is clearly buying into
Pep Guardiola?s philosophy ?
otherwise there is no way that the
City striker would have passed to
Gabriel Jesus when they were
through on goal against Liverpool.
The Argentina striker, in a central
position inside the box, played a
horrible pass to Jesus which made it
a harder chance, but the Brazilian
was able to hack it into the empty
net to make it 3-0. If I could pick
anyone in the league to have a oneon-one chance and finish it, then I?d
choose Ag黣ro, so it was a very
strange thing for him to do.
I think, maybe subconsciously, he
knows that he has got to be more of
a team player this season and Pep
has alluded to him needing to work
harder without the ball and form a
partnership with Jesus.
Davies爐akes燾hance�燼nd燾reates爐hem�
months燽ut燩ope燾an爁ill爐he燽reach
Heaton was replaced by Nick Pope,
formerly of Charlton Athletic, whose
only previous competitive appearances for Burnley came in the League
Cup. After Pope?s performance, Dyche
is confident that he can fill the breach.
Pope, 25, did well when facing a late
bombardment from Palace, especially
when getting his left boot to a Christian Benteke shot that looked destined
for the bottom right corner in the final
ten minutes. ?Technically it was a
fantastic save,? Dyche said. ?He had a
really good performance because it?s
tough going into that situation when
we?re not playing as well and the
opposition are playing well.?
Dyche also praised Chris Wood, the
club-record signing who has scored in
two of his three appearances since
joining from Leeds United last month.
?We deliberately wanted to play
longer than we usually do and I think
it worked to a degree,? Dyche said.
?But Chris is a fantastic finisher.
Their ?keeper [Wayne Hennessey] is on
his way out, so he takes it early. It was
fantastic awareness. At the end he was
doing the ugly stuff in the corner and
won a lot of headers from set pieces.?
I look at Ben Davies and I think,
there is a player who the Tottenham
manager Mauricio Pochettino
can trust. The Wales full back
is dependable and, though he
isn?t outstanding at one
particular thing, he is very
good at most things. He
reminds me a bit of Denis
Irwin in the way that he
never really makes
mistakes. And he has
brilliantly handled the
pressure of filling in for
Danny Rose, the first-choice
left back who is injured.
Davies might not be as easy on the
eye as Rose in terms of the pace of
his play or his dynamism, but I
think he is a little underappreciated.
This season he has created more
chances than David Silva and Kevin
De Bruyne.
Chances created in the top
flight this season
(including assists)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan.........15
Mesut 謟il............................15
Ben Davies...........................13
D
David
Silva.............................12
Kevin De Bruyne.........................11
4
| THE燝AME
the times | Monday September 11 2017
2GG
REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Lascelles, the Newcastle captain,
towers above the Swansea defence
to head home the only goal of the
game at the Liberty Stadium
T HE�
WEEKEND�
IN燭 HIRT Y�
SECONDS
Last round
20
GOALS
37
YELLOW�
CARDS
Ben韙ez stays on the line to
orchestrate dogged victory
ALYSON燫UDD
Swansea燙ity
0
Newcastle燯nited
1
Lascelles 76
Referee M Jones Attendance 20,872
t could have been convoluted and
messy but somehow Rafa Ben韙ez
managed to orchestrate a simple,
no-frills victory from his sofa at
his family home on Merseyside.
The Newcastle United manager
had been tempted to accept his
chairman?s offer of a helicopter
ride to the Liberty Stadium but his
family and his doctors told him that
he needed more time to recover from
an infection caused by a hernia
operation. In his absence his players
were stoic and patient and, despite all
the cries that his team lack stardust,
they proved that camaraderie amid
the ordinary can be priceless, taking
all three points with a 76th-minute
goal from Jamaal Lascelles.
The travelling fans sang the name
of their absent manager, in no doubt
that he was the architect of such a
solid performance and, indeed, he
was. The Spaniard was on the phone
throughout the match to Antonio
G髆ez, an assistant coach who was
sitting in the directors? box. G髆ez
relayed the advice from the manager
to the tall Mikel Ant韆, another
assistant coach, on the touchline, who
tapped at his earphone as he
gesticulated to the players from the
technical area, sometimes turning to
Paco de Miguel, the assistant
manager, to convert the messages
into action.
?Hopefully it will be the record for
my whole life,? De Miguel said of his
100 per cent win record while in
I
charge. There was no way that he nor
anyone connected to the club was
about to minimise the input of
Ben韙ez, however.
The accusation levelled at
Newcastle is that they have failed to
add the quality needed to compete in
the Premier League, but some traits
of a Championship-winning side are
transferable, most notably a keen
work ethic. Just as Swansea seemed to
have a stranglehold on possession,
Lascelles scored from a looping
corner kick, helped by Tammy
Abraham becoming distracted by
Mohamed Diam�, which allowed the
Newcastle captain to leap freely to
head in past Lukasz Fabianski.
?They played their shape better
than we played our shape,? Paul
Clement, the Swansea head coach,
said. ?They were more combative in
the duels and deserve the victory.?
He was being slightly harsh on his
team not least because it might have
all been so different had Lascelles not
proved a hero at the other end of the
pitch. Abraham, who is on loan from
Chelsea, seemed certain to break the
deadlock when through on goal with
Rob Elliot sprawled on the turf but
his finish allowed Lascelles to
scamper back to intercept on the line.
Newcastle would have taken a
much earlier lead had Fabianski not
saved athletically from Joselu?s wellplaced header. Their intensity could
easily have led to a sending off,
though, when Matt Ritchie?s raised
boot caught Alfie Mawson?s head but
the midfielder was shown only a
yellow card. ?I was delighted to see
only a yellow card,? said Ritchie.
Swansea had presented the far
more intriguing narrative before kickoff and just maybe Clement gave in to
fun ahead of pragmatism by starting
Renato Sanches who had only arrived
at the club on Friday and took to the
field with only two coaching sessions
under his belt. It was understandable,
however, that Clement wanted to
integrate the 20-year-old quickly.
There is a vacuum to be filled at the
Liberty in the post-Gylfi Sigurdsson
era and the scarf sellers were quick to
S O, 燱 H AT 燚 O ES 燗 燞I GH燢 I C K 燝ET燳OU?
Kachunga on Mbemba
last month
Ritchie on Mawson
yesterday
Man� on Ederson
on Saturday
NO燙ARD
YELLOW燙ARD
RED燙ARD
see its marketing potential with a cry
of ?Swans-Sanches? accompanying
the hawking of merchandise bearing
the name and image of the
Portuguese international. This is not
a club that indulges in hyperbole and
yet, in the programme, Sanches was
introduced as if Cristiano Ronaldo
had opted to move to Wales.
Understandably, he began in
wobbly fashion. His ball control was
silky but his distribution was tentative
and a few under-hit passes gave away
possession. The home fans shouted
for him to shoot when within 40
yards of goal but he sensibly opted for
the safe pass instead.
The best chances for Swansea fell
to Jordan Ayew and Mawson while
Sanches continued to eschew the
limelight in the second half and was
taken off in the 68th minute.
His replacement was Wilfried Bony,
making his second debut for Swansea
having left them for Manchester City
two seasons ago. Bony scored 34
goals in 70 appearances last time
around and although he failed to
replicate such form at City and then
at Stoke, hopes are high at the Liberty
Stadium that the striker can find
another burst of fearsome sharpness,
although his manager warned that
the Ivorian lacks full match fitness.
Newcastle survived a late Swansea
flurry with Elliot saving a rasping
strike from Luciano Narsingh. Even
the sofa-bound Ben韙ez would have
struggled not to leap up in delight.
R ATING S
Swansea City (4-1-2-1-2): L Fabianski 6 ?
K Naughton 5, F Fern醤dez 5, A Mawson 6,
M Olsson 5 ? S Clucas 6 ? R Sanches 5 (sub:
W Bony 69min, 5), T Carroll 6 (sub: L Narsingh
86) ? L Fer 5 ? T Abraham 6, J Ayew 5.
Substitutes not used K Nordfeldt, M van der
Hoorn, W Routledge, A Rangel, R Mesa. Booked
Naughton, Fer.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): R Elliot 7 ?
J Manquillo 5, J Lascelles 7, C Clark 6, J Gamez 5
? I Hayden 5 (sub: M Diam� 69, 5), M Merino 6 ?
M Ritchie 6, A Perez 5, J Murphy 5 (sub: C Atsu
59, 6) ? Joselu 6 (sub: D Gayle, 78). Substitutes
not used F Woodman, J Shelvey, F Lejeune,
D Yedlin. Booked Ritchie, Hayden, Gayle.
2
RED燙ARDS
273
This round
26
GOALS
19
YELLOW�
CARDS
1
RED燙ARD
221
SHOTS
SHOTS
6,419
5,618
MINS燘Y�
ENGLISHMEN
MINS燘Y�
ENGLISHMEN
Expected爂oal�
results
Actual goals in brackets
Manchester City
Liverpool
Arsenal
Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion
Everton
Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City
Chelsea
Southampton
Watford
Stoke City
Manchester United
Burnley
Crystal Palace
Swansea City
Newcastle United
2.38 (5)
0.7 (0)
2.25 (3)
0.46 (0)
0.44 (3)
1.03 (1)
1.04 (0)
1.81 (3)
1.4 (1)
0.83 (2)
0.34 (0)
0.72 (2)
1.23 (2)
2.35 (2)
0.28 (1)
1.98 (0)
1.2 (0)
1.11 (1)
Top爁ive爌assers
Danilo (Man City)......................... 108
John Stones (Man City)............... 98
David Silva (Man City)................. 96
Fernandinho (Man City).............. 78
Eric Bailly (Man United)............... 72
Top爁ive爐acklers
C閐ric (Southampton).................. 10
Richarlison (Watford)...................... 8
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester)................ 6
Harry Arter (Bournemouth)......... 5
Mikel Merino (Newcastle)............. 5
Monday September 11 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 5
1GG
United?s defence a worry
MATT MCNULTY/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
PAUL燞IRST
Stoke燙ity
Choupo-Moting 43, 63
Manchester燯nited
Rashford 45+1, Lukaku 57
Hughes爁aces爁ine�
for燤ourinho爌ush
2
PAUL燞IRST
2
Referee N Swarbrick Attendance 29,230
here is something about the
Potteries that does not agree
with the Manchester United
managers who have
succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson.
Jos� Mourinho was unable to
end a run of four United
games at the Bet365 Stadium
without a win on Saturday thanks to
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting?s brace.
The ground proved to be something
of a graveyard for Mourinho?s
predecessors. In February 2014, two
months before he was sacked, David
Moyes tapped another nail into his
coffin with a 2-1 defeat by Stoke City.
And it was after the Boxing Day loss
to Mark Hughes?s side in 2015 that Ed
Woodward decided that Louis van
Gaal?s contract would be terminated
in the summer.
Woodward, the executive vicechairman, will of course harbour no
such thoughts about getting rid of
Mourinho after Saturday?s stalemate.
Having recorded three wins from
their opening three matches, United
arrived at Stoke looking every inch
title contenders. What followed,
T
No love lost: Hughes pushed Mourinho, above, after the United manager entered his technical area. The Welshman also
showed his frustration when Mourinho hugged one of his former players ? Stoke defender Kurt Zouma, below left ? and
after the match, below right, when Mourinho shook hands with Stoke?s backroom staff only to snub his opposite number
LATEST 燣O NG 燦AME
TO D O UB L E燯
TO燚
E UP
Choupo-Moting became the 13th player
with a hyphen in his name to score two
or more goals in a Premier League game
Times scored
Player
two or more
Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man C, Chelsea)
Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Park Ji-sung (Man United)
Marc-Antoine Fortun� (West Brom)
Karl-Heinz Riedle (Liverpool)
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading)
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolves)
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Joseph-D閟ir� Job (Middlesbrough)
Joe-Max Moore (Everton)
Chris Bart-Williams (Sheff Wed)
5
4
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
though, cast doubt upon whether they
are good enough to win the league.
There were problems in attack.
Anthony Martial, the substitute,
whipped in a glorious delivery that
landed straight in Romelu Lukaku?s
path in injury time, but the United
striker put his effort into the Boothen
End rather than the back of the net.
There were problems in midfield,
too. Ander Herrera, usually so
considered with his passing, seemed
content to chip the ball over the Stoke
back three and hope that either
Lukaku or Marcus Rashford would be
there to run on to it.
United missed Juan Mata?s
ingenuity. The former Chelsea
midfielder will surely be recalled for
tomorrow?s Champions League game
against Basle. But it was in defence
that United looked most troubled.
Mourinho?s side had not conceded a
goal before the weekend but Choupo-
Moting beat David De Gea twice
thanks to some shoddy defending.
There are few stronger centre
halves in the league than Eric Bailly,
but Choupo-Moting managed to
shrug off the � million man in the
43rd minute to steer Mame Biram
Diouf?s cross past De Gea from six
yards. Matteo Darmian was equally
culpable. By the time that Darren
Fletcher?s cross-field pass had landed
at Diouf?s feet, Darmian was ten yards
from the winger. Rather than sprint
after him, the Italian full back jogged
over to Diouf, allowing him time to
deliver an inch-perfect cross.
Just 161 seconds later, United had
their equaliser. Paul Pogba headed
Henrikh Mkhitaryan?s corner towards
goal, after Nemanja Matic?s flick-on,
and the ball ended up in Jack
Butland?s net after a diversion off
Rashford?s head. Mkhitaryan then
threaded the ball through the Stoke
defence after Darmian dispossessed
Joe Allen and Lukaku tapped it into
the net at the second attempt after
Butland parried his original effort.
But Stoke again exposed United?s
shortcomings six minutes later.
Antonio Valencia gave Erik Pieters
space to cross for Jes�. De Gea tipped
the striker?s shot over the bar in a
remarkable reflex save, but Phil
Jones?s slack marking from the
resulting corner allowed Stoke to
equalise. The England defender stood
square from Choupo-Moting as
Xherdan Shaqiri stepped up to take
the corner, but the striker
manoeuvred away from Jones and he
somehow ended up on his backside as
the goalscorer?s header flew into the
net. It was an unedifying sight for the
player Gareth Southgate described as
?England?s best defender? a week ago.
Lukaku spurned his late chance and
Butland scrambled across his line to
stop Kurt Zouma from scoring an
own goal that would have given
United a fourth straight league win.
This was not the worst performance
of Mourinho?s reign, and it is worth
noting that his side are still top of the
table. But United?s defensive frailties
will concern their manager.
R ATING S
Stoke City (3-4-3): J Butland 8 ? G Cameron 6
(sub: B Martins-Indi 46min, 6), K Wimmer 7,
K Zouma 7 ? M Diouf 7, D Fletcher 7, J Allen 6,
E Pieters 6 ? X Shaqiri 7, M Choupo-Moting 8,
Jes� 7 (sub: S Berahino 75).
Substitutes not used L Grant, J Tymon, C Adam,
P Crouch, R Sobhi.
Manchester United (4-3-3): D De Gea 8 ?
A Valencia 6, P Jones 5, E Bailly 5, M Darmian 5 ?
A Herrera 5 (sub: A Martial 72), N Matic 7,
P Pogba 7 ? H Mkhitaryan 7 (sub: J Lingard 84),
R Lukaku 7, M Rashford 7 (sub: J Mata 72).
Substitutes not used S Romero, C Smalling,
M Carrick, D Blind.
Mark Hughes is facing possible
disciplinary action from the FA over
his push on Jos� Mourinho during
Saturday?s 2-2 draw between Stoke
City and Manchester United.
Hughes pushed Mourinho in the
second half of the stalemate after his
opposite number encroached into
the Stoke manager?s technical area. It
is understood that Mourinho crossed
into Hughes?s area to shout messages
to his defence as they readied
themselves for a Stoke attack.
It is also understood that
Mourinho felt that Hughes swore at
him and implored Neil Swarbrick,
the referee, to send the Portuguese
manager off.
The FA will see whether Swarbrick
or the fourth official, Stuart Attwell,
mention the incident in their match
reports today before deciding whether to take action against Hughes.
All Premier League managers
signed up to a technical area code of
conduct in 2015, which forbids the
use of aggression against their opposite number or other coaching staff.
Managers can be fined, or given a
stadium ban in the most extreme
instances, if they do not respect the
code of conduct. Hughes argued that
he would not have pushed Mourinho
had he not encroached into his area,
which is also mentioned in the code
of conduct. Mourinho shook the
hand of every member of Stoke?s
backroom staff after the final whistle
but snubbed Hughes.
The Welshman was also angered
by Mourinho claiming that Saturday?s game was ?a match for [Marouane] Fellaini,? implying that Stoke
are a long-ball team. ?That?s just an
easy swipe at us, really,? Hughes said.
From Schalke to Stoke: meet
the man who scored twice
Who is he?
Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting,
to give him his full name, is the new
hero of Stoke City supporters after
he scored twice against Manchester
United on Saturday.
three times in 30 appearances for
Schalke last season. He found the
net 22 times in total during his
three-year spell there but sometimes
played on the left wing rather than
as a centre forward.
Where did he come from?
Despite interest from AC Milan,
Choupo-Moting joined Stoke on a
free transfer this summer after he
chose to end a three-year spell at
Schalke. He also had stints at Mainz,
Nuremberg and Hamburg, where he
was born and grew up with his
Cameroonian father and German
mother. The 28-year-old forward
represented Germany at youth
level, but opted to play for
Cameroon and now has
45 caps to his name.
Why did Stoke sign him?
Let Mark Hughes, the Stoke City
manager, explain: ?He?s a big,
imposing guy who is 6ft 3in, or 6ft
6in tall with his hair probably. He?s
powerful and technically he?s
excellent, he can create in oneon-one situations and he?s not a
o
kid so he?s not really a risk.
Sometimes if you take younger
players from different countries
p
you?re never quite sure what
yyou?re going to get but I knew
I was getting an experienced
player with the power and
strength to do well.?
Was Saturday?s display
y
just a flash in the pan?
One look at his record last
year suggests he is not
exactly prolific. He scored
Safe bet: Choupo-Moting
was not a risky acquisition
according to his manager
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O F 燤 A N � ? S燙HA LLE NG E
1
3
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Collapse raises question
of Liverpool?s durability
OLIVER燢AY
Chief燜ootball燙orrespondent
Manchester燙ity
Ag黣ro 24, Jesus 45+6, 53,
San� 77, 90+1
Liverpool
5
0
Referee
R
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J Moss
M
Attendance
Att d
54
54,172
172
ack in the days when he
admired the Premier
League from afar, J黵gen
Klopp used to talk
effusively about ?fighting
football ? what we in
German call ?English? ?
rainy day, heavy pitch,
everybody dirty in the face?.
Those are the days, it has often felt,
when champions show their true
colours in the Premier League. A
September afternoon at the Etihad
B
Stadium would be few people?s idea of
the litmus test of those qualities,
particularly once Sadio Man�s red
card left Liverpool a man short
against arguably the most technically
gifted side in the Premier League, but
those circumstances called for
?fighting football?. Liverpool did not
fight. They succumbed, meekly, to the
most one-sided result in the Premier
League this season.
That might sound harsh, given that
Liverpool started very well and that
Manchester City have the creative
quality to torment any team, let alone
one with a numerical disadvantage.
Klopp preferred to call it ?one of
those days? ? a day that started very
promisingly took significant turns for
the worse with Sergio Ag黣ro?s
opening goal and Man�s sending-off,
and turned into a rout thereafter.
Klopp had not endured a day like
that previously in nearly two years at
Liverpool, so a certain leeway is
granted, but it was an afternoon that
reinforced certain suspicions about
his team and their struggle to ?tough
it out? in the manner he would hope.
Watching the second half in
particular, you were left with the
impression of a City team toying with
their opponents in the matador style
that was associated with Pep
Guardiola?s great Barcelona side. The
fourth and fifth goals arrived late,
both of them delivered with typical
precision from the left foot of the
young substitute Leroy San�, but the
entire second period was a mismatch.
Liverpool showed no more spirit or
gumption in those circumstances
than Arsenal did in their abject defeat
at Anfield a fortnight earlier. Most
pitifully of all, their central midfield
trio of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can
and Georginio Wijnaldum made a
combined total of two tackles in the
entire game. (Wijnaldum?s
contribution was for 57 minutes, the
other two?s for 90.) You might ask
whether anyone in 2017 should really
evaluate a midfielder?s performance
by the number of tackles they make,
but when Liverpool beat City at
Anfield on New Year?s Eve with a
performance defined by energy and
endeavour, those same three players
made eight tackles between them and
Adam Lallana added another four.
The past three champions ?
Chelsea under Jos� Mourinho,
Leicester City under Claudio Ranieri
and Chelsea under Antonio Conte ?
have not necessarily been known for
the type of brilliant football that
Liverpool and indeed City play when
on top of their game. Those
champions were synonymous with
resilience, defensive discipline and the
ability to find a way even on those
days when things are not going their
way. It is the great question mark
about the modern Liverpool, under
Klopp as it was under Brendan
Rodgers. That question mark has
grown in their two away fixtures so
far, creating chances away to both
Watford and City but conceding eight
goals and taking a solitary point.
It is the big question mark about
City too: whether or not they have
the ability to get results when their
opponents, or indeed circumstances,
stop them playing the game on their
own terms. Doubts will persist about
whether Guardiola?s philosophy is a
little too idealistic to succeed in the
Premier League, but they do look a
little more solid and a little more
pragmatic this season, even if the
holes in their defensive system were
being exposed regularly in the early
stages on Saturday. Klopp will wonder
how his team did not make more of
the match-up between Mohamed
Salah and Nicol醩 Otamendi, which
looked as one-sided as it gets. That
Salah was the player who made way
for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at halftime, in the reshuffle that followed
Man�s red card, was bemusing.
City were slow out of the blocks,
but from the moment that David
Silva and particularly the excellent
Kevin De Bruyne began to dictate
things in midfield, there seemed little
doubt about the outcome. De Bruyne
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Hemed makes
the most of his
second chance
IAN燱INROW
Brighton
Gross 45, 48, Hemed 63
4
West燘romwich燗lbion
Furious at the challenge on
his goalkeeper, Nicol醩
Otamendi raises his foot in an
attempt to show the Liverpool
forward how high the tackle, above,
was. Although impressively
acrobatic, it is a slight exaggeration.
Morrison 77
1
Pleading for innocence, Man�
looks back at Otamendi, arms
out by his side as if to say,
?What? I did nothing wrong.? He
later apologised for the challenge.
2
He made the right call
according to most experts
but, at this moment, the
referee Jon Moss seems to have a
strange grin on his face, as though
amused by Otamendi?s protests. He
then sends off Man�.
3
The rest of City?s defenders
wear a look of real concern.
Danilo (No 3), Kyle Walker
(No 2) and John Stones (No 5) start
to rush around the goalkeeper,
Ederson, who has just taken a boot
to the face. They call for the doctor.
4
5
Not moving, Ederson, the
Brazilian � million signing,
lies on the ground. Despite
coming off, he escaped with just a
nasty wound to the face and went
out to dinner on Saturday night.
5
set up Ag黣ro superbly for the
opener, though Klopp was apoplectic
about the defending. ?It was so easy
to defend,? he said. ?Push up!?
Even before the Man� red card, the
second goal seemed more likely to
come from City, though it took that
important ? and costly ?
intervention from Ederson to deny
the Liverpool forward. Man� got
there a fraction of a second late and,
raising his foot in the hope of beating
him to the ball, clattered Ederson.
The City goalkeeper, who departed
on a stretcher, was thankfully not
seriously injured. Man� was sent off
and Liverpool, even at that point only
1-0 down, seemed to give up.
There was, though, still something
beguiling about the way City put them
to the sword. Gabriel Jesus scored the
second and third, set up by De Bruyne
and Ag黣ro respectively, before San�
produced that stunning late flourish.
One of those days indeed.
RATIN GS
Manchester City (3-5-2): Ederson 6
(sub: C Bravo 45min, 5) ? Danilo 6, J Stones 7,
N Otamendi 5 (sub: E Mangala 71) ? K Walker 6,
K De Bruyne 9, Fernandinho 7, D Silva 7,
B Mendy 8 ? S Ag黣ro 8, G Jesus 8
(sub: L San� 57, 8). Substitutes not used
F Delph, I G黱dogan, P Foden, B Silva.
Booked Otamendi, Fernandinho.
Liverpool (4-3-3): S Mignolet 5 ? T AlexanderArnold 4, J Matip 4, R Klavan 3, A Moreno 4 ?
G Wijnaldum 5 (sub: J Milner 58, 4),
J Henderson 4, E Can 4 ? M Salah 6 (sub: A
Oxlade-Chamberlain 46, 4), R Firmino 5 (sub: D
Solanke 67, 3), S Man� 5. Substitutes not used
L Karius, D Lovren, J Gomez, D Sturridge.
Booked Alexander-Arnold, Can. Sent off Man�.
Guardiola燿elighted燽y爑nselfish燗g黣ro
OLIVER燢AY
There was so much to admire in
Manchester City?s performance on
Saturday, from the vision and
precision of Kevin De Bruyne to that
eyecatching late cameo from Leroy
San�, but one of the things that truly
delighted Pep Guardiola was the way
that Sergio Ag黣ro teed up Gabriel
Jesus for their third goal.
?That means a lot for me, what
Sergio did,? the City manager said.
?You have all known Sergio
for a long time. Of course
they both want to score
goals and we need that;;
strikers are always, ?I want
to score more than my
team-mate?. But it is
still important to have
the ability to choose
the right decision, as
Sergio did when hee
was one on one with
h
the goalkeeper. And
when it happens next
time, Gabriel is going
to do the same forr
Sergio.?
Do not underestimate the sense of relief,
as well as satisfaction,
that Guardiola must
have felt at seeing Ag黣ro and Jesus Rarely has the manager sounded
combine like that. This is a coach happier with his centre forward than
whose much-vaunted philosoon Saturday. Ag黣ro did not
phy has not always found
waste a single pass. The postspace for one predatory
match statistics said that
centre forward, never
he had attempted 20, all
mind two. Guardiola
of them successful,
is the coach who
which is remarkable
shunted
Samuel
for a player whose oriEto?o, Zlatan Ibraentation is goalwards.
Ag黣ro and Jesus played
himovic and David
Three set up goalscor57 minutes together but there
Villa into wide roles
ing opportunities. De
was just one pass between
at Barcelona (selling
Bruyne was deservedly
them. That was Ag黣ro?s
the first two after a
man of the match on Sky
assist for Jesus
season)
Sports, with Jesus earning
because he felt
the same recognition inside
? astutely, as it
the stadium from the sponsors,
turned out ? that the
but Ag黣ro?s performance was no less
forward line should be pleasing for Guardiola.
built around a ?false
There will be more occasions when
nine? in the incompa- Ag黣ro finds himself on the bench; as
n
rable Lionel Messi. De Bruyne said: ?We [hope to] play 60
Ag黣ro, dropped to to 65 games a year and everyone
the bench for City?s knows that Pep likes to rotate?. Sooner
previous match at rather than later, though, the
Bournemouth, has Argentina forward will become City?s
had plenty of cause all-time record goalscorer. This was
tto wonder whether his 171st in 257 appearances, leaving
Guardiola truly holds him just seven short of Eric Brook?s
G
him in the highest regard. record. Other opponents might be less
h
compliant than Liverpool, but Ag黣ro
Ag黣ro, left, pleased
and his team-mates mean business.
his manager by
The scouts from Feyenoord, who face
making a chance for
them in the Champions League on
fellow striker Jesus
Wednesday, will have taken note.
1
3
1
Referee C Kavanagh Attendance 30,381
fter the transfer window passed
without the arrival of the two
forwards he had hoped to add to
his squad, Chris Hughton sat
down with his players to spell
out his expectations and targets for
the first half of the season.
The Brighton & Hove Albion
manager acknowledges that concern
about his side?s forward options has
been a running theme since they
secured promotion in May and, with
no late additions to the group,
responsibility for providing the side?s
goals shifted back to the players who
had failed to score in the opening
three Premier League games.
On Saturday it was Tomer Hemed
who operated as the main striker, just
over a week after his future at the
club had been thrown into doubt. Had
Hughton made the signings he
wanted to, the Israel forward would
almost certainly have left, most likely
to Reading. Instead, he was handed
another chance to demonstrate that
he can make an impact in the
Premier League which he grasped
firmly, adding Brighton?s 63rd-minute
third after goals either side of the
break from Pascal Gross, the
playmaker signed for �million from
Ingolstadt in early summer. James
Morrison?s 77th-minute goal was the
best a poor West Bromwich Albion
could muster by way of reply.
The response was exactly as
Hughton wished. ?I can understand it
because we did try and it was a
position we wanted to bring in and
the supporters did as well,? the
manager said.
?But once you get to the end of the
window it is then the signal to work
as hard as you can with the squad you
have got. It was not through a lack of
effort. Would we have liked to bring
one in? Yes. But we weren?t able to
and we have to get the best out of the
players we have.
?The most important players are
the ones that are here.?
Hemed in particular is keen to state
his case. ?I was aware about what
people were saying,? he said. ?Some
people, it was looking like they forgot
about the strikers that we have in
the team.
?If you look at the last two seasons,
we scored a lot of goals and I didn?t
understand why people are so worried
about that. The strikers we have in
the club, we are good enough to lead
the team and to score goals.?
A
RAT INGS
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-2-3-1): M Ryan 7 ?
Bruno 6 (sub: L Rosenior 62min, 6), S Duffy 7,
L Dunk 7, M Suttner 7 ? D Stephens 8, D Propper
7 ? A Knockaert 7, P Gross 9, S March 8 ?
T Hemed 7 (sub: G Murray 82). Substitutes not
used N Maenpaa, U Heunemeier, J Skalak, J
Murphy, J Izquierdo. Booked March, Murray.
West Bromwich Albion (4-3-3): B Foster 5 ?
C Dawson 6, J Evans 6, A Hegazi 5 (sub: K Gibbs
55min, 6), A Nyom 6 ? J Livermore 5 (sub:
J Morrison 71, 7), G Krychowiak 5, G Barry 7 ?
M Phillips 6, S Rond髇 4 (sub: O Burke 56, 7),
J Rodriguez 6. Substitutes not used B Myhill, C
Yacob, C Brunt, J McClean.
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S醤chez in
so who will
miss out?
MATT燞UGHES�
Deputy燜ootball燙orrespondent
Arsenal
Welbeck 6, 50, Lacazette 27
Bournemouth
3
0
Referee
R
f
AT
Taylor
l Att
Attendance
d
59
59,262
262
aving solved one problem
Ars鑞e Wenger has
unwittingly created
another, albeit a more
pleasing one to wrestle
with. The Arsenal manager
met Alexis S醤chez on
Friday and emerged
convinced of the Chile player?s
enduring commitment to, and focus
on, Arsenal despite his
disappointment at being unable to
join Manchester City last month. But
fitting S醤chez into his new-look
team has provided another puzzle.
Wenger took the expedient option
of starting S醤chez on the bench for
Saturday?s stroll against a lamentable
Bournemouth, a decision made easier
by the fact that he had only just
returned from international duty, but
if the 28-year-old proves his fitness
this week it seems unthinkable
that he will omit him from the
far tougher test awaiting away
to Chelsea on Sunday. The
Frenchman has a difficult decision
as he ponders the make-up of
his front line to face Chelsea, as
four into three simply will not go.
Alexandre Lacazette was the
fall-guy on the only previous
occasion on which Wenger had
all of his attacking options
available to him this season,
for last month?s 4-0 defeat
away to Liverpool, but that
team selection is hardly auspicious.
And in the space of just two
months the France striker has
H
already begun to make a convincing
case for being the most reliable
finisher at the club. It often seems as
though Mesut 謟il has a clause in his
contract at Arsenal stipulating that he
must start every game, so by a process
of elimination it is likely to be Danny
Welbeck who misses out against
Chelsea, which would be extremely
harsh. The England striker has been
one of Wenger?s most consistent
performers all season, with his brace
against Bournemouth taking his tally
to three goals in four Premier League
matches, and offers more than any of
his team-mates defensively, which
given Arsenal?s lamentable recent
record of five successive defeats at
Stamford Bridge should surely be
a factor.
Wenger is in the habit of picking
what he perceives to be his best
players, rather than necessarily his
best team, however, and omitting one
of the club?s big three would be a huge
call for such an important game. The
Frenchman appears to have far more
faith in S醤chez than Arsenal?s fans,
many of whom greeted his 75thminute introduction in place of
Welbeck against Bournemouth with
boos, and will have no hesitation
about starting him against Chelsea.
?I spoke to him,? Wenger said. ?He
is focused, he told me he is focused
on the Premier League and the
Europa League.
?On top of that he had a bad result
with Chile against Bolivia, but
he came back full of desire
and ready to play.?
Wenger also
dismissed
suggestions that
su
S醤chez is out of shape,
which have circulated
widely in the Chilean media
w
after last week?s 1-0 defeat
against Bolivia, which has
left their hopes of
Welbeck celebrates
his second goal
and Arsenal?s third
FOUR營N TO燭HREE燱OON ? T燝 O
Ars鑞e Wenger has a tough job on his hands to
juggle his attacking players, with one of his four
big names likely to be left out each week. The table
below shows their impact in league matches since
the start of 2016-17
S醤chez 謟il Lacazette Welbeck
Mins played
Wenger watches on while S醤chez
prepares for his entrance to a chorus
of boos after a transfer window in
which he pushed to leave the club
qualifying for the World Cup in the
balance.
?He is not fat,? Wenger said. ?His
fat percentage is under 10. You know
how it is, when you do not win,
people will find problems. He was not
completely physically ready to play
three games in a week ? and for
Chile he was not completely ready.?
Wenger?s surfeit of attacking
options ? Olivier Giroud, Theo
Walcott and Alex Iwobi were also on
the bench against Bournemouth and
Thursday?s Europa League tie against
Cologne is their best immediate hope
of meaningful game-time ? makes
the club?s willingness to offer a
�0,000-a-week contract to Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain before his
transfer to Liverpool look very odd,
particularly given the patchy quality
of the rest of his squad.
The attack-minded midfield axis of
Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka will
3,300
3,207
2,679
Goals
24
8
30
1,076
5
Mins per goal
138
401
89.3
215.2
Assists
10
9
3
3
Total shots
132
49
90
29
Shot conv %
18.18
16.33
33.33
17.24
Passes
1,685
2,399
936
283
Passing acc %
73.47
86.45
78.31
81.63
be exposed by better sides than
Bournemouth and there is little
alternative, particularly now that the
club?s only defensive midfield player,
Francis Coquelin, will be out for
several weeks with a hamstring injury.
There is a case that Arsenal would
have been better off accepting City?s
� million offer for S醤chez and
reinvesting it in a high-quality central
midfield player, but the need for such
a player has been a bizarre blind spot
to Wenger since Gilberto Silva?s
departure nine years ago.
Bournemouth did invest heavily by
their standards last summer, but a
team flattered by last season?s ninthplace finish appear to have gone
backwards on this evidence.
A dismal return of one goal and no
points from their opening four
matches tells its own story and Eddie
Howe accepts that they have
problems before Friday?s game against
Brighton & Hove Albion, who will be
buoyed by their first-ever Premier
League win against West Bromwich
Albion on Saturday.
?We weren?t there,? Howe said.
?From my perspective when you?re
watching that it?s hugely frustrating. I
think when you see so many players
play well below their best you have to
take collective responsibility for that
yourself rather than blaming them. I
vow to try and put it right.?
RATI NGS
Arsenal (3-4-3): P Cech 6 ? L Koscielny 6,
S Mustafi 6, N Monreal 5 ? H Beller韓 6,
A Ramsey 7 (sub: F Coquelin 68min, 5), G Xhaka
6, S Kolasinac 6 ? M 謟il 6, A Lacazette 7 (sub:
O Giroud 75), D Welbeck 8 (sub: A S醤chez 75).
Substitutes not used P Mertesacker, D Ospina,
T Walcott, A Iwobi.
Bournemouth (5-2-3): A Begovic 6 ? A Smith 5,
S Cook 4, N Ak� 5, T Mings 5 (sub: S Francis 46,
5), C Daniels 5 ? D Gosling 5, H Arter 5 ? J King 4,
J Defoe 5 (sub: L Mousset 71), R Fraser 4 (sub:
J Ibe 38, 6). Substitutes not used A Boruc,
A Surman, M Pugh, L Cook. Booked S Francis.
Watford return to high ground, but keeping Silva may
CHARLES燱ALFORD
Southampton
0
Watford
2
Doucour� 38, Janmaat 66
Referee L Probert Attendance 31,435
O
n August 24, 1985, Watford
moved to fourth in the top flight
with a 5-1 win over West
Bromwich Albion. It has taken 32
years and 22 managerial changes for
them to return to such lofty heights.
And, while they may not be in the
Champions League next season, it
will be a surprise if the manager isn?t.
Change No 23 surely beckons if
Marco Silva continues the work that
he is doing this year. Of course a
strong pre-Christmas showing is
nothing new for this club; in the past
two seasons Watford have graced the
top seven before dropping off.
So is there reason to believe that
this year will be any different? Well,
yes, because of that man Silva. Of the
XI who started Saturday?s 2-0 win at
Southampton, six were signed this
summer, none of whom could be
called ?star? signings. Yet, the
Portuguese has melded his side into a
hard-working unit graced with no
little skill.
?Mentality? was a concept that
Silva kept coming back to after the
match, as was ?hard work?. He
highlighted Tom Cleverley?s efforts in
training as the reason for his assured
performance. He praised the
?mentality? of Andr� Carrillo, the
attacking midfielder, who put in an
energetic performance despite having
only returned on Thursday from his
exploits with Peru. Silva will not be a
man to let standards slip this season.
Since the opening day goal-fest
against Liverpool, Watford have not
conceded a goal in the league. It is
perhaps no coincidence that Christian
Kabasele missed that 3-3 draw. On
Saturday he made one brilliant block
with the score at 1-0. Injuries have
meant that the same centre-back
pairing has not been able to take the
field in consecutive games ? a run
that will probably continue against
Manchester City on Saturday after
Youn鑣 Kaboul limped off ? but with
Kabasele on the pitch they will be
tough to break down. Though at the
moment, whoever Silva puts out is
able to step up, as demonstrated by
Daryl Janmaat, the full back, scoring
with a wonderful 25-yard strike just
after coming on as a substitute.
In front of the back four, Nathaniel
Chalobah gave another display of his
talent. He nominally lined up in a
defensive midfield position, but, in
part due to the work put in by
Abdoulaye Doucour�, he had licence
to roam forward.
Both players used the ball
intelligently and, importantly for
Silva, both put in the required
defensive work. Doucour�, who
opened the scoring with a long-range
strike after his first effort was blocked,
is impressed with Silva?s impact.
Monday September 11 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 9
2GG
Kane ?can be better than Batistuta?
ROBBIE STEPHENSON/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Striking the right note: Kane?s goals
helped sink a poor Everton side and
the England player now has Borussia
Dortmund in his sights this week
PAUL燡OYCE�
Northern燜ootball燙orrespondent
Everton
0
T
3
Tottenham燞otspur
Kane 28, 46, Eriksen 42
Referee
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auricio Pochettino was
discussing killers. Gabriel
Batistuta, whom
Pochettino the player
appeared alongside for
Argentina, was one, and
Harry Kane, whom
Pochettino the manager
has come to rely upon, another.
An invitation to compare the
strikers? predatory instincts had been
colourfully seized upon and yet it
could easily have been followed by
the sort of contrast that Tottenham
Hotspur will hope is finally rendered
redundant on Wednesday.
The footage is rather grainy but an
internet search for ?Wembley,
Champions League, Batistuta? brings
up pictures from October 1999 that
serve to stir the senses: the forward
leaving Nigel Winterburn floundering
in his slipstream before a vicious
drive, from an improbable angle,
whizzes above David Seaman into the
far, top corner of the net to leave
Arsenal down, and heading out, and
Fiorentina on the cusp of progress.
Kane racks up new feats by the
week, or from September onwards to
be specific, with his brace here against
a ramshackle Everton, who were dealt
a brutal reality check, bringing his
100th and 101st goals for the club.
Yet he cannot claim to have truly
made his mark against Europe?s elite,
tilting a game in the balance in his
team?s favour and making the
difference as he does so often at so
many other levels. There was a goal
at the national stadium against CSKA
Moscow last season, but by then
Pochettino?s side had already been
eliminated from the competition and
it amounted to meagre consolation.
And so the forward?s reputation
goes back on the line when Borussia
Dortmund arrive in the capital this
week and Kane believes the same can
be said of Tottenham as a team.
?We want to have a good
Champions League campaign this
year and it is going to be an amazing
atmosphere at Wembley. We have got
M
STR I KE R ? S �0燭OTTENHA M燝OA L S
Kane scored his 100th goal for Tottenham in all competitions at the weekend but he is only
the sixth fastest player to reach that milestone for a top-flight club in the Premier League era
A Shearer Blackburn
Van Nistelrooy United
Wright Arsenal
Aguero City
Fowler Liverpool
Kane Spurs
Henry Arsenal
Took 130 games
131
143
Left
21
159
165
169
Owen Liverpool
Shearer Newcastle
Sheringham Tottenham*
181
Venue
Home
50
191
Neutral 1
201 Where
*across two stints at the club
Inside
To put Kane's achievement in perspective...
the
Neymar Barcelona
box
177
86
Messi Barcelona
188
to make sure we are ready,? Kane
said. ?We have got to learn from last
year. Obviously we are playing [Real]
Madrid and Dortmund [and Apoel
Nicosia] and that will help us. It is a
display against an unadventurous side
will translate across the season for
Silva and Watford, but the early signs
are promising.
R AT I N G S
Southampton (4-2-3-1): F Foster 5 ? C閐ric 6,
J Stephens 6, W Hoedt 6, R Bertrand 6 ? S Davis
6, O Romeu 5 ? J Ward-Prowse 5 (sub: D Tadic
46min, 6), S Boufal 6 (sub: C Austin 71),
N Redmond 5 ? M Gabbiadini 5 (sub: S Long 69,
5). Substitutes not used A McCarthy, M Yoshida,
S McQueen, M Lemina.
Watford (4-2-3-1): H Gomes 6 ? K Femen韆 6
(sub: D Janmaat 62, 7) Y Kaboul 6 (sub:
A Mariappa 62), C Kabasele 7, J Holebas 7 ?
N Chalobah 8, A Doucour� 8 ? A Carrillo 7,
T Cleverley 7, Richarlison 7 ? A Gray 6 (sub:
T Deeney 84). Substitutes not used O Karnezis,
� Capoue, B Watson, I Success.
Opposition
Right Leicester City
9
66
Arsenal
6
Bournemouth
6
Stoke City
6
Away West Brom
6
50
Assists to Kane
Eriksen
184
be challenge too far
?The mentality has changed a little
bit,? he said. ?After that the players
have changed a little bit as well. The
manager was very just, very honest
and it is very good for everybody to
play with this team.?
Their graft allowed Carrillo and
Richarlison to provide the craft.
Carrillo?s endeavour and energy
caught the eye, while Richarlison, in
among the Cruyff turns, showed that
he is not going to be overawed by the
physicality of the Premier League.
Progress for Southampton under
their new manager, Mauricio
Pellegrino, looks to be slower coming.
Indeed, it is hard to tell how a tidy
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big motivation to try and beat those
teams. That is what we have got to try
and do. We have got to test ourselves
against these teams. If you want to be
one of the top teams in Europe, you
have got to see where you are. We
have got to go and perform. We have
got to prove that we are at that level.
We are not there yet. We didn?t do
great last year. If we can get through
this group, it would be a big statement
for the club. Real Madrid and
Dortmund are two of the biggest
clubs in Europe. That has got to be
the aim ? get through the group. We
will go from there.?
Now that Kane has opened his
club account for the campaign,
Tottenham?s prospects look healthier.
There was a familiar strength and
efficiency to Pochettino?s side here.
There is no doubting the good
fortune that brought up Kane?s
century of strikes in all competitions,
an attempted cross looping over the
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford
and into the net, but his second was
dispatched with aplomb. Ben Davies?
centre from the left was met with his
instep moments after the interval and
prompted questions as to where Kane
fits in any Hall of Fame.
?Batistuta was a killer,? Pochettino,
who saw the wonderful Christian
Eriksen add a second, said. ?And very
strong mentality, very strong shot,
great professional. I think yes, you
can compare, but I put Batistuta there
[raises hand above other] and Harry
[just below]. But Harry can be better
[than him]. He is a killer, Harry Kane.
Just look at the goals he has scored
the last years. Batistuta scored goals
like Harry scored today. When you
are a killer as a striker I think you
need some luck, too.?
Ronald Koeman did not disguise
his disappointment at a lamentable
Everton performance. There was no
threat to Tottenham, whose midfield
diamond flummoxed Everton, and the
slack was not picked up elsewhere as
Michael Keane was honest enough to
admit. ?When they scored [just after
half-time] we sort of collapsed. We
never really got back in the game,?
the defender said.
RATI NGS
Everton (4-2-3-1): J Pickford 6 ? C Martina 4,
M Keane 5, A Williams 4, L Baines 5 ? I Gueye 5
(sub: N Vlasic 80min), M Schneiderlin 5 ?
W Rooney 5, D Klaassen 5 (sub: T Davies 45, 5),
G Sigurdsson 5 ? S Ram韗ez 5 (sub: D CalvertLewin 45, 5). Substitutes not used
M Stekelenburg, P Jagielka, K Mirallas, M Holgate.
Booked Williams, Gueye, Rooney.
Tottenham Hotspur (5-4-1): H Lloris 7 ?
K Trippier 7, T Alderweireld 8, D Sanchez 7,
J Vertonghen 7, B Davies 8 ? E Dier 7, M Sissoko
7 (sub: H Winks 78), C Eriksen 8 (sub: M Demb閘�
71), D Alli 7 ? H Kane 8 (sub: S Heung-min 85).
Substitutes not used M Vorm, F Llorente,
S Aurier, K Walker-Peters. Booked Alderweireld.
BILL燛DGAR燣OOKS燗T燭HIS燱EEK?S燛UROPEAN燨PPOSITION
Chelsea v
Qarabag
The Azerbaijani champions
for the past three seasons
have won their first three
league games but will not
have played for two-and-ahalf weeks before this one.
Manchester United
v Basle
Basle suffered
ff
their third
league defeat of the season,
and their first at home for
16 months, when they went
down 2-1 against Lausanne.
Liverpool v
Seville
Seville are undefeated after
three rounds of La Liga
season after beating Eibar
3-0 at home. Nolito, who
joined from Manchester
City in July, scored the third.
Feyenoord v
Manchester City
The Dutch team have won
all four league games, the
latest 4-2 away to Heracles.
Steven Berghuis, signed
from Watford, scored twice.
Tottenham v
Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund followed two
league wins with a 0-0
draw away to Freiburg
on Saturday, when their
opponents played with
ten men for an hour.
Atalanta v
Everton
Atalanta lost their first two
Serie A matches, 1-0 at
home to Roma and 3-1 away
to Napoli, before beating
Sassuolo 2-1 yesterday.
Arsenal v
Cologne
Cologne are pointless after
three Bundesliga games. A
hat-trick from Alfred
Finnbogason, the Iceland
striker, for Augsburg left
them bottom of the table.
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2GG
Hazard: Chelsea
have squad to win
Champions League
GEORGE燙AULKIN
Leicester燙ity
Vardy 62 (pen)
Chelsea
Morata 41, Kant� 50
1
2
Referee L Mason Attendance 30,923
he past two winners of the
Premier League were
unencumbered by European
football, which may be a
coincidence. Both had
N?Golo Kant� playing for
them, which almost certainly
is not. Chelsea are not
strangers to the departure lounge, nor
to the bustle of midweek football, but
like Leicester City before them, the
title brings a new and more hectic
reality. ?We are ready for it,? Eden
Hazard said.
It was an awkward sort of serenity
for Chelsea last season, free to work
with Antonio Conte, to revel in the
luxury of preparation yet squirming
in front of their big screens when the
Champions League rolled around.
There is a contrast now, a home game
against FK Qarabag tomorrow, the
second instalment of seven games in
three weeks and the kind of schedule
which leaves minds frazzled and limbs
cramped.
It is not as though Chelsea are
ing閚ues. They have been here
before, lifting the trophy in 2012 and
the Europa League the next year, but
for players such as Hazard and Kant�,
it is the logical next step and, for
Conte?s team, it is both a priority and
a challenge. The rhythm of their
existence is about to change,
launching into a cycle of matches and
recovery that limits intricacy on the
training ground.
Hazard is enthused by it. ?This year
is really important,? the playmaker
T
said. ?I only reached the semi-final
with Chelsea, when we lost to Atletico
Madrid [in 2013-14], so it?s in my head
to win this trophy.
?I have won the Premier League, I
have won the title in France, I have
won cups, but big players always want
to win the Champions League. We
have a good squad and a good
manager and I think now it is time to
win this.?
A 12-month absence from the
competition may have assisted them
last season, but Chelsea recoiled from
it. ?We just had to watch it on
television,? Hazard said. ?That isn?t a
good feeling.
?You want to play in these kind of
games because every time you play in
the Champions League it?s a big game
and everybody is watching you, so we
are happy to be back. I hate having to
watch it.?
Give them the option and most
professionals would prefer matches to
training and Chelsea?s first team will
have a blur of them this month,
playing Qarabag, Arsenal,
Nottingham Forest in the Carabao
Cup, Stoke City, Atletico Madrid and
Manchester City before the end of the
month. There are some substantive
fixtures in there, but success is
unforgiving and relentless and the
good teams find a way to cope.
?It?s completely different from last
season but we understand this kind of
situation,? Hazard, 26, said. ?We must
deal with it. Last year we had long
weeks to get ready for our Premier
League games at the weekend. This
season, we?ll play on a Tuesday or a
Wednesday, but we have a lot of good
players and I think we can do it.
?We just want to play. If players are
tired, somebody else can come into
the team ? we don?t have a problem
with that.?
They approach Qarabag in decent
form, back in the top three after a
tetchy summer and their defeat to
Burnley on the opening day, with
羖varo Morata full of goals, Hazard
CONTE?S燤EN燙LOCK�
UP燭HE燤ILES
Back in the Champions League after
winning the league title without the
distraction of European football last
season, by the end of October
Chelsea will have travelled three
times the distance they had at the
same point in the 2016-17 campaign.
Last season by
end of Oct
This season by
the end of Oct
P13 W9 D1 L3
P15
Away games
Watford, Swansea,
Leicester, Arsenal,
Hull, West Ham,
Southampton
Away games
Spurs, Leicester,
Stoke, Atletico
Madrid, Palace,
B?mouth, Roma
Miles travelled
48, 374, 228, 17,
416, 22, 160.
Miles travelled
20, 228, 334, 1,570,
19, 220, 1,750.
Total miles
Total miles
1,265� 4,141�
coming on from the substitutes?
bench following an ankle injury and
Kant� outstanding against his former
club. If they are yet to reach peak
efficiency ? there was a late wobble
at the King Power Stadium ? there
was also promise.
After some internal tension over
signings, Conte would not dwell on
whether Chelsea have the personnel
to compete on all fronts. ?My job is to
think only about the pitch,? the
manager said.
Should that be interpreted as
doubt? ?Remember that, at the start
of the last season, no one thought
that Chelsea could win the league,? he
said. ?So it?s not important if someone
says we are not favourites or we are
not strong enough.?
Morata claimed his third headed
goal in four matches, dimming the
spectacle of Diego Costa?s exile and
absence. ?Now he needs to score with
his feet,? Hazard said with a giggle,
but Kant� took on that role, which is
not a traditional strength.
The France international did not
celebrate out of ?respect? to Leicester,
but his performance was full-throttle
and tone-setting. ?Amazing,? Conte
said of his midfield dynamo. ?On the
ball, he has improved a lot. Now I
think he is a top player.?
Morata could have had more goals,
although Chelsea?s � million
acquisition from Real Madrid has
already made an impact. There were
moments when he was smothered by
the powerful defender Wes Morgan
but, when he drifted into space, it was
decisive.
There were more balls into the box,
a variation on the old style. ?He?s a
different character to Costa, who is
more aggressive and direct,? Morgan
said. ?Maybe Morata?s movement is
more dangerous and he?s a bit cuter in
his play.?
At 2-0 down, Leicester responded,
Jamie Vardy winning and converting
a penalty and then pushing on. Their
position near the foot of the table is
not blissful but they have already
faced Chelsea, Arsenal and
Manchester United and there were
sparks of promise from Riyad Mahrez
despite his failed attempt to leave the
club. ?He has always been spot on
with his attitude and he knows that
we need him,? Morgan said.
R AT I N G S
Leicester City (4-4-1-1): K Schmeichel 5 ?
D Simpson 5, W Morgan 6, H Maguire 5, C Fuchs
6 ? M Albrighton 4 (sub: A King 46min, 5),
M James 6 (sub: K Iheanacho 78), W Ndidi 6,
R Mahrez 7 ? I Slimani 4 (sub: D Gray 46, 5) ?
J Vardy 7. Booked Ndidi.
Substitutes not used B Chilwell, B Hamer,
D Amartey, L Ulloa.
TONY燙ASCARINO燨
HEADING TECHNIQUE
Finding direction with headers is a
fantastic attribute for a striker and
Morata is brilliant at it. He flicks the ball
with his head, directing it exactly where
he wants it to go, which is often in the
bottom corner. It?s a skill just like a
player in a one-on-one situation who
curls the ball into the far corner
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Saturday was how easily he gott
from Wes Morgan, the centre bacc
ability to drift off the back of deff
is an art that not many strikerss
mastered. And what is so good
Morata is that he can get acro
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defender to meet a cross, too. S
can do one or the other, few ca
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both. In that way he?s similar to
Drogba and he?s making Diego C
absence look an irrelevancc
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Morata thrives on crosses whip
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how you want it and he knows th
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players around him, particularly C
Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and
F郻regas, can produce them. Mo
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right, was unable to adjust due t
pace of the cross. If it had been a
ball then he might have recove
e
Chelsea (3-5-1-1): T Courtois 6 ? C Azpilicueta 6,
D Luiz 6, A R黡iger 6 ? V Moses 6 (sub:
D Zappacosta 74), T Bakayoko 6, C Fabregas 7
(sub: E Hazard 78), N Kant� 8, M Alonso 6 ?
Pedro 5 (sub: Willian 63, 5) ? A Morata 7.
Substitutes not used W Caballero, D Drinkwater,
M Batshuayi, A Christensen.
Striker爍uick爐o燾ondemn燼ntisemitic燾hants爁rom燼way爁ans
ALYSON燫UDD
The FA yesterday spoke to Chelsea
and Tottenham Hotspur after the
chanting of an antisemitic song
at the King Power Stadium on
Saturday.
There is no indication that Chelsea
will be penalised for their fans?
behaviour, especially as the west
London club were quick to condemn
the sentiment conveyed which aimed
to abuse the Jewish fans of their rivals,
Spurs. The song was about 羖varo
Morata, the Chelsea striker signed
from Real Madrid this summer.
After the 2-1 victory over Leicester
City, he suggested, via Twitter, his disapproval of the song. ?Since I arrived,?
the 24-year-old tweeted, ?I have been
able to feel your support every single
day, you are amazing and I?d like to ask
you to please respect everyone!?
A club statement reiterated that the
song was unacceptable. ?The club and
the players appreciate the fans?
passionate support away from home,
of course,? it read. ?But the language in
that song is not acceptable at all.
?We?ve spoken to 羖varo after the
game. He does not want to be
connected with that song in any way
and both the club and the player
request the supporters stop singing
that song with immediate effect.?
The FA welcomed Chelsea?s swift
condemnation of the song. It also
wants to hear views from organisa-
tions including Kick It Out, which
has said that it expects the club to ban
fans who took part in the chanting.
Attempts to identify them have begun.
There were reports of antisemitic
songs before Spurs faced Chelsea in
the semi-final of the FA Cup in April
and the least that Chelsea can expect
is for the FA to remind them of
their responsibility to ensure that
supporters are kept informed of what
constitutes unacceptable behaviour at
both home and away games.
6
Morata has scored six
goals for Chelsea and
Spain in his past
six games
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STRENGTH
As a striker you can?t always
outjump defenders, you have to be
able to outmuscle them too and Morata
can do that. He?s capable of beating
defenders from a standing jump. Being
a complete player means that he can
lead the line well for Chelsea
ALYSON燫UDD
est Ham United are one
of the few clubs where
the owners publicly set
precise deadlines. Last
season David Gold and
David Sullivan let it be
known that it would be
impossible to continue to
employ Slaven Bilic if he was to lose
six league games in succession. The
team and the manager rose to the
challenge and in April they defeated
Swansea City to avoid the ignominy.
So far this campaign Bilic has
overseen three defeats so logic
dictates that he will be given until
September 23 to turn the tide
although just maybe Sullivan and
Gold will shave the timescale given
that his manager has admitted to
laughing when the pair were recently
labelled ?the Dildo Brothers? by the
president of Sporting Lisbon.
The opposition for game six are
Tottenham Hotspur so the Croat
must feel reasonably calm. When his
team defeated Spurs under the Friday
night lights in May they produced the
sort of free-flowing, confident,
spirited football that in isolation
resembled a side vying for a top-six
place, not one that had been fighting
relegation.
Everything that had been wrong
with the team was turned on its head.
The London Stadium was a fortress
rather than a flimsy refurbishment of
an athletics stadium, there was gleeful
noise in place of nostalgic grumbling
and the glittering reward was,
somewhat peculiarly, that they had
helped to give the title to Chelsea.
Nine days later they lost 4-0 at home
to Liverpool.
The nation holds its breath. Which
West Ham will we witness this
evening in their first home game of
the season? The one that lopes
around a huge arena like lost tourists
in the wrong airport terminal or the
one that revels in big crowds and
increased pressure? No matter what
the outcome against Huddersfield
Town, the promoted club that has
already mocked the notion of Premier
League experience being invaluable,
the stadium debate serves only to
mask deeper concerns.
No team concedes more goals in
the last ten minutes of games than
West Ham. Since the start of last
season they have let in 17, the same
number as Swansea and four fewer
than Hull City, but as Hull were
relegated, they do not really count.
Even when West Ham had
summoned impressive spirit last
month when down to ten men against
Southampton, they threw away a
hard-earned point by conceding a
penalty in stoppage time. The final
two goals conceded at Old Trafford in
the opening game came in the 87th
and 90th minutes.
This, in turn, might indicate an
even deeper concern about the
players? fitness and stamina. Bilic has
been fiercely loyal to Miljenko Rak,
69, his long-standing fitness coach,
even when the board suggested that
he bring in younger staff. The
compromise reached is that Rak
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LEAPING ABILITY
He?s 6ft 2in, has a great leap on him,
and is incredibly agile with it. You don?t
get that combination with many big
centre forwards. He seemed to hang in
the air for his goal against Leicester.
I like to think he learnt from Cristiano
Ronaldo at Real Madrid as this goal was
like a classic Ronaldo header
remains but Gary Lewin, the former
England physio, was appointed this
summer as head of medical services.
When Reece Oxford went on loan to
Reading, Jaap Stam, their manager,
revealed that the defender was not in
the required shape to handle the
Championship side?s training regime.
West Ham?s net spend in the
transfer window was �.2 million and
looking rather astute until the final
days when Bilic stated he needed only
William Carvalho to complete his
squad. What looked a done deal
turned messy and, presumably to
quash fans? annoyance that he had
been reluctant to meet Sporting
Lisbon?s valuation of the midfielder,
Sullivan was critical of Bilic?s attitude,
saying that he had turned down the
chance to bring in Renato Sanches
and Grzegorz Krychowiak. Bilic
disputes the owners? version of events
but, whoever is telling the truth, West
Ham are left with a central midfield
that will be stretched through a
paucity of energy and ability and
Sullivan?s remarks indicate there is a
lack of a cohesive strategy best
illustrated by the departure of Robert
Snodgrass who was signed in January
for �.2 million. Snodgrass, now on
loan at Aston Villa, has said that he
was asked to play out of position and
was not even sure Bilic had seen much
of him in action when he was at Hull.
There is confusion, too, as to what
constitutes Bilic?s philosophy. He
introduced a pressing game in his first
season but the zest gradually
diminished. The loss of the creative
Dmitri Payet was a blow, naturally,
but the defence has gradually
worsened. A three-man defence
would seem the sensible option,
especially as that plays to the
strengths of Pablo Zabaleta, a free
transfer from Manchester City, but
Bilic presently favours a back four as
part of what he calls his ?back-tobasics? strategy. If that strategy
backfires, it will be the owners who
have the last, hollow, laugh.
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Europe?s top clubs
are failing to find
homegrown stars
GABRIELE�
MARCOTTI
EUROPEAN燜OOTBALL�
CORRESPONDENT�
e positively adore the
idea of homegrown
players. The notion that a
kid joins a club as a
tentative ten-year-old
and then ? thanks to the
wise youth coaches who
double as resident Yodas,
teaching both technique and club
values ? emerges a decade later to
do battle in the first team warms our
hearts, for many reasons.
Growing your own is seen as more
virtuous than buying success. Oneclub players understand the ethos of a
club and its fans better than most. It
reinforces the idea that stars are made
? not born ? therefore stoking the
nurture end of the perpetual nature v
nurture debate and allowing us to tell
our kids that if they only work hard
enough and want it badly enough,
they can achieve anything.
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But here?s an uncomfortable truth:
Europe?s biggest clubs spend
enormous amounts on their youth
academies and, while they produce
plenty of footballers, the game today
is so polarised ? the quality required
to break into the first team so great ?
that, in terms of developing first-team
players, it?s obviously not working.
The Champions League group
stage kicks off this week and more
than half the clubs (17) come from
one of Europe?s big five leagues. Go
through their squad lists and you will
find fewer than 40 players who are
both homegrown and likely to get
significant playing time (say, starting
more than half of their team?s fixtures
this season). That?s just over two per
team, using Uefa?s definition of
?club-trained?: three years at a club
between the ages of 15 and 21.
Now go a bit further. Exclude
players who joined a club?s academy
after their 16th birthday. At that stage,
an academy?s success is as much
about scouting talent as it is about
developing it. Guys such as Paul
Pogba, of Manchester United, or
Tottenham Hotspur?s Danny Rose
may count as homegrown but the
reality is that they were youth
One of our own: M黮ler is one of few homegrown regulars at Europe?s top clubs
internationals who had honed the
majority of their skills elsewhere.
They certainly weren?t pieces of clay
moulded into stars in the year or two
that they spent playing youth football
at their clubs.
You?re left with 23 guys. Now
remove those who were sold or left
their club only to return later in their
career, such as Jes鷖 Navas at Seville
or Gerard Piqu� at Barcelona. You?re
down to 17. From these, remove the
guys who are aged 30 or older. They
would have broken into the first team
more than a decade ago, when the
football landscape was somewhat
different, when clubs such as Porto
were winning the Champions League
and the gap between the ultra-rich
and the upper-middle class wasn?t the
vast chasm it is today.
You?re left with 13 names, spread
over 17 clubs. And some of those are a
bit of a stretch, either because they
are competing for a starting job
(Alphonse Areola and Presnel
Kimpembe at Paris Saint-Germain,
for example) or because they are
coming back from a long-term injury
(Alessandro Florenzi at Roma).
Indeed, the only cast-iron regulars
in the group are Adrien Rabiot (PSG),
Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Thomas
M黮ler (Bayern Munich), Sergio Rico
(Seville), Sa鷏 秧guez, Koke (both
Atletico Madrid), Marcus Rashford
(Manchester United) and Harry Kane
(Tottenham Hotspur). That?s eight.
Less than half a player per club.
This didn?t happen because clubs
suddenly decided to neglect their
academies. If anything, the resources
poured into them have multiplied.
Rather, it?s because the top sides are
exponentially better ? and therefore
tougher to break into ? than at any
time in the past, disabusing the
notion, hurled mostly at Manchester
City and Chelsea in this country, that
if youngsters ?were only given a
chance? they would immediately
blossom into superstars.
The massive disparity in resources
between the top clubs and the rest is
only one reason. The Bosman ruling
has also had a huge effect, lifting
limits on foreigners and encouraging
the movement of overseas players. It?s
probably not a coincidence that the
fabled ?Class of ?92? had their
breakout season in 1995-96, the last
year pre-Bosman, when United had
just three players in their first-team
squad from outside the British Isles.
This season, they have 18.
Europe?s top clubs continue to
churn out top footballers. A 2016
study by the CIES Football
Observatory showed that Real
Madrid (41), Barcelona (37) and
United (34) topped the list of clubs
producing the most footballers in
Europe?s big five leagues.
The problem is that, at the highest
level, simply producing great
footballers isn?t enough to help your
first team. You need to produce
superstars. And those are outliers
who, more often than not, are born
rather than made.
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BILL燛DGAR
THE燝AME營N燦UMBERS�
Mersey爉inus爉isery
Merseyside?s minus-eight goal difference on
Saturday ? Liverpool lost 5-0 to Manchester
City while Everton were beaten 3-0 by
Tottenham Hotspur ? was its worst in the
league on one day since May 5, 1951 (Sheffield
Wednesday 6, Everton 0; Tottenham 3,
Liverpool 1). Does a glorious Anfield career
beckon for Pep Guardiola, the City head
coach? The previous manager whose side
scored five goals without reply against
Liverpool joined them a year later and turned
them into a global giant: Bill Shankly?s
Huddersfield Town side won 5-0 in October
1958. Liverpool?s Senegalese forward was
distraught after being sent off: anagram of
Sadio Man� ? ?I?m a sad one?. That red card
and five Premier League goals on Saturday
came from Man�, San�, San�, Kane, Kane and
Kant� (City?s Leroy San�, Tottenham?s Harry
Kane, Chelsea?s N?Golo Kant�). Kevin De
Bruyne, of City, has enjoyed a 14-0 aggregate
in his past two home games ? he also helped
Belgium to beat Gibraltar 9-0.
Pointless爌air
This is the first season since 1956-57 in which
two teams (Crystal Palace and Bournemouth)
have lost their opening four top-flight games.
Should West Ham United be defeated tonight
those clubs would be the first trio to lose their
first four games since Birmingham City, Bury
and West Bromwich Albion did so in 1895-96.
Wood in a hurry to ?nd the net
Chris Wood, of Burnley, flanked his hat-trick for
New Zealand against the Solomon Islands in
Auckland with a late goal against Tottenham
Hotspur and an early goal yesterday against
Crystal Palace.
Playing period during which Wood scored 5 goals
100 mins
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Alex OxladeChamberlain lost 4-0 to
Liverpool with Arsenal
and then, a fortnight
later, 5-0 to City with
Liverpool in his next
game (perhaps he will
now join City and lose
6-0 on his debut).
He is only the
sixth player in
history to
lose
consecutive
top-flight
appearances
by at least four goals
with different clubs.
The first was Sammy
Thomson in 1891 for
Wolverhampton
Wanderers (lost 6-2 to
Aston Villa) and
Everton (lost 4-0 to
West Bromwich
Albion), and the most
recent was Jody
Craddock in 2003 for
Sunderland (lost 4-0 to
Arsenal) and Wolves
(lost 5-1 to Blackburn
Rovers). But, while the
other five all straddled
a close-season, OxladeChamberlain is the first
in history to have done
so in the same season.
The research for this
was by the English
National Football
Archive.
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since
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Crystal Palace manager, whose brother
Ronald is a fellow former Holland
international; and Martin Olsson, of
Swansea City, whose brother Marcus plays
for Derby County.
Tottenham?s plus-16 goal difference in their
past four away games (6-1 v Leicester City, 7-1
v Hull City, 2-0 v Newcastle United, 3-0 v
Everton) is the best such run in the top flight
since Sunderland?s plus-18 in 1892. That great
Sunderland team produced 31 wins in 36 topdivision fixtures ? they are the only side to
have managed better than Chelsea?s present
run of 30 wins out of 36.
No�ream
On the ninth day of the ninth month 羖varo
Morata, Chelsea?s No 9, and Jamie Vardy,
Leicester?s No 9, both scored in a match that
left Chelsea on nine goals for the season in all
competitions.
The England
midfield player
has made
unwanted
history
City爓all
Twin燾oncerns
Both Premier League matches yesterday
had a left-footed defender with a footballing
twin suffer a 1-0 defeat: Frank de Boer, the
ON
T HE
BOX
Watford?s only defeat in their past five Premier
League games was 5-0 against Manchester
City; Liverpool?s only defeat in their past five
Premier League games was . . . 5-0 against
Manchester City.
Today, 7.30pm Nuremburg v St Pauli,
German second division, BT Sport 3.
8pm West Ham Utd v Huddersfield
Town, Premier League, Sky Sports PL.
Malaga v Las Palmas, Spanish league,
Sky Sports Football.
Tomorrow, 7.45pm Champions League:
Man Utd v Basle, BT Sport 2; Chelsea v
Qarabag, BT Sport ESPN; Celtic v Paris
Saint-Germain, BT Sport 3; Barcelona v
Juventus, Roma v Atletico Madrid,
Bayern Munich v Anderlecht, Benfica v
CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos v Sporting
Lisbon, BT Sport red button.
Wednesday, 7.45pm Champions
League: Feyenoord v Man City, BT Sport
Showcase/ESPN; Liverpool v Seville, BT
Sport 2; Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia
Dortmund, BT Sport 3; Real Madrid v
APOEL, Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli,
Leipzig v Monaco, Porto v Besiktas,
Maribor v Spartak Moscow, BT Sport red
button.
Thursday, 6pm Europa League:
Chelsea?s attacking strength
has long come from abroad
Atalanta v Everton, BT Sport Showcase/
BT Sport 2; Austria Vienna v AC Milan,
BT Sport 3; Apollon Limassol v Lyons, BT
Sport ESPN. 8.05pm Europa League:
Arsenal v Cologne, BT Sport 2; Hertha
Berlin v Athletic Bilbao, BT Sport 3; Red
Star Belgrade v BATE Borisov, BT Sport
ESPN; Marseilles v Konyaspor, BT Sport
red button.
Friday, 7.30pm Hannover v Hamburg,
German league, BT Sport 3. Bruges v
Mechelen, Belgian league, Freesports.
7.45pm Partick Thistle v Rangers,
Scottish Premiership, BT Sport 1.
Toulouse v Bordeaux, French league, BT
Sport red button. 8pm Bournemouth v
Brighton, Premier League, Sky Sports
PL. Eibar v Leganes, Spanish league, Sky
Sports Football.
Saturday, midday Levante v Valencia,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
12.30pm Crystal Palace v Southampton,
Premier League, Sky Sports PL. Leyton
Orient v Hartlepool United, Vanarama
Ham璮isted爐rio
The bottom three in Sky Bet League One are
all Hams: Oldham, Gillingham,
Northampton. The league/non-League
divide has Dover on one side and a port on
the other (Dover Athletic top the
Vanarama National League; Port Vale are
bottom of League Two). Five of the top
seven in the Scottish League One are As:
Ayr, Albion, Airdrie, Arbroath, Alloa.
6 The answer to Name the Season
in
i Saturday?s paper was 1967-68
National League, BT Sport 1. Deeping
Rangers v Kidderminster Harriers, FA
Cup second qualifying round, BBC
online. 5.15pm (5pm kick-off) Fiorentina
v Bologna, Italian league, BT Sport 3.
5.25pm Getafe v Barcelona, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Mix. 5.30pm
Tottenham v Swansea, Premier League,
BT Sport 1. Barnsley v Aston Villa, Sky
Bet Championship, Sky Sports Football.
Real Betis v Deportivo La Coru馻,
Spanish league, Sky Sports red button.
Leipzig v Borussia M鰊chengladbach,
German league, BT Sport 2. 7.45pm
Atletico v Malaga, Spanish league, Sky
Sports Football. Roma v Verona, Italian
league, BT Sport 2.
Sunday, 11am Alaves v Villarreal,
Spanish league, Sky Sports Football.
11.30am Sassuolo v Juventus, Italian
league, BT Sport 3. Cultural Leonesa v
Huesca, Spanish second division,
Freesports. 12.30pm Hoffenheim v
Hertha Berlin, German league, BT Sport
TV燩ICK燨F�
THE燱EEK
LIVERPOOL爒燬EVILLE
Wednesday, 7.45pm
BT Sport 2
Liverpool return to the
Champions League group
phase against the team that
beat them in the 2016
Europa League final
2. 1.30pm Chelsea v Arsenal, Premier
League, Sky Sports PL. Den Haag v Ajax,
Dutch league, Sky Sports Football. 2pm
AC Milan v Juventus, Italian league, BT
Sport 3. Amiens v Marseilles, French
league, BT Sport red button. 2.30pm
Bayer Leverkusen v Freiburg, German
league, BT Sport 2. 3.15pm Girona v
Seville, Spanish league, Sky Sports
Football. 3.45pm PSV Eindhoven v
Feyenoord, Dutch league, Sky Sports
Football. 4pm Man Utd v Everton,
Premier League, Sky Sports PL. Rennes
v Nice, French league, BT Sport 3. 5pm
Borussia Dortmund v Cologne, German
league, BT Sport 2. Oostende v Gent,
Belgian league, Freesports. 5.30pm Las
Palmas v Athletic Bilbao, Spanish
league, Sky Sports Football. 7.45pm Real
Sociedad v Real Madrid, Spanish league,
Sky Sports Football. Genoa v Lazio,
Italian league, BT Sport 2. 8pm Paris
Saint-Germain v Lyons, French league,
BT Sport 1.
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Leeds thrive under Christiansen
CHAMPIONSHIP�
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
RICHARD HOLMES/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Leeds striker Lasogga is the toast
of Elland Road after scoring twice on
his debut in a rout of Burton that took
his side up to second in the table
TOM燤ASTON
Leeds燯nited
Lasogga 20, 59, Phillips 35,
Hern醤dez 44 (pen), Roofe 54
Burton燗lbion
5
0
Referee O Langford Attendance 33,404
summer of customary
upheaval at Elland Road has
made way for a
comparatively new
phenomenon for Leeds
United and their longsuffering supporters, with
optimism and potential
stability now their watchwords.
It may only be six games into the
campaign but the eminently sensible
pronouncements of their manager,
Thomas Christiansen, plus, crucially,
the low-profile approach of new
owner Andrea Radrizzani, have made
a pleasant change to the chaos that
came before under his predecessor,
Massimo Cellino.
Still, this is the seventh successive
season in which Leeds have started a
campaign with a different manager at
the helm and Christiansen has also
had to contend with integrating 12
new signings into his squad while
selling the club?s prolific leading
scorer, Chris Wood ? factors that
might have bought the new manager
some breathing space.
Instead, Saturday?s 5-0 victory over
Burton Albion cemented their
unbeaten start to the campaign, with
no other manager in the club?s
illustrious history able to match the
eight unbeaten games with which
the Spaniard has started life in the
Leeds dugout.
Christiansen?s appointment, having
been plucked from Cypriot
champions APOEL, is just one of a
number of coups pulled off by
Radrizzani and Victor Orta, the new
director of football. Together, they
have ensured the departures of
full back Charlie Taylor and Wood, as
well as the loss of Kyle Bartley after
his impressive loan spell from
Swansea City last term, have not been
damaging.
Samuel S醝z and Ezgjan Alioski
have both been particularly
impressive in the early weeks of the
campaign and on Saturday it was
A
Cardiff
Leeds
Wolves
Ipswich
Sheff Utd
Middlesbro
Derby
QPR
P W D L F A GD Pts
6 5 1 0 11 3 8 16
6 4 2 0 12 2 10 14
6 4 1 0 8 4 4 13
6 4 0 2 10 8 2 12
6 4 0 2 7 5 2 12
6 3 1 2 7 3 4 10
6 3 1 2 10 7 3 10
6 3 1 2 8 7 1 10
Pierre-Michel Lasogga?s turn to make
his mark.
Signed on a season-long loan deal
from Hamburg, the barrel-chested
forward justified his decision to leave
his heavily pregnant girlfriend in
Germany and make his debut by
netting either side of half-time.
The 25-year-old has been signed to
help replace Wood, who left for
Burnley in an � million deal last
month, and the early signs are
promising. ?I have friends in the
[Sweden] national team who played
with him at Hamburg, so I know a bit
about him,? Leeds defender Pontus
Jansson said of his new team-mate.
?He?s started with two good goals, and
he?s going to be important for us.
?The change this year is that we
have so many more offensive options.
Wood was a good target, but now we
have other players with other
qualities. Last season a lot of things
needed to go through Pablo
[Hern醤dez] because he is one of the
best players in the league. This year
when I have the ball I have far more
options to find players.?
Such attacking verve matched by
results has led to in excess of 20,000
season tickets being sold this season, a
45 per cent increase on the 2016-17
campaign.
And while Christiansen admits
pride at what he has been able to
achieve in such a short length of time,
he is wary of just how tough it will be
to maintain the form that has seen
them climb to second in the
Championship table. ?I feel proud, not
only to have this start, but to have
this start at a historic team like
Leeds,? he said. ?They are a big club,
but this has just started and we need
to keep performing well. There will be
bad moments to come, for sure, but
we have to enjoy the good results.?
Burton manager Nigel Clough
admitted at full-time that Leeds were
one of the best sides his team had
faced since promotion to the
Championship just over a year ago
and, while Christiansen urges caution,
Elland Road fans can see progress.
TEAM S
Leeds United (4-2-3-1): F Wiedwald ? L Ayling,
P Jansson, L Cooper, V Anita (sub: S Dallas
46min) ? E O?Kane (sub: M Klich 56), K Phillips ?
K Roofe, S S醝z, P Hern醤dez ? P-M Lasogga
(sub: J Grot 62). Substitutes not used
A Lonergan, E Alioski, P Cibicki, C Shaughnessy.
Burton Albion (4-1-4-1): S Bywater ? J Brayford,
J Buxton, B Turner, S Warnock ? K McFadzean
(sub: L Dyer 38) ? J Mason (sub: M Palmer 66),
J Allen, M Lund, S Scannell (sub: M Sordell 60) ?
L Akins. Substitutes not used C Ripley,
T Flanagan, T Naylor, L Varney. Booked
McFadzean.
Bristol City
turn tables on
fancied side
Performance of the week
Bristol City A team embroiled in
the relegation picture all last
season is within a point of the
play-offs after an impressive win at
Reading, one of the pre-season
promotion favourites.
Player of the week PierreMichel Lasogga Leeds United
Marked his debut with two goals
as he ran the Burton Albion
defence ragged and linked up well
with his fellow forwards.
Goal of the week Bersant Celina
Ipswich Town The on-loan
Manchester City man stepped off
the bench to score a late
consolation against QPR with a
fierce right-footed drive from just
outside the area.
Rising star Ryan Sessegnon
Fulham At 17 years and three
months the Fulham prodigy has
38 first-team appearances. Against
Cardiff he scored his sixth goal, a
healthy tally for a player whose
prime position was supposed to be
left back. The sky is the limit.
Villain of the day Ken Anderson
Bolton Wanderers The chairman
appears to be on a mission to take
the club back to less-enlightened
times by approving the
introduction of a squad of
cheerleaders, known as the Bolton
Belles, as half-time entertainment.
Stat of the day 268 It is now 268
days since Sunderland won a
home game, a barren run
spanning 14 matches. Watford
were beaten 1-0 at the Stadium of
Light on December 17, 2016.
Quote of the day ?I?ve lost count
of the number of occasions I?ve
tried to get him, I think it?s about
eight and he mugged me off each
time.? Chris Wilder, the Sheffield
United manager, on the lengths to
which he had gone in the past nine
years to sign Clayton Donaldson,
the forward who scored both
United?s goals on his debut in the
2-1 win away to Sunderland.
Video assistant referees on course to be used in 2018 World Cup finals
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rials of video assistant referees
(VARs) have shown that a
lengthy review that interrupts
the game only occurs once
every three matches, boosting
chances of the system being used in
next year?s World Cup finals.
The latest results will be presented
to the International FA Board?s (Ifab)
technical panel at a meeting in Zurich
tomorrow. Ifab will decide in March
whether to allow VAR systems or to
T
have another year of trials. David
Elleray, the technical director of Ifab,
said that an approach of ?minimum
interference? by the VARs was
working and still picking up clear
mistakes by officials. VARs have also
been able to make swift decisions on
obvious incidents such as offsides.
?A crucial point is that the fears
that video replays would interrupt the
flow of the game have not been
realised,? Elleray told The Times. He
believes the reason that this is the
case is that only game-changing
decisions can be reviewed for
incidents such as penalties, offsides
and red cards, and there can only be
a review for clear errors.
?Those who are instinctively
against it were worried that it would
turn into American football, with
every decision reviewed by an umpire.
Everyone, so far, seems happy with
this approach and the philosophy of
?minimum interference, maximum
benefit?. Although there have been
matches with more than one review,
on average a review only takes place
once every three games.
?It is not about perfect decisionmaking, it is to stop clear
unfairness and when decisions
are clearly wrong. Decisions are
being checked all the time but
it is rare that the game is
actually stopped for a
review. That?s what we want,
that?s why the public
reaction has so far been
Elleray backs ?minimum
interference? approach
more positive than before we started.
Ifab may decide in March to give it
the go-ahead, but even if they decide
they want to continue the trial for
another year then it could still be
used in the World Cup as part of
the experiment.?
The experimental phase has moved
into a new era this season with Italy?s
Serie A, the Bundesliga in Germany
and the MLS in the United States
embracing the chance to have a trial
of the system. The trials have
already thrown up one
situation that critics had
previously suggested would
be a weakness in the VAR
system.
In the Dutch Super Cup
ffinal last month, Vitesse
Arnhem had a penalty claim
A
waved away and Feyenoord
immediately went up the other end of
the pitch and scored.
The referee reviewed the original
decision, cancelled the Feyenoord
goal and awarded a penalty to Vitesse.
The VAR also showed that
Feyenoord?s breakaway goal had been
marginally offside. There was some
criticism that the review took nearly
two and a half minutes but Elleray
said that such incidents were highly
unusual ? and that, importantly, the
right decisions had been made.
English football will have to
wait until the start of January, and
the FA Cup third round, before
the system is trialled, but Premier
League referees are already doing
non-live experiments at their matchcentre base.
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e said that he would bring energy
and put smiles on faces, insisting
that football was a game to be
enjoyed. But on Saturday Jimmy
Floyd Hasselbaink had barely taken
his seat in the dugout before new
life was breathed into Northampton
Town?s moribund season. When
Matt Crooks scored after only 21 seconds
Sixfields rattled with joy. It was a goal that
proved enough to seal a 1-0 win over
Doncaster Rovers and gave Northampton
their first points of the season.
Four straight defeats, a winless streak
stretching back to March, and some decidedly
joyless football, ten days ago made Justin
Edinburgh the first managerial casualty of
the campaign. Developments during the
summer have, of course, led to heightened
levels of ambition.
It came as quite a surprise when the wave of
Chinese investment in English football flowed
down to the Cobblers in League One, with
5USport, a ?sports development and education
firm?, buying a 60 per cent stake in the club at
the end of June. The company, who have in
the past held a stake in talkSPORT, own a
holding in the sporting memorabilia website,
icons.com, and in 2015 brought John Terry to
Guangzhou in a football ambassadorial role.
Why Northampton? you may ask, with
some justification. It seems, however, that
their intention is to use the brand and
expertise of Northampton Town to fuel their
growing business in China providing footballeducation programmes. ?The truth is, the
more successful Northampton Town is, the
better that brand is overseas,? Kelvin Thomas,
who was retained as chairman, says.
Mark Lyons, the club?s assistant academy
manager, visited China for two weeks in July
and delivered presentations to local
government authorities, provided support to
coaches and even came across a Cobblers
supporter, wearing a claret strip, who had
studied at Northampton University. There is
talk, he says, of Northampton opening
an International Academy, similar to
Leicester City?s.
Thomas believes that with the right levels of
investment ?there is no ceiling in football
anymore?. However, with the 5USport
investment undisclosed, and little known
about the financial muscle of the club?s new
majority shareholders, excitement among
supporters is understandably married with a
note of caution.
?It?s a bit vague. It would be nice to know a
bit more about them,? said Roger Averill,
chairman of the Northampton Town
Supporters Trust ? the first of its kind to be
formed in the UK in 1992. The unfinished east
stand at Sixfields also acts as a macabre
reminder of how close the club came to being
wound up just two years ago. The details of
the alleged misappropriation of a
�.25 million council loan to fund stadium
improvements have yet to fully emerge. Debts
and staff went unpaid, before a consortium
headed by Thomas took control of the club,
and despite it all Chris Wilder led the club to
the League Two title.
Wilder?s shoes have been hard to fill for the
Cobblers: Edinburgh kept the club in League
One last term after he replaced Rob Page in
H
Age 19
Previous clubs King?s
Lynn Town (loan),
Northampton Town
academy
Attributes Athletic,
strong in the tackle,
composed in possession.
Has there been any
interest from bigger
clubs? Saturday was only
his fourth league start for
the club. Will be looking
to cement his place in the
team this season
January. But his departure on transfer
deadline day came after he had brought in 16
new players during the summer. An increased
playing budget saw the arrival of young
prospects such as the Cheltenham Town
striker Billy Waters and Matt Crooks, from
Rangers, for undisclosed fees. Hasselbaink, for
now, though, will have to work with what he
has got. But the roar as he emerged from the
Sixfields tunnel on Saturday enforced the
feeling that the former Chelsea and Leeds
United striker is a shrewd appointment.
His stellar playing career is unlikely to do
any harm in the club?s quest to increase their
profile in China. And before an
underwhelming year in charge of Queens Park
Rangers, who he left in November 2016, he left
Burton Albion at the summit of League One
in December 2015 after winning the League
Two title. Hasselbaink sees Northampton as
?the right project? and is well acquainted with
the challenges of lower league football.
After his side?s blistering start on Saturday,
Crooks might have added to his early goal. He
came close with a diving header and should
have done better with a half volley that he
sliced wide from 15 yards out. Northampton?s
defence remained suspect at times,
unsurprisingly given that they had conceded
ten goals in their previous four league games.
Hasselbaink cut
an animated
figure on the
touchline,
above, before
toasting victory
in his first
game in charge
with a wellearned cup
of tea
And they were tested further in the second
half when a much-improved Doncaster Rovers
introduced the classy James Coppinger to
provide a creative spark. He was the architect
of numerous opportunities for Rovers and
tested Matt Ingram, the goalkeeper, with a
fierce strike from outside the box. The
Cobblers held on, though, much to the delight
Hasselbaink, who cut an animated figure in
the technical area and spoke with a hoarse
voice after his exertions during the match.
?The three points are very important, but
you look at the boys, how they are willing to
suffer, and we suffered today,? he said. ?That
was always going to be the case. It?s only been
a few days together and the confidence is low,
so we need to believe.
?Obviously there are a lot of things to work
on, but it?s a good start. I couldn?t have asked
for more.?
Report Born in
Northampton,
McWilliams joined the
Cobblers? academy aged
14. After a spell on loan at
King?s Lynn Town in the
Evo-Stik Southern League
last season, he returned
to make his debut as a
first-half substitute
against Rochdale in April.
Put in a very
disciplined performance
on Saturday, providing a
foil for Matt Grimes, his
midfield partner, on loan
from Swansea City, who
also impressed.
Shielded the back four
intelligently, but also
pressed well. When he
did so was tenacious and
not at all afraid to put his
foot in.
Tired a little towards
the end, and despite
picking up a knock
battled on admirably
until the end.
A very mature
performance for a
teenager, and played an
important role in a team
under pressure. Will also
take confidence from his
selection by Jimmy Floyd
Hasselbaink, who singled
the youngster out for a
warm embrace
and words of
encouragement
after the match.
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t was the bus incident that made people at
Portsmouth realise how bad things were during
the club?s second spell in administration in 2012.
It was during a meeting at Fratton Park when
Clare Martin, the charismatic chief executive of
Pompey in the Community (PITC), intervened
in a discussion about how the club could keep
the ticket office running after the electricity
was cut off.
?I tell you what,? Martin advised what remained
of the Portsmouth hierarchy, ?we?ve a single-decker
bus, a mobile classroom, which has got an
independent generator. If I reverse the bus up to
the ticket office, secure it to the generator, we can
run the server, sell tickets and keep going.?
Everyone laughed. A bus. Ticket to ride. ?I was
being facetious,? Martin recalls, ?but an hour later, I
got a call saying, ?Can you give us the dimensions of
the bus?? Seriously! That?s how bad it was.?
During Portsmouth?s drop from eighth in the
Premier League and FA Cup winners in 2008 to
penury and League Two misery, Martin was a
beacon of hope, practicality and bloody-minded
refusal to give in. She helped to rally not only staff
at the club but the thousands of disadvantaged
people who relied on schemes run by PITC.
Martin?s organisation, this year?s EFL Community
Club of the Year, employs 49 full-time staff and 96
part-time, including coaches, improving the lives of
almost 40,000 participants. She enters marathons
to raise funds for myriad projects ranging from drug
awareness to tackling dementia. After running the
35-mile Tiree ultramarathon, in the Hebrides, in
her Pompey shirt yesterday, she addresses the EFL
Trust national conference today. ?They?ve promised
a wheelchair to get me on stage!? she says, smiling.
?I hate running. I have these leggings that say, ?I
might be as slow as a turtle through peanut butter
but I run.??
Martin is a fighter, confronting the financial
meltdown that engulfed Portsmouth through bad
ownership and overspending. PITC, an expanding
collection of buildings 100 yards from Fratton Park,
is a separate entity but was caught up in the chaos
and the cost-cutting. ?With the second
administration, all hell broke loose. I?d get a phone
call at 11pm, saying, ?Your vans are on [the club?s]
fleet insurance, from 9am consider them uninsured.?
They?d say, ?Your phones are on ours [the club?s
contract], consider yourselves cut off.? An hour later,
every mobile phone went dead. For three months
we were firefighting.
?Our landlord, Dave Anderson, was amazing. He
I
made sure we weren?t kicked out. He was a big
brother to me. I had to shoulder everything. One
day I got out of bed thinking, ?I can?t do this any
more?. I just burst into tears. It was so hard.
Everything we worked for was at risk, so many
people believed in us. I got a skin problem during it,
stress, and am still on tablets. But I love every
minute of it. I like a challenge. It?s like the Dunkirk
spirit. Bloody-mindedness. We?d put in so much,
and weren?t going to let it go.
?I?d add Trevor Birch [the second administrator]
to the list with Dave Anderson as good people.
Trevor had to do some vile and brutal things but he
did them as a gentleman and I so respect him.
Trevor told people that Pompey in the Community
?is the one bit of the club that works? and that ?if the
rest of the club worked like the community
department, we?d still be in the Premier League?.
?I never worried about the club dying. It?s a
community club. It means too much to people here.
It?s people?s lives. Those fans who go home and
away are unbelievable.? On April 17, Martin joined
the travelling throng, totalling almost 5,000,
heading to Meadow Lane for the game that
eventually sealed Portsmouth?s promotion to
League One. After so many blows, the club was
getting back on its feet.
Martin took ten young Pompey fans, including
her son, and as they took the lead against Notts
County, she just knew what was going to happen at
the final whistle. ?We?re going to have a pitch
invasion. What am I going to do? I?ve got ten little
boys here. It was too late to get them out, the
stairwells were full, and all the fans were going,
?We?re on the pitch, we?re on the pitch?.
?I said to the boys, ?You stay put, you do not
move. If the policemen say you can go on the pitch,
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you can.? Eventually the stewards went, ?Oh, sod it,
come on the pitch?. So they went. Two minutes
later, I look up and the boys are on the opposite
side, up in the stand with the players, and my tenyear-old is holding a bottle of champagne. When
we all got back to the minibus, I asked them, ?How
did you get up there, with the players?? My son said,
?The stewards wouldn?t let us in, so we just crawled
between their legs?.?
Martin loves relating the joyous story of
Pompey?s recovery. ?On the way back, Mark Catlin,
the chief executive, is phoning people saying, ?We?re
having a party, come in the Victory Lounge [at
Fratton Park].? Everyone was in there, board,
players, fans. Took them two weeks to redecorate!
That?s what sums it up. The board don?t go to some
posh place, everyone?s in there together.?
After a troubled decade, life is smoother at
Fratton Park now with the brilliant Pompey
Supporters? Trust having rescued the club, and the
American businessman Michael Eisner taking over.
?Michael and his entourage came in here before it
[the takeover] was public knowledge,? Martin
continues.
?They came for 20 minutes and stayed for four
and a half hours. Michael ?gets? community. His
questions showed such insight. He recognised that
kids in southern California who were having real
mental-health issues, that it had a lot to do with
their teeth. They stopped smiling because they had
bad teeth, so stopped going out, stopped friendships,
became reclusive, and have mental-health issues. So
Michael said, ?Let?s go right back and treat their
teeth?. He has 22 full-time dentists working in his
foundation.
?Michael does a lot of inter-generational work, so
was very interested with the [?Life and Chimes?]
dementia group we run here. The generation really
suffering now with dementia became fans around
the 1939 Cup final, and the league [titles in 1948-49
and 1949-50]. They come in here, see the Pompey
badge and suddenly spring to life.
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Payne?s strike
lifts Shrewsbury
to new heights
Performance of the week
Bradford City Northampton Town
and Shrewsbury Town were
contenders but Bradford?s 3-1 win
away to leaders Peterborough
United sent a statement.
Player of the week
Stefan Payne
Shrewsbury Town
Among numerous
success stories at
Shrewsbury this
season, Payne,
right, scored the
only goal, his
fourth in five
games, to lift his
team to the top of
the division.
Goal of the week Ricky
Holmes Charlton Athletic
thleticc A tight
turn on the edge of the Southend
United area created space for a low
shot into the bottom corner.
Rising star Kean Bryan Oldham
Athletic A well-taken goal by the
20-year-old Manchester City
loanee, top right, suggests all is not
doom and gloom for struggling
Oldham.
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St of the day
Stat
length of time it
21 seconds The len
took for Northampton Town to
score in new manager Jimmy Floyd
Hasselbaink?s first game, a 1-0 win
over Doncaster Rovers.
Quote of the day ?He?s very, very
thorough. You really can?t get away
with anything!? Matt Crooks, the
Northampton matchwinner, on
Hasselbaink.
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?We?ve been told, ?John will come but you won?t
get a peep out of him?. Then John walks in, sees the
Pompey logo, watches the old videos and he?s
singing, chatting and back in those times. They
don?t remember yesterday, but they remember 1939.
We haven?t got any funding for that group any
more, but we can?t stop doing it, because it?s such a
phenomenal group.?
Government cutbacks are having an impact.
?We?re noticing that more now. But Portsmouth?s
special. It?s an island, and we have that island
mentality.? People rally round. ?Tesco next door
gives us food nearing sell-by. We had a problem
with the stage at the stadium, and the club said,
?You can?t use it as it?s condemned.? Oh, for
goodness sake, we?ve got a volunteering awards
coming up. So I put out a tweet, ?Help! I need a
chippy!?
?Within 40 minutes someone came back saying,
?I heard the old girl needs some help?? I asked him,
?Do you mean Fratton Park or me?!? He did the
stage and has just built us the middle bit in the
changing-room classroom.? That?s an IT suite
modelled as a dressing-room. Participants on
educational courses love it.
?Everyone helps. Three of our walking footballers
play in a band, so they come in once a month and
do a sing-song. The NCS [National Citizen Service]
cooks for the dementia group.? Three local 16-yearolds, Jasmine Kithakye, Katie Edwards and Lilliah
Butcher, are in the kitchens, making lunch. ?You
hear, ?Teenagers in Portsmouth got a bad
reputation?, so this builds confidence,? Kithakye
says. ?We cook here. We?ve decorated one of the
nurseries up in Fratton.?
Edwards adds: ?We walk around the streets here
being told, ?You?re being antisocial?. We get frowned
at for being loud. But we?ve been handing out
sandwiches to homeless people. We recorded a song
to raise awareness of mental-health issues.?
Martin?s organisation also delivers educational
programmes to 8,000 people annually, often in
their expanding classrooms covered with
Portsmouth pictures. ?One of the reasons why club
trusts like Pompey?s are so successful, especially on
education, is they?re more welcoming than a
college, less scary,? Mike Evans, director of
operations for the EFL Trust, says. ?It gives an
opportunity to people who might be more
motivated by football.? Echoing community
departments at clubs across the country, Martin
and her staff offer all manner of projects. ?Clare?s a
force of nature,? Evans says. HMS Queen Elizabeth,
the gleaming new aircraft carrier, has just docked
nearby. ?We?ll go up there with our [PL] Kicks kids,
real Pompey lads, who would get the most from it,
and play football on their deck,? Martin says. ?We
did it on Illustrious.
?One of the major problems for schools in
Portsmouth is there is so little space to run around.
There is also huge deprivation, third-generation
unemployment. Youngsters come here and realise
there?s a way out. Louis [Faith] came to us when he
was 12; he?d tried to set fire to a building, police
dragged him back. He was a Pompey kid, one of his
friends died through drugs, two are in prison, and if
it wasn?t for Pompey and football he?d probably be
somewhere very different now. He did 1,000 hours
volunteering for us and now runs Kicks for us.?
Martin liaises with Saints Foundation over Kicks
fixtures and other schemes, but refuses to mention
Southampton by name. ?If I said the word, I?d be in
big trouble,? she says. ?My sister lives over there
and, if I take my son over there in his Pompey kit,
they make him take it off on the doorstep. Tongue
in cheek of course! But any project where we can
link with them is absolutely brilliant; our Kicks boys
play an under-15s match against them. It has that
edge to it.?
So many projects. ?We have about 240 people a
week using our inclusive bikes, with the wheelchair
carrier at the front,? Martin adds. ?We?re going to
Derby to buy two more and cycle them back. I hate
cycling. So, guess who?s riding one of them back?!?
Martin
works with
49 fulltime and
96 parttime staff
at PITC,
which
helps
hundreds
of people
each week
Reid scores six
in six as Exeter
set early pace
Performance of the week
Swindon Town Without a win at
home, Swindon kept up their 100 per
cent away record with an impressive
3-0 win against Luton Town.
Player of the week Reuben Reid
Exeter City Two goals in the 3-1 win
away to Forest Green Rovers made it
six in six for the striker, right.
Goal of the week Dan Jones Notts
County A magnificent, left-foot free
kick, below, capped an impressive
performance from the left back.
Rising star George Cooper Crewe
Alexandra The 20-year-old
midfielder, a product of Crewe?s
famed academy, scored his first goal
of the season in the 5-1 win over
Chesterfield.
Villain of the day Matt Green
Lincoln City Of all the reasons to
pick up a second yellow card,
kicking away the ball is not a good
one. Green did just that in the 2-1
win at Stevenage.
Stat of the day 0 The number of
first-half league goals scored by
Morecambe this season.
Quote of the day ?They have such
a passionate and loyal fanbase but
he stood firm and, within the laws of
the game, he has got every single
decision right,? Swindon manager
David Flitcroft on referee Graham
Salisbury ? rare praise from a
manager for an official, though it
was after a 3-0 win away to Luton.
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(1) 2
Redshaw 43, 53
Southport
Leamington
(0) 0
Chorley
(1) 2
(0) 0
Tamworth
(1) 3
Heslop 17
Morgan-Smith 28
Havant & W
(0) 1
(1) 4
(0) 2
(2) 3
Braintree
(2) 3
Miles 26 (og)
Shulton 42, Roberts 75
Hampton & R (1) 2
Kretzschmar 22 (pen)
Napa 52
East Thurrock (1) 3
Walker 4, Wilson 79
St Albans
Eastbourne B (0) 2
Brackley
Gardiner 45
Banton 45
(0) 0
Kidderminster (1) 3
Spennymoor (0) 1
Griffiths 48
721
(2) 2
Chippenham (0) 0
954
Higgins 13
Navarro 64 (og)
Burns 79
Longbottom 26
Brown 52, 87
Reid 10
Knights 54, 86
Hungerford
(0) 1
Widdrington 73
Sheringham 21, Liburd 59
Kaloczi 63, Parkes 66
Stockport
(0) 0
3,011
P W D
Harrogate ...........10 7 2
Salford City.........10 7 2
Brackley ............. 10 6 3
Blyth Spartans....10 6 0
York.....................10 5 2
Tamworth ........... 10 5 2
Southport............10 5 2
Alfreton ..............10 5 1
Spennymoor .......10 4 3
Chorley................10 4 3
Bradford PA........10 4 3
Stockport Co.......10 4 2
Kidderminster.....10 4 2
Darlington...........10 3 4
AFC Telford ........10 4 0
Curzon Ashton....10 3 3
Boston ................10 3 2
Nuneaton............10 2 3
FC Utd of Man.....10 2 1
Gainsborough .....10 2 1
Leamington.........10 2 1
North Ferriby .....10 1 2
Truro
(2) 2
Odubade 50 (pen)
Torres 90
(3) 7
F
29
16
16
22
18
16
15
19
16
11
13
17
12
13
12
11
13
12
13
15
9
3
A
11
7
5
16
11
13
16
15
14
9
12
12
12
13
18
18
20
16
20
24
20
19
GD Pts
18 23
9 23
11 21
6 18
7 17
3 17
-1 17
4 16
2 15
2 15
1 15
5 14
0 14
0 13
-6 12
-7 12
-7 11
-4 9
-7 7
-9 7
-11 7
-16 5
(1) 2
Rose 23
Gordon 82
413
Wealdstone
Bognor Regis (0) 0
Green 38, Sellers 71
Brown 77
Welling
(0) 2
Phipps 54, Healy 71
L
1
1
1
4
3
3
3
4
3
3
3
4
4
3
6
4
5
5
7
7
7
7
Whitehawk
Harvey 16, Keats 8, 31, 55
Cooke 60, Odofin 72 (og)
Hartridge 88
(1) 3
845
Poole
(0) 0
452
P W D
Chelmsford .........10 6 3
Havant & W ....... 10 6 2
Dartford .............. 10 5 4
Truro .................. 10 6 1
East Thurrock ...... 9 5 4
St Albans .............9 6 1
Braintree.............10 5 3
Eastbourne Boro 10 4 4
Hemel H
10 5 1
Bath ....................10 5 1
Hungerford .........10 4 2
Gloucester ..........10 4 1
Chippenham .......10 3 3
Welling................10 2 5
Hampton & R ..... 10 2 5
Bognor Regis ......10 2 4
Wealdstone.........10 2 4
Weston-s-Mare .. 10 2 3
Oxford City..........10 2 2
Poole .................. 10 2 2
Concord Rangers.10 2 1
Whitehawk ......... 10 0 2
L
1
2
1
3
0
2
2
2
4
4
4
5
4
3
3
4
4
5
6
6
7
8
F
13
16
23
22
21
17
20
17
16
15
14
12
16
13
10
16
12
15
16
12
7
9
Tottenham�
Manchester燯nited�
Arsenal�
Manchester燙ity�
Liverpool�
Chelsea�
79
78
70
65
62
62
Crystal Palace
Wood 3
Everton
18,862
(0) 0
Tottenham
38,835
Leicester
(2) 3
Kane 28, 46
Eriksen 42
(0) 1
Chelsea
Vardy 62 (pen)
30,923
Morata 41
Kant� 50
Manchester City (2) 5
Liverpool
(1) 2
(0) 0
Ag黣ro 24, Jesus 45+6, 53
54,172
San� 77, 90+1
Sent off: Man� (Liverpool) 37
Southampton
(0) 0
Watford
31,435
Stoke
(1) 2
Swansea
(1) 2
Manchester Utd (1) 2
Rashford 45+1
Lukaku 57
(0) 0
Newcastle
20,872
W燦didi�(Leicester)
N燢ant闋(Chelsea)�
I燝ueye�(Everton)�
C閐ric�(Southampton)
Richarlison�(Watford)
T燙arroll�(Swansea)
E燩ieters�(Stoke)
A燤oreno�(Liverpool)
L燜er�(Swansea)
Four爋ther爌layers爋n�
17
15
15
15
13
13
12
11
11
(0) 1
R燣ukaku�(Manchester燯td)�
S燤an闋(Liverpool)�
D燱elbeck�(Arsenal)
J燰ardy�(Leicester)�
Jesus�(Manchester燙ity)
翣Morata�(Chelsea)�
A
5
7
6
14
14
11
17
13
13
16
14
17
18
13
11
18
16
19
22
18
16
34
GD Pts
8 21
9 20
17 19
8 19
7 19
6 19
3 18
4 16
3 16
-1 16
0 14
-5 13
-2 12
0 11
-1 11
-2 10
-4 10
-4 9
-6 8
-6 8
-9 7
-25 2
L
1
3
1
3
2
2
0
2
4
2
4
3
3
3
2
3
4
4
4
3
5
6
5
6
F
18
16
10
11
14
11
9
11
14
13
9
15
11
11
10
8
11
7
12
8
9
9
5
7
A
6
8
5
8
12
9
5
8
11
10
12
11
10
11
10
9
12
12
15
11
20
15
12
17
GD Pts
12 17
8 15
5 15
3 15
2 14
2 14
4 13
3 13
3 12
3 12
-3 12
4 11
1 11
0 11
0 11
-1 11
-1 10
-5 10
-3 8
-3 7
-11 7
-6 6
-7 4
-10 4
Evo-Stik League Southern
Banbury 3 Frome 4; Basingstoke 3 St Ives 2;
Biggleswade 2 Gosport 0; Kings Langley 0
Farnborough 3; King?s Lynn 4 Stratford 1;
Merthyr 0 B Stortford 0; Redditch 3 Chesham
1; Royston 1 Hereford 4; Slough 8 Dunstable
1; St Neots 5 Dorchester 0; Tiverton 3 Hitchin
1; Weymouth 3 Kettering 1.
P W D
King?s Lynn ..........6 5 1
Slough...................6 5 0
Banbury.................6 5 0
Kettering...............6 5 0
Redditch................6 4 1
Weymouth............6 4 1
Tiverton ................ 6 4 1
Biggleswade .........6 4 1
Hereford ...............6 3 2
Merthyr ................6 2 4
Basingstoke..........6 3 0
Frome ...................6 2 1
Stratford ..............6 1 4
Royston ................6 2 1
Chesham ............... 6 2 1
4
3
3
3
3
3
TO P 燗S S I STS
L
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
3
3
1
3
3
F
14
20
21
15
15
14
9
9
12
12
17
10
7
7
7
A
4
5
7
6
3
6
4
7
7
3
9
12
9
10
12
GD Pts
10 16
15 15
14 15
9 15
12 13
8 13
5 13
2 13
5 11
9 10
8 9
-2 7
-2 7
-3 7
-5 7
A燘egovic�(Bournemouth)
W燞ennessey�(Crystal燩al)
J燘utland�(Stoke)
K燬chmeichel�(Leicester)�
L燜abianski�(Swansea)�
J燩ickford�(Everton)
22
18
17
17
16
14
G E T 燝 OA L S �
Lascelles 76
Farnborough..........6
St Neots ...............6
Kings Langley ....... 6
Hitchin...................6
St Ives ..................6
Dorchester............6
B Stortford............6
Dunstable..............6
Gosport Borough...6
D燬tephens�(Brighton)�
11
J燫odriguez�(West燘rom) 11
P燩ogba�(Manchester燯nited) 11
C燘enteke�(Crystal燩alace) 11
O燫omeu�(Southampton)�
11
J燗yew�(Swansea)�
10
L燜er�(Swansea)
9
D燜letcher�(Stoke)
9
TO P 燬AV E S
H燤khitaryan�(Man燯td)�
G燲haka�(Arsenal)�
R燤ahrez�(Leicester)�
C燛riksen�(Tottenham)
翣Morata�(Chelsea)�
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P W D
Warrington .......... 8 5 2
Grantham..............8 5 0
Witton Albion.......8 4 3
Shaw Lane ............ 8 5 0
Farsley Celtic........8 4 2
Stourbridge...........8 4 2
Lancaster .............7 3 4
Altrincham............7 4 1
Buxton...................8 4 0
Nantwich ..............8 3 3
Coalville ............... 8 4 0
Barwell..................8 3 2
Hednesford ........... 8 3 2
Stafford Rangers..8 3 2
Ashton ................. 7 3 2
Mickleover Spts....8 3 2
Whitby..................8 3 1
Marine...................8 3 1
Matlock ................8 2 2
Workington...........8 1 4
Sutton Coldfield ...8 2 1
Stalybridge ........... 8 2 0
Halesowen............7 1 1
Rushall Olympic....8 1 1
78
78
71
70
61
57
FOULS
TO P 燬 C O R E R S
Doucour� 38
Janmaat 66
Choupo-Moting 43, 63
29,320
Swansea�
Burnley�
Bournemouth�
Leicester�
Everton�
West燘rom
(0) 0
OT H ER燦ON� LEAG U E燫ES U LTS
Pearce 4, Paterson 35
Fleet 74
174
1,117
901
York City
4,269
P W D
Dover Athletic ...... 9 5 2
Dagenham & Red..9 4 4
Wrexham .............. 9 5 1
Leyton Orient........9 5 1
Sutton United.......9 5 1
Halifax...................9 4 3
Aldershot..............9 4 2
Boreham Wood.....9 4 2
Macclesfield..........9 4 2
Maidenhead ......... 9 3 3
Gateshead.............9 3 3
Eastleigh...............9 2 6
Bromley.................9 3 3
Tranmere .............. 9 3 3
Maidstone ............9 3 3
Woking..................9 4 0
Ebbsfleet ..............9 1 8
AFC Fylde..............9 2 5
Hartlepool.............9 3 2
Barrow .................. 9 2 4
Chester .................9 1 5
Solihull Moors.......9 2 1
Guiseley ................ 9 1 3
Torquay.................9 0 3
(0) 0
322
Hemel H
1,277
Salford City
Gateshead
Johnson 15 (pen)
(0) 0
Darlington
North Ferriby (0) 0
Wilson 62
(1) 1
Walton 28 (pen)
1,805
Torquay
(0) 1
(1) 1
Jarvis 72
(1) 3
TOTAL燬HOTS燜ACED
TAC K L E S
Burnley
283
Dartford
(0) 1
Morrison 77
30,381
Ashton v Halesowen (post); Barwell 1
Altrincham 3; Grantham 3 Workington 2;
Hednesford 3 Sutton Coldfield 0; Lancaster 2
Shaw Lane Assoc 0; Marine 0 Coalville 1;
Matlock 1 Whitby 2; Rushall Olympic 1
Nantwich 4; Stafford 0 Witton 4; Stalybridge
3 Stourbridge 1; Warrington 4 Farsley 2.
Maidenhead (0) 2
Guiseley
West Brom
Bath
Boston
(1) 1
(1) 3
Gross 45, 48
Hemed 63
Irnti 82
Vince 45
Hawley 71
773
Goodman 79
Marks 90+4
Brighton
(0) 0
59,262
Concord Rangers(0) 0
Buddle 10
Maguire 3, 14, 37
Rivers 79
(1) 3
Bournemouth
Barnard 8
784
Blyth Spartans(4) 5
Morgan 29, Kosylo 55, 67
1,727
(2) 3
Welbeck 6, 50
Lacazette 27
Evo-Stik League Northern
(1) 1
Pavey 26, Pugh 69
Hayes 77
(1) 2
Arsenal
Weston-s-Mare(0) 1
Chelmsford
Powell 58
Halifax
3
VA NA RA MA 燬 OU T H
Harrogate (1)
Dwyer 20
1,018
Alfreton
3
Everton (h)
Southampton (a)
y
Crystal
Palace (h)
Watford (a)
Crystal Palace (h)
Chelsea (a)
Arsenal (h)
Stoke (a)
y (h)
Man City
Man City (h)
Swansea (a)
West Brom (a)
Swansea (h)
West Ham (a)
Huddersfield (a)
West Ham (a)
Leicester (h)
y (a)
Burnley
Liverpool (a)
Huddersfield (h)
Everton (a)
Burnley (h)
Leicester (a)
Newcastle (a)
West Ham (h)
Arsenal (a)
Watford (h)
Stoke (h)
Brighton (a)
p
Liverpool
(h)
Chelsea (a)
West Brom (h)
g
Brighton
(h)
Newcastle (a)
Chelsea (h)
p
Southampton
(h)
Crystal Palace (a)
Man Utd (h)
Stoke (a)
Bournemouth (a)
Newcastle (h)
Arsenal (a)
Tottenham (a)
Watford (h)
West Ham (a)
Man Utd (a)
Bournemouth (h)
y (h)
Burnley
Huddersfield (a)
Liverpool (h)
Bournemouth (a)
Brighton (h)
Everton (a)
Leicester (h)
Southampton (h)
Man City (a)
Man Utd (a)
Huddersfield (h)
West Brom (a)
Tottenham (h)
TOTAL 燬 H OTS
RESU LTS
5
2
2
2
2
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1
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0
0
0
2
2
2
1
0
2
1
0
4 6 9 -3
3 9 10 -1
3 10 14 -4
3 5 10 -5
4 6 12 -6
5 2 19 -17
4 6 10 -4
5 3 29 -26
6 3 22 -19
6
5
5
5
4
3
2
1
0
Bostik Premier League
Billericay 1 Leatherhead 0; Brightlingsea 2
Enfield 1; Dorking 0 Dulwich Hamlet 1;
Folkestone 2 Staines 0; Harlow 2 Tonbridge 1;
Harrow 2 Merstham 2; Kingstonian 3
Lowestoft 2; Leiston 3 Thurrock 1; Met Police
1 Hendon 2; Tooting & Mitcham 1 Needham
Market 1; Wingate & Finchley 2 Burgess Hill
0; Worthing 0 Margate 5.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Billericay...............6 5 0 1 17 4 13 15
Leiston..................6 4 2 0 11 5 6 14
Harrow Borough ... 6 4 1 1 11 10 1 13
Hendon..................6 4 0 2 13 4 9 12
Leatherhead..........6 4 0 2 10 4 6 12
Wingate & F .........6 4 0 2 11 7 4 12
Margate ................ 6 3 2 1 9 3 6 11
Folkestone ........... 6 3 2 1 9 7 2 11
Dulwich.................6 3 2 1 10 9 1 11
Brightlingsea .......6 3 1 2 8 6 2 10
Kingstonian...........6 3 1 2 6 12 -6 10
Merstham ............. 6 2 2 2 13 9 4 8
Staines .................6 2 2 2 13 9 4 8
Enfield ..................6 2 2 2 11 10 1 8
Needham Mkt.......6 2 2 2 6 7 -1 8
Tonbridge .............6 2 1 3 6 7 -1 7
Harlow...................6 2 0 4 7 8 -1 6
Burgess Hill ......... 6 1 3 2 7 11 -4 6
Thurrock................6 2 0 4 8 15 -7 6
Dorking Wandrs....6 1 1 4 7 8 -1 4
Met Police.............6 1 1 4 9 15 -6 4
Lowestoft ............ 6 1 0 5 5 11 -6 3
Tooting & M..........6 0 3 3 5 16 -11 3
Worthing...............6 0 0 6 4 19 -15 0
Vanarama National fixtures
Tomorrow: Barrow v Guiseley; Bromley v
Torquay; Dag & Red v Sutton Utd; Dover v
Boreham Wood; Eastleigh v Maidstone;
Ebbsfleet v Aldershot; Gateshead v Chester;
Leyton Orient v Halifax; Macclesfield v AFC
Fylde; Maidenhead v Tranmere; Woking v
Solihull Moors; Wrexham v Hartlepool.
Saturday: Barrow v Torquay; Bromley v
Solihull Moors; Dag & Red v Halifax; Dover v
Chester; Eastleigh v AFC Fylde; Ebbsfleet v
Tranmere; Gateshead v Aldershot; Leyton
Orient v Hartlepool (12.30); Macclesfield v
Maidstone; Maidenhead v Boreham Wood;
Woking v Sutton Utd; Wrexham v Guiseley.
Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup
Quarter-finals: Longford 1 Cork City 4;
Bluebell United 2 Shamrock Rovers 4; Dundalk
4 Drogheda 0; Galway Utd 1 Limerick 2.
Airtricity League of Ireland
Premier Division
P
Cork City ................ 27
Dundalk..................27
Shamrock Rovers...27
Derry City...............26
Bray........................27
Bohemians.............27
Limerick ................ 27
St Patricks.............27
Finn Harps..............27
Sligo.......................27
Galway Utd............27
Drogheda Utd.........26
W D L F
23 1 3 62
18 2 7 61
14 2 11 40
12 7 7 42
11 5 11 45
10 4 13 25
8 7 12 32
7 9 11 33
9 3 15 30
5 13 9 25
5 11 11 31
4 6 16 17
A
16
19
35
28
46
35
43
44
50
40
38
51
GD Pts
46 70
42 56
5 44
14 43
-1 38
-10 34
-11 31
-11 30
-20 30
-15 28
-7 26
-34 18
Fixtures
Friday: Bray v Limerick; Drogheda v
Bohemians; Galway Utd v Derry City.
Saturday
Finn Harps v Sligo.
WO M E N ? S 燩 R E M I E R �
6 Women?s Super League results and table
will appear here every week once the 2017-18
season starts on September 24.
Opening fixtures: League One
Kick-off 2.0 unless stated
Arsenal v Birmingham (Boreham Wood FC);
Chelsea v Bristol City (Kingsmeadow
Stadium); Everton v Liverpool (Select
Security Stadium, 4.0); Reading v Sunderland
(Wycombe FC); Yeovil v Manchester City
(Yeovil Town FC).
League Two: Aston Villa v Brighton; Durham v
Tottenham (12.0); London Bees v Doncaster;
Millwall v Watford; Oxford Utd v Sheffield FC.
Spring Series final standings
Chelsea
Manchester City
Arsenal
Liverpool
Sunderland
Reading
Birmingham
Bristol City
Yeovil
P W D
8 6 1
8 6 1
8 5 3
8 4 2
8 2 3
8 2 2
8 1 4
8 1 1
8 0 1
L
1
1
0
2
3
4
3
6
7
F
32
17
22
20
4
10
6
5
6
A Pts
3 19
6 19
9 18
18 14
14
9
15
8
10
7
21
4
26
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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
SKY燘ET燣EAGU E燨 NE
AWAY
D
L
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
W 1 Cardiff...........................6
3
0
0
7
1
2
1
0
4
2
Y 2 Leeds............................6
Y 3 Wolves..........................6
Z 4 Ipswich.........................6
1
2
0
5
0
3
0
0
7
2 10 14
2
0
1
3
2
2
1
0
5
2
4 13
2
0
1
3
2
2
0
1
7
6
2 12
W 5 Sheffield United...........6
3
0
0
5
1
1
0
2
2
4
2 12
Y 6 Middlesbrough.............6
Y 7 Derby............................6
Y 8 QPR...............................6
Y 9 Bristol City...................6
Y10 Sheffield Wed..............6
Z11 Preston.........................6
Z12 Nottingham Forest......6
Y13 Fulham..........................6
Z14 Hull............................... 6
2
1
0
3
0
1
0
2
4
3
4 10
2
0
1
6
2
1
1
1
4
5
3 10
3
0
0
6
2
0
1
2
2
5
1 10
1
2
0
4
2
1
1
1
4
4
2
9
1
2
0
5
3
1
1
1
2
2
2
9
2
1
0
3
1
0
2
1
0
1
1
9
2
0
1
3
3
1
0
2
6
8 -2
9
0
2
1
2
3
1
2
0
3
1
1
7
2
0
1 10
4
0
1
2
2
8
0
7
W15 Barnsley.......................6
2
0
1
6
3
0
1
2
2
5
0
7
Z16 Reading.........................6
Y17 Norwich........................6
1
1
1
3
3
1
0
2
2
3 -1
7
2
0
1
4
3
0
1
2
3
9 -5
7
W18 Aston Villa....................6
1
2
0
5
3
0
1
2
2
6 -2
6
Z19 Millwall.........................6
Z20 Sunderland...................6
Z21 Birmingham.................6
Z22 Burton Albion...............6
1
1
1
8
5
0
1
2
0
2
1
5
0
1
2
2
5
1
1
1
4
5 -4
5
1
1
1
2
3
0
0
3
1
4 -4
4
1
1
1
3
3
0
0
3
1 11 -10
4
W23 Brentford......................6
0
2
1
5
6
0
1
2
0
3 -4
3
W24 Bolton...........................6
0
0
3
3
8
0
2
1
1
5 -9
2
HOME
LEAD ING�
SCORE R S
P W
8 16
4 B Reid
(Bristol City)
4 M Waghorn
(Ipswich)
4 C Hourihane
(Aston Villa)
4 N MendezLaing (Cardiff)
4 B Sharp
(Sheff Utd)
*3 others on 4
TOP ASSISTS
3 Jota
(Brentford)
3 G Ward
(Ipswich)
3 J Hoilett
(Cardiff)
3 L Freeman
(QPR)
*4 others have
3 assists
TOP燬AVE S
31 B Bialkowski
(Ipswich)
28 F Fielding
(Bristol City)
27 J Smith
(Nottm Forest)
R E SU LTS
Preston (1) 1 Barnsley (1) 1
29,799
Maguire 23
12,813
(0) 0 Middlesbro (1) 3
17,385
Assombalonga
13, 71
Johnson 78
Fulham (0) 1 Cardiff
Sessegnon 75
20,984
Leeds
(0) 1
Ward 83
QPR
TEAM燨F�
THE燱E E K
Potts 25
Johnstone
(Aston Villa)
Flint (Bristol City)
Bamba (Cardiff)
Klose (Norwich)
Sessegnon
(Fulham)
Traore
(Middlesbrough)
Vinagre
(Wolves)
Lee (Sheff Wed)
Sawyers
(Brentford)
Donaldson
(Sheff Utd)
Lasogga (Leeds)
(1) 2 Ipswich (0) 1
Mackie 43
Freeman 49
Celina 89
14,060
Reading (0) 0 Bristol C (0) 1
18,650
Flint 84
Sheff Wed(1) 3 Nottm F (1) 1
(3) 5 Burton
(0) 0
Lasogga 20, 59
33,404
Phillips 35
Hern醤dez 44 (pen)
Roofe 54
Hooper 23
Osborn 29
Fletcher 63, Lee 70 25,710
Sunderland (0) 1 Sheff Utd (1) 2
Rodwell 90+4
29,579
Norwich (1) 1 Birmingham (0) 0
Oliveira 5
26,335
Donaldson 21, 77
Wolves (1) 1 Millwall (0) 0
Jota 10
24,426
Sent off: A O?Brien (Millwall) 65
SC OT L A ND
(0) 0
Aberdeen
(0) 0
(0) 2
Kilmarnock
(0) 0
24,248
Motherwell
Bowman 65
Moult 88 (pen)
Rangers
4,621
(1) 4
Morelos 41, 85
Windass 68, Pe馻 83
Dundee
(0) 1
El Bakhtaoui 90
49,164
Ross County (0) 1
Partick Thistle(1) 1
Schalk 86 (pen)
3,660
Spittal 22
St. Johnstone (0) 1
Hibernian
O?Halloran 48
5,591
Paton 61 (og)
P W D
Celtic.....................5 4 1
Aberdeen...............5 4 1
St Johnstone.........5 3 2
Rangers.................5 3 1
Motherwell ........... 5 3 0
Hibernian .............. 5 2 2
Hamilton Acad .....5 2 1
Hearts...................5 1 2
Ross County..........5 1 1
Partick Thistle......5 0 1
Kilmarnock............5 0 1
Dundee..................5 0 1
(0) 1
Falkirk
Graham 72
748
Harris 15
(0) 1
Keatings 87
5,331
Livingston
(1) 2
Queen of South(0) 2
Stirling 71, Lyle 77
1,113
(0) 3
Thomson 47
Harkins 73
Quitongo 90+3
St. Mirren
(1) 1
Smith 4
Mullin 40 (pen)
Mackin 81
Morton
Dumbarton
(1) 1
Dunfermline (2) 2
Cardle 9
Higginbotham 33 (pen)
1,918
(1) 4
Inverness CT (0) 2
Morgan 31, Buchanan 63
Smith 73, McShane 74
Baird 61, Polworth 69
3,610
P W D
St Mirren...............5 4 0
Dunfermline .........5 3 1
Queen of South.....5 3 1
L F A GD Pts
1 14 8 6 12
1 15 6 9 10
1 12 6 6 10
3
2
1
1
0
0
0
1
2
3
1
3
2
2
1
1
1
3
2
3
3
5 5 0 10
8 5 3 8
7 8 -1 6
8 11 -3 4
2 7 -5 3
5 12 -7 2
4 12 -8 2
League One
Alloa Athletic (0) 2
Forfar Athletic(0) 1
Cawley 88
Renton 90+4
See 52
511
(0) 1
Hester 66
669
East Fife
L F A GD Pts
0 12 3 9 13
0 10 5 5 13
0 9 4 5 11
1 11 6 5 10
2 8 7 1 9
1 9 8 1 8
2 9 9 0 7
2 3 6 -3 5
3 5 9 -4 4
4 5 10 -5 1
4 3 9 -6 1
4 4 12 -8 1
Brechin City (0) 1
Dundee United......5
Morton..................5
Livingston.............5
Inverness CT.........5
Dumbarton............5
Falkirk...................5
Brechin City .......... 5
Arbroath
Championship
Dundee Utd
L
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
Y 1 Shrewsbury..................6
Y 2 Charlton........................6
Z 3 Peterborough...............6
Y 4 Bradford.......................6
Z 5 Scunthorpe...................6
Y 6 Oxford United...............6
3
0
0
5
2
2
1
0
4
2
5 16
3
0
0
7
2
2
0
1
6
5
6 15
2
0
1
5
5
2
1
0
8
2
6 13
2
0
1
5
3
2
1
0
7
4
5 13
1
2
0
2
1
2
1
0
6
1
6 12
2
1
0
7
1
1
1
1
3
2
7 11
W 7 Blackpool......................6
3
0
0
4
1
0
2
1
4
5
2 11
Z 8 Wigan...........................5
Z 9 Fleetwood Town..........5
Y10 Blackburn.....................5
Y11 Rotherham...................6
Y12 Bristol Rovers..............6
Z13 Walsall......................... 6
Y14 Portsmouth..................6
Y15 MK Dons.......................6
Z16 Doncaster.....................6
Z17 Southend......................6
Z18 AFC Wimbledon...........6
1
1
0
5
2
2
0
1
3
1
5 10
2
1
0
6
2
1
0
1
2
3
3 10
1
0
1
5
4
2
0
1
5
2
4
9
2
0
1
8
4
1
0
2
2
4
2
9
2
0
1
6
6
1
0
2
4
6 -2
9
2
1
0
7
5
0
1
2
2
4
0
8
1
1
1
3
2
1
1
1
3
4
0
8
1
1
1
2
2
1
0
2
2
5 -3
7
0
3
0
3
3
1
0
2
3
4 -1
6
1
2
0
3
2
0
1
2
4 10 -5
6
1
0
2
2
3
0
1
2
1
4 -4
4
W19 Bury..............................6
1
0
2
3
4
0
1
2
3
7 -5
4
Z20 Plymouth......................6
1
0
2
2
5
0
1
2
3
5 -5
4
W21 Rochdale.......................6
0
2
1
1
4
0
1
2
2
5 -6
3
Y22 Northampton...............5
Z23 Gillingham....................6
Z24 Oldham.........................6
1
0
2
2
5
0
0
2
1
5 -7
3
0
1
2
4
6
0
1
2
0
4 -6
2
0
0
3
3
8
0
1
2
4
6 -7
1
Peterboro (0) 1 Bradford (3) 3
4,585
Baldwin 70
Poleon 7, Vincelot 36
7,061
Kilgallon 40
Sent off: A Grant (Peterboro) 89;
A Chicksen (Bradford) 90
Pitman 38 (pen)
Chaplin 50
Bristol R (1) 2 Walsall (0) 1
Gaffney 5
Wilson 58
Clarke 86
8,544
Sent off: S Slocombe (Bristol R) 60
Charlton (0) 2 Southend (0) 1
White 78
12,229
Eastham 24
Davies 18
Hunter 90+3 (pen) Bryan 55 3,606
N?hampton (1) 1 Doncaster (0) 0
5,843
Oxford U (0) 3 Gillingham (0) 0
Payne 48
6,730
Rothwell 54, Hall 56
Plymouth (0) 0 MK Dons (1) 1
8,566
Nesbitt 8
Sent off: G Carey (Plymouth) 33
Rochdale (0) 0 Blackburn (1) 3
6,524
Fleetwood (1) 2 Oldham (1) 2
Crooks 1
6 J Marriott
(Peterboro)
6 K Moore
(Rotherham)
4 S Longstaff
(Blackpool)
4 D Cole
(Fleetwood)
4 B Bodin
(Bristol Rov)
4 B Pitman
(Portsmouth)
TOP ASSISTS
5 J Payne
(Oxford Utd)
4 L Leahy
(Walsall)
3 J Proctor
(Rotherham)
*5 others have
3 assists
TO P 燬AVE S
36 T Holy
(Gillingham)
25 L McCormick
(Plymouth)
25 J Murphy
(Bury)
T E A M燨 F�
T HE 燱 E E K
Wimbledon (0) 0 Portsmouth (1) 2
Magennis 65
Holmes 68
L E A DI NG�
SCORERS
Smallwood 10
Antonsson 57
Graham 79
Rotherham (1) 3 Bury
Moore 20, 54
Towell 89
7,848
(1) 2
Beckford 34
Cameron 67
Scunthorpe (0) 0 Blackpool (0) 0
4,290
Shrewsbury (1) 1 Wigan
Payne 26
6,929
(0) 0
Ingram
(Northampton)
Lockyer
(Bristol Rov)
Brown
(Shrewsbury)
Williams
(Blackburn)
McMahon
(Bradford)
Holmes
(Charlton)
Bryan (Oldham)
D?Almeida
(Scunthorpe)
Hall (Oxford)
Payne
(Shrewsbury)
Moore
(Rotherham)
L A 燣 I G A
Premiership
Hearts
D
R E S U LTS
Aston Villa (0) 0 Brentford (0) 0
Bolton
SKY 燘E T燣 E AG U E 燭 WO
AWAY
Albion Rovers (2) 4
Trouten 43, Fisher 44
Perry 63, Shields 75
(0) 0
Queen?s Park (0) 1
496
Millen 56 (pen)
Raith Rovers (0) 2
Ayr United
(1) 1
Vaughan 50
Shankland 45+2
Thomson 59
2,286
Sent off: C Higgins (Ayr United) 88
Stranraer
(1) 3
Anderson 10, 68
Agnew 66 (pen)
Airdrieonians (0) 1
Furtado 56
431
Sent off: S Robertson (Stranraer) 71
P W D
Raith Rovers.........5 4 1
Ayr United.............5 3 0
Albion Rovers ....... 5 3 0
Airdrieonians........5 2 1
Stranraer...............5 2 1
Arbroath................5 2 1
Alloa Athletic........5 2 1
East Fife................5 2 0
Queen?s Park.........5 1 1
Forfar Athletic......5 1 0
L F A GD Pts
0 14 3 11 13
2 14 8 6 9
2 13 10 3 9
2 7 7 0 7
2 9 10 -1 7
2 8 9 -1 7
2 4 5 -1 7
3 4 9 -5 6
3 5 10 -5 4
4 4 11 -7 3
League Two: Edinburgh City 1 Berwick
Rangers 0; Elgin City 0 Annan Athletic 1;
Peterhead 1 Montrose 1; Stenhousemuir 1
Cowdenbeath 0; Stirling Albion 2 Clyde 3.
P W D
Stirling Albion ...... 5 4 0
Montrose .............. 5 3 2
Stenhousemuir.....5 2 2
Peterhead..............5 2 1
Elgin City...............5 2 1
Clyde ..................... 5 2 1
Annan Athletic ..... 5 2 0
Berwick Rangers...5 2 0
Cowdenbeath........5 1 1
Edinburgh City......5 1 0
L F A GD Pts
1 15 7 8 12
0 7 3 4 11
1 8 6 2 8
2 9 9 0 7
2 7 7 0 7
2 9 10 -1 7
3 8 6 2 6
3 5 11 -6 6
3 2 4 -2 4
4 2 9 -7 3
L F A GD Pts
0 9 0 9 9
0 10 4 6 9
0 5 1 4 7
0 3 0 3 7
1 3 2 1 6
0 7 3 4 5
0 6 3 3 5
0 4 3 1 5
0 3 2 1 5
1 2 2 0 4
1 3 4 -1 4
2 4 5 -1 3
2 3 5 -2 3
2 3 6 -3 3
2 1 4 -3 3
2 4 9 -5 1
2 1 7 -6 1
2 0 2 -2 0
3 0 4 -4 0
2 1 6 -5 0
L I G U E �Caen 2 Dijon 1; Lyons 2 Guingamp 1; Marseilles
L Rennes L; Montpellier 0 Nantes 1; Nice 4
Monaco 0; St Etienne 1 Angers 1; Strasbourg 0
Amiens 1; Troyes 0 Toulouse 0. Played Friday:
Lille 0 Bordeaux 0, Metz 1 Paris Saint-G 5.
P W D
Paris Saint-G
5 5 0
Monaco
5 4 0
Lyons.....................5 3 2
St Etienne.............5 3 1
Bordeaux...............5 2 3
Caen ...................... 5 3 0
Angers...................5 1 4
Marseilles.............4 2 1
Nantes...................5 2 1
Toulouse ............... 5 2 1
Nice.......................5 2 0
Guingamp..............5 2 0
Amiens..................5 2 0
Troyes ................... 5 1 2
Lille........................5 1 2
Montpellier...........5 1 1
Strasbourg............5 1 1
Dijon......................5 1 1
Rennes..................4 0 2
Metz......................5 0 0
L F A GD Pts
0 19 3 16 15
1 14 8 6 12
0 11 5 6 11
1 6 4 2 10
0 9 6 3 9
2 5 3 2 9
0 7 5 2 7
1 6 7 -1 7
2 2 4 -2 7
2 8 11 -3 7
3 7 6 1 6
3 6 8 -2 6
3 4 7 -3 6
2 4 5 -1 5
2 4 6 -2 5
3 3 5 -2 4
3 4 8 -4 4
3 6 12 -6 4
2 6 8 -2 2
5 2 12 -10 0
Bibiana Steinhaus
made history
yesterday as the
first female referee
in a top European
league when Hertha
Berlin and Werder
Bremen drew 1-1.
Steinhaus, 38, was
praised as Mathew
Leckie scored for
Hertha on 38
minutes, after she
had allowed play to
continue despite a
foul in the build-up.
Her partner,
Howard Webb, who
officiated at the
2010 World Cup
final, was watching.
L
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
3
0
0
3
0
2
1
0
8
5
6 16
Y 2 Accrington Stanley......6
Y 3 Notts County................6
Y 4 Crewe............................6
Z 5 Stevenage....................6
Z 6 Wycombe.....................6
Y 7 Barnet...........................6
Y 8 Coventry.......................6
Y 9 Swindon........................6
Y10 Mansfield Town...........6
Y11 Lincoln City...................6
Z12 Newport County.......... 6
Z13 Luton Town..................6
Y14 Colchester....................6
Z15 Cambridge United........6
Z16 Carlisle..........................6
Y17 Yeovil............................6
Z18 Crawley Town..............6
Z19 Grimsby Town..............6
Z20 Morecambe..................6
Y21 Cheltenham..................6
3
0
0
8
2
1
1
1
6
6
6 13
2
1
0
6
2
2
0
1
5
5
4 13
2
2
0
9
4
1
0
1
1
1
5 11
1
1
1
7
6
2
1
0
3
1
3 11
1
1
1
7
7
2
1
0
6
4
2 11
2
0
1
4
2
1
1
1
6
4
4 10
2
0
1
4
1
1
1
1
2
2
3 10
0
1
2
2
8
3
0
0
6
1 -1 10
2
1
0
8
3
0
2
1
4
5
4
9
1
2
0
5
2
1
1
1
4
4
3
9
1
1
0
4
1
1
2
1
5
5
3
9
2
0
1 11
5
0
2
1
2
3
5
8
2
1
0
9
3
0
0
3
1
7
0
7
1
1
1
2
2
1
0
2
2
4 -2
7
1
1
1
5
3
1
0
2
3
8 -3
7
2
1
0
5
2
0
0
3
5 14 -6
7
1
0
2
3
4
1
0
2
4
4 -1
6
1
0
2
3
5
1
0
2
5
8 -5
6
1
0
2
3
4
0
2
1
1
3 -3
5
1
0
2
4
5
0
1
2
1
5 -5
4
W22 Forest Green Rovers....6
1
1
1
7
8
0
0
3
2 10 -9
4
Z23 Chesterfield..................6
Z24 Port Vale.......................6
1
1
1
3
3
0
0
3
2 11 -9
4
0
0
3
2
5
1
0
2
3
3
4 -4
R E S U LTS
Accrington (2) 3 Carlisle (0) 0
Luton
Kee 17
2,120
McConville 43, 57
8,455
Barnet
Sent off: S Cuthbert (Luton) 32
(1) 3 Camb Utd (0) 1
Vilhete 40, 90+5
Coulthirst 62
Legge 71
2,031
Colchester (3) 3 Crawley (0) 1
Szmodics 8
Jackson 14
Mandron 38
Smith 66
2,923
(0) 0 Swindon (1) 3
Norris 32 (pen)
Hussey 51, Mullin 62
Mansfield (1) 4 Grimsby (0) 1
Angol 34 (pen),
Jones 85 (pen)
80 (pen), Pearce 54 4,625
Osborne 64 (og)
Newport (0) 0 Wycombe(0) 0
3,752
Coventry (1) 1 Port Vale (0) 0
Notts Co (1) 2 Morecambe(0) 0
Jones 24
6,951
Sent off: R McDonald (Coventry) 81
Jones 27, Forte 85 5,305
Crewe
Godden 26
3,427
(1) 5 Chesterfld (0) 1
Porter 6, 47, Ng 54 Nolan 72 (og)
Cooper 66, Ainley 81 3,513
Forest Green (0) 1 Exeter
Mullings 75
2,909
(2) 3
Sweeney 4
Reid 18, 53
P W D
Juventus ............... 3 3 0
Napoli....................3 3 0
Inter Milan............3 3 0
Lazio......................3 2 1
Torino....................3 2 1
Sampdoria.............2 2 0
AC Milan ............... 3 2 0
SPAL......................3 1 1
Bologna.................3 1 1
Roma.....................2 1 0
Fiorentina ............. 3 1 0
Udinese.................3 1 0
Atalanta................3 1 0
Chievo ................... 3 1 0
Cagliari..................3 1 0
Genoa....................3 0 1
Sassuolo................3 0 1
Crotone ................. 3 0 1
Verona...................3 0 1
Benevento.............3 0 0
L F A GD Pts
0 10 2 8 9
0 9 2 7 9
0 8 1 7 9
0 6 2 4 7
0 5 1 4 7
0 4 2 2 6
1 6 5 1 6
1 3 4 -1 4
1 2 4 -2 4
1 2 3 -1 3
2 6 5 1 3
2 4 5 -1 3
2 3 5 -2 3
2 3 6 -3 3
2 2 5 -3 3
2 2 5 -3 1
2 1 5 -4 1
2 0 4 -4 1
2 1 8 -7 1
3 1 4 -3 0
BUNDESLIGA
Mainz 3 Bayer Leverkusen 1; Borussia
M鰊chengladbach 0 Eintracht Frankfurt 1;
Augsburg 3 Cologne 0; Schalke 3 Stuttgart 1;
Hertha Berlin 1 Werder Bremen 1; Freiburg 0
Borussia Dortmund 0; Hoffenheim 2 Bayern
Munich 0; Wolfsburg 1 Hannover 1.
Played Friday: Hamburg 0 Leipzig 2.
P W D
B Dortmund .......... 3 2 1
Hoffenheim...........3 2 1
Hannover ..............3 2 1
Leipzig...................3 2 0
Schalke .................3 2 0
Bayern Munich......3 2 0
Hamburg ............... 3 2 0
Augsburg...............3 1 1
Hertha Berlin........3 1 1
B M?gladbach........3 1 1
E Frankfurt............3 1 1
Wolfsburg.............3 1 1
Mainz ................... 3 1 0
VfB Stuttgart ....... 3 1 0
Freiburg.................3 0 2
Werder Bremen....3 0 1
Bayer Leverkusen.3 0 1
Cologne ................. 3 0 0
Stevenage (1) 1 Lincoln
(0) 2
Raggett 58
Palmer 75 (pen)
Sent off: M Green (Lincoln) 52;
L Wilkinson (Stevenage) 82
Yeovil
(0) 0 Cheltenhm(0) 0
2,732
L EA D I N G �
SCO R ER S
6 R Reid
(Exeter)
5 J Collins
(Luton)
5 F Nouble
(Newport)
5 C Porter
(Crewe)
4 K Jackson
(Accrington)
4 O Olomola
(Yeovil)
*6 others have
scored 4 goals
TOP ASSISTS
3 A Shinnie
(Luton)
3 L McAlinden
(Exeter)
3 G Cooper
(Crewe)
3 J Byrom
(Mansfield)
TO P 燬AV ES
28 B Roche
(Morecambe)
26 B Garratt
(Crewe)
24 J McKeown
(Grimsby)
24 C Pym
(Exeter)
24 A Krysiak
(Yeovil)
TEA M 燨 F �
TH E燱EEK
Krysiak (Yeovil)
Pipe (Newport)
Raggett
(Lincoln)
Hussey
(Swindon)
Jones (Notts Co)
Woodyard
(Lincoln)
Cooper (Crewe)
James (Exeter)
McConville
(Accrington)
Reid (Exeter)
Angol
(Mansfield)
F I X TU R ES
Atalanta 2 Sassuolo 1; Benevento 0 Torino 1;
Bologna 0 Napoli 3; Cagliari 1 Crotone 0; Inter
Milan 2 SPAL 0; Juventus 3 Chievo 0; Lazio 4
AC Milan 1; Sampdoria v Roma (post);
Udinese 1 Genoa 0; Verona 0 Fiorentina 5.
Praise爁or�
female�
referee
AWAY
D
W 1 Exeter City....................6
S ER I E 燗
Athletic Bilbao 2 Girona 0; Barcelona 5
Espanyol 0; Celta Vigo 1 Alaves 0; Deportivo
La Coru馻 2 Real Sociedad 4; Real Madrid 1
Levante 1; Seville 3 Eibar 0; Valencia 0
Atletico Madrid 0; Villarreal 3 Real Betis 1.
Played Friday: Leganes 1 Getafe 2.
Today: Malaga v Las Palmas.
P W D
Barcelona..............3 3 0
Real Sociedad ....... 3 3 0
Seville ................... 3 2 1
Athletic Bilbao......3 2 1
Leganes.................3 2 0
Atletico Madrid.....3 1 2
Real Madrid...........3 1 2
Levante.................3 1 2
Valencia ............... 3 1 2
Getafe...................3 1 1
Girona....................3 1 1
Celta Vigo ............. 3 1 0
Villarreal...............3 1 0
Real Betis..............3 1 0
Eibar......................3 1 0
D La Coru馻...........3 0 1
Espanyol................3 0 1
Malaga .................. 2 0 0
Alaves...................3 0 0
Las Palmas............2 0 0
HOME
P W
L
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
2
2
3
F A GD Pts
5 0 5 7
5 2 3 7
3 1 2 7
6 3 3 6
5 2 3 6
5 3 2 6
4 3 1 6
5 3 2 4
3 3 0 4
3 3 0 4
1 1 0 4
2 4 -2 4
3 3 0 3
2 5 -3 3
1 4 -3 2
1 4 -3 1
4 8 -4 1
1 7 -6 0
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
TODAY
Premier League: West Ham v
Huddersfield (8.0).
TOMORROW
Champions League: Group A:
Man Utd v Basle. Group B:
Celtic v Paris Saint-G. Group
C: Chelsea v FK Karabakh.
Carabao Cup: Second round:
Barnsley v Derby.
Sky Bet Championship: Aston
Villa v Middlesbrough; Bolton
v Sheff Utd (8.0); Leeds v
Birmingham; Norwich v
Burton; Preston v Cardiff;
QPR v Millwall; Sheff Wed v
Brentford; Sunderland v
Nottm F; Wolves v Bristol C.
League One: AFC Wimbledon
v Gillingham; Bristol R v
Oldham; Charlton v Wigan;
Fleetwood v Bury;
Northampton v Portsmouth;
Oxford Utd v Bradford;
Peterborough v MK Dons;
Plymouth v Blackpool;
Rochdale v Doncaster;
Rotherham v Walsall;
Scunthorpe v Blackburn;
Shrewsbury v Southend.
League Two: Accrington v
Grimsby; Barnet v Exeter
(8.0); Coventry v Carlisle;
Colchester v Chesterfield;
Crewe v Cambridge Utd;
Forest Green v Lincoln; Luton
v Port Vale; Mansfield v
Wycombe; Newport v
Cheltenham; Notts Co v
Swindon; Stevenage v
Crawley; Yeovil v Morecambe.
WEDNESDAY
Champions League: Group E:
Liverpool v Sevilla. Group F:
Feyenoord v Man City. Group
H: Tottenham v Borussia
Dortmund.
Sky Bet Championship:
Fulham v Hull.
THURSDAY
Europa League: Group E:
Atalanta v Everton (6.0).
Group H: Arsenal v Cologne
(8.05).
FRIDAY
Premier League:
Bournemouth v Brighton
(8.0).
Ladbrokes Scottish Prem:
Partick v Rangers.
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
SATURDAY
Premier League: Crystal
Palace v Southampton
(12.30); Huddersfield v
Leicester; Liverpool v
Burnley; Newcastle v Stoke;
Tottenham v Swansea (5.0);
Watford v Man City; West
Brom v West Ham. Sky Bet
Championship: Barnsley v
Aston Villa (5.30); Brentford
v Reading; Birmingham v
Preston; Bristol C v Derby;
Burton v Fulham; Cardiff v
Sheff Wed; Ipswich v Bolton;
Hull v Sunderland; Millwall v
Leeds; Middlesbrough v QPR;
Nottm F v Wolves; Sheff Utd
v Norwich. League One:
Blackburn v AFC Wimbledon;
Blackpool v Oxford; Bradford v
Rotherham; Bury v Plymouth;
Gillingham v Charlton; MK
Dons v Rochdale; Oldham v
Shrewsbury; Portsmouth v
Fleetwood; Southend v
Northampton; Walsall v
Peterboro; Wigan v Bristol R.
League Two: Cambridge Utd v
Coventry; Carlisle v Barnet;
Cheltenham v Colchester;
Chesterfield v Accrington;
Crawley v Notts Co; Exeter v
Crewe; Grimsby v Yeovil;
Lincoln v Mansfield (1.0);
Morecambe v Newport; Port
Vale v Forest Green; Swindon
v Stevenage; Wycombe v
Luton.
Ladbrokes Scottish
Premiership: Aberdeen v
Kilmarnock; Celtic v Ross Co;
Dundee v St Johnstone;
Hamilton v Hearts; Hibernian
v Motherwell. Championship:
Dumbarton v Brechin;
Dunfermline v St Mirren;
Falkirk v Dundee Utd;
Inverness CT v Livingston;
Queen of South v Morton.
SUNDAY
Premier League: Chelsea v
Arsenal (1.30); Man Utd v
Everton (4.0).
Sky Bet League One:
Doncaster v Scunthorpe.
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2GG
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hen I look at Dele Alli, I see a
remarkable young man. His father
moved out of the country when
he was a few months old. His
mother reportedly became
addicted to ?vodka, beer,
anything? when he was a child.
He went to live with another
family when he was 13, a crucial juncture in
his character formation. His mother, teetering
on the brink, couldn?t cope.
He flirted with the drugs and violence of the
gangs near the Bradwell estate in Milton
Keynes. Without solid role models, the
criminals of the neighbourhood must have felt
like lifeboats in a swirling ocean of confusion.
He admitted in an interview with GQ that by
the age of 12, he was hanging out on the streets
until 2am. Football was his saviour. Football
and a singularity of purpose, a drive, that one
looks at not just with admiration but with awe.
His first club was City Colts in Milton
Keynes. His abilities were spotted early on by
scouts, but how often have we seen bright
young things, particularly those from the
wrong side of the tracks, amount to nothing?
He made the transition into the youth team of
MK Dons but few of those who knew about
the difficulties he had faced would have
predicted that he would make it to the first
team just five years later.
Football is ferociously competitive. The
number of youngsters who aspire to play in
the professional leagues of the world?s great
nations are like the grains of sand on the
beach. Talent isn?t enough. Potential is
insufficient. There is something else that
characterises those who make it through the
freezing Sunday mornings, the early trials of
strength, the cruel kicking of ankles by
outmatched opponents. You can summarise it
with one word: resilience.
Alli spent little time at home as a child,
instead investing countless hours in a car park
behind which was a small piece of grass with
two trees. In his mind, these were the
goalposts of Wembley, the uprights of the
great stadiums of the world, a signpost to a
different kind of future. He practised, battled
and revelled in the artistry of the game.
Football was both vocation and escapism. At
16, he played his first match for MK Dons in
the FA Cup and, by the following season, had
secured a regular slot.
Those of us who had the incalculable benefit
of a solid family background, hard-working
parents who sacrificed so much, can only
W
Alli?s character has been eviscerated
by fans and commentators who have
forgotten how much he has achieved
despite a difficult childhood
imagine the singularity of purpose that
propelled Alli towards the dizzy heights of the
Premier League. Perhaps he will never open
up about what his childhood was really like, or
the rift with his biological parents. Alli now
has ?Dele? on the back of his shirt, stating: ?I
feel I have no connection with the Alli
surname.? What seems clear is that he was,
for a long time, at risk of a very different kind
of life.
But no. In the five years since his debut in
professional football, he has faced up to every
challenge. The pressure of playing for Spurs
was met with conviction, the unforgettable
volley against Crystal Palace in January 2016
an illustration of his audacity and skill. He
wasn?t fazed by the crowds, or the jeers that
are a staple of these intimidating
amphitheatres. In his second season at
Tottenham, he was named PFA Young Player
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of the Year for the second year running, with
18 goals in 37 appearances. For England, he
scored on his debut against France.
Last week, Alli made an obscene gesture
while playing for England against Slovakia.
You may have read about it. It was a foolish
indiscretion. Fifa is right to investigate
whether the gesture was aimed at the referee
or, as seems more likely, Kyle Walker, his
team-mate. Either way, the player should face
a proportionate sanction. The governing body
is entirely justified to say that the image of the
game would suffer if obscene gestures became
commonplace.
And yet what has mystified me about the
fallout over recent days is the response to this
so-called crime by fans and pundits. The way
that Alli?s character has been eviscerated. The
way this young man, with so many qualities to
admire, has been reduced to a ?chav?, ?thick as
a plank?, ?unworthy of the shirt?. The way that
a few misdemeanours, including a justified red
card for dangerous play, have been dressed up
as a case of advanced delinquency.
What has mystified me, too, is the way that
incidents of this kind are so mindlessly
shoehorned into the dubious narrative that all
footballers lack moral sensibility, that they are
all basically thuggish. This caricature is not
just ungracious but unjust. You only have to
meet a wide sample of players to see that they
are somewhat like any other group of
disparate individuals. Most are decent, honest
and charitable. Just look at the outpouring of
love and support for Bradley Lowery. Some
players are less admirable, but isn?t this what
you would expect in any group of people,
sporting or otherwise?
What concerns me most is the class
prejudice that sits, silently but undeniably,
beneath the tarnishing of footballers. They are
the blue-collar criminals of the sporting world.
Their lack of education is taken not as
evidence that they lacked opportunities, or
had to drop out of school to focus on their
sporting dreams, but of some congenital
deficiency. Even their successes are used as a
stick with which to beat them. How dare these
people with working-class accents earn such
vast sums? That they do so in free and fair
competition seems to offer little mitigation.
I doubt that this narrative will change any
time soon. It is too deeply entrenched, too
deliciously facile for those who indulge in it.
And that is why I hope that Alli, for his part,
will rise above it. One can only imagine how
challenging it was to make the transition into
the big time.
How surreal it must have been to realise
that he was now the subject of Orwellian
scrutiny, not just from the vast infrastructure
of on-pitch cameras, but also an army of
off-field paparazzi. Fame is rarely an undiluted
blessing for young people.
Above all, I hope he realises that, amid the
overblown sanctimony of recent days, there
are many in this country who are pulling for
him. Who admire what he has achieved and
who abhor the way that working-class boys,
who have strived with such heart and passion,
are traduced for actions that in a white-collar
setting might be brushed aside.
My sense, for what it is worth, is that Alli
will continue to strive for great things, as a
footballer and a person. I suspect, too, that he
has the strength of character to learn from the
mistakes that he makes along the way.
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e said that he would bring energy
and put smiles on faces, insisting
that football was a game to be
enjoyed. But on Saturday Jimmy
Floyd Hasselbaink had barely taken
his seat in the dugout before new
life was breathed into Northampton
Town?s moribund season. When
Matt Crooks scored after only 21 seconds
Sixfields rattled with joy. It was a goal that
proved enough to seal a 1-0 win over
Doncaster Rovers and gave Northampton
their first points of the season.
Four straight defeats, a winless streak
stretching back to March, and some decidedly
joyless football, ten days ago made Justin
Edinburgh the first managerial casualty of
the campaign. Developments during the
summer have, of course, led to heightened
levels of ambition.
It came as quite a surprise when the wave of
Chinese investment in English football flowed
down to the Cobblers in League One, with
5USport, a ?sports development and education
firm?, buying a 60 per cent stake in the club at
the end of June. The company, who have in
the past held a stake in talkSPORT, own a
holding in the sporting memorabilia website,
icons.com, and in 2015 brought John Terry to
Guangzhou in a football ambassadorial role.
Why Northampton? you may ask, with
some justification. It seems, however, that
their intention is to use the brand and
expertise of Northampton Town to fuel their
growing business in China providing footballeducation programmes. ?The truth is, the
more successful Northampton Town is, the
better that brand is overseas,? Kelvin Thomas,
who was retained as chairman, says.
Mark Lyons, the club?s assistant academy
manager, visited China for two weeks in July
and delivered presentations to local
government authorities, provided support to
coaches and even came across a Cobblers
supporter, wearing a claret strip, who had
studied at Northampton University. There is
talk, he says, of Northampton opening
an International Academy, similar to
Leicester City?s.
Thomas believes that with the right levels of
investment ?there is no ceiling in football
anymore?. However, with the 5USport
investment undisclosed, and little known
about the financial muscle of the club?s new
majority shareholders, excitement among
supporters is understandably married with a
note of caution.
?It?s a bit vague. It would be nice to know a
bit more about them,? said Roger Averill,
chairman of the Northampton Town
Supporters Trust ? the first of its kind to be
formed in the UK in 1992. The unfinished east
stand at Sixfields also acts as a macabre
reminder of how close the club came to being
wound up just two years ago. The details of
the alleged misappropriation of a
�.25 million council loan to fund stadium
improvements have yet to fully emerge. Debts
and staff went unpaid, before a consortium
headed by Thomas took control of the club,
and despite it all Chris Wilder led the club to
the League Two title.
Wilder?s shoes have been hard to fill for the
Cobblers: Edinburgh kept the club in League
One last term after he replaced Rob Page in
H
Age 19
Previous clubs King?s
Lynn Town (loan),
Northampton Town
academy
Attributes Athletic,
strong in the tackle,
composed in possession.
Has there been any
interest from bigger
clubs? Saturday was only
his fourth league start for
the club. Will be looking
to cement his place in the
team this season
January. But his departure on transfer
deadline day came after he had brought in 16
new players during the summer. An increased
playing budget saw the arrival of young
prospects such as the Cheltenham Town
striker Billy Waters and Matt Crooks, from
Rangers, for undisclosed fees. Hasselbaink, for
now, though, will have to work with what he
has got. But the roar as he emerged from the
Sixfields tunnel on Saturday enforced the
feeling that the former Chelsea and Leeds
United striker is a shrewd appointment.
His stellar playing career is unlikely to do
any harm in the club?s quest to increase their
profile in China. And before an
underwhelming year in charge of Queens Park
Rangers, who he left in November 2016, he left
Burton Albion at the summit of League One
in December 2015 after winning the League
Two title. Hasselbaink sees Northampton as
?the right project? and is well acquainted with
the challenges of lower league football.
After his side?s blistering start on Saturday,
Crooks might have added to his early goal. He
came close with a diving header and should
have done better with a half volley that he
sliced wide from 15 yards out. Northampton?s
defence remained suspect at times,
unsurprisingly given that they had conceded
ten goals in their previous four league games.
Hasselbaink cut
an animated
figure on the
touchline,
above, before
toasting victory
in his first
game in charge
with a wellearned cup
of tea
And they were tested further in the second
half when a much-improved Doncaster Rovers
introduced the classy James Coppinger to
provide a creative spark. He was the architect
of numerous opportunities for Rovers and
tested Matt Ingram, the goalkeeper, with a
fierce strike from outside the box. The
Cobblers held on, though, much to the delight
Hasselbaink, who cut an animated figure in
the technical area and spoke with a hoarse
voice after his exertions during the match.
?The three points are very important, but
you look at the boys, how they are willing to
suffer, and we suffered today,? he said. ?That
was always going to be the case. It?s only been
a few days together and the confidence is low,
so we need to believe.
?Obviously there are a lot of things to work
on, but it?s a good start. I couldn?t have asked
for more.?
Report Born in
Northampton,
McWilliams joined the
Cobblers? academy aged
14. After a spell on loan at
King?s Lynn Town in the
Evo-Stik Southern League
last season, he returned
to make his debut as a
first-half substitute
against Rochdale in April.
Put in a very
disciplined performance
on Saturday, providing a
foil for Matt Grimes, his
midfield partner, on loan
from Swansea City, who
also impressed.
Shielded the back four
intelligently, but also
pressed well. When he
did so was tenacious and
not at all afraid to put his
foot in.
Tired a little towards
the end, and despite
picking up a knock
battled on admirably
until the end.
A very mature
performance for a
teenager, and played an
important role in a team
under pressure. Will also
take confidence from his
selection by Jimmy Floyd
Hasselbaink, who singled
the youngster out for a
warm embrace
and words of
encouragement
after the match.
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1GG
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t was the bus incident that made people at
Portsmouth realise how bad things were during
the club?s second spell in administration in 2012.
It was during a meeting at Fratton Park when
Clare Martin, the charismatic chief executive of
Pompey in the Community (PITC), intervened
in a discussion about how the club could keep
the ticket office running after the electricity
was cut off.
?I tell you what,? Martin advised what remained
of the Portsmouth hierarchy, ?we?ve a single-decker
bus, a mobile classroom, which has got an
independent generator. If I reverse the bus up to
the ticket office, secure it to the generator, we can
run the server, sell tickets and keep going.?
Everyone laughed. A bus. Ticket to ride. ?I was
being facetious,? Martin recalls, ?but an hour later, I
got a call saying, ?Can you give us the dimensions of
the bus?? Seriously! That?s how bad it was.?
During Portsmouth?s drop from eighth in the
Premier League and FA Cup winners in 2008 to
penury and League Two misery, Martin was a
beacon of hope, practicality and bloody-minded
refusal to give in. She helped to rally not only staff
at the club but the thousands of disadvantaged
people who relied on schemes run by PITC.
Martin?s organisation, this year?s EFL Community
Club of the Year, employs 49 full-time staff and 96
part-time, including coaches, improving the lives of
almost 40,000 participants. She enters marathons
to raise funds for myriad projects ranging from drug
awareness to tackling dementia. After running the
35-mile Tiree ultramarathon, in the Hebrides, in
her Pompey shirt yesterday, she addresses the EFL
Trust national conference today. ?They?ve promised
a wheelchair to get me on stage!? she says, smiling.
?I hate running. I have these leggings that say, ?I
might be as slow as a turtle through peanut butter
but I run.??
Martin is a fighter, confronting the financial
meltdown that engulfed Portsmouth through bad
ownership and overspending. PITC, an expanding
collection of buildings 100 yards from Fratton Park,
is a separate entity but was caught up in the chaos
and the cost-cutting. ?With the second
administration, all hell broke loose. I?d get a phone
call at 11pm, saying, ?Your vans are on [the club?s]
fleet insurance, from 9am consider them uninsured.?
They?d say, ?Your phones are on ours [the club?s
contract], consider yourselves cut off.? An hour later,
every mobile phone went dead. For three months
we were firefighting.
?Our landlord, Dave Anderson, was amazing. He
I
made sure we weren?t kicked out. He was a big
brother to me. I had to shoulder everything. One
day I got out of bed thinking, ?I can?t do this any
more?. I just burst into tears. It was so hard.
Everything we worked for was at risk, so many
people believed in us. I got a skin problem during it,
stress, and am still on tablets. But I love every
minute of it. I like a challenge. It?s like the Dunkirk
spirit. Bloody-mindedness. We?d put in so much,
and weren?t going to let it go.
?I?d add Trevor Birch [the second administrator]
to the list with Dave Anderson as good people.
Trevor had to do some vile and brutal things but he
did them as a gentleman and I so respect him.
Trevor told people that Pompey in the Community
?is the one bit of the club that works? and that ?if the
rest of the club worked like the community
department, we?d still be in the Premier League?.
?I never worried about the club dying. It?s a
community club. It means too much to people here.
It?s people?s lives. Those fans who go home and
away are unbelievable.? On April 17, Martin joined
the travelling throng, totalling almost 5,000,
heading to Meadow Lane for the game that
eventually sealed Portsmouth?s promotion to
League One. After so many blows, the club was
getting back on its feet.
Martin took ten young Pompey fans, including
her son, and as they took the lead against Notts
County, she just knew what was going to happen at
the final whistle. ?We?re going to have a pitch
invasion. What am I going to do? I?ve got ten little
boys here. It was too late to get them out, the
stairwells were full, and all the fans were going,
?We?re on the pitch, we?re on the pitch?.
?I said to the boys, ?You stay put, you do not
move. If the policemen say you can go on the pitch,
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you can.? Eventually the stewards went, ?Oh, sod it,
come on the pitch?. So they went. Two minutes
later, I look up and the boys are on the opposite
side, up in the stand with the players, and my tenyear-old is holding a bottle of champagne. When
we all got back to the minibus, I asked them, ?How
did you get up there, with the players?? My son said,
?The stewards wouldn?t let us in, so we just crawled
between their legs?.?
Martin loves relating the joyous story of
Pompey?s recovery. ?On the way back, Mark Catlin,
the chief executive, is phoning people saying, ?We?re
having a party, come in the Victory Lounge [at
Fratton Park].? Everyone was in there, board,
players, fans. Took them two weeks to redecorate!
That?s what sums it up. The board don?t go to some
posh place, everyone?s in there together.?
After a troubled decade, life is smoother at
Fratton Park now with the brilliant Pompey
Supporters? Trust having rescued the club, and the
American businessman Michael Eisner taking over.
?Michael and his entourage came in here before it
[the takeover] was public knowledge,? Martin
continues.
?They came for 20 minutes and stayed for four
and a half hours. Michael ?gets? community. His
questions showed such insight. He recognised that
kids in southern California who were having real
mental-health issues, that it had a lot to do with
their teeth. They stopped smiling because they had
bad teeth, so stopped going out, stopped friendships,
became reclusive, and have mental-health issues. So
Michael said, ?Let?s go right back and treat their
teeth?. He has 22 full-time dentists working in his
foundation.
?Michael does a lot of inter-generational work, so
was very interested with the [?Life and Chimes?]
dementia group we run here. The generation really
suffering now with dementia became fans around
the 1939 Cup final, and the league [titles in 1948-49
and 1949-50]. They come in here, see the Pompey
badge and suddenly spring to life.
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD POHLE
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Payne?s strike
lifts Shrewsbury
to new heights
Performance of the week
Bradford City Northampton Town
and Shrewsbury Town were
contenders but Bradford?s 3-1 win
away to leaders Peterborough
United sent a statement.
Player of the week
Stefan Payne
Shrewsbury Town
Among numerous
success stories at
Shrewsbury this
season, Payne,
right, scored the
only goal, his
fourth in five
games, to lift his
team to the top of
the division.
Goal of the week Ricky
Holmes Charlton Athletic
thleticc A tight
turn on the edge of the Southend
United area created space for a low
shot into the bottom corner.
Rising star Kean Bryan Oldham
Athletic A well-taken goal by the
20-year-old Manchester City
loanee, top right, suggests all is not
doom and gloom for struggling
Oldham.
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with anything!? Matt Crooks, the
Northampton matchwinner, on
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?We?ve been told, ?John will come but you won?t
get a peep out of him?. Then John walks in, sees the
Pompey logo, watches the old videos and he?s
singing, chatting and back in those times. They
don?t remember yesterday, but they remember 1939.
We haven?t got any funding for that group any
more, but we can?t stop doing it, because it?s such a
phenomenal group.?
Government cutbacks are having an impact.
?We?re noticing that more now. But Portsmouth?s
special. It?s an island, and we have that island
mentality.? People rally round. ?Tesco next door
gives us food nearing sell-by. We had a problem
with the stage at the stadium, and the club said,
?You can?t use it as it?s condemned.? Oh, for
goodness sake, we?ve got a volunteering awards
coming up. So I put out a tweet, ?Help! I need a
chippy!?
?Within 40 minutes someone came back saying,
?I heard the old girl needs some help?? I asked him,
?Do you mean Fratton Park or me?!? He did the
stage and has just built us the middle bit in the
changing-room classroom.? That?s an IT suite
modelled as a dressing-room. Participants on
educational courses love it.
?Everyone helps. Three of our walking footballers
play in a band, so they come in once a month and
do a sing-song. The NCS [National Citizen Service]
cooks for the dementia group.? Three local 16-yearolds, Jasmine Kithakye, Katie Edwards and Lilliah
Butcher, are in the kitchens, making lunch. ?You
hear, ?Teenagers in Portsmouth got a bad
reputation?, so this builds confidence,? Kithakye
says. ?We cook here. We?ve decorated one of the
nurseries up in Fratton.?
Edwards adds: ?We walk around the streets here
being told, ?You?re being antisocial?. We get frowned
at for being loud. But we?ve been handing out
sandwiches to homeless people. We recorded a song
to raise awareness of mental-health issues.?
Martin?s organisation also delivers educational
programmes to 8,000 people annually, often in
their expanding classrooms covered with
Portsmouth pictures. ?One of the reasons why club
trusts like Pompey?s are so successful, especially on
education, is they?re more welcoming than a
college, less scary,? Mike Evans, director of
operations for the EFL Trust, says. ?It gives an
opportunity to people who might be more
motivated by football.? Echoing community
departments at clubs across the country, Martin
and her staff offer all manner of projects. ?Clare?s a
force of nature,? Evans says. HMS Queen Elizabeth,
the gleaming new aircraft carrier, has just docked
nearby. ?We?ll go up there with our [PL] Kicks kids,
real Pompey lads, who would get the most from it,
and play football on their deck,? Martin says. ?We
did it on Illustrious.
?One of the major problems for schools in
Portsmouth is there is so little space to run around.
There is also huge deprivation, third-generation
unemployment. Youngsters come here and realise
there?s a way out. Louis [Faith] came to us when he
was 12; he?d tried to set fire to a building, police
dragged him back. He was a Pompey kid, one of his
friends died through drugs, two are in prison, and if
it wasn?t for Pompey and football he?d probably be
somewhere very different now. He did 1,000 hours
volunteering for us and now runs Kicks for us.?
Martin liaises with Saints Foundation over Kicks
fixtures and other schemes, but refuses to mention
Southampton by name. ?If I said the word, I?d be in
big trouble,? she says. ?My sister lives over there
and, if I take my son over there in his Pompey kit,
they make him take it off on the doorstep. Tongue
in cheek of course! But any project where we can
link with them is absolutely brilliant; our Kicks boys
play an under-15s match against them. It has that
edge to it.?
So many projects. ?We have about 240 people a
week using our inclusive bikes, with the wheelchair
carrier at the front,? Martin adds. ?We?re going to
Derby to buy two more and cycle them back. I hate
cycling. So, guess who?s riding one of them back?!?
Martin
works with
49 fulltime and
96 parttime staff
at PITC,
which
helps
hundreds
of people
each week
Reid scores six
in six as Exeter
set early pace
Performance of the week
Swindon Town Without a win at
home, Swindon kept up their 100 per
cent away record with an impressive
3-0 win against Luton Town.
Player of the week Reuben Reid
Exeter City Two goals in the 3-1 win
away to Forest Green Rovers made it
six in six for the striker, right.
Goal of the week Dan Jones Notts
County A magnificent, left-foot free
kick, below, capped an impressive
performance from the left back.
Rising star George Cooper Crewe
Alexandra The 20-year-old
midfielder, a product of Crewe?s
famed academy, scored his first goal
of the season in the 5-1 win over
Chesterfield.
Villain of the day Matt Green
Lincoln City Of all the reasons to
pick up a second yellow card,
kicking away the ball is not a good
one. Green did just that in the 2-1
win at Stevenage.
Stat of the day 0 The number of
first-half league goals scored by
Morecambe this season.
Quote of the day ?They have such
a passionate and loyal fanbase but
he stood firm and, within the laws of
the game, he has got every single
decision right,? Swindon manager
David Flitcroft on referee Graham
Salisbury ? rare praise from a
manager for an official, though it
was after a 3-0 win away to Luton.
| THE燝AME
18
the times | Monday September 11 2017
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F A W D
L
F A GD Pts
1 Man United.................4
2 0 0
6 0
1
1 0
6
2 10 10
Y
2 Man City......................4
1
6
1
2 0 0
4
1
8 10
Y
3 Chelsea........................4
1 0
1
4
3
2 0 0
4
2
3
9
Y
4 Watford........................4 0
2 0
3
3
2 0 0
4 0
4
8
1 0
Y
5 Tottenham..................4 0
1
Z
6 Huddersfield...............3
1
1 0
Y
7 Burnley........................4
1 0
Z
8 Liverpool.....................4
2 0 0
5 0 0
Z
9 West Brom..................4
1
2
1
2
1
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3
2 0 0
5 0
4
7
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3 0
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7
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7
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1
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1 0
1
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2 0 0
7
3 0 0
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5 -1
6
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1
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3
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1
1
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5
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1
1
1
3
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1 0 0 0 -1
5
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1 0
1
3
3 0
1
2 -2
4
Z 15 Swansea......................4
0 0
2 0
5
1 0
2 0 -3
4
Z 16 Everton........................4
1 0
1
3 0
1
1
4
1
1
1
1 0
1
3 -4
Z 17 Leicester......................4
1 0
1
3
2 0 0
2
W 18 Bournemouth............4
0 0
2
1
4 0 0
2 0
4 -7 0
W 19 Crystal Palace.............4
0 0
2 0
5 0 0
2 0
2 -7 0
W 20West Ham....................3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VA N A R A M A 燦AT I O NAL
AFC Fylde
(0) 2
Bromley
(0) 0
Dover Ath
Tasdemir 67
Rowe 69
Aldershot
VAN ARAMA燦 ORTH�
(1) 2
Sutherland 8, Rees 50
1,514
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Leyton Orient (0) 0
Woodards 35, Murtagh 50
1,920
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Ebbsfleet
(0) 1
Akintunde 82
1,591
3
(0) 1
AFC Telford
(1) 1
5
Wright 26, Kennedy 55
Thomson 72, 75
Emmett 85
Sent off: C Johnson (AFC Telford United) 79
(4) 4
6 -2
2 10 -8 0
Gainsborough (0) 1
Platt 7, Westcarr 12
Wells 85
German 17, Daniels 25
454
Sent off: T Davie (Gainsborough) 26
Gloucester
(0) 0
Bradford PA (1) 1
Nuneaton
735
Johnson 20
319
Elliott 6
Sent off: J Dielna 54
Hartlepool
Curzon Ashton(1) 1
FC Utd of Man(0) 0
Clark 66, Bignall 85
228
Leonard 42
726
Oxford City
Eastleigh
(0) 0
(0) 1
Franks 75
Maidstone (1)
(0) 0
Dag and Red (0) 0
3,366
3
Woking
Hines 34, Sam-Yorke 67
Pigott 77
Ward 72
2,527
Solihull Moors(0) 0
Macclesfield (0) 1
808
Sutton Utd
(1) 1
Wrexham
(0) 0
1,841
Tranmere
Norwood 90
(0) 1
Barrow
(0) 0
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3
3
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7
9
13
9
11
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7
12
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16
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16
10
10
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16
18
20
GD Pts
4 17
7 16
3 16
1 16
1 16
2 15
6 14
5 14
-1 14
3 12
3 12
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1 12
1 12
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2 11
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1 10
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-7 7
-12 6
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(1) 2
Redshaw 43, 53
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Leamington
(0) 0
Chorley
(1) 2
(0) 0
Tamworth
(1) 3
Heslop 17
Morgan-Smith 28
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(0) 1
(1) 4
(0) 2
(2) 3
Braintree
(2) 3
Miles 26 (og)
Shulton 42, Roberts 75
Hampton & R (1) 2
Kretzschmar 22 (pen)
Napa 52
East Thurrock (1) 3
Walker 4, Wilson 79
St Albans
Eastbourne B (0) 2
Brackley
Gardiner 45
Banton 45
(0) 0
Kidderminster (1) 3
Spennymoor (0) 1
Griffiths 48
721
(2) 2
Chippenham (0) 0
954
Higgins 13
Navarro 64 (og)
Burns 79
Longbottom 26
Brown 52, 87
Reid 10
Knights 54, 86
Hungerford
(0) 1
Widdrington 73
Sheringham 21, Liburd 59
Kaloczi 63, Parkes 66
Stockport
(0) 0
3,011
P W D
Harrogate ...........10 7 2
Salford City.........10 7 2
Brackley ............. 10 6 3
Blyth Spartans....10 6 0
York.....................10 5 2
Tamworth ........... 10 5 2
Southport............10 5 2
Alfreton ..............10 5 1
Spennymoor .......10 4 3
Chorley................10 4 3
Bradford PA........10 4 3
Stockport Co.......10 4 2
Kidderminster.....10 4 2
Darlington...........10 3 4
AFC Telford ........10 4 0
Curzon Ashton....10 3 3
Boston ................10 3 2
Nuneaton............10 2 3
FC Utd of Man.....10 2 1
Gainsborough .....10 2 1
Leamington.........10 2 1
North Ferriby .....10 1 2
Truro
(2) 2
Odubade 50 (pen)
Torres 90
(3) 7
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29
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18
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15
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5
16
11
13
16
15
14
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12
12
12
13
18
18
20
16
20
24
20
19
GD Pts
18 23
9 23
11 21
6 18
7 17
3 17
-1 17
4 16
2 15
2 15
1 15
5 14
0 14
0 13
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-7 12
-7 11
-4 9
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(1) 2
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Gordon 82
413
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Brown 77
Welling
(0) 2
Phipps 54, Healy 71
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3
3
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3
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(1) 3
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(0) 0
452
P W D
Chelmsford .........10 6 3
Havant & W ....... 10 6 2
Dartford .............. 10 5 4
Truro .................. 10 6 1
East Thurrock ...... 9 5 4
St Albans .............9 6 1
Braintree.............10 5 3
Eastbourne Boro 10 4 4
Hemel H
10 5 1
Bath ....................10 5 1
Hungerford .........10 4 2
Gloucester ..........10 4 1
Chippenham .......10 3 3
Welling................10 2 5
Hampton & R ..... 10 2 5
Bognor Regis ......10 2 4
Wealdstone.........10 2 4
Weston-s-Mare .. 10 2 3
Oxford City..........10 2 2
Poole .................. 10 2 2
Concord Rangers.10 2 1
Whitehawk ......... 10 0 2
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22
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62
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18,862
(0) 0
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38,835
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(2) 3
Kane 28, 46
Eriksen 42
(0) 1
Chelsea
Vardy 62 (pen)
30,923
Morata 41
Kant� 50
Manchester City (2) 5
Liverpool
(1) 2
(0) 0
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54,172
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Southampton
(0) 0
Watford
31,435
Stoke
(1) 2
Swansea
(1) 2
Manchester Utd (1) 2
Rashford 45+1
Lukaku 57
(0) 0
Newcastle
20,872
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7
6
14
14
11
17
13
13
16
14
17
18
13
11
18
16
19
22
18
16
34
GD Pts
8 21
9 20
17 19
8 19
7 19
6 19
3 18
4 16
3 16
-1 16
0 14
-5 13
-2 12
0 11
-1 11
-2 10
-4 10
-4 9
-6 8
-6 8
-9 7
-25 2
L
1
3
1
3
2
2
0
2
4
2
4
3
3
3
2
3
4
4
4
3
5
6
5
6
F
18
16
10
11
14
11
9
11
14
13
9
15
11
11
10
8
11
7
12
8
9
9
5
7
A
6
8
5
8
12
9
5
8
11
10
12
11
10
11
10
9
12
12
15
11
20
15
12
17
GD Pts
12 17
8 15
5 15
3 15
2 14
2 14
4 13
3 13
3 12
3 12
-3 12
4 11
1 11
0 11
0 11
-1 11
-1 10
-5 10
-3 8
-3 7
-11 7
-6 6
-7 4
-10 4
Evo-Stik League Southern
Banbury 3 Frome 4; Basingstoke 3 St Ives 2;
Biggleswade 2 Gosport 0; Kings Langley 0
Farnborough 3; King?s Lynn 4 Stratford 1;
Merthyr 0 B Stortford 0; Redditch 3 Chesham
1; Royston 1 Hereford 4; Slough 8 Dunstable
1; St Neots 5 Dorchester 0; Tiverton 3 Hitchin
1; Weymouth 3 Kettering 1.
P W D
King?s Lynn ..........6 5 1
Slough...................6 5 0
Banbury.................6 5 0
Kettering...............6 5 0
Redditch................6 4 1
Weymouth............6 4 1
Tiverton ................ 6 4 1
Biggleswade .........6 4 1
Hereford ...............6 3 2
Merthyr ................6 2 4
Basingstoke..........6 3 0
Frome ...................6 2 1
Stratford ..............6 1 4
Royston ................6 2 1
Chesham ............... 6 2 1
4
3
3
3
3
3
TO P 燗S S I STS
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0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
3
3
1
3
3
F
14
20
21
15
15
14
9
9
12
12
17
10
7
7
7
A
4
5
7
6
3
6
4
7
7
3
9
12
9
10
12
GD Pts
10 16
15 15
14 15
9 15
12 13
8 13
5 13
2 13
5 11
9 10
8 9
-2 7
-2 7
-3 7
-5 7
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W燞ennessey�(Crystal燩al)
J燘utland�(Stoke)
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L燜abianski�(Swansea)�
J燩ickford�(Everton)
22
18
17
17
16
14
G E T 燝 OA L S �
Lascelles 76
Farnborough..........6
St Neots ...............6
Kings Langley ....... 6
Hitchin...................6
St Ives ..................6
Dorchester............6
B Stortford............6
Dunstable..............6
Gosport Borough...6
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P燩ogba�(Manchester燯nited) 11
C燘enteke�(Crystal燩alace) 11
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11
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10
L燜er�(Swansea)
9
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Warrington .......... 8 5 2
Grantham..............8 5 0
Witton Albion.......8 4 3
Shaw Lane ............ 8 5 0
Farsley Celtic........8 4 2
Stourbridge...........8 4 2
Lancaster .............7 3 4
Altrincham............7 4 1
Buxton...................8 4 0
Nantwich ..............8 3 3
Coalville ............... 8 4 0
Barwell..................8 3 2
Hednesford ........... 8 3 2
Stafford Rangers..8 3 2
Ashton ................. 7 3 2
Mickleover Spts....8 3 2
Whitby..................8 3 1
Marine...................8 3 1
Matlock ................8 2 2
Workington...........8 1 4
Sutton Coldfield ...8 2 1
Stalybridge ........... 8 2 0
Halesowen............7 1 1
Rushall Olympic....8 1 1
78
78
71
70
61
57
FOULS
TO P 燬 C O R E R S
Doucour� 38
Janmaat 66
Choupo-Moting 43, 63
29,320
Swansea�
Burnley�
Bournemouth�
Leicester�
Everton�
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Pearce 4, Paterson 35
Fleet 74
174
1,117
901
York City
4,269
P W D
Dover Athletic ...... 9 5 2
Dagenham & Red..9 4 4
Wrexham .............. 9 5 1
Leyton Orient........9 5 1
Sutton United.......9 5 1
Halifax...................9 4 3
Aldershot..............9 4 2
Boreham Wood.....9 4 2
Macclesfield..........9 4 2
Maidenhead ......... 9 3 3
Gateshead.............9 3 3
Eastleigh...............9 2 6
Bromley.................9 3 3
Tranmere .............. 9 3 3
Maidstone ............9 3 3
Woking..................9 4 0
Ebbsfleet ..............
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