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Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2 – match report: Chris Wood scores equaliser at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2: Wood pegs back hosts as Selhurst spoils are shared


16:51 GMT, 20 April 2013



17:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

Chris Wood's second-half strike could not prevent Leicester slipping out of the npower Championship play-off places.

The New Zealander plundered his 20th goal of the season as the Foxes twice came from behind to grab a point at Palace.

But Bolton's win over Middlesbrough saw them leapfrog City into sixth, while Palace's hold on a play-off spot also looks far from secure.

To the rescue: Chris Wood's equaliser earned Leicester a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

To the rescue: Chris Wood's equaliser earned Leicester a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park


Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Marrow (O'Keefe 78), Dobbie (Bolasie 75), Murray,
Wilbraham (Phillips 85). Subs Not Used: Fitzsimons, Ramage, Moritz, Banton.

Booked: Moxey, Delaney, Dikgacoi.

Goals: Gabbidon 26, Dobbie 67.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Kane 90), King, James, Dyer (Gallagher 89), Schlupp (Nugent 73), Wood. Subs Not Used: Logan, Drinkwater, Whitbread, Moore.

Booked: James.

Goals: King 37, Wood 73.

Att: 18,563.

Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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The Eagles had not scored in their
previous five matches and a run of seven without win leaves them just
two points clear of Leicester in seventh.

Their eight-hour goal drought was
ended by a player who had not scored in the league for more than eight
years when Danny Gabbidon put them ahead.

City levelled before half-time through Andy King before Stephen Dobbie tucked away his fourth goal of the season for Palace.

But Wood denied Palace a welcome win when he latched onto a defensive error to fire home in the 73rd minute.

Despite their wretched run, Palace
made a bright start and Kasper Schmeichel made a fine early save to
prevent an own goal after Dobbie's corner flicked a Leicester head.

Wilfried Zaha then teed up Aaron
Wilbraham, making his first Championship start since August, but the
former Norwich striker's shot was too close to Schmeichel.

Good start: Danny Gabbidon celebrates giving Crystal Palace the lead in the first half

Good start: Danny Gabbidon celebrates giving Crystal Palace the lead in the first half

Battle: Leicester's Wes Morgan holds off Glenn Murray as they compete fro possession

Battle: Leicester's Wes Morgan holds off Glenn Murray as they compete fro possession



After those early let-offs Leicester
began to press and Jeff Schlupp was denied by Julian Speroni before Wood
and King fired off target.

But it was Palace who went ahead in
the 26th minute when Dobbie floated in a free-kick and defender Gabbidon
swept in his first league goal since March 2005.

Alex Marrow went close to doubling the advantage with a volley which Schmeichel managed to keep out.

But instead Leicester pulled level in
the 37th minute when a slick move involving Paul Konchesky and Lloyd
Dyer ended with King curling in a fine equaliser.

Shortly before the interval Marrow's deflected drive was tipped over the top by Schmeichel.

After the break Leicester should have
taken the lead when Wood knocked down Paul Konchesky's cross into the
path of Schlupp but the youngster scooped his shot over.

At the other end Glenn Murray's header set up Wilbraham, who got in front of his marker but nodded against the crossbar.

Palace's pressure told in the 67th
minute when Murray's lay-off found its way to Dobbie on the edge of the
area and the former Swansea frontman tucked away a fine strike.

But six minutes later a slip by
Damien Delaney allowed Wood to charge through one-on-one with Speroni
and he made no mistake to snatch a point.

Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 2 match report: Peter Ramage scores winner

Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 2: Ramage does the damage as Eagles make it 10 unbeaten



16:54 GMT, 27 October 2012

Two first-half goals from Damien Delaney and Peter Ramage kept up managerless Crystal Palace's impressive start to the npower Championship and ended Leicester's unbeaten home record.

Defending a 100 per cent sequence at the King Power Stadium, Nigel Pearson's side were second best against a slick Palace side under the stewardship of caretaker boss Lennie Lawrence following the departure of Dougie Freedman this week.

The visitors could have been ahead in the first minute but Yannick Bolasie spurned a chance from just yards out.

Perfect 10: Palace kept up their unbeaten record

Perfect 10: Palace kept up their unbeaten record

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Schlupp 77), Drinkwater (Marshall 63), King, Dyer (James 32), Vardy, Nugent.

Subs Not Used: Logan, Waghorn, Moore, Futacs.

Booked: Vardy, De Laet.

Goals: King 90.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ramage, Delaney, Ward, Parr, Bolasie, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha (Moxey 90), Murray (Wilbraham 89).

Subs Not Used: Price, Blake, Easter, O'Keefe, Moritz.

Booked: Moxey.

Goals: Delaney 23, Ramage 28.

Attendance: 23,646

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

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It was a rocky start for Pearson's
Championship leaders but Julian Speroni – making his 250th league start
in goal for the Eagles – had to be alert to save a Dave Nugent effort as
the Foxes briefly threatened at the other end.

A header from Andy King cleared the bar as the hosts rallied, but Kasper
Schmeichel did well to hold on to a Wilfried Zaha cross as Palace –
nine games unbeaten in the Championship – displayed all their attacking
intent in the opening stages.

And Lawrence's men took the lead after 23 minutes. Schmeichel failed to
deal with a Mile Jedinak corner, feeling he was impeded as he went to
claim the ball, and Delaney rattled home from 12 yards out.

Zaha tried his luck from 30 yards out, but Palace did not have long to
wait for their second as Ramage headed home from six yards out after 28
minutes, latching onto Bolasie's assist.

It had been a poor start from the hosts, who went into the game boasting
six successive home wins, but it got worse 13 minutes from the break
when an injured Lloyd Dyer was replaced by Matty James.

Pearson would have hoped for a decent start to the second half but much
as his team huffed and puffed, Palace were always a threat at the other
end of the field, and a third for the visitors would have ended the
Foxes' hopes.

Jamie Vardy would have hoped for a better connection with a header that
sailed harmlessly over the bar from close range 10 minutes after the
break, and Leicester were forced into a tactical change after 63 minutes
when Danny Drinkwater was replaced by Ben Marshall.

Time was running out for the hosts and a speculative shot from all of 35
yards from James showed how well Palace had snuffed out the Foxes'

With 14 minutes left Anthony Knockaert was replaced by Jeff Schlupp, and
Leicester finally registered in added time when King headed home.

But the Foxes were second best on a day when Palace showed true
promotion potential and the legacy left them by former boss Freedman.

Giovanni Trapattoni refuses to contemplate his exit after seeing Ireland beat the Faroes

Trapattoni refuses to contemplate his exit after seeing Ireland beat the Faroes



23:12 GMT, 16 October 2012

A bullish Giovanni Trapattoni was planning for the future after seeing the Republic of Ireland cruise to victory in the Faroe Islands.

The 73-year-old Italian started the day fighting for his job as Ireland manager amid claims that the Football Association were ready to ditch him in the wake of Friday night's 6-1 drubbing by Germany at the Aviva Stadium.

But after witnessing a spirited response as his players ran out 4-1 winners at the Torsvollur Stadium, he refused to contemplate his exit.

Bullish: Giovanni Trapattoni

Bullish: Giovanni Trapattoni

Asked if he expected to be manager for the rest of the campaign, Trapattoni said: 'We have in November another game. I expect. We started three games ago – we have won two games, we have lost one against the best team [in Group C]. It's not my decision.

'I know what I can do, but it's not my decision. I don't have a problem. For me, it's my job. I say always I am proud to be the manager of this team with these players.

'We have discovered many, many young players in the last three years and sometimes we can lose. Football is like this.'

The speculation reached fever pitch before kick off in Torshavn when it emerged that Trapattoni's usual post-match de-brief, which was scheduled for tomorrow evening in Dublin, had been cancelled.

However, Trapattoni revealed he was returning early to Italy for personal reasons.

'I have a meeting in Italy, and my sister is in hospital and I am not sure how serious it is, so I would like to return,' he said.

However, with Football Association of Ireland chief executive having declined to comment on Trapattoni's position both before and after tonight's game, the rumour mill was still churning.

Que sera, sera: Trapattoni after the game

Que sera, sera: Trapattoni after the game

Asked if he expected to meet Delaney or any other FAI official in the coming days, he said: 'No, absolutely not. I'm not aware of the suggestions, but I am a serious professional and I have worked at big clubs with 100 per cent responsibility.

'That's my professional seriousness. In other countries, people know Trapattoni is a professional man, and that is a great honour.

'There is a very simple sentence in my history: the winners has 100 fathers, the losers are orphans.

'Football associations change like the wind, they can change in a second.'

Crystal Palace 4 Burnley 3: Zaha brace see Eagles fly yet higher up the table

Crystal Palace 4 Burnley 3: Zaha brace sees Eagles fly higher up Championship table



16:47 GMT, 6 October 2012

Wilfried Zaha's man-of-the-match performance inspired Crystal Palace to a superb comeback victory that extended their unbeaten run to seven matches at the expense of Burnley.

Wilfried Zaha

Man of the match: Palace's Wilfried Zaha

The 19-year-old's trickery, speed and skill helped the Eagles turn around a two-goal deficit to secure another npower Championship win on a sunny afternoon in south London.

Zaha impressed from the outset, but
saw his side go behind against the run of play thanks to Chris McCann's
close-range strike and an exceptional hooked effort by Martin Paterson.

Palace responded strongly and four minutes before the break Andre Moritz played through Zaha to fire home.

The same pair linked up again shortly
after the restart with the same end result as Zaha fired through the
legs of Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Palace looked superb in front of a
bumper crowd at Selhurst Park and, despite Charlie Austin's late goal,
secured all three points thanks to earlier efforts from Damien Delaney
and Glenn Murray.

Chris McCann of Burnley scores the opening goal of the game

Off to a flyer: Burnley's Chris McCann put his side in front but the lead was short lived

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Blake, Ramage, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Moritz (Garvan 83), Zaha, Murray, Bolasie (Williams 64), Williams (Parr 74).

Subs Not Used: Price,Ward,Goodwillie,Wilbraham.

Goals: Zaha 41, 53, Delaney 66, Murray 75.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Mee, Bartley, Marney, McCann (Stewart 71), Stanislas (Wallace 84), Paterson (Vokes 71), Austin.

Subs Not Used: Jensen,Mills,Stock,Long.

Booked: Edgar,Trippier.

Goals: McCann 26,Paterson 29,Austin 81.

Att: 2,863

Ref: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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It was a quiet start to proceedings
in south London, with shots from Kagisho Dikgacoi and Moritz the only
action of note early on.

Grant soon had to react quickly to
stop a Yannick Bolasie effort from looping under his crossbar before the
Burnley goalkeeper got down well to stop Zaha netting from 20 yards.

A wayward Austin header was all
Burnley had to show for their efforts up until the 26th minute when they
broke the deadlock against the run of play.

Julian Speroni did excellently to tip a fine strike from Junior
Stanislas on to the post, but McCann reacted quickly to direct home
under pressure.

Chris McCann of Burnley celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with team mate Marvin Bartley

Top start: McCann celebrates with Marvin Bartley after putting his side in front after 26 minutes

Junior Stanislas of Burnley holds off pressure from Andre Moritz of Crystal Palace

Midfield tussle: Burnley's Stanislas holds off pressure from Andre Moritz of Crystal Palace

Less than three minutes later Burnley
doubled their advantage thanks to Paterson, who exquisitely hooked the
ball over Speroni from an improbable position on the right side of the
penalty area.

The home support looked shocked, but
Palace continued to press and, after Zaha came close and Murray had
penalty appeals waved away, they pulled a goal back.

Zaha, who was impressing on both
flanks, picked up a through-ball from Moritz and held off Kieran
Trippier to confidently lash home in the 41st minute.

Six minutes after the restart Moritz
and Zaha linked up again to level things up, with the Brazilian
midfielder again playing through the home favourite to score, this time
through Grant's legs.

'He's just too good for you' chanted
the home fans, who would have been celebrating a third had it not been
for Grant tipping wide Moritz's deflected effort.

Burnley, though, could have regained
the lead had Austin not seen a shot excellently blocked by Delaney, who
soon punished them at the other end.
Substitute Jonathan Williams did excellently on the right to get a ball
into the box, which fell for the defender to lash in via a deflection at
the second attempt.

Palace extended their advantage further in the 75th minute when Murray met Dean Moxey's low cross to direct home.

Austin pulled one back to ensure a
nervy ending, but the Eagles held firm to secure a fourth successive
league win for the first time since December 2007.

Crystal Palace 3 Cardiff 2: Murray hat-trick caps Eagles fightback to stun Bluebirds

Crystal Palace 3 Cardiff 2: Murray hat-trick caps Eagles fightback to stun Bluebirds



16:43 GMT, 22 September 2012

Glenn Murray scored a hat-trick as Crystal Palace came from two goals down to claim a remarkable victory over Cardiff.

Two goals in three first-half minutes had put the visitors in control but the Eagles staged a stunning second-half fightback to take the points.

Aron Gunnarson put the Bluebirds ahead and Don Cowie doubled their advantage soon after, but Palace were a different prospect after the break.

Bad day: Cardiff's Craig Bellamy reacts as Crystal Palace are awarded a penalty

Bad day: Cardiff's Craig Bellamy reacts as Crystal Palace are awarded a penalty

Murray pulled one back from the spot, fired in a scrappy second to level the scores and, when the hosts earned another penalty, the former Brighton striker was on hand to stroke home the winner.

Palace started the brighter and Kagisho Dikgacoi tried his luck from distance early on but David Marshall was equal to the challenge.

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Blake, Ramage (Ward 29),Delaney, Parr, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Zaha, Moritz (Williams 77), Bolasie (Moxey 86), Murray. Subs Not Used: Price, Goodwillie, Garvan, Wilbraham. Booked: Zaha. Scorers: Murray 52 pen,62,72 pen.

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Connolly, Taylor, Cowie (Noone 75), Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Smith (Kim 88), Helguson, Bellamy (Mason 82). Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kiss,Turner, Velikonja. Booked: McNaughton, Gunnarsson, Kim. Goals: Gunnarsson 13, Cowie 15.

Att: 12,757

Ref: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Cardiff scored with their first meaningful attack and in slightly fortuitous circumstances.

Peter Ramage attempted to halt Gunnarsson's advance from midfield but the Icelandic international got a fortunate deflection and found himself one-on-one before finishing coolly past Julian Speroni.

Just two minutes later, and with only 15 minutes on the clock, the visitors doubled their advantage.

Craig Bellamy, a goalscoring substitute in the 2-1 win over Leeds and one of three changes to Cardiff's starting XI, caused problems with his shot from distance and, when Palace failed to clear, Cowie seized the initiative to lash home the second.

It could have got even worse for the shellshocked hosts but Bellamy miscued a volley from deep inside the box and sent it flying well over the bar.

The luckless Ramage saw his afternoon curtailed by injury as Joel Ward was brought on to replace him, and Dikgacoi then spurned a presentable chance to reduce the deficit when he got on the end of Andre Moritz's corner but his header was blocked by Mark Hudson.

Through the gap: Yannick Bolaise squeezes by Cardiff's Craig Bellamy (right) and Andrew Taylor

Through the gap: Yannick Bolaise squeezes by Cardiff's Craig Bellamy (right) and Andrew Taylor

The hosts got the breakthrough early in the second half when Andrew Taylor handled Moritz's free-kick and Murray stepped up to convert the penalty.

It was Murray who threatened again moments later with a close-range shot which Marshall did well to tip past the post.

Darcy Blake headed wide from the resulting corner.

Murray's next involvement was more decisive and, after a shot from Moritz deflected to him at the back post, Murray squeezed a shot past Marshall from a tight angle to level it up with 62 minutes gone.

Holding on: Crystal Palace's Andre Moritz holds off Cardiff's Peter Whittingham

Holding on: Crystal Palace's Andre Moritz holds off Cardiff's Peter Whittingham

The comeback was complete 10 minutes later when Heidar Helguson fouled Jonathan Parr in the box and Murray kept his cool to score his fourth career hat-trick from the penalty spot.

Palace had to hang on through a nervy five minutes of injury-time but, with men behind the ball, they frustrated Cardiff to seal their third win of the campaign.

Charlton 0 Crystal Palace 1: Match report

Charlton 0 Crystal Palace 1: Derby delight for Dikgacoi as his goal secures back to back wins for Eagles



20:52 GMT, 14 September 2012

Kagisho Dikgacoi's second-half strike settled the south London derby as Crystal Palace beat Charlton in the league at The Valley for the first time since 1968.

The South African midfielder lashed home a superb finish as rejuvenated Palace made it back-to-back wins – having previously lost their opening three matches.

They also leapfrogged their newly-promoted neighbours, who have now lost two on the bounce, in the npower Championship table.

Derby delight: Kagisho Dikgacoi scores the winner for Palace

Derby delight: Kagisho Dikgacoi scores the winner for Palace

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Wiggins (Wilson 22), Pritchard (Green 77), Stephens, Hollands, Jackson (Fuller 58), Wright-Phillips, Kermorgant.

Subs Not Used: Button, Kerkar, Smith, Dervite.

Booked: Stephens, Wilson.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Blake, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Bolasie (Williams 74), Zaha (Ward 90), Murray (Wilbraham 87).

Subs Not Used: Price, Goodwillie, Moxey, Moritz.

Booked: Jedinak, Bolasie, Murray.

Goals: Dikgacoi 51.

Attendance: 21,730

Referee: Tony Bates

Charlton will feel hard done by, though, not least because Bradley
Wright-Phillips had what looked a perfectly good goal ruled out for

They also had chances following Dikgacoi's decisive strike just after
half-time, but Palace held on to take the points the short journey back
to Selhurst Park.

Palace could have been two up in the opening 10 minutes with Wilfried Zaha tormenting Charlton's defence early on.

Twice the teenage winger's strength, pace and skill took him to the byline but Dikgacoi blazed his first cross over.

Moments later another powerful, weaving run and cross found Glenn
Murray, whose effort was blocked by Addicks keeper Ben Hamer and Leon
Cort hacked Owen Garvan's follow-up off the line.

But Charlton were denied an opening goal on the half-hour when Cort nodded Lawrie Wilson's free-kick to Wright-Phillips.

The striker, watched by father and Palace legend Ian Wright in the
stands, appeared to be onside as he buried a header past Julian Speroni,
but the linesman's flag cut his celebrations short.

The hosts were well on top as the first half came to a close with
Yann Kermorgant heading Johnnie Jackson's cross wide and Dale Stephens,
who saw a deadline-day move to Aston Villa fall through, driving
narrowly over.

But it was Palace who took the lead five minutes after the interval when Charlton failed to deal with Garvan's corner.

Damien Delaney was unmarked as he headed the ball back to Dikgacoi,
and the former Fulham midfielder also had the freedom of the Charlton
penalty area as he crashed the ball past Hamer from 12 yards.

The hosts, trying to protect an unbeaten home record stretching back
to March, blew a fine opportunity to level after 71 minutes when Cort
nodded another Wilson free-kick downwards but Danny Hollands scuffed
wide from in front of goal.

In four dramatic minutes of stoppage time substitute Ricardo Fuller,
recently signed from Stoke, almost made himself an instant hero with the
Valley faithful but his deflected effort was tipped on to the bar by

And from the corner Garvan cleared a header from Addicks keeper Hamer off the line to secure the points.

Rugby League Challenge Cup: Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield reaction

Leeds skipper Sinfield stoical after suffering fifth Challenge Cup final defeat



14:24 GMT, 26 August 2012

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield put on a brave face after picking up a fifth losers' medal from the Carnegie Challenge Cup final.

The 32-year-old England international stand-off has led the Rhinos to five Grand Final victories in eight years but is still waiting to get his hands on the Challenge Cup after yesterday's 35-18 defeat by Warrington.

It was Leeds' sixth defeat since their last triumph in 1999 and their third in a row at Wembley after losing to the Wolves in 2010 and Wigan a year ago, but Sinfield remained stoical in defeat.

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield suffered the disappointment of a fifth Challenge Cup final defeat against Warrington Wolves on Saturday

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield suffered the disappointment of a fifth Challenge Cup final defeat against Warrington Wolves on Saturday

'We're still alive,' he said. 'I think there are far worse things that can happen, certainly in and around the world at the minute.

'Ultimately it's a game and it does hurt a great deal. Obviously we're disappointed but I thought the best team won.'

The Rhinos had genuine hopes of ending their 13-year wait when Sinfield kicked the first of two penalties to edge his side 8-6 in front after 23 minutes, after earlier converting Ian Kirke's first try of the season.

They trailed only 12-10 at half-time and were desperately unfortunate to have a try from Brett Delaney disallowed by video referee Phil Bentham two minutes into the second half.

Warrington full-back Brett Hodgson had no complaints over the tackle from Kylie Leuluai that forced him to spill the ball but Bentham ruled out the score due to a knock-on.

It was the pivotal moment of the match, with the Wolves going on to dominate the last 30 minutes, but Sinfield was not looking for excuses.

Sinfield, 32, had hoped to end the Leeds Rhinos' 13-year wait for the Challenge Cup

Sinfield, 32, had hoped to end the Leeds Rhinos' 13-year wait for the Challenge Cup

'I'd like to see it again,' he said. 'Warrington seemed to get the ascendancy from it.

'But I'm not one to moan about refereeing decisions. I thought Warrington played that last 30 minutes really well.

'We struggled to get out of our own 40 and that shows how well they played. Sometimes you've just got to cop it on the chin.'

Leeds second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who went off with a knee injury towards the end of the first half, collected a fourth losers' medal and admits time is running out for the team's older generation to get their hands on the elusive trophy.

Jamie Peacock is the only Leeds player to have won the Cup – he achieved the feat with Bradford – but Jones-Buchanan believes the crop of youngsters emerging through the ranks could enjoy more successful times in rugby league's famous knockout competition.

The Rhinos had 18-year-old Stevie Ward in their starting line-up and little-known Jimmy Keinhorst making only his fourth senior appearance alongside established youngsters Kallum Watkins, who scored two late consolation tries, Zak Hardaker and Ben Jones-Bishop.

Warrington took the trophy for the eighth time after a 35-18 win at Wembley

Warrington took the trophy for the eighth time after a 35-18 win at Wembley

'They've got another 10 or 15 years left in them and experiences like that are only going to make them stronger players as time goes by,' Jones-Buchanan, 31, said.

'That's what it's about. Myself and Kev and Rob (Burrow) and Danny Maggs are not going to play forever and at some point that ball is going to have to be passed down to the younger lads.

'Maybe they will win three or four Challenge Cups in the future.'

More immediately, Jones-Buchanan is hoping history will repeat itself before the end of the season.

The Rhinos bounced back from last year's Wembley heartache to win the Grand Final from fifth place and, currently sitting in fifth spot, he sees no reason why they cannot re-produce those heroics.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan (left), Jamie Peacock (centre) and Darrell Griffin stand dejected after the final whistle

Jamie Jones-Buchanan (left), Jamie Peacock (centre) and Darrell Griffin stand dejected after the final whistle

'For sure, I don't see why not,' Jones-Buchanan said. 'You've just got to pick yourself up and carry on.

'Last year it was a bit of a catalyst for kicking on for the rest of the season. There's a bit of rugby to be played yet. The season is not written off.'

Leeds have only five days to pick themselves up for the visit of Salford but Sinfield was not yet ready to think about that in the immediate aftermath of his latest disappointment.

'I don't want to think about Friday, if I'm honest,' he said. 'We'll go back to work on Monday, roll our sleeves up and get ready to go.

'But, at this moment in time, being honest, rugby is the last thing I want to think about.'

Hull KR 24 Leeds 25

Hull KR 24 Leeds 25: Rhinos edge out hosts after late Sinfield drop goal



16:35 GMT, 5 August 2012

Kevin Sinfield's drop goal eight minutes from time secured a dramatic win for Leeds over Hull KR at Craven Park.

Leeds looked dead and buried at half-time, trailing 18-6, but three tries in seven minutes at the start of the second half put the Rhinos in the driving seat as they put their defeat to Wakefield behind them.

Rovers will see this as an opportunity lost after giving the champions a run for their money.

The hosts set the tone for an entertaining game right from the opening kick-off with a high-tempo opening.

Graeme Horne's fifth-minute try came on the back of a great break from young full-back Louis Sheriff. Michael Dobson's touchline conversion gave the hosts a 6-0 lead.

It was the worst possible start for the defending champions who were coming off a 38-18 defeat at Wakefield six days earlier, but they got back on level terms five minutes later as they opened the Rovers defence up with a mix of the future and the past. Highly-regarded Stevie Ward danced past Sheriff before offloading to the supporting veteran Danny McGuire to touch down close to the posts. Sinfield's conversion levelled the scores.

The fixture threatened to boil over with Brett Delaney and Dobson being put on report after Delaney up-ended Dave Petersen, bringing a reaction from Dobson.

Rovers were awarded the penalty, the first of two in quick succession which gave Rovers the perfect position to launch another attack. Josh Hodgson scored to move level with Kris Welham in the try-scoring charts and Dobson added the extras for a 12-6 lead.

Dobson took the lead out to 12 points with a virtuoso try in the 33rd minute. From 40 metres out, he broke through a tackle to score leaving Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Ward and Zak Hardaker in his wake and added the extras with the boot.

Leeds looked stung but responded well in the second half, and within 10 minutes had gone from 12 points down to four in front with three quickfire tries.

Sinfield and Hall, who combined to deadly effect against Wakefield, were at it again five minutes after the interval as a long over-the-top pass from Sinfield was grounded with ease by Hall. Sinfield added the extras but he was off-target with his next conversion which seemed easier after McGuire crossed following Kallum Watkins' pass.

Leeds' third try in seven minutes came courtesy of Carl Ablett as Rovers struggled to contain their rampant opponents.

After 15 minutes of Leeds dominance, Rovers finally made it into Rhinos territory and more importantly they made it count.

Rovers built up pressure by forcing a goal-line drop-out and drew level through Sheriff following Scott Murrell's clever reverse kick, before Dobson's fourth goal from four edged the Robins in front.

With 18 minutes left to play, the points were there for the taking.

Dobson's error close to the Leeds line let the Rhinos off the hook, and Sinfield levelled the scores at 24-24 after Murrell was penalised for a ball steal.

Now it was down to a drop-goal lottery and Sinfield, as he has done so often in his career, dropped the goal to seal a narrow win for the Rhinos with eight minutes to go.

The closest Rovers got to scoring was when Scott Taylor got to the line but knocked on trying to ground the ball.

Leeds 34 Bradford 16: Bulls fight on despite threat of liquidation

Leeds 34 Bradford 16: Bulls fight on despite threat of liquidation



21:37 GMT, 20 July 2012

How much longer can Bradford cling on
The Bulls gave Leeds a genuine test at Headingley but their future
continues to hang in the balance after the revelation that there has not
yet been a formal offer for the club.

On Thursday, administrator Brendan
Guilfoyle claimed that the ABC Consortium, made up of Bradford
businessmen, had 'made an offer' on condition that the club retained
Super League status. But after meeting Guilfoyle yesterday, the RFL were
forced to admit otherwise.

Tough times: Shaun Ainscough of Bradford with fans after the game

Tough times: Shaun Ainscough of Bradford with fans after the game

To their credit, Bradford's players put aside off-field concerns as they went in level at 6-6 at half-time.

The Bulls carved open Leeds' rearguard inside the first five minutes. Heath L'Estrange and Luke Gale started a sweeping 60-metre move that saw Elliott Whitehead touch down. Leeds responded when Stevie Ward's broke and Rob Burrow, Kevin Sinfield and Zak Hardaker combined to work Kallum Watkins clear.

Bradford could have led at the break had Karl Pryce's pass to Jarrod Sammut not been judged forward, and Leeds then lost Brett Delaney with a thumb injury. However, the Rhinos clicked into gear with two tries in three minutes early in the second half.

Watkins claimed his second following more good work from Sinfield and Hardaker before Shaun Lunt's 100th career try took the hosts out of reach.

Watkins was first to react when Hardaker's spiraling kick beat Sammut and Pryce, and he fed Lunt to give Leeds some breathing space before Sinfield was sin-binned for a professional foul.

Hardaker, Danny McGuire and Sinfield added further Leeds tries while Olivier Elima and Pryce replied for Bradford.

Euro 2012: Ireland will wear black armbands v Italy to respect shooting victims

Ireland to wear black armbands against Italy to pay respect on 18th anniversary of shootings



10:49 GMT, 18 June 2012

Ireland will wear black armbands in Monday's Group C match against Italy at Euro 2012 to commemorate the 18th anniversary of shootings in Northern Ireland that killed six people.

The match falls on the exact date of the attack and is especially poignant as it happened while the victims were watching Ireland play Italy in the 1994 World Cup on television in the rural village of Loughinisland.

European football's governing body UEFA has granted permission for the armbands to be worn.

Respect: Ireland will wear black armbands against Italy

Respect: Ireland will wear black armbands against Italy

Irish football's chief executive officer John Delaney says the tragedy was 'deeply moving' for all football fans.

Niall Murphy, a solicitor working for the victims' families, says they are 'touched' by the gesture.