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Godsmejudge wins Scottish Grand National for Alan King

Godsmejudge delivers Scottish Grand National glory for King and Hutchinson

Jonathan Powell


15:47 GMT, 20 April 2013



19:08 GMT, 20 April 2013

Scots-born trainer Alan King was overcome with emotion after his smart novice Godsmejudge gave him his first triumph in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

King, who was brought up near Glasgow, admitted: 'This means as much to me as any of the wins I've had. It is like coming home.'

National glory: Wayne Hutchinson celebrates Scottish Grand National glory with Godsmejudge

National glory: Wayne Hutchinson celebrates Scottish Grand National glory with Godsmejudge

But for another Scotsman, Ryan
Mania, and his mount Auroras Encore, this proved one National too many
after their shock success at Aintree a fortnight ago.

The pair were soon struggling towards the rear as they sought to emulate Red Rum's famous double in 1974.

Though they briefly made progress at
halfway, they were out of the race long before the end. Mania was
clearly thrilled to be riding again so soon after a heavy fall at Hexham
the day after the National that saw him airlifted to hospital by

Home alone: Godsmejudge clears the last

Home alone: Godsmejudge clears the last

Godsmejudge, a 12-1 shot, won with eye-catching ease after jumping to the front early on the final circuit.

Big Occasion threatened briefly
early in the straight, but was never going to catch the leader. Jubilant
jockey Wayne Hutchinson, gaining the biggest win of his career, said:
'For a little horse, Godsmejudge is like a rubber ball, so enthusiastic.
He's relentless with his jumping and galloping and soon got into a
great rhythm.

'Once we led, it seemed awfully quiet behind us.'

King spent many years as a hard-working assistant to legendary trainer David Nicholson.

He briefly took over the licence
from Nicholson before sending out a conveyor belt of winners from his
current base at Barbury Castle, Wiltshire.

This has been a testing season for
King, with several of his best horses out of action, but he is finishing
it with a flourish with the able assistance of the ever-reliable

Australian Open 2013: Ekaterina Makarova beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4

More Melbourne magic from Makarova as she dumps out fifth seed Kerber

Jon Fisher, Press Association


03:30 GMT, 20 January 2013



03:30 GMT, 20 January 2013

Ekaterina Makarova's love affair with Melbourne continued today as she made it through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with an impressive defeat of fifth seed Angelique Kerber.

Makarova's best run at a grand slam came here 12 months ago when she reached the last eight with a stunning upset of Serena Williams.

And she matched that achievement by playing the role of giantkiller once again on Rod Laver Arena, knocking out the German 7-5 6-4.

She's done it! Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber

She's done it! Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber

On top form: Makarova was at her best to see off Kerber in two sets

On top form: Makarova was at her best to see off Kerber in two sets

'It's an unbelievable feeling, I really like playing here,' the Russian said.

'I lost three times to Angelique last year, she is so good so I am very happy.'

Makarova went out to Maria Sharapova last year and the pair will clash again should the second seed beat Kirsten Flipkens later today.

Time for treatment: Kerber receives treatment during her defeat

Time for treatment: Kerber receives treatment during her defeat

Down and out: Kerber shows her emotion as she loses to Makarova

Down and out: Kerber shows her emotion as she loses to Makarova

'I hope I play Maria,' said Makarova. 'Last year I was surprised to reach that stage and I had so many thoughts in my mind. This year I will be ready to play a good game.'

Makarova was the more positive player throughout and held herself together after squandering a 5-2 first-set lead.

She broke for 6-5 and then served it out to edge ahead.

Kerber's chances of finding a route back into the contest were hampered by a back injury and a solitary break in the ninth game proved decisive.

Rio Ferdinand coin fallout: Players must stop taunting fans – Jamie Redknapp

Stars must stop taunting fans… or it could be a knife instead of a coin which is thrown



22:26 GMT, 10 December 2012

This isn't an excuse for abuse or throwing coins but players have to take more responsibility for the way they behave on the field.

A goal celebration should be a show of joy, but when it is received as an act of provocation and aggression, especially in an away game, it creates an entirely different reaction.

The behaviour of some players, when leaving the field to celebrate, is dangerous and irresponsible. They are putting their own safety at risk.

Ashley Young

Robin van Persie

Emotion: Ashley Young and Robin van Persie celebrate Manchester United's victory over Manchester City

Football's emotion and tribal instincts can turn normal people into animals, leading to supporters running on the pitch, throwing missiles or making obscene gestures. Some people think they have paid their money so they can say what they want. Now it seems others think they can throw what they want.

I don't want players to become robots but they need to be aware of their environment. Next time, instead of a coin, it could be an idiot with a knife.

I'm not trying to be a killjoy, nor a hypocrite. I remember scoring a last-minute header for Liverpool against Newcastle. I went running for the manager, Gerard Houllier, who I believed had treated me poorly. Luckily, my team-mates knew how I was feeling and stopped me from getting to him. I don't know what I'd have done, but I wasn't planning to hug him tenderly.

Restraining order: Redknapp was held back by his own players from venting his frustrations at Gerard Houllier

Restraining order: Redknapp was held back by his own players from venting his frustrations at Gerard Houllier

The emotion of scoring a late winner; a mixture of joy, aggression, thrill and excitement, is hard to control. You've scored for your team, your manager, your family, your fans and yourself.

So I can understand how Manchester United's players were feeling after Robin van Persie's late winner in the derby. They wanted to share the celebration in front of their own supporters.

I've played in Liverpool v United games and would argue the atmosphere is worse than the derby mood in Manchester, despite the high stakes between the two teams, currently the best in the country.

Hit: Ferdinand was struck by a coin in the dying moments of the derby while celebrating Robin van Persie's winner

Hit: Ferdinand was struck by a coin in the dying moments of the derby while celebrating Robin van Persie's goal

Confrontation: A City fan makes his way on to the pitch but is held back by Man City stopper Joe Hart

Confrontation: A City fan makes his way on to the pitch but is held back by Man City stopper Joe Hart

But players are putting themselves at risk when they leave the field of play to celebrate a goal, especially away from home.

are reminded before games to stay on the field. Referees are told to
use a yellow card as a deterrent, but players are soon overcome with
emotion and lose control when a goal is scored.

season, we have seen a seat, lighters, coins thrown and a steward
injured at Chelsea in the aftermath of a goal. It's time for the players
to take a look at themselves and introduce some control.



Under siege: The United defender holds his head after being struck by a coin thrown from the crowd

Christian Benteke interview: Striker makes big impression at Villa Park, Thierry Henry is his idol

Onward Christian soldier: Benteke makes big impression at Villa Park



22:30 GMT, 23 November 2012

Christian Benteke has been an imposing presence on the football pitch all his life. But that hasn’t always been an advantage.

Indeed, as a young footballer, the Aston Villa forward often had to provide proof of his age before being allowed to play.

‘Other teams didn’t believe me,’ he said. ‘When I played I always had to produce my national identity card to prove I was the age I said I was.

Big impact: Christian Benteke has impressed Villa fans as he makes his mark in England

Big impact: Christian Benteke has impressed Villa fans as he makes his mark in England

‘I was 14 years old at the time. They thought I was five years older because I was much bigger than everyone else. I’ve seen players change positions after I’ve walked on to a pitch. One time they refused to play. I heard them talking about it but I carried on and they played in the end.

‘Another time they just didn’t believe how old I was and I couldn’t play. So I left a photocopy of my card at the club permanently so, if anyone asked, we could prove how old I was.’

Benteke grins. He is 6ft 3in tall. Powerfully built, but lean.

And boy, is he strong! When Chris Smalling made the mistake of trying to shoulder-charge the Belgium striker two weeks ago, the Manchester United and England defender came off second best. /11/23/article-2237606-162B955F000005DC-687_634x427.jpg” width=”634″ height=”427″ alt=”No returns: Belgian Benteke has not been back to the Congo since his parents fled with him when he was three” class=”blkBorder” />

No returns: Belgian Benteke has not been back to the Congo since his parents fled with him when he was three

‘My favourite moment was after he left Arsenal and, when he comes back, he scores against Leeds in the FA Cup. I think if you like football you have to feel some emotion over that.’

It’s difficult not to feel grateful for your lot when you hear Benteke talk, without a hint of bitterness, about the sacrifices his father Jean-Pierre, then employed in the military, made when he decided to uproot his family to escape the Mobutu regime in the Congo, or Zaire as it was known.

Trouble has flared once more in central Africa this week. Benteke, 21, has never returned to the country of his birth, but sends money home to help out the family who remained.

‘We weren’t living near the fighting but my father was in the military and anticipated that it would reach us,’ he said.

‘He didn’t want to take any risks but my uncle and aunt are still there. We have several relations there, too.

‘They are OK at the moment, the conflict is nowhere near them. But it is still a worry.

‘In our culture we shelter our families, so I do that with mine. I send them money to make sure things are OK. They have spoken to my parents to tell them they are fine. I have heard from friends that Congo has beautiful parts.

‘I left when I was young and I’ve never been back. I want to see where it was that I grew up, where I was born. It’s important for me, the history, it’s something I want to tell my children about. So, I’ll go when it’s safe. I’m still young, I’m sure I will have the chance to go back.’

Up for the cup: Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates his winning goal against Swindon in the Capital One cup with Gabriel Agbonlahor

Up for the cup: Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates his winning goal against Swindon in the Capital One cup with Gabriel Agbonlahor

It’s clear from Benteke’s description of his father that he is a disciplinarian. ‘He’s strict on me because of life, because of my little brother and sister, because he has seen what can happen,’ Benteke continued.

‘But he says “Well done” to me. Well, he does sometimes. He’s more likely to tell me when I’m s***. After the Manchester United game, he said, “Well played”, but then asked me why I didn’t score…’

And so to Benteke’s growing reputation.

He has scored four times already after becoming an 8million deadline-day purchase from Belgian Jupiler League club Genk.

There’s also that memorable tussle with Smalling which has gone down in Villa folklore.

‘Off the field, I have respect for all of these players because they play for famous clubs,’ he said. ‘On the park, it’s different. I have to show I want to win.

Watch out: Thomas Vermaelen should prepare for a battle with Benteke

Watch out: Thomas Vermaelen should prepare for a battle with Benteke

‘I want to know who I’m up against but, once the game starts, it’s more important for Villa to win than for me to push over one defender.

‘Here, the defenders are stronger. You have to fight them.

‘I was playing against (Manchester City’s fellow Belgian international) Vincent Kompany last week — he told me during the game we were no longer friends.

‘And, hopefully, against Arsenal I’ll be playing against (another Belgian) Thomas Vermaelen. He’s a great player, for sure, but during the game I think we’re gonna have a fight.’

Apologies in advance, Arsene. But Christian Benteke really doesn’t know any other way.

Christian Benteke and his Villa team-mates have donated 25,000 to the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme, a Barclays and PFA initiative.

The scheme is now accepting applications at www.premierleague.com from U16 schools, clubs and youth organisations.

Paolo Di Canio denies taunting Aston Villa fans

Di Canio denies taunting Villa fans after Benteke grabs winner against Swindon



00:16 GMT, 31 October 2012

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has defended his actions at the end his side's 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa
when he appeared to gesture to the visiting fans that their side would be
relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

The Italian watched his side storm back from 2-0 down at the County Ground before Christian Benteke scored his second of the game to send Villa in to the last eight.

And Di Canio insisted he was merely praising the Robins' fans for their support.

Antics: Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio taunts the Aston Villa fans

Antics: Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio taunts the Aston Villa fans

He said: 'No, that was not the case. I was saying to my fans that they
had been brilliant and their support was so good that they were up there
and Villa were below them.

'To see the County ground full of emotion when we scored the second goal
was amazing. I was saying it was my fans are the top and they are
underneath you.'

Di Canio was proud of the performance of his players despite Benteke breaking their hearts with his fourth goal for Villa.

He said: 'I thought the first half was 50-50. I was more than proud of
my players at the end because it was not a typical comeback, one that is
just for consolation or from adrenalin.

'It was one with quality and because of change in a tactical way. We came very close to something special.'

Paolo Di Canio manager of Swindon Town

Paolo Di Canio manager of Swindon Town

Paolo Di Canio manager of Swindon Town

Villa manager Paul Lambert hailed the 'world-class' finishing of two goal hero Benteke but felt his overall game was not up to standard.

Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor had given Villa a 2-0 lead before Robins substitute Miles Storey's brace looked to have forced the game into extra-time before Benteke struck for the second time.

Lambert said: 'Benteke has had a quality start (at Villa) but his game wasn't up to my standards.

'His two goals were world-class finishes but you set yourself a standard and we've got to keep him up to that standard.

'Why did he fell short I don't know.

Level pegging: Miles Storey scored twice to bring Swindon into the game only for Villa to sneak the win

Level pegging: Miles Storey scored twice to bring Swindon into the game only for Villa to sneak the win

'But he has been brilliant since he came here and I think he will get better. He is only 21 and has been a pleasure to work with.

'He is going to be a big player and plays in a brilliant Belgium team.'

Lambert felt his side were guilty of complacency after opening a two goal lead.

He said: 'At 2-0 we were really comfortable and doing well and could have got another goal just before half-time.

'You become complacent and credit to Swindon for trying to play the right way but we deserved to win this game.

Doubling up: Christian Benteke scores the winner to send Aston Villa through to the last eight

Doubling up: Christian Benteke scores the winner to send Aston Villa through to the last eight

'I know how hard it is coming here and you've got to earn the right to win. It is not all glamour. It is a big win for us.'

Lambert again left out record signing Darren Bent but his line-up indicated how seriously he is taking the competition.

He said: 'You've got to take the competition seriously. There were 3,500 Villa fans here and they pay a lot of money to come and watch us.

'It is important we try and progress and see how far we can go.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Ian Poulter won"t make predictions at Medinah

No more predictions, I guarantee it! Poulter keeping his cards close to his chest at Medinah



21:30 GMT, 25 September 2012

There will be no bold predictions this time. No staring into the camera and telling the millions watching that a point in the singles is guaranteed.

'I think you will find that was a one hit wonder,' said Ian Poulter, referring to his breathtaking moment of fate-tempting at Celtic Manor two years ago.

'Do that on a regular basis at the Ryder Cup and you're guaranteed to fall flat on your backside and have everyone laugh at you.'

The future's bright: But Poulter won't be making any predictions this year

The future's bright: But Poulter won't be making any predictions this year

The Ryder Cup is far too important to Poulter to have it threatened by ridicule.

The fact a man who played off a five handicap at 17 could end up winning tournaments on five different continents is one of the great sagas of modern golf.

But it pales for Poulter alongside the achievement of playing in four Ryder Cup teams, with the magnificent record to date of eight wins and three losses in 11 matches.

Sign here, please: Poulter is competing in his fourth Ryder Cup

Sign here, please: Poulter is competing in his fourth Ryder Cup

'Everyone knows I'm proud of my tour victories but to make four Ryder Cups is a bigger achievement for me,' he said.

'There's nothing in golf that gets close to the Ryder Cup. Imagine pumping your fist after holing a putt on the first hole of a strokeplay event Everyone would think you an idiot. The emotion you're feeling is such that every holed putt at the Ryder Cup is like one you hole on the back nine at a major.'

Back home in Florida, no visitor to his enormous new house is allowed to leave without seeing his Ryder Cup trophy cabinet.

'Everything's in there. I've got the crystal. I've got flags signed, golf bags signed, shoes signed, menus signed. What can I say It is a very important part of my life, and I want to share it with the people who come to my house.'

Ryan Giggs admits Manchester United played badly against Liverpool

Lucky! Giggs admits Man United played badly against Liverpool in Anfield battle



16:46 GMT, 23 September 2012

Ryan Giggs admitted Manchester United were lucky to win in Sunday's emotionally-charged encounter with Liverpool with a 2-1 victory despite never reaching their best form.

The game was Liverpool's first at Anfield since the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report, which exonerated fans in relation to the 1989 disaster.

The hosts played 51 minutes with 10 men after Jonjo Shelvey's sending-off but still managed to take the lead through Steven Gerrard's volley seconds after the interval.

Undeserved: Ryan Giggs (right) admitted United played poorly

Undeserved: Ryan Giggs (right) admitted United played poorly

However, Rafael equalised for United soon after while Robin van Persie ensured it was Sir Alex Ferguson's men leaving with all three points when he slotted away a late penalty after Glen Johnson had brought down Antonio Valencia.

Veteran midfielder Giggs, however, felt the visitors were far from their best.

'Over the last three or four years we've come here and played a lot better and not got anything – that's how it goes sometimes,' Giggs told Sky Sports 1.

'It's always tough against a team like Liverpool who keep the ball well.

'Even if they go down to 10 men they don't change, they keep the ball, and that's always tough.'

Giggs admitted, however, that it was his side's equaliser rather than Shelvey's dismissal that finally injected some belief into the United players.

'The crowd got up and we didn't play well, we didn't keep the ball well enough, so it was great to see Rafa's goal go in – that probably lifted us,' he said.

Giggs and Gerrard released 96 red balloons in memory of the Hillsborough victims before the match as part of a number of tributes, but the former Wales international did not feel the emotion of the occasion got to his team-mates.

'No, I don't think so,' he said. 'It's just a tough place to come and Liverpool obviously wanted to put on a performance because of the occasion, and they did that.'

Ferguson echoed his captain's view that United had been far from at their best.
'A win's a win, so we've got to be pleased with the result, but not the performance,' he told Sky Sports 1.

He continued: 'I thought we were poor. Over the last four years we have allowed the (Anfield) crowd to get at us a little bit.'

'They gave fantastic support to their team and they dominated.

'We played better in the second half but it was against 10 men and Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs' experience got us through.

'No doubts about the penalty though, it was reckless.

Seal the deal: Robin van Persie struck from the spot

Seal the deal: Robin van Persie struck from the spot

'We haven't played well here for the past four years and we can do better but at least we got a result. It is a turning point for us.'

Ferguson was also pleased his side had broken their duck from the spot after three misses – one from Van Persie himself – this season so far.

'It wasn't easy for Robin. He took it well. It was the way he envisaged he would,' added the United boss.

Liverpool finished the match with nine men as Martin Kelly hobbled off with a knee problem to give Rodgers more injury problems after defender Daniel Agger sustained possible medial ligament damage.

United looked to have an injury worry of their own when Rio Ferdinand went down in the first half, and although he left Anfield limping, he insisted he was fine.

He said the victory, on an emotionally charged day when Liverpool paid tribute to families of the Hillsborough disaster after the publication of the independent report exonerating fans, more than made up for it.

Injury: Rio Ferdinand said he was fine after the game

Injury: Rio Ferdinand said he was fine after the game

'It has been four or five years since we got a win here. It was an ugly win, probably our worst performance in that time, but we will take that,' he said.

'We didn't get going as an attacking force. We were on the back foot for most of the first half and sometimes it creates its own problems.

'Today, with the occasion and the emotions involved, we just wanted to come here, get the job done and get out with the three points.

'We have done that so we are well pleased. You can get really involved and sometimes the emotion of the occasion can affect you.

'They dealt with it fantastically. You have to pay tribute to that but we won the game – that is all that matters.'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted the best team lost and blamed mistakes by referee Mark Halsey for contributing to their first defeat to Manchester United at Anfield since 2007.

Steven Gerrard's volley gave his side the lead seconds after the interval but Rafael curled in an equaliser before Robin van Persie scored United's first penalty of the season after Glen Johnson was adjudged to have brought down Antonio Valencia.

However, Rodgers took issue with the sending-off, the penalty and Halsey's decision not to award Liverpool a spot-kick when Luis Suarez was felled in the second half.

Angry: Brendan Rodgers thinks Liverpool were robbed

Angry: Brendan Rodgers thinks Liverpool were robbed

'We are bitterly disappointed with the result, I thought the best team lost,' he said.

'Of what we could control I thought the players and performance level was outstanding, what we couldn't control were decisions by the referee.

'If Shelvey gets sent off for having both feet off the ground then Evans has to get sent off for that as well if you watch the replays.

'Jonjo is coming in from the side, it is a tackle the player has to go for and one the United player has to go for but the Liverpool player can't get sent off and the United one stay on the field.

'I thought it was very harsh and that was how it was throughout the game as a number of poor decisions went against us.

'The penalty was never a penalty. Johnson has made a fantastic recovery back in and I have no idea why Valencia goes down.

'Up the other end Suarez gets a toe on the ball, gets contact, goes down and doesn't get the penalty.

'It was one of the those days where we never got any decision which could have helped us at all and when you lose a man you need some help.'

Olivier Giroud ready to face old side Montpellier

Arsenal striker Giroud must ignore 'beautiful' history as he prepares to face former side



22:11 GMT, 15 September 2012

Olivier Giroud will never forget a 'beautiful season' at Montpellier but intends to go all out to fire Arsenal to Champions League success when he returns to his old club next week.

The France international netted 25 goals to finish joint top-scorer in Ligue 1 as Montpellier won the title for the first time in the club's history.

However, after the 25-year-old joined Arsenal this summer in a reported 12million deal, Giroud knows there can be no room for sentimentality when he heads back to the Stade de la Mosson.

Memories: Olivier Giroud is preparing to face Montpellier

Memories: Olivier Giroud is preparing to face Montpellier

'I spent a beautiful, wonderful season there last year when we were champions and won the title. It will be difficult for me to play against Montpellier, because there is a lot of emotion, but I will concentrate on the pitch and on the match and I will not speak with my friends,' Giroud said.

'I am an Arsenal player and I want to score and to win this game for Arsenal. It will be my first game in the Champions League, so I want to win it.

'Of course we are playing against Montpellier, but it is an important game for Arsenal and I have to forget it is Montpellier for 90 minutes.'

Giroud continued: 'It was an incredible season for us and one that I will never forget, I will always have great memories of my time at the club and the people and the fans.

'But now I am an Arsenal player and I am looking forward to this new stage in my career with this great club and I want to win with Arsenal.'

Giroud accepts his decision to leave rather than spearhead his old club's Champions League campaign may not sit well with some of the home support.

'I hope to receive a good reception
from the Montpellier fans, because I finished the top goal scorer there
last season and worked hard for the title,' he said.

Selector: Arsene Wenger must decide whether to pick Giroud against his old club

Selector: Arsene Wenger must decide whether to pick Giroud against his old club

Past life: Giroud celebrates scoring for Montpellier

Past life: Giroud celebrates scoring for Montpellier

'I think the reaction will be good, but there may be some people who will boo maybe. It is always like this.'

Giroud added: 'I want to say thank
you to Montpellier because they gave me the possibility to play in the
first division in France, join Arsenal and come to the Premier League,
and then play in the Champions League, but they know that I recognise
and appreciate the opportunity that Montpellier gave me.'

At 6ft 3ins, the France striker
certainly adds a physical presence to the Gunners' attack, which has
also been bolstered by summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla
to try to offset the departure of captain Robin van Persie.

should he find the net on Tuesday, despite the importance of a positive
result for Arsenal, the forward will not go overboard.

'I want to score in every match, but if I score against Montpellier, I will keep the celebration small,' Giroud said.

'That is normal for anybody, for the club and Montpellier fans. It will be out of my respect to my old club.'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tom Cleverley are keys to Roy Hodgson"s England

Redemption boys: Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cleverley are keys to Hodgson's new look England



22:31 GMT, 8 September 2012

Roy Hodgson, it seems, has the measure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It should be said there is no malice about the boy: he is enthusiastic, bright and talented. But he is 19. And he does need to learn.

Hodgson clearly likes him a lot — Oxlade-Chamberlain will surely be one of his team’s key creative players assuming England reach Brazil 2014 — but he is not beyond reproaching him when necessary.

lex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) of England in action against Alexandru Onica (L)

Learning curve: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made a great start to his England career but has a lot to learn according to England boss Roy Hodgson

It was Oxlade-Chamberlain himself who revealed last week that he received Hodgson’s first proper telling-off during Euro 2012, for showboating in training.

And although Hodgson claims he does not remember the incident, he did lace praise for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s display in the 5-0 win against Moldova on Friday night with another small reminder of his responsibilities.

‘I thought Alex was very good first half,’ said Hodgson. ‘But we made it clear to him we were going to take him off after 60 minutes, so I think he forgot to play in the 15 minutes of the second half. But that will be an interesting lesson for him as well: especially when I tell him.’

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Confession: Oxlade-Chamberlain recently revealed he was the subject of Hodgson's first England telling-off – for showboating in a training session

It should be said Hodgson had the hint of a smile as he delivered his admonishment. And he added: ‘We’re very pleased with him anyway. He did what we wanted and I selected him to do what he actually did in the first half extremely well.’

There will be no need to tell him of his mistake when the squad gather in Watford today. The point has now been made, publicly.

But Hodgson knows Oxlade-Chamberlain is an emotionally mature 19-year-old, as he demonstrated with his self-depreciating line about being told off. He can take it and will learn from it.

And he does need to learn, because he has the potential to be a key player in England’s evolving style.

His former Arsenal team-mate, Robin van Persie, underwent a similar tutorial when he was dropped by Arsene Wenger. When he asked Wenger’s assistants why, he was simply told to watch Robert Pires.

Slowly it dawned on the Dutchman, as it is beginning to on Oxlade- Chamberlain: there are times to play it simple — that is, in your own half — and times to take risks, in the final third of the pitch. And you can never just coast. If you do, there is always someone — on this occasion Theo Walcott — on the bench to take your place.

The build-up to the match in Chisinau was dominated by the return of the old guard who duly delivered, with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard utterly dominant in their slightly deeper midfield roles.

Yet the younger players also caught. the eye. Along with Oxlade-Chamberlain, there was Tom Cleverley, building on his impressive Olympics and England debut against Italy last month in a role somewhere between midfield and attack, looking very much the modern footballer.

Traditional centre forwards are sliding out of fashion these days and Cleverley played as Cesc Fabregas often does for Barcelona, and as Santi Cazorla is for Arsenal.

England's players line up for a team picture before their World Cup 2014 qualifying soccer match against Moldova at the Zimbru stadium in Kishinev

Redemption: The new look England has a good blend of youth and experience with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cleverley seemingly set for massive roles in the team's future

Of course, this was only Moldova and Hodgson now has to assess whether he can do the same against considerably better players on Tuesday when England play Ukraine at Wembley. But clearly he has the footballing intelligence to understand the role.

‘I suppose you could say Tom Cleverley is an attacking midfield player, but he’s an attacking midfield player in the same way Cesc Fabregas is,’ said Hodgson.

‘He’s quite capable of coming back into a central midfield role and quite capable even, of coming back to win a ball when it’s necessary.

Frank Lampard of England celebrates with team-mate Tom Cleverley after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier match between Moldova and England

Master and the apprentice: Frank Lampard celebrates with team-mate Tom Cleverley after scoring England's second goal in the 5-0 destruction of Moldova

‘He’s just a good midfield player and he took, I suppose, a bit more responsibility for getting closer to Jermain Defoe and allowing Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to get on the ball in deeper positions where they are comfortable.’

‘The Olympics were important because that’s where I sort of discovered him. I knew him when he was at Watford and I’d seen him play a few games as substitute for Manchester United. But he got injured very early in the previous season.

'So I suppose the Olympics was the opportunity for me, really, to cast the rule over him — and it was good that I could do that because it means that when we were selecting squads, he was one of the names I wanted to add to my list.’

England's coach Roy Hodgson, center, shakes hands with player Tom Cleverley

Job well done: Roy Hodgson, seen here congratulating Cleverley, compared the United star to Cesc Fabregas

Hodgson was naturally delighted with their performances — he also singled out James Milner — especially in view of the key players missing going into these World Cup qualifiers: Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, Ashley Cole, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling.

But with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cleverley, there is a 4-2-3-1 formation evolving with England that is much more flexible and vibrant than the traditional 4-4-2 with which Hodgson is associated.

With England being out-passed at Euro 2012, when Hodgson had just taken the job, there was a fear that they were reverting to type under his management.

But his message to players has been a different one to public perception: he emphasises the need to keep the ball, he encourages his full-backs to attack aggressively, and he asks his attacking players to show fluidity and movement in their positioning. In short, he is no Luddite, resisting the flow of the modern game; he is pointing England in the right direction.

lex Oxlade-Chamberlain shakes hands with England manager Roy Hodgson after being subbed

Keep you chin up: Hodgson was pleased with Oxlade-Chamberlain's first half performance but said he 'forgot to play' after half-time

Whether these players can complete that journey is a moot point. After all, this was only Moldova.

Ukraine, Tuesday’s opponents, were one of those teams that comprehensively out-passed England during Euro 2012. Nevertheless, Hodgson’s team still managed to beat them 1-0 in Donetsk.

The Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau, with its parochial charm and 10,400 capacity, felt a long way from, say, a potential quarter-final tie in the Maracana in 2014, when Hodgson’s team will truly be tested.

But with players like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cleverley to the fore, it is at least a step along the road to redemption.

US Open 2012: David Ferrer beats Janko Tipsarevic to reach semi-finals

Ferrer sees off Tipsarevic in epic five-set thriller to reach last four of US Open



23:22 GMT, 6 September 2012

Fourth seed David Ferrer reached his second US Open semi-final after a quite brilliant five-set tussle against Janko Tipsarevic at Flushing Meadows.

The Spaniard is known as the 'little beast' and he showed why as he recovered from two sets to one down and then a break down in the deciding set to win 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) after four hours and 31 minutes.

It was also a tremendous performance from eighth seed Tipsarevic, who delighted the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd with his superb shot-making but could not wear his opponent down.

Speaking on court afterwards, Ferrer said: 'I don't have words. I'm very happy. I ran a lot. It was a really tough match. Janko is an amazing player. He fought a lot and he deserved also to win today.'

On top of the world: David Ferrer is overcome with emotion after winning a sensational match

On top of the world: David Ferrer is overcome with emotion after winning a sensational match

Tipsarevic was playing in his second straight US Open quarter-final after losing to compatriot Novak Djokovic 12 months ago but was a clear underdog against Ferrer.

The relentless Spaniard has maintained the brilliant form he has shown this year and was looking to match his run here in 2007, when he lost to Djokovic in the last four.

Tipsarevic could not have made a better start, winning the opening two games, but Ferrer swiftly hit back and showed greater consistency to win the opening set.

Tipsarevic dug in well in the second, though, matching the intensity of his rival and really going for his shots.

Pure emotion: Ferrer fell to ground after five grueling sets

Pure emotion: Ferrer fell to ground after five grueling sets

And in the tie-break it was the Serbian who prevailed, taking his third set point with a ferocious off-forehand winner and letting out a roar of celebration.

Tipsarevic really had the bit between his teeth and he broke through to lead 3-2 in the third set after a game of spectacular rallies.

Ferrer was rattled and the eighth seed made it four games in a row to break again, and then five to clinch the set.

Tipsarevic threatened again at the start of the fourth set but Ferrer hung on, and slowly the Spaniard clawed his way back into the match.

He had his chance to break in the eighth game and he took it before levelling up at two sets all.

Pushed to the limit: Janko Tipsarevic receives treatment

Pushed to the limit: Janko Tipsarevic receives treatment

Tipsarevic was now looking very weary and was no doubt frustrated that, having thrown everything at Ferrer, the fourth seed was still right there.

He could not break through at the start of the decider, though, and holding on seemed to re-energise Tipsarevic, who attacked the Ferrer serve with gusto to take a 2-0 lead.

It was another twist in this remarkable match, but not the final one, as a heavy fall at the end of the sixth game seemed to unsettle Tipsarevic and he threw in a series to errors to hand back his hard-won break.

The fourth seed scented blood and he set up two more break points at 4-4 when Tipsarevic called for the trainer for treatment to his right thigh.

Steady hand: Ferrer plays a drop shot

Steady hand: Ferrer plays a drop shot

He had it strapped up and promptly saved both break points before holding serve to force Ferrer to serve to stay in the match.

The Spaniard managed it twice to set up a deciding tie-break, and he struck the first blow in another brutal rally to lead 5-3.

That gave Ferrer two serves to secure victory, and he did just that, the Spaniard kneeling down on the court and screaming with delight.