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Edgar Davids unable to save Barnet from final day heartache as Bees sink back into non-League

Davids unable to save Barnet from final day heartache as Bees sink back into non-League

By
Andrew Warshaw

PUBLISHED:

21:38 GMT, 27 April 2013

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01:54 GMT, 28 April 2013

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Edgar Davids’ first season in management ended in disappointment as Barnet fell out of the Football League after eight seasons.

Three years in succession, Barnet had somehow survived on the last day of the campaign. But this time there was no miracle as play-off qualifiers Northampton sealed their fate.

More than 1,300 visiting fans saw their team dominate for long periods but they were made to pay for poor finishing, including a couple of glaring misses, as Northampton’s Roy O’Donovan and Luke Guttridge netted twice in the space of six minutes midway through the second period.

Bitter pill: Edgar Davids contemplates his future

Bitter pill: Edgar Davids contemplates his future

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Davids’ future at Barnet is now uncertain and a new stadium seven miles outside the borough will play host to Conference football next season.

Frustratingly, a draw would have been enough to save Barnet with Dagenham losing at home, while anything but a win for AFC Wimbledon against Fleetwood would have seen the south Londoners go down.

As it was, Barnet’s tally of 51 points was the highest ever for a side to lose their league status. ‘It’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow,’ said Davids, whose 40-year-old legs could not quite push his side over the line. ‘I’m aware of the consequences but the players can look at themselves in the mirror and say they did everything. You have to take chances but Northampton were more clinical than us.’

Davids, who was not being paid by the club and was brought in partly to develop Barnet’s academy, hinted strongly he would have to move on after an illustrious playing career that included both Milan clubs, Barcelona, Juventus and Tottenham as well as Ajax.

‘I’ll have to sit down with the chairman
and evaluate a lot of things,’ said the Dutchman. ‘You have to be
realistic. I have done everything that was asked of me in terms of the
objectives set. Fifty-one points playing good football and some
promising young players — that’s what makes it so hard.’

Anxious moments: Barnet fans contemplate relegation

Anxious moments: Barnet fans contemplate relegation

Northampton manager Adie Boothroyd, whose side meet Cheltenham in this week’s play-offs, felt for the visitors.

‘It’s one of those terrible professional situations,’ he said. ‘You have to do your job and you have to win. We got a good hiding there in the corresponding game and I wanted us to finish strongly.

‘Unfortunately someone has to suffer. I’m disappointed for them but it’s a great chance now for us to try and get promoted.’

England will begin their summer tour of South America with a tough test in Uruguay

Lancaster's England to begin summer tour of South America in Uruguay

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:15 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

14:35 GMT, 22 April 2013

England have confirmed that their summer tour to South America will begin in Montevideo, Uruguay, on June 2.

The RBS 6 Nations runners-up will meet a CONSUR XV representing the South American nations, before playing two Tests against Argentina.

The first Test will be staged in Salta – the setting for the Pumas’ 24-22 victory in 2009 – on June 8 and at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on June 15.

Pumas test: Stuart Lancaster will be desperate to erase England's Grand Slam heartache in Argentina

Pumas test: Stuart Lancaster will be desperate to erase England's Grand Slam heartache in Argentina

Lions hopefuls: Tom Croft, David Wilson and Courtney Lawes could be in South America if they are snubbed by the British Lions

Lions hopefuls: Tom Croft, David Wilson and Courtney Lawes could be in South America if they are snubbed by the British Lions

It will be the first two-match series between the teams in Argentina since the 1997 tour with England coach Stuart Lancaster set to name his squad in early May.

'Argentina is a formidable rugby nation and we’re looking forward to facing the Pumas in back-to-back Tests, which a young and developing side will need to be at its very best to win,' Lancaster said.

'Together with matches against the
Barbarians at Twickenham and the CONSUR team in Uruguay, the summer
programme gives this group a real opportunity to measure their progress
and continue to learn what they need to succeed at the highest level.'

On the way out: England will not have to face the likes of Felipe Contepomi (pictured centre) this summer after the fly-half announced plans to retire

On the way out: England will not have to face the likes of Felipe Contepomi (pictured centre) this summer after the fly-half announced plans to retire

England tour dates:

May 29 – Arrive
in Buenos Aires

June 2 – CONSUR XV v England XV (Montevideo, 7.30pm BST)

June 8 Argentina v England (Salta, 8.10pm BST)

June 15 Argentina v England (Velez Sarsfield, Buenos
Aires, 8.10pm BST)

US Open 2012: Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic

Major Murray! Grand slam glory for Andy after one of history's greatest matches

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01:04 GMT, 11 September 2012

Andy Murray ended 76 years of hurt for British tennis as he emerged victorious from one of the greatest grand slam finals of all time.

The 25-year-old left every ounce of his being on the court as he finally ended a run of four major final defeats at the scene of his first heartache four years ago.

Credit must be given to his opponent Novak Djokovic – himself a five-time slam winner – who overturned a two-set deficit with some of his most brutal and brilliant hitting.

However it was the Olympic champion who found that little bit extra in the final set to eventually run out 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 winner and so become the first British man since Fred Perry to win one of tennis' biggest prizes.

More to follow….

Just awesome: Andy Murray is a grand slam champion, the least he deserves for an astounding display

Just awesome: Andy Murray is a grand slam champion, the least he deserves for an astounding display

Stunning: Both players had to contest with high winds early on, but Flushing Meadows still looked beautiful

Stunning: Both players had to contest with high winds early on, but Flushing Meadows still looked beautiful

Stunning: Both players had to contest with high winds early on, but Flushing Meadows still looked beautiful

Stunning: Both players had to contest with high winds early on, but Flushing Meadows still looked beautiful

Reaching for the top: At times Djokovic seemed out on his feet but he kept on fighting for each point

Reaching for the top: At times Djokovic seemed out on his feet but he kept on fighting for each point

Eyes on the prize: Murray, too, wobbled when seemingly comfortable, but regained his full focus

Eyes on the prize: Murray, too, wobbled when seemingly comfortable, but regained his full focus

Famous faces: There was no shortage of interest from the usual, and not so usual, suspects

Famous faces: There was no shortage of interest from the usual, and not so usual, suspects

Famous faces: There was no shortage of interest from the usual, and not so usual, suspects

Famous faces: There was no shortage of interest from the usual, and not so usual, suspects

Famous faces: There was no shortage of interest from the usual, and not so usual, suspects

Tit for tat: There were occasions when both players seemed to let the occasion get to them

Tit for tat: There were occasions when both players seemed to let the occasion get to them

Tit for tat: There were occasions when both players seemed to let the occasion get to them

Tricky times: Murray and Djokovic had to find that little bit extra as they teetered on the brink of despair

Tricky times: Murray and Djokovic had to find that little bit extra as they teetered on the brink of despair

Tricky times: Murray and Djokovic had to find that little bit extra as they teetered on the brink of despair

Court coverage: The athleticism of both men was awesome, with rallies lasting more than 30 shots

Court coverage: The athleticism of both men was awesome, with rallies lasting more than 30 shots

Gareth Barry hails midfield partner David Silva as he targets return from injury

Silva service: Playing alongside David makes my life so much easier, says Barry

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13:49 GMT, 10 September 2012

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry admits playing alongside David Silva makes his job easier, but he is also looking forward to linking up with the club's new recruits when he returns to full fitness.

Barry has been out for four months with a hernia problem which forced him to miss Euro 2012, but he – along with Silva – was a key component of City's Barclays Premier League victory.

He is edging closer to a first-team return and re-establishing his on-field relationship with the Spain international.

Perfect partnership: Gareth Barry (left) says he can't wait to return from injury and resume his understanding with midfield partner David Silva

Perfect partnership: Gareth Barry (left) says he can't wait to return from injury and resume his understanding with midfield partner David Silva

'Last year was fantastic and when you play alongside people like David Silva you get to know his game and where he likes to receive the ball,' he said.

'Playing with players like that can make your job so much easier, so you can bounce off other players sometimes and it can be good for you and them.'

Euro heartache: Barry hobbles off in the Euro 2012 warm-up friendly against Norway, ending his hopes of playing in the tournament

Euro heartache: Barry hobbles off in the Euro 2012 warm-up friendly against Norway, ending his hopes of playing in the tournament

There is added competition in midfield this season as manager Roberto Mancini brought in Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia.

'Javi and Jack already seem to be settling in well,' Barry told mcfc.co.uk.

'I know Jack better because he's an English guy and been playing in the Premier League for a few years and he's a great addition to the squad.

'I think he's done really well in the first few games he's played and he seems to have bedded in nicely.

'I'm sure that the longer he's here and the more games he plays, he'll get better and better.

'I don't know that much about Javi just yet but I have done a bit of individual training with him.

'He seems like a really good player and I'm sure he'll adapt to the English game quickly.'

Michael Carrick: Manchester United will not crash out of Champions League before Christmas

There will be no repeat of Champions League heartache, says Carrick

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UPDATED:

07:05 GMT, 30 August 2012

Michael Carrick insists there is no chance of Manchester United taking it easy in the group stages of the Champions League after last term's bitter disappointment.

United will be in Pot One, which in theory presents them with an easy passage into the knockout rounds – Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Celtic will also be in the draw.

However, United were in a similar situation last season. Even Sir Alex Ferguson accepted the Red Devils should have advanced, only to crumble in their final match in Basle and crash out of the competition before Christmas.

Heads up: United crashed out early during last year's competition

Heads up: United crashed out early during last year's competition

It is not a fate Carrick expects to be suffering again.

'We let ourselves down as a squad last season,' said Carrick. 'We won't be taking our eye off the ball at all.

'We want to be in the latter stages and fighting for the trophy.

'But we know the work has to be done now. Hopefully we've learnt from last season and can have much better campaign.'

Purely on geographical grounds, Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking to avoid the likes of Zenit St Petersburg, Shakhtar Donetsk and BATE Borisov.

However, Juventus and cash-rich Paris St Germain are very dangerous opponents from Pot Three and Ferguson will be just as keen to sidestep them as well.

At least Jonny Evans' reserve-team run-out against Tottenham last night following his summer ankle operation suggests the Red Devils will have additional defensive strength when their European campaign begins next month.

Darren Fletcher also continued his hoped-for comeback from his chronic bowel condition, whilst new-boy Alexander Buttner started his first United match since arriving from Vitesse Arnhem last week.

It should help Ferguson ease United through, no matter who they get, although Carrick believes their results at Old Trafford hold the key.

Case for the defence: Carrick has been helping out at the back for United

Case for the defence: Carrick has been helping out at the back for United

'Our home form was very disappointing last season,' he said. 'You need your home form to be terrific to give you the base to progress.

'Over the years it's been good and we'll be looking to put that right this time because we don't want what happened last year to happen again.'

Warrington 35 Leeds 15: Wolves win Challenge Cup at Wembley

Warrington 35 Leeds 18: Agony for Rhinos as Wolves toast famous Wembley triumph

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15:55 GMT, 25 August 2012

The heartache goes on for Leeds after they made Wembley history with a third consecutive Carnegie Challenge Cup final defeat as Warrington lifted the trophy for the third time in four years.

The Rhinos threatened to end their 13-year wait to get their hands on the famous silverware when they led 8-6 after 23 minutes, but a scoring burst of three tries in 10 minutes early in the second half provided decisive.

Leeds are masters of the Super League, with five Grand Final wins in eight years, but the Challenge Cup continues to elude them as they succumbed to a sixth final defeat since their 1999 win over London Broncos.

Cheer we go: Warrington players celebrate their third try scored by Chris Riley during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

Cheer we go: Warrington players celebrate their third try scored by Chris Riley during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

The game, which drew a 79,180 crowd,
had been fiercely contested and was finely balanced until Warrington,
having benefited from a crucial decision by video referee Phil Bentham
to disallow a Leeds try early in the second half, cut loose with veteran
full-back Brett Hodgson leading the way in a man-of-the-match
performance.

Hodgson supplied the final passes to
the key tries and scored the last of his side's six touchdowns as well
as kicking five goals to claim the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy, three
years after he was on the losing side in Huddersfield's Wembley defeat
by the Wolves.

The Rhinos fans must have feared a
repeat of their 30-6 mauling from 2010 when Warrington winger Joel
Monaghan opened the scoring just six minutes into the action.

Touching down: Warrington's Riley goes over for his try

Touching down: Warrington's Riley goes over for his try

Touch the sky: Try hero Riley celebrates with a personal dedication at Wembley

Touch the sky: Try hero Riley celebrates with a personal dedication at Wembley

Smart offloads from Ben Harrison and
Chris Hill created an opening for scrum-half Richie Myler, who had the
vision to spot Monaghan in space out on the right flank and found him
with a pinpoint kick.

Hodgson's angled conversion made it
6-0 and they might have doubled their score had the full-back provided a
more accurate final pass to second rower Ben Westwood after piercing
the first line of defence.

But Leeds had already shown signs
that this was not going to be a walkover, with former England captain
Jamie Peacock setting a tremendous early example with two storming runs
through the heart of the Wolves defence.

Back-to-back penalties got the Rhinos
into the danger zone and substitute forward Ian Kirke took skipper
Kevin Sinfield's pass to barge past three defenders and stretch out of
the tackle to score his first try for 14 months.

Clash of the titans: Leeds' Ryan Bailey squares up to Warrington's Garreth Carvell

Clash of the titans: Leeds' Ryan Bailey squares up to Warrington's Garreth Carvell

Sinfield levelled the scores with the
conversion, just before a torrential downpour, and edged his side in
front four minutes later with a penalty awarded for a punch by Paul Wood
on Carl Ablett.

The rain threatened to ruin the game,
with Warrington's Hill and Trent Waterhouse both spilling possession,
but a run of penalties against the Yorkshiremen helped produce another
momentum shift.

As the rain disappeared as quickly as
it had arrived, slick handling by Michael Monaghan and Myler got
Waterhouse into his stride and he proved unstoppable from 10 metres out.

Hodgson's second goal made it 12-8
but Sinfield pulled two points back with a second penalty on the stroke
of half-time and Leeds thought they had re-taken the lead early in the
second half.

Making a fist of it: Leeds' Ian Kirke scores their first try but it was not enough for the defeated Rhinos

Making a fist of it: Leeds' Ian Kirke scores their first try but it was not enough for the defeated Rhinos

When Hodgson lost possession in a
crunching tackle from Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai while attempting to
clear his line, second rower Brett Delaney picked up the loose ball and
touched down.

The video referee ruled out any foul
play but disallowed the try for a knock-on and Warrington made the most
of the let-off with two quickfire tries, with Hodgson quickly recovering
from the heavy blow to supply both final passes.

Leeds found themselves under
intolerable pressure after conceding successive goal-line drop-outs and
it told when Hodgson combined with Ryan Atkins to get winger Chris Riley
over on 49 minutes.

Done and dusted: Warrington's Ryan Atkins scores their third try to put them on their way to a famous victory

Done and dusted: Warrington's Ryan Atkins scores their third try to put them on their way to a famous victory

Five minutes later, following another
drop-out, Warrington again attacked the Leeds right and Hodgson's long
pass enabled Atkins to go over.

The Wolves were oozing with
confidence by then and four minutes later substitute Tyrone McCarthy
went over for his side's fifth try after Westwood squeezed out a pass
from a tackle close to the line.

Briers put his side four scores in
front with a drop goal and Hodgson went through a tiring Leeds defence
for a deserved try, rendering later tries from Rhinos centre Kallum
Watkins little more than consolation.

Wayne Rooney: I don"t know who will win Premier League title

Rocking Roo happy with pre-season, but uncertain if United can land title

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UPDATED:

09:28 GMT, 13 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Wayne Rooney hopes to put the heartache of losing the Barclays Premier League crown on the final day to rivals City behind him, but refuses to speculate on the destination of the title this term.

United had the title wrestled from their grip by City last season, with Sergio Aguero's last-gasp goal sealing the top-flight crown for Roberto Mancini’s side.

Rooney is pleased with the new additions to the squad at Old Trafford and was impressed with his team-mates performance in the 4-3 friendly win over Hannover.

Red alert: United edged an entertaining friendly with Hannover

Red alert: United edged an entertaining friendly with Hannover

But predicting United lifting their 13th Premier League title in May is too much to ask at this early stage.

He said: 'I don't know. Obviously everyone has their opinions. Some people think City, some people think United, some people think Chelsea.

'I'm not really going to get into that but we're working hard to try to win the title back anyway so hopefully we can do that.

'Obviously it's (last season) not something you want to look back on, when we've won leagues in the past we've looked forward to the upcoming season and if we haven't won it then we’ve been looking forward to the season coming up.

'It's a big disappointment but we have to move on.'

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side completed their pre-season schedule in Germany with Rooney playing in a deeper role along with new signing Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley – who was restricted to just 15 appearances last season due to injury.

Rooney was pleased with the result, his performance and heaped praise on Kagawa and Cleverley.

Impressive: Rooney was happy at the way he linked up with Cleverley and Kagawa

Impressive: Rooney was happy at the way he linked up with Cleverley and Kagawa

Impressive: Rooney was happy at the way he linked up with Cleverley and Kagawa

He said: 'It was alright. Obviously it's nice to score but the most important thing is the 90 minutes and the game, so that was good for me. At times we played some great football and sometimes we were a bit sloppy, but I think that's always going to happen in pre-season games.

'I played with Kagawa and Tom Cleverley in there as well and the three of us linked up really well I thought, at times anyway. Tom was a big miss for us last season. Obviously now with the Olympics he's up to speed, he's got his fitness and he will be an important player for us this season.

'Kagawa's been great. He's a great signing for us and I'm looking forward to playing with him in the season. I feel good. A lot of hard work in training, obviously it's the games what count and it was nice to have the 90 minutes.

United begin their Premier League campaign away at Everton on Monday evening, hoping to avenge last season’s stunning 4-4 draw between the sides which massively dented United’s title challenge.

Revenge United kick-off their season against Everton - the team who sunk their title ambitions last term

Revenge United kick-off their season against Everton – the team who sunk their title ambitions last term

He added: 'Obviously a big disappointment for us that game and you can argue that that was the game which cost us the title. But it's a new season and it's important to start well and it’s always a tough game so we will have to be at our best to beat them.

'It's a big game for us. It’s important to try to get off to a good start in the first game so it will be a good time to do that. I still have connections with Everton but the most important thing is for Man United to try to go there and get three points. That’s what we’re aiming to do.'

London 2012 Olympics: Nick Skelton just misses individual medal

Skelton suffers showjumping agony… but Ireland celebrate first medal as O'Connor lands bronze

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There was heartache for Nick Skelton in the individual showjumping but it was celebrations for Ireland as they scooped their first medal of the Olympics.

Skelton would have forced a jump-off with a clear round but one fence down – the first his brilliant stallion Big Star has had in six rounds of jumping across team and individual competitions in London – cost him a place on the podium.

His two British gold medal-winning colleagues Scott Brash and Ben Maher also missed out, with Switzerland's Steve Guerdat taking gold.

Disappointment: Nick Skelton and Big Star had one costly mistake in the individual showjumping

Disappointment: Nick Skelton and Big Star had one costly mistake in the individual showjumping

Ireland's Cian O'Connor took the bronze after losing a jump-off to Dutch rider Gerco Schroder.

Skelton led going into the final showjumping round in Athens eight years ago, but eight faults there relegated him from first to 12th.

His wait for an individual showjumping medal goes on, as does Britain's, with Ann Moore and Psalm the last combination to collect one when they took silver in Munich 40 years ago.

So close: Nick Skelton almost produced a clear round on Big Star

So close: Nick Skelton almost produced a clear round on Big Star

Skelton told BBC 1: 'It's one of those things. He hasn't touched a jump all week, and that was the worst time to hit one.

'I've been there before. It's the same thing again. What can you do He is still a great horse. He's still fresh – he could go again. He was unlucky. It wasn't meant to be.'

Six riders carried zero faults into the final individual round, including last-to-go Skelton and Brash, but only Guerdat kept everything up.

Off the mark: Cian O'Connor celebrates winning the bronze on Blue Loyd 12

Off the mark: Cian O'Connor celebrates winning the bronze on Blue Loyd 12

O'Connor won Olympic gold in Athens eight years ago, but he was stripped of the medal after his then horse Waterford Crystal failed a drugs test.

Ireland failed to qualify a team for the London Games, and were restricted to just two individual places that were taken by O'Connor and Billy Twomey.

O'Connor, riding Blue Loyd 12, gave it everything, clocking a faster time than Schroder in the jump-off, but he had one fence down.

Schroder's horse, aptly called London, almost helped Holland deny Britain team gold two days ago, but he will still leave for for home with two silvers.

London 2012 Olympics: Football: Stuart Pearce"s men take penalty defeat as learning curve

Pearce draws positives from penalty KO and puts quarter-final defeat down as a 'learning experience' for Team GB players

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23:31 GMT, 4 August 2012

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce believes his players are stronger for their Olympic experience despite seeing them suffer penalty shoot-out heartache in their quarter-final defeat to South Korea.

The Millennium Stadium clash had finished 1-1 after 120 minutes, and the first eight attempts of the shoot-out were successful.

But Daniel Sturridge had his effort palmed away by substitute goalkeeper Lee Bumyoung, with Celtic's Ki Sung-Yueng stepping up to send Korea into a semi-final meeting with Brazil.

Dejected: The Team GB players will learn from this experience according to Stuart Pearce

Dejected: The Team GB players will learn from this experience according to Stuart Pearce

Sturridge was not the only man to misfire from the spot as Aaron Ramsey missed a penalty during normal time.

The Wales captain had converted from the spot to level after Ji Dongwon's opener, but could not repeat the feat a few minutes later.

But Pearce believes that Sturridge, Ramsey and the whole squad are all the better for being a part of Team GB.

He said: 'Dan got the winner three days ago that got us out of the group stages and tonight he is on the end of missing a penalty.

'But we are in this together, the important thing is that all the players have had an experience to make them better and stronger.

'Some of those experiences are scoring goals and winners, and some of those experiences are having days like today when you are disappointed because you missed a penalty.

'But experiences like that make you stronger and he will benefit from this tournament without a doubt.'

Pearce added: 'The individuals who have come here and contributed go back to their clubs and countries the better for it.'

Daniel Sturridge missed GB's fifth penalty which ultimately sent the Brits crashing out

Daniel Sturridge missed GB's fifth penalty which ultimately sent the Brits crashing out

Daniel Sturridge missed GB's fifth penalty which ultimately sent the Brits crashing out

The defeat, in all-too-familiar fashion, not least for Pearce, came at the end of a day that had seen Team GB win six Olympic golds, their highest tally in a single day's competition since 1908.

Pearce could not hide the disappointment of seeing his side's medal hopes extinguished, just as those of Hope Powell's women's team had been just 24 hours earlier.

But he insisted he did not feel apprehensive when the game went to penalties, despite England's wretched shoot-out history. England provide the bulk of the British squad.

'I felt excitement,' Pearce said. 'I prepare my teams from day one, the first day we got together as a group we practised penalties and that's the same with the (England) Under-21s.

'We studied thoroughly and once we get to a penalty shoot-out situation I see myself and my team as favourites.

'The victors of this game were assured of two more matches and two chances at a medal and that is the disappointment, probably more so for the players who have enjoyed their time here.

Aaron Ramsey had a penalty saved in the game which could have made it 2-1 to GB

Aaron Ramsey had a penalty saved in the game which could have made it 2-1 to GB

Ramsey had earlier scored the equaliser for Stuart Pearce's men

Ramsey had earlier scored the equaliser for Stuart Pearce's men

'I would have liked to see how we would have developed as a team playing more and more games.'

Pearce, who said he would have to wait to find out the severity of the ankle injury that forced Manchester City defender Micah Richards off in the second half, reiterated that he would like to see a GB side in Rio in four years, but does not expect it to happen.

'It would be fantastic but I don't think it will happen again,' he said.

'Home advantage has allowed us to have this opportunity, but when you look at international programmes and bringing nationalities together, where are we going to find the time to enter a qualification period'

South Korea coach Hong Myung Bo believed his side's mental toughness had been key in their triumph.

He said: 'I expected us to have difficulty with fatigue from our previous games and the travelling, but the players performed beyond expectations.

'The reason we won was we were a little stronger than the GB team when it comes to the mental side of the game.'

London 2012 Olympics Cycling: Jess Varnish vows to bounce back after heartache

I'll be back: Heartbroken Varnish vows to return stronger after Olympic dream dies

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17:50 GMT, 3 August 2012

A 'completely devastated' Jess Varnish vowed to bounce back from her Olympic heartache in time after being denied the chance to ride for gold on the opening night of action at the London 2012 Velodrome.

A takeover infringement saw Varnish and Victoria Pendleton relegated from the two-woman, two-lap team sprint, just after they believed they had advanced to the gold medal race with China, who in turn were denied victory for a similar incident in the final as Germany triumphed.

The elimination ended Varnish's Olympics, with Pendleton competing in the two individual disciplines, and the 21-year-old from Bromsgrove believes she will need to speak to British Cycling sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters for some time to come.

Hard to take: Jess Varnish hugs Victoria Pendleton after they were relegated from the team sprint first round

Hard to take: Jess Varnish hugs Victoria Pendleton after they were relegated from the team sprint first round

She said: 'It's going to take me a long time to grieve over it and I am completely heartbroken.

'But I've got to look ahead. We did our best and that's all we can do. A minute mistake cost us.

'We broke the record and it was just one of those things.

Going well: Varnish (front) and Pendleton compete in the Velodrome

Going well: Varnish (front) and Pendleton compete in the Velodrome

'I focused completely on that lap – it was the only way I saw myself getting here, the 2012 Olympics in my home country.

'I didn't come away with a medal, but I did my very best. I got here and I'm proud of that.
'I'm sure I'll be speaking to him (Peters) for a long time. It's not going to be easy to get over it, but there's a lot more to life.'

The distraught British pair returned to the Olympic Village last night and discussed the incident before Pendleton, who is set to retire after London 2012, refocused on the keirin and individual sprint, which begins on Sunday.

Relegated: The British pair won their semi-final but broke the takeover rules when Pendleton overlapped Varnish's wheel too early

Relegated: The British pair won their semi-final but broke the takeover rules when Pendleton overlapped Varnish's wheel too early

Varnish added: 'We discussed it. We were both completely gutted for one another.

'Now I've got to be there for Vicky and support her. She's got to go out with a bang and I believe she's going to – she's in fantastic form.

'She was very upset as well because we were riding very well yesterday.'

All over: Varnish reacts as she sees her Olympic dream vanish

All over: Varnish reacts as she sees her Olympic dream vanish

Pendleton predicted Varnish will recover from the setback in time for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

Varnish added: 'I feel really excited about being able to focus on my individual events. I believe I can be an all right sprinter and I'm looking forward to focusing on it properly.'