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Long Run holds off Captain Chris to win King George chase

Long Run holds off Captain Chris to take victory at King George VI Chase

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15:39 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

15:50 GMT, 26 December 2012

Long Run got up in the final strides to collar Captain Chris and regain his crown in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Captain Chris looked like going two better places than last year when he came through to head the winner of two years ago, who was also the runner-up 12 months ago.

However, Long Run, the 15-8 favourite trained by Nicky Henderson, rallied for amateur Sam Waley-Cohen, to get back up and score by a neck.


Jumping to victory: Long Run (right) took first place in the King George Chase

Jumping to victory: Long Run (right) took first place in the King George Chase

The winning rider said: 'He was so brave. I had to keep asking him – I asked him early and maybe I asked too much as he was tired but so brave.

'This is his fifth year of competing at this level and he means an enormous amount to us.
'That was racing at it's best for me. I can't put it into words. It's an honour and a privilege.'

Long Run is owned by Waley-Cohen's father Robert, who added: 'He's come here four times now and won three Grade Ones and been second to Kauto Star.

'I wasn't absolutely sure that we had got back up but as I came down the stairs from the stand, I saw his name go up and that was fantastic.'

Henderson was similarly thrilled to see his former Cheltenham Gold Cup victor return to winning form.

He said: 'It was a brave call to go on when he did and it was the right call to make.

Jumping to victory: Long Run edged Captain Chris to finish first

Jumping to victory: Long Run edged Captain Chris to finish first

'It was a battle out there today and not the best ground for any of them. He's young but has been doing everything right.

'You would have to say last year was a disappointment but he's been running good races all the time.'

Henderson continued: 'We had it in our minds that Bobs Worth would run in the Cheltenham race in January (Argento Chase), leaving Long Run free to run in the Denman (Aon) Chase at Newbury, but we'll have to discuss things with connections.

'I'd love to see Long Run back on better ground and I'm so pleased Sam and the horse have proved a point to people today.'

Jockey Richard Johnson said of the runner-up: 'I thought coming to the last I was going to win, but the other horse is a proven Gold Cup winner and he's just outstayed me.

'It was a great run and I'm just looking forward to riding him on better ground.'

Scudamore said of third-placed Grands Crus: 'He ran a great race and I'm most pleased he looks a lot more like his old self.'

David Pipe’s exciting grey, meanwhile, blew his rivals away to score by an eased-down nine lengths but that doesn’t come close to accurately describing his superiority over his rivals.

Sent of an 8-13 favourite, Tom Scudamore never had a moment’s worry and a soaring leap four-out sent Dynaste to the front before stretching clear in effortless style.

The six-year-old is now unbeaten in three starts over fences and he is following the same route as stablemate Grands Crus who won this race 12 months ago before being sent off a short price favourite for the RSA Chase.

And Darlan is the new Champion Hurdle favourite after sprinting to a four-and-a-half length victory in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton under Tony McCoy.

The John McManus-owned five-year-old had, who was 3-1 for this seasonal reappearance, made it three Christmas Hurdle wins on the bounce for connections after Binocular’s wins in the last two runnings of the two mile contest, and he is now a 4-1 chance for the Cheltenham Festival showpiece.

Darlan finished behind Cinders And Ashes in last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle but Nicky Henderson’s charge comfortably revered that form as well as seeing off disappointing favourite Countrywide Flame who was such an impressive winner of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle last time.

Raya Star came home in second while Dodging Bullets finished third.

Vote for Sanctuaire as big Nicholls hope for Sandown has the X Factor

Vote for Sanctuaire as big Nicholls hope for Sandown has the X Factor

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20:18 GMT, 7 December 2012

The people at ITV will have you
believe that all this weekend's fireworks are reserved for the X Factor
final but, for National Hunt fans, there are two explosive chasers at
Sandown today for whom that description fits adroitly.

Both Sprinter Sacre and SANCTUAIRE
(Sandown, 3.05) boast the star quality that X Factor finalists can only
dream of, although the progression through the series of favourite James
Arthur does in a way mirror that of Sanctuaire.

tale of the tingle tape

Peter Scudamore's view

The Tingle Creek Chase provides the clash between Sanctuaire and Sprinter Sacre that we’ve been waiting for since the Spring and, with both unbeaten over fences, something has to give. My worry is the ground is going to play a part. Jockey Peter Buchanan, who landed the big race yesterday on Bold Sir Brian, described conditions on Sandown’s chase course as ‘hard-work ground’.

The big two have both had breathing operations in the past. You can never be totally confident how they will react in arduous going.
I’d also be concerned that the ground will negate the immense jumping of Sprinter Sacre. He is a horse with natural spring in his legs. His technique last year was outstanding and some of his leaps spectacular.

His defeat of Cue Card at the Cheltenham Festival was a piece of form to drool over. He has already shown the potential to be not only the most exciting steeplechaser in training but also the best pound for pound across the distance spectrum. Despite my concerns I can’t desert the Nicky Henderson-trained favourite.

A troubled soul at the start of the
series, the talented Arthur has prospered due to a strict regime of
rehearsal and training and much the same can be said of the headstrong
Sanctuaire

It is only in the past 12 months that trainer Paul Nicholls and his team has managed to resolve the physical and mental issues that were stopping his charge from ascending the chasing tree.

The result has been three unblemished chasing victories by an aggregate margin of 74 lengths, two of which were achieved at today's venue.

It is those front-running demolitions that Sanctuaire's supporters will put their faith in as he bids to see off the imposing claims of Sprinter Sacre.

Nicky Henderson's hot favourite is yet to taste defeat over fences.

A six-length defeat of Cue Card in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival looks all the more creditable given the runner-up's subsequent efforts.

However, Sanctuaire's experience of the tricky Sandown fences could prove decisive in springing a mini surprise.

Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 match report: Daniel Agger heads winner at Anfield

Liverpool 1 Southampton 0: Agger header has Reds looking up the table

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17:11 GMT, 1 December 2012

Defender Daniel Agger's first goal of the season ensured Liverpool returned to winning ways at home to Southampton but they made hard work of the victory.

The Denmark international powered home a header just before half-time, only his fifth in 133 Premier League appearances, after a host of chances had gone begging.

In doing so he helped the Reds to only their third home win of the season and back-to-back league wins at Anfield for the first time since September 2011.

On target: Daniel Agger secured a vital victory for Liverpool

On target: Daniel Agger secured a vital victory for Liverpool

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Allen (Henderson 69), Shelvey, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez. Subs not used: Jones, Sahin, Downing, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Wisdom.

Booked: Suarez.

Goal: Agger 43.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon (Rodriguez 78), Cork (Steven Davis 70), Schneiderlin, Lallana, Ramirez, Lambert. Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Reeves.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Attendance: 44,525.

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But in truth it should have been far
more comfortable than it actually was, which is a familiar story where
Liverpool have been concerned recently.

They had 14 shots in a totally
one-sided first half although Southampton could easily have had a goal
of their own with Rickie Lambert's long-range shooting threatening to
catch out Jose Reina.

The Southampton striker sent an early
swerving effort just wide before, in added time, his 35-yard drive had
Reina scrambling back to turn ball around the post.

But those two chances book-ended what was a procession of missed opportunities for the dominant hosts.

The restoration of Lucas Leiva to the
side as defensive midfield linchpin after a three-month absence with a
thigh injury transformed the dynamic almost immediately.

With both Steven Gerrard and Joe
Allen freed to play higher up the pitch in a 4-1-4-1 formation most of
the action was concentrated in their final third.

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross to spark celebration from the Liverpool players (below)

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross to spark celebration from the Liverpool players (below)

Mixed emotions: Southampton and Liverpool react after Agger's goal

Mixed emotions: Southampton and Liverpool react after Agger's goal

Jonjo Shelvey, also back in the side,
bobbled straight at goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, Glen Johnson flicked
Luis Suarez's pass across the face of goal, Steven Gerrard had a shot
charged down and then fired wide after a quickly-taken free-kick to
Suarez.

Gazzaniga denied both Shelvey and
Suarez, who made justifiable claims he had been pulled back by Jack
Cork, before the Uruguay international latched onto Reina's long kick
and beat the goalkeeper only for Maya Yoshida to clear the ball for a
corner.

When Shelvey smashed an angled shot
past the goalkeeper but back off the inside of the far post it appeared
luck was not on their side.

A marked man: Jason Puncheon gputs pressure on Raheem Sterling

A marked man: Jason Puncheon gputs pressure on Raheem Sterling

However, it took a double-dose of Uruguayan intervention to eventually help break the deadlock two minutes before the break.

Saints' South American summer signing
Gaston Ramirez flattened international team-mate Suarez on the edge of
the penalty area and although the Reds striker crashed his free-kick
onto the crossbar it rebounded to Johnson.

His cross into the penalty area was met by Agger who planted a header into the top corner from 10 yards.

Acrobatics: Daniel Agger clears from Gaston Ramirez

Acrobatics: Daniel Agger clears from Gaston Ramirez

Southampton, having undertaken damage
limitation in the first half, came out positively after the break and
Liverpool struggled to reassert their dominance.

After the first-half deluge it took until midway through the second period to carve out a good opportunity.

Jose Enrique, marauding from
left-back having been restored to his preferred position, exchanged
passes with Suarez on the edge of the area but his toe-poke at goal was
deflected wide by Luke Shaw.

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

The Spaniard also saw his drilled half-volley from the left of the area batted away by Gazzaniga.
Such was Liverpool's desperation to score the second and give themselves
some breathing space Suarez tried to punch in Gerrard's cross.

It proved costly as his subsequent
booking ruled the side's leading scorer out of next Sunday's trip to
West Ham, who beat third-placed Chelsea earlier in the day.

Close attention: Jose Enrique fends off Gaston Ramirez

Close attention: Jose Enrique fends off Gaston Ramirez

Suarez flashed a left-footed shot
just wide in added time but in the end Agger's goal proved just enough
to ensure they crept closer to the top four, which manager Brendan
Rodgers insists remains a possibility.

It will only do so, however, if they
first find more support for Suarez in the January transfer window and
start converting more of their chances.

Liverpool 2 Young Boys 2: Joe Cole strikes – match report

Liverpool 2 Young Boys 2: Joy for Joe but Reds need Italian job to avoid elimination

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00:54 GMT, 23 November 2012

They can’t do it any other way. Liverpool’s European history is littered with dramatic last gasp wins and, after a haphazard night at Anfield, another is required.

For much of an entertaining contest with BSC Young Boys, it appeared that Brendan Rodgers’ side would secure the victory to guarantee their progress to the round of 32 with a game to spare but, once again, profligacy and carelessness proved to their undoing.

Hammer blow: Young Boys' Elsad Zverotic takes off his shirt in celebration of his late wonder strike

Hammer blow: Young Boys' Elsad Zverotic takes off his shirt in celebration of his late wonder strike

Back in business: Joe Cole struck Liverpool's second and set up the opener

Back in business: Joe Cole struck Liverpool's second and set up the opener

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom (Gerrard 31), Skrtel, Carragher, Downing, Suso (Suarez 60), Sahin, Henderson, Cole (Sterling 76), Shelvey, Assaidi.

Subs not used: Jones, Jose Enrique, Coates, Allen.

Goal: Shelvey 33, Cole 72.

Young Boys: Wolfli, Sutter, Nef, Veskovac (Ojala 23), Lecjaks, Zverotic, Farnerud, Zarate, Schneuwly, Nuzzolo, Bobadilla.

Subs not used: Mvogo, Gonzalez, Vitkieviez, Costanzo, Frey, Doubai.

Booked: Zverotic.

Goal: Bobadilla 52, Zverotic 88.

Att: 37,810

Ref: Alon Yefet (Israel)

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As a result, Liverpool will head to Udine
on December 6 knowing that a win is required to guarantee progress to
the knockout stages. Liverpool have never fallen at the Europa League
group stages before and if that fate befalls them now, they will only
have themselves to blame.

Cruising after goals from Jonjo
Shelvey and Joe Cole either side of half-time, lapses in concentration
enabled Raul Bobadilla and Elsad Zverotic to profit spectacularly and
left Rodgers lamenting the naivety of Liverpool’s play.

‘We led twice in the game and missed a
hatful of chances,’ grumbled Rodgers. ‘To concede goals like we did was
very disappointing. The players gave everything against a very good
side. But when you get 2-1 up with two minutes to go, you have to show
better game management.

‘Now it is simple enough. We have got to get a good result (against Udine). We wanted to qualify here but it wasn’t to be.’

Any sense that this would be a
procession for Liverpool was quickly expunged.

Open sesame: Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock with this header

Open sesame: Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock with this header

Take that: Raul Bobadilla blasted in a superb strike to level the scores at 1-1

Take that: Raul Bobadilla blasted in a superb strike to level the scores at 1-1

Surprise: Bobadilla's celebrates the strike which upset Liverpool's apple cart (and below)

Surprise: Bobadilla's celebrates the strike which upset Liverpool's apple cart (and below)

Delight: Young Boys celebrate

Three times in the first
five minutes the visitors threatened Pepe Reina’s goal; Gonzalo Zarate
went close with an overhead kick, while Raul Bobadilla and Raphael
Nuzzolo both made Reina work.

Liverpool’s response was impressive. A
neat back flick from Shelvey sent Cole scampering through but he
scuffed his shot wide. Jordan Henderson shot straight at Marco Wolfli
after another good move. The passing and movement was, at times,
excellent.

Central to it all was Cole. It is no
secret he faces a mammoth task to salvage his Liverpool but his attitude
and application here could not be faulted. Always buzzing around the
box, demanding the ball and trying to make Liverpool play, he was
constantly involved and, fittingly, created the opener.

After exchanging passes with Suso on
33 minutes, the former England man darted into the area and his deft
clip into the centre, over goalkeeper Marco Wolfli, was met by Shelvey,
who had the simple task of nodding in from four yards.

This was as good as Cole has played
for Liverpool and he almost created a second on the stroke of half-time
for Suso but came good himself in the 72nd minute when finishing a move
that had involved substitutes Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez. It was his
first in Liverpool Red since April 2011.

‘Joe gave everything,’ Rodgers
acknowledged. ‘He is still not 100 per cent (fit) but he was much better
in offensive part of the game. He was bright and clever.’

If only the same could have been said
of Liverpool’s defending.

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While there was no disputing the quality of
the strikes from Bobadilla and Zverotic in the 52nd and 89th minute
respectively, the way they came about left Rodgers aghast.

The second
equaliser, especially, was greatly lamented.

‘We get the chance to shoot at one end
of the field but then you see us walking back,’ said Rodgers. ‘They
(Young Boys) work their way through unchallenged and score with a shot
from the centre of the goal. It is disappointing. We did not need to
commit at that stage.’

But they will have to commit in Italy. It is, after all, the only way they can be sure to progress.

Driven home: Cole fires in Liverpool's second goal... but it did not earn them a win

Driven home: Cole fires in Liverpool's second goal… but it did not earn them a win

Early swap: Steven Gerrard came on

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Early substitution: Brendan Rodgers (right) sent Steven Gerrard on after half-an-hour to replace the injured Andre Wisdom

Scrap: Juhani Ojala tries to tackle Cole, who played well

Scrap: Juhani Ojala tries to tackle Cole, who played well

Frustration: Jordan Henderson yells after he sees a chance wasted

Frustration: Jordan Henderson yells after he sees a chance wasted

Tribute: Young Boys fans hold up a banner respecting the Hillsborough victims

Tribute: Young Boys fans hold up a banner respecting the Hillsborough victims

Imperial Commander injury rules Cheltenham 2010 Gold Cup winner out of Betfair Chase at Haydock

Imperial Commander's comeback bid in Betfair Chase derailed by fresh injury blow

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14:38 GMT, 20 November 2012

The comeback of 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander has been derailed by a fresh injury.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained gelding has sustained a small fracture in a splint bone in a hind leg.

It means Imperial Commander misses Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock, which had been due to be his first run since the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup having been sidelined with a tendon injury.

Twiston-Davies is hoping that he can get Imperial Commander back on track early next year, but with the son of Flemensfirth turning 12-years-old on New Year’s day time is running out for the gelding.

Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Twiston-Davies said: ‘He's suffered a small fracture of a splint bone in a hind leg unfortunately. It's nothing dramatic but it means he won't be in full work for around six weeks.

‘We can still do swimming with him and things like that. It's disappointing but these things happen.

‘We'll see how we get on but the obvious race for him when he comes back is the race at Cheltenham in January (Argento Chase).’

Imperial Commander had been as short as 9-2 for Saturday’s race, a chase he won in 2010 having been beaten a nose by Kauto Star 12 months earlier.

The sponsors now make Nicky Henderson’s Long Run 11-8 favourite with the Paul Nicholls-trained Charlie Hall Chase winner Silviniaco Conti 9-4 and last season’ s Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster a 7-1 chance.

Manchester United beaten to Noe Baba by Fulham

United pipped to Irish wonderkid Baba as Fulham pull off major coup

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17:55 GMT, 14 November 2012

Fulham have won the race to sign Irish teenage sensation Noe Baba ahead of competition from Manchester United, Sunderland and Celtic.

The 16-year-old defender opted for the London club after being convinced their recruitment and academy set-up would give him a better platform to progress.

United headed a list of 16 clubs chasing the Cameroon-born kid who plays for Castlebar Celtic in County Mayo, but the presence of Fulham's Malcolm Elias, Steve Wigley, Huw Jennings and Stewart Henderson swayed his mind.

Can't say Noe: Young Irishman Noe Baba (No 2) has chosen Fulham over Manchester United

Can't say Noe: Young Irishman Noe Baba (No 2) has chosen Fulham over Manchester United

The quartet were key figures at Southampton in the production and development of players such as Wayne Bridge, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

Although they went on to separate jobs they reunited at Craven Cottage this summer and their reputation is growing once again.

Fulham will formalise details on Thursday and Baba, who has already passed a medical and agreed a contract, will join from January for a fee of around 130,000.

Baba, who only turned 16 in August, was born in Cameroon and moved to Ireland with his family where he became the first African to captain an Irish age-group team when he led the Under 17s.

He was called into the Republic of Ireland Under 19 squad in October and can play centre-back, defensive midfield or full-back.

Glen Johnson back in full training for Liverpool

Johnson boost for Liverpool as defender returns to training after hamstring problem

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13:23 GMT, 7 November 2012

LIVERPOOL SQUAD TO PLAY ANZHI

Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Shelvey, Henderson, Cole, Downing, Yesil, Assaidi, Gulacsi, Ward, Flanagan, Sama, Wilson, Coady, Suso, Morgan.

Glen Johnson has provided Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers with a lift ahead of Sunday's crucial trip to Chelsea by returning to full training.

The England right-back has missed Liverpool's last three games after suffering a hamstring problem in the 1-0 Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala on October 25.

Johnson will not travel to Moscow for Thursday's return fixture against the Russian league leaders but he gave the impression during a training session at Melwood on Wednesday morning he will be fine for the trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

On the mend: Glen Johnson (right) was back in action during Liverpool's training session on Wednesday

On the mend: Glen Johnson (right) was back in action during Liverpool's training session on Wednesday

Along with Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, Johnson was concentrating on fitness and conditioning work with fitness coach Ryland Morgans, while Rodgers oversaw a group that included Jamie Carragher, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole.

Though he has only been on the sidelines a short time, there is little doubt Liverpool have missed Johnson and Rodgers showed how highly he rates the 28-year-old when he paid him a glowing tribute before Sunday's 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.

'Glen has arguably been the player of the season in the Premier League, never mind at Liverpool,' Rodgers said.

'He's been absolutely outstanding when you consider he's played a lot of the season at left-back.

'He is a world-class full-back. When you miss a player of that quality, it does weaken you as a team. I look at him and (Barcelona's) Daniel Alves as the two best right-backs in world football. He has been absolutely fantastic. I have been very impressed with him.'

Liverpool will take a young squad to Russia as they aim to consolidate their place at the top of Group A, which includes Academy graduates Conor Coady and Adam Morgan, a young striker who scored the first goal of Rodgers' reign in a friendly against FC Toronto.

Full pelt: Reds skipper Steven Gerrard was put through his paces at Melwood

Full pelt: Reds skipper Steven Gerrard was put through his paces at Melwood

Getting it right: Luis Suarez was concentrating on fitness and conditioning work

Getting it right: Luis Suarez was concentrating on fitness and conditioning work

The travelling party, which will also include Jordan Henderson and Jonjo Shelvey, will be similar in its identity to the one that went to Switzerland in September and beat Young Boys Berne 5-3 but the task against Anzhi will be more complex.

Gerrard, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger and Suarez all played at Anfield against Guus Hiddink's team two weeks ago but Rodgers, whose side have taken 11 points from their first 10 games, simply cannot afford to risk them ahead of the trip to Chelsea.

Raring to go: Johnson has missed Liverpool's last three games

Raring to go: Johnson has missed Liverpool's last three games

Crystal Palace 5 Ipswich 0 – match report

Crystal Palace 5 Ipswich 0: Murray treble gives new boss Holloway dream start

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00:47 GMT, 7 November 2012

What a start to Ian Holloway's reign at Crystal Palace. Five goals without reply against Ipswich and a five-star performance took the London club to the top of the Championship for the first time in five years.

It extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, following three defeats in their first three matches.

On the spot: Murray scored a hat-trick against Ipswich to fire Palace top

On the spot: Murray scored a hat-trick against Ipswich to fire Palace top

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Jedinak, Garvan (Moritz 69), Dikgacoi, Zaha (Moxey 87), Murray (Easter 69), Bolasie.

Subs Not Used: Price, Blake, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Booked: Dikgacoi, Zaha.

Goals: Bolasie 24, Murray 50 pen, 55 pen,63, Moritz 90.

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Higginbotham, Chambers, Cresswell, Martin, Reo-Coker, Drury (Emmanuel-Thomas 70), Wellens (N'Daw 82), Campbell, Murphy (Smith 70).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Chopra, Scotland, Mohsni.

Booked: Reo-Coker.

Attendance: 15,517

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

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'As debuts go it doesn't get much better than that,' said Holloway.

'Everybody here is motivated to get
Palace back to where they deserve, to where the fans want and hopefully
it'll be a fantastic journey.'

Holloway did not have to wait long to
see the first goal of his reign. Joel Ward won the ball at right back
in the 24th minute, played a hopeful ball forward that was flicked on by
Owen Garvan and winger Yannick Bolasie ran in behind the Ipswich
defence to delicately loft the bouncing ball, first time, over the
stranded Stephen Henderson from 12 yards.

It got even better in the second
half. The rapid Wilfried Zaha won a penalty on 49 minutes, beating two
men on the left and taking the ball into the area, where he was floored
by Luke Chambers. Glenn Murray calmly netted.

Five minutes later Aaron Creswell
pushed Murray inside the area – and he coolly scored his second penalty.
Only six minutes after that Chambers conceded yet another penalty – but
this time Murray missed.

Perfect start: Holloway's Palace fired five past Ipswich

Perfect start: Holloway's Palace fired five past Ipswich

He did not have to wait long for his
hat-trick, however, netting Ward's low cross from close range on 63
minutes, and substitute Andre Moritz added a fifth in stoppage time.

Holloway credited former Palace boss Dougie Freedman for his work at the club.

He said: 'It's so professional here
it's fantastic. Whatever Dougie and Lennie Lawrence have done, it's
already in place. I sometimes think, pinch me I'm dreaming.'

Mick McCarthy, in his second match in
charge at Ipswich, faced a harsh reality following his win against
Birmingham at the weekend.

He described the match as a sobering
experience and said: 'They murdered us. But people are a little
misguided if they thought we were going to come here against high-flying
Palace and win after the match at the weekend.

'I can't remember a side conceding
three penalties, let alone in 11 minutes. As usual, the players were
telling me it wasn't a penalty. I'll have to look at replays. We've got a
fair bit of work to do.'

Lee Westwood watches Golden Hoof win on his phone

Ryder Cup hero Westwood watches Golden Hoof win on debut at Kempton

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19:47 GMT, 5 November 2012

Golfer Lee Westwood watched his Golden Hoof make a winning debut over hurdles at Kempton via his phone.

His manager Chubby Chandler, who part-owns the four-old-gelding trained by Nicky Henderson, said: ‘Lee’s out in Shanghai at the moment and was watching on his phone.

Debut win: Andrew Tinkler rides Golden Hoof to victory at Kempton

Debut win: Andrew Tinkler rides Golden Hoof to victory at Kempton

‘He (Golden Hoof) is a big baby. Nicky didn’t give us that much encouragement but everything turned out well. It’s terrific fun and we just enjoy the day out.’

Golden Hoof, sent off at 7-2, cruised through much of the race under jockey Andrew Tinkler before scooting clear to beat Rysbrack four and half lengths.

The big disappointment of the race was smart Flat performer Ransom Note who jumped sloppily throughout and eventually finished a well beaten seventh.

Ipswich 1 Derby 2 match report: Nathan Tyson winner heaps pressure on Paul Jewell

Ipswich 1 Derby 2: Sub Tyson heaps more pressure on Jewell with late winner

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21:35 GMT, 23 October 2012

Nathan Tyson came off the Derby bench to net a last-gasp winner and deliver a fresh blow to under-fire home manager Paul Jewell as Ipswich slumped to the foot of the npower Championship.

Jewell revealed on Monday that he would remain in charge of the Suffolk club having considered his future after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hull.

The Liverpudlian received the complete backing of owner Marcus Evans and his players, among many others, when weighing up his decision and opted to stay, although he acknowledged results must improve and quickly.

Under pressure: Jewell's Ipswich are without a victory in 11 games

Under pressure: Jewell's Ipswich are without a victory in 11 games

Match facts

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Drury (Scotland 63), Reo-Coker, Wellens, Martin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Campbell (Chopra 63).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Hyam, Smith, Mohsni, Carson.

Booked: Martin, Chopra.

Goals: Campbell 24.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh,O'Connor, Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Jacobs (Davies 75), Robinson (Tyson 81), Sammon.

Subs Not Used: Deeney, Roberts, O'Brien, Bennett, Freeman.

Booked: O'Connor.

Goals: Robinson 40,Tyson 90.

Attendance: 15,417

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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However, this result means Ipswich are winless in 11 league and cup games, still without a home victory and bottom of the table following Peterborough's fine home win over high-flying Huddersfield.

Ipswich took a deserved lead after 24 minutes through DJ Campbell's close-range effort but Theo Robinson capitalised on an error from goalkeeper Stephen Henderson to pull Derby level five minutes before the break.

Both sides had chances to win it but the visitors stole the points at the death when Tyson, who only climbed off the bench nine minutes earlier, pounced from close range from Conor Sammon's cross.

Ipswich came flying out of the blocks and Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins was forced into three saves inside the opening 10 minutes. Legzdins denied Lee Martin inside a minute – with Andy Drury clearing the bar on the rebound – then tipped Aaron Cresswell's long-range effort around a post before thwarting Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from 12 yards.

Derby, who had drawn their last three games and were unbeaten in four, finally threatened in the 20th minute.

Michael Jacobs, making his first league start, unleashed a shot from 30 yards which was comfortable for Henderson.

On target: Tyson celebrates his winning strike

On target: Tyson celebrates his winning strike

It came as no surprise when Ipswich finally took the lead in the 24th minute. Martin's ball into the box was bundled in by Campbell, scoring for the second time in three appearances.

Emmanuel-Thomas almost made it 2-0 on the half-hour but Legzdins produced a stunning save to tip his six-yard strike around a post.

Jake Buxton headed over a Paul Coutts corner in a rare attack for Derby before Ipswich were punished for another mistake five minutes before the break. Henderson spilled a shot from Sammon and Robinson was on hand to tuck home the rebound, his third goal in four games.

Craig Bryson then fired wide from 12 yards as Derby finished the half on a high. Legzdins continued his impressive night's work when he pulled off another fine stop to turn Cresswell's long-range effort away for a corner seven minutes into the second period.

The Rams went up the other end and twice threatened themselves. First Sammon shot wide from 25 yards after Ipswich failed to clear Brayford's effort, before Jacobs cracked a shot from 25 yards which Henderson parried away.

Having been on the end of some sustained Derby pressure, Ipswich finally managed to break out and a shot from Martin, following a fine run, flashed just wide in the 62nd minute.

Legzdins frustrated Ipswich again with 17 minutes remaining as he kept out Emmanuel-Thomas' 30-yard strike before Coutts drilled a shot just over the bar. Tyson then delivered a sucker punch to Ipswich and Jewell with the late winner.