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Charlton 3 Bolton 2 – match report

Charlton 3 Bolton 2: Addicks come from two down to record long overdue home win

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 30 March 2013

Charlton came from two goals down to end their home hoodoo and dent Bolton's play-off hopes.

The Addicks were staring at a fourth straight Valley defeat, and 10th of the season, after Wanderers raced into a two-goal lead through Marvin Sordell and Medo Kamara.

But skipper Johnnie Jackson pulled one back before half-time and Bolton fell to pieces in the second half when Sam Ricketts was sent off.

Turnaround: Yann Kermorgant scored from the spot to complete a remarkable comeback for Charlton

Turnaround: Yann Kermorgant scored from the spot to complete a remarkable comeback for Charlton

MATCH FACTS

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Morrison, Dervite, Wiggins, Pritchard, Hughes (Gower 72), Jackson, Harriott (Wilson 86), Kermorgant,
Fuller (Haynes 86).

Subs Not Used: Button, Green, Obika, Feely.
Booked: Hughes, Solly, Kermorgant.

Goals: Jackson 25, Dervite 60, Kermorgant (pen) 63.

Bolton: Lonergan, Ricketts, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Medo, Spearing, Pratley (Odelusi 82), Ngog, Sordell (Butterfield 59), Lee (Craig Davies 69).

Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Eagles, Kevin Davies, Wheater.

Sent Off: Ricketts (58), Craig Davies (90).

Booked: Ricketts, Dawson, Spearing, Craig Davies.

Goals: Sordell 4, Medo 20.

Att: 17,322

Ref: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

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Dorian Dervite immediately dragged
Charlton level and Yann Kermorgant struck the winner from the penalty
spot to complete an unlikely comeback, while Bolton finished with nine
men after a late red card for Craig Davies.

Charlton were missing two of their
senior defenders, Leon Cort and Matt Taylor, through injury and illness
and their patched-up back four were under the cosh from kick-off.

Chung-Yong Lee had already shot over and David Ngog forced a save from Ben Hamer before Bolton took a fourth-minute lead.

Sordell collected Ngog's pass and
turned makeshift centre-half Dervite inside out before tucking the ball
past Hamer.

Charlton attempted to hit back and midfielder Bradley
Pritchard was twice denied by Trotters keeper Andy Lonergan.

But Bolton doubled their advantage in
the 20th minute when Ngog found Medo 25 yards out and the Sierra Leone
midfielder beat Hamer with a swerving drive which went in off the post.

However, five minutes later Charlton
grabbed a lifeline when Bolton cleared a corner only as far as Jackson
on the edge of the area.

The midfielder took the ball past two
defenders before rifling it low into the net.

Captain's strike: Johnnie Jackson started the Charlton revival with his 25th-minute goal

Captain's strike: Johnnie Jackson started the Charlton revival with his 25th-minute goal

They almost grabbed an
equaliser before the break, but Pritchard could not quite get a toe on
Ricardo Fuller's ball across goal.

At the start of the second half
Lonergan could only parry Callum Harriott's deflected shot but Craig
Dawson was on hand to clear.The game swung Charlton's way on the hour
when Ricketts was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Fuller.

Bolton were hit with a double
punishment as, from the free-kick, Kermorgant's curler came back off the
post and Dorvite reacted first to lash in his first goal for the
club.And three minutes later they were ahead.

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Fuller burst into the area and was brought down by Darren Pratley, with Kermorgant stepping up to take the penalty.

The Frenchman has form for fluffing
his lines from the spot, having famously tried and failed with a chip in
a play-off penalty shoot-out while playing for Leicester.

But as The Valley held its breath,
Kermorgant wisely opted for power and blasted his shot wide of
Lonergan.Charlton had to endure seven minutes of stoppage time but
Bolton substitute Davies used up most of it by earning himself two
yellow cards to complete Bolton's second-half meltdown.

Off: Dougie Freedman speaks to referee Trevor Kettle after his Bolton team finished the game with nine men

Off: Dougie Freedman speaks to referee Trevor Kettle after his Bolton team finished the game with nine men

Red card: Samuel Ricketts is given his marching orders in the 58th minute

Red card: Samuel Ricketts is given his marching orders in the 58th minute

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Sam Allardyce accepts damages from Steve Kean and Blackburn Rovers

Allardyce accepts damages from Blackburn and Kean over foul-mouthed rant

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

11:21 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 6 January 2013

Steve Kean pulled out of a scheduled appearance on Goals on Sunday today, the day after Sam Allardyce accepted an out-of-court settlement believed to be in the region of 200,000 from him and Blackburn Rovers.

Former Blackburn manager Kean had to fork out after derogatory claims were made about Allardyce by him in the summer of 2011.

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Steve Kean

Sam Allardyce

No love lost: Sam Allardyce (right) and his former No 2 Steve Kean

Goals on Sunday co-host Chris Kamara revealed the short-notice change on Twitter this morning.

He said: 'Morning all. Last minute lineup change Didi Hamann and Phil Brown with me and the adorable @benshephard tweet him any questions 11till 12.'

Kean was filmed making the remarks by supporters during a pre-season trip Blackburn made to Hong Kong.

Kean’s allegations about the
operating methods, integrity and managerial ability of Allardyce — his
predecessor at Ewood Park — were made public when the fans published a
video of the conversation on YouTube.

Allardyce took legal action against
Kean personally and against Rovers. The action has been settled with a
payment to Allardyce, who is now manager of West Ham. On Saturday all
parties involved in the case declined to comment.

VIDEO: Kean's foul-mouthed tirade

Euro 2012: England fans at Sweden match

England fans out in force despite being outnumbered 4 to 1 by rivals Sweden

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UPDATED:

19:34 GMT, 15 June 2012

England fans were back out in force for their latest Euro 2012 match.

Although Sweden had some 20,000 supporters inside Kiev's Olympic Stadium, England's contingent still made plenty of noise.

That was perhaps aided by the return of the band that wasn't allowed in for their first match against France in Donetsk. Or maybe not.

Scroll down to see a selection of the best fan pictures from Friday night in Kiev and beyond…

Famous faces: Noel Gallagher and Chris Kamara watched the match from a fancy box

Famous faces: Noel Gallagher and Chris Kamara watched the match from a fancy box

Give us a wave: Joe Hart's girlfriend Kimberley Crew enjoys the match

Give us a wave: Joe Hart's girlfriend Kimberley Crew enjoys the match

Ready for action: An England fan with his face painted is excited before kick-off

Ready for action: An England fan with his face painted is excited before kick-off

Don't look, Steve: Some fans have a message for the Blackburn manager all the way in Kiev

Don't look, Steve: Some fans have a message for the Blackburn manager all the way in Kiev

Game for a laugh: Fans dressed up for the occasion at the Olympic Stadium

Game for a laugh: Fans dressed up for the occasion at the Olympic Stadium

The rivals: Sweden has four times the number of England fans inside the stadium

The rivals: Sweden has four times the number of England fans inside the stadium

England fans

England fans

Pointing the way: England faces donned face paint for the crunch match against Sweden

Ready for battle: England and Sweden fans mingle in Kiev before kick-off

Ready for battle: England and Sweden fans mingle in Kiev before kick-off

Outnumbered: There are far more Sweden supporters than England fans in Kiev for the game

Outnumbered: There are far more Sweden supporters than England fans in Kiev for the game

Happy to be here: England supporters are counting down to their team's second match

Happy to be here: England supporters are counting down to their team's second match

Head to head: England and Sweden fans exchange banter in the build-up to the game

Head to head: England and Sweden fans exchange banter in the build-up to the game

Let's go: England fans converge at the fan zone as the count down to kick-off

Let's go: England fans converge at the fan zone as the count down to kick-off

You're in the minority! Three England fans are surrounded by Swedes in Kiev

You're in the minority! Three England fans are surrounded by Swedes in Kiev

Confident: Sweden's supporters enjoy a refreshing beer before the main event

Confident: Sweden's supporters enjoy a refreshing beer before the main event

Edge of the Box: Fingers crossed ESPN and ITV play blinder in FA Cup final

ESPN and ITV should deliver Cup cracker after Wembley warm-ups

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UPDATED:

07:38 GMT, 16 April 2012

It was most certainly what you might call (you know, if you were lazy like me) a game of two halves this weekend, with the FA Cup semi-finals from Wembley dovetailing Saturday and Sunday just nicely.

What's more, it provided a very handy dress rehearsal for the two channels who would be back to cover the final in three weekends' time – ITV and ESPN.

First out the blocks was the pay-per-view station with the northern half of the derby equation, and didn't they take advantage of their solo moment in the springtime sun.

Heading back to Wembley: Andy Carroll (right) scores Liverpool's winner

Heading back to Wembley: Andy Carroll (right) scores Liverpool's winner

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With no other football up against them and the Grand National a good few hours away, you really did get the sense that this was in fact 'their' Cup Final, and they pretty much threw the kitchen sink at it.

Ray Stubbs had four excellent ex-pros – for Everton Martin Keown and Graeme Sharpe, and for Liverpool Kevin Keegan and John Barnes – alongside him.

Rebecca Lowe was out on Wembley Way with two journalists from the Liverpool Echo, there was a quick trip to Northampton Rugby Club for a bit of red and blue banter, and then there was an amazing setting in a hospitality bar inside the stadium where Ian Rush and Kevin Ratcliffe were sat rather sheepishly in a mocked-up dressing room (I suspect there were quite a few fellas clutching plastic glasses of amber nectar staring at them) and Craig Burley positioned in the Tech Zone.

If they had also thrown to the cockpit of the Goodyear balloon where Craig Johnston and Neville Southall were reporting back about the traffic on the North Circular, I would not have been surprised.

It was The Tech Zone that actually provided my favourite part of the build-up because they have decided to flip their technology on its back; analysing the line-ups on a horizontal screen with 3D players standing on it – like a game of 22nd Century bar football.

If only they'd have glued some handles on the side of it, the effect would have been perfect.

Mind you, a good old-fashioned, dramatically lit one-on-one interview nearly matched it.

Kop idol: Reds boss Kenny Dalglish celebrates reaching the FA Cup final

Kop idol: Reds boss Kenny Dalglish celebrates reaching the FA Cup final

It was a rare event indeed – ESPN presenter Kelly Cates chatting to the Liverpool manager, her dad, and it really was revealing to see King Kenny so relaxed in front of a camera, and even admitting to being, with a twinkle in his eye, 'a wee bit excited'.

This could have been a bit too twee. I don't think it was.

Later in the game, in a neat little slow motion sequence, we saw Kenny with his head in his hands, followed by Ian Rush doing the exact same thing, as Andy Carroll blew an open goal.

At that point, you imagined if Carroll had tried to put his head in his hands he'd have missed, but in the end it was that head that won the day for the red half of Liverpool.

'That goal was worth 35million to me,' said an emotional Jamie Carragher after the game – a sentiment something like 40,000 Scousers were sharing with him inside the stadium.

Meanwhile, cut to Sunday tea-time and a less than heaving Wembley for the southern derby of the equation got just about what you'd expect and no more from ITV, who would be back with Chelsea on Wednesday for the small matter of a Champions League semi.

Not this time: Everton manager David Moyes was left disappointed

Not this time: Everton manager David Moyes was left disappointed

Perhaps as a result, this felt like pretty much another day at the office for Adrian Chiles and his sidekicks Gareth Southgate and Roy Keane – save for a ducking and diving little piece featuring Harry Redknapp and Terry Venables which came across like a mini episode of Minder.

El Tel, with a twinkle in his eye, proclaimed 'you don't look for trouble, but if you get it, you have to hit it straight on'.

Advice for your England job interview perhaps, Harry

From there, it was all pretty flat stuff until half-time, when Roy Keane decided to put himself about a bit.

Almost like it was just for the sheer hell of it, after Adrian Chiles asked almost rhetorically of Didier Drogba's great strike 'could anything have been done to stop this goal', he replied with a stoic gaze 'well, they could have defended it better'.

Spot the ball: Chelsea's win over Spurs will be remembered for this 'ghost goal'

Spot the ball: Chelsea's win over Spurs will be remembered for this 'ghost goal'

Feeling for his host, Southgate tried to redress the balance by saying the defender was perhaps just six inches out of position.

'You can do a lot with six inches', replied Keane, his lips offering up but the merest hint of a smile.

That certainly chirped up the interval a bit! Did I say game of two halves Well, this game was one of those in itself as the second 45 minutes provided all manner of drama.

Commentator Clive Tyldesley may have failed to find too much to work with in the first 45 (at one point choosing to describe Kyle Walker 'as the least aptly named player' because he runs a lot).

Cup cracker: Frank Lampard scored a superb free-kick for Chelsea

Cup cracker: Frank Lampard scored a superb free-kick for Chelsea

But come the goal that never was, there was hay to be made and he didn't miss his chance once we saw the replays – 'millions of you know what he doesn't. How can that be' he implored.

NOW, he had a point. From there of course, it was something of a cakewalk for Chelsea (including some more controversy surrounding keeper Petr Cech's unpunished foul) and all that was really left for ITV to do was make sure the camera followed referee Martin Atkinson and his sidekicks all the way from the pitch to his room to see if they made it in one piece.

All of which means that Liverpool, Chelsea, ITV and ESPN will be back at Wembley again on May 5. Here's hoping they all play a blinder.

Edge of the Box: BBC4 go through the gears to deliver Rally"s Craziest Years

BBC4 go through the gears to deliver Rally's Craziest Years

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 2 April 2012

I’ve never been a petrolhead. Indeed, if you were to ask anyone who knows me, they’d tell you that during the last week of fuss and nonsense, I was more concerned about hoarding pasties – my tank being neither half full, nor half empty, as I don’t have a tank.

And when it comes to watching telly that prays at the altar of the internal combustion engine, well suffice to say that a show presented by three members of a Queen tribute band (minus a ‘Freddie Mercury’ – unless that’s the one in the white jumpsuit) is, like most of the cars I did once own, a bit of a non-starter for me.

Clearly though, there are plenty of people for whom the roar of a finely tuned engine is sweet, sweet music.

Who phoned a taxi Tony Brooks took a cab to Monte Carlo

Who phoned a taxi Tony Brooks took a cab to Monte Carlo

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And for them, there was a period in the eighties when the racing reached positively Wagnerian proportions: a time reflected on with an appropriately melodramatic, high-octane mix of thrills and tragedy in BBC4’s Madness On Wheels: Rally’s Craziest Years.

This documentary told the story of the four turbulent, turbo-charged years of Group B racing, ‘when fans, ambitions, politics and cars collide’.

And it did so with a mixture of incredible, often frightening archive images of these cars in action, and a series of sedate, reflective interviews with a veritable production line of middle-aged gentlemen (and a single lady driver, Michele Mouton) who either designed, managed or drove these four-wheeled rockets around the most challenging of terrains.

The story began with a brief glimpse at a more romantic time for rallying when for example, as we saw in a quaint black and white clip, amateur driver Tony Brooks took a London cab on the Monte Carlo Rally.

However, the programme soon shifted gear to a period when the ‘madness’ of the title came to the fore – and as the film told us, it was a form of mass hysteria that affected everyone from the race organisers, through to the designers and drivers, all the way to the fanatics who would insist on putting themselves in harm’s way to be part of the rallying experience.

Or as former Austin Rover team director John Davenport probably summed up best, ‘it was madness to go rallying in the first place. All this was, was a sort of refined madness’.

This whole time was overseen by FIA (or FISA) president Jean-Marie Balestre – a clearly mercurial, all-powerful individual only seen in this documentary in a series of enigmatic still shots – of whom Davenport said ‘(his) dream, if there was one, was that he was going to get a lot of manufacturers in, and a lot of people were going to pay a lot of money to get rallying’.

Making a splash: Stig Blomqvist

Making a splash: Stig Blomqvist

This led to car companies creating ‘monster machines’ for professional drivers, but without the FIA ‘necessarily understanding what they were creating’, according to then Autosport editor Peter Foubister.

Thus we had a ‘clean sheet’ for designers, and quite literally no rule book for competitors – something the documentary reminded us of with a relentless stream of skidding, spinning, even flying Lancias, Peugeots, Audi Quatros and Austin ‘shopping cart on steroids’ Metros.

There was also a narrative from former drivers such as Ari Vartenen, Walter Rohrl and Stig Blomqvist remembering how ‘you couldn’t see the road, (only) the crowd opening, and closing’, how ‘you could hear boom, boom, boom where you are hitting people’ and how to help avoid actually doing that, you had to ‘treat them like trees’.

But of course all of this eye-watering action and misty-eyed reflection was tainted by a series of accidents that killed spectators (one incident recalled by two spectators at the location as having started with ‘bonfires and drinking’ and ended in the death of a mother and child), officials and competitors alike.

However it wasn’t until 1986, when Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto were burned alive ‘sat on their petrol tanks’ (we see the car winched away from the tree in which it landed, no more than a charred frame) that Group B was finally brought to a shuddering halt.

Yet in spite of all of this, as the drivers reflected on Group B at the end of the documentary, there was no regret – only memories of fast times and thrilling races; a period in time described by Vartenen as ‘a pearl’ – an image this engaging, insightful documentary certainly captured, but without avoiding the grains of mercenary ambition and heart-rendering pain that went with it.

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Edge of the Box: Sky turn up heat for Rangers against Celtic

Old Firm fire burns as strong as ever but Sky still turn up the heat for Rangers against Celtic

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UPDATED:

07:27 GMT, 26 March 2012

At 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland experienced its hottest March day since records began – eclipsing the previous high from 1965 in Strachan, Kincardineshire (although Gordon of the same name has certainly got pretty hot under the collar a few times since then).

However, a couple of hours earlier in Glasgow, the mercury was also rising in anticipation of a particularly significant Old Firm derby.

Or as commentator Ian Crocker put it on Sky Sports coverage of the game, ‘the temperature is about to hit the 70’s in Ibrox…hot and bothered’.

On hold: Celtic fans turned up to party but the Ibrox men made them wait

On hold: Celtic fans turned up to party but the Ibrox men made them wait

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Much like the hordes of green and white clad fans we saw arriving at the ground brandishing inflatable champagne bottles, Sky were all set to crown the visiting Glasgow team champions – a win would of course do it – but they did also have the useful fall-back point that in the face of their current adversity, a home win for Rangers would certainly also have enough emotional resonance to make this particular derby one of the big ones.

Thus when host David Tanner slapped it on thick and heavy with an opening gambit that included ‘Celtic need Rangers, Rangers need Celtic and Glasgow would not be Glasgow without the Old Firm’, you could just about forgive the hyperbole in the circumstances.

If that kind of flowery language wasn’t to your taste, however, there was certainly a much more down-to-earth alternative provided by two old fellas chatting on a park bench.

This was a great little pre-recorded piece featuring two veterans of 45 years ago when Celtic last won the title at Ibrox – Gers Willie Henderson and Celtic’s Bertie Auld.

Boasting seriously undiluted brogues, these old stagers laughed and jibed away over some great vintage footage of both clubs in their glory years.

Willie recalled a goal by Celtic’s very right-footed winger Jimmy Johnstone by asking Bertie ‘wee Jinky stuck it in the top corner; did he get lent a left leg for that day’ while Bertie remembered talking to Rangers skipper John Greig in the tunnel before the big game.

'He said, what’s your bonus I said three quid. We’re on six, said Greigy. I know, I said, but I’m guaranteed it.'

Pride: Rangers fans and players finally had something to smile about

Pride: Rangers fans and players finally had something to smile about

Back at Ibrox it was an undulating sea of flags in alternating blue and white (with plenty incorporating red) or green and white waves, in the middle of which was a banner aimed at Rangers fans which boldly advertised ‘Party Over Here’.

This provided the backdrop for the booth where the pundits were former Rangers forward Neil McCann and Celtic hero Charlie Nicholas – and judging by his croaking voice, you couldn’t help but wonder if Charlie had decided to start celebrating a Celtic title the night before

The pair were excellent in their set-up and subsequent analysis, both perceptive and passionate, with McCann perhaps summing up the entire occasion best when he said this was Rangers ‘biggest game in seasons…they could make themselves heroes.'

Indeed, co-commentator Davie Provan thought much the same thing 10 minutes into the game when he observed ‘you can see the Rangers players are up for this…(they’re saying) not on our patch’ and within a minute, there was Sone Aluko going on a fantastic run to score the first of five goals, punctuated with three players seeing red.

Another fiery affair: Victor Wanyama was one of three players sent off at Ibrox

Another fiery affair: Victor Wanyama was one of three players sent off at Ibrox

That was also the not unfamiliar fate of Celtic manager Neil Lennon who wasn’t seen on camera again once he got himself sent off in the tunnel at half-time.

One former manager was caught on camera, though, in the second half, Walter Smith, who was sitting in the stands and for a few compelling seconds, appeared to be involved in a synchronised chewing performance with someone I can only assume is Mrs Smith.

It really was quite a mesmerising display, and should certainly have put them among the medals.

At the final whistle, Crocker deftly pointed out ‘this may be Celtic’s season, but Rangers had a day in the sun’, and accordingly the coverage shifted gear to the significance of the win to a club in crisis.

Enjoy it while it lasts: Neil Lennon was not allowed on the touchline after half-time

Enjoy it while it lasts: Neil Lennon was not allowed on the touchline after half-time

This they did, rather unusually, by welcoming Rangers manager Ally McCoist to sit alongside McCann and Nicholas into the booth to look back at the game, and project forward on Rangers future, of which he optimistically said he’d ‘talked to potential purchasers (and) been very impressed.'

So a win on the day for Rangers, and perhaps a victory in sight for the club itself

Meanwhile for Celtic, they’ll just have to get that title party started another day.

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BBC1 and John Bishop embarked on a torturous ‘week from hell ‘ ,as Chris Moyles put it, on two wheels in Paris alongside Chris Boardman. ‘You’re quite balanced on a bike’, said Boardman. ‘A bit of a natural’, asked John. ‘I didn’t say that’, replied Chris.

Saturday night on BBC1 and Jermaine Defoe got ‘bladdered’ with the Horrible Histories team while Frank Lampard deftly flicked the little girl from Outnumbered on to Howard Webb.

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Six Nations super slo mo grabs your attention – Edge of the Box

Six Nations super slo mo grabs your attention… and eye-watering sights for any male

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UPDATED:

01:20 GMT, 12 March 2012

Slo mo Slo mo! Hey, granddad, why don't you order some Betamax tapes on your housebrick mobile while listening to some Curiosity Killed The Cat, cos nowadays, it's all about SUPER slo mo.

Which is like old slo mo, only, sloooower.

OK so this new, extraordinarily sharp and precise sports telly device is not particularly useful when it comes to analysing a mistimed tackle or assessing whether the ball kissed a line or not.

Super slo mo The action's moving slowly but some may not want to watch

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But for those moments when nothing but a heightened, drawn out piece of melodrama is what’s called for to fill a bit of a yawning gap, then brake out the achingly laconic images of gently rippling flesh and graphically detailed stretched sinew.

This filmic trick doesn't work in all sports, as far as I'm concerned, though.

The pace and dynamics of football, for example, doesn't make it an easy fit – as proven by the endless, pointless use of it for hero shots, as provided by 'host broadcasters' in European games.

But cricket seems absolutely custom built for it as the drinks wagon rolls on from the outfield, while rugby has enough not going on, enough times for TV to take time out to see those granite faces and rippling muscles in all their barely moving glory.

Such a moment occurred around 30 minutes in to the third instalment of the BBC's coverage of this weekend's Six Nations games, in which England got to grips with the French on their own turf in a cracking encounter.

However, as the super slo mo proved so painfully clearly, it was France's Aurelien Rougerie who got to grips with Ben Foden a split second after he claimed his mark from a steepling kick – the Frenchman in turn, laying claim to something else of Ben's entirely.

Suffice to say, if Vinnie Jones gets the part of Rougerie in the film of the game, it shouldn't be too much of a stretch for him. Just ask Gazza.

In fact, this technical devise is just part of the kitchen sink the BBC are happy to chuck at this most engrossing of tournaments – and it is surely the frequently epic intensity of the event that causes them to show it this respect.

Up and under: The BBC brought you the Six Nations action with a huge presentation team

Up and under: The BBC brought you the Six Nations action with a huge presentation team

Up and under: The BBC brought you the Six Nations action with a huge presentation team

The majority of the production value, though, is made up with bodies – LOTS of bodies.

Wrapped up warm against the Spring chill high in the Stade de France along with host John Inverdale (who here described the scene for the previously aborted game as 'a pitch for penguins and polar bears') were Jeremy Guscott for us, Thomas Castaignede for them, and Jonathan Davies for the laugh – after all, the Welsh were on the way to the title!

Then pitchside we had interviewer Sonja McLaughlan along with former French international Serge Betsen, who in a programme choc-a-block with old pros, seemed to be used very little, save for occasionally pronouncing his sport 'roogby' in true Allo Allo-style.

Back to the stands, then, and there was Lawrence Dallaglio braving it in a V-neck to provide precise in-game analysis (another luxury TV coverage of rugby can afford itself), positioned directly in front of the commentary team of Brian Moore and Eddie Butler – both of whom looked sheepishly off into the middle distance when ever Lawrence was in shot.

Ah Moore and Butler – now there's a commentary pairing you'd rarely describe as a couple of Spring lambs.

With their two-part harmonies – Butler's velvety Welsh baritone complimenting perfectly Moore's more shrill upper octave – and passionate insider knowledge of the game, there is very little they'll let get passed their scrutiny; not least of which, refereeing.

It would be a sad day indeed when Moore didn't go off on an official and 25 minutes in it was every man for himself as Alain Rolland erred in the former hooker's eyes.

Inside track: The France players were dejected while England were all smiles

Inside track: The France players were dejected while England were all smiles

Put it there: Manu Tuilagi went into the France changing room

'That is the law. That is his job', blustered Moore, with Butler trying to steady the tiller by saying it 'needs interpretation, Brian'.

'That's what gets us in the mess we're in', he barked back before going on to add he wasn't impressed that the official was bilingual because it means 'he gets it wrong in two different languages'.

All good knockabout stuff, only topped when a rather forlorn French President Sarkozy was spotted in the stands by a camera. Moore pondered if that face was borne out of 'the European debt crisis'.

'14-3, I think' deadpanned back Butler. Le ouch!

WEDGIES

Thursday night was Manchester In Europe night, but all viewer's eyes were on Sporting Lisbon's coach Ricardo Sa Pinto with his flamboyant flowing hair and white elbow patches on his blazer and Athletic Bilbao's Marcelo Bielsa who did what seemed like a thousand continuous lengths of his technical area…

Also on Thursday, ITV News' 2012: Pride & Punishment followed Dwaine Chambers on his quest to be welcomed back into the Team GB Olympic fold. When asked what the difference was running clean, Chambers 'I can sleep at night'…

Saturday morning on BBC Breakfast and we got our first look at the new Sports Centre Newsroom in Salford. First impressions, with the endless matt black and TV screens, was a playboy's discotheque with a raised dancefloor, but that will surely pass…

Pacing: Bielsa marched up and down his technical area at Old Trafford

Pacing: Bielsa marched up and down his technical area at Old Trafford

Saturday lunchtime on BBC 1 and Mario Balotelli's chat with Noel Gallagher on Football Focus seems to have gone a lot better than the one with Yaya Toure did in the tunnel on Sunday lunchtime in Swansea..

Saturday night on BBC 1 and Fatima Whitbread was back on entertainment TV and through to the Sports Relief Let's Dance Final with the fabulous Cuban Brothers as her boogie buddies…

Sunday afternoon on Channel 4 and a fabulous trackside shot of the 4 x 400 metre ladies in the relay final from Turkey who couldn’t be sure if Perri Shakes-Drayton had brought them home. No fear, girls, you won!…

Edge of the Box: Chris Kamara spices up Carling Cup final

Old Spice Boy Kamara gives Carling Cup coverage the Chris of life

You know, it wasn't always easy like a Sunday morning for Lionel Richie.

Truly. Back when he was a team player as one of The Commodores, life was decidedly more down and dirty, and tunes like 'Machine Gun' and 'Brick House' was how he did his business.

Back in his playing days, when Chris Kamara was also one of a team – and he was, quite a few teams in fact – you could say the same about him.

Chris Kamara

Spice boy: Kamara

All white on the night: Chris Kamara at Wembley for the Carling Cup final

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But just like Lionel did when he went solo, Chris found a distinctly more relaxed way of going about his business when he became one of TV's most fun and insightful football front men.

Nowadays the only thing that anyone need fear from him is the all-guns-blazing shirt he's likely to assault our senses with for the Sunday morning romp through Saturday's highlights, Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports.

However, for Sunday's edition, TV's Mr 'Incredible Jeff' really did pull out all the stops to kick off a great day out at Wembley Stadium; even for those of us enjoying it from in front of the telly with Sky or the BBC's live coverage of the Carling Cup Final.

Playing away from their Isleworth base for the first time, the show opened on the turf that can now finally justify being called 'hallowed'.

Chris's ideally suited (and, indeed,
nicely suited) sidekick Ben Shephard clutched the Carling Cup, and Chris
did keepy uppies with the actual match ball in an appalling white suit
that had not been on that particular patch of north London since 1996.

And to be fair to him, you couldn't fault his touch, especially given the white leather slip-ons he was wearing at the time.

Silky skills: Kamara struts his stuff in front of Ben Shephard at Wembley

Silky skills: Kamara struts his stuff in front of Ben Shephard at Wembley

Dream team: Shephard and Kamara

As we were soon to discover in this extremely well-executed outside broadcast, this was the very ensemble worn by one of the guests for the morning, Jason McAteer, before the Manchester United v Liverpool FA Cup Final of 1996, and something 'that has never been out of the suit carrier since that day when I put it away in tears'.

And I think we can all say as one: and quite right too!

Aside from being nearly drowned out by a low-flying helicopter that was getting some tricky shots of the setting, this edition of Goals On Sunday was the usual slick mix of well-cut highlights, excellent analysis and knowledgeable guests (alongside McAteer were John Aldridge, Jay Bothroyd and Michael Chopra).

Let's get fizzy: The Liverpool players celebrate their big win at Wembley

Let's get fizzy: The Liverpool players celebrate their big win at Wembley

As a bonus we had the chance to look forward to the game with men who had both a professional and emotional investment in the day.

And the way the new stadium was looking on a gloriously sunny Sunday morning, who could wait

Well, given what was happening up the road between Arsenal and Tottenham, I'd guess quite a few of us were sticking with the 5-2 on Sky Sports as Gary Lineker welcomed the BBC audience at 3pm to thee Final show, enticing us with the notion that – with the national side's victory at Twickenham and Nathan Cleverly's title retention – the Welsh were on a hat trick.

This though was later echoed by Sky's commentator, Alan Parry, on their live coverage – at least that's what I assume he meant when he said we could be on the verge 'of a glorious threesome'.

Yes, well. Both the BBC and Sky decided the ideal man for their pre-match pre-recorded interview was Steven Gerrard, with the BBC sitting him down in front of a sepia image of Liverpool managers past for their chat.

Mersey paradise: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifted the Carling Cup

Mersey paradise: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifted the Carling Cup

However Sky must have thought that much too down to earth and instead opted for a glowing, bright, white background that was positively celestial.

Perhaps it was because they had Robbie Fowler as a studio guest

Of course in the end we were treated to a game that had no trouble emerging from the shadow of that earlier classic north London derby.

Indeed, it may end up being remembered as the game that finally helped define the new stadium as football genuinely coming home.

Certainly the weather helped with that, as well as the two sets of fans and the stage management of event.

But the arena itself, captured in some glorious aerial shots as a golden sun began to set, seemed to become a star in itself that day.

Mr BBC: Gary Lineker was steering the Carling Cup ship on terrestrial TV

Mr BBC: Gary Lineker was steering the Carling Cup ship on terrestrial TV

Equally compelling was the camera shot that tracked captain Gerrard and his team-mates up the steps and inside the stadium as they waited briefly, smiling and joking, before returning out into the light to collect their first piece of silverware in an age.

Alan Hansen had earlier sighed wistfully and said 'look at the pitch, look at the weather…I'd love to be out there', and you could see what the usually stoic old campaigner meant.

This was a great Wembley day we'd witnessed – easy!

WEDGIES

Sky Arts on Wednesday, and in First Love Alistair Campbell embarks on indulging one of his early passions – playing the bagpipes. Although the fact he kept them in a claret and blue Burnley FC bag suggests there's something else that competes for his affections…

Thursday on Sky Sports News and Stuart Pearce looks a natural in his first press conference as an England manager, explaining he picked Micah Richards because 'he makes me laugh..'

Also Thursday on Sky Sports and you can tell we're nearing the end of a long road trip as David Lloyd addresses the camera before the first Pakistan England T20 in a shirt he borrowed from a cameraman and a tie he 'hired by the hour' from Nassar Hussain…

Robbie Fowler posts "blacked up" picture on Twitter

Really, Robbie Liverpool legend Fowler posts 'blacked up' picture on Twitter

Hello, is it me you're looking for: Robbie Fowler posted a picture of himself 'blacked up'

Hello, is it me you're looking for: Robbie Fowler posted a picture of himself 'blacked up'

Robbie Fowler has been slammed after posting a picture of himself 'blacked up' on Twitter.

The image of the former Liverpool striker shows him dressed as legendary Motown singer Lionel Richie, and came with the caption: '80's theme fancy dress 2 yeasrs ago…. Any guesses. Not Chris Kamara.'

Why Fowler has decided to release the picture remains to be seen, but he has since removed it after provoking an angry reaction from his legion of followers.

Among those who hit out at the 36-year-old, who is currently a player-manager at Thai Premier League club Muangthong United, was 'Araapatlio'.

In reference to the race storm that has engulfed the Premier League involving Luis Suarez at Fowler's old club Liverpool, they wrote: 'Suarez thing going on and Robbie Fowler things it is a good idea to post a pic of himself 'blacked up' as Lionel Ritchie [sic] Doh.'

Another, Raphael, said: I wnder how people would react if Suarez had chosen that costume.'

While Rory McEwan added: Jope Evra doesn't see this pic, he'll have you up on an FA charge quick smart.'

Suarez is currently serving an eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a match at Anfield in October.

Liverpool have maintained their star man has been hard done by, with large sections of the sports media criticising the manner in which manager Kenny Dalglish has defended the Uruguayan.

Fowler is yet to comment on the storm he's caused, but one friend told the Daily Star: 'Robbie wouldn't have meant any harm. He was taking the mickey out of himself. But he decided to delete it after the PC brigade got on to him and some people were guessing it was Evra.'

Martin Jol: Bobby Zamora not always first choice at Fulham

Zamora can”t always be No 1 at Fulham, warns Cottagers boss Jol

Martin Jol has told Bobby Zamora no player can expect to be granted an automatic place in the starting XI at Fulham.

The striker missed Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers with a knee ligament injury and trained on Monday with other players, such as Steve Sidwell, Aaron Hughes and Damien Duff, who did not feature at the weekend.

Zamora, 30, is back in the squad to face Manchester United and was involved in an 11 versus 11 tactical session for the whole of the first team on Tuesday.

Star man Bobby Zamora goes close against Odense

Star man Bobby Zamora goes close against Odense

But Fulham boss Jol refused to single out the England striker as his first choice forward and insisted Zamora has not necessarily been the main target man under his predecessors, Mark Hughes and Roy Hodgson.

Jol said: ‘It would be silly when you’ve got 21 players to say: “This is my best team”. If you work hard and have a good mentality that’s important.

‘There have been a lot of other players – (Eidur) Gudjohnsen, (Zoltan) Gera and (Diomansy) Kamara – and I don’t think you could say: “That was our strike force”.

‘How many times did Bobby play with Andy Johnson in the last three or four years Six or seven times.

‘Even if you would like to start with a certain forward line you have to change it week by week, almost.’

No guarantee: Martin Jol has told Zamora he will not play every week

No guarantee: Martin Jol has told Zamora he will not play every week

The Fulham manager went on to praise Bryan Ruiz, who finally showed his potential with a stunning individual goal and an assist last Saturday.

Jol said Ruiz has struggled since his 10.6million move from FC Twente on deadline day owing to a knee injury but compared the 26-year-old’s talent to Chelsea star Juan Mata, who has impressed since moving from Valencia last summer.

The Dutchman said: ‘Ruiz was a star in Holland and you saw against Everton, Arsenal and Bolton that he is somebody who can make the difference.

‘I feel his best position is probably infield in a 4-3-3 like Juan Mata. It’s one thing we have to think about in the future. He can play with a flank player, on the right himself or even as a second striker.

‘When he came over he had an injury. I couldn”t expect him to do the business from the start. Of course you want that, but it was impossible.

‘Then after three weeks he had an injury again – the same one, the knee. But he will say: “I”m fit now”.

‘Ruiz will be an important player for us. If you talk about the season after next season it would be a bit late. Hopefully he can show his productivity in the next couple of months.’