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Hull City 0 Bristol City 0: Nervy Tigers must wait for the big time after stalemate

Hull City 0 Bristol City 0: Nervy Tigers must wait for the big time

Colin Young


20:37 GMT, 19 April 2013



20:57 GMT, 19 April 2013

If Hull City are going to go back to the Barclays Premier League, they are determined to do it the hard way.

Just three days after losing at Wolves, Steve Bruce's side, who remain
second behind promoted Cardiff City, blew their chance to virtually
guarantee their return to the top flight with a victory over
bottom-placed Bristol City, who were relegated earlier in the week.

Hull's Matt Fryatt tussles with Liam Kelly of Bristol City

Running man: Hull's Matt Fryatt tussles with Liam Kelly of Bristol City

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Chester (Rosenior 86), Faye, Hobbs, Elmohamady, Boyd, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Gedo (Simpson 67), Fryatt (Proschwitz 67). Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Cairney, McShane, Fathi.

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Nyatanga, Moloney, Cunningham, Adomah (Anderson 86), Kilkenny, Kelly, Bates,Baldock (Howard 90), Davies (Burns 90). Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Louis Carey, Ajala.

Att: 18,595

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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The drab goalless draw at the KC Stadium has offered a lifeline to closest rivals Watford, who face Blackburn Rovers at Vicarage Road on Saturday and can now overtake Hull with three wins out of three. Bizarrely however, if Gianfranco Zola's side lose, Hull will be promoted.

That, of course, is the Championship but Hull never really looked like a team on the verge of leaving the division in the right direction in front of their anxious and frustrated supporters. Bristol City certainly looked like a team who are relegated.

They were the opponents five years ago when Dean Windass's dramatic late goal sealed Hull's promotion to the big time for the first time. There was no local hero to break the deadlock last night, or offer evidence that Hull will be able to avoid a return visit to Wembley to clinch promotion next month.

Hold up: Fryatt is blocked off by with Brendan Moloney

Hold up: Fryatt is blocked off by with Brendan Moloney

Pressure point: Hull boss Steve Bruce

Pressure point: Hull boss Steve Bruce

For all that their three-man defence had little to do, the home side
rarely troubled visiting keeper Tom Heaton. He didn't have a save to
make in the first half, which was down to the Tigers' nervy and
unconvincing approach play.


And when rare chances did fall their way in the penalty area, they were
wasted. Irish pair Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn both benefitted from
the tireless endeavours of their fellow countryman David Meyler but
Brady found the sidenetting and Quinn could only reach the 98 travelling
supporters who made the long journey north.

Hull, who travel to Barnsley next week, fared little better after the
break as Bruce tried to calm nerves among his players and the home
crowd. Even strong penalty appeals for a foul on Quinn 10 minutes from
time failed to convince referee Michael Oliver.

In fact, apart from a weak Brady free-kick, the only shot on target came
from Bristol's Sam Baldock who barely warmed David Stockdale's hands
with his drive.

Heaton did not have a meaningful save to make until the first minute
of added time when he denied Meyler with a superb two-handed stop from
12 yards after the home side finally penetrated the Bristol back line.

Heineken Cup quarter-final previews 2013

Your weekend guide to the Heineken Cup: Three English sides in the last eight

Rob Wildman


21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013



21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

Harlequins, Saracens and Leicester will be flying the flag for the Aviva Premiership in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals this weekend.

Here, Sportsmail tells you everything you need to know ahead of one of the most eagerly anticipated weekend's of the season…

Flying the flag: Manu Tuilagi starts for Leicester against Toulon

Flying the flag: Manu Tuilagi starts for Leicester against Toulon

Clermont Auvergne v Montpellier

(Saturday: Stade Marcel Micheli, 3.40pm, live on Sky Sports 1)

Clermont are favourites to extend a run of 58 successive home wins. Wales’ Lee Byrne and Scotland’s Nathan Hines face Scot Johnnie Beattie.


Harlequins v Munster

(Sunday: The Stoop, 2pm, live on Sky Sports 2)

England captain Chris Robshaw returns for Quins’ bid for a first semi-final. Munster are boosted by return of lock Paul O’Connell and wing Simon Zebo.


Home tie: Owen Farrell is in the Saracens side to face Munster at Twickenham

Home tie: Owen Farrell is in the Saracens side to face Munster at Twickenham

Saracens v Ulster

(Saturday: Twickenham, 6.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1)

Saracens opt for fly-half Owen Farrell over Charlie Hodgson. They also recall Scotland flanker Kelly Brown. Ulster welcome prop John Afoa.


Toulon v Leicester

(Sunday: Stade Felix Mayol, 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2)

Leicester name same starters for third week running. Toby Flood faces former Newcastle colleague in Jonny Wilkinson. Prop Andrew Sheridan starts.


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Bath v Stade Francais

(Saturday: The Rec, 1pm, live on Sky Sports 1)

Bath move Horacio Agulla to centre for Matt Banahan. Nick Abendanon returns on wing. Italy captain Sergio Parisse is in a Stade team alongside ex-Wallaby flanker David Lyons.


On the road: O"Driscoll is quickly forgotten as McLeish checks in

On the road: O'Driscoll is quickly forgotten as McLeish checks in



22:34 GMT, 30 December 2012

The accusation levelled so often at Nottingham Forest this last decade and more is that the club have taken up residence in their past.

As they sang of the old mist rolling in from the Trent on Saturday, pre-match screening of goals from the likes of Martin O’Neill and John Robertson only lent weight to that impression. The City Ground can look worn on bleak days like this, not quite Ashton Gate, but not quite Old Trafford either.

And yet in another way Forest are thoroughly modern. Now foreign-owned, they are ambitious, fast-moving, scything down managers.

New man in the dugout: Alex McLeish is presented to the Nottingham Forest fans

New man in the dugout: Alex McLeish is presented to the Nottingham Forest fans

Ask Sean O’Driscoll. A week ago O’Driscoll was preparing Forest to defeat Leeds 4-2 on Boxing Day; on Saturday Alex McLeish was introduced as the 12th Forest manager since Pierre van Hooijdonk went on strike and they were last in the Premier League, in 1999.

McLeish waved, 23,000 applauded, for this was a more than cordial welcome, unrecognisable from the hostility that greeted McLeish at Aston Villa.

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Leveling up: Billy Sharp scores the equaliser for Forest

The club will have, in that tedious phrase, moved on. As soon as the football starts rolling this is what can happen, the present scurries by and demands attention.

On Saturday, as Crystal Palace swept the ball around having taken a ninth-minute lead through the lithe Glenn Murray, home thoughts turned not to whether the new manager was up to it but to whether the Forest players would get the ball back.

McLeish was in the directors’ box, having agreed that coach Rob Kelly would pick the team.

It was a good Championship game between two sides committed to passing the ball and Billy ‘Razor-sharp’ Sharp, as Ian Holloway called him, hit the post with a header on the half-hour.

Forgotten man: Sean O'Driscoll was sacked after Forest's win over Leeds

Forgotten man: Sean O'Driscoll was sacked after Forest's win over Leeds

In first-half injury time Forest’s Andy Reid, who outshone substituted Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, delivered a bullet of an equaliser.

That teed up an ebb-and-flow second half and Murray looked to have nicked it for the visitors nine minutes from time with an improvised header that again demonstrated what a striker the 29-year-old has become — a Rickie Lambert level of development.

Imagine what a late Palace winner would have done for McLeish. No manager needs to begin on the back foot, so when Reid’s persistence yielded one last chance, and Sharp took it, the City Ground roared and McLeish sighed with relief.

He was able to discuss the ‘brilliant reception’ he received and his new players’ ‘great character’, though he was irritated by a question about maintaining Forest’s traditional style.

Holloway was also irritated — by speculation about Zaha that the manager himself brought up.

Stop the speculation: Palace boss Ian Hollowat is annoyed with the talk linking Wifred Zaha with a move away from the club

Stop the speculation: Palace boss Ian Hollowat is annoyed with the talk linking Wifred Zaha with a move away from the club

‘We almost won a game without him, that would have been a shock to you lot, wouldn’t it’ Holloway said of Zaha in response to a question about Murray.

No-one mentioned Sean O’Driscoll. The Forest owners felt no need to offer an explanation for his departure in the match programme. The present was scurrying by.

So has just over half a season. That becomes the preoccupation: Forest are one place and three points off the play-offs, Palace are two places and four points off automatic promotion.

Thick and fast: tomorrow Palace host tumbling Wolves and Forest travel to managerless Blackburn Rovers.

Leaders Cardiff, meanwhile, are at Birmingham City.

Cardiff’s relentlessness — they have won eight of their last 10 games — is giving the others jitters. Holloway made the telling comment about squad strength and referred to Leicester’s new signing Chris Wood.

‘Look at Leicester, I think they’ve already secured two signings,’ Holloway said.

‘Their owners have got more money than other owners.’

How much Forest’s new owners possess will help dictate whether McLeish is regarded as a success or not.

Assessing that, though, is not straightforward.

‘Should I really talk about owners and their aspirations’ Holloway said. ‘Not really, not if you can win 4-2 and lose your job.

‘Even if you win these days, you don’t keep your job.’

McCarthy has last laugh

Winning return: Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy won at his old club Wolves

Winning return: Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy won at his old club Wolves

What Wolverhampton Wanderers didn’t need was Mick McCarthy.

That is the conclusion the Wolves board reached in February, when the team were 18th in the Premier League.

Wolves had won five games last season until that stage; they did not win one once McCarthy had gone.

They finished 20th and were relegated.

What Wolves’ new manager Stale Solbakken did not need on Saturday was McCarthy returning with his new club Ipswich Town and winning 2-0.

The result left Wolves 17th with three wins from their last 15 matches, and nine defeats. Ipswich are now one point behind.

Wolves are at Selhurst Park tomorrow. They are then at Luton Town in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

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Fulham 1 Southampton 1 match report: Berbatov gets shirty but Lambert has last word

Fulham 1 Southampton 1: Berbatov gets shirty but Lambert has final say



17:40 GMT, 26 December 2012

Rickie Lambert's late penalty secured
Southampton a hard-earned point in west London as Fulham's poor recent
run continued today.

The Boxing Day encounter at Craven Cottage was of grave importance to both sides given their position near the relegation zone.

Cool head: Kelvin Davis of Southampton spills the ball to allow Dimitar Berbatov to score

Cool head: Kelvin Davis of Southampton spills the ball to allow Dimitar Berbatov to score

Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham Scores

Match facts

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Dejagah (Frei 67), Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic (Ruiz 46), Berbatov, Rodallega (Karagounis 78). Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kelly, Briggs, Hughes.

Booked: Berbatov, Riise, Senderos.

Goals: Berbatov 8.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis,Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Schneiderlin,
Cork, Steven Davis (Rodriguez 78), Puncheon, Ramirez (Do Prado 90), Lambert. Subs Not Used: Boruc, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Mayuka.

Goals: Lambert 85 pen.

Att: 25,700

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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Fulham came into the match with just one win in 10 matches but got off to the best possible start, taking the lead inside eight minutes.

Kelvin Davis could only fumble a Sascha Riether cross into the path of Dimitar Berbatov, who duly slotted home off balance at the far post.

The Bulgarian celebrated by revealing a shirt saying 'Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball', although he failed to stay true to his word by somehow heading wide shortly afterwards.

The miss allowed Southampton back into the game and, after a number of missed opportunities, the strugglers grabbed a late leveller.

Saints academy graduate Chris Baird was adjudged to have handled a Gaston Ramirez corner, allowing Lambert to continue his 100 per cent success rate from the spot five minutes from time.

Steven Sidwell was one of three Fulham changes for today's match and should have given them a third-minute lead.

Stunt: Berbatov gets his message across after scoring

Stunt: Berbatov gets his message across after scoring

In the book: Not everyone was impressed with his shirt stunt

In the book: Not everyone was impressed with his shirt stunt

The ball was played in from the left flank and the central midfielder's low strike from the edge of the box went just wide.

It epitomised a bright start from the hosts, who needed just eight minutes to score the opener.

Riether's low driven ball from the right was fumbled by goalkeeper Davis, allowing Berbatov to slot home unmarked.

The former Manchester United striker
was booked for revealing the personalised t-shirt when celebrating but
should have soon had a second goal, nodding wide a weighted Alex
Kacaniklic cross.

Spot on: Rickie Lambert scores late equaliser

Spot on: Rickie Lambert scores late equaliser

Rickie Lambert scores a penalty

Southampton's first opportunity of
note took 20 minutes to create, with a fierce Jack Cork strike from 25
yards well dealt with by Mark Schwarzer.

Berbatov was somewhat fortunate not to
receive a second yellow card for a late lunge on Jason Puncheon as both
sides struggled to keep possession in miserable conditions.

Davis dealt with a deflected John Arne
Riise shot, before Morgan Schneiderlin put wide and a fizzing Lambert
cross was cleared from danger by Baird.

Ramirez – accused of stamping on Riise
moments earlier – then saw a shot blocked by Berbatov as the visitors
pressed for a leveller.

Martin Jol brought on Bryan Ruiz in
place of the impressive Kacaniklic for the second half, with Puncheon
fizzing an effort wide shortly after the restart.

Head case: Fulham's Steve Sidwell takes a whack from Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne

Head case: Fulham's Steve Sidwell shows no fear in challenge with Nathaniel Clyne

Touch and go: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins and Fulham boss Martin Jol (right)

Touch and go: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins and Fulham boss Martin Jol (right)

Fulham were waiting patiently for their second goal, which was almost gifted to them by Luke Shaw.

The 17-year-old left-back's
uncharacteristic slip allowed Ashkan Dejagah through on goal, but the
winger lost his bearings and fired well wide.

Saints soon returned to the attack and Puncheon was called offside just as he struck at Schwarzer.

Dejagah saw a cross-shot flash wide
moments before he was replaced by Kerim Frei, with Brede Hangeland
having an effort blocked soon after.

Saints, though, were proving a thorn in Fulham's side, with Lambert close with a thumping volley 13 minutes from time.

Late drama: Referee Phil Dowd points to the spot

Late drama: Referee Phil Dowd points to the spot

Slick Rick: Lambert scores the equaliser

Slick Rick: Lambert scores the equaliser

Nigel Adkins brought on Jay Rodriguez in a late bid to find an equaliser, which came in the 85th minute.

Ramirez floated in a corner from the
left and Baird was adjudged to have handled under pressure from Lambert,
who stepped up to fire into the top left-hand corner.

Fulham claimed unsuccessfully for a
penalty of their own shortly afterwards when Maya Yoshida barged
Philippe Senderos, before Ramirez's audacious 25-yard strike slipped out
of Schwarzer's grasp and had to be stopped on the line.

Sidwell flashed a volley inches wide and Hangeland came close in stoppage time, but Adkins' side held out for a point.

West Ham, Norwich and Celtic all want Kilmarnock"s Liam Kelly

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham, Norwich and Celtic to fight it out for Killie's Kelly



22:30 GMT, 23 December 2012

Celtic are poised to go head to head with Premier League duo West Ham United and Norwich City in the race for Kilmarnock’s Liam Kelly.

Sportsmail understands the Parkhead club will join the English clubs in sending scouts to Rugby Park for the Boxing Day clash with Hearts.

Kelly is out of contract next year and up for grabs for a nominal fee in January, or could sign a pre-contract and move for free in the summer.

Wanted man: Celtic, West Ham and Norwich all want Liam Kelly

Wanted man: Celtic, West Ham and Norwich all want Liam Kelly

The 22-year-old recently won his first Scotland cap as a substitute in the friendly win over Luxembourg. The midfielder has also raised his profile with strikes against Celtic and Aberdeen.

Manager Kenny Shiels plans to open talks with him on a new Kilmarnock contract, but it’s understood Kelly — freed by MK Dons in 2009 — is likely to seek fresh pastures next month, with Ipswich Town also interested.

'I think Liam’s got some time to stay here and it’s important that he stays where he’s learning,’ said Shiels last week.

'I think he’s due to sign a good contract as far as I know. We want him to stay in an environment that’s good for his improvement and the SPL’s certainly providing him with that.'

Sol Campbell says England caps are handed out too easily

Easy caps are costing England: Former defender Campbell says players are not earning their international call-ups



12:58 GMT, 22 December 2012

Former England defender Sol Campbell believes the country are failing at international level because too many players are being capped too young.

Campbell, who won 73 England caps, says that too many players receive an international call up before they have established themselves at club level.

Campbell completed three full seasons at Tottenham before earning his first cap in 1996.

Earning his caps: Sol Campbell played for three seasons at Spurs before getting his first England cap and says players get them too easily today

Earning his caps: Sol Campbell played for three seasons at Spurs before getting his first England cap and says players get them too easily today

Speaking on Football Focus, Campbell said: 'Some of the young players have got their England careers far too early.

'It's far too easy for players who have not done much in the game to play for their country, it all connects and that's why results aren't going so well.

'When I started, I had to play top football for 18 months before I could get a look-in.

Earning his place: Campbell trained with the England squad before he was capped in 1996

Earning his place: Campbell trained with the England squad before he was capped in 1996

'Yes, I was in with the England side earlier than that but just training with the team and then I'd go back with the Under 21s.

'Now it seems like if you've played a
few games, scored a few goals, cleared a few balls off the line and
threaded a couple of really good balls in, all of a sudden you're in the
England side.'

Wilfried Zaha

Jonjo Shelvey

Too much, too young Wilfried Zaha and Jonjo Shelvey have been capped by England this year

Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland, age 25)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal, 19)Martin Kelly (Liverpool, 22)Jack Butland (Birmingham, 19)Tom Cleverley (Manchester United, 23)John Ruddy (Norwich, 26)Jake Livermore (Tottenham, 23)Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, 23)Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, 20)Steven Caulker (Tottenham, 21)Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, 18)Leon Osman (Everton, 31)Ryan Shawcross (Stoke, 25)Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, 20)Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, 20)

Campbell was
part of the squad that reached the Euro 96 semi-finals and also played
at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, as well as the Euros in 2000 and

And in the year Campbell made his England debut, seven other players – Robbie Fowler, Jason Wilcox, Ian Walker, Phil Neville, Ugo Ehiogu, David Beckham and Andy Hinchcliffe – also won their first caps.

This year saw debuts handed to 15 players, most of whom had little – and some no – Premier League experience.

'I still feel playing for your country is the number one,’ said Campbell, who won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Arsenal, and also scored in the 2006 Champions League final.

'When players get to England they need to be playing at the top of their game, but some have been getting in the England squad when they're not even in their club side, and that is not right.

'You're believing you're at the top because you play for England, but you're not. Then obviously the results [follow] from there.'

Raheem Sterling set to sign Liverpool deal but Martin Kelly snubs 35k-a-week contract

Sterling set to sign Liverpool deal but Kelly snubs 35k-a-week contract



22:25 GMT, 15 December 2012

Liverpool are confident they are close
to persuading teenage winger Raheem Sterling to sign a new, long-term
contract but have been rebuffed in their attempts to tie down a second
young England star in Martin Kelly.

Representatives for Sterling, who
turned 18 last weekend, held fresh talks with club chief executive Ian
Ayre last week to try to thrash out a deal. The two sides were a long
way apart in earlier negotiations.

Set to sign: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

Set to sign: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

Sources believe Liverpool are close to agreeing terms with the forward, who made his England debut against Sweden last month, and have promised big performance-related incentives to take him close to other regular first-teamers on around 50,000 a week.

With Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United waiting in the wings, Liverpool are confident a deal with Sterling is imminent. Manager Brendan Rodgers stated after yesterday's 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa: 'I am not bothered by speculation about Raheem and other clubs. That situation (Sterling's contract) will be resolved soon, I'm sure.'

Snub: Defender Martin Kelly

Snub: Defender Martin Kelly

But it is less good news for the club regarding Kelly, a member of England's Euro 2012 squad, who has turned down an offer worth 35,000 a week in wages and appearance money and is now awaiting the club's reaction before making his next move.

The versatile defender who, like Sterling, has 18 months left on his present deal, is recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained against Manchester United in September.

He forced his way into Roy Hodgson's squad in the summer after impressing on his England debut against Norway in May.

Scarlets 16 Exeter 22: Steenson"s boot secures Chiefs" first Heineken Cup victory

Scarlets 16 Exeter 22: Steenson's boot secures Chiefs' first Heineken Cup victory


16:45 GMT, 8 December 2012



16:45 GMT, 8 December 2012

Outside-half Gareth Steenson kicked 17 points as Exeter secured their first-ever Heineken Cup win with a Pool Five success over Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.

Scrum-half Haydn Thomas gave the visitors the perfect start with a try on five minutes and the Chiefs led throughout from there on.

The Scarlets, who saw Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland carried from the field with an ankle injury in the second half, did grab back a late penalty try from a scrum but it was not enough as they crashed to a third straight European defeat.

The Scarlets were without wing George North with a hip injury but six Wales squad members returned to their starting line-up including Jonathan Davies who captained the region.

On the run: Gonzalo Camacho charges through the Scarlets defence

On the run: Gonzalo Camacho charges through the Scarlets defence

Exeter made six changes with Argentina winger Gonzalo Camacho starting and centre Sireli Naqelevuki returning to the side.

The Scarlets went through the phases after Richard Kelly won the kick-off but it was the Chiefs who made their mark with their first-ever Heineken Cup try after five minutes.

From a scrum full-back Luke Arscott made a break through midfield and Thomas was on his shoulder to go over. Steenson added the extras.

But the Scarlets responded almost immediately with a 30 metre penalty goal from Priestland to make it 7-3 after eight minutes.

That Scarlets score was cancelled out on 12 minutes with a Steenson penalty after the home pack had stood up in a scrum on their line.

Both sides were forced into significant changes in personnel. Scarlets lost tight-head prop Lee and Chiefs replaced Thomas.

And Steenson was on target again to extend the Chiefs lead to 10 points after Scarlets were caught offside from an Aled Davies box kick.

Stopped in his tracks: Scarlets' Richard Kelly is tackled by Sireli Naqelevuki

Stopped in his tracks: Scarlets' Richard Kelly is tackled by Sireli Naqelevuki

The Scarlets got themselves in a good attacking position but knocked the ball on at a ruck with Andy Fenby isolated.

But from the resulting scrum the Scarlets earned a penalty on the 30-minute mark which Priestland converted.

Chiefs responded with a third Steenson penalty after the Scarlets found themselves under pressure at the scrum, while Priestland missed a penalty from inside his own penalty two minutes before the interval.

The Chiefs produced an impressive attack from the kick off but a knock-on five metres out prevented them extending their 16-6 interval lead.

The Scarlets suffered a real setback when Priestland was carried off after picking up an ankle injury when he slipped when in possession. He was replaced by Aled Thomas.

And it got worse for the home side as Steenson was on target with his fourth penalty goal on 49 minutes to restore a 13-point lead.

Ganging up: Kevin Barrett is tackled by Scarlets' Johnathan Edwards and Phil John

Ganging up: Kevin Barrett is tackled by Scarlets' Johnathan Edwards and Phil John

Aled Thomas kicked a fine long range penalty but that was cancelled out four minutes later with Steenson's fifth penalty shot as Chiefs led 22-9 on the hour mark.

But despite their lead the Chiefs were forced to defend their 22 and in the process lost prop Ben Moon to the sin bin for collapsing a scrum

And with the extra man the Scarlets earned a penalty try from French referee Mathieu Raynal on 67 minutes to cut the Chiefs lead to 22-16

The Scarlets went in search of the winning score but despite hammering at Exeter's 22 the visitors held on for a famous win.

East Stirling 2 Rangers 6 match report: Lee McCulloch double helps Gers go five points clear

East Stirling 2 Rangers 6: McCulloch hits two in rout to send Gers five points clear


15:26 GMT, 17 November 2012



15:26 GMT, 17 November 2012

Rangers produced a clinical second-half display to defeat East Stirling 6-2 at Ochilview.

The Ibrox side netted four times after the break to extend their lead at the top of Irn-Bru Division Three to five points.

Lee McCulloch opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 12 minutes and East Stirling were dealt a further blow when Phillipp Zufle was ordered off for a poorly-timed challenge on Kevin Kyle.

Andrew Little doubled Rangers' lead after 39 minutes, however the hosts replied just one minute later as Kevin Turner headed home Nathan Shepherd's corner.

Goal machine: Lee McCulloch hit the first from the spot

Goal machine: Lee McCulloch hit the first from the spot

Match facts

East Stirling: Hay, Jackson, Miller, Sean Kelly, Shepherd, Greenhill (Hunter 67), Zufle, McKernon, Maxwell (Herd 65), Turner, Quinn (Begg 73). Subs not used: Gordon, Hume.
Sent Off: Zufle (33).

Goals: Turner 41, Quinn 58 pen.

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou, McCulloch, Hegarty, Wallace, Little (Aird 78), Black, Macleod (Crawford 83), McKay, Shiels (Naismith 68), Kyle. Subs not used: Scott Gallagher, Hutton.

Booked: Hegarty, Little.

Goals: McCulloch 12 pen, Little 39, Wallace 49, Kyle 63, Naismith 71, McCulloch 82 (pen).

Referee: George Salmond.

Attendance: 2,854.

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But Lee Wallace re-established a
two-goal advantage for Ally McCoist's side four minutes after the break
before their lead was cut for the second time when Paul Quinn slotted
home from the penalty spot.

Rangers were rewarded for their
dominance throughout much of the second half when Kevin Kyle and Kai
Naismith both netted to put the game well out of the reach of their
opponents and McCulloch added a sixth goal eight minutes from time.

The visitors enjoyed the majority of
the early possession and Kyle passed up a good chance to open the
scoring after eight minutes when he failed to hit the target after a
neat passing exchange between Ian Black and Wallace.

The large Rangers support did not
have to wait much longer to see their side break the deadlock, though,
as referee George Salmond pointed to the spot after Sean Kelly hacked
down Dean Shiels.
McCulloch stepped up and calmly slotted the resulting penalty low beyond Hay.

Barrie McKay went close to doubling
the visitors' lead when he raced on to Lewis McLeod's through ball and
chipped the ball over the onrushing Hay, fortunately for East Stirling,
though, the ball rolled past the right-hand post.

The hosts responded in a positive fashion, forcing a number of corners that troubled the Rangers defence.

Scott Maxwell tried to catch out Neil Alexander with a shot from outside the box, however the keeper comfortably gathered.

The task facing East Stirling was made even greater when Zufle was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Kyle.

Hay produced a good low stop to deny
Black as Rangers tried to take advantage of their one-man advantage and
they extended their lead six minutes before half-time when Little's
volley looped over the keeper and into the net.

But Turner connected with Nathan
Shepherd's pinpoint cross one minute later to restore some hope for the
hosts going into the break.

Rangers began the second half
brightly and re-established a two goal lead four minutes after the
restart when Wallace burst forward and drove a low shot past the
helpless Hay.

The home side were presented with the
perfect opportunity to reduce the deficit after 58 minutes when
McCulloch bundled over Shepherd inside the box and Quinn made no mistake
in dispatching the penalty.

Black came agonisingly close to
scoring his first goal for Rangers on the hour mark as his shot cannoned
back off the inside of the post.

Kyle then opened his account for the Ibrox club when he swept the ball home from close range after Andy Little's mishit shot.

Naismith replaced Shiels after 68
minutes and the 20-year-old wasted little time in getting on the
scoresheet, slotting home McKay's cut-back from the edge of the box.

McCulloch converted from the spot for
the second time with eight minutes remaining after Steven Jackson
handled inside the box – his 19th goal of the season.

Substitute Fraser Aird flashed a shot
wide of the target in the closing minutes, but Rangers were unable to
extend their lead further.

Carl Froch could miss out on Mikkel Kessler rematch

Froch could miss out on Kessler rematch as Dane eyes showdown with Ward



18:19 GMT, 3 November 2012

Carl Froch may have to put his hopes of avenging his defeat to Mikkel Kessler on hold after the WBA ordered champion Andre Ward to face the winner of the Dane’s clash with Brian Magee.

Ward, who has yet make a mandatory defence of his title, would have to face either man by June 8 next year, around the same time Froch hoped to face Kessler in a hotly-anticipated stadium showdown.

The Dane takes on Brit Magee in his homeland on December 8 and admitted the promise of a rematch with Ward adds an extra dimension to the fight.

Revenge: Carl Froch (left) lost a tight decision to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark

Revenge: Carl Froch (left) lost a tight decision to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark

‘I did not think it was possible to be more motivated to beat Magee and become world champion again on December 8, but now I have found a reason,’ he said.

‘Andre Ward knows that he owes me a rematch. That was not the real ‘Viking Warrior’ in the ring on that night. I was at my best against Froch and Allan Green, and I will be at my best against Magee. Now I just have to regain my title on December 8 and then we will have the rematch. Ward had better get ready’

Let's go again: Kessler (left) would relish a rematch with Andre Ward

Let's go again: Kessler (left) would relish a rematch with Andre Ward

Ward was well ahead on the scorecards when his first bout with Kessler, in the opening round of the Super Six tournament in 2009, was stopped after an accidental clash of heads in the penultimate round.

Ward meanwhile is expected to return to action against Kelly Pavlik in January, having stopped Chad Dawson in the 10th round of their clash in September.