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Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2 – match report: Chris Wood scores equaliser at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2: Wood pegs back hosts as Selhurst spoils are shared

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16:51 GMT, 20 April 2013

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17:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

Chris Wood's second-half strike could not prevent Leicester slipping out of the npower Championship play-off places.

The New Zealander plundered his 20th goal of the season as the Foxes twice came from behind to grab a point at Palace.

But Bolton's win over Middlesbrough saw them leapfrog City into sixth, while Palace's hold on a play-off spot also looks far from secure.

To the rescue: Chris Wood's equaliser earned Leicester a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

To the rescue: Chris Wood's equaliser earned Leicester a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

MATCH FACTS

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Marrow (O'Keefe 78), Dobbie (Bolasie 75), Murray,
Wilbraham (Phillips 85). Subs Not Used: Fitzsimons, Ramage, Moritz, Banton.

Booked: Moxey, Delaney, Dikgacoi.

Goals: Gabbidon 26, Dobbie 67.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Kane 90), King, James, Dyer (Gallagher 89), Schlupp (Nugent 73), Wood. Subs Not Used: Logan, Drinkwater, Whitbread, Moore.

Booked: James.

Goals: King 37, Wood 73.

Att: 18,563.

Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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The Eagles had not scored in their
previous five matches and a run of seven without win leaves them just
two points clear of Leicester in seventh.

Their eight-hour goal drought was
ended by a player who had not scored in the league for more than eight
years when Danny Gabbidon put them ahead.

City levelled before half-time through Andy King before Stephen Dobbie tucked away his fourth goal of the season for Palace.

But Wood denied Palace a welcome win when he latched onto a defensive error to fire home in the 73rd minute.

Despite their wretched run, Palace
made a bright start and Kasper Schmeichel made a fine early save to
prevent an own goal after Dobbie's corner flicked a Leicester head.

Wilfried Zaha then teed up Aaron
Wilbraham, making his first Championship start since August, but the
former Norwich striker's shot was too close to Schmeichel.

Good start: Danny Gabbidon celebrates giving Crystal Palace the lead in the first half

Good start: Danny Gabbidon celebrates giving Crystal Palace the lead in the first half

Battle: Leicester's Wes Morgan holds off Glenn Murray as they compete fro possession

Battle: Leicester's Wes Morgan holds off Glenn Murray as they compete fro possession

CHAMPIONSHIP – AS IT STANDS

Championship

After those early let-offs Leicester
began to press and Jeff Schlupp was denied by Julian Speroni before Wood
and King fired off target.

But it was Palace who went ahead in
the 26th minute when Dobbie floated in a free-kick and defender Gabbidon
swept in his first league goal since March 2005.

Alex Marrow went close to doubling the advantage with a volley which Schmeichel managed to keep out.

But instead Leicester pulled level in
the 37th minute when a slick move involving Paul Konchesky and Lloyd
Dyer ended with King curling in a fine equaliser.

Shortly before the interval Marrow's deflected drive was tipped over the top by Schmeichel.

After the break Leicester should have
taken the lead when Wood knocked down Paul Konchesky's cross into the
path of Schlupp but the youngster scooped his shot over.

At the other end Glenn Murray's header set up Wilbraham, who got in front of his marker but nodded against the crossbar.

Palace's pressure told in the 67th
minute when Murray's lay-off found its way to Dobbie on the edge of the
area and the former Swansea frontman tucked away a fine strike.

But six minutes later a slip by
Damien Delaney allowed Wood to charge through one-on-one with Speroni
and he made no mistake to snatch a point.

Kenny Dalglish lined up for Liverpool return

Liverpool line up offer to bring King Kenny back to Anfield – as an ambassador

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

00:04 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 10 January 2013

Liverpool are hoping to lure Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish back in an ambassadorial role.

Dalglish was sacked in May following an 18-month spell as boss, having taken over from Roy Hodgson in January 2011.

Although Dalglish took up a similar position before his appointment as manager – and was involved in the club's academy – it is unclear whether he would be open to the idea of a return.

Tempted Kenny Dalglish could be on his way back to Anfield as an ambassador

Tempted Kenny Dalglish could be on his way back to Anfield as an ambassador

Since being replaced by former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, the 61-year-old has only been to Anfield once this season to watch Liverpool in action.

Dalglish, who played more than 350 times for the club, has always been held in high esteem by the supporters.

And Liverpool are keen for him to help attract lucrative sponsorship deals, according to the Daily Telegraph.

After his departure last summer, Dalglish gave the impression that he was warm to the idea of returning to Liverpool.

He said at the time: 'I said when first approached about coming back as manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.'

Liverpool owner John W Henry also hinted he would have his former manager back, describing Dalglish as 'part of the family'.

New boy: Brendan Rodgers (right) took over from Dalglish (left) last summer

New boy: Brendan Rodgers (right) took over from Dalglish (left) last summer

2012 football review: people of the months – Michael Walker

From the return of the King to the magic of Messi… the people of the months of 2012

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23:08 GMT, 23 December 2012

As a dramatic and memorable 2012 draws to a close, Michael Walker looks back on a year on the footballing road, naming his people of the month from January through to December…

January: Thierry Henry

They will not forget 9/1/12 in north London. It was the night King Henry came back to Arsenal, hopped off the bench and scored the only goal in an FA Cup third-round tie against Leeds. They were crying out for a special occasion at the stadium. Henry walked past his statue outside the ground and delivered.

Return of the King: Henry celebrates netting the winner against Leeds

Return of the King: Henry celebrates netting the winner against Leeds

February: Eddie Howe

In his Burnley office, one of England's brightest young managers discussed the fact that the Premier League had just three English managers while, in the Championship, there were 17. 'Strange', was Howe's assessment. Adkins and Allardyce have since upped the numbers. Howe's back at Bournemouth.

March: Pete Williams

On a bitter Tuesday night in Burslem, Pete Williams was outside Port Vale's grand old ground with a bucket. It is people like Williams – supporters – who keep clubs going. Vale's future was in doubt in March. They had entered administration and been docked 10 points. Thanks to fans such as Williams, Vale are going again, second in League Two.

April: Brian McDermott

It was easier being Reading's manager in April. The club had just returned to the Premier League by winning 14 of 16 league games from the end of January. The previous May's play-off final defeat could be forgotten and McDermott spoke of his 'lovely club'. Along the way, he turned down Wolves. Some people may choose to forget that.

Man of the hour: McDermott is hoisted aloft by his players after securing the Championship title

Man of the hour: McDermott is hoisted aloft by his players after securing the Championship title

May: Harry Gregg

48 hours after Manchester United had the title snatched out of their hands by Sergio Aguero, Sir Alex Ferguson took his players to Belfast to honour Harry Gregg. Sometimes the build-up to testimonials is more meaningful than the game and, in the programme, Ferguson recalled hearing of the 1958 Munich crash and wrote: 'Harry, for this 16-yearold from Govan, you were and remain my hero.'

June: Vicente Del Bosque

Remember when Spain were boring In northern Poland, Del Bosque was flabbergasted at the lack of understanding of his team's style, and the non-stop chatter. He was visibly bemused: Spain were about to become the first country in history to win three major tournaments in a row. Del Bosque reminisced to a time when there was less noise inside and outside the game, to a time when 'dressing rooms were utterly still, like inside a cathedral'.

Champions of Europe: Del Bosque's side parade through the streets of Madrid

Champions of Europe: Del Bosque's side parade through the streets of Madrid

July: Stewart Regan

Thunderous July rain in Glasgow accompanied an apocalyptic vision. Regan, the SFA chief executive, reacted to Rangers' shock exclusion from the SPL by inviting reporters upstairs at Hampden Park to warn of 'Armageddon' and 'the game withering on the vine' if Rangers were forced to re-start below Scottish Division One. A month later, Rangers drew 2- 2 at Peterhead in Division Three.

August: Rob Green

He didn't look happy and you could understand why. After six years at West Ham, Green joined QPR. His debut was a 5-0 home defeat by Swansea. Yet, 10 days later, against Walsall in the League Cup, it got worse. QPR won 3-0, but up in the stands was Julio Cesar. QPR were making a statement. Green, given no explanation, was left to read between its lines. Shoddy.

Shunned: Green was harshly treated by QPR

Shunned: Green was harshly treated by QPR

September: Margaret Aspinall

The report from the Hillsborough Independent Panel was a release of sorts for the Family Support Group. Football responded, notably Everton on the night they hosted Newcastle. They played the Hollies' He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. Margaret recalled that her son James, 18, killed at Hillsborough, had bought the record for her.

October: Georgios Samaras

Unlikely, unfashionable but unflagging, Samaras had a year to remember. He was relentless for Greece at Euro 2012 and, for Celtic, he has been decisive in Europe. It was his deflected header in October that gave them a lead in Barcelona. They lost to a late goal, but we all know what happened when Barca came to Celtic Park two weeks later.

Unlikely hero: Samaras (right) heads home in Barcelona

Unlikely hero: Samaras (right) heads home in Barcelona

November: Chib Chilaka

For a while, it seemed like the most memorable feature of Torquay v Harrogate in the FA Cup first round proper would be the view from Plainmoor. Then, beaming Chilaka popped up for Harrogate to produce a trademark upset. Afterwards, he spoke like an ambassador for the part-time game. It was a classic FA Cup day.

December: Lionel Messi

We are fortunate to be witnessing greatness. Some can moan about the calendar year goal-tally, but not over Messi's talent. He has joined the list of the true greats at 25. Without him, Barcelona would be a very good team; with him, they are as good a side as has been seen. A prediction for 2013, or more like a guess: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea (again) and Arsenal will have new managers in place by August. For United, that would mean the end of the Ferguson era. It is difficult to behold, but if another title or European Cup comes, it would be an appropriately successful way for Ferguson to go. But it is an if.

The world's greatest: Messi celebrates yet another goal for Barcelona

The world's greatest: Messi celebrates yet another goal for Barcelona

Eric Cantona tempted to manage Manchester United

Return of the King Cantona admits he'd jump at the chance to manage United

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08:00 GMT, 15 November 2012

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says he could be tempted into taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, but admitted he doesn't envisage the manager's post becoming available for a long time yet.

The enigmatic Frenchman is still hailed as the King at Old Trafford after a five-year career that saw him claim four top flight titles and two FA Cups.

Cantona is currently director of football at the reborn New York Cosmos, with the world famous United States outfit set to return to competitive action in 2013.

Looking forward: Eric Cantona, the director of football at New York Cosmos, has admitted he might be tempted into replacing Sir Alex Ferguson one day

Looking forward: Eric Cantona, the director of football at New York Cosmos, has admitted he might be tempted into replacing Sir Alex Ferguson one day

The 46-year-old has taken on many roles since he retired from top level football in 1997, not all of them involved the game.

But now in an interview with ESPN quoted in the Daily Mirror, Cantona admits he could be tempted back into the hot seat at the Premier League's most successful club.

He said: 'I would say, “United is special, of course I would do it”. Today I'm with the New York Cosmos.

'But if one day there is an opportunity, why not Like diving from here to the sea, watching, speaking to the fish, octopus, crabs, journalists.'

He added: 'I just need to express myself whatever I do, I just need to find something to express myself. Today it is acting, tomorrow it could be something else.'

Ferguson has just celebrated 26 years in charge at the club, and Cantona is sure there remains plenty of hunger and drive in the 70-year-old.

Hail the King: Cantona is still held among the best ever to play at United

Hail the King: Cantona is still held among the best ever to play at United

Hail the King: Cantona is still held among the best ever to play at United

He added: 'Alex Ferguson is young, has so much energy, so much love of the game, so many things to give, more and more and more.

'And I love to watch them winning things and I want Ferguson to be manager for ever. He’s a winner, that’s why he has won so many things.

'It’s what is incredible with him, next game is like the first game of his career, and he gives you that – his passion, his love of the game, love of winning things.'

Paolo Di Canio and Steve King prepare for FA Cup tie

It's the FA Cup catwalk: Suave bosses Di Canio and King go head-to-head in the battle of the suits

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13:13 GMT, 2 November 2012

Fashionista: Di Canio

Fashionista: Di Canio

Saturday's FA Cup tie between Swindon and Macclesfield could be as interesting for the fashion battle on the touchline as it will be for the tussle between the two teams on the pitch.

Paolo Di Canio welcomes Steve King's Macclesfield to the County Ground, and for once the Italian might have a contender to outdress him as he looks to progress to the second round.

Di Canio is ready for any challenge that King may pose him though, and he has warned his rival that his famous green coat is primed and ready for the occasion.

Asked what he would be wearing on Saturday, the boss of the League One Robins told Blue Square Bet: 'For me you always have to wear stylish shoes, even sporty trainers can be stylish. I like Church’s shoes myself.

'A watch is also essential in my opinion as it gives you an insight into someone’s personality and says a lot.

'I’m usually known for wearing a stylish coat on the touchline and my green one will be coming out the locker again this weekend.

'As for fashion pet hates I don’t like it when people wear their jeans or trousers very low, and wearing a cap backwards or wearing flip flops are absolutely awful when it comes to style.'

Pretender: King intends to wear tweed on Saturday

Pretender: King intends to wear tweed on Saturday

Not to be overawed, King – whose Macclesfield side play in the Blue Square Bet Premier – has already planned what he will be wearing on Saturday afternoon.

'Skinny suits are key to looking the part on match day and I’m always keeping up to date with fashion as you need to stay on the pulse,' he said.

'Tweed is making a big comeback at the moment and I will be rocking it this weekend.

'One key bit of advice from me is that looking after your appearance is vital and a haircut at least once a month is a must to looking sharp.'

Nathan Cleverly will discover if Ryan Coyne fight is allowed this week

Court date set over Cleverly title defence (but Flintoff has an eye on the belt too!)

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01:00 GMT, 30 October 2012

Nathan Cleverly will discover later this week if he can defend his world light-heavyweight title against Ryan Coyne in Los Angeles on November 10.

The American is involved in a contractual dispute with promoter Don King and the pair are due in court on Thursday.

If a resolution cannot be reached,
Cleverly, who met Andrew Flintoff in London on Monday, could face one of three fighters who have been short listed to
step in at the last minute.

Big names: Nathan Cleverly (left) with former cricketer and aspiring boxer Andrew Flintoff

Big names: Nathan Cleverly (left) with former cricketer and aspiring boxer Andrew Flintoff

Coyne claimed last week that King was prepared to sue Cleverly’s promoter Frank Warren and the WBO if the fight went ahead.

The 30-year-old insists his contract with King has expired but alleges the veteran promoter believes otherwise.

If
the two cannot settle their differences, Cleverly, 25, could be forced
to accept a non-title fight as he bids to generate exposure Stateside.

But the Welshman insisted his training has not been affected by the delay.

'This should be frustrating but I've
taken it all in my stride,' he said. 'It's something I'm used to by now
because there always seems to be drama around my fights.

Waiting: Cleverly is hoping to fight Ryan Coyne in Los Angeles on November 10

Waiting: Cleverly is hoping to fight Ryan Coyne in Los Angeles on November 10

'I'm getting on with my business and I've trained well. Mentally and physically I feel great.

'I really don't care who's in the
other corner, as long as I get to fight. I've got no problem with the
politics that's been going on.

'We will be fighting in LA on November
10 and that's the most important thing to me. If it is a non-title
fight then it won't be the end of the world. I'll treat it as any other
fight.

'Every fight is a world title fight to me and it's a great opportunity for whoever comes in.

'I feel like I'm just around the corner from the super-fights, so this is a great opportunity for me.'

Possibility: Cleverly may have to take a non-title bout if Coyne cannot settle his dispute with Don King

Possibility: Cleverly may have to take a non-title bout if Coyne cannot settle his dispute with Don King

Coyne's 22-fight record is short on names, but the 'Irish Outlaw' is ranked in the top 10 by the WBA and WBC.

'He's a strong guy who likes to come forward and fight. He's very hungry and will cause problems,' Cleverly added.

'Like myself he's never been beaten. It will be a great battle between two warriors defending their unbeaten records.'

Cleverly was speaking after being introduced to Flintoff who will make his professional boxing debut in Manchester on November 30.

The former cricketer, who has lost almost three stone in weight, was kept out of the media spotlight as he continues his preparations under the tutelage of Barry McGuigan and his son Shane.

Boxers in arms: Cleverly and Flintoff met in London before their respective fights

Boxers in arms: Cleverly and Flintoff met in London before their respective fights

'Freddie was pretty chuffed to meet me and he said he'd seen me fight before which was nice,' Cleverly added.

'I believe that boxing is the hardest sport out there and for anyone to step through the ropes proves they've got the fire for a fight.

'Freddie's had a few battles on the cricket pitch with his team mates but when it's one-on-one in a boxing ring, that's when you've got to really stand and prove your character.

'I think that Freddie's made of the tough stuff, he was a beast on the pitch having the Aussies on the run, so he's got to take that same fire and desire he showed when England won the Ashes in 2005 into the ring with him.

'I said to Freddie that it's going to be the hardest thing he has done, but the buzz from winning and with the crowd cheering will be well worth it.'

Gareth Bale should join Real Madrid, says Luka Modric

Come and join me! Modric tells former Spurs team-mate Bale to move to Real Madrid

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14:13 GMT, 17 October 2012

Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has revealed that he wants Gareth Bale to join him at Real Madrid.

Spurs winger Bale, 23, has emerged as one of the most sought-after players in world football after setting the Premier League alight for the past couple of years.

And Modric, who left Spurs for Real in a 33million deal this summer, believes that the Welshman has the ability to fit in at the nine-time European Cup winners.

Old friends: Bale and Modric (right) chat on Tuesday night

Old friends: Bale and Modric (right) chat on Tuesday night

Forward burst: Bale gets past Croatia's Ivan Strinic in the World Cup qualifier

Forward burst: Bale gets past Croatia's Ivan Strinic in the World Cup qualifier

'He should play for Real Madrid and I
hope he’ll come,' said Modric, who played for Croatia on Tuesday night
as they beat Bale and Wales 2-0 in Osijek.

'It would be amazing and I think he can [play for Real Madrid],' he added. 'He’s a good enough player.'

Bale's
contract with Spurs runs to 2015 but the partnership that the club
signed with Real in the summer has fuelled speculation that he could
leave in a 40m deal at the end of the season.

Spurs have insisted that the partnership
does not allow Real first refusal on the club's players, but Modric's
transfer suggests a clear hierarchy in the deal.

Eyes on the ball: Andy King of Wales tries to pinch the ball from Modric

Eyes on the ball: Andy King of Wales tries to pinch the ball from Modric

Bale had netted six goals in his previous eight games for his country, but he was unable to find a way past the Croats on Tuesday night.

The former Southampton man accepts that his rise to fame now makes his a marked man.

'It is normal now I think,' Bale said after the match.

'I’m never going to stop doing what I do and hopefully I can continue to play well.'

Emile Heskey to be offered Macclesfield deal

From Premier League to non-league Heskey to be offered deal at Macclesfield

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08:20 GMT, 15 September 2012

Emile Heskey could make a belated return to football – with Blue Square Premier side Macclesfield.

The former England international has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season.

And ambitious table-topping Macclesfield will offer Heskey a deal to put him in the shop window.

Wanted: Emile Heskey is set to be offered a deal by Macclesfield

Wanted: Emile Heskey is set to be offered a deal by Macclesfield

The striker, who was capped 62 times for his country, lives just half an hour away from the Chesire club and manager Steve King is prepared to make him an open-ended offer to ensure he retains his fitness, according to the Daily Mirror.

Macclesfield are also determined to return to the Football League at the first attempt.

Heskey is reported to have other options, both at home and abroad, but has struggled to find his form in recent seasons, mustering just 14 goals in 110 appearances at Villa.

He was unable to agree a deal with Blackpool earlier in the summer while Ipswich and Stoke were also reported to be interested.

Manchester United"s Josh King seeking move

Hotshot young United striker King seeking move over lack of opportunity

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09:40 GMT, 6 September 2012

One of Manchester United's brightest young prospects could follow Paul Pogba and Ezekiel Fryers and quit the club over a lack of opportunity.

Josh King, a talented 20-year-old striker, has represented Norway through the ages up to Under 21 level but is yet to make a league appearance for Sir Alex Ferguson since joining the club in 2009.

United he falls: Joshua King is considering his future at Old Trafford

United he falls: Joshua King is considering his future at Old Trafford

Now, having seen Fryers and Pogba both go
the continent in a bid to further their careers, King could follow suit
in his homeland with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde.

Former United star Solskjaer was the man who spotted King in his previous role as scout with the Premier League giants.

According to talkSport, King will bide his time until January, at which point he will seek a move should he have failed to make any impact on a frontline containing Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

Laura Williamson: Goodbye and good riddance to Plucky Britannia

Goodbye and good riddance to Plucky Britannia

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22:48 GMT, 12 August 2012

After you woke up on Monday suffering a severe bout of post-Olympic blues, wondering how on earth you will cope without watching handball highlights or applauding a horse dancing to The Lion King, spare a thought for a species on the verge of extinction.

In an Olympic Games that has seemed to have just about everything, something has been missing: the Plucky Brit.

Have you seen one lately No, me neither – not since Wimbledon finished, anyway.

Plucky The likes of Nicola Adams (left) showed that Brits are better than admirable losers

Plucky The likes of Nicola Adams (left) showed that Brits are better than admirable losers

British sport, all of a sudden, is not
about getting kitted out and having a go, it's about winning – or at
least performing to your best and coming close.

When asked what prompted nine British rowing medals at London 2012 – including the first three golds for our women – Katherine Grainger's answer was simple.

'We saw that British sport could win,' she said. 'We looked at it and thought, “We want some of that”.'

This team, particularly those who have competed in rowing and cycling, are now underpinned by a belief that says making a final isn't good enough.

It's just the next step in trying to reach your potential; an opportunity to strive for the very best you can be. If that results in a personal best then you've done your job; if you win a medal, even better.

'It was about creating a cultural shift where we said coming 10th in the medals table isn't good enough,' Baroness Sue Campbell, chair – woman of UK Sport, told me earlier this year.

'And everybody said, “Really” and I said, “Absolutely. We're going to pitch for fourth”. Oh my Lord.' Oh Lord indeed.

Potential: Lawrence Okoye finished last in the discus final

Potential: Lawrence Okoye finished last in the discus final

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Forget fourth. Great Britain, a country of 60 million people, have finished third in the medals table. Third!

It's 1920 all over again. We're not necessarily comfortable with all this unqualified glory. I'm not sure we can quite believe it, actually. We laugh or retreat to self deprecation because it's not a very British thing to bask in the sheer magnitude of it all.

But this isn't a red, white and blue version of Canada's horrendous 'Own the Podium' campaign at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

This is British sport getting savvy. The taking part still counts, of course it does, but it's now the manner in which you take part, not just putting your name on the start list.

I've been accused in some quarters of being a witch after I suggested Great Britain's field events, particularly the throwers, weren't good enough at this Olympic Games.

We had representatives in only three of the eight throwing finals in the Olympic Stadium and came last in all of them.

The three finalists – Alex Smith and Sophie Hitchon in the hammer and Lawrence Okoye in the discus – have an average age of 22.

They all have outstanding potential but none of them threw to the very best of their ability on the greatest stage of all: an Olympic final on home soil. Set against the exacting standards of this British team, that can only be viewed as a disappointment.

Of course that's a harsh judgment on three very promising athletes, but that's the nature of sport in this country now.

We're no longer there to make up the numbers, pat each other on the back and say, 'Well done'.

The Plucky Brit belongs to another era of have-a-go heroes, before British sport became a profession as opposed to a pastime. May he rest in peace.

They said what!

Gre at Britain's Lisa Dobriskey reacts after seeing Cakir Alptekin, who has served a two-year drugs ban, win gold in the 1500 metres. 'I'll probably get into trouble for saying this but I don't believe I'm competing on a level playing field,' she said. Some accused Dobriskey, who came 10th, of sour grapes, but she was asked a straight question and gave a straight answer. Good for her.

Straight talking: Lisa Dobriskey gave an admirable answer after finishing 10th in the 1,500m

Straight talking: Lisa Dobriskey gave an admirable answer after finishing 10th in the 1,500m

…And this is what I've been doing this week

Take a deep breath: covering boxing, showjumping, athletics, more athletics, BMX, hockey, more BMX, football and modern pentathlon. I'm exhausted but I've loved every second.

Thinking they really should make the Olympic BMX final a best-of-three race. It's too much of a lottery to do only one run. I felt the over-riding element of luck spoilt the credibility of what was a thrilling spectator sport at London 2012. Six hours of BMX wasn't enough, either. More next time in Rio, please!

Screaming myself hoarse in Hyde Park on Saturday cheering for Mo Farah in the 5,000m.

It was a special occasion to share with my family and thousands of other Britons watching on the big screen.

As Steve Cram said in his commentary, we're very lucky to have him.

Performance of the week

Nicola Adams's gold medal in the women's boxing. She made history as the first female to win in an event making its debut in London.

I hope she enjoyed her celebratory Nando's as much as we enjoyed watching her become an Olympic champion.