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Mukhtar Mohammed wins bronze medal in 800m at European Indoor Championships

Mohammed made to fight for bronze medal in feisty 800m final

Laura Williamson


11:16 GMT, 3 March 2013



12:29 GMT, 3 March 2013

Mukhtar Mohammed won a battling bronze in a feisty men's 800-metre final at the European Indoor Championships.

The 22-year-old, who was born in Somalia and moved to the UK in 2002, fought hard to edge his way past Anis Ananenka from Belarus, who appeared to try to push Mohammed wide with his elbows as they grappled for the line.

Mohammed, a former defensive midfielder for Sheffield Wednesday, won Great Britain's fifth medal of these championships following golds for Holly Bleasdale (pole vault) and Perri Shakes-Drayton (400m) and silver medals for James Dasaolu (60m) and Eilidh Child (400m).

Mukhtar Mohammed

Battling performance: Mukhtar Mohammed won a bronze medal in the 800m

Battling performance: Mukhtar Mohammed won a bronze medal in the 800m

Mohammed said: 'It was a tough race between me and the guy from Belarus (Anis Ananenka). He gave me a hard time on the last lap, and I lost the first two positions because of him.

'I had to fight to get a medal but I was really enjoying it as I did with the heat and the semi-final and I didn’t want to mess up in the final.

Flying the flag: Mohammed celebrates his third place

Flying the flag: Mohammed celebrates his third place

Proud moment: Mohammed shows off his bronze medal after finishing behind Poland's Adam Kszczot and Spain's Kevin Lopez

Proud moment: Mohammed shows off his bronze medal after finishing behind Poland's Adam Kszczot and Spain's Kevin Lopez

'At the end of the day it’s the cleverest and bravest guys that win championships and Adam Kszczot did very well to win the race. This is a learning experience for me and hopefully it’ll get even better for the next championships.

'I am very pleased just to get a medal. Gold was going to be good for me but I’ve got to be happy with a medal.'

Stuart Broad form an issue for England, says David Saker

Broad's form has become an 'issue' for England, admits bowling coach Saker as Finn returns to action



10:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Wicketless: Broad has struggled in India

Wicketless: Broad has struggled in India

England have admitted they have ‘an issue’ with Stuart Broad and may consider dropping their vice-captain for the crucial third Test in Kolkata next week.

Broad – who was hit by illness during the second Test as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail on Friday night – had a match to forget here in Mumbai as England pulled off an historic victory to level the series against India, bowling 12 wicketless overs for 60 runs in the first innings and not even being called on in the second.

Now, with Steven Finn returning to action on Monday for the England Performance Squad in their match here in Mumbai, Broad’s place is in question even though he has been one of their principal performers over the last few years.

‘There’s a little bit of an issue with Broad, there’s no doubt it,’ David Saker, the England fast bowling coach, told Sky TV here this morning. ‘He hasn’t bowled as we would have liked and he would be the first to admit that.

Vice-captain: Broad is second in command for EnglandVice-captain: Broad is second in command for England

Vice-captain: Broad is second in command for England

‘He’s not the first fast bowler to come over here and find it hard but the great fast bowlers have had success over here. Stuart is probably not a great yet but he has to learn ways to become great. It’s a great learning curve for him.

‘If he gets the next Test he will have to be ready for it. During my tenure as bowling coach I haven’t had too many players down on confidence and form. This is when I have to come to the party. I hope I can do stuff over the next few days that can help.’

With Tim Bresnan struggling in the first Test in Ahmedabad and being dropped for the second, Broad’s inclusion at Eden Gardens will probably come down to whether Finn has recovered from the thigh injury he suffered in the field in England’s first warm-up game here.

Knocking on the door: Finn plays for the Performance Squad this week

Knocking on the door: Finn plays for the Performance Squad this week

‘We’ve got our fingers crossed he’ll come through,’ said Saker. ‘If he gets through this game unscathed his name will definitely be up for selection next week.’

‘Finn has got that x-factor, a bit of pace, that height that always means you can get variable bounce over here. So his name will be bandied around for sure for that second seamer’s spot.’

Frank Lampard likes the mix of young and old in the England squad

Generation game means a Brazilian blend is key, says veteran Lampard



21:30 GMT, 9 September 2012

It is not often a senior England footballer confesses to staying in an hotel ‘with an older man’, but Frank Lampard is quick to point out that a space as wide as Wembley divided their two beds.

This was something, he went on to explain amid much laughter at the England team hotel on Sunday, that happened when he was sent on loan as a 17-year-old to Swansea. Back in 1995 the Welsh club did not have much money and a teenage Lampard and 32-year-old Robbie Dennison found themselves sharing a twin room ‘in a Hilton on an industrial estate’.

No wonder Lampard now thinks the emerging footballers of today get ‘too much too young’.

Times have changed: Frank Lampard says the youngsters are fearless

Times have changed: Frank Lampard says the youngsters are fearless

‘We were both on loan there,’ recalls Lampard. ‘But he was in his 30s and I was 17, at opposite ends of our careers. It was… interesting. I didn’t really know what to say to him when I lay in bed at night. He had two kids and I wanted to go out.

‘But it was a great learning curve for me. I was a boy being chucked into a man’s world, without the privileges I even had at West Ham at that time. It was character-building in itself having to stay with an older man.

‘But I should stress there were two single beds, and he left after a month while I stayed there for two. For some reason we actually got our own rooms after a couple of weeks. Probably because he asked.’

The Table

There is a point to this story and it concerns the blend of youth and experience in the current England squad.

Lampard, 34, says there is no sense of awkwardness in this group of players; no generation gap even if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Butland are 15 years his junior.

‘There is a nice freshness about the young boys at meal times and around the hotel,’ he said. ‘I actually enjoy mixing with them; it makes me feel a bit younger when you mix.

‘There is a relationship between that good atmosphere at meal times and going on the pitch, and the more we can improve that the better. The young players have this free spirit. They are playing for fun.’

Friday’s 5-0 defeat of Moldova did see Roy Hodgson use his resources well. Between the senior players like Lampard, who scored two goals, and youngsters like Oxlade-Chamberlain, the England manager struck a good balance. But, with one eye on the next World Cup in Brazil, as well as tomorrow’s qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley, the England team do need to keep evolving.

High five: Lampard with young gun Tom Cleverley

High five: Lampard with young gun Tom Cleverley

‘I have certainly noticed that younger
players are getting more of a chance compared to when I got in the
squad,’ said Lampard. ‘But then I think we have a crop of players now
who play with less fear than we did when we came through.

‘These boys now mix it. They do not seem fazed at all.’

The question of how England progress, how they arrive in Brazil a significantly better team than they were in Eastern Europe over the summer, is one Lampard ponders.

‘It is the youth and it is helping the youth progress while at the same time getting results,’ he said. ‘That is why there is a lot of talk about the oldies and the youngies and the experienced players helping the Oxlade-Chamberlains and the Cleverleys play like they did.

Bang bang: Lampard scored twice against Moldova

Bang bang: Lampard scored twice against Moldova

‘That will help the team and the country move on and be in a better position for the World Cup. It is just a case of trying to do the best with what you have. It is a case of nurturing the young talent. They will nurture themselves but, if that happens and we also get the results we need, we will put ourselves in the best possible position.’

Right now Lampard is a major part of Hodgson’s plans, as he should be after becoming England’s leading goalscorer in World Cup qualifiers. ‘I am proud of my England career,’ he said. He is also excited by the emergence of these young players and what Hodgson is trying to implement.

‘He didn’t have enough time to put his full imprint on the squad before the Euros but now he has that,’ said Lampard. ‘We have to be positive. We got a good result against Moldova and it is important we keep showing that progress, get the results and see the young boys come through.

‘It’s now all about the development of these young kids.’

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool have learned from transfer window

We've learned a lot from the transfer window, says Liverpool boss Rodgers



13:02 GMT, 7 September 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no rift with the club's owners but admits a lot has been learned from this summer's transfer window.

Criticism has been levelled at Fenway Sports Group following the failure to bring in a replacement after striker Andy Carroll was loaned to West Ham.

Rodgers admitted he would not have let the England international leave had he not been confident he could bring in a replacement but a deal for Fulham's Clint Dempsey fell through because FSG would not pay what they considered an inflated price.

Learning on the job: Rodgers takes notes against Arsenal

Learning on the job: Rodgers takes notes against Arsenal

That led to suggestions the manager had been undermined by the owners but he stressed he understood the situation when he took over in June.

'I've had long conversations with the owners,' he said.

'I've got to say they have been very honest and very up front right from the off.

'I came here first and foremost because of the owners. I felt a genuine honesty in their approach to it and in how they wanted to go forward with the football club.'

Rodgers, speaking at a forum with representatives of Liverpool fan sites and blogs, added: 'Of course the window didn't quite go to plan but going forward a great deal of learning has taken place.

'Every manager always wants more players but the reality of where the club is at there needed to be a little bit of surgery done on the squad.

Struggling: Liverpool are yet to win a league game this season

Struggling: Liverpool are yet to win a league game this season

'Some of the wages here were absolutely astronomical in terms of value and worth. That needed to be looked at.

'I knew there would be a wee bit of pain in the short term but hopefully for the longer-term gain.

Gone: Carroll

Gone: Carroll

'We finished up where we were at and now we have got to move forward as a football club and really have the one-club mentality.'

Rodgers admits he is likely to have to buy in January, although he knows it will be tough to bring in the right players at the right price.

But in the intervening period he will have to draw on the resources he has – even if it means dipping into the reserve squad.

With so many players away on international duty the Northern Irishman has taken the opportunity to involve some of the club's promising youngsters in training sessions.

'I've tried to get around the youth team players, the reserve team players, and look at the level we have,' he told liverpoolfc.com.

'First and foremost it's a chance for me to see the players working and see their improvements and try to help and guide them.

'They are trying to make steps up towards the first team and this gives them an opportunity to learn, and not just from the coaches.

'They come up here and train with Jamie Carragher, a guy who is in his 18th year as a professional.

'It is great for young players at 18 or 19 to see a guy who has been doing this work nearly as long as they've been alive and showing the same enthusiasm and commitment to want to learn and improve.'

London 2012 Paralympics: Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen pick up gold

Golden girls back in fashion as two more Brits pick up top accolades



21:57 GMT, 2 September 2012

The golden girls are back as the Paralympics provided us with two more on Sunday.

Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen claimed their gold medals in different sports and in different ways but the beaming smiles were the same.

Applegate triumphed in the pool, Christiansen in the more serene equestrian arena after an anxious wait. Her victory, riding Janeiro 6, ensured Britain won the team event too, meaning a 10th gold for Lee Pearson.

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

Applegate continued where Ellie Simmonds left off, coming from behind on the last leg to send a partisan home crowd delirious.

Applegate is just 16 yet raced like a veteran, turning into the final leg of her S14 200m freestyle in third but notching a Paralympic record time of 2min 12.63sec. She reeled in Holland’s Marlou van der Kulk, then Australia’s Taylor Corry to win by 0.55sec. ‘I’m ecstatic. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do something like that,’ said Applegate, who has learning difficulties which limit the amount of coaching she can absorb. ‘The last turn I just knew I had to give everything.

‘I just had to break through that pain barrier. To knock two seconds off my PB is amazing.’

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Christiansen was drawn first in her event and posted an imposing 82.750 per cent. She waited as 13 riders tried and failed to top it.

The 24-year-old’s triumph came after double gold in Beijing, a feat she has emulated following the team success alongside Pearson, Deb Criddle and Sophie Wells.

‘As long as I stayed relaxed and focused on what I had done in training, I knew I could pull out an 80 per cent-plus test,’ said Christiansen, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Blind swimmers James Clegg and Hannah Russell won bronze in their 100m butterfly races. Clegg’s sister Libby won silver in the T12 100m at the Olympic Stadium less than 40 minutes later.

In the dressage, Wells and Criddle had earlier claimed silver in their classes.

Paralympics 2012: Everything you need to know

London 2012: Everything you need to know about the 14th Paralympics



00:44 GMT, 26 August 2012

Where and when are they

The Games begin with the opening ceremony at 8.30pm on Wednesday – called ‘Enlightenment’, it promises to be ‘a spectacular celebration of the spirit of the Paralympic Games that challenges perceptions of human possibility’ and is reported to include Professor Stephen Hawking.

The closing ceremony is on September 9, including a performance by Coldplay. Much of the action will be at the Olympic Park in Stratford. Sixteen of the Olympic venues will not be used but there are some new ones, such as Brands Hatch in Kent for road cycling.

Who is competing

There will be 4,200 Paralympians from 165 nations, including 16 countries for the first time.

Ready for action: The Paralympics promises to be another sports spectacular

Ready for action: The Paralympics promises to be another sports spectacular

Six groups are eligible to compete: athletes with spinal injuries, visual impairment and learning disabilities, amputees, athletes who have cerebral palsy, and those classified within the Les Autres category, for example athletes who have dwarfism.

Deaf sportsmen and women were part of the Paralympic movement originally but now have their own Games.

How are the Paralympics different from the Olympics

Contrary to popular belief, ‘Para’ does not refer to paraplegia but comes from the Greek word ‘para’, meaning ‘beside’ or ‘alongside’, because the Paralympics are the parallel to the Olympics.

Originals: Archers at Stoke Mandeville

Originals: Archers at Stoke Mandeville

They grew out of the sport introduced at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1944 as an aid for rehabilitation. Four years later, that became the Stoke Mandeville Games, with two British teams of former servicemen and women, which turned into an annual event.

In Rome in 1960, what are regarded as the first Paralympics were held in the same city as the Olympics for the first time, with 400 athletes from 23 countries.

What sports are there

There are 19 different sports, from archery to wheelchair tennis, with a few you may not have heard of.

Boccia is a game, similar to boules, for athletes with cerebral palsy and other severe physical disabilities who compete in a wheelchair, while goalball is for visually impaired athletes where the aim is to score by rolling the ball at speeds of up to 60mph into the opposition’s goal. The crowd must be silent during play so that players can hear the bell in the ball.

In some events, such as cycling, coming first does not mean you have won as riders from different classifications are in the same event for one set of medals. It is only after a ‘factoring’ system, using a mathematical formula, is applied that the final results are confirmed.

What can we expect from the British team

Medals. Lots of them. The ParalympicsGB team for London will be the biggest to represent the country, with 288 athletes selected, alongside a further 13 team members, including sighted goalkeepers, tandem riders and guide runners.

Pedigree: There's no reason to think GB won't be more successful than four years ago

Pedigree: There's no reason to think GB won't be more successful than four years ago

They have been set a minimum medal target by UK Sport of 103 from at least 12 sports, after second place behind China in 2008, with 42 golds from 11 sports and 102 medals in total. ParalympicsGB have had 49m UK Sport funding.

Where can I watch it all

Channel 4 beat the BBC to the rights to the Games, its 9m bid almost double the Beeb’s. And it will offer 500 hours of live coverage, including More4, online and with three live streams on digital channels.

Clare Balding leads its coverage, with a 5.30pm show, but a group of presenters, such as Jonathan Edwards, Kelly Cates and Ade Adepitan, will be hosting shows from 7am-11.15pm. The BBC is covering the Games through Radio Five Live.

Inverness 2 Celtic 4: Tony Watt at the double

Inverness 2 Celtic 4: Teenage dreams for Watt as striker hits double on first start



13:59 GMT, 25 August 2012

Tony Watt scored twice on his first Celtic start as Neil Lennon's injury-hit side swept to victory at Inverness.

The 18-year-old produced a brilliant piece of skill, a good turn of pace and a composed finish in the 24th minute to add to Victor Wanyama's early headed opener.

Charlie Mulgrew fired Celtic three ahead just after the break and Watt was on hand to make it 4-0 in the 64th minute.

Two good: Tony Watt doubles Celtic's advantage midway through the first half

Two good: Tony Watt doubles Celtic's advantage midway through the first half

However, Celtic switched off the final 10 minutes and Ross Draper scored two consolations.

Celtic could have been further out of sight by then with Watt showing more of the promise that he first announced in the Celtic first team when he scored a double against Motherwell within six minutes of coming on for his debut.

The win came despite Celtic being forced into six changes following their Champions League win over Helsingborg on Tuesday.

Thomas Rogne, Scott Brown, Georgios Samaras, Kris Commons, Beram Kayal and Joe Ledley all dropped out through injury.

But Wanyama returned from suspension to dominate the central midfield with another teenager, Filip Twardzik, showing some good touches alongside him.

Mikael Lustig, Kelvin Wilson and Paddy McCourt were also handed starts as Lennon utilised his squad in their fourth consecutive away game following a Philadelphia friendly against Real Madrid, a draw against Ross County and the win in Sweden.

Inverness were without suspended midfielders Richie Foran and Owain Tudur Jones and a first game against Celtic proved the steepest of learning curves for the summer signings in their starting line-up – defenders David Raven, Simon King and Gary Warren plus midfielder Draper.

Celtic showed no signs of travel-weariness as they took the game by storm. Gary Hooper nutmegged King and had a driven shot parried by Ryan Esson and Celtic scored from the resulting fourth-minute corner.

On the way to Victor-y: Wanyama (2nd left) scores Celtic's opener against Inverness

On the way to Victor-y: Wanyama (2nd left) scores Celtic's opener against Inverness

Adam Matthews, playing in right midfield, drilled a corner on to the six-yard line and Wanyama rose above a crowd of bodies to head into the roof of the net.

Watt then signalled his threat when he cut in from the left and fired over and Mulgrew then hit the frame of the goal after curling a 25-yard free-kick towards the top corner with Warren able to head the rebound off the line under pressure.

Inverness took 17 minutes to get anywhere near Fraser Forster's goal with the Celtic keeper parrying Aaron Doran's 35-yard strike.

Caley Thistle improved but they were caught on the break when Twardzik played the ball forward for Watt.

The former Airdrie striker flicked the ball through King's legs, raced clear and guided the ball into the corner from 18 yards.

Inverness responded with a good move down the left but Andrew Shinnie guided Doran's cross beyond the far post.

Celtic were soon back on the attack and Watt was inches from converting Twardzik's low cross after McCourt and Hooper had opened up the hosts.

Here we go: Victor Wanyama celebrates making the breakthrough for Celtic

Here we go: Victor Wanyama celebrates making the breakthrough for Celtic

Celtic started the second half like they had the first as Watt and Hooper continued to torment Warren and King.

The teenager showed skill and pace to get away from both to set up Hooper, whose low shot hit the legs of Esson.

Celtic netted within three minutes of the restart following a free-kick 18 yards out on the left.

Matthews rolled a square pass into the box and Mulgrew escaped Shane Sutherland's attentions to drill the ball into the bottom corner.

Watt, who set up the late equaliser against County last weekend, almost scored from the tightest of angles after some great close control.

Substitute Josh Meekings and Andrew Shinnie had shots straight at Forster before Celtic went four up in the 64th minute.

Emilio Izaguirre ran on to McCourt's flick before leaving Nick Ross in a heap and his back-post cross found Matthews in space.

The Welshman could not get a clean shot in but he managed to steer the ball into the path of Watt, who steered the ball home from six yards.

Caley Thistle's pain was compounded as Ross went off with a shoulder injury.

Watt had a half chance for a hat-trick but scuffed his shot before Lennon introduced another 18-year-old, Joe Chalmers, for Izaguirre.

Caley Thistle grabbed a consolation in the 82nd minute when Draper ran on to Shinnie's through ball and finished low inside the near post.

Gavin Morrison soon wasted another good chance and Draper grabbed his second from close range after Forster had parried his initial effort following Doran's cross.

Sir Alex Ferguson delighted with Danny Welbeck new deal

Ferguson delight after Welbeck pens new four-year deal at Old Trafford



09:28 GMT, 22 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has predicted a bright future for Danny Welbeck after the youngster penned a new four-year contract with Manchester United.

The 21-year-old striker has scored 17 goals since making his debut four years ago and established himself as a first-team regular last season.

And his Old Trafford boss expects more of the same over the coming months.

New deal: Danny Welbeck signs his contract with Manchester United chief executive David Gill

New deal: Danny Welbeck signs his contract with Manchester United chief executive David Gill

'Danny has been with the club since he was eight years old and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years – first out on loan and last year as a regular in the first team,' Ferguson told United's official website.

'He has become an important player at international level as well, as the maturity of his performances at the European Championships showed. This year is another important one for him. He has a bright future ahead of him.'

Welbeck added: 'Playing for United is all I’ve ever wanted to do – it’s the club I’ve supported all my life. I can’t wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies.

'I’m learning all the time from the best manager in the game and I’m keen for that to continue alongside the world class players in the squad.'

Under threat: Welbeck faces competition for a starting place from new signing Robin van Persie

Under threat: Welbeck faces competition for a starting place from new signing Robin van Persie

Welbeck made 30 appearances in the Barclays Premier League last season after forcing his way ahead of his rival forwards at Old Trafford— Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez and the departed Michael Owen.

He scored nine league goals for United before he was taken to Euro 2012 by new England chief Roy Hodgson. This season, Ferguson has set a minimum target of 20 goals for Welbeck, who now has nine England caps.

Established: Welbeck was a first a first team regular with United last season after a loan spell with Sunderland

Established: Welbeck was a first a first team regular with United last season after a loan spell with Sunderland

He will have to be on his best form after Robin van Persie's 24million arrival from Arsenal threatened to push him down the pecking order.

His new contract, reported to be worth 75,000-a-week, is packed with incentives based on future performance.

London 2012 Olympics Boxing: Anthony Joshua beats Zhang Zhilei to secure medal

Speedy Joshua hooks a medal as he sends Zhang crashing to the floor



23:40 GMT, 6 August 2012

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Anthony Joshua knocked down the great wall of China’s amateur boxing on his way to building Britain’s rising tally of guaranteed medals in the ExCel ring to four.

Zhilei Zhang, a giant panda of a super-heavyweight, was floored by a perfect right hook from the Londoner of whom great things are expected this week and in the professional ranks in the near future.

Zhang, the silver medallist in Beijing, was bamboozled by Joshua’s speed before being decked in the second.

On the way to glory: Anthony Joshua beat Zhilei Zhang in the quarter finals

On the way to glory: Anthony Joshua beat Zhilei Zhang in the quarter finals

He recovered to give Joshua a score-draw war in the third round but ended up being soundly outpointed 15-11.

This time Joshua did it all by himself. There was no need of help from the judges who gave him the benefit of huge doubt against Cuba’s slick Erislandy Savon in his opening bout of London 2012.

Every fight adds experience to this comparative novice and this bout should help him against the large and heavy-handed Kazakh Ivan Dychko in Friday’s semi-final.

Knock down: Zhang hits the canvas after being hit by Joshua

Knock down: Zhang hits the canvas after being hit by Joshua

Joshua said: ‘I’m glad I’ve got the medal but I want to go all the way. Every fight is a learning curve for me and Lennox (Lewis) has advised me to use my jab more. I also know I must keep my feet on the ground.’

Another wildly enthusiastic crowd at the ExCel took Joshua to their hearts as he set his sights on one of the gold medals expected of this British team.

The football ground atmosphere confirms there is a fortune awaiting him if he can succeed Lennox Lewis and Audley Harrison to the biggest Olympic throne.

On the front foot: Joshua beats Zhang on points

On the front foot: Joshua beats Zhang on points

Joshua was preceded into the men’s semi-finals by a team-mate who also had to redeem himself. If you get lucky once you have to wake up and go-go.

Anthony Ogogo made the most of the generosity of the judges, who gifted him a dubious victory against world amateur middleweight champion Ievgen Khytrov last week, by dazzling his way to a guaranteed medal with a 15-10 victory over Germany’s Stefan Hartel which did not flatter the Englishman. He will face Esquiva Falcao of Brazil — the fourth seed — in the semi-final.

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

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



23:31 GMT, 4 August 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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