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West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: match report – Gareth Bale scores winner

West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: Brilliant Bale hits last-gasp stunner to hand Spurs all three points

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21:54 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:16 GMT, 25 February 2013

Gareth Bale scored another stunning goal to ensure Tottenham left Upton Park with all three points.

Jussi Jaaskelainen appeared to have kept the Hammers on terms after some remarkable second-half saves, but the Welshman carried the ball to the edge of the box in the 90th minute before letting fly with an unstoppable curling shot, notching up his ninth goal in seven games for club and country.

Bale had opened the scoring before Andy Carroll equalised from the spot. Joe Cole put the hosts ahead, but Gylfi Sigurdsson put Andre Villas-Boas' side back in the game, making things 2-2 with his close-range effort 14 minutes from time.

Unbelievable: Gareth Bale rushes to the bench after scoring his stunning match-winning goal

Unbelievable: Gareth Bale rushes to the bench after scoring his stunning match-winning goal

Unstoppable: Gareth Bale lets fly late in the day to clinch the match for Tottenham

Unstoppable: Gareth Bale lets fly late in the day to clinch the match for Tottenham


No chance: Bale's strike flew over West Ham's defenders before hitting the back of the net

No chance: Bale's strike flew over West Ham's defenders before hitting the back of the net

Too much space Hammers defenders stood off the Welshman, allowing him to aim his killer blow

Too much space Hammers defenders stood off the Welshman, allowing him to aim his killer blow

MATCH FACTS

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins, Demel (Pogatetz 72), Nolan (Taylor 35), Jarvis, Diame, J Cole, O'Neil, Carroll

Subs not used: Spiegel, Collison, Taylor, C Cole, Vaz Te, Chamakh

Goals: Carroll 25 (pen), J Cole 58

Booked: Diame, J Cole, O'Neill, Collins

Tottenham: Lloris, Vertonghen, Dawson, Walker, Caulker, Lennon, Parker (Livermore 88), Bale, Holtby (Sigurdsson 56), Adebayor, Dembele (Carroll 75)

Subs not used: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Sigurdsson

Goal: Bale 13, 90 Sigurdsson 76

Booked: Dembele

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 35,005

More to follow…

Come here you! Bale hugged his manager Andre Villas-Boas (right) after scoring his second goal

Come here you! Bale hugged his manager Andre Villas-Boas (right) after scoring his second goal

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Carnage: Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up in the box to score Tottenham's equaliser against West Ham

Carnage: Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up in the box to score Tottenham's equaliser against West Ham

Main man: Gareth Bale scored Tottenham's first goal after just 13 minutes

Main man: Gareth Bale scored Tottenham's first goal after just 13 minutes

In front: Joe Cole put West Ham in the lead after latching on to a long ball

In front: Joe Cole put West Ham in the lead after latching on to a long ball

Just about: Cole hit his shot into the floor as Hugo Lloris (right) was wrong-footed

Just about: Cole hit his shot into the floor as Hugo Lloris (right) was wrong-footed

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In it goes: Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the visitors

In it goes: Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the visitors

No mistake: Andy Carroll fired his shot home from the spot to equalise

No mistake: Andy Carroll fired his shot home from the spot to equalise

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Putting the boot in: Carroll was brought down by Scott Parker (left)

Putting the boot in: Carroll was brought down by Scott Parker (left)

On fire: Jussi Jaaskelainen (centre) made a number of saves to keep West Ham in the game

On fire: Jussi Jaaskelainen (centre) made a number of saves to keep West Ham in the game

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Nice try: Bale tries a bicycle kick, to no avail

Nice try: Bale tries a bicycle kick, to no avail

Game for a laugh: Sam Allardyce (left) and Andre Villas-Boas embrace before the match

Game for a laugh: Sam Allardyce (left) and Andre Villas-Boas embrace before the match

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Tussle: Aaron Lennon (right) tries to resist the challenge of Matt Jarvis

Tussle: Aaron Lennon (right) tries to resist the challenge of Matt Jarvis

Flying the flag: Moore's Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) led the two teams out

Flying the flag: Moore's Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) led the two teams out

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Appreciation: The players gathered round the centre circle to mark the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death

Appreciation: The players gathered round the centre circle to mark the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death

Icon: Fans held up posters to make a mosaic which read: MOORE 6

Icon: Fans held up posters to make a mosaic which read: MOORE 6

In memory: Posters were stuck to fans' seats for supporters to lift to pay their respects

In memory: Posters were stuck to fans' seats for supporters to lift to pay their respects

Respect: Tributes to West Ham legend Moore were pinned to the gate outside Upton Park

Respect: Tributes to West Ham legend Moore were pinned to the gate outside Upton Park

Nasser Hussain: Little Master has no answer to the immaculate Anderson

Little Master has no answer to the immaculate Anderson

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02:18 GMT, 15 December 2012

Just look at the names of the three
players Jimmy Anderson dismissed yesterday: Sehwag, Tendulkar and
Gambhir. That is the sort of treble that Alastair Cook could only dream
about when he threw him the ball.

Anderson was outstanding again. His
control of length and line was immaculate from beginning to end. Piyush
Chawla may have ended up with four wickets for India but Anderson was
unquestionably the bowler of the day.

Out again: Tendulkar has fallen to Anderson nine times in Tests

Out again: Tendulkar has fallen to Anderson nine times in Tests

On an up-and-down pitch like that a captain will tell his seamers to bowl straight with a split field but the danger, as Ishant Sharma discovered when he was clipped to the leg side by Kevin Pietersen, is that they will stray to a line around middle and leg. Where Anderson was different is that he never strayed from around off and middle.

It was said that the ball which did for Tendulkar kept low but it was no lower than the bulk of the others in the context of this game. It was late movement that did for Sachin, as it did for Sehwag.

That is the ninth time Anderson has dismissed Tendulkar and I think it is getting a bit psychological with the Little Master now. Monty Panesar is all over him at one end and Anderson at the other. If one of them doesn't get him, the other will. We had no-one who could master him in my day!

Anderson just works Tendulkar over now. No-one has been better at working bowlers out than Sachin over the years but he just cannot work Jimmy out. He doesn't know which way the ball will swing.

Tendulkar now has one innings left in this series to get it right, but one thing I will say is that it is not for me to say when he should retire.

He has been the greatest player I played against and have seen and he has earned the right to decide when the best time is to go. I just hope he is able to go out on a high.

Jimmy Anderson puts England in control against India on Day Two of fourth Test

Anderson's three wickets put England on top as Root shines on his debut

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11:02 GMT, 14 December 2012

Jimmy Anderson put England in control of the fourth Test with three wickets as India struggled on the second day in Nagpur.

England were eventually all out for 330 with debutant Joe Root scoring 73 and Graeme Swann chipping in with an important 56.

But then it was over to Anderson who took the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag but then most importantly that of the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar for just two.

It is the ninth time that Anderson has taken the wicket of Tendulkar and it left the hosts struggling at the close of play on 87-4, 243 runs behind.

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Main man: James Anderson celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar (file picture)

Main man: James Anderson celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar (file picture)

In good nick: Joe Root scored 73 in his first international innings

In good nick: Joe Root scored 73 in his first international innings

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Bradford City set new record for penalty shoot-out wins after Arsenal win

Bradford are the penalty kings! Shoot-out heroics against Arsenal set a new English record

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12:52 GMT, 12 December 2012

They held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out against
Arsenal despite playing three divisions below – but Bradford City’s spot-kick
kings have had plenty of practice of late.

In the past three years, the Bantams have been involved
in nine shoot-outs and have won the lot – an English record.

In the 2009-2010 season, they negotiated two rounds of
the Football League Trophy in this manner and last year, they inflicted misery
on three Yorkshire rivals – Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and
Sheffield United – on penalties in the same competition.

Spot on! Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke is mobbed by his jubilant teammates after the Bantams beat Arsenal on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup

Spot on! Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke is mobbed by his jubilant teammates after the Bantams beat Arsenal on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup

Flying high: Duke watched Marouane Chamakh's penalty strike the post during the shoot-out win

Flying high: Duke watched Marouane Chamakh's penalty strike the post during the shoot-out win

This campaign, they have got past Hartlepool in the Trophy,
Northampton in the FA Cup plus Wigan and now Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

In fact, the last time they fell short was on August 22, 2006 when Carlisle United knocked them out of the League Cup.

Dejection: Arsenal became the ninth team to be beaten on penalties by Bradford in the last three years

Dejection: Arsenal became the ninth team to be beaten on penalties by Bradford in the last three years

The previous record was seven shoot-out victories,
achieved by Liverpool between 1995 and 2007.

This included the 2005 Champions
League final with AC Milan, capping a miraculous turnaround, an FA Cup final in
2006 and the League Cup final in 2001.

Bradford's manager Phil Parkinson admitted that he does make his players spend time practising penalties – but not to any great extent.

'We do practice penalties,' he said. 'But it's important not to over-practice, you don't want to make too big a thing of it, but it's part of cup football now so you might as well take a few penalties in training as the games come around.

'All I can say about our record is that we are confident in the situation.

Practice makes perfect: Bradford manager Phil Parkinson admits his side do spend time practising penalties

Practice makes perfect: Bradford manager Phil Parkinson admits his side do spend time practising penalties

'Both our goalkeepers as well as the penalty takers have done really well and built up a level of confidence through repeated success.

'Working on your technique never does any harm, but the biggest things is confidence.'

BRADFORD'S PENALTY SHOOT-OUT RECORD AND THE ONE THEY BROKE

Bradford City – Nine without defeat

06/10/2009 – Notts County (Home, Football League Trophy) 2-2 (3-2 on penalties)
10/11/2009 – Port Vale (Home, FL Trophy) 2-2 (5-4 on penalties)
30/08/2011 – Sheffield Wednesday (Home, FL Trophy) 0-0 (3-1 on penalties)
04/10/2011 – Huddersfield Town (Away, FL Trophy) 2-2 (4-3 on penalties)
08/11/2011 – Sheffield United (Away, FL Trophy) 1-1 (6-5 on penalties)
09/10/2012 – Hartlepool United (Away, FL Trophy) 0-0 (3-2 on penalties)
30/10/2012 – Wigan Athletic (Away, League Cup) 0-0 (4-2 on penalties)
13/11/2012 – Northampton Town (Home, FA Cup) 3-3 (4-2 on penalties)
11/12/2012 – Arsenal (Home, League Cup) 1-1 (3-2 on penalties)

Liverpool's record – Seven without defeat

01/05/2007 – Chelsea (Home, Champions League semi-final, second leg) 1-0 (1-1 on aggregate) 4-1 on penalties
13/05/2006 – West Ham (Millennium Stadium, FA Cup final) 3-3 (3-1 on penalties)
25/05/2005 – AC Milan (Istanbul, Champions League Final) 3-3 (3-2 on penalties)
01/12/2004 – Tottenham Hotspur (Away, League Cup) 1-1 (4-3 on penalties)
04/12/2002 – Ipswich Town (Home, League Cup) 1-1 (5-4 on penalties)
25/02/2001 – Birmingham City (Millennium Stadium, League Cup Final) 1-1 (5-4 on penalties)
18/01/1995 – Birmingham City (Home, FA Cup) 1-1 (2-0 on penalties)

Davis Love in contention at McGladrey Classic after round one

Englishman Owen and Ryder Cup captain Love start brightly at Sea Island

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05:53 GMT, 19 October 2012

Hard work paid off for England's Greg Owen as he opened with a first round of 64 in The McGladrey Classic on Thursday.

Owen chipped in for birdie on the 11th, his second hole, and carded five more in a flawless six-under-par round at Sea Island Golf Club.

That left him two shots off the pace set by American duo Bud Cauley and Marco Dawson, with US Ryder Cup captain and tournament host Davis Love one behind Owen after a 65.

Good start: Greg Owen hits his drive off the ninth tee during the first round of the McGladrey Classic

Good start: Greg Owen hits his drive off the ninth tee during the first round of the McGladrey Classic

'I'm working really hard this week and it's starting to pay off,' said Owen, who had to go through the qualifying school to get back on the PGA Tour.

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The Mansfield golfer is 93rd on the money list after playing last season on the second-tier Web.com Tour, when he admitted he was very disheartened with his game.

'I struggled the last four, maybe five years,' Owen said. 'This year I just played really solid. I've putted better, I've holed out better. And (hopefully) there's still more to come.'

Back to the day job: Davis Love III putts on the 15th green

Frustration: Gary Christian reacts to missing a birdie putt on the 16th

Back to the day job: Davis Love III putts on the 15th green on his return to the PGA Tour (left) while Gary Christian reacts to missing a birdie putt on the 16th (right)

Strong iron play was the key to Owen's round, with his longest birdie putt coming from just 11 feet.

'If the wind blows and the sun comes out this afternoon those greens could get really quick,' Owen added.

'You've got to hit golf shots. You've got doglegs either way. You've got to hit fairways and place the iron shots in a position where you can have a putt for birdie.'

Love admitted he was in need of some extra stimulation after the rigours of being Ryder Cup captain at Medinah and tournament host this week.

Life's a pitch: American Ryder Cup player Zach Johnson chips to the 15th green

Life's a pitch: American Ryder Cup player Zach Johnson chips to the 15th green

'The only adjustment I've made is more Red Bull to keep my energy up,' Love told PGATour.com.

'After the Ryder Cup I've been playing these last two weeks and I'm ready to play. The responsibilities, the parties and all that are a lot of fun, but when I get up in the morning I can tell I'm not getting a whole lot of rest.

'But I'm feeling good. I'm excited to play.'

Leeds 1 Barnsley 0: Match report

Leeds 1 Barnsley 0: Becchio's spot on after contentious penalty call

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Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

16:20 GMT, 6 October 2012

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UPDATED:

16:43 GMT, 6 October 2012

Luciano Becchio's controversial first-half penalty clinched Leeds their fourth win in five npower Championship matches and a first success against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley in seven attempts.

Becchio notched his ninth goal of the season with an audacious chip down the middle in the 42nd minute despite furious protests from Barnsley players, who felt Leeds skipper Lee Peltier had been fouled by Tykes defender Stephen Foster outside the box.

TV replays clearly showed this to be the case and a deflated Barnsley side, dominant for long periods in the first half, never properly recovered.

Match-winner: Luciano Becchio scored the decisive penalty

Match-winner: Luciano Becchio scored the decisive penalty

MATCH FACTS

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Pearce, Peltier, Brown, Austin, Tonge (Norris 54min),White, Becchio (Gray 72min), Diouf.

Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Drury, Green, Varney, Poleon.

Goals: Becchio 42 pen.

Barnsley: Alnwick, Stones, Foster (Hassell 46min), Wiseman, Golbourne, Dawson, Perkins, Mellis, Cywka (Etuhu 69min), Davies, Harewood (Dagnall 67).

Subs Not Used: Steele,Done,Clark,Kennedy.

Att: 22,569

Ref: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

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Leeds, outplayed before the break,
were much stronger after the interval in a game of few goalscoring
chances and climbed up to seventh place in the table after stretching
their unbeaten league run to five matches.

Barnsley, last beaten by their
Yorkshire rivals in an FA Cup clash in 2001, have taken only one point
from three matches since rattling five past Birmingham live on
television at the end of last month.

Manager Keith Hill will have been heartened by what he saw in the opening 20 minutes.

But aside from a long-range shot from
David Perkins that whistled over the crossbar and an angled volley from
midfielder Jacob Mellis, the Tykes had little to show for their early
dominance on the ground where they triumphed 2-1 last season.

Barnsley continued to stretch their
opponents, albeit without creating any clearcut chances, and Leeds fans
had to wait until the 27th minute before their side's first effort on
goal.

El-Hadji Diouf swung over a brilliant cross from the right and Becchio rose highest to power a header just off target.

Leeds began to wrestle back an equal
share of possession as the first half progressed and midfielder Rudy
Austin rifled an angled shot over the crossbar.

Barnsley striker Craig Davies saw his
effort from the edge of the penalty area blocked by Leeds defender Tom
Lees and Marlon Harewood pulled his low drive wide.

But Leeds stole into the lead three
minutes before the break courtesy of referee Darren Deadman's
controversial penalty decision.

Barnsley's players felt Foster's foul
on Peltier had occurred outside the area, but Deadman pointed to the
spot and Becchio out-foxed goalkeeper Ben Alnwick with a deft chip
straight down the middle.

The Argentinian has scored in all five of Leeds' league games at Elland Road this season.

Barnsley defender Foster suffered a
recurrence of his back injury and was replaced by Bobby Hassell at
half-time, which did little to ease the visitors' sense of injustice.

Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge was
forced off through injury soon after and replaced by David Norris, who
made his first appearance in seven matches.

Chances remained at a premium as the
second half unfolded. Austin's speculative 25-yard effort was
comfortably gathered by Alnwick before opposite number Paddy Kenny
denied the visitors an equaliser.

Harewood's close-range header from
Mellis' 62nd-minute corner appeared goalbound, but Kenny saved superbly
at full stretch to keep Leeds' noses in front.
Keith Hill sent on Chris Dagnall and
Kelvin Etuhu for Harewood and Tomasz Cywka with 20 minutes left and
former Barnsley striker Andy Gray replaced Becchio shortly later, but
neither side mustered another chance and Leeds held on to their slender
advantage.

Tony Bellew edges towards second world title shot by beating Miranda Edison

Bellew moves towards second world title shot by beating Miranda

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22:35 GMT, 8 September 2012

Tony Bellew stopped Edison Miranda in
the ninth round to win the WBC International light-heavyweight title at
Alexandra Palace in London.

The 29-year-old from Liverpool had to
battle hard in the opening stages but his class told in the end with a
left to the body ultimately doing the damage.

On the attack: Tony Bellew (left)

On the attack: Tony Bellew (left) had the upper hand

Bellew sank to the canvas in celebration as he continued on his path towards a second world title shot.

'Bomber' edged a cagey first round with both men wary of their opponent's undoubted power.

The fight came to life in the second stanza as Miranda landed a telling right and came out on top duringthe ensuing exchanges. Bellew finished the round strongly with a left-right combination as Miranda exhibited his customary show boating tendencies.

Bellew attempted to lead with the jab in the third and forth rounds but Miranda landed the more conclusive blows with the home fighter relying on late flurries to catch the judges' attention.

Miranda's game plan appeared obvious as the Colombian threw his right with increased abundance in search of the knockout punch. Bellew improved in the middle rounds as his left hand slipped into gear.

Powerful: Edison Miranda

Powerful: Edison Miranda made a strong start (right)

And the home fighter began to stamp his authority on the bout in the eighth, seemingly finally having worked out his tricky, if slightly crude opponent.

The ninth session was delayed as Miranda's corner took an age to wipe the wet canvas but once underway, Bellew continued to have the upper hand. After several sustained attacks, Miranda fell to a well-placed left which was followed by a straight right. Despite rising before 10, the referee waved the fight off.

On the undercard, Erick Ochieng stopped Ryan Toms in the fifth round to retain his English light-middleweight title. The 25-year-old was tested in the opening stages but delivered the goods when it mattered, first with a left hook to the body which floored the Northolt man before a similar shot with his right completed the job.

Lee Purdy dominated Argentina's Gumersindo Carrasco to lift the IBF International welterweight title. The Colchester man had his opponent down in the first and continued to look for the stoppage. Carrasco was down twice in the fourth and although he beat the count on both occasions, the referee soon called a halt to proceedings.

There were also early wins for Ryan Taylor, Wadi Camacho, John Ryder and Kal Yafai while Martin Ward took the decision on his pro debut.

London 2012 Olympics: Zara Phillips pleased with Olympic debut

Phillips pleased with Olympic debut as royal star helps keep Team GB in medal mix

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10:40 GMT, 29 July 2012

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10:40 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Zara Phillips's Olympic debut went according to plan as the London 2012 eventing competition continued at Greenwich Park.

Phillips, watched from the main arena stands by her mother the Princess Royal and grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, put in a solid display on High Kingdom.

Their score of 46.10 put them into equal ninth position and also kept Great Britain firmly in the team medal mix.

Nay problem: Phillips enjoyed a steady start on her Olympic debut

Nay problem: Phillips enjoyed a steady start on her Olympic debut

She received a rousing ovation from a bumper crowd before and after her dressage test, with few signs of empty seats that have been seen at some other Olympic events.

Phillips's previous Olympic hopes in 2004 and 2008 were dashed by injury to her world championship-winning horse Toytown.

'It was incredible to be selected, and to be here at home for the Olympics is an amazing feeling. You try to do your best for the team,' she said.

By royal appointment: Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh were in attendance

By royal appointment: Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh were in attendance

'It was probably his second big test after Burghley last year. His first change was disappointing, but his other ones were really good.

'But he coped with all the crowd, and he is only getting better. He is very chilled and getting stronger all the time.'

Phillips will next be seen in Monday afternoon's cross-country phase, and she added: 'He is a good jumper and cross-country is his strongest phase.

'He is quite quick and easy to turn, so it will hopefully be good. 'I think he wants to get out there now. He's a bit bored of dressage!'

The Open 2012: Graeme McDowell pleased with his first round

Former Open champion McDowell pleased with first round efforts

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14:47 GMT, 19 July 2012

Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell believes he has put himself in a good position to challenge for The Open this week after a mixed first-round 67.

That three-under-par total left him three off the early lead set by Australian Adam Scott and despite a scrappy end to his round, with two bogeys in the closing four holes and a fortunate escape for par on the 17th, the 2010 US Open champion was happy enough.

'I've played in plenty of these things to learn that you've got to enjoy them, you've got to try to enjoy them,' said the 32-year-old.

Mixed: Graeme McDowell was not at his finest but was happy enough

Mixed: Graeme McDowell was not at his finest but was happy enough

'Let's be honest, if you don't play well, it's hard to enjoy them.

'You've got to get in a relaxed frame of mind, get your attitude correct for the day and accept that you're going to make mistakes.

'I did that well today and I reacted well to my mistakes generally – that's all you can ask for.

'After all the chat about conditions and how difficult this golf course is and how much rain and wind there is going to be it was weird standing out there on about the ninth tee box looking around in a shirt sleeves at guys being four, five and six under.

'It was a pretty benign start to the week but I'm under no illusion that this golf course has teeth and it could be a sleeping giant for sure.

'I've got a little bit of work to do on my full swing, I wasn't really 100% in control of it today, but we'll be ready for tomorrow.

'There's no reason why I shouldn't challenge.'

Sand trouble: McDowell plays out of a bunker at the sixth green

Sand trouble: McDowell plays out of a bunker at the sixth green

A bogey at the par-four sixth handed back the shot he had picked up on the third but he immediately carded three successive birdies to turn in 31.

A further birdie at the long 11th lifted him to four under but he dropped shots at 15 and 18, having birdied the 16th.

'Eventful is the way to describe the last few holes,' said McDowell, who missed the 17th fairway so far right he was close to the food concessions but still managed to salvage par.

'I did the hard part on 15: I made a great drive down there, missed my six-iron right of the green where I shouldn't have been, and then 17 I just kind of tried to steer my tee shot up there and blocked it but made a great four in the end.

'The last was just a little bit of a try not to lose it left two-iron and I kind of squirted it out – it's tough to avoid all these bunkers.

'But, all in all, I'm happy with three under par. It was a solid round of golf.'

Tour de France 2012: Mark Cavendish happy to help Bradley Wiggins

It's refreshing not to be the centre of attention… Cav happy to play second fiddle to Wiggins

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13:31 GMT, 11 July 2012

World champion Mark Cavendish is used to being in the limelight but is more than content to bathe in Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins' shadow at present.

The Tour peloton headed towards the Alps with Tuesday's's 194.5-kilometre route from Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, with Wiggins entering the 10th stage with an advantage of one minute 53 seconds over nearest rival and defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing).

Wiggins won Monday's ninth stage to enhance his position in the yellow jersey and claim Team Sky's third success on Tour following Cavendish's 21st stage success on stage two and Chris Froome's win on stage seven.

Helping hand: Cavendish is pleased to support team-mate Wiggins

Helping hand: Cavendish is pleased to support team-mate Wiggins

Cavendish, whose 2012 priority is the Olympic road race, said: 'We're going for the most iconic thing in cycling, which is the yellow jersey. To be part of that in a rider's career is a big, big thing.

'It's an incredibly proud moment to be part of this.

'It's a different type of pleasure. It's been refreshing to be not the centre of attention, not the centre of expectation.

'I've been really relaxed going into the sprint days and going into the press days.'

After 20 stage wins in four Tours prior to 2012, Cavendish knows the scrutiny Wiggins is facing as well as anyone and he is enjoying a less hectic schedule in his sixth Tour and first with Team Sky.

All smiles: Wiggins is gunning to win the yellow jersey

All smiles: Wiggins is gunning to win the yellow jersey

'Without pressure, without the same question over and over, it's quite refreshing, quite relaxing,' he added.

'When you're on the podium every day, it's an hour and a half's less recovery a day, with the podium and the media after.

'I'd still rather win and be on the podium, but without the stress around it, it's much easier to recover.'

Wiggins, after taking the maillot jaune on Saturday, could face the daily podium and press routine until the Tour concludes in Paris on July 22, but appears unfazed by the prospect of the additional responsibilities. Cavendish has been impressed with Team Sky's leader.

He added: 'It's been great. He's handled himself really, really well as a leader of a race, as a leader of a team.

'We can be proud to be a team that's represented by him.'

Cavendish reiterated his intention to ride on to the Champs-Elysees, where he has won in each of the past three years, and complete the 3,497-kilometre Tour, which finishes six days before the Olympic road race.

Winning on the 250km route, featuring nine laps taking in Box Hill and finishing on The Mall, will be among the biggest challenges of Cavendish's career.

'This far in the Tour I've never felt this well,' he added. 'It would be nice to win on the Champs-Elysees.'