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Ryan Jones takes Bradley Davies role against Scotland

Gatland turns to Jones as former Wales skipper switches to replace banned Davies

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones will take the place of banned lock Bradley Davies in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has, as expected, moved Jones from blindside flanker to partner his Ospreys colleague Ian Evans in the second row.

And in a triple fitness boost for Gatland, flanker Dan Lydiate has recovered from an ankle injury to reclaim the No 6 shirt, prop Gethin Jenkins has shaken off knee trouble to start and skipper Sam Warburton also features.

Filling in: Ryan Jones moves to the second row for Wales against Scotland

Filling in: Ryan Jones moves to the second row for Wales against Scotland

Wales team to play Scotland in Cardiff

L Halfpenny, A Cuthbert, J Davies, J Roberts,
G North, R Priestland, M Phillips, G Jenkins,
H Bennett, A Jones, R Jones, I Evans,
D Lydiate, S Warburton (capt), T Faletau

Replacements: K Owens, P James, L Reed,
A Powell, L Williams, J Hook, S Williams

Warburton went off at half-time during Wales' dramatic 23-21 victory over Ireland in Dublin four days ago because of a leg injury, but he has been named to pack down alongside back-row colleagues Lydiate and Toby Faletau.

Davies, meanwhile, is sidelined until March 26 after receiving a seven-week suspension for foul play during the Ireland game, when he recklessly tip-tackled Irish replacement Donnacha Ryan.

Jenkins, despite being hurt while on Heineken Cup duty for Cardiff Blues just 18 days ago, will win his 84th cap, taking over from Saracens loosehead Rhys Gill.

Gill does not feature in the matchday 22, with Paul James providing prop cover.

The bench also includes 24-year-old uncapped Scarlets lock Lou Reed.

Passed fit: Sam Warburton has shaken off a knock to captain the Welsh

Passed fit: Sam Warburton has shaken off a knock to captain the Welsh

All Gatland's changes are up front, as he predictably retains the back division en bloc that caused mayhem for Ireland's defence and conjured tries for Jonathan Davies (two) and George North.

Gatland said: 'Gethin brings a wealth of experience to the team, which is the main reason we have brought him in for Rhys, who is unlucky to miss out, with Paul James covering both sides of the scrum from the bench.

'Dan's return from injury is timely, and Ryan's versatility allows us to cover for Bradley with minimum disruption, with Lou Reed also giving us an extra option from the bench.

'We cannot afford to underestimate Scotland. The amount of possession and territory they had against England last weekend meant that they should have won the game, and they will come to the Millennium Stadium buoyed by that knowledge.'

Wales have won the opening two games of a Six Nations campaign on just two previous occasions – in 2005 and 2008 – and each time they went on to win the title and Grand Slam.

Scotland, meanwhile, have not won in Cardiff for 10 years.

Jose Mourinho jumps to John Terry"s defence: CHARLES SALE

Old boss Mourinho jumps to Terry's defence in race case

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho leads a trio of big football names who are giving John Terry character witness support ahead of his trial for allegedly using racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry’s one-time Chelsea bosses Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, now at Paris Saint-Germain, and the England captain’s ex-Stamford Bridge team-mate Marcel Desailly are giving witness statements claiming they have no knowledge of him ever behaving in a racist way.

Ancelotti and Desailly have already sent in their signed documents, with Mourinho’s agreed statement just awaiting his signature.

I've got your back: Jose Mourinho will be a character witness for John Terry

I've got your back: Jose Mourinho will be a character witness for John Terry

The three key witnesses have indicated they are prepared to appear in court if called by Terry’s defence team.

Terry is charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following allegations that he directed a racist comment at Ferdinand in Chelsea’s Premier League defeat at QPR last October. The preliminary hearing is at West London Magistrates’ Court a week today. The case will be adjourned, with Terry not making an appearance in court next week.

The leading QC representing Terry, in a case where the maximum fine is 2,500, is John Cooper, a specialist in human rights and the chairman of the League Against Cruel Sports.

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Taking a break

ITV Sport’s contract with the International Rugby Board for 2011 World Cup coverage is understood to have included an agreement for 15-minute intervals allowing the commercial network the time they wanted for studio analysis and two ad breaks.

However, IRB board opposition led to 12-minute half-times in New Zealand and the fall-out from those missing three minutes contributed to departing IRB chief executive Mike Miller falling victim to board politics following the re-election of chairman Bernard Lapasset.

Lads on tour

The regular team on cult Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday — presenter Jeff Stelling and pundits Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Chris Kamara — are attempting to cash in on the programme’s popularity with a five-venue question-and-answer theatre tour. A similar venture by former Sky football duo Richard Keys and Andy Gray flopped last year because of a lack of planning.

Spurring him on

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will have the club’s executive director Donna Cullen and director of football administration Darren Eales supporting him in Southwark Crown Court during his two-week tax evasion trial.

Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association, is also intending to be alongside Redknapp throughout the case to show solidarity with one of his members.

In court: Harry Redknapp is answering charges of tax evasion

In court: Harry Redknapp is answering charges of tax evasion

Catalan Cook for City

Manchester City’s long search for a chief executive looks to be over with ex-Barcelona general manager Ferran Soriano the favourite to be appointed in the next few weeks.

City are expected to announce the arrival of Soriano, the president of Spainair, when a proposed half-share sale of the struggling airline to Qatar Airways is completed.

Replacement: The new Gary Cook should be in a place soon at Manchester City

Replacement: The new Gary Cook should be in a place soon at Manchester City

Soriano, who was at Barcelona from 2003-2008, would then be in a position to take charge at the Etihad Stadium after a near five-month hunt for Garry Cook’s successor.

Soriano – who has written a book about football business called Goal: The ball doesn’t go in by chance – is a well known figure in European football and was on the executive committee of the now disbanded G14 group of top clubs.

Bite of the Apple

Computer giant Apple, who have an increasing interest in Premier League content, met IMG’s TV production arm and PL commercial staff last week to discuss a new app about 20 years of the world’s richest league being sold through iTunes.

Cash for games

Ken Bates, the beleaguered 80-year-old owner of Leeds United, has written to season-ticket holders encouraging them to renew before next week’s price-freeze deadline, even though he is the subject of loud fan protests about the lack of spending at Elland Road.

Bates says in his letter he will try to reduce the ‘very large’ first-team squad, which is hardly a great sales pitch when chasing supporters’ cash.

Richard Hughes handed "foul riding" ban

Hughes handed one-month 'foul riding' ban in India after race incident on New Year's Day

Richard Hughes blamed local ‘politics’ for playing a big part in his one-month ban imposed for ‘foul riding’ in India.

The rider, whose 130 winners saw him finish fourth to Paul Hanagan in the 2011 Flat jockeys championship, was hit by a suspension which covers nine meetings in Mumbai after he was accused of using his elbow on a fellow rider in a race on New Year’s Day.

Hughes, stable jockey to his father-in-law and champion trainer Richard Hannon, claimed he was acting in self-defence when his mount Star Trainer was tightened up on the rail by Elizabeth, ridden by S. Zervan, shortly after the start.

Indian trouble: Richard Hughes

Indian trouble: Richard Hughes

Following the incident, Hughes said: ‘I was stuck on the rails and he kept coming so I stuck my elbow out to stop me going over the rails.’

But the Mumbai stewards issued a statement saying they were not satisfied with that explanation, found Hughes guilty of ‘foul riding’ and disqualified Star Trainer who had finished second.

However, before imposing a penalty which starts on January 22, the stewards said they wanted to give Hughes further opportunity to explain his actions.

Hughes, who will launch an appeal, said: ‘It’s all politics over here. I was told two days ago that I was going to get a month ban and they would tell me to appeal after the hearing and that’s what happened.

Plans to appeal: Hughes

Plans to appeal: Hughes

‘They did me for foul riding on the day and under that rule they have to disqualify the horse.

‘There was uproar because what I did made no difference to the result. A few days later they can’t turn around and say it was not foul riding. They have to save themselves.

‘They know it wasn’t foul riding but I have to take the rap for it.’

Hughes, who will miss good rides in the Indian Derby and Oaks, made history there in 2010 when partnering wonder filly Jacqueline to victory in all four Indian Classics — the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas plus Oaks and Derby.

Should he fail to overturn his ban, it would also apply in Britain. However, Hughes would miss nothing significant during a routine section of the all-weather season.
Hughes’ next big ride for Hannon is likely to be on board miler Dubawi Gold who is being sent to the Dubai Carnival but will not race until March.

Meanwhile, Willie Mullins is looking to give Hurricane Fly his first start since May last year in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 29 after the reigning champion hurdler worked satisfactorily at the track on Thursday.

Tottenham target Chris Samba and Junior Hoilett

Redknapp ready to raid Rovers for 15m wantaway duo Samba and Hoilett

Title hopefuls Tottenham are set to launch a 15million double swoop for wantaway Blackburn pair Christopher Samba and Junior Hoilett.

Spurs are third in the Barclays Premier League and just six points behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.

But with a several first team stars missing due to injury and upcoming departure of top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor to the African Cup of Nations, manager Harry Redknapp has raised alarm the over the lack of depth in his squad.

Exit ahead: Christopher Samba

Top target: Junior Hoilett

Double trouble: Blackburn could lose star men Samba and Hoilett (R) to Spurs

Basement boys Blackburn are resigned to losing key men Samba and Hoilett and, according to The Times, Redknapp has identified the duo as his top targets to chairman Daniel Levy.

Although Redknapp remains interested in Bolton defender Gary Cahill, despite his prospective move to Chelsea, he wants centre-half Samba to shore up his backline.

Spurs expect to welcome back Michael Dawson from injury against Cheltenham in the FA Cup this weekend but Samba is seen as a long-term successor to stalwart Ledley King.

Despite having three-and-a-half years left on his current contract Samba, 27, is desperate to quit crisis-torn Ewood Park.

Queens Park Rangers are also interested in the Congo international but his ambition to play in the Champions League would see him favour a switch to north London.

We want you: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has identified his transfer targets

We want you: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has identified his transfer targets

Rovers team-mate Hoilett is also keen to leave and Blackburn's owners Venky's could be tempted to part with the 21-year-old forward this month for around 9million – or risk losing him for nothing in the summer.

The Canadian's contract expires at the end of the season and the prospect of him signing an extension is unlikely.

Redknapp is poised to make a move for the pair sensing he could land both for a cut-price 15million to kick-start his January spending spree.

Newcastle 14 Northampton 32: Saints go third after Foden brace clips Falcons" wings

Newcastle 14 Northampton 32: Saints go third after Foden brace clips Falcons” wings

Northampton moved up to third place in the Aviva Premiership with a five-point bonus win against beleagueredNewcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.

England full-back Ben Foden scored two cleverly worked tries at the start of each half to put the Saints in the driving seat.

Giant prop Soane Tonga”uiha was driven over for the visitors” third while former Falcons man Tom May delivered the fourth try – and the bonus point – four minutes from time with his first touch after coming on as a late replacement.

Double trouble: Northampton

Double trouble: Northampton”s Ben Foden, who scored twice against Newcastle, is held up

Victory sees Northampton leapfrog from sixth to third and leaves Newcastle firmly anchored at the foot of the table which makes next weekend”s home game against Exeter a must-win for the Falcons.

Ryan Lamb kicked two conversions and two penalties and substitute Stephen Myler also landed a conversion while Jimmy Gopperth kicked three penalties for Newcastle.

Suka Hufanga scored a first half try Northampton were 10-0 up in as many minutes against a Newcastle side who are notoriously slow starters and the Saints scored their first try with embarrassing ease after Lamb”s fourth-minute penalty.

On target: Ryan Lamb kicks a penalty for Northampton

On target: Ryan Lamb kicks a penalty for Northampton

The try came from Newcastle”s inability to win hardly anything at the line-out – they lost five out of eight of their own throws in the first half – and the real surprise was the Saints only made it really count when a slick move saw George Pisi push an excellent rolling kick behind the Falcons defence and the ball stood up nicely for Foden to cruise in at the corner, Lamb converting.

Gopperth”s inside break and Hufanga”s fast feet had Saints backpedalling and Ally Hogg”s drive brought a penalty which Gopperth knocked over in the 14th minute.

Another Gopperth inside break sent Hufanga racing in for a 20th-minute Falcons try.

Gopperth surprisingly missed the conversion but, trailing by just two points, Newcastle were back in the game.

No way through: Newcastle prop Taiasana Tu

No way through: Newcastle prop Taiasana Tu”ifua is tackled by Northampton”s Courtney Lawes

However, their inability to win any consistent line-out ball was a persistent problem and Newcastle spent most of the time in their own half.

Despite that, all Northampton had to show for all their possession was Lamb”s 31st-minute penalty and in a rare period of Falcons pressure, winger Scott Armstrong was in his own 22 and conceded a 36th minute penalty which Gopperth kicked to bring the hosts to within two points again.

Newcastle edged into the lead for the first time when Gopperth landed his third penalty early in the second half – but it did not last long with Foden grabbing his second try in the 49th minute.

Bad end to the year: Newcastle boss Alan Tait looks on

Bad end to the year: Newcastle boss Alan Tait looks on

It was almost a replica of his first half score, with Lamb this time pushing a rolling kick through and Foden surged after it – leaving flanker Richard Mayhew trailing to touch down in the corner.

Lamb squeezed over the conversion for the Saints to lead 20-14. It was the signal for Northampton to turn the screw and from a lineout Soane Tonga”uiha was driven over in the 56th minute for 25-14.

Had Vasily Artemyev been able to hang on to Lamb”s lovely crossfield kick it would have been another try just a few minutes later.

Gopperth”s 66th-minute penalty miss just about summed up Newcastle”s afternoon and they lost Tim Swinson to the sin-bin for a high tackle – and in the last 10 minutes Northampton did pretty much as they pleased.

There were plenty of gaps appearing and Northampton”s fourth try came from some slick inter-passing down the right, Tom May scoring with his almost his first touch after coming on as replacement in the 77th minute.

It was enough to secure the four-try bonus point – and Stephen Myler converted.

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Blackburn v West Brom, Everton v Norwich, Fulham v Bolton, Newcastle v Swansea, Wolves v Stoke

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow the action from around the grounds as it happens

Follow Sportsmail”s coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Saturday”s action kicks off with five fixtures at 3pm featuring a few sides with relegation worries. The games include Blackburn v West Brom, Everton v Norwich, Fulham v Bolton, Newcastle v Swansea and Wolves v Stoke.


Blackburn 0 West Brom 0

Everton 0 Norwich 1

Fulham 2 Bolton 0

Newcastle 0 Swansea 0

Wolves 1 Stoke 0

4.03pm: The action is back under way…

HALF-TIME: Blackburn 0 West Brom 0; Everton 0 Norwich 1; Newcastle 0 Swansea 0; Wolves 1 Stoke 0; Fulham 2 Bolton 0

3.55pm: The story of the day so far is a potential shock on the cards at Goodison Park… though the way Norwich and Everton have been faring recently, it wouldn”t be that much of a shock if the Canaries held out. Grant Holt, their goalscorer, is lucky to be on the pitch though after a flailing elbow. Bolton woes continue as Fulham score twice in 66 seconds… that one looks as good as over. Wolves lead a tight game against Stoke after a stone-wall penalty was converted by Stephen Hunt. In the two goalless games, West Brom and Newcastle have looked the most likely to make something happen.

Double trouble: Clint Dempsey (below, right) and Bryan Ruiz (above) scored just 66 seconds apart for Fulham

Double trouble: Clint Dempsey (below, right) and Bryan Ruiz (above) scored just 66 seconds apart for Fulham

Double trouble: Clint Dempsey (below, right) and Bryan Ruiz (above) scored just 66 seconds apart for Fulham

3.45pm: Grant Holt is very lucky to not to see red after an elbow at Goodison Park.

3.44pm: Michel Vorm is having a decent game in goal for Swansea, who are being dominated by Newcastle at St James” Park… but it”s still 0-0.

3.40pm: Norwich have spurned a good opportunity to go 2-0 up at Everton after Wes Hoolahan and Andrew Surman failed to finish after Phil Neville”s error.

Opener: Stephen Hunt celebrates his strike for Wolves

Opener: Stephen Hunt celebrates his strike for Wolves

GOALS! Fulham 2 Bolton 0: Dempsey 32 mins, Ruiz 34 mins

Two goals in two minutes at Craven Cottage. First, Clint Dempsey headed home Bryan Ruiz”s cross, then the Costa Rican ran through and delicately chipped Jussi Jaaskelainen. Is time running out for Owen Coyle

3.31pm: As things stand Norwich would move up to the dizzy heights of eighth place, leapfrogging Stoke and Aston Villa.

GOAL! Everton 0 Norwich 1: Holt 28 mins

Norwich have taken the lead against the run of play at the Goodison after a fine finish from captain Grant Holt.

3.25pm: Newcastle are on top at St James” Park, Leon Best has just hit the post.

Newcastle v Swansea

3.19pm: Woodgate has been substituted by Tony Pulis already after a nightmare start to the game.

GOAL! Wolves 1 Stoke 0: Hunt (pen)

We have our first Premier League goal of the afternoon… Stephen Hunt buries the penalty after Matt Jarvis was brought down by Jonathan Woodgate, who was lucky not to pick up his second yellow.

3.15pm: Meanwhile, down in the Championship, Brighton are down to nine men after just 15 minutes against Burnley.

Red mist: Brighton had two players sent off early on against Burnley

Red mist: Brighton had two players sent off early on against Burnley

3.13pm: West Brom have started the brighter at Ewood Park, crucial day, this, for Steve Kean”s side.

3.05pm: Still no goals in the Premier League. Everton have started brightly at Goodison and Marouane Fellaini has stung John Ruddy”s fingertips already.

Early chance: John Ruddy saves fr4om Marouane Fellaini

Early chance: John Ruddy saves fr4om Marouane Fellaini

3pm: We”re underway…

Tribute: Gary Speed

Tribute: Gary Speed”s mum and son with Alan Shearer and John Carver at St James” Park

2.50pm: So, we”re all set for an intriguing set of matches in the middle and at the bottom of the Premier League. Norwich and Swansea have both made strong starts to the season but face tough away trips today. Were they to lose then the likes of Blackburn, Everton, Fulham and Wolves will have a chance to suck them into the relegation scrap if they can pick up home wins. We have a relatively local tie between Wolves and Stoke and have two managers in trouble desperately looking for a win in the shape of Blackburn boss Steve Kean and Bolton manager Owen Coyle.

2.45pm: And finally, the Blackburn and West Brom teams are in…

Blackburn: Robinson, Samba, Pedersen, Dann, Lowe, Dunn, Formica, Nzonzi, Vukcevic, Rochina, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Hanley, Henley, Petrovic, Blackman, Goodwillie, Roberts.

West Brom: Foster, Olsson, Reid, Shorey, McAuley, Morrison, Brunt, Mulumbu, Scharner, Long, Odemwingie. Subs: Fulop, Dawson, Jones, Tamas, Thomas, Dorrans, Cox.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

2.40pm: Wolves v Stoke…

Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Milijas, Henry, Hunt, Fletcher, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hammill, Guedioura, Forde.

Stoke: Sorensen, Woodgate, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Shotton, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Begovic, Jones, Fuller, Pennant, Upson, Jerome, Palacios.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

2.35pm: Newcastle and Swansea up next…

Toon Army

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Perch, Coloccini, Santon, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Ba. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic.

Swansea: Vorm, Richards, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Routledge, Gower, Britton, Sinclair, Allen, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Dobbie, Monk, Lita, Moore, Agustien.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

2.25pm: The Fulham and Bolton teams are in… No Zamora for the Cottagers today, he”s got a knee injury.

Fulham: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Ruiz, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Orlando Sa, Gecov, Duff, Hughes, Frei.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Mark Davies, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Robinson, Eagles, Sanli, Petrov, Ngog.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

2.20pm: The team news is starting to filter in, first up it”s Everton and Norwich:

Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Neville, Fellaini, Osman; Cahill; Saha. Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Distin, Rodwell, McAleny.

Norwich: Ruddy; Naughton, Martin, Whitbread, Tierney; Crofts, Fox, Hoolahan, Surman; Morison, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Johnson, Jackson, Pilkington, Bennett, Barnett, Wilbraham.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Back to winning ways Newcastle have lost three out of their last four games

Back to winning ways Newcastle have lost three out of their last four games

Yeovil 0 Fleetwood 2: McGuire and Varny fire Cod Army to FA Cup showdown with Blackpool

Yeovil 0 Fleetwood 2: McGuire and Varny fire Cod Army to dream Blackpool showdown

Fleetwood marched into the FA Cup third round for the first time in their history and set up a derby meeting with a difference at Huish Park.

Goals from midfielder Jamie McGuire and striker Jamie Vardy saw off hapless Yeovil and delivered a tie chairman Andy Pilley has been dreaming of since the draw for round three was made.

Blackpool-born and a self-confessed Seasiders fan, Pilley appeared almost oblivious to having a replay to negotiate, as he began describing his emotions at seeing his home side follow Fleetwood out of the hat.

Bring on Blackpool: Jamie McGuire celebrates his goal for Fleetwood

Bring on Blackpool: Jamie McGuire celebrates his goal for Fleetwood


Yeovil: Stewart, Ayling, N”Gala, Huntington, Ehmer, Upson, Clifford (Gavin Williams 46), Wotton (Gibson 83), Andrew Williams, MacLean (O”Brien 73), Agard. Subs uot used: Edgar, Gilbert, Johnson, Haynes-Brown.

Booked: N”Gala, Huntington, Upson.

Sent off: N”Gala (70).

Fleetwood Town: Davies, Beeley, McNulty, Pond, Goodall, Briggs, McGuire, Cavanagh, Till (Charnock 86), Mangan, Vardy. Subs not used: Stephenson,Junior Brown, Clancy, Vieira, Brodie, Wassmer.

Booked: Brodie, McNulty.

Sent off: McNulty (85).

Goals: McGuire 28, Vardy 90.

Attendance: 3,276.

Referee: James Adcock.

In the event, a second meeting with Yeovil seldom looked like denying him a Fylde coast showdown that will have all the spice but none of the spite that so often accompanies derbygames.

It is a mere nine miles up the North-West coast from Blackpool to Fleetwood, but Highbury boss Micky Mellon revealed why nobody at the Blue Square Bet Premier club has any misgivings about crowd trouble being an issue.

‘You probably have to live on the Fylde coast to appreciate what it is like, and how big this game is going to be,’ he said.

‘It’s a great rivalry but a nice one.After the first game with Yeovil, we received lots of texts from Blackpool players, wishing us all the best for the replay, and I got another from their assistant manager Steve Thompson just before kick-off.

‘It’s the same with the fans. A lot of them support both teams and will come and watch whoever is at home. It should be a great occasion. I’m delighted for the chairman. He deserves it after doing so much to put this club on the map.’

Pure delight: Micky Mellon and assistant Craig Madden are filled with glee at the final whistle

Pure delight: Micky Mellon and assistant Craig Madden are filled with glee at the final whistle

Yeovil’s Steve MacLean spurned two close-range chances before McGuire struck with a low drive through a crowded area in the 28th minute.

Yeovil defender Bondz N’Gala was shown a second yellow card for a 70th-minute foul, and it was 10 against10 for the last five minutes after Fleetwood’s Steve McNulty blocked off Andy Williams for a second booking.

On target: McGuire breaks the deadlock

On target: McGuire breaks the deadlock

A 55th-minute N’Gala header apart, Yeovil had scarcely looked like equalising, and they were facing the wrath of manager Terry Skiverton after Vardy skipped past a challenge inthe final seconds and fired home a second goal.

‘Only one team really wanted it, and I can only apologise to our supporters,’ said Skiverton.

The stuff of dreams: Fleetwood fans celebrate

The stuff of dreams: Fleetwood fans celebrate

‘Fleetwood had a bit more incentive, given who’s waiting in the third round, and they hammered it home.

‘Poor as we were, they thoroughly deserved it.’