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MAIDEN, $7000, 1810m. 2 -2
Tarihira (8) D Hirini 1; 7-7 Starbuck
(7) T Moseley 2; 1-1 Third Time
Lucky (11) S Wynne 3. Scratched:
Payment Pending, Miss Nor way,
Decanter, Ancient, No Deal, Freight
Train. Also (in finishing order): 5-5
Lochan Ora, 3-4 Gingerbread Man,
8-8 Roc de Mac, 10-11 Tycoon Class,
11-10 St Malo, 4-3 Contestant, 12-
12 Our Spice, 9-9 Brother Bowman,
6-6 She’s Riveting (Took no part).
5L, 1/2 nk, 3/4L. Time: 1:55.20.
Win: $5.60 . Places: $2.00, $4.30,
$1.40. Quinella: $42.50. Trifecta:
$291.90 (8,7,11). First4: $3334.00
(8,7,11,4). Sub: Third Time Lucky
(11). Trainer: Mike Breslin, Awapuni.
KAM TRANSPORT RATING
65, $8000, 1810m. 3 -4 Kolaman (6)
T Moseley 1; 6-6 Zah Keisha (5) K
Kalychurun 2; 9-9 Midnight Cappa
(8) R Bishop 3. Scratched: El Nahra,
I’llbeyourplatinum. Also (in finishing
order): 4-3 Cavatino, 2-2 Carlton
Princess, 7-8 Habitude, 1-1 Star
Of Greenbeel, 8-7 Why Wait, 5-5
Miss Citron, 10-10 Show MacCool.
4-1/4L, 3/4L, 3/4L. Time: 1:53.90 .
Win: $8.10 . Places: $2.50, $3.20,
$4.70. Quinella: $45.20. Trifecta:
$1191.40 (6,5,8). First4: $4255.10
(6,5,8,1). Double: $37.30 (8/6),
$21.40 (8/5). Sub: Star Of Greenbeel
(3). Trainer: K and L Rae, Ruakaka.
BIRCHFIELD COAL MINES
RATING 65, $8000, 1810m. 2 -2
Special Bid (9) D Hirini 1; 3-3
She’s Payback (7) C Spittles 2; 4-4
Marcelle (6) T Moseley 3. Scratched:
Stonemason, Red Thunder, Mr
Wiz. Also (in finishing order): 6-6
Bootyful, 9-9 Point Proven, 8-8
Location, 5-5 Maeve Davone, 1-1
Ascomanni, 7-7 Moonofklairessa. 1L,
1L, Nse. Time: 1:55.40. Win: $4.70.
Places: $1.70, $1.90, $2.40. Quinella:
$15.80. Trifecta: $196.30 (9,7,6).
First4: $1165.10 (9,7,6,8). Treble:
$243.80 (8/6/9). Sub: Ascomanni (2).
Trainer: Mike Breslin, Awapuni.
G J GARDNER HOMES
MAIDEN 2YO+, $7000, 1150m. 4 -4
Sarookh (2) S Wynne 1; 2-1 Dynamic
(7) M Chui 2; 1-2 Montego Bay (10)
D Walsh 3. Scratched: I Just Rocked
Up, Black Estate, Jaides Jewell,
Vicar’s Daughter. Also (in finishing
order): 3-3 Rarooney, 6-6 Jona Mac,
8-7 Bossy Ace, 9-9 Anutha Bomber,
5-5 Weedy, 7-8 Enslave. 1 -3/4L,
3/4L, 2-1/2L. Time: 1:10.40. Win:
$6.50. Places: $2.00, $1.40, $1.50.
Quinella: $12.30. Trifecta: $61.80
(2,7,10). First4: $247.90 (2,7,10,3).
Double: $22.30 (9/2), $8.40 (9/7).
Sub: Montego Bay (10). Trainer:
Pam Robson, Riccarton.
NZB INSURANCE PEARL
SERIES RACE F and M MAID,
$12000, 1150m. 2 -2 Wafer (10) D
Hirini 1; 1-1 Okagbare (7) D Walsh
2; 7-7 Iona Castle (3) K Mudhoo
3. Scratched: Fashion Lass, Bossy
Ace, Thistigerdidit, Jona Mac. Also
(in finishing order): 9-10 Backhand,
8-8 Ezicare, 3-3 Fun Fair, 10-9 No
Retreat, 11-11 Unico, 4-4 Mahora
Bay, 6-6 Miss Juneau, 5-5 Fade
To Grey. 1/2L, 4L, Sht nk. Time:
1:09.80 . Win: $3.20. Places: $1.50,
$1.50, $4.60 . Quinella: $5.20.
Trifecta: $95.30 (10,7,3). First4:
$1398.20 (10,7,3,14). Sub: Wafer
(10). Trainer: Mike Breslin, Awapuni.
WAFER POW MEMORIAL
RAT, $10000, 1810m.
Teddytwinkletoes (4) S Wynne 1;
8-8 Doctor Eden (6) K Kalychurun
2; 7-7 Shadow Player (12) R Black
3. Scratched: Kaharau, Diamond
Edge, Redeem, Missteeflying. Also
(in finishing order): 3-3 Slick Nickel,
2-2 Runway, 6-6 Kingiesstar, 4-4
King Nero, 5-5 Torricella. 1-1/4L,
1-3/4L, 3/4L. Time: 1:55.00. Win:
$3.20. Places: $1.40, $3.50, $3.20.
Quinella: $22.40. Trifecta: $334.00
(4,6,12). First4: $1186.10 (4,6,12,11).
Quaddie: $371.80 (9/2/10+/4+).
Double: $10.10 (10+/4+), $21.30
(10+/6). Treble: $98.70 (2/10+/4+).
Sub: Teddytwinkletoes (4). Trainer:
Kevin Myers, Whanganui.
VERNON AND VAZEY TRUCK
PARTS KUMARA GOLD,
$30000, 1810m. 1-1 Duffers Creek
(3) K Mudhoo 1; 5-4 Electronic
Motion (7) M Chui 2; 8-8 Capo
(8) S Wynne 3. Scratched: El Chico,
Overtheriver, No Emotion, Noble
Warrior, Needastar, Kaharau. Also
(in finishing order): 7-6 Kings Pal,
3-3 Diamantine, 6-7 Redeem, 4-5
Absolut Excelencia, 2-2 Sanasar, 9-9
Red Thunder. 2-1/4L, Hd, 5-1/2L.
Time: 1:54.44 . Win: $2.30 . Places:
$1.30, $2.60, $3.70. Q uinella: $11.30 .
Trifecta: $174.10 (3,7,8). First4:
$1077.70 (3,7,8,11). Sub: D uffers
Creek (3). Trainer: Kevin Myers,
NZ PANELS GROUP SPRINT
OPEN HANDICAP, $15000,
1150m. 1-1 Overtheriver (3) K
Mudhoo 1; 4-4 Toma Valea (1) B
Murray 2; 3-3 Somethings Burning
(5) S Wynne 3. Scratched: Jack’s Run.
Also (in finishing order): 5-5 Kage
Is King, 6-6 Ishimine, 2-2 Jazzman.
2L, 2-1/2L, 1/2 hd. Time: 1:09.20.
Win: $2.50. Places: $1.60, $2.50.
Quinella: $5.40. Trifecta: $39.50
(3,1,5). First4: $110.90 (3,1,5,7).
Double: $4.20 (3+/3+), $4.50 (3+/1).
Sub: Overtheriver (3). Trainer: Kevin
HYNDS RATING 65, $8000,
1150m. 2 -2 Halleloojah (8) D Walsh
1; 4-4 Tiebreaker (5) K Mudhoo
2; 1-1 Amun Ra (13) R Bishop 3.
Scratched: Ask Me, Pop Hit, San
Michele, Milk It, Keentorule, Maeve
Davone. Also (in finishing order):
6-6 Farce, 8-8 Let ’s Escape, 7-7
Celtic Cross, 9-9 Goodtago, 10-11
Manuia, 11-10 Davone Code, 3-3
Mare Mia, 12-12 Desert Saboteur,
5-5 Enzo’s Lad. 1-1/2L, 1-1/4L,
1-1/4L. Time: 1:10.00 . Win: $5.70.
Places: $2.10, $2.30, $1.80. Quinella:
$16.00 . Trifecta: $127.60 (8,5,13).
First4: $490.70 (8,5,13,1). Sub:
Amun Ra (13). Trainer: G and D
COX RATING 75, $10000, 1150m.
2-2 Saber (3) D Walsh 1; 6-4 Sandy’s
Star (6) H Bennet 2; 1-1 Leeds (1) D
Hirini 3. Scratched: Nine Pin, Killa
Question, Stormy Lass, Gold Allure,
Maia’s Angel, Kage Is King. Also (in
finishing order): 4-6 Fantamo, 5-5
Sir Jack Remington, 3-3 Waitino
Biscuit, 7-7 Zeina. 3/4L, 3/4L, 3/4L.
Time: 1:10.60 . Win: $2.90. Places:
$1.90, $3.30 . Quinella: $13.70.
Trifecta: $46.90 (3,6,1). First4:
$182.50 (3,6,1,5). Quaddie: $119.40
(3+/3+/8/3). Place6: $22.70 (3,7,10
Double: $10.00 (8/3), $16.00 (8/6).
Treble: $45.30 (3+/8/3). Sub: Leeds
(1). Trainer: G and D Rogerson,
PICTURES: Paul McBride
Overtheriver wide out wins the feature sprint, the $15,000 NZ Panels Group 1150m in the hands of in-form
apprentice Krishna Mudhoo.
All Whites coach Anthony
Hudson has launched a tirade
on the state of football in New
Zealand, calling the young players
“delusional”, the culture “ laid-
back” and described the game as
Hudson is 18 months into a
four-year contract which takes
him to the end of the 2018 World
Cup in Russia. The 34-year-old
Englishman said he would not be
doing his job properly if he did
not highlight the deficiencies in the
Hudson lambasted the lack of
professionalism in the domestic
game and the absence of regular
The All Whites played just
three games in 2015, and have no
matches confirmed for the March
international window ahead of
the crucial Oceania Nations Cup
which acts as a stepping stone to
World Cup qualification.
“It’s just not right and the
situation has to change,” Hudson
told Newstalk ZB’s Tony Veitch
“I find this situation very difficult.
We have never had a problem with
finding teams to play us. There are
teams out there who want to play.
“There is a Fifa window in March
and still we don’t know who we are
playing so we can’t plan, we can’t
prepare. O ur players have nothing
to commit to at the moment.
“If you’re not playing games while
other teams are playing games, then
yes, you’re going backwards. We
can’t escape this. There’s no magic
wand. The only way to develop your
team is to play games.”
Hudson also attacked the culture
of football in New Zealand.
“This is the second Christmas
I’ve been here and I just don’t
understand how the whole of the
footballing world shuts down, I
don’t get it. We don’t play games
then we completely shut down
while all our competitors are in
competition. It ’s such a casual,
laid-back environment that colours
everything we do. There’s no
accountability in anything that we
do here. When I sit with players
over the Christmas period and
they ’re more interested in having a
couple of days down at the beach,
when they ’re over weight, they’re not
sharp, but trying to get professional
contracts, it’s delusional.
“There’s no point in me being here
if I don’t speak about this. It got to
boiling point over Christmas when
I was speaking to players.”
Hudson, who also oversees the
national under-23, under-20 and
under-17 men’s programmes,
said the laid-back culture of the
game in New Zealand is directly
contributing to the country’s top
footballers falling short of their
“The way we’re living and
working is so far removed from
the realities of where we need
to be as young players to make
it as footballers. It ’s delusional.
And worse still, which makes the
players worse, we have parents and
people around these players that
add to the problem by telling them
how good they are. There’s zero
accountability with the players and
they are simply not prepared when
they head overseas.”
The All Whites have played six
games under Hudson’s guidance,
losing to Uzbekistan, Thailand
and South Korea, drawing with
Myanmar and China and, most
recently, beating Oman.
“ When I came in I had to rebuild
the team. We’ve had so many
debutants, 15 or 16 debutants and
it ’s really not good, it’s not right, it’s
far too many in six games but that ’s
just a reflection of where we are.
“This group of players keeps me
hopeful and hanging on really, but
it ’s challenging. I’m here to coach
and we want games and we have an
ambition to go to the World Cup
but it ’s difficult because we don’t
have a programme.”
New Zealand Football chief
executive Andy Martin, who is on
holiday, said he would not comment
until he had seen Hudson face-to-
face. — NZME
Former All Whites coach Kevin Fallon
has labelled Anthony Hudson’s swipe at
New Zealand Football as a ‘declaration
Hudson, who is 18 months through a
four year contract as All Whites coach,
yesterday launched a venomous tirade on
the the state of football in New Zealand
calling the young players ‘delusional’,
the culture ‘laid back’ and described
the game as ‘moving backward’, due to
the national team only playing three
international fixtures in 2015.
Fallon said he was stunned by the 34-
year old Englishman’s comments and is
concerned for the New Zealand football
“ It looked like a declaration of death,”
Fallon told the DRS with Martin
“ I wondered what the young boy was
on about. I’m looking at the statement
and he’s got to realise that we’ve always
been under funded and under resourced.
We’ve had to create our own football
environment and not moan. That didn’t
mean we didn’t aim for standards, but we
accepted where we were at. But we didn’t
come across as a winging Pom, simple as
that. Herbert got on with it, Adshead,
Herbert, myself. We just got on with the
“ When you’re saying things like that
it ’s as if he can’t cope and he didn’t
think it was going to be like this. With
his resources he’s only had one win in
six games against moderate opposition.
Maybe the pressure has got to the
little lad I don’t know. But he’s not as
experienced as people who have held
that position in the past. But he seems a
little lost at the moment.”
Fallon, who was the assistant coach
when the All Whites qualified for the
1982 World Cup before taking sole
charge for 52 games, said Hudson
should vacate his post as All Whites
coach if he has lost confidence in New
“The part that concerned me was that
he said it was impossible to build a team.
Now that does worry me. Because if
that ’s how he feels about it he should
grab his knapsack and say he’s off. If
he doesn’t think he can build a team he
should pass it and give it to someone
who thinks they can.
“I’m very surprised that he said the
football and culture is all wrong. Because
you’re not just knocking the players,
you’re knocking the coaches. You’re
knocking the Declan Edge’s the Micky
Groom’s and the Wynton Rufer’s. All
the people that have worked with the
academies and brought the players
through, you’re saying they’ve not got
the answers, I’m 34 and I’ve got all the
“I hear the CEO is away on holiday, I
don’t think he’ ll be having a comfortable
New Zealand under 20 coach Danny
Hay said he was ‘not surprised’ by
Hudson’s comments and the outburst
came from pure frustration that had
been bubbling away for some time.
“He’s come out here with expectations
around how much the All Whites were
going to play and the professionalism of
players that he was going to be working
with,” Hay told the DRS with Martin
Devlin. “ I think he’s been frustrated on
both accounts. When your national team
coach and you’re not playing enough
and you’re not seeing your players, it ’s a
difficult one for him.
“ When you go and employ a coach,
one that I think is truly outstanding,
he lives and breathes, eats and sleeps
football and is the most prepared coach
I’ve ever seen, when you bring him on
full time you are making some sort
of commitment to the national team
programme and I don’t think that ’s
really been sent through and that ’s why
“Nobody likes to hear the truth and
it can be difficult at times but on both
counts, talking about young players and
All Whites getting games, he’s hit the
nail on the head. And there’s no quick fix
but I think we need to be more proactive
in trying to rectify that. But he’s right,
we’re living in deludedville.
“I would be extremely disappointed if a
negative view of this was taken by New
Zealand Football. All he’s done is tried
to make some valid and realistic points
and get that across so we can make
— New Zealand Herald
Greymouth junior athletes took part
in a twilight meeting last week and
with the Colgate games just over a week
away, Riley Foster, Aston Wilson, Seth
Wilson, Matthew Molloy and Yotam
Perchig are all on track for fast times in
the running events.
Siblings Preston and Charlotte Sweney
were dominant in the throwing events,
and newcomer Euan Coates showed
he can compete at a high level in the
running and field events.
60m.— 6yrs, girls: P Gordon 1, M
Meek 2, 12.41s. Boys: N Pritchard
1, 15.88s. 7yrs, girls: S Milligan 1, H
Foster 2, 11.85s. Boys: S Wilson 1, B
Williams 2, M Walklin 3, 11.12s. 8yrs,
girls: B Gordon 1, 12.62s. 9yrs, girls: S
Donaldson 1, E Coates 2, C Sweney
3, 10s. Boys: M Molloy 1, L Gibson 2,
C Swinburn 3, 10.35s. 10yrs, girls: M
Clark 1, C Williams 2, 11.57s. Boys:
Y Perchig 1, A Wilson 2, 9.60s. 11yrs,
girls: C Molloy 1, 10.66s. Boys: R Foster
1, P Sweney 2, 8.76s. 12yrs, girls: A
Donaldson 1, 9.50s. Boys: J Watts 1,
A Clark 2, B Swinburn 3, 9.79s. 14yrs,
boys: E Coates 1, 9.31s.
6yrs, girls: P Gordon 1, M
Meek 2, 21.19s. Boys: N Pritchard
1, 27.22s. 7yrs, girls: S Milligan 1, H
Foster 2, 19.16s. Boys: S Wilson 1, B
Williams 2, L Oliver 3, 17.77s. 8yrs
girls: B Gordon 1, 21.60s. 9yrs girls: S
Donaldson 1, E Coates 2, C Sweney 3,
16.79s. Boys: M Molloy 1, L Gibson 2,
C Swinburn 3, 16.13s. 10yrs, girls: M
Clark 1, C Williams 2, 18.40s. Boys:
A Wilson 1, Y Perchig 2, 14.97s. 11yrs
girls: C Molloy 1, 16.68s. Boys: R Foster
1, P Sweney 2, 14.32s. 12yrs, girls: A
Donaldson 1, 14.66s. Boys: J Watts 1,
A Clark 2, B Swinburn 3, 15.56s. 14yrs
Boys: E Coates 1, 14.35s
200m.— 6yrs, girls: P Gordon 1, M
Meek 2, 45.12s. 7yrs, girls: S Milligan
1, H Foster 2, 41.90s. Boys: S Wilson
1, B Williams 2, M Walklin 3, 39.53s.
8yrs girls: B Gordon 1, 43.63s. 9yrs girls:
E Coates 1, C Sweney 2, 42.09s. Boys:
M Molloy 1, L Gibson 2, C Swinburn
3, 36.05s. 10yrs, girls: M Clark 1, C
Williams 2, 43.06s. Boys: A Wilson 1, Y
Perchig 2, 33.09s. 11yrs, girls: C Molloy
1, 38.62s. Boys: R Foster 1, P Sweney
2, 30.54s. 12yrs, girls: A Donaldson
1, 30.30s. Boys: J Watts 1, A Clark 2,
B Swinburn 3, 33.43s. 14yrs, boys: E
Coates 1, 29.86s.
Long jump.— 6yrs, girls: P Gordon 1,
M Taylor 2, 1.79m. Boys: N Prictchard 1,
1.96m. 7yrs, girls: H Foster 1, S Milligan
2, 2.45m. Boys: S Wilson 1, J Clark 2, B
Williams 3, 2.89m. 8yrs, girls: B Gordon
1, 2.18m. 9yrs, girls: S Donaldson 1, C
Sweney 2, E Coates 3, 3.25m. Boys: M
Molloy 1, N Milligan 2, L Gibson 3,
3.32m. 10yrs, boys: Y Perchig 1, 3.59m.
Discus.— 6yrs, girls: M Taylor 1, P
Gordon 2, 5.79m. Boys: N Pritchard 1,
4.26m. 7yrs, girls: H Foster 1, S Milligan
2, 7.86m. Boys: S Wilson 1, B Williams
2, L Oliver 3, 13.57m. 10yrs, girls:
M Clark 1, C Williams 2, 11.15m. Boys:
A Wilson 1, Y Perchig 2, 19.48m, 11yrs,
boys: P Sweney 1, R Foster 2, 23.28m.
12yrs, girls: A Donaldson 1, 25.72m.
Boys: A Clark 1, J Watt 2, B Swinburn 3,
21.22m. 14yrs, boys: E Coates 1, 20.77m.
8yrs, girls: B Gordon
1, 2.70m. 9yrs, girls: C Sweney 1, S
Donaldson 2, E Coates 3, 8.26m. Boys:
M Molloy 1, C Swinburn 2, L Gibson
High jump.— 10yrs, girls: C Williams
1, M Clark 2, 1.05m. Boys: A Wilson
1, 1.10m. 11yrs, girls: C Molloy 1, 1m.
Boys: R Foster 1, P Sweney 2, 1.30m.
12yrs, girls: A Donaldson 1, 1.10m.
Boys: A Clark 1, J Watt 2, B Swinburn
3, 1.25m. 14yrs, boys: E Coates 1, 1.33m.
A promising young rugby player with
a “glittering career” ahead of him has
avoided a conviction for punching a man
who was at a bar with the sportsman’s ex-
Teariki Ben-Nicholas, 20, made his
debut for the New Zealand under-20
team at the Oceania junior champs on
the Gold Coast last year. He plays senior
club rugby in Wellington, where he is
studying law and commerce, and for the
Hurricanes under-20 team.
Ben-Nicholas admitted a charge of
common assault stemming from an
incident in October 2014. He was out
drinking “after a rugby success” when he
learned his ex was at a Wellington bar
with her new boyfriend, according to
court documents released to NZME.
A “slightly intoxicated” Ben-Nicholas
went there, approached the other man
in the toilets and punched him in the
head. He later made a “full and genuine
apology ” at a restorative justice meeting.
At sentencing in the Wellington
District Court, Judge Peter Rollo granted
an application for a discharge without
conviction, saying the consequences of a
conviction would be out of proportion to
the seriousness of the offence.
Police opposed the application for a
discharge, arguing that the assault was
serious and any effects on travel plans and
work as a professional rugby player were
University of Auckland associate law
professor Bill Hodge, who is concerned
about how many athletes are discharged
without conviction, said yesterday he
wasn’t sure why a conviction against a
rugby player would have more impact
on his job prospects than someone who
worked on a building site, for example.
“It seems to me it’s for employers
to make that decision, given the facts.
It ’s about the facts and if the facts are
relevant to whether a person should be
hired or not.”
At sentencing, Judge Rollo told Ben-
Nicholas: “ The information which is
before me suggests that you have every
opportunity to pursue a professional
rugby career at the top level, maybe even
rising as far as the All Blacks if your
He noted Ben-Nicholas, educated at
King’s College in Auckland, also had a
plan B, in academic study.
“So, I have the clear view that you are
someone who should be given a second
chance to reach your full potential
without a conviction standing in the way
of that, and, in coming to that view, I then
emphasise you have expressed genuine
remorse, an apology, you have had insight
into the causes of your offending (and)
you recognise the mistake which you
made in a serious way.
“ You have taken appropriate steps
to endeavour to address that and you
have the possible glittering career ahead
of you. In large part, I perceive from
the victim impact statement from the
restorative justice conference that the
male victim does not want to stand in the
way of your advancement either, which is
to his credit.”
Professor Hodge said courts tended
to make “false assumptions” that people
with convictions could not travel.
He had represented people who had
been allowed into other countries after
being convicted on less serious charges,
although it would often involve paper
work supporting entry.
“I have found that like anybody else,
they can seek a visa and if they have the
support of the professional athletic body,
I would be confident that they would get
entry,” Professor Hodge said. “I think
athletes or entertainers should be treated
like anybody else.”
At last month’s sentencing, Ben-
Nicholas was ordered to pay his victim
$500 for emotional harm.
In an inter view with clubrugby.co.nz,
he said he moved to Wellington for
“academic reasons” and because he liked
Victoria University, where he was last
year named Pasifika sportsperson of the
year. “I like the city too because it’s small
and easy to get around. The rugby has
been great. (The Old-Boys University
club) has a great vibe and I have done
better than I thought I would,” he told
His club team won the Wellington
competition last season; Ben-Nicholas
scored a try.
Club president Bryan Gundersen
said it would be unlikely to sanction
Ben-Nicholas. “From my perspective as
president, if any action would be taken it
would be done by the club’s committee
and it has not reached our agenda yet.”
Premier League Swansea City
fell victims to the first major giant-
killing of the FA Cup third round
today when they lost 3-2 away
to L eague Two (fourth tier) side
Chelsea, fielding a near full-
strength team, came through
their home tie with League One
Scunthorpe by two goals to nil
and Tottenham Hotspur needed a
controversial late penalty by Harry
Kane to draw 2-2 at home to
There were more than 50 league
positions between the clubs at the
Kassam Stadium, where Oxford
came from behind to lead 3-1 after
Ecuador international Jefferson
Montero had put Swansea ahead.
Liam Sercombe equalised from
a penalty just before half-time and
two goals in 10 minutes soon after
the interval from Kemar Roofe put
the home side in sight of victory.
Bafetimbi Gomis pulled one back
for the Welsh club, who had made
10 changes from their last Premier
League game, but Oxford held on.
“I thought the performance was
outstanding, it was always going to
be a difficult game against a Premier
League side,” their manager Michael
Appleton told BBC Sport.
Oxford, a top-flight team 30 years
ago before dropping back into non-
League football from 2006-10, are
third in League Two, with the top
three in May due to go up.
Roofe, who signed for them from
West Bromwich Albion in the close
season after a successful loan period,
felt the triumph was down to his
team’s efforts rather than any lack of
application by Swansea.
“I don’t think they underestimated
us, we were just on our game,” he
Alan Curtis, recently appointed
Swansea manager until the end of
the season, said his much-changed
team had been “poor” for the first
hour of the game.
“It ’s a huge setback for the club,”
he told reporters. “ We’re going to
have to lift everyone for our next
That match is a crucial Premier
League fixture against fellow
Sunderland are bottom but one
with 15 points and Swansea are two
places ahead of them on 19 points.
embarrassment to last season’s
stunning 4-2 FA Cup defeat at
home to Bradford City, although at
times they made hard work of their
tie against another third-tier side in
Scunthorpe. — Reuters
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