Neil Warnock believes Cardiff City can stay unbeaten at home for the rest of the season after Lee Tomlin preserved their record with a late equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday. The Cardiff manager was in bullish mood, despite an at best mixed performance in their 1-1 draw on Friday night. Cardiff were outplayed for an hour, but managed to rouse themselves in the late stages and were thankful to Tomlin’s set-piece skills.
Jayne Ludlow is preparing her Wales team for a vital upcoming Euro qualifier against Northern Ireland. Like the previous World Cup campaign, it’s a momentum-builder that is gathering energy and changing the perception of women’s sport in Wales. But she still sees limits on the opportunities for girls in all sports – football, hockey, netball - and tells Graham Thomas how more needs to be done. When Jayne Ludlow recalls her own sporting childhood in the Rhondda, one of her more formative memories is of a door closing when she was 11. That was when the current manager of the Wales women’s football team left Dunraven Primary School and moved up to Treorchy Comprehensive.
Steve Cooper has defended his decision to use playmaker Bersant Celina as a wide player, rather than as a central No.10. The Swansea City manager – whose team travel to Barnsley on Saturday hoping to make amends for their shock home defeat to Championship bottom club Stoke City – has been deploying Celina in an unfamiliar wide left role in recent matches. It’s a decision that has perplexed some Swans supporters, as the former Manchester City player appears to have been less effective than in his previous central position.
Luke Charteris doesn’t want his former teammates to go through the same post-match agonies he suffered the last time Wales met France at the World Cup. The towering Bath lock – now on the coaching staff at the English club - played the full 80 minutes in the 9-8 defeat in the 2011 semi-final, when Wales lost skipper Sam Warburton to a red card after a mere 12 minutes. That defeat remains the biggest disappointment and regret in Charteris’ long career and it still hurts even to this day.
Warren Gatland insists Wales have done everything they can to ensure Dan Biggar has fully overcome concussion. Biggar suffered head injuries in successive World Cup games against Australia and Fiji, but he has met all targets and will line up in Sunday’s quarter-final appointment with France. “He felt better after the (Fiji) game, it was clear,” said the Wales head coach.
Lee Walker claimed one of the biggest scalps of his 25-year career by knocking world number one Judd Trump out of the 19.com English Open. The Gwent player had tasted victory just once this season before the tournament began, but made it three wins in as many days to set up a last 16 clash with Gary Wilson. In a high quality match, Walker stunned the world champion by taking the opening two frames with breaks of 74 and 67, only for Trump to reply with back-to-back centuries.
Wales are preparing for a huge test of their rugby credentials against France this weekend, but it isn’t just happening in Japan. This is the Wales rugby league team and the tournament is the World Cup Nines, which start in Sydney on Friday – just part of a busy current schedule for the league code, as Graham Thomas reports. Wales and the Rugby World Cup may be fixing much of the nation’s attention at present, but the sport’s other code is working hard to grab some of the limelight. Rugby League in Wales has always faced a challenge to move beyond the shadow of rugby union and this season might be their biggest yet if Warren Gatland’s team go all the way in Japan.
Michael Flynn’s anniversary was spoiled by a Colchester United team who were simply too good for his Exiles on the day. Newport-born Flynn took charge of his home-city team two years to the year since he was first appointed, but it was a disastrous day for County in Essex. “We were outplayed,”... Read More
Michael Flynn did his best to keep calm in the wake of one of the most frustrating nights of the season for him as he saw his side fluff their lines in the big dress rehearsal for Saturday’s FA Cup showdown with mighty Manchester City. “We created enough chances to... Read More
By Rob Cole Bring on Man City and Pep Guardiola’s multi-million-pound superstars. Newport County fans must now feel that anyone is possible for their side in the FA Cup. Another amazing night at Rodney Parade saw them follow up their win over Leicester City in the last round with a... Read More
Mike Flynn insists his Newport County team can shake off their dreadful League Two form to produce another mighty FA Cup shock tonight. The County manager has despaired over his team’s recent results away from the glamour of the knockout tournament. In their last nine League games, the side that... Read More
Newport County’s FA Cup journey brings them back to Rodney Parade in midweek, but it will not be the only home-coming. Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis is one of the city’s most famous footballing sons – a status hard-earned and well deserved, says Tom Prosser. Tony Pulis once supported Newport County from... Read More
Matty Dolan had his dad rocking in his wheelchair on Saturday night and now he wants to freewheel rolling Newport into the last 16 of the FA Cup. The County midfielder was the toast of two cities - Newport and Newcastle - after firing home the goal that earned his... Read More