Graham Potter has urged his Swansea City players to retain their perspective after they crashed to 3-2 home defeat to Ipswich Town which sent them falling out of the Championship play-off places. The Swans manager insisted they should not over-react to the defeat which came after praise for their recent away draw at Wigan and convincing home victory over QPR. Chairman Huw Jenkins had claimed that the club were back playing "sexy football" but Ipswich were the ones looking pleased with themselves after inflicting a second home defeat of the season on their hosts.
The scene is set for an epic finish to the 2018 edition of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB tomorrow, after the momentum in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship title fight swung dramatically back and forth in front of thousands of enthralled fans in the heart of the classic mid Wales forests. Under bright, sunny skies, spectators flocked to the stages in huge numbers with an appetising itinerary of Myherin, Sweet Lamb Hafren, Dyfi, Gartheiniog and Dyfnant in the scenic Cambrian Mountains – some of the most demanding and spectacular speed tests anywhere in the world. They did not go home disappointed. With no midday service and almost 100 miles of flat-out competition, any issues or errors were always going to be magnified today – as two of the three title protagonists found out to their cost. First to fall was World Championship leader Thierry Neuville, who slid into a ditch on the first run through Hafren. It was only the assistance of quick-thinking spectators that enabled the Belgian to rejoin – but the delay dropped him well down the order. The drama, however, was not over yet.
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has declared his club are playing “sexy football” again under manager Graham Potter. Jenkins – who turned to Potter at the start of the summer after hiring and firing Garry Monk, Francesco Guidolin, Bob Bradley, Paul Clement and Carlos Carvalhal in rapid succession – reckons the club have rediscovered their identity under their current boss who he describes as “a breath of fresh air.” Writing in his programme notes ahead of Saturday’s home game against Ipswich, Jenkins has heaped praise on Potter who has guided his team into the play-off positions despite having to oversee a fire sale of top talent.
Wales squad sailor Tasmyn Green tamed the boys to win the Optimist title in the BYS Welsh Regional Championships at Pembrokeshire Yacht Club. While fellow North Wales and Wales squad sailor Callum Davidson Guild, a former winner in the Optimist class of boat, claimed the 420 title along with crew Oscar Cawthorne, as well as second in the General Handicap class.
Ellie Pryor and Dan Thompson will be flying the flag at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires this weekend when they join the 43-strong team in chasing medals in 17 sports.
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