Steve Cooper insists he respects the staying power of Neil Warnock, but will be looking to outfox the old master when Swansea City visit Middlesbrough tonight. Swansea head coach Cooper already has one victory over Warnock in his locker – the only other time they locked horns in October 2019 when a Ben Wilmot goal was enough to give the Swans a much celebrated victory over Cardiff City. That was the beginning of the end for Warnock at Cardiff, although it was Cooper who had a hand in the 72-year-old’s re-emergence at Boro.
Michael Flynn has admitted he is suffering from altitude sickness. Newport County are still top of League Two, but the manager is sick of telling his players they need to be more ruthless. Flynn felt the latest squandering of opportunities came in the 1-1 draw away at Forest Green Rovers, where the Exiles went ahead, had chances to wrap the game up, but eventually were pegged back and had to settle for a point.
Jayne Ludlow said Wales are getting closer to qualifying for a major finals after their UEFA Women's Euro2022 heartache was confirmed. Natasha Harding, Rachel Rowe and Jess Fishlock all struck in an emphatic 3-0 victory over Belarus in their final qualifying game at Newport's Rodney Parade.
When Wales meet Italy in Llanelli on Saturday, it will be for the less than cherished title of fifth-place play-off winners of the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup. If that title doesn’t sound too grand then it’s because Wales’ result have not been either, during the fractured year of 2020. The corresponding Six Nations match back in February saw Wales head coach Wayne Pivac begin his reign as Warren Gatland’s successor on a winning note.
Alex Smithies insists he is focussed on winning against his former club Huddersfield Town tonight and any nostalgia can wait. The Cardiff City goalkeeper spent eight years with the Yorkshire club, playing in 274 matches before moving on to QPR and then the Bluebirds. Smithies left Huddersfield in 2015 but says: “It’s always nice to play your old clubs, you always want to beat them.
Wales' world champ Lauren Price will again launch her bid for Olympic glory in London next April. The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Olympic Qualifying event has been rescheduled for April 22-26 at the Copper Box Arena.
Dewi Lake has been tipped as the Wales hooker of the future but only if he improves his throwing in at the line-out. The former Wales Under 20s captain has been in red hot form for the Ospreys recently with his dynamic ball-carrying and raw physicality catching the eye, despite their struggles in the Guinness Pro 14. In the absence of veteran hooker Ken Owens, both Ryan Elias and Elliot Dee have struggled to fully convince for Wales in this autumn’s Nations Cup.
Jamie Lewis can end a difficult year on a high after producing a superb display to qualify for the World Championships. The Carmarthen darter took tie out of the PDC Tour this year for personal reasons but has bagged one of the final six spots along with fellow Welshman Nick Kenny.
Hollie Arnold reckons she is going to become “hangry” on “I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here” but insists it will be worth the meagre rations if she inspires others. Wales’ Para world champion and Paralympic champion has admitted going without will rest her patience while she is on... Read More
Dewi Griffiths got a taste of what he can expect when he makes his London Marathon debut in seven weeks time as he finished fourth in the Vitality Big Half. While Mo Farah was sprinting it out with Belgium’s Bashir Abdi and Kenya’s 2017 London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru up... Read More
By Owen Morgan A strong contingent of Welsh athletes will be battling for domestic titles and Great Britain team places for September’s World Championships when they line up in the elite field at this year’s Virgin London Marathon. Among the confirmed elite athletes, there will be London debuts for Natasha... Read More
All good things must come to an end, but it has been a long run for Welsh marathon legend Steve Jones. His winning time in Chicago in 1985 of 2:07.13 has stood as the British record for more than 34 years, but will come under its most serious threat on... Read More