The Sport Matrix: Monday 4 November 2013


Mackay lavishes praise on Caulker as Cardiff triumph

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay heaped praise on Steven Caulker (right) after the defender scored to ensure his side beat Swansea 1-0 in the first all-Welsh Premier League game yesterday.

Mackay said of Caulker: “He’s our captain and I think he’s going to have a long international career with England.”

Asked if he had been congratulated by the club’s controversial owner Vincent Tan after the game, Mackay said: “I’ve not spoken to the owner,” adding: “What I’m delighted about is that performance and the three points for our fans, our staff and our players. They’ve all had a tough three to four weeks to endure.”

Swansea’s manager, Michael Laudrup was understandably downbeat. He said: “We had four chances in the game, they only had one, so disappointment is the best word to describe how we all feel right now.

“You have to take the defeat and say ‘OK we lost this time’, accept it – and remember there’s always a next time.” MORE

Spurs miss chance to rise to second

Tottenham Hotspur missed the chance to rise to second in the league after they drew 0-0 with Everton at Goodison Park yesterday. Spurs’ goalkeeper Hugo Lloris suffered a knock on his head in the closing stages, playing on despite colliding with Romelu Lukaku’s knee. MORE

Federer laments lack of consistency

Roger Federer feels ready for this week’s ATP World Tour Finals after enduring a difficult year. He said: “I feel like it’s coming together at the right time. This year has a different feel because it just hasn’t been as consistent.” MORE

Matthew wins third world crown

Britain’s Nick Matthew became world champion for the third time after claiming a thrilling win over Grégory Gaultier in five dramatic sets at the A J Bell World Squash Championship in Manchester yesterday.

Mourinho: I will look at myself

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he will question himself after the club’s loss to Newcastle. Mourinho, whose side play Schalke in Europe on Wednesday, said: “I am angry and frustrated with the team and I am part of the team. I will look at myself as well.” MORE

Vettel dedicates win to his parents

Newly crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel dedicated his victory in the Abu Dhabi GP to his parents. “It was great to have my mum and dad here. That means a lot. I want to dedicate this to them,” he said after his seventh straight win. MORE

Ecstatic Trott takes omnium title

Double Olympic champion Laura Trott clinched her second gold medal at track cycling’s World Cup in Manchester yesterday, triumphing in the omnium. She enthused: “To win here is massive in front of a home crowd and it means I’ve qualified for the worlds now.” MORE

Saints march on after beating Irish

Northampton maintained their fine form and push for the Premiership title by seeing off London Irish 19-14. James Wilson crossed for Saints and Stephen Myler kicked 14 points as they made it five league wins from seven matches. MORE

Interview: Shane Warne

The former spinner opens up to Jack Pitt-Brooke – and he does not have many positive things to say about the England captain Alastair Cook’s qualities as a leader and tactician. MORE

Wales crash out to impressive US

Wales became the first team to be knocked out of the Rugby League World Cup after they lost 24-16 to the United States at the Racecourse Ground yesterday. The Americans need only beat Scotland at Salford on Thursday to claim their place in the last eight. MORE

Scotland and Italy draw in thriller

Scotland and Italy remain unbeaten in Group C after they shared an enthralling 30-30 draw at Derwent Park yesterday. Brett Hellewell’s second try in the 70th minute made sure both teams claimed a share of the spoils. MORE