WINNERS & LOSERS

A WEEKEND is a long time in sport – as this lot will attest. But while for some it was one to remember, others may wish they had never ­­­set foot out of the house. Here are this weekend’s heroes and villains.

WINNER
AVRAM GRANT
Grant’s job is looking safer by the match after he put a disastrous start to his tenure behind him. A midweek cup win at Sunderland; now victory over Spurs. Fulham, up next, beware.

WINNER
TOPSY OJO
Ojo scored a hat-trick as London Irish ran amok at Newcastle to top the table. Good timing with the autumn internationals looming, and made all the sweeter by a loss for Northampton.

WINNER
FRANKIE DETTORI
Fourteen years on from his epic seven-timer, Dettori was the darling of Ascot once again on Saturday when he claimed four winners, including the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes aboard Poet’s Voice.

LOSER
SIR CHRIS HOY
Olympic hero Hoy, with one eye on November’s Euro Championships, was forced to pull out of the keirin at the semi-final stage of the British National Track Championships after contracting a virus.

LOSER
ROY HODGSON
Hodgson had to bat away questions about fan unrest at Liverpool’s financial woes after being held at home by Sunderland. Not the ideal pick-me-up after a week in which he was beaten in the Carling Cup by Northampton.