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first_imgPinpoint 🎯A perfect cross and an even better Rianna Dean finish!📺 Watch West Ham v Tottenham live on BT Sport 1 HD— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 29, 2019Etienne Fermie30 Sep 2019, 7:42 pmLUCY QUINN bagged the goal that clinched Tottenham Women’s impressive 2-0 win at West Ham in front of 24,790 people at the London Stadium. In front of 24,790 people, what a time to score your first @SpursWomen goal!@LucyQuinn7 👏— Barclays FA Women’s Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) September 29, 2019Etienne Fermie30 Sep 2019, 7:12 pmHARRY KANE bagged ten man Tottenham’s crucial winner against Southampton yesterday. The Spurs talisman will be crucial against Bayern on Tuesday. Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 9:40 amTOTTENHAM have made Gareth Southgate their top managerial should Mauricio Pochettino leave the club, it has been claimed.Spurs have had a rocky start to the season with rumours of unrest in the camp and the North Londoners are said to view the Three Lions boss as the ideal replacement should the Argentine leave.And Spurs chiefs were even ready to make a move for Southgate, 49, at the end of last season amid doubts over Poch’s future, according to the Daily Express.Tottenham’s current boss admitted he could leave if the club had won last season’s Champions League final, claiming he might have “nothing left to achieve”.But of course Spurs came a cropper and lost 2-0 at the hands of Liverpool in Madrid.Pochettino continued to be linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United over the summer after last season’s success.Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 9:09 amGRAPHIC WARNING: FORMER Tottenham and Barcelona star Giovani Dos Santos had his leg torn open in a horror injury this weekend.The Mexican ace, 30, saw a huge chunk hacked out of his leg and suffered a potential knee fracture after a disgusting tackle.Dos Santos is currently on the books of Club America after two injury-hit seasons at LA Galaxy – and was badly hurt in their clash against Guadalajara.As he lunged to win a 50-50 ball, Guadalajara’s Bresino stormed in and launched his studs into Dos Santos’ thigh.The former Spurs ace immediately signalled for help as blood poured from his gaping wound.Medical staff quickly moved to bandage up the horror gash and stem the bleeding. TOTTENHAM recovered from humiliation to beat Southampton 2-1 with ten man.But Mauricio Pochettino still has question marks over his future after accusing his squad of having ‘different agendas’.Follow all of the latest Tottenham news right here…Ian Tuckey1 Oct 2019, 7:43 pmTOBY ALDERWEIRELD claims Spurs were “lucky” on their way to their first ever Champions League final last season.But as Mauricio Pochettino’s spluttering side prepare to host Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s group clash, the Belgium centre-back insists Tottenham are now ready to stay in the Euro elite.The Standard report Alderweireld, 30, as saying: “We took some steps in the last few seasons. Before we were happy to just play these games, now we’re not happy with that – we want to get results. “Last season shows us that there’s a way to get into the [Champions League] final. “We don’t have to think too much about the future, about semi-finals or finals, just get through this group, because last season we were lucky, to be honest.” Ironically, though, Liverpool’s 2-0 win in that Euro final on June 1 was the first big stutter for Pochettino and his side – with more questions asked early this term. Ian Tuckey1 Oct 2019, 5:53 pmJAN VERTONGHEN denies Spurs have gone “stale” – but declined to commit himself to staying. The Belgium centre-back rebuffed claims of low morale amongst some players and frustration at boss Mauricio Pochettino’s training regime. Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Bayern Munich, the 32-year-old said: “We’ve improved every year. Last year we went to the Champions League final. “Some new players came in and that keeps it fresh. I don’t see that it’s stale at all. “I see plenty of joy in the dressing room. Everyone enjoys playing here.” Vertognhen’s contract runs out in the summer but he said: “I’d prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course. “It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. “It doesn’t distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.”Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 4:49 pmJake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 4:15 pm📹 Tanguy Cam 🔛 #THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 30, 2019Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 3:42 pmTOBY ALDERWEIRELD has revealed what was said at half-time during Spurs’ 2-1 win against Southampton on Saturday.The Belgian centre-back said: ” We said at half time, ‘This is the moment to prove that we are a team’.“It had all the ingredients to lose the game and I think we were wonderful. “This is the most important win of the season.” Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 3:04 pmEveryone needs a Sonny on a Monday… Right, @MoussaSissoko? 😅 #UCL ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 30, 2019Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 2:30 pmSPURS midfielder Jan Vertonghen has spoken about his situation at Spurs with the player to become a free agent in the summer.Asked at a press conference about his contract ahead of Tottenham’s clash against Bayern Munich, he said: “I’d prefer not to go into that but there is always movement there of course.“It’s not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn’t distract me. “I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.“It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. Maybe the results didn’t come our way but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.”Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 1:48 pmMANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready to revive their interest in Spurs ace Toby Alderweireld in January.The Belgian international is a free agent in the summer and there are no signs that he will extend his stay in North London.According to Tuttosport, the Red Devils are considering making a move for the former Atletico Madrid man.Spurs are believed to be willing to cash in on him to avoid losing him on a free.Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 1:02 pmFORMER England boss Sam Allardyce has downplayed rumours of Gareth Southgate replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “It depends on his own ambitions, on whether he thinks he’s got something to prove by coming to manage in the Premier League, because obviously his Middlesbrough days didn’t last very long or end too well because he got thrown in the deep end.“Obviously he’s learnt an awful lot from then to now. I think his partnership with [assistant] Steve Holland is extremely good and that relationship is excellent.“They may fancy a dabble back [in the Premier League], but it’s a big ask leaving England to go and manage in the Premier League.“At some point or other, it depends on the situation of the FA being willing to let him go, Gareth wanting to go, and how much the compensation would be and whether [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy is willing to pay it.“I can’t see him going before the Euros and I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.”Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 12:20 pm🔋 #UCL LOADING 🔋 ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️🔲🔲🔲#THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 30, 2019Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 11:42 amFORMER Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has disagreed with Harry Kane’s comments that Tottenham’s poor start to the season is due to the distraction from the summer transfer window.Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “I don’t agree with Harry Kane’s assertion after the game that the squad have been distracted by the transfer window. “It’s hardly the first window they’ve been through.“I just think there are a lot of unsettled players at Tottenham at the moment. “Perhaps they feel uneasy about contract situations and players perhaps being moved on but there are a lot of players there that don’t look happy.”Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 11:11 amJake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 10:40 am.@HKane brace: ✔️One-touch masterclass: ✔️@MoussaSissoko’s 1st goal: ✔️🗓️ #OnThisDay in 2017… #THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 30, 2019Jake Lambourne30 Sep 2019, 10:10 amFORMER Tottenham and Barcelona star Giovani Dos Santos says he will come back stronger after he had his leg torn open in a horror injury over the weekend.The Mexican ace – currently on the books of Club America – saw a huge chunk hacked out of his leg and suffered a potential knee fracture after a disgusting tackle.As he lunged to win a 50-50 ball, Guadalajara’s Bresino stormed in and launched his studs into Dos Santos’ thigh.The former Spurs ace immediately signalled for help as blood poured from his gaping wound as medical staff quickly moved to bandage up the horror gash and stem the bleeding.Thankfully, Dos Santos has revealed everything went well at hospital.Alongside a picture of him giving the thumbs up, he wrote: “Thank you all for your messages and prayers! Everything went very well Thank God! I will come back soon and stronger.”center_img Adam Storer30 Sep 2019, 8:49 amTOTTENHAM face Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week – but are not entirely underdogs against the German champions.The Bavarians’ new winger Ivan Perisic believes Spurs are not to be underestimated, despite their inconsistent start to the campaign.The Croatian told The Athletic: “They are real players, real competitors, and when you don’t focus for 95 minutes, they will beat you.“It’ll be a good test for us. We have to leave everything out there to get something out of the game.“They have really good players in all positions and their coach is their best player.“Pochettino has created an unbelievable mentality. He has changed the whole club.“You see it on TV and especially on the pitch when you play them.”Etienne Fermie30 Sep 2019, 9:30 pmIN CASE YOU MISSED IT…MATT LE TISSIER believes that James Maddison would make the ‘perfect’ Christian Eriksen replacement at Tottenham.The 27-year-old is almost certain to leave Spurs in the next 12 months and Le Tissier believes that Maddison could help retain the Dane’s creativity in the Tottenham side.The Southampton legend told Sky Sports: “He [Maddison] is a player that would be on the radar of a team like Spurs, especially if they were to lose Christian Eriksen.“You look at James Maddison and he would be a pretty ideal replacement. I think this boy has got everything in his locker.“He has been quite unfortunate that he has not already been capped by England. I really do think that his performances at Leicester warranted him making his debut before he actually got in the squad.”Maddison scored a late winner against Spurs at the King Power Stadium last weekend.Etienne Fermie30 Sep 2019, 9:00 pmEX CELTIC striker John Hartson worries that it could upset the balance at his former side if they re-sign Victor Wanyama from Tottenham.The Daily Record claimed in the summer that the Hoops were interested in bringing the Kenyan back to Parkhead.But Hartson isn’t sure it’s such a good idea.He told Football Fan Cast: “He’s a very good midfielder but Celtic have got good midfield players. “They’ve got a collection at their disposal and they can only play four. Does it upset the balance if you bring in Wanyama all of a sudden?“There are a few clubs who will be interested in Wanyama. He’s big, he’s solid, he’s reliable, he’s a physical presence in both boxes.“He’s a very, very good player and that’s why he’s playing for one of the top four clubs.”The Kenyan has struggled for gametime at Spurs so far this season – with his only start coming in the disastrous Carabao Cup penalty shootout defeat to League Two Colchester.Etienne Fermie30 Sep 2019, 8:12 pmRIANNA DEAN’S textbook header that gave Tottenham Women the lead at the London Stadium. Etienne Fermie30 Sep 2019, 6:41 pmEX SPURS striker Darren Bent has claimed that Danny Rose is one of the best left-backs in the league – and that Ben Davies is very unlucky to be consistently left out.The Welshman finds himself behind Rose in the pecking order, having featured only four times this season.Bent told Football Insider: “He’s now relying on lack of form or injuries because Danny Rose is the best left-back, or one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. He’s unfortunate that he’s in that position.“He’s very, very good back up, Ben Davies, he’s never really done anything wrong at Spurs. When Danny Rose was going through confidence issues and injury issues, Davies stepped in and did really, really well.“When Danny Rose is fit he’s arguably the best left-back in the conversation and in the Premier League. “I think Ben Davies understands where he’s at, but at the same time he needs know there’s going to be an opportunity where he’s going to be called upon and he needs to be ready.” Etienne Fermie30 Sep 2019, 6:10 pmEX SPURS right-back Alan Hutton has tipped Tanguy Ndombele to become a ‘massive’ player for Tottenham.The Lilywhites shattered their transfer record to bring in the Frenchman from Lyon – and Hutton thinks it’ll be money well spent.He told Football Insider: “I think he’ll end up being a massive player for Tottenham.“He’s just arrived with a big price tag so it’s going to take time to settle in.“I think from what I have seen he is going to be a class act so he’s going to take time to settle in, which he has done, even though with his price tag you expect him to be excellent from day one, but it does take time to settle in as a player.“So I think we will start now to see the best of him.”Etienne Fermie30 Sep 2019, 5:40 pmJAN VERTONGHEN has had his say on Tottenham’s hard fought 2-1 win over Southampton yesterday.Spurs were forced to grind out victory with ten men after Serge Aurier was red carded in the first half.And Vertonghen thinks the difficult nature of the win could benefit the team.He told Spurs TV: “Maybe this is what we needed. We also created a couple of nice chances but from the front to the back, everyone fought so hard and it’s a big win for us.“This win means a lot. We deserved it. We started well, had a bit of bad luck but yes, extremely happy with the win.”Spurs were winning when Aurier was sent off, but almost immediately a Hugo Lloris howler gifted Southampton an equaliser – but Vertonghen refused to criticise his team-mate.“We always try to play out from the back, Hugo had that in his mind and didn’t see the first solution. He tried and that’s what we want.“We want to play out from the back and if the goalkeeper makes a mistake it’s nearly always a goal but if you see the saves he made after that… Hugo, mentally he’s so strong and the same for Serge, he’s aggressive and that’s how we want to be. “Today it meant a red card and a goal against us, but the win is for these guys.”Load more entries…last_img read more

“Ebola Exposes Liberia’s Vulnerable Health System”

first_imgA Liberian Physician and Epidemiologist, who contracted and survived the Ebola virus attack, has admitted that the disease came to expose to the world Liberia’s weak and vulnerable health system.Dr. Philip Z. Ireland, a panelist during a one-day Liberia Civil Society Organizations Ebola Response Task Force Policy Dialogue in Monrovia yesterday, stressed that the healthcare delivery system of Liberia is one of the most vulnerable and most deplorable in the world.Dr. Ireland, who contracted the disease from a patient he was treating, said Liberians are thinkers who can make positive changes in the health system and other sectors, but they are poorly treated.He said the Liberian Government prefers to purchase vehicles costing about US$20,000 or more each, but fails to improve the health and education sectors that will benefit its citizens.Sharing what he experienced during his illness, he described the ELWA nurses at the Ebola Treatment Unit as among the best nurses in Liberia who, for the sake of humanity, attend to patients in line with medical and nursing ethics.He told the civil society organizations that nurses are seriously humiliated by their managers who go at lengths to discourage development partners from giving them more attractive salaries.Because of the humiliation doctors and other professionals face in their line of work, many are defecting from their professions, seeking political positions, especially in the Senate and the House of Representatives, since political positions offer better salaries and other emoluments, declared Dr. Ireland.The Liberian physician observed that such behavior on the part of Liberians in authority clearly shows that the society welcomes people who commit evil and treats good people with disdain.Alluding to recent comments by one of Liberia’s top medical doctors, Vuyu K. Golakai, Dr. Ireland reiterated that the health system is centuries backward and will require infusing more resources into it and other sectors as well before any improvement can be realized.Most people that died from Ebola met their demise because medical institutions took too long to attend to them in the absence of the emergency response team, Dr. Ireland charged.He commended ordinary Liberians for taking the necessary precautions and adhering to health messages to prevent the disease.He further emphasized the major roles the media and   international partners played in the fight against Ebola and expressed optimism that the disease was on its way out of the country.The Liberia Civil Society Organizations Ebola Response Task Force is a group that monitors key stakeholders in the fight against Ebola.It monitors media coverage on Ebola, how funds given by government and partners are expended.In his presentation on stakeholders’ performances in the Ebola fight in the month of November, the Director of the Liberia Media Center, Att. Lamii Kpargoi, said they observed in counties monitored that most health facilities did not have personal protective equipment (PPEs) while about 60% of the health workers were not on salaries but given minimal incentives.Atty. Kpargoi also acknowledged that in the 44 health facilities visited, there were limited beds for pregnant women and anti-malaria drugs were lacking.He added that the government of Liberia allotted US$931,150 from the county development funds to be used in several counties including Gparpolu, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado, but those counties where the funds were used have not given any account.Atty. Kpargoi also disclosed that US$283 million was reportedly disbursed by the international community towards the fight against Ebola, but civil society groups were still seeking to know how these funds were used.Among media houses monitored for coverage of the Ebola Virus, the Liberia Media Center Director said the Daily Observer alone published about 78 stories followed by Front Page Africa and New Democrat.For radio, he disclosed that Lux FM broadcast more than the rest of the stations monitored, giving 130 minutes of air time for Ebola messages.Search for Common Ground Director, Oscar Bloh, in his welcome statement, said the dialogue is the first for the Civil Society Task Force and they are determined to monitor closely the Ebola fight to ensure transparency in spending and community approaches towards survivors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lottery Ex-employee Wants Salary Arrears from VP’s Office

first_imgA former Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberia Lottery, Christopher Togba, is calling on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who has oversight responsibility for the national lottery, to pay his salary arrears, which he claimed the entity has owed him for more than nine years. However, the office of the Vice President says the Mr. Boakai only has “oversight responsibility” over the running of the Liberia Lottery, which does not necessarily allow him (VP) to run the entity.“Having an oversight responsibility of an area is different from running the organization. Therefore, the VP will not run the day to day activities of an area which he has an oversight responsibility,” George Saah, director of media relations in the office of the VP told the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday.“We are not afraid of anything from anywhere,” Mr. Saah told this newspaper.But according to Mr. Togba, who was placed on “Administrative Leave with Pay” since March 22, 2007, the entire administrative decision bore the signature of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai. “It has been more than nine years since your letter of administrative leave,” Togba told the Vice President in a letter, “yet you have still failed to resolve what you affixed your signature to.”Mr. Togba further said despite several interventions from the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to pay his just salary and benefits, which has accrued to the sum of US$284,382.58 (Two hundred eighty-four thousand, three hundred eighty-two United States dollars and fifty-eight cents), the VP’s office continues to do nothing to resolve the problem. “Vice President,” he said, “you and your management team at the Lottery have not only reneged on what you wrote in your March 22, 2007 letter, but you continue to employ divisive means.”Additionally, “since I have been on ‘Administrative Leave’ (with pay) as per your directive, you have always been furnished with the accrued sum of my salary and benefits, including copies of my monthly salary-check prior to the March 22, 2007 decision, but you still fail to pay my money and benefits.“I am therefore calling on you, Mr. Boakai, to please pay me and stop this act reminiscent of the ugly and evil past of our country,” Togba concluded in his letter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Part-time golfer, full-time father

first_imgThey might not realize it now, because they’re just teenagers and parents are the most uncool thing ever when you’re in high school. But someday, the Goydos girls will learn about the sacrifices Paul Goydos, a single parent, has made for them. PEBBLE BEACH Chelsea and Courtney Goydos have the coolest dad. Chelsea and Courtney are 16 and 14, respectively. Their dad is a professional golfer, but that’s not his most important job. “I’m still full-time father, part-time golfer,” Goydos said Tuesday. “That’s not going to change too much.” What has changed for Goydos is that he recently won on the PGA Tour for the first time in 11years. Goydos won the Sony Open in Hawaii, which gave him a berth in the PGA Championship. The Masters and other majors are still up in the air, although if he stays in the top 50 in the world rankings, he can play in the Masters. But even if he plays in the U.S. Open and British Open, which are in June and July, respectively, he’s still going to take his daughters on vacation between them. His daughters stay with their aunt and uncle, Goydos’ former in-laws, when Goydos is traveling. When Goydos won in Hawaii, his brother, mother, nieces and nephews all got together and watched him hoist the trophy. center_img “Yeah, I think they (his daughters) actually have kids coming up to them in school,” said Goydos, who lives with his daughters in Orange County’s Dove Canyon. “It’s not like my last name is Smith, so people, they kind of put two and twotogether. Again, they’re dealing with high school kids. Golf is a lot cooler now than it was when I was in high school.” Goydos, once a substitute teacher in Long Beach, is now ranked 43rd in the world. Who could blame him if he wanted to play just about every tournament this season, so he could move up on the money list, FedExCup points race and world rankings? His children probably wouldn’t blame him, either. Instead, his schedule will remain at about 20 tournaments this season. “My schedule is not dictated by where I am on the money list or the FedExCup points,” Goydos said. “It’s dictated by how it tries to fit in to what I’m trying to accomplish parenting-wise.” Goydos, 42, is probably cool to his children’s friends. He’s teed it up with all of the most popular golfers. He’s even played at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with Donald Trump. He’s tried to poke fun at Rush Limbaugh but couldn’t get a rise out of him. He’s played on the PGA Tour for 14 seasons, so he’s amassed a collection of funny stories, although maybe the kind teenagers roll their eyes at. Goydos talks to his children by phone about two or three times a night. He checks in to make sure they’ve done their homework, and he’s satisfied that when he leaves to play another golf tournament, they understand he has a job to do. “I don’t know if it’s an appreciation as much as I hope they understand it,” Goydos said. “The best thing about having kids that age, as opposed to maybe 10or what have you, is the fact that they understand what work is. They understand why I’m going to work. They understand you need to have a job.” Golfing may be a cool job. But he knows fatherhood is his coolest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

James Wilson speaks out on Manchester United loan exit

first_img James Wilson 1 Manchester United striker James Wilson say it was a one horse race when it came to joining Brighton on loan.The 19-year-old moved to the Championship side this week in an attempt to get more playing time.Several clubs enquired after his services but, after speaking with team-mate Jesse Lingard, Wilson says it was an easy choice.“There were a lot of clubs interested, but there was only one horse in the race for me,” Wilson told Brighton’s website.“It’s a brilliant club, brilliant facilities, and I think the style of play will suit my game, so that was the basis behind my decision.“I asked Jesse Lingard for some advice too, and about what it was like here. He told me it’s a great club.“Everyone I’ve spoken to has said it’s a brilliant set-up and a brilliant club, with a great bunch of lads.”last_img read more

Depot offers new displays

first_imgModel railroad equipment and supplies will be available at two railroad swap meets scheduled at the park Aug. 26 and Oct. 28 from 7 to 11 a.m. The Rancho Simi Foundation and the Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society have new Web sites related to the depot at and SIMI VALLEY – The 1903 Santa Susana Railroad Depot has a new Web site and displays to help people understand what these old train stations meant to people of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The depot, at 6503 Katherine Road, is open to visitors Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 4 p.m. along the railroad tracks in Santa Susana Park. One portion of the building features a model of the Southern Pacific Railroad line from Burbank to Port Hueneme, along which the depot that used to sit at Los Angeles Avenue and Tapo Street. It was moved to Santa Susana Park in the 1970s. The depot and park are owned by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District and offer visitors a place to hold family picnics and meetings and to examine the displays and artifacts inside. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lukaku is NOT good enough for Manchester United, Meulensteen claims – LISTEN

first_imgFormer Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has questioned whether Romelu Lukaku is a good enough striker to play for the Red Devils.Lukaku is reportedly keen to leave Everton this summer and United are the latest club said to be interested in making a move.The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with a return to Chelsea for many months, however reports on Monday claim the 23-year-old is no longer interested in re-joining the Blues and now favours a move to Old Trafford instead.Lukaku is the Premier League’s top scorer with 24 goals – and six assists – this season, and will surely be targeted by a number of top teams if he pushes for an exit from Goodison Park this summer.However, Meulensteen is unconvinced, with the Dutchman telling talkSPORT Lukaku would not be the right fit for Man United.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man said: “Don’t get me wrong here, Lukaku has obviously had a fantastic season and he is a goalscorer.“But at a club like Manchester United you need more strings to your bow.“What he needs to develop definitely is his game on the ball, in terms of quick combinations with his team-mates.“That is where he falls short, I think, and it’s something that’s not as exposed at a club like Everton.“But if you play at the highest level, your finesse on the ball in the final third, your decision making has to be absolutely spot on.“Yes he would bring power, he would bring strength, but when you look over the years at the strikers United have had, does he fit in the same line of strikers? I don’t think so.”last_img read more

Sunderland come from behind to begin League One life with defeat of Charlton

first_img 3 Phillips made up for his error 10 minutes later though, first making a fine save to deny Maguire’s free-kick, and then keeping out a close-ranger header from Maja that would have put Sunderland in front.Sinclair should have secured Sunderland all three points five minutes from time, but he prodded Oviedo’s cross wide from three yards out.The 21-year-old knew he had wasted a game-winning chance, and the look of anguish on his face was mirrored on the faces of the Sunderland faithful.But, in the sixth minute of injury time, Gooch brilliantly headed into the far corner of Phillips’ net to secure Sunderland a superb comeback victory.STAR MANDebutant goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was the only reason Sunderland were still in the game at half-time. He could do nothing about Taylor’s penalty, but then denied Charlton four or five clear chances which would have put the Londoners in a commanding position. McLaughlin’s confidence to leave his goal line was one key strength, and it meant he could deny some opportunities before they were seriously created.Sunderland’s outfield players were the reason the Black Cats got back into the game in the second period, but McLaughlin’s performance was the reason such an outcome was even a possibility for Jack Ross’ side.MOMENT OF THE MATCHLynden Gooch’s match-winning header is the kind of goal that can define a season, even this early on. Having gone behind, Sunderland managed to secure a comeback victory in the most brilliant of circumstances, and their second half performance was certainly deserving of such an outcome.The Black Cats will now enter matchweek two on a high and with momentum behind them, and, even more importantly, with the fans behind them also.LINE-UPSSunderland XI: McLaughlin, Love (Oviedo 27′), Loovens, Ozturk, Matthews, O’Nien (Sinclair 46′ (Molyneux 90+3′)), Mumba, Honeyman, Gooch, Maguire, MajaSubs not used: Baldwin, Ruiter, Embleton, HumeCharlton XI: Phillips, Marshall, Bauer, Page, Solly, Pratley, Pearce (Sarr 90′), Ahearne-Grant, Aribo, Taylor, LapslieSubs not used: Ajose, Maynard-Brewer, Maloney, Hackett-FairchildLEAGUE ONE TABLE 3 The hosts did grow into the game and they looked solid in possession, although issues in their defence meant Charlton looked threatening on the break.McLaughlin was forced to save from Lapslie, Pratley and Taylor, who sensed his second of the match when racing through on goal after Loovens woeful back-pass.A Gooch cross created danger in Charlton’s area, before Oviedo tested Phillips for the first time with a speculative effort that was a relatively easy save.Moments later, Oviedo played a key role in Sunderland’s best chance of the opening half, with his mis-hit shot falling for Maja ten yards from goal in the left side of the area. However, Maja could not convert his shot, which rolled just wide of Phillips’ goal.Nonetheless, it was proof Charlton could be got at, and Sunderland came out after the restart looking to take advantage. Jerome Sinclair was brought on at the break, and he looked likely in the final third, testing Phillips with a header early on.And less than 20 minutes into the second half, Maja pulled the hosts level with a low strike into the left corner of Phillips’ goal that the glovesman really should have done better to keep out. 3center_img Jack Ross’ Sunderland debut ended in a draw Sunderland began life in League One with a 2-1 home defeat of a Charlton side whose squad is so small Lee Bowyer could name just five substitutes in their matchday squad.It took less than 10 minutes for the Black Cats to learn the third division will not be a walk in the park, Lyle Taylor thrashing home a penalty after Chris Maguire fouled Karlan Ahearne-Grant in the area. Josh Maja scored Sunderlands first goal of the season last_img read more


first_imgIn his new regular column, THE ROAD TO ESTIONA, Mick Coleman logs the run-in to the European Press Bench Championships later this year….“As I get ready for the european bench press championships a good friend of mine Ricky Mullan, a world champion powerlifter, invited me to train with him in a gym called the rockpit in lisburn a hardcore blood and guts gym as it’s known.There are two parts to the gym the weights side and a womens only gym next door but as many women use the weights side as the men they say they do it for a more intense workout something we encourage the female members of Energie Letterkenny to do. “On the bench press front it was a good weights wise with me doing 152.5kg with a bench shirt on since then i have do 155kg raw and 157.5kg with the shirt on. My bench shirt is only a cheap one that really not helping me at all i will buy a top of the range one and it could give me an extra 15 to 20 kilo’s on my bench. In the coming weeks i will be showing how the bench press uses every muscle in the body and not just the chest and arms.BUILT IN ENERGIE LETTERKENNY / POWERED BY NATIONAL IRISH BANK / FOLLOW ME ON DONEGALDAILY.COMTHE ROAD TO ESTONIA BY MICK COLEMAN was last modified: June 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofeyletterkennymick colemanlast_img read more