About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hodgson insists Crystal Palace players deserved Man City winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists his players deserved the win at Manchester City.Hodgson was delighted with the discipline shown for the shock 3-2 triumph.He said, “The structure and the discipline the players showed to stick to the gameplan was superb. We realised we were playing against a team who were fantastically good on the ball and it’s very difficult to pressurise them high up the field without opening yourselves up, so we allowed their centre-backs a little more time on the ball and we were very disciplined to make certain that our back four and midfield four blocked all the spaces there.“We know that it was tough and we rode our luck when the free-kick hit the post but I must say that over the 96 minutes the players feel deserved to be proud of themselves and we don’t need to apologise for getting the three points here today.”He added: “The 10 or 15 minutes after De Bruyne’s goal was going to be very difficult for us as they were going to play lots of balls into the penalty area and throw lots of players forward but I thought we stood up to that very well and there weren’t too many clear-cut chances where I sensed the equaliser was coming.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe lauds pivotal Begovicby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes that Asmir Begovic is a key man for his side.While Bournemouth are known for playing great football, they also try to keep it tight at the back.And Cherries boss Howe knows Begovic is a key reason why they kept a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over Brighton. The win moved them up to 8th in the Premier League.He told the Daily Echo: “Asmir has been very important. I think a goalkeeper is a massive part of a successful team.”Their job is to win you games with big saves and I felt he did that.”He did that against Huddersfield as well and in another game recently. He is contributing positively.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Herrera refuses journo bait to slate Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera refused to take a reporter’s baiting about former manager Jose Mourinho after victory over Bournemouth.When asked about the difference in United, Herrera was reluctant to take a dig at Mourinho.Herrera told the BBC: “We have won the last three games but I do not like to make comparisons.”I am very thankful to Jose (Mourinho) for what he did to the club. Now we are in a different moment and we have a new manager and that is it.”We are in a good moment and everyone is playing very well. Our attacking players are enjoying it and they are making it easier for the rest of the players.”Our manager told us on the first day, the best way to win a game when you are in the lead is to keep attacking and this is what the club has always been about.”The best way to defend is to keep the ball and keep attacking.”When you win and score lots of goals you want to play as soon as possible and I hope we perform on Wednesday against Newcastle as we have today.”We are still sixth but we should not be because of the quality we have.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi signs for Royal Excel Mouscronby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has joined Royal Excel Mouscron on loan for the rest of the season.He moves after his spell with KAA Gent was ended early.Having signed a new contract with the Reds in the summer, the 21-year-old linked up with Gent in Belgium’s top flight for 2018-19.Awoniyi made 22 appearances for the club in all competitions and scored three goals, before an agreement was reached to conclude his stay this month.And the Nigeria youth international has immediately sealed a loan move to fellow Belgian side Mouscron – where he spent the whole of 2017-18, scoring 11 goals – ahead of the resumption of their campaign on January 20.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Club Brugge hero Emmanuel Dennis: I wanted to show Real Madrid what they’d lostby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClub Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis admits his goal celebration last night was a swipe at Real Madrid.The Nigerian struck twice in the 2-2 Champions League draw and followed up with a ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ celebration.Afterwards, Dennis explained his actions: “I like Cristiano and for me he is the best player in the world. “I became sad when he left Madrid and celebrated my goals to show that they had lost something.”He added: “I am happy to have scored two goals, we really wanted to win the game and we were not far away, so we have to settle for a point, which is already a good result.”
Man City, PSG eyeing Odds BK striker Filip Mollerby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOdds BK striker Filip Moller is attracting Premier League interest.Fotospor says City have registered an interest in Moller.The Blues are keeping tabs on the 18-year-old who has scored three league goals this season.The report states that Trabzonspor and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Trossard must convince Brighton boss Potter for Everton startby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeandro Trossard has to show his manager that he is ready to play in the Premier League.Brighton boss Graham Potter was asked about the chances of Trossard getting a start in their next game against Everton.The attacker is in line for his first appearance since the end of August when they entertain the Toffees.And Potter says it is down to the player to show he is fit and raring to go.He told The Argus: “He had a week training so that was why we thought he needed a bit more time.”We will see how this week goes now.”He can have another full week’s training and we will make an assessment then.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Instagram/jwillpart2Jonathan Williams may not suit up for the Razorbacks again, but the Arkansas great should be ready to go when the NFL Draft process begins in earnest. Today, Williams got on the treadmill and ran for the first time since suffering a foot injury that cost him his senior season.On Sunday, Williams receiver a Senior Bowl invitation, despite missing this year. Things are definitely looking up for him.
When we put together the bracket for the 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media a few weeks back, we were pretty sure we knew which two personalities would be facing off in the championship game. Now that we’re here, we have no clue which of them is going to prevail.Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless, the two stars of ESPN’s First Take, have reached the final. Neither was even realistically challenged along the way.This past week, 1-seed Smith knocked off 11-seed Jemele Hill, while 1-seed Bayless handled 16-seed Jim Rome in the Final Four. Both runs were impressive, but like all good things – they had to come to an end.Voting is now closed on the Final Four. You can view results from the first round here, the second round here, the Sweet 16 here, the Elite Eight here and the Final Four here. Let’s vote on the all-First Take final below.The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Championship GameVote On The Championship Game Here1. Stephen A. Smith vs. 1. Skip BaylessYou’ve all been waiting for this moment. Use your vote wisely. More Annoying: Stephen A. Smith or Skip Bayless?More: 10 Schools We Think Will Switch Conferences >>>
jim harbaugh home runMichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was a pretty solid football player, but perhaps he has some talent in other sports as well. Wednesday, it looks like Harbaugh joined the school’s softball team for some batting practice. He hit one off a tee over the fence, then dabbed, and then ran around the bases in celebration.Harbaugh actually has pretty good form here. Granted, the ball wasn’t moving, but whatever.What will Harbaugh do next?