EPL: Wolves feast on Norwich City

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Wolves vs. Norwich City Venue: Molineux Kick off: 3PMWolverhampton Wanderers play host to Norwich City this afternoon looking to end their three-match winless streak in the Premier League. The Canaries head into today’s match sitting eight points adrift of safety, putting the pressure on Daniel Farke’s side to push for victory at Molineux. After two games without troubling the scoresheet, Wolves looked back to their brilliant best on Thursday night as they thrashed Espanyol by a 4-0 scoreline in the Europa League. However, with the Spanish outfit resting the majority of their preferred XI, the onus remains on Wolves to prove that they replicate that ruthlessness against teams in the Premier League. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have had a tough run in the top flight, playing Liverpool, Manchester United and Leicester City in successive matches, but the Portuguese will now hope that Wolves can capitalise on their upcoming fixtures. Diogo Jota netted his second European hat-trick in a row on Thursday night, although you have to go all the way back to December 8 for the attacker’s last contribution on the domestic scene. Nevertheless, with Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence providing extra competition for places, Jota may benefit from feeling the need to raise his game during the closing months of the campaign. While Norwich make the trip to the West Midlands cut adrift at the bottom of the table, the Canaries have shown improvements over their last five matches in all competitions. As well as reaching the FA Cup fifth round, Norwich have kept two clean sheets from four attempts, only conceding goals during narrow defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool respectively. In their most recent outing against the latter, Norwich regularly troubled the league leaders, and Farke will feel that his side are heading in the right direction, regardless of their lowly standing. Although Norwich have not scored a goal from open play in the first half of a Premier League contest since New Year’s Day, they are facing opponents who have made a habit of conceding the first goal in matches throughout this season. Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Jota. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Lewis, Tettey, McClean, Buendia, Duda, Cantwell, Pukki.Tags: Daniel FarkeEspanyolLiverpoolMolineaux StadiumNorwich CityNuno Espirito SantoPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Syracuse defense commits one gaffe in otherwise solid performance

first_imgSyracuse head coach Phil Wheddon slammed his water bottle against the ground. Alexis Koval turned her back from the field and buried her face in her hands. Orange teammates cried out in frustration.SU was penalized for a foul inside its box that granted Pittsburgh a penalty kick. The Panthers’ Roosa Arvas shot the ball to the bottom-right corner, and Syracuse goalie Courtney Brosnan dove the same way. But Brosnan couldn’t get a piece of the ball, which slipped by for the goal. As Brosnan got up from the grass, she pounded the ground.After playing solid defense for nearly 85 minutes, the Orange (4-5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) surrendered the game’s only score in a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh (5-6, 1-2 ACC) at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Syracuse controlled the ball, but couldn’t capitalize on its chances. The tied score put the Orange at risk if its defense made a costly mistake, which it did.“There’s nothing you can do about that,” Wheddon said of the penalty kick.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJunior Taylor Haenlin, SU’s most reliable defender, played her best game of the season, Wheddon said. As a central defender, Haenlin cleared away almost all of Pittsburgh’s chances that went through the middle, with either her feet or head. The Panthers only took two shots in the first half as Syracuse dictated the pace of the game. The penalty kick that the Orange allowed was the only mistake in an otherwise clean game for the defense. “We really shut them down,” Brosnan said. “I thought except for that one play, they didn’t really have too many opportunities. So I thought we were pretty good today.”With the defense playing at a high level, Wheddon said the only way his team would lose would be if they allowed a goal on a set piece, which it did.The Panthers’ only legitimate scoring chance in the first half came off a free kick in the 22nd minute. Arvas shot the ball toward the top corner of the goal but Brosnan leapt up and tapped the ball above the crossbar. Set pieces have been an issue for the Orange. In the past five games, SU has allowed three goals on three set pieces and the fourth on the penalty kick that lost it the game. During the flow of play today, Syracuse stopped everything else.“I guess we just got to stay on top of it mentally,” Brosnan said. “We can’t have little lapses like that to allow the PK. I think we do that pretty well, just split seconds that aren’t good for us.”The Orange’s defensive success was in part due to playing with four defenders instead of three. Earlier this season, SU played a 3-5-2, but Wheddon has recently made the switch to a 4-3-3. The change shifts a midfielder to defense, which eliminates space for the other team’s forwards.Erin Simon and Maddie Iozzi played as outside midfielders in the 3-5-2, but played as outside defenders on Sunday and sent numerous passes in the air to Syracuse’s forwards.“I’m just trying to generate a little offense out of the back and be more dangerous out of the back,” Simon said.On all parts of the field, Syracuse’s defense turned in a spotless performance. But one mishap was mixed in.Said Wheddon: “We limited them to non-threatening opportunities, so this one hurts.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

Murray win sets up Nadal semi-final

first_imgAndy Murray will face six-time defending champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters after continuing his return to form with a comprehensive win over Portuguese qualifier Frederico Gil.The British number one powered to his third win of the week as he saw off Gil, the world number 82, 6-2 6-1 in only 72 minutes.Murray had come into the tournament desperately searching for form after three first-round defeats in succession, and having split with coaching consultant Alex Corretja, but the switch to clay appears to have worked wonders.Confident from the outset despite the windy conditions, Murray was far too strong for Gil and had him constantly on the defensive with his greater variety and weight of shot.The Scot broke serve in game three and then played the first drop shot of the day, having got on the wrong side of the home crowd 24 hours earlier for deploying the same tactic against an injured Gilles Simon.There was nothing but applause this time, however, such was the quality of the stroke, and Murray gave further evidence that his forehand is really finding its range on the clay as he broke again on his way to taking the first set. Gil, playing arguably the biggest match of his career, for once had Murray running all over the court as he earned two break points at the start of the second, but after chasing down a poor drop shot he caught the tape with a seemingly easy forehand put-away and the chance was gone.Deflated, Gil made four errors in a row to hand over another break in game three and Murray then accelerated towards the finishing line, showing off his full repertoire, with one flipped forehand almost parallel to the net a particular highlight.“It was good, I played very well today in tricky conditions,” Murray said afterwards. “I hit the ball very well for the majority of the match.”The stats suggest that, even as the world number four, Murray has little chance against the undisputed master on clay, but he is relishing Saturday’s semi-final against Nadal.“He is incredibly difficult to beat on clay but you need to believe you can win,” added the Scot. “I plan on winning the match and you need to go in with that attitude. I’ve always enjoyed playing Rafa – it’s going to be a great test.”Source: BBClast_img read more

Josh Rosen is not to blame for Cardinals fallout, and Dolphins offer redemption

first_imgThat came a year after the Cardinals took Rosen with the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and Rosen said, “nine mistakes were made ahead of me.”  SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Live pick tracker | Day 1 winners & losers | Best availableYou could argue Rosen was the bad guy then, especially after a career at UCLA where he was known more for the hot tub in his dorm room and his opinions on politics, student athletes and everything in between. The Bruins had an 18-19 record in his three seasons on campus, and UCLA coach Jim Mora lost his job. Rosen had not proven anything up to that point.  It was fair to call Rosen the bad guy then because he had not proved anything at the next level.  The Cardinals did not give him that chance. Rosen started on 13 games on a miserable team that had no chance of winning right away. He took 45 sacks and the three wins were not pretty.  Still better than Jared Goff, who was 0-7 as a rookie starter before taking off with Sean McVay. Rosen did not have the luxury to sit and learn like Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. Imagine if the Colts had ditched Peyton Manning after his rookie season, in which Indianapolis finished 3-13 and Manning finished with 26 TDs and a league-worst 28 interceptions.MORE: Cardinals set new NFL precedent in drafting Kyler MurrayThat is the precedent Arizona set with hiring Kliff Kingsbury and drafting Murray with the No. 1 pick. The second Kingsbury was hired, there was no chance that Rosen and Murray would co-exist on the same roster.  Still, Rosen was made out to be the bad guy this time.  Why? He stopped following the team on Twitter and Instagram? The Cardinal sin, right? Nobody should care about that, but they do. NFL Network’s Steve Smith launched into Rosen with a heated rant Friday afternoon and asked the question, “You’re mad that they brought some competition in here?” Smith also said Rosen brought the stigma with him from UCLA into the NFL. Goodness… Steve Smith just UNLOADED on Josh Rosen. pic.twitter.com/8mCrb9yoxx— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) April 26, 2019Smith has a point, but name a No. 1 pick that doesn’t get the starting job at some point. Dating back to Manning, that just does not happen. Rosen could compete for the starting job, but he was never going to win that with Kingsbury and Murray on board. Not a chance.  Rosen is a quarterback, not a receiver, and this was an organizational decision made without him as part of the future. Arizona ran a bunch of draft smokescreens, failed to trade Rosen before the NFL Draft and let his value sink to a second-round pick. It is almost a disservice to Rosen, who had more long-term value than New York’s Daniel Jones and is not that much different than Washington’s Dwayne Haskins, the other first-round quarterback in this year’s draft. Imagine if the Redskins ditch Haskins for Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa next season. Somebody will ditch their quarterback for Trevor Lawrence in 2021.  Josh Rosen is not the bad guy this time.  That won’t stop the effort after Arizona traded Rosen a day after selecting Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Rosen is headed to the Miami Dolphins, who traded the No. 62 pick in the second round to land a potential franchise quarterback.   That is the precedent the Cardinals have set with ditching their top-10 pick after just one season. It’s an offshoot of the college football quarterback carousel, which has become more active than ever with the transfer portal.  Rosen isn’t the first quarterback this happened to, and he won’t be the last. That comes with another chapter, too.  Miami offers perhaps the first chance for Rosen to prove it after he was told he’s not good enough. That didn’t happen at UCLA, where he had moments of brilliance, like the time he led the Bruins to a 34-point comeback in a 45-44 victory against Texas A&M. That didn’t happen at Arizona, which moved in a different direction and is entitled to that with the Kingsbury-Murray connection. Everybody wants to see if that works.  center_img Rosen will get his chance in Miami with first-year coach Brian Flores at a place that has been looking for its franchise quarterback since Dan Marino — who had a then-record 48 TDs in his second season. Perhaps it’s Rosen who can finally pick up where Marino left off and prove there were “nine mistakes” one year and one more the next.  Rosen can be the good guy this time.  He’ll find out it’s a lot easier to be one of those, too.last_img read more