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A French midfielder with massive presence sent off in an intense match between Manchester United and Arsenal reflected on his emotions in the dressing room, mind whirring while the latter stages of the game was played without him. “It’s tough, especially in a big moment like that,” he said. “You feel like you let the team down. There are so many emotions going through your mind, and everything is negative – I was so mad about the red card.” As it happens, those words belong to Patrick Vieira, who experienced the frustration of being dismissed – unfairly in his view – in a simmering encounter at Old Trafford in 2003. Nike NFL L.C. Greenwood Gold/Black Jersey Men's Game: #68 Pittsburgh Steelers Alternate 80th Anniversary Throwback Like Vieira on that heated day, the result ended up favourable enough for Paul Pogba this weekend to ensure the immediate vexation was not punished, as his team-mates maintained a meaningful result without him. But the aftermath brings added complications. For club and player, suspension for this weekend’s showdown against Authentic Salvador Perez Jersey Manchester City, plus a couple more games on top, is a bitter pill. Premier Reebok Men's Tyler Ennis White Away Jersey - NHL #63 Buffalo SabresPogba’s influence during United’s win at Arsenal was immense. His charisma, when he got on the ball with some space to influence opening up in front of his eyes, was a major factor. David de Gea’s goalkeeping masterclass and Jesse Lingard’s cleverly timed runs to finish ruthlessly merited glowing praise. But of the game’s many pivotal moments, the killer blow came when United were being swamped by opponents cranking up their attack in search of an equaliser. Counter time. Pogba marauded down the right channel and when he picked up the ball he beat Laurent Koscielny with a blend of muscle and delicate footwork before clipping over a perfect invitation of a cross that Lingard accepted with delight. There is no obvious replacement for Pogba, especially for a team under pressure in a high-profile game, a situation designed for players with big-match personality to make a difference. It is hard to imagine he will not be missed whatever plan José Mourinho comes up with to try to halt the runaway neighbours. Many details created this humdinger of a match. There was enough going on that it felt like several games within one 90 minutes. Weighty analysis is justified about everything from Arsenal’s sloppy defending, De Gea’s extraordinary double save, the weird statistical contrast between the expected goals and the real scoreline, the way Arsène Wenger’s team created so many chances in a big game (and indeed the efficacy of United’s defence in allowing themselves to be so open even if they got away with it), Alexandre Lacazette’s improvement now that a rapport with his team-mates has in, a couple of penalty decisions, and Pogba’s dismissal. One of the compliments Mourinho paid his team afterwards was about their adaptability. They began with the snappy energy to surprise anyone who suspected a bus parking operation had been ordered, spearing Arsenal slips with an impressively sharp edge. Then they had to hang on. Finally, the way they reorganised when Pogba was sent off after the full weight of his stride landed on Héctor Bellerín’s legs was an example of how to force an opponent to drop their tempo and lose their rhythm. Mourinho was not minded to get into whether a thrilling away performance has any impact on the title scenario. Wenger confronted the same question, phrased in reference to Mauricio Pochettino’s admission that Tottenham are no longer considering themselves involved in any kind of race for top spot. “I am not Pochettino, I am Arsène Wenger. I am here to fight as long as I can, as long as mathematically it’s possible you have to fight, you cannot give any other message out,” he said. “I believe the game [against Manchester United] has to make us angry and Robert Quinn Jersey even more determined. If Vinny Curry Youth jersey I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential. And we lose the game? We cannot accept that. That’s what you want. Wenger was hurting and angry, reeling about the lack of efficiency that affected them at both ends of the pitch, and said that his players felt the same way. “I feel sorry for the players, that’s why I’m angry … When the performance is of that quality we have to be efficient. We are in this job to be efficient, you know. So I blame myself first. We Authentic Calle Jarnkrok Jersey have lost games here against Man United where we didn’t deserve anything. But what makes you angry is that you produce that performance and in the end you have nothing to show for it. De Gea is an outstanding goalkeeper, I don’t want to take anything away. But we had situations, despite De Gea, we should have scored.” On that note, even in their victory United will have to ponder their own plan considering free-scoring Manchester City have the form to be more ruthless in front of goal. They might need something extra than leaning on a miracle from De Gea to underpin them again.,75056
For 79 minutes on Saturday, Arsenal were superb. In that spell, they had 32 shots to Manchester United’s five. They pummelled a team noted for their organisation, creating chance after chance. As Arsène Wenger underlined afterwards, they hammered them on the xG. They forced David de Gea into a Premier League record 14 saves. The problem was that by the time they began that spell, they were 2-0 down. Premier CCM Men's Steve Yzerman White Jersey - NHL #19 Detroit Red Wings Winter Classic ThrowbackThere is an entire chapter in Alex Ferguson’s last but one book devoted to Wenger and Nick Vigil Youth jersey how predictable he found Arsenal, how easy they were to Wenger claimed last week that his switch to a back three had helped alleviate that, offeringgreater defensive stability. Reebok NHL Women's Jordan Eberle Black Third Authentic Jersey - #7 New York IslandersThat seemed, even at the time, like a hostage to fortune and so it proved: all three United goals were the result of Arsenal losing possession. The third was understandable, the ball lost high up the pitch as Arsenal chased the game – although they had been given a warning a few minutes earlier with a Jesse Lingard effort that ended up being deflected on to the crossbar by Petr Cech – but the first two were not. Whatever the tactical approach, whatever grand designs the managers may have, a team who give the ball away as cheaply as that Kevin King Jersey twice in their final third is going to have problems. United were admirably efficient, it’s true, seizing on the gifts Arsenal gave them. The link-up of the front three of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Lingard was exceptional. As at Watford on Tuesday, the sense was of a much slicker trio than when Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Marcus Rashford play off the front man. Pogba’s role in that, linking the back and front of the team, is hugely significant while Lingard is coming more and more to seem like one of those players whose attributes are hard to define but who regularly has a decisive impact on games. Yet whatever satisfaction their interaction brings United there was also the oddity of a Mourinho side, for the second time in a week, taking a seemingly comfortable Authentic Josh Malone Jersey early lead and then only just holding on to it. Whether Mourinho had intended to pursue his notorious template for big away matches – the “he who has the ball has fear” doctrine outlined by Diego Torres in his biography of the coach – is impossible to say: the game was out of control from the off and remained so until Pogba was sent off. Anything, it seemed, could have happened. In that sense it could not be portrayed as some sort of tactical masterclass – from an attacking point of view this was probably as well as Arsenal have played against a Mourinho team. Samson Ebukam Jersey And yet as soon as Pogba had been sent off, Mourinho closed the game down. United stopped offering a threat on the counter, held their shape and, other than the Danny Welbeck penalty appeal, largely stymied Arsenal. It was as though Mourinho could have killed the game at any moment, it’s just that, with the chances United were creating on the break, he did not feel it necessary. It was notable as well, after all that had been said about the back three last week, that when Shkodran Mustafi went off, having been injured in the challenge that led to United’s second goal, Wenger did not use Per Mertesacker as a straight replacement but brought on Alex Iwobi and switched to a 4-2-3-1. Perhaps he simply reasoned that at 2-0 down he needed the extra forward and he had to sacrifice some defensive cover in the knowledge that a Mourinho side was unlikely to be overly aggressive in the circumstance. The result was Arsenal having a lot of the ball in dangerous areas 30-40 yards from the United goal as United’s two central midfielders, Pogba and Nemanja Matic, were outnumbered. That did not necessarily lead to clear‑cut chances – 15 of Arsenal’s 33 shots in the game were from outside the box – but it did feel significant that when Mourinho went to shut the game down, he brought on Ander Herrera for Martial to add an extra body in that area. Given how strong Manchester City are in midfield, that is perhaps a concern for United before the derby, but without Pogba they would have been forced to use a more obviously defensive presence in that zone anyway. But this was a game that seemed more about psychology than tactics. Mourinho, since his earliest days as a coach, has always spoken of the need to generate the right mindset in his players so they take the right decisions without them having to be pre‑programmed or endlessly practised. The three goals suggested that is close to being achieved at Old Trafford. Arsenal, meanwhile, continue in their age-old habit of making the wrong decisions at precisely the wrong times, undermining themselves before the contest has really begun.
A common sight at the Emirates Stadium in the past decade has been the away team storming into acres of space to seek reward on the counterattack, with Arsenal’s defensive players nowhere to be seen. The weakness has often flared in the biggest games and one of the best examples was the goal Cristiano Ronaldo scored to clinch Manchester United’s victory over Arsène Wenger’s side in their Champions League semi-final in 2009. United ruthlessly exploited Arsenal’s gung-ho approach, breaking at exhilarating speed, Ronaldo hurtling into the area to finish off a move he had started with a backheel deep on the right flank. Men's New York Islanders #27 Anders Lee Reebok Black Third Premier NHL JerseyIt was a regular occurrence when Sir Alex Ferguson brought his team to north London – take the goals Wayne Rooney and Park Ji-sung scored in a 3-1 league victory in January 2010 – and it would be logical for José Mourinho to construct a similar plan when United pay Arsenal a visit on Saturday evening. Plenty of other top sides have followed the Ferguson blueprint, after all. Monaco pounced Xavier Grimble Jersey on two occasions on the break when they knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League in 2015 and Barcelona exposed the same flaws a year later. There were 20 minutes to go in a goalless first leg when, inexplicably, Nacho Monreal was left as the last man back, unsure about whether to stop Neymar’s dribble or mark the forward to his left. Neymar’s pass was perfect, Lionel Messi put Barcelona ahead and the tie was effectively over. Men's Replica Majestic Robin Yount White Pinstripe Jersey - #19 MLB Milwaukee BrewersSuch tactical naivety and indiscipline were startling at first but it came to feel predictable when it kept happening. Arsenal rarely demonstrated a willingness or ability to manage games. Streetwise opponents would lay the trap and Wenger’s daydreamers would wander into it. Yet it is never too late to learn and the Emirates is a happier place for Arsenal these days. They will always seek to be progressive, but there have been signs of more humility recently. Wenger admitted as much after the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night, saying that switching to a 3-4-3 system in April has made a difference. “It’s all linked a little bit with confidence and the fact that we have been more stable defensively and a bit more patient maybe in our game,” Wenger said. “We are a team who puts many players in front of the ball when we attack so we are sometimes vulnerable on the counterattacks. On that front maybe the fact that we play with three centre-backs helps a little bit to be caught less on counterattacking.” There is, of course, always a need to tread carefully with Arsenal, who have an unfortunate habit of letting themselves down just when they seem to have turned a corner. They are back in the top four after three consecutive wins, with momentum generated by that impressive dismissal of Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago, but it is only a month since their defensive structure fell apart against Manchester City. They were abysmal, too, at Liverpool in August and optimism still has to be framed in a cautious light. Aaron Ramsey and Granit Thomas Vanek Womens Jersey Xhaka can be a flimsy partnership in midfield. But if Wenger is to be believed, Arsenal will be ready if United look to absorb pressure and wait for gaps to appear. The Frenchman has faced Mourinho too many times to expect anything else. Perhaps United will surprise everyone by seeking to dominate possession but that would be out of character in an away game against a rival. Their ideal scenario is for Arsenal to start chasing a goal and lose their shape, leaving themselves vulnerable to raids from Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard. “My opponent didn’t open the door for Andrew Shaw Authentic Jersey me to win the game,” Mourinho said after United’s tedious 0-0 draw at Liverpool two months ago. “I was waiting for him to give me more space to counter but he didn’t give me that.” Given his history with Arsenal, Mourinho may be more confident about the chances of them making a mistake. Wenger is forewarned, though. “They have a lot of power up front,” he said. “Lukaku, now Ibrahimovic is back, Rashford, Martial. You cannot say these guys lack power. So our defensive performance will certainly be important, to be well when we don’t have the ball against them. They are very strong on that front. We have to be well organised for that.” United have not won at any of their “big six” rivals under Mourinho, managing one goal and three points in seven games, but Wenger will not underestimate their threat. “They have just scored four at Watford,” he said. “If you look at their players they can be dangerous everywhere.” Wenger, however, will trust that his forwards can trouble United, even though Alexandre Lacazette will be missing after tweaking his groin against Huddersfield. Lacazette’s absence is a blow, robbing Arsenal’s attack of speed and ruthless finishing, but Olivier Giroud scored twice after replacing him at half-time, Alexis Sánchez’s motivation is returning and Mesut Özil is in inspired form.,96330
While the World Cup draw has been kind to England in footballing terms, the travel logistics are rather trickier. All three of England’s games avoid the big two transport hubs of Moscow and St Petersburg, and all are a flight away from the England training camp near St Petersburg. Adidas NHL Men's Aaron Ekblad Red Home Premier Jersey - #5 Florida PanthersFans planning to watch the games will need to take a lot of flights or long train journeys. Russian overnight trains are comfortable, so they may be a good option for those wanting to save on accommodation. The England team may have climatic factors to take into account as well – Kaliningrad on the Baltic can be breezy and mild even in summer, while the southern city of Volgograd can get swelteringly hot. England’s opening game will be played in Volgograd, the southern Russian city formerly known as Stalingrad. The city is dominated by a vast monument to Mother Russia and permeated with history from the battle that devastated the city but turned the tide of the second world war. Rebuilt after the war, with industrial areas and drab Soviet apartment blocks, it is certainly not one of Russia’s prettier cities. But the setting on the Volga river is pleasant in summer, with boat rides, cafes and temperatures that frequently climb into the 30s – it is likely to be significantly hotter than England’s base. The game is a late evening kick-off which should help with the heat. It will be played at a new 45,000-seater stadium in the city expected to be completed early next year. Most fans will probably fly in from Moscow, though the more adventurous might decide on the train, which takes about 18 hours. England’s second game will also take place on the Volga river, several hundred miles upstream from Volgograd. Nizhny is much more convenient to get to from Moscow than the other two games, with regular fast trains Authentic Josh Gordon Jersey covering the distance in a few hours. It also has an airport well-served with flights. Nizhny is an attractive, if somewhat shabby city with an atmospheric old kremlin and a large number of historic buildings. It’s one of the oldest cities in Russia and has a population of a little over a million. A bustling city with a Authentic Peter Budaj Jersey large number of universities, it should be a welcoming venue for fans, and England will play at a 45,000-seater stadium that, like those in the other two group game cities, is being built for the World Cup. Kaliningrad is a geographical anomaly – an exclave of Russia that is fully surrounded by the EU, namely Poland and Lithuania. The territory was once the German city of Königsberg, the hometown of the philosopher Immanuel Kant, who is buried there, but was seized by the Soviets at the end of the second world war. It has a bizarre atmosphere: it unsurprisingly feels more European than other parts of Russia and its residents have long benefited from special liberalised visa programmes and are well-travelled. But in many ways it also feels very Soviet, with the city centre dominated by the cube-shaped House of Soviets and many other Communist-era behemoths amid the older James Bradberry Youth jersey Prussian buildings. Because of the location, most people fly in from Moscow, though it is also possible to go overland from Poland or Lithuania. It is rather starved of decent hotels, which may mean some fans stay in the quaint resort towns on the Baltic coast, less than an hour away from the city.
One man doesn’t make a team but one player can make the difference, which is what I witnessed as we put in a fine though fruitless performance at Old Trafford last weekend. Although the winning goalscorer, Ashley Young, got the praise and adulation he deserved for his role, there was one man completely unmentioned and unappreciated who thwarted our dangerous counterattacks time and again. Premier Reebok Men's Chris Chelios White Third Jersey - NHL #24 Detroit Red Wings Winter ClassicHe didn’t have the pace or skill of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku or Anthony Martial but there wasn’t a moment in the match when he was out of position, thwarting our attacks at source while also starting United forays with short, simple, incisive passes and allowing his team-mates the freedom to express themselves in the final third of the pitch. He was key to enabling his side to earn three crucial points and in turn keep in touch with the league leaders, Manchester City. Afterwards when I got on the team coach, I listened to my Brighton team‑mates discuss the various top players we had come up against but his name wasn’t mentioned and it got me thinking about the importance we place on the players that do the “water‑carrying” job in order for their teams’ stars to flourish at the top end of the pitch and to protect their defenders from being isolated. Nemanja Matic is possibly one of the more under-appreciated players in the Premier League but look at the most successful teams in the modern game and there is not a single club that didn’t have a dynamic, tactically adept, unselfish and positionally perfect deep‑lying midfield player who provides the crucial link Brett Favre Jersey between defensive balance and the ability to start devastating counterattacks from deep. Think of the iconic teams over the past few decades: Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Treble‑winning Manchester United, Arsène Wenger’s Invincibles, José Mourinho’s Chelsea and even Leicester’s amazing title-winning team – they could not function without Sergio Busquets, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Claude Makélélé or N’Golo Kanté being the basis and foundation of their respective teams’ success. I fear that in our age of increasing analysis of football and dependence on statistics to quantify a team’s or player’s performance, with phrases such as “key passes”, “expected goals” and “distance covered” more and more in vogue, the qualities of these key players who are central to any team are being overlooked. These players are masters of the intangible; you could measure tackles won or passes completed, but the positional balance they give a team, the opposition’s penetrative passes they prevent by being in the correct defensive position and the timing, speed and appreciation of their passes to their fellow team-mates are things that cannot be quantified. Even watching an outstanding Manchester City this season, the spotlight has been understandably on the exciting attacking performances of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. But I guarantee if you ask those players or Guardiola about the importance of Fernandinho at the base of the 4-3-3 system – releasing those technical players to create in high areas – they would unite in appreciating the importance of the midfielder’s discipline, tactical awareness, organisation and support in his key role within that team. Without him the functionality of Manchester City would dramatically decrease. We face Liverpool on Saturday and I’ve seen them play exciting, attacking and breathless football this season but there has always been an air of vulnerability in their defence with numerous individual defensive players being singled out and criticised for poor in the media. I would instead point to the fact that these players always seem to be defending in isolation, without protection from a specialist, top-class defensive midfield player who stops counterattacks and in turn protects them from in front of the back four. Players such as Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum are outstanding Johnny Manziel Youth jersey midfielders in their own right but none are what you would call a natural anchorman who is happy to forgo the attacking, creative side of their game to sit in front of their defensive line and give balance to protect them from counterattack. In the current transfer market, where the value of players is more inflated than ever, we all want that 20-goal-a-season striker, a winger or attacking midfielder who guarantees 15 assists a year or a goalkeeper who keeps 20 clean sheets. However, Womens Thomas Vanek Jersey those unselfish, tactically adept, positional midfielders whose effect on a game cannot be quantified yet are sometimes unnoticed are worth their weight in gold.
The darkness will be thick and the temperature below freezing in Moscow when the first Cooper Kupp Jersey ball is drawn but the historic snow‑dappled domes of St Basil’s Cathedral remain visible from the Kremlin palace even at night. Tramaine Brock Youth Limited Purple Jersey: Nike NFL Minnesota Vikings Vapor Untouchable Home #24As a setting for the World Cup draw it is a perfect showcase, the imposing buildings of the fortified complex and Red Square totemic of Russian power and influence. There are Christmas lights, an ice skating rink and hot sausage stalls in the shadow of one of the most uncompromising political regimes of the modern era. Men's James Harden Swingman Red Adidas Jersey: NBA Houston Rockets #13 RoadThat contrast between fun and fear will be embodied by next summer’s World Cup. A chance to watch Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, to follow England around this vast country but also the knowledge that the host country has serious questions to answer on its attitudes to race, sexuality and human rights. It is understood Vladimir Putin, although not a football fan, will provide an opening address at the draw, keen presumably to take advantage of the political capital on offer. For all the understandable wariness of Russia 2018, Moscow has offered a window into what the World Cup may be like when it gets under way on 14 June. Access has been closely controlled by the security services but an army of volunteers, decked in red, demonstrated an eagerness to Matt Asiata Authentic Jerseyplease and experiences have been mostly positive. The foreign media, often cast as an enemy faction by Putin, were treated to a special performance by the Moscow State Academic Theatre and offered gifts of notepads and Russian dolls from the 11 host cities. “There is an excitement about the World Cup,” one local said. “People are looking forward to it and want to put on a show – but perhaps not as much as before the Olympics when it was thought it could change how the world viewed Russia. They’ve learned how wrong they were.” Sochi 2014 and the systematic doping that blighted that event and at least the three preceding Olympics has only reinforced negative views of Russian culture, its attitude towards sport and fair play. On Thursday evening, as Gordon Banks and Fabio Cannavaro spoke of their delight at being chosen by Fifa as draw assistants, news filed through of another two positive drugs tests from Russian athletes at London 2012. Of 226 samples collected from Russian athletes who participated in London and retested, 21 have been dirty. Vitaly Mutko, the country’s sports minister at that time, is now not only Putin’s deputy but the head of the Russian FA and will be a key figure at the draw. This is despite the publication this week of diaries belonging to Josh Robinson Womens Jersey the Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, a former head of the Moscow drug lab, which detail meetings with Mutko and offer the strongest evidence yet that Mutko fully knew of the systematic doping programme. While Mutko may be on borrowed time pending further revelations, it is too late now for there to be any realistic prospect of Russia being stripped of the World Cup. At the hotel where Fifa executives are staying, Michel D’Hooghe, the chairman of the medical committee, was at pains to insist doping control would be kept out of the hands of the hosts. “The anti-doping control will be done Kony Ealy Womens Jersey by medical officers of Fifa not Russia – nothing will be in the hands of the Russian organisers,” he said. “With the rumours around Russia it’s one reason more to say we give nothing of the doping control to Russian doctors, to the Russian authorities, to the local organising committee.” Nevertheless, there is understandably widespread disquiet about a country guilty of such craven cheating being given the honour of hosting football’s biggest showpiece.
It is rousing displays of this nature, to earn a fourth win in five games, that have won Sean Dyche so many admirers. This was almost the absolute away performance as Burnley defeated Bournemouth at their own game to leapfrog Tottenham and swagger into sixth place in the Premier League, three points off fourth. Nike NFL Brooks Reed Red Jersey Women's Limited: #50 Atlanta Falcons Home Vapor Untouchable It is no wonder the landlord at the Princess Royal pub in Burnley has mooted the idea of renaming the Womens Paul Worrilow Jersey hostelry after Dyche if they end up in the Champions League spots come the end of this rollercoaster ride in May. These are heady days Brad Daugherty Jersey in Lancashire. Men's Replica Majestic Erick Aybar Brown Alternate Jersey - #8 MLB San Diego Padres Cool Base“It’s absolutely amazing times for our fans, they definitely should enjoy all of this,” the Burnley manager said. “We’re not trying to be Barcelona but we are trying to mix our football and be effective in as many ways as possible. I am super pleased. The pride I have in the players and their professionalism is off the scale.” For Burnley, a team so comfortable in their own skin, this was the perfect response after a cruel defeat by Arsenal on Sunday. Dyche said as much, admitting his team had answered any questions of their Joe Thomas Youth jersey resolve to bounce back here. For Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe there was to be no 40th birthday party, after goals by Chris Wood and Robbie Brady halted their three-match unbeaten run, with Joshua King’s late strike merely a consolation. “I joked with him before about ruining his birthday but I didn’t actually mean it,” Dyche said with a smile. For Howe, who stood in Dyche’s shoes before him at Turf Moor between January 2011 and October 2012, Bournemouth’s sluggish start – in particular – made uneasy viewing, with a spell of concerted Burnley pressure resulting in the visitors going close. Brady fired an effort into the side-netting before Wood headed against the crossbar. Then Asmir Begovic made a fingertip save to keep out Wood’s downward header from Phil Bardsley’s centre. Burnley were in the groove, slick and Womens Thomas Greiss Jersey savvy. Bournemouth, meanwhile, were off-colour and all at sea in defence. The next Burnley attack was of Bournemouth’s own doing. When Steve Cook surrendered possession, Wood strode forward before unselfishly poking the ball across goal in search of an onrushing Jeff Hendrick but Cook flew in to block his shot with his legs. The Bournemouth defender was not so fortunate the next time. After a one-two with Jack Cork, Brady’s cross cannoned off Cook’s right leg Wood reacted quickest to slot home and punish a lackadaisical backline. It was the first goal Bournemouth had conceded for 346 minutes. They struggled to frighten the Burnley defence and Howe waited until 58 minutes to tweak his personnel, introducing the 20-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook in place of Harry Arter. Bournemouth badly needed a spark and it was one of the old guard as such, though, who almost delivered it with the captain, Simon Francis – back in the starting lineup after serving a one-match ban – rising highest to head wide from Jordon Ibe’s inswinging corner. Jermain Defoe replaced winger Marc Pugh but the striker had barely been on the field a couple of minutes when Burnley doubled their advantage. They poured forward from inside their own half at pace, with Hendrick supplying Brady, who drifted inside before blasting a right-footed effort beyond Begovic. were rampant and Cork, twice on loan at Bournemouth from Chelsea as a teenager, fizzed an effort wide from 25 yards. Bournemouth eventually stirred 12 minutes from time. Francis’s cross found Callum Wilson, who chested the ball to Defoe before the England striker hooked the ball towards the far post, where King was lurking to prod home his second league goal of the season. “The disappointing for me is the manner of the performance,” said Howe. “We never truly got going at any stage of the game.”
This will not rank alongside Liverpool’s most memorable wins of the season. Some of their victories have been devastating displays of attacking football, the sort that make you Paul Goldschmidt Womens Jersey glad to be a fan. This 3-0 victory against a desperate Stoke City side was not much more than efficient, earned by goals from Sadio Mané and a brace from the substitute Mohamed Salah, but it might end up being among their most satisfying three Stefon Diggs Jersey points. 2014 Olympic Hockey Team USA Paul Stastny Premier Men's Nike White Jersey: #26 Home “It was well deserved, but it was hard work,” said Jürgen Klopp after the game, which might be a little charitable to their opponents, who hardly presented the most fearsome and doughty foes. But it will nonetheless be encouraging for Liverpool that they looked pretty comfortable throughout against a team that set out to frustrate them. Men's Adidas Loui Eriksson Authentic Blue Home NHL Jersey: Vancouver Canucks #21It could have been different had the referee Martin Atkinson sent off Simon Mignolet in the first half, though. Mignolet rushed out of his goal and hacked down Mame Biram Diouf as the forward tried to round the keeper just outside the area but, as the whole stadium prepared themselves for the sight of a red card, only a yellow emerged. The rules around sendings-off in those circumstances were relaxed last year, meaning not all such fouls should be automatically considered as red cards. But even though Diouf’s run was angled slightly away from goal and there were defenders roughly in the same postcode, had Mignolet’s Harrison Barnes Authentic Jersey boot not intervened he would have had an open goal. Predictably enough, Klopp had few complaints, but Mark Hughes did. “That’s the key moment in the game,” the Stoke manager said. “I just don’t understand why the officials didn’t see it for what it was. At that point it would’ve been 1-1 and game on. Usually in those situations the home team gets the benefit of the doubt, but we didn’t get that many times this evening.” Hughes’s complaints might have carried a little more weight if his team had not been so poor, and he should Jarome Iginla Womens Jersey probably have been more irked about their defending than the officials, but Stoke undoubtedly had the rough end of things. Liverpool’s opening goal was not without controversy, either. The Stoke fans were already unhappy that Alberto Moreno had not been penalised for a challenge on Xherdan Shaqiri, but their ire was raised further when the referee’s assistant ruled that Joe Gomez had kept the ball in on the right byline. Replays suggested at least 9/10ths of the ball had crossed the line, so they may have had a point, but they should be more angry with the way their defence stood still when Solanke neatly laid off the cross to Mané, who delicately lifted it over Lee Grant and into the net. “The one thing you want is for the referee to get the key decisions right, and in my opinion he didn’t,” Hughes said. Ultimately any refereeing controversy was rendered moot by Stoke’s profligacy and Liverpool’s ruthlessness. Joe Allen missed two fine chances in the second half, one perhaps unluckily deflected wide but the second hoofed way over the bar from around 10 yards out. Aside from those chances Liverpool were broadly in control, not necessarily because of their own brilliance (afterwards Klopp said they should have done more with the ball and been tighter at the back), but more due to Stoke’s inadequacies. With 13 minutes remaining, Liverpool scored again.é made Ryan Shawcross look foolish on the right side of the area, zipping around him like a speedboat circling an oil tanker, before clipping a cross to the substitute Salah, who himself perfectly and hammered an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net.,96384

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