No sting in this Premier League tale as Hornets held by Saints

first_img1 Watford and Southampton played out a goalless draw at Vicarage Road, leaving both sides yet to register a Premier League win after three games of the 2014/15 season.The home side came closest to breaking the deadlock, but Etienne Capoue headed over from two yards when presented with a glorious opportunity after 65 minutes.Watford’s Italian international Alessandro Diamanti helped create the chance on his debut, sending in a corner which Troy Deeney flicked on to Capoue, but the summer signing from Tottenham couldn’t finish.Southampton laboured three days after drawing 1-1 in their Europa League qualifier first leg against Danish champions Midtjylland, and were dealt a blow when rumoured Manchester United target Sadio Mane was substituted after 25 minutes with a head injury.Saints boss Ronald Koeman will be pleased that his team kept a clean sheet for the first time in nine Premier League games, but will be mindful that they rarely looked like scoring.Southampton travel to Denmark for their Europa League second leg on Thursday, followed by Norwich City at home next Sunday, and the south coast side have already played more games in continental competition than they have managed in a single season since 1976/77.Progress to the group stage would guarantee another six Europa League games, and more Thursday-Sunday fixtures for Saints, providing Koeman with a challenge of balancing his resources at home and abroad.For Watford, a daunting trip of their own awaits, as they travel to in-form Manchester City next Saturday in a fixture few will expect them to take any points from.Both the Hornets and Saints will need to quickly consign this 0-0 draw to history, as they prepare for what will be, respectively, a challenging week ahead. Watford 0-0 Southampton last_img read more

‘I’m looking for Man Utd fans!’ – Liverpool, Everton and other supporters laugh

first_img Man United fans wave goodbye to the Champions League 1 So it’s the Europa League for Man United.And just in case their were any fans unaware they were dumped out of the Champions League after losing in Wolfsburg, they were reminded on Twitter.Supporters from the likes of Liverpool and Everton were quick to laugh given the Reds were widely ridiculed when Newcastle beat them in the Premier League. Everton supporters, meanwhile, were revelling in the fact the Toffees beat Wolfsburg home and away last season.Check out some of the funniest reaction on Twitter.HARGREAVES DIDN’T REALISE HE WAS ON LIVE TV WHEN HE SAID THISlast_img read more

Liverpool boss says Christian Benteke can improve

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp and Christian Benteke Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to see more of the attitude shown by his players during the past two games.The Reds’ 1-0 victories over Leicester and Sunderland were not pretty but stopped the rot after three Premier League games without a win.Klopp has had standout results in his short tenure in charge such as the 4-1 victory at Manchester City and 3-1 success against Chelsea, but there have also been losses to Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Watford.The goals against Leicester and Sunderland were scored by Christian Benteke – a feat Klopp welcomed by challenging the striker to play better.The German said: “He made again the decisive goal in the game, and that’s the best thing a striker can do. When I said he can play better, that’s for everybody, they all can play better.“First of all you have to fight for the result and that’s the biggest change in the last two games from the other games. Until then, we won our really good games, but when we were average then we lost.“That’s not how it should be if you want consistently to get results. We took these very important points in a difficult game (against Sunderland). That’s very important. We defended well, we had our opportunities and Christian was there again.“You can make your life always easier in games like this when you use one of the first two opportunities. If you don’t do this then you have to work, do all the things for this special moment, and that’s what the team did.“It’s very important that we win games like this, important that we don’t wait for the perfect day, so that we work for the perfect day.“If you always are prepared for a difficult game, sometimes you will find an easy game. But if you’re always waiting for the easy game you never will find it.”The search for consistency has been Klopp’s biggest challenge since he replaced Brendan Rodgers in October.He hopes Liverpool have now turned a corner and feels confidence rather than concentration has been the main problem.He said: “It’s not the biggest problem with concentration. I don’t want to say this word too often but it’s a part of belief that you don’t have to use the first chance.“It’s normal that you miss chances in football. If you miss a chance, now you know the right way, come on, let’s try again. It’s difficult and it’s what we have to develop together.“For this you need results. (Sunderland) was a game like this. It’s not a game we will talk about in 10 years but nevertheless it’s really important.”Daniel Sturridge could be back for Saturday’s match following a hamstring injury. Sturridge declared himself fit and available on Boxing Day but, because of the England man’s history of injury problems, Klopp was determined not to rush him.James Milner and Divock Origi will not be fit and Klopp must wait on midfielders Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson.SEE HERE – Liverpool team news: Predicted XI to face West Ham – Daniel Sturridge set for return?last_img read more

‘He fits this team perfectly!’ New signing delights Arsenal fans

first_img New Arsenal signing Mohamed Elneny New Arsenal signing Mohamed Elneny is already a hit at the Emirates after an impressive debut against Burnley in the FA Cup.The Egyptian didn’t need to be eased into life in England on this showing has he rampaged across the pitch showing off his passing, his tackling and his slightly wayward shooting, as the hosts ran out 2-1 winners against the Clarets.And that’s all it took for Gunners supporters to hail their new boy, who was signed in a deal worth around £5million from FC Basel.You can see what Arsenal fans said about Mohamed Elneny’s debut below… 1last_img read more

West Brom’s Tony Pulis accuses fellow PL boss of ‘sour grapes’

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis has accused Everton manager Roberto Martinez of sour grapes over his claim Saido Berahino should have been sent off last weekend.The Baggies won 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday but Martinez insisted Berahino should have walked for an alleged kick on James McCarthy.The Football Association decided against taking any action, ahead of Albion’s FA Cup fifth-round trip to Reading on Saturday. But Pulis has been left unhappy with Martinez and believes he had no right to get involved. He said: “I was a little bit disappointed with Roberto actually, in respect of trying to bring something up after we had won the game.“It almost smells of sour grapes and you don’t need that. We’ve gone there and won a game of football and people are looking for things to moan and groan about. “There was an incident in the game which happened to me and I’ve not said a word about it because I don’t think it’s relevant. I was really disappointed with him bringing it up afterwards. “Thank goodness nothing was made of it because there was nothing there. There’s enough cameras there to pick something up.“The disappointing thing is another manager, after the game, is trying to find something that could affect this club and this club has nothing to do with him.”Pulis also revealed he decided against pressing charges against a supporter after a plastic bottle was thrown from the crowd at Goodison Park.“Someone threw a bottle,” he said.“The police came after and said we have got the guy if you want to press charges. I said ‘no, don’t be so stupid’.“Everton is one of the great clubs in English football and I love going there, it is wonderful ground with wonderful support.“They are funny and competitive and can be a bit of vicious at times but it has all the mixture of being a traditional football club, it is a special place and I love going there – and the results show I love going there.” Tony Pulis (right) disappointed with Roberto Martinez’s (left) comments 1last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: UPTOWN CAFÉ has been an incredible success since it opened its doors last year.The popular Café is one of the most successful in the town and strives to provide first-class customer service excellence and top-class food for its customers. To celebrate ONE-YEAR trading – owner Manus Kelly has launched a string of sensational specials this week!Below are some of the mouth-watering offers currently available in-store.“Daily Double Up” – Double loyalty points for all café purchases from 3pm to 5pm every day!“Fill me Up” -Afternoon tea/coffee with Wrap or Bloomer Sandwich only €5 per person everyday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm“Love your downtime.” – Homemade Apple Pie served with Fresh Cream & Ice Cream and Tea or Coffee only €5per person every day from 3pm to 5pm.“Love your downtime.” Uptown baked Malteser Cheesecake and tea or coffee only €5 per person.“Perk me up” – Uptown baked speciality breads and scones served with tea or coffee for 2 people only €5 from 9am to 11am every day.Love your downtime. 🙂 LOVE YOUR DOWNTIME AT UPTOWN CAFE – CHECK OUT THEIR BRILLIANT WEEKLY SPECIALS was last modified: December 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessNoticeslast_img read more

Transfers you might have missed during Euro 2016

first_img Stipe Perica (Chelsea to Udinese) – £3m – Signed by the Blues in 2013 from NK Zadar in a £2m move aged 18, Perica never stood a chance at Stamford Bridge. Two loan spells later, he’s off to Udinese (where he had last been) for £3m, which means they’ve made some money on him. 12 12 12 12 Timo Werner (Stuttgart to RB Leipzig) – £8m – You are likely to here about RB Leipzig a lot next season. The Red Bull owned club were promoted to the Bundesliga this campaign and have set about landing several talented young players. Werner has now been added to their ranks after being linked with Tottenham in the past. With Euro 2016 and the Copa American both going on at the moment it’s hard to keep up with all the latest football news.It’s the summer, so transfer deals are beginning to take place, even though a huge number of stars are in France and America.Over the last two weeks moves have taken place and they may well have sneaked past your attention, especially when you’re keeping tabs on Austria v Hungary – who knows when you might have to know all about Laszlo Kleinheisler.So which transfers might you have missed? Click the right arrow above to find out… 12 Mateo Casierra (Deportivo Cali to Ajax) – £4.2m – Quick, skilful and a capable finisher, the 19-year-old is set to be the next Colombian strike star on your radar after signing for the Dutch giants. In two seasons at Deportivo Cali, the youngster has already scored 12 goals in 43 games. 12 Alberto Paloschi (Swansea City to Atalanta) – £6m – Two goals (against Tottenham and Stoke) in 10 Premier League games wasn’t enough for the Swans to hold onto the striker they signed in January. He moves back to Serie A as Francesco Guidolin continues to rebuild his side. 12 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham to Bournemouth) – Undisclosed compensation fee – Promising American international midfielder Hyndman is swapping west London for the south coast as he looks to progress his career. Given limited game time in the Championship, he could now be allowed to flourish by Cherries boss Eddie Howe in the Premier League. Denis Cheryshev (Real Madrid to Villarreal) – £8m – Once rumoured with a move to Liverpool, the Russian has finally quit the Bernabeu and has joined the team he enjoyed a loan spell with during the 2014/15 season. Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) – £19.7m – Unlucky, Manchester United fans, it wasn’t to be. You may have been linked with the Argentine’s signature for around four years but now he’s off to join Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos. His ability to play on the left could free up Koke to star in central midfield. 12 Raphael Guerreiro (FC Lorient to Borussia Dortmund) – £9.5m – Liverpool attempted to land the Portuguese star earlier this year but Dortmund beat them and, allegedly, Barcelona, to his signature. The left-back impressed in Ligue 1 last season and has started twice for Portugal at Euro 2016. 12 12 12 Joao Carlos Teixeira (Liverpool to Porto) – Free transfer – The talented Portuguese youngster didn’t get much of a chance at Liverpool, he was only loan at Brighton last season and now has jumped ship to Porto following the expiration of his contract. 12 Jannik Vestergaard (Werder Bremen to Borussia Monchengladbach) – £11m – The Foals are set to start next season with Danish Dynamite at centre-back. Vestergaard, a colossal 6ft 6in, will partner Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen in a young and exciting team, even if they have lost Granit Xhaka to Arsenal. Miralem Pjanic (Roma to Juventus) – £25m – The talented Bosnian midfielder was always likely to leave the Italian capital this summer. His destination though, instead of the Premier League, has been been confirmed as Turin, significantly strengthening their Serie A title rivals. Manchester United reportedly turned the player down as they mull over a move for Paul Pogba. Anthony Stokes (Celtic to Blackburn Rovers) – Free transfer – On loan at Hibernian last year, Stokes helped the Edinburgh outfit win the Scottish Cup by beating Rangers. Now he’s rocking up at Ewood Park to give English football another crack after failing to impress with Arsenal, Sunderland, Sheffield United or Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Chelsea FC transfer rumour: The perfect attacking partner for Eden Hazard

first_imgFootball stats experts WhoScored assess a reported Chelsea target. Check out WhoScored’s Chelsea page and take a look at their verdict on Michy Batshuayi…On Sunday, Eden Hazard secured the first – and at the time of writing, only – perfect rating of 10 at Euro 2016. The Chelsea man was in fine form in Belgium’s 4-0 win over Hungary as the Red Devils waltzed their way into the next round of the European Championship. One goal and one assist contributed to his top marks, though it’s the latter contribution that has Blues fans salivating at the prospect of Hazard’s compatriot arriving at Stamford Bridge.The 25-year-old’s assist was for Michy Batshuayi’s first and Belgium’s second goal of the night. The Marseille star is in high demand this summer and his strike against Hungary, coming with his first touch off the bench, seemingly only added to the list of potential suitors on the continent. A host of European teams have shown an interest in the 22-year-old in recent months, but it seems as though Chelsea have won the race to sign the young forward.The Belgian enjoyed a notable campaign for a disappointing Marseille side last season, with his 17 league goals bettered only by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38), Alexandre Lacazette (21) and Edinson Cavani (19), despite L’OM finishing 13th in France’s top tier. His nine assists was also the fourth best return in Ligue 1 last season, with Batshuayi boasting the potential to establish himself as the all-round striker Chelsea require to fire them back to the top.Able to play as either the lone frontman or in a strike partnership, the youngster’s ability to sufficiently adjust his style of play to suit the needs of the manager is ideal for incoming boss Antonio Conte. Much of the focus has been on whether the Italian will deploy a three-man defence, as he did for Juventus and does so for Italy, and it’s now a question whether Conte can be expected to do similar in the Premier League next season.Of course, it’s difficult to gauge whether the 46-year-old can make his ideal system work in England. Louis van Gaal’s attempts to bring in a three-man defensive model ultimately backfired, while Conte’s stubbornness, should the system not work initially, could prove to be his undoing. Yet in attack, a strike duo of Hazard and Batshuayi is enough to fire Chelsea back up the Premier League table.While Hazard is far from an out-and-out striker, his performances behind the striker in a Blues shirt last season suggests he’s more than capable of playing in the support role. Indeed, his displays in the tail end of the Premier League campaign and for Belgium at Euro 2016 suggests he is back to his best. An average of 5.5 successful dribbles per game at the European Championship is better than any other player, while 3.8 key passes per game also ranks highly.His ability to drive through the opposition defence and create a goalscoring chance are two of Hazard’s endearing qualities. If Batshuayi can quickly adjust to the rigours of English football, the duo have the potential to form a lethal partnership. An increase in quality surrounding him will only benefit Batshuayi – who ranked third for shots on target (58) in Ligue 1 last season – and Chelsea.While not a target man by trade, with Batshuayi preferring the ball played to his feet rather than in the air, Hazard and his Belgium teammate have the ability to strike up a quick understanding. If that is the case, Chelsea’s chances of making an immediate return to the Champions League will increase significantly.For more stats on Michy Batshuayi, click here to view his player page Belgium star Michy Batshuayi has been linked with Chelsea 1last_img read more

For Honda float, future and ‘wow’ factor unfold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe animated 22-ton float will spectacularly rise 30 feet into the air in a sea of mist powered by an 11,000-watt Honda generator. “It’s going to look like it’s blasting off from the float bed,” said Erik Wedin, community relations director of Torrance-based American Honda. “We wanted something that will make the crowd watching along the parade route say, `Wow.”‘ The wow factor will come into play as the truck’s hood folds forward to become an aircraft cockpit, the doors and sides unfold to become wings, the wheels tuck under the body and the truck’s bed transforms into an aircraft tail and engines. “Piloting” the craft will be a replica of ASIMO, Honda’s advanced humanoid robot. The transformation takes 90 seconds to complete, and Honda plans to perform the metamorphosis as many times as possible along the 51/2-mile parade route. Photo Gallery of South Bay Rose Parade floats There was only one direction American Honda Motor Co. could go to top the 207-foot-long train it entered in the 2005 Rose Parade or its fire breathing dragon this year – up. Its 2008 parade entry is a high-tech Honda Ridgeline- inspired truck that morphs into a rocket ship complete with flaming engines. The float is called “Passport to the Future,” a riff on the 119th parade’s theme this year, “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” “American Honda is committed to creating products that give people mobility – on both two and four wheels, and soon, in the skies,” said Assistant Vice President Steve Morikawa, referring to the company’s HondaJet that will enter production in 2010. “This year’s float takes a fun and imaginative look at what the future of mobility might hold.” Presumably in real life that future won’t include the yellow strawflower with accents of red carnation petals and silverleaf “chrome” that make up the truck’s body. The float also uses flowers including red chrysanthemums and roses, and also black seaweed and crushed walnut shells. American Honda, which entered its first Rose Parade float in 1977, has won major awards in 12 of the past 13 years. The company moved in 1990 to its sprawling Torrance headquarters at Torrance Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue. By 2005 it had more than 1,600 employees in Torrance, making it the city’s second- largest private employer. The company also provides 166 Metropolitan scooters that will be ridden along the parade route by white-suited volunteers, another 115 vehicles and a dozen generators. However, one thing Honda hasn’t made are the twin V8 engines that power the float. “We started out with a Honda engine, but when you get up to 22 tons, it’s a little beyond even our engine power,” Wedin said. [email protected] 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

Camper’s donor out of the hospital

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson According to Lorraine Camper “Brian is doing well. “I just talked to Jennifer (by telephone),” she said, “and I told her ‘I’m confident you can handle things (at the hospital).” I wanted to help Brenda tonight.” Surgeons had to cut through adhesions from previous surgeries to remove the kidney from Wells. That’s why “I’m still in (a lot of) pain, but that goes with the territory,” she said. She was allowed to eat her first solid food Monday since the surgery “but I couldn’t get the sub (submarine sandwich) down,” she said. “But there’s a Starbucks downstairs (in the hotel) and I can always eat doughnuts.” Because of the limited exposure to visitors Brian Camper is permitted while recovering and because of her own condition, she hasn’t had the opportunity to speak face-to-face with him since Friday morning, prior to the surgery. Brenda Wells was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday afternoon, three days after she donated a kidney to former Lakewood High and Long Beach State basketball player Brian Camper. The 46-year-old Wells, from New Cumberland, Pa., is scheduled to fly home Thursday if her condition permits. Wells, who designs computer networks, returned to her room at the Long Beach Marriott after being released from the hospital but was at the Long Beach home of Lorraine Camper, Brian’s mother, early Monday evening. “I wanted to spend some time with Joshua (Brian and Jennifer Camper’s 4-year-old son),” Wells said by telephone. center_img “I’m really anxious to talk to him before I leave (for home),” she said. 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