Lambert proud of Villa comeback

first_img Karim El Ahmadi volleyed in from a Weimann header in the 67th minute and Baggies defender Goran Popov then inadvertently nodded Agbonlahor’s 76th-minute cross to Ashley Westwood, who lashed a fine, swerving strike into the net from distance to level the match. Reflecting on the encounter, Lambert said: “When you look at the start we had, it was really poor from our point of view. “After around 10 minutes at 2-0 down, and particularly in a derby, you are up against it. “But to be fair, I still thought we were seeing a bit of the ball, and at time you are thinking, ‘Get them in at half-time, have a little chat with them’. “They came out in the second half and I felt they were excellent. “I thought they were well worthy of getting it back, and might have gone on to win it. The impetus was certainly with us. “The first half wasn’t good enough, but the second half was excellent.” Regarding the substitutes, Lambert added: “The three lads that came on had only started to train again on Friday and it was a big ask to put them in. The Barclays Premier League contest started disastrously for the visitors, with Albion frontman Shane Long netting in the third and 11th minutes, his second strike coming after he had collected the ball from a misplaced pass by Villa midfielder Leandro Bacuna. But Lambert’s men – given fresh impetus by the treble substitution he made in the 57th minute that introduced fit-again trio Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fabian Delph to the action – recovered impressively after the break. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert hailed an “excellent” second-half display from his side after a fightback from two goals down ensured their derby at Midlands rivals West Brom ended in a 2-2 draw. Press Association “I trusted the team I picked at the beginning to go and perform, and I always will do that and never have any regrets about any decision. “But we needed a goal at a certain time of the game. I was actually going to put them on a bit later, but then we had a chat at half-time and decided to make the changes pretty quick. We threw them on and thankfully it worked.” Lambert singled out Westwood for particular praise, and not just relating to his goal. “I thought Westwood was excellent the whole night,” Lambert said. “His passing was excellent and his goal was a fantastic strike – he has got terrific technique, and he is a terrific footballer, a really clever footballer. I thought he was outstanding.” Stephane Sessegnon could – and should – have made it 3-0 in the 19th minute, but from Morgan Amalfitano’s cross he failed to control the ball when unmarked in the box, sending it wide. And giving his thoughts on the game, West Brom head coach Steve Clarke made it clear he regarded it as a significant moment. Clarke said: “We started the game really positively, Shane scored two terrific goals and then we had a big chance – Morgan put a great cross in for Stephane to make it 3-0, and normally he would have scored. “But I felt we had a decent control of the game really for the first hour. There was a period in the second half where we lost control – Villa made a few changes, putting on a couple of front players that livened it up for them. “We seemed to lose our momentum and concentration, we made two bad mistakes defensively and if you do that, you get punished in this league.” For his first goal, Long expertly brought down Chris Brunt’s long ball forward with his right foot before lashing home with his left, while his second saw him seize on Bacuna’s stray pass, accelerate forward and then send a deft chip over Brad Guzan. Of the Republic of Ireland international, Clarke said: “He showed tonight that when he is on his top level, he is a player to be reckoned with – with his first finish especially I thought. “When you think about that skill of bringing the ball down over your shoulder, it is a really difficult skill, and then he has shifted it on to his weaker left foot, but the way he hit the shot, you wouldn’t know it was his weaker foot. It was a great finish. “With the second one, he showed good anticipation to read the poor pass across the back and it was another good finish. It was a good night for him, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the three points.” Both Albion and Villa, 11th and 12th in the table respectively, now have 15 points from 12 games. last_img read more

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The Latest: XFL player tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgThe club added it will test the rest of the members of its team on Monday. Spain has stopped all sports competitions for the next two weeks. ___5:10 p.m.Lionel Messi has joined a call in Spain by sports figures, who are supporting a public awareness campaign by government authorities and healthcare workers asking the nation’s population to remain indoors to fight the spread of the coronavirus. 12:15 p.m.The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all spring sports and championships following a meeting of conference executives and athletic directors.The conference also announced that all organized team activities are not allowed until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited.The smaller Southland Conference also announced a similar move.The moves follow Thursday’s decision by the NCAA to cancel the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring championships. ___6:05 p.m.The men’s curling world championships in Scotland have been canceled, along with the mixed and senior events in Canada, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The World Curling Federation said that with hundreds of athletes and staff needing to travel to each tournament, “it is no longer possible to run these international events.”The WCF says it acted on the advice of the Scottish government in canceling the men’s tournament, which had been scheduled for Glasgow from March 28 to April 5. The other Serie A players who tested positive are Daniele Rugani at Juventus and Fiorentina teammates Dušan Vlahović , Germán Pezzella, Patrick Cutrone.___5:35 p.m.Spanish football club Alavés says two members of its coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says both unnamed coaches are without symptoms and in good health. March 14, 2020 ___12:45 p.m.The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed.Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, The fledgling football league says the player reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since. He was tested for COVID-19 and received the result Friday.The league says the player participated in the Dragons’ March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and a Feb. 29 game against the BattleHawks in St. Louis. He was asymptomatic at the time.The league says it’s alerting players, staff, vendors and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks and BattleHawks and is monitoring the situation closely.Late Thursday, the XFL canceled the remainder of its season, which had five weeks left.___ Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games because of the coronavirus pandemic.SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, says Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday.That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. Sampdoria midfielder Fabio Depaoli has announced he’s tested positive for COVID-19.He’s the 10th Serie A player confirmed positive and the sixth at Sampdoria.While Sampdoria said in a statement earlier Saturday that it would not announce any more updates about its players “to avoid news leaks and useless alarmism” since “all the lads are well,” Depaoli revealed his positive test on social media.Depaoli writes in Italian on Instagram, “Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. But I want to reassure you that I’m OK! This invisible monster is hitting us indiscriminately, but by adopting the correct measures and following medical advice, we can win our biggest match and return stronger than before.”The five other Sampdoria players who tested positive are: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby. The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions.In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.”Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement.The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3.The players’ association says that forcing players to leave their homes “is a shamefully irresponsible act,” adding that if it’s being done just to receive a refusal by the players in order to cut salary payments “it means that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of dignity.” Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee, adding: “We have to overcome the spread of the infection and want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics as planned.”The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug. 9, and the Paralympics Aug. 25-Sept. 6.Abe says the virus outbreak has not reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe.___1:40 p.m.center_img The players’ association has been at odds with clubs over the virus for weeks, first arguing for the games to be stopped before the government-issued suspension on Monday.___3 p.m.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned.Abe says there were no discussions about postponing or canceling the games during talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics because of the spread of the coronavirus. The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April.Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.“World Triathlon will continue working during this time to try to reallocate the events after the 30th of April when possible, and will work with all stakeholders to undertake further actions if needed regarding the Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings,” the ITU said.___3:50 pm. “It is the moment to act responsibly and to stay home,” Messi wrote on Instagram on Saturday.The Barcelona star added: “We are worried by what is happening and we want to help by putting ourselves in the place of those who are having the most difficulties, either because they or their families or friends are directly affected, or because they are working on the frontline in hospitals.”Spain is tightening controls on movement and closing shops as it struggles to stem a peak in virus infections that has surpassed 5,000 people. ___5 p.m. The Latest: XFL player tests positive for coronavirus “We believe that in the current unprecedented situation this is the only responsible course of action to take,” said Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life.The mixed doubles and seniors events were to take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from April 18-25.The women’s world championships in Prince George, British Columbia, were canceled on Thursday.___5:45 p.m. ___10:45 a.m.Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.”The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):3:30 p.m.The XFL says an unidentified player with the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for coronavirus. With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Asamoah Gyan crowned as 2014 best foreign player in Asia

first_imgGhana striker Asamoah Gyan has received his award as the Best Foreign Player in Asia for the year 2014.The Black Stars captain was presented with his award before Saturday’s training session with his UAE club Al Ain.Coach of Al Ain Zlatko Dalic with his backroom staff and the rest of the players gathered to celebrate with their lethal striker before the morning’s workout.The Asian Confederation (AFC) announced Gyan as the Best Foreign player late last month following his heroics in the 2014 Champions League where he emerged top scorer with 12 goals – two more than closest rival Al Hilal’s Nasser Al-Shamrani.Asamoah Gyan with his Al Ain teammates celebrating his feat Gyan’s goals were however not enough as his side crashed out of the competition at the semi-final stage to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal.His goals and overall performance in the Champions League plus his ever-improving record in the UAE made him the obvious choice.The former Sunderland man has won consecutive Goal King awards ever since making the unpopular move to the UAE in 2011.He is statistically, the best African player in 2014 – a record that his earned him his second nomination for the CAF African Player of the Year award which will be revealed early next year in Lagos.last_img read more

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