Warnock seeing best of Puncheon

first_img Leicester may have grabbed the most eye-catching win of last weekend but Palace, too, upset the odds by winning 3-2 at Everton. However, Warnock was left encouraging his players to take more risks this time out as they picked up their first Barclays Premier League home win of the season. “The lads came into the game after 20 minutes last week and we did the same today really,” added Warnock, “We were a little apprehensive because Leicester have had a good start as well. We were a little deeper than we should have been but we changed after 20 minutes and were much more positive. “At half-time we said about being more positive and I thought the wide players could win us the game. I thought they were a threat throughout and Campbell put himself about at the start of the second half and I thought he deserved his goal. To get two goals so quickly was very welcoming.” Leicester’s best chance came in a poor first half but Jamie Vardy, one of the match-winners over United, could only hit straight at Speroni. Manager Nigel Pearson admitted it was switching off at the back which cost his side a result and that the cutting edge was lacking this time out. “We didn’t defend the set-plays as well as we have done in previous games,” he said. “There was no doubting that in the first half for the most part we looked pretty comfortable. It was half an hour before they had a serious threat on our goal. “But in the second half we didn’t play with enough control, but I suppose what it illustrates is that you have to take your chances when they come along. “There were individual errors but what you have got to do against sides who put a large emphasis on set-plays is not giving them away, and we gave away a few cheap ones. But our lads are only human and you aren’t going to play perfectly all the time. Puncheon set up both of Palace’s goals in their 2-0 win over Leicester, with the Eagles now taking eight points since Warnock was installed as manager four games ago. After an even first half, Palace struck twice in three minutes with a Puncheon corner knocked down from Fraizer Campbell to scramble home, with an inch-perfect free-kick headed home by skipper Mile Jedinak soon after. Neil Warnock is seeing his Crystal Palace side benefiting on the pitch from the “dream” performances of Jason Puncheon after holding clear-the-air talks with the winger. Press Association For Leicester it was a poor performance following on from their impressive display in coming from behind to beat Manchester United 5-3 last week, as they threatened Julian Speroni only on rare occasions. A feud between Warnock and Puncheon may have threatened the 28-year-old’s career at Selhurst Park when Warnock was appointed as Tony Pulis’ successor. The Palace boss criticised Puncheon for missing a penalty in a game at Tottenham last season and the player responded with a series of Tweets which were derogatory to Warnock and, although they were eventually deleted, he was fined £15,000 by the Football Association. But Warnock insists that is all water under the bridge as he sang the praises of Puncheon’s recent performances. “We had an evening meal together and talked about it,” he said. “I think he is enjoying it here, you have bust-ups and say things. He got told the wrong side of the tale at the time but the last couple of years he has been phenomenal and we are very pleased to have him. “He probably isn’t getting as much limelight as Yannick (Bolasie), but I have told him he is a marked man this year. “When they mark Jason tight they leave Yannick space, so it is six of one and half a dozen of the other at the moment. With his contribution he is a manager’s dream at the moment.” last_img read more

Hull name change in arbitration

first_imgThe Football Association has confirmed its decision to reject Hull’s name change is currently in arbitration. The club’s proposal to rebrand from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers, pushed for by owner Assem Allam in a bid to attract increased overseas investment, was thrown out by the FA Council in April. Allam revealed in a press conference earlier this month that he had reacted by putting the club up for sale within 24 hours but was also appealing against the decision. The Egyptian caused confusion by stating the case was being handled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who reported no knowledge of it. His son, acting chief executive Ehab, quickly moved to clarify that the arbitration process was actually being handled through the FA’s own procedures but a confidentiality clause meant the governing body were unable to stand up those claims. But on Tuesday the FA and Hull both posted identical statements on their websites to clear up any lingering doubt. The statement read: “The Football Association has agreed with Hull City to clarify the position regarding the club’s name change application. “On Wednesday 9 April 2014, The FA Council rejected Hull City’s application to change its playing name to Hull Tigers. “The club has chosen to commence an arbitration under Rule K of the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association to challenge the decision of The FA Council. “Any arbitration commenced under Rule K of the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association is confidential. However, in the interests of the supporters, The Football Association and the club have agreed to confirm that an arbitration has commenced and once a decision has been reached it will be published. “All other aspects of the arbitration shall remain confidential until such time as a decision has been made.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

O’Brien steers Ireland to victory

first_imgNiall O’Brien’s unbeaten 80 guided Ireland to a hard-fought three-wicket win over Scotland in the tri-series in Dubai. O’Brien hit three fours and two sixes from 106 balls en route to his best one-day international score as Ireland overcame a poor start in reply to Scotland’s 216 for nine. The left-handed number four found his most durable ally in John Mooney, the pair putting together a much-needed stand of 61 for the seventh wicket. Even after Mooney went, O’Brien would not be denied as Ireland scrambled the remaining runs with 3.3 overs left to record their second victory in three days following a three-wicket success against Afghanistan. Both teams hit early snags with the bat, Scotland 17 for three before Matt Machan (86) dug out a competitive score and Ireland then stumbling to seven for two as Iain Wardlaw struck twice – only for a gritty O’Brien to rescue the situation with his 12th one-day international half-century. Scotland’s batsmen had been in trouble almost immediately after being put in, Craig Young (three for 27) seeing off openers Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod for just two runs between them. But Machan dug in for a patient 120-ball innings which contained just four fours before he was ninth out. The Sussex left-hander put on 65 for the fifth wicket with Richie Berrington, the only half-century stand of the innings. Scotland have lost two matches out of two so far, after last week’s eight-wicket defeat to Afghanistan. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Henderson eyes strong finish

first_img “There are 11 games to go this time. We finished strongly last year, we won 12 of our last 14 games but we just missed out. “That was disappointing but we have learned a lot, and hopefully we can use that experience in the last 11 games and give it a real go and win as many games as we can. “I think we have just got to aim to win every game and I think we have got the ability to do that. “We have got a good enough squad to be doing that but we just have to make sure that we don’t get too carried away with the result. “But it is a big result and it gives us a lot of confidence going into Wednesday (at home to Burnley). Hopefully we can just keep building.” Second-placed City are only seven points ahead of Liverpool in fifth and Henderson has not ruled out catching Manuel Pellegrini’s side. “Listen, it’s always possible,” he added. “The main thing is to concentrate on ourselves as much as we can, keep the momentum going and see where it takes us really.” Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson insists they will not get carried away with beating reigning Premier League champions Manchester City as the memories of last season’s title heartbreak provide a reminder of what can go wrong. Press Association Henderson is Liverpool’s leading assist-maker this season but he scored his fourth goal – a brilliant curling effort past Joe Hart from distance only to be overshadowed by an even better effort by Philippe Coutinho to win the game. Henderson accepts chipping in from midfield is something he needs to do more of. “I caught it well and thankfully it went in but maybe Philippe’s was just a bit better wasn’t it?” he said. “Sometimes I just have to be more disciplined in the role we play and I can’t get forward as much as I have done in the past. “I have got to pick my moments. Thankfully I picked the right moment to go forward and got my goal.” Eleven months ago the Reds defeated City to take pole position in the race for the championship but the euphoria soon dissipated a fortnight later when they lost at home to Chelsea and handed the initiative back to their rivals. Liverpool eventually came up just short despite an incredible run of 12 victories in their final 14 matches and Henderson is urging the team to replicate a similar sequence to secure Champions League football once again. last_img read more

Raheem Sterling Focus

first_img Press Association Booed by the visiting fans every time he touched the ball, those same fans were chanting “Sterling, what’s the score” at the end. He got a better reception from his former team-mates. INFLUENCE Followed the pattern of his team in general – started brightly but quickly began to wane and was virtually anonymous by the end of the first half. Saw more of the ball as the game opened up, but did not do enough with it. GOAL THREAT Had one chance to shoot, but squared to Sergio Aguero in the second half and his effort was saved. Missed from three yards out late on. OVERALL Not the game – definitely not the result – the youngster would have envisaged on his reunion with the club where he made his name. Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling faced his former club Liverpool on Saturday for the first time since his £49million summer move. center_img Here, Press Association looks at how the 20-year-old performed in the 4-1 defeat. REACTION last_img read more

Remi Garde hopes message hits home for Aston Villa prospect Jack Grealish

first_img Grealish was left out of the squad against Watford and Southampton for a breach of club discipline after he was photographed partying in Manchester just hours after Villa’s 4-0 defeat at Everton last month. It was not the first time the young midfielder had hit the headlines for his off-field behaviour. Grealish was pictured earlier this year on his back in the street during a holiday in Tenerife, for which he was reprimanded by Villa. The 20-year-old has also been pictured partying in Marbella and seen inhaling nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas or ‘hippie crack’, from a balloon in a photograph taken last year. Grealish played for the Villa under-21 team on Monday night and has now served the punishment for his latest misdemeanour, so he will be back in contention against Arsenal on Sunday. Garde said: “Like all other players training with the first team after the under-21 game, Jack is back and Jack is available for selection. He is in contention to start like 18 or 20 players. “He is a talented young player but only Jack knows if he has learned. “I’ll still be close with him. I have the feeling Jack needs to be more disciplined, this way I feel he can improve his game.” Arsenal, one of Garde’s former clubs, will arrive at Villa Park on a high after beating Olympiacos 3-0 in Athens to qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages ahead of the Greek side. Garde is aware of the size of the task facing his bottom-of-the-table Premier League team and he believes the Gunners are capable of going on to win the Barclays Premier League this season. “It is a long time ago since I was there. Probably everything has changed there – except one,” said Garde, referring to his old manager Arsene Wenger. “I know very well the team and the players but we will need more than that to get points from them. “They are very comfortable away from home and have scored more away from home which shows how dangerous they are. “They can win the title of course. Now they are qualified for the Champions League (knock-out stage) they will have to concentrate on both targets which not easy. Maybe it is the year they can fight for the title until the end.” Aston Villa boss Remi Garde hopes Jack Grealish has learned a lesson following his recent omission from the first team. Press Associationlast_img read more

Belfast boxer Carl Frampton ‘happy and proud’ to land MBE in New Year Honours

first_img Frampton was made to work hard in his most recent title defence, suffering two first-round knockdowns against Alejandro Gonzalez in El Paso in July before going on to win the fight on points. Frampton said he was privileged to join such Belfast luminaries as Barry McGuigan and double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes in receiving an honour. Frampton said: ”It came as a big surprise and it was actually Barry who told me the good news. I am happy and proud and I am pleased that my sport of professional boxing has got some recognition. ”It is a good time to get the award ahead of my unification fight against Scott Quigg next month, and it gives me an incentive to go on and achieve even more in my career in the future.” Frampton earned his IBF belt in September 2014 with a unanimous points victory over Kiko Martinez in Belfast. Like his mentor McGuigan, Frampton, who is from a Protestant background but is married to a Catholic, has succeeded in drawing support from either side of the sectarian divide. In an interview with the BBC in 2014, McGuigan said: “Carl is doing what I did. “He’s a beacon for peace and reconciliation and represents the future of Northern Ireland. Albeit, it’s not as treacherous at the moment – we don’t have the Troubles like we did back then.” Press Association Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton was pleasantly surprised to be awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to boxing. center_img The 28-year-old from Belfast is the reigning IBF super-bantamweight champion and is set to fight WBA belt-holder Scott Quigg in a unification bout in Manchester on February 27 next year. Nicknamed the Jackal, he made his professional debut in 2009 and is yet to be beaten in 21 fights, winning 14 of them by knock-out. last_img read more

Djakadam suffers cut in Cheltenham fall

first_img Willie Mullins’ charge was sent off the 5-6 favourite for the Grade Two event in what was supposed to be his prep run for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival in March. He was still travelling well when he crashed out at the 10th fence, suffering a cut that required stitching in the process. Djakadam is set for a week on the easy list after sustaining a cut on his chest when falling at Cheltenham on Saturday. Mullins tweeted: “Djakadam is back home. He has a cut on his chest that required stitching and will have an easy week walking.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Prosecutors not indicting NY father in twins’ hot car deaths

first_imgProsecutors announced  Thursday that they will not pursue a grand jury indictment against a New York  father whose 1-year-old twins died after he mistakenly left them in his car for eight hours, officials said.Juan Rodriguez, 39, a licensed clinical social worker, plead not guilty to charges of manslaughter in the deaths of his children Luna and Phoenix on Friday afternoon.But the Bronx District Attorney’s office said Thursday it is adjourning the case against Rodriguez and will not convene a grand jury at this time to pursue charges.Rodriguez remains charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide.If the case is presented, a grand jury could ultimately decide to indict the Iraq war veteran.last_img read more

Former Software Engineer Pleads Not Guilty in Major Capital One Hack

first_imgA Washington software engineer who allegedly gained access to information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications, has pleaded not guilty to charges of federal computer and wire fraud.Sources say that 33-year-old Paige Thompson, who worked for Amazon Web Services, could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.She is suspected of hacking Capital One, as well as three other organizations that used cloud-based computer services.Altogether, Thompson is suspected of stealing information from 30 entities. Authorities believe that she likely hacked into the systems in order to mine cryptocurrency.A jury trial is scheduled to begin November 4.last_img read more