Midfielder James Milner believes Manchester City have proved they can grind out results when necessity demands and that could be crucial in the final week of the season. Press Association “That game was very reminiscent of the Newcastle game (their penultimate fixture in 2011-12 which they won 2-0) when we won the title,” said the England international. “We didn’t play well second half but to grind out the result shows that other side to us. “People see the ability in the side and how we move the ball and score goals but you can’t win if you don’t grind it out and fight for every ball. “Joe Hart made at least one ridiculous save – the one on the break (from Steven Naismith) – and has been absolutely outstanding. “We won’t get carried away because we know better than anyone how close can it be (having won the title on goal difference with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012). “People look at our home fixtures and say we’ll definitely win those but we have two tough fixtures and so much can happen; in our experience it went to the wire and it can do that again. “No-one is looking too far ahead. Everyone knows how tough it is to win a league title and how much goes into it. “With two games left we have to make sure with two 90 minutes left we give absolutely everything and play to our potential.” Having fallen behind to Ross Barkley’s brilliant opener City equalised through Sergio Aguero only for the Argentina striker to be forced off soon after with injury. Edin Dzeko scored either side of the interval before Romelu Lukaku’s header 25 minutes from time set up a nervy finish for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Dzeko has scored seven in his last nine appearances, which is more than timely considering the difficulties Aguero has had and the dramatic loss of form of Alvaro Negredo who has not scored in the league since January 12. “It is my job to score the goals and I am very happy for that and happy for the team because I think we are playing well to win the games, which is most important,” the Bosnia international told CityTV. “To go 1-0 down we were definitely under pressure. We tried to give everything and I think we did an amazing job. “We knew if we won all our games we would be first and this was the only one away and maybe the toughest one. “We will go into our home games not 100 per cent but 200 per cent. “Everything is like two years ago. I remember when we won the league against QPR everyone was expecting us to win it easily but it was tough until the last minute and I think we learned something from that. “We won’t underestimate the teams.” A 3-2 win at Everton, where they had to withstand some sustained second-half pressure, put the destiny of the Barclays Premier League title back in their hands and home victories against Aston Villa on Wednesday and West Ham next Sunday will see them win the championship for the second time in three seasons. Their superior goal difference means they will not be caught if they take six points from their final two games but Milner admitted they may have to accept winning at any cost rather than rely on blowing away their opponents as they have at the Etihad all season.
Published on February 18, 2019 at 9:23 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez On the net closest to Syracuse’s bench, white jerseys grouped in four lines and tossed a ball between them. Shots whipped into twine as SU prepped for its season opener. Feeders flicked passes to shooters, and all movement was directed toward four multi-colored square patches placed in the corners of the cage. It would be the last time the Orange routinely found the back of the net on Feb. 8.Missing from the drill was Brendan Bomberry, SU’s leading goal-scorer (56) through the prior two seasons who graduated in 2018. No. 17 Syracuse (1-1) anticipated that it could replace Bomberry with veteran attackmen and fresh talent. But in its first test against the Raiders, it couldn’t. An offense that averaged 19.6 goals per game during its last five season-openers leading to blowout wins was held to nine scores. Colgate established an early lead, rushed Syracuse’s offense and shut down a unit that had relied on Bomberry’s interior scoring.Its following matchup against then-No. 15 Albany represented the course correction after midfielder Tucker Dordevic was ruled out for the season with a foot injury earlier in the week. The Orange won, 13-5, led by seven points from senior Bradley Voigt. For one game, the questions that arose from the historic Colgate blunder subsided. “We were just moving good off-ball,” Voigt said after the Albany win. “I think we were definitely more comfortable in the offense that we’re running right now.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSusie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorVoigt started the season on the first line and joined returners Nate Solomon and Stephen Rehfuss. In the preseason, Voigt utilized his speed to charge the crease and finish inside, defender Marcus Cunningham said. But against the Raiders, plays called for Voigt ended in missed passes or shots into the stick of Colgate goalie Connor Mullen.Solomon and Rehfuss didn’t provide immediate support, either. Both tallied just one shot in the first half and didn’t score. While Solomon added three goals in the second half, SU’s execution came in bursts. Orange head coach John Desko said after the game that Syracuse’s shots were essentially turnovers since they were aimed at Mullen’s core.Colgate head coach Matt Karweck said his team emphasized “ball pressure.” The Raiders’ defenders tried to alter the Orange’s passing and shooting ability by disrupting their hand placement. An early shot attempt by Jamie Trimboli was tipped low. Sophomore Brendan Curry sailed a pass over Trimboli’s head a few possessions later, and the Raiders’ bench cheered as the plastic rolled toward them. Syracuse committed 17 turnovers, which would’ve been its second-highest game total in 2018.SU’s lack of possession and deficit was magnified by the new 80-second shot clock, which contributed to the offense settling for longer shots. Curry scored the first Orange goal of the game from 15-yards out. Trimboli totaled seven shots, most of which came from the top of the Raiders’ defensive zone.“On offense, we definitely have to play faster,” Curry said after the Colgate contest. “I think we have to play smarter. Not rush into things as much, kinda get the ball around a little bit, maybe not take the first shot you see.”Against Albany, Trimboli opened the scoring and showcased the differences of SU’s offensive approach. In the first quarter. He ran left, brought his hands together and ripped an overhand shot to beat goalie Nate Siekierski. Trimboli created space, operated earlier in the shot clock and benefited from off-ball movement.Voigt slipped into the soft spots of the Great Danes’ zone during power plays. He slung left-handed wristers into the net, finding free room after Solomon drew defenders in with dodges. After the Colgate loss, Solomon said that the shot clock may force the Orange to adjust and generate defensive slides. One week later, they did and created the separation that led to SU’s offensive revival.Through two games, Syracuse’s offense has been uneven. It looked unsettled in a historic loss and an unlikely hero — Voigt — avenged a blowout from 2018. With No. 13 Army on deck, the unit will need to establish consistency. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has announced a marketing partnership with content driven horse racing website GG.co.uk, giving the firm a future entry point into the UK horseracing market as it strives to become the “market leader in all aspects of sports betting”.With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, GiG are to deliver event and targeted digital paid marketing services from their office in Copenhagen, whilst also taking an “important step” in the utilisation of innovative technologies.Colin Jelfs, Managing Director of GG.co.uk, commented: “Over the years, GG.co.uk has concentrated on building a base of quality content from excellent contributors and providing an effective platform from which to source daily racing information. “We’re excited to be working with the team from GiG, and the capabilities they have within paid marketing, which to date has been unknown territory for us. We’re sure that we can do great things together.” The first of its kind partnership for the online gambling company will see the strategic targeting of horse racing enthusiasts, to offer best informed decisions for picking a winner, with both partnerships focusing on their particular strengths.GG.co.uk is to continue to provide expert knowledge and content, while GiG are set to handle all paid media for the brand.Richard Brown, Chief Digital Officer of GiG, added: “The end game for GIG is to be a market leader in all aspects of the world of sports betting. “And the ability to use our proprietary odds marketing technology in a competitive landscape like horse racing is a great opportunity for us, and with Colin & GG.co.uk we have the right publishing partner to deliver exciting results for both parties.“I am excited to launch a first partnership of this kind. GG.co.uk is a leading horse racing site and we believe there is a vast untapped opportunity to strike similar partnerships with other affiliates across other sports.” GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Submit
It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for; FC Barcelona have entered esports. The iconic Catalan football club has joined the new, and forthcoming, competition organised by eFootball.Pro and Konami. This means that Barca will field a team, and will ‘compete against international first-rate rivals’. The President and Founder of eFootball.Pro is none other than Gerard Piqué, making the Barcelona entrance a little less surprising; the Spanish centre back has 265 caps and counting for the club. Piqué had this to say about the news: “As a player, I’m glad that my club has decided to enter eSports and joined this innovative project that we are preparing together with KONAMI. Barça will be able to contribute its values to the competition and I’m sure that it will be a great rival for the rest of the teams. On our part, from eFootball.Pro we will join the club in its new adventure in this digital world and we will guide it so it gets to excite its fans as it does with the rest of sports.”Manel Arroyo, FC Barcelona Vice President of Marketing and Media, said of the announcement: “Barça is attentive to what is happening in this global and technological world, and given the major penetration and growth of eSports, is on the path to also becoming a leader in this field. FC Barcelona, in keeping with its innovative spirit, has decided to participate in a pioneering competition in the world of eSports, alongside the finest partners, KONAMI and eFootball.Pro.“We are sure that this competition will continue to make Barça members and fans that follow eSports around the world very proud’. The professionals that form the blaugrana eSports team will challenge their opponents using the KONAMI football video game series.”Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director – Brand & Business Development for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. commented:”We are extremely excited to have one of the biggest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, joining the league and for the first time entering the eSports market on the Pro Evolution Soccer platform. This partnership elevates things to a new and professional level and gives fans a chance to compete and officially represent FC Barcelona on the biggest stages in the world.”According to the announcement from eFootball.Pro ‘more details and new competition members will be unveiled soon’. The company recently confirmed a partnership with Sportradar which will see the latter become the ‘Official International Media Rights Distribution Partner’ of the league in a multi-year deal. Esports Insider says: At long last we have one of the world’s very largest football clubs dipping their toes into esports. The reasoning for this manner of entrance; that is the connection via Mr. Gerard Piqué, is clear, and we hope that their experience with eFootball.Pro and Konami ensures a deeper involvement into the esports space in the future.