Redknapp rues injury woes

first_img Promoted Rangers looked to be heading towards a fourth Barclays Premier League defeat before Croatian Kranjcar, on loan for a second season from Dynamo Kiev, picked himself up after being fouled 20 yards out to whip the ball over the wall and into the top corner. Redknapp had seen his pre-match plans hit by injury to Brazilian midfielder Sandro, while captain Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch both went off with hamstring problems. With the likes of Chile forward Eduardo Vargas, handed his first Premier League start, and on-loan Juventus defender Mauricio Isla still settling in, Redknapp can do without a selection headache ahead of next weekend’s trip to high-flying former club Southampton. “We lost Sandro in training this week, then we lost Joey early on with a hamstring, and then Jordon has to come off as well, so I have gone from having five midfielders on my books to being down to just two,” he said. “Sandro hasn’t played, and that has been the problem with a lot of them – they came in as a last-minute job. “We started the season with just 12 players, and had to go find some quickly. “We brought players in, they were not up to speed and they need games.” Redknapp, though, was able to take encouragement from the character shown by his side, who had trailed to an early goal from Mame Diouf before a downward header by Steven Caulker was hacked into the Stoke net by Peter Crouch off Charlie Adam to pull things level. Crouch then put the visitors ahead on 51 minutes, only for a string of wasted chances on the break to prove costly as QPR rallied during the closing stages, which Redknapp hopes can act as a springboard for the challenges ahead. “The two away games have been difficult,” he said. “We got well beaten, but we have played Tottenham and Manchester United – they are not games where you look at the start of the season and think ‘we are going to go there and get some points’. They are very difficult games, and not too many teams are going to go there and win. Press Association Manager Harry Redknapp hopes injury setbacks will not derail QPR’s attempts to build some momentum after a superb late free-kick from Niko Kranjcar secured a 2-2 draw against Stoke at Loftus Road. “There are other games, with the teams around us, that we have got to look to win.” While Stoke only have themselves to blame for failing to come away with all three points, manager Mark Hughes preferred to concentrate on the positives from what was his first return to Loftus Road since being sacked in November 2012 after just 10 months at the helm. As well as the industry of Crouch, who had interested his former Portsmouth and Tottenham boss Redknapp in the summer, on-loan Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses was a constant threat down the flanks. “Victor has been excellent in every game he has played for us, and has had an effect, given us that pace which we probably lacked last year,” Hughes said of the 23-year-old former Wigan winger, who was a fringe player at Liverpool last season. “He has had two years where he has not played a lot of football, and that is not because of a perceived lack of ability, but he is going to get opportunities to play for us and we have been delighted with what he has produced.” last_img read more

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No. 6 Syracuse women’s lacrosse routs Binghamton, 16-5

first_img Published on February 18, 2017 at 11:20 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Despite facing two teams in less than 12 hours and facing a well-rested Binghamton team that scored 14 goals two nights ago, Syracuse never trailed at any point in 120 minutes of game time Saturday. For the third straight year, the Orange competed in a doubleheader and swept its opponents with ease.In the latest installment, hours after No. 6 Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) cruised to an 18-6 victory against Canisius (1-2), SU mauled the Binghamton Bearcats (0-2), 16-5, in the Carrier Dome. In the opening 10 minutes, SU overwhelmed the visitors with five goals en route to its third blowout victory of the year.“We stepped up and executed,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “We were playing some great lacrosse.”During the first game of the day, Gait yelled at his team to settle the offense. Against Binghamton, he didn’t have to shout orders. His team locked in from the start.It took Syracuse less than a minute to gain a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Forty-five seconds after the initial draw, freshman Emily Hawryschuk’s eighth goal of the year opened the scoring and SU never looked back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange offense pierced through a paper-thin Binghamton defense. Syracuse tested Binghamton goaltender Emma Jehle repeatedly, generating seven shots and scoring five times in the opening 10 minutes. SU would have scored six if not for a Natalie Wallon shot that beat Jehle but not the post.In an attempt to stifle the Orange attack, Binghamton formed a brigade of defenders around the arc. It didn’t work. Syracuse lulled the Bearcats to sleep with passes along the outskirts of the wall and waited for the defenders to cease their communication with one another.When that happened, an SU attack would dart through the wall, receive a perfectly placed pass and beat Jehle from the doorstep. First it was Hawryschuk, then Riley Donahue, followed by Mary Rahal. With 22:39 left in the first, Neena Merola exploited the same weakness and Syracuse led by four.Binghamton began to clamp down on the interior of the arc. Taylor Gait promptly countered with a shot that fired through the defense and flew over Jehle’s right shoulder to the back of the net. Bearcats head coach Stephanie Allen responded with timeout, but by then it was too little too late.“I think we are just starting to gel,” Gait said. “I think we have been executing well.”The Orange converted stellar defense into efficient offense. Constant midfield pressure held Binghamton to only two shots in the opening sixth of the game. The swarming SU midfield drew six fouls and the sputtering Binghamton attack turned the ball over six times early on.As Syracuse won a game in which the outcome was never really in question, history repeated itself. The Orange started the year with three victories for the fourth straight campaign, this time without all-time great Kayla Treanor.In the first three games, the surging attack has averaged 17.3 goals per contest and scored at least four goals in the first 10 minutes of each game. Syracuse’s recipe thus far: score early, defend with the lead, repeat. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Fifa gives Women’s League head start

first_imgGhana’s preparation towards the start of the first national Women’s League has received a major equipment boost from world soccer body, Fifa.Fifa has presented technical equipment worth thousands of dollars to support the organisation of the National Women’s League (NWL) ahead of the kick off on Sunday.All 12 participating clubs in the inaugural league have benefited from Fifa donation which is made up of footballs, training kits, shin guards, goalkeepers gloves, boots and bibs.Every club received a set of each of the items for 18 players with 12 footballs.The donation from football’s governing body further cements its commitment to the development of women’s football, said Roman Hangadja, a Fifa instructor.Executive committee member of the GFA and Chairperson of the WLB, Leanier Addy, expressed their appreciation for the ‘monumental’ support. “The GFA spent close to GHC30,000 to clear these goods from the port and therefore can not give the clubs cash as they had expected, but these items are equally appreciated.“This is a great surprise from FIFA and we are very grateful because it would go a long way to help the teams who will be playing in the league. It will cut down on their cost as they can now channel the money they would have used to acquire these items to another important use,” Ms Addy said.Twelve clubs grouped into two sectors of six each will kick off the league this weekend.last_img read more

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