Press Association “We know it’s tough because we have been very inconsistent but we are capable of doing it.” Norwich sit four points off the relegation zone with eight matches remaining, while the win saw Saints usurp Newcastle in eighth. Victory was a fine end to a week which saw Ralph Krueger appointed chairman, but manager Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated at the end by Saints’ slack defending at the end. “It’s a great lesson that we have to learn from today’s game,” the former Argentina defender said. “We’re a young side that’s still growing and the main lesson today is that, obviously, the game is not finished until the final whistle has blown. “I thought the game was overall controlled. It is true that when Rickie Lambert came on his contribution was very good and was great for the team and also Sam Gallagher’s contribution was very good. “It is true that we’re well satisfied with the game at 3-0, but it goes to show that when you lose a little bit of focus, you lay your guard down, we basically made two quick mistakes, we conceded two soft goals and, again, it is a lesson we have to learn.” It was not all bad at the end, though, as 18-year-old Gallagher managed to net his first Premier League goal to secure victory. “We all know what Sam has been going through,” Pochettino said, referring to the recent passing of the striker’s father. “He has been going through a really tough time. It doesn’t change his situation, but it will go a long way to making him happy and his surroundings and his family – everyone around him that wishes the best for him. It will be a good thing for him.” Under-fire manager Chris Hughton could understand Norwich supporters’ anger after the relegation-threatened side slipped to defeat at Southampton. The odds on Hughton leaving Carrow Road shortened after the loss on the south coast, where the Norwich boss was subjected to chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” after making a triple second-half substitution. “For the majority of the game a very good Southampton team were better than us and if you concede three goals like we did you make life very difficult for themselves,” Hughton said. “It’s never nice to hear those chants but I understand. We have more than 2,000 supporters who have travelled to watch the game and it’s their club and team, and they want to see a team competing. “What they saw for too long was a Southampton team that were better than us. It’s never nice but you have to take the criticism on the chin.” Southampton had a three-goal lead heading into the final five minutes courtesy of efforts from Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, only for sloppy play to allow Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass to net. However, Norwich were unable to eke out a draw and teenager Sam Gallagher put the game out of sight in stoppage time. “The two goals certainly flattered us,” Hughton said. “If the game had finished 3-2, it wasn’t a 3-2 game. They were far better than us today. “But we did get the two late goals so if I am looking for any pluses then we have shown enough character in that final period to get back into the game, irrespective whether we deserved it or not. Despite staging an improbable late comeback at St Mary’s, the Canaries were unable to avoid falling to a 4-2 defeat – their fifth in succession on the road. Given they face Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the final four fixtures, matches like the one at Southampton are the kind of games Norwich need to win if they are to beat the drop.
ONE of Guyana’s top performers at the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) was yesterday honored for her accomplishments in the games. Joanna Archer, a student of West Demerara Secondary was given a pair of running shoes from her Head Master Harri Narine. The fifth from Arts student, was part of the Guyana Athletics team which dominated Suriname at the National Track at Leonora over the weekend. She competed in the 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay, and claimed three gold medals from her efforts. According to Narine, this was partly the reason he decided to honor the student athlete.“Over the years Joanna has excelled at track and field events from the time she started school and running years ago, she also excelled at the IGG games,” said Narine.Archer, a member of the Guyana Police Force Running Club, also won the Junior category of the recent 10km Road Race. She also competed this year at the Boyce and Jeffords Classic winning gold in the 800m, 3000m and silver in the International 1500m.The young athlete will be writing 8 subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) next year and according to her “I plan to become an Immigration Officer and continue running under the Police club.”
Two goals in three minutes were the highlight of a first half in which Liverpool dominated possession, yet were required to come back from a goal down after Scott Arfield opened the scoring on 26 minutes.It again highlighted the weakness of a Liverpool defence that has been under the microscope over the opening weeks of the season and Klopp’s furious response on the touchline spoke volumes about his own view of proceedings.Robbie Brady won an aerial challenge with Trent Alexander-Arnold, heading into the area where centre-halves Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip were drawn into a challenge on Chris Wood.A faint touch off Klavan moved the ball on and the unmarked Arfield drove the ball home from 12 yards for his first goal since last October.That strike stunned the home crowd into silence as Burnley threatened to spoil Liverpool’s celebrations on the 125th anniversary of their first-ever match.Fortunately for the home supporters, they only had to wait three minutes to draw level with the most simple of goals as an Emre Can pass, from well inside his own half, dropped invitingly for Salah.The Egyptian showed neat control and a touch to take his marker Stephen Ward out of the game before driving an unstoppable finish past Nick Pope, the goalkeeper making his first Premier League start in the absence of injured England international Tom Heaton.The goals opened up what had been a tight affair with Salah, twice, and Sturridge testing Pope with low shots that were comfortably dealt with.Coutinho, rarely involved in that first period, also played through a lively looking Sturridge whose fierce shot struck the Burnley side-netting.Burnley’s striker Sam Vokes (L) vies with Liverpool’s defender Andrew Robertson (R) during the English Premier League football match September 16, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISPope, relatively comfortable in the first half, looked less so in spilling Can’s shot from the edge of area and the goalkeeper, jeered throughout the first half by Liverpool supporters for time wasting, was finally booked for the offence on 54 minutes.Liverpool pressed ever closer, with yet another Coutinho shot deflected behind and Sturridge’s committed run across the edge of the penalty box ending with a shot which Pope pushed to safety.Burnley sounded a note of caution on a rare counter-attack when Jack Cork’s superb challenge set up Brady for a shot which Simon Mignolet needed two attempts to catch.Can then needlessly gave away a corner from which Brady picked out Ben Mee, whose goalbound header was cleared off the line by Matip.And from the following corner, the same combination — Brady to Mee — saw the Burnley defender again denied, this time by Mignolet’s reflex block.In a strong response to that scare, Alexander-Arnold’s first-time shot was well held by Pope, with the replacement keeper later doing even better to tip a close-range shot from substitute Dominic Solanke onto his bar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s midfielder Mohamed Salah controls the ball during the English Premier League football match against Burnley September 16, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 16 – Jurgen Klopp’s frustrating start to the season continued as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, despite Mohamed Salah’s fifth goal of the season.The German made seven changes, including a first start of the campaign for Philippe Coutinho, to the side that was held at home 2-2 by Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, but yet another defensive error cost Liverpool dearly against a Burnley team that has not won at Anfield in 43 years.