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Hughton understands sacking chants

first_img 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. last_img read more

Verbal commit Ellison looks to add versatility, depth to Syracuse secondary

first_img Published on October 28, 2014 at 12:06 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Scout.com, ESPN, Rivals and Hudl all list Daivon Ellison as a cornerback.But the Don Bosco Preparatory (New Jersey) High School senior doesn’t define himself as the recruiting websites do.The reason Syracuse recruited him, he says, is because he can basically play any position.“I’m not just a corner,” he said.And it’s Ellison’s ability to play safety and corner that can only help a Syracuse secondary that has struggled with its depth in the last couple of seasons. He is the most recent commit to SU’s Class of 2015 after verbally committing on Aug. 25 and will have a lot of competition to see the field right away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlso part of the class are cornerbacks Gerald Robinson and Andrew Spence, along with three more safeties — and Ellison’s versatility could give him an edge as the Orange secondary continues to evolve.“He really is flying around everywhere on the field, all different types of positions,” DBP defensive tackle Kevin Feder said. “He’s a huge game-changer having him in the game. It helps out every which way.”Injuries — along with freshman safety Naesean Howard leaving the team earlier this season — have struck the Syracuse secondary multiple times in the past two years. This season, third cornerback Wayne Morgan has battled a lower-body injury and it was announced by SU Athletics on Monday that freshman safety Rodney Williams will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury.Last year, safety Durell Eskridge and cornerback Julian Whigham both had season-ending injuries. And with Eskridge eligible for the NFL draft at the end of the season and Brandon Reddish graduating, there will be opportunities for the current crop of freshmen and the incoming defensive backs to contribute.“But the key thing is that can they line up and play our base package?” said SU defensive backs coach Fred Reed during training camp of how he develops young players. “If they can line up and play our base package, then we got a chance to get them out there and be able to perform.“We try and teach them our base system and not put too much on their plates. That’s how we approach it.”Ellison started out as an outside linebacker his freshman year, before eventually transitioning to cornerback his sophomore year. As a junior, he split time at both, but has focused the majority of his time at cornerback his senior year at Don Bosco.He also moonlights as a wide receiver and running back, playing 5–10 plays per game on offense and also contributing as the team’s top kick returner on special teams.Ellison is always the guy talking with coaches so that he could have both the offensive and defensive playbook memorized.“During the offseason he just trains to get his stamina up, because he’s going to be on the field most of the time,” said Wes McKoy, Don Bosco’s quarterback.Ellison said there are pros and cons to playing both cornerback and safety. As a corner, he said he loves being on that island and shutting down a wideout one-on-one. But he also resents the fact that he can’t be a game-changer at cornerback if the opposing team runs plays away from him.At safety, he feels like the leader of the defense. He likes being in the middle of the field, coming up on the runs and shutting down the deep passes.At Syracuse, he could zero in on one or play either position — a luxury the Orange can only benefit from.Said Ellison: “As of right now, I’m roaming around the defensive backs.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more