Tag: 夜上海论坛JF

Bruce answers critics with win

first_imgA triumphant Steve Bruce left Wearside wondering if Sunderland fans might finally accept he did a decent job for them after masterminding Hull’s fourth successive victory over the Black Cats. The former boss at the Stadium of Light saw his team recover from a dreadful start – they fell behind with just 30 seconds on the clock – to run out 3-1 winners and in the process end a 10-game winless Barclays Premier League run. Victory lifted the Tigers out of the bottom three ahead of Sunday’s home clash with fellow strugglers Leicester and handed their manager some welcome respite. Asked about his recent record against his former employers, Corbridge-born Bruce said with a smile: “I take no real pleasure in that. “Of course I get abused from the moment I walk in here until I go home, but the vast majority might just have a little look and think, ‘Do you know what it is? He didn’t do a bad job after all here’. “It’s the way it is. In some people’s eyes I’m black and white, and today I am pleased to be.” Victory came despite the most unpromising of openings as Adam Johnson fired the the home side into a first-minute lead after Hull skipper Curtis Davies left his back-pass woefully short and then failed spectacularly to redeem himself as he attempted to shield the ball back to keeper Allan McGregor. However, the visitors showed commendable powers of recovery and were back in it 12 minutes before the break when Gaston Ramirez’s long-range effort took a wicked bounce in front of keeper Costel Pantilimon and flew inside the post. Sunderland were furious not to be awarded penalties when first Alex Bruce and then Stephen Quinn appeared to handle inside the box in a late first-half flurry, and their misery was compounded after the break when James Chester and then substitute Nikica Jelavic struck, the latter again with the help of what looked like an unpunished handball offence, to wrap up the win. Black Cats head coach Gus Poyet said: “Look, I have got a great life and I am not going to give the FA one penny [for talking about] the referee because he doesn’t even need to have my respect, unfortunately. “I am not going to give anything about him because he doesn’t take anything from me or from this club. He needs to look after himself. “For me, if the hands are not next to your body in the penalty box, it’s a penalty, see you later, and the last one before the third goal is a handball as well from Quinn in the middle of the park. “Until the penalty incidents it was a normal game, I don’t think there was too much in it. There were two strange goals in the game and after the penalty incidents,the game changed completely, the atmosphere in the stadium and the emotions of the players. “If you are there and you play and you care it’s difficult to cope with those decisions, so it was a little bit strange after. We spent too much energy thinking why they were not given and not playing the game.” Bruce, however, did not agree with his opposite number. He said: “Look for me, the referee has got it right. They are difficult but Quinn’s in particular, his hand is up by his face, he is trying to protect his face and he does take it on the chin. When it’s close to you like that how are you supposed to get out of the road of it? “For me, the referee showed common sense.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Irfan Pathan paves way for life to return to normalcy for J&K cricketers

first_imgKolkata: The boys from Jammu & Kashmir are sweating it out at the Moti Bagh ground in Baroda as they prepare for the upcoming domestic season of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Till a couple of days back, they weren’t even sure what the future had planned for them. After all, it wasn’t any normal time in the life of these cricketers from the Valley.The abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government and the advisory before that saw the boys being asked to leave the state. There was a month of inactivity from early August till the start of September when the players did not have a place to stay. It was then that mentor Irfan Pathan spoke to officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, including CEO Ashiq Ali Bukhari and planned to give advertisements on television which drew the Kashmiri players to report to the JKCA office in Jammu.”The plan worked after we put out the advertisement in late August. Then we decided to bring them to Baroda and hold a camp before the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” Irfan told IANS.Due to the curfew in many parts of the valley after the state got special status, the players could not be contacted and it was then that Bukhari and administrator C.K. Prasad finally met in Delhi to create a solution.The camp has been underway from August 6 at Baroda under the watchful eyes of Irfan but to come this far, it was nothing short of a struggle. First, the JKCA had to stay away from the Vizzy Trophy after it failed to connect with the players due to a communication breakdown in the valley.”We had started the camp in mid-June and we had made good progress. When the camp got called off in early August, it was time for the matches and training. We know that we are running behind time but we needed to find a way to make sure boys stay in a good frame of mind to play a certain level of cricket,” Irfan said highlighting the problem they faced in the lead up to the Vijay Hazare Trophy which begins on September 24.There is only one ground in Jammu and it became impossible to practice there as other age-group players also needed to train. Usually, the team trains in Srinagar till early November and then shifts to Jammu during winters.”It is not an ideal situation. We are slightly under-prepared but we will try our best,” Irfan said after the boys — 26 of them led by captain and India international Parvez Rasool, trained for the first time in Baroda.It was a five-hour-long session with a lunch break in between but the highlight was a bonding session as Irfan stressed there will be a lot of fun games done to keep their mental health in the right space.”When I met them, they did look rusty due to lack of training. But in the next couple of weeks they will pick up hopefully,” said Irfan, who has been doing a lot of personal talk with each of the players to keep them in the zone.With preparations not being ideal, Irfan, who has played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India — and won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, said the aim is to take one day at a time and ensure the boys perform to the best of their abilities. IANS Also Read: Would Love to Coach England One Day: Andrew FlintoffAlso Watch:Digboi MLA Suren Phukan inaugurates houses under PM Awas Yojana- Graminlast_img read more