Poyet backs Johnson to impress

Tag: 上海夜网FQ

first_img That represents a major turn around for a man who had previously struggled to justify the £10million the Black Cats invested in him when they bought him from Manchester City, and with injuries threatening to limit Hodgson’s midfield options, he could yet have a role to play in Brazil this summer. Club boss Poyet said: “I am pleased for him. It wasn’t an easy season. Sometimes, which is normal when you pay a lot of money for a player, you want him to perform every day and be the difference every time. “But when you have such specific characteristics, you need the team to play one way, and he has helped us a lot. “Let’s see if he can win another one. I promise you, if he wins another Player of the Month, we are safe, that’s for sure. “I always say there is a group of players from the number that you can take to the World Cup who pick themselves. It could be 16, 17, 18, 19. “But there are always going to be places for a few players if someone gets injured, or someone reaches an incredible level and you can’t leave him behind. “I’m sure if the World Cup was next week, Adam would be there, I have got no doubt. “Now, the idea is can we make him maintain that level and have a chance at the end of campaign?” Gus Poyet has set Adam Johnson the dual target of firing Sunderland to Barclays Premier League safety and himself to the World Cup finals. Johnson arrived at the Stadium of Light in a blaze of publicity in August 2012, but neither Martin O’Neill, the man who signed him, nor successor Paolo Di Canio, were able to reap the rewards of that investment. However, Poyet has managed to revitalise the graduate from Middlesbrough’s famed Academy, and while he has played down his role, he believes their prior acquaintance has been a factor. The Uruguayan said: “The good thing with Adam is that we knew each other from a short spell when Adam was a player [on loan] at Leeds and I was a coach with Dennis Wise, so we know each other. “It’s not like you are dealing with someone you have never met before. He knew my character, even if I was not in charge there and I was not making decisions, and it was easy to get on with him. “It was not all his fault when he wasn’t performing, and it’s not only him now. We needed to share responsibility. “But he is on the pitch. I can do everything possible, I can play one way and try to convince the player, but then it’s down to Adam Johnson, it’s nothing to do with me.” Sunderland will welcome Steve Bruce’s Tigers – it will be the first time their former manager has been back to the club since his dismissal in November 2011 – to Wearside with Poyet having learned much about his team in a 1-0 defeat at the KC Stadium earlier this season, which saw the visitors reduced to nine men before half-time. Their improvement since has been dramatic – they have lost just two of their last 14 games in all competitions – although Poyet has dismissed suggestions that his two-year contract should be extended. He said: “No, because we have done nothing yet. My challenge is to get safe, and we are not, so let’s get safe.” England manager Roy Hodgson will be at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as Johnson and his team-mates attempt to secure a third successive league victory against Hull, and his visit could hardly have been better timed. The 26-year-old winger, who won his last senior international cap against Italy in August 2012, picked up the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for January on Friday after a blistering run of form which saw him score his seventh goal in as many games for his club in last Saturday’s 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle. Press Associationlast_img read more


Tag: 上海夜网FQ

first_img Aaron Lennon sank Rangers with a 77th-minute winner to move Everton up to 13th in the Barclays Premier League and nine points clear of the relegation places. Everton have been accused of being too soft this season after failing to replicate last year’s fifth-place finish, but Osman insists they showed their mettle with a battling display at Loftus Road. Press Association “It was always going to be difficult with the pitch as it is and with the way they played. “They made it difficult for us but we stood up to that challenge head on and came away with a victory. “We’ve still got eight games left and we’re going to concentrate on those games now and just see how many points we can pick up.” Everton midfielder Leon Osman believes Sunday’s 2-1 win at QPR proves the Toffees do have the fighting qualities to win ugly when they need to. “Certain games sometimes call for certain styles of play and the way the game goes dictates how you end up playing,” Osman said. “Every time we lost the ball it was sent up to the edge of our box so we had to fight and scrap for second balls. “It was a scrappy match defensively but we proved we can do that side of the game and then once you’ve done that, you have the opportunity to hit teams on the counter attack, which we tried to do. “There was probably not as much football played as we usually like but there’s no problem winning like that as well.” The victory was Everton’s second in a row in the league and saw Roberto Martinez’s side bounce back from a disappointing 5-2 Europa League defeat to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. “It was a massive win for us after we suffered a big disappointment in the week,” Osman continued. “It hasn’t quite happened in the league this season so to put back-to-back wins together was really important for us. “We were terrific at the back, especially Phil Jagielka. I thought he was at his best and we dealt with all their situations quite well. last_img read more


Tag: 上海夜网FQ

first_img Published on June 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer The Syracuse men’s soccer team’s 2016 schedule was released on Friday afternoon. The Orange is slated to play seven teams that participated in last year’s NCAA tournament, including a matchup against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Clemson, which ended SU’s season in the national semifinal game last season. That was the deepest in the postseason the Orange has gotten in program history.Syracuse will play three preseason matchups at SU Soccer Stadium against New Hampshire, Michigan State and Ohio State. The Orange’s first regular season game will be on Aug. 26 against Massachusetts.The last regular season game of the year for SU will be a conference matchup against Wake Forest on Oct. 28. Overall, the Orange plays eight ACC contests.Below is the full 2016 schedule for the men’s soccer team.ACC games in bold* — Exhibtion gamesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSaturday Aug. 13, 4 p.m.  — vs. New Hampshire*Thursday Aug. 18, 7 p.m. — vs. Michigan State*Sunday Aug. 21, 5 p.m. — vs. Ohio State*Friday Aug. 26, 7 p.m. — vs. MassachusettsSunday Aug. 28, 7 p.m. — vs. Loyola MarymountThursday Sept. 1, 7 p.m. — vs. ColgateSunday Sept. 4, 7 p.m. — vs. St. John’sFriday Sept. 9, 7 p.m. — at North Carolina StateTuesday Sept. 13, 7 p.m. — vs. HofstraFriday Sept. 16, 7 p.m. — Boston CollegeTuesday Sept. 20, 7 p.m. — at CornellFriday Sept. 23, 7 p.m. — at Notre DameFriday Sept. 30, 7 p.m.  — vs. North CarolinaTuesady Oct. 4, 7 p.m. — at AlbanyFriday Oct. 7, 7 p.m. — at LouisvilleFriday Oct. 14, TBA — vs. Virginia TechTuessday Oct. 18, 7 p.m. — at HartfordFriday Oct. 21 7 p.m. — at ClemsonFriday Oct. 28 7 p.m. — vs. Wake Forest Comments Related Stories Syracuse’s improbable dream season shattered by Clemson in Final 4, penalty-kick lossSyracuse squanders opportunities in Final 4 loss to ClemsonTop 5 Syracuse sports storylines to look for in 2016Ben Polk header launches Syracuse to 1st Final Four in program historyFormer Syracuse players Julian Buescher and Ben Polk are selected in 1st round of MLS SuperDraftcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more