Sherwood: Spurs up for the fight

first_img Sherwood’s future is in serious doubt, but the Spurs manager is determined to make sure the club finish the campaign as strongly as possible. He said: ” At this stage of the season it’s about trying to get the points. It can’t always be pretty, sometimes you have to dig in and work for each other and I thought we certainly didn’t look like a team who had their sunglasses and flip-flops packed ready to go on holiday. “They’ve realised there’s still a job to be done for the great travelling support that we bring and they will try their best right to the death. “We’ve got two more games. We go away to West Ham, which is a derby that we need to win, and then we come home and we’re going to send them away happy after beating Aston Villa in the last game of the season. That’s what the plan is. “I continue to do my job, prepare the players the best I can and make sure they are up for the fight right until the final whistle of the season. If we continue to win, then all good.” Tottenham had a man advantage for the final 38 minutes of the match after Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Rose. But the hosts responded to the crowd’s sense of injustice and finished the game looking much the stronger team. Sherwood said: “It’s a tough place to come, and we knew that. They’ve taken some big scalps here, they’ve only been beaten three times, and probably on everyone’s coupon this was a banana skin, but it never looked like that. “We should have come in at half-time more than two goals up. We dominated the game. I said to the players at half-time to be a bit more patient on the ball, a few more forward runs and we’ll create something, but it seemed to give them the initiative after they went down to 10 men. “The crowd were fantastic, drove them on, and we had to fight it out. But there were some good performances. “The criticism of Tottenham teams in the past sometimes was they didn’t want to fight it out but this team don’t roll over and they’re willing to put their bodies on the line for the cause. I demand nothing less than that.” Stoke had hoped to reach two club milestones of five home wins in a row and 47 points, equalling their best tally for a Premier League season. Surpassing that mark and achieving a first top-10 finish have been major targets for the Potters throughout the season, but they have work still to do in their final two games against Fulham and West Brom. Manager Mark Hughes was proud of the showing his players produced in adversity but was left ruing a failure to make the most of their opportunities. He said: “We had any number of chances that we could have created when we went down to 10 men, and that’s the disappointing part because we put in a great performance and had no reward.” Spurs still have an outside chance of finishing in fourth place, although it is much more likely they will qualify for the Europa League rather than the Champions League. Danny Rose scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute – his first for Tottenham in four years – to hand Stoke just a third home Barclays Premier League defeat of the season. Tim Sherwood hailed the fighting spirit of his Tottenham players in overcoming Stoke at a hostile Britannia Stadium. Press Associationlast_img read more

No. 5 Syracuse rides balanced attack to 16-7 win over No. 12 Albany

first_imgAfter losing five of its top six scorers and its entire starting midfield to graduation, Desko said Syracuse would spend the early portion of the season sorting out who will replace them. On Sunday, the Orange proved it won’t fall on a single person.“After (last season), it was kind of on our shoulders, especially just middies in general,” DeJoe said. “People had to step up and take on that role.”With the game still up for grabs midway through the third quarter, the 6-foot-7 Lane lured in the defense and passed to an open Devin Shewell in the teeth of Albany’s defense. From 5 yards out, the freshman coolly scored to give Syracuse a five-goal lead.Even as Donahue, who had four goals and five assists last week against Siena, was limited to a relatively quiet one goal and four assists, Syracuse’s role players picked up the slack. Albany goalie Blaze Riorden said Donahue fell under the “known” category in the game plan, but players like DeJoe and Lane weren’t given as much recognition.“Every game you see guys like Dylan Donahue putting up six-, seven-point games,” Riorden said. “To limit guys like that, we got to limit the rest of them.”SU led 12-6 after three quarters and Mariano, Lane, DeJoe and Shewell each had two goals. No one else on the Orange had more than one. As Albany’s defense slid from the bottom of the field, Syracuse’s shooters could capitalize on the Great Danes’ hesitation at the top. And Mariano, Lane and DeJoe’s best skill is their shooting ability.“If you look at the guys that put up points today, they were shooters,” Desko said. “… Our shooters made good today on the opportunities they had.”Desko has previously likened DeJoe to a 3-point shooter in basketball and Albany head coach Scott Marr said the Orange excelled at spreading out his defense with its variety of scoring threats.With the game already out of reach in the fourth quarter, Syracuse kept piling on. It finally ended when Lane stood near the top of the restraining box and instead of dodging to the goal, he passed it off to Mariano who put the final nail in the Great Danes’ coffin.“When you play a team with that many threats,” Marr said, “yeah it is difficult to play defense against.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Ben Williams dominates No. 12 Albany at the face-off X in Syracuse’s 16-7 winInjury update: Nick Piroli ‘week-to-week,’ Tim Barber’s status uncertainGallery: No. 5 Syracuse improves to 2-0 with 16-7 win over No. 12 AlbanyON THE RADAR Published on February 21, 2016 at 8:51 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Liam Sheehan | Asst. Photo Editor Matt Lane drove toward the goal from the left wing. It was the same move he had used two previous times this season. As he stumbled to the ground, the ball flew out of his stick, across the face of the goal and over the sideline.The first shot in his first career start wasn’t even close. But 10 minutes later, Lane caught a pass from Dylan Donahue, crow-hopped and unleashed a bullet 15 yards from the goal. It pushed Syracuse’s lead to 7-4 and came in the middle of an eight-goal stretch in which all of its goals came outside its starting attack.A year removed from SU’s first-line attack accounting for 55 percent of Syracuse’s points, it was diverse scoring from the midfield that separated the Orange in a 16-7 win over Albany.“That’s what we’d like to be standard,” SU head coach John Desko said. “That’s how we like to play. We don’t want to give the ball to one person all the time. If they get stopped, then our team stops and our offense stops. We want to share the ball like we did today.”With starting attack Nick Piroli out with a lower-body injury and midfielder Tim Barber, who moved up to attack in his absence, out for the second half, No. 5 Syracuse (2-0) relied on its depth to surge past No. 12 Albany (0-1) on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. Lane, typically on the second line, had two goals and two assists while fellow midfielders Derek DeJoe and Nick Mariano each had three goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Syracuse struggles to perform well after halftime late in season

first_imgNicky Adams couldn’t understand her team’s mentality coming out for the second half against Miami. Syracuse had outshot the Hurricanes in the first half, 9-1, and the Orange went into the break tied at one apiece. No signs pointed to a second-half domination from the Hurricanes, but that’s what happened on Oct. 13.Miami didn’t change anything for the second half, Adams said, but “outworked” SU to the tune of a 16-1 shot advantage. SU’s second half performance was inexplicable, both for Adams and her team, she said.Nine days and another loss removed from their matchup against Miami, the Orange (3-9-2, 1-5-1 Atlantic Coast) are still searching for answers. Before its most recent two losses, Syracuse had won its first ACC game in nearly a year against Wake Forest, coming back from a goal down to do so. But since, the Orange have struggled to put together a full 90-minute performance and reverted to their earlier-season form when they went winless between Aug. 29 to Oct. 10.“We’re still trying to figure out why there was a drop when there shouldn’t have been a drop,” defender turned midfielder Shannon Aviza said. “And we know we can play with these teams when we’re at our best.”Under Adams, who took over in March of this year, the Orange have looked to possess the ball more than in past years under previous head coach Phil Wheddon. They aren’t reliant on sitting back and they’re pressing for large portions of games. SU has already equaled its win total from last year (three), but otherwise have struggled.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe possession has only led to nine goals this season, though. Syracuse has three games, two against top-10 teams, to reach the 11 goals it scored last year.The issues have started at the back and in transition. Miami’s game-winning goal came after an SU free kick was sent into the box. After clearing the danger, the Hurricanes found a run in behind by Miami’s Kristina Fisher who was one-on-one with Lysianne Proulx. The keeper stopped the initial shot, but it bounced to Miami’s Michelle Giamportone. Her shot came off the top of the bar and bounced back into the six-yard box, where, surrounded by Syracuse defenders, Hurricanes defender Bayleigh Chaviers headed it home.Players tracked back, but three Miami players had looks on goal because SU players didn’t know who to pick up in transition. The Orange don’t need to work harder, Taylor Bennett said, just smarter and for longer.Part of SU’s struggles are due to injuriesand inexperience. Without many substitutes, players get tired in the second half and drop back instead of pressing. That gave Miami, Clemson and Wake Forest the chance to break down the SU defense with short passes. When Syracuse pressed Miami in the first half, the Hurricanes keeper played the ball out of bounds multiple times and it didn’t create any sustained attack. After halftime, when SU pressed, it couldn’t match the pace of the Miami counterattack, like on the game-winning goal.“It’s just a lot of the mental part of it and the heart and not giving up and just piecing together a full game,” Aviza said.Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorIn its last three games, SU has tried to possess the ball more against weaker opponents. Against Wake Forest, it worked in the second half as Syracuse came back to tie and then eventually win in overtime. With time at the back, Bennett and Jenna Tivnan, two of the best in the conference at playing long balls, Adams said, were able to find the Orange wingers and forwards making runs in behind.But the two have often become reliant on long balls instead of swinging it around the backline. When the midfielders and forwards did receive the ball, they didn’t look ahead, instead choosing to lay it off back to the defenders. Unlike against Wake Forest, there was no interplay between the attackers to create holes in the Miami defense.SU also doesn’t have many options for long ball outlets besides Sydney Brackett. Even Brackett isn’t a proper striker and is more of a winger, Adams said, which hurts SU’s ability to sustain possession and build attacks.At Clemson last weekend, Syracuse had several prime chances, but headed into halftime down 2-0. In the second half, the Orange started dropping back and soaking pressure. SU didn’t generate any chances until Stephanie deLaforcade toe-poked in an 88th minute goal. “It didn’t matter what we were saying from afar,” Adams said of the 4-1 loss. “They just kept dropping and dropping and trying to protect the goal instead of stepping up and pressure and trying to win it higher, and when you get into that type of funk, it’s very, very hard to get out of.”Despite it being a development year for a rebuilding program, there have been flashes of potential — Meghan Root’s first-half goal against Miami, SU’s first ACC win in nearly a year and two-straight wins at home to start the season. They just have to work on being more consistent.“Come out with the same energy we did against Wake Forest and the first half of Miami against every single team,” Bennett said. “Not just hold it for 20 minutes.”“Hold it for a whole 90.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 22, 2019 at 11:10 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more