Redknapp has high hopes for Austin

first_img ”They started to get a bit of the ball in the second half and dominate the possession but I felt when we changed it and we tightened up in the middle then suddenly we started getting hold of the ball and I thought we dominated then. ”We had a couple of great chances, we hit the post with Junior’s (Hoilett) shot, then it would have been a great goal for Vargas with great passing movement so overall I thought we well deserved the win.” Taarabt is due to feature in an Under-21 league fixture against Swansea on Tuesday to improve his much-maligned fitness but Redknapp will now be looking ahead to a west London derby at Chelsea next weekend before welcoming champions Manchester City to Loftus Road. For Villa boss Lambert the 2-0 reverse adds to their woes following their own difficult run of fixtures which saw them lose to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton with an aggregate score of 11-0. This would have been seen as a more winnable encounter but, despite his shot-shy strikers, it was at the back where Lambert felt let down. “I thought the two goals we lost were really poor,” he said. “I think that is the most we have had of the ball, possession-wise, but that is why I’m never one for stats. The main stat is putting the ball in the net and keeping it out. “I thought we defended poorly for the two goals. We have got to be more clinical in the last third of the pitch but the two goals are disappointing because we had most of the ball.” Christian Benteke is still working his way back to full fitness following a serious ankle injury and Lambert has full faith in his Belgian forward and his team-mates to end their near nine-hour run without a goal. “I tend not to get them down on that,” he added. “They will come out of the traps on Sunday (against Tottenham) and I know we are going to be alright in that department because when Benteke gets up to speed and, with (Gabriel) Agbonlahor, (Andreas) Weimann, (Charles) N’Zogbia and (Darren) Bent, there are guys there with goals in them and it will happen. “My main concern tonight was we had that much of the ball that we had to score with it, but you have to defend when you are on top.” Press Association Having followed an unorthodox route to reach the top flight the former Swindon and Burnley forward now has four Premier League goals to his name and Redknapp believes he has the ability to fire Rangers to safety. “(They were) two great finishes for Charlie,” he told Sky Sports 1. “I couldn’t be more pleased, he is a smashing lad, (an) absolute fantastic boy. “He’s come out (of) the non-league scene, played down at Poole Town and Hungerford and God knows where he’s been around the lower divisions, and to be scoring goals in the Premier League is great for him. “There’s no reason why he can’t go on and get a really good tally of goals this year.” The victory is QPR’s second of the season and sees them move ahead of fellow newly-promoted side Burnley and just three points behind a Villa side who were once again bereft of confidence. Having had a public spat with Adel Taarabt, in which owner Tony Fernandes felt the need to get involved, Redknapp will have been happy to see his side do their talking on the pitch and felt they were worthy of the three points. ”It was an excellent performance, I thought we did ever so well,” he added. Harry Redknapp has backed Charlie Austin to score the goals that will keep QPR in the Premier League after his match-winning brace against Aston Villa. The 25-year-old scored in either half to secure a valuable three points which moves Rangers off the foot of the table and leaves Villa winless and goalless in their last five games. Austin hit a half-volley after linking up with strike partner Bobby Zamora and swept home Eduardo Vargas’ cross after the break to prove the difference between the two sides. last_img read more

O’Connell is best Matfield’s faced

first_img Veteran lock Matfield admitted boss Heyneke Meyer’s side must be wary of Ireland’s lineout and driving maul in Saturday’s autumn Test at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The 37-year-old Springbok retired after the 2011 World Cup, but was enticed back after a two-year break, since returning to action for both club and country. Blue Bulls second row Matfield believes Munster enforcer O’Connell will once again prove central to Ireland’s tight work, under new forwards coach Simon Easterby. “I think he (O’Connell) is a fantastic player, I think he’s probably the best player I’ve played against in my career,” said Matfield. “He is also a student of the lineout. “You can see he puts in a lot of hours in analysing, preparing and getting his whole unit ready for the weekend. “So it is always tough going up against him.” Ireland are missing pack mainstays Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien to long-term injury, with the fast-improving Marty Moore also absent and Mike Ross battling to be fit for the weekend. O’Connell and Devin Toner are Ireland’s shoo-in starting locks, with Iain Henderson and Dan Tuohy sidelined. Head coach Joe Schmidt must also do without prop Nathan White, who was in line for his debut but damaged a biceps tendon in training. Springboks talisman Victor Matfield has hailed Ireland captain Paul O’Connell as “the best player I’ve played against”. Matfield drew on all his 117-cap experience in predicting a gritty tussle up front with Ireland, despite Saturday’s hosts clear injury issues. The wily operator also launched the first charm offensive towards French referee Romain Poite, who will officiate the weekend’s Test clash. Last season opponents often questioned the legality of Ireland’s highly-effective tactics at stopping rolling mauls. Former forwards coach John Plumtree whipped Ireland’s pack into accurate shape in diffusing opposition mauls, with officials mainly judging them the right side of the laws. Matfield picked up that theme in making an early call for the Springboks to take care to be water-tight with their own driving game. “I also think when Gert Smal (ex-Ireland forwards’ coach) was here he gave a lot of insight into how I think about the lineout to Paul, so it makes it more difficult,” said Matfield. “It is always a great battle against him and he has some great jumpers with him in that unit so we know it’s going to be very tough. “Like I said, we know we have to be accurate in what we do because they will definitely put pressure on us. “The rolling maul is very important to us: looking at them as well, they were very successful in sacking the maul during the Six Nations, especially. “They stopped it very well, so we know we need to do our things right and hopefully the referee (Romain Poite) will be very strict on how to stop the maul. “If we do our things right it is a lot easier for the ref to see if they are stopping the maul legally or not. “It’s important for us to get our set-up right, to get it started and from then it is easier.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Dyche: No January move for Ings

first_imgBurnley boss Sean Dyche is relaxed about star striker Danny Ings’ future and insists the England Under-21 international will be staying put in January. Ings was the SkyBet Championship player of the year last season and has followed up with some impressive displays in his first Barclays Premier League campaign. He has found the net four times for the Clarets and caught the eye with his clever hold-up play, alerting several top-flight rivals. The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer and with no agreement apparently imminent, Burnley are braced for approaches when the transfer window opens. But Dyche is convinced there is no chance of the club cashing in their prize asset. “(I have) no concerns whatsoever. I’ve been asked that question for the last two years. “The chairmen (Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz) have come out and said he’s going nowhere and I’m happy with that as a manager. “We have open dialogue with him and his agent. “It’s just the reality of the situation. The club have made it quite clear how much they value the players we’ve got and we’re in a good position cash-wise because we haven’t spent a lot of money. “If anything, we’re thinking about add to the squad.” While Dyche’s top priority remains hanging on to Ings and keeping the club safe from relegation, moves are also afoot to improve the infrastructure behind the scenes. Press Association A planning application has been filed with Burnley Borough Council to expand and update the team’s Gawthorpe training ground. If successful three new pitches will be built alongside new first-team and academy training centres and a new indoor training facility. Chief executive Lee Hoos said: “Going forward this is an absolutely critical piece of work for the club. “It’s great to have a nice stadium, but for the players their place of work is the training ground so we need to give them the best opportunities for training and development and that includes enhancing the sports science provisions up there. “The development of the 60m x 40m indoor facility will also help us get the Academy to Category Two, which again helps to take the club forward in attracting young players. “When players go in every day to a facility that is purpose built and with good facilities, I think they feel good about their work. “They know we can probably add something to their career because we can take care of them, then that in turn helps us to attract more players. So all in all this is a vital development that we need to pursue.” Local residents who could be affected by the proposal have been contacted will have the chance to attend a planning meeting in the new year. last_img read more

Hughes: Fitting that Walters won it

first_img Current hero Walters now has 10 goals in all competitions this season, and Hughes said of the 31-year-old: “At the end it was fitting that Jon scored his third goal to take the game away from them because I thought on the day he was magnificent and a credit to his profession. “He gives everything, every game, and on his 200th game it was fitting he won it for us.” Asked whether Walters will be getting a new contract – his current deal expires in the summer – Hughes said: “Well, he is going the right way about it! “I’m sure there will be discussions nearer the time. But I’m just delighted for him – he probably doesn’t get enough credit for what he does on the field of play, and his determination and effort to get everything out of his body and his ability is second to none. I am really pleased for him.” Walters has spent time out of the first XI this term, and Hughes added: “I think he has a freshness in his play now. He has been in and out the team, but when he comes in, he gives everything and always has an impact for us. “I think he is benefitting from understanding he can’t play week in week out if he is going to be the best he can be.” Stoke’s win – their fourth in six league games – lifts them to ninth in the table, while struggling QPR remain 19th, a point adrift of safety, and still yet to register anything other than a loss on the road this term. This was an 11th defeat from 11 top-flight matches in 2014/15 for the Londoners, but their manager Harry Redknapp insisted afterwards he was encouraged by the performance and believes they will not be relegated. Walters marked his 200th appearance for the Staffordshire outfit by striking in the 21st and 34th minutes to put them 2-0 up before adding a stoppage-time header to wrap up the victory. It was the first Barclays Premier League hat-trick ever scored by a Stoke player and came on the day they celebrated club icon Sir Stanley Matthews, 24 hours before what would have been his 100th birthday. Stoke boss Mark Hughes labelled Jonathan Walters “a credit to his profession” after the forward notched a hat-trick to steer the Potters to a 3-1 home win over QPR. Press Association Redknapp – whose side made it 2-1 in the 36th minute through Niko Kranjcar and hit the bar in the second half via skipper Joey Barton’s free-kick, but were punished throughout by Stoke for defensive sloppiness – said: “3-1 looks like you were well beaten, but that wasn’t the case. “But we make individual errors and it costs you. “At 2-1 at half-time, I thought we could go on and win the game, I really did – and I said that to the players. I said ‘I wouldn’t take a draw’. “In the second half we battered away, but we just couldn’t get the goal. If we had got the one, I think we would have gone on and won. But I couldn’t have asked for more effort than they gave. “I’m encouraged by it. I know where we are and what we need to do, and I still think we have every chance. I still think we’re capable of getting out of trouble.” Asked about the possibility of bringing in new players before the transfer window closes on Monday night, Redknapp said: “It’s hard – I couldn’t say we are definitely going to get anyone in before the deadline. “We’re trying, but it’s not easy to find players in this window, especially this late.” Redknapp said there had been no developments in terms of any pursuit of Wolves forward Bakary Sako, and when asked about Tottenham frontman Emmanuel Adebayor, he said: “I don’t know if it’s a possibility. “He would do us, that is for sure, but whether there is a chance I honestly don’t know.” Hughes, meanwhile, said Spurs winger Aaron Lennon “has been mentioned” with regard to potential Stoke dealings, but added: “I don’t think that one is going to happen for us.” And he said: “I don’t anticipate there being too much happening to be honest. “We have been close to a number of players during the month, but for the most part they have all fallen by the wayside. “At this point, I’d be surprised if we do anything before the deadline.” last_img read more

Nacewa to rejoin Leinster

first_img Press Association Nacewa, 32, previously spent five years with Leinster, helping them to three Heineken Cup final triumphs and a PRO12 title. “As soon as we became aware that he was keen on a return, it was something that we have worked hard to get over the line,” Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor said. Leinster have announced that Fiji international back Isa Nacewa is to rejoin them for next season.center_img “We have mentioned how our resources will be tested during the World Cup window, and to be able to bring in a top-quality player who we know will contribute massively to the environment when the more experienced lads are away is huge for us. “He hasn’t played in a bit, but he hasn’t been alien to a rugby environment either, working with the Auckland Blues as a mental skills coach. He has kept himself in good shape.” last_img read more

Krkic set for Stoke return

first_img The 24-year-old former Barcelona playmaker was one of Stoke’s stand-out players until injuring his cruciate ligaments at Rochdale in the FA Cup in January. The Spaniard is now close to fitness, though, and will face the Bees on Saturday, along with captain Ryan Shawcross who has struggled with a back problem throughout the summer. “I would imagine that both players will get a significant amount of playing time tomorrow afternoon,” assistant boss Mark Bowen told the club’s official website. “I don’t know what the manager’s team is at the moment but it is extremely likely that they will get some valuable playing time.” Press Associationcenter_img Bojan Krkic will make his return from injury in Stoke’s pre-season friendly against Brentford on Saturday.last_img read more

A Florida man’s live stream leads to his arrest

first_imgPolice in Volusia County arrested 20-year-old  Kevin Gaines Jr. after the Crime Suppression Team discovered information about the vehicle he was driving, and a deputy spotted the vehicle at house in DeLand.Volusia Sheriff officers arrested Gaines after his live on Instagram confirmed that Gaines was inside a house where Deputy Billy Leven spotted the vehicle.Deputies and DeLand police officers arrested Gaines with no incident and he was taken into custody.Officers searched the house and discovered 3 firearms, and 1 firearm in a vehicle parked in the driveway.According to authorities, Gaines was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm by a delinquent, along with his warrants for grand theft auto, criminal mischief and no valid driver’s license, bond revocation on previous charges of discharging a firearm from a vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm by a delinquent, and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. He has no bond.Online records showed no attorney listed for Gaines.(Video: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesylast_img read more

LIVE: Sec. of State Mike Pompeo on New Iranian Threats

first_imgSecretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold a live news conference to reveal new threats from Iran.US allies in the region are on high alert.The leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened on Tuesday to “set ablaze” places supported by the United States over the killing last week of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike ordered by President Trump, as U.S. military officials bolstered resources near the Middle East.The U.S. Air Force is deploying six B-52 bombers to the region, amid the rising threat from Iran after Soleimani’s killing, Fox News confirmed Monday. The threat was palpable Tuesday as a sea of seemingly thousands of supporters reportedly chanted “Death to Israel!” when Iran’s Hossein Salami vowed vengeance in the central square in Kerman, Soleimani’s hometown, where his remains arrived to be buried.However, tragedy struck during Soleimani’s funeral procession when a stampede erupted, killing 35 people and injuring 48 others, Iran state television reported.last_img read more

Watch Live: Trump Welcomes LSU Tigers to White House

first_imgPresident Trump is going to host the college football national champions Friday.The LSU Tigers will take a tour of the White House and then have a meeting with the President.The team was scheduled to arrive in the nation’s capital Thursday for other activities.LSU beat Clemson on Monday to claim the College Football Playoff title. They finished their season a perfect 15-0.The President and First Lady were greeted warmly with huge cheers at the game when they walked out on the field for the National Anthem.There were chants of “USA” and “four more years.”WATCH LIVE: @realdonaldtrump welcomes champion @LSUfootball Tigers to White House— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 17, 2020 After hosting the LSU Tigers the President and First Lady will board Air Force One and head south to PBIA. They will arrive around 5:15 p.m. and spend the three day weekend at Mar-a-Lago with a fundraiser scheduled for tomorrow.See the President’s schedule here.last_img read more

Health Department Confirms Second Case of West Nile Virus in Miami

first_imgFlorida health officials on Wednesday confirmed the year’s second case of West Nile virus in Miami-Dade County.Officials say a resident there contracted the virus from a local transmission.The Miami-Dade Health Department declared a mosquito-borne illness alert on May 9, after the area’s first confirmed case of the year.Because of a lack of preventative vaccines or medication, West Nile virus is considered to be the country’s leading cause of mosquito-borne disease, according to the health department.Most people who become infected do not feel sick. Additionally, officials say that about one in five people end up experiencing symptoms such as pain, headache, fever and fatigue that usually appear around two to 14 days after an infected mosquito bites.Fewer than one percent of infected people can develop a severe or potentially fatal illness. People over age 60 or people with weakened immune systems are also at an increased risk for severe cases of West Nile Virus.The Miami-Dade Health Department is also asking residents to follow the “Drain and Cover” personal protection efforts, reminding them to drain any items or areas that can collect standing water, in order to keep mosquitos from populating near residencies.Residents are also being reminded to cover their skin with long sleeves, pants and tall socks, and to apply mosquito repellent onto bare skin.last_img read more