Lampard ‘playing like he’s 18’

first_img Full-back Zabaleta hailed Lampard’s growing influence as the City hierarchy consider whether to seek an extension to the 36-year-old’s Etihad Stadium loan deal. Former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard fired his 174th Premier League goal in City’s 3-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday. The ex-West Ham star is scheduled to join New York City FC in January after leaving Chelsea last summer, but Manchester City remain keen to extend his stay in the north west. “For me what makes Frank Lampard special is how professional he is in training: this is what I appreciate from him,” said Zabaleta. “You see him at training: he is the first to arrive on the training ground and the last to go home. “He won everything with Chelsea, he’s a legend in football and he’s still playing like he’s 18 years old.” Lampard coolly slotted City’s second and decisive goal at St Mary’s on Sunday, helping Manuel Pellegrini’s side shrug off a red card for defender Eliaquim Mangala. City leapfrogged Saints into second place in the Premier League table, closing the gap on leaders Chelsea to six points. Lampard played the full 90 minutes in City’s midweek 3-2 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich, before climbing off the bench to cement his loan club’s win at Southampton. Dependable defender Zabaleta said 106-cap former England midfielder Lampard has boosted reigning champions City’s early league form, before hailing the continued form of striker Sergio Aguero. Frank Lampard is “still playing like he’s 18 years old” and driving Manchester City’s Premier League title race with former club Chelsea, according to Pablo Zabaleta. Aguero was booked by referee Mike Jones for diving even though he was crudely upended by Saints defender Jose Fonte and denied a clear penalty. The in-form Argentina hitman channelled any frustrations to play a hand in two of City’s three goals, impressing again after his vital hat-trick against Bayern. “Frank was great, but I also think the whole team were fantastic on Sunday,” said Zabaleta. “We were very solid at the back and we defended very well. “Obviously we made the difference at the end with the great finishes by Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy so I am proud of the team because those three points are very well deserved. “Sergio has been fantastic for the team: at the moment he’s probably been one of the best players. “That is always what you expect from a top player. I hope Sergio can continue like that, it’s fantastic.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Alderweireld aware of Costa threat

first_img This has been quite the year for the 25-year-old, having made the loan move to Saints fresh from helping Belgium to the World Cup quarter-finals and Atletico Madrid shock the football world. Alderweireld was part of the Los Colchoneros side which won a first Primera Division title in 18 years and came off the bench in the Champions League final, where rivals Real Madrid cruelly denied them a famous double. Fresh from ending their worst losing streak of the 21st century against Everton, Ronald Koeman’s men triumphed 3-1 against Crystal Palace thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Alderweireld. On-loan full-back Ryan Bertrand is ineligible to face his parent club, but manager Ronald Koeman can call upon captain Jose Fonte. Shane Long, Dusan Tadic and Victor Wanyama could come in after starting from the bench at Palace, but Jay Rodriguez (cruciate ligament), Sam Gallagher (knee) and Jack Cork (knock) remain out. Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic hopes to play alongside John Terry for many years to come at Chelsea. The Serbia midfielder has become a key member of a squad which Terry continues to lead with great authority. The 34-year-old Blues captain is entering the final six months of his Chelsea contract, which was extended for a year last summer. Terry, who scored for a second successive game in Friday’s 2-0 defeat of West Ham, is bidding to lead Chelsea to a fourth Premier League title in 10 seasons, but a first since 2010. “John is a big player, he’s our captain and he deserves everything,” Matic told Chelsea TV. “He’s one of the best central defenders in England ever. It’s good to have him in the team. I hope he will continue for a few more years like this.” Should Terry’s form continue it is likely his Chelsea career will be extended in the summer, but his primary focus is on the here and now. So, too, is Matic’s ahead of Sunday’s trip to St Mary’s, where Chelsea will bid to finish 2014 on a high and begin 2015 on top of the Barclays Premier League. “We are focused always on the next game,” Matic added. “We look at this like a new challenge, like a new opportunity to show our quality and we will continue like this. “We had some stretches in the dressing room (after the West Ham win) and we are already focused on Southampton. “We will try to prepare ourselves for that game and I hope we will continue to win.” Jose Mourinho has no injury concerns or suspensions, but must determine how best to utilise his squad with matches against Tottenham and Watford, in the FA Cup, in the following seven days. Southampton’s Toby Alderweireld began 2014 playing alongside Diego Costa and ends it trying to shackle a player he believes is one of the best in the world. It took extra-time for Real to eventually triumph and things could have been so different had star man Costa not been forced off just nine minutes into what proved his last match for Atletico. The bustling forward moved to Chelsea in the summer and has so far justified his £32million price tag, with the Boxing Day strike against West Ham making it 13 goals from his first 15 Premier League matches. Alderweireld faces the unenviable task of attempting to stop Costa adding to that tally on Sunday, with the defender well aware of the threat his former team-mate poses. “It is very difficult because he is fast, he is strong, he has technique,” he said. “He can score goals, is good with his head, so I have to be at my best to stop him.” Costa is not the only threat Alderweireld knows all too well about, having this year also played alongside Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis. “They are the best players in the world, especially Diego and Eden Hazard,” he said. “We have to be at our top to beat them.” Despite that, he says Southampton will head into the match brimming with confidence after continuing their impressive resurgence at Selhurst Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Herrera sees room for improvement

first_img The travelling contingent at Newcastle on Wednesday night had to wait 89 minutes for their reward, when Ashley Young fired home a last-gasp winner to finally kill off the Magpies. Home keeper Tim Krul had earlier made a string of fine saves – opposite number David de Gea had to be equally vigilant – to push the visitors all the way to the wire before they claimed a 1-0 victory. Herrera told MUTV: “I think we deserved to win. We deserved to score before and we were a little bit disappointed at half-time because we should have been winning. “We created chances, we kept the ball and we didn’t give a lot of chances away – I think only one in the first half, in the last minute. But now we are very happy. “When you win in the last minute, you are very happy. But I think we have to improve, we have to score earlier because our fans are suffering too much.” On an eventful night at St James’ Park, United enjoyed the better of the possession but were unable to make it tell, as skipper Wayne Rooney uncharacteristically passed up two first-half opportunities and saw Krul save from Marouane Fellaini and then, in the space of seconds, Fellaini and Young. Newcastle were aggrieved not to have been awarded a 10th-minute penalty for what looked like a clear trip by Chris Smalling on Emmanuel Riviere, and the first half ended in controversy with Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse appearing to spit in each other’s direction after an off-the-ball confrontation. The Magpies looked to have battled their way to a hard-fought point but, with seconds of normal time remaining, Mehdi Abeid stabbed an unwise back-pass towards the unsuspecting Krul, who could only deliver the ball to Young’s feet, and he made no mistake with the goal at his mercy. Victory proved all the more sweet for the visitors with top four rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all collecting three points on the night, as Southampton had done 24 hours earlier. Herrera said: “It felt much more important after the game than before. When I was looking at the results of our rivals I thought it was a very, very important victory because Arsenal won, Liverpool won, Tottenham won, Southampton won. Midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted Manchester United need to be more ruthless to end the suffering of their fans. “You know the battle for the top four is going to be very hard but I think we are in the right way, because we are winning the games through [possession of] the ball and creating more chances than our opponent.” United’s elation was in stark contrast to the despondency they left behind on Tyneside, although Newcastle head coach John Carver was able to take positives from a gritty display, and the return of midfielder Jonas Gutierrez to action following his recovery from testicular cancer. Gutierrez was introduced as a 65th-minute replacement for emergency left-back Ryan Taylor and received the warmest of ovations from a crowd of 49,801 as he was handed the captain’s armband by close friend Fabricio Coloccini on his arrival. But the 31-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is not content just to make one cameo appearance. He told nufcTV: “I am ready to play. It was my first game and I always look forward. I want to improve and I am going to work hard for that. “You can have opportunities, then it depends on you that when you have the opportunity, you don’t miss it. It was my first, it was incredible, it was exciting, but I want more and I am going to work for that.” It was Gutierrez’s first Newcastle appearance since October 2013 and his reception was fitting. He said: “It’s been a long time, a long wait. I am really pleased to be back. I really enjoyed the welcome of the fans. “I enjoyed it a lot and I have to say a special thank you to the fans for all the support they sent me through my illness and the welcome that they gave me today and against Aston Villa as well.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Hughes upbeat over Stoke prospects

first_img Press Association The Potters announced last Friday that Hughes, who was appointed to the job in the summer of 2013, had signed a new contract through to 2019. They have thrived under the Welshman so far, last term securing their best Barclays Premier League finish of ninth with their highest points total of 50 – records they are looking to better this time around, currently lying 10th on 42 points from 30 matches. “I’ve never been in any doubt that if the right target is available and it is a possibility to get it over the line, then finances will be made available to me.” Stoke are currently only a point worse off than eighth-placed Swansea, but seventh-placed Tottenham have 11 more points than the Potters. Asked if the equivalent for the Staffordshire outfit of Chelsea’s pursuit of the title was a push for eighth place, Hughes said: “Yes, it is fair to say that – and we will always strive to be even higher than that. “Last year we were ninth and arguably we came second in that mini-league – the teams above that, seventh to first, were markedly better over that season. “So you could argue we came second then, and that the challenge for us is to be first and then maybe even better that. “Certainly that (a finish higher than eighth) won’t happen this year, but the anticipation and hope is that in the seasons that follow we can possibly break through that glass ceiling.” Jonathan Walters has sustained a calf knock, but Hughes expects the Potters forward will be available for this weekend’s Stamford Bridge contest. Defender Marc Muniesa is set to return to the matchday squad after missing five games because of a hamstring problem, and Victor Moses is also fit again – but will not be able to feature on Saturday as the opposition is the on-loan winger’s parent club. Stoke boss Mark Hughes has emphasised his confidence that he can keep the club moving in the right direction. And Hughes, happy with the financial backing he has been promised, has every confidence things can keep improving for Stoke in the seasons to come. Speaking about his new deal at his press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to league leaders Chelsea, the 51-year-old said: “I’m really pleased – I think what it gives me and the staff at the club is continuity, and that is a rare thing in football these days it seems. “I’ve had 18 months here and really enjoyed every moment of that. And to get a commitment from the owners is really satisfying. “I think we are in a good place at the moment, that everyone is excited about what is ahead of us, and that a lot of the things you need to be successful at this level are in place. We just have to make sure we keep improving.” Although Stoke have spent moderately so far in his time at the Britannia Stadium, Hughes stressed funds are there for him to “really push the boat out” in the transfer market. “We haven’t spent a great deal since I’ve been here – I think it is something like a net spend of £6million,” the former Manchester City manager said. “But I’ve never been given the impression that if the right player was available and we wanted to really push the boat out, there would not be funds available. “There have been some targets we have got very, very close to, where we would have been in a position to make a decision about whether or not we spent significant amounts, but we never actually got to the point where we needed to do that, just because the target fell by the wayside. last_img read more

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United defend fan treatment

first_img Press Association United defended their approach on Saturday morning, claiming walking sticks and other aids can be used as weapons. “Our club policy is to encourage any supporters who require the use of crutches or a walking aid to contact the club in advance to ensure each case is adequately risk assessed and that we can ensure safe evacuation in the event of emergency,” a United spokesperson said. “On some rare occasions, we have also experienced such devices being used as weapons. This policy is displayed at the turnstiles and on our website. The disability liaison officers from both clubs also communicate this policy in advance. “Where supporters arrive without having pre-notified us of the need for such devices, our stewarding team performs a dynamic risk assessment which usually involves finding a solution to accompany the supporter to their seat and storing the walking device during the game. “At the game in question a significant number of visiting supporters who had not pre-notified the club arrived with walking devices. “Therefore the above system was put into place.” United denied reports disabled supporters had been denied entry. “No person was refused entry to the stadium,” the spokesperson added. “Manchester United prides itself on ensuring that all supporters can safely be accommodated at Old Trafford.” Upon entering the ground on May 17, a number of away supporters had their crutches and walking sticks taken away from them and they were not returned until after the final whistle. The incident has not gone down well with the The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which is now seeking talks with the club, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. center_img Manchester United have defended the conduct of their stewards after they took walking aids off some Arsenal fans during the final home game of the season at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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Florida man breaks into home and makes himself breakfast

first_imgA Florida man has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a resident’s home and began making himself breakfast.The incident was reported Tuesday around 4:00 am.The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says the resident told them that he woke up to find the  suspect in his kitchen making breakfast. When the suspect noticed the resident, he then told the resident to “go back to bed.”The resident then contacted the police and the suspect fled the scene.Authorities were able to track down the suspect in a wooded area behind the home. The suspect has since been identified as 19-year-old Gavin Crim.It was reported that Crim, who is a Marine, entered the home through an unlocked backdoor. Authorities believe that the alcohol may have been involved.last_img read more

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Woman banned from Disney after attacking driver over a cigarette

first_imgShe has since been arrested and is facing charges of battery on an officer and disorderly intoxication. As of Monday, McMillion did not have legal representation despite records showing she requested a public defender. A 53-year-old Florida woman has been banned from Disney for life after she reportedly attacked a cab driver who denied her a cigarette while she was at the resort.Ellen McMillion of Brandon, Florida was arrested Thursday of last week, just outside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.According to the report, McMillion asked the taxi driver for a cigarette and when he said he did not have one, she began slapping the driver. A deputy witnessed the incident and intervened, however, McMillion began kicking him.Deputies also reported that McMillion was slurring her words, and they detected a strong odor of alcohol..@OrangeCoSheriff deputies say this woman, 53 yr old Ellen McMillion of Brandon has been banned from Disney World for LIFE. She was arrested there last week after deputies say she was drunk and repeatedly slapped a cab driver and kicked a deputy pic.twitter.com/fXLURcNPNr— Amanda Dukes (@AmandaDukesWESH) September 9, 2019last_img read more

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Two Dead, 20 Injured in TX Homecoming Party Shooting; Suspect on the Loose

first_imgTwo people are dead, and another 20 are injured, after a gunman allegedly opened fire at an off-campus Texas A&M University-Commerce Halloween and homecoming party Saturday night.According to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, the shooter may have been targeting a certain person at the gathering of about 750 people in Greenville, which is 15 miles southwest of the campus.The shooting occurred around midnight Saturday. Meeks says the injured included four people who did not have suffer gunshot wounds but were instead hurt while attempting to run from the scene.Authorities believe the male shooter entered the venue through a back door and then began firing with a handgun. He remains on the loose, and they do not know who he is or have a description of him.Sheriff’s deputies had been questioning a party-goer in front of the building due to complaints of parking on the roadway blocking traffic. That is when they heard gunshots coming from the back of the building.Meeks says the two deceased victims are both males, but he did not know if they were A&M-Commerce students.School and sheriff’s officials add that the party was not a school-sponsored event.The party was being held at a facility called The Party Venue. The owner is cooperating with authorities, Meeks says.According to its website, Texas A&M University-Commerce is the second-largest university in the Texas A&M University System. The school, which was founded in 1889, has about 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students.last_img read more

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Facemask vs Glasses: Tips on how to prevent your glasses from fogging

first_imgAnyone who has had to wear glasses and a facemask can tell you what a pain it can be sometimes.From the constant battle for behind the ear space, to the constant fogging up of your glasses when you exhale, one would almost think that they would have to choose between wearing their protective gear, breathing, or seeing.With no clear end to the coronavirus in sight,  we will be subjected to wearing some sort of face covering for quite a while.Thankfully there are some tips and tricks to help with some of the issues those who wear glasses are facing.last_img read more

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James Little Posts Tennis Wins

first_imgNORTON, Mass. — Junior James Little of Mount Desert notched a straight-set singles win and teamed with freshman Neall Oliver to win at doubles for the Wheaton College Lyons in tennis action last weekend.The Lyons downed Salve Regina University, then rallied for a 5-4 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.Little also was just one game away from a second singles win, holding a 6-3, 6-5 advantage when the Lyons clinched their win over Salve Regina. Bio Latest Posts admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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