Top 25 basketball roundup: Florida’s outlook: Rocky after loss

first_imgThe Gators (25-5, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) continued a troubling trend for the defending national champions, who have lost three of four after a 17-game winning streak. “I don’t think people should look at us for slow starts. I don’t understand why Tennessee and Vanderbilt don’t get credit,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “When teams are playing against a team that’s won so much, teams are going to come out ready to play.” The Vols (21-9, 9-6) dominated Florida until the Gators started making a run late in the second half. Tennessee had a 17-0 run in the first half and were ahead by as many as 27in the second half. No. 12 Pittsburgh 80, West Virginia 66: The host Panthers (25-5, 12-3) remained in contention for the host Big East regular-season title. BYU 62, No. 25 Air Force 58: Austin Ainge scored 14 points as the visiting Cougars (22-7, 12-3) clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title. Chris Lofton scored 21points, and host Tennessee pulled away from No. 5 Florida in the first half and held on for an 86-76 victory Tuesday night. “When we play at home, we’re hard to beat,” Lofton said. “It’s the crowd. You’re at your home gym and everybody is with you. I feel like we come out and play hard at home.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Inishowen councillor slams Sinn Fein’s “disgraceful’ insult to people of peninsula

first_imgInishowen Councillor Bernard McGuinness has accused Sinn Fein of being “disgraceful” over what he claims is an insult to the people of the peninsula last year.The Culdaff-based publican hit out at the party’s representatives over the Cockhill Bridge opening ceremony.“They (Sinn Fein) whinge and go on all the time,” McGuinness told supporters at his party’s North Inishowen Selection Convention in Ballyliffin on Monday night. “When I stood up in Donegal County Council in 2014 and 2015 and told the council that Minister Joe McHugh would deliver a new bridge at Cockhill they (Sinn Fein) laughed at me.“And of course Joe delivered the project. And when our Taoiseach came to Inishowen to open the Cockhill Bridge not one of them bothered to turn up; they couldn’t find any of their 9 elected members in Donegal nor any party members to be there. It was disgraceful behaviour.“Cockhill Bridge was the main issue when I came into politics. Lorries and cars were getting stuck there. I predicted we’d fix it in Government and we did. Sinn Fein boycotting that event was an absolute disgrace; they were disgraceful that day – and they did not serve the people of Inishowen that day.”Cllr McGuinness was first elected in 1979 and has served as a councillor for 40 years. Minister McHugh and European election candidate Maria Walsh were among those at the convention to see McGuinness selected to run unopposed for Fine Gael in May’s local elections.Minister McHugh praised Cllr McGuinness’s 40 years of service to Inishowen.“He has worked tirelessly on so many issues over the years, for farmers, for victims of the Inishowen floods, for those affected by Mica, for local people across Inishowen – and of course he was the voice behind calls for a new bridge at Cockhill,” said the Donegal TD.“I am delighted that Bernard is running again for council as he brings a wealth of experience to the role which is unmatched in this county.”Inishowen councillor slams Sinn Fein’s “disgraceful’ insult to people of peninsula was last modified: March 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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South Africa: keep flying!

first_imgWear the colours of South Africa’s flag or the shirt of one of the national teams – Bafana Bafana, the Springboks or the Proteas – every Friday.Fly the flag at home and in the office.Buy South African goods to help create jobs and grow the economy.Once a month, give an hour (or more) of their time to helping other people. “By continuing to stand together, there is nothing we cannot do,” Miller Matola, chief executive of Brand South Africa, said this week. “As our visitors go home, let us remind them to keep coming back to South Africa, because we are a nation proud of its achievements, and a country that is open for business.” The first Fly the Flag Friday will be on 16 June 2010. SAinfo reporter and MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 13 July 2010 Brand South Africa is to keep the momentum of solidarity and national pride built up in the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup by morphing its highly successful Football Fridays campaign into a new Fly the Flag Fridays initiative. The campaign, which already has its own website and Facebook page, was endorsed by South African President Jacob Zuma in a speech delivered the day after the final whistle of the tournament was blown. “The Football Fridays campaign became highly successful,” he said. “South Africans from all walks of life proudly wore national colours every Friday. It was a meaningful collective experience of a lifetime.” Zuma then reminded South Africa that while the Fifa World Cup was over, the country could still look forward to more sporting triumphs to come. “As we draw the curtain on the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we now turn our focus to the fortunes of the nation’s Springbok Rugby Team in the Tri-Nations Series,” he said. “Let me remind South Africans that we are the reigning Tri-Nations and Rugby World Champions. Therefore, do not pack away those rainbow nation flags just yet. National duty still calls.” Fly the Flag Fridays will be an ongoing campaign, with Brand South Africa encouraging South Africans to wear the colours of their flag, to keep flying the flag on their vehicles and at their homes and offices, and to embrace the spirit created during Africa’s first, full-colour World Cup. The campaign urges people to:last_img read more

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Lady Eagles kick off bid vs Lady Bombers

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES The Lady Eagles, who will play minus star setter Jia Morado and key spiker Michelle Morente, kick off their bid versus Jose Rizal University at 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Morado opted to forego her final playing year, while Morente also left Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutArellano and St. Benilde clash in the other women’s game featuring two NCAA champions at 4 p.m.Jovielyn Prado banners the Lady Chiefs, who bagged the NCAA crown last season after dethroning the Lady Blazers in the Final Four. After losing two vital cogs, Ateneo hopes it still has enough tools for a title run as the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference gets going Saturday.“Like any other team, our goal is to win the championship,” said new Ateneo team captain Bea De Leon. “We’ll just do our best every game.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Mangulabnan, Mauricio out to pad bike leads SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Joining St. Benilde and Arellano in Group are University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda and Adamson.The top two teams in each group after the single-round eliminations will advance to the crossover Final Four. The finalists will battle in a best-of-three series. —JASMINE W. PAYO Regine Arocha, who saw action for the Power Smashers in the recent PVL Reinforced and Open Conferences, also hopes to beef up the Lady Chiefs’ bid along with Andrea Marzan, Anne Esguerra, Rhea Ramirez, Necole Ebuen and libero Faye Flores.Leading the Lady Blazers’ charge are Marites Pablo, Angela Enginco, Diane Ventura, Chelsie Umali, Ranya Musa and setter Pauline Cardiente.The tournament also serves as a collegiate preseason build up for the 12 women’s teams and 10 men’s squads.La Salle and St. Benilde open men’s action at 10 a.m., followed by the 1 p.m. match between University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas.Ateneo and JRU lead Group A that also includes National University, the winner of the last two collegiate V-League titles. San Sebastian, Lyceum and Far Eastern University round out the group.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out on racism after chants aimed at Kalidou Koulibaly

first_imgDerrick Rose returns to Chicago, leads Wolves over Bulls FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly leaves the pitch after receiving a red card from the referee during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Napoli, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Cristiano Ronaldo has come to the defense of Kalidou Koulibaly after the Napoli defender was the target of racist chants during a match at Inter Milan. Next to a photo of him being marked by Koulibaly during a match earlier this season, Ronaldo writes on Instagram, “In the world and in football there always needs to be education and respect. No to racism and to any sort of insult and discrimination!!!”. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)MILAN — Cristiano Ronaldo has come to the defense of Kalidou Koulibaly after the Napoli defender was the target of racist chants during a match at Inter Milan.Next to a photo of him being marked by Koulibaly during a match between Napoli and Juventus earlier this season, Ronaldo writes in Italian on Instagram , “In the world and in football there always needs to be education and respect. No to racism and to any sort of insult and discrimination!!!”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game on Wednesday at Milan’s San Siro stadium. He was sent off in the 81st minute after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.Koulibaly earlier made a decisive goal-line clearance to deny Inter captain Mauro Icardi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAfter the game, Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti threatened to lead his team off the field the next time one of his players was subjected to continued racist abuse. Ancelotti asked several times for the match against Inter to be halted after the chants, and announcements warning fans this would happen were made but no further action was taken.Koulibaly posted on Twitter of his pride of being born in France to Senegalese parents . Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “I’m sorry about the defeat and especially to have left my brothers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man,” he wrote in Italian.Inter beat Napoli 1-0 as Serie A matches were held on Dec. 26 for the first time in nearly 50 years — since 1971.It was the latest incident of racism to blight Italian football.Sulley Muntari walked off the field during a Serie A game in April 2017 in response to racist abuse. The Pescara midfielder was infuriated after unsuccessfully trying to get the referee to halt the game at Cagliari.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

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Fans no.1 Rank No.154

first_imgYou’ve got to love India for the way it loves football. There is no Indian team in the World Cup; and yet, for many Indians, life has ground to a delicious halt for the month-long duration of the tournament. Unlike in 2006-when Vikash Dhorasoo, a Mauritian descended from Andhra labourers,You’ve got to love India for the way it loves football. There is no Indian team in the World Cup; and yet, for many Indians, life has ground to a delicious halt for the month-long duration of the tournament. Unlike in 2006-when Vikash Dhorasoo, a Mauritian descended from Andhra labourers indentured in the 19th century, made his improbable way on to the roster of France-there isn’t a single player of Indian origin in any of the 32 squads on view in Brazil.Amid the legions of naturalised players representing countries other than the ones in which they (or their parents) were born, there are Congolese players playing for Belgium, Albanians for Switzerland, Jamaicans for England, Turks for Germany, Surinamese for The Netherlands, Senegalese for France, Guinea-Bissauans for Portugal, Icelanders for the United States. But there is no ethnic Indian in sight-on any team, from anywhere-even though there can scarcely be a country where Indians have not settled in numbers. And yet, India is agog, watching the World Cup through late nights and early mornings with a passion that is truly impressive, even slightly mad.At an emotional and spiritual level, this should make Indians a special people. At least with regard to football, we are not narrow nationalists. I wanted to set up a business call with a colleague in Delhi and he pleaded, “Please, no, not then, I’ll be watching Colombia. This was a country in which the man in question had never set foot, whose music (I can reliably state) he’d never heard, whose language he does not speak, and yet… missing even a small part of the game mattered. Colombia mattered because Colombia was playing football in the World Cup, and that was that. There is a purity of devotion in the heart of the Indian football aficionado that comes from being unsullied by merely patriotic impulses. This is what makes the Indian football fan so much more noble than the Indian cricket fan, who cares only for the Indian cricket team (a victorious Indian cricket team, preferably), and who would rather die a slow death than watch New Zealand play Sri Lanka, or England play South Africa.advertisementEvery four years, when the football World Cup starts to sizzle, Indian fans are faced with a question that fans in Brazil or England, Argentina or The Netherlands, do not ever face: Who to support? Not for Indians the electric pleasure of watching their team emerge from the tunnel, hair gelled, chins a-stubble, chests puffed with pride as the national anthem plays out to the world. Not for Indians the delight of having strangers from other lands come up to them, mouthing (and mangling) the names of Indian players in gestures of admiration and fandom. Not for Indians the panning of the cameras to Indian sections of a World Cup crowd, alighting on the faces of lovely Indian girls, painted Indian diehard fans, troops of men beating Indian drums. India, a billion-strong, is absent from the spectacle. We had a chance to be a part of all this, in 1950, when the Indian team was invited to the last World Cup held in Brazil. But the men who ran the Indian football federation, to their eternal damnation, chose not to send a team that would likely have acquitted itself well. They deemed the damage to their precious budgets to be too high. India-and Indian football-has been paying for that shortsightedness, that cosmic niggardliness, forever after.Those were years when India was the India of global under-confidence, of an inward-looking provincialism, when competition was frowned upon by the elites who governed the country. This aversion to competition afflicted our business, our industry, our trade… our football. And now that we are ready to compete with the world, we find that we cannot, except in those areas where we have a special advantage, such as cricket, with its small field of countries against which the game might be played.We are still appalling at most truly global competitions: Our universities aren’t world-class; our scientific R&D is mediocre, as is our defence technology; our industries are uncompetitive; our military fit for battle only against paltry Pakistan (and China knows this); our diplomats can barely speak English (let alone Russian or Arabic)… and our football team is ranked 154th in the world, one place above Singapore, one place behind Malaysia.But our football fans should be ranked close to, or at, No. 1, for they are the closest one gets to the platonic ideal of a football-lover. Not wedded to a team by blood or flag, they pick their favourites independently. An Indian family might have a father who supports Brazil, a son who shouts for a Spain, a daughter who swoons for Italy, a mother who admires Argentina. Brazil has long been an Indian passion, in part because its players play the game with such rollicking panache, but also because there is a sense that Brazil, somehow, is like India: A big, unruly, Third World country with colossal income disparity and cities seething with slums. It helps, perhaps, that some Brazilians even look a bit like us. But when we look at their football crowds, and their women, we know that there are few countries in the world that are as unlike India as Brazil. We gape at their sexual frankness, their startlingly different moral codes, and we know that all comparisons, all likenesses, have limits.advertisement  In the end, what the Indian fan looks for in a World Cup team is not an echo of himself or his country, but a history of excellence and a recognisable sporting idiom that appears to transcend national boundaries. Brazil plays football in a way that invites the whole world to watch. Recent Spanish teams have played that way, too, as have some of the more successful Argentine sides of the modern era. England, by contrast, and Germany (or, to be fair, the Germany of about 10 years ago) have both been teams that tailor their appeal to their own compatriots. Flair is an important part of global appeal, efficiency and grit less so. Which is not to say that Indian fans aren’t quietly envious of people from countries that aren’t in the top tier, and yet, by sheer dint of effort, send teams to World Cups: Costa Rica. Algeria. Greece. Bosnia and Herzegovina. South Korea. United States. Honduras. Iran.For the truth is that the Indian fan is acutely embarrassed every four years by the resounding absence of India from the World Cup, even as he is exhilarated by the matches between old favourites. Just as players from other lands are household names in his own country, the Indian fan yearns for the day when Indian players will command global attention, serving as better ambassadors for India than the legions of suits in embassies around the world. Watching football is a complex business when the World Cup comes around. We are uplifted by the play we see, by the rugged beauty on display. But we also feel very small as we watch, a nation cut down to size. Tunku Varadarajan is a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institutionlast_img read more

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Adidas Creators Contest Day 22

first_imgWHAT DOES 1 STAR ON THE ADIDAS SPAIN JERSEY SIGNIFY?Click here to answerWATCH CARNIBALL 2018, ONE QUESTION ON EACH MATCH DAYVIEWERS TO SEND IN THEIR ANSWERS AT indiatoday.in/sports/fifa-world-cup-2018SEND US YOUR ANSWERS ALONG WITH YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS & CONTACT NUMBERCONTEST FROM JUNE 14TH – 15TH JULY 2018, EACH DAY ONE WINNERWINNER WILL GET ADIDAS TELSTAR 18 FOOTBALLlast_img

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18 days ago​McAteer: Firmino more important to Liverpool than Salah

first_img​McAteer: Firmino more important to Liverpool than Salahby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jason McAteer believes the club would suffer more if they lost Roberto Firmino to injury, compared to Mohamed Salah.The latter suffered a niggle against Leicester City, with fans concerned that he would miss game time after the international break.But McAteer believes if they do have to miss an attacker through injury, Firmino would be the more impactful loss.McAteer told The Racing Post: “People have questioned Liverpool’s strength in depth and I don’t think it’s quite as strong as Manchester City’s, but there is cover in key areas.”Take one of their star players out of the team and inevitably it has an impact – it would at any club. But Jurgen has been able to tweak things and bring in different players and look where they are.”The one player I think is indispensable going forward is Roberto Firmino. Forget Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, it’s Firmino who makes the whole thing tick going forward. I think if Liverpool lost Firmino it would have a bigger impact than losing Mane or Salah.”Look at the Super Cup against Chelsea where Liverpool produced two completely different halves of football, the first without Firmino and the second with him. He’s a more important part of the attacking jigsaw than anyone else.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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‘Ronaldo only wanted to play for Juventus’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo “only wanted to play for Juventus”, claims his agent Jorge Mendes, with the decision taken to leave Real Madrid for Serie A in January.A big-money move for the Portuguese had been mooted for several years before a deal was finally done over the summer.Few clubs boasted the ambition and financial muscle to put an agreement in place, but Italian giants Juve formed part of an exclusive club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ronaldo has made no secret of his admiration for the Bianconeri since joining their books, with the Turin outfit one he always hoped would form part of his illustrious career.Mendes was able to make that dream a reality, with there only one destination considered once a five-time Ballon d’Or winner made it clear that he wanted out of the Santiago Bernabeu.“In January 2018, I and the few people who knew what was happening thought it would be very difficult to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Juve,” Mendes told Rai Sport.“However, I want to make it clear that the idea started with the player himself. Ronaldo told me he only wanted to play for Juventus.“That’s where it began and I was in talks with the Bianconeri directors for months, so we all know how those negotiations ended up.“Now Cristiano is happy with the club and his team-mates, he is satisfied with Serie A and truly happy at Juventus.”Ronaldo has contributed 12 goals to the Juve cause this season, across 21 appearances in all competitions.Those efforts have helped to establish a standing back at the top of Serie A, while also progressing through to the last 16 of the Champions League.“Many have asked me about Juve and the Champions League. It will take a bit of luck to win it too, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has certainly made Juventus stronger,” added Mendes.“I’d say all of Italian football has benefited from his presence.”Ronaldo will be back in action on Saturday against Roma, with Massimiliano Allegri having revealed that plans to rest the 33-year-old continue to be pushed back.last_img read more

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Report: West Ham 0 Watford 2

first_imgWatford ended West Ham’s winning streak with a 2-0 victory at London Stadium which saw Javi Gracia’s side climb to sixth in the Premier League.The hosts went into Saturday’s contest on the back of four wins on the bounce, but saw their momentum halted by Troy Deeney’s emphatic first-half penalty and a late Gerard Deulofeu goal.Manuel Pellegrini’s men were left to rue a number of near-misses as their search for a goal proved fruitless, Michail Antonio coming closest as he twice hit the woodwork in the second half.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It represents the Hammers’ first loss since a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City last month, leaving them 12th in the table.| The skipper opens the scoring #watfordfc #WHUWAT [0-1]Listen live ⤵️https://t.co/mxkU36Cmjo pic.twitter.com/O4xpJMiObF— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) December 22, 2018West Ham threatened first and Christian Kabasele made a vital sliding interception to prevent Antonio’s dangerous delivery from reaching Javier Hernandez, while Fabian Balbuena was pressed into defensive action at the other end to thwart Deulofeu.The Hornets wasted a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the 24th minute as Jose Holebas miscontrolled when he had the freedom of the penalty area after West Ham’s plan to play him offside backfired. It did not take long for the visitors to shrug off that disappointment, Balbuena’s clumsy challenge on Roberto Pereyra allowing Deeney to open the scoring with a powerful finish from the spot.West Ham twice came close to an equaliser either side of the break, Ben Foster making a smart stop to keep out Hernandez’s volley and then Antonio’s header hitting the post. Andy Carroll’s introduction in the place of Mark Noble underlined West Ham’s attacking intent and the hosts continued to press, Hernandez fluffing his lines to shoot tamely at Foster from just eight yards out. It took a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski to push Abdoulaye Doucoure’s stinging drive over the crossbar in the 71st minute as Watford sought to put the game to bed. Doucoure then made a timely intervention to deny the lively Hernandez just as the Mexican was lining up the target. There were chances for both sides late on with Deeney shooting straight at Fabianski and Foster saving from Antonio before watching his follow-up effort hit the bar, but Deulofeu had the final say with a cool finish to settle matters after being played in by Pereyra. What does it mean? Hornets flying highWith back-to-back wins under their belt, Watford now sit in the top six heading into a busy run of fixtures that will shape their season. West Ham arguably deserved at least a point and must quickly pick themselves up from a first defeat of the month.Fostering defensive confidenceIn a game of fine margins, the calm presence of Foster was key in Watford’s triumph, the Englishman making seven saves in a display that frustrated West Ham.Balbuena pays the penaltyIt was a day to forget for Balbuena, who went off after injuring himself in conceding the penalty that ultimately cost West Ham the game. His passing accuracy of 54.4 per cent spoke volumesKey Opta Facts- Watford have won five of their last eight Premier League games against West Ham (D1 L2), winning three away from home in this run (1-0 in February 2007, 4-2 in September 2016 and 2-0 in December 2018).- West Ham have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 Premier League home games.- Deeney has scored in three of his last four league appearances against West Ham, with two of those goals coming at London Stadium.- Deulofeu scored in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time in his career.- Watford ended a run of seven consecutive Premier League games in which they failed to keep a clean sheet. What’s next? Pellegrini takes his side to a resurgent Southampton on Thursday, while Watford host Chelsea on Boxing Day.  read morelast_img read more

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