Palace boss Alan Pardew plots a way past the Watford defence

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgAlan Pardew will attempt to succeed where three other managers have already failed this season at Watford on Sunday. The newly-promoted Hornets have yet to concede a goal at home this term, keeping clean sheets against West Brom, Southampton and Swansea. Crystal Palace are next to have a crack, having ended their recent goal drought by thumping south London rivals Charlton 4-1 in the Capital One Cup in midweek. Deeney has yet to get off the mark this season but played a big role in Ighalo’s four goals and Pardew rates the duo as one of the best partnerships in the Premier League. “I’m a big fan of Troy,” he added. “I tried to sign him in the past and him and Ighalo up front are as good as any pair at the moment, so we need to be ready for that, and we need to find a way to score at Vicarage Road. “They are very dangerous, with Ighalo coming off the left. They are two strikers in form, there is chemistry between the two and in the Premier League there is not a lot of that. But they have it, which is very fortunate Watford, they handle the division very well.” Pardew is hopeful defender Damien Delaney will be fit despite limping off against Charlton, but striker Connor Wickham is still out injured. Dwight Gayle’s hat-trick against the Addicks has put him in the frame for a first Premier League start of the season as Pardew plots a way past the Watford defence. “We hadn’t scored in two games and we need strikers who score goals,” said the Eagles boss. “Sometimes you have to experiment as a manager, we’ve got a good idea for this game that we think will work for us. “Charlton was a difficult fixture, a local derby, and we were in control from start to finish and scored some good goals. Now we need to take that on to Watford. “Watford have a good feeling at the moment, like us, so it’s going to be a tough game. “We have got good emphasis on delivering away from home, with a lot of pace in the team. But Watford haven’t conceded a goal at home which is impressive in my book. “The crowd there is fantastic, I was there for the West Brom game. It’s a very tricky fixture for us. “It’s an important game for both teams; the winners will be on 12 points and in a good position in the league.” Palace will come up against Hornets skipper Troy Deeney, a player he knows well, and his in-form fellow striker Odion Ighalo. Press Associationlast_img read more

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MBB : Keita posts career-high in scoring; Syracuse unhappy with officiating

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgBaye Moussa Keita didn’t miss a shot. For once, the sophomore center’s energy and effort made a splash on the offensive end.‘Baye was really good,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘He was just active. Moving and he’s playing with good guards that can get him the ball.’Off a C.J. Fair miss late in the second half, he fought through for the rebound and made the follow, putting Syracuse up by 23. It also concluded an offensive explosion for Keita, as he scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the Orange’s 98-74 dismantling of Albany on Tuesday. Deft defensively but not offensively in Syracuse’s (3-0) first two games, Keita brought it on both ends of the floor against the Great Danes.‘I was doing the same thing,’ Keita said. ‘Probably tonight I was probably more aggressive on the offensive boards.’The center finished with five rebounds to go with his career scoring night. All five were offensive boards. And that allowed him to play one of the best all-around games of his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first half, Keita sprinted at the front of the pack as Syracuse was in transition, taking a feed from Michael Carter-Williams to put Syracuse up 13.Keita later made post moves on his Albany defender, finishing with a two-handed slam in the second half.On a team with so many weapons, Keita’s performance just adds another to the arsenal if he stays consistent.‘You never know what can happen on this team, like tonight Baye had 14,’ SU guard Dion Waiters said. ‘Career high, probably. So it’s things like that and I was finding Baye a lot, he was active down there, he was running the floor, so I had to reward the big fella.’Keita stayed aggressive on the defensive end, too. Syracuse was up 65-43 in the second half when Albany guard Logan Aronhalt drove in from the left side of the baseline. He tried shooting from mid-range, but Keita was there for an emphatic swat, sending the Orange on a fast break.Boeheim said the production of both Keita and Fab Melo, who had eight points and seven rebounds, is a good sign.‘Baye’s active, he moves and he gets some easy baskets,’ Boeheim said. ‘He had 14 and Fab had eight, that’s pretty good production.’Syracuse overcomes 23 foul calls Clarence Armstrong signaled a charge on Gerardo Suero with 12:54 remaining in the first half. The Albany guard had sprinted full speed toward the basket, colliding with Dion Waiters in front of the basket.From the opposite side of the lane, Tim Higgins called for a blocking foul and overruled Armstrong.Boeheim was livid on the Syracuse sidelines, and Waiters wasn’t much happier after the game.‘Hell yeah, that was a charge,’ Waiters said. ‘He was out of control, but for the first time I tried to take a charge, they called a foul on me, so I don’t know.’Suero tied the game at 16 by knocking down a pair from the free-throw line, a place he and his Albany teammates became familiar with by the time the game ended. The Great Danes attempted 33 free throws Tuesday and made 26 of them in a losing effort on Tuesday night.But the 23 fouls called on the Orange and the 14-shot disparity between Albany and SU left Boeheim and the players a bit frustrated with the officiating.‘We hadn’t fouled at all, we’d been really good about not fouling,’ Boeheim said. ‘But tonight there were some really unbelievably strange calls, and to let them shoot 33 free throws was shocking.’Though some of the calls were questionable, like the block on Waiters, others were a result of Syracuse’s sloppy defense.Suero went to the line 12 times Tuesday, drawing multiple reach-in fouls as he drove to the basket. Similarly, James Southerland was called for over-the-back fouls against smaller defenders after failing to get in good rebounding positions.Fortunately, those mistakes can be fixed, and Boeheim said the team will work on them the rest of the week. The same errors that didn’t prove costly against Albany could certainly be the difference between a win and a loss in a Big East game with a team that can match Syracuse’s size and athleticism.‘That’s a lot of foul shots,’ Boeheim said. ‘We need to do better. We can’t be putting people on the foul line 33 times.’[email protected] Comments Published on November 15, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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The 2-year plan: South Korean soccer player joins Wisconsin

By on September 16, 2020

first_img[Steve Gotter/The Badger Herald] Junior defender Junho Seok has become a mainstay in the Wisconsin back line in 2013.It’s not every day that a Division I athletic program has a former military member listed on its active roster.It’s not commonplace for a 27 year old to have two years of eligibility remaining on his NCAA tenure.It’s not the norm for a South Korean citizen to be playing soccer at the University of Wisconsin.These may not be things that most people are accustomed to, but those people aren’t JunHo Seok.Born in Seoul, South Korea on April 2, 1986, JunHo (pronounced “Juno”) spent his childhood playing soccer and practicing martial arts. In fact, by the age of 11, JunHo had already earned his black belt in taekwondo. After quitting taekwondo, JunHo picked up soccer at the age of 12 — only to drop it during high school.As is required by South Korean law, every male must serve two years in the army. While there, JunHo was assigned to the artillery section of the army.“The time he spent at the military taught him a lot of things,” senior Toni Ramadani said. “He’s always telling us some cool military stories, and those eye-opening experiences have put him through a lot so an intense soccer match is nothing for him because he’s been through much tougher things before.”After the army, JunHo worked for Samsung before deciding that he wanted to pursue his education in the United States.“I came to America to study English,” JunHo said in a phone interview with The Badger Herald. “I didn’t intend to play soccer, but I was asked to try out for the team and I made it and was then given a scholarship.”JunHo picked Illinois Central College, a junior college hotbed for international athletes including the Badgers’ own redshirt senior Tomislav Zadro. After two seasons at ICC, Zadro and Ramadani, JunHo’s current roommates, convinced the 6-foot defender to take his talents to Madison.“They told me that Wisconsin was a great place for academics,” JunHo said. “The part about the great soccer program was also [why I decided to come].“When I visited, I knew that it was the place to be and has been absolutely perfect so far.”A big selling point for Wisconsin was the fact that he had familiar faces on the team. With Zadro knowing firsthand about the transition between ICC and Wisconsin, JunHo knew that he would always have someone he could talk to. And with Ramadani, who got together with JunHo a few times per week in the off-seasons to play soccer, there was a recognizable face out on the soccer field.“It took a long time to find out what his status was because of his age,” head coach John Trask said. “But the NCAA came back and said that due to his military service that he’d have two years of eligibility. Being an excellent student I figured he’d graduate in two as well, so we definitely wanted him here.”The biggest positive about having JunHo around for two years from a roster perspective is that even though the Badgers are losing 13 seniors after this season, they will return three of their four defensive backs in 2014.Junior AJ Cochran, one of the leaders on the defensive side of the ball, did not know much about JunHo before he arrived on campus.“I knew that he was older so he was going to bring some maturity to the squad and I knew that he was in the South Korean military so he was going to be a hard worker. Everything has really rung true about him and he’s been a great addition to the team,” Cochran said.The left-footed left back has adjusted well to life both on and off the field, but there are still some everyday challenges for the junior majoring in international relations.“My English is still being worked on,” JunHo said. “So sometimes it is very hard to communicate with people. Studying is also very hard because it takes more time for me to read textbooks since they are in English.”Cochran tried to put himself in JunHo’s shoes and admitted that it would be exceedingly difficult to travel across the world to a country that speaks a different language and try to play soccer, so he said he is doing everything in his power to make the transition easier for JunHo.“It’s got to be difficult for him,” Cochran said. “We’re just trying our best to make him feel as comfortable as possible, and so far I think he’s adapting well to it. He’s the nicest kid on the team, and having him on the field during intense moments on the field is great because he always has a huge smile on his face, which helps to balance out our team and make us better.”Soccer has become a comfort for JunHo because no matter what language one speaks, soccer is played the same across the globe — and that is where JunHo has excelled.“I have been very pleased with JunHo’s progress so far on the field,” Trask said. “His understanding of the rhythm of the game and what he can do from his position is great. I’ve told some of the younger guys on the team that they really have an opportunity here to pick the brain of a mature, skilled player over the next two seasons and I think they’re starting to take advantage of that.”In the end, all this Badgers team wants is for the black belt-turned military man-turned collegiate soccer player to enjoy his time here in Wisconsin.“I asked him the other day if he was enjoying it,” Trask said. “He just gave me a big smile and gave me a big nod saying ‘Yes, I really am.’”last_img read more

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