season Archive

  • Eddie Howe was relieved after Bournemouth's 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Birmingham at St. Andrew's. The Bournemouth manager saw his side chalk up their first win of the season following an indifferent start to the campaign. Howe was particularly pleased to see Bournemouth bounce back after Birmingham took a first-half lead through Maikel Kieftenbeld. Ryan Fraser equalised 52 seconds into the second half with his first goal since January and t he winner was smartly scored by Marc Pugh in the 68th minute. Howe, who made eight changes to the side beaten 2-0 by Watford, admitted: "First and foremost we wanted to win. "We made it difficult for ourselves going one down but the players showed really good character, especially with the start we've had this season. "The pleasing feature was to take our chances. In the previous two games we have not really had a shot in anger. "The two goals will give the lads a big boost going into the next game and it was pleasing the pos..

    Eddie Howe glad to see Bournemouth pick up first win of the season at Birmingham

    Eddie Howe was relieved after Bournemouth's 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Birmingham at St. Andrew's. The Bournemouth manager saw his side chalk up their first win of the season following an indifferent start to the campaign. Howe was particularly pleased to see Bournemouth bounce back after Birmingham took a first-half lead through Maikel Kieftenbeld. Ryan Fraser equalised 52 seconds into the second half with his first goal since January and t he winner was smartly scored by Marc Pugh in the 68th minute. Howe, who made eight changes to the side beaten 2-0 by Watford, admitted: "First and foremost we wanted to win. "We made it difficult for ourselves going one down but the players showed really good character, especially with the start we've had this season. "The pleasing feature was to take our chances. In the previous two games we have not really had a shot in anger. "The two goals will give the lads a big boost going into the next game and it was pleasing the pos..
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  • West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has called on his team to play "like it is the last game of our lives" and kick-start the season with a Carabao Cup win at League Two Cheltenham. The Irons have lost both of their Premier League fixtures so far, going down first 4-0 to Manchester United and then 3-2 at Southampton, where they had fought back following the sending off of Marko Arnautovic only to concede a last-minute penalty.Bilic, though, is confident his players can come through at Whaddon Road to give themselves the perfect tonic going into Saturday's trip to Newcastle ahead of the international break. Bilic said at a press conference: "We need a win to get that boost, but it was a completely different feeling after the defeat at Manchester United and at Southampton, because there were a lot of positives on Saturday when we came back from 2-0 down with 10 men to equaliser. But of course we have zero points. "If we do some changes it is because we have a good squad and okay, wit..

    Bilic craves victory that he hopes will kick-start West Ham season

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has called on his team to play "like it is the last game of our lives" and kick-start the season with a Carabao Cup win at League Two Cheltenham. The Irons have lost both of their Premier League fixtures so far, going down first 4-0 to Manchester United and then 3-2 at Southampton, where they had fought back following the sending off of Marko Arnautovic only to concede a last-minute penalty.Bilic, though, is confident his players can come through at Whaddon Road to give themselves the perfect tonic going into Saturday's trip to Newcastle ahead of the international break. Bilic said at a press conference: "We need a win to get that boost, but it was a completely different feeling after the defeat at Manchester United and at Southampton, because there were a lot of positives on Saturday when we came back from 2-0 down with 10 men to equaliser. But of course we have zero points. "If we do some changes it is because we have a good squad and okay, wit..
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  • Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson is looking for his side to "take our frustrations out" on Ross County this weekend. Back-to-back defeats in the Ladbrokes Premiership have taken the gloss off what Robinson considered a promising start to the season with four consecutive wins in the Betfred Cup.However, last week's 4-1 defeat to St Johnstone was marred by three red cards, one of which has since been rescinded on appeal, leaving Robinson frustrated despite what he described as a "very good" performance.He said: "When we went down to eight men we showed great character and I'm sure we'll take our frustrations out on Saturday."We want to get our league season up and running."We have started well in the cup and the two league games we've lost; we've been very much in the game and had we taken our chances things may well have been different."It's time to get our league season off and running."We will play worse than that and win football matches. I wou..

    Motherwell’s Stephen Robinson: We want to get our league season up and running

    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson is looking for his side to "take our frustrations out" on Ross County this weekend. Back-to-back defeats in the Ladbrokes Premiership have taken the gloss off what Robinson considered a promising start to the season with four consecutive wins in the Betfred Cup.However, last week's 4-1 defeat to St Johnstone was marred by three red cards, one of which has since been rescinded on appeal, leaving Robinson frustrated despite what he described as a "very good" performance.He said: "When we went down to eight men we showed great character and I'm sure we'll take our frustrations out on Saturday."We want to get our league season up and running."We have started well in the cup and the two league games we've lost; we've been very much in the game and had we taken our chances things may well have been different."It's time to get our league season off and running."We will play worse than that and win football matches. I wou..
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  • Stoke boss Mark Hughes would like the summer transfer window to close before the start of the season due to the "disruption" it causes.The existing window shuts on August 31 - 20 days after the start of the Premier League campaign and almost a month after the first English Football League fixtures have taken place. Various managers have already expressed their frustration that transfer business is still being conducted well into the new season and say they would prefer the window to close earlier, and Hughes is of the same opinion. Speaking at his press conference on Friday, as reported by the club's Twitter, Hughes said: " From a manager's point of view I would be in favour of the window closing before the season starts because of the disruption it causes." But while the current window remains open, Hughes intends to make use of it as he revealed he is still looking to add to his six summer additions so far. On-loan Paris St Germain forward Jese Rodriguez this week j..

    Hughes wants transfer window to close before season starts to avoid ‘disruption’

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes would like the summer transfer window to close before the start of the season due to the "disruption" it causes.The existing window shuts on August 31 - 20 days after the start of the Premier League campaign and almost a month after the first English Football League fixtures have taken place. Various managers have already expressed their frustration that transfer business is still being conducted well into the new season and say they would prefer the window to close earlier, and Hughes is of the same opinion. Speaking at his press conference on Friday, as reported by the club's Twitter, Hughes said: " From a manager's point of view I would be in favour of the window closing before the season starts because of the disruption it causes." But while the current window remains open, Hughes intends to make use of it as he revealed he is still looking to add to his six summer additions so far. On-loan Paris St Germain forward Jese Rodriguez this week j..
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  • Barcelona have suffered a blow on the eve of the new LaLiga season after Luis Suarez was ruled out for a month with a knee injury.The former Liverpool striker was hurt during the second leg of the Supercopa de Espana against Real Madrid, which the capital club won 2-0 at the Bernabeu to clinch a 5-1 aggregate victory.Suarez will definitely miss Barca's league opener against Real Betis and further fixtures against Alaves and Espanyol, with the trip to Getafe on September 17 representing a potential opportunity to return to action.With the 30-year-old on the sidelines Barca's former 'MSN' frontline contains only Lionel Messi as Neymar recently made a world-record move to Paris St Germain.A statement published on Barca's website on Thursday afternoon said medical tests on Suarez had revealed damage to the back of his right knee.Defender Gerard Pique, meanwhile, has injured an adductor muscle and could also miss Sunday's meeting with Betis.Reinforcements..

    Barcelona’s Luis Suarez hit by knee injury on eve of new season

    Barcelona have suffered a blow on the eve of the new LaLiga season after Luis Suarez was ruled out for a month with a knee injury.The former Liverpool striker was hurt during the second leg of the Supercopa de Espana against Real Madrid, which the capital club won 2-0 at the Bernabeu to clinch a 5-1 aggregate victory.Suarez will definitely miss Barca's league opener against Real Betis and further fixtures against Alaves and Espanyol, with the trip to Getafe on September 17 representing a potential opportunity to return to action.With the 30-year-old on the sidelines Barca's former 'MSN' frontline contains only Lionel Messi as Neymar recently made a world-record move to Paris St Germain.A statement published on Barca's website on Thursday afternoon said medical tests on Suarez had revealed damage to the back of his right knee.Defender Gerard Pique, meanwhile, has injured an adductor muscle and could also miss Sunday's meeting with Betis.Reinforcements..
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