Mel delighted by ‘family spirit’

first_img “The frustration is we conceded an early goal in the game which gave them a lift, and they then set back and we did not show enough quality and guile to exploit what was fairly rigid West Brom side,” he said. “We hit the woodwork twice, but we need to show more than that and did not work our goalkeeper enough. “I am not so sure we deserved to lose it, but we certainly did not show enough to win it.” Norwich head to Fulham next weekend, and are still looking anxiously over their shoulders ahead of their final games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. There were loud calls for Hughton to be sacked towards the end of the match. Hughton said: “It is disappointing, but it is a reaction to what they are seeing. It is frustration that we are all feeling. “At this moment, we need everybody pulling in the right direction. “So I can understand the frustration and it is something we have to accept and get on with. “At some stage we have to close this game down, and realise we have a tough away game at Fulham next week, then four more before the end of the season. “We have to do as well as we can in these five games to get the points we need. “At the moment, the Fulham game has become the biggest of the season. “I understand frustrations and it is normal, but we have to understand it is us as a group and everybody is going to get us the results we need.” Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was involved in a confrontation with a supporter in the Lower Barclay End after the final whistle. The fan later called into the Radio Norfolk ‘Canary Call’ post-match show to apologise to the England international. Norwich City Supporters Trust board member Robin Sainty can understand the anxiety at the Canaries’ predicament. “It was massively disappointing not just the fact that we lost but the nature of it. I just never thought we gave ourselves a chance of winning,” he said to the Eastern Daily Press. “To be honest a few people aren’t going to be too proud of themselves when they think of what happened at the end. “When you see John Ruddy diving into the crowd because of what’s been said it’s not good and people throwing stuff onto the pitch will probably get us a fine. I think the reality of relegation (threat) has finally hit home today.” England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino was left on the West Brom bench and James Morrison started in midfield as Mel’s side put on a united front following reports of dressing room unrest in the wake of last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Cardiff. There was, though, no late drama in Norfolk, where a fine goal from Morgan Amalfitano on 16 minutes proved enough to settle what was for most a scrappy affair, although Norwich did twice hit the woodwork in the second half. West Brom manager Pepe Mel hailed the “family spirit” within his squad after they put a troubled week behind them with a 1-0 win at fellow Barclays Premier League survival battlers Norwich. “A team that has displayed discipline on the pitch and has played as they did today, well and together, demonstrates that there is a good spirit in the camp and that we are a family,” said Spaniard Mel. “I think the players have shown today exactly what they want and how to go about achieving it. Both Saido and James, plus all the players, have just shown how important they are for us.” West Brom moved above Norwich into 16th place and are five points clear of the relegation zone, having played a match less than the teams around them. Mel said: “These three points really move us closer to the end and make our route a lot easier. “I think the Tottenham game next week is really important. If we are able to win against Tottenham the future for us will be a very happy one.” The second successive defeat for the Canaries – whose players had offered to refund the away supporters at Swansea last weekend – was met by loud boos at the final whistle, as hundreds of clapper boards, which had been put on the seats to help improve the atmosphere at Carrow Road, were thrown onto the pitch one appearing to strike Norwich manager Chris Hughton. The home side could have taken an early lead through Johan Elmander just before West Brom’s goal and saw efforts from Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass hit the woodwork. Hughton called for a sense of perspective after what was a first defeat at Carrow Road in 2014. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Odell Beckham Jr. injury update: Browns wideout (hip) say’s he’ll be ready Week 1

first_img“I’m not worried about Odell at all,” Kitchens said. “He’ll be ready to go mentally and physically.’’While Beckham acknowledged he would prefer to be getting as many reps as possible with quarterback Baker Mayfield, he said the two have other ways to bond. “Maybe go to the movies. Something like that,’’ Beckham said. “We’ll figure out something to do. Me and him, we talk every day. We talk football. We talk about just the little ins and outs of football. Even when I’m watching him make other throws, I’m still coming to ask him ‘what is it that you’re seeing.’ “It’s nothing,’’ Beckham said of the injury. “I’ve been in this position before, headlines get made and there’s just so much good stuff going on with this team, so many players who are out here practicing and they are competing and it’s enjoyable for me to be able to be out there with them and be able to sit there and watch and learn the plays and see these guys compete. So for me, it’s like I don’t want to focus so much on me. I’m good.”Beckham sat out last week’s preseason opener against the Redskins, and Kitchens declined to say whether Cleveland’s marquee offseason acquisition would play Saturday against the Colts. Both men clearly are pointing to the Sept. 8 season opener against the Titans as the only date that really matters.  Related News Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns won’t say when the wide receiver will make his preseason debut, but they don’t appear particularly concerned about a hip injury that has kept him sidelined from team drills all week. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Beckham said he had “no idea” whether the team planned to play him in the preseason, deferring to coach Freddie Kitchens on that question. But he did nod when asked if the current issue was something he could play through during the regular season.  Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB could be ready for season opener, report sayscenter_img Baker Mayfield on hype surrounding Browns: ‘I’d say the chatter doesn’t matter’ “We just talked football today, so it’s not something I’m worried about. It’s two competitive, fiery people, just the way that he is, I don’t want to let him down. So I’m going to do everything in my power to be exactly where I need to be when I need to be there. As I’ve seen already, he’s going to deliver that ball.”And the Browns are doing everything they can to make sure Beckham is available to be on the receiving end, which is no guarantee given his injury history. But, it’s early. “It’s just preseason, there’s no point in trying to push anything right now,” Beckham said. “We play Sept. 8, so that’s all you really get ready for.”last_img read more

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Basketball Memorial ‘Davorin Popović’ Begins Today

first_imgThe female basketball club Željezničar is organizing again this year a memorial tournament called ‘Davorin Popović’ Dačo’ in memory of the legendary Sarajevo singer and athlete.The tournament begins today. The following teams will participate: Radivoje Korać (Serbia), Šibenik (Croatia), Roling (Montenegro) and the host Željezničar (B&H).The semi-final matches are scheduled to take place today. The first match of Radivoj Korać – Roling is at 16:30 and Željezničar – Šibenik will play at 18:30.The winners will play in the final match tomorrow at 18:30, while the game for third place will be played two hours earlier.(Source: Fena)last_img

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