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McTominay says Man Utd determined to end season on high

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first_imgScott McTominay says Manchester United are “fully focused” on ending their troubled season on a high note, with silverware still on offer in the FA Cup and Europa League as he nears a return from injury.Advertisement United have found it hard to establish any momentum in a challenging campaign that has threatened to spiral into disarray at times. They are six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four but could still qualify for the Champions League through another route if they win the Europa League.United face Club Brugge in the last 32 later this month, while their next FA Cup assignment is a fifth-round tie at second-tier Derby.Despite distracting speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as manager, combined with fan protests against United’s owners the Glazer family and the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, McTominay is adamant there is still a possibility of a happy ending for everyone at Old Trafford.“It would be nice to come back and have a massive push with the rest of the boys to get into some finals, get some trophies under our belts and really set the bar for next season, set a bar that we don’t step underneath,” McTominay told United’s website.“All of the boys are fully focused on doing that and hopefully we can do it as well.”McTominay’s performances have been one of the few bright spots for United this season, but the 23-year-old Scotland midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury since late December.He will be out until early March but has stepped up his recovery during United’s warm-weather training camp in Spain.“It has been going well,” he said. “Obviously, it is never nice watching football matches when you have been playing. You want to be involved and you want to be helping the team as well.”Scott McTominay believes Manchester United can enjoy a successful end to the seasonRead Also: Coronavirus: Ighalo gets nod for United’s trip to face Brugge in EuropaWhen he finally gets back on the pitch, McTominay will find United’s new signing Bruno Fernandes adding his creative talents to the midfield, an ideal foil for the industrious Scot.“In the brief moments that I have seen him in training, he has looked really good,” McTominay said of the former Sporting Lisbon playmaker.“He has looked like every type of player that the manager wants as well, so hopefully that can come to us on the pitch and he can show us what he can do. I can’t wait to play alongside him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Pochettino blames lack of focus for Spurs defeat against Wolves

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first_imgJust before he reached the edge of the Wolves box he checked back onto his left foot and hit an unstoppable shot into the far corner past the despairing Rui Patricio.But despite their clear superiority, Tottenham were unable to earn vital breathing space and the game remained on a knife-edge as the second half got under way.The dangerous Adama Traore was substituted by Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo with just over half an hour to go but the visitors were seeing more of the ball and the Spurs fans became increasingly edgy as the game wore on.Wolves, urged on by a sizeable travelling support, disrupted Tottenham’s smooth passing game, denying their creative players time on the ball and they pulled level in the 72nd minute when Boly rose powerfully to head home a corner from substitute Joao Moutinho.Spurs huffed and puffed but could not recapture their rhythm and Kane was booked for diving but it was Wolves who scored again when Jimenez rolled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area in the 83rd minute.They killed the game the game four minutes later after Spurs were caught in possession and Costa was put through and converted easily.Nuno, whose side climbed to seventh in the table, said he was proud of the character his team showed, first to stay in the match and then to take the game to their illustrious opponents in the second half.“I think what we had today was two different halves,” he said. “In the first half Tottenham had possession of the ball and controlled the game.“It was important for us to stay in the game…. In the second half we tried to go for the game and play. It was a very good performance.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham played with their hearts rather than their heads as they blew a chance to put pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday.A run of five straight league victories combined with a mini-collapse from Manchester City had left Spurs in second place in the table, six points behind Liverpool going into the weekend matches.But Tottenham — who had scored 11 goals in their previous two festive fixtures — will be bitterly disappointed they did not make it six wins out of six after Harry Kane put them in front during a first half they dominated.The second half was a different story as Spurs became increasingly ragged and the visitors were rewarded for their never-say-die attitude with goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and substitute Helder Costa.“I think the game was under control in the first half,” said Pochettino. “Maybe it was easier than we expected in the first half to dominate the game and to play so easy. They played so deep, chasing us. We didn’t concede one chance.“But in the second half I think we started to feel maybe the game was over and when you start to feel the game is over it’s tough to play in the way you play.“You start to decide in the wrong way, you start to play too many long balls and to play more with your heart than your head. We started to spend a lot of energy.”“It’s not enough to play 60, 70 minutes,” he added. “You need to play your best for 95 minutes. Like today we dropped energy and focus and in the last 20 minutes we conceded three goals.”– Spurs control –The first few minutes of the match were scrappy as both teams looked for rhythm but Spurs gradually exerted control, Christian Eriksen and the returning Dele Alli probing for openings around the edge of the box.Spurs were rewarded for their dominance midway through the first half when the in-form Son Heung-min fed Kane, who marauded forward down the right.last_img read more

Riverfront Development Approved in Red Bank

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first_imgThe applicant, Denholtz Associates, will be the third firm in the last 15 years to attempt a project at 16 and 22 West Front St. The conceptual drawings included the reclamation of a riverfront public parking lot behind Riverview Medical Center which would be the future site of an expansive event lawn and vendor village that would change with the seasons, including concert space in the warm-weather months and an outdoor ice rink in the winter. Denholtz said the thought of future Southbank residents strolling down the hill and into a center of activity is a particularly exciting aspectof the project. Denholtz said he expects the project to begin in fall2019, with a completion datestill to be determined. RED BANK – Days before his controversial bay-front project was approved in nearby Atlantic Highlands, the borough zoning board green-lighted local developer Steven Denholtz’s proposal for another set of townhomes that would overlook Marine Park and the Navesink River. “Much like the town itself,over the years there’s beena lot of difficulty reconcilinga vision at this site. But wehave a clear vision of whatthis project will be, just likeRed Bank has a clear visionfor its future,” Denholtz said. Named Southbank at Navesink, Denholtz has proposed a 10-unit development. The firm’s site plan includes five one-story units below five two-story dwellings with 26 parking spaces located beneath the construction for tenant use and eight additional stalls surrounding the construction. The Southbank project isn’t the only major development effort in the area. In March the borough released concept plans for the redevelopment of Marine Park. This article was first published in the May 2 – 8, 2019 printed edition of The Two River Times. That is, of course, if theproject comes to fruition.center_img However, Denholtz said his firm plans to construct a sidewalk at the bottom of the hill on Union Street, as well as a stairwell near the eastern edge of the parcel for tenants to use. In addition to this project, Denholtz is leading another project named The Rail on a site adjacent to the Red Bank Train Station, which Red Bank RiverCenter executive director James Scavone told The Two River Times in October fits with the town’s vision of creating a transit village in the theatre district. The Bridge Avenue project plans were expanded to include 57 residential apartments in a mixed-use building with a 568-square-foot cafe and 6,275 square feet of retail space when Denholtz acquired two additional Oakland Street parcels, the former sites of Racioppi’s and San Remo restaurants. “It’s all happening in Red Bank right now. This is a fantastic town with so much to offer and we’re thrilled to be part of its bright future.” Denholtz said he understands the challenges of building in such a space, but believes his firm has a project that will add to the growth and character of Red Bank. The site plan application does not include sidewalks on either side of the building. If these plans remain as presented, it means the shortest route for residents who wish to enjoy Marine Park will be a slender two-way corridor known as Boat Club Court, which connects Union Street to the heavily trafficked West Front Street. The project expansion was approved by the planning board Oct. 15. The adjoining lots, which combine to measure just over a half-acre of property, are situated atop a hill above the historic Monmouth Boat Club on Union Street. last_img read more

SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY AND MARE TURF SPRINT QUOTES – SATURDAY JANUARY 30, 2016

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first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES -30- KENT DESORMEAUX, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “I want to thank John Harris for breeding possibly the most gorgeous-looking mare. She has perfect balance; she’s a monster.“She is really coming into her own. I think Blake and the whole team have figured her out. She just strutted her stuff today. I was so confident after only 50 yards. She was a completely different ride today, she really has turned a corner and she won. This was the first time going to the gate where she didn’t turn a hair. That was the incredible difference. I think that if she goes to the gate like she did today, there’s nothing she can’t do. The way that she was brining me around the racetrack, I knew they were all going to be in trouble and they were; she won.” TRAINER QUOTES BLAKE HEAP, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “Her last race (Grade II Monrovia) was a tough one. Shrinking Violet (second in that race) was in there and we broke a little slow. Rafael (Bejarano, who rode her in the Monrovia) just nudged her, and you don’t really need to nudge her. Going in forty-three was too much for her, and to hang on against top-class fillies is very tough. She’s come into her own and she’s a top-class filly. She’s tough. Today, everything went perfect. She wants to be just off the pace and everything went right.”center_img JOHN HARRIS, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “It always looks easy, but we always liked this filly. She showed a lot of promise every year, but as a mare gets older, you’re not sure if they can maintain their form. They’re run out of condition, so they have to be good to make it work. So now, our big quandary is to breed her or keep her running. But today, she made a pretty good case for staying in training.“There are a lot of options to breed her; it’s always tempting and we will. It would have been an easier decision if she ran a mediocre race. But now, it’s hard to quit winners. She’ll be a great broodmare. Six (years old) is sort of on the cusp, but she can race a few more times and we can still breed her.“I got into the racing game when I was 10, so it’s been over 60 years.”             NOTES: Winning owner/breeder John Harris resides in Coalinga. BLAKE HEAP, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “Last time she broke a bit slow and Rafael really didn’t know her (Bejarano, up for the first time in Velvet Mesquite’s most recent race down the hill on Jan. 3rd) and he was thinking he had to have her near the lead. He urged her a little, tiny bit and going in forty-three was too much for her and to hang on against top class fillies, is very tough. She’s come into herself good, she’s a top class filly; she’s tough.”last_img read more