Mel content after overdue home win

first_img West Brom had fallen just short in their last two fixtures at the stadium, ending up drawing 3-3 against both Cardiff and Tottenham due to the concession of stoppage-time equalisers. And asked after this contest if he was feeling relieved, the Spaniard said: “Yes, particularly because in the last two games here we really did deserve to be talking about a victory, and that wasn’t the case.” When then asked if his team were safe, Mel, who had predicted before the encounter that his team would require 37 points for survival, said: “No – there are nine points still to play for and we need to try to get three more.” But he then added: “This is a very difficult job and there have been many difficult situations. “But together we have been able to overcome these problems, and today we find ourselves with West Brom pretty much safe.” Mel has had plenty to contend with during his tenure so far, including doubts over his future in the job, the Nicolas Anelka ‘quenelle’ saga and a bust-up between West Brom players. The latter occurred after the 3-3 draw with Cardiff, in which Berahino giving the ball away late on led to the visitors’ leveller. The striker was subsequently involved in an altercation with team-mate James Morrison in the dressing room. Berahino has also been in the news recently after he was filmed inhaling nitrous oxide, something for which he later apologised. Press Association West Brom boss Pepe Mel feels his side are “pretty much safe” after their 1-0 victory over West Ham at The Hawthorns. Saido Berahino’s close-range 11th-minute strike steered Albion to a precious three points that put them on 36, five clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, with three games left to play. It was a particularly special win for Mel given it was his first on home turf since his appointment as Baggies head coach in January. Albion’s top-scorer made headlines for the right reasons on this occasion by slotting in from Morgan Amalfitano’s cross, registering his ninth Baggies goal of the season in what was his first start in eight matches. And regarding the England Under-21 international, Mel said: “Yesterday I spoke at great length with Berahino and he knew he was going to play today. “I think he is a player with an awful lot of talent and a great future ahead of him. “The only thing he needed was to work and to think about the group and the team. Today, he has done so therefore I am extremely happy. I am extremely satisfied also because it was a personal gamble.” Asked if Berahino had learned from his mistakes and if his team-mates had forgiven him, Mel added: “Yes – it was a long time ago and now it has been totally forgotten. “But if against Cardiff and Tottenham we had done what we did today – taken the ball into the corner (in the closing stages) – we would have four points more.” While the West Brom faithful roared their team on enthusiastically throughout the game, there was more disgruntlement among West Ham supporters as they witnessed the east London outfit’s fourth straight defeat. Not for the first time, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce found himself the target of abuse from some of the club’s fans, with boos and chants being hurled at him from the away section and a banner being unfurled within it which displayed the message “Fat Sam out, killing WHU”. Allardyce, whose side are one spot above 15th-placed West Brom and a point better off but have only two games left, said afterwards: “I have been pleased with the performances overall of the players – with the creativity. “But at the end of the day, that is no good to anybody whatsoever without results and again we haven’t got one, so you are bound to get criticised – me more than anyone else, because I am the manager and I’m responsible for it. “You don’t want it (the abuse), do you? You don’t want to stand there and get abused in any way, shape or form. “But it is something you are aware of, and you know what changes it around – the players going out on the pitch and winning. “So until the players go and do that for themselves, me and then the fans, the criticism is going to continue being thrown at me, and I accept that criticism because it is my responsibility. “Fans show their disapproval and they are quite entitled to. I don’t have a problem with that at all – well, I do have a problem with it, but I understand why they show their frustration.” Asked if he wanted to stay at the club and win the fans over, Allardyce said: “I’m contracted to West Ham United – until such time that the owners tell me something different, that is exactly what I am. “I wake up every day, come into work and do the very best I possibly can for West Ham, for the players, for myself, for the owners, and for my family.” Allardyce also lamented the way his side had failed to make the most of their goalscoring chances, the closest of which saw Andy Carroll head against the bar. The manager said: “When opportunities arise and when you create them, you must take them in this very demanding league, which will not allow you to miss as many as we did today. “Until we start converting these chances we are creating, we are going to struggle to win a game.” last_img read more


first_imgView Roundup in a larger mapThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary on Wednesday, April 10. Miscellaneous incidentsat 10:54 p.m., DPS officers responded to a report of four people trapped in an elevator in the Seeley G. Mudd Building. An elevator mechanic subsequently arrived on the scene and freed the subjects without 10:15 p.m., DPS officers responded to a report of a student behaving erratically at the Annenberg House and, upon arrival, observed him running up and down the street shouting incoherently. The student was physically restrained by the officers because of his combative behavior and a Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance unit was requested. RA Unit #15 responded and examined the student, then transported him to California Hospital for medical 7:44 p.m., DPS officers responded to a patient that tripped and fell outside the Keck Hospital of USC. DPS officers were unable to contact the patient to ascertain if she sustained any injuries because she was scheduled for surgery unrelated to the 4:57 p.m., a student reported that he agreed to purchase two subscriptions from two suspects who came to his door selling magazines for a contest. The student later conducted his own investigation of the company offering the magazines and after determining that it was a scam, he stopped payment on the checks he had 4:28 p.m., DPS officers responded to a report of a student and her boyfriend involved in an altercation at the Parkside Apartments and detained them for questioning. Both of the subjects stated that the altercation was verbal only and the officers observed no visible signs of injury to either of them. The student and her boyfriend were then released and the officers cleared the 1:54 p.m., a student was cited to Judicial Affairs for uncooperative behavior with Los Angeles Police Department officers who detained him for a traffic violation on 30th and Orchard streets.last_img read more

Lionel Messi hurt again as Barcelona beats Villarreal 2-1

first_imgThis jewelry designer is also an architect Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The victory helped Barcelona rebound from two recent setbacks and move to fourth place in the league standings, one point behind leader Granada, which earlier Tuesday drew 1-1 at Valladolid. Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid have the same 11 points as Granada, but both teams have a game in hand.Barcelona lost 2-0 to Granada on Saturday, and was held 0-0 by Borussia Dortmund last week in its first Champions League match of the season.Griezmann opened the scoring with a header from a cross by Messi in the sixth minute for his third goal since joining Barcelona in the offseason.“We are still far from our best, but with time, as we play more matches, we will keep improving,” Griezmann said.Arthur added to the lead with a powerful shot from outside the area in the 15th, and Cazorla pulled one back for the visitors in the 44th, also from long range.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP: Ateneo closes in on 1st round sweep, fends off UE LATEST STORIES MOST READ Messi, who on Monday won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, didn’t return for the second half because of an apparent left leg muscle problem.“When something happens to Messi, it seems that the world comes to a halt,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “But it looks like it’s only some minor pain in his abductor (muscle). We replaced him as a precaution. We don’t want to take any risks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Barcelona did not immediately give an official medical report on Messi’s problem.Arthur also scored for the Catalan club, while Santi Cazorla pulled Villarreal closer just before halftime. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Messi hurt his left leg less than half an hour into the match. The playmaker left the field and doctors attended to his leg for few minutes before he eventually returned and finished the half.Messi, who had been nursing a right calf injury he picked up in the preseason, played his first minutes of the season when he came off the bench in the second half of the match against Borussia Dortmund last week. He also came off the bench in the second half of the loss at Granada.Messi was replaced by Ousmane Dembele, who has also been injured and made his first appearance since the league opener.Teenage sensation Ansu Fati also entered the match in the second half, replacing Luis Suárez. The change improved Barcelona but eighth-place Villarreal kept threatening throughout the match.“We stayed alive until the end but couldn’t come up with we equalizer,” Cazorla said. “We played well, but unfortunately we leave without any points.”Barcelona has conceded at least once in all six league games. Its three victories have come at home — against Real Betis, Valencia and Villarreal. It drew at Osasuna and lost the opener at Athletic Bilbao.Also Tuesday, Real Betis came from behind to defeat Levante 3-1 at home, moving to ninth in the 20-team standings.On Wednesday, Athletic Bilbao visits Leganés, while Real Madrid hosts Osasuna. Seventh-place Atlético Madrid plays at Mallorca. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man Barcelona’s Lionel Messi walks on the pitch after getting hurt during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)MADRID— Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave a glimpse of what the duo can achieve for Barcelona, but the partnership didn’t last long because of another injury to Messi.The Argentina star set up Griezmann’s opening goal in the 2-1 win over Villarreal at Camp Nou Stadium on Tuesday, but then had to be replaced at halftime of his first start after a long injury layoff.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more