City setback leaves Mancini speechless

first_img Press Association City suffered a potentially fatal blow to their hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title as they were beaten by their bogey side. Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic struck as the Toffees responded to their critics after their FA Cup quarter-final loss to Wigan by beating City for a sixth time in eight meetings as Steven Pienaar was sent off on the hour. Manager Roberto Mancini did not appear for interviews, leaving first-team coach Platt to answer questions and – when asked why Mancini did not speak – Platt told Sky Sports: “He is a bit angry, as you can imagine. He is just taking stock of the situation and calming down. He doesn’t want to come out here and say anything that might get him in trouble.” Everton had another goal from Kevin Mirallas harshly ruled out for offside and Marouane Fellaini was denied a penalty in the first half, while City could have had their own penalty with the score still 1-0 in the closing minutes but Everton held out despite playing the last half-hour with 10 men. When asked what Mancini might be angry about, Platt said: “Everything in general, our performance – we weren’t really at it throughout the game. We got outworked by Everton. When you do have moments when you can get back into it, it doesn’t go for you.” Platt later attempted to clarify his remark about being “outworked” when he spoke to the rest of the press. He said: “If it has come across like that it certainly wasn’t meant. You know they are going to make you work. If you look at the stats – we have probably covered the same amount of distance, shown the same intensity.” City could have had a penalty when a Carlos Tevez shot struck Fellaini’s hand inside the box. Referee Lee Probert gave a free-kick on the edge of the area and Aleksandar Kolarov fired into the wall. It was suggested the ball may have hit Osman’s hand before Fellaini’s, which might explain Probert’s decision, but Platt was unsure. He said: “I didn’t see whether it brushed Osman’s hand but I don’t think that would have been given because it has not stopped the flight of the ball. “I think it has been given for the Fellaini handball. Is it intentional? No, but having given it, it is two or three yards inside the box. It is a decision that has gone against us.” center_img Manchester City assistant boss David Platt admitted the champions were not “at it” after a damaging 2-0 loss at 10-man Everton at Goodison Park.last_img read more

Thauvin ready for tough start

first_img “It’s always been my dream to be a footballer in the Premier League, and I’m happy to be here and do that. “The Premier League is well known for being a very physical league. It’s a bit different to France. It’s not something that concerns me, although maybe I’ll have to take a bit of time to get used to it. Once I do, I’ll be fine.” Steve McClaren’s men head for Old Trafford having allowed the positives from an encouraging opening-day display against Southampton to dissipate with a poor performance in defeat at Swansea last weekend, and the head coach will be looking for a significant response. Thauvin has been at his new club for just a matter of days, but he insists he is ready to play. He said: “Of course, it’s a magnificent stadium, a magnificent ground and they are a massive team too in the Premier League, so it’s always an honour and a pleasure to be able to play in such places. “I did pre-season at Marseille, played in all the friendly games – I even started the season out there, so if the coach needs me, I am there.” Newcastle had chased France Under-21 Thauvin for more than two years, although he revealed there was a time when he might have ended up at Arsenal instead. He said: “Two or three seasons ago, Arsene Wenger perhaps made an approach with Arsenal, but apart from Arsenal, Newcastle are the only other club who have made an approach for me in the past.” Newcastle’s new signing Florian Thauvin has shrugged off his £13million price-tag as he prepares for the challenge of proving himself in the Barclays Premier League. The 22-year-old winger, who completed his move from Marseille to Tyneside on Wednesday, could be thrown in at the deep end at Manchester United on Saturday, but is relishing the task of justifying the Magpies’ investment in him. Thauvin said: “It’s not a problem for me to have such a high price-tag. I’m a footballer, and that’s my passion and my job. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgLast week we revealed how Hollywood legend Meryl Streep’s family come from Horn Head.The Corrigan BrothersSince then her closest relatives have been tracked down and have pleaded with Meryl to come and visit them.Now well-knwon Irish band The Corrigan Brothers have put the story to music. The band famously released the song ‘There’s no one as Irish as Barack Obama.That song charted all over the world as well as reaching over ten million you tube hits are recording a new song dedicated to the Irish Roots of Meryl Streep.The band who attended President Obama’s Inauguration as well as being mentioned in his speech in College Green Dublin release the song as recent revelations about Streep’s ancestry establish her Irish roots.Meryl Streep’s Irish family history was uncovered last week.The song , “There’s no as Irish as Meryl Streep” will be released in early February and the first copy will be sent directly to Meryl. Guitarist and song writer with the band Brian Corrigan said “we are delighted that Meryl’s Donegal roots have been established and that the link to her great grandmother Grace Strain has been made known. e look forward to meeting Meryl and performing the song for her.Corrigan Brothers will release their new album “Box of Tricks” in April before touring the USA/Here are the lyrics to “There’s no one as Irish as Meryl Streep.”! We bet you’re tapping your feet already.toor a loo toor a loo toor a loo toor a leapthere’s no one as Irish as Meryl Streep  Just Like Jimmy CagneyAnd Gene Kelly toothis Hollywood legendhas Irish roots Her great great grandmothercame from Donegala beautiful countywell known to you all the Strains and Macfaddensand the Laffertysare Irish RelationsOf Meryl Streepshes won every awardin the movie gameand shes very proudof her Donegal name The Macfaddens and Laffertysthe Strains one and allWill Welcome MerylHome to Donegal and when she comes homeshe’ll be greeted by allin every cornerof Donegalthey’ll party all nghttherell be no time for sleepwhen Donegal welcomesthe great Meryl Streep  toor a loo toor a loo toor a loo toor a leapthere’s no one as Irish as Meryl Streep  toor a loo toor a loo toor a loo toor a leapthere’s no one as Irish as Meryl Streep  of her Donegal name The Macfaddens and Laffertysthe Strains one and allWill Welcome MerylHome to Donegal MERYL STREEP TO GET FIRST COPY OF THE CORRIGAN BROTHERS’ DONEGAL DITTY! was last modified: January 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMeryl StreepsongThe Corrigan Brotherslast_img read more


first_img 6 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals’ Robert Nkemdiche warms up during an NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) – / 26 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo One will play. One won’t play.The Arizona Cardinals two listed players as questionable heading into their season opener in Detroit: left guard Mike Iupati and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.Iupati will play despite being limited all week in practice because of a hurt triceps, while Nkemdiche will miss Week 1. He, too, was limited in practice but a calf strain won’t allow him to be in uniform on Sunday against the Lions. Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The remaining inactives are dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon, quarterback Blaine Gabbert, wide receiver Chad Williams and linebacker Scooby Wright plus offensive linemen Will Holden and Ulrick John.Bucannon had already been ruled out with reinjuring his ankle.Wright, by the way, was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad late Friday.For the Lions, tackle Corey Robinson (foot) and running back Zach Zenner (back) are out due to injury.The others not in uniform for Detroit include wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, running back Tion Green and cornerback Teez Tabor plus offensive linemen Zac Kerin and Storm Norton.Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (knee) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (ankle) are active after being listed as questionable on the final injury report.Early kickoffs have not been kind to the Cardinals, especially last season. They went 0-4 in such games in 2016.“We’ve got to get off to a good start and there are no excused about 10 a.m. and all that crap. We all know the schedule,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “So yeah, we’ve got to get off to a good start and we’ve got to get off to a good start in those games. You don’t want to get behind on the road in a domed stadium for sure.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more