Monk cannot wait to win more games

October 28th, 2014 — 5:20pm

Swansea manager Gary Monk says that he cannot wait to start winning games once again. The club enjoyed a great start to the season, but difficult matches against the likes of Chelsea have brought their season to grounding halt. They now have been unable to win in the last three matches going into the weekend. However, this run finally came to an end after Swansea managed a 2-0 win over newly promoted Leicester City. This much-needed victory kept them in the hunt for a European spot at the end of the campaign. Swansea are sixth in the table with the same number of points as Arsenal and Liverpool.

After the victory, Monk says that winning is a special feeling that he is delighted to get once again. The Swansea manager came in for criticism during the week after he criticised Victor Moses of foul play when his team lost 2-1 against Stoke last week. Star striker Wilfried Bony, who has been unable to get much game time in the opening few matches of the season, finally showed that he is starting to get back to his best form. He scored twice – on either side of the break – to get his Swansea team their first win in four.

“The five games that we haven’t won, we have played very, very well and deserved a lot more than we have actually got. But, at the end of the day, the points are what they are, whether you deserve them or not. So it’s important today. There was a little bit of pressure on us, not too much but a little bit and I think the players handled that very well and in the end got a deserved win. Very pleased with the first-half, I thought we did very well and were moving the ball well enough,” said Monk.

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Neil Adams Introduced as Norwich City Manager

October 14th, 2014 — 10:49pm

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Caballero ready to fight for first team

September 22nd, 2014 — 6:17pm

Manchester City brought in Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero as the replacement for Pantilimon, who left the club on a free transfer at the end of last season. Caballero had no reservations about signing for a big club like City knowing that he will have to fight for his chances. This was primarily due to the presence of Manuel Pellegrini, the City manager who made him the first choice at Malaga when he was in charge of the Spanish club. It is well-known that Caballero shares a great relationship with Pellegrini and it is thought to be a major reason behind the move to the Etihad stadium.

Since his arrival, though, Caballero has largely played the role of a back up to Joe Hart, who continues to be the number one at the club. England’s first choice goalkeeper, Hart was in danger of losing his place last season. This was after a series of errors that led to Pantilimon being selected as the number one goalkeeper on a few occasions. However, he seems to have put behind the form of form to provide some consistent displays. This has meant that Caballero, who started in the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal in the Community Shield, has largely been on the bench.

The 32-year-old, though, says that he is not prepared to spend the rest of his days at City on the bench and is ready to fight for his first-team spot.

“I knew what the situation was before I came here but I think that I made the decision because I was joining a big club and one that was able to win trophies. I also took the decision because I think that when you are inside a big team if you train well and you do well in games then you can play. You can be the No.1. I know that I am in the second spot right now. But if I do things well in training sessions then I can get the No.1 spot,” said Caballero.

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Norwich City League One Champions 2009 – 2010 Part 2

September 16th, 2014 — 4:48pm

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Grant Holt’s penalty – Norwich City vs Bristol City, 14/3/11

August 19th, 2014 — 10:48am

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Moya Becomes Replacement For Courtois

August 11th, 2014 — 11:55am

Atletico Madrid recently signed Miguel Moya from Getafe to become the replacement for Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian international has been recalled by his parent club Chelsea. He spent the last three years at the Vicente Calderon during which time he became one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Moya has accepted this fact and says that replacing a goalkeeper of such immense stature will be difficult. The 30-year-old Spanish international has played for the likes of Getafe, Mallorca, and Valencia since making his debut in 2002. He has also made a couple of appearances for the Spanish junior national teams.

It is reported that he has moved to the Vicente Calderon for a fee of around € 3 million. He will also be fighting against Jan Oblak for first-team spot. The Slovenian international has come from Benfica for a fee in the region of £ 15 million. Despite being only 21 years old, he is regarded as a player who can potentially reach the level of Courtois in the next few years. Hence, it is expected that he will be given more first-team opportunities at the start of the season, but Moya is confident of getting game time.

Courtois has returned Chelsea and will be fighting for a place against Petr Cech, already regarded as one of the best in the world.

“Courtois is an amazing goalkeeper. It is amazing to see how mature he is for one so young.  At this time he is the best goalkeeper in European football without doubt. He is spectacular but also mature. Courtois’ shadow will loom large over Atletico, at least until the goalkeeper replacing him can show he can do just as well. Now I am here and if I am lucky enough to do well, people will forget about Courtois. This is the challenge and I think it has come at a good time for me,” said Moya.

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^^LIVE Stream^^ Norwich City vs Liverpool Barclays Premier League Football 19/4/14

July 22nd, 2014 — 4:48am

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Alonso Expected To Retire

July 2nd, 2014 — 8:21am

After years of success, Spain were brought back to earth after being knocked out of the World Cup 2014 at the group stages. It has been reflected as an end of an era for the Spanish national team with several stars like Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas towards the end of year careers. Alonso may have recently extended his stay at Real Madrid with a new contract, but at 33 years of age, he is unlikely to carry on playing international football for long. This is almost certainly the last time he has played at the World Cup.

It is being increasingly suggestions that Alonso will announce his retirement from international football after the final match against Australia, but the former Liverpool midfielder says that his future has still not been decided yet. Alonso has been one of the players to reflect on the end of the era. Spain were defeated 2-0 by Chile in the second group match. However, this performance was a massive improvement over the 5-1 humiliation this suffered in the opening match against Netherlands.

The two defeats have rendered the final match against Australia as a meaningless encounter, but Spain will be going out to play for pride. The Euro 2016 qualifying campaign begins in a few months and it is expected that manager Vicente del Bosque will leave out a number of star names. “I’m still not at that moment, I want all this to end as soon as possible, go on holiday, disconnect a little and then decide things with time. Right now is not the time. I’m not going to say what’s happening in the dressing room, for me that should stay there,” said Alonso ahead of the Australia match.

Alonso has also stated that the exit proves how big an achievement they did in the last six years.

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