Martinez ready to knuckle down

first_img Press Association Toffees fans might be starting to get concerned about the prospect of a real battle to beat the drop. But manager Martinez – whose side have thrived in the Europa League this term in contrast to their domestic struggles – insists he and his players are not looking down the league table. Asked about the fear of being dragged into a relegation fight, the Spaniard said: “It is not about fear. “We have a real strong sense of responsibility and we want to win games. “We have a very talented squad and we have incredible characters who understand what is needed to perform well and win football games. “We have 10 games left and 30 points to fight for, and we are going to give our lives to get as many as we can.” Asked if Everton were too good to go down, Martinez said: “No, but we are a team very confident in the talent we have, which had a terrific season in the last campaign (when they finished fifth). “Everything you want in a football team is there – what we want is games and a bit of a positive feeling. Roberto Martinez stressed Everton will “give their lives” to get as many points as possible between now and the end of the season after their 2-0 loss at Stoke. “We are not looking down. We haven’t got the amount of points we wanted, but it has been very small margins and we are looking forward to the next 10 games. “We will face the challenge straight on. We want to get as many points as we can.” Everton were put to the sword on Wednesday by a superb Victor Moses header in the 32nd minute and rebound effort six minutes from time from Mame Biram Diouf, who slotted in after fellow substitute Marko Arnautovic had hit the post. Martinez’s men failed to muster much in response and he suggested the amount of games they have had to cope with of late – including a two-legged Europa League last-32 victory against Young Boys – had taken its toll. “We didn’t show enough cutting edge,” Martinez said. “I did feel we had a lot of character, gave a lot of effort and everything we had, but probably it showed that it was our fifth game in two weeks. “Now what we need is a proper opportunity for our players to recover, and then we will face the challenge that we have on – 10 (more league) games, six of those at Goodison Park, and trying to get some positive momentum.” Meanwhile, Martinez thinks Everton’s England full-back Leighton Baines (thigh) may still be unavailable for next Thursday’s Europa League last-16 first leg against Dynamo Kiev, but is confident he will be available for the Premier League clash with Newcastle three days later. Things are looking very positive for Stoke, who have won their last three league matches, seven of their last 11, and are now up to eighth in the table on 42 points. The Potters are looking to better their Premier League club record set last term of a ninth-placed finish and total of 50 points, which certainly appears achievable – and their fans may even be wondering about a push for Europe. Manager Mark Hughes said: “I was delighted. Three wins in a row, two successive clean sheets. I couldn’t ask for anything else. “We are ahead of where we thought we’d be. We are eighth at the moment and we’d love to finish the season in that position if we can. “We are now above (10th-placed) West Ham, who have had an outstanding season. At one stage we were many points behind them and we have been able to catch up and overcome them, so it shows the run we have been on. “Given the amount of injuries we’ve had to deal with, we’ve done remarkably well to be where we are at the moment. “The key for us is that we are still progressing from last year, even under difficult circumstances.” Stoke did suffer another injury setback on Wednesday, with defender Philipp Wollscheid having to be withdrawn early on due to a groin problem he sustained in the warm-up. The Merseyside outfit are 14th in the Barclays Premier League, only six points above the relegation zone, with 28 points from 28 fixtures. The defeat at the Britannia Stadium was the seventh in their last 12 top-flight matches, a sequence which has featured only one win and none in the last five games. last_img read more

Crystal Palace footballer Wilfried Zaha subjected to online racial abuse

first_imgLONDON: English Premier League side Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been subjected to racial abuse on social media, the forward shared screenshots ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game at Aston Villa.”Woke up to this today,” Zaha wrote along with the post on Twitter where he shared the screenshots. “This is an absolute disgrace and should not be happening. We stand with you, Wilf, and anyone else who has to suffer such horrific abuse,” Palace said on Twitter. Former Arsenal and Palace striker Ian Wright offered his support to the Ivory Coast international. “People like to make these experiences seem like it’s not the norm for black people. It’s always an outlier. ‘Not one of us’. ‘Not a real (insert club) fan’,” Wright tweeted. “These are real people and daily experiences. Sooner we accept it the better we can deal with it,” he added. IANSAlso watch: Get Set Global: How are People in The UK Facing Financial Crisis & Morelast_img read more

Update: Wellington Police Department confirms boy has been found in Oklahoma

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Lil Clark · 243 weeks ago why didn’t they call out an amber alert??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 243 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Victor paddock · 243 weeks ago He has been found and in my arms safe and sound thank you so much sumner news cow Report Reply 1 reply · active 243 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Ashley Helton · 243 weeks ago Glad he has been found and is back home where he belongs Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Zachary PaddockSubmitted to Sumner Newscow —  Wellington Police Department confirmed that Zachary Paddock has been found in Harrah, Okla. which is in Lincoln County, Okla. – northeast of Oklahoma City around 7:30 p.m.Earlier today Paddock was considered missing and last seen in Wellington on Wednesday, December 9th with his non-custodial mother, 30-year-old Kristy Sue Paddock.Police report that Zachary and his father have been living in Wellington for the past four to five years. Within the past two months, Kristy Paddock has been living in Wellington also. Zachary’s father told police that when Kristy failed to pick him up after work, he arrived home to discover that Kristy and Zachary were missing. Kristy’s personal belongings had been removed from the house.Zachary is described as a white male, 4′ 5″ tall, 100 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and wire-rimmed glasses.Kristy Sue Paddock, aka Kristy Sue Dell, is a white female, 5′ 6″ tall, 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more