Manuel Pellegrini: England not to blame for Fabian Delph injury woe

first_img Pellegrini is convinced De Bruyne, like £49million man Raheem Sterling before him, will soon shrug off the price tag. He said: “Maybe at the beginning everyone will talk about the price, but it’s part of the game of the player and the team to demonstrate why we brought him here. “Within two or three games Raheem demonstrated why we brought him here. I am sure with Kevin de Bruyne, at the end of the season, no-one will remember how much we paid for him.” Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has no issues with England over Fabian Delph’s latest injury setback. Delph suffered fresh hamstring damage within seconds of kick-off of England’s midweek win over Switzerland at Wembley. The Euro 2016 qualifier had been the midfielder’s first start of the season after recovering from another injury to the same muscle sustained soon after his £8million summer move from Aston Villa. Press Association The 25-year-old now faces another month to six weeks on the sidelines and Pellegrini has put it down to bad luck rather than throwing any blame England’s way. Pellegrini said: “When the players go to the national squad I trust in their managers and the way they work because they are very good professionals. “I don’t have any doubt it was an unlucky moment for Fabian Delph and not a problem of the warm-up or the way the England squad work.” Delph’s City career is yet to get started in earnest. He was forced to miss the opening wins over West Brom and Chelsea and then made only late substitute appearances against Everton and Watford. Pellegrini said: “Of course it is not the best way to start but I think Fabian Delph must be strong in his mind. He must understand these things can happen. “But he is a very good professional. He can be back as soon as he can.” City had a frustrating international break as playmaker David Silva also took a blow to the ankle and will miss the Barclays Premier League leaders’ trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday. But that could create an opening for club record £54million signing Kevin de Bruyne to make his debut. last_img read more

Riverhounds clinch playoff berth with 3-2 win over VSI Tampa Bay at Highmark Stadium

first_imgRaise over $15,000 for Cystic Fibrosis FoundationPittsburgh—On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Station Square, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated VSI Tampa Bay 3-2 and clinched a berth in the USL PRO playoffs. In a critical match-up for a ticket into the post-season, the Riverhounds and Tampa Bay didn’t disappoint the sold-out crowd, as five goals were scored in the second half to deliver an exciting atmosphere at Highmark Stadium.  With goals from Jose Angulo, Rob Vincent, and Darren Amoo, along with a “Jersey off the Back” raffle, the Riverhounds also raised over $15,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.With both, the Riverhounds and Tampa Bay playing two matches over the weekend, the tempo in the first half was extremely slow.  Carrying tired legs into the match, along with a temperature near ninety, both sides were scoreless at the half.Coming out of the break with playoffs on the mind, the Riverhounds would strike first in the 53rd minute when Angulo converted from the penalty stripe.  Driving down the right flank with speed, Mike Seamon would travel over sixty yards on the break.  Cutting inside the penalty area to hold off his marker, Seamon would attempt a cross for Angulo, but his service struck the arm of Josh Rife at the near post.  The referee awarded the Riverhounds a penalty kick and Angulo stepped up to score the game’s first goal.Seven minutes later, second-half substitute Stefan Lundberg took a page out of Seamon’s book and drove down the left flank with speed.  Waiting for his teammates to join him in the attack, Lundberg found defender Mike Green in the left corner.  Green played a ball back for Alfonso Motagalvan at the edge of the penalty area.  Motagalvan set the ball back for Vincent racing into the attack.  Taking a touch to prepare his body, Vincent rifled a shot that tucked just inside the left upright to put the Riverhounds up two goals.The Riverhounds counter-attacked well on the night, and their third goal came on a combination between multiple players inside their own defensive third.  Following the combination, Motagalvan found Angulo all alone on the right flank with a ball over the top. Traveling with speed towards Tampa Bay’s goal, Angulo slotted a ball towards the penalty spot for Amoo. Taking a first-time shot with his favorite left foot, Amoo passed the ball past goalkeeper Alex Horwarth to provide the Riverhounds with a three-goal lead in the 68th minute.VSI Tampa Bay recorded their first goal of the night one minute after Amoo’s goal.  Mauricio Salles found Cheyne Roberts overlapping into the right corner.  Roberts delivered a cross towards the middle of the penalty area for Chad Burt.  Taking a first-time shot on frame, Burt’s close range shot was blocked by Hunter Gilstrap, but his save was not cleared.  Following up his shot, Burt’s second chance effort would find the back of the net.Tampa Bay would cut the lead to one goal with ten minutes remaining in the match.  Receiving a dangerous set piece on right flank, Salles would deliver a cross for Andryy Budnyy at the penalty spot.  Rising up in the crowd, Budnyy’s header would deflect off of a Riverhounds Andrew Marshall and at his feet.  Taking a touch out of pressure, Budnyy would pass the ball around Gilstrap for the game’s final goal.The Riverhounds return to USL PRO action next Wednesday in North Carolina.  The Pittsburgh side will meet the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7:30 p.m. in Legion Stadium.  Tampa Bay returns to the Sunshine State next Thursday to match-up with Charlotte Eagles.  The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at Plant City Stadium.last_img read more

Leafs outlast Nitehawks 3-2 to open exhibition season

first_imgBeaver Valley outshot the Leafs 27-22 in the game.The two teams hook up again for the second game of the two-game exhibition set Saturday night in Fruitvale.Nelson completes the preseason with a two-game series against Castlegar beginning Tuesday in the Heritage City.Game two is Wednesday in Castlegar.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday, September 11 against Kelowna Chiefs.The game is the first of two on opening weekend.Saturday, September 12, Fernie Ghostriders invade the NDCC Arena. Preseason generally means nothing to coaches and players but it’s always nice to come out on the winning side of any contest.Kyle Chernenkoff’s third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie lifting the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Thursday night at the NDCC Arena.Brendan Smith and Austin Lindsay had scored first period goals to give Nelson a 2-0 lead into the third period.Nathan Spark started the game in goal for Nelson before being replaced by Joe Barton.last_img read more