Roberto Martinez confident the rewards will come for Everton’s open approach

first_img The last three games have been particularly disappointing, with Everton held to draws by Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Norwich. Martinez said: “It’s not the time to look at the table. We are disappointed with the amount of points we’ve dropped in the last three games, because that’s the way we see it. “You need to see through that and understand that we’ve been very consistent in the last six games we’ve played in the league. “You saw fantastic signs – some of our attacking play has been exceptional – and now is a period that we need the support of our fans and everyone at our football club to try to develop a little bit of knowhow in managing that outstanding attacking play that we’ve shown in order for it to be reflected in scorelines. “That’s what we have to do from now until the end of the season. If we do that, we’ll end up with the points that our football deserves.” Everton have been very good in front of goal, with their tally of 29 only bettered by Manchester City and Leicester. But the Toffees’ defence has been too leaky for Martinez’s liking, and it is the manner in which they are conceding that is frustrating the Spaniard. Against Bournemouth, Everton scored what appeared to be a winner in injury time only to concede again, while they failed to press home their first-half dominance against Norwich and paid the price. Martinez said: “We need to get through a period where we learn and we understand what’s needed. “One thing is becoming a real force of being able to break teams down and take the main role of the game and getting on the ball and being really dominant and positive. “The other aspect is managing the game and there are moments that you have to be able to get through without being punished too much and, at the moment, we’re being heavily punished. “We’ve conceded in situations where we should manage that a little bit better. That’s part of the process of becoming a strong team and becoming a winning team.” Far from fading after a flying start, Leicester appear to be getting stronger, with their key duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both scoring in Monday’s 2-1 win against Chelsea that ultimately cost Jose Mourinho his job. Saturday’s match unsurprisingly is being billed as a clash between Vardy and Romelu Lukaku, who will be looking to score for a seventh consecutive game as he closes in on Vardy’s new record. Martinez is looking forward to seeing how his whole team match up, saying: ” Leicester are as good as they’ve been. “You’re looking at the way they played on Monday, the way they played in the previous game against Swansea, this is a team that has no fear, they know exactly what they’re doing, they’ve got an incredible spirit and the players that have to be on form in order to present a goalscoring threat, they are probably in the best moment of their careers. “So it’s the worst time to face them but I think we are ready to face those sort of footballing challenges. We really need that sort of game to test ourselves and see how far we can progress.” The Toffees are unbeaten in six Barclays Premier League games and have only lost three times all season, but eight draws mean they do not have the points haul they would have hoped for. Everton sat 10th going into the weekend, six points off the top four and 12 adrift of leaders and Saturday’s opponents Leicester. Roberto Martinez admits Everton are conceding goals too easily but is confident they will get the rewards their play deserves. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sharapova denied French Open wildcard

first_img(REUTERS) – Twice former champion Maria Sharapova was surprisingly denied a wildcard into the French Open yesterday – ending intense speculation about her place in the claycourt slam since she returned from a 15-month doping ban.The 30-year-old Russian, who made her comeback last month after serving a suspension following a positive test for heart drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open, had hoped for a favour from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) because her ranking, currently 211, does not warrant an automatic place.The decision was announced by the FFT on Facebook Live shortly before Sharapova was due to play her second round at the Italian Open in Rome.It had been expected that the FFT would hand Sharapova, who won the 2012 and 2014 titles on the Parisian clay at least a wildcard into the qualifying tournament.Sharapova’s return has been dogged by criticism with several leading players voicing their disapproval at the decision of tournament organisers in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome to grant her a main draw wildcard.The five-time grand slam champion is also sweating on her place at Wimbledon with the cut-off for direct entries into the main draw on Monday. She needs a semi-final run in Rome to claim a main draw spot at Wimbledon by right.last_img read more

G.S.S.F completes successful Publik Sponsored Steel Challenge

first_imgSTEEL Challenge Matches worldwide are a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association.This gives the G.S.S.F. a SCSA affiliate organisation, the ability to pick from eight standardised stages with steel targets, ranging in size from 10″ (25 cm) round plates to 18×24″ (45×60 cm) square plates.Competitors are scored solely by the time it takes them to complete each stage, and the match winner is the competitor with the lowest overall time.The Guyana Sport Shooting Federation introduced Steel Challenge in Guyana and has been hosting these matches on a regular basis with the assistance of eager sponsors such as Publik.Publik, a popular name in the food industry, known especially for their tasty wings and burgers, assisted the G.S.S.F. in serving to local steel shooters a “phenomenal” competition to end the year 2017.This match saw shooters competing in the Limited and Production Divisions (9mm or higher caliber pistols are required).Trophies were up for grabs for the Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both divisions, and special category medals for those in Law Enforcement who were competing amongst themselves within the divisions.The match was declared open by Match Director Dr. Pravesh Harry and then commenced with two squads shooting simultaneously in the Showdown and Roundabout Stages.Shooting concluded with the Smoke & Hope stage, which is the most popular one consisting of the largest targets thereby allowing the shooters to really exercise their trigger fingers in the fastest display of the day.Ryan McKinnon proved to really smoke this stage with timings of just over three seconds per string.In every stage competitors were required to shoot five different steel targets set out at various angles and distances, one of which is designated as a “stop plate” which is shot last.Registering a hit on the plate stops the time. The total time it takes to hit all five plates is used for the score with every miss and penalty adding three seconds to the time.’Scoring was done using a digital timer which records the times according to the shots fired.The competitor’s best four scores out of five strings of fire on each stage was then be added together for a collective score. The lowest total time/score for all stages wins the overall match.Scoring was done using a specialised scoring application called Practiscore which is then posted online at for all to access.At the closing ceremony, President of the Federation, Ms. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon commended the match officials for the high standard of the match and thanked Publik for their sponsorship. She wished members and spectators present a Merry Christmas.The official scores of the Publik-sponsored match were then announced to a highly anticipating group of members and prizes were presented by GSSF Director, Mr. David Dharry and the Match Director, Dr. Pravesh Harry.Match Results of the G.S.S.F. Steel Challenge Competition sponsored by PublikProduction Division1st – Ryan McKinnon (54.97 seconds)2nd – Pravesh Harry (56.78 seconds)3rd – Michael Blake (87.46 seconds)Limited Division1st – Rajiv Latchana (71.07 seconds)2nd – Vidushi Persaud (73.90 seconds)3rd – Harold Hopkinson (83.38 seconds)Law Enforcement Category Winners in the Limited Division:1st – Harold Hopkinson (Time: 83.38 seconds)2nd – Odel August (Time: 102.94 seconds)3rd – Dallas Thomas (Time: 133.17 seconds)Match Winner – Ryan McKinnon followed by Pravesh Harry and Michael Blake in third.last_img read more