Mauricio Pochettino tells his Tottenham players not to switch off for a second

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has called on his squad to eliminate the individual errors which have plagued their start to the season. Spurs host Everton in Saturday’s evening kick-off with just two points from their opening three Barclays Premier League matches. Pochettino’s side could only draw against Stoke, throwing away a two-goal lead at White Hart Lane. Press Associationcenter_img And they followed that up with another draw at Leicester, this time conceding only moments after Dele Alli scored the opening goal of the game with nine minutes left. “If we have two points after three games, it is not because we have a lack of player or we don’t sign one striker or one keeper – it is because we make some mistakes like at Leicester or Stoke after we were 2-0 up,” Pochettino said. “This is not about signing a player. This is about competing much better and this is our focus now. “Never in football can you switch off for one second – after it happened at Leicester there was a mistake, we conceded a goal – and in the Premier League and a professional team like us we need to avoid that. “I am optimistic on the future because if we had some real quality player I think our balance is better and only if we fix that will it be a great season.” Pochettino added to his squad on Friday with the arrival of Son Heung-min in a reported £22million deal from Bayer Leverkusen. The South Korea forward, 23, will wear the number seven shirt after signing a five-year contract. ”Spurs for me is such a big club and a really good team,” said Son, whose move to White Hart Lane is still subject to international clearance and a work permit. ”My goal has always been to play in the Premier League and Tottenham have given me a great opportunity to do that and I am really happy to have the chance to come here. ”I love the Premier League and I am very excited to play at White Hart Lane. I have not played there yet but I’d Iove to go out there, show my abilities and perform for the Spurs fans as soon as possible.” last_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey starting to turn around 3rd-period woes

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Head coach Paul Flanagan lamented his team’s poor conditioning after unraveling in the third period against Colgate on Oct. 21 in a 3-2 loss.“Losing a step” in the third period every weekend had cost the Orange as its record sat at a disappointing 0-4-2 heading into conference play.Snapping out of a third-period funk seemed paramount to SU’s success heading into a weekend series against Lindenwood. It did just that on Friday and Saturday in wins over the Lions.As Abbey Miller pitched two straight shutouts for the Orange, the offense took over, scoring four goals in both games. Each night, Syracuse tallied a third-period goal. Showing the ability to finish games is a key for Syracuse (2-4-2, 2-0 College Hockey America), and Flanagan said it comes down to the team’s conditioning.“If we’re slowing down in the third period then we need to figure out a way to keep going,” forward Alysha Burriss said. “And if that’s conditioning then that’s what we need to do. I think that for the most part we’re in pretty good shape, but there’s always room for improvement.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLeigh Ann Rodgers | Contributing PhotographerThrough the first six games, SU allowed six goals in the third period, four of which were game-tying, go-ahead or game-winning.The biggest let down of non-conference play came against Colgate when the Orange jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes of the first game, only to watch it slowly slip away. Colgate scored the game-winning goal with 4:28 left in the game.One of Flanagan’s biggest takeaways from that game was SU’s pattern of slowing down in the third period, thus letting teams back into games.“I was a little frustrated,” Flanagan said, “I thought we were a step behind the last eight or ten minutes and that resulted in us just standing there watching on Friday night as (Colgate) scored the game winning goal.”Fixing the conditioning problem is relatively simple and just requires a little more time and work in practice to close any gap between Syracuse and other teams, players said.Players agreed with their coach but cited overconfidence and lack of enthusiasm late in games.“I don’t necessarily think it’s our conditioning,” Heather Schwarz said, “I think we’re maybe holding up a bit going into the third. When we have a lead we’re not going as quickly because we’re like, ‘Oh, we have a lead, let’s slow it down a bit.’“It gets to the second and third and it gets quiet on the bench and were not really cheering. We’re not keeping it upbeat.”Syracuse found the solution to its third-period slump against Lindenwood. The Orange jumped out to commanding leads in both games, entering the third period up 3-0 each night.SU did not slow down or let Lindenwood back in the game, notching its first two wins of the season.“I know these girls are working really hard,” Schwarz said. “But you know, more conditioning never hurt anyone.” Commentslast_img read more