Martinez: We’ve turned a corner

first_img “I don’t think it was a turning point or the reason why we won because we were very much in control but it always helps.” Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver’s initial thoughts were to agree with Martinez but he admits he will closely examine all footage over the next day or two before deciding the next course of action. “I have looked at it from four or five angles and it is not conclusive,” he said. “When it actually happened, from the reaction of the Everton players, straight away I thought ‘that must be a red’. But when I came in and looked at it, it was very difficult to decide. “I will look at it again and if it is worthy of a sending off then I will accept it but if it is not I will appeal. “There seemed to be more of their players surrounding the situation than our players.” With nothing to play for Newcastle are limping towards the end of the season but Carver stressed that would not be allowed to happen and there was an immediate dressing room inquest after the game, although he was keen to point out it was not confrontational. “A few of the guys had a few composed words after the match,” he added. “I told one or two players not to say anything because usually it is one or two players who come forward – I wanted it to come from other people. “The fact people make a point I think is a healthy situation – it can’t always come from me, I’m not a dictator. “We can’t go hiding or disappear anywhere. I can’t walk around miserable as sin, I have to do something about it. “The guys had a good two-way conversation and we will review it all on Tuesday.” “It was a big game for us and sometimes that can bring extra pressure in that you play the occasion rather than the game,” he said. “The perfect preparation was Thursday. Probably Thursday was a real turning point in that moment when we managed to take control of the situation. The first 20 minutes (against Kiev) was as bad as it can be in terms of suffering because you feel the anxiety and responsibility as a player then all of a sudden we found the way we should perform. “The mindset today wasn’t of a team who had fear of losing at home, some of the play was outstanding but when we had to defend and work hard for each other we did that with total composure. “From scoring the first goal we managed the game really well and I thought we defended really composed. Tim Howard had a big save in the second half but apart from that I thought we protected him very well. Everton were already 2-0 up when Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off for a lunge at winger Aaron Lennon and Martinez had no doubts about the straight red card. “I haven’t seen the replay but I thought it was reckless and high,” he added. “If you look at the reaction of the Newcastle players I don’t think anyone was surprised when they saw the red card. Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his side have finally banished the fear factor which has been holding them back. The 3-0 win over 10-man Newcastle thanks to goals from James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley was the Toffees’ first in the league at Goodison Park in 2015. It was a crucial one as it lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone and Martinez believes the basis for the performance was founded in the come-from-behind 2-1 Europa League win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Focus on India’s no.4 as England Must Win To Survive

first_imgBirmingham: It was touted to be the battle of the big boys as India and England were tagged favourites going into the 2019 World Cup. But come Sunday, it will be a battle of survival for England as they look to keep their hopes alive of making it to the knockout stages when they take on Virat Kohli and boys at Edgbaston in their second last group game.On paper, the records are stacked in favour of India as the English outfit hasn’t defeated them in World Cup encounters in the last 27 years, but then, cricket isn’t a game played on paper. With their backs against the wall, Eoin Morgan and his boys can be expected to give it their all as they must win their match against India and then against New Zealand to make it to the semis.For India though, it will all be about keeping the momentum going as they are all but through to the knockout stages. They need just one point from three games to qualify and considering that their next two games after the England match are against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it shouldn’t be a huge task, especially considering the form that the Men in Blue have shown.The only concern for India would be the number four slot as Vijay Shankar has failed to make it his own after three attempts at that spot. While he was unbeaten for 15 in the first game against Pakistan, he managed 29 against Afghanistan before getting done for 14 against the West Indies on Thursday.Considering the importance of the position, the Indian team management could look at trying Dinesh Karthik at that position if they feel that Rishabh Pant isn’t cut for the slot.Apart from that, it all looks good for the Indians as the top-order has done well and the bowlers have been impressive from the word go. M.S. Dhoni’s slow knock against Afghanistan did see some pundits raising their voices, but the former India skipper silenced them with his knock against West Indies on a slow track at the Old Trafford on Thursday. In fact, he picked 16 runs from the last over of the innings to finish with an unbeaten 56 off 61 balls at an impressive strike rate of 91.80.For England, it has been another round of poor shows after starting well. Coming into the World Cup, England were considered favourites and all-rounder Ben Stokes had told IANS that the tag had been earned with consistent performances over the years. But with seven of the nine games done with, the picture doesn’t look too bright for the Three Lions.While they started off with a brilliant 104-run win over South Africa in the tournament opener, they were handed a blow by Pakistan in their very next game. The mercurial side led by Sarfaraz Ahmed beat the hosts by 14 runs in a thriller.Morgan’s men came back strongly in the next three games as they beat Bangladesh by 106 runs, West Indies by 8 wickets and Afghanistan by 150 runs.But that is where the fortune took another turn as they lost to out of touch Sri Lanka by 20 runs. Chasing Sri Lanka’s score of 232/9, all England could manage was 212 as Lasith Malinga bowled brilliantly to take the Island Nation home.The loss saw England faced with a situation wherein they needed to win two of their three games against Australia, India and New Zealand. IANSAlso Read: ‘Doosra’ Trailer Brings Back Memories of NatWest win Against Englandlast_img read more