21 Sep

Saints duo earn Pochettino plaudits

first_img Southampton also picked up a fifth clean sheet of the season, with goalkeeper Boruc pulling off a string of fine saves to keep the visitors at bay. “He was incredible,” Southampton boss Pochettino said of the Poland international. “He did ever so well, but it just shows we have full trust in his performances and his skill, and also in our other keepers. “We were able to keep another clean sheet, which was a massive positive for us, but Boruc has our full trust to be our number-one keeper. “I don’t know what happened in the past, but in the eight months I’ve been here he’s been excellent for us. “There’s great competition between the three main goalkeepers and behind in the youth teams, so we’re very happy with the great atmosphere between them.” While Boruc was Southampton’s best defensive player, goalscorer Lallana shone going forward. After taking a while to adapt to life in the top flight, the 25-year-old has impressed for Saints this term, leading to suggestions he could follow Rickie Lambert into the England set-up. “I’m very happy for Adam,” Pochettino said of Lallana, who was called up for England’s World Cup qualifier with Ukraine in September 2012 but did not play. Press Association Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on Artur Boruc and Adam Lallana after they starred in Southampton’s hard-fought Barclays Premier League victory over Swansea. “He’s a great bloke and a great professional and he’s very passionate about this club, about Southampton, so I’m happy for him. “I’m very happy that he scored and for everything he represents – all the good values at this club. “It’s not my decision in the end, but if he keeps performing as he did today he’ll be actually very close to getting that call up to the national side. “I don’t like to talk about what I’ve done in his game. It’s an overall group of people who are helping to make this club better. “I want to thank him for his kind words, but there’s a structure at this club to help everyone improve and that goes from the chairman to the cleaning lady. “The one person who deserves all the praise for his improvement is the player himself. His performance has been amazing over the last few games.” Swansea counterpart Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, was left ruing missed opportunities after seeing his side fail to follow up Thursday’s Europa League win against St Gallen with another positive result. Michu and Wilfried Bony were denied by fine Boruc saves, while Saints academy graduate Nathan Dyer hit the inside of the post before half-time. “I don’t know if frustration’s the right word, but I think there are always positives and negatives in every game,” the Swans boss said. “Before we started this season, we said it would be difficult for the team and we’ve seen a lot of cases around Europe of teams who have to play on Sundays. “I can only say we are doing well, and are playing well in all the games after midweeks. “Today was the seventh game in 20 games. I thought it could be some players tired. You play every three days, but I really didn’t see that. “It’s true Southampton were the best team in the first 10 minutes, but since the goal I think we dominated the whole game. “The second half we dominated form the first to last minute, but maybe not creating the same number of chances.” Saints emerged 2-0 winners from a pulsating, end-to-end encounter at St Mary’s, despite spending most of the match on the back foot. The Swans dominated the majority of play but fell to strikes from captain Lallana and substitute Jay Rodriguez as Saints secured a third successive league triumph. last_img read more

26 Aug

Dodgers must absorb loss of Justin Turner to hamstring injury

first_img“It actually felt worse this morning than I expected, so the MRI results coming back the way they did was a very positive thing.”Turner was able to return from that 2014 injury after 15 days, the minimum DL stay at the time. He is optimistic he will be ready to return after the shorter DL minimum now.“It’s going to be pretty boring — a lot of lying around in the training room and letting this thing heal up,” Turner said of the next few days.The challenge of moving on without Turner will be more difficult for the Dodgers. Though his power hasn’t shown up yet this year (only one home run in 140 at-bats), Turner goes to the DL with a major-league leading .379 batting average, 13 doubles (tied for second in the National League) and a .946 OPS that leads Dodgers regulars (Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor have topped that).“It’s a big blow. I think we’ve dealt with those in the past and we’ll continue to move forward,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “But the leadership as a position player, the defense he plays, consistent and elite defense, and obviously in the batter’s box what he does consistently putting at-bats together, the baserunning – all the components that help you win baseball games, that’s what JT does for our club. To miss him for any stretch is tough, let alone for two weeks. But we’ll get over it.” Kike’ Hernandez played third Friday against Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino. But the Dodgers will absorb most of Turner’s absence by plugging Logan Forsythe in at third base instead of second base when he returns from the disabled list. Forsythe played third base for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, his third game on a restarted rehab assignment for a hairline fracture in a toe on his right foot. That rehab was interrupted by a hamstring injury of his own.Forsythe is expected to spend the weekend with the Quakes and then be activated when the Dodgers open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. With Forsythe coming back to play third base, Roberts said second base will continue to belong to Taylor and Chase Utley in “not a strict platoon, but split duties.” Utley could see more time there now that Adrian Gonzalez has returned to first base.MAEDA RETURNIf Turner’s hamstring injury ranked as a Grade 1 strain, Kenta Maeda’s registered a Grade None.Nonetheless, Maeda made a rehab start with Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night, going four innings and throwing 62 pitches. He allowed three runs (only one earned) on six hits (all singles) and two walks.Maeda will rejoin the Dodgers’ overstuffed rotation next week and is scheduled to start the series finale against the Cardinals on Thursday. That will make seven different starters in seven games over eight days – Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Wood, Julio Urias and Brandon McCarthy against the Marlins, Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Maeda against the Cardinals.Ryu would seem to be the most likely candidate for another DL sabbatical – he was hit in the arm by a pitch and the foot by a ground ball during his start Thursday. He came out of the game immediately after the ground ball back to the mound but Roberts said Friday “from what I understand, he’s fine” on both counts. But Roberts wouldn’t say when he expects Ryu to pitch again.“Seeing as how we’ve still got seven guys who can start, we’re still figuring out how we can manage it,” Roberts said.Most recently, the Dodgers have managed it by sending Maeda, Ryu and McCarthy to the 10-day DL with minor issues that would probably not have prevented them from pitching if circumstances were more pressing. part of a three-team trade on June 30, 2015, the Atlanta Braves sent Wood, relievers Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson and infielder Jose Peraza to the Dodgers and received outfielder Hector Olivera, reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor-leaguer Zach Bird.None of those players are still with the Braves. Olivera is out of baseball after playing 30 games for the Braves and receiving an 82-game suspension for his involvement in a domestic dispute. Rodriguez was released by the Braves this spring. Wood, meanwhile, was the NL Player of the Week for the Dodgers last week, cementing his spot in their rotation.Braves GM John Coppolella did a question-and-answer session on Twitter on Friday and was asked about that trade.“The Hector Olivera trade was terrible and that’s on me. Alex is a tremendous pitcher & even better person. Rooting for him,” Coppolella responded. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> Not all of the Dodgers’ disabled list moves come with a dollop of convenience.Third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday after suffering a right hamstring injury during Thursday’s game. Turner said his hamstring “just kind of grabbed me” as he was rounding third base in the seventh inning of the 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. He left the game immediately and underwent an MRI on Friday morning, which revealed a Grade 1 strain – the mildest level of strain and a result that Turner took as “good news.”“It’s a Grade 1 strain which is something I’ve had before and come back from fairly quickly,” said Turner, pointing to a June 2014 hamstring injury.last_img read more