Hughton: Win will give us a lift

first_img The Canaries trailed to a Ravel Morrison goal at half-time but took all three points after a Gary Hooper penalty was followed up with a Robert Snodgrass free-kick and a stoppage time strike from Leroy Fer. The win takes Norwich to 15th in the table, leapfrogging West Ham in the process, and Hughton is pleased to get back to winning ways following a difficult spell which culminated in a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Machester City last weekend. Norwich manager Chris Hughton believes his players will benefit from moving out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after a comeback victory over West Ham. Press Association “It will be a massive lift for the players,” he said. “There is no doubt psychologically that it is a blow to be in the bottom three. “Hopefully it will give us the lift we need and I’m pleased for everyone at the club. It is a very good result for us at this particular time.” Hughton has been one of the favourites to lose his job in recent weeks but said after the victory that he does not pay attention to speculation and is used to dealing with stress. “I have been around a long time now,” he added. “Of course I am aware of things that are said but that comes with the territory. “You can’t expect to have things easy when it is not going well, that goes with the territory – but this is a fantastic club with fantastic owners. “I always speak about the team and how pleased I am for them but I’m equally as pleased for the people upstairs. “It is part of the job, is it stressful? Yes it is. It is stressful next week and the week after but you have to work as hard as you can and do things as well as you can. You have to have belief in your own abilities.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who labelled the game a six-pointer during the week, was left bemoaning a mistake by experienced goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The Finn failed to hold a straightforward Michael Turner header and clipped Hooper as he looked to rectify his error, leaving Allardyce to regret a moment which proved to be a turning point. “There’s never been as big a change around in fortunes for a long time,” he said. “Jussi made three mistakes in one. He loses the first one, tries to grasp it again and gets so desperate he went lunging to try to get himself out of trouble and ends up giving the penalty away. “At that stage you wouldn’t expect us to do anything other than go on to win, that makes it more difficult to take. It really stunned me and how it came about – but it has. “I expected us when we got that goal to win it and we can’t blame anybody but ourselves because we’ve gifted Norwich the opportunity to lift themselves, lift the crowd and win it.” last_img read more

Reifer, Barnwell star to hand USA second straight defeat

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Chris Barnwell’s attacking half-century and Raymon Reifer’s destructive five-wicket haul spared Guyana Jaguars blushes against minnows United States here Monday night.Sent in at Queen’s Park Oval, Jaguars needed Barnwell’s 63-ball 80 to get up to 226 all out off their 50 overs, before Reifer snatched five for 35 with his left-arm seamer to complete the Jaguars turnaround, handing them a nervy 13-run victoryThe victory was Guyana’s second in three outings leaving them second in Group B while the defeat for United States was their second in two appearances.Unconvincing in their previous two matches, Jaguars again looked vulnerable when they slipped to six for two in the sixth over, losing opener Chandrapaul Hemraj (1) and rookie Kemol Savory (1).Captain Leon Johnson, who made 43 off 57 balls and opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul who notched a painstaking 40 off 104 balls, posted 61 for the third wicket in an attempt to rebuild the innings.But both found the difficult going against the accuracy of left-arm pacer Saurabh Netravalkar (2-20) and right-armer Ian Holland (2-35) and the partnership required 115 deliveries.Johnson struck three fours and two sixes and was beginning to finally up the tempo of the innings when he sliced off-spinner Steven Taylor to Holland at slip.Barnwell’s arrival signalled an increase in scoring, the veteran blasting seven fours and four sixes to dominate a 66-run, fourth wicket partnership with Chanderpaul.Even then, Chanderpaul managed only two fours before missing a sweep at a full length delivery from left-arm spinner Karima Gore (3-38) and falling lbw.Barnwell put on a further 40 for the sixth wicket with Jonathan Foo (39) to keep the runs flowing but finally perishing in the 44th over, spooning Holland to Taylor at cover.In reply, USA got a top score of 43 from opener Mrundal Patel while Akshay Homraj struck 32 and Holland chipped in with 28, but the innings never really moved into high gear.They were in good stead at 141 for four in the 38th over with Holland and Homraj involved in a 33-run stand but Jaguars made key strikes down the stretch to set back the innings.Holland strayed from his crease and was stumped off left-arm spinner Chandrapaul Hemraj (2-31) and Homraj added a further 31 for the sixth wicket with Gore (17) before smashing a full toss from the same bowler to Ronsford Beaton at deep square in the 44th over.With the required run rate building, the pressure told on the US innings and the run chase petered out tamely.last_img read more