Carroll wants lessons to be learned

first_img “It is a campaign of harsh lessons,” he admitted. “We have been talking in the changing room about it and we know we just have to pick ourselves up and learn to finish teams off. “We have to be more hungry than the opposition and although we were against Israel we just threw it away with two silly goals. No one goes out there to do that but we have to work hard to stop it. “When we did create a clearcut chance their keeper made a great save but we need to take chances. None of us like losing; not the players, supporters or management staff and we don’t like drawing games with Luxembourg and Azerbaijan either so we have to start winning games sooner rather than later.” O’Neill has not tasted victory in nine matches since replacing Nigel Worthington and there was a refreshing honesty from the former Shamrock Rovers after Tuesday’s defeat. Invited to take solace from his side’s positive performance, he declined and highlighted the need for a first success at any cost. Carroll is also in no mood for excuses. “We say we’ve no luck all the time, but quality teams finish you off and we have to learn to take our chances,” said the Olympiacos player. “What goes around comes around and hopefully we will be able to get ourselves out of the slump we are in. “We have to finish these games off when we’re on top but it’s difficult. We played well for 80 minutes then lost concentration and conceded two late goals.” Goalkeeper Roy Carroll has called for Northern Ireland to start learning from their setbacks after yet another dispiriting result at Windsor Park. The hosts went down 2-0 against Israel on Tuesday night, leaving them with just three points from five World Cup qualifiers following frustrating home draws against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. There is a growing sense of deja vu around Michael O’Neill’s side, who arguably did enough to win all three of those matches but paid on each occasion for a lack of firepower up front. The familiarity of the tale was not lost on Carroll, the veteran keeper who returned to the side at the start of qualifying after a six-year absence. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Wake Forest

first_imgThe Wake Forest report: WFU started off its season 4-0, beating Tulane, Duke Delaware and Indiana. Most recently, the Demon Deacons lost to North Carolina State, 33-16, on the road.Starting quarterback Kendall Hinton is still recovering from a knee injury so the Orange is going to see John Wolford at quarterback again. Wolford threw for 373 on 43 attempts against SU last season. Starting freshman running back Cade Carney missed WFU’s last three games also with a knee injury, but Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson said he hopes Carney will play against SU. The last time Carney played, he gouged Duke for 108 yards and three touchdowns.WFU runs the ball for about as many yards as it throws it each game, but scores most of its touchdowns on the ground with a 10-to-3 rushing-to-passing touchdown ratio. Running back Matt Colburn will likely shoulder most of the load.Defensively, the Demon Deacons are led by Duke Ejiofor, who has the ninth-most sacks per game in the country (1.1) and eighth-most tackles for loss per game (1.8).  Wake Forest’s defensive weakness comes in the passing game where it ranks near the bottom of the ACC in yards allowed and in the bottom half of the country in passing efficiency defense.How Syracuse beats Wake Forest: If the weather cooperates enough. It won’t have to be a clear night, but heavy rain and wind will not equal success for Syracuse. There’s only so much Eric Dungey can do to “grip it and rip it” through a hurricane passing along the coast. A low-scoring game favors Wake Forest, considering Syracuse’s struggles to run the ball this season and Wake Forest’s relative success.Chase Guttman | Staff PhotographerStat to know: 64.7Wake Forest boasts a red zone defense that has held its opponents to under a 65 percent success rate. That ranks ninth in the country and is the only statistical category in which the team is slotted in the top 10 in the nation.Player to watch: Cade Carney, running backCade Carney was named the starting running back prior to the season as a true freshman. Though he only got seven carries for 21 yards in the season opener, he ripped up Duke in his second career game, including a 55-yard touchdown run. Syracuse doesn’t have the best rush defense and the weather could force this game to stay on the ground. If Carney is healthy, he’ll be key in Wake Forest’s attempts to dominate the running game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) heads on the road to face Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) at 7 p.m. on Saturday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. SU is recovering from a 50-33 loss to Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium and the Demon Deacons are coming off their first loss of the season. Despite only winning three games in each of the last two years, WFU won its first four games of 2016.Here’s what you need to know about Wake Forest.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 4-1. The Orange has won the last four meetings.Last time they played: SU came back to beat the Demon Deacons, 31-17, in the Carrier Dome in Eric Dungey’s first career start. Dungey completed 8-of-13 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. The then-freshman signal-caller went 4-of-6 for 186 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. Syracuse’s defense snagged three interceptions and held Wake Forest scoreless in the final 30 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Published on October 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more

Ronaldo poses semi-naked again for new ‘ball pit’ underwear advert

first_imgAs a Christmas treat for his legion of Instagram followers, Cristiano Ronaldo has shared a little behind the scenes footage from one of his more memorable underwear photoshoots.  The “ball pit” advert was first revealed a month or so ago, but the footage of Ronaldo larking about, lounging around and pretending his hand is a beak is all brand new, A-grade stuff.The Juventus star is launching the Autumn/Winter line of his eponymous CR7 Underwear brand and obviously leapt at the chance to strip down and show off his honed physique. Again.Let’s face it, he never usually needs much of an excuse.last_img read more