Lambert expects survival

first_img Villa are currently in the bottom three but victory at the Britannia Stadium will leave them only one point adrift of the Potters, who have won only one of their last 11 games. Lambert takes heart from the performance levels and confidence shown by his players in recent weeks and said: “The thing for me is that they are confident in having the ball. It is not as if they are frightened by it and just want to launch the ball up the field. They are certainly play with a bit of freedom.” Paul Lambert is backing Aston Villa’s crop of youngsters to hold their nerve in the Barclays Premier League survival battle and believes the pressure is on Stoke ahead of Saturday’s clash. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “When you look at the table, from 11th place down only four points separate the teams down to us. That’s nothing. It’s basically just one game. “Everybody has to play some really hard fixtures. It’s how you hold your nerve. We try to keep the place upbeat and we don’t look like a team that is playing with nerves. “You have to have a strong mentality so the pressure doesn’t get to you and see it through. If you do that, that’s half the battle. “I have not spoken about relegation or anything like that. I think that breeds negativity. Form gives you confidence and we are playing well enough to get results.” Lambert has plenty of respect for the success Pulis has enjoyed with Stoke but knows it is an opportunity for Villa to drag the Potters back into the thick of the relegation battle. He said: “Maybe Tony didn’t visualise Stoke were going to be in this position after the start they had, but the reality is they are not too far ahead. I am sure Tony would like more points than he has got but we are only four points behind them. “The pressure is on them. It’s on Stoke because they are the home team and they haven’t won of late as well. There will be a lot of pressure there for Stoke as well as ourselves. It is a huge game. Every game you play is massive. We know if we win, we are only one point behind them and that’s the way to go and view it.” last_img read more

Silvi Uattara pushes Syracuse past Pittsburgh in 4 sets

first_imgA big effort from outside hitter Silvi Uattara powered Syracuse (21-8, 12-6 Atlantic Coast) past Pittsburgh (23-7, 12-6) in a four-set 3-1 victory on Sunday.Uattara dominated the frontcourt, slamming home 26 kills with a team-leading .386 hitting percentage. The senior hitter was a leader on the defensive side of the ball as well, racking up seven blocks.Uattara’s biggest kills came late during the fourth set tiebreak, when she was set in two pivotal situations.First, Uattara killed to even the score at 25 after a 3-0 Pitt run put the Orange in danger of facing a fifth set. Then, the Orange looked to Uattara again on match point, when the senior drove home another kill to win the decisive set 28-26.Nicolette Serratore, flanked by Uattara on the front line, was also pivotal for the Orange. The outside hitter tallied 13 kills, good for second most on the team, along with 15 digs and an ace in a well-rounded performance.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe win moves the Orange into a three-way tie for fifth place with Pitt and Miami in the ACC standings, and avenges the 3-1 defeat that the Orange suffered versus the Panthers earlier in the season.The victory on Sunday was the last of 13 road games that Syracuse played over the course of the regular season, and the team finished with a 10-4 mark as the visitors.Syracuse will finish up the remainder of its season with a two-game home stand in the upcoming week, starting with a contest against Notre Dame on Wednesday night.    Comments Published on November 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm Contact Chris: cplucey@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Late surge propels Syracuse men’s team to 2nd-place finish in ACC Championship

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With just three events left to be scored, the Syracuse men sat third on the leaderboard in the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But that would change after the 5000-meters. The Orange had six of the top seven runners finishers and picked up 34 points, and it jumped ahead.The 5k shot Syracuse into first place, and though the triple jump put Florida State back on top, it secured the Orange a second place finish in the meet, its best outdoor championship finish since joining the ACC. Justyn Knight secured his 11th ACC title with a time of 13:58.69. Right behind him, Iliass Aouani finished second, Colin Bennie finished third and Aidan Tooker placed fourth. Noah Affolder took sixth and Philo Germano took seventh.On the women’s side, the Orange finished 12th as Miami took home the championship hardware.The 5k wasn’t the only dominant performance for the men on Saturday. It also had a strong showing in the 110-meter hurdles. Angelo Goss took the gold with a time of 13.72 seconds followed by Matt Moore in second and Richard Floyd in fourth. Also on the men’s side, Knight placed fourth in the men’s 1500-meters with a time of 3:46.96 while Simon Smith placed ninth. In the 100-meter men’s final, Winston Lee placed eighth. In the 4×100 meter relay, the men placed fifth with a time of 40.22 seconds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the women’s side of the 5k, Paige Stoner took the bronze with a 16:14.81 finish. In the women’s 4×100 meter relay, SU placed ninth with a time of 45.53 seconds. The next meet for Orange runners will be the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, FL starting May 24. Comments Published on May 12, 2018 at 10:07 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more