Warriors leave Perth empty handed again

first_imgThe result was only the beginning of the New Zealand based team’s woes, as they endured a nightmare day in Perth.Veteran Ryan Hoffman and young forward Albert Vete both face extended stints on the sidelines after copping broken bones.Vete broke his arm in the first half of the loss, while Hoffman didn’t even get on the field.The 33-year-old’s final season at the Warriors will now be heavily shortened after he broke a metatarsal bone in his foot while stretching at the team hotel.The loss also marked their ninth straight in Perth, and after they led 16-0 in the opening 17 minutes, it was the fifth time they have given away a substantial lead in the city.”It’s pretty disappointing because I thought we did enough in certain stages of the game to come away with the result,” coach Stephen Kearney said.”We let them back into the game when we got a bit of a lead to start off with.”That left us scrambling at the end there to try and salvage a result at the back end.”The loss also left them four points out of the top eight, in 10th position.It will likely mean they will now have to win at least five of their final eight games to have any hopes of making the finals after the State of Origin rounds, given they have the bye next week.A telling equation, when considered they have only won 26.67 per cent of matches after the Origin period since the start of 2013 – the worst record of any team in the league. Photo: Photosport Warriors Simon Mannering is tackled by the Sea Eagleslast_img read more

Allegri irritated by criticism as Juve fail to kill off Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri (C) insisted people should “realise that winning is not normality, it is extraordinary,” following a 2-2 draw with Spurs © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Feb 14 – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted he would not be getting depressed despite criticism at failing to land the killer blow against Tottenham in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash in Turin.“If anyone thought that Juventus would win 4-0 this evening he was way off track,” blasted Allegri, after his more experienced side threw away a dream start with two Gonzalo Higuain goals inside ten minutes to end with a 2-2 draw in front of their frustrated fans at the Allianz Stadium. “The Champions League is a dream and an objective, but winning it is not easy. I think people have lost some objectivity here. Juve play to win, but they are not the favourites. You can’t reach the final every year,” said Allegri.Higuain got the first goal after 73 seconds, and minutes later added a second from the spot after Ben Davies’ foul on Federico Bernardeschi.But Harry Kane revived Spurs hopes after half an hour, with his seventh goal in the competition this season, rounding flattened goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.Higuain missed a second penalty before the break following Serge Aurier’s reckless challenge on Douglas Costa to keep the English side in the game.Christian Eriksen’s (C) second-half free-kick completed a stirring 2-2 Spurs comeback against Juventus © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOChristian Eriksen scored Tottenham’s second goal from a free-kick after centre-back Giorgio Chiellini fouled Dele Alli, sending it low past a wrong-footed Buffon, leaving all to play for in Wembley on March 7.“It’s like we lost 8-0 — good doctors are needed, not one, but many very, very good,” Allegri berated journalists at the post-match press conference.“Football is like this, we went from 3-0 to 2-1, we had a 3-1 penalty and instead Tottenham equalised 2-2,” explained Allegri of the game. “I believe the lads are putting in a fantastic season, but that’s a long way off thinking they can win a last 16 match by a 3-0 scoreline.”– Three-pronged attack –Juventus are bidding for a seventh straight Serie A title this season, and are just one point off leaders Napoli. They are also in the running for a fourth straight Italian Cup, and to reach the final of the Champions League for the third time in four years.“People must realise that winning is not normality, it is extraordinary,” continued the former AC Milan boss.“I will not accept that tonight’s 2-2 draw could depress the Juve fans. There are some scary ups and downs in the mood here.“This really irritates me, because people have no idea of how teams function. The primary objective is the Scudetto: it’s not easy. Then we’ll try to go forward in the Champions League.“It was always 50:50 with Tottenham and it still is.”Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said his side “showed character” in a competition where their best finish was the semi-finals in 1962.“We’ve shown great personality against a team that has played two finals in the last three years, my players have been fantastic.“Now it’ll be like a final in London.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more