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Poyet targets another major scalp

first_img Poyet said: “There is a mentality sometimes that when you play against the top teams, before you start the game you accept that if you lose nothing will happen. “I don’t think that’s right – I don’t think you are playing to the maximum if you accept that before the game. I think you have to be clear that it is going to be more difficult, but you will have a chance. “On those terms the players have been exceptional because we stayed up last year because of that, and we showed last Saturday we can do it and we can try to stop the other teams doing what they like.” Poyet is under no illusions about the size of his side’s task against a City side who sprang back to form with a 3-0 win at Southampton on Sunday, but who the manager believes remain second best to Jose Mourinho’s men. He added: “I think Chelsea right now look stronger in every aspect of their game but it’s a long season and when you play in so many competitions it becomes very difficult to stay in all of them. “They have got quality everywhere – they are one of the top clubs in the world and we have got to deal with that. But that’s why we fought so hard last year to be here.” Sunderland’s recent upturn in fortunes has coincided with the promotion of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who moved to Wearside on a free transfer from City in the summer. Pantilimon pushed City’s regular number one Joe Hart to the limit last season and since replacing former number one Vito Mannone he has excelled with two consecutive clean sheets. Press Association Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is convinced his side’s mental strength can help them claim another major scalp when Manchester City visit the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night. Poyet said: “I think Costel had a great season last season over there – he proved he can play at that level so we are lucky to have him here. “We’ve got two great goalkeepers and he knows he needs to perform or the manager won’t hesitate to change him. “He’s come in and got clean sheets with the help of the rest of the players and let’s hope he can maintain that level.” Poyet has no new injury concerns but may be tempted to freshen up his starting line-up with defender Sebastian Coates and midfielder Ricky Alvarez among those pushing to be included. City manager Manuel Pellegrini is short of defensive options following the loss of Vincent Kompany to injury. City’s influential captain suffered a hamstring problem in the latter stages of the win at Southampton on Sunday and will not feature at the Stadium of Light. That means Pellegrini will now have to field a different centre-back pairing as Eliaquim Mangala is suspended after his sending-off at St Mary’s. Right-back Bacary Sagna could therefore be pressed into action in the centre or fringe player Dedryck Boyata could be drafted in alongside Martin Demichelis. Pellegrini said: “We have Dedryck Boyata, he is working very well, we have also Martin Demichelis, we have Bacary Sagna. So we have three options. We will see which two of them will play.” Matija Nastasic, who has been out of favour this season, might have been a possibility but Pellegrini revealed that he too is currently crocked. The Chilean said: “Unfortunately for him, he is again injured. He has had two long injuries this season. He has a muscle injury in his thigh. “I don’t know if he will be able to work with the squad for one week more so he is not an option.” The Black Cats’ big-time heroics played a huge part in last season’s unlikely march to survival and Saturday’s gutsy goalless draw with Chelsea once again underlined their preference for the big occasion. Add in a recent record against City which has seen Sunderland win all four of their previous clashes on Wearside 1-0, and it is no surprise the Uruguayan is in bullish mood as his side look to stretch their unbeaten run to five games. last_img read more

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Over 30 Million Jobs Lost

first_imgWashington, D.C. – The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits because of the coronavirus has soared past 30 million, worsening a crisis unmatched since the 1930s and turning up the pressure on political leaders to lift restrictions that are choking the economy.Government figures released Thursday showed that 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for jobless benefits last week, raising the total to about 30.3 million in the six weeks since the outbreak took hold and forced the shutdown of factories and other businesses from coast to coast.The layoffs amount to 1 in 6 American workers and encompass more people than the entire population of Texas, or more people than live in the New York and Chicago metropolitan areas combined.There was also bleak new data in Europe, where over 130,000 people with the virus have died so far.Figures from the 19 countries that use the euro showed that the European economy shrank a record 3.8% in the first quarter as lockdowns turned cities into ghost towns and plunged nations into recession. The drop was the biggest since eurozone statistics began in 1995.last_img read more

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Bristol City 0-1 West Ham: Substitute Sakho fires Hammers into FA Cup fifth round

first_img West Ham striker Diafra Sakho Substitute Diafra Sakho scored on his return from injury to send West Ham into the FA Cup fifth round draw with a 1-0 victory over a spirited Bristol City.The lively League One side caused Sam Allardyce’s men all sorts of problems in a bright first half performance, with the Hammers twice clearing off the line to deny the hosts.But the Premier League outfit looked more comfortable after the break and began to pose more of a threat following the introductions of Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano, with the returning frontman hitting the bar before nodding in Andy Carroll’s cross on 81 minutes to seal a slender win.It was all Bristol in the opening 25 minutes, the Hammers struggling to get the ball and Mark Noble heading off his own line following a corner as the hosts pressed for an early lead.Perhaps keen to add another giant killing to the fourth round weekend’s tally, the Robins continued to threaten, the impressing Luke Freeman orchestrating the hosts’ attacks with West Ham barely keeping the lively third tier side at bay.Full-back Joe Bryan squandered a great chance to open the scoring for City, playing a neat one-two in the box to go through on goal but shanking his angled effort out for a throw in.And Carroll was next to save the Hammers, the striker bailing out goalkeeper Adrian with another goal-line clearance from Matt Smith’s header, the big frontman proving a constant threat in the air.Allardyce’s men managed to dial down the tempo midway through the opening half, with Noble and Alex Song asserting their dominance in the middle of the field, and their first extended period of possession set up Carroll just before the break, though the striker could only prod a sliding effort into the arms of goalkeeper Frank Fielding.The London side received an attacking boost during a stale second-half with the introduction of star forward Sakho, who has been out with a back injury since January 1.The Senegal striker struggled to get the service initially but eventually grew into the game, going close to the opener when his zipped volley grazed the top of the crossbar after beating two defenders with a neat flick on the edge of the box.That chance came moments after Bristol, too, came inches away from breaking the deadlock, Smith towering above his markers to win a header in the area but sending it just over the bar from Bryan’s whipped cross.Bristol impressed in the opening half but were given less room to operate by their Premier League opponents after the break, and they failed to hit the target with the chances they did create.And West Ham’s building pressure eventually bore fruit as substitute Sakho nodded the Hammers in front with nine minutes remaining, the striker finding the net with an unmarked header at the back post following a juggernaut run down the right wing from Carroll.It was a cruel blow for the League One side, who had given a good account of themselves against the top flight visitors, but their big boys’ resilience was the difference as the Hammers put their name in the hat for the next round. 1last_img read more

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