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Kompany glad to be back

first_img Press Association Centre-back Kompany concedes that but for those last few minutes “it would have been the perfect game” as City returned to winning ways on the road after back-to-back away defeats. Personally, feeling no after-effects from playing the full 90 minutes after his injury lay-off, there was obvious delight at again being at the heart of City’s well-oiled machine. “The only reaction is a big smile, obviously,” said Kompany, speaking to media after the game. “For a long time I was like a bull in a cage waiting to be released, so when I got my chance in this game it was such a great feeling.” Despite his desire to play again, Kompany was fully aware he had to ease himself back into the match rather than go out and play like, well, a bull in a china shop. “The most important thing for me was not to try to be a hero. To think that is the biggest mistake you can make,” Kompany added. “Those kind of games are ones where you can make a difference on your own, but we needed a team performance, and I just tried to slot into the team, to show I could help, and it helps with the team we have.” For the opening 45 minutes City were a cut above Albion, producing a performance that made a mockery of their away form going into the game after taking just four points from six matches on their travels. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has expressed his relief at finally being free to play again after spending the last two months feeling like a caged bull. Kompany has endured an injury-hit season so far, initially spending a month on the sidelines early on with a groin injury prior to a thigh problem keeping him out recently for almost nine weeks. The 27-year-old returned to action in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns – a result close on paper but distorted by the fact Albion scored twice in the dying stages when City had eased off. Silky, but incisive football resulted in two breathtaking team goals. Sergio Aguero scored his 17th of the season in the ninth minute, with Yaya Toure adding a second 15 minutes later. With the job done, City took their foot off the gas in the second half, although Toure netted his side’s third from the spot in the 72nd minute. Only in the dying stages did the visitors let their advantage slip, initially via a bizarre Costel Pantilimon own goal before Victor Anichebe fired home in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Despite that, the win keeps City in touch with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal, who they face at the Etihad Stadium on December 14 after first visiting Southampton this Saturday. Kompany conceded the victory over Albion lifted a weight, saying: “Very much so. “It was a massive game for us. Any away win in this league is important. “The teams have strengthened up in the Premier League this season, which makes it a little bit harder. “Having said that, we have such a massive boost out of this game to go into the next one. “The performance was great, probably until the last 15 minutes, but other than that a very good way to start the month of December. “The games keep ticking away. It’s another away game out of the way. “Now we go to Southampton, and if we beat them then all of a sudden we’ve a lot of things in our hands again. “That’s the mission, but everybody knows that anyway.” last_img read more

USG names its incoming executive board

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government President-elect Monish Tyagi and Vice President-elect Logan Lachman announced their 2010-11 executive officers at Tuesday’s Senate meeting.Current sitting Performing Arts Director Nikki Anas will be chief of staff; sitting Public Relations Director Sabena Suri will be director of communication; sitting Philanthropy Director Elton Kwok will be treasurer; sitting Trojan Pride Director Danielle Espinoza will be Program Board’s executive director; and sitting Production Director and former vice presidential candidate Andy Greos will be Program Board’s finance director.Tyagi and Lachman interviewed applicants the week before spring break and finalized their list March 13. They received about 20 applications for the five positions.“It was very competitive; we had a lot of great applicants, and it was a really tough decision to make,” Lachman said.Tyagi said they considered a number of qualities when picking their cabinet.“For each of the positions we wanted to consider how prepared, experienced and ready they were for that position,” Tyagi said. “The second thing we considered was the personalities and how the team would work together. We really wanted to see how their leadership style would work together as a team.”Tyagi said his platform, which primarily focused on USG improving its programs and retaining its structure, was not the primary motivator in choosing the members of the executive board.“We knew what our goals were for each of the positions and we knew what we were expecting,” Tyagi said. “We asked them if there was something they’d like to change about the position or USG in general, but it didn’t necessarily play a factor in the process.”Current President Chris Cheng has been giving Tyagi and Lachman advice on choosing the officers as part of the general transition process. Lachman said he told them to aim for a “good office morale.”“You want people who are hard workers and people who are going to work well together because you spend a significant amount of time together,” Cheng said. “Individually, you want people to have their own merits, but it’s all about the team dynamic. That’s what we focused on this year and it worked out really well for us.”The executive board will start interviewing and selecting committee leaders for USG, though the executive board will not take office April 1.“Everyone is getting along very well and doing what they are supposed to be doing; we’re very happy with who we chose,” Lachman said.last_img read more

Syracuse falls to .500 with 2-0 loss to Auburn

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Kailey Brenner had the ball at her feet in the box with just under 13 minutes to play. She took one touch to her left, and that was all the Auburn defense would allow her before stepping in front, clearing the danger. After losing the ball, Brenner fell to the turf for a couple moments, not in pain but simply exhausted. Syracuse (2-2) made just three substitutions in a 2-0 loss to Auburn on Thursday night. The Tigers made 18. With nine injured players on the roster, Nicky Adams had no other options to alleviate the toll the southern humidity was taking on her players. Early on, both defenses stood tall. Sophomore Meghan Root had the Orange’s best chance of the first half 19 minutes in, but failed to get much power behind the shot as it floated harmlessly into Auburn keeper Kate Hart’s arms. As Auburn continued to cycle fresh legs, Syracuse began to tire and lose its shape and composure. Junior keeper Lysianne Proulx kept SU in the game with two acrobatic saves – one with her face, the other with a leaping punch. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the second half, the Tigers continued to pressure the Orange before finally breaking through with a goal in the 51st minute. Sixteen minutes later, third-team All-American Bri Folds snuck a shot between Proulx’s fist and the crossbar to give Auburn a commanding 2-0 lead. The Orange mustered just one shot on net in the second half and two for the entire match. Proulx made a career-high 10 saves in the loss, while junior Georgia Allen tallied one shot on goal in her return from U-21 English international play a week ago. Comments Published on September 5, 2019 at 10:12 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edulast_img read more