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Moyes: My players are hurting

first_imgManchester United manager David Moyes insists his players are hurting over the club’s present slump. United head into Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk in the throes of a crisis, following back-to-back home defeats in the Barclays Premier League. It leaves them ninth in the table, struggling to even qualify for next season’s tournament, let alone retain the championship. “There is a bit of everything we could do with doing better. “Generally we’d like to play better. We would like to pass it better, to create more chances, I’d like to defend better when those moments arise. “I don’t think it is any one thing, it is all round we are trying to improve.” As Moyes pointed out, it is only a month since United defeated Arsenal, and a fortnight after the five-goal hammering of Bayer Leverkusen that will go down as one of the club’s great European away performances. What has alarmed supporters almost as much as those defeats by Everton and Newcastle is the manner of the losses. At the weekend in particular, once Yohan Cabaye scored, the lack of a response was strange for a club so used to grinding out late victories. “I agree,” said Moyes, when asked whether his team needed to show more belief and conviction. “In recent games we haven’t quite finished the games the way we would have liked to. “We have tried to make changes to improve things but it hasn’t quite happened.” Press Association More immediately, Moyes was not even born when the Red Devils last lost three successive games at Old Trafford, in the autumn of 1962, and if it happens again United will lose top spot in Group A and be pitched into a nasty knockout-round clash with one of Europe’s heavyweights. There have been allegations of a lack of fight – something Moyes does not entirely refute – but the Scot is adamant his players care. “The players are hurting because they are used to winning,” said Moyes. “When they don’t win that hurts them. They care very much about the team and the club. “They are good lads and they will respond in the right way.” Yet, as he has done throughout his short reign, Moyes is confronting his problems head-on. And he is certainly not hiding behind excuses. “I take complete responsibility for the results,” he said. “It is tough because the expectancy is to win all the games and the results have not been good in the Premier League. last_img read more

Dungey doing Dungey things and more takeaways from Syracuse’s 27-23 loss to No. 3 Clemson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Late in the second quarter, Clemson’s freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence rolled out to his left and took off down the sideline. As Syracuse defensive end Josh Black tripped Lawrence from behind, Syracuse’s Evan Foster pummeled Lawrence and the freshman wouldn’t come back for the rest of the game.After senior quarterback Kelly Bryant announced his transfer earlier this week, Clemson was forced to use redshirt freshman quarterback Chase Brice. But led by a heavy run game — the Tigers rushed for 293 yards— Clemson (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) stormed back and defeated Syracuse (4-1, 1-1), 27-23, on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.Here are three fast reactions from Syracuse’s near upset.So closeSyracuse opened its first drive of the fourth quarter with a touchdown. It led by 10. Then, everything fell apart and Clemson running back Travis Etienne took over.On Clemson’s next drive, Etienne ripped off a 17-yard rush and broke loose down the right side for a 26-yard touchdown. As he broke through the right side, the sophomore running back shook off diving attempts from both Ryan Guthrie and Andre Cisco.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Clemson’s final drive, one which took more than five minutes and traveled 94 yards, Etienne sealed the game. From the Syracuse two-yard line, he ran untouched to the right side of the line and into the end zone, sealing SU’s fate.Dungey doing DungeyOn national television, against a defense which ranks in the top 20 in both yards and points allowed per game, Eric Dungey threw for 250 yards while rushing for two touchdowns.After spending the season’s first four weeks ranked 10th in ESPN’s Heisman Watch, Dungey pulled through against more high-end competition.On fourth and goal from the one-yard line, Dungey took the snap from the one-yard line. He rushed to the left and leapt but didn’t reach the endzone. His second effort would though. The senior quarterback waved toward the corner of the endzone as he and the SU fans celebrated a 23-13 SU lead.Role reversalOn Brice’s second pass of the game, Kendall Coleman stuck his helmet under the redshirt freshman quarterback’s chin. Steps earlier, Coleman fooled Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt. The junior defensive end jab-stepped left before bouncing outside and running straight through Brice.Early in the game in the second quarter, Chris Slayton broke through the middle of Clemson’s offensive line. Pushing his man aside with a hard punch to the shoulder, he broke into the backfield and sank Trevor Lawrence.Syracuse finished with four sacks and six tackles for loss. Commentslast_img read more