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Richards: Hart one of best in world

first_imgManchester City defender Micah Richards has no doubt Joe Hart remains England’s best goalkeeper, and one of the finest in the world. The 26-year-old was not at fault for either of the goals conceded – he had no chance of saving the first – and he made two particularly good saves as City laboured in the second half. Richards said: “In my opinion, he’s one of the best in the world. “Obviously as a player you always go through difficult times but the best always rise to the top and he is top three in the world and definitely the best in England, that’s for sure. “I think he’s mature enough, he’s bright enough to get over this sort of hurdle. “Everyone goes through a difficult spell in their career. He has gone through it and he’s one of the best so he will get over it and I thought he did very well.” Hart’s performance followed on from a good showing for England last week but it remains to be seen whether he retains his place for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash against Swansea. Costel Pantilimon has been given a chance by City boss Manuel Pellegrini in Hart’s place and the Romanian has so far done little wrong. Pellegrini was non-committal when asked after the game who would play at the weekend. Richards said: “Pantilimon has come in and done really well, so it’s a hard topic for me to really comment on. “All I can really say is both are quality players and I’m just glad Joe Hart is back to his best now and it’s up to the manager to decide who he picks.” Richards does feel that Hart, 26, having been long established as number one for City and England, is judged by tougher standards than his contemporaries. He said: “Every keeper makes mistakes but when you are England’s number one it is a lot harder than normal. “The people who he is up against, (John) Ruddy and (Fraser) Forster, are top keepers but when you are playing for Manchester City and are England’s number one, it is added, extra pressure. “He can’t make the mistakes they can make and get away with them.” Hart’s efforts helped repel a spirited effort from Plzen in City’s final home match of the Group D programme. City, having already qualified for the last 16, were below par but might still have expected to win more comfortably against the Czech minnows. Sergio Aguero, from the penalty spot, and Samir Nasri both put City ahead but the Czech claimed equalisers through Tomas Horava and Stanislav Tecl. It was not until the last 12 minutes that City finally made sure of victory with goals from substitute Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko. The goals scored, after Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham, took the tally to 22 in four home games but Pellegrini was critical of the defensive work. Richards, who came in at right-back as Pellegrini made seven changes, said: “In the first half we were pretty poor. After the Spurs game confidence was high and we probably thought we could come here and walk the game. That wasn’t to be. “It shows why they are champions. They can hurt you and they scored two goals, but in the end we had too much for them. “As a defender you are always disappointed when you concede a goal, and the manner we conceded them was disappointing. “The first one was a good strike but it is very disappointing conceding them the way we did.” The win kept City’s hopes of finishing top of their group alive, although they will need to win by at least 3-0 and their last game at Bayern Munich in a fortnight. Key midfielder Yaya Toure will also be suspended for the trip after being booked late in the game. Richards said: “Let’s not get too excited! “Munich are a fantastic team, but we will go there and we have got goals in us. We’ll be looking forward to that game.” Hart lost his place in the City side earlier this month after a series of error-hit displays over the previous year. After five games on the bench, manager Manuel Pellegrini restored him for Tuesday’s 4-2 Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad Stadium and he did not disappoint. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse let down by its penalty kill in 4-0 loss to Mercyhurst

first_imgUPDATED: Jan. 27, 2018 at 7:35 p.m.After an interference call on Syracuse’s Kelli Rowswell, Mercyhurst began their first of six power plays. What was a five-on-four opportunity, turned into an inadvertent five-on-three as Syracuse’s Megan Quinn lost her stick in a fight for the puck.The Lakers were quick to take advantage as Rachel Marmen made a pass across the ice to Molly Blasen in front of SU’s bench. Blasen in turn fired the puck to Vilma Tanskanen in front of the net, who deposited the puck right past the outstretched reach of Syracuse goalie Abbey Miller for Mercyhurst’s first goal of the game.The Orange’s failure to kill the Lakers’ power-play opportunities was a reoccurring theme throughout the rest of the matchup. Syracuse (9-15-2, 8-5-1 College Hockey America) faced off against Mercyhurst (13-13-2, 10-3-1) in the second game of a weekend series, losing 4-0. In a fight for a possible first-place spot in the conference, SU struggled mightily on the penalty kill. Less than 24 hours after killing all six of the Lakers’ power play chances, Syracuse gave up four goals, three of which occurred on a Mercyhurst power play.Fifty-two seconds into the third period, Mercyhurst took advantage of another power play opportunity. Vilma Tanskanen netted her second goal of the game as the puck deflected off of SU goalie Abbey Miller’s right glove after she made a desperation save that left her lying flat on her stomach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiller said that the Lakers were able to the “pick the Orange apart” on its power play opportunities.“They were making plays behind the net,” Miller said. “They (Mercyhurst) were getting those passes through today. It is a tough spot for our (defense).”SU head coach Paul Flanagan was disappointed at the Orange’s lack of effort on the defensive end and on the penalty kill on Saturday. SU came into this game riding a three-game win streak, which made Saturday’s struggles “hard to explain,” Flanagan said. He recognized a key difference between SU’s penalty kill success in Friday’s game against Mercyhurst and today’s.“I think we were giving them very good looks. Yesterday we were getting to our assignments quicker and not giving them as many good looks,” Flanagan said. “Abbey on those power plays was overworked and overextended.”Quinn said that getting back on defense after playing the wall during Mercyhurst’s power play opportunities was where the Orange was at fault against the Lakers. She also acknowledged that the Lakers’ quick, quality puck movement led to its success on the power play. With little time left in the season, Quinn knows the Orange must improve on what she says is “basic execution and knowing your job” on the penalty kill.“We’ve got to make sure we are executing on the penalty kill, blocking shots and getting the pucks out,” Stephanie Grossi said.With a win tonight and a Robert Morris loss, Syracuse would have moved into a tie for first place in the CHA. Thanks to a shoddy penalty kill Saturday, SU remains in third place with only six conference games remaining.“Mercyhurst showed us the difference between first place and third,” Flanagan said.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Vilma Tanskanen was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 27, 2018 at 7:04 pm Contact Anthony: amkhelil@syr.edulast_img read more