When you are the manager of a team that is not able to defeat the club which is located in the last spot of the league, this is not a good sign and this is exactly what happened with Everton and Roberto Martinez after his players had to settle with a 2-2 draw against Leicester City.
Everton is not only competing in the Premier League but also in the UEFA Europa League and Everton’s Steven Naismith has stated that competing in different competitions can take a toll in any squad but they can’t use it as an excuse.
Steven Naismith joined Everton back in July of 2012 and ever since then, the Scottish midfielder has turned into one of the most consistent players of the squad and it comes to no surprise as to why he has made over 30 league appearances for the Premier League club since arriving to Goodison Park.
Even with the challenges that await Everton in the UEFA Europa League, Naismith only considers it to be another match and it can’t be an excuse for the team to drop points or start getting out of focus. Read the rest of this entry »02.20.15
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Coventry City does not want the striker Gary Madine to return to Sheffield Wednesday just yet.
They are actually looking to sign the 24-year old permanently, but, for the time being, what’s on their agenda is to get his loan spell extended somehow.
The match that Coventry has to play versus Walsall would mark the end of the Madine’s current loan spell.
But, as per the reports, the talks have been taking place behind the scenes and the announcement of the extension of the loan period would be made soon.
Sheffield Wednesday would obviously not extend Madine’s stay at Ricoh Arena till the summer because the player’s contract is going to expire in June and during the next pre-season transfer window, the Owls would get no fee for him.
So, there is no chance of a long extension. The extension would only be for a few weeks and in that duration; Coventry will have to get the permanent signing done.
It’s not that Madine has been scoring countless goals at Coventry. But, the coaching staff there is said to have liked what they have seen in the attacker and they reckon he is somebody who can be a very useful servant of the club in the coming tomorrow.
Madine himself also confirmed to the media yesterday that the attempts were being made by Coventry to keep his services secured.
In the words of Madine, “I think they want me to continue being here and they are making several attempts to make sure it happens. I have been told so by the manager.”
“I cannot tell you if it is going to be the loan extension or the permanent signing. Let’ see. It is for the two clubs to try and negotiate.”12.26.14
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Steven Pressley was absolutely livid after Coventry City lost the all important FA Cup first round fixture yesterday at home.
The defeat was totally embarrassing as it came against a minnow like Worcester City which is a non-league team.
It’s after 25 years that Coventry’s campaign in the FA Cup has been ended by a side which doesn’t have the league status.
The last time it had happened to them was back in 1989 when Sutton United had beaten them.
Since the time Pressley has received the contract extension at Ricoh Arena, the Blues have played 10 games and have lost 7 out of them. A couple have been draws, while, they have won just a solitary one i.e. against Peterborough United.
Pressley was far from being pleased when he sat down last evening to have a chat with the reporters and he did not hesitate to express his feelings.
The 41-year old was quoted as saying, “I don’t like to have a go at my players unnecessarily, but, today, I will have to say that they did not play well at all. The coaches have been providing them minute details about everything to make sure they prepare properly, but, it’s up to them to go out there on the pitch and deliver. Sadly, they are not doing that at present.”
“I am disappointed to see that a few guys are indifferent towards the club. They don’t appear passionate enough to me and that’s not the way the relationships work. If the club is taking care of every need of yours, you must also payback with performances.”
The next outing that Coventry is going to have is against Plymouth Argyle in Football League Trophy. That will be another home game for them.11.27.14
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Coventry City slipped further down the table after a 2-1 defeat against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. The defeat raised further questions about manager Steven Pressley’s ability to lead the team. They have taken just 13 points from the opening 12 matches of the season. The poor form has seen them take just one win in the last five and this too came in the football league trophy match against Exeter City. The financial troubles faced by the club are well known, but even then, they were expected to at least challenge for a play-off place.
The club seems far away from doing it right now, as they are already five points behind the final play-off place which is occupied by Chesterfield with 18 points. More than 1000 supporters made their way to the Crewe Alexandra stadium to support their team. Crewe Alexandra had a comfortable evening after going 2-0 up with just over 30 minutes on the clock. Even though Coventry pulled one back in the second half after an own goal from Grant, the sending-off of Flint with a second yellow card late in the second half ensured three points for the home team.
Coventry will be hoping to get some respite from this poor run of form when they host Bristol city at home this weekend. “There are no excuses, games like this are must win. It is my responsibility to ensure we start winning these games. The first half was poor, I was disappointed with certain aspects, but not our work ethic. We didn’t win enough 50-50’s, we have to do better at that aspect of our game. In the second half we were much better and we imposed ourselves on the game,” said Pressley.10.2.14
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