Why Edu axed eight coaches including Steve Morrow in Arsenal backroom shake-up

first_imgMorrow and Mertesacker had a difference of opinion over academy recruits (Picture: Getty)Mertesacker was appointed as head of the academy after retiring from playing, though he endured an uneasy relationship with Morrow with the two disagreeing over numerous issues.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite a number of young players emerging in the first team under Unai Emery, notably the likes of Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka, there was a feeling that the academy was not performing at the level required.Results at certain age groups had dipped and there was a feeling that a change of direction was needed.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinicMorrow – who had hoped to get the technical director job before Edu landed it – had quite an old school approach rooted in his own experience coming through the academy.His departure means Mertesacker will be given freer rein to oversee how the academy is run and the calibre and type of young players that are invited to the club. Why Edu axed eight coaches including Steve Morrow in Arsenal backroom shake-up Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Nov 2019 9:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Mertesacker will be given even greater responsibility in his role as head of the academy (Getty)Although the backroom changes have yet to be officially confirmed, Dave Lee, Kevin Beadell and Dan Rice are also reported to have been axed.The decision shows a ruthlessness from Arsenal’s hierarchy that might have manager Emery a little bit nervous, with the Spanish coach under increasing pressure after a string of bad performances and results recently.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment The Gunners technical director felt Arsenal’s coaching setup was too bloated (Picture: Getty)Arsenal technical director Edu was surprised at how bloated the club’s coaching staff was when he returned to the club this summer and has long held plans to overhaul the setup.As many as eight staff members are set to leave the club, with head of youth scouting Steve Morrow the most notable member of the backroom team let go in a major shake-up to the academy.According to The Athletic, streamlining the setup has been on Edu’s agenda since he took over his role, while the disharmony between Morrow and Per Mertesacker was becoming increasingly problematic.last_img read more

Workers clearing out as Tropical Storm Beta forms in Gulf of Mexico

first_imgThis issomething of a roller-coaster ride for Shell. It was forced to evacuate workersfrom one platform as it was returning to normal production at its Appomatox facilityfollowing Hurricane Sally – all on the same day. Oil major Shellwas forced to evacuate non-essential personnel from its Perdido platform in thewestern Gulf of Mexico and shut-in its production back on 17 September as atropical depression formed. The NationalHurricane Centre (NHC) added that the maximum wind forecast for Beta was 120kph, just above tropical storm intensity. Drier air aloft will limit Beta’sstrength and may prevent it from becoming a hurricane, the NHC stated. Offshore workers have started clearing out from Gulf of Mexico platforms as Beta, the 23rd named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed in the Bay of Campeche. Shell saidit was removing non-essential employees from its Perdido platform in thewestern Gulf of Mexico and securing nearby drilling rigs. Occidental PetroleumCorp, which operates in the same area, said it also began implementing stormprocedures. BP, Hess, and Murphy Oil told Reuters they were monitoringconditions regarding tropical storm Beta. The Greek alphabet was used only once before and it was in 2005 when one of the storms was Hurricane Katrina. That year, hurricanes named from the Greek alphabet were Alpha and Beta. At the timeShell started evacuating Perdido, BSEE estimates still claimed that 30.69 per centof the current oil production and 24.73 per cent of the natural gas productionin the Gulf of Mexico was shut-in as an effect of Sally. Beta is the 23rd named storm which is a lot higher than the average of 11 storms per season. The final name on this season’s list was Wilfred, and as the names list was depleted, naming was done using the Greek alphabet. Apart fromevacuating Perdido, Shell stated it was securing nearby rigs, while OccidentalPetroleum stated it was also implementing storm procedures.center_img According toSunday’s report, 9.69 per cent of the current oil production and 7.72 per centof the natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico was shut-in following Sally. It is worth noting that a list of approved hurricane names is cycled through every six years and if one hurricane is particularly deadly or costly the name is often ‘retired’. Such was the case with Katrina which was replaced by the name Katia. There are 88 other names also taken off the list. If this storm turns into a hurricane it would be the third one to hit the Gulf of Mexico in under a month. For that to happen, it has to reach maximum winds greater than 120 kph on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The two previous hurricanes this month were Hurricane Sally and Hurricane Laura with 170 and 240 kph, respectively. Beta, the23rd named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed in the Bay ofCampeche and was forecast to gradually strengthen and soak the Texas coast allweek with up to up to 25 centimetres of rain, the National Hurricane Centersaid. According to the National Hurricane Centre’s statement on Monday, tropical storm Beta is scheduled to hit the Texas coast later today and soak the state’s coast for the next week. Header photo by Steve Miller – used under permission from photographer Location of Tropical Storm Beta; Source: National Hurricane Centrelast_img read more

Cadres Press Statement

first_imgLocalNews Cadres Press Statement by: – September 7, 2011 Share Tweet 14 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Peter Wickham. Photo credit: nationnews.comIt has come to my attention that a “wikileaks” Cable which is currently being circulated and quoted in different electronic media has identified me (Peter W. Wickham) as the source of information which formed the basis of several improper allegations that were made regarding two current and one former Caribbean Prime Minister.I consider this a most disturbing turn of events which presents me, along with these gentlemen in a negative light and appears to be based largely on information that I have no knowledge of and never conveyed to the Ambassador Kramer.Specifically, I can state categorically, that I have NEVER met privately with former US Ambassador Mary Kramer, who is alleged to be the author of this cable. I do recall her entertaining about ten journalists, along with myself in 2006 and at this meeting I made reference to an OAS Document that I co-authored entitled “From Grassroots to the Airwaves” which is in the public domain and makes general remarks about Caribbean political party financing concerns that I am well-known to have. I however did not, at that meeting or at any other time, discuss the intimate details of any specific campaign or concerns about any leader with Ambassador Kramer as is being suggested in the commentary on the cable, because I am not privy to such information.It would also be misleading to suggest that I was a campaign advisor to either PMs Skeritt, Gonsalves or Anthony and that I knew of “backroom deals” sources of financing or any quid pro quo which is also being suggested. These are aspects of the campaign that I neither have nor ever had any knowledge of and therefore could not possibly have spoken to. I have therefore sought legal advice on my options regarding these allegations which can impact negatively on my professional reputation.I have already contacted a representative at the US Embassy and discussed my concerns extensively with her and she has advised that they cannot discuss the contents of these documents since there is no certainty that the documents are authentic.Peter W. Wickhamlast_img read more

Ncore Launches New Music Video

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews Ncore Launches New Music Video by: – February 13, 2012 47 Views   one comment Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Ncore band members. Photo credit:365 MMPPortsmouth- based band Ncore, formerly MFR, have released a new music video that has caused a stir among young Dominican YouTube and Facebook users.The video set to the band’s latest song, Deja Buile, was released yesterday and has already garnered some 1300+ views. Band manager Kent Fabien is delighted at the video’s reach thus far and hopes that it will continue to expand.Fabien said “As we all know, in music today, video is done for international marketing for bands,and Ncore is no exception. We created this music video for video djs, our Facebook fans and YouTube users, as well as those of the public that don’t go to live performances but would like to see the band perform. This video should help NCore carve out a place for itself not only in the local market but internationally as well. We are looking to raise the acceptable standard of music and music video production, not only in the Bouyon genre, but in Dominica.”The video was produced by local media house, 365||Media, Marketing and Production (365||MMP), shot entirely in Dominica and Fabien added, “We have found 365||MMP to be one of the best media houses in Dominica and in terms of the quality of the production in this video, it should be a flagship for them, just as itwill be a flagship for Ncore.”“But on a separate note, although the song is about young people drinking and having fun, Ncore would like to remind its fans that the aim is to encourage persons to have fun in a responsible way, in the company of friends and always use a designated driver. We would always like to keep the message positive,” Fabien concluded.The video is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMBcN-XrZdQor can be found by searching YouTube keyword: the365mmp.Press ReleaseElias Dupuis, 365||MMPlast_img read more

Marian Helena Stirn-House, age 86

first_imgMarian Helena Stirn-House, age 86 of Indianapolis, IN formerly of Batesville, IN passed away June 16, 2016 in Indianapolis. Born July 11, 1929 in Franklin Co, IN she was the daughter of Albert & Cora (Becker) Belter.Marian was a 1947 graduate of Batesville High School. She loved growing up on a farm and was always eager to tell a childhood story.  She was so very proud of her family.  She had a passion for her flowers and gardening which she wanted to share with everyone.  Her family, friends and neighbors were a joy to her and she was always concerned about their well-being.  She would start a conversation with anyone who crossed her path.Marian is survived by her son Steve Stirn (Brenda), her daughter Barbara Lehmkuhl (Rick), her granddaughters Sara Schulz (Dustin) & Amanda Stirn. She will also be missed by her sister Lois Magee, and her brother Robert Belter.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Maynard House.  Marian will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.Private graveside services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery.Meyers Funeral Home assisted the family. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Ideye opens Goztepe goal account in pre-season win

first_img Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True15 Celebs Who Fell From Grace With Their CareersWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Thailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Ideye and teammates during warm up for the match Read Also: Barcelona could let Messi leave amid €700m release clause The 31-year-old Ideye completed a two-year switch to Goztepe last week from Greek side Aris Saloniki on a free transfer and will looking forward to fire his new side to success when hostilities commence in the Turkish topflight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Eagles forward Brown Ideye netted on his debut game for Turkish Super Lig side Goztepe in a pre-season 2-1 win over Menemenspor on Saturday, The 2013 AFCON winner Ideye broke the deadlock after 17 minutes in his first start for Goztepe in the friendly game played at the Zafer Stadı. Four minutes before the break, Akbunar added a second for coach Ersan Parlatan-tutored side, but Firat reduced the deficit for Menemenspor on the stroke of halftime.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Photos needed for post-season certificates, cash

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Sending a photo of their car to IMCA is guaranteed to get eligible drivers a $50 gift certificate.Doing so will may also be worth $500 in cash.Drivers in all IMCA divi­sions displaying 10 or more Karl Performance heat win decals on their car are eligible to receive a $50 gift certificate from the high performance parts supplier.In addition, Dirt Defender and Stephenville Starter each give $250 to a driver selected at random from the IMCA Modi­fied, Stock Car, Southern SportMod and Northern SportMod ranks who wins 10 or more weekly heat races and sub­mits a photo of their car display­ing use of two Dirt Defender mud covers.That driver also receives a free Stephenville Starter-manufac­tured starter.All awards will be presented during the IMCA national ban­quet in November.Car photos should be sent to Marketing Director Kevin Yoder at the IMCA home office by Monday, Nov. 13.His email address is kyoder@imca.com.last_img read more

Grabouski completes Spring Nationals sweep with Saturday checkers

first_imgBEATRICE, Neb. (March 14) – Jordan Grabouski brought the broom back to Beatrice Speed­way’s Spring Nationals Saturday night.Grabouski completed his sweep of the weekend’s $2,000 to win IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main events by gaining the lead following a lap 17 restart and pulling away to the checkers. He’s now a seven-time Spring Nationals winner. His latest victory was also his IMCA career 115th.“This was definitely right up there as far as the top weekends I’ve had racing. There were a lot of good cars here,” Grabouski said. “It’s always great to win at your hometown track, especially with that many people in the grandstand. It was crazy how many people who were there.”Grabouski had won his heat race after starting last and drew the pole for the 30-lap headliner. Jesse Sobbing was the leader early on before Clayton Christensen charged to the front. A restart after midway helped open the door for Grabouski, who caught Christensen for the point before the yellow waved again. He led to the finish with Christensen, Sobbing, Eric Mahlik and Jimmy Gustin completing the top five. Grabouski took home single Spring Nationals trophies in 2008, 2012 and last March. He was also a double winner in 2011.The second night of the 22nd annual special brought 273 cars from nine states and Canada to Beatrice. Tyler Frye outran Jake Krone and Steve Swarthout to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod check­ers for his career fifth Spring Nationals victory. The win was also his division-leading 124th. Elijah Zevenbergen and Cody Thompson both stood atop the Spring Nationals podium for the second time. Zevenbergen was the IMCA Sunoco Stock CAR winner, ahead of Jason Rogers and Lance Borgman. Thompson scored the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory with Todd Tacheny in second and Mitchell Wachter third. Jesse VanLaningham topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event. Russ Specht and Bill Bonnett rounded out the top three.Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice; 2. Clayton Christensen, Spencer, Iowa; 3. Jesse Sob­bing, Glenwood, Iowa; 4. Eric Mahlik, Green Bay, Wis.; 5. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa; 6. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 7. Mike Densberger, Lincoln; 8. Jared Hoefelman, Columbus; 9. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; 10. Jacob Anson, Albion; 11. Josh Gilman, Earlham, Iowa; 12. Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; 13. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 14. Cole Ferguson, Dexter, Iowa; 15. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn.; 16. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa; 17. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 18. Corey Burch, Junction City, Kan.; 19. Aaron Krohn, Slayton, Minn.; 20. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 21. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 22. Jordy Nelson, Marysville, Kan.; 23. Justin Medler, Minot, N.D.; 24. Lyle Shepard, Manhattan, Kan. Heat winners were Christensen, Gustin, Hoefelman, Grabouski, Ferguson, Mahlik, Roberts and Sobbing. Murray, Anson, Densberger and Nelson won the “B” features. Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 2. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 3. Lance Borgman, Beatrice; 4. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 5. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa; 6. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa; 7. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan.; 8. Casey Werkmeister, North Platte; 9. Randy Killen, Des Moines, Iowa; 10. Chris Adams, McIntire, Iowa; 11. Ned Kalis, Wells, Minn.; 12. Dustin Schmidt, Fairbury; 13. Chris Palsrok, Sibley, Iowa; 14. Brendon LaBatte, Weyburn, Sask.; 15. Jim Larson, Rushmore, Minn.; 16. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa; 17. Zach Zentner, Cedar Rapids; 18. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice; 19. Jake Masters, Graettinger, Iowa; 20. Cody Clark, Yorktown, Iowa; 21. Randy Brands, Boyden, Iowa; 22. Jason Purvis, Boone, Iowa; 23. Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn.; 24. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls, Wis. Heat winners were Vanover, Wood, Zevenbergen, Altenburg, Rogers and Clark. Masters, Woken and LaBatte won the “B” features.Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 2. Jake Krone, Beloit, Kan.; 3. Steve Swarthout, Beatrice; 4. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn, Iowa; 5. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 6. Clint Luellen, Minburn, Iowa; 7. Todd Boulware, Jefferson, S.D.; 8. Gary Saathoff, Beatrice; 9. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa; 10. Mark Leiting, Lincoln; 11. Trent Roth, Columbus; 12. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines; 13. Karl Brewer, Vermillion, S.D.; 14. Darin Roepke, LeMars, Iowa; 15. Keagan Scott, Odebolt, Iowa; 16. Cameron Meyer, Pierce; 17. Blain Petersen, Essex, Iowa; 18. Ben Schultze, Algona, Iowa; 19. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk; 20. Jason Andrews, Estherville, Iowa; 21. Rick Rohr, Pickrell; 22. Lance Borgman, Beatrice; 23. Logan Scott, Odebolt, Iowa; 24. Benji Legg, Be­atrice.Heat winners were Petersen, Frye, Swarthout, Krone, Cooney, Luellen, Heishman and Prauner. Keagan Scott, Boulware, Borgman and Logan Scott won the “B” features.Hobby Stocks – 1. Jesse VanLaningham, Beatrice; 2. Russ Specht, Hastings; 3. Bill Bonnett, Knoxville, Iowa; 4. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice; 5. Brendon Stigge, Fairbury; 6. Jeremy Purdy, Bed­ford, Iowa; 7. Tyler Davis, Fairbury; 8. Derek Husted, Sioux City, Iowa; 9. Matt Hanson, Slay­ton, Iowa; 10. Ryan Roschewski, Beatrice; 11. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice; 12. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 13. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa; 14. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa; 15. Shawn Slezak, Milli­gan; 16. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan.; 17. Shay Simoneau, Damer, Kan.; 18. Cody Dignan, Burling­ton, N.D.; 19. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; 20. Tyler Saathoff, Hickman; 21. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa; 22. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa; 23. Brian Stich, Topeka, Kan.; 24. Neil Forsberg, Slayton, Minn.Heat winners were Stigge, Luellen, VanLaningham and Roy Armstrong. Simoneau and Slezak won the “B” features. Sport Compacts – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa; 2. Todd Tacheny, Mankato, Minn.; 3. Mitchell Wachter, Weeping Water; 4. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce; 5. R.J. Maas, Wilber; 6. Scott Spell­meier, Beatrice; 7. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa; 8. Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa; 9. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa; 10. John Gill, Marshalltown, Iowa; 11. Danny Sassman Jr., Fort Dodge, Iowa; 12. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa; 13. Ed Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa; 14. Mick Rykhus, Manhattan, Kan.; 15. Cole Krichau, Lincoln; 16. Kyle Owen, Nebraska City; 17. Michael Rice, Elmwood; 18. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa; 19. Tom Powell, Hickman; 20. Elmer Rolfes, Mer­rill, Iowa; 21. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 22. Neal Reynolds, Onawa, Iowa; 23. Dillon Rich­ards, Beatrice; 24. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus.Heat winners were Cody Thompson, Rykhus, Tyler Thompson and Tacheny. Gill and Johnson won the “B” features.last_img read more

Vickers makes Swans switch

first_imgSwansea have completed the signing of former Arsenal goalkeeper Josh Vickers, subject to international clearance. “Tony called and asked if I would come in on trial,” Vickers told the official club website. “I know how much knowledge he has of the game, I have worked with him the last four years and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. “My aim here is to push on. I hope to be training with the first team most days and to feature for the Under-21s doing the best I can, and I think there is a chance for me to grow and develop here.” Vickers becomes the second goalkeeper to sign for Swansea in as many days as Gerhard Tremmel returned to the Liberty on a two-year deal after his contract ended earlier in the summer. Vickers had been on trial with the Welsh club since the start of July and Swansea have now confirmed he has signed a two-year deal at the Liberty Stadium. The 19-year-old, who played in Swansea’s pre-season friendly against 1860 Munich in Germany last month, spent 12 years at Arsenal and links up again with his former goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts and first-choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pressure mounts on absent Jose Mourinho as Chelsea slump to Stoke defeat

first_img Ultimately, though, they could not make the most of their chances as the fresh optimism brought about by Wednesday’s Champions League win against Dynamo Kiev abruptly fizzled out with another loss to add to the Capital One Cup exit they suffered at the Britannia Stadium last week. Chelsea are now 16th in the Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone. And despite his name being frequently chanted by Blues fans at the game, the questions about the prospect of Mourinho being sacked will only intensify after this latest poor result. Speculation abounded as to the Portuguese’s possible whereabouts on Saturday, with plenty of references made to the unconfirmed reports of him hiding in a laundry basket during a previous stadium ban – but there was no sign of him at the ground. Wherever he was it seemed difficult to believe, despite some of his pre-match suggestions, that he was doing anything other than watching the televised match. And, assuming he was observing from afar, what he saw was a contest that was lively – and feisty – from the off. Xherdan Shaqiri sent an acrobatic effort off-target in the opening seconds before Eden Hazard blazed into the stand at the other end. Diego Costa engaged in the first of a series of scuffles with Ryan Shawcross, and Erik Pieters was then left bloodied by a more serious, albeit accidental, collision as Pedro’s boot connected with the Stoke defender’s face. Chelsea suffered a third straight Barclays Premier League defeat as they were beaten 1-0 at Stoke to heap the pressure back on their absent manager Jose Mourinho. The visitors broke away soon after with a move that finished disappointingly as Ramires poked wide, and Chelsea’s ex-Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic got down to push away a shot by the Potters’ former Blues man Glen Johnson. Chelsea started to dominate possession but could not convert it into a breakthrough, with Jack Butland doing well to palm a looping Ramires shot over and then pulling off a fine save with his foot to keep out a Costa strike, either side of the striker just failing to meet an Hazard delivery across the face of goal. Jonathan Walters – on the day he signed a new contract with Stoke through to 2018 – did head onto the roof of the Chelsea net, but the hosts may have felt a little relieved to be heading in level at half-time. They emerged after the break looking full of purpose and within eight minutes had snatched the lead. Shaqiri fed Johnson, his ball was helped on by Walters and it fell to Arnautovic, who volleyed in. That only served to increase the fiery atmosphere and Shawcross was swiftly booked for fouling Costa, before Arnautovic and Willian got caught up in a skirmish. As Stoke looked to keep a grip on things they breathed a sigh of relief as Pedro’s curler struck the woodwork and Hazard fired across goal and wide. It then seemed to sum things up for Chelsea when their substitute Loic Remy hurdled the out-rushing Butland and stumbled as he tried to shoot, missing the target with no penalty being given. TWEET OF THE MATCH Stoke goal should’ve been disallowed because Arnautovic hasn’t won as many trophies as John Terry. – talkSPORTDrive (@talkSPORTDrive) jokingly refer to John Terry’s comments on Robbie Savage earlier this week as Marko Arnautovic scored the winner for Stoke. PLAYER RATINGS STOKE Jack Butland: 7 (out of 10) Glen Johnson: 8 Ryan Shawcross: 7 Philipp Wollscheid: 7 Erik Pieters: 7 Glenn Whelan: 7 Charlie Adam: 7 Xherdan Shaqiri: 8 Bojan Krkic: 8 Marko Arnautovic: 8 Jonathan Walters: 7 Substitutes: Geoff Cameron: 6 Ibrahim Affelay: 5 Mame Biram Diouf: 5 CHELSEA Asmir Begovic: 6 Cesar Azpilicueta: 6 Kurt Zouma: 6 John Terry: 7 Baba Rahman: 3 Ramires: 7 Nemanja Matic: 6 Willian: 7 Pedro: 7 Eden Hazard: 8 Diego Costa: 6 Substitutes: Oscar: 7 Cesc Fabregas: 6 Loic Remy: 6 STAR MAN Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss winger looked in fine form for the Potters and certainly gave Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman a torrid evening. Shaqiri beat his man time after time to put Stoke on the offensive and the Ghanaian may have been relieved to be substituted in the second half. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Marko Arnautovic’s goal was a moment of high quality in a game already of a good technical standard. Shaqiri was involved, releasing Glen Johnson with a well-weighted pass and his ball into the box troubled Chelsea. Jonathan Walters was unable to take advantage but Arnautovic showed great agility to volley in acrobatically. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Chelsea produced a fluid enough display, which may lead cynics to suggest they play better without Jose Mourinho in charge. But Mourinho, of course, is still the boss and the result will increase the pressure on him considerably. From wherever he was watching on TV, he will have been ruing his side’s luck, as his assistants at the ground will have been. They played well but fortune did not favour them. Yet nothing should be taken away from Stoke. They were well organised and motivated by Mark Hughes and they matched Chelsea in most departments. They took their chance and victory was not undeserved. MOAN OF THE MATCH Chelsea have moaned about a number of perceived injustices this season, some of them quite wrongly. But they would have good reason to complain about not being given a penalty at a critical time in the second half when Loic Remy appeared to be fouled by Jack Butland. Remy, to his credit, attempted to stay on his feet. Had he gone down, the referee’s verdict may have been different. It is a shame if players are not rewarded for their honesty. WHO’S UP NEXT? Chelsea v Norwich City, November 21 (Premier League) Southampton v Stoke City, November 21 (Premier League) With the win Stoke move up to 12th in the Premier League table as the Potters beat Chelsea for second time in the space of two weeks and Stoke boss Mark Hughes was quick to commend his side for replicating the performance during the game, nullifying the threat of Chelsea’s attacking play. “We knew we had to reach the levels we did in the cup game, and maybe we surpassed them today as Chelsea kept coming. They have outstanding players, technically as good as anyone in the league. But the goal we scored was excellent,” he told Sky Sports. “It was very, very similar to the game in the cup 11 days ago where they came out of the blocks quickly. Players like Willian and Hazard will ask questions of you and take the game to you. So at time you have to ride your luck but overall we deserved the luck.” Chelsea have now suffered three third consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since 1999 and although Chelsea dominated the first-half, Hughes stated the team-talk at the interval played a huge part in the victory. He said: “The key was that we just needed to be compact, in the first period we were a bit open in the middle of the park so we just needed to tighten that up. But as always we tell the boys to back yourselves, be positive against quality opposition.” Marko Arnautovic scored his first goal at the Britannia since March 2014 and Hughes felt the Austrian forward was important in attack and in defence. “I thought he was excellent today, both offensively and defensively, which I thought most of the players had to be today. Chelsea are a good side, they’re having their troubles at the minute but we asked questions of them that a lot of teams wouldn’t be able to today,” he said. Press Association With Mourinho missing from the dugout due to his one-match stadium ban, his side were condemned to the seventh league reverse of their miserable season by Marko Arnautovic’s 53rd-minute strike. They came close to levelling when Pedro hit the post and for long spells saw more of the ball than their opponents. last_img read more