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“Fucked, angry and upset by the defeat”, confesses Griezmann after losing the Super Cup | The State

French striker Antoine Griezmann, author of the two goals of his team in the final of the Super Cup lost by Barcelona 2-3 this Sunday in Seville against Athletic Bilbao, admitted that he is “screwed, angry and upset” by the defeat.

Griezmann explained that “losing a final” generates “all kinds of bad feelings” and praised Athletic remembering that “Marcelino García Toral’s teams press very well”, but also blamed the defeat on “Errors in the strategy that will have to be worked on during the week”.

“I don’t know if we have defended these plays badly, pBut these are important details to win the games. I have not seen the expulsion of Messi at the end, I do not know what happened ”, concluded the French international.

The Blaugrana coach, Ronald Koeman, explained that his job consists of “giving the maximum, it is not good or bad to win or lose”, although he admitted that this defeat “has been very hard” but does not mean “a step backwards” in the team’s progression, as he hopes it will show “that he is on the right track.”

Koeman, what He refused to comment on the expulsion of Leo Messi because it is “better not to talk about the referees”He explained the decision to line up his captain despite the injury he was dragging, since he “knows whether or not he is fit to play. He said he was here to play and has done his best ”.

For his part, in the ranks of Athletic the forward Iñaki Williams, who scored the goal that gave his team the title in overtime, stated that this goal, “for what it means, is the best” of his career and considered that he has achieved it by “heart and faith.”

“We have pulled hard, passion, of what Athletic is. We are just victors. It is everyone’s fault, even the previous coaching staff. We can dream of achieving great things, ”Williams stressed.

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Man Utd duo singled out for ‘costly’ mistakes in Man City defeat

Manchester United duo Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were blamed for the defeat to Manchester City after ‘costly’ mistakes.

The Red Devils were beaten in their fourth semi-final in a row after a 2-0 defeat to their local rivals on Wednesday night.

It follows their exits in last season’s FA Cup to Chelsea, Europa League to Sevilla and City in the Carabao Cup again.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a strong side against Pep Guardiola.

But former France defender Frank Leboeuf has taken issue with United’s backline.

On the other hand, City pair Ruben Dias and John Stones were commended, while Maguire was picked out for failing to deal with the first goal.

Harry Maguire was blamed for City’s first goal

The England international saw the ball whizz past him from a free-kick but did not react as Stones got a knee on it to score.

“Football is made of mistakes and that’s what it is. You concede goals because you make mistakes,” Leboeuf told ESPN.

“The thing is with Manchester City this season they don’t make mistakes.

“Stones and Ruben Dias have been absolutely fantastic.

“It’s not the case for Manchester United where on the first goal, I want to know what Maguire has to say about that.

“He doesn’t react, the ball comes close to him and he doesn’t react.”

Wan-Bissaka was also blamed by Leboeuf

“The second goal, the first thing you know when you’re a defender is when you kick the ball away you never kick it in the middle of the park.”

Fernandinho scored a fine volley but was set up by a shoddy clearance from Wan-Bissaka from a corner and Leboeuf has taken aim at the full-back.

He added: “The second goal, the first thing you know when you’re a defender is when you kick the ball away you never kick it in the middle of the park.

“You kick it on the side. Wan-Bissaka did it straight to Fernandinho’s feet.

“Manchester City deserved to win. Manchester United suffered physically because they ran after the ball most of the time. That’s what it is. The best team won.

“It could have been otherwise if in the first half Manchester United scored it could have been a different story.”

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Paul Pogba explains where Man Utd went wrong in Man City defeat

Paul Pogba believes Manchester United need to improve on the ‘small details’ after the Red Devils were beaten 2-0 by rivals Manchester City in their Carabao Cup semi-final clash.

Goals from John Stones and Fernandinho earned City a spot in the final for the fourth year in a row, with United losing their fourth semi-final in the past year.

Speaking after the game, Pogba admitted United ‘lost’ at set-pieces but insisted they will learn from the defeat.

“It is disappointing because it is not the first one against City at home,” he told MUTV. “We are disappointed with the result, obviously, with the two goals from set-pieces.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has insisted the side will improve after their Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City

“It is very annoying to lose because there is a trophy behind all of this. We have to do better, we have to do better for sure.

“It is about details. Details make the difference all of the time and now when it is big games like this, it is details and at set-pieces we lost. We have to learn because it is not the first time.

“We have to learn, we have to get through this because, after this, there are big games coming up. Next time, we will do better, we will do better.”

United were beaten 2-0 by City at Old Trafford

United are back in action on Saturday when they get their FA Cup campaign under way with a third round tie against Championship side Watford.

“There is no time to be disappointed for a week because we know where we are,” Pogba added. “We are in a good position now. We don’t have time to be disappointed. We don’t have the time. We will get through this and we will go again.

“It is difficult and it is going to be difficult, and you learn from these games. It is going to hopefully help us to get through, to get better and to have a positive result in the next games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to reach a final as manager of Man Utd
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to reach a final as manager of Man Utd

“Football and playing for Man United is not easy, it will never be easy, but it makes the victory prettier and more beautiful when we get through a tough time, then we get through this.

“It is beautiful and you get the emotion. That is all we want. That is what the fan wants, that is what the team wants, everyone wants this.

“The club is built on winning and big things, so that is all we want to get – the big stuff.”

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Ivanka Trump seen in DC as Republicans face Georgia Senate defeat

Ivanka Trump stepped out of her Washington, D.C. home on Wednesday morning as Republicans face an expected defeat in both Georgia Senate runoff elections. 

The projected losses are likely a blow to the First Daughter, who visited the Peach State multiple times to stump for Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue ahead of the crucial runoffs, which will determine control of the upper chamber of Congress.

Ivanka, 39, was seen heading to work around 9:15 a.m. wearing a navy wool coat by Carolina Herrera and matching heels. The protective mask she had on covered the expression on her face as she walked out of her front gate. 

On the go: Ivanka Trump was seen leaving her Washington, D.C. home on Wednesday around 9:15 a.m. as Republicans face defeat in the Georgia Senate runoffs 

Outfit of the day: The First Daughter donned a navy wool coat by Carolina Herrera and matching heels

Outfit of the day: The First Daughter donned a navy wool coat by Carolina Herrera and matching heels

Outfit of the day: The First Daughter donned a navy wool coat by Carolina Herrera and matching heels

The White House Senior adviser previously donned the designer coat when she returned home to D.C. after enjoying a getaway at her father’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in March 2019. 

This time around, Ivanka threw it on over a navy turtleneck and matching midi skirt. She carried a black tote and looked straight ahead as she walked to the Secret Service vehicle parked outside of her home. 

Her long blonde hair was dried straight, and she was sporting smokey eye-makeup, a go-to look for her. 

While she likely stayed up late watching the election results come in on Tuesday evening, she appeared to be well-rested as she started her day. 

Rev. Raphael Warnock was the first Democratic win of the night after he beat Loeffler, making history as Georgia’s first black senator. 

Accessory: The White House senior adviser carried a black leather tote as she stepped out of front gate

Accessory: The White House senior adviser carried a black leather tote as she stepped out of front gate

Nothing to see: The protective mask she had on covered the expression on her face as she walked out of her front gate

Nothing to see: The protective mask she had on covered the expression on her face as she walked out of her front gate

Democrat Jon Ossoff has since declared himself the winner against Perdue, despite the contest not being officially called. 

‘It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States senate. Thank you for the confidence and trust you have placed in me,’ Ossoff said in a video posted to Twitter. 

The claim was quickly backed up in statements from Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

President Donald Trump tweeted bitterly throughout Wednesday night as dawn broke on the likelihood of a split Senate 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote.

‘Looks like they are setting up a big ‘voter dump’ against the Republican candidates. Waiting to see how many votes they need?’ He tweeted amid a slew of unsubstantiated voter fraud claims.

Go-to looks: Ivanka's long blonde hair was dried straight, and she was sporting smokey eye-makeup

Go-to looks: Ivanka’s long blonde hair was dried straight, and she was sporting smokey eye-makeup 

Full look: Ivanka paired her navy coat with a matching turtleneck and matching midi skirt

Full look: Ivanka paired her navy coat with a matching turtleneck and matching midi skirt

Memories: Ivanka previously donned the designer coat when she returned home to D.C. after enjoying a getaway at her father's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in March 2019

Memories: Ivanka previously donned the designer coat when she returned home to D.C. after enjoying a getaway at her father’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in March 2019

Georgia has become a political focal point since the November general election as the Republicans sought desperately to retain their crucial Senate majority in a traditionally red state after losing the White House.

But the state has elected its first Democrat senators in 20 years in a stinging rebuke of the GOP.

Ivanka visited Georgia a few days before Christmas to campaign Loeffler and Perdue, urging voters to defend the Republican majority.  

She returned to the state with her brother Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle on Monday to join President Trump at a rally in Dalton to endorse the candidates.   

Ivanka, who donned a Republican red turtleneck to the event, took to the stage to throw her support behind both her dad and the two Republican Senate candidates.

She was met with cheers and clapping as she called Trump ‘the people’s president’ and vowed he ‘will not stop fighting,’ before calling Loeffler and Perdue ‘two amazing senators.’

Wasn't enough: The projected Republican losses are likely a blow to Ivanka who visited Georgia multiple times to stump for Sen. Kelly Loeffler (left) and Sen. David Perdue (center)

Wasn’t enough: The projected Republican losses are likely a blow to Ivanka who visited Georgia multiple times to stump for Sen. Kelly Loeffler (left) and Sen. David Perdue (center)

All smiles: The First Daughter most recently joined her father, President Donald Trump, at a campaign rally for the Republican candidates in Georgia on Monday

All smiles: The First Daughter most recently joined her father, President Donald Trump, at a campaign rally for the Republican candidates in Georgia on Monday

The appearance  came after she posted a beaming photo of herself on board Air Force One with Trump in the background, writing: ‘Off to Georgia with Dad! Get out and VOTE Georgia!!!’  

But social media users were quick to spot that Ivanka had bizarrely tagged the singer Meat Loaf in the post. Ivanka also tagged Loeffler, Perdue, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, and the GOP.

Surprisingly, Ivanka did not tag Trump causing several Twitter users to mock her and question if she had somehow muddled up the singer, whose real name Michael Lee Aday, with her father.

‘Wait do you think your dad is Meat Loaf?’ asked one bemused social media user. 

Another person wrote: ‘I would just like to point out that she didn’t tag her dad in this picture. However, she did tag Meat Loaf. I feel like there is some symbolism in that.’ 

‘Meat Loaf is Ivanka’s name for daddy,’ mocked another.  

The Democrats’ projected wins come as Congress prepares to convene for a constitutionally-mandated Joint Session to certify the electoral college results in the presidential race.

Say cheese! While en route to Monday's rally, Ivanka tweeted a beaming photo of herself aboard Air Force One with Trump in the background as she urged people to 'get out and vote'

Say cheese! While en route to Monday’s rally, Ivanka tweeted a beaming photo of herself aboard Air Force One with Trump in the background as she urged people to ‘get out and vote’

Huh? But she confused social media users by tagging Meat Loaf in the post along with Loeffler, Perdue, Dan Scavino, and the GOP

Huh? But she confused social media users by tagging Meat Loaf in the post along with Loeffler, Perdue, Dan Scavino, and the GOP

President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is all but certain even as President Trump launched a last-minute attempt to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election results, asking him for ‘extreme courage’ in the day ahead.

Pence will preside over what is expected to be a long day as Trump allies on Capitol Hill prepare to object to the results. But their efforts are expected to be for naught. A majority of Republican senators vowed to support Biden’s win, leaving the president with few options.

Trump kept the pressure on, however.

‘States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!,’ he tweeted Wednesday morning. 

Pence does not have the power to overturn the election. His role in the day’s proceedings is largely ceremonial.

President Trump also is scheduled to address his supporters outside the White House on Wednesday morning — shortly before the joint session convenes — in a day that expected to feature protests throughout the city and fears of violence.

Confident: Democrat Jon Ossoff has declared victory in his Senate race against Perdue, despite the contest not being officially called

Confident: Democrat Jon Ossoff has declared victory in his Senate race against Perdue, despite the contest not being officially called

Victory: Rev. Raphael Warnock victory was first win of the night in Georgia's two special Senate contests after he defeated Loeffler and made history as the state's first black senator

Victory: Rev. Raphael Warnock victory was first win of the night in Georgia’s two special Senate contests after he defeated Loeffler and made history as the state’s first black senator 

Not giving up: Loeffler spoke to supporters in Atlanta and refused to concede. She attacked Warnock for 'moving the country toward socialism'

Not giving up: Loeffler spoke to supporters in Atlanta and refused to concede. She attacked Warnock for ‘moving the country toward socialism’ 

The National Guard has been called in to help patrol the streets and Washington D.C. police announced they will arrest anyone who brings in a firearm, as some Trump supporters have threatened to do.

It’s unclear what Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner will do or where they will go after their time in the White House. While they have a home in New York City, signs point to them ending up in Florida.   

A source told the New York Post that Ivanka has been ‘keeping extensive notes’ on the past four years she’s spent in President Trump’s White House, acting as her father’s adviser. 

These West Wing notes, the source told the newspaper, could be the basis of a third book, which she has apparently been approached about writing.   

Ivanka has already written two books: The Trump Card in 2009 and Women Who Work in 2017. 

The source suggested that Ivanka’s potential interest in writing a third book would be because ‘she wants to set the record straight on a long list of issues, including confronting her critics head-on.’  

Mad: Trump tweeted bitterly throughout Wednesday night as dawn broke on the likelihood of a split Senate 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote

Mad: Trump tweeted bitterly throughout Wednesday night as dawn broke on the likelihood of a split Senate 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote

Speculation has been swirling that Ivanka will run for the U.S. Senate in Florida in 2022 after it was revealed that she and her husband Jared reportedly purchased a $31 million plot of land on Miami’s ‘Billionaire Bunker.’  

She may also be writing a book about her time as First Daughter, according to a new report.   

Among the topics this book could address would be the notions that she was ‘out of her depth as the president’s adviser,’ as well as rumors that President Trump was sidelining her and the alleged tension between herself and Melania, the source said. 

Ivanka would also potentially write about ‘the very important things she got done with women’s issues, family leave, and more.’

The source also noted that if Ivanka were to write a third book, she would ‘address what she says is the targeting of her life and business by the liberal media, [Democratic] politicians and the New York attorney general.’ 

Two New York State fraud investigations have been launched into President Trump and the Trump Organization concerning tax write-offs on millions of dollars in consulting fees following a New York Times report in November.

Some of those alleged fees were said to have been given to Ivanka.

Ivanka tweeted the fraud investigations were ‘harassment pure and simple’ and that ‘This “inquiry” by NYC democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage.’ 

She also wrote: ‘This fishing expedition is very clearly part of a continued political vendetta.’ 

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Defeat of Canada: “It makes you sweat!”

Dylan Cozens brushed aside the assumption that Canada didn’t face proper opposition heading into the gold medal game at the World Junior Championships.

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“Our group has faced a lot of adversity. We spent 53 days together at the hotel, we had the COVID tests, the 14-day quarantine during the camp and the 19 days in total, replied the 19-year-old attacker, his eyes reddened by emotion.

“This is all adversity. Plus, we played well throughout the game, so it wasn’t the first time that we had some adversity. The chemistry developed very quickly within our group and we played each game with aggression. “

Co-captain with Cozens in the absence of Kirby Dach, who missed the entire tournament with a broken wrist, defenseman Bowen Byram agreed.

“Yes, we lost the ultimate game, but we’re still a whole hockey team that had a great tournament, but sometimes things don’t go in the direction we want,” said Colorado Avalanche prospect J ‘hope our fans have the same feeling. “

“Horrible”

Cozens and Byram had experienced the exhilaration of victory last year in the Czech Republic. This time, in front of deserted bleachers due to the pandemic combined with the unfortunate outcome, the mood was completely different.

“It’s a horrible feeling. We lost the gold medal game … It makes you sweat, “dropped Cozens, who still finished with eight goals and 16 points.

The Americans struck early and hard, which surprised the Canadian team. André Tourigny’s side never stopped believing in what they could do, however, even as they trailed 2-0 at the start of the third period.

“We didn’t get the start we wanted, they attacked us and scored both goals, but we definitely had our chances,” said Byram, who notably hit the post in the second half.

“In the third, we had to think we could tie the game,” said Cozens, who belongs to the Buffalo Sabers. We had our chances and their goalie made good saves. He closed the door and gave no feedback. “

Both players will report to their NHL club training camp in the next few hours.

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Islanders want more after haunting playoff defeat

The Islanders can still feel the sting three months later from their Game 6 overtime loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Lightning, in the conference final last season.

It’s biting — and lingering.

And ahead of the Islanders’ first on-ice session of training camp Monday, the disappointment from the collapse of their longest playoff run in 27 years was on full display.

“I have not gotten over the loss from the Lightning,” head coach Barry Trotz said Sunday. “I don’t think you get over those things very easily, if you do, there’s a problem. You park it. Trust me, you don’t lose it, you just have to park it and move on.

“On my deathbed, that’ll be one of the visions that will go through my head: We didn’t beat the Lightning. And it doesn’t go away.”

In his third season with the Isles, Trotz said the coaching staff has tried to raise the organization’s expectations from year-to-year. After reaching last year’s conference finals as the only club that competed in the initial play-in series, the Islanders have done just that.

According to Trotz, last season’s playoff run confirmed that the Islanders are a committed group with a legitimate chance to contend for the Stanley Cup.

“But we didn’t win the Cup, so we’re not happy,” he said.

What the Islanders’ playoff run last season did give them was experience. Not just experience in the postseason, but experience with coming into training camp amid the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols and after an unusual period of time off the ice.

The Islanders played their last game of the 2019-20 season on Sept. 17 and had a three-month layoff to recuperate and get back into shape for training camp, which will last just 10 days. They then open up the regular season with back-to-back matchups against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 14 and Jan. 16.

“I think before the bubble this summer, as a group, as players, I think we did a phenomenal job of preparing ourselves,” captain Anders Lee said on a Zoom call Monday. “We came into that camp in pretty good shape. Obviously, Barry puts his touch on it and forces us to be in better shape, but I think that kind of mentality definitely carried over to this one.

anders lee skates at islanders practice
Anders Lee
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“You knew right away it’s going to be a 10-day camp and we’re playing games in 13 days and there’s really no time to break your body in or the little things. You really had to come into this camp really ready to go.”

It hasn’t gone away since Sept. 17.

While the first on-ice session was dedicated primarily to getting their legs back underneath them while working on some defensive-zone drills and conditioning, the Islanders haven’t had to worry about getting back into the competitive mindset.

“When you have a run like that, I think it’s always disappointing to have it end in any way,” Lee said. “But the step we took was inspiring in a way too, and extremely motivational. I think it’s a combination of us working toward that final step and at the same time building off of the end of last year.”

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Jurgen Klopp’s transfer ‘push’ shows he admits defeat in Jamie Carragher row

“It’s hard to have four world-class centre-halves. If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake, I think Carragher mentioned already.

“There are a few reasons why they don’t do this job…”

Jurgen Klopp’s blunt response to Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was one that instantly generated headlines.

The Reds boss was responding to Carragher’s opinion that his old club made a crucial mistake in not signing a centre-back in the summer window.

Jurgen Klopp hit back at Jamie Carragher’s claims

“Dejan Lovren went and they didn’t replace him so they only have three centre-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured,” Carragher said, after Virgil van Dijk suffered his ACL injury in the Merseyside derby.

Just days after that very public spat, Joe Gomez suffered a similar fate to his defensive partner, as he was ruled out for a significant portion of the season.

In the months following Gomez’s injury, Klopp and his players have coped impressively. Fabinho, a midfielder by trade, has excelled at the heart of his defence, while the likes of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have stepped up when needed.

But unfortunately for the Liverpool boss, Carragher’s verdict on ‘always injured’ Matip has proved true, with the Cameroon international facing another lay-off with a muscular injury.

Joel Matip is set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering an adductor injury in the draw with West Brom

With the January window now open, Carragher doubled down on his assessment of Klopp’s squad, claiming it would be “inconceivable” to not bring in a new recruit this month.

“Jurgen Klopp will be cursing a missed opportunity if Liverpool do not retain their title,” he told the Telegraph.

“The injury to Virgil Van Dijk alone will cost Liverpool between nine and 12 points over the course of this season.

“Although Fabinho has proved a fantastic deputy at the back, Joel Matip’s ongoing problems means, to me at least, that it is inconceivable that Liverpool will not sign another centre-half at the earliest opportunity.”

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Jamie Carragher has remained consistent with his views on Liverpool’s transfer policy

However, while Klopp went public in disagreement last year, reports have emerged that his outlook is very different at the start of 2021.

Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) have claimed that Klopp is urging Anfield bosses to sanction a transfer this summer, with the German actively ‘pushing’ a deal behind the scenes.

The rest of January will prove whether Carragher will finally get his wish and while he will keep his pleasure to himself, there may be a hint of it and a feeling that he was right all along.

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Sean Dyche details referee confrontation after Burnley’s defeat to Leeds

Sean Dyche confronted referee Robert Jones, furious with the official’s role in Burnley’s 1-0 defeat to Leeds United.

Patrick Bamford’s early penalty ultimately proved the difference between the Yorkshire rivals at Elland Road.

But that only told half the story as far as the Clarets boss was concerned.

Dyche was fuming at seeing an equaliser from Ashley Barnes ruled out, after Jones adjudged Leeds ‘keeper Illan Meslier had been fouled by Ben Mee.

However, replays showed it had been the stopper who had charged into Mee, planting his knee in the back of the Clarets’ captain.

That saw an upset Dyche approach the official on the field, where he could clearly be seen asking “What time can I see you?” as he sought talks in the bowels of Elland Road.

Dyche wasn’t pleased with the officials’ role

Dyche did indeed hold talks with Jones, who he believes cost his side at least a point.

He said post-game: “I’ve spoken to him. We were both civil, but I’m incredibly frustrated.

“It’s a shame I have to stand here and try and stay calm about it, because the referee has had a massive impact. I have no clue how he doesn’t give himself time to make a decision.

“Their ‘keeper comes through, knees him in the back – if a centre half does that he probably gets booked. Not only is it a penalty, we put it in the goal and he doesn’t give it one second to operate.

“Ironically, it’s been taking hours to make a decision and you get a really important decision and they can’t look at it.

Ashley Barnes (left) scores a goal, disallowed after a foul on Illan Meslier

“The referee will tell you what didn’t happen, I have to remind them I have seen it 10 times, but it doesn’t seem to make much difference.”

Barnes accused Meslier of ‘smashing’ Mee to the turf and he said: “The keeper tried to smash Ben Mee, missed the ball and I put it in. I don’t know why it was ruled out. There were so many decisions all day, it’s frustrating.”

Dyche was also unhappy with the penalty given to the home side, believing Nick Pope had got a foot on the ball as he challenged Bamford.

“I can’t see the penalty myself, but we know there’s a pressure to give penalties now, so we know that side of it.

“I can’t see it – I think Nick Pope gets a clear foot on it, I’ve just seen it back.”

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Alert in Naples: “Chucky” Lozano was injured and with help in the defeat against Lazio | The State

Hirving Lozano, better known to all as “Chucky”, set off the alarms after sand retired after 74 minutes of the match against Lazio after suffering a fheavy blow to the left leg in a tremendous clash with the Romanian defender Stefan Radu.

Lozano, starter for the second consecutive game in coach Gennaro Gattuso’s eleven, got injured while fighting for a ball with Radu and left the pitch with ice on his left ankle, unable to walk.

The Mexican did not need the stretcher, but he withdrew visibly in pain, helped by two members of the Napoli medical team without supporting the left leg.

Gattuso replaced “Chucky”, key piece of your scheme, with the French Kevin Malcuit, in a match in which Napoli fell to the Roman team 2-0 with goals from Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto.

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Shearer blasts Arsenal star for “not bothering” during defeat to Everton

Nicolas Pepe’s attacking performance summed up Arsenal’s woes at Everton, according to former England captain Alan Shearer.

The Ivorian scored only his club’s 12th Premier League goal of the season from the penalty spot at Goodison Park, but Shearer lambasted his efforts from open play as the Gunners slipped to an eighth defeat from their 14 Premier League matches this season.

Pepe had scored Arsenal’s equaliser following a Rob Holding own goal for the hosts, before Yerry Mina headed the winner just before half-time.

Arsenal were left in 15th in the Premier League table following the defeat, and will drop to 16th should Brighton beat bottom of the table Sheffield United on Sunday.

Pepe’s efforts were slammed by Shearer

“Twelve goals [in the Premier League] all season and this is why,” said Shearer on Match of the Day over footage in which he highlighted Pepe’s lack of movement on the right flank.

“No options and when the ball goes wide, have a look at Pepe, not prepared to get in at all, [he’s] jogging, sometimes walking.

“He’s got to do more, he’s got to try to get on the end of it.

“Look at Pepe on the right-hand side, quite content to sit out there.

“He’s not bothered at all to try to break his neck to get in and get on the end of it and score goals.

Shearer said Pepe looked like he was “noth bothered”

“No wonder they are not creating chances, no wonder they are not scoring goals when he’s doing that sort of thing.

“It’s not just him, there are few players in that team not giving everything for the manager.

“They’re never going to score goals playing like that.”

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is under increasing pressure given recent poor results, although as it stands there are said to be no plans to sack him.

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