Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 12:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link162Shares Mauricio Pochettino reveals what he told Tottenham players after dramatic Liverpool defeat Comment Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham were beaten by Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Mauricio Pochettino told his Tottenham players he was still confident of their top-four prospects after Sunday’s dramatic defeat to title challengers Liverpool.Spurs suffered their fourth defeat from five league games at Anfield after Toby Alderweireld’s injury-time own goal.Lucas Moura had equalised for the visitors after Roberto Firmino’s first-half opener but Liverpool snatched victory late on to return to the top of the Premier League.The loss ensures Tottenham stay joint-third alongside Manchester United, with fifth-placed Arsenal and six-placed Chelsea just one point behind.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityBut Pochettino took the positives from the loss to Liverpool and revealed what he told his players following the match.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We are all disappointed but at the same time we have to be happy with our second half performance,’ the Spurs boss, who was serving a touchline ban at Anfield, said.‘We were a little bit unlucky to concede the second goal when we should have been ahead because we dominated Liverpool, who are a very good team.‘No one wants to lose but it’s a different defeat than the ones we suffered against Southampton or Burnley. We cannot say it’s positive but now we start from zero and we can achieve what we want. Liverpool clinched a dramatic victory at Anfield (Picture: Getty)‘I was telling the players in the changing room we have seven games and we are in top four and we need to compete.‘It’s a mini league and, playing the way we played today, I think we can achieve the top four.’Liverpool were far from at their best on Sunday but Jurgen Klopp was delighted to see his team earn the three points.‘The first half was good in difficult circumstances for both teams for different reasons, both teams have been much fresher and have been sprinting quicker [this season],’ he said.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We were the better side. We scored the goal and had other chances. In the second half the only thing they really changed was that they build-up with four instead of five.‘We struggled a bit. We couldn’t really get in touch. We changed system and conceded five minutes later.‘I wouldn’t say the Spurs goal helped us but it didn’t shock us. We were then better in the game. First half it was easy to switch the sides and second half I have no clue why we didn’t do it as often as we should.‘Then you have to stay in the game and the whole stadium stayed in game. Then we had a lucky punch.’MORE: Paul Pogba makes it known to Zinedine Zidane he wants to join Real Madrid Advertisement Advertisement
U.S. 36 has run the RaceSaver division for two years. The Sprint Series of Nebraska visits there four times this year. “There’s been a lot of interest by drivers who want to run twice a week,” Boller said. “Bethany is only 15 miles or so from the Iowa state line and there are drivers in the Des Moines area who were looking for a place to run on Saturday nights.” “We want to continue building the division and giving those drivers another track to race at 10 nights is one way we can do that,” he continued. Ten dates, all but one of them on Saturday nights, are on the 2020 schedule at Bethany. Opening night is April 25 with points racing slated through Aug. 29. BETHANY, Mo. – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers have had Jon Boller Jr. on speed dial since his announcement the winged division would be new at his Bethany Speedway this season. IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars also run at both Missouri venues while Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods also run at Osborn. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season there runs from April 17 to Aug. 28. Sanctioned Sprints also run Fridays at the Boller-promoted U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn.
However, their one step forward, two steps back existence has persuaded Poyet that his message is simply not getting through to some of the players, and that is a situation he insists will not be allowed to continue. The 46-year-old said: “Me, I am the head coach, I coach the players I have got the best I can. “For moments, it looks like we are getting it and getting better, and for moments, it looks like I am coming from another planet, which is difficult to accept. “The best teams in the world play one game, one game. They know why they are playing, what they are playing for and everybody does the same. “If you go on the pitch and everyone is playing their own game, it’s impossible. “I have said to you many, many times, it is not a tennis match, it’s football and it’s 11 and there are players we normally think are able to do things, and we are learning more and more that they are not able to do it. “That’s the only good news today, I have got a good report on some players who are not able to play a certain way, which is going to be difficult for them because we will play that way, so the problem is for them.” The Black Cats have already signed Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso on loan for the rest of the season and are currently deep in negotiations with Brighton for midfield duo Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley. The Black Cats undid their good work over Christmas with a 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on New Year’s Day which left them still propping up the rest of the Barclays Premier League and four points shy of safety. Villa’s visit to the Stadium of Light heralded a run of games the Wearsiders consider winnable and therefore, an opportunity to ease themselves up the table and out of danger. However, Poyet knows the men already under his charge will be largely the ones who will have to do the job if the club is to preserve its top-flight status, and his message to them is stark after a seventh home league defeat of the campaign. He said: “We had more of the ball, we had more shots, but we didn’t create enough because we tried to do it too much as individuals and not as a team. “I said it two months ago: there are not going to be heroes here, we are all in it the same and we will all be safe or we will all go down. “Apparently, some people don’t get it. They try to play their own game and they try to be in their own position and they try to do things that are not acceptable. “It’s a difficult day for me, I need to be careful what I say.” Ironically, skipper Lee Cattermole’s determination to carry out Poyet’s orders led to the decisive moment in Sunderland’s latest reverse. The Uruguayan has urged his players to retain possession and to pass their way up the field, but it was the midfielder’s failure to control Valentin Roberge’s 15th-minute square ball deep inside his own half which allowed Gabriel Agbonlahor to round keeper Vito Mannone and score the game’s only goal. Until that point, the Black Cats had been the better side, and although Agbonlahor’s intervention severely dented their confidence, they thought they had dragged themselves back into the contest seven minutes after the break when Emanuele Giaccherini struck from Steven Fletcher’s knock-down, only for the tightest of offside decisions to ruin his celebrations. Villa should have wrapped up the win as the clock ran down with Christian Benteke and substitute Marc Albrighton twice going close, but a single goal ultimately proved enough. The win left the visitors level on points with 10th-placed Hull, and match-winner Agbonlahor is hoping it will provide a platform for a new year push. He told the club’s official website, www.avfc.co.uk: “We have had a hard couple of weeks and to get a few points on the table is always important. “It has put us up to joint 10th, so it gives us a little bit of breathing space. It’s a good way to start the new year and we have got to continue it. “We had a lot of chances and could have won the game by three or four. But we will take the result and move on to the next game against Sheffield United.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has warned his players it will be his way or the highway as he attempts to dig the club out of relegation trouble. Press Association