The Scot has come under fire after a run of four successive Barclays Premier League defeats, albeit at the hands of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, after collecting 10 of the first 12 points contested. However, Boateng, who spent three seasons at Villa Park and is now manager of Malaysian side Kelantan FA, believes Lambert should be given credit for the work he has done on a budget, and urged the players to take more responsibility. Former Aston Villa midfielder George Boateng has urged the club’s fans to get behind manager Paul Lambert. He told the Birmingham Mail: “I think Paul Lambert is a good manager and people should try to understand how difficult it is for him. Every manager wants to buy great players and build a winning team, but you can clearly see that his hands have been tied in the past. “I feel for him because you need great players to be a successful manager. As a manager myself, its the first thing that I stare at everyday. I think to myself ‘Do I have good enough players?’ “This is why I think the fans should support him because it then breathes confidence into the players. “The problem is not the manager because he can only affect the players so much. They also have to take a lot more responsibility because at the end of the day, the manager can’t do it for them once they cross the white line.” However, Boateng cannot understand why proven Premier League goalscorer Darren Bent has played such a peripheral role at the club. He said: “There are not many things that I would do different if I was boss. But there’s one thing that stands out for me, and that involves Bent. “I would have maybe tried to find a way to get more out of him because he is a good goalscorer and proven at Premier league level. “I don’t know the ins and outs of the situation, but I would have still found a way to get the most out of him.” Press Association
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse It’s taken most of the season for Tyler Roberson to find a confident shooting rhythm, but too much confidence quickly landed him on the bench on Wednesday night. Roberson flashed into the high post and, with Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell in his face, shot an off-balance jumper that hit the left side of the rim and bounced out. A second later, Roberson jogged off the court while B.J. Johnson jogged on. “He’s trying to hit that jump shot. He can’t make that jump shot yet,” Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse’s 69-59 win over the Cardinals. “He’s got to go to the basket and the other thing he can do because nobody is there is that he can go right into a ball screen and now no one is there to help.”The junior forward re-entered the game three minutes later and, with a retooled offensive approach, never subbed out again. Instead of looking for his jump shot in the middle of Louisville’s matchup zone, Roberson facilitated Syracuse’s shooters, dumped to Rakeem Christmas in the post, set on- and off-ball screens and attacked the basket when given enough space. And even though he was looking for his teammates rather than his jumper, Roberson finished with 13 points and nine rebounds to help compensate for Trevor Cooney’s 1-for-10 shooting night. SU (17-9, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) now hosts Pittsburgh (17-10, 6-7) at noon on Saturday and since the Panthers dropped into a 2-3 zone the first time these teams met, Roberson’s high-post play will once again factor heavily into the Orange’s offensive success. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I was catching it I would look to attack and then off of that the defense would try and collapse so I would set a screen,” Roberson said after the Louisville game. “It was ball movement, they were in the matchup zone so if you move the ball, you’ll get open shots.”With Cooney off his mark and the matchup zone switching on every pick the Orange set for Michael Gbinije, Roberson was the best bet to free up Christmas inside. And because the forward has struggled with his mid-range jumper, he did that by setting screens and finding the spots that would give him good passing angles to the big man. After missing two jump shots at the start of the game, Roberson took the rest of his shots in right outside of the paint. He went 4-for-5 to finish his night and also shot 5-of-8 from the line, and wasn’t the only player that benefited from his refocused mindset. Christmas scored 29 points, shooting 9-of-10 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line. On Feb. 7, when Pittsburgh beat Syracuse 83-77, the Panthers played zone for a stretch of the second half and closed down passing lanes to the post. In that game, Gbinije hit two 3s that forced the Panthers out of the packed-in zone. This time Roberson can help alleviate the pressure on Christmas. “Tyler’s huge because he’s a threat in there. It forces the defense to play out on him and it stops them from double-teaming Rakeem,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said after the Louisville game. “I think it’s a huge reason why Rak had such a great game.” Comments
A foreign currency dealer, who was in the vicinity of Popeye’s on Water Street, Georgetown, was on Sunday robbed of all of his cash by an armed bandit.According to reports, 36-year-old Bishwanauth Noudat, of Lot 482 C Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was sitting in a chair with $150,000, US$1200, TT$3000 Cdn$1000, 90 euros, EC$8000, Bds$200 and 31 reais when the lone gunman approached him from behind and snatched the cash.Noudat reportedly attempted to fight for his money, but the gunman whipped out his weapon which was in his waistband and dealt the man a lash to his face.The perpetrator then made good his escape south on Cornhill Street then east along Hadfield Street.The money changer reported the matter to the Police, and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated and sent away.The Police are currently reviewing CCTV footage from businesses in the area in an effort to identify the gunman.