Gary Neville defends Arsenal’s performance in defeat to Liverpool

first_imgGary Neville defends Arsenal’s performance in defeat to Liverpool Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 7:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link749Shares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Neville felt there were plenty of positives for Arsenal to build on (Picture: Getty)‘I know it’s still a defeat but psychologically, I think even those Arsenal fans are still there, there have been times in the past when they’ve been walking out of here with 15-20 minutes to go, that’s not the case today.‘It sounds a little patronising when you’re a club as big as Arsenal to say there are positives when you’ve lost 3-1 but they are playing against a really good side. And I think this performance from Arsenal today will win a lot of away games this season.’After Torreira’s goal he added: ‘I think that’s a big, big goal that for Arsenal. It won’t get them anything out of the game, but it demonstrates a character and a personality that they’re going to keep going. It’s a good moment for Arsenal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The former Manchester United defender believes there were plenty of positives (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has defended Arsenal’s display against Liverpool despite suffering another heavy defeat at Anfield and believes they will win plenty of matches with that level of performance.The Gunners were ripped apart as Joel Matip scored from a corner and Mohamed Salah netted twice in a 3-1 win – the second finishing a brilliant team move – before substitute Lucas Torreira netted a late consolation goal.Arsenal have now failed to win on their last seven visits to Anfield, conceding 25 goals in the process, but Neville felt this performance was markedly different from previous implosions. Salah scored twice as Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the season (Picture: Getty)Speaking on commentary for Sky Sports while Arsenal still had a three-goal lead, he explained: ‘It’s difficult when you lose 3-0, it feels like you’ve taken a bit of a doing to take positives from it.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But it feels like a… positive 3-0 defeat, if you could argue that. I’ve seen things today from Arsenal that I quite like.‘They are playing against a brilliant team, let’s be clear. They pushed Manchester City right to the end last season, a monstrous amount of points, and obviously won the Champions League, so we’re talking about one of the best in Europe.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‘And that’s told today but from an Arsenal point of view we’re talking about building block by block. And I don’t mind what I’ve seen. Arsenal fans behind the goal might see it differently travelling back to London having lost 3-0. But I think over the season it will bear out that they will do okay.‘It’s the manner of the performance sometimes with Arsenal in the past we’ve been critical of. I’ve not seen that today, they are still going, they’ve not left anything in the changing room, it’s all out there on the pitch.last_img read more

Nankivil’s 3-pointers not enough at Purdue

first_imgUW guard Jordan Taylor and the Badgers weren\’t able to score on their last possession, losing a 60-57 game at Mackey Arena.[/media-credit]WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It took a while Thursday night for the Boilermakers to heat up.Once they did, however, there seemed to be little chance Wisconsin could come back against Purdue. Until junior forward Keaton Nankivil hit a hot streak of his own.YetAs the Badgers’ troubles at Mackey Arena continued, and they lost 60-57 to the Boilermakers, who were led by a 20-point performance by junior guard E’Twaun Moore.Fittingly, with the game on the line, it was Moore who hit a game-winning floater in the lane with 25.2 seconds remaining to put Purdue on top 58-57. The Boilermakers had run the play several times already on the night, and a good read by Moore got Purdue the bucket and the game.“I just had to read JaJuan’s defender,” Moore said. “If he helped up, pass it to JaJuan (Johnson), if Rob (Hummel)’s man helped up-kick it. It just so happened that JaJuan’s man helped up, and I just made a shot.”But as head coach Bo Ryan pointed out after the game, the Badgers still had a chance.With 25.2 seconds to go, senior guard Trevon Hughes took the ball for Wisconsin’s final shot and fired from behind the arc with less than 10 seconds remaining. Unfortunately for UW, though, that shot was not close, as Hughes elbow was struck on the shot and a foul was not called.Hughes and Wisconsin caught a break just seconds later, however, when his air ball went out of bounds off a Purdue defender, giving the Badgers six seconds to score.“You’ve just got to play through it; he had a chance,” Ryan said of Hughes. “He wanted to make his free throws, too. Sometimes you don’t get to do what you’d like to do.”On the next UW possession, following a timeout, Hughes took the ball again.He penetrated as deep as he could and put the ball high off the glass. It was the type of shot Hughes has hit many times before, even in late-game situations. Thursday night, however, the senior from Queens, N.Y., put it up too hard and it bounced off the rim to Purdue.Hughes’ miss sealed the Badgers’ fate, dropping UW to 2-36 all-time at Mackey Arena.“We gave ourselves an opportunity to steal one on the road and we didn’t walk away with it,” Hughes said. “It is hard, you know, missing the last shot. They had faith in me to put the ball in my hands and I didn’t come out with it. But I promise you next time we’re in that predicament, I will.”With the way the game went in the first half, it seemed inevitable it would come down to whichever team had the ball last. Wisconsin and Purdue were tied six times before halftime and the lead changed hands four times.Neither team led by more than four in the opening period, and Purdue went to the locker room with a 27-25 lead.In that first half, Nankivil led all scorers with 11 points on 4-of-8 from the floor and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. With the way the Badgers’ guards dominated the Boilermakers on Jan. 9, in Madison, Purdue upped its pressure on Hughes and sophomore Jordan Taylor, which left Nankivil open several times on the perimeter.“We knew how they were going to play the ball screens a little more aggressively,” Nankivil said. “Almost doubled Pop (Hughes) and Jordan at times and they weren’t laying off J-Bo (Jason Bohannon) at all.“Up to this point, I haven’t really proven myself to be able to shoot, so their game plan was, you know, let a center shoot. Today just happened to be a good day I guess.”Early in the second half, it looked like the Badgers might run away with it, jumping out to a 7-point lead with 13:01 remaining to play. Over the same stretch, the Boilermakers had scored only four points. But after a big defensive rebound by Moore with under 12 minutes to play, sophomore guard John Hart grabbed one of his own on the offensive glass and put the ball back in, cutting the lead to five points and igniting the crowd of 14,123.Purdue stayed hot, going on a 10-2 run to make it 48-40, and put Wisconsin in a big hole with 6:47 to play.Nankivil answered for Wisconsin, however, hitting three times from long distance to give UW the 1-point lead with 42 seconds remaining. He finished the night with a career-high 25 points.Unfortunately for the Badgers, they were not able to hang on.“We were right there, fought back and had the lead with 20, 30 seconds left,” Taylor said. “We couldn’t get that one stop and we couldn’t hit the shot on the other end, but sometimes that’s just the way the ball bounces.”last_img read more