McClaren’s warning to Southampton

first_img McClaren said: “Southampton had a good season last season and they got into Europe but I think that will hinder them as the season goes on. “But does it at the beginning? I don’t think so, because they have started their competitive games earlier and they have got into that rhythm.” McClaren knows enough about his opposite number Koeman from his time in Holland not to under-estimate the threat posed by Saints despite their loss of key players Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin. Southampton recovered impressively from a wholesale exodus of first-team players at the start of last season. And McClaren added: “Of course they can do it again – they have lost a few players this summer but they have brought some more in. “He (Koeman) always builds good teams. He came to Southampton when they were losing key players and everyone was thinking it was all going to crumble, and he came in and adapted quickly. “I think they were the surprise team of last year, not so much in where they finished but in the way they played the game, so there is no doubt we have got a tough start.” McClaren must decide whether to risk new boys Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba who are short on match-fitness, while captain Fabricio Coloccini is struggling to recover from an Achilles knock. The Magpies boss has acknowledged Ronald Koeman’s men will travel north well-prepared for the season opener after easing past Dutch side Vitesse in their latest qualifying round on Thursday. But McClaren is less convinced by the long-term implications of such a busy early-season schedule once the full effects of the Premier League campaign kick in. Steve McClaren has warned Southampton that success in the Europa League could come back to haunt them ahead of the Saints’ trip to face Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wisconsin bench instrumental in Sunday win

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team walked away from the Kohl Center Sunday with a season-opening victory over nonconference foe Southeastern Louisiana, thanks in large part to plenty of help from the bench. Wisconsin (1-0) thumped Southeastern Louisiana (0-1) 87-47, and UW’s bench players pitched in 34 points and 15 rebounds.Lions head coach Jim Yarbrough said he liked the way Wisconsin’s bench approached the game and hopes his team can learn from it.“I was very impressed by how motivated their bench was,” Yarbrough said. “Every kid who came in for them was really motivated to play hard and that’s great commentary and great credit to [UW head] coach [Bo] Ryan. That’s the sort of thing that you try to establish at your own program when you’re building it up, try to get kids to play with that kind of motivation.”Wisconsin’s bench was led by senior forward Mike Bruesewitz, who made a surprisingly quick return to the floor after suffering a severe leg laceration that sidelined him for just more than a month during the preseason.“When you see your bone and a freak thing like that happens, a lot of stuff runs through your head,” Bruesewitz said. “I’m definitely recharged and refocused. I was really excited to come into the season before the injury and now it’s about 10 times more. I was really excited that I got cleared to play today. I was all smiles today and this morning and all through pregame, so I’m really excited to be back. That’s the only way to describe it.”Bruesewitz showed little rust in his first action of the season, as the senior finished the game perfect from field, hitting all three of his shots for 10 points while also collecting three rebounds.Ryan said he knows what Bruesewitz can do for the team and was pleased to have him on the court Sunday.“It’s Mike,” Ryan said of his senior’s strong performance. “Just to see a guy like that back with that kind of experience, it was so obvious in practice on Friday and Saturday what he gives us, so now to have that back, we are very thankful.”Yarbrough joked he was hoping Bruesewitz would not be able to play against Southeastern Louisiana, knowing how big a piece he is for Wisconsin’s team.“I was extremely disappointed to see [Bruesewitz] out there today,” Yarbrough said with a smile. “They have enough weapons without him. He’s so rugged and tough. He was terrific.”UW also saw contributions from several new faces. Freshman forward Sam Dekker took advantage of his 17 minutes on the floor, hitting two three-pointers and finishing the game with eight points and a rebound.The highly-touted freshman received the most game time among bench players, with sophomore guard Traevon Jackson close behind after logging 15 minutes of action. Despite making two of his three long range attempts, Ryan was not happy to see Dekker launching shots behind the three-point arc early in the shot clock.“Sam’s learning what I like and what I think is a good shot, just like everybody else has had to,” Ryan said. “It’s a little different.”Jackson contributed during his time on the court at guard, pitching in with four points, a rebound and an assist.After transferring from the Air Force and sitting out last season, redshirt junior forward Zach Bohannon – the brother of former UW basketball standout Jason Bohannon – made the most of his nine minutes Sunday, racking up five points and five rebounds and hitting all three of his shots on the night. Wisconsin’s bench shot just better than 57 percent from the field, compared to the team total of 52.5 percent, and did not miss a shot from the charity stripe.With more than half of UW’s bench players being underclassmen, Ryan said he is happy with the way the young players preformed but still sees room for improvement.“We’ll take what they give us on the defensive end, rebounding, points, screens,” Ryan said. “It’s about the whole process that matters to us. When we break the film down, I’m sure there are some things where they can improve.”last_img read more