Jutkiewicz calm despite barren run

first_imgLukas Jutkiewicz is not losing sleep over his goalless start to the season for Burnley. Losing Vokes and then Ings certainly has not helped, and the Clarets boss said: “Forty-seven goals from two centre-forwards is a big hit to anyone. “We’ve seen the Liverpool situation with (Luis) Suarez and (Daniel) Sturridge, it does have an effect on a team. But we still believe with the players we’ve got and the players we’ve brought in that it’s a great opportunity for someone to take.” Sam Allardyce has admitted Winston Reid’s contract situation is a concern for everyone at West Ham as the New Zealand defender has yet to extend his deal. The 26-year-old was named the Hammers’ player of the year last season and has developed into a highly-rated defender, reportedly drawing the interests of Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool. Having moved to Upton Park from FC Midtjylland in 2008, Reid has made 100 league appearances and has become a key member of Allardyce’s backline. His current contract expires next summer and, with Reid believed to be holding out for up to £60,000 a week, he has yet to pen an extension and will be able to enter negotiations with other clubs in the new year. Allardyce, though, is keen to work on a resolution, saying: “It is not only a concern for me, but it is a concern for the owners. “There’s been talk about Winston and his contract for a pretty long period now which is obviously not my responsibility. “But hopefully, sooner rather than later, that will come to a conclusion and a positive one. I can only hope that is going to be a positive result in the end.” West Ham go to Burnley having collected their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 win over QPR before the international break. Reid has been an ever-present so far this season, with a number of his defensive colleagues having already been forced to sit out some games through injury and, although his future is likely to remain in some doubt in the coming weeks, Allardyce has no qualms about keeping him in the heart of his defence. “No, not really,” he replied when asked if the contract wrangles could affect Reid’s performances. “Winston’s had a long-term injury last year and sometimes it can take time to get back to what he can be. “Certainly now that the injury has fully recovered and he’s back to his defensive best, which is very important for us. “We got our first clean sheet of the season against QPR, which gave us the platform to win that game comfortably. I believe they have to go with the mentality to repeat that against Burnley.” Michael Kightly ended a club record run of 10 hours and 55 minutes without a goal in the 2-2 draw with Leicester that at least sent them into the international break on a positive note. Sam Vokes and Danny Ings combined to score 47 goals as Burnley were promoted from the Championship but Vokes is still recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury and Ings has also been sidelined by a hamstring problem. That has left Jutkiewicz leading the line, although Ings should return for Saturday’s clash with West Ham at Turf Moor. Jutkiewicz is eager to break his duck as soon as possible, saying: “It’s really important. For any striker, you want to get that first goal and I’m no different. “No one has put any pressure on me at all, certainly not from within the club. As a player you put pressure on yourself because you want to perform, you want to help the team as best you can. “I try not to over-think things. You obviously analyse different situations and how you can improve as a player in every aspect but, in terms of dwelling on things and losing sleep, that’s not something that’s been too much of a problem. “I think I’ve done okay. Obviously it would have been nice to have helped us get a few more points on the board but I can’t be too dissatisfied.” Manager Sean Dyche brought in Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell in the summer in a bid to add more of a goal threat but was unable to secure a striker with real Premier League experience. The 25-year-old joined the Clarets from Middlesbrough in the summer and was prolific in pre-season but has yet to find the net in eight competitive games. Scoring has been the biggest problem for Burnley on their return to the Barclays Premier League, with only three goals in eight games and none from strikers. Press Associationlast_img read more

FB : SU’s Bailey, Gulley look to replace workhorse Carter in backfield

first_imgAs Antwon Bailey took the first carry on the first play between Syracuse’s offense and defense, a new team finally began playing football with pads. And Bailey started it off with a bang. Literally.Bailey broke outside to the left and burst downfield. As safety Olando Fisher came in to attempt a tackle, SU’s top running back bowled him over. The sound of the collision, followed by Bailey motoring onward down the field, got all of the SU players on the sideline yelling.‘I missed it, man,’ Bailey said. ‘I got the ball, Coach told me it was full go, so I knew no matter what I was running into somebody. Somebody had to pay.’Bailey’s run set the tone for a physical practice as the Orange practiced for the first time this spring in full pads Tuesday at Manley Field House. The rising senior running back is taking over the reigns as the go-to back in the Syracuse offense after spending the past two years as the change-of-pace back behind Delone Carter.SU head coach Doug Marrone said two weeks ago he wouldn’t be able to fully evaluate anyone until the team was going at it in full gear. On Tuesday, he said the first day in pads was a little rough.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think we haven’t played football in so long,’ Marrone said. ‘It just always reminds me, I know that it just goes back to that saying. … You never start where you left off.’At the running back position, SU certainly isn’t starting where it left off. The Orange left the Pinstripe Bowl with a Most Valuable Player performance from Carter, but he’s no longer in an SU uniform.Bailey and sophomore Prince-Tyson Gulley are the two backs atop SU’s spring depth chart. Gulley saw significant time returning kicks a year ago, in addition to a few scattered carries. He is now expected to contribute much more on the offensive end.After Bailey’s pop on Fisher, the very next play went to Gulley. He broke off a long run down the right sideline. That run continued the hot offensive start Bailey initiated.‘It was good to get out there with everything and once again being out there with the fellas,’ Bailey said. ‘It was a good time, I think we had a good day overall.’Carter was in attendance Tuesday, walking around the field throughout many of the drills. He’s one of many players from last year’s team participating in Syracuse’s pro day on Wednesday. Bailey said the former SU running back works as a great mentor to his heir apparent.They’re still in constant communication.‘All the time,’ Bailey said. ‘I talk with him and also Curtis Brinkley. He calls me from time to time, too.‘They just let me know it’s my time now, and it’s on my shoulders.’Players, coaches unsatisfied with practiceChandler Jones felt like the defense got beat Tuesday. In the first practice after a 12-day layoff, he didn’t feel like he was as prepared as he should have been.‘I felt like I didn’t do my best job today,’ said Jones, a rising senior defensive end. ‘And it’s my job and my responsibility to bring an even better Chandler Jones back on Thursday.’Jones’ sentiments about practice were on par with Marrone and a couple of the other players. The team still needs to work on its foundation and its fundamentals, Marrone said, and it has a long way to go.At one point in the midst of SU’s 11-on-11 drill, Marrone had enough. Players got a little choppy after a couple of plays, and the third-year head coach screamed, ‘Hey!’ before calling the entire team into a huddle.‘We talk to our players all the time about making sure it’s not combative,’ Marrone said. ‘And today it got a little combative at one point, and when it does, you just stop it. You teach a lesson and move on.’Wales leaves teamBeckett Wales, a rising sophomore tight end, has taken a leave of absence from Syracuse University for personal reasons, Marrone said Tuesday. He said Wales will be welcomed back to the team at the appropriate time.mcooperj@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Sound of change

first_imgSpoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai performed at the Women’s Student Assembly’s “Take Back the Night” event held on the Parkside Lawn Wednesday evening. The event was meant to raise awareness on sexual assault and promote a safe environment for women to speak openly on the issue.last_img