Omagbemi Frees Angels, Queens for Federation Cup Final

first_imgSuper Falcons’ Head Coach, Florence Omagbemi has elected to release players of Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens in the senior women national team camp for Sunday’s potentially explosive women Federation Cup final between both teams in Lagos.The member of FIFA Technical Study said the ladies would be allowed to leave the team’s camp in Abuja to travel to Lagos for the big clash, which starts at 1pm at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Sunday.That decision has freed Angels’ half dozen of goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte, defenders Osinachi Ohale, Ugo Njoku and Gladys Akpa and midfielders Chioma Wogu and Glory Iroka to be part of the glamour event, to be attended by the Governors of Lagos, Anambra, Nasarawa, Bayelsa and Rivers States.Bayelsa Queens’ duo of goalkeeper Alaba Jonathan and playmaker Osarenoma Igbinovia will also be on duty.The involvement of the Super Falcons’ stars will certainly boost the quality of the final match, and ensure the two teams do not miss their Falconets’ players who travel to Papua New Guinea for the 8th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup on the same day. Coach Rolandson Odeh has to name replacements for Lilian Atule, Joy Bokiri and Yetunde Adeboyejo, while Edwin Okon will have to do without defender Patience Kalu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC loses tough battle against UCLA

first_imgThe USC men’s tennis team suffered its second defeat of the season Friday in a thrilling match against visiting rival UCLA. Friday was the second matchup in five days between the two teams, who met the previous Sunday in the semifinal round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s team indoor championships. The Trojans won their match last Sunday, but the Bruins evened the season series at one apiece with a close win on Friday.There was plenty of excitement surrounding the match, the rivalry between the schools notwithstanding; USC and UCLA are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the nation, respectively, and both schools have renowned tennis programs. The atmosphere at Marks Stadium carried a fervent intensity from the beginning, as evidenced by the large multitudes of spectators from both schools cheering on their respective squads. Many supporters stood in the walkways and stairs at one point, as the seats were filled to capacity.The drama of the matches didn’t disappoint, as things got contentious right from the start with the doubles point. With the teams tied 1-1, junior Emilio Gomez and sophomore Eric Johnson fought back from being down 4-1 in their set to force a tiebreak at 8-8. After a hard-fought set, Gomez and Johnson would eventually concede the tiebreak, and subsequently the doubles point, to the UCLA tandem of senior Alex Brigham and sophomore Dennis Mkrtchian.Most of Friday’s singles play served as a continuation from Sunday’s matches; UCLA rolled out a slightly different order from their meeting on Sunday and pitted Mkrtchian against USC freshman Max de Vroome and junior Clay Thompson against sophomore Yannick Hanfmann, to mixed results. Hanfmann started slow out of the gate and dropped the first set but came back to dominate Thompson 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.Such success was not the case for de Vroome, who began his match by cruising to a 6-2 first set but faltered in the second and third set en route to his second defeat at the No. 5 position this season, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. The true freshman, who relied on his screaming forehand winners and powerful serves to overwhelm his opponent, employed sound tactics in the first set forcing Mkrtchian to his backhand and kept the Bruin sophomore on his heels. Midway through the second set, however, unforced errors from de Vroome allowed Mkrtchian back into the match.“I gave him [Mkrtchian] a chance to get in the match and he is good enough to understand when he has to step up, so he did that very well,” de Vroome said. “He began to hit the balls more with his backhand and, unfortunately, it took me too long to get back in my own game. I don’t think he changed a whole lot, [though] I made it difficult for myself.”De Vroome’s teammate and captain junior Ray Sarmiento fared better, securing his rematch against UCLA sophomore Dennis Novikov in a workmanlike straight-sets victory, 6-4, 6-3. Sarmiento neutralized Novikov’s powerful forehands and high-velocity serves with expertly employed slice shots and some dazzling, ankle-breaking footwork. Sarmiento’s court-coverage allowed him to take control of points as he punished the less-mobile Novikov and forced the Bruin to his backhand.“It wasn’t the greatest tennis, but you have to find ways to win,” Sarmiento said. “[Novikov] likes pace, so the strategy against him is to mix it up a lot and utilize all my shots. The slice worked well, and I looked to get him moving.”In their previous meeting at the ITA Indoor Championships, USC defeated UCLA by a hair’s breadth, clinching the final deciding match in a tiebreak. For the first three and a half hours on Friday, it appeared that history would repeat itself as USC saw itself tied 3-3 with only the match at the No. 2 position between junior Emilio Gomez and Bruin sophomore Marcos Giron remaining.Gomez began the match strong, clinching the first set, 6-4. He looked to be en route to a well-fought victory up 4-3 in the second set, when Giron called an out for a Gomez lob at a crucial point in the game. The controversial call was missed by the line judge and the momentum seemed to shift in Giron’s favor thereupon. Giron mixed up his approach, employing deep ground strokes and surgically precise drop shots, which ultimately wore Gomez down in the final set as he clinched the victory and the overall match, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3). Gomez and Giron have played twice this season and now split their matches at one apiece.USC coach Peter Smith expressed displeasure with his team’s overall performance.“Bad execution out there, bad tactics. In the end, [UCLA] seized the opportunity and we didn’t,” Smith said. “We have to be experienced enough to take the momentum. Things happen, mistakes are made, calls are made. You have to just keep going [but] we didn’t do a very good job.”Coming mere moments after suffering such a tough loss to crosstown rivals, Smith, echoing the sentiments of his team, put it best.“That’s life. You have to learn from it and get better, and we certainly have a lot to learn.”For more photos visit our gallery here.last_img read more

Postgame Show: Discussing The Oklahoma State Beatdown of Colorado

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Carson Cunningham joined Kyle Porter after the Alamo Bowl to discuss James Washington, Mason Rudolph, that stingy Oklahoma State defense and what we can expect in 2017.Let’s talk about #okstate’s huge Alamo Bow win. https://t.co/NNT5MD7hNm— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016last_img read more

Clemson Transfer on OSU: ‘They Have an Opportunity to Compete for a National Championship’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s razor-thin depth at cornerback was bolstered this week with the addition of Clemson graduate transfer Adrian Baker, who announced he’s Stillwater-bound following the conclusion of the spring semester.The former Tiger made three starts for the national runner-up in 2015 and, had he not tore his ACL prior to the 2016 season, might’ve been one of the starters for the team that rolled past the Crimson Tide in the national title game in January.The former four-star recruit from Hollywood, Florida, isn’t the type of athlete OSU lands. For one, OSU barely sniffs the Florida region. And landing a four-star recruit from the clutches of Gator country isn’t something Gundy and his mullet aren’t typically known for doing, much less attempting.Nevertheless, winning is important to recruits. And the importance is only increased for a player with one year left in college hoping to make a final impression on NFL scouts. That’s part of why Baker chose to commit to OSU.“I think they have an opportunity to compete for a national championship,” Baker told ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “I’m hoping I can come in there and help.”Some people might not see Oklahoma State as a national brand, but Baker fully realizes what they’ve transformed into. He feels like he was in a similar situation a few years ago. In a phone interview with sideline reporter Robert Allen on Triple Play Radio this week, Baker drew parallels between his current and future schools and their respective rises to national prominence.“I approach this situation the same way,” Baker said via The Oklahoman. “I look at Oklahoma State as like that team.”Perhaps the best experience he brings as a player is his experience playing (and beating) the reigning Big 12 champion Sooners. Clemson bullied on Oklahoma in its two games during Baker’s time with the Tigers, and it’s an area of expertise he feels he can bring to help at OSU.“In 2015, I had a big part on the defense, I played in the national championship,” Baker said. “I feel like I know what it takes. … If Oklahoma State can get over that hump and beat Oklahoma, I think that the sky is the limit. I think that the coaching staff and the guys that are there have done a good job of positioning the program to do that.“I’ve been in big games. I’ve helped the team win big games, beat Oklahoma twice. I’m not saying I’m the missing piece or anything of that nature, but I feel I can bring (something) to the table.”If he’s the missing piece that helps Oklahoma State get over the Sooners hump and into the top spot of the Big 12 standings, then this pick up will be even bigger than what some think. Baker will no doubt be a valuable piece if nothing but for depth alone. So if he can show out against the Big 12’s best, much like he did at Clemson, then OSU might have a chance to do what it hasn’t done since the 2011 season: Win the Big 12.And maybe more.last_img read more

Colin Cowherd Has Oklahoma State as 2017 Playoff Team

first_imgOh it’s early. It’s so, so early. It’s “we’re still talking about Spring Ball, wondering who QB2 is going to be and placing wagers on where Mike Gundy is going to vacation this summer (Reno, Nevada is the 2-1 favorite)” early. But still, college football is sort of wriggling over the horizon right now, and people are already thinking about fall 2017.Oklahoma State goes into the season with probably its best ever chance to play for a national championship — even better than 2011 because there are twice as many teams that can play for it and your pedigree doesn’t have to be as a top 10 recruiting school to do so (as Michigan State and Washington have proven in the last two years).Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd is picking Oklahoma State as a playoff team along with Carson Cunningham’s beloved USC, Florida State and Alabama. Whoo boy, I am here for all of that.“My four teams that I really like this year are Florida State, Alabama, USC and I’m going to throw a dark horse at you, Oklahoma State,” said Cowherd. “I’m going to throw a dark horse at you, Oklahoma State.”OSU fits the bill of a national title dark horse considering it’s not even the favorite to win its own conference.USC will play for the National Championship pic.twitter.com/WvKgEn48Ai— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 17, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Versatile Texas Athlete Jaelyn Nolan Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State’s big recruiting weekend was even bigger than we thought. In addition to a commitment from in-state lineman Bryce Bray, who chose OSU over Oklahoma, the coaching staff also pocketed a commitment from 2018 texas athlete Jaelyn Nolan, according to Scout. He held offers from Oklahoma, Houston and Texas Tech, among others before committing on Monday afternoon.Nolan is a standout dual-threat quarterback for Brownfield High School but missed most of last season with an ACL tear.Oklahoma State already holds a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders in the 2018 class, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, so Nolan will likely switch positions in Stillwater.In his sophomore season, Nolan completed 97 of his 159 passes, 1,311 yards and 11 touchdown passes. He also recorded 52 rushes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.“Yes sir, I’ve committed to Oklahoma State,” Nolan told Scout on Monday. “I just felt of the schools recruiting me they were the one I liked.”Nolan is the sixth commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, and the second this week. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Big Board: Oklahoma State’s Defensive Line Targets

first_imgOur big board series featuring some of OSU’s top targets on a position-by-position basis continues today with a look at who is floating on the radar for the Cowboys along the defensive front — both at defensive tackle and defensive end.Tyler Lacy sealed one spot of need as an edge rusher when he became one of the many who committed over the last month, and the Sachse defensive end likely won’t be the last one Joe Bob Clements hauls in before signing day.Let’s have a look at the remaining targets for now, but based on this list and how Clements has recruited in the past, I’d also keep an open mind for names to emerge on this list later in the summer and into fall. He has a knack for unearthing hidden gems under big boulders.Quarterback | Running back  | Wide Receiver | Linebacker |Israel Antwine — Defensive tackleLocal defensive tackle Israel Antwine of Millwood High School is a solid option at defensive tackle for 2018, and perhaps one of the biggest high school names still available that might be a viable option. He’s a late riser on the recruiting trail but at 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds he’s a legit target and a local area kid.The downside with Antwine is that he’s getting the full court press elsewhere. He told Pistols Firing that Texas, Ole Miss, Missouri and Memphis are currently recruiting him the hardest.Tate Wildeman — Defensive endWildeman was a bit of a wild card when OSU offered him a scholarship. The Colorado native is a 6-foot-5 edge rusher who, at the time of his OSU offer, was a relative unknown. Iowa, Arizona State, Nevada, and Nebraska have all offered since — and he’s a current Nebraska pledge.At this point with Lacy in the fold, I think OSU and Wildeman will likely cool. The 2018 class won’t be big on defensive ends, perhaps two at the most, so OSU might file this offer away for now until signing day gets closer and the staff reassesses their scholarship count. Wildeman doesn’t seem to me to be a must-get prospect — and OSU might have the luxury to be picky here.Tayland Humphrey — Defensive tackleThe self-proclaimed best defensive tackle in the country is Tayland Humphrey, a 6-foot-5, 350-pound run-stuffer who is a beast of a prospect. Humphrey, who is with Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, is originally from Klein Oak, Texas, and has been on the OSU radar for quite some time. He has offers from nearly 25 schools that includes OSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Louisville, Alabama, Florida State and others. Because Humphrey is a junior college prospect, he’d be an immediate plug-and-play guy in the middle where OSU has had success with a long line of junior college guys like Mote Maile, Calvin Barnett and Ofa Hautau.As a freshman last season for Hutch, Humphrey had 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss. He’ll be done with his two-year degree in December, so he could be an early enrollee at his next destination. He will have three years to play two following the 2017 football season.Alton Robinson — Defensive endRobinson is a former Texas A&M signee who failed to qualify and is eligible to jump back up to Division for 2018. He’s a hard-hitting pass-rusher from NEO in Miami (Miam-uh) and to this point, has garnered surprisingly little interest. His offers include OSU, Colorado State and Kentucky.Robinson collected 67 tackles at NEO and 14 sacks to lead the Southwest Junior College Football Conference last season. Should he qualify, OSU might have the inside track. He’s already made an unofficial visit to Stillwater during last football season. But the cat might be out of the bag if he puts up similar production as he did as a freshman for NEO last season again as a sophomore. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Newcomers Numbers, Positions Released in Media Guide

first_imgWe have known for a while now that freshman receiver Tylan Wallace will wear No. 80, but the official Oklahoma State media guide was released at Big 12 Media Days, and the rest of the newcomers are included as well.One of the most noteworthy listings was going to be whether Wallace’s twin brother, Tracin, was going to be placed at quarterback or defensive back. He and the other newcomers are listed below with their official position listed on the media guide as shown below. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 15Brendan VaughnLBFr. 20Malcolm RodriguezSFr. 86Baron OdomCWFr. 6Adrian BakerCBR-Sr. 24LD BrownRBR-Fr. NumberPlayerPositionClassification 44Patrick MaconLBJr. 13Tyron JohnsonWRR-So. 51Arlington HambrightOLJr. 78Aaron CochranOLR-Sr. 4Tracin WallaceQBFr. 81LC GreenwoodWRFr. 30Chuba HubbardRBFr.center_img 40Brock MartinDEFr. 42Sione FinefeuiakiCWJr. 23Trey SterlingDBFr. 8Braydon JohnsonWRFr. 56Enoch Smith Jr.DTR-Jr. 13Lamarcus MortonCBFr. 28Thabo MwanikiSFr. 77Tyler MooreOLJr. 27J.D. KingRBFr. 98Brendon EversDTFr. 18Jelani WoodsQBFr. AdChoices广告Outside of freshmen and junior college transfers, there are several worth noting listed on the roster: Tyron Johnson will wear 13, Clemson cornerback transfer Adrian Baker, who we project will start this season, will wear 6, Cal grad transfer tackle Aaron Cochran will rep 78, and Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore will wear 77 (although he isn’t eligible until 2018).While there aren’t any glaring oddities of the roster, it’s worth noting that Tracin Wallace is in fact listed at quarterback where he starred in high school, despite two ACL tears in consecutive seasons.Beat writer Hayden Barber contributed to this report 80Tylan WallaceWRFr.last_img read more

Ranking Oklahoma State’s Chances to Land College Gameday

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. College football will return in just a few weeks, and with it comes everyone’s favorite way to start their Saturday: ESPN’s College Gameday.It’s always fun to start your football Saturday with Rece Davis, Herbie, Desmond, and of course Corso. What makes the show most fun is that they broadcast live from college campuses. It’s always a big deal to have Lee Corso pick your team and throw on the mascot’s head (or pick against you.)Who doesn’t love seeing this?AdChoices广告So far, Oklahoma State has hosted Gameday five times, with the last coming in 2015 for Bedlam. Gameday also aired from Stillwater in 2004, 2008, and 2010 for Bedlam, and in 2013 for the match-up with Baylor. They were also at Oklahoma State’s 2014 opener against Florida State at AT&T Stadium.So that got me to thinking, with expectations what they are in Stillwater this year, and with Gameday completely skipping the Big 12 last season, there’s a good chance the ESPN crew makes a stop in Stillwater this season. With that in mind, which game would be OSU’s best chance?Let’s look at six of OSU’s home games to decide which one is most likely to lure Gameday:#6: Tulsa — August 31, 2017You’d think I’d pick Kansas in this spot, but nope. OSU opens the season at home on a Thursday night in what is now being called the Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic. This isn’t out because it’s on Thursday or because OSU is playing Tulsa, it’s because we already know that Gameday is going to be at Ohio State at Indiana the same night.Other options: Ohio State at Indiana#5: Kansas — November 25, 2017There’s the Jayhawks. This is OSU’s final regular season game. Unless both teams are somehow undefeated, this isn’t happening. Kansas has only ever appeared in one other Gameday; When the 2nd-ranked Jayhawks faced No. 3 Missouri in Kansas City.other options: let’s be honest, we all know it’s going to be Alabama at Auburn#4: Baylor — October 14, 2017I just can’t see Gameday rewarding Baylor with an appearance whether it’s at their stadium or another. Plus, this team isn’t winning the Big 12 this year (and might not beat Duke for that matter).Other options: Utah at USC, Arkansas at Alabama, OU vs Texas, Ohio State at Nebraska#3: Kansas State — November 18, 2017While I do think KSU is going to have a good season, it’s going to take a match-up of top-10 teams for this one to happen. It’s also more likely Gameday shows up for Bedlam two weeks prior to this one. All that being said, there’s not a great selection of options this week, so it might only take one of the two teams being top-10, and the other in the top 15 to make this happen. Of course, ESPN could chose this to be the week they head off to an FCS game like they’ve done the past few years.Now, if Snyder announces this is his final season the week before this game happens, move this game to the top of the list!Other options: UCLA at USC, Michigan at Wisconsin#2: Oklahoma — November 4, 2017You’d think this would be number one on the list. Nope. While there is a good chance that both teams are in the top 15, I have a sneaky suspicion that both will have lost a game by now. Yes, that includes OSU. (That October stretch just looks more and more brutal every time I glance at it.)Now, there is a good chance that both teams are top-10. If that’s the case, this happens, if for no other reason than this game isn’t the last of the season like it has been the past few years.Other options: Penn State at Michigan State, LSU at Alabama, Auburn at Texas A&M, Texas at TCU#1 TCU: September 23, 2017Yep. Texas Christian. Hear me out. There is a very good chance that when the Cowboys and Horned Frogs meet, both teams will be 3-0. Granted, both will have to escape difficult road games in the first three weeks of the season for that to happen; OSU at Pittsburgh in week 3 and TCU at Arkansas in week 2. If that happens, both teams should be ranked with Oklahoma State likely in the top 10.I realize this is a bit of a gamble, as Oklahoma State has only hosted one, non-Bedlam Gameday, but the Big 12 is due, and if the league can get some Power-5 wins to start the season, they’ll be rewarded.Other options: Notre Dame at Michigan, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, Washington at Colorado, Penn State at Iowalast_img read more

Report: Swansea 2 Sheff Wed 0

first_imgSwansea City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Ayew and Dyer see Swans into quarters Dom Farrell 06:00 28/2/2018 NathanDyerJordanAyew - cropped Getty Images Swansea won a third consecutive FA Cup replay as second-half goals from Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer put paid to Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Ayew came off the bench to help Swansea City past injury-hit Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Following a goalless initial encounter at Hillsborough, Tuesday’s return was another cagey encounter and Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal saw his Premier League side create little of note during the first half versus his former employers.But Swansea’s top scorer Ayew came on at the interval and poached his ninth of the season before Nathan Dyer quashed Wednesday’s dwindling hopes 10 minutes from time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp A 4-1 thrashing at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday put Swansea back in the Premier League relegation zone and they were arguably second best in the first half at the Liberty Stadium.Kristoffer Nordfeldt parried Jacob Butterfield’s swerving shot from outside the area just before the half hour and the Swansea keeper reacted sharply to keep out Jordan Rhodes’ diving header from Lucas Joao’s cross.Sam Clucas’ improvised overhead kick was as close as Swansea came before the break and they were grateful for Nordfeldt’s assured handling after the marauding Joao cut inside Kyle Bartley9 – Swansea City are unbeaten in the previous nine competitive games in which Jordan Ayew has scored for them (W7 D2 L0). Charmed. pic.twitter.com/mPPHy1e23Q — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 27, 2018 Carvalhal elected to send on Martin Olsson and Ayew in a double change that paid dividends when Tom Carroll’s 55th-minute drive remarkably struck both posts, leaving the Ghana international to snaffle the rebound.Dyer ensured a home tie against either Tottenham or Rochdale in round six when he sprung the Wednesday offside trap – a VAR referral fell in the winger’s favour – to slide home Tammy Abraham’s pass.last_img read more