Report: Forest 4 Arsenal 2

first_imgNottingham Forest 4 Arsenal 2: Wenger suffers first third-round exit Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 01:57 1/8/18 lichaj - CROPPED Getty Images Eric Lichaj scored a stunning volley as Nottingham Forest eliminated holders Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup. Arsene Wenger lost an FA Cup third-round tie for the first time as holders Arsenal were stunned 4-2 by Nottingham Forest on Sunday.Wenger has lifted the famous trophy on seven occasions – including three of the last four years – but saw his much-changed side undone by two Eric Lichaj goals along with penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell in a classic cup tie at the City Ground.The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were all rested as Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck were afforded rare starts in an unfamiliar Arsenal XI. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Wenger’s plan backfired against a Forest side who are still without a permanent manager following the sacking of Mark Warburton last month.Lichaj’s headed opener was swiftly cancelled out by Per Mertesacker but the American restored the hosts’ advantage with a stunning volley just before half-time.Forest had a cushion when 18-year-old Brereton showed composure beyond his years to beat David Ospina from the spot following a Rob Holding foul on Matty Cash, but a late Welbeck strike threatened to make it a tense last 10 minutes for the home side.However, Gary Brazil’s men were awarded a second penalty when Mathieu Debuchy brought down Armand Traore from behind, allowing Dowell to convert from the spot, and Joe Worrall’s red card mattered little as Forest held on for a famous win.The result represents Arsenal’s first third-round defeat since they lost in a replay to Sheffield United eight months prior to Wenger’s appointment in 1996.4 – Nottingham Forest are the first team from a lower division to score 4+ goals against Arsenal in an #FACup tie since Hull City in January 1908. Thrashed.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2018Wenger’s decision to make nine changes appeared ill-judged when Lichaj ghosted into the six-yard box beyond a napping visiting defence to power home a header from Dowell’s free-kick after 20 minutes.But Wenger – serving the first match of a touchline ban following his treatment of referee Mike Dean after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with West Brom – had something to celebrate in the stands three minutes later when his side levelled.Reiss Nelson was awarded a soft free-kick on the left side of the penalty area and, after Holding headed Walcott’s delivery onto the left-hand post, Mertesacker was on hand to prod home with the outside of his left boot.Ospina had touched wide a Cash chance prior to the opener and was forced into two one-handed diving saves by the excellent Brereton before Lichaj produced a moment of magic that left the Colombian helpless.Lichaj controlled Holding’s clearing header on his chest on the edge of the box a minute before half-time and lifted a sublime volley beyond Ospina into the top-right corner.Arsenal offered little by way of a response early in the second half and Holding made a vital interception to prevent Brereton getting on the end of a dangerous Tyler Walker cross.But the teenage frontman netted the goal his performance merited in the 64th minute, with Holding rightly penalised by referee Jon Moss.Cool as you like… @benbreo sends David Ospina the wrong way to put #NFFC 3-1 in front.https://t.co/X7RHFZhY8s pic.twitter.com/BnYKbQf5ij— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) January 7, 2018The previously ineffective Welbeck made the most of a Jordan Smith mistake to side-foot home as Arsenal set up a tense finish, but Debuchy’s foul on former Gunner Traore led to the Dowell penalty that wrapped up the win.Dowell slipped as he struck the ball, but suspicions of a double touch were eventually dismissed by the officials to ratify Forest’s two-goal advantage.And, while Worrall was sent off for a tackle on Chuba Akpom and Walcott came close to pulling another one back, a poor Arsenal were beaten by the better team on the day in a result that will be an unwelcome addition to Wenger’s record. read morelast_img read more

Oklahoma State Starts 6-0 for Just Sixth Time Ever

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. There are a lot of terms you could use to describe this team. “Mediocre” is one. So is “lucky.” Another one? “Historic.”This 2015 team became just the sixth in OSU history to start a season 6-0. The other five came in 1945, 1997, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Strangely, the team last year would have started 6-0 if it would have played Central Michigan and not Florida State in the first game. Only the 1945 and 2011 teams made it to Halloween still undefeated (like OSU will do if it beats Kansas in two weeks).That’s pretty crazy. For as much as we’ve moaned about this squad, it’s on the cusp of doing something only two OSU teams have ever done.AdChoices广告Here’s how those teams finished the final seven games after starting 6-0.1945: 3-01997: 2-42008: 3-42010: 5-22011: 6-1“Really proud of our team coming on the road and being resilient in overtime,” Gundy said. “…We’re excited about being 6-0, but we need a week off. The accumulation of the last 10 weeks [since the start of practice in early August] and the last two games, we were beat down a little bit but they found a way to win,” he continued.Somehow, they willed themselves to another W.last_img read more

The 11 Best Stats From The OSU-West Virginia Game

first_imgThere was really only one number that mattered on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium: 100. Mike Gundy notched win No. 100 in tremendous fashion as the Pokes took down a top 10 team.But there were a few others that stuck out as well. A look at those here.15: OSU is now 15-1 when winning the turnover battle 3-0 under Mike Gundy and 33-2 when winning it 3-1 or better.7: There are only seven active coaches with 100 or more wins with their current team. You can see that list here.4: OSU has now won four of its first five Big 12 games in seven of the last nine years. That’s a staggering number.19: OSU now has 19 wins over top 25 teams in the Gundy era and six over top 10 teams.2: There are 71 players nationally with 210 passing attempts or more. Nobody has fewer than Mason Rudolph’s two picks.1.25: OSU’s turnover margin per game is now 1.25. This ranks No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big 12.screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-11-07-04-am9: James Washington now has nine 100-yard games in his career and a catch in 27 straight contests. Here are all nine 100-yard games.screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-11-02-48-am32: QB1 now has 32 TDs at home in 12 career starts. Compare that to three picks. He’s also averaging 353 yards per game in those 12 starts at home. Stunning stats.11: Jalen McCleskey tied his career high with 11 receptions. he also had 11 against Central Michigan earlier this year.43: OSU’s average drive on Saturday started on its own 43. That’s a startling number. If that happens every game and you’re even an average team, you’re probably not going to lose many times.2: WVU has now given up 30 or more points twice this season and 35 or more just once (to OSU on Saturday). 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

Can The Oklahoma State Defense Force Kansas State To Pass?

first_imgOur guy @BradF79 on Twitter looked at some advanced metrics yesterday to see how this weekend is going to turn out, and he is finishing that off today.Points Per Drive / Possession SuccessLike the drive numbers from yesterday, these numbers are non-adjusted. PPD has been discussed often on this blog but there’s a few different varieties here. Points per value drive are calculated on possessions that begin on the offense’s own side of midfield and reach at least the opponent’s 30-yard line.  Points per long drive are calculated on possessions that begin inside the offense’s own 20-yard line. Points per remaining drive are calculated on possessions that begin within 80 yards of the end zone.In addition to the PPD numbers is a fairly new metric called possession success rate (PSR). Scores (touchdowns and field goals) are recorded as possession wins for the team with the ball and possession losses for the opponent. All other results are recorded as possession losses for the team with the ball and as possession wins for the opponent.  Momentum possession wins are defined as possession wins that immediately follow another possession win (i.e. offensive score following a defensive stop, or vice versa). Reset possession wins are defined as possession wins that immediately follow a possession loss (i.e. defensive stop following a failed offensive possession, or offensive score following a failed defensive possession).screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-26-pmOSU is doing fairly well on PPD.  Their 2.68 PPD number is 25th in FBS. KSU’s defensive PPD number of 2.16 is 64th. The OSU offensive PSR value of nearly 46% is 22nd in the country. KSU’s defense points per long drive is not good but their other numbers are all fairly average.KSU has pretty similar numbers to OSU in PPD.  One advantage here is their ability on offense to score following a possession loss (reset possession success rate). 50% of the time they score after a possession loss.  That’s 14th in FBS and a really good number. OSU defense needs to do a better job at forcing FGs or getting turnovers once an opponent reaches their 30. That points per value drive number is 84th in the country.Offensive/Defensive Footprintsscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-34-pm screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-31-pmOSU is not running the ball much (at least compared to other FBS teams). 52% of standard downs, 30% on passing downs. Their pace is just above average and they’ve shown the ability (or want) to go both methodically and fast (turbo as they call it). They, like KSU, are doing a good job at creating one-on-one situations with 83% solo tackle rate.KSU runs. That’s what they do. 68% of the time on standard downs they run the ball. The statistic to pay attention to here though is their run rate on passing downs. Only 29% of the time do they run on passing downs, that’s less than OSU. Their pace is slow, very slow (110th out of 128).We all know what the OSU DL brings to the table. 8% havoc rate is 9th in the country. The overall havoc rate of 18.2% is 26th. The secondary needs to do a better job of generating havoc despite their 11th ranking is pass deflections/interceptions to incompletion rate.If there’s another team in the Big 12 with as good of DL at generating havoc as OSU, it’s KSU. 7.2% havoc rate. However the KSU DL doesn’t get as much help from their LBs or DBs.  Opponent-Adjusted Successscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-39-pmWe are finally looking at some opponent-adjusted play-by-play data. Much of what we see here (with some exceptions) is not too different from the unadjusted data. OSU’s offense will be challenged the most in the run game, where they struggle anyway. Their biggest opportunities for success will be on passing downs, throwing the ball.The KSU offense still has really good success rates when you adjust for their opponents, they are running the ball very well, but struggling a lot when passing and on passing downs. OSU’s defense will have to get KSU into passing downs in order to let their advantage there have some affect on the outcome of the game. That means limiting yards gained on standard downs and stopping the KSU rushing attack.Opponent-Adjusted Situationalscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-43-pmI pointed this out last week and it’s still true this week.  OSU offense on 3rd down is incredible (4th in FBS).  Surprisingly, 2nd down seems to be their biggest weakness and I’m beginning to get concerned about their lack of ability to do much in the 3rd quarter after the opposing defense makes halftime adjustments.  The KSU defense seems to get worse as the game goes on which matches up well with OSU’s ability to wear teams out with their width of the field, sideline to sideline screen game (that many of us hate to watch).  KSU defense has to find a way to get stops on 3rd down if they want to win.The KSU offense is really only good in the first quarter (or has been historically). They also struggle mightily on 3rd down. I’d really like to see the OSU defense get better defensively in the 1st and 2nd quarter instead of saving it for the 2nd half. The team is clearly bolstered by good defense in the 4th quarter (which Gundy attributes to the DL rotations) and 3rd down defense.Special Teamsscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-48-pmKSU’s return teams will provide the biggest challenge for OSU so far this season.  Ammendola and Sinor must continue to do what they do best.  KSU’s FG kicking has been just average, something else to watch for in a close game.ConclusionUnfortunately, there isn’t a crystal ball that tells us how teams will play on Saturday.  All we have is how they’ve played in the past.  Past performance is not indicative of future performance either.  KSU is a 3 point favorite for a reason.  Most notably because the do not turn the ball over and the OSU defense has been the game changer recently coming up with turnovers that have given OSU the ball in enemy territory.  How will OSU do without those gifts?  I try not to put too much stock in the history of this series, but the home team has had a clear advantage (except for 2010) for some years.  Whether this trend continues on Saturday I believe comes down to a few things:Can OSU limit success for KSU on early downs and force them into passing downs?Can the OSU run game get anything going against a stout KSU defense?Can Rudolph hit the intermediate routes accurately (and can the receivers make clean catches)?Can OSU limit the ability of the KSU return teams to affect the game?Turnovers.Thanks for reading.  Please let me know what you think and any suggestions for the next episode. 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

Live Chat Transcript: Let’s Talk About Oklahoma State Recruiting

first_imgHey all, Kyle Boone and Kyle Porter chatted about recruiting, Mike Gundy, Marcus Arroyo and the irrationality starting to seep in when it comes to college basketball. You can take a look at the transcript below in the comments section. Thanks to everyone for stopping by! 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

WATCH: Jordan Sterns Career Highlights

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. Jordan Sterns will go down as not only a fan favorite but one of the hardest hitting Cowboy defenders ever. After leading Oklahoma State in tackles for three straight years, Sterns lands at No. 7 on the Cowboys’ all-time tackler list (and No. 1 in the Gundy era).Unfortunately Sterns’ time in orange and black is done, but that makes it a great time to look back at his stellar career.last_img read more

OSU Signee Brendon Evers Admits His Family Is Full of OU Fans

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. Bixby (Oklahoma) defensive tackle Brendon Evers committed to Oklahoma State early in the recruiting process last March. Despite recruitment of other top prospects nationally, which many times can see multiple decommitments during a process, Evers stayed loyal to the Cowboys. Even with his family having a fandom of a different in-state school.“My whole family is OU fans,” Evers told the Tulsa World after signing with OSU. “At first it was weird, but they’re happy for me that I get to go to college and live my dream.”While it may have been weird at the beginning, it didn’t take long for OSU and Mike Gundy to sell Evers’ family on the atmosphere and the perfect fit their son would have at OSU.“I was a little skeptical,” Evers’ father Jim said. “But once we met coach Gundy and saw how family-oriented they were, we thought it was a good fit. We’re OSU fans from now on.”Just another day in the life of Mike Gundy. Winning over OU fans one day at a time.last_img read more

Offensive Lineman Darrell Simpson Commits to OU over OSU, Ohio State

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. Offensive line target Darrell Simpson announced Saturday he has committed to the University of Oklahoma over OSU, TCU, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU.Simpson is a four-star, top-200 talent from Northwest High School in Justin, Texas, widely viewed as a top-10 prospect at his position in the region. He recently included OSU in his group of final 8 schools but ultimately picked the Sooners in favor of OSU.AdChoices广告“First and foremost I want to thank God, my parents, my sister and family for you have been my support system through it all and I love you,” he said on Twitter. “This decision was not an easy one, but I will continue my academics and athletic endeavors at the University of Oklahoma.”OSU was in the mix with Simpson for several years, extending a scholarship offer two years ago, but with multiple coaching changes at the offensive line position it made it difficult to maintain a steady relationship with the blue-chip prospect from Texas.Fortunately for Oklahoma State, it has commitments at offensive line from Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony, Hunter Woodard, Tyrese Williams and Jacob Farrell, so the offensive line position is more than loaded already. But adding a player of Simpson’s size and talents would have been the perfect polish to finish off the class in style. Now, it seems, OSU will be competing against Simpson in Bedlam for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

The €150m experiment: Why Barca don’t trust Dembele

first_imgUEFA Champions League The €150m experiment – why Valverde does not trust Dembele yet Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 21/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Ousmane Dembele Barcelona Getty UEFA Champions League Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Chelsea Ousmane Dembélé Opinion The 20-year-old winger is one of the world’s most expensive players, but has started only three games for Barca and was an unused sub against Chelsea Ousmane Dembele has endured a nightmare start to his Barcelona career. The French international, signed after Neymar’s sale to Paris Saint-Germain in a €105 million move from Borussia Dortmund which could rise to €150m with add-ons, simply cannot catch a break.The 20-year-old winger has played in just nine games for the Catalan club this season and started only three, with no goals to his name and a sole assist. It is not what Barca or the player himself will have had in mind.Tuesday night seemed like it might bring a new opportunity. Barca lined up with four midfielders and looked incredibly narrow against Chelsea in the teams’ Champions League last-16 first leg clash at Stamford Bridge. But with his side crying out for natural width, coach Ernesto Valverde turned not to Dembele, but to Aleix Vidal. 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 “Why Aleix and not Dembele?” Valverde said after the game. “Dembele has been out injured for a while, and for a match like this, coaches go with the things they know best.“Aleix also gives us things, a different profile. When we are faced with a match like this, I rely on certainties. I had to respect what we have been doing, so I played Paulinho as a starter and I brought on Aleix Vidal for more depth. It wasn’t the time to experiment. That’s how I see it.”It was the latest disappointment for Dembele in a season of setbacks and the decision to send on Vidal as he remained on the bench was clearly a blow for the youngster. After the match, he trudged disconsolately through the mixed zone at Stamford Bridge.With two spells on the sidelines, three starts and only nine appearances in total, the move has not lived up to expectations so far by any means. But some of that can be traced back to what happened in the summer, before he had even joined Barcelona.Back then, Dembele went on strike in order to force through his move from Dortmund and was then separated from the squad by the German club. That meant he missed much of the team’s preparation work and by the time he had joined Barca, he was not properly fit.Dembele starts 2017-18 graphic“There is no reason to make a big thing out of it,” Valverde said in January. “The fact is that he didn’t have a proper pre-season and we want to help him recover, little by little.”The initial injury came away to Getafe in September, but what looked like a hamstring strain was complicated by tendon damage and to make matters worse, it came as he attempted a needless back-heel flick.”When a player is going at that speed and does a back-heel, it can happen,” Valverde later said. “Maybe in a more experienced player it wouldn’t have. He’s a young player and he’ll recover.”Dembele had to wait until January to make his return, but the injury flared up again on only his second substitute appearance (away to Real Sociedad) and when he came back again in the home match against Getafe, he gave the ball away 13 times in just 27 minutes.There are also concerns over the player’s diet, with Barca having assigned the winger his own chef to ensure he is eating healthily, while he still cannot speak Spanish well enough to communicate with his team-mates.Despite all of that, the club believe he will become an important player at Camp Nou, but Valverde is keen to exercise caution and with the winger still only 20, there is no need to rush. Given his injury problems and lack of a proper pre-season, however, it may be some time until the fans see the best of Dembele in a Barca shirt.last_img read more

Wenger hits back at Keane’s Wilshere rant

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal boss Wenger backs Wilshere after Keane rant Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 18:59 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jack Wilshere Arsenal 22022018 Getty Arsène Wenger Kevin De Bruyne Arsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City League Cup Östersunds FK Arsenal UEFA Europa League Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane singled out the Gunners midfielder after their defeat to Ostersunds, but his manager has backed him Arsene Wenger defended Jack Wilshere after Roy Keane labelled the Arsenal midfield “probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”Arsenal slumped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat at home to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday, advancing to the last 16 by virtue of a 3-0 win in the away leg.Wenger shuffled his starting XI with an eye on Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Manchester City but Wilshere captained the side and conceded afterwards the Gunners “weren’t good enough”. 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 That did not spare the 26-year-old – who has re-established himself at Arsenal this season after a year on loan at Bournemouth and persistent injury struggles – from Keane’s wrath.Speaking on ITV , the former Manchester United great said: “You look for your senior players to lead by example…when Wilshere is your captain, to me, he is probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”Wenger adopted a weary tone when the matter was raised at his news conference to preview the EFL Cup final.”Who said that?” he asked before exhaling at length when informed Keane was the pundit in question.”It’s very difficult. I personally rate Jack very highly,” he answered. “After that, you can have opinions.”Jack was in a team that did not perform well, so it was not easy for him.”It was not his best performance but Roy Keane knows that can happen to everybody.”last_img read more