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Graziano Pelle confident Southampton will improve

first_img Ronald Koeman’s men are without a win in their opening three Barclays Premier League fixtures and were knocked out of the Europa League at the play-off stage after defeat to Danish champions FC Midtjylland on Thursday. Add to that a number of injuries to key personnel and constant transfer speculation surrounding Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane and it has been a difficult start to the campaign for the south coast club. Press Association However, Pelle says the players remain united and is optimistic they can put their European disappointment behind them with victory over Norwich at St Mary’s. “We have an amazing group,” said the Italian forward. “We don’t have a problem with each other. Football is a lot about confidence. When the result doesn’t come everything looks like it is not your moment. “We can’t any more think about what has happened. Of course we have to look at the game to improve, but now there is a new season. “We need to work hard to again, try to get the same things we did last season. We will do our best and we will be sure that we will have better moments.” Pelle, who has three goals to his name this season, has also called for Saints fans to stick with the team, with the Italy international keen to meet their expectations. “The fans have been supporting the club for a lifetime,” he added. “They, of course, are free to think many things. We have to give them back the feeling that we can have positive moments “They always show us a lot of love and patience. The club has improved a lot because of the great supporters. Together we can go one way to win the game and be back. “Norwich come to play in St Mary’s and we are sure it’s going to be tough to beat us, but we have to show it. No words, just working hard to get the best result.” center_img Graziano Pelle insists Southampton must move on from their indifferent start to the season, beginning against Norwich on Sunday.last_img read more

Syracuse outshot 23-2 in loss to No. 11 Penn State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ From the moment the ball was kicked off at Jeffrey Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, Syracuse was berated with Penn State attacks in a 4-0 loss. The Nittany Lions rang off three shots in the opening 10 minutes, including Kristin Schnurr drilling the crossbar in the ninth minute. Less than nine minutes later, the home team had nearly tripled its shot total. After nearly a half-hour of dominance, PSU broke through. Forward Kerry Abello slid the ball to midfielder Shea Moyer, who, from the top of the penalty area, notched the ball into the bottom-left corner to put Penn State (4-2) ahead in the 24th minute, prompting the start of a rout over Syracuse (3-3) on Thursday night. The Orange was outshot 23-2 in the loss. Immediately following the goal, SU head coach Phil Wheddon made his first of four first-half substitutions, replacing defender Kate Donovan with Victoria Hill. In the opening 45 minutes, the Orange committed two fouls and faced 14 shots.The Nittany Lions tacked on another goal moments before halftime, as Schnurr beat Harris from close range to double the home team’s lead and record her second goal of the season. Four minutes into the second half, Penn State buried the Orange’s hopes even further.Charlotte Williams, who assisted Schnurr’s first-half goal, pinned the ball into the top-left corner of the goal from beyond the penalty area. Less than seven minutes later, Abello headed home PSU’s fourth goal of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAbello’s goal was the Nittany Lions’ second time beating SU goalie Lysianne Proulx, who replaced Harris to open the second half. This season, Proulx has conceded one goal every 36-and-a-half minutes while Harris has allowed one goal per 61-and-a-half minutes. After back-to-back games in which Wheddon has substituted Proulx in for Harris at halftime, the two goalkeepers remain engaged in a battle for the starting role.Hill and Sydney Brackett registered SU’s only two shots of the game, both of which landed on target.Wheddon made one change from the Orange’s 1-0 win against Northeastern on Sunday, inserting Brackett back into the lineup in place of Steph deLaforcade.After starting the first four games of the season, Brackett was used as a substitute for just the second time in her SU career Sunday at Northeastern. The junior assisted Georgia Allen’s game-winning goal in the 83rd minute against the Huskies, possibly sparking her return to the starting 11.The Orange will round out its road trip on Sunday when it faces Colgate at Beyer-Small ’76 Field. Published on September 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Commentslast_img read more