Cardiff stun City

first_imgFraizer Campbell scored two late goals as Cardiff marked their first Premier League home game with a famous 3-2 victory over Manchester City. Alvaro Negredo got his first goal for City in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late. Few had given last season’s Championship winners any hope of getting a result after City had opened their campaign so impressively against Newcastle. But Malky Mackay’s men worked tirelessly to deny their big-spending visitors the space to work their magic and they ended the game as deserving winners. Prior to kick-off a section of the Welsh club’s fans had walked through the city to express opposition to the changing of the club’s kit from blue to red but, come the final whistle, fans wearing both colours joined in euphoric celebrations. For Pellegrini, there was a reminder that his will not be an easy task, and this poor display means they remain without a win from three Premier League visits to south Wales. Indeed, they never allowed their visitors to settle, with Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia showing particular discomfort against Campbell’s pace. Cardiff could have led after just 30 seconds. David Silva and Gael Clichy stood off Craig Bellamy and Lescott missed the Welshman’s ball into the box. It eventually fell to Campbell, who went down as Fernandinho closed in, but the appeals were waved away by Lee Probert. Edin Dzeko appeared to have put Manuel Pellegrini’s side on course for the three points when his superb strike gave City the lead early in the second half. But Cardiff hit back when Aron Gunnarsson tucked home from close range just before the hour, before Campbell twice headed home from corners to spark scenes of delirium at Cardiff City Stadium. Press Association Lescott was all at see again a few minutes later. The defender was robbed off possession by Gary Medel and then needlessly fouled Kim Bo-kyung to give Peter Whittingham a free-kick which he fired just wide. Whittingham then picked out Steven Caulker from a set-piece to force Joe Hart into a save, although the flag was up for offside. Cardiff’s tigerish snapping and harrying meant City could not find their stride and it took 20 minutes for them to unlock the home defence, but Andrew Taylor was on hand to clear from Silva’s astute ball across the six-yard box. Dzeko should have given them the lead just before the half hour but failed to control Yaya Toure’s excellent threaded pass. David Marshall held an ambitious effort from Silva, before Ben Turner blocked brilliantly as Toure fired at goal as City steadily assumed control. But Pellegrini’s men should have trailed at the interval. Campbell escaped the attentions of Garcia and Lescott far too easily from Gunnarsson’s lofted pass, but could not get a shot away cleanly, and seconds later Garcia’s woeful header forced Hart to intervene. Cardiff looked as though they would rue those missed opportunities when City took the lead just six minutes into the second half. Toure found Aguero and the Argentinian’s lovely lay-off set-up Dzeko to blast a strike beyond Marshall’s despairing dive. Cardiff refused to crumble and hit back eight minutes later. Clichy gave Kim far too much room on the right of the area and, although Hart saved from Campbell, he could do little to prevent Gunnarsson firing home the rebound. City pressed and pressed in an effort to restore their advantage but were met by stern resistance as Silva was crowded out before firing over, and Caulker blocked an Aguero strike. The rearguard effort gained its reward with 11 minutes to go, Whittingham swung over a pinpoint corner and Campbell snuck away from Pablo Zabaleta at the far post to nod in. The former Manchester United and Sunderland striker then completed the job with five minutes to go as he again escaped Zabaleta to find the net and write his name into Cardiff history. Negredo pulled one back but it was not enough. last_img read more

Rick Honeycutt will not return as Dodgers’ pitching coach in 2020

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Fortunately we’ve been able to have Mark Prior around and have him build up relationships,” Friedman said. “So my assumption is he will slide into that. But those specific things haven’t been worked out yet.”During Honeycutt’s tenure as pitching coach, the Dodgers had the lowest staff ERA in the National League four times. Since Honeycutt moved from minor-league pitching coordinator to become pitching coach on Manager Grady Little’s staff in 2006, the Dodgers lead the majors in ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio and have the lowest opponent’s batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.Bench coach Bob Geren has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for one of the eight current managerial vacancies.“Bob has been a big part of our success, is as good a bench coach as I’ve been around,” Friedman said. “I think with all the openings out there it’s definitely a possibility (that he leaves the Dodgers). If so – tough loss for the Dodgers, good for him personally.”Related Articles LOS ANGELES — After 14 seasons under four managers, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will not return in that role for the 2020 season.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that Honeycutt will “transition into a special assistant role.” The specifics of that role have not been fully determined yet, Friedman said.The 65-year-old Honeycutt struggled with the physical demands of the job the past two seasons due to back problems that led to major surgery in February. Honeycutt was late to join the Dodgers in spring training because of his recovery from the surgery.His decision to step down as pitching coach was not unexpected given that recent history. Bullpen coach Mark Prior is the obvious candidate to replace Honeycutt. Prior has been the Dodgers’ bullpen coach the past two seasons after three years as a minor-league coach in the San Diego Padres’ organization. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more