Carrick backs Falcao

first_img Press Association Michael Carrick has backed Radamel Falcao to hit the goal trail and spearhead Manchester United’s title charge. Christian Benteke had put Villa ahead against the run of play before Falcao scored his second United goal to level. And England man Carrick believes the Colombian, who has struggled for fitness this season, is now ready to fire. “He’s scored so many goals over the years and you feel when he gets the chance he’ll score,” he said. “It was a terrific header, so I’m pleased for him. “After being out for a bit that’s him back and hopefully he can go on a bit of a streak now.” Wayne Rooney, who was deployed in midfield behind Robin van Persie and Falcao agreed and added: “It was a great run by Ashley (Young), a great ball and a great header. It was a nice goal all around and I’m pleased for Falcao.” But Carrick insisted the draw, which left United seven points behind joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester City and third in the Barclays Premier League, was not enough. “We came here to win so we feel we let two points go. We controlled the first half and went a goal down from nothing,” Carrick told MUTV. “We didn’t create enough around their box to be a real threat. The second half was better and we felt we could go on and win it but the final cross didn’t really go for us. “We felt we were in control of the game. When they went to 10 men we didn’t make the most of it. We tried things which maybe weren’t on so that’s a bit frustrating as we had the opportunity to put them under pressure. “We would hope for more but we didn’t lose, we took a point and hopefully we can carry it on over Christmas and be stronger when we come out the other side in January.” Rooney had a quiet game and could not hide his frustration after United struggled to break Villa down. “It’s important not to lose the game but we felt we did enough to win,” he told MUTV. “We missed an opportunity to get all three points so we are disappointed and frustrated.” But the midfielder admitted they blew their chance to extend their winning streak to seven games after drawing 1-1 at Aston Villa. United were held at Villa Park on Saturday, despite the hosts having Gabby Agbonlahor sent off with 25 minutes left. last_img read more

61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships

first_imgGuyanese women suffer heartbreak to settle for Silver, Men cop bronzeTHE Guyana national men’s and women’s teams played their hearts out yesterday when action in the 61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships continued at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) in front of a full house.For their valiant efforts, the women’s team settled for Silver, losing out to the Dominican Republic (DR) in their final round-robin match while the men’s team, after losing a hard-fought battle in the semi-final to Puerto Rico, managed to defeat Barbados in their third-place match-up to claim Bronze.First, Chelsea Edghill and Trenace Lowe faced the DR’s duo of Yasiris Ortiz and Esmerlyn Castro; that match proved to be a classic five-setter. In the opening set, Edghill and Lowe found themselves on the losing side of things, conceding it 6-11. However, they fought back to claim the second 11-9, but the DR duo claimed the next one 7-11 before the Guyanese dug deep to claim the last two sets at 13-11 and 12-10.Natalie Cummings was full of heart during the Women’s team competition in which the Guyanese women copped Silver medal. (Carl Croker Photo)It was up to Natalie ‘Speedy’ Cummings who faced Eva Brito next, they produced another five-setter which went in favour of Brito, who won 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 15-13 and 5-11 in a nail-biter.With proceedings level at 1-1, the DR seized the advantage with Ortiz defeating Lowe in yet another five setter at 11-7, 12-10, 11-2 and 13-11. It was then heartbreak for the Guyanese women when Cummings conceded the game to Castro in sets of 7-11, 3-11 and 5- 11 for the DR to clinch Gold.Earlier, the men’s team of Christopher Franklin, Joel Alleyne, Shemar Britton and Nigel Bryan showed tremendous heart and mental fortitude to take a 3-2 win over Barbados to claim Bronze in their category.Alleyne and Franklin handed Guyana the advantage when they came from a set down to defeat Mark Dowell and Kevin Farley in sets of 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 and 11-3 in the doubles match.Meanwhile, Britton could not hand Guyana a 2-0 lead, losing to Tyrese Knight in sets of 5-11, 4-11, 12-10, 8-11. However, Alleyne then bounced back to defeat Farley 11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 while Knight pulled Barbados level by defeating Franklin 11-8, 13-11,11-8.Britton then closed in on the Bronze for Guyana by relegating Mark Dowell to a 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, and 11-8 defeat.last_img read more