Lambert: I’m not immune to sacking

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert has once again emphasised he does not feel immune from the the sack, insisting he “never stops worrying” about it. And last weekend they suffered a 2-1 FA Cup third-round reverse at Villa Park against Sheffield United – a club that have been struggling this term towards the lower end of Sky Bet League One. Lambert – under whom Villa finished 15th in the Premier League last season, his first in charge of the club – said after a 1-1 home draw with Swansea in December that although he has a good relationship with his chairman Randy Lerner, he always works with “that fear” of losing his job. Returning to the theme this week, Lambert said: “I never stop worrying. I’m not immune from it. “The relationship between me and Randy is what it is. You are never immune from anything, and I would never view it that way. “You just keep going – there is no secret formula to it. You just keep going and don’t lose focus on what you are trying to do. I will never waver from that.” Lambert has also been keen to stress how bad a week he has had off the back of the Sheffield United result. Before the game, he had caused a stir by saying that most fellow top-flight managers would probably prefer to do without the FA Cup. After the match – for which he fielded a first XI showing only four changes – he claimed that comment had been taken out of context. And asked ahead of the Arsenal contest how he had been feeling in the days since the cup tie, Lambert said: “The same way I do after every other game (Villa have lost). “I don’t sleep great, I don’t eat great. The usual stuff. “It is just the life of a football manager. It is a great job, but you don’t feel great (after defeats). “And contrary to other people’s reports, I never degraded the competition at all. “I tried to win the game, I put the best team out I possibly could and we got knocked out. Good luck to Sheffield United. We weren’t good enough.” There were boos from Villa fans at the final whistle in the Sheffield United game and while Lambert has expressed his understanding for the supporters’ frustration, he has also called for them to “stick with it” and do all they can to help the team on Monday night. “I don’t have any problem with the crowd,” Lambert said. “If the team is not performing, then you expect people to vent their frustration – that is normal. “But we are a young side. “Last year, we played Newcastle at home and we were getting beaten 2-0 in the first half. “Then we scored, and for about 40 minutes, it didn’t matter what we did, that crowd was right with us. They were brilliant that time. “Because you are in your second year, it might be a different view, but if they can stick with it and see us through the hard times when we need them… because we certainly need them. “They have been excellent for us overall, and we expect if we are not performing that certain things will happen. “But we’re hoping on Monday that they will get right behind us.” Villa will assess the condition of defenders Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker ahead of the Arsenal match. Both club captain Vlaar and Baker sat out the Sheffield United game with calf and hamstring problems respectively. Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also missed the cup tie, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are fit despite having had niggles, but the contest is too soon for midfielder Chris Herd and defender Joe Bennett to make their comebacks after injury. Ahead of Monday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Arsenal, Villa are on a poor run of form, having won only one and lost five of their last seven games in all competitions. The midlands outfit’s record at their own ground for the entire campaign to date has been disappointing, with it showing just two victories and six defeats from 10 top-flight fixtures Press Associationlast_img read more

Javier gives up 1 hit in 6 innings, Astros beat Mariners 2-1

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News First Published: 16th August, 2020 07:31 IST Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 07:31 IST Javier Gives Up 1 Hit In 6 Innings, Astros Beat Mariners 2-1 Rookie Cristian Javier allowed one hit over six shutout innings, Yuli Gurriel homered and the Houston Astros edged the Seattle Mariners 2-1 Saturday night for their third straight win Rookie Cristian Javier allowed one hit over six shutout innings, Yuli Gurriel homered and the Houston Astros edged the Seattle Mariners 2-1 Saturday night for their third straight win.Javier (2-1) struck out five and walked three. The 23-year-old right-hander rebounded nicely after surrendering five runs in three innings in his last start against Oakland on Aug. 9.Javier retired 10 of the first 12 batters before Kyle Seager walked and a single by Austin Nola accounted for the Mariners’ only hit off the rookie in the fifth. Javier induced a double play from Daniel Vogelbach and struck out Shed Long Jr. to end the inning.Gurriel extended Houston’s lead to 2-0 in the fourth with a solo home run that just made it over the fence, out of the reach of center fielder Kyle Lewis.Jose Altuve gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout, scoring Yordan Alvarez. Altuve was moved to seventh in the lineup and went 1 for 3 with a single in the seventh to bump his batting average up to .181.Evan White cut Houston’s lead to 2-1 with a solo home run in the eighth.Ryan Pressly pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.Houston has won 23 of their last 25 against the Mariners. Seattle lost its fourth straight game.Nick Margevicius (0-1) allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts in six innings.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP Nestor Cortes was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow impingement. … Seattle designated RHP Bryan Shaw for assignment. … The Mariners recalled LHP Taylor Guilbeau from their alternate site and selected RHP Llay Newsome from the alternate site.Astros: OF Michael Brantley was placed on the injured list with right quad discomfort. The move was retroactive to Aug. 12. The Astros will announce a corresponding roster move before Sunday’s game. … Houston activated RHP Joe Biagini from the IL and optioned RHP Brandon Bailey to the alternate training site.UP NEXTMariners: LHP Justus Sheffield (1-2, 5.27) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season on Sunday. He four hits in six scoreless innings on Aug. 9 in a win over Colorado.Astros: RHP Lance McCullers, Jr. (2-1, 6.10) will make his fifth start on Sunday. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing one hit in his last start on Aug. 10 against San Francisco.Image credits: AP center_img COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more