Southampton will welcome back a number of familiar faces when Liverpool arrive next weekend for a match Nathaniel Clyne believes could prove vital in the top-four race. During last summer’s unparalleled talent drain, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert all left St Mary’s in favour of a move to Anfield. Those exits came at a reported combined cost of £49million and compounded the departures of head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw. Press Association “I think teams are coming up against us and making it really difficult for us to play,” Clyne said after Wednesday’s goalless draw. “I think they are coming to play counter-attacking football, which means that we have to try and break them down. “Yeah, it makes it difficult but we’re up for the challenge.” Southampton have certainly proved up to the challenge defensively, with their record of 12 clean sheets and just 17 goals conceded the best in the Premier League. “I think we’ve been solid all season, really,” Clyne added. “We’ve got the best defensive record in the Premier League. “We know if we keep that up, we know we can always go and win the game. “It’s been a great season. No one expected us to be where we are at the moment, but we’re flying high at the moment. “The confidence in the team and the morale’s high and we’re playing good football and we’re looking good.” Saints, though, have confounded those expecting them to struggle, with Ronald Koeman’s men sitting fourth in the Barclays Premier League standings with 13 matches remaining. Liverpool, four points worse off in seventh, are next up and England right-back Clyne is well aware of the importance of overcoming his former team-mates. “It is another game we’re looking forward to playing,” he told Press Association Sport. “We know Liverpool are a good side. “It is going to be another tough test for us, but I am sure if we play like we did (against West Ham) we can go and get the three points we’re looking for.” Put to Clyne that the match looked important in the top-four battle, he said: “Yeah, definitely. “I mean, if we get the win then we can push for that top four and hopefully we can stay there for the rest of the season.” To overcome Liverpool, Saints will need to show a cutting edge that has been missing in recent games at St Mary’s. Koeman’s side have not won in four successive home matches in all competitions, with the 10 men of West Ham the latest to leave with a smile on their face.
(Source: klix.ba) Since he stood on the goal of the first team of Zrinjski, young Goran Karačić has not been forced to take the ball out from the net.Karačić’s series last for 8 matches, or 705 minutes, if we consider that during the last 15 minutes of the match Sarajevo – Zrinjski he was not standing between the goalposts due to the injury.Adnan Gušo is still holding the record in the Premier League, who has not received a goal for total of 1,180 minutes as the goalkeeper of FC Željezničar in the season 2011/2012. Denis Zvonić interrupted his series in the match Velež – Željezničar, which was played in Mostar.In order to break Gušo’s record, young Karačić should remain unbeaten in the next 5 matches which is unrealistic. In the next round, Zrinjski will play match against Borac in Banja Luka.Goran Karačić is player of young national team of B&H and the younger brother of the famous handball players Ivan and Igor.
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Star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh made his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the game against Gujarat Lions at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium yesterday.The Hyderabad crowd had come in huge numbers to watch the comeback man in action. Yuvraj though, disappointed quite a few after failing to click with the bat in Hyderabad’s five-wicket win over Suresh Raina’s men. On a wicket that was difficult for the batsmen to get going, Yuvraj hung around for 14 balls scoring only five runs in chase of 127. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a match-winning, unbeaten 47, believes his India teammate will get back to form soon. Dhawan backed Yuvraj by saying the veteran all-rounder needed some time to hit form after his injury layout.”We have to understand that he is coming back after a break and it does get difficult to score right away. It is normal for any batsman to take time to get back into that groove. We all are confident that he will do well in the forthcoming matches,” Dhawan told iplt20.comDhawan was all praise for Yuvraj’s two-over spell. SRH skipper David Warner didn’t wait to use the services of the bowler in Yuvraj. The left-arm slow bowler bowled a couple of overs yesterday and put the brakes on Gujarat’s scoring rate conceding only 13 runs.”Tonight he bowled a couple of good overs,” Dhawan said on Friday.Yuvraj a calming influenceThe Delhi batsman also shed light on how Yuvraj is a calming influence in the SRH dressing room. “He has a very calming influence on everyone and his presence in the dressing room matters a lot. The youngsters get a boost just listening to him,” he said.advertisementDhawan said it was nice to get valuable inputs on the game from the experienced all-rounder. He also revealed that Yuvraj had good words for him after his sensible 40-ball 47 last night.”Yuvraj and I share a bit of technical stuff about our batting and it is nice to get his inputs. Even today he said that I played well. He said that I had played according to the situation and played sensibly.” Dhawan said.Dhawan, who had a horrid start to the tournament, got back to scoring ways in their first game against Gujarat Lions. He hasn’t looked back since scoring four 40-plus scores which includes two half-centuries.Dhawan credits skipper Warner for his success saying the aggressive Aussie opener, who has been on top of his game, made it easy for him.”I would like to credit David Warner. He is in such great form that I have been able to take my time in the middle to get set and get those scores for the team. That level of confidence brushes off on me and it creates a sense of ease for me. There is no case of playing rash shots or the need to push hard because the guy at the other end is playing his role to perfection,” Dhawan said.