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Allardyce: Offside decision cost us

Press Association “If we’d been allowed that goal we wouldn’t have lost. We would have kicked on and Arsenal would have found life very difficult from then on,” Allardyce said. “I’ve not spoken to the ref because I don’t see any point in confronting him when you know you’re 100 per cent right and he hasn’t had the visuals. You can’t get anything out of telling him how wrong he’s been. “Going on what we were told at the start of the season, they got it horribly wrong. He (Sakho) wasn’t in the eye-line of the keeper. He didn’t touch the ball. “Yes he was offside, but we’ve seen so many of those allowed as goals. I’ve not seen one ‘not given’. “Can you tell me what is an offside? Now I’m totally and utterly confused and bewildered. There are far too many inconsistencies.” Allardyce also disputed the first-half penalty that enabled Cazorla to open the scoring in an entertaining showdown in east London. Cazorla tumbled over the body of Winston Reid as he darted into the area, but the West Ham defender seemed to lift a leg to help the Spaniard fall. When asked if he thought it was a penalty, Allardyce said: “No. Reid stuck his leg up and he’s gone over on it. I just wish Morgan Amalfitano had done something similar when he got tugged by Nacho Monreal in the last minute. Alex Song’s 25-yard drive just six minutes into the London derby at Upton Park was disallowed due to three home players – among them Diafra Sakho – standing offside in front of Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Gunners went on to score goals through Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck with Cheikhou Kouyate reducing the deficit, but Allardyce held referee Neil Swarbrick and his assistants responsible for denying his team at least a point. “He stayed on his feet. He was being fouled but didn’t go down. There’s another scenario for you – simulation is not nice, but when you don’t get free-kicks for staying on your feet, you’re in a difficult situation.” Arsenal’s second successive 2-1 victory leaves them outside of the top four on goal difference alone ahead of the New Year’s Day clash with Southampton at St Mary’s. “This game was more about fighting than being creative, but you need to have that in England, especially when you played two days ago,” manager Arsene Wenger said. “We gave so much physically that I was worried for this game. We knew before the game we would have to dig deep because we were jaded, but we did that. “It’s vital to re-establish ourselves in the top four. We have done it for 17 years so we are entitled to at least believe we can do it. “But it’s all to do because everybody fights very hard for it – Southampton, Tottenham, Man United. So many teams fight for these positions.” Sam Allardyce blamed West Ham’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Arsenal on an offside decision that left him “totally and utterly confused and bewildered”. read more

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Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer hopes flexibility leads to more action behind the plate

first_img“My framing stats were average but to get to the point I want to be you have to be great,” Farmer said.“Watching film of Yaz (Yasmani Grandal) and (Austin) Barnes during the offseason I saw the position they were getting in and I was, ‘I can’t get in that position.’ I had to figure out how to get in that position. Me and B-Mac (strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel) kind of sat down together and made a plan and a routine for myself.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he could see the difference in Farmer’s “body composition” from the time he arrived at spring training.“He really took it upon himself and sent video all winter to Brandon McDaniel,” Roberts said. “His hips were really tight so as he got into that squatting position it was more of a stab at the low ball. Now he can work underneath the baseball. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “His hands really play. He really is a good accurate thrower but his receiving was in question for us.”Farmer said the improved flexibility will allow him to get in a lower crouch and work the bottom of the strike zone better. That is one of the keys in an area increasingly emphasized in evaluating catchers.“I think getting my hips lower to the ground I can work up to the ball rather than kind of going at it and not being able to manipulate the pitch,” Farmer said.“That strike zone up top is pretty tough to call. Here, we straight focus on the corners and the bottom. Up, you don’t really know because it’s tough to bring one down and frame it. It’s easier to bring one up and frame it.”Farmer acknowledged that he has seen benefits in his hitting as well, being able to fire his hips through his swing more effectively in the past. He will need every edge he can get. Ahead of him on the depth chart at catcher are Grandal and Barnes. Behind him, the Dodgers have a group of young catchers (Will Smith, Keibert Ruiz and Connor Wong) as talented as any in baseball.“I knew my role going into it last year. I knew I was going to come off the bench and hit, play multiple positions,” said Farmer who also plays first and third base. “But you’ve got two of the best catchers in the league right here. I was just fortunate enough to watch them in person and learn from them. I mean, I watched Barnes catch in the playoffs and it was magical what he does with the baseball catching. Same thing with Yaz all season. They’re two of the best strike-stealers in the game.“I’m going to go into this season with an open mind and go where they tell me to go.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco A converted college shortstop, the 27-year-old Farmer got his first taste of the big leagues last season. He spent about two months on the Dodgers’ roster during the regular season but caught a total of only seven innings (less than the eight he put in at first base) with no starts. He made the postseason roster but was only used as a pinch-hitter.Related Articlescenter_img GLENDALE, Ariz. – Kyle Farmer wanted to improve his pitch-framing skills. So he spent the offseason … doing Pilates.“It has everything to do with pitch framing,” he said of an offseason devoted to improving his flexibility, particularly in his hips.PreviousThe Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer talks with coaches during workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer signs autographs after workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer signs autographs after workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer talks with coaches during workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 3The Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer talks with coaches during workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Expand“I mean, I could frame well last year but not great. Now I think getting my hips lower to the ground I can work up to the ball rather than kind of going at it and not being able to manipulate the pitch.”Farmer wouldn’t say anyone in the Dodgers’ organization had told him he needed to improve his ability to steal strikes behind the plate. But the signs were obvious that the Dodgers had a problem with his receiving skills. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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