Everton latest: Roberto Martinez defends under-fire John Stones – ‘He’s not the finished article’

first_img1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez has come to the defence of John Stones after the England youngster faced a fan backlash for his performance against Swansea on Sunday.The Three Lions defender has impressed with his natural ball playing ability in recent seasons, but was criticised after his sloppy backpass led to the Swans’ opening goal in a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park.It was the latest in a string of bad results for the Toffees, as they drop into the bottom half of the table after a run of just one win from their last ten Premier League games.Martinez has often excused his side’s performances on the basis his young team still have plenty to learn, and he has no doubts Stones, in particular, will prove his critics wrong in the long run.“John is 21 and has played 68 games in the Premier League. I would never judge a player until he plays 100 starts in any league,” he added.“John is the first one to know when he plays well and plays badly. You have to learn from those situations.“Some of his performances this season have been magnificent. Is he the finished article? Clearly not because he is 21 and has played only 68 games.“Whatever the judgement and criticism from outside we accept it but I think John Stones is in the perfect environment to fulfil his potential and become one of the greatest players England has ever seen.”Martinez was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City, with Everton taking a slender 2-1 advantage to the Etihad Stadium .A Merseyside derby final with Liverpool – if the Reds beat Stoke on Tuesday night – could be on the cards with a victory, and Martinez is confident his young side have what it take to secure their place at Wembley, despite their recent struggles in the league.“You want every player to show the mentality of being ready and that the team can rely on that individual and every player has to have that mentality,” the manager added.“Disappointments are painful at the moment because results have not been fair in reflecting the efforts and football we have played.“Psychologically you have to go through experiences in order to create that resilience to create that winning mentality.“When things are going well they [younger players] will get a lot of attention, but in the same way when results are not going well they have to get used to that scrutiny.“I never manage in a blame culture, I manage in an aspirational manner.“There are situations you need that [psychological] support but at the moment I wouldn’t say that is needed in this team.“Getting a big achievement and reach something quite special could help to that positive outlook in our games.“It will be an enormous landmark for the club if we can reach the final of the League Cup.“I don’t think we have anything to lose. Everyone expects Man City to win and to get into the final.” Everton defender John Stones last_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty has said he is confident over the future of the crèche in Gaoth Dobhair.It is understood that there is ongoing discussions to save the creche which is due to close its doors soon.“There has been understandable concern in the local community over the past few weeks as it emerged that there was a question mark over the future running of the crèche. “As a local parent with children who have attended the crèche in the past, I am well aware of the invaluable service it provides and I have been working closely with the current committee and Comahir Naíonraí na Gaeltachta over the past number of weeks to find a viable solution to allow the crèche remain open.“From my interactions with Údaras to date, it is clear that they are as anxious as we are to ensure that the service remains open. I am aware that Údaras is exploring a possible option for the service and I am hopeful that it will bear fruit.“I remain hopeful that a viable solution can be found before the 17th of this month, the announced closure date of the créche and I encourage all parties to continue in their efforts to retain this service.”  DOHERTY SAID HE IS CONFIDENT OVER FUTURE OF GAOTH DOBHAIR CRECHE was last modified: May 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Recognized by WBCA for Outstanding Academic Achievement

first_img 3 St. Francis College John  Thurston 3.749 4 Robert Morris University Charlie Buscaglia 3.748 7 Drake University Jennie Baranczyk 3.653 2 Western Illinois University Jd Gravina 3.751 Rank Institution Head Coach GPA Print Friendly Version 8 South Dakota State University Aaron Johnston 3.641 This year’s award marks the fifth-straight season Drake, led by head coach Jennie Baranczyk, is ranked in the top 10 for the prestigious WBCA team academic honor. ATLANTA – The Drake University women’s basketball program ranked seventh in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season with a 3.653 team grade point average, the WBCA announced Tuesday, July 31. 5 Loyola University Maryland Joseph Logan 3.736 10 Youngstown State University John Vogel 3.615 A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPA’s are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA member head coach and a team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated. 9 Creighton University Jim Flanery 3.633 6 University of Idaho Jon Newlee 3.691 The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2017-18 season is the 23rd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls. 1 University of Wisconsin, Green Bay Kevin Borseth 3.753 Below is the top 10 for the 2017-18 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division I:last_img read more