Olsson: Don’t write off Terry

first_img Press Association West Brom’s Jonas Olsson refused to write off John Terry and believes the Chelsea skipper’s qualities are timeless. Terry played every minute for Chelsea as they won the Barclays Premier League last term and Olsson backed him to return. The Sweden international said: “My take on that, is in football you are only as good as your last game but he had an absolutely amazing year last year, and I think he will have a few more at this level too, for sure. “If you play every minute of every game for one season, and then two months later you’re too old, that doesn’t sound right, does it? I think he is too good not to be back in the team all the time. “The will to win, the determination to get your head on the ball, those things are timeless. “I would say so. Only when you have lost that, the will to go through walls to win, then it is time to think about something else. Physically you have to accept that with age it becomes harder. “Maybe you won’t lose pace, but you have to spend more hours in the gym, more on the treadmill. In the game situation you don’t lose too much, but mentally you have to still have the desire.” Olsson is expected to keep his place ahead of Joleon Lescott after replacing him for the Baggies’ 0-0 draw at Watford last week while £12million striker Salomon Rondon could make his home debut. Chelsea are looking for their first victory of the season but Olsson has nothing but admiration for boss Mourinho. He said: “As a manager and as a personality. You need – football is entertainment and you need big personalities like Mourinho and (Fabio) Capello, like (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, that’s what you need in any type of entertainment. “As a manager his record speaks for itself. I have a big admiration for him.” center_img The defender believes the former England captain is too good to be left out at the champions for long. Terry was hauled off at half time of last week’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City and boss Jose Mourinho has not given any guarantees he will return at The Hawthorns on Sunday. last_img read more

3 things we learned from Syracuse football’s 31-24 win over Connecticut

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football snaps 2-game losing streak with 31-24 win over ConnecticutAmba Etta-Tawo sets Syracuse football single-game record with 270 receiving yards in win against ConnecticutWill Amba Etta-Tawo lead the nation in receiving yards entering Week 5? Watch these receivers to find outFast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 31-24 win over ConnecticutGallery: Syracuse football defeats Connecticut, 31-24 Facebook Twitter Google+ EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut — Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) climbed back to .500 by defeating Connecticut (2-2, 0-1 American Athletic), 31-24, on Saturday afternoon at Rentschler Field.Here’s what we learned from the Orange victory.Syracuse still hasn’t figured out its running gameOnce Dontae Strickland ran for over 100 yards in the first half against South Florida last week, it seemed like the Orange had found a consistent way to move the ball on the ground.After all, through the first two games, the team was averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. No running back had more than 40 yards in the Louisville game, and only Neal eclipsed that mark against Colgate thanks to a 49-yard score on his first carry.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it seems like the first half against USF was more an aberration than a turning point. With a completely new offensive line, the running backs still struggled finding any holes. The team finished with just 62 yards on 26 carries, both season lows, with 35 of those yards coming in the fourth quarter.Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerCole Murphy has Dino Babers’ trust despite rough gameSyracuse’s kicker Cole Murphy had been rock solid through the first three games of the season. He had nailed three kicks from 40 or more yards and his only miss through seven kicks on the season was from 55 yards to end the half against Louisville.He struggled against UConn on Saturday, missing two field goals, including one from 33 yards out that would have put the Orange up 10 late in the game. He also launched two kickoffs out of bounds, giving the Huskies the ball at the 35-yard line. Still, head coach Dino Babers said he supports Murphy.“Kickers are kickers. Flags start blowing and they start looking around,” Babers said. “Could we do better? Yeah. Am I OK with him? I’m OK with him. Do I want to trade him? Heck no, I don’t want to trade him. I like Cole a lot. He’s going to help us.”SU doesn’t need to go for it on fourth down to winLast week, Dino Babers answered questions postgame after the loss to USF about why he went for it so many times on fourth down. At the time he said that he thought SU needed those conversions to win the game.This time around, Syracuse didn’t go for a single fourth down. Its first opportunity was a fourth-and-1 from around midfield, but Sterling Hofrichter came on to punt it away. Hofrichter ended up punting five times in the game while Murphy attempted three field goals.Had Murphy made all his kicks, the Orange would have had bigger leads at different points in the game. Even without those makes, the Orange proved it could win without running a fourth down play. Commentscenter_img Published on September 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langerlast_img read more