Win was deserved – AVB

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas felt justice was done as Paulinho’s stoppage-time winner gave his side a 1-0 victory at Cardiff which moved them up to second in the Barclays Premier League table. Press Association Spurs dominated large passages of the game at Cardiff City Stadium, and registered 29 shots to Cardiff’s six, but were in danger of failing to capitalise as they found home goalkeeper David Marshall in fine form. The Scotland international made a string of saves from Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Paulinho and Gylfi Sigurdsson, and when former Swansea man Sigurdsson did beat Marshall, he was denied by the crossbar. The second saw Ben Turner’s header from a corner chalked off after Aron Gunnarsson was adjudged to have impeded Lloris. But Villas-Boas felt the officials had got it right on both counts. He said: “I haven’t seen it (the first incident), but I understand he was right on the limit. I’m not sure if there is some controversy there. “Most people I have spoken to told me his hand is right on the line. I think if that is the case the referee made the right decision.” Of the disallowed goal, he added: “I think it was a foul for holding Hugo’s arm. We spoke about it between us at half-time and he said he would have been fine if he had not been fouled.” Villas-Boas also confirmed Jermain Defoe’s absence was down to a groin injury, with the striker due to undergo a scan on Monday. While Danny Rose has a toe injury, although not a fracture, but should be available to meet Chelsea next weekend. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay admitted he was disappointed at seeing Turner’s header ruled out, but was more upset with his side’s finishing than Lloris’ early challenge on Campbell. “Hugo Lloris will see it tonight and realise he is a lucky man and the referee will be disappointed in his decision,” said the Scot. “If you look at it again, it is Lloris who has his hand on Gunnarsson and then completely misses the track of the ball so for me it is a clear goal. “The incident with Fraizer is one people will look at whether it was out or in, but we had a one-on-one and Fraizer is invariably brilliant at those, and he is more disappointed he did not skip by him. Whether it was a foul or not is open to question. “We had some real good chances, but it’s about being clinical.” Mackay also praised Marshall’s display, but felt the defeat shows the challenge his side face in the top-flight. “I don’t think what you deserve comes into it, that’s the harsh reality, they were clinical in the last minute and we weren’t in the first minutes when we were through on goal,” he said. “David is a top goalkeeper, I think their goalkeeper cost £9million and I look at my keeper today and see him step up. He was the best in the Championship and he is in the Premier League, back in the Scotland squad and he has looked so comfortable in the games we have played against some top teams.” But Paulinho finally broke the deadlock as he backheeled in Erik Lamela’s pass from close range in the 92nd minute for his first league goal for the club. “There could only be one winner,” said Villas-Boas. “We played so much football it would have been unfair to leave here with only one point. “We got our reward in the end, but with the chances we created, if it wasn’t for Marshall, it could have been a more comfortable game. “You worry it can be one of those games. We played so open and sometimes on the counter they had a chance. But today, more than maybe any other game, we deserved the win. “It’s satisfying as I don’t see many teams coming here and winning against a team who are well organised and well managed.” Cardiff felt they had twice come out on the wrong end of decisions by the officials. The first came when Hugo Lloris appeared to handle outside his area as Fraizer Campbell attempted to round him, although replays suggested it was a very tight call. last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Badgers comeback Saturday night provides momentum into big weekend

first_imgIt would have been supremely easy for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team to fold Saturday night at the Kohl Center.Facing a daunting 3-0 hole heading into the third period against Northern Michigan, the Badgers stormed back with a barrage of three goals in less than three minutes, overcoming their largest deficit in a game since the 2013 season. The 3-3 tie would hold into the overtime period as both teams battled to a draw for the second time in the weekend series.For the Badgers (0-0-2), the opening series was a promising start coming off a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, head coach Mike Eaves said Monday. He added he was optimistic about his team’s start, but saw areas that should be addressed.“We can be better, I know that’s something Friday night to Saturday night we were much improved, but our play in the offensive zone can improve,” Eaves said. “[The offense] got better. We are actually going to focus on it a little bit and see if we can shore that up and be more productive and more effective in that area of our game.”UW took an unorthodox approach to the tilts against the Wildcats, alternating between two different goaltenders — senior Adam Miller and freshman Matt Jurusik. Eaves saw both good and bad from the pair.“It looked like in the first period that Adam didn’t want to get out and stop any pucks, and for Matt, he seemed to be playing deep in the net in that first period,” Eaves said. “As the game went on, they both made excellent saves and Matt showed a really good ability to handle the puck and make good decisions with the puck once he went back and stopped it, so they both got comfortable the more they played.”The Badgers will take their hodgepodge approach to New England this weekend as they square off against No. 4 Boston College and No. 6 Boston University at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Eaves said he’s excited about the prospect of his players gaining experience away from home.“We can learn lots,” Eaves said. “I think you’re trying to grow together as a team, and we took a step in that direction this weekend. Now we go on the road in somebody else’s backyard and how we play, being up against it, all those type of things.”last_img read more

Jacob Lopez Curciel – an operator must be Multi-Channel present

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Nominations open for new look SBC Awards ceremony June 28, 2019 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Golden Race presents unified virtuals, slots and live games API October 9, 2019 Submit Jacob Lopez Curciel, OPTIMA.OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez Curciel discusses the development of his firm into an Multi-Channel supplier in a constantly evolving industry.SBC: Your iSHOP product really turned a few heads when it was presented at the Bookmakers Trade Fair in October – why do you think it was so warmly received?JLC: Our product is a neat piece of technology, and also a carefully designed interface and user journey for the customer combined with a new revenue channel for the bookmakers.Use your own device (UYOD) is found everywhere, these days, from internet use to paying your bills. How the punters engage at the retail venues, is changing merging the millennial’s inbuilt link to using their own devices for absolutely everything, to the social experience only achievable at the bricks-and-mortar high street presence. iSHOP is a unique experience of betting in play instantly, on what you see on the screens, without waiting in a queue or getting the next slot on an SSBT.SBC: How long has it taken you to develop this solution – will it work in other markets?JLC: The solution has gone over a few iterations until the interface and journey were perfected. Finally the current version ticks all the boxes and we can see from the interest generated that the time, effort and investment is completely justified.SBC: OPTIMA has a well renowned expertise in the retail sector, but your online product range is also impressive – what’s stands you out from the crowd here?JLC: Just look at the numbers numbers, for a mid-range system and single bookmaker platform, 65.000 operations per second, 2.500 data transactions per second, over 300 simultaneous live events with sub-second processing; when getting to these numbers we know it is enough-power under the operator’s control. We have yet to see the limit of our platform in a real situation.SBC: Is the Multi-Channel solution now available to all bookmakers, regardless of size? JLC: Yes it is, OPTIMA’s partners offer solutions to bookmakers that will not be able to normally afford the costs of running a multi-channel operation. The ability to segment the access to the reporting and controlling tools by operator, allows our partner to run big B2B operations, also multi-channel, using a single bookmaker instance of our platform.SBC: Can bookmakers afford not to have all these touch points with their customers?JLC: It has been clear to us for many years ago, that an operator must be Multi-Channel present, round the clock and under a single brand. The adjusted margins, taxes and marketing costs make it a luxury not to service the customers on all their demands, and it has to be done professionally and with the guarantee of success.SBC: How pleased are you to be recognised for your expertise with the Best Retail Betting Product at the SBC Awards?JLC: I’m very pleased, it is definitely a recognition of a lot of hard work, but this result is not the work of a single person, even not from our own team which I adore and that have to be in bold and capitals named here together with my family who allows me relentless dedication to my passion.The collaboration of our partners, some of them pioneers and well recognized by the UK industry, the Fishers, Peter and Steve, the guys from the BTC who trusted us and believed in our project, Howard, Paul, Julian, Michael, David and many others who shared the passion for sports betting, they all have the betting blood running through their veins.Also those who I have managed to closely work with in other markets like Joan, Tzvetomir, Boyan, Akin and Dammy, Alexey, Chris, Mark and Ian, who through their extensive product knowledge, every day give us the opportunity to innovate in those markets where we had to work hard in our products, to adapt, to transform and localize to their expectations, to work with them in their markets helping them leading the industry. A big thank for their trust in us.I cannot forget those industry suppliers that work with us in close harmony and believed in the iSHOP potential, thanks a lot to them as well.Also I have to thank the industry media for the exposure they give  to every new innovation or highlight we make them aware of, it Is not only producing the products, is also how to reach the audience with the right message.last_img read more