Henderson: England wanted to make Bulgaria suffer

first_imgJordan Henderson says that he and his England team-mates wanted to make Bulgaria “suffer” in the wake of racist chants during Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifying clash.Monday’s match, a 6-0 England victory, was halted twice in the first half due to racial abuse from Bulgarian supporters.Much of the pre-match talk centred around how the Three Lions would respond if an incident were to occur, and England manager Gareth Southgate left it up to the players to decide whether they should walk off or not. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career In the end, the players opted to remain on the field, and Henderson says that part of the reason they opted to keep playing was because England’s players wanted the home fans to “suffer” for their abuse.“I obviously wasn’t happy with the situation that we were in, it wasn’t nice to be involved in and it shouldn’t be happening in 2019, it is very disappointing,” said the Liverpool midfielder. “But at the same time, I felt as though as a team we dealt with it so well, we touched on it before we came here just in case it did happen and unfortunately it did.”So we spoke together and the decision was that we carried on because if you leave the pitch and stop the game they win, really.“That is how we looked at it and what the message was in the dressing room at half-time. We wanted to go out in the second half and make them suffer and make their team suffer on the pitch and I think we did that.”Henderson went on to praise debutant Tyrone Mings, who saw his first England cap marred by the home supporters’ actions.However, Henderson said that he believes the Aston Villa defender played well despite the circumstances as he handled himself perfectly in the face of the controversy.“It shouldn’t be happening and will obviously tarnish that. But at the same time I thought he dealt with the situation so, so well,” he said. “It was a top performance for his debut, I thought he was magnificent. That just shows the character in him and in the team and it will just make us stronger, no doubt.”We stayed together like we should have and we spoke about it before, handled it well and if one player didn’t want to carry on we would have stopped playing, simple as that, no problem. But everyone wanted to carry on and we wanted to let football do the talking.”Henderson added: “We are obviously happy with the performance but still feel like it shouldn’t be happening in this day and age. To hear the announcement about the racism and then the whole stadium whistling was a bit strange. I’m sure something will be done.”last_img read more

Homer-happy Mariners rip White Sox 9-2

first_img GO “I really think the key to the ballgame was Mike Leake,” Servais said. “He just really pounded the strike zone.”Three Seattle relievers locked it down from there. Connor Sadzeck pitched the ninth in his first appearance since being acquired from Texas.Lucas Giolito (1-1) pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs. He took a no-hitter into seventh inning in his first start Sunday at Kansas City.“I know he got a little deep in some counts, had a few well-struck balls,” manager Rick Renteria said. “We were trying to get him through five and trying to minimize everything. Obviously that didn’t work.” Subscribe Today 4 Photos “We have enough power on this team. So when we do get our pitch to hit, it’s a different guy almost every day who has a chance to hit the ball out of the ballpark.”Bruce, in his 12th major league season, is impressed.“This has been a pretty amazing start,” he said. “Guys are really hitting the ball well, using the whole field, and driving in runs and getting on base.”Tim Anderson homered and had three hits for the second straight game and Jose Abreu went deep for Chicago. Prized White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez had his first three-hit game.Aside from solo shots by Anderson and Abreu, Mike Leake (2-0) allowed just seven singles through 6 1/3 innings as the Mariners rebounded from a sloppy 10-8 loss Friday in Chicago’s home opener. The veteran right-hander struck out six, and walked none as he threw 80 of 106 pitches for strikes. White Sox: RHP Ervin Santana threw a side session Saturday, but manager Rick Renteria stopped short of saying the two-time All-Star might start Tuesday when the White Sox have an open slot in their rotation. The 36-year-old Santana signed a minor league deal with the White Sox in February.FUNKY FORCEA baserunning miscue by Mallex Smith erased Domingo Santana’s first-inning single. Smith walked leading off, and with one out, broke toward second as Santana hit a line drive to right. Daniel Palka fielded it on a bounce, but a confused Smith retreated back from second base toward first a few steps before realizing the ball had dropped. He then took off for third without retouching second, allowing Palka to throw to second for a forceout.UP NEXTMariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 6.75) makes his second start. He got the win over Boston last Sunday despite allowing six runs (four earned), seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.White Sox: RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 1.29) will make his second start of the season. Nova was solid in a no-decision on his White Sox debut last Monday at Cleveland, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Homer-happy Mariners rip White Sox 9-2 Bruce hits two HRs, Beckham has 3-run shot for Seattle The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share: After Mitch Haniger’s RBI double in the third, Bruce homered and Healy hit his double to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Dylan Moore got his first major league hit during the inning — a single to center — but Leury Garcia threw out Healy at the plate.Abreu went deep in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 4-1, but Beckham homered to left off Caleb Frere in the fifth.Bruce hit his second solo shot in the ninth off Manny Banuelos for his 26th multihomer game.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: INF/DH Edwin Encarnacion (left hand) returned to the lineup as DH after missing two games. … Servais held 2B Dee Gordon (tight groin) out the lineup after he exited Friday’s game in the fourth inning. Moore started in his place. Published: April 6, 2019, 3:30pm CHICAGO — Jay Bruce, Tim Beckham and the rest of the Seattle Mariners have opened 2019 on a power trip.Bruce hit two solo home runs, Beckham had a three-run shot among his four hits and the Mariners slugged their way past the Chicago White Sox 9-2 Saturday.Ryon Healy doubled in two for the Mariners, who are off to the best start in club history at 8-2. Seattle has homered in each of its first 10 games, a franchise first, and leads the majors with 24 long balls.“We’re clicking on all cylinders offensively,” manager Scott Servais said. “All the guys are buying into what we’re talking about doing, what’s important to us and our identity. That’s controlling the strike zone. Seattle Mariners’ Tim Beckham (1) hits a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Marton) Photo Gallery By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more