Hughes hopeful of swift Traore return

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is confident Armand Traore will make a swift recovery from his hamstring problem.Traore was injured during last week’s victory over Liverpool and missed the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday.This weekend’s game against Traore’s former club Arsenal may come too soon for the player, but Hughes is hopeful he will soon be available again.“It’s a grade-one hamstring problem so not too serious. We’re keeping an eye on him and he should hopefully be fine soon,” said Hughes.Click here to test your knowledge with our QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Sales and The First Kiss

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now I recently found this quote. It won’t mean much to anyone other than romantics and salespeople. But it will resonate with you if you are in one or both of these groups.“The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.” – Emil LudwigGaining the commitment for the first appointment with your dream client is very much like a first kiss. Your advance is finally accepted. You’re beginning something. The commitment for a meeting already has surrender within it.The path to that first kiss runs straight through prospecting. A simple yes to an appointment means much more than you think it does. How do you feel about prospecting now?last_img read more

Indian Super League: NorthEast United edge FC Pune City 1-0 to keep last-4 hopes alive

first_imgNorthEast United FC kept their Indian Super League (ISL) football semi-final qualification hopes alive with a narrow 1-0 victory over FC Pune City here on Tuesday. (Latest Football stories)NorthEast had gone six matches without a win, losing four of them.With just two points from their last six matches they were on the verge of exit until Ivory Coast midfielder Romaric scored from a stunning free-kick in the 81st minute here at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.The victory helped NorthEast accumulate 14 points from 11 matches and move to the sixth spot. With three matches still left to be played their coach Nelo Vingada will feel confident.Pune now have 15 points from 12 matches and will have to win their next two games to be assured of a place in the play-offs.The battle was a cagey affair particularly in the first session when neither team enjoyed clear cut chances.Pune’s Momar Ndoye was the only player who got a sighter at goal but could not beat goalkeeper Subrata Paul from a narrow angle.Pune’s midfielder Jonatan Lucca also missed a good chance from just outside the box when the ball fell for him nicely but he could only shoot waywardly with his left-foot.For NorthEast, there was hardly any chance of note with midfielder Katsumi Yusa’s attempt on goal which goalkeeper Edel Bete saved without much difficulty. It was their only shot on target in the first half.In the second session, Pune came out all guns blazing and were unlucky not to take the lead.advertisementIn the 69th minute, Lenny Rodrigues’ fierce shot from 35 yards beat goalkeeper Paul but bounced off the crossbar.Spanish midfielder Pitu then tried his luck after Izumi Arata had chested the ball down for him inside the penalty box but goalkeeper Paul measured up to the challenge with a one-handed reflex save.Surviving the onslaught, NorthEast scored the match in the 81st minute.The hosts won a free-kick just outside the box and Romaric stepped up to take it. The Ivory Cost midfielder used his left foot to devastating effect as his curling free-kick found the top corner of the net, past a diving Edel Bete.last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Mohammad Azharuddin critical of Pakistan’s negative approach

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin felt Pakistan took too much pressure of the India vs Pakistan match and that showed in their game as India drew first blood.India and Pakistan were to play at least two matches in the Asia Cup 2018 and the group match on Wednesday was their first encounter in Dubai, where India thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets with 21 overs to spare.Azharuddin felt that two early wickets put Pakistan under a lot of pressure and they could never shift the momentum today themselves.”It was a great win. By taking two early wickets, India put them under pressure. Pakistan looked like they felt a lot of pressure and that is when the momentum shifted.”Rohit’s captaincy was positive. He made important bowling changes and the bowlers did not disappoint him. When the team performs well, the captain’s performance is also good,” Azharuddin said in an exclusive chat with Aaj Tak.Also read: Clinical India demolish Pakistan by 8 wicketsAzhar was extremely criticial of what he thought was negative approach by Pakistan and could not understand the logic behind not bowling with an attacking mindset and setting fields accordingly.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | Photos”I did not understand that when Pakistan only had 163 to defend and they have such good bowlers, I did not see them attack. They should have had slips and should have bowled attacking.”Pakistan bowlers did not bowl bouncers till the end or even yorkers. They just weren’t attacking.”Yesterday people were talking about India almost losing to Hong Kong but today, Pakistan’s approach was negative today and they looked under too much pressure,” Azhar felt.advertisementREAD – Manish Pandey’s sensational catch wows cricket fansAzhar pointed out the important of an opening partnership and felt that Pakistan tried to attack right from the outset, which was the mistake they made.”India controlled the game from the first over. This is why opening partnership is so important. If you lose two wickets up, it gets tough. If India had lost two early wickets too, may be they would have come under pressure too. You can’t start hitting right from the outset, that was Pakistan’s mistake I feel.”Sarfraz Ahmed admits Pakistan stumped by Kedar JadhavWasim Akram agreed with Azharuddin and felt that Pakistan batsmen tried to go after good bowlers and that brought their doom and put them under pressure.”It was tough to defend 163. This is Pakistan’s home ground and the stage was set that they will win the toss and bat and two wickets fell and they lost it. I have been crying for two weeks that Kuldeep will trouble and he got India a main wicket. Also, they did not see Kedar bowl and blindly kept trying to hit him. I understand these people are young but they should give respect to a bowler,” Akram told Aaj Tak.READ – Pakistan crumbled under pressure vs India, says Harbhajan SinghAkram felt that this win will give India a lot of confidence and Pakistan will now have a mindset where doubts will creep in the next time they face each other.”Now India will get a lot of confidence and for Pakistan, you will start thinking about the mistakes and it gets negative.”Hong Kong had a partnership and a patch but I knew India will win. Now the way India dominated Pakistan, when they play next, Pakistan will have doubts in their mind, should they bat first or bowl and what they should do.”This is why I say that before such matches, these players should switch off their social media and news but these young boys won’t listen. It’s like they can’t breath without social media.”Gavaskar also felt that Pakistan batsmen played silly shots and gave away their wickets instead of being patient and playing out the overs.”The way India played was extremely good, good overall performance. Early on when Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah bowled so well it was tough but then Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik got a partnership going but Kuldeep’s ball that got Babar was excellent. After that it looked like Pakistan batsmen were in a hurry and that’s why they lost quick wickets and it was tough to come back from there.”Even when Amir was batting fine, Hasan played immaturely. There was no need, you had to stay till 50 overs and get a bit more runs for the bowlers to defend. It looked like Pakistan didn’t think before batting.advertisement”India even fielded well, Manish Pandey’s catch and even other catches which went high up. Zaman’s catch, Chahal had to run and take. India played like a team and all-round performance,” Gavaskar said at Aaj Tak.last_img read more