Ray Parlour reveals Dwight Yorke’s reaction to Igor Stepanovs’ nightmare against Man Utd Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 May 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link276Shares Dwight Yorke scored a first half hat-trick as Manchester United battered Arsenal 6-1 at Old Trafford back in February 2001 (Picture: Getty)Igor Stepanovs’ infamously shambolic performance against Manchester United prompted Dwight Yorke to ask Ray Parlour where on earth Arsene Wenger had found the Latvia international.The Gunners travelled to Old Trafford in February 2001 with only remote hopes of hauling in Sir Alex Ferguson’s runaway leaders. Arsenal’s chances of recording a victory on the day were severely hindered by the fact that first choice central defenders Martin Keown and Tony Adams were both unavailable for selection. Wenger was forced to field a makeshift defence which compromised of Oleg Luzhny, Giles Grimandi, Stepanovs and a young Ashley Cole. That quartet provided little by way of protection for an overwhelmed David Seaman who conceded five first half goals, three of which were scored by a rampant Yorke. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTStepanovs had made 11 appearances following his move from Skonto Riga before he faced the sternest test of his Premier League credentials and was unfortunately found badly wanting as the Gunners slumped to an embarrassing 6-1 defeat. Comment Advertisement Arsenal collapsed to a 6-1 defeat against Manchester United in February 2001 (Picture: Getty)Recalling the demise of his former teammate, Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘He did play a few games here and there and the famous one was the game at Old Trafford where we lost 6-1 and he played centre-half.‘To be fair he had a nightmare and I remember Dwight York saying to me ‘where did you get this centre-half from?’ and I was like ‘I’ll let you know, it’s a long story.’ More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘This was half-time he’d already scored three goals we were 5-1 down at half-time. I don’t think Igor played again after that. That was his final game I think.’In fairness to Stepanovs, although he made just one more appearance that season, he did feature in 13 matches in the following campaign as Arsenal won the league and FA Cup double and was eventually sold to Belgian club Beveren in 2003. MORE: Ray Parlour reveals time Arsene Wenger stepped in to defend Robert Pires in Arsenal trainingMORE: ‘Are you taking the p***!?’ Martin Keown reveals the time he confronted former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in dressing room Advertisement
Governor Wolf Announces More Aid to Puerto Rico, Calls for Swifter Federal Action to Help Americans September 27, 2017 National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said more Pennsylvania resources are headed to Puerto Rico and that the state is ready and willing to fulfill federal aid requests. Governor Wolf called on the federal government to act with greater urgency to assist millions of residents in the American territory facing a humanitarian crisis.“The images of Americans in Puerto Rico facing this humanitarian crisis and desperate for aid are unconscionable, and there is absolutely no good reason that the executive and legislative branches are not acting more swiftly to protect these American citizens,” Governor Wolf said.“The President can’t wait to send Congress another disaster-spending request until mid-October. The time to act is now. Lift the Jones Act to allow foreign shipping vessels into Puerto Rico to deliver desperately needed fuel and supplies. The more than three million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico deserve so much better.”Pennsylvania is monitoring requests for assistance from Puerto Rico and the federal government for resources, as it did with Texas and Florida. Most recently, Pennsylvania fulfilled a request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact for two helicopters and crews, a request filled by the Pennsylvania National Guard. In addition, several members of PA-Task Force 1 are providing incident support on the ground in Puerto Rico through the National Urban Search and Rescue system.“While we understand the need to initially assess the situation, the time has long passed for determining how to get the most basic needs such as electricity and water to the people of Puerto Rico. For the federal government to do so little is inhumane.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Despite Wes Hoolahan – a January transfer target for Villa boss Paul Lambert that failed to come to fruition – opening the scoring in the third minute, the home side later rattled in their four goals in a devastating 16-minute spell. The result leaves Norwich four points above the relegation zone, but Hughton knows what to expect and how to handle the situation. “As a team, we have to take it on the chin; as a manager I have to accept any criticism that comes my way after a defeat,” said Hughton. “You have to lick your wounds. It’s a low point at the moment because we came into the game in good form, so this is a real hammer blow. “But you have to assess, and we weren’t good enough. That’s a fact. We were beaten, and well beaten in that 16-minute period. “But this is difficult because this is a result I didn’t see coming.” With so many managers sacked in the top flight this season, there are no guarantees Hughton will not be next. So when asked whether he felt he would still have the next 10 games, he replied: “I put all of my efforts into the job I do, so it (his future) is not something I think about. All season long questions have been raised with regard to Hughton’s future as Norwich fight to beat relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Last week’s 1-0 win over Champions League-chasing Tottenham will have kept the wolves from the door but in the wake of the Canaries’ latest capitulation against Villa, they will be snapping and snarling again. Press Association “The only way I can affect things is by getting the results we need. “We are one of 10 teams in the bottom half of the table that has had difficulties at some stage. “So all of my efforts and thoughts go into preparing the team, trying to do the best job I can, hoping to get good enough results.” Villa, with one of the worst home records in the Premier League, were awful for the opening 20 minutes during which the fans were starting to get on the backs of the players. But a wonder strike from Christian Benteke, volleying home from 15 yards after he had taken a Ron Vlaar pass on his chest to tee himself up, set Villa on their way in the 25th minute. Benteke headed home his 10th goal of the season two minutes later, with Leandro Bacuna rounding off a stunning counter-attack soon after before Norwich skipper Sebastien Bassong turned a Fabien Delph cross into his own net in the 41st minute. “It wasn’t a great start for us by any stretch of the imagination, but there was no panic,” said former Norwich manager Lambert. “For a half-hour period we were then blistering. I thought we looked fantastic. That was as good a period as we have played. “Christian’s first goal set the tone for what was to happen, and his goal was brill. “As soon as he scored that goal, his whole game changed, and there is no doubt when he is at it he is an absolute handful. “For the third goal, the counter-attack was absolutely fantastic.” Benteke was naturally delighted with his contribution, but knows the result was crucial for the team. “We started really bad, but made some changes and got the first goal and it was good for the team,” said Benteke. “After we scored the first goal we really played some good football and showed good character as well.” Villa are now up to 11th in the table, seven points clear of the drop zone, not that Lambert is bothered by his side’s position at present. “I never really look at it (the table),” said Lambert. “People were saying last week West Ham (in 10th) were well and truly out of it, and now all of a sudden we’re level, so it’s how you want to look at it.” The victory clearly relaxed Lambert as unlike many who were asked to leave the Trinity Road stand of Villa Park when a fire alarm sounded, the Scot did not evacuate, admitting: “I knew it was a false alarm.” The alarm bells, however, are ringing for Hughton and Norwich again. Norwich manager Chris Hughton is ready to again take the flak he is likely to face following his side’s 4-1 thrashing at Aston Villa.