Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side must record back-to-back victories over Norwich and West Ham to stay in touch with their Champions League ambitions. Press Association Things started well with a 4-0 defeat of the Cottagers before a 3-3 draw in the Merseyside derby and the surprise defeat at the KC Stadium. With Norwich and West Ham each enduring difficult seasons and both games at home, successive wins are certainly a possibility for Liverpool and Rodgers wants nothing less. “When we went into the Fulham game we had targets for the number of points we wanted from the next five games. If we get two victories in the next two games that will put us on course for the bigger picture of two points a game,” said Rodgers. “That is the points total that should get us where we want to arrive. “If we were going to lose a game in that run of five I wouldn’t have expected it to be at Hull. That’s no disrespect to them but this was a game where we should come and do much better. We didn’t play well enough and there were too many individual mistakes. “It hurts us all because we were nowhere near our level, but it’s the bigger picture we need to reflect on, because we haven’t had too many days like this. It’s now a massive game against Norwich in Wednesday and we must focus to get the points in that game. “Anfield has been a really good place for us this calendar year so we need to get over this and get three points on Wednesday.” Hull have little time to enjoy one of the finest results in their history – and arugably the biggest home scalp in the top flight – with a trip to table-topping Arsenal on Wednesday. Manager Steve Bruce can at least head to the Emirates in the knowledge that his side can take on the division’s heavyweights and succeed. “It gives you a little bit of belief,” he said. “It’s always hard when you bring a team out of the Championship. Some of these lads haven’t really played in the Premier League, certainly they haven’t played enough. “This gives them that little bit of self belief that they can play here, but every week we have got to be at our best. “It doesn’t give me any more delight that it’s Liverpool, it’s that we’ve got 17 points by December 1st. “We’ve got five wins and we need another five to stay up I think. If we get another five…10, 11 wins is usually enough in my opinion. “Other teams at the bottom have got a lot to do in terms of winning 10 games if they’ve only won one or two so far.” Bruce, meanwhile, appealed for the assistance of reporters to credit his side’s final goal to Tom Huddlestone. The former Tottenham midfielder has been growing his hair for over a year and has pledged not to cut it until he scores. He celebrated as though he had done so on Sunday afternoon but his shot appeared to be going wide until Martin Skrtel headed it past his own goalkeeper and it seems destined to be chalked down as an own-goal. “I need you lot to give us a hand here,” said Bruce. “Tom thinks the back spin was coming back in (to the goal). It means he’s half a stone lighter if he gets the barnet cut off…you have to give it Tom. Help me, then he can get his flaming hair cut.” The Reds suffered a major setback on Sunday with a 3-1 defeat at Hull – a result Rodgers had not accounted for – and only two wins this week will do for the Northern Irishman. He set his team a goal of 10 points from a five-match block that started against Fulham on November 9 and ends with the Hammers’ trip to Anfield on Saturday.
By Tamica GarnettAFTER clearing a best jump of 6.81m, yesterday, Guyana’s national record-holder Troy Doris finished with the sixth best jump of the day in the men’s triple jump event at the Rio Olympics and will now be in the final today when the competition continues at 08:50hrs. This makes Doris the only athlete on Guyana’s six-man team to have made it into a final at this year’s Olympics. Noting how thrilled he was, the 27-year-old yesterday statted that it was “time to make history” following his performance in the event.“I’m excited to finally be an Olympic finalist. Time to make history,” Doris stated, in a social media video, shortly after completing his jump.On site to witness the historical moment was former Guyanese Olympian and Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Aliann Pompey, who now works as overseas ambassador for the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG).Speaking with Chronicle Sport, an ecstatic Pompey remarked what a proud moment it was to see a Guyanese make it that far at the esteemed Olympic Games. She’s even keeping her fingers crossed for perhaps a podium position performance when Doris gets to the pit today.“It was amazing to witness. Each jump got better as the rounds went on,” stated Pompey.“On the outside he seemed to hold his composure. He was consistent when his competitors weren’t. In most cases, consistency is key.“It wouldn’t surprise me if he medals. Anything can happen, and he’s in great physical and mental position to do it. We’re all prepared with our flags for tomorrow. We’ll witness history being made. What a tremendous time to be Guyanese,” Pompey said.Doris is one of only 12 athletes who made it through to the final, from the 39 athletes who took part in yesterday’s jump. Current world number one, USA’s Christian Taylor registered the best jump of the day after flying across 17.24m.Doris has a personal-best jump of 17.18m, in an event where the Olympic record stands at 18.09m and the world record is 18.29m. That 17.18m jump, which is also Guyana’s national record, has Doris currently ranked seventh in the world.Also commenting on Doris’ accomplishment yesterday was president of the AAG, Aubrey Hutson, who was also ecstatic that Doris was living up to initial hopes.“From day one I kept stressing that Troy Doris is our best medal prospect based on results that we’ve been seeing. I am always elated when our athletes do well especially when they put in the efforts; he’s our first athlete in a long time who would have made it to the final.“He’s on the right track, he’s taken us to a point we haven’t gone before in recent history and now it’s for us to throw all of our support behind him,” Hutson told Chronicle Sport.