Monk demands strong Swans finish

first_img Monk’s men only need to draw at Newcastle on Saturday to set a new club points record in the Premier League but the Swansea boss wants to achieve more than that with five games of the season remaining. Swansea currently lie in eighth place on 47 points and Monk’s ambition is for them to finish top of what many observers would consider the “best of the rest” with the top seven having opened up a sizeable gap on the clubs below them some time ago. “We knew people would say we would struggle and the manager does not have enough experience, but I I knew we could get to this point. “But the most important thing is we finish it off what we have started and not just crawl across the line. “It is a five-game period which could define our season in terms of how it is looked upon when it really shouldn’t be like that. “I am aware of that and it is about making the players aware of that.” Monk says he did not expect last weekend’s underwhelming defeat at Leicester after victories over Aston Villa and Hull and a draw with Everton had strengthened their hold on eighth spot. But Swansea were unable to recover from a slow start which saw them fall behind after 15 minutes and Monk has urged them to rediscover the tempo against Newcastle hosts who have lost their last six games. “It is about performance level now,” Monk said. “The points tally matters but we are not saying we need nine points or 12 points, or whatever it may be. “I would like to break the 50-point barrier and I think that is a realistic and important target for us. “That is the focus we need to push on with, but performance levels are key. “Leicester were the first side in the bottom eight we had lost to all season which shows where our mentality has been at, we can’t slip from those standards.” “Considering everything, top 10 is a fantastic achievement – or it could be a fantastic achievement,” Monk said. “It would be extremely disappointing if we finish outside it now but the greedy side of you wants more. “Ninth place is the best we’ve finished but to beat that and finish in eighth in that mini-league in the middle with Stoke, Palace, Everton, West Ham… it would be great to finish on top of that. “It has to be part of the motivation and something I will remind the players as well.” Swansea missed out on their first opportunity to beat the 47-point mark last weekend when they lost 2-0 to Leicester, who were bottom of the league at the time. And Monk doesn’t want to see a limp finish spoiling an otherwise an excellent campaign, at the start of which many pundits claimed they would struggled and be involved in a relegation battle. “I put it to the players at the start about beating the club’s points record,” Monk said. “I knew I could get the players committed to the work to get ourselves in this position, that is easy to say now but I truly believed with the quality we added in the summer to what we had then we could do something. Swansea manager Garry Monk has told his players to close out the season in style and secure a top-eight finish in the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt insists Conor Murray will be fine for the World Cup

first_img Ireland boss Schmidt defended his decision to gamble on selecting just two recognised scrum-halves in his final World Cup squad, despite the scare over frontline half-back Murray. Jonny May and Anthony Watson’s first-half tries condemned Ireland to their second-successive defeat, with two weeks to go until their Pool D World Cup opener against Canada in Cardiff. Joe Schmidt insists Conor Murray will be fit to start the World Cup despite suffering a concussion in Ireland’s 21-13 defeat to England. Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo were at fault for England’s tries, but Schmidt has vowed not to wield the axe, with World Cup action hurtling into view. “Conor went through all the head injury assessments successfully, but because he was knocked down it was pertinent to leave him off the pitch so he sat it out,” said Schmidt, confirming Murray’s concussion. “He’ll go through the return to play protocols which should see him fully fit for the start of the World Cup.” Munster playmaker Murray has now suffered three concussions inside the last year, with head blows against Zebre and in Test action against Australia in November. Ireland boss Schmidt claimed there are no lingering fears over Murray, insisting his successive concussions do not require the 25-year-old to be stood down. “I think that it’s been a long time since he had one,” said Schmidt. “I think the severity of it was that, I don’t know if you saw him coming off the pitch, but he was fine. “One of the good things in the modern game is he’s removed from the pitch and stays off the pitch. “Going back 10 or 15 years he probably would have just played on.” Fly-half Ian Madigan will deputise at scrum-half amid World Cup injuries, with Isaac Boss and Kieran Marmion omitted from Ireland’s final squad of 31. Schmidt defended that strategy, confident Murray will be ready to face Canada in Cardiff on Saturday, September 19. “I think if we didn’t gamble there we were gambling somewhere else,” said Schmidt. “To cover all your options with 31 players, it’s not possible really. “As soon as you have three hookers, you can only have two of everything else. “If we picked another nine we probably had to give up either a midfielder or one of our back-three. “It’s an imperfect selection because it’s an imperfect number, and that’s fair because that’s what everyone’s got. “If we do get an injury then we have to make a decision, whether to replace a player or risk the specialist recovering.” Johnny Sexton and Zebo pulled up with cramp in a high-octane second half at Twickenham, with flanker Chris Henry winding up on the wing. Schmidt claimed Ireland are not at panic-stations after 16-10 defeat to Wales and Saturday’s Twickenham loss, pledging not to jettison the likes of Zebo and Bowe, who both struggled in London. “I don’t think there’s too much panic from us,” said Schmidt. “There’s always a nervousness, there’s always an anxiety: but over the last two years we’ve done enough to demonstrate we can hang in there and get results. “I think we try to be as global as we can when we look at performance. “If someone’s made a mistake it’s because they are human. “If they repeat the mistake and we see they need to work on that, they maybe work on that away from being selected the next time, and hopefully that can be remedied. “But we wouldn’t really be trigger-happy about maybe tailing someone who’s made a few mistakes and saying that’s untenable and therefore we’re going to move you on.” Press Associationlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

first_imgTuesday lunch: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, fresh broccoli, peaches, hot roll/jelly.Wednesday lunch: Chili, corn chips, celery and cucumbers, cinnamon roll, pears. Today’s News*There will be a SADD meeting in the auditorium tomorrow at 7:15.*It’s time to pay it forward to one of our biggest fans. We are raising money to buy Keith Finley a letter jacket for his birthday. It will be given to him at the homecoming basketball game on February 6. There will be buckets in the office, library and in Mr. Ginters room. If you have any questions you can ask Jared Shields or McKenna Oathout. This fundraiser will end on January 23.*Classic Movie Club will be showing the movie “Love Story” on Thursday, Jan. 15  at 3:30 in Room 205.*Students- Can’t find your agenda? You can purchase a new one in the office for $5.*First Semester Geography Students- if you have not returned your textbook, please do so immediately to Mr. Young.*Students wanting college credit for the Southwestern College classes they are taking need to turn in their pre-enrollment form and money by January 16th.Follow us on Twitter. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015:MondayNothing scheduled.Tuesday•Wellington at Clearwater, G- 6 p.m. B- follows.ThursdayWrestling at Mulvane.Friday•El Dorado at Wellington. G- 6 p.m., B – follows.Saturday•Wrestlers at Clearwater tournament.•Dancing with the teachers. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more