Allardyce hopes Kirchhoff learns quickly after torrid welcome to Premier League

first_img Shortly afterwards Mousa Dembele arrowed in a second for Tottenham before Kirchhoff’s token attempt at blocking an Eriksen shot from distance saw the ball loop up off his leg and past debutant goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The defender’s abject afternoon was compounded when he tripped Danny Rose in the penalty area to allow Harry Kane to sweep home the resulting spot-kick and Allardyce admits the former Germany Under-21 international needs time to adapt. “There wasn’t a lot he could do about the deflection,” he told BBC Sport. “But the penalty, you don’t hang a leg out there unless you’re certain you’ll win the ball. Hopefully he’ll learn quickly. “It’s a bit risky signing players from abroad in January but we have to take that risk. Hopefully he learns from today. “Our legs were running out and I wanted to make sure we had the energy to stay in the game. “John O’Shea and Wes Brown are in their late 30s so they will obviously feel the pace of the game. The extra defender was to tighten it up.” Allardyce, whose side remain in the bottom three as they battle against the drop, also hit out at his players for conceding so soon after getting in front at White Hart Lane. The 25-year-old was signed from Bayern Munich during the week and came on at White Hart Lane with the scores level – but made several errors as Spurs came from behind to seal a 4-1 win. Patrick van Aanholt had fired the Black Cats ahead only for Christian Eriksen to level for the hosts 91 seconds later and, with Sunderland on course for a point, Allardyce introduced Kirchhoff from the bench in place of Danny Graham. Press Association “Our players put themselves in one fantastic position and then in the space of a minute conceded. It’s one of the reasons we ended up losing,” he added. “If we came in at half-time 1-0 up we could have built on that. It was a really sloppy thing to do. We ran out of legs in the end. “In the last quarter you could see physically we were tiring. I changed the shape but that didn’t work. “The scoreline, 4-1, looks more comfortable than it was. I’m disappointed we’ve lost 4-1. I could have accepted 2-1.” While Sunderland remain in a scrap for survival, Spurs got back to winning ways having lost at home to fellow top-four hopefuls Leicester in midweek. Head coach Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with his side’s reaction in both bouncing back from that loss and recovering so swiftly from van Aanholt’s opener – but is refusing to talk of winning the title. “It was a very important victory a good reaction,” he said. “It was a good performance. I’m very pleased, another great effort from the team and the squad and I’m very happy. “I think it is early to start to speak about the title, we need to improve a lot and learn a lot, we are a young squad. It is important to keep working hard because in football the situation can turn quickly. “It is true we are in a good position, we are fourth in the table but we need to keep working hard and to win the next game. “Always for me, the end starts when you have 10, 9, 8 games left. That is the realistic time (to talk about winning trophies).” Sam Allardyce admits it was a risk signing Jan Kirchhoff after the defender endured a debut to forget in Sunderland’s defeat at Tottenham.last_img read more

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AFCON 2015: Security fears ahead of quarter-finals

first_imgThe qualification of hosts Equatorial Guinea for the quarter-finals has given organisers of the African Nations Cup a headache that in truth they should have foreseen.Esteban Becker’s side will take on Tunisia in the Last 8 on Saturday with the match scheduled for the 5,000-seater Estadio de Ebibeyin.Given that the hosts have packed out the 35,000-seater venue in Bata for all their games so far, and the wave of euphoria that sweeping the nation following their progression to the knockout rounds, the venue is not just inadequate but potentially a massive safety hazard.Security has not been up to scratch at the tournament so far, with Equatorial Guinea’s opening game in Bata seeing fans breaking through fences to get inside.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) are quite obviously aware of the ‘challenge’, but for now the venue remains the same.”It’s clearly a challenge and we will be consulting all the stakeholders,” CAF spokesman Junior Binyam. “As things stand the schedule stays the same but there is nothing in the regulations that prevents a change.”We are fortunate that we have both our executive committee and organising committee here on the ground and they will look at all the scenarios.” What may also swing the decision is the huge downpour at the venue on Monday night in the Group B clash between Zambia and Cape Verde that did severe damage to the pitch. With the first quarterfinal on Saturday between Congo-Brazzaville and DR Congo, common sense would suggest that both matches be played at the country’s largest venue as a double-header.It is a situation that should have been foreseen though, unless CAF had little faith in Equatorial Guinea being able to make it out of the group phase.As hosts they were always going to be placed in Group A and so why Ebibeyin was given one of the two quarter-finals to come out of the pool shows little foresight.last_img read more

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Drury Dam in south Sumner County had one colorful history

first_imgDrury Hotel was a big tourism attraction at Drury Dam. But not for long after this picture was taken….by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Drury Dam, located midway between Caldwell and South Haven, has had an eventful history. Amber Schmitz, who moved to Drury as a seven-year-old, and is a historian of the area, spoke at the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting Monday to share her experience and history. “It was a great place to grow up,” Schmitz said. “I was the only kid living in Drury and didn’t really have anyone to play with, but I enjoyed hearing the stories from the adults about the old days at Drury.” Schmitz hopes to write a book about the town that once was a full fledged community with a park, a mill, a railroad, a grade school, a community church, a broom corn field and factory, a grocery store, and a hotel. The Chikaskia River cuts through the heart of the Drury community and has brought prosperity to the people who lived there. But the river was also its curse, bringing tragedy along with it. Drury was once known as the “playground of Oklahoma and Kansas,” and was a popular vacation resort. There was a hotel, dancing pavilion, bath house, boat house and several cottages. There was even a day and night bus service from Caldwell to Drury for vacationers. Some would come by train. Drury, during its heyday, was a happening town. And the Drury Hotel was the centerpiece of the tourism community. “It was as extravagant as any eastern hotel,” Schmitz said. But then came the flood of June 9, 1923 where it rained so hard that the river began to rise. With many feeder rivers feeding into the Chikaskia, the river rose 21 feet. As a result the hotel was twisted to pieces and floated down the river. Houses, cabins, bridges, including the iron bridge were destroyed. Livestock drowned and crops were completely swamped. “Residents and tourists watched from a safe distance on the high bank opposite the park, and saw the piano push through the roof of the dance pavilion as the unattached hardwood floor rose upward in the river,” Schmitz said. “The hotel floated off the lower cement walls and foundation, rolled over on its side and broke apart in a dark puff of soot and dust.” Drury Dam would never be the same – at least from a tourism perspective.Drury Dam Mill in the early 1900s.The mill But Drury Dam was originally built as a mill for wheat, corn, rye and other grains that was turned into flour. Alexander Culbertson, the town’s founder, named the town after his wife. It remained a grain mill until 1916 when it became a power generate to supply electricity to the area people, Schmitz said. Like the hotel, the mill would end in tragedy. In 1953, the top two stories were burned to the ground after men went into the building to smoke out bees to get honey but left a smoldering rag to burn.Drury Mill burns in 1956.Today, not much is left at Drury except a small community of homes. It now serves as a recreation center for avid fishermen, boaters and campers. The dam is still there. But it no longer is the hopping destination of yesteryear.Drury Dam as it looks today.Drury in its infancy had a rail depot where people could stop for vacation.Cecil and Maxine Mitchell ran the Drury Grocery Market. This picture was taken in the 1940s.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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It featured many Drury and other surrounding area residents as extras. Report Reply 1 reply · active 165 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Bill Upton · 259 weeks ago Very Interesting. Hope she has more talks on Dury Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down dinkelberry79 · 259 weeks ago Nice work. Great article! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Sumner Man · 259 weeks ago Nice story, keep them coming on Sumner county please Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Donna · 259 weeks ago Awesome article, great job Amber!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 259 weeks ago Now *that*is journalism. Excellent research, good work. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Leah · 259 weeks ago Really enjoyed this article. I would love to learn more about Drury, and it’s history. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Dennis Struble · 259 weeks ago Years ago, i saw a pic of the hotel going down the river. Can’t remember who had it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 258 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down notlla · 258 weeks ago Has anybody seen the movie ,that was shot down there . I can remember when they were in town shooting it. Great article hope to see more. Report Reply 1 reply · active 257 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Stacy · 258 weeks ago Interesting…..dont remember this and I lived there between South Haven and Drury. Report Reply 0 replies · active 258 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com 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. 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