Lambert happy to stop the rot

first_imgPaul Lambert hailed a huge point against Southampton as Aston Villa stopped the “bleeding”. Villa went into the game on the back of four successive Barclays Premier League defeats and at the end of a week that saw Lambert’s assistants Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa suspended by the club. No explanation for the suspension has yet been given, with youth coach Gordon Cowans and out-of-favour goalkeeper Shay Given stepping up to help Lambert. The contest against Saints, who had lost three of their previous four games, was not pretty but the 0-0 draw moved Villa five points clear of the relegation zone. Lambert said: ” It was a really tough game. Sometimes in football matches you get big points and you get huge points – that was a huge point for us considering what’s been going on. It’s been a hard week. “I thought second half we were excellent, we gave as good as we got against a really good side. “I didn’t think there was much in it. They started better than us and 15 minutes into the game we started to get a foothold. In the second half I thought (Marc) Albrighton and (Gabriel) Agbonlahor were excellent for us. “When you look at the way the lads played and the determination there, they stepped up to the plate when questions were asked. I said to them that I’m proud of them for what they did today. “We had to stop the bleeding and get something.” Lambert praised the impact made by Cowans and Given, whose last game for Villa came in January 2013. “The two lads have been great,” said Lambert. “Gordon, who I know really well, his status at the football club is huge. “Shay, contrary to what people think because I never played him, I’ve never had one cross word with him. I respect him as a goalkeeper and as a guy, and he and Gordon accepted within seconds. I’m really appreciative of the help.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino felt his side deserved more from the game and was particularly unhappy they were not awarded a late penalty. Nathaniel Clyne’s cross clearly hit the hand of Ryan Bertrand in the box but referee Lee Mason decided it was accidental and waved away the vociferous appeals. Pochettino said: “I think we deserved to win. We did everything right except actually score. “I’m very happy with the team’s performance but I’m a little bit sad because we had many chances, and I think we were a little wasteful as well with the chances we created. “It was a clear penalty. And the linesman was quite close. It’s unexplainable to me why that penalty was not given. “We feel hard done by because in the last few games we had decisions that haven’t gone our way and probably, if those decisions had gone our way as they should have, then we would have more points right now. The players did not deserve those calls.” Speaking about the incident, Lambert said: ” I’ve haven’t seen it yet. But if ever a team deserved a little bit of luck, it would be ourselves.” Pochettino, meanwhile, welcomed the PFA award nominations for Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. Lallana was named alongside Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure on the shortlist for player of the year while Shaw has been nominated for the young player award. Pochettino said: “It’s something that’s great for the club and for the team and it’s only going to improve the two players’ performances.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Week #3 preview: With another starter out for the season, Wellington hopes for success in Circle

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington head coach Tyler Ryan has been a head football coach for six years now – three of those in Wellington. He said in those six years, he never had a player suffer an ACL tear.Now he has seen two in consecutive weeks.Austin DunnThe diagnosis came back on Wellington senior running back Austin Dunn’s knee Wednesday and it was an ACL tear much to the chagrin of the Crusader Nation. He is out for the year. This marks the second consecutive week Wellington suffered a huge loss. Andrew Pelkey, a starting linebacker, is out for the season with an ACL tear after the season opener.You can’t sugar coat this one. This is a blow to the WHS football program. Dunn was the zig to Wellington’s throwing zag. He was a power back and kept the defenses honest thus allowing Trevor Nance to throw more openly to his receivers. He was good for a 3-yard pickup for a first down.But you know what? That’s football and now Wellington must come up with another plan. Ryan said he will be using the running back by committee approach for the rest of the season. Connor Phelps, who was playing a lot of receiver, will be repositioned at running back. Lane Beard and Jaden Hines will share carries in the running back spot.“The benefit to having 19 seniors is it makes it easier to replace someone else,” Ryan said.Elsewhere, Wellington is looking a little bit beat up as well. Ryan would not elaborate, but there are boys with some sprains and bruises.Although losing these two starters is a terrible blow, if you are a glass is half-full kind of guy, this might be the best time for it. The Crusaders are not embarking on their toughest part of the schedule. If Wellington can convalesce and adjust these next two weeks, that could help them when Andale comes to town in three weeks.The Crusaders travel to Circle this Friday at 7 p.m.Circle has had a rough start, losing to Chapman 47-19 and Wichita Collegiate 35-6. Circle has also been the one team Wellington has had its most success against over the past couple of years. Wellington won its first game under Ryan in 2012 with a 36-12 victory in Towanda. Last season, Wellington was 3-0 after a 43-0 shellacking at Sellers Park.This doesn’t mean Wellington is guaranteed victory tomorrow night. Circle has potential.“They have a nice back who is 190 pounds by the name of Justin Wright,” Ryan said. “He’s got great speed and endurance. He can hurt us.’Again, this will be a team with a flex bone offense similar to those run by Augusta and Goddard Eisenhower.“They have some speed,” Ryan said. 6412Alejandro VargasOL6’0185 209Trey CaryRB5’8135 312Adam ConditTE6’1190 3412Austin DunnRB6’0210 Series history: Wellington is 11-1 against Circle and 2-0 under Ryan, who graduated from the school.Circle (11-1)2000 – Wellington 35 Circle 02001 – Wellington 34 Circle 72001 – Wellington 35 Circle 7 district2002 – Wellington 45 Circle 02003 – Wellington 33 Circle 72006 – Wellington 7 Circle 32007 – Wellington 21 Circle 02008 – Wellington 33 Circle 82009 – Wellington 23 Circle 182010 – Wellington 19 Circle 382011 – Wellington 57 Circle 192012 – Wellington 36 Circle 122013 – Wellington 43 Circle 0 6210Chance WilsonOL5’5165 10-3 Andale Home 1510Carson LeGrandWR5’8145 7112Skylar BrandOL5’11220 811Monty BannisterRB5’10140 269Ethan RedfordRB5’6140 Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow. 9-26 Clearwater Home 519Ian GroomOL5’11180 10-10 @ Collegiate Away 249AJ SnipesRB6’0140 10-24 @ Mulvane Away 999Andrew JohnsonOL5’10250 1410Dylan GoodmanQB5’10165 699Jack HeimerOL5’10180 NumberGradeNamePositionHeightWeight 212Trevor NanceQB6’5210 139Brayden MorganRB5’7145 412Lane BeardRB5’8155 8910Chris KopTE6’1193 Circle: Chapman 47 Circle 19Wichita Collegiate 35 Circle 6. 79Cade PhelpsQB6’1155 4610Brad McBathTE6’0190 3712Jaden HinesRB5’7195 Wellington’s roster:  8811Skyler StrubleTE5’11160 339Logan JonesRB6’1188 1212Zach BodkinsTE6’0175 Game’s significance: It is the league opener. League games are always essential. 6011Wyatt WitmerOL5’9215 1611Jared ShieldsWR6’2165 511Connor PhelpsWR6’1185 4011Bryce OldridgeWR5’8143 2112Andrew PelkeyRB6’0170 DATE OPPONENT HOME/AWAY9-5 Wellington 27 Augusta 13. Injury situation: On a scale of 1 in 100 with 100 being the best, Wellington is about a negative 315. 6312Joey LewallenOL5’10205 2512Brad WarnerWR6’0163 6511Jason NorrisOL6’2260 599Brandon OlesonOL5’8190 3012Ian KingWR5’7145 Wellington-Circle game at a glance:League opener: Wellington (2-0) at Circle (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.center_img 1812Austin PfalzgrafWR6’1165 5210Seth SmithOL5’9160 819Ty WilsonTE5’7150 7210Connor BurnettOL6’2320 419Kadin HeacockRB5’8135 1012Colin ReichenbergerWR6’0160 879Joeseph ParsonTE6’2180 6111Josh AmosOL6’1270 9-12 Wellington 34 Goddard Eisenhower 0. 859Jack WaltonTE6’2190 910Derek DriskellRB5’5130 7010Levi PrestonOL6’0170 Follow us on Twitter. 7712Trey CoulterOL6’1295 How to get there: Oh, the many roads you can travel. The best and fastest way is to take the Kansas Turnpike to the south El Dorado exit turn right onto K-254 for 3.2 miles and then turn left onto SW Ohio Street Road where you will see the football field lights. If you don’t want to pay the toll, find your own way cheapskate. Just kidding. Go up I-135 to the 245 exit and come in from the west. Either way it will take you one hour and 5 minutes. 4210Dylan FergusonRB5’11163 612Brenton TroutmanTE6’0175 789Braiden BureshOL5’10215 799Andre FowlerOL6’1230 7412Vince AstOL6’0175 5610Michael BillingtonRB5’7162 279Malachi TidwellRB5’7118 10-17 Rose Hill Home Intangible fact: Colin Reichenberger is closing in on a couple more receiving records. The Wellington High School all-time career reception record set by Danny Crittenden of 1,484 yards in 1996-97 is in jeopardy. Reichenberger currently has 1,423 which is 61 yards short of the WHS record. Reichenberger also has 64 career receptions which puts him 14 short of Crittenden who has 80… The last time Wellington was 2-0 was last season. The last time Wellington was 3-0 was last season when it beat Goddard, Concordia, and Augusta. It is week #4 that Wellington has trouble getting past. Game night weather: A whole heck of a lot warmer than last Friday’s game. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and no chance of rain. 5311Ryan OlsonOL5’7140 7511Jace LoweOL5’11240 10-31 @ Ulysses Away 3111Remington GilkeyWR5’11150 689Matthew McCombOL5’9230 1112Jace BrunsTE6’2170 509Jared OathoutOL6’0180 229Aaron SchoemannRB6’0160 9-19 @ Circle Away 589Gabe SmithOL6’1215 8410Lane MorganTE6’1185 8012Drake SteinbachOL5’9185 •••••Competing schedules: 2014 SCHEDULE 5710Lukas SoriaOL5’9155 5411Nick HydeOL6’1215 449Christian ClaytonTE6’1185 4510Tristin WithamRB5’7145 2312Joey HaydonWR5’10170 559Jaden AdamsOL5’7160 6610David MatlockOL5’10173 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Suit up and play hard! #Crusaderpride Report Reply 0 replies · active 308 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down RestaurantGuRu · 307 weeks ago how much does the game cost to get into for 1 adult and 1 child who is 4? I would like to go to the game but am on a budget! Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down David · 307 weeks ago I believe Adults are $6.00 and kids are $4.00. Away game this Friday in Circle. Next Friday is home though. Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago 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. Posting anonymously. 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