Alan Curtis ready to take Swansea throughout the festive period

first_img Press Association Curtis picked up his first point since being put in temporary charge following the sacking of Garry Monk as Swansea fought out a goalless draw with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The draw was not enough to take Swansea out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone but, just like Curtis’ dug-out debut in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, it was an improved performance compared to the final games of Monk’s 22-month reign. “I was not sure at the time, but when I see it again it looks like a penalty,” Curtis said. “Down the bottom you do not get the decisions you deserve. “We just need that good fortune and we are frustrated. “In terms of possession we were excellent, we looked like Swansea City again. “We bossed the game but we just lacked that killer edge up front.” West Ham have now gone seven games without a win since beating Chelsea at the end of October to go third in the table. Injuries to Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini have blunted their attacking edge and Andy Carroll was also absent at Swansea after suffering a midweek groin injury. “We created more than enough chances to score at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago, last week at Stoke we had the most shots in the round of fixtures and here we had a few situations,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “But the quality in the last third is a big question mark, although I praise the players for their performance. “We were very resilient and stubborn in a positive way, we defended very well and I thought we deserved a point. “We were really hit with injuries four or five weeks ago, especially up front, and I said the only way we were going to compensate was with the team performances in these games. “It’s a very good cornerstone what we have done and when these players come back in the next week or two it makes us very positive.” On the penalty incident surrounding the Collins handball, Bilic added: “He tried to make a block on a shot that was 100 miles per hour. “So I would have to guess or lie to say something on that. I don’t know.” Caretaker boss Alan Curtis says he is preparing to take charge of Swansea’s festive fixtures as the club’s search for a new manager continues. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins hopes to name a new manager in the next week – with former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa still the preferred choice – but Curtis says his job is to focus on preparing the team for the Boxing Day visit of West Brom and the trip to Crystal Palace two days later. “We are preparing as if we are in charge, there is a quick turnaround of games,” Curtis said after Swansea had ended a run of three successive defeats. “We have to prepare not just for West Brom, but for Palace. “If someone comes in they can take the reins but we have to prepare. “It is important to bring someone in sooner rather than later, but it is more important to get the right man. “If that takes a while then we are happy to carry on – and we assume we will be in charge.” Swansea dominated for long periods but they struggled to create chances and break down a resilient West Ham defence. But Curtis felt they should have been awarded a 62nd-minute penalty when Ki Sung-yueng’s goalbound shot struck the hand of Hammers defender James Collins. last_img read more

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH for Freeborn MN and Faribault MN from Saturday morning through Saturday evening. HEAT ADVISORY for the rest of listening area from 1 PM to 8 PM Saturday.

first_img…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR FREEBORN MN AND FARIBAULT MN…* WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 108 possible.* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, south central and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…From Saturday morning through Saturday evening.* IMPACTS…Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air- conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM CDT SATURDAY FOR WORTH, WINNEBAGO, CERRO GORDO, HANCOCK, KOSSUTH, WRIGHT, FRANKLIN, BUTLER, FLOYD, MITCHELL AND MOWER MN…* WHAT…Heat index values up to 108 expected.* WHERE…All of Central Iowa.* WHEN…From 1 PM to 8 PM CDT Saturday.* IMPACTS…Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur, particularly those working or participating outdoor activities.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Youngchildren and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning orevening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing whenpossible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.last_img read more