21/01/2017 Football Focus


21/01/2017

Dan Walker is joined by Joleon Lescott, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Schwarzer to preview the weekend's football action, including Tottenham's clash with Manchester City.


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If you're still feeling a little down after Blue Monday,

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The next hour should hopefully lift your spirits.

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Here's what is coming up between now and one.

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Azpilicueta on whether China is a threat to Roman's empire.

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Specman it is a new market. They are targeting players task transfers.

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They could have a centurion at Stoke, but will the Potters'

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I have had so many people say to me, if you get the 100, you have to do

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it. The pressure is taking its toll! I actually play the Luke -- the

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ukelele. You don't! Baggies' boss Tony Pulis and Adrian

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Chiles talk all things Albion. And the name is Rose,

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Bonnyrigg Rose, and Sean Connery's former club have a view

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to a giant-kill against And for your eyes only in the studio

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we have agents Lescott, We were expecting Joleon Lescott, he

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is either in a hollowed out volcano, or signing for Sunderland! We will

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have team news shortly from Anfield. We cast a golden eye over

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the Premier League fixtures. We will be on her Majesty's secret

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service live at the Palace with their chairman Steve Parrish,

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and at the Hawthorns as well, where Sunderland will seek

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a quantum of solace. Then tea-time - will Manchester

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City's Sky Blues fall to Spurs? Tomorrow never dies and sees

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champions Leicester at Southampton. Arsenal take on Burnley, and an away

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trip to the leaders could scare Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta

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played more minutes than any other Chelsea player in 2016,

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and Senor Dependable has been You have been here for five years.

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What is your favourite thing about living in the capital? The whole

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lifestyle here. I am happy in the club, happy in the area. I have been

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here for a long time, and my family is happy, and I give them a lot of

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credit, because to play well, you need to be happy. You were given the

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nickname Dave when you first arrived, who gave that to you and

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why? It was at an audience in the fans, one question was, if they

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could call me Dave. But I didn't imagine that that nickname would

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stay until now! What is Antonio Conte like? Since the first day, his

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first time in England, with the language, he tried to show us what

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he wanted. We trained hard, he was really passionate with his team, he

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always believed in us, so that is something he shows in every training

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session, every game. And since his arrival, you have gone from playing

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back four to back three, what has that transition be like? At the

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beginning it was a bit strange, because most of us, we never played

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in that system. He might have decided to change the formation

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because he saw that we needed that, and as soon as we changed formation,

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the results until now have been amazing. We have worked really hard

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and improved under that system, and it is something that we have to keep

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doing. COMMENTATOR: Knocked up towards

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Diego Costa, that is far too simple a golfer Chelsea to score!

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There were a lot of rumours about Diego Costa. How much are you

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looking forward to having him back in the squad? It is good to have him

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back. When he was suspended, we were able to win that game, but we need

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from everybody, the strength of the squad is really important because

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you want to play with the same players the whole season. The

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football world in general seems to be changing, the window is still

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open, and leagues like China and the US would target players at the end

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of their career, now they seem to be going for younger players who are at

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their peak. It is a new market that is coming out, they are targeting

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players, and it is up to the players to make their choices. I think

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everyone has different situations, so it is new opportunities for the

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players, new countries, so it is up to us to make the changes. You are

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one of the few players who has played every single minute this

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season, so you are clearly valued as a player and you are vital to the

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team. How does that make you feel? It makes me feel really happy and

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proud, because I want to help the team, and how is it to play every

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minute of the competition, that is something that I value a lot, and I

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want to keep doing that, be a part of the team, and I will be really

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happy if we can get a trophy at the end. As you can see from the

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statistics, he is Mr Pegg dependable. -- Mr dependable.

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Everybody was calling him Dave when you were in his team, we all know

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his name now. What this he bring to the side? He is always positive, a

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great professional, he works incredibly hard always on and off

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the pitch, he never complains about anything. When I was first there, he

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was in and out of the side, he just waited his turn, never went knocking

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on the door of the manager, at training every day he was 100%

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involved, giving everything all the time, and he is a manager's dream,

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he really is, and he has so much versatility, he can play in any

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position across the back, and he could probably play a bit further

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forward if you needed him to. He played as left-back when Mourinho

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came back to the Bridge, and he was exceptional. Doing his job and more.

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Even though Filipe Luis arrived. Yes, for 16 million, and he couldn't

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get into the side. And that was the winning team in the year who won the

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league, so to keep Filipe Luis out and bringing what he brought to the

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side, and now also bringing about calmness, but also that leadership

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to the team. What have you made of your old team this season? I want to

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ask you about the guy at the other end, and the way that Antonio Conte

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has dealt with the Costa situation. What does he bring, and how

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important is it that they get back the Costa that we have seen? First

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of all, Antonio Conte, magnificent. In the line of Mourinho, Ancelotti

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and all not, magnificent. In the beginning of the season, it was

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difficult, he changed it towards his way, gave them the opportunity to

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play in the four, changed it to a three where he is very comfortable.

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You can see it in his body language that he is more comfortable with

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that system. The Costa affect, you could see in their body language,

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they were fighting a little bit, on and off. Conte has persuaded him in

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a way, no, it is my way, and Costa started playing better. I think

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Costa is very important for Chelsea, and the odd game you won't miss him,

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but when you played ten games in a row, you will miss him. So Chelsea

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can't afford to let Costa go at this time of the season. And I think, how

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come Conte has done that is credit to him. If Chelsea lose Costa, you

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could argue that all would want to keep their chief striker fit, he is

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one of their few chances of staying up. Yes, his contribution to Hull

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was exceptional, this season he has been hampered a lot through injury,

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I think he is on three or four goals now, and it will be a big part for

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them to stay in the league, but the other key is keeping their good

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players, Snodgrass is someone who has been linked away from the club,

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Livermore has gone, and their problem is keeping hold of these

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players. Highlights of Chelsea against Hull

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and some of these other games are on Match Of The Day to 2. That's

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tomorrow. Liverpool are seven points behind

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the leaders and still juggling On Wednesday it was

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destination Devon. Plymouth Argyle welcome Liverpool to

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the theatre of greens. And it is Lucas who gets the goal. Can they

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respond? That is a good save. Getting away from Lucas, great

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chance at! Excellent defending. Daniel Sturridge, that was a good

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save. And a chance, and it hits the outside of the Liverpool post. It

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has given Liverpool a penalty. Saved by McCormick! Liverpool have

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survived a bit of a scare. So, the Reds progress

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rather than the Pilgrims. It's Swansea at Anfield

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today for Klopp's men, The first thing to tell you as far

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as Liverpool are concerned is that Philippe Coutinho start a Premier

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League game for the first time since November the 26th of last year after

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65 minutes in that cup win at Plymouth in the week. Jurgen Klopp's

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other change from Manchester United is the return to fitness of

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Nathaniel Clyne. Joel Matip who last year was cleared by Fiva to be back

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involved is among the substitutes. For Swansea, their boss Paul Clement

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was busy this week in the transfer market. He gives a debut to Martin

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Olsson and a second debut to Tom Carroll, who has now signed from

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Spurs. Luciana Narsingh misses out through injury, but Leroy Fer does

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start. This sees the best attacking the Premier League face the worst

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defence at Anfield, where Liverpool are unbeaten in 25 games.

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That is quite a record. This is the Liverpool line-up. They have so many

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attacking options, but in their last four games, they have scored two

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goals, so it was eight games before that. So they are missing Sadio

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Mane. It is a big factor for them to get Coutinho back. I don't think

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there is panic in Liverpool, because they have only scored two goals in

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four games. That happens in a season, you know? It is never going

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to go all the time very smoothly. But I think they were very happy to

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get Coutinho back, I think he is a very important factor in the

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Liverpool squad. Talking about the important factors, you will see the

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news about Steven Gerrard joining the Academy. Is this the future

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Liverpool manager being groomed through the system? I think so, yes.

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He has indicated very much that he wants to become a manager one day,

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and I think Liverpool are a club that are renowned for keeping their

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old boys in and around the club, use CX players watching, supporting, and

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Steven Gerrard is one of the greats of Liverpool Football Club, and it

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is great for the club to have him still there. And if Liverpool are

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good going that way, we know from the statistics of this season that

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Swansea have a few issues when a team are coming at them. 49 goals

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conceded in 21 games for Swansea. Only Barnsley have conceded more at

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this stage of a season. Paul Clement has a huge job on his hands just to

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solidify the defence. Clement has got a big job, but unfortunately,

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what Swansea has done wrong this year is letting Williams go, and not

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replacing him. With that experience. He was the captain, he was the one

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who would put people in the right place... He could have made a big

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difference? I think he would have helped it, big-time. 49 goals is a

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lot of goals. He was the leader, the captain, and that is what they are

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lacking. Clement said it, and the previous manager said the same thing

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about Swansea. So I think it is going to be a very tall order. I

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can't see Swansea getting a result there. Olsen is a good player, Tom

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Carroll has had limited experience in the Premier League. If I was a

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Swansea City fan, I would be concerned. Because you think they

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are preparing to go down? Possibly, yes. I disagree. If you look at

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Swansea, there is a certain kind of player that they go for. There is an

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identity at Swansea. Those are Swansea kind of players. Yes, I

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agree with you that they need a certain different kind of player now

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to get them out of the position that they are, but because of that

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identity, they look for the Tom Carroll, the Olsen. But they haven't

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played that way for quite some time. After Laudrup left, I think that was

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the way, and they haven't played that way for quite some time. They

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have tried to, but they haven't. That is why they are in the position

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that they are. The last two years, they have not produced those kind of

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performances of those two managers, but the identity is still the same.

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They still are trying to produce that kind of football.

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Did you always have chat like this in the dressing room? Yes, we had

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quite a few. Putting the world to rights.

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Peter Crouch scored 22 of his 99 Premier League goals with Liverpool.

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The Stoke striker could reach his century against

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Yes, I am six foot seven, no, I do not play basketball. I am so pleased

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we are having this chat. And there it is! Crouch is in the middle!

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Dramatic, brilliant. Peter Crouch's 99th Premier League goal. 99 Premier

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League goals, and your first goal for Stoke was against Manchester

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United? Yes, I would love to take it for my 100th goal, that would be

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great. And Manchester United would be a good yardstick? Yes, ever since

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we played at the club we always seem to get scalps at home. What was your

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best Premier League goal? Oh, I can remember some amazing feeling. I

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think the goal is scored for Tottenham to get us into the

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Champions League against Manchester City was an amazing feeling. Because

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of the significance? The significance, not because of the

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goal, it was a scrappy goal, but what a feeling to score that goal

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after. I think my hat-trick against Arsenal was up there. There was a

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scissor kick against Bolton for Liverpool, and the goal for Stoke

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against Manchester City was probably the best goal that I scored. Crouch

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crying for the spectacular. Oh, what a goal! Nine out of ten times they

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do not go anywhere near the goal, so to hit the top corner was the best

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goal I have scored. Perseverance has been the hallmark of your career.

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Yes, I have always felt that I was the second choice and I have had to

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force myself to be first choice. There always seems to be someone

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ready to replace me when the time comes and when that does happen it

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is frustrating. But you have got to work just as hard to get back in

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there. It is similar to my Stoke career at the moment. It has been

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hired not playing and watching the games and knowing you can have an

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impact. There were times when I looked at where my career was going

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and I was thinking, what is happening? I am not playing, where

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do I go next? Now I have been given this opportunity to play I am loving

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it even more so than before that period because now I know how much

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it means to me to play. You are 36 later on this month and you could be

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under this deal still be playing in the Premier League at 38. Of course,

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I spoke to the manager about it. I train every single day, I have not

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had too many injuries, I do not do anything differently to anyone who

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is 20 or 25. I still feel like I can play for a long time. Our manager

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played until I was 40, until he was 40, and he said I can do the same.

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Are you aware of how popular you are? You got a fantastic reception

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from the Liverpool fans when you came of before Christmas. What does

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that mean to you? It was quite emotional. I am in the city a lot

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and I know how people feel about my time at the club and it was a

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successful time at the club. It is very nice to get a reaction like

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that. When you get your 100th Premier League goal, will you

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resurrect the robot? I have had so many people say to me if you get the

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100th, you have got to do it and the pressure is taking its toll. You

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perform it with your usual balletic grace! Yes, that was half the reason

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people enjoyed it, because I was not that good at it! We talk about a

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fully paid-up member in the 100 club, Jimmy you got 127. Peter

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Crouch is one short of reaching the century. He is still playing. You

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retired at 36. How hard does it become when you reach that age? He

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is still clearly loving it. Well, yes, I was still loving it. It is

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different. It is harder, a lot harder. For me is specially it was

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because I needed the explosiveness. But for Peter it is a little bit

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different. He can work on the crosses, he holds. . He brings a lot

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more to the game, a lot more different things to the game than I

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needed. I needed my pace. He holds the ball up. The ball bounced off

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you! You did score the odd header. The odd header. He has been

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brilliant over the years and I think he can play a few more years. He

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wanted to sign him up on a longer contract because he could not face

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the fact of Peter Crouch playing for another team, the manager. What

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about sado Berahino? He is not much of it. He was sent away to get fit

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and he has come back and he is not fit. His head is all over the place.

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It must have been tough for the club and the player. Hopefully he will

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put it all behind him and he will get fit and he will add that pace

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and quality to Stoke. I am happy for him that he has put the West Brom

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factor behind him and he can concentrate on Stoke. He is a hell

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of a player, a hell of a striker. I think there is a lot more to come

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from him. He scores goals and we do not have that many of those at the

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moment. Mark Hughes will be hoping you are right. Let me give you an

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insight on to what these two have been like this morning. Mike, you

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think anyone in the top six can still win it. Jimmy is not

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convinced. Why do you think they can still win the title? Jose Mourinho

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would not be drawn on it. No, you know what he is like. He will not

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try to draw any more attention or pressure to Manchester United. They

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have so much pressure on them anyway because everyone expects them to be

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there or thereabouts each season. The start of the season has not been

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great, but since then they have gone on a great run. Last week they

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should have won the game against Liverpool. They have quality in the

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squad, Jose Mourinho is the manager and 17 games to go and they are

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still in the race. I still think they have a chance of winning it. He

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is dismissing you once again. I love Jose Mourinho, do not get me wrong.

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I think he is magnificent what he has done in the game also I think

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this is one step a little bit too far. 12 points from Chelsea, that

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means four games. 17 games to go. Leicester won the league last season

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and nobody expected that to happen. No, we did not, but they were

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winning. You now have to win four more games and Chelsea and I do not

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see Chelsea losing a lot of games. How they play, they do not give a

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lot of goals away. They are very happy to work from zero. They are

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based on that. Look, everything is possible. But very unlikely. I'm not

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sure if you agree or disagree. You can keep tabs on that

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and the rest of the three o'clock matches on Final Score with Jason,

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Sue Smith and Jason Gary's back from his winter

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break on MOTD tonight. Alan Shearer and Ruud Gullit can

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admire the tan first hand! And there's sure to be sunshine

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at the Australian Open - highlights of Jo Konta's match

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with Caroline Wozniacki Manchester City against Tottenham is

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sure to feature prominently tonight. The two sides had contrasting

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fortunes last weekend. Harry Kane, 1-0! Everton, one,

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Manchester United two. What a start to the second half for Everton. It

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is a mess of Manchester City boss Mark own making. Harry Kane in the

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middle! He beats Claudio Bravo and Everton have a 3-goal lead. A

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hat-trick. Extravagantly done. We can be the real contender for the

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Premier League. 4-0, Everton. City fans, look away now. Expectations

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were excessive, now it is a reality. There is a man who has got more

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problems than people thought he would at this stage of the season.

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Let's start with the goalkeeper. He said he was fairly criticise.

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Claudio Bravo, the statistics are backing things up. His ability to

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save shots, it is not what you expect at a team like Manchester

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City. He has got big shoes to fill in. He replaced Joe Hart. He has

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struggled to adapt to the Premier League. I see a different goalkeeper

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to the first one who arrived. Yes, he made the mistake, but he was much

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more confident. He demanded the ball. I see a player who is a lot

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deeper. He is not playing as much at the back and he has gone within his

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shell. The game against Everton, every time they shot on goal they

:27:15.:27:19.

were hitting the back of the net and he has struggled for form. He has

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conceded 14 in his last 22 shots on target. Sergio Aguero, I think Pep

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Guardiola is meeting with him in an Italian restaurant in Manchester

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because he has not scored against any of the sides in the top six so

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far this season. When we started and Pep Guardiola came to Manchester

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City, did you expect him at this stage of the season to be in the

:27:45.:27:48.

position he is in with quite so many concerns? No, I thought it would be

:27:49.:27:56.

a lot easier, but on the other hand the Premiership is full of

:27:57.:28:02.

surprises. It is totally different football than in Spain or in

:28:03.:28:07.

Germany. A lot of people need to settle. I think that's pep wants to

:28:08.:28:16.

bring his own philosophy through and it is taking a little bit longer

:28:17.:28:22.

than he thought it would. Or it is not as easy as he thought it would

:28:23.:28:27.

be. I still think that he is magnificent. And he will get it

:28:28.:28:34.

right? I think yes. Given the tools, yes. The only thing is, it is not a

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simple and as easy as the outside world thinks. Because he has won a

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lot and he is coming here with such a great CV, we are expecting

:28:51.:28:57.

straightaway something magnificent. They were dismantled last week by

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Everton. And Spurs, if he is struggling to get his philosophy and

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nine, Maurizio Pellegrino assaulted his team out. Do they have a chance

:29:09.:29:14.

this weekend? Yes, they will do the same thing that they did against

:29:15.:29:18.

Chelsea. They will put them under pressure all over the park.

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Everybody knows Manchester City want to play. Pep Guardiola is adamant.

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They will always play the same way and Mauricio Pochettino will have

:29:29.:29:32.

the Spurs team lined up and put them under pressure. John Stones has

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continued to make errors under pressure all over the park. That is

:29:37.:29:40.

happening because teams are not giving them the respect that maybe

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when he was in charge of buying or Barcelona that other teams gave. He

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was to control the game bible possession, that is what he wants.

:29:52.:29:56.

He needs the ball to control the whole game. But the tempo of the

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game in England is so much higher and the pressing is so much more.

:30:02.:30:10.

You can tackle more. The referee does not help you as much as they do

:30:11.:30:16.

on the continent. The second balls, there

:30:17.:30:25.

Learning on the job, I think it is safe to say.

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We'll turn our attention to the wrong end of the table.

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George Friend has been an integral part of Middlesbrough's line up

:30:32.:30:33.

First things first. Is it your Banjo or mandolin? I actually play the

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ukelele, you know. You don't? You are one of the only people outside

:30:54.:30:58.

my house that know that. Do you play it for the boys? No. It is funny

:30:59.:31:04.

where football takes you, or the way up here, and an unusual background,

:31:05.:31:10.

chicken and arable farming stock? Yes, earlier days in football, my

:31:11.:31:14.

dad used to send me off with eggs to give to the manager and the

:31:15.:31:16.

different players, and it has changed slightly now! I love where I

:31:17.:31:22.

come from. My family worked hard to enable me to play football, because

:31:23.:31:26.

there are not a lot of opportunities in North Devon, but there are some

:31:27.:31:29.

good coaches and clubs like Exeter where I started. Is it quite

:31:30.:31:34.

satisfying, having worked your way up and really earned it the hard

:31:35.:31:38.

way? I think so, but I don't think you should take it away from someone

:31:39.:31:41.

who has had a different route and gone through the card to me, because

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that is equally as hard, but certainly my journey has been

:31:46.:31:47.

different, and they wouldn't have changed it. I love playing for

:31:48.:31:51.

Exeter, playing in the lower leagues. I would prefer to play in

:31:52.:31:56.

the Premier League, but I do appreciate every day going to a

:31:57.:31:59.

fantastic training ground like medals per, and when we go against

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those teams and you hear the music, watching Match Of The Day, it is

:32:04.:32:08.

special. You were part of that Wolves team that were on the naughty

:32:09.:32:12.

step in 2009 when Mick McCarthy put a weakened team at at Old Trafford.

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It was still a strong team, quite a few internationals in it, but it was

:32:18.:32:24.

a changed 11. It was my Premier League debut at Old Trafford, I

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probably could have scored, but I have said that quite a few times in

:32:29.:32:32.

my career. I was playing against Paul Scholes, and I used to pretend

:32:33.:32:36.

to be him in the garden! So that only play against him was

:32:37.:32:42.

incredible. What is your half term report on the first five or six

:32:43.:32:46.

months? I think we have a lot to build on, which is good, and we are

:32:47.:32:49.

in a good position, so going back to the school term, we have done that,

:32:50.:32:54.

now we have our final exams, this is the crunch time, the bit that

:32:55.:32:57.

matters, and if we pass the exams, we stay up. Was it a conscious

:32:58.:33:02.

decision from Aitor Karanka in the summer to be hard to get past? Yes,

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since he walked in his philosophy was to be hard to beat. It isn't the

:33:08.:33:12.

most glamorous, but if it is point on the board, we are not too

:33:13.:33:15.

bothered. And sports journalism, you have done a degree course? Yes,

:33:16.:33:20.

through the PFA, we will see where it takes me. I recommend any players

:33:21.:33:25.

to do that, I'm a big advocate for the PFA, I am on the management

:33:26.:33:28.

committee, and you should use what it offers because it is such a great

:33:29.:33:32.

thing, so many opportunities for players. Qualified sports

:33:33.:33:36.

journalist. What question would you ask yourself? That is deep! That is

:33:37.:33:41.

more of a philosophy degree! It can be on anything. Where am I going to

:33:42.:33:47.

be in ten years, probably, something like that. Where are you going to be

:33:48.:33:53.

in ten years? I don't know, in coaching may be, or maybe sat where

:33:54.:33:55.

you are with another player here! We will see. I like the sound of that.

:33:56.:34:02.

Lovely to see you. There is always a job for you,

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George! He celebrates the fact that it is an glamorous, but they have

:34:08.:34:10.

this good defensive record, he talks about the concentration required to

:34:11.:34:15.

stay there. At the other end, 17 goals from 21 games, they brought in

:34:16.:34:22.

Patrick Bamford and Rudy Gestede, does the system allowed them to do

:34:23.:34:25.

it at the other end as well, or is it overly defensive? Identity system

:34:26.:34:32.

is overly defensive, it does allow them to get more chances and to have

:34:33.:34:37.

more going forward. I think that they don't have a lot of people who

:34:38.:34:41.

normally score a lot of goals. Their line-up against West Ham last week

:34:42.:34:51.

-- Watford last week. If they can get more people who will score more

:34:52.:34:57.

goals into the Premiership, who get more goals from midfield, I think

:34:58.:35:04.

you will see them climbing up, because they can keep it. And what

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is your half term report? At the start of the season, you really

:35:10.:35:12.

thought Middlesbrough would struggle. I did, purely because of

:35:13.:35:16.

the players they brought in, lacking that Premier League spirits, but

:35:17.:35:20.

although it is an glamorous at times, they have grown with results,

:35:21.:35:23.

they have won couple of games here and there, and they have given me

:35:24.:35:31.

confidence. The additions of Gestede and Bamford, he hasn't played for a

:35:32.:35:36.

while and he needs to get back to playing games and scoring goals,

:35:37.:35:41.

there is a huge emphasis on Negredo holding the ball up and try to

:35:42.:35:45.

score, he hasn't always leaves, but they have more bodies on the ground.

:35:46.:35:51.

It hasn't always been glamorous, but let's not forget they need to stay

:35:52.:35:55.

in the Premier League. That is the main thing, and at the moment, they

:35:56.:35:59.

are doing things right, they are getting their wins. Yes, they need

:36:00.:36:03.

to score more goals, but they don't want to give away goals, so yes, if

:36:04.:36:13.

they can get Bamford firing up with the striker that is already there,

:36:14.:36:19.

happy days. The Bamford, that could catch on, like the Donald! Not

:36:20.:36:28.

Boro are at home to West Ham this afternoon.

:36:29.:36:30.

Not even an Andy Carroll stunner could steal all the headlines

:36:31.:36:33.

Martin Fisher is there for us. What is the latest on Payet? Apparently

:36:34.:36:38.

he has been kicked out of the WhatsApp group, is that true? That

:36:39.:36:46.

is one of the stories that has been doing the rounds this week, it

:36:47.:36:49.

appears Dimitri Payet at is making enemies wherever he turns, the way

:36:50.:36:57.

he is in training, the way he has handled the last few weeks, the

:36:58.:37:00.

supporters have lost their love of him as well. Last season, they had

:37:01.:37:04.

their own little song for him, it was one that had its own lyrics,

:37:05.:37:08.

they have changed it now change those lyrics, but they are not the

:37:09.:37:12.

sort of lyrics that I would repeat at this time of the day on national

:37:13.:37:17.

television! Suffice to say Dimitri Payet at has played his last ever

:37:18.:37:21.

game for West Ham United. Whether or not he leaves during the January

:37:22.:37:25.

window or West Ham make him stew and sat him in the summer remains to be

:37:26.:37:29.

seen, but they will sort out a deal in West Ham's interest, and he will

:37:30.:37:34.

move on. West Ham have signed a play themselves, Joseph on join the club

:37:35.:37:42.

last night freight million pounds. ?8 million for a 33-year-old sounds

:37:43.:37:46.

like a lot of money, but the transfer market we have a moment,

:37:47.:38:01.

prices are high, and Jose Fon, I know you like your quiz questions,

:38:02.:38:04.

but which player in the Premier League one championships with his

:38:05.:38:12.

country, and when his club side won the Champions League trophy? The

:38:13.:38:17.

answer of course is... ? Jose Fonte? It is, well done! Sorry,

:38:18.:38:35.

the delay didn't help very much. Still to come:

:38:36.:38:40.

A big night for the non-leaguers as the FA Cup did the trick.

:38:41.:38:43.

We go for a nosey around the Rosey Posey as Bonnyrigg prepare

:38:44.:38:46.

And Hollywood star and Celtic fan James McAvoy takes

:38:47.:38:51.

We'll turn our attention to West Brom, currently 8th

:38:52.:39:04.

Tony Pulis celebrates his 25th anniversary as a manager this year,

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and the boss has been talking to seasoned Baggie.

:39:08.:39:10.

We've got a couple of pictures of you. If somebody when you were this

:39:11.:39:22.

age gives you a new car and the money, how would you have ended up

:39:23.:39:25.

as a different player, a different manager, a different person?

:39:26.:39:32.

I go back to when I was 16, jumping on a train in Newport. I was one of

:39:33.:39:37.

eight people living in a small terraced house down at the docks,

:39:38.:39:44.

and I wanted never to go back home. I wanted to make this my life, and I

:39:45.:39:48.

promised I would do everything I possibly could to stay in this sport

:39:49.:39:53.

that I have loved ever since I can remember. I had been in courage to

:39:54.:40:03.

from a very young age to learn by trade, coaching and listening to

:40:04.:40:08.

people are playing. The systems you learned, have they stood you in good

:40:09.:40:12.

stead for what you play now? We had a wonderful set up in England, and I

:40:13.:40:16.

think it was better than anywhere in the world, we used to have a week at

:40:17.:40:22.

Lilleshall, a week full of training, learning from Bobby Robson, Dave

:40:23.:40:28.

Sexton, I haven't moved too far away from the basics that I learned at

:40:29.:40:31.

that time. And the basics being what? Setting your team up properly,

:40:32.:40:36.

making sure you play to the strings that you have got and getting the

:40:37.:40:40.

best you can out of them. Is it important to be liked by the

:40:41.:40:43.

players? You can't be a manager and be liked all the time, at least half

:40:44.:40:46.

the squad would hate you, I would assume, because you are not egging

:40:47.:40:50.

them. The most important thing is to try to be straight with them, and if

:40:51.:40:54.

you try to be clever, eventually it will spin around and they will catch

:40:55.:40:58.

you out, it is difficult because you know it will hurt their feelings,

:40:59.:41:02.

but you have to do it, that is your job. So my thoughts have always been

:41:03.:41:07.

to be as straight to them as you possibly can, whether they like it

:41:08.:41:10.

or not, and one day, if they walk away, they will say, I didn't like

:41:11.:41:15.

him, but he was a straight fella. Being marked down as that offending

:41:16.:41:20.

by road, ten behind the ball, you don't need possession, you get fed

:41:21.:41:26.

up with that? That is one thing I don't give a dam about. I had a

:41:27.:41:30.

plan, a short-term plan, and that was to shake the dressing room up

:41:31.:41:33.

and get rid of quite a few players, which we have managed to do, and

:41:34.:41:37.

bring in a little more quality as we have gone along, but over the next

:41:38.:41:43.

year, two years, we need to have good windows and sign players. The

:41:44.:41:46.

aim is to bring in real top-quality players like Evans, good players

:41:47.:41:51.

like Fletcher, people of that ilk, and then hopefully over the next

:41:52.:41:54.

year or two, the younger players, they will learn of those, and then

:41:55.:41:57.

eventually take those players' places. So if we can bring that

:41:58.:42:02.

through and have a decent team for the next two or three years, we

:42:03.:42:05.

won't be looking outside to bring others in. We can then promote

:42:06.:42:10.

within and bring those kids, who are local lads, in through the team and

:42:11.:42:15.

have a real good team, and a good structure and respect of age,

:42:16.:42:19.

because that is important. So it is possible to be adventurous and

:42:20.:42:22.

defend corners effectively? Is that really possible? Yes!

:42:23.:42:32.

Tony Pulis has never had a team finish in the top half of the

:42:33.:42:38.

Premier League. Could this be the season? The are doing really well.

:42:39.:42:43.

Rewind the clock back to not so long ago, and the fans were going crazy

:42:44.:42:47.

over the way that West Brom were playing, and the performances were

:42:48.:42:50.

nowhere near as good as what they have been doing now, and so he has

:42:51.:42:55.

really turned things around. He has unbelievable amounts of experience

:42:56.:42:57.

and has done wonders at the club, and this season is probably his best

:42:58.:43:01.

opportunity to finish in the top half. And Jake Livermore has come in

:43:02.:43:05.

over a couple of million pounds, as well.

:43:06.:43:07.

So Albion looking upwards, but it's a very different story

:43:08.:43:09.

for their opponents today, Sunderland, who are currently 19th.

:43:10.:43:12.

They also suffered an FA Cup exit on Tuesday, Sam Vokes header just

:43:13.:43:19.

before half-time setting Burnley on their way.

:43:20.:43:22.

And in-form Andre Gray sealed a place in the 4th

:43:23.:43:27.

Round for Sean Dyche's men, shoving Billy Jones off the ball.

:43:28.:43:30.

Steve Wilson is at the Hawthorns for us today. Can you fill us in on the

:43:31.:43:47.

whereabouts of Joleon Lescott, we thought he was going to be with us,

:43:48.:43:50.

he was training are having a medical with Sunderland, what is happening?

:43:51.:43:55.

I gather he is in Sunderland doing some work with David Moyes ABBA

:43:56.:43:58.

Sunderland training ground over the last week or so. -- doing some work

:43:59.:44:10.

at the Sunderland training ground. The squad is desperate for a lift,

:44:11.:44:14.

he can bring some international experience. Sunderland are in dire

:44:15.:44:19.

straits, there is a mood and negativity about the place, losing

:44:20.:44:22.

in the FA Cup is a long way from being the biggest problem. If you

:44:23.:44:27.

think back 12 months ago, Sunderland effectively save themselves from

:44:28.:44:29.

relegation when they signed carne, Khazri and Kirchhoff, and David

:44:30.:44:36.

Moyes is making the point that they need something similar in this

:44:37.:44:39.

January window, but there is no sign whatsoever of this happening, and

:44:40.:44:42.

that must be immensely frustrating for the Sunderland manager. And for

:44:43.:44:47.

the fans as well, thank you, Steve. More from Steve on Final Score and

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Match Of The Day later. So Sunderland knocked out

:44:51.:44:53.

of the FA Cup on Tuesday. But the night's most memorable

:44:54.:44:55.

moments came elsewhere as Lincoln and Sutton kept the non-league

:44:56.:44:58.

flag flying high. the teams emerged in front of this

:44:59.:45:07.

main stand which is absolutely chock-a-block. Out comes the

:45:08.:45:16.

goalkeeper to make a save. A clear, unmarked header. He touches on to

:45:17.:45:24.

it. What colour is the card going to be? It has come back to Rory Deakin

:45:25.:45:32.

who twists and turns and shoots and scores spectacularly. My word, this

:45:33.:45:40.

is football at its glorious. And it is a goal for Saturn! And the

:45:41.:45:51.

National League side can send out invitations. Throbbing with

:45:52.:46:02.

anticipation of what is to come. A big chance! A brilliant save. He

:46:03.:46:12.

gets a shot away. Good effort from the full-back. He plays it through.

:46:13.:46:25.

Arnold to win the cup tie! In the dying seconds, they have done it.

:46:26.:46:34.

What a night for a National League side.

:46:35.:46:38.

The fourth round begins on Friday night as Derby take on Leicester.

:46:39.:46:41.

And amongst the Rams' number is a man addicted to fancy footwear.

:46:42.:47:12.

James Henry's looping effort gave them the lead just before half-time.

:47:13.:47:21.

Then Christian Benteke with a solid header into the back of the net. Sam

:47:22.:47:28.

Allardyce's first win as the boss. It sends Palace through. They will

:47:29.:47:32.

probably want to replicate that success in the league today and

:47:33.:47:37.

Jonathan Pearce is at Everton Park with a guess. A good win in the cup,

:47:38.:47:44.

but 27 points over the year and it is relegation form. How deeply

:47:45.:47:48.

concerned are you? Worried, obviously. It would be stupid if you

:47:49.:47:55.

were not. If things go against us, we could be in the bottom three. It

:47:56.:47:59.

is surprisingly have not been there yet. We have got to turn it around.

:48:00.:48:06.

A good result midweek, so hopefully we can spring of that. Sam is famous

:48:07.:48:10.

for his bounce factor. We have not had that in the league. Why has that

:48:11.:48:16.

happened under him so far? We played very well against Watford when he

:48:17.:48:20.

arrived. We probably would have won it if we had got the penalty. Then

:48:21.:48:25.

Arsenal and Swansea was a poor performance across the season. We

:48:26.:48:29.

have not put in many poor performances, but that was one of

:48:30.:48:35.

them. The players are adapting, new coaches, new voice, you coaches, new

:48:36.:48:40.

plans, and sometimes it takes time. At the end all that matters is where

:48:41.:48:44.

you are in May and hopefully we will be in a good position then. How

:48:45.:48:48.

difficult was the decision to make the change? I know you are close to

:48:49.:48:54.

Alan Pardew, he was one of your heroes. Was it all your decision or

:48:55.:48:57.

was it partly made by the American owners? Obviously I discuss things

:48:58.:49:03.

with Josh and David, but they know I am the person on the ground. It was

:49:04.:49:08.

a really tough decision. Anyone who says it is all the manager's fault,

:49:09.:49:13.

of course it is not. We all have a plan and we all try to execute the

:49:14.:49:18.

plan and we came up short. Maybe we try to change things too quickly. We

:49:19.:49:22.

wanted to make our position better and the position suggests we have

:49:23.:49:28.

not. I do not just blame Alan. We all have to take responsibility for

:49:29.:49:32.

that. In the end he is the person at the training ground and sometimes

:49:33.:49:36.

you need a jolt and a different voice and a change and that is what

:49:37.:49:40.

we needed to do. I hope he will understand, I know he does, and he

:49:41.:49:45.

will come back. He is a very good manager. When we were in this

:49:46.:49:52.

position in 2015, he arrived and we got to a cup final. We have all got

:49:53.:49:56.

to take responsibility for things not working, but now is not the time

:49:57.:50:01.

to look too deeply. You have spent a lot of money on players in the last

:50:02.:50:06.

couple of years. Is there money between now and the end of January

:50:07.:50:10.

to further increase? Is that what the fans want to get you out of

:50:11.:50:15.

trouble? Definitely, but we will not be stupid about it. It is an

:50:16.:50:20.

expensive window and we expect that. In some instances you cannot get the

:50:21.:50:24.

players. I was talking to an owner who said, you have done the right

:50:25.:50:30.

thing, but we have got our own problems and we are not going to

:50:31.:50:34.

sell at the moment. We are pleased we have got one in, and we are

:50:35.:50:37.

hopeful we will get a couple more, but it is not easy. Are you

:50:38.:50:44.

confident? Of staying in the league? Definitely, we have got a good

:50:45.:50:48.

squad. But that is not enough. Having a great squad on paper, the

:50:49.:50:53.

boys have got to change that into results and everyone knows that.

:50:54.:50:57.

This will not be easy, but we are confident. We are not complacent,

:50:58.:51:02.

but we are confident. We are doing the right things to fix it, but we

:51:03.:51:07.

will be OK in the end. We are off now because it is perishing at

:51:08.:51:11.

Selhurst Park. I am going in for a hot cup of coffee.

:51:12.:51:13.

It is not very warm here. It's the 4th round of

:51:14.:51:16.

the Scottish Cup this weekend and the most romantic tie sees

:51:17.:51:19.

junior side Bonnyrigg Rose, who once had a rather

:51:20.:51:21.

famous actor as a player, Eilidh Barbour couldn't resist

:51:22.:51:24.

a bit of Bond bingo. Welcome to Bonnyrigg, where, once

:51:25.:51:43.

upon a time, Sean Connery no less pulled on the red and white of the

:51:44.:51:45.

Rose. But more than 60 years on from when

:51:46.:51:58.

the would-be Bond played his part here, the club have licence to

:51:59.:52:09.

thrill again. Their 1-0 victory over Dumbarton in the first round was the

:52:10.:52:14.

first time in Scottish Cup history junior league team had beaten aside

:52:15.:52:20.

from Scotland's second tier. Then exhibition, cup holders Hibs in

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fourth round. 114 years! A game that has been moved from here to

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Tynecastle, the home of hearts. 12,500 tickets and it is a sell-out.

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??FORCED WHITE #, Goldfinger, he is the man with the Midas touch. It is

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so real to be honest. We have to pinch ourselves sometimes. It has

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been a great journey and hopefully it will continue after Saturday. To

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see all the people coming to buy tickets on the sale day, we took 11

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hours to sell out those allocated, but to see the fans queueing in the

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changing room area and outside the ground, you can imagine what it will

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be like on the day. It will be a family day, it will be fantastic for

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the town. It will be great, bring it on, yes. Get back! The game has been

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moved to Tynecastle, it is someone you know quite well. I was there for

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a few years, but it is not about parts, it is all about Bonnyrigg and

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the players and we have worked so hard in the last couple of years to

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keep the club going. I was a Hibs fan and when we got drawn, I could

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not believe it, we were going to be playing the cup-holders. I was there

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on the 21st of May watching my team lift the cup for the first time and

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I got stick from all the other players and I have had stick from

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all the hearts players over the last couple of years and it will be good

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to get my own back. The fact we are playing Hibs as well, I have been

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buzzing about it, to be honest. Sean Connery played in the early 50s and

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he played five games, he played Broxburn, a league game or a cup

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game, I do not know, but he scored a cracker of a goal. He used to come

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to the changing room and he used to get dressed in his civilian clothes

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and everybody would envy the corduroy jacket. It was something

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from Harrods and the players really loved him and he was a smart looking

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gentleman and the players used to get jealous of him, but obviously he

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went on to better things, James Bond. Hibs are strong and whatever

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they put out on Saturday it will be a massive challenge for us. I hope

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the players show what they are capable of. If they do that, they

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will have a chance. If Hibs have an off day and we get a bit of luck on

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the day, anything can happen. Good luck to Bonnyrigg this afternoon. He

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was in Scotland can see hearts' tie tomorrow. Chapecoense take on the

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Brazilian champions this weekend, so all the best to them as well. QPR

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against Fulham is goalless. We have the former manager of QPR with us.

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Are you desperate to get back into football? Desperate, not, but

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looking for the right opportunity. Obviously it was not nice to be

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relieved of my duties at QPR. I thought it was very premature

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because a lot of things had to be changed and being six points off the

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play-offs, the last game that we played against Nottingham Forest we

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played with ten men and did really well to get a draw. So,

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disappointing. But moving on and waiting for the right opportunity.

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QPR have just scored whilst you have been talking. Well done, I need to

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talk more often. And that opportunity, are you looking at

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Championship level or would you go back to Burton? Burton is in the

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Championship. You know what I mean. I want a good project, something

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where the club really wants me and then I can do my job. The league

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doesn't matter. Obviously we want to win things and play for promotion

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and all those kind of things. I am ambitious. I want an ambitious club.

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The goalkeeping coach? I asked him already and he said he is not

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looking to go back into football as a coach. You seem to disagree about

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everything, but you clearly get on. There is mutual respect. We see

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things a bit different, but he is a top man.

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Remember, next week's Focus comes live from Lincoln.

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We'll finish with another famous Scottish actor,

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Celtic fan James McAvoy, who's currently starring

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He plays a character with 24 different personalities.

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Don't worry. I'll talk to him. I grew up supporting Celtic football

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club. Henrik Larsson was huge for me. We could have sold him for

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millions at any point and he was loyal to Celtic and wanted the

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Celtic experience. I was a bit iffy about Brendan Rodgers when he came

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in. But he has taken pretty much the same squad we had last year and he

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made us play much more like a Rolls-Royce. It is a must win game

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for West Ham. Must win game. 2-0 to West Ham. That is a big one. I am

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looking for a thriller. 3-3. I think it is going to be 3-0.

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Dan Walker is joined by Joleon Lescott, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Schwarzer to preview the weekend's football action.

There's an interview with Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of the leaders' match against Hull. Stoke striker Peter Crouch talks about the prospect of scoring his 100th Premier League goal in the match against Manchester United. There's also an interview with Middlesbrough's George Friend, and a feature on Scottish junior side Bonnyrigg Rose as they prepare to face holders Hibernian in the cup. Plus a preview of Manchester City v Tottenham and the best of the week's FA Cup action.