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Good evening, welcome to the North East, as both Swansea and Cardiff

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prepare to face two of the region's Coming up. We preview Swansea

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City's trip to Newcastle, with the help of their midfielder Jonathan

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de Guzman. It's Part Two of Team Clev, and the

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Welshman's quest to conquer America. You have got to come to the state

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if you want the big time in boxing. -- to the United States.

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Plus, Cardiff City skipper Mark Hudson on Middlesbrough and press

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criticism. It is not the first time I have had it and I am sure it will

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not be the last, everybody is entitled to their opinion.

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Well, from Milburn to Shearer, MacDonald to Beardsley, so many

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legends have made their name here at St James' Park. Currently,

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Newcastle are enjoying something of a renaissance, after some troubled

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times on Tyneside. So can Swansea pull off what would arguably be

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their best away win since promotion to the Premier League? We've been

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getting the views from both sets of There is a box Office quality to

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this current Newcastle side, finishing 5th last season but 10

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for just one place above Swansea now. And admiration on Tyneside of

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howled for swans have settled at a top-level. There are a few examples

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of clubs that have done well in the Premier League and Swansea are

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definitely be one of those. Well and run, they have a principle they

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want to stick to a vision and that is important, to know how you will

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play and watch a want to do. Be new manager has taken it up from

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Brenton and. The two Spanish guys have done very well and it is a

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tough test for us because we are going to have a stadium that will

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expect us to win. This is a game that anything could happen. If we

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play to our best, I think we can get everything. We could get three

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points, one point. If we are not at our best, it is a team that really

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can create a lot of problems because they have quality in

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midfield, were really good players. A special fixture for Danny Graham,

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the Swansea striker, always a Geordie at heart! I went to

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Barcelona and got a hat-trick and was there for Shearer's first goal.

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It is nice to play against a hometown club for but we are going

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to get three points, and I played for Swansea City and although I am

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a Newcastle fan, and want to win. Be his players have been making the

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most of the headlines. But Ann on loan at midfielder has been

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impressive, time to put him under the spotlight -- but Anna on loan

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at midfielder. What is your name? Jonathan de Guzman. Where were you

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born of? Canada. For ridiculing you tried? Holland. -- where did you

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learn your trade. How many -- how much money was spent a new? 80

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million Euros. I qualify for Holland, Jamaica, Canada and the

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Philippines. And want to play for Holland. Of this midfielder I have

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placed -- played come up Osman it. Danny Ryan is the biggest character,

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he is talking all the time. Michael Laudrup wants to keep you at

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Swansea, holiday eager to stay at Swansea? I am happy here, I have

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been playing a week in and week out and the guys have been very

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welcoming to me. I am enjoying my time here and that is my option. I

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am doing well here with the team and I think we are played good

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football. And he scored in the capital one Cup match in Liverpool,

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how was that? -- you scored. It felt great contributed as guns --

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to Swansea and it was an historic game for Swansea and I am happy to

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be a part of it. He said Leo Osman is the toughest midfielder you have

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played against, but Newcastle have a number of tough midfielders.

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is a good 14. I know what they are capable of and we have been

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watching them throughout the week. Knee know what they are capable of

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and hopefully we can put a good show on and get a good result -- we

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know. And joined at St James' Park by

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former England defender, with 242 appearances for Newcastle, Steve

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how a. Looking ahead to the game, Newcastle, what is their record

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like at home and can Swansea win away? They have only won once away

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from home this season. It will be a big ask for Swansea. Even if

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Newcastle are having a difficult time, the crowd does help a lot.

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They do get packed in here, a full house every week. And it will be a

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tough game for Swansea. But so far this season, the form of Newcastle

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at home has not been brilliant. Even though this season, they

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haven't lost a couple of games. what have you made a Swansea so far

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this season? -- what have you. Where will they be the season?

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did so well under Brendan Rodgers and Duddo Martinez, and the new

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manager has come in. -- and Martinez. There were a few not good

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results, but they are making their mark and playing well, they have

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picked up lately. I do not think they have anything massively to

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fear. If Newcastle get on top early, it could be difficult for the away

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team but if they keep the fans quiet early, and they always have a

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chance. Score prediction? I am going to stick my neck out, I do

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not gamble and I never have, but his score prediction, 2-1 for

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Newcastle. Return -- thank you. We turn our attention away from

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football now. Last week, we brought you all the build-up, as Nathan

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Cleverly prepared to defend his light-heavyweight title against

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Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles. This week, we bring you Part Two, as

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Sport Wales were in Team Clev's corner and dressing room with a

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World champ -- Nathan Cleverly, World Champion but a relative

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unknown until last week. He wanted to make a big impression against

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Shawn Hawk. He could become a different fighter overnight. I came

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here to fight. I was most impressed with Nathan Cleverly. Ready for

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action, ready for business! Friday morning and the LA whether

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allows the way into be held outdoors in front of the Staples

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Center. A big showdown tomorrow night, Nathan Cleverly, also Shawn

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Hawk! He is in perfect condition. I did not turn around!

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Coming to the scales, undefeated, light heavyweight champion of the

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World! Half a pound under weight, that is perfect. I feel in great

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shape and I feel as though I could be unstoppable tomorrow night. He

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has a point to prove. He wants to come over here and make a good show,

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so the pressure is off on him. It is my time to make my name and

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shine and make sure they know who I Three the key part of the fight

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will be the first few rounds -- the key part. He has had 20 winners and

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not 16 guys out and most of them in the first, second, third round,

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very early. He will be dangerous and strong early on and try and

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take me on. With a few hours before the big fight, a vital piece of

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equipment is missing. An emergency head and is now! I am trying to

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find a shot to get one, I have got to have my head and! That is my

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which will be for the fight. Panic over, all is in order. Thank you.

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For three hours before the fight, finally got it sorted. We are in

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the hotel lobby waiting to leave for the arena, so this is the

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exciting bit where the adrenalin starts going, and want to hear that

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Bell now and get going. So since last Wednesday, I have not stopped,

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I have been a trainer, a so West, psychologist. -- a sewer. If you

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not come down and, go to the corner, at any fauna is all -- any corner

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is all right. Fight like a champion and look like champions. Time to

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put the finishing up touches in place, including that all-important

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bandana stomach this is the serious and to the business, this fight is

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so important, I cannot afford to be a father tonight. He definitely is

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not going to lose. He has worked very hard and I feared he will do

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the business, to be honest. With less than three minutes to go,

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there is no sign of his Sutton -- of his star-studded entourage. For

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a fashionably late arrival, and relief all round! How are you?

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Remind us how this came about? Mickey Rourke called me because he

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is doing a film about the Welsh Rugby, and he talked to me about

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maybe been in the movie. So we were talking about that and he is very

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interested in all things Welsh, so when he found out this fight was

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going on, he called me up and told me about it and I was in Los

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Angeles and he said to come and see him fight. I had heard about him,

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Nathan, but never seen him fight, so I came. I used to box when I was

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a kid but I am a better singer than a boxer so I did not perceive that.

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But I have always loved boxing and any time I can see boxing live, I

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Here is be undefeated WBO light have -- lightweight champion of the

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world, Nathan Cleverly! It is easy to get caught up in the

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moment and under pressure and lose your game-plan. But I feel

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experienced enough now to deal with that and to stay controlled, to be

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efficient in my performance, and that is what I intend to do. I hope

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I will be able to carry that out. He dominates the opening three

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rounds, flying go for 100 punches per around at his American opponent.

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Be dangerous right fossil group -- the dangers right of Shawn Hawk

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catches him in the 4th, but after this, it is one way traffic.

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needs to impress tonight if he is going to while the American fans.

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There has been a demand for him. -- wow. After a barrage of punches,

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his opponent is flawed. Back on his feet after belonged powered, only

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to hit the deck again. -- a longer fight. A are you all right? If yes.

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Time! After being saved by the Bell, Shawn Hawk goes down for a third

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time. T want to go? One more and it is over. -- you want to go.

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nearly, the referee stepped in just as a corner of Shawn Hawk thrown in

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the towel -- finally. So still undefeated and still the WBO light

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heavyweight champion of the world, Nathan Cleverly! One of the rounds,

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he started coming out and in the 7th round, I stepped in. I am so

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glad. This is the hard bit, but drugs test and I have no water left

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in me. In a great performance. we get him out of the way, we come

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up for the big guys, be a lead fight, the Americans. Best the lead

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fights. How do -- how does he built a reputation for himself? He has to

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have more fight, especially in America, like Joe Cole said the. It

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was only when he started beating Americans that he started to get

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noticed. You have to come to America if you want to hit the big-

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time inbox and. Coming to the United States, coming to the

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unknown, the unknown territory, you have nothing to lose, he went for

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it. He came to fight but I felt great and I felt unstoppable

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tonight. And we'll keep you up to date with

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Nathan's next opponent. Surfing now, and last weekend, the latest stage

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of one of the most important events on the British professional tour

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was held on the Welsh coastline. Sport Wales went along to check it

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Today it is the venue for the latest stage of the UK pro

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Sufficient r tour. Some of the best Tell us about the competition here

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today. This is the sort of brain child of the local surf club and

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the pro club and something we have angleded for ten years. We tried to

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select the best tai of surfing. We came to the -- day of surfing. We

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came to the beach today and it was today or nothing. Wildcard entries

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were given to the knockout heats and a unique opportunity to test

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themselves against some of the best professional surfers in the country.

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Kieran, only 12-year-old, you were the youngest competitor today. How

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was it? Hard because I was against all the top British surfers, but a

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good experience. Nice to surf against them. Some local knowledge

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came into play as well. It has been a disappointing morning

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for the local surfers, except for Nathan Phillips, who has qualified

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for the quarter-finals, which is about to get under way now. Making

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his first appearance for some time in competitive surfers, Phillips

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managed to reach the last eight with his best performance of the

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day. Being back in the water was an achievement in itself. There's --

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it's been tricky. I had a minor stroke, put it down to a stroke

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after a car crash. Good to get a result. We have reached the semi-

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final stage now. As you can see, the tide has come right in and the

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competition is hotting up. Phillips was drawn against two of

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Cornwall's best surfers, Robinson and Stokes. There was to be no

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repeat of his quarter-final performance. Semi-finals over.

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Didn't go to plan? The conditions were tricky. Basically, it is into

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ripping, it is nice to get tomorrow. The final was an all Cornish affair,

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with the four surfers going head- to-head with a �2,000 first prize,

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and points in the Relentless Super Series. The winner is Jake Robinson.

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Huge congratulations. How was today's surf? It was fun. I have

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never surfed this way before. I was surprised at how good it was.

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couple of guys go away thinking it is good to surf in Wales. These

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guys have come from Cornwall, Newcastle. They've had a taster of

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Back to football now and it is second against third in the

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championship tomorrow, as Cardiff host Middlesbrough, hoping to make

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history. They are unbeatable at home. There has been criticism of

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their away form and their captain. Lisa Rogers went to meet the

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Away from home this season, Cardiff have been a bit iffy, whereas at

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home they have been magnificent. Why is that? If we start with home

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form, we have made the stadium a fortress. We've got goals in the

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team and we've got attacking options. Someone said to me

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yesterday we have scored the most in the league, which is great to

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know. Away from home, we have conceded goals and unfortunately,

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Now. It is something I need to get better at and hold on to a few more

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people to get people to stick together. That is something we're

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all here to learn. All here to do and put right. It is not all doom

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and glam. We are two points off top. Like I said, if we can get our away

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form sorted out, then we'll be They have to look at themselves

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defensively with the five goals they have conceded. After the

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Charlton game I saw your Tweet. It said "we were not good enough today.

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We have to work on this." Everyone admires that honesty. You came in

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for criticism after that game. How does that affect you? Everyone is

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entitled to their opinion. You will get it in careers. I am sure it

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will not be the first time. You are on a learning process. I will keep

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learning until I have finished. I will work hard on the training

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field and help the players around me do the same. That is what we've

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got - we've got a great team. Hopefully I can be looked at as

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someone who can help them out if they are feeling low or not on top

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of their game. That's what I have always done. I have always done it.

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They are on the verge of history. Victory over Middlesbrough tomorrow

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could equal nine consecutive home wins.

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The team is one place above them in the league. Craig Bellamy and Matt

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Connolly are back in contention, having recovered from injury.

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good team together. They will come down here and it will be a real

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rock in the stadium. It will be where there'll be a big crowd.

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We've got to get three points. That's what counts. We'll go there

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in a positive frame of mind as we have been doing. They are a good

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side and they are playing well at the moment. We cannot really think

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about some of the previous results too much because they have changed

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a lot of things and so have we. They are playing well at the moment.

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They have come off the back of a good result. So have we. Our home

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form is as good as it is on paper at the moment. We need to maintain

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Steve, Cardiff City, unbeaten at home this season. And are

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Middlesbrough the team to break that record? It is a difficult one.

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I think two teams that's in great form. Look at Cardiff's record at

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home it is a hard one. Second verses third. You cannot get any

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better than that. The atmosphere, I am sure, will be very good. Cardiff

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will be a hard game. Middlesbrough will be the same.

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Which way it will go, I don't know. Obviously if you look at the record

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of Cardiff at home, you possibly might have to give them the edge.

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Give me a score prediction? Again, because I went against the Welsh on

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the last one, I'll go for them this time. I think will win 3-1. It has

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