Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – Yes, a keeper on the losing side. But think about it. The lad has had nothing to do since White Hart Lane, but he still did well to keep the score down to two when Palace came along with their good performance. His name may be hard to spell (I wonder if 

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GOALKEEPER Victor Valdes – Didn’t do a thing while at United, yet plays against them and helps them win. Jose’s teams 9th game in seven days didn’t seem to hurt them. And with agent Valdes in the opposition goal they were onto a winner. DEFENDERS Craig Dawson – They say doing the same thing over 

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GOALKEEPER Darren Randolph – You have to feel for the guy. I mean, he saves one penalty and sees another almost hit the corner flag yet he lets in 3. I’ve put him in because I like taking the mick out of West Ham.   DEFENDERS John Stones – To be fair even I could 

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The 2016-2017 version of the FA Cup has exposed the flaws in the tournament that may have been hidden in the past.   No financial incentive The financial benefit of promotion is too great for many clubs to take the competition seriously. If you have the opportunity to compete for promotion to the next level, 

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Gabriel Jesus is a football writer’s dream. I mean sure he’s obviously an extremely talented youngster, scoring three goals and assisting two while managing to keep Sergio Aguero out of the team is impressive but truly his name is the best thing about the Brazilian. We’ve had plenty of footballers with the first name of 

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So as you are most probably aware (Sky don’t exactly hesitate to remind us) Deadline Day is coming. A day in which the spending of millions of pounds on people who can kick a football good is celebrated. Thankfully for us Sky are on hand to bring in the updates as teams scramble to bring 

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Is Joleon Lescott joining Sunderland during a relegation scrap the most Lescott thing to do or the most Sunderland thing to do? The legendary Lescott has been re-united with former manager David Moyes, and is now at the perfect age to be a Sunderland defender. At 34, he has won two Premier League titles and 

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Oh, so Dimitri was the problem after all was he? Who would have thought it, that with West Ham’s star man refusing to play that the Hammers would suddenly look like a team completely at home at the London Stadium and put in the kind of performance that had even the most fervent Big Sam 

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Tell you what, Carlton is going to have to knock it one hell of a long way for Graham Taylor to see it now. Allow to me step down from the tongue-in-cheek momentarily. Graham Taylor was doing high tempo, pressing football way before any of our continental friends brought it to the Premier League. He 

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So Hull have gone more left field than Robert Snodgrass hugging the touchline at the KCOM Stadium. Yes, the name they pulled out of the managerial hat was Marco Silva. A wise choice, I am sure. If in doubt, appoint a man that was once sacked for not wearing the right suit. This will end 

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“New Year, new me” said a million and one people a couple of days back. Not Arsene Wenger, oh no. Arsenal’s manager is still living in a totally different time and believes that the way to get the best out of Aaron Ramsey is to stick him on the wing. Well, I must say I 

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So Manchester United were a matter of minutes plus a Michael Carrick ice-cream away from a terrible end to 2016. But on the birthday of Sir Alex United rose once more to notch up their fifth straight win. They were in 6th place when this run of victories commenced and now they are happy grazing 

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Watford started their match with Big Sam’s Palace as if they were still sleeping off the effects of the Christmas sherry. Palace deservedly led before the first important notes were scribbled in Allardyce’s notepad. “Never let him take another penalty” was double underlined as Benteke casually missed from the spot, leaving the stable door open 

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Antonio Conte knows he cannot rely on Diego Costa to get through the rest of the season without injury or suspension so Chelsea are to reject loan offers for Batshuayi . As a bonus, if Costa does in fact manage to play every match between now and the end of the season Batshuayi will still 

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So December is the new November for Arsenal. Last Sunday morning they topped the table and now, eight short days later, they are nine points off the top. Pre-match City reversed their shirts in a way that made me wonder whether Gundogan had died. It turned out he was only injured. Imagine if Arsenal had 

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It may not surprise you to learn that José is no fan of Christmas.  People having fun?  Being nice to each other?  Not being asked to track back and defend the Christmas presents?  None of that on Mourinho’s watch.   Rather than follow tradition and let the boys go home after a Christmas morning training 

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Goals!  Goals everywhere!  Well, on Saturday anyway.   Watford and Everton showed Manchester City the way forward, the way forward being how to defend like complete schoolboys.  Not even schoolboys that have played football, the schoolboys that used to stay inside at lunchtime and play on the BBC computers.   And goalkeepers?  Don’t get me 

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Chelsea fans will have wished it was 2005 when news spread that Ashley Cole and Joe Cole were being joined in training by the Italian great, Andrea Pirlo.   It shows how old they all are now as there was no speculation of shock signings, just a kickabout with some old friends and foes.   

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