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The Fight Club

by | 2nd, April 2004

‘NO-ONE could accuse Leeds striker Alan Smith of being short of fight, although whether it is always employed in the best interests of his club is another matter.

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But this morning he lambastes his teammates for being, in the words of the Express, “gutless” and lacking the stomach for the relegation fight.

Meanwhile, another gobby shite, Gary Neville, turns his fire on Arsenal, accusing them of running scared ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final showdown.

He refuses to accept that the Gunners have overtaken his Manchester United side as the best team in England.

“I have admired Arsenal for the last six seasons,” he tells the Sun. “There is nothing between us and there has been nothing between us for the last six seasons.”

Well, actually there’s 12 points separating the two sides at the moment, but we know what Gary means.

“Every time we have won the league it has been by a few points and they’ve always been second,” he continues. “Or when they’ve won it, we’ve been second by a few points.”

Except two years ago when you finished fourth…but again we know what he means.

Away from such petty squabbles and the Sun has good news for embattled Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, who will today be awarded the manager of the month award, and bad news for Spurs’ striker Jermain Defoe, who has been told he won’t make it to the European Championships this summer.

Sven Goran Eriksson, it says, will take only four strikers – Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey and Darius Vassell – to Portugal this summer.

And that means no place for Defoe, who excelled on his debut against Sweden on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, good news for England in the West Indies with Andrew Flintoff dominating the headlines after his first five-wicket haul reduced the hosts to 224 all out.

The Times says the captain Michael Vaughan’s decision to put the West Indies in on a decent Bridgetown wicket was a “bold, unnecessary gamble” that was not a complete success.

But the Telegraph says Vaughan knew that “the West Indies were down and close to out and that the job could be finished in a day if his confident bowlers hit their straps”.

Thanks to Flintoff in particular, a first series victory in the Caribbean for 26 years is now a probability rather than a possibility.’



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