SAV BLANK

Robbie Savage made ESPN the latest of his many employers for yesterday’s Reebok clash. It was soon evident why he is in such demand:

“Bolton started the game with an intendency.”

With the dictionary torn up, next in line was the rulebook:

“Outside the box, that’s a free-kick but inside the box, I don’t think it’s a penalty.”

REALITY BITES

Whoa, don’t organise the DVD just yet Spurs fans, Gilesy has some sobering words:

“There’s no guarantee they are going to win the Champions League.”

IF ONLY

Rather cruel choice of words from Stan Collymore on Talksport after Manuel’s latest calamities:

“Is Almunia a catch-all for Arsenal’s woes?”

CHICKEN OR EGG

Ahead of Bolton-Man United, Kevin Keegan enlightened us on his status quo selection methods:

“If you’re a full-back, you’re a full-back for a reason and that’s because you’re not used to playing centre back.”

SCORING TOUCH

Ooh er. King Kev was particularly taken with the versatile talents of Zat Knight:

“He has those long legs which come in handy both ends.”

ALL WASHED UP AT 26

Nostalgia sure aint what it used to be. At Anfield a wistful Stephen Alkin pined for sunnier times:

“In the old days, Torres would have put that away.

NO GREAT TACTICS OUT THERE, BILL

Before Man City-Chelsea on Sky, Graeme Souness revealed what a summer spent hanging around with Gilesy can do to you:

“Tactics; it’s not that I don’t like them, but it’s a word that’s used too much.”

TAUTOLOGY CHAMPS

Last season Micky Quinn bemoaned that he was “born too late” to avail of the Premier League riches. Now he simply regrets that…

“…my career wasn’t prolonged for longer.”
Ian Darke will know what he means:
“The defenders have all lined up in a line.”

DEFUSING THE HYPE

A sentence is a long time in football when Paul Merson is involved. On Saturday, he wasn’t entirely successful in lifting the weight of expectation off Jack Wilshere:

“Don’t put too much pressure on the kid… in years to come I think he will be an Arsenal great like Liam Brady.”

MEXICO‘S DEAN WINDASS

Clearly one too many of Hugo Sanchez’s many career somersaults landed him on his head:

“If they ever find out who invented football he should be honored like the man that invented light, the phone, gravity.”

SHEAR STAMINA

Tremendous credit to David Villa for turning out for Barca on Saturday night after impressing Alan Shearer so much against Chelsea at lunchtime.

MONEY WELL SPENT

No doubt there was much delight in the boardrooms of the insurance powerhouse when Big Cas was effusive in his praise of the… “new Avena Stadium.”

SMALL MERCIES

Big Sam eases all our fears:

“There is no other Sam Allardyce, there is just the one. There never has been and never will be another Sam Allardyce.”

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