Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Babb's Done Fab - and So Has Bjorklund

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Babb's Done Fab - and So Has Bjorklund

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Byline: By James Hunter

Mick McCarthy praised the professionalism of veteran centre-backs Phil Babb and Joachim Bjorklund ahead of today's game against Bradford City at the Stadium of Light, writes James Hunter.

The pair - who have a combined age of 65 and 114 international caps between them - were told over the summer they could leave.

But they are still on Wearside and turned in excellent performances in Sunderland's win against Wimbledon last weekend.

McCarthy said: "Babbsy and Jocky Bjorklund were very good against Wimbledon. Those two lads have been excellent professionals.

"Both were told they could leave in the summer and Phil Babb in particular has not had a look in.

"But he's done his work and after all the things which have happened has come in and played well.

"He gives 100 per cent and he wants to do well for this club. I admire people who try their best at their job.

"People say they get paid and that sort of thing is fair enough but there are people who do jobs in other walks of life and don't do them well. …

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