Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Calling Keep Up with the Latest News on All the Football Clubs You Care about. Every Day

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Calling Keep Up with the Latest News on All the Football Clubs You Care about. Every Day

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BRAZIL coach Dunga believes Julio Baptista's move to ARSENAL will boost his international hopes.

He said: "Baptista was not playing regularly at Real Madrid, but if he starts more often for Arsenal he has a great chance of being picked."

BARNET manager Paul Fairclough, whose side drew 1-1 with Walsall at Underhill, said: "A good boxer will get his opponent and keep him on the ropes and will not let him out. A great boxer will actually finish him off and there lies the tale. The first half was magnificent, the second half wasn't."

BRENTFORD boss Leroy Rosenior said of Jo Kuffour's wonder strike in the 2-1 win over Bradford: "It was a fantastic goal - if a Brazilian had scored like that he would have had the experts in raptures."

STEPHAN ANDERSEN is ready to reclaim the No 1 jersey from Scott Carson after his loan move to Leeds fell through. CHARLTON general manager Andrew Mills said: "Stephan is prepared to fight for his place."

RICARDO CARVALHO took his tally of international goals to three with a double strike in Portugal's clash with Denmark. The CHELSEA defender twice equalised for Luis Felipe Scolari's side but could not prevent them crashing to a 4-2 defeat.

PETER TAYLOR still wants Portsmouth defender Andy O'Brien on a three-month loan deal. The CRYSTAL PALACE manager failed to snap up the Irishman before the transfer deadline last week.

WAYNE ROUTLEDGE is relishing the prospect of first-team football after joining FULHAM from Spurs on a season-long loan. He said: "It's been frustrating not to be able to break back into the Spurs team, but this is a great opportunity."

MANAGER Ronnie Jepson has called on his players to show a bit more knowhow after struggling GILLINGHAM were beaten 2-0 at home by Scunthorpe. He said: "In the second half, I thought the lads showed plenty of commitment, but I need them to have a bit more nous."

MARTIN LING, who saw LEYTON ORIENT crash 3-0 at Tranmere without injured skipper John Mackie, said: "Defensively we were an absolute shambles. We miss Mackie's presence massively, not only for his ability but also for the leadership skills he brings."

ROTHERHAM have blasted LUTON for making an "insulting" offer for midfield starlet Lee Williamson. …

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