Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

LondonCalling; the Latest News on All Your Favourite Clubs. Every Day

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

LondonCalling; the Latest News on All Your Favourite Clubs. Every Day

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GILBERTO SILVA is backing ARSENAL starlet Theo Walcott to make it big this season. "I think he can handle the pressure, especially with the way Arsene Wenger works with the young players," he said.

MIKE NEWELL has hailed LUTON'S fine start, but reckons they should already be in the top six of the Championship.

The manager said: "We've done well, but we could have had more points on the board."

MILLWALL chairman Stuart Till has said he may appoint Willie Donachie manager permanently. "The last two results have confirmed that, with Willie in charge, the team is in good hands," he said.

JOHN GREGORY has told QPR fans he is delighted with his return to management at Loftus Road. He said: "Southampton was a fantastic day and it seems as if I've never been away." Rangers beat the Saints 2-1.

READING duo Graeme Murty and Ibrahima Sonko have pulled out of international duty. Scot Murty has a hamstring problem, Senegal's Sonko a groin strain. Both hope to face Chelsea next week.

SOUTHEND hope to be in a 22,000-seat stadium by the start of the 2008-09 season. The club expect a decision from Southend Borough Council on their planning application early in 2007.

LEDLEY KING admits SPURS will have to be more composed if the win over Pompey is to start a winning run. He said: "We were a little edgy against Portsmouth. We had to dig deep and didn't always play the most attractive football."

ASHLEY YOUNG hopes WATFORD learn quickly after throwing away a two-goal lead in the 3-3 draw with Fulham. He said: "We can't take our foot off the gas and we just hope that first win comes soon."

ALAN PARDEW denied his team is falling apart after Nigel Reo-Coker's tracksuit-topthrowing tantrum against Reading. The WEST HAM boss said: "There have been a lot of conspiracy theories, but the unit's tight. …

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