Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dyer and Cocan Get Us Outta Here

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dyer and Cocan Get Us Outta Here

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Byline: By Alan Oliver

Glenn Roeder went round his players in the dressing room at the interval confident that one of them would be the match-winner.

He told Kieron Dyer: It might be you.

And he told Antoine Sibierski: It could be you.

And the Newcastle United boss was right on both counts as he scored his third win in 10 months over his big rival Harry Redknapp, who foolishly had a little pop at Roeder in yesterday's papers.

And in those three victories, United have not conceded a goal.

I have already publicly apologised for decrying Sibierski's signing, and while the Frenchman can hardly say I'm a Celebrity, he is proving his weight in gold ( his 69th-minute winner was his fifth goal for United and makes him joint top scorer with Shola Ameobi.

Dyer, of course, is a celebrity and many more games like this and he will be back in the England set-up, although at the moment he is just happy to be playing again in a black-and-white shirt.

And just how much Dyer wants to play for United was shown by the way when, despite having a nasty gash on his leg after colliding with the hoardings behind the goal, he could not get back among it all quickly enough.

Portsmouth have probably been the Premiership's surprise packet so far this season, but they headed to Manchester to prepare for Wednesday night's match with Liverpool knowing they were lucky not to see the 3-0 scoreline of the Carling Cup at St James' Park at the end of October repeated.

The fact that it wasn't was due to Pompey keeper David James, who made a series of brilliant saves ( especially in the second half ( and assistant referee C Sarginson.

Why, oh why, do so many of them panic and stick their flag up when they see a player is offside when for the past 100 years the rule says it is when the ball is played to him when the decision has to be made.

And Oba Martins was clearly onside when Dyer first fed him the ball and he calmly clipped it over James, only to find he had been robbed of his first Premiership home goal by a blundering referee's assistant. …

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