Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Butt Deserved the Last Laugh, Insists Dyer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Butt Deserved the Last Laugh, Insists Dyer

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Kieron Dyer has praised Nicky Butt for landing the knockout blow against Tottenham Hotspur after the United midfielder had taken a smack from Pascal Chimbonda.

Butt was incensed at half-time when he was slapped in the face by the Spurs full-back as he came to the support of team-mate Shay Given.

The incident sparked an ugly tussle between the two teams in the tunnel after the Frenchman had waited for Butt away from the television cameras. But although things briefly threatened to get out of control, Dyer has insisted Butt's winner was the most painful blow landed all afternoon.

Butt and Chimbonda are both likely to be warned by the Football Association about their behaviour when the dust has settled ( but Dyer is adamant Chimbonda was the guilty party.

"It was great Nicky got the winning goal because he got hit at half-time," said Dyer after Butt had scored his first goal since he returned from a season's loan at Birmingham City. "He was fuming, but he ended up having the last word with the winner.

"I can remember him and Dennis Wise having a tussle when he was younger and he got sent off for retaliation. But I've not seen him as angry as that in years. It was disgraceful what happened but Nicky was very professional.

"He lost his temper but he quickly realised he needed to regain his composure. It's a very hard thing to do when something like that happens but he stayed on the pitch and he gave the perfect reply with the winning goal. I think we were all raging about it in the dressing room, we didn't need any extra motivation."

Dyer has been thrilled to see Butt rebuild his reputation on Tyneside this season after admitting it had brought back memories of his own rehabilitation at St James's Park.

Like Butt, Dyer has suffered the indignity of being booed by his own supporters at Newcastle but went on to restore their faith with his performances on the pitch.

"I'm really pleased for Nicky Butt," said Dyer, who will once again have impressed the watching England coach Steve McClaren at White Hart Lane with the manner he dictated Newcastle's counter attacks against Spurs. …

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