Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moussa Is the Man - Trust Me; Those Who Slag off Sissoko Should See What I See

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moussa Is the Man - Trust Me; Those Who Slag off Sissoko Should See What I See

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N this very page last week I cast aspersions about Mark Douglas.

OIt was only right I did this. It's absolutely in the public interest. Things have since taken a turn for the weird.

Over the past week, Mark has taken out a super-injunction preventing me from revealing his other secret.

All I can say is think Game of Thrones with more sleaze and violence. And a lot more midgets. My erstwhile colleague got his own back on me on Sunday morning by alerting Twitter to the "fact" I made Moussa Sissoko man of the match for the win over Crystal Palace.

It was actually Papiss Cisse who got my vote, although in the office after the match I happened to mention that I thought Sissoko had a decent game.

The spinning of my words would have put Alastair Campbell to shame. Never believe anything a journalist tells you, that's what I say.

I have complained to my Head of Sport who sighed deeply and asked: "Have you two not got anything better to do than act like children?" The answer to that is clearly no. But on Sunday I did spend what spare time I had defending my view that Sissoko wasn't utterly rubbish against Crystal Palace, an opinion not many shared.

"Are you on mind-altering drugs," asked one concerned Toon fan.

Everyone else seemed to think the Frenchman had a lousy afternoon. That his first touch was absent and he made little contribution to the eventual win. Respectfully, I disagree.

First off, I'll admit to having a soft spot for the big guy. I like the way he goes about his business. I think he's a good player.

Against Palace, one great run and a terrific pass set up Papiss Cisse for a scoring chance in the first half.

After half-time, the best pass of the day put the striker clean through on goal, only for a fine save by Julian Speroni to deny the man who would go on to be a hero.

During the match he played right then left midfield. Sissoko is a deeplying central midfielder. He gave his all and never complains. …

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