Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vialli Just Can't Wait for His Night out . . . in Burnley; Nationwide League

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vialli Just Can't Wait for His Night out . . . in Burnley; Nationwide League

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GIANLUCA VIALLI is possibly one of the few who could get a kick out of going to Burnley on a cold November evening.

Vialli and his Watford side head to Turf Moor tomorrow night determined to bounce back from Saturday's 1-1 draw with bottom club Stockport, which was salvaged only by Tommy Smith's last-minute equaliser.

And even after just seven wins from their first 17 games, the Italian has no regrets about managing in the First Division.

He said: "I knew it would be harder, but it is just as exciting. We had many chances and it was a positive performance. We deserved to get a reward for playing like that."

Inform midfielder Stephen Glass added: "The Burnley trip gives us a good chance to pick ourselves up and put the disappointment of the Stockport result behind us.

"Burnley are well up the table and they'll be looking to push on with a win in front of their own fans.

"But we've done well away from home recently and given the situation it was important we didn't lose against Stockport."

BRENTFORD surrendered their top spot in the Second Division after seeing their seven-game unbeaten run ended in a thrilling 3-2 defeat at Stoke.

Goalscorer Lloyd Owusu said: "We played well and although we are disappointed, we cannot be too down after that. We're going to lose games."

Manager Steve Coppell added: "We went for all three points and I have to admit that the players are sick about losing it, but games don't get much better than this at this level. That is what pro football is all about."

Coppell will be looking for his side to bounce back fast, starting with Saturday's FA Cup first round clash with Conference side Morecambe.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS manager Ian Holloway had little sympathy for his players after they suffered a last-minute 2-1 defeat at home to Tranmere, but he is desperate for the supporters to keep backing his team.

Holloway, 38, said: "We have an inexperienced side, but I was delighted at how they got right behind the players in the second half today, despite their frustrations. We need to compete a lot better than that. Even at my age I could have won more challenges out there. …

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