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Sidwell Set To Earn His Spurs

I had to nick the title from the official site, so much better than I'd have come up with! Stevie Sidwell is in contention for the Spurs game.

The midfielder has declared himself fit after a more down than up start to the season following a calf injury, and he's now determined to get into the team and make a place his own.

Speaking on the official site after completing 90 minutes for the reserves against Stoke, he said:

'I feel good - my calf was fine throughout the game. I've not had a problem with it.

'The game was very helpful because it upped my fitness levels.

'It wasn't the plan to play the whole 90 minutes. I was going to play the first half and then see how I felt.

'As the game went on, I felt strong so I stayed on and it was good to get a full match under the belt.

'The reserve game was a good competitive one and that's what I need at the moment.

'I'll be available for the Tottenham match if I can get through the reserve game on Monday. I can't see that being a problem.

'That week - where we play Spurs, Litex Lovech and West Brom - is evidence of why we need a big squad. They are three massive games and I'm sure the manager will want to use everyone in his group.

'I'm sure when everyone is fit, we'll all be giving the gaffer a headache but that what's he's expecting.

'There's certainly going to be good competition for places in midfield in the coming weeks. That's what you want - competition is healthy. It drives you on. Complacency is not an option!'

Last season we coped quite well with any complacency issues if the truth be told, and truth be told 8 players knew they would be starting unless they were injured, but you know it cost us a few points and a few performances sadly.

This season O'Neill has rectified that element and we have options in almost all parts of the park now, save for upfront.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 5 2008

Time: 3:34PM

Your Comments

Pity the is no real competition for Gabby unless Nathan comes good really quickly and regardless of his hat-trick he has lost his edge. I think Gabby needs a kick up the bum to get him back on track and concentrating on his football. He is not in the first team by divine right.
Obediah
how very dare you.....TITLE THEIF
Astonian Villan
now lets see if Villa can steel a Title ;)
Astonian Villan
Sidwell to prove his worth?
young_jonah
glad theres a bit more competition these days - i think you are maybe being a little harsh on gabby obediah, agreed about the kick up the arse...if hes poor against spurs
NorthcliffeBandit
get him back - he's in my Fantasy Team!
merlin
Be nice to see Sidders on the winning side.
col8
Its gonna be tough for him to walk straight into the team with Petrov and Barry looking good, plus NRC is probably ahead of him too at the moment.
young_jonah
Don't think Sidwell will get in the team fit or not at the moment, will have to wait his turn like the rest of them.
Villan57
Will be good to see him back up and running, firing on all cylinders. Must be as frustrating for the lad, as it is for the club, and us the supporters. I think Steve has an important role to play this season, we need him fully fit and back in service.
glensider
You're very right young_jonah, he's not going to walk straight into MON's starting line-up, and that of course is how it should be. Its good at long, long last, to have competition for places in key areas. We should certainly see the benefit of having quality players competing for limited available places in the team.
glensider
 

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