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Sidwell Set To Earn His Spurs

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.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday September 5 2008
Time: 3:34PM


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.
05/09/2008 15:59:00
how very dare you.....TITLE THEIF
Astonian Villan
05/09/2008 16:13:00
now lets see if Villa can steel a Title ;)
Astonian Villan
05/09/2008 16:14:00
Sidwell to prove his worth?
05/09/2008 16:31:00
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
05/09/2008 16:53:00
get him back - he's in my Fantasy Team!
05/09/2008 20:52:00
Be nice to see Sidders on the winning side.
06/09/2008 05:27:00
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.
06/09/2008 19:07:00
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.
07/09/2008 16:03:00
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.
09/09/2008 09:41:00
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