Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 109

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while French youngster shows Toon he's a class act Olivier lords it over Rovers The Voice of Football

N his 333rd Premiership game Gary Speed netted his third goal in the last three weeks to fire Newcastle United into third place with a I superb come-from-behind victory over Blackburn Rovers. Bernard missed a great chance with a free header from close range, but made amends in the 65th minute with a fantastic finish.

Timing is all as Beckham takes a ิrestี

HE MIGHT not be able to get a game for Manchester United, but David Beckham won't be embarrassed if he wins FIFA's World Player of the Year trophy. As pleased as he was to take the BBC Sports Personality of the Year this is the one Beckham would most covet ? not just for recognition but also the bargaining power.

Sickener for Souness "

BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness thought his side could have come away with a point instead of a third successive Premiership defeat.

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boss Bobby Robson was delighted with his side's second-half performance, saying: "We have always b"ounced back well and that is the sign of a good side.

Powell came off worst in collision

EVERTON manager Walter Smith claimed Thomas Gravesen may be fit for Wednesday's trip to Leeds despite being taken to hospital following an horrendous clash of heads with Derby's Darryl Powell.

Derby

EVERTON (4-4-2): Simonsen 6; Pistone 7 (Moore 46, 6), Weir 6, Stubbs 5 (Unsworth 15, 6), Naysmith 6; Alexandersson 7, Gemmill 7, Gravesen 7 (Gascoigne 63, 5), Pembridge 6; Watson 6, Radzinski 6.

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Any other result would have b"een a bit unjust.

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