Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 119

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SPORT FOOTBALL PREMIERSHIP New-boy Claudio grabs the points for Sunderland Reyna proves a lucky talisman for Black Cats

While Sunderland were just plain poor, Everton, who have now lost 11 of their last 16 away games, showed little or no inclination to attack and paid the ultimate price. Their midfield engine room of Paul Gascoigne and Thomas Gravesen was almost entirely anonymous and the Dane even had to be pulled off after only 27 minutes after two clattering challenges left him treading a knife-edge. The first 45 minutes must have had a few Wearside husbands wishing they had chosen the Christmas shopping option instead, as both sides showed little or no desire to push forward with any real resolve.

Todd: I'll switch it "

QUOTES COLIN TODD will split up Fabrizio Ravanelli, Benito Carbone and Georgi "Kinkladze for Derby's next away games.

Villa bruised by big egos JOHN WRAGG Phillips simply years ahead "

OLIN TODD gambled on a team of egos and pulled off only the third win of his short reign in charge of struggling C Derby County. The joke before the game was that they would need a ball each but the laugh was on Aston Villa as this extrovert, impulsive threesome brought Derby's second win in 15 games. Chances missed became more goals for Derby ? for instance when Hassan Kachloul hit a post from 20 yards in the 65th minute.

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The biggest bonus is "that we have three points to set us up nicely for the festive season.

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