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Appropriately enough, they’ve put an interview with Bobby Zamora on the offal this morning. There’s the obligatory discussion of that miss at Manchester City and a stout defence of Bobby’s value to the team – from the author as well as the player.

I could do that a hundred times again and it would go in. I couldn’t tell you how it happened and I think anyone in the same situation would say the same thing.

It was nice to set up Duffer’s goal but I was gutted about it [the miss]. To keep plugging away and get back in the game was encouraging.

I am happy here and I think the guys we’ve got here are really starting to click now. Obviously we had a good season last year but we’ve picked up a few injuries this season and the boys that have come in have been unbelievable.

The likes of Chris Baird, Jonathan Greening and Bjorn Helge Riise – everyone who has come in has been brilliant. Everyone knows what’s expected and that shows out on the pitch.

It’s interesting to hear Bobby explain just what Roy Hodgson had in mind when he signed both Zamora and AJ.

The Gaffer said to both AJ and I when he signed us that the reason he’d signed us was because we’re hard working centre forwards. There are some strikers that are only interested in going one way, which is fair enough, but this is what we need to do and the way we play. The defensive work that AJ and I do – I don’t think there that many strikers that make life as difficult week-in-week-out.

Unless you’ve played in football or know the game well you wouldn’t understand it’s an important part of the game. I’m sure if you asked the players we play against they would say ‘I don’t fancy playing against him again’ because we make it hard. It’s what the Gaffer wants and what the team needs so I’m more than happy do it.

Let’s hope he makes life pretty difficult for Liverpool this afternoon.