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04/01/98 v Everton (a) 1-0 FA Cup 3rd Round

Tino knew he was on his way out and I think you could tell from his performance that day. He didn't like the cold and it was freezing that day. When Dalglish arrived, he and Alan Irvine made us bust a gut in training and Tino never did that. He had a lot of run-ins with Irvine and he lost a lot of heart towards the end. I think the language problem did contribute, though. Irvine's Scottish accent was hard enough for us to understand at time, so Tino had no chance.

Ian Rush came on and got our winner which I was pleased about. I had mixed feelings when he arrived - I was delighted that someone with the prestige of Ian Rush had joined us but I just wished he'd come earlier in his career. I don't know if Dalglish knew he needed an operation when he arrived - it's the manager's decision - but it didn't get him off to a very good start. Ian was smashing around the club and worked hard in training but he wasn't the player he used to be. Things started to go off the rails about then, although we'd got off to a great start in the Champions League. With three across the back and Stuart Pearce marshalling us we looked good but losing Alan, Les and TIno all in space of a couple of months knocked us back.

All quotes are taken from John Beresford's interviews for NUFC.com



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