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Three points - 20/08/2002

Three points
Olivier sliding in
   Robbie Elliott
   Donald Hutchison

It was good to see a winning start at St. James, we played well and were comfortable throughout the game. It was obvious that West Ham came for the point and when they conceded the first there was no way back for them. It’s strange that they should adopt these tactics as they’ve a number of quality players and the fact that they finished 7th last season proves how good they can be. I played the last minute or so and it was great to take part. Olivier pushed forward and I slotted in at left back. We’ve a reserve match against Boro tonight, so I’ll be keeping up my match fitness and expect I’ll be playing for the full 90 minutes.

I had a good chat with Don Hutchison just before the kick off. I’m known him for some years now, we met when we were about 17 in Bournemouth. I was having a break down there with Jamie Redknapp and a few other lads and we've kept in touch since. He’s still recovering from knee surgery but is quite happy with his progress and expects to be back in the not too distant future.

It’s City next and a reunion with Kevin Keegan. One things for sure, it’s going to be a great game and there’s no surprise that Sky have decided to feature the match.

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