Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Charlie Austin celebrates scoring his second for QPR

QPR vs West Brom report: Super Charlie Austin hat-trick secures brilliant comeback victory for Rangers

QPR 3 West Brom 2: Joleon Lescott and Silvestre Varela put the Baggies ahead but Austin's brilliance in front of goal gave Rangers victory

Alexis Sanchez scores against Southampton for Arsenal

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers feels pain of failing to get Alexis Sanchez in for Luis Suarez

Arsene Wenger also admitted he was briefly worried Chilean may not sign

New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum plays a shot during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament cricket match between Netherlands and New Zealand

Jack Pitt-Brooke: Why I want New Zealand (or Sri Lanka) to win the World Cup

COMMENT: Those who love cricket wish for a 2015 where competition is open and global

Arsene Wenger in training ahead of the match against Galatasaray

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Losses like the 5-1 defeat at Anfield leave 'a scar in your heart forever', says Arsene Wenger

The Gunners return to the scene of last season's complete thrashing

Spurs’ Nabil Bentaleb (right) celebrates his goal against Newcastle

Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley: Mauricio Pochettino lands on settled Spurs and can now guide them into Champions League

After months of rotation and experimentation, the Argentine has found the core of his best team at White Hart Lane

Newcastle 'keeper Jak Alnwick's error allows Spurs to score
Mauricio Pochettino reacts on the touchline at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night

Tottenham 4 Newcastle 0: Mauricio Pochettino hails best atmosphere at White Hart Lane during his time as Spurs manager

Spurs thrash Newcastle to reach Capital One Cup semi-finals

Nabil Bentaleb (centre) celebrates putting Tottenham ahead
Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs are heading in right direction

Tottenham vs Newcastle preview: Mauricio Pochettino set to make changes for Capital One Cup tie

Spurs and Newcastle a vying for a place in the semi-finals

Eddie Howe (right) and Brendan Rodgers greet each other in the FA Cup last year

Bournemouth vs Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers is a source of inspiration, says Eddie Howe

There is a similarity between Howe and Rodgers - a shared background and approach to the game

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