James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.

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Andre Schurrle celebrates his goal

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Gus Poyet

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Weekend results mean the Black Cats need a win as they lie seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table

Ezequiel Lavezzi celebrates scoring PSG's opening goal

PSG 3 Chelsea 1 - player ratings: Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Eden Hazard come close to the superb Ezequiel Lavezzi?

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Nemanja Vidic scores United's opener with a superb header

Manchester United 1 Bayern Munich 1 player ratings: Who was United's best player - Nemanja Vidic or Wayne Rooney?

All the player ratings from an entertaining encounter at Old Trafford

Edin Dzeko celebrates his second goal for Manchester City

Manchester United 0 Manchester City 3 - player ratings: Who were the best and worst performers at Old Trafford?

Manchester City eased past their neighbours Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Sebastian Kehl scored as Dortmund survived a scare before making the last eight
Younes Kaboul has own his red card appeal

Younes Kaboul red card: Tottenham defender wins appeal for sending off against Chelsea

Frenchman becomes the second Spurs player in six weeks to win appeal

Michael Carrick (left), Nemanja Vidic (centre), and Robin van Persie (right) look on in despair during Manchester United's 2-0 defeat at Olympiakos

Olympiakos 2 Manchester United 0 - player ratings: Which player scored lowest for David Moyes' side?

A disastrous night for United saw them dominated by Olympiakos in Athens

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his team's goal past Manchester City's Joe Hart (left) from the penalty spot

Manchester City 0 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Who were the best and worst performers at the Etihad?

Lionel Messi scored from the spot before Alves added a second at the death

Aleksandar Kolarov: Preferred to Gaël Clichy and powered one cross into box but forced back into own half. Wasted speculative chances from distance after break. 5/10

Manchester City 0 Chelsea 1: Player ratings from the Etihad

Man-for-man marking from this Premier League meeting

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