James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.

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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

Lukas Podolski scored twice for Arsenal against Coventry in the fourth round

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The draw pits the current Premier League top four against each other

Samuel Eto'o celebrates his third goal against Manchester United

Chelsea 3 Manchester United 1: Player ratings from the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge

How the players fared in the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge

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Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

<b>Paulinho</b><br/>
Brazilian international has settled in well, scoring four goals in 21 appearances, but his dismissal against Liverpool on Sunday proved costly to the side. <br/>
Rating: 7/10

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