Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Alan Pardew knows Newcastle’s fortunes must change soon

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There is a growing belief that Liverpool’s ascent to the top four will last. Manager Brendan Rodgers puts that down to finding players with the hunger to play well for Liverpool – not just to play for Liverpool.

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Gus Poyet: I will win over Sunderland team to beat relegation

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Wayne Rooney hopes Manchester United team-mate Adnan Januzaj will join him at England too

Belgium-born winger scored twice against Sunderland at the weekend

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