Football: NOISES OFF...

THAT WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS
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If I scored more often then I would play centre-forward and my salary would be a lot higher.

Gianluca Festa, the pounds 2.7m defender turned unexpected goalscorer on his debut for Middlesbrough.

This referee doesn't know that a penalty kick is allowed in the rules. I've seen him six times this season and he has refused to give a penalty in any of those games.

Alex Ferguson, sympathising with the fuming Coventry manager, Gordon Strachan, after Gary Neville's challenge on Darren Huckerby went unpunished by Steve Dunn.

Did I expect the sending-off? When I saw the referee's name before the start, yes I did.

Jim Smith, unable to keep his opinion of Graham Poll to himself after Christian Dailly's dismissal at Stamford Bridge.

Cheer up Luca, we all love you.

Dennis Wise's T-shirt message to his disgruntled team-mate Gianluca Vialli.

Dennis's message said it all. The players have to work for each other and the fans have to know that everybody is pulling for the team.

The Chelsea manager, Ruud Gullit.

Hand on heart, 10 points behind Liverpool at the end of January is not a good situation to be in to win the title. My players are very tired mentally and physically. I cannot remember the last time I saw them so quiet and so down.

Brian Little, virtually writing off Aston Villa's title chance after their mauling at Liverpool.

He's already won the goal of the season against me when I was at Blackburn. I wonder if he's just done it again?

Kenny Dalglish, on Matt le Tissier's wonder goal at The Dell.

Our only consolation was knowing that there aren't any other sides we will have to face as good as Bolton.

Mark McGhee, after seeing his Wolves side outclassed by the First Division leaders.

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