Round-up: David Moyes says Everton need to hold on to John Heitinga
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Sunday 27 January 2013
John Heitinga came back from beyond the Everton fringe to help them win them an FA Cup fourth-round tie they hardly deserved.
The versatile Dutch defender, voted player of the year by the club's supporters last season, has slipped rapidly down the pecking order at Goodison Park.
He has been caught out by a couple of his pacier opponents and has been linked with a possible move to Fenerbahce in Turkey.
But after his sweet volley in time added on beat unlucky Bolton 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium, Heitinga's manager, David Moyes, hinted that he might still have a role at the club.
"I can't afford him to go," said Moyes. "We're short of central defenders."
Brian McDermott hopes this will be the year Reading reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1927.
Reading made it to the last 16 of the prestigious competition with a straightforward 4-0 win over League One's Sheffield United on Saturday.
McDermott has taken the Berkshire club to the quarter-finals on two occasions since he took over, but he said: "There's a buzz around the place. If we can win another game we're in the quarter finals – and we've been there before and we'll try and go one further again."
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