Sport: Quotes of the Week

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We're not looking for a minor miracle, we're looking for a major one. Graham Taylor, the England manager, on the qualification task facing his side following the 2-0 World Cup defeat to the Netherlands.

I feel totally cheated and there is nothing I can do about it. This is not the lowest point of my managerial career, but it is the most annoying. Taylor on the referee's failure to send off Ronald Koeman for a professional foul on David Platt.

I felt I refereed the game objectively. Three or four officials from Fifa told me that afterwards as well. Karl-Josef Assenmacher, the German referee in Rotterdam.

The Germans have done it again. We stuck it to them in the war and they don't like it. Ian Wright, England striker.

The foul was outside the area but I expected the red card. Koeman.

When Napoleon was asked what he wanted from his generals, he said 'luck'. I don't think he would have wanted me. Taylor.

I don't deserve any blame. I played to orders. Carlton Palmer, whose selection by Taylor was criticised.

I heard the referee's whistle and it was as if someone had stuck a dagger in my back. I just recall lights flashing and then it was as if someone had put me in a big, black dome. Total darkness, total isolation. Wright.

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