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    Chriops wrote:
    Francis Benali - there's a blast from the past. I played against him as a fourteen year old playing for the local rep side. He played up front, and already had the tash at that age, and although was supposed to be 14, I swear he was at least 20! Ran me ruddy ragged!

    We're all getting a little bit ahead of ourselves here, and while I wouldn't want to bet that we will go up, I hope that our Nige can keep the lads feet well and truly on the ground till we are over the finish line.

    Whatever happens, we have had a fantastic season, and I don't think any of us would have truly believed that we would have done so well this year.
    I believed."
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Hooiveld does enough to impress Benali

Hooiveld does enough to impress Benali

Jos Hooiveld

Jos Hooiveld

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

JOS Hooiveld has received a glowing endorsement from one of Saints’ most legendary defenders.

The centre half has established himself as a lynchpin of the side since moving from Celtic earlier this season.

His partnership with Jose Fonte at the heart of defence has been a major ingredient in Saints’ recipe for success during the current campaign.

And Hooiveld is also proving a valuable asset in front of goal, having netted in the club’s last two games, against West Ham and Derby.

Ex-Saints defender Francis Benali is one of many who have been impressed by the Dutchman’s contribution.

Benali was in among the away supporters at Upton Park last week to watch Hooiveld first-hand, as the 28-year-old bagged a valuable equaliser against the Hammers.

And he believes Hooiveld, who recently returned from a three-week lay-off with a hamstring injury, will play an important part in the remainder of the club’s promotion push.

Full story in today's Daily Echo

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