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    St Retford wrote: Can we all make a bit of a pact, please? If we do get promotion can we have at least a week in which to celebrate our achievement before we start worrying about 'the premiership'? Can we do that? A season and a half ago we were in the relegation zone in League 1. Now look at us. I think it would be an insult to the spectacular efforts and achievements of everyone assoicated with the club to start being critical about whether we can compete in a league we're not even in yet. Personally, if promotion happens I shall be getting drunk every night for a fortnight and singing songs about how much I love Nigel and Nicola.
    'Im upstairs Les Reed doesn't get much of a mention. But he has obviously been a great signing by NC. Also, they employed a couple of really professional scouts who have turned up some real gems for us.
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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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