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    Strasbourg Saint wrote:
    Strasbourg Saint wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    Le Tissier's Nose wrote: Getting praise from Francis Benali is like pulling Vannessa Feltz on a night the time it seems good, but long term it's not really what you want!
    You've been there too, huh? She's absolute DYNAMITE but by christ does she hang around the next morning. I wouldn't mind but she got through a whole packet of croissants and drank all my best coffee.
    Croissants from a packet? Yuck! How common. How Mancunian! Mind you, I bet Vannessa thought she was at The Ritz!
    Talking of quality defenders, I see Graeme Murty has announced his retirement. Solid pro and decent bloke. Maybe Reading fans can have a whip round and buy him a packet of croissants and a good slapping with Vannessa.
    There was a big thing about it on Late Kick Off last night, including a really far out bit when they skyped his dad who did a big speech about how proud he was of his son. I can't help thinking they were a bit disappointed Murts didn't start crying like Gwyneth Paltrow after a night on the gin."
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Hooiveld does enough to impress Benali

Jos Hooiveld

Jos Hooiveld

First published in Saints News 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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