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Juan Mata helps Manchester United boost Champions League hopes

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Juan Mata said all that mattered to Manchester United on Saturday was winning after his goal sealed a 1-0 victory away to Norwich City in the Premier League.

Victory saw United close to within a point of fourth-placed local rivals Manchester City, who play Arsenal currently in third position on Sunday.

Juan Mata helps Manchester United boost Champions League hopes

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Juan Mata said all that mattered to Manchester United on Saturday was winning after his goal sealed a 1-0 victory away to Norwich City in the Premier League.

Victory saw United close to within a point of fourth-placed local rivals Manchester City, who play Arsenal currently in third position on Sunday.

Lallana delivers Liverpool victory in nine-goal Norwich thriller; Match highlights

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Adam Lallana scored a 95th-minute winner as Liverpool came from behind to beat Norwich City 5-4 in an extraordinary ding-dong Premier League battle at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Ex-Everton man Steven Naismith helped Norwich take a 3-1 lead and although they fell 4-3 down, Sebastien Bassong slammed in a 91st-minute equaliser, only for Lallana to have the final say in a frantic finale.

Lallana delivers Liverpool victory in nine-goal Norwich thriller; Match highlights

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Adam Lallana scored a 95th-minute winner as Liverpool came from behind to beat Norwich City 5-4 in an extraordinary ding-dong Premier League battle at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Ex-Everton man Steven Naismith helped Norwich take a 3-1 lead and although they fell 4-3 down, Sebastien Bassong slammed in a 91st-minute equaliser, only for Lallana to have the final say in a frantic finale.

Who Was Newcastle’s Player Of The Season?

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Here's your chance to vote for Newcastle's Player of the Season for 2014-2015. When you vote, consider who made the biggest contribution to the side so it depends on the number of games played in addition to the performance level of the player. Sebastien Bassong won back in 2009 our relegation year [.

Norwich vs Chelsea: Preview and Predictions

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Coming out of victories in their previous matches, both Chelsea and Norwich will battle to keep their momentum flowing early on Sunday. The Blues cruised over FC Steaua Bucharest in middle of the week, while the Canaries defeated Stoke City away for the English Premier League last weekend.

Norwich will come in trying to break a taboo of positive results imposed by Chelsea that dates back to December 1994.

Norwich 3-4 Man City – 10-Man Citizens Battle To Victory At Carrow Road (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Norwich City 3-4 Manchester City Premier League 29th December 2012

Manchester City bounced back from that shock defeat at the Stadium of Light by securing all three points at Carrow Road, albeit in a less than comfortable.

Having gone two goals up, both courtesy of Edin Dzeko, City looked to be cruising to a simply away victory.

Football Team Lineup for Norwich v West Ham at Carrow Road on September 15, 2012, 12:45 pm

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Playing at Carrow Road English Premier League Home Team Norwich Keeper John Ruddy Midfield Anthony Pilkington; Robert Snodgrass; Jonathan Howson; Bradley Johnson; Forwards Grant Holt; Simeon Jackson; Defense Javier Garrido; Russell Martin; Sébastien Bassong; Leon Barnett; Subs Away Team West Ham Keeper Jussi [.

Bassong the first to leave?

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It looks like it could be a race between Sebastien Bassong and Giovani Dos Santos to be the first through the White Hart Lane exit door this month with our defender being the first dissenting voice of this transfer window.

Bassong could have gone to Bolton as part of a Gary Cahill deal in the summer but a more likely destination could be QPR, who have been linked with most of the fringe defenders in the Premiership.

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Dutchman Trying To Emulate Sebastien Bassong

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Newcastle are giving a one week trial to 17 year-old Dutchman Dani Koks on trial, so he will have a chanced to impress the new head coach Stave McClaren, who will be off with the first team to America this weekend. We remember seven years ago when 21 year-old Sebastien Bassong came in for a [...]

Graham Carr Recommended Papiss Cisse Back In 2008

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Graham Carr certainly can spot a good player when he sees one. Papiss Cisse jumping for joy after scoring at Chelsea And Graham last week mentioned that he had been watching Papiss Cisse for quite a few years,  before he recommended the former SC Freiburg striker to Newcastle last summer . That's after Graham had signed an eight [.

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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Norwich fan on United youth and avoiding relegation

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Continuing with our fan previews, Nathan Tuck from Norwich Vital Football discusses all things Norwich related ahead of the 2013-2014 season. Follow @VitalNorwich on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?

Nathan: 2012/13 was a season of consolidation.

Newcastle 1-0 Norwich – Ba Bags Winner As Magpies Outplay Canaries (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Newcastle United 1-0 Norwich City Premier League 23rd September 2012

Demba Ba struggled last season after the arrival of Papiss Cissé. However, so far this season, Ba has been the man in form, adding to his season haul again against Norwich on Sunday.

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Transfer round up

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After a summer of rumour, gossip and the occasional piece of news, it's back to business on the pitch and trying to think of what else to write about between now and December.

After the last kick of 2011-12, we have now seen Corluka, Kranjcar, Pienaar, Modric and Bassong leave the club while Gio Dos Santos and Rafael van der Vaart left on permanent deals on deadline day.

Spurs 1-2 PAOK: Foul! Offside? Touchdown? Erm…

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Well what a relief that that has been cleared up. Apparently the Defoe goal was disallowed because of a foul committed by Pavluychenko in the fixture played back in Greece in September. Or perhaps for a foul by Graham Roberts in our '84 UEFA campaign. Or maybe it was Mackay back in '61. Well, whatever the incident, it was definitely a foul.

Newcastle 2-2 Spurs: Foul Language and Misplaced Passes

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Blast, and other unseemly vituperations. Apparently armed with a game-plan to avoid, at all costs, ever stringing together more than three passes, our heroes stuck to the drill fairly resolutely throughout, and it's two points a-begging, faster than you can say "someone track that Ba fellow, he's making a late run into the area".

Spurs - Liverpool Preview: A Sight to Behold

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Never mind the game today, have you seen Sandro's hair? Heavens above. The fellow has done the most extraordinary things... have yourself a perusal at around 1.50 on this clip.

Of secondary importance is the visit of that red mob. In what might as well be a 17-team division competing for fourth spot, Liverpool, along with those relentless purveyors of comedy at the Emirates, represent our principal rivals – which makes this quite the key clash in the grand scheme of things.

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Spurs - West Brom Preview: An Interruption of Transfer Scheming

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At times this week AANP has been reminded of those halcyon days studying for a Philosophy degree through the medium of countless hours (days? weeks?) on Football Manager, when occasionally the inconvenience of a match would interrupt the hours (days? weeks?) spent on the fine art of transfer dealing.

Rubin Kazan - Spurs Preview: Dashing Back for Kick-Off

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Rarely do I expect our heroes to lose – away to the Manchester clubs are about the only fixtures this season in which I would regrettably project nul points - but to that roll of dishonour let the epithet "Rubin Kazan. Away. And With Kids" be added. Those Russians can rightly feel a tad aggrieved at having to slop back off to Siberia with nothing but commemorative THFC thermal underwear, for they had the woolly mammoth's share of possession and chances that night, and are likely to cause us a fair degree of bother on their own patch.

Blackburn - Spurs Preview: Straightforward on Paper…

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1. Collect Underpants
2. ?
3. Profit
As the South Park Underpant Gnomes so crucially failed to diagnose, some things are a dashed sight more difficult in practice than they appear on paper. Nota bene, ‘Arry and the assorted Hotspurs, for bottom of the table Blackburn may be, but alas it is unlikely that they will simply roll over and allow us to tickle their tummies before disappearing into the night with three points.

Spurs - Rubin Kazan Preview: Pav’s Big Night

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Few things in life scream "Pointless Money-Making Charade!" quite like a Europa group stage game, but this one actually has relevance, sub-plots and all other sorts of curious goodies the like of which have rarely been seen on a Thursday night on Channel 5.

On a formal note, this game is actually laden with group-deciding significance no less.

Spurs - Shamrock Rovers Preview: Starting to Enjoy This

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With fourth spot in the Premiership all but wrapped up it's time for everyone to swing around and face this direction once again, just hither. I appreciate it can be jolly dashed mind-boggling these days trying to separate one competition from the next, but my spies tell me that tonight it's Europa.

Stoke - Spurs Preview: The Least Important Game of Our Season?

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Europa League or Carling Cup, which ought we to want less? It's a tricky one. The Europa League trophy is a sizeable beast, and its lack of handles gives it a pleasingly Neanderthalic edge – one cannot help but handle it in rough, uncouth manner when raising it aloft, which is rather apt after 90 minutes of blood and thunder.

PAOK - Spurs Preview: Babysitting Duties

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‘Tis held in some quarters that as a whippersnapper the schoolboy ‘Arry would wile away his hours yelping "Wolf!" with tedious regularity, but on Saturday even the cynics amongst us realised that his "bare bones" mantra could be objectively verified. The adage has it that actions speak louder than words, so when young Giovani was shoved out onto the pitch for a few minutes it became evident that ‘Arry spoke sooth, and our lot really were struggling for personnel.

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Bassong’s a goner

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While it's yet to be confirmed by either club, reports are claiming that Sebastien Bassong is in the final stages of agreeing a permanent move from Spurs to Norwich City. Those reports suggest that a fee has been agreed between the two parties and a medical is taking place today.

Seb moved to White Hart Lane in 2009 after just a year at Newcastle and although he was an immediate first team choice, he found his opportunities limited in the seasons that followed.

When will the pruning begin?

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Prior to AVB's official arrival, part of the deadwood clearing procedure had already begun with the departures of Croatians Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar. Since then however, transfer activity through the out door has come to a halt, so how much more pruning is there to be done?

Needless to say, when a new manager arrives there is a chance of a clean slate for everyone involved and David Bentley has come out to claim that he has been offered one.

Who to sell and who to keep?

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Throughout last summer, we ran a series of articles which we called ‘The Deadwood Files'. As the title might suggest, we considered some of the fringe players at the time – Bentley, Bassong, Jenas etc – and argued as to whether or not they had a future at Tottenham.

We were going to run that again this year but it seemed a little pointless because most of those names are still here – for now at least.

Reading set to swoop for Spurs defender

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As last season was coming to a close, newly promoted Reading were linked with a surprise move for Tottenham's Ledley King. However, with the club captain set to retire, it's claimed today that the Royals have altered their sites and are considering a bid for Sebastien Bassong instead.

Seb seems to have been around for some time but he is still only 25 and therefore has to have real value for a side such as Reading, given his Premiership experience and relatively young age.

Spurs defender set to move

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According to a report by The Guardian, Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong could be leaving White Hart Lane this summer. The giant center back spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers after seeing a lack of playing time at Tottenham, and is strongly linked with the exit door this summer.

The clearout begins?

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The Daily Express this morning leads with the headline that Jermaine Jenas can leave White Hart Lane this summer but it goes on to name a host of players that the newspaper believes are surplus to requirements.

JJ was loaned out to Aston Villa at the beginning of 2011-12 but after optimism over a possible permanent deal to the Midlands club, injury wrecked the player's move and he returned to the Lane shortly afterwards.

Norwich - Spurs Preview: Taking Advantage of Festive Gifts

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Just when I had considered giving up on Father Christmas altogether, he fills my stocking with dropped points by all of Chelski, l'Arse, Liverpool and even Man City. And – and - he even un-twinges VDV's hamstring. I'm not sure there has ever been a Christmas quite like it.

No reason not to expect another high-class performance, missed chances a-plenty and ultimately three more points tonight.

Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong is the world’s worst soldier

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Left, right, left, right Unassuming Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong was making his way to the warm the bench for last night's win over Aston Villa when he found his route unexpectedly narrowed by representatives from the Army who led the teams out as part of the Tickets for Troops scheme. Visibly taken aback at first, [.

Malaga linked to Spurs trio

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If you believe certain parts of the press this week, Malaga are the club with money to burn and they are set to approach Spurs in January with two very different £20m offers.

The first, and marginally more likely is an offer for Aaron Lennon, who has made an impressive return to the Spurs first team with a goal and three assists in his last two games.

Deconstructing the Tottenham defence

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William was fooling no-one with his 'steady hand' display.By Jamie Dunn

The Europa League may not be at the forefront of everyone's thinking at White Hart Lane this season, but while Harry Redknapp is unable to attend Thursday's game against Rubin Kazan due to his recovery from minor heart surgery, William Gallas has presented him and the Tottenham faithful with reason to watch events in Russia with added interest.

Bassong to make way for Cahill in January?

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Over the last couple of weeks there has been much talk of the Cahill / Bassong swap being resurrected as Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp indicated that he may well go back in for the Bolton defender in January.

"We couldn't get a deal done for Cahill," Harry said over the weekend. "That's not to say we won't try again in January.

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What would you change?

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The soundtrack to Harry Redknapp's press conference after the QPR game at the weekend was one of defensive comments in relation to the squad. Harry was adamant that he had done the right thing in letting the likes of Bassong, Corluka and Pienaar go out on loan despite the lack of cover.

Redknapp also went on to suggest that he has a lack of alternatives at the club but is that strictly the case?

Kaboul and Bassong set sights on top four spot

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Our current defensive pairing have been talking about our aims for this season and while Younes Kaboul is gearing up for a tilt at the top four, Sebastien Bassong admits it will be tougher than ever to get back into the Champions League.

Speaking on Talksport, Kaboul said: "We're doing quite well this season and for us our target, most importantly, is to get back into the Champions League next season.

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Sebastien Bassong Uploads Gun-Toting Photo Of Himself To Instagram, Realises He’s Been A Silly Billy, Deletes It Immediately

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By Chris Wright

He's not the first footballer to do so (*cough* Nile Ranger *cough cough*) and probably won't be the last, but Norwich centre-half Sebastien Bassong has been attracting ire this morning after ill-advisedly uploading photos of himself larking around with a gun to his official Instagram account, along with the caption: "Garden shooting session".

Rubin Kazan 1-0 Spurs: Bassong - Bad For Your Health

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More dedicated followers of AANP will be well aware that when I do eventually conclude fighting the good fight and prepare to meet my doom, ‘twill not be in a hail of bullets or blaze of glory, but coronary failure sustained while watching our heroes. While cheering the news that the various pokes and prods to ‘Arry ‘s cardiac area proved successful, I rather fear for him if he observed on the telly-box the inept tomfoolery of Monsieur Bassong in contributing to our downfall.

Friedel praises Bassong performance

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New Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel has praised the resilience at the club that has seen Spurs transform their season after a disappointing start.

After the gloom that descended following the Manchester City defeat, Spurs have embarked on a six game unbeaten run and Friedel has hailed the backs-to-the wall defensive resistance that held out in our last two away games.