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A 17-year-old Argentine recreates Trevor Sinclair magic with a stunning bicycle kick

17-year-old Argentine recreates Sinclair magic with stunning bicycle kick

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Thom Drake

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00:07 GMT, 19 April 2013

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00:51 GMT, 19 April 2013

As the most difficult art to master, and the most spectacular to witness, the overhead kick is a part of the game which can brings gasps of delight or sniggers of derision.

So when an Argentinian 17-year-old can pull this off in an international against bitter rivals Uruguay there must be something special about him.

Sebastian Driussi opened the scoring for Argentina under 17s in their 3-3 draw with a goal everyone present will remember.

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Control: Driussi picks the ball up on his chest after a deep cross...

Control: Driussi picks the ball up on his chest after a deep cross…

Unbelievable: He then acrobatically connects with the ball as defenders stand off him

Unbelievable: He then acrobatically connects with the ball as defenders stand off him

Over the top: His shot then beats the keeper, who is left with absolutely no chance

Over the top: His shot then beats the keeper, who is left with absolutely no chance

The forward plays for River Plate, but brought back memories of Trevor Sinclair's wonder strike for QPR against Barnsley in the FA Cup.

Both goals were from outside the box, with Sinclair taking his first time from the cross, while Driussi controlled the ball and held off a defender before smashing it into the net over the keeper.

Could Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Ezequiel Lavezzi be welcoming a new talent into their midst

What a strike! Trevor Sinclair's stunning overhead kick against Barnsley in the 1997 FA Cup

What a strike! Trevor Sinclair's stunning overhead kick against Barnsley in the 1997 FA Cup

VIDEO Sebastian Driussi recreates Trevor Sinclair's overhead kick

VIDEO And how about the original….

Sergio Ramos to make 100th Spain cap in World Cup qualifier against Finland

There's a lot of love in the Spanish camp as Ramos prepares for 100th cap against Finland

), World Cup (2010)

Caps: 99

Goals: 8

Debut:Spain 3-0 China, 26 March 2005

In another photo tweeted by Arsenal's
Santi Cazorla, Ramos is shown to be particularly affectionate to
Chelsea's Juan Mata in rubbing his knee.

The reality could well be, however, that the defender is simply trying to ensure his team-mates are relaxed and happy so that they can secure victory on such a big personal occasion.

'I feel great pride and responsibility as it is difficult to achieve at my age but I made my debut when I was very young and have had coaches who have trusted in me,' Ramos told AS earlier this week.

'It's a record that I am proud of. I am 26 and am happy to have achieved so much so young.'

Pucker up: Ramos showed where his heart lies

Pucker up: Ramos showed where his heart lies

Close control: Ramos shows why he is so valued by the national team

Close control: Ramos shows why he is so valued by the national team

Kissing again Ramos really is a warm chap

Kissing again Ramos really is a warm chap

Competitive streak: The defender pursues the talented David Silva in training

Competitive streak: The defender pursues the talented David Silva in training

South Africa 2 Angola 0: Siyabonga Sangweni and Lehlohonolo Majoro on target for hosts

South Africa 2 Angola 0: Hosts off the mark as Sangweni and Majoro settle nerves

By
John Drayton

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16:59 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:35 GMT, 23 January 2013

South Africa found their rhythm in the Africa Cup of Nations as they eased past Angola to the top of Group A.

After a goalless draw against Cape Verde on Saturday, the hosts burst into life in Durban.

Siyabonga Sangweni smashed home a volley after half an hour and Bafana Bafana were in cruise control when Lehlohonolo Majoro scored early in the second half.

Full report to follow….

Settling the nerves: Siyabonga Sangweni (2nd left) is congratulated after scoring for South Africa

Settling the nerves: Siyabonga Sangweni (2nd left) is congratulated after scoring for South Africa

Crowd pleaser: Sangweni celebrates with the fans in Durban after scoring for South Africa

Crowd pleaser: Sangweni celebrates with the fans in Durban after scoring for South Africa

He's behind you: Angola's Dany Massunguna is challenged by Siphiwe Tshabalala

He's behind you: Angola's Dany Massunguna is challenged by Siphiwe Tshabalala

Doubling up: South African Tokelo Rantie tries to hold off Angola pair Fabricio (left) and Dede

Doubling up: South African Tokelo Rantie tries to hold off Angola pair Fabricio (left) and Dede

Australian Open 2013: Jamie Baker loses to Lukas Rosol in first round

Baker's Aussie dream is over after Brit falls to Nadal's Wimbledon conqueror Rosol

By
Mike Dickson

PUBLISHED:

07:45 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:53 GMT, 15 January 2013

Jamie Baker was left to rue some missed opportunities as he fell in the first round of the Australian Open to the man who famously knocked Rafael Nadal out at Wimbledon last year.

Playing on a far outside court in the enormous shadow of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the 26-year-old Scot led in both the first and second sets before he became overpowered by the athletic figure of Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a shade over two hours.

Having typically battled hard to make it through the qualifying event it was a disappointing outcome for the British No 2 but winning those three preliminary matches still makes it a decent start to the season for the world No 246.

Over and out: Jamie Baker lost at the first hurdle to Lukas Rosol at the Australian Open

Over and out: Jamie Baker lost at the first hurdle to Lukas Rosol at the Australian Open

Against 75th ranked Rosol, who played like Godzilla back in June to beat the stricken Nadal in five sets, he had to rely on his counterpunching skills from the back of the court but they served him well early on as his opponent started to get frustrated.

Baker broke for 6-5 in the opener when he played a clever chip-and-charge manoeuvre that brought an error from Rosol. Trying to serve it out, however, he allowed three break points against him and on the last one hit a forehand into the net.

The Briton, an off season training partner of Andy Murray in Miami, was always behind in the tiebreaker as Rosol threw caution to the wind and hit out to take it 7-5, having built up a 6-3 lead.

Cruise control: Rosol knocked Rafael Nadal out at Wimbledon and was in no mood to be shocked himself

Cruise control: Rosol knocked Rafael Nadal out at Wimbledon and was in no mood to be shocked himself

The second set was also a story of Baker not being able to capitalise on his lead as he went ahead 4-1 and 5-3 and again was unable to close it out. Rosol reeled off four games and Baker’s fighting spirit was sapped, with daylight between them in the third.

Consolation for the Scot is the 18,000 first-round loser’s money and a boost from his wins last week.

Having fought more than his fair share of injuries he is at least heading in the right direction.

Australian Open 2013: Serena Williams double bagel

Anything you can do, Maria… Serena survives injury scare to answer Sharapova's double-bagel with one of her own

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

03:41 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

03:41 GMT, 15 January 2013

Serena Williams overcame a right ankle injury to win her first match at the Australian Open 6-0, 6-0 against Edina Gallovits-Hall.

With the match just 19 minutes old and Williams leading 4-0, the 15-time major winner fell to the court awkwardly, clutching her right ankle.

Cruise control: Serena Williams eased through to the second round

Cruise control: Serena Williams eased through to the second round

She was helped to her court-side chair before having her ankle heavily taped by a WTA trainer.

The third-seeded Williams, attempting to win her third consecutive major title, returned to the court to win the next four points and the game, then held service to take the opening set before again receiving treatment.

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

She also dominated the second set, allowing the Romanian player to win just six points.

Michael Clarke breaks Australia run record as they score a big first innings lead against Sri Lanka

Clarke sets new record for runs in a calendar year as the Aussies pile on the pressure against weary Sri Lanka

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11:36 GMT, 27 December 2012

Michael Clarke's fifth century of 2012 helped Australia finish day two in complete control at the MCG as Sri Lanka found wickets hard to come by in the second Test.

After being skittled out for 156 yesterday, Sri Lanka returned to the field with Australia perched at 150 for three.

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Michael Clarke celebrates his century which saw him surpass Ricky Ponting's runs tally

Record breaker: Michael Clarke celebrates his century which saw him surpass Ricky Ponting's runs tally

As has been the way for Australia in 2012, captain Michael Clarke glued everything together, with his 22nd Test hundred the standout innings, although he was ably assisted by Shane Watson (83) and Mitchell Johnson (73no).

In making 106, Clarke became the highest-ever Australian run-scorer in a calendar year, with his tally of 1595 from 11 Tests, beating Ricky Ponting’s 1544 from 15 matches back in 2005.

Already 1-0 down in a best-of-three series, Sri Lanka`s chances of heading home next month with something to their name are remote, especially with Australia adding runs from everywhere.

Clarke's innings looks to have set Australia on the path to victory

In complete control: Clarke's innings looks to have set Australia on the path to victory

That Johnson, often maligned as a player, cracked his score from number eight shows what the tourists are up against.

Johnson provided a substantial roadblock in the final session of the day, with he, Mike Hussey and Peter Siddle upping the tea score of 332 for six to what it was at the close.

Two wickets did fall, though, with Hussey finding Rangana Herath – running backwards and away to his left for a brilliant one-handed take – off the occasional bowling of Tillakaratne Dilshan for 34, and Siddle nicking Shaminda Eranga to the slips (13).

Before that, it had been all about Clarke and Watson who`s 194 partnership was a fourth-wicket record at the MCG.

But after the Australian skipper broke Ponting's seven-year record, Sri Lanka fought back with three wickets in quick succession.

Clarke chased a wide one from Eranga and was caught by Mahela Jayawardene at second slip, before Watson, in similar style to David Warner (62) on the opening day, holed out to Thilan Samaraweera at deep square leg off the bowling of Dhammika Prasad. Australia's score fell quickly to 313 for five.

It was a poor shot from Watson and the Australia vice-captain will rue the fact that he missed a golden chance to record his third Test century, having looked at ease in registering his 19th career fifty.

When Matthew Wade followed Watson and Warner's lead by hooking a short one from Prasad to Eranga on the boundary, Australia were reduced to 315 for six.

Herath took a stunning one-handed catch to remove Hussey

Flying: Herath took a stunning one-handed catch to remove Hussey

The tourists also could have had Hussey late in the session, but the veteran Australian was dropped by stand-in wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara off the bowling of Rangana Herath and then survived a close call for lbw on the next delivery.

Sangakkara is keeping wicket in place of Prasanna Jayawardene, who sustained a thumb injury when dismissed by Johnson on the opening day.

Sri Lanka also picked up another injury early on the second day when paceman Chanaka Welegedara hurt his hamstring following a delivery in the first hour.

Johnson kept the pressure on the Sri Lankans with a swift 73 not out

Slog sweep: Johnson kept the pressure on the Sri Lankans with a swift 73 not out

That has left Mahela Jayawardene without too many bowling options and the Sri Lanka captain used Herath for the majority of the day from the members end of the ground.

The left-arm spinner has bowled without much luck, after a couple of close lbw calls went against him and Jayawardene was guilty of putting down Clarke when the Australian was on 54 – two runs short of breaking Ponting's record.

Martin Jol hails Dimitar Berbatov after Fulham beat Newcastle

Jol hails magical Berbatov after fine display (but he should have scored!)

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23:58 GMT, 10 December 2012

Fulham manager Martin Jol praised the all-round influence of star striker Dimitar Berbatov following the Whites' 2-1 victory over Newcastle at Craven Cottage.

Jol's side had not won in seven games but took the lead through a deflected Steve Sidwell effort and secured a much-needed three points when Hugo Rodallega headed home just nine minutes after Hatem Ben Arfa had levelled for the visitors.

Berbatov should have scored at least once on the night but his close control and first touch drew constant applause from the majority of the fans inside Craven Cottage.

Head and shoulders above the rest: Dimitar Berbatov was the key man as Fulham beat Newcastle

Head and shoulders above the rest: Dimitar Berbatov was the key man as Fulham beat Newcastle

Jol, too, was impressed with the performance from the man he signed from Manchester United in August.

'We had that spell (of poor results) that started against Sunderland with the red card and two big injuries for us,' he said. 'That was very disappointing for us and then after that we couldn't play Bryan Ruiz – he was out for four weeks for us.

'I was happy that Berbatov, after talking to him, could fill in that role (behind the striker). It was vital, he didn't score so that was disappointing, but on the other hand he linked us up and kept the team together – I was very happy with him.'

Berbatov's arrival was hailed as something of a coup for Jol and according to the Dutchman, both he and his squad are aware of how important the former Spurs striker is to Fulham.

'The good thing about my squad is that they realise Berbatov is an outstanding player,' he said.

'For me the most important thing is that after losing (Clint) Dempsey – who is making the difference for Spurs now, as well as (Mousa) Dembele plus Danny Murphy and Bryan Ruiz (through injury) I'm very happy that he came to this club because otherwise maybe we could have ended up with a little problem.'

And Jol reckons his side were worthy of the win.

'We couldn't finish them off and then they scored that goal with Ben Arfa – he is a quality player and he scored,' he said.

Well done: Martin Jol praised the brilliant Bulgarian

Well done: Martin Jol praised the brilliant Bulgarian

'But to be fair we have got three or four opportunities and, Berbatov had maybe three of them, to score the 2-1 before that.

'You could say we didn't score at the right moment but if you see the first goal and the second goal, in hindsight it was just enough because we deserved it.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who has not seen his side win away from St James' Park since May 2, was also full of praise for Berbatov's performance.

'He was special tonight,' he said.

'Everything he seemed to pluck out of the sky, everything seemed to die on his toe – he was a real problem.

'I thought we did much better in the second half with him but he is a class act when he is in the mood and when the TV cameras are here and he is a real problem.'

Fair play: Pardew said Berbatov was 'special'

Fair play: Pardew said Berbatov was 'special'

How netting would work to stop coin throwing and pitch invasions in Premier League

Net gains Premier League could follow Germans to sort out meshy business of missiles and pitch invasions

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13:04 GMT, 10 December 2012

Heralded for possessing some of the finest top-level football stadiums on the planet, the majority constructed or extensively remodelled for the 2006 World Cup, behind-the-goal netting is commonplace in the German Bundesliga.

Sportsmail spoke to Ralf Esser, the owner of Funtec, which supplies the crowd-control measures to grounds such as Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, to find out what may lie in store for English fans.

Look closely: The net at the home of Bayern Munich is just visible if you stare hard enough

Look closely: The net at the home of Bayern Munich is just visible if you stare hard enough

So how does the system work

We became involved at the request of FIFA for the 2006 World Cup to design a system which would prevent objects being thrown, including pyrotechnics, on to the pitch and to stop people running onto the field.

It is a flame-resistant mesh which you can see through very easily.

We produce a steel rope which is built into the roof of the stadium from which the net is suspended and there are no poles to obscure the view.

So what do the fans think about the nets

Sometimes they notice them if they are very, very close to the net. But we often have a very funny reaction from the fans.

They write letters to the clubs complaining that it is not fair that only the home supporters, and not the away fans, have nets in front of them. That’s because they cannot see them on the other side!

You do not focus on the nets. You focus on the action behind it. We don’t want the fans to notice the net.

Net profit: Again, at first glance the net at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is hard to spot

Net profit: Again, at first glance the net at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is hard to spot

What about the safety implications about having nets

It is possible to break the net down very quickly. It can be winched away if you only wish to use it for high-risk games.

In fact there was a match a few weeks ago at Hoffenheim where they forgot to take it down, nobody realised it was still up!

We have had lot of discussion with the emergency services. Every stadium is different and everyone has a different emergency concept.

There are provisions in place for spectators to run through the net or to go underneath it.

There are exits which are protected with Velcro which can be opened by the stewards.

There are systems in the steel rope which, if the tension is getting too high, the net will break in individual sections.

The steel rope also has a mechanism at the end that if there is more than two tons of pressure it will break in slow and smooth fashion so it cannot fall into the spectators.

There are lot of emergency break points which are guaranteed to break under a certain pressures and conditions.

Flashpoint: Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as Manchester United won the derby at the Etihad Stadium

Flashpoint: Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as Manchester United won the derby at the Etihad Stadium

What would it prevent being thrown on to the pitch, coins, and lighters

It depends on the size of the mesh and the speed a coin is thrown. A lighter will be stopped by the mesh.

If a coin is heavy enough it can go through the mesh but it will still slow it down. If you manage to throw a coin the right way it can get through.

If you make the mesh too fine you can see the net so we have to find a compromise.

The stadium owners don’t want the mesh to be too fine. But with a net that you cannot see, the fans soon find out it is not worth throwing two or three coins until you hit somebody.

Pitch invader: A Manchester City fan was able to get too close to the players during Sunday's derby

Pitch invader: A Manchester City fan was able to get too close to the players during Sunday's derby

Have you had any contact from a Premier League club and how long would it take to install

We have had no discussions as yet but it would take just one week to install. If you don’t have any protection systems it is also cheap.

You do not have to dig foundations or install poles. All our solutions are based on the steel cable which stretches from one side of the stadium to the other.

The system is working very well in Germany. The league supports it but they have not made a rule that you have to install it.

All of the big clubs have it but they do not want to draw attention to it. If they did people would realise it is installed.

Roma fans arrested for attempted murder after Tottenham fan knife attack

Two Roma fans arrested for attempted murder after attacking Spurs supporters with knives ahead of Lazio match

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11:59 GMT, 23 November 2012

Two Roma fans have been charged with attempted murder after Tottenham fans were attacked by a gang wielding knives and knuckle dusters in Rome ahead of their Europa League clash with Lazio.

Italian police said two Roma fans – Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 25 – were charged after Spurs supporters Ashley Mills suffered knife wounds to his head and leg during an ambush at the Drunken Ship pub in Campo de Fiori while he and fellow supporters enjoyed a drink in the Eternal City at 1am on Thursday morning.

A police spokeswoman said: 'They have been charged with attempted murder for involvement in riots and causing serious injury with a knife and are due to appear in court soon.'

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

Andre Villas-Boas has meanwhile urged UEFA to
take action against Lazio if their fans are found guilty of chanting
anti-Semitic songs at Tottenham during the Europa League draw at the
Stadio Olimpico.

The home supporters chanted 'Juden
Tottenham' during the first half of the goalless draw, which came the
day after fans of the London club were attacked in a vicious scuffle in a
city centre pub.

On Friday morning, the FA confirmed they would file an 'urgent report’ to UEFA over the instances.

An FA spokesperson said: 'We were saddened and alarmed to see reports of violent incidents prior to the game as well as anti-Semitic chants.

'The FA had a crowd control advisor present at the fixture who will provide an urgent report which we will pass on to UEFA as a matter of priority.'

UEFA fined Lazio 32,500 for their fans monkey chanting at three Spurs players during the reverse fixture in September, and Villas-Boas hopes the organisation move swiftly to establish the facts.

'It will take another investigation,' the Tottenham manager told a press conference.

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match - but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas (left) greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match – but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

'It happened last time and it was acted upon quickly by UEFA. We will have to wait and see if there is anything to act upon. If there is UEFA have to act.'

UEFA are expected to decide whether to launch an investigation tomorrow when they receive the match delegate's report.

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

The game had already been overshadowed before kick-off by the shocking and brutal attack on a group of the club's supporters early this morning.

Around 20 men burst in to the Drunken Sailor pub in Campo dei Fiori at around 1am and beat the fans with sticks and glass bottles. One fan is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the head and leg.

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

Villas-Boas expressed his disappointment at the attack, saying: 'It is an extremely difficult moment for them.

'We have to be aware there is a police investigation and I'm not in control of all facts. But there is massive disappointment and the fear they've gone through is hard.

'To point a finger at this point would be incorrect but (we) give them a message of support. As a club, we will try to help them overcome this.'

Celtic have five injury worries for Barcelona clash

Injury worries plague Lennon ahead of round two against Barcelona

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22:46 GMT, 4 November 2012

Neil Lennon is fretting over the fitness of five key players ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

The frustrated Celtic boss saw his team throw away a two-goal lead in the final seconds of a 2-2 draw with Dundee United at Tannadice, an injury-time own goal from Efe Ambrose handing the home side a share of the points.

The point put Celtic back on top of the SPL on goal difference over Hibernian with a game in hand, but that was of scant consolation to Lennon as he wrestled with fresh injuries to Emilio Izaguirre and Thomas Rogne.

Awkward landing: Emilio Izaguirre falls injured

Awkward landing: Emilio Izaguirre falls injured

Already missing Gary Hooper, James Forrest and Georgios Samaras from the starting line-up, he saw Miku and Tony Watt put the champions in cruise control before United substitute Gary Mackay-Steven gave his side hope with an 89th-minute strike.

Celtic replacement Ambrose’s injury-time misfortune handed Peter Houston’s side an astonishing point.

‘Thomas went off with a thigh strain pretty early in the game,’ said Lennon. ‘He’s been looking very good in training and I’m pretty sure if he’d been playing at the end of the game, those goals we lost wouldn’t have happened. We should have headed the ball clear on a couple of occasions.

‘Anyway, he’s a doubt and Emilio has a hamstring problem so we’ll have to see how they are tomorrow. Forrest is also a doubt.

‘We are hoping Gary Hooper and Samaras can make it, though Georgios is a doubt. He’s been feeling the ankle.’

The loss of two goals in the dying seconds was poor preparation for facing dazzling Barcelona, but Lennon believed his team deserved better.

‘I’m not going to criticise the team. There will be people out there criticising us, but that performance was very good today and we deserved our two great goals.

‘I’m delighted for Miku, but I’m annoyed we didn’t see the game out. That’s football.

‘I had a wee chat with Miku this
morning and he knows what’s required of him. He has taken that on board
and it was a lovely finish. He’s a good player and will bring things to
the team we haven’t got.

‘Our play was good and we missed easy chances in the first half, with two free headers we should have done better with.

‘Is it two points dropped Yes, but we didn’t get what we deserved today, which was a win.’

Watt
claimed the man of the match award, but admitted he expects to be
dropped for the Barcelona game if Hooper and Samaras are fit.

Helping hand: Izaguirre is treated for his knock

Helping hand: Izaguirre is treated for his knock

Double trouble: Thomas Rogne also picked up an injury

Double trouble: Thomas Rogne also picked up an injury

‘I don’t think I did as well as I could have today,’ he said. ‘Alright, I got an assist and a goal but I don’t think my all-round play was the best.

‘I don’t think I’ve done enough to earn a start on Wednesday. But, hopefully, I’m on the bench at least.

‘I’m critical of myself but I know I can do better than that. You can score two or three goals without playing well and still get recognised for hitting the net. Hopefully, that’s the bad game out of the way.’

Praising second-half strike partner Miku after the Venezuelan opened his scoring account for the club, Watt added: ‘Miku showed what he can do today. He was very lively and scored a great goal.

‘We’re happy for him because he’s a team-mate and we want him to do well.

‘If he plays on Wednesday, his experience at the highest level in Spain will help us.’