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WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP 2013: Barry Hearn complains to BBC over Ronnie O"Sullivan coverage

We deserve better than this, BBC! Hearn complains after coverage of O'Sullivan ends… for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

15:04 GMT, 21 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 21 April 2013

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn has complained to the BBC, after they left the climax of Ronnie O'Sullivan's first round match at the World Championship to show a 1970s comedy.

O'Sullivan, making his return to snooker after pulling out of virtually the whole season, was about to complete a 10-4 win over Marcus Campbell on Saturday night when BBC2 switched to the Michael Crawford sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

On the black: Ronnie O'Sulivan impressed during his snooker return at the Crucible

On the black: Ronnie O'Sulivan impressed during his snooker return at the Crucible

There were various complaints made by fans on social networking sites, and Hearn responded on Sunday by writing on Twitter: 'Sorry to all snooker fans for the poor BBC coverage last night. Letter of complaint sent to BBC today.'

The complaint from Hearn is surprising when you consider how much praise he has heaped on the BBC in recent times for their coverage of the sport.

The corporation, which has covered snooker for decades, has recently signed up as host broadcaster of the World Championship, UK Championship and Masters tournaments until 2017.

Having his say: Barry Hearn with Ronnie O'Sullivan at a special media event ahead of the World Championship

Having his say: Barry Hearn with Ronnie O'Sullivan at a special media event ahead of the World Championship

Jason Ferguson, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, welcomed the public response to the BBC's scheduling decision, saying on Twitter: 'Snooker Fans, World Snooker letter of complaint has been filed with the BBC over yesterdays coverage, thanks everyone for your comments.'

The BBC hasn't yet responded to Hearn's comments. They are almost certain to point towards their coverage on the 'red button' service, which showed the end of O'Sullivan's match.

Some fans of the sport might speculate on the timing of Hearn's complaints. The BBC have regularly left their coverage of more significant matches, at later stages of the tournament, in years gone by.

The overall picture on the opening weekend of the tournament is a positive one, with plenty of column inches accompanying O'Sullivan's win, as snooker fights its corner among other sporting attractions like key football matches, the London Marathon and Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Classic comedy: Millions of viewers watched Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em on the BBC when it was first screened between 1973 and 1978

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Joey Barton criticised by Paris Saint-Germain for ladyboy tweets aimed at Thiago Silva

PSG blast Marseille's Barton for 'ladyboy' tweets aimed at Brazilian defender Silva

By
James Cann, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:13 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:13 GMT, 3 April 2013

Paris Saint-Germain have criticised Joey Barton after the Marseille midfielder used social networking website Twitter to liken Thiago Silva to an 'overweight ladyboy'.

In a series of tweets published through his official account, the on-loan QPR player questioned whether Brazilian defender Silva was 'pre-op or post-op' and demanded an explanation why the 28-year-old had mentioned him in his pre-match press conference ahead of last night's Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona.

The Ligue 1 leaders tonight expressed their unhappiness with Barton's 'unacceptable remarks' and threatened to “take action” against the former England international.

Immense: Thiago Silva (right) played against Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

Immense: Thiago Silva (right) played against Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

A statement published on psg.fr read: 'In the last few hours, on social networks, unacceptable remarks have been made by Olympique Marseille player Joey Barton against Paris St Germain player Thiago Silva.

'These attacks are serious and go beyond mere verbal jousting. The directors of the club, the players and the coaching staff are supportive of Thiago Silva and cannot accept such statements.

'They reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the values of respect that should govern our sport.

'Thiago Silva and Paris St Germain reserve the right to take any action they deem necessary.'

PSG have taken issue with a series of tweets against the player which began to appear on Barton's account from yesterday afternoon.

Barton originally tweeted: 'Thiago Silva. That the same p**** thats been injured all season. Another over rated Brazilian. Sort your hamstrings out FatBoy…'

Blast: PSG have criticised the Marseille midfielder (right) for his tweets about their defender

Blast: PSG have criticised the Marseille midfielder (right) for his tweets about their defender

Joey Barton

Thiago Silva

Leap: Barton (left) demanded to know why Silva was discussing him in his pre-match press conference

The Liverpudlian was responding negatively to comments from Silva ahead of last night's game at the Parc des Princes, which finished 2-2 ahead of next week's second leg at the Nou Camp.

He continued tweeting during the game, adding: 'Have to take back what I said about Thiago Silva being over rated today. Been immense tonight. Still looks like a overweight ladyboy though!

'2 questions for Thiago Silva. Firstly, Why are YOU talking about ME, in your press conference before PSG v Barca Very strange.

'Secondly, Are you Pre-Op or Post-Op #transsexual #thiagosaladyboy

'Baffles me, which way he's going. Is he a man changing to a woman or a woman changing to a man Can't work it out.'

Inflammatory: Barton took to Twitter to slate the PSG defender

Inflammatory: Barton took to Twitter to slate the PSG defender

Speaking to L'Equipe on Monday, Silva had said: 'There is a Marseille player, I cannot remember his name, an Englishman, who has said bad things about Neymar and Brazilian football, and also about (David) Beckham and (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.

'Because no one is talking about him, it seems it is fun for him to criticise great players for people to know he exists.'

Martin O"Neill tells Sunderland winger James McClean to forget about Twitter

Sunderland players given social media lesson after McClean's latest Twitter row

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:13 GMT, 2 March 2013

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has called on a technology expert to teach his players the pitfalls of Twitter and other social networking sites.

The briefing follows James McClean’s latest Twitter row, which led to the Republic of Ireland winger deleting his account this week.

Last Friday, McClean professed his love for The Broad Black Brimmer by the Wolfe Tones. The song tells of a boy whose father is killed while fighting for the IRA, with the title referring to the wide-brimmed hat worn by many of the group’s members in the 1920s during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.

Ill-advised: James McClean's controversial tweets have got him into trouble

Ill-advised: James McClean's controversial tweets have got him into trouble

One DUP MP called for McClean to be sacked but O’Neill, who has repeatedly warned his players about Twitter, is hoping the midfielder’s decision to stay off the site can help him concentrate on re-establishing himself in the Sunderland team after losing his place following Danny Graham’s arrival.

O’Neill said: ‘We have had someone in to talk to the younger boys about the social media thing and he’s going to have a chat with the senior boys for them to keep an eye on it.

‘He can tell you all the ills and woes and the possibility of what might happen if you were sending out a normal message to your friend, how people can log into these things, and it goes global. It will be a real eye-opener for me because I want to be in the meeting.

Unhappy: Martin O'Neill wants McClean to forget about Twitter and concentrate on his football

Unhappy: Martin O'Neill wants McClean to forget about Twitter and concentrate on his football

‘It’s just getting back to trying to be a bit more responsible for your own actions. I’d never have believed even five years ago that we’d be having this conversation.’

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will open talks on a new contract, just days after his agent claimed he would have to quit Sunderland to enhance his international career.

Captain Lee Cattermole has had an injection in his knee but still faces a lengthy lay-off.

Bradford fans campaign for courageous Jake Turton to lead their team out at Wembley

We want brave Jake as Wembley mascot! Bradford fans campaign for cancer-survivor lad to lead team out at cup final

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

11:30 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:01 GMT, 5 February 2013

Bradford City fans have launched a campaign on Facebook to get young cancer survivor Jake Turton installed as the cub’s mascot for the forthcoming Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.

Young Jake, nine, touched the hearts of fans everywhere after being photographed with Bradford skipper Gary Jones at the end of the League Two club’s exhilarating semi-final triumph at Aston Villa two weeks ago.

Having overcome a brain tumour that doctors warned could kill him, Jake already has his ticket for Bradford’s big day at Wembley against Swansea from the Barclays Premier League later this month.

Sealed with a kiss: Bradford captain Gary Jones went straight to Jake after the second leg against Aston Villa

Sealed with a kiss: Bradford captain Gary Jones went straight to Jake after the second leg against Aston Villa

Nice one, son: Jake's proud dad Andy (holding balloon) watches on as his son admires the shirt Jones gave him immediately after Bradford's stunning win over Villa

Nice one, son: Jake's proud dad Andy (holding balloon) watches on as his son admires the shirt Jones gave him immediately after Bradford's stunning win over Villa

What a smacker: Jake is delighted after Jones singles him out following the Capital One Cup semi-final triumph

What a smacker: Jake is delighted after Jones singles him out following the Capital One Cup semi-final triumph

But now more than 7,000 fans have put
their names to a campaign on social networking site Facebook dedicated to
seeing Jake lead the team out at the national stadium.

Called ‘Get Jake Turton to lead Bradford City out at Wembley’, the campaign has been backed by fans from all over the country – including those of beaten semi-finalists Villa – and even by followers from Brazil.

Picture shows Jake Turton cancer sufferer who led his beloved Bradford City out during there first leg against Aston Villa

Picture shows dad Andy, Jake and mum Cath Turton, Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2009

Magic moment: Jake lines up with Jones (left) ahead of the first-leg match against Villa at Valley Parade and (right) with dad Andy and mum Cath. Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2009

Jake has already led the team out once – when Bradford played Villa at Valley Parade in the semi-final first leg – and his family have decided to let officials from the club make their own decision about Wembley without any influence from them.

Jake’s dad Andy – a Bradford season ticket holder – said today: 'Jake loved his big day at Bradford in the semi-final and we are still really grateful to the club that he was able to do that.

'At the moment he is just looking forward to going to Wembley to watch his team.'

City slicker: Jake poses with his semi-final scarf

City slicker: Jake poses with his semi-final scarf

Keeping up with the Joneses: Captain Jones at home with his family - Daisy (five), Frankie (two) and wife Nikki

Keeping up with the Joneses: Captain Jones at home with his family – Daisy (five), Frankie (two) and wife Nikki

Alex McLeish: I"ll win over Nottingham Forest fans with positive results

I'll banish negative reputation with positive results, insists McLeish after Forest fans' backlash against new boss

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 28 December 2012

Alex McLeish mounted a sterling defence of his managerial methods as he countered criticism that his appointment is a backward step for Nottingham Forest.

The Scot returned to the game following an eight-month absence after his sacking by Aston Villa, struggling to shake off the perception that he was a negative coach.

Social networking sites were awash with opposition to his arrival but the former Rangers coach brushed aside suggestions that he would dismantle what Sean O'Driscoll had left behind.

I'm in charge: Alex McLeish poses with a Nottingham Forest shirt at the City Ground on Friday

I'm in charge: Alex McLeish poses with a Nottingham Forest shirt at the City Ground on Friday

'I am an organised coach,' said the erstwhile protege of Sir Alex Ferguson. 'I can't apologise for that. I think people might be confusing the issue.

'I could have nine positives on my CV and one negative and some people would point out the negative.

'Winning games will help get the fans behind me. It's not as if I'm Jose Mourinho walking in here and it's a unanimously popular decision.

'Some of the fans may not be with me but if we win games and play the kind of football that they produced against Leeds, there's no reason why we cannot get everyone singing from the same hymn sheet.

'The situation here is simple. If it ain't broke, why fix it We have a good bunch of players playing good football.

'What I've got to do is brainwash these guys into have winning mentalities.

Back on the training pitch: McLeish on Friday morning during his first session as Forest boss

Back on the training pitch: McLeish on Friday morning during his first session as Forest boss

'You don't do that by winning against Leeds, then losing the next game. That means winning against Leeds, then winning the game after that…and the one after that.

'I think there is a few players in our dressing-room who are capable of that.'

McLeish has agreed a one-year rolling contract with Forest and his assistant at Villa Park, Peter Grant, will be joining him at the City Ground.

His brief is to 'mount a very serious challenge' and, in fairness to the Scot, it was not his fault that O'Driscoll was making a decent fist of that before the axe fell on Boxing Day.

McLeish said that the job was a 'wonderful opportunity' but that he needed a break after an horrific end to his stay at Villa Park. A text reading 'Welcome back to the asylum' from Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was received with a smile.

Unwanted reputation: The former Scotland boss is ready to prove certain disapproving fans wrong

Unwanted reputation: The former Scotland boss is ready to prove certain disapproving fans wrong

'It was a difficult job at Villa but one I met head on,' he said, 'It was great to get over the line despite the catalogue of horrors we had there.

'It had been draining. I was on a bit of a downer after leaving Birmingham.

'But I don't regret it. It's just that the glove maybe didn't fit.

'It wasn't easy at Villa. It's not easy to turn that club around overnight with a few changes. Paul (Lambert) is maybe finding that. It's been a roller-coaster for him.

'But that's in the past now as far as I'm concerned. I'm at Nottingham Forest now and I couldn't be more delighted with that.'

Floro Flores posts skiing picture on Twitter after telling Granada he was injured

Taking the piste! Granada striker Flores posts skiing pictures after telling club he was injured

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 4 December 2012

Off piste! Flores posted this picture of himself going skiing when he told his club he was injured

Off piste! Flores posted this picture of himself going skiing when he told his club he was injured

Note to self: don't post photographs of myself skiing on Twitter, when my team are playing an important league game and I'm supposed to be out injured.

La Liga striker Floro Flores told his club Granada he was too injured to play in their home game with Espanyol on Sunday.

He then went skiing in the nearby Sierra Nevada and after posing for snaps posted the photos, of him grinning broadly ready for an afternoon on the piste, on the social networking site.

The Italian striker is now training
in solitary and the club have told him they will move him on in the
January transfer window.

The
former Napoli forward arrived on a season's loan from Udinese in the
summer but has only scored one goal in ten appearances.

It is understood that the 29-year-old striker has failed to settle in Granada, though he does enjoy the nearby mountains.

James McClean poppy snub: Police probe death threats

Police probe McClean death threats after Sunderland star's poppy snub

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UPDATED:

12:12 GMT, 19 November 2012

Police have opened an investigation into allegations that Sunderland winger James McClean has been the target of death threats.

The 23-year-old was criticised for his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt during the Black Cats' 2-1 defeat at Everton last weekend.

The Republic of Ireland international subsequently received a mixed response from the travelling Sunderland supporters when he was introduced as a second-half substitute during Sunday's 3-1 victory at Fulham.

Threat: McClean refused to wear a poppy in Sunderland's game against Everton

Threat: McClean refused to wear a poppy in Sunderland's game against Everton

It is understood that threats have
been directed towards McClean on Twitter, a social networking site which
the player no longer uses, with police confirming yesterday they are
investigating.

A statement released by Northumbria
Police read: 'Police are carrying out inquiries following a third party
report of threats made on social networking sites.

'Officers have spoken to Sunderland AFC and inquiries are ongoing.'

Substitute: McClean came off the bench in Sunderland's win over Fulham

Substitute: McClean came off the bench in Sunderland's win over Fulham

After Sunday's game, Black Cats
manager Martin O'Neill confirmed McClean had received death threats, and
backed him to rise above any negative reaction from fans concerning his
choice not to wear a poppy.

O'Neill said: 'James will deal with it (the booing).

'I think it is to do with the issue last week, it's a free choice in this world.

'James has lived with a lot of things – he's getting death threats too now so that doesn't help.'

Ex-British soldier Cody Lachey
posted pictures of bullets on McClean's Twitter timeline and one of his
tweets said: 'he deserves to be shot dead + body dragged past the
cenotaph!!'

Anti-terror police were told of the
threats and police investigated them. The 29-year-old doorman has not
been charged and has said since he is no longer a threat to the
Sunderland player.

It was a scar on one of Sunderland's better afternoons where they won their first away match since February.

James McClean sent death threats after refusing to wear poppy

McClean sent death threats after refusing to wear poppy, claims Sunderland boss O'Neill

PUBLISHED:

19:47 GMT, 18 November 2012

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UPDATED:

19:47 GMT, 18 November 2012

Martin O'Neill has confirmed Sunderland winger James McClean has been the target of death threats.

The 23-year-old came in for criticism after opting not to sport a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt during the Black Cats' 2-1 defeat at Everton last weekend.

McClean was introduced by O'Neill as a second-half substitute in Sunday's 3-1 win at Fulham and received a mixed response from the travelling Sunderland supporters.

Threat: McClean refused to wear a poppy in Sunderland's game against Everton

Threat: McClean refused to wear a poppy in Sunderland's game against Everton

Following the victory O'Neill backed McClean to cope with a few jeers and revealed the Republic of Ireland international has also received death threats.

'James will deal with it (the booing). I think it is to do with the issue last week, it's a free choice in this world,' he said.

Substitute: McClean came off the bench in Sunderland's win over Fulham

Substitute: McClean came off the bench in Sunderland's win over Fulham

'James has lived with a lot of things – he's getting death threats too now so that doesn't help.'

It is understood that police are investigating the threats which were directed towards McClean on Twitter, although the player no longer uses the social networking site.

Chelsea fan accused of monkey taunt says: I"m no racist

I'm no racist! Chelsea fan accused of 'monkey' taunt at Welbeck breaks silenceClub and Police investigating fan's behaviourChelsea appeal for information led to fan being identified on internet
Comes after referee Mark Clattenburg stands accused by Chelsea of telling John Mikel Obi to 'shut it, monkey' during last Sunday's game against United

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UPDATED:

11:36 GMT, 3 November 2012

The Chelsea fan caught making an apparent monkey gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has claimed he is not a racist.

Gavin Kirkham was in the front row of the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night when he was caught on camera appearing to taunt Welbeck.

Kirkham, 28, from Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, was named on social networking sites after Chelsea appealed for help in identifying him. The club and the police both launched investigations.

Taunt: Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham appears to make a monkey gesture at Stamford Bridge

Taunt: Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham appears to make a monkey gesture at Stamford Bridge

According to the Daily Mirror, Kirkham texted his flatmate Kevin Cleverly – who is also his landlord – and said: 'I’m ashamed of what I did. I’m totally ashamed of myself and I wish it hadn’t happened.

'I know what I did was wrong. I know how it looks and what’s been said.

'I’ve just made a mistake. A huge mistake. I’m not a racist. I’m just one of the boys.

'I had a couple of pints and got a bit lairy but I’m not a bad lad. I just got wrapped up in the match.

'I’m sorry I brought the game into disrepute.'

Kirkham is expected to be questioned in the next few days as Scotland Yard are reported to be speaking to Hertfordshire Police about what steps to take next.

Unacceptable: The Chelsea fan (circled) appears to to make a monkey gesture towards Welbeck after the striker mis-controls the ball

Unacceptable: The Chelsea fan (circled) appears to to make a monkey gesture towards Welbeck after the striker mis-controls the ball

Police have the CCTV footage from Wednesday's match and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reported to have said he does not want the man back in the stadium.

An aide to the Russian told the Mirror; 'Roman is not happy. He has spoken to officials and told them the man should never be allowed inside the ground again.'

The incident is the latest storm to rock Stamford Bridge after referee Mark Clattenburg was accused of using racist language towards John Mikel Obi and Juan Mata in last weekend's Premier League match between Chelsea and United.

Mikel is pursuing the case against Clattenburg after the official allegedly told
him to ‘shut it, monkey’.

Stirring the pot: Manchester United fans display a banner about Clattenburg, mocking the well-known slogan Chelsea fans attach to captain John Terry, who racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Stirring the pot: Manchester United fans display a banner about Clattenburg, mocking the well-known slogan Chelsea fans attach to captain John Terry, who allegedly racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Message: Manchester United fans take aim at Chelsea over the race rows that have engulfed the club

Message: Manchester United fans take aim at Chelsea over the race rows that have engulfed the club

The second element of the London club’s initial complaint
alleging the referee called Mata ‘a Spanish t***’ was dropped on
the advice of the club’s external legal team.

Chelsea believe they have enough
evidence to convince an FA independent regulatory commission that they
can meet the civil standard of proof, which is the balance of
probabilities.

Clattenburg
has denied using racist or inappropriate language in a submission to the
FA and is backed by his two assistants and the fourth official.

Chelsea captain John Terry is serving a four-match ban after being found guilty by a Football Association independent regulatory commission of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand during a match last season.

Kyle Walker returns to twitter after closing it following abuse

Time to be social: Walker to reopen Twitter account following abuse from fans

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UPDATED:

14:21 GMT, 2 November 2012

Kyle Walker has vowed to reopen the Twitter account he closed after receiving criticism for his performances on the social networking site last month.

The Tottenham defender shut his @kyle28walker account, which had over a quarter of a million followers, after becoming angry at those who had hit out at his poor showing in Tottenham's 4-2 home defeat to Chelsea 13 days ago.

The England right-back explained that he had come off Twitter because he wanted to concentrate on football after what has been a mixed start to the season for the ambitious 22-year-old from Sheffield.

Being social: Kyle Walker is back on Twitter

Being social: Kyle Walker is back on Twitter

He revealed he would reactivate the account shortly, however, admitting he misses interacting with the club's fans, who have taken to him after he enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough season last term.

'I will be back on it shortly,' Walker said at an event to publicise the Topps Match Attax Tour.

'I just thought with my form it was time to concentrate on my football rather then tweeting.

'But I will definitely be back on it because I like to have a bit of banter with the fans and it's good to give the fans something back because they are coming to support us every game.'

Walker is not the first player to have shut his account. Darron Gibson and Danny Simpson both came off Twitter after receiving abuse while others have removed their profiles after getting in to trouble with their clubs and the authorities.

Disappointing: Walker could not help Tottenham past Norwich in the Capital One Cup

Disappointing: Walker could not help Tottenham past Norwich in the Capital One Cup

The former Sheffield United defender was clearly angered by some of the tweets he received following his display against Chelsea, and he admits he will have to learn to take any more abuse that comes his way when he returns to the site.

'When people say silly things you have to be a bit thick skinned and try and not make it bother you, but sometimes some comments do hurt because you go out there every week to try your best and you don't want to disappoint anyone,” Walker said.

'You just have to overcome it and get on with it. People are entitled to their opinions.'

Last year Walker enjoyed a hugely successful season in which he was compared to Roberto Carlos, scored a magnificent derby winner against Arsenal, and won the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year award.

Inconsistent: Kyle Walker says his form has been up and down

Inconsistent: Kyle Walker says his form has been up and down

The pacy full-back admits his form has been patchy at times this season, however.

'My form has been a bit up and down to be truthful. I couldn't tell you why,' Walker said.

'I had a good season last season so to keep that standard is very high.

'I will try and keep doing what I did last season and hopefully everything will fall in to place.

'I am prepared to work after training…that will make me a better player.'

One player whose form has not been questioned this season is Walker's team-mate Jermain Defoe.

Defoe struggled to make Harry Redknapp's first team last season, but he has looked sharp since Andre Villas-Boas' arrival, scoring eight goals for club and country so far this year.

The 30-year-old will no doubt be looking to add to that tally tomorrow when Tottenham welcome Wigan to White Hart Lane in the Barclays Premier League.

Walker thinks Defoe is in just as good form now as he was three years ago when he put five past Wigan in Tottenham's stunning 9-1 win at White Hart Lane.

'I don't think he has ever dropped that form (since the 9-1 win),” Walker added.

'He is one of the first in the gym and he does his finishing after training as well so he is getting the rewards he didn't get last season.

'He is someone young strikers look up to and will learn a lot off, not just in terms of his goalscoring, but his attitude as well.

'He is a pleasure to play with.'