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Cesar Azpilicueta says Chelsea team-mates call him Dave

Alright, Dave Azpilicueta says Chelsea team-mates have given up trying to pronounce his name… just like Rodney and Trigger in Only Fools And Horses

John Drayton


10:52 GMT, 30 March 2013



11:49 GMT, 30 March 2013

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says his team-mates have dropped their attempts to pronounce his name – and instead simply call the Spaniard ‘Dave’.

The former Marseille full back moved to the Premier League last summer, but his colleagues at Chelsea have struggled to say his surname correctly ever since.

'Cesar’s not even that hard,’ he was quoted in the Daily Telegraph saying. ‘But I suppose Azpilicueta is. Some said my name was too difficult to pronounce and could they call me Dave. It’s stuck. It’s also done affectionately.'

Cesar Azpilicueta

Nicholas Lyndhurst

All right, Dave: Cesar Azpilicueta (left) says his team-mates have given up using his name and have decided to call him 'Dave' like Rodney Trotter (right, centre) was in Only Fools And Horses by the character Trigger

Adapting: Azpilicueta (right) believes he is getting used to the speed of the Premier League

Adapting: Azpilicueta (right) believes he is getting used to the speed of the Premier League

Although Azpilicueta may not know it, his nickname might have been borrowed from one of Britain’s best-loved sitcoms: Only Fools And Horses.

Rodney Trotter struggled throughout the hit TV series, as Trigger failed to use his name because – despite knowing Nicholas Lyndhurst's character well through his brother Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter – he earnestly believed his name was Dave.

Meanwhile, Azpilicueta believes he is adapting to the English style of play, and is beginning to get used to the lifestyle in London with the help of countryman and team-mate Juan Mata.

Azpilicueta told the Guardian: ‘He (Mata) is like a London tour guide,' Azpilicueta told The Guardian. “I say ‘Juan, I want to go out and eat’ and he knows just the place.’

Good friends: Azpilicueta says countryman Juan Mata (right) has helped him settle in London

Good friends: Azpilicueta says countryman Juan Mata (right) has helped him settle in London

Azpilicueta chose to sing Spanish song La Raja de Tu Falda by Estopa as his initiation into the squad. Although his team-mates enjoyed his rendition of the song about a driver who careers off the road because he was staring at an attractive woman, most of it was lost in translation.

He added: 'Some of them danced. But they had no idea what the song was about and they didn’t understand a word.'

VIDEO: Watch one of Rodney and Trigger's finest ever scenes

'My name is Rodney!' Classic Only Fools and Horses

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Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2 – match report

Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2: Boro's play-off chances dealt major blow after home defeat


19:31 GMT, 23 February 2013



19:31 GMT, 23 February 2013

Middlesbrough's play-off hopes were dealt another crushing blow as they went down to defeat against Millwall at the Riverside Stadium.

Tony Mowbray's side slipped out of the top six for the first time since October prior to kick-off following Brighton's win over Burnley, and Boro's performance did not match that of a side striving for promotion to the Premier League.

However, Millwall, who had lost their last five in the npower Championship, did not look like a side struggling for form as they dominated throughout in a thrilling encounter.

An own goal from defender George Friend and Lions midfielder Martyn Woolford sealed a first away win for Kenny Jackett's side since November with Curtis Main pulling one back for the hosts.

Doubled: Martyn Woolford slotted home Millwall's second goal

Doubled: Martyn Woolford slotted home Millwall's second goal


Middlesbrough: Steele, Bailey, McManus, Bikey, Friend, Dyer (Miller 46), Rhys Williams (Carayol 46), Leadbitter, McEachran, Emnes (McDonald 69), Main.

Subs Not Used: Ripley, Ledesma, Hines, Smallwood.

Goals: Main 75.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Osborne, Beevers, Henry, Abdou, Wright, Woolford, Marquis, Afobe.

Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, Trotter, Tyson, Keogh, N'Guessan, Adam Smith, Malone.

Booked: Osborne, Wright, Forde.

Goals: Friend 25 og, Woolford 40.

Att: 15,377

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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Kieron Dyer and striker Main were the
only changes to the Boro side that drew a blank at Burnley in midweek
while Jackett recalled five players including Benik Afobe, Alan Dunne
and skipper Danny Shittu following their 5-1 defeat at home to
Peterborough last time out.

The first real chance arrived on 15
minutes when Karleigh Osborne tripped Main on the edge of the box. Grant
Leadbitter took the kick and Jason Steele was struggling to get across
as it narrowly flew over the crossbar.

Main was appealing to referee Michael
Naylor again shortly after when he went down under pressure from Dunne
inside the penalty area. Naylor waved away the protests as he became
increasingly unpopular with the home supporters.

His reputation did not improve when
the Lions, virtually straight after the incident, took the lead on 25
minutes. James Henry delivered a pin-point cross from the left and an
unfortunate Friend headed into his own goal under pressure from Afobe
and John Marquis.

Friend along with his team mates felt he was fouled in the build up, only adding to the now toxic atmosphere inside the ground.

Hope: Curtis Main scored for Middlesbrough but it was too little too late

Hope: Curtis Main scored for Middlesbrough but it was too little too late

However, Boro almost replied
immediately when Main met a Leadbitter corner full only to see his
powerful header well blocked on the line by Nadjim Abdou.

The visitors looked rattled by
Middlesbrough's response and goalkeeper David Forde almost gifted them
an equaliser when he spilled a cross only for Mark Beevers to again
clear off the line.

But Kenny Jackett's side took full
control five minutes before the break when Jason Steele pushed Afobe's
original effort into the path of Woolford who enjoyed the simplest of
finishes to double the advantage.

Boro tried to rally a response after
the break following the introduction of Ishmael Miller and Mustapha
Carayol, and it was the latter who tested the reflexes of Forde on the
hour mark as the Republic of Ireland international made a smart stop at
his near post.

A goal was coming though, and Friend
went some way to making amends when he skipped into the area on 75
minutes before pulling the ball back for Main who tapped into an empty
net from six yards.

That strike clearly energised them as
Main fired a golden opportunity wide with five minutes remaining before
late drama erupted deep into stoppage time when substitute Scott
McDonald's apparent equaliser was ruled out for offside.

A melee ensued and referee Naylor was
almost caught in the middle of it before bringing the game and
Millwall's slump to an end, condemning Boro to a seventh league defeat
in their last nine outings.

Millwall 1 Barnsley 2 – match report: Marcus Tudgay hits late winner

Millwall 1 Barnsley 2: Tudgay's late winner gives Tykes some seasonal cheer


17:47 GMT, 22 December 2012



17:47 GMT, 22 December 2012

Marcus Tudgay's late goal condemned Millwall to a surprise defeat as Barnsley gave their npower Championship survival bid a welcome boost.

Tudgay struck in injury time after Chris Wood appeared to have salvaged a point for the Lions, who had lost just once in their previous 16 matches.
Barnsley led through a first-half goal from Stephen Dawson, shortly after Millwall's Darius Henderson had missed a penalty.

To make matters worse, the hosts had defender Adam Smith sent off for a rash challenge early in the second half.

Winner: Marcus Tudgay chips the advancing David Forde to give Barnsley all three points

Winner: Marcus Tudgay chips the advancing David Forde to give Barnsley all three points

Match facts

Millwall: Forde, Adam Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Henry, Wright, Trotter, Feeney (Jack Smith 64), Wood, Henderson (N'Guessan 69). Subs not used: Maik Taylor, Dunne, Batt, Osborne, Malone.
Sent Off: Adam Smith (54).

Booked: Feeney, Beevers.

Goals: Wood 80.

Barnsley: Steele, Stones, Foster, Cranie (Wiseman 20), Golbourne, Dawson, Hassell, O'Brien (Harewood 73), Perkins (Done 84), Tudgay, Dagnall. Subs not used: Alnwick, Cywka, Greening, Rose.
Booked: Tudgay, Wiseman, Foster, O'Brien.

Goals: Dawson 31, Tudgay 90.

Attendance: 10,118.

Referee: Trevor Kettle.

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Wood tucked in his third goal in two
matches, and his 11th of the season, 10 minutes from time but Tudgay had
the last word as Millwall slipped out of the play-off places.

Millwall were surprisingly lacklustre
for a team in such fine form, unbeaten at home in their previous seven
games, and it was Barnsley who made the brighter start with two good
chances falling to Tudgay in the first 10 minutes.

First Lions goalkeeper David Forde
did well to tip Tudgay's shot round the post, then a mix-up in the
Millwall defence saw the ball fall to Tudgay again, but this time the
striker blazed his shot over the crossbar.

The hosts should have taken the lead in the 25th minute after Henderson was fouled in the area by Scott Wiseman.

But Henderson, back in the Millwall side after a spell out with a hamstring injury, blazed the spot-kick over the crossbar.

And the Lions were made to pay five minutes later when Barnsley broke at the other end through Tudgay.

The ball eventually fell to Jim
O'Brien, whose shot was well saved by Forde, but Dawson was on hand to
tuck away the rebound for his third goal of the season to give the
visitors the lead.

Millwall attempted to hit straight back and midfielder Liam Trotter shot narrowly wide from just inside the box.

On target: Stephen Dawson fires Barnsley into a first-half lead

On target: Stephen Dawson fires Barnsley into a first-half lead

Tykes goalkeeper Luke Steele was then called into action to make saves from Henderson and Shane Lowry.

Barnsley had chances to add to their
lead before half-time but Forde saved John Stones' effort and O'Brien
crashed a shot into the side-netting.

Millwall's task got more difficult 10 minutes after the interval when Smith was sent off after he lunged in on David Perkins.

It looked like a 50-50 challenge but referee Trevor Kettle deemed it to be two-footed and produced a straight red card.

Barnsley sensed the chance of a rare win and Perkins drove the ball goalwards but his effort was kept out by Forde.

Perkins then crossed for Tudgay but
his ambitious header from the edge of the area flew wide, before Chris
Dagnall missed the target from close range and Stephen Foster fired over
the top.

Barnsley were caught out 10 minutes
from time when Wood latched onto Dany N'Guessan's ball over the top and
coolly finished past Steele.

But all Millwall's hard work was undone when Tudgay rifled the winner past Forde in the 93rd minute.

The goal lifted the Tykes to the same
points tally as Tudgay's former side Sheffield Wednesday, although they
remain in the bottom three on goals scored.

Arsenal transfer latest: Wilfried Zaha, Charlie Austin, Liam Trotter and Will Hughes scouted

Revealed: Zaha, Austin, Hughes and Trotter – the four stars Arsenal scouted last week



11:39 GMT, 13 November 2012

Arsenal spied on four of the Football League's most promising stars on Saturday.

Liam Trotter, Charlie Austin, Will Hughes and Wilfried Zaha – a quartet of England's best emerging talent outside the top-flight – were the subject of Arsenal's attentions last weekend.

Influential chief scout Steve Rowley attended Millwall's 2-1 win over Derby at the Den to cast his eye over Trotter and Hughes.

In demand: Arsenal have scouts watching Wilfried Zaha

Hot shot: Burnley striker Charlie Austin

In demand: Arsenal have scouts watching Zaha and Burnley's Charlie Austin (R)

Gunners spies have kept close tabs on Lions' box-to-box midfielder Trotter from the start of last season, with his performances this term earning rave reviews.

Rams midfielder Hughes, 17, has been hailed as a future England international and has made 15 starts for Nigel Clough's side this season as well as breaking into Stuart Pearce's Under-21 set-up.

Meanwhile, a senior Gunners spy ran the rule over Burnley goal-machine Charlie Austin in the Clarets' 2-1 defeat against Ipswich.

Wanted: Derby ace Will Hughes

Interest: Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter

Wanted: Derby ace Will Hughes and Millwall's Liam Trotter are also being tracked

Austin, 23, has scored 20 goals in just 18 appearances for the Lancashire club this season.

The Gunners have found the lower leagues a productive talent pool in recent years with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Carl Jenkinson all plucked from either the Championship or League One.

Plans: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad in the January transfer window

Plans: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad in the January transfer window

Fulham and Southampton want Liam Trotter

Fulham and Southampton plan January bids for Millwall midfielder Trotter



07:38 GMT, 5 November 2012

Fulham and Southampton are leading the 2million race for highly-rated Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter.

The 24-year-old has impressed this season, notching six goals to help the Lions to mid-table safety.

Main man: Liam Trotter has impressed for Millwall this season

Main man: Liam Trotter has impressed for Millwall this season

And Trotter could now be on his way to the Premier League as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Fulham have sent scouts to watch the former Ipswich midfielder, according to the Daily Mirror, while Saints boss Nigel Adkins is also keen, having signed him at Scunthorpe.

Big fan: Nigel Adkins has been impressed with Trotter this season

Big fan: Nigel Adkins has been impressed with Trotter this season

He has been Adkin's radar since he scored in the Lions' shock 3-2 FA Cup win at St
Mary's in February.

Trotter scored again in Saturday's 4-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground as Millwall extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.

Southampton move for Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter

Southampton make first move for highly-rated Millwall midfielder Trotter



10:25 GMT, 16 May 2012

Premier League new boys Southampton are in pole position to sign 1.5m-rated Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter.

Trotter, 22, has been linked with several top-flight clubs in recent months but Saints' boss Nigel Adkins has been first to make a firm move.

Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter

Highly-rated: Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter

The former Ipswich player has been on Saints' radar since he scored in the Lions' shock 3-2 FA Cup win at St Mary's in February.

Ipswich-born Trotter rejected the new contract offered by then Tractor Boys' boss Roy Keane in 2010 in favour of a move to Millwall after he spent a successful loan spell in South London.

He has scored 16 goals in 100 appearances for the Lions.

Southampton 2 Millwall 3: Feeney leaves it late as Lions set up Bolton test

Southampton 2 Millwall 3: Feeney leaves it late as Lions set up Bolton test

Liam Feeney scored a late winner in the replay that neither side really wanted to send Millwall into the fifth round.

Long live the FA Cup, eh Less than 7,000 turned up at St Mary’s stadium to brave the sub-zero temperatures, but this was far from an argument for ditching such re-matches.

Instead, we were treated to a topsy-turvy, old-fashioned Cup tie. Millwall took the lead through Liam Trotter but Adam Lallana equalised in the 35th minute.

Winner: Liam Feeney beats Bartosz Bialkowski to put Millwall into round five

Winner: Liam Feeney beats Bartosz Bialkowski to put Millwall into round five


Southampton: Bialkowski, Richardson, Martin, Fonte, Harding, De Ridder (Barnard 77), Chaplow (Reeves 60), Hammond, Lallana, Guly (Lambert 54), Lee. Subs not used: Davis, Jaidi, Ward-Prowse, Stephens.

Booked: Guly.

Scorers: Lallana 35 Lambert 77.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Ward, Barron, Craig, Mason, Wright, Trotter, N'Guessan (Feeney 84), Henry, Kane. Subs not used: Allsop, Marquis, Hackett, Smith, McLaren.

Scorers: Trotter 17, N'Guessan 79, Feeney 90.

Referee: Dean Whitestone.

Attendance: 8,493.

Substitute Rickie Lambert thought he
had secured a win for the home side with a 77th-minute strike, however
Dany N’Guessan equalised just two minutes later before Feeney clinched
the victory in stoppage time.

With these teams fighting very
different battles at the top and bottom of the npower Championship this
season, league matters remain very much the priority for both managers.

This replay, the result of Darius
Henderson’s 86th-minute equaliser for Millwall 10 days ago, was an
unwanted inconvenience for these sides; a view reinforced by the swathes
of empty red seats at St Mary’s. Millwall’s travelling fans still made
an almighty racket in the opening 10 minutes, mind you.

But even with the lure of a tie at
home to Barclays Premier League side Bolton, both managers made
significant changes to their starting line ups.

On target: Rickie Lambert hit his 19th of the season, but it couldn't save Saints

On target: Rickie Lambert hit his 19th of the season, but it couldn't save Saints

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins brought
in seven new faces from the side that drew 0-0 at Birmingham City last
weekend, with Kenny Jackett making six alterations from the team beaten
2-1 by West Ham on Saturday.

James Henry was at the heart of
Millwall’s best attacking play early on, winning and delivering a 13th
minute free-kick which Ryan Mason could not quite control in the area.

But the visitors’ early dominance
paid off in the 17th minute. Captain Liam Trotter played a neat one-two
with on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane and found the bottom
right-hand corner with a left-foot shot from the edge of the area.

It should have been 2-0 just five
minutes later when the lively Kane slipped a lovely ball through to
Mason, who sprinted clear of right back Frazer Richardson but shaped his
body awkwardly and shot wide of the near post.

Southampton struggled to create any
sense of momentum, such was Millwall’s willingness to press their
opponents, while the visitors provided a constant threat on the break.
When the 1976 FA Cup winners’ equaliser came after 35 minutes, it was
somewhat against the run of play.

Sparse support: St Mary's stadium is nowhere near full with the match seemingly an inconvenience for Southampton fans

Sparse support: St Mary's stadium is nowhere near full with the match seemingly an inconvenience for Southampton fans

Lallana capitalised on his first real
opportunity to run at Millwall’s defence, collecting Richardson’s pass
and slotting the ball inside the left-hand post. It was the
23-year-old’s eighth goal of the season and first for 10 games.

Lallana hit the woodwork with a
free-kick four minutes into the second half, but Southampton’s reserve
goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski then kept his side level with two stunning

The first was a dive low to his right
to stop an awkward, bobbling shot from Henry and the second was even
better, with the Polish 24-year-old diving to his left to palm away a
right-foot volley from Kane.

Adkins introduced the Championship’s
top scorer, Lambert, after 55 minutes and he duly put Southampton in the
lead again with a strike from the edge of the area.

N’Guessan equalised with a close-range header before Feeney capped a fantastic comeback with a right-foot shot after a quickly taken free-kick from Kane.

Martin Jol wants PSG"s Guillaume Hourau at Fulham

Jol looks to bring in PSG hitman Hourau for Johnson and eyes move for Millwall”s Trotter

Fulham boss Martin Jol is weighing up a move for Paris St Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau once he sells Andy Johnson.

French international Hoarau, a former target for Gerard Houllier while at Aston Villa, is being moved on by the French club as they free up a place in their squad for the potential signing of AC Milan”s Alexandre Pato.

Jol will use the cash generated by the 2million sale of Johnson to Blackburn to bring in the 6ft 3in Hoarau as soon as the window opens next week. Bobby Zamora could also follow Johnson out the door with West Ham and QPR keen.

Top target: Guillaume Hoarau

Top target: Guillaume Hoarau

Jol”s scouts have also been monitoring Bristol City”s Nicky Maynard and Doncaster”s Billy Sharp, who is also a 3m target for Leicester and Wigan.

Fulham are keen to strengthen their midfield and are considering a January move for Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter.

Chief scout Barry Simmonds has watched the 23-year-old numerous times over the past few weeks as Jol looks to finalise transfer plans.

Stepping up: Fulham scouts have watched Liam Trotter (right)

Stepping up: Fulham scouts have watched Liam Trotter (right)

Trotter has been watched by a clutch of Barclays Premier League clubs this season, including Arsenal, Wolves, Everton and Bolton. But Fulham are understood to be the most interested going into the transfer window.

The 2.5m-rated midfielder is stalling on a new contract with the Championship club and is keen to see where the top-flight interest leads before committing to Millwall.

Jol, who is also interested in West Ham”s Mark Noble, has made finding a long-term successor to veteran midfielder Danny Murphy a priority.