Date: 25th August 2006 at 12:02pm
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… he was happy with the performance, and particularly those of central defenders Steven Taylor and Titus Bramble.

Roeder: ‘I felt the defence, particularly the two central defenders, were really on their game and really concentrating 100 per cent the whole the time.

‘We are working ever-so hard on those two in particular, Taylor and Bramble, who I think have got the makings of a very good partnership.

‘I like working with them. I think they are two very good central defenders. At times, concentration has let them down, but not tonight.

‘They dealed with any threat very easily and swept everything up to the extent that Steve Harper, who was so looking forward to this game, did not really have too much to do.’