Date: 9th October 2008 at 9:28pm
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Joe Kinnear was a happy chappy as he extolled the virtues of a positive training ground at the club. This time round only Tayls, Zog, Xisco and Geremi were absent as the international break allowed players to consolidate and heal their collective clattering they`ve taken since September. Speaking to the press at a reasonably populated Little Benton, he said:

“There has been a great spirit at the training ground this week and everyone has been bright and bubbly and there is a feelgood factor around the place. The two Irish players Shay Given and Damien Duff have been with us because they do not play their World Cup qualifier with Cyprus in Dublin until next Wednesday. But those lads who have gone away have done so with a spring in their steps.”