DREAM TEAM

DEREK ASAMOAH – The Carlisle United striker chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with in his foot­ball ca­reer.

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

GOALKEEPERI

Alan Mar­riott – Un­at­tached He isn’t the big­gest keeper in the world but he is very good. As out­field play­ers at Lin­coln City, we didn’t feel too wor­ried be­cause we knew he would do well for us. He com­mands his area and is con­fi­dent in his own abil­i­ties.

RIGHT BACKI

Alex Bap­tiste – Black­burn Rovers He is fast, very com­pet­i­tive and good go­ing for­wards sup­port­ing the strik­ers. If ever I played on the right-hand side of the for­ward line, he was of­ten right be­hind me, so I got to work with him a lot.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Kelvin Lang­mead – Northamp­ton Town When I first went to Shrews­bury he was a striker and that ex­pe­ri­ence helps him read the move­ment of op­po­si­tion for­wards and is what makes him such a good de­fender.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Gareth McAu­ley – West Brom He has great pres­ence in the box with his ag­gres­sive style and wins so many balls that are put in the penalty area. He is a bril­liant one-onone de­fender as well, you do not see many play­ers go­ing past him. He’s a real leader on the pitch.

LEFT BACKI

Marc Tier­ney – Bolton He has a bril­liant left foot and pro­vides great di­ag­o­nal passes, which was per­fect with me play­ing on the right-hand side. He has a lot of pace and our de­fence at Shrews­bury was al­ways more com­fort­able when he was around.

RIGHTI MIDFIELDI

John Hodge – Re­tired He was very tech­ni­cal, I re­mem­ber see­ing him turn de­fend­ers in­side-out and the crowd loved him. He was dif­fi­cult to mark and al­ways en­ter­tain­ing to watch. In his last game for Northamp­ton he scored one of the most amaz­ing goals I have ever seen – he ba­si­cally beat ev­ery­one on the pitch!

CENTRALI MIDFIELDI

Alex Neil – Re­tired He was an in­tel­li­gent player, he could see a pass in any sit­u­a­tion and was al­ways one step ahead. He didn’t take many touches ei­ther. He is a very hum­ble guy off the field, has a pres­ence in the dress­ing room and he reads the game re­ally well, so I think he will do great as Nor­wich manager.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDI

Nat Brown – Lin­coln He spent a lot of time in de­fence when I was at Lin­coln, but when he played in mid­field he was very good too. He was a Pa­trick Vieira type of player, he had a huge pres­ence in mid­field. He is al­ways will­ing to go that ex­tra yard and cover for you.

LEFT MIDFIELDI

Chris Carruthers – Brack­ley Town We had a re­ally good un­der­stand­ing on the field and played well to­gether. We even went head-to-head in a play-off fi­nal when I was play­ing for Shrews­bury and he was at Bris­tol Rovers. He will beat his op­po­nent eight times out of ten and that helps him put great balls into the box.

STRIKERI

Leo For­tune-West – Re­tired He was my main strike part­ner at Shrews­bury. He had a big pres­ence up front, so would at­tract the at­ten­tion of de­fend­ers which left me a lot of space. Our part­ner­ship helped get us to a play-off fi­nal.

STRIKERI

Jamie For­rester – Re­tired The way he tried to utilise his space and speed was in­cred­i­ble. He was a goal ma­chine and a plea­sure to play with. He kept de­fend­ers on their toes be­cause of his in­tel­li­gence and how much he hus­tled. We played well to­gether and built a good un­der­stand­ing.

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