Never forget Billy's bravery.. but remember the name of kid Mason

I know Billy Sharp and he is a big character.

Even so, no-one could have expected him to play for Doncaster on Tuesday, just 72 hours after the tragic death of his two-day-old baby.

As a dad, it brought a tear to my eye.

So I want you all to send your love to Billy's family.

And your respect to ref Darren Deadman, who showed class and common sense by not booking Billy when he pulled up his shirt to reveal a touching tribute to little Luey Jacob Sharp.


Remember the name of Mason Bennett.

The 15-year-old made his full home Derby debut on Wednesday as my old club lost to Cardiff but I'm told he performed really well.

I trained with him a few times in my final season and he was the quickest player at the club.

If I tell you that he was banging in goals for fun as a kid and has a stocky, powerful build with a low centre of gravity, he might start reminding you of someone.

Of course, there's every chance that others might catch up with Mason's rapid progress as they mature.

But at the moment he's the closest thing to Wayne Rooney that I've seen.


Having passed one tough test against a former club when QPR beat Chelsea, it's Mission Impossible 2 for Shaun Wright-Phillips on Saturday tea-time when Manchester City go to Loftus Road.

I admire Shaun. He could have sat on the City bench or in the stand this season, picking up massive wages. Instead he moved to play football.

There are plenty – some of them at City – who wouldn't have done the same and so he deserves credit.

I'm sure he and Joey Barton will be bang up for the leaders' visit, but that doesn't mean Neil Warnock's side will get anything out of the game.

Though they've done well this season, they can be picked apart easily, as Bolton and Fulham have proved.

Chelsea looked the better side even with nine men and Tottenham could have had far more than three last week.

With so many attacking options and the ability to outpass most sides, City are averaging four goals per away game this season and I expect them to keep that up at the Hoops.


Votes of confidence normally mean the tin-tack is on the way, but I actually believe the one Dave Whelan gave to his Wigan manager Roberto Martinez after their home defeat by Fulham.

The former JJB Sports boss knows he owes Martinez big time.

Roberto could be managing Aston Villa by now.

And Whelan must also know that a new manager couldn't have done that much better than the current one is with the squad he has handed to the Spaniard – a squad which to me does not look good enough to stay up.

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