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FOOTBALL: Doriva: It's time Boro Yak shaken; WEST HAM V MIDDLESBRO (K.O. 3 pm).

Byline: By Scott PIECHA

SHAKA HISLOP has revealed how he was desperate to phone Yakubu at all hours of the morning to disrupt his preparation ahead of West Ham meeting Middlesbrough today.

He played with the Nigerian striker while he was at Portsmouth and knows exactly how dangerous he can be.

Hislop is stepping in for injured Roy Carroll in the West Ham goal and is set to face his old team-mate this afternoon.

And knowing that he needed to get the upper hand in any way possible, the Trinidad and Tobago keeper was really tempted to call his old mate at an unearthly hour.

He said: "I wanted to phone Yak early in the morning to put him off because he is such a good player.

"He was very successful down on the south coast and he is showing his goal-scoring form again now with Middlesbrough.

"He is a handful, we know that. One thing he is, is very unpredictable. He is strong and has great pace, so we have to counteract that.

"Our defenders are also strong and quick as well so it will be an interesting battle.

"Yakubu's goals kept Pompey in the Premier League for two years, being honest."

This will be Hislop's first league start of the season since rejoining West Ham and he is ready to put in a performance that will give boss Alan Pardew a selection problem.

Hislop, 36, added: "All I can do is as I have been asked which is to cover Roy and do my best. Hopefully my performances will give the boss a headache."


SHAK-ATTACK: Hammer Hislop meets his old mate
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2005
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