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Rising Boro stars told to follow Christie; FOOTBALL.

RISING young stars at Nuneaton Borough have been told to use Premiership new boy Malcolm Christie as their inspiration.

Boro manager Brendan Phillips wants his clutch of twentysomething hot- shots to set their sights on emulating the meteoric rise to fame of the former shelf-stacker from Market Deeping.

The Manor Park boss believes the likes of Shaun Wray, Delton Francis, Andy Ducros and Kristof Kotylo can follow in 20-year-old Christie's footsteps by watching the way he has climbed to the top.

Phillips said: "I think Mally scoring two goals for Derby County on his first full start on Saturday can serve as an inspiration to the younger lads here.

"Malcolm had his chance at Nuneaton and took it with both hands.

"He was single-minded and determined, and we can all see the results now.

"Boys like Shaun, Delts, Dukey and Kristof have got just the same amount of talent as Malcolm.

"What they need to show now is the same desire to get on, they're young enough and good enough to do it.

"It's that extra something that sets Malcolm apart, but all they need to do is look at his attitude to football to know what they've got to do."Christie joined the Rams 16 months ago in a deal worth a possible pounds 130,000, depending on appearances.

Before Saturday he had just seven substitute appearances to his name, but he showed all the qualities characteristic of his time at Manor Park to grab two typical Christie goals in the 4-1 win at Middlesbrough.

Phillips added: "Mally has gone from scoring goals in the Dr Martens Premier Division to scoring them in the Premier League.

"But he's had to work for it, he wanted professional football and he went out and got it.

"I wouldn't rule out an England under-21 appearance in the near future."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Ray, Emma
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 18, 2000
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