TT Podcast- Derby-day verdicts

The TEAMtalk Podcast is available to download for free in our Media section, or you can listen using the Mixcloud player below.

Sky Sports News Radio's Dave Armstrong hosts and is joined in the studio by TEAMtalk Editor Simon Wilkes and jubilant Spurs fan Rob McCarthy.

McCarthy revels in Tottenham's north London derby win over arch rivals Arsenal, with Wilkes saying the blame for the Gunners' disastrous start to the season lies firmly at Arsene Wenger's door.

The duo disagree over where Rafael van der Vaart should be played, but both wax lyrical over the impact Scott Parker has had on Harry Redknapp's team.

McCarthy puts the boot into Steve Kean and fears a season-long relegation battle for Rovers, while Wilkes believes he knows the main reason behind Bolton's alarming slump in form, saying it all began at Wembley.

Wilkes applauds Roberto Mancini for his handling of the Carlos Tevez saga, and can't see any way back for the moody Argentine.

McCarthy, meanwhile, believes Tevez's fall from grace could be the making of Mario Balotelli, who has started to justify his price tag in recent games.

All three of our Podcasters agree that referee Martin Atkinson ruined the Merseyside derby with his dismissal of Jack Rodwell - and hopes he sees sense and rescinds the red card.

Wilkes believes Alan Pardew's high-flying Magpies should enjoy their lofty position while it lasts, as he says they've had Lady Luck in their starting line-up and will soon hit a blip and slip back down the table.

There are plenty more talking points, including Fabio Capello's England squad for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro, with McCarthy worried about the goalkeeping options and baffled by the striker selections.

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Simon Wilkes

TEAMtalk Editor

Source: Team Talk