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Quotes of the Week: Redknapp, Friedel, Wenger, Forde and more

AFC Wimbledon fans climb onto the pitch as Jack Midson (left) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their opening goal. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire AFC Wimbledon fans climb onto the pitch as Jack Midson (left) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their opening goal. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Friday, December 7, 2012
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With another week of sporting drama done and dusted and with the weekend only hours away, London24 brings you the best quotes of the week.

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"Standing out there today, looking up at the board and seeing those stats - 7,000 runs, the youngest player to do that, it was quite an amazing moment," he said.

"I thought 'I'm batting with this guy; he's just got another hundred and hes the all-time leading English hundred-maker ...'."

Nick Compton on batting with Alastair Cook as he brought up his 23rd Test hundred - an England record. Full story here

"I don't think it'll be such a big deal to him, to pass Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey, myself and Kevin Pietersen.

Geoffrey Boycott on Alastair Cook becoming England's leading century maker. Full story here

"You could feel the sense of occasion from the start with the fans singing Sweet Chariot at the haka. It was a special moment for me.

"I could tell something was going to happen. We had no option really. Losing two games, it was backs to the wall. We had nothing to lose."

Chris Ashton on the haka being drowned out by Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Full story here

"Its a nightmare when youve got African players thats your problem.

"Well have to wait and see if Adel and Samba go. I dont know what his situation is though either."

Harry Redknapp on the African Cup of Nations and the possibility of losing Adel Taarabt and Samba Diakite. Full story here

"The press has not really helped my renewal. It is one of the reasons that bad feeling has been generated towards me on the field (from the fans), and that's what has prompted me to not renew. That, along with many other things.

"You (the media) have not helped because most of what has come out in the press has been lies, but people have tipped the balance against me.

"That has come out on the field, with people blowing their whistles. It is (only) a section that wants me out, I respect that. I feel loved by most of the Athletic fans."

Fernando Llorente on why he is leaving Bilbao. Full story here

"I'm not mad about footballers having Christmas parties.

"I find it tends to bring aggravation and all clubs have had it.

"The lads go out and photographers there late at night. Weve got nothing to celebrate.

"If we get out of trouble, well have a big party. They can have two and a half months of parties.

"Its not for me, if others want to do it then fine."

Harry Redknapp is not a fan of Christmas parties. Full story here

"Since he's come in, he's fitted in like a glove. He's slotted right in.

Anyone that does come to the club always does exceptionally well.

There are a great bunch of lads here and were all desperate to do well here.

David Forde wants Millwall to sign Mark Beevers - he got his wish. Full story here

"This was the first time [the two sides have met] and the more you talk about it, the more you realise how, globally, it's one of the more unique games there is, because of the situation that has or never will happen again.

"It's happened now and both clubs need to move on. AFC need to progress and make sure that next time there is a meeting that theres not so much of a gulf between the teams."

Neal Ardley after AFC Wimbledon were beaten by MK Dons. Full story here

"It is the most memorable [goal I have scored], just for the passion of the fans.

"I don't blame them for coming on the pitch.

I know it's frowned upon but they must have been ecstatic like me.

"I got booked for it even though I didn't go off the pitch. I tried to turn around and come back and they all ran on.

"The ref said I caused a riot but I can't see that. I've got to take that on the chin it's worth the 10 fine!"

Jack Midson on his goal for AFC Wimbledon at Milton Keynes. Full story here

"I won't say more because if I do you'll think I want to buy him."

Arsene Wenger gives his view on Kostas Mitroglou. Full story here

"I have no idea. Apparently I was contemplating doing a medical but I was at home having Thanksgiving dinner with my family."

Brad Friedel laughs off talk of a move to Blackburn. Full story here

"Every time we put a very strong team on the pitch and he's not minced his words at all he wants to try to win the competition, so we are going to take it very seriously."

Friedel on his Europa League dreams. Full story here

"It [the knockout rounds] will be a step up but you also need a little bit of luck on your side as well we'll see what happens, he said.

"You dont want to pick your poison. Whoever we play, we play and thats the way its supposed to be."

Clint Dempsey doesnt care who Spurs face in the next round of the Europa League. Full story here

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