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FRIEND AND FOE

Posted on 30 November 2007  - 12:00

Teemu Tainio knows a thing or two about the strikeforce aiming to shoot us down when we face Birmingham on Sunday.

Teemu Tainio knows a thing or two about the strikeforce aiming to shoot us down when we face Birmingham on Sunday.

The all-action Finnish midfielder has played most of his international football alongside Mikael Forsell while Olivier Kapo was a team-mate of Teemu’s in his days at Auxerre in France.

The pair led the line last time out at Portsmouth with Forssell seemingly over the knee problems that have blighted his recent career – he scored recently against Villa – and Kapo enjoying his time in the Premier League with five goals in 14 games since a £3m move from Juventus.

“Mikael is a very good striker,” said Teemu. “He’s had serious knee problems and was out for a long time but he’s back, he’s playing games, scoring goals and now he’s back with the first team.

“He also played with us for the Finnish national team in our last international in Portugal. He looked sharp in training and is a player who definitely knows where the net is, so we’ll have to make sure he doesn’t get any chances – he doesn’t usually miss them.

“Olivier is a year younger than me and we played for five years together at Auxerre.

“He is such a good technical player, so many skills and touches and physically strong as well. We had a great time together and then he went to Juventus, everyone had high expectations but for some reason he didn’t play all the time and went back to France.

“He’s now at Birmingham and he seems to being enjoying himself as well, scoring some nice goals and he’s another dangerous player with a lovely left foot.”