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Hard work key for Didier

Posted on 21 November 2008  - 12:00

Didier Zokora is enjoying his football as a vital cog in what he describes as a workman-like midfield at the moment.

Hard work key for Didier

Didier Zokora is enjoying his football as a vital cog in what he describes as a workman-like midfield at the moment.

The Ivory Coast international, along with the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Luka Modric and David Bentley, have all been in fine form of late.

And Didier puts this down to the hard-working mentality being instilled by manager Harry Redknapp for his men in the middle of the park.

Now he is prepared for a battle against Blackburn on Sunday, a game Didier sees as must-win after last weekend's defeat at Fulham.

"We went on a run of games without losing, so Fulham was disappointing, but that's finished now and we're focused on Blackburn," said Didier.

"We want to win every game we play in, and Blackburn on Sunday will be no different - it's a big game for us.

"Harry has come in and given us all a chance, we all want to prove ourselves to him, and the midfield is working well at the moment.

"A hard-working midfield is important to any team, and we will certainly need to work hard against Blackburn.

"Harry likes us to press and not give other teams time on the ball, and we've all learnt very quickly under his management."