HODDLE SYMPATHY FOR DROPPED SULLIVAN
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Scottish international was at fault for Southampton`s goal against Spurs on Boxing Day, and paid the price as a result.
Sullivan was replaced by Kasey Keller for the Villa Park clash and only a last-gasp Juan Pablo Angel penalty denied the American ace a deserved clean sheet.
Hoddle singled out Keller for praise, but had words of sympathy for the deposed Sullivan.
The former England boss said: "Kasey did very well and made some terrific saves.
"It was a difficult decision as Sully has been terrific and, at his best, he is one of the best in the country.
"But outfield players can get rested and it won`t do Sully any harm to assess his performances."
Hoddle meanwhile, denied any knowledge of rumours claiming Lazio officials were set to hold talks with Spurs about a transfer for striker Sergei Rebrov.
The Ukrainian has failed to establish himself at White Hart Lane and is unhappy at failing to cement a first-team place.
Rebrov recently claimed he was the permanent third choice striker, and would consider leaving if he is continually overlooked for selection.
Tabloid speculation has suggested the Roman club were trying to secure a deal, involving Ivan De La Pena, but Hoddle said: "There is no truth in that. We've not had any contact with any of those players or clubs so I don't know where it comes from. You're better off asking agents."