They talk about the highs and lows of their time at Stoke City……and with Ric about, there are a few lively stories to be told.
Here are a selection of bits and bobs from the interview…..
“That night, Pulis fired us up by creating this siege mentality……… against our supporters! He basically said ‘forget that lot out there we don’t need them tonight. It’s about you – the squad and the players on the pitch. Go out here and do it for yourselves and each other – it just you against the world because no one, not even our fans expect us to do anything. Go out there and show them what you are all about.’
“I left the pitch in just my socks! I was mobbed and the whole place just erupted! I could hardly breathe at times – the fans were crazy.”
” If you smashed me in the face I would smash you back harder, but Mama – if you hit him with a steel hammer 20 times he probably wouldn’t feel the need to retaliate! ”
“But, honestly, I would not be happy if I’d scored and played poorly. I always judged myself on performances and helping the team.
“I found that I’d arrive at these big famous grounds like Old Trafford for the first time ever and I would be intimidated thinking ‘Wow… I’m playing here!’ You feel so impressed it affects the mind a bit.”
” I felt lucky. What, after playing for Mali in the African Nations Cup – my arm injury and all the violence – life here really offers nothing to worry about does it?