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Hunt sorry he 'spat dummy' in Clarets clash

IRELAND striker Noel Hunt has apologised to his Reading team-mates for his tantrum in a Championship game, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Hunt, who has recently worked his way back to fitness after a year-long absence due to a knee injury, was unhappy at being left on the bench for the 4-0 win away to Burnley, and he tore off his training bib and stormed off -- an act for which the player now says sorry.

"I spat my dummy out a bit at Burnley because I didn't come on, I shouldn't have done that," said Hunt.

"It's a team game and it's not just about me. I'm only a piece of the jigsaw. I need to learn to deal with that. We've got a great bunch of boys and great manager and we're all really close," added Hunt, who did get to play for the Royals the next week.

The Waterford man also says he is now happy to be fit again.

"It's been a year and a half since I've been this fit and it's been a long time since I've played regularly. The gaffer knows I'm passionate to play for this club," Hunt added.



Bellamy: Welsh derby different

Cardiff captain Craig Bellamy will head into tomorrow's Championship clash with Swansea as determined as ever but "a lot more relaxed" than his previous derby experiences.

The 31-year-old, who joined his hometown club in the summer on loan from Manchester City, has played in several high-profile derbies during his career for the likes of Newcastle, Celtic Liverpool and City.

"All derbies are completely different. This is a little bit different because we don't have to mingle with each other day in day out," he said. "There's a 40-mile gap between us -- I'm not going to bump into Swansea fans all week. Being involved in Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool ... they're all in the same city and you feel that pressure."

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