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Newcastle fullback Perch unhappy beating Davids record

Newcastle United fullback James Perch was keen to avoid a record held by Crystal Palace veteran Edgar Davids.

The Newcastle defender racked up a booking in each of his first five top-flight games - beating former Spurs midfielder Davids' record of four.

And, two weeks ago, he scored an own goal against Stoke to send Chris Hughton's men crashing.

But Perch has the chance to put things right against Wigan today.

He said: "There was a bit of banter flying around about the bookings.

"I don't think the lads realised I was on four. At that stage I had equalled Edgar Davids' record. Then when I got booked against Everton to make it five, they certainly seemed to know.

"The lads couldn't believe it - a few of them started calling me 'Chopper' - but at least I am in the record books!

"I wouldn't say I'm proud of it but I certainly look at it and have a smile. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a vicious man or a vicious player."

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