Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday September 16 2008
Video highlights of the game: Click Here
Martin O'Neill used his favourite word about the 2-1 victory over Spurs 'terrific!'
He said on AVTV following the Monday night match:
'We were really brilliant in the first half and more than merited our lead. Then Ashley hammered in a shot to give us a two goal cushion. We got a bit tired towards the end and put men behind the ball. Tottenham started to throw it into the box and did cause us a few problems. They scored and it was a worrying few minutes but we saw it through - unlike last year.'
With memories still fresh of being 4-1 up only to draw 4-4 last season, MON admitted the nerves got to them at the end when Spurs scored.
'The nerves were jangling at the end. You do get concerned, very concerned because Tottenham had nothing to lose. Bent scored and then they were back in it and thoughts of last year started to surface. But we saw it through and deserved to do so.'
He also singled Gareth Barry out for some special praise saying the former captain was 'immense' adding, 'But then again everyone was terrific. It was a real team display but along with that we had so many flourishing individual performances too. Ashley was a danger every time he picked the ball up, Gabby did great and Nigel and Stiliyan were fantastic in midfield too.
The victory will certainly keep the confidence high with the team, apart from the Stoke result, this has been a great start to the season and with options in both defence and midfield, we are far far stronger than this time last season.
Images from the game on the official site: Click Here
Date:Tuesday September 16 2008
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