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Bassong bounces back

Posted on 18 August 2010  - 12:00

Sebastien Bassong said he was delighted to score a vital goal against Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night - just minutes after what he described as a 'childish mistake' for the home side's third goal.

Bassong bounces back

Sebastien Bassong said he was delighted to score a vital goal against Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night - just minutes after what he described as a 'childish mistake' for the home side's third goal.

The defender was caught out by Moreno Costanzo's fine pass and could do little to prevent Xavier Hochstrasser from firing Young Boys into a 3-0 lead in just the 28th minute of our play-off, first leg in Bern, Switzerland.

Our Champions League dream was looking like turning into a nightmare at the Stade de Suisse - when Sebastien stepped up at the other end.

He rose well to power home a header from Gareth Bale's corner to reduce the deficit three minutes before half-time.

Harry Redknapp described it as the key moment as we looked like a different side in the second half.

Eventually, after surviving a couple of late scares, Roman Pavlyuchenko lashed home with seven minutes remaining to for a second, crucial away goal and final score of 3-2 to take into the second leg at the Lane next Wednesday, August 25.

Sebastien certainly didn't pull any punches in his self-assessment of that third goal and our general performance in the opening half-hour.

"I was really sad to make that mistake and I apologise for that because it was childish and a lack of concentration from myself," he reflected afterwards.

"My goal felt like a bit of revenge and I really wanted that, so I was happy.

"After the mistake I made, I really wanted to improve in the game so I think this goal came at the right moment because it got us back into it and we started playing our proper game.

"We started to take control and play our football. That's what people expected of us. But the first 30 minutes was the worst we've had in a long time.

"After scoring two away goals we feel a lot better than the nightmare we had at the start of the game.

"If we carry on like this, we have a good chance to go through but we will have to work hard because this team is not going to be easy to beat, even at home."

Watch this full interview with Seb plus the thoughts of Michael Dawson and Niko Kranjcar NOW on Spurs TV Online and the official Spurs App on iTouch/iPhone...