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BEST YET?

Posted on 7 December 2006  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone did not disagree with the suggestion that he played his best game for us yet in Tuesday's meeting with Middlesbrough at the Lane.

Tom Huddlestone did not disagree with the suggestion that he played his best game for us yet in Tuesday's meeting with Middlesbrough at the Lane.The naturally modest midfielder did not commit himself either way, but it was certainly a fine display at the Lane with the England Under-21 international the dominant figure in the centre - also more than doing his bit when the team were in retreat and pushing forward.

"I don't know, but after not playing the last game I felt I had something to prove," reasoned Tom to the question of whether it was his best game in our colours. "We won the game here and hopefully I contributed to that.

"With them playing a three in midfield you have to be more energetic and I think me and Didier played well together. Then there was three, stroke five at the back and that can be difficult and the final ball has to be spot on. That wasn't always the case, but we got the three points and after the derby game that was the important thing."

It was a deflating moment for the side when Robert Huth smashed home an equaliser to Dimitar Berbatov's strike, but Tom believes himself and his teammates showed what they are made of to push on and win the game.

"It was gutting for the lads, but bouncing back and showing the character to win shows the belief we've got in each other. The weekend hurt and we had a point to prove to ourselves, the manager and especially the supporters who always support us in such numbers."