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Character key for Joe

Posted on 14 November 2011  - 12:00

Joe Jordan insists you cannot be successful without the character the team showed at Fulham.

Joe Jordan insists you cannot be successful without the character the team showed at Fulham.

We came under all sorts of pressure in the second half of our 3-1 win at Craven Cottage.

Brad Friedel made a host of fine saves and when he was beaten, Ledley King and then Luka Modric were there to clear.

Two scrambles in added time typified the performance as first Brad saved from Clint Dempsey then Kyle Walker and Scott Parker threw themselves in to make blocks.

Then from the corner, Brad saved again and Luka was there to clear off the line.

We then broke upfield and Emmanuel Adebayor set-up Jermain Defoe to clinch our seventh win in the last eight matches the Premier League. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon also scored.

“The game wasn't decided by the quality we showed last week, it was the resilience that we showed,” he said. “We had to dig in.

“Look at the games last Saturday, a few teams ended up winning, but didn't just win easily. There is a reaction, a fight back from opposing teams.

“We had to dig in and make sure that we retained what we had at the end of the first half. We had to show those qualities.

“We didn't lose the game and that's why we are where we are in the table now. Hopefully we can continue like that because without those characteristics in the team, you can't be successful.”