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'Great response' - Danny

Posted on 17 January 2016  - 11:19

Danny Rose felt Saturday’s win over Sunderland produced another example of the need to capitalise on our early pressure.

Danny Rose is upended by Jan KirchhoffCelebrating with Jan Vertonghen and goalscorer Mousa Dembele

The left-back, who returned to the starting XI at the expense of Ben Davies in our 4-1 triumph over his former loan club, pointed out that we’ve gone in at half-time all square in most of our recent games, having often played the better football in the opening stages.

While naturally delighted to help us return to winning ways at White Hart Lane – it was Danny who won the penalty from which Harry Kane completed the scoring, having done likewise last weekend against Leicester in the FA Cup – the 25-year-old suggested that turning our early possession into goals will be vital if we’re to continue picking up wins during the latter months of the season.

“It was a great response to going 1-0 down but that’s what happens when you don’t take your chances,” said Danny, as he reflected on Christian Eriksen’s equaliser following Patrick van Aanholt’s opener for Sunderland.

“In the first half against Everton we were brilliant and in the first half against Leicester in the FA Cup we were brilliant but in both instances we’ve gone in at 1-1. Again we were brilliant in the first half this time but went in at 1-1.

“We need to put teams away in the first half to make the game easier in the second half and we’ll get a lot more space if we do that.

“It was a great response to going behind today, though, and if you want to be where we are in the table and even higher you have to show consistency and great bouncebackability from upsets.

“We had an upset against Leicester on Wednesday and we’ve shown a great ability to respond today.

“The gaffer has made changes and everyone that came in has justified the manager’s decision, which shows great character from the team. We’ve shown that throughout the whole season.”

Danny was joined in the starting line-up against Sam Allardyce’s side by right-back Kieran Trippier, who came in for only his second Premier League start of the season since arriving from Burnley.

Indeed, the full-backs have been regularly rotated by Mauricio Pochettino as we continue to battle on a number of fronts, but Danny has been impressed by the consistency shown across the back four during the first half of the season – whoever gets the nod.

“What I will say is that we’ve made a massive improvement from last season in terms of not leaking two or three goals and needing to score more than that to win a game,” he said.

“In terms of being solid at the back, people who are not playing regularly coming in and doing ever so well is a massive achievement. We’re all over the moon with how the season is going but if there’s a message that we can all take from it so far then it’s to not get carried away and take each game as it comes.

“It is exciting at the club at the moment but it’s far too early to talk about the season – there are five months to go and another 16 games left.”