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Janssen: 'I'm thankful to fans for keeping faith'

Posted on 30 January 2017  - 12:06

Vincent Janssen had two words for our supporters after Saturday’s FA Cup thriller against Wycombe Wanderers: ‘Thank you.’

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The Dutch international striker has struggled for game time in recent weeks but stepped off the bench at half-time to score from the spot and set up our late winner against the plucky Chairboys in what was his first appearance since January 8.

Buoyed by his fourth penalty of the season, the quietly-spoken former AZ Alkmaar striker saluted our fans for sticking by him and the team on what was a tricky afternoon at White Hart Lane.

“If you see how they are standing behind the team, behind me, that is really important for a football player,” Vincent said.

“I really like our supporters and I want to say thank you to everyone who was here today, who helped us and who kept faith in the game. I really appreciate it.”

By his own admission, Vincent has never before experienced such fierce competition for a place in the matchday squad but he believes staying upbeat is part of the key to success.

“That’s the most important thing, to be positive and make sure that when you get an opportunity, you’ll be there to take it,” he said. “It’s the first time (to have had to fight for a place in the squad) for me, it’s new, but that’s the way football works. Sometimes you have these situations and you have to go on, keep working hard and take the opportunities you get.

“I’m working hard and when a chance is there I want to make the most of it. I was happy I got the opportunity to score today.”