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Nacer 'knew what he had to do'

Posted on 29 February 2016  - 12:07

Nacer Chadli revealed there was no doubt in his mind that we would win Sunday’s game against Swansea City after his 70th-minute equaliser.

Nacer celebrates with Heung-Min Son after scoring against Swansea CityPure joy for Nacer after his goalUnder pressure from Jack Cork

The Belgian international turned in Kyle Walker’s low drive to finally breach Lukasz Fabiansk’s resistance at White Hart Lane after the Polish stopper had pulled off a string of fine saves.

Indeed, the goal seemed a long time coming as we hammered on the door following Alberto Paloschi’s early opener for the visitors and it proved to be the catalyst for our eventual 2-1 win as Danny Rose popped up with the decisive strike seven minutes later.

“When I scored that goal I knew we were going to win the game because there was too much pressure on them to keep us from their goal,” reflected Nacer.

“We were just attacking, attacking, attacking and of course in that situation we were going to score a second one.

“The ball came to me very quickly, I think Kyle wanted to put it in like a cross-shot but it needed somebody to get a touch on it – lucky me! I saw the ball coming and I knew I just had to flick it with my left foot and I did well.

“We deserved to win – we had three times more shots on target than them so there’s no question about it.”

The match represented the second time Nacer has stepped off the bench to hit the target in the Premier League since the turn of the year, having come on to grab a goal and an assist at Crystal Palace on January 23.

Having netted his seventh goal of the campaign on Sunday, he underlined the importance of making an impact when coming on as a substitute.

“My instruction was to play from the left and supply the attack but I know what the manager expects from me when I come on,” added the 26-year-old.

“As a substitute you need to make an impact and help the team to turn the game around so it was a good day in the end.”