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Vertonghen hails full-backs, goal joy for Eriksen and Wanyama

Posted on 15 December 2016  - 14:16

Danny Rose and Kyle Walker caught the eye of many inside White Hart Lane with their blistering performances as wing-backs against Hull City on Wednesday night – including Jan Vertonghen.

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Danny burst down the left to set up Christian Eriksen’s opener in the first half, with Kyle doing likewise on the opposite flank to assist the Danish international for his second goal after the break. Victor Wanyama then completed a 3-0 win for us.

Afterwards, Belgian international defender Jan, who operated as part of a back three with Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier, stopped to reflect on the game along with our two goalscorers – and he reserved high praise for both Danny and Kyle.

Here’s what the players said post-match…

Jan Vertonghen

On Danny and Kyle’s performances
“It was the plan to get them forward a bit more and it worked out perfectly. They came up with two great assists for Christian and we can say that they are two of the best full-backs in the league. I think they’re doing a great job for us.”

On deploying wing-backs in a tweaked formation
“You can see that they get a lot more freedom when we play with the five like we did tonight. Danny and Kyle know that there are three guys at the back – me, Toby and Eric Dier today – and I think that helps them to get forward. You can see how many assists they’ve got this year and how important they were today – they’re a great threat for us and I’m very happy to be playing in the same team as them.”

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On Christian’s goalscoring exploits
“He is one of the hardest workers I know. He works hard on his set-pieces, he’s scoring goals and I think something like this (scoring goals) is what he deserves.”

Christian Eriksen

On the result
“We wanted to bounce back after Sunday. We left some points at Old Trafford but we’re still in the same position and still keeping up with the other teams. It was a must-win tonight. We want to keep moving, keep building and the confidence will get better and better. It’s just about staying on top of everything.”

On the 30-pass move that led to his opener
“It was very nice! It was a good situation from Danny as well, coming behind the defence and putting the right pace on the ball so it was easy for me to finish.”

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On converting Kyle’s cross for 2-0
“It’s one of the easiest (finishes I’ve known), definitely! If you ask Harry Kane, he was a bit disappointed he didn’t have longer studs on, otherwise he would have touched it first! It doesn’t matter who scores though. Both full-backs have incredible pace and they’re good on the ball so they are always creating something.”

Looking ahead to Burnley at the weekend
“We know some of the other teams around the top are playing each other so it’s a must-win, just like it was tonight. To keep up with everything it needs to be three points. Of course, it will be a different game and very difficult against Burnley.”

 

 

Victor Wanyama

On response following defeat to Manchester United on Sunday
“We needed to win this game. We had a tough game at United, could have got something from the game but didn’t and coming into this game was a bit tough, but we’re happy we got the three points. Hull kept pressing us, then we scored the third and managed to control the game. It was an important win.”

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On his mistimed header at Old Trafford
“I’m still hurting. I don’t want to see it again. I did everything well, peeled off to the back post but then I headed the ball with my face, I just mistimed it. That should have been a goal. I was disappointed. I need to work more in training to make sure I’m more clinical. This goal tonight gives me confidence again.”

On Sunday’s clash with Burnley
“These are the tough games to play. Burnley make it tough, they don’t let you play and try to stop you. You saw that against Hull – it was a bit of a scrappy game and come Sunday, it will be the same type of game but we hope we can get three points again.”