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Gomes chases Moscow double

Posted on 18 December 2008  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes is after a Russian double when we take on Spartak Moscow at the Lane tonight.

Gomes chases Moscow double

Heurelho Gomes is after a Russian double when we take on Spartak Moscow at the Lane tonight.

The in-form keeper faced CSKA Moscow in the group stages of the Champions League last season and won both home and away, 2-1 at in September followed by a 1-0 win in Russia in November.

He therefore has some idea of what we're up against in our final group stage match of the UEFA Cup tonight.

"Russian teams are strong, good technically and are always difficult to play against," he said.

"Spurs is a big team in Europe and when teams come to White Hart Lane, they want to do well and that will be the same for Spartak.

"We need a point but we want to win, we want to keep or form going. That's important for the next games coming up."

Gomes has been in fine form of late and has produced key saves in our last two matches against West Ham last week and United on Saturday, when he somehow diverted Ryan Giggs' last-minute free-kick from it's destination of the top corner onto the crossbar.

"It was a difficult save and I needed that - it was important for me and important for the team to get a point," he added.

"It was a big game and I love these big games," he beamed, before giving praise to our reshuffled defence that was without Ledley King and lost Jonathan Woodgate to injury after 10 minutes.

"Michael Dawson played so well, Charlie (Vedran Corluka) as well and Didier (Zokora) was brilliant against United. It was tough to change the defence so much but we have the quality of the players to do it."