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HUDDLESTONE'S FINEST

Posted on 18 December 2006  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone didn't take too long to assess that his goal against Manchester City was his career best so far.

Tom Huddlestone didn't take too long to assess that his goal against Manchester City was his career best so far.For the midfielder who netted our second in the first half of the 2-1 victory at Eastlands, it was a first goal in the Premiership for us, added to the two he fired in against Port Vale in the Carling Cup. Before that, his only success was while on loan at Wolves when his former club Derby were in opposition.

"It was only the fourth! So I think it was the best, to be honest," said Tom of his clean hit from outside the area. "I have been working on my shooting recently because it is a key element that I need to improve on. I didn't score in 98 games for Derby so I knew I needed to work it.

"I have been practicing near enough every day and hopefully it is coming good now," he added, before conceding that celebrating goals is not exactly second nature to him.

"There is like a two or three second delay with it being an away game because our crowd weren't at the end I scored. I was checking I wasn't offside or anything like that and wasn't sure what to do, but the lads came over quickly to celebrate with me."

It was not a cruise to the finishing line after the interval, particularly following Joey Barton's reducing of the deficit, but three points and a first Premiership away win of the season were duly recorded.

"We knew they would come out all guns blazing after half time, especially with the manager they've got," reasoned Tom. "They changed their system - which benefited them a lot - and we found it quite difficult. Once they got the goal it was just a case of fighting hard to keep our lead.

"I thought we did well on the day."