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Hugo hails team's resilience

Posted on 19 January 2015  - 13:07

Hugo Lloris pinpointed three traits that contributed to our victory over Sunderland – character, belief and fitness.

Hugo and Jan Vertonghen embrace after the gameBenji Stambouli battles with Jermain Defoe

Our French international skipper was once again in irresistible form between the sticks in our 2-1 win at White Hart Lane, producing an impressive double save late in the game before thwarting Danny Graham in stoppage time when the Black Cats substitute was clean through on goal.

Reflecting on his latest heroics and the game in general, Hugo was glad to play a part in helping us achieve back-to-back wins in the FA Cup and Premier League.

“We know that in these kind of games the opponents sit back, try to defend and when they get a chance they try to score,” he said.

“We knew before the game that Sunderland could get some chances and they did, but we were strong, resilient and came away with the result we were looking for.

“At the end we were a bit surprised because we shouldn’t have conceded any more chances. They put a good move together and created the chance for Graham, but it’s my job to make saves and fortunately for me I made it and helped the team get three points.

“It’s about character, belief and fitness. We showed a lot of character today and a lot of desire because we kept going right until the end. It’s a great win and an important three points.”

Hugo’s only blemish was the unstoppable free-kick curled in by Seb Larsson in the first half, his soaring right-footer finding the top corner after opening goalscorer Jan Vertonghen was adjudged to have fouled Jermain Defoe 22 yards from goal.

“We know Larsson is a free-kick specialist – he scores three or four per season,” our goalkeeper added.

“It was a great goal but we should have concentrated more before the free-kick was awarded. At 1-1 just before half-time it’s a different game, but the second half was much better from us and we are delighted to win and get a run going.”