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In our element

Posted on 21 April 2011  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone feels the end-to-end, wide open nature of last night’s derby suited our style of play down to the ground as we came away with a valuable point.

In our element

Tom Huddlestone feels the end-to-end, wide open nature of last night’s derby suited our style of play down to the ground as we came away with a valuable point.

Despite falling behind twice, and at one stage going two down, we battled back to earn a 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Lane.

Tom’s stunning strike just before half-time made it 3-2 when we looked in trouble, setting up a frantic second half in which we found the equaliser.

The midfielder admits we need to stop conceding goals in the first place, but could not fault the character of the side.

He said: “I think we are at our best when games are open and we showed that, especially in the second half. It took us a little while to get to grips with the first half but I thought there was only one team that was going to win it in the second, and that was us.

“In the same game to come from behind three times against a great team like Arsenal who are pushing for the title shows great character, but I think if we can cut mistakes out and stop going behind we could be even better.

“It seemed every time we pulled a goal back they went and scored another one which was very disappointing but going into half time with the momentum and just one goal behind spurred us on in the second half and they were a little bit edgy in that period.”

The result leaves us just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with six games remaining, and Tom is relishing the run-in.

He added: “Fourth is still up for grabs as we’ve been saying all week. We’ve still got to play City and we’re just two points behind so it’s still in our own hands, similar to last year.

“We’ve got six massive games left and if we can beat City and win majority of the other ones we won’t be far away.”