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Patience key against Hull - Jan

Posted on 29 October 2013  - 13:50

Jan Vertonghen admitted patience was the key for us in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Hull City.

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We had to wait until 10 minutes from time to finally make the breakthrough, Roberto Soldado tucking home a penalty after Ahmed Elmohamady was adjudged to have handled in the area.

The handball decision came about after Jan, playing at left-back for the second consecutive Premier League game, got down the wing and tried to cross into the centre.

“It was important,” said the Belgian international. “I always try to go forward as a full-back and I’m happy my cross led to a penalty.

“The teams at the top all won so it was important to get the three points.

“It wasn’t our best performance, but it’s another clean sheet and three points.

“Sometimes when teams play with numbers across the back, you have to wait and be patient. If we win 1-0 it’s enough.”

We face a quick reunion with the Tigers on Wednesday evening, as Steve Bruce’s men return to the Lane for a Capital One Cup tie.

Versatile defender Jan expects some changes in personnel on both sides, but he believes we have to persist with our attacking style in order to try to break the visitors down.

“I think both teams will change,” he said.

“Hull might play the same way as they will think it’s worked and we have to do the same, be patient, wait for our chances and hopefully we will be good enough on Wednesday.”