Steven Pienaar knew all about the team’s reputation for attacking football before his January switch from Everton.
Now he knows about another, equally-important character – resilience.
Saturday’s win at Sunderland represented the eighth time we’ve come from behind to take points in the Premier League, winning six, drawing two.
That’s 20 points from losing positions, a statistic not lost on Harry Redknapp, who insisted ‘this team does not give up’ after the 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
Steven made his fourth appearance and third start for us at Sunderland and he’s already been involved in two come-from-behind performances – Newcastle and Sunderland – and helped us scrap for a 1-0 win at Blackburn.
“We have showed that we have real character,” he said.
“Sunderland is always a difficult place to play. They have great support that get right behind their team and that was the case in the first 20 minutes.
“They went ahead early on, put us under a lot of pressure and to recover from that makes the win even better.
“You have to dig in and sometimes you can’t always play pretty football. We have showed we can fight and come from behind.
“We stuck to our task, fought hard and made sure we got the three points. It was another vital win for us.”
The victory lifted us back into fourth place, three points ahead of Chelsea, who face a tricky local derby at Fulham tonight (Monday, February 14).