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LEDLEY MAKES HIS POINT

Posted on 24 October 2005  - 12:00

Ledley King believes the team displayed their considerable team spirit after falling a goal behind early on against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Ledley King believes the team displayed their considerable team spirit after falling a goal behind early on against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Mikael Silvestre struck early for the home side at a venue where we have yet to win since the advent of the Premiership and the boys were up against it as a galvanised side sought to increase their advantage in front of a significantly buoyed crowd.

The team dug in and began making inroads towards half-time before seizing the initiative for much of the second period. Due reward came when Rio Ferdinand came through the back of Jermain Defoe and Jermaine Jenas struck as sweet a free-kick as you are likely to see to level the scoreline.

"You don't want to come to a place like this and give away a goal start, but that is what we did," reflected Ledley, clutching his away team Man of the Match Champagne afterwards. "We had to show our spirit - which has been good all season - stick together and make sure we didn't concede again while trying to get back into the game.

"We were disappointed with the way we started and played in the first half and knew we couldn't start like that again. We also felt there was nothing to be scared of and that we could hurt them with the players we have got. So we tried to take the game to them a little bit more."

the skipper admitted he was not completely aware that we had a free-kick specialist in our ranks in the shape of Jermaine

"I have seen him try a few times! I think he has definitely got the ability, but it is all about doing it on the day and producing it - he has done that now."

Ledley went on to explain that the boys proceeded to strike a balance between going for the win and banking the point Jermaine's goal was likely to bring - while grateful Ronaldo's late power-header flashed just wide.

"We could have got all the points in the end, but we are happy we kept their chances to a minimum. We broke on them a few times and, with the players we had on the pitch, we were never cautious. We didn't take the ball into corner flags or anything like that and when it was on to go for it, we did.

"We realise a point is a good result, but we were not going to settle for that until the game was over."

"It is such a thin line though, we worked so hard and nearly chucked it away at the end. We're thankful it went wide."