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MIDO ON BATTLING WIN

Posted on 10 January 2006  - 12:00

Mido hailed the battling spirit of the team after the convincing 2-0 over Newcastle United at the Lane on Saturday.

Mido hailed the battling spirit of the team after the convincing 2-0 over Newcastle United at the Lane on Saturday.

It was a game which marked the end of our games for 2005 and, while there was considerable quality in the performance, there was a real snap and determination clearly evident in the display.

It is quality coupled with grit that Mido believes is key to winning matches in the modern game.

"I think it was quite a good year for us and, with the way we are working, I am sure we will now enjoy a better year," considered the striker, scorer of our second goal which came about from the winning of two challenges - from Edgar Davids and Jermaine Jenas - that kept the ball in the danger zone.

"We all played really well, we fought for each other and, as I have said before, if we do that we will win games. That is what you need in football, it is not just about quality, teams can show a lot of quality but not win because they don't have enough spirit.

We have a good quality, enough spirit and this is what will serve us well

"It was a very good goal, the goalkeeper from Newcastle said it was lucky, but I think it was a good finish."

Mido will now be available for our trip to Manchester City tomorrow before heading off to begin preparations for the African Nations Cup in his native Egypt. He will then return for the Premiership encounter with Liverpool before the tournament begins.

"It is not easy when you travel a lot but I have no choice, I have to be with my country and it is my duty," he added. "At the same time I don't want to leave the team here and I will do everything I can in the games I can play.

"It is a big tournament for us, especially because we failed to qualify for the World Cup. The people there are dreaming winning the African Nations and Egypt are one of the favourites to do it.

"We have won it before on four occasions and now we are playing at home we will do well again, I'm sure."