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My defence is 'unbelievable' - Gomes

Posted on 5 May 2009  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes has praised his defence who go into the final home game of the season on the verge of breaking an 89-year-old Club record.

My defence is 'unbelievable' - Gomes

Heurelho Gomes has praised his defence who go into the final home game of the season on the verge of breaking an 89-year-old Club record.

Saturday's 1-0 victory over West Brom at The Lane keeps the number of goals conceded at home in the league this season down to just nine - with the all-time benchmark standing at 11.

The goalkeeper made a key contribution to the latest of six consecutive shut-outs on our own patch with some fine saves.

But he focused his praise on the defensive unit in front of him that has played such a major role in our superb end-of-season form.

"I can only think of one word to describe my defence - unbelievable," said Gomes. "They are fantastic in every game.

"Woody and Ledley have been a great partnership, and ‘Daws' has done well when he's come in.

"Then you have the full-backs, ‘Charlie' (Vedran Corluka) and Benoit, who have also done very well this season. This is the reason we have kept so many clean sheets.

"It's so important when you have a defence that plays as a unit and understands the game so well.

"Before I came here, I wasn't looking at breaking records, I just wanted to help my team win. But now we have a chance of breaking this record, it's amazing."

Now Manchester City have to score twice when they visit N17 in just under a fortnight's time to deny Harry Redknapp's men this accolade.

But the chance of a record may have slipped away if it were not for Gomes' Man of the Match performance on Saturday.

His most notable stops were from a close range Jonas Olsson header in the first half and, perhaps more memorably, from a deflected Robert Koren effort nine minutes from the end.

"The ball came low and I went down to save it. It then took a deflection which made it difficult, but I was very happy to make the save and help my team," Gomes recalled.

"West Brom played well and we were not at our best, but we kept our concentration, which is the most important thing in a game like that.

"The most important thing is getting the three points, no matter how many goals you win the game by. These points are keeping us in the fight for a place in Europe."

The full interview will be coming soon to Spurs TV Online.

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