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OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

Posted on 9 October 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton reflected on being on the wrong end of a late goal at Liverpool and admitted: "It felt like a defeat."

Chris Hughton reflected on being on the wrong end of a late goal at Liverpool and admitted: "It felt like a defeat."

Just days earlier, we'd completed a comeback to remember with three goals in the final 20 minutes of our 125 anniversary match against Aston Villa with the fourth and final strike in injury time to secure a 4-4 draw.

The boot was on the other foot against Liverpool though.

Trailing early from Andriy Voronin's goal, Robbie Keane struck either side of half-time to turn the game in our favour at 2-1 and it looked like we'd hold out for our first win at Anfield since 1993 only for Fernando Torres to head home in injury time.

It's the third time we've been hit like that on our travels with Sunderland (0-1) and Fulham (3-3) also denying us points in injury time.

"It's an awful time to concede a goal," said Chris back at Spurs Lodge. "We were on the other side of it against Villa and to score that fourth goal when we did was a fantastic feeling.

"Certainly coming home with the lads and the staff on Sunday, the feeling was like we'd lost the game."

Chris felt Robbie's opportunist finish just before half-time provided the platform for a fine second half performance.

"At half-time if you'd said we'd come out of the game with a draw we'd have settled for that," he admitted.

"At 1-0, Liverpool had a couple of chances and if one of those had gone in, 2-0 would have been difficult to come back from.

"We showed spirit and determination and scoring just before half-time gave us the lift we needed to come out in the second half and put them under pressure.

"Anfield is always a very difficult place to go but at 2-1, I felt we were comfortable enough. You expect a bombardment and if you end up winning 2-1, generally they would have missed chances but I thought we looked good for 2-1 and were going to hold onto it. That's why it's all the more disappointing."