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PAIN FOR PAUL

Posted on 15 March 2006  - 12:00

Paul Stalteri admits he has re-lived in his mind the moment that cost us a point at Chelsea on Saturday.

Paul Stalteri admits he has re-lived in his mind the moment that cost us a point at Chelsea on Saturday.

The full-back's attempted clearance deep into stoppage time was hunted down by William Gallas, who proceeded to cut inside before dispatching a curling shot past the despairing dive of Paul Robinson to clinch victory for the home side.

"Yes, although it wasn't a question of not knowing what to do - it just didn't come off," recalled the Canadian back at Spurs Lodge this week. "I wanted to get the ball upfield as far as I could, but it was a bit of a mis-kick.

"It was unfortunate, we were close to doing everything we could to come away with a well deserved point, but again we gave up a last minute goal we should have avoided.

"It was a mistake from me, if I had cleared it further then probably all the danger would have been cleared from there."

It was the ultimate punishment for a failure to clear the ball upfield and for Paul, watching it unfold was a painful experience.

"At first I thought we would deal with the danger and be alright, but when someone pulls out a goal like that it makes you even more upset because there was nothing we could do about such a fantastic strike.

"It was a bad moment for the team and me personally."