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PROUD OF THE LADS

Posted on 19 October 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane said he is proud of the performance that saw the team overcome Besiktas by a two-goal margin in Istanbul.

Robbie Keane said he is proud of the performance that saw the team overcome Besiktas by a two-goal margin in Istanbul.

Goals from Hossam Ghaly and Dimitar Berbatov sealed the three points in our opening UEFA Cup Group B encounter and it was the manner and style of the display that so pleased Robbie.

"I am very proud," said the striker who partnered Berbatov in attack. "We knew before the game that it would be difficult, they are a good side and the crowd, I have to say, were something else - even when they were getting beat. Clapping us off after the game was really good of them.

"The lads were brilliant and I think we dominated the game. That is the way we like to play football and if we continue to play the way we did here we've got every chance of getting back to our best," reasoned Robbie, who reserved a special mention for the scorer of the first goal.

"I am happy for Hossam. He has been playing well and deserved that goal for his work ethic. It came at a good time and in the second half we could have had a few more, but we've got the three points and that is the most important thing.

"Hossam is a good player, he's got a great engine and is a good footballer. He showed that here and is staking his claim for a regular place."

It is West Ham next at the Lane on Sunday as we bounce from one big match to another.

"It will be a tough game, they are not doing as well as they would like and we know that can make it difficult. It is a game all the lads are looking forward to."