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Return of the King

Posted on 29 December 2009  - 12:00

Ledley King's comeback from injury in our 2-0 victory over West Ham on Monday coincided with us stretching our run without conceding a goal to a record four straight games.

Return of the King

Ledley King's comeback from injury in our 2-0 victory over West Ham on Monday coincided with us stretching our run without conceding a goal to a record four straight games.

The defender believes the feat is down to a back-line and team as a whole that is willing to fight tooth and nail for each other when our backs are against the wall.

Ledley feels this was epitomised by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes' Man of the Match display in our goal-less draw at Fulham on Boxing Day, as well as the outstanding recent form of fellow centre-half Michael Dawson.

And the Club Captain suggests the solid foundations on which Harry Redknapp's side is building itself allows our attacking players to do their job effectively at the other end of the pitch, as was displayed in our defeat of the Hammers.

Luka Modric opened the scoring early on but we couldn't find the all-important second goal until 10 minutes from time, meaning we required a resolute rearguard action in-between times.

Ledley said: "Teams have found it hard of late to come to the Lane and score, let alone win. We're happy with the way things are going at the moment, we're working hard for each other, and we have a good shape about us.

"‘Daws' has always been brilliant whenever he's called upon and never lets you down. I've played with him for a number of years now so I know the quality he has and he's making the centre-back position his own at the moment.

"Gomes has also been fantastic, especially against Fulham when he earned us the point, and that's what a team is all about, we have to bail each other out sometimes.

"We kept it solid at the back again on Monday and he didn't have a great deal to do, which enabled us to push forward.

"At half-time we spoke about the importance of getting the second goal and we had plenty of opportunities to kill them off but it didn't seem to be coming.

"It's just about keeping your focus, making sure you limit your opponents' chances, and taking your opportunity when it comes, which we eventually did."

It was Ledley's first start since he limped out of our win over Sunderland in early November with a hamstring strain, so he is hoping to put that problem well and truly behind him.

He added: "It was good to be back in the starting lineup as no player enjoys being sat on the sidelines watching.

"I've had a few niggles with the hamstring this season and this particular injury took a little longer to settle down in order to make sure there was no reoccurrence. Hopefully that's the end of that now and I can remain fit for the rest of the season."