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RIGHT RESPONSE

Posted on 13 December 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King believes the team responded in the best way possible to the derby defeat 11 days ago.

Ledley King believes the team responded in the best way possible to the derby defeat 11 days ago.The response was the recording of six Premiership points from fixtures against Middlesbrough and Charlton.

"Everyone was disappointed with the performance at Arsenal and it was about reacting in the right way," considered the skipper. "We had two home games that we felt were winnable for us, but it is alright saying it and another thing to go out and do it.

"We were embarrassed by what happened at Arsenal and having the game on the Tuesday gave us the chance to put some things right quickly. We tried to come out all guns blazing against Middlesbrough and we started that game really well. We wanted to do the same against Charlton, although it took us a little while to get our goal, after that we were in control.

"The day after Arsenal we were in and it was the chance for us to reflect on things between ourselves, have a little chat about what happened and what we could do to make things right. We looked at the next two games and set out for six points."

Adding five to our 'goals for' column in one game is something that has not happened since Aston Villa were defeated 5-1 towards the end of the season before last.

"We felt like it has been coming," added Ledley. "We feel comfortable and believe we can score goals at home, but games have still only been won by one or two goals before Saturday.

"It almost happened again when Charlton scored to make it 2-1 and our performance didn't warrant the game being as tight as it was at that point. The second half response was right and we managed to push on and score the goals."

Meanwhile, it did not go unnoticed by Ledley that his song was adapted to accommodate the name of Paul Robinson after the goalkeeper launched into a tackle on the edge of his area in the second half against Charlton.

"I did notice, actually. Hopefully his tackle reminded them of me! I heard it for a little while and thought it was quite funny."