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Robbie on the defensive!

Posted on 18 March 2009  - 12:00

Robbie Keane was impressed with our defensive display in the big win at Aston Villa over the weekend.

Robbie on the defensive!

Robbie Keane was impressed with our defensive display in the big win at Aston Villa over the weekend.

We came under pressure from the home side after taking an early lead in Sunday's encounter but were resolute at the back.

Heurelho Gomes was faultless as he came for cross after cross while the central defensive pairing of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King won praise from all quarters.

Darren Bent's goal early in the second half gave us some breathing space and Villa were kept at bay until John Carew replied five minutes from time.

That could have led to an uneasy finale but that wasn't the case as there were no more scares, and we left deserved winners.

"Defensively we were strong," said Robbie, who provided the assist for Darren's goal. "Gomes was coming out to collect balls and as a team it's always great when a keeper comes and gets things and he certainly did that.

"Ledley and Woody were superb. When they are on their games, there is no-one as good as them in the Premier League.

"It was a good, solid performance and we defended well as a team. Everyone did their jobs and we kept the ball really well.

"It was a great result. We needed to get the three points because of the situation we're in but I thought in the first half after we scored Villa stepped it up and played well, caused us a few problems, but in the second half we dominated.

"We were worthy winners in the end. We played some great football, and even when we conceded late on we didn't panic, we kept the ball for the last few minutes and that was really pleasing."