Scott Parker thought it was key that we showed ‘another side’ to our game in the derby win against Arsenal.
The midfielder referred to the ability of the team to ‘dig in’ when we the Gunners were putting us under pressure at the start of the second half.
We led 1-0 at half-time but Aaron Ramsey struck back for the visitors five minutes after the break. Ramsey had another chance after that in Arsenal’s best spell but we created all the chances from the 55-minute mark with Gareth Bale twice, Luka Modric, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe and all going close either side of Kyle Walker’s spectacular winner.
“We showed another side to our game and that was very pleasing,” said Scott, who led by example in the centre of midfield.
“In the last three games we’ve won we’ve controlled them all and played some great stuff, but this time we had to dig in.
“When they came back to 1-1 they were on top but we managed to go on and win the game. We had other chances as well. In the end 2-1 was a great result, but it could have been more.”
Scott ran himself into the ground, covering every blade of grass in his first North London derby.
“Yes, it was a little tiring out there,” he smiled. “They had one more man than us in midfield and at times that caused us a few problems, but you do what you have to do.
“Everyone put a shift in and we won the game, that was crucial.
“It was a really exciting game, really intense and I’m really pleased we came out with the three points, that was the most important thing.”