Sebastien Bassong was delighted with the way we held firm to claim our second three point haul in the space of three days despite once again going down to 10 men.
Following Jermain Defoe’s dismissal in our 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Boxing Day, Younes Kaboul was given his marching orders in Tuesday’s 2-0 home victory over Newcastle.
Seb came off the bench against his former club to fill the gap in the centre of our defence and see us through to a perfect end to 2010.
And the defender believes our performances in the face of adversity over the last two games says a lot about our character.
He said: “We held on with 10 men again just as in the Villa game. I think we’re good when we’re playing with 10 men!
“I think it’s bad luck, I don’t know. But the most important thing is to stay compact and press them, to get the ball, pass it and move. That’s what we did well so I’m glad about it.
“We know we have strength when we pass the ball quick. We’re strong and we have technical players so that’s what we used and I think we deserved the win.
“It was a tough game. I came on and I was ready having been watching the game. The whole team defended well. We were compact and solid at the back and we didn’t drop off too much. That’s the way to keep a clean sheet.”
The win leaves us at least momentarily in the top four of the Premier League and on a run of 10 games unbeaten going into 2011.
Seb believes we must stay focused ahead of Fulham’s visit to the Lane on Saturday and maintain our form.
He added: “We’re in good form, we’ve just got to carry on, keep working and stay with our feet on the floor. Working is the main word and then we’ll see what’s going to happen in the end.
“It’s another London derby, it’s a home game and there’s no other option apart from winning. We’ve got to win, that’s it.”