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So close for Carlo

Posted on 10 February 2009  - 12:00

Carlo Cudicini insisted there was just one thing missing from his first north London derby - the three points.

So close for Carlo

Carlo Cudicini insisted there was just one thing missing from his first north London derby - the three points.

Our January transfer window capture from Chelsea got the nod to wear the goalkeeper's jersey ahead of fit-again Heurelho Gomes and face Arsenal at the Lane.

Carlo had to wait until the 91st minute for his only serious test as he tipped over Nicklas Bendtner's fierce drive and it was his opposite number, Manuel Almunia, who was forced into more regular action to deny Luka Modric, Aaron Lennon, Wilson Palacios and then Luka again in final seconds as it stayed goalless.

"Everyone knows this is a great game to play in and so important for the supporters," said Carlo. "And we were very unlucky.

"We needed to score, we needed the three points but it was still a great display from the team, the players were fantastic.

"In the second half we passed the ball to find the space to try and find the goal but right at the end a great save from Almunia denied us."

Carlo underlined exactly why goalkeepers have to concentrate for every second with his late tip over from Bendtner.

"You can't relax for a minute in the Premier League," he added. "Arsenal had no chances at all then suddenly they created a couple at the end and I had to keep the ball out.

"They are difficult team to play against because they might sit at the back for a while but then suddenly they have five minutes where they create chances and they have very good strikers, so it's tough to play against them.

"We created enough chances to win it but unfortunately it stayed 0-0."