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SPECIAL MOMENT

Posted on 19 October 2006  - 12:00

Hossam Ghaly said it was a special moment for him opening his goal account in a Spurs shirt.

Hossam Ghaly said it was a special moment for him opening his goal account in a Spurs shirt.

The midfielder got us off the mark against Besiktas with a first half goal at the Inonu Stadium when he found the net with a rebound after home keeper Vedran Runje saved his initial effort.

It was the breakthrough we so needed during a period of pressure and it was one the Egyptian international will not forget in a hurry.

"Of course, it was my first goal for Spurs and for it to come in a big UEFA Cup game makes is even more special," said Hossam after the game. "It was our first game in the group and it was good for me to score the goal that got us on our way to a win.

"We played a good game, we were organised and played with discipline. We kept our shape, Besiktas didn't have many chances to score, while we created openings for ourselves. We missed a couple and scored two so it was a good result for us."

Such was the performance, the home fans - so vocal during the game - applauded the team off the pitch at the end.

"I didn't expect that sort of reception after having won the game. We played in a fair way, played well and they respected us for it," continued Hossam, who then quickly turned his thoughts to Sunday's meeting with West Ham at the Lane.

"It is a derby for us and we are at home. We have to win the game and get up the table," he reasoned, before raising a big smile when it was pointed out to him that he is now ahead of his friend Mido in the goalscoring chart.

"I am top scorer now, but he will score soon and get his confidence up."

"We played in a fair way, played well and they respected us for it."