Sebastien Bassong admits he had little time to settle after coming on for the injured Younes Kaboul in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.
But the defender was to make a key contribution in the victory with two crucial last ditch challenges on Fernando Torres with the score still 1-0 to the visitors.
After this, a Martin Skrtel own goal and a late Aaron Lennon winner saw us take all three points despite Jermain Defoe’s penalty miss.
And Seb believes the comeback displayed ‘magnificent character’ for a side now on a run of four straight wins in all competitions.
He said: “It was a bit hard coming into the game off the bench with the weather being as cold as it was but I had to switch on straight away and that’s what I tried to do.
“It wasn’t going to be easy up against Torres but if you want to do well you have to play against this type of player and handle it."
Seb continued: “The first half wasn’t that bad, even though we didn’t do as well as we usually do, and we conceded an unlucky goal. But we came back in the second half with strong and magnificent character. I’m very happy about that.
“We carried on after the penalty miss. We weren’t thinking about it too much and were focused on the game and we got the win in the end.”
We now have a week clear of fixtures ahead of next Saturday’s visit to Birmingham City where we will look to build on yet another important victory.
Seb added: “It was a big win. We now have a rest and can prepare for the next game in a good way.”