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Team effort - Brad

Posted on 7 November 2011  - 12:00

Brad Friedel quickly turned the attention away from his outstanding display to praise the rest of the team for the gritty win at Fulham.

Brad Friedel quickly turned the attention away from his outstanding display to praise the rest of the team for the gritty win at Fulham.

The goalkeeper made a number of fine saves from the second minute to the 92nd as we survived somewhat of a battering at 2-1 to eventually win 3-1 at Craven Cottage.

Jermain Defoe scored with the last kick of the match to secure our seventh win in eight matches in the Premier League.

We looked comfortable at the end of the first half as goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon saw us take a 2-0 lead.

But an unfortunate own goal from Younes Kaboul sparked a half-hour onslaught from the home team that saw Brad make numerous saves, Ledley King block a goalbound shot and Luka Modric clear off the line in injury time.

"All I can say is that we're all really pleased to get a victory," said Brad.

"Although 3-1 was maybe a little flattering we showed a lot of defensive qualities and it is definitely not down to one person.

"There were a lot of people throwing their bodies in front of things and getting booted in the face and things of that nature for the cause so it's a really pleasing defensive performance.

"Sometimes you have to go away from home and roll up your sleeves. It is not always going to be pretty. I think people saw with Manchester City (at QPR), they had to dig deep.

"Everybody knows how good we can be going forward, but this time we needed to show that we could defend quite a few balls into the box and defend against some very good players.

"We showed we can do the dirty stuff as well. There were a few scary moments at the end but it was a great win."