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Tom aims to strike again

Posted on 5 May 2010  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone scored his first Premier League goal at Eastlands - after another blockbuster against Bolton, he'd love to repeat the feat against City tonight.

Tom aims to strike again

Tom Huddlestone scored his first Premier League goal at Eastlands - after another blockbuster against Bolton, he'd love to repeat the feat against City tonight.

Turn the clock back to December, 2006 and Tom, then just 19, drilled home a half-volley from 20 yards that helped us to a 2-0 victory.

It was his 20th appearance in our colours and underlined the technique and quality of strike that we've all become accustomed to.

Since then, he's produced a number of top-class goals, the latest and arguably most important on Saturday when his 20-yarder into the top corner secured three priceless points against Bolton as we continue to battle it out with City for fourth place.

That battle now takes us back to Eastlands. "The goal against Bolton has warmed me up nicely!" smiled Tom. "It would be great to do it again but the three points are more important."

Tom praised the role of Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the goal. "He laid a nice ball to me and I couldn't really do anything else other than hit it as hard as I could first-time.

"To be fair, Benoit has a great shot, as we saw against Liverpool, but his disguise of passes is equally as good and he disguised that pass to me. Luckily, it went in."

The goal and three points maintained our slender one-point lead over City going into tonight's cracker at Eastlands.

"It's a massive game," added Tom. "People have built it up as the Champions League decider but it's in our hands and with two games left, we'd have certainly taken this position at the start of the season.

"Both teams play a similar style - two wingers, two strikers - so I think it will be an open game, just a bit more tense than usual."