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Tom pleased with comeback

Posted on 19 December 2008  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone has stressed the importance of not losing games as he completed our comeback from 2-0 down against Spartak Moscow last night.

Tom pleased with comeback

Tom Huddlestone has stressed the importance of not losing games as he completed our comeback from 2-0 down against Spartak Moscow last night.

The midfielder's 74th minute header added to Luka Modric's earlier strike as we claimed a point to seal our qualification for the knock-out stages of this season's UEFA Cup.

Although Tom felt it was only simple mistakes that saw us go two goals down in the first place, he believes we were much better after the break as the scoreline shows.

And now the England Under-21 international is looking forward to the Round of 32 in February, when we face Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

"We don't want to lose any games, and even though we may have gone through regardless, it's never nice to lose a football match," said Tom.

"I don't think we were too bad in the first half, but we conceded two sloppy goals and didn't create as many chances as we would've liked.

"It was just a case of going out in the second half with a bit more energy and a bit more quality when it came to creating chances with the final pass or shots on goal.

"We knew the importance of the game and that to guarantee qualification, we couldn't afford to lose the match.

"A Club this size wants to be involved in as many games as possible and as many competitions as possible, so it was vital we got through."

On his second goal of the season, Tom added: "I'm not renowned for my heading but it was nice to get on the scoresheet and play 90 minutes as well."