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TURNING POINT

Posted on 9 December 2007  - 12:00

Juande Ramos is hoping Sunday's 2-1 win against City will provide the platform to climb up the Barclays Premier League.

Juande Ramos is hoping Sunday's 2-1 win against City will provide the platform to climb up the Barclays Premier League.

Jermain Defoe's 83rd-minute goal secured an important maximum point haul against Sven Goran Eriksson's men.

A game of few chances was evenly poised at 1-1 going into the final quarter when two key moments went our way - first, City were rightly reduced to 10 men for Stephen Ireland's lunging tackle at Young-Pyo Lee and moments later, JD struck from 12 yards after Steed Malbranque's cross cannoned back off the far post.

The victory lifted us into 13th place in the table on a day where defeat would have left us in the bottom three.

"We were aware of that," said Juande. "There are five of six teams in a similar situation, so it was absolutely essential to gain a victory which has relieved some of the pressure.

"However, there are still five or six teams within two or three points of the relegation zone, so it's very important to continue to get as many points as possible."

Could that JD goal be a turning point? "I hope so," added Juande. "We've lost some very important points in the last few minutes of games, even in injury time, and that shows until the referee blows the final whistle the game is still alive. I hope this gives us the imputus to move further up the table."