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Posted on 4 February 2008  - 12:00

Jonathan Woodgate revealed there was real despair in our changing room following Manchester United's last-gasp equaliser on Saturday.

Jonathan Woodgate revealed there was real despair in our changing room following Manchester United's last-gasp equaliser on Saturday.The England international, making his home debut after his move from Middlesbrough last week, played his part in an impressive team performance which was just seconds away from beating the reigning champions. It needed a goal in the 93rd minute to prevent us from a first victory over United since May, 2001.

Speaking after the game, Woodgate said: “To be fair, all the lads are in the dressing room as if we’ve been beaten 4-0. It’s horrible when you concede so late like that, because we thought we’d done enough at that stage to win the game.

“I felt we were unlucky not to get the three points. It was a difficult game but full credit to Manchester United, they got the goal at the end and that’s why they are champions. But in those situations, we’ve really got to see the game out, that’s where experience comes into it and we have to make sure we don’t get caught like that again.”

Woody was part of a new-look defensive unit which featured new signing Alan Hutton at right-back, Pascal Chimbonda moving over to the left-back berth and Michael Dawson alongside Woodgate at centre-half. Although naturally disappointed to concede late on, Woody believes we are improving all the time defensively and had a word of praise for new-boy Hutton.

“Obviously I’m not happy because we conceded in the last minute,” he said. “I pride myself on clean sheets like every defender, we work hard in training to try to prevent goals going in, but it wasn’t to be this time.

“I thought Alan was first class against United. I know a lot about him from seeing him play in the Champions League and for Scotland and I thought he was terrific, he’s going to be brilliant for Spurs.”