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Younes recalls goal-den moment

Posted on 5 February 2010  - 12:00

Aston Villa's arrival at the Lane just days after Younes Kaboul's return has immediately sparked memories of one of his favourite football moments.

Younes recalls goal-den moment

Aston Villa's arrival at the Lane just days after Younes Kaboul's return has immediately sparked memories of one of his favourite football moments.

Turn the clock back to October 1, 2007 and the big defender scored the equalising goal in injury time as we came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 against Villa.

It was a moment perhaps fitting of the occasion as the match marked our 125-year anniversary and we celebrated with special light show, 125-specific interviews on the Jumbotron, commemorative flags and a parade of the club's greats before kick-off. The team wore a one-off replica of the kit used back in 1882.

The flags started to disappear though as we slipped 4-1 behind only for Pascal Chimbonda to spark a revival with 20 minutes left. He made it 4-2, Robbie Keane scored a penalty for 4-3 and then Younes hammered a volley into the top corner in the final seconds to secure a 4-4 draw.

Few will forget the scenes as Younes sprinted away in celebration and 30,000-plus flags were all out on show again - Younes certainly hasn't.

"It was an unbelievable evening," he recalled with a huge smile. "I think it was 4-1 after 70 minutes and yet we managed to come back to 4-4. It was crazy.

"The team was having a bad time and to come back like that, to score three goals in 20 minutes on such a big occasion, it was special.

"Sometimes, when I feel down, I watch that and I feel better straight away.

"Moments like this in your career don't happen every weekend or even every season. I keep that thought in my head and I will be happy forever."