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Posted 08 March 2013 11:33am
Three goals, a clean sheet, one crucial save - no wonder Brad Friedel was a contented man after the 3-0 win against Inter Milan in the first leg of our Europa League, Round of 16 tie on Thursday night.
Goals from Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen rewarded a dominant performance and gave us a handy cushion for the second leg in the San Siro next Thursday, March 14.
But a clean sheet was just as vital and Brad certainly played his part, denying Rodrigo Palacio one-on-one with his feet as Inter threatened to break through in the 74th minute.
"Keeping a clean sheet at home is vitally important and a third goal was vitally important as well, going to the San Siro at 2-0 and they are still very much in the tie," reflected Brad, who praised the whole performance.
"I thought we were outstanding from the off, we put them under pressure, we made them make mistakes when they were in possession and in the first half particularly, we were clinical in front of goal.
"We scored a third goal off a set-piece and could arguably have scored another three or four but I thought we performed very well.
"I think if we’d been offered 3-0 against Inter Milan before the game we would have all taken it. We’re pleased so far but we’re only halfway there.
"We’ll go out there with the attitude of scoring again and if we get that decisive away goal then it will be a mountain to climb for them."