KING ON COMEBACK
Ledley King's comeback joy was a short-lived emotion at the Lane last night.
Ledley King's comeback joy was a short-lived emotion at the Lane last night.The skipper made his long-awaited return against Sevilla after a three and a half month absence with a foot injury and his naming in the side for the UEFA Cup return was met with a huge ovation from the fans inside White Hart Lane.
With us seeking to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the quarter-final tie, the Lane was literally rocking ahead of kick-off, but it was quickly a case of shock as the Spaniards quickly racked up a two-goal lead on the night leaving us needing four goals to progress to the semi-finals.
It was far from what Ledley imagined from the night he got to pull on the white shirt again.
"No it wasn't," sighed the central defender afterwards. "After watching numerous videos we knew what kind of set piece they like to take and we still managed to get caught out by it, which was a disappointing start after just two minutes.
"We wanted to come out all guns blazing, but maybe we needed to calm down a little bit. Going behind so early was a bit of a nightmare and, to be honest, we never really recovered. We were all over the place and in shock because we really believed we would come out and start so fast and were looking to do to them what they ended up doing to us."
Ledley revealed the talk at the interval was initially about reasserting ourselves in the game and not making a tame exit on home territory.
"Firstly you want to restore some pride because you can't go out with a wimper. We were at home in front of our fans so of course we were talking about fighting back, getting some goals and seeing what happened from there.
"We came out for the second half and the fans were still amazing, still cheering us on and giving us a lift. At 2-2 with around 65 minutes gone there was a little chance there, but a couple of times we lacked a little bit of composure in front of goal, he continued, before adding that he soon hopes to be operating at full throttle with more games under his belt.
"The fitness side wasn't too bad, it was just movement, with not playing the game for so long and I've only trained for a week or so. I knew it would be tough, but I was willing to come in and do my best for the team. I am not 100 per cent, but the only way you can get that is to play games.
"The feeling of leading the team out again was great but didn't last long. After a couple of minutes I was gutted that we were losing the game. I am proud of the effort the boys put in to try and get us back in the game and, for us, it is a stepping stone.
"We've got it all to play for now to get ourselves in this competition again for next season. The remaining games are important to us and it is vital we treat them like that and get as many points as we can."
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