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Ledley praises character

Ledley King stressed the importance of not losing against Sunderland at the weekend.

Ledley King stressed the importance of not losing against Sunderland at the weekend.

Robbie Keane's last-minute goal secured a 1-1 draw after we had gone behind inside three minutes at the Stadium of Light.

The result lifted us to 12th in the Premier League - but things are so tight that we are now five points above the bottom three yet only seven points adrift of seventh-placed West Ham.

"It was a sluggish start but I thought we dominated the game," reflected Ledley, back alongside Jonathan Woodgate and in fine form in central defence. "We created the better chances so to have lost would have been a real blow.

"Their goal was a bit unfortunate from our point-of-view, a ricochet that fell into Kieran Richardson's path and that wasn't how we wanted to start the game.

"We'd spoken about having a good shape and being solid but we came out and gave a sloppy goal away.

"After that you can't fault the lads.

"Sunderland is not an easy place to go, conditions were tricky and we had to show some character. That's exactly what we have to do for the rest of the season."

Talking about the rest of the season, manager Harry Redknapp indicated that he was hopeful of Ledley's continued involvement during the run-in with no further midweek fixtures scheduled.

"I don't want to jinx myself, but that's my aim," added Leds. "We've 10 games left and I would be delighted if I was involved in all of them.

"That would take me to over 30 games this season, which I would be happy with."