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Luka 'excellent' - Kev

Kevin Bond sung the praises of Luka Modric after his goalscoring return against West Ham on Monday.

Kevin Bond sung the praises of Luka Modric after his goalscoring return against West Ham on Monday.

The Croatian playmaker made his first start since fracturing his fibula in August and celebrated with the opening goal in the 2-0 win at the Lane.

Luka slotted home his first goal of the campaign from Aaron Lennon's cross in the 11th minute. Jermain Defoe wrapped up the points in the 81st minute and Luka was substituted soon after.

"Luka looked like he'd never been away," said assistant boss Kevin. "He stepped back in and was terrific on the ball, made us play. He was excellent. It was tough on Niko but with the two games in 48 hours, we decided to freshen it up in a couple of positions."

Kevin agreed with Harry Redknapp's assessment that we just needed that second goal to wrap up a convincing performance - JD delivering right on time.

"It was a terrific win, a good performance but at 1-0 late in the game anything can still happen and they were looking lively on the break, so there was a big sigh of relief when we scored the second goal," he added.

Kevin was also delighted to keep a fourth clean sheet on the trot in the Barclays Premier League.

"It's not just about the lads at the back, it's a team thing," insisted Kev. "Gomes has done fantastically well when we've needed him - Fulham, for example - and it gives you a lot of confidence when you keep a clean sheet.

"It's no good just being an attacking force if you keep letting goals in, the base of every good side is to be mean at the back.

"We had an excellent record at home last season, we're in a good run of keeping clean sheets now and hopefully if we keep that going, we'll win plenty of games. It's a great position to be in."