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Nacer thrilled with return to the scoresheet

21 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Nacer Chadli couldn’t hide his delight after his first goal since August helped us through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Belgian international, who missed a number of weeks of action in the latter months of 2015 through injury, returned to the scoresheet in cool, calm and collected fashion to seal a 2-0 third round replay victory at Leicester City on Wednesday night.

With Heung-Min Son having opened the scoring in the 39th minute, Nacer latched onto a clever through ball from the South Korean international before slotting home in the second period as we booked a trip to Colchester United a week on Saturday.

“I’m very pleased with the team performance – I think we played well,” reflected Nacer, whose last goal came in our Premier League draw with Stoke City in our second game of the season.

“For my goal, Sonny got the ball into his feet, I made a run in between the central defender and the full-back, he slipped it in, I shot towards the near post and scored – I was very happy!

“It was not the most beautiful goal I will ever score but it doesn’t matter as it has helped us into the next round and I’m very pleased.

“We managed the ball very well in the first half, created some chances and Son scored a good goal. In the second half we deserved a goal for how we played and it’s great to be in the next round now.”

Nacer, who started both the original tie against Leicester and the replay having found game time hard to come by in the Premier League following his return from injury, feels he’s hitting his stride at just the right time with so many important matches on the horizon.

“Every week I’m training to get sharper and more ready to play,” he explained. “When you come back from injury you’re not as sharp as you normally are but the minutes against Leicester were good for me.

“Everyone is happy at the moment and the atmosphere in the squad is very nice. We have to keep it like this.”