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Resilience key in Mersey mission - Scott

Scott Parker extolled the virtues of character and defensive resilience after we fought it out for a precious point at Liverpool on Monday night.

The midfielder led the way with another stand-out performance in the deep midfield areas, providing that extra layer of protection for Michael Dawson and Ledley King, outstanding up against Andy Carroll in central defence.

Chances were few and far between in the goalless draw and having defended so well, we could have snatched the victory when Niko Kranjcar sent Gareth Bale sprinting clear, but Pepe Reina blocked the one-on-one opportunity.

Neverthless, the draw made it just two defeats in our last 22 matches in the Premier League as we remain in a healthy third place.

"Not many teams will go to Anfield and get maximum points," said Scott, named Man of the Match by Sky Sports. "It's a difficult place and we all know that.

"If you want to be successful in a season you need to come to places like this and pick up points, and put in performances like that.

"It's okay knocking the ball around and playing lovely stuff, but we showed another side to our game and I was delighted with that."

Scott admitted his 'heart was in his mouth' as Gareth raced through five minutes from time.

"If there was anyone on the pitch you'd want to go through, it's probably Gareth," he said.

"I thought we might just nick it, but it wasn't to be. They did get on top a little in the last 30 minutes, they tend to do that kicking towards the Kop, but there weren't that many clear-cut chances.

"We probably ended up having the best chance, but it wasn't to be."