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Toby reflects on goalscoring exploits

11 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Toby Alderweireld remained coy over his knack of scoring in the big games at White Hart Lane after Sunday’s 3-0 win over Manchester United, instead preferring to focus on our “brutal” second-half destruction of the Red Devils.

The talented centre-half got forward to head home Erik Lamela’s free-kick and put us 2-0 up against Louis Van Gaal’s men, with strikes from Dele Alli and Erik also contributing to a blistering spell of three goals in six minutes that blew United away.

It was the Belgian international’s fourth goal of the season and with his others having come against Manchester City, West Ham United and Arsenal – all on home soil – it’s fair to say the summer signing from Atletico Madrid certainly picks his moments!

However, as he reflected on proceedings against United, Toby insisted the needs of the team always come before any personal pride at his goalscoring record as far as he’s concerned.

“I’m very happy to have helped the team because it was important to get to 2-0,” he said. “It’s always nice to score, especially against Manchester United at the Lane – it’s very nice to get all my goals at the Lane as well – but I’m more happy with the victory.

“We didn’t start very well but it’s important in that kind of moment not to concede a goal, we didn’t and we came into the game after that. In the first half we had the better chances, Coco (Lamela) had a very big chance, but in the second half we played much better with a lot of intensity and we were brutal in front of goal.

“At the end we’ve got three important points and a clean sheet again so that’s great and we just have to keep looking at ourselves as we go on.”

White Hart Lane held its breath as Toby rose to meet Erik’s set piece and steered his header towards the back post in the 74th minute of Sunday’s game, with the defender admitting even he was among those waiting anxiously to see if the ball would hit the target!

“I headed it quite well but my only concern, because I was in a straight line with the goal and I could see it heading towards the post, was that I didn’t know if it was going to go in or go wide so I was very happy that it went in eventually!” he added.

“Sometimes you have to have a little bit of luck – it’s about the movement and trying to hit the ball quickly. Last week against Liverpool I struck the ball a bit too well, actually, but today I had that bit of luck.”