Woodgate happy to take Sunderland points

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Jonathan Woodgate has talked up the importance of Saturday’s victory over Sunderland as the Premiership takes a brief hiatus for international matches.

With Spurs having suffered two consecutive defeats to Stoke and Arsenal, Woodgate was thrilled to get back to winning ways and keep pace with the leaders.

Woodgate played the full 90 for the first time this season and felt Spurs desperately needed to pick up three points before play stopped for two weeks.

He told the Spurs official website, “We battled hard and got the victory in the end, which was important for us.

“You can’t always play well and it was important that we got the three points despite not playing well.

“Sunderland are a really good team and they were missing three of their top players in Kenwyne Jones, Lee Cattermole and Lorik Cana.

“They’re going to be a threat and Steve Bruce has got them playing well. In the game we rode our luck and Gomes kept us in the game.

“The most important thing was that we got the three points going into the international break and we’re back in the top four now.”

Woodgate reserved special praise for the heroics of Gomes, who pulled off a string on remarkable saves, including a penalty save from Darren Bent.

“Benty said to me that he normally goes the other way, but he thought Gomes would read him, so he must have changed his mind.

“But it was a great save and deserves all the plaudits he gets because he’s been fantastic. he came here at the start and there were question marks about him, but he was excellent last season and he’s been really good again this season.”

Woody also revealed his delight in playing a full match for the first time this season, but is wary that he’ll need a bit more time in order to reach his top level again.

“It was good to get 90 minutes under my belt, but my timing was off and I was all over the place to be honest!

“Staying fit and injury free for the rest of the season is the plan of action and if I can improve my game I can hopefully stay in the team.”

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