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Spurs defender thrilled with winner

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Walker was awarded man-of-the-match. (©PAphotos)
Walker was awarded man-of-the-match. (©PAphotos).

Kyle Walker could not mask his delight after Tottenham beat Arsenal in the north London derby, but admits there was no real science behind his winning goal.

Spurs opened the scoring shortly before half-time after Rafael van der Vaart slammed the ball home despite the Gunners claiming a hint of handball.

Aaron Ramsey levelled up for the visitors and, after Spurs withheld a period of pressure, Walker hammered in the decisive goal with 17 minutes remaining.

The 21-year-old latched onto a lose ball some way from goal and lashed a dipping effort past an outstretched Wojciech Szczesny.

And, says Walker, he hid not think too much about the strike, but if you 'don't buy a lottery ticket, you can't win'.

"It's a great feeling, my first North London derby and hopefully there will be many more derbies and goals to come," said the full-back.

"I got there first, took a touch and just thought 'if you don't buy a lottery ticket, you can't win', so just have a go and hit it.

"It was great to see it fly in.




 

"It's a team game though, not just about my goal and we worked hard as a team for 95 minutes to get the result we wanted."

Walker took the man-of-the-match award on Sunday, but has paid tribute to his teammates for getting one over their local rivals.

"Arsenal will always keep the ball well and keep possession," he added.

"We had to stay fully concentrated at the back which I thought we did, Ledley [King] and Younes [Kaboul] were superb, they talked to me throughout and Scott Parker broke up a lot of play.

"All in all, I thought it was well deserved."

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