Parker pleased with 'gritty' performance

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Scott Parker has praised Tottenham's ability to 'dig in' as they ground out a result in a tightly-contested north London derby last week, and says that the ability to show another side to their game can have a massive benefit on Spurs this season.

After taking the lead before half time at White Hart Lane last Sunday, Harry Redknapp's side were pegged back when Aaron Ramsey drew the Gunners level and the impetus was with the visitors.

But Spurs weathered the storm, and created a number of chances of their own before finally regaining the lead when Kyle Walker drove home a spectacular effort, worthy of winning any game.

"We showed another side to our game and that was very pleasing," said Parker, who led by example in the centre of midfield.


"In the last three games we've won, we've controlled them all and played some great stuff, but this time we had to dig in.

"When Arsenal came back to 1-1 they were on top but we managed to go on and win the game. We had other chances as well. In the end 2-1 was a great result, but it could have been more."

The England international played a pivotal role in helping Spurs to victory, breaking up the play well, keeping possession, and distributing the ball with consummate ease, adding to his growing reputation as an instrumental player this year.

"Yes, it was a little tiring out there," he admitted. "They had one more man than us in midfield and at times that caused us a few problems, but you do what you have to do.

"Everyone put a shift in and we won the game, that was crucial. It was a really exciting game, really intense and I'm really pleased we came out with the three points, that was the most important thing."

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