Dempsey delight after late Tottenham equaliser

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After spending so much time staring at defeat, Tottenham hero Clint Dempsey was overjoyed when he grabbed a stoppage time equaliser to rescue a point against Manchester United.

The USA international told the club's official website: “It was relief. Anytime you can get a point when you are looking at defeat, it almost feels like a win. It was great.”

United striker Robin van Persie had opened the scoring after 25 minutes, but Spurs found it hard to break down the Red Devils defence, despite having 18 shots on target.

Dempsey had earlier had a chance to level the score-line, when he was faced with a point-blank opportunity, only for the David De Gea to produce a magnificent save to palm it wide for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

The former Fulham man added: “It was a great ball in from Mousa [Dembele] and I tried to hit it hard and low.

“The keeper was leaning the other way but he made a great save.”

Despite the snowy conditions, Spurs continued to pour men into the box in search of an equaliser that they would dramatically find.

He went on to say: “We knew getting crosses in was causing them problems and eventually we got one more cross in.”

An early ball whipped in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto forced De Gea to make a save, but he could only knock it down to winger Aaron Lennon.

With Dempsey waiting in the middle, the England winger slid it along the ground for the American to place it in the bottom corner. Delirium followed at White Hart Lane.

“He [Lennon] hit a cross and I just tried to keep it in the frame and I am delighted it went in,” concluded Dempsey.

The draw means that Tottenham stay in the Champions League places, while it has allowed Manchester City to gain points on their rivals in the race for the title.

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