On the performance...
"I'm really proud. We played a strong Tottenham side and I thought we coped adequately with it. We created some good chances again and maybe one or two of them we should have taken a shot a little earlier. But overall I am pleased with the performance."

On ending the long wait for a goal...
"I don't think they lacked confidence in front of goal. I think sometimes when you play at a certain level you get to know the pace of the players and when you are playing against top players they are not going to give you time. They need to learn from that tonight, take something away from it. Maybe in future they will take their shots a little bit earlier or pass to someone in a better position. But they will learn from that and I don't think it will be a problem."

On Tottenham...
"Yes it was [an experienced side]. To be fair to Harry Redknapp, when we played at Portsmouth and he had his [experienced] players available, he played them. That's what we want and all of my players came out with credit tonight."

On David Bentley's superb goals...
"Two great strikes but that's David. Technically he's very, very good and tonight he's shown us again what he can do."

On his team's response to going behind...
"No heads dropped, not at all. We said to them that even if we go two goals down, let's stick together and keep playing the way we play. I think they did admirably tonight. We didn't play long balls forward when we were chasing the game because that is what is instilled in these players through the manager and the coaching at the club. It's the way top-level football is played and they've got to be able to deal with that and play that way. I think we're seeing the fruits of our work at the moment."

On a powerful performance from Jay Thomas...
"There's a few of them who have done really well tonight. Jay's had a couple of runs, he could have done better once or twice and picked someone out. But they've all done well."

On the minute's silence for Jimmy Neighbour...
"I knew Jimmy personally for a long time when he was at Tottenham as a player, then West Ham and Tottenham as a coach. He coached young players and so you have quite a feeling for him. Everyone at Arsenal sends condolences to his family - it's a terrible tragedy."

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