By Chris Harris
A spectacular strike from Amaury Bischoff stole the headlines at Underhill on Monday night but, for Gavin Hoyte, what happened at the other end of the pitch was just as important.
Arsenal scored twice against Fulham and, encouragingly, they also stemmed the flow of goals conceded this season. After shipping 10 in five matches, Hoyte and company stood firm to keep a welcome a clean sheet. The Reserve team captain put the back four's improvement down to vital work at the training ground.
"We've lost quite a few games this season so it's important to get back to winning ways and it was brilliant to get a clean sheet," Hoyte told Arsenal.com.
"We had to keep our heads in the last few minutes because Fulham were putting pressure on us but we kept at it and we kept them out.
"In training we've been working on our defending and we are learning to keep our shape, especially in the last few minutes of the game because that is vital. We have to make sure we don't do anything stupid."
Hoyte kicked off the campaign at centre back but played the full 90 minutes against Fulham as a right back. It's a position he hopes to keep when Arsène Wenger names his Carling Cup squad to face Wigan next Tuesday.
"It's always good to play in both positions, learning as a right back as well," said Hoyte. "I prefer centre back but when you play right back you get more of the ball going forward and that is improving my game at the other end of the pitch.
"Hopefully I'll be in the team for the Wigan game."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Nov 2008