When Lauren stepped up to take his first penalty for us, there was nothing but confidence flowing through his veins.
With the score at 1-1 in the north London derby, we needed him to convert from the spot as we closed in on another Premier League title - and boy did he deliver.
"Yeah, it was a situation where it was [about] the momentum," Lauren told our In Lockdown podcast. "Momentum came before because I remember at the Olympics, I think I scored three goals against Kuwait, against Cech Republic and against Chilie in the semi-final.
"In the final [I scored a] penalty against Spain and then I went to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2002 and in the semi-final and the final it was also a penalty shoot-out. I also scored a penalty in that final so the momentum kept going so when I reached that moment when we played Tottenham at home I said to myself, 'Listen, this is my time'.
"I remember Patrick was close, Kanu as well - I think I pushed one of the guys and said, 'This is my time, I want to do it' because I was 100 per cent confident because of the momentum I was on. Every single year before that, scoring goals in important moments, in finals, in semi-finals, at the Olympics and at the Africa Cup of Nations so I had 100 per cent confidence that I could score.
"If I had any doubts I wouldn't have stepped forward so I went there, I took my chance and I scored a brilliant goal. It was the meaning... it was like a double, triple happiness."
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