Gomes out to show his character

BY foxsports • April 14, 2011

Spurs were holding their own against the nine-time European champions in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final until Gomes spilled a routine 30-yard shot from Cristiano Ronaldo. The goal ended Harry Redknapp's dream of a place in the last four following a 4-0 hammering at the Bernabeu the week before. Gomes has accepted the blame for the defeat and knows he must quickly recover to retain the trust and confidence of his team-mates. "The ball moved a little bit but it was a mistake and I accept it," Gomes said. "This was not my first mistake and I know it will not be the last one in my career, but I need to show character like I did before. "I know I was so important for the club and I need to move on because they need me. "We have a lot of big games coming up and I need to recover quick. "It was a difficult moment for me but I have to look forward because I know how important that is for the team." The defeat brought to an end a dream debut season in the competition that saw Tottenham overcome both Milan giants, Werder Bremen, FC Twente and Young Boys to make the last eight. Gomes believes the fact that Spurs have been able to overcome some of the biggest teams on the continent proves that it will not be long before they are serious contenders for the biggest prize in European club football. "It's not easy qualifying in first place and then to play against AC Milan and Real Madrid in our first season is great," the goalkeeper added. "If we continue to play like we have done in the last few games then I think we can continue improving. "There are a lot of teams with more experience in the competition, but I think we are on the right way to challenging (for trophies) and we need to keep going now." Gomes has urged his team-mates to forget the 5-0 aggregate loss and earn a place in next year's competition by clawing back the three-point gap between themselves and City. He said: "The dream is over but we will still keep going to make sure we get a place in next year's competition. There are a lot of big games coming up and we need to look forward to those games. This season is not over yet." Gomes could think of no better way of drawing level with City than by beating Arsenal next Wednesday to complete the club's first league double over their local rivals for 18 years. "Our next game against Arsenal will be massive for us," he said. "We know that and we want to be in the top four and we need to be strong."

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