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'Probably one of the most important goals'

  • 11 February 2008 12:30
  • Posted byLeon Collins

After all the build-up and focus on yesterday’s derby at Old Trafford, Darius Vassell has spoken about the pressure in the week leading up to the famous win.

With the date 1974 ringing in their ears, the players knew it would need something special to change that stat and make history, as Darius said: “We were reminded during the week that we hadn’t won at Old Trafford for more than 30 years.

“It was a great day to change that. We have now been part of something that everyone can remember fondly.”

And it wasn’t just on the pitch that City excelled, off it the fans were superb, impeccably respecting the minute’s silence and getting behind the team in fine voice.

The 27-year-old noted: “There was pressure on everyone, both the team and the supporters.

“There was a lot of debate all week about whether a minority might not observe the minute’s silence.

“We didn’t know what to expect, but our fans did remarkably well, not just for those 60 seconds, but all through the game.

“We could hear them loud and clear and it does lift players to get that kind of backing.”

And with that backing the Blues took the lead on 24 minutes with what Vassell described as: “Probably one of the most important goals I have scored – so far. It will certainly go into the memory bank for me to smile about when I am retired.

“We wanted to counter attack them and try to get a goal on the break and thankfully I managed to do that. Going a goal up at Old Trafford is a great feeling.

“The Manager told us how long it was since the last City win here and that was all he had to say to inspire us.

“Let’s hope it will not be so long again before we beat them on their own ground.”

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