Last updated : 02 January 2003 By Editor
"All games are crucial at the moment. We knew we could not afford to draw, let alone lose," said Beckham. "We battled well and showed a lot of courage and character. It is nice to get the New Year off to a good start and hopefully we can take it on from here and carry on."

"Scholesy hit the post, they sat back and defended and did pretty well, but we kept on battling. You have to keep on battling and need to get a break. Once you get one, the crowd gets behind us, get excited and push us on. "

"My first touch wasn't the best and it put me into a one-on-one situation. Normally I would prefer to chip the goalkeeper, but that's how it happened and I had to do it. "

When asked about Arsenal:

"They are the champions and leading the league, so everyone is chasing them."