Rio rues late leveller: Dropping points in Fergie time is bitter pill to swallow for Manchester United, reveals Ferdinand

By Dean Wilkins

Watching Manchester United drop points in Fergie time to Tottenham yesterday was a bitter pill to swallow for defender Rio Ferdinand.

After goal-machine Robin van Persie slotted United into the lead in the first-half, the Reds managed to hold on to their slender advantage until the 93rd minute when Clint Dempsey snatched three points from the league leaders’ grip.

United’s incredible unbeaten record at White Hart Lane (13 years) was extended for another season, but dropping points with the last kick of the game is usually a characteristic of their opponents, not themselves.

And Ferdinand, whose performance alongside Nemanja Vidic to fend off a series of sensational efforts from Andre Villas-Boas’ men was exceptional, could not hide his frustration.

“The way the game panned out was disappointing,” he told MUTV. “We defended for our lives as a team and got a really good goal through Robin, so it’s disappointing in that sense.

“But we’ve done that [scored late] to so many other teams in the past that sometimes you just have to take that on the chin.

“As soon as I got off the pitch and got in the changing room I thought back to how many times we’ve done that to other teams and you’ve got to accept it every now and again, especially if you don’t lose the game. It’s a difficult place to come and you just have to dust yourselves down and say, ‘okay, we’ll take that point’.”

United’s seven-point lead was cut to five after rivals Manchester City secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.

But the former England captain is taking positivity from the point gained, rather than a point lost.

“We’re in a good position but nothing is won yet and no medals are given out now,” he added. “You’ve just got to keep chalking off the games and picking up as many points as you can.

“You want to get the difficult games out of the way and this is one of them. I think a lot of teams will drop points here.”

Picture courtesy of Wiki Commons, with thanks


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