Gomes glad to make amends

Shot-stopper was spurred on by previous mistake

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Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was pleased to atone for his sending off against Inter Milan with a solid display on his return to the San Siro.

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"The last time I played here it was not easy for me, leaving my team-mates with just 10 men, so this was a much better night and we deserved this great win."

Heurelho Gomes

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The Brazilian, who was dismissed just eight minutes into Spurs' 4-3 defeat at Inter back in October for a foul on Jonathan Biabiany, was in top form against the club's fierce local rivals AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night.

Gomes pulled off two excellent saves to deny Milan's Mario Yepes and help Tottenham to a crucial 1-0 victory ahead of the second leg at White Hart Lane in three weeks' time.

And the shot-stopper admits he was glad to make amends for his error last time out at the Giuseppe Meazza.

"I tried to forget about getting sent off here but it helped me focus on playing well," Gomes said after the match.

"The last time I played here it was not easy for me, leaving my team-mates with just 10 men - it's hard enough playing here with 11 - so this was a much better night and we deserved this great win.

"I made a couple of good saves. It's not easy to play at San Siro, which is why we had to stay focused for the whole game."

Confident

With Gareth Bale set to return for the second leg in north London next month and Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart expected to be back to full fitness, Gomes is confident of Spurs' chances of making the quarter-finals.

"We are growing in confidence all the time because we finished first in the group and now we have come here and won," he said.

"This sort of result will strengthen our belief to keep going. We always knew we could do well in this competition because we have a great squad.

"We can rotate our players now: we lost Gareth Bale and Luka Modric only came on in the second half but the lads who started did great."