Premier League: Steve Sidwell reflects on Fulham's draw at Manchester United
Last Updated: 09/02/14 7:46pm
Steve Sidwell admits a dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester United could prove to be 'a massive point' for Fulham.
The Cottagers headed to Old Trafford on Sunday rooted to the foot of the Premier League table and without anything to show for their last four outings.
Few gave them much chance of turning the tide at the home of the reigning champions, but Rene Meulensteen's side dug deep to snatch a dramatic point.
Captain Sidwell broke the deadlock, before United's pressure told and they hit back through Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick.
"We put a lot of effort in, every one of us, defended well, a lot, but have come away with a point. Brilliant."
It looked like being another glorious failure for Fulham, but Bent popped up in stoppage-time to restore parity and offer the Cottagers renewed hope in their battle to beat the drop.
Sidwell told Sky Sports afterwards: "It's massive. I'm speechless, really. We put a lot of effort in, every one of us, defended well, a lot, but have come away with a point. Brilliant.
"It was hard. Everyone on the pitch put a great shift in. It's never easy coming here, we rode our luck a lot but came away with a point and hopefully we can kick on now for the rest of the season.
"It's not the best way to come and play at Old Trafford, you know you are going to be soaking up pressure for 90 minutes. We had chances to maybe put the game to bed in the first half, didn't take them, but we deserved a point."
Bent, who stepped off the bench to make his decisive impact, agreed with his skipper when it comes to the potential importance of a battling point on the road.
He said: "It was massive. The team worked so hard, especially first half where we had the better of the chances.
"When you go 2-1 down you start to think the worst, but the boys dug in and we all kept saying that we'll get one more chance, we managed to get it and I managed to put it away."