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Gyan: 'I had to punish Tottenham for that mistake'

Published on: 10 November 2010

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan hailed an "important point" after he netted Sunderland's equaliser at White Hart Lane.

Gyan engineered a quick response to Rafael Van der Vaart's opener when he fired home just two minutes after Tottenham had taken the lead.

It was the Ghanaian star's fifth goal in 10 appearances for Sunderland and he admitted a second-half revival was crucial after manager Steve Bruce vented his spleen at half time.

"Tottenham dominated the first half and the manager was not happy at all," he said.

"We had to come back out and make sure we came back into the game. I thought we did that quite well and played some good football.

"Fortunately we were able to get a goal. This point is very important for us."

Gyan profited from a defensive error as both Younes Kaboul and William Gallas missed the ball as Danny Welbeck attempted to force his way through.

The Sunderland striker was quick to cash in, beating Heurelho Gomes with a low finish.

And Gyan admitted the chance took him by surprise as he never expected the ball to fall to him.

"I was very surprised. It was quite lucky. The defender was in front of me, he miskicked and then the ball was in front of the goal.

"I had to punish them for that mistake. I was a bit lucky there."

Meanwhile Gyan felt the introduction of Danny Welbeck made a difference after the on-loan Manchester United frontman came on as a substitute at half time.

Manager Bruce changed his system to 4-4-2, partnering the two up front after Gyan ploughed a lone furrow in the first half.

"Danny made a difference because I was alone with big guys at the back," he said.

"The coach changed the strategy and I think Danny changed the game a lot."

Gyan will now head into Sunday's clash with Chelsea full of confidence following a successful start to his Sunderland career.

And he admits he's enjoying his football on Wearside after moving from Rennes on the final day of the summer transfer window.

"Scoring goals is the most important thing. That is what everyone is expecting from me.

"I thank God I am doing the right thing now and I hope it continues."


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • sabacious says:
    November 10, 2010 08:50 am
    bravo baby jet,u have now won the heart of sunderland fans and give bruce a second thought after insisting on playing 4-2-3-1-infact both gyan and welbeck were handful to spurs defenders anytime they had the ball on their feet.gyan was soo confident anytime he had the ball.i wonder what formation bruce gonna play in the return of the GFA pls pursue the switch of danny welbeck as soon as possible.the chap is fantastic player,good fighter of the ball,full of stamina,good dribbling skills and strong in air.i may advise gyan to keep his head up and shouldn't let his current performance to stop him from working on his endurance and stamina.the epl is all about pace.once again good job done!!!
  • tom sawyer says:
    November 10, 2010 08:40 am
    fire on jet man
  • SOCCER says:
    November 10, 2010 09:00 am
  • sabacious says:
    November 10, 2010 04:56 pm
    @bro jesse,am happy that u are those guys who follow my comments.even if valbuena has not broke his nose,i dont think dede could have play this weekend.lucho was drapted to his usual left midfield position.he nearly scored when he came on but valbuena is strickly ahead of dede.ghanaians hate the truth but am someone who is not scare to speak his mind,no matter the attack or the keith,pls go to soccernet archives and read who i wrote on gyan.ignoramus like u keith and evano dont deserve to even comment on this forum.i told of tagoe when obasi return,now he doesn't even warm the bench.i also forsee badu been loan to seria B during the winter break or one of udinese affilated teams.i keep opn saying,u dont need to be a coach to have a technical eye.a defender has a quality that makes him a good player,just like midfielder and striker.both tagoe and badu got none of this.
  • jesse says:
    November 10, 2010 12:47 pm
    Gyan does not need your praise SABACIOUS.You hypocrite!Been watching most of your post here and you've never said anything good about this lad.You just turned a lover of Gyan overnight?You are the same guy whose been making the fuss about Gyan not being a good striker.Now how do you explain a striker who gets 3 full starts in EPL and has already scored 5 goals!I want you to know that Gyan does not need your praise as he has survived all the bad mouth some of you here has given him over these past few months and he just dances those insults away anytime he scores on the pitch.Some of us who know Gyan personally,can attest what he is capable of doing.Gyan does not need your thumbs up bloke!Shout out to my man Dro and Keith from Germany!
  • Unknown says:
    November 10, 2010 01:54 pm
    Good for him, love to see him doing well over there. Hope he's able to keep it up!
  • F0LI SENYO says:
    November 10, 2010 02:12 pm
    Gyan is one of the top strikers,so he deserve to punish totti for that mistake.well done,and keep it up.
  • evano says:
    November 10, 2010 03:09 pm
    shame on SABACIOUS,transition from clubs to another is not easy..yet u critisize Gyan as if he owes U ..HAS BRUCE STILL REGRETED SIGNING HIM ON?ITS PEOPLE LIKE U WHO KILLS VISIONS...(IF U HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT SOMEBODY, JUST SHUT UP.)AND UR CRITISM ON BLACK STARS TOO..ENEMIES OF PROGRESS..JUST BOW UR HEAD IN SHAME. OR learn to encourage people when they r going thru hard times.
  • kwame denkyi says:
    November 10, 2010 03:26 pm
    I think Gyan will continue to do well, because he has this unquenchable thirst for goal scoring (that has always been the case) regardless of what team he is played for. Another reason is i think he understands the responsibilities that lies on his shoulders for both club and nation. I think those two reasons spurs him on to do well. Well, I hope he the wins African best player. It will be a unique story told as it will shed light on many things in African football. Asamoah! Keep on keeping !!!! Have faith and God bless.
  • sabacious says:
    November 10, 2010 03:31 pm
    @jesse and evano pls with all due respect,just go to soccernet archives and read all articles which i commented on about gyan.i wonder why most of u guys on this forum always misinterprete or put words on ppls somebody who critcise and give credit where its due.i lamented on gyan fit and his work with but bruce came out the few days i spoke about on this forum.i've never doubt about his talent as a one of those guys who was begging forumites to live him alone when he missed that crucial penalty.i wonder if u guys even have been watching him.i was proud of him when the commentors was given his good compliment both saturaday and lastnite.we critise to get the best from ppls.did u read gyan himself has admit about his workrate and now training extra?aaaaaba ghanafoo!!!anway am proud of gyan,inkoom and vorsah for always wearing the ghana band.keep on market ghana to the rest of the world.i hope all other foreigh players do the same in their respective leagues.
  • appoere says:
    November 10, 2010 04:07 pm
    thumps up Asamoah!! keep on doing the things u are noted for. GOD BLESS ASAMOAH, GOD BLESS GHANA
  • keith from germany says:
    November 10, 2010 04:35 pm
    hahaha sabacious in now changing his mouth.forumites i told u he shoots himself in his knees.oyiwaaaa.
  • X-ray says:
    November 10, 2010 04:38 pm
    @Jesse,Sabacious never hated Gyan,he was always concern about Gyan's stamina or work rate because he felt Gyan had to work hard on his stamina.Sabacious never hated Gyan.Sabacious is someone who follows the game very well and almost everything he says is quite true.he said the same thing about Andre Ayew working hard because Valbuena could take his position and its Valbuena is been prefered to Mr.Jesse get your fact well.Congrats baby jet.