Spurs defender hails the most exciting match of his fledgling career
11:58 06 March 2014
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EXCLUSIVE: Zeki Fryers says last week’s dramatic Europa League triumph over Dnipro was the most exciting match of his fledgling career – and he is anticipating more of the same against Portuguese giants Benfica.
Tottenham looked down and out in the second leg of their last-32 tie against Juande Ramos’ Ukrainians at White Hart Lane last Thursday.
An away goal left Spurs trailing 2-0 on aggregate, needing to score three times in the second half to progress – and they did just that with a triple strike in the space of 13 minutes, as Christian Eriksen levelled before a quickfire Emmanuel Adebayor double.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Fryers. “We just kept pushing and pushing, and eventually we got the result.
“For me, being a young lad and having not played that many games, that was probably the most exciting game I’ve played in.
“To go another goal down and then come back, that was unbelievable. Everyone was buzzing in the changing room afterwards.
“This is a club that should be getting into the latter stages of cup competitions. I think it’s time, and the fans have been patient as well.
“If they can keep getting behind us and helping us as well then that’s a massive help. That was a huge factor last week, we all felt the buzz of the fans and it helped.”
Spurs will be at home for the first leg of their last-16 tie against Benfica next Thursday and, although Fryers has had to pull out of the England Under-21 squad due to an ankle injury, he is hoping to be involved.
The left-back, who has started five of Spurs’ European games this season, said: “They’re a big team but so are we, and if we do the right things and do the right job then it will be another exciting game.
“I think it’s an advantage playing the first leg at home, but anything can happen so all the lads are looking forward to it.”
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