"We fought like lions out there,” reckoned de Jong upping the post match animal analogy to a new, more ferocious level.
“The fans were great, the team was great and the win capped a brilliant week for the club. That was as good a ninety minutes as I have played in my career and I am thrilled but credit has to go to all the team.
“The Premier League suits my style because it is so competitive. I used to be a much more attacking player but now I enjoy my more defensive role.”
Monday, 7 December 2009
NdJ: 'We fought like lions'
And he did more than anyone else. Here are his post-match comments: