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25/02/2002

Interview for a local newspaper

Interview for a local newspaper

Nicos Dabizas added to his reputation as the greatest goal-scoring central defender in Newcastle United history with his winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

And the Greek international insisted today: "This was the most important goal of my career and the one which has given me the greatest pleasure."

Dabizas's winner was his 14th for United since he arrived on Tyneside from Olympiakos for a bargain 2 million exactly four years ago - and no central defender has scored more in a black and white shirt.

But Dabizas told me today: "I have scored against both Manchester United and Middlesbrough this season, but this goal is easily the most important.

"It means that my name will go down in the history books.

"It really is a great feeling when you score the winning goal for your team.

"But it is even better when you manage to come up with the only goal of the game. To tell the truth, I had one or two chances before that one.

"The Sunderland keeper saved one from me with his legs and then I saw my shot hit the woodwork. I was beginning to get a bit frustrated.

"I know I scored against Manchester United in a game that was seen by millions of people live on television, but this one was even better."

Dabizas's tally of 14 goals is two more than the previous record for a United central defender held by the elegant and equally popular Phillipe Albert.

Dabizas's winner means that every goal that United have scored at the Stadium of Light has come from a defender, with Helder, Didier Domi and Andy O'Brien being the other players on target at the Sunderland ground.

And it has really set up United for the games against Arsenal in the Premiership and the FA Cup and the trip to Liverpool a week on Wednesday.

But Dabizas added: "After we play Arsenal and Liverpool in the League people say we have an easier run-in, but we will be treating each of the remaining 11 games as a final."


Evening Chronicle

 

232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.