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Steve Sidwell hailed Fulham’s character after the Whites came from behind to beat Arsenal at Craven Cottage last night.

The former Arsenal trainee scored the equaliser with five minutes remaining and was increasingly influential as the home side made their numerical advantage count after the visitors were reduced to ten men. The midfielder, who has recently returned to the first-team after a spell out following a hernia operation, is hoping that Fulham can build on their fine festive form in 2012.

This was a fantastic win and I think we showed a lot of character out there. Arsenal have a lot of quality and to come from behind and win shows what we are all about. We’ve been unlucky this season – so we know how it feels to lose a game so late but we’ll take it, it was well deserved.

We should have beaten Norwich at the weekend but let in a goal four minutes into injury time. That was difficult to take and today we wanted a reaction.

Some of the football we played was really good and having got back in the game we really went for it – we had to. We sensed that we could get a second and Bobby’s winner at the end was brilliant.

It was a great feeling and this is a win we can now build on. We had a very testing run of fixtures, but we’ve come through and have started 2012 in positive fashion.

I’ve missed a few games, so it has been nice to be back out there with the boys. I came on against Norwich, but this was my first start in a little while. It was tough at times and it will probably take a bit of time to find my feet again, but I’m confident that I can find the form that I showed prior to my injury.

It was nice to get on the score sheet and it’s always that bit more special when you do it against one of your former clubs – but the result was the main thing today. We have Charlton in the FA Cup next, so it’s important we build on this win and enjoy a more positive second half of the season.

We haven’t had the luck at times, but hopefully we’ve seen a change in that respect now – so let’s push on and do as best as we can because there’s still a lot of football to be played.