03/11/2012 16:33, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Van Persie hails special day

However, the Dutchman is content with his solitary strike against his former club, despite admitting he should have scored more than just once: “Yes I did have an easy chance in the second half. I didn’t expect so much time on the ball to be fair.

“I thought that Thomas Vermaelen was a bit closer to me so I decided to shoot quickly. It was a bad choice because I could have taken one more touch and finished it. I should’ve scored two but I am happy with one.

“As I said, it was a special day. It was the first time I have ever played against my former club because I only have three. It was a special day but in the end it is about the game, which we won so I am pleased with that.”

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