Clichy said: "The three points were needed after the loss at Liverpool and I think we showed great character to win the game, being 10 against 11. The points are huge.
"We have to look forward and make those kind of performances as a team and hopefully we can have a great season."
He added: "It was one of those days where everything is against you and we worked hard to make sure we got the three points.
"It was a weird game. Red card maybe, but some decisions were just not what you can expect.
"The boss told us at half-time not to think about what was going on outside football and some decisions, just play and try to get that goal that will make us feel better. I think we did.
"The last 20 minutes were hard after they scored that goal, and were playing long balls, but overall I think it was a great performance from the team.
"It is always a nice feeling to score goals but I am not worried about this. I just want to win games, win trophies and give my best for the team.
"I think the players that came on changed the game as well. If we carry on with that kind of mentality we can be happier for the future."
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