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Posted on 2 April 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Martin Jol said he could 'live with a draw' after we shared the spoils with Birmingham City at St Andrews on Saturday.

Stephen Kelly - who came on for injured Noe Pamarot after just 12 minutes - handed us the lead in the 58th minute with his first goal for the club only for Darren Carter to equalise eight minutes later. That's how it stayed.

City keeper Maik Taylor produced two fine saves within 30 seconds to deny substitute Mido and Fredi Kanoute but the home side could have taken maximum points when Julian Gray nodded back for Clinton Morrison to volley just 10 yards out in injury time - thankfully, his effort sailed inches past the post.

BIRMINGHAM have a good record at home and it's not an easy place to come. A lot of teams would be satisfied with a with a draw here but we needed a win and I think we were a bit better than them.

We wanted to take the game to them because we never hide, we always try to support when we go forward and the result was a full-back scoring away from home.

We then needed a second goal and didn't manage it. The goal they scored looked a bit awkward, it wasn't really chance and he went through three or four players.

We then had two terrific chances and I thought the first one from Mido was a goal. It was an unbelievable header but he managed to save it. But then they had a great chance at the end of the game, so I can live with a draw.

Only two teams have scored more goals than us at home. Away from home, only two teams have conceded less than us but we don't score enough away from home. I don't know why that is. Maybe our crowd lift us at home.

"There were some good things but when you look at their goal you know we have to concentrate for 90 minutes and not concede that type of goal."

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INJS

Saturday's draw at Birmingham came at a cost with three players suffering injuries.


Noe Pamarot departed early with a knee injury while both Reto Ziegler and Noureddine Naybet complained of hamstring problems.


"Pamarot has a bad injury to his knee," reported Head Coach Martin Jol at St Andrews. "If it's his medial ligament it will be three, four or five weeks.


"Ziegler has had problems with his hamstrings all season. He's a young lad and played maybe 140 minutes for his country last week but he's very fit and he said he was alright.


"Naybet couldn't really play in the second half but went out, although we had to change that in the end because he couldn't play on. He had a hamstring as well, the same problem as before."


We'll have an update from the medical team later today...

I had a problem with substitutes because we only had one defender on the bench, as always, and he had to come on too early. Simon Davies played two games last week and I had to make a choice between Reto Ziegler and him so I rested Simon.

REST

Only two teams have scored more goals than us at home. Away from home, only two teams have conceded less than us but we don't score enough away from home. I don't know why that is. Maybe our crowd lift us at home.

You need a winning mentality bit first you need to achieve things to get that mentality. We are working on that. There are not a lot of players in our squad who have won cups and that is what we need to do. We are very satisfied with the squad but if you want to do some6thinbg you have to win games like this.