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Bitter sweet for Sully

Posted on 30 January 2002  - 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).

Last season's meeting with Newcastle at the Lane was a thrilling encounter that finished 4-2 in our favour. For Neil Sullivan the taste of victory was not so sweet.

Sully was dismissed following a dubious penalty decision and Ian Walker, still sipping his half-time cuppa, was summoned from the bench to face the penalty - scored by Kieron Dyer.

Bobby Robson was not overjoyed with referee Steve Bennett either, Newcastle had both goalscorers red-carded - Nolberto Solano in the first half, with Dyer sent packing four minutes after scoring from the spot.

Reminded of the occasion, Sully says he might just take a sneaky look at the programme to see who is officiating this time around. The whistle-blower on this occasion, however, is a Mr Dean.

"It seems a while ago now," reflected Sully. "I'll have to look in the programme now you've reminded me.

"It was very disappointing for me. That was my second one as well, I got sent off against Brentford in the cup earlier on in the season.

"It was a long time ago and long gone now. It's a whole new game now."

Looking ahead to the latest set-to between two of the Premiership's most attractive sides, Sully is well aware of the threat Newcastle pose to his defence.

"They've got a lot of pace up front. Obviously they've got Alan Shearer, who's a great finisher. They seem to be playing to his strengths more now. They get balls wide and in the box and with the pace of Bellamy there, they seem to be a good partnership.

"It will be a difficult prospect."