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Browny out to banish cup blues

Posted on 10 February 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).

Michael Brown would love to banish two FA Cup heartbreaks and help take us all the way to Cardiff this season.


But there is no chance of the midfielder looking too far ahead after his experiences in the competition over the last couple of years.


Turn back to 2003 and he was in the Sheffield United side so unlucky to lose out to Arsenal in the semi-final at Old Trafford - Arsenal scored a controversial goal before David Seaman produced the save of the season.


And then there's last season and a tie that has already gone down in FA Cup history, unfortunately for us, for all the wrong reasons. Lest we forget, we led Browny's former team Manchester City 3-0 at half-time and they were down to 10 men before coming back to win 4-3.


We now face West Brom at home in a fourth round replay at the Lane on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm) with the winners up against Nottingham Forest at home in round five.


"I haven't had the best of luck," smiled Browny at Spurs Lodge. "I would love to get to the final and at the moment we have the opportunity of two home matches to get to the quarter-finals.


"I suppose the danger is that you can look too far ahead but we know we face two tough games now.


"We haven't got a league game for a couple of weeks though so we can afford to concentrate on the FA Cup. It's down to us and we couldn't have asked for more than to be in this position."


Looking back, Michael feels we didn't play particularly well in the initial fourth round tie that ended 1-1 against West Brom at The Hawthorns.


"It wasn't great but we did the job, got a draw and went into the hat for the next round," he said. "It was a tough game and we'll expect nothing less again.


"West Brom have definitely picked up and although they lost at the weekend, they are playing better."