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Captain's call

Posted on 5 February 2004  - 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).

Stephen Carr today stressed the players' determination to do everything within their power to overcome last night's disappointing FA Cup defeat to Manchester City, starting with Saturday's Premiership match against Portsmouth.

The Republic of Ireland full-back skippered the side last night and has spoken on behalf of the team, saying they are more upset than anyone with the manner of the defeat.

"All the players are well aware that we let ourselves, the club and our supporters down with the result last night, it hurts and it will probably hurt for some time. But it is now up to us to make amends, we are the ones who can turn things around again and we will be doing everything we can to ensure that happens.

"We know the performance in the second half wasn't up to scratch, but even then we still created chances and City's goalkeeper has made some great saves.

"But this isn't a time for excuses, it's a time for togetherness amongst the squad. There is a good camaraderie here and it will stay so."

* Stephen Carr had to leave the Lane in a rush immediately after last night's game after his wife was taken into labour. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl and we would like to congratulate them on their new arrival.

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