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Carrick looking ahead

Posted on 9 November 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).

Michael Carrick was already casting his mind towards Saturday's clash with Arsenal at the Lane while reflecting on the 3-0 Carling Cup win over Burnley at Turf Moor.


A safe passage to round five was secured with two goals from Robbie Keane and one from Jermain Defoe and Michael was often a majestic presence in middle of the park - supplying a superb pass for Robbie to open the scoring.


The draw for the quarter finals will be made after Wednesday's games with Watford, Arsenal and Portsmouth having also progressed from the first batch of ties.


"I think it was a satisfying performance," said Michael, who hopes the result will provide a welcome boost for the challenges ahead. "It has been a hard few weeks for the boys and it was a convincing win in the end for us. It was nice and it gives us a bit of confidence for the Arsenal game on Saturday.


"I think the lads have shown that we've got the quality to bounce back from recent results and we are better than the league table shows at the moment."


Despite Burnley spurning a few good chances in the first half and one in the second, Jermain Defoe added that he felt the team were well worth their win.


"I think it is a boost for everyone," said the scorer of a spectacular third goal. "I thought we played well and hopefully we can push on from here. They had chances but, overall, I thought we were the better side and passed the ball well.


"It is a massive game for us now on Saturday and, if we play in the same way, we have got a chance."