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Corluka expects Tigers test

Posted on 14 January 2010  - 12:00

Vedran Corluka insists our 5-1 win at Hull in August will have little bearing on Saturday's return fixture at White Hart Lane.

Corluka expects Tigers test

Vedran Corluka insists our 5-1 win at Hull in August will have little bearing on Saturday's return fixture at White Hart Lane.

Jermain Defoe led the way with a hat-trick that night at the KC Stadium with Wilson Palacios and Robbie Keane completing the scoring in the second of our four straight wins at the start of the league campaign.

The Tigers now travel to the Lane sitting 19th in the Barclays Premier League but showing promising signs in recent league matches against United - despite a 3-1 home defeat - and last time out at Bolton, when they came from 2-0 down to grab a vital point.

Vedran, ever-present in the league since last March, says the pressure will be off Phil Brown's men. "When you play at home you need to be more open, to look to attack," explained the defender.

"Now they don't have that pressure, they can sit back and wait for their chance. I would expect them to do that and try to catch us on the counter-attack.

"It's up to us to score and find a way to win. It will be a tough, like every match in England and it will take a great effort to win it.

"This is a big game for us especially after Manchester City won on Monday. We're now fifth and we want to be in the top four, so hopefully we'll win."

City have crept ahead of us in the Barclays Premier League standings after back-to-back wins against Wolves and Blackburn. "It's no surprise to see them battling for a place in the top four," said ‘Charlie', a former City player.

"It's a great fight. It will be difficult until the end of the season but I'm sure the competition will make us better. It will put pressure on us to win every game and that's good."