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Cup keeps Luke ticking

Posted on 8 March 2001  - 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).

Luke Young feels the fear of a flat last quarter of the season can inspire us in the FA Cup quarter-final at West Ham on Sunday.

The versatile defender said: "It’s a massive game for us, we need it to keep the season alive and we’ll be looking for a result there, whether that’s to get a draw and bring them back to White Hart Lane or, hopefully, a win.

"There is a lot of pressure on it and we don’t just want to be involved in mid-table games for the rest of the season and that’s why it is so important.

"The Cup keeps the club ticking over and keeps the lads buzzing in training. It gives everyone something to look forward to."

The England under-21 star admits he would settle for a repeat of our goalless draw at Upton Park on January 31.

He insisted: "We got a good result there recently and if we repeat that I’m sure we’ll be happy. We’ll go there looking for a win but any positive result would be good for us.

"I’m sure it will be a bit cagey, it’s a cup competition and no-one wants to slip up. You never know in the cup though, it’s live on Sky and I’m sure it will be a great occasion."

Upton Park will also stir fond memories for the 21-year-old. Back in November 1998 he was plucked from relative obscurity by boss George Graham to make his Premiership debut against the Hammers — he played well, kept his place and is now a Premiership regular.

"That debut was over two years ago," he added. "It seems a long time ago for me and things have gone quickly. But it wasn’t such a good omen because we lost that day!"