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Darren's Hammer surprise

Posted on 28 February 2003  - 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).

Darren Anderton admits he is surprised that Saturday's opponents West Ham have laboured in the lower reaches of the Premiership this season.

We head to Upton Park to take on the team that finished in seventh place last season, but currently lie in 18th. Their position did improve, however, with the winning of the classic 'six-pointer' against West Brom at the Hawthorns last Sunday.

"They've got everything to play for now and will be full of confidence from the result they got last weekend," said Darren. "It will be a difficult game, that's for sure, but we want to get three points for ourselves.

"I'm a little bit surprised with their position. They've got good players, but there is always one team down there that surprises you and it's them. Once you are down there it is very difficult to get out of it.

"I think they've got a good chance of getting out of it. It isn't easy, is it? They need a few results, at this stage draws aren't good enough and they need wins.

"They'll be going all out for it on Saturday I'm sure."

All out to boost West Ham's 'goal for' column on Saturday will be a very familiar face, but Darren does not accept it is simply inevitable that Les Ferdinand will open his account against his former club.

"It will be unusual, it will be quite funny really. I'm sure he'll be up for it so it will be interesting.

"People say that he is bound to score against his old club. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't - let's hope it doesn't."

Darren is likely to feature against West Ham before serving a one-match suspension for his unfortunate sending-off on Monday against Fulham. He is therefore keen to avoid the fate of the last Spurs player to receive a red card.

Christian Ziege got his marching orders for two bookings against Manchester City before Christmas and then, in the following game on Boxing Day, saw red again against Charlton.

"You're not wrong - I'll try my best! It's part of football now, the rules have changed and people can get booked for silly things.

"It wasn't a good decision but it happens."