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Deadly Ledley: 'I was stunned'

Posted on 11 December 2000  - 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).

&lsquo&#59;Deadly Ledley&rsquo&#59; King was as stunned as everyone else after writing his name into the record books at Valley Parade. <P class=MsoNormal>The young midfielder opened the scoring after just 10 seconds against Bradford City when his 25-yard effort deflected off Robert Molenaar and into the bottom corner. <P class=MsoNormal>In doing so he sliced three seconds off the record time for the fastest goal in the Premiership previously held jointly by Chris Sutton and Dwight Yorke. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It was strange and I couldn&rsquo&#59;t really react to it,&rdquo&#59; he admitted. &ldquo&#59;I was a bit stunned when it went in and the players all jumped on me. I had no time to do anything. It was a bit lucky I suppose but I&rsquo&#59;m not complaining.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal>Manager George Graham praised the 20-year-old for being in the right place at the right time. &ldquo&#59;It was nice to see a midfield player pick up the ball in the attacking third and have a go at goal. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Even though it was a bit fortuitous getting the ricochet for the goal it was good to see a midfielder in that position. Full credit to the boy.&rdquo&#59; <IMG align=left src="../title_images/bratot_ledley1.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>King, in only his fourth Premiership start in his new midfield role, said he had looked to push forward against Bradford. <P class=MsoNormal>The England Under-21 international added: &ldquo&#59;Darren Anderton didn&rsquo&#59;t play and Steffen Freund was always going to be the holding player so the boss encouraged me to get forward in this game. I find myself in the box quite a few times and if I keep trying to shoot, anything can happen. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;After you&rsquo&#59;ve made your debut and played a few games you then wonder when you are going to score a goal. I&rsquo&#59;m just pleased to have done that.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p>