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Dean aims to keep it clean

Posted on 23 September 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).

Dean Richards says an ideal starting point to get the season back on course would be a clean sheet against Coventry City.

We head to Highfield Road on Wednesday for the Carling Cup second round tie in first game since the departure of Glenn Hoddle and John Gorman on Sunday. The aim is, clearly, to get back into winning ways after three straight defeats and Dean reasons that a clean sheet would do much for the confidence of the team.

"It's what we need," he pointed out. "We need to get back to basics and defend as a team - giving the lads up front a chance to score and give us a platform for a win. There is no better platform than when the team is defending well.

"I've not seen much of Coventry this season. Obviously, they are playing under Gary McAllister who is a very good footballer and they'll try and pass the ball. We'll do a bit more homework on them before the game."

Meanwhile, Dean praised the fans for the superb backing they offered the team on Saturday and said that more of the same would be greatly appreciated.

"I had a friend down to watch the game, it was the first time he'd been and even he said how patient and supportive the fans were. Even when we weren't doing well they didn't turn on us and that is what we need at the moment."