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Deano: We owe them one

Posted on 22 April 2004  - 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 takes heart as he reflects on our narrow defeat at Highbury in November and admits: We owe them one.

The big defender was part of a solid defensive show as the champions-elect found us a tough nut to crack.

Darren Anderton put us 1-0 up as we dominated the first half - Helder Postiga missed a further two chances - and with an hour gone, the frustration could be felt around N5.

But it all changed in the 68th minute. Thierry Henry, looking offside, broke through, Kasey Keller saved but Freddie Ljungberg tapped home the equaliser.

Ten minutes later and our misery was complete as Robert Pires' speculative shot deflected off Stephen Carr, looped over Kasey and home.

"To be honest, they'd run out of ideas," reflected Deano. "It sounds stupid because they've cut teams up for fun and scored some great goals but on that day, we defended well as a team, got the early goal, sat back and defended well.

"They started to go a bit but they equalised and then got that deflection and we were unlucky to lose it.

"Everyone worked very hard, especially in midfield and we worked them from the front.

"It's typical against them since I've been here because every time I've played Arsenal apart from once at Highbury we've done well and deserved more.

"We had that game at Highbury this season, the 1-1 at the Lane last season, the season before the 1-1 as well when Gus scored. We owe them one, no doubt about it."