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Doc wary of Clarets test

Posted on 5 November 2002  - 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).

Gary Doherty knows more than most about how Burnley's players will approach Wednesday's Worthington Cup tie at Turf Moor.

The big defender is one of only a handful of players at the club who have experienced life on the other side of the footballing fence with a Nationwide League club taking on Premiership teams in cup competition.

'Doc', who made his name in a televised cup tie at Kenilworth Road in 1999, had big cup clashes against Sunderland and Fulham in his time at Luton.

The boot's been on the other foot for the Irish star in his time at Spurs with us paired against Leyton Orient, Stockport, Torquay - a game he'll never forget as he broke his leg - Tranmere and Cardiff City in the cups.

Now it's another test in the Worthington Cup third round against Stan Ternent's First Division outfit live in front of the Sky Sport cameras.

"Burnley will give everything," he stressed. "It's one of those ties that when I was with Luton we'd really look forward to as soon as the draw was made. It's a massive game for them to impress, they'll be up for it and we'll have to match that.

"If we'd have got this tie when I was at Luton we'd be right up for it. It's a huge game for them.

"It's a no-win game for us although I suppose we can win by winning! Everyone expects us to win and it will be headlines if we lose.

"Sky Sports aren't idiots, they are there for a reason and they must believe there is a chance of an upset. They'd have looked at the big teams going away from home, big crowd, a tough game for us and we'll have to be up for it.

"We been good in both cups in recent years though. It's probably because we've always had our serious head on for both cup competitions. We have to match them physically and hopefully then our ability will take us through."

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