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Doherty's valley of hope

Posted on 5 February 2001  - 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 hopes his love affair with FA Cup continues on Wednesday. <P class=MsoNormal>We travel to Charlton for our delayed fourth round encounter knowing that a home tie against Stockport County awaits the winners for a place in the quarter-finals. <P class=MsoNormal>The competition has been good to Doherty in his short career. <P class=MsoNormal>He caught the eye with fine performances for Luton Town against Fulham live on television last season and in his first FA Cup tie for Spurs, headed home an injury time winner at Leyton Orient in round three. <P class=MsoNormal>Doherty enthused: &ldquo&#59;I had a good spell in the competition with Luton and won a couple of man-of-the-match awards with it and then there was the Leyton Orient game as well, so I&rsquo&#59;m looking forward to it. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Wednesday is a massive cup tie, another local derby and it will be passionate. It will be very tough, perhaps tougher than Saturday because they&rsquo&#59;ll battle and be strong at home so we have to be prepared for it.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal>And he joked: &ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s about time I got another goal &mdash&#59; I&rsquo&#59;m going through a drought at the moment! It would be nice to weigh in with another one in the FA Cup.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal>The 20-year-old was happy to take the positives from another goalless draw, this time against Charlton in the Premiership on Saturday. <P class=MsoNormal>He reflected: &ldquo&#59;At home we should be dominating but we&rsquo&#59;re not at the moment which is worrying but it&rsquo&#59;s another point and another clean sheet. I think that&rsquo&#59;s five on the trot now and that can&rsquo&#59;t be bad. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;With the defence sorted out I&rsquo&#59;m sure we&rsquo&#59;ll start scoring goals again soon. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We looked flat, the pitch was a little heavy and we had a hard game at West Ham on Wednesday but we can&rsquo&#59;t make excuses &mdash&#59; we&rsquo&#59;ve got to play better than that. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It was just a bad result. Not many of us played to our best so you just take the point and move on.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal><I>Listen to Gary's views by clicking <A href="">here</A></I> <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>