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Fourteen finals

Posted on 29 January 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).

Simon Davies says the lads will treat every remaining Premiership game like a cup final as we bid for Europe.

That starts with arguably the most important game of the season so far against high-flying Newcastle United at the Lane tonight.

We go into the game in eighth having slipped down a place following Southampton's win at Sunderland last night. Everton and Chelsea also won, so it's vital to stay in touch with a positive result against the Toon.

"We've 14 games left and we can treat every one like a cup final," said Simon. "That's the way we have to look at it. Every game is vital, every game is a one-off and we need to win as many as possible."

Simon agreed with his fellow midfielder Gus Poyet that this was the biggest game of the season so far. "Definitely," he declared. "If we get the right result, we're right back in there again. If we lose, we slip back that little step. Every point is important now."

Newcastle's midfield is one of the most offensive in the Premiership - as our director of football David Pleat pointed out in his regular preview, they do not have a designated 'holding' midfielder and with the pace of Craig Bellamy as well, they can spring into attack.

"They have great runners in midfield," added Simon. "Dyer, Jenas, Solano, Robert - they are all attacking players and at home, they are pretty formidable.

"But we're at home this time and we can't afford to slip up.

"They played well here last season but that was one of those nights for us, we went 1-0 but couldn't really get things going.

"We played well up there without getting the reward we deserved and the lads are determined to put that right now. It's a vital game and the league table is the only incentive we need."