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George happy with draw

Posted on 8 January 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).

George Graham declared himself happy with our draw in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

We face an away tie at either non-league heroes Dagenham & Redbridge or Premiership outfit Charlton Athletic in the last 32 of the competition.

George said: “First of all in the FA Cup, or in any competition, you want a home draw. That’s the ideal situation.

“If you don’t get that then a local derby is as good as you could want.

“In a derby the home advantage as such isn’t such an asset. So it’s a good draw for us, if it was at home it would have been nice, but to get an away draw in London is the next best thing.”

Essex-based Daggers were just four minutes away from a stunning victory at The Valley when John Salako forced a replay on Wednesday week, January 17.

George added: “Dagenham were a little unlucky and sometimes you need a little luck in the cup.

“It’s amazing how many late goals there were in the last few minutes.

“A lot of people said we were fortunate to score in injury time but if you look at it that way a lot of Premiership clubs scored in the last couple of minutes as well.

“It’s the nature of the game. The game lasts 90 minutes plus injury time and if we score in that time, terrific.

“I think it was a great boost for the lads, 1-0 against a team that is going well, even though it’s in the lower divisions, they were well organised, played very so well and a credit to themselves.

“I was very impressed with the chairman and Tommy Taylor the manager with how they handled it after the result. It must have been a big blow to lose in injury time but they handled it with a lot of dignity.”

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