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George: Leeds were better

Posted on 25 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).

George Graham admitted Leeds United were the better team after Saturday’s first home defeat in the Premiership.

We took the lead in the first half through Les Ferdinand but Leeds levelled on the stroke of half-time courtesy of an Ian Harte penalty and Lee Bowyer’s 56<sup>th</sup>-minute drive proved the winner.

It meant an end to our unbeaten run at home in the Premiership, the end of our nine-game unbeaten run this year and ended hopes of establishing a record of six-successive clean sheets in the league.

George declared: “Our unbeaten run had to come to an end at some time and I think Leeds were the better team on the day, much brighter.

“We would have been fortunate to go in 1-0 up at half-time and psychologically that was a very good time for them to score, right on the stroke of half-time.

“It was coming though and Neil Sullivan has made some wonderful saves to keep us in the game. We pushed on in the second half, made some substitutions and you always leave yourself open in those situations.

“Leeds showed their experience. They’ve had wonderful performances away from home, kept the ball and were the better team.

“I just hope the experience is good for the young players in the team.

“It’s a good education for the young players we had in and we looked a little below the tempo of the game today.

“They are playing against quality players. They are not used to losing here, it’s a new experience and I hope they learn from it.”

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