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George's programme notes

Posted on 26 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

This evening we continue our Worthington Cup challenge with Brentford with honours even from the first leg at Griffin Park.

As I was saying recently, these games are all about positive results and the necessity to ensure that our name goes forward to the third round draw. In essence, it really is as simple as that.

We know that Brentford will make it hard for us tonight and all credit to them for their performance against us at their place last week. That result will give them confidence and it's vital that we match their endeavour from the onset before we can bring our superior quality to bear.

In these games you have to earn the right to play your football.

But we'll certainly be up for it and ready for anything that they can throw at us. Because, as we've shown in recent performances, we possess tremendous team spirit here and have the heart to meet any challenge head on.

Brentford opened strongly against us at Griffin Park and we expect them to do the same tonight. But, as that game wore on, I felt that we dominated in possession and certainly created the greater percentage of chances.

In wind and rain, the stage was set for an upset but we stuck at our task with fortitude and belief.

We were certainly unfortunate in that first leg, with Sol Campbell dislocating his shoulder and then goalkeeper Neil Sullivan unlucky to be sent off.

But we've coped in adversity and solidarity will stand us in good stead over what is a long hard season.

We want to win every game but we have added impetus here in that we are looking to triumph in this competition and regain a place in Europe. Hopefully, playing Brentford at this same stage will be a good omen for us but if it's going to happen we have to make it happen.

We took great pride in our status as Worthington Cup winners in 1999 and memories of that thrilling Wembley day should give us added inspiration tonight.

But it's what in your heart that counts. We want the trophy back here at White Hart Lane and nothing less than 100 per cent can make that happen.