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Glenn Hoddle's programme notes v Manchester City

Posted on 21 April 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).

It was great to get back to winning ways in our last game here at the Lane. As we fully expected, Birmingham made it hard for us on the day but we created a lot of chances by virtue of some very good football and the three points were very welcome.

We also did well to restore our lead after conceding yet another penalty. That represents a negative area that we must quickly address and put right because we've now given away a penalty in each of our last three games. You just can't afford to hand such golden opportunities to the opposition and we need that out of our system right now.

Against Birmingham, Gus Poyet certainly made amends for being responsible for their spot kick with a superb strike for our winner and that game will be remembered for the nature of our finishing. Both were special goals for vastly differing reasons: Robbie's because it was as cheeky as you will ever see, a real Jimmy Greaves effort; while Gus produced a rocket of a shot to see us home.

We followed that up with a good performance at a difficult time for anyone visiting Elland Road. Their tails were up after their good win at Charlton and with it being Peter Reid's first home game as manager, we had to ensure that we were not swept aside by their new-found confidence.

It was tough and they opened strongly but we showed our own resilience, passing the ball well and looking set for a win that we would have fully deserved. As I said afterwards, in the same circumstances we would have won that game four weeks ago but Leeds have always had quality and are a different prospect these days.

On the injury front the picture here is a little brighter. Anthony Gardner, out for a long time, came back at Leeds with a good performance while both Dean Richards and Ben Thatcher are back in full training. Jamie Redknapp is running again and doing a bit of ball work while Steffen Iversen now has a couple of Reserve games under his belt.

Today we welcome Kevin Keegan and his staff for what promises to be an entertaining game with Manchester City. We had a tough match up there which we just managed to shade and it's important that we do so again because we must build on the Birmingham result by adding another three points to our total this afternoon.

Quite simply we have to win here and again next week. A European place will be difficult but we will not be taking our foot off the pedal nor re-assessing our targets. We can only keep it going, hope that others around us slip up and then see what happens.

Once again, get behind the lads today and let's start the Easter holiday on a positive note.