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Happy first for Souness

Posted on 25 February 2002  - 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).

Graeme Souness was understandably delighted to secure his first trophy as manager of Blackburn Rovers.

The Scot purred that is was a unique experience to win the Worthington Cup final as underdogs after all his trophy gathering as a player with Liverpool and as manager of Rangers with the favourites tag firmly pinned on.

"I am absolutely delighted," said Souness. "We came here as everyone's underdogs, which was a new experience for me. But I can tell you it is lovely feeling to win something, it is a unique feeling and I don't have the words to describe it.

"I felt my team played exceptionally well, I felt we had the better chances and the better of the game. I felt we edged the play as well."

On the major talking point of the closing stages, Souness, not surprisingly went with referee Graham Poll on the penalty decision.

"We rode our luck towards the end. Brad made a good save and it wasn't a penalty, as the referee pointed out to me afterwards.

"I'm delighted with my players, as I say, we came here as underdogs. It's nice to win at the best of times, but it is a unique feeling to win something as an underdog - I can't think of it happening before.

"We've not had a great deal of luck this year and I hope this is a turning point for us. It's given us a trophy, now we have to start winning a few games in the league and climb up. We've felt our football all season has deserved more points than we actually have.

Souness was then steered onto the subject of matchwinner Andy Cole, who he compares favourably with his former team-mate Ian Rush.

"He's a goal-getter. I don't think the Tottenham three will have enjoyed playing against Andy. He's a predator, a bit like Ian Rush. A player who plays on the fringes of the game but, given half a chance, will cut your throat. And that's what Andy Cole does," insists Souness, who also reserved praise for Man of the Match keeper Brad Freidel.

"I've said all season that there is not another Premiership goalkeeper I would swap him for - he's arguably been the difference today."