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Hope lads do it - Mabbsy

Posted on 22 April 2009  - 12:00

Gary Mabbutt is hoping the lads match the home clean sheet record of 1986-87 with two more blanks at the Lane this season.

Hope lads do it - Mabbsy

Gary Mabbutt is hoping the lads match the home clean sheet record of 1986-87 with two more blanks at the Lane this season.

Legend and FA Cup-winning skipper during 16 years at Spurs, Gary formed what is considered one of the best central defensive partnerships in the club's history with Richard Gough in that memorable 1986-87 campaign when the team finished third in the old First Division, reached FA Cup Final and the semi-finals of the League Cup.

During that season, David Pleat's side kept seven clean sheets at home between January 24-April 18, the second best sequence in the club's history. The record stands at eight back in 1921.

Sunday's 1-0 win against Newcastle was our fifth-successive clean sheet in the Premier League, representing our best run since that 1986-87 season.

"It was an amazing season," reflected Gary this week. "The central partnership was between me and Richard Gough and we had the system of Clive Allen up front and scoring all those goals and the five-man midfield with the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles and Chris Waddle. It was such a shame we had nothing to show for it.

"For a defender, not to concede goals is the ultimate - to clear the ball off the line or make a last-ditch tackle is as good to the side as scoring a goal and was certainly the case in that spell.

"But it's not just the defenders who make that happen, the whole team makes it happen.

"Defending starts from the front and we had a very solid base in front of us, the players all knew their responsibilities and that was reflected in the clean sheets."

Harry Redknapp has underlined the importance of the team ethic and Gary says he can see those signs in the current squad.

"It's been an amazing turn around this season," added Gary. "Three or four weeks ago we were still thinking about relegation and now we're one point from European qualification.

"The players are working as a team, working together as a unit and that is the most important thing.

"The run of clean sheets at home is very impressive and hopefully the lads will equal our record against West Brom and Manchester City and perhaps go on to beat the all-time club record next season."

The current team is also chasing the club's all-time record for conceding fewest league goals at home in a season. The record stands at 11 in 1919-20 and we're on nine with two games left.