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Posted on 28 December 2004  - 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).

Chris Hughton takes a close look at Crystal Palace before this afternoon's Barclays Premiership clash at the Lane...


"CRYSTAL PALACE have played more or less the same system for most of the season and that's a 4-5-1. They are a very good passing team and they work hard to keep possession.


"If I looked at the midfield with Michael Hughes, Wayne Routledge and Ben Watson, he's a lad who played against us last year in the FA Cup but he's grown and is a player who we always heard had a lot of promise and he's playing regularly as well. They have some good footballers.


"The success has been when Andy Johnson has knocked the goals in for them and we have to be very mindful of his pace. To score the goals he's scored this season in a side at the wrong end of the table speaks volumes about him. Also, ask any defender what type of player they don't like coming up against and it's one with real pace, that's what he has got. He's very sharp. He's been talked about in terms of a possible involvement with the England squad, so there is certainly enough there to worry about.


"They try to play, try to pass it, haven't been embarrased in any game so far and have given a good account of themselves in every game. The system makes them a hard team to break through home or away and I would expect that. When they are defending they will defend with five across the midfield and make it very difficult for us."