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In it to win it

Posted on 10 October 2001  - 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).

Glenn Hoddle expressed his delight at Tuesday night’s demolition of Tranmere Rovers in the Worthington Cup before reiterating how important the competition was for the club.

A penalty won and converted by Teddy Sheringham paved the way for a 4-0 victory in the third round with further goals from Darren Anderton, Gus Poyet and Sergei Rebrov.

“I was delighted with that,” insisted Glenn at Prenton Park. “ It was a very accomplished performance.

“We put a strong, mental head on and passed the ball well. We got the breaks when they came our way.

“This is a difficult place to come and get a cup result and it was an obstacle we had to overcome if we wanted to do anything on the Worthington Cup.

“I’m very pleased with how we defended and kept a clean sheet. It’s a great result and we’re in the hat.”

It was suggested to Glenn that the performance underlined that how seriously the players were taking the competition. “The players take eight-a-sides in training seriously,” he said. “They are born winners.

“If you to become a professional footballer it is drilled into you from the age of 12, 13 that you want to win.

“What other clubs might have on their plate is another story. We’re focused, hopefully, on having a very good run in this cup.”

As for the game, a lot was made of referee Philip Dowd’s decision to award a penalty when Teddy appeared to be shoved in the back by Mickey Mellon.

Teddy picked himself up to slot home the spot kick but both he and Mr Dowd were booed for the rest of the night — Mr Dowd’s case not helped by sending off Mellon before the break and, later, showing Tim Sherwood two yellows in 15 minutes.

“You get things like that,” Glenn pointed out. “We had a penalty against Everton that was never a penalty. I said then things come back around your way and it will be the same for them, they’ll probably get a penalty they don’t deserve.

“Gus’s booking was a definite foul, he got hurt and yet he got booked for it (he was booked for diving). You can turn it all around.

“We’re delighted with the result, not delighted with how we picked up the bookings, not that I felt we were at fault. It was great to win and great to lay the ghost here from last season for me and John personally.”

Paul Miles at Prenton Park