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Jamie's benchmark

Posted on 23 August 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).

Captain Jamie Redknapp says the domination achieved in the second half against Birmingham is the benchmark to be met against Leeds United on Saturday and in the forthcoming games.

After a pretty cagey first half display at St Andrews, the boys found a rhythm in the second period and had the home side pinned back for long spells. Unfortunately, this is did not lead to a deserved leveller, which was a source of great disappointment in the dressing room.

"I thought we dominated the game in the second half and there was only one team in it," said Jamie at Spurs Lodge ahead of the Leeds encounter. "I suppose that is the most disappointing fact of it.

"If we keep that form up I don't think we'll go too far wrong this year, as I said, I thought we deserved something - definitely more than what we got anyway."

Jamie explained that this was the feeling as the players headed home last weekend and that the team took some heart from the second half.

"I think so. Don't get me wrong, we were so disappointed with the result because we deserved something from the game.

"Not getting something hurt - Robbie hit the post and Bobby was unlucky with a couple of headers. We did deserve something and we know that if we carry on playing like that, against Leeds, Liverpool, Fulham, Chelsea - we won't go too far wrong.

"It makes Saturday's game even more vital for us in terms of getting a result."

Jamie is familiar with a couple of the characters in the Leeds camp, being a former teammate of Dominic Matteo at Liverpool and a England television pundit alongside manager Peter Reid. He is well aware that, despite well publicised problems, Leeds remain a threat to any side on their day.

"Of course, they've got good players. I was at Liverpool with Dominic Matteo and I know Dom is a good player and people like Radebe are of international quality.

"It will a very tough game, a good game and there will be a great atmosphere. We'll be right up for it.

"A lot of things have gone against Leeds this year with players leaving. Peter Reid is a great manager and a great fella - he'll get it right there, no doubt about it.

"It must be hard for him with players leaving, but I'm sure he'll do well."

The midfielder is also well aware of the acute need to register a first win of the campaign in front of home support, knowing that a win would signal a confidence boost and a defeat would lead to a build-up of pressure.

"Definitely, you don't want to go chasing that result afterwards and that is why it is important that we get one on Saturday.

"We would then be in an upbeat mood to play Fulham and then we've got a two-week break. We want to get on a bit of a charge so let's hope we can do that."