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John relishing return

Posted on 11 January 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).

A 2-1 first leg defeat against a decent side in Europe would not be viewed as a bad result. John Gorman agrees and is relishing the Chelsea return at the Lane.

There was a positive air at Spurs Lodge on Thursday and it was put to John that if say a Spanish side beat us by the same scoreline in Europe we would fancy our chances in the second leg.

"Of course we would," insisted John. "And now we've got to look at it sensibly. It would have been nice to have got the draw, we felt we deserved that, but at one-each we would still have to win the game 1-0 and even now we still have to win 1-0 to win the game, because then it goes to extra time and we've got the away goal.

"So it's all to play for and it's great. We would have to win the game at home anyway - you don't want to play at home for 0-0.

"It's nice that we go into the second leg knowing we've got to win the tie, if we win by two clear goals then we know we're through, if we win by one clear goal we know it goes to extra time and we've a great chance of going through to the final."

Our cup exploits this season has meant a hectic schedule for the side, with the cup programme coming straight after the busy festive season. It is a point not lost on John as he pondered the fixtures ahead.

"It's been a busy period and the Christmas one was hectic as well. At least we had the Coventry game off, it was probably the right thing for us that is was postponed.

"We had a hard game against Chelsea and now we're travelling on Friday to Ipswich - so it's non-stop. The we come back then go to Coventry on the Wednesday, back home for Everton then Chelsea at home in the return."