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Juande's programme notes

Posted on 5 October 2008  - 12:00

Here is Juande Ramos' exclusive column from the official matchday programme for this afternoon's Premier League clash against Hull City.

Juande's programme notes

Here is Juande Ramos' exclusive column from the official matchday programme for this afternoon's Premier League clash against Hull City.

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RECENT results in the top flight have illustrated just how much of a challenge this competition is.

We welcome Hull City to White Hart Lane this afternoon fully aware of what they are capable of following some impressive performances and, more importantly, results at this early stage of their maiden Premier League campaign.

Phil Brown's side have demonstrated great application in adapting to the top flight and they will be coming into this game full of confidence.

Every match we enter into is there for us to win. If we want to be successful we must work hard from the first minute to the last second of stoppage time. I am a great believer that if we play the best football we will succeed and we will continue to strive for this.

Each contest we have been involved in this season has been a close-run affair with almost every game being decided by a single goal. Last Sunday against Portsmouth critical moments did not go in our favour.

We are all fully aware that we have underachieved so far in terms of points registered, but what we will do is stick together and work hard to improve our position.

The players must maintain confidence in their abilities because I know that we have a fine set of individuals here, as well as a squad of great footballing quality.

It is the obligation of the players and the management alike to make the difference because we are the ones in a position to directly change it.

There has been a fair amount of speculation concerning us recently, but this is the norm in football when you find yourself in the standing we currently occupy. When results go your way your are lauded and when they do not your every action is questioned.

I have already experienced both in a short space of time in England and situations can change dramatically over a similar period with positive results.

Due to printing deadlines I am unable to take into account Thursday evening's return leg in Krakow, however we maintain an interest in all competitions domestically following a deserved victory at Newcastle United in the League Cup.

As a playing and coaching staff we remain calm and optimistic. We fully understand and accept the frustrations of the supporters because we suffer them in equal measure.

It is in times like this that your support is all the more vital. It takes a magnificent group of fans to help lift a team when results are not as anyone would wish. I have witnessed your support and the benefit of this for the players on the pitch is immense.

The most important fixture is always the one immediately ahead of you, this is the match we are able to affect in our favour and that is what we will be seeking to do this afternoon.

Enjoy the game.