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Kasey's tribute

Posted on 24 January 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).

Kasey Keller says the ability of the players to rise above the negative coverage of the team after Christmas is a credit to those involved.

Following the defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup, if certain reports were to be believed, Spurs were a club a in crisis with no spirit within the team.

Now, with two wins in two games, the pendulum has swung and reaching Europe through the Premiership is back on the agenda.

Kasey insists that, as far as the players were concerned, it was never off the agenda and he puts the Cup defeat at St Mary's down to a 'bad day'. Wins over Everton and Aston Villa have followed and the team head into the Newcastle encounter with confidence high.

"I think it just shows you the professionalism of the players involved," said Kasey of the team's reaction. "You can't take much notice of what is being said and you go out and do your job. That is what you are there to do and you go from there.

"It was two losses by one goal and a bad day in a cup game, that is what we're talking about. It kinda makes you wonder why it blew up to the proportions that it did."

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Kasey revealed that he does not take a lot of notice of media coverage of any type - kind or critical.

"I don't read a whole lot. I think it makes it easier, good or bad, as around the corner there is always something different. You just kinda think 'that's nice' and then go from there."

With Newcastle United next at the Lane, Kasey says the team must now convert good performances against many of the leading teams into wins.

"That's it. Another home game and if we can go on and produce performances like we have done at home then we can do well.

"If we have the committment that we had against Aston Villa there is no reason why we can't pick up a result."