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Ledley baffled

Posted on 17 September 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).

Ledley King confesses that he is 'confused' about the incident that led to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink being awarded a penalty during Sunday's ding-dong clash against Chelsea at the Lane.

Leds was penalised for supposedly tripping the Dutchman in the 81st minute and television replays confirmed that there was no contact. It appears that Hasselbaink stubbed his toe into the ground.

Glenn's penalty blues

To add to the confusion, Ledley says that the linesman said the award was for an earlier incident.

"I was just running back," says Ledley. "I don't know what happened. The linesman said he kicked the floor. I've had another look at it and you can clearly see that he kicked the floor. I don't know what the referee gave it for. The lads said the linesman said it was for an earlier incident, so I don't what that was either. I'm pretty confused about it."

The misery was compounded after a battling performance by Marcel Desailly's stoppage time winner after Teddy Sheringham had again levelled matters for Spurs. Ledley, quite rightly, feels that such a performance warranted at least some reward points wise.

"It was devastating at the end. You could say it was sloppy and we got punished but I thought we did well throughout the 90 minutes and deserved something.

"The manager just said we played well and deserved something. We were just unlucky at the end.

"The team played well and it's disappointing to come away with no points. We'll just have to try and take the positives out of it.We went down twice but we fought really well and I felt we deserved something out of the game."

After a period where just about everything has gone right for one of England's brightest young performers, Ledley has now experienced the flip side of the coin with the penalty injustice. He also expressed some personal disappointment with Chelsea's first strike on the stroke of half-time.

"It was very disappointing to concede just before half time. I tried to get back on the line but lost my bearings and he managed sneak it past. I was disappointed with that, but I thought we fought back well."