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Ledley: Harsh decision

Posted on 17 January 2005  - 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 insists he did not trip Alexei Smertin in the incident that led to Chelsea being awarded a game changing penalty at the Lane on Saturday.

As the central defender himself reflected, the game was nicely balanced up to that 38th minute point, and coming back from behind was always going to be a tall order against a miserly Chelsea rearguard.

"I think in the first 30-odd minutes we played well, took it to them and it was looking like a good game up until the penalty," reasoned Ledley.

"At 1-0 down it was difficult, they don't concede too many goals and it was always going to be tough chasing the game against a team like Chelsea.

"I've seen it again and didn't think it was a penalty. It looked like he trod on my foot but it happened so quickly and I didn't really know what went on at the time. I knew that if I dangled out a leg it would have been dangerous, so I kind of went half and half. I didn't trip him though."

To cap an eventful game for the England international, he was sent on an attacking mission in the second half to lend some weight up front. It is not a mission he hopes to accept regularly.

"I don't want to be doing that too often, to be honest. I have never played there before and just tried to get a few bits and pieces going."

Defence, midfield, attack - Ledley has now done it all except play in goal.

"I hope that doesn't happen, but you never know..."