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Ledley keeps it clean

Posted on 21 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).

For Ledley King and his defensive colleagues it was a case of mission accomplished on Saturday at Villa Park - three points and a clean sheet.

It has been a constantly changing defensive cast throughout the season so far and the most recent absentee has been Dean Richards - a rock at the heart of our defence who gives confidence to those around him.

He was missing from the defeats at Newcastle in the Premiership and Southampton in the cup - also absent from the 4-3 win over Everton with knee and Achilles problems.

Dean was back in a central defensive pairing with Ledley on Saturday and both the boss and his young partner feels he makes a big difference to restricting entries to the 'goals against' column.

"He dominates the forwards and it gives you confidence playing alongside him," said Ledley, who pointed out that a clean sheet was high on the list of priorities against Aston Villa.

"I think the last one was Leeds - quite a while back - so we wanted to keep a clean sheet. We mainly wanted the three points, but a clean sheet is an added bonus.

"It's such a tough league we a lot of teams fighting it out. If we can put a little run together I'm sure we can shoot right up there. That is our aim."