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Ledley: Lessons learned

Posted on 16 December 2002  - 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 said the Spurs defence learned their lesson from the defeat at Highbury as to how best negate the threat of French flyer Thierry Henry.

Henry ran our rearguard ragged a month ago, running with the ball at pace from deep positions - scoring a superb solo goal from one such sortie.

This time around, Henry did not enjoy such freedom and space to run into was at a premium. Every time he received the ball the French international was swiftly hunted down. Unfortunately, one run he did make resulted in a penalty, but the striker did not look the potent force he usually does.

"He enjoys dropping off and getting a bit of space to run into," explained Ledley. "We learned our lesson from the first game and were determined not to let that happen again. I think you could see that out on the pitch."

Ledley was, however, quick to give some credit to an Arsenal player who did more than most to deny us a deserved win - Ashley Cole, who athletically blocked two goalbound efforts on the line.

"To be fair, Ashley Cole got a couple of clearances off the line. He did well, but it was disappointing for us," reflected Ledley, admitting that the England full-back is a friend of his.

"He is - but not anymore!" he smiled.

"We're definitely happy with the way we performed, but a little bit disappointed that we didn't manage to get the three points.

"I'd say it was definitely one of our best performances - it's up there. When you play like that you expect to get the three points. It's nice to play that way and we just want to see if we can continue like that and take it to other teams where I'm sure we will get the three points."

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