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Ledley up for the cup

Posted on 31 December 2009  - 12:00

Ledley King insists the players will treat Saturday's FA Cup tie against Peterborough the same as any Premier League match.

Ledley up for the cup

Ledley King insists the players will treat Saturday's FA Cup tie against Peterborough the same as any Premier League match.

Posh arrive at the Lane for a third round encounter struggling at the foot of the Championship but buoyed by an amazing fight back against Cardiff City on Monday, when they trailed 4-0 at half-time before finding two goals in the closing stages for a 4-4 draw.

Nevertheless, pundits will see the tie as a banker home win while bookmakers list us as 1/5 on favourites.

Ledley, back in the side for Monday's win against West Ham, countered: "This is a competition which always produces upsets.

"All eyes will be on us and we'll have nothing to win and everything to lose but we have to treat it exactly the same as we would a Premier League game.

"We'll give Peterborough the respect they deserve, otherwise we could end up getting embarrassed and no-one wants that.

"Sometimes it's about the mental state of the players in these circumstances, rather than their physical or technical abilities. But we'll be fully focused and will approach it in the right way."

Reflecting on his decade at the club, Ledley admitted failing to reach the final of the FA Cup was one of his major disappointments.

"The history of the FA Cup is so special, especially here at Spurs," he added. "It's a massive competition with a tradition that stretches around the world. All the overseas players who come to England are well aware of the FA Cup.

"Perhaps our recent history in the competition hasn't been great, it's one of my disappointments of the last 10 years, the fact that we've never reached the final and only once made it to the semis back in the early part of the decade. Hopefully we can change that this year."