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LEDS ON SUNDAY SPECIAL

Posted on 6 November 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King insisted that our record against Chelsea was not a big motivating factor for the players on Sunday, pointing out there was just a huge desire to overcome the champions.

Ledley King insisted that our record against Chelsea was not a big motivating factor for the players on Sunday, pointing out there was just a huge desire to overcome the champions.

The skipper believes that most of the players were not greatly aware of the win-less stretch that went back to 1990, saying they simply wanted to put on a big performance on a big occasion at the Lane.

"With not having beaten them for so long it is nice to get it out of the way, but it was not really about that for a lot of the players we have got at the club," reasoned Ledley.

"A lot of them were not familiar with the record and we saw it as another game against probably the best team in the league at the moment. It was always going to be difficult, you could see that we were up for it and it was a great all-round performance.

"For us it was another game, we take one game at a time and we happened to be playing Chelsea. We wanted the points as much as we will in our next league game. There was extra spice because they are champions and a lot of the players have not even played Chelsea before for Tottenham.

"We are aware of their qualities and we just wanted to put ourselves up against them," added the defender who executed a stunning challenge on Arjen Robben to prevent what looked like being the opening goal.

"I thought we started well then, all of a sudden, they scored a goal. 'Not again' did run through my mind and they had a couple of chances after that. We managed to stay in there, got an equaliser at a really good time and from then on we believed we could win the game."

Despite playing down the magnitude of the occasion, Ledley paid tribute to the fans for making the atmosphere really something special.

"It was brilliant and the fans were great from the start of the game. It was what we needed, we need to make this place somewhere teams do not enjoy coming and it was like that. It was made as tough for Chelsea off the pitch as we tried to make it on the pitch - I'd say it was a good all-round effort."