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Les seeks to right wrongs

Posted on 10 January 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).

Goalscorer Les Ferdinand says we always seem to have something to complain about after playing Chelsea - and White Hart Lane is the place to put it right in the return.

A disputed free-kick cost us dear at Stamford Bridge, a decision Les said the lads felt was 'harsh' and led to a second goal for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after Les had cancelled out the Dutchman's opener. But Les insists the pot is still boiling for the second leg.

"Of course, it's only half-time," he reasoned. "We're disappointed we've come here and lost again, but it's half way and we can look forward to the game in a couple of week's time.

"From where I was I couldn't see whether it was a free-kick or not. The lads have seen it and said it was really harsh. Then he steps up and smacks it in the top corner.

"There's always something controversial or something we're complaining about after a loss against Chelsea - we've got the second leg now to put that right."

However, Les was quick to give praise to that man Hasselbaink.

"He's got a fantastic record against Tottenham. His second goal, even his first, was unstoppable. You know what his qualities are and I thought we coped with it for a long time. Unfortunately, he stepped up for the free-kick and there was not a lot we could do about it."

Les faced a tough battle up top on the night as a lone striker against the likes of Marcel Desailly and Mario Melchiot with Gus Poyet and Simon Davies supporting from deeper positions.

"We went for a different system with playing one up front and a lot of the time I was left isolated. They played us well to be honest, we had a lot of possession, but never really looked like we was going to hurt them.

"We got the goal, I had another chance earlier on before the goal so it could have been 2-1, but it goes like that sometimes.

"Things happen like that. You wish you could take every single chance that comes your way, but realistically it doesn't happen like that. It was good to get one so soon after I missed the first one."