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Matchday Programme: Ledley King

Posted on 25 November 2000  - 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).

<SPAN lang=EN-US>It&rsquo&#59;s been a good week for Ledley King and we caught up with our versatile youngster at Spurs Lodge to find out what he thought about his display and our victory against Liverpool.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>We had an excellent win over Liverpool on Sunday, were you surprised to learn you were in the team?</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>I had an idea I might be from training during the week, but I didn&rsquo&#59;t want to build my hopes up too much. I had to wait for the team to be announced on Sunday before I knew for sure, and I was delighted to hear I was included. </SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Were you nervous beforehand, with it being such a big game?</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>I&rsquo&#59;m always nervous before a match and with the Sky TV cameras there as well, it made it a little worse. I made my debut two seasons ago and played three times for the first team last season, but it&rsquo&#59;s still daunting when you first go out. But the crowd were great and the lads helped me through it. I really enjoyed the game.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>A lot of people assumed you were a defender and were surprised to find you in midfield. How did that come about?</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>I&rsquo&#59;ve had a chat with the boss this season and he said he wanted me to play in midfield and see how I got on. I enjoy it there and I&rsquo&#59;ve actually played quite a few times in that position, particularly for the reserves this season. It&rsquo&#59;s very different to defending, when you come in for the ball from your own defence you&rsquo&#59;ve got your back to the play while in defence you&rsquo&#59;re always facing the ball. I&rsquo&#59;m learning all the time and Sunday was a great experience for me. Obviously I was up against some top quality midfielders but Tim and Darren kept talking to me throughout the whole game, encouraging me and keeping me going and I felt I </SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>did well.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>You certainly impressed the Sky experts who crowned you man of the match. That must have been a great feeling?</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>I was totally shocked to be honest. I came off the pitch happy with my performance when Tim called me into a room down the tunnel and suddenly I was doing an interview with Sky about being man of the match! I didn&rsquo&#59;t have time to think about what to say or anything. But it was a great honour. I wasn&rsquo&#59;t thinking about it on the pitch, obviously. I just concentrated on my game and played to the best of my ability.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>What did you think of the team&rsquo&#59;s performance?</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>It was good all round. We haven&rsquo&#59;t had a problem at home in the league this season and that showed on Sunday. We played some good football as a team and even going a goal behind didn&rsquo&#59;t knock our confidence too much. We battled back and got the result. Now we have to repeat that today and then away from home. </SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Returning to the first team marked an excellent turn around in your fortunes since the end of last season, didn&rsquo&#59;t it?</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Yes, that&rsquo&#59;s right. I broke a bone in my foot playing for England in the European Under-21 Championships in Slovakia in the summer. It happened in the last 20 seconds of the match and I couldn&rsquo&#59;t believe it. So I spent the summer with my leg in plaster and that didn&rsquo&#59;t come off until four weeks into the season. After that it was a case of trying to strengthen<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>the leg again and building up my fitness. I made it back into the reserves and then in the last few weeks I was part of the first team squad, before making it into the team on Sunday.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Now, you&rsquo&#59;re obviously hoping to keep your place?</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>Of course, but I know it&rsquo&#59;s going to be difficult especially with some of our injured players coming back soon. What I need to do though is put pressure on the boss and the other midfielders with my performances and hope that I do well enough to stay in the side. I&rsquo&#59;ve also had a bad time with injuries, so it&rsquo&#59;s important that I remain fit and if I do that, I might get more chances to play in the first team.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN>