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Neil: I've only taken first step

Posted on 24 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Neil Sullivan admits he's only taken the first step in the battle to be number one at Spurs. George Graham has handed the summer capture from Wimbledon the goalkeeper's jersey at the start of the season but now expects Ian Walker to fight for his place back.

Scottish international Sullivan, impressive in the first two games, expects exactly the same. He said: "I've been fortunate enough to play in the first two games but
I know that is not it for the season. I have to keep plugging away and working hard and try to keep Ian out. When I'm in there though I just want to be winning games for Tottenham. We won the first one, which was very pleasing and then had a decent draw at Middlesbrough. Hopefully we can carry on that way and see what happens at Newcastle on Saturday."

Sullivan actually had very little to do in terms of clear-cut chances at Middlesbrough but had to field a number of crosses as balls were bombed in
towards the likes of Brian Deane and Hamilton Ricard. He was eventually beaten by Mark Summerbell's excellent header in the second half as the
home side hit back for a 1-1 draw after Oyvind Leonhardsen's equally-impressive opener.

"They were two great headers," reflected Sullivan. "Leo did superbly after a great ball in from Sergei and theirs was a good finish as well. It was important we didn't sit back. We kept going forward, kept trying to win the game and we had a few chances to do that but at the end of the day, you would take a draw at Middlesbrough.

"When you go to places like that you know they are a good side, the crowd get behind them, make a lot of noise and they make it difficult for you. Looking back, a draw was a good result but 1-0 would have been better."