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Niko ready for battle

Posted on 19 March 2010  - 12:00

Niko Kranjcar believes we must fight to earn the right to play our football when we visit Stoke City on Saturday.

Niko ready for battle

Niko Kranjcar believes we must fight to earn the right to play our football when we visit Stoke City on Saturday.

Many would say the game represents a clash of styles between a Spurs side renowned for its swashbuckling attacking approach and a Stoke outfit best-known for its physical strength and aerial prowess.

But however the match transpires, Niko knows that we will have to be willing to match Tony Pulis' men in the areas they tend to excel before we can start to stamp down our authority at the Britannia Stadium.

The Croatian said: "It's a difficult place to go and you know what you will get there. If we manage to contain them and defend set-pieces then I believe going forward we'll have too much for them and we can go and get a positive result.

"But it won't be a nice game and we won't necessarily play beautiful football - we'll try and play the football that will win the game.

"In these games, it's about earning the right to play and when you do play, show that you have more quality and get the goals."

And Niko knows just how important this game is with the race for fourth place in the Premier League getting tighter and tighter.

The midfielder added: "Everyone wanted to be in this position at the start of the season and we're bang in there.

"It's really exciting times and if we get our injured players back we'll be even stronger and I really believe we can manage to achieve the goals we've set ourselves."