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No complacency

Posted on 29 December 2004  - 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).

Martin Jol brushed aside any thoughts that complacency had crept in before Tuesday's clash against Crystal Palace.

We went into the clash on the back of five successive wins in the Barclays Premiership and aiming for a sixth for our best run since 1990.

Palace created the better chances in the first half at the Lane before we responded with a fine second half showing, took the lead via Jermain Defoe and looked set for that sixth win.

But it wasn't to be as Andy Johnson struck from 25 yards to secure a 1-1 draw for the visitors.

"It wasn't complacency," stressed Head Coach Martin afterwards. "It's always difficult to play against a team playing in a 4-5-1 system and even the left winger dropped off, so Rohan Ricketts had to play out of position.

"Rohan normally plays on the wing but he had to play as a midfielder like Pedro Mendes.

"Pedro came in in the second half and we had no problems, passed the ball better and had the initiative.

"In the first half Hughes was a problem but in the second half Browny played more advanced, pressurised and we won the ball in midfield.

"Kanoute played well, Defoe scored and had his shots but as I said, we needed to score that second goal, we didn't and therefore Palace were always in the game."