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No fear

Posted on 4 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).

Glenn Hoddle believes Coventry City will be out to prove a point in Saturday's FA Cup tie.

And the boss insists we will have to be mentally right to come through the third round test at Highfield Road but is adamant fear of a potential banana skin tie will not come into the equation.

City were relegated from the Premiership last season and Glenn says the Midlands outfit will be determined to show they are still good enough for a place in the top flight.

Glenn pointed out: "Coventry have been a little Jekyll and Hyde but when they are at their best they can play to Premiership level, there's no doubt about that.

"We've got to make sure they don't play at that level.

"It will be a big game for them and they will be trying to prove that they should have stayed in the Premiership and that they are worthy of a place in the Premiership by knocking us out.

"That's what's ahead of us. We know it will be a tough game but one that we've got to be up for."

So how did he make sure that the lads go into a potential cup shock without fear or trepidation? "You never go into a game with fear," he insisted.

"What you have to do is respect the opposition but work hard and be very mentally aware that they are going to come at you very quickly.

"Their crowd will make them perform better than they have been performing in the last few weeks because it is the FA Cup and there is that extra special atmosphere around the the place and they will rise to the occasion.

"The crowd will cheer that little bit louder because they will want to see us dumped out.

"They will see it as their opportunity at home to put us out and will fancy their chances.

"We have to match all those things mentally and go out and make sure we perform. If we do that, I'm sure we can win the game."