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Posted on 19 December 2008  - 12:00

Spartak coach Michael Laudrup said his players struggled to live with our high tempo in the second half of Thursday night's UEFA Cup match at the Lane.

Opposition view

Spartak coach Michael Laudrup said his players struggled to live with our high tempo in the second half of Thursday night's UEFA Cup match at the Lane.

The Russian side were in the driving seat at half-time after striker Artem Dzuba capitalised on some indifferent defending to grab a double and put his team 2-0 up.

However, we came out firing on all cylinders after the break and the second half was one-way traffic with goals from Luka Modric and Tom Huddlestone securing the point we needed to progress to the last 32 of the competition.

Laudrup said: "A 2-2 draw is a good result, it was not enough but we did very well in the first half.

"It was difficult in the second half due to the high rhythm of Spurs.

"Our players looked tired in the last half an hour. We could only make three changes and they were not used to the rhythm of the game.

"But we didn't lose qualification from his game, it was when we lost against NEC."