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Pleat on big chance

Posted on 23 April 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).

David Pleat reasons that the players have the opportunity to put things right in a positive way on Sunday.

With Arsenal next up at the Lane with possibly the chance to secure the Premiership title, there is no bigger game for the team to reverse recent form and ensure that the season draws to a close on a happy note.

Without a win since the Newcastle game in mid-March, the acting boss feels the team possesses the character to come good on the big occasion.

"They have all been in runs before - winning and losing ones," considered David. "It can become a real mental problem unless you have strong characters and individuals that are determined to blank it from their minds - and they have to be strong.

"Players have the opportunity of a game to put something right and we hope they can do so in a positive way.

"I think it is very important that everyone is responsible, that no-one feels sorry for themselves and no-one is selfish. We know how football clubs work when these runs occur and sometimes cracks can appear.

"So far the players have been very good, they've stuck together and I don't believe for one minute any suggestion of lack of effort. It might be something to do with application away from home and that is slightly different than effort.

"They are trying, but it has been very frustrating recently. It was only the middle of February when we won at Charlton and some people were predicting European qualification."

David describes the Arsenal game as the biggest challenge on the fixture list, one which overcome would provide a huge boost.

"It is the biggest challenge we will have this season. A win would give us a massive lift and that is what we have got to look to.

"They are very good, very powerful and very quick. They pass the ball well, they have been the best team and are the best team this season.

"We have to accept that and most people accept that in football. They have played a very fine brand of football and, to go through a season like they have done, is quite incredible at this stage."

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