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Pleat's praise for defence

Posted on 14 March 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).

A delighted David Pleat praised our defensive performance after Sunday's 1-0 victory against Newcastle United.

Central pairing Gary Doherty and Anthony Gardner rightly took the plaudits after keeping out the threat of Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy.

It was particularly a return to form for 'Doc' after his personal nightmare against Leicester City in our last home game.

Newcastle enjoyed spells of possession but Kasey Keller only had one save to make all afternoon.

In the end, Andy O'Brien's own goal from Stephane Dalmat's cross handed us the three points five minutes from time.

Acting boss David said: "I hate using the words character and commitment but our defending was terrific, our young centre-back pairing of Anthony Gardner and Gary Doherty against wily Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy's speed.

"We didn't give them clear efforts at goal, we always had bodies in the way and got the first ball. Our covering was very good and were were not isolated at the back.

"We defended well and got a clean sheet and a lot of managers take a lot of pride in a clean sheet, especially when you win.

"Fortune favoured the brave, we stayed with the game and in the end we were very dangerous towards the end on the break and we got the goal."