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Poyet's no-shock tactics

Posted on 16 February 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).

Gus Poyet has yet to suffer a shock in English cup football - a record he wants to keep hold of against Tranmere Rovers on Sunday.

The Uruguayan midfielder overcame ties against Oldham, Oxford, Huddersfield, Gillingham and Peterborough in his time at Chelsea - and he was missing when the Blues lost to Huddersfield in the League Cup in 1999!

So far this season he's been faced with Torquay United and Tranmere in the Worthington Cup and what would have been a mini-shock at Coventry City in the FA Cup. Once again, he's come through unscathed and scored in two of those three ties.

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Now Rovers are after another FA Cup scalp in the FA Cup at the Lane. "I have been lucky in the cups," Gus explained.

"I hear many, many times before the game 'cups in England, always shocks' but I haven't really had one.

"Tranmere have a great record in the last couple of seasons so we have to be careful.

"They play with all their heart. They will be aggressive and at the same time we also have to be aggressive, but clever."

Gus only has good memories of the tie at Prenton Park in October - he scored his first Spurs goal in a 4-0 victory.

He added: "I remember saying before that game that I needed the first goal and I got it up there. It was important for my season. It's good memories but this will be totally different.

"They will be tough, strong. It will be a fast game to start with, the ball flying all over the pitch and it is important to try and score first and as soon as possible.

"I'm saying after two minutes, but in the first half. Then they have to open up, change their game and that could help us."

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