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Pre-match: Crystal Palace

Posted on 2 January 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).

Chris Hughton has identified the Crystal Palace strikeforce of Neil Shipperley and Andy Johnson as the key threat ahead the FA Cup third round encounter at the Lane.

Johnson, recruited from Birmingham in July 2002, has already netted 15 times this season, while his running mate, the much travelled Shipperley, has chipped in with two goals following his signing from Wimbledon in the summer.

"The front two, Johnson and Shipperley, both have good goalscoring records," replied Chris when asked who will pose the key threat on Saturday. "Johnson has been around for a while and has always been regarded as one to provide a threat. He has good pace and puts himself about.

"Shipperley has been around, has vast experience and scored a lot of goals last season with David Connolly at Wimbledon. His goalscoring record is a good one and I'm sure it is a focal point of the Palace side."

Another who will be determined to make his mark is midfielder Julian Gray, recently returned to the Palace fold, the former Arsenal trainee was a scorer as Palace overcame Liverpool in their Cup run of last season.

"Julian Gray is back in and we certainly know what he can do," added Chris. "He is a lad with fabulous ability and many thought he might have been playing elsewhere, having been on trial at a couple of places.

"The lad Michael Hughes is now also back in having been out for a while and is revelling in being back in action."