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Pre-match: Man City

Posted on 23 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 knows that the team can't afford a repeat of September's performance at the City of Manchester Stadium if we are to progress in the FA Cup this season.

In what was David Pleat's second match in charge, a chipper City - boosted by a positive beginning to the season - seized the initiative in the game, pinned the boys back for long periods and only the defiance of the outstanding Kasey Keller denied the home side a convincing win.

The game somehow finished goalless and City - after wins over Bolton and Southampton - then hit a sticky patch and have since recorded one win in 16.

"I think it is one where we were reasonably happy with the result at the time," confessed Chris. "I have to say though, if we perform that way again, then we will be very lucky to come away with any sort of positive result.

"We will certainly have to play better, but we are going there in good form. We have to take into consideration their form at the moment but, at the same time, that can change at any time and in any game.

"The fact that it is a cup game, a one-off, I would expect them to play better than they have of late - while we will have to play better than in our league performance there.

"In any game you go into you take into consideration the recent form of the opposition, but only slightly as it can change. It will change against somebody and they will use the fact that it is a cup game as an incentive to turn their fortunes around.

"We have to make sure that is not the case."