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Pre-match: Portsmouth

Posted on 6 February 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 knows the team didn't perform the last time Portsmouth were in opposition and is hoping for a much-improved display this time around.

It was Boxing Day at Fratton Park and two free-kicks from former Liverpool midfielder Patrik Berger settled the contest on an afternoon where the team did not click into gear.

"It was disappointing for us," recalled David on Tuesday. "After Berger's free-kick went in we didn't look as though we had too much in us to hit back.

"We were insipid up front in particular. It is a strange thing, when we've gone away from home and haven't done it we've tended to look at the front players, but they need service.

"We weren't right that day, it was a horrible day and we lost it 2-0."

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has strengthened his playing staff during the transfer window and David feels they certainly carry a threat in attack with the addition on loan from Newcastle of Lomana Lua Lua.

"I looked at the Portsmouth team last week, it wasn't bad and Harry Redknapp has not got a bad squad.

"Up front they have Yakubu, the Croatian boy Morner and Sheringham to give them options. Now, of course, they've got Lua Lua."