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Programme: Glenn Hoddle

Posted on 23 January 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).

Tonight is obviously a big night for this club. And I am relying on you all to make it a special atmosphere. We want you to raise the roof with your support because we have had some marvellous cup nights at the Lane over the years and we want you to make this another one to remember.

In saying that you won't be doing us any favours if you allow your support to go over the top. We want you to keep the passion and to play your part as a key member of our team.

But throwing missiles is out. It is dangerous and could lead to you being banned from here for life. It does not help our players and tarnishes this great club's good name. Do you really want all that?

In fact we are asking you all to be responsible by reporting any culprits to the nearest steward. This kind of misbehaviour is slowly returning to the game and we have to work together to stop it. In essence please don't let us down at a time when we need your support so much.

We endured a frustrating result here on Saturday when Everton departed with a point despite us dominating for so much of the game. Having scored early on we needed to build on that advantage but Everton quickly got themselves back into it with a wonder goal and then defended doggedly in the teeth of our almost constant attacks.

Once again, it was a game that we should have won but losing Les Ferdinand was a real blow and means that he remains doubtful for tonight. Les has literally been on fire in front of goal lately but Steffen Iversen went on and made his own mark on the game and almost won it for us when his header hit the bar in the closing minutes.

Chelsea, meanwhile, maintained their current good form with that decisive success over West Ham at Stamford Bridge and will come here in good heart. Having said that, what a perfect time to put the record straight after their years of success against us! This is the semi-final of a cup and our players are very much up for the occasion.

We can take confidence from our display at Stamford Bridge where only Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's marvellous free-kick — if it ever was a free-kick in the first place — was the difference between the two sides.

Throughout, we acquitted ourselves very well and had the chances to have won. I'm expecting another tight game tonight and I'm sure chances will be restricted but I'm not expecting Chelsea to simply defend their lead either and that could mean a cracking cup tie. It will be made even better if we can score early on but patience will be the key to success on the night.

And you too have to show that same patience because we can't just throw everything forward in search of an equaliser. That would play straight into Chelsea's hands who have the capacity to catch you on the break and in Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen have two of the best front men around.

Indeed Chelsea have quality and experience running right through their squad but we too have our own potential match winners and we will be looking to them to make the difference. Unfortunately, we again have injuries to key players but you have to accept these setbacks as part of the game and put the onus on those coming in to seize the moment and show what they can do.

We know that the cup competitions represent our best route into Europe while our re-building continues. That makes this a massive week for us with Bolton here in the FA Cup on Saturday but that will have to wait.

Tonight is all about Cardiff and the Worthington Cup Final. No doubt we will beat Chelsea one day so I can think of no better game than a semi-final, going on to a final. There's no more perfect time to do so.

>Do nothing to distract our players in that cause but do all that you can to lift and inspire them to success. I firmly believe the old adage that 'together we are strong'. You can help make the difference tonight.