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Progress the key

Posted on 2 October 2008  - 12:00

Juande Ramos reiterated that qualification for the group stages of the UEFA Cup was all that mattered after doing just that against Wisla Krakow on Thursday.

Progress the key

Juande Ramos reiterated that qualification for the group stages of the UEFA Cup was all that mattered after doing just that against Wisla Krakow on Thursday.

We travelled to Poland with a 2-1 lead from the first leg at the Lane.

After an event-less first half, we took a crucial lead after 58 minutes when Fraizer Campbell and Wisla defender Arkadiusz Glowacki went in for Gareth Bale's fine cross at the near post and the ball angled into the far corner. It was awarded as an own goal.

That made it 3-1 overall but it was far from game over.

The Polish champions piled on the pressure late on, levelled on the night via Pawel Brozekwith seven minutes left and forced Heurelho Gomes into two fine saves in the final few minutes as we made it through 3-2 on aggregate.

"The important thing was to progress in the competition, qualification is good for the team and I'm happy with that," said Head Coach Juande at Wisly Stadium.

"I thought the control of the match was with Spurs, we could have scored more goals at 1-1 and I'm pleased with the final score.

"In the last moments Wisla were losing and they put four, five players in the penalty area. We needed to defend well but as I said, I thought we had control of the match.

"We play in different competitions - UEFA Cup today, Carling Cup last week, Premier League and this is a different game because it's about qualification. Only one team could go through. The Premier League is different and we need to improve on where we are in the table but I hope for the best against Hull at White Hart Lane. I want the best performance from the team.

"Little by little, match to match, we need to improve."

Wisla away