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Ramon: The heat is on

Posted on 19 October 2000  - 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).

Ramon Vega concedes that we’ve heaped pressure on ourselves to beat struggling Derby County at the Lane on Saturday.

Disappointing away results — not necessarily performances, apart from the first half at Highfield Road last weekend — at Charlton, Leeds and Coventry have seen up slip down the table.

The Rams are next and Jim Smith’s men will arrive in N17 bottom of the league and having yet to win a game in the Premiership.

Swiss defender Vega explained: “There will be more pressure on this game but that is our fault.

“We could have won more points in away games like in Leeds, Charlton, Middlesbrough - Newcastle is the only game where we can hold our hands up and say we could do nothing about it. The rest we could have won points from.

“Now we are under pressure to win home games.

“If you want to be in the top six you have to get points from away games. That is always much harder than home games but now it is harder at home as well because we’ve put ourselves under pressure.”

We go into Saturday’s fixture as overwhelming favourites. We have yet to lose at the Lane this season while Derby have struggled both home and away — the latest defeat a 4-0 drubbing at home to Liverpool last Sunday.

Vega added: “We have to beat Derby. We have to win on Saturday to get us back on track again and get the confidence to start picking up points away.

“The whole team has to concentrate now to get back to the strength, the simplicity, the team spirit and fight back.

“We can’t continue the way we played the first half at Coventry. We have to play 90 minutes solid and work like a team.”

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