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Seeking the right balance

Posted on 29 March 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 concedes his biggest concern at the moment is achieving the right balance in the the team.

Against Southampton on Saturday the acting boss again fielded three strikers in the starting line-up, with Fredi Kanoute beginning the game on the right flank before later being positioned centrally with Robbie Keane dropping off the front.

"The last two games have been very disappointing and, results-wise, very poor," reflected David. "We've looked at trying to experiment with a couple of things, like whether we can combine the talents of Kanoute, Defoe and Keane - and we've now had a good chance to look at it away from home.

"The biggest problem for us at the moment is getting the balance right in the team, there is no question about that," he added, before stating that the team were not decisive enough in good positions at St Mary's.

"In the final third of the field in the second half, when we had more possession, we weren't careful or exact enough with our final pass or shot.

"We knew that we could play with more quality than we did in the first half as we were playing too long. In the second we built the play, Redknapp was instrumental in that, and we passed the ball and had a lot of possession.

"The back four did well and defended strongly close to the goal and Kasey Keller made two excellent saves in the game.

"We ran out of options as the game went on, we did everything we could to try and get the equaliser but we couldn't get it."