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Simon expects Torquay test

Posted on 11 September 2001  - 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).

Simon Davies says we will have to play the patience game against Torquay United on Thursday night.

And the Welsh star is expecting a rough and ready approach from the Third Division outfit in the Worthington Cup second round encounter at the Lane.

Midfielder Simon knows what it is like for the underdog preparing for these games and actually played against the Gulls just over two years ago before his move from Peterborough United.

“It will be a very physical game,” Simon pointed out. “They will come here and make it hard for us to break them down.

“We will have to be patient, play our stuff and if we do that we should be able to break them down. But it will be a difficult game.”

Simon goes into the game full of confidence after a goal in his first start of the season against Southampton in Sunday.

That is a marked contrast to his last Worthington Cup tie — he was hauled off before half-time in the disastrous 3-1 home defeat by Birmingham City last season. How times change in football.

Simon recalled: “I have bad memories from the Birmingham game last season and this is an important cup for us.

“If we can get a good run going it will lift everyone and we can then take that confidence into the league.

“We’ll be looking to win on Thursday and build from there.”

And, as a proud Welshman and full Welsh international, how about a final at the Millennium Stadium? “That would be a dream come true,” he beamed. “If we get there and I’m playing it would be unbelievable. It’s certainly something to aim for.”