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Posted on 9 June 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).

George Graham didn’t take long too pinpoint our problems after Saturday’s defeat against Coventry City.

“We’re leaking goals too easily and having to come back all the time, to show determination and spirit, which we did again,” said the boss.

“We can’t give goals away as easily as we have been doing.

“We’re giving teams goal starts, simple as that and we’re giving soft goals away.

“The last away match bad marking cost two out of the four goals that we gave away and we’re giving goals away too easily.

“The second goal was very poor. It’s not like my teams, which are normally more solid at the back.”

George was pleased with our recovery in the second half but the damage was done in a poor first half display when goals from John Aloisi and John Eustace put City in the driving seat.

We hit back through Sergei Rebrov and laid siege to the home side’s goal in the second half but despite the pressure and Coventry going down to 10 men following Carlton Palmer’s dismissal, the equaliser would not materialise.

George added: “We had plenty of possession in the first half and then they got a goal with their first shot on target — a great goal, I thought we should have closed him down, but let’s not take anything away from the strike.

“Then they go two up. We had plenty of the ball but I think arguably they were the better side in the first half.

“In the second half we totally dominated and in fact I wish they would have stayed with 10 men on the pitch. That went against us.

“We were playing better against 11 men. They just got everyone back behind the ball, let us have it and that makes it more difficult.”

To listen to George's post-match press conference in full, click here