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Posted on 28 October 2003  - 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).

Ledley King says there is a determination among the team to progress in the cup competitions and make up for last season's disappointments.

West Ham travel to the Lane tonight in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup - the stage at which we were eliminated last term in a surprise reverse at Burnley. The FA Cup did not provide any consolation and a 3rd round exit followed at Southampton in January.

Ledley insists that cup football is important to the players and they would like to put things right this time around.

"Definitely, we went out of last season's competitions early and it makes it a bit sour for the rest of the season," he said. It would be nice to get a good cup run this time."

Ledley will be hoping for a start against the Hammers after making his return from injury in Sunday's draw with Middlesbrough.

"Of course, once you are fit you want to play as soon as possible, but the team is doing well and I have to respect that. When I get my chance I'll have to take it.

"I haven't seen much of them this season, but West Ham are always up for a game against us so it will be a tough one and very interesting," he added, before reporting that he enjoys the midfield role he was employed in on Sunday.

"I've always said I enjoy playing in midfield. I don't think it's my best position but I do enjoy it. We'll just have to see how it goes, I want to get my match fitness back and see what happens from there."

Meanwhile, Dean Richards warns of the danger of underestimating the threat of West Ham following their relegation from the top flight at the end of last season.

"They've still got quality players and the nucleas of the team they had last season. They've got Jermain Defoe who is still, in my mind, a Premiership quality striker.

"It is going to be a difficult game, but one we go into confident and one we're looking to win."

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