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Sol: Di Canio the threat

Posted on 10 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Sol Campbell admits Paolo Di Canio poses the real threat from West Ham on Monday - but would rather just concentrate on Spurs.

Our commanding skipper is preparing to confront the Italian and a wealth of attacking talent at Harry Redknapp's disposal including Davor Suker, Frederic Kanoute, Joe Cole and Trevor Sinclair.

Campbell said: "Paolo Di Canio is a fantastic player, very inventive, creates things but West Ham have a good side all-round.

"They have always been a good passing team but I would rather not talk too much about them. I'd rather just get on with the game and play them.

"We're at home which is the main thing and we have to got to try and start as we finished against Everton on Tuesday, especially our second half performance."

Big Sol more than played his part in our comeback from 2-0 down for a 3-2 victory against Everton. He slid the ball against the post before Sergei Rebrov buried the rebound for the first goal and produced the header which led to Thomas Gravesen's handball for Rebrov's equaliser from the spot. Les Ferdinand then finished the job.

"We came back from 2-0 down, that was the main thing," said Campbell. "We stuck at it and to be fair, in the second half, we played very well as a team."

As for a new-found spirit in the side this season, he added: "I think we've had that spirit here for a long time but sometimes the rub of the green hasn't gone our way. It's been on our side this time."