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STEED IN THE GOALS

Posted on 16 March 2007  - 12:00

Steed Malbranque was naturally content with his goalscoring contribution to the UEFA Cup tie against Braga, but was quick to turn his attention to the Premiership challenge ahead.

Steed Malbranque was naturally content with his goalscoring contribution to the UEFA Cup tie against Braga, but was quick to turn his attention to the Premiership challenge ahead.The midfield playmaker netted in both legs of the Round of 16 tie, taking his tally for the season to five and his goal on Wednesday at the Lane was certainly easy on the eye. He dinked a sublime throughball from Dimitar Berbatov with considerable ease past visiting keeper Paulo Santos.

"It is good to score against any team, but it was a UEFA Cup game and very important to us," explained the Frenchman. "It was a special goal for me and I received a good pass from Berba - I then saw the keeper coming forward and decided to put the ball to the side."

The prospect of an extended run in European football was one of the reasons Steed wished to joined the club ahead of the summer transfer deadline and his ambition is being realised so far.

"Yes of course, it was one of the challenges I wanted when I came to a club like Tottenham. Now we are waiting for the draw and hoping to progress to the next round as well," he continued, before agreeing that the team have adapted well to the European football environment.

"Yes, but over the last month we have been comfortable in the league as well. The UEFA Cup is important to the club and players because we want to win something and we need to show this on the pitch."

The visit of Watford could well produce something of contrast in style from that displayed by Braga last time out.

"It will be a against a team who play the game in a different style and the game is just as important to us as playing in Europe because we want the points to climb the league.

"We are in a good position now and need to win against Watford to realise our aims and that of the fans.
The stadium is always full and when we play away they are always there. We appreciate the support and the fans help the team to win games."


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