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+Steo on the stalemate

Posted on 22 February 2005  - 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).

Stephen Kelly admits there was disappointment in the camp following the FA Cup draw with Nottingham Forest on Sunday, but feels there is everything to play for in the replay next Wednesday with a date with Newcastle in the quarter-finals the prize for the winners.

Not building on Jermain Defoe's free-kick strike just before half-time proved costly when Gareth Taylor netted an unlikely leveller on 55 minutes. Forest grew in confidence from this point and there was chances at both ends in the remaining time.

"It was a bit disappointing," reflected the young defender back at Spurs Lodge. "I think in the first half we played quite well, passed the ball around and had a few chances. They came at us in the second half and it became a difficult game, they caused us problems but we were still in the draw for the next round and that is the main thing.

"We needed to get another goal because they were set back and it caused us problems because they were hard to break down. If we had got another goal it would have damaged their gameplan, they would have had to attack us more and it would have given us more options to press down the channels.

"It didn't happen like that and they got a goal back so it is one of those things, we have to go up there and get the right result now."

Stephen suspects there will be more of an onus on Forest to make the running in the replay in front of their own fans, which could lead to more of an open contest.

"You can't sit back so much, the fans want you to attack and put pressure on the other team when you are at home.

"We have to go up there and play our own game, they will attack us more and we will look to exploit any weaknesses in them."