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Strachan's sympathy

Posted on 18 March 2001  - 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).

Gordon Strachan said he sympathised with George Graham but had warned his players not to get sucked in by pre-match events at the Lane.

In the end City's problems were of their own making - they failed to take early chances before two goals in a purple spell in the first half put us firmly in the driving seat. Sergei Rebrov's goal on the hour sealed it and left Strachan's side in the relegation mire.

Talking about his own position, Strachan said: "I will be alright, don't worry about that. But of course you feel for any managers that find themselves in George's position yesterday.

"I felt for Tony Cottee at Barnet as well, but I told my players not to focus anything on what has happened at Spurs because all I really have to be interested in is what happens at Coventry. The future? That is always the next game.

"It is looking a big job for us now and this performance encapsulated our season.

"We played some good football but failed to take chances and couldn't defend set-pieces.

"I reckon we had at least three good opportunities before Spurs scored but let them all slip.

"I've told the players their destiny is still in their own hands. They'll all be players until at least their mid-thirties but where they play and what level is entirely down to them."