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Posted on 19 December 2007  - 12:00

Gus Poyet praised the collective spirit of Tuesday night's excellent Carling Cup display and 2-0 win at City.

Gus Poyet praised the collective spirit of Tuesday night's excellent Carling Cup display and 2-0 win at City.

Down to 10 men for 70 minutes, the lads produced a superb defensive display to keep at bay a side that had won 10 out 10 home games before this quarter-final.

Paul Robinson produced two world-class saves and Dimitar Berbatov's performance as a lone striker drew plaudits as goals from Jermain Defoe after five minutes and Steed Malbranque after 83 saw us into the semi-finals.

"The way we played the first 15, 20 minutes was magnificent," reflected first team coach Gus. "We scored, we kept the ball, we passed it and after that we had to work very hard.

"We could talk about everyone one-by-one but it was a team performance, the players understood how you have to defend, even after losing a player.

"The key moments were the saves by Paul Robinson, he was magnificent and showed why he’s England number one and why he plays at that level. The full-backs, the four across midfield, Berba on his own up front. It was a team performance.

"Sometimes you have to say names but the key of this game was the whole group including the subs - Tainio went in there and did perfectly."

"It was a big, big win for everyone at Spurs."