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The Final Countdown - Smiles better for Ted

Posted on 23 February 2002  - 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).

Teddy Sheringham has helped put the smile back on fans' faces this season - he says it's now all about keeping it there.

Our captain fantastic has pinpointed consistency as the key to becoming a title-challenging outfit and that playing in big occasions like Sunday's Worthington Cup Final can only help along the way.

Teddy, 35, returned to the Lane in the summer after a trophy-laden spell at Manchester United.

He's spearheaded the return to the great footballing traditions of the club under Glenn Hoddle and runs to the Worthington Cup Final and the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

He will lead the side out at the Millennium Stadium and admits that potential success has come slightly faster than expected.

"It's come a little quicker than expected because Tottenham had had a rough ride

for the last, well, eight or nine years really," said Teddy.

"To turn that around and play some of the football we've been playing, that's encouraging.

"To get a lot of people coming to you saying 'thanks for putting the smile back on our face', that's what you want to hear, that people are enjoying themselves.

"To turn that around and get involved in cup finals is a little different. It's nice to be in that position sooner rather than later."

He was quick to talk down talk of the team becoming a title-challenging unit in the near future but insisted that the big occasions are only beneficial.

He added: "I would say, at this moment, we're a long way off the title but these sort of occasions help you along the way.

"Playing in cup finals, we've played in quite a few big games, Worthington Cup semi-finals, FA Cup rounds, it's all about learning to be consistent and playing at the top of your game week in, week out, the way the likes of Manchester United do.

"They play in cup finals every week because everyone wants to beat them and it's a big story when they do.

"It's all about getting the level consistently that we produced against Chelsea in the semi-final second leg. We have to do that week in, week out.

"To come from last season to this year, smiles on our faces, smiles on supporters faces but there is still a long way between smiling at certain times and smiling throughout the season."