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The Pleat verdict

Posted on 26 April 2004  - 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).

David Pleat admitted he was faced with some tricky decisions at half-time as we trailed 2-0 to Arsenal.

Speaking back at Spurs Lodge this afternoon, our acting boss and director of football was delighted with the response of the lads as we fought back for a draw via Jamie Redknapp's 25-yarder and Robbie Keane's injury time penalty.

Here is David's more considered view on that memorable derby...

"It was a difficult situation at half-time. When you get a team as fast as Arsenal breaking out it's very difficult to contend with.

"We actually started okay but they scored a classic goal. We still tried to get forward to get back into the game but then lost a second goal on the counter.

"As I said, half-time was difficult. We changed our shape a little and changed it once more mid-way through the second half when we brought Gus Poyet on for Stephen Kelly and moved Simon Davies back.

"We were playing the best team and showed in the second half a real spirit. It was led by the centre of midfield because we had Ledley King struggling. We mixed our game up a little, that was a difference. We played a slightly longer game into Fredi Kanoute and we've been reluctant to do that, we've always tried to play our football.

"I was delighted with the response. I think we deserved the point and deserved the good fortune that we haven't had of late."