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The Pleat verdict

Posted on 19 January 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 described Saturday's 2-1 win over Liverpool as a victory for the character displayed by the team.

A third goal in three games for Robbie Keane and a first in the Premiership for Helder Postiga secured the memorable triumph in front of a vocal full house at White Hart Lane and the acting boss was naturally buoyant following the game.

"The players showed great character, attitude and determination - I think they did very, very well," purred David, who explained that, due to the size of players in the Liverpool ranks, instructions were issued to keep the ball down.

"We tried to keep in on the deck, I think if I watch video I will find that Liverpool won every header in midfield - although we competed very well with them at the back with the do or die heading.

"We had to play the ball to feet, but it is very difficult to do all the time - although we did it for sustained periods. In the first half we pushed them back with simple passing.

"It was a victory for character and a little bit of spoiling and determination. Key aspects of English football really."