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THREE-POINT PLAN

Posted on 1 February 2008  - 12:00

Gus Poyet insists we'd be after three points against whoever we're playing at the Lane on Saturday - it just happens to be Manchester United.

Gus Poyet insists we'd be after three points against whoever we're playing at the Lane on Saturday - it just happens to be Manchester United.

First team coach Gus is well aware that having made impressive progress away from the lower reaches of the Barclays Premier League - moving from 18th to 11th place - we now have to bridge a sizeable gap of eight points to climb into the top 10.

It's a tough task though - Sir Alex Ferguson's men have won 10 of their last 11 league matches as they battle to retain their title.

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"We're at home so no matter who the opposition is, we want the three points," stated Gus at Spurs Lodge after training on Friday. "And we need three points, three points and three points in the games that follow. That has to be the mentality now if we want to break into the top 10."

Gus believes we can take heart from our performance in last weekend's FA Cup reverse against United at Old Trafford, where a 3-1 final scoreline wasn't really reflective of the encounter.

"We proved that we can play at that level and all we have to put right is a couple of mistakes," added Gus. "We have to play that way again, defend well, concentrate and then being at home will give us that little extra.

"We have to control the game and not give United the chance to break, they are very good at that so if we push too many men forward, it will give Ronaldo, Rooney and co that chance. We need to control possession and not give away the ball, because those players need the ball."

Gus insisted it was a case of so far, so good since he arrived with Juande Ramos and Marcos Alvarez at the end of October. "The only little disappointment is the FA Cup, so we can't complain," smiled Gus. "But you have to remember it was United at Old Trafford, not a real cup upset against a minnow and sometimes you have to accept a team can beat you.

"If that's the only disappointment it means the rest is going well. We've improved in the league, we're in the Carling Cup Final and looking forward to the next round of the UEFA Cup. It could be quite an exciting last few months of the season."

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