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Tom's watching brief

Posted on 3 February 2010  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone had a spectator's view of our FA Cup tie against Leeds and admitted: "I was impressed."

Tom's watching brief

Tom Huddlestone had a spectator's view of our FA Cup tie against Leeds and admitted: "I was impressed."

The midfielder had to sit it out with a knee injury as the initial fourth round tie ended in a 2-2 draw at the Lane.

It was one of only four matches this season Tom has missed and he watched from the sidelines as we led twice only to be pegged back twice by the League One side, Jermain Beckford's injury time penalty earning Leeds a replay at Elland Road.

Tom missed the matches against Leeds and Liverpool but was back for the win against Fulham and the draw at Birmingham and is now very much in the frame for tonight's (Wednesday, February 3) encounter.

"I watched the game at White Hart Lane and they were very good," said Tom.

"They have quality players who are comfortable on the ball and make it difficult for you when you've got possession.

"It's a difficult game. I've played up there before and it will be a hostile atmosphere but we go there with confidence knowing that if we work as hard as them, our quality should show.

"Everyone would have thought that Leeds at home would be a win for us but it didn't prove the case. We now have to go and put that right."

Tom said there were no surprises from a Leeds side that put United to the sword at Old Trafford in the third round.

"We watch videos of every team we play and we see clips of the way they play, the shape they play, so the lads knew all about them. They were right up for the occasion and maybe we got a little sloppy, but we've got another chance."

Quickly reflecting on Saturday's 1-1 draw at Birmingham, Tom joined the chorus of frustration from the visiting dressing room after Jermain Defoe's 69th minute goal was wiped out by a 91st-minute equaliser.

"They had a few chances but we created the clear-cut chances and to be leading right to the end it was disappointing to draw, especially with the way they scored."