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WTPS: Coventry reports

Posted on 17 January 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).

Thursday's newspapers take a very positive view of our performance and victory against Coventry City in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.

Janine Self's report in the Sun read as follows:

GLENN HODDLE last night hailed the oldies who cannot stop striking gold for Tottenham.

Midfielder Gus Poyet, 34, and striker Les Ferdinand, 35, scored the goals which eased Spurs into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Worthington Cup semi-finalists now face Bolton at home — and they have already beaten Wanderers twice this season.

In truth, the Premiership team did not even have to break sweat in what was a re-run of the 1987 Cup final.

Poyet's ninth goal of the season and Ferdinand's 13th helped put the record straight on what was a night of nostalgia at Highfield Road.

White Hart Lane boss Hoddle, whose last game in a Spurs shirt was that Wembley defeat 15 years ago, was smiling after this victory.

He said: "Gus has done fantastically for me this season and Les is also scoring goals.

"Age is not a problem for these guys. They know how to look after themselves. It's a science keeping fit and they know exactly what they have to do.

"Gus has had a hard season so far and he's tired but he's got such a love for the game.

"He's delighted with the way we are playing and it's like having a 21-year-old around the training ground.

"You have to slow him down and he does everything with pride."

Poyet made the vital breakthrough after 23 minutes but the move was originally started by the impressive Darren Anderton.

Old Sick Note looks like he can run forever these days and it was his vision which led to him switching the play across to Simon Davies.

The Wales star crossed and there was Uruguayan Poyet to head in at the near post.

Tottenham were always a class above their First Division opponents.

But they found the net only once more — in the 51st minute.

Poyet fed Anderton, who crossed into the area where Coventry defender Gary Breen inadvertently slid the ball against a post.

Ferdy was on hand to convert with the simplest of tap-ins.
Tottenham's football bordered on the sublime at times while Coventry were left chasing shadows.

Sky Blues boss Roland Nilsson said: "They were by far the better team. We gave them too much respect.

"We were playing at home and if we wanted to get something out of the game then we had to take it to them.

"After they scored the first goal I thought it was going to be very hard to get back in it. I felt before that in a Cup game we had a chance of upsetting a Premiership team but you have to perform well to do that.

"I think Tottenham can do well in this competition. They had a few players injured today but the ones who came in showed they were good quality."

Coventry's high spot came before kick-off when the 1987 Cup final team paraded on the pitch.

From then on it was downhill, with Spurs keeper Neil Sullivan barely tested by Julian Joachim and David Thompson.

Hoddle added: "I'm delighted. We had everything to lose coming here and this could have been a banana skin.

"But we put on a very professional performance and there could have been more goals.

"Playing Bolton is going to be tough.

"It's another day and to beat a fellow Premiership side three times in a season would be a difficult task.

"At the moment I'm just delighted to be in the next round."

Tottenham had skipper Teddy Sheringham missing through suspension and Ukrainian understudy Sergei Rebrov failed to take advantage of the opportunity to impress.

But there were plenty of others firing on all cylinders.

And Coventry keeper Magnus Hedman needed to be on his toes to deny Davies and Ferdinand further goals.

Maybe that is just being greedy.