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WTPS: Match reports and reaction

Posted on 5 November 2001  - 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).

The newspapers stick to match reports and the managers' reactions from Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.

Here is the report from Peter Ferguson in the Daily Mail.

David O'Leary believes his hungry Leeds squad just need the rub of the green this season to make the breakthrough and Glenn Hoddle will justifiably claim the Elland Road boss enjoyed the luck of the Irish to win this one.

O'Leary's side sit at the top of the Premiership today, still unbeaten in the League and narrowly ahead of Liverpool's menacing challenge for at least the next fortnight.

But Spurs' Scotland goalkeeper Neil Sullivan provided an unexpected hand and central defender Dean Richards made an uncharacteristic error to help turn yesterday's game just as Tottenham threatened to inflict Leeds' first defeat of the campaign.

The Londoners were certainly heading that way after Gus Poyet scored the 52nd-minute opener from 20 yards that ended Nigel Martyn's home run of clean sheets in the Premiership this season.

But Leeds eventually shook off the lingering weariness of their UEFA Cup defeat in France on Thursday night to pinch an equaliser from Ian Harte and a farewell winner from Australia-bound Harry Kewell. That was just enough to squeeze their first win in more than a month, but Spurs boss Hoddle claimed: 'We shot ourselves in the foot with the goals we conceded.You scratch your head sometimes to see how you've lost a game - we didn't deserve to lose that one, that's for sure.'

Not quite at full stretch when looking to make a routine save from Harte's 61st-minute shot, Sullivan contrived to push the ball against his right-hand post and it ricocheted untidily off his prostrate body and over the line for an equaliser.

The goalkeeper admitted he'd made an error, but Hoddle said: 'Did he hold up his hands? Not high enough, obviously. To be fair, the ball swerved late. Neil has been excellent for us, he's been a world-class goalkeeper.

He made a good save soon afterwards, which suggests he's already got it out of his system.'

If Hoddle was perturbed at conceding that goal, he was mortified at what happened eight minutes from the end, when Danny Mills' throw-in was redirected by Richards' header into the no-man's-land that yawned between Sullivan and Chris Perry.

Kewell nipped in while the two Tottenham men dithered and hooked a right-footed shot into the net.

It was only Kewell's sixth goal of the season and the irony was that fellow countryman Mark Viduka did not grab the goal he wanted before the pair head off today for a month's absence on World Cup duty.

Hoddle said: 'I was delighted with some of the football we played. We caused them problems and I really thought we were going to win.'

O'Leary begged to differ. He said: 'We dominated the game, the best team won. We're building up momentum and we've played well against the top teams. But we're going to be missing vital players this month.'

At least Leeds will have Alan Smith back and O'Leary blooded £9million midfielder Seth Johnson, who marked his debut with a booking for flattening Mauricio Taricco.