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QUALITY OF SQUAD TO SEE US THROUGH - BRAD
Posted 25 April 2012 3:19pm
Brad Friedel is backing the quality of the squad to shine through in Sunday's key clash against his former team Blackburn at White Hart Lane.
Last weekend's defeat at QPR allowed Newcastle to leapfrog us into fourth in the Premier League with four matches remaining.
Newcastle travel to Wigan on Saturday and Chelsea, a point behind us in sixth, face QPR at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal travel to Stoke.
Brad spent eight seasons at Ewood Park between 2000-2008 and having played so many important matches for Rovers, now prepares for one against them.
"We were down, obviously, after the result at QPR but as a footballer you have to pick yourself back up," said Brad.
"There is nothing else you can do. You have to look yourself in the mirror, go out and do your work and all we can do is try to get three points on Sunday.
"I’ve said it so many times, but we have so much quality in the dressing room there is no reason why we shouldn’t come out winners on Sunday.
"Blackburn, on the other hand, are fighting for their lives. It will be very difficult to break them down but I would like to think that our quality will come out on top on Sunday."
Saturday's loss at Loftus Road certainly put a dampener on a fantastic personal milestone for Brad, who clocked up an amazing 300th consecutive start in the Premier League.
It's a run that stretches back to the start of the 2004-05 season and includes spells at Blackburn and Villa.
He surpassed the Premier League record held by David James with his 167th consecutive start for Villa in November, 2008 and shows no signs of letting up.
Brad, 40, has always been reluctant to talk about his personal milestone - team always comes first - but there was no getting away with it after clocking up 300 matches!
"I would have felt better had we’d won at QPR," he said.
"Whenever you hit milestones like that but don’t get the three points, you don’t want to think about it too much.
"It was the same when I scored a goal against Charlton (for Blackburn, February, 2004), but we ended up losing the game, you don’t want to talk about it.
"When I first came to the country it took me five years to get in with all the work permit problems, then I wasn’t a regular at Liverpool, so 300 games consecutively was a long shot back then.
"As things started rolling at Blackburn, game by game, no-one really mentioned the record to me until I went to Villa, that’s where I was getting towards a number that would break David James’ mark.
"I’ve been fortunate to keep fit since then. I broke the record at 167 games and here we are at 300.
"There have been a number of highlights, too many to pinpoint one, but I would say that all my debuts have been very special. They are games you remember."
Look out for a full Q&A with Brad on Spurs Xtra later this week, plus an interview on Spurs TV Online...