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Carrick's return to the scene

Fri 01 April 2005, 12:00|Tottenham Hotspur

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).

Michael Carrick will return to the scene of his worst footballing memory when we visit St Andrews to face Birmingham City on Saturday.

It was at this venue nearly two seasons ago that West Ham had their relegation fate sealed after a desperate battle to beat the drop.

Unfortunately, it was not a spot of great research that bought up the topic with the midfielder, just a mention of the stadium's name bought it flooding back for the former Hammer.

"I've got bad memories of that place I have - we went down there," lamented Michael, who also spent a month on loan at Birmingham in early 2000. "West Ham got relegated there, I didn't play, but that was where the final nail went in. It is not good memories.

"It will be strange, I haven't been back there since and hopefully I can put things right for me."

However, Michael expects Birmingham to be in good spirits following their derby triumph over Aston Villa last time out.

"They had a good result against Villa and are going to be on a high," he added, noting the Blues' form has been a bit in and out. "They have had a funny season, they looked like they would be challenging near the top but have been stop-start.

"Hopefully we can go there, play well and get a result, but it is going to be hard game.

"It has probably been a bit frustrating for them because they are capable of winning a lot of games, but is hasn't always happened. We can go there believing we can win and if they have an off-day we can hopefully capitalise on that."

Michael reports that the team head to St Andrews in a confident frame of mind themselves after entering the international break with a hard-fought victory over Manchester City at the Lane.

"I thought it was a huge game for us. We were desperate to win that game no matter what. The lads were a little bit tense and we didn't really get the ball down and play, they stopped us from doing in and it wasn't an attractive game to watch.

"We had three or four games before where we played well and didn't get much from them. For us to be able scrap a win was good, especially before the break and it kept Man City a little bit behind us as they were on our tails. With Charlton getting beaten we are in the mix again."