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Deano's cup frustration

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).

Dean Richards has underlined his frustration at missing out on our Worthington Cup exploits.

The defender is ineligible to play for us in the competition after turning out for Southampton against Brighton in the second round before his big-money switch to the Lane.

He had to watch from the sidelines again as we hit Bolton for six in the quarter-final on Tuesday and will have to do the same again in next month's semi-finals and, even worse for him, if we make the final.

"It has been difficult to miss the Worthington Cup games," admitted the big man at Spurs Lodge this week.

"I played the first game of the tournament against Brighton. Funnily enough the game almost got cancelled but it went ahead and we won down there 3-0. Now I seem to be suffering for it.

"I said when I came here that I hadn't won a major trophy, not played in a major final or anything like that and that was one of the reasons why I wanted to come here.

"So to have to sit one out would be really disappointing, a nightmare really.

"I've played in an FA Cup semi-final for Wolves and lost so if the lads get to the final, although it will be great for everyone, it will be disappointing for me personally to miss out."

Being cup-tied also meant 'Deano' missed out on the chance to put Saturday's disappointing display against Charlton behind him alongside the rest of his defensive colleagues against Bolton.

He explained: "We didn't defend well on the day at Charlton. I held my hands up, I was one of the biggest culprits. I didn't have a good game.

"It would have been nice to have been involved against Bolton to get it out my system, a good performance and confidence would have been sky high.

"But it wasn't to be and I've just got to get on with it on Saturday.

"It's important for us to bounce back in the league this weekend, tighten up and get the three points."