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Fergie on Spurs

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).

Sir Alex Ferguson said Spurs were as good as United had faced at Old Trafford in the Premiership this season.

Certainly, we refused to buckle under pressure from the champions and had a little spell of our own in the closing stages, albeit without really threatening.

"I thought in the first half it would have been hard to play against us. The pace and tempo of our play was first class and we were quick about the pitch.

"But when we started missing chances, Tottenham responded to that. It encouraged them and they all got involved in the game. They had a fair degree of possession and in the last 25 minutes probably had more of the game than us, but they couldn't get the breakthrough.

"There was one moment when Gary Neville had to clear, which was a bit of an escape and Korsten had a great shot where Barthez produced an equally fantastic save. They did as well as anyone has done here this season."

After Paul Scholes' opener in the 40th minute United had to wait until the 84th minute before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to finish the game off as a contest. Sir Alex added: "I thought the first half was very, very good, we had a good tempo and dominated.

"For a 15 minute period after that we missed a few chances and then you are always encouraging opponents and Tottenham did come into it in the last 25 minutes.

"We had to dig in for a little bit, but we defended well. Fortunately we then got the killer goal. We had chances before, but at 1-0 you are never safe.