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Jermaine Jenas believes the agony of near misses in cup competitions last season will drive the lads to succeed this time around.

Jermaine Jenas believes the agony of near misses in cup competitions last season will drive the lads to succeed this time around.

It really was a case of so near, so far in all three competitions.

We led 2-0 in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal only to go out after extra time in the second leg, we led 3-1 at Chelsea in the FA Cup only to go out in a replay and then led 1-0 at Juande Ramos' Sevilla in the first leg of the UEFA Cup quarter-final only to go out 4-3 on aggregate.

With a place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup already in the bag, we turn our attention to the Carling Cup tonight (Tuesday December 18) and a quarter-final against Manchester City at Eastlands.

Wembley is three steps away and JJ - pictured crestfallen after the exit against Sevilla - is determined to help take us there. "We were so close last season, ended up getting beaten and we all know what that feels like," he stated. "It wasn't nice and we're all desperate for silverware - we keep saying it and it's the truth.

"Everyone connected with Spurs knows how much it hurt last season. You could see the reaction of the lads, everyone was upset and we need to reflect on that, remember how we felt and use it to drive us forward.

"City away isn't an easy game but we intend to go there and win."

JJ expects this match to take a different pattern to our 2-1 league win over Sven Goran Eriksson's men a little over a week ago at the Lane.

"It will, I'm sure," he added. "When we played at home we did all the attacking, they camped in, made it diffucult for us, frustrated us and tried to turn the crowd. They are at home now and have to come out and attack, so it will be a different game."

Everton are already in the hat for the semi-finals after beating West Ham last week. Blackburn face Arsenal at Ewood Park tonight while Chelsea host Liverpool in the final tie of the last eight on Wednesday night.

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