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Ledley on Baggies test

Fri 11 February 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).

Ledley King believes the team will confront a confident West Brom in the FA Cup 5th round replay at the Lane on Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm.

The Baggies put on a good display at the Hawthorns in what was a pretty even contest in the original tie, having before won their first game under Bryan Robson with a victory over Manchester City.

Following the game at the end of January, they were desperately unfortunate not to take maximum points from what resulted in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace before outplaying Norwich away and coming off on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline.

"They've been unlucky in quite a few games," considered the skipper. "They seem a lot more solid since the new manager has come in and every game is close.

"They seem to have good confidence and we know it will be a tough game from playing them before."

Ledley is battling to be fit for the encounter after withdrawing from England duty due to groin problems that have prevented playing a full part in training.

"I'm not sure, I can still feel the area and it is a bit sore," he revealed. "It hasn't stopped me playing but has been affecting me for a few weeks and has stopped me training a bit.

"I have been getting through the games and having problems after."

Should he make our date with the Baggies, Ledley and his defensive colleagues will have to contend with the threat of diminutive front man Robert Earnshaw, who scored West Brom's goal at the Hawthorns.

"He is small, sharp and has an eye for goal - he has done well for them. Him and Kanu are two very different players as a pair, but they are both dangerous."

Meanwhile, Ledley added that the home win over Portsmouth provided a boost to the lads after a tricky trio of away fixtures.

"It had been a while since we played at home and the lads were desperate to perform in front of our crowd. I thought the performance against Portsmouth was good and dominated for the whole game. We conceded a disappointing goal from our point of view, but responded well after that.

"We're confident playing at home and are looking forward to Saturday."