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Les on the margins

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).

Les Ferdinand is better placed than most to comment on the margins between success and despair in football.

With a cup final and a quarter-final on the horizon everyone had a spring in their step and silverware on their minds.

Now, in Les' own words, we've come down with a bit of a bump. But the veteran striker insists the team have still come a long way and it is all about progression at the moment.

"They are narrow," said Les on the margins of success. "A few months ago everyone was walking round with big smiles on their faces and pretty upbeat. The last couple of weeks we've come down with a bit of bump.

"In the light of day, what we've got to sit back and analyse is that we've come a long way from where we were last year.

"Although we got to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and the final of the Worthington, obviously we are disappointed about both situations.

"Looking at how the team has progressed in the last year - I think that is the positive point to take out of all this and where we go from there really."

Of course the margins are pretty narrow for Les on a personal level. He can reflect on length of Brad Friedel's fingertips that denied him in Cardiff and the width of a post that could have altered the course of the Chelsea tie.

"It's one of those. No striker want to go through a time when he's not hitting the back of the net. It happened to me at the most important times, the chances where it hit the post or the keeper made a couple of good saves.