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Mido insists that winning a good ratio of away games at places like Ewood Park will make all the difference for us come the final Premiership reckoning.
We head to the home of Blackburn Rovers tonight seeking to return to top spot after Manchester City overtook us on Tuesday evening following their win over Sunderland.
Mido points to the example set by Everton and Bolton last season, where the pair were resolute on the road and this played a big part in them securing European football.
"I think it will be a tough game," said Mido on our first trip to the north west this term. "We will have to concentrate and be very well prepared.
"We cannot think about the Middlesbrough game anymore, we have to go there and try and take the three points. I think in this type of game, if we take the three points, it will make the difference at the end of the season.
"I say this to the players and it is what we are talking about. If we win this kind of game away it will make a big difference to the table and put us higher.
"It is a totally different game we need to play away, we need to work more and, as strikers, we need to do more defensive work. When you get a chance you must score like Everton and Bolton did last season and they got fourth and fifth because they did very well when they played away.
"We must do the same and learn to do this away. If we do we will be in the first four or five - believe me."
Blackburn opened their account for the season with spectacular goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen and Tugay overcoming Fulham at Ewood Park on Saturday.
They lost 3-1 at West Ham on the opening day of the season having been 1-0 up - losing striker Paul Dickov to a red card along the way.
Mark Hughes' big summer signing was Craig Bellamy from Newcastle United - Hughes expected to be able to bring the best out of the fiery striker after managing him at international level.
Shefki Kuqi also arrived from Ipswich Town, where he scored 26 goals in 59 league starts.
ONES TO WATCH
Brad Friedel: Signed on a free from Liverpool in 2000-01, the American has consistently been among the top five or six goalkeepers in the Premiership and selected in the league's team of the season in 2002-03. Battled it out with former Spur Kasey Keller for the USA number one spot and recently retired with 80 caps to his name.
Ryan Nelsen: Credited by many as having as big an impact as anyone as Rovers climbed out of trouble under Mark Hughes last season. Formerly with MLS outfit DC United in the States - and twice voted into the USA league's All Star XI - the New Zealander struck up an immediate understanding with Andy Todd at the centre of Rovers' defence.
Robbie Savage: The man all Spurs fans love to hate all stemming from his part in getting Justin Edinburgh sent off in the 1999 League Cup Final. However, no-one can dispute the impact he's had at the likes of Leicester, Birmingham and now Blackburn. All-action midfielder has won 39 caps for Wales but has been left out of the current squad by John Toshack. Moved to Ewood Park in January 2005.
Morten Gamst Pedersen: Pacy left winger who has caught the eye with some spectacular goals - not least the first in Rovers' 2-1 win against Fulham on Saturday. Signed from Tromso in Norway at the start of last season, Pedersen has a more than decent return of nine goals in 29 appearances. He also has three goals in nine full Norway appearances.
ROVERS LAST FIVE RESULTS
Aug 20, 2005: Blackburn 2, Fulham 1
Aug 13, 2005: West Ham 3, Blackburn 1
May 15, 2005: Spurs 0, Blackburn 0
May 7, 2005: Blackburn 1, Fulham 3
April 30, 2005: Birmingham 2, Blackburn 1
LAST TIME WE MET
May 15, 2005: Spurs 0 Blackburn 0: There was still a mathmatical chance of us making the UEFA Cup before the final game of last season. We needed Manchester City to beat Boro and then beat Rovers by two more goals but Boro's draw at City made it all immaterial anyway. The game itself was tight with little between the sides as Rovers proved a tough nut to crack with Nelsen and Todd outstanding and Friedel again in form when called upon.
Martin Jol: "They are difficult opponents and proved that last season. They play in a similar style to a lot of clubs in a 4-3-3 that you can also see as a 4-5-1. They played very well in the first half against Fulham and this will be a very hard game for us. It's important that we get something out of it."
Mark Hughes: "Spurs have started very brightly and they have a lot of attacking potential and individual talent who can hurt you if you give them the chance. They have invested and a lot of people now view them as genuine contenders to if not win the league then certainly compete right to the end and provide another option up there. It is important that we take the initiative and impose ourselves on them and try not to let them get into the game."
Robbie Keane has scored winners twice at Ewood Park and will make his 100th Premiership appearance for us if he plays. Successive 2-0 wins against Pompey and Boro have secured our best start in 11 years. Rovers have failed to score in their last three meetings with us but only three goals have been netted in the last four Premiership clashes between the sides. Rovers only registered five home victories in each of the last two seasons.