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Pleat seeks City break

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).

David Pleat counters the suggestion of a Manchester City backlash by pointing out that our own simmering goal threat could well come to the boil.

The previously swashbuckling City travel to the Lane tonight for the Carling Cup clash on the back of four games in which they haven't scored. David is well aware that Kevin Keegan's side are a potent force when they hit their stride, but is rightly concentrating on his own offensive potential.

"Of course, we know that," he acknowledged of the City threat. "But, at the same time, we could also turn that question around.

"Sooner or later Helder is going to hit the net, Robbie is going to explode - there are all sorts of reasons why we can do well, particularly as it is a cup tie.

"The last eight beckons for any team that gets through so, lets put it like this, there is a big incentive to do well."

David reasons that the Premiership is providing an unreliable form guide at the moment with teams outside of the top three or four struggling to string a run of positive results together. City's recent drought comes after a period when they scored 11 goals in four games.

"It is strange when they've got the talent of Anelka, Fowler and Wanchope," he considered. "It is a bit like ourselves at the moment, they've got the strikers but can't score. It is a strange game, a few weeks ago I said Middlesbrough were a good team and they've since kept about five clean sheets.

"This league is absolutely anybody's and by that I mean the group under fourth place. We were disappointing on Saturday, we know we disappointed in as much as we felt we could beat Blackburn.

"It wasn't the end of the season on Saturday, it was the last game in November for us and it was a bad result. We are a team that is getting itself together and we'll be alright."