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Pleat's big 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 revealed that half-time against Manchester City on Sunday was as busy a one as he has conducted in his spell in charge so far.

A goal down following a scrappy first half performance, Mauricio Taricco struggling with head and foot injuries and Darren Anderton unable to continue, the acting boss needed to implement decisive change.

His reshuffle included the introduction of Stephane Dalmat and Johnnie Jackson, with Ledley King switching to left back.

"It was a tricky one," recalled David. "We knew straight away that Darren wouldn't be going out for the second half and that one was quite simple with Stephane coming on in his place.

"With Taricco out I decided to be brave and bring King into the back group and sacrifice his defensive abilities in midfield because we were losing 1-0. It gave Brown the opportunity to have more space, which he did not enjoy in the first half.

"Jackson tired in the last ten minutes and didn't keep his shape, but they all did well in the second period. The two subs were both influential because they gave the other team a problem, put them on the back foot and gave us that impetus.

"We not only started well, but continued for about 30 minutes."

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