Ryan ready for buoyant Bolton
Ryan Nelsen insists no-one is looking beyond tonight’s FA Cup quarter-final against Bolton - even with the huge prize of a Wembley semi-final against Chelsea waiting for the winners.
We take on Owen Coyle's men in our re-arranged quarter-final in a 7.30pm kick-off at the Lane tonight.
Central defender Ryan has started three FA Cup ties for us in his short Spurs career so far since joining in the January transfer window.
He knows exactly what it would mean to make it through to Wembley.
“Yes, that would be an amazing day,” said Ryan.”But it’s hard to look that far ahead.
“We’ve got a very tough game in front of us first against Bolton and we know we’ll have to be at our best to beat them.”
Ryan was impressed with how Bolton started that initial tie with the front three of Martin Petrov, Ivan Klasnic and Ryo Miyaichi causing a few problems.
“It was a tough game that night and they will be buoyed by the news of Fabrice Muamba’s recovery and a great result at the weekend, a derby win against Blackburn,” added Ryan.
“They will be very motivated and it will be an extremely tough game.
“They have nothing to lose and that can be dangerous. We’re favourites at home, of course, and that means they can go out there and play without pressure.
“That can be a weight off some players’ shoulders. We’ll be ready for that.”