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Tano back on the Town

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).

Mauricio Taricco has waited a long time to go back to Portman Road - he's now determined to make it successful.

With respect, few players are likely to have pencilled in a trip to Portman Road as their special date in the Premiership diary back in August but 'Tano' insists it's the date he's always been looking forward to.

Tano, of course, enjoyed five seasons at Portman Road after arriving in England from Argentinos Juniors in 1994.

He played over 150 games for the Suffolk outfit and was a hugely popular player with fans before we snapped him up in November 1998.

Town's near-misses to gain promotion and Tano's injury lay-off last term made sure he didn't come up against his former club until Town's shock win at the Lane last month.

But the wing-back sees this as the real return. "I'm looking forward to it," he announced. "This will be the first time I've been back to Portman Road for three years.

"I looked forward to playing them at White Hart Lane but this is a little different because there will be a stadium full of Ipswich fans this time.

"The stadium has new stands and I haven't seen them yet, so it will be a little different. It is a game I always looked for.

"I had very good memories at Ipswich. I had a wonderful time there apart from the first year, which was hard, but I got on with everyone, had great relationship with the fans, good football - it was a nice time.

"But on Saturday we will go there, play our way and hopefully aim for the three points."

Town's controversial win at the Lane - Teddy Sheringham was red carded - kick-started a run of three straight wins and they were 2-0 up at Charlton before falling back down to earth with a bump and a 3-2 defeat.

That run lifted Town off the bottom and handed them a fighting chance of moving out of the relegation zone.

Tano admits it came as shock when Town beat us 2-1 but it was no surprise to see them hit form.

He pointed out: "We knew even before we played them at home that they were a good team and we all know and believe they are in a false position.

"They need results and unfortunately for us they started that run against us.

"No-one expected them to beat us, especially at that time when they couldn't get a point from anywhere.

"We gave them a lift and they went on to play well over the next few games, picking up decent points.

"They are a good team. They haven't got fantastic individuals or depend on one player.

"They are a good, all-round team and if they are working well together and up on their game it will be tough for us again.

"They can pass the ball and can control games and we will have to work hard to impose our game on them.

"But we are okay. We are seventh, playing decent football although not getting the right resuts all the time, our confidence is fine."

By Paul Miles