Hoddle expects hard time

Wednesday 11 September 2002

Spurs Boss Glenn Hoddle believes that Fulham will prove a different proposition to any other team Tottenham have faced so far this season.

Talking to the Spurs Official Website ahead of tonight's clash at Loftus Road the former England Boss said:

"This one is going to be a bit different. You dig in in a different way, you're concentration has to be a little bit different.

"They'll be patient and you have to concentrate on your defending against them.

"You have to defend well, not so much in a battling 50-50 challenges sort of way and staying tight. The game will be a little bit more open in the sense that when they lose the ball the game will be open. The same if we lose it at times, because we are a passing side."

"There will be an expectation of a different game, although it is a small pitch there. It's a pretty cramped pitch so that brings it back in a bit and it could be a bit more of a battling game."

"They are a good footballing side, we managed to beat them three times last year, but that counts for nothing now. Unless they feel we've got a bit of an Indian Sign over them, but that's for them to deal with that and not for us to get complacent.

"We'll definitely be going across there in a positive frame of mind."



With no injury problems reported following the return of their internationals, Fulham have a full strength squad to choose from against Tottenham at Loftus Road.

The Cottagers will be looking to bounce back from their defeat by West Brom which halted their bright start to the season.

Fulham (squad): Van der Sar, Finnan, Melville, Brevett, Goma, Malbranque, Legwinski, Davis, Boa Morte, Marlet, Saha, Inamoto, Sava, Collins, Hayles, Taylor, Ouaddou, Knight, Leacock.

Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle has to decide who misses out to accommodate £7m striker Robbie Keane while Jamie Redknapp is carrying a knock.


MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

CURRENT LEAGUE POSITION

FULHAM 14th 4 points

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2nd 10 points

SEQUENCES / RECENT FORM

FULHAM WON LAST 4 HOME LEAGUE AND CUP GAMES
5 AT HOME UNDEFEATED IN ALL COMPETITIONS

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR WON LAST 3
UNBEATEN THIS SEASON - all Prem [3 wins, 1 draw]

POTENTIAL CAREER MILESTONES

FULHAM

Barry HAYLES needs one more strike to register 50 goals for Fulham.

If named in the eleven, Steed MALBRANQUE will be making his 50th start for the Londoners.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Tim SHERWOOD and Robbie KEANE are each one strike away from 50 career League goals.

If involved from the kick off, Simon DAVIES will be making his 100th career League start.

MATCH NOTES

FULHAM

A win would take Fulham's all-time Premiership points tally over 50. They have 48 at present.

A draw will mean the Cottagers had won 150 League points under Jean Tigana.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Won the last three against Aston Villa (1-0 H, 24 Aug), Charlton (0-1, A, 27 Aug) and Southampton (2-1, H, 31 Aug).

The 0-1 defeat at home to Charlton on 18 March was the last time Spurs failed to score.

Tottenham's 50th Premiership game under Glenn Hoddle.

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS Total meetings 53

Fulham wins 5 Tottenham wins 29 draws 19

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES

Having done the 'double' over Fulham in their first Premiership season, Tottenham hold a 100% Premier League record over their London rivals.

Only once have Spurs lost a top flight match at Fulham. That was the 4-1 defeat on 13 February, 1965.

Fulham have won only one of their last 16 home League fixtures against Spurs since 1946. That was 4-1 in the old League - Division One on 13 February, 1965.

There has not been a sending off in this corresponding League fixture.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE MARK HALSEY
Welwyn Garden City, (Lancashire FA)