Heurelho Gomes ready to help Tottenham set new record
15 May 2009 08:29
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Spurs took two points from their first eight games before Juande Ramos was sacked and replaced by Harry Redknapp. But Spurs go into their final home game having conceded just nine goals at White Hart Lane, two short of their all-time record of 11.
That was set in the 1919-20 campaign, when Spurs won the old Second Division. Their previous best record in top-flight football was during the 1971-72 campaign, while their record in the Premier League is 16 (in 200-01 and 2005-06).
And if Spurs keep a clean sheet it will be their seventh in succession, just one short of another club record, between February and April, 1921.
Much of the credit for such an impressive home record is down to goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who was criticised for his early performances. Redknapp even brought in another goalkeeper - Chelsea's Carlo Cudicini as a potential replacement.
Of the record, the modest Gomes said: "I think we can do it. Before I came here I wasn't looking for the record, I looked just for the team and winning games. Now we have a chance for the record, it's amazing.'
Gomes, though, believes his defence has been the key, adding: "The defence is unbelievable. They play very well all the time, they help us so much for our clean sheets.
"It is the best defence I have played in. They understand the game so much and that is important for us."