Tottenham striker Keane vows to take out his frustration on new-boys Hull

21 February 2009 01:59
Tottenham

striker Robbie Keane has warned Hull he is ready to take out his frustration on them after missing out on Wembley and European football.  

The 28-year-old cannot play in the Carling Cup final next Sunday after a three-minute appearance against Crewe in the competition, and playing in the Champions League with Liverpool this season means he is ineligible for the UEFA Cup.  

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Keane's mission since moving back from Anfield on transfer-deadline day is to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League - after travelling to Hull on Monday he has a 10-day wait before facing Middlesbrough.  

"For me personally, after this Hull game I don't play for nearly two weeks and that is frustrating," Keane said.  

"I want to win against Hull and then for the two weeks I don't play I can say that at least we got a good result there and that gives us a bit of breathing space.  

"The lads have got a few tough games coming up and a tough schedule but we have a decent squad and hopefully we're ready."  

Between the Hull and Boro matches is a return leg against Shakhtar Donetsk and the Wembley showpiece against Manchester United when Spurs will defend the trophy they won a year ago.  

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is fielding virtually different teams in each competition due to ineligibility and keeping players fresh for the United game.  

Keane is aware of the job he has and is determined to help Spurs cut out the late goals that have seen them lose their last four away game in the league.  

"There are things we have to look and stop doing," Keane added. "At home we are a strong team and usually batter teams.  

"Away from home has been a problem and that is something we have to sort out.  

"We certainly have the squad and the attitude to go on and win games. It's up to us to switch that home form to the away form."  

Keane is encouraged by the performance of the team in his second debut for the club, a goalless draw against rivals Arsenal.  

"It's important that we push ourselves up the table, we're around the bottom where we don't want to be and we're too close so it's important to build on the Arsenal game," Keane said.  

"That was a good performance and we deserved to win the game. It wasn't to be but we can build on the manner in which we played. If we can take that into Hull we'll have a chance.  

"It's not going to be easy because Hull have had a fantastic first half of the season. Lately they've been struggling and we have to take advantage of that and concentrate on what we do.  

"The spirit has been fine, similar to what I was used to. The lads want to do well and want to win."  

Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka are back in the squad to face Hull after being cup-tied for UEFA Cup action.  

Luka Modric, Jonathan Woodgate, Wilson Palacios, Aaron Lennon and Carlo Cudicini were rested for the trip to Ukraine but are back in contention.  

Ledley King (hamstring/knee) is expected to be rested and Alan Hutton and Jermain Defoe (both foot) are out.



 

Source: Daily_Mail