Warrior Woodgate will be fit for Spurs' Carling Cup Wembley showdown

24 February 2009 11:13
Jonathan Woodgate is expected to be fit for the Carling Cup Final despite suffering a bloody head wound in Tottenham's

2-1 win at Hull


The centre back, who scored his side's 86th-minute winner, needed six stitches after an accidental clash with team-mate Vedran Corluka.

Woodgate was also Spurs' matchwinner in last year's final against Chelsea and is determined not to let the cut wreck his chances of playing in Sunday's clash with Manchester United at Wembley.

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Speaking after the Hull game, Woodgate was far more concerned with the state of his side's defending - which almost cost them the points - than his health.

He said: 'It is about individual errors, and being willing to put your head on things where it's not necessarily going to be your ball. We've got to learn to do that, and we need to learn fast.'

Spurs are now five points clear of the bottom three, but relegation fears still linger given a series of lapses at the back - epitomised by Michael Turner's scrappy equaliser.

Woodgate added: 'It's about organisation as well, so we have to be professionals, and start doing a bit of both. But this was an important win - more important than winning the cup final. Keeping our top-flight status is more important than anything else.'

Looking ahead to Wembley, Woodgate knows United will start the final as heavy favourites but is confident his side are capable of causing an upset.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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