Pavlyuchenko ready to fight

15 April 2009 08:19
Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has vowed to fight for his first-team place at White Hart Lane. The 27-year-old Russia international has failed to hold down a consistent starting spot following his £14million arrival from Spartak Moscow last summer. But, despite being in and out of the side under manager Harry Redknapp, the tall frontman has distanced himself from speculation surrounding a potential summer move from Spurs. "When you are on the bench for five games in a row, when the press are getting to you, to come off the bench and score straight away is incredibly important," said Pavlyuchenko after scoring the winner as a substitute in the 1-0 weekend success over West Ham United. "The goal will certainly give me strength for the battle for a place in the team. "My belief that I would definitely get my chance encouraged me. I had to keep myself fit and in form so as not to miss it. "I needed that goal like never before, even more so as it was the winner."

Source: ESA