King out to avoid Wolves repeat

16 September 2010 03:30
edley King knows Tottenham must avoid a repeat of last season's home defeat to Wolves if they are to make the Champions League again.[LNB] Spurs were brought down to earth by a 1-0 home defeat to Wigan last month which came just three days after Harry Redknapp's men had secured a place in the lucrative group stages of Europe's elite club competition for the first time on an emotional night against Young Boys.[LNB]Having endured a rollercoaster ride in their opening tie against Werder Bremen in Germany, where the Premier League side had raced into an early two-goal lead only to draw, there is little respite before the visit of Wolves, who secured an unexpected 1-0 win at White Hart Lane last season.[LNB]King is determined things must be different this time around[LNB]"No disrespect to Wolves, but these are the games we need to win to build on last season," he said in the London Evening Standard.[LNB]"We are a good side at home - we try to win every home game. If we don't, of course, we will be disappointed.[LNB]"We don't really think about last season's result.[LNB]"It is a new season now and our disappointment comes from our last home performance against Wigan.[LNB]"We have learned a bit from that and we know teams will come to us and play the 4-5-1 system and it is difficult for us to break them down.[LNB]"But the way we started against Wigan was not good enough - we were sloppy.[LNB]"We will have to start a lot better against Wolves and try to get an early goal to change their tactics."[LNB]Redknapp has indicated he will have to consider utilising his whole squad as the Spurs boss juggles a top-flight European campaign for the first time.[LNB]King, who has long suffered his own fitness issues, maintains such demands are part and parcel of success at the highest level.[LNB]"Playing three games in a week is something we are going to have to deal with," he said.[LNB]"We have got a big squad full of talent. There is no reason why we shouldn't be able to adapt.[LNB]"We haven't done it so well in recent years with the UEFA Cup, but that is something we are going to have to get used to."[LNB]Redknapp maintains his mind is fully focussed on the job in hand this weekend - and expects the players to be the same.[LNB]"As far as I am concerned, Champions League is finished until we play again," the Spurs chief said.[LNB]"I am only thinking about Wolves. I haven't got anything else in my mind.[LNB]"Wolves will work their socks off and they will be in our faces."[LNB]Redknapp is confident his squad will not make the same mistakes again this weekend.[LNB]"These games are hard after Champions League games, and that was probably the biggest lesson we learnt from the last game against Wigan," he said.[LNB]"We found ourselves struggling to beat Wigan, and Wolves will come on Saturday and make it difficult for us.[LNB]"After that, we play Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday, so we have got a lot of tough games to come."[LNB]Spurs will, meanwhile, monitor the fitness of deadline day signing Rafael van der Vaart, who was taken off at half-time against Bremen with a calf problem.

Source: Team_Talk