Sunday 17 December 2017

Bassong eyes Spurs' next step

Gary Jacob

WAYNE Rooney had barely kicked a ball and Alex Ferguson was under pressure at the wrong end of the table the last time Tottenham Hotspur won a league match at Old Trafford, which was as notable for Gary Lineker's rare strike from outside the penalty area.

That 1-0 victory was 21 years ago, but Harry Redknapp can lay another ghost to rest against Manchester United tomorrow, after his Tottenham team got the better of Arsenal in the league for the first time in 11 years last week.

Tottenham feel their cause has not been helped by some controversial decisions at Old Trafford, such as Roy Carroll dropping Pedro Mendes' shot over the goalline in a goalless draw five years ago and a questionable penalty when Spurs led 2-0 last season -- Spurs ended up losing 5-2.

Sebastien Bassong, the Tottenham defender, believes that Redknapp's team are now much more difficult to beat. "We're going to try to take some more points this time," he said. "We've beaten Arsenal and Chelsea at home so it proves we have improved. Earlier in the season we didn't win these games. We made a great step."

Bassong said he will support Arsenal when they play Manchester City, a rival for fourth place, later in the day. "I've got a few friends at Arsenal -- Alex Song and Abou Diaby," he said. "We beat them so now I will text them and phone them to encourage them." (© The Times, London)

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