Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kanoute: We Will Stop Firing Blanks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kanoute: We Will Stop Firing Blanks

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

FREDI KANOUTE believes it is only a matter of time before Tottenham shed the "boring Spurs" tag. Jacques Santini's side have only managed five Premiership goals this season and drew another blank in last night's 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth.

It is hardly the kind of excitement that Spurs fans are used to but Kanoute today called for patience as the players adapt to a radical squad overhaul.

The Mali striker said: "It's always a bit boring when you don't get enough goals but I think it is going to come. We can score - we have proved it in the past. We just have to build a stronger team first and after that we will be scoring a lot more.

"I think the most important thing is the results. You can't build a new team overnight. You have to start by being strong defensively and afterwards you can look to improve things offensively."

Despite the paltry return of Spurs' attack, the house that Jacques is building - with the help of 15 new players - has rock-solid foundations.

Yakubu's second-half header was only the fourth goal that Spurs have let in this season and the club remain in ninth place, just two points off a Champions League spot. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson also reckons Santini's methods are paying dividends - despite last night's setback.

He said: "I don't think we set out our stall too defensively. It's just the way to play away from home. We've had success doing that and just because we've lost one game I don't think there should be a big inquest into why we are playing that way.

"We have got Michael Carrick and Sean Davis to come in so there's a lot of quality in the squad and we'll be picking up points again before long. The majority of the game we defended quite well. It was only 1-0, it was not like we were getting breached all the time."

Much to the annoyance of the Portsmouth's fans, Carrick made his long-awaited debut in a Spurs shirt after rejecting a summer move to Fratton Park.

The former West Ham midfielder and Kanoute, who is back from a hamstring injury, were introduced as 72nd-minute substitutes as Santini tried to rescue the match.

Before then, Portsmouth were on top with Robinson keeping Spurs in the match with fine saves from Yakubu and Patrik Berger. …

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