Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Defensive Scares Spook Juande; Impressing the Boss: Robbie Keane Deftly Chips the Ball over Paul Rachubka to Give Spurs an Early Lead in the Carling Cup Last Nightmodification Because in the 55th minute,There Was Plenty of Evidence That

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Defensive Scares Spook Juande; Impressing the Boss: Robbie Keane Deftly Chips the Ball over Paul Rachubka to Give Spurs an Early Lead in the Carling Cup Last Nightmodification Because in the 55th minute,There Was Plenty of Evidence That

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Byline: MICHAEL HART

Blackpool 0 Tottenham 2

THE good news for Juande Ramos is that Tottenham will present him with plentyof opportunities to test his tactical expertise and apply his management skillsin the coming months.

The laboured 2-0 win over Blackpool lifted a little of the gloom that hassettled over White Hart Lane but, more importantly, gave Spurs' new managersome idea of what will be required if he is to do significantly better thanMartin Jol.

Securing a place in the last eight of the Carling Cup is an encouraging startfor Ramos, but he saw enough of his team last night to know that the realbusiness begins on Saturday, when they attempt to take three points atMiddlesbrough and climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.

"Recent results have been negative so it was very important to beat Blackpool,"said Ramos. "We need security and calm." Speaking through an interpreter, hechose his words carefully though it was quite clear that he was unhappy that astruggling Championship team like Blackpool could produce such uncertainty andpanic in the Spurs defence.

He won't have been surprised to learn that his new team have conceded moregoals 23 than any other in the Premier League apart from bottom club Derby.

"We gave three or four goalscoring opportunities to the opposition," he said."We shouldn't be giving away so much to a team from a lower division. We haveto improvein all areas." But Ramos was satisfied with his side's physical commitment,saying: "They showed great willingness and fought well. It was hard because itwas only three days since they last played." He's clearly unfamiliar with theintensity of the domestic fixture programme though one of his coaching aides,the former Spurs and Chelsea midfield player Gus Poyet, will quickly make himaware of the physical demands in England. …

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