Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Tottenham Skipper King: "No Problems Behind Closed Doors"


Tottenham Hotspur skipper Ledley King has revealed that the situation at Spurs is “hurting us all”, with the North London club rock bottom of the table without a win in the Premier League this season. Their worst start to a season for 96 years.

After losing at White Hart Lane to Hull City on Sunday, despite dominating the match and hitting the woodwork twice against the Tigers. 27-year-old King has claimed that it is not nice for anyone involved with Tottenham and that the club should be doing better.

“It's not a nice time for everyone involved,” King said.

“To be bottom of the league is not good enough, to be honest, with the quality of players we have. We should be doing better.

“The players are really trying on the training pitch and on matchdays to get it together but it just hasn't happened for us, especially as an attacking force.

“It's down to the players to change things and we'll continue to work hard and try to find some consistency in our play.

“We have to believe we're going to turn it around. No-one is going to help when you are down there, clubs will trample on us to get above us.

“The goal we conceded against Hull on Sunday - that seems to be the sort of thing that happens when you are down at the bottom, a player sticks one in the top corner like that.

“We have enough quality and we have to bring that out. It's time to do that."

King also backed up team-mate Aaron Lennon’s comments in The Sunday Times, by insisting that the players do care and have a lot of respect for manager Juande Ramos.

“First of all, the players have a lot of respect for the manager, Gus, Marcos and everyone at the club. There are no problems behind closed-doors, so to speak,” He added.

“The lads all get on, the team spirit is good, regardless of results.

“We're professional footballers, so of course it hurts. Myself and the rest of the players don't like looking at the league table at the moment. It hurts to see us bottom of the league.

“With the talent and quality of players we've got we know it's just not good enough.

“But of course we're hurting, we're all hurting.

“It's difficult, we keep having international breaks - I know it's the same for everyone - but I'm sure the manager would like to work with the team over a period of time at the moment. We'll get the players back on the Thursday and there's not a lot of time to prepare for the next game.

“All we can do is continue to work hard and we're doing that out on the training pitch, staying behind, trying to improve. We're all together and we have to go forward as a unit.”

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