Date: 17th January 2006 at 4:49pm
Written by:

Rallying cries all round as David O’Leary tells his players they need to adopt an ‘up-and-at-them’ approach. Hmmm.

He told the official site, following a dire performance against West Ham last weekend, that they will have to get back to basics against Tottenham Hotspurs:

‘What we can’t do is fall down and not roll our sleeves up and be in their faces. We did that to Arsenal but not to Manchester United. We stepped back and said: ‘You are a great team, go and play! What I want when we play these teams is to be in their faces and then let’s see how great they are. If they still beat us then we can hold our hands up after that.’

O’Leary had said that the team would be ‘up for it’ against West Ham following the 4-0 thrashing by the Hammers earlier in the season. Appears he is now saying the same about the Spurs game following our 5-1 defeat last year at White Hart Lane.

‘We were poor that day. We gave away too many soft goals and we were too easy to play against. In general, the players have given me everything but they let themselves down then. We looked very vulnerable at the back.’

Less talk off the pitch and more talk on it and we might start winning a few more games!