Tony: Defence The Key

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Tony Gale believes the art of defending will be vital against Spurs - but denies he is making a comeback to sort it out.

"I am a free agent, and Glenn can buy me out of a catalogue," he says.

"But I am too old and overweight..."

But Tony is worried about the defendinsive side of things, with no clean sheets kept thus far this season, and adds:

"It is about how we defend; without doubt everyone knows we can create chances, so let's hope we are not leaking at the other end.

"Gary Breen's first game was a bit nervy, as was the performance of Tomas; it was a poor defensive display and I am sure they will hold their hands up about that.

"Christian was the unlucky one to miss out, but it could have been anyone in the back four, and I think there could be more changes for Spurs.

"There are options now, and I don't think many of the boys would be pleased on Wednesday, although I think Joe showed the enthusiasm that was lacking in one or two of them.

"It is not happening at the moment, but the fans can see that he is trying to make it happen.

"I have the feeling with the home performances they are thinking 'we just have to turn up' - but it is not like that.

"We are still getting half chances and the majority of the play but the defending has been poor - it was alarming on occasions against West Brom, and our defenders are better than that."

Tony thinks it could be the turn of Ian Pearce to get a run, and adds:

"I personally think he is the best defender on the books, and there are enough centre backs to change it to a three man central defence.

"It does give options, but I think there has to be a change in attitude - and after all we proved we are a good side against Arsenal."

As for the Tomas Repka incident after the West Brom game, Tony adds:

"Tomas lost it a little bit in the heat of the moment; I am sure he regrets it as will the some of the fans regret the way they reacted as well."

Of the opposition, he says:

"They blew it in midweek but Spurs are a good side - though I don't think they are as good as us.

"It will be a nice battle; I always enjoy those games and I just hope the boys put on the same sort of performance as against their north London neighbours Arsenal."

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