Don't panic says skipper Ledley - we'll get back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 10:15 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 07 September 2010
LILYWHITES skipper Ledley King urged players and fans to remain calm after Saturday s lacklustre loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage. The defeat, Tottenham s first in seven games since the arrival of new manager Harry Redknapp three weeks ago, rocked King
LILYWHITES skipper Ledley King urged players and fans to remain calm after Saturday's lacklustre loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The defeat, Tottenham's first in seven games since the arrival of new manager Harry Redknapp three weeks ago, rocked King's men but the experienced captain was quick to play down Saturday's poor performance.
"One defeat isn't the end of the world but we need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, King told Ham&High Sport after Saturday's tame 2-1 loss to the Cottagers.
"After every result I've said that there's a long way to go yet and we shouldn't be getting carried away and that's still the case. Obviously this is the first defeat since the new manager came in and we didn't really get playing today at all.
"I think [Fulham] have got their style of play and we never really stopped them from doing that," King continued. "And they worked hard to stop us from doing what we try to do."
"We didn't do the horrible things that you've got to do when you come to a place like this. You've got to grind out [results] and sometimes you've just got to keep the score at 0-0 if you're not playing well, but we conceded a silly goal and never really threatened them too much and we're disappointed."
And King, the longest serving member of the Lilywhites playing staff, refutes any suggestion that Tottenham may have taken their foot of the gas after the unbeaten six match run that came to an abrupt halt in south west London on Saturday.
"At the end of the day it's not coming from the players, it's coming from the media, the press, maybe the fans are getting a bit carried away as well," King said.
"But I've always said this, there's a long way to go, plenty of games left in the season and the league is so tight this season. At the moment, a couple of wins or a couple of losses and you're straight back in there either way so it's just going to be like that this season."
And King who has made 251 appearances for the Lilywhites since making his first-team debut in May 1999 is hell-bent on playing an active role in the Tottenham revival after being restricted to just 10 appearances last season because of a knee injury.
"[My knee is] the same as it has been, King said.
"I'm playing once a week at the moment, and not much training in between, but I'm just happy to be playing.