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Gomes believes it can be a glory year for Spurs

PUBLISHED: 12:41 23 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 September 2010

BY PATRICK MOONEY HEURELHO Gomes this week insisted Spurs can end the season with a cup - and avoid relegation from the Premier League. The Brazilian goalkeeper, who played through the pain of a groin injury to help Tottenham to a 1-1 draw against Portsm

BY PATRICK MOONEY

HEURELHO Gomes this week insisted Spurs can end the season with a cup - and avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Brazilian goalkeeper, who played through the pain of a groin injury to help Tottenham to a 1-1 draw against Portsmouth on Sunday, is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round.

United booked their place in the Carling Cup final on Tuesday and are likely to meet the Lilywhites, who went into last night's semi-final second leg at Burnley with a three-goal lead, at Wembley.

"It is a big week in the cups," Gomes told Ham&High Sport. "I want to play in every game, especially at Old Trafford, but I will have to speak to the manager.

"Every player wants to play at Wembley - hopefully, we will play against Manchester United in the Carling final. Everyone wants to play in that stadium."

Yet, Spurs, seemingly, are playing two parallel seasons - scoring goals for fun in the cups while struggling in the league.

And Gomes knows it is a selection balancing act that Harry Redknapp must get right. Tottenham, who are only off the bottom on goal difference, entertain Stoke in the league at the Lane on Tuesday.

"My message is, believe in us because we have good players here," said Gomes. "We know in many games we don't play very well. But everyone has confidence in the dressing room. Who knows who can climb up the league, but we all have confidence in getting up the table."

Meanwhile, Tottenham yesterday agreed a deal to sign Wigan's highly-rated Wilson Palacios for around £14million.

The midfielder passed a medical after agreeing terms and the transfer will be completed once the Honduras international receives a work permit. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy agreed a price over the weekend for the 24-year-old before personal terms were successfully negotiated.

Meanwhile, defender Troy Archibald-Henville has joined Exeter City on a month's loan.

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