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I'll lead Spurs to European glory, vows skipper King

PUBLISHED: 12:46 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:52 07 September 2010

LEDLEY King has vowed to lead Tottenham to glory in Europe next season. The Spurs skipper feels the Lilywhites were the better team against PSV Eindhoven in their Uefa Cup clash and believes they did not deserve to go out in the cruel penalty shoot-out in

LEDLEY King has vowed to lead Tottenham to glory in Europe next season.

The Spurs skipper feels the Lilywhites were the better team against PSV Eindhoven in their Uefa Cup clash and believes they did not deserve to go out in the cruel penalty shoot-out in Holland.

"We were the better team and we looked the most likely team to score again," King told Ham&High Sport.

"But when it went to penalties it was a lottery. The lads are still desperately disappointed.

"We knew after the first leg that it was going to be tough to go to PSV and win.

"We set out to win the game and tactically we got it just right. It was just about us keeping our shape and pushing on to get the crucial second goal which we deserved.

"We had confidence that we could get the result but afterwards felt we let it slip a little.

"The first leg cost us. We didn't play well at home. The goal we gave them came from a mistake.

"Then, their keeper made some great saves in the second leg before the shoot-out. When it goes to penalties keepers have their tricks.

"They pick which way to go and throw themselves. He saved Jermaine's [Jenas] one and Pascal [Chimbonda] missed his, but we have to accept the defeat as a team.

"This was another cup we could have won this season and it was a horrid way to go out. But we let our chance slip."

However, King, who came back from a series of injuries to lead Tottenham to Carling Cup success over Chelsea at Wembley last month - the club's first trophy in nine years - has no doubts that Juande Ramos's side have the hunger to go all the way in the Uefa Cup next season.

"We feel we have the players to win the competition," said King. "We have learned from this and we will come back next year a stronger and better team.

"We still realise that we have a lot of work to do to maintain our standards of trying to win trophies and that's what we'll do."

King was forced to watch the shoot-out from the sidelines after being substituted, along with Robbie Keane, for tactical reasons in the second half at the Philips Stadion.

"There wasn't much I could do, all I could do was encourage," he added.

The England international, who was rested for Sunday's disappointing Premier League defeat against Manchester City at Eastlands, believes Tottenham have the fire power to win more trophies.

"We know we have goals in our team and we believed we could go to PSV and get more than one," added King.

"As I said we are just bitterly disappointed we didn't push on after the first goal over there.

"However, for us to win something means that the season will still go down as a positive year for us.

"Now we have that taste of winning something, we believe we can go on and do more.

"My desire has not gone away. I have a lot of football to come and will stay with the team.

"I'm confident there are more trophies to come."

pat.mooney@hamhigh.co


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