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KING: Away defence is key

PUBLISHED: 12:34 08 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 07 September 2010

LEDLEY King this week admitted that Spurs need to transfer their mean home defensive form to away games if they are to challenge the Premier League s top four next season. Tottenham s 1-0 win over West Brom on Saturday was their sixth successive clean she

LEDLEY King this week admitted that Spurs need to transfer their mean home defensive form to away games if they are to challenge the Premier League's top four next season.

Tottenham's 1-0 win over West Brom on Saturday was their sixth successive clean sheet in the league at the Lane this season.

And another shut-out in the final home game against Manchester City on Saturday week will see the Lilywhites set a new club record for fewest goals conceded at the Lane in a season.

It is nearly 90 years since Spurs let in just 11 goals at home and Saturday's 1-0 win means they have leaked only nine goals this campaign.

Last season, Spurs conceded 34 goals at the Lane, more than any other Premier League club apart from relegated Derby.

"It is something we have spoken about and need to work on for next season," King exclusively told Ham&High Sport.

"We have to look at why we have conceded so many goals away from home. We have to see what is the difference in our play when we are not at home.

"As a team we are working hard to keep clean sheets. It has clicked at home. If you look back at previous seasons we used to have a good record at the Lane.

"That has dipped over the past 18 months. But I think there is a feeling we have got it back here. It [the Lane] is a tough place for teams to come at the moment and that's the way we enjoy it."

King, who has played 21 times in the league this season despite his knee problems, admitted he is looking forward to the run-in.

Tottenham visit Everton tomorrow, followed by Man City, and then Liverpool on the last day.

"We have three tough games to finish the season," said King, who made his league debut 10 years ago to the month at Anfield.

"We looked at those games earlier in the season when we were down the table. We wanted to get ourselves out of it before those games. They are easier now than when we first looked at them. We're in good form and we can play them with confidence.


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