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Ramos: Our penalty takers were courageous

PUBLISHED: 09:26 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:51 07 September 2010

SPURS coach Juande Ramos last night refused to blame Jermaine Jenas for missing the spot-kick that would have take the Lilywhites through to the last eight of the Uefa Cup at the expense of PSV Eindhoven in Holland, writes Patrick Mooney

SPURS coach Juande Ramos last night refused to blame Jermaine Jenas for missing the spot-kick that would have take the Lilywhites through to the last eight of the Uefa Cup at the expense of PSV Eindhoven in Holland, writes Patrick Mooney.

The midfielder saw his penalty saved by PSV keeper Heurelho Gomes after Spurs had scored all four previous spot kicks and Paul Robinson had saved PSV's second penalty.

"When it comes to the fifth penalty it's heads or tails," said Ramos after PSV won the dramatic shoot-out 6-5.

"That is how it is with penalties." he said. "In a situation like this you cannot train the pressure that comes with it.

"Everyone is sad in the dressing room but every player that takes a penalty is courageous - I congratulate them."

After Jenas's miss, Didier Zokora held his nerve in the shoot-out but Pascal Chimbonda then missed the 12th spot-kick to hand PSV a place in the last eight.

"We don't regret anything," added Ramos. "We wanted to win the game and we won it. Then penalties is like a lottery.

"We didn't score the fifth penalty, if we had scored then we would have been through.

"We have two months left of the season so I think they have to do their best. They need to get themselves together and charge up."

And that recovery starts on Sunday afternoon when Spurs visit Manchester City looking to complete a treble over Sven Goran Eriksson's side this season following wins in the first league game and the Carling Cup.

On Wednesday, Tottenham will need to be fully recovered when title-chasing Chelsea visit the Lane in a rearranged fixture.


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