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Tony Cottee Column: Spurs away is a massive game for West Ham fans

PUBLISHED: 12:55 18 March 2011

West Ham United's Scott Parker looks dejected.

West Ham United's Scott Parker looks dejected.

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"They are our local rivals and this weekend's game at White Hart Lane is set to be a cracker and I honestly believe the way West Ham have been playing could mean we take a point."

For West Ham fans the games against Spurs are the biggest of the season.

They are our local rivals and this weekend’s game at White Hart Lane is set to be a cracker and I honestly believe the way West Ham have been playing could mean we take a point.

It will be a great result and edge us ever-closer to that 40 point mark which will in all likelihood be enough for safety.

Spurs have been a bit inconsistent of late and West Ham have proved over the past month they can score goals. Our form is good heading into the match

Spurs are also free-scoring at the moment so it is vital we defend better than we did against Stoke on Sunday.

We must get the balance between attack and defence right. We can’t sit back, because Spurs’ attacking prowess will wear us down, but we can’t go gung ho because they are devastating on the counter attack.

Our north London neighbours have not played many matches over the past few weeks due to their early elimination from the FA Cup and it could go one of two ways.

They could be rusty having not played for over a week, or they could be refreshed, we won’t find out which until kick-off.

The midfield battle will be key, which is probably where both teams are strongest.

We have some tough matches coming up and if we can somehow grab six points from the next six games, it will put us in good stead for three very winnable games at the end of the campaign against Blackburn, Wigan and Sunderland.

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