Football: Uefa Cup first round: Graham says Spurs fans must be patient

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The Independent Online
GEORGE GRAHAM, the Tottenham manger, wants his club's fans to be patient during tonight's Uefa Cup first leg tie with FC Zimbru, the Moldovan champions, at White Hart Lane.

The fans may be hoping for an early goal against their little known opposition, but Graham said: "I want the fans to know we want to attack and get an early goal, but they must be patient. We watched a video yesterday of them against PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League qualifier and they only lost in the last 10 minutes of the game, so we will treat them with respect. They are well organised and get everybody back behind the ball. They play a 3-5-1-1 formation and just leave one up so they will make it frustrating for us."

Graham is sure he has done his homework. He said: "A lot of managers don't worry about the opposition, they just tell their team to go out and impose themselves, but then the opposition can surprise you and give you a problem. I let my players know what the opposition is like, the formation they play and the tactical way they play."

Les Ferdinand is expected to shake off an ankle injury sustained in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Bradford. But Spurs will be without Sol Campbell, John Scales, Ramon Vega, Darren Anderton and Willem Korsten.