Spurs chase Uefa Cup place

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Tottenham travel to take on Charlton Athletic tonight in the Premiership with the Spurs players determined put aside the disappointment of their FA Cup elimination against Newcastle United.

Tottenham travel to take on Charlton Athletic tonight in the Premiership with the Spurs players determined put aside the disappointment of their FA Cup elimination against Newcastle United.

Spurs went out of the FA Cup after a 1-0 defeat on Tyneside, with a number of controversial decisions by the referee, Rob Styles. But Martin Jol's side want to make amends by winning a European place with their remaining Premiership games.

They could yet qualify for the Uefa Cup by finishing in seventh place this season and the midfielder Simon Davies believes it is important they do not dwell on Sunday's defeat at St James' Park. Davies said: "We've got to try and achieve something through the League. If we carry on performing like we did against Newcastle we are not going to lose many games, that's for sure. It is hard to think positively or take some heart from the performance because we are all so down, but I think it will come through."

Ledley King, whose error allowed Alan Shearer to cross the ball for Patrick Kluivert's winner, agrees any lingering disappointment must be out of their system or they will fail to gain anything at The Valley. King said: "Charlton are in a similar position to us in the League and it is a real tough game," King said. "It will be an important three points and we've got to make sure it is us that gets them.

"That is what we do have to take into the next game," King added, "the fact that we have played well [against Newcastle] and if we play like that against Charlton I am sure we will get the points."

King will captain Spurs against Charlton with just Pedro Mendes missing from the squad, though Mido is doubtful. Mendes is recovering from a broken toe while Mido is still suffering the effects of a persistent groin problem. The Egyptian striker will have a late fitness test. At least Spurs welcome back Andy Reid into the squad - he was Cup-tied for the Newcastle defeat.

The Charlton manager, Alan Curbishley, has a fully-fit squad for the match as they too push for a European place. Kevin Lisbie returns from a three-match suspension, but Curbishley is likely to stick with Shaun Bartlett alone up front.

The Danish winger Dennis Rommedahl is pushing to start for the first time since he was dropped after the FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Leicester City last month.

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