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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 September, 2003, 18:31 GMT 19:31 UK
Pleat relief at draw
Tottenham caretaker-manager David Pleat

Tottenham caretaker-manager David Pleat admitted his side were fortunate to come away from the match at Manchester City with a point.

Robbie Keane had a penalty appeal waved away late on but Pleat said it would have been an injustice if his team had won.

"We had two close calls for a penalty near the end but I would have felt like Robin Hood if we had got a win," said Pleat.

"The scoreline was much better than the performance but on balance I would prefer to be a lucky caretaker than a good one."

The last seven days have been an interesting chapter for us but we can only go forward from here
David Pleat

Pleat has been involved in discussions about who the club want to take over as their next manager but was staying tight-lipped on the matter.

"It could be a long list, it could be a short list but I haven't seen the list," he said.

"What we have been discussing is the profile of the type of person we think is suitable to run a club like Tottenham Hotspur.

"This club is always big news whether we are succeeding or not, which we haven't done for a few years.

"But there is great potential at this club, not just in terms of past glories but in terms of the size of our crowd and the number of good young players we have."

He added: "I have been asked to look after the ship and I will do that to the best of my ability until such time as we make an appointment," he said.

"The last seven days have been an interesting chapter for us but we can only go forward from here."






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