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Ramos defiant despite Spurs slump

Juande Ramos
Ramos's side are yet to win a league game this season

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos says he will not contemplate resigning, despite seeing his struggling side slip to defeat at home to Hull.

"This is my job, my work. It is the same whether we win or lose. The attitude of the players is very positive," he said after the 1-0 loss.

"In training and working and speaking with the players my feeling is they want to finish this situation quickly.

"But when you don't score goals it is not easy to win."

Geovanni scored a brilliant first-half free-kick to consign Spurs to their worst start for 96 years.

They have picked up only two points in their opening seven league matches of the season and are slumped at the foot of the Premier League table.

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They have managed only four goals in those seven outings and failed to score in their last three league games.

Ramos conceded that the club's problems centred on their lack of strikers after Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane were sold in the summer.

His hopes of turning round Tottenham's fortunes were not helped when Roman Pavlyuchenko limped off in the first half with an ankle injury that will require a scan on Monday.

But Ramos refused to take the blame totally for a situation that has left Spurs with two strikers, in Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent, who they admit cannot play together.

Ramos, who added that the decision over his future at White Hart Lane was not up to him, stated: "The position of the striker is the most weak.

"It is the decision of the club, all the people are responsible for the good and the bad.

"The players had a big effort and a good attitude and this is the way to change the situation. The best match for us this season has been against Chelsea - some things are impossible to explain."

As the Hull fans chanted "You're getting sacked in the morning" to the Spaniard, he did at least receive the support of opposite number Phil Brown.

"I've got sympathy for Juande Ramos but there have got to be winners and losers," added Brown.

"Once they get that win under their belt the shackles will come off. Only the players can get them out of their trouble."

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Brown's side have beaten Arsenal and Tottenham in north London in successive weekends.

"My hardest job after last week was to keep their feet firmly on the ground and make sure that they weren't over-confident," said the Tigers boss.

"We're about three points ahead of our points tally because we didn't expect to beat Arsenal at the Emirates. We are ahead of schedule. It is dreamland.

"We will have lows and our response to those lows is the key factor but we defended manfully again and kept our work rate high. I love 1-0 wins. As a defensive coach they are fantastic to see.

"I've never looked at the league table since the start of the season, now I'll have to start looking."


see also
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Ramos on the ropes
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Spurs manager pleads for patience
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