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Thursday, 3 August, 2000, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Leonhardsen: Ginola is history
Oyvind Leonhardsen
Leonhardsen says he can't replace Ginola
Oyvind Leonhardsen has urged Spurs fans to forget their former hero David Ginola and get behind the team.

The Norwegian international was handed the unenviable task of starting on Spurs' left-wing against Fulham in the first game since the 3million sale of the popular Frenchman.

George Graham wasn't at Craven Cottage to see his team soak up long periods of pressure in a 0-0 draw, or to hear some Spurs fans chanting for the player he has sold to Aston Villa.

After the match, Leonhardsen said: "I'm not going to be a David Ginola - I'm a totally different player.

"I'm a fan of Ginola but he's not here any more and we have to work together and we have to get the crowd with us. It's in the past. If the crowd ask for Ginola every game it doesn't help us."

Favoured role

Leonhardsen, who missed Euro 2000 after struggling last season with a heel injury, was happy to be back in the team, even if it wasn't in his favoured role on the right.

"I play where the manager wants me to play but I'm better on the right side," he said.


I'm a fan of Ginola but he's not here any more and we have to work together and we have to get the crowd with us. It's in the past. If the crowd ask for Ginola every game it doesn't help us.
  Oyvind Leonardsen
The industrious midfielder admitted Spurs had struggled to keep up with Fulham's superior fitness levels because the Division One team were further into their pre-season programme.

Kevin Betsy and Luis Boa Morte both hit the woodwork for the Cottagers and sub Eddie Lewis had a goal ruled out for offside as the home team dominated Simon Morgan's testimonial.

Neil Sullivan, preferred in goal to Ian Walker, raced from his line to deny Boa Morte and beat away a thunderbolt from Fulham new-boy John Collins.

Steffen Iversen came closest for the Premiership side with a deft chip which drifted wide with Maik Taylor stranded.

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