Pleat hopes to hunt down Foxes
By Jonathan Blain
Updated Thursday, 16th October 2003
Walkers stadium debut for improving Spurs
David Pleat takes charge of his fourth game as caretaker boss on Sunday and the third to be broadcast live. Having held Manchester City to a 0-0 draw three weeks ago, and steering the side to 3-0 wins over Everton and Coventry City, Pleat will be hoping for more of the same as Spurs head for Leicester City (a club he once managed) in their first appearance at the new Walkers Stadium. Leicester have had a mixed start to the season, and have only had one home win all season, a 4-0 drubbing of Leeds. Tottenham's record away to the Foxes is not too hot, only two wins in eight appearances, the last in April 2000 when David Ginola scored the only goal of the game. Ironically the victory prior to that was under Pleat's tenure in 1986 when Spurs won 2-1, with current coach Clive Allen scoring both. However, Spurs have scored in all but one of their visits to Leicester since 1973 and are still chasing their first way win of this campaign.
City boss Micky Adams will be hopeful that his lengthy injury list consisting of Les Ferdinand, Paul Dickov, John Curtis, Keith Gillespie, Ben Thatcher and Matt Elliot will have diminished. For Spurs, they will be without Anthony Gardner who is suspended and Simon Davies who is injured while there are doubts over Helder Postiga (thigh) and Jamie Redknapp (knee).
Form: LCFC: LWLLL THFC: LLLDW
Last time out: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Nice to see you again: Ian Walker (343 apps), Les Ferdinand (149apps, 39 goals ) and Ben Thatcher (46 apps)