Spurs 'to put things right' against Boro - King

December 5, 2006

Tottenham captain Ledley King believes tonight's Premiership match against Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane is the perfect opportunity to bounce back from the derby defeat at Arsenal.

Spurs were disappointing at the Emirates Stadium, losing 3-0, but have encouraging form at home and are looking for a quick response as they try to reoccupy the top half of the table.

King told the club's official website: 'Everyone was despondent after the defeat. But we had words in the dressing room and the manager was quick to point out that we've got another game straightaway.

'It's a matter of getting our heads up as soon as possible, and that's what we intend to do. Middlesbrough is now a massive game for us, and we want to put things right.'

Pascal Chimbonda believes Spurs' form at White Hart Lane will put them in contention for European qualification, despite failing to win away in the Premiership this season.

Six Premiership away wins in their last campaign put Spurs in the shake-up for a Champions League place - and with plenty of other teams struggling for form on the road, Chimbonda feels maintaining their home record will keep them in contention this time around.

'We take a lot of points at home, we play very well, so I think even though we are struggling away we can still finish in the top six and qualify for Europe,' said the 27-year-old France full-back.

Like his captain, Chimbonda is pleased to be back at home for the clash against Boro and Saturday's visit of Charlton so soon after the defeat to Arsenal.

'We have a lot of games left in the season and plenty of time to turn it around,' he added.

'We now have two home games in a row and we can climb the league if we win them.

'It's good to have them so soon after the Arsenal game. I think we have to win them both.'

Boss Martin Jol is without midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who was given 45 minutes against Arsenal following his recovery from a calf problem but picked up an ankle injury.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto could be dropped after he picked up a booking and was replaced at half-time by Lee Young-Pyo against the Gunners.