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Cardiff boss Jones heaps pressure on Spurs

Cardiff manager Dave Jones has turned up the heat on Tottenham by insisting all the pressure will be on them in tomorrow's FA Cup third round tie.

The Bluebirds aim to cause a major third round upset by dumping the Premiership outfit out of the competition at Ninian Park.

According to Jones, Martin Jol's men will arrive in Wales with no chance of winning the Premiership and in desperate need of a lengthy cup run.

'The FA Cup is a competition the likes of Tottenham have got to be looking at to win,' said Jones.

'They're not going to win the League at this stage, they need to have a good run in one of the cup competitions and I'm sure that will be their priority.

'But we want to go as far as we possibly can. We have a good record at home so there's no reason why we shouldn't have the belief to win the game.'

Cardiff's promising start to the season and subsequent promotion hopes have been seriously undermined by a 10-match winless streak.

But, according to Jones, Spurs counterpart Jol will view the televised tie at the intimidating Ninian Park with some trepidation.

Spurs suffered two humiliating cup exits last season, losing to Grimsby in the Carling Cup second round before an embarrassing FA Cup third round defeat at Leicester.

And their trip to the Welsh capital offers Cardiff the opportunity to reproduce the third round upset they conjured in January 1977.

Peter Sayer's volley gave the Bluebirds a 1-0 victory against a Tottenham side containing the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Pat Jennings and Steve Perryman.

Former Southampton and Wolves boss Jones added: 'I'd like to think history could repeat itself, but what happened 30 years ago doesn't make a difference to this game.

'What I do know is that when I was in the Premiership you look at these games as potential banana skins.

'That's what Martin will be thinking, because it's been proved many times that there's always an upset in the competition.

'But there's no secret to it. You've just got to make sure that your players prepare and perform better on the day than the opposition.

'That's the same every week and our preparation this week has been good.'