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By ESPN Staff
Feb 21, 2008

Woodgate eager for Spurs to land Cup double

Jonathan Woodgate is targeting a positive result against Slavia Prague tonight to keep Tottenham in the hunt for a cup double under knockout specialist Juande Ramos.

Spurs protect a 2-1 lead at White Hart Lane when they look for a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup, and they also have the Carling Cup final on Sunday to prepare for.

Woodgate is ready to risk missing the Wembley showpiece against Chelsea through injury to get Tottenham into the next phase of their European campaign - and he feels they could win both competitions.

'It's possible,' said the 28-year-old defender. 'I'd like to think so and that's why I joined the club. Especially with the players and the manager we have got. We can produce and, if we produce on the day, we can beat teams.

'There are some great sides left in like Bayern Munich, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid. But we are a good side as well and I think teams will be wanting us out of the draw.'

Manager Ramos is looking for a hat-trick of UEFA Cups after winning in the last two seasons with Sevilla. He also won the Copa del Rey with the Spanish club before joining Spurs in October.

He has turned around results at White Hart Lane in four months but winning silverware is seen as the next step for the squad.

For Woodgate, it would mean a first trophy of his career.

'I'd take anything to be honest,' he said. 'A title is a title. It's on your CV - UEFA Cup, Carling Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, whatever. It's a winners' medal at the end of the day.

'It gives you a taste of the winning mentality. Our team can go places and if it can get the winning mentality then it will.'

Although Ramos has placed the utmost importance on staying in the UEFA Cup, he may rest some players tonight if the result is secured, and Ledley King is expected to be left out to protect him for the weekend.

Paul Robinson could be given his chance after getting dropped for Radek Cerny last month. Woodgate has been impressed with Robinson's determination in training.

'Everyone has ups and downs in their career,' the defender said. 'I have myself and as a player when you get your chance, you just have to take it. That's what Paul will do.

'He has been very professional while he has been out, just like any other player.'

Michael Dawson's hamstring injury rules him out of tonight's clash but he remains a possibility for Sunday's game.