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Sep, 29, 2008

Ramos determined to salvage Spurs' season

Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos has spoken of his determination to turnaround the club's dismal start to the season, its worst for 53 years.

Sunday's 2-0 defeat away to Portsmouth left Spurs with four losses and two draws from their opening six Premier League fixtures Spurs and questions over the Spaniard's job security.

Goals from Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch, both former Spurs players, gave Pompey a comfortable win at Fratton Park where a lacklustre display from the Tottenham players drew howls of derision from the travelling supporters who chanted ''You don't know what you're doing'' at the 54-year-old.

''It's a situation we need to change quickly,'' said Ramos. ''I don't like it and we have to work hard to change the situation and myself, the coaches and the players are prepared to do that. It's only possible if we work very hard, have confidence in our ability and the team is together.''

Ramos admitted morale was low on the coach home from Pompey but has told his players that it is down to them to drag the club up.

''Only the professionals on the pitch can do it,'' he said. ''All the people want to help but I repeat, only the players and management can change this situation.''

With just two points from a possible 18 Tottenham are in a worse position than they were at the same stage last season, a poor start which led to Martin Jol's sacking by an impatient Spurs board. While Ramos remains phlegmatic about the club's current plight he has admitted that he senses the pressure is mounting, saying: ''My job does not depend on me. We have a board and a chairman who decide that sort of thing''.

Ramos, who won the Carling Cup with Spurs last season, also bemoaned refereeing decisions which he feels are exacerbating the club's situation: ''Things are going against us and nobody is helping us. Everyone is quite upset about it.

''For example, we lost an appeal on a penalty here (at Fratton Park) and they got one in a similar incident. We went 1-0 down but could have equalised before they got their second. Against Wigan, too, critical decisions did not go our way.

Attempting to put a positive spin on the situation Ramos said: ''I feel I have the confidence of the board. We speak regularly and we are working together to resolve matters,'' said Ramos.

''There is another game on Thursday in a different competition and the players know they must recover quickly. Does it hurt when the fans say those things? No, it hurts only when we cannot win games.''

Defeat in the UEFA Cup against Wisla Krakow, when Spurs defend a narrow 2-1 first-leg lead in Poland, could leave Ramos under unbearable pressure.

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