Jonathan Woodgate shares his thoughts on Tottenham’s new stadium

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Dom Le Roy

Spurs played out a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, setting up a replay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next Tuesday.

Middlesbrough manager and former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has admitted that he can’t wait to bring his side to the new stadium in North London.

Woodgate proved to be the hero when Spurs last lifted a trophy when he scored the winning goal in the 2008 League Cup final against Chelsea, with his assistant manager Robbie Keane also featuring in the side.

While the Boro manager admitted that he is looking forward to returning to his old club, he insisted that he will be focused on winning the game.

He told Teesside Live: “I won’t be thinking of that [the occasion of returning to Spurs as manager], I’ll be thinking how we can win the game.

“It’s going to be a really difficult game. Tottenham are a really incredible team but you never know. In this life upsets do happen it’s been proven over the years so let’s hope we upset the apple cart.”

The former England defender, however, did reveal his fondness for Spurs’ new 62,062 capacity home and spoke about the honour of bringing his team to the stadium.

Woodgate added: “I went at the end of last season against Everton. It’s an incredible arena and they’ve done ever so well to build that stadium.

“The atmosphere in there is fantastic and it’s something our players are going to enjoy. It’s a good learning experience.”

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Given how busy our schedule has been lately and how desperate Mourinho and the coaching staff are for time on the training ground with the players, a replay was a pretty bad result for Spurs. However, defeat at the Riverside Stadium would have been a much bigger disaster as the FA Cup is our most realistic chance of winning silverware this season.

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