Spurs spurred on by blast

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Tottenham's goalscoring hero Gary Doherty has admitted David Pleat's half time team-talk played a key role in the side fighting back and earning a draw against Manchester City.

Spurs were staring at an FA Cup exit after an abject 45 minutes at The City of Manchester Stadium, but a resurgent second half display saw Doherty cancel out Nicolas Anelka's opener to force a replay.

Republic of Ireland international Doherty has conceded Spurs were poor in the first half, but feels the second-half display is worthy of real credit.

"We were poor in the first half," said Doherty. "We did not show any fluency.

"The gaffer gave us a real roasting at half time, which we needed, but we came out and worked hard.

"The front two did a brilliant job and that gave us a base to get a result.

"I don't know why we started so slow. We were sluggish, we did not win anything and did not play anything.

"It was men against boys in the first half. The manager told us at half time and I think that played a a part."