Davids: I saw nothing
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Edgar Davids has insisted that he knew nothing about the collision between Emmanuel Eboue and Gilberto in the lead up to Tottenham's goal against Arsenal.
The two Gunners knocked each other to the ground in midfield, allowing Spurs to build the quick attack that culminated in Davids' pass to goalscorer Robbie Keane.
The incident left Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger incensed, arguing that one of the Spurs players should have put the ball out of play, but Davids has defended himself, claiming that his attention was elsewhere.
"I was looking for the offside, trying to stay onside," explained the Dutchman. "I was looking across at Teemu (Tainio), trying to get the ball. I was still looking if I was onside and then gave the cross.
"I just did not see it or to even look to see the possibility of kicking the ball out."
Davids was sent off late in the game after picking up two yellow cards for fouls on Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas, but he feels that the decision was wrong.
"I thought the first booking was harsh. I was just trying to go forward and then the second one came after I was fouled just before. But what can you say about that?"
Davids, who was brought to White Hart Lane last summer, also revealed that he had been hugely impressed by Tottenham's wealth of young talent.
"We are a developing team and we want to continue this great run," he urged.
"I look around the dressing room and see guys who have a lot of potential - but they have to live up to a lot of expectations.
"The players can get better. They can improve. It is not just about players learning, but being conscious of what happens on the pitch."