It’s FA Cup weekend and the footballing clichés are out in force as Spurs prepare to travel to Stevenage this Sunday. Defender Ryan Nelsen is likely to make his first start in a Tottenham shirt and he has warned his team mates not to take their opponents lightly.

“This squad is good enough to go on and win it, and I know it’s a priority here,” Nelsen said. “But we’ll be taking this game seriously because it’s going to be a very awkward one.

“There’s always banana skins. They’re very difficult games and, if you don’t get the mental side of it right, it can come back and haunt you and hurt you. We’ve all witnessed it in the past so we’ll just take it one game at a time. “

The central defender has already been to two FA Cup semi finals with Blackburn and without a cup final appearance to his name as yet, the 34 year old is clearly looking to make it third time lucky with Spurs.

For now however, he is just happy to be a part of the squad.

“When I was asked to come here it was just to help out in any way I could, on and off the field. It’s great to have squad strength like that, and we’ve got it in every single position.”

Could Nelsen expect to start the game this weekend?

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