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Tottenham latest: Friedel believes goals will come, Dawson admits it 'wasn't their day'

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A few key stories about Tottenham Hotspur that have appeared in the media today

Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes the side has enough quality to start finding the back of the net on a more frequent basis soon.

Tottenham have only scored nine goals in 11 Premier League games so far this season, but Friedel isn’t particularly worried about that statistic.

He is quoted in the Evening Standard, saying: ‘I really do not think that, come the end of the season, our goal tally will be one of the lower ones. It will be right up there. We see the quality in training on a daily basis and it is not a lack of confidence or anything of that nature.’

Spurs lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on Sunday and defender Michael Dawson said it just wasn’t Tottenham’s day as he echoed the sentiments from his manager, Andre Villas-Boas that Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul practically won the game for his side.

Dawson told the club website: ‘We were fantastic in the second half but we couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. Tim Krul made some incredible saves. It wasn’t our day.

‘It’s a huge disappointment not to have taken anything from that game.’

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris missed Sunday’s defeat to Newcastle and a medical expert has said there can be no real timescale put on the goalkeepers return to the side after he suffered concussion after a collision with Romelu Lukaku against Everton last weekend.

Dr James Gyurke from ImPACT [Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing] Applications said: ‘There is no hard and fast rule in how long a recovery can take.

‘Everybody reacts to it differently. In a concussed state the recovery period should be viewed as occurring over several days to weeks, not a single day. There is no prescribed timeline for someone.’

Lloris has been called up to the France squad for their World Cup play-off tie with Ukraine.

Defender Vlad Chiriches will not play any part in Romania’s play-off for the World Cup after suffering a fractured nose following a collision with Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran – meaning he had to be substituted at half-time during yesterday’s game.

Another player who won’t play any part on their international duty is Harry Kane as he has withdrawn from England’s Under-21 squad due to a back injury.

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