Owusu-Abeyie happy with Spurs win

Former Arsenal man Quincy Owusu-Abeyie rubbed salt into Tottenham's wounds today by claiming complacency cost the Londoners a victory over his new side Panathinaikos.

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Panathinaikos are just above the relegation zone in the Greek Super League and sacked their captain on Wednesday morning, but they came away from yesterday's [Thursday] Europa League Group J clash against Spurs with a point.

Spurs dominated the game in Athens and went ahead through Michael Dawson after 35 minutes. Jermain Defoe, Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone and Gareth Bale then missed chances to kill the game off and the hosts made them pay by equalising through Toche 13 minutes from time.

Quincy owes a debt of gratitude to Tottenham's big north London rivals Arsenal for his career in professional football.

Shortly after being released by Ajax, Arsene Wenger signed Quincy as a 16-year-old and signed him up to a professional contract the following year.

The versatile forward only made a handful of first-team starts for Wenger during a four-year spell at the club, but he admits his links with the Gunners meant salvaging a draw against Spurs last night tasted a bit sweeter.

"Yes, it made it a bit more special," he said.

"They have a great squad, but I think they underestimated us and we took advantage of the situation.

"Now I'm looking forward to going to White Hart Lane. It would be great for me to score there and if we keep playing well we can get a result there."

Quincy has earned a reputation as a journeyman since he left Arsenal, representing no fewer than eight teams since moving on from London in 2006.

The Ghanaian has had spells at Spartak Moscow, Al-Sadd, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Celta Vigo and Malaga.

He now finally feels settled in Athens, but admits a return to the Barclays Premier League remains a possibility for the future.

"It would be nice one day to go back," he said.

"Hopefully that will happen for me, but I am happy here now.

"To be honest I don't really feel like I have ever settled in one place because I have always had short contracts at different clubs, but I have really settled in here now.

"It's a great place to be. The weather is nice. It's a great country. I love it. I get the support from the fans as well and that makes me play better."

The "maddest" experience during his globe-trotting was his spell at Spartak Moscow, where he played for two years before being sent out on loan four times.

He was subjected to racism in the Russian capital, but prefers to gloss over the problem.

"Yes, I had that problem once or twice," he added. "But I just overlooked it. I was there to play football.

"(The racism) didn't bother me. I just kept my head down.

"It was hard for me to go to Russia. I went there, played two seasons and it was a great experience."

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, who won the competition with FC Porto two seasons ago, is determined to get his hands on the Europa League trophy for a second time with his new club.

His team now sit third in Group J, two points adrift of Lazio ahead of a double-header against Slovenian side Maribor, and forward Clint Dempsey feels Spurs must start winning matches soon if they are to advance to the knockout stages.

"We are disappointed with the draw and we are frustrated with how we played in the second half," said Dempsey, who made the final with Fulham in 2010.

"We now really have our work cut out (to progress) with having just two points.

"But there is still time left. These next two games are critical. We need to start getting wins to get up the group so that we are not stressing come the last game."



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