McDermott was speaking out after the heavy criticism which has been levelled at his Spurs counterpart Andre Villas-Boas in the early part of his tenure at the north London club.
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"We are playing against Spurs - a fantastic side - and I know Andre quite well so I'm not looking to inflict pain, we are just looking to play our game and put on a performance for our fans.
"What we have to do is prepare ourselves and get a good performance from our team and that is the only thing that I'm looking to do."
Thanks to the international break coupled with their re-arranged fixture with Chelsea in August, McDermott's side haven't played a Premier League match for almost four weeks, and he says his team are raring to go.
"I can just sense that the lads are desperate to get back and I've got all the internationals back today [Friday], we will train today, prepare the team tomorrow [Saturday] and be right for Sunday and be ready."