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A time and a place

Posted on 18 December 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton admits there is never really a good time to commiserate with a player after he's suffered the agony of missing a penalty in a shoot-out.

Yet the first team coach will do just that with Gus Poyet and Mauricio Taricco over the next couple of days after the South American pair missed from the spot in our Carling Cup quarter-final defeat against Middlesbrough.

Gus was the first to see his attempt saved and Tano struck the woodwork as Boro prevailed 5-4 in the shoot-out.

It was a case of penalty pain at the Lane after the visitors clawed their way back into the game to force extra time with only five minutes left.

Both Gus and Tano were crestfallen afterwards. "After the game, if you've lost on penalties, there isn't a lot you can say and it's probably the wrong time," said Chris.

"There are moments over the next few days when we'll reflect and that's when we'll say the things we need to say."

Chris admitted he believed it was going to be our night as Kasey Keller saved the first match-winning chance when Gaizka Mendieta's strode up to the spot. But Tano missed soon after and Franck Quedrue kept his nerve to send Boro through to the semi-finals.

Chris added: "When Kasey saved from Mendieta, you thought perhaps it could be our night. That was a wonderful save but it wasn't to be.

"Sometimes it's not down to ability or penalty-taking skills - the goalkeeper might guess the right way or you catch it just wrong.

"Someone has to miss or have one saved and you forget all about it if you end up winning the game, if you lose it's a dreadful feeling. Luckily our lads are experienced enough."