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+All systems go

Posted on 28 February 2005  - 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).

Michael Brown viewed victory over Fulham as a welcome win that keeps us ticking over nicely in the Barclays Premiership.

It is now two wins on the spin in the league, a three points that saw a climb a place in the table and then retain 8th spot following Charlton's draw with Middlesbrough.

It was anything but easy against Chris Coleman's well drilled side, who set their stall out not to concede and hoped to profit from anything on the break. Not that they did much breaking as the boys had them pinned back for much of the 90 minutes without really creating many clear cut openings.

It was a set piece that broke the deadlock and a signalled a release of tension around the Lane, Fredi Kanoute delivering a perfect free-kick execution on 78 minutes before Robbie Keane put a seal on the victory in the final minute.

All in all, it sends the team into the challenge of the FA Cup 5th round replay with Nottingham Forest in good heart.

"Yes, it was a good win for us, we ground it out as at times they made it quite hard with their formation," considered Michael, a tigerish presence in midfield throughout the afternoon.

"Full credit to the boys, we kept it going and finally got the result we needed.

"It's not easy, we were patient and kept going, we haven't got that full control at the moment to just think it will come. We were a bit nervy, but once we got the goal we felt comfortable."

Formations and systems appear to be playing a bigger and bigger part in Premiership combat these days, with particularly away teams often setting up mainly just to thwart the attacking intent of the home side by loading the midfield and operating with one main striker.

Michael reasons that extra patience is called for when confronted with this as systems are also set to punish lapses with quick counter attacks if possession is surrendered in key areas.

"Most teams are doing it and doing it very well. Fans look at systems, work out how the game is going and realise what is going on. You can't just bomb forward, leave yourselves exposed and get sucked into the trap.

"I think the whole game has gone forward and advanced in that way."