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Alton misses old hands

Posted on 24 April 2001  - 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).

Alton Thelwell sees our current predicament as a double-edged sword. While he is delighted to add to his Premiership experience alongside the likes of Anthony Gardner, Simon Davies, John Piercy, Matthew Etherington, Ian Hillier and Steven Ferguson he also realises that the input of experience is sadly missing thanks to our horrendous injury list.

"You need experience players in the team as well as the youngsters," Alton pointed out. "You need the right mixture.

"We’ve lost so many experienced players over the last few weeks I suppose it is nice for the youngsters to get a chance. But it works both ways. The youngsters will be delighted to get a chance but you need that experience in there as well."

Alton, still just 20, is certainly growing game by game and was unlucky to see a fine display at Liverpool on Sunday marred by a harsh penalty decision against him for handball.

He has certainly recovered well after suffering a difficult afternoon at Derby County last month when he was substituted at half-time.

Alton added: "You make mistakes at my age and it makes you a stronger person.

"It was like last week against Chelsea when I thought I got caught out with the one-two for the third goal but otherwise I was pretty pleased with my performance.

"You have to learn from those mistakes and hopefully the next time you go out there you can rectify them."