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Back to the drawing board

Posted on 9 November 2000  - 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).

It&rsquo&#59;s back to the drawing board for Chris Hughton.<P class=MsoNormal style="tab-stops: 243.0pt 261.0pt">Our reserve team boss was left shaking his head in disappointment after Tuesday night&rsquo&#59;s 3-0 defeat against Derby County in the FA Premier Reserve League.<P class=MsoNormal style="tab-stops: 243.0pt 261.0pt">Hughton thought his side had turned the corner after September&rsquo&#59;s disastrous 5-0 hammering at the hands of Charlton with league victories over Southampton and the 6-0 mauling of Leicester City.<P class=MsoNormal style="tab-stops: 243.0pt 261.0pt">But they took two steps back at Pride Park as Deon Burton helped himself to a hat-trick in the Rams&rsquo&#59; 3-0 victory.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It was poor,&rdquo&#59; remarked Hughton. &ldquo&#59;I certainly feared towards the end that it might be more than three. I don&rsquo&#59;t think we showed enough o make an impact. It&rsquo&#59;s disappointing because the last couple of games have been first class.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;The goals were poor defensively but I was more disappointed with our work on the ball than the goals we gave away.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;The second and third goals were particularly bad but I felt we didn&rsquo&#59;t show enough inventiveness on the ball and I have to say we have played against what I would call stronger Derby sides. I felt when we got here that we might have a chance of winning the game.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;For the large part of the game, even though we didn&rsquo&#59;t play well, they weren&rsquo&#59;t much of a threat up front. I think they only had the one chance in the first half but we went in 1-0 down which knocked us a little.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;But I was disappointed with our work on the ball. With the players we&rsquo&#59;ve got, players who are good on the ball like Simon Davies, Willem Korsten, Chris Armstrong, Matthew Etherington, we should have created more. It was disappointing.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>To listen to Chris' views, <A href="http://www.spurs.co.uk/news/ram/ch001109.ram">click here</A><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>