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Posted on 3 November 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).

Lee Barnard is on something of a high at the moment - a sensation that comes with being very much on the goal trail.

A long-term hand injury wrecked the young striker's last campaign and he recorded just a single goal for his efforts. In the last few weeks he has added three goals in three games to the reserve team's 'goals for' column.

The 19-year-old admits to being a player that thrives on confidence and the first of his two-goal salvo against Wimbledon last time out - a strike right out of the top drawer - ensured that it should not be in short supply.

"Exactly, it is always nice to score - especially as a striker," reflected Lee of the goal. "I caught the first one nicely and the feeling is undescribable - it is a very nice feeling. I would have loved to have got a hat-trick, but I was happy with that."

Two weeks earlier down at St Mary's Lee scored his first goal of the season against Southampton and was very unfortunate to have another chalked off for offside.

"It is always nice to get off the mark and hopefully they will keep coming now. The other one should have been allowed so it should have been four for the season," he added, before explaining why he had something of a long face as he departed St Marys.

"I got the impression they wanted a bit more from me. Obviously there is always room for improvement and in myself, even though I thought I did okay, I've got high standards and if I don't reach them I'm going to be disappointed."

Following the Southampton game, Lee and his teammates were in for a shock when their coach of just over two seasons, Colin Calderwood, took his first step on the managerial ladder by taking over the vacant post at Northampton.

He has since been replaced on a temporary basis by Clive Allen and Lee views the change as a 'fresh start'.

"We were all shocked and a bit disappointed as well because we got on with Colin," he reflected. "He's now gone to Northampton, Clive has come in and it is a fresh start for us.

"Hopefully he's moved onto better things for himself. He came and spoke to everyone, wished us all good luck and said he will speak to us in the future."

Lee admits that it would not be a complete surprise if Colin were to come calling for one or two of his former charges for a loan spell - an experience he sampled last season.

"I enjoyed my stay at Exeter and wouldn't mind going out again. Colin had a laugh and a joke saying he would need a few players, but we'll have to wait and see."

In the meantime, Lee knows that he needs to keep plugging away, keep the momentum of his recent exploits going and make sure that vital confidence it retained.

"Exactly - keep my head up and keep going."