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Basking in the glory?

Posted on 2 October 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).

Anthony Gardner jokingly agreed that our defensive players must be 'basking in the glory' of successive clean sheets.

After conceding ten goals in three games prior to the Carling Cup trip to Coventry, no further additions were made to our Premiership 'goals against' column following the visit to the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday.

"You could say that!," laughed Anthony in response to the basking suggestion. "It is always nice to get clean sheets - even if you end up doing it the hard way. After conceding a few goals it is good to get two clean sheets in two games."

The tall defender is well aware that, on occasions, luck played more of a part than judgement against Manchester City.

"It has, we were under a lot of pressure and couldn't seem to get out of our own half or get a base to our game to enable us to keep the ball. A team will always create chances if they manage to build up constant pressure on the opposition's goal."

One such occasion when luck very much came into play was in the first half when, under pressure from Nicolas Anelka, Anthony attempted a header back to Kasey Keller that was so nearly intercepted to devastating effect.

"My heart was in my mouth. It was one of those ones where a player gets inbetween you and the goalkeeper and you don't really know where he is. I should have just hooked it away instead of heading it back.

"It's hard to explain what is going through your mind - you can only hope that your teammates will help you out and rectify your mistake."