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Big Pat

Posted on 28 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).

Pat Jennings - 673 games for Spurs, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, two League Cups, PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers Player of the Year, 119 caps for Northern Ireland, two World Cups - gives his views via his occasional column on www.spurs.co.uk

Pat is now a goalkeeping consultant at the club and is still out there where it matters, on the training ground at Spurs Lodge, come rain, wind or shine...

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WE SHOWED great character to beat Aston Villa last weekend. After Villa went 1-0 up I wondered where we'd get an equaliser from, let alone go on and win it. That shows you what football's like, we really started to play once we went a goal behind. We had a little luck when Rohan's goal went through the crowd and into the corner but then Robbie scored a fantastic winner.

ROBBIE had a great week. He came back from the Ireland game having scored twice and you could see that in his game. That was the lift he needed to get back to scoring goals regularly. When he gets in that box he's so dangerous, it must be a nightmare for defenders. He has such quick feet they daren't touch him.

IT'S SO important for a side to have someone like Robbie or Fredi Kanoute scoring goals regularly. Of course, in my days at Spurs, we left that to Jimmy Greaves. Jim was in a class of his own and I've still not seen anyone better in terms of knocking the ball in the net. He scored goals from everywhere, running from the half-way line, past three or four defenders, he just had a special gift. He never seemed to hammer a shot either, he just passed it into the net. He was lightning over 10 or 12 yards. Whatever you need as a striker, he had it.

I THINK we've missed Fredi. He had a fantastic start for us but having scored that winner at Leicester he got injured and he's been out for weeks. It's nice to see him back on the training ground. I think Robbie's missed him as well.

I WAS delighted to hear that Rob Burch had signed a two-year extension. Rob's such a lovely lad, a joy to work with. He's one of those lads that if anyone manages to make it, you hope it's him. It's just a matter of keeping his progress going now, he did well again for the reserves at West Ham and it's about that progress. He has the right temperament he handled the games he played for the first team in pre-season with no problems, including the games in South Africa. That says a lot for him. The one thing you fear with a young lad going in is that he makes a mistake and hides but that hasn't been the case with Rob. He's handled it all superbly so far.

BLACKBURN are next and they have some great players. Yorke and Cole up front can score goals from anywhere and I think the Turkish boy in midfield, Tugay, is a great player. They basically have the same players apart from Duff but it just hasn't happened for them. Graeme Souness must be pulling his hair out. It will be a tough game but you'd like to think we can get something up there.

I WAS at the club throughout Graeme's time here as a young lad. Everyone at the time knew he was going to be a great player and it was just a pity he was allowed to leave. He had a great career, one of the greats. He could put a bit of stick about in his time as well!

Until next time,

Pat