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Boost for Dilevski

Posted on 1 November 2004  - 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).

Clive Allen suspects that new boy Spase Dilevski getting off the goalscoring mark against Portsmouth last week will boost his confidence going into tonight's reserve clash with Chelsea at Stevenage.


The young Aussie came off the bench to seal a 2-0 victory over Pompey and nearly increased his tally before the game was out, but fired his shot narrowly wide.


The Development Coach feels that Spase and the other midfielders will get chances to score and he encourages them to break into the area and seize the initiative.


"I was delighted for him and he got a similar opportunity just after that, which he was disappointed he didn't hit the target with," reflected Clive on Spase opening his account.


"He will get opportunities and I think a lot of players will, because of the movement, you want people to get into the penalty area and get on the end of chances. We are looking to get good quality crosses in and, from them, a desire to go and score.


"I bang a big drum at the training ground, keep saying things to them and I think we are starting to see the results of the work we are putting in."


Clive added that good performances on the pitch can only help players like Spase adapt to their new environment outside of games.


"A goal will give him confidence and it is lovely to get off the mark. It maybe relaxes you a little bit and he is working very hard.


"It is very difficult and I don't think you can underestimate the position he is in. He is in a new country among new players and friends and it will take him time to adjust. He is a good kid, we've welcomed him in and he is working very hard."


Meanwhile, another player who knows where the goal is made his return against Pompey. Striker Jamie Slabber dislocated his collar bone early in pre-season and missed the three months of the campaign, meaning he has a bit of ground to make up.


"He has, he knows that and he has worked very hard to get back. The one thing I was pleased to see after a clash with the centre half was him having no ill-effects from that. It will give him a lot of confidence.


"That was the thinking behind introducing him for 15 minutes, just for his confidence. He knows the situation he finds himself in and I'm very happy there is a lot of competition for places.


"It is good for him to be back in the fold."