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Calderwood's compliment

Posted on 21 November 2001  - 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).

Colin Calderwood has praised the experienced players that have joined his reserve group and says that a positive team spirit is developing.

Due to our then injury difficulties, Colin began the season with a line up consisting mostly first team fringe or Academy players - he took a team to Arsenal to face the likes of Bergkamp and Kanu that was mostly of the under-18 age group.

How times change. Injuries have cleared up and the squad is stronger and need games. Colin has recently has often had the likes of Ben Thatcher, Sergei Rebrov, Oyvind Leonhardsen, Anthony Gardner, Alton Thelwell, Simon Davies, Goran Bunjevcevic, Kasey Keller and now Dave Beasant and Steffen Iversen at his disposal.

The attitude of these players has been spot on and there have been a couple of notable comebacks in games that have required character.

"I'll be honest with you," said Colin. "There is a nice little atmosphere building. They are all keen to know what the league table is and it gives them an added incentive to come to these games.

"The experienced ones that are coming in are asking as well and they seem to be helping the young ones along.

"It is definitely a benefit to know we're up near the top."

The two-goal hero of Monday night, Sergei Rebrov, had a difficult week with the Ukraine, but he too wanted part of the action at Stevenage.

"He's finishing very well," Colin added. "He asked to play in the game, which is fantastic for me when someone wants to play. He came in and showed a willingness to try and get the ball.

"The benefit for me is the attitude they (experienced players) bring to it - that's really good."

Colin's own long-term managerial prospects will be done no harm by presiding over such illustrious line-ups, and the Scot is doing his utmost to provide an ideal set-up for the second string.

"Whether young or experienced, you try to give them a platform, an enjoyable environment to train and play in. I feel as if they're going about it in a good manner.

"Whether it's for me, themselves or the club I don't know."