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Calm before the storm

Posted on 26 October 2010  - 12:00

Alan Hutton has stressed the importance of a rare midweek clear of fixtures as we prepare for another busy spell both at home and in Europe.

Calm before the storm

Alan Hutton has stressed the importance of a rare midweek clear of fixtures as we prepare for another busy spell both at home and in Europe.

The full-back admits the three games we played in the space of a week took its toll on the team late in the game as we earned a hard-fought point against Everton in the league on Saturday.

It came less than 72 hours after the gruelling 4-3 Champions League defeat against holders Inter in Milan, but we now have until Saturday to prepare ourselves for our next game.

We travel to Manchester United in the league before another hectic period that sees us play seven games in the next four weeks.

But after re-charging our batteries over the coming days, Alan believes we will be prepared for whatever the fixture list throws at us.

The Scotland international said: "Spurs is a massive club and we're always playing in massive fixtures so you have to keep playing to as high a level as possible.

"A few of the boys were tired so it was always going to be tough late on in the [Everton] match, even though we did have some chances.

"It's brilliant to have a clear week now so that we can take it easy and make sure we get the rest in before another tough week ahead.

"There are a lot of big games in there. We want to do well in the Champions League but we have to make sure we come home do well in the league.

"It's tough but we've got a really strong squad and that should help us through these fixtures."

The Everton game was Alan's sixth straight start since re-establishing himself in the side following a torrid time with injuries and the form of regular right-back Vedran Corluka over the past two seasons.

He added: "This is pretty much my most settled run in the side since I've been here due to injury and all the rest of it so I'm just glad to be back in the fold and playing. Everyone wants to play every game and I'm no different."