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Carr: Let's do it together!

Posted on 20 October 2000  - 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).

Stephen Carr wants to see management, players and fans unite towards the common goal of beating Derby on Saturday.

Our indifferent recent away results and Derby’s position at the bottom of the Premiership have made this a crucial encounter at the Lane.

Full-back Carr admitted: “We need three points badly. It’s important. It’s going to be very hard, their manager is struggling and they are going to be under a lot of pressure, so he’ll have them revved up for it.

“They won’t mind coming to us because we’ve hit a little patch of bad form but as we’ve proved, at home we’re very hard to beat and I hope we can take that into Saturday and take three points.

“The whole club needs a lift. We’re coming in for some criticism but that’s nothing new at Tottenham.”

And that, insists Carr, is where the crowd come into it. They have voiced their opinions in recent weeks but our current Player of the Year wants 35,000 voices behind us on Saturday.

“It’s going be difficult and it’s important that the fans get behind the team right from the start,” he said.

“Forget about what problems they might have with the management, the chairman — it’s just important for the club to be together from the bottom up, get together and get a result.

“Let’s think positively instead of thinking negatively.

“Fair enough, everyone has their opinion. The gaffer is getting booed but at the end of the day it’s the players out there on the pitch.”

The Irish international had some sympathy with the fans though.

He insisted: “The fans are paying good money to watch us and when they are seeing us getting beat, especially when they are travelling away from home and the team is not performing, I can understand. If it was me I would probably be exactly the same.

“What they have to remember is when you are playing at home and you are getting booed or whatever you feel the negativity in the ground and that only gives the away team a lift.

“That’s doing them a favour. I know when we go to away grounds and their fans are booing you know they are under pressure and are going to be more nervous.

“As players we need not to be nervous but to always want the ball and not be afraid of it. God forbid things don’t go our way at the start of the game but we have to believe in our ability, keep wanting the ball and doing the right things.

“I think it’s important as players to stand up and be counted. Results haven’t gone the way we would have liked but it’s important now to start off well and get at them.”

Despite recent results and a perceived air of gloom around N17, Carr was quick to point out that the spirit in the squad has not been affected.

“The mood in the camp is still great,” he revealed. “We’re all working really hard to put things right.

“Players don’t like getting beat. You travel away for a couple of days, stay away and if you don’t come back with anything in the bag it ruins your weekend.

“We have our own pride as well and it’s been damaged.

“Only we can put that right. We can do all we want on the training pitch but come Saturday, that’s when it counts. Team morale is great and we’re all behind each other. We’re good enough but it comes down to confidence.

“We’ve all made individual mistakes, myself included, and we have to cut that out.

“We’re in need of three points and it would just give the crowd a lift if we could do that and put a good performance in.

“It’s amazing what a win does. We lose together and win together and I can’t stress enough the importance of everyone getting together on Saturday - crowd and players - and push us on to get a win.”

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