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Carr revs up again

Posted on 4 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Stephen Carr can hardly wait to transfer his latest international triumph into helping Spurs gain crucial Premiership points at White Hart Lane.

The full-back was in excellent form as the Republic of Ireland forced a 2-2 draw in their World Cup qualifying match against highly-fancied Holland on Saturday.

Our reigning Player of the Year hardly gave Dutch debutant Wilfred Bouma a kick all game and played a key role in Robbie Keane's opening goal in the first half. Jason McAteer made it 2-0 in the second half but unfortunately for Carr and Ireland, Holland recovered from 2-0 down to grab a share of the spoils.

Dublin-born Carr insisted: "It was a great performance, a great result and everyone was buzzing afterwards. It gives you confidence that you can take back to your club.

"To play against the likes of Holland with all their quality players can only improve your game and to perform like we did can only boost your confidence. I can't wait to get back into the Premiership now and repeat it for Spurs at club level."

He won't have to wait too long. After arriving back in England on Sunday, Carr will train on Monday before facing Everton in our fourth Premiership match at the Lane on Tuesday. Players and management alike are determined to put on a show after what was considered by all a disappointing performance against Newcastle nine days ago.

"It's important we get another win under our belts," said Carr. "We didn't play well at Newcastle, we were all disappointed and it's important now that we bounce back.

"We need to make our home a fortress again, like we did for the first half of last season when we beat the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. We don't really want any defeats. I'm sure it will be a tough game against Everton but I'm confident we can beat them."