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Carrick takes the positives

Posted on 15 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).

Even though bitterly disappointed to taste defeat in his first North London Derby, Michael Carrick agreed that positives can be taken out of Saturday's 5-4 reverse.

Michael was once again an influential figure in the middle of the park and it was his free-kick from the left that led to Noureddine Naybet firing us into the lead eight minutes before the break.

It was the narrow failure to cling on to that advantage until half-time that the midfielder feels cost us dear, along with some defensive lapses in the second period.

"I don't think we played too well in the second half, we started off sloppy. In the first half we were terrific and probably deserved to go in one up.

"If you give players of that calibre chances to score they will punish you and that's what they've done.

"It's disappointing, like I said, we were happy with the way we played in the first half - we were positive. The goal killed us a bit, the second half started off badly and it was difficult after that.

"Everyone says it, if you score a goal or concede one just before half time it changes the game and it did.

"I really enjoyed the occasion though, the fans were great. We started off well and they fans got behind us. I'm just disappointed we didn't give them anything to shout about in the end."

Now, with the trip to Aston Villa coming up a week from now, Michael feels that, if the mistakes are eliminated, good things can be taken from the performance.

"We scored four against Arsenal so that's no mean feat. Some of the goals against us were of our own doing, it is not as if they carved us open. It was mistakes and, if we put them right, we will be alright.