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Chris targets 'Pool again

Posted on 17 November 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).

Chris Armstrong looks back at Liverpool’s last visit to the Lane with a smile.

And he has every reason to. The striker lashed home one of the goals of last season — a 25-yard half-volley — to beat Liverpool in January. That kick-started his season and a new-found confidence that has led to him scoring 10 goals in his last 15 Premiership outings.

Now approaching full fitness after injury ruled him out until a fortnight ago, Armstrong reflected: “It was a turning point for me last season. I got the winning goal, it was a good game and I played well that day. I’ll be looking for the same result this Sunday.

“I’d actually missed a couple of half-chances before that but the ball sat up nicely about 20 yards out and I struck it into the top corner. A bullet!

“It helped kick-start things but I’d say the main change has been injuries. Before that Liverpool game and up to that period I’d been playing with injuries and that had been affecting my running, striking the ball — a lot of things.

“Around the turn of the year I finally went in and had some things done to my ankles and there have been no problems since then. It’s just fitness. Up to then for a couple of seasons I hadn’t been fully fit and that was the turning point.”

Armstrong finally returned to reserve team action at the end of October and after one friendly appearance was thrown back into Premiership action against Sunderland on November 4. On for 20 minutes, it worked a treat as he bagged the winning goal in a 2-1 win.

He’s now started two more reserves fixtures and played 45 minutes at Aston Villa last weekend after Les Ferdinand suffered from concussion.

Now he wants to feature against Liverpool on Sunday. “I played a reserve game in the week and over the past couple of weeks my fitness has come on but I’m not too sure whether I’ll be starting or on the bench,” he added. “Whatever I’ll be looking to be involved at some stage.

“You always get a hard game against Liverpool and normally a good game at White Hart Lane. In the last couple of seasons we’ve had good results against them so we’ll be looking for nothing short of three points."

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