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Clem's happy return

Posted on 30 April 2002  - 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).

Glenn Hoddle was full of praise for Stephen Clemence after the midfielder's outstanding return against Liverpool.

It was his first Premiership start since suffering knee ligament damage at Blackburn Rovers back in August.

That injury has restricted 'Clem' to just three Premiership starts this campaign and Glenn beamed: "I thought he did absolutely marvellous.

"His game actually went up a gear when he was on that little mazy run in the second half and should have scored, if he had it would have been a wonderful goal.

"That kicked him into another gear and he found his real confidence.

"He did well for us first half, destroyed things, kept it simple but in the second half he really enjoyed himself and had a great game.

"I'm delighted for him because he's had to very hard to get back and wait for his chance."

Clem's return underlined the strength in depth at Glenn's disposal when everyone is fit. Of course, he started after an injury to Tim Sherwood, who initially got his chance when Steffen Freund ruptured his cruciate ligament at Chelsea.

Glenn added: "Tim and Steffen have done well for us and this is where we can see the possibilities.

"You have a squad where players can come in and perform like that, not because players are injuried but to change them for rest periods.

"That's where we have to get to. The game these days isn't about 11 or 12 players, it's about 18, 20 and that's where we have get to."

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