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Clem's inside job

Posted on 15 March 2001  - 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 Clemence relished a rare opportunity against West Ham to show George Graham how he operates in his favoured central midfield position.<P class=MsoNormal>Clem&rsquo&#59;s first team chances have invariably come on the left hand side of midfield or, more recently, in the left wingback slot &mdash&#59; an unfamiliar task that he has adapted admirably to.<P class=MsoNormal>His opportunities to play inside rather than on the flanks have been limited by the Tim Sherwood-Steffen Freund axis and occasionally Darren Anderton has filled in for one of the tough-tackling duo or been one of a three. Being one of a three-man midfield is a role that Oyvind Leonhardsen favours but, with Leo and Darren out, Stephen was handed his chance to impress.<P class=MsoNormal>As usual, Stephen put in a whole-hearted display and was unlucky not to open the scoring with his rasping angled shot in the first half, Shaka Hislop denying him a fist of the season.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I felt confident in the centre of midfield,&rdquo&#59; said Stephen. &ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;ve been playing down the left and I&rsquo&#59;m just happy to be involved. It&rsquo&#59;s a different game and to be honest I cramped up in the end. I was just happy to get through the 90 minutes.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Stephen was quick to pay tribute to the backing given by the travelling support on Sunday and is happy to admit that everyone played their part in a magnificent win.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Everyone deserves a pat on the back,&rdquo&#59; he said. &ldquo&#59;Our fans were superb, got behind us and it was a great feeling when that third goal went in. When they got back to 3-2 the back three, wing-backs, we all had to dig in and thankfully we&rsquo&#59;re in the semi-finals and it&rsquo&#59;s great to be there.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>With the Premiership in mind, Stephen added: &ldquo&#59;We just have to get up for games like that every week. Days like this don&rsquo&#59;t come up too often and the lads didn&rsquo&#59;t want to have regrets &mdash&#59; I don&rsquo&#59;t think we have.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>