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Clive happy

Posted on 19 August 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).

Clive Allen took great satisfaction in the defensive solidity of his team following the goalless draw with Fulham on Wednesday afternoon.

His young side held very firm against the hosts at the Motspur Park training ground and goalkeeper Nicky Eyre's only work was in fielding hopeful long-range efforts. Such stubborn defending on the road was the major positive the Development Coach took out of the game.

"Very much so," reflected Clive. "I said to the lads that if they are going to go away from home and defend like that, we will win more games than we lose. I just felt disappointed that, in the final third, we didn't play with the composure or quality I know we have to win the game.

"There is a lot to take out of it, it was a difficult game for a young side and I am pleased with the point."

Clive agreed that the fixture being played on a training ground took a little bit of spark out of the occasion.

"It is difficult, I said to Hans Segers that it is like a practice game, a game at the training ground and didn't seem like the first full-blooded match. I think the lads will look forward to the first home game against West Ham at Stevenage - there is a bit more atmosphere when you are playing in a stadium."

While happy with the defensive display, Clive hopes his team will give more work to the opposition goalkeeper next time out.

"I felt we did let ourselves down a bit at the other end and it is something we'll be working on. We'll be working on our finishing, most certainly, and if we can combine that with a defensive display we are going to be a hard team to beat and we can win games."