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+Clive's reward

Posted on 25 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 rewarded Paul O'Donoghue for his commanding performances throughout pre-season with the skipper's armband when the reserves opened their campaign against Fulham last week.

The central defender has had more than his share of injury problems over the past three seasons - most involving a re-arrangement of his facial features, plus one nasty knee injury.

It is now hoped that his misfortune is firmly behind him and Clive's faith was repaid with the 20-year-old putting in a very assured display at Fulham's Motspur Park training ground.

"I gave him the captaincy and he has been commanding through pre-season," said the development coach. "He had young Leigh Mills alongside him and I think they put on an excellent display at centre half.

"It was a big test for them and I think Paul is flourishing in that role."

Clive declared himself happy with the point, saying that goalkeeper Nicky Eyre was barely tested in the encounter.

"Nicky had very little to do, only long range efforts, and wasn't tested by a clear cut opportunity. That is why I said to them that I was delighted with the way we defended."

Next reserve match
Spurs v West Ham - Tues August 31 at Stevenage Borough