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Coach's Corner

Posted on 29 January 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).

Chris Hughton reflected that it is one of the 'mysteries of our game' why the team put on a sluggish start against Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend.

Following an excellent beginning to the year with four straight wins, the team emerged at the City of Manchester Stadium and struggled to establish a pattern to their game, while City fired into life and took a tenth minute lead through Nicolas Anelka.

Thankfully, the deficit was just the single goal at the break and the boys displayed great heart and verve in the second period to level through Gary Doherty and could have wrapped the game up during a spell of dominance.

"It is always one of the mysteries of our game," said Chris of the first half performance. "We are going through one of our better periods and, of course, you want that to continue. If I look at our recent form, the first half at City was quite unlike the way we have been playing.

"Sometimes that happens and for no apparent reason. We were confident going into the game, but certainly gave away a very disappointing goal and didn't show too much even after that to make you feel we were going to go on to a spell where we could create chances."

So what sparked the galvanised second-half display that could have seen us win the game?

"Sometimes it's about changes you make and sometimes it is about getting an opportunity for a break," added Chris." After the first half, you speak to the players at half time and try and put some things right, then hope for a response.

"For whatever reason, whether the changes or attitude of the players, we did get a response in the second half and for a period I felt we were going to go on and win it."