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Coach's Corner - The Hughton View

Posted on 22 April 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).

It was certainly a poor performance from us up at Bolton last weekend and the two goals scored against us were particularly poor goals and came from mistakes on our part.

If you look at the game as a whole you would have to say that we never caused them enough problems. They played in a very direct style, playing off Kevin Davies up front and we found it hard to come to terms with. When you play in that type of game what you've got to be doing is getting hold of the ball and causing them problems.

That means keeping hold of the ball and playing into difficult areas for them - which we didn't do enough of. We didn't have long enough on the ball to cause them problems and, what you need in these type of games, is the assurance of at least a 0-0 scoreline for a longer period to allow you to grow in confidence. Unfortunately, we conceded the first goal at a bad time and it gave them a lift.

After a setback you must continue to do the normal work you would do preceding any game - depending on the strengths or weaknessess of the opposition. The Arsenal game, we know, is going to be a very difficult game but one the players will not need motivating for. I'm not saying that they do for others, but this is a special game - no doubt about that.

The fact that it's at White Hart Lane gives us a bigger edge than it would away from home and we've just got to make sure that we don't allow them to get into the flow we know they are capable of.