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Coach's Corner

Posted on 22 September 2003  - 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).

We asked for your questions to pose to the coaching staff here at Spurs Lodge and Steven Palmer had this to ask of first team coach Chris Hughton...

If you are a defender, behind an attacker who has broken free and faced by the goalkeeper - do you slide in or wait for the keeper to make his move?

CH: It is a very, very good question, but it is all about judgement, timing and, of course, distances.

If there is an opportunity for you to get a challenge in and you think you can go and win the ball then that has to be the best option. You've got to make sure you can win the ball though with your timing because if you get it wrong it could be a red card.

If you feel that what you are going to do might impede the goalkeeper - meaning it might give the attacker an easier route to go round - then the best option is to stay on your feet and allow the keeper to make the challenge himself.

You must then work your feet quick enough that you can get onto the second ball. There is no point allowing the keeper to make a save then the attacker pounces on the loose ball and knocks it into an empty net with you not able to get round.

If there is an opportunity to put a challenge in and take the ball you've got to take that option.

We want YOU to mail in with the training questions you want answered! The section is not just limited to Chris Hughton - you can put your question to Hans Segers, Pat Jennings, Colin Calderwood, Jimmy Neighbour, Pat Holland or Perry Suckling.

We will then publish the answers here at the bottom of stories throughout the course of the season.

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