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Coach's Corner

Posted on 16 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).

Coach Colin Calderwood is delighted now his reserve group have secured reward for their endeavours following a first win of the season against West Ham United at Stevenage on Monday evening.

His side opened the campaign with three draws and were unlucky not to profit further from those games. They then suffered a reverse away to Chelsea after being the dominating force in the game before coming up against an Arsenal side at Barnet containing a good number of international stars.

It was our side that was bolstered by experience against the Hammers, with Gus Poyet and Christian Ziege hitting the comeback trail and Stephane Dalmat topping up his fitness following his loan switch from Inter Milan.

Colin admits that there was a hint of nerves among some of the team beforehand and feels they will now benefit from registering what was becoming an elusive three points.

"You could feel there was a bit of nervousness, I wouldn't say tension, over the fact that we hadn't won," he reflected. "They do have a belief that the things they are doing at the minute are correct and they have a belief in themselves and a confidence.

"It helps so much when you've got a positive result to back up all the work you've done. We worked hard as every team does in pre-season and it's taken us until now to get a victory and now we can feel the benefit of everything we've done."

Colin added that the response from his side after last week's defeat to Arsenal could not be faulted.

"What I will say about them is, since last Monday against Arsenal, our training has been excellent. The only disappointing thing is that, in training on Saturday morning, we produced so many good crosses and finishes that we didn't really see in the game here.

"That was probably the let down - good opportunities and we didn't produce. It is disappointing after the ability shown and the standard they set themselves on Saturday morning."