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Colin on first win

Posted on 29 August 2001  - 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).

Colin Calderwood was a happy man after his reserve side secured three points in their first league game of the season against his former club Nottingham Forest.<P class=MsoNormal>Forest arrived with a strong looking team with plenty of first team experience, but Colin was able to counter that with the addition to his team of Tim Sherwood, Oyvind Leonhardsen and Chris Perry. Those three and the younger players joined forces and came through a difficult test with some style &mdash&#59; a point not lost on Colin.<BR><BR><A href="">Report</A>: Spurs 1-0 Forest<BR><BR>&ldquo&#59;I think, watching from the sidelines, that it was quite a good match as far as reserve fixtures go, some can be played a little bit half-heartedly, but both teams tried to pass the ball and not and not go from back to front too much.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;There was a lot of movement on the pitch, which was good to see and it gave both teams the chance to express themselves. It was a good test for our boys, there was a lot of experience in the Nottingham Forest team. Five or six of them were first team players last year when I was there.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;When I look at my team, although we had probably bigger names than they did in two or three positions, overall they were probably a bit stronger. So I&rsquo&#59;m delighted with the way it went.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;When you look at a game after goals in terms of chances created I think we might have shaded that as well because I think we restricted them to longer shots. They had a good period in the first 15 minutes, but after our back four dealt really well with their front three and everything went pretty well.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>The team was set out in a 4-4-2 formation, but Colin points out that this was down to the players available and that the team will revert to Glenn&rsquo&#59;s favoured 3-5-2 as the season progresses.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It was down to the players we had available tonight and on other occasions I suppose we&rsquo&#59;ll revert back to how we played in pre-season.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I think it suited us the way we played, there were a lot of plusses, and when you look at it again there will be things we would like to tidy up a bit. The system suited us a little bit more than one or two we tried pre-season and people had a really good understanding of it.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;But the case will be that we&rsquo&#59;ll have to change our system and the players are going to have to adapt and play slightly differently.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I hope tonight will give players individual confidence, but also a confidence that&rsquo&#59;s collective and generates good team spirit. The personnel will change, but we&rsquo&#59;ll have a nucleus of six or seven boys who will be the reserve team throughout the season.<BR><BR><SPAN ones we&rsquo&#59;ll really have to keep an eye on make sure they it enjoying their work throughout the week and are improving.&rdquo&#59;< SPAN></SPAN>