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Colin's positive take

Posted on 2 October 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).

Despite a 1-0 defeat, Colin Calderwood was able to take several positives out of Monday evening's close encounter with Southampton at St Mary's.

Our reserve side were unlucky to lose, hitting the woodwork four times in the first half and making most of the running throughout the game against an experienced Saints outfit. Short spells at the beginning of the halves were the only periods of uncertainty.

"The starts of both halves were our poorest periods," said Colin afterwards. "Certainly the start of the second half Southampton dominated us and they ended up scoring in that period.

"If you come away from the game and the team hasn't played in the manner you would want them to then you would be very disappointed. Honestly, at the end of the game, I couldn't have a go at too many of them because they went about it in the right manner.

"It was fantastic coming to their main ground and great to see the people coming in. It was ideal for them and a good experience.

"We didn't take our chances, but anyone watching would have to agree that we deserved to take at least something from the game.

"I thought we played decent enough, but we've lost the game. I can take positives out of it, it was a good physical exercise. Five or six of them are really going to come on with their fitness because of that and with the week we've got it will be a benefit for them."

A busy week for some of the players features a friendly match at Peterborough on Thursday as the boys not on international duty keep up their fitness levels during the break.

"They had to to put it in, the way the week's going to be structured their training is the matches this week. I think a few of the boys from here will be playing at Peterborough.

"One or two said they felt their legs towards the end of the game, but when you've got the ball you don't feel so tired. If it hadn't been for the fact we were a goal down I think they would have felt a little bit better."

There is now another gap in the FA Premier Reserve League fixture list, but Colin does not feel it will pose too much of a problem.

"I thought we had a run of games but I've seen we've got another gap next week. That won't affect them too much really, they've been playing a game a week for the last three or four weeks now.

"We've got two this week, then we have a break and we'll hope to get one or two injured players back."