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Daniels seeking semi-final spot

Posted on 17 March 2005  - 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).

Academy midfielder Charlie Daniels travelled to Newcastle on Sunday to witness the FA Cup fate of the first team, now he is hoping that our under-18 team can go a couple of steps further in the FA Youth Cup.


The youth team travel to Vicarage Road tonight to take on Watford in the quarter final stage of the competition. Charlie was hoping this week would provide a cup-double for the club, but it wasn't to be in the North East and, a bit closer to home, the boys are now seeking to stay on the silverware trail themselves.


"Of course, them getting knocked out on Sunday was bad for us all, but hopefully our Youth Cup run will bring a bit of silverware into the club," reflected Charlie this week.


"I went up there with my dad and a couple of mates - it was a great atmosphere with our fans. The outcome was disappointing, the ref made some strange decisions and I couldn't believe the handball wasn't given. It is one of those things and the team will have to try and finish higher in the league now."


Charlie is expecting a tough test in the Hornets nest this evening as Watford have come on top in the two league meetings between the sides.


"We have played them twice this season already - and lost - but the Youth Cup is a one-off game and I think we can beat any side.


"It has been good for us, we have worked hard together as a team and played most of our good stuff in the Youth Cup. All the boys are really up for it as you would be for any quarter final."


One thing Charlie has been careful to do in the build up to the game is stay out of the way of his teammate Charlie Lee in training. A collision between the pair in the build-up to the Liverpool tie saw Daniels miss out on playing at Anfield.


"Yes - let him go and train on his own!" he laughed, going on to point out that the performances of Lee and his central defensive partner Leigh Mills have done much to get the team to this stage. "No, Charlie is alright, it was an accident, but it was disappointing to miss out at Anfield. The boys won though to give me another chance.


"Millsy and Charlie are proper defenders. They are dominant and give the team such a big boost with their aerial strength and understanding of each other's play."