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Davies desperate to play

Posted on 3 March 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).

Simon Davies is hoping that the virus that prevented him playing in the second half against Leeds will not set him back in his quest for a first team place.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>The stylish midfielder set the Lane alight with a sparkling performance capped with two goals after replacing Oyvind Leonhardsen against Stockport in the FA Cup.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>His reward was a place in the starting line-up for last Saturday&rsquo&#59;s clash with Leeds, but it was clear that the young Welshman was struggling and he succumbed to his virus at the interval.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>Simon is in the squad for this weekend&rsquo&#59;s trip to Derby, but he is not sure if his strength is up to the required level.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;m still a bit weak to be honest,&rdquo&#59; admitted Simon. &ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;m not sure for Saturday yet &mdash&#59; I&rsquo&#59;ve just got to try and build my strength up at the minute.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>The nature of the virus is still a mystery to our recruit from Peterborough, who missed out on a training trip to La Manga with the Welsh under-21 squad.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;I don&rsquo&#59;t know. Towards the end of last week I had a bad chest and then I didn&rsquo&#59;t really eat over the weekend. During the game I had nothing in me really so I came off and I rested all weekend at home.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>Confessing that he had nothing left in the tank must have been a tough one for a young player with a burning desire to play in the first team.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;Yeah obviously, I let everyone know beforehand, but I wanted to play. It&rsquo&#59;s one of those things isn&rsquo&#59;t it?&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>Simon isn&rsquo&#59;t convinced that the current shortage of midfielders due to injury equals his name on the teamsheet when restored to full health, but he&rsquo&#59;s hopeful.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;If I play and do well the manager has shown he will keep you in there like he&rsquo&#59;s done with Ledley and Gary. So there&rsquo&#59;s a chance.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>There certainly will be chances for the player described as the best goalscoring midfielder at the club by George, and Simon admits that, after his two-goal show, the Sunday papers were well thumbed in the Davies household.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;Yeah, I don&rsquo&#59;t know where that&rsquo&#59;s come from really, I score as much as anybody else and like getting and few goals from midfield.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;My parents were up with me that weekend and they got them, so I woke up Sunday morning and went through all the papers.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>Simon certainly received some coverage in the Sunday and Monday sports sections, so what was it like to be the centre of national attention for the first time?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;It was quite strange. You don&rsquo&#59;t want to look too much into it and get carried away, so you just try and take it with a pinch of salt and realise you&rsquo&#59;ve got a lot of hard work to do.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;You want to experience those feelings again and to do that you&rsquo&#59;ve got to play well.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN>