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Daz back on home goal trail

Posted on 19 December 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).

Darren Anderton is not sure when his last goal at the Lane occurred, but he is pretty happy with the latest one.

The in-form midfielder struck a sweet second for the team on 40 minutes against Fulham on Saturday, a scoring sensation he has not enjoyed at home since, for the record, January 2 this year.

On that occasion it was a penalty in the 4-2 triumph over Newcastle.

"I think it was my first for about a year at home," pondered Darren, who praised Les Ferdinand for teeing him up. "But it certainly is for this season, I'm not sure when the last one was.

"It was good play for Les to set it up nicely for me, I hit it early and luckily caught the keeper off-guard really."

Darren went on to explain that playing in the middle of the park does not always lead to an increase in shooting opportunities, but he is certainly relishing the added involvement in games.

"It can do but it depends what game you play. Sometimes I've been sat in a midfield holding role, while in the last few games I've been able to get forward more and create more.

"I've enjoyed it and, that being the case, hopefully I can get more involved with scoring and setting goals up.

"Playing wide you are relying on other players giving you the ball, whereas centrally you're always involved. Even if the team isn't playing particularly well you are still involved. Out wide if the team aren't playing well you don't get much of the ball."

Darren laughs at the suggestion that playing central is a more physical experience in terms of riding the knocks.

"Football's football, you get kicked everywhere you play so that doesn't make any difference.

"I suppose it is a more combative area, but if you're playing wide you've got full-backs who always want to give you a kick!"

Darren added that he is still carefully following the injury management that has successfully seen him through the season so far to great effect.

"The strength is coming now and the Achilles is feeling great. I'm still not taking chances with it and I'm doing everything that got me to the position I'm in now."