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Deano on return

Posted on 5 May 2004  - 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).

Dean Richards is happy to be back in the fold, but admitted it was a frustrating experience against Aston Villa on Sunday.

The big centre half has been absent since March 9 following injury and illness but was able to return at Villa Park having featured in two reserve games.

"It was difficult at times, but it was good to get back out there involved with the lads," said Dean of his return against the in-form Villa, adding that recent results are not a clear reflection of the performances in terms of territory and possession.

"I don't think we are really playing badly but, at the same time, we are not really hurting teams. We are having a lot of the ball, but mostly in the midfield and in front of teams - rather than getting behind and hurting teams.

"We didn't really create many clear cut chances against Villa - I think mine was the best with the header. It is quite frustrating, we huffed and puffed at times, but we just couldn't break them down."

Dean conceded that our Premiership position has affected the confidence of the players - including himself when he was out of action.

"It's got to, it is an added pressure and something you don't want to be associated with. Looking at the league table does affect you.

"Even though I haven't been in the team of late it has affected me. We know, with the squad we've got and the club we play for, we should never be in this sort of position.

"It is hard to take but it is where we are and we must get on with it."