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Digger: Hughes out to make his mark

Posted on 12 May 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).

Simon Davies knows Mark Hughes better than anyone at Spurs - and knows his former international boss won't just sit there and let us have it all our own way when he brings Blackburn to the Lane on Sunday.


We need to beat Rovers by as many goals as possible as we bid for a European qualifying spot on the season's final day.


At the same time, we're relying on Manchester City to beat Middlesbrough - but only by the odd goal. If all goes to plan, we'll pip City on goal difference for seventh place and qualify for the UEFA Cup.


Hughes and Rovers will have something to say about that though. They have lost their last two league games but guaranteed survival in the Barclays Premiership before that with a run of just one defeat in nine including draws against Manchester United, Liverpool and a win at Everton.


"He wants to win every game and he's passionate about every game he's involved with," said Simon of Hughes, the manager who gave him his Welsh debut.


"He wants his team to match his passion on the pitch and show that to the fans.


"They'll come to White Hart Lane, won't give us an inch of space and it will be up to us to overcome that. The onus is on us to go at them like we did against Aston Villa. That is our best way of playing at home.


"It won't be easy because they are a strong side and it will be a good game."


Meanwhile, Simon scoffed at recent claims that Rovers are over-physical. "People jump on the bandwaggon," he added. "Mark just wants his teams to be passionate and he was the same with us during his time with Wales and it worked.


"A few tackles went astray against Arsenal and people have jumped on that.


"They are not a dirty side, just physical and determined to win games."