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Doc on the way back

Posted on 12 February 2003  - 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).

Gary Doherty hopes he's turned the corner as he strives to return to the form and fitness he enjoyed before his broken leg.

Big Doc, on Irish duty against Scotland tonight, says he's enjoying his football again after what has been a long trek back from the nightmare injury he sustained back in September 2001.

It forced him out for the rest of last season and as he battles back, perhaps his admission that he's not quite back to where he was is reflected in the fact that he's only started four matches this term.

However, he's played a major part off the bench in our last three matches culminating in his first goal for almost two years against Sunderland on Saturday.

"I hope I've turned the corner," said Gary before jetting off to join Ireland. "I don't want to go around saying I'm back to where I was because I feel like I'm nowhere near that but I'm edging a bit nearer."

He has looked a bit down of late and he admitted: "I have to be honest. A lot of the transfer talk in the papers got to me but I thought my performances in the reserves were always okay and now I'm contributing to the first team as well.

"I'll always give it my best shot. It's been unfortunate because I've had to come on after injuries. The gaffer has used me both up front and at the back and I'm enjoying my football again. Hopefully it will continue."

Doc's goal against Sunderland couldn't have been timed better - a tetbook forward's header from Darren Anderton's corner to put us 2-1 up just before the break.

He added: "They always say that's one of the best times to score and I was delighted with it.

"It gave us a boost for the second half and I thought played some really good stuff.

"It was a boost for me as well. I think my last goal was against Arsenal in the semi-final of the FA Cup so it's brilliant to score, especially having gone on up front.

"The gaffer is teaching me a lot of movement as a centre forward and it's a lot to take in but I'm enjoying it. It's something I've got to practice and I'm willing to learn and see how it goes."