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Eager to assist!

Posted on 22 January 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).

Johnnie Jackson has yet to net his first senior goal for Spurs - but he can now claim two direct assists in his short first team career so far.

Mind you, a goal might not be too far away if watching the 21-year-old taking part in a spot of after-training free-kick practice on Tuesday with great exponent Christian Ziege is anything to go by.

But for now, Johnnie can reflect on the two assists - the first of which was teeing up Simon Davies for his first goal of the season against Birmingham.

The second, and probably more memorable, came on Saturday when - after coming on as a half-time substitute against Liverpool - he spotted Helder Postiga giving the visiting central defenders the slip and pinged a pin-point ball from all of 40-odd yards for the Portuguese international to score what turned out to be the winning goal.

"It was probably the first and only thing I did in the half!" sighed Jacko, with a not all too familiar hint of modesty. "But it is what will be remembered.

"I saw him go and I had plenty space and plenty of time to play it, so I thought I might as well go for it. I felt if I did it right he would be in - it was a good run and they let him go a bit.

"In the end it was a nice ball and Postie just had to finish it off. I thought he was going to miss at one point, but he did well."

After featuring from the start in the games against Portsmouth, Charlton, Crystal Palace and Birmingham before missing out on a start against Leeds, Johnnie was naturally thrilled to play a part in a game against one of the traditional big hitters of the English game.

"No disrespect to the teams I've played against, but none of them have been the bigger names," he pondered. "I missed out on the Leeds game so, to play against Liverpool, who are considered one of the all-time greats, was really nice for me.

"To go two goals up did allow us to play a bit, but then they got the goal back and it makes you a bit nervy at the thought of giving up a two-goal lead. It probably got a bit ugly towards the end, but you just want to get the ball away from where they can hurt you."

And that they did - securing four wins on the spin for the first time since October 2001.