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Free-kick first for Fredi

Posted on 28 February 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).

Practice clearly makes perfect for Fredi Kanoute as a spot of overtime on the training pitch was rewarded with his first goal from a free-kick against Fulham on Saturday.


Fredi, who spent most of the game on the bench, introduced himself to the match by assuming responsibility for the free-kick resulting from a cynical trip on Andy Reid roughly 25 yards out towards the left side of the area.


All the usual suspects sized up the shooting opportunity, but it was Fredi who appeared most convinced over his chances of seizing the opportunity. He certainly did that and cooly steered the ball around the wall into the bottom left hand corner of the net - leaving Edwin van der Sar stranded.


"I've practiced that in training and was waiting for the chance to take one in a real game," revealed the striker afterwards. "I did it here and I am happy.


"I have taken a few before, but usually the wall stops it or it is quite close. This is the first time I have scored from a free-kick so it is good for me.


"I really knew what I wanted to do for this free-kick as it was quite far out and I just wanted to put it around the wall with a strong shot. van der Sar couldn't see the ball coming until far too late. He decided to move slightly the other way and that is why I scored."


The Fulham game illustrated perfectly the need and benefit of having four senior strikers in the ranks, giving Martin Jol the facility to change the emphasis of attack during the course of a game.


"Earlier in the week I was asked on Sky if I was frustrated because Mido had joined - I said no, it is a good opportunity for the team," added Fredi.


"It is not about me or one player, it is about the team. Now the coach has a lot of options and the four of us are good strikers who score goals. I think it is very important for the team to have at least four good strikers."