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Posted on 8 January 2001  - 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).

They say a week is a long time in football - Gary Doherty would certainly vouch for that.

The youngster was at a low ebb after his full Premiership debut eight days ago at Ipswich Town.

What should have been a day to remember will instead be remembered at our worst display of the season as we crashed 3-0.

Doherty was up front that day but was switched into a central defensive three to great effect against Newcastle United three days later. This time he impressed on his full home debut and capped his display with a goal.

The 20-year-old lined up in his preferred role again for the FA Cup third round tie at Leyton Orient on Saturday and secured his new-found hero status with the injury time header to take us into the fourth round.

“I was upset at Ipswich,” admitted Doherty. “I didn’t do well enough and I let a lot of people down playing up front.

“I was surprised to get the call up at centre-back straight after playing at centre-forward but I think I’ve fitted in. I’ve really been enjoying it and my game has started to take off again.

“I think centre-back is my position. I feel more comfortable there and I enjoy it more. I don’t enjoy playing with my back to goal. I can do it and if the gaffer asks me to I will but centre-back is my position now.

“I’ve had two good games there and hopefully I can cement a position alongside Sol and Chris Perry. Everything is going well at the moment and long may it continue.”

Doherty timed his run to perfection to head home Darren Anderton’s corner in the 92<sup>nd</sup> minute at Brisbane Road.

“Hopefully it will change our season,” he added. “The away form has been getting us down a bit and we all know our home form has kept our season going.

“I’d like to think this cup win will catapult us to get more wins away. Orient is a tough place to come, believe you me, and we were just happy to get the win.

“It was hard work. We knew that would be the case and if we matched them for commitment and passion then our football would win through in the end. I think it did. I think we thoroughly deserved the win.”

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