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George frustrated

Posted on 24 December 2000  - 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).

A frustrating afternoon for George Graham was capped when he watched television replays of Chris Armstrong&rsquo&#59;s &lsquo&#59;goals&rsquo&#59; against Middlesbrough. <P class=MsoNormal>Armstrong, on as substitute for concussed Les Ferdinand, netted within two minutes of coming on in the second half and later in the 74<SUP>th</SUP> minute after following in shots by Tim Sherwood and Stephen Carr. <P class=MsoNormal>Both were ruled offside as Boro&rsquo&#59;s negative, defensive tactics eventually paid dividends with a 0-0 scoreline at the Lane. <P class=MsoNormal>Boss George said: &ldquo&#59;I've watched it again and Armstrong was definitely not offside for the first one and was not in an offside position when the ball was first played for the second one. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We dominated the game and deserved to win but we just didn't get the break we needed. We had six shots on target as well as the two Armstrong put in and our goalkeeper didn't have to make a save. That says it all.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal>George was also clearly disappointed with Boro&rsquo&#59;s tactics and questioned why referee Rob Styles did not do more about some blatant time-wasting &mdash&#59; even though he added five minutes on at the end. <P class=MsoNormal>He added: &ldquo&#59;We knew it wouldn't be the easy game some people thought it would be, especially with Terry coming back here with Middlesbrough. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;He's clearly got them well organised and that's no surprise, but I was a bit disappointed the officials did not do more about some of the time-wasting. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;The referee got two decisions wrong with the offsides and to be fair doesn't have the benefit of hindsight like I've had, but it is still disappointing.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal>The draw left us in 11<SUP>th</SUP> spot in the Premiership with trips to Southampton (December 27) and Ipswich Town (December 30) just around the corner. <P class=MsoNormal><I>Listen to George's post-match press conference in full by clicking <A href="http://www.spurs.co.uk/news/ram/totmid00pm.ram">here</I></A> <P class=MsoNormal><I>You can also watch George's&nbsp&#59;reaction on video by clicking <A href="http://www.spurs.co.uk/news/ram/gg001223.ram">here</I></A><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>