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Posted on 22 October 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).

Glenn Hoddle paid tribute to his defence after Sunday's 2-0 Premiership against Newcastle United.

Highly-critised after the 5-3 home defeat against Manchester United, goalkeeper Neil Sullivan and his back five - and then back four after Mauricio Taricco's departure - held firm against all Alan Shearer and co could throw at them at St James' Park.

Another sublime half of passing football putting us in the driving seat but the boss, although delighted again at our offensive display, seemed happier still with the clean sheet.

"It was a lot of hard work out there," he pointed out. "We worked well when we had the ball. We made angles, we passed the ball well, particularly in the first half.

"In the second half, with us 2-0 up, you know they were going to throw a lot of men forward but our back four coped and our defensive side coped better than it has in the past.

"If we keep clean sheets we'll open teams up and score enough, I've always felt that.

"So we're trying ot get better and better on the defensive side. But it's becoming harder and harder to keep clean sheets in the Premiership.

"Look at how United are conceding. This division is very difficult. There is no game that can't go either way. United came here and got beat. We were beating United 3-0 and ended up losing."

Glenn reiterated his plan to silence the Toon Army - the side did just that with Darren Anderton's early goal and our dominance in the first half.

He added: "The last two times Spurs have been here they've conceded early.

"The crowd here is passionate, intelligent and gets behind the team. We nullified that. We had possession of the ball and they found it hard to get through us.

"We managed to get ahead and I was a little disappointed we didn't get the third goal when they were taking a lot of chances in the second half. We just needed a bit more calmness about it.

"But we have this little bit of belief about us away from home. We've gone to Sunderland, unfortunate at Everton, played well at Anfield and this win gives us even more belief."

Glenn Hoddle says he is happy with how the foundations are being laid in his new era - with his new-look Spurs following his footballing principles and the passing game the club is famous for.

Travelling fans were treated to another display full of passing panache - mixed in with no less defensive grit and hard work - in Sunday's 2-0 victory against Newcastle United.

It was suggested to him afterwards that his team was being built on the traditions of the great Spurs teams that he was once part of.

"It's (the passing game) always been my principle anyway," Glenn explained.

"I've brought people in who are good passers, good users of the ball who can balance off with the players already at the club. We've good youngsters as well.

"There is a bit of foundation work going on at the moment and I think it will be interesting to see where we are in a couple of years time.

"We're putting in the foundations and it's growing and getting better and better.

"We can't get carried away though. There are a lot of magnificent teams in this division and we have to make sure we work our way back into that top five."

The first half display in-particular at St James' Park will have come as no surprise to those who have watched all season.

And Glenn pointed out: "We've passed that ball like that all season and haven't had our just rewards, home and away.

"It's good we've turned it into three points because we've performed like that in games and not won and that is a concern at times.

"There are days when you are not going to perform as well. I'm delighted with how we've passed the ball and the supporters are enjoying watching us play, which is very important for the club."

Consistency is the key to long-term success at the Lane - according to Glenn Hoddle.

Sunday's victory at Newcastle United was our third in a row after Tranmere Rovers and Derby County and it is that consistency the boss is talking about.

He explained: " The major concern would be if there was no glimmer of hope for the supporters and the players.

"What we've got to do is something dear to my heart because I've been involved in this club many, many years and that is that we've got to become a very consistent side if we are going to achieve anything.

"That is something that has come for Spurs sides here and there in the last 20 years but we have to try and become consistent.

"We are playing consistently at the moment and if we continue to play like that, continue to create chances then you are going to win more than you lose."

Glenn Hoddle will keep his fingers crossed for the results of Monday's scans on Mauricio Taricco's ankle injury.

The Argentinian wing-back collapsed in agony after a chase down the touchline in Sunday's Premiership win against Newcastle United.

'Tano' appeared to go over on his ankle himself - there was certainly no contact with a United player - and left the arena in some pain.

Glenn reported: "We're hoping it's not a bad ligament strain. He felt pain but we won't know until tomorrow.

"He'll have X-rays and we're keeping our fingers crossed that it's not as bad as we first thought.

"It will be a concern because with Stevie carr out, Chris Perry played there and did well, but it's something I have to think about for the next game because it might change the shape of the team."

Darren Anderton's name is cropping up in England circles again - and Glenn Hoddle believes he will be 'there or there abouts' if he can maintain his fitness this season.

The midfield maestro was in splendid form in Sunday's win against Newcastle United.

Playing centrally, he was involved in most of our attacking play at St James' Park and chipped in with the crucial opening goal in the 2-0 win.

Quizzed on the 29-year-old in his post-match press conference, Glenn insisted: "I thought he was the pick of the bunch out there.

"Hed showed great movement and his all-round play for 60 minutes was excellent.

He's getting back to his best and if he can stay injury free he will get better and better."

Glenn was naturally asked for his opinion on his international chances, to which he added: "I think he will be there or there abouts. Obviously it's not my decision but he continues to play well he'll be close.

"Sven Goran Eriksson plays with a four. Darren can play inside, out wide and can play down the left side as well. He's done it before.

"Good players can play in many positions and when it comes to tournaments, you do need experience."