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Glenn Hoddle's programme notes v Manchester United

Posted on 28 April 2003  - 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).

Good afternoon and welcome back to White Hart Lane. Our defeat by Manchester City in our last game here was hugely disappointing and we have to admit that it was a poor performance by us.

It certainly set us back in our quest for a European place at a time when the other results went for us.

We were all deflated at not taking such a good home chance and I can understand the crowd's reaction and frustration as events unfolded. There's no-one more frustrated than the staff, the players and myself when we don't perform because it hurts but what I will say is that it is no good people turning on individuals. It's very unhelpful and totally negative.

It has to be realised that when we win, we win as a team and the reverse is also true - when we fail, we fail as a team. That means that we're all in this together. A lot of players have been playing well for us all season and it's a bit unfair on one given afternoon to vent your frustration. I felt that there was a bit of that creeping in and it is human nature that people will not be able to perform at their very best in every match. So that type of reaction is unfair.

But what I was happy with was our response to it with our subsequent performance at West Brom which was very good. We were in control of the game when we found ourselves one down, in total control when we went 2-1 down - yet we still managed to show the character to overcome those setbacks. We can be pleased with the way we played and passed the ball to open them up and win the three points we deserved.

At other times this season we have deserved points and not got them and I thought it might have panned out that way again. Leeds saw a similar game and, although we had more possession at West Brom, we also deserved to win at Elland Road. In the end, Robbie Keane came up with the winner to ease the frustration we were feeling on the bench and give us a great three points.

Once again we had to make changes with Tano and Darren missing - in fact the unfortunate Darren will be in a brace for 10 days after picking up an injury right at the end of the City game. That's a major blow to him and to us at such a crucial time of the season.

On the plus side it was good to get Kazu Toda into Premiership action. We've had to be a bit patient with him and bring him on at the right time because he wasn't fit on arrival, not having played for two or three months. I really wanted to put him on when the team was on the front foot but circumstances dictated otherwise and all in all I thought that he acquitted himself well and now has his debut under his belt.

That victory gave us the lift that we needed ahead of the United game and I would like to welcome Sir Alex Ferguson, his staff and players to the Lane. Unfortunately, their Champions League adventure ended in midweek but United have been playing well recently and Wednesday night's result could well have a big bearing on this afternoon's game.

And the one thing you know for sure when playing Manchester United is that you have to be fully appreciative of their potential and must therefore be on top of your own game. We have to produce performances that warrant eight or nine out of 10 as a team to get a result because they are going for the Championship and this is a crucial game for them.

We too have our own agenda because we still have an outside chance of Europe if we win each of our remaining three games and people fail to do their business elsewhere. And while there remains a mathematical chance there is still a lot left for us to play for.

Our crowd can play a big part today. Get right behind us from the first minute to the final whistle and if you do that then I am sure the players will respond.

I was shocked when I heard about Glenn Roeder. I know Glenn and his family well and our prayers and thoughts are with them at the moment. John Gorman and I worked with Glenn while with England and we'll be staying in touch and wishing him well. It shows the pressures with this job. There's not a Premiership or Nationwide manager who doesn't put the effort in because the demands on your time at this level are immense. Hopefully Glenn will soon be back on his feet and fully recovered because he's a good man with a lot of friends in this game.