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Glenn Hoddle's programmes notes v Fulham

Posted on 25 February 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).

Welcome to Jean Tigana and to all from Fulham. It seems a long time since our last game here with Sunderland and a repeat of that success would obviously be welcome tonight. But there's no doubt that we will have to be quickly out of the starting blocks to make that happen.

However, even if we do that and get at Fulham from the onset, then we have to keep it going because we failed to do that against them at Loftus Road in September and certainly paid the price.

In fact that game still rankles with me. It was a performance that really set us back at the time and was also a harsh lesson in the need for consistency plus the importance of killing off sides when in the ascendancy.

The contrast between the first half and the second period that night could not have been more marked. We were totally in control with a two goal advantage and would not have been flattered if we'd been 5-0 up at half time.

But we were poor in the second half. All credit to Fulham for coming back at us and once they had the momentum they were difficult to contain but we lacked defensive resilience and quality and simply let ourselves down.

Still, even in defeat you can learn useful lessons and no experience in this game is ever wasted.
We were certainly on song at times in our last game here - but again not for the full 90 minutes. This time we converted our superiority into goals but it was still a strange game overall.

I called on our lads to be ruthless from the onset and we started brightly. Yet, despite playing some lovely football, we suddenly lost our way after taking the lead. At that stage I was looking for us to push on and build on our advantage but we allowed them to equalise and then stuttered in our play.

To be honest, for a team who are bottom of the league and playing on our patch, I was unhappy that Sunderland had so much possession. There were some harsh words at half-time and I challenged the boys to go out there and grab those three points. They responded well, showed better movement and desire and, with us passing the ball well, took control in midfield.
Indeed, as we went up a couple of gears, the goals began to come and it all proved too much for Sunderland on the day.

Now we need that same outlook this evening in what I anticipate will be a cracking game with both sides committed to attack.

In closing, congratulations to all our players who were away on international duty last week and a special mention to Teddy Sheringham on reaching 300 club goals, an outstanding achievment and one he fully deserves.

Once again, get behind the lads from the kick-off.