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Glenn's reaction

Posted on 19 August 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 took a balanced view of Saturday’s opening day draw in the Premiership against Aston Villa.

Certainly we had the chances to win, especially in the first half, saw a blatant penalty turned down and hit the crossbar in the last minute.

But Villa can point to a purple patch in the second half where they went close on numerous occasions, particularly from corners, and struck the woodwork.

Glenn reflected: “I’m disappointed we didn’t win the game but there were a lot of positives to come out of it as well as a lot of negatives.

“We have to look at both and try to be balanced about it.

“It was made a little bit harder for us because we didn’t convert the goal chances that we had in the first half.

“If they had gone in and we’d have come in one or two up it would have been a different second half performance.

“I was disappointed in the second half that we didn’t respond and go up a gear because we hadn’t got the lead.

“I’ve got to say that going into the game I thought Villa were ahead of us in pre-season because they have been playing in matches with an edge to them, what you would call proper matches. That was evident.

“They looked stronger in the latter periods of the game than we did.

“In saying that, we’ve ended up hitting the crossbar and a penalty decision didn’t go our way. Hopefully they will go our way. I felt it was a penalty.

“All in all, not too disappointed with the performance but it will now be a tough game at Everton.”