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Glenn's stadium of light

Posted on 19 September 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 is looking to draw strength from his excellent recent record at Sunderland as we step back into the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.

Glenn was unbeaten at Sunderland last season — forcing a 2-2 draw with Southampton before masterminding an amazing 3-2 win after we trailed 2-0 at half-time in April.

He looks back fondly on that result, recalling: “We were 2-0 down at half-time, it was early doors in my time here and it was difficult to get stuck into players when you’re not really sure of their character and how they would react.

“But it was a case of that being the right thing on the day and I blew my top at half-time, really got into them.

“It shook them up a bit but we said we needed to show character and we didn’t want to come in at the end three or four down. We wanted to turn it around and they did it.

“Sunderland are not having the best of times, they are not in great form but they are hard side to beat at home.

“We did it last season and, in fact, I went there twice last season and got a 2-2 draw with Southampton when we should have won.

“Away from home we have to get it right tactically and get a good performance. The boys are up for it.”

Glenn insisted the players had been ‘bright’ in training on Monday and Tuesday despite the disappointment of Sunday’s 3-2 defeat against Chelsea.

It was suggested he must have been wondering ‘why us’ after a key decision went against us again.

He said: “You scratch your head but there is a time to scratch your head and that was into the early hours of Monday morning watching the tape at home.

“In the end you come back in and the boys were bright.

“I said to the lads that there is nothing wrong with the way we’re performing. Things are going against us a little, decisions, but they will come back our way over the course of the season.

“There is a lot of belief here. We’ve only really let ourselves down once this season, away at Blackburn and we’ve learnt from that.

“The way we’re playing has been good and there is more to come on that.

“But where I thought if I had my squad and two or three injuries at most, the system we worked in pre-season could have flourished more.

“We haven’t had the chance to do that. We’ve had to change our shape on occasions and it’s making it difficult.”

Spurs are 33/1 to repeat last season's 3-2 victory - click for details.