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Gus: 'We're an inch away'

Posted on 4 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).

Gus Poyet reflected on his first handful of games at Spurs and concluded: "We're just an inch away."

Summer signing Gus's mixed start to life at the Lane has somewhat mirrored our season so far in the Premiership.

He has been outstanding in the games he has played - unfortunately he missed three after his controversial red card and subsequent suspension at Everton.

And while our football has caught the eye against the likes of Chelsea, Sunderland, Liverpool and Manchester United, Gus insists the players are a little put out when they look at our 'points for' column.

"It's strange because we all believe we've played better than the points we've got," revealed Gus at Spurs Lodge. "So on that point we are a little disappointed.

"That just shows the Premiership is very strong, every game is difficult and there wasn't too much difference between us. Maybe we were missing a little bit.

"We were really close against Chelsea, Liverpool, United but I'm sure it will be the same against the likes of Newcastle, Leeds, Arsenal coming up.

"The problem is that little inch. At the moment we are missing it. It's not very much and if we put that right we will soon be higher in the table."

Gus is fully aware of the need to balance optimism and good football with the reality of points on the board.

He said: "People are looking at this team with a lot of optimism because we are playing better than we have for the past two or three years but the points are still the same.

"The difficulty is trying to get the right balance between good play, very nice football and points because at the end of the year the most important thing is to be in the best position."

And the Uruguayan star conceded that the players couldn't, as yet, quite get Saturday's amazing encounter against United out of their minds.

He added: "The problem for us is that we are all here and we keep talking about it, it is impossible to forget."

So how do the lads move on? "For myself, for Tano (Mauricio Taricco) we look at the first half and how we played down the right-hand side, how much we produced to help the team create opportunities and score goals and why, in the second half, we didn't do the same.

"It is quite simple - they put one player on me, one player on Tano and that was it, finished. But we have to look at why we couldn't produce the same stuff even if the opposition is so good.

"I analyse the games quite a lot and I am just trying to take the positives out of that first half performance."