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Hans hit for four

Posted on 24 January 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).

Hans Segers reflected on his first competitive game for over two years feeling slightly shell-shocked as the realisation of conceding four goals on his return began to sink in.

Asked when his last ‘proper’ game was, Hans responded: "Can’t even remember — it was that long ago."

Looking back on the game, Hans commented: "Four goals, it was a funny night in very difficult conditions. If you look at the second half they had three chances and score three goals. A bit sloppy.

"We had two great chances to score before they scored their second — Leo and Dave McEwen — if they had gone in we would have had a different game. It finished 4-2, it looks a good win but, on the night, we could’ve beaten them.

"We had a lot of possession in the second half, but you need to score goals in this game I’m afraid and if you give sloppy goals away you make hard work for yourselves."

Nowadays Hans concentrates on extracting peak performances from Neil Sullivan and Ian Walker in his role of goalkeeping coach. It might now be a case of ‘do as I say and not as I do’ when he addresses the in-form duo.

Hans acknowledges that playing in a specialist position, a two-year gap is not ideal preparation. "It’s very tough, very tough. You need pre-season and five or six games under your belt to really get into it, so I felt a bit strange tonight.

"It’s a lot of things, wind and a heavy pitch make it even harder. Then again, it’s good to play because you never know when you’re going to be called on."

Due to Neil Sullivan’s suspension and Gavin Kelly’s loan spell at Kingstonian, Hans will take his place on the bench for the next first team game against West Ham.

"It was good for me, even though I conceded four goals. From a personal point of view it was good for me to get game.

"I always enjoy it when I go out there on the pitch. Apart from the result I enjoyed the night and it was nice to get out there again."

Chris Hughton was not displeased with the veteran keeper’s performance, although he placed a question mark over Jody Morris’ opening strike.

"He won’t pleased with letting in four goals, that’s for sure," said Chris. "The first goal wasn’t the best of goals, but I don’t think he had too much chance with the others. I thought his general performance was good and his enthusiasm was good. He didn’t have too much chance with the other three."