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Hard work the key for Jacko

Posted on 14 October 2004  - 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).

Johnnie Jackson's aspirations have changed in the last year - he insists he'll be working overtime to try and maintain his place in the squad under competition from Thimothee Atouba and Reto Ziegler.


Where the young midfielder would have been delighted to have been in the squad when he was out of the picture a year ago, he's now had more than a taste of the Premiership and admits he's disappointed when he's not involved.


"I'm in a different position," pondered the 21-year-old at Spurs Lodge this week. "Before I was looking to get out wherever I could go to play first team football.


"Now, having played in the Premiership, I feel I'm good enough to play and want to play. I want to play every week at the top. You could settle for less but there is no point doing that."


Jacko actually started the first game against Liverpool and even though he's still started three and come on as substitute in four games, the arrival of Thimothee and emergence of Reto - who featured for the first time at Everton - means there is real competition down the left.


"I started off well, started the first game and was involved in the first six whether it was starting or coming on," he continued.


"I haven't really had a look in in the last couple of games so it's about working hard and getting my place back in the squad and hopefully the team.


"I want to play every week but this is a top Premiership club and I'll take playing every other week as long as I'm involved.


"There were a lot of changes in the summer and you knew a lot of new faces would come in and it would make your standing in the team more difficult.


"This is a top Premiership club and that's always going to be the case. I'm working hard and trying to show I'm worthy of a place.


"I've got to work hard - that's the only way I'm going to get back into the team.


"If that's through reserve football I'll make sure I'm doing the business there. That's all I can do, work hard in training and show what I can do."