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Holland Happy

Posted on 24 January 2002  - 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).

Pat Holland was delighted with his side's performance in overcoming Bolton 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup, but could have done without the late drama.

Bolton, 2-0 down after an hour, clawed one back on 78 minutes and, in the closing seconds, had the chance to level from the penalty spot when Ronnie Henry was adjudged to have handled.

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Rob Burch saved the kick and the night with a spectacular stop, much to Pat's relief.

"We don't want to go through too many of those!," sighed Pat afterwards.

"I thought they did well, it was a competitive game from the word go when their lad got booked - so obviously they were up for it.

"We showed good discipline when it was a bit hurly-burly in the first 20 minutes. I thought we needed to steady it down a bit and try to pass the ball.

"Once we got a goal, it eased us down and we began to play a little bit. They showed a lot of discipline our lads, which I was pleased about, and I said to them at half-time: 'get your passing going in midfield, play two-touch'.

"They got their tackles in too and closed down and that is how you get your rewards."

Two-goal Jamie Slabber was another hero of the night - and Pat was purring over his second strike.

"It was a terrific goal by Jamie, a great individual goal. Picked it up, which he's good at, ran at the defender and scored.

"He jinked, which you don't see a lot of these days, and put in a clinical finish. He's one that we hope will go on and do things.

"With 15 to go I was thinking of putting a couple of the lads on to give them a run. But then they scored and I felt we could have dealt with it better. It got caught under Ron's feet a bit and I thought Paul (O'Donoghue) could have dealt with it better. Maybe I'm wrong - I'll have a look at it on the video.

"The the last couple with the penalty... As soon as it hit his arm I thought 'he's going to give a penalty...'

"It was off Ronnie, but I thought he was outstanding tonight and Paul, they both were. Both centre-halves were terrific and I was really pleased for them.

"Of course, it was poetic justice that the fella missed it."