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Honest John

Posted on 5 March 2003  - 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).

John Gorman gave full credit to an excellent performance by Bohemians after their 3-1 friendly win at Dalymount Park on Tuesday evening.

While not happy with the display from an experienced Spurs side, John pointed out that the fresh home team, not yet back into their season, enjoyed an advantage over one entering the final stages.

"It was not very good," conceded our assistant boss. "We have been asked to come to Ireland on a number of occasions and it has been a long time since we've been here.

"Obviously we'd have liked to have put on a better display, but you've got to give credit to the opposition. Even though they have just come back, they came out playing like it was a cup tie.

"To be fair, our attitude wasn't as it should have been in that respect, but you must give them credit for the way they set about the game.

"You've got to remember that it is easier for them to come and play in these games. At these grounds it is easier for the home team to raise their game. It is more difficult for us because we've got players who have played a lot of matches.

"I think we showed the game a lot of respect by putting out a strong team under the circumstances. We've a lot of injuries, but we put the experienced boys in.

"We're not making excuses but, at the same time, we came here to help Bohemians and it was a lovely crowd for them."

On a positive note, Kazuyuki Toda completed his first game for the senior team and, despite taking an early knock, battled through well.

"Kazu came in, got a full 90 minutes and did quite well. It was just that the game at times was a bit fast and furious.

"The game was lost on set plays, on which we should do better. But it is not like a league game where we know the opposition inside-out. This was like a pre-season game where you play off the cuff.

"The lads are disappointed, I am more than disappointed to be honest. We wanted to put on a good display."