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*Hughes's Cup joy

Posted on 14 January 2005  - 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).

Our team at White Hart Lane on Saturday were not the only Spurs players to sample FA Cup victory - some 200-odd miles away midfielder Mark Hughes contributed to one of the 3rd round upsets of the day.

Mark was part of the Oldham team that defeated Manchester City by a single goal scored by Scott Vernon (pictured below celebrating with Mark) after 14 minutes. A strong City team containing the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips could not respond and Oldham - and Mark - now have a 4th round tie at home to Bolton to look forward to.

"The first half I think we outplayed them and definitely deserved to be 1-0 up or even more," reported the Northern Ireland under-21 international. "In the second they came out and showed why they are a Premiership side and we were hanging on a bit, but we got back into it and had a couple of breaks near the end.

"It was a fair result and they had no complaints about that. We've now got Bolton at home, although I thought we might have got Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

"It is another Premiership side and that is all we wanted - we might have a little chance if we play our best."

Oldham's 2nd round encounter with Leyton Orient saw two Spurs players in direct combat - with striker Lee Barnard featuring for the Londoners. Mark and Oldham certainly had the better of that one.

"We had a good day and they didn't have the best of days. I think it was one of our best performances and it finished 4-0. It was very strange playing against Barney, I spoke to him in the morning and he said he was playing."

So it is fair to say that all is going well on the Boundary Park front...

"I've been really happy, we went on a seven-match unbeaten run - the club record was eight and we lost our eighth so it wasn't the best. We came back and won a couple of games then there was the big one on Saturday.

"I'm playing to my strengths, in the middle in a 4-4-2. I'm lucky as I play with another loan player from Birmingham, Neil Kilkenny - he is a good player and will definitely play in the Premiership in the future. It's good in there as both of us like to play football and are slightly different, he likes to get forward and I like to sit. It has just worked out really well.

"The results are going well and the team is so confident."