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Hughton delight for Irish

Posted on 12 June 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).

Chris Hughton reflects on a fine night for the Irish as they enter the last 16 after beating Saudi Arabia 3-0 to emerge from Group E along with Germany.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, VERY much so. If I look at the task they had in front of them, sometimes it's a plus to know what you've got to do, but sometimes when you score early like they did it can go against you because it can perk up the opposition - which it did.

Saudi Arabia had a good spell after that and then it was a difficult time, I thought. for the Irish team.

Obviously they made the change at half-time, drafting in Niall Quinn for Ian Harte. I think it was a performance that, while it was a 'good' performance, it wasn't one of their better shows.

You didn't necessarily see lots of goals coming the way the game was going, but I think in the game they did enough and scored the goals at the right times.

The second and decisive goal was very special. Coming from a player who, certainly over the years since he's been involved in the Irish team, has been a very consistent performer.

I think he's quite a popular member of the squad as well; it very much comes over that way. It was a very, very good goal from somebody who is obviously not a forward player.

The Irish made a bit of World Cup history in the game, scoring more than one goal for the first time in the finals.

If you look at the side, and what they are, they are a good side. You look at Brazil, or perhaps the French on their day and you can perhaps see an abundance of goals.

This is a side that has got to fight in every game they play and they are a team where you don't take the scoring of lots of goals for granted. But, of course, you don't need lots of goals to win games. Ireland have now done enough to get through to the next phase.

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