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Hughton on happy returns

Posted on 18 March 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).

Chris Hughton reflected that the return of Christian Ziege against Newcastle offered the team experience and balance on the left hand side.

The German international was drafted in against the Magpies for his first game since the beginning of February and was an older head in an outfield ten where the only others over the age of 24 were Stephen Carr, Mauricio Taricco, Michael Brown and Fredi Kanoute.

Christian added his usual guile to events before being replaced with ten minutes remaining by Stephane Dalmat and the first team coach was happy with his contribution.

"Christian did well and what he always gives us is that nice balance on the left hand side," he reasoned. "The way that we played saw him play more centrally than perhaps he has done for us in the past and, whenever he gets the ball, you can see that quality he's got.

"It was a young side and, amongst that, it is good to have the type of experience that Christian has."

Of course, the possession of a lethal left foot was a useful weapon against a side that featured in their ranks the exocet set piece quality of Laurent Robert.

"It was almost a counter to what they had," added Chris. "If I look at Robert, I don't think it was one of his best games, but he whips the ball in with such power and pace that makes it very difficult. From our side, we had Christian who puts in similar deliveries."

Meanwhile, Chris reflected on the re-introduction of skipper Jamie Redknapp by revealing that the principal concern was the timing of his return.

"It was the ideal time to bring him on. We spoke before the game about who the substitutes would be and it wasn't an easy decision. From the squad we left out Rohan Ricketts, Gus Poyet and John Jackson - who had been doing ever so well - so it wasn't an easy choice.

"I think the timing of bringing Jamie in was right and we certainly felt that he would be able to contribute for that period. We just had to make sure that Jamie coming on would give us the discipline that we needed.

"He has wonderful enthusiasm and he probably would have wanted to play for longer. You can't put 40 minutes into the last 20 and you must show the discipline needed for that period - and he showed it."