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Hughton's Irish diary

Posted on 13 June 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).

In the last instalment of a special diary feature, our first team coach and Ireland's assistant boss Chris Hughton talks about mission accomplished on a vital international week.

Capped 53 times by Ireland, Chris helped prepare the squad - including Stephen Carr, Robbie Keane and Robbie Keane - for crucial Euro 2004 qualifiers against Albania and Georgia.

They needed two wins and got them with our Spurs trio playing a huge role.

Robbie scored in both games and Gary, having set up the winner against Albania on Saturday, headed home the first goal against Georgia. Steve also played both games and set up both goals against Albania.

Speaking back home in England, Chris reflects on the week...

IT ALL turned out very, very well and certainly from a Spurs perspective, it was excellent.

Stephen Carr had two very good games, probably got forward a little more in the first game, Robbie's contribution in both with the goals and his performances and of course Doc on Wednesday, he played well. It's been a long time away for the players and they've done ever so well and at the end of it all, maximum points.

Of course, it's not just about our boys when I'm with Ireland. When you are away with the lads you are with the squad and you try to be part of that squad so even though I know three three Spurs lads better, you try and even your time out with everyone. They'll now have a well-deserved break and I'll see them in pre-season.

When I look back at the two games, sure, we got a little bit of stick after the Albania game on the Saturday. That wasn't so much from the fans, they were as good as ever, it was from some sections of the press. But every performance can't be a free-flowing, lovely, passing performance.

Anyway, we certainly turned it around against Georgia. You had that feeling from the first whistle that there was a better edge to our game and so it turned out.

It's all there to play for now. We've been fortunate that some results have gone our way in the group but it's always been about us and we're in a position where if we beat Russia in September, we'll at least make the play-offs. If we manage to win that game, the last group game against Switzerland will be an incredible game.

I arrived back in England on Thursday and it's now time to look towards our pre-season at Spurs...