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Iversen on return

Posted on 26 July 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).

Steffen Iversen was glad to get a game under his belt after missing the opening pre-season encounters with a slight neck injury.

Steffen played for nearly an hour of our 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Thursday and was happy to put some fuel in his pre-season tank.

"It was alright, it was a good run out," said the Norwegian afterwards. "We didn't play that well in the first half, I think we let them play too much really.

"They had the ball a lot and there wasn't much for me to do there in the first half. In the second we were a little bit more offensive and me and Sergei started chasing a bit more and got more involved in the game.

"It was the first game for me in pre-season so it was a good workout."

Steffen feels that, with our hectic pre-season programme, there is lots of time to work himself up to full steam.

"We've still got a lot of games before the season starts so there is still plenty for me to play. That shouldn't be a problem at all.

"You're always a little bit cautious in your first game back, you don't want to get hurt again. So you maybe take it a little bit easy than you should do, but I am happy to have had the game.

"I haven't had any major problems, it was just a little problem with my neck in the week, so I had to take it easy with that. Apart from that it's been all good.

"We've got two games now over the weekend so I'll probably play in one of them, we'll just have to wait and see."

Glenn says that the relatively easy tempo of the game dictated that Steffen and Gary Doherty remained on the pitch for longer than the planned half a game.

"The tempo of the game wasn't that high in the first half, we were going to give him 45 along with Doc, but we decided to give him another ten or so minutes.

"There are no major injuries, Sergei's got a bit of a kick, but that should settle down by the weekend."