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Jacko on Lane noise-factor

Posted on 29 April 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).

Johnnie Jackson has sampled the atmosphere of a good few Spurs-Arsenal games at the Lane and stated none compared to that generated on Sunday.

Having come through the ranks at Spurs from the age of 11, the Derby has always been a date the young midfielder does not miss and he was thrilled to play in a noise he could hardly believe.

"It was unbelievable, I have played in a fair few home games and it is always noisy, but Sunday was something else," reflected the 21-year-old.

"I've been to loads of Arsenal games at the Lane and I don't think I've ever known it be so intense and loud. The roar before the kick-off really fired you up."

The only downside for Jacko was, with the team seeking to reduce a two-goal deficit, that he was sacrificed for Jermain Defoe at the break.

"Going in at half-time I knew the manager would probably change something. Looking round the team I half thought it would be me but was still disappointed when he said it," he reflected, adding that it did not spoil his day to remember.

"It was such a relief, it was a big point to win even though they won the league anyway. It was nice to spoil their party a little bit."