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Jacko on the defensive

Posted on 2 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).

Johnnie Jackson reasons that our recent run of games must have made a good spectacle for the neutral, but acknowledges that entries into our 'goals against' column must be reduced.

As has been well documented, our last four games have yielded 28 goals - 15 for, 13 against - while, in all four, the team have secured leads at the break.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been involved in all four - scoring his first Premiership goal against Charlton in the process - and he admits the period has been somewhat eventful.

"It is very strange," considered the Academy product. "When we go forward we look like we are going to score all the time and have been scoring four goals in nearly every game. On the other side, when teams come at us we are not always that confident that we are not going to concede.

"I guess it makes for a good spectacle, but the fans are probably a bit agitated. For the neutrals it must be great watching Spurs at the moment.

"It is an exciting team to play in as we are playing good football. On current form we are near the top of the form guide and if we score more than the opposition we will be happy. But there is obviously something a little bit wrong with us letting in so many goals."

Jacko continued that the devastating FA Cup reverse against Manchester City is the likely catalyst of the defensive uncertainty while ahead in games that has emerged since.

"I think it all stems from the Man City game, before that having a lead didn't seem to bring problems. When you see that can happen against ten men, maybe it's a mental thing when you go into a lead. A team gets a goal back and you feel that possibly you are not comfortable and get a bit nervous.

"I don't think it is a big defensive problem as a whole, you look at the goals and most of them are down to individual mistakes. It's not as though teams are tearing us apart and the defence is getting stretched, just these little mistakes that - myself included - we need to cut out.

"It is only going to get better on the pitch, we need a few clear wins without letting in goals. That is the only way we are going to come to terms with it because, the more this happens, the more you are going to expect it to happen.

"All the lads would like a nice 2-0 win in the next game, that is what we are looking for."