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Jose's dismay

Posted on 24 October 2000  - 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).

Jose Dominguez is back in the first-team frame again — but he’s not a happy man.

In fact, the popular Portugese winger looked downright miserable as he made his way out of White Hart Lane after Saturday’s win against Derby County.

The explanation? Simply his own high standards.

Dominguez replaced crocked Oyvind Leonhardsen for the final 21 minutes but his trademark twists and turns frustratingly came to nothing.

He admitted: “I wasn’t very happy because I’ve been training hard to get my fitness back and I didn’t feel on Saturday that I played as well as I would have liked to.

“I’ve been out for a long time, I haven’t had a full game yet and I’m still a bit behind what I can do.

“I was annoyed because you won’t get easier games to come in to than that one.

“I thought to myself that I’ve come into games that have been much harder and yet I’ve done a lot better.

“Sometimes I can’t understand myself. I haven’t played for a long time, the fans were excited and I realised after the game that I needed to calm down otherwise it wouldn’t be in the best interests of the team.

“I am a team player and I know I can be more effective, creating chances, so I will focus on that now.”

Dominguez could be back in action at the Lane on Tuesday night when the reserves take on Leicester City.

He added: “The last time I played 25 minutes for the reserves at White Hart Lane I felt strong, played well and thought to myself that it was coming back again.

“So when I came on on Saturday I felt I was stronger than I was. I still need a few more full games because I am probably two or three weeks behind.

“It’s nice to be involved though. When I am fully fit I know I can do my stuff but I am not fully fit and it is not easy at the moment. I’m fit but not as fit as I would like to be.”

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