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Kelly eyes the big one

Posted on 23 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).

Stephen Kelly hopes he has impressed sufficiently to be selected for what he describes as the biggest date in our calendar.

The young defender is expected to feature against Arsenal at the lane on Sunday in what would be his second game of a three-match spell deputising for the suspended Stephen Carr.

There were not many positive points to emerge from last weekend's reverse at Bolton, but the 20-year-old was certainly one with his performance down our right flank. Not that he takes too much satisfaction from the game.

"I enjoyed it to the point that I tried to get forward as much as I could, but you really can't enjoy a game that you lose," he reflected. "I just tried my best and hope I did something for the team.

"I just hope I've done enough to get in the team for Sunday, I want to do my best as it is the biggest game of the year for us.

"It is a great chance to prove ourselves against such a good team."

Should Stephen fill the right-back berth he is likely to have to contend with the threat of Thierry Henry, who does like to drift out to the Arsenal left. Not that that should pose a problem for speedy Steo...

"I don't know if anybody has the pace of him! I guess you've got to try and stay with him and give as good as you get. Hopefully we will do a good job on him," added the Republic of Ireland under-21 skipper, who says it is important to remember who is playing at home and not be daunted.

"We have to go out there and remember we're at home in front of our crowd. We need to play our own stuff, not lie back and wait for them to come at us.

"We need to get at them and show what we can do.

"I've got a few of my family coming over for this one, my mum, dad and sister will be there so hopefully I'll get a game."

*If you are coming to the game on Sunday, please ensure that you arrive at the ground in good time to take your seat as there will be security checks at the turnstiles.

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