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+Kelly's example

Posted on 11 November 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).

Clive Allen was able to use the example of Stephen Kelly to inspire his reserve side ahead of their win over Watford on Wednesday evening.

After a number of excellent performances for the second string, the Republic of Ireland under-21 international was drafted into the first team for the trip to Burnley and did his chances of future inclusion no harm at all on the night.

Clive was forced to reshuffle his pack at Vicarage Road after a string of wins and good displays going into the game. Kelly and Philip Ifil were absent due to first team call-ups, while the influential Dean Marney and Lee Barnard are out on loan at Gillingham and Leyton Orient respectively.

"The nature of this particular squad is that it will change regularly," reflected the Development Coach after the 2-1 win. "As I said to the players from when I spoke to Martin Jol this morning, he emphasised that they've got to look at the opportunity Stephen Kelly had - he played exceptionally well against Burnley - while Lee Barnard and Dean Marney have gone off on loan to play senior league football.

"An opportunity presented itself for one or two against Watford and that is exactly what the reserve experience is for."

Clive admits, however, that a changing cast do not really help him as a coach where continuity is concerned.

"It's difficult but I knew this was the situation. I am enjoying it immensely and what I liked was the way the lads applied themselves in difficult circumstances.

"You've got to take a lot out of it in terms of the way they coped with the game," he added before making a special mention of Johnnie Jackson's fine last minute winner.

"It was a fantastic goal, he did really well with the flick over the defender and made a run from deep. He got on the end of it and, considering the way the game went, at 1-1 I was fearful that we might lose it when we at least deserved a point.

"We could have scored a few more goals, but Johnnie came up with a special goal at the end. Winning is is a nice feeling and I told the lads before the game it is a feeling I like - and I'm sure they do.

"You must do all the right things to get into that situation."