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M - Hod's Notes

Posted on 22 September 2003  - 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).

We've got to lift ourselves quickly after the defeat to Southampton on Saturday - we've got a cup game coming around on Wednesday and it is as simple as that.

We spoke in the dressing room after the game and we'll speak again on Monday. We've got to keep working together, show a lot of character and turn these results around.

I am asking the players to show that character and it is no different for me, the staff and everyone in the dressing room. That goes without saying.

We did suffer from more individual errors and you get punished for it. A goal against after just two minutes was the last thing we needed, but I thought our crowd were absolutely fantastic.

There was a great atmosphere before the game and they responded during the game and stayed with the team - it was important for us.

It was the worst start though that we could have given ourselves. We needed to respond a little bit better because sometimes this happens. We conceded against Leeds and ended up turning the game around.

We've now got to show a little bit more character and a little bit more bottle to go out there and play when the pressure is on. Sometimes you've got to rise to the challenge that is put in front of you - that's what we have to do now.

The players know that they can play better, we played good football in our first three games and were good for spells in the Chelsea game. It is in the last two home games where we have let ourselves down.

We are now six games into the season and face a cup game that might provide a turning point for us. We've got to make sure we go to Coventry and get that. We've conceded too many goals and probably seven or eight of them are down to us.

If you can stop the bleeding, suddenly you get a team playing with greater confidence.

We have players with talent and when a team is playing with confidence that talent can surface.