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Marney: No time to dwell

Posted on 15 January 2005  - 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).

Dean Marney insists that, while he will take many happy memories from his full home debut against Everton, he mustn't dwell on his two-goal feat and is looking to push on.


It was the stuff of dreams for the 20-year-old, who was not long back from an unrewarding loan stint at Gillingham. His performance against Everton earned him a second outing in two seasons against Manchester United at Old Trafford and a substitute appearance against Brighton in the FA Cup last weekend.


"It has obviously been good looking back, but you can't dwell on things," he reflected. "I had the game against Manchester United to look forward to and I was involved again, which is good. It is strange that I've been able to play there two years in a row, but good."


Speaking nearly two weeks after making his dramatic Lane entrance, Dean revealed that he himself did not go overboard with the video or collecting newspaper cuttings - but that did not stop family and friends gathering a few keepsakes for him.


"I've got to be honest, I only watch Football First, but my mum and dad had a tape ready every time the goals were on. We actually only got our usual News of the World! The scout who took me to Tottenham, John Lee, is a good friend of the family and, when I went out to go training on the Sunday, there was a big black bin liner full of papers that he had gone out and bought for us. That was very good of him.


"It was my dream was to make my home debut, to get two goals I couldn't ask for much more. I tried to treat it like any other game, I hadn't scored for a while and was pleased to do it in the first team."


With his spell at Gillingham in mind, Dean knows that you must not get too down in football because events can change so quickly and you never know what is around the corner.


"People always use the cliche 'a week is a long time in football' but it is so true. Sometimes you're wondering if you are going to get a chance, I was pretty down over how my time at Gillingham went, then a week or two later I was playing at White Hart Lane."


While Dean operated in a wide role in his two starts so far, he reports that Martin Jol views him possibly featuring more centrally in the future.


"He has said he probably sees me as a central midfielder and wants me to work hard in the gym to get as strong as I can. I will play anywhere for the first team though.


"Martin has encouraged me a lot, he has done so well since he took over and everyone has so much respect for him. Everything he has said to me in the past has done nothing but give me confidence."