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Martin sings Steo's praises

Posted on 6 December 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).

Martin Jol was delighted with the performance of Stephen Kelly, who stepped in at right back in the win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.


It has been a frustrating period for the Republic of Ireland under-21 skipper, an injury at Sheffield United in pre-season denied him the opportunity of pressing his claims for a starting spot at the beginning of the campaign


He earned a call for Martin's first game in charge at Burnley in the Carling Cup in an unfamiliar left-back role only to see continued selection blocked by a thumb injury and concussion.


He took his chance well at Ewood Park and the Head Coach was happy to see his defensive options increased following a near faultless display.


"I am so pleased when selections come off because I have to create things," reflected Martin afterwards. "I played Rohan Ricketts twice before Blackburn and have to experiment sometimes because our squad is not the biggest.


"With Kelly I thought why not? He is a terrific lad, he did very well for me at left back against Burnley and he is a real Tottenham player. I am very proud of him.


"We were a little bit worried because they play with Emerton on the left and he is quick. Stephen did a very good job and I have to compliment Atouba on the other side because he wasn't really fit, but I needed him as I didn't have another full-back for the left.


"You shouldn't forget about Noe Pamarot. He played the first two games of the week and I thought three might be a bit too much.


"It is very good for me to know I have such good cover, I have Phil Ifil as well and he too is a good Tottenham player. At the back it is looking better and better, I bought Anthony Gardner on and he did well.


"I'm very pleased, there was room for improvement with the performance, but it was a good result."