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+Mixed feelings for Clive

Posted on 13 October 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 delighted with the reserves for 40 minutes against high-flying Charlton on Monday night - before, in his words, a 'minute of madness' changed everything.

Charlton had barely been in the game as we led 1-0 through Rodrigo Defendi.

But everything changed with two Charlton goals in quick succession just before the break and then, three minutes into the second half, Defendi sent off for a foul in the box - Charlton converted the penalty and it was suddenly 3-1 down with 10 men.

"It was an excellent game and I thought it would be," reflected development coach Clive. "Charlton are a good side, they won the league last year and we knew we were in for a game.

"I was delighted with 40 minutes from the start, it was a high-level game in terms of the way the lads went about it. It was a good, solid start getting in front but a minute of madness has cost us dearly.

"We would have gone in 1-0 up if we had done it right but we went in 2-1 down.

"I said to them at half-time that they were definitely still in the game. We went out looking to pick it up but, once the penalty decision was given, it cost us against a good side and it was always going to be very difficult to get back into the game.

"I felt it was a big game for us, a chance to see how far we've come. It was always going to be a tough game and it was unfortunate that we were very good for 40 minutes then the game changed dramatically."