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No excuses

Posted on 23 July 2008  - 12:00

Clive Allen has challenged his Spurs XI team to bounce back from a heavy defeat at Crawley Town on Tuesday in their up-coming pre-season games.    

No excuses

Clive Allen has challenged his Spurs XI team to bounce back from a heavy defeat at Crawley Town on Tuesday in their up-coming pre-season games.

Our young side were beaten 6-1 by an experienced Conference side at the Broadfield Stadium, but coach Clive was offering up no excuses for the performance.

He is confident his players know they did not perform up to their expected standard on this occasion, but hopes they can show their true colours in next week's friendly at League Two Aldershot Town.

Clive said: "It was a poor evening's work but a short sharp shock as to what the game's all about. I've learnt a lot about my players, which is why this is an important part of the season.

"I don't like getting beat at any time, especially not in this manner. So although this isn't easy to take, sometimes you do get these whacks on the chin like I said to the players after the game.

"The players know what's expected of them and they let themselves down, I've told them that, and now they have to bounce back and show everyone what they're capable of.

"I've said to them that this might not be the last time in their careers that this happens, and you wouldn't like to think that any of them will enjoy being in this situation again.

"There's a lot to work on, but the positives are that many of the players got 90 minutes under their belts against a very energetic and enthusiastic Crawley side.

"We have to move on. I've said my bit, they understand, they don't become bad players overnight, but they did show the poorer side of what they're capable of."