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No old pals act

Posted on 21 February 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).

Simon Davies will be all out to upset one of the guiding lights of his Welsh career on Monday night.

Andy Melville has played in 12 of Simon's 13 internationals to date and the 23-year-old midfield stylist talks in glowing terms of his compatriot.

But that friendship will go on hold for 90 minutes at the Lane on Monday when Fulham skipper Melville leads his side out for a crucial Premiership encounter.

"Andy's an experienced head at the back, never caught out of position and for Wales he's been brilliant," said Simon, the newly-crowned Welsh Player of the Year.

"He's always helped me with Wales. He's one of those players who constantly encourages you on the pitch and he's such a nice bloke as well. Every time I've played he's got fully behind me and made me feel great.

"He's very assured, has great positional awareness and never looks under pressure. He's probably a great captain for Fulham."

Simon admits our 3-2 defeat at Loftus Road - where Fulham came back from 2-0 down - will be at the back of the players' minds on Monday.

"I'm sure it will be," he added. "It was a stupid three points to throw away. There have been a few games like that this season and we could have been further up the league.

"As long as we keep winning at home, that's important. We've a few tough games left but if we can manage to win most of them we won't be far away."