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No place like home for Paul

Posted on 6 October 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).

Paul Konchesky finally made his home debut against Everton on Saturday - and what a special occasion it turned out to be.

The England international - on loan from Charlton - retained his place in midfield after impressing against Manchester City last weekend and kept up the good work with his tireless patrolling of the left flank.

"All that matters is that we got the three points," he insisted after the 3-0 victory. "It is what the fans wanted to see and what the players needed to get. We've got two good results recently but this was special for me as it was at home."

A carnival atmosphere enveloped White Hart Lane following a six-minute three-goal burst either side of the break and Paul feels that Gus Poyet's header beyond Nigel Martyn just after the re-start relieved any lingering anxieties.

"It was, it was good to get the second goal early just after the break. It gave us a great lift, we went on and got the third and weren't really under pressure after that - so it was good for the players and fans.

"Everton are always hard to play against, they won 4-0 last week and were on a high. We knew what to expect so we dug in and got what we deserved."

Despite much endeavour in the first 40 minutes, supporters probably sensed that the contest required a game-breaker to ignite the encounter and it certainly got one of the highest order on 42 minutes courtesy of Fredi Kanoute.

"I thought it was going in as soon as Fredi hit it," said Paul of the striker's stunning effort. "He caught it cleanly and when a striker hits it like that he knows it is goalbound.

"There wasn't much in it, we had a lot of possession but no chances. A goal like that changes the game and there is not much more you can say about it."