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Posted on 27 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).


ST MICHAELS

Martin Jol had words of praise for his own St Michaels - Carrick and Brown - after our Boxing Day victory over Norwich City.

Brown grabbed the headlines with a stunning strike for his first Barclays Premiership goal of the season to secure our fifth straight league win.

Meanwhile, Carrick was pivotal to a second half revival after the home side had created and missed all the chances - two hit the woodwork, two off the line - as we took over from about the hour mark.

Our goals arrived after 72 and 76 minutes with Browny's 25-yarder capping another all-action display.

"I'm very happy for him," said Head Coach Martin. "I saw from the first day he was a terrific character. He likes to play football and always gives 100 per cent effort.

"I told him before the game that he'd created three goals for us but hadn't scored so maybe he could have a couple of shots. He did that and scored so I was very pleased for him."

Asked about Carrick's display, Martin added: "You saw the second half and I told the lads we had to keep the ball because if we gave it away we had to chase them and we didn't want that. He then took control of the game, left foot, right foot.

"It's not a surprise to you because you knew him from West Ham - I didn't know him, but he's a terrific player."

TEAM NEWS

Thimothee Atouba is the main doubt for tomorrow's Barclays Premiership clash against Crystal Palace at the Lane.

The versatile left-sided player picked up a foot injury in the Boxing Day victory at Norwich City.

Head Coach Martin Jol reported: "I wanted to have two, three, maybe four players fresh for Tuesday if possible because it's a very difficult programme.

"But Thimothee Atouba was injured, a foot problem. You hope to have everyone 100 per cent fit but Thimothee isn't.

"We had to use Reto Ziegler, he had to come on, Jamie Redknapp was on the bench, Jermain Defoe and Anthony Gardner is fresh.

"Jermain was on the bench because we have three very good strikers and we knew we had four games ahead of us."

Martin will also be without Sean Davis and Simon Davies, recovering from a knee injury and virus respectely, while Stephen Kelly (knee) also remains a doubt.

MARTIN JOL

IT WAS terrific to win at Norwich on a rainy day. We knew it would be difficult, it's a nice club but we wanted the points.

Okay, they could have been easily two or three-nil up at half time because we gave their midfielders too much space but in the second half we played terrific football.

They were better in the first half but we were much better in the second.

I said all along that you had to keep faith with us. We have a terrific bunch of players with a good mentality and it's all about good mentality and trying to play in a style you believe in.

We believe in playing good football from the back through midfield and to the strikers.

Fifteen points from five games is great. You always have the hope that you can get 15 points in five games and we've done that so I'm a very happy man.

Opposition view
Norwich boss Nigel Worthington felt it 'harsh' that his side came off with a 2-0 loss against us on Boxing Day.

His side certainly created the better chances in the first 55 minutes - hitting the woodwork twice and seeing another two efforts cleared off the line.

But we took over in the final half-hour and goals from Robbie Keane and Michael Brown secured the 2-0 victory - our fifth straight success in the Barclays Premiership.

"Everything went well apart from the result," said Worthington. "We will play a lot worse and win and that is how crazy the game is.

"While the players go and play with the attitude they did today, work hard, close them down quickly and create chances, then I am happy."

Other results kept Norwich out of the bottom three and Worthington declared: "We firmly believe we can get the points to stay in this league.

"What we will do is keep playing football. We are not going to resort to any other way which suits anybody else, we will play the way which suits us."