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Posted on 22 August 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).

A disappointed Sir Bobby Robson pointed to our defensive display after we beat his Newcastle side 1-0 at St James Park.


Newcastle made a flying start with Craig Bellamy's pace a real threat but couldn't crack a defensive unit with Ledley King at his best and Paul Robinson looking unbeatable.


We created chances as well and grabbed what turned out to be the winner when Thimothee Atouba curled home a beauty on his full debut in the 51st minute.


Newcastle went for broke in the final quarter with Bellamy, Shearer, Kluivert, Ameobi and Dyer all on the pitch but we weren't going to be beaten.


"They defended very well and for that I have to give them credit," said Robson. "Naybet and Ledley King put the shackles on Alan Shearer and they were the defensive saviours.


"I didn't have any argument with my team in the first half. I thought they played very well, to be honest, played some nice football, made chances.


"The trick in football is when those chances have been made you have to take one of them or two of them. Then you would go on and win the game. We were clearly the better side but they defended well."


Meanwhile, the Toon boss could barely believe Atouba's right-foot strike. "It's an incredible goal by Atouba. We always said to Steve Carr 'Push him up the inside on his right foot - he'll fall over'.


"As it happens, he didn't because he took it with his right foot - I bet it's the only goal he's ever scored in his career like that.


"He bent it so far. He put it outside the far post, and it actually came back inside - giving Shay Given not much of a chance.


"But there are two sides of the story, and the second one was that in the last 20 minutes we dropped a bit."