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Pat takes the positives

Posted on 9 April 2005  - 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).

Pat Holland saw enough in Friday night's FA Youth Cup semi-final, first leg at Ipswich to convince him we can turn around the 2-0 deficit in the second leg at the Lane on Wednesday.


We started well in both halves only for the home side to take over with impressive spells of possession.


That led to goals after 29 and 76 minutes but it took a wicked deflection for the second to beat Tommy Forecast and establish that two-goal cushion.


Coach Pat reflected: "We just didn't have the slice of luck you need in football. That's not making excuses because Ipswich played well but they will look back at certain situations in the game and think they were a little fortunate.


"Andy Barcham was a real problem for them and he will be in the return leg as well, he's positive and gets in behind defenders.


"Leigh Mills kept going and was very unlucky with a header cleared off the line. They are the little things that can turn it. Jamie Davis came on and did well straight away so we have a lot of plusses going into Wednesday.


"We have a few days to prepare and if we start brightly, get the crowd behind us and score early, you never know what could happen."


As for the game, Pat added: "We started really brightly, got behind them and Andy Barcham provided them with a real problem. All of a sudden we're thinking 'we could get something out of this game' and it was just a question of keeping our discipline.


"But then they caused us a problem. They got their number eight (Darryl Knights) into a wide area and he sat between our centre-half Charlie Lee and full-back Mark Wright. It was one of those situations where the two of them are asking 'am I picking him up, are you?' and Ipswich started getting joy down that side. That was the real problem of the first half and it's very difficult to change everything.


"Then the goal arrived and I think the heads went down a little. I changed to five in midfield in the second half - I wanted to cancel out the number eight - and it worked well to start with, we got a bit of possession, got behind them but then we lost our shape and Ipswich crept back into it again.


"The second goal then took a wicked deflection and deflated all of us but this is what football is about, coming into situations like this and seeing how the lads cope with it."