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Pat's Hammer effect

Posted on 27 March 2002  - 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 has used his West Ham connections to good effect in preparing for the first leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final encounter Everton tonight.

A video provided by the Hammers has given Pat a pretty good idea of what his under-18 Academy side will face when they step out at Goodison Park.

A chance visit to Upton Park to watch a Youth Cup game could also prove to be fruitful - although Pat didn't know it at the time.

"I was fortunate, and West Ham have been excellent, I phoned Tony Carr up and have got a video," revealed Pat.

"As is was, I went over to West Ham, just to watch a game of football, and they played Everton in the Youth Cup - the night Everton beat them 2-1. I only stayed to see the 90 minutes and it was 0-0 when I left.

"They looked quite a competitive team and I thought on the night if West Ham had scored that would have been it. Watching the video since - they are a little bit more than that and not bad at all.

"I wish I'd known we were going to get them in the semi-final when I went there! You just watch it as a game of football, get chatting to people and sometimes your concentration isn't as it should be.

"I've got visual pictures of them in my mind. It has helped me tremendously and it does give you an idea. From what we've seen on the video they are a 4-4-2 team, decent pace and up front they've a schoolboy called Rooney who they've great hopes for. The lad with him up front looks quite useful as well.

"They for me are the main danger and they are very workmanlike all over the park. So I don't think the two sides will be too much away from each other."

After winning on the road in previous rounds at Walsall, Bolton and Leeds, there would appear to be no reason for the boys to fear another tough trip. As Pat points out though, in each of those games the boys have scored first.

"The only thing I was saying to one of the staff is that we've never gone a goal down. So that would be a test of character away from home. In every game we've gone to we've gone ahead and that gives you a sort of base to stabalise them and give a bit of confidence.

"I'd like to think we can do that again. The test will come if we do go a goal down and they get their tails up. Hopefully we can go there and put on a good show and come back to White Hart Lane."